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Metal News for January 17, 2011

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35 news articles posted on this day.


Interview With Tom Angelripper of Sodom

One of the most infamous thrash bands is Sodom if you didn't already know. And they've just unleashed fresh hell in the form of "In War and Pieces" released on January 13th in the US. Sodom will be heading out for the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise this weekend, then embarking on a European tour before rocking some festivals. I caught up with frontman Tom Angelripper to discuss the new album, a future US tour, and what he thinks about Tom Warrior's dislike of his new music. More...

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Emmure Posts Sample From New Single

Emmure is set to release the new album "Speaker of the Dead" on February 15th, 2011 through Victory Records. A sample of the new single "Demons With Ryu," which is off the upcoming album, can be heard at this location. You can also check out a trailer from the album below.

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Hemoptysis Announces Last Minute Show

Arizona's Hemoptysis has checked in with the following announcement about a last minute show on Thursday the 20th:

"Last minute show! Hemoptysis plays this Thursday, the 20th at UB's in Mesa with Lustmord, Shadows Entwined (On Tour), Exiled (Hellion Records), and more! Only $8! No preticket sales for this one so just show up! All ages! Best Guinness pitchers in town and they are cheap!"

The band's full-length debut record, "Misanthropic Slaughter," will be released on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011.

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Fire Of Elgibbor Talks Christianity In Black Metal

An editorial piece has now been posted online through Metalunderground dealing with Christian musicians playing black metal, which is a style infamous for its use of Satanic and anti-Christian lyrics. The editorial is a follow up to our Unearthing the Metal Underground column that looked at three "unblack" metal bands.

To get a better perspective on the subject, I talked with members from both Christian unblack bands and bands that take an anti-religious stance. The responses I received from each band are also being posted online so readers can hear both sides of the argument and make up their own minds on the issue.

The next musician we'll hear from is solo artist Fire from Polish unblack metal band Elgibbor. You can also check out our previously posted interviews with unblack metal act Winter's Dawn, as well as Frames, Throne of Malediction, and Dehumanation on the anti-religious side. More...

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Dehumanation Discusses The Black Metal Scene

After delving into an Unearthing the Metal Underground column on the controversial subject of Christian "unblack" metal, which uses the black metal style to espouse Christian values, we have also posted an editorial dealing with what role religion can play in the genre. While investigating the subject and checking out a series of bands taking either position on the issue, I sent out a questionnaire to both pro- and anti-Christian musicians. As a teaser for the editorial, each band's complete answers have been posted online so you can hear what both sides of the subject have to say.

We've already heard thoughts from both Frames and Throne of Malediction on the anti-Christian side, and Winter's Dawn on the pro-Christian side. The next musician to speak with me on the subject of Christianity in black metal was Matthew Kelly of U.S. based act Dehumanation. You can also check out the band's music at this location. More...

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Throne Of Malediction Talks The Art Of Black Metal

Metalunderground has posted an editorial on the role of religion in black metal, taking a further look at the subject after our recent Unearthing the Metal Underground column on Christan "unblack" metal. While examining a series of unblack metal bands for the upcoming article, I corresponded with musicians from both sides of the religious divide to get their input on whether the style of black metal can be separated from its anti-religious themes. As a teaser for the editorial, we'll be posting the full answers to the questionnaire I sent to each band.

After hearing from both Frames on the anti-Christian side and Winter's Dawn on the pro-Christian side, next up we'll hear from vocalist/guitarist Eric Horner from Throne of Malediction. More...

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Agnostic Front Posts Studio Video Online

New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front has posted the first in a series of videos online, documenting the making of their forthcoming new album, "My Life, My Way." You can check it out below. The album will be released in Europe on March 4th and on March 22nd in North America and will be their first studio release since 2007's, "Warriors."

Speaking on the new album, frontman Roger Miret stated: "After all is said and done we are amazed on how great our new record turned out! It’s by far our catchiest record to date and it’s going to make everyone want to sing along for sure. Freddy killed it on the production end, just capturing that hardcore vibe that only he can get out of Agnostic Front. The boys all put nothing but passion into the songs, and Erik Rutan just dialed it all in to make Agnostic Front sound as natural and as organic as ever. This one will definitely be a classic once it’s heard worldwide!" More...

