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Metal News for January 4, 2011

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Charred Walls Of The Damned Issues Update

Charred Walls Of The Damned drummer Richard Christy has posted the following recording update online:

"Last week I recorded drum tracks for 12 new songs for the second Charred Walls Of The Damned album!

"I flew down to Miami, Florida the day after Christmas to start tracking drums at the legendary studio The Hit Factory Criteria Studios.

"The drum room we recorded in was insane; it was the size of a school gymnasium and my drums sounded massive in there!

"We got a very natural drum sound, thanks to our awesome engineer, Mark Lewis, and the amazing drum room. Everything went really smooth and we finished up in a very quick two and a half days, and I'm super-excited for everyone to hear the monster drum sound we got for these awesome songs.

"Seeing gold albums hanging on the walls from bands like The Eagles and Black Sabbath was so inspiring, too. The historic music that's been created at that studio is just unreal and it was an honor to record the drums for the second Charred Walls Of The Damned album there.

"We'll be finishing up the rest of the album in January and February at Audiohammer Studios in Orlando and we're hoping to have the album out sometime this summer.

"The songs are super-heavy, brutal, and very melodic and catchy, like the first album,

"I can't wait for people to hear our new material!"

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The Burning Posts New Music Video Online

Danish groove metal band The Burning have uploaded the second official music video from their new album "Hail the Horde," which was released on October 25 via Massacre Records. You can view the title track video below:

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Negura Bunget Issues 2010 Recap, 2011 Update

Romanian progressive metal act Negura Bunget has issued the following update:

"2010 was the most intense year in the history of the band. Two albums released, 'Maiestrit' on Prophecy Production and 'Vîrstele Pamîntului' on Code666 Records, followed by a long European tour as headliners (Spirit Of The Land Tour — 47 dates), another tour in autumn (Black Trolls Over Europe — ten dates), some festivals in between (including Hellfest), some lineup changes (guitarists Corb and Spin were replaced by Urzit and Fulmineos), a MCD to symbolically end our ten years cooperation with Code666 Records and a lot of work, all make this year special and unforgettable.

"Figures for 2010: 72 gigs played, two European tours as headliners, more than 50,000 km of driving on our van, 66 answered interviews, more than 10,000 CDs sold.

"We thank everybody who helped us in any way, and we promise we are already focusing on making 2011 even more special!

"The firsts signs are here already, 2011 marks 15 years of Negura Bunget, so all our activities will celebrate this anniversary. We already have the release of the live DVD, 'Focul Viu', set for March, the April tour along Enslaved (which includes a special performance at Ragnarok Festival) and some summer festivals (of which Party. San is already announced). 2011 will also develop one of our most ambitious projects, 'The Transilvanian Trilogy'.

"We hope to meet again as many of you as possible and meanwhile we wish meaningful experiences in the year ahead."

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Pit Stories: Potentially Serious Show Stoppers

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Page Townsley of Vore shares a couple incidents that stand out to him:

We’re seen the gamut of drunks, fights, animal parts, tits, knocked over PA speakers and head wounds in pits over the years to be sure. There are two pit incidents that stand out to me in particular though as being unique...

One was back in 1998. We were on stage playing and this huge dude suddenly falls down in the front and starts shaking like crazy. He just collapsed and started vibrating. Turns out the guy had epilepsy and went into a grand mal seizure. It was a small place and downstairs, so we had to stop the show for thirty minutes or so while the venue called the paramedics who showed up and took the dude to the hospital. Fortunately there was someone there who had some first responder experience with epileptics that knew what to do until the EMT’s showed up to keep the guy from swallowing his tongue and hurting himself.

The other one was last year while we were playing a show at Downtown Music in Little Rock, AR. We had a huge pit going on and I suddenly see this leg go flying. That is leg singular, no body attached. Someone in the pit had a prosthetic leg and had it knocked off of him. Another person picked it up and was swinging it around and holding it up in the air like a trophy. I can’t say I’d ever seen someone get their leg torn off at a show before. I gave props to the guy with the leg for getting into the pit. I admired him for not letting a disability prevent him from jumping into a mosh pit and going ape shit with everyone else.

