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Metal News for September 28, 2011

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32 news articles posted on this day.

Twisted Tower Dire to Headline NC Metalfest

Twisted Tower Dire will perform as a headliner at the NC Metalfest in Wilson, North Carolina on Saturday October 8th.

The NC Metalfest includes three stages and 30 bands. Widow and Blatant Disarray are among the featured acts.

Virginia-based Twister Tower Dire released "Make it Dark" earlier this year. The power metal group soon plans on scheduling more tour dates and working on another album.

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Fallstaf Posts New Album Teaser

The brass metal brawlers of Fallstaf, residing out of Montreal, have posted a new teaser video for their upcoming full-length album "Bastard Sons Of A Pure Breed." The album is due out on October 25th, 2011 and is the follow up their 2009 EP "The Hitman Plays Trombone." Check out the clip below.

Bassist Ben Forte commented, "We are really looking forward to releasing this album. It started as a jam 3 years ago and next thing you know, it's a whole album! We are very proud of the work we did these past years. A bunch of shows, some new friends, our own sound, BRASS METAL. Also, we will be launching 2 new videos for this album, can wait for you to see it. Both produced by David Méliès. Everything will be available soon on our facebook page, reverbnation and itunes. Until then, have a drink on us!!! Long live BRASS METAL."

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Charred Walls Of The Damned Drum Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Richard Christy recording "Admire the Heroes" from the "Cold Winds on Timeless Days" album (reviewed here) at the Hit Factory Criteria in Miami, FL with engineer Mark Lewis. You can check out the clip below.

Charred Walls of the Damned also recently premiered the full "Admire the Heroes" song online through Metalunderground.com at this location.

The full track listing is as follows:

1. Timeless Days
2. Ashes Falling Upon Us
3. Zerospan
4. Cold Winds
5. Lead the Way
6. Forever Marching On
7. Guiding Me
8. The Beast Outside My Window
9. On Unclean Ground
10. Bloodworm
11. Admire the Heroes
12. Avoid the Light

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Prophet Fulfilled Streaming New Song

Vancouver's Prophet Fulfilled has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song titled "Judgment" online:

"Friends and family, brothers and sisters near and far, we bring thee...Judgment! Hey all! We just released the first track off our brand new self titled album!

"You can check it out on the group under 'Band Page.' Be sure to 'like' the group, and leave us some words! Spread the word, rally together, and join the cause at Prophet Fulfilled!"

Head over to the band's Facebook profile to check out the new track from the upcoming self-titled album.

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Adimiron Posts "K2" Teaser

Italy's Adimiron has posted a teaser clip online for the band's new album "K2." You can check out the clip below, or find more details on Adimiron by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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The Kennedy Veil Signs To Unique Leader

Unique Leader Records has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with The Kennedy Veil:

"Extreme metal trends are about to receive a much needed kick to the throat, courtesy of Sacramento, CA's modern death metal titans, The Kennedy Veil. Avoiding the used, abused and predictable hat tricks that have plagued the extreme metal underground for the last several years, The Kennedy Veil have successfully managed to carve their own path in spite of it. Taking influence from pioneers like Deicide, Morbid Angel and Suffocation coupled with the more refined aggression of bands like Origin, Psycroptic and Decapitated, the end result is exactly what TKV intended.

"No throwbacks, no breakdowns, no wanking, no trends. Just their own brand of straight forward crushing modern death metal, which they are extremely proud bring to the table of their new label home, Unique Leader Records.

"The band's self released full length, 'The Sentence of Their Conqueror', gave you an idea of what The Kennedy Veil is capable of, and the recently released single, 'Disciples of Dead Aeons', allows an even better glimpse into the band's trend killing sonic evolution. But nothing will fully prepare you for what they are set to unleash with their forthcoming label debut. With Unique Leader as the catalyst, humanity is about to be reduced to ashes!"

