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Metal News for January 7, 2011

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Dr. Acula Posts "Cocaine Avalanche" Single

American deathcore act Dr. Acula has posted the first single online from its forthcoming studio album "Slander." The first single, titled "Cocaine Avalanche," is available for streaming below. "Slander" is set for release on February 15, 2011 through Victory Records.

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The Warriors Post New Song Online

A new song from The Warriors titled "The War Unseen" has been posted online for streaming. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming studio album "See How You Are" which is set for release on February 15, 2011 through Victory Records. You can check out the new song in the player below:

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Emmure Posts New Album Trailer

American deathcore act Emmure has posted a short video trailer online to promote its forthcoming studio album. The new album, titled "Speaker of the Dead," is set for release on February 15, 2011 through Victory Records. You can view the trailer below:

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Blackguard Reveals New Album Cover Art

Canadian hybrid metallers Blackguard have revealed the cover art for its forthcoming full length album. The new album, titled "Firefight," is set for release on March 29, 2011 through the band's new label home in Victory Records. The band commented on the new album by saying:

"This is going to be our most dynamic release to date. We’re going to have a few slower songs on this album; more head banging tunes. We’re also going to be introducing some new elements to our song to mix things up a bit. Not to sound too cliché but we definitely don’t want to write the same record over and over again and this record is going to be a great step forward for us."

You can view the album's cover art at this location.

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Darkest Hour Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

American metalcore act Darkest Hour has posted some behind the scenes footage from the studio online. The band is preparing to release its new album, titled "The Human Romance," in early 2011 through E1 Entertainment. You can view the short teaser clip below:

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The Black Dahlia Murder Confirms Festival Date

American death metal act The Black Dahlia Murder has confirmed that it will be appearing at the Austrian edition of Metalfest 2011, set to take place between May 27th, 28th and 29th, 2011. The event will be taking place at Mining am Inn, Austria.

The confirmed line-up includes:


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Visions Of Atlantis To Play Masters Of Rock

Visions of Atlantis has issued the following announcement about performing at the 2011 edition of the Masters of Rock Festival:

"Hey out there! Visions of Atlantis where just confirmed for this year's edition of great Masters of Rock Festival in the Czech Republic which will be from the 14th to 17th of July 2011.

"The band will perform among other great bands like Hammerfall, Guano Apes, Tarja, Rhapsody of Fire, Sirenia and many many more For tickets and general information just check out this location."

The band is also set to release the new album "Delta" on the following dates:

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

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Sebastian Bach Posts "We Are The Ducks" Video

Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach recently performed on the "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" show. On Wednesday, January 5 Sebastian Bach sang a football themed power-ballad for the University of Oregon football team.

Now an "official" music video has been released for the track, titled "We are the Ducks," that features both Sebastian Bach and Jimmy Fallon. You can view the music video version of the song below:

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Dew Scented Announces Touring Guitarist

Dew Scented recently announced the departure of guitarist Martin Walczak. The band has now issued the following update about recruiting a touring guitarist:

"Hey everybody! Happy and heavy new year 2011 to all of you! After having announced Martin's departure from DEW-SCENTED, we are happy to let you know that Michael Hankel (ex Erosion, Holy Moses) will be playing rhythm guitars for us on the European tour with Nile starting later this month!

"We have known Michi for several years now and are certain he will compliment the band in a great way for the coming shows! Michi checked in with the following message: 'Hey Metalheads! This is Michael, guitarist of Holy Moses. I am proud to let you know that I am joining DEW-SCENTED for their upcoming European Tour. I have liked these guys and their material since many years and in my opinion DEW-SCENTED are a real challenge for all Thrash Metallers. Their songs are sounding heavy now and will kick you right in the face... I am truly looking forward to meeting you all on this amazing tour!'

"On a different note, we wanted to take a moment of your time to bring attention to some killer albums released by other bands in the just finished year 2010. Here is a Top 5? list (in no specific order) by some of the DEW-SCENTED members: More...

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Deadlock Posts New Album Teaser

Deadlock has posted a teaser song online from the band's upcoming album "Bizarro World," which can be heard via the Deadlock MySpace page. The band is set to release a digital single of the new track "State of Decay" On February 7th, with the full album being released on the following dates:

February 23rd, 2011 (JAPAN)
February 25th, 2011 (D/ AT/ CH),
February 28th, 2011 (UK, Benelux, F, GR, NO, PT, REST OF EUROPE)
March 2nd, 2011 (SE, FI, HU),
March 15th, 2011 (NORTH AMERICA)

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Trap Them Streaming New Song

Trap Them has premiered the first track from its upcoming album, and Prosthetic debut, "Darker Handcraft." The track "The Facts" is available now throughat Brooklyn Vegan. Check it out at this location. "Darker Handcraft'" will be released in North America on March 1st on vinyl and March 15th on CD and digital.

