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Metal News for September 4, 2012

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

Waylander Gives A Lesson In Heritage And Metal

It is hard to believe that nearly twenty years has passed since brothers Ciaran "Ardchieftain" O'Hagan and his brother Dermot started the pagan band Waylander in Northern Ireland. Through many years of demos and line up changes, Waylander is back with it's fourth album, "Kindred Spirits." The album is in the vein of a heavier pagan metal direction, which the band had shown signs of gravitating towards on their last album.

Another thing that is immediately apparent is the rich storytelling that Waylander is known for. Every album of theirs is not only a bona fide metal experience but an anthropology lesson as well. Vignettes of the Gaelic/Irish history permeate "Kindred Spirits" in the same way they have graced every other release. Chieftain O'Hagan not only sings about the pagan way, but lives it as well. He is involved in many of the traditions that make him and the band distinctly Irish.

Being from Northern Ireland and having a band composed of members on both sides of the divide, it is no wonder that Waylander chooses to focus on the true Irish traditions rather than identifying with the socio-political vagaries and strife that cause dissension. Chieftain was amicable enough to visit with us today and discuss Waylander's direction on the new album "Kindred Spirits" and the relevant tales that have inspired the music of the band. More...

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Zonaria Releases Official Video

Swedish death metallers Zonaria have released a video for the song "Silent Holocaust" from their newest offering, "Arrival of the Red Sun." Check out the video below. Released on August 14th in North America by Listenable Records, "Arrival of the Red Sun" features performances by recently added members Caleb Bingham (guitar) and Max Malmer (bass), both formerly of Five Finger Death Punch. The album was recorded by Jonas Kjellgren at Abyss Studios and mixed by Ronnie Björnström at Garageland Studios.


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Devin Townsend On New Album "Epicloud"

After finishing up a four part interconnected series of albums (check out our reviews of "Ghost" and "Deconstruction"), Devin Townsend remains ever on the move and is already preparing for the release of his next project, titled "Epicloud." With the album set to drop later this month, I got the opportunity to speak with the eccentric metal mastermind himself to see what fans can expect from this latest sonic adventure. In his own words, "If what I do interests you, then this record is something you will probably think is good. If what I do bugs the shit out of you, then you’re not going to like it, so good luck and no hard feelings."

During our chat, Heavy Devy explained how "Epicloud" leaves the negative aspects of metal behind to put a positive focus on the good things in life, and how that necessitated using guest musicians such as Anneke from The Gathering and even a gospel choir. The surprisingly candid discussion also led to Devin discussing his connection on a personal level with metal icons such as Ihsahn over having children and a real life outside the extreme metal persona.

The full interview, available below, also explores his thought processes on the difficulty of choosing material for a live set list, an unexpected attempt at poop humor, and confirmation on an upcoming new Ziltoid album. More...

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Obscenity Streaming New Track

Metal Hammer Germany has posted an exclusive debut of the title track off the forthcoming release from veteran death metal act Obscenity, "Atrophied in Anguish." The long-running German band will release its eighth album on September 14th through Apostasy Records. Its first offering since 2006's "Where Sinners Bleed," "Atrophied In Anguish" was recorded at Soundlodge Studio (God Dethroned, Sinister, Dew-Scented) with producer Jörg Uken. After 23 years of pure death metal mayhem a new chapter begins. Visit this location to hear it, or stream it right here.


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Pit Stories: The First True Metal Show Experience

Every Tuesday we chat up band members and metal fanatics to get their favorite mosh pit stories from live shows. This week guitarist Camden Cruz from Seven Kingdoms reminisces about his first true crazy pit experience at a metal show where he saw the legendary Jason Suecof:

I remember going to my first legit death metal show. It was Nechrophagist, Arsis, Nuraxis, and Cattle Decap at Will's Pub in Orlando. I was maybe 18 then just getting into the other genres of metal. I was at the front of the stage just eating up all the crazy blast beats and sweeps and it was the first time I ever saw Jason Suecof from Audiohammer. Being a huge Trivium nut back then, It was cool to finally see the guy that recorded them. The first time I saw him he was flying past the opening launching himself and his wheelchair into the sides of the pit. I just remember thinking 'Man, this guy is legit!' haha.

