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Metal News for September 29, 2011

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36 news articles posted on this day.

The Crimson Armada Posts "Forgive Me" Clip

The Crimson Armada, which recently recruited a new bassist, has teamed up with AbsolutePunk.net to post a new music video online for the track "Forgive Me." You can check out the video clip below.

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Vangough Releases "Drained" Video

In anticipation of the release of "Kingdom of Ruin" on October 25th, Vangough recently shot a music video for the song "Drained." Metal Injection is hosting an exclusive premiere of the video, which can be viewed below.


Click Here To Watch The Video

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Disloyal
2. Choke Faint Drown
3. Abandon Me
4. Drained
5. Kingdom of Ruin
6. Frailty
7. The Transformation
8. The Rabbit Kingdom
9. Stay
10. Sounds of Wonder
11. A Father's Love
12. Requiem For a Fallen King
13. An Empire Shattered
14. Alice
15. The Garden Time Forgot

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Hull To Embark On U.S. Tour

In support of their upcoming "Beyond The Lightless Sky" full-length (set for North American release on October 11th, 2011 via The End Records) Brooklyn sludge rock conjurers Hull today announced a near month-long U.S. tour. The journey is set to commence in Baltimore on October 23rd. From there the band will proceed to blow speakers in 19 cities before winding down in Philadelphia on November 20th. Hull will be joined by The Fucking Wrath on select dates.

10/23/2011 Golden West Cafe - Baltimore, MD *
10/24/2011 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA *
10/25/2011 Milestone - Charlotte, NC *
10/26/2011 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA *
10/27/2011 Wormhole - Savannah, GA *
10/28/2011 The Snooze - West Palm Beach, FL *
11/01/2011 Siberia - New Orleans, LA *
11/02/2011 Brian Street Tavern - Dallas, TX *
11/03/2011 Red 7 FFF Kickoff Party - Austin, TX *
11/04/2011 Bash Riprocks - Lubbock, TX *
11/05/2011 The Open Source Project - Phoenix, AZ *
11/06/2011 Que Sara - Long Beach, CA *
11/07/2011 Vacation Vinyl (early show) - Los Angeles, CA
11/07/2011 Mountain Bar (late show) - Los Angeles, CA
11/08/2011 Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
11/10/2011 Highline - Seattle, WA
11/14/2011 Bar Deluxe - Salt Lake City, UT
11/15/2011 Old Curtis Street - Denver, CO
11/17/2011 Downtown - Little Rock, AR
11/19/2011 Nightlight - Chapel Hill, NC
11/20/2011 Johhny Brendas - Philadelphia, PA
* w/ The Fucking Wrath

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Thrall To Release New Album

Tasmanian black metallers Thrall are releasing their second album, "Vermin to the Earth," worldwide on October 25th, 2011 via Moribund Cult Records, and in Australia and New Zealand through Obsidian Records.

“Vermin to the Earth is a requiem to a cursed species,” states Tom Void, guitarist and vocalist for Thrall. “It documents the metamorphosis of Thrall from a studio project to a live entity. Thrall’s live set for the last two years was mostly comprised of songs from Vermin.”

“We are also really energized to have an Australian label getting behind us for this release” states Void. “Obsidian have bridged the gap between underground authenticity and accessibility and will distribute Vermin through JB Hi-Fi.”

To promote the launch of the second album, Thrall will be playing two exclusive shows in Sydney and Melbourne with New Zealand black doom rock band, Creeping. Thrall will be bringing the band's recently expanded four-piece live line up to Sydney for the first time, the current live line up including Leigh Ritson (ex-Disseminate) on bass and Ramez Bathish (ex-Whitehorse/ABC Weapons) on guitar. Full details of the shows are available here.

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The Chaos Agent To Release New EP

Florida based act The Chaos Agent will be releasing a EP through Inzane Records this October. The EP was produced by Paul Trust (Die Cast, Atom Smash) and Matt Laplant (Bieler Bros.) and consists or five tracks, including a cover by Depeche Mode's "People Are People." Just prior to release the band will be embarking on a thirty date tour in support of Allele throughout the U.S.

Matt Zane, president of Inzane Records, commented, "The Chaos Agent is an amazing live act and I am very excited to have their EP be our official first release since re-launching Inzane Records. They are extremely dedicated musicians who are wiling to get out there on the road and gain fans show by show while promoting the new album."

