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Metal News for April 20, 2012

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Bow Prometheus Streaming EP

Dallas symphonic deathcore band Bow Prometheus is streaming its five song EP "Treachery" over on Bandcamp or listen to it in the player below. Bow Prometheus consists of seven members and got its start in Malakoff, Texas in 2011. The EP will be officially released on April 21st on the Texas label Swimming With Sharks Records, which will coincide with its release party at The Hanger in Greenville, Texas.

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Genocaust Releasing New Album

Tucson band Genocaust is releasing its new album "The End of All Things" on Ossuary Industries this spring, and is already streaming the title track from it. Listen to the track below, plus watch a studio video of drummer Mike Wyatt recording "The End of All Things" With producer Mitch Burbidge at Omniversal studios in Tucson Arizona. This track has actually been streaming for quite awhile, having originally been released on Genocaust's 2003 promo release, but this is a re-recorded version of it for the album. Genocaust recently confirmed to be on the bill at the LV Death Fest IV, and are currently performing at the 420 Death Fest in El Paso, Texas.

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Nightwish Announces North American Tour

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish has announced a North American tour this fall to support the latest album, "Imaginareum." The tour, which features special guests Kamelot, kicks off in Atlanta, GA, on September 12th.

Tour dates are as follows:

Sept. 12 Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Sept. 13 Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Sept. 16 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Sept. 17 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept. 19 Montreal, CAN - CEPSUM University of Montreal
Sept. 20 Toronto, CAN - Sound Academy
Sept. 21 Columbus. OH - Newport Music Hall
Sept. 23 Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sept. 24 Chicago, Ill - Congress Theater
Sept. 25 St Louis, MO - Pop’s
Sept. 27 Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
Sept. 28 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Sept. 29 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Oct. 1 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
Oct. 2 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Oct. 3 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Oct. 5 Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Oct. 6 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Oct. 7 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
Oct. 9 Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Oct. 10 Austin, TX - Emo’s
Oct. 11 New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Oct. 13 Ft Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Oct. 14 Orlando, FL - House of Blues Lake Buena Vista

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Serpent Underground Posts "The Fallen" Video

California rock/metal act Serpent Underground has launched a new music video for the song "The Fallen," which can be viewed below. "The Fallen" is taken off the band's second album "The Lie," released in September 2011 under Downpour Records. You can also find more music from Serpent Underground over at the band's Facebook profile.

Serpent Underground is:

Ralph Buso - Vocals/Keys
Cody Walker - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Anthony Arguijo - Bass/Backing Vocals
Mike Elliott - Drums

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Stryper Heading Out On Tour

The Yellow and Black Attack is back - Stryper is about to embark on a string of select dates worldwide starting May 10th at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL just outside of Chicago. The following press release was issued:

"Stryper is one of the few bands from a decadent era that features 'All Original Members.' They continue to tour the world and produce Billboard-charting albums. Brothers Michael Sweet and Robert Sweet, along with Oz Fox and Timothy Gaines, make up the legendary hard rock quartet.

"Looking back over the past 25 years, Stryper is considered to be a groundbreaking act on all accounts. They are one of the first Christian rock bands to achieve unprecedented success in the mainstream. Their 1986 album To Hell With The Devil is listed among CCM’s '100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music' and the band’s popular power ballad 'Honestly' became a Billboard Top 20 hit and reached number 1 on MTV. Their pop-rock hit 'Calling On You,' also entered MTV’s top 10, simultaneously with 'Honestly' being one of the first bands to have two top 10 videos on MTV. Even as recent as 2010 and 2011 Stryper found their way once again on the Billboard Charts with their albums Reborn, Murder by Pride and The Covering." More...

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Bloodmoon Streaming Demo Album Online

California's Bloodmoon has released a new demo album online for streaming. You can check out the tracks from "Orenda" via Bandcamp or through the player below. The "Orenda" track listing is as follows:

1. What Lies Beyond
2. As A Wind
3. Come Whatever Storm
4. Orenda
5. Shallow Berth
6. Riding Eternity pt. I

You can also find more details on Bloodmoon by heading over to the band's Facebook profile. More...

