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Metal News for January 6, 2011

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44 news articles posted on this day.

Imagika Calls It A Day

Imagika posted a brief statement online indicating the band was breaking up back in October, but later removed the message and appeared to be moving forward. Lead guitarist/songwriter Steve Rice has now issued the following statement about the band officially calling it quits:

"All things must come to an end and for Imagika the time is now. After 17 years, 7 worldwide releases, 2 vocalist, 5 guitarist, 3 bassist, 2 drummers, countless performances and tour dates I’ve decided to put the band to rest. The reasons are many, but the truth is that it’s time for something new and to move forward without being bound to the past. I’m not mourning the end because I’m grateful the band lasted as long as it did. I look forward to building upon the music and legacy of a band I spearheaded for close to 2 decades with my new project.

"I would personally like to thank all the fans, press, labels, booking agents, promoters, venues, studios, engineers, artist, instrument manufactures and everyone else that had a helping hand in Imagika’s career. It could not have happened without you! I will personally still handle and oversea everything Imagika post mortem for the foreseeable future.

"Moving forward, drummer Wayne Devecchi, former Eldritch guitarist Roberto Proietti and I have formed a new Metal/ Thrash project that will take our collective musical ideas to the next level. Fans of our past bands music will not be disappointed as we’ve put together some great catchy material that is melodic, complex and heavy. A five song instrumental demo has already been recorded and we are presently seeking a Pro Vocalist and Bassists to complete the project. Interested parties can contact us at burnaltar@gmail.com Please have reviewable audio or video media."

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Bodies In Barbwire Writing New Songs

Bodies in Barbwire has checked in with the following update about writing new material for an upcoming release:

"Yes its that time! I've began to write new material for Bodies in Barbwire! Some bands will write a ton of stuff in a very short period of time which is very admirable, but just isn't BiB's style. I try to piece my recording time over periods so BiB keeps that edge to the music and not fade itself, kinda like Tool for instance with time between albums.

"Right now I have tracked guitars for a new song and the guitars are complete for that song. I will be working on lyrics and drums next. So far I have 10 song titles that are very comforting to those who enjoy sheer violence and Brutality to extreme lengths and the lyrics will be no different. Just straight gore! I will be posting the complete lyrics for my currently released tracks on BiB's Official Website to give you an idea of the content, detail, complexity, and things that I happily write about for BiB.

"As progress continues, I will keep you updated min to min on the Official Website and BiB's Facebook! Check out the sites and feel free to get at me anytime! Thank You to ALL of my supporters, Bands and Bros alike! It doesn't go unappreciated! Many Hails!"

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Prostitutes and Beards

After eighteen years of marriage Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) and his wife are getting a divorce. Not shocking considering the two have been separated since April, but the real question: what are the odds Bach left a red wine stain on the divorce papers? Fifty percent? Eighty percent?... More...

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Unveil The Strength Guitarist Issues Band Update

Unveil The Strength guitarist Dave Delacruz, formerly of Silent Civilian, has posted the following update online:

"[Unveil The Strength] is something that I have been working on with my best friends for quite some time and now we are officially taking it from the studio to the stage!

"In regards to Silent Civilian, I personally made the decision to leave the band because I did not agree with how things were being ran by individuals involved. I wish them the best of luck and success on all of their endeavors but that band wasn't for me anymore.

"Creating music has always been a passion of mine and now I am able to create music with best friends the right way where there is no room for ego.

"We are currently booking southern California shows but are looking to target the major U.S. cities by summer 2011!"

Unveil The Strength will digitally release its debut EP, "The Awakening," in early March.

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Cauldron Announces Canadian Tour

Canadian traditional heavy metal act Cauldron has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Canada. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

FEB. 11 - TORONTO, ON - SNEAKY DEES
FEB. 12 - ST. CATHARINES, ON - MIKADO'S
FEB. 18 - OTTAWA, ON - MAVERICKS
FEB. 19 - MONTREAL, QC - KATACOMBES
FEB. 24 - QUEBEC, QC - SCANNER CLUB
FEB. 25 - MONCTON, NB - THE MANHATTAN
FEB. 26 - DARTMOUTH, NS - CD HEAVEN - all ages free in-store early show (6pm)
FEB. 26 - HALIFAX, NS - GUS' PUB
FEB. 28 - FREDERICTON, NB - THE CAPITAL

