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Metal News for April 11, 2012

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Vastator Filming New Official Video

Chilean power thrash legends Vastator have announced that they will be filming their second official video from the album "Machine Hell." The video will be for the ninth track from the album, "Puñado de Almas." Below are a couple of still shots from the video filming process. You can stream the track over at Digmetalworld, and get more information about Vastator over on the band's official Facebook page.

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Interview With Maurizio Iacono Of Ex Deo

It takes vast reserves of endurance and determination to attain worldwide relevance in the extreme metal genre - much less retain it for two decades - and Montreal's Maurizio Iacono is one of a relative few with the scars and success to prove it. The job is never done, however, and rather than cool his heels as Kataklysm officially celebrates its twentieth anniversary, Maurizio has chosen to plunge forward with his personal passion project Ex Deo. Comprised of a modified Kataklysm lineup with extra personnel, Ex Deo in 2009 released "Romulus," (reviewed here) a lyrical history of the foundations of ancient Rome set to rumbling, melodic, epic metal anthems. This year, the saga continues.

On Sunday, April 1st, Finnish Viking metallers Turisas boldly led the vaunted Paganfest tour to Montreal's Club Soda. Originally booked for the entire tour, Ex Deo had been forced to cancel all but a handful of dates in order to focus on perfecting the highly anticipated sophomore album "Caligvla." Tonight, surrounded by friends and adoring hometown fans, they were ready to rock. I caught up with Maurizio shortly before showtime, and he brought me up to speed on a host of topics concerning both his bands, his lyrical inspirations, his passion for history, and more. More...

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Bury Tomorrow Signs With Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the newest addition to its family of diverse artists, U.K. metal act Bury Tomorrow. The band just finished the recordings for a second album, "The Union Of Crowns," which will be hit stores in North America on July 17th.

Commented the band, “We are unbelievably honored to be signing to Nuclear Blast. It feels unreal to be part of a label with such immense pedigree that has so much faith in our music. From the first demo they were sent, the guys at Nuclear Blast were just as stoked on the potential of the record as we were, and that means an awful lot to us. We have always said that this album would be how we defined the genre we've grown up in; what better place to start this path on, than with the world's biggest heavy metal label!"

Nuclear Blast A&R Manager, Jaap Wagemaker, added, “After listening to the first music that was sent to us, we decided that we HAD to work with this young band immediately! Having just finished recording their debut album for Nuclear Blast, The Union Of Crowns… this incredible record clearly shows that this band has everything to make it big in today's metal scene and go far beyond that! We at Nuclear Blast are looking forward to bring this band to the next level!”

The "Union Of Crowns" track listing is: More...

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Valdur Recruits New Guitarist

West Coast blackened death thrash conjurers Valdur recently added guitarist/vocalist Samuel to their dark legion of wrath.

Comments the band in a collective statement: “We are fortunate enough to inject a healthy and brutal dose of diversity into our ongoing journey. The band is hard at work writing a new full-length, and are also setting up a West Coast tour for this summer.”

The band will be setting Baldwin Park, California ablaze headlining The Coven: Blood Pact With The Devil Fest this Friday, April 13th, 2012 at The American Legion. The set will include new songs from the band's as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2010’s unsympathetic "Raven God Amongst Us" full-length. The band will also be playing a local show on April 20th, 2012 at Lakanuki in Mammoth Lakes, California. In addition, Valdur will be taking part in this year’s Gathering Of Shadows Festival in Colorado this summer.

Hailing from Mammoth Lakes, California, Valdur released "Raven God Amongst Us" in 2010 via Blood Mountain Records. Stay tuned for further audio devastation from the Valdur collective later this year as well as additional live dates.

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Winterfylleth Re-Releasing Debut Album

Candlelight Records has issued the following announcement re-releasing "The Ghost of Heritage" by Winterfylleth:

"Candlelight proudly presents this special reissue of the rising English band’s 2008 debut album. Remastered by Colin Marston (Krallic, Atheist), 'The Ghost Of Heritage' has been completely repackaged and features two previously unavailable tracks.

