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Metal News for October 11, 2011

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Interview With Anders Nystrom Of Katatonia

Katatonia has been tearing up stages the world over for twenty years now. They've built a big fanbase in Europe through lots of touring and festival slots, and are working hard to make American metalheads just as loyal, if so many aren't already. Currently touring with Opeth while playing headlining shows on off-dates, I talked with founding member guitarist Anders Nystrom about the 20th Anniversary celebration, getting close to the fans, and a new album. More...

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Carnifex Posts Guitar Demo Video Of New Song

Carnifex posted a demonstration video showing guitarists Cory and Thor playing along to the new single "Dead But Dreaming." The song appears on the forthcoming album "Until I Feel Nothing" which will be released via Victory Records on October 24th, 2011.

Check out the clip below:

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Pit Stories: The Ill-Timed Stage Dive

Every week we check in with fans and bands to get their mosh pit stories from metal shows. This time around bassist Gredin of French experimental act Hypno5e has shared a story of an ill-timed stage dive.

It was in Chandler, in the south of Chicago, 3 years ago, it was our first American tour with Hypno5e, the gig was going so well that I decided to jump into the crowd, brainless. The thing was that the lights were pretty bad so from the stage I couldn't see a thing. I happened to jump on a fat lady in her fifties, she rolled over and crashed under a table of the bar. I was too excited to notice anything, my comrades on stage were laughing while playing but I didn't understand why...

After the show I was told about all that, the lady s ankle was a little hurt and she was saying she was looking for the one in charge to sue him. Fortunately, the woman was the mother of a good friend of the guy who booked the show (a really good fellow by the way) so she stopped complaining at some point. That's the day I learned that going to court was the American way for having the wealth charges payed back since they didn't have any welfare system.

To hear tracks available for streaming online and find out what's going on with the band, head over to the Hypno5e MySpace music profile. Be sure to check back in again next Tuesday as we share more stories from the mosh pit.

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Immolation Posts New Music Video

New York death metal legends Immolation posted a new music video for the song "Illumination" from the forthcoming digital EP "Providence," made available as a free download through Scion A/V Metal today at this location.

Check out the video here:

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Closure Streaming New Song

"Revolution," a brand new song from Belgian alternative metal act Closure, can now be heard online. The track comes off the band's first full-length album, "The Silent Witness March," which was produced by Mikey Doling (Channel Zero, Snot, Soulfly) and engineered by Gerald Jans. The mixing and mastering was handled by Logan Mader (Devildriver, Gojira, Soulfly).

Commented the band: “The song is about our feelings on what happens in Belgium since we don’t have a government. We’re not taking part of any political colours or else. It’s just a report of what our 11 millions citizens should do."

You can hear the song by heading over to the Closure Bandcamp page at this location.

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Cynic Offers Free Download Of New EP Title Track

Miami band Cynic has offered the title track from the forthcoming EP "Carbon Based Anatomy" as a free download at this location. The release is expected to drop on November 11, 2011 through Season of Mist Records.

The track listing for "Carbon Based Anatomy" is:

1. Amidst The Coals
2. Carbon-Based Anatomy.
3. Bija!
4. Box Up My Bones
5. Elves Beam Out
6. Hieroglyph

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Vallenfyre Discusses Old School Death Metal

Featuring members of Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, the newly formed Vallenfyre is taking death metal back to the days of old when tape trading was king and flawless productions weren't on the menu. The band's debut full-length offering will be "The Fragile King," an album originally conceived while front man Gregor Mackintosh was writing lyrics after the passing of his father.

I had the chance to speak with Gregor about the album to get his view on the formation of the band, composed of friends who have played together in various groups in the past, and to hear his thoughts on writing and recording the album.

In the full interview below Gregor discusses the way the death metal community handles lyrics about actual deaths instead of over-the-top tales of gore, as well as Vallenfyre's attempts to create a sound that transports the audience back to the early days of death metal. More...

