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Metal News for January 26, 2011

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Saxon Announces Shows With The Sword

Saxon has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows in Australian alongside The Sword this coming March:

"We want to announce that Saxon is playing two side shows in Australia. One in Melbourne and one in Sydney. We will be supported by our American mates 'The Sword.' Some of you might know them from past Metallica's World Magnetic tour. See you in Australia."

You can check out the promotional poster for the shows at this location.

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Goreaphobia Comments On Upcoming Album

Philadelphia death metal squadron Goreaphobia is currently putting the finishing touches on the band's new full-length, titled "Apocalyptic Necromancy." The follow-up to "Mortal Repulsion," released in 2009, the 12-track long player was recorded, mixed, and mastered by drummer Jim Roe and features new guitarist VJS (Kult ov Azazel, Crimson Moon, Demoncy, etc.).

Comments guitarist Alex Bouks of the band’s latest output: "All of us in the Gorephobia camp are real excited about finishing the new record. The new tunes will once again contain 1000% occult metal nihilism! The only way I can describe our new endeavor is that’s it’s very diverse and takes us back to the band’s roots. Jim has once again recorded and mixed the record at his home studio, Neanderthal.

"Apocalyptic Necromancy also marks the debut of our new guitar player VJS. There’s a highly positive and magical vibe for the band at the present time. For me, this record is a true progression from the song writing and production on Mortal Repulsion.We hope to have it out soon for all our long time and newer fans."

Further details on the new release will be announced as they are made available.

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Devolved Reveals New Album Tracklisting

International technical metal act Devolved has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming full length album. The new album, titled "Oblivion," is set for release on May 24 through Unique Leader Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below:

1. Existential Crisis
2. Into Fire
3. Awakening
4. World In Denial
5. Virus
6. Wretched Eyes Of God
7. Transcendence
8. From The Ashes
9. Legions Rise

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Scale The Summit Posts Studio Footage Online

American progressive metal act Scale the Summit has posted studio footage online taken during the recording process of its forthcoming full length album. The new album, titled "The Collective," is set for a March 1st, 2011 release date through Prosthetic Records. You can view the studio footage below:

"The Collective" tracklisting is as follows:
1. Colossal
2. Whales
3. Emersion
4. The Levitated
5. Secret Earth
6. Gallows
7. Origin Of Species
8. Alpenglow
9. Black Hills
10. Balkan
11. Drifting Figures

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Tesseract Posts Behind The Scenes Footage Online

U.K. progressive metal act Tesseract has posted behind the scenes video footage online taken from the bonus DVD featured with the band's forthcoming new album. The album, titled "One," will see its release on March 22, 2011 through Century Media Records. "One" will also include a bonus DVD that features the entire "Concealing Fate" EP being performed live in the studio as well as a 5.1 surround sound mix of the EP. You can view the DVD footage below:

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Call To Preserve Calling It Quits

American hardcore act Call To Preserve has announced through its record label that the band has decided to disband. A statement from the group can be read below:

"After eight years, three full-lengths and countless tours all over, Call to Preserve is calling it quits. For the past year or so we’ve done our best to keeping functioning as a band despite losing members and having remaining members cut back their involvement.

"Now all of us are being pulled in different directions and our aspirations for our future have expanded much further than being on tour all the time. With some of us moving away, going back to school or starting careers, we just can’t sacrifice our time to this band like we used to. It would be a disservice to ourselves to do CTP half heartedly, so instead we want to go out on a high note and enjoy our last few months as a band.

"We want to do our best to make sure those who want to can come see us for the last time. This April we’ll be playing our last west coast show at Facedown Fest 2011 and in the coming months we’ll be announcing our last tour dates, which will include a stop at Cornerstone Festival. Our last show will be near the end of July this summer in Melbourne, Florida. More details will be announced soon.

"In these final months we’ll also be working on a few new songs that will be on a 7” coming out this summer on Facedown Records. We’ve wanted to put out vinyl for years and felt we had a few more things to say before we go, so this seemed like the perfect time and place to put out a 7 inch.