"Combining vicious yet moody folk-inspired black metal that harkens back to the early days of Enslaved and old-school Ulver, the Manchester-based quartet is that unique combination of beauty and brimstone. Roadburn Fest 2011 alumni, the metallers are currently finishing up their third album anticipated for release later this year." More...

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Burzum Reveals New Album Release Date

The new album from Varg Vikernes' Burzum, titled "Umskiptar," will see North American release on May 22nd. Finding inspiration from the verses of famous Scandinavia poem “Voluspa,” "Umskiptar" is a return-to-roots album. Says the controversial musician: “The vocals are more important than on any previous album with a total of 66 stanzas making up the album’s lyrics.”

The following press release was also issued by Candlelight Records:

"Umskiptar expands Burzum’s ongoing influence of Nordic folk, but for this album adds more traditional heavy metal, signature Burzum composition, and a keener emphasis on vocal delivery – once again presented in Vikernes’ native tongue. Umskiptar (or Metamorphoses) follows the historical story that details the creation of the world and its end as dictated to Odin, a recurring character in Bruzum’s lyrics. Umskiptar follows 2011’s Fallen."

The "Umskiptar" track listing is as follows: More...

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Noordvall Streaming New Song

British Columbia's melodic metal act Noordvall has posted a song titled "Welcome To My Hell" online, which can be heard in the player below. Noordvall also commented:

"Well finally, we as a band are able to show all of you something that we are very proud of. Would like to thank Connor Pritchard for all the work he did on this song for us and helping make this a possibility. Also thanks to Justin Bullied for paying for our studio time originally even if it was forever ago, this ones for all the bros, and all the people who love music as much as we do. Welcome to my hell!"

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Author & Punisher Announces New Tour Dates

Nightmarish electronic/doom mindfuck Author & Punisher is hitting the road for a string of live performances later this month. West Coast noise addicts, take note!

Tristan Shone, the man behind the madness, will be flying solo, tearing through California, Washington, and Oregon in support of his forthcoming Seventh Rule Recordings debut, "Ursus Americanus" (due out in digital and digipak CD on April 24th, 2012). He'll be desecrating stages with the likes of Helms Alee, Kowloon Walled City, and plenty more along the way.

Dates are as follows:

April 19 Los Angeles, CA @ M Bar w/ AxxOnn + Mawdryn
April 21 Oakland, CA @ Eli's Mile High Club w/ Kowloon Walled City + Taurus + Hornss
April 23 Chico, CA @ Cafe Coda
April 24 Tacoma, WA @ New Fronter w/ Helms Alee + Taurus
April 25 Seattle, WA @ The Comet w/ A Story of Rats + Taurus + Gogothan Sunrise
April 26 Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown w/ Lozen + Taurus
April 27 Portland, OR @ Plan B w/ Ephemeros + Taurus + Ninth Moon Black
April 29 San Francisco, CA @ The Hemlock w/ Badr Vogu + Prizehog + Apocryphon

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Havok Comments On Tour Dates

The Denver thrash assault Havok kicked off a run of dates with Sepultura, Death Angel, and Krisiun in Santa Ana, California last night. The North American Kairos Tour 2012 will make its way through nearly three weeks worth of shows, coming to a close in New York City on April 30th.

Comments vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez: “We're hitting the road with Sepultura - Holy shit!! It's a dream come true. This tour is going to be absolutely insane. All the bands totally rule and we're expecting to see some rowdy crowds. Prepare to have a sore neck and remember, no karate in the pit!”

Adds drummer Pete Webber: “I can't wait to start the upcoming tour with Sepultura, Death Angel and Krisiun! Sepultura was one of my very first influences in metal and in drumming! Catch HAVOK destroying a club near you!”

In the meantime, check out footage of the road dogs’ fiery performance in Puerto Rico late last month below.

