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Metal News for May 1, 2012

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Coffin Texts Releasing New Album

Coffin Texts will be putting out its second album "The Tomb of Infinite Ritual" via Dark Descent Records. The vinyl release will be put out by Blood Harvest Records and the cover art was done by Danille Gauvin. The band has issued the following statement regarding the release of "The Tomb of Infinite Ritual": "It's finally here! Five years of blood, sweat and tears to get this completed. We want to thanks John Haddad for the great work producing this album and a "Horns Up" to all our fans worldwide!!"

Coffin Texts has been roaming the California death metal underground since its initiation. Sharing members with cult bands such as Agent Steel, Sadistic Intent, Possessed, Engrave, Entety and other bands in which the members are active.Developing its own unique style and sound, Coffin Texts released its debut CD in 2000, titled "Gods of Creation, Death & Afterlife." Check out the tracklisting and cover art for the new album below, along with a video upload of the track "Final Transformation." That song will be on the popular video game franchise Rock Band this summer.

1. Atum (Into the Divine Sphere)
2. To Manifest
3. Final Transformation
4. The Sacred Eye
5. Divination
I. Soothsayer
II. The Invocate
III. Eternal Oath
6. Throne of Genocide
7. Dieties of the Prime Evil Chaos

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Birth A.D. Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Texas crossover band Birth A.D. has launched a Kickstarter campaign to assist with the costs involved with finishing its recently recorded full-length debut, "I Blame You." The band has nearly reached its goal and is asking fans and supporters of underground metal around the world to help send them over the top. Read the message below from Birth A.D. and visit this location to donate.

Birth A.D. is in the final stages of producing their debut full-length, "I Blame You," and they need your help! A good independent production isn't cheap, so anything you contribute to assist in the mixing and mastering process of this soon-to-be classic of crossover thrash is appreciated. Your donation will be commemorated with the inclusion of your name on the album's thanks list, and you will be counted as part of the new Birth A.D. fan club, the Seven Billion Graves Brigade. The Misfits had the Fiend Club, Voivod has the Iron Gang, and this is your chance to get your name immortalized as a collaborator and conspirator! Years from now when the band is huge, overrated, and not half as cool as when they started off, you can break out the album everyone really liked and say, "There's my name!" Pledge now, and Cause Problems!

In early 2012, Birth A.D. entered Pyramid Sound with legendary producer Alex Perialas to lay down the tracks for "I Blame You." The band is actively seeking label support for the release.

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Unseen Ether Streaming EP

Unseen Ether is currently working on a video clip for "A New Sun" with Subterranea Studios. The track is taken off the band's "Ephemeral Way" EP, which is available for streaming online in its entirety.

Check out the songs from the EP in the Bandcamp player below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Ephemeral Way
2. Wicked (Nature)
3. Throwing Stones
4. Euphoria
5. A New Sun More...

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Lies! Posts "When Push Comes To Shove" Video

Dutch hardcore act Lies! has released the brand new EP "Nineties," and you can check out tracks from the release via Facebook. You can also watch the new video for "When Push Comes to Shove" in the player below. Lies! has the following upcoming live shows:

12 May 2012 @ Dobbefestival, Koudum (The Netherlands)
19 May 2012 @ Tavenu, Waalwijk (The Netherlands)
26 May 2012 @ Muziekcafe de Kroeg, Oldenzaal (The Netherlands)

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Jenx Posts "Enuma Elish" Music Video

Jenx has posted a music video online for the title track off the band's new album "Enuma Elish." The video, directed by Julien Rodrigues of Invert Productions, can be viewed below. "Enuma Elish" is set to hit stores on May 11th through Season of Mist, and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Flood
2. Burning Pride
3. Chains of Labor
5. Nibiru
6. Enuma Elish
7. The Loss
8. Blood Obsession
9. The Ordeal
10. Sycamore Part I More...

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Cowards To Release New Album

Throatruiner Records has issued the following announcement about Cowards releasing the new "Shooting Blanks and Pills" album:

"Drawing their influence from bands such as Eyehategod, Kickback or Deathspell Omega, Parisians Cowards will release debut album 'Shooting Blanks And Pills' on 12" vinyl and free download during June via Throatruiner Records (Birds In Row, Comity, Elizabeth…).

