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Metal News for January 8, 2010

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Excalion Streaming New Song

Finland's Excalion have announced that their new album "High Time" will be released on January 29th, 2010. The first track from the album, titled "Enter a Life," is now available for streaming online via Excalaion's MySpace page. Excalion has also posted a track-by-track break down of the new album which can be found at this location.

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Gothmog Recruits New Vocalist

Spanish black metallers Gothmog parted ways with their vocalist Pikaath in June of 2009 after the release of their debut album "A Step in the Dark." Gothmog has now issued the following brief announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:

"After several months of testing, we can say that we know who will become the front man of the band. Soon we will publish his name along with some recording. Regards, Gothmog."

Sample Gothmog tracks can be heard via the band's MySpace page.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Reveals New Album Details

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will reveal the first single, “Farewell, Mona Lisa,” on January 19th. The song comes off their new album, entitled "Option Paralysis." The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

01. Farewell, Mona Lisa
02. Good Neighbor
03. Gold Teeth On A Bum
04. Crystal Morning
05. Endless Endings
06. Widower
07. Room Full Of Eyes
08. Chinese Whispers
09. I Wouldn't If You Didn't
10. Parasitic Twins

Bonus tracks will appear on various editions of "Option Paralysis". Cover artwork to be unveiled soon!

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Black Skies Announces New Drummer

North Carolina metal band Black Skies has issued the following update:

"It is with great pleasure that we announce Luke Messick as the newest member of Black Skies. The 26 year old NC native won over our ears, eyes, hearts, and heads with his well rounded drumming abilities and general awesomeness. Luke is everything we've been searching for in a drummer. He doesn't just sound big, he sounds huge. He's such a heavy hitter, we actually have to turn the amps up even more now. A former student at Savannah School of Art & Design, Luke also has the ability to add many different elements to the various creative processes of the band. He's a hard worker who's eager, excited, and has pledged his dedication to rock-n-roll. We look forward to having him with us in our journey to make the best music we can. We've got a ton of new songs in the works, as well as touring & recording plans in the relatively near future. We are very glad to be back, and hopefully better than ever. Thank you for your patience and support!"

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Dawn of Ashes Signs To Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Los Angeles horror inspired black/death metal band DAWN OF ASHES. DAWN OF ASHES is currently gearing up to enter the studio to record their Metal Blade debut with producer Fred Archambault, known for his work with Avenged Sevenfold, Death By Stereo, Eighteen Visions, and many more. Handling the cover art for “Genocide Chapters” is Machine-Room (My Dying Bride). The album will be released in late spring/summer 2010.

DAWN OF ASHES has enlisted the help of acclaimed special FX group ADI (Amalgamated Dynamics Inc.) to discuss plans for the new DOA outfits and mask designs. ADI is the special effects company that created the creatures and special effects for movies like: Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator 1 and Requiem, Star Ship Troopers, Tremors and other films. More...

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Rage Streaming New Song Online

Germany's Rage have announced that their new album "Strings to a Web" will be released on February 5th, 2010. A two track single containing the songs "Into the Light" and "Purified" will also be released on January 15th, 2010. The song "Purified" is also currently available for streaming online via Rage's MySpace page.

The track listing for "Strings to a Web" will be as follows:

1. The Edge Of Darkness
2. Hunter And Prey
3. Into The Light
4. The Beggar..s Last Dime
5. Empty Hollow
6. Strings To A Web
7. Fatal Grace
8. Connected
9. Empty Hollow (Reprise)
10. Saviour Of The Dead
11. Hellgirl
12. Purified
13. Through Ages
14. Tomorrow Never Comes

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Requiem Aeternam Posts New Music Video

Florida metallers Requiem Aeternam have posted a music video online for the song "Purposiveness," which can be viewed below. "Purposiveness" is off the band's upcoming album "Destiny-Man."

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Rumpelstiltskin Grinder Announces Tour Dates

Philadelphia's RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER has announced a handful of upcoming tour dates. RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER will be playing regionally starting next weekend in addition to joining D.R.I., OBITUARY, and NAGLFAR for a couple of shows. A listing of confirmed RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.

RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER is touring in support of their recent release, "Living For Death, Destroying The Rest." RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER have debuted the first video from the album, for “Nothing Defeats The Skull,” which can be seen below. “Nothing Defeats The Skull” was directed by David Causa for The DC Experience and produced by DRP Entertainment. "Living For Death, Destroying The Rest" is currently streaming online now in its entirety at this location.

RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER tour dates are as follows:

01/15 - Philadelphia, PA - JR’s Bar
01/16 - Trenton, NJ - Championship Bar and Grille
01/17 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre (w/ D.R.I.)
05/30 - Brooklyn, NY - Europa (w/ D.R.I.)
05/31 - Cleveland, OH - Pirate’s Cove
06/02 - Detroit, MI - Blondies (w/ OBITUARY)
06/03 - Toronto, ON - Opera House (w/ NAGLFAR) More...

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Shining Vocalist Guests On New Gravdal Album

Vocalist Niklas "Kvarforth" of Swedish black metallers Shining has recorded guest vocals for a track on the forthcoming "Torturmantra" album from Norwegian act Gravdal. The track, "Mishandlet," was recorded in Sweden at the Erebus Odora studios and produced by Peter Bjärgö. "Torturmantra" is due for release on Unexploded Records in early 2010, and will be the second full-length album from Gravdal.

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Kingdom Come Posts Music Video Online

Germany's KINGDOM COME has posted the music video for their song "So Unreal." Watch the music video below:

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Dark Wings Syndrome Posts New Song Online

"Hatred/Ódio" from Portuguese DARK WINGS SYNDROME‘s forthcoming debut album is available for exclusive streaming on the band's MySpace page. The band is currently hard at work finalizing their album. Pictures from the studio can be seen here.

Watch a video from the recording sessions below:


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Suffocation Posts DVD Teaser Trailer

New York death metallers Suffocation have posted a teaser trailer online titled "Frank the Tank," which is from their upcoming DVD "Legacy of Violence." The video clip can be viewed below.

Legacy of Violence Dvd preview

SUFFOCATION | MySpace Music Videos

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Threat Signal To Stream Entire Concert

Threat Signal have announced that their concert scheduled for Friday, February 5th, 2010 will be streamed live online for free. The show, which starts at 9:00 PM Eastern / 8:00 PM Central, will also feature Blackguard and Epica. The concert stream can be found at this location.

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Gamma Ray Posts New Song, "To The Metal," Online

Germany power metal band GAMMA RAY has posted the self titled song from their new album, "To The Metal," on this MySpace page. The new album will be released on January 29th.

The tracklisting for "To The Metal" [cover art] is as follows:

01. Rise
02. Deadlands
03. Mother Angel
04. No Need To Cry
05. Empathy
06. To The Metal
07. All You Need To Know
08. Time To Live
09. Shine Forever
10. Breaking Away

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Cycle Of Pain Announces New Tour Dates

New Jersey's Cycle of Pain has updated their upcoming tour schedule with the following three dates:

2/26 2010 The Stone Pony - Sekond Skyn Opening Asbury Park, New Jersey
3/4 2010 Broken Spoke Saloon (Bike Week) Daytona, Florida
3/27 2010 Crocodile Rock - Fetzer Fest Allentown, Pennsylvania

Sample Cycle of Pain tracks are also currently available for streaming online at the band's official MySpace page.

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Spartan Warrior Readies New Album

Iron Age Records is set to release new album by British metal band SPARTAN WARRIOR. The new album is called "Behind Closed Eyes" and is pencilled in for a late February/March release.

Their new single, "Never take me alive," is available NOW on iTunes. You can also check out a bunch of clips on the band's MySpace player.