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Seven Thorns Posts "Liberty" Video

Seven Thorns has posted a new music video online for the song "Liberty," which can be viewed in the clip below. The band also commented on the video: "First song on our new album 'Return to the Past.' The video features Mik (our composer) as stand in for our vocalist Erik who was ill on the day of the video shooting. The last part of the guitar solo is played by Olaf Lenk (At Vance), but since he couldn't come to the video shoot, you don't see a guitar solo."

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Vreid Uploads "The Sound Of The River" Video

Vreid is set to release the new album "V" through Indie Recordings on February 7th. The band has now posted a new music video online for the song "The Sound of the River," which can be viewed below. Vreid bass player and song writer Hváll commented on the video:

"The song was an obvious choice for us from the album. It’s a song that represents the album very well. It is based on the classic Vreid sound, but also is a good illustrator of the new doors we have opened with the album."

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Thromdarr Announces New Album Details

Finland's Thromdarr has announced the band's new album "Electric Hellfire" is set to be released on April 6th, 2011. The cover artwork for the album can be viewed at this location. The "Electric Hellfire" track listing is as follows:

1. Electric Hellfire
2. Burn for the Eternity
3. Into the Night
4. Overture of Destruction
5. Parade
6. Farewell Dear Nothing
7. Oasis of Desperation
8. For All Those Who Dig My Grave
9. Warriorsoul
10. Heart of Darkness

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New Within Temptation Album Trailer Available

Within Temptation has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "The Unforgiving," which can be found below. "The Unforgiving" is set for release in March of 2011.

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Stigma Posts "The Undertaker" Video

Italy's Stigma has posted a music video online for "The Undertaker," which can be viewed below. "The Undertaker" was filmed by Salvatore Perrone (SUICIDE SILENCE, DEVILDRIVER, EVERGREEN TERRACE). The track comes off the band's latest digital only EP of the same name, released this week through Pivotal Rockordings.

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Lazarus A.D. Posts Third Studio Video

Lazarus A.D. has teamed up with Metalinjection.net to post the third of six episodes chronicling the recording process for "Black Rivers Flow" at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI with Chris Djuricic. The video clip can be viewed below.

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All That Remains Discusses Jagermeister Tour

The fifth episode of "Jager TV" has now been posted online, which features All That Remains discussing the upcoming Jagermeister Music Tour. The clip can be viewed below, and the Jagermeister Music Tour is set to kick off January 19th in San Diego, CA.

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Allfader To Release New Album

Osmose Productions has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album from Norway's Allfader:

"Allfader's second full-length album has been in the making for three years, and Black Blood Flux is without a doubt these Norwegian's strongest work to date. The band has matured as songwriters and musicians, and combined once again with the powerful production of Jacob Hansen this makes for an epic album which will please old fans, and grab unsuspecting listeners by the balls.

"Allfader's sound remains instantly recognizable, but with Black Blood Flux the band's traditional heavy metal influences are stronger than ever. In all its heaviness, the album sounds very organic and is completely stripped of synthesizers and clean vocals. The result is a rawer, more aggressive and focused sonic expression.

"Allfader has also secured a guest appearance from Tony Tunheim (Enslavement of Beauty) on the songs 'Draconian Command' and 'Torn From Flesh', where he contributes two stunning guitar solos.

"The amazing artwork of Black Blood Flux was created by Chilean artist Mauricio J. González, who also designed Allfader's new logo."

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Kataklysm Adds New Song To Rock Band

Montreal based extreme metallers Kataklysm have uploaded another song to the Rock Band Network from their latest album "Heaven’s Venom." The track, “Numb & Intoxicated," is now available at this location and is compatible with the brand new double bass drum application.

"Determined (Vows Of Vengeance)," was recently the first song available for the game to feature Rock Band’s new double bass drum pedal application. This feature is now on Rock Band versions 2 and 3.