"Recorded by Parisian renowned producer Francis Caste at Sainte Marthe Studio, this full-length is a dive into the ugliest sides of hardcore, sludge and black metal. Cowards features current and ex-members of Death Mercedes, Hangman's Chair, Eibon, Glorior Belli…

"Gathering Parisians with an already strong pedigree in dark and heavy music, Cowards regurgitates gutter hardcore, unhealthy sludge/doom and nauseous black metal in 'Shooting Blanks And Pills,' their deeply raw and anxiogenic debut release. Only six months were needed to give birth to this full-length, monstrosity with a desperate urban feeling, bridge between the knife-in-the-heart crudeness of Eyehategod or Kickback and the majestic darkness of bands like Deathspell Omega or Thou. With a sound carrying smells of pissy streets and the dry blood you get for a sidelong glance, producer Francis Caste have perfectly catched the gist of these 38 minutes, recreating this forced apnea in a bile tank with a no frills approach."

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Royal Thunder Posts "Sleeping Witch" Live Clip

Royal Thunder, the Atlanta-based quartet that released debut album "CVI" on May 22nd through Relapse Records, recently recorded an in-studio performance of "Sleeping Witch" for indieATL, which can be viewed here or in the player below.

"Filming with indieATL was a very pleasant, professional experience," said Mlny Parsonz, vocalist and guitar player for Royal Thunder. "We are grateful to have been considered for this amazing experience. The end result is stellar footage." Three additional songs were filmed during the session, which will be made available soon.

The band is currently on tour with Baroness and has a hometown show on May 2nd as part of Decibel Magazine's first national tour. Royal Thunder will be announcing additional dates shortly. Tour dates are:

April 26 St. Louis, MO Firebird
* April 27 Nashville, TN The End
* May 2 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
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King Conquer Announces New Tour Dates

King Conquer has announced dates for the band's upcoming headlining run of Canada. Titled the "Live For Violence Tour," on the run King Conquer will be accompanied by The World We Knew and Float Face Down. Dates for the tour are as follows:

7/20 Windsor, ON - Dominion House
7/21 Hamilton, ON - The Underground
7/22 Toronto, ON - Rockpile
7/23 Ottawa, ON - The Montgomery Legion
7/24 Montreal, QC - Club Lambi
7/25 Quebec City, QC - L’Agitée
7/26 Peterborough, ON - Red Dog
7/27 Belleville, ON - Parkdale Community Center
7/28 Kingston, ON - Time To Laugh

You can also check out King Conquer's recently posted music video for "6 Gallon Gasoline Stomach" at this location.

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Lay Down Rotten Confirms German Tour

Death metallers Lay Down Rotten have just confirmed a German headlining tour for September under the banner The Coming Death Tour 2012. Support on all shows comes from Damnation Defaced, Discreation, and Voice of Revenge. Dates are as follows:

07/09/12 – DE – Braunschweig – Schweinebärmann
08/09/12 – DE – Rodgau – Krawall Open Air
15/09/12 – DE – Saalfeld – Klubhaus Saal
21/09/12 – DE – Würzburg - Immerhin
22/09/12 – DE – Aalen – Rock It
28/09/12 – DE – Halle - Marktwirtschaft
29/09/12 – DE – Leipzig – Bandhaus
02/10/12 – DE – Hamburg – Bambi Galore

Stay up to date about the tour via Facebook. Lay Down Rotten has also been confirmed to support Cannibal Corpse on the band's upcoming European Torture Tour. More...

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Kataklysm Frontman Comments On Music Industry

Maurizio Iacono, frontman of the veteran death metal band, Kataklysm, has issued a statement on his official Facebook page commenting on the recent layoffs at Roadrunner Records and the state of the music industry in general. Numerous press outlets have picked up the strong and impassioned message in the wake of this massive hit to the heavy metal community.

“This is just the beginning,” wrote Iacono. “Not buying albums is affecting the labels who in return invest in the bands, tour support, recording... it's destroying all newcomer bands and [it’s] making middle class musicians poor. You're not hurting the labels by illegal downloading, you're killing the bands.”

He continued, “Starting a band these days is a suicide mission. If music becomes a hobby for musicians, then no more tours, no more good music. Dark times ahead. Well, wait, we have holograms now, don't need REAL people on stage... my bad...

“Again, it's not about me. I've had a great 20 years; if it ends tomorrow I can keep my head [held] up high for what I've done, but what about the new comers and the future of music? NOT good. It's not you the fans' fault, don't get me wrong. It's the system that let it happen. Governments, etc. could have stopped it. They didn't. Now it's up to us, the fans, to help out.

