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Metal News for April 17, 2012

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Sevared Records Announces Brutality Reigns Fest 2

Sevared Records has announced the second edition of its annual festival, the Brutality Reigns Fest 2, will be taking place on June 22nd and 23rd at Hot Shots in Rochester, New York. Below is a preliminary line-up of the bands that are going to play, with more to be added in the coming weeks. Check for updates on the Brutality Reigns Fest 2 Facebook event page. Also check out an upload of Intestinal Alien Reflux, one of the bands on the roster, with the track "Illegal Aliens."

Putrid Pile
Intestinal Alien Reflux
Forced Asphyxiation
Death Sick
The Unborn Dead

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Nile Video Interview Available Online

SkullsNBones.com has posted a new video interview online with Karl Sanders of Nile before the band's show in Atlanta on April 13th, 2012. Check out the video clip below.

Nile is currently working on the new album "At The Gate of Sethu" with producer Neil Kernon. The album is tentatively scheduled to be released the 2nd quarter of 2012.

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Dog Shredder Streaming "Brass Tactics"

Dog Shredder's "Brass Tactics" 12" is out today via Seattle's Good To Die Records. The record shows the scorching underbelly of the Bellingham, Washington-based trio at their most over three technical, caustic, unrestrained, psychotically-charged tracks that consume fifteen minutes.

To help disseminate the release of this beast upon the lands, the folks at Invisible Oranges are hosting a full stream of "Brass Tactics" at this location.

A stint of Dog Shredder live appearances throughout the Pacific Northwest are also confirmed, beginning with two record release shows next week followed by a trio of dates in early May. A more extensive West Coast tour is being devised for early June and will be announced in the coming weeks.

4/26/2012 Barboza - Seattle, WA - Brass Tactics Record Release Show w/ Sandrider
4/27/2012 The Shakedown - Bellingham, WA - Brass Tactics Record Release Show w/ Sandrider 5/10/2012 Dante's - Portland, OR w/ Black Elk, White Orange, Norska
5/11/2012 The Comet - Seattle, WA w/ The Ruby Doe, Black Elk, Akimbo
5/12/2012 The Shakedown - Bellingham, WA w/ The Ruby Doe, Black Elk, Akimbo

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The Odious Posts Lyric Video

Portland's The Odious has posted a new lyric video clip online for the track "A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing," which can be found below. "A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" will appear on the band's upcoming full-length album "Joint Ventures," due out this coming winter, 2012.

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Mares Of Thrace Streaming New Album

"The Pilgrimage," the awaited second album from Calgary's Mares of Thrace, will finally see worldwide release via CD and digital download next Tuesday, April 24th. To count down to the release date, today Exclaim! Magazine is hosting a full album stream of "The Pilgrimage" at this location.

Mares of Thrace will take to the road across North America for a solid month in conjunction with the release of "The Pilgrimage" next week as well, the first show taking place only two days after the album's release.

4/26/2012 LBH - Kamloops, BC
4/27/2012 Funky Winkerbeans - Vancouver, BC
4/28/2012 Highline - Seattle, WA
4/29/2012 Voyeur Cafe - Olympia, WA
4/30/2012 East End - Portland, OR
5/03/2012 Broken City - Calgary, AB
5/04/2012 Amigos - Saskatoon, SK
5/06/2012 Negative Space - Winnipeg, MB
5/07/2012 Black Pirates Pub - Thunder Bay, ON
5/08/2012 Oddfellows Hall - Sault Ste Marie, ON
5/09/2012 This Ain't Hollywood - Hamilton, ON
5/10/2012 Cafe Dekcuf - Ottawa, ON
5/11/2012 460 - Toronto, ON
5/12/2012 Club Absynthe - Montreal, QC
5/13/2012 Le Kaméléon - Quebec, QC
5/14/2012 Geno's - Portland, ME
5/15/2012 St. Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
5/16/2012 Radio - Somerville, MA
5/17/2012 Cherry Street Station - Wallingford, CT
5/18/2012 Monty's Krown - Rochester, NY
5/19/2012 Carabar - Columbus, OH
5/20/2012 Blind Bob's - Dayton, OH
5/21/2012 Lager House - Detroit, MI
5/22/2012 Vibes Music - Indianapolis, IN
5/23/2012 Ultralounge - Chicago, IL
5/24/2012 The Heavy Anchor - St. Louis, MO
5/25/2012 Off Minor - Dubuque, IA
5/26/2012 Medusa - Minneapolis, MN

