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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 "Firefight" Video

Blackguard is set to release the new album "Firefight" on March 29th, 2011. The band has now posted a music video online for the title track, which can be viewed below.

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Kamelot Announces North American Tour

Kamelot has issued the following announcement about an upcoming North American tour in support of the band's latest album:

"In the ongoing Kamelot campaign for the band's newest release, 'Poetry for the Poisoned,' we are extremely pleased to announce that Kamelot have confirmed a full North American Tour! The long awaited North American Tour, to support the Billboard Charting Epic 'Poetry for the Poisoned' (Peaking @ number 74 in the US on Billboard’s Top 200!), has been solidified. Along for the ride, are folk/power metalers Alestorm, who are happy to bring their brand of 'Pirate Infused Metal' to the Kamelot Legions. Also, aboard are Canada’s ferocious Blackguard and The Agonist.

"Due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of 'Poetry for the Poisoned.' With the news of Roy’s continued absence, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties.

"Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating 'I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour. I always loved the sound of the band and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band, and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot. See you soon on tour and let’s rock!!!'

"In addition to Fabio, throughout these shows there will also be special guest and vocal appearances from top artists in the scene, this is a special and rare tour, and one not to be missed! In addition, Kamelot’s 'Pandemonium Over Europe 2011' is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons to the already announced European tour schedule!"

The currently announced dates are as follows: More...

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Powerglove Announces New Tour Dates

Powerglove has announced new 2011 tour dates with Symphony X, Nevermore, Soilwork, and Blackguard as well as a couple of festival dates. Tour dates follow.

The band has also posted a North American tour diary from their tours with Arsis, Sonata Arctica, Hammerfall and more. The video is comprised of band-shot and fan footage. Check it out below:

Here are the latest Powerglove tour dates: More...

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Blackguard Posts "Firefight" Trailer

Blackguard has posted a new brief teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Firefight," which is set for release on March 29th, 2011. You can check out the trailer below.

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Blackguard Announces European Shows

Blackguard will be heading overseas as the band hits the road for the “Firefight Over Europe” tour. The tour is set to span the UK, Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Blackguard commented, "After so many years, we are finally making it overseas for our debut European tour in support of Firefight. We cannot wait to see all the places, perform for the fans, and make our lasting mark in Europe. Once again, without the help from our label Victory Records and the team behind us, this would never have been possible. We’re coming!"

"Firefight," the band’s debut album on Victory Records will be released March 29th, 2011 in North America and April 1st for the rest of the world. Blackguard has unveiled a clip of the title track from the upcoming album, which can be viewed here.

The currently announced tour dates are as follows:

Fri 25.03.11 Hamptons, Southampton, UK
Sat 26.03.11 Area81 Rock Club, Bristol, UK
Sun 27.03.11 Academy 3, Birmingham, UK
Mon 28.03.11 Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, UK
Tue 29.03.11 Corporation, Sheffield, UK
Wed 30.03.11 Satan's Hollow, Manchester, UK
Thu 31.03.11 Old Bell, Derby, UK
Fri 01.04.11 Haymakers, Cambridge, UK
Sat 02.04.11 Academy 2, London, UK
Sun 03.04.11 Luxor, Cologne, Germany
Mon 04.04.11 Nachtleben, Frankfurt, Germany
Tue 05.04.11 Sägewerk, Neukirchen, Germany
Wed 06.04.11 Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
Thu 07.04.11 Comet, Berlin, Germany
Fri 08.04.11 TBC, Stuttgart, Germany
Sat 09.04.11 Gildenzaal, Diest (Schaffen), Belgium
Sun 10.04.11 Modrá Vopice, Prague, Czech Republic
Mon 11.04.11 59:1, Munich, Germany

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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
Blind Gaurdian
Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Sonata Arctica
Uli Jon Roth

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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.

Here are the tour dates: More...

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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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