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Asking Alexandria: The UK’s bright young hopes?

More awesome new music heading your way this week, courtesy of a variety of killer bands.

Asking Alexandria are already one of the biggest UK metal bands of recent years, but with new opus From Death To Destiny, it really feels like they’re finally producing the music to match the profile. Stacked with great tunes and packing enough hooks to snag a killer whale, it’s an album to win over the doubters and, most importantly, lose all our shit to. Give it a go:

Debut Newsted album Heavy Metal Music is the first full solo outing from former Metallica bassist and general lad, Jason Newsted. The phrase “does what it says on the tin” is a bit misused at the best of times, but in this case, it’s pretty damn apt. Expect huge, thrash-infused heavy metal jams.

Speaking of huge, one of the most eagerly anticipated follow-ups of 2013 also drops today, as The Defiled look to continue staking their claim as the most exciting metal band to come out of London in years. Daggers picks up where ace debut Grave Times left off; thunderous, industrial-fused riffs and swaggering choruses that will have you singing your lungs out this year, whether you like it or not.

Finally, one of the nuttiest bands on the planet releases their third album today, and unsurprisingly it’s more of the same schizophrenic, genre-splicing madness. Late For Nothing is iwrestledabearonce’s third full-length and first with new singer Courtney LaPlante. Luckily, it’s just as badass as everything else they’ve done so far. As usual, expect the unexpected.


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– February 28th, 2013 – Band on tour with The Devil Wears Prada now! A new lyric video for the track “No Lungs To Breathe,” which was made by the band’s guitarist Nick Hipa , is now live in conjunction with the band’s North American tour with The Devil Wears Prada that kicked off this past Friday (2/22) in Ventura, Calif. at the Ventura Theater.

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The official lyric video for the song “No Lungs To Breathe” from San Diego metallers AS I LAY DYING can be seen below.

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Romanian act I Stared Into the Forest has teamed up with Fading Halo Records for the “Unframed Pictures of Our Epilogue” release. Currently the release is available in digital format via Bandcamp (stream found below), and a vinyl edition is coming during the spring of 2013. The track listing is:

1. No longer here 02:28
2. Failing lungs 02:24
3. Their crooked teeth 01:53
4. To hang by a thread 02:28

unframed pictures of our epilogue by i stared into the forest

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Finnish metal act Battle Beast has parted ways with vocalist Nitte Valo, who suddenly left the band via email on August 19, 2012. The band announced her replacement as Noora Louhimo. In addition, the band will tour Europe this fall with Sonata Arctica. The full announcement reads:

“Let’s start with the real beef: Nitte Valo has left the band.

“August 19th Nitte sent the rest of the band an e-mail stating that she was leaving the band, effect immediately. As the reason for her leaving she recited her will to focus on her family life. As this happened without any prior notice, the rest us were slightly disappointed.
But what’s done is done, and we’re thrilled to announce the new BATTLE BEAST vocalist with a voice and character to take the band to heights of glory.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we give you NOORA LOUHIMO

“This young singer is already experienced in performing some of the most demanding rock songs in existence and is now ready to take her big step into the metal world. With lungs of leather and a voice to order gods with, Noora possesses all the requirements to deliver the kind of power needed for performing BATTLE BEAST’s music. Don’t believe us? Hear her ripping through ‘Iron Hand’ in the video attached. See what you think after that. Noora will also be performing all the lead vocals on BATTLE BEAST’s second album set to be released early 2013.

“With Noora in the band, BATTLE BEAST is ready to take itself and its music to the next level. The whole band is now burning with newly found energy and motivation and hell bent on conquering the entire metal consuming planet.

“World conquest, you ask? Well, that leads us to our second topic.

“We feel honoured to announce that BATTLE BEAST will be supporting their fellow Finns SONATA ARCTICA on their European tour this November. The tour will span a total of 20 shows in 11 countries. Needless to say, we are absolutely psyched! See the complete list of dates on the video and our website, and get your tickets now!

“To all our fans everywhere in the world, a big thank you for showing your undying support for the band! See you in a couple of months!

“Justice and Metal!”

