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Metal News for January 20, 2011

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Bonded By Blood Performance Footage Posted Online

Footage has been posted online of Bonded By Blood performing the song "Mind Pollution" live at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago, IL. You can check out the video clip below.

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The Damned Things Posts New Jager TV Clip

The Damned Things appears in the latest episode of Jager TV, in which the band discusses its first full run on the Jagermeister Music Tour. The video clip can be viewed below.

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IWrestledABearOnce Working On New Album

IWrestledABearOnce has built itself a studio to being recording a new album. The band members will be handling the production duties themselves and have already kicked off drum tracking for the album. Assisting in the production and also mixing the LP will be Ryan Boesch (Foo Fighters, Melvins, Andrew WK). The band has also launched a Tumblr account to document the experience at this location.

Guitarist Steven Bradley had the following to say: "Well it's been exactly two years since we were in the studio recording 'It's All Happening' and.. well... a shit ton has happened! We have made more friends/fans than I ever thought possible and seen the world in the process! And now, after two years of almost non-stop traveling, we have spent the past few weeks writing and are ready to begin tracking our second full length! This time around, we decided to just buy some new recording gear and I will be producing/engineering/mixing the album with some help from our 'sixth Beatle' and co-producer on the last album Ryan Boesch. If you liked our first EP and 'It's All Happening', then chances are you will enjoy this album too. We try to continuously evolve and push the envelope further in every direction, but we definitely still sound like us. Thanks for the support over the past few years and we're beyond stoked to see you back on tour in 2011 with some new songs in our set!"

The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

3/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
3/11 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
3/12 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
3/14 - Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Courtyard
3/15 - Mission, TX @ Las Palmas Race Park
3/16 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
3/19 - Fort Worth, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
3/20 - Tulsa, OK @ ACM - UCO
3/22 - Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
3/23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
3/24 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
3/25 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
3/26 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
3/27 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
3/30 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Downunder
3/31 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
4/01 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
4/02 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/03 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
4/04 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
4/05 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
4/07 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
4/08 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
4/09 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro

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Lightning Swords Of Death Announces New Tour

California's Lightning Swords of Death is currently preparing for an upcoming North American tour in support of Czech Republic-by-way-of-Chicago death metal act Master. The trek, which will include Ohio thrashers Mobile Deathcamp, is set to take place this month and run through approximately a month's worth of dates. Stay tuned for further details on specific dates. You can also check out an interview with the band at last year's Scion Rock festival below.

Scion Rock Fest 2010: Lightning Swords of Death Interview from Scion A/V on Vimeo.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: American Idol and Glee

While out promoting for Amercian Idol, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) was quoted saying “American Idol is not rock n’ roll”, “American Idol will take Aerosmith up a few notches”, and that “Joe Perry is a loose cannon”. This was all in one interview! In related news, Tyler mentions he can’t find Joe Perry. He’s hiding Steven, waiting for all of this to go away. You can remove your head from Ryan Seacrest’s ass. He’s not in there… More...

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Triptykon To Play Party.San Festival

The organizers of the Party.San 2011 festival have issued the following announcement about more bands appearing on the bill:

"Raised from the ashes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost by Tom Gabriel Fischer himself, PARTY.SAN 2011 is proud and honored to announce the addition of Triptykon to its expanding bill of bands. Hell literally broke loose with the release of the band's Eparistera Daimone debut. Pitch black and truly evil music for devoted fans of extreme metal.

"Gorguts from Canada recently joined the PARTY.SAN bill. A death metal dinosaur of sorts, the band formed in 1989 and, having survived a host of trends, tragedies and breakups, are still going strong today. Gorguts will present to you a technical and extremely furious death metal show you will never forget.

"Enslaved are easily among Norway’s finest bands. The progressive black/Viking metal ensemble has remained dark and innovative for their two-decade-long existence and will bring their monolithic blackness to the PARTY.SAN 2011 stage." More...

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Puteraeon Posts "Coma" Video

Puteraeon has posted a music video online for the song "Coma," which is off the band's new album "The Esoteric Order." The video clip can be viewed below. "The Esoteric Order" is set to be released by Cyclone Empire on Jan 28th, 2011.

