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Metal News for January 8, 2011

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20 news articles posted on this day.

Steelwing Issues Band Update

Steelwing has issued the following update about joining Accept on tour and posting a blog online detailing the band's shows with Sabaton last year:

"Last week we assembled our lazy asses to the first rehearsal for the upcoming Accept tour. Since we'll be playing a lot of cities for the third time in just a few months we have decided to give our loyal fans a special treat: we're going to play a couple of songs we've never played live before! If you're lucky, that might even include something from our upcoming second album... Come see us, make your way to the front row and bang your heads like there's no tomorrow and you'll find out!

"At last, MySpace seems to have worked out the bugs in their blog editor, so again you will be able to follow my tour blog here. Meanwhile, here's some stuff from the Sabaton tour last year that never got published due to the MySpace fuck up."

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Slodust Issues Recording Update

Sweden's Slodust has issued the following brief update about the band's current recording progress:

"Hey everybody! Just wanted to give update on the studio. Drums are DONE!! Ersson is recording tomorrow, and then its Elias turn. Everything is going according to plan (almost anyways). Cant wait for you guys to listen to it."

You can also hear sample Slodust tracks available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.

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Hoarfrost Recruits New Guitarist

Canada's Hoarfrost parted ways with guitarist Brett Goodchild in May of last year. The band has now checked in with the following brief update about recruiting a new guitar player:

"Hoarfrost is very pleased to officially welcome our new guitarist Darcy to the band. We have shows in the works for spring, all new material written for our debut full length and t-shirts are in the works for our return to the stage. Hails from the River City! Hails to the Frost Legion!"

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

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Holy Grail Comments On Tour With Eluveitie

Vocalist Luna of Holy Grail has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming tour with Eluveitie and 3 Inches of Blood:

"We’re really excited to tour with Eluveitie and 3 Inches Of Blood, our last tours with both these bands were a complete blast and we really hit it off well! It’s like touring with family. Can’t wait to hit the road! This package is perfect, we have a great balance of melodic heavy metal bands with brutal riffs and wild live energy across the board! I’m also looking forward to check out System Divide!"

Eluveitie also added: "We ourselves can add that we had a great time with the guys of Holy Grail on our last run together with Amon Amarth and we are looking forward to this one! On another note we have received questions about the lack of VIP-Tickets for this tour, as they seem to be very popular these days. The answer to this is simple: We checked out offerings of other tours, we have considered it, and we have decided that you can get most of it on any Eluveitie show already but we do not think that we should be charging you money for it. Fan contact has always been (and will always be) a big part of what we are and as always we will be hanging out after the show to chat, take pictures, get drunk (occasionally..), and sign whatever the hell you would like to have signed.

"In fact free posters and autograph cards will be available at the merch booth this time (while stocks last of course). And since we’re traveling in a big ass tour bus it’s really not that hard to find us if you feel the urge to say hi during the day! So while we will probably offer 200$-plus tickets just like anybody else if we ever become a stadium band all you need to do for now is to keep your eyes open, and don't be shy."

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Thornafire Announces New Shows

On Sunday, February 13th, Chilean death metallers Thornafire will share the stage with Pestilence, Vulcano, and nearly 40 others as part of the Macabre Fest II in Concón on the coast of Chile. In preparation for the festival, Thornafire will join Pentagram for a pair of shows in Santiago and the port city of Valparaiso. The details are as follows:

1/21 Rock & Guitarras, Pentagram summer tour, SANTIAGO
1/22, El Huevo, Pentagram summer tour, VALPARAISO
2/13 Chile Macabre Fest II, Con-Con VIÑA DEL MAR

Regarding the follow up to 2009's "Vorex Deconstrucción," Thornafire guitarist Victor Mac-Namara states, "Currently we are writing music a little different than what we have done in the past. It's a variation, but still true to our underground Death Metal underground roots. I'm drawing concepts for the album artwork. We hope to have this released by 2012."

Thornafire also recently posted a new music video online for the song "Deconstruccion," which can be viewed here.

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About The Writers: January 2011 Activity

Metalunderground.com is run by a wide range of diverse contributors who are devoted to both metal and the wider musical world. Several of our staff members are involved with side projects going on outside of the website that you may be interested in checking out. For the month of January we'll take a look at new columns, new interviews, and musical projects from our contributors.

