Trailer For New LP "Powerplay" Posted By Shakra

Swiss hard rock band Shakra posted a trailer for the band’s upcoming eighth studio LP “Powerplay.” The album is scheduled to drop on January 11, 2013 through AFM Records.

The tracklisting for “Powerplay” is as follows:

1. Life Is Now
2. The Mask
3. Higher
4. Wonderful Life
5. Dear Enemy
6. Save You from Yourself
7. Don’t Keep Me Hanging
8. Dream of Mankind
9. Stevie
10. Because of You
11. Secret Hideaway
12. Too Good to Be True

Check out the trailer here:

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Live Video For "Fatal Attack" Posted By Monument

U.K. traditional metal band Monument posted up an official live performance video for the song “Fatal Attack.” The song is from the band’s debut EP “Rock the Night” (see Metal’s review over at this location), which was issued in 2012. For more info on obtaining the EP, head over to the band’s official Facebook Page.

The live performance footage was recorded from Monument’s first show at the Camden Barfly in London with Cauldron. Check it out here:

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Leviathan Releases New Single "The Crescent Moon"

German metal act Leviathan (not to be confused with the various other bands of the same name from the U.S. and U.K.) has released a new single from the upcoming album “The Aeons Torn.”

“The Crescent Moon” is not only the first single but also the opener of the new album, which will be out on Janaury 25th 2013. The single is available for free download on the band’s website as a part of a three-track digital EP, and a lyric video for the track is available below. The EP’s track listing is as follows:

1. The Crescent Moon
2. When Onyl Despair Remains (Remixed & Remastered)
3. The Scourge We Wield

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Seventh Wonder To Release New Album This Year

Andreas Blomqvist of Seventh Wonder has checked in with the following year-end recap and announcement about releasing a new album this year:

“This time of year I normally write a little something so I figured I would do that again this year.
2012 sure was a different year for us, somewhat in hiatus but also having a lot to deal with.

“Stefan has worked his way into the band incredibly well, Tommy went on a world tour with Kamelot, Johan had a baby and I think I have made a decent enough comeback after my tenure in the States and we managed to sneak in a gig in Norway and a little tour in Italy too – not to mention us having written some prog-goodies. Good to be back!

“So the most important topic now is of course ‘what now?’ You bet it is! Well, first let me say this: – 2013 will be an exciting year, for it *will* be a year of a new studio release from Seventh Wonder. We are well under way! We have more or less seven songs written, out of which four are very well arranged and demoed and only one that is still not properly worked through. We also have two more things in the pipeline to dive into come January and February.

“Our hope is to finish the demoing of the tracks this spring and then give Tommy ample time to work on the vocal arrangements following that. We will not rush that phase this time as we have before, but we hope this will make for a better product in the end. Then it is just the small matter of the recording, mixing and mastering but in all honesty we can’t say anything about that yet, so we will have to get back to you on that one.

“We also have a few leads on a couple of gigs for 2013 although nothing has been finalized. I will say though that the album will be the main focus this year and we want to give you something that was well worth the extended wait.

“I think we are in for a real treat in terms of this new release and I really like what I am hearing which is a good thing, don’t you think?! I think it will clearly be the same melodic overdose it usually is so rest assured we won’t be totally switching gears here, although we do work in a slightly different manner this time but all for the best I think, with possibly the only drawback I can see would be a little slower schedule.

“Anyway, thank you all for sticking by us through a couple of slower years, we hope that you give us the chance to change that and tag along as we pick up the pace and dive head first into 2013. God bless you guys out there, and as I hear the rockets firing up outside as we draw closer to midnight I think it would also be appropriate with a ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR’ to all of you from all of us. See you all in 2013!”

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The Phantom Carriage Reveals Details On New Album "Falls"

France’s hardcore/black metal outfit The Phantom Carriage will release a second full-length titled “Falls” as a 12″ vinyl this coming February 28th via Throatruiner Records, Braincrushing Records, and Theatre Records.

The album’s eight tracks were recorded by Franck Hueso (Deathspell Omega, Hacride), while the artwork was designed by Romain Barbot. You can now stream a track titled “Dreamers Will Never Stop Dreaming” through the Bandcamp player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:

“With this second full-length, Poitiers’ The Phanton Carriage annihilate the remaining boundaries between black metal and dark hardcore. This time focusing on the most extreme side of their sound, ‘Falls’ brings the band’s unique approach to the next level, invoking reminiscences of various acts such as Deathspell Omega, Cave In, Comity, Deafheaven or Kickback.

