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Metal News for February 27, 2013

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45 news articles posted on this day.

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Symphony X's Jason Rullo Suffers Heart Failure

New Jersey power/progressive band Symphony X just announced that drummer Jason Rullo was admitted to the hospital for heart failure. He was released has underwent a rehab program that will see him out of action for 3-6 months.

The official announcement reads: "World Management and Symphony X must unfortunately announce that last week, Jason Rullo was admitted to the hospital for heart failure. Jason spent a week in the hospital, and was released last week; he has started a rehab program, and has been told that his recovery will take a minimum of 3-6 months under doctors’ care. We are all hopeful that J will be back soon!"

Rullo commented “I would just like to say that I am happy to be home with my family after what was quite a week. We had a few scary days in there but I made it through what was hopefully the worst of it.

"Doctors say I have a very good chance for a full recovery so I plan to be back at 100% even if it takes awhile. I will go through cardiac rehab so I can be monitored while returning to form, so that I’ll know when it’s safe for me to return to drumming the way I always have, if not better.

Thanks to my friends and family for the support, and to the fans, I love you all! - JR"

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Carcass Reveals New Album Title

Speaking exclusively to Terrorizer magazine, British extreme metal legends Carcass have revealed that their new album title will be "Surgical Steel." This will be their first album since 1996's, "Swansong" and the first not to feature drummer, Ken Owen, whose place will be taken by Trigger the Bloodshed skinsman Daniel Wilding.

Guitarist Bill Steer told Terrorizer: "I found myself playing riffs that sounded like Carcass. This was after the band had finished the whole reunion cycle of shows and festivals. So officially I would have been playing with other bands and stuff, but for some reason whenever I picked up a guitar at home I was coming up with riffs that sounded like Carcass.

"I got on the phone to Jeff [Walker, bass/vocals] and said, ‘We could have a crack at writing a couple of tunes and seeing if they’re strong enough and take it from there’. We also agreed, if it didn’t sound like Carcass or have that kind of vibe to it, we would just drop it. So that was the thing, we got together and started working on some stuff and just immediately got the excitement back very quickly."

The album will contain fifteen tracks, and while the final tracklisting has yet to be confirmed, the names of the recorded songs are as follows:

"The Master Butcher’s Apron"
"The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills"
"A Congealed Clot Of Blood"
"A Wraith In The Apparatus"
"316l Grade Surgical Steel"
"Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System"
"Captive Bolt Pistol"
"Intensive Battery Brooding"
"None Compliance To Astm F899-12 Standard"
"Mount Of Execution"
"1985/Thrasher’s Abattoir"
"Unfit For Human Consumption"
"Livestock Marketplace"

You can read more about the album at Terrorizer.com

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Hate: "Man Is Nothing But Enslaved Scum"

The long-running Polish metallers in Hate dropped their latest opus "Solarflesh" (reviewed here) earlier this month. The death squad will also be hitting the road in Europe in March to support the album along with the legendary Hypocrisy.

Metalunderground.com got in touch with Hate guitarist "Destroyer" to find out what the band was up to between the "Erebos" and "Solarflesh" releases and what went into this new release. Destroyer shares his take on over-produced metal ("We were looking for a really raw and organic sound that would match the wilderness of ATF Sinner's lyrics"), and also discusses the album's themes of humanity being enslaved on multiple levels. Check out the full interview below. More...

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XKrude Posts "LaMadre" Video

XKrude has posted a music video online, which features the painting of the cover for new album "LaMadre," set for release later this year. Check out the clip below, or find more info on XKrude over at the band's Facebook profile.

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Howl Posts New Album Preview

Providence riff tyrants Howl will release "Bloodlines" in North American via Relapse Records on April 30th. Release dates are set for April 26th in Germany and April 29 in the U.K. and rest of Europe.

"Bloodlines" is now available for pre-ordering at the Relapse Records webstore, and a teaser trailer for the album can be found below. More...

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Factory Of Dreams Reveals New Album

Factory of Dreams' fourth album "Some Kind of Poetic Destruction" is now available for pre-order at this location.

The album features a 12-page booklet with original artwork, 70 minutes of music across 12 brand new tracks, and an original concept story. A teaser trailer is available below, and the band comments on the album's concept:

"The story follows the adventures of Kyra, a unique and mysterious character who holds the key to our fate. Something is closing in on the Earth. What is it? What is its purpose? What will happen to Earth? Discover this amazing storyline, full of surprises and mysteries, as we follow Kyra on an epic journey to find her purpose, faith and destiny throughout nearly 70 minutes of music.

"This new album explores even further the sound of the previous album Melotronical, pushing it beyond the boundaries of the Electronic Progressive Metal genre. Expect poignant melodies, heavy passages balanced by atmospheric parts, rhythmical changes and instrumental sections that are sure to delight all who appreciate the genre. More...