Kataklysm has the following upcoming tour dates with All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth, Conducting From The Grave, and Abysmal Dawn:

2/24 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
2/25 Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
2/26 Harpo's - Detroit, MI
2/27 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
2/28 Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB – Canada
3/02 Starlite - Edmonton, AB – Canada
3/03 Lake City Bowl - Kelowna, BC – Canada
3/04 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC – Canada
3/05 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
3/06 Branx - Portland, OR
3/07 Slim's - San Francisco, CA (No ABYSMAL DAWN)
3/08 The Whisky - Hollywood, CA
3/09 Soma - San Diego, CA
3/10 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
3/11 El Cien - Amarillo, TX
3/12 Ridglea Theatre - Ft. Worth, TX
3/13 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
3/15 State Theater - St Petersburg, FL
3/16 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
3/17 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
3/18 Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
3/19 Evening Star Music Hall - Niagara Falls, NY
3/20 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – Canada

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Haeresiarchs Of Dis Announces New Album

Toadstool Enterprises has issued the following announcement about a new upcoming album from U.S. black metal act Hæresiarchs of Dis:

"Cernunnos announced today the completion of material for the next planned Hæresiarchs of Dis release following 'In Obsecration of the Seven Darks' in April. The CD is a conceptual album with a working title of: 'Fragment 131: verses: 1-6 from the Third Sermon of the Codex Satyr’s Cross.'

"Track listing is currently set as a series of six verses. Cernnunos stated that the album is a conceptual piece and more ambitious in concept. Consisting of a series of interlinking tracks using a transcribed piece of linear text, the work will tell (or 'foretell') of a possible future event triggered by the folly of humanity described as a place called Satyr's Cross. Part speculative fiction, philosophy, religious dogma, and enlightenment of the soul through desecration of the human spirit, Cernnunos suggests late 2011 for release."

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Swallow The Sun Issues Tour Recap

Swallow the Sun has issued the following recap of the band's "New Moon" tour dates:

"So, friends around the planet, it's time to summarize the New Moon tours of 2009 - 2010 and pick up the pieces of our gloomy and broken bones from countless stages, backstages, buses, hotels, bars, planes and police stations, giving huge thanks to all of you for making the New Moon tours the most successful tours so far for us! Thank you for coming to the shows, buying merchandise, believing in us and supporting the music!

"Once again we toured more than ever before, and this time we brought the Finnish winter to 24 different countries, playing 146 shows in total after the album release. During the New Moon touring period we completed 3 European tours, 2 North American tours, played many summer festivals and also had the pleasure to play in Israel and Romania for the first time. In 2010 we also made an endorsement deal with D'Addario strings, Planet Waves cables and Evans drum skins, and we are more than happy to be part of the D'Addario family from now on.

"So this year, 2011, we are going to keep things a bit more quiet and start preparing for the next Swallow the Sun album, which will be released at the end of this year or in the beginning of 2012... yeah, if the world doesn't end! Ten new songs are already in the works, but we are not going to rush with recording, album release or new tours because our bodies, hair and especially livers just can't handle it yet, folks!!

"We might do a few selected shows and festivals this year if it fits in with our plans, but otherwise this year is going to be a dark road of solitude towards new depths of gloom, beauty and despair – the 6th chapter of Swallow the Sun. Long, dark winter wishes to everybody."

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Dead Shape Figure Announces New Bassist

Finland's Dead Shape Figure has issued the following announcement about recruiting the band's previous bass player Neissus:

"Our bass player has changed... To make it short: our old bass player NEISSUS is back in the business. All the dramatic details will be available in our book 'Dead Shape Figure - Recycling Old Members Is Good For Your Penis-Health' which will be out in February 2024. Fuck off and lets jam!"

You can also check out a brief statement from Neissus on rejoining the band in the video clip below.

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Heavenwood Reveals New Album Cover Art

Heavenwood has revealed the cover artwork for the band's new album "Abyss Masterpiece," which can be viewed at this location. You can also check out the song "Morning Glory Clouds" off the new album via the Heavenwood MySpace profile.

"Abyss Masterpiece" will be released in Europe on March 14th and in the U.S. on March 22nd by Listenable Records. Confirmed song titles include: "The Arcadia Order," "Fading Sun," "Like Yesterday," "Winter Slave," "September Blood," "Sudden Scars," "A Poem For Mathilde," "Leonor," "Burden," "Goddess Presiding Over Solitude," "Morning Glory (In Manus Tuas Domine)" and "Her Lament."

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Iskald Streaming New Album Samples

Norway's Iskald is currently streaming samples online from the band's new album "The Sun I Carried Alone," which was released today via Indie Recordings. 30 second clips from each of the tracks on the new album can be heard at this location. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Alucinor
2. Under The Black Moon
3. Natt utover Havet
4. Forged By Wolves
5. I Lys Av Mørket
6. The Sun I Carried Alone
7. Rigor Mortis
8. These Dreams Divine
9. Burning Bridges

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Visions Of Atlantis To Play Metalcamp Festival

Visions of Atlantis has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Metalcamp festival:

"Hey out there! Visions of Atlantis will be playing on Metalcamp 2011 which takes Place in Tolmin/SLO from the 11th to 17th of July 2011.

