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Metal News for January 12, 2011

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X Japan Plays The Riviera

X Japan remains the biggest name in heavy metal across the Asian continent. Despite major setbacks including the death of a lead guitarist and a decade long-hiatus, X Japan is still capable of selling out the Tokyo Dome in the band's home country and appearing on the soundtracks for major motion pictures. Finally, North American audiences have been able to witness a phenomenon that they've missed out on since the 1980s.

For those not familiar with X Japan it, along with Helloween, pioneered power metal in the late 1980s as well as a new style of dress known as visual kei, which is entirely an image and has nothing to do with a band's sound. Visual kei bands range from noise to pop and are defined by their use of "Medusa" hairstyles, colorful costumes, and heavy stage makeup. It's a style that emphasizes live performance and theatrics much like black metal, but with a much lighter and less grim approach. Moreover, visual kei has has a profound impact on everything in Japan from anime to video games, with things like Code Geass and the Final Fantasy series taking a heavy influence from visual kei for their art direction.

Finally, after missing the band's Chicago debut at Lollapalooza, I was finally able to witness the legends in person during X Japan's full tour. For one thing, it was inspiring for me to see so many fans follow X Japan to North America from the band's home continent. About 1/3 of the crowd were metalheads decked out in shirts for bands like Helloween and Dark Tranquillity, 1/3 were American weaboos interested in Japan's biggest metal phenomenon, and 1/3 were overseas fans who followed X Japan all the way across the world to see a performance on the group's first ever (and long overdue) North American tour. After every show that I've been to, I've never seen a fan base devoted enough to follow their favorite band overseas. Then again, this is the band that is able to sell out a show at the Tokyo Dome with no opener and have managed to sell thirty million albums with absolutely no touring in North America. More...

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Wormrot Posts New Song Online

A brand new track from Singapore grindcore act Wormrot, titled "Manipulation," has been posted online. The video, which is off the band's new album "Dirge," can be viewed below. "Dirge" is set for release on the following dates:

CD Release May 3rd in the USA
Limited Picture Disc May 17th in USA
CD and Limited LP May 23rd in UK/Europe

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Haeresiarchs Of Dis Issues Album Update

Today, vocalist Cernunnos of U.S. based black metal act Hæresiarchs of Dis has announced that the band's next full-length album "In Obsecration of the Seven Darks" is slated for an April release through Moribund Cult Records.

Additional information on a specific release date and new songs uploaded from the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can still check out sample Hæresiarchs of Dis songs available for streaming through the band's official MySpace profile.

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Vorkreist Signs To Agonia Records

Agonia Records has issued the following announcement about signing French metal act Vorkreist:

"We are proud to announce signing of French based Black/Death Metal band VORKREIST, featuring members of Hell-Militia, Blacklodge, Secrets Of The Moon or Merrimack to list just a few. Before the follow up of Sickness Sovereign will be unleashed some rarities will be eventually released on vinyl. We will keep you posted about future projects and their firm dates."

You can also hear sample Vorkreist tracks available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.

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Sabaton To Re-Issue Back Catalog

Available for the first time in North America as non-imports, Sabaton’s first four full-length albums will be re-issued by Nuclear Blast on April 14th, 2011. Titles include: 2005’s "Primo Victoria," 2006’s "Attero Dominatus," 2007’s "Metalizer," and 2008’s "The Art Of War." Exclusive bonus material and cover songs for each re-release will soon be announced.

Sabaton bassist Pär Sundström has this to say about the availability of the band's discography in North America and the re-releases coinciding with the band's first-ever North American tour with Germany's Accept:

"We are thrilled about finally being able to tour North America and to be able to do so with such legends as ACCEPT is even better. Finally, our first four albums will be available outside of Europe right in time for this tour. We will be playing songs from all five albums every night and during our full-length headlining shows, we will present the music from more than ten years of SABATON for the first time on North American soil."