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Eye Of Solitude Posts New Track Online

Eye of Solitude has posted a new pre-production track online titled "Depths Of A Sick Mind," which can be heard in the player below. "Depths Of A Sick Mind" will appear on the new album "Sui Caedere," to be released this summer through Kaotoxin Records. The label also commented:

"So you think you already experienced darkness made music? Well, listen to the brand new Eye Of Solitude pre-production track from their forthcoming debut full-length, 'Sui Caedere' and discover how much you are wrong."

You can also listen to the previously posted song "Awoken by Crows" at this location.

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Julius Seizure Posts More Studio Footage

New Jersey metal band Julius Seizure has posted the fourth and final online video featuring the recording sessions of vocalist Yosef El for the upcoming "Beware the Ides of March" EP, due out on May 15th, 2012. Check out this new clip below, or find the last video at this location.

The release of the debut song "OxyGen(eration)" will be this Friday 4/20 on the band's website and Facebook profile.

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Bible Of The Devil Streaming New Song

In cooperation with Cruz Del Sur Music, TheObelisk.net has posted an exclusive premiere of the tune "Anytime" from the forthcoming Bible Of The Devil release, "For the Love of Thugs and Fools." To hear this brand new track from the veteran Chicago-based rock 'n' rollers, point your browser to this location. "For the Love of Thugs and Fools" will be out on May 8th in North America. Cruz Del Sur Music is also streaming "The Parcher" on their Bandcamp page.


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Unconsecrated Re-Releasing Demos And EP

Chaos Records and Dark Blasphemies will co-release Unconsecrated's "Awakening in the Cemetery Grave" in June with a vinyl LP version to follow later in the year. Featuring all the material the Spanish old school death metallers have recorded to date, the compilation includes the "Unconsecrated Cemetery" (2006) and "Dark Awakening" (2007) demos, as well as 2010's "Slave to the Grave" EP, which was previously released as a 7" on Dark Descent Records.

The material has been remastered by Skaldir at the Kalthallen Studios in Germany (2011) and cover art comes courtesy of Daniel Devilish (Entrails, Malfeitor, Blood Mortized). Below is the tracklisting and cover art of the entire release, plus a video upload of the title track from "Slave to the Grave" after the jump.

1. Intro
2. Buried in the Crypt
3. Exhumating Profaned Flesh
4. Slave to the Grave
5. Breath of Desolation (instrumental)

6. Path of the Ancient Gods
7. Dark Awakening
8. Over the Throne
9. Temple of Darkness
10. Descending Into the Abyss
11. Tombs of Fallen Angels

12. Recremated by the Sunlight
13. Journey Into the Crypts of the Dead
14. Morbid Dawn of the Deceased
15. Unconsecrated Cemetery
16. Recently Deceased
17. The Curse of Evocation
18. Dead Forever (Unleashed Cover)

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Pit Stories: Don't Drink Before The Gig

Every week we check in with bands and fans everywhere to get their most memorable mosh pit stories from metal shows. After our last story about romance in the pit, this week guitarist Rafaël Sellekaerts of Belgian act Dehuman shares the following tale of learning a lesson about drinking before a gig:

During a nice yet stormy road trip to Oostende (Belgium coast), our guitarist, Mathias, aka “The Guilt Grinder,” had the great idea to drink a whole bottle of whiskey. It’s pointless describing how drunk he was when we entered the stage, having to play his replacement guitar because he tried (and failed) replacing a broken string on his main guitar while in the car, leaving it unusable.

If I can remember well, it obviously took him only two songs to break a string from the then only playable guitar left after we started our set due to his totally drunk stage dancing. He then handed Adrien, our roady, the guitar for he could replace the string, which literally took him three songs, during which Mathias took over the bass, leaving Andréa (bassist/singer) singing and crowdsurfing to attract the public’s attention so they couldn’t really notice how… er… intense and… er… unforgettable Dehuman was during that time.

Sure we had a good laugh during that gig and afterwise. But we had to learn a lesson from it, which we still obey as an eleventh commandment since then: be drunk, but stop drinking alcohol two hours before the gig! Stay sick and brutal motherfuckers, thanks for the support!

