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Metal News for January 5, 2011

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43 news articles posted on this day.

Welicoruss Issues Activity Update

Russia's Welicoruss has checked in with the following update about recording new material and working on a music video:

"In spring 2011 the band is going to make the video-clip for their new single (which is kept a secret for now). The subject for the clip is northern tradition, Skandinavic/Russian theme. The group searches for picturesque, charismatic soldiers in regimentals having corresponding abilities, and also beautiful ladies for the filming.

"Let's remind, that WelicoRuss shortly are going to lock themselves up at Neverside studio for record and then at TonHummer Studio for the further arrangement and mastering under responsive guidance of Ilya Chursin, who already has acted as a sound control supervisor and sound producer for the first two albums.

"We liked Ilya’s approach greatly; his artistic flair and intuition about what every song need to be. I suppose this time we will make absolutely new sound that will be surprising for everybody!"

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Dani Filth Voted Suffolk County's Greatest Icon

The Telegraph reports that "tourism chiefs who carried out an internet poll to find Suffolk's most iconic image were embarrassed to find that most votes were cast for the lead singer of black metal band Cradle of Filth."

"The organisation Choose Suffolk asked people to submit their favourite photographs of landscapes, people, or products for the Suffolk Icons contest which was designed to promote the county as an attractive place to visit.

"Records show that Dani Filth, 37, recorded 13,025 votes by having his image clicked on the Suffolk Icons website - more than six times the votes recorded for the next most popular icon."

Read the full article at The Telegraph.

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Human Scum Announces Lineup Changes

Finland's Human Scum has checked in with the following brief announcement about parting ways with three of the band's members:

"Lineup change: After many years in the band Roope, Arttu and Jonas decided to leave the band and continue with their own project. The future of Human Scum is yet unknown..."

Additional details on whether the band will recruit new members or call it quits will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Human Scum's music via the band's MySpace page.

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Nachtmystium To Release Live Album

Nachtmystium has announced plans to release a new live album recorded during the band's 2010 performance at Tilburg, Netherlands "Roadburn Festival." The band commented by saying:

"Our experience at Roadburn was truly one of a kind. Never have we been treated so well by organizers of any festival or tour we have been a part of, and it was truly a blessing to work with the kind folks behind this amazing festival. I’d also like to thank Ron van Herpen from Astrosoniq / The Devils Blood and Teun van der Velden from Astrosoniq for stepping in on very last minute notice to help us out with the lead guitar and synthesizer duties for this performance. Without these two gentlemen, our show would not have been what it was.

"For your information, these two guys had THREE HOURS of practice with us EVER, on the day of the show none the less. We had not met them in person previous to the day of the show. They’d been asked to help us out (due to some unfortunate circumstances with a member of Nachtmystium having to leave for home mid-tour) about nine days before our performance at Roadburn. Both of them learned the entire set from the album recordings of the songs we played in these nine days, and then had a three hour window in the afternoon on show-day to rehearse with us as a full band.

"I was (and still am every time I listen to this recording) completely blown away by how well both of these guys played. Their attention to detail was incredible, and we the band are eternally grateful for their services for this performance. So, we hope anyone listening to this recording enjoys it as much as we enjoyed performing it!"

The live album will contain the following track listing:

Side A:
1. Away From The Light
2. Your True Enemy
3. Ghost Of Grace
4. Life Of Fire
5. A Seed For Suffering
6. Chosen By No One

Side B:
1. Hellish Overdose
2. Cry For Help
3. High On Hate
4. One Of These Nights
5. Assassins

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Your Demise Announces Tour Of Asia

U.K. metal act Your Demise has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Asia. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

03/11 Makassar, IND – Liquid Cafe
03/12 Bandung, IND – Sabuga
03/13 Bali, IND – Den Pasar Arts Centre
04/05 Bangkok, THA – Immortal Bar
04/07 Nagoya, JAP – Zion
04/08 Osaka, JAP – Sinkagura
04/09 Tokyo, JAP – Orpheus
04/10 Tokyo, JAP – Antiknock

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Clutch To Reissue "Blast Tyrant" As 2-Disc Set

American hard rock veterans Clutch have revealed the details for the forthcoming reissue of its critically acclaimed 2004 album "Blast Tyrant." The re-release will feature revamped artwork as well as new packaging and a bonus disc including all new previously unreleased acoustic & electric studio recordings. The new edition of "Blast Tyrant" is set for release on March 29th, 2011 through their own Weathermaker Music label.