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Destinity Reveals New Album Artwork

French melodic death metallers Destinity have announced that their upcoming album "XI Reasons To See" will be released via Lifeforce Records on March 30th, 2010 in the U.S. and on February 22nd, 2010 in Europe. The cover artwork for the album can be found at this location.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Just before...
2. A dead silence
3. When they stand still
4. To touch the ground
5. Your demonic defense
6. In sorrow
7. Rule of the rope
8. Silent warfare
9. Negative eyes control
10. Self lies addiction
11. Got smile sticking

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Echoterra Streaming Re-Recorded Track Online

Echoterra is currently streaming the title track from their new EP "In Your Eyes," which can be found below. The new EP features re-recorded tracks with Echoterra's new vocalist Melissa Ferlaak (formerly of Visions of Atlantis). The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. In Your Eyes (2010 Remastered/re-recorded version)
2. A Tear of Her Heart (2010 Remastered/re-recorded version)
3. Say, Try, Lie, Die (2010 Remastered/re-recorded version)
4. Bear Mountain (Instrumental)
5. Echoterra Overture (Instrumental)

A Tear Of Her Heart

ECHOTERRA - New EP Available Now! | MySpace Music Videos

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Chimaira Cancels Melbourne Show

Chimaira has cancelled their Melbourne all-ages show of the band's Australian tour. No reason was given for the cancellation. The show in question was set for:

16 Jan 2010 – Billboards U/18’s, Melbourne

The following shows are still on schedule as of now:

13 Jan 2010 – Capitol Theatre, Perth
14 Jan 2010 – Fowlers Live, Adelaide
15 Jan 2010 – Billboards O 18’s, Melbourne
17 Jan 2010 – Hifi Bar, Brisbane
18 Jan 2010 – Metro, Sydney

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Hands, Onward To Olympas Team Up For Creatour

Christian metal and hardcore bands Hands and Onward To Olympas are teaming up this February in the midwest for The Creatour. The latest Creatour tour dates are as follows:

Feb 5 – Litchfield, MN @ The Revolution
Feb 6 - Big Lake, MN @ The Fuel Cafe
Feb 7 – Brainerd, MN @ Brainerd Church of the Nazerene
Feb 9 – Bismarck, ND @ The Light Club
Feb 10 – Minot, ND @ The Red Carpet
Feb 11 – Fargo, ND @ The Red Raven
Feb 13 – Blue Springs, MO @ The Link
Feb 16 – Kansas City, MO @ Free People (house show)
Feb 17 – Sioux City, Iowa @ The Underground
Feb 18 – Watertown, SD @ The Basement on Broadway
Feb 19 – Alexandria, MN @ Club 1
Feb 20 – Grand Rapids, MN @ The Ground Floor
Feb 21 – Buffalo, MN @ The Vault

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Gwen Stacy Premieres New Video For Online

Gwen Stacy has premiered their new music video for "The First Words" online on MySpace. The song is off their latest album "A Dialogue," which is available in stores and online now. Check out the video below.

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Nux Vomica, Order of the Vulture West Coast Tour

Aborted Society Recording artists Nux Vomica, who plays "complex mix of crust, epic metal, and clean-channel post-rock/drone," and Order of the Vulture, who plays "d-beat crust with a strong black metal influence," are planning a west coast tour. Here are the tentative tour dates so far:

Sat 2/27 - Vancouver, BC
Sun 2/28 - Seattle, WA
Mon 3/1 - Salem, OR
Tue 3/2 - Chico, CA
Wed 3/3 - Sacramento, CA
Thu 3/4 - Oakland, CA
Fri 3/5 - Los Angeles, CA
Sat 3/6 - Los Angeles, CA
Sun 3/7 - Tijuana, MX
Mon 3/8 - Tijuana, MX
Tue 3/9 - San Diego, CA
Wed 3/10 - Fresno, CA
Thu 3/11 - Santa Cruz, CA
Fri 3/12 - San Francisco, CA
Sat 3/13 - San Francisco, CA (off)
Sun 3/14 - Arcata, CA
Mon 3/15 - PDX

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Rise And Fall Euro Tour w/ Trapped Under Ice

Rise And Fall have some shows coming up with The Hope Conspiracy and also have announced a European tour with Trapped Under Ice.

