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Metal News for May 3, 2012

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Sepultura Is Still Sepultura

“That’s not the pass for tonight,” muttered the venue staffer checking IDs, wearing a dismissive expression suspiciously resembling a dildo. “I don’t know what to tell you.”

I’d just conducted interviews – coming soon – with guitarists Andreas Kisser (of Sepultura) and Moyses Kolesne (of Krisiun) backstage at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont. With no additional press to handle, Sepultura’s tour manager had scrapped the planned guest list, handing me instead a photo/access pass from a prior show. As this straightforward story was received with borderline indifference and a blasé shrug, I was pulled aside to allow lucky ticketholders entry. There I stood waiting under the gatekeepers’ stone cold gazes, like a failed freeloader – the lowest form of tool at a concert. More...

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Reino Ermitano Streaming Three Tracks

Peruvian doom metal band Reino Ermitano has posted a few songs from its new album "Veneracion del Fuego," which consists of nine songs and an outro. Reino Ermitano is streaming three tracks from the album over on I Hate Records' bandcamp page. Stream all three of them down below. "Veneracion del Fuego" marks the fourth full-length release for the band.

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Sacred Oath Releasing Best Of Compilation

Sacred Oath, the Danbury, CT power metal pioneers who made their debut back in 1987 on Mercenary Records, will release the "Spells and Incantations: the Best of Sacred Oath" compilation album celebrating their 25 year history exclusively with iTunes May 15th. The CD digipack will be made available worldwide on its Angel Thorne Music label through Super D distribution two weeks later on May 29th.

Sacred Oath is also selling a limited number of signed copies directly through its websites. The album contains twelve songs spanning 25 years from the band’s five albums plus two bonus tracks, including “Posers Must Die” - a brand new recording featuring original bassist Pete Altieri on lead vocals. Check out the cover artwork of the upcoming Sacred Oath below.


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Behemoth, Napalm Death Added To Barge To Hell

The latest bands to be confirmed for the inaugural Barge To Hell heavy metal cruise are Behemoth and Napalm Death, the latter of whom will perform twice during the cruise.

Barge To Hell is a five-day cruise from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It departs from Miami, Florida on Monday, December 3rd and stops at Nassau, Bahamas before returning to Miami on Friday, December 7th. Booking for the cruise has opened to the general public, so book yours today.

The full Barge To Hell lineup so far is as follows, with many more bands to be announced: More...

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ArmyOfOne TV Posts Interview With Sabaton

Robban Bäck and Chris Rörland, the new members of the Swedish metal band Sabaton, talked to ArmyOfONeTV on May 2nd at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY while on the current Swedish Empire Tour 2012. On this interview they discussed the response of their fans to the new line up and also about their next European tour that is expected to last until late 2013. Watch the interview below.

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To Speak Of Wolves Releases More Studio Footage

To Speak Of Wolves recorded the new album "Find Your Worth, Come Home" with Matt McClellan at Glow In The Dark Studios in Atlanta, GA. In the fourth video blog from the studio, available below, the band discusses the recording process and working with the producer.

Th new album "Find Your Worth, Come Home" will be available in stores and online May 22nd, with pre-orders available now here.

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Miss May I Releases "Hey Mister" Lyric Video

Troy, Ohio melodic metal band Miss May I has just released a new lyric video for a brand new track, entitled "Hey Mister," cut from the upcoming album, "At Heart." The track is the first from the new record to be released to the public and can be viewed here or in the player below.

Miss May I also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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DaiTribe Posts "Epochalypse A.D." Track Breakdown

DaiTribe is out now with the new album "Epochalypse A.D." released via True Gemini records, and today the band has posted the third in a series of track-by-track videos. This installment covers the final four songs on the album: "For the Sins," "This Hell," "Redemption," and "Liar Messiahs." The video is available in the player below, and you can also find the last video clip in the series at this location.

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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David Ellefson Checks In From Biloxi, MS

Megadeth's David Ellefson has posted a video clip online checking in from the band's U.S. tour kickoff tonight in Biloxi, MS. Check out the video clip in the player below. For a listing of upcoming Megadeth tour dates, head over to this location.