Seven Kingdoms is set to release new album "The Fire is Mine," which was produced by Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Obituary, JOP, Jag Panzer etc), on October 9th, 2012 through Nightmare Records. For more info on Seven Kingdoms, check out the band's Facebook profile here.

Be sure to check back in again next Tuesday as we continue to share more pit stories from metal shows. More...

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Primitive Graven Image Streaming New Song

Primitive Graven Image has posted the opening song online from new album "Psychedelic Episodes {Observations on Death and Deathlessness}." Check out "Eye of Existence" in the player below. The band also commented:

"The song is the first track from the album, is entitled 'Eye of Existence' and deals with the search for God, gods, solitude, peace, truth, death and deathlessness (to name but a few!). What are the consequences of such a search? The whole album, and this song in particular, is an epic journey into these kinds of questions."

The album's track listing is:

1. Eye Of Existence
2. Ten Thousand Armageddons
3. Mock The Lifeline
4. Slave To The Mannequin
5. Attack The Attacker
6. Breathe
7. The Maniacal Laughter Of A Dying Man
8. The Killer, The Philosopher and the Holy Man
9. Of Death And Deathlessness More...

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Hivesmasher Signs With Black Market Activities

Hivesmasher, which was covered in the Boston edition of our Unearthing the Metal Underground column, has now issued the following announcement about signing with Black Market Activities:

"So, you've probably heard the news by now. We have been signed to the wonderful and spectacular Black Market Activities Records. We couldn't be happier to be part of a family that in the business of music because they ACTUALLY love music (instead of how many hits we have on Friendster).

"We're also excited to be on the same label as the guys in Fit For An Autopsy, Today Is The Day, The Network,, Ed Gein, The Abominable Iron Sloth, Gaza, and so many others. Thanks to Guy and Curran for giving us a shot the opportunity to musically assault everyone, everywhere.

"Be on the lookout for Gutter Choir which is going to drop on October 23! In the meantime, we'll be announcing the pre-order details which will include the album, and additional goodies on behalf of IndieMerch. 2012/13 will be getting wicked weird. You're not safe."

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Ken Sorceron Sings Abigail Williams' Swan Song

Inconsistent members, misrepresentation and the doldrums of answering interview questions with an assembly-line frame of mind have led to the dissembling of Candlelight Records’ most prolific band Abigail Williams. One question that founder and mastermind Ken Sorceron scorned was “tell me about your band name?” Abigail Williams was one of the accusing girls in the Salem Witchcraft trials. The group’s dark ambiance and orchestrations aptly describe a style of black metal that conjures images of superstition and witch burnings. Unfortunately, these ideas were not clearly expressed in their early marketing plan.

These mishaps are some of the reasons Sorceron is closing this chapter of his life. However, music is in his future plans. Metal Underground.com climbed into his van parked outside Beerland in Austin, Texas to find out more about Abigail Williams’ final hour and what the future may bring. More...

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Witch Mountain Announces Tour With Castle

Witch Mountain is back in action and has teamed with Scion A/V to plot a massive North American trek alongside Prosthetic Records' new doom three piece Castle. The tour will kick-off in Portland on October 11th and run all the way through to another Portland show on November 18th.

