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Metal News for October 18, 2010

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In the UAE

Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground we’ll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week we’re going to be taking a look at the young, yet thriving, metal scene in the United Arab Emirates which is probably more commonly known for its immense wealth from oil drilling, and its Islamic culture. While the UAE is made up of seven Emirates, which are basically like states, Dubai is probably the most well known out of all the seven because it hosts the largest building in the World and is thought to be a great holiday destination. Hopefully after you’ve checked out these three bands, you will be putting it at the top of your holiday destinations as well.


Starting with oldest band first, Perversion has been around in the Dubai scene since 2006; playing a very straight up style of perverted death metal in the vein of bands like Dying Fetus and Aborted. Friends and band mates, Mahmud Gecekusu (bass/vocals) and Rhama Al Rhama (guitars) have been the driving force behind the band from the word go. While they were once a four piece, with Mahumd’s younger brother covering lead guitar duties, they were forced to become the only three piece death metal act in the UAE when Ahmet Gecekusu left Dubai for higher education.

Sticking to their guns, Perversion started to accumulate fans, or as they like to call them “perverts,” by playing local gigs, and with the release of their EP “The Origins of Horror” in 2008 people were able to enjoy such deities as “Venomous Semen” and “Dementia of Devourment” in the privacy of their own homes. They are currently working on their debut album “Pillars of the Enlightened”. You can check out songs on their Youtube channel as well as on their MySpace. Here's a video of the band playing "Pillars of the Enlightened":


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Interview with Byron Davis of God Forbid

I recently had the chance to conduct an interview with Byron Davis of New Jersey metal outfit God Forbid. The band was playing a gig at a small bar called Whiskey Tango that I frequented for the better half of a decade. So, before their set at the venue, located in the northeast section of Philadelphia, I was able to pick Byron’s brain a bit.

I’d also like to point out how gracious the guy was when setting this up. I literally e-mailed him about a day and a half before the show to set up the interview. He was quick to reply and quick to solidify details, something I’m not used to. After the interview, he was also kind enough to stand around and shoot the, well you know, with me for a while. It’s a nice change from being rushed doing some interviews to find the singer of this band just relaxed and polite. You can read the full interview after the jump. More...

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Ruins Of Akora Announces New Guitarist

New Jersey metal band Ruins Of Akora has issued the following update welcoming their new guitarist:

"We would like to announced Jon Hamilton as our lead guitarist . We have been working with Jon the past 2 weeks and things have been going great. We are beyond stoked to work on new material.. But until then go over to his page and give him a warm welcome. He will be playing his first show with us on November 9th with The Absence so make sure you come out to that!"

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Funeral For A Friend Announces European Tour

Welsh alternative metal act Funeral For A Friend has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of the U.K and Europe. The following dates, throughout November and December have been announced and confirmed with a few more expected to be announced in the coming days.

Funeral For A Friend European/U.K tour dates:
11/13 Swansea, UK – Sin City
11/14 Leicester, UK – Sub91
11/16 Johanneshov, SWE – Annexet
11/17 Sankt Hanshaugen, NOR – Rockefeller
11/19 Heden, SWE – Lisebergshallen
11/20 Malmo, SWE – Baltiska Hallen
11/21 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
11/23 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
11/24 Zurich, SWI – X-Tra
11/26 Munich, GER – Zenith
11/27 Ludwigsburg, GER – Arena
12/01 Brussels, BEL – AB Club
12/02 Cologne, GER – Luxor
12/03 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle

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Last Chance To Reason Signs With Prosthetic

Augusta, Maine progressive metal act Last Chance To Reason has announced its signing with Prosthetic Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its forthcoming full length album, titled "Level 2," in the first quarter of 2011. "Level 2" was produced by Jamie King who has worked with other progressive metal acts such as The Human Abstract and Between the Buried and Me.

Drummer Evan Sammons commented by saying:

"We're super-pumped for the signing with Prosthetic as they understand what we do as a band and they are actively involved with a lot of other bands that influence us and our music including as Animals As Leaders, Gojira, and many more."