Upon returning, Havok will unleash a new EP titled "Point Of No Return." Set for release on May 22nd in North America, the EP was recorded by the band with final touches by James Murphy (Death, Testament) and contains two new songs plus two Havok-ized cover tunes. The "Point Of No Return" precedes the band’s first European adventure beginning early May with Goatwhore, Angelus Apatrida and headliners 3 Inches of Blood.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Point Of No Return
2. From The Cradle To The Grave
3. Arise (Sepultura cover)
4. Post Mortem/Raining Blood (Slayer cover)
5. Covering Fire (video)
6. D.O.A. (video) More...

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Fear Factory Posts "Recharger" Trailer

Fear Factory has posted a teaser trailer online for the new single "Recharger," which can be viewed below. The single is set to drop on April 24th, and is taken from Fear Factory's upcoming new album "The Industrialist," due out June 5th, 2012.

1. The Industrialist
2. Recharger
3. New Messiah
4. God Eater
5. Depraved Mind Murder
6. Virus of Faith
7. Difference Engine
8. Dissemble
9. Religion is Flawed Because Man is Flawed
10. Human Augmentation
11. Blush Response (Difference Engine) *
12. Landfill *
* (available on deluxe digi-book only) More...

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Ordog Working On New Album

Finnish metal act Ordog has checked in with the following announcement about working on the follow-up to the "Remorse" album:

"The recording of the new Ordog album is in the demoing phase. After we've laid down the keyboard and vocal demo tracks we'll begin the drum recordings.

"It strongly seems that the album will contain seven songs. Progress is slow but we're getting there.
Stay doomed!"

Further details on the new album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Ordog's music at the band's MySpace page.

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Peter Steele Tribute: Time Is Running Out

Well over a year ago, Dan Mitchell (of Autumns Eyes) pitched the idea of putting together a tribute album to Peter Steele (Type O Negative, Carnivore) for release on the first anniversary of his passing.

After Dan, Ty (Metalunderground.com Content Manager) and I spent countless hours coordinating and working to make this project happen, and a dozen bands volunteered to record cover songs the tribute on their own dime, "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele" came to fruition and was released last year on April 14, 2011. It's safe to say that we were very pleased with the final result. I was amazed at the quality of all of the songs and pleased with the variety, making it one of my favorite albums of the year.

The only thing we were not pleased with was that we were forced to charge for this album in order to cover licensing fees and "do this the right way" (i.e. legally). We would have much rather released the tribute for free and see it spread as far and wide as possible - for fans everywhere to hear these great renditions of Type O Negative and Carnivore classics as performed by quality underground metal bands. But that was not possible and we settled on the bare minimum price to cover all of the fees: $3 USD per download.

Figuring out the licensing process was an effort unto itself, and in the end we had to pre-purchase a fixed number of licenses. These licenses are only good for a year, and their expiration is rapidly approaching in just days. The last day you will be able to purchase "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele" directly from us will be April 13, 2012.

It would be a shame to see this tribute disappear entirely. We may get the album up on other services such as Amazon.com. (iTunes does not let us set the price, so the album will not be available there). But there are no guarantees on this, or that it will be available in all territories. But one thing is for sure: This is your last chance to buy this full album download for a mere $3.00 (USD), as the fees for other storefronts (who handle the licensing) are higher and will have to be factored in to the price.

If you're a fan of Type O Negative, underground metal or this site (Metalunderground.com), please show us your support by ordering a copy of this tribute so we can fulfill all of the licenses that we purchased and get this compilation out to as many people as possible. If you have friends who may enjoy it, buy them a copy. What's $3 for a full album?

The track listing, which includes interpretations ranging from depressive rock to power metal to death metal and black metal, are as follows:

1. Auvernia – “I Don’t Wanna Be Me”
2. Fairytale Abuse – “Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)”
3. Stabbingback – “Halloween in Heaven”
4. Emancer – “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend”
5. Dead Shape Figure – “Dead Again”
6. Enthrope – “Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)”
7. Dark Hound – “Life is Killing Me”
8. A Band of Orcs – “Green Man”
9. In.Verno – “Everything Dies”
10. Blind Greed – “Christian Woman”
11. Revilement – “Sex and Violence”
12. Autumns Eyes – “Love You To Death”

You can find more information and links to buy "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele" here. You'll also find some wallpapers and a PDF of the booklet there for free download.