"VoA will perform among other great bands like Blind Guardian, Arch Enemy, Accept, Kreator, In Extremo, Amorphis, etc. Be sure to check your tickets fast!"

Additional details on the Metalcamp Festival can be found at this location.

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New Times Of Grace Song Available For Download

Today (January 17th) only, GoHastings.com is offering a free download of the song "Strength in Numbers," which is off the new album "The Hymn of a Broken Man" by Times of Grace. You can download the free song at this location.

The new album is expected in stores on January 18th, 2011. You can view the video trailer for the album below.

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Weedeater Checks In With Band Update

Weedeater has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming activity:

"It's been a while since we've chimed in, we know. But regarding Weedeater, silence is sometimes a good thing, this being one of those times. First off, and as many of you might already know, we are very happy to announce that Jason...The Dragon is fully completed and in production now to be released March 15th via Southern Lord on CD, and sometime in April on vinyl. We would like to thank Steve Albini and everyone at Electrical Audio for once again doing a great job of capturing this band on tape, and a big thanks to John Golden and Golden studios for another superb mastering job. And of course a big thanks to Greg and everyone at Southern Lord for helping us make this happen. Who knows, one of those new songs might just pop up here soon on myspace so you can grab a quick listen. We will also have a few special pre-order options for you early birds; stay tuned for updates on that front.

"Lastly, we are heading out to tour in support of Jason... very soon, with the US jaunt (sponsored by the good folks at The Brooklyn Vegan) starting February 18th and a European tour (to be announced soon) following Roadburn. Touring support in the US will be provided by our old friends in ASG (1st leg) and Zoroaster (2nd leg). It's gonna be a great time! Dates are posted below and tickets will go on sale later this week. Hope to see you all out there, and thanks as always for your support! More updates coming soon."

The upcoming Weedeater tour dates are as follows:

02/18/11 Soapbox, Wilmington NC
02/19/11 Casbah @ Tremont, Charlotte NC
02/20/11 Casbah, Durham NC
02/21/11 Strange Matter, Richmond VA
02/22/11 Sonar, Baltimore MD
02/23/11 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia PA
02/24/11 Santos Party House, New York NY
02/25/11 The Met, Pawtucket RI
02/26/11 Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY
02/27/11 Wreck Room, Toronto ON
02/28/11 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
03/01/11 Abbey Pub, Chicago IL
03/02/11 Triple Rock, Minneapolis MN
03/03/11 Jackpot, Lawrence KS
03/04/11 3 Kings Tavern, Denver CO
03/05/11 Burt's Tiki Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
03/06/11 Shredder, Boise ID
03/07/11 Funhouse, Seattle WA
03/08/11 Rotture, Portland OR
03/11/11 Thee Parkside, San Francisco CA
03/12/11 Ruby Room, San Diego CA
03/13/11 Echoplex, Los Angeles CA
03/15/11 Launchpad, Albuquerque NM
03/18/11 SXSW @ Dirty Dog, Austin TX
03/19/11 Korova, San Antonio TX
03/20/11 Siberia, New Orleans LA
03/22/11 Orpheum, Tampa FL
03/23/11 Backbooth, Orlando FL
03/24/11 The Earl, Atlanta GA
03/25/11 Ground Zero, Spartanburg SC
03/26/11 The Jinx, Savannah GA

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Archspire Signs To Trendkill Recordings

Trendkill Recordings has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Archspire:

"Trendkill Recordings is proud to announce the signing of Vancouver tech death metal outfit Archspire. Focusing on a fast, energetic and musically technical live show, Archspire boasts extended range guitars, and fretless bass. Their insanely precise and creative riffing, complete with supersonic shotgun vocals and velocious gravity blasting is already getting them compared to the likes of Origin, Decrepit Birth, Spawn Of Possession or fellow Canadians Beneath The Massacre.

"Archspire recorded their new album 'All Shall Align' between May and December 2010 at The Hive studios. Working with seasoned producer Stuart McKillop, the result is a fast, complex, and intricate example of what Archspire has to offer. Disjointed melodies and speeds that rival the band's influences, this taste of what Archspireis able to accomplish has already started a buzz in the worldwide metal community."