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Valkyrja Comments On European Tour

Sweden's Valkyrja has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent European tour:

"The European tour has reached its end and the eleven countries stand dormant in the ashes of once devouring flames. Our regards and recognition goes out to Massive Music and crew, Ragnar Sverrison (brother in arms!), Marduk, Ragnarok, Ondksapt, Fides Inversa and the hungry audience who shared our grail of victory. Send us your visuals and alike, everything is of highest interest.

"Valkyrja is now officially in alliance with Massive Music. Our putrid glory shall again shadow the future; let this warning stand loud and clear! New merchandise is to expect in the near future. Some will be financed by own means, some will be released under the banner of Ketzer Records. More info to follow..."

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Six Feet Under Puts European Tour On Hold

Florida death metal supergroup Six Feet Under has announced that is had to cancel its forthcoming European "OctoberDeath" tour. The band has released the following statement:

"Unfortunately, our upcoming 'OctoberDeath' tour of Spain, Italy, France and Portugal has been postponed due to reasons beyond the band's control.

"Six Feet Under would like to apologize to our fans and we hope the dates will be rescheduled in the near future. Again, our sincere apologies to all and we look forward to seeing everyone out on the road once new dates have been locked down."

The cancelled dates include:
Oct. 22 - Recanati, Italy - Extra Club
Oct. 23 - Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy - Rock Planet
Oct. 24 - Rome, Italy - Alpheus
Oct. 25 - Goriza, Italy - Pieffe Factory
Oct. 27 - Marseille, France - Le Korigan
Oct. 28 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
Oct. 29 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo And Compas
Oct. 30 - Corroios, Portugal - Cine Teatro Corrios
Oct. 31 - Bergara, Spain - Jam

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Wormrot Performance Footage Available

Singapore based act Wormrot played The Acheron on October 3rd, 2010, where Metal Injection recorded several songs from the performance. You can check out one of the clips below, or find the rest at this location.

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Reptilian Death Posts Studio Footage Online

Mumbai, India technical death metal act Reptilian Death has posted a new studio clip online. The band are currently in the studio, recording the follow up to "Total Annihilation." The new album is expected for release in the summer of 2011 through India's Demonstealer Records. You check out full songs from Reptilian Death at this location.

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Marduk Announces More Tour Dates

Swedish black metallers Marduk are currently readying for their return to the U.S. later this month as part of the "Blackest Of The Black" tour, founded by Danzig front man Glenn Danzig in 2003 as a way to promote extreme bands of his choosing from around the globe. The 2010 edition will officially kick off on October 25th and wind its way through over a dozen cities before making its last stop in mid November. Additional support will be provided by Possessed, Toxic Holocaust and Withered. Marduk will also be doing a handful of headlining shows throughout the tour in Arizona, Oklahoma, Ohio, Iowa, South Dakota, Utah, Nevada and California.

The currently announced dates are as follows:

10/24/2010 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
10/25/2010 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
10/26/2010 The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
10/27/2010 The Village - Little Rock, AR
10/29/2010 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
10/30/2010 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
10/31/2010 The Palladium Showroom - Dallas, TX
11/02/2010 Valarium - Knoxville, TN
11/03/2010 Expo Five - Louisville, KY
11/04/2010 Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
11/05/2010 Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
11/06/2010 Royal Oak Music Theater - Royal Oak, MI
11/07/2010 Congress Theater - Chicago, IL
11/08/2010 Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
11/09/2010 The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
11/10/2010 The Venue - Fargo, ND
11/11/2010 Sports Rock - Rapid City, SD [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
11/12/2010 Gothic Theater - Denver, CO
11/13/2010 Vertigo at The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
11/14/2010 Knitting Factory Concert House - Spokane, WA
11/15/2010 Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA
11/16/2010 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
11/17/2010 Senator Theatre - Chico, CA
11/18/2010 New Oasis - Sparks, NV [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
11/19/2010 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA [Marduk headlining; Blackest Of The Black off-date]
11/20/2010 The Grove Of Anaheim - Anaheim, CA

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CKY Announces North American Tour Dates