You can check out songs from the EP by heading over to The Chaos Agent's Facebook profile here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Reborn (Produced By Paul Trust)
2. Travesty TV (Produced By Paul Trust)
3. Breaking The Silence (Produced By Matt Laplant)
4. Invincibility Sound (Produced By Paul Trust)
5. People Are People (Produced By Matt Laplant)

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Old Silver Key Working On New Video Clip

Old Silver Key, the new band consisting of four Drudkh members plus French musician Neige (ALCEST, AMESOEURS) on vocals, released the debut album "Tales of Wanderings" earlier this month in Europe and this week in North America.

To back up this ethereal collection of songs, the band entrusted another French artist to design a video clip for the song "Burnt Letters." This artist is none other than Fursy (LES DISCRETS), the man behind the amazing video clip for Ghost Brigade's "Clawmaster." Here is an early still of the video:

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Encoffination To Release New Album In November

Death dealers Encoffination will plague the Earth with the new opus, "O' Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres" this November. Selfmadegod Records commented on the upcoming release:

"Picking up where they left off with last year's Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh, this collection of new hymns redefines and magnifies Encoffination's signature sound; suffocating doom wrapped in the pure stench of death.

"Based on Ghoat's own experiences of working in the funeral industry, 'O' Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres' is a concept album... not in the linear sense, but abstract; from the death of the human form to the sacrifice of flesh into the Earth.

"The album will be released via Selfmadegod Records this November; stay tuned for an official street date and more info on this anticipated slab of bereavement as it approaches."

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De Profundis Posts New Video Blog

U.K. based act De Profundis has uploaded the first episode of the band's new video blog, which can be viewed below. This week, the guys talk about their new Mayones instruments and the episode also features some rehearsal footage of the new songs. Requests and questions to be covered in future episodes can be sent to De Profundis at band(at)deprofundistheband(dot)com.

De Profundis will begin recording the follow up to the second album “A Bleak Reflection” in November, 2011. The production duties will once again be handled by Fernando Pereira Lopes (Misanthrope, Orakle). The band will be recording 8 new songs, totaling approximately 55 minutes in length.

Shoi Sen (guitar) comments: “The writing this time was really exciting, because this line up has now been recording and touring for the last 2 years, so we have gelled a lot as a unit and this transpired in the writing. The music is faster, more technical and more condensed than in the past. We have already been playing a couple of new songs on the road and judging by the crazy reaction we get for them, I think people will get a shock when they hear this new album. We will be posting regular updates and videos snippets of new songs on our revamped Facebook page so make sure to check it out!”

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Hatesphere Announces European Tour

Scandinavian thrash institution HateSphere is once again ready to release hell on earth with a string of European shows in order to back up the band's 7th full length, "The Great Bludgeoning" – released in North America on September 27th through Napalm Records. More European shows will be added in November and December, and the band plans to continue the touring during the spring of 2012.

To celebrate the release of the album, HateSphere is streaming two new songs from the album on the band's Facebook page here.

The upcoming Hatesphere tour dates are as follows: More...

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Solstafir Shooting "Fjara" Video

Iceland's Solstafir has issued the following update about shooting a music video for the "Fjara" song, which is off the band's new album "Svartir Sandar:"

"We had to call off the shootings for the 'Fjara' video for a while at the end of the second day due to crazy weather and an even worse forecast. But the shots we got already are fucking EPIC! Shooting will commence later. Big hails to our crew, Rebekka, Bowen and Gussi for a fabulous job!"

You can also check out Solstafir's previous music video for "She Destroys Again" by heading over here.

The "Svartir Sandar" track listing is as follows:

Disc 1 "Andvari":

Ljós í Stormi
Fjara
Þín Orð
Sjúki Skugginn
Æra
Kukl

Disc 2 "Gola":

Melrakkablús
Draumfari
Stinningskaldi
Stormfari
Svartir Sandar
Djákninn

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Kamelot Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about adding Kamelot to the 2012 lineup:

"Tonight they anchored in the Tampa Bay where it came to them like a knight in a dark night: Please welcome Kamelot on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Are they staying in the Sunshine State for longer or will they sail onwards? You shall know soon..."

The cruise sets sail on January 23rd, 2012 from Miami FL and returns on January 27th. So far the following 26 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Twins Crew Posts "Lucifer" Video

Twins Crew recently released the debut album "Judgement Night," and the band has now launched a music video clip for a track off the CD, titled "Lucifer." You can check out the "Lucifer" clip below.

