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Metal News for September 7, 2011

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Chthonic Posts Light Version of "Takao"

Chthonic has posted a light version (partial) of "Takao," filmed on August 27th during a special show in Yilan. The song is off the Taiwanese band's sixth album, "Takasago Army" (reviewed here), which was just released in North America on September 6th, 2011.

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Misguided Aggression: "Autonomy Is Our Cause"

Out with the crushing new album "Flood the Common Ground," Misguided Aggression has already bowled over the Canadian east coast and is gearing up for new festival appearances and tour dates. As the band builds up to more devastating live shows, members Ben Dobson and Rob DeMedeiros shared their thoughts on the recording process for the album, as well as what the band accomplished this time around and how the music progressed from earlier releases.

Delving into the themes of the new album, Rob commented "Autonomy is our cause. We encourage thought. We encourage difference. Freedom is something everyone wishes to hold. All over the world, there are communities who have never experienced it, and there are those who have only had a glimpse of it. Many of us look down from above, believing we have obtained it, when in reality, it is only a mockery of what could be. When we band together though, and go out of our way to find the truth, we will hold the wisdom in our hands, and be able to change anything and everything."

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Rwake Streaming New Song "Was Only A Dream"

Arkansas doomsayers Rwake have posted another new track off their upcoming "Rest" full-length courtesy of Pitchfork. Check out “Was Only A Dream” by heading over here. The track “An Invisible Thread” was also previously posted online at The Obelisk.

"Rest" will see its North American release on September 27th on CD, digital and double LP. In addition, the band has the following upcoming live shows:

9/21/2011 White Water - Little Rock, AR
9/22/2011 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
9/23/2011 Rock Island Brewing Company - Rock Island, IA
9/24/2011 The Abbey - Chicago, IL
9/25/2011 The End - Nashville, TN

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Suffocation Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Suffocation is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which sets sail on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas" from Miami, FL. So far 22 of a total of 40 bands have been confirmed. The current list is as follows:

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

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The Fearless Friends Tour Lineup Announced

Fearless Records has announced the full line-up for The Fearless Friends Tour 2011, which includes headliners Blessthefall and supporting acts The Word Alive, Motionless In White, Tonight Alive, and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! The dates are as follows:

Nov 09 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum
Nov 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
Nov 11 – San Diego, CA @ Soma (Main Room)
Nov 12 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Nov 13 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Nov 14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Nov 15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Nov 16 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Nov 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
Nov 19 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Nov 20 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Nov 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Station Four
Nov 22 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Nov 23 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Nov 24 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Nov 25 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
Nov 26 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Nov 27 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
Nov 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Nov 30 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
Dec 01 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
Dec 02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Dec 03 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
Dec 04 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southerland
Dec 05 – Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone
Dec 06 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Dec 08 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Dec 09 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Dec 10 – St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
Dec 11 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
Dec 12 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
Dec 13 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Dec 14 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Dec 15 – El Paso, TX @ Open Gate Church
Dec 16 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

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Titans Eve Posts New Tour Video Blog

Vancouver, BC thrashers Titans Eve completed their two month North American tour last July in promotion of their debut release "The Divine Equal." The band has now posted the latest video blog from the tour chronicling Titans Eve's adventures from Philadelphia to Vancouver. Check out the clip below.

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Mournful Congregation Streaming New Release

As was previously announced, Australian funeral doom act Mournful Congregation has signed with 20 Buck Spin for the North American release of two full-length releases. The first of the pair, a compilation of out-of-print tracks entitled "The Unspoken Hymns," acts as a prologue for the band's newly completed full-length album, "The Book Of Kings."

20 Buck Spin has posted a full album stream of the "The Unspoken Hymns" compilation ahead of its September 20th release date. Fans can check out the oppressive five tracks through Bandcamp.