Vocalist Cody Walker had the following to say about signing with Unique Leader: "We are extremely excited to be on such a prestigious label with a roster steeped in a history that we, as a band and as individuals, have loved and respected for many years. It was stated and agreed upon early on as a band, that if we could hand pick a label suited for us, it would be
Unique Leader. Brutal is as Brutal does."

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Alcoholator Streaming New Songs

Alcoholator has checked in with the following announcement about finishing the new album "Coma" and streaming new songs online:

"I know it's been a while since the last update, we were waiting for the new website design to be up and to give you all the news all at once. First of all, the album is done mixing and mastering, it sounds great! If you look on the top right corner, you can hear some of it on streaming.

"Another breaking news, High Roller Records from Germany is gonna release 'Coma' in February on VINYL! YES VINYL! 350 black and 150 on "piss yellow" clear vinyl. How awesome is that??

"The CD version of the album will be out next month through EBM records, you can order your copies from them at EBMRECORDS.com or through us any way you damn well want!! HUH!

"Make sure to let us know what you think of the new website and the new tracks on our Facebook page right here! Cheers, now go get trashed, please!"

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Skeletonwitch Posts Third "In Studio" Webisode

Ohio thrashers Skeletonwitch posted a third in studio video (shown below) ahead of the band's forthcoming release "Forever Abomination," due out on October 7, 2011 (EU), October 10, 2011 (UK), October 11, 2011 (North America) and October 19, 2011 (Japan).

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Dødheimsgard Splits With Vocalist

Vocalist Kvohst, who announced his departure from the band Code earlier this year, has now issued the following update about parting ways with Dødheimsgard:

"It's no secret that I'm no longer working the band Dødheimsgard/DHG. My last live DHG show was at Hellfest this summer and I had decided some weeks prior to the show that it would be my last.

"I am very proud to have been a part of the band in every way and I would like to thank the fans and also my friends in the band with all my heart for all the unique and life-changing experiences over the years.

"Dødheimsgard will continue, of course, with Vicotnik's bulletproof resilient talents for making some of the best metal music in the world, and the tightest lineup the band has ever seen. I'm looking forward to seeing them again as a fan, from the front row. I will now devote all my creative energy to my own music with Hexvessel. Blessed equinox one and all."

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Death Releasing Live Material

Eric Greif, president of Perseverance Holdings Ltd. and former manager of Death, has issued the following announcement about upcoming live Death releases to follow the recent slew of re-issues:

"Hello People. I just wanted to let you know we're starting to work on three new Death releases: double live CD, a live DVD &...drum roll...SPIRITUAL HEALING! I'm now getting over my Dad's death (thanks for the dozens & dozens of positive notes) three weeks ago and looking forward to the launch of The Metal Crusade fan club site. Go sick!"

For further details head over to the official Death Facebook profile at this location.

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Broken Torment Posts Tour Video

Broken Torment, which recently posted a new song online, has now posted a brief tour video update online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Back to July on our tour with Mirrors UK! Here's us strolling into the first venue, checking out and setting up at the Pitz, Milton Keynes."

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The Secret Replacing Trap Them On Tour

Southern Lord Recording has checked in with the following brief announcement about Trap Them dropping off the upcoming European tour with Kvelertak and being replaced by The Secret:

"With regret, we inform you that due to severe physical health issues, Trap Them are forced to cancel the European tour with Kvelertak. Trap Them will get replaced by The Secret... dates are posted here."

The details are as follows:

11/08/2011 Ole Bull Scene - Bergen, Norway
11/09/2011 Stavanger - Folken, Norway
11/10/2011 Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway
11/11/2011 Samfundet - Trondheim, Norway
11/12/2011 Strand - Stockholm, Sweden
11/14/2011 Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
11/15/2011 Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland
11/17/2011 Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, Sweden
11/18/2011 Logo - Hamburg, Germany
11/19/2011 Underground - Koln, Germany
11/20/2011 Doornroosje - Nijmegen, Holland
11/21/2011 02 Academy 2 - Oxford, UK
11/22/2011 02 Academy 3 - Birmingham, UK
11/23/2011 The Speakeasy at Queens - Belfast, Ireland
11/24/2011 ABC - Glasgow, UK
11/25/2011 Roadhouse - Manchester, UK
11/26/2011 Underworld - London, UK
11/27/2011 Muziekodroom - Hasselt, Belgium
11/28/2011 Le Ferraileur - Nantes, France
11/29/2011 Le Nouveau Casino - Paris, France
11/30/2011 Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany
12/01/2011 Abart - Zurich, Switzerland
12/02/2011 New Age Club - Roncade, Italy
12/03/2011 Szene - Wien, Austria
12/04/2011 Conne Island - Leipzig, Germany
12/05/2011 Exit Chmelnice - Prague, Czech Rep.
12/06/2011 Festsaal Xberg - Berlin, Germany
12/07/2011 Colos Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/08/2011 Backstage - Munchen, Germany
12/09/2011 Hirsch - Nurnberg, Germany
12/10/2011 Sputnikhalle - Munster, Germany
12/11/2011 Voxhall - Aarhus, Denmark
12/12/2011 Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
12/13/2011 Kulturbolaget - Malmo, Sweden

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Savage Messiah Issues Recording Update

British thrashers Savage Messiah are currently in the studio recording their as-yet untitled new album, which is due to be released in early 2012. The third album is being recorded at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, U.K. with producer Scott Atkins. The band has checked in from the studio with the following update:

"Thought it was about time for an update on recording. We've blazed ahead at a rate of knots over the past 2 weeks and are in touching distance of completion! A few more days to finish up some vocal tracking and we'll be into mixing! Meanwhile, the band are busily preparing for our October tour with Evile; we're going to be debuting plenty of new songs on the tour and we're looking forward to thrashing round the UK!!"

You can also see Savage Messiah on tour with Evile at the following shows:

Oct. 13 - Southampton, UK - Talking Heads
Oct. 14 - Brighton, UK - The Hydrant
Oct. 15 - Weymouth, UK - Kings Club
Oct. 16 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit
Oct. 17 - Exeter, UK - The Cavern
Oct. 18 - Leicester, UK - Sub 91
Oct. 19 - Wrexham, UK - Central Station
Oct. 20 - Durham, UK - Live Lounge
Oct. 21 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
Oct. 22 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
Oct. 23 - Dublin, Ireland - The Pint
Oct. 25 - Stoke, UK - The Sugar Mill
Oct. 26 - Cardiff, UK - Bogiez Rock Bar
Oct. 27 - Reading, UK - Sub 89
Oct. 28 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation

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DevilDriver Posts "You Make Me Sick" Lyric Video

DevilDriver has created a lyric video for "You Make Me Sick," from the band's latest CD, "Beast," and it's making its world premiere at the horror site Bloody-Disgusting.com. Check out the clip below.

DevilDriver's North American tour with Arch Enemy, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic is just about done - there are only the following five shows left:

Sept. 29 The Marquee - Phoenix, AZ
Sept. 30 The Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
Oct. 1 The Gothic Theater - Denver, CO
Oct. 3 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 4 House Of Blues - Chicago, IL

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Divine Ascension Posts "Answers" Video

Australia's female-fronted act Divine Ascension has teamed up with Metal Injection to present a video for the single "Answers." Check out the clip below. "Answers" is off the new album "As The Truth Appears," due out October 11th, 2011 through Nightmare Records.

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The album's track listing is as follows:

The track listing is as follows:

1. Answers
2. Visionary
3. In My Mind
4. Vision Divine
5. Guided By Osiris
6. One Last Caress
7. Garden of Evil
8. Another Battlefield
9. Civilization
10. Unscathed

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Thanatoschizo Calls It Quits

Portuguese avant-garde metal band Thanatoschizo has decided to split due to artistic differences.

In a statement on the band's Facebook page: "Fourteen years of commitment, a lot of work and dedication prove that we were able to keep at bay the geographical handicap and that people believed we weren’t a mere band. However, there comes a time when the greatest change has to occur, in order to evolve even more. This is the time for TSO’s members to fly elsewhere and find other projects.

