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Metal News for January 18, 2011

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Pit Stories: Smooth Move

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Swedish classic heavy metal band Astral Doors sends in a story about how keyboardist Jocke Roberg got his nickname:

This story takes place about 4 years ago in Southern Germany. We were the support act to the fantasy metal heroes Blind Guardian. I can't remember what town we played in, but that's not really important.

Some headline acts treat their support bands like crap and don't allow the technicians to do a proper job. How many gigs haven't you attended where the sound during the support band's actual show has been terrible? In this case however I must pay my tribute to Blind Guardian and their crew: they gave us everything they had, every night. For two months we were treated like kings and the technicians and the rest of the crew did an amazing job for us; night after night. We filmed all 37 gigs, so it's documented:) Thank you Guardians!

Ok, at the gig this particular night, our keyboard player, Jocke Roberg, had a really bad stomach. He was running in and out of the WC before the gig...doing his thing. The show started and everything went really well the first couple of songs. During song four or five, he felt it was time again. He started to sweat and the panic was close. When it was time for one of our most popular songs, “Evil is Forever”, where we use a recorded organ-hymn-kind-of-intro, which he normally plays along to; he took his chance: he ran behind stage, found a bucket and did the big one. We wondered where the hell he went and we were quite prepared to play the rest of the gig without keyboard. However: just as the recorded intro was finished, Mr. Roberg was back on stage. He completed the gig and everything went great. Ever since that day we call him Jocke Bucket!

Astral Doors' "Best of" collection, "Testament of Rock - The Best of Astral Doors" (reviewed here), will be released in North American on January 25th. You can hear the new single, "Victory," on the band's MySpace player.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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"NYC Sucks" Compilation Available For Download

Volume 1 of "NYC Sucks," the completely free compilation album from MetalSucks.net is out now, featuring some of the best metal bands from the New York metal scene. This volume features fourteen songs by as many bands, who run the gamut of genres, from death to tech to prog to grind to black to hardcore to doom and more. "We truly feel that this is a great sampling of all that New York’s thriving metal scene has to offer, and we’re beyond proud to be sharing it with you — absolutely, 100% free of charge," states MetalSucks.

You can stream or download the compilation here. It contains high-quality 320kbps MP3s, and as well as a PDF of digital liner notes with information about all the bands.

Here's the "NYC Sucks: Volume 1" tracklisting:

1. East of the Wall, “The Ladder”
2. Made out of Babies, “Invisible Ink”
3. Tiger Flowers, “Cuts”
4. Black Anvil, “The Evil of All Roots”
5. Naam, “Frosted Tread”
6. Batillus, “The Children of the Night Make Their Music”
7. Meek is Murder, “Sundowners” (demo)
8. The Binary Code, “Encircled”
9. Castevet, “Stones”
10. Hung, “Desert of Sad”
11. Wizardry, “The Falconer”
12. Pyrrhon, “King of All Tears”
13. Mutant Supremacy, “Epitaph”
14. Incendiary, “Victory in Defeat”

Volume 2, featuring thirteen more great bands and songs, will be out on February 22nd.

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Belphegor Streaming Song From New Album

Austrian blackened death metallers Belphegor have teamed up with Decibel Magazine’s online blog to debut the title track off the band’s upcoming album "Blood Magick Necromance." The song is available for streaming at this location.

"Blood Magick Necromance," Belphegor’s ninth studio album, will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America. The album was produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) at his Abyss Studios (Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Hypocrisy, Dark Funeral, etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. Album artwork was designed by Austrian artist Joachim Luetke.

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Nierty Talks Religious Themes In Black Metal

Update: the editorial on Christian black metal is now available for viewing at this location.

The release of our editorial on Christian themes in black metal (which is a companion to this Unearthing the Metal Underground column on "unblack" metal bands) is drawing near, but in the mean time we'll be hearing from the bands themselves. While researching the bands in the scene, I sent out interview questions to musicians taking either a pro-Christian or an anti-Christian stance on the subject.

Below you can find the answers provided from guitarist Skaven from Nierty, who takes a middle of the road approach, defending Christian musicians who choose to play black metal, while he himself has not taste for religion. You can also check out Nierty's music at the band's official MySpace profile.

Our previous interviews on the anti-Christian side came from Plaag, Dehumanation, Frames, and Throne of Malediction. You can also read the answers from the pro-Christian musicians from Diamoth, Elgibbor, and Winter's Dawn. More...