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Catuvolcus Calling It Quits

Vocalist Pierre-Aleksandr Plessix of Catuvolcus has checked in with the following statement about the band calling it quits:

"Catuvolcus is no more. As of the 26th of February 2013, Catuvolcus has returned into ashes and dust. Our music will remain available through both Deathbound Records and Hymnes d'Antan as well as other labels/distributors across the world.

"As I decided to end the journey we were working on different projects. My desire is to release them as they were intended to be. We will keep you posted about the evolution of these projects. These were the following:

"1. 'Vercingétorix' Lyric Video - To celebrate the re-release of 'Terres de Sang' we planned the release of a lyric video. Created by k-visuals.eu. Soon!

"2. 'Voyageurs de l'Aube' - A new EP with three new songs and a cover. Dedicated to David Gold and Woods of Ypres. Originally intended for a summer 2013 release on Deathbound Records. Artwork by Folkingrimm Art.

"3. 'Catuvolcus Spring T-Shirt' - New T-shirt, front and back print. Intended for a release on Deathbound Records somewhere between spring/summer 2013.

"4. 'Voyageurs de l'Aube' Special T-shirt - Special T-Shirt with complete artwork by Folkingrimm Art. To be released RavenSkull Shop."

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In The Act Of Violence Posts Music Video

In the Act of Violence has posted a new music video online for the track "Mindtrip," which will appear on the band's upcoming "Godbreaker" EP. Check out the clip below. You can also stream the band's previously posted song "Chemical Facelift" over at this location.

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Wilson Joining Warbeast On Tour

Wilson will be embarking on a tour with Gwar and Warbeast this coming April, with dates available below. The following press release was also issued about Wilson:

"The growl of chain saws making firewood of fifty foot pines. That's Wilson. The howling of a pack of wolves battling a rabid moose. That's Wilson. The panting, gasping breaths of a smoke break 'nooner.' That's fucking Wilson. The citation for a noise violation... that's just where the party begins.

"If all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, then all party and no bullshit have made Wilson juggernauts. For the past few years Wilson has transformed shows into parties, and concerts into riots throughout the Midwest. Wilson has not only held their own, but raised the bar for how much fun live music can be.

"Now Wilson is ready to take their party to the road, heading out on the 'Fate or Chaos' North American tour with Mutant Overlords GWAR and Warbeast. The tour is set to kick off April 10th in Tucson, AZ and will run through April 25th in Jacksonville, FL. Tickets for all the dates are on sale now."

Chad Nicefield Vocalist/Weirdo Beardo commented on the upcoming "Fate or Chaos" tour: "We are extremely excited and honored to be supporting the legendary GWAR this April! Wilson cannot wait for all the fuckery to unveil itself on the road with these scumdogs!" More...

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Whitechapel To Re-Release Debut Album

"The Somatic Defilement" by Whitechapel, originally released in 2007, is a concept album about Jack the Ripper's infamous murders of prostitutes in East London's Whitechapel district. The upcoming 2013 re-release, re-done with producer Mark Lewis, will be released on April 16th, 2013.

Pre-orders are available here, and Metal Blade Records comments:

"Whitechapel's debut full-length album, 'The Somatic Defilement,' is the album that firmly planted the band on an upward trajectory that has carried the band to the upper echelons of modern death metal. The band has taken The Somatic Defilement and placed it in the capable hands of Audiohammer Studios producer Mark Lewis for a complete re-mix, along with a re-master by Alan Douches. The results are staggering and give The Somatic Defilement a modern luster up to the standards of the band's most recent recordings.

"The band's latest effort, the self-titled album that dropped on June 19 in North America, debuted at #47 on the Top 200 Chart, #10 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, #3 on the Hard Music Albums Chart (Current), #2 on the Hard Music Albums Chart (Core Stores) and #64 on the Top Digital Album Chart." More...

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Spiritual Beggars Streaming New Song

Sweden's classic rock heavyweights Spiritual Beggars are now debuting the first song off of their upcoming 8th studio album, "Earth Blues." Visit the Classic Rock Magazine website here to check out "Turn The Tide," or listen in the player below.

"Earth Blues" celebrates Spiritual Beggars' 20th anniversary as band. The album will be released on April 15th in Europe and April 16th in North America via InsideOut Music. The track listing is as follows:

1. Wise As A Serpent
2. Turn The Tide
3. Sweet Magic Pain
4. Hello Sorrow
5. One Man's Curse
6. Dreamer
7. Too Old To Die Young
8. Kingmaker
9. Road To Madness
10. Dead End Town
11. Freedom Song
12. Legends Collapse More...

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Solace Of Requiem Finishes New Album

U.S. metal act Solace of Requiem has issued the following announcement about finishing the recording of a new album:

"Just got finished tracking the new album at Mana Studios in FL. This album is going to be ridiculous! A few surprises to be announced soon too!