Tour dates with Sonata Arctica are as follows:

03.11.12 PL Warsaw – Progresja
04.11.12 D Berlin – Columbiaclub
06.11.12 D Hamburg – Markthalle
07.11.12 D Cologne – Essigfabrik
08.11.12 B Antwerpen – Trix
09.11.12 NL Tilburg – 013
11.11.12 D Bochum – Zeche
12.11.12 D Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
13.11.12 F Lille – Le Splendid
14.11.12 F Paris – Bataclan
16.11.12 E Madrid – La Riviera
17.11.12 E Barcelona – Razzmatazz
19.11.12 F Lyon – Le Transpordeur
20.11.12 D Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
21.11.12 CH Pratteln – Z7
22.11.12 I Milano – Alcatraz
24.11.12 CZ Zlin – Winter Masters of Rock
27.11.12 D Munich – Backstage Halle

A video of the announcement can be seen here:

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The Grammy-nominated rock group As I Lay Dying will release sixth album, “Awakened,” this coming September 25th on Metal Blade. Pre-orders are available today via this location.

After wrapping a run as a main stage act on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival with Slipknot, Slayer, and more, the group will headline a special album release show – with more details coming soon. On October 15th, As I Lay Dying will launch a European tour with Trivium, Caliban, and Upon A Burning Body before returning to the U.S. in November for a nationwide tour.

As I Lay Dying just completed a video for the new single “A Greater Foundation.” The group teamed with director Drew Russ (A Day To Remember, Falling In Reverse) and producer Robby Starbuck for the performance-based clip, which was shot on location in Los Angeles. “We were all impressed with Drew’s ability to capture the intensity of live band performances in his videos, and ‘A Greater Foundation’ is no exception, explains bassist Josh Gilbert. ” Drew’s technique, along with the all-day participation of some of our diehard fans in Los Angeles, definitely accentuated the energy of the song and makes for an exciting and dynamic video. We can’t wait to unveil it!”

The album’s track listing is:

1. Cauterize
2. A Greater Foundation
3 .Resilience
4. Wasted Words
5. Whispering Silence
6. Overcome
7. No Lungs to Breathe
8. Defender
9. Washed Away
10. My Only Home
11. Tear Out My Eyes

For “Awakened,” the band holed up in the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO with rock producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents) and mixer Colin Richardson. “Awakened” marks the follow-up to the “Decas” EP (2011), which reached #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart. The group’s last LP, 2010′s “The Powerless Rise,” debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #10. The band’s upcoming live shows are:

09/25 New York, NY Santo’s Party House CD release party/Metal Blade 30th Anniversary
10/15 Manchester, UK Ritz
10/16 Glasgow, UK ABC
10/17 Birmingham, UK Institute
10/19 Bristol, UK Academy
10/20 Norwich, UK UEA
10/21 London, UK Shephards Bush Empire
10/22 Brussels, BE AB
10/23 Paris, FR La Bataclan
10/25 Tilburg, NL 013
10/26 Herford, DE X
10/27 Stuttgart, DE LKA
10/28 Köln, DE Live Music Hall
10/30 Malmo, SE Kulturbolaget
10/31 Stockholm, SE Arenan
11/02 Helsinki, FI The Circus
11/04 Oslo, NO Centrum Scene
11/05 Gothenburg, SE Tradgarn
11/06 Copenhagen, DKVega
11/07 Berlin, DE Huxleys
11/08 Hamburg, DE Docks
11/10 Chemnitz, DE Südbahnhof
11/11 München, DE Backstage Werk
11/12 Milan, IT Live Club
11/13 Solothurn, CH Kofmehl
11/14 Wien, AT Gasometer
11/16 Barcelona, ES Appolo
11/17 Bilbao, ES Santana 27
11/18 Madrid, ES Riviera

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Belphegor is currently working with Erik Rutan on a new album and follow-up to “Blood Magick Necromance” (reviewed here). As work on the album progresses, vocalist Helmuth recently conducted an interview with Metal Sucks to discuss his recent health issues. Excerpts from the interview follow.

Metal Sucks: How are you feeling?