West Chester, Pennsylvania alternative metal act CKY has announced the dates for its forthcoming tour of North America. The band are currently on tour to promote its new single, "The Aftermath" and the Jackass 3D soundtrack. You can view the tour dates below:

CKY North American tour dates:
10/29 Teaneck, NJ Mexicali Live
10/30 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero Theatre
10/31 Toronoto, ON Opera House
11/1 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
11/2 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
11/4 West Dundee, IL Clearwater Theater
11/5 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II
11/6 Minneapolis , MN Triple Rock
11/7 Iowa City, IA The Blue Moose Tap House
11/8 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
11/10 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
11/11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
11/12 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
11/13 Towson, MD Recher Theatre

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Shadows Fall Posts Performance Footage From DVD

Massachusetts metal act Shadows Fall has posted the track "Redemption" from its forthcoming live DVD online, through CraveOnline. The new DVD, titled "Madness In Manila: Shadows Fall Live In The Philippines 2009," is set for release on October 25, 2010 through Everblack Industries/Ferret Music.

You can view the video below:

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Gwar Adds More Dates To Tour Schedule

Richmond, Virginia's shock thrashers Gwar have announced additional dates for thier annual North American tour. The tour kicks off on October 2nd, 2010 in Baltimore and now runs until December 30th ending in Norfolk. This is the second time the band have added new dates to the tour since its initial annoucement in late August.

Gwar - newly added tour dates:
12/26 New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
12/27 So. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
12/28 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
12/29 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
12/30 Norfolk, VA – The Norva

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Norther Posts Third Studio Video Online

Finnish melodic thrash metal act Norther has posted a third video update online. The band are currently working with producer Anssi Kippo to create its sixth full length album, "Circle Regenerated." The album is planned for an early 2011 release through Century Media Records.

You can view the video below:

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Amoeba Music Interviews Ozzy At Record Signing

Check out Ozzy’s interview with Amoeba Music in Los Angeles from his "Scream" record release signing. He talks about his influences, the meaning of heavy metal, Black Sabbath and more.

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Believer Frontman Posts New Album Update

Technical thrash metal veterans Believerare currently in the studio to record a new album, which will be released next year through Metal Blade Records. Guitarist/vocalist Kurt Bachman has posted a message online, updating fans on the album's status. The message reads as follows:

"The recording is going well for and the guitars, bass, drums are complete. We're working on vocals, keys and leads to finish this up over the next several weeks. Must say that we're excited about this one and hope you are also. Once we get a definitive release date we will let you know, but it will most likely be in the spring of 2011. We're hoping that this one is less pirated also so we can continue to do this for years to come."

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Khors To Re-Issue Two Albums As 2-CD Set

Paragon Records will be re-issuing "The Flames Of Eternity’s Decline" and "Cold" from Ukrainian black metal legion Khors. The albums, originally released in 2005 and 2006 respectively, will come as a two-CD set with a new layout, nine bonus tracks and a rare early video from the band. The set will be released via Paragon Records on October 19th, 2010. Khors will also release a new full-length, entitled "Return To Abandoned," later this year.

"The Flame Of Eternity's Decline" track listing:

01. Wounds Of The Past
02. Eyes Of Eternal Loneliness
03. Throne Of Antiquity
04. Trees are remembers
05. Breath
06. Moan Of The Grief
07. Spirit Of Fury
08. Flame Of Eternity
09. Wounds Of The Past (wood mix)
10. Spirit Of Fury (moon mix)
11. Moan Of The Grief (live)
12. Trees Are Remembers (demo)
13. Eyes Of Eternal Loneliness (demo)
14. Throne Of Antiquity (demo)
15. Flame Of Eternity (demo) More...

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As I Lay Dying To Re-Issue Latest Album

San Diego, California metalcore act As I Lay Dying has revealed details regarding the band's forthcoming release of "The Powerless Rise" in a box set format. The new edition, being labelled as "super deluxe fan box" is set to include "The Powerless Rise" CD and 12" vinyl picture disc, "The Powerless Rise" DVD documentary with in-studio footage and interviews plus exclusive bonus content, guitar, bass and drum tab book, hardcover book with lyrics, photos, and an editorial from the band, 12" x 12" lithograph print, three collectors As I Lay Dying guitar picks, mini drumstick keychain, As I Lay Dying vest patch, As I Lay Dying window cling and an As I Lay Dying jacket pin.