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Gwar Issues Update On Tour Dates And Album

Fresh off the latest six-week orgy of blood, booze, and missing children that was the second half of GWAR's "Return of the World Maggot/Farewell, Flattus Maximus" North American tour, the members of rock and roll's hardest working band have returned to the vastness of their Antarctica fortress to begin work on "a shitload of projects, all destined to rule..." said lead-singer Oderus Urungus. It all adds up to a summer of debauched excess for GWAR fans.

The band capped off the latest tour in grand fashion, sticking to the four-piece line-up that was thrust upon our plucky barbarian overlords after the tragic exodus of guitarist Flattus Maximus' from this mudball planet to the eternity of the cosmos, which occurred in November of last year as the band was just getting rolling on a huge two-part tour of North America.

The band elected to stick it out not just for the remainder of the fall tour, but retain the line-up with Balsac, the Jaws of Death, as sole guitar player. Every night the band would end the set with a special tribute to Cory Smoot, a musician whose talent was so immense that no one could ever fill his giant rubber feet, thus compelling GWAR to officially retire the character of Flattus Maximus. Faced with the daunting task of finding a new Scumdog who can match the standard of excellence the band demands, GWAR has activated certain contingency plans, and the process that will hopefully lead to a new and hellish alignment with some kind of hideous creature, one capable of slaying thousands with just one note. Needless to say, auditions are not "open." GWAR is also writing material for a new album, which could be out as early as several thousand years from now. More...

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Dying Fetus Posts In-Studio Video

Dying Fetus has posted the second in a series of in-studio videos taken during the recording sessions from new album "Reign Supreme," which is scheduled for a June 19th release via Relapse Records. The second installment covers laying down some of the vocal tracks as well as bass parts. Check it out below, or find the previously posted first video here.

Dying Fetus will be on tour all summer long including an appearance at Maryland Death Fest as well as the "18 Nights of Blood Tour" in North America with label mates Revocation and Six Feet Under. The band will also be on a headlining tour of Europe which includes appearances at the "Copenhell Festival" in Copenhagen, "Hell Fest" in France, the "With Full Force" festival in Germany, "Sevilla Rock Festival" in Spain and the "Getaway Rock Fest" in Sweden. More...

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Wretched Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Wretched has announced a U.S. headlining Summer 2012 tour with King Conquer starting June 14th and will continue on to Canada on July 4th, 2012 to support 3 Inches of Blood. The Charlotte, NC based Wretched released "Son Of Perdition" on March 26th, 2012 and recently completed a run on this year’s Metal Alliance tour with DevilDriver, The Faceless, and Impending Doom.

Wretched vocalist Adam Cody said, “I'm pumped to visit our Canadian fans again. Even more so because the trek will include the metal powerhouse 3 Inches of Blood. They are fun to watch live and are a genuinely nice group of dudes!”

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Destruction Adds More 30th Anniversary Shows

Iconic German thrash trio, Destruction, will kick off its North American 30th year anniversary tour this weekend with shared direct support from Vital Remains and Warbringer (who will be alternating each night) plus Pathology. An updated list of all the confirmed shows can be seen below.

Commented Destruction frontman and bassist, Schmier, “A killer package for old-school thrash and death metal freaks! This may be the best set list we’ve ever had – the essence of thrash metal history united with our new anthems. We’ll have more classics than ever in the set, more from the first records for sure.

"Can’t wait to hit the road again!!! Some North American cities have a great audience for this old school sound again, and it wasn’t always like that. The main intention for this second North American tour within a year is that we could not play all markets that we wanted to book last time. Now, we’ll play some new places and return to those cities that gave us a great welcome last year like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal. Warbringer are a perfect match to a Destruction bill. They are one of the best new thrash bands and keep our ‘80s spirit alive. It will be great to have them with us! We’ve played with Vital Remains before; awesome guys and a brutal band. They bring a good variety into the billing. Thrash/death metal is always the best mix, that’s why Pathology complete the show!”

Destruction is touring in support of its 11th studio release, "Day Of Reckoning" (Nuclear Blast) - the first album to feature new drummer, Vaaver (Indukti, ex-Unsun) – which debuted at #54 on the Hard Music Albums chart, #58 on the New Artist/Heatseekers Album chart, and #143 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release in March 2011. The album entered Germany’s Media Control chart at #95. More...

