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Formed: 1983
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Destruction Posts Second In Studio Video

Mike, Schmier & Vaaver from German thrash metal legends Destruction are currently in Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with Engineer Martin Buchwalter recording the new 30th Anniversary album entitled "Spiritual Genocide." The second installment in a series of studio videos has been posted and can be viewed below. The reports that has been visits from fellow 30th Anniversary alumni: thrash gods Tom Angelripper (Sodom) and Gerre (Tankard), who will perform on the record.

The first in studio video can be seen at this location as well as another video showcasing the album's artwork over at this location. Check out the second in studio video here: More...

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Destruction Posts "Spiritual Genocide" Art Trailer

German thrash titans Destruction have posted a video trailer for the "Spiritual Genocide" cover artwork. Check out the clip below. "Spiritual Genocide" marks the band's 13th studio album, celebrating 30 years of Destruction, and is set to be unleashed November 23rd, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. An in-studio video from the new album can also be found at this location.

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Destruction Posts First In Studio Video On New LP

German thrash icons Destruction posted the first in a series of in studio videos. The band is currently in Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with engineer Martin Buchwalter recording their new album "Spiritual Genocide." The thirty year anniversary released will be mixed by Andy Classen. In addition, guest appearances from fellow 30th Anniversary German thrash Alumni Tom Angelripper (Sodom) and Gerre (Tankard). "Spritual Genocide" is expected for a November 2012 release through Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out a preview of the new song "Cyanide" along with Wawrzyniec Dramowicz a/k/a "Vaaver" laying down the drum tracks here:

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Destruction Comments On Upcoming Album

Mike, Schmier, and Vaaver from German thrash act Destruction are currently in Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with engineer Martin Buchwalter to record their new thrash hammer. The thirty year anniversary album will be mixed by Andy Classen. In addition, there have been guest visits from Mr. Tom Angelripper and Gerre from Tankard.

Mastermind Schmier commented: "For this anniversary album we did a really great job, our new drummer VAAVER opens up new possibilities of course. On this album there are no limits. So fast, brutal and yet groovy we haven't ever sounded, probably! Also the guest musicians are very special this time: with Gerre (TANKARD) and Tom Angelripper (SODOM) our old friends and companions are with us, the original 'Mad Butcher/Release from Agony' - line up is doing one song and with Ol Drake (EVILE) we got the hottest young thrash guitarist for a few solos on the album!

"Germany's best extreme metal producer Andy Classen will take care for the brutal and raw production! The album will destroy even more than DOR: fast riffs, double bass attacks and brutal groovy songs, I think this time we found the 100% right mix!

"Also the 'Mad Butcher' returns to the cover. Cool artworks are very important for us; for the new thrash thunderstorm our artist Gyula created a real hammer again! The artwork makes clear immediately where to go - FULL FORCE AHEAD - as it has to be."

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Mortal Infinity Playing Castle Invasion Fest

German thrashers Mortal Infinity will perform at this year's Castle Invasion Metal Open Air, which takes place August 17th and 18th at Burg Frauenstein in Altheim, Ausgtria. Mortal Infinity will take the stage Saturday the 18th right after Destruction's set. For more info on Castle Invasion Metal Open Air visit the Facebook event page. Below is the current schedule of bands that will play at the festival.

Friday, August 17th

00:15 - 01:00 Integritlie
23:15 - 00:00 Nightforest
21:00 - 23.00 Haggard
20:00 - 20:45 Stormnatt
19:00 - 19:45 Bifröst
18:00 - 18:45 Distaste
17:00 - 17:45 Krater
16:00 - 16:45 Horns of Hattin
15:15 - 15:45 Zodiac Ass
14:30 - 15:00 Athiria
13:45 - 14:15 Kringa
13:00 - 13:30 Chemical Cancer
12:15 - 12:45 Narsil
11:30 - 12:00 Cemetery Dust
10:45 - 11:15 Collapsed Minds

Saturday, August 18th

00:15 - 01:00 Thorngoth
23:15 - 00:00 Mortal Infinity
21:00 - 23.00 Destruction
20:00 - 20:45 Thornesbreed
19:00 - 19:45 Deathronation
18:00 - 18:45 Sarepta
17:00 - 17:45 Frostland
16:00 - 16:45 Amongst The Deceit
15:15 - 15:45 Tulsadoom
14:30 - 15:00 Flammensturm
13:45 - 14:15 Alastor
13:00 - 13:30 Amystery
12:15 - 12:45 Roadkill 13
11:30 - 12:00 Hellrazors
10:45 - 11:15 Blackwitch
10:00 - 10:30 Sex A La Bamba

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Destruction Issues New Album Update

Germany's Destruction has issued the following announcement about finishing the drum recordings for an upcoming new album:

"The drum recording for the upcoming Destruction album 'Spiritual Genocide' is finished! Vaaver did an amazing job on the fastest Destruction album in history! The release date of this thrashbomb will be around November 2012!"

