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Formed: 1984
From: Brandon, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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James Murphy Fighting Cancer Recurrence

James Murphy, renowned for his guitar work with Obituary, Death, Testament, and Disincarnate among others, has revealed on his Facebook page that the tumor he fought nearly a decade ago may have returned due to a high hormone indicator present during a routine bloodwork exam. He is scheduled for an MRI on the 11th of this month.

Several messages like the one below have been posted on his page, along with a Paypal account to help with his medical expenses.

"James Murphy A metal guitarist/producing legend is racking up the medical expenses, due to a relapsing brain tumor. I know how bad medical expenses can be in this great country of ours so please help out by donating via paypal to felissarose123@aol.com. Every little bit helps, whether it be 50 cents or a dollar, or more. Oh, and you can purchase these sweet CKY vinyls from Mr. Deron Miller, and all proceeds will go to help out James. Thanks"

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The Cleansing To Play Metal Royal Fest

Denmark's The Cleansing has issued the following update about performing at the upcoming Metal Royal Festival:

"Just wanted to remind you all that we will be playing this Friday (1st of April) in Århus, Denmark at this years Metal Royal Fest!

"We are very proud to be sharing the stage with a lot of great metal bands, such as Malevolent Creation, Hail of Bullets, Obituary, Grave, Artillery, Exmortem and The Burning just to mention a few! We will be playing at 20:00 PM so be sure to be there in time! Hope to see you there!"

The Cleansing also recently announced the title of its new album will be "Feeding the Inevitable." The cover artwork and track listing for the album are both available here.

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Grave Updates Tour Schedule

On March 24th, Sweden's Grave will kick off the "Metal Chainsaw Massacre" European tour
at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Other bands to appear on the bill include Obituary and Pathology. The dates are as follows:

3/24 – LUDWIGSBURG, DE @ ROCKFABRIK
3/25 – PARIS, FR @ ELYSEE MONTMARTRE (PARIS EXTREME FEST)
3/27 – COLOGNE, DE @ WERKSTATT
3/29 – MUNICH, DE @ BACKSTAGE HALL
3/30 – BOCHUM, DE @ MATRIX
3/31 – HAARLEM, NL @ PATRONAAT
4/1 – OLDENBURG, DE @ AMADEUS
4/2 – AARHUS, DK @ VOX HALL (ROYAL METAL FEST)
4/7 – HELSINKI, FI @ NOSTURI
4/8 – RIGA, LV @ MELNAPIEKTDIENA
4/9 – VILNIUS, LA @ PROPAGANDA
4/12 – KRAKOW, PL @ KWADRAT
4/13 – WARSAW, PL @ PROGRESJA
4/14 – BERLIN, DE @ K17
4/15 – LEIPZIG, DE @ HELLRAISER
4/16 – PRAGUE, CZ @ ROCK CAFE
4/17 – BRATISLAVA, SK @ MAJASTIC MUSIC CLUB
4/19 – BOLOGNA, IT @ ESTRAGON
4/20 – MONTPELLIER, FR @ SECRET PLACE
4/21 – LLEIDA, ES @ COTTON CLUB
4/22 – VALENCIA, ES @ DURANGO ROCK CLUB
4/23 – GRANADA, ES @ SALA HYPNOSIS
4/24 – MADRID, ES @ SALA HEINEKEN
4/25 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, ES @ SALA CAPITOL
4/28 – VEVEY, CH @ ROCKING CHAIR
4/30 – TILBURG, NL @ 013 (NEUROTIC DEATHFEST)

Grave also has the following upcoming Summer festival: More...

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Obituary Announces European Tour

American death metal veterans Obituary have revealed the dates for their upcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Grave and Pathology. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues in the list below:

03/24 Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
03/25 Paris, FRA – Paris Extreme Fest
03/27 Cologne, GER – Werkstatt
03/29 Munich, GER – Backstage Hall
03/30 Bochum, GER – Matrix
03/31 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
04/02 Aarhus, DEN – Royal Metal Fest
04/07 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
04/13 Warsaw, POL – Prosgresja
04/14 Berlin, GER – K17
04/15 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
04/19 Bologna, ITA – Estragon
04/20 Montpellier, FRA – Secret Place
04/21 Lleida, SPA – Cotton Club
04/22 Valencia, SPA – Durango Rock Club
04/24 Santiago De Comostela, POR – Sala Capitol
04/25 Madrid, SPA – Sala Heineken
04/30 Tilburg, NET – Neurotic Deathfest

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Christian Mistress Announces New Tour Dates

Olympia, Washington's Christian Mistress has just confirmed the details on the band's next round of touring, which kicks off in early March. The new West Coast tour runs through most of the month, kicking off in the Northwest and raging down to Texas and back over three weeks. The dates will feature Christian Mistress sharing the stage with Danava, Witch Mountain, Slough Feg and more, including a showcase at Austin's SXSW as well as the Scion Rock Fest in Los Angeles alongside Obituary, Morbid Angel, Integrity, Crom, Nails, Atheist, Bastard Noise, The Body and tons more on March 5th.