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I, The Breather Releases "False Profit" Video

I, The Breather released sophomore full-length "Truth and Purpose" in February, and has spent the majority of 2012 on tour alongside August Burns Red, Silverstein, Upon A Burning Body and Betraying The Martyrs, among others. Look for the group to also perform on the Sumerian Records stage at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival all summer long.

The band's new music video for the track, “False Profit,” can now be viewed below. This is the band's first official music video from "Truth and Purpose" and was directed by Thunder Down Country Productions.

Morgan Wright (drums) states: "Our objective with this clip was to create a dark and edgy video. It's very different from our last video. That was more of a straight up performance based video capturing the band in a live element. This video allowed us to use props, add in some acting and have a legit concept. When it came to acting, Shawn (vocals) stepped it up and took on the task of the protagonist.

"The thing that stands out most in this video is the massive python we used. The overall theme is Shawn representing God and the serpent representing the devil. The scenario portrays God rising up and taking on the false prophecy of the devil. A false prophet is someone who will arise to sway mankind into idolatry. We are very proud of this video and hope you enjoy it.” More...

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Holy Grail Adds More Tour Dates

As was previously announced, Holy Grail will be heading out on a run of tour dates with Valient Thorr after wrapping up the band's current tour alongside Dragonforce and Huntress. Holy Grail has now added on additional dates to the tour with Valient Thorr in the coming months. The upcoming Holy Grail shows are as follows:

5/4 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre #
5/5 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
5/6 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater #
5/8 San Francisco, CA - Slim's #
5/10 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour #
5/11 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues (OC) #
5/30 Memphis, TN - Hi Tone %
5/31 Little Rock, AR - Revolution Live %
6/1 Dallas, TX - Double Wide%
6/3 San Antonio, TX - The Korova %
6/5 Tulsa, OK - Downtown Lounge %
6/6 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room *
6/7 St. Louis, MO - Fubar *
6/10 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
6/12 Huntington, WV - V Club Live *
6/13 Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose *
6/14 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club *
6/16 Allston, MA - Great Scott *
6/17 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
6/19 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
6/20 Chicago, IL - Double Door *
6/21 Hamtramck, MI - Small’s *
6/22 Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme *
6/23 Madison, WI - The Frequency *
6/24 Minneapolis, Minnesota - Triple Rock Social Club *
6/26 Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre *
6/27 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater *
6/28 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue *
6/29 Boise, ID - Neurolux *
6/30 Seattle, WA - El Corazon *
7/1 Portland, OR - The Star Theater *
7/2 Sparks, NV - The Alley *
7/3 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
7/5 Los Angeles, CA - The Down & Out *
7/6 San Diego, CA - The Casbah *
7/7 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory *
7/10 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
7/12 Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep *
7/13 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground *
7/14 Columbia, MO - Mojo’s *
7/15 Indianapolis, IN - Birdy’s *
7/18 Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia *
7/19 Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop*
# w/ Dragonforce, Huntress
% w/ Valient Thorr, The Kickass
* w/ Valient Thorr, Royal Thunder, The Kickass

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A Conversation With Diecast

As Boston-based metalcore veterans Diecast embarked on their current tour (sponsored by none other than Metal Underground), I was dispatched to cover the inaugural gig at Mill Street Brews in Southbridge, Massachusetts (report here). Following the band's set, I sat down with guitarist Jon Kita, frontman Paul Stoddard, and bassist Eddie Barton for a casual chat. For half an hour, we discussed all things Diecast throughout their fifteen-year history and beyond, including a taste of new music to come. No topic was off-limits, and we even explored an intriguing new moshing concept involving a piñata, which I expect to see in a Metal Underground Pit Stories column any day now. The conversation lasted until we were kicked out as the venue shut down for the night. The full transcript follows: More...

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Negura Bunget Performance Footage Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of Negura Bunget performing live in Toronto on April 27th, 2012. Check out the video clip below.

Negura Bunget still has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Morbid Saint To Reissue Debut Album

Relapse Records is pleased to announce the vinyl reissue of Morbid Saint’s criminally underrated debut album "Spectrum of Death." Relapse commented:

"Originally released in 1988, this death/thrash cult classic, produced by Eric Greif, was light years ahead of its peers, leaving posers crushed in a heap of destruction! The long out-of-print album has been repressed in celebration of the band’s reunion performance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest X.