Brooklyn Vegan commented on the album: "Trap Them have crafted the first must-hear record of 2011, and possibly their best LP to date. Highly, highly recommended." The band recorded the album at Godcity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Disfear, Black Breath). The album artwork and layout was done by Justin Bartlett (Sunn 0))), The Funeral Pyre).

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Trouble Updates Tour Schedule

Rick Wartell of Chicago doom act Trouble will guest on this Monday's (January 10th) edition of original and former Trouble drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson's Internet radio show, "Heady Metal With Jeff Olson." Wartell will discuss tour dates to include the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise coming up this month and the latest up-to-date Trouble studio report.

Trouble has scheduled the following tour dates:

Jan. 22 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, Illinois
Jan. 24-27 - 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise
Jan. 28 - County Line - Melbourne, Florida
Jan. 29 - Plaza Theater - Orlando, Florida
Jan. 30 - The Coliseum - Daytona Beach, Florida

"Heady Metal With Jeff Olson" airs on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. EST exclusively for Metal Messiah Radio with the podcasts available the following day at the show's website.

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Dimmu Borgir Video Interview Posted Online

After a performance at the House of Blues Chicago, Dimmu Borgir's Shagrath spoke with TheDailyRock.com. Footage from the interview can be viewed in the two clips below.


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David Draiman Video Interview Available

Metalist.co.il has posted a video interview online with Disturbed front man David Draiman, which was conducted in Jerusalem, Israel. The video clip can be viewed below.

David Draiman For metalist.co.il from Eitan Gafny on Vimeo.

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The Bronx Casket Co. Posts New Song

The Bronx Casket Company has posted the title track online for it's new album "Antihero," which can be heard in the video clip below.

The "Antihero" track listing is as follows:

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

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Oceano Kicks Off Tour

Starting tonight in Albuquerque, NM, Billboard-charting deathcore act Oceano will embark on the "Contaminating The Coast" tour. Sponsored by AMP magazine and running throughout the month of January, the Contaminating The Coast tour will see the band get in front of its rabid western fans alongside For The Fallen Dreams, Upon a Burning Body, The Great Commission, and I The Breather. The dates are as follows:

1/7 Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
1/8 Las Cruces, NM @ Mikey's Place
1/9 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
1/10 Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy's
1/11 Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Center
1/12 Las Vegas, NV @ Feelgoods
1/13 Ogden, UT @ The Basement
1/14 Boise, ID @ Mardi Gras Ballroom
1/15 Reno, NV @ The Alley
1/16 Soledad, CA @ The Castle
1/17 Sacramento, CA @ Luigi's
1/18 Stockton, CA @ Plea For Peace Center
1/19 Ventura, CA @ Knights of Columbus
1/20 Victorville, CA @ VVEC
1/21 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ BLEEDING THROUGH
1/22 San Diego, CA @ Soma w/BLEEDING THROUGH

You can view the Contaminating The Coast tour flyer here. Oceano's new album "Contagion" landed the band at number 163 on the Billboard Current Artist Chart in its first week of release. The band also debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at number 3. More...

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Power Of Metal Tour Trailer Posted Online

Rock The Nation has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Power of Metal" tour, which can be viewed below. Rock the Nation also commented:

"Under the promising banner 'Power of Metal,' Rock The Nation presents a double-headliner tour, which keeps the hearts of all metal-lovers pounding higher. Friends of pure, melodic, progressive and even traditional as well as modern metal-sounds can raise their fists up for triumph, finally they get their well-deserved load of metallic virtuosity. A view on the line-up breaks the camels back: Power of Metal brings you an exclusive package of the metal high-class-league. Following artists will show their musical power: Symphony X, Nevermore, Psychotic Waltz, Mercenary, Thaurorod."

