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Metal News for January 10, 2011

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39 news articles posted on this day.

I Will Break Thee To Release New EP

Orlando metal band I Will Break Thee is slated to release their as yet untitled E.P. this summer with Andols Herrick behind the drum kit. I Will Break Thee has been hard at work over the winter, putting together the 6 song E.P. Drum tracking began at Suede Shoes Studios in Longwood Florida, in early January.

“It’s been an amazing experience having Andols here,” said vocalist, Shane Bryant. “We couldn’t have asked for a better drummer to be on this record. Andols came in and nailed it after only a few rehearsals.”

I Will Break Thee is preparing to start the second phase of the recording process, tracking guitars by the end of January at Screamhouse Media in Winter Park, Fl. In the meantime, however, they have a few clips of pre-production demos which can be accessed through www.iwillbreakthee.com. They are preparing to release a video for their first single in April 2011.

I Will Break Thee will be releasing a series of webisodes throughout the process, to chronicle the making of the E.P.

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New Abysmal Dawn Song Available for Download

ABYSMAL DAWN’s title track from their upcoming album, “Leveling the Plane of Existence,” is now available for download from Metal Maniacs. “Leveling the Plane of Existence” is due February 1st on Relapse Records.

“Leveling the Plane of Existence” is the band’s third full-length effort and their second with Relapse.

Another new song, "In Service Of Time," is currently streaming online through the Abysmal Dawn MySpace page. The track was also recently made available as a free download through Relapse Records.

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Whitechapel Comments On Split With Drummer

Recently Knoxville, TN's Whitechapel and drummer Kevin Lane decided to part ways. Kevin offered the following statement to answer fans questions about the split:

"Over the past years I've had the experience of a lifetime and gotten to travel the world with not only a great band of musicians but some of my best friends. Unfortunately that time has come to an end. My playing had a falling out over the past year, thus I've decided to come home for good and go back to school full time. The past few tours I had the privilege of my good friend Gavin Parsons to fill my shoes and now another phenomenal drummer who I believe will do leaps and bounds of improvement to the band as a whole, Ben Harclerode has moved into the position until the decision for a full time drummer has been made. Thank you to everyone for all of your support."

Founding member and guitarist Alex Wade adds: "It's sad to see Kevin go, he was not just a fellow band member, but like a brother to all of us. I think it is honorable of him to step down to better the band. He is still and always will be an amazing drummer and talented musician; I believe it is just time for a new chapter for Whitechapel. That being said we would like to welcome Ben Harclerode (formerly of Knights of the Abyss) to the band to fill the drumming position. In my opinion he is one of the most solid and talented drummers in modern metal and we couldn't be more excited for him to be playing with us. Ben will be helping us out until we take further measures to decide on a permanent drummer, but that is just something that is not needed right now, nor are we taking submissions. Come welcome Ben on our upcoming headliner and watch him shred his kit!"

Whitechapel also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Skeletonwitch Releases New 7-Inch

Ohio metallers Skeletonwitch have released the second of three planned 7-inch records, this one on green vinyl and featuring a recently re-recorded version of "The Skullsplitter," which is from the band's self-released debut "At One with the Shadows."

The B-side features "No Rest for the Dead," which was recorded with producer Jack Endino, who has worked with Nirvana, Soundgarden and High On Fire, among others. The track was cut during the "Breathing the Fire" sessions and was originally used as a bonus track on the iTunes version of the album. The band is only pressing up 500 copies.

Skeletonwitch also recently announced the band is writing the follow-up to 2009's "Breathing the Fire."

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Interview

Robin Staps Discusses The Ocean's New Album

As a companion to the "Heliocentric" release, The Ocean dropped a new album titled "Anthropocentric" in November of 2010. Dealing with issues like history and science, the two albums work together as a broad critique of blind faith and those who reject evidence that contradicts a preconceived world view.

While taking a break from touring, The Ocean's Robin Staps spoke with me about recording the new album in the mountains of Switzerland, his distaste for the term "Post-Rock," and the band's plans for upcoming tour dates. More...

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Manowar Announces New Live Show

After announcing that Manowar has booked a live show in Ohio, Magic Circle Music has issued the following announcement about Manowar performing an upcoming live show in the Netherlands:

"The demands from the Dutch fans have been answered and Manowar will be heading to Kerkrade to bring TRUE metal to The Netherlands on April 8, 2011 at the Rodahal!