The boxset is set for release on May 11, 2011. More information can be found at this location.

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Woe Posts New Album Ecard

Phladelphia based black metal band Woe released the new album "Quietly, Undramatically" on October 12th via Candlelight Records. The band has also posted an ecard online with audio samples and information about the new album online at this location. You can also catch Woe live on the following dates:

10/28/2010 King Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA FREE SHOW w/ KRIEG, Infernal Stronghold
10/29/2010 Machines With Magnets - Pawtucket, RI w/ KRIEG, Sewer Goddess, Dead Times
10/30/2010 The Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY w/ KRIEG

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Dream Theater Member Wins Billboard Music Award

Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess has won first place in the recent Billboard Music App Awards for his "MorphWiz" synth program. Jordan, along with chief programmer Kevin Chartier won the award in the category of "Best Music Creation App."

Jordan Rudess commented on the award by saying:

"Receiving the Billboard Music Creation App award is incredibly rewarding. It's a direct message from the industry supporting my passion for the entire iPhone and iPad music app movement. Having MorphWiz receive industry acclaim is a strong statement and empowers me to continue my work, not only on my own music apps but with the creative app community in general. I'm finding out from people that what is important to them about MorphWiz is the fact that in addition to being a deep audio-visual music making experience with so many possibilities, it is also an experience that is really fun for anybody interested in playing with sound and visuals. My customers range from toddlers just putting their hands on the surface and hearing and seeing cool things, to the professional musician, who realizes that MorphWiz offers a next generation type musical control for their music making.

"While music apps out there try to mimic existing instruments, we designed MorphWiz from the start to harness modern mobile device technology to create a new musical instrument that is fresh, exciting, and remarkably expressive. It's rewarding for us to be able to offer MorphWiz to iOS products across the board! Whether you are on an Ipod 2nd generation, Iphone 3G, or an iPad, you can still enjoy MorphWiz and get a fantastic musical experience!"

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Creation's End Announces New Album Details

Creation's End is the collaboration between guitarist Rudy Albert (ex-Zandelle) and drummer Dario Rodriguez, who have been playing music together since 1999 in various capacities. With a newly renovated studio and producer John Macaluso (James Labrie Band, Fool’s Game, ex-Ark, ex-TNT, ex-Yngwie Malsmteen) on board, Rudy and Dario set out to record eight reworked versions of songs that appeared on early demos.

They also recruited several musicians to round out the lineup, including Mike DiMeo, (ex-Masterplan, ex-Riot), Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie Band), and Joe Black (Chris Caffery, ex-Zandelle). The band's debut album "A New Beginning" is set to be released on November 9th, 2010 via New Jersey-based prog metal outfit Sensory Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Of Shadow And Flame
2. World Holocaust
3. Hollow
4. Dissociate
5. Still Life
6. Forsaken
7. Relic
8. Creation's End

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Triptykon Posts New Music Video Online

Triptykon, the new band from Celtic Frost and Hellhammer founder Tom G. Warrior (aka Tom Fischer,) has posted their first music video online for the song, "Shattter." You can check it out below. The song is the title track from the band's forthcoming new EP, which will be released on October 25th through Prowling Death/Century Media Records.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

"I Am The Twilight"
"Circle Of The Tyrants" (Live)
"Dethroned Emperor" (Live) More...

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Riverside Frontman To Release Second Solo Album

Mariusz Duda, vocalist and bassist for Polish progressive metal act Riverside, has released details surrounding his forthcoming solo album. "Lunatic Soul II," also referred to by Duda as "The White Album," is the second solo release from the Riverside frontman and has a release date set for October 25, 2010. Mariusz Duda commented by saying:

"It will again be a story about a journey through a place that exists somewhere in-between, enriched with new motifs and retrospections. A sort of a road movie about a lost soul. Musically speaking perhaps more intense and unsetting than the first part but with the predominance of certain space and lightness that can be, I hope so, associated with the colour white. Hence, the album is a sort of a continuation but certainly not a repetition."