The tracklising is as follows:
-Disc 1-
1. Mercury
2. Profits Of Doom
3. The Mob Goes Wild
4. Cypress Grove
5. Promoter (Of Earthbound Causes)
6. The Regulator
7. Worm Drink
8. Army Of Bono
9. Spleen Merchant
10. (In The Wake Of) The Swollen Goat
11. Weather Maker
12. Subtle Hustle
13. Ghost
14. La Curandera
15. WYSIWYG

-Disc 2- (unreleased alternate recordings, b-sides)
1. Boxcar Shorty’s Confession
2. Tight Like That
3. Basket Of Eggs
4. The Regulator
5. Drink To The Dead
6. Cattle Car
7. Walpole Man
8. Promoter
9. La Curandera
10. Steve Doocy

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The Funeral Pyre Announces U.S. Headline Tour

American blackened death metal act The Funeral Pyre has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from The Secret. You can view the full list of dates, citites and venues below:

03/12 Berkeley, CA – 924 Gilman St.
03/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
03/14 Tucson, AZ – Skrappy’s
03/16 Midland, TX – Pine Box
03/17-19 Austin, TX – SxSW
03/20 Dallas, TX – Club Dada (“Bro Fest“)
03/21 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music
03/22 Birmingham, AL – Firehouse
03/23 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
03/24 Charlotte, NC – Milestone Tavern
03/25 Richmond, VA – The Triple
03/26 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
03/27 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
03/28 Milford, CT – Daniel St
03/29 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
03/30 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
03/31 Toledo, OH – Mickey Finn’s
04/01 Lansing, MI – Mac’s
04/02 St Louis, MO – Fubar Lounge
04/03 Kansas City, MO – Scion Lab
04/04 Tulsa, OK – Reverb
04/05 Denton, TX – Rubber Gloves
04/06 San Antonio, TX – Ten Eleven
04/08 Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground

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Firewind Comments On Postponed Japan Tour

Firewind guitarist Gus G posted the following statement online in regards to the band's postponed Japanese tour:

"As you might or might not have heard, we were recently forced to postpone our upcoming Japan tour dates due to a scheduling conflict. However, the wait is over! Firewind will be back in Japan on March 3rd, 4th and 5th to play the announced shows in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo! We want to thank you for your patience and loyalty you've shown us. We will play a very special set for you and we'll set your world on fire!"

The dates include:
March 03 - Osaka @ Club Quattro
March 04 - Nagoya @ Club Quattro
March 05 - Tokyo @ Club Quattro

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Led Zeppelin 2 Announces N. American Tour

LED ZEPPELIN 2, the cover band featuring bassist Chris Klein, drummer Ian Lee, guitarist Paul Kamp and vocalist Bruce Lamont, will ring in the new year with a North American tour set to kick off this Friday. The flashbacks will commence in Chicago with two dates at the House Of Blues on January 7 and 8. The band will then wind through nearly a month's worth of dates before drawing to a close on February 12 in Denver at The Gothic Theatre.

LED ZEPPELIN 2 brings you the excitement of Led Zeppelin "In Concert" by re-enacting the live improvisation and onstage interaction that earned Led Zeppelin their legendary status for performing. Rather than a "greatest hits" show, you get to experience Zeppelin as Zeppelin would have played live in front of an audience. LZ2 sold out venues across the U.S. in 2010 and have drawn rave reviews for a "spot-on" Zeppelin show, playing deep cuts and classic tracks from the entire catalog, and occasionally entire Led Zeppelin performances from specific dates.