VORE has been hard at work recording their new album, "Gravehammer," and plans to have it finished early this year. "So far it’s going really well. I honestly think it’s going to be the best thing VORE has done," comments Page.

In the meantime, check out some of Vore's music on the band's MySpace page.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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Cryogen Offering "Name Your Price" Album Downloads

Denver's Cryogen has issued the following announcement about offering its entire discography as downloads available for any price, including free:

"To celebrate the new year and their upcoming full length (to be released later this year) Cryogen has put up their entire current discography as 'Name your price' downloads, which includes free. Preview and download tracks from this location.

"Please help Cryogen out and spread the word on your Facebook, website, or blog by clicking the 'Share' link on any album page. Thanks, and spread the metal!"

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A Band Of Orcs Shares It's War Plans

After narrowly escaping death in our last interview, this foolish, puny human decided to brave another trek into the camp where A Band of Orcs was merrily feasting on soft elf flesh. It's been three years since the release of the debut "WarChiefs of the Apocalypse," and in that time the orcs have continued rampaging across Earth as they try to bring about the Domination. Read on to hear of the orc's recent exploits, including their attempts to replicate the human wizard magic of moving pictures and plans to release a long awaited new single. More...

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Interview With I The Breather

Fresh off the release of its debut album "These Are My Sins" Baltimore, Maryland's I the Breather have quickly become a recognized name in the underground metal and hardcore scenes. With a hectic year behind them in 2010 and a 2011 shaping up to be just as busy vocalist Shawn of the Baltimore-based metalcore act took time out of the band's schedule to sit down with Metalunderground.com to discuss the band's debut album, "These Are My Sins," as well as the band's religious beliefs and its 2011 touring plans. More...

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Destruction Announces North American Tour

German thrash metal legends Destruction has announced that they will be heading to North America in April for a headlining tour in support of their forthcoming new studio album, "Day Of Reckoning." Supporting them on the trek will be Destroyer 666. Speaking on the tour, Destruction frontman Schmier stated:

"It feels fantastic to return to North American shores for the first time after our return to Nuclear Blast with a new album as brutal as Day Of Reckoning on our backs. This is the strongest material we have written since [2001’s] The Antichrist and we are burning to present these shredding songs and introduce our new 6.6 foot tall drum animal VAAVER live! Of course, all the Destruction classics will be there; we know what our faithful fans want and we will serve them well! You will feel the force of the strongest line-up we have ever had. Experience the true power and the rigorous precision of German thrash metal live this spring! Can't fuckin' wait!"

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Narrows Announces European Tour

Narrows has revealed the following batch of dates for its forthcoming European and U.K. run. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

05/14 Copenhagen, DEN – Stengade
05/15 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
05/16 TBA, NET – TBA
05/17 Gent, BEL – Frontline
05/18 Brighton, UK – TBA
05/19 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
05/20 London, UK – Old Blue Last
05/21 Paris, FRA – TBA
05/22 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
05/23 Berlin, GER – Lovelite
05/24 Prague, CZE – Klub 007

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Kayo Dot Announces European Headlining Tour

American progressive post-metal act Kayo Dot has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe and the United Kingdom. Support on the trek will come from Tartar Lamb II and Jeremiah Cymerman. You can view the full list of confirmed dates, cities and venues below:

01/26 Prague, CZE – K4
01/27 Warsaw, POL – Powikszenie
01/28 Wroclaw, POL – Firlej
01/29 Krakow, POL – Klub Re
01/30 Kosice, SLO – Tabacka
01/31 Zilina, SLO – Stanica
02/01 Maribor, SLV – TBA
02/02 Vienna, AUT – Rhiz
02/03 Ljubljana, SLO – Channel0
02/04 Belgrade, SER – Akademija
02/05 Zagreb, CRO – Kset
02/06 Linz, AUT – Stadtwerkstatt
02/07 Berlin, GER – TBA
02/08 Dresden, GER – Beatpol
02/09 Leipzig, GER – Cone Island
02/10 Jena, GER – Kassablanca
02/11 Hamburg, GER – TBA
02/12 Brussels, BEL – Magasin 4
02/13 Brighton, UK – TBA
02/14 Bristol, UK – TBA
02/15 London, UK – Vortex
02/16 Birmingham, UK – Hare And Hounds
02/17 Manchester, UK – Islington, Mill
02/18 TBA, UK – TBA
02/19 TBA. NET – TBA
02/20 Berlin, GER – Levee