Thanks for your support.

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Job For A Cowboy Posts In-Studio Footage

Job For A Cowboy's new full-length "Demonocracy" is out now through Metal Blade Records. Produced by Jason Suecof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium) at Audiohammer Studios, the new album tackles a host of political and economic themes and has already reaped the praise of fans and critics nationally. In a 4/5 rating, Alternative Press calls Demonocracy "an ass-kicking, skull-cracking record."

In celebration of the release, the band has posted a new in-studio video clip online, which can be viewed below. You can also check out more footage at the Job For A Cowboy landing page here. Stay tuned for more Job For A Cowboy news including the upcoming video premiere of "Imperium Wolves." More...

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Antton Lant Discusses Def Con One

When speaking to drummer Antton Lant, it is obvious one is dealing with a musician who has an extensive background in the metal community. He commands respect with his decade playing for Venom and other groups and brings a certain element of heaviness to any project he's been involved in. But Antton is not a musician who is content to rest on his past laurels. He created his band Def Con One years ago to be involved in a group where he could bring his own ideas of what a heavy metal band should sound like.

Def Con One is the group he always wanted to be a part of, and is now doing that full-time. He feels that a group should be fun and not some routine job, and that is what he and the members of Def Con One convey - pure energy. As the band plays countless gigs in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and other cities in his native Britain, Antton took to time to dish with me about his involvement in Def Con One and other areas of his past projects in metal bands. More...

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Elm Street Announces European Shows

Australia’s heavy metal outfit Elm Street will go out on the “Barbed Wire Metal Across Europe” tour this coming May. Check out the tour poster by clicking here.

The band has already published the first confirmed dates and so far Elm Street will play in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Dates are as follows:

04.05. AT Leitersdorf (near Hartberg/Bad Waltersdorf) - Roter Gugl
05.05. AT Graz - Club Wakuum
11.05. CH Horb (Alt St. Johann) - Rock The Hell Festival
12.05. DE Rehling - Bavarian Metalheadz Open Air
26.05. IT tba. - Rock & Metal In My Blood Festival

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Malefice Announces New Tour Dates

English metal stalwarts Malefice have announced a U.K. tour kicking off in Manchester on September 19th, 2012! The "Perserverence" tour dates are as follows:

19/09/12 – UK – Manchester – Roadhouse
21/09/12 – UK – Birmingham – Academy 3
22/09/12 – UK – Leicester – Soundhouse
23/09/12 – UK – Glasgow – ABC 2
24/09/12 – UK – Newcastle – Academy 2
25/09/12 – UK – Liverpool – Academy 2
26/09/12 – UK – York – Stereo
27/09/12 – UK – Cardiff – Bogiez
28/09/12 – UK – London – Islington Academy 2
29/09/12 – UK – Weymouth – Pavillion
30/09/12 – UK – Southampton – Joiners
02/10/12 – UK – Plymouth – White Rabbit

Prior to this run Malefice will play three shows at the start of June 2012. These are at:

01/06/12 – UK – Rugby – The Vaults
02/06/12 – UK – Colchester – Arts Centre
03/06/12 – UK – Andover – The George More...

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Municipal Waste Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

You've seen the video for the title track from Municipal Waste's "The Fatal Feast," which was released in North America yesterday, (or if you haven't, check out it now here), and now you can watch the behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot. Check out the making-of clip in the player below.

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Ufomammut Posts Two New Video Clips

Intent on stimulating your visual senses in addition to simply your auditory receptors with each release nowadays, today Ufomammut has released the final two installments completing the series of five visual accompaniments to each track from the "Oro: Opus Primum" full-length. The album sees release in Europe this week, and will see release in North America on Tuesday.

