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Metal News for January 6, 2010

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Pest Records Online Compilation Vol. 9 Posted

Romanian underground extreme metal label Pest Records released Pest Records Online Compilation Vol. 9 for free download at the end of 2009. You can download the free compilation here.

Pest Records Online Compilation Vol. 9 features 16 bands, including Airlines Of Terror (Italy), Altars Of Sin (Australia), Ancient Sorrow (Serbia), Clitogusano Espermatide (Argentina), Diktat (France), Enjoy My Bitch! (Mexico), Facehugger (Germany), Fleischwald (Italy), Goreationed (Romania), Loudrage (Romania), Maleficus (USA), Meth Tooth (USA), Puter Deus (Gre.), Slowly Suffering (Italy), Stone Fixion (Romania), and Undernoise (Spain).

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Kaoteon Posts New Unmastered Song Online

Extereme Lebanese metal band KAOTEON recently posted a new unmastered track from their upcoming album, "Veni Vidi Vomui," on their MySpace player. The song is called "Hateforged Retaliation."

The band recently finished recording and mixing "Veni Vidi Vomui" but a release date has not been set.

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The Abandonment Completes New Album, "Ephemeral"

Victorian grind/deathcore band The Abandonment has finished recording their debut full length album, "Ephemeral," and have set the date of February 26th, 2010 as the release through Trial and Error Records.

"We have some very good news, our debut album entitled ‘Ephemeral’ is done! After a long time it is finally ready. We have been working on it very hard this year, along with introducing new members to our line up. As well as the recent addition of Adam Goral to guitar, we have just been joined by Tim Anderson on bass.

"We are very excited at the moment, the line up is solidified and after many ups and many downs, our record is finally coming out!

"‘Ephemeral’ will be released on February 26th 2010 by Trial and Error Records. We will be doing Pre-orders, they will be available for order on January 26th directly from our Myspace or from Trial and Error Records."

In the meantime, check out some of the band's music on their MySpace player and the album preview video below:

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Fattooth Announces "Too Cold To Fuck" Tour Dates

Canadian punk/metal band FATTOOTH has announced their "Too Cold To Fuck" Canadian tour 2010 dates. Check out the latest dates below, with more to be announced.

13-Jan-2010 - The Mikado, St Catharines, Ont
15-Jan-2010 - Black Pirates Pub, ThunderBay, Ont
16 Jan 2010 - Shooters, Kenora, Ont
17 Jan 2010 - Shooters, Kenora, Ont
21 Jan 2010 - The Zoo, Winnipeg, Mb
22 Jan 2010 - The North Hill Inn, Brandon, Mb
23 Jan 2010 - The Gaslight, Regina, Sk
28 Jan 2010 - The RendezVous, Edmonton, Ab
29 Jan 2010 - The Distillery, Calgary, Ab
30 Jan 2010 - The Distillery, Calgary, Ab
31 Jan 2010 - The Tap House, St-Albert, Ab
2 Feb 2010 - Bulldogs, Fernie, B C
4 Feb 2010 - The Royal Hotel, Nelson, B C
6 Feb 2010 - Pogue Mahones, Kamloops, B C
11 Feb 2010 - Evolution, Victoria, B C
12 Feb 2010 - The Waverly, Cumberland, B C
13 Feb 2010 - The Frontiersman, Coombs, B C
19 Feb 2010 - The Greatful Fed, Kelowna, B C
20 Feb 2010 - Pogue Mahones, Kamloops, B C
27 Feb 2010 - The Mead Hall, Edmonton, Ab
05 Mar 2010 - Parthenon Pizza, Brandon, Mb
11 Mar 2010 - Indie Night in Canada, Toronto, Ont
13 Mar 2010 - Katacombes, Montreal, Qc

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Thin Ice Signs with Blood & Ink Records

Blood & Ink Records has announced the signing of San Antonio hardcore band Thin Ice. The label states:

"In fact, we loved Thin Ice’s music so much, we signed them before they had even played a single show… the music is just that good!"

"We’re currently working with the band to prepare their debut release, a digital EP that will feature six of the most blistering hardcore tunes ever released by Blood & Ink. Stay tuned for more details coming soon."