The tracklist of Lunatic Soul's white album:
1. The In-Between Kingdom
2. Otherwhere
3. Suspended In Whiteness
4. Asoulum
5. Limbo
6. Escape from ParadIce
7. Transition
8. Gravestone Hill
9. Wanderings?

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Images Of Eden Reveals New Album Release Date

Pennsylvania progressive metal act Images Of Eden have set February 22, 2011 as the release date for its forthcoming full length album. The new album, titled "Rebuilding The Ruins," is the follow up to 2006's "Sunlight of the Spirit" and is being described as a "73 minute long concept record" and was produced by Chris Lucci and mastered by Grammy-nominated producer, Eric Zimmerman (Fates Warning, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Buck Cherry, Suicidal Tendencies.)

You can check out the first single from "Rebuilding The Ruins," titled "Tribal Scars," over at the band's official Myspace page.

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Halcyon Way Cancels Tour With Stuck Mojo

Atlanta based act Halcyon Way has canceled the band's upcoming European tour with Stuck Mojo. The band commented on the cancellation:

"Guitarist Jon Bodan was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma, a form of cancer. After weeks of intense testing, it was the opinion of Jon’s doctors and everyone involved with the tour that the best course of action was for the band to not take part in the tour. This will allow Jon to quickly begin an aggressive treatment program.

"All of the members of Halcyon Way would like to thank the fans and the members of Fozzy, Stuck Mojo and their management team for all of your support and understanding. We hope to make the trip to Europe in the near future! At this time, the band is looking forward to Jon’s speedy recovery and playing Florida Power Fest in December with Blind Guardian!"

Halcyon Way released the sophomore album, “Building The Towers”, through Nightmare Records in North America on October 12th, 2010.

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Circus Maximus Recording New Album

Circus Maximus has issued the following brief announcement about working on a new album:

"Recording begins! Oh, yes! We are starting the recording of the new CM-album. Truls has set up his drums in the studio and will use the next couple of weeks to beat the crap out of them. Stay tuned for updates."

Circus Maximus also has several tracks available for streaming via the band's MySpace profile.

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Forgotten Tales Offering Free MP3 Download

Forgotten Tales has issued the following announcement about offering a free MP3 download for "Diviner:"

"Hi everyone. We would like to wish good luck to Mike who will attend Saturday, October 23 at the finals of the Roland V-Drums Contest 2010. The national final will be held at the Montreal Drum Fest at 11:00 AM

"He had previously ranked among the top 10 in the semifinals of eastern Canada. We would also like to give you a foretaste of 'We Shall See The Light' with the first audio clip 'Diviner.' À suivre..."

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Helheim Posts Music Video Teaser Online

Norwegian black metal act Helheim has posted a new music video teaser clip online. The band recently shot a video for the track "Dualitet og Ulver" which appears on its forthcoming "Asgards Fall" EP. "Asgards Fall" is set for release on November 1, 2010 through Dark Essence Records.

You can view the video teaser below:


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DesDemon Signs With Radtone Music

New York power-goth metal act DesDemon has announced its signing with Radtone Music. The band are currently preparing its debut full length release and the follow up to its debut EP, titled "The Awakening."

The new album is planned for release sometime in early 2011. More...

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Massive Assault Uploads Performance Video

Video footage has been posted online of Massive Assault performing on September 12th, 2010 at Atak Enschede. The clip can be viewed below.

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Revolting Announces New Album Details

Swedish death metal band Revolting has issued the following announcement about the release of the band's new album "In Grisly Rapture:"

"The new Revolting album In Grisly Rapture will be released by FDA Rekotz sometime early next year. So far the album contains of 9 songs, wich of one is an instrumental. The songs are the most catchy yet most brutal Revolting has spewn forth so far. We are sure you will be Revolted!"

You can also hear Revolting's music via the band's official MySpace page.

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Morbid Angel Studio Footage Available

Florida death metal legends Morbid Angel have posted a new video online featuring the recording of drums for its forthcoming studio album. The band went to Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida on June 22 with engineer Erik Rutan to record its ninth full length album, due in early 2011 through Season Of Mist records.