Documenting the final two tracks of Ufomammut's "Opus Primum," the audio/visual installments of the songs "Magickon" and "Mindomine" finish out the five-part video series that showcases the entire album, following the three previously released clips. Roadburn.com has hosted the two video pieces, as well as a stream of the entire album. Delve into it all right here, or check out the videos below.

Although this completes the cycle for the "Oro: Opus Primum" LP, as the second part of the Oro series -- "Oro: Opus Alter" -- nears release in September, each track from that album will be released in the same visual/audio format. The full visual adaptation of both "Opus Primum" and later "Opus Alter" will be available as DVD installments which will accompany the limited edition LP versions of each chapter, hand-build by Malleus Rock Art Labs and released on the band's own Supernatural Cat Records. More...

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Tsavo Inc. Signs With Metal For A Dark World

Metal For A Dark World is pleased to announce that Brazil's thrash metal warriors Tsavo Inc. have signed a deal to release the band's first full-length album titled "When The Lions Are Hungry." Metal For A Dark World issued the following statement:

"Hailing from Goiania, Brazil, Tsavo Inc. was formed by Rinaldo Macedo on guitars in 1995. The band played several concerts in Brazil, and recorded a demo titled 'Thrash Metal Attack' as well as recorded a split album with another band that was titled 'Fast Food Thrash Metal.' The band decided to take a break in 2003. In 2004, Rinaldo became a member of the thrash band Arnion, who toured and also released a demo in 2006 titled 'Refuge,' then a full-length album titled 'Fall Like Rain,' which was picked up for a re-release along with the demo by Retroactive Records. Arnion broke up in 2008.

"After the split of Arnion, Rinaldo decided to revive Tsavo Inc. Rinaldo, along with Regis Melo started the band back up and asked Cleiton Magno, the lead singer of another great Brazilian thrash band called Disaffection (who have also released an album titled 'Begin The Revolution' on Bombworks Records), to join in on vocals. Julio Macaco rounded out the band on bass and the band started playing live shows and recently came out of the studio with their first full length album, 'When The Lions Are Hungry' recorded and ready to shop to labels. As a bonus, the album will be released along with their 1995 demo!! More...

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Untimely Demise Denied Entry To The U.S.

Canadian thrash trio Untimely Demise was denied access to the United States earlier this week, only several dates into the band's three-week tour of the western half of North America. The group's publicist issued the following press release:

"Having successfully blazed their way through the first five performances in Canada on their way south, Untimely Demise proceeded to the border checkpoint into Washington, and due to a logistical paperwork error involving one member, after multiple attempts, the band was not allowed entry into the country.

"Frustrated, they turned around and headed home, posting a statement on their Facebook last night explaining the situation in detail and apologizing to their American fans and friends they'd planned on raging with over the next few weeks. Get the full scoop on this unfortunate situation here, and stay tuned for future U.S. live actions once this is all cleared up.

"In the meantime, the band still have some badass regional gigs confirmed in Saskatchewan and Alberta in May, and will have more to broadcast in the weeks ahead."

The upcoming Untimely Demise tour dates are as follows:

5/04/2012 Amigos Cantina - Saskatoon, SK w/ Mares Of Thrace
5/12/2012 The Distillery - Calgary, AB w/ Massacre @ Chuck Schuldiner memorial birthday bash
5/14/2012 The Pawn Shop - Calgary, AB w/ Massacre More...

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4Arm To Play Bay Area Metal Fest

Australia’s own 4Arm, which recently posted a music video online for the song "Raise A Fist," will join the Bay Area Metal Festival in Oakland, California on Saturday July 28th. The following press release was issued:

"This will be the band's first tour outside their home country and what better way to give the US audience their first taste of the band's recently released album 'Submission For Liberty' then to be a part of a festival in the place where 'thrash metal' began!!