10/11 – Portland, OR @ Plan B (w/Rabbits)
10/12 - Vancouver, BC @ Interuban Gallery
10/13 – Seattle, WA @ Highline
10/14 – Moscow, ID @ Prichard Gallery
10/15 – Boise, ID @ Shredder
10/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Bard Deluxe (w/SUBROSA)
10/19 – St. Paul @ Turf Club
10/21 – Madison, WI @ High Noon
10/22 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
10/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
10/24 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
10/25 – Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
10/26 – Hamilton, ON @ Corktown Pub
10/27 – Ottawa, ON @ Café Dekcuf
10/28 – Montreal, PQ @ Katacombes
10/29 – Burlington, VT @ Nectars
10/30 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/31 – New Haven, CT @ BAR
11/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
11/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
11/04 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/05 – Asheville, NC @ Static Age Records
11/06 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
11/08 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
11/09 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
11/10 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
11/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap
11/13 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
11/14 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar (w/Ides Of Gemini)
11/15 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium
11/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Parkside
11/17 – Arcata, CA @ Alibi
11/18 – Portland, OR @ Ash St Saloon (w/Lord Dying) More...

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Texas In July Posts New Lyric Video

Texas in July has posted a new lyric video clip online for the song "Cry Wolf," which will be appearing on the band's new self-titled album, due out October 9th, 2012. Check out the song in the player available below. Pre-orders for the album can be found at this location. Texas in July will also be hitting the road with For Today and Impending Doom in October, with full details right here.

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Rage Nucleaire Streaming New Song

Montreal's extreme black metal act Rage Nucleaire has premiered "Violence is Golden," the first track from the band's forthcoming debut album, over at Facebook here.

"Violence is Golden" is the lead-off track from the group's new full-length "Unrelenting F*cking Hatred." The album is set for a November 6th release in North America (October 19 for the rest of the world), and is available for pre-order here on CD and ultra-limited double Lp. The full track listing is as follows:

1. "Violence Is Golden"
2. "Hunt With Murderworms, Sculpt With Flies"
3. "The Gift Of The Furnace"
4. "Fields Of The Crucified'
5. "Endziel"
6. "The Sorrow Children At Mourningside"
7. "30 Seconds In The Killhouse"
8. "Unrelenting Fucking Hatred"
9. "The Gallows And The Black Coffin"
10. "The Feeding Habits Of Homo Horriblis"

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No Bragging Rights Reveals New Album Cover

With a new record right around the corner, No Bragging Rights has released the album cover and track listing "Cycles," due out October 16th, 2012. Lead singer, Mike Perez comments:

"The album art looks great! I think Portland hit the nail right on the head. It's pretty cool to see what he did with the ideas we gave him. Naming our songs is our least favorite part of the process but I think we have some pretty solid names in there. I hope people appreciate the flow of the album, a lot of thought was put into it!"

No Bragging Rights recently signed a worldwide record deal with Good Fight / eOne Music. Perez continues: "The guys and I are beyond stoked to be a part of the GoodFight/eOne family. We feel this will be a good fit for us as we grow and continue moving forward. We cannot wait to get this album out to our friends and fans. We are very proud of the sound and even more proud of the message behind it. We're looking forward to playing these songs live and seeing everyone at the shows."

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BTBAM Posts Pre-Production Video Clip

Between The Buried And Me take fans inside the pre-production sessions for what would become "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" in a video clip available now via Metal Sucks here.

The footage shows the Charlotte, North Carolina band working on arrangements and song titles while preparing to enter the studio to record the 12-track, conceptual album which is set for an October 9threlease via Metal Blade Records.

Pre-order bundles are available now at this location. Between The Buried And Me recently wrapped the Summer Slaughter tour and will kick off a European trek on October 1st followed by Japanese, Australian, and New Zealand tour dates with Animals as Leaders opening in November. More...

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ASG Enters The Recording Studio

North Carolina psychedelic stoner punks ASG have entered the studio to begin recording their Relapse debut and first album in six years. The band’s 5th full-length is being recorded with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet) at the Sunset Lodge in Hollywood, CA.

The band commented on the new record which is planned for an early 2013 release via Relapse Records: “We are very proud of the new material, we feel that we have tested some new sonic grounds in terms of our sound, and we can't wait for people to hear it!”