"Thanks to everybody that helped us, especially Brian Elliott who stuck with us through all the chaos without killing himself nor us, and Erik Rutan for letting us in his studio, even though we look like vagrants!"

For more info on Solace of Requiem, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Humanity's Last Breath To Play Euroblast

Rogue Records America artist Humanity's Last Breath has been announced to be on the Euroblast 2013 bill this coming October. The organizers of Euroblast comment:

"We continue the first announcement round with no other than Humanity's Last Breath! The Swedish deathcore outfit promises to bring another brutal edge to Euroblast Festival 2013. We are proud to present you this exceptional artist for another edition."

Further details on Euroblast, along with ticketing information, can be found at this location. More...

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Trinakrius To Release "Seven Songs Of Seven Sins"

Trinakrius will be releasing "Seven Songs of Seven Sins" this coming April 9th on End of the Light Records. The artwork and track listing can be viewed below, and the band also commented on its history:

"The Trinakrius project was formed in Palermo in 1995. In 1996 we recorded our first demo tape entitled 'Intrinakrius.' It received quite good reviews in several heavy metal magazines, but despite the reasonable success and numerous performances in local pubs, we splitted up at the end of the same year. During the six years pause we all had our own musical experiences in some other bands (e.g. Holy Knights,Acacia, Synthesys, Black Twilight, and others).

"After this break Trinakrius reunited in 2002 and published the 'Inquisantism' mini concept, whereby the band signed its first contract with the Italian label Doom Symphony and shortly after the first official LP titled 'Sancta Inquisitio.' The band was in July 2006 contacted to play to the Headbangers Open Air festival in Hamburg, and during this event we presented our music to an international audience and expanded our sales of the album. After such a wonderful experience we immediately started working on our new album and we produced a three songs promo CD. Unfortunately our singer had to quit because of personal reasons and left the band.

"Then entered Flavio Rezza as new singer and in April 2007 the band went another time to Germany for the Kutten4ever Festival. After the return to Italy an Austrian label Psychedoomelic Records offered to re-release the first self-produced album 'Inquisantism' and was confirmed for the Up The Hammers Festival in April 2008 (Athens - Greece). During the whole summer Trinakrius worked in the studio on the new album preproduction 'The Black Hole Mind,' which was recorded in December 2007 and released via the german Hellion Records label in autumn 2008. More...

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Nine Inch Nails Regrouping, Announces Tour Plans

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has released a statement via Pitchfork.com about the band regrouping to tour during 2013.

You can read the full article right here. The official statement from Trent Reznor reads as follows:

Nine Inch Nails are touring this year. I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked - which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014. Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.

Details on the dates will be announced as they become available. In related news, Trent Reznor also recently took home two Grammy wins for his soundtrack to the movie "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."

Read the full article at Pitchfork.com.

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Season Of Mist Showcase Footage Available

Scion A/V has released exclusive video and audio footage from October 2012's Scion/Season of Mist label showcase at Decibel Magazine here.

Among the footage are interviews with, and live footage of, all the artists who performed (Saint Vitus, The Casualties, Atheist, A Life Once Lost, and Black Sheep Wall) as well behind-the-scenes footage of the label and its staffers.

In addition to the video footage, Scion A/V will release a free, limited edition release featuring live tracks from Saint Vitus and The Casualties. The audio can be streamed or downloaded via Scion A/V here or through the player below. More...

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Clutch Announces Second Leg Of North American Tour

With less than a month remaining before the release of Clutch's new album "Earth Rocker," the band is pleased to announce the second leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour.

Leg two kicks off May 1st in Richmond, VA and will run through May 26th in San Antonio, TX. Support on this run comes from The Sword and Lionize. Tickets go on sale to fan club members Wednesday February 27th and for the general public Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd.

We also recently chatted up Clutch's Dan Maines about the impending live run, check out the full interview right here. The band's upcoming tour dates are: More...

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Forced Abortion Signs To Swimming With Sharks

Swimming With Sharks Records regretfully announces adding Forced Abortion from Palatine, Illinois to the label's roster. Swimming With Sharks comments:

"The band has been abusing ear drums and pissing people off since July 2012. The band is reminiscent of controversial grind-core/noise-core acts such as Anal Cunt (Earache Records). Most of the band’s appeal lies in their truly bizarre and often offensive album and song titles, such as the band’s 'Swastika' EP, released in January of 2013, which features song titles such as 'Acidic Cow Urine Drinking Fountain,' 'Inverted Limb Buried Beneath a Pile of Paralyzed Horses,' 'Pussy Cunt Cop Killer,' 'Insane Clown Pussy,' and 'It’s Holocaust Time.'"