"During the 1980s and early 1990s, the Bay Area was home to one of the largest and most influential thrash metal scenes in the world, containing acts like Metallica, Exodus, Death Angel, Vio-lence, Forbidden, Testament and Machine Head. More US shows to be announced by the band in the next few weeks." More...

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End Of September Releases New Music Video

The Swedish female fronted melodic metal band End of September has released a music video for the track "Isolated." Check out the video clip below.

"Isolated" is the opening track from the self-titled debut album from End of September, which will be released on May 11th in Europe and on May 22nd in North America through Ulterium Records. End of September has the following upcoming live shows:

June 1st Harrys - Växjö, Sweden [release show]
August 10th Frizon Festival - Örebro, Sweden More...

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Sargon Finishes New EP

Sargon has issued the following update about finishing the band's new EP:

"Sargon are proud to announce that we have completed work on a new EP entitled 'The Bitter End' recorded at Ryan Arcane Digital Recording Studios in Chandler, AZ under the production of Ryan Butler (Exhumed, Misery Index, Landmine Marathon).

"This marks the first Sargon release with bassist Kelly Conlon (Death/Monstrosity) and new drummer Rickard Stjernquist (Jag Panzer) who is based in Phoenix, AZ with the rest of the band. Also, we have once again recruited the services of Panamanian guitar virtuoso Rod Denis who recorded lead guitar tracks on our full length debut album 'In Contempt' out on Old Cemetery Records 2011.

"The Bitter End EP will be a digital release and will be released Tuesday April 24, 2012. The EP will be available on Itunes, BandCamp, Amazon MP3, and all other digital retailers for download on the 24th." More...

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Suicide Silence Posts "Slaves To Substance" Clip

Century Media Records artist Suicide Silence has released a new music video for "Slaves To Substance." The track is off the bands latest release "The Black Crown" (reviewed here), which is available in stores and on iTunes.

Check out the "Slaves to Substance" video clip below. The band is also playing a bunch of shows overseas this Spring/Summer - all tour dates can be found on the Suicide Silence Facebook page here.

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Septicflesh Signs With Prosthetic Records

Prosthetic Records s proud to announce the signing of Greek symphonic death metal quartet Septicflesh, whose eight albums and performances on tour alongside the likes of Cradle of Filth, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Satyricon, Children of Bodom and more have earned the group international acclaim.

The band commented: “We are very excited to have signed a new North American deal with Prosthetic Records; we feel we have made the right choice with a label that could give us the right attention for the American market, we plan on striking hard with our next album!”

Septicflesh is also excited to announce that the band will be coming over to North America later this year to headline what will be the first “Conquerors of the World” tour. More details on the tour, including dates and the rest of the lineup will be coming shortly.

Until then, the band can be seen taking part in the Metalfest Open Air European festival tour alongside the likes of Megadeth, Kreator, Behemoth and more: More...

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All Shall Perish Streaming Spanish Track

Oakland, California death metal act All Shall Perish has delivered a Scion A/V first: a song guaranteed to sear off your eyebrows and stir up the pit, en español. Scion A/V commented:

"Unison deathcore riffage and multiple pummeling breakdowns make this one truly epic. If you're wondering what vocalist, Eddie Hermida, is saying, the title translates as 'The Past Will Haunt Us.' Download 'El Pasado Nos Perseguira' for free here or listen on YouTube!"

All Shall Perish is currently embarked on a headlining U.S. tour, “Scion Presents: This Is Where It Ends” 2012, featuring an all-star supporting cast of modern death metal acts, Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Contortionist and Conducting From The Grave in support. Dates are as follows: More...

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Prong Streaming New Song

Prong is a little bit less than two weeks away from the release of new album "Carved Into Stone." Today sees the premiere of a second song from the "Carved Into Stone," entitled "Ammunition." Check out the exclusive premiere courtesy of Noisecreep here.