"After confirming shows in the UK and in the USA, now it's time for Continental Europe to witness the raw power of a live performance by the Kings Of Metal once again! In addition to performing Manowar classics, the band will perform the entire Battle Hymns record in celebration of the release of Battle Hymns 2011. The time to strike is now!"

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End Of You Streaming New Song

Finland's End of You has issued the following update about streaming a new song online:

"Best way to start year 2011 is to release some new material, right? We wanted to release new single 'Just Like You' to get the new year started, you should find it on iTunes, Spotify etc. within a couple weeks. Listen to the new single here. Best wishes for all the fans out there for the year 2011!

"Song written and arranged by Johnny Borodavkin and Jami Pietilä. Lyrics and Cover Art by Jami Pietilä. Produced by Johnny Borodavkin, Co-produced Jami Pietilä. Recorded by Johnny Borodavkin @ hellhole studios, Mixed by Johnny Borodavkin. Mastered by: UE Nastasi, Sterling Sound, New York. Big thanks goes to Janne Oinas from recording kick ass drums, Eija Pietilä for helping with the lyrics and Anri Kontio for the spell checking!"

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Clandestine Signs To Nightmare Records

Los Angeles, California based act Clandestine has checked in with the following brief announcement about signing to Nightmare Records:

"We are very excited to announce that we have just signed a deal with Nightmare Records for a worldwide release of The Invalid. Its release is currently set for early 2011. Lots of more details to come!"

You can also hear Clandestine's music online, which is available for streaming through the band's MySpace profile.

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Barren Earth Posts Tour Teaser Trailer

Finnish progressive death metal act Barren Earth has posted a video trailer online in anticipation of its debut North American tour, “The Finnish Metal Tour 2," which will kick off on January 31st in Orlando. You can check out the video below.

The dates for "The Finnish Metal Tour 2" featuring Barren Earth are as follows:

Jan. 31 - Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
Feb. 01 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Feb. 02 - Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
Feb. 03 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee
Feb. 04 - Austin, TX - Emo's Alternative Lounging
Feb. 05 - Forth Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
Feb. 06 - Amarillo, TX - The War Legion Underground
Feb. 07 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
Feb. 08 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Feb. 09 - Santa Anna, CA - Galaxy Theater
Feb. 10 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
Feb. 11 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Feb. 12 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Feb. 14 - Calgary, AB - The Republik
Feb. 15 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
Feb. 16 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
Feb. 17 - Winnipeg, MB - The Osbourne Village Inn
Feb. 18 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Feb. 19 - Chicago, IL - Reggie Rock Club
Feb. 20 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
Feb. 21 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Feb. 22 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Feb. 23 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
Feb. 24 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Feb. 25 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
Feb. 26 - New York City, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 27 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Mar. 01 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Mar. 02 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Mar. 03 - Charlotte, NC - The Casbah
Mar. 04 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11

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Headline News

Leviathan's Jef Whitehead Charged With Battery

The Chicago Tribune has reported that Jef Whitehead (a.k.a. Wrest of Leviathan, Krieg, and Nachtmystium) has been charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated domestic battery. An excerpt from the report follows:

"Veterans of the tattoo world were trying to make sense of the allegations made against a renowned tattoo artist who Cook County prosecutors say used the tools of his trade to sexually assault his girlfriend after he slammed her head against a floor and choked her. Jef Whitehead, 42, was charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated domestic battery Sunday and held on $350,000 bond after allegedly attacking his girlfriend.

"Prosecutors said an argument between the couple began about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at a home connected to a tattoo shop in the 1100 block of West Taylor Street. The woman was taken to the University of Illinois Medical Center in fair to serious condition, said Quention Curtis, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. Her condition was not known Sunday. 'I've never known him to be violent to anyone — male or female,' Freddy Corbin said of Whitehead, whom he has known for more than 20 years.

"For the last three or four months, Whitehead has been traveling throughout the United States and parts of Europe on a tattooing tour, said Corbin, owner of Temple Tattoo in Oakland, Calif., where Whitehead has worked for three years."

No members of any of the band's Wrest is involved with have made any statements regarding the issue at this point in time. Additional details will be announced as they are made available.

Read the full article at Chicago Tribune.