Dehuman will release debut album "Black Throne of All Creation" on April 30th, 2012 through Kaotoxin Records. To get a sneak peek of the album, check out the song "Cast of Assassination" by clicking here.

Check back in again next Tuesday as we continue to share more pit stories from bands across the world.

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Banshee Replaces Benedictum At WOM Fest V

Warriors Of Metal Fest V has announced the cancellation of Benedictum and how Banshee will be replacing that band at the Open Air festival, which will take place on June 29th and 30th at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio. WOM Fest IV Open Air veteran Veronica Freeman of Benedictum contacted Warriors of Metal, Inc. last night with the following statement:

"Benedictum will not be able to attend the WOM Festival this year. We do so regret this and want everyone to know how much we love and support Datis and his efforts and every sponsor and fan that helps to make this festival happen. Our schedule will need to remain open at that time to facilitate work on the new album and work around some tight scheduling. We wish each and every band an amazing time and each and every fan throw your fists in the air in support of this event!! Love to everyone. V/Benedictum"

Warriors of Metal Fest also announced that former Metal Blade and Atlantic Records recording artists Banshee (currently with Snowblind Productions) will replace Benedictum on its line-up this year. Banshee has come back together after 21 years to record their fourth album called
"Mindslave," which is slated to be released within the next couple of months.

This will be Banshee's very first Open Air Metalfest appearance since the release of its new album and it is interesting to note that the three year WOM Fest veteran vocalist, George Call (ex-Omen) of Aska and Violent Storm will now be attending his fourth consecutive year at Warriors of Metal Fest Open Air for his fifth performance at the Fest with three different bands. Aska headlined the Friday night of WOM Fest II in 2009, George sang with Omen, headlining the Friday night of WOM Fest III, and he sand with Aska, co-headlining the Saturday night of WOM Fest III in 2010 with Cage, and of course Aska headlined the Saturday night of WOM Fest IV in 2011.

Banshee has an officially unreleased track called "Unearthed" on the Warriors of Metal Fest V Open Air 2012 Double CD Compilation that will be availabe to 2000 fans attending Keep It True XV Festival in Germany in less than 2 week's time and all the fans attending the Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air this year. For more information on the Warriors Of Metal Fest V, visit its website.

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Toxic Holocaust Announces More Tour Dates

Following successful Winter tours alongside English Dogs and The Casualties, punk metal road warriors Toxic Holocaust are pleased to announce another stretch of North American shows this May which will include 11 dates with blackened thrash derelicts Midnight. The madness will commence on May 18th in Vancouver, British Columbia and roll for nearly three weeks before coming to a close in Phoenix, Arizona.

Comments band leader Joel Grind: “We've had a few months off. I spent that time writing and recording a lot of new songs, but it's getting near that time to hit the road again and this time it's with our good friends and fellow Satanic demigods, Midnight. This is a tour that was conceived way back in 2007 but just finally came into fruition. Get ready for the onslaught coming your way!”

In addition, the band recently announced a two week tour of Europe which includes select shows with Converge and numerous festival appearances. The journey begins on August 4th in Motala, Sweden at the Motala Hardcore Fest and wraps up on August 17th at Dinkelsbuhl, Germany’s Summer Breeze Festival. A complete listing of dates is included below. More...

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More Bands Announced For Summer Breeze Fest

The 2012 edition of the Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available here. The organizers of the festival have now announced the following bands being added to the bill:

Within Temptation
Paradise Lost
Iced Earth
Lacuna Coil
Norma jean
Born from pain
Night in gales
While she sleeps

The festival's lineup is now as follows: More...

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When Tigers Fight Streaming New Song

As "Death Songs" -- the second LP from East Coast hardcore coalition When Tigers Fight -- nears release on May 1st, today Alternative Press Magazine is hosting a brand new track premiere. Get into the wicked groove of the third anthem from Death Songs, entitled "Temporary Fix," right here.