You can view the video below:

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Scarpoint Posts Performance Footage

Scarpoint has posted live performance footage online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:

"Hey fuckers! On Saturdays gig we did a Sepultura cover, Roots bloody roots. On stage we invited Micke Sehlin from Degradead to guest. Here is a live clip from that show. Stay twisted fuckers!"

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Triptykon To Release Vinyl Box Set

Triptykon has releaded the details regarding its forthcoming box set edition of "Eparistera Daimones." The new set, titled "Eparistera Daimones - The Complete Sessions," is set to include the "Eparistera Daimones" album on two picture vinyl discs, with gatefold cover, printed inner sleeves, and two posters as well as the "Shatter" EP on picture vinyl, with regular sleeve and printed inner sleeve.

The release date for "Eparistera Daimones - The Complete Sessions" has been set for October 25, 2010 through Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records.

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The Kandidate Comments On Bus Crash

The Kandidate has issued the following statement about the band's bus crashing in Norway:

"Bus crash – everybody's fine. This morning the bus with the crew crashed on a highway in Norway. The bus simply came too close to the edge of the road and tilted on the right side. No one was hurt and tonight's show carries on as scheduled."

You can still catch The Kandidate live on the following dates:

10/18 2010 Studentersamfundet Trondheim, NORWAY
10/20 2010 USF Verftet Bergen, NORWAY
10/21 2010 Byscenen Haugesund, NORWAY
10/22 2010 Folken Stavanger, NORWAY
10/23 2010 Sentrum Scene Oslo, NORWAY
10/28 2010 BETA Copenhagen, Amager, DENMARK
10/29 2010 Von Hatten Randers, Jylland, DENMARK
10/30 2010 Templet Lyngby, Sjælland, DENMARK
11/2 2010 Philipshalle Düsseldorf, GERMANY
11/3 2010 Arena Ludwigsburg, GERMANY
11/4 2010 Zenith München, GERMANY
11/5 2010 Gasometer Wien, AUSTRIA
11/6 2010 Stadthalle Graz, AUSTRIA
11/7 2010 Mac 2 Schio, Vicenza, ITALY
11/8 2010 Eishalle Deutweg Zürich/Winterthur, SWITZERLAND
11/9 2010 Bad Bonn Düdingen, SWITZERLAND
11/10 2010 Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
11/11 2010 Lotto Arena Antwerp, BELGIUM
11/13 2010 Arena Chemnitz, GERMANY
11/14 2010 Columbiahalle Berlin, GERMANY
11/15 2010 Sporthalle Hamburg, GERMANY
11/17 2010 NRGi Arena Aarhus, DENMARK
11/18 2010 Gigantium Aalborg, DENMARK
11/19 2010 Forum Copenhagen, DENMARK
11/20 2010 Idrætshal Odense, DENMARK

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Interview With NRSV Vocalist Dean Miller

Since appearing in the New York Hardcore documentary movie in 1995, No Redeeming Social Value has become known to fans of the genre all across the world as a good time band who are as funny as they are a solid unit. I was recently given the opportunity to ask lead vocalist Dean Miller some questions and found that there was much more to the band than beer and hardcore... More...

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Darkest Hour Announces European Tour

Washington D.C. metalcore act Darkest Hour has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Canadian progressive metal act Protest the Hero, Born of Osiris and Purified In Blood.

Darkest Hour European tour dates:
Jan. 26 - Stuttgart, Germany - Röhre
Jan. 27 - Nijmegen, Holland - Doornroosje
Jan. 28 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
Jan. 29 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Jan. 30 - London, UK - Garage
Jan. 31 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Trix
Feb. 01 - Berlin, Germany - Magnet
Feb. 02 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos Saal
Feb. 03 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
Feb. 04 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
Feb. 05 - München, Germany - Feierwerk
Feb. 06 - Budapest, Hungary - Dürer Kert
Feb. 07 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Feb. 08 - Bologna, Italy - Sottotetto Club
Feb. 09 - Rome, Italy - Init Club
Feb. 10 - Aarau, Switzerland - Kiff
Feb. 11 - Trier, Germany - Exhaus
Feb. 12 - Köln, Germany - Essigfabrik

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Wrath Of The Weak Streaming New Album

New York's Wrath of the Weak is currently streaming the album "Solace" online via Band Camp at this location. The track listing for "Solace" is as follows:

1. The sad truth, the dirty lowdown
2. Three forty one
3. Sweet virgin summer
4. Function generator
5. We made worlds together...