"We never thought that this band would get as far as it did. We never thought we’d have the chance to travel so much and tour with some of our favorite bands and make such amazing friends from all over the world. We are eternally grateful for the chance we were given to play music and actually have people listen.

"We want to thank Jason Dunn and Facedown Records for standing behind us for the past five years, being some of the easiest people to work with and for just being great friends. We want to thank all the bands we’ve met and toured with who have become some of our best friends and we will miss the shows and the hangouts dearly. Finally we want to thank everyone who has supported us by coming to a show, buying a shirt, letting us sleep on your floor or feeding us. We are more thankful than you’ll ever know.

"Thanks for listening and see you soon."

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Scale The Summit Reveals New Album Tracklisting

American progressive metal act Scale the Summit has revealed the tracklisting 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 tracklisting for "The Collective" can be viewed below:

1. Colossal
2. Whales
3. Emersion
4. The Levitated
5. Secret Earth
6. Gallows
7. Origin Of Species
8. Alpenglow
9. Black Hills
10. Balkan
11. Drifting Figures

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Winds Of Plague Reveals New Album Title

Southern California progressive deathcore act Winds Of Plague has announced that "Against The World" is the title of the band's forthcoming new album. "Against The World" is due out on April 19th, 2011 through Century Media Records.

The new album was recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Matt Hyde and will feature guest appearances by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, Drew York of Stray From The Path, Terror guitarist Martin Stewart, and Mattie Montgomery from For Today.

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Agnostic Front Posts Second Making Of Video Online

New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front have posted their second in a series of videos online, chronicling the making of their new studio album, "My Life, My Way." You can check it out below. This will be the band's first studio album since 2007's, "Warriors" and is scheduled to be released in Europe on March 4th and on March 22nd in North America.

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Bloodbound Posts New Album Teaser Online

Swedish melodic metal act Bloodbound has announced that it will release the band's fourth album, titled "Unholy Cross," on March 18th through Germany's AFM Records. A video trailer for the new album can be viewed below.

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All Shall Perish Posts Teaser Clip Of New Song

American progressive deathcore act All Shall Perish has posted a new instrumental teaser online for a new song set to appear on its forthcoming new album. The album is set to feature twelve songs which are being mixed by Zach Ohren. You can view the new song teaser below:

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The Crown Posts "Doomsday King" Video

The Crown has posted a music video online for the title track off the band's latest album "Doomsday King." You can check out the video clip below.

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In Flames Announces New Album Title

Swedish melodic death metal act In Flames has revealed through its official Twitter page that the title of its forthcoming studio album has been set as "Sounds of a Playground Fading."

The new release "Sounds of a Playground Fading" will be the tenth studio album for the act and is set to include 13 songs, which were recorded at the band's own IF Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden with engineer Roberto Laghi. Additional details on the new album's track listing and release date will be announced as they are made available.

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Facedown Fest Lineup Announced

Details have been announced for the forthcoming edition of Facedown Fest. The 2011 edition of the festival will be taking place at The Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on April 8th and 9th, 2011 with the following artists set to perform:

April 8th:
War Of Ages
A Plea For Purging
Hands
Onward To Olympas
My Epic
Your Memorial
Hope For They Dying
Messengers

April 9th:
For Today
In The Midst Of Lions
Overcome
Call To Preserve
A Hope For Home
Take It Back!
As Hell Retreats
Gideon
Saving Grace
The Burial

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Just For Fun

Tom G. Warrior Selling Wooden Jesus Dildos

Tom G. Warrior (Triptykon, ex-Celtic Frost) is currently selling two different wooden Jesus dildo sculptures online. Photos and details on the pieces can be found at this location. Tom G. Warrior posted the following descriptions of the two phallic statues:

"Phallus I/2011; metal Jesus mounted to wooden dildo cross; wood, white metal, steel, epoxy, and black enamel. This phallus sculpture is a unique, individual piece of which only one exists world-wide, hand-made by the artist. Cross created from 3 German hand-crafted, spruce wood dildos. Crucified messiah figurine and INRI insignia in metal. Dimensions: height approx. 20 cm (7.9"), width approx. 13.5 cm (5.5"), dildo diameter approx. 2.6 cm (1"). Weight: approx. 160 g (5.5 oz). Caution: for display purposes only!