Stereokiller recently also posted the track "Kill Or Cure" from "Death Songs," which can be streamed by clicking here. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"When Tigers Fight produces wholly energetic East Coast hardcore, utilizing elements of more melodic post-youth crew anthems as well as the angrier, metallic hardcore the 1990s produced, and with full credibility, as the band was formed by Mike McTernan of Damnation A.D. and Jonathan Dennison of Another Victim, Unholy, Santa Sangre, The Path Of Resistance and The Promise. Death Songs was recorded with Jocko at More Sound Studios in Syracuse, and bears cover art by Jon MacNair, known for his work on labelmates Harm's Way's last full length, Isolation.

"Set for release on May 1st via upstate New York-based Closed Casket Activities -- who co-released the vinyl version of the band's previous LP Ghost Story through Indecision Records -- Death Songs is now available for preorder here."

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Huinca Releases "Rapa Nui" Video

Chile's Huinca has release a music video for the song "Rapa Nui" that comes off the band's newest album "Sic Semper Tyrannis." Check out the video below.

The new album will be released June/July of this year as digipack audio CD/digital download by Digmetalworld Records and distributed by MVD Entertainment Group on U.S./Canada. The "Sic Semper Tyrannis" track listing is the following:

1. Revuelta
2. Orias
3. Trepador
4. Santa Pedofilia
5. Huinca
6. Genocide
7. Cae
8. Rapa Nui
9. Guerrero
10. Tirano
11. Who is next More...

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Southern Lord Summer Tour Routing Announced

The final details and routing for the previously-announced Southern Lord Summer package tour have been confirmed today. The tour is set to bring some of the label's newest and most promising acts as well as some heavy veterans on the eclectic but lethal roster together for a near month-long trek across the face of America.

The core acts for the tour include the Ontario-based hardcore/rock outfit Burning Love (featuring ex-Cursed vocalist), dark lords of Swedish crust Martyrdod, Milwaukee's metal/hardcore crossover outfit Enabler, and Seattle's d-beat/death-infused hardcore bastards Black Breath headlining the full tour. All four bands have brand new albums either already out or set to be unleashed based around the tour.

Special guests Poison Idea, Noothgrush, Pelican, Power Trip, Wild//Tribe, Dead in the Dirt, The Secret, and more will also infiltrate the routing, each with one or more regional performances throughout the debauchery-ridden escapade, and Southern Lord will also host a label showcase in Pomona, California with details to be announced in the coming weeks. More...

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The Fallacy Offering Free Song Downloads

Chilean gothic act The Fallacy is currently offering four songs for free download off the band's upcoming album "Love Division." You can get the tracks "Love Division," "Mistaken Love," "No Dreams At Home," and "Drops of Fire" at the band's official website. You can also check out the band's video for "No Dreams At Home" in the player below.

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Miroist Streaming Debut EP

U.K. band Miroist has released the band's debut 3-track EP "The Pledge" as a free download on Bandcamp. You can also check out the release in the player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Non decipies me, fortuna
2. Schopenhauer's Fallacy
3. He had been old in the beginning; but he was saved More...

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Malice Posts Re-Recorded Song Snippet

Today reformed U.S. metal icons Malice have released a snippet of the re-recorded classic song "Hell Rider" which will be part of the new CD "New Breed Of Godz." Check out the song snippet in the player below.

Guitarist Jay Reynolds comments: "I didn't think we could possibly make a song like like 'Hell Rider' more sinister and heavy than it was, but we did! James Rivera also did an unbelievable job on the vocals, leaving no question who the King of Metal vocals is!!"

Original members Jay Reynolds (guitars), Mick Zane (guitars) and Mark Behn (bass) entered the Silver Cloud Studios in Los Angeles together with new singer James Rivera (Helstar) and new drummer Pete Holmes (Black N´Blue) to re-record 8 of their classics and 4 new songs. The track listing is as follows:

1. New Breed Of Godz (new song)
2. Hell Rider
3. Against The Empire
4. Branded (new song)
5. Sinister Double
6. Circle Of Fire
7. Stellar Masters
8. Winds Of Death (Angel Of Light) (new song)
9. Air Attack
10. Chain Gang Woman
11. Slipping Through The Cracks (new song)
12. Godz Of Thunder More...

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Arjen Lucassen Reveals New Album Details

Multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) will be releasing his upcoming concept solo album, "Lost In The New Real" on May 8th in North America and April 23rd in Europe. Featuring artwork created by Arjen and designer Claudio Bergamin, plus an appearance by actor Rutger Hauer as the album's narrator, "Lost In The New Real" is a double-CD that tells the story of Mr. L, a 21st century man who was cryo-preserved at the moment of clinical death from a terminal disease.