In the meantime, check out Thin Ice on Myspace. You can also check out a live video below:

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Demonic Resurrection Posts 1st Music Video Online

Indian metal band DEMONIC RESURRECTION has posted a new music video online for the song "The Unrelenting Surge Of Vengeance." The song comes off of their new album, "The Return To Darkness." The video, directed by Vijesh Rajan and Srinivas and produced by Demonic Resurrection and Enter Guerrilla, can be seen below.


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Dead Mens Dreams To Open for Adrift in Florida

Florida metal band Dead Mens Dreams has issued the following update:

"We were asked to play a show at the OLD Lost & Found now called 'Liquid Scripts' with ADRIFT, & GREAT AWAKENING January 23."

"We will be promoting the show with our new song 'Prophecy Rising', which will be aired on WJRR's Native Noise Sunday January 17 @ 11pm http://www.wjrr.com, you'll be able to download the song from our website very soon! We'll have a short sample on our myspace page of the song and a full version in low quality on our website so you can hear it before you download it." More...

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Orion's Reign Signs To Rock It Up Records

Greek power metal band ORION'S REIGN has announced that they will release their debut album, "Nuclear Winter," through IceWarrior Records/Rock It Up Records in March 2010. The album features appearances by Bob Katsionis from FIREWIND and Vangelis Yalamas from FRAGILE VASTNESS as special guests. The album's artwork can be seen here.

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Bejelit Signs To Punishment 18 Records

Italian metal band BEJELIT has announced the signing to Punishment 18 Records. the band comments, "Bejelit signed a new deal with Punishment 18 Records, for the release of their third album. The release date is scheduled for the early months of 2010. The album's title will be “You Die And I...”, and it will be a more personal and introspective album, since the band has decided to abandon for a while the concept based on the famous manga Berserk by Kentaro Miura. The recordings, which began in April 2008 and ended in December 2009, were held at the Old Ones Studio in Paruzzaro (NO), the recording studios owned by brothers Giulio and Sandro Capone, respectively drummer and guitarist of Bejelit. The album release will be supported by an intense live activity; during future gigs, excerpts from the two previous works will be proposed so as the brand new songs." More...

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Folge Dem Wind Signs To Code 666 Records

French black metal band FOLGE DEM WIND has announced their signing to Code 666 Records. The band comments about the signing: "After years of wandering through underground Metal sphere Folge dem Wind finally find a home to spread his vision. Aural Music / Code666 gives us the opportunity to express ourselves to a higher level. Our first opus 'Thus echoes the Earth' represents the first step to this ultimate art that is the eternal quest of Folge dem Wind."

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In The Midst Of Lions Signs To Facedown Records

Facedown Records has issued the following statement about inking a record deal with Christian deathcore act In The Midst of Lions:

"We are very happy to announce the signing of In The Midst Of Lions. Last summer ITMOL released their debut album 'Out Of Darkness' on Strike First Records and since that release they have proven themselves with through non stop touring and the ability to create incredible music. They will be recording this Spring with Jamie King (For Today, Between The Buried And Me) for a Summer 2010 release. Make sure to check out ITMOL on the road now with The Crimson Armada and be on the lookout for spring touring plans to be announced very soon for them."

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Arsenic Addiction Seeking New Drummer

Salt Lake City's Arsenic Addiction has issued the following update about parting ways with their drummer:

"We unfortunately have to say good-bye to Scott Hurtado. Thanks to Scott for helping us out these past few months, and we wish you luck on your future endeavors. Scott and Arsenic Addiction have parted due to creative differences. It's been a good run, and we truly appreciate being able to jam with Scott. If you're a drummer, or know any drummers, please feel free to contact us if you're interested. We aren't looking to slow down, and wish to press forward. Thank you!"

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Adust Parts Ways With Guitarist

U.K. metallers Adust have parted ways with their guitarist Guy Jones. Jones issued the following statement about the parting:

"Often when I find out about band members leaving bands I naively believe there would be animosity between the members. Going through my head the scenarios that might of occurred and the arguments that may have led up to the departure of the member. It would also be naive of me to think that some of you reading this will think the same. Before I continue I cannot stress enough that this wasn't the case in this instance. More than heartbreaking yes, But in no way could anything like this effect the love and extreme friendship I have with Dave, Rob, Dan and Matt. They are sure to have, success and it will be greeted with the biggest smile because deep down inside me it will still feel like my band and my boys that I got up on stage with. I will still share the same butterflies that pass between the band before ground breaking moments.