Relapse Records also commented: "Impossible to pigeonhole, ASG has been wheelin’ and dealin’ in kick-ass rock n’ roll since forming in 2001. The band has previously released four albums with including their most recent, critically acclaimed effort Win Us Over in 2007. ASG has gained a reputation for their wildly energetic live shows, and has found themselves on the road with heavy-hitters Motorhead, The Sword, CKY, Fu Manchu, Torche and The Dwarves among others."

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Weapon Launches Album Making-Of Video Series

Canada's black/death destroyers Weapon announced earlier this year that they had joined forces with Relapse Records and would be recording their third full length offering. Soon after, the band embarked on tour with Marduk and 1349.

Now, Weapon has completed work on "Embers and Revelations," set for release on October 9th. You can now witness the band's studio processes through a series of webisodes. Check out episode one, featuring the drum tracking, in the player below. Weapon has also already unveiled the album's title track via Pitchfork. More...

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Satan's Wrath Streaming New Track

Today Decibel Magazine brings you the second track of sacrificial torment from blackened thrash legion, Satan's Wrath. Entitled "One Thousand Goats In Sodom," the hymn comes off the band's forthcoming "Galloping Blasphemy" full-length, set for North American release through Metal Blade Records on September 25th (September 21/24 in Europe). Hear the pure sonic necromancy at this location.

Comments multi-instrumentalist Tas Danazoglou simply: "Death to posers." The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Satan's Wrath is in direct communication with thy Master through ceremonial black magic and necromantic rituals. One member alone controls 13 Satanic covens worldwide and organizes the most hideous Sabbaths which our Lord graces in the form of the Black Goat.

"So rejoice, friend and companion of Hell, thou who wonderest in the midst of shades among the graves, who longest for blood and bringest horror to mortals, you child of Satan, accept our sacrifice and be one with the master of slanders! Belial, Lucifer, Astaroth! Look favorably upon us! This glory is for you my lords!

"Formed in 2011 by Danazoglou and guitarist Stamos K, Satan's Wrath deal in a style of heavy metal music which harkens to the times when the death, black and thrash genres were all considered one in the same, and only leather, spikes and bullets were real!" More...

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Sworn In Streaming New Song

Illinois act Sworn In will release the band's debut full-length 'The Death Card' in the first quarter of 2013 via We Are Triumphant. The band has now posted a new song from the album online. Check out the track "A Song For The Nameless" in the YouTube player below, or find more information on Sworn In over at Facebook here.

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Vektor Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Philadelphia-based progressive thrashers Vektor, who are currently in the middle of a U.S. headlining tour, have confirmed a string of North American shows with Napalm Death and Municipal Waste.

The band will be appearing as a special guest for eight shows at the beginning of the tour - which also features Exhumed - kicking off on October 26th in Springfield, Virginia. Vektor frontman David Disanto comments:

"We're all extremely stoked to be sharing the stage with such awesome and legendary bands! This will be our first time on the road as a support act and it's an honor because we're big fans of all the bands."

See Vektor on tour at the following shows: More...

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Abiotic Reveals "Symbiosis" Details

Surfacing from the heart of South Florida, Miami's Abiotic will release the "Symbiosis" album on October 22nd via Metal Blade Records. Today Abiotic has revealed the album artwork, tracklisting, and released the first single from the debut album.

1. Metamorphilia
2. Vermosapien
3. A Universal Plague
4. To Burgeon and Languish
5. Hegira
6. Conquest of Gliese
7. The Singe
8. Exitus
9. Facades
10. The Graze of Locusts

The first single from Symbiosis entitled "To Burgeon and Languish" is now available for streaming in the player below. Abiotic commented on the band's debut effort:

"This record will definitely show everyone what we're all about and we couldn't be more excited to release it! Sonic Assault Studios and Alan Douches did an amazing job on the production and the guest spots on it are top notch! We believe this record has something all metal lovers can enjoy!"