The label this week also confirms the details for Mournful Congregation's brand new 80 minute full-length "The Book Of Kings," which is set for North American release on November 8th. The track listing is as follows:

I. The Catechism of Depression (XIX:XIX)
II. The Waterless Streams (XII:XVIII)
III. The Bitter Veils of Solemnity (XII:II)
IV. The Book of Kings (XXXIII:X) More...

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Progress Utopia Posts New Track Online

Düsseldorf based act Progress Utopia has posted a new track online titled "The Seeds of Utopia," which is taken off the upcoming "Intenspheres" EP. Give the song in a listen in the clip available below. You can also check out Progress Utopia by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Eluveitie Issues Recording Update

Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie has issued the following update about the recording process for the upcoming "Helvetios" release:

"Well, what is there to say? Other than maybe f**k yes, the drums are done! After 4 days of intense recording and another 2 of experimenting we’ve finished all 12 of the full album songs and with them the very finest drum parts I’ve played on an Eluveitie album so far. And yes, you heard right, I just revealed another bit of information: Twelve full songs will be featured on Helvetios, amongst some shorter and more mellow tracks.

"So, to sum things up: Tommy Vetterli has once again proved why we chose him for more than just pushing some faders: Incredible ears and a talent to get the very best out of the performing musicians are yet again being combined with what I think are the strongest Eluveitie songs so far.

"Ivo has started the guitars, and we can’t wait to hear the result in a few weeks. I realize you all are going to have to be patient for a little longer than that, but rest assured, it’s going to be f**king worth it. With these word’s my part is done for now, but I’m sure Ivo will take over and give you an update soon."

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Gohma Streaming New Song

Gohma has posted a new song online titled "Where the White Fence Ends," which is available in the clip below. For more details on Gohma, and to hear more songs available for streaming, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Iced Earth Offering Re-Recorded "Dante's Inferno"

Iced Earth has re-recorded the entire 17-minute epic "Dante's Inferno" and is currently offering the track as a free download online.

“If there’s one song fans have asked us to play live more than any other it’s ‘Dante’s Inferno,’” Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer said. “The simple reason why we haven’t is because the original click track was erased, therefore requiring a keyboard player to do the parts live. That’s OK for a special event like when we recorded Alive in Athens, but to hire a keyboard player for a full tour, for one song, just isn’t financially feasible.”

This summer, during the recording of "Dystopia," Iced Earth’s soon-to-be-released 10th studio album, the band entered the studio for the express purpose of remedying that situation and re-recording the closing track on the band’s 1995 album "Burnt Offerings."

Schaffer and new vocalist Stu Block talk about the recording of “Dante’s Inferno” in the video clip available after the jump. The new version of “Dante’s Inferno” can be downloaded at this location.

“Dante’s Inferno” (which is based on Inferno, the first part of Dante’s poem The Divine Comedy) hasn’t been played live since 1999’s groundbreaking Alive in Athens album. “We wanted to say ‘Thank You’ to all of our loyal fans who have waited so long to hear us play ‘Dante’ again,” said Schaffer. “So, we decided to give this to them, free. It’s because of our fans we’ve been able to make music all these years. This is a way to show how much we appreciate them.” More...

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Primus Posts New Album Trailer

American progressive rock veterans Primus have posted a trailer online to promote its forthcoming new full-length album "Green Naugahyde." The new record is set to be released on September 13, 2011 and will feature the following track listing;

1. Prelude To A Crawl
2. Hennepin Crawler
3. Last Salmon Man
4. Eternal Consumption Engine
5. Tragedy’s a’ Comin'
6. Eyes Of The Squirrel
7. Jilly’s On Smack
8. Lee Van Cleef
9. Moron TV
10. Green Ranger
11. HOINFODAMAN
12. Extinction Burst
13. Salmon Men

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Xerosun Signs To Rising Records

Rising Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Ireland's Xerosun:

"We are delighted to announce the signing of Irish metallers Xerosun. The band's debut album, 'Absence Of Light' will be released on December 12th, 2011."

You can also check out the band's music video for the track "Cut Me Down" in the player below.