The tour dates are as follows:

04/09/11 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
04/10/11 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/13/11 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
04/14/11 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/15/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY (SABATON HEADLINING SHOW; NO ACCEPT)
04/16/11 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY *ONE-OFF; OVERKILL HEADLINES*
04/17/11 Club Soda- Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/18/11 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/20/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/21/11 Blondie's – Detroit, MI
04/22/11 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
04/24/11 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
04/26/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
04/27/11 Peter's Room – Portland, OR
04/28/11 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
04/30/11 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/01/11 Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
05/02/11 Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA
05/03/11 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (SABATON HEADLINING SHOW; NO ACCEPT)
05/04/11 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
05/06/11 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
05/07/11 Scout Bar – Houston, TX

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Sirenia Streaming New Song

Norwegian-Spanish gothic metal act Sirenia has posted another new song online from the band's new album "The Enigma of Life." You can check out the new track "Fallen Angel" via the Sirenia MySpace page. "The Enigma of Life" is set to be unleashed on January 21st, 2011 in Europe and on February 15th in North America.

Commented mainman Morten Veland: "The release date for The Enigma Of Life is closing in now. To shorten the waiting period we have decided to release one more track from the album. This is the track ‘Fallen Angel’, we hope you will enjoy it while you wait for the album. Cheers!”

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. The End of It All
2. Fallen Angel
3. All My Dreams
4. This Darkness
5. The Twilight in Your Eyes
6. Winter Land
7. A Seaside Serenade
8. Darkened Days to Come
9. Coming Down
10. This Lonely Lake
11. Fading Star
12. The Enigma of Life
13. Oscura Realidad

North American Bonus Track:
14. El Enigma De La Vida (acoustic version)

iTunes Exclusive Bonus Track:
15. El Enigma De La Vida

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Artillery Posts Studio Footage

On January 10th Danish band Artillery finished work on the forthcoming album entitled "New Blood." The album was recorded at the Medley Studios, Denmark with Søren Andersen as the producer. The band has just published a video teaser to give a foretaste of the new material, which can be viewed below.

"New Blood" will be released through Metal Mind Productions on March 14th in Japan (via Kings Records), March 21st in Europe, and April 5th in the U.S. (via MVD). The album will be released as a jewel case CD and as a digipak CD including 2 bonus tracks.

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Adamantine Streaming "Thrash And Devastate"

Thrash band Adamantine recently recorded the new single "Thrash and Devastate" at Poison Apple Studios with producer Vasco Ramos. The band is now streaming the new single online. "Thrash and Devastate" can be heard via the official Adamantine MySpace page. You can also check out a studio report video below.

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Doro Updates Tour Schedule

German heavy metal queen Doro has announced the following upcoming European and South American live shows:

07.04.2011 SWE Stockholm - Swedenrock Cruise
09.04.2011 SWE Malmö - KB
10.04.2011 GER Rostock - Alte Zuckerfabrik
21.04.2011 BRA Rio de Janeiro - Ilha dos Pescadores
23.04.2011 BRA Sao Luis - Red Club
24.04.2011 BRA Sao Paulo - Carioca Club
26.04.2011 ARG Buenos Aires - Roxy Live
28.04.2011 COL Bogota - Teatro Mama
30.04.2011 MEX Mexico City - Circo Volador
18.06.2011 TCH Ckyne - Rocková Pumpa Festival
19.06.2011 FRA Clisson - Hellfest
24.06.2011 GER Dischingen - Rock Am Härtsfeldsee
22.10.2011 BEL Wieze - Metal Female Voices Festival

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Blood Red Throne Issues Band Update

Norwegian death metallers Blood Red Throne wrapped up 2010 with their first ever North American tour, which saw the band playing alongside the likes of Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved. The band has issued the following recap of the tour and update about upcoming activity:

"Blood Red Throne just got back home from a 6-week US/Canada tour with Dimmu Borgir and Enslaved. Despite a couple of accidents, smashing another car and flipping our trailer, we had a blast over there and we made many new fans as well as old fans who were thrilled to see us for the first time. It was strange experiencing both winter in Canada and summer in California on the same tour and we spent countless hours in the van. But it was all worth it, playing the bigger venues and sharing the finest Norwegian death metal with you!

"As for 2011, Død has written five new killer tunes for an upcoming album. We're returning to Mexico the first weekend in June, playing a festival with Sepultura. In August, we're playing with Morbid Angel, Vader, Gorguts and Nevermore at the Brutal Assault Festival! Cheers & Beers!"

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Broken Melody To Record New Video

Italy's Broken Melody has issued the following brief announcement about recording a new music video:

"Dark & Light official video clip announced! Finally, after some delay, the recording of our first official video clip will start this Sunday (16th January 2011). The song will be 'Dark & Light!' Hope you'll like the result. Rock On!"