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Hour Of 13 To Re-Release Album

North Carolina doom metallers Hour of 13 are due to re-release their latest album "The Ritualist" in Europe on Monday, January 24th and in North America on February 8th through Earache Records. The new version of the band's second album has been updated and remastered, and is available to pre-order now on CD and limited edition vinyl. As a special offer for fans who order the limited edition vinyl LP version of the album, each copy will include a free bonus 7" vinyl, featuring two previously-unreleased tracks:

Side A
1. Grim Reality (2006 Rehearsal)
Side B
2. Call To Satan (Live in Dublin 12.09.10)

The track "Grim Reality" is included as a tribute to former Hour of 13 bassist Thomas, who recently passed away. Images of the different vinyl colors can be found at this location.

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Wormrot Posts Tour Blog

Singapore grindcore trio Wormrot just finished a mini-tour of South East Asia, which included the band's first ever time visiting Thailand and Vietnam, where the band members claim they were forced to play two songs for permit officers prior to the show in order to be approved and allowed to perform. Following the band's return home, Wormrot has written a tour blog to detail recent shows. Some excerpts from the tour blog follow:

"14 Jan 2011 - Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The show in Embrace Hall was fucking awesome. There were some guys from Penang who took a 12 hours train ride just to see Wormrot! That was really touching and we really appreciate their support. Everyone seemed to have fun; moshing, dancing, stage dive, etc...

"15 Jan 2011 - Bangkok, Thailand. It is our first time in Thailand so we didn't know what to expect from the crowd... Turns out to be a killer! Crazy, crazy Thai crowd! There were about 70+ people in total but it seemed like there were 100 people in there. Stomping the stage and dancing like they've been possessed! It was like a Thai Boxing competition! More...

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Graveyard Posts Song From New Album Online

Swedish occult rockers Graveyard have posted the song "Hisingen Blues" online, which is available for streaming via the band's MySpace profile. Nuclear Blast commented on the track: "Now light up a j**nt, crack open a bottle of absinth and check out this first impression of Gravyeard's new album 'Hisingen Blues' which is set to be unleashed March 25, 2011!"

A limited 7" picture vinyl release of the "Hisingen Blues" single (including the non album track "Granny And Davis") is scheduled to drop February 25th, 2011, and will be limited to 500 copies worldwide.

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Kataklysm Checks In From The Road

The Neckbreaker's Ball tour kicked off last Friday and headlining act Kataklysm has posted the following statement:

"We are finally here in Europe to support our proud new album Heaven's Venom we are now in our fifth show of the Neckbreaker's ball tour and this has been an outstanding tour so far, all the bands are super cool and the package is killer! The fans have been insane and the shows packed including a sold out show in Berlin, the tour is on a strong debut and looking like Kataklysm most successful headliner to date… if you didn't get your ticket yet go get it and join us while we spread the venom through Europe!"

Remaining tour dates and show times can be found at this location.

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Shroud Of Despondency Posts New Song Online

Shroud of Despondency has posted a new song online titled "Seeing One Last Ray Of Light," which is off the band's upcoming album "Dark Meditations In Monastic Seclusion." You can hear the new song here. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Seeing One Last Ray Of Light
2. Homo Homini Lupus
3. Parting Of The Way
4. Sybil
5. Sullen Murmur Oppressive Stillness
6. Flicker Of The Ardent Light
7. To Glisten In All The Colors Of Distress

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Neuraxis Posts Live Footage Of New Song

Live footage has been posted online of Montreal technical death metallers Neuraxis playing the new song "Asylum" at the Trois-Rivieres Metalfest in October of 2009. The track is from the group's new album "Asylon," which will be released February 15th, 2011. You can check out the footage below.

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Black Epiphany Issues Album Update

Alexander Oden of Iowa based act Black Epiphany has checked in with the following update about working on a new album:

"Ten new songs have been written for the upcoming Black Epiphany album. All bass and guitar tracks have been recorded. Work on vocals and various instruments will continue throughout the winter. I think this album is going to be a huge step forward from the first Black Epiphany album as far as production is concerned. This is definitely the most diverse sounding album I’ve ever created. The heavy guitars and riffs are still there but the soundscape will be more textured."

The upcoming as-yet-untitled Black Epiphany album is scheduled for a late winter to early spring 2011 release.