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3 Inches Of Blood Gearing Up For Tour

3 Inches of Blood is gearing up for a tour as direct support for Eluveitie, but before that gets started the band will be making a quick pit stop into Shostroud Productions in Vancouver to record new cuts with Sho Murray (City of Fire) and Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory). One of the songs will be played live on the upcoming tour and will be making its way online soon. The band comments:

"It's a great time for us to be touring North America again. We haven't slugged it out in the US since Mayhem fest in summer 2010 and we're always happy to play to our loyal Canadian brethren. Everyone in the 3IOB camp have been eagerly anticipating this tour. We've never toured with a band like Eluveitie before. Their fan base is probably more similar to ours than most other bands we've toured with in the past. The Holy Grail guys are always fun to hang out with and we're curious to check out System Divide. We're extra pumped for this tour because it will give us the opportunity to road-test a new song or two. Hope everyone digs the new jams."

The upcoming 3 Inches of Blood tour dates are as follows:

1/26 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
1/28 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
1/29 Columbia, MO @ Mojo's
1/30 Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird Nightclub
1/31 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
w/ Eluveitie, Holy Grail & System Divide
2/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
2/2 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater
2/3 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2/4 Quebec City, QC @ De Quebec
2/5 Montreal, QC @ Le National
2/6 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
2/8 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
2/9 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
2/10 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
2/11 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
2/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
2/14 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/15 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
2/16 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
2/17 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
2/18 Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
2/19 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
2/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
2/22 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
2/24 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
2/25 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
2/26 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/28 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
3/02 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

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Protest The Hero Announces New Album Release

Protest The Hero is set to release the band's third studio album "Scurrilous" on March 22nd via Vagrant Records in the U.S. "Scurrilous" is the follow up to the 5-piece band’s 2008 sophomore release, "Fortress," and reunites the band with producer Julius “Juice” Butty.

Protest the Hero will begin a tour with dates in Europe and the U.K. from January 26th through February 12th supporting Darkest Hour. Following an appearance at Australia’s 2011 Soundwave Festival, the band will also begin an extensive Canadian and U.S tour March 23rd, with support acts Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and Tessaract. Dates are as follows:

Mar 23 – Kingston, ON @ Stages
Mar 24 – Ottawa, ON @Capital Music Hall
Mar 25 – Montreal, PQ @ Le National
Mar 26 – Oshawa, ON @ The Green Bottle
Mar 27 – Barrie, ON @ The Mansion
Mar 29 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
Mar 30 – Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
Mar 31 – Yorkton, SK @ Agri Pavillion
Apr 01 – Edmonton, AB @ Avenue
Apr 02 – Calgary, AB @ The Gate / SAIT
Apr 04 – Abbotsford, BC @ Abby Arts Centre
Apr 05 – Seattle, WA @ Corazon
Apr 06 – Portland, OR @ Branx
Apr 08 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Apr 09 – San Diego, CA @ Soma Side Stage
Apr 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
Apr 11 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Apr 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre
Apr 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702
Apr 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
Apr 16 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Apr 18 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Outside
Apr 19 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Apr 20 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
Apr 22 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
Apr 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Downstairs
Apr 24 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
Apr 26 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Apr 27 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Apr 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Apr 20 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
May 01 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
May 03 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
May 04 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
May 06 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
May 07 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
May 08 – Chatham, ON @ Encore Bar
May 09 – Kitchener. ON @ Wax Nightclub
May 11 – Hamilton, ON @ Studio Theatre
May 12 – St. Catharines, ON @ L3 Nightclub

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Darkest Era Streaming New Single

"The Morrigan," the first single and opening track from Darkest Era's Metal Blade debut album, "The Last Caress Of Light," is now available for streaming through InvisibleOranges.com at this location.

Darkest Era's Ade Mulgrew notes why the song was chosen to be the first song released from the album: "The Morrigan is the opening track to the album. It's an energetic song that grabs you by the scruff of the neck from the first crashing chord and is full of powerful drumming, Thin Lizzy-esque guitar harmonies and an infectious, epic fist in the air chorus! It sets the tone well for the rest of the album."

"The Last Caress of Light" has been set for release on February 11th/14th, 2011 in Europe and February 15th in North America.

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Before The Dawn Posts Second Album Trailer

Before the Dawn has uploaded a second trailer for the band's upcoming album "Deathstar Rising," which can be viewed below. The new album is set to be released on February 25th, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Aborted Issues Album Update

Aborted has issued the following announcement about working on new material for an upcoming album:

"Everything has been going great so far with the preproduction of the upcoming album. We have about 13 skeletons of songs thus far. Drums are up next Mr Mike Heller (Malignancy, System Divide) will be engineering and assisting the drum pre-productions. Have to say we are all thrilled with the material and everyone has been chipping in, once we get a clear idea of the drums, vocals are next and we can start fine tuning and shaping the songs up to their final versions. Curious to see which tracks will make the final cut for the album. Needless to say this will probably be the most ruthless record the band has written period. We are going to tempos we have never been to before, some riffs are more tech than what we ever did, and everything still sounds catchy and crushing. Eran, Jb and Ken did a great job so far so now we just need to sit back and work out the kinks.