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Dates Revealed For 2011 "Monster Energy Outbreak"

Monster Energy Drink has released details behind its forthcoming "Outbreak Tour." The United States trek is set to feature performances from headliners Of Mice & Men with support coming from I See Stars, Iwrestledabearonce, That’s Outrageous, For The Fallen Dreams and Abandon All Ships. The dates for the tour, which is currently planned to reach 27 cities, can be found below.

10/26 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
10/27 Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater
10/28 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
10/29 Bakersfield, CA – Dome
10/30 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
11/01 Portland, OR – Hawthorne
11/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/04 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
11/05 Denver, CO – Summit
11/07 Austin, TX – Emo’s East
11/08 Tulsa, OK – Cains
11/09 Houston, TX – Warehouse
11/11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Rocketown
11/12 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
11/13 Orlando, FL – Firestone
11/15 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11/16 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
11/17 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
11/18 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon
11/19 Albany, NY – Northern Lights
11/20 Buffalo, NY – Xtreme Wheels
11/22 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
11/23 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
11/25 Sauget, IL – Pops
11/26 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
11/27 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
11/29 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar

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Svartsot Comments On Upcoming Shows

Denmark's Svartsot has issued the following recap of live shows and announcement about more tour dates:

"The tour of Denmark started this weekend just gone, and we would now like to thank everybody. Firstly the bands: Heidra, Rarefaction and Fejd in Svendborg and Sylvatica on Bornholm. And all of those who helped us – a special thanks goes out to Per and Kamila on Bornholm for their hospitality! Finally to the fans who came to both shows.

"We can also inform fans that an extra show has been added to the list supplied earlier. The show will take place at Gyngen in Århus on Saturday October 29th, and support will be provided by Sylvatica and Fairytale Abuse.

"Last but not least, we'd like to remind all fans in the Copenhagen area that we will be playing at Studenterhuset on Saturday September 17th, and support will be provided by Sylvatica. We hope to see as many there as possible!"

Svartsot also recently released the new album "Maledictus Eris." You can find a teaser for the album here.

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Final Tracklisting Announced For Metallica's Lulu

Metallica and Lou Reed have revealed the final, complete tracklisting from their forthcoming collaboration album, "Lulu." The album is currently set for an October 31st European release with its North American release expected one day later both through Warner Bros. Records. The record is based off of German expressionist Frank Wedekind's early 20th century plays Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box, and were a rewrite of Edgar Allan Poe's, The Raven, which emerged as a graphic novel on Fantagraphics Press.

The final tracklisting for the effort is as follows:

1. Brandenburg Gate
2. The View
3. Pumping Blood
4. Mistress Dread
5. Iced Honey
6. Cheat On Me
7. Frustration
8. Little Dog
9. Dragon
10. Junior Dad

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Orange Goblin To Play Candlefest

Orange Goblin has issued the following announcement about appearing at the upcoming Candlefest in Manchester:

"We are proud to announce that Orange Goblin will headline a one-off exclusive show at Moho Live in Manchester as part of this years Candlefest. Candlefest 2011 is organized by Candlelight Records and will take place at 3 venues this year, as follows:

Sat 12th Nov - The Underworld, London
Sun 13th Nov - Moho Live, Manchester
Sun 20th Nov - Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

"The full line up is as follows: Orange Goblin(Manchester ONLY), Anaal Nathrakh, Altar of Plagues, Winterfylleth, The Rotted, October File, Xerath, Eastern Front & Falloch. Tickets are on sale now."

Orange Goblin is also currently recording a new, as-yet-untitled album. A statement from the band about the upcoming release can be found here.

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Periphery Comments On Dream Theater Tour

Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor has posted the following statement online, in response to the news that the band will be opening for Dream Theater on its upcoming tour.