You can also check out Broken Melody's music via the band's official MySpace profile.

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Akrea Posts Swiss Show Photos

Akrea has issued the following statement about posting a series of photos online from the band's recent show in Swizterland:

"Our good friend and great photographer Georg Neumann was there during our trip last weekend (8 / 9 January 2011) in Switzerland. He has recorded the complete trip in photos, first of all have big THANK YOU for that. The images are just this moment gone online. We want to click through a lot of fun!"

You can check out the photos here. The band also recently posted a 2010 recap video online, which can be found at this location.

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Lantlôs To Re-Release Debut Album

Germany's Lantlôs has issued the following announcement about re-releasing it's debut self-titled album:

"On March 11th, the self-titled debut album by Lantlôs which has been sold out for a few months is going to be re-released by Lupus Lounge / Prophecy Productions. This re-release in a super jewel case will contain a bonus CD with the tracks of the extremely rare demo 'Îsern Himel,' two previously unreleased demo recordings of 'Kalte Tage' (instrumental) and 'Þinaz Andawlitjam,' as well as the equally unreleased song 'Farbensturm.' Apart from that, the booklet includes not only the lyrics, but also extensive liner notes by Herbst on the making of the album as well as previously unreleased band photos."

You can also check out the cover artwork for the release at this location.

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Sacred Dawn Signs To Dark Star Records

Dark Star Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Sacred Dawn:

"We are pleased to announce that the Chicago based progressive power metal band Sacred Dawn have inked a deal with Dark Star Records. With an innovative mix of heavy metal and hard rock plus a unique blend of vocal harmonies, Sacred Dawn has been said to deliver one of the most original progressive metal musical experiences heard since the dawn of true prog metal. Sacred Dawn pulls their influence from bands such as Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Nevermore, Queensryche, Savatage, Fates Warning and many others.

"From their numerous live appearances across the Midwest to playing alongside international acts such as Symphony X, Cage, Firewind, Kamelot, and Epica, Sacred Dawn has garnered critical acclaim as well as fans around the world. Dark Star Records will be releasing the long awaited sophomore album entitled 'A Madness Within' in the spring of 2011. This new 10 song concept album was produced by Sacred Dawn and Chuck Macak of Electrowerks Music and includes a full color 16 page booklet."

You can also check out Sacred Dawn's video for "Delirium" below.

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Izegrim Announces New Album Details

Izegrim signed to Listenable Records last year for the release of the new album "Code Of Consequences." The band has now posted the new album's cover artwork online, which can be viewed here. "Code Of Consequences" is due out on February 24th, 2011 through Listenable Records and the track listing is as follows:

1. Victim of Honor
2. My Secret Society
3. Incommunicado
4. Center of Momentum
5. Deathstrip
6. Final Farewell
7. Fade into Obscurity
8. Psychopathic Mind
9. Population Zero
10. Code of Consequences

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Coldspell Posts "Heroes" Video

Coldspell has posted a music video online for the song "Heroes," which is from the upcoming release "Out From The Cold" that will be dropped on the 25th of February 2011. You can check out the video clip below.

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Bonafide Posts New Video Blog

Sweden's Bonafide has posted a new video blog online, which can be viewed below. Bonafide also commented on the clip:

"Check out the third Bonafide video blog. Pontus reporting from his american tour with Jason & The Scorchers. Recording with Dan Baird, Warner E Hodges + meet the new hot shot guitar player of Nashville. We let you sneak listen to a track from the upcoming EP, and much more..."

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Enslaved Discusses New Album In Guitar World

Guitarists Ivar Bjørnson and Ice Dale of the Norwegian progressive black metal band Enslaved are featured on Page 23 of the February 2011 issue of Guitar World.

"With [Axioma Ethica Odini], we wanted to get as close to our live sound as possible: urgent, upbeat and in your face," says Enslaved founding guitarist and main songwriter Ivar Bjørnson to journalist Henry Yuan. "This approach actually ended up leaving an open field for the more melodic and progressive parts, and, in a way, helped crystallize them." More information on the February 2011 issue of Guitar World is available here.