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Times Of Grace Posts Another Video Teaser

Times Of Grace, the new project between Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, has posted yet another short video trailer online for its debut album "The Hymn of a Broken Man." The new album is expected in stores on January 18th, 2011. You can view the video trailer below:

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Suffokate Announces Canadian Tour

American metal act Suffokate has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Canada. Support on the trek will come from Within The Ruins, The Contortionist and Last Chance To Reason. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

02/17 Ottawa, ON – Alexander CC
02/18 Kingston, ON – Next Hall Church
02/19 TBA – TBA
02/20 Otobicoke, ON – The Rock Pile
02/21 Guelph, ON – Club Vinyl
02/22 Windsor, ON – The Blind Dog
02/23 Barrie, ON – The Mansion
02/24 Brantford, ON – Club NV
02/25 Sudbury, ON – Jubilee
02/26 Thunder Bay, ON – Croc’s
02/27 Winnipeg, MB – TBA
02/28 Fort Qu’Appelle, SK – TBA
03/01 Saskatoon, SK – Walkers Nightclub
03/02 Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theater
03/03 Lethbridge, AB – The Royal Canadian Legion
03/04 Calgary, AB – The New Black Art Center
03/05 Vancouver, BC – Pat's Pub

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Helheim Posts New Music Video Online

Norwegian black metal act Helheim has posted a new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Dualitet og Ulver" which appears on its new "Asgards Fall" EP. "Asgards Fall" was released on November 1, 2010 through Dark Essence Records.

You can view the video below:

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Lecherous Nocturne To Enter Studio

South Carolina extreme metal act Lecherous Nocturne has announced that it will be entering Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 8, 2011 to begin recording its new album. The new full length is tentatively titled "Myth Manifest" and will be produced by Jarrett Prichard of death metal veterans Eulogy.

Lecherous Nocturne will also be appearing as a support act on Rotting Christ's North American headline tour in March and April of 2011. Other acts scheduled to appear include Melechesh, Hate and Abigail Williams. You can view the full list of concert dates at this location.

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Grayceon Reveals New Album Details

Bay Area progressive post-metal act Grayceon has revealed the tracklisting for its third full-length album. The new album, titled "All We Destroy," is set for a March 1st, 2011 release through Profound Lore Records. A free download of the new track "Shellmounds" can be accessed here.

Here is the "All We Destroy" tracklisting:
1. Dreamer Deceived
2. Shellmounds
3. We Can
4. Once A Shadow
5. A Road Less Traveled
6. War's End

The artwork for "All We Destroy" can be viewed below:

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Enslaved Confirms Festival Appearance

European progressive black metal act Enslaved has announced that it will be performing at the forthcoming edition of the Party.San Open Air festival. Party.San 2011 is set to take place between August 11th, 12th and 13th, 2011 at its new location in Schlotheim/Flugplatz Obermehler, Germany.

The confirmed festival line-up includes:

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Cannibal Corpse To Release New Concert DVD

Florida death metal icons Cannibal Corpse have announced that it plans to release a new two-disc DVD set, titled "Global Evisceration," on March 15 through Metal Blade Records. The band filmed two separate performances in May of 2010 for the upcoming DVD, which both were shot and directed by Denise Korycki of Wild Wind Productions. Denise Korycki is known for her work on the band's "Centuries Of Torment - The First 20 Years" DVD.

"Centuries of Torment", which came out July 2008, was certified platinum in Canada in 2009 just before the of "Evisceration Plague." The DVD sold 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 8 on the Top Music Videos chart.