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Helstar Posts Video Of Guitarist's Road Rig

Texas power metal band Helstar posted a video of guitarist Larry Barragan giving the low down on his road rig. Check out the video here:

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Oz Posts Album Artwork For New LP

Scandinavian metal legends Oz have posted the artwork for the forthcoming LP "Burning Leather" (shown below), the band's comeback album and first release in ten years. The release date for "Burning Leather" is November 18th, 2011 via AFM Records.

The band's video for the new song "Dominator" can be seen at this location.

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Rival Sons Kick off Evanescence Tour

Earache Recording artist Rival Sons kick began its North American tour with Evanescence yesterday at the Fox Theater in Oakland California.

The California blue-rock group will spend three weeks on the road, and then return to Europe for a headlining tour.

"We're stoked to be touring across America and into Canada this October with Evanescence," remarks Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday. Holiday continues, "Very happy to be invited by them. Between Evanescence, Pretty Reckless and us, the bill is pretty well diversified and will definitely give us the chance to play to a new demographic of rock fans, which we're always thriving for. We've also been so busy in Europe for most of this year, this tour will give us the opportunity to bring our rock 'n' roll back to fans we've been missing here in the States."

"We will return to Europe immediately at the end of this tour, so if you want to catch us in the USA, this will probably be your last chance in 2011! Rest assured, we will definitely be back in 2012... Super duper, mega full-force!"

Rival Sons' tour dates are as follows:

w/ Evanescence
Oct. 10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Oct. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Palladium
Oct. 14 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theater
Oct. 15 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheater
Oct. 18 - San Antonio, TX - Sunken Gardens
Oct. 19 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
Oct. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
Oct. 22 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theater
Oct. 24 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater
Oct. 25 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
Oct. 27 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Oct. 28 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Oct. 30 - Atlantic City, NJ - Showboat, House of Blues
Nov. 01 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

Headline Tour:
Nov. 04 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Nov. 05 - Glasgow, UK - King Tut's
Nov. 06 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
Nov. 07 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Nov. 10 - London, UK - Islington Academy
Nov. 11 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
Nov. 12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Nov. 14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Nov. 15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumphuset
Nov. 16 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
Nov. 17 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
Nov. 19 - Turku, Finland - Vegas Night Club
Nov. 20 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
Nov. 21 - Tampere, Finland - Klubi
Nov. 22 - Tallinn, Estonia - Rock Cafe
Nov. 24 - Warsaw, Poland - Powieksenie
Nov. 25 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
Nov. 26 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan
Nov. 27 - Cologne, Germany - Underground
Nov. 29 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
Nov. 30 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Halle
Dec. 01 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Dec. 02 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Schuur
Dec. 03 - Reggio Emilia, Italy - Corallo
Dec. 05 - Solothurn, Switzerland - Kofmehl

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Fallstaf Posts "The Cost" Video

Montreal's Fallstaf is welcoming in the age of "brass metal" with a new music video for the song "The Cost." You can check out the clip below. "The Cost" is taken off the band's upcoming album "Bastard Sons Of A Pure Breed," set for release on October 25th, 2011.

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Skinny Puppy Streaming New Track on Revolver

Revolvermag.com, the Internet site of Revolver Magazine, is hosting an exclusive premiere of the Skinny Puppy track "Village." Click here to hear the track. "Village" comes from Skinny Puppy's forthcoming album "hanDover," which is set for release on October 25th in North America via SPV/Synthetic Symphony.

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Dark Forest Streaming Songs From New Album

On Tuesday, November 8th, Cruz del Sur Music will release "Dawn Of Infinity," the sophomore full-length offering from U.K. traditional metallers Dark Forest, onto North American soil.

Two tracks from "Dawn Of Infinity" are now available for streaming via the label’s official Facebook page. Check out the tracks “Light Years On” and “Under The Greenwood Tree” at this location.

Cruz del Sur Music signed Dark Forest in June of this year as the band entered the studio to record "Dawn Of Infinity," after watching the young Birmingham, England-based outfit evolve over the last few years.

The label commented on the album, "Bearing a strong appreciation for the forefathers of the genre, and producing the full-blooded sound of a distinctly English brand of heavy metal, the new album fulfills the expectations placed on one of the most interesting bands in the UK’s contemporary traditional metal scene, infusing British folklore and Celtic inspiration into their craft." More...