The band attracted the attention of Noah Shark Robertson from The Browning (Earache Records) and owner of Swimming With Sharks Records, by sending an email that simply read, “Sign us faggots.”

Robertson comments, “At first I was thinking to myself, who the hell does that?! Once I checked out the band, I couldn’t stop laughing and knew I had to sign them to the label immediately. Do yourself a favor and add the band on Facebook! You won’t be disappointed… well, maybe a little.”

One of the founding members, Cannibal, states: “This label sucks and I want to kill myself. When I was five years old, I tried killing my two month old brother by drowning him. I have aids.”

The band's latest music masterpiece is "Violent Monkey Orgy," available through Swimming With Sharks. To find out more please visit the band's Facebook profile here.

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Killswitch Engage Posts New Video

Roadrunner Records artist Killswitch Engage has premiered a new video for “In Due Time,” the first single off forthcoming album, "Disarm The Descent." Directed by McFarland & Pecci, the video is now available to watch over at RollingStone.com here.

"Disarm The Descent," which was produced by the band’s very own Adam Dutkiewicz, marks the group’s first album with original vocalist Jesse Leach since 2002's breakout "Alive or Just Breathing."

Pre-orders for "Disarm The Descent" are currently available at Killswitch Engage’s official online store, with the full album arriving everywhere April 2nd. The track list is as follows:

1. The Hell In Me
2. Beyond the Flames
3. The New Awakening
4. In Due Time (check out the lyric video here)
5. A Tribute to the Fallen
6. Turning Point
7. All We Have
8. You Don't Bleed for Me
9. The Call
10. No End in Sight
11. Always
12. Time Will Not Remain More...

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Kingdom Come Reveals New Album Details

Kingdom Come mastermind Lenny Wolf has now revealed the cover artwork and track listing for new album "Outlier," which can be found below.

"Naturally, nobody is happier than I am when my music is loved by as many fans as possible," says Wolf, "but these kinds of aspects are irrelevant when it comes to creating a new album. The only thing that matters is testing myself as an artist and embarking on new paths."

According to a press release, with "Outlier" Lenny is starting a new chapter of his diverse creative career, positioning his charismatic voice between traditional rock structures and modern sound elements, which add a third dimension to this album.

"I simply felt the need to delve deep inside of me and run riot in the infinite expanse of the audio cosmos. The result is a friction of mercilessly mechanical, heartless sound collages, combined with my typical melancholy-melodious style," Wolf explains the album's interwoven experimental approach to his sound. "A whole number of souls happen to dwell in my breast, which is why experimentation and the development of my musical existence simply belong together."

Lenny purposely takes into account that this approach may also lead to friction and requires an open mind of its listeners: "It's of secondary importance to me whether this is clever in business terms. To me, it's all about creating optimum varieties of sound signals which go through the ear straight into the heart. Some call it a vocation. Hallelujah." More...

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Wo Fat Posts Tour Dates

Texan psychedelic fuzz trio Wo Fat has announced a series of dates in its home state, along with a trek through Europe in the latter half of April. Check out the dates below, along with an upload of the title track from the band's latest album "The Black Code."

Mar 14, 2013 – Small Stone Records SXSW Showcase – Headhunters, Austin, TX with Mellow Bravo, Supermachine, Luder, Freedom Hawk, Lord Fowl and Suplecs
Mar 15, 2013 – Small Stone San Antonio Showcase – Nightrocker Live, San Antonio, TX with Lord Fowl, Freedom Hawk, Las Cruces and Maneaters of Tsavo
Mar 16, 2013 – Austin Heavy Music Showcase – Special afternoon show at the Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin, TX. Wo Fat plays at 1:15pm.
Mar 16, 2013 – Fuzzed Out! Festival 2013 – The Grotto, Fort Worth, TX
The new wave of Stoner Rock with Lord Fowl, Wo Fat, Freedom Hawk, Southern Train Gypsy, Ape Machine, Been Obscene and Mothership
April 12, 2013 – Boiler Room, Dallas, TX with Mothership, Hawk Vs. Dove and Mount Salem
Apr 20, 2013 – Roadburn Festival – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
Apr 21, 2013 – White Trash Fast Food, Berlin, Germany with Abrahma
Apr 22, 2013 – Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
Apr 23, 2013 – Les Combustibles, Paris, France with Witch Mountain, Cough and Abrahma
Apr 24, 2013 – L’Usine, Geneva, Switzerland with Abrahma
Apr 25, 2013 – Vortex, Siegen, Germany with Maserati and Abrahma
Apr 26, 2013 – De Pit, Terneuzen, Netherlands, Terneuzen is On Fire Pre Party with Abrahma, Swamp Machine and Idealus Maximus
Apr 27, 2013 – Desertfest London, The Underworld, Camden, United Kingdom

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Nonexist Signs With Abyss For Album Release

Melodic death / thrash metal act Nonexist, which features in its ranks Johan Liiva (Hearse, ex-Arch Enemy, Furbowl, Carnage) and Johan Reinholdz (Andromeda, Skyfire), is set to release sophomore album "From My Cold Dead Hands" through Abyss Records in early 2013.