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BTBAM Frontman Posts New Music Video Online

Thomas Giles Rogers, vocalist and keyboardist for progressive death metallers Between the Buried and Me, has posted his new music video online. The video, courtesy of PopMatters, was filmed for the track "Sleep Shake" which is taken from Thomas Giles' forthcoming solo album "Pulse." "Pulse" is set for release on February 1st, 2011 through Metal Blade Records. You can view the video below:

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Necronoclast Streaming Song From Upcoming Album

U.K. based black metal act Necronoclast has posted a new song online from the band's upcoming album "Ashes." You can check out the newly uploaded track "Veil of Flies" via the official Necronoclast MySpace profile.

"Ashes" is currently set to see release on February 22nd, 2011 via Moribund Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Serpents
2. Looking Glass
3. Ashes
4. Ravenous
5. Ghostways
6. Veil of Flies
7. Kajicnicke Saty

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Vintersorg Reveals New Album Details

Vintersorg has announced that the band's upcoming eighth album will be titled "Jordpuls." The album is set to see release via Napalm Records on March 25th, 2011 and the album artwork can be viewed at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Världsalltets fanfar
2. Klippor och skär
3. Till dånet av forsar och fall
4. Mörk nebulosa
5. Stjärndyrkan
6. Skogen sover
7. Vindögat
8. Palissader
9. Eld och lågor

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DevilDriver Discusses New Album "Beast"

Roadrunner Records has posted a video interview online with Dez Fafara, who discusses DevilDriver's upcoming February 22nd release "Beast." You can check out the clip below.

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The Soulless Finishes New Album

British melodic death metallers The Soulless have announced their upcoming album will be titled "Isolated." The new album is set for release via Earache Records in April of 2011. The Soulless, which recently changed its name from Ignominious Incarceration, wrapped up the recording of the album at Outhouse Studios in Reading, England with producer John Mitchell.

Front man Andy Wardle comments:

"We have just finished recording at Outhouse Studios in Reading. The process went really well, we had a lot of fun and we couldn't be much happier with the results. The studio video is a brief look into what we got up to. It includes clips of some of the coolest riffs, biggest choruses and key lyrics. Also revealed at the end is a sneak peak at the artwork and album title, plus bonus footage of our mad dancing skills. We are now getting ready to tour and have lots of other stuff in the pipeline. Merch designs are coming together and the official video will be shot in February. It should be a killer year for The Soulless!"

You can also check out a video clip from the studio below.

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Gama Bomb Teams Up With Rock 'n' Roll Wrestling

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have teamed up with the Rock 'n' Roll Wrestling Bash to be the show's new "Gore-chestra." Earache Records commented on the collaboration:

"The Rock 'n' Roll Wrestling Bash is an original and highly entertaining musical which blends Mexican wrestling with hard-hitting rock 'n' roll to create a truly unique show. While the luchadores perform their adrenaline-fuelled fights in the ring, a live band delivers a rocking, choreographed musical score to add to the drama and atmosphere. Gama Bomb will create and adapt their own songs for the show and will perform them live as the 'Gore-chestra' during the wrestling."

Gama Bomb's Philly Byrne comments: "Gama Bomb teaming up with Rock 'n' Roll Wrestling is kinda like old timey composers writing for the ballet: it just so happens that the best dance to express the music of our band involves breaking a chair over someone's head. We're looking forward to having a ton of fun with these shows and breaking some new ground in thrash metal. Gore-chestra. I like the sound of that."

Gama Bomb will perform with Rock 'n Roll Wrestling Bash at a number of events throughout the year, starting with a headlining show at the Paris Extreme Festival on March 24th. For more information about the Rock 'n' Roll Wrestling Bash, head to this location.