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Shadows Fall Issues Album Update

Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner has checked in with the following brief update about the band's progress working on a new album to be released in 2012:

"Day 1- NEW SHAD RECORD drum tones, a lot of Miking, and 2 tunes down - time for a good night's rest to be back bright and early tomorrow."

No details have yet been revealed on the album's title, track listing, or specific release date. The new Shadows Fall album will be the band's first studio release since the 2009 full-length "Retribution" and the 2010 single "Bark at the Moon." For more details on Shadows Fall, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Forbidden Guitarist Comments On Loss Of Steve Jobs

Forbidden guitarist & GuitarWorld.com columnist Steve Smyth has posted the following message on his websites in regards to the recent passing of Steve Jobs:

“I wish to convey my deepest condolences for the loss of Steve Jobs, a visionary and in my opinion, the most forward-thinking genius of our lifetime so far.

“I'll remember him most for his undeniable contributions to the computing world, changes that led me away from being an ordinary PC user to a staunch Apple products user, who is still learning to find the boundaries of seemingly limitless capability that these products serve in my everyday life, from personal to business.

“As a professional musician and music teacher, I use his G4 laptop, MacBook Pro, iPod, or mobile phone every day in my music business on some level, whether it be creating, recording, playing back demos/takes/mixes, or teaching, transcribing, and writing.

“None of the ease, I have come to find - with Mr. Job's wonderful and forward-thinking contributions - could ever be found in any comparable product. Apple was always the first, the innovator in all-areas media in recent times. A feat I hope they are able to continue into the future as well.

“Rest In Peace Mr. Steve Jobs, and know that the very goal you set out to accomplish has been achieved. The world is indeed a better place because of your efforts.”

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Archaios Streaming New Album Title Track

Dominican death metal act Archaios is set to drop the new full-length album "The Distant" through Dark Canvas Records on November 11th, 2011.

The band has now teamed up with Gun Shy Assassin to stream a track off the album. Head over to this location to check out the title track off "The Distant."

The track listing for "The Distant" is as follows:

1. Nightshade
2. The Distant
3. Gathering The Silence
4. Legions (In Remembrance Of...)
5. Dreaming With The Dead
6. Until Lightning Strikes
7. Approaching Of My Demise
8. My Mourning
9. The Joy Of Life (instrumental bonus track)

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Ulytau Streaming New Song

Neoclassical folk metal band Ulytau from Kazakhstan is streaming a new song, "New Day," on it's website along with material from it's "Jumyr-Kylysh" album. Below is one of the videos from that album. More...

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Tesseract Canceling European Shows

Tesseract has checked in with the following update about canceling shows from the "Lowering the Tone" tour due to illness:

"Hi guys,

"Due to illness we're having to cancel the first part of the 'Lowering the Tone' tour in Europe with Chimp Spanner. This really sucks and it is something that we are deeply sorry about.

"However, we are trying to make sure that we're able to perform at Euroblast on October 22nd, and in Breda with Textures on the 23rd. To everyone that had purchased a ticket and everyone that was planning on coming along we're truly sorry."

For further details on Tesseract, head over to the band's official Facebook profile at this location.

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Katatonia Video Interview Available

Horns Up Rocks has posted a video interview online with Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström and Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson from Sweden's Katatonia, which can be viewed below. Katatonia will also be re-issuing the "For Funerals to Come" album on vinyl on November 8th, 2011 with a CD edition release to come down the line.

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Nuclear Begins Work On New LP

Chilean thrash metal band Nuclear issued an update that the band has begun work on the band's fourth studio release. The album will be the follow up to the 2010 release "Jehovirus" and is expected to be released in spring of 2012.

The band updated its official website as follows: "The writing process of a new album has already started! We would like to tell you we are working on new material for our 4th studio album and regardless of the few things we have done, it seems that it is going to be a very fast and dynamic album. We have scheduled to finish the composition around March-April 2012 and go to the studio right after that."