The album begins as Mr. L is being revived at a point in the distant future, when technology has advanced enough to cure his disease. Mr. L finds himself in a world that has drastically changed -- to the point that the line between what's real and what's not is no longer clear.

To preview Arjen's "Lost In The New Real," check out an official teaser trailer below, which features samples of the album. The track listing is as follows:

Lost In The New Real (disc 1)
1. The New Real
2. Pink Beatles In A Purple Zeppelin
3. Parental Procreation Permit
4. When I'm A Hundred Sixty-Four
5. E-Police
6. Don't Switch Me Off
7. Dr Slumber's Eternity Home
8. Yellowstone Memorial Day
9. Where Pigs Fly
10. Lost In The New Real
*Bonus CD-rom section: "Behind The New Real"* More...

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To Speak Of Wolves Posts New Song Online

With a little more than a month to go until the release of their ferocious new album "Find Your Worth, Come Home" – out May 22 on Solid State Records – North Carolina hard rock rioters To Speak of Wolves are giving fans another sonic sneak peek in the form of new single "Je Suis Fini," streaming now exclusively at AbsolutePunk.net. Check out the track at this location.

"'Je Suis Fini' is the first song we wrote for the new album," explains drummer and founder Phil Chamberlain. "We feel like it's fairly different from the first single, 'Stand Alone Complex,' in that it's a little more melodic. In the coming weeks, we'll be releasing a video as well as playing it on the next tour, so we wanted to get the song out there so our fans could know it and sing along!"

Pursuant to getting out in front of fans in support of the new album, To Speak of Wolves has also announced a U.S. headlining tour from May 4th - June 2nd presented by Evolve Over Hate clothing and Substream Music Press with support from Harp & Lyre. Joining the bands on select dates are Solid State label mates Wolves At The Gate (May 8-14), as well as Fallstar (May 18-21), Lions! Tigers! Bears! (May 22-26), and Set The Sun (May 28-Jun 2).

Eager fans can now pre-order "Find Your Worth, Come Home" in multiple formats at this location. More...

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Black Cobra Announces More Tour Dates

Crushing Bay Area duo Black Cobra has devastated audiences across Europe for several weeks -- including a performance at the massive annual Roadburn Festival in Holland this past weekend -- with the tour coming to a close in Helsinki, Finland tonight. Following the current tour the band will traverse the globe to undertake a second tour of Australia and first of New Zealand, with several headlining shows planned in addition to a stack of performances as direct support for stoner rock legends Fu Manchu.

Upon returning from the tour of New Zealand and Australia, Black Cobra will hit the highways of the U.S. once again, taking on a slew of newly-confirmed headlining shows -- mostly alongside Salt Lake City's grind unit Gaza -- both bands on their way to link up with Torche and Corrosion of Conformity for a massive North American June tour together. Post-tour, Black Cobra and Gaza will head back out on another run of dates together, once again with BC headlining.

Black Cobra New Zealand/Australia Tour w/ Fu Manchu: More...

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Dimesland Announces West Coast Shows

Oakland's eclectic metal unit Dimesland has locked down a short tour of the country's upper West Coast this May. Kicking off May 9th, the quartet will scorch local 'bangers in Portland, Seattle and Eugene before ending the rampage with a hometown show, with support from Order Of The Gash, Kowloon Walled City, Wizard Rifle, labelmates Arkhum and more along the way.

5/09/2012 Plan B - Portland, OR w/ Order Of The Gash, Nasalrod
5/10/2012 The Highline - Seattle, WA
5/11/2012 Pyrate Punx - Eugene, OR w/ The Entity, Arkhum
5/12/2012 Eli's Mile High Club - Oakland, CA w/ Kowloon Walled City, Wizard Rifle

The following press release was issued about the band:

"Dimesland is comprised of members of Oakland-based blackened/progressive metal band Wild Hunt as well as mysterious noise/rock outfit The Residents. Based on a strong interest in tension, mutation and fracture, in evidence not only harmonically and rhythmically but also within blurred tales of psychological havoc, the band's debut EP Creepmoon was released by Vendlus Records in February. The band's live shows are frantic and dense and feature songs woven together with shorter pieces and soundscapes for an almost nonstop presentation of sound."