Enslaved's latest release, "Axioma Ethica Odini," debuted at #16 on the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart, #40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and #72 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release. Enslaved also recently announced an appearance at the upcoming Party.San Open Air Festival.

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Sahg Performing At By:Larm Festival

Sahg has issued the following brief announcement about appearing at the Norwegian by:Larm festival:

"Sahg is confirmed for the annual Norwegian music event by:Larm, which takes place in Oslo, 17-19 February, 2011. Details will follow!"

Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. You can also check out Sahg's music via the band's official MySpace page.

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Power Quest Checks In With Band Update

Power Quest recently revealed the details for the band's new album "Blood Alliance." The group has now checked in with the following update about the 10th anniversary of Power Quest and upcoming live shows:

"Welcome to 2011, the year of Power Quests 10th anniversary. We hope you all have had a great start to the New Year and look forward to seeing you out on the road during the coming months. Blood Alliance you should have seen the released album artwork by now. If not, check it out here!

"The track list and running order for the album is as follows; 1. Battle Stations 2. Rising Anew 3. Glorious 4. Sacrifice 5. Survive 6. Better Days 7. Crunching the Numbers 8. Only in my Dreams 9. Blood Alliance 10. City of Lies 11. Time to Burn (Japanese bonus track)

"The release dates are scheduled as follows: Jan 26th - Japan, South East Asia Mar 23rd - Spain, Finland, Sweden Mar 25th - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy Mar 28th - Rest of Europe Apr 5th - USA and Canada

"The following festival appearances have been confirmed so far; 29.05.–08.06. Hard Rock Hell, Ibiza 13.08. Bloodstock Open Air, UK There are a few shows planned in the UK around the release date and we are also working on an international level. Later this year a special show marking the 10th anniversary will be taking place. We will keep you updated about this as we go along. Lots of surprises there!

"As is customary, we have a new website in development and this should be launched in time for the European release of the album on March 25th."

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Negura Bunget Announces Live DVD Release

Negura Bunget has announced the live DVD "Focul Viu" will be released by Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Production on March 11th 2011 (Germany and Austria) and March 14th (rest of the Europe). The material was recorded in December 2008 at a concert in Bucharest. The full 90 minute concert is set to be released as both a DVD and 2CD set. A trailer for the DVD can also be viewed below.

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Sacred Steel Posts "Carnage Victory" Video

German Metal maniacs Sacred Steel have released the new official video clip for the title track off their latest studio album "Carnage Victory." You can check out the music video below.

Sacred Steel also has the following upcoming tour dates:

11-03-2011 - Up The Hammers Festival, Athens, Greece
09-04-2011 - Bulding A Force Festival, Germany
02-07-2011 - Skulls Of Metal Festival, Las Escuelas, Spain

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The Sarcophagus Seeking Fan Photos

Turkish black metal act The Sarcophagus has issued the following brief announcement about seeking photograph submissions from fans: "All supporters of The Sarcophagus, send your The Sarcophagus pictures and we'll release them in our page..."

You can check out sample The Sarcophagus tracks available for streaming or contact the band through the group's official MySpace profile. The Sarcophagus also announced last year that a new album is in the works which will also feature a Motorhead cover track.

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Dying Fetus Posts Re-Mastered Songs Online

Dying Fetus has posted the re-mastered versions of “Grotesque Impalement” (taken from "Infatuation With Malevolence") and “Skull Fucked” (taken from "Purification Through Violence") online now via the band’s MySpace page. These re-mastered tracks come from the band’s forthcoming, expanded re-issues of earlier albums that will see their release early this year, which coincidentally marks the 20th anniversary of the group.

Dying Fetus has also announced that the last headlining tour in support of it's most recent album "Descend Into Depravity" will be as the headliners of the 2011 Bonecrusher Fest. This last tour starting work on a brand new album will also include Keep of Kalessin, Carnifex, Annotations of an Autopsy, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Angelus Apatrida. A complete listing of the 2011 tour dates and cities can be found at this location.

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Nervecell Announces Show In Dubai

Nervecell has issued the following update about performing in Dubai with Moonshine:

"Happy new year everyone! Nervecell will be performing live in Dubai at Club 7 (Park Regis Hotel) on February 4, 2011.

"Support bands are Concast, Eye and Moonshine. This will be Nervecell's first show of 2011 and its definitely great to have it in our home town! For details check out the poster at this location. See you all there."