"Spectrum of Death will see a June 19th re-release with pre-orders and an officially licensed exclusive shirt available now at this location. A full list of upcoming Morbid Saint reunion shows is available below."

May 4th - Mexico City, Mexico - Metal on the Rocks Fest
May 12th - Sheboygan, WA - Vibez
May 26th - Baltimore, MD - Maryland Deathfest X
2013 - Germany - Keep It True Fest

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Shadows Of Dawn Issues Recording Update

Shadows of Dawn has issued the following update about the band's progress in recording new material for an upcoming release:

"Shadows Of Dawn has had a very busy week, in and out of IGM Recording Studio putting the finishing touches on our follow-up to our debut EP, 'Heliacal Rising.'

"We'll be posting little teaser clips and photos from the studio in the upcoming days so keep an eye on our page for updates, including upcoming tour dates, a link to our brand-new merch store, as well as the debut of our brand-new website!

"This Sunday, 5/6/12, we'll be taking the stage with Scars of Envy, Due For Extinction, and Alekhine's Gun.

"Tonight, Dan will be putting some finishing touches on vocals, Dylan will be tracking some of his keyboard parts, and the rest of the guys will start arranging some new set-lists for our upcoming shows! And a very big thank you to all the fans, the other bands, the photographers, promoters, and designers who have helped Shadows of Dawn over the years! We hope to see you Sunday."

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Serpentine Path Signs With Relapse Records

Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of NYC doom-dwellers Serpentine Path (Tim Bagshaw - Guitars, Jay Newman - Bass, Darren Verni - Drums, Ryan Lipynsky - Vocals). The record label commented:

"A true pedigree of the doom underworld, Serpentine Path consists of current and former members of Electric Wizard, Ramesses, & Unearthly Trance.

"The band initially released their debut 7” Erebus, earlier this year via Parasitic Records and recently wrapped up recording their self-titled full-length debut, set for a fall 2012 release via Relapse. The album was recorded and mixed by bassist Jay Newman at The Humanless Compound in NYC."

Serpentine Path commented on the signing: “Serpentine Path is honored to announce that our debut album will be released by Relapse Records! The four of us aim for nothing but the most uncompromising and intense death/doom metal songs we can possibly create.”

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Opeth's Martin Mendez Talks New Album "Heritage"

Matt Bishop interviewed Martin Mendez of Opeth in Philadelphia, and video from the chat can be viewed below. Roadrunner Records also commented on the interview:

"Opeth bassist Martin Mendez was interviewed backstage in Philadelphia, when the band played the Electric Factory on their current tour with Mastodon and Ghost. In the clip, he discusses how the writing for the band's latest album, Heritage, began and then started over again; mixing old songs and new in the live set; and much more. Martin rarely gives interviews, so enjoy!"

You can also find our recent interview with Opeth drummer Martin Axenrot over at this location.

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Max Cavalera Video Interview Available

Roadrunner Records has posted the fourth and final installment of a video interview series with Max Cavalera discussing the history of Soulfly, which can be viewed below. Roadrunner commented:

"In the final installment of The History of Soulfly with host Max Cavalera, he discusses new members Tony Campos and David Kinkade, the Omen record, and why that one in particular might have been the last release from the band had Enslaved not been such a dramatic shift."

The previous two video clips in the interview series are also still available online at this location.

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Summer Slaughter Tour Trailer Posted Online

The 6th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, Peavey, Ibanez and SoundCheck Hollywood, is now officially slated to run from July 20th through August 25th. Check out the tour poster here.

It features such heavyweights as Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Job For A Cowboy, Goatwhore, Exhumed, and Cerebral Bore, with special guests TBA in each city such as The Contortionist, Rings of Saturn, Fallujah and more.

A teaser for the tour has been posted online, which can be viewed below. Dates and venues on the run are also available after the jump. More...

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Nuclear Torment Taking Break From Live Shows

The thrashers in Nuclear Torment have checked in with the following announcement about taking a break from live shows to write new material for an upcoming album:

"So... We're announcing a break over the summer from gigs. After the gig in Stockholm on May 12th, we probably won't book anymore gigs for a few months. Why, you ask? Well, we all need to earn some money over the summer...