This is the first time "From My Cold Dead Hands" will be released in a physical format (CD). The album will feature twelve tracks including three bonus tracks (Coroner, Merciless, Eucharist covers).

The album was released exclusively in digital format in November of last year through Pivotal Rockordings and can be purchased at this location.

"From My Cold Dead Hands" is the first Nonexist album since the debut "Deus Deceptor," which was originally released in 2002. The track listing is as follows:

1. Dark and Tortured Universe
2. Presence Everlasting
3. Flesh Falls from the Bone
4. Days Without End
5. Fire at Will
6. Collective Coma
7. From My Cold Dead Hands
8. Lost in Darkness and Confusion
9. Here Comes the Pain

Bonus Tracks
10. Masked Jackal (Coroner cover)
11. Realm of the Dark (Merciless cover)
12. Greeting Immortality (Eucharist cover) More...

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Deathchain Streaming New Track Online

Finland's Deathchain has premiered the new track "Like Worms Upon the Lands" via Decibel magazine's website. Check out the track at this location.

Featuring guest vocals by Entombed frontman LG Petrov,"Like Worms Upon the Lands" hails from Deathchain's forthcoming "Ritual Death Metal," set for international release on April 5th through Svart Records.

You can check out the band's previous announcement about the album release right here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Voice of Sharur
2. Stele of the Vultures
3. Seven Asakku Shadows
4. Our Lady Under The Earth
5. King Pazuzu 6. Like Worms Upon The Lands
7. Tiamat's Eyes Of Death
8. Abzu Doom More...

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Locrian Finishes Recording New Album

Esoteric, experimental artisan’s Locrian have completed recording their Relapse Records full-length debut.

The as-of-yet-titled album was recorded by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian, Circles, Serena Maneesh) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. Relapse comments:

"A two-part concept album inspired by the band’s love for prog-rock progenitors Genesis, Yes & King Crimson, this is sure to be the group’s most ambitious recordings to date. A summer 2013 release via Relapse is expected with more details to be announced shortly.

"In addition, Locrian has announced their first live rituals in almost two years. The trio will be performing at 35 Denton Fest on March 10th in Denton, TX alongside Prurient, Sleep, Eyehategod and many more notable acts, followed by a pair of special shows in Kansas City, MO and their hometown of Chicago.

"Locrian, located in Chicago, IL and Baltimore, MD, has released over 20 recordings on an eclectic array of labels in their relatively short but prolific career, including a recent reissue of The Clearing / The Final Epoch and New Dominions, a split with label-mates Horseback. The Clearing / The Final Epoch can be found streaming at this location while New Dominions is available for streaming here."

Catch the band live on the following dates:

March 10 Denton, TX. 35 Denton Fest w/ Prurient, Sleep, Eyehategod
March 11 Kansas City, MO Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club w/ Boreas, Jason Zeh
March 12 Chicago, IL The Burlington Bar w/ Dead Dragon Mountain & DeadLevel

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Exodus Adds Headlining Shows

Bay Area thrash metal icons Exodus have announced several headlining shows to commence following their March/April run on the "Metal Alliance Tour."

A full list of confirmed "Metal Alliance Tour" and Exodus headlining off-dates can be seen below. The Metal Alliance tour features headliner Anthrax as well as Municipal Waste, High on Fire, and Holy Grail.

A staple of the Bay Area Thrash scene for over 30 years, Exodus released latest studio album "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" (reviewed here) in 2010 on Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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"Human"-Era Death To Hit The Road

The esteemed "Death to All" Tour, celebrating the life and music of Death mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, will be returning in 2013 for an even larger run of dates.

After a 2012 run, the tour, now referred to as DTA1, will feature the original lineup of Death from "Human" — guitarist Paul Masvidal, bassist Steve Di Giorgio, and drummer Sean Reinert, with special guest vocalist/guitarist Max Phelps of Cynic / Exist. The band will be playing a selection of songs from the first four Death albums including the cream of the "Human" album.

Once again, the spirit of the tour is to spread the word and raise money for the charity Sweet Relief, while keeping the music and legacy of Chuck Schuldiner alive. A second version of the tour, dubbed DTA2, is planned for North America later this year, and will focus on the final three Death albums, plus a one-off European date at Neurotic Deathfest May 3 that will cover the entire Deathcatalog.

Additionally, 2013 will continue to see the deluxe reissues of Death’s catalog by Relapse Records. Over the last couple of years, the label has painstakingly reissued and remastered the later albums from the Death catalog including "The Sound of Perseverance," "Individual Thought Patterns," "Human," "Spiritual Healing" and other Chuck Schuldiner related releases. Details on the 2013 reissues will be announced shortly. More...