01/07: Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia w/ The Hope Conspiracy
01/08: Koln, Germany @ Werkstatt w/ The Hope Conspiracy
01/09: Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix Club w/ The Hope Conspiracy

01/28: Hengelo, The Netherlands @ Innocent w/ Trapped Under Ice
01/29: Bochum, Germany @ Matrix w/ Trapped Under Ice
01/30: Rosswein, Germany @ Jugendhaus w/ Trapped Under Ice
01/31: Katowice, Poland @ Marcholt w/ Trapped Under Ice
02/01: Wien, Austria @ Viper Room w/ Trapped Under Ice
02/02: Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Katakombe w/ Trapped Under Ice
02/03: London, United Kingdom @ Underworld w/ Trapped Under Ice
02/04: Manchester, United Kingdom @ Star and Garter w/ Trapped Under Ice
02/05: Nottingham, United Kingdom @ The Central w/ Trapped Under Ice
02/06: Ieper, Belgium @ Winterfest w/ Trapped Under Ice

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Salt The Wound Comments On Final U.S. Show

Salt The Wound has issued a short update about their upcoming final U.S. show this weekend before embarking on their final European tour nextr month:

"It is true everyone, to anyone who may be confused we have broken up and disbanded, this Saturday is our last show EVER in the United States, February is our last tour EVER in the world, we appreciate everyone's support over the years and there are 2 previous blogs which will discuss whats going on with us more, if you live in Ohio or the USA PLEASE come hangout!"

The show takes place this Saturday, January 9, 2010 at PEABODY’S DOWNUNDER in Cleveland, Ohio with Above This Fire, Cholera, Deadeven, and The Screwtap Letters.

Here's the show flier:

And the latest European tour dates: More...

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Borknagar Posts More Album Recording Footage

Borknagar has posted the fourth and final studio videos from the recording sessions of their upcoming album "Universal," which can be viewed below. "Universal" will be released on February 22nd, 2010 through Indie Recordings. I.C.S. Vortex has also issued the following statement about appearing in the clip:

"Tabletwisters! I.C.S. Vortex takes part in the new and the last Borknagar clip from the making of 'Universal' studio series. There's a little taste of how 'My Domain' song sounds in which Vortex does all vocals as a guest for the new Borknagar album which hits the road on the 22.02.10. It's a must!"

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Inmoria Prepares To Record New Album

Swedish metallers Inmoria have announced they will enter Studio SoundCreation in March to start recording the follow up to their debut "Invisible Wounds." The album will feature twelve new tracks. More information on the song titles and release date will be announced as it is made available. Samples of Inmoria's music are also currently available for streaming through the band's MySpace page.

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Kongh Announces New Tour Dates

Sweden's Kongh has issued the following update about their upcoming tour schedule:

"Norrland is Doomed! Kongh and Moloken is heading out on the northern roads of Sweden for the tour of the winter! A mighty tour package of 4 shows that will make E4 rumble, villagers crap their pants, cause now the slow death will be played and make the mountains of Kebnekaise echo tones of darkness for decades. 3 of 4 shows are booked, last one to be revealed soon."

Kongh's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

2/24 2010 Scharinska (with Moloken) UMEÅ (S)
2/25 2010 Lillan (with Moloken) LULEÅ (S)
2/26 2010 Nocks (with Moloken) SKELLEFTEÅ (S)
2/27 2010 TBA (with Moloken) TBA (S)
7/9 2010 Stoned From The Underground festival (10th anniversary) ERFURT (D)

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Lifeless Issues New Year Update

Lifeless has issued the following update about recording new material:

"First news for 2010... A fucking new Death Metal year has begun and here are a few news thus far. Live Assaults: We are confirmed for a few gigs yet.