A tracklisting for "Global Evisceration" is expected to be announced shortly.

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The Bronx Casket Co. Reveals New Album Details

The Bronx Casket Company has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The album, titled "Antihero," will see its release on January 25, 2011 through E1 Entertainment. The Bronx Casket Co. features in its ranks Overkill bassist D.D. Verni and Seven Witches guitarist Jack Frost.

Here is the "Antihero" tracklisting:

1. Antihero
2. Bonesaw
3. You Look Like Hell
4. Sally
5. I Never Loved You Anyway
6. Holy Mother
7. I Am No One
8. Memphis Scarecrow
9. Selling My Soul
10. Death On Two Legs
11. Let Me Be Your Nightmare
12. NYC (Devil's Playground)
13. Alive!
14. My Way

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Manowar To Play Entire "Battle Hymns" Album Live

Heavy metal legends Manowar have announced that it will be performing its now classic debut album, 1982's "Battle Hymns", in its entirety during the band's headlining performance on March 12, 2011 at the Agora in Cleveland, Ohio. The performance is being billed as the band's one and only scheduled appearance in North America. Tickets go on sale January 7, 2011 with support on the bill coming from Holyhell.

It was previously announced that Manowar will also play "Battle Hymns" in its entirety on March 27, 2011 at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England.

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Neuraxis Posts New Song Online

French Canadian technical death metal act Neuraxis has posted a new song online, taken from its forthcoming studio album "Asylon." "Asylon" is the sixth studio album from the act and was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson. The album will see its release on February 15, 2011 through Prosthetic Records.

You can access a stream of a new song, titled "Asylum," through the Prosthetic Records official website.

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The Famine Posts New Song Online

The Famine has posted a brand new track from the forthcoming full-length, "The Architects of Guilt" online. The new song "Ad Mortem" can be heard on the band's official MySpace page. The new album is slated to hit stores on February 15th. The Famine vocalist Nick Nowell explains, “’Ad Mortem’ is a song about addiction, and the excuses we all have for our complicity. We'll come up with just about anything to keep from being disgusted with ourselves.”

The track list for "The Architects of Guilt" is as follows:

1. The New Hell?
2. Ad Mortem?
3. We Are The Wolves?
4. Turner Classic Diaries?
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!
6. The Crown and The Holy See?
7. VII The Fraudulent?
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions?
9. A Fragile Peace?
10. Pyrithion House?
11. To The Teeth

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Arson Anthem Updates Tour Schedule

Arson Anthem has recently announced a set of headlining tour dates that will take the band through the Southern U.S. at the end of January 2011. Joining Arson Anthem on the tour will be haarp and Warbeast. The band has just added a January 30th Nashville, TN date to the run. The dates are as follows:

1/25 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
1/26 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
1/27 New Orleans, LA @ The Hangar
1/28 Forth Worth, TX @ Rail Club
1/29 Fayetteville, AR @ Drifters
1/30 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

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Just For Fun

Heaven Shall Burn Revealed To Be Secret Satanists

Heaven Shall Burn's publicist has issued the following tongue-in-cheek update about upset religious folks on twitter discovering the band's name:

"The cat is out of the bag! Finally conservative, religious representatives revealed what Heaven Shall Burn is all about: they are flaming Satanists – and the virtual world used the chance to express their enragement via twitter at this location.

"The band is happy that someone has finally managed to read between the lines, stating that: 'Us being into the glorification of violence, destruction of the earth and Satanism has been an open secret. Our videos for Combat and Endzeit speak a very clear language regarding what we are about. Finally our message translated – even to religious fanatics!'

"In the summer of 2010 Heaven Shall Burn and Century Media Records still tricked the oldest organization dedicated to the protection of human rights, Amnesty International, into premiering their video for 'Combat' and managed to undermine the system supposedly as philanthropist and pacifists – little did they know, they were helping spread a secret message. After the current revelations on twitter this would have never been possible…

"Anyone who would like to (further) support the Devil, death and destruction should watch out for their latest album “Invictus” that landed on #9 in the German Media Control Album Charts. Reportedly, many immaculate souls have been doomed ever since. Horns up!" More...