"I cannot list the amount of achievements that we have all been through as Adust. We've filmed two video's, played some fantastic shows, got to the finals of the bloodstock competition, Recorded two c.d's. One of which being available to buy in HMV stores. I could keep going on. But by far the most significant and important moment that happened when this band came into my life, was that I met 4 of the most caring, kind and loving people I could ever meet. They where there for me from the beginning and the smallest of problems wouldn't go unnoticed. I found a group of the best people I could ever be friends with and I thank them that they took me in the way they did. More...

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Interview with Czar

Czar is a new local band from Chicago. They have only released an EP so far, but I have to tell you, their EP is one of the best EP’s I have heard in my life. To put it in perspective, a lot of band's full length albums fail in comparison to this EP. I met Czar at a small time venue in Chicago called the Empty Bottle. They played alongside with two established local bands, Blood of the Tyrant and Chicago Thrash Ensemble. Czar is a three-piece band and the interview was done with all three members: Jason Novak (lead guitar and vocals), Brian Elza (bass), and Dan Brill (drums). More...

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Derelict Announces Canadian Tour

Canada's Derelict has issued the following update about their upcoming tour dates:

"Yes indeed friends, we are crossing Canada once again. This tour is estimated at 6-weeks during May and June, and will cover all of Western of Canada, which is the main area we cannot hit easily during the rest of the year. There will be many more dates added, as well as some surprises along the way. If you see a hole in the tour that could fit your town, let us know! We're open to suggestions and want to play everywhere. Direct, area-specific updates will be sent out via Facebook, so please 'become a fan' of Derelict there too. Cheers!"

Derelict's currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Dying Fetus Posts New Music Video Online

Dying Fetus has premiered the second music video from their new album "Descend Into Depravity," for album opener “Your Treachery Will Die With You." The video, which can be viewed below, was filmed in New York with director Kevin Custer. Dying Fetus previously worked with Custer on the “Shepherd’s Commandment” video.

DYING FETUS - "Your Treachery Will Die With You"

DYING FETUS - 'Descend Into Depravity' Out | MySpace Music Videos

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Gunfire 76 Announces Touring Members

Gunfire 76 has issued the following update about the live members performing on the band's upcoming tour:

"The current touring line up is as follows: Wednesday 13 - vocals, Roman Surman - guitar, Jack Tankersley - guitar (bullets and octane), Nate Manor - bass (Wednesday 13), Rob Hammersmith - drums. This Is Rock N Roll tour with Wednesday 13's Gunfire 76 & The Sex Slaves starts Jan 8th and runs thru the east coast."

Gunfire 76's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

1/8 2010 Volume 11 w/ Sex Slaves Raleigh, North Carolina
1/9 2010 Jaxx w/ Sex Slaves Springfield, Virginia
1/11 2010 California Brew Haus w/ Sex Slaves Rochester, New York
1/12 2010 Club Hell w/ Sex Slaves Providence, Rhode Island
1/13 2010 Middle East Upstairs w/ Sex Slaves Cambridge, Massachusetts
1/14 2010 Chameleon Club w/ Sex Slaves Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1/15 2010 Croc Rock w/ Sex Slaves Allentwon, Pennsylvania
1/16 2010 Peabody’s w/ Sex Slaves Cleveland, Ohio
1/18 2010 Reggie’s Rock Club w/ Sex Slaves Chicago, Illinois
1/19 2010 Blondie’s w/ Sex Slaves Detroit, Michigan
1/20 2010 Diesel w/ Sex Slaves Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1/21 2010 V Club w/ Sex Slaves Huntington, West Virginia
1/22 2010 Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall w/ Sex Slaves Charlotte, North Carolina
1/23 2010 Masquerade w/ Sex Slaves Atlanta, Georgia
1/24 2010 Big Daddy’s w/ Sex Slaves Tallahassee, Florida
1/26 2010 Brass Mug w/ Sex Slaves Tampa, Florida
1/27 2010 Back Booth w/ Sex Slaves Orlando, Florida

