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Below is our complete 4arm 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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Them Signs to SPV/Steamhammer

The German-American band Them has signed to Steamhammer/SPV. The band features vocalist KK Fossor (ex-Coldsteel), guitarist Markus Ullrich (Lanfear, Septagon, A Cosmic Trail), guitarist Markus Johansson (Sylencer, 4ARM), bassist Mike Lepond (Symphony X, Ross The Boss), drummer Angel Cotte (Demolition Hammer) and keyboardist Richie Seibel (Lanfear, Ivanhoe). The release of their second album, "Manor Of The Se7en Gables," has been announced for October 2018.

Head of Steamhammer Olly Hahn has great confidence in the new SPV signing: "Thanks to their charismatic frontman KK Fossor and their extremely interesting concept it shouldn't take long for Them to establish themselves at the very top of the metal scene. We're delighted to support them in achieving their goal."

Markus Ullrich is also thoroughly optimistic: "We're convinced that SPV is the perfect label to take the next steps with and turn Them into an internationally acclaimed act."

THEM has a couple of live shows planned as of now:

10.05.18 DE-Bad Friedrichshall - Lemmy's
11.05.18 DE-Oberndorf - Metalheads Open Air

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4Arm Posts "Poisoned Mind" Lyric Video

Metal thrashers 4Arm just released the brand new track "Poisoned Mind," taken from the band's upcoming album, "Survivalist," which will drop on April 20th.

Check out the new lyric video below, and you can also pre-order "Survivalist" at Bandcamp here. The pre-order deal gives you two selected tracks for immediate download upon purchasing the album, either physical or digital.

"Survivalist" was mixed by Matt Hyde (Slipknot, Machine Head, Trivium) and features artwork designed by Colin Marks. The track listing is:

1. Eyes Of The Slain
2. Fragment Of A Dream
3. Poisoned Mind
4. Poverty Of Flesh
5. Lights Out
6. In Living Decay
7. Ignitor
8. Survivalist More...

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4Arm Announces New Album

4Arm is soon to release fourth album "Survivalist," which contains 8 tracks clocking in at 51 minutes and headed by new front man Markus Johansson. Mixing duties were once again handled by U.K. engineer Matt Hyde. The album artwork was designed by Colin Marks at Rain Song Design.

Singer and guitarist Markus Johansson had this to say about the album: "With 'Survivalist,' our goal was to take the material into new territory, while maintaining the sound that was previously established by the band. We wanted the album to have that familiar feel, but still stand on its own as a unique entity and not simply become a clone of the band's previous effort. Matt Hyde's production greatly accented the meticulous nature of the new tracks, bringing them to life in a way that highlights the detail we spent countless hours crafting."

1. Eyes Of The Slain
2. Fragment Of A Dream
3. Poisoned Mind
4. Poverty Of Flesh
5. Lights Out
6. In Living Decay
7. Ignitor
8. Survivalist More...

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4Arm Working On New Album

After parting ways with the band's vocalist earlier this year, Australian outfit 4Arm has issued the following announcement about working on a new album:

"We are pleased to announce that once again Matt Hyde has been tapped in to mix the next album. As we all know by now, Hyde is a well-known producer and engineer who has previously worked with such acts as Slipknot, Trivium and Machine Head to name a few. Since working with Matt on the last album and being gobsmacked by the end result, we didn't think twice in approaching him a second time.

"The album is scheduled to be mixed mid July. Currently we are working on ten tracks still in the pre-production stage. I can assure fans that they are too expect another dose of heavy, ball tearing thrash laden music, with some of our fastest material to date.

"Markus has also brought something fresh and new to the table, which adds further dynamics to the new 4ARM sound. No album title nor release date has been set yet but we will be sure to update you guys as soon as more details are confirmed."

This new album will follow the band's previous release "Submission For Liberty."

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4Arm Splits With Vocalist

Australia's 4Arm, which toured the U.S. with Slayer last year, has checked in with the following announcement about a lineup change:

"Danny Tomb vocalist/guitarist of 4ARM has decided to part ways with the band due to personal reasons. The search for a new frontman now begins.

"With James Munro briefly filling in for the band on the recent Nth American tour there will be also a lead guitarist position available. This is a great opportunity for highly committed musicians to join an already established touring band.