“Buy a shirt, CD, vinyls, download on iTunes, Amazon, the songs you like .. DO SOMETHING! I love you all, and always remember, you guys have all the power to build or destroy, we are only messengers of your voice.” More...

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I Will Break Thee Posts "Irony Of Humanity" Video

Orlando, FL based band I Will Break Thee has released a video for the single "Irony of Humanity."

Filmed in the summer of 2011 in the Florida heat, this video mixes imagery with a performance that the band is particularly proud of. "100 degree days, sweat, dirt, and even some spilled blood, was all worth it when we finally saw the finished product," said singer Shane Bryant.

Keyboardist Marc Sugarman added, "We couldn't be happier with how it all came out in the end." The band plans on continuing to play shows throughout Florida and the southeast, all while promoting debut EP "Welcome to My Kingdom," which is now available on iTunes. More...

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Unkempt Releases New Music Video

Lakeland, Florida metal band Unkempt has released an official video for the song "Pigs Get Fat, Hogs Get Slaughtered," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"The song and the storyline of this video are based on true events, the Singer David Hancock was clinically dead for several minutes after a night of over indulgence. Directed & Edited by Joe 'Brutal' Tolley of Brutal Broadcast & Aggressive Filmworx."

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Misguided Aggression Offering Albums For Download

Canada's groove metal wrecking crew Misguided Aggression have decided to release their 2009 and 2011 albums, "Hatchala" and "Flood The Common Ground" for free download online. Both full-lengths can be accessed at this location (sharing via Facebook or Twitter is required before the downloads are available). The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Released via Year Of The Sun Records, Misguided Aggression's music displays a style of metal that combines the ferocity of Lamb Of God, the power of Pantera and the complexity of Meshuggah. Not content with simply laying down the crushing grooves, MA puts for a socially-conscious lyrical approach critical of war, the media and much more."

"Listen up and get ready, we're taking this show on the road," exclaims MA bassist John-Ryan Godfrey. "What makes the green grass grow? Blood! And we won't be afraid to shed any for those who want it."

Fans can find much more Misguided Aggression via the band's official website here.

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Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Lineup Announced

The third annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar festival returns this August and September for more than 30 shows throughout North America. The main stage features multi-platinum rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, and Papa Roach, along with breaking band Adelitas Way.

In addition, the Ernie Ball Stage and Jägermeister Stage in the festival area will include performances from multi-platinum headliners P.O.D., as well as up-and-coming artists Fozzy, Deuce, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution (winner of the 2011 Best Buy Music Gear Battle Of The Bands Powered By Ernie Ball), In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red, and a local battle of the bands winner.

Fozzy will be touring in support of a new studio album, set to be released this summer via Century Media Records. A video clip announcing the tour can be viewed below. More...

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Ancient VVisdom To Appear On BBC Radio

Austin, Texas-based occult rockers Ancient VVisdom recently wrapped up a European tour, which marked their first time back on the road since supporting Ghost earlier this year.

Commented singer/songwriter Nathan Opposition: “Our tour was a great experience! We did some amazing things including Inferno Fest and Roadburn, we hung out in Prague, did a BBC 1 recording session… it was fantastic! We also paid a visit to Stonehenge, which was awesome. Touristy, yes, but truly a rejuvenating, renewal of energy.”

Ancient VVisdom will be spreading diabolic sounds across the airwaves of the United Kingdom on the popular BBC Radio 1 “The Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter" with a live set recorded in the studio during their tour last month. The set airs today at this location.

In related news, Ancient VVisdom was recently nominated for the “Best Underground Artist” category for this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods award. Voting is currently underway here for the ceremony, which takes place at London’s Indigo2 on June 11th. In addition, the band recently appeared on Terrorizer TV to perform a brand new song entitled "Last Man on Earth," which can be viewed below.

The band has also premiered a music video for the track “Children of the Wasteland” via Metal Injection, which can be found here. More...

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Sound & Fury Fest Lineup Announced

Sound & Fury Festival is back in it's 7th and biggest year yet, taking place at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA from July 20th through 22nd. The festival is excited to announce additional performers for the 2012 lineup, including Earth Crisis, Harms Way, Ivy League, Sabertooth Zombie, Seahaven, Xibalba, and others.