David S. Grant (aka Rockstar_Scribbler) continues his weekly The Rockstar Ramblings column as well as book reviews. He will also soon be contributing to the Sunday Old School column with features on Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, and W.A.S.P. David has recently re-released his book "Rock Stars," and is planning a book tour in 2011 for his new novel, "Blood-The New Red." To send a metal, glam, or rock pop culture related question for inclusion in his weekly column email Rockstar_Scribbler@metalunderground.com. For more information on David's writing please go to here and here. Can't get enough? Follow David on Twitter @david_s_grant. More...

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Glorior Belli Announces European Tour

French act Glorior Belli, which recently released a split album with Creeping, has announced it will be embarking on a European tour alongside Horned Almighty, The One, and Absentia Lunae. The currently announced dates are as follows:

2/25 Baroeg Rotterdam, NL
2/26 Throne Fest / Joc Diezie Roeselare, BELGIUM
2/27 Glazart Paris, FRANCE
3/1 Onirica Club Parma, ITALY
3/2 Pieffe Factory Lucinico, Gorizia, ITALY
3/3 Viper Room Wien, AUSTRIA
3/4 K17 Berlin, GERMANY
3/5 Welt In Trummern Festival Frankfurt, GERMANY

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Hackneyed Posts Tour Footage

Hackneyed has posted a video blog online from the band's "Burn to Ashes 2010" tour alongside Undertow. The footage can be viewed in the video clip below.

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The Konsortium Streaming New Album Samples

Norway's The Konsortium has checked in with the following brief update about streaming samples online from the band's new album:

"Samples from the new album available. Some teasers from the coming album has been uploaded. Not much else to be said at the moment, but more news will follow soon!"

You can check out the sample tracks via The Konsortium's official MySpace profile.

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Insision Posts EP Teaser

Insision, which recently parted ways with guitarist Magnus Martinsson, has announced it's new EP "End of All" will be released through Sevared Records. The band has posted a teaser trailer for the EP, which can be viewed below.

The "End of All" track listing is as follows:

1. Expire
2. Curvature
3. Descend
4. Beckoning
5. Ex Oblivione

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Onan Releases New EP For Free Download

Sydney solo djent project Onan has just released it’s debut EP, "III:Metal|Porn|Space|Opera." The 12 minute release is free to download from the band's bandcamp page or directly here.

Here's Onan's "III:Metal|Porno|Space|Opera" EP tracklisting:

1. Arrival
2. Let's Play
3. My Beard Knows Kung Fu
4. The Stars Themselves

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Evergrey Posts New Studio Clip Online

Swedish progressive metal act Evergrey has posted the first studio webisode online for its forthcoming studio album. The album's title has been set as "Glorious Collision." You can view the studio clip below:


Evergrey Glorious Collision week1

Here is the "Glorious Collision" tracklisting:
1. Leave It Behind Us
2. You
3. Wrong
4. Frozen
5. Restoring The Loss
6. To Fit The Mold
7. Out Of Reach
8. The Phantom Letters
9. The Disease ...
10. It Comes From Within
11. Free
12. I'm Drowning Alone
13. ... And The Distance

"Glorious Collision" will be released on the following dates:
Germany: February 25
Rest Of Europe: February 28
USA/Canada: February 22

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Coldworker Comments On Bass Recordings

Coldworker has checked in with the following update about recording bass tracks for the band's upcoming album:

"The second day of bass tracking is done. We started yesterday at 'A Noble Home' which is Anders J's apartment. This time we are using my SansAmp and record both the clean signal as well as a distorted one from the SansAmp. As always I use my Ibanez SR500, the same bass I used for 'Rotting Paradise.' I got six of fourteen songs tracked so far, and aiming for one more tomorrow morning.

"The pace of how many and which songs I'm able to track is depending on Anders B and Daniel, who are tracking guitars at a different location (not far from here though). The songs they track are given to me the same evening and then I struggle with them the next coming day. Today I finished one easy and two hard ones, yesterday I think it was two easy and one that was a more difficult. So it's been a nice mix between the easy and the not so easy songs this far.

"But the overall feeling is good. We got the drums on mp3's as soon as they were recorded, and I think they have been really useful when it comes to practicing and preparing at home prior to this recording. We have avoided every (if any) speculative unpleasant surprises this way."

Photos from the recording session can also be found at this location.