Prong is currently on tour with Crowbar and Witchburn, in support of the new album, set for an April 24th release date on Long Branch Records, a division of SPV. A complete list of dates can be found below.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Eternal Heat
2. Keep on Living in Pain
3. Ammunition
4. Revenge ... Best Served Cold
5. State of Rebellion
6. Put Myself to Sleep
7. List of Grievances
8. Carved Into Stone
9. Subtract
10. Path of Least Resistance
11. Reinvestigate More...

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Drug Honkey Posts New Album Trailer

Chicago's Drug Honkey will be releasing the new album "Ghost in the Fire" on May 15th, 2012 via Diabolical Conquest Records. The album features guest vocals and lead guitar appearances from Nachtmystium's Blake Judd. A teaser trailer for the album has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Order of the Solar Temple
2. Ghost in the Fire
3. Weight of the World
4. This Time I Won't Hesitate
5. In Black Robe
6. Dead Days (Heroin III)
7. Five Years Up
8. Out of My Mind
9. Twitcher (Scorn cover)
10. Saturate/Annihilate

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Ratt's Stephen Pearcy's New Hot Sauce

Looking for a new flavor or a new way of spicing up your life? Well look no more. High River Sauces, the award winning Hot Sauce Company started by music industry veteran and Mosh Potatoes Cookbook (Simon & Schuster) author Steve Seabury is proud to announce the Top Fuel Verde Sauce in collaboration with Stephen Pearcy of the multi-platinum selling band Ratt and Chef Chris Santos of the Food Network's highest rated Show "Chopped". More...

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Order of Nine to Release New Album on May 22

Dark, Symphonic, Emotive, Progressive and Shred... are all descriptives that have been used in association w/ Order of Nine and their music...

However true, Order of Nine is more, playing their own brand of Metal, a perfect amalgam of Thrash and accessible Progressive Metal with the dark voice of a Seven foot Vampyre, reminiscent of Peter Steele and lower register Geoff Tate albeit having a rather engaging airy rasp that neither the aforementioned share. More...

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Lumpur Streaming Songs From EP

Indonesian death metal band Lumpur has released a new four song EP "Skema Pembalasan Sempurna" on New Standard Elite records. The band is streaming the title track and other songs over on its ReverbNation page, or you can listen to it below. Lumpur started out in 1994, finally releasing its first album "Escape Your Punishment" in 2003. After a long hiatus, the band is back with this EP and writing material for an upcoming second full-length release, "Concerning Retaliatory."

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Samael Heading To Brazil

The long running Swiss metal squad Samael will be heading over to Brazil for the band's first time ever for a short string of live shows in June. The following three dates have been confirmed so far:

06.15.12: Brasilia – Festival Marrecos
06.16.12: Varginha – Roça’n’Roll
06.17.12: Sao Paulo – Hangar

Samael will be touring in support of the band's latest album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here). You can also check out Metalunderground.com's interview about the album with Samael front man Vorph at this location.

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Resist The Thought Posts "Extermination" Video

Sydney based act Resist the Thought, which signed to Skull and Bones Records earlier this year, has now posted a new music video online for the track "Extermination." Check out the video below.

"Extermination" is off Resist the Thought's upcoming new album "Sovereignty," due out in stores on May 18th through Skull and Bones Records/Shock Etertainment.

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Synthetic Breed Reveals New EP Track Listing

Australian act Synthetic Breed has released the track listing for the new EP titled "Zero Degrees Freedom," which can be found below. The band commented:

"Here it is friends... the track listing for the upcoming 'Zero Degrees Freedom' EP - released May 29th 2012. Tracks 2-5 have been re-recorded from their original recordings on previous releases."

1. Dimension Zero (previously unreleased track)
2. Afflictions of Advancement
3. Resilience
4. Existence Mechanism (re-worked Autonomic Deficiency)
5. Convergence

You can also check out a playthrough video of Synthetic Breed performing the track "Resilience" at this location.

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Mastic Scum Working On New Album

Mastic Scum has checked in with the following announcement about writing for the band's upcoming fifth album:

"Greetings Grinders! Mastic Scum is currently working on the new 5th album! We are fucking excited about the new record which follows our last album DUST, our strongest release up to date, of which we are very proud!! However, the new release will be for sure a progression from the songwriting and sound production points of view.