"All Shall Align" will be out on Trendkill Recordings in digital format on April 7th, 2011 followed by a limited digipack CD edition on April 14th in Europe and April 21st in North America.

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Arkhum Guitarist To Tour With Pathology

Guitarist Stephen Parker of Arkhum has issued the following announcement about joining Pathology on tour:

"I am very proud and fortunate to announce that I'll be joining the band Pathology on the road this year, as their new guitarist. I'd like to give a big thank you to all the guys in the band for giving me this opportunity and 2011 should be a very busy year! I'm also stoked to announce that my pal Jonathan Huber (ex-I Declare War) will be joining the band as well, in the frontman spot! We head out on the road in Feb/March with Deicide, Belphegor, Blackguard and Neuraxis, in the US and Canada.

"On the same note here's some news about Arkhum! We're in the process of writing/demoing our second album and plan on touring a little later this year. Keep your ear out for all that and come hang out with me and Pathology on tour!"

The upcoming Pathology tour dates are as follows:

2/14 Johnson City, TN @ Cahootenany's (headlining)
2/15 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/16 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
2/17 Raleigh, NC @ Volume II
2/18 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
2/19 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
2/20 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2/21 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
2/22 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
2/23 Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus
2/24 London, ON @ Music Hall
2/25 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
2/26 Chicago, IL @ Reggie Rock Club
2/27 Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
2/28 Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
3/1 Tulsa, OK @ Marquee
3/2 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
3/4 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
3/5 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
3/7 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
3/8 Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
3/9 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
3/10 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse

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Mortiis Gearing Up For Tour With Combichrist

After a month of prepping, Mortiis is ready to hit the road later this week for a full European tour with Combichrist. "The new material rocks hard,” enthused Mortiis, namesake of the ever-evolving band. “The old has been upgraded to the point where it stands well next to the new material.”

The new material will be drawn from the band’s latest release, “Perfectly Defect,” which was released last fall as a free digital download. Mortiis will also showcase songs from the upcoming release, “The Great Deceiver.”

“Right now I’m equally curious, nervous, and excited about how our fans, old and new, will take to this,” he added. “We’ve spent a lot of energy in the last few weeks improving the quality of our live sound and I think it will be very obvious. I think it will translate to the actual performance of the band itself, as well.”

Mortiis also posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming 2011 tour dates, which can be viewed below.

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Zonaria Splits With Bassist

Zonaria hs announced that bass player Markus Åkebo has left the Swedish death/black metal band. Guitarist Emil Nyström comments about the departure:

"We've had some great tours the last couple of years with Markus and we're going to miss him bad. But sometimes people need to move on and Markus needed a change in life. We wish him all the best for his future ventures. The departure will not affect our upcoming plans and tours. We've got a good friend of ours stepping in on our upcoming European tour with Nile, Meleches, Dew-Scented and Darkrise."

Zonaria's upcoming tour with Nile, Melechesh, Dew-Scented, and Darkrise, which is dubbed "Those Whom The Gods Detest - European Tour 2011", is scheduled to kick off on January 20 at Mega Club in Katowice, Poland. A list of the dates can be found at this location.

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Broken Melody Posts Teaser For Upcoming Tour

Italy's Broken Melody has posted a promo video clip online for the band's upcoming tour dates in Brazil, which can be viewed below.

The band also recently began recording a music video for the song "Dark & Light."

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Witheria Uploads New Song

Witheria has posted a new song titled "The Abyss Within" online, which is off the band's upcoming album "Vanishing Order." You can hear the new song at this location. "Vanishing Order" is set to be released on March 2nd, 2011 via Violent Journey Records and has the following track listing:

1. A.T.D.B.T.S.
2. Obscene Desecrator
3. The Abyss Within
4. The Final Hour
5. The Nameless Beast
6. Perished In Torment
7. Bringer Of Chaos
8. Fire In Black
9. Timeless

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Sonic Syndicate Issues Update On Tour Dates

Vocalist Nathan James Biggs of Swedish act Sonic Syndicate has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming activity:

"Boy did we have an eventful 2010! We released We Rule the Night, completed a 3 month tour (We Rule the World : The European Chapter), released 3 music videos, and to top it all off our single Revolution, Baby! went gold selling well over 10,000 copies in Sweden alone! Damn!