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Whoretopsy Signs To Torture Music Records

Australian slamsters Whoretopsy recently inked a deal with Torture Music Records for the release of their upcoming debut full-length album, “They Did Unspeakable Things,” due to hit stores in late 2011.

Torture Music Records head and founder Janis has the following to say about the signing: “I’m absolutely keen to work with these guys! I remember listening to their demo just a few months ago and was immediately blown away by how mature (and fucking brutal!) they sounded, albeit being together as a band just since early 2011. The new tracks that I’ve heard so far suggest that this upcoming album is going to kick some serious ass too, so y’all better prepare yourselves!”

Whoretopsy vocalist Matt Storma (Insidious Torture) adds: “This year has been a fucking whirlwind. Since the demo was released the response has been massive! When Janis contacted us showing a great deal of interest we couldn’t believe it. We are looking forward to working with him and TMR. Keep an eye on this sick label as its roster of brutal acts grows! As for the label’s first release.....Whoretopsy ‘They Did Unspeakable Things’.....Prepare yourselves for some nasty as fuck Aussie slam death!”

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Seven Witches Guitarist In Instructional DVD

Epic Rhythm Guitar Power, the new instructional DVD course from Guitar Control, features Seven Withces mainman/guitar wizard Jack Frost giving in-depth lessons on "the four big secrets to epic rhythm guitar power." The three-DVD/26-page tab package is broken down into four sections:

Big Rhythm Secret #1 - "Borrow From The Legends"
Big Rhythm Secret #2 - "Create An Epic Wall Of Sonic Power"
Big Rhythm Secret #3 - "Master The Right Hand"
Big Rhythm Secret #4 - "Bring On The 'Frostitude'"

You can check out a video sample below. Seven Witches will also be supporting Armored Saint on three special East Coast dates later this fall.

Commented Frost: "I am stoked to do this run of dates with my brothers in Armored Saint. This is a killer paring for the East Coast, but for me it’s a dream come true. Not only am I a fan of Saint’s music, but there are so many family ties with those guys since Joey Vera for several years played bass -- on albums and live -- in Seven Witches and he has mastered, engineered, and/or mixed on all the Witches albums since Exiled To Infinity And One in 2002. It's gonna be a fun night and Witches will try our best to warm you all up for the mighty Saint. This is also a very special for us because it will be a one-time run with this special lineup. We will be playing new music from our latest album Call Upon The Wicked, the classics we are known for, plus dusting off a few we haven’t played in a while." More...

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Coliseum Announces "Parasites" EP

Louisville, KY/Birmingham, AL power trio Coliseum is set to embark on a stateside tour supporting Japanese doom/sludge act Boris in mid-October. Shortly after the tour, Coliseum will release the eight song "Parasites" EP on November 15th via Temporary Residence Ltd. You can check out a song from the EP titled "Waiting (Too Late)" by heading over here.

The "Parasites" track listing is as follows:

1. One Last Night (3:18)
2. Waiting (Too Late) (2:55)
3. The Fiery Eye (1:44)
4. Ghost Of God (3:22)
5. The Big Baby (1:43)
6. Gone With The Pope (1:51)
7. Blood Of The Beasts (1:52)
8. Give Up The Ghost (2:45)

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Amarna Sky Reveals "Under Sekhmet’s Breath" Info

Amarna Sky has revealed the artwork for the new album "Under Sekhmet’s Breath," which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the album:

"Here's the cover artwork for the new Amarna Sky album, entitled 'Under Sekhmet’s Breath,' scheduled to be released on December 19, via Anubis Music. The effort will be available for sale in digital and physical formats. The physical copies will have a 16-page booklet filled with spectacular artwork by the Brazilian artist Alcides Burn, band pictures and lyrics. Alcides Burn has worked with bands like Executer, Torture Squad, Malefector, Disgrace and Terror, Anubis, etc.

"The band now features the addition of the haunting female vocals of Aziza A. Poggi from the American prog metal band Dendura and the special guests V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress) and Karl Sanders (Nile).