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Thunderbolt Announces "Dung Idols" Release

Norway's Thunderbolt recently announced the band has signed to Rock It Up Records for the release of the new album "Dung Idols." Thunderbolt has now stated "Dung Idols" is set for release on February 25th, 2011. You can also catch Thunderbolt live on the following dates:

1/20 N-Senteret Larvik, 0, NORWAY
1/21 Verdensteateret Sandefjord (NO), norway, NORWAY
1/22 Glassheim Jevnaker, Oppland, NORWAY
5/27 Nord-Odal MC-klubb, Skytterhuset Austvatn, NORWAY
6/3 Metalfest Budapest, hu
6/24 Banja Luka open air festival BOSNIA AND HERZEGOWINA

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Arkaik Issues New Album Update

California's Arkaik has issued the following announcement about working on an upcoming album:

"Arkaik is currently hard at work on their sophomore effort which will be titled Metamorphignition. Their intention is to create a more mature and rhythmically balanced album that expands on their already fierce musical style. It will be an evolution in which the brutality and technical ferocity will not be lost, merely accompanied by other musical elements to add depth to the sound.

"The music on the album will be intertwined with a story to engage listeners and take them on an abstract journey into the transcendental nature of humanity and the cosmos. We plan to head into the studio towards the end of the year. The artwork will be handled by the graphic master Tony Koehl. So expect a cinematically sonic and thought provoking next album. We'll post updates as they come."

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Belphegor Posts New Music Video

Austrian blackened death metal band Belphegor has premiered the new music video online for the song "Impaled Upon the Tongue of Sathan" through Bloody-Disgusting.com. You can check out the video clip at this location. The track is off the new album "Blood Magick Necromance," which will be released on February 8, 2011 in the U.S. through Nuclear Blast Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. In Blood - Devour This Sanctity
2. Rise to Fall and Fall to Rise
3. Blood Magick Necromance
4. Discipline Through Punishment
5. Angeli Mortis De Profundis
6. Impaled Upon The Tongue of Sathan
7. Possessed Burning Eyes
8. Sado Messiah

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Last Warden Checks In From The Studio

Italian act Last Warden has issued the following brief update from the recording studio:

"Studio report: exactly 5 months since the beginning of the recordings, it's time for solos. We got some incredible sounds. Eddy Rock from tomorrow will start the ball rolling! Stay Warden, stay tuned!"

You can also check out Last Warden's music through the band's MySpace page.

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Timesword Parts Ways With Vocalist

Italy's Timesword has issued the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist Mark Pastorino:

"Timesword are sorry to inform you that Mark Pastorino will no longer be their singer, the separation has been amicable and consensual. Timesword inform all the fans and supporters that the band will work immediately to find a replacement for future work.

"For applications please send an email to singer@timeswordband.com with curriculum, website or myspace, the band will respond by communicating all the details for an audition. Next Tuesday 11 January, Timesword will be on satellite channel 718 SKY for SALAPROVE by RockTV. If there's someone to record it please let us know because we need a plus recording."

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Archaic Eclipse Posts Demo Clip Online

Archaic Eclipse has posted an unmastered clip online from the song "Into The Berserker Frey," which can be heard in the video clip below. The band also commented:

"A short clip from our unreleased demo 'The Seidkona Oracle' its rough and unmastered but the demo has taken slightly longer than expected so we wanted to show our fans some of it!

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Former Mourning Caress Guitarist Passes Away

Germany's Mourning Caress has issued the following statement about former guitarist Benedikt Bjarnason passing away:

"Still words cannot describe our feelings. On December 29th 2010 our friend and longtime guitarist Benedikt Bjarnason died. He stepped out of the band January 2009 due to many obligations, mainly work-related. In Spring 2010 he got diagnosed with cancer. But in spite of his positive attitude, distinctive humor, courage and immense will to defeat the disease, he lost this battle. We will never forget you.

"Rest In Peace, brother. See you on the other side! If you would like to share your thoughts and/or memories about Benedikt or your text of condolence for his family and friends, click here."

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Cavalera Conspiracy Reveals New Album Artwork

Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring Sepultura founding brothers Igor and Max Cavalera, has revealed the front cover artwork for the forthcoming new studio album, "Blunt Force Trauma." You can check it out below. The album will be released on March 28th in Europe and will hit the shelves the following day in North America.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"Lynch Mob"
"Killing Inside"
"I Speak Hate"
"Genghis Khan"
"Burn Waco"
"Blunt Force Trauma" More...

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Evile Announces Support Bands For UK Tour

UK thrash metallers Evile have announced the main support bands for their upcoming UK tour, which will start on February 4th. The support bands will be Elimination and Mutant. Each show on the tour will also have one lucky band as an opening act.