"Any musician from around the world interested in any of the positions available please send an email with your bio, photo, links or mp3s of your works to trinity.a.management@gmail.com. Only serious, dedicated and experienced touring musicians need apply."

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4Arm Drum Cam Footage Available

4Arm has release a drum cam video of band member Michael Vafiotis performing the track "I Will Not Bow" at the Montreal show last month while the band was on tour with Slayer and Gojira. Check it out below.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 Day Three Slayer Sunday

Slayer played Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday two years ago. The promoters of the fest, Transmission Events, must see the value in making Sunday its metal day. As was experienced on Sunday two years ago, we left the park Sunday night with the metallic taste of Slayer in our mouths. My hunt for steel started at 12:30 when 4arm (read xFiruath’s interview) took the stage. I had no problem making this early show since I skipped the Nites shows on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Aussie modern thrash group, most of the fest’s attendees found 12:30 too early in the day. The 20 or so people who did make the early show were treated to one of the best performances of the weekend. More...

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4ARM Gearing Up For Tour With Slayer

Australian thrash metal export 4ARM is gearing up for an extensive North American tour with the legendary Slayer, set to commence this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Direct support on the five-week-plus trek will come from French extreme metal act Gojira. A promotional video for the tour can be seen below.

When asked about the opportunity to tour with one of 4ARM's greatest influences, drummer Michael Vafiotis commented:

"It's no secret we have been hugely influenced by Slayer ever since we picked up our instruments, and now to actually be given the opportunity to tour with the band that I've personally grown up listening to for over to 15 years is beyond my wildest dreams. All I can say is that I can't wait to get back to North America and 'SLAY' the hell out of what will be the biggest tour of our careers to date."

4ARM is touring in support of its third studio album, 2012's "Submission for Liberty," which released on Rising Records. More...

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Slayer Expands Fall Tour Schedule

Following a summer of storming through Europe, South America, and Mexico while topping the bills at solo shows and major festivals, Slayer will headline its first North American tour in two years.

The five-week-plus trek will kick off on October 22nd in Anchorage, Alaska, oddly enough marking the first time the band has played there since October 23rd, 1996. The tour will include the band's previously announced return to New York's Theatre at Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Palladium, venues the band hasn't performed at in 25 years.

Slayer - Tom Araya/bass vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman - will have Gojira and 4ARM support on all dates.

While still recovering from the devastating loss of Jeff Hanneman, Araya and King have begun to work on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to this tour.

With more dates to be announced, confirmed dates for Slayer's 2013 Fall North American tour are as follows: More...

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Slayer Announces Shows With Gojira

Slayer will headline concerts at two venues the band hasn't played in 25 years - the Hollywood Palladium on Monday, October 28th, and New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, November 27th. Gojira and 4ARM will support.

Registered Slayer Fan Club members will be receiving a special email offering them "first-access" to purchase tickets through a special pre-sale that begins tomorrow. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, August 9 at 10AM local time. Log onto Slayer's website for more ticketing info.

This will be the first time that Slayer - Tom Araya/bass, vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman - will play a concert in New York since The Big Four concert at Yankee Stadium on September 14th, 2011, and the band's first Hollywood show since 2010's Jagermeister Music Tour.

Slayer has also been confirmed to play the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 to be held at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX November 8-10.

While recovering from the devastating loss of Hanneman, Araya and King have begun to work on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to these dates.

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4ARM Recruits New Guitarist

Australian thrash act 4ARM has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:

"We are excited to announce Markus Johansson as the new lead guitarist of one of the most exciting and most talked about new thrash bands in the world, 4ARM!

"Due to serious family issues John Paul Glovasa was forced to make the difficult decision to step down from his position as lead guitarist in the band! Quoted saying, 'It was by far one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make.' though Danny, Mick and Andy wish Johnny and his family all the best! A hole needed filling.

"With a bunch of European festival dates coming up the band began the search for the man that would become the new lead guitarist of 4ARM. After hours of youtube clips and file sharing the guys narrowed in on Chicago based guitarist Markus Johansson!"

"We were able to kinda speak the same language right from the first time we met" Says front man Danny Tomb. "He just ticked all the right boxes for us, I really felt that I was already talking to "the new guy."

Johansson, who is a self taught lead guitarist from Chicago, has kept busy through the years working on solo projects with members from Anthrax, Testament, Dethklok, Dream Theater and more. After being told he got the job Johansson had this to say: "I am beyond excited, proud, and ready to shred it up with Australia's 4ARM!"