You can also stream the "Creepmoon" EP in its entirety right here.

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Unearth Posts Lyric Video Online

Unearth has launched a new lyric video for a song off the band's "Darkness in the Light" album (reviewed here). The new lyric video for "Arise the War Cry" can be seen below. Unearth also recently launched a music video for "Watch it Burn," available here.

Unearth recently completed a full European tour in support of Heaven Shall Burn. The Massachusetts natives will have home field advantage this weekend when the band plays the 2012 installment of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. Unearth is scheduled to play on the main stage on Saturday, April 21st alongside Protest The Hero, Overkill, and fellow home-town heroes, All That Remains.


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Sonata Arctica Posts More "Making-Of" Footage

Sonata Arctica has posted the second "making-of" video online for the new album "Stones Grow Her Name," which is due out on May 18th (EU) and May 22 (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out this second video clip below, or you can also find the previously posted first video at this location.

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Marduk Streaming New Song

Swedish black metallers Marduk will be releasing their 12th studio album, "Serpent Sermon," on June 5th in North America and Europe on May 28th, 2012.

In anticipation of the album's release, the band is now premiering another new single, "Souls For Belial" (to hear the first single, "M.A.M.M.O.N.", click here). To listen to the track, head over to Decibel Magazine.com at this location.

A CD single for "Souls For Belial" (that includes a cover of Woven Hand's "Oil On Panel") is available in the May issue of Sweden Rock Magazine (#92), which comes out today. If you miss out on the CD version, a limited-edition 7" EP with the same songs will be released in late May through cmdistro.com.

The "Serpent Sermon" track listing is as follows: More...

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All Else Fails Announces New Tour Dates

Edmonton, AB based metallers All Else Fails, who released "The Oracle: What Was, Is, and Could Have Been" on Suicidal Bride Records last August, have announced they will be trekking through the province of British Columbia for the month of May on the "Hell and High Water" tour. The dates for the trek can be found below.

The band's new music video for "Obsidian Walls," directed by vocalist/guitarist Barrett Klesko, can also be viewed at this location.

May 3, 2012 - TBA
May 4, 2012 - Tunnel Night Club - Vancouver, BC w/ Quartered, Stella, Inside It Failed
May 5, 2012 - TBA - Vancouver Island, BC w/ Dead Eyes Open, Synapse,
May 6, 2012 - TBA
May 10, 2012 - Logan's Pub - Victoria, BC w/ Synapse, Two Years and Counting
May 11, 2012 - The Cambie - Nanaimo, BC w/ Dead Eyes Open, Body Politic
May 12, 2012 - The Riverfront - Grindrod, BC w/ Cast Into Ashes, Odinfist, Scythia

You can find the Facebook event page for the "Hell and High Water" tour here.

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Angelus Apatrida Posts "You Are Next" Video

Angelus Apatrida has posted an official new music video for the track "You Are Next," taken from the album "The Call," set for release on April 30th, 2012 (EU) and digitally on May 8th, 2012 (North America) through Century Media Records.

The track listing for "The Call" is as follows:

1. You Are Next
2. At The Gates Of Hell
3. Violent Dawn
4. It's Rising!
5. Blood On The Snow
6. Killer Instinct
7. The Hope Is Gone
8. Fresh Pleasure
9. Still Corrupt
10. Reborn

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Cap De Craniu Streaming "The Autumn Bodycount"

Romania's Cap De Craniu has posted another song online for streaming titled "The Autumn Bodycount," which can be heard in the player below. "The Autumn Bodycount" is comes off the band's debut album "I'll Kill If I Live," which was released in February through Metalfan Records.

You can also watch the previously posted video for the song "I'll Break You Again Tomorrow" here, or check out the lyric clip for "You Made Your Bed, Now Sleep In It!" at this location.