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Deafheaven Updates Tour Schedule

San Francisco, CA's Deafheaven has announced the following upcoming U.S. tour dates:

01/07: Olympia, WA @ The Northern w/ Owen Hart
01/08: Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge w/ Owen Hart
01/09: Portland, OR @ The Tube
01/10: Santa Cruz, CA @ 150 Pioneer
01/11: Fresno, CA @ Neighborhood Cafe
01/12: Las Vegas, NV @ Yayo Taco
01/13: Mesa, AZ @ Nile Underground
01/14: San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
01/15: Bell Gardens, CA @ The Blacktop w/ Touche Amore
01/16: Oakland, CA @ Your Haus

The band has also announced it is releasing the "Libertine Dissolves b/w Daedalus" 7" EP. Featuring two songs from the out of print demo cassette, the release serves as an introduction of San Francisco's Deafheaven. Deathwish Records also commented on the tracks: "Libertine Dissolves and Daedalus show the band at their most abrasive yet. Hyper blasts of speed, entwine with infectious melody and emotional breakdowns to create a mesmerizing metallic atmosphere. A welcomed hybrid of styles that is sure to breathe fresh air into the constantly evolving aggressive music community."

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Riverside Announces European Headline Tour

Polish progressive metal act Riverside has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. The band is taking time away from the recording of its forthcoming full length album to reach seven cities across Europe. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

May 15, 2011 - The Picturedrome - Northampton-Midlands, Great Britian
May 16, 2011 - Scala - London, England
May 17, 2011 - Muziekcentrum Trix - Antwerpen, Belgium
May 18, 2011 - Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
May 19, 2011 - Die Kantine - Köln, Germany
May 20, 2011 - Metropool (main hall) - Hengelo, Netherlands
May 21, 2011 - De Boerderij - Zoetemeer, Netherlands

Riverside frontman Mariusz Duda commented on the band's forthcoming releases by saying:

"We've begun working on the new album, or actually two albums. Because except for the usual long album we'd also like to release a mini-album. Why? Well, the band was formed in 2001 so next year it's our tenth birthday. We'd like to celebrate and highlight this anniversary in some way. So next year we're planning to go on anniversary tour not only with invited guests but also something more--a release specially prepared for this occasion, only available at the concerts. So now we're working both on the new album and the above mentioned EP. A short break was good for us because now we have really good ideas."

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Abalam Streaming New Song Online

U.K. based black metal act Abalam has posted a new song online entitled "Scar." The new track can be heard via the official Abalam MySpace page.

The band also recently announced it will be releasing the "Digging a Grave For Mankind" EP this February, which will be released as a 7" Vinyl edition. The EP is limited to 200 hand numbered copies. Additional details on the release will be announced as they are made available.

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Slipknot And Korn To Debut "MTV World Stage"

On Friday, January 7th, MTV UK will kick off the "MTV World Stage" series with live footage of Korn and Slipknot. Taping the former at the September, 2010 Ozzfest date at London's famed O2 Arena, and showcasing Slipknot's instantly legendary headlining performance at Download 2009.

The show will be broadcast across the world, excluding North America, on the MTV Network in over 160 countries. U.K. viewers can see the show on MTV UK (Sky channel 350 and Virgin Media channel 311) at 11pm.

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Black Stone Cherry Posts Studio Footage Online

Black Stone Cherry has posted the following video teaser online, showcasing the band's current stint in the recording studio. You can view the clip below:

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UIGG Posts "Of Moose And Men" Trailer

UIGG has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming album "Of Moose And Men," which is the follow-up to the band's 2009 debut release, "To Punish And Enslave." The trailer can be viewed below.

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Within Temptation Reveals New Album Cover Art

Dutch symphonic metal act Within Temptation has revealed the cover art for its forthcoming studio album "The Unforgiving." The artwork can be viewed here. "The Unforgiving" is due for release in spring of 2011 through Roadrunner Records. You can view the cover art below, as well as stream a track from the forthcoming full length effort.