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Hail Of Bullets Posts New Music Video Online

Dutch death metal act Hail of Bullets has posted its new music online. The video was shot for the track "Operation Z," which is included on the band's 2010 release "On Divine Winds." "On Divine Winds" was released on October 12, 2010 through Metal Blade Records.

You can view the video below:

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Circle Of Chaos Updates German Tour

Sweden's Circle of Chaos has issued the following update about the band's upcoming German tour dates:

"Latest news from the Chaos team - the cities and venues for the second and third show in Germany on the 14+15 of january have now been confirmed. On friday the 14th we'll play at the Club 99 in Lübeck and on saturday the 15th you will find us in Ahrensburg at Juki42.

"The tour will begin on Thursday the 13th at the Blues Club Meisenfrei in Bremen. As we have said earlier, this is our FIRST tour in Germany, but not the last so stay tuned ... Cheers and see you in Germany!"

You can also check out the band's music via the Circle of Chaos MySpace page.

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Video Interview Available With Gravdal

Contraband Candy has posted a video interview online with Gravdal guitarists Phobos and Specter, which was filmed during the Hole in the Sky Festival. The video clip can be viewed below.

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In Peccatum Starts Pre-Production For Debut Album

Portugal's In Peccatum has issued the following brief announcement about commencing the pre-production of the band's debut album: "The band has started today, at the SPS Studio from our keyboard player, Bruno 'Spell,' the pre-production of our first album." You can also check out several sample In Peccatum tracks available online for streaming through the band's MySpace profile.

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Jaldaboath Working On New Material

Medieval folk metallers Jaldaboath have checked in with the following update about working on new material:

"Dearest brethren and siterlings, Jaldaboath are currently undertaking ground-works for the next release in the story of our continuing crusade through the medieval lands of lunacy, debauchery and total annihilation of all manxome foes... Although recording with a donkey-powered multi-track in the 14th Century can take some time, we are hoping to have something ready in early 2011 (your time, not ours !).

"Meanwhile, as the vestments have not as yet been forthcoming from Napalm Records, we hope this may be rectified by our very own sack-cloth mercers in the months to come. Onward to bowel exctreting doom - raise the crummhorns!"

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haarp's "The Filth" Has A Release Date

haarp's heavily anticipated full-length debut album "The Filth" will be released on November 23rd on Housecore Records, owned and operated by the infamous Philip Anselmo, who also produced the album. Well-known tattoo artist Paul Booth has created the artwork for the album. haarp has many spilt albums and demos under their belt, but "The Filth" is their first official release. The tracklisting is:

1. The Rise, The Fall
2. All, Alone
3. A New Reign
4. The Blue Chamber Painted Red
5. Peerless
6. Minutia
7. Here In The Dark
8. Plurimus Humilus, Ciacco
9. The Fall, The Rise

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Sonic Ritual Issues Band Update

Swedish act Sonic Ritual has issued the following update about the band's upcoming activity:

"Greetings fellow slugs and creeps, The Ritual will break the last few month's silence with a live performance at the Live Evil Festival in London, UK, this Saturday the 23rd of October. The line-up is handpicked from Fenriz's 'Band of the Week' blog and consists of great acts such as Obliteration, Ghost and Vulcano.

"Sonic Ritual will open the festival, which is held at The Underworld in Camden. We go on at 14.30, so be there early! Info here. Also, the 'Mother Hearse' 12" is now entirely sold out."

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Uluun Cancels Upcoming Shows

French act Uluun has issued the following brief update about canceling upcoming tour dates:

"Dates from 20/11 with Aktarum (Defection of the room) and 18/12 with Back In Pain (Availability) are quashed. The group will now focus on recording his album which will be ready for January 2011."