The dates on the tour are as follows:

09 February 2011 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
10 February 2011 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
11 February 2011 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
12 February 2011 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
13 February 2011 - London, UK - Underworld

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Limited Edition Fanzine With New Cauldron Album

Cauldron, the Canadian heavy metal band, will be releasing a limited edition "Chromium Dioxide" fanzine with limited edition copies of the CD and Vinyl versions of the new album "Burning Fortune." This issue of the fanzine will be a collectible Cauldron themed edition which will be dedicated to the band.

Jason Decay, front man of Cauldron, commented:

"Chromium Dioxide is our favourite zine out there, plus we're good friends with the creator, Phil, so when Earache suggested we include a Cauldron special edition of the magazine as a bonus with the new album, it was a no-brainer. It's really an honor to have a magazine, let alone one of the most addictive reads out there, dedicate an entire - although mini - issue to us."

The album is due to be released in Europe on February 14th and in North America on February 15th.

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Dawn Of Demise Splits With Drummer

Denmark based death metal act Dawn of Demise has issued the following brief update about parting ways with drummer Kim Jensen:

"Dawn of Demise and drummer Kim Jensen have parted ways - looking for new drummer. So if you are interested in the position as Dawn of Demise drummer, then please contact us at contact@dawnofdemise.com and we will figure things out. Death metal forever!"

You can also check out Dawn of Demise tracks available for streaming through the band's official MySpace profile.

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The Cleansing Announces New Album Details

"Feeding the Inevitable," the new album from The Cleansing. is set for release in early spring of 2011 via Deepsend Records, who also released the band's debut album "Poisoned Legacy" back in 2009. The Cleansing commented:

"We are really looking forward to unleash this beast of a record! Rest assured, it won't disappoint! When we know the exact release date we'll of course let you know. We also hope to reveal the album cover very soon - final touches are being made as we speak - so far it looks killer. Artist Remy C. really did a great work delivering some really cool and brutal illustrations. A song from the album will be up very soon!"

The "Feeding the Inevitable" track list is as follows:

1. The Promethean Promise
2. Third Eye Starring
3. Your Flesh, Your Curse
4. A Cheating Progression
5. Hour of Decadence
6. Processed for Contamination
7. Law of Reciprocity
8. Two Days
9. Crossroads

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Apocalyptica Sued By Rammstein

Apocalyptica has experienced a couple legal hurdles recently. First, The Regional Court of Berlin has convicted Apocalyptica for trademark infringement against Rammstein. The Finnish cello metallers face a fine of 45,000 Euro. The Finnish band was sued over the album's release being promoted on stickers, magazines and posters with the words "featuring Rammstein" without the authorization of the band and their management, despite the appearance of Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe on the track "Helden" (a David Bowie cover of "Heroes").

In other Apocalyptica news, Atlantic Records would not give clearance to promote the album version of "Not Strong Enough," which features Brent Smith of Shinedown, to radio in the US. This was due to Shinedown's "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)" track off The Expendables soundtrack competing for radio play at the same time. Doug Robb of Hoobastank has now recorded a vocal track for the song and that is the version that will be going to radio in the U.S. on January 18, 2011. The track will be released digitally as well.

UPDATE: Apocalyptica has commented on the Rammstein law suit to clarify the situation.

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Black Mass Organizer Interviewed About Festival

The cancellation of the Sydney's Black Mass Festival, due to be held last November, turned into one of the biggest stories in the local metal scene in 2010. Metal Obsession caught up with organizer Seance Records to clear up exactly what happened. Here's an excerpt:

First things first, what aspects of the Black Mass festival were the actual cause of the initial complaints?

Predominantly the name Black Mass was an issue to these people who viewed it as being anti Christian, discriminatory & in their words promoting hate against Catholics due to the act of the Black Mass being the inversion of the traditional Catholic Mass. Yet they failed to understand or indeed ignored the fact that this was not an actual black mass or religious rite or act at all but only a music festival featuring Black Metal bands.

They also found issue with ALL associated artwork, the written press release and ALL bands performing (in other words everything). They scoured the web for information on the event and performers and commandeered artwork posted to private forums to spread amongst their peers and heighten their ‘outrage’. They took all press releases out of context claiming that it was a gathering of Satanists who were assembling in Sydney to actually cast evil spells on the city in order to promote “evil and anarchy”. They additionally made claims of animal sacrifice and other utterly ridiculous stereo types & misconceptions that should have gone the way of the dinosaur by 2010.