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Anatomy Of I Announces Live Bassist

Anatomy of I, which released the new album "Substratum" in September, has checked in with the following update about recruiting a new live bassist:

"As Steve Di Giorgio will not be available to tour with us in 2012, we have recruited session bassplayer Robin Zielhorst (EXIVIOUS, ex-CYNIC). Rehearsals will start in October and we're looking forward to bring Anatomy of I to a stage near you in 2012!"

To find further details on the band and check out music available for streaming online, head over to the Anatomy of I Facebook profile here.

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Solstafir Streaming Entire New Album

"Svartir Sandar," the new masterpiece of Iceland's very own Solstafir, will be released this Friday, October 14th in Europe and next Tuesday, October 18th in the U.S.

In celebration of the upcoming release, Inferno magazine is now streaming the entire album online. Head over here to check out "Svartir Sandar" in its entirety. The album's track listing is as follows:

Disc 1 "Andvari":

Ljós í Stormi
Þín Orð
Sjúki Skugginn

Disc 2 "Gola":

Svartir Sandar

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Carach Angren Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist has just announced that it inked a deal with symphonic black metallers Carach Angren.

"We are very proud to be on SOM's roster!" the band comments. "This covenant will enable us to release more haunting upon the world in the years to come. Furthermore we want to thank everyone (crew, friends, fans) for supporting us over the years, especially Phil / Maddening Media who put us on the map! A new horrific concept album is being written this autumn and recordings will start in less than two weeks. We promise you it will be darker and more epic than ever before!"

The Dutch act's third full-length will be released some time next year. In the meantime, you can watch a video for the song "The Sighting is a Portent of Doom" by heading over to this location.

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Nine Inch Nails Records U2 Cover Song For Tribute

A new Nine Inch Nails cover of U2’s “Zoo Station” will appear on Q Magazine’s upcoming tribute album to "Achtung Baby." The album will be included free in the magazine’s October 25th issue. The track listing is as follows:

1. Nine Inch Nails – Zoo Station
2. U2 (Jacques Lu Cont Mix) – Even Better Than The Real Thing
3. Damien Rice – One
4. Patti Smith – Until The End Of The World
5. Garbage – Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
6. Depeche Mode – So Cruel
7. Snow Patrol – Mysterious Ways
8. The Fray – Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World
9. Gavin Friday – The Fly
10. The Killers – Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
11. Glasvegas – Acrobat
12. Jack White – Love Is Blindness

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Lost Effect Posts Live Footage Of New Vocalist

A video clip has been made available online of melodic metal act Lost Effect performing live at The Duchess in York, which was the band's first show with new vocalist Emily Burt.

The video clip of the band performing the song "Martyr" live during the set can be found below. Footage of other songs from the show are also available through the band's YouTube page.

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Morale Streaming New Song "Bath In Vaginal Liquid"

Italian gore-grind act Morale has posted a new song online titled "Bath in Vaginal Liquid." To get a taste of what Morale has to offer, hit play on the clip below. You can find further details on Morale's activity and music over at the band's Facebook profile.

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Aegaeon Releases "Dimensions Of Reality" Video

Indiana's Aegaeon has posted a music video online from the "Dissension" album. You can check out the "Dimensions of Reality" video clip, filmed by Scott Hansen, in the player below. Additional tracks from Aegaeon are available for streaming at the band's official Facebook profile.

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A Plea For Purging Posts "Room For The Dead" Clip

A Plea For Purging is set to release the new album "The Life & Death Of A Plea For Purging" on November 8th via Facedown Records. The band has now posted a lyric video online for a new song off the album titled "Room for the Dead," which can be viewed below.

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Tersivel Releases New Video

Pagan/folk metal band Tersivel from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has released a new official video for the track "As Brothers We Shall Fight." The song is taken from it's recent twelve-track album "For One Pagan Brotherhood." Tersivel are currently on the Sudamerican Pagan Brotherhood Tour the following dates:

11/26 - (to be confirmed)
12/18 - SAO PAULO - BRASIL More...