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16 Streaming Entire Album Online

Three years after "Bridges to Burn" came out, 16 is back with its new album "Deep Cuts from Dark Clouds," which will be released on April 26th via Relapse Records. You can listen to an exclusive entire-album stream of all ten tracks over on Invisible Oranges. Vocalist Chris Jerue had the following to say about the album:

"It took us 20 years to write this record. We had to narrow things down and fine-tune this formula to the four people who wanted it the most. There have been like 14 people in this band. Now it seems like we have the right group to make good music…Since [2009's] 'Bridges To Burn' came out I had a real shitty three years. I can laugh at it now because I lived through it. That’s what this whole record is about. I have a whole different viewpoint. I could have died, and I guess I’ve been seeing things differently. When I listen to 'Bridges To Burn' now, I bore myself. But this record gets crazy without getting in your face with the negativity. I mean, it’s just as pissed but not as pissed at the same time."


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Pandemonium Streaming Song From New Album

Polish black/death metal band Pandemonium has released another song from the recently released album "Misanthropy." Check out the video clip of "Only The Dead Will See The End Of War" below.

Pandemonium also commented:

"The reaction of fans to Pandemonium’s concerts, which is continuously promoting our new album Misanthropy, makes us nothing but fully satisfied with a current condition of the band and our loyal fans. The material is by no doubt appreciated by people, what is proved by emotions stirred on each of our concerts!" More...

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Mortad Releases "The Voice" Music Video

London-based extreme metallers Mortad have unveiled a new video for "The Voice," which is taken from Mortad's debut album, "The Myth Of Purity," out now. Check out "The Voice" in the player below. You can also listen to the previously posted song "The Heights" at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. All That's Born Must Be Destroyed
2. Waste of My Rage
3. The Heights
4. Mirage
5. Feels Like Suffocation
6. The Myth of Purity
7. I'm Not Interested in Being Interesting
8. By Default
9. The Voice
10. That Which Is Humane

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White Wizzard Announces Tokyo Show

White Wizzard has confirmed a special show in Tokyo, Japan in support of the band's latest album, "Flying Tigers."

White Wizzard will be performing at Shibuya Club Quattro on May 12th, and as a special treat for fans, the band will be joined by vocalist Wyatt Anderson, who sang on "Flying Tigers" as well as the band's first full-length album, "Over the Top."

White Wizzard mainman and bassist Jon Leon comments:

"To our fans: We have a big show coming up in Tokyo, Japan on May 12, 2012. This is to support the Japanese release of Flying Tigers. Wyatt 'Screaming Demon' Anderson has agreed to do this show for our Japanese fans and we will be performing the entire 'Starman's Son' six-song epic from Flying Tigers, as well as many more songs from all releases. We hope to film some great footage and we are excited for the experience!"

May 12 - Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya Club Quattro

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Vore Signs To AFM Records

Death metal veterans Vore have announced that they have just signed with Germany's AFM Records. The deal will see a re-release of Vore's most recent album, "Gravehammer" (which was released by the band in December of last year) on July 20th on CD and vinyl formats. Barely a month after its release, "Gravehammer" reached the #4 spot on Amazon.com's death metal downloads chart. Vore had remained unsigned all these years and despite that fact has consitently charted on radio and released four CD's all on its own to decent reception. Check out a few songs from Vore's "Gravehammer," the recent album that will be re-released on AFM, over on MySpace.


