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Malefice

Formed: 2005
From: Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Malefice news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Malefice Reveals "Five" Details

Malefice's new album "Five" is set for release this coming April 28th, 2013 through Transcend Music. The band comments:

“After being written off we’re back to where we thrive the most. Being the underdog. We’ve always delivered something new and exciting in adversity and this time is no exception. The changes we have made have given us time to regroup and reinvent the sound of this band. Expect more bounce than ever, more hate than ever and more soul than ever. This is a record of feelings, how we are, where we want to be and where we will get to.

"This is the album we always wanted to write, where the evolution has taken us and has renewed our ‘take no prisoners’ attitude, something we always have at our live shows, you can hear the clarion call to arms in this recording. All music is a personal statement, this is our statement that no matter what, nothing can hold us back, nothing will keep us down and together we can, will and have survived all the bullshit thrown at us. This record represents everything we are as a collective and as individuals. It’ll be the soundtrack to your parties in 2013.”

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. V
2. The Great Deceiver
3. Never Say Die
4. Wasted
5. Time
6. Blueprints
7. Reach Up More...

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Malefice Announces New Tour Dates

English metal stalwarts Malefice have announced a U.K. tour kicking off in Manchester on September 19th, 2012! The "Perserverence" tour dates are as follows:

19/09/12 – UK – Manchester – Roadhouse
21/09/12 – UK – Birmingham – Academy 3
22/09/12 – UK – Leicester – Soundhouse
23/09/12 – UK – Glasgow – ABC 2
24/09/12 – UK – Newcastle – Academy 2
25/09/12 – UK – Liverpool – Academy 2
26/09/12 – UK – York – Stereo
27/09/12 – UK – Cardiff – Bogiez
28/09/12 – UK – London – Islington Academy 2
29/09/12 – UK – Weymouth – Pavillion
30/09/12 – UK – Southampton – Joiners
02/10/12 – UK – Plymouth – White Rabbit

Prior to this run Malefice will play three shows at the start of June 2012. These are at:

01/06/12 – UK – Rugby – The Vaults
02/06/12 – UK – Colchester – Arts Centre
03/06/12 – UK – Andover – The George More...

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Malefice Releases "Omega" Video For Charity

U.K. melodic death/thrash band Malefice posted a new music video for the song "Omega" which was recorded with special guest vocalist and soccer star Marcus Hahnemann for the Jagermeister Ice Cold Sessions. The single for the track is being sold separately with all profits from the sales to be donated to The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. The track can be purchased at this location.

Check out the music video here:

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Dragonforce To Kick Off U.S. Tour At NEMHF

Dragonforce announced that the band will kick off the U.S. Tour with an appearance at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass on April 21, 2012. The festival runs from April 20-22, 2012. Dragonforce will be one of the headlining acts on Saturday with All That Remains and Overkill.

The new Dragonforce record "The Power Within" is scheduled for release on April 15, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.

The full lineup for the Saturday portion of the festival is as follows:

All That Remains
Dragonforce
Overkill
iwrestledabearonce
Protest the Hero
Periphery
Bane
Belphegor
Structures
Malefice
Elitist
Suidakra More...

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Malefice Joining Rise To Remain On Tour

Malefice has been added to the upcoming Rise To Remain and Heaven Shall Burn U.K. tour, which kicks off in Birmingham on March 7th, 2012.

Dale Butler comments: "To say we're looking forward to bringing the new sound, new show, new Malefice out on the road would be a massive understatement. There's a whole new side which has been developing since the end of last year, and when you hear the recent track recorded with Marcus Hahnemann for Jagermeister next week, you'll see just what we mean."

Dates on the trek are as follows:

07/03/12 – UK - Birmingham – Academy 2
08/03/12 – UK – Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
10/03/12 – UK – Norwich – Waterfront
11/03/12 – UK – Liverpool - Academy 2
12/03/12 – UK – Glasgow – Garage
13/03/12 – UK – York – Fibbers
14/03/12 – UK – Manchester - Academy 3
16/03/12 – UK – Bristol – Fleece
17/03/12 – UK – London - Islington Academy
18/03/12 – UK – Reading - Sub89

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Malefice Streaming "Omega" With U.S. Soccer Star

U.K. melodic death/thrash band Malefice teamed up with U.S. Soccer star Marcus Hahnemann for the recording of the song "Omega" for the Jagermeister Ice Cold Sessions.

A video trailer for the song can be seen here:

The track in its entirety can be heard in the player below: More...