Most widely recognized for his saxophone and vocal work fronting Chicago's Yakuza, Bruce Lamont has contributed to a plethora of other projects including Bloodiest (featuring members of 90 Day Men, Sterling), Circle of Animals (with Sanford Parker, Minsk/The High Confessions) and Sick Gazelle (with Eric Block and Sanford Parker). He's also recorded with Sigh, East West Blast Test, Minsk, Nachtmystium, Rabid Rabbit, Brutal Truth, Cephalic Carnage, Sweet Cobra, Locrian, Hex Machine and more.

Commented Lamont of the upcoming LED ZEPPELIN 2 dates: "I never thought back when we started LED ZEPPELIN 2, for fun mind you, that we would ever embark on a full U.S. tour. I am really excited to do it. It's an honor and a pleasure to sing and perform some of the greatest music ever made."

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Primordial To Tour Europe With Alcest

Irish metal act Primordial has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Alcest and While Heaven Wept. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

May 27 - Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air Germany
May 28 - Mining am Inn, Austria - Metalfest Open Air Austria
May 29 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Metalfest Open Air Switzerland
May 30 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
May 31 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornrosje
Jun. 01 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
Jun. 02 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
Jun. 03 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Stuk
Jun. 04 - Budapest, Hungary - Metalfest Open Air Hungary
Jun. 05 - Pilsen, Czech Republic - Metalfest Open Air Czech Republic

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Sinister To Release 10 Disc Box Set

Holland extreme metal act Sinister has announced plans to release a career spanning, 10 disc box set. The new set, scheduled for an April 5, 2011 release in North America, will be issued through Metal Mind Productions and will contain the entire Sinister discography. The comprehensive release, titled "Altered Since Birth," contains eight studio albums, a live DVD, a compilation of demo tracks, plus a booklet containing a full biography. Also included on each studio album (from "Diabolical Summoning" onwards) are rare live bonus tracks.

The box includes the following albums:
CD 1 - Demo-Nica (compilation)
CD 2 - Cross The Styx
CD 3 - Diabolical Summoning
CD 4 - Hate & Bastard Saints
CD 5 - Aggresive Measures
CD 6 - Creative Killings
CD 7 - Savage Or Grace
CD 8 - Afterburner
CD 9 - The Silent Howling
DVD - Prophecies Denied

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The Defiled Comments On Murderdolls Tour

U.K. metal act The Defiled has posted the following comment online, in regards to their forthcoming tour with the Murderdolls:

"We can't wait to be a part of this tour! Having been fans of Murderdolls for some time, it's gonna be great to be sharing the stage with 'em every night. It'll be our first outing in 2011 promoting our new album, so we're looking forward to be playing more new stuff! The amount of hairspray and make up used between the three bands on the bill could reach new heights! Who needs an ozone layer anyway?"

The tour dates include:

Feb. 02 - Portsmouth, UK - Pyramids
Feb. 03 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
Feb. 04 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
Feb. 05 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Feb. 07 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Feb. 08 - Middlesbrough, UK - Empire
Feb. 10 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Abc
Feb. 11 - Manchester, UK - Academy
Feb. 12 - London, UK - HMV Forum
Feb. 13 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Feb. 14 - Exeter, UK - Lemon Grove

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Nightwish Bassist Issues Album Update

Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala has posted the following recording update online:

"At the moment I have most of the bass tracks for the new album recorded. I started already a few weeks back, but I've been taking my time with the recordings. It's the luxury of having your own equipment and a former job as studio engineer. For now I've been taking it pretty easy for the last two weeks. The holiday season and all that goes with it, you know...

"Right now I'm collecting my inner plutonium for the critical mass again. I always do that before recording something. After all, we're not a pop band, and these songs need some really serious explosives. Too bad you can't hear them yet...

"I just had to twist the knife here. I'm a sadist also.

"The songs are really good, by the way...

"Of course we all would like to see this project finished, released and out for all the world to hear.

"The success we've been blessed or cursed with is demanding in its own ways. Everything has to be planned in long term. All the parts of releasing albums, videos and tours have to match carefully when you get to this stage of things. And so we all get fed up with the waiting.

"Try to be patient and we'll do our best to reward you later on."