Some previously announced performers are Bane, Blacklisted, Comeback Kid, H2O, Terror, Touche Amore and many more. Check out the full list of bands playing below and stay tuned for one more exciting lineup announcement coming before the festival.

Stay tuned to the festival's website for more information and bands to be announced. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Kreator Video Interview Available

Art'n'Roll has posted a new video interview online with Mille Petrozza of Kreator. Check out the clip below. Kreator is set to release new album "Phantom Antichrist" on June 1st, 2012 through Nuclear Blast. The band was also recently featured in our "Sunday Old School" column, which can be found here.

The track listing for "Phantom Antichrist" is as follows:

1. Mars Mantra
2. Phantom Antichrist
3. Death to the World
4. From Flood into Fire
5. Civilization Collapse
6. United in Hate
7. The Few, the Proud, the Broken
8. Your Heaven - My Hell
9. Victory Will Come
10. Until Our Paths Cross Again More...

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Stealing Axion Posts Drum Playthrough Video

Progressive groove metallers Stealing Axion have just posted a drum play-through of the track "Everything Or Nothing." To watch the band's own Blake Ferris behind the kit, check out the video below.

The track comes from Stealing Axion's upcoming album, "Moments," due out later this year on InsideOut Music. "Everything Or Nothing" will be released as a digital single on May 15th via iTunes and Amazon, so stay tuned for more details about this new track.

In support of this digital single, Stealing Axion will be co-headlining "The Dual Destruction Tour" with progressive atmospheric death metallers 7 Horns 7 Eyes. Dates can be found after the jump. More...

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Spread The Metal Festival Adds More Bands

The Halifax based Spread The Metal Festival, with a goal to raise $100,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, is proud to announce headliners Morbid Angel, along with Blackguard, Cryptopsy and Last Call Chernobyl as the next batch of bands added to the line up to support the festival charity fundraiser.

Matt Day, STM owner and festival organizer, commented: "Spread the Metal Records has lofty ambitions for this festival and as it grows each year, I want to prove that the label is as committed to philanthropy as we are to releasing phenomenal records. We take on the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves, and this festival has the power to help a lot of people, year after year."

The lineup is as follows:

July 5th:

Answer With Metal - 12pm
Last Call Chernobyl - 1pm
Dischord - 2pm
Hallows Die - 3:15pm
Descend - 4:30pm
Fallen Joy - 6pm
Blackguard - 7:30pm
Kataklysm - 9:15pm More...

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Asking Alexandria Posts Video Teaser

On May 15th, Asking Alexandria will release the new, shocking HD short film, "Through Sin and Self-Destruction," exclusively on iTunes. A teaser trailer for the video can be viewed below, and the following press release was also issued:

"This is a controversial, uncensored look into the real lives of a new era of rockstars for today's generation as they take over the Sunset Strip. This is the first, but not last collaboration between writer Ash Avildsen and director Frankie Nasso, who together take you on an ambitious visual endeavor that hasn't been strived for in rock since the legendary Guns N' Roses trilogy.

"The film is comprised of three music videos for the songs 'Reckless & Relentless,' 'To The Stage,' and 'Dear Insanity.' Guest appearances are made by Belladonna, Andy San Dimas, Sebastian Bach and more. This is truly the essence of sex, drugs and heavy metal." More...

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Eths Streaming "Harmaguedon" Song Online

French metal superstars Eths have debuted their track “Harmaguedon” on SMN News. “Harmaguedon” is off the bands forthcoming album "III" (reviewed here).

"III" will be released by Season of Mist on June 5th in the USA. The limited edition "III" digipak is available through the Season of Mist e-shop.

The band will also embark on a short string of French dates in May. Support will come from label mates Kells. Details are as follows:

5/12 Vitry le François, France @ L’Orange Bleue
5/17 Niort, France @ Camji
5/18 Paris, France @ Le Cabaret Sauvage
5/19 Hénin Beaumont, France @ Escapade

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Ulver To Release Covers Album

Kscope has uploaded a new video interview with Kris Rygg, frontman of Norwegian act Ulver, to the official mini-site for the band’s upcoming release, "Childhood’s End." Check out the clip here or in the player below.

The acclaimed vocalist, musician and producer sat down to discuss his early introduction to psychedelia, the philosophy behind creating an album of classic psychedelic covers, how he personally views Ulver’s current musical direction and more.