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Sodom Posts "The Art Of Killing Poetry"

Sodom has posted another song online from its new album "In War and Pieces." The new track "The Art of Killing Poetry" can be heard via Decibel Magazine at this location. "In War And Pieces" will be released in North America on January 11, 2011. The track listing is as follows:

1. In War And Pieces
2. Hellfire
3. Through Toxic Veins
4. Nothing Counts More Than Blood
5. Storm Raging Up
6. Feigned Death Throes
7. Soul Contraband
8. God Bless You
9. The Art Of Killing Poetry
10. Knarrenheinz
11. Styptic Parasite

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Electric Wizard Posts New Single Online

U.K. traditional doom metal act Electric Wizard has posted its new single "Black Mass" online for streaming. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming studio album "Black Masses" which is set for release in North America through Metal Blade Records. You can listen to "Black Mass" below:

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Whyzdom Announces New Live Shows

Whyzdom has issued the following announcement about adding on two more tour dates:

"Dear friends, we are very happy to announce these two dates :

- 10/05 Paris (F), La Scène Bastille, with ELYOSE and AZYLYA
- 30/05 Birmingham (UK), The Asylum : FEMME METAL FEST with REVAMP as headliner!

"We will play songs from 'the Brink,' but also some new song of our forthcoming album!"

You can also check out the band's music via the Whyzdom MySpace page.

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Grand Magus Posts New Music Video Online

Swedish heavy metal act Grand Magus has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the title track off the band's 2010 release "Hammer Of The North." You can view the video below:

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Cough Updates Tour Schedule

Richmond, VA's Cough has updated its tour schedule with the following upcoming European dates:

01.04 NL - Utrecht @ ACU
02.04 GER - Essen @ Cafe Nova
03.04 GER - Hamburg @ Astra Stube
04.04 SWE - TBA
05.04 SWE - TBA
06.04 SWE - Linkoping @ Lorient Bar
07.04 SWE - Vaxjo @ Kafe Deluxe
08.04 SWE - Hassleholm @ Perrong 23
09.04 DK - Copenhagen @ Loppen
10.04 GER - TBA
11.04 GER - Potsdam @ Black Fleck
12.04 GER - TBA
13.04 BEL - Brussels @ Cafe DNA tbc
14.04 NL - Tilburg @ 013 "Roadburn Fest"
15.04 BEL - Kortrijk @ The Pits
16.04 UK - Nottingham @ The Central
17.04 UK - Leeds @ Royal Park Cellars
17.04 UK - Manchester @ Gullivers
18.04 UK - Exeter @ Cavern
19.04 UK - Cardiff @ Buffalo Bar
20.04 UK - Stoke On Trent @ Harry's Bar
21.04 UK - Hull @ 41 East Coast Club
22.04 UK - Colchester @ Molly Malones
23.04 UK - London @ The Unicorn
24.04 FRA - Paris @ Le Miroiterie
25.04 FRA - TBA
26.04 FRA - Poitiers @ Le Confort Moderne
27.04 FRA - Bordeaux @ Saint Ex
28.04 SPA - A Coruna @ tba
29.04 POR - Barroselas (Porto) @ " SWR Barroselas Metal Fest "
30.04 SPA - Madrid @ tba
01.05 SPA - Barcelona @ tba
02.05 FRA - TBA
03.05 FRA - Lyon @ Ground Zero
04.05 SWI - Winterthur @ Kulturzentrum Gaswerk
05.05 SWI - Geneva @ Le Kab
06.05 ITA - Firenze @ CPA "Live Slow - Die Old Fest "
07.05 ITA - Parma @ Circolo Onirica
08.05 ITA - Egna / Neumarkt (BZ) @ Point Club
09.05 SLO - TBA
10.05 AUT - Vienna @ Shelter
11.05 CZ - Slavonice @ Baràk
12.05 GER - Leipzig @ Zoro
13.05 GER - Wuerzburg @ Immerhin
14.05 GER - Berlin @ Shokoladen
15.05 GER - Zittau @ Cafe Emil
16.05 CZ - TBA
17.05 GER - TBA
18.05 GER - Mannheim @ Juz
19.05 FRA - Lille @ tba
20.05 NL - Venlo @ Perron 55
21.05 GER - Hannover @ UJZ Korn "ALERTA ANTI FASCISTA FEST
22.05 GER - Osnabrueck @ Bastard Club

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Cradle Of Filth Posts Tour Trailer Online

European symphonic metal act Cradle of Filth has posted a new trailer online to promote its forthcoming "Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour." Support on the trek will come from Nachtmystium, Turisas and Daniel Lioneye. You can view the full list of tour dates at this location. The trailer is available for viewing below:

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Masterstroke Posts New Music Video Online

Finnish modern heavy metal act Masterstroke has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Walls of my Temple" and was directed by Sami Hakkinen for Silent Paprika Films. You can view the music video below:


Masterstroke - Walls of My Temple

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Emmure Postpones Australian Tour

American metalcore act Emmure has announced that it will have to postpone its previously announced tour of Australia. A statement from the band reads;

"Emmure will make their long-anticipated return Down Under in May/June this year to tour their new album with dates and venues to be confirmed. The band offers their sincere apologies and refunds are available at the point of purchase for all ticket holders."

The postponed dates include:
01/12 Brisbane, AUS – The Fort
01/12 Brisbane, AUS – Club 299
01/13 Sydney, AUS – The Wall
01/14 Melbourne, AUS – The Castle
01/15 Adelaide, AUS – Uni Bar
01/16 Perth, AUS – Cockburn Youth Centre
01/16 Perth, AUS – Amplifier Bar

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Chevelle Posts New DVD Trailer Online

American alternative metal act Chevelle has posted a new trailer online for its forthcoming live CD/DVD set. The 2-disc release, titled "Any Last Words," celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the band. The DVD was filmed over two nights on Oct 29th & 30th at the Metro in Chicago and was directed by Frankie Nasso for Nova Entertainment Group. You can view the trailer below:

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Exclusive

Attackhead Makes New Song Available For Download

Metal Underground.com is hosting an exclusive free MP3 download of the song “Blame” from Southern California thrashers ATTACKHEAD’s new album, “Voices in the Dark – Second Attack.” The album will be released January 25, 2011 via Twisted Hillbilly Records. You can check out the song below.


Download an MP3 of "Blame" here (right-click and "Save Target As")

Lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Chapman had the following to say about “Blame”:

“Blame is about problems with the government and big business. Always blaming someone or something else for their greed and misconduct.”

The tracklisting for "Voices In The Dark - Second Attack" is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Voices in the Dark
3. Infected
4. Rebirth
5. Make Me Suffer
6. Lead the Blind
7. Posessed
8. Blame
9. Dark Ritual
10. Waste of Life More...

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Inevitable End Posts More Studio Footage

Sweden's Inevitable End has posted a second studio report online from the band's time recording the new album "The Oculus" at HoBoRec Studio. The video clip can be viewed below.

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The Boy Will Drown Footage Posted Online

Footage has been posted online of The Boy Will Drown performing the song "Deepthroat" live in Vienna. The footage can be viewed below.

The Boy Will Drown also has the following upcoming tour dates with Visions and The Long Count:

16 Apr 2011 - Northampton, UK - Soundhouse
17 Apr 2011 - Bristol, UK - The Croft
18 Apr 2011 - Reading, UK - Facebar
19 Apr 2011 - London, UK - Purple Turtle
20 Apr 2011 - High Wycombe, UK - Roundabout
21 Apr 2011 - Leeds, UK - The Fenton
22 Apr 2011 - Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand
23 Apr 2011 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete's

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Witheria Comments On Upcoming Album

Witheria has issued the following announcement about signing to Violent Journey Records for the release of a third album:

"Witheria joins forces with Violent Journey Records - 3rd album out on 2nd March 2011 Hailing from Helsinki area, Finland, Witheria celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010 and recorded its 3rd album at D-Studio. The group has stayed on a darkened thrash metal path since its formation, taking bits and pieces from traditional heavy metal, as well as death and black metal to create its unique style. The now steady line-up includes members also known from such bands as Nowen, Spirit Disease, Sorrowed and The Scourger.

"The album 'Vanishing Order' dives deeper into the depths of human mind, taking the listeners by their balls with progressive hooks, surprising twists and catchy shouted out choral bits! The band's style has been described as 'epic thrash metal' and they are known to walk their own way."

The track list 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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DoomSword Recruits New Bass Player

DoomSword has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bass player:

"Geilt has departed from DoomSword and will continue to play with Midryasi and to work with his brother Deathmaster on future musical projects. DoomSword would like to thank Geilt for his contribution to the band.