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Serenity Posts New Audio Teaser Online

Austrian symphonic metal act Serenity has posted a new video teaser online to promote its upcoming third album. The third album from the band will carry the title of "Death & Legacy" and will see its release on February 25, 2010 through Napalm Records. The trailer is available below:

"Death & Legacy" tracklisting:
1. Set Sail To… (intro)
2. New Horizons
3. The Chevalier
4. Far From Home
5. Heavenly Mission
6. Prayer (interlude)
7. State Of Siege
8. Changing Fate
9. When Canvas Starts To Burn
10. Serenade Of Flames
11. Youngest Of Widows (limited edition only)
12. Below Eastern Skies (interlude)
13. Beyond Desert Sands
14. To India's Shores (limited edition only)
15. Lament (interlude)
16. My Legacy

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Outcast Posts New Album Teaser

French progressive death metal act Outcast has posted a new video trailer online to promote its forthcoming studio album "Awaken The Reason." "Awaken The Reason" was mixed at Split Second Sound studio in Amsterdam, Holland with Jochem Jacobs and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. You can view the trailer below:

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Wooden Stake Finishes Recording New Album

Razorback Recordings has issued the following announcement about the upcoming new album from U.S. down-tempo metal act Wooden Stake:

"Work on the debut album has been completed and now it's in the mixing and mastering stages. Once again the mighty Patrick Bruss has stepped up to take care of this, so expect an incredible production job! The album contains 9 songs of some of the most original, dark, and occult horror DOOM metal ever, with one of the most evil and deadly female vocal performances! Expect a doom album like you've never heard before!"

The "Dungeon Prayers & Tombyard Serenades" track listing is as follows:

1. Cadaverum Caecorum Liber
2. Salem, 1692
3. Tortured Into Eternal Repose
4. Die Rache Der Hexen
5. Six Feet of Earth... And all that it Contains
6. Cemetery Closes At Sundown (instrumental)
7. Skullcoven
8. Anguished Atonement
9. Bleeding Coffin

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Big Four DVD Officially Goes Double Platinum

On June 22nd, 2010 the "Big Four" of thrash metal - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax - performed live in Sofia, Bulgaria for a cinecast. The recording of that show was released on DVD and Blu-Ray under the title "The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria."

Megadeth has now announced the DVD has been RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) certified Double Platinum in the U.S. for sales in excess of 200,000 copies. For more information on the DVD/Blue-Ray release check out this location.

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Grayceon Announces Record Release Show

Bay Area act Grayceon is set to release the new album "All We Destroy" on March 1st, 2011 through Profound Lore Records. The band will be hosting a record release show on February 11th at Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco. Grayceon will also be handing out free copies of the album for fans who attend the show.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Dreamer Deceived
2. Shellmounds
3. We Can
4. Once A Shadow
5. A Road Less Traveled
6. War's End

The new track "Shellmounds" is also currently available for streaming via the Grayceon MySpace page.

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Vintage Flesh Streaming Song From New Album

Black metal act Vintage Flesh has issued the following announcement about streaming another song online from the band's new album:

"Blackest Howls to the underground, we have released Oh What Demon has Tempted Me here and is available for streaming on myspace and our reverbnation page. Show us some support, and let us terrorize your ears for a spell. We now have a limted release of 100 copies of our new album Hour of the Night Gaunts, contact us if you want to get your claws on a copy before they are all gone."

The "Hour of the Night Gaunts" track listing is as follows:

1. Follow Me to the Grave
2. And the Light Went Unseen
3. Priest Skin Ship
4. Not to Die until it is Done
5. And Still I Wait
6. Oh What Demon has Tempted Me Here
7. To Serve the Dark Design
8. Pity's Long Broken Urn
9. Sighs for Ye Silent Grave
10. A Deeper Gloom to Bear
11. The Dead Who Groaned Within
12. Hour of the Night Gaunts
13. When I Wandered away with Death

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Obscura Announces New Album Release

German technical death metal act Obscura has issued the following announcement about the release date for the band's new album:

"The band will be releasing the first song from their highly-anticipated new album 'Omnivium' within the next couple of weeks on Facebook so like their page for exclusive updates, giveaways and content. 'Omivium' is set for release March 29th in North America, April 1st in Germany / Benelux & April 4th in Europe. Prepare for THE defining progressive metal album of 2011!"

The band also recently announced the track listing would consist of the songs “Septuagint," “Vortex Omnivium," “Ocean Gateways," “Euclidean Elements," “Prismal Dawn," “Celestial Spheres," “Velocity," “A Transcendental Serenade," and “Aevum."

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