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Broken Hearts: An Ode To Anti-Love Metal

February 14th is a date that means different things to different people. For some, Valentine’s Day is that special occasion to show someone how much you care, while for others it’s an unfortunate reminder of just how long that unused condom has been stashed in your wallet. For every lucky gentleman who has found the lady he can sexually accost without fear of court mandated harassment classes, there’s that lonely soul who will spend Valentine’s Day with nothing but music out the speakers and a bottle of Jack.

No matter which side you fall on, heavy metal has got a song to match your mood and help you head bang through the gooiest of all the holidays.

Whether any given track is purposefully over the top and funny, depressing enough to make you pull out the eyeliner and candles, or just plain outright disturbing, metal is no stranger to the anti-love song. So for those of you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone, or just simply think the holiday is nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell chocolates and greeting cards, here’s a series of anti-love anthems to get you through the day.

For those who still have a heart and haven't devolved into extreme cynicism, you can also check out our companion listing of pro-love heavy metal music at this location.

Humorous

Metalunderground.com is no stranger to aberrant sexual behavior, as we have the honor of being home the infamous “I’d put my tongue in her butt” forum thread. The following, um, “tongue-in-cheek” songs are all dedicated to everyone who has ever contributed a post to that thread.

Whether 80’s glam rock parody/tribute act Steel Panther is singing love songs or anti-love songs is a matter of some debate. What could be more loving than each band member’s willingness to sleep with anything that moves, regardless of VD status? Take the particularly touching song “Turn Out The Lights,” in which we are informed that front man Michael Starr is in desperate need of some physical attention, even though his partner actively disgusts him. What’s a horny rock star to do? Look no further than the title for the answer:

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Devin Townsend Posts "Cheeseburger" Studio Video

Vancouver, Canada metal mastermind Devin Townsend has posted some new behind-the-scenes footage online from the studio. The footage was captured during the sessions for his upcoming full length "Deconstruction." You can view the studio footage below. Devin Commented on the video by saying:

"Hey all... I paid for this myself for the most part, No special treatment on this end. And yes,? this song is about a cheeseburger, but the record is absurdly heavy, and not really that funny."

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New Metal Tracks Added To The Rock Band Network

My condolences to PS3 metal fans looking for a Rock Band fix, as the new releases coming February 9th see very little in the way of heavy music on the Rock Band Network. The Xbox 360 edition continues to have the metal selection expand again this week, however. For anyone who has been following the most recent metal additions to Rock Band, it should come as no surprise that Amberian Dawn and Kataklysm are both continuing their invasion of the game. Also new this week comes tracks from No Bragging Rights, After the Burial, Devin Townsend, Emery, and Cloudscape.

The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including all the genres outside of metal, is as follows:

Kid Liberty - "Coolguy Deluxe!"
No Bragging Rights - "Ode to Logan"
The Night Life - "Holiday"
Amberian Dawn - "My Wings Are My Eyes"
After the Burial - "Aspiration"
Devin Townsend - "ZTO"
Devin Townsend - "ZTO (2x Bass Pedal)"
Emery - "Butcher's Mouth"
Lnk. Ken Kardashian - "The December Experience"
BulletProof Messenger - "Arm Yourself"
Chaotrope - "Pandemonium"
Chaotrope - "Betrayed"
New West - "Bend"
These Three Poisons - "Light Up The Eyes"
Akira the Don - "Steven Wells (He Was the Greatest)"
Zakk Tremblay - "Plátanos Con Sangre"
The Moth Complex - "You Don't Know"
Lettuce - "Last Suppit"
Cauldron - "All or Nothing"
Admiral of Black - "Bitten by the Rattlesnake"
Sideburn - "Live To Rock"
Big Light - "Triceratops"
Common Anomaly - "Hate To Say"
With Life in Mind - "King of Frauds"
Felsen - "Radios Tweaking"
Felsen - "Two Utensils in One"
Arena - "Volver a Nacer"
Rockapella - "Bang"
Kataklysm - "At the Edge of the World (2x Bass Pedal)"
Lucid Grey - "Barricades"
Robby Suavé - "Around the World"
Kylie D. Hart - "Firehouse Bar"
Sam Morrison Band - "I Gotta Ride 2010"
Rotary Downs - "Bullet on a String"
Rotary Downs - "Promised Land"
Studebakerbrown - "Couch Sitting Rattlesnake"
MC Frontalot - "Hassle: The Dorkening"
MC Frontalot - "Bizarro Genius Baby"
Alternative Deficit Disorder - "Pylo the Pylon"
Soulive - "Too Much"
Cloudscape - "Mind Diary"
Bluefusion - "Fighting Spirit"
Kutless - "Strong Tower"
Abraham Nixon - "Secondary Gain"
Jacob Chaney - "Cluster #2 (RB2 Version)
Jonathan Coulton - "Big Bad World One"
Bright Midnight - "For the Strange" More...