Helmuth: Way better than a few months ago. I am recovering, slowly. It’s getting better each month.

Metal Sucks: I know you had to cancel some tour dates due to a lung infection back in the fall but what was the extent of your illness? What were you struggling with?

Helmuth: I had to cancel all shows and tours for the last nine months. It wasn’t a winning situation. Seriously, I never expected anything like this. Who does? It’s like a punch in the face. I got a typhus infection in Brazil. I guess it was from drinking water from the sink. What are you going to do when you wake up in the morning after hard drinking and have a raging hangover? Yes, I know, not very smart in the end. I was not vaccinated against typhus. The virus killed my lungs. As we toured Brazil, I didn’t know what was going on. I thought day by day it would get better. On the contrary, it got worse. Breathing was difficult. The last shows were tough, full of pain, vomiting and fever. But we played the last two shows with Morbid Angel. Hey, you can’t say “no, we’re cancelling.”

After eight shows in Brazil, we flew to Venezuela. I couldn’t lift my guitar case anymore, so that was the first time that I went to the hospital. I couldn’t play the show but Columbia was on the plan. I still thought, it will get better… sick, man. I was totally done, couldn’t do the last three shows in Columbia; sorry to all the people involved. I am a fighter, I never cancel shows as long as I can stand on my damn feet, but it was over. It was four days of pain and fever, lying in the bed in Bogota, followed by two damn international flights back to Austria. When we arrived I was totally done; it wasn’t possible to lift my hand luggage.

They put me in intensive care for ten days, to prepare for an operation. There was a lot of water in the heart, liver and legs – everywhere. I looked like a sumo wrestler. Besides my lungs, there was also heart damage. So I had an open heart and chest operation. I could fill a book, man.

Metal Sucks: How did you recover? Were you ever close to death?

Helmuth: Man, I fought five weeks to get my life back. Five weeks in the hospital – three times in intensive care, then six weeks rehab – step by step, I tried to get my life back. I have rock hard will and discipline, otherwise I wouldn’t be here anymore.

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UK thrashers Evile have posted a music video for their track “In Memoriam.” The track is a tribute to their late bassist Mike Alexander, who died in 2009 from a blood clot in his lungs.

Watch the music video for “In Memoriam” below:

Upcoming Evile tour dates are as follows:

Oct 18 O2 ABC 2 – Glasgow
Oct 19 Academy 3 – Manchester
Oct 23 Academy 2 – Newcastle
Oct 24 Corporation – Sheffield
Oct 25 Academy 3 – Birmingham
Oct 26 Open – Norwich
Oct 27 O2 Academy 2 – Oxford
Oct 28 Garage – London
Nov 03 Picturedrome – Holmfirth

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Baroness, currently on tour previewing material from forthcoming new album “Yellow & Green” (due out July 17th through Relapse Records), has now posted a trailer for the upcoming release, giving listener’s their first hint of music from the album. Check out the preview in the player below.

The album’s track listing is as follows:

Disc 1:

1. Yellow Theme
2. Take My Bones Away
3. March to the Sea
4. Little Things
5. Twinkler
6. Cocainium
7. Back Where I Belong
8. Sea Lungs
9. Eula

Disc 2:

1. Green Theme
2. Board Up the House
3. Mtns. (The Crown & Anchor)
4. Foolsong
5. Collapse
6. Psalms Alive
7. Stretchmarker
8. The Line Between
9. If I Forget Thee, Lowcountry

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Gojira 2012

These French chaps know exactly how to build up some anticipation for a new album, don’t they? Behind the scenes footage of the recording of ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ has been released on Gojira’s YouTube channel, but it is more than your average studio footage.

An artsy black-and-white mash up of the guys roaming New York City and chilling on rooftops is sprinkled with hints of crazy drum solos from Mario Duplantier, including a strange but surprisingly awesome episode of Duplantier drumming on a door. There are also clips of Mario’s brother Joe Duplantier screaming his lungs out laying down the vocal tracks.

Check it out for yourself:

‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ is due to be released on June 25th on Roadrunner Records. If you really can’t wait till then, check out our exclusive L’Enfant Sauvage track-by-track review!

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