"To say that the chance For Periphery to open for Dream Theater is a dream come true would be a gross understatement. Dream Theater has been one of my favorite bands for about as long as I can remember. I started taking guitar seriously and bought my first 7 string because of John Petrucci. If it weren’t for Dream Theater, Periphery simply would not exist. I can’t express in words just how excited we are for the opportunity to share the stage with them."

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Hammer Horde Reveals New Album Details

Hammer Horde has checked in with the following announcement about the band's upcoming "Vinlander" album:

"Greetings, everyone! Please pardon our recent silence, we've had our hands full with a few things recently and an update is long overdue. We will be returning to Dimmworks Studios in a few weeks to get started on the mixing of our new album. As we said before, even with our preliminary mixdowns, things are already sounding great and we can't wait for all of our friends and fans to finally hear what we've been working so hard on. So, without further ado, here is the official track listing to our new full-length album:

1. Infinite Warthirst
2. Vinlander
3. Hero's Heart
4. Oathkeeper
5. Hymn of the Fjords
6. Riders of Annihilation
7. Archaic Offerings
8. Led by the Ancient Light
9. Midgårdian Revelry
10. Hoddmímir's Holt
11. The Curse of Andvari

"At this point, an official release date still remains uncertain, but the closer we get to completion the more we'll know for sure. We hope to unveil the album artwork soon as well, so stay tuned! Next update from the studio in just a few weeks. Cheers!"

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Clutch Announces European Headline Tour

American hard rockers Clutch have announced that it will remain overseas following its forthcoming direct support slot with Volbeat for a handful of headlining shows across Europe. You can check out the newly announced dates, cities and venues below.

11/18 Berlin, GER – Roadrunner’s
11/19 Copenhagen, DEN – The Rock
11/21 Trondheim, NOR – Byscenen
11/22 Bergen, NOR – USF Verftet
11/23 Stavanger, NOR – Folken
11/25 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
11/26 Stockholm, SWE – Klubben
11/27 Gothenburg, SWE – Trädgårn
11/28 Malmö, SWE – KB
11/30 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi

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1349 Announces Limited Edition Box Set

Norwegian black metal act 1349 has announced the "Demonoir" album will be released as a limited edition box set on October 7th with seven bonus tracks, including a song that has never been released before.

The box set also contains a 12 page booklet, guitar picks, patches, and a signed photo card. Pre-orders are available at this location.

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Like Moths To Flames Reveal New Album Title

Metalcore act Like Moths To Flames has posted the following update online, revealing the title of its new album to be "When We Don’t Exist."

"Our new album will be titled 'When We Don’t Exist.' The title is meant to convey the idea of not 'existing' the way that we have before: Not being yourself anymore, not believing what you used to believe, not feeling how you used to feel. We gave the album title to Daniel Wagner of Design By Dub and asked him to portray the dark side of life, showing the troubles that we all face as people & the ghosts that we deal with."

The album is currently set for a November 8, 2011 release date.

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Carnifex Posts Third Studio Clip

San Diego extreme metal act Carnifex has posted a new video update featuring in-studio footage for the release of the its forthcoming new album, "Until I Feel Nothing." You can check out the newly uploaded clip below.

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Chaos In Paradise Releases Single For Free

Chaos in Paradise has checked in with the following update about offering the "Awareness" single as a free download:

"Hello friends, as we promised, our single 'Awareness' from the 'Let the Bliss Remain' EP is now available for free download!

"You can now download it at the following links: Reverbnation and Mega Upload. We hope you enjoy it, more news soon!"

The band also recenlty made the song "Sign of Deliverance" available for streaming online at this location.

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Static-X Frontman Releases Solo Music Video

Static X frontman Wayne Static has teamed up with Noisecreep to debut the music video for his new solo single "Assassins Of Youth." The clip is available for viewing below while his new solo album "Pighammer" is currently set for an October 4th release date through Dirthouse Records.

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Pathology Posts "Media Consumption" Teaser

Pathology has posted a teaser clip online for the upcoming "Media Consumption" music video, which can be viewed below. The full video will be released online next week.

