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The Australian band Twelve Foot Ninja just wrapped up a North American tour. I chatted with guitarist Stevic about their recent Best New Talent Award at the Golden Gods awards, touring in the U.S., the obstacles of an Australian band trying to break through in North America, the timetable for their next album and other subjects.

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Todd Lyons has been involved in the music industry for a while, in several different capacities. Back in the day he wrote for Creem Magazine, and he’s also worked in A&R and as a composer and engineer. His tracks have been used on television shows, commercials and movies. And of course he has written for About.com Heavy Metal for the past few years. Once a month we let Lyons roar, giving him a platform to speak his piece on a music related issue. This month, Todd shines the spotlight on technology and what impact it is having and will have on metal’s future.

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5 Questions With… is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Sabbatory are from Winnipeg, Canada, and their debut album is Endless Asphyxiating Gloom. Vocalist/guitarist Kier Keating introduces us to his band.

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Amon Amarth will be returning to North America in September for a headlining tour in support of last year’s album Deceiver Of The Gods. Opening bands will be Sabaton and Skeletonwitch.

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May was another great month for new metal releases. Picking the number one slot was extremely difficult, with Misery Index getting the nod by the slimmest of margins. Check out our choices for the best metal albums released in May.

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Here are the new heavy metal album releases for this week.  For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

May 27, 2014
21 Octayne - Into The Open (AFM)
Among Gods - Monument (PRC)
Annisokay - The Lucid Dream(er) (SPV)
Arkan - Sofia (Season Of Mist)
Arthemis - Live From Hell (Off Your Rocka)
Asa-Noir - Fall Of The Angels (The Orchard)
Black Anvil - Hail Death (Relapse)
The Black Dahlia Murder - Fool ‘Em All DVD (Metal Blade)
Blood Of Kings - Starvation (Tridroid)
Blood Red Fog - On Death’s Wings (Saturnal)
Bombs of Hades - Atomic Temples (War Anthem)
Bury Tomorrow - Runes (Nuclear Blast)
Crowbar - Symmetry In Black (eOne)
Dead Congregation - Promulgation Of The Fall(Profound Lore)
Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto (AFM)
Emptiness - Nothing But The Whole (Dark Descent)
Enabler - La Fin Absolue Du Monde (The Compound/Creator Destructor)
Expulsion - Certain Corpses Never Decay (Vic)
Eyehategod - Eyehategod (Housecore)
Eyes of Mara - Akkadia EP (Imminence)
Funereal Presence - The Archer Takes Aim (Ajna Offensive)
Gluttony - Beyond The Veil of Flesh (Vic)
Hellspirit - Dawn Under Curse (Saturnal)
Hollywood Monsters - Big Trouble (Mausoleum)
Ice Dragon - The Burl,The Earth,The Aether Re-Release (PRC)
Ice Dragon - The Sorrowful Sun Re-Release (PRC)
Ice Dragon - Tome Of The Future Ancients Re-Release (PRC)
Icon Of Evil - Syfilis Mentalis (PRC)
Insense - De:Evolution (Mas-Kina/Indie)
Jar’d Loose - Turns 13 (The Path Less Traveled)
Kiss - Kiss 40 (Universal)
Lillian Axe - One Night In The Temple (CME)
Marty Friedman - Inferno (Prosthetic)
Metsatöll - Karjajuht (Spinefarm)
Misery Index - The Killing Gods (Season Of Mist)
Obsequiae - Suspended In The Brume Of Eos (20 Buck Spin)
Powerman 5000 - Builders of the Future (T-Boy)
RetConStruct - Denizens of the Depths (Pavement)
Sabaton - Heroes (Nuclear Blast)
Sabbatory - Endless Asphyxiating Gloom (Unspeakable Axe)
Sakara - Forgetting What Was (Pavement)
Sarcofago – Rotting Re-Release (Greyhaze)
Secrets - Fragile Figure Deluxe Edition (Rise)
Serpent Ov Old - Antiquity Ov Old (HPGD)
Serpent Skies - A Claim For Reality (Sliptrick)
Serpentine Path - Emanations (Relapse)
Shakra - 33: The Best Of (AFM)
Spiders & Snakes - Year Of The Snake (Sansei)
Tentacle - Ingot Eye (PRC)
Vainaja - Kadotetut (Svart)
Vanhelgd - Relics Of Sulphur Salvation (20 Buck Spin)
Various Artists - One and All, Together, for Home (Season Of Mist)
Violation Wound - Violation Wound (Vic)
Waxen - Agios Holokauston (Moribund)
We Are The Damned - Doomvirate (Lifeforce)
YAITW - When Life Comes To Death (Deathwish)
Zoldier Noiz - Regression Process (Unspeakable Axe)

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Every week we collect a whole bunch of short reviews in one convenient location to give you an overview of the latest metal releases. This week’s reviews include 21 Octayne, Among Gods, Arkan, Black Anvil, Blood Of Kings, Emptiness, Enabler, Funereal Presence, Hollow, Jar’d Loose, Powerman 5000, Sabbatory, Sarcofago, Serpentine Path, Vanhelgd, We Are The Damned and Zoldier Noiz.

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5 Questions With… is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. The British group Landskap just released their debut album I. Bassist Frederic Caure introduces us to his band.

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Swiss folk metal pioneers Eluveite return to North America in September. Their latest album Origins will be released in August. Opening bands for the tour will be Tyr and Metsatoll.

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New York’s Sworn Enemy have returned with a new album on a new label. Living On Borrowed Time is their fifth studio effort. Frontman Sal Lococo gives us the lowdown on the five year gap between records, the songwriting process for the new album, how their sound has progressed, tour plans and other topics.

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