You can also check out Nervecell's music via the band's MySpace page.

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A Forest Of Stars Signs To Prophecy Productions

A Forest of Stars has issued the following update about signing to Prophecy Productions and recruiting a new bassist and guitarist:

"First of all, we are proud to announce our signing with Prophecy Productions, home of many, many great artists we admire. We only hope not to lower the tone of such an outstanding and respected label too far. At the moment, there is not much more to be said on this front, however, we have made it our aim to start using the Club's recording facilities by October/November, and are already hard at work writing our new album.

"Secondly, it is with great sadness that Mr TS Kettleburner has decided to leave the Club - or sober up - one of the two, of which none of us can quite remember which. In his place, Both Sir Gastrix Grimshaw and Titus Lungbutter will step up to take his place on guitar and bass respectively, and a brand new fool member has been introduced to the fold: Henry Hyde Bronston, a remarkably talented chap by all accounts, who shall also be providing guitar.

"Thirdly, from the end of April, we have new live performances scheduled, including trips to the continent, more on this in the coming weeks. Finally, our last release on the fine label that is Transcendental Creations shall be an ultra luxurious double vinyl version of 'Opportunistic Thieves...,' which will see the light of day either at the end of this month or the beginning of February - again, more details will follow shortly.

"Thank you for taking the time to read our missives, We remain, as ever, your humble and obedient servants."

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Descend Into Despair Releases Demo For Download

Romanian funeral doom band Descend Into Despair recently released its debut demo, entitled "Wings of Solitude," for free download.

The band commented: "Wings of Solitude debut demo out now! Free download link! It has taken a huge amount of work from both of us but the demo is now finished and available for download free at this location."

You can also check out some of their music on the band's MySpace player.

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Nile Guitarist Answers Fan Submitted Questions

Guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders of South Carolina extreme technical death act Nile recently answered a number of fan-submitted questions for Fret 12. You can view one of the answers below, then follow the rest of answers in the video side-bar.

Nile European/U.K. tour dates:
01/20 Katowice, POL – Mega Club
01/21 Vienna, AUT – Szene
01/22 Budapest, HUN – A38
01/23 Bucharest, ROM – TBA
01/24 Sofia, BUL – Blue Box
01/25 Thessaloniki, GRE – 8ball
01/26 Beograd, SER – SKC
01/27 Zagreb, CRO – Mochvara
01/28 Nova Goriza, ITA – Pieffe Factory
01/29 Zurich, SWI – Sounddock14
01/30 Darmstadt,GER – Steinbruch Theater
01/31 Prague, CZE – Exit Chmelnice
02/01 Munich, GER – Backstage
02/02 Veyey, SWI – Rocking Chair
02/03 Romagnano Sesia, ITA – RnR Arena
02/04 Rome, ITA – Blackout
02/05 Gualtieri, ITA – Temp Rock
02/06 TBA, FRA – TBA
02/07 TBA, FRA – TBA
02/08 Cardiff, UK – Millennium Music Hall
02/09 Liverpool, UK – The Masque
02/10 Derby, UK – Redemption
02/11 Dublin, IRE – The Village
02/12 London, UK – O2 Academy
02/13 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
02/14 Rotterdam, NET – Baroeg
02/15 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
02/16 Hannover, GER – Musikzentrum

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Drowning Pool Further Comments On Arizona Shooting

Texas modern metal/hard rock act Drowning Pool has posted a follow-up statement online in response to the recent Arizona shooting tragedy:

"We'd like to thank our fans for all of their support yesterday, and once again offer our thoughts to the victims and their families.

"Jared Lee Loughner is clearly a very disturbed individual.

"The Washington Post ran an article on 'Bodies' and the Tucson shootings. But instead of telling the whole story, the writer decided to edit what we had to say in order to make it seem like we were somehow responsible for what happened last weekend. He left out some really important facts.

"Where did the part about us performing for the troops go? Where was the mention of us helping to pass a bill in support of our soldiers?

"If you want to let readers form their own opinions of who we are and what we support, include all of the info!

"We find it inappropriate to imply that our song or rock music in general is to blame for this tragic event. It is premature to make this assumption without having all the facts in the case. It is just as likely that this horrible act was caused by the irresponsible and violent rhetoric used by mainstream media outlets such as the Washington Post.