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Liv Kristine Announces Guest Singer For New Album

Liv Kristine’s upcoming album (scheduled for a fall 2012 release) will feature a duet with German singer Tobias Regner, the 2006 winner of "Deutschland sucht den Superstar,” a German music talent show in the vein of "American Idol." The track is called "Vanilla Skin Delight," and Liv Kristine comments on the collaboration with Tobias:

"I've got news for you! Last week we recorded male vocals for the track 'Vanilla Skin Delight.' Our special guest is Platinum-Gold-awarded artist Tobias Regner! His voice just fascinates me, and as soon as we had made the decision that we would want a male singer on 'Vanilla Skin Delight,' I thought it would be just perfect having Tobias' powerful and warm voice completing this composition, i.e. turning it into a real rock song duet.

"Fortunately, our friend and movie-maker Konrad Hollenstein was able to provide us with the necessary contact information, thus we were able to get hold of Tobias the very next day. 48 hours later Tobias knocked on the door and I was very happy and grateful that he had found his way to Mastersound Studio. We realized straight away that we have so much in common (sports, both being born on the country side, good and bad experience with the music business, touring, red-wine, art...), despite the fact that we come from completely different musical backgrounds: Tobias winning 'Deutschland Sucht den Superstar,' the German version of Pop Idol, in 2006, compared to my own revolutionary beginnings with Theatre of Tragedy in the nineties.

"Here we are, being duet partners in the same song, moreover, it felt like we had known each other for a long time. Tobias is a very open-minded, warm-hearted and fine guy, with whom I really would like sharing stage with sometime in the future. He is a fantastic rock singer, and he is highly professional. I asked him to sing in the way he felt the most comfortable with. 'Vanilla Skin Delight' will blow you away!"

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Megadeth Comments On Dave Mustaine Controversy

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and guitarist Chris Broderick were interviewed on the black carpet of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2012 by Metal Injection. During the interview, the band members addressed their feelings on Dave Mustaine's recent controversial statements.

The duo also discussed the writing process for new material and what the future holds for the band. Check out the clip here or in the player below.

Gwar's Oderus Urungus also recently had an interesting response to Dave Mustaine's ever flowing stream of controversial comments, which can be heard here. More...

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Attacker Streaming New Song

New Jersey's Attacker has posted the new song "Steel Vengeance" online, which is available for streaming in the player below. The track also features new vocalist Bobby "Leatherlungs" Lucas and will be included in the band's upcoming album.

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Pain Announces "Into Darkness" Tour Dates

Nuclear Blast has issued the following announcement about Pain's upcoming "Into Darkness" tour dates:

"The gaping, sinister and black abyss has many faces – just like its musical offspring…for the second time, the Into Darkness tour will crawl upon Europe!

"In time for the dawning of black winter days, a live package will start hitting clubs November 9th and boasting a line up full of dark gems of the widest stylistic variety.

"Swedish legends Pain featuring maestro Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) will fill the headliner position, and this act can truly make the dead dance! Morbid lyrics meet stomping industrial beats and wicked metal guitars: a band to make every goth, EBM freak and metalhead in the audience happy with evergreens such as ‘Eleanor Rigby‘, ‘Follow Me‘ or ‘Shut Your Mouth‘! 2011 saw the release of 'You Only Live Twice' and Pain are renowned to spread a heavy and somber atmosphere live especially."

Pain has the following upcoming live shows with Moonspell, Swallow the Sun, and Lake of Tears: More...

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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Posts Tour Video

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter has uploaded a video from the premier show of the European run in support of the album's best-of-record "The Greatest Of The Best." The band is touring in England, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Check out the video after the jump, and the remaining dates are as follows:

21.04. B Durbuy - DurbuyRock
22.04. NL Enschede - Atak
24.04. NL Kerkrade - Rock Temple
25.04. GB London - Underworld
26.04. F Paris - Glazart
27.04. F Cognac - West Rock
28.04. E Barakaldo - Rockstar Live
29.04. E Madrid - Arena Club
30.04. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
02.05. F Lyon - Ninkasi Kao
03.05. I Romagnano Sesia - Rock´n Roll Arena
04.05. D Lindau - Club Vaudeville
05.05. D Nürnberg - Hirsch
08.05. A Linz - Posthof
09.05. A Wien - Arena
10.05. D München - Backstage
11.05. D Karlsruhe - Substage
12.05. D Osnabrück - Hyde Park
13.05. D Köln - Essigfabrik More...