"But we're also writing NEW SONGS! We're determined to make our next release our best one yet, and we want to have a couple of more songs on it than on previous releases. We're also starting to book shows for this fall. Stoked?! You should be!"

You can check out footage of Nuclear Torment performing in Stockholm at this location.

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August Burns Red Announces European Shows

After a momentous 2011 that saw latest album "Leveler" debut at #11 on the Billboard charts, August Burns Red has shown an unwillingness to slow down, kicking off 2012 with headlining tours of North America, Japan and Australia and stops in New Zealand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Phillippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore along the way.

Now the band turns its sight firmly on Europe with the announcement of a string of festival and headlining dates throughout the summer that will see ABR hit 13 countries in 4 weeks before returning stateside to support Refused at Philadelphia's Riot Fest, followed by a return to South America.

"I can say with all sincerity that ABR has never looked forward to a European tour as much as we are looking forward to our upcoming run in June/July," says guitarist JB Brubaker. "We haven't done the 'festival circuit' since 2009 and that was one of our favorite overseas tours to date. I'm pumped to have the opportunity to play alongside some legendary bands and in front of some massive crowds!" More...

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Soundgarden Posts New Music Video Online

Reunited Seattle rock legends Soundgarden have posted their new music video online for the song, "Live To Rise," which appears on the soundtrack of Marvel Comics new blockbuster movie, The Avengers (aka Avengers Assemble.) You can check it out below.

The band is currently working on a brand new studio album with producer Adam Kaspar, who worked on 1996s "Down On The Upside" album, which peaked at number two on the Billboard Album Charts. The as-yet untitled new album is expected to be released later this year. More...

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Sight Of Emptiness Posts More Studio Footage

Costa Rica's Sight of Emptiness has released a second studio video report for the band's new album, which is being produced by Thomas "Plec" Johansson. Check out the new studio video below, or find the previously posted first clip in the series at this location.

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An Interview With Occultation

There’s something very nasty hiding within the confines of Occultation’s debut album “Three & Seven.” Inspired by bands like Black Sabbath and King Crimson, this trio based out of NYC has a doom-inspired take on progressive rock. Comprised of vocalist/drummer V, bassist/vocalist MAL, and guitarist/organist/vocalist EMM (of Negative Plane fame), Occultation is heavy on the metaphors and occultist themes, though not in a blunt manner like Ghost and The Devil’s Blood. Occultation has done a great job of making these songs both evil to the core, and catchy to the ears. I was able to throw a few questions via e-mail to the band, and V and EMM were gracious enough to answer in detail about the recording of “Three & Seven” and recreating these songs in a live setting. More...

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Paradise Lost Enters The European Charts

British gothic metal veterans Paradise Lost have entered the album charts in several European countries with their latest studio album, "Tragic Idol" (reviewed here), their first studio release since 2009's, "Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us." Amongst the entries are a top ten position in Germany and a top 100 place in their native British charts.

Commenting on the success, vocalist Nick Holmes stated: "Thanks to all our fans for buying our new album. It means a lot that you are still paying for music and not just stealing it – our wives and kids also appreciate it. Looking forward to see all of you on the tour!"

"Tragic Idol" has attained the following chart positions:

UK - # 2 (Rock Charts)
Germany - # 6
Austria - # 15
Switzerland - # 23
Czech Republic - # 27
France - # 30
US - # 32 (Top New Artists/Heatseeker Charts)
Denmark - # 33
UK - # 73 (Album Charts)
Belgium - # 77 (Flemish Charts)
Belgium - # 78 (Wallonian Charts)
Netherlands - # 85

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Job For A Cowboy Posts Lyric Video

Death metal ministers Job For A Cowboy today unleash their lyric video to “Imperium Wolves.” The tune comes off the band’s latest studio recording, "Demonocracy," released in North America on April 10th through Metal Blade Records. Check out “Imperium Wolves” in the player below.