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Darkest Hour Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Darkest Hour has posted behind the scenes footage online from the shooting of the "Savor The Kill" music video. You can check out the video clip below.

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Zonaria Recruits New Guitarist

L.A. guitarist Caleb Bingham (Ascension, Ex-Five Finger Death Punch) has joined Swedish death/black metal band Zonaria. The band is currently on tour with Nile, Dew-Scented, Melechesh, and Darkrise throughout Europe.

Zonaria guitarist Emil Nyström commented: "Caleb has been a great friend of mine for quite some time. And while recording our third CD Simon felt like he wanted to focus on the singing. So from now on Simon will only handle the vocals and Caleb has stepped in as our new guitarist. He’s an amazing guitarist and has a fantastic view on music and guitar playing."

Caleb also comments on joining the band: "It’s fantastic to be out on the road with Zonaria. I’ve always been a fan of death metal music, especially death metal music from Sweden, so playing with what I would consider to be one of the best modern Swedish death metal bands is both a pleasure and an honor. People should most definitely expect some major things coming from Zonaria in the very near future."

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Truth Corroded Streaming New Song

Australian thrashers Truth Corroded have unleashed a new song titled "Pride of Demise" online, which is off the band's upcoming album "Worship the Bled." You can check out the new song at this location.

The new album features the talents of Kevin Talley (Daath, Misery Index, Chimaira) on session drums and also features and was mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren of Scar Symmetry at Black Lounge Studio, Sweden.

The new album will be available in Australia in April through Truth Inc Records with other territories to follow. Truth Corroded has also just announced a string of shows dubbed "Touring the Bled," which will see the band perform across Australia, Japan, and South East Asia in April with further tour dates to soon be announced.

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Volbeat Announces Festival Appearances

Volbeat has issued the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances:

"Finland and Norway here we come! After a very successful fall tour in both Finland and Norway, we're excited to finally announce our return this summer.

"In June we will play at the legendary Provinssirock in Finland, and in July we will return to Norway Rock in Kvinesdal. More festivals will hopefully be added shortly, so stay tuned!"

You can find additional details on the Norway Rock festival at this location and details on the Provinssirock festival here.

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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Announces Russian Shows

The upcoming Die Apokalyptischen Reiter album “Moral & Wahnsinn” hits the streets on February 25th, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. Preparations are underway for Spring shows in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary. The band has also now announced a short string of upcoming Russian tour dates.

The confirmed shows are as follows:

13/05 - St.Petersburg - Orlandina club
14/05 - Moscow - Tochka club
15/05 - Yekaterinburg - Teleclub

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Dead And Divine Working On New Album

Dead and Divine has issued the following announcement about working on a new upcoming full-length album:

"We've announced the name of our new album - Antimacy. Expect it to be released this spring! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Please repost/retweet/spread the word about Antimacy. Expect to see a lot of us in 2011. See you soon."

Additional details on the new album's track listing and release date will be announced as they are made available.

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Photos Posted Online

Musicpix.net has posted a series of photos online from the recent Exodus performance on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. You can check out the pictures at this location.

You can also check out the 70,000 Tons of Metal YouTube channel here, which features video clips of bands discussing the cruise.

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Destruction Adds New Tour Dates

Germany’s Destruction has announced ten additional shows on the band's upcoming “North American Reckoning 2011” tour, which is set to launch at Vancouver’s Rickshaw Theater on April 26th.

The south German trio will be returning to North America in support of the new studio album, "Day Of Reckoning," due out in the U.S. and Canada on March 8th, 2011 and on February 18th in Europe. Special guests on the tour are Australia’s Destroyer 666 and now opening will be Texas thrashers Warbeast, who are signed to Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records label.