Further details on the release, which follows the "Day of Reckoning" album, will be announced as they are made available. For more info on Destruction, head over to the band's Facebook profile. More...

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Destruction To Release New LP In November

German thrash pioneers Destruction have just returned to Europe after a successful 30th Anniversary tour in North and Latin America. The band announced a limited festival schedule this summer as they prepare to hit the studio to record a new LP for release this November through Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Schmier had the following comments on the tour: "Thanks once again to all the lunatics for those unbelievable moments, highlights were the Metalfests in Chile & Brazil and the sold out show at the lengendary Whisky a Go Goes in Hollywood! UN-FUCKIN-FORGETABLE!"

The band confirmed appearances at the following festivals:

30.06.2012 - CZECH - BASINFIRE FESTIVAL, Spalene Porici
27.07.2012 - FRANCE - L`ART SCENIQUE, Selestat
18.08.2012 - AUSTRIA - CASTLE INVASION Festival , Fraunstein / Mining
24./25.08.2012 - GER - NOAF - NEUBORN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL, WÖRRSTEDT
09.09.2012 - GER - SUMMERS END FESTIVAL. Andernach, JUZ

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Destruction Adds More 30th Anniversary Shows

Iconic German thrash trio, Destruction, will kick off its North American 30th year anniversary tour this weekend with shared direct support from Vital Remains and Warbringer (who will be alternating each night) plus Pathology. An updated list of all the confirmed shows can be seen below.

Commented Destruction frontman and bassist, Schmier, “A killer package for old-school thrash and death metal freaks! This may be the best set list we’ve ever had – the essence of thrash metal history united with our new anthems. We’ll have more classics than ever in the set, more from the first records for sure.

"Can’t wait to hit the road again!!! Some North American cities have a great audience for this old school sound again, and it wasn’t always like that. The main intention for this second North American tour within a year is that we could not play all markets that we wanted to book last time. Now, we’ll play some new places and return to those cities that gave us a great welcome last year like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal. Warbringer are a perfect match to a Destruction bill. They are one of the best new thrash bands and keep our ‘80s spirit alive. It will be great to have them with us! We’ve played with Vital Remains before; awesome guys and a brutal band. They bring a good variety into the billing. Thrash/death metal is always the best mix, that’s why Pathology complete the show!”

Destruction is touring in support of its 11th studio release, "Day Of Reckoning" (Nuclear Blast) - the first album to feature new drummer, Vaaver (Indukti, ex-Unsun) – which debuted at #54 on the Hard Music Albums chart, #58 on the New Artist/Heatseekers Album chart, and #143 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release in March 2011. The album entered Germany’s Media Control chart at #95. More...

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Warbringer Announces North American Tour

Warbringer has just completed a 7-week North America tour supporting metal titans Iced Earth and Symphony X, but the group is ready to be back on the road again soon. For this next North American tour, the band will join Destruction, Vital Remains, and Pathology from May 8th to June 3rd, and after that, Warbringer will appear at various high-profile Summer festival appearances in Europe. Vocalist John Kevill checked in to comment about these upcoming shows:

"Hey all! Checking in at the end of the ICED EARTH and SYMPHONY X tour. We had a great time with those guys, there was a slew of incredible shows with awesome heavy metal fans in abundance, and a bunch of good times with both of those fine bands! Shame to say goodbye to them, but we're on our way home now to recuperate before beginning out next tour with German thrash metal legends DESTRUCTION, on their 30th anniversary tour! We never rest long, the war rages on! We'll see you guys out on the road again in May, prepare to be annihilated!

"We're also very excited about the way our summer is shaping up. We have about a dozen European festivals confirmed and we look forward to sharing some amazing experiences ravaging the large crowds, big stages and all the fun times to be had with all the other great bands also performing."

The upcoming Warbringer tour dates are as follows: More...