"Childhood’s End," a collection of classic psychedelic tracks recorded by the band in late 2011, is due out in North America on June 5th. The album includes Ulver’s unique versions of tracks from The 13th Floor Elevators, Electric Prunes, Jefferson Airplane, The Pretty Things and more. The track listing is as follows:

1. Bracelets of Fingers (The Pretty Things)
2. Everybody’s Been Burned (Byrds)
3. The Trap (Bonniwell’s Music Machine)
4. In the Past (Chocolate Watchband)
5. Today (Jefferson Airplane)
6. Can You Travel in the Dark Alone? (Gandalf)
7. I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night (Electric Prunes)
8. Street Song (13th Floor Elevators)
9. 66-5-4-3-2-1 (Troggs)
10. Dark is the Bark (Left Banke)
11. Magic Hollow (Beau Brummels)
12. Soon There Will Be Thunder (Common People)
13. Velvet Sunsets (Music Emporium)
14. Lament of the Astral Cowboy (Curt Boettcher)
15. I Can See the Light (Les Fleur De Lys)
16. Where is Yesterday (United States Of America) More...

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Amenra Enters The Recording Studio

Neurot Recordings proudly announces that Amenra has entered the studio this week to record a fourth full-length, titled "Mass V." The following press release was issued about the album:

"Producing the record is the brilliant Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Neurosis, Om, Swans, etc.) and for the setting, La Chapelle, an old chapel now turned professional studio, in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes. For Amenra this is the ideal ground to record Mass V, their 'heaviest and slowest album to this day' as per vocalist Colin Van Eeckhout. He continues to reveal how this record was 'the hardest one for us to write and record, it nearly killed us. it's the album we said we were never going to write.' Expect an absolutely crushing release from them later this year on their new home, Neurot Recordings."

As previously reported, Neurot Recordings founder and Neurosis guitarist/vocalist Steve Von Till commented "I am eagerly awaiting the sonically induced spirit quest that will be Mass V at the Church of Ra." More...

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Sepultura Video Interview Available

Superskum.com has posted a new video interview online with Andreas Kisser of Sepultura in Englewood, CO from April 15th, 2012. Check out the footage below.

In other Sepultura news, the band has now been confirmed for the upcoming Barge to Hell cruise, and also recently posted a new drum cam video online.

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Allegaeon Streaming New Song

Metalsucks.net has teamed up with Allegaeon to debut "Twelve" from the new album, "Formshifter" (reviewed here). The track, complete with an ambitious, classical, Greg Burgess-played acoustic outro, can be heard in its entirety now here.

In January 2012, Allegaeon traveled to Southern California and entered Lambesis Studios with Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying, Impending Doom, Carnifex, Winds of Plague) to begin work on "Formshifter." More...

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Slayer Gives Update On Jeff Hanneman and New Songs

Slayer has issued an update to fans about the status of guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Gary Holt (Exodus) filling in on tour, and even some new songs. Here's the "open letter" direct from Slayer:

As you know, Jeff was bitten by a spider more than a year ago, but what you may not have known was that for a couple of days after he went to the ER, things were touch-and-go. There was talk that he might have to have his arm amputated, and we didn't know if he was going to pull through at all. He was in a medically-induced coma for a few days and had several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm. So, understand, he was in really, really bad shape. It's been about a year since he got out of the hospital, and since then, he had to learn to walk again, he's had several painful skin grafts, he's been in rehab doing exercises to regain the strength in his arm; but best of all, he's been playing guitar. We were all excited when he joined us onstage for the encore a year ago at The Big Four show at Coachella. Since then, we've given him all the time and support he's needed to continue his rehab so he can come back to the band fully recovered and able to deliver the kind of shows we all want him to. While Jeff's been doing some writing and has been coming to rehearsal over the past several weeks, he has decided he needs to take more time to continue his rehab. While we want him back onstage with the band, all of us support his decision. So, we're very grateful that Gary Holt will continue to fill in for Jeff, and will tour with us until Jeff completes his rehab and is ready to return. How long will that be? The best and most honest answer we can give you is 'as long as it takes.' We also wanted you to know that we've been doing some writing and recording for the next Slayer album - we've tracked a few songs, and will finish the album when we're off the road later this year. Gary will join us on tour in Europe and the UK in May and June, and then we'll all see you on this Summer's Mayhem Festival.