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Pale Chalice Announces EP Details

San Francisco heathens Pale Chalice have finalized the details to their debut EP, set for CD and digital release on March 8th, 2011. The EP was recorded at Death Midi Soundlab by Navene Koperweis (drummer for Animals as Leaders) and is titled "Afflicting The Dichotomy Of Trepid Creation." The cover artwork can be viewed here.

The "Afflicting The Dichotomy Of Trepid Creation" track listing is as follows:

1. Transplant Of Dimensional Recourse
2. Command of the Formless
3. Caressed by a Feeble Flame
4. Ascend the Idyllic Sphere

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Stratovarius Drummer Issues Health Update

Stratovarius recently announced that drummer Jörg Michael was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Jörg has now issued the following update":

"Dear All, I hope this mail finds everybody well. The first leg of the European tour with Helloween is over -- time to have a few words with you. First, let's not forget the brilliant emergency rescue action and playing of Alex [Landenburg]. Thanks again for all what you did for the fans, the band and also for me. Surely I hate the idea of somebody sitting on 'my chair' but this special action needed some special treatment and I am proud and happy that it was you, Alex. Thanks again.

"I was overwhelmed by all the wishes, tons of emails and text messages I received from all over the world wishing me a speedy recovery. Thank you so much for supporting me. It made me feel very strong fighting these bastards inside of me.

"I have some good news to tell you and believe me - I really enjoy to tell the world: The surgery was done over six weeks ago and the first therapy is done as well. All looks good so far and as [keyboardist] Jens [Johansson] told me before: 'Do not worry, Jörg. What should survive in your body after all that you did to him!' Finally, he was right. There are only small bits and bobs left - I will fight those with another therapy session in about four months time. I think I've been very lucky that it was discovered by one of my friends in a very early state. Very good that my friend decided to become a doctor; he was very lousy when he tried playing the guitar. More...

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The Body Updates Tour Schedule

Providence's, Rhode Island's The Body is back on the road this year on a Southeastern US mini-tour today. These dates all build up to The Body's appearance later this month where the band is scheduled to provide support for reunited hardcore act The Universal Order of Armageddon in New York City.

The Body's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

1/04/2011 Tupac's Bungalow - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Thou, Haarp
1/05/2011 Sluggo's - Pensacola, FL
1/06/2011 Farside - Tallahassee, FL
1/07/2011 Wayward Council - Gainesville, FL w/ Civilization
1/08/2011 Lomax Lounge - Jacksonville, FL w/ Civilization
1/10/2011 Legitimate Business - Greensboro, NC
1/11/2011 some warehouse space - Baltimore, MD
1/21/2011 The Cake Shop - New York, NY - The Cake Shop w/ Universal Order of Armaggedon, Orphan

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Jag Panzer Comments On Upcoming Album

For the original band members Harry Conklin (vocals), Mark Briody (guitar) and John Tetley (bass), Jag Panzer has always been something they held close to their hearts. "We've known each other from our earliest childhood and have never lost sight of the idea that this band is based on," Tetley explains. "I don't exactly want to use the term 'spiritual', but the three of us are connected with this band by a very special relationship. You could say that our lives are inseparably linked with the history of Jag Panzer."

Jag Panzer is set to release its latest album "The Scourge Of The Light" on 28 February 2011 in Europe, 25 February 2011 in Germany, and on 8 March 2011 in the U.S.

Guitarist Chris Broderick left the group in 2007 to join the ranks of Megadeth. "There can be no question that Chris Broderick is an amazing guitarist, and we were really happy for him that he got this chance with Megadeth. But we feel that thanks to Christian Lasegue, Jag Panzer's classic, clearly more melodic power metal style has returned and that the fans will definitely be happy about this." Tetley commented. "We knew that Christian was the best man for the job, after all he was a band member for three years in the mid-1980s. I feel The Scourge Of The Light is the best-sounding album in the history of Jag Panzer."