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Ihsahn Provides Guest Vocals For Devin Townsend

Former Emperor front man and solo artist Ihsahn has checked in with the following announcement about contributing as a guest vocalist on Devin Townsend's "Deconstruction" album:

"I have been a long time fan of Devin and his work, and when he asked me to do some vocals for his upcoming Deconstruction album, I said yes right away. Devin is one of those few uncompromising artists who goes anywhere with their music, wherever that takes them. Nothing but respect!"

Ihshan was also recently nominated for a Norwegian grammy for his third solo album "After."

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Devin Townsend NAMM Footage Posted Online

Video footage has made its way online, courtesy of MetalAssaultLA, showcasing two performances from Canadian metal mastermind Devin Townsend. You can view the clips below:



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Devin Townsend Posts Rehearsal Audio Online

Vancouver, Canada's metal mastermind Devin Townsend has posted some new rehearsal audio online. The clip, titled "NAMM Rehearsal - Terminal" can be streamed in the player below:

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Devin Townsend Announces Full European Tour

The Devin Townsend Project has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe and the United Kingdom. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

March 03 - The Brook, Southampton, United Kingdom
March 04 - The Fleece, Bristol, United Kingdom
March 05 - Rock City, Nottingham, United Kingdom
March 06 - Academy 2, Manchester, United Kingdom
March 07 - Garage, Glasgow, United Kingdom
March 09 - Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
March 10 - Voxhall, Århus, Denmark
March 11 - Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
March 12 - Betong, Oslo, Norway
March 13 - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
March 15 - The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark
March 16 - Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
March 17 - Matrix, Bochum, Germany
March 18 - Moshpit Music Club, Naters, Switzerland
March 19 - Magazzini Generale, Milan, Italy
March 21 - Szene Wien, Vienna, Austria
March 22 - Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
March 23 - Colos-saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
March 24 - Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
March 25 - Elysee Montmatre, Paris, France
March 26 - O2 Islington Academy, London, United Kingdom
March 28 - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
March 29 - De Kade, Zaandam, Netherlands
March 30 - Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
March 31 - Club Teatria, Oulu, Finland

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Devin Townsend Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Vancouver, Canada's metal mastermind Devin Townsend has revealed the dates for his forthcoming tour of the United Kingdom, as part of The Devin Townsend Project. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

03/03 Southampton, UK – The Cube
03/04 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
03/05 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
03/06 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy 3
03/07 Glasgow, UK – Glasgow Garage
03/26 London, UK – O2 Academy

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Devin Townsend Posts Video Update Online

Devin Townsend has posted the following video update online to promote the recording of the following Devin Townsend Project album, "Deconstruction." You can view the video below:

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Devin Townsend Project Performance Footage Online

The Devin Townsend Project and Sick Drummer has posted a new video online featuring live performance footage and drum cam footage taken from the band's current tour. The Devin Townsend Project are on tour to promote its latest album, 2009's "Addicted."

You can view the album below:

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Devin Townsend Posts Second "Ghost" Clip

Vancouver, Canada's metal mastermind Devin Townsend has posted the second studio video for his forthcoming solo album "Ghost" online. "Ghost" is the third album in a four part series, following 2009's "Ki" and "Addicted." "Ghost" is planned for an early March, 2011 release. According to Devin Townsend "Ghost" will feature hist "subtle and quiet" music released in his career.

You can view the video below:

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Devin Townsend Announces Free Acoustic Show

Vancouver, Canada's metal mastermind Devin Townsend has announced a special, intimate acoustic show set to take place on October 7, 2010. This free event is taking place at Vancouver's only all-metal specialty store Scrape Records. The event is to celebrate the shop's 13 years in business. The show is set to begin at 2 P.M.

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Tesseract Added To Devin Townsend Tour

Century Media recording artists and progressive metallers Tesseract have been announced as the support act on the upcoming Devin Townsend North American tour. Tesseract will release their new EP, titled "Concealing Fate," on October 12th, 2010 through Century Media Records.

Devin Townsend/Tesseract tour dates:
October 8th Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
October 9th Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
October 10th Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
October 12th San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
October 14th Hollywood, CA – Key Club
October 15th San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
October 16th Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
October 26th Springfield, VA – Jaxx Nightclub
October 27th West Chester, PA – The Note
October 28th New York, NY – Blender Theater at The Gramercy
October 29th Worcester, MA – The Palladium Upstairs
October 30th Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theatre
October 31st Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
November 2nd Montreal, QUE - Foufounes Electriques
November 3rd Toronto, ONT – The Mod Club
November 4th London, ONT – London Music Hall
November 5th Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder

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Devin Townsend Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Legendary metal mastermind Devin Townsend has posted a new video documenting his current stay in the recording studio. Devin is hard at work recording the follow up to 2009's "Ki" and "Addicted" with the third album in the four part series, titled "Ghost."