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Haeresiarchs Of Dis Streaming New Songs Online

California black metallers Hæresiarchs of Dis are currently streaming two new tracks online from their upcoming album "Denuntiatus Cinis." The songs "Intent Canticle" and "Bemoan the Fallen" can be heard at the Hæresiarchs of Dis MySpace page. "Denuntiatus Cinis" is set to be released in the spring of 2010 on an as-yet-unannounced record label.

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Incantation To Play Central Illinois Metal Fest

Death metal act Incantation will return to the stage at Urbana, IL’s Canopy Club for the Central Illinois Metal Fest, which will take place on July 23-24, 2010 and also feature Ibex Moon Records label mates Acheron. Incantation guitarist and vocalist John McEntee had this to say about the performance:

"It will be great once again to play the mighty Central Illinois Metal Fest. We played a few years back and the reaction was overwhelming. Of course, it’s an honor to play the fest again. We are planning to make this a very special performance of our 'Diabolical Conquest' album. This will be our first time playing every song off the album live during one set. It’ll be a great opportunity to see us play some songs we haven’t played in quite some time. The Central Illinois Metal Fest is always a great time and extremely well organized. CIMF is definitely one of North America's premier metal fests and we are proud to again be a part of it. Thanks to the CIMF staff for giving us this opportunity.

"Also, we will be playing the Stonehenge Festival in Holland on July 31st. This will be our first time playing the Stonehenge Festival and it definitely is an honor to be part of it. We’ve heard a lot of good things about the fest from our friends and bands that have played it, so we are definitely looking forward to it.”

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Leprous To Perform With Ihsahn At Wacken

Norwegian metallers Leprous have announced they will perform as the backing band for solo artist Ihsahn at the Wacken Festival in Germany and the Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic. Leprous' upcoming tour dates are as follows:

2/13 2010 Garage Bergen, Hordaland
6/18 2010 Hellfest - As Ihsahn’s backingband Clisson, Pays de la Loire
8/6 2010 Wacken - As Ihsahn’s backing band Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein
8/14 2010 Brutal Assault - As Ihsahn’s backing band JAROMER
10/3 2010 ProgPower Europe Baarlo

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Misery Index Posts Studio Video Report

Maryland's Misery Index has issued the following brief update about posting a studio recording video online:

"Day 2 in Wrightway Studios, Baltimore, MD: Drums. We began recording with drums the past three days, Adam has 8 songs of 11 completed. Finishing 'Heirs to Thievery' and 'Sleeping Giants' tomorrow...then working on guitar tones...a brief video from yesterday."

Misery Index also have the following upcoming tour dates:

4/1 2010 Transmission Room, Lic/AA Auckland, New Zealand
4/2 2010 The Esplanade Hotel Melbourne, Australia
4/3 2010 The Gaelic Club Sydney, Australia
4/4 2010 The Hifi Brisbane, Australia
4/5 2010 Fowler’s Live Adelaide, Australia
4/6 2010 Black Betty’s Perth, Australia

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Sabaton Posts Studio Recording Footage

Sweden's Sabaton has posted a video clip online of their time in the Abyss studios recording their upcoming album "Coat of Arms." The video clip can be viewed below.

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Satyricon Answers Fan Questions

Roadrunner Records recently sought fan questions for Norway's Satyricon to answer. Excerpts from the fan interview can be found below:

"Jenny Sanchez, California USA: I really like Roadkill Extravaganza- will you be releasing another DVD?

"Frost: Possibly, if we release another DVD it’s going to have a very different format to Roadkill Extravaganza – it’s not going to be a follow-on to that one. We have thought of making a live DVD. It is something that might happen and at a certain point it probably will happen. I cannot really tell how and when it’s going to be but it’s going to be different. More...