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Malefice Posts Tour Diary Video

U.K. melodic/death metal act Malefice posted a video diary of the band's recent tour with Sylosis in support of the the band's latest effort "Awaken the Tides."

Check out the video here:

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Malefice Announces New Guitarist

U.K. melodic death band Malefice announced that touring stand in guitarist Andy Wilson (ex-XL) will replace the departed Alex Vuskans. The band made the following announcement on its Facebook Page:

"After a baptism of fire standing in for Alex Vuskans on the bands recent UK run with Sylosis MALEFICE have announced that ANDY WILSON will take over on a permanent basis.

"ANDY WILSON comments:

'I am very excited to be taking on the Malefice slot full time, the Sylosis tour couldn't have gone any better and the musical chemistry is undeniable. I can't wait to see what the future holds for the band.'

"And frontman DALE BUTLER adds:

'There's always controversy surrounding a band member leaving in any band. But I can’t stress enough how there is none in this situation. Alex felt he could no longer continue to give 100% to Malefice, and between us we decided that it would be better for him to leave. Alex is closer to me than most of my family, he'll always be my brother no matter what and nothing will change between us all on a personal level.

Those of you that saw us on the Sylosis tour will have seen Andy at work. The guy is a fucking machine, and I can't think of anyone else I'd rather have as my lead guitarist! Andy has already brought new ideas to this band that we'll be working on together in the future!'

"And ALEX VUSKANS bows out with this:

'I just want to say a massive massive thank you to everyone that's come to the shows, bought our albums and supported myself and the boys over the last 10 years that I've been in Malefice. You guys are awesome and have helped create memories that last with me for a lifetime. I also want to go on record and state that there is NO bad blood between myself and the other members in the band; they still and always will be my brothers no matter what. I simply feel that now is the time for me to try new things in my life, whatever they may be. I wish nothing but success to the guys for the future and look forward to following their continued journey as a fan and not an active member. It's been emotional!!' "

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Anterior To Tour U.K. With Sylosis

Anterior has been added to the upcoming Sylosis U.K. tour in September, which also features Malefice. The currently announced dates are as follows:

28/09 @ Bristol, Thekla
29/09 @ Cardiff, CF10 (University)
30/09 @ Birmingham, HMV Institute
01/10 @ Manchester, Club Academy
03/10 @ Leeds, Cockpit
04/10 @ Glasgow, Cathouse
06/10 @ Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
07/10 @ London, O2 Academy Islington

Anterior also recently posted a single titled "Blood In The Throne Room" online, which is taken from the band's upcoming album "Echoes of the Fallen." The album is set to drop in Europe on August 26th, the UK on August 29th, and North America on September 13th via Metal Blade Records.

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Malefice Streaming New Song "Minutes"

Malefice has released the third single "Minutes" off the band's upcoming new album "Awaken The Tides." Check out the song by heading over to Alt Sounds here.

Malefice also previously posted the album's title track online, along with the new song "Delirium."

Set for release in G/A/S on July 15th, the rest of Europe on July 18th, and North America on August 2nd via Metal Blade Records, the 10-track long player was recorded at The Face, Reading with drums laid down at Fortress Studios, London. All tracks were mixed and mastered by Justin Hill.

The "Awaken The Tides" track listing is as follows:

1. Awaken The Tides
2. Delirium
3. Dead In The Water
4. Minutes
5. Baying For Blood
6. Blessed/Cursed
7. The Day The Sky Fell
8. Out Numbered Out Gunned
9. Flood Of Red
10. The Haunting

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Malefice Posts New Music Video Teaser Trailer

Malefice has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming music video for the title track off the new album "Awaken the Tides." You can view the teaser clip in the player below.

"Awaken The Tides" is set for release in Europe on July 15th, the U.K. on July 18th, and North America on August 2nd via Metal Blade Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Awaken The Tides
2. Delirium
3. Dead in the Water
4. Minutes
5. Baying For Blood
6. Blessed/Cursed
7. The Day the Sky Fell
8. Out Numbered Out Gunned
9. Flood of Red
10. The Haunting

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Malefice Streaming New Song

Malefice is set to release the new album "Awaken The Tides" in Europe on July 15th, the U.K. on July 18th, and North America on August 2nd via Metal Blade Records. After previously posting the title track online, Malefice is now streaming another new song online titled "Delirium."

You can check out "Delirium" by heading over to the Metal-hammer.de website.

The "Awaken the Tides" track listing and artwork can be viewed below.