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Korpiklaani Posts "Tequila" Video

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have posted a music video online for the song "Tequila," which can be viewed below. The song is off the new album "Ukon Wacka," which is set for release on February 4th, 2011 in Eurpe and February 25th, 2011 in North America.

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Septicflesh Announces New Album Title

As previously announced, Septicflesh's forthcoming album will hit the stores on April 18th in Europe (one day later in North America). The Greek act's new opus is entitled "The Great Mass" and will be available in several formats to be unveiled soon.

A 30 second clip off the new single "The Vampire from Nazareth" can be heard at this location. French fans can also find the song (along with 14 other tracks from the Season of Mist catalogue) on a Dropcard offered exclusively with the current issue of Hard Rock Magazine.

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Endstille Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist has issued the following brief update about signing a record deal with Endstille: "Season of Mist is proud to welcome German Black metallers Endstille! The band's seventh grenade, which title is yet to be unveiled, has been tentatively scheduled for a spring 2011 release."

"We're satisfied to get reinforcements now by our new comrades of Season of Mist," Endstille commented. "They already proved to be a successful label in the past. So we know that our new brothers in arms can give us enough support for being finally at war with all."

Additional details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made avialable.

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The Project Hate Offering Free Song Downlaod

The Project Hate MCMXCIX is set to release the new album "Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)" on February 14th, 2011 in European and February 22nd in the U.S. The band has now issued the following announcement about streaming a song online from the upcoming album:

"So, your first taste of the diabolical inferno that is 'Bleeding the New Apocalypse' will now be unleashed upon mankind. The song in question is called 'Summoning Majestic War' and is the fourth tune on the coming masterpiece that will be released on February 14th, 2011, thru Season of Mist.

"Why have we chosen this particular track to be your first glimpse of the new album? No reason really, we could have chosen any of them since they all absolutely dominate. We just thought it’d be nice to have Leif Edling somewhat introduce you to what we have created this time around. Yeah, CANDLEMASS bassist/everyday legend Leif Edling contributes some spoken words in this track. You can all start applauding now. But not only that. In this tune you’ll also get some insanely nice vocals from Christian Älvestam (who also sang a line or two on our last album).

"So, that’s a lot of bonus stuff for ya apart from the simple fact that ‘Summoning Majestic War’ is a goddamn phenomenal symphony that represents TPH in every shape, way and form. If you survive these 12+ minutes of pure excellence, pray you’ll survive the remaining five tracks on 'Bleeding the New Apocalypse' as well. It will not be an easy task. Domination is a fierce beast. Our work is done – now it’s your turn to purchase the album and help us ship a few copies so we will be able to record another masterpiece with a great label such as SOM backing us up. If you consider yourself a fan of music in general and TPH in particular, and do not absolutely love what we have created in this song, as well as the whole album – you are apparently deaf.”

The song can be downloaded at this location. More...

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Remembering Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott

Rock is responsible for some of the biggest icons and best frontmen in the history of music, there's no doubt about it. Freddie Mercury, Jimi Hendrix, Bon Scott, they were all rockers and will always be remembered for their commanding performances and outstanding music. Twenty five years ago today, a man easily as great and special as all of the those mentioned previously passed away at the age of thirty six. The man was Phil Lynott, best known as the singing bassist of Thin Lizzy, one of the biggest bands to ever come from the Republic Of Ireland. Lynott was the main composer for the band and was responsible for penning what are arguably some of the best songs in the history of rock music. "The Boys Are Back In Town," "Jailbreak," "Dancing In The Moonlight," look at the credits and you'll see his name by each of these songs. As a frontman, Lynott will always be known as one of the best. One only has to listen to "Live And Dangerous," the classic live album from Thin Lizzy, to hear how he commanded the attention of the audience. He is perhaps the main reason why that album never fails to reach any critics list of best live records.