"Listening to Drowning Pool music does not make you a bad person. Misleading people does."

The band's previous statement cant be read at this location.

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Dead Eyed Sleeper Reveals New Album Details

German death metal act Dead Eyed Sleeper has announced that it will release its third album, titled "Observing Oblivion," on February 26th, 2011. The album's track listing can be viewed below:

The "Observing Oblivion" track listing is as follows:

1. Annihilation Of Opposites
2. Internal Subjugation
3. Narcistic Panopticum
4. The Soothing Intrusion
5. Sullen Eyed Reternity
6. Efficiency In Conceit
7. Abysm
8. The Dead Eyed Sleeper Pt. II: The Ethereal Lake

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Power Quest Announces New Album Release Dates

UK based melodic power metal act Power Quest has announced the official release daes for its new album "Blood Alliance." The release dates are as follows:

Japan, Southeast Asia: January 26 (through Marquee/Avalon)
Spain, Finland, Sweden: March 23
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: March 25
Rest of Europe: March 28
USA, Canada: April 5

Keyboardist and PQ founder Steve Williams commented by saying:

"Well it has been a long time coming but finally the 5th PQ album is done and I don't think I have ever been so excited about releasing an album. All the guys have given 110% to this record and I'm proud of them all. Its without doubt the heaviest PQ album yet but without sacrificing the PQ melodic tradition. I just can't wait for you all to hear it!"

The track listing is as follows:
1. Battle Stations
2. Rising Anew
3. Glorious
4. Sacrifice
5. Survive
6. Better Days
7. Crunching the Numbers
8. Only in my Dreams
9. Blood Alliance
10. City of Lies
11. Time to Burn (Japanese bonus track)

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Belphegor Reveals Special Edition Details

Austrian extreme metal act Belphegor has revealed details for the special edition versions of its forthcoming full length album "Blood Magick Necromance." "Blood Magick Necromance" will be released in four different formats including a limited edition in black slipcase, a strictly limited Nuclear Blast mail-order box set, including a bondage necklace and chain (500 hand-numbered copies available), a limited picture gatefold LP on blood-red vinyl/black vinyl and a standard jewel case CD. The album is scheduled for release on January 14, 2011 in Europe and on February 8, 2011 in the U.S. through Nuclear Blast Records.

Here is the "Blood Magick Necromance" tracklisting:
1. In Blood - Devour This Sanctity
2. Rise To Fall And Fall To Rise
3. Blood Magick Necromance
4. Discipline Through Punishment
5. Angeli Mortis De Profundis
6. Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan
7. Possessed Burning Eyes
8. Sado Messiah

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Robb Flynn To Release Signature Guitar

Machine Head guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn has announced that he has signed a multi-year deal with Gibson/Epiphone that will include the launch of an exclusive Robb Flynn Epiphone signature series, baritone-scale Flying-V guitar.

In other news, Flynn and Machine Head drummer Dave McClain will both be appearing at this year's NAMM show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Dave McClain will be signing at the Yamaha booth on Saturday, January 15 at 11:15 a.m with Robb appearing at the Epiphone booth on Friday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m.

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Tim "Ripper" Owens Announces European Tour

American vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens has revealed the dates for his forthcoming headline tour of Europe. The former Judas Priest and Iced Earth vocalist will be hitting seven cities across eastern Europe on his "Screaming Through The East" trek. The list of dates, cities and venues can be viewed below:

Feb. 11 - Uzgorod Hall - Uzgorod, Ukraine
Feb. 12 - Lvov Hall - Lvov, Ukraine
Feb. 13 - Vinica Hall - Vinica, Ukraine
Feb. 14 - Odessa Hall - Odessa, Ukraine
Feb. 15 - Kiev Club - Kiev, Ukraine
Feb. 16 - [to be announced] - Slovakia
Feb. 19 - Zion - Pécs, Hungary

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Bloodbound Signs With AFM Records

Swedish melodic metal act Bloodbound has announced its signing with Germany's AFM Records. The band is preparing to release its fourth album, titled "Unholy Cross," on March 18thth, 2011.

