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Warbringer Issues Tour Update

Warbringer has issued a tour report for the end of February. Here's what they had to say:

"Hey everyone! We've only out few weeks and we already seen the tortures of the damned. We drove across the USA, starting with a 5 hour long blizzard in Flagstaff AZ and in a matter of days we were kicking of the tour at JAXX in Virgina.

"It looked like we would be strange fit but we feel right at home sharing the road and the stage with Fins Swallow the Sun and the Sweds in Darkane and Soilwork. Alot of great things can be said about the all bands and crew were on the road with.

"The last 2 weeks left us pretty haggard, our singer devoleped and nasty cause of Bronchitis which only got worse in the cold weather and was spread to the rest of us. We only have just begun treatment with proper drugs in the last few days. Canada thank you for a simple and cheap health care system! We are all back in good health and spirit.

"We want to thank everyone whos come out and supported us so far, regardless of our health the shows have all been killer.

"We learned that even if your in Wisconsion, the crowd will go nuts if your filming a music video. Our last challenge was flying 4/5ths of the band from Edmonten Canada to Atlanta Georgia for the Scion Metal Fest.

"The show was completely fucking killer, and the same morning we flew back to Vancover were regretably we had to cancel our set because Ben, our Van and Trailer, and a few members of Swallow the Sun blew a tire and got stuck in the snow on the way back from Prince Albert in the Canadian Rockies!

"Thanks to some good fortune they meet a trucker who miraculously pulled our van and trailer out of a snowbank. they made it a half hour after doors and we let swallow the sun play our set slot because we will be back with Kreator and Exodus in just a few weeks!

"Hope to see more familiar faces on the road! were playing alot of new, brutal fucking songs. There are plenty of dates to go..."

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Warbringer Finishes New Album

Warbringer has issued the following update about finishing the recording of their new album:

"WARBRINGER became road warriors over the course of the past year. The band spent the entire year on the road, hitting nearly every location you could imagine, in support of their Century Media debut, War Without End. Now the band has completed work on their sophomore effort and are on the road with Soilwork, Darkane and Swallow The Sun.

"WARBRINGER spent their break from the road locked inside Sharkbite Studios working with axe man/producer extraordinaire Gary Holt (Exodus) on the new album, which will be mixed by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Suffocation) and is scheduled for release on May 19, 2009. Fans can expect to hear several new tunes from the record live as WARBRINGER plays with Soilwork and then on the band’s upcoming stint with Kreator and Exodus.....

"John Laux comments: “We are proud to announce that we have finished all the tracking for our next album! We want to thank all of our fans for supporting our music and for all the outspoken interest in our next record. Without a doubt this is the heaviest WARBRINGER production to date. Expect nothing less than some brutal, punishing, faster than hell metal with that classy Old-School touch. More...

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Obituary Announces North American Tour Dates

Florida based death metal legends Obituary has announced a lengthy tour this September. They'll be joined on the trek by Goatwhore, Krisiun, The Berzerker and Warbringer.

The tour dates are as follows:

September 3 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
September 4 - Mesa, AZ @ U.B.’s Bar
September 5 - Farmington, NM @ Gator’s
September 6 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
September 8 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
September 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
September 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
September 11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
September 12 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 14 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
September 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
September 17 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
September 18 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
September 19 - Regina, SK @ The Riddell
September 20 - Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert Arms
September 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
September 23 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
September 25 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
September 26 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
September 27 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
September 29 – New York, NY @ Blender Theatre at Gramercy
September 30 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
October 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
October 2 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
October 3 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
October 4 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall

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Warbringer Posts Video Update From the Studio

Warbringer has issued an update from the studio where they're recording their second full-length album:

"Hey everyone. I threw a little video together from the studio so everyone could see were we are and what were doing. Just started on day 4. We finished all the drums and Adams knocking out some guitar tracks."