"Christian 'Nidhoggr' Grillo (Gjallarhorn (It), Fury N Grace) will take up his place. Christian is a talented musician and an old friend of the band having played with Wrathlord in Fury N Grace and Gjallarhorn (It) with Deathmaster and Wrathlord."

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Factory Of Dreams Posts Album Trailer

Factory of Dreams has posted a new teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Melotronical," which can be viewed below.

The track listing is as follows:

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Enter Nucleon
2. Melotronical
3. A Taste of Paradise
4. Protonic Stream
5. Into Oblivion
6. Obsessical
7. Back to Sleep
8. Whispering Eyes
9. Subatomic Tears
10. Dimension Crusher
11. Echoes from Earth
12. Something Calling me
13. Reprogramming

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Bloody Sign Calls It Quits

French band Bloody Sign has decided to split up after 15 years of devotion to death metal. Bloody Sign issued the following announcement:

"Bass/vocalist Hagend left the band in early December, which led Ilmar & Kalevi both founders of the band to dissolve, rather than looking for a replacement. Bloody Sign eternally thanks all the people who supported our sounds and dedication to extreme music.

"But from the burning remains of the band should rise a new dark sound propagation with both founder members and... see you in strange new aeons! Chaos Echoes the band’s third album has recently been released on gatefold LP by Blood Harvest rec. For the Unknown!"

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David Ellefson To Design Jackson Bass Guitars

Jackson Guitars has issued the following statement about partnering with David Ellefson to design new bass models:

"Jackson guitars proudly announces its newfound partnership with legendary bassist and Megadeth founding member, David Ellefson. As part of the partnership, Ellefson will collaborate with the Jackson Research and Development team to design future Jackson bass models based on the knowledge that only decades worth of sold-out world tours and groundbreaking albums can create.

"Additionally, Jackson is paying tribute to an instrument closely tied to David and Jackson bass guitars – the Jackson USA Custom Shop Rust in Peace Concert Bass. The instrument is based on the Jackson Concert Bass Ellefson used during the recording of Megadeth’s landmark 1990 album, and is a replica of what he used more recently on Megadeth’s 20th anniversary Rust in Peace world tour, Megadeth Rust in Peace LiveDVD/CD and Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax: The Big 4 – Live from Sofia, Bulgaria DVD. More...

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Second Lazarus A.D. Single Streaming on Noisecreep

Lazarus A.D.'s second single and the title track from the band's forthcoming album, "Black Rivers Flow," is currently streaming on Noisecreep.com. According to the band, the record was marked by coping with personal setbacks. In this track, a struggle against darkness bleeds through.

The album, "Black Rivers Flow," was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production. "Black Rivers Flow" is due out February 1st, 2011. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. American Dreams
2. The Ultimate Sacrifice
3. The Strong Prevail
4. Black Rivers Flow
5. Casting Forward
6. Light A City (Up In Smoke)
7. Through Your Eyes
8. Beneath the Waves of Hatred
9. Eternal Vengeance

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Hatesphere Announces New Shows

Denmark's Hatesphere recently announced the band is working on new songs for an upcoming release. The band has now announced the following two upcoming European live shows:

2/5 Performers House, Midtjysk Metal Mayhem Silkeborg, Midtjyllan, Denmark
3/5 Markthalle Hamburg, Germany

You can also check out Hatesphere's music via the band's MySpace profile.

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New Avantasia DVD Artwork Revealed

The artwork for Avantasia's upcoming DVD has been revealed. Check it out at this location.

The DVD, entitled "The Flying Opera - Around the World in 20 Days," portrays the group's journey on their first-ever world tour in 2008. Within just a few weeks the studio project Avantasia became a travelling live event featuring many artists from various bands who got together and set off on the road under the flag of Avantasia for the first time.

"The Flying Circus" will be available as a 2-DVD set featuring the documentary movie, a live concert film, and additional bonus material. It will be also available as a double live album on CD and as a limited edition 2-CD / 2-DVD box set. The release is set for early March.