"Some of the songwriting is already done, but we still have work to do! The new material so far is fucking brutal, combining shredding rhythms, mosh grooves and grindcore blast attacks! We sure give 100% in the song-writing-process and we cannot wait to enjoy with everyone the new overdose of brutal distorted structures! Be prepared!!

"As our goal is to enter the studio in summer 2012, we are very focused on our work and will play just a few live-shows this sprin/summer. Nevertheless, we really look forward to grind with you at our upcoming shows! Stay tuned!!!

"About the progress of the new album, we will keep you updated on our official Facebook site."

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Kill Ritual Streaming New Track

Kill Ritual is streaming the new track "Law Of The Land" from the forthcoming release "The Serpentine Ritual" (heard below). The band features guitarist Steve Rice (Ex-Imagika), drummer Wayne De Vecchi (Doom Society), guitarist Roberto Proietti (Eldritch) and bassist Danyael Williams (Dark Angel). The album was mixed by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) in Sweden, who also is a guest guitarist on the song "Coat of Blood." The band is planning a 2012 release date, but no exact date has yet been announced.

The band previously posted the song "Old School Thrasher," which can be heard over at this location. Check out "Law of the Land" here:

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Holy Moses Streaming Re-Recorded Track

Legendary German thrashers Holy Moses is streaming a newly re-recorded track "DefCon II" (heard below), which originally appeared on the band's 1989 LP "The New Machine of Liechtenstein." The re-recording appears on the forthcoming release "30th Anniversary: In the Power of Now." The release features mostly re-recorded tracks featuring the band's latest lineup, as well as two new tracks "Entering the Now" and the aforementioned "Borderland." The release date is scheduled for April 23, 2012 through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The track listing for ""30th Anniversary: In the Power of Now" is as follows:

CD 1:

1. Clash My Soul
2. Jungle of Lies
3. Finished with the Dogs
4. Symbol of Spirit
5. World Chaos
6. SSP (Secret Service Project)
7. Borderland*
8. Lost in the Maze
9. Walpurgisnight
10. Welcome to the Real World
11. Near Dark

CD 2:

1. Reborn Dogs
2. DefCon II
3. I Feel Sick
4. Nothing For My Mum
5. Disorder of the Order
6. Corroded Dreams
7. Entering the Now*
8. Creation of Violation
9. Panic
10. Decapitated Mind
11. Master of Disaster

* New tracks More...

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Royal Thunder Posts New Lyric Video

Atlanta based Royal Thunder posted a new lyric video for the song "Whispering World." The song appears on the band's debut full length LP entitled "CVI," which is due out on May 22, 2012 (North America), May 28, 2012 (UK), June 1, 2012 (Germany/Benelux) and June 4, 2012 (Rest of Europe).

Check out "Whispering World" here:

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Affector Posts Debut Album Teaser

Progressive rock/metal act Affector is streaming a preview of the debut album "Harmagedon." The album is scheduled for release on May 21, 2012 (EU) and May 22, 2012 (North America) through InsideOut Music.

Affector features an all star lineup of progressive rock/metal musicians as follows:

Collin Leijenaar (touring drummer for Neal Morse)
Daniel Fries
Ted Leonard (Enchant, Spock's Beard, Thought Chamber)
Mike LePond (Symphony X)
Guest keyboardists: Neal Morse, Alex Argento, Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, Planet X, ex-Dream Theater) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater).

Check out the preview sampler here: More...

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Alestorm Posts New Music Video

Scottish metal pirates Alestorm posted a new music video for the song "Death Throes of the Terrorsquid." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Back Through Time" (reviewed at this location).

Alestorm is currently on tour as part of Paganfest III in the North America with Turisas, Arkona and Huntress. A recent show review for Paganfest III can be found this location.

Check out "Death Throes of the Terrorsquid" here:

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