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Georgia's Scion Rock Fest Details Revealed

The Scion Rock Fest will take place on Saturday, February 28th at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will go from noon until midnight and attendees must be at least 18 years old. The line-up is as follows:

High on Fire
Wolves in the Throne Room
Harvey Milk
Toxic Holocaust
A Storm of Light

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Darkane Issues Pre-tour Update

Guitarist Christofer Malmström of the Swedish metal band DARKANE has issued the following update:

"I realized that it's only 3.5 weeks left until we leave for our massive U.S. tour with SOILWORK, DAYLIGHT DIES, WARBRINGER and SWALLOW THE SUN. This tour will be interesting. We will play two shows, then have a day off, and then play like 35 days in a row without a break. I hope everyone will stay healthy because this will be rough. Then we have a day off again. All in all, we are going to play 50 shows in 52 days. 41 shows in the U.S. and nine in Canada. But the bottom line is that we are all looking forward to this VERY much!" More...

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Warbringer Recording New Album

California thrash act Warbringer has issued the following statement about their upcoming album and show dates:

While earning a reputation as road warriors, Warbringer have spent the last two months home working on new material that will comprise their second album. The five-piece are now prepared to enter the studio in January to record the follow-up to "War Without End", voted by Revolver as one of the best albums of 2008.

In mid-January Warbringer will play four shows in California previewing new material, including a show in Anaheim during NAMM, before entering Sharkbite Studios (Machine Head, High On Fire) in Oakland January 19th with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt producing. The album will be mixed by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Light This City, Braindrill) at Castle Ultimate.

Guitarist John Laux comments, "Since our last tour we've lead a very successful and creative campaign in the jam room collaborating on our next record. While staying true to our identity we have plenty of new tricks up our sleeves, including things we learned on the road, as well as showcasing [newest member] Nic Ritter's explosive drumming. We're thrilled to be tracking in the Bay Area and we couldn't be more confident with Gary Holt as our producer to help us bring our music to life in a recorded format. Besides being a legend in the thrash scene, Exodus have always managed to produce records with a killer punch regardless of dismal musical climates. Also, we think Zack's experience in mixing and mastering will be excellent as he's worked on a number of very LOUD and FAST records." More...

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Warbringer Issues Year-End Wrap Up

WARBRINGER became road warriors over the course of the past year. The band spent the entire year on the road, hitting nearly every location you could imagine, in support of their Century Media debut, "War Without End." Before heading into the studio to begin work on their next record (more info on that coming soon), Frontman John Kevill took time to issue the following statement.

"So 2008 is wrapping up, and what a year it has been for Warbringer. It’s been surreal as so many dreams have come true. In February we released our first album, War Without End, and we toured in support of it for ten months. We played over 200 shows on 7 different tours through 16 countries; we drove countless miles, we went through 2 vans and a trailer, A rhythm section and a royal shitload of beer and weed. We played our metal everywhere from our home on the west coast all the way to the shores of the Black Sea.

"We want to thank everyone who made all this possible for us, here goes the list:

"Our manager Marco Barbieri, our bookng agents John Finberg and Marc at MAD, Century Media Records, Bill Metoyer, all of our families, all the clubs, press, radio stations, video outlets and record stores that helped promote us, Exodus, Suffocation, Goatwhore, Arsis, Napalm Death, Finntroll, The Faceless, Nile, Sworn Enemy, All Shall Perish, Overkill, and most of all, all the fans who came out to the shows and raged, hung out with us, gave us a place to stay or food to eat. You guys are completely awesome!

"We'll be doing the same kind of relentless touring schedule next year, and already have 100 shows booked in just the first few months alone. Till then we’re in the jam room every day working on new material. Expect a new album next year. See you out on the road in '09!"

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Kreator And Exodus To Tour North America

Kreator has announced that they will be hitting North American shores in April next year and are bringing a host of big names with them. Joining them on the tour will be thrash metal legends Exodus aswell as Belphegor, Warbringer and Epicurean.

The tour dates are as follows:

7 - Sonar - Baltimore MD
8 - Nokia Theatre - NYC NY
9 - Trocadero - Philadelphia PA
10 - Palladium - Worcester MA
11 - Medley - Montreal QUE
13 - Imperial - Quebec QUE
14 - Opera House - Toronto ONT
15 - Peabody's - Cleveland OH
16 - Rave - Millwaukee WI
17 - House Of Blues - Chicago IL
18 - The Rock - Maplewood MN
19 - Garrick Centre - Winnipeg MB
20 - The Distrikt - Regina SK
21 - Warehouse - Calgary AL
22 - Starlite Room - Edmonton AL
24 - Plaza Club - Vancouver BC
25 - Sugar - Victoria BC
26 - El Corazon - Seattle WA
27 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland OR
28 - Slims - San Francisco CA
30 - House Of Blues - Las Vegas NV