The band's upcoming dates are as follows:

3/04/2011 The East End - Portland, OR w/ Danava
3/05/2011 The Glass House - Pomona, CA @ Scion Rock Fest
3/11/2011 The Alibi - Arcata, CA
3/12/2011 The Hemlock - San Francisco, CA w/ Slough Feg, Witch Mountain
3/13/2011 BLVD - Los Angeles, CA
3/14/2011 Sound Kontrol - Phoenix, AZ
3/15/2011 Warehouse 21 - Santa Fe, NM
3/16/2011 The Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM
3/17/2011 Headhunters - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ True Widow, Danava
3/19/2011 The Yard - San Diego, CA
3/20/2011 Eli's Mile High Club - Oakland, CA
3/21/2011 *equinox party - Rogue Valley, OR w/ RVIVR, Vradiazei
3/22/2011 The Know - Portland, OR w/ Burials, Druden

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Cerebral Bore To Play Neurotic Deathfest

Scottish death metallers Cerebral Bore have been confirmed to play at this year's Neurotic Deathfest, which takes place on April 29th and 30th in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Other acts on the bill include At The Gates, Autopsy, Obituary, Hate Eternal, Decapitated, and more. For more information about the Neurotic Deathfest, head to this location.

Cerebral Bore formed in 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland and have toured relentlessly around the globe. The band is comprised of front woman Som Pluijmers, guitarist Paul Mcguire, bassist Kyle Rutherford, and drummer Allan Mcdibet.

The band's debut album, "Maniacal Miscreation," is due to be released on Earache Records on April 4th, 2011.

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Immolation To Play Scion Rock Fest

Immolation has been announced as the latest confirmed act for the upcoming Scion Rock Festival, which is set to take place on March 5th in Pomona, California. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The other announced bands are as follows:

MORBID ANGEL
OBITUARY
DEATH ANGEL
MUNICIPAL WASTE
AGALLOCH
INTEGRITY
BASTARD NOISE
ATHEIST
FLOOR
BLACK BREATH
NAILS
PRIMATE
CROM
WORMROT
KVELERTAK
NECRITE
WOE
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS

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Scion Rock Fest 2011 Line-Up Announced

The official line-up has been announced for the forthcoming Scion Rock Festival. The 2011 edition of the Scion Rock Fest will be headlined by death metal legends Morbid Angel and will feature 19 other bands. Scion Rock Fest 2011 is set to take place on March 5 in Pomona, California at the Fox Theater and the Glass House, with two other stages being built for the event by festival organizers. Six additional bands will be announced in the near future while you can find a list of the confirmed bands below:

MORBID ANGEL
OBITUARY
DEATH ANGEL
MUNICIPAL WASTE
AGALLOCH
INTEGRITY
BASTARD NOISE
ATHEIST
FLOOR
BLACK BREATH
NAILS
PRIMATE
CROM
WORMROT
KVELERTAK
NECRITE
WOE
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS

Scion Rock Fest is presented by the automaker Scion, a division of the Toyota Motor Corporation.

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Obituary Announces South American Signing Sessions

Florida death metal act Obituary has announced that it will be taking part in two singing sessions in Costa Rica and Guatemala during the bands forthcoming tour stops. The signing session locations are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 22 at Legacy Music in San Jose, Costa Rica
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Address: Antiguo Archivo Nacional, 2do Piso, Local 27, San Jose
Telephone: (506) 2256-4378

Friday, Nov. 26 at Ruta 666 in Guatemala City, Guatemala
Date: Friday, November 26, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Obituary South American tour dates:
Nov. 23 - San Jose, Costa Rica - Peppers Club
Nov. 27 - Guatemala City, Guatemala - 4 Grados Norte Club

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Memorain Reveals New Album Details Online

Thrashers MEMORAIN, whose current line-up of the band includes main-man Ilias Papadakis, Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc), Steve Digiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death, ex-Testament, etc), Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, ex-Iced Earth, etc) and Chris Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism, etc), has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming full-length album, "Evolution," scheduled for a 2011 release, which is as follows:

01. Nations On Fire
02 Where Hate Lies
03. The Break
04. Rules Of Engagement
05. Destiny Found
06. A New Era
07. Methods Of The Past
08. Death Shop
09. Circle
10. Power Out
11. Scratching The Surface
12. Misery

Also to be featured on MEMORAIN's latest album are a few more star-studded guest musicians such as David Ellefson, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jeff Waters, Christian Wentz, Marc Pattison, Laura Christine and Carlos E. Perez.