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Cavador Announces New Lineup

Argentina based thrash act Cavador has gone through a lineup overhaul. The band has now announced the following complete member lineup:

Emanuel Salgado - Bass and Vocals
Daniel Lescano - Guitar
Horacio Castro - Guitar
Raúl "Sin Envase" Bruzzone - Drums

To check out Cavador's brand of metal, navigate over to the band's official MySpace music profile here.

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Jon Oliva's Pain Begins Work On New LP

Drummer Chris Kinder and legendary vocalist Jon Oliva posted the following update on the official Jon Oliva's Pain Facebook Page that the team has begun working on material for a new LP.

The update reads: "Jon and I will begin the daunting task of going through new material as we prepare, to prepare our preparations for a new JOP cd due out in 2012. 1st day is always interesting. You never know what JO has up his sleeve. Updates to follow....Cheers, Chris"

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Fastway Announce New LP

Hard rockers Fastway will release "Eat Dog Eat" on November 11, 2011 through Steamhammer/SPV Records. This marks the first Fastway album since the 1990 release "Bad Bad Girls." Ex-Little Angels vocalist Tony Jepson will be featured on the LP.

The track listing for "Eat Dog Eat" is as follows:

1. Deliver Me
2. Fade Out
3. Leave The Light On
4. Loving Fool
5. Dead And Gone
6. Sick As A Dog
7. Freedom Song
8. Do You Believe
9. Love I Need 10 On And On

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Fearbringer Posts New Music Video

Italian black metal artists Fearbringer posted a new video for the title track of the forthcoming LP "Tempus Fugit." The album is scheduled for release on October 22, 2011 through Bleeding Eyes Records.

The track listing for "Tempus Fugit" is as follows:

1. Le trombe degli Dei
2. Battaglia spirituale
3. Inno alla stagione dell'Inverno
4. A scudo delle ninfe
5. La fine dei tempi
6. Tempus fugit
7. L'ultima notte sulla Terra
8. Rituale di morte (live bonus track)
9. Magdeleine Bavent (live bonus track)
10. Marianna De Leyva (Live bonus track)
11. Nera Chiesa (Live bonus track)
12. Who wants to live forever (Queen cover)

Check out the video for the title track here:

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Madmaze Announces Details Of New LP

Italian thrash band Madmaze announced the final tracklist for the forthcoming debut full length LP "Frames of Alienation." The album's artwork will be created by Ed Repka, best known for his work with Death, Defiance, Atheist, Massacre, Megadeth, Toxik, Nuclear Assault, Vio-Lence and Municipal Waste. "Frames of Alienation" is due out this December through Punishment 18 Records.

The track listing for "Frames of Alienation" is as follows:

1. Walls Of Lies
2. Sacred Deceit
3. Mad Maze
4. Cursed Dreams
5. ... Beyond (Instrumental)
6. Caught In The Net
7. Lord Of All That Remains
8. MK-Ultra
9. Retribution

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Graveworm Posts New Music Video

Italian melodic death band Graveworm posted a new music video for the song "See No Future" from the band's forthcoming album "Fragments of Death." The full length release of "Fragments of Death" will be available through Nuclear Blast Records on October 21, 2011.

The track listing for "Fragments of Death" is:

1. Insomnia
2. Only Death In Our Wake
3. Absence Of Faith
4. Living Nightmare
5. The World Will Die In Flames
6. Anxiety
7. See No Future
8. The Prophecy
9. Remembrance
10. Old Forgotten Song
11. Where Angels Do Not Fly
12. Awake (Bonus Track)

Check out the video here:

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Drakkar To Play Milan After Eight Year Absence

Italian power metal band Drakkar announced that the band will play a special show in Milan, after an eight year absence, to present the band's forthcoming LP "When Lightning Strikes" which is due for release on January 16, 2012 through My Kingdom Music. The concert will be at Legend 54 in Milan on October 14, 2011.

The band is selling a mini-CD featuring three new tracks from "When Lightning Strikes" at the event, which will contain a coupon that allows for the purchase of the full LP for 6 Euros.