The influence of Lynott and Thin Lizzy has reached countless bands from Judas Priest to the Happy Mondays to Atreyu, as well as rock fans across the globe, including yours truly. Indeed, I was only five years of age when I became aware of them, owing predominantly to the use of "The Boys Are Back In Town" on a trailer for the movie, Toy Story. I became as interested in that song and who sang it as much as I did the film and later that year was given, "Wild One: The Best Of Thin Lizzy" as a birthday gift. This was made all the more special in that it was my first album and all the more interesting with each passing track. I was blown away by the sonic onslaught of "Cold Sweat" and "Killer On The Loose," while being subdued by the melodies of "Whisky In The Jar" and "Sarah." Ever since I received that CD, with Lynott's face emblazened on the front cover in sepia, I have loved Thin Lizzy and to this day, consider them to be perhaps the greatest pound for pound rock band of all time. More...

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Gwynbleidd Working On New Album

Gwynbleidd has issued the following update about working on a new album:

"It's been a few months since last piece of news. With the beginning of a new year we've decided its time to send you a quick update on what's going on in the Gwynbleidd camp! After the October 2009 release of Nostalgia, 2010 featured some of Gwynbleidd's biggest shows to-date, as we had a chance to share the stage with a number of notable acts including Katatonia, Entombed, Orphaned Land and Swallow the Sun. At the same time we have been focusing on writing new material and starting to put together some of the initial pieces to the puzzle that will be the next Gwynbleidd album. No song titles or anything just yet.. although we might as well reveal that the working title for the next album is 'Ascendance.'

"With that in mind, we are planning to record a 3-4 song demo of this new material, most of the music for which is ready to go! The demo will go primarily to labels we hope to attract to partner on the recording and release of the second Gwynbleidd full length.

"As far as live shows, we have only one confirmed show of 2011 so far, and that is on February 4th, 2011 at Europa Nightclub in Brooklyn (see the flier below). We are also working on a potential short East coast run in the first half of the year, as well as a few dates in Poland in August - but all of that is in very early planning stages - so keep your fingers crossed for us! Here's to a productive 2011!"

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Hibria Streaming New Song

Hibria has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online from the band's upcoming album:

"Hibria reveals song from upcoming album! Check the player! The song is entitled 'Nonconforming Minds,' and it will be part of Blind Ride, the third official album from the group, to be released by the Japanese label King Records in January 26th, 2011."

The "Blind Ride" track listing is as follows:

1. Blind Ride (intro)
2. Nonconforming Minds
3. Welcome To The Horror Show
4. Shoot Me Down
5. Blinded By Faith
6. The Shelter's On Fire
7. Beyond Regrets Of The Past
8. I Feel No Bliss
9. Sight Of Blindness
10. Tough Is The Way
11. Rotten Souls

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Dragonland Streaming Debut Album

Dragonland has issued the following announcement about streaming its entire debut album online:

"Entire first album available on our MySpace! 10 years have passed since we completed our debut album back in January 2001, and to properly commemorate this you can now find the whole album online on our MySpace!

"It is the first chapter of a gargantuan saga that will continue into the new album to be released first half of this year, so... to those unfamiliar with the Dragonland storyline, here's the place to start!"

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Sydonia Announces Final "Ocean Of Storms" Shows

Australian rock act Sydonia has issued the following update about adding on two final dates to the "Ocean of Storms" tour:

"Sydonia are stoked to announce that they will be concluding their successful "Oceans of Storms" national single tour with two shows in WA. Mixed by the famed Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Trivium etc), the single is a prelude to a much anticipated album to come later in the year.

"Following on from an outstanding run of shows on the east coast with USA numetal legends Korn, and multiple sets at the Woodford Festival in Qld, the Melbourne based percussive alt-metal four piece will be hitting the Amplifier Bar stage on Fri 21st Jan with The Meaning Of, Brutus and Sparring for Shotgun. Then, if you want a second dose, which I'm sure you will, Sydonia will be at Charles Hotel on Sat 22nd with Basically Naked, West of October and Baby Jane. Finally, catch them for an early arvo/evening, doors 5:30pm, @ Mojo's in North Fremantle on Sunday 23rd, supported by Opia, Copious and Arkayan."