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Brendon Small Releases Track By Track Breakdown

Brendon Small and GuitarWorld.com have teamed up to share an exclusive track-by-track explanation video with fans, available for viewing today at this location. Brendon personally takes fans from the first song through the end of the album with individual track descriptions of the story behind the concept album.

The release date for Brendon Small's Galaktikon is now finally planted firm at April 29th, 2012, but don’t fret about these few long weeks—you can pre-order your copy tonight. Log on to this location fore pre-order info.

Brendon Small's Galaktikon, "A High Stakes Intergalactic Extreme Rock album," will be released on April 29th, 2012, slated to coincide with the Season 4 premiere of Metalocalypse on Sunday, April 29 at 12:15am (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. For more details on the release, check out our interview with Brendon Small here.

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DaiTribe Posts Track By Track Video

DaiTribe dropped new album "Epochalypse A.D." earlier this week via True Gemini records. The album was recorded at Farview Audio by Jason "Jay" Walsh and mixed by Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hatebreed, and Mercyful Fate). The artwork was done by Mark Alano who is also known for his work with Mecca and Grammy Award Winner Jim Peterik.

Today the band has posted the first in a series of videos going through the album track by track. The first installment of the video series covers the tracks "Betray," "Control," "Lost By Distance," and "My Eyes." Check out the first video in the player below.

Don't forget to check out a full album stream of "Epochalypse A.D." courtesy of Guitar World here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. For The Sins
2. My Eyes
3. I Hate Me
4. Liar Messiahs
5. Betray
6. This Hell
7. Crime Legacy
8. Redemption
9. False Hopes
10. Control
11. Sanctuary
12. Loss By Distance More...

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LT Rhapsody Reveals New Drummer

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody has posted a brief video clip announcing Alex Landenburg as the band's new drummer. Check out the video clip below. Rhapsody's new album "Ascending to Infinity" is due out this Summer through Nuclear Blast.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Quantum X
2. Ascending To Infinity
3. Dante’s Inferno
4. Excalibur
5. Tormento E Passione
6. Dark Fate Of Atlantis
7. Luna
8. Clash Of The Titans
9. Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall
10. March Of Time (Bonus Track)

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Moonspell Releases "Omega White" Teaser

Moonspell has posted a teaser trailer online of the bonus album "Omega White," included with the special limited edition of new album "Alpha Noir." Check out the clip below. "Alpha Noir" is due out on April 27th, 2012 through Napalm Records (review coming soon).

You can also check out the band's previously posted music video for the song "Lickanthrope" at this location.

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Van Halen Extends North American Tour

Van Halen has just added 18 concerts to its 2012 North American tour in support of their highly-anticipated new album, "A Different Kind of Truth." The new album - the band's first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the iconic multi-platinum 1984 - will also be featured as Amazon's Daily Deal today, April 20th, for the low price of $4.99.

Tickets for the newly announced shows go on sale beginning today at 10:00am at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. The full itinerary, including second shows added in Detroit, New York, and Philadelphia, can be found below.

Added Tour Dates:

Jul 07 Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul 09 Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum
Jul 11 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Jul 13 E. Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center
Jul 15 Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
Jul 17 Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
Jul 19 Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
Jul 21 London, ON - John Labatt Centre
Jul 24 Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
Jul 26 Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
Jul 28 Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
Jul 31 Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Aug 02 Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
Aug 04 Knoxville, TN - Thompson Boling Arena
Aug 06 Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
Aug 08 Birmingham, AL - BJCC Arena
Aug 10 Greenville, SC - BI-LO Center
Aug 12 Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena

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Katana Streaming New Song

Katana has issued the following announcement about streaming the new song "Kubilai Khan" online:

"To make sure that everyone in the world has a chance to hear some new Katana stuff before the release of the new album 'Storms of War,' the song Kubilai Khan is now available on YouTube. Check it out!"