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Malevolent Creation Updates Tour Schedule

Malevolent Creation has been confirmed to play at France's Hellfest. Taking place from June 17 until June 19, 2011 in Clisson, the festival's billing features bands such as Judas Priest, Sodom, Kreator, Black Label Society, 1349, The Black Dahlia Murder, Unleashed, Shai Hulud, Converge and many more. For further information visit this location. Malevolent Creation also has the following upcoming tour dates:

01.04.2011 DK Aarhus – Royal Metal Fest
02.04.2011 DE Rostock – Zuckerfabrik
03.04.2011 DE Osnabrück – Bastard Club
05.04.2011 IT Milano – Tunnel
06.04.2011 IT Rom – Init
07.04.2011 IT Vicenza – Mac 2
09.04.2011 BE Opwijk - Nijdrop
10.04.2011 UK London – Underworld
12.04.2011 UK Glasgow – Ivory Blacks
13.04.2011 IE Dublin – Crawdaddy
14.04.2011 UK Derby – Old Bell
15.04.2011 NL Dordrecht – Bibelot
16.04.2011 FR Dunkerque – Les 4 Écluses
17.04.2011 FR Rennes – Mondo Bizarro
21.04.2011 DE Goslar – JUZ B6
23.04.2011 NO Oslo – Inferno Fest
24.04.2011 DE Flensburg – Roxy
25.04.2011 NL Venlo – Poppodium Perron 55
27.04.2011 FR Montpellier – Secret Place
28.04.2011 ES Badalona - TBA
29.04.2011 ES Valencia - TBA
30.04.2011 PT Barrosellas – Metal Fest

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Einherjer To Play Indie Recordings Label Night

Indie Recordings has issued the following announcement about Einherjer, Insense, and Obliteration performing at the label night of the Inferno Festival:

"Following up on a great tradition, Indie Recordings invites you to an evening of metal at our label night at Inferno Festival. It all takes place April 20th, the club-day of the Inferno Festival. During it's three years existence The Indie Recordings label night has grown to be one of the highlights during the Inferno Festival,selling out every year. 2011 will be no exception as we give you the opportunity to experience our three latest signings live: EINHERJER, INSENSE, and OBLITERATION.

"Hope to see you all there. It will be yet another classic evening! Please note that Einherjer will be performing a showcase set here. The first full-blown Einherjer concert in Norway will be at Karmøygeddon Metal Festival May 7th."

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Betzefer Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Israeli heavy metal outfit Betzefer has revealed the tracklisting for it's forthcoming new studio album, "Freedom To The Slave Makers," which will be released through AFM Records on February 18th.

The track listing is as follows:

"Best Seller"
"Backstage Blues"
"Feels So Right"
"Diamond Director"
"Nothing But Opinions"
"Doomsday"
"Empty Magazine"
"Perfect Lie"
"Song For The Alcoholic"
"Heavensent"

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Insense Signs To Indie Recordings

Indie Recordings has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Insense:

"Having released three impressive albums Insense has established themselves with devoted fan base both in Norway and abroad, pouring out their original hybrid of technically brutal riffs and aggressive melodies.

"They have been called a combination of the 'time signatures in the noise tech vein of the new Dillinger Escape Plan, with the subtlety of Neurosis coupled with the extreme controlled aggression of Slipknot.' Others cited “'Sepultura’s raw heaviness, Meshuggah’s technical prowess, and Strapping Young Lad’s ornate song structuring.' Despite the schizophrenic descriptions, the reviews have been overwhelming. The spring of 2011 will see the release of their fourth album and Insense will demonstrate how innovative metal should sound in 2011."

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Praying Mantis To Re-Record Songs For New EP

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Praying Mantis have announced that they will be re-recording a selection of songs from their early material for a new EP entitled, "Metalmorphosis." The EP will be available from the band's website from February and will also be available to buy on forthcoming tour dates.

The EP will contain the following tracks:

"Children of The Earth"
"Praying Mantis"
"Lovers to the Grave"
"Panic in the Streets"
"Captured City"

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Empyreon To Release New LP

New York's Empyreon has checked in with the following update about releasing a new LP:

"Happy 2011 Everyone! We'd like to announce that we'll be releasing a new LP later this year. We'll also have new merch, new videos, tour dates, and much more coming in the next few months. For now, we'll be laying low and busy writing/recording.

"Thanks so much for all the support you guys have shown us in 2010, we hope... to make this year even bigger and better! We're also the video of the week right now on the main page of Music Submit check that out!"

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Whiplash Parts With Drummer, Announces Replacement

New Jersey based thrash metal veterans Whiplash have announced that they have parted ways with original drummer Tony Scaglione. Replacing him behind the drum stool will be Dan Foord, best known as the drummer from British extreme metal outfit Sikth.

