Part Two Of Track-By-Track Videos For New LP "Straight Out Of Hell" Posted By Helloween

German metal icons Helloween posted the second part of a thirteen part track-by-track video series featuring commentary by the band on all the songs on the forthcoming LP “Straight Out if Hell” leading up its release on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 22, 2013 (North America) via The End Records.

The track listing for “Straight Out of Hell” is as follows:

1. Nabataea (check out music video here and “Day One” here)
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far from the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
10. Asshole
11. Years
12. Make Fire Catch the Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track)

The first track-by-track video, “Day 2: World of War” can be seen here:

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Circle Of Silence Recording New Album "The Rise Of Resistance"

Circle Of Silence is currently recording the new album “The Rise Of Resistance” at the Maranis Studios in Backnang, Germany. The band commented about the sound of the upcoming record:

“The first impression is that the new ones are a bit heavier than the stuff from ‘The Blackened Halo’ and a bit more straight forward. A lot of double-bass action is going on in those first songs!”

The guys have already posted the artwork of “The Rise Of Resistance,” which was created by Francisco Garcés (a.k.a. Dibujante Nocturno) and can be viewed below.

Circle of Silence has also released a couple of song titles that will be featured on the album: “Eyes Of Anarchy,” “Mind Conspiracy,” “An Oncoming Storm,” “Slave To The Greed Machine,” “Blood Of Enemies,” and “One Moment Of Hate.”

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Mindcage Finishing New Album "Our Own Devices"

Mindcage is presently completing new album “Our Own Devices” under the helm of famed rock and metal producer Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Megadeth, Mötley Crüe, W.A.S.P., Overkill, Accept) at his WireWorld Studios. The band is very excited to stay in Nashville the entire month of December and work with Michael Wagener to realize this extraordinary vision.

Set in an alternate future, Mindcage’s concept album “Our Own Devices,” warns of what may become of our society if we turn our backs on the importance of arts, music, humanities, and spirituality. It also introduces the world to Arabella Vash, a woman on a mission to awaken and enlighten a world gone wrong. Her message will shake humanity to its very core.

Guitarist Dietrick Hardwick comments, “We are very excited to announce that we have chosen Julie Westlake (Hydrogyn) as the voice of Arabella Vash for ‘Our Own Devices.’ Julie has the power and emotion in her voice needed to convey Arabella’s journey and character. She sounds amazing and has a command and range of voice that is just uncanny. It’s also been a real dream come true for us to work with one of the greatest record producers of all time, the legendary Michael Wagener. We couldn’t be happier!”

“This has just been an extraordinary experience, seeing how everything is coming together. The band works so efficiently with Michael Wagener that they have finished recording ahead of schedule and are now entering the mix phase,” cites Executive Producer Ben Galecki, “Michael really knows how to decipher what the band is going for and get the absolute best from them. This is going to be epic!”

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Taake Releasing 2CD Set "Gravkamre, Kroner Og Troner"

Having started the band way back in 1993, main man Hoest will celebrate 20 years of staying true to his musical identity by releasing a 20-song, 2 CD collection of Taake rarities. The anniversary album will be released on Dark Essence Records on the 1st of March in Norway and the 4th of March worldwide to coincide with a planned European tour.

Titled “Gravkamre, Kroner og Troner” (Burial Chambers, Crowns and Thrones), the release will not only feature exclusive new tracks, but also rare and previously unreleased material as well as alternative versions and recordings that have, until now, only been available on vinyl. The track “Et Pust av Oeyne” can be heard below and the full track listing is as follows:

DISC 1:
1. Et Pust av Oeyne
2. Hov var Stein (Exclusive new track)
3. Nordbundet (Featuring Niklas Kvarforth & Nocturno Culto)
4. Motpol
5. Hordalands Doedskvad 1
6. Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik 4
7. Nattestid ser Porten vid 1 (“Kveld” 12? EP 2011)
8. I am The Black Wizards (“Noregs Vaapen” LP bonus track 2011)
9. Die When You Die (“Swine of Hades” MCD 2011)
10. A lost forgotten Sad Spirit (“Taake” LP Bonus track 2009)

DISC 2:
11. Voldtekt
12. Eismalsott
13. Tykjes Fele
14. Over Fjell og gjennom Torner (“Svartekunst” 7? EP 2007)
15. Voldtekt
16. Death Trap (“Dra til Helvete” 10? EP 2006)
17. Lamb (“A Norwegian HAIL to VON” 7? EP 2005)
18. Hennes kalde Skamlepper (“Lagnonector” 10? EP 2005)
19. Der Todesking (“Nordens Doedsengel” 10? EP 2004)
20. Nattestid ser Porten vid 1 (Pre-mix 1997)

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Fumigation Streams New Song "Fleshlight Castration"

Ottawa’s Fumigation has posted a new track online titled “Fleshlight Castration,” which can be heard in the player below, and the band also commented:

“Being X-Mas the Fume camp feels its the perfect time to release an advanced track for the upcoming full length ‘Integrated Pest Management!’ go to SoundCloud here to listen & download the track!

“You may also grab it off this FumeBook page at the My Band app or visit the Fumespace here. Details to come shortly regarding release date, artwork, teasers, and more!”