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Hackneyed Single Available, Recaps Nile Tour

Hackneyed's single "Deatholution, taken off the latest album, "Burn After Reaping," is now available online via JamLegend. Check it out at http://www.jamlegend.com/songs/86606

Hackneyed has released the following recap of the Nile tour:

"Hey guys and gals! Yes, we're back from some amazing and successful days together with the almighty Nile, Krisiun, Grave and Ulcerate! It was really great to meet and to get to know all these cool guys of these cool bands. We had a lot of fun in our tourbus and in the cities, for example London or Enschede. Also we met some amazing people at the shows and, oh yeah, had a lot of fun with the polish crew of MassiveMusic, hehe... Thanks to the whole Tour crew, the clubs and venues and especially all you guys who visited this tour and checked us out! Also check our new tour-video!"

Here is Hackneyed tour 2009 video. More...

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Den Saakaldte Announces New Tour Dates

Having recently announced the addition of Carpathian Forest drummer Anders Kobro to its ranks, Norway’s Den Saakaldte has now announced a series of live dates during March and April. Appearing with Den Saakaldte on various dates will be fellow black metallers Sargeist and Pantheon I. Currently announced dates are as follows:

19.03 TBA (NL) + Pantheon I
20.03 Roermond Festival (NL)
21.03 TBA (BE) + Pantheon I
09.04 Helsinki - TBA (FI) + Pantheon I
10.04 Kings Of Black Metal Festival - Hessen (DE)
11.04 Zürich - Dynamo (CH) + Sargeist
12.04 TBA (DE) + Sargeist
13.04 Vienna - Escape Metalcorner (AT) + Sargeist
14.04 Annaberg - Buchholz - Gleis (DE) + Sargeist
15.04 Berlin - K-17 (DE) + Sargeist
16.04 Erfurt - From Hell (DE) + Sargeist
17.04 Oberhausen - Helvete (DE) + Sargeist
18.04 Rotterdam - Baroeg ( NL ) + Sargeist

The band’s sophomore album is due for release towards the end of the year on Pulverised Records, with whom the band recently signed. Due out shortly on Aesthetic Death Records are two versions of Den Saakaldte's “Øl, Mørke og Depresjon," which first appeared in early 2008 on Eerie Art Records. The new versions will be available on CD in Digipack format, and on LP in a gatefold edition, limited to 500 copies. Both versions will include bonus tracks not previously available, with artwork designed by Den Saakaldte’s Sykelig.

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The Crinn Posts New Album Trailer Online

US math metallers The Crinn just released another trailer for the upcoming album, "Dreaming Saturn," which is planned for an early 2010 release via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Candlelight Records Signs Krieg and Yaotl Mictlan

Candlelight Records confirms the recent signings of Krieg and Yaotl Mictlan. All three add to the English label’s growing American roster, a concentrated effort of the label the past several years. Currently celebrating is ninth year of US operation, the label opened US offices January 2001 with the release of its first album, Zyklon’s acclaimed debut. "World ov Worms," in early April, Candlelight continues its quest to deliver quality recordings by both new and established recording artists.

"The Isolationist" is the confirmed title for the sixth album from New Jersey-based Krieg. Main creator Imperial says, “it is truly an honor to get to work with a professional label at this point in Krieg’s career. 'The Isolationist' will be more experimental, uglier, and yet more beautiful than previous Krieg records.” The album will start production in early February at Volume Studios in Chicago. The record is tentatively planned for a July release.

Salt Lake City-based Yaotl Mictlan have completed recording of their second album currently planned for release in April. "Dentro del Mantro Gris de Chaae" showcases the band’s Mexican and Mayan culture (their name in the Mexican language of Nahuatl meaning “warriors from the land of the dead”). The band, originally discovered by Brujeria vocalist Juan Brujo, was formed by brothers Yaotl and Tlatecatl in 1998. The band plan to tour in support of the album throughout 2010.

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Nightrage Changes Mexico City and Toluca Venues

Greece's Nightrage has changed venues for two Mexican Dates. The show in Mexico City on February 27th has been moved to Multiforo Tlalpan and Toluca gig on March 14th will be at Lando Music.