The band is also very pleased to announce that Markus will be joining 4ARM for the European dates scheduled in June, July and August.

28/06/13 - 29/06/13 Hard Rock Laager Festival, Vana-Vigala, Estonia
21/07/13 Metal Days Festival, Tolmin, Slovenia
25/07/13 Rock Im Bentonwerk, Mittelbach, Germany
01/08/13 Metal Heads Mission Festival,Simferopol, Ukraine
08/08/13 - 10/08/13 Getaway Rock Festival, Gavle, Sweden More...

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4ARM Confirmed As Opening Act On Testament Tour

Australia's 4ARM has been confirmed as the opening act for "The Dark Roots Of Thrash" tour with Testament, Overkill, and Flotsam And Jetsam, which kicks off tonight at the House Of Blues in Anaheim.

The first four dates will not feature Flotsam And Jetsam on the bill, since the band is busy with the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. 4ARM is touring in support of its recent album, "Submission for Liberty," which spawned an official video for the title track. Watch that video after the tour dates.

01/31 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/01 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/02 Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/04 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (no Flotsam And Jetsam)
02/05 Austin, TX – Emo’s
02/06 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
02/07 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
02/09 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
02/10 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
02/12 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
02/13 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
02/14 New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre
02/15 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
02/16 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/17 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
02/18 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/20 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
02/21 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
02/22 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
02/23 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
02/25 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
02/26 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
02/27 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
02/28 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades More...

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Killing Joke Added To Hammerfest 4

Hammerfest 2013 has just announced that along with St. Vitus, the festival line-up has just added legendary band Killing Joke. Angel Witch and a veritable who's who of metal will also be appearing at the Hammerfest 4 festival, which will take place on March 14th-16th at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales. Below is the current full line-up of bands appearing, with more information available over at the Hammerfest 4 website.

Killing Joke
Saint Vitus
Napalm Death
Angel Witch
Iron Saviour
Sister Sin
Evil Scarecrow
M-Pire of Evil
Attica Rage
Texas Hippie Coalition
Def Con One
Chimp Spanner
Commander In Chief
Sacred Mother Tongue
Serpent Venom
Vicsous Nature
Last Witness
Iron Knights
Line of Fire
Flayed Disciple
Bloodshot Dawn
Bull Riff Stampede
Making Monsters
Black Acid Souls
Deadman Sugar
Fire in the Empire
Goddamn Electric

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More Bands Announced For Hammerfest 5

The organizers of the Hammerfest 5 festival have issued the following announcement about confirming bands for the upcoming 2013 edition:

"Hammerfest 5 (In Fear of the Dragon) are proud to announce that the Kings of Swedish Doom Metal Candlemass will grace the event now in its new location at Haven in Phwelli in North Wales. For those of you that need a reminder of Doom at its most glorious click here for Candlemass"s classic video for Bewitched.

"Hammerfest are also extremely happy to welcome back Birminghams finest grindcore/extreme metal band, the legends that are Napalm Death. Anyone that witnessed their set the last time they played would understand, why we had to have them back.

"Lining up alongside the above are none other than Norway's Enslaved fronted by Bjørnson and Kjellson who add their fine blend of progressive Black Metal to the proceedings. To watch the brilliant video to Path to Vanir click here.

"Empress will be making their Hammerfest debut, bringing their impressive blend of prog-metal, plus we have Trad Metallers and firm Hammer favorites StukaSquadron, Manchesters trad black Metallers Winterfylleth, and Welsh Metallers Triaxis. More...

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4ARM To Play Hammerfest 2013

After dropping off the "Zombie Apocalypse" tour in July, Australia's 4ARM has been invited back to the UK for Hammerfest V 2013.

The band will be performing on the second stage on Saturday, March 16th and joining a line-up of bands such as Napalm Death, Candlemass, and Enslaved with loads more to be announced. The festival as always will run three stages and have over 50 bands performing.

Drummer Michael Vafiotis had this to say: “We're excited to play Hammerfest for the first time and get back to the UK once again. With the new album doing great over there it will be awesome to give our fans another chance to see us live.”

Hammerfest V takes place in Phwelli, Wales from March 14th - 17th, 2013. Tickets and information for the festival are available at this location. 4ARM's latest album “Submission For Liberty” is now out worldwide through Rising Records and Riot Entertainment.