"26th of February: ‘Torture Fest’, along with Lay Down Rotten a.o., 13th of March: ‘Death By Metal Assault, Part 5’, along with Soul Demise a.o., 17th/ 18th of September: ‘NRW- Deathfest’

"Release Assaults: The re-release of ‘Beyond the threshold of death’ via our label Ibex Moon Records is planned for March thus far. It will contain some bonus shit and a complete new design and layout. The pre-production for our next album will start soon too. We hope to start recording it in summer. Currently we are working on a song supposed to be on a Movie-Soundtrack. We keep you posted if there will be more to say about this.

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Sonic Synidcate Announces Russian Tour

Sonic Syndicate has issued the following update about a Russian tour in April:

"Sonic Syndicate Russian tour confirmed for April 2010. The band will be heading east starting off in Tallinn, Estonia on April 1st continuing into the Russian Federation for an extensive 10 show tour. More shows and info will be posted in the upcoming weeks so check back in and get ready to rumble. The band is planning a world wide assault in 2010 which will include the United States, Japan, Australia, Europe and more so don't forget to check in right here on the official website for all upcoming events and more."

The currently confirmed Russian dates are as follows:

4/1 - Tallinn @ Rock Cafe
4/2 - Saint Petersburg @ Orlandina
4/3 - Ekaterinburg @ Tele Club
4/4 - Perm @ Black and White
4/5 - Chelyabinsk @ Garage Underground

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TTEOTD Announces U.S. Tour and Album Pre-Order

South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD has announced they will be supporting OTEP, alongside BURY YOUR DEAD and DESTROPHY from February 15th though April 2nd. The band will be supporting their third full length, "Skepsis," which will hit the streets on February 2nd on Prosthetic Records. Pre-order packages are available now through the label's webstore.

The title track, "Skepsis" will debut this Monday, January 11th at 4:30pm EST by Jose Mangin on Sirius/XM's Liquid Metal. It will be replayed at 8:40pm EST and 11:30pm EST, as well.

The tour dates are:

2/15/10 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse Music Venue
2/16/10 Farmington, NM @ Totah Theater
2/17/10 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
2/18/10 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
2/19/10 Salina, KS @ The Blue Goat
2/21/10 Cincinnati, OH @ Inner Circle
2/23/10 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
2/25/10 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
2/26/10 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
2/27/10 Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
2/28/10 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
3/2/10 Orono, ME @ 103 Ultra Lounge
3/3/10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/4/10 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
3/5/10 Reading, PA @ The Silo Nightclub
3/6/10 Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
3/7/10 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
3/9/10 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
3/10/10 Spartanburg, SC @ Gground Zero
3/11/10 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
3/12/10 Orlando, FL @ Lyrica
3/16/10 Little Rock, AR @ The Village
3/17/10 Houston, TX @ Rocbar
3/18/10 Mission, TX @ Smokin Aces
3/19/10 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
3/20/10 Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
3/21/10 Gallup, NM @ El Morro Theater
3/24/10 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
3/25/10 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/26/10 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
3/27/10 Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
3/28/10 Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
3/31/10 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
4/1/10 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
4/2/10 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage

Guitarist Justin Longshore commented on "Skepsis:" "Our new record 'Skepsis' finally captures the sound we've always envisioned. I have no doubt in my mind that new and old fans of the band will be pleased when they hear it!"

Since signing with Prosthetic in 2005, TTEOTD has SoundScanned nearly 60,000 copies and toured with a who's who of heavy music, perhaps most notably as part of the now-legendary 2006 Sounds of the Underground tour that featured a stacked lineup of metal gods In Flames, Trivium, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon, As I Lay Dying and more.

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Elvenking Announces Czech Shows

Italian power metal band Elvenking has issued the following update:

"2010 will be a great year for ELVENKING, with the new album on the way and a lot of live appearances on European (and maybe beyond stages). To start with, we announce two new live dates in Czech Republic with Vision Divine and Mob Rules:

March 12th, Prague - Music Hall Exit Chmelnice
March 13th, Brno - FAVAL music circus"

Drummer Zender comments, “We cannot wait to be back to Czech Republic! We love the fans over there and the promoters are wonderful guys!” More live dates to be announced soon.

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Atmosphear Posts New Song Online

Moroccan prograssive death metal band Atmosphear has posted a new Track, "An Orgasmic Day," on their Myspace page.