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Tuck From Hell Streaming New Song

Tuck From Hell has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to host a debut of the track "Death Before Disco" from the band's forthcoming release "Thrashing." The new album is the band's first proper studio release and it is set to drop on January 25th, 2011 via Metalville Records. You can hear the new song "Death Before Disco" at this location.

"'Death Before Disco' is a real neck breaker," drummer Fredrick Johansson told Noisecreep. "It's one of the first songs we ever wrote. Thrash metal with groove, pounding drums, monster riffs and fat vocals! Kind of old-school Metallica style. We love thrash metal and hate disco shit."

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Stratovarius Streaming New Song Online

Stratovarius is set to release the new album "Elysium" on January 14th through Armoury Records. The band is now streaming the new song "Under Flaming Skies” online, which can be found below.

Under Flaming Skies by UMGD

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Emerald Sun Signs To Pitch Black Records

Pitch Black Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Emerald Sun:

"Without further delay we present to you Emerald Sun, a killer heavy/power metal band from Greece whose second album 'Regeneration' is due to be released through Pitch Black Records on February 11th. "

The "Regeneration" artwork can be viewed here and the track listing is as follows:

1. We Won’t Fall
2. Theater of Pain
3. Where Angels Fly
4. Regeneration
5. Starchild
6. Speak of the Devil
7. Planet Metal
8. Chasing the Wind
9. Fantasmagoria
10. Holding out for a Hero (CD bonus)

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Elvenking Posts "Your Heroes Are Dead" Video

Italy's Elvenking has posted a music video online for the song "Your Heroes Are Dead," which can be viewed in the clip below. You can also view the previously uploaded video for "The Cabal" at this location.


ELVENKING - Your Heroes Are Dead

Elvenking | Myspace Music Videos

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Angertea Streaming "Frog In The Oven" Online

Hungary's Angertea is currently streaming the song "Frog In The Oven" online, which is off the band's new EP "Distrust." The track can be heard in the player below.

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Inmate Checks In With Band Update

Inmate has checked in with the following recap of 2010 events and announcement about upcoming activity:

"The year 2010 came to an end and we already entered the 2011. At the end of the year We usually look back at the past year to remember again all the great moments that happened to us and to learn from the mistakes we made. Some of the peaks of this year are definitely concerts in Austria, Germany and Croatia, summer open air festival concerts, being a part of Dark Tranquillity tour and entering the studio.

"But let us start at the beginning. We opened a concert season with our performance in Postojna (SI) at the beginning of February (Epic Rockline contest) where we proceeded into semifinals. Our next stop was a great concert in KMKC Kompleks in Ravne na Koroškem (SI) where we shared the stage with Brand New Idea and Device. Our second stop in March was Youth center Sežana where we performed with our metal brothers Necrotic and local band Kreation Kodex.

"In April we performed for the first time in Austria (Graz) where we attended Newcomer festival. Photos here. At the end of the month we again performed on a semifinal competition of Epic Rockline contest where we reached 2nd place. Kino Šiška (Ljubljana, SI) was our next stop in May. Performing at one of the best Slovenian venue's was really a great experience. The concert was actually a competition among 10 performing bands. Inmate was named as a band that with their performance really stepped out of all the participating bands and is definitely a band for big stages. More...

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Winterfylleth Comments On Candlefest Show

Winterfylleth has issued the following statement regarding reviews of the band's live show at the 2010 Candlefest:

"Friends, over the past few weeks we have been a bit disappointed to read a number of loaded reviews about Winterfylleth’s performance at Candlefest in November last year. Particularly those by a few of the mainstream metal magazines who have, once again, dragged us down a political route for comments passed on the night by me, Chris.

"As I have said during numerous interviews regarding areas of the mainstream press, I feel like there is an assumed political correctness and moral presumption that mainstream magazines think that they need to display in order to pacify themselves about their visible position on issues/situations etc. These things seem to once again be rearing their ugly heads by twisting the sentiments of what was said at Candlefest, sensationalizing the truth behind the message of distaste we were putting across at the extremist behavior shown by a few individuals on Armistice Day.

"To put this in context, Candlefest happened to fall upon St Edmunds Day (The day of one of the true patron saints of England, along with St Bede, that many historians and campaigners would place ahead of the fabled St George as the true icon of England), a date of celebration to many people and from our point of view a day of national pride that we celebrate.

"What I/we take exception too is the way that considered comments (like those that were made on the night) are sensationalized by a subjective spin on the true events that seems to be motivated more by Political Correctness than by truth. To paraphrase what I said on the night. More...