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Naga Streaming New EP

Italian doom/sludge band Naga is streaming its self-titled two song EP on bandcamp. The release was recorded, mixed and mastered by Maddalena Bellini at Antipop Studios in Naples, Italy. The members of Naga used to be involved in the band Kill The Easter Rabbit, putting out a few releases before disbanding and regrouping under the new moniker Naga.

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Von Streaming New Song

Dark Gods Rise Again! Von has returned to unleash "Seven Billion Slaves," the first of three volumes to begin the "Dark Gods" trilogy. Set for digital release March 22nd, 2013 via Von Records, "Dark Gods: Seven Billion Slaves" was mixed by Andrew Ragin of The Atlas Moth and features nine brand new blackened hymns.

In celebration of the record’s imminent release, Decibel Magazine is hosting an exclusive premiere of third track, "Hands of Black Death." Check it out at this location.

Additionally, you can stream the previously posted tracks “Ancient Flesh of The Dark Gods” (featuring Coffinworm) and “Monster!” right here.

Von will bring the darkness overseas this Summer on the Ritual of The Black Mass European Tour 2013. Still in its booking stages, confirmed rituals include:

6/19/2013 Schacht1 - Oberhausen, Germany
6/20/2013 Baroeg - Rotterdam, Netherlands
6/21/2013 DNA - Brussels, Belgium
6/22/2013 Dokkum Open Air - Dokkum, Netherlands
6/23/2013 The Garage - London, UK
7/06/2013 UTBS - Berlin, Germany More...

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Bloodsoaked Posts European Tour Dates

USDM Force Bloodsoaked will invade Europe this April for the Rotting In Europe 2013 Tour that will see the brutalists split skulls across Germany, Poland and The Netherlands. Joining Bloodsoaked will be be Bay Area melodic death sextet Short Fuse, Dallas-based blackened death act Psychiatric Regurgitation, Boston thrash trio Black Mass and Chicago death horde Hate Storm Annihilation.

The Rotting In Europe 2013 Tour will get underway on April 5th in Görlitz, Germany keeping the bands out for ten days of pure devastation. A video of Bloodsoaked performing at the 2012 SWR Barroselos Fest is also streaming at this location. Dates are as follows:

April 5 - Görlitz (Ger) - Vierradenmühle
April 6 - Warsaw (Pl) - Klub Progresja
April 7 - Poznan (Pl) - Klub u Bazyla
April 8 - Amsterdam (Nl) - The Cave
April 9 - Winschoten (Nl) - Boelie's Pub
April 10 - Arnhem (Nl) - Willemeen
April 11 - Hamburg (Ger) - Bambi Galore
April 12 - Freiberg (Ger) - Train Control
April 13 - Weißenfels (Ger) - Schlosskeller
April 14 - Cottbus (Ger) - La Casa More...

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John Bush Performs Songs For "Metal Gear Rising"

"Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance," the latest entry in the storied video game franchise, was released in North America last week.

On Sunday, February 17th, John Bush (Armored Saint) joined a host of other musicians to perform songs from the soundtrack at an official launch party at LA's Universal CityWalk. Live footage from the concert, which was held at the Hard Rock Café, is available below courtesy of YouTube user "TheBitBeacon."

John Bush comments on his involvement: "I was asked through Vince at Metal Blade if I wanted to sing a couple of tracks for Metal Gear's Revengeance. I was excited to be a part of it cause I never sang on a video game before. Jamie Christopherson is the musical director and he created some killer, heavy tunes. When you play 'Metal Gear Rising Revengeance,' listen for the songs 'Return to Ashes' and 'The Hot Wind Blowin!'"

Additional photos and info from the launch party can be found on geekexchange.com here. More...

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Devil To Pay Streaming Song

Ripple Music will release "Fate is Your Muse" from Indianapolis heavy rockers Devil To Pay on April 9th. The album will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. Devil To Pay released a video for the single "This Train Won't Stop," which was premiered by The Obelisk in conjunction with the end of the Mayan B'ak'tun on December 21st. The lyrics are about the continual false prophesizing of the world's end. Check out the video below, after the cover art and tracklisting.

The band is hosting a listening party for "Fate Is Your Muse" at the Sound Square Brewery in Indianapolis on the 16th of March, which will feature the establishment's home brews, all of which will be named after Devil To Pay songs for the night. Devil To Pay's album release party will be held at Radio Radio in Indianapolis on the 12th of April.

Wearin' You Down
Ten Lizardmen & One Pocketknife
Yes Master
Already Dead
This Train Won't Stop*
Black Black Heart
The Naked Truth
Mass Psychosis
Tie One On*
Beyond The Ether

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Vivid Remorse Releases New Music Video

Vivid Remorse, has posted a music video online for the track "Theory of Fear," which comes off the band's "Down the Wire" album. Check out the clip below. The band also comments:

"With this song, Theory of Fear, Vivid Remorse would like to make tribute to the innocent people who died by the bullets of the mad.