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Sirenia Posts New Music Video Online

Norwegian/Spanish metal act Sirenia has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "The End of it All" and was directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company. "The End of it All" is set to appear on the band's forthcoming new album "The Enigma Of Life" which is set for release on January 21st, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records.


The End Of It All

Here is the "The Enigma Of Life" tracklisting:
1. The End Of It All
2. Fallen Angel
3. All My Dreams
4. This Darkness
5. The Twilight In Your Eyes
6. Winter Land
7. A Seaside Serenade
8. Darkened Days To Come
9. Coming Down
10. This Lonely Lake
11. Fading Star
12. The Enigma Of Life
13. Oscura Realidad (bonus track)
14. The Enigma Of Life (acoustic version; bonus track)

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Shinedown Posts "Diamond Eyes" Video

Alternative metal act Shinedown has posted its latest music video online. The video was shot for the track "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)" which was included on the digital soundtrack for the Hollywood film "The Expendables." You can view the video below:

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Vomitory Completes New Album

Swedish extreme metal act Vomitory has posted the following recoding update online:

"On Sunday, December 19th, we completed the work on the eighth Vomitory album that we have entitled 'Opus Mortis VIII'! It's our eighth musical work of death, so we think it's a very fitting title and we have some nice things going on artwork-wise for this one.

"Producer and studio owner Rikard Löfgren has done a tremendous job to get the best sounding Vomitory album to date — no competition! We are so fucking happy with the result. The production is absolutely top-notch and the material offers diversity and dynamics that you haven't quite heard from Vomitory before. You will get 14 songs altogether and roughly 54 minutes playing time."

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Macbeth Splits With Vocalist

Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about German act Macbeth parting ways with its vocalist:

"Well, not a good way to end the year 2010, but on New Year's Eve Macbeth announced that they are parting ways with their vocalist Olli. The band stated that it was difficult within the last two years to work together and that it was even not possible in the end.

"Since this had negative effects on them working on the new album, they decided to part ways. Don't be afraid the decision won't change the music and style of Macbeth, because Olli didn't compose or wrote the songs, according to the band. The band is now searching for a new vocalist. If you think you are able to fit in the band, feel free to contact the guys at post(at)macbeth-music(dot)de?."

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Legion Of The Damned Posts DVD Trailer

Legion of the Damned has posted a trailer online for the bonus DVD that will be included as part of the limited edition version for the band's new album "Descent Into Chaos." The trailer can be viewed below.


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Disbelief To Play Way Of Darkness Fest

Disbelief has been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Way of Darkness festival, which is set to take place from October 6th - October 8th, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The other confirmed bands are as follows:

Avulsed
Hail of Bullets
Hellish Crossfire
Milking The Goatmachine
Soul Demise
Syphor
Thanatos

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Reclusive Forest Council Posts Demo Song

Reclusive Forest Council has posted a demo song online titled "Voices." The new demo track can be heard in the video clip below.

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Unearth Recording New Album

Unearth has begun tracking the new album at Zing Studios in Westfield, MA. The band is currently tracking drums with sit in drummer for the album, Justin Foley of Killswitch Engage/Blood Has Been Shed. "Foley was an obvious choice for this album for many reasons, but mainly because of his abilities and knowledge of heavy music as well as his long time friendship with the band," comments Trevor Phipps. "A decade plus of friendship has made this an easy transition for the band, Foley and our producer/engineer Adam D."

In other news, the band has decided to change the mixing engineer for the album to Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, White Chapel, Devil Driver, Trivium, etc...) from Audiohammer Studios.

Guitarist Buz McGrath added this irrelevant comment about working with Mark, "Mark Lewis mixed me a drink once and i woke up in a swamp covered in anti freeze."

Unearth is aiming for a mid to late June release for the album followed by a world tour.

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Behind The Scenes Avenged Sevenfold Clip Available

NMETV has posted behind the scenes footage following Avenged Sevenfold onto the stage in Brighton. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Destruction Posts Second Teaser Trailer

Destruction has posted a second teaser trailer online for the upcoming album "Day Of Reckoning," which can be viewed below. The new album is set to be released on February 18th, 2011 on Nuclear Blast.