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Pathology Updates Tour Schedule

Earlier this year, San Diego’s brutal death metal/slam outfit Pathology completed a successful 3-week west coast headlining tour that also went down into Mexico for 4 shows.

“Our west coast tour was fun and successful,” states drummer Dave Astor. “We really got to play some smaller markets on the run and I was happy to see some old and new fans come out, especially to some of these more rural areas that we’ve never played. Hopefully we can do this as intensive west coast run once a year.”

Next on the band’s agenda is more touring in support of last fall’s "Awaken to the Suffering" album. Pathology took the initiative of doing headlining shows leading to a request for a slightly different type of tour this April with Rose Funeral and The World We Knew, getting into some alternative venues on the east coast and Midwest.

“I’m excited for this,” continues Dave. “We’ve been proud to tour with some of our influences but we also know our band appeals to a different and younger audience so we’ll be bringing some brutal, slamming death metal to these shows.” More...

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Destruction Announces North American Tour

German thrash icons Destruction announced that it will embark on a North American Tour in celebration of the band's 30th Year Anniversary beginning in May with shared direct support from California thrashers Warbringer and Rhode Island's Vital Remains (who will be alternating each night) plus San Diego death metal band Pathology.

Destruction frontman/bassist Schmier commented on the tour:

A killer package for old-school thrash & death metal freaks! This may be the best set list we’ve ever had – the essence of thrash metal history united with our new anthems. We’ll have more classics than ever in the set, more from the first records for sure. Can’t wait to hit the road again!!! Some North American cities have a great audience for this old school sound again, and it wasn’t always like that. The main intention for this second North American tour within a year is that we could not play all markets that we wanted to book last time. Now, we’ll play some new places and return to those cities that gave us a great welcome last year like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal. Warbringer are a perfect match to a Destruction bill. They are one of the best new thrash bands and keep our ‘80s spirit alive. It will be great to have them with us! We’ve played with Vital Remains before; awesome guys and a brutal band. They bring a good variety into the billing. Thrash/death metal is always the best mix, that’s why Pathology complete the show!

The confirmed dates for Destruction's 30th Year Anniversary Tour are:

05-04-12 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
05-08-12 Casselman’s – Denver, CO
05-10-12 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
05-12-12 Blackened Moon Concert Hall – Lansing, MI
05-16-12 B.B. Kings – New York, NY
05-17-12 The Met – Pawtucket, RI
05-18-12 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON - CANADA
05-19-12 Rockpile – Toronto, ON – CANADA
05-22-12 Kim’s Pixie Inn – Pueblo, CO
05-24-12 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
05-26-12 The Metro – Oakland, CA
05-30-12 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

More dates will be announced soon. More...

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Re-recording Metal - For Better or for Worse?

Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...

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Nuclear Blast Offering Free Sampler

Nuclear Blast has issued the following announcement about offering a sampler for free download online:

"Nuclear Blast says thank you, for an awesome year to their fans and friends, by offering a free download compilation, exclusively on our Facebook page. Surf to this location and like the page and get the free sampler! Have a merry and rocking Christmas and an ass-kicking 2012!"

The track listing is as follows:

01. Destruction - The Price
02. Hell - Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us
03. Demonaz - All Blackened Sky
04. Scar Symmetry - lluminoid Dream Sequence
05. Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
06. Hammerfall - One More Time
07. Pain - Dirty Woman
08. Rhapsody Of Fire - Aeons Of Raging Darkness (edit)
09. Symphony x - Dehumanized
10. Communic - Destroyer Of Bloodlines
11. Vader - Come And See My Sacrifice
12. Seven - Get It
13. Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Violation (edit)
14. Tasters - Please Destroy This World
15. Cipher sytem - Communicate The Storms
16. Anthrax - Fight'em Till You Can't
17. Biohazard - Vengeance Is Mine
18. Textures - Singularity
19. We Came As Romans - Mis/understanding
20. Threat Signal - Fallen Disciples
21. Texas In July - 1000 Lies
22. Graveworm - See No Future
23. Like Moths To Flames - You Won't Be Missed
24. Gotthard - Remember It's Me
25. Battle Beast - Enter The Metal World

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Way of Darkness VI Festival Underway

The Way of Darkness VI festival is running from October 6th through the 8th at the Stadthalle (city hall building) in Lichtenfels, Germany. The line-up of bands for the three day fest is as follows:


ABSENT/MINDED
ABYSMAL TORM ENT (MT)
ARTILLERY (DK)
AVULSED - 20 Jahre Avulsed (ES)
BENEDICTION (GB)
BENIGHTED (F)
BLEEDING RED
CEPHALIC CARNAGE (USA)
DARKNESS
DESTRUCTION
DISBELIEF
DYING FETUS (USA) - Exclusive European Show 2011
ENTOMBED (SE) - Special Old School Show: Only songs from "Left Hand Path" & "Clandestine"
EXHUMED (USA) FLESHCRAWL - 20 years Fleshcrawl
GRAVE (SE) - Special 20th anniversary show ("Into the Grave")
HAIL OF BULLETS (NL)
HELLISH CROSSFIRE
HOUWITSER (NL)
LEGION OF THE DAMNED (NL)
MALIGNANT TUMOUR (CZ) - 20 years Malignant Tumor
MARTIN MISSY AND THE PROTECTORS
MILKING THE GOATMACHINE
MORGOTH - 20 years "Cursed" (Exclusive Southern Germany show)
OBSCURA
SEVERE TORTURE (F)
SODOM
SOUL DEMISE
STERBHAUS (SE)
SYPHOR (IRL)
THANATOS (F) More...

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Balfor Confirmed For Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Ukrainian black metallers Balfor have been confirmed for this year's edition of Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2011. The two-day festival event will be held on the 16th and 17th of December 2011. For further details, head over to the festival's website at this location. The currently announced billing is as follows:

Morbid Angel
Sepultura
Exodus
Heaven Shall Burn
Kataklysm
Destruction
Triptykon
Asphyx
Marduk
God Dethroned
Tankard
Nifelheim
Heathen
Heidevolk
Desaster
Disabuse
The Rotted
Adept
Milking The Goatmachine
Mar De Grises
Valkyrja
Balfor
Cripper
Semargl
Stormrider
Saturnian
Azarath
Dawn Of Disease

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Hell and Heaven Fest Lineup Announced

MEGADETH is confirmed to play the Hell and Heaven Metal Fest in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The Hell And Heaven Metal Fest is currently the only open air metal festival in Mexico. The festival had its first edition in October 2010 with three stages and 40 bands. The festival is dedicated to metal, but tries to balance genres such as heavy, glam, metalcore, thrash, speed, death, black and industrial metal.

This year the promoters expect to have a 20,000 audience and have confirmed 57 bands on four stages. The full line-up for the festival is as follows:

MEGADETH (USA)
OVERKILL (USA)
FEAR FACTORY (USA)
MOONSPELL (PORTUGAL)
KATAKLYSM (CANADA)
DESTRUCTION (ALEMANIA)
MAYAN (HOLANDA)
DARK FUNERAL (SUECIA)
TRISTANIA (NORUEGA)
WEHRMACHT (USA)
WITHIN THE RUINS (USA)
VITAL REMAINS (USA)
LIZZY BORDEN (USA)
PROFECIA (USA)

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"Metal For The Masses" Volume 9 Details Revealed

On September 13th, Century Media will release the "Metal For The Masses Volume 9" compilation exclusively through Hot Topic. The release consists of three discs and 48 tracks.

"We're very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series," says Century Media President, Don Robertson. "This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music."

The track listing is as follows:

Disc One (The Century Family)
1 - Winds of Plague - California
2 - Vampires Everywhere! - Carnage At The Castle
3 - Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once
4 - Architects (UK) - Day In Day Out
5 - iwrestledabearonce - Karate Nipples
6 - Demolisher - Two Sided Coin
7 - Arsonists Get All The Girls - Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean
8 - Earth Crisis - Total War
9 - Suffer Well - For Today, For Yesterday, For Everyday
10 - The Devastated - The Devil's Messenger
11 - Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross
12 - Turisas - The Great Escape
13 - Deicide - How Can You Call Yourself a God?
14 - 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Vindicator
15 - TesseracT - Eden

Disc Two (Nuclear Blast America)
1 - Decapitated - Homo Sum
2 - All Shall Perish - There's Nothing Left
3 - Symphony X - The End Of Innocence
4 - Sepultura - Kairos
5 - Lock Up - Brethren Of The Pentagram
6 - Belphegor - Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Satan
7 - Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
8 - Destruction - Hate Is My Fuel
9 - World Under Blood - God Among The Waste
10 - Korpiklaani - Tequila
11 - Agnostic Front - My Life My Way
12 - Graveyard - Ain't Fit To Live Here
13 - While Heaven Wept - Destroyer Of Solace
14 - Before The Dawn - Deathstar
15 - Sylosis - Empyreal
16 - Pain - Dirty Woman
17 - Origin - Expulsion of Fury
18 - Amorphis - You I Need
19 - Scar Symmetry - Extinction Mantra More...