"Those mad who were lucky and decided to finish with their lives by committing suicide; otherwise, more than one would like to kill those motherfuckers himself. And they would deserve.

"Weapons never will have the right, but since there's no justice without victory, there's no victory without the death of the bastards. We honour the innocent: the theory of fear never wouldn't have been thought."

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Ruins Streaming Full Album

Today marks the North American release of "Place of No Pity," the fourth full-length from Tasmanian hell-hammers Ruins, via Listenable Records. The first Ruins album to feature all four members of the band's touring lineup, "Place of No Pity" was self-released last year in Australia. Doing their part to help spread the plague, extreme music journal Worm Gear 'Zine is hosting a full album stream of "Place of No Pity." Check it out at this location. Artwork and layout for "Place of No Pity" comes courtesy of Stag.

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New Headbanger's Kitchen Episode Available

Headbanger's Kitchen (hosted by Demonstealer Records and Demonic Resurrection) has now posted Episode 12 - "Bevar Battered Fish & Chips with Tartar Sauce." Check out the video below, featuring a cooking segment as well as an interview with Ganesh aka Jack from Bevar Sea.

To hear more from Bevar Sea, you can stream the band's self-titled album at this location. The previously posted 11th episode of Headbanger's Kitchen can also be found right here.

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Centurian Streaming Entire Album

Dutch death metal warriors Centurian have officially released "Contra Rationem" in North America via Listenable Records. To celebrate the release of it, Centurian and Listenable Records have teamed with StereoKiller.com to stream the album in its entirety. Check it out at this location, or below in the player.

Main songwriter Rob Oorthuis commented on his vision about the authenticity, core and strength of the new album: "'Contra Rationem' is an adversive record in the broadest sense of the word. It lacks all the ethics of contemporary productions. Leaving only the dynamic range of decay and rats exploring your skeleton. Through the rattle of bones...One might even hear flesh on instruments. We keep our death metal under-produced. All songs were nailed with conviction, without hesitation, in one take. Guided only by tongues of fire descending upon our heads. Uncorrected. As real as we are not." More...

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Symphony Of Malice Streaming Video

Connecticut metal band Symphony Of Malice has unveiled its second official music video, this time for the track "Endless Desolation." That song is part of the band's recent release "Judgement Day (The Aftermath)." The video was directed by Edwin Escobar with the script for it done by Symphony Of Malice guitarist/vocalist Gus Sinaro.

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East Of The Wall Announces April Tour Dates

Tech/prog metal band East of the Wall has announced the details of an upcoming stateside April tour. Beginning with a home state kickoff show on April 12th, the tour will hit eleven cities across the East Coast and Midwestern U.S. Sponsored by Metal Underground.com, the trek will see East Of The Wall teamed up with LA-based stoner/groove metal outfit All Hail The Yeti for all shows, with Indiana’s math/experimental metal outfit Exotic Animal Petting Zoo also joining the tour on three dates.

In conjunction with the new tour, East of the Wall will also issue a high-quality LP pressing of their previously out-of-print debut full-length, "Farmer’s Almanac." Initially released on CD through Forgotten Empire Records in 2008, this 2013 edition of the "Farmer’s Almanac" broadcasts the entire maiden album performed by the band’s earliest lineup and is hitting the streets via Nefarious Industries. It has been remastered at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves by Colin Marston, who originally recorded and mixed the album, and supplied guest guitar tracks during the recording sessions.

The release will see limited pressings on 180-gram vinyl, with 250 copies on black and 250 on transparent blue, and will include an MP3 download coupon, all housed in a full-color gatefold jacket. Preorders can be placed here.

These updates come just days after East of the Wall posted a new digital single to benefit Translator Audio, the renowned NYC-based studio where the band and many others including Keelhaul, Unsane, Pelican, Cave In and Rosetta recorded some of their prime albums. More...

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A Hero For The World Posts New Lyric Video

The new melodic metal act A Hero For The World posted a lyric video for the new track "Free Forever." The song appears on the band's self-titled debut release, which is scheduled for release on March 29, 2013. The album will be available digitally from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, as well as a limited edition digipak from the band at its official Facebook Page.

A Hero For The World features Jacob Kaasgaard (vocals, keyboards, composer) and David Sivelind (guitar and bass), both originally from Sweden, but who now live in the Philippines. The drums are played by virtuoso drummer Andy Gentile from Los Angeles, USA. Guest female vocals are sung by Louiebeth Aratan from the Philippines.

Check out "Free Forever" here: More...