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Judas Priest Streaming Entire "The Chosen Few"

U.K. metal masters Judas Priest are streaming the entire new compilation "The Chosen Few" at
this location. The album is out today through Sony Records.

The release is a compilation of classic Priest songs chosen by other big name musicians. The complete track listing is as follows:

1. Diamonds And Rust (chosen by Joe Elliott)
2. Dissident Aggressor (chosen by Steve Vai and Geoff Tate)
3. Exciter (chosen by Accept)
4. Beyond The Realms Of Death (chosen by Lars Ulrich)
5. Delivering The Goods (chosen by Kerry King)
6. The Green Manalishi (chosen by David Coverdale and Randy Blythe)
7. The Ripper (chosen by Ozzy Osbourne)
8. Victim Of Changes (chosen by James Hetfield)
9. Breaking The Law (chosen by Lemmy)
10. Rapid Fire (chosen by Vinnie Paul)
11. Grinder (chosen by Zakk Wylde)
12. Living After Midnight (chosen by Alice Cooper and Geezer Butler)
13. Screaming For Vengeance (chosen by Slash)
14. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (chosen by Klaus Meine & Corey Taylor)
15. The Sentinel (chosen by Chris Jericho)
16. Turbo Lover (chosen by Jonathan Davis)
17. Painkiller (chosen by Joe Satriani)

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Cloudscape Completes Recording Of New LP

Swedish power/progressive outfit Cloudscape updated it's Facebook Page and revealed that the band has finished recording the forthcoming "New Era" album and it is in the final stages of mixing. No release date has been announced. The latest update reads:

"Hey folks! We're about to release a very big and strong record that we're very proud of and we want as many as possible to hear and own it ofcourse so, once again we would be honored and grateful if you guys help us spread the word about CLOUDSCAPE and 'New Era'. It's in the final of mixing now and as soon as we know more about how and when we will release it we'll let you know! Thank you for your wonderful support! /CS"

It was previously reported that the song titles for "New Era" are as follows:

Silver Ending
Share Your Energy
Your Desire
Seen It All Before
Violet Eve
Living A Dream
Voyager 9
Pull The Brake
Before Your Eyes
Into The Unknown
Kingdom Of Sand

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"Imaginaerum" Director Announces "Its A Wrap"

Director Stobe Harju of the forthcoming Nightwish film "Imaginaerum" announced that filiming in Montreal has concluded. Harju provided the following update on Nightwish's official Facebook page:

"Dear friends of Nightwish and Imaginaerum

"Four years have passed now since the first idea of the film got out and when I thought Nightwish, Tuomas and I were merely crazy dreamers.

"As many of you know, we've already shot the film's principal photography, and only in 18 days. I promise you though, the material says different. The shots we got in that short period of time were priceless and there's no way, you could tell we were in a hurry.

"I have learned a lot since we first began shooting. Everyone has to understand that most feature films, even with great concepts, never get shot. The team, the production staff, me and most of all the band have battled and bled to get the shootings on the way and the job done. That said, you have to be aware that many battles are still to be fought in the editing room, the visual effects, sound mixing, original score and the distribution of this film. Nothing is clear when it comes to filmmaking. However, with this team: our producers and the post production specialists, it's nearly impossible to fail.

"Now, as the editing phase has begun and there's not much more to tell than it is going very well, the scenes look great and that I'm homesick, we're trying to get you as much candy as possible. Here are SOME of the names of our great cast, who all believed into the screenplay and carried out performances I've been never able to witness before.

"Francis X. McCarthy, Quinn Lord, Marianne Farley, Joanna Noyes, Ilkka Villi, Keyanna Fielding, Ron Lea, Victoria Jung, Hélène Robitaille, Stephane Demers, Anette Olzon, Marco Hietala, Tuomas Holopainen, Emppu Vuorinen and Jukka Nevalainen.

"One battle has gone past with a triumph by the greatest team and crew imaginable. You could think we've been lucky but luck never comes to us without hard work, heart and faith. I my self couldn't thank the fantastic Montreal crew enough and you, the fans of Nightwish, for believing into this project. Keep it up. There are still miles to go. The journey to Imaginaerum continues, and for now, I'd like to say thank you for your support.