Atmosphear's current lineup is as follows:

Ismail Ibn Khalidi - Vocals
Youssef Benseddik - lead guitar
Yassir Chorafi - Bass guitars
Samir Bousaadi - guitar
Samir Houaoura - Drums

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Negative Plane Signs To Invictus Productions

New York black metal band NEGATIVE PLANE has announced their signing to Invictus Productions. NEGATIVE PLANE will be entering the studio to record their second album "Stained Glass Revelations." The band is currently planning a European tour.

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Rhinoceros Posts New Song, "Falling Down," Online

Buffalo's RHINOCEROS has posted a new track on their MySpace page entitled "Falling Down." The song comes off of their new album, "They Are Coming For Me," which will be released on February 2nd through Eulogy Records.

Upcoming Rhinoceros tour dates are as follows:

01/29 - Mohawk place - Buffalo, NY
01/30 - Bogies - Albany, New York
01/31 - Sidebar - Baltimore
02/01 - Luckys pub - Wilimington, North Carolina
02/02 - Oasis - Charelston, South Carolina
02/03 - The pit - Jacksonville, Florida
02/04 - Transitions - Tampa, Florida
02/05 - TBA - Miami, Florida
02/06 - PS warehouse - Atlanta, Georgia
02/07 - Vinos - Little rock
02/08 - TBA - Altus, Oklahoma
02/09 - The Aim - Tulsa, Oklahoma
02/10 - Ten Eleven - San Antonio, Texas
02/12 - East side joes - Las Vegas, Nevada
02/13 - TBA - Phoenix, Arizona
02/14 - Escorpion bar - Tijuana
02/15 - Cobalt cafe - Canoga park, California
02/16 - China youth center - Fresno, California
02/17 - Studio on 4th - Reno, Nevada
02/18 - The Fcc - Vancouver, Washington
02/19 - Viaduct - Tacoma, Washington
02/20 - Cretin hop - Spokane, Washington
02/21 - TBA - Salt Lake city, Utah
02/22 - Quixotes - Denver, Colorado
02/23 - Jackpot - Kansas city, Missouri
02/24 - Fubar - St. Louis, Missouri
02/25 - Beat kitchen - Chicago, Illinois
02/26 - The static age - Romeo, Michigan
02/27 - The warsaw arena - Cincinnati, Ohio
02/28 - Forward hall - Erie, Pennsylvania

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Unearth to Headline Atticus Metal Tour 2

Metal Blade Records and Atticus Clothing, in association with Revolver Magazine and Headbang for the Highway, have announced the dates for this year's Atticus Metal Tour II. The tour features Unearth as the headlining act with supporting bands Stick To Your Guns, Veil Of Maya, The Ghost Inside and Carnifex. In addition to the tour lineup, Darkest Hour, Stray From The Path and Your Demise will be joining the party on select dates.

UNEARTH's Trevor Phipps comments: "This is going to be our first North American Headlining tour in over a year and we are amped to get back out there. We'll be playing tunes from all of our albums, some extra deep cuts we haven't played in a while and some stuff we haven't played live yet from The March. We've been messing around with some different lights and stage set ups and will mix up the set each night, so it will be different from past tours. It's a solid package of bands and we can't wait to get on stage, play a headlining set and rage with our fans."

Here are the dates for the Atticus Metal Tour 2
Featuring Unearth with Stick To Your Guns, Veil Of Maya, The Ghost Inside and Carnifex

03/05 San Diego, CA Soma
03/06 Pomona, CA The Glasshouse
03/08 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
03/09 Denver, CO Cervantes Ballroom
03/11 Ft. Worth, TX Ridglea Theatre
03/12 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/13 Houston, TX Meridian
03/16 Birmingham, AL 5 Points Music Hall
03/17 Orlando, FL Club Firestone
03/18 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
03/19 Raleigh, NC Volume 11
03/20 Richmond, VA The Hat Factory
03/21 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
03/23 Dayton, OH The Attic
03/24 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
03/25 St. Paul, MN Station 4
03/26 Chicago, IL House of Blues
03/27 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
03/28 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
03/29 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theatre
03/30 Albany, NY Northern Lights
03/31 Toronto, ON Opera House
04/01 Montreal, QC Tulipe
04/02 Quebec City, QC Imperial
04/03 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
04/04 Worcester, MA The Palladium