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Dew Scented Splits With Guitarist

Dew Scented has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Martin Walczak:

"Hey Thrashers! Hope you have had some sweet and relaxing holidays…we surely did! Our last show for 2010 at Leer’s Winter Metal Meeting some days ago went down smoothly, so thanks to everyone who came out to see us on that incredibly cold evening! Sadly, that show also marked the last gig for our rhythm guitarist Martin Walczak with Dew-Scented.

"Some while ago, Martin decided to leave the band due to changes in his personal life and lack of availability to move forwards with music at this stage. It’s a shame to see him go but we certainly wish Martin all the very best with his next goals and tasks in life! Thanks for the good times, Mattin!

"We already have a friend of the band lined up as session guitarist for the European tour with Nile starting out late January, so no reason to be worried at all…and we will give you more details about this in the coming days! But speaking of the next tour, here are again all the dates for you to pin them down on your calendars." More...

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I, Atrocity Posts Guitar Footage

I, Atrocity has posted a video clip online of guitarist Jeff playing "Symbiotic Emergence" from the upcoming EP "New Architecture of the End Design." The video clip can be viewed below. "New Architecture of the End Design" is set for release in summer 2011 on Hadean Records.

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Severed Fifth Posts Video Update

Severed Fifth has posted a video blog online updating the band's current activity. You can check out the clip below.

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Witheria Announces New Album Details

Finland's Witheria has announced it's upcoming album "Vanishing Order" will be released on 2.3.2011 through Violent Journey Records. The cover artwork can be viewed here and the track listing is as follows:

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

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Sorrows Path Posts Dio Medley Video

Sorrows Path has posted a video clip online of the band's live performance at the Malta Doom Metal Festival, which can be viewed below. The clip features Sorrows Path, along with Leo Stivala of Forsaken, performing a medley of songs from the late Ronnie James Dio, who passed away last year.

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Saltatio Mortis Checks In With Band Update

Germany's Saltatio Mortis has checked in with the following update about working on a new DVD and lining up tour dates in Africa:

"We all have arrived back safely at home and are still feeling the aftermath of the tour between the years and the three-day mega-party in Hamm on New Year's Eve and New Year. We are working intensively on the last cut of the DVD 'Wild and Free.'

"The end of the week begins our adventure trip to distant Africa. On 9 January we will fly to Namibia and go there for four weeks, a wild and desert tour through Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Face to face with hungry crocodiles and cuddly elephants we will drive our SUVs, of course, always the roughest and most dangerous routes and are looking forward to any challenge.

"To sweeten the waiting time a bit, we already have most of the summer dates online - which are of course in the next few weeks to get some more dates. All signs point to storm - we look forward to another year with you and hope to many great concerts with you!"

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My Own Grave Posts "None Shall See" Video

My Own Grave has posted a music video online for the song "None Shall See," which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:

"The video for None Shall See is finally finished! It was directed by Eldstål, who also did the video for Setherial's A World In Hell. This also marks the first official appearance by new guitarist Lars Westberg!"

My own grave - None shall see from Eldstål on Vimeo.

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Visions Of Atlantis Announces New Album Details

Visions of Atlantis has announced the following release dates for its new album "Delta:"

Germany/Austria/Switzerland, BeNeLux & Italy: 25.02.2011
Spain/Finland/Sweden: 23.02.2011
Rest of Europe: 28.02.2011
USA & Canada: March 15, 2011

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Black River Delta
2. Memento
3. New Dawn
4. Where Daylight Fails
5. Conquest of Others
6. Twist of Fate
7. Elegy of Existence
8. Reflection
9. Sonar
10. Gravitate Towards Fatality

The cover artwork for the new album can be viewed at this location.

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The Neologist Completes Debut, Available For Free

Melodic metal two-piece The Neologist has just finished their debut album, "The 26 Letters of Your Universe," and is giving it away for free. The Neologist formed in 2009 after the disbanding of SeVeR as Devin Walsh (bass) and James Lewis (guitars and vocals) decided to keep their musical passion growing.

