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Below is our complete Blackguard 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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Blackguard Posts New Song Teaser Online

Canadian hybrid metallers Blackguard have posted a new song teaser online for the track "Firefight." The song is the title track from the band's forthcoming full length album. The new album is set for release on March 29th, 2011 through the band's new label home in Victory Records. You can check out the song teaser below:

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Video Report Available

Metalinjection.net has posted a video report from the 70,000 tons of metal festival. You can check out the footage from the cruise in the clip below.


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Blackguard Reveals New Album Cover Art

Canadian hybrid metallers Blackguard have revealed the cover art for its forthcoming full length album. The new album, titled "Firefight," is set for release on March 29, 2011 through the band's new label home in Victory Records. The band commented on the new album by saying:

"This is going to be our most dynamic release to date. We’re going to have a few slower songs on this album; more head banging tunes. We’re also going to be introducing some new elements to our song to mix things up a bit. Not to sound too cliché but we definitely don’t want to write the same record over and over again and this record is going to be a great step forward for us."

You can view the album's cover art at this location.

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Epica's Milwaukee Concert To Stream Live Online

TheRave.com will be streaming Epica live in concert from The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA. The worldwide broadcast will begin at 8pm CDT (9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific/2a GMT) on Sunday, November 28th. The concert will also be rebroadcast at a later date to be determined. Scar Symmetry, Blackguard, and The Agonist are also scheduled to be a part of the broadcast.

The stream is FREE for fans around the world to view from the comfort of their home computers.

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Blackguard Updates Tour Schedule

Blackguard is set to release a new album through Victory Records in Spring of 2011. The band has now updated its tour schedule with the following dates:

w/ Epica (*) , Scar Symmetry (^), The Agonist (#)
11/22/2010 Sneaky Dee’s^# Toronto ON
11/23/2010 London Music Hall*^# London ON
11/24/2010 Peabody’s*^# Cleveland OH
11/25/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club^# Chicago IL
11/26/2010 Blondie’s*^# Detroit MI
11/27/2010 Headliner’s Music Hall*^# Louisville KY
11/28/2010 The Rave*^# Milwaukee WI
11/30/2010 BLUEBIRD THEATER*^# Denver CO
12/2/2010 El Corazon*^# Seattle WA
12/3/2010 Rickshaw Theater*^# Vancouver
12/4/2010 Hawthorne Theater*^# Portland OR
12/5/2010 DNA LOUNGE*^# San Francisco CA
12/6/2010 CHEYENNE SALOON^# Las Vegas NV
12/7/2010 Key Club*^# Los Angeles CA
12/8/2010 RAMONA MAINSTAGE*^# Ramona CA
12/9/2010 The Clubhouse*^# Tempe AZ
12/11/2010 TREES*^# Dallas TX
12/12/2010 Emo’s*^# Austin TX
12/14/2010 The Club at Firestone*^# Orlando FL
12/15/2010 Culture Room*^# Ft. Lauderdale FL
12/17/2010 Masquerade*^# Atlanta GA
12/18/2010 Volume 11*^# Raleigh NC More...

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Blackguard Comments On New Album and Tours

Blackguard has issued the following update regarding their upcoming album:

“This is going to be our most dynamic release to date. We’re going to have a few slower songs on this album; more head banging tunes. We’re also going to be introducing some new elements to our song to mix things up a bit. Not to sound too cliché but we definitely don’t want to write the same record over and over again and this record is going to be a great step forward for us.”

The band also comments on their upcoming tour dates with Symphony X, "It is a dream tour. Our band has spent the better part of the last 2 years on tour to get to this point. We very much look forward to seeing old friends, making new friends and being a part of what will be the supreme springtime event. We want to thank everyone involved for giving us this opportunity and we will not disappoint."

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Symphony X Announces Tour With Nevermore, Soilwork

New Jersey's progressive metal act Symphony X has announced the dates for its North American headlining tour in April/May 2011. Support on the tour will come from Seattle's progressive thrash act Nevermore, Sweden's melodic death metal veterans Soilwork, Boston's Powerglove and Montreal's Blackguard. The trek will launch on April 21 in Philadelphia and wrap on May 22 in West Springfield, Virginia.