"Others guest musicians to appear on the upcoming release are: Nacho Hernándes, multi-instrumentalist of the spanish band Vihmana (a death/doom project with gothic, ambient and ethnic music influences) and vocalist of the death/doom band LaDOLOROSA, composer of the instrumental interlude on the track 'Inseparable In Death;' Wilmar Taal, who is releasing the first album with his electronic project Dead Romero, called 'Rite' (with a guest performance by Erol Unala from Apollyon Sun & Celtic Frost), and plays bass on the track 'Sekhmet's Breath;' and Marcos Jabah from the brazilian power metal band Neckbreaker, who sings on the track 'Fiery Embrace.'

"The album still features a version for an unreleased Celtic Frost song from 1992, originally written by Tom Gabriel Warrior and Curt Victor Bryant, with totally rewritten lyrics to fit better in the concept of the new album. This song is now called 'Sekhmet's Breath,' featuring V. Santura, who has played in the last incarnation of Celtic Frost and now is a member of Triptykon, on lead guitars. And finally Karl Sanders of Nile appears on lead guitars on a new version of 'Beyond The Horizon,' with fresh vocals by Aziza A. Poggi and re-recorded drums." More...

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Hexfire Announces New Album Release Date

Hexfire has checked in with the following announcement about the release of the band's new album "The Fire of Redemption:"

"Our debut album 'The Fire of Redemption' will be released on November 8th (USA) and November 11th (Europe & rest of the world) via Nightmare Records & Sony/Red Distribution!!!
Pre-order album on Amazon.com!"

You can also check out the previously posted cover artwork for "The Fire of Redemption" by heading over to this location.

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Pagan's Mind Vocalist To Miss Tour Dates

Pagan's Mind vocalist Nils K. Rue has checked in with the following announcement about missing three upcoming shows:

"Dear friends, as you might know, we are off to do the 'Revelation to 2012' European tour together with Symphony X on Wednesday 28th of September, and travel for over three weeks covering most of Western Europe. We can´t wait to see you all again, it will be a blast!

"Due to unforeseen circumstances that popped up just a few weeks ago and can not be solved in a different way, I won´t be able to do three of the shows. I will do the shows in Hamburg and Bochum (the first two dates of the tour), but the next three German gigs (C-Club in Berlin, Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg and Backstage Halle in Munich) will be with someone else behind the microphone. This is the first time ever I have had to ask for help, but this is the only solution right now as I don't want the band to cancel these important shows. And hopefully - though I know we have found the right solution - it will be the last time I need assistance. More...

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Eluveite Updates Studio Progress, Announces Guest

Folk metal band Eluveite checked in from the studio on the progress of the recording of the forthcoming LP "Helvetios" with the following:

"We are really happy and proud to announce we could win our desired candidate over for those parts: The brilliant scottish actor Alexander “Sandy” Morton (66). He might be known to you from some of his latest movies, such as 'Valhalla Rising' or 'London to Brighton.' With his deep, rough and orotund voice he’s just perfect for 'Helvetios.'

"Alexander ‘Sandy’ Morton in 'Valhalla Rising'

"Last Friday I conducted the recording of the spoken parts in London. Everything went well and I just can say that it was a real pleasure to work with Sandy. Besides the fact that he’s a really nice fella, he turned out to be great and professional to work with. He empathised with the characters dealt with on „Helvetios“ and he really got the spirit and experienced the lyrics.
Well, the result I just can describe as: Fucking epic shit!

"I’d like to thank Sandy again for an awesome performance here, and also thanks to everybody at Earache Voices.

"So, one more little part of our upcoming album is recorded, one more tessella is set!"

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Evile Playing Record Release Show Tonight

British thrashers Evile are due to kick off a U.K. tour tonight (Thursday, September 29th) in support of their new album, "Five Serpent's Teeth," which is out now in Europe.

The tour starts off in London with the first of three special "Five Serpent's Teeth" album release shows, before the band launches full-swing into a headlining trek around the U.K. with support from label mates and fellow thrashers Savage Messiah. Evile lead guitarist Ol Drakecomments:

"I'm currently sat in a van speeding down the M1 towards London for our first show since the
release of Five Serpent's Teeth. We'll be playing at the Garage in London, then the Asylum in Birmingham, followed by the Picturedrome in Holmfirth. These three shows are the official release shows for FST and then we kick off the UK tour! We hope you can all come along, have grabbed your copy of the album and know all the lyrics! See you there!"