Job For A Cowboy has a busy summer ahead. Having recently returned home from the triumphant Metal Alliance with The Faceless, the band will bring a new ruckus to Japan later this month month and wreak some serious havoc in San Juan, Puerto Rico this June before kicking off the Summer Slaughter Festival 2012 with Cannibal Corpse and more. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Nokturnel Premieres New Single Online

Today Metalunderground.com brings you the exclusive premiere of a new Nokturnel single, "Shadows Alive." You can hear the single on the player below.

"Shadows Alive" was written by Tom Stevens. Guitar, bass, vocals and lyrics provided by Tom Stevens. Kevin Talley (Six Feet Under, Daath) plays drums. Stuart Laurence recorded the song at Raging Steel Fury Studios in Austin, Texas.

"Shadows Alive" marks the second song Nokturnel debuted on Metal Underground.com. Last year, the group premiered "Ancestral Calling."

Tom Stevens comments on "Shadows Alive":

"This song is for the die hards who keep the underground alive. Bring Nokturnel back to the front lines! Devour another dose of Nokturnel and spread this like a plague!"

Download an MP3 of "Shadows Alive" here (right-click and "Save Target As")

Follow the song's haunting lyrics listed below: More...

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Nachtblut Posts Full Album Preview For New LP

German dark metal band Nachtblut's posted a full album preview video for the band's sophomore LP "Dogma." The album is set for release on May 25th, 2012 via Napalm Records.

The "Dogma" track listing is as follows:

1. Dogma
2. Der Weg ist das Ziel
3. Ich trinke Blut
4. Eiskönigin
5. Rache
6. Mein Herz in ihren Händen
7. Mordlust
8. Macht
9. Busssakrament
10. Vulva
11. Schritte

Check out the preview here:

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Averse Sefira Calls It Quits

American black metal titans Averse Sefira has officially disbanded. The band formed in 1996, and went on to make their mark through Europe and the Americas, performing with other notable black metal groups like Dark Funeral, Gorgoroth, Watain, Marduk, 1349, Absu, Antaeus, and
Secrets of the Moon.

The band gained a respectable following despite a fiercely independent stance that garnered them a complex reputation in the underground. They achieved wider exposure with their signing to Candlelight Records in 2007 and the release of their highly-rated fourth LP, "Advent Parallax", the following year. Over the last decade, they also appeared in multiple documentaries and books examining metal culture.

Averse Sefira was known for dealing in esoteric themes, involved lyrics, and fractured musical styles that were regarded as both ambitious and confounding in equal measures. They were also known for strong ties with several veteran death metal acts, many of whom regularly touted the band in interviews.

Formal farewell statements from founding members Sanguine Mapsama and Wrath Sathariel Diabolus can be found at the band's official blog at this location.

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Wrath And Rapture Posts New Album Teaser

North Carolina's time traveling metal band Wrath and Rapture has posted a teaser clip online for the upcoming "Relinquish all Desire" release, which can be found below. The band also commented:

"Here is a sample from our work in progress, 'Relinquish All Desire.' This video contains clips from two tracks featured on the album. There's more to come!! Listen and download our 2009 EP via our Facebook page."

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Heavenwood Posts New Album Sample

Portuguese act Heavenwood has issued the following announcement about streaming a new sample clip online from the band's upcoming new album:

"Heavenwood is working on the new song 'The High Priestess," and here is a small sample of our working process on this month (May 2012).

"We want all Heavenwood fans to feel in comunnion with us during the conception of the 5th new Heavenwood album! Please visit and listen to it on the Heavenwood official Facebook here."

More details on the upcoming follow-up to the "Abyss Masterpiece" album will be announced as they are made available.

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Unisonic Posts Rehearsal Video Footage

Unisonic posted rehearsal footage for the band's upcoming South American gigs. The band's debut self titled full length album was released on March 30, 2012 through earOne Music.

The band announced the following live dates in South America and Mexico:

05/12/2012 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ El Teatro De Flores
05/12/2012 - Santiago, Chile @ La Batuta
05/16/2012 - Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Caupolican
05/18/2012 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ HSBC Hall
05/20/2012 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador

Check out the footage here:

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Pellek Posts New Music Video For "Fugue State"

Norwegian power/progressive metal band Pellek, featuring Damnation Angels frontman Per Fredrik "Pellek" Asly, posted a new music video for the track "Fugue State." The track appears on the band's forthcoming sophomore effort "Bag Of Tricks," which is scheduled for release by the band on May 23, 2012 (Japan) and May 30, 2012 (Worldwide) through its official website at this location.