The confirmed dates are as follows:

04/26/11 RICKSHAW THEATRE – VANCOUVER, B.C. – CANADA
04/27/11 STUDIO SEVEN - SEATTLE, WA
04/29/11 OAKLAND METRO OPERAHOUSE – OAKLAND, CA
04/30/11 THE BOARDWALK - ORANGEVALE, CA
05/01/11 BRICK BY BRICK - SAN DIEGO, CA
05/03/11 ORIENTAL THEATER - DENVER, CO
05/05/11 REGGIE'S ROCK CLUB - CHICAGO, IL
05/06/11 PEABODY'S - CLEVELAND, OH
05/07/11 HARPO'S - DETROIT, MI
05/08/11 MAVERICK'S BAR - OTTAWA, ON - CANADA
05/09/11 FOUFOUNES ELECTRIQUES - MONTREAL, ON - CANADA
05/10/11 BOURBON ST. BALLROOM - BALTIMORE, MD (No Destroyer 666)
05/11/11 B.B. KINGS - NEW YORK, NY
05/13/11 JAXX - SPRINGFIELD, VA
05/14/11 RESPUESTA – SANTURCE, PUERTO RICO - DESTRUCTION ONLY
05/16/11 THE RAIL - FORT WORTH, TX
05/17/11 MUG SHOTS - AUSTIN, TX
05/18/11 NUMBERS - HOUSTON, TX
05/20/11 GALAXY THEATRE - SANTA ANA, CA
05/21/11 ANGEL’S – YUCAIPA, CA
05/22/11 KEY CLUB - WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

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Grayceon Announces SXSW Appearance

Grayceon has issued the following announcement about appearing at two upcoming SXSW shows:

"We are pleased to be participating in some SXSW shows and parties this year to promote our new album. Hopefully,we will be adding some more, but these two are already on the books. We hope to see you there! Austin is beautiful in March..."

The details are as follows:

SXSW 2011 - Profound Lore Showcase
Saturday, March 19 at 6:00 PM
Slough Feg (headlining)
KEN mode
Grayceon
Castevet
Wolvhammer
Valhalla
710 Red River St
Austin, TX UNITED STATES

SXSW 2011 - Free Brooklyn Vegan Party
Saturday, March 19 at 12:00 PM
The Body
Altaar
Grayceon
Lovejoy's
604 Neches Street
Austin, TX 78701 UNITED STATES

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Black September Streaming Songs From Discography

Black September has issued the following announcement about launching a new website, which features tracks streaming from the band's entire discography:

"We have officially launched our new website. This will have news, shows and all our merch for sale along with our entire discography streaming for free. We will no longer be updating our myspace page or facebook page as much as this one. This will be the official place for everything Black September related.

"We have also confirmed 2 new shows. The first will be on Feb. 25th with Mutilation Rites from Brooklyn, NY (Black Metal Crust). The second one will be with Thou from Baton Rouge, LA (Crushing Doom) on March 7th. Check the shows page for opening bands and addresses to the shows."

You can check out the new Black September website at this location.

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As We Fight Posts Studio Video Blog

As We Fight has issued the following announcement about posting a video blog online from the band's time at Dead Rat Studio:

"We recently teamed up with Gaffa.tv for a series of video blogs for their tv-website! We now have the first vlog ready for you with footage from the Dead Rat Studio including studio recordings, preview of new songs and recording with a broken hand...The songs will be part of the Ebola collaboration with The Psyke Project, which will be released this Spring!"

You can check out the video blog at this location.

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Castle Rock Festival Lineup Announced

Germany's Castle Rock Festival is set to take place from July 1st - 2nd, 2011 at Broich Castle in Mühlheim an der Ruhr. The latest bands to be confirmed for the festival include Crematory, Moonspell, and Van Canto. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The complete list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Moonspell
Zeromancer
Merciful Nuns
Leichenwetter
Oomph!
Crematory
Megaherz
Van Canto
Lord Of The Lost
Golden Apes
Stahlmann

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Assailant Working On Third Album

Assailant has issued the following update about working on a third full-length album:

"Okey, an update! Life is cold in Sweden right now and very depressing. BUT! That doesn't stop us from warming ourselves in the studio with a beer or two. Even a bottle of Glue wine might be poured into our frozen bodies.

"There you have it, We are working on our third album, as soon as we are ready we will start looking for a label to release it. And the coming days we will be signing with a management, which is still TBA.