1. Awaken The Tides
2. Delirium
3. Dead in the Water
4. Minutes
5. Baying For Blood
6. Blessed/Cursed
7. The Day the Sky Fell
8. Out Numbered Out Gunned
9. Flood of Red
10. The Haunting More...

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Malefice Posts New Song Online

European modern metal act Malefice has posted the title track from its forthcoming new album online for streaming. You can check out "Awaken the Tides" in the player provided below. The album is due out in stores on August 2, 2011 through Metal Blade Records. You can check out the song below.

Here is the "Awaken The Tides" track listing:

1. Awaken The Tides
2. Delirium
3. Dead in the Water
4. Minutes
5. Baying For Blood
6. Blessed/Cursed
7. The Day the Sky Fell
8. Out Numbered Out Gunned
9. Flood of Red
10. The Haunting

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Malefice Reveals New Album Details

Malefice is currently readying to unveil the band's third full-length album "Awaken The Tides," which is set for release in Europe on July 15th, the UK on July 18th, and North America on August 2nd via Metal Blade Records. The 10-track long player was recorded at The Face studios in Reading with drums laid down at Fortress Studios in London. All tracks were mixed and mastered by Justin Hill.

Frontman Dale Butler comments: "And so the time has finally come, we've been locked away for 6 months working on this record, a release that's going to take your fucking head off. We promised something different, a bigger production, and a slightly different look on the genre. We've found our sound and it's going to bring a whole new level to our live show, something we all felt was missing. We've come back a new band, confidant and more of a unit than we've ever been. This is our next step; make sure you're around to see it!"

The "Awaken The Tides" album artwork can be viewed below and the track listing is as follows:

1. Awaken The Tides
2. Delirium
3. Dead in the Water
4. Minutes
5. Baying For Blood
6. Blessed/Cursed
7. The Day the Sky Fell
8. Out Numbered Out Gunned
9. Flood of Red
10. The Haunting

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Forty Three More Bands Confirmed For Download

The organisers of Britain's largest hard rock and heavy metal festival, Download, has confirmed a further forty three names for this year's event, including such big names as Children of Bodom and Biohazard. The festival will be held at the legendary Donington Castle in Leicestershire from June 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Alice Cooper
All That Remains
Alter Bridge
Anti-Flag
Asking Alexandria
Avenged Sevenfold
Baptized In Blood
Bellligerence
Biohazard
Black Stone Cherry
Black Veil Brides
Blitz Kids
Bosshoss
Bowling For Soup
Bring Me The Horizon
Buckcherry
Bullet For My Valentine
Cheap Trick
Children Of Bodom
Chthonic
CKY
Clutch
Dan Reed
Danzig
Deaf Havana
Def Leppard
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Devil Wears Prada
Dio Disciples
Disturbed
Down
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Envy Of The State
Escape The Fate
FM
Framing Hanley
Frank Turner
Funeral For A Friend
Gaslight Anthem
Ghost
Gwar
Heights
Hollywood Undead
Hyro Da Hero
Illuminatus
Jameson Raid
Karma To Burn
Kellermench
Korn
Kverlatak
Letlive
Linkin Park
Lower Than Atlantis
Madina Lake
Malefice
Mr. Big
My Darkest Days
Oaf
October File
Pendulum
Plain White T’S,
Puddle Of Mudd
Rise To Remain
Rob Zombie
Rock Sugar
Royal Republic
Sacred Mother Tongue
Sevendust
Silverstein
Skeletal Damage
Skunk Anansie
Starseed
Straight Line Stitch
Suicide Silence
System Of A Down
T-34
The Cult
The Damned Things
The Dangerous Summer
The Darkness
The Dead Lay Waiting
The King Blues
The Morning After
The Pretty Reckless
The Rods
Thin Lizzy
Times Of Grace
Trash Talk
Trc
Turisas
Twisted Sister
Versamerge
Wayne Static
Yashin
Young Guns
Your Demise

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Arch Enemy Announces U.K. Tour

Sweden's Arch Enemy have announced the dates for thier "The United Kingdom Of Heavy Metal" tour. The mini-tour of the U.K. kicks off on November 23rd, 2010 and features support from Chthonic, Grand Magus and Malefice.