You can download the album here (or here if that fails). If you want to hear the songs first, you can stream them on the band's MySpace player.

You can also check out their video for "A Place Where the Dead Don't Bother Me" below:

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Thaurorod To Play Metalcamp Festival

Thaurorod has issued the following announcement about performing at the 2011 edition of the Metalcamp festival:

"Thaurorod is confirmed to play at Metalcamp 2011. It is absolutely great to play on this amazing festival with beautiful location in Tolmin Slovenia together with all the great bands as Blind Guardian, Accept, Kreator, Amorphis, Death Angel, Wintersun, Alestorm, Kalmah and many many more...

"We hope we can give something totally outrageous for the audience coming to see us to boost even more your mood on these headbangers holidays! Until then... take a listen to the new track 'Morning Lake' we just posted from the album! Thaurorod wishes you a magnificent year 2011!"

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

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Skeletal Spectre Streaming New Song

Swedish horror-doom act Skeletal Spectre has issued the following brief announcement about streaming a new song online from the band's upcoming second album:

"New song, new bio, new album art... Listen to the new song on the page from the upcoming 2nd album! We also posted the cover art as well as an updated new bio on the page."

You can check out the new track "Sehkmet Prowls The Azure Night" through the official Skeletal Spectre MySpace page.

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Militia Working On New Album

Militia has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a vinyl re-issue of "The Sybling" and working on a new full-length album:

"Militia will soon unveil a special limited-edition vinyl re-issue of 'The Sybling,' entitled 'The Second Coming.' Expected release date is April 2011. More details to follow!!

"Also, we are still continuing our work on our all-new album, entitled 'A Call To Arms.' We will be issuing a more detailed update in the coming weeks."

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Lacrimas Profundere Announces First 2011 Show

Germany's Lacrimas Profundere has issued the following announcement about the band's first confirmed live show for the new year:

"Let's start the new year with the first confirmed show in Switzerland-February 05, 2011! See you there! Click here to order your ticket."

Additional details on more Lacrimas Profundere tour dates in 2011 will be announced as they made available. In the mean time, you can hear sample songs from the band available for streaming via the official Lacrimas Profundere MySpace page.

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Griftegard Contributes Song To Vinyl Split

Sweden's Griftegård has issued the following brief update about contributing a track to a split vinyl album with Lord Vicar: "Both bands contribute with one new track each: Griftegård - A Deathbed For All Holy - Lord Vicar - Do You Believe? Buy it from Ván directly."

You can check out the cover artwork for the split at this location. You can also check out the band's music via the official Griftegård MySpace profile.

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Bloodiest Signs To Relapse Records

Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Bloodiest:

"Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Chicago, IL's Bloodiest. Bloodiest is a seven piece ensemble that creates a stunning collection of metal-meets-psychedelia-via-early-AmRep epics. The band has recently completed work on their debut album that is expected to see its release in early spring. Bloodiest recorded the full-length with noted engineer Sanford Parker."

Bloodiest commented on recording the new full-length and partnership with Relapse:

"We recorded with Sanford Parker @ Electrical audio in Chicago (Steve Albini's studio) where most of the basic tracks were cut live (IE drums, bass, 3 guitars) showcasing the energy and spontaneity of these songs. We then overdubbed at Semaphore Studios (also in Chicago) adding layers and textures to enhance the dynamics for what the band is known for (IE effected vocals, figure picked acoustic guitar, piano, etc.) Bloodiest is pleased to be working with Relapse and glad they got to capture our debut release Descent."

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Mourning Beloveth Working On New Material

Ireland's Mourning Beloveth has issued the following update about writing new material and taking a break from live shows:

"And once again, we succeed where another year has failed. We’re still here… 2010 has once again proved to be a busy and successful year for MB. Although some of you may have been waiting for news of our next studio album, this year we concentrated on introducing Pauric to the madness of MB on the road and in the beer tent.