"Media Consumption" is taken from Pathology's new album "Awaken To The Suffering," due out September 13th, 2011.

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Absu Streaming New Song Online

Absu has posted a new song online from the band's new full-length "Abzu," which is set for North American release on October 4th, 2011. To check out “Abraxas Connexus" head over to Pitchfork.com here.

Absu has confirmed several live shows in support of "Abzu," including an appearance in Athens, Greece this week. Upon the band's return Absu has also locked down a special home-state show in San Antonio, Texas and an appearance at Aurora Infernalis Festival in The Netherlands in October. The currently announced dates are as follows:

9/10/2011 An Club – Athens, Greece
10/22/2011 007 Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/29/2011 Aurora Infernalis Festival – Driel, Netherlands
11/10/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/11/2011 Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY
11/12/2011 Reverb – Reading, PA
11/13/2011 TBA – Boston, MA
11/26/2011 Messe des Morts Festival – Montreal, QC

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Dream Theater Announces European Tour Dates

American progressive metal legends Dream Theater have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour in January of next year, in support of their forthcoming new album, "An Unexpected Turn Of Events," which will be released through Roadrunner Records on September 13th. Backing the group on the tour will be Periphery.

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Megadeth Reveals New Album Artwork

American thrash metal legends Megadeth have posted the front cover artwork online for their forthcoming new studio album, "TH1RT3EN." You can check it out below. The record will be released through Roadrunner Records this Autumn and will also feature the following songs:

1. Sudden Death
2. Public Enemy No. 1
3. Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)
4. We The People
5. Guns, Drugs & Money
6. Never Dead
7. New World Order
8. Fast Lane
9. Black Swan
10. Wrecker
11. Millennium Of The Blind
12. Deadly Nightshade
13. 13 More...

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Sorcier des Glaces Issues Recording Update

Canadian black metal band Sorcier des Glaces has checked in with the following update about recording new material:

"Snowland-Reprise MMXI: Luc is recording his drum parts at the moment! We will mix the album probably next month to get that dark Autumn aura... Oh and by the way the album will be released by Mankind's Demise Records and Productions Hérétiques this time, a honorable collaboration! VIVE LE QUÉBEC!"

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Elitist Posts Studio Footage

California based act Elitist has posted a video clip online showing the band's time working on the "Earth" EP, as well as introducing the band's new vocalist. Check out the clip in the player below.

The "Earth” EP is set for release on October 25th, 2011 via Blkheart Group and the track listing is as follows:

1. Pulse
2. Specter
3. Of Creations
4. Fracture

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Skeletonwitch Posts More Studio Footage

Skeletonwitch has posted a second making-of clip online from the band's time recording the new album "Forever Abomination." Check out the footage below. "Forever Abomination" due out on October 7th, 2011 (Mainland Europe) October 10th, 2011 (U.K.), October 11th, 2011 (North America) and October 19th, 2011 (Japan).

The band also recently posted a new track from the album online. Head over here to check out "Reduced to the Failure of Prayer."

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Bewilderbiest Changes Name, Posts New Song Online

New doom metal band, Bewilderbiest, featuring various members of other well known metal bands, has changed its name to Bereft. The band has also uploaded the song "Withered Efflorescence" to its new Facebook page for streaming.

"This will give everyone a taste of what this band is about; dark, depressing, doom," commented vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliott. "Definitely different from what we do in our usual bands. It's heavy as hell and we're all really proud how the record and collaboration came out, and we hope people feel the same way."

"On this particular track Sacha and Derek D. worked together on the music while Derek R. and I worked on the lyrics. I've always envisioned vocal tradeoffs with Sacha on this one, ever since the demo he sent me years ago, so that's what you hear on the chorus."

"This project has been on the back burner since 2008, so we hope people enjoy finally listening to it as much as we do. Come check out our first show ever at The Handbag Factory this month in Los Angeles!"