In support of the album, Abiotic will hit the road starting this September as a part of the "Return to Chaos" tour with Sea of Treachery, Float Face Down and The Burial. A complete list of dates can be found below. More...

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Serpentine Path Recruits New Guitarist

Serpentine Path, featuring the full former lineup of Unearthly Trance and guitarist Tim Bagshaw (ex-Electric Wizard, Ramesses), is now gearing up to release the band's self-titled debut LP via Relapse Records on September 11th.

Today, fans have another opportunity to hear new music from the record as the band has partnered with Decibel Magazine to debut a new track entitled "Obsoletion." Check out the track via Decibel Magazine here.

Serpentine Path has another major announcement today and would like to officially welcome Stephen Flam (Winter) as the band's second guitarist. Flam will join the band for the first time on October 27th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY. The show will feature the band playing alongside labelmates Tombs and 16.

Oct 27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar (w/ Tombs & 16)

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Orden Ogan Announces Track List For "To The End"

German power metal act Orden Ogen announced the track listing for the band's forthcoming LP "To the End." The album is scheduled for release on October 26, 2012 via AFM Records. Two of the featured songs, "Angels War" and "Mystic Symphony," will be familiar to fans, as the band decided to re-record the songs in the studio. Both tracks were part of the band's live set for years, but never were officially released on an album.

Vocalist/guitarist Seeb Levermann commented on the two tracks:

"It was an easy decision to have both tracks featured on an official Orden Ogan album finally. 'The Mystic Symphony' is from one of our very early demos, while 'Angels War' was part of our self-released "Testimonium A.D." recording from 2004. Since eight years now, both songs are part of our live set because the reactions have always been very good. And of course fans ever since kept asking where they could get these tracks. When we started working on 'To The End', we thought it was the perfect opportunity to 'legitimize' the two songs and make them a part of the new album."

The cover artwork for "To The End" was again created by legendary artist Andreas Marschall. Levermann added, "We’ve already worked with Andreas for our albums 'Vale' and 'Easton Hope' – and for sure we would like to continue working with him in the future. Andreas Marschall’s artworks very well fit with Orden Ogan, because we want everything to be handmade and real. Andreas gives the same attention to details as we do in the production. Therefore a digitally created cover artwork is not what we are looking for – even if it would save costs. Marschall is a passionate and exceptionally talented artist who was able to capture the mood and atmosphere we had in mind for 'To The End' – just like he did many time before in the past, with acts like Blind Guardian, In Flames or Running Wild.”

The track list for "To The End" is as follows: More...

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Aurora Posts New Track Online

Nevada's Aurora has posted another new song online from the band's upcoming new album "Mindless Motivation." You can listen to the track "Ties To Nothing" in the player available below. The previously posted song "Lucid Dreaming" can also be heard over at this location.

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Carry Your Ghost Announces Lineup Changes

Houston, Texas act Carry Your Ghost has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist and bassist:

"So as some of you may have heard, we've recently decided to part ways with our vocalist Kohl and bassist Jay. We still love those guys and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

"With that being said, we've made the choice to remain a five piece making Matt our only vocalist. We feel this decision is in the best interest of the band.

"In addition, our best friend Ty Yarborough will be stepping up to take on the role of our bassist. We're very excited to have him on board and we believe these actions are for the positive progression of this band.

"We hope more than anything to be a band that has a strong positive message and we believe this lineup best accomplishes that. We appreciate the constant support we've received from everyone and hope that you stand behind us in these times of change."

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Solstafir Live Footage From Eistnaflug Available

Fan-filmed footage is now available on line, courtesy of YouTube user HoddiDarko, of Icelandic act Solstafir performing live at the Eistnaflug Festival this past July, 2012. Check out the clip of Solstafir performing the song "Æra." below.