David Ellefson recorded 2 songs "A New Era" and "Rules Of Engagement", as well as co-wrote "Rules Of Engagement" with MEMORAIN guitar-player Ilias Papadakis and Tim "Ripper" Owens. On top of that, Tim "Ripper" Owens recorded vocals on "Rules Of Engagement" and Laura Christine also contributed a solo on the song "Destiny Found". More...

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Obituary Parts Ways With Longtime Bassist

In a recent interview with Tomb Of The Opinionated, Obituary singer John Tardy confirmed the rumour that the band has parted ways with bass player Frank Watkins, who has been performing with the latest incarnation of Gorgoroth.

Tardy states: "Frank is no longer in the band and Terry Butler (Six Feet Under) will be doing all the shows that he can with us. Right now we are happy with that and if Terry’s schedule does not allow him to play with us we can always lean on Stever DiGiorgio (Sadus) or Kenny Andrews."

He also gave an update on the band's next studio album, which will be the first to be recorded without Watkins since 1989's, "Slowly We Rot.": "We have been doing so much traveling that is has been hard to get much done but, we have managed to get some songs started. We now have some time set aside to get some writing done so we will know more in the next couple of months. We are in no hurry and are going to take our time and enjoy the writing and recording process!"

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Contraband Candy Posts Obituary Interview

Contraband Candy has posted their first interview from Norway's Hole In The Sky 2010 Festival, with none other than Obituary. The interview also contains footage from their set. Here's what Contraband Candy had to say about it:

Propping up the bar in Bergen's famous Garage venue, we bumped into Trevor Peres and Ralph Santolla of Death Metal legends Obituary! Dragging them outside for a few minutes, we got the guys to chat about the new man in the line-up and what happened to Frank, the coming band anniversary and their plans, porn star names and embarrassing places to wake up after a night on the lash.

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Balfor To Play Global East Rock Festival

Ukrainian Black Metallers Balfor have been set to make an appearance on this year's Global East Rock Festival happening from the 2nd of September to the 4th of September 2010 at Kiev, Ukraine. Balforwill be scheduled to perform on the 3rd of September 2010. For more information and details, visit the Global East Rock Festival Official MySpace. The main headliners for Global East Rock Festival 2010 are Manowar and Venom. The other confirmed bands are as follows:

Moonspell
Obituary
Dark Tranquillity
Hammerfall
Mayhem
Rotting Christ
The Gathering
Mnemic
Sabaton
Balfor
Fleshgore
Bonfire
Oomph!
Maniac Depression More...

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Exodus Confirmed for 70000 Tons of Metal

Thrash Metal band Exodus, among several other bands, have just been added to one of the most epic cruises of all time: the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (Jan 24-28th of 2011). So far, eighteen bands out of the forty have been confirmed on the official site. The bands that have been confirmed are as followed:

Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Finntroll
Exodus
Epica
Sonata Arctica
Forbidden
Moonspell
Obituary
Saxon
Sodom
Raven
Stratovarius
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Uli Jon Roth
Witchburner

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Von To Perform At Hole In The Sky

The 2010 edition of the Hole In The Sky festival is set to take place in Bergen, Norway from August 24th - 28th. The organizers have now issued the following update about Von performing at the festival:

"We promised you one surprise act, here is another: One of THE cult acts in the Black Metal Pantheon, the legend that is VON will perform in Bergen during Hole in the Sky 2010. Their two demos 'Satanic Blood' and 'Blood Angel' are among the most unique releases in Black Metal ever, songs like 'Lamb,' 'Devil Pig,' 'Veadtuck,' and 'Watain' have never been copied or bettered in all their minimalistic, hypnotic glory. Founding members Goat and Venien have decided to reform VON for a select number of shows, with Hole in the Sky being one the few festivals."

Comments the band: "Hole in the Sky Festival is a gathering of the Hordes of Norwegian Darkness and Ritual of Chaos, and that in itself is a significant precursor to our involvement and participation. VON is pleased and honored to be included within the ranks of such bands. VON will perform as special guest on the Wednesday dubbed Invocation together with Rotting Christ, Dead Congregation, Repugnant, Grave Miasma and Urfaust."

The currently confirmed lineup for the festival is as follows: More...

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Obituary Updates Tour Schedule

Death metal act Obituary will kick off a string of tour dates on May 28th, including an appearance at this year's edition of the Maryland Deathfest, before kicking off their summer run of festival dates. Vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, and guitarists Trevor Peres and Ralph Santolla will be joined by bassists Kenny Andrews from 5/28 - 6/07 (Andrew WK, Pain Principal), Steve DiGiorgio from 6/26 - 7/10 (Death, Testament, Iced Earth, Sadus etc.) and Terry Butler from 8/12 - 9/02 (Death, Massacre, Denial Fiend).