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Unearthing the Metal Underground in Kuwait

Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground we take a look at lesser known bands that are keeping metal alive and kicking in their respective regions and hometowns. This week, we introduce you to three bands from Kuwait: a country that has seen wars fought on its own home ground and in neighboring regions, as well as becoming a home to families trying to get away from conflicts. It has also become a small hub of high quality heavy metal, in both terms of production and originality.

Voice of the Soul

While Voice of the Soul may be better known as a song from the purveyors of death metal, Death, it also happens to be a progressive/melodic death metal band from Kuwait. With the typical line up of influences such as At the Gates, Carcass, Arch Enemy and the aforementioned Death, Voice of the Soul has set about creating a sound that is both intensely heavy and technical, but melodic enough to create memorable and satisfying songs.

Formed in 2007 by three like-minded metal heads who wanted to cover some of their favorite songs, Voice of the Soul eventually started to write and record it's own material, which brought about the release of their its EP, “Winds of Apprehension," in 2009. It included 3 original songs and a cover of Death’s “Empty Words." With this first EP, Voice of the Soul took a very straight forward melodic death metal approach. The release of the second EP, “Eyes of Deceit," in 2010 saw the band take a more progressive approach to it's sound.

The band’s song “Farewell to Hope” was featured on the Metality Compilation alongside Norther and The Empire Shall Fall. The same song was also voted as the top metal track of 2010 by the readers of Rockability Magazine.

While the band members are currently all based in separate countries due to school, Voice of the Soul is working on a full length album. You can download the “Eyes of Deceit” EP here.

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Helmet, Saint Vitus, and Crowbar To Tour Together

The 2011 Metalliance Tour has officially been announced, featuring HELMET, SAINT VITUS and CROWBAR for its inaugural line up. The festival tour will run through the U.S. from March 17th through April 5th.

HELMET will perform their 1992 platinum-selling release of "Meantime" in its entirety. The
Interscope Records release gave the band mainstream attention with songs like "Unsung" and "In The Meantime."

One of the most highly influential Doom Metal bands in America, SAINT VITUS are regarded as one of the first bands of the genre starting out as early as the 1970's. The band featuring Scott "Wino" Weinrich, bassist Mark Adams, guitarist Dave Chandler and drummer Armando Acosta has influenced so many bands in doom and metal. "Saint Vitus is more than ready to infect The Metalliance Tour! We've been wanting to do something like this for some time now...so prepare for destruction!!" says lead guitarist Dave Chandler. The band has done a handful of shows and some European Festivals but this will be their first full US tour in over a decade.

CROWBAR front man Kirk Windstein concludes, "Wow! This tour is gonna rule! I've loved Helmet since the beginning and loved St. Vitus even longer. With the new Crowbar record having hit the streets by then, look out! This bill will bring just what we need to crush each city with an avalanche of stylistic thunder!"

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Infinity Overture Discusses New Album

Ytsejam.com recently posted an interview online with Niels Vejlyt of Infinity Overture, in which Niels discusses the band's new album. An excerpt from the interview follows:

Tommy Hash: With this being the first part of "The Infinite Overture " what were the inspirations behind it?

Niels Vejlyt: The inspirations was that I think I progressed a lot regarding compositional skills, and also making use of the way I and Jakob Vand play our instruments.

TH: Musically, what was it that you sought out to do with this album as opposed to "Kingdom of Utopia"?

NV: I wanted to make the music more aggressive and progressive, I also wanted to incorporate a larger variety of musical styles - that way making it more progressive.

TH: How is it that you approached the arrangements on this album without going all out neo-classical?

NV: I wanted to make most of the songs very progressive in the way they are arranged, so that the songs has many different interesting instrumental parts.
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Human Scum Loses Another Member

After announcing the departure of three band members earlier this month, Finland's Human Scum has now also issued the following brief update about losing another member:

"Massive lineup change. So arfter Arttu, Jonas and Roope left, Max decided to leave as well. Human Scum is now looking for two guitarists, a drummer and a singer. Human Scum is going on a break and we will hope for the best."

Human Scum tracks are available for streaming through the band's official MySpace page.