Check out "Fugue State" here:

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Fuck The Facts Releases "Drift" Video

The brand new video from Ottawa-based grindcore technicians Fuck the Facts has been released online.

Constructed for the song "Drift" -- the opening track from FTF's late 2011-released eighth LP, "Die Miserable" -- the video was created by David Hall of Handshake Inc., known for previous videos he's directed for Today is the Day, Brutal Truth, Hail of Bullets, Jucifer, Bastard Noise, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Sigh, Rwake and tons more.

A full director's statement on the visualization/creation of the video joins the visual mayhem via Metal Injection here, or you can also check out the video below. More...

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Natur Streaming New Track

New York based traditional/NWOBHM band Natur is streaming the new song "Vermin Rift" from the band's debut release "Head of Death." The album is scheduled for a June 4, 2012 release in Europe and June 7, 2012 release in North America through Earache Records.

Check out "Vermin Rift" here:

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Julius Seizure Streaming New Song

Julius Seizure, which will be releasing the "Beware the Ides of March" EP this coming May 15th, has posted a new song online titled "AKA-47." Give the track a listen in the YouTube player below.

The band also recently released a new music video online which is still available for viewing. Watch the "OxyGen(eration)" clip over at this location.

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Oddland Posts "In The Sewers" Preview Clip

Finnish progressive metal/rock act Oddland posted a short preview clip entitled "In the Sewers" for the band's upcoming debut release "The Treachery of Senses." The album is due out on May 8, 2012 (North America) and was released this past Monday in Europe through Century Media.

The track listing for "The Treachery of Senses" is:

1. Above and Beyond
2. Flooding Light
3. In the Eyes of the Mourning
4. Aisle of Array
5. Past the Gates
6. Still the Spirits Stay
7. In Endless Endeavour
8. Sewers
9. Lines of Silver Blood
10. Ire

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Circus Maximus Posts "Nine" Video EPK

Norwegian melodic progressive metal band Circus Maximus posted a video EPK for the band's forthcoming third LP "Nine." Nine is scheduled for release on June 1, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America). The album is the band's first since the 2007 sophomore effort "Isolate."

The track listing for "Nine" is as follows:

1. Forging
2. Architect of Fortune
3. Namaste
4. Game of Life
5. Reach Within
6. I Am
7. Used
8. The One
9. Burn After Reading
10. Last Goodbye

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts New Music Video

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted a new music video for the song "Dark Fate of Atlantis." The song will appear on the forthcoming LP "Ascending to Infinity" due out for release on June 29, 2012 through Nuclear Blast.

The track list for "Ascending to Infinity" 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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Two More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"

Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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Gotthard Posts New Music Video Online

Swiss hard rock outfit Gotthard has posted their new music video online for the song, "Starlight." You can check it out below. The video was filmed in an old animal food factory near Berlin, which has already made a name for itself: among others, some scenes from the film Inglorious Bastards were shot there.

"During the filming of the video, we could feel again that the chemistry between us and the fans was great," the musicians said. "We are sure this will be seen in the clip."

For the band, it is very important that some of those who have been fans for years should play a role in the filming. "We simply have the feeling that not only those of us in the band have become even closer but also our Gotthard-family, those who are in our surroundings, are close to us and shared with us the difficult unhappy months after Steve’s death. We want to show this in the video: we are a community and we are rocking together again!" More...

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Kreator Posts New Music Video Online

German thrash metal veterans Kreator has posted their new music video online for the song, "Phantom Antichrist," which is the title track from their forthcoming new album. You can check out the video below. "Phantom Antichrist" will be the groups first album for Nuclear Blast Records and will hit the shelves on June 1st in Europe, with a North American release of June 5th to follow. The album will be available in the following formats:

- Jewel Case CD *
- 2LP Yellow Vinyl *
- 2LP Bi-Coloured Vinyl (Red/Black): limited to 500 copies, hand numbered *+
- 2LP Picture Vinyl **
- CD/DVD Digi Limited Edition: two digipacks in a slipcase **

* - Featuring Artwork by Wes Benscoter
** - Featuring Artwork by Jan Meininghaus More...

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