The track comes off disc 1 of the band's latest two-disc album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). You can also read a show report from a Solstafir concert earlier this year in Finland at this location.

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Tombs Streaming Davie Bowie Cover

Tombs has premiered a pair of covers of David Bowie’s classic “Heroes” via Ghettoblaster Magazine. You can check out the tracks over here or in the SoundCloud players available below. “Heroes” was originally recorded by David Bowie with Brian Eno in 1977. The “NYC Mix” features both verses in English, while the “Berlin Mix” features a verse in German. More...

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Pig Destroyer Live Footage Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user HeisW140, of Pig Destroyer performing live in Tokyo on August 23rd, 2012. Check out the clip below. Pig Destroyer will be releasing new album "Book Burner" on October 22nd via Relapse Records (October 29th in Europe).

The band self-recorded this fifth-full length and first album in over five years at guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios. "Book Burner" will feature 19 tracks. The deluxe editions will each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled The Atheist, penned by frontman JR Hayes. The Atheist is a post-apocalyptic tale about a decaying world taken over by the violence of religion that showcases the lyricists’ style for the first time as prose. The deluxe 2xLP will also contain an etched b-side featuring artwork by Wormrot frontman Arif Rot.

The ultimate edition, limited to 100 copies, includes an exclusive T-Shirt, autographed deluxe 2xLP on exclusive blood red color vinyl, a Pig Destroyer flip-top wick style lighter, and a Order Of The Godless Swine membership card which includes a digital download of the whole collection plus an alternate "dynamic" mastering job of both records done by Scott Hull intended to be played at maximum volume. The membership card will also entitle each card carrying member to a free T-Shirt directly from the band at any Pig Destroyer show. More...

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As They Burn Signs Record Deal

Victory Records is proud to welcome French outfit As They Burn to the label's roster. A video clip welcoming the band has been posted online and can be viewed below. Victory Records also commented:

"Emerging from the streets of Paris, France, As They Burn was formed by bassist Ronald Pastor, guitarist Fabio Meschini and drummer Milton Bakech in 2007. Vocalist Kévin Traore, known for his chillingly aggressive vocals, was enlisted shortly thereafter along with guitarist Hoby Arinosy. As They Burn was complete and ready to bring their music to the masses."

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Sad Eyes Finishes Recording New Album

Spanish death metal act Sad Eyes has completed work on the new album "9H0B1A," which is the follow-up to previous album. "...And Another Week." No release date has yet been announced, but you can listen to a new song off the album titled "50MN1."

Give the new track a listen over at the Sad Eyes MySpace music profile. You can also stream the full debut "...And Another Week" album in the player available below. More...

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This Or The Apocalypse Releases Lyric Video

This Or The Apocalypse has debuted a brand new single, "In Wolves," today via Noisecreep. Check out the lyric video right here or in the player below. "In Wolves" comes off the band's upcoming "Dead Years" album, which has the following track listing:

1. Hell Praiser
2. Power Hawk
3. In Wolves
4. Americans
5. Hate the Ones You Love
6. You Own No One but You
7. A Damn Moment
8. Gaunt and Fierce
9. Kill'em With Guidance
10. Hard Branch to Snap

The new ablum from This or the Apocalypse will be released on September 25th, 2012. Front man Ricky Armellino states: "'Dead Years' is full of some of the most painfully honest material we've ever written." More...

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Voivod Signs With Century Media, New LP January

Legendary Canadian metal act Voivod signed on with Century Media Records, in this, the band's 30th Anniversary. Voivod has been recording its new LP, now officially announced as "Target Earth." The thirteenth studio release will see a January 21, 2013 release through Century Media.