It is important to note that we did approach the RSL offering to change the name and remove all advertising for the show in order for it to proceed & to minimize offense however this offer was rejected by both the Christians and the RSL.

The hypocrisy is that in their own actions they have propagated hatred, bigotry and discrimination far more than we ever could have with begin horror inspired imagery & terms such as ‘Black Mass’. These are the same people who openly admit to being against homosexuality in all forms, freedom of speech, religion & the control of women’s reproductive rights.

Read the full article at Metal Obsession.

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Y&T Bassist Phil Kennemore Passes Away

Phil Kennemore, the bass player of American heavy metal veterans Y&T, passed away this morning (January 7th) as a result of metastatic cancer. He was fifty seven years old. A message from Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti reads as follows:

"It is with profound sadness and disbelief that I tell you that my best buddy for 37 years passed away this morning, January 7th, 2011 at 1 AM at Stanford Hospital. Bravely and steadfastly battling the horrible spectacle of lung cancer, at the end he was surrounded by his family members, and the Y&T family up until his final breath.

"All the beautiful things that I could say about my buddy Phil could never be summed up in a short sentence or two, and I promise that I will be back to say so much more about how I feel about him and his talents in due time. But for now, at 3 AM, after just having returned home from his passing, let me at least put this out there.

"Phil Kennemore was not only a sweet and passionate man with his life, friends and family, but as an artist, he also had that rare ability to say what was on his mind with the most eloquent, clever, and to-the-point lyrics, yet could turn it on it's head in a second with some other viewpoint on reality and nail the point dead center. He was able to do what very few can - say the things that others have been thinking, but could never quite seem to put into words. He has always had a keen knack for doing that. More...

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Opeth Members To Attend NAMM Convention

Two members of the Swedish progressive metal act Opeth have announced that they will be appearing at the forthcoming edition of the NAMM convention. Founding member Mikael Akerfeldt, as well as the band's newest addition Fredrik Akesson, will attend the 2011 NAMM Music Convention at the Anaheim Convention center between January 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th, 2011.

Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt and Fredrik Akesson will also be taking part in a signing session at the PRS (Paul Reed Smith) guitars booth (# 5320 in Hall B) on Saturday the 15th, between 1:30 and 2:30 pm, Pacific Standard Time.

In other news, Opeth has revealed that it will be heading into Atlantis Studios in Stockholm, Sweden on January 31st, 2011 to record its forthcoming 10th studio album. The new, as-yet-untitled, full length is once again being engineered by Jens Bogren with Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson handling mixing duties. An autumn 2011 release is expected through Roadrunner Records.

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Blood Freak Signs With Willowtip Records

Portland, Oregon extreme metal veterans Blood Freak have announced their signing with Willowtip Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its forthcoming studio album, titled "Mindscraper." "Mindscraper" will see its release on April 5th, 2011 through Willowtip Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Psychoplasmics (Intro)
2. Merchants of Sleaze
3. Sleeping In Hell
4. Pink On The Inside
5. Scared Stiff
6. Slaughterhouse Recollections
7. Mindscraper
8. Sex Trash Princess
9. Paralyzed By The Medusa Spider
10. Death Trip…In The Drug Den Of The Damned
11. We Kill Cause We Care
12. Gobble Up Your Guts Pt. 3

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North Korea Posts New Music Video Online

Experimental metal act North Korea, featuring members of Dillinger Espape Plan, The Rivalry and Envy On The Coast, has posted its debut music video online. The video was shot for the track "Master Plan B" and can be viewed below:

North Korea is:
Ryan Hunter (ex-Envy On The Coast) – vocals
Brian Byrne (ex-Envy On The Coast) - guitar
Michael Sadis (The Rivalry)- bass
Billy Rymer (The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Rivalry) – drums

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A Day To Remember Posts New Music Video Online

American alternative metalcore act A Day To Remember has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "All I Want" which is taken from the band's 2010 release. You can view the video below:

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36 Crazyfists Posts New Music Video Online

Alaskan metalcore act 36 Crazyfists and MetaHammer have teamed up to post the band's new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Reviver" and appears on the band's 2010 release "Collisions And Castaways." The video comprises of live and behind-the-scenes footage taken during the band's recent European tour.

You can view the video at this location.

