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Unisonic - Audio Premiere Online

German metallers Unisonic, featuring former Helloween members Kai Hansen (guitars) (Gamma Ray, ex-Iron Savior) and Michael Kiske (vocals) (Place Vendome, Avantasia) are streaming an audio premiere online. You can now listen to it below.

The band will release the debut mini album Unisonic: Ignition in late January 2012 through earMUSIC/Edel. The EP will feature the single "Unisonic: Ignition", a demo track and a cover of the Helloween song "I Want Out." A full-length album is set to be released in March 2012.


Posted: 10.12.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (5)

Cataract - Going On Hiatus In 2012

Swiss metalcore act Cataract will be going on a hiatus in 2012. The band issued the following statement about the decision: "In the dark corners of Zurich, rumour is rife that Cataract will be playing their last show this December, last show? Ever? I mean, ever ever? Of course not. The Swiss powerhouse of metal, loud, hard and merciless, doesn't even think about turning around and moving on to a normal life. There's too much truth to be said, too many stages that need to be rocked and too many pits that need to mosh! The grain of truth in this rumour is that Cataract will go into an extended hibernation, as lead singer Fedi is leaving for a long planned and desired world trip for the whole of 2012."


Posted: 10.12.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (4)

Opera IX - New Video Online, New Album Details Revealed

"Mandragora", a new video from Italian black metallers Opera IX is now available online (half of it) at the band's official website. It was censored from YouTube. The song comes off the band's upcoming album Strix Maledictae In Aeternum, due out on January 24th, 2012, in Europe and February 28 in North America via Agonia Records. The cover artwork for the album was handled by renowned artist Kris Vervimp (Enthroned, Marduk). It was mastered at Necromorbus Studio in Sweden by Tore Stjerna (Deströyer 666, Watain).


Band profile: Opera IX
Posted: 10.12.2011 by Zender 1.8 | Comments (3)

Vertigo Steps - New Album Teaser Online

Portuguese progressive metallers Vertigo Steps have released a 12 minute teaser with excerpts from every song to be featured on their upcoming new album Surface/Light, penned for a 2012 release. You can now listen to it below. More album details were reported here.

The band announced it in the following statement: "Vertigo Steps are proud to announce the conclusion of 3rd opus Surface/Light, considering it to be the pinnacle and defining point as a band with '13 heavy rock songs steeped in raw emotion, soaring melancholy and cinematic grandeur'. Recordings took place at UltraSound Studios (Moita), starting in late September, with Daniel Cardoso (producer), also responsible for drums and bass. Details on a 2012 release date will be known when available."


Band profile: Vertigo Steps
Posted: 10.12.2011 by BloodTears | Comments (0)

Pain Of Salvation - First European Tour Dates Announced

Swedish progressive metallers Pain Of Salvation have announced their headlining tour of Central Europe for February and March 2012. See the list of the dates announced so far below. Vocalist and guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw comments: "This trip has been odd since we all know that Johan and Fredrik are leaving the band. We are enjoying ourselves on stage in the same way a typical Swede enjoys those late fall days of bonus summer, haha. That said, we have a very interesting line-up for February."


Band profile: Pain Of Salvation
Event: Pain Of Salvation: The Road Salt Two Tour 2012 - Europe
Posted: 10.12.2011 by RcK | Comments (12)

Folkstone - Part Ways With Fuel Records, New Album Announced

Italian folk metallers Folkstone have decided to part ways with their label Fuel Records. The band made the following statement on their website: "We Folkstone and our sound engineer/producer Yonatan Rukhman chose to have no label and no intermediary for printing and production of the next album. This is why we want to be free from any obligation... and basically to make 'what we like'. Our real producers are our fans!"


Band profile: Folkstone
Posted: 10.12.2011 by Sjuk | Comments (0)

Venom - To Play 70000 Tons Of Metal

The organization of the festival announced yesterday the confirmation of the pioneers of black/thrash metal Venom: "Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome Venom On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: Venom!"


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Event: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2012
Posted: 10.12.2011 by kual21 | Comments (4)

Cryptopsy - Bassist Quits The Band

Guitarist-turned-bassist Youri Raymond of Canadian metallers Cryptopsy has issued the following statement on the band's MySpace page:

"I am officially announcing my departure of the band Cryptopsy. At this time, we feel it's in the best interest of both the band and I to part ways. As a musician, moving from guitar to bass was a great challenge, but honestly, I never really felt comfortable in that position and my motivation in general was stagnating.