The upcoming Obituary tour dates are as follows:

5/28/2010 The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
5/29/2010 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
5/30/2010 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
6/01/2010 Opera House - Toronto, ONT
6/02/2010 Blondes - Detroit, MI
6/03/2010 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
6/05/2010 Marquee - Tulsa, OK
6/06/2010 Emo's Alternative Lounging - Austin, TX
6/07/2010 Meridian - Houston, TX
6/26/2010 Grasspop Festival Kastelsedijk - Dessel, Belgium
6/30/2010 Het Burgerweeshuis Deventer - Holland, Netherlands
7/02/2010 Tuska Open Air Festival - Helsinki, Finland
7/04/2010 Unirock Festival - Istanbul, Turkey
7/08/2010 Rockweekend Festival - Soderham , Sweden
7/09/2010 Metal Camp Festival - Tomin , Slovenia
7/10/2010 Savoi Rock Fest - Stade De Baithe Rhone-Alpe, France
8/12/2010 Brutal Assualt Festival - Jaromer, Czech Republic
8/13/2010 Open Mind Festival - Ostrolecka, Szcyton, Poland
8/14/2010 Bloodstock Festival - Derbyshire, Midlands, United Kingdom
8/19/2010 Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbühl, Germany
8/21/2010 Alte Zuckerfabrik Rostock - Meclenbur, Germany
8/26/2010 Lido - Belin, Germany
8/28/2010 Usf Veftet - Bergen, Norway
8/30/2010 Reaktor Club Minsk - Horad, Belarus
9/02/2010 Global East Rock Festival - Kyiv, Ukraine

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Dream Theater And More Pay Tribute To Dio

As the tributes from fans, friends and critics alike pour in, more contemporaries of Ronnie James Dio have spoken about the man, his music and his legacy. You can read some more tributes below.

Exodus' Gary Holt - "What more can be said about Ronnie that hasn't been said by so many others. He was the kindest, most humble metal god I've ever had the pleasure and honor of touring with. I first met him at Foundations forum, about two to three weeks before our tour with them during the Dehumanizer tour, for about ten minutes while he waited outside for his cab. I introduced myself, said it was an all time honor to meet and tour with him and said see you soon. Fast forward to the first day of the tour, and he sees me and says "How are you doing Gary?". I would not have been offended if he never knew my name the whole tour, but he remembered it from a ten minute chat around three weeks earlier. We had many golden moments hanging out with him, while he allowed me to relentlessly badger him for stories about Ritchie Blackmore and the time spent singing for my favorite band, Rainbow. R.I.P., your impact on me won't ever be forgotten." More...

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Final Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgiums biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has confirmed the final bands for this years edition of the event. The biggest news is that Soulfly, the band led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, will be headlining the event on the Saturday. Other bands added to the bill include New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All, former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, Hatebreed, Revamp, Oceans Of Sadness and Dear Superstar. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Friday: Aerosmith (Headliners)
Motorhead
Slayer
Stone Temple Pilots
My Dying Bride
Tarja Turunen
Saxon
Therion
Sepultura
Deicide
Anathema
Doro
Ratt
Steel Panther
UDO
Nile
Evergrey
Devin Townsend
Anvil
Raven
Bleeding Through
The Devil's Blood
Ghost Brigade
Oceans Of Sadness
Revamp More...

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Obituary Begins Work On New Material

In a recent update, Obituary vocalist John Tardy revealed that the band have begun work on their next studio album, which will be the follow up to last years album, "Darkest Day." The message reads as follows:

"We are enjoying some time off and it has given us a chance to finally work on some new music. Trevor (Peres - guitar) was in town and we got some new Obituary songs down. Heavy as balls! Donald (Tardy - drums) and I also have been working on some new TB BLOODLINE material. ...just having a blast jamming!!!!

"I am still working on this studio! It is coming along slowly, but starting to see the light at the end of tunnel! I need some carpet!!! Can't find anything I like! I will also try to get that webcam back up soon.

"We are getting closer and closer to the start of our US Tour! It starts off in Orlando and the Club Firestone! This place is awesome and we have not played in Orlando in a long, long time so we are hoping for a killer show!!"

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgiums premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced the addition of eleven more bands to this years bill. Among the latest acts are American supergroup Hellyeah, Australian rockers Airbourne and British heavy metal veterans Raven. The other confirmed bands are Katatonia, Evergrey, The Devil's Blood, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Dark Funeral, 3 Inches Of Blood and Sylosis. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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