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Famous Underground Signs With Dust On The Tracks To Release Self-Titled Album

Canadian metallic hard rockers Famous Underground have just inked a worldwide two album deal with German label Dust on the Tracks Records. The next album is slated for an April, 2013 release.

Vocalist/guitarist Nicholas Walsh says, “It’s great to know that our music can reach many people. We had multiple labels interested in the band, and ultimately went with DOTT due to their understanding of our music and how and where it needs to be exposed.”

Bassist Laurie-Anne also states, “Under the stable of Rock ‘n’ Growl Management and DOTT Records we feel that we have a great team to propel us forward into the New Year.”

Famous Undergroun d’s’s self-titled studio release produced by Nick Walsh, and mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (Sum 41, Black Crowes, Big Sugar, Sacrifice) at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto. The new recording takes Walsh’s writing to a more defined state where the lyrics delve more into the complexities of the real world.

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Lightless Moor Posts Trailer For New Album "The Poem — Crying My Grief To A Feeble Dawn"

Italy’s gothic metal act Lightless Moor recently signed to Massacre Records for the release of new album “The Poem — Crying My Grief to a Feeble Dawn.” A teaser trailer for the album is now available online and can be viewed below.

Additionally, Lightless Moor has just launched a brand new website full of content related to the forthcoming release. Check out the new website right here.

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Counterparts Releases "The Disconnect" Music Video

Counterparts has released a new video for “The Disconnect,” taken from latest release “The Current Will Carry Us.” The video was produced by Vinnie Leonetti on the band’s recent Canadian tour with Stray From The Path and Obey The Brave. Check out the clip below.

Vocalist Brendan Murphy comments: “The video for The Disconnect is a perfect representation of us as a band. When we go on tour, we aren’t there to impress anyone, we aren’t going to ‘work,’ and we are going to have fun. Since day one, this band has been about having fun and making ourselves happy. This video gives people an insight into who we are when we aren’t on stage and how we spend our time. Whether it is skateboarding, trust-falling off our trailer, dancing, getting drunk, playing UNO in crappy hotel rooms or just straight up being children; you can be sure that we’re having the time of our lives. That’s what motivates us to get in the van time after time.”

The band’s upcoming tour dates are:

w/ Your Demise, Fact:
2/07- Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
2/08- Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads
2/09- Plymouth, UK @ White Rabbit
2/10- Exeter, UK @ Cavern
2/11- Bristol, UK @Fleece
2/13- Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
2/14- Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2
2/15- Stoke, UK @ Sugarmill
2/16- Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
2/17- Glasgow,GB @ Cathouse
2/19- Manchester, UK @ NQ Live
2/20- Newcastle, UK @ 02 Academy Newcastle
2/21- Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
2/22- Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
2/23- London, UK @ Garage

w/Last Witness:
2/25- Antwerp, BE @ Kavka
2/26- Tilburg, NL @ Little Devil
2/27- Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
2/28- Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia
3/01- Leipzing, DE @ Conne Island
3/02- Essen, DE @ Café Nova
3/03- Stuggart, DE @ Zwoelfzehn
3/04- Frankfurt, DE @ Nachtleben
3/06- Vienna, AT @ Aera
3/07- Comeana, IT @ Underground Skate Park
3/08- Milan, IT @ Ligera
3/09- Zurich, CH @ Dynamo

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Body Count To Record New Album, "Manslaughter" In January

Legendary rapper and frontman of crossover thrash metal outfit Body Count, Ice-T has announced via his Twitter account that the band will be recording a new album next month, entitled, “Manslaughter.” This will be the first album from the group since the 2006 release, “Murder 4 Hire,” and will be available on Sumerian Records. No further details have been made available at this time.

For more information on Body Count, please check out our feature on the band from our Sunday Old School series.

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Defeated Sanity Posts New Song "Verblendung" Online

German progressive death metal behemoths Defeated Sanity will unleash “Passages Into Deformity” on February 5th, 2013 through Willowtip Records.

Recorded at Soundlodge Studios in Germany with guest vocal appearances by Frank Rini (Internal Bleeding), AJ Magana (ex-Defeated Sanity, Disgorge US), and Brian Forgue (Syphilic, Gutrot) and sound effects performed by Jon Engman (ex-Brodequin), the nine-track follow-up to 2010’s “Chapters of Repugnance” will be paired with a bonus DVD featuring making-of clips, interviews with the band, and performance videos.

Said the band of this latest output: “The album has a more old-school vibe to it, with a lot of early ‘90s inspired riffs and slams, but we made it a point to not get away from the technical and progressive stuff as well.”

As a special holiday treat, Defeated Sanity offers up a taste of the sonic slaughterfest with “Verblendung,” which can be heard below. Pre-orders are also available now at this location.

Upcoming Defeated Sanity tour dates are as follows:

4/12/2013 Fatality Fest 5 – St. Petersburg, RU
4/12/2013 Sick Fest 11 – Arkhangelsk, RU
4/14/2013 Not Quiet Extreme Fest 2 – Syktyvkar, RU
4/15/2013 Grim Sound Fest – Izhevsk, RU
4/17/2013 Ural Death Fest 2 – Ekaterinburg, RU
4/20/2013 Extreme Condition Fest – UFA, RU
4/24/2013 Day Of Dust Fest – Minsk, BY

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