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Ozzy Osbourne Appears In Brisk Iced Tea Commerical

Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has appeared, as a claymation character, in a series of commercials for the Brisk Iced Tea brand. You can view the upcoming commercial below:

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Comeback Kid Announces South American Tour

Canadian hardcore punk act Comeback Kid has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of South America. The tour will reach six cities in four different countries and will feature support from Sick of it All. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

3/12/2011 - John Bull Music Hall - Curitiba, BR
3/13/2011 - Carioca Club - Sao Paulo, BR
3/15/2011 - Galpon 11 - Rosario, AR
3/16/2011 - Teatrito - Buenos Aires, AR
3/17/2011 - Teatrito - Buenos Aires, AR
3/18/2011 - Barranco Bar - Lima, PE
3/20/2011 - Teatro Metro - Bogota, CO

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Devildriver To Play Wacken Open Air

Santa Barbara, California metal act Devildriver has confirmed that it will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the legendary Wacken Open Air festival. Wacken 2011 is set to take place between August 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:


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Sebastian Bach Performs On Jimmy Fallon Show

Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach recently performed on the "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" show. On Wednesday, January 5 Sebastian Bach sang a football themed power-ballad for the University of Oregon football team. You can view the full clip below:

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Timo Tolkki Posts Symfonia Album Update

Symfonia guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following update online, regarding the recording of the band's debut album:

"Me and André [Matos, vocals] have been here in the middle of a Swedish forest for a week recording vocals.

"We rented a cabin which is at a top of a hill with an amazing view.

"If the drumming studio was in the middle of nowhere, then this one is in the middle of that nowhere.

"Things are going smooth; we got a great vocal sound.

"Had to put some blankets on the wall to treat the place acoustically a bit.

"The cabin is slightly haunted; the owner told us that a man named Hans died here 80 years ago and can sometimes be seen around. So far we haven't seen him.

"Things got off to a bit difficult start because André has been singing with a certain piece of art right next to him since he left Angra. It is a famous painting by Salvador Dali called 'Madonna of Port Lligat'. So we had to FedEx that from Sao Paulo [Brazil] for him and that took some time.

"André is a massive Dali fan, so I understand this completely. Also he wants two cactuses and two other any kind of plants on the floor next to him where he is singing.

"Days are filled with writing and rewriting lyrics and recording vocals in a very nice atmosphere. Listening to Beethoven and analyzing it. We both are big fans.

"The album is taking shape in a very nice way."

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Axenstar Posts New Music Video Online

Sweden's Axenstar has posted its new music video "Aftermath," which is the title track off the band's upcoming album. The video clip can be viewed below. "Aftermath" is currently set for release on January 7th, 2011.

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Asking Alexandria Announces North American Tour

Melodic deathcore act Asking Alexandria has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America. Support on the trek will come from Emmure, Chiodos, Miss May I, Evergreen Terrace and Lower Than Atlantis. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues for the "Reckless And Relentless Tour" below:

03/11 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/12 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
03/13 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
03/14 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
03/16 McAllen, TX – Las Palmas Racepark (“Never Say Never Festival“)
03/17 Austin, TX – SXSW
03/18 Austin, TX – SXSW
03/19 Dallas, TX – The Palladium (“South By So What Fest“)
03/21 El Paso, TX – Club 101
03/22 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
03/24 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
03/25 Pomona, CA – Fox Theatre
03/26 Las Vegas, NV – Extreme Thing Festival
03/27 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
03/28 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
03/29 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
03/30 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
04/01 Calgary, AB – MacHall Ballroom (University of Calgary)
04/02 Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre
04/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
04/05 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
04/06 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
04/09 Toledo, OH – The Jamboree
04/10 Louisville, KY – Expo Five
04/12 Nashville, TN – Rockettown
04/13 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
04/15 Greensboro, NC – Greene St
04/16 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
04/17 Albany, NY – Northern Lights

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Heavenwood Streaming New Song Online

Heavenwood has issued the following announcement about streaming the new song "Morning Glory Clouds (In Manus Tuas Domine)" online:

"Dear Heavenwood friends and fans around the world you can listen now to the very first 'Abyss Masterpiece' single titled 'Morning Glory Clouds (In Manus Tuas Domine)' online at the our official Myspace.

"Abyss Masterpiece will be released worldwide next February 28th by Listenable Records. Enjoy it! A Portuguese metal hug to all!"

You can check out the new song at this location.

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