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Lost Society Posts Track-By-Track Video, Pt. 3

Finnish thrash act Lost Society posted the third part in a series of track-by-track videos leading up to the upcoming debut release "Fast Loud Death" (part one can be viewed at this location, part two over here).

In the third part, the band provides you with background information on the next three songs ("Lead Through The Head," "Diary Of A Thrashman" and "Toxic Avenger"). "Fast Loud Death" drops on March 15th (EU), March 18th (UK) and April 2nd (US) via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the video for Kill (Those Who Oppose Me) and the stream of Braindead Metalhead.

Check out part three here: More...

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Stratovarius Posts Preview Of New Music Video

Finnish metal act Stratovarius posted a teaser clip for the new music video "Halcyon Days." The track appears on the band's latest album "Nemesis," which was just issued via earMusic in Europe and Armoury Records in North America (reviewed here).

Check out the teaser here:

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Iced Earth Posts "Live In Ancient Kourion" Trailer

Just after details of the new live DVD/CD "Live In Ancient Kourion" were revealed, Iced Earth posted a new trailer clip. The release comes on April 15, 2013 via Century Media Records in the following formats: Limited Edition Deluxe Book, which features the main show and a plethora of bonus content, standard DVD, Blu-Ray Disc, as well as the entire concert on a 2 CD set (4 discs in total!), as well as a 3 LP gatefold Vinyl package or as a standard 2CD set.

Check out the trailer clip here:

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Secret Sphere The Latest Addition To Wacken

Italian power/progressive band Secret Sphere has been confirmed for this year’s edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival, which is set to take place August 1-3, 2013 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The band recently issued the new LP "Portrait of a Dying Heart" in November of 2013 via Scarlet Records (see review), the first to feature former Vision Divine vocalist Michele Luppi.

The band joins the following confirmed acts: Agnostic Front, Alestorm, Alice Cooper, Alpha Tiger, Amorphis, Anthrax, Arch Enemy, As I Lay Dying, ASP, Benighted, Black Messiah, Bob Wayne, Bull-Riff Stampede, Bullet, Candlemass, Callejon, Chrome Molly, Coppelius, Corvus Corax meets Wadokyo, Crematory, Deep Purple, DevilDriver, Dew-Scented, Dezperadoz, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Die Kassierer, Doro, Dr. Living Dead!, Eat The Gun, Eskimo Callboy, Faun, Fear Factory, Fejd, Feuerschwanz, Finsterforst, Grave Digger,Haggard, Hardcore Superstar, Harpyie, Hate Squad, Hellride, Henry Rollins – Spoken Word, Ihsahn, Kamikaze Kings, Legion of the Damned, Leprous, Lingua Mortis Orchestra mit Rage, Mandowar, Motörhead, Mustasch, Nachtblut, Neaera, Naglfar, Nightwish, Pampatut, Powerwolf, Pretty Maids, Rabenschrey, Ragnarok, Rammstein, Russkaja, Sabaton, Scott Ian – Spoken Word, Secret Sphere, Soilwork, Sonata Arctica, Stahlmann, Subway to Sally, Thunder, Tristania, Trivium, Ugly Kid Joe, Uli Jon Roth,Versengold, Whitechapel

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Pertness Posts New Music Video For "Frozen Time"

Swiss metal band Pertness posted a new music video for "Frozen Time," the title track of the latest LP, available now through Pure Steel Record (see Metal Underground.com's review over at this location).

Check out "Frozen Time" here:

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Avantasia Posts Lyric Video For New Track

Tobias Sammet's Avantasia posted a lyric video for the new song "Invoke the Machine." The track features Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins and will appear on the new album "Mystery of Time." The album is set to drop on March 29th (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway), April 1st (UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Czech Rep., Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece), April 2nd (Italy) and April 3rd (Sweden) via Nuclear Blast.

"The Mystery of Time" features ten tracks and guest stars such as Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) and Bob Catley (Magnum), as well as the German Filmorcestra Babelsberg.

The track list is:

1. Spectres
2. The Watchmakers' Dream
3. Black Orchid
4. Where Clock Hands Freeze
5. Sleepwalking
6. Savior In The Clockwork
7. Invoke The Machine
8. What's Left Of Me
9. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

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Kingcrow Launches Funding Campaign For U.S. Tour

Italian progressive metal band Kingcrow, who just released its fifth LP "In Crescendo" through Scarlet Records, has launched a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo to assist in the expenses of the upcoming North American Tour with Pain of Salvation and Imminent Sonic Destruction.

The band is offering benefit packages ranging from having names in the credits of the U.S. Tour on the band's website ($10) to obtaining Ivan Nastasi's customized Jackson guitar used in the recordings of the 2010 release "Phlegethon" ($1,000). To be a funder/sponsor, head on over to the band's Indiegogo page at this location.

Information on the campaign can be found in this launch video: More...

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