1 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
2 - House Of Blues - West Hollywood CA
4 - Gator's - Farmington, NM
5 - Bluebird Theater - Denver CO
6 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City OK
7 - Ridglea Theater - Ft Worth TX
8 - Scout Bar - San Antonio TX
9 - Scout Bar - Houston TX
11 - The Garage - St. Petersburg FL
12 - Culture Room - Ft Lauderdale, FL
13 - Masquerade - Atlanta GA
14 - Headliner - Louisville KY
15 - Orange Peel - Ashville NC
16 - Volume 11 - Raleigh NC
17 - Jaxx - West Springfield VA

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Watch Contraband Candy's Wacken Assault Part 1

Contraband Candy recently released their Wacken Open Air 2008 video report, entitled Wacken Assault 2008 Part 1. It's jam-packed with interviews from Soilwork, The Rotted, exciting Thrash newcomers Warbringer and a chat with Mercenary. You can watch the video on Contrabandcandy.com or below (after the jump).

Part 2 will feature interviews with Watain, The Berzerker, Unearth, Evocation, plus influential Swedish producer/musician Peter Tägtgren. More...

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Warbringer Posts New Video, Announces Tour Plans

WARBRINGER, who will soon embark on a North American tour with Overkill in support of their debut offering, "War Without End," released their new video for the song "At The Crack of Doom,"

The band heads out on Oct. 1 supporting the legendary Overkill for a month-long North American assault.

After WARBRINGER finishes their stint with Overkill, they will wrap-up the songwriting process for their much anticipated sophomore offering and then head into the studio in to begin tracking. The band will then join up with Soilwork, Darkane and Swallow The Sun for an extensive tour that will last from January 30th through March 22nd.

John Laux (guitar) had this to say about the Overkil dates: "We couldn't be more excited to hit the road in support of fucking Overkill. It's been awhile since we've stopped by your town on a real, killer thrash bill. We hope to see all of our friends around the country for some good, violent and bloody old-school mayhem. We've been waiting a long time for this."

WARBRINGER just completed a new video for "At The Crack of Doom" with up-and-coming director Joe Hendrick. The clip is a performance-based video and can be seen below (after the jump). More...

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Warbringer Gives Finntroll Tour Report

Warbringer has issued the following tour report along with the announcement that they will be supporting Soilwork on their upcoming tour:

"So we're back in N. America touring the US and Canada with FINNTROLL. It was quite a rush as we flew directly in from Amsterdam (as Holland was our last European show with Sworn Enemy/All Shall Perish) into Philadelphia and had to get our butts down to Jaxx in Springfield the next day to start this tour. It was a bit chaotic but we want to thank everyone who responded to our post for a ride.

"This tour has been great! It feels good to be back home and playing in front of metal audiences and sharing a bus with the 'Trolls has been awesome. It's been some time since we played the US, as we pretty much spent all summer in Europe, and it's nice to feel the energy of the audience every night. Merch sales have been good too - thanks! More...

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Warbringer To Enter The Studio In Winter

Californian thrashers Warbringer has posted the following update:

"So we're back in North America touring the US and Canada with FINNTROLL. It was quite a rush as we flew directly in from Amsterdam (as Holland was our last European show with SWORN ENEMY/ALL SHALL PERISH) into Philadelphia and had to get our butts down to Jaxx in Springfield the next day to start this tour. It was a bit chaotic but we want to thank everyone who responded to our post for a ride.

"This tour has been great! It feels good to be back home and playing in front of metal audiences and sharing a bus with the 'Trolls has been awesome. It's been some time since we played the US, as we pretty much spent all summer in Europe, and it's nice to feel the energy of the audience every night. Merch sales have been good too - thanks! More...

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Soilwork Announces North American Tour

Sweden’s melodic death/thrash champions, SOILWORK, will return to North American shores once more starting in late January. After a successful arena tour with LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and DEVILDRIVER, followed by a direct support slot to THROWDOWN, the band will tour once again with a proper headlining tour. The two month endeavor promises to leave almost no stone unturned and to deliver what the fans have been waiting for over a year now, a longer SOILWORK set.