Frontman Tony Portaro commented: "Tony and I were really looking forward to working together once again, but unfortunately there are personal issues in his life that arose which take priority. Fortunately, I was able to contact Dan Foord with the help of Ben Ward of Orange Goblin and Nathan Perrier of Alabaster Suns, Labrat and Capricorns. Dan is well-schooled and plays with exceptional technique. Dank and I are working together feverishly and are very much looking forward to performing live with him in the near future. We are expecting the crowds to share the adrenaline rush as we eagerly anticipate this year's live shows."

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Napalm Death To Record "Mystery Song"

In a recent update, Napalm Death guitarist Mitch Harris announced that the band will be heading into the studio shortly to record a new song. The message reads as follows:

"Napalm Death has just confirmed a studio date later this month for a mystery song!"

Harris also states: "I will give more details when I have official clearance to do so. No, It's nothing to do with the new album. Nope, it's not a cover song either..."

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Interview

An Interview With God Dethroned's Henri Sattler

God Dethroned is a death metal act that is just as impressive at being brutal as it is at being melodic. The band's popularity soared after 2009’s “Passiondale.” It was a hard-hitting spectacle that was based around one of the most important wars in history, World War I. The band returned to that concept with it's latest scorcher, “Under the Sign of the Iron Cross.” Released a year after “Passiondale,” there is no signs of the band rehashing old material or traversing previously-soiled musical ground.

Metalunderground.com had the opportunity to conduct an e-mail interview with vocalist/guitarist Henri Sattler about the World War I concept on the past two albums, the line-up changes, and his thoughts on the band’s first few under-appreciated albums. More...

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Cook Lemmy's “Krakatoa Surprise” To Win Big Prizes

Motorhead and Loudtrax.com are giving away over $750 in prizes for their latest contest featuring you cooking Lemmy's “Krakatoa Surprise” recipe out of Steve Seabury's heavy metal cook book "Mosh Potatoes."

The idea for the contest came about when author Steve Seabury and LoudTrax.com founder Antonio Marsillo were hanging out in Times Square, smoking a couple of Cuban cigars.  Steve handed Antonio a copy of the book and they were making jokes about the many recipes.  Many beers later, the idea to dare metal heads around the world to cook up Lemmy's recipe was born.  

Lemmy himself liked the idea so much, he offered up an autographed, framed photograph and as well as a signed CD.  In addition to Lemmy’s prizes, the winner of this contest receives a boat load of prizes including Lemmy shirts, Harley-Davidson (R) boots, and more.  Participants must send a video of them cooking up this monster, upload it to YouTube and then submit it on the Lemmy Contest section of LoudTrax.com.

Check out the video below and get the full details here.

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Deftones Announces US Tour Dates

Deftones has announced a U.S. tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan during April/May of 2011. The dates confirmed so far are as follows:

Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
Apr. 16 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Apr. 18 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Apr. 22 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Apr. 25 - Kansas City, MO - Harrah's
Apr. 26 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
Apr. 28 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Apr. 29 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Apr. 30 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
May 01 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore Theatre
May 04 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
May 05 - Hampton, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
May 06 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
May 07 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
May 09 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
May 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
May 11 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 13 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
May 14 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater

More dates will be announced soon.

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Crown the Lost Posts New Song Online

“Separate Blood From Waste,” a new song from Pittsburgh-based melodic thrash metallers Crown the Lost can be heard on the band’s Facebook page.

The song comes from the group’s upcoming third album, “Cold Pestilent Hope,” which will be released in 2011 through an as-yet determined label. The album will be the first to feature new singer Leon Mallah, bassist Timothy Boyle, and drummer Argel Marchelletta, and was produced/engineered by Dave Watson at Soundscape Studios in East McKeesport, PA.

Here is the “Cold Pestilent Hope” tracklisting:

1. Pray For Death
2. Separate Blood From Waste
3. Breathe Into Emptiness
4. In Defiance of Sanctity
5. Solitude and Failure
6. Eyes Without Sight
7. Bloodsoaked Serenity
8. Consumed
9. Cold Pestilent Hope
10. Forgotten and Damned
11. Inexorable

Crown the Lost’s previous album, “Blind Faith Loyalty,” was released in May of 2009 through Italy’s Cruz del Sur Music.

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