"To all of you who have supported us throughout our career, our most sincere gratitude. TSO’s official site, facebook, myspace and other channels will continue to be updated with reviews to our latest album and the merchandise section will still be active.

"Although TSO is over, the feeling is unanimous: Origami is our greatest achievement."


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Morton Posts New Music Video

Ukraine metal band Morton posted a new music video for the song "Sleeping King." The song appears on the band's forthcoming album "Come Read The Words Forbidden," due out on in Europe on October 21, 2011 via AFM Records.

Check out the video clip here:

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Kill Devil Hill Signs with SPV/SteamHammer Records

Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell) and Rex Brown (ex-Pantera, Down) have joined with guitarist Mark Savon and Dew Bragg to form the new project Kill Devil Hill. The group has signed with SPV/Steamhammer Records.

Kill Devil Hill has set March 2012 as a tentative release date for its debut recording. The still untitled release is being produced by Warren Riker who is best known for his work with Down, Corrosion of Conformity, Sublime, and Cathedral.

Vinny Appice comments,""We are a new band with the power, energy and history to stand out, create music and be successful. We are proud to be with SPV, a label with the same attitude, talent and drive!"

"It is with a great pleasure to be aboard the SPV Music Blanket. We are looking forward to a great new experience with a label that has put out many great metal records. Cheers!," adds Rex Brown.

Olly Hahn (A&R Steamhammer/SPV) expresses, ""It`s a great pleasure to welcome KILL DEVIL HILL to the SPV family. It´s not only because of Rex Brown and Vinny Appice, mostly it`s because of their music and that they are a real band. Music wise they don`t neglect their past but they also give some fresh elements to our beloved music genre called Heavy Metal!"

The band is currently out of the studio in order to concentrate on a stint of club gigs.

Kill Devil Hill's tour schedule is as follows:
10/2/11 Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
10/4/11 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street
10/5/11 Reading, PA @ Reverb
10/7/11 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
10/8/11 Spartanburg SC @ Ground Zero
10/9/11 Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Petes
10/13/11 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
10/14/11 Fort Worth, TX @ The Aardvark
10/15/11 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/19/11 San Antonio, TX @ Back Stage Live
10/20/11 Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
10/21/11 Jackson, MS @ Club Fire
10/22/11 Lafayette, LA @ Grant Street Hall
10/25/11 Cookeville, TN @ Amps and Ramps
10/27/11 Kent, OH @ Outpost Concert Club
10/28/11 Columbus, OH @ Slapsy Maxie
10/29/11 Covington, KY @ The MaddHadder
10/31/11 Omaha, NE @ Chrome Lounge
11/2/11 Des Moines, IA @ The House of Bricks
11/3/11 Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers
11/4/11 Salina, KS @ Santa Fe Saloon
11/5/11 St Louis, MO @ Pitters Tavern

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Pact Joins The Moribund Cult

Moribund Records has announced the signing of Pennsylvania black metal act, Pact. Moribund will release the band's debut "The Dragon Lineage of Satan" early next year. A release date will be announced shortly.

Comprised of guitarist Wretch, vocalist Hag and T on drums, the six (666)-year old band describes its music, "Our music is driven by the forces of chaos and death. It has seemed to us, as a band, that religion is a disease that plagued the earth by keeping people locked in the position of follower. We have always rebelled against this, and therefore play black metal infused with occult philosophy and power. Among the philosophies and traditions practiced are Golden Dawn, Germanic, and chaos magick - also the philosophies of Nietzsche and Kant, as well as the poetry of Blake, Crowley, and Baudblaire. Our ultimate goal is to cause change!"

The group further relates, "PACT is a vehicle for occult magick - a source of whirling chaotic energies and manifestations of the augoeides or higher creative genius. We proudly embrace the spirit of Satan and carry with us the divine fire of Lucifer. We are very pleased to represent the mighty MORIBUND Cult."

