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Metal News for October 26, 2009

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Opeth Updates Tour Schedule

Swedish metallers Opeth have updated their tour schedule with the following list of upcoming dates:

10/27 Palalottomatica Rome
10/29 Future Show Station Arena Bologna
10/30 Ljubljana Tivoli
10/31 Palasport Treviso
11/10 Hangar 11, Tel-Aviv Port Tel Aviv
11/17 O-East Tokyo
11/18 Club Quattro Osaka
11/22 The Tivoli (18+) Brisbane
11/23 Enmore Theatre Sydney
11/23 Enmore Theatre Sydney
11/25 Palace Theatre (18+) Melbourne
11/25 Palace Theatre Melbourne
12/4 Fuzz Club Athens
12/5 Principal Club Thessaloniki

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Dead Shape Figure Enlists New Bassist

Dead Shape Figure has issued the following statement about recruiting a new bass player:

"Dead Shape Figure has found a new bass player... phhhh.... We actually didn't even search a new bass player we just called to our old friend Ere and asked if he has any interest of being a worthless piece of s.... a bass player in DSF and after the call maybe 2h later Ere was in our rehearsal room learning the new songs and jamming like a mofo. It's so much easier to deal with an old friend rather than bringing in a bunch of strangers into the auditions and first explain them how DSF rolls, then see if they can play anything and finally when the band thinks that this guy is the one they realize that he is actually a cunt when he drinks over 6 beers and starts to really annoy everyone and then at some point he will tell the band that how ridiculous is the fact that the band is paying their own plane tickets and not the label when they are leaving on tour and how his girlfriend thinks this and that and blaablaablaa...

"A little bit of over exaggerating maybe... But from an experience we thought that this is the best idea... And we have really missed Ernos scence of sarcasm in the rehearsal space. Oh, and for you who dont know: Erno played guitar in DSF during 2004-2008. Other news:
We have a studio booked for this year and we are almost ready with the pre-production... We are gonna unleash all the details about the new album next month." More...

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Inside We Die Recording New Songs

Ohio's Inside We Die have entered the studio to record four new tracks for their upcoming album "At Arms Reach." The new album will include the new tracks as well as four previously recorded songs. Samples of Inside We Die's music can be heard at their MySpace page. The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

11/7 The carriage house Louisville, Ohio
11/13 The outpost Kent, Ohio
12/6 Sadie renees N.Canton, Ohio

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Teamkiller Signs to Let It Burn Records

German hardcore label LET IT BURN RECORDS has announced the signing of TEAMKILLER from Stuttgart, Germany. The band will release their new full length album in 2010.

TEAMKILLER comments on the cooperation: "We're glad to work with a constantly growing label of reliable and hard-working reputation. Also the fact that we have personal ties and work experience with them for a long time made the choice an easy one."

Let It Burn Records also commented on the signing: "We're in the honorable position to work with the premier league of German hardcore bands and our latest signing TEAMKILLER fits very well in this context. We've been following this band since day one and we're looking forward to cooperate with such a self-confident and audacious band."

To shorten the wait until LET IT BURN RECORDS is going to release the new album, TEAMKILLER decided to release an additional MCD/10" on COBRA RECORDS before long. Check out their new track "Nightcrawler" on the band's MySpace page.

Teamkiller has a few upcoming shows planned:

Nov 3 2009 8:00P - Feierwerk München
Dec 5 2009 8:00P - Scheune Ibbenbüren
Dec 26 2009 8:00P - Olden Live Club Lonato Di Brescia
Dec 29 2009 8:00P - Cassiopeia Berlin

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The Accused Comments On Canceled Show

The Accused has issued the following statement about missing their October 23rd tour date:

"An October 23rd Port Angeles, WA concert by The Accused was cut-short and foiled Friday when extremely high winds over the waters of Puget Sound forced Washington State Ferries officials to shut-down ferry service to the area, which in turn prohibited one of the band members of the night's headliners The Accused from accessing that part of Washington State.

"Located about 2 hour's drive Northwest of Seattle, Port Angeles, WA is located in a remote, densely-forrested region of the Evergreen State known as the Olympic Penninsula. Access to the town is limited, with only two main roads leading in or out; from either old Highway 101 west of the rugged, snow-capped Olympic Mountain range, or via the scenic Peninsula State highway--the route which the stranded band member was preparing to take.

"Prohibiting this veteran Washingtonian access to the highway leading into Pt. Angeles, however was the impromptu cancelling of the 35 minute Pt. Townsend - Keystone ferry ride across the Puget Sound; an order placed by the ferry Captain merely minutes before the guitarist's arrival at the dock. With a useless pre-paid reservation ticket in his hand and no other practical way to access the town the distraught musician had to call and tell the rest of the band that he was stuck and couldn't get to the show. More...

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Bleed Posts New Music Video

Bleed has posted a music video online from the title track of their self-titled promo EP "Bleed." The video clip can be viewed below. More...