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Nemesis Records Comments On 4ARM Leaving Tour

Australian act 4ARM recently announced the band was dropping off its first ever U.S. run, dubbed the "Zombie Apocalypse" tour, due to problems with Nemesis Records and having to play subpar venues. Nemesis Records has now issued the following statement about the issue and the venue in question:

"It is unfortunate that we had to drop 4ARM from the Zombie Apocalypse Tour. It became clear to us that the band’s refusal to play The Workshop, and their choice to leave the venue instead of supporting their tour mates would negatively affect the morale of the entire tour. We strive to promote a culture of solidarity between the bands and with the club promoters we work with. We did not feel it was in anyone’s best interest for the bands, promoters, managers, and most importantly, the fans to be finding out if 4ARM was playing each date as we rolled into the venue.

"With regards to the venues along the tour route, The Workshop has seen great metal acts including: Six Feet Under, All Shall Perish, and Dying Fetus. Also, there are a number of bigger name venues on the route including: The Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, TX, El Corazon in Seattle, WA, and The Oakland Metro in Oakland, CA(where the tour is set to end at the Bay Area Metal Festival).

"In addition, each band was provided proper directions, dates, times, and the contact numbers for both of the tour managers.

"We wish 4ARM the best, and there are no hard feelings from our end. We would also like to thank CVDM(Central Valley Death Metal) for their hospitality at the Workshop, we are looking forward to the rest of tour with the remaining bands, and we appreciate everyone’s hard work toward making The Zombie Apocalypse Tour a success."

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4ARM Drops Off "Zombie Apocalypse" Tour

Australia's 4ARM has been out on the band's first ever U.S. tour, dubbed the "Zombie Apocalypse" tour, alongside Casket For Cassandra, Prey For Sleep, and Deprivation. The group has now dropped off the trek, issuing the following statement:

"4ARM have been forced to walk off The Zombie Apocalypse Tour owing to sub-standard arrangements and communications on behalf of the tour promoters, Nemesis Records.

"As an example, the accompanying photo is of an actual venue at which the band was expected to perform. Needless to say, this was the final straw triggering 4ARM's exit from a poorly organised and misinformed operation. 4ARM warn all bands to exercise caution in dealings with Nemesis Records.

"4ARM apologizes to fans who were planning on attending any of the US dates, but would like to assure them of a return to the US under better circumstances." More...

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4Arm Announces First U.S. Tour

4Arm is pleased to announce the band's first ever tour of the USA as part of The Zombie Apocalypse Tour this summer. The bands included in the tour are Casket For Cassandra, Prey For Sleep, and Deprivation. Short Fuse will also be part of the tour on selected dates.

Presented by Nemesis Records and Metalluminati, The Zombie Apocalypse Tour 2012 will make its way through three weeks worth of back to back shows, commencing July 6th and coming to a close with a performance at The Bay Area Metal Festival on the 28th of July.

In addition to the Zombie Apocalypse Tour, 4Arm has scheduled two further shows on either end of the tour. The final show will be at The Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood on August 4th. More...

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4Arm To Play Bay Area Metal Fest

Australia’s own 4Arm, which recently posted a music video online for the song "Raise A Fist," will join the Bay Area Metal Festival in Oakland, California on Saturday July 28th. The following press release was issued:

"This will be the band's first tour outside their home country and what better way to give the US audience their first taste of the band's recently released album 'Submission For Liberty' then to be a part of a festival in the place where 'thrash metal' began!!

"During the 1980s and early 1990s, the Bay Area was home to one of the largest and most influential thrash metal scenes in the world, containing acts like Metallica, Exodus, Death Angel, Vio-lence, Forbidden, Testament and Machine Head. More US shows to be announced by the band in the next few weeks." More...

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4Arm Releases "Raise A Fist" Video

4Arm has unveiled yet another video from the band's recently released album "Submission For Liberty."

The clip for "Raise A Fist" was once again produced and edited by Steve Ravic and Vesna Trokter and the crew of Majestic Films. It was filmed at the prestigious Palace Theatre in Melbourne, Australia of March this year and can be viewed below.

Commenting on the clip is drummer Michael Vafiotis. "There is just a real energy and vibe playing this song live and definitely a favorite of mine. The idea came up to visually capture this song live and show some of the intensity we produce at each show and I know it will do just that for all out there watching.”

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