Joining them will be their good friends in DARKANE (Sweden), new-wave-of-old-school-thrashers WARBRINGER (U.S.A.), and the new kings of melodic doom/death SWALLOW THE SUN (Finland). Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows: More...

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Century Media Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2008 has become an extremely exciting year in the history of Century Media Records, one of the world's most respected independent homes for heavy music, as the label is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

The company's Anniversary year started off with an extremely successful, first-ever yard sale/party at the Century Media office in Dortmund (Germany) in June, where several hundred guests partied out on exclusive live shows by Angel Dust and Turisas. A video with impressions from the event can be seen at this location. A photo gallery for this event can be viewed here.

To further celebrate this anniversary Century Media Records will release the very special 2CD compilation "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" on September 15th in Europe and on October 14th in North America. The various artists covers-release includes 32 mostly exclusive recordings and will be available in stores for the price of one CD. Sticking to the "keep it in the family" slogan, CM approached their artists about covering songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the response from the musicians was overwhelming.

Some choices were obvious and homages to the bands that influenced them, others were inspired picks. This combination ended up leading to a heavily entertaining and truly special final result across all sub-genres of heavy music.

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Warbringer Hits The Road, Shoots New Video

After returning home from Germany's Wacken Open Air festival and touring throughout Europe alongside labelmates Sworn Enemy and All Shall Perish, L.A. thrash warriors WARBRINGER now set their sights back on North America as they prepare to embark on back to back tours. The first trek, which kicked off on Aug. 22nd, sees the group as direct support to the Finnish sensation Finntroll and the second run, which kicks off on Oct. 1st, as direct support to legendary thrash titans Overkill.

John Laux (guitars) states: "Thanks to everyone who saw us on the Metal Hammer stage at Wacken Open Air. There is nothing compared to hearing thousands of thrashers screaming 'Total War' louder than your own stage monitors. We loved the energy and can't wait for the next opportunity to slay the masses. We can't wait to get back on the road throughout North America with Finntroll and then Overkill, which means we are hitting a lot of places so be sure to check out the MySpace page because we are most likely coming your way. Thrash til death."

WARBRINGER just completed a new video for the vicious track, "At The Crack of Doom," with up-and-coming director Joe Hendrick. The clip is a savage, performance based video that unleashes a fury of aggression and all out thrash madness.

Hendrick states: "The aesthetic style and vibe of this video is drastically different from their previous video. We have numerous smooth, wide, crane and dolly shots that show off the location, resembling the look of the metal videos from the 80's."

Laux (guitars) further comments: "A brand new WARBRINGER video should be showing up online sometime in the middle of next month. Originally we wanted to shoot at a castle, but we ended up performing 'At the Crack of Doom' at a very old, evil and torn up building in the Mojave desert. This video is a performance piece like 'Combat Shock,' but we also had extras running around in hooded robes carrying torches as part of a post apocalyptic cult or something. Needless to say, after working on the project we are very excited for its release."

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Warbringer Issues Wacken, Sworn Enemy Tour Update

Warbringer has issued the following update from Wacken Open Air and the start of their European tour with Sworn Enemy:

"Thanks for everyone who saw us on the Metal Hammer stage at WACKEN! There is nothing compared to hearing thousands of thrashers screaming "Total War!" louder than your own stage monitors. We loved the energy and can't wait for the next opportunity to slay the masses.

"The beginning of the Sworn Enemy tour has been quite a pleasure. Last night we opened for AGNOSTIC FRONT and tonight were playing in Frankfurt with MADBALL! Theres nothing better than kicking off a tour by sharing the stage and some drinks with such legendary bands. Thanks for everyone that came out to see us in hamburg, we hope more of you guys will come out and support us along the way!"

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Warbringer Announces New Drummer

Upon returning home from their first European tour earlier this summer, in support of Napalm Death and Suffocation, WARBRINGER found itself one member short. While the group had just made touring bassist Ben Bennett official after six months of live shows together (since original bass player, Andy Laux, was still in high school), they were now faced with replacing drummer Ryan Bates after he informed them he wished to leave the band.