Metal Underground.com wishes Jeff a complete and speedy(er) recovery.

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A Sound Of Thunder Posts New Music Video

D.C. based A Sound of Thunder posted a new music video for the track "Kill That Bitch." The track appears on the band's sophomore LP "A Sound of Thunder," which was issued at the end of March through Nightmare Records (see Metal Underground's review).

The band also previously released a music video for the track "Murderous Horde."

Check out "Kill That Bitch" here:

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Katatonia Checks In From The Recording Studio

Getting ready to release more melancholy darkness from Sweden upon the rest of the world, the guys from Katatonia are nearing the end of the recording process for a new album to follow "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here).

With only vocals on two songs left to record, I got in touch with front man Jonas Renkse to find out what fans can expect from the upcoming, as-yet-untitled release. During our chat, Jonas discussed how the new album will be more eclectic than the last few offerings, the expected release date, and working with Travis Smith to make the perfect accompanying artwork.

Read on to also find out what's happening with Bloodbath, how Jonas saw the change of pace in Opeth's latest album "Heritage" coming long in advance, and to discover how Per Eriksson ended up with the nick name "Sodomizer." More...

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Sarah Jezebel Deva Streaming New Song

Sarah Jezebel Deva will be releasing the new digital EP "Malediction" on May 28th, 2012 via Listenable Records. The new track "This is My Curse," which also features a guest vocal appearance by Dani Filth from Cradle of Filth, is now available for streaming online through Dominion Magazine. Check out the song at this location.

Sarah Jezebel Deva is set to head out on The Corruption UK Tour in May with special guests Apparition. Dates are as follows:

May 16 - Birmingham @ The End
May 17 - Manchester @ Dry Bar
May 18 - Liverpool @ The Lomax
May 19 - Leeds @ The Cockpit
May 20 - Grimsby @ Yardbirds
May 23 - Cardiff @ Bogiez
May 24 - Bristol @ Tunnels
May 25 - Andover @ George
May 26 - Swindon @ The Furnace
May 27 - London @ Nambucca

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Broken Torment Posts New EP Sample

Broken Torment is set to release a new EP later this month, and the band has now posted a teaser clip online featuring a sample of the song "Rapture." Check out the clip below, and the band also commented:

"This EP is going to be a bit different from the old sound, still have some brutal parts, always keeping the groove but going to have a lot more melodic, proggy elements than before..."

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The Way Of Purity Recruits New Vocalist

Animal rights activism band The Way of Purity has issued the following announcement about splitting with vocalist Tiril Skardal:

"After one and a half years of profitable cooperation with Norwegian artist Tiril Skardal, both The Way Of Purity and the singer decided to part ways. The split has been amicable and it's only due to different goals and directions in respective artistic visions. Our new singer Marja Panic already started working on the new songs and will be part of the creation of TWOP's third album including the promotion of 'Equate' as well."

Bass player xWithout Namex added, "We had great time with Tiril and we thank her for the great job that she has done for The Way Of Purity. We wish her the best for her artistic career, but now we have to turn page and go ahead with our new singer Marja Panic." More...

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Resurrected Announces New EP

Germany's Resurrected, which announced lineup changes back in March, has now checked in with the following update about releasing a new EP:

"Hey fans, we've set 'Morbus' as title for our upcoming five track EP which will be mixed at the end of May by Jörg Uken @ Soundlodge Recording Studios.

"As you already know the EP will contain five tracks including the two new titles 'Covered with maggots' and 'Bewareness of truth' alongside a re-recording of 'Butchered in excrement' and the two cover versions from Fear Factory's 'Self Bias resistor' and Massacre's 'Dawn of Eternity.'

"Stay tuned for more news on our upcoming work..."

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Wooden Stake Releases Compilation

Wooden Stake has released a thirteen song compilation titled "At the Stoke of Midnight," which is basically an anthology of all the material it has released with the exception of its new album "Dungeon Prayers and Tombyard Serenades." "At the Stoke of Midnight" features out of print material and tracks from Wooden Stake's EPs. Below is an upload of one of the songs on the compilation, "Invoke the Ageless Witch," that was originally on a 7" from this interesting occult band.