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Zebulon Kosted Posts Excerpt From New Album

Zebulon Kosted has posted an excerpt online from the new song "Burdens are Burning," which is off the band's latest full-length album "Unfortunately Destiny Unfolds." You can hear the excerpt in the player below.

Burdens are Burning excerpt by Zebulon Kosted

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Teaser Trailer Posted For Occult Death Ritual Fest

A teaser trailer has been posted online for Sri Lanka's upcoming "Occult Death Ritual" festival, which is set to take place on February 6th, 2011. The trailer can be viewed below. The currently announced lineup for the festival includes Funeral in Heaven, Infernal Curse, 1833 AD, and Pariah Demise.

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Le Scrawl Posts "Wintersun" Video

Le Scrawl has posted a music video online for the song "Wintersun," which is taken from the band's latest release "Snowblind." You can view the footage in the clip below.

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Truth Corroded Announces New Tour Dates

South Australian extreme thrash metal band Truth Corroded will tour Australia and Japan in April in support of the band's new album "Worship the Bled." Joining the band on the first leg of the tour will be French act Hypno5e. The dates are as follows:

APRIL 1 – THE ARTHOUSE, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
APRIL 2 - FOWLERS LIVE, ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
APRIL 7 - HOT DAMN! NIGHTCLUB - SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
APRIL 8 - MONSTROTHIC NIGHTCLUB, ROSIES TAVERN, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND
APRIL 9 - SHED 5, GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND
APRIL 14 - SENGOKU DAITORYO, OSAKA
APRIL 16 - WILDSIDE, TOKYO
APRIL 17 - WILDSIDE, TOKYO

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Svart Crown Announces European Shows

Svart Crown is set to head out on a European tour in support of the band's "Witnessing the Fall" album, including an appearance at the Hammerfest III festival. The upcoming Svart Crown tour dates are as follows:

18.02 Cz Plzen @ Pod Lampou
19.02 Cz Most @ V+V rock bar
20.02 Cz Strakonice @ Rc Kremelka
21.02 CZ Karvina @ Hard Cafe
22.02 Poland Biesko Biala @ Stolarnia
23.02 Poland Rybnik @ Euphoria
24.02 Poland Wroclaw @ Wagon
25.02 Poland Katowice @ Pub Korba
26.02 Poland Krakow @ Face2face
27.02 Poland Rzeszow @ Od Zmierzchu do Switu
28.02 Poland Sanok @ Rudera
02.03 Bosnia Sarajevo @ Club AG
03.03 Serbia Belgrade @ Club Akademija
04.03 Romania Cluj Napoca @ Club Roland Garros
05.03 Romania Bucharest @ The Cage Club
06.03 Bulgaria Varna @ Usmivka Bar
07.03 Bulgaria Ruse @ Elias Canetti Hall
08.03 Bulgaria Sofia @ The Box Club
09.03 Greece Athens @ Seven Sins Club
10.03 Macedonia Skopje @ Club Castro
11.03 Italy Milano @ La Cathedrale
12.03 France Monpellier @ Secret Place/Kickassfest
19.03 Uk HAMMERFEST III @ Prestatyn w/ BIOHAZARD, SATYRICON
24.03 France Chambéry @ Brin de zinc
25.03 Swizerland Genève @ L'écurie
26.03 Swizerland Le Locle @ Rockness

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Nightrage To Release Album On Vinyl

Greek metallers Nightrage have announced that their "Wearing A Martyr's Crown" album is set to be issued as a vinyl version in May through Floga Records. The release is limited to 500 copies and will feature a heavy gatefold cover with colored wax.

You can check out additional details and the cover artwork at this location. Sample Nightrage tracks are also currently available for streaming through the band's official MySpace profile.

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Saxon Announces Show In Singapore

Saxon has issued the following announcement about performing in Singapore alongside Slash and Stone Temple Pilots:

"More than just a gig! Saxon at Big Night Out! We are proud to announce that Saxon will perform at 'Big Night Out' in Singapore! on March the 12th. Together with Slash, Stone Temple Pilots and many more. Get your tickets at this location and see you in Asia."

You can find a list of other upcoming Saxon tour dates here.