The band commented: "Our goal has been to find a partner for Iron Gang Factory to help get new Voivod music to the world and Century Media, we are proud to say, is the right company to do so globally. We can't wait to release tour and promote 'Target Earth.' ”

Voivod’s 30th anniversary celebrates their career as one of metal’s most influential bands. The handful of live albums, reissues and DVDs that began to surface in the past ten years proved how beloved this band really is, and now comes another album of inspired fresh material that proves Voivod still have many new paths to travel. What band continues to redefine and reinvent themselves 13 studio albums and 30 years into their career? There is only one answer to that question: Voivod.

More information on "Target Earth" is expected soon.

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Overthrow To Release New LP "Adjust To Darkness"

Having signed to Indie Recordings earlier this year, Norwegian metal band Overthrow has announced that its debut album will be entitled "Adjust to Darkness." The album was mixed by Matt Bayles (Mastodon) and is scheduled for release on October 19, 2012.

Overthrow was founded in 2007 and draws its inspiration from "every corner of heavy music." In 2011, the band released a self-titled demo which has made some waves in the Norwegian underground.

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Iced Earth To Release New Live Album/DVD

Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer posted a statement on Iced Earth's Facebook Page about the band's upcoming DVD/Live Album "Live In Ancient Kourion." The video was filmed in Cyprus at the tail end of the last three month leg of the "Dystopia World Tour." The band is also targeting the fall of 2013 for a new studio release.

The full statement reads as follows:

"Hello Iced Earthlings!

"I just wanted to write and say thanks for all the support on the last 3 month stretch of the Dystopia World Tour! Finishing that leg of the tour in Cyprus was the perfect ending to a very successful run.

"Now we are enjoying some much earned down time with friends and families. In a few weeks we will begin editing/mixing/mastering ICED EARTH “Live in Ancient Kourion.” Yes, it will be on Blue Ray, DVD, CD, and maybe even a special vinyl release of the audio version… we will see what kind of special packaging emerges, but it will be killer, you can count on that!

"I’m super proud of the guys in the band and our crew for giving their best efforts and making this very challenging gig a reality and a huge success.

"2013 will see another round of important touring, the first official headline show DVD release, and a new studio album later in the fall.

"Exciting times are upon us, the band is on fire, and on the attack!

"Europe, see you in December!

"Take care, Jon Schaffer"

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Before The Dawn Signs With Frostbyte Media

Finnish melodic death metal band Before The Dawn have inked a deal with Frostbyte Media for the release of the band's seventh album "Rise of the Phoenix." The album was issued back in April in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records and now will finally see a North American drop on September 25, 2012 through Frostbyte. A teaser of "Rise of the Pheonix" can be seen over at this location.

The track listing for "Rise of the Phoenix" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Pitch Black Universe (see music video here)
3. Phoenix Rising (see music video here)
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
8. Eclipse
9. Closure

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Stratovarius Posts Video Statement On New LP

Finnish symphonic metal band Stratovarius posted a video featuring vocalist Timo Kotipelto and keyboardist Jens Johansson regarding the band's next album. According to the video, the drum tracks (from new drummer Ross Pilve) are already recorded and the album is targeted for a 2013 release date.

Stratovarius has just released its live DVD Under Flaming Skies - Live In Tampere last week in North America through Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records.

Check out the video here: More...

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Riot Issues Statement About "Cashing In"

The remaining members of Riot, who recently announced that they will carry on after the tragic loss of founder Mark Reale in January, fired back at critics who claim that the band is "cashing in on the Riot name." The band is writing and recording the follow up to "Immortal Soul" and have over fifteen songs written for the release, but have recently come under fire from unnamed sources.

The statement on the band's official Facebook Page reads as follows:

"FOR THE RECORD! To all the people and other 'so called' pages that dont know what the real true story is and whats going on with Riot. First off, we are NOT cashing in on the name, Riot has never really made lots of money, not even Mark he lived with his parents til the day he passed AND we all have day jobs! We do it for the love of music and have to take time off to play. Mark was our brother and he lived with us and we took care of him up until his untimely passing and we are still deeply saddened by the death of a family member.