The dates are as follows:

Apr. 21 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 22 - Best Buy Theatre - New York, NY
Apr. 23 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Apr. 25 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - CANADA
Apr. 26 - Salle Albert Rosseau - Quebec City, QC - CANADA
Apr. 27 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
Apr. 29 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Apr. 30 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
May 01 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
May 02 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
May 04 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO
May 06 - Showbox - Seattle, WA
May 07 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
May 08 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
May 10 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
May 11 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
May 13 - Trees - Dallas, TX
May 14 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
May 15 - Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
May 17 - The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
May 18 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 19 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
May 20 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
May 21 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
May 22 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA

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Blackguard Confirms Festival Appearance

Montreal progressive folk metallers Blackguard has announced its participation in the forthcoming 70000 Tons of Metal festival. 70000 Tons of Metal is the cruise ship metal festival that sets sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico.

70000 Tons of Metal confirmed bands:
Amon Amarth
Agent Steel
Blackguard
Blind Gaurdian
Cripper
Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Obituary
Rage
Raven
Sabaton
Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
TYR
Uli Jon Roth
Unleashed
Witchburner

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Blackguard Parts Ways With Keyboardist

Montreal progressive folk metallers Blackguard has announced it has parted ways with its keyboardist Jonathan Lefrancois-Leduc. The band commented by saying:

"Jo has officially left the band to pursue other endeavors. There's no drama here and we're all still good friends. Jo simply felt his time with the band had come to an end and we have amicably parted ways. Blackguardwill remain a five-piece for the foreseeable future."

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Blackguard Comments On Victory Records Signing

Montreal progressive folk metallers Blackguard has commented on the signing with its new label home; Victory Records. The band commented by saying:

"At first (and second) glance this might seem like an odd pairing, but Victory is a very hard-working label that we are all 100% behind. The Victory staff has welcomed us with open arms and are committed to pushing our next release to its full potential.

"It's no secret that we've been touring extensively this past year and a half , and it's comforting to know we have a label backing us that are willing to work and put in as much effort as we have for the release of our third record (second under the name Blackguard).

"That being said we are hard at work completing our next record which has a tentative release date for April. The release will coincide with a North American tour that isn't announced yet , but when it does it's going to turn heads."

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Blackguard Signs With Victory Records

Montreal, Canada metal act Blackguard has announced its signing with Victory Records. The band's new album is planned for release on February 15, 2011. The new album was recorded at different locations, including Chris Donaldson's [Cryptopsy] home studio, Badass studios with producer Jef Fortin and Silver Wing studios.

Blackguard's debut album, "Profugus Mortis", was released in March 2009 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records and April 2009 in North America through Sumerian Records.

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Neuraxis Comments On Upcoming Deicide Tour

Canadian tech-death metallers NEURAXIS have been tapped to support the legendary DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead- To Hell With God Tour” in February and March of next year. BELPHEGOR, BLACKGUARD and PATHOLOGY will also be on the bill. The run will kick off in Atlanta, GA on February 15th and conclude in Tempe, AZ on March 10th.

Vocalist Alex Leblanc comments, “It is a real honor to tour which such legends. I've been listening to Deicide since I was 15 years old and it influenced me a lot. It's also the perfect tour to promote our new album “Asylon”, which comes out around the same time. We can't wait to hit the states once more and play our new stuff for all the fans out there. February can't come soon enough.”

NEURAXIS’ upcoming album, “Asylon” will be released in North America on February 15th, 2011. “Asylon” was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist.) The band is also playing Metalfest at Batisse Industrielle in Trois-Rivieres Quebec on Saturday, October 16th with Cannibal Corpse. More...

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Deicide Announces North American Tour

Florida death metal veterans Deicide will embark on the "God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour" in February/March 2011. The Bloody Disgusting-sponsored trek, which is scheduled to kick off on February 15th, will feature support from Belphegor, Blackguard, Neuraxis, and Pathology.

2/15 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
2/16 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
2/17 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
2/18 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
2/19 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
2/20 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
2/21 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
2/22 - Quebec City, QUE - Imperial de Quebec
2/23 - Montreal, QUE - Cafe Campus
2/24 - London, ONT - Music Hall
2/25 - Toronto, ONT - Opera House
2/26 - Chicago, IL - Reggie Rock Club
2/27 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
2/28 - Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
3/01 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee
3/02 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
3/04 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
3/05 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
3/07 - Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne Saloon
3/08 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
3/09 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick

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Blackguard Added to Nevermore Tour

Blackguard has now been added to the upcoming Nevermore North American tour after the Kamelot tour fell through. The Nevermore tour also features Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere.