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Meshuggah Announces Soundwave Off-Dates

Meshuggah, It Dies Today and Whitechapel will be performing two "Sidewaves" (Soundwave Festival Off-dates) in clubs in Australia. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 15 at 9AM. Here are the details:

Monday 22 February Manning Bar, Sydney – 18+
www.ticketek.com.au 132 849 / www.oztix.com.au / www.moshtix.com.au

Thursday 25 February Billboard The Venue, Melbourne – 18+
www.ticketek.com.au 132 849 / www.billboardthevenue.com.au & Missing Link

Meshuggah, It Dies Today and Whitechapel are also appearing at Soundwave Festival 2010.

Friday 26th February SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL MELBOURNE – Sold Out

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Cartoon Rock Network

Taking a page out of the KISS “How to Market Your Band” book, Def Lepard is moving into the world of cartoons. Here’s a look at a few others that may be in productions soon…

SUPER NINJA VAN HALEN BROTHERS: They eat pizza with M&M’s (no brown ones allowed) and solve crimes. Each with their own super powers: Eddie plays his guitar and bad dudes become distracted by the sound, Alex uses his drum sticks to perform beat downs, Michael strokes his beard to gain super strength, and David, of course, conquers his enemies with karate kicks. A cartoon of good vs. evil with a lesson taught at the end. The lesson is always we may not like each other, but damn we are good when we work together. More...

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Kittie Posts New Tour Video Online

Canadian hard rock outfit Kittie has posted a new video online from their current tour of Europe. You can check it out below. The band are currently touring in support of their latest studio album, "In The Black" which is out now through E1 Music. More...

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Black Label Society Signs To E1 Music

Barbara Wylde, the wife of Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde and co-manager of the band, has announced that Black Label Society has signed a new record deal with E1 Music to release their next studio album in North America. The band recently began recording the album and hope to have it released by June. Stay tuned for further details.

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Lock Up Writing New Material

Lock Up, the extreme metal supergroup featuring Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates), Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), Nick Barker (Cradle Of Filth, Testament, Exodus) and Anton Reisenegger (Pentagram, Criminal), have announced that they will not be hanging up the gloves just yet. The band have begun work on a brand new studio album and has announced three shows for later this year.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Westlake and The Pig's Interview with Omar Sheira

Omar Sheira, age 21 was 19 when Megadeth's "United Abominations" came out in 2007. Omar has always been a die-hard Megadeth fan and thought it would be a neat idea creating some artwork to pay homage to the hit song "Gears of War." Posting the artwork on some Megadeth forums, Dave Mustaine's management got in contact with Omar in an attempt to sign over the artwork so Dave Mustaine can use it for a future "product." Without contacting or seeking out any legal advice, Omar signed the artwork over and Mustaine eventually used it on a guitar design. Without any recognition or a thank you, Omar feels that Mustaine did not give credit where credit was due. He was hoping that Mustaine would be the "cool cat" and give him some recognition, a thank you, or even a guitar of the design. Listen to his story on a podcast here.

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Shane Gibson Talks Northern Light Orchestra

Guitarist Shane Gibson has made a name for himself touring with Korn and backing Jonathan Davis for his solo material. Outside of Korn, Gibson works a wide range of projects from the Arnold themed comedy act Schwarzenator to the female-fronted DeFable. Most recently he recorded guitar tracks for the all-star group Northern Light Orchestra. The band includes such rock and metal icons as David Ellefson and George Lynch on their "The Spirit of Christmas" album. Sample tracks from the album can be found at the Northern Light Orchestra MySpace page. Shane spoke with me about the recording of the album and what his other bands have in store for the future. More...

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