The band commented on the signing by saying:

"We are very thrilled to join the AFM family and we are looking forward to the release of our fourth album, 'Unholy Cross,' on the 18th of March. This is a new chapter for the band, introducing Patrik Johansson on vocals, and a return to the band's classic metal roots."

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Landmine Marathon Issues Band Update

Landmine Marathon has posted the following update online:

"2010 was a great year for Landmine Marathon. We spent more of the year on the road than we ever have in the past. We made many new friends and also had the opportunity to hang with many old yet familiar faces.

"2010 also marked the addition of our new drummer Andy York, to say the least the new blood is invigorating and inspiring. That being said, it is safe to say that we will be laying low for the first part of 2011 to focus on writing the follow up to our last album Sovereign Descent (if you haven’t already picked up a copy, we highly suggest you do so!).

"So far being only a few songs into the writing, I can honestly say that our excitement level for the new album is very high! Updates and official announcements will be coming a bit later."

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Glassjaw Adds New Tour Dates To U.S. Tour

Glassjaw has added a few new dates to its forthcoming headline tour of the United States. You can view the revised list of dates, cities and venues below:

02/13 Philadelphia PA – The Trocadero
02/14 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
02/15 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
02/16 Orlando, FL – Club Firestone
02/17 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
02/18 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
02/19 Dallas, TX – Trees
02/20 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
02/21 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
02/23 El Paso, TX – Club 101
02/24 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
02/25 Los Angeles CA – El Rey Theatre
02/26 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
02/27 San Francisco, CA – Regency
02/28 Reno, NV – The Knitting Factory
03/02 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
03/03 Omaha, NE – Sokol
03/04 Chicago, IL – Metro
03/05 Detroit, MI – The Majestic
03/06 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
03/07 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
03/24 New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
03/25 Boston, MA – Paradise
03/26 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/27 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live

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Mychildren Mybride Posts New Music Video Online

Alabama metalcore act Mychildren Mybride has teamed up with Metal Injection to premier its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "King Of The Hopeless," which appears on the band's latest album "Lost Boy."

You can view the video below:

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Neurosis Reveals "Souls At Zero" Reissue Details

Oakland, California alternative dark act Neurosis has revealed details regarding the forthcoming re-issue of its 1992 "Souls At Zero" album. The new edition of the record will include bonus tracks as well as new artwork done by Josh Graham. The "Souls At Zero" re-issue is due through Neurot Recordings on February 15th, 2011.

The tracklisting includes:
1. To Crawl Under One’s Skin
2. Souls At Zero
3. Zero
4. Flight
5. The Web
6. Sterile Vision
7. A Chronology For Survival
8. Stripped
9. Takeahnase
10. Empty
11. Souls (Demo Version)
12. Zero (Demo Version)
13. Cleanse III (Live in London)

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Norma Jean Annnounces U.S. Headline Tour

American progressive metalcore act Norma Jean has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America. Support on the trek will come from Impending Doom, Stick To Your Guns and Of Legends. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

02/24 Dallas, TX – The Loft
02/25 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
02/26 Houston, TX – Warehouse
02/28 Lubbock, TX – Tequila Nights
03/01 Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
03/02 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
03/03 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
03/04 San Francisco, CA – Slims
03/05 Sacramento, CA – Boardwalk
03/06 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
03/07 Seattle, WA – Neumos
03/09 Boise, ID – The Venue
03/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
03/11 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
03/12 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
03/13 Minneapolis, MN – Station Four
03/15 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
03/16 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
03/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
03/18 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
03/19 Worcester, MA – Palladium Upstairs
03/20 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
03/22 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
03/23 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
03/24 Tampa, FL – State Theatre
03/25 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

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Moniker Releases New Music Video

Canadian hardcore act Moniker has posted its music video online for the song "From The Grave." The video was in Vancouver, Canada's famed "Downtown Eastside" with director William Yianni Binks. The video can be viewed below:

Moniker 'From the Grave' Official Music Video from william yianni binks-RRfilms co. on Vimeo.

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Funeral For A Friend Posts New Music Video Online

Welsh post-hardcore act Funeral For A Friend and Kerrang have teamed up to post a new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Front Row Seats To The End Of The World" and is taken from the band's forthcoming album "Welcome Home Armageddon." "Welcome Home Armageddon" is currently planned for a March 14th, 2011 release date. You can view the new music video below:

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