"A full and varied diary of gigs started for us at the Siege of Limerick in April, and Pauric’s first appearance with us. Along the way we managed to blaze a trail through Doom Shall Rise VII (Germany), SWR XIII (Portugal), a special one off gig in London (UK), Hells Pleasure (Germany), headlining the amazing success that was Dublin Doom Day II on home soil, Madrid is the Dark II (Spain), an eleventh hour helping hand to our friends at Dutch Doom Days IX (Holland), before bidding 2010 a resounding 'Fuck Off' in Cork in December. We even managed to drag some forgotten gems from our past albums back into our live set, some never before played live and some never to be played again.

"Sentinel Records also saw fit to unleash upon the world our split 10” with Wreck of the Hesperus. 'The Weeping Song' 10” was our only release of 2010, and anyone that knows us or spoke to us know how proud we are of it. Sentinel still has some copies available, so if you missed it now is your chance.

"So, gazing into our crystal ball, what does 2011 hold for MB? Writing. And more writing. Its been three long years since we recorded 'Disease,' and right now all our collective waking moments are concerned with writing and recording the next, as yet untitled, full length. We have upwards of forty hours of riffs collected, and the slow, frustrating and often violent process of turning these into actual songs now lies ahead. It will be finished, just as all the previous albums, when we are happy with it, and not before. There is no scheduled studio date, no vague promises or time line. More...

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Orphaned Land Announces Shows In Israel

Israeli progressive metal act Orphaned Land, which recently announced a short run of shows in India, has now issued the following brief update about new tour dates in Israel: "We'll be playing in our home country at the end of January with the first shows for the new year 2011 in Be'er Sheva, Tel-Aviv and Haifa. Tickets are now on sale at this location."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

January 25, 2011 - Be'er Sheva @ Barock
January 26, 2011 - Tel-Aviv @ Riding 3
January 27, 2011 - Haifa @ Beat

You can also hear sample Orphaned Land tracks available for streaming online through the band's MySpace profile.

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Threat Signal Issues Band Update

Threat Signal front man Jon Howard has checked in with the following announcement about working on a new album and band member lineup changes:

"A LOT happened in 2010 and it’s been a great year for us. So here is an update of where we are at, and where we are headed in 2011. First, I’d like to thank all of the crazy fans in Europe for supporting our first European tour. We had a blast playing for you in November/December and we hope to cross the pond again real soon to shred some faces!

"Second, I’d like to announce two new members of the Threat Signal camp. We destroyed Europe with these guys, and we couldn’t be more excited with the sound of the band right now and what the future holds together. Replacing Norm Killeen on drums is Alex Rudinger from Frederick MD, USA. I caught wind of Alex’s drumming through Youtube. He has a large number of drumming videos including covers, and originals. My jaw dropped when I first saw this kid play! Check it out at at this location. More...

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Hatesphere Writing New Songs

Hatesphere has issued the following brief announcement about writing new material for an upcoming album:

"Rehearsals and song writing for the new album have begun.....therefore we'll only be doing a few shows here and there the next six months. We'll keep you posted with both new shows, rehearsal videos and studio/producer info!"

You can also check out a video below of Hatesphere performing "To The Nines" live at Musikcaféen, Aarhus on December 10th, 2010.

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MetalHit.com Releases Free Doom Metal Compilation

Metalhit.com has released a free doom metal compilation. It is currently available in America via Amazon.com and worldwide via eMusic and Metalhit.com. Here's the compilation's complete tracklisting:

1. Colosseum "The River" (7:07)
2. Cryptal Darkness "The Coldest Winter" (8:35)
3. Doom:VS "Empire of the Fallen" (5:41)
4. Evoken "In Graven Image" (8:04)
5. Exiled from Light "Funereal of that which lies beneath" (6:03)
6. Monumentum "Consuming Jerusalem" (4:51)
7. Ophis "Suffering is a Virtue" (9:37)
8. Remembrance "The Omen" (7:05)
9. Revelations of Rain "Hidden" (8:24)
10. Skepticism "The Arrival" (6:38)
11. The Howling Void "The Primordial Gloom" (12:20)
12. Wolfsschanze "Cause of Affliction" (6:35)

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