Don't miss Evile on tour at the following shows:

Album release shows
Sep. 29 - London, UK - The Garage (sponsored by Metal Hammer)
Sep. 30 - Birmingham, UK - The Asylum (sponsored by Terrorizer)
Oct. 02 - Holmfirth, UK - Picturedrome (sponsored by Kerrang!)

Evile with Savage Messiah
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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Jeff Waters Answers Fan Questions

Jeff Waters of Annihilator has posted a video clip online discussing a fan-submitted question about his influence on rock and metal bands. You can check out the clip below.

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East Of The Wall Streaming New Song

Today, National Public Radio is streaming “False Build,” the fourth track from East of the Wall’s upcoming third full-length, "The Apologist." Check out "False Build" by heading over here.

East of the Wall also released the track “Whiskey Sipper” from the album several weeks ago via MetalSucks at this location.

Recorded by Andrew Schneider at Translator Audio in Brooklyn (Cave In, Pelican, Keelhaul, Unsane, Rosetta), "The Apologist" is approaching release on October 25th on CD/digital via Translation Loss and for double 12? via Antithetic Records. East of the Wall also has the following upcoming tour dates:

9/30/2011 Court Tavern – New Brunswick, NJ w/ Sydbarret, A Fucking Elephant
10/01/2011 Mexicali – Teaneck, NJ w/ Jolly, Thank You Scientist More...

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Obscura Announces North American Headline Tour

Obscura has announced the band's first ever North American headline tour in support of the latest album "Omnivium." The tour will start Nov. 4 in Wilmington, Delaware and run through Dec. 7 with support from label-mates Abysmal Dawn, Last Chance to Reason (on select dates), and Enfold Darkness (select dates). Dates are as follows:

Nov. 4 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
Nov. 5 New York, NY Gramercy Theater (as part of MetalsucksFest)
Nov. 6 Montreal, QC Petit Campus
Nov. 7 Toronto, ON Hard Luck
Nov. 8 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
Nov. 9 Joliet, IL Mojoe's
Nov. 10 St Paul, MN Station 4
Nov. 11 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo
Nov. 13 Saskatoon, SK Louis' Pub
Nov. 14 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop
Nov. 15 Calgary, AB The Distillery
Nov. 16 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
Nov. 17 Portland, OR Branx
Nov. 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Nov. 20 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Nov. 21 Hollywood, CA Key Club
Nov. 23 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
Nov. 25 Denver, CO The Marquis Theater
Nov. 27 Tulsa, OK The Marquee Theater
Nov. 28 Dallas, TX The Rail Club
Nov. 29 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
Nov. 30 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Dec. 2 Tampa, FL Brass Mug
Dec. 4 Orlando, FL Firestone Live
Dec. 5 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Dec. 6 Richmond, VA Kingdom
Dec. 7 Baltimore, MD Sonar

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Germ Streaming Early Mixes From Debut Album

Germ is the solo project of Tim Yatras (Austere, Grey Waters, Woods Of Desolation, ex-Nazxul, etc) and has an upcoming debut album titled "Wish." Preliminary mixes from the album for
“Your Smile Mirrors The Sun” and “Asteroids Of Sorrow” can be streamed via the Germ Facebook profile. The band's publicist also commented on Germ:

"The debut album, 'Wish,' is a journey into a twisted mind. From horrific shrieks to beautiful vocal melodies, from ferocious blast beats to haunting atmospheric passages and everything in between, Wish is everything fans of an emotive style of heavy music could have hoped for. A bright, bizarre and simultaneously catchy fusion of elegant heavy rock music, furious back metal moments, Jean-Michel Jarre-influenced electronics and even classical influences. The voyage lasts for over 40 minutes, breaking through genres and niches, without losing touch to elegant and remarkable epicness, that covers the entire album. Prepare to feel dazed and attracted.

"Germ was conceived in 2003 to create something that combined the atmospheric black metal and rock for which Yatras is known with his love of classical, pop and electronic styles of music combined with a striking visual aspect to accompany that music. In 2006, a three-song EP was recorded, but never released. One track from the EP, 'Raving Mad With Sadness,' was uploaded to MySpace, and to this day gains considerable praise. This early song shows glimpses of what was to come, featuring an extended electronic breakdown and clean vocals mixed with Tim’s hellish shrieks. After this song appeared, things again fell silent.