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

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Jay Weinberg on Madball: “Fired? I Quit!”

Not having publicly responded to Madball vocalist Freddy Cricien’s comments to the press regarding his departure, drummer Jay Weinberg wants to set the record straight:

"There has been so much noise on the internet regarding my parting ways with Madball – largely distorted – that I wanted to take the opportunity to set the record straight as I see it. Then, anyone who is interested can make up their own mind.

"Freddy Cricien has most recently inaccurately described my participation in the writing and recording process of Madball’s latest project, 'Empire.'

"Throughout the several months-long writing and rehearsing process held at Madball’s Queens, New York workspace, I was fully engaged in the writing of the music for this album. As important as Freddy’s lyrics would become when the music was finished, he was only present at those pre-recording sessions on two or three occasions.

"The recording went well, evidenced by the final release, and I am proud of my contributions to the music – live and in the studio.

"However, Freddy has grossly mischaracterized my time with the band in the press; yet I have not responded publicly to any Madball statements.

"Until now.

"I agree that Madball will be better served by an individual more attuned to their particular lifestyle and, occasionally, a new band member will grind gears with long-time members over non-musical issues. To each his own.

"But, let me be clear – while I really enjoyed playing the music, I do not subscribe to their choice of habits and lifestyle. This past August while on tour in Europe, disturbing events within the band indicated to me that it was time for me to move on.

"While on tour in Canada in September, I informed Freddy, Mitts, and Hoya of my decision to leave – but not before they had found a replacement.

"The very next morning came Freddy’s press release and claim that he had
'…released me.'

"Well, that’s just not the case.

"It is true that everyone is entitled to their own opinions – but not their own facts!

"Timing is everything, and who would disagree that one cannot be fired after having quit –
decisively, amicably and well in advance of Freddy’s harsh and public 'spin' of the facts.

"Bottom line – check out Madball’s new release, 'Empire' – I’m proud of it, Madball should be proud of it, and, I believe that Madball’s fans will love it!"

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2 Sides 2 Die Premieres New Song, "Autumn's Ashes"

Metalunderground.com is now premiering Pennsylvania band 2 Sides 2 Die's new song, "Autumn's Ashes," off the band's upcoming album "Fatal Flaw." "Autumn's Ashes" is available for streaming or free download below:

Download "Autumn's Ashes" (right click and "Save As...")

The band has a CD release show planned for November 12th in Wayneboro, Pennsylvania at Rocket Guitars.

Here's the complete "Fatal Flaw" tracklisting:

1. Through my Veins
2. No Surprise Sunrise
3. Fatal Flaw
4. So Clear
5. Autumn's Ashes
6. Never Again
7. You're my Problem
8. Holy Grail
9. Solum's Silence
10. Preyed
11. So You Know:
12. Moonlight

The band recently released a video for the title track off "Fatal Flaw" and announced a free Halloween acoustic performance at their local Hot Topic in the York Galleria Mall on October 21st starting at 5pm. Each person will receive $5.00 off any purchase over $25.00 of Hot Topic Products and the band will also be judging for the best Halloween costume. The band and Hot Topic will both be giving away prizes to whoever shows up with the best costume.

We'll be bringing you the full album stream of "Fatal Flaw" in the coming weeks as well.

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Michael Angelo Batio Joins Maxxxwell Carlisle

"Speed Force," the new instrumental shred album from Los Angeles based metal guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, featuring legendary shredder Michael Angelo Batio and cello virtuoso Tina Guo is set for worldwide release on November 19th, 2010, via Power Dungeon Music. The full-length CD is the follow-up to Maxxxwell's previous solo album, the vocal based "Ramming Speed". Michael Batio melts his fretboard on the 7 minute shred-epic, "Axis Accelerator" and Tina Guo plays an eargasm inducing electric cello solo on "Duet for Electric Guitar and Electric Cello in A minor" (currently available on iTunes). The majority of the tracks also feature top LA session drummer Anton Peterson.

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