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Tristania Headed To Mexico For Festival

Tristania bass player Ole Vistnes has checked in with the following announcement about the band playing the "Heaven and Hell" fest in Mexico:

"Tristania join forces with Megadeth to make November's 'Hell and Heaven Fest' in Guadalajara, Mexico a festival to remember.

"Mexico has an important place in all the Tristania members hearts. We're always made feel very welcome in Mexico, and although we played there only a few months ago, we're absolutely delighted to being able to return for the Hell and Heaven Fest.

"And of course it's an honour to share the stage with Megadeth. Tristania will play at the 'Hell and Heaven Fest' on November 19th. Confirmed bands until now are Megadeth, Tristania, Overkill, Kataklysm and Destruction."

Further details on the festival are available at this location. In other Tristania news, the band was also confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. More information can be found here.

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Mortal Sin Added To Thrashfest Classics Tour

Australian thrashers Mortal Sin announced that they will will be joining the Thrashfest Classics Tour with Sepultura, Exodus, Destruction, and Heathen. The band's announcement reads:

"We’re thrilled to announce Mortal Sin will be joining the 'Thrashfest Classics' tour through Europe in Nov/Dec 2011, thanks to Rock The Nation. The tour will also coincide with the European release of our new album “Psychology of Death” on 18th November 2011 through NoiseArt Records.

"As a new chapter in the life of Mortal Sin brings us back to our roots we will be proud to stand along side thrash legends Sepultura, Exodus, Destruction & Heathen performing for
generations of loyal followers on the Thrashfest Classics Tour. Thrashfest is proof that the unity among metal heads has stood the test of time and we are truly honoured to be a part of it."

Thrashfest Classics begins on November 25th, 2011 in Munich, Germany. Metalunderground.com posted the complete tour dates at this location.

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Thrashfest Classic Tour Trailer Posted

Rock the Nation announced the Thrashfest Classic Tour featuring headliner Sepultura (performing "Beneath the Remains", "Arise" and "Chaos A.D."), co-headliner Exodus (performing "Bonded By Blood", "Pleasure Of The Flesh" and "Fabolous Disaster"), Destruction (performing "Sentence Of Death" and "Infernal Overkill") and Heathen ("Breaking The Silence" and "Victims Of Deception"). Another opening act will be announced soon.

The announcement reads:

"Back to the 80ties, back to the roots! Tour-promoter Rock The Nation turns back the time for you headbangers, catapulting you back into the glorious 80ties -- the unforgettable days of prime for thrash metal - with a phenomenal package of top-acts. Hardly another period of time carries so much metal-history with it than this one. Rough, rapid and impulsive sounds dominated the whole music-industry at that time. Breath-taking masterpieces of metallic art, which still enjoy authority and significance these days, emerged out of the creative urge of charismatic musicians and bands. Now the time is right to let the flair, the feeling and the sounds rise again! Thrashfest Classics is a pure celebration for the high-culture of thrash metal. Some of the most influential combos will perform their cult-albums in full length."

Thrashfest Classic Dates:

25.11.11 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
26.11.11 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands - Schaaf
27.11.11 - Paris, France - Bataclan
28.11.11 - Braunschweig, Germany - Meier Music Hall
29.11.11 - Würzburg, Germany - Posthalle
30.11.11 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
01.12.11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Kd Vltavska
02.12.11 - Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
03.12.11 - Giessen, Germany - Hessenhallen
04.12.11 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Trix
05.12.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
06.12.11 - Göteburg, Sweden - Trädgarn
07.12.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
08.12.11 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
09.12.11 - Katowice, Poland - Mega Club
10.12.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
11.12.11 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic
12.12.11 - Zagreb, Croatia - Boogaloo
13.12.11 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska
14.12.11 - Bologna, Italy - Estragon
15.12.11 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z-7
16.12.11 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
17.12.11 - Stuttgart, Germany -LKA
18.12.11 - Wien, Austria - Arena

The trailer for the tour can be viewed here:

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