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Abigail

Formed: 1992
From: Tokyo, Japan
Last Known Status: Active

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Manilla Road Closes Out Chaos in Tejas 2013

Manilla Road has roots as old as most of the NWOBHM bands that helped define heavy metal as we know it. Somewhat under the radar, the group didn’t popularize metal to the extent of Mercyful Fate, Venom, Iron Maiden and Manowar. However, as noted by the die-hard fans, knowledge fans who attended the group’ rare performance on the last night of Chaos in Tejas 2013, Manilla Road surely put its stamp on heavy metal. One fan pointed out how the group influenced Candlemass and even held the door open for Candlemass to enter this world.

Manilla Road’s reluctance to tour surely kept them out of the above bands’ spotlight. They are a cult act. It was for this very reason many showed up for tonight’s show. Red 7’s dual stages offered a tremendous package with Texas’ own USBM instigators Absu playing on the indoor stage. The night was spent walking back and forth between the two stages. The indoor stage’s overcrowding mixed with humid temperatures resulted in, what felt like, a twenty-degree temperature difference. More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

DOWN
(the) MELVINS
THE OBSESSED
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
UFOMAMMUT (Italy)
COBALT
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
EVOKEN
NECROPSY

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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MDF 2013 Location Announced

With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:

We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.

In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.

The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.

We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.

The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...

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Bolt Thrower Among Groups to Play Chaos in Tejas

Chaos in Tejas Festival, Austin, Texas' annual gathering of extreme bands, announced on its Facebook page the initial lineup for the 2013 installment. British death metal legends Bolt Thrower, reunited hardcore act Integrity, Japanese black thrashers Abigail, epic metallers Manilla Road and several other grind, punk and power violence bands are schedulded to play the festival on May 30-June 2, 2013. More...

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Winds Of Genocide Reveals Split CD Artwork

U.K. act Winds of Genocide will soon be releasing a new split CD with Japanese based band Abigail. Winds of Genocide has now also revealed the artwork for the "Satanik Apokalyptic Kamikaze Kommandos" split, which can be viewed below. For more details on Winds of Genocide, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Trendslaughter Festival II Confirms More Bands

Three more bands have been confirmed on the roster of the Trendslaughter Festival II, which will take place on January 29th in Bangalore, India. Local band Dying Embrace will once again return for this second installation of the festival, as well as Canadian act Cauchemar and Japanese metal band Abigail. 2012's Trendslaughter Festival II should be yet another eight hour outing at the Kyra Theatre in Bangalore, featuring international bands from all genres of metal. The current line-up of bands performing is as follows:

ABIGAIL
DYING EMBRACE
CAUCHEMAR
GLORIFIED
DWHESHA
DJINN AND MISKATONIC More...

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Third Installment of "Speed N' Spikes" 7” Released

"Speed N’ Spikes" is a series of five limited edition split 7" releases from ten of the best underground thrash metal bands today. Volume three features all new and exclusive material from Japan’s ABIGAIL and Norway’s NEKROMANTHEON. This split 7” is available now and includes the ABIGAIL track “Infernal Fucking Blasphemy,” and NEKROMANTHEON tracks “The Coffin Awaits” and “Metal Vendetta,” which can be heard now on NEKROMANTHEON’s MySpace page.

Issue one of the series featured recent Relapse signees TOXIC HOLOCAUST and Rochester’s BLUDWULF and has completely sold out since its release in January. The second installment included new tracks from RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER and the first new material from ABSU in nearly 10 years, with limited quantities remaining. Future editions will feature new and exclusive material from EARLY MAN, RAMMER, AVENGER OF BLOOD, and WITCHAVEN. Each edition will be on colored wax and strictly limited to 1,000, never to be repressed again. The "Speed N’ Spikes" series also features collectible original artwork from Relapse’s Timothy Leo and Mike Wohlberg of The Fat Kid Illustration with each volume making up a portion of a comic strip.

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Cynic Added To Maximum Rock Festival

Cynic has been confirmed for Romania's MAXIMUM ROCK FESTIVAL, which is an open air concert that takes place on August 10-12th, 2007 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Cynic will perform on August 12 at the fest.

The current lineup includes the following bands:

OVERKILL / U.S.A.
U.D.O. / Gemany
CYNIC / U.S.A.
TO/DIE/FOR / Finland
ORPHANED LAND / Israel
IRON MAIDNEM (IRON MAIDEN tribute) / Hungary
INNER WISH / Greece
EMERALD SUN / Greece
URKRAFT / Danmark
BURNING POINT / Finland
THE COLD EXISTENCE / Sweden
VOICES OF SILENCE / Romania
PSYCHO SYMPHONY / Romania
INDIAN FALL / Romania
ABIGAIL / Romania
NEXUS / Romania
Dirty Shirt / Romania
N.O.M. / Romania

Camping is free. The ticket pricing is as follows:

Until 1st August 2007:
Day I (10th August): 17 Euro
Day II (11th August): 17 Euro
Day III (12th August): 10 Euro
For 3 Days (10th-12th August): 37 Euro

From 1st August to 12th August 2007
Day I (10th August): 22 Euro
Day II (11th August):): 22 Euro
Day III (12th August 11 Euro
For 3 Days (10th-12th August): 40 Euro

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Toxic Holocaust, Abigail and Evil Invaders 2 Tour

Toxic Holocaust (US) and Japan's Abigail are hitting Australia in March 2007 for some joint dates including Evil Invaders 2 in Melbourne.

Adelaide - Fri 9th March 2007
Melbourne - Sat 10th March 2007 (Evil Invaders 2 - Will be at Corner Hotel, and will feature 2 stages)
Brisbane - Fri 16th March 2007
Sydney - Sat 17th March 2007
Canberra - Sun 18th March 2007 (public holiday on the Monday

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