"Stobe Harju - The Director, Imaginaerum (Montreal, Canada 9th Oct, 2011)"

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Mastodon Announces U.K. Tour Dates In 2012

U.S. Band Mastodon announced tour dates for the United Kingdom in support of the latest LP "The Hunter." Confirmed dates are as follows:

February 5, 2012: O2 Academy Bristol
February 6, 2012: Manchester Academy
February 7, 2012: Glasgow Barrowlands
February 9, 2012: Norwich UEA
February 10, 2012: HMV Institute Birmingham
February 11, 2012: O2 Academy Brixton

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AFM 15th Anniversary Festival Packs All-Star Card

AFM Records is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year. In addition to a three CD compilation, the label has also put together an all-star lineup for a festival in Hamburg, Germany on November 26, 2011. The lineup for the show includes headliners U.D.O. along with Voodoo Circle, Orden Ogan, Kissin' Dynamite, Dark Age, The New Black, Lake Of Tears, A Life (Divided), Mob Rules, Byfrost, XStahlmann, Buried In Black, Black Messiah and Crystal Viper with a special act to be announced.

The special 15th Anniversary 3CD compilation will be released on October 28, 2011, but festival attendee's will receive the package free with a ticket purchase.

The track listing for the "AFM Records 15th Anniversary Compilation" is:

CD 1:

1. 24/7 (U.D.O.)
2. Avantasia (Avantasia) (Single Version)
3. The Black Mare (Dragonland) (Edit)*
4. Broken Hero (Iron Mask*)
5. Soulburn (Masterplan)
6. Temple Of Stone (Brainstorm)
7. Brotherhood Of Light (Morton)
8. Heavy Metal Never Dies (Iron Savior*)
9. Watching In Silence (Circle II Circle)
10. Night Of The Sin (Crystal Viper)
11. Dominator (Oz*) More...

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A Discussion With N.J. Hardcore Act Ninety-Six

N.J.’s Ninety-Six is a hardcore band trying to bring a bit of an old-school hand to modern hardcore. Lacking the metallic edge of a lot of today’s hardcore, Ninety-Six uses the influences of bands like Madball and Sick Of It All to craft their sound. They are a young band, having only released two EP’s for free on Bandcamp. They have performed alongside Suicidal Tendencies and Sick Of It All, and have a show with Cro-Mags coming up later in October. I had the chance to speak to guitarist Pat DeFrancisci about how Ninety-Six started and the advantage of using sites like Bandcamp to distribute music. More...

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Voodoo Circle Announces Tour In Support Of Sinner

German rockers Voodoo Circle, featuring Primal Fear/Sinner bassist Mat Sinner, will support Sinner on a fall European tour, dubbed the "Sins And Voodoo" tour. Voodoo Circle is currently supporting its latest LP "Broken Heart Syndrome" and Sinner is on tour in support of its latest LP "One Bullet Left." Voodoo Circle are also in the studio completing work on the yet untitled Voodoo Circle III album.

Confirmed dates for the tour are:

26.11. D – Hamburg – Markthalle (Voodoo Circle @ AFM festival with U.D.O)
27.11. NL - Kerkrade - The Rock Temple
29.11. CH - Pratteln Galery
30.11. D - Bruchsal - Fabrik
01.12. D - Geiselwind - Music Hall Strohofer
02.12. CH - Buelach - Stadthalle (Sinner only, with Whitesnake)
03.12. AT - Woergl - Komma
04.12. D - Burglengenfeld - VA Zentrum
06.12. D - Augsburg - Spectrum
07.12. D - Stuttgart - Roehre
08.12. D - Recklinghausen - Vest Arena
09.12. D - Andernach - Juze
10.12. D - Karlsruhe - Knockout Festival (Voodoo Circle only with Saxon, Blind Guardian)

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Boguslaw Balcerak's Crylord Posts New Music Video

Polish neo-classical power metal band Boguslaw Balcerak's Crylord posted a new music video for the song "Warrior's Moon." The song appears on the band's forthcoming album "Blood of the Prophets," which is scheduled for release through Lion Music on October 14, 2011.