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Dew-Scented Posts In-Studio Footage

Dew-Scented recently finished recording a new album at Soundlodge Studio with producer Jörg Uken. The band has now posted a studio video update, which can be viewed below. Dew-Scented also commented:

"Here is a first sneak peak video teaser from the studio. 'Icarus' was recorded at Soundlodge Studio with Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Suicidal Angels, Nightfall, etc.) as producer and will be released by late July 2012 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and Prosthetic Records in North America." More...

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Ex Deo Posts Trailer For "Caligvla" LP

Ex Deo has posted the first trailer for the band's long awaited new album "Caligvla." The Roman legions will see the release of "Caligvla" on the notorious emperor's 2000th birthday on August 31, 2012. Metal Underground revealed details on the new Ex Deo album in a recent interview with front man Maurizio Iacono.

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 & Pollu

Behold the first trailer:

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Sacramento Performs On RockAxis TV In Santiago

Chilean power metal band Sacramento performed live on RockAxis TV in the capital city of Santiago on April 26th. We have the video of that performance for the song "Die Alone" below. The song comes from Sacramento's latest album "Weight Of Sin," which was released in 2011 via Mechanix Records in Europe and Digmetalworld in North America.

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Dissident Aggressor Streaming Album

Dissident Aggressor is streaming all six songs from its debut album "Devastacion Total" over on YouTube. The band hails from Jerez in the Mexican state of Zacatecas, playing old school thrash metal. They formed in 2009 under the name Tormentor, then changing it to Dissident Aggressor. MexiCore invites you to download the album at this location. Below is a video upload of the track "En Medio de la Demencia."

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Sonata Arctica Posts "Making Of" Pt. III

Sonata Arctica has posted the third "making-of" video in a series on the band's recording of the forthcoming LP "Stones Grow Her Name." The album is due out on May 18, 2012 (EU) and May 22, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. If you missed the previous parts, head over to this location and this location.

Check out part three here:

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Gorgoroth Comments On Cancelled European Shows

Infernus of Norwegian black metal act Gorgoroth has checked in with the following announcement about the band not embarking on an expected European tour this May:

"As many of you may have noticed, there has been no official statement from Gorgoroth confirming a European tour in May 2012, despite the fact that there have been several listings for such a tour on various non-band related websites, and there have even been tickets available for some of the supposed shows.

"Since January 2012 we have intended to go on a 21-24 concert May tour of the UK, Germany, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary, Austria, etc. And we have gone through a long process where ASP Concerts & Tourbooking (represented by Marcus Schreiber) were supposed to book this tour. It has been a nightmare process from day one, as Marcus Schreiber has shown a massive amount of both ill will and lack of ability in regards to arranging this in a professional and believable fashion.

"I have waited as long as I possibly could in the hopes that this project would be possible to go through with after all, but after today it was clear to me that we have no other choice but to make a statement where we confirm that there will be no European tour in May 2012. This is of course very regrettable for the band, for the local promoters who have got involved in this mess, and for all those who wanted to see us perform in May. For this I am sorry. It was a mistake ignoring other people's warnings about working with ASP and Marcus Schreiber. Both booking companies and other bands have warned us against this. We will never again work with him, and would not recommend anyone else to do so either.

"To our audience: Do NOT buy tickets for any Gorgoroth concert in May 2012. These concerts will not take place. If you have already done so, you should check with the local promoter or ticket vendor for a refund."

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Cattle Decapitation Posts In-Studio Footage

In anticipation of the upcoming release of new studio offering "Monolith Of Inhumanity," Cattle Decapitation has unveiled an in-studio video clip. Check out the guitar tracking process in the player below, where you'll also get to hear "A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat."

"Monolith Of Inhumanity" is set for a North American release on May 8th, 2012. Cattle Decapitation is also currently on the Occupation Domination 2012 tour. The band is joined by Origin, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings Of Saturn, Battlecross and more. Check out remaining dates below. More...

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The Stranded Streaming New Song

The Stranded will be releasing new album "Survivalism Boulevard" on July 2nd, 2012 via Coroner Records. The band has now issued the following brief announcement about streaming a song from the upcoming release:

"Hey there people, you can listen to 'Ill Will Future,' the first song taken from our forthcoming album 'Survivalism Boulevard' at our official MySpace page, just check the player!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Blood Like Gasoline
2. Only Death Can Save Us Now
3. Blackout Season
4. Ill Will Future
5. Sulphur Crown
6. Eclipse
7. Carnival Shroud
8. Post-Human Archetype
9. National Breakdown
10. Survivalism Boulevard

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