Bereft is made up of Sacha Dunable on guitar (Intronaut, Graviton), Derek Donley on drums (National Sunday Law, Graviton), Charles Elliott on vocals and guitar (Abysmal Dawn) and Derek Rydquist on bass (ex-The Faceless).

The debut album from BEREFT was recorded and mixed by drummer Derek Donley. Mastering has handled by Brian Elliott (EXHUMED, DYING FETUS) at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL.

The band has one upcoming shows scheduled at the moment:

9/30 The Handbag Factory - Los Angeles, CA

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More Bands Announced For Metal Suckfest

MetalSucks has announced the latest batch of bands to appear at The Metal Suckfest, a concert event this fall spanning two days and featuring 20 bands. As previously announced, Municipal Waste will headline the first night, Friday, November 4th, while Cynic will headline the second night, Saturday, November 5th, at NYC's Gramercy Theater.

The lineup so far is shaping up as such:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Municipal Waste
God Forbid
Today is the Day
Howl
Black Tusk
Magrudergrind
Ramming Speed
Prime Evil

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Cynic
Obscura
The Red Chord
A Life Once Lost
Scale the Summit
Fight Amp
Rosetta
Ultrageist

The remaining four bands to play the festival will be announced soon. Tickets for the festival will go on sale this Friday, September 9th, at 10am at LiveNation.com.

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RAM Signs With Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records announced that it has signed Swedish traditional metal artists RAM. The band is set to release "Death" in early 2012. Other information on the "Death" release can be found at this location.

The full announcement from Metal Blade reads:

"Metal Blade is proud to announce the signing of one of the leading forces in Swedish Heavy Metal, RAM!

"Comments RAM: 'We are very pleased and proud to sign with a metal label that has done so much for Heavy Metal and has such an amazing legacy. We are also very pleased to become labelmates with our good friends and fellow Swedish old school headbangers Portrait and In Solitude. Now with the Blade of metal behind our backs the conquest of demolition continues! HEAVY METAL TYRANNY!'

"RAM was created back in '99 and released their first E.P 'Sudden Impact' in 2003. After playing numerous festivals and a support tour for Sebastian Bach they released their first longplayer 'Forced Entry' in late 2005 which brought the entire old school Heavy Metal community to its knees. RAM hit the road with Dark Tranquillity, did some Scandinavian shows with Gamma Ray and played gigs and festivals all over Europe.

"In 2008 the band returned to the studio with producer Johan Reivén to record the album 'Lightbringer' which was released in 2009 via AFM Records. This time they really took the time to explore the true heavy metal sound. The recording of the album took 10 months of nothing but strife for pure Heavy Metal perfection. RAM also headed out on a headline European tour to promote the album.

"In 2011 RAM went back into the studio to record their third album 'Death.' This time they worked with producers Per Stålberg and Olle Björk to create their best album to date by far. Live shows as support for Swedish extreme black metal band Watain followed as well as destroying some festivals.

Metal Blade and the World tremble in fear before the early 2012 release of the Metal behemoth that is 'Death.' "

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Arch/Matheos Posts "Incense & Myrrh" Video

Arch/Matheos has posted a new video for "Incense & Myrrh." This is the fifth in a series of track-by-track videos for the forthcoming LP "Sympathetic Resonance," which is scheduled for release on September 13, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.

If you missed the earlier videos, check out this location.

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Epica Enters Studio To Record 5th Album

Epica updated it's Facebook Page stating that the band has entered the studio to record the follow up to "Design Your Universe" for Nuclear Blast Records, which is scheduled to be released on March 9, 2012.

The update reads "As of today, Epica has started the recordings for their 5th full-length album. This still untitled album will expectedly be released by Nuclear Blast on the 9th of March, 2012. Epica entered the famous Gate-studio's in Germany once more to work with world renowned producer Sascha Paeth (Kamelot, Avantasia, Rhapsody of Fire). First up is Ariën van Weesenbeek to record his drumparts. Keep a close eye on this website and the official Epica-channels for updates on the recordings!"

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