Here are Nightrage's upcoming Greek and Mexican tour dates:

Feb. 12 Patra, Greece - Rock Season Club
Feb. 13 Ioannina, Greece - TBA
Feb. 14 Agrinio, Greece - TBA
Feb. 15 Chania, Greece - 4 Seasons Bar
Feb. 16 Irakleio,Greece - Support 81
Feb. 17 Athens, Greece - On Stage Club
Feb. 18 Kavala, Greece - Jazz Rock Bar
Feb. 19 Larisa, Greece - Stage Club
Feb. 20 Thessaloniki, Greece - Eight Ball Club
Feb. 21 Serres, Greece - TBA
Feb. 27 Mexico City, Mexico - Multiforo Tlalpan
Feb. 28 Cuernavaca Mor., Mexico - Foro de PIT
Mar. 05 Guadalaja. Jal., Mexico - Auditorio FEU
Mar. 06 Morelia Mich., Mexico - Bar Fuxion
Mar. 07 Durango, Mexico - Foro Alternativo la Cuchilla
Mar. 12 CD. Obregon Son., Mexico - Salon Chaparral
Mar. 13 Hermosillo Son., Mexico - Foro Celaya
Mar. 14 Toluca, Mexico - Lando Music

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Orphaned Land Streams New Song

Israel's Orphaned Land has posted a new track, "Disciples of the Sacred Oath II," on MySpace.

Vocalist Kobi Farhi comments: "'Disciples of the Sacred Oath II' is a heavy song, both musically and lyrically, and it is one of the most important tracks of the album by its meaning. Indeed, it calls for a laying down of arms to realize that the warriors are first of all brothers: 'Lay down your swords, blood and flesh you share... Shall we see the end of war, bloodbrothers?' It is definitely the most outspoken text we ever wrote on this subject. Furthermore, as this song contains Arabic lyrics, we would like to dedicate it to our Arab fans and we hope that one day we will sing it together in a show in their home countries!"

Orphaned Land's new album, "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR," is a concept album about the warrior of light. The album was mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and will be released on January 25th in Europe and February 9th in the US via Century Media.

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Korpiklaani Moves Chicago Venue

Korpiklaani's upcoming show with Swashbuckle and Tyr in Chicago on January 12 has been moved to Reggie's Rock Club.

Here are the rest of the tour dates:

Jan. 08 Worcester, Massachusetts - Palladium
Jan. 09 Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda
Jan. 10 Opera House Toronto, Ontario
Jan. 11 Detroit, Michigan - Blondie’s
Jan. 12 Chicago, Illinois - Reggie's Rock Club
Jan. 13 Cleveland, Ohio - Peabody’s
Jan. 14 New York, New York - Gramercy Theater
Jan. 15 Allentown, Pennsylvania - The Sterling Hotel
Jan. 16 Springfield, Virginia - Jaxx
Jan. 17 Raleigh, North Carolina - Volume 11
Jan. 18 Atlanta, Georgia - Masquerade
Jan. 19 Tampa, Florida - Czar
Jan. 21 Austin, Texas - Emo’s
Jan. 22 Ft. Worth, Texas - Ridglea Theatre
Jan. 23 Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Flytrap Music Hall
Jan. 24 Albuquerque, New Mexico - Launchpad
Jan. 25 Tempe, Arizona - Club Red
Jan. 26 Hollywood, California - Key Club
Jan. 27 Ramona, California - Ramona Main Stage
Jan. 28 San Fransisco, California - DNA Lounge
Jan. 29 Portland, Oregon - Satyricon
Jan. 30 Seattle, Washington - Studio Seven
Jan. 31 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw Theater

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Blackguard Recaps Ensiferum Tour

Paul Ablaze of Montreal's Blackguard has checked in with the following recap of the From Afar tour, headlined by Ensiferum this past fall:

"Another tour in the Bag , Another notch on the belt , and Another round of good times were had by all.

"For a tour that seemed destined to fall apart on itself just before it's start, I believe it exceeded all expectation by a long shot. With Ex Deo pulling out for the majority of the tour and Hypocrisy having to bail all together, the future looked very bleak. But at the end of the day it was Ensiferums call to bite the bullet and pull ahead with the tour, and for that we cannot thank them enough.