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Aggressive Disorder Recruits New Bassist

Aggressive Disorder has issued the following update about recruiting a new bass player:

"A.D- here with an update on the album, and more. First…we would like to announce that we have found our new bassist! Eddy White has become the newest member to Aggressive Disorder! Eddy’s a veteran of the metal scene, and has played in some reputable bands. He’s paid his dues with his craft for many years and we welcome his talents to A.D, and we look forward to working with him. Rehearsals start next weekend, and we cant wait to get him into the fold, and get him to work. He love’s what we do, the direction A.D is going in, and is excited to come aboard and help make A.D take it to the next level. New blood, New life, New beginning.

"Other news….. As we mentioned, the new album is coming along very well, and we cant wait to get it completed and out their to the masses. With the help of SPEEDWORK’S RECORDS in Japan, we believe that wont be a problem. We believe there will be something on there for every metal head out there to get a fix on when they hear it. We added one song from the demo tracks we recently have done- ( The Killing Floor ) for you all to check out and it’s been met with Great response from our friends and fans. Trust us, if you all loved that? Just wait till the rest is done and it’s coming at you like a runaway freight train! Get on, or get out of the way, cause its going to be Unstoppable!

"And as always we want to thank you all so very much for hanging in there with us, your belief along with ours is what makes this Metal Machine run, and continue to stay on the scene instead of disappearing from it.

"Last…theres talk of a possible show with the band Destruction that we may be doing in the month of April. A date hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, so as soon as we get the word, you all will. And if this show takes place it should be a big one down in kick ass Philadelphia, pa! We hope you all will come out and Jam with us for the night! It will be our first one back, and we cant think of a better way to do it, then to have you all there! Look for more to come, SHOW YOUR HORN’S, and SPREAD THE WORD."

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Battle Beast To Play Wacken

Battle Beast has announced that it will be participating in this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place between August 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:

ACCU§ER
APOCALYPTICA
AS I LAY DYING
AVANTASIA
BATTLE BEAST
BLAAS OF GLORY
BLIND GUARDIAN
BLOWSIGHT
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CRADLE OF FILTH
DEVILDRIVER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
EXODUS
HAYSEED DIXIE
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
HELLSAW
ICED EARTH
IN SOLITUDE
JUDAS PRIEST
KHOLD
KNORKATOR
KREATOR
MAYHEM
MORBID ANGEL
MORGOTH
MOTÖRHEAD
OZZY OSBOURNE
PRIMAL FEAR
RHAPSODY OF FIRE
RUSSKAJA
SEPULTURA
SIRENIA
SKÁLMÖLD
SKI KING
SMACK BALLZ
SODOM
STIER
SUBWAY TO SALLY
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
TAUTHR
THE HAUNTED
THE PROPHECY²³
TOKYO BLADE
TRIVIUM
TSJUDER
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
VOLCANO
VREID
WARRANT

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Sonic Syndicate Side Project Formed

Former Sonic Syndicate members Richard Sjunnesson (vocals) and Roland Johansson (vocals) have teamed up with current guitarist Roger Sjunnesson to form The Unguided. The band is preparing to release its debut two-track digital and physical single "Nightmareland" in February with a full length to follow near the end of the year. Richard Sjunnesson commented on the new project by saying:

"We already have about ten songs in the pipeline for the album and everything sounds really awesome! I will assure you it sounds nothing like the 'new' Sonic, and the people who liked the classic Syndicate will be familiar with the take on these songs, for sure. I don't think we ever wrote this many songs in such a short period of time. And I believe it's the fruit of having creative freedom and loving what we do — it certainly has upped the pace."

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Indestructible Noise Command Announces EP, Video

Internationally established thrash metal act INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND has announced the release of their new "Bleed the Line" EP, available now in digital format. Fans can download the record at iTunes or Amazon.com now. The "Bleed the Line" EP was written, recorded and produced by the band between the spring and summer of 2010, aside from the single "God Loves Violence," which was cut by seasoned producer Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Opeth). The "Bleed the Line" EP is released on the band’s label, M90 Records, and is the first music that the band has released in 20 years. The artwork for the "Bleed the Line" EP was illustrated by Dennis Guevera.

Here's the EP's tracklisting:

1. God Loves Violence (Fredrik Nordström mix)
2. Bleed the Line
3. Rain (feat. Ron Thal of Guns N’ Roses)
4. Full Metal Jacket
5. If I Were President
6. Fueled By Regret

“It felt great being back in the studio after so long,” states lead guitarist Erik Barath. “It didn’t even feel like there was any rust, it just felt natural. It was also amazing to have Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal stop by and lay down a lead on Rain! That guy is an alien from another planet the way he plays guitar!”

INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND has just released the brand new music video for the single "God Loves Violence." An original music video depicting scenes of violence and war was posted on YouTube several months ago, but after receiving over 100,000 views in under two weeks, the video was banned. This new video was filmed by New York City based filmmaker Justin Johnson. Justin is known for his popular short political satire, Hillary in Bosnia, which has over 2.4 million views, and was featured on Fox News and other TV outlets.

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Arch Enemy Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, set to take place between July 11th and 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The confirmed line-up includes:

ABINCHOVA
ACCEPT
ACHREN
ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ARCH ENEMY
ARKONA
AVA INFERI
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
BREZNO
BULLDOZER
DEATH ANGEL
DEICIDE
HATE
HEAVEN´S GREY
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
IN SOLITUDE
KALMAH
KREATOR
KYLESA
MERCENARY
MOONSORROW
MOONSPELL
OBSCURA
OCTOBER FILE
RISING DREAM
SERENITY
SUICIDAL ANGELS
TAAKE
THAUROROD
THE OCEAN
VANDERBUYST
VIRGIN STEELE
WATAIN
WINTERSUN

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Illdisposed Reveals New Album Title

Danish death metal act Illdisposed has revealed the title to its forthcoming full length album. The new album, titled "There Is Light (But It's Not For Me)," is set for release in Europe on March 25 through Massacre Records. The band is currently recording the album at Antfarm Studio in Arhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen.

"To Those Who Walk Behind Us," the band's previous album, was released on August 28, 2009 through Massacre Records. The CD was recorded at AB Studio in Aarhus, Denmark and was mixed at Fredman Studio in Sweden with Fredrik Nordstrom. "To Those Who Walk Behind Us" entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 32.

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Of Mice & Men Issues Band Update

Costa Mesa, California metalcore act Of Mice & Men has issued the following update:

"So an entire year of touring on our debut album has come to an end and the approaching date of entering the studio to make our next album has come closer and closer, it’s become time for us to decide the kind of album we want to make, for us, as well as for all of you!

"With having recently made amends with our original vocalist, Austin Carlile, and not after discussing all of our previous disputes and issues we’ve had with each other (like any other relationship, its not always a friendly exchange of happy words) we’ve collectively decided to return to, or as close to, our original lineup as we could.

"Now, we knew this was going to be a huge surprise to everyone and an unexpected turn of events for Of Mice & Men. We had to take into account the response our fans had to our necessity to change screamers in order to continue touring as well as what we felt comfortable with as a group in and out of the studio as well as what our management/label/booking agency team (yes we include them in almost any decision we make, we are a close family, a relationship we are extremely grateful for) felt was a good decision to make for the business aspect while taking into account our personal well being.

"To be put simply, both OM&M and Austin want to make another album together because we want give our fans the familiar sound they loved about our first album and build upon that for our follow up. We were willing to put our differences aside and re-establish our friendship and love for making music together. We also want to give you all the chance to hear our first album the way it was intended to be heard since due to prior circumstances…well, that’s all in the past now! More...

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Sabaton Recruits Dragonforce Member For Euro Tour

Swedish metal act Sabaton has announced that the band has recruited current Dragonforce bassist Frédéric Leclercq to take ove guitar duties for its forthcoming European tour. Leclercq will be filling for Sabaton guitarist Rikard Sundén, who is taken a short hiatus from the band for the birth of his first child. Sabaton commented on the addition of Leclercq by saying:

"Of course, it's the highest wish of Sabaton to tour with all six members, but this time Rikard wanted to pass and to ensure that the fans that come to these shows will get a good show we wanted to bring in a person with both great musical talent as well as a great stage act together with a chemistry that we know fits in Sabaton. We are sure that Frédéric is that person. This is, of course, a temporary situation, Frédéric is still a full member of Dragonforce and Rikard is still the guitar player of Sabaton. For the American tour that starts in April, Rikard will be on stage again, ready to rock and a hopefully a bit richer in life."