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The Browning Posts "Bloodlust" Video

Texan electronic metallers The Browning have released a new music video for the track "Bloodlust," which is taken from the band's forthcoming debut album, "Burn This World." The "Bloodlust" music video was filmed with director Chris Collins and features a live club scene filmed at Dad's Venue in Lewisville, Texas with a group of The Browning's most die-hard fans. Check out the clip below.

The new album "Burn This World" is due to be released next Monday, October 3rd in Europe and the following day in North America.

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Nightrage Gives New Album Track-By-Track

Marios and Antony of Nightrage have checked in with the a track-by-track breakdown of the band's new album "Insidious." You can check out Metalunderground.com's review here, or read the band's description below:

"So Far Away: This would be part one of three instrumental tracks for the album. Short and to the point. Reminds me of a triumphant funeral dirge. Marios' trademark guitar melodies all over the place on this one.

"Delirium of The Fallen: This is a bit different for the band as an opening song. We have always in the past had the typical 'blast beat' type song open the album. We tried to go in a different direction here. This song kind of has it all. Crazy solos from Marios and Olof, an emotional vocal section by Apollo from Firewind, and a very catchy chorus.

"Insidious: This is for me the best song I've ever done. Not only is it heavy as hell, but Tomas Lindberg recorded and sang vocal melodies and lyrics I wrote. A true honor and a great friend to the band. The song as a whole never stops destroying everything in its path.

"Wrapped In Deceitful Dreams: Another catchy chorus type song. Gus G shreds along with Marios on this one. Tom from Evergrey laid down a clean section for this one. The original way was just a spoken word from me. Marios then had an amazing idea in the studio for Tom to take the lyrics and basically freestyle. It took the man five minutes to lay down these amazing vocals! The one thing I wanted as a singer to change on this record were the clean vocals. I had done my thing on wearing a Martyr's Crown, and this time I felt the need of a new flavor.

"Hate Turns Black: This is one of the first songs we wrote for this record. To me this song takes you on a great ride. Very old school Gothenburg feel in the pre chorus and a traditional metal feel on the rest. This is Nightrage to the bone. More...

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Amberian Dawn Posts Tour Update Video

Amberian Dawn will be embarking on the "Out of the Dark" tour with Tristania, Van Canto, Xandria, and Serenity at the end of the month. The band has now posted a brief video greeting clip about the tour, which can be viewed below.

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Kyuss Lives! Adds More U.S. Tour Dates

Kyuss Lives!, featuring original KYUSS members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork along with guitarist Bruno Fevery, has announced a handful of additional U.S. tour dates. These new shows are as follows:

November 18 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
December 7 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
December 8 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
December 9 Long Island, NY Paramount
December 10 Montclair, NJ Wellmont

KYUSS LIVES! will take the stage in New Orleans, Houston, Austin and Dallas, TX this week. Footage of the band rocketing into its set at NYC's Terminal 5 -- with its hit "Gardenia" -- this past Friday night (September 23) can be viewed below:

KYUSS LIVES! has made special fan VIP upgrade packages available which will allow concert goers to both connect with the band personally and collect rare KYUSS LIVES! merchandise

Here's the complete list of remaining KYUSS LIVES! North American tour dates: More...

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Ex Deo Announces "Caligula" Release Date

In a post on the band's twitter feed and Facebook page, Ex Deo announced that the new album "Caligula" will be released on August 31, 2012. The post reads "Ex Deo 'Caligula' new album to be released August 31st 2012...marking the 2000th anniversary of his birth...It's destiny."

In another post, vocalist Maurizio Iacono added "The new Ex Deo material is so strong it will be a 'scene changer,' you won't be able to say the word metal without the word Roman before it."

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Venom Unveils Album Artwork For "Fallen Angels"

Legendary UK band Venom have revealed the album artwork for the forthcoming LP "Fallen Angels" (seen below). The album is set for release on November 28, 2011 through Spinefarm/Universal Records.