"Storms of War" was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Sonic Train Studios by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque and is set for release on May 14th in Europe and June 19th in the U.S.

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Heretoir Reveals 2CD Set Details

Heretoir will be releasing the "Substanz" 2 CD set this coming August through Northern Silence Productions. The artwork is available at this location and the track listing will be as follows:

CD 1 ("Existenz" + old tracks):

1. Erwachen im Dunkel
2. Ein Schrey in die Nacht
3. Verblasst
4. Ausgeburt
5. Weltenwandler
6. Herbstwind
7. Trümmerwelten
8. Nihil

CD 2 (Rerecording of "Existenz" + bonus tracks):

1. Aura
2. Erwachen im Dunkel
3. Ein Schrey in die Nacht
4. Verblasst
5. Ausgeburt
6. Herbstwind
7. Snow Colours

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Straight Line Stitch Announces U.S. Tour

Knoxville, TN’s Straight Line Stitch is thrilled to announce an upcoming full U.S. tour, kicking off next Tuesday, April 24th in Bowling Green, KY. Joining the group on the road is former Straight Line Stitch guitarist Kris Norris (ex-Darkest Hour), back with the group for two months of shredding alongside Kris Hawkins. Up until the tour begins, Straight Line Stitch will continue writing for a third album, with plans to be in the studio by the end of the year.

The band recently re-emerged as a free agent looking for a new label home. “I think as a band we are looking forward mostly to just getting back to basics, and at the very heart of that is hitting the road and letting everyone know that Straight Line Stitch is still going strong,” states frontwoman Alexis Brown. “There are some new faces in the mix but the feeling and the essence of the band is still the same, which is to go out and give it all we've got.” More...

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Agnostic Front Announces Commemorative Shows

Agnostic Front has announced a trio of commemorative shows to celebrate 30 years of NYHC. The hardcore punk pioneer will perform the classic Live At CBGB set in its entirety to pay homage to the passionate New York hardcore subculture that has stood the test of time – a movement Agnostic Front has led since the early 1980s.

June 23 - Frederick, MD @ Café 611
June 24 - Reading, PA @ Reverb
June 29 - Rochester, NY @ Dub Land Underground

To further celebrate this epic milestone, Agnostic Front has teamed up with ASG Guitar to launch the limited-edition “Stigma” series guitar, complete with Agnostic Front body artwork, NYHC fretboard inlay and more. Check it out online here.

Said ASG, “Agnostic Front shaped the music and the culture we love. They made it possible for little punks like us to pick up guitars and try to do something great. In our eyes, the ‘Stigma’ ASG is an instant classic and will be shredded proudly -- when it's not securely framed behind glass." More...

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Huntress Releases "Spell Eater" Preview

Huntress is set to release new album "Spell Eater" (reviewed here) on April 27th in Europe and May 8th in the U.S. The band has now posted a preview clip online featuring snippets of the songs from the album, which can be found in the player below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Spell Eater (3:57)
2. Senecide (4:00)
3. Sleep and Death (4:27)
4. Snow Witch (5:02)
5. Eight of Swords (5:42)
6. Aradia (4:08)
7. Night Rape (3:17)
8. Children (3:11)
9. Terror (4:45)
10. The Tower (4:31)

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Suidakra Comments On New Tour

German Celtic pagan metal band Suidakra is kicking off a tour today with global thrash legends Overkill, God Forbid and Diamond Plate. The tour starts tonight April 20th in Philadelphia, PA and wraps up May 12th in New York, New York. Guitarist and front man Arkadius commented on the start of the band's North American tour:

"After playing three US tours in the past we are more than excited to come back and hit the road today. We are very excited to be presenting our latest album Book Of Dowth to the American audience for the first time. The States have been good to us the last few times we played here, so we're expecting some awesome shows and we are ready to meet some friends, fans and kick their asses ;-)!!"