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Terror Posts New Music Video Online

Los Angeles, California hardcore act Terror has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the title track of its 2010 release "Keepers of the Faith." "Keepers Of The Faith" was released on August 30, 2010 in Europe and September 14, 2010 in North America via Century Media Records. You can view the music video below:

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Apocalyptica Comments On Rammstein Lawsuit

Finnish cello rock act Apocalyptica has posted the following statement online, in response to previous reports that the band had been sued by German metal act Rammstein. The statement reads;

"The [Anwalt24.de] article's headline [which suggested that Apocalyptica was forced to pay damages to Rammstein] is substantially wrong: neither the band Apocalyptica nor their management are or were involved in the described lawsuit. However, the parties involved are the band Rammstein and Sony Music Entertainment GmbH, as the successor of the by now-defunct affiliated label GUN Records.

"Apocalyptica and Halbe Miete Management regret the events, but neither had any influence on a violation of trademark and naming rights, nor any part in whatsoever resulting agreements.

"It is correct that GUN Records published advertisements with the stated endorsement disregarding existing agreements, and the band Rammstein subsequently filed a lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment GmbH as the parent company. It is furthermore correct that Sony Music Entertainment GmbH and Rammstein have agreed on a settlement, the details of which, however, are unknown to Apocalyptica and Halbe Miete Management. We ask that further articles on the topic correctly reproduce the facts."

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Salt The Wound Posts Studio Update

Newly reformed deathcore act Salt the Wound has posted a new video update online from the studio. The band are preparing to release its new album, "Kill the Crown," on March 15, 2011 through Rotten Records. You can view the video update below:

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More Dates Added To Music As A Weapon Tour

A new batch of dates have been added to the current edition of the "Music As A Weapon Tour." The tour, which features co-headliners Disturbed and Korn with support coming from Sevendust and In This Moment, will now reach an additional eight cities across the United States. You can view the full list of newly confirmed dates, cities, and venues below:

03/08 Belton, TX – Bell County Expo Center
03/09 Las Cruces, TX – NMSU Pan American Center
03/11 Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center
03/12 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
03/13 Sacramento, CA – ARCO Arena
03/15 Portland, OR – Memorial Coliseum
03/17 Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley SunDome
03/18 Missoula, MT – Adams Center

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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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Bruce Lamont Reveals Solo Album Tracklisting

Bruce Lamont, of Chicago progressive metal act Yakuza, has revealed the tracklisting and title for his upcoming solo album. His first ever solo effort will carry the title of "Feral Songs for the Epic Decline" and will be released on January 18, 2011 through At A Loss Recordings.

Here is the album's track listing:

1. One Who Stands On The Earth
2. The Epic Decline
3. Year Without Summer
4. The Book Of The Low
5. Disgruntled Employer
6. Deconstructing Self Destruction
7. 2 Then The 3

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Sins IV Ages Parts Ways With Drummer

Sweden's Sin IV Ages has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Kim Gustavsson:

"We’ve replaced our former drummer Kim Gustavsson with Mike Cameron Force (ex-Zonata, Enbound, The Grand Station). Due to the fact that Kim was leaving Sweden for a job and living in Norway, we weren't able to work and getting things done the way we wanted like pushing the band in its right direction. So therefore we decided on parting ways with him and look for a replacement in a steady permanent member. There are no hard feelings between us, we’re still friends and we wish Kim all the best of luck in his future endeavors and thanks him for his time in the band.

"After a long search, periods of frustration and a couple of additions during the past year without finding the right one, we finally came in contact with Mike who did an amazing impact on us. With his personality, musical creativity, skills as a drummer, knowledge in production and that he also lives near the rest of us made him an obvious choice for the band. Let the sinful madness carry on!"

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Sons Of Aeon Streaming Three Songs

Finland's Sons of Aeon has made three songs available online for streaming and as free MP3 downloads. The tracks "Weakness," "Seeds of Destruction," and "Burden" can be found at the official Sons of Aeon website.

The Sons of Aeon lineup is as follows:

Tapio Vartiainen - guitar
Wille Naukkarinen - guitar
Pasi Pasanen - drums
Tony Kaikkonen - vocals
Tommi Kiviniemi - bass

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Video Interview Available With In This Moment

In This Moment was recently interview on Elizabeth Rawwwr's "Having Tea With Voodoo Dollies" show. Footage from the interview is available in the video clip found below.

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Exodus Video Interview Posted Online

Themetalheadz.com has posted a video interview online with Bay Area thrash act Exodus during the band's U.K. 2010 headline tour. Footage from the interview can be viewed below.

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