Crowdfunding Campaign For New Album “Life” To Be Launched By Adagio

French progressive symphonic metal act Adagio will return with the new album “Life,” the first release since the 2009 effort “Archangels in Black.” The band created its own label under guitarist/composer Stephan Forte called Zeta Nemesis and is now set to launch a crowdfunding preorder campaign via Indigogo on May 5th.

The band recently added violinist Mayline (Indensity), but has not yet announced a new vocalist.

As for the upcoming campaign, the band posted the following message and video clip:

“You Are The Label!

“Since the beginning of our career, like most bands, Adagio has been working with third party record labels. Today, after a successful test with Stéphan’s 2nd solo album ‘Enigma Opera Black,’ we have decided to sign Adagio and release our fifth album ‘LIFE’ along with the band’s back catalogue (‘Archangels in Black’ excepted) through Stéphan’s label Zeta Nemesis. The Zeta Nemesis team will fully handle publishing, management, merchandising, PR, Marketing, graphic design, web design, physical and digital distribution duties internally.

“Now, to do things correctly, releasing music internationally requires a huge investment (approximately 50.000 Euros). For a young label such as Zeta Nemesis, without the backing of any investors, it’s almost impossible to obtain the funds required to release ‘LIFE’ properly.

“So we’ve been thinking, and realized the most obvious fact ever! Who are the buyers? The fans. So, why should we ask anyone besides the fans for an advance?

“Zeta Nemesis has already financed half of the costs, approximately 25.000 Euros. To cover the second half of these expenses and release this new Adagio album under the best possible circumstances, we need your support.

“In exchange, not only will you be able to preorder the new Adagio album, but since the label is now the band, we have some fantastic and rare Adagio items to offer you!

“So get ready to be part of Adagio and see you on Indiegogo on May 5!”

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New Track “The Best Of Times” Streaming From Cain’s Offering

Finland Cain’s Offering – featuring Stratovarius vocalist Timo Kotipelto, keyboardist Jens Johansson and ex-Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen – is streaming another new track…this time its “The Best of Times.” The song appears on the upcoming new album “Stormcrow,” the sophomore album and first since the 2009 debut “Gather the Faithful.” The album is expected to drop via Frontiers Records on May 15th (EU) and May 19th (North America).

The track listing for “Stomcrow” is as follows:

1. Stormcrow (song streaming here)
2. The Best of Times
3. A Night to Forget
4. I Will Build You a Rome (see lyric video here)
5. Too Tired to Run
6. Constellation of Tears
7. Antemortem
8. My Heart Beats for No One
9. I Am Legion
10. Rising Sun
11. On the Shore

Check out “The Best of Times” here:

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Rock It Up Records Signs Flashback Of Anger

Italian power/progressive metal band Flashback of Anger has signed a recording deal with Germany’s Rock It Up Records. The band will release the sophomore full length LP “T.S.R. (Terminate And Stay Resident)” this spring. The album is the first release since the 2009 debut “Splinters of Life” was issued through Limb Music.

The band now features Vision Divine bassist Andrea “Tower” Torricini, who joined in 2013 following the tragic death of Francesco Masini due to cancer in 2011. The band will soon name the new permanent guitarist of the band, along with the album’s track list and first single soon.

The new album’s cover artwork, created by Gustavo Sazes (James Labrie/Kamelot/Angra) can be seen here:

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In Studio Video Clip Featuring New Track “At The Abyss” Posted By Outrage

Austrian death metal act Outrage posted an in studio video which features the new track “At the Abyss.” The song appears on the band’s sophomore LP “Brutal Human Bastard,” which is set for release on November 29th via Massacre Records.

The album is the first since the 2009 debut “Contaminated” was released via Maintain Records. Check out “At the Abyss” here:

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New Music Video “Built-In Obsolescence” Posted By Unsouled

Spanish progressive thrash act Unsouled posted a new music video for the track “Built-In Obsolescence.” The song appears on the band’s forthcoming new LP “Evolve,” which is due out via Sobry Music in May of 2013. The album is the band’s second studio effort and the first since the 2009 debut “Start Over” was self-released by the band in September of 2009.

The video was directed by Ibon Antu

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Andre Matos Posts Full Album Preview For "The Turn Of The Lights"

Former Angra/Symphonia and current Viper vocalist Andre Matos posted a 24 minute preview for his third solo album “The Turn of the Lights.” The album is due for release on August 22, 2012 through Avalon Online and marks the first since the 2009 release “Mentalize.” Matos’ solo band also consists of former Angra guitarist Andre Hernandes, current Viper guitarist Hugo Mariutti and Aclla bassist Bruno Ladislaus.