"After almost three years of inactivity, Yatras entered SLS studios in October 2009 to begin tracking Germ’s debut full-length album. However, not long after, Yatras was again focused on other projects, this time composing pop songs for various major labels and producers, as well as working as a session drummer for various bands. As of February 2011, Yatras resumed work on the album, this time with the determination to see it through. The progress was slow, but Wish is finally complete and will see a release through Eisenwald in January 2012."

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Unexpect To Play Hellfest 2012

Quebec based avant-garde metallers Unexpect have announced they will be appearing at the upcoming 2012 edition of France's Hellfest Open Air, which takes place from June 15th - 17th. Further details on the festival are available at this location.

In related news, Unexpect also has the following upcoming Canadian tour dates:

01.10.11 @ Club Soda; Montreal, QC
07.10.11 @ Bar le Trash; St-Hyacinthe, QC
08.10.11 @ ICI par les Arts; St-Jerôme, QC
20.10.11 @ Gus Pub; Halifax, NS
21.10.11 @ The Manhattan; Moncton, NB
05.11.11 @ Place Nikitoutagan; Jonquière, QC
18.11.11 @ "The New" Hard Luck; Toronto, ON
19.11.11 @ Mavericks; Ottawa, ON
02.12.11 @ L'Agitée; Quebec city, QC
03.12.11 @ Bar le Magog; Sherbrooke, QC

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Unearth Posts Behind The Scenes Mayhem Footage

Each night before a day off, the Rockstar Mayhem Fest would give each group a chance to throw their own themed party for all of the bands, crew, and staff of the festival. After the Denver gig, Unearth got the chance to throw a party and Edward 40’s Hands was the obvious theme choice. The following is what ensued…

In related news, Unearth will return to North America on a co-headlining tour with Chimaira later this fall. Details are available here.

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Voivod In Pre-Production For New Album

Canadian legends Voivod are currently in pre-production for the a forthcoming release due out in 2012. Photos of the band in rehearsals can be seen through the band's Facebook page at this location.

The caption for the photos reads: "The guys are recording a couples news songs at their rehearsal spot, expect something in the vein of "Nothingface" with some elements from the other albums. It will be a classic VOIVOD album, I'm telling you."

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Dragonland Announces Track List For New Album

Swedish symphonic power metal band Dragonland, who recently announced that the title of the forthcoming LP will be "Under the Grey Banner," have released the track listing. The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records.

1. Ilmarion
2. Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains
3. The Tempest
4. A Thousand Towers White
5. Fire And Brimstone
6. The Black Mare
7. Lady Of Goldenwood
8. Dûrnir's Forge
9. The Trials Of Mount Farnor
10. Throne Of Bones
11. Under The Grey Banner
12. Ivory Shores

"Under the Grey Banner", is the third and final part of the trilogy "Dragonland Chronicles", a concept that the group had started on "The Battle Of The Ivory Plans" in 2001 and continued on "Holy War" in 2002.

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Bolero Offers Free Download Of Song

Canadian folk/black metal act Bolero is offering the song "When The Legends Die" as a free download from this location.

The song appears on the band's debut LP "Voyage From Vinland," which was self released earlier this year.

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Evergrey To Release Greatest Hits Collection

Swedish metal band Evergrey are set to release a two disc greatest hits collection called "A Decade and a Half." The artwork for the release is shown below. The deluxe package will contain previously unreleased songs, live tracks and an extensive booklet and will be available in North America on November 22, 2011.

The track listing for "A Decade And A Half" is as follows:

CD 1:

1. The Masterplan (taken from "In Search Of Truth")
2. Blackened Dawn (Live) (taken from "A Night To Remember")
3. Rulers Of The Mind (taken from "In Search Of Truth")
4. A Touch Of Blessing (taken from "The Inner Circle")
5. Frozen (taken from "Glorious Colission")
6. For Every Tear That Falls (Live) (taken from "A Night To Remember")
7. More Than Ever (taken from "The Inner Circle")
8. Blinded (taken from "Recreation Day")
9. Faith Restored (taken from "The Inner Circle")
10. These Scars (taken from "Torn")
11. Broken Wings (taken from "Torn")
12. Words Mean Nothing (taken from "Solitude, Dominance & Tragedy")
13. Wrong (Live) 03:12 (unplugged - previously unreleased)

CD 2:

1.The Great Deceiver (taken from "Recreation Day")
2. Monday Morning Apocalypse (taken from "Monday Morning Apocalypse")
3. Wrong (taken from "Glorious Colission")
4. Waking Up Blind (Live) (taken from "A Night To Remember")
5. Solitude Within (taken from "Solitude, Dominance & Tragedy")
6. Recreation Day (taken from "Recreation Day")
7. Still In The Water (taken from "Monday Morning Apocalypse")
8. Leave It Behind Us (taken from "Glorious Collision")
9. Fear (taken from "Torn")
10. When The Walls Go Down (Live) (taken from "A Night To Remember")
11. Frozen (Live) (unplugged - previously unreleased)

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Van Canto Posts New Music Video

Power a Capella German band Van Canto posted a new music video for "Primo Victoria," the band's rendition of the Sabaton classic. The song features Sabaton frontman Joakim Bróden and appears on the new LP "Break The Silence" our on Napalm Records.

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Soul Seller Announces New LP Posts New Music Video

Italian hard rockers Soul Seller announced that the debut LP "Back to Life" will be released on October 21, 2011 through Avenue of Allies Records. The album was produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Shining Line, Lionville, Eden's Curse) and includes a lead vocal duet with Oliver Hartmann (Hartmann, Avantasia).

The album art is shown here:

The band also posted a music video for the first single "Wings of Freedom," seen here:

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Trollfest Posts New Music Video

Norwegian folk metal band Trollfest have posted a new music video for the song "Karve." The song appears on the band's latest LP "En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral" released on April 29, 2011 on NoiseArt Records.

Check out the video here:

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Suicidal Angels Announce New LP, Reveal Artwork

Greeks thrash band Suicidal Angels announced that the band will enter Prophecy & Music Factory studios in Kempten, Germany to record the forthcoming LP "Bloodbath," which is due for release on January 27, 2012 via NoiseArt Records. The cover art, created by Ed Repka, can be seen below:

In addition, the band will support Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Legion of the Damed and Misery Index on a tour next spring. The confirmed dates are as follows:

09.02.2012 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
10.02.2012 DE - Oberhausen, Turbine Hall
11.02.2012 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
12.02.2012 NL - Enschede, Atak
13.02.2012 FR - Paris, Bataclan
14.02.2012 DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
15.02.2012 CH - Pratteln, Z7
16.02.2012 IT - Milan Live Club
17.02.2012 AT - Wien, Arena
18.02.2012 DE - München, Backstage
19.02.2012 BE - Antwerp, Trix
21.02.2012 IT - Bologna, Estragon
22.02.2012 SK - Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
23.02.2012 CZ - Prague, KD Vltavska
24.02.2012 AT - Linz, Posthof
25.02.2012 DE - Geiselwind Music Hall
27.02.2012 SE - Stockholm, Munchenbryggeriet
28.02.2012 SE - Gothenburg, Trädgårn
29.02.2012 DK - Aarhus, Voxhall
01.03.2012 DE - Berlin, postal station
02.03.2012 DE - Leipzig, Hellraiser
03.03.2012 DE - Giessen, Hesse Hall
04.03.2012 NL - Tilburg, O13 "Neurotic Deathfest"

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Desaster To Enter Studio In October, Album In 2012

German thrashers Desaster announced that they will be enter Toxomusic studios in Germany with producer Wally Walldorf to record the band's seventh studio release "The Arts of Destruction." The album will be released in early 2012. The album will consist of nine tracks.

The band commented on the upcoming album:

“The album will be full of Metal to bang your head to, to raise your fist at and to worship Heavy Metal music in general! Fuck off trends, hail the cult of Heavy Metal!”

Upcoming tour dates for Desaster are as follows:

November 5, 2011 - Wermelskirchen, Germany – AJZ Bahndamm
November 26, 2011 – Lörrach, Germany – Metalforces Festival
December 16, 2011 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Metal Meeting

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Opeth Stops By Philadelphia For A Sold-Out Show

Opeth’s latest album “Heritage” has divided the band's fan base in a way not seen since 2003 with “Damnation,” and even back then, it never got as heated as some of the discussions on “Heritage” going off in various forums, blogs, and web sites. With Opeth’s 10th studio album released just a few days prior, the band made a stop in rain-soaked Philadelphia on the first U.S. headlining tour in support of “Heritage.” With fellow Swedish act Katatonia as direct support, the Trocadero was sold-out for the show. What fans got was from both bands was a few solid hits and a mellow atmosphere that caught many off-guard. More...

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