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Futures End Seeking Fan Input On Downloading

Futures End has issued the following statement to fans requesting their input on what they can do to convince people to buy music instead of illegally downloading:

"Greetings, music fans!

"We live in a world where, over the past 15 years, it has gotten even harder to create marketable music that supports itself. What I am referring to is not necessarily making a ton of money in the music business to support the artists desire for a Ferrari and beach front property in Monte Carlo, but in the way that will allow the artists to put together tours, record better quality albums, and bring the fans the merchandise that they want.

With the advent of the internet, quality recording software and hardware at far more reasonable prices than ever before in history, it has become much easier for the bands to make themselves known to the world, but it still takes the kind of money to deliver great records and to hit the road in support of them that - let's face it - most artists just don't have. We know from our own experience as fans and from talking to so many people, that so many of our favorite bands - especially in the prog/power genre of metal - don't ever seem to get to the United States if they are from Europe, or if they are from this side of the ocean, out West toward California to play. More...

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Nile Announces New Album Listening Party

Nile have announced a listening party and signing session for their new album "Those Whom the Gods Detest" to be held on Friday November 6, 2009 at 7pm at Earshot Records in Greenville South Carolina. Fans can hear "Those Whom the Gods Detest" in its entirety and have the band sign their copy of the album. The event is open to the public and can be attended by showing up at the following address :

Earshot Records Store
1418 Laurens Rd.
Greenville, SC 29607

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Ancara Posts "Tears With A Smile" Video

Finland's Ancara has posted a new music video online for "Tears With A Smile," which also features Agnes Pihlava. The video clip can be viewed below. More...

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Urgehal Streaming New Song Online

Norwegian black metal band Urgehal has uploaded a new song titled "Dødelagt," which is from their upcoming album "Ikonoklast." The track can be heard at the band's official MySpace page. "Ikonoklast" will be released on Season of Mist's Underground Activists division on November 16th. The tracklisting for "Ikonoklast" is as follows:

1. Stesolid Self-Destruction To Damnation
2. Dødelagt
3. Cut Their Tongue Shut Their Prayer
4. The Necessity Of Total Genocide
5. Kniven Rider Dypt I Natt
6. Astral Projection To Rabid Hell
7. Approaching Doom
8. Holocaust In Utopia
9. Sopor Necrosanctus

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Unearth Posts New Music Video Online

The video for "Grave of Opportunity" off Unearth's latest album "The March" has been posted online through Destructoid.com and can be viewed below. The video was shot with Artificial Army and vocalist Trevor Phipps describes that "with our video for Grave of Opportunity, we wanted to give the vibe of a party meeting music. That goal was achieved and then some with the video game/kegger theme. Check it out!" More...

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Royal Hunt Issues Recording Update

Danish metallers Royal Hunt have announced they have finished two weeks of recording vocals for their upcoming album. Video footage of their time in the recording studio can be also be viewed below. More...

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Gwydion Posts Recording Footage

Portuguese folk metallers Gwydion have issued the following recording update:


"So you thought the previous report was fun? well check out what we are doing on studio this time!! This video includes some more scenes recording Rhythm Guitars and Gwydion's night off tooo... muahahah! Ohh by the way we have drums, keyboards, guitars and bass recorded! Ruben is recording the vocals now! It's sounding KILLER! Stay tuned for more updates and enjoy this video!"

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Arkaea Drops Off Kittie Tour

Arkaea has issued the following statement about dropping off their tour with Kittie:

"Unfortunately Arkaea had to leave the Kittie tour 5 shows early. I apologize to all my friends and fans who were expecting to see us perform, we'll defiantly make it up to you very soon.

"For the past week I had been pushing myself to perform with the flu and I hoped it would eventually fade away, but it got worse. Once the sickness moved into my lungs I took my ass to the clinic in Flint Michigan. I had a chest xray and it turns out I have pneumonia. The doctor almost put me into a hospital bed I was so bad... I decided my health is the most important and I came home to rest.

"A big thanks to everyone on the tour, Kittie, Soil, Straight Line Stitch, crew and the fans for making this tour such a blast! I wish it could have ended on a better note for me, but that's life sometimes."

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Red Harvest Video Footage Available

Fan filmed video footage has been posted online of Red Harvest performing the song "Beyond the End" during their show in Oslo's Spacebunker on October 24th, 2009. The video clip can be viewed below. More...

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Chthonic Posts U.K. Tour Promo Video

Chthonic has posted a new promo video online for their upcoming U.K. tour dates. The video clip can be viewed below. Chthonic's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

10/27 Club Soda Montreal, Quebec
10/31 The Relentless Garage London, London and South East
11/1 Academy 2 OXFORD

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Claws To Provide Song For New Relapse Release

Finnish death metallers Claws have announced they will be providing an exclusive song