"Other good news is you will be seeing us this summer on some of the festivals, cannot say which yet but keep your eyes open for some announcements in the near future. If you live in Belgium/france/Holland/Denmark, check out the shows we have booked in april/may, might be in your area.

"Those of you who want to see our ugly mugs before that can go check out Sven touring the US with System Divide this February with Eluveitie and 3 inches of blood or Sorceron and Ken on tour with Abigail Williams this march with Rotting Christ and Melechesh. More updates coming on everything soon, keep your eyes open and spread the word!"

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Ihsahn Nominated For Norwegian Grammy

Former Emperor guitarist and solo artist Ihsahn has been nominated for a Norwegian grammy (Spellemannsprisen) for his latest album "After." Ihsahn also recently announced he has begun writing new material for an upcoming fourth solo album.

Additional details on the awards ceremony can be found at this location. Other metal albums nominated for the award are Enslaved - "Axioma ethica odini," Shining - "Blackjazz," and Solefald - "Norrøn livskunst."

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Leprous Recording New Album

Norway's Leprous has issued the following update about recording a new full-length album and follow up to 2009's "Tall Poppy Syndrome:"

"The recording of our new album is now in progress! Tobias did an unbelievably good job with recording all the drums in only two days. The first eight (out of ten) tracks he managed to do in only one day. We will of course post a blog entry about the drum recording, which took place in Juke Joint studio in Notodden. Next up is the guitars!"

You can also check out sample Leprous tracks available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.

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Faster Katt Checks In With Recording Update

Swede's Faster Katt has issued the following update about the recording of a new album:

"Heydiho! Reporting from the magical shores of the Mekong river, accompanied by an icecold BeerLao, I'm childishly happy and proud to announce the release of four sparkling fresh tunes, including a cover on Manowar's old jawbreaker 'Each dawn I die.' Actually, another one of the songs is also a 'cover', though only a lyrical one, a free translation of an old Swedish classic. See if you can figure it out, if not, ask your grandfather.

"This time, we've really worked together as a band and, in our humble opinion, improved especially on the vocal arrangements, which were put on tape in yours truly's wardrobe (see pictures here). Patric's new oversized vintage-style Gretch drumkit, as always recorded by Chrille in Studio Evil Grill, didn't hurt the sound either.

"Once again, Mattias has done an awesome mixingjob and Jonas whipped together some funky new artwork, and so we ceased the opportunity to pimp up the myspace layout, making two flies pregnant in one blow. Well, hell, enough blabbering, we hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did producing it! All the best!"

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Illdisposed Updates Tour Schedule

Illdisposed has announced that the band's new album "There Is Light (But It's Not For Me)," is set for release in Europe on March 25th through Massacre Records. The band has now also updated its tour schedule with the following European dates:

26.02.2011 Dietikon @ SoundDock 14 (CH)
01.04.2011 Svendborg @ Harders (DK)
02.04.2011 Roskilde @ Gimle (DK)
08.04.2011 Lyngby @ Templet (DK)
09.04.2011 Copenhagen @ The Rock (DK)
15.04.2011 Kolding @ Pitstop (DK)
16.04.2011 Soenderborg @ Soenderborghus (DK)
20.04.2011 Frederikshavn @ Det Musiske Hus (DK)
21.04.2011 Stavanger @ Tribute (NO)
22.04.2011 Kristiansand @ Paa Hjoernet (NO)
23.04.2011 Oslo @ Inferno Fest (NO)
28.04.2011 Aarhus @ Voxhall (DK)
29.04.2011 Randers @ Tante Olga (DK)
30.04.2011 Odense @ Posten (DK)
16.07.2011 Rotenburg Wümme @ Metal Splash Open Air (D)

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Descend Finishes New Album

Descend has checked in with the following update about finishing the recording for the band's new album:

"Hey there. It's been a while since... but it's called winter break for a reason, huh? I think we've pretty much fulfilled our part of the deal now. Recorded the album and fixed the booklet and sent everything to the Supernova.

"I hope that next time I write, I will give you guys a sneak peak from the booklet and even better - a release date! But no promises though. We're soon there! Well, friends, watch out for manatees and I'll come back to you as soon as possible!"

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Manowar Comments On Show Set List

Heavy metal act Manowar has issued the following statement about the band playing different sets for the upcoming live shows scheduled in Cleveland:

"Since we have two shows in a row at the Agora in Cleveland on March 11 and 12, a lot of fans have been asking if we are going to play the same set list on both nights. The answer is NO.

"Although we will play Battle Hymns from beginning to end on both nights, the set lists WILL be different. See you there!"

