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Warbringer Drummer Nic Ritter Forced To Miss Tour

Young thrash metal group Warbringer has launched their touring campaign in support of their forthcoming new album, "Waking Into Nightmares" but the band have already hit bad news with the announcement that drummer Nic Ritter will be forced to miss out on the tour after breaking his elbow at a recent show after slipping on ice. A message from the band reads:

"Unfortunately this is not an April's Fools joke. Nic fell down the other night loading out of the club and hurt his elbow. We hoped with some ice and rest it would be okay. This morning we found out it was broken. Regardless, the shows must go on and we rehearsed as a 4-piece with Adam playing drums. This will be the format for the next handful of shows until we hook up with Epicurean, as John Gensmer has agreed to play both sets. We toured together on Overkill and he is a beast. Nic will be out of commission for at least 3 weeks, but will be staying on the road with the band."

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Warbringer Reveals New Album Details

LA's WARBRINGER has completed work on their sophomore effort, entitled "Waking Into Nightmares," with producer Gary Holt (Exodus) with mixing duties being handled by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, All Shall Perish). The artwork for "Waking Into Nightmares," was created by Dan Seagrave (Morbid Angel, Entombed).

Warbringer has also announced an exclusive pre-order package that will be available with the band on the road: anyone who preorders "Waking Into Nightmares" from their merch table will be handed a strictly limited edition, hand-numbered 2-song single with exclusive advance mixes of the songs "Severed Reality" and "Prey for Death" from the new album. "Waking Into Nightmares" will be released on May 19 via Century Media Records. More...

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Warbringer Posts New Song "Severed Reality" Online

Young thrash metal band Warbringer has posted a new song online entitled, "Severed Reality." You can check it out by heading to the bands official Myspace page. The song comes from the bands forthcoming new studio album, "Waking Into Nightmares" which will be released on May 19th through Century Media Records.

The band states: "’Severed Reality’ is one of the first songs we wrote for Waking Into Nightmares. Some of the riffs even date back to before we did the first record. When we started writing for the new album this was one of the first songs to come together and has been a favorite of ours since. We have been playing this song live since the Overkill tour last September-October, and it's always gotten a great live reaction. It's a really heavy, fast number with some of my favorite lyrics we have. You figure it out."

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop Festival 2009

The organizers of Belgium's premier metal festival Graspop Metal Meeting has announced some more big names for this years edition of the event. New additions to the friday are tribal metal act Soulfly and British power metal band Dragonforce. Saturday features Korn, Death Angel, Journey, Monster Magnet, All Shall Perish, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Five Finger Death Punch and No Use For A Name. Finally, the new bands confirmed for the sunday are Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, Nightwish, All That Remains, Sick Of It All, Suicidal Tendencies and Warbringer. More bands will be announced soon.

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Satyricon And Warbringer Confirmed For FortaRock

The 2009 FortaRock festival is scheduled to take place on July 11th at Park Brakkestein in Nijmegen, Holland. The most recent bands confirmed for the line-up are Warbringer and Satyricon. The other announced bands are as follows:

All Shall Perish
Death Angel
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Keep of Kalessin

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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.

Here is the tracklisting: More...

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