Sydonia also recently discussed its upcoming tour schedule in an interview with Metalunderground.com.

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Unearth To Play Benefit Show For Former Bassist

Unearth's first gig of 2011 will be a benefit show for their former bass player Chris "Rover" Rybicki, who tragically lost his life at the hands of an alleged drunk driver this past September. They will be playing alongside another one of Rover's former bands, No Choice, as well as Screams of Erida and Gasket. All proceeds will go directly to the Rybicki family.

Here are the show details:

Date: February 19th
Place: Saint Michaels Hall, 25 Elmwood Ave. Lynn, MA
Doors at 6pm.
Tickets are just $10 and only available at the door when doors open
More info can be found here.

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Rev 16:8 Announces New Album Release

Swedish black metal act Rev 16:8 has announced it's second full-length album will be titled "Ashlands." The new album is currently slated for release through AFM Records on April 8th, 2011. AFM Records commented on the group:

"The Stockholm-based band is hailed as one of the most talented and promising black metal acts in the scene. REV 16:8 combine ambitious guitar work and song structures that remind of the best Dissection albums with a black-orthodox expression and spirit of acts like Watain and Ofermod."

Additional details on the album's track listing and artwork will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Rev 16:8 tracks via the band's MySpace profile.

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Naer Mataron Issues Band Update

Greek black metal act Naer Mataron has checked in with the following band activity update:

"The apocalypse begins in 2011... The newfound chemistry created by Indra and Asmodeus Draco Dux urges the band into a more brutal direction, so Kaiadas seizes the opportunity to lead the band into the paths of death.

"Naer Mataron, having found new comradeship in the ranks of Witching Hour Prod, glorify death and unveil him as something that peaks with birth and ceases in death. Long live death.

"In addition Naer Mataron closed a deal with Azermedoth rec. For re-releasing their cult album 'Scotos Aenaon.' It will have a new artwork and as extra bonus 3 unreleased tracks."

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James LaBrie Guests On New Eden's Curse Album

Multinational melodic metal band Eden's Curse will return with its third studio CD, "Trinity," on March 18th via AFM Records. Eden's Curse has announced that leading the Curse Choir this time around is none other than Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie. LaBrie lends his backing vocals to the entire album and also duets with Eden's Curse front man Michael Eden on the track "No Holy Man," which is also set to be released by AFM Records as a digital single on February 25th. A promotional video is currently in production as well.

Michael Eden states: "James recorded the 'Trinity' sessions at Iguana Studios in Ontario straight after he finished his solo release, 'Static Impulse', which was perfect timing as he headed off on tour with Iron Maiden immediately after. "

James LaBrie himself adds: "In 2010 I was fortunate to discover Eden's Curse. I absolutely love this band. Great players and people and they deserve nothing but huge success. They belong with the best of today's music. Trust me, you're going to love this from beginning to end."

Bass player and main songwriter Paul Logue explains: "James was highly professional, as you'd expect, extremely approachable and very enthusiastic about our music. We sealed the deal very quickly and we got him in top form as he was also in the middle of recording and we feel the end results are breathtaking."

Michael Eden further adds: "'Trinity' has been a long time in the making as we always strive to bring our current fan base and new fans our very best. I spoke with James LaBrie backstage on the Iron Maiden tour last summer and we had a great conversation. James has a way of making you see things in a different light than other people. It was an honor to have him along for the ride and we hope that it is not the last time we work together."

Eden then goes on to add, "We still have more cool surprises we will announce soon, this party is just getting started."

A 90-second clip of "No Holy Man" is available at the Eden's Curse official MySpace page.

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Zygnema Announces German Shows

Mumbai based thrash/groove metal band, ZYGNEMA, who released their debut "Born Of Unity" in 2010 and won the Yamaha Asian Beat Nationals and secured the Best guitarist award at the Yamaha Asian Beat Finals in Bangkok, will be playing two shows in Germany this month.

The two gigs are on 7th January at Rosenhof and 8th January at The Bastard Club, Osnabruck.

In the meantime, you can check out the band's music on their MySpace player.

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