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Powerwolf Issues Recording Update

Powerwolf has checked in with the following brief update about beginning the drum recording for an upcoming new release:

"Matthew Greywolf back in the studio. We started tracking drums today, and it sounds way beyond our expectations. Even Attila paid a visit to sanctify this place, which should be a good omen for the work to be done during the next couple of days. Now getting high on holy water."

Powerwolf also recently confirmed an appearance at the Rockharz Open Air festival in Harz, Germany.

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Throne Of Malediction Posts New Song Online

Montana based "mountain metal" band Throne of Malediction has posted a pre-master version of the song "The Only One" online, which is off the band's upcoming re-recorded version of the "Ceremonial Blood" album. You can check out "The Only One" at this location.

Details on the official release date for "Ceremonial Blood" will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can also check out behind the scenes rehearsal footage from the band here.

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Audio Samples Available From Omnium Gatherum Album

Finland's Omnium Gatherum has announced the upcoming album "New World Shadows" is set for release via Lifeforce Records. The band has now posted several audio samples online from the new album, which can be heard through Amazon.com.

"New World Shadows" is set for release on the following dates:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 4, 2011
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: February 9, 2011
Rest Of Europe: February 7, 2011
North America: March 1, 2011

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White Wizzard Enters The Studio

Los Angeles, California based heavy metal group White Wizzard has announced that they have entered the studio to record their brand new album, which is expected to be released this summer through Earache Records. Founding member Jon Leon said about the recording:

"Jon from the studio here... Gio kicked ass and laid down five drum tracks yesterday. The band expects to finish drums today and start bass tomorrow. In case you're interested in the album title, I wrote a song called 'Flying Tigers' as a tribute to the P-40 fighters of World War II. Everyone has seen those planes with the tiger shark painted on the side... It is a bit of a metal tribute to some old heroes... More news soon!!"

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Mercenary Reveals New Album Cover

Danish power metal band Mercenary has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Metamorphosis." You can check it out below. Speaking on the album the band issued the following statement:

"We're very proud to be able to present our new cover for our upcoming album, Metamorphosis, as well as a brand new Mercenary logo!

"There's of course a lot of obvious (and indeed slightly cheesy) self-referential symbolism regarding the rebirth of the band in the cover artwork. But apart from that we felt that the motive of a phoenix was a really fitting expression of many of René's lyrical themes on the album, as they deal with personal and existential crisis, overcoming personal obstacles and how we can sometimes redefine ourselves in the proces of taking responsibility for altering the conditions of our very lives. This idea of personal freedom can be a very frightening thought for some, but it's actually a message of hope and optimism - we can always take control of our lives and free ourselves of inner or outer constraints, or at least take pride in the struggle to do so. (Okay, dropping all the intellectual pretense, we just liked the artwork because it was freaking bird on fire - how cool is that!?) More...

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Suicide Silence To Enter The Studio

American metal outfit Suicide Silence has announced that the band will be entering the studio shortly to begin recording a third full-length album, which is expected to be released this Summer.

Producing the record will be Steve Evetts, who has previously worked with the likes of Hatebreed and Everytime I Die. Additional details on the upcoming third album will bed announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Suicide Silence's music via the band's official MySpace profile.

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Interview

Plaag Discusses True Norwegian Black Metal

After previously taking a look at "unblack" metal in an Unearthing the Metal Underground column, Metalunderground now has an editorial piece online here, which examines Christian themes in black metal.

In order to get insight on the subject and see how musicians feel about religious lyrics in an anti-religious style, I contacted bands on either side of the debate. Below you can find the answers to a series of interview questions from Somber of the band Plaag, who discusses the differences between "True Norwegian Black Metal" and Christian black metal bands.

Anyone interested in reading the previous entries can find the interviews with Diamoth, Elgibbor, and Winter's Dawn on the Christian side. The previous interviews on the anti-Christian side were with Throne of Malediction, Frames, and Dehumanation. More...

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Legion Of The Damned Announces Album Positions

Legion of the Damned has announced that the band's new album "Descent Into Chaos" has reach #27 in the German album charts and #55 in the Austrian charts. Legion of the Damned will also be participating in the Neckbreaker's Ball Tour on the following dates:

2011-01-18 DE- Hamburg Markthalle
2011-01-19 DE- Hannover Musikzentrum
2011-01-20 DE- Lingen Alter Schlachthof
2011-01-21 DE- Bochum Matrix
2011-01-22 DE- Stuttgart LKA Longhorn
2011-01-23 NL- Haarlem Patronaat
2011-01-24 FR- Strasbourg Laiterie
2011-01-25 FR- Paris Trabendo
2011-01-26 CH- Pratteln Z7
2011-01-27 AT- Innsbruck Hafen
2011-01-28 AT- Wien Gasometer
2011-01-29 AT- Linz Posthof
2011-01-30 SK- Bratislava Majestic Music Club
2011-01-31 AT- Graz PPC
2011-02-01 DE- Frankfurt Batschkapp
2011-02-02 DE- Bad Arolsen Outback
2011-02-03 DE- Saarbrücken Garage
2011-02-04 DE- München Backstage
2011-02-05 BE- Antwerpen Hof Ter Loo
2011-02-06 NL- Tilburg 013

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Pythia Announces Japanese Record Deal

Pythia has checked in with the following announcement about signing a deal with Spinning Records for the release of album's in Japan:

"We are delighted to announce that Pythia have signed with the Japanese 'Spinning' label in a 2 album deal. Our debut album 'Beneath the Veiled Embrace' will be released in Japan on 23rd February. As well as the original full UK release there will be 3 extra tracks, 'Sarah' (Acoustic), 'Tristan' (Acoustic) and the band's highly acclaimed cover of the Gary Moore song 'Thunder Rising.' These tracks were previously only available on our first two single releases, 'Sarah' and 'Army of the Damned.' The album will also be packaged in brand new artwork.

"The 2nd release will be Pythia's as yet untitled 2nd album which is currently being recorded with release planned for the later part of 2011. As a taster see a live version of new song 'Just a Lie' filmed in London towards the end of 2010!"

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Steelwing Posts New Tour Blog

Steelwing is currently on the road with Accept. The band has now issued the following announcement about posting a new tour blog online:

"Greetings metal hearts! We have now embarked on the Accept support tour which - needless to say - has been totally awesome so far! Just imagine getting to see one of your favourite bands play every night. As always we've been up to a lot of random, boring and pointless shit, as you're about to find out."

You can check out the full tour blog, including photos from the road, at this location.

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Whitesnake Reveals New Album Release Date

Hard rock legends Whitesnake have announced that their forthcoming new studio album, "Forevermore," will be released on March 25th in Europe and March 29th in North America through Frontiers Records. A new music video for the song, "Love Will Set You Free," will premiere on February 21st. The band has also revealed the tracklisting for the album, which is as follows:

"Steal Your Heart Away"
"All Out Of Luck"
"Love Will Set You Free"
"Easier Said Than Done"
"Tell Me How"
"I Need You (Shine A Light)"
"One Of These Days"
"Love And Treat Me Right"
"Dogs In The Street"
"Fare Thee Well"
2Whipping Boy Blues"
"My Evil Ways"
"Forevermore"

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Amon Amarth Reveals New Album Artwork

Swedish viking metal outfit Amon Amarth has revealed the front cover artwork for the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Surtur Rising." You can check it out below. The album will be released on March 29th in North America through Metal Blade Records. The band has also revealed the track listing for the album, which is as follows:

"War Of The Gods"
"Töck's Taunt - Loke's Treachery Part II"
"Destroyer Of The Universe"
"Slaves Of Fear"
"Live Without Regrets"
"The Last Stand Of Frej"
"For Victory Or Death"
"Wrath Of The Norsemen"
"A Beast Am I"
"Doom Over Dead Man" More...

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Arch Enemy Reveals New Album Title

Swedish metal favorites Arch Enemy have revealed the title of their forthcoming new album will be,
"Khaos Legions." This will mark their first studio album of all new material since 2007's "Rise Of The Tyrant." The band is currently still recording the album at Sweet Spot Studios in Sweden.

Stay tuned for further information on the new album's track listing and release date. Arch Enemy also recently announced the band will be performing at this year's edition of the Metalcamp Festival.

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Immortal Empire Issues New Album Update

U.K. gothic black metal act Immortal Empire has checked in with the following announcement about the upcoming release of the band's new album:

"One track from the next album will be uploaded called: Enslaved (Within the Sign of a Bestial Moon). Keep a look out for it within the next week or so.

"The rest of the album will be available approximately Feb -March. It has took longer than expected and still more vocals to be added but it will be worth the wait. Cheers!"

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Chromium Releases Artwork for Third Studio Album

Chromium has posted the cover artwork online for the band's new album, which can be viewed here. Chromium also commented on the new album:

"The start of 2011 has been quite a stellar one for the internationally renowned hard rock/metal group Chromium. Just having completed the crowd vocals for the band's upcoming third release, Chromium are on a path for great things this year. Fans got a first glimpse and listen to the new album this past week and the reaction was astounding.

"Another noticeable and unbelievable aspect of the third upcoming album is that world-renowned artist and bassist for the Grammy nominated band Killswitch Engage, Mike D’Antonio, had his hand in developing the artwork for the album. Mike D brought a totally different edge to the band’s image with his masterful skill in the artwork for the album.

"The first single from the album ‘My Perfection’ has been premiered on the band’s official MySpace page and fans worldwide have been praising the new sound of the band. The song will be hitting the radio airwaves soon so keep a listen out for ‘My Perfection’. Produced by the band’s very own Jared Gunston, the album promises to surpass any expectations and please fans around the world with its extensive attention to detail and brutal power behind the music. The introduction of Justin Du Preez on vocals has really brought a powerful and clear approach to the already unique vocals of the band.

"Chromium will be going on a full South African national tour in support of the upcoming album which promises to be one of the most energetic and entertaining stage shows to grace local venues this year." More...

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Scion Giving Away Trip To See Scion Rock Fest 2011

The recently announced Scion Rock Fest 2011 is already free, but now Scion is giving away 5 prize packages that include airfare, hotel accomodations and a ticket for you and a friend (limited to residents of the USA). Starting today through February 14, 2011, you can sign up for the sweepstakes here. To enter, each person must "Like" the Scion A/V Metal page on Facebook, fill out the entry form with their name, email address, and phone number, and agree to the rules and conditions of the sweepstakes.

As previously reported, the 2011 edition of the Scion Rock Fest will be headlined by death metal legends Morbid Angel and will feature 19 other bands. Scion Rock Fest 2011 is set to take place on March 5 in Pomona, California at the Fox Theater and the Glass House, with two other stages being built for the event by festival organizers.

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Cavalera Conspiracy Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival have announced that Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring Sepultura founders Igor and Max Cavalera, have been confirmed for the event. Also added to the bill is Russian folk metal band Arkona. Neither band's performance date has been confirmed as of yet however. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Friday:
Scorpions (Headliner)
Volbeat
Journey
Iced Earth
Epica
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Heaven Shall Burn
Sepultura
Angel Witch
Kverlatak
The Black Dahlia Murder
FM
Revoker More...

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Holy Grail Announces U.K. Tour

Holy Grail has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of the United Kingdom. Support on the trek will come from Revoker and G.U. Medicine. You can view the full list of confirmed dates, cities and venues below:

03/16 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 3
03/17 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
03/18 Prestatyn, UK – Hammerfest
03/19 Coventry, UK – Kasbah
03/20 Manchester, UK – Roadhouse
03/21 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
03/22 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy 2
03/23 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
03/24 Leeds, UK – Cockpit 3
03/25 Nottingham, UK – Rock City Basement
03/26 Oxford, UK – Academy 2
03/27 Southampton, UK – Joiners
03/28 London, UK – Barfly

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Of Mice & Men Issues Recording Update

Of Mice & Men has checked in from the pre-production recording process for its new album with producer Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Emmure). You can read the update below:

"Over the course of the last week, we’ve been doing demoing/pre-production with Joey Sturgis at The Foundation Studio. Some of you may not be familiar with this process so we’re gonna explain it to you. We basically get all of our ideas ‘out on the table’ (so to speak) and record all of our ideas as demo songs.

"We then break apart each song and put it back together piece by piece to test the strength of the song. We also did a lot of writing while we’ve been here, reformulating ideas as well as coming up with brand new ones to make every song just the way we want it to sound.

"So, reaching the final stages of this process, we’ve ended up with about 12/13 tracks. Starting today, we will track all of these songs (which means record the final draft of the song) and we will then go in and choose which ones we feel will make our album the most powerful and an overall best representation of OM&M "

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Periphery And Scale The Summit Announces Tour

Progressive metal newcomers Periphery and Scale The Summit have revealed the dates for their forthcoming support tour opening for Fair To Midland. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

03/03 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/04 Dallas, TX – Trees
03/05 Austin, TX – Emo’s
03/06 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe
03/08 Mesa, AZ – The Underground
03/09 Victorville, CA – VVEC
03/11 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
03/12 Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
03/13 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
03/15 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
03/16 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
03/17 Spokane, WA – The A Club
03/18 Boise, ID – The Venue
03/20 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
03/21 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
03/23 Cedar Falls, IA – The Wheelhouse
03/24 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
03/25 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
03/26 Madison, WI – The Annex
03/28 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
03/29 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
03/30 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
04/01 Hartford, CT – The Webster Underground
04/02 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/03 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
04/06 New York, NY – Santos Party House
04/07 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
04/08 Knoxville, TN – The Cider House
04/09 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
04/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/12 New Orleans, LA – The Parish (House Of Blues)
04/13 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
04/14 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
04/15 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory

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Haste the Day Uploads Farewell Tour Trailer

American metalcore act Haste the Day has posted the following video trailer online to promote its forthcoming farewell tour. Support on the trek will come from The Chariot and A Plea For Purging. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below, as well as in the farewell trailer.

01/28 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
01/29 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
01/30 Wichita, KS – Oz Cafe
01/31 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
02/01 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
02/03 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/04 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
02/05 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
02/07 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
02/08 San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage
02/09 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
02/11 Lubbock, TX – JAKE’S Sports Cafe
02/12 Dallas, TX – The Door
02/13 Austin, TX – Emo’s
02/14 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
02/15 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
02/16 Pensacola, FL – American Legion Post 33
02/18 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
02/19 Orlando, FL – The Social
02/20 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
02/21 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
02/22 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
02/23 St. Louis, MO – Fubar: Tickets HERE
02/24 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge: Tickets HERE
02/25 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Down Under
02/26 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
02/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
03/01 Montreal, QC – Underworld
03/02 London, ON – Rum Runners/London Music Hall
03/03 Toronto, ON – The Annex Wreck Room
03/04 Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon
03/05 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
03/06 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
03/07 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
03/09 Columbus, OH – The Basement
03/10 Louisville, KY – Expo Five

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Weedeater Reveals Support Acts For Upcoming Tour

Weedeater has revealed the support acts that will hit the road with the band next month in support of the new album "Jason… The Dragon," which is set for a March 1st release through Southern Lord. The band will be joined by Zoroaster and ASG on select dates of the tour with the schedule set to run as follows:

W/ ASG:
02/18 Wilmington, NC – Soapbox
02/19 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
02/20 Durham, NC – Casbah
02/21 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
02/22 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
02/23 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
02/24 New York, NY – Santos Party House
02/25 Pawtucket, RI – The Met

W/ Zoroaster
02/26 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
02/27 Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
02/28 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
03/01 Chicago, IL – Abbey Pub
03/02 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
03/03 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot
03/04 Denver, CO – 3 Kings Tavern
03/05 Salt Lake, City UT – Burt’s Tiki Lounge
03/06 Boise, ID – Shredder
03/07 Seattle, WA – Funhouse
03/08 Portland, OR – Rotture
03/11 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
03/12 San Diego, CA – Ruby Room
03/13 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
03/15 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
03/18 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog (“SXSW“)
03/19 San Antonio, TX – Korova
03/20 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
03/22 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
03/23 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
03/24 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
03/25 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
03/26 Savannah, GA – The Jinx

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EyeHateGod Announces New Tour Dates

NOLA metal veterans Eyehategod have announced the following shows for February. The list of confirmed dates, cities and venues can be viewed below:

02/05 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/16 Philadelphia, PA – JB’s
02/17 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
02/18 Brooklyn, NY – Europa
02/19 Syracuse, NY – Lucien’s Entertainment Complex
02/20 Boston, MA – Lido’s
02/21 Milford, CT – Daniel St.
02/25 New rleans, LA – Siberia

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Essence Signs With Ultimhate Records

Danish thrash metal act Essence has announced it has signed a deal with Ultimhate Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its debut album "Lost In Violence" on February 25, 2011. The band commented on the signing by saying:

"We have chosen Ultimhate Records based on the seriousness and passion for metal, which is very strong amongst them. They have exciting visions for the future and a dedicated labor force, combined with a vast network.

"We are delighted that our album hits the streets and the Internet, so we can spread our thrash metal as broadly as possible. Finally, we can begin to look forward and focus all our energy on getting out on the Danish and European roads in 2011. We will also start writing new material for the next record, which we now can do well-knowing that our first album is in competent hands."

Here is the "Lost in Violence" tracklisting:
1. Allegiance
2. Unlimited Chaos
3. Pestilence
4. Blood Culture
5. Night's Destruction
6. Oblivion
7. Shades of Black
8. Trace of Terror
9. Lost in Violence
10. Aggressive Attack

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Melechesh Guitarist To Miss Several European Dates

Guitarist Moloch of the Sumerian black metal act Melechesh has announced that he will be forced to sit out the first few dates of the band's European tour with Nile, Dew-Scented, Zonaria and Darkrise due to circumstances beyond the band's control. Greg den Hartog will fill in with Melechesh until Moloch is able to rejoin the band on the road.

Melechesh's European tour with Nile, Dew-Scented, Zonaria and Darkrise is scheduled to kick off on January 20 in Katowice, Poland. The dates for which can be found below:

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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Atticus Metal Tour Bands And Dates Revealed

Atticus Black clothing has revealed the bands and dates for its forthcoming third annual "Atticus Metal Tour." The full line-up includes co-headliners Darkest Hour and Born Of Osiris with support coming from As Blood Runs Black and The Human Abstract. Norma Jean, In The Midst Of Lions, Stick To Your Guns, Sleeping Giant, and This or the Apocalypse will perform as special guests on select dates. You can view the full list of date, cities and venues below:

Feb. 25 - Washington, DC - 930 Club (DARKEST HOUR CD-release show)
Feb. 26 - Virginia Beach, VA - Skate High
Feb. 27 - Greensboro, NC - Greene St
Feb. 28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel
Mar. 01 - Joliet (Chicagoland), IL - Mojoes (w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS)
Mar. 02 - Sauget (St. Louis), IL - Pop's (w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS)
Mar. 03 - Covington, KY - The Madhatter (w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS)
Mar. 04 - Detroit, MI - Harpos (w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS)
Mar. 05 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave (w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS)
Mar. 06 - St. Paul, MN - The Station (w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS)
Mar. 07 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose
Mar. 08 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground
Mar. 09 - Colorado TBA
Mar. 10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound (w/ NORMA JEAN, STICK TO YOUR GUNS)
Mar. 11 - Reno, NV - The Alley
Mar. 12 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
Mar. 13 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Mar. 14 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Mar. 15 - Boise, ID - The Venue
Mar. 17 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon (w/ SLEEPING GIANT)
Mar. 18 - Modesto, CA - Seasons Hall (w/ SLEEPING GIANT)
Mar. 19 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove - California Metalfest V
Mar. 20 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
Mar. 22 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee Theatre
Mar. 24 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
Mar. 25 - Dayton, OH - The Attic
Mar. 26 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club (w/ THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE)
Mar. 27 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights (w/ THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE)

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Interview

Interview With As They Sleep's Aaron Bridgewater

Young Detroit death metal outfit As They Sleep just dropped its second full length record, "Dynasty," this past November on Solid State Records, and subsequently hit the road on a brief stateside tour to promote the album. Full of the band’s signature melodies and new era death metal heaviness, “Dynasty” is already generating a buzz in the death metal community. The Motor City five piece appears ready to leave the metalcore nuances of the band's debut, "Blacken The Sky," behind and make a strong move toward becoming the next youthful, breakout death metal group in the American scene and beyond. As They Sleep’s vocalist, Aaron Bridgewater, recently spoke to MetalUnderground.com about the band’s new CD, the band's musical style, and plans for the future. More...

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Diamoth Explains Christian Black Metal

Late last month, Metalunderground looked at the genre of music referred to as "unblack" metal, which injects explicitly Christian themes into the black metal style, in an entry of our Unearthing the Metal Underground column. We have now posted a companion article looking at how religion has influenced metal, and how Christianity in particular affects the frequently anti-religious black metal genre. During my time looking into the subject, I contacted a series of bands taking either a pro-Christian or anti-Christian stance to see what the musicians themselves had to say.

Previously we revealed the comments from Dehumanation, Throne of Malediction, and Frames, who took a generally anti-religious stance, as well as Elgibbor and Winter's Dawn on the opposite side. Our next interviewee is Syhirious of the Chile based Christian metal band Diamoth. Anyone interested in hearing Diamoth's music can find songs available for streaming via the band's MySpace profile. More...

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The Crimson Armada Signs With Artery Recordings

Westerville, Ohio deathcore act The Crimson Armada has announced its signing with Artery Recordings, the joint venture between The Artery Foundation and Razor & Tie. The signing comes in time for the band to record its next full length album "Conviction" with producer Brian Hood with a release planned for early summer. The band commented on the signing by saying:

"Artery is a strong name in this industry. We are excited to finally have people behind us who believe in what we stand for and are ready to back us and help us become the band we are meant to be. We are happy to call Artery our home."

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Myke Terry Comments On Bury Your Dead Departure

Former Bury Your Dead vocalist Myke Terry has posted the following update online:

"After spending over three years with Bury Your Dead, becoming a family, and almost losing our lives together, I would think that we would all have each other's backs better than this. I never thought someone who hadn’t sweat, bled, or cried with us would have the power to dictate the inner workings of our band.

"I'd like to thank everyone that bought a Bury Your Dead CD, came to a show, or played with us for making the past few years of my life so amazing and I look forward to my future as a solo artist.

"I'm sure everyone who has ever chanted 'Bring back Bruso' is now stoked for his return."

The band, on hiatus since last April, recently began work on a new album, with the group's previous frontman, Mat Bruso, assuming lead vocal duties.

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As I Lay Dying To Headline California Metal Fest

As I Lay Dying has announced that the band will headline California Metalfest V, set to take place March 19, 2011 at The Grove in Anaheim, California.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
SUICIDE SILENCE
WINDS OF PLAGUE
BORN OF OSIRIS
DARKEST HOUR
AFTER THE BURIAL
AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK
SLEEPING GIANT
THE HUMAN ABSTRACT
THE GREAT COMMISSION

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