Lion Music posted the following press release on the album:

"Exploding out of Poland comes a new powerhouse of metal. Lion Music are delighted to welcome Boguslaw Balcerak's Crylord to the labels roster.

"Led by the prestigious talents of guitarist Boguslaw Balcerak, 'Blood Of The Prophets' breathes new life into the neo-classical genre with 12 first class songs chock full of big riffs, dynamic rhythms, jaw dropping guitar solos and infectious vocal melodies from 3 of the most acclaimed vocalist in the field - Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz (Evidence One, ex Domain) and neo-classical legends Mark Boals (ex Malmsteen / Ring Of Fire) and Goran Edman (ex Malmsteen / Karmakanic).

"Blood Of The Prophets' powerful music was inspired by the greats of neo-classical guitar and hard rock/heavy/power metal along with the epic qualities of film music. The classical influence of masters like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin can also be heard at times in Boguslaw's delivery; yet the album is proof that it's possible to absorb these influences and not come out as a Malmsteen clone. With an effortless guitar style Boguslaw delivers both passion and power throughout the album providing the perfect backdrop for lyrics inspired by fantasy, mythology, bible, legends, love and feelings all expertly delivered by Schulz, Boals and Edman either individually or collectively."

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Lord Volture Streams Second New Track

Dutch traditional band Lord Volture is streaming a second new track, "Minutes To Madness," from the band's sophomore release "Never Cry Wolf" (heard below). The album is scheduled for release on November 11, 2011 through Rock 'N' Growl.

Minutes to Madness by lordvolture

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Seventh Void Splits With Guitarist

New York based act Seventh Void, which features Type O Negative members Johnny Kelly and Kenny Hickey, has posted the following update online about splitting with guitarist Matt Brown:

"Sad to report that Matt Brown has left the band. No replacement has been made yet. We'll let you know when there is one.

"Meanwhile, the rest of us are working on demos and will hopefully be recording the next Seventh Void record before the holidays. At least that's our goal! Please keep checking in for updates! As always, thanks for the support!"

You can also check out Seventh Void tracks available for streaming online through the band's MySpace page.

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Seventh Seal Announces New Front Man

Brazilian act Seventh Seal has officially confirmed Leandro Caçoilo (ex-Eterna, Soulspell) as the band's new front man. Leandro decided to join the band on a permanent basis after a show at the São Bernardo do Campo city square. Currently the group is working on the follow-up record to 2007's "Days of Insanity" with Caçoilo on vocals, which is due to be released early in 2012.

You can also check out a clip of the band performing the song "Mechanical Souls" (inspired by the movie Blade Runner) with the new front man below.

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Unvisioned Posts "Paint You A Smile" Video

Illinois based act Unvisioned has posted a music video online for the single "Paint You A Smile," taken off the "New Machine" album. You can check out the video clip below, or find more information on Unvisioned by navigating your browser to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Helstar Working On New Album

Helstar has checked in with the following statement about taking a break from live shows for the remainder of the year to work on new material for an upcoming album:

"Helstar closes out 2011 with a bang! We would like to send a shout out to our H-town fans for joining us last Thursday, October 6th for the final Helstar show of the year! It was amazing to play with the legendary N.W.O.B.H.M. band Saxon right in our home town! What a way to end our live appearances for 2011!

"Following the success of our 2010 release, 'Glory of Chaos,' plus the accompanying tours, festivals & shows, it is now time for Helstar to withdraw from the stage to start work on our next album.

"We thank our fans for the support on our latest effort and look forward to kicking your asses again in 2012! Horns up!"

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Cirrha Niva Recruits New Members

Dutch act Cirrha Niva, which announced the band was splitting with its bassist and drummer back in August, has now issued the following statement about recruiting new members:

"New band members found: we'd like to introduce Jan-Frans Knevel and Elger van Delft as our new bass player and drummer. We already had several rehearsals together and we must say that we are glad to have them on board. You can read more of them at our website. Welcome guys!"

You can also check out Cirrha Niva's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page here.

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