"As disappointed as we were not being able to tour with those two amazing bands, their absences proved to be a blessing in disguise. Being bumped up to direct support might have been one of the best things to happen to us, and with the addition of Lazarus A.D we got to become friends with some of the most badass people we've ever met.

"Although the crowds might have been smaller overall, we got to play to more people every night and our new position on the tour certainly motivated us to step up our game.

"This tour being quite the contrast to our last tour (Summer slaughter) in pace and scale, it was a little more relaxed and offered us some more down time to breath. That being said here are some of my more memorable moments from 'from afar' More...

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New Amaranthe Single Available for Download

Swedish/Danish metallers Amaranthe has finally released the latest single, "Leave Everything Behind," for international download. The song is available at iTunes and Amazon.

Amaranthe will be embarking on a Scandinavian tour this spring. Dates are as follows:

Apr. 10 Gothenburg, SE - Trädgårn
Apr. 11 Stockholm, SE - Tyrol
Apr. 13 Helsinki, FI - Nosturi w/ Kamelot
Apr. 14 Tampere, FI - Pakkahuone w/ Kamelot
Apr. 17 Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene w/ Kamelot

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Spazmosity Parts Ways With Vocalist

Sweden's Spazmosity has issued the following update about parting ways with their vocalist Peter Emanuelsson:

"Soon after the Welcome Death album recording last year Spazmosity and Emanuelsson parted ways. It was a hard process for the band after so many good years together. An old friend of the band, Ola Lindgren (Grave), took over the microphone in 2009. Ola of course brings new dimensions to the vocals in Spazmosity. The new line up have already done one show in Gävle in 2009 and are planning three new shows this winter. First up is Gothenburg 8/1 and Trollhättan 9/1."

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Gravehill Signs To Ibex Moon Records

GRAVEHILL has announced the conclusion of their agreement with ENUCLEATION RECORDS and subsequent signing with IBEX MOON RECORDS. The band has three new releases on the horizon with their new deal.

The first order of business is the 12” Vinyl Release of "Rites of the Pentagram," which will contain special packaging strictly for the die-hard collector. Look for this release on IBEX MOON RECORDS in February/March 2010.

The second is the CD re-release of "Rites of the Pentagram," which will include the five-song "Metal of Death/Advocation of Murder & Suicide" EP, complete with new packaging. This re-release will follow the vinyl version in the spring of 2010.

The last item is GRAVEHILL’s sophomore record "Pravus Tyrannis," which will be released sometime over the summer of 2010. Some titles set to appear on this release are "Unholy Executioner," "Suffer No Man to Live," "When All Roads Lead to Hell," "Devil Worshiper," and "War Prayers" to name a few.

Early 2010 will also see the release of the Relapse Records "Death Metal EP Series," which is a strictly 7” EP vinyl release featuring one band per side. The first of said series features GRAVEHILL and CARDIAC ARREST. This exclusive release has the song "Of Wolves and Wickedness” recorded during the "Metal of Death/Advocation of Murder & Suicide" EP session. This series will eventually see a CD release; refer to relapse.com for more details.

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

Finally, here are the latest Gravehill upcoming gigs in 2010:

Jan 16 The Black Castle w/ Order from Chaos Inglewood, CA
Feb 20 Cheyenne Saloon w/ Spun in Darkness Las Vegas, NV
Feb 26 The Ten Eleven w/ Hod San Antonio, TX
Feb 27 Walter’s w/ Hod Houston, TX
Feb 28 Emo’s w/ Hod Austin, TX
Jul 17 Blondie’s: Michigan Death Fest Detroit, MI

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Chaos Posts New Single, "The Independent," Online

Nazareth death metal band Chaos has released a new song titled "The Independent" on youtube. Check it out below.

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Stream Murder Therapy's Entire New Album

Italian death metal band Murder Therapy has posted their entire new album, "Symmetry of Delirium," on their MySpace page for streaming. The band comments:

"With the coming of a new year we decided to take another step in doing things our way. We have uploaded our entire album, hoping it will stay online a long time. We know we are not the first band to do this, and will not be the last, although most of the time albums are streamed only for a limited promotional time. We want to use this blog to be clear about what we are doing. There are certain beliefs about the music/internet relationship that we think don’t make sense anymore." More...

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