"We are really looking forward to signing with the guys and girls and hope that we will find a good common ground to stand on for a long and fruitful journey. (More info will come) That's it for now. Stay tuned for more information. And again, sorry for being so slow on the updates. I blame the cold......."

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Periphery Announces New EP Details

Periphery has announced the release of a new EP titled "Icarus Lives," which is set to drop on April 19th, 2011. Thomas Murphy (bass) states: “Hello to all of our fans out there. We wanted to let you in on some exciting news! We will be releasing our second effort in the form of The Icarus Lives EP later this spring. We like to think of it as a supplement to our first album. It will contain a version of 'Icarus Lives!' with newly recorded vocals and the fantastic music video by Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci of Killswitch Productions, alongside several remixes of the song by the band, winner of our Icarus remix contest (Pete Graves from the UK) and a special guest to be named at a later date. We have also included a tweaked version of our song 'Jetpacks Was Yes' and the brand new music video by Eric Haviv at FUGO studios.

“In addition, the songs 'Captain On' and 'Eureka' (available only through digital download until now) will be made available in physical format with newly re-recorded vocals. To sweeten the deal, we have added a new song, 'Frak the Gods,' to give our fans a taste of whats to come as we enter the studio later this year to record our second full length. As you can tell, we tried to make this EP worth your time and money. We have put a ton of time into these songs to deliver to you an exciting and polished product. Thank you for all the support and hopefully see you out on the road.”

The track listing is as follows:

1. New groove (instrumental)
2. Icarus lives
3. Icarus Lives - Fan/Contest Winner Remix
4. Icarus Lives - Zedd RemixIcarus Lives - Bulb Remix
5. Jetpacks was Yes v2.0
6. Captain on
7. Frak the gods
8. Eureka

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Icarus Lives
Jetpacks Was Yes v2.0
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Asbel Announces New Split Release

Colombian metal act Asbel has issued the following announcement about participating in an upcoming split release:

"New split album 2011 --- Asbel (colombia) - Cantus Soturnus (brazil). No release date yet notified Asbel will participate with 3 songs never before published in any album. 2 songs 'To earth our flesh to hell our soul,' 'Occult' recorded in the year 2007 and thought to be released in the Elegist 2007 album, 1 song 'Lucifer 2009' recorded in the mid 2009 and thought to be released in re-edition of the Legions 2004 album, but never released.

"All music and lyrics by Asbel and only Asbel. Recorded in Unholy Studios Cover by Hypothrrmia from Coldnight and Artwork by Asbel. More info published soon."

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Circle Of Silence To Release New Album

Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Germany's Circle of Silence:

"Some of you may have already seen them live, for example at The Prophecy23's CD release show back in July 2010. The band started as a 2-man-project of Tobias (lead guitarist) and Björn (bass) but has grown to a 'real' band within the last few years. They have already released two self produced albums in 2006 and 2008.

"The band describes its sound as aggressive (power) metal with catchy songs and melodies.
Fast double bass songs and mid-tempomidtempo smashers combined with catchy melodies and aggressive clean vocals are the unique trademark of Circle of Silence. Circle of Silence have already recorded their forthcoming album at the Maranis Studios with Vagelis Maranis (Fallen Yggdrasil, Nocte Obducta. Winter's Verge).

"The new album will contain riff orientated power metal with a touch of thrash and heavy metal. 'The Blackened Halo' will be released on April 29, 2011! Head over to the band's MySpace page to listen to 'Left To Die' from the forthcoming album."

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Mystic Prophecy Offering Bonus CD Free

In 2007, Mystic Prophecy released the "Satanic Curses" album, which contained a link to a bonus CD. As the website containing the bonus live CD is no longer available, the band is now offering the tracks as free downloads. You can download the album here. The track listing is as follows:

Back To Rock Festival

Evil Empires
In The Darkness
Masters Of Sin
Satanic Curses
Shadows Beyond
Sign Of The Cross

Dettelbach

Dark Forces
Demons Blood
Evil Empires
Masters Of Sin

Additional tracks

Sacrifice Me
Stranger In Me
The King Is Back
War In The Sky

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Insidead Posts "Chaos Elecdead" Trailer

Insidead is set to release the band's debut album "Chaos Elecdead" via Massacre Records on April 29th, 2011. The band has now posted a teaser trailer online for the new album, which can be viewed in the clip below.