Suidakra is touring in support of the "Book of Dowth" album (reviewed here) on the following dates:

4/20: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
4/21: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium - NEMF
4/22: Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
4/23: Columbus, OH @ Screamin Willie's
4/24: Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
4/25: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/26: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
4/27: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
4/28: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
4/30: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/1: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/2: San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center
5/3: Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
5/5: Austin, TX @ Emo's East
5/6: Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/8: Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone
5/9: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/10: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
5/11: West Springfield, VA @ Empire
5/12: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

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Extremefest 2012 Confirmed For July

Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on July 5th through the 7th in the three cities of Hunxe, Salzburg and Pratteln. It will feature over seventy bands on two stages, with acts still confirming. Head on over to the Extremefest website and Facebook events page for more information. The event is being presented by Metal Hammer, Noizeletter, Legacy, Musix, Metalnews.de, Metal.de, Blast Corpse Promotion (DE) and Catapult Promotion (AT). Check out the list of confirmed bands below, which includes the first European performance of Guttural Secrete.

5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland

Cannibal Corpse
Suicide Silence
Belphegor *the return of BELPHEGOR*
All Shall Perish
Suicidal Angels
Dornenreich – exclusive Metal-Set!
Deströyer 666
Cephalic Carnage
Desaster (Germany only)
Milking The Goatmachine
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Nexus Inferis
Internal Suffering *comeback shows*
Severe Torture
Hellish Crossfire
Gama Bomb
Forgotten Tomb *AT & DE only*
Ultrawurscht *AT only*
Rectal Smegma
Dawn of Disease
Hour of Penance
Guttural Secrete More...

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Manowar Posts Sneak Peek Of New Album

Manowar has posted a second sneak preview from the band's upcoming album, coming this Summer 2012. This second preview also comes from the private listening session held for a select group of journalists and fans at Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands. Check out the clip below, featuring the song "Expendable."

Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio, mixing engineer Ronald Prent, and Grammy award winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper provided insight into the making of the Manowar record, and the specific requirements in the production for a band that is world-renowned for a sound that is louder than any other band and yet equally clear and perfect.

The new album will be "everything you've come to know and to love about Manowar; and more," DeMaio recently said in a press conference.

It will once again feature art by the world renowned fantasy artist Ken Kelly. Manowar will be headlining several festivals this summer, celebrating the new record and the 10th anniversary of one of "Warriors Of The World."

Sat, June 16, 2012 -- Ost Fest -- Bucharest, Romania
Thu, June 21, 2012 -- Gods Of Metal -- Milan, Italy
Fri, July 6, 2012 -- Getaway Rock Festival -- Gävle, Sweden
Mon, July 9, 2012 -- Dortmunder Music Week Festival -- Dortmund, Germany More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: She's The Woman

Van Halen has released their second single titled “She’s The Woman” from their latest album ‘A Different Kind of Truth’, this song is one of the six new songs that were based on older material. Here’s a look…

The video starts with classic slide moves of David Lee Roth and a smiling Eddie Van Halen. Everyone having a good time? Roth follows up with his version of working the pole.

0:43 Roth shimmying across the stage as the Van Halen boys look on, is Roth entertaining the audience or the band? Sometimes it is hard to tell. I guess that’s why Diamond Dave is often referred to as an entertainer first.

The video is the band playing their small come back show at Café Wha? in New York City combined with other stages (appears to be same stage as first video “Tattoo” in a lot of shots) and still photos moving across the screen.

1:11 David Lee Roth deep in thought or trying to remember the lyrics? Discuss amongst yourselves…

1:29 A still shot of an airborne Roth. Probably not recent, but still awesome!

FAVORITE YouTube comments: 3) “She's? the Wombat!” by k4cper3k 2) “no videos should contain lots of? still photos or overalls” by changeofaddress1 and 1) “cool, but who is the new young bassist? !!” by ccbbom.

1:44 A Kodak Gallery of still shots, then we get a look at Eddie Van Halen in red pants. Good to see he still has a little flare, and is not ALL frayed sweatshirts and jeans.