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Job For A Cowboy Announces Japanese Shows

Death metal collective Job For A Cowboy today announces four special headlining dates in Japan. Following the band's trek on the Metal Alliance tour, which is currently underway, the band will play two shows in Tokyo as well as Nagoya and Okinawa beginning on May 18th. Confirmed dates are below:

5/18/2012 Shibuya Cyclone - Tokyo, Japan w/ United
5/19/2012 Sakae R.A.D - Nagoya, Japan w/ Infernal Revulsion, Death I Am, Hostile Eyes
5/20/2012 Shibuya Milkyway - Tokyo, Japan w/ Arise In Stability, Metal Safari
5/21/2012 Chatan Salt & Papper - Okinawa, Japan w/ Illuminati, Shores, Roach, Shakes Beard

Job For A Cowboy will be touring in support of the brand new studio recording, "Demonocracy," released in North America last week through Metal Blade Records. More...

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Dying Fetus Releases In-Studio Footage

Today Maryland's Dying Fetus has posted the first in a series of in-studio videos taken during the recording process of the forthcoming album "Reign Supreme" This video focuses on the drum tracking process and can be viewed below.

"Reign Supreme" is set for a June 19th release via Relapse Records and features nine tracks and is a "return to roots" with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band's last few works. Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of Dying Fetus as we have come to know.

You can also check out a lyric video for the first new song from "Reign Supreme" entitled "Subjected to a Beating" here. More...

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Carach Angren Posts More Studio Footage

"Where The Corpses Sink Forever," Carach Angren’s forthcoming album, has been slated for a May 18th release (June 5th in North America). You can now listen to the song "Lingering in an Imprint Haunting" on the Media Player at Season of Mist’s Facebook profile.

Watch the third and final webisode of the recording sessions for "Where the Corpses Sink Forever" at Tidal Wave studio in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. An Ominous Recording
2. Lingering in an Imprint Haunting
3. Bitte tötet mich
4. The Funerary Dirge of a Violinist
5. Sir John
6. Spectral Infantry Battalions
7. General Nightmare
8. Little Hector what Have You Done?
9. These Fields Are Lurking (Seven Pairs of Demon Eyes) More...

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Darkseed Reveals "Best Of" Album Details

Darkseed's upcoming best of, entitled "Astral Darkness Awaits," will feature 14 tracks including two bonus songs, which were only available on the limited edition of the physical version of "Poison Awaits."

The complete tracklisting looks like this:

1. Incinerate
2. Black Throne
3. No Promise In The Heavens
4. King In The Sun
5. Disbeliever
6. My Burden
7. Ultimate Darkness
8. Sleep Sleep Sweetheart
9. Dying Land
10. Flying Into The Night
11. Can't Explain
12. Souls Unite
13. The Demon Within
14. Comptine D'un Autre Été: L'après Midi

"Astral Darkness Awaits" will be available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Musicload other digital music stores only on May 4th, 2012. The cover artwork can be viewed at this location.

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Vulture Industries Signs With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of avant-garde black metal band Vulture Industries. The Norwegians are currently in writing mode, recording demos and ideas for their forthcoming third album.

"We are pleased to make known that we have sold our collective souls to the record company known as Season of Mist," vocalist Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen states. "We pray that our souls will be handled with care as they have long been dear to us. Still, we are sure Season of Mist has the musical integrity for a thriving relationship and we have pledged them the release of our next album."

For more details on Vulture Industries, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Seeds Of Iblis Posts New EP Teaser

The Iraqi anti-Islamic black metallers Seeds Of Iblis have posted a new teaser trailer online for their new EP "The Black Quran." Check out the teaser below.

"The Black Quran" will be released this coming May by Hammer Of Hate Productions, with more information coming soon. You can also check out the band's previously posted song "Inverted Hilal" at this location.

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The Stranded Reveals New Album Details

The Stranded has issued the following statement online about the band's creation and upcoming new album release:

"Poly-instrumentist Ettore Rigotti and screamer Claudio Ravinale from Disarmonia Mundi (the italian death metal act known for the presence of Bjorn 'Speed' Strid from Soilwork on its ranks) formed with guitarist Elliot Sloan (also known for being a professional skater in the Tony Hawk team) a brand new band called 'The Stranded.' Keyboard player Alessio NeroArgento has been subsequently added to the line-up.

"The debut album entitled 'Survivalism Boulevard' is scheduled on July 2nd, 2012 via Coroner Records, while the Japanese version, featuring an exclusive bonus track, will hit the stores via Media Factory.

"Survivalism Boulevard can be described as a modern combination of powerful extreme elements such as feral vocals and fast riffing mixed with more melodic and catchy moments provided by emphatic choruses and industrial keys." More...

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