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Castrofate Postpones Tour Date

New York thrash act Castrofate has issued the following brief announcement about postponing an upcoming tour date until February 19th, 2011:

"Due to unforeseen problems with the owner of the previous venue, our Binghamton show is being postponed till February 19th at a new venue, keep posted and we'll have the finalized info up soon."

You can also check out Castrofate's music by navigating to the band's official MySpace page.

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The Unblackening Of Metal

From the very beginning, heavy metal has been about rebellion against established norms and restrictive social institutions. That theme has never prevented metal from being influenced by the greatest of mankind’s various systems of organized repression, however. Using a guitar and a microphone to express discontent over the actions of parents and governments inevitably led to bands expressing their disgust with the beliefs behind those actions. Whether musicians are singing about it, railing against it, or just simply partaking of it in their free time, religion has an undeniable role to play in nearly every sub-genre of heavy metal.

Plenty of bands have been built up around an anti-religious atmosphere, whether a simple general sentiment or a full-on fervor that drives the music. Despite metal being frequently identified with an anti-religious standpoint, the style has more than its fair share or religious spokesmen. Famous musicians such as Dave Mustaine of Megadeth have never been particularly quiet about their Christian faith, even if they don’t expressly promote it in any given song. Explicitly Christian metalcore acts are also rapidly gaining widespread attention, with groups like August Burns Red taking over Hot Topic and acts like I The Breather touring the U.S.

In general, it would seem the thrash metal world either doesn’t care about Mustaine’s religious affiliation or is willing to overlook it for the sake of the music. Thrash certainly has its share of anti-Christian songs, but it’s a genre that’s more concerned with social issues or an overall aggressive musical feel than anything dealing with supernatural belief systems.

As any fan of metal can easily attest, not all genres are built equal, and what appeals to one metal head is a serious turn off for another. Black metal is easily among the most infamous of all metal styles, having cut its teeth in the early ‘90s across a back drop of church burnings and sensational media stories of power struggles between Satanic leaders. Names like Emperor and Mayhem were starting to make waves and become recognized in the underground not only across Europe, but also in the U.S. and abroad. More...

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It Prevails Announces New Tour Dates

Portland melodic hardcore band It Prevails has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline trek on "The Spring Fling Tour." The tour will also feature co-headliners The World We Knew alongside support acts Betrayal, Sovereign Strength and Farewell To Freeway. You can view the complete tour breakdown below:

W/ Betrayal and Sovereign Strength:
02/25 Evansville, IN – Boney Junes
02/26 Portage, IN – Camelot Arena
02/27 Toledo, OH – Frankie’s
02/28 Hyde Park, NY – Hyde Park Ice Pavilion
03/01 Williamsport, PA – The Hive
03/02 Providence, RI – Club Hell
03/03 Manchester, NH – Rocko’s
03/04 Allentown, PA – Croc Rock
03/05 Linthicum, MD – LHUMC (Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church)
03/06 Virginia Beach, VA – Skate High
03/07 TBA, NC – TBA
03/08 Charleston, SC – The Oasis
03/09 Lawrenceville, GA – The Boneyard Venue
03/10 Panama City, FL – Werth Seeing Art Gallery/Beck’s Underground
03/11 Pensacola, FL – TBA
03/12 Birmingham, AL – The Firehouse
03/13 Shreveport, LA – The Media Star Entertainment Lounge
03/14 Houston, TX – Numbers
03/16 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar (“SXSW“) (The World We Knew & Betrayal only)

W/ Betrayal, Sovereign Strength & Farewell To Freeway:
03/17 Lewisville, TX – Dad’s Venue
03/18 Midland, TX – The Pine Box
03/19 Albuquerque, NM – TBA
03/20 Phoenix, AZ – Warehouse 201
03/22 Victorville, CA – VVEC
03/23 Long Beach, CA – TBA
03/24 Lompoc, CA – La Purisima
03/25 Canoga Park, CA – The Cobalt Cafe (no Betrayal)

W/ Farewell To Freeway:
03/26 Morada, CA – The Burning Bush
03/27 Portland, OR – Branx
03/28 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
03/29 Spokane, WA – The Cretin Top
03/30 Boise, ID – The Shredder
03/31 Salt Lake City, UT – The DeathStar
04/01 Denver, CO – TBA
04/02 Wichita, KS – The Eagles Lodge

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Artillery Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Danish thrash metal act Artillery has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming full length album. The new album, titled "My Blood," was recorded at Medley Studios in Copenhagen and will see its North American release on April 5, 2011. The tracklisting for "My Blood" is as follows:

1. Mi Sangre (The Blood Song)
2. Monster
3. Dark Days
4. Death Is An Illusion
5. Ain't Giving In
6. Prelude To Madness
7. Thrasher
8. Warrior Blood
9. Concealed In The Dark
10. End Of Eternity
11. The Great

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Omnium Gatherum Announces Finnish Tour

Finnish progressive metal act Omnium Gatherum has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of Finland. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

Feb. 09 - Jyväskylä, Finland - Lutakko
Feb. 10 - Kuopio, Finland - Henry's Pub
Feb. 11 - Oulu, Finland - Nuclear Nightclub
Feb. 12 - Karhula, Finland - Sam's Pub
Feb. 23 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
Mar. 10 - Jyväskylä, Finland - Lutakko (w/ EVERGREY)
Mar. 11 - Oulu, Finland - Club Teatria (w/ EVERGREY)
Mar. 12 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi (w/ EVERGREY)
Mar. 18 - Kouvola, Finland - Rytmikatti
Mar. 25 - Turku, Finland - S-Osis
Apr. 09 - Hamina, Finland - Jack Up
Jul. 01 - Germany - With Full Force Open Air

The band will release its new album "New World Shadows" on March 1st, 2011.

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Avenged Sevenfold Announces New Drummer

California alternative metal act Avenged Sevenfold has revealed the new drummer who is taking over for Mike Portnoy, who recently left the band. Arin Ilejay of the Christian metalcore group Confide will be taking over the band's drumming duties for its upcoming touring commitments. No official statement has been made on whether Arin Ilejay will become the band's permanent drummer but Avenged Sevenfold offered the following comments:

"We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our longtime studio drum tech Mike Fasano recommended Arin Ilejay.

"We've rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have."

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Hatebreed Reveals Full Summer Festival Dates

American hardcore/metalcore act Hatebreed has revealed its full summer festival schedule. The band will be appearing at the following festival in the summer of 2011:

04/22 Meerhout, BEL – Groezrock
04/23 Schijndel, NET – Paaspop
06/24 Basel, SWI – St. Jakob (“Sonisphere Festival“)
07/01 Sulingen, GER – Reload Festival
07/02 Roitzschijora, GER – With Full Force Festival
08/02 Dindelsbuhl, GER – Summer Breeze Festival

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Intronaut To Appear On Upcoming "Metalliance Tour"

UPDATE: This information was gleaned from listings on Ticketmaster.ca, which appear to be erroneous on several points, including specific tour dates. Furthermore, Intronaut has not confirmed participation in this tour and all listings on Ticketmaster.ca have since been removed, save one.

Los Angeles progressive post-metallers Intronaut have revealed that they will be appearing on select dates for the forthcoming "Metalliance Tour." The "Metalliance Tour" features headliners Helmet alongside Saint Vitus and Crowbar. Other special guests scheduled to appear include Kylesa, Howl, The Atlas Moth, Naam, and Royal Thunder. You can view a list of the tour dates reported by Ticketmaster.ca below.

03/17 Dallas, TX – Southside Music Hall (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth, Royal Thunder)
03/18 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar (“SXSW“)
03/19 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth, Naam)
03/20 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth)
03/21 Orlando, FL – Firestone Live (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth)
03/23 West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
03/24 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (feat. Howl, The Atlas Moth, Moth Eater)
03/25 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03/26 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth, Keelhaul)
03/27 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
03/29 Denver, CO – The Summit (feat. Kylesa)
03/31 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre (feat. Howl, The Atlas Moth)
04/01 Seattle, WA – El Corazon (feat. Intronaut, Howl, The Atlas Moth)
04/03 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
04/04 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
04/05 Hollywood, CA – House of Blues (feat. Intronaut, Kylesa)

Some of these appear to be in error, however, and we recommend going by the previously announced dates until an official update with special guests is released.

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Periphery Drummer Posts Jam Footage Online

Matt Halpern, drummer of American progressive metal act Periphery, has posted some new drum cam footage online. The footage features Halpern performing a technical improvised jam. Matt Halpern commented on the video by saying:

"So, this one is an improvised jam I did for fun. I'm just messing around and having fun with some random groove ideas here... I've been teaching on this make-shift Mapex kit with the single kick Mapex Falcon Pedal, and I really dig the sound contrast of the drums, and the wallet on the snare makes the attack dry.

"The cymbals are all Meinl Soundcaster Customs... The one on the right is a 20" crash, and the hi-hats are 14.

"Oh [yeah], and this video is for Brandon of Impending Doom!"

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Kylesa Posts New Tour Video Online

American progressive sludge metal act Kylesa and RevolverMagazine have teamed up to debut a new tour webisode series. The first episode can be viewed at the link above, as well as the band's forthcoming tour dates.

01/20 - Washington D.C. - Black Cat
01/21 - Pittsburgh, PA - 31st Street Pub
01/22 - Toronto, ON - Wreck Room
01/23 - Kingston, ON - Time To Laugh
01/24 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
01/25 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
01/26 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
01/27 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
01/28 - Harrisonburg, VA - Blue Nile
01/29 - Charleston, SC - Oasis

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Scale The Summit Announces New Album Title

American progressive metal act Scale the Summit has revealed the title and cover art for its forthcoming full length album. The new album, titled "The Collective," is set for a March 1st, 2011 release date through Prosthetic Records. The cover artwork for "The Collective" can be viewed below:

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Opeth To Headline Sweden's Getaway Rock Festival

Swedish progressive metal act Opeth has been announced as one of the headline acts being featured in the forthcoming edition of the "Getaway Rock" festival. The 2011 edition of the event its set take place between July 7th, 8th and 9th, 2011 in Gavle, Sweden.

The confirmed line-up includes:

ALICE COOPER
AURA NOIR
BLOWSIGHT
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
DEATH ANGEL
DESULTORY
ENTOMBED
F.K.Ü.
GHOST
GRAVEYARD
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
IMMORTAL
MARDUK
OPETH
VOMITORY
YOUTH OF TODAY

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Accept Announces South American Tour Dates

German heavy metal legends Accept have announced a string of tour dates for South America in support of their latest studio album, "Blood Of The Nations." The trek will kick off in early May and the dates are as follows:

May 08 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
May 10 - La Paz, Bolivia - TBD
May 11 - Lima, Peru - Barranco Bar
May 13 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Novedades
May 14 - Buenos Aires, Argentina – El Teatro Flores
May 15 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Carioca Club

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Soundgarden Vocalist Announces Acoustic Solo Tour

Chris Cornell, vocalist of grunge rock pioneers Soundgarden, has revealed the dates for his forthcoming acoustic solo tour. The North American headline tour will reach more than a dozen cities across the United States and Canada; where Chris Cornell will be performing acoustic interpretations of songs taken from throughout his career as well as special cover tracks. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

Apr. 01 - Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
Apr. 02 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Apr. 03 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Apr. 05 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Apr. 06 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Apr. 08 - Bridgeport, CT - The Klein Memorial Auditorium
Apr. 09 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Hall
Apr. 10 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
Apr. 12 - New York, NY - Town Hall Theatre
Apr. 15 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa - Music Box
Apr. 16 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre
Apr. 17 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Apr. 19 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Bardavon
Apr. 20 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Apr. 22 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Apr. 23 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
Apr. 24 - Saint Paul, MN - Fitzgerald Theatre
Apr. 26 - Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre
Apr. 27 - Medicine Hat, AB - Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Apr. 29 - Victoria, BC - Royal Theatre
Apr. 30 - Coquitlam, BC - Red Robinson Show Theatre
Apr. 01 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
Apr. 03 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Apr. 04 - Los Angeles, CA - John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
Apr. 06 - San Diego, CA - Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

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Dalriada Posts New Music Video Online

Hungarian folk metal act Dalriada has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Hajdútánc" which is taken from the band's forthcoming studio album "Igérét" which is due for release on February 18, 2011 through AFM Records. You can view the video below:

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Bullet For My Valentine To Re-Issue Latest Album

Welsh alternative metal act Bullet For My Valentine has announced that it will be re-issuing its latest studio album "Fever" as an extended "Tour Edition" release. The new version of "Fever" is set to include three live studio tracks taken from its XFM radio sessions as well as a DVD featuring live footage and music videos. "Fever - Tour Edition" is set for release on February 15, 2011.

Here is the "Fever - Tour Edition" tracklisting:
1. Your Betrayal
2. Fever
3. The Last Fight
4. A Place Where You Belong
5. Pleasure And Pain
6. Alone
7. Breaking Out Breaking Down
8. Bittersweet Memories
9. Dignity
10. Begging For Mercy
11. Pretty On The Outside
11. Fever (Xfm radio sessions)
12. The Last Fight (Xfm radio sessions)
13. Bittersweet Memories (Xfm radio sessions)

Bonus DVD:
1. Your Betrayal - Live from Graspop Metal Meeting
2. Fever - Live from Graspop Metal Meeting
3. Waking the Demon - Live from Graspop Metal Meeting
4. Your Betrayal - Music Video
5. The Last Fight - Music Video
6. The Making of The Last Fight - Documentary
7. Fever - Band Commentary

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Shelob Recording Debut Album, Posts Samples

A new progressive/metal/sludge band named SHELOB, featuring former members of Hollow Corp (Prosthetic Records) and Skull was born during 2010. The band is currently mixing their new album and mastering will be handled by Alan Douches at West West Side Studio (Mastodon, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) in mid February. The whole album is produced by the band and they're seeking a label to work with.

You can check out some samples of Shelob's music on the band's MySpace page or below.

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Melechesh Posts Behind The Scenes Video Footage

Melechesh has posted the first part in a series of videos online from the making of the new video clip for "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin," which is taken from the band's latest album "The Epigenesis." You can check out the behind the scenes footage in the clip below.

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Doomsword Announces New Album Release

Italian act DoomSword has checked in with the following brief announcement about the release dates for the band's upcoming new album:

"The Eternal Battle: DoomSword's fifth album entitled 'The Eternal Battle' will be released February 25th/28th (depending on your location). Up the horns!"

In the mean time, you can also hear DoomSword's music via several songs available for streaming on the band's MySpace profile. In other recent DoomSword news, the band also parted ways with bassist Geilt and recruited new member Christian "Nidhoggr" Grillo.

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Sabaton Comments On Album Reissues

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. 2005’s "Primo Victoria (Re-Armed)" will include six bonus tracks, two live songs, and a cover of Twisted Sister’s “The Beast.”

Sabaton bassist Pär Sundström shares the following memories of the "Primo Victoria" recording sessions, why the Twisted Sister cover was selected, and why the live show in Falun was such a special show for the band:

"When we entered the studio to start the recording, we had no idea how Sabatib was meant to sound. I remember sitting behind the mixing desk when we first listened to all the harmonies in the chorus of the title track; that was one of the best memories from a studio session ever. During our studio sessions, we sometimes recorded songs that were never on any albums, this includes the song ‘The Beast’ by Twisted Sister. Twisted Sister is a Top 5 Bands for all members of Sabatib and there are so many memories for us all in their music. For the re-releases, we also included some live songs and on this one, there are a couple of tracks recorded in our hometown of Falun, Sweden. Falun has become a annual show where people from all around the world come because this is where Sabatib always gives a unique and special show.”

The track listing for "Primo Victoria (Re-Armed)" is as follows:

1. Primo Victoria
2. Reign Of Terror
3. Panzer Battalion
4. Wolfpack
5. Counterstrike
6. Stalingrad
7. Into The Fire
8. Purple Heart
9. Metal Machine

Bonus Tracks:
10. The March To War
11. Shotgun
12. Into The Fire (Live In Falun, 2008)
13. Rise Of Evil (Live In Falun, 2008)
14. The Beast (Twisted Sister cover)
15. Dead Soldier's Waltz

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Fates Warning Members Form New Band

Jim Matheos and John Arch are currently working together on a new full-length album that will be released in late spring/early summer via Metal Blade Records. The new band, called Arch/Matheos, began tracking the drums on January 12th and will continue to record through mid February with both John Arch and Jim Matheos producing the album.

Arch/Matheos features Joey Vera on bass (Armored Saint, Anthrax, Fates Warning, Seven Witches), Bobby Jarzombek on drums (Halford, Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Riot), and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar (Fates Warning). More details on the new band and album will be announced over the coming months.

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