You can view the album below:

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Chuck Billy Joins Devin Townsend On Stage

Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend performed his "Ziltoid The Omniscient" concept album in its entirety on Friday, July 2nd at the thirteenth annual Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland as a special one-off world-exclusive show. His Devin Townsend Project also played a set the following day at the festival, which featured additional appearances by Testament and Obituary, among many others.

Fan-filmed video footage of Testament front man Chuck Billy putting on a cape and singing "Planet Smasher" during Devin Townsend's "Ziltoid" performance at Tuska can be viewed below:

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Devin Townsend Discusses Solo Tour

Legendary metal mastermind Devin Townsend has just released details in regards to his first ever solo tour. The tour will include over 15 years of Devin Townsend material ranging from Strapping Young Lad, Ziltoid and some songs from his more obscure releases.

Devin Townsend commented by saying:
"Sitting here at the airport after months of preparation for the European festivals, getting this material ready to be heard the way it’s meant to be heard, has been a pretty mean task.
Last night’s epic rehearsal was one of those moments when you realize the work put into making it right results in an awesome sound. I have been given the opportunity now to bring this music to North America in my first-ever solo headlining tour. It’s not a huge tour, but I really would appreciate seeing some of the familiar faces and hopefully some new ones as well. 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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Devin Townsend Project Updates About Festivals

After releasing “Addicted” Devin Townsend went straight on the road and just finished a tour throughout Australia and New Zealand on which he played around two hours of music each night.

Besides recoding the final parts of his next album, entitled "Deconstruction," Devin is currently plotting, scheming and organizing a special double performance for the Finnish Tuska festival. On the night of July 2nd he will be headlining the festival with a one-off world exclusive Ziltoid show. On July 3rd he will play a DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT set which will feature songs of the latest release “Addicted” as well as material from “Ki” and many more songs from his back-catalogue. The European festival season will be followed by a 5-6 week tour through the USA and Canada starting in October.

Devin states "I have to say, things just keep getting deeper. I have a feeling that my proudest creative moments are yet to come, and my focus right now is really great. I think there's something about the perspective gained from the few years off that has gone a long way. Relearning what my motivations were as an artist really came from having some clear headed time to reflect. I'm so ready, and love what I do. Thank you for still being here (those of you who are!). That being said, I've been writing late into the nights, and although Deconstruction will confuse and possibly annoy some (many?) I believe it's a real triumph for me. Yes, it's 'heavy', but in the same way that 'Alien' was indicative of my thoughts at that age, Deconstruction is a mirror of my now. Dare I say 'mature?' ... nah. But it's pretty over the edge."

Here are the latest DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT tour dates:

June 20th 2010 (FR) Clisson - Hellfest
June 26th 2010 (IT) Collegno (Turin) - Gods Of Metal Festival
July 02nd 2010 (FIN) Kaisaniemi Helsinki - Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
ZILTOID THE OMNISCIENT one-off world exclusive show
July 03rd 2010 (FIN) Kaisaniemi Helsinki - Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT show
August 13th 2010 (CZ) Josefov - Brutal Assault Festival
August 14th 2010 (UK) Derbyshire - Bloodstock Open Air Metal Festival

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Devin Townsend Confirmed for Tuska Open Air

Devin Townsend will be playing two shows at the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki, Finland in July. Devin will perform his "Ziltoid The Omniscient" concept album in its entirety on Friday July 2nd as a special, one-off world exclusive show. Then on Saturday July 3rd, Devin will again take the stage with the Devin Townsend Project. For tickets and more information, visit the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival website.

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Devin Townsend Checks In With New Update

Devin Townsend just completed a North American trek with Between The Buried and Me, Cynic, and Scale The Summit. This was Townsend’s first tour in a number of years and the first in support of his new offering, "Addicted," which debuted at #168 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #2 on the Billboard Heatseakers chart.

Townsend checks in with the following report in regards to the success of the tour and his plans for the remainder of the year. He states: “Tour one in the can! Man, what a heck of an experience. I had gone back into touring with a certain amount of trepidation. 'will I flake? Can I do this without the 'persona? Is this life going to wipe me out?' but as is with most things, you never know until you're 'in it'. After a week of tumultuous shows (click tracks through front of house, monitor problems, broken guitars, etc.) I began to realize that really NOTHING has changed since Ozzfest for me. I'm still the same cheeseball performer, but now my voice is clear and I have the realization that I am honored to do this, and I really missed it. I love playing for people, and to finally represent all the emotions that go into my work, as opposed to just one or two is a dream come true and one that I don't take lightly.

“The audiences were great, supportive and forgiving of the initial technical glitches. The opportunity to connect with folks who have supported me for so long is an incredibly rewarding experience. The tour itself was magnificent with many shows that were sold out or close to it, and for my 'reintroduction' to the touring life, I could not have asked for better people to share the experience with. More...

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