“Songs such as ‘Dreamers Will Never Stop Dreaming’ or ‘Today We Stand’ reveal how much the band has improved their songwriting abilities, burying the listener under piles of epic & technical riffs, labyrinthic structures and unearthly vocals. By throwing into their chaos some more unorthodox influences they gained from their other past and actual experiences, The Phantom Carriage prove that they are digging deeper than your average ‘blackened hardcore’ band. And they will take you with them.”

Falls by The Phantom Carriage

The full album’s track listing is:

1. Today We Stand
2. Mistakes & Fixes
3. Dreamers Will Never Stop Dreaming
4. Since We Can’t Forget Who We Were
5. About Being A Father
6. Rejuvenation
7. The Time
8. Devils, Gods, Us

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Humanity Delete Posts "Necromantic Sorcery" Video

Ear-grinding extremists Humanity Delete have released a video for the song “Necromantic Sorcery,” taken from their debut, “Never Ending Nightmares.” The video, which was shot by 62nd Chamber Productions in Canada, is streaming below. “Never Ending Nightmares” was released on December 4th through Deadbeat Media.

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Cradle Of Filth Announces North American Tour Dates With The Faceless

The U.K.’s infamous heavy metal act, Cradle of Filth, has announced a headlining February/March North American tour with The Faceless, Decapitated, and The Agonist. A list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

VIP packages for most dates will go on sale tomorrow (12/21) through at this location. Each package includes a meet-and-greet with the band, signed Cradle of Filth poster and commemorative VIP laminate. General ticket information for Cradle of Filth “North American Tour 2013” is available online here.

Cradle of Filth is touring in support of “The Manticore and Other Horrors” (reviewed here), its 10th studio release, out now on Nuclear Blast.

2/22 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
2/23 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater Of Living Arts
2/27 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
2/28 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
3/01 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/03 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
3/04 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
3/06 – W. Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
3/07 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
3/08 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
3/09 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
3/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/12 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
3/14 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
3/16 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
3/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
3/21 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
3/22 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
3/23 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
3/25 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
3/26 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre


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Heaven’s Cry Streaming Remastered Song "Gaia’s Judgement"

Canadian progressive metallists Heaven’s Cry are streaming the track “Gaia’s Judgement” from the remixed and remastered reissue of debut album, “Food for Thought Substitute,” exclusively through Check out the song through the Knuckle Tracks player right here.

“Food For Thought Substitute” and the group’s follow-up, “Primal Power Addiction,” will both be reissued on January 8, following the band’s recently released comeback album “Wheels of Impermanence.”

Both reissues feature revamped artwork and have been newly remixed by Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, Kataklysm) and remastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Symphony X). You can pre-order both albums at the Prosthetic IndieMerch store here. Tracks from the new album “Wheels of Impermanence” are also available below.

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Nuclear Winter Streaming New Song "Nuke ‘Em Back To The Stone Age"

Dhaka, Bangladesh based thrash act Nuclear Winter has posted a new promotional single online titled “Nuke ‘Em Back To The Stone Age,” which can be heard in the player below.

The track comes off the new “Warborne Assault” EP, due to be released this month through Wartorn Records. For more info on Nuclear Winter, head over to the band’s Facebook profile.

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Derelict Earth Streaming Full New Album "Below The Empty Skies"

Derelict Earth is a French progressive metal solo project by ex-Silmarillion lead singer and guitarist Quentin Stainer. The project has now released new album “Below The Empty Skies,” which is available for streaming and name-your-price download at Bandcamp.

Cover artwork was created by Manthos Lappas, and the full album can also be heard in the player available below. The “Below The Empty Skies” track listing is as follows:

01. The Graveyard Of Dreams
02. Trapped In A Flesh Cocoon
03. King Nobody
04. Screams Of The Speechless
05. The Great Degenerate Circus
06. Elegy Of Decayed Nations
07. Ashes Rain
08. Below The Empty Skies

Below the Empty Skies by Derelict Earth

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