"Since then we've been taking a break for Christmas and rocking out with some friends and fam over the new year and now I've dragged my ass to Finland to party with my girl Niki from the BBQBarbies, Jussi from the 69eyes and also hooked up with the Nuclear Blast team over here - I sense many a late night! Its gonna be wild!

"But don't worry! We're already planning out 2011 and can reveal that not only are we headed back to Russia to continue our We Rule The World Tour but we have confirmed some killer festivals including Summerbreeze where we will be headlining the 2nd stage! Oh, and a little something else! We're doing a tour of some of Europe's biggest arenas with the eXtreme Freestylers motocross team where we will be playing to thousands and thousands of people!

"So... As you can see! We're gonna be back beating you senseless with our own brand of Sonic metal! We miss you all already! Come and join us in 2011 which is destined to be the most amazing year for Sonic Syndicate yet" More...

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Nominon To Play Silesian Death Attack Fest

Swedish death metal act Nominon has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Silesian Death Attack festival on March 5th:

"The fire of eternal doom still burns... We've one new show announcement to make and that one will happen in Poland March 5th when the 'Silesian Death Attack' fest (featuring SINISTER, EMBRIONAL and more!) will take place at the venue CK Wiatrak in Zabrze.

"It's been a bit over two years since Nominon last played in Poland and Nominon most certainly look forward to meet the Polish Death Metal freaks again. Keep thrashing and crack the skulls of the unborn..."

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More Bands Confirmed For Knebworth Sonisphere

The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere Festival has confirmed that four more bands have been added to this year's edition of the event. Heavy rock icons Motorhead will be performing at the festival, as will the other new confirmations Mastodon, In Flames and Parkway Drive. The event takes place from July 8th -10th at Knebworth.

In Flames stated: "We have been in the studio since October recording our new album and we can't wait to come out and play the new song live. The UK has always been very good to us and we love coming back so this is something we really look forward to."

"Holy crap they're actually letting us play this thing!!!" commented Parkway Drive vocalist Winston McCall. "Sonisphere 2011!!! I don't think we can really describe how excited we are to play, and I think Jeff will probably die when Metallica play!"

The lineup is now as follows:

Biffy Clyro
In Flames
Parkway Drive

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Twinspirits Posts New Music Video Online

Italy's Twinspirits has posted a music video online for the song "Slave To This World," which is taken from the band's forthcoming album "Legacy." "Legacy" is set for release on February 18 through Lion Music. The video clip can be viewed below:

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Unearthing The Experimental Underground, Part 2

The big names in metal get a lot of press and are famous for a reason, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a treasure trove of high quality metal bands hiding out in the underground. Each week with the Unearthing the Underground column we take a look at unknown bands in a specific genre or location that deserve to be heard by a wider audience.

Metal is unique in the musical world for the many different varieties to be found within it’s overall borders. “Experimental” or “Avant-Garde” metal bands are those groups that head outside the standard boundaries of the stylistic breakdowns, combining different sounds or even making up entirely new ones. Whether it’s extremely discordant vocals, a meshing of non-metal music with heavy atmosphere, or even random bouts of circus music, experimental metal typically has something that prevents the mainstream from recognizing it. These bands usually manage to get a small, but devoted, cult following that enjoys the odd juxtapositions and flagrant disregard for what’s socially acceptable in music.

In the last Unearthing the Experimental Underground we looked at the Czech Republic’s Oblomov, Poland’s Furia, and Italy’s Viscera///. This time around we’ll dig into U.S. based act Hallowed Butchery, as well as Virus and Source of Tide from Norway.

Hallowed Butchery

Maine based multi-instrumentalist Ryan Fairfield is the mastermind behind solo act Hallowed Butchery, which was previously known as Hallowed Butchery of the Son. Metalunderground conducted an interview with Ryan, in which he discussed the name change and the project’s upcoming work.

Hallowed Butchery frequently uses the stylistic elements of doom, with long, lingering guitar tones and slow moving music. There’s also a good deal of black metal to be heard in the music, along with some truly odd sounds that often defy easy description. One of the project's more experimental works is the fourteen minute epic “Coffin Life,” which was included on a recent split with New York’s Batillus. The song chronicles the life, demise, and surprising afterlife of a man who commits suicide, going through several distinct changes in style. A clip from the epic song can be heard at the band’s MySpace page.

The video below also contains the track “The Kennebec” from the band’s debut EP “Funeral Rites for the Living.” More...

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