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Leaves' Eyes Confirms North America Tour Dates

Leaves' Eyes has decided to continue on with a headlining North American tour without Kamelot, who was forced to cancel due to vocalist Roy Khan's illness. Support will come from Blackguard.

Here are the upcoming dates:

Sept. 18 Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Sept. 19 Toronto, ON - Opera House
Sept. 20 Detroit, MI - Blondie's
Sept. 21 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's

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Kamelot Unveils New Album Cover Artwork

KAMELOT has unveiled the cover artwork for their 9th studio album, "Poetry For The Poisoned."

The artwork was created by Seth Siro Anton. He sums up his experience in working on "Poetry For The Poisoned," “It was a great challenge for me as an artist to visualize the music of this new KAMELOT masterpiece. Really difficult, as I had to combine a Fine Art aesthetic and technique blended with a really dark, melancholic, poisoned atmosphere. I am really satisfied with the final result; it’s definitely the darkest artwork for KAMELOT so far…. A sweet poison for the eyes that successfully addresses their new poetry of music.”

Frontman Roy Khan assures that Poetry For The Poisoned will both please the band’s existing following and expose the universe of KAMELOT to a whole range of new fans. “Poetry For The Poisoned is our longest and toughest production so far, but when I hear the result I know it was well worth the struggle,” he says. More...

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Leaves' Eyes Updates Tour Schedule

Leaves' Eyes has announced a series of upcoming North American tour dates with Blackguard starting in September. The upcoming Leaves' Eyes tour dates are as follows:

08.09.2010 Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
09.09.2010 Altanta, GA, PROGPOWER USA XI Festival
11.09.2010 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
12.09.2010 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
13.09.2010 USA – Newport News / VA, Budda’s Place
14.09.2010 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
15.09.2010 New York, NY - Nokia Theatre
17.09.2010 Worcester, MA - Palladium
18.09.2010 Montreal, QC - Club Soda
19.09.2010 Toronto, ON - Opera House
20.09.2010 Blondie's - Detroit, MI
21.09.2010 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
22.09.2010 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
24.09.2010 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
25.09.2010 Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
27.09.2010 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
29.09.2010 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
01.10.2010 West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
02.10.2010 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
03.10.2010 Cheyanne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
04.10.2010 U.B.'s - Mesa, AZ
05.10.2010 The Rock - Tucson, AZ
06.10.2010 The War Legion - Amarillo, TX
07.10.2010 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
08.10.2010 USA – Houston /TX, The Warsaw

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Epica Announces North American Tour

Epica has checked in with the following message:

"With the overwhelming success of the last trek through North America earlier this year, we will return to the U.S. and Canada for 24 headlining shows with Nuclear Blast labelmates Scar Symmetry, as well as Mutiny Within and Blackguard. The tour is set to launch on November 16 in West Springfield, Virginia and wrap up in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 18. This will be Epica's fifth North American tour to date!"

The list of tour dates is as follows: More...

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Hypocrisy To Stream Concert Online

An upcoming live show in Milwaukee featuring Hypocrisy, Scar Symmetry, Hate, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle will be available for streaming online. The free live stream will occur on Monday, May 24th, 2010 via this location at 6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern. To access the free live stream you will need to go through the free sign up process and download the Windows Media plugin Flip4Mac.

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Blackguard Vocalist Checks In with Update

Blackguard vocalist, Paul Ablaze, has checked in with the following recording update:

"I’m very happy to inform everyone that Blackguard are currently putting the finishing touches tracking our 3rd record.

"During our time on the road and small breaks between tours we were able to do proper pre production demos for each song ,which is a first for us . And all the preparation has truly paid off and has allowed us to work much more efficiently in studio.

"As of last Thursday I finished all my vocal tracking with Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy) at his home studio. That whole week of tracking was amazing . The atmosphere at Chris’s studio made for very relaxed sessions , if you can call screaming all day 'relaxed.' Chris has been a pleasure to work with and I now know first hand why so many established bands like Emmure, Despised icon and Beneath the Massacre choose to work with him. More...

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