Arch Enemy U.K. tour dates:
Nov 23 - Academy - Manchester
Nov 24 - Garage - Glasgow
Nov 25 - Wulfren Hall - Wolverhampton
Nov 27 - HMV Forum - London

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Malefice Announces New Drummer

British death/hard/metal 'core band Malefice has announced its new drummer - Chris Allan-Whyte, formerly of Shy of the Depth. Former drummer Craig Thomas left the band on amicable terms after the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival. Band frontman Dale Butler comments:

“Malefice and Craig have been growing apart musically for some time, and therefore we all decided it was a good time for everyone to move on. We all want to thank him for his years of dedication, we’ll never forget the good times we had and we wish him luck in his new chosen direction!”

“Chris had the job as soon as he started playing. He was our last audition and we could tell looking around the room at the smiles on each other’s faces, that the whole band was convinced we had found our man. He’s brought new venom to our sound, and we’re really enjoying playing our music with the fresh vigour and perspective that he brings! We all know Chris from his previous band Shy of the Depth, who we toured with a few years ago, so on a professional and a personal level, we’re ready to get out on the road from May, with the new line up and kick some fucking heads in! See you in the pit!”

Allan-Whyte will make his live debut with Malefice at Malefice's Dundee show on May 19. To catch Malefice, complete with their new kit-man, check the tour dates on their MySpace Page.

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Malefice Announces European Tour Dates

English metal band MALEFICE from Reading has not only announced a tour through the UK with Warpath, but also some high profile support slots in mainland Europe as well as selected headliner shows.

MALEFICE tour dates as follows:

19/05/10 – UK – Dundee – Dexters (support: Warpath)
20/05/10 – UK – Middlesbrough – Crown (support: Warpath)
21/05/10 – UK – Leeds – Rios (support: Warpath)
22/05/10 – UK – London – Underworld (support: Warpath)
24/05/10 – UK – Wrexham – Central Station (support: Warpath)
28/05/10 – UK – Bournemouth – Champions (support: Warpath)
29/05/10 – UK – Plymouth – White Rabbit (support: Warpath)
30/05/10 – UK – Exeter – Cavern (support: Warpath)
17/06/10 – NL – Eindhoven – Dynamo w/ DevilDriver, 3 Inches Of Blood
20/06/10 – AT – Vienna – Arena w/ Anthrax
21/06/10 – PL – Warsaw – Stodola w/ DevilDriver, 3 Inches Of Blood
22/06/10 – PL – Krakow – Loch Ness Clubw/ DevilDriver, 3 Inches Of Blood
30/06/10 – CH – Luzern – Schurr w/ DevilDriver
01/07/10 – CH – Lausanne – Les Docks
05/07/10 – LU – Luxembourg – Rockhal
12/07/10 – FR – Lyon – Le Marche Gare
13/07/10 – FR – Colmar – Le Grillen
14/07/10 – DE – Leer – Zollhaus
17/07/10 – UK – Milton Keynes – Sno Bar
24/07/10 – UK – Petersfield – Gedfest
03/08/10 – NL – Hengelo – Metropol w/ Anthrax
18/09/10 – UK – Brighton – Mammothfest

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New England Metal and Hardcore Fest 2010 Announced

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will enter year 12 this April with an eclectic mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts, the event will take place on Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, with an extra special pre-party sponsored by Atticus on Thursday, April 22.

Bands performing on Friday April 23 include Mastodon, Between The Buried And Me, Baroness, Cro Mags, Earth Crisis, Death Threat, Death Before Dishonor, COA, American Me, Thick As Blood, Forfeit, XTheWarX, Grave Maker, Rose Funeral, Conducting From The Grave and Howl. Doors open at 3:00PM

Bands performing on Saturday April 24 include Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, Job For A Cowboy, Whitechapel, Skeletonwitch, Eluveitie, 1349, Impending Doom, Lecherous, Nocturne, The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Chelsea Grin, Abacabb, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Malefice, Swashbuckle, Cattle Decapitation, Acaro, Holy Grail, Disembodied, Cruel Hand, Reign Supreme, The Mongoloids, XTyrantX, Foundation, Soul Control, Alpha Omega, Burning Empires, Mother Of Mercy, Gaza, Across The Sun and Monsters. Doors open at noon.

Tickets for Friday only cost $40.00. Tickets for Saturday only cost $46.00. A 2-day ticket costs $80.00. All tickets go on sale THIS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12 at 10AM at all stores, online at or to charge-by-phone call (800) 477-6849.

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Five Finger Death Punch To Headline Hammerfest

Five Finger Death Punch have announced they will be headlining the Hammerfest, which takes place from March 11th - 13th, 2010 in North Wales. Other confirmed bands include DevilDriver, Napalm Death, Epica, Katatonia, Man Must Die, Malefice, and Warpath. Further information on the festival can be found at this location.

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