2:10 Was that an album promo in the middle of the video? A distraction or genius? Discuss amongst yourselves…

2:16 Roth using his scarf to “cool down” Eddie during a guitar solo.

2:48 An ass cam (we know because it says ASS CAM) displaying what appears to be a revolver tattoo on Roth’s ass!

2:55 “Thank you very much. Yeah!”

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Kontrust Posts "Second Hand Wonderland" Teaser

Pop/metal crossover act Kontrust has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Second Hand Wonderland," which is due out via Napalm Records on April 27th, 2012. The trailer can be found below, and Napalm also commented:

"Highly Explosive Crossover. Millions of YouTube views, recurring international festival performances, sold-out venues, top chart placements, and top honors at the Amadeus Austrian Music Awards... One can only be referring to the crossover masters, Kontrust. Their latest album, 'Second Hand Wonderland,' delivers yet another explosive mix of playful and innovative songs.

"With breathtaking speed, appealing grooves meet catchy choruses and heavy guitars cavort with sweeping melody lines. Tracks like 'The Butterfly Defect,' 'Falling,' and 'Bad Betrayer' soon become favorites, revealing myriad nuances with each new run and showcasing the band's strength: experimental appeal. Once again, Agata and Stefan take center stage to deliver their fiery vocal interactions.

"The fantastic production allows the tracks to played as loudly as they should be without ever losing depth nor clarity. Those who believe that innovation has ceased to exist in the world of crossover, should allow themselves to be pleasantly surprised by Kontrust. The band has an ace up their sleeve!" More...

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Ex Deo Reveals "Caligvla" Artwork

Ex Deo has now revealed the artwork for the band's upcoming new album "Caligvla," with the mighty album seeing release at the end of August 2012. For more details on the new Ex Deo album, check out our recent interview with front man Maurizio Iacono. "Caligvla" is follow-up to the band's debut album "Romulus" (reviewed here).

The track listing for "Caligvla" is as follows:

1. I, Caligvla
2. The Tiberius Cliff (Exile to Capri)
3. Per Oculos Aquila
5. Pollice Verso (Damnatio ad bestia)
6. Divide et Impera
7. Teutuborg (Ambush of Varus)
8. Along the appian way
9. Once were Romans
10. Evocatio : The Temple of Castor & Pollux More...

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Total Deathcore Streaming Two Compilations

Total Deathcore is streaming both of its recent compilations over on Bandcamp. Volume One contains thirty bands and Volume Two has fifty bands. Check out some of the artists and songs below, which range from Impurity of Myria to Parasitic Earth. Also check out the demo sampler from Golden Calf, a band that will be on the Volume Three compilation, after the jump. Total Deathcore was founded in 2011 with a mission to promote deathcore, hardcore, grindcore and death metal.


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5 Star Grave Announces Album Release

5 Star Grave has checked in with the following update about the release of the new "Drugstore Hell" album:

"We're glad to announce that our brand new album Drugstore Hell will finally be released the 25th of May by Massacre Records and you'll be able to pre-order it for the discounted price of 6.66 Euros directly from our website starting from the 26th of April.

"If you're a registered member of our community you'll also be able to download for free an exclusive package featuring the full version of Love Affair With The Beast, the VDiva version of No Devil liveD oN (to already listen in full streaming to these songs click here) and the cover artwork of the new record.

"Last but not least if you want to help us spread our music and win a copy of our brand new album all you have to do is to post the Terminal Bedroom video on your FaceBook wall or page; we will randomly select 2 winners from the people who shared the video, obviously the more you share the more you'll prove yourself worthy of the free copy. This contest ends the 26th of April, spread on!" More...

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Tiamat Recording New Album

Napalm Records announced today that Gothic metal act Tiamat is currently in the studio recording tracks for a 10th studio album to be titled "The Scarred People," which will follow the band's 2008 release "Amanathes" (reviewed here).