Fortunately, after putting a number of potential candidates through the wringer, the very talented Nic Ritter won the band over with his diverse and technical style. Ritter, 27, had been playing with progressive thrash act Prototype, a band whose song "The Way It Ends" was a bonus cut on Guitar Hero III, since relocating to LA from San Diego. He has also been keeping busy with his death/grind side-project, Bodybag Johnny.

WARBRINGER's recent show in Mesa, Arizona last weekend was his first with the band and from all reports the group didn't miss a beat. You can catch a glimpse of his capabilities via video on his MySpace page.

Ritter had the following to say about his induction into the band: "I have been working at getting in a legit, professional band for a while now, and I feel this band is a great fit for me. I can't wait to get on the road and play with the new and improved WARBRINGER lineup. We are already throwing around ideas for the next album and I can't wait to write and record it with the rest of the band. It's going to be brutal!"

Also speaking to the potential of the new album, Bennett added: "I gladly look forward to contributing with riffs and songs for the new album. Oh and by the way, expect some fat bass in the future of WARBRINGER."

Under an arduous life of non-stop touring, the band has certainly approached its developing career much like the title of its debut full-length, "War Without End." However, as young as some of these guys might be, they understand that along the road to reward there will be a few unexpected bumps, and with a new drummer and a permanent bass player they're ready to show Wacken their best lineup yet on August 2nd.

Soon after their return from Europe, where they'll tour with Sworn Enemy and All Shall Perish, WARBRINGER will embark on a North American tour beginning Aug. 22 with label mates and blackened folk metallers Finntroll. This will be the band's third tour of the States after sharing stages with the likes of Exodus, Goatwhore, Nile, Suicide Silence and others. The latest Warbringer tour dates follow: More...

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Century Media Spring 2008 Sampler For Download

The Spring 2008 Century Media digital sampler is now available for DRM-free download here (requires free account/login). Included in the mix are artists such as Warrel Dane (Nevermore), Arch Enemy, Zimmers Hole, Suicide Silence, Terror, Stick To Your Guns, and many more.

Here is the complete tracklisting:

1. Suicide Silence - Green Monster (live from Paris)
2. Into Eternity - Time Immemorial
3. Warrel Dane - Messenger
4. Firewind - Mercenary Man
5. Zimmers Hole - When You Were Shouting At The Devil
6. Terror - Relentless Through and Through
7. Heaven Shall Burn - Endzeit
8. Embrace the End - Denim on Denim Hate Crime
9. Venomous Concept - Water Cooler
10. Despised Icon - A Fractured Hand
11. Stick To Your Guns - We're the Heart from the Heartless
12. Sworn Enemy - A Place Of Solace
13. Turisas - To Holmgard and Beyound
14. Warbringer - Combat Shock
15. In this Moment - Circles
16. Himsa - Unleasch Carnage
17. Arsonists Get All The Girls - Claiming Middle Age A Decade Early
18. Arch Enemy - Revolution Begins
19. Divine Heresy - Bleed The Fifth
20. Winds of Plague - The Impaler

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Toxic Holocaust Posts Two New Songs Online

TOXIC HOLOCAUST has posted two new songs taken from their upcoming Relapse debut, "An Overdose Of Death..." These tracks, "Gravelord" and "War Is Hell," can be heard now via the band's MySpace page.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST has also posted additional in-studio footage shot while recording "An Overdose Of Death..." last month in Seattle. The second episode can now be viewed here or below.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST recorded "An Overdose Of Death..." with producer Jack Endino (HIGH ON FIRE, ZEKE, DWARVES) at Soundhouse Recording studios. "An Overdose Of Death..." is set for a September 2nd North American release date, September 8th internationally.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST will begin touring in support of "An Overdose Of Death..." this Summer as they join AT THE GATES on their reunion tour. This tour, which also includes DARKEST HOUR and MUNICIPAL WASTE, will kick-off on July 9th in New York City. TOXIC HOLOCAUST will also be playing a number of headlining shows on their way East to start to the tour. TOXIC HOLOCAUST will follow-up the AT THE GATES tour with an appearance at the Hole In The Sky Festival in Norway and a Fall tour with OVERKILL.

Here are the latest TOXIC HOLOCAUST tour dates: More...

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