"Mike did ALL the guitar work on the Immortal Soul except 4 rhythm tracks that Mark layed because because of his illness he was too shakey to play correctly and It did frustate him. Don wrote most of the songs like he did on Thundersteel and Privilege of Power and has been with Mark since he co-wrote songs on Restless Breed and Born in America back in the early 80's. Mark was at the studio and was pleased with how it was coming out and was proud to call it a Riot record. This is NOT the Rock City line up, this is NOT the Fire Down Under line up, IT IS THE THUNDERSTEEL LINE UP, with the original member of that era, we were ALL fans of the early stuff with Guy and Rhett. Mark and his estates wishes were us to go on and most people want us to! We play songs WE wrote or co-wrote and play a few of Marks songs in tribute to him and the early years!

"There are bands out there playing songs and performing with ONE original guy in the band and some didnt write any of the music, Quiet Riot, Guns n Roses, Great White now Queensryche! and of course Thin Lizzy (well a couple guys, but NOT Phil) but people come out to hear songs they love. Get the REAL or REALE info hear. Mike Flyntz has been taking care of Mr. Reale since Marks death because he is like a son to him now. Have a little compassion and get the real story before you post anything you have NO clue about! Opinions are welcome, but vicious uneducated posts and comments will NOT be tolerated and will be removed and blocked. A press release will be issued soon to let you know whats coming! Shine On believers!"

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Liv Kristine Posts "Libertine" Album Trailer

Leaves' Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine has posted a new trailer on the making of her upcoming new solo release "Libertine." The album is due for release on September 5, 2012 (ESP/FIN/SWE/GRE), September 7, 2012 (GAS/BENELUX), September 10, 2012 (Rest of Europe) and September 18, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records. The trailer contains interviews and song snippets for the album.

In other news, Liv Kristine announced today that she is filming a new music video for the song "Paris, Paris," which will be released coinciding with the U.S. release date for "Libertine" on September 18, 2012.

Check out the trailer here:

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Lord Graham Pyre Splits With Stuka Squadron

Bassist Lord Graham Pyre announced that he has left U.K. traditional metal act Stuka Squadron. In a post on his Facebook Page, Pyre stated:

"[I have] left the band I formed, Stuka Squadron. Not my decision and not what I wanted. Extremely sad about it, but very glad to have had the support of the fantastic press and fans. Thanks all! You have been absolutely amazing!"

No official word from the band has yet been made, nor has a replacement for Pyre been named. The exact reasons surrounding the departure are unknown. Back in July, Hauptman Beam Von Beamish was recruited to fill in for Pyre for the band's performances at Headbanger’s Open Air Festival in Germany on 25th July and Woodstock Open Air Festival.

*UPDATE: The band later issued the following statement about the departure:

"Lord Pyre has today departed the ranks of the Squadron. A co-founding member, Pyre has served the Squadron for five years, but in recent months the Squadron has been operating nearly entirely without him.

We wish Lord Pyre well in his future journeys."

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Tarja Posts "Unboxing Act I Mediabook" Video

Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen posted a video clip featuring the "Unboxing of Act I Mediabook," the new live release. "Act I" is released today in North America through Ear Music in 2-CD, 2-DVD and Blu-Ray format. Two video cips from the release, featuring the unreleased tracks "Into the Sun" and "In for a Kill," can be seen at this location.

Check out the "unboxing" footage here:

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Bullet Streaming New Track "All Fired Up"

Swedish traditional metal/hard rock band Bullet is streaming the new track "All Fired Up." The song appears on the band's forthcoming release "Full Pull," which is scheduled for release on September 14, 2012 (EU) and September 25, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "Full Pull" is as follows:

1. Midnight Oil
2. Full Pull
3. Running Away
4. All Fired Up
5. Rolling Home
6. In The Heat
7. High On The Hog
8. Rush Hour
9. Freeriding
10. Gutterview
11. Warriors
12. Get On (Bonus Track)

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