Recording is taking place in the renowned Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with Siggi Bemm producing. You can follow the recording progress and check out photos from the studio on the band's Facebook page.

The album's release is tentatively scheduled for October 2012, with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Killswitch Engage Back with Jesse Leach at NEMF

After losing his singer – again – Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz says he considered ending the band he’s been a part of since the turn of the century.

“That thought definitely did cross my mind,” Dutkiewicz told Metalundergound.com recently. “Picking up the pieces after losing two singers is kind of ridiculous. But things worked out and we feel like a stronger unit.”

Adam D and his longtime bandmates – Mike D’Antonio, Justin Foley and Joel Stroetzel – first dealt with losing original singer Jesse Leach back in 2003, just as the band was taking off with its sophomore release, Alive or Just Breathing. Leach was battling depression and was replaced by Blood Has Been Shed’s Howard Jones, who went on to front the Massachusetts-based band as they earned a Grammy nomination and two gold albums and headlined sold-out arenas and festivals.

When Jones left last year to deal with his own personal demons, Dutkiewicz and the crew didn’t have to think too hard before deciding to bring Leach back into the fold. Dutkiewicz and Leach had toured together with their side project Times of Grace and have remained friends, despite the messy breakup a decade ago.

“Jesse did have an edge because he used to be the actual singer of the band. And he’s a great friend of mine,” Dutkiewicz said.

Dutkiewicz says he keeps in touch with Jones, who is considering writing a book about his experiences in Killswitch.

“Howard and I still chat and honestly he’s just doing his thing,” Dutkiewicz says. “We all wish him his best. He’s doing alright. He’s just chilling.”

For Leach, singing songs written by Jones took some time getting used to, but he says the emotion behind the words is what’s allowed him to make the songs his own.

“Initially it was kind of a strange thing for me . . . I’ve never sang someone else’s songs, my whole career,” Leach says. “I just sat with the songs and just listened to them. For me, it was really just taking them in and digesting them, and seeing how I could connect with the lyrics. I just fell in love with the songs. I think they’re great songs. It’s just honest. It’s just him pouring out his heart.”

One of his favorites to sing is “Arms of Sorrow” from 2006’s As Daylight Dies.

“That song moves me,” Leach said. “It’s such an honest song from Howard. It speaks volumes about being on the road and trouble with relationships. There’s something to that song that gets me.”

“Plus, the song crafting is Adam. It’s flawlessly written hooks,” he continues. “It’s just getting into the mind state of feeling every word I’m saying. I can’t stand on stage and pretend.”

Leach will make his return official Sunday at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass.

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Eddie Van Halen Saves!

On April 1 I saw Van Halen for the third time. The first time I saw them was in 2004 with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, and that was a Top 5 show for me. Sammy was fantastic, as was the band, ripping through songs from every era in sizzling form. The second time I saw them was in 2007 (?), which was the first tour with David Lee Roth and Wolfgang Van Halen replacing Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, respectively. This wasn’t as good as my first Van Halen show, but great nonetheless, as seeing Diamond Dave for the first time was a treat.

That brings us to two Sundays ago, which was simultaneously phenomenal and phenomenally disappointing. More...

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Heaven And Hell Records Releases 2012 Sampler

Heaven and Hell Records is issuing its new promo sampler as a free download by going to its website. It features cover art of the Westboro Baptist Church and tracks from fourteen artists. Check it out to get a sneak peek of the artists that Heaven and Hell Records has to offer.

1.Core Device- Revelations
2.Ancient Creation- Through Prophets Eyes
3.The Reticent- Enemy
4.Dogbane- God Forgive You
5.Seventh Calling- Paid in Blood
6.Hellrazor- The Soothsayer
7.Blacksmith- A Taste of Darkness
8.Overlorde S.R.- Enchantress of the Night
9.Praetorius- Sin on Sin
10.Ritual- Dark Star
11.Witches Mark Ethereal
12.Thunderstick- You Get Me in Pieces


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