I'm now moving forward and will release an album in 2012 on guitar/lead vocals with my band Unhuman and I hope Jon, Matt, Chris Flo and the new guy who will fill in in the bass spot the very best with the upcoming album and what might be the "real" Cryptopsy coming back! Thanks again fans and friends for your endless support!"


Band profile: Cryptopsy
Posted: 10.12.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (12)

Dying Fetus - Begin Recording New Album

Official press release

John Gallagher, guitarist and vocalist of Dying Fetus, has announced that the group has entered the studio to record a new full-length album. The band will once again be working with long-time producer Steve Wright (Slipknot, Misery Index) at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore, MD.

Set to be released in mid 2012 through Relapse Records, the album will feature nine tracks and is a "return to roots" with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band's last few works. Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of Dying Fetus as we have come to know. An official release date and album title will be announced shortly.

"The last album had some groove in it," stated John, "but was basically a lot of tech; this one is a return to form of older Dying Fetus albums, so to speak - more modern production though, of course." "Everything's tight," John adds; "...the sound is crushing, the drums are amazing."


Band profile: Dying Fetus
Posted: 10.12.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (14)

Origin - European Tour With Psycroptic, Leng Tch'e

Through-out February and into early March, US technical death metallers Origin, together with Australian technical death metallers Psycroptic and Belgian razorgrinders Leng Tch'e, will embark on a European tour, taking off in Switzerland.


Band profile: Origin
Event: Origin: Occupy Europe Tour 2012
Posted: 09.12.2011 by Nekrokvlt | Comments (6)

Delain - New Album Title Revealed, European Tour Announced

Dutch symphonic metallers Delain have set We Are The Others as the title of their third studio album, due next spring via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at various studios in Stockholm, Sweden, with producer Jacob Hellner, renowned for his work with Rammstein and Apocalyptica, alongside the Epicentre team of Fredrik Thomander and Anders Wikstrom (Scorpions, Backyard Babies).


Band profile: Delain
Event: Delain: European Tour 2012
Posted: 09.12.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (27)

Paradox - Part Ways With Guitarist, Working On New Album

German thrash metallers Paradox have parted ways with guitarist Gus Drax. The band posted the following on their MySpace page: "We would like to announce you that after 2 years of working together with Gus Drax, we decided to go separate ways due to personal reasons. We wish Gus all the best. Paradox are still working on their next album which will be out in Summer 2012."


Band profile: Paradox
Posted: 09.12.2011 by BudDa | Comments (2)

Opprobrium - Expect New Album In 2012

US thrashers Opprobrium are currently working on a new album slated for release sometime next year. It will be the follow-up to 2008's Mandatory Evac. The band issued a very short update on their MySpace page: "We are currently demoing new record due for 2012."


Band profile: Opprobrium
Posted: 09.12.2011 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Avatar - New Video Online

"Black Waltz", the new video clip from Swedish melodic death metallers Avatar is now available for viewing below. The song is off the band's new EP Black Waltz, which came out on October 24th. The video was directed by Johan Carlén.


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Posted: 09.12.2011 by BudDa | Comments (7)

Mar De Grises - European Tour Dates

Hello everyone!

We interrupt our silence these last months to let you know that today we are back Europe! On track from 9th to 18th of December 2011 for our 4th trip to Europe, this time on a mini tour including some festivals such as Madrid is the Dark in Spain, Bracara Extreme Fest in Portugal, Eindhoven Metal meeting in The Netherlands and an exclusive show in Moscow, Russia.

We are glad to announce that we will have the participation of our former vocalist Marcelo Rodriguez for these shows and would like to thank our fans over the world, the Chilean Government and Ministerio de la Cultura and all partners/companies for their recognition and endless support.

For further information and details stay tuned.


Dates of the tour are as follows:,

09.12 Sala Cats / Madrid is the Dark Fest / Spain
10.12 Centro Cultural Braga Viva / Bracara Extreme Fest / Portugal
14.12 Little Devil / Tilburg / The Netherlands
16.12 Effenaar / Eindhoven Metal Meeting / the Netherlands
17.12 XO / Moscow / Russia

For more info and details:

For good measure, and a bonus holiday treat, enjoy this video of "Sleep Just One Dawn"...


Band profile: Mar De Grises
Posted: 08.12.2011 by BitterCOld | Comments (10)