The track listing for “The Turn of the Lights” is as follows:

1. Liberty
2. Course of Life
3. The Turn of The LIghts
4. Gaza
5. Stop!
6. On Your Own
7. Unreplaceable
8. Oversoul
9. White Summit
10. Light-Years
11. Sometimes

Check out the preview here:

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Andre Matos To Release Third Solo LP "The Turn Of The Lights"

Former Angra/Symphonia and current Viper vocalist Andre Matos is set to release his third solo album “The Turn of the Lights” on August 22, 2012 through Avalon Online. The album marks the first since the 2009 release “Mentalize.” Matos’ solo band also consists of former Angra guitarist Andre Hernandes, current Viper guitarist Hugo Mariutti and Aclla bassist Bruno Ladislaus.

The track listing for “The Turn of the Lights” is as follows:

1. Liberty
2. Course of Life
3. The Turn of The LIghts
4. Gaza
5. Stop!
6. On Your Own
7. Unreplaceable
8. Oversoul
9. White Summit
10. Light-Years
11. Sometimes

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Savior From Anger Finish Recording New Album

Italian metal act Savior From Anger, featuring Ex-Landguard/Ex-Nameless Crime guitarist
Marco Ruggiero, have completed work on the band’s sophomore effort, the title of which has not been revealed.

The album was recorded between February and May of 2012 at Albatros studio in Naples, Italy and will feature 10 songs with Ruggiero featured on all guitars, bass and vocals along with Michele Coppla (Entropy/Ex-Wisdom) on drums. More news on the album is expected shortly.

The album is the first since the 2009 debut “Lost in the Darkness” was issued through Rock it Up Records.

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Ambassador Gun Reveals New "Golden Eagle" Album Details

Malicious grind-metallers Ambassador Gun are preparing to lash out at humanity with another dose of their rabid and caustic alloy this June, with a tour of the Midwestern U.S. planned to coincide with its release. The following press release was issued about the new “Golden Eagle” album:

“The outfit’s first full-length since the 2009-released ‘When In Hell’ album, the newly completed ‘Golden Eagle’ shows Ambassador Gun as always bridging all gaps seemingly subdividing extreme punk/metal genres into a crushing, crusty punk-as-fuck grind-infused amalgamation of revulsion. The trio cranks out 11 new songs 30 minutes on Golden Eagle, the album prevailing as a new DIY standard for the band, fully produced, recorded, and visually presented by the members themselves.

“As with previous recordings, Ambassador Gun will take aim at the masses directly with Golden Eagle, set to release the record via cassette and digital download via their self-operated label Pangea Media on June 19th.”

You can stream the album’s second track, “Christbastard” and check out the cover art via the Ambassador Gun Bandcamp page.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Wounded Knee
2. Christbastard
3. Slowbled
4. Warpainted
5. Sunshine Acid
6. Cover Tracks/Sever Ties
7. Crack Ikon
8. Chris Brown
9. Unleashed
10. Circle The Lord Of Flies
11. No Suffering

Ambassador Gun’s live shows with Blue Ox are as follows:

6/15/2012 Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN
6/16/2012 The Eagles Club – Bismarck, ND
6/17/2012 VFW – Missoula, MT
6/18/2012 Cretin Hop – Spokane, WA
6/19/2012 The Morgue – Seattle, WA
6/20/2012 Dante’s – Portland, OR
6/21/2012 Ryan’s Saloon – Reno, NV
6/24/2012 Vlad The Retailer’s – Los Angeles, CA
6/25/2012 ESJ – Las Vegas, NV [BYOB/keg]
6/27/2012 Carnahand’s – Carbondale, CO
6/28/2012 Blast-O-Mat – Denver, CO
6/29/2012 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE

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Natron Postpones Pre-Release Party For Two Weeks, Sixth LP Due In March 2012

Italian technical death metal band Natron has postponed the January 13, 2012 Pre-release party at the Target Club in Bari, Italy for two weeks and will now be held on January 27, 2012. The cause for the postponement was that the printing of the band’s new LP “Grindermeister” by Southern Brigade Records was delayed and would not be available for fans at the show.

“Grindermesiter” is the band’s sixth LP and the first since the 2009 release “Rot Among Us.” The album is not scheduled for official release until March of 2012.

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