The track listing for "Fallen Angels" is:

1. Hammerhead
2. Nemisis
3. Pedal To The Metal
4. Lap Of The Gods
5. Damnation Of Souls
6. Beggerman
7. Hail Satanas
8. Sin
9. Punks Not Dead
10. Death Be Thy Name
11. Lest We Forget
12. Valley Of The Kings
13. Fallen Angels

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In Flames Posts New Trailer For European Tour

In Flames posted a trailer for the upcoming tour of Europe (which includes the Defenders of the Faith III dates) with Trivium, Noctiferia, Ghost, Rise To Remain and Insense. In other In Flames news, the band will be releasing a single and music video for the song "Where the Dead Ships Dwell" on November 14, 2011 (EU) and November 15, 2011 (North America).

The complete tour dates are below the following trailer:


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Korzus Posts New Music Video

Brazilian thrash legends Korzus posted a new music video for the song "I Am Your God," which appears on the band's 2010 release "Discipline of Hate" (shown below). The album is available through AFM Records.

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Heir Apparent Added To Metal Assault Festival

U.S. power/progressive metal band Heir Apparent will play at the Metal Assault II Festival at the Post Hall in Wuerzburg, Germany on January 14, 2012.

The current band lineup for the festival is:

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Swallow The Sun Begins Recording New Album

Finnish doom/death act Swallow The Sun is currently at work on a new album, the follow up to the 2010 release "New Moon." The band has issued the following update:

"During the well deserved break we took from shows this year we've been preparing new music, and now we are happy to announce that we have entered Drumforest Studios at Viitasaari to record our fifth full length album, which will be released February 1st 2012 by Spinefarm Records.

Drumforest Studios is an atmospheric studio built in an old school middle of Finland in Viitasaari. It's the perfect environment for the legendary sound engineer Mikko Karmila to capture our signature sound. Mikko is well known in the metal world for his work with such names as Nightwish, Sentenced, Amorphis and Children of Bodom, just to name a few, and we're very happy to work with him."

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Endless Pain Posts New Music Video

Italian thrashers Endless Pain posted a new music video for the song "The Ascents Of Golgotha." The song appears on the band's latest album "Chronicles Of Death" on Nadir Music.

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Biohazard Sets January Release Date For New LP

Biohazard announced that the long awaited new album "Reborn In Defiance" will be released on January 20, 2012. The release will mark the final album of bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld, who left earlier in the year. The band is still on the hunt for a replacement.

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ProgPower USA XII Wrap-Up

September 14th through the 17th marked the 12th year for the ProgPower USA festival, which has become the United States’ premier multi-day heavy metal festival over that time. I was on site for three of the days, and I've published photos taken during each band’s set. The photos are sorted by the three dates: Kick-Off Day, Day One, and Day Two.

This year, the festival headliner was Therion, backed by the reunited Sanctuary (featuring Warrell Dane and Jim Sheppard of Nevermore,) former Emperor front-man Ihsahn, Swedish melodic titans Evergrey, and 12 other comparable acts: Haken, Powerglove, Vanden Plas, Creation's End, Darkwater, Eldritch, Mob Rules, Voyager, Forbidden, Labyrinth, Red Circuit, and While Heaven Wept. Day-by-day show write-ups of the Kick-Off Day, Day One, and Day Two are also available. During the festival, I got to conduct interviews with Evergrey, Darkwater, Haken, Red Circuit, Powerglove, Creation’s End, and Leprous, which was Ihsahn’s backing band for his US solo project debut.

I'm still relatively young, but I had been longing to attend this mythical annual festival ever since I heard about it in news reports six or seven years ago while attending high school. In that sense, it was an event seven years in the making for me, confirming my faith in metal and opening my eyes to even more bands that I hadn't known about back then. Moreover, where else can you hear top tier musicians discuss other top tier musicians as they walk through the crowd like they hadn't just melted your face on stage an hour before?

It was a weekend to remember, and from what I've heard, next year promises to be just as ass-kicking, with Symphony X and Epica headlining the 2012 roster.

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