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Metallica Drummer Speaks On Big Four U.S. Show

In an interview yesterday on the Kevin & Bean Show for KROQ-FM, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich explained why the "Big Four" (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer) have only scheduled one date in the United States so far. Speaking about the show, Ulrich said:

"Let's take baby steps here. We did seven or eight dates last year, we're doing one show in England and one show in France.

"Listen, we don't wanna cram this down people's throats., we don't wanna sort of overstay the welcome, and we don't know what kind of response there's gonna be to this in America, so we're starting, obviously, without being disrespectful to the rest of the wonderful country... More...

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Former Demiricous Members Form Gauss

Former Demiricous members Scott Wilson and Chris Cruz have started a new project called Gauss. Along with members Bill Pelon and Jeremy King, they have recorded and released a 12 minute song, which can be heard or downloaded for free via their website.

Wilson comments: "This is a far cry from what we did in Demiricous. Be warned."

Demiricous is reportedly still together and working on new material.

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Zakk Wylde Teams Up With William Shatner

It seems the previously announced news of a commercial collaboration between Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Bieber is not the most bizzare duo of the day, as William Shatner, the actor known his roles as Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series and the title character in T.J. Hooker, has announced via his Twitter that he is working with Black Label Society mainman Zakk Wylde on his new album. Although it has not been confirmed, it seems as though the two will be covering the Black Sabbath classic, "Iron Man." William Shatner's Twitter posts read as follows:

"Just watched tracks being laid down by Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society for my upcoming record Seeking Major Tom [sic].

"Zakk is one of the great guitarists who played with Ozzy Osbourne. A master playing a cover of 'Iron Man'. He's fantastic! I'm energized." More...

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Dead Empires Posts Entire EP Online For Download

Dead Empires, a 3-piece instrumental metal band (ex-Bless The Fallen) from Poughkeepsie NY, recently self-released a 4-song demo EP titled "Monuments" for free on MySpace. "Monuments" was recorded by Will Riggs at Bigg Rigg Studios in Pleasant Valley NY, mastered by Bumblefoot (of Guns 'N Roses fame), and features art by Revolution Dream Design. Download the EP here.

The band is currently doing shows in support of "Monumnets" with more TBA. Current dates are as follows:

1/29 - New Paltz NY @ Snugs w/ Black Mesa
2/25 - Rosendale NY @ Market Market Cafe w/ It's Not Night It's Space

Check out a video for the song "Hello To Oblivion", directed by Will Joel, below:

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Heavenwood Posts New Song Online

Portuguese metallers Heavenwood have posted a new song, “Goddess Presiding Over Solitude,” on the band's Myspace Page Player. The track comes off the group's fourth album, “Abyss Masterpiece,” which will be released in Europe via Listenable Records on March the 14th, 2011.

Concerning "Goddess Presiding Over Solitude," Heavnewood’s lead guitarist and melodic singer Ricardo Dias comments, "‘Goddess Presiding Over Solitude’ contains more heavier and pompous sounding stuff than ever done before by Heavnnwood. This song grabs the listener by the throat with some of the most intense riffs of the album and is built in emotional intensity as the lyric concept is inspired on a poem adapted to English from our very first Portuguese female poet D. Leonor also known as Marquesa de Alorna."

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Ozzy Osbourne To Star In Advert With Justin Bieber

According to a report from USA Today, heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne will be featured in a new Superbowl commercial for Best Buy, along with teenage heart throb and internet hate figure, Justin Bieber.

Executives won't discuss details of the 30-second spot featuring stars from two very different generations. The ad, to air in the game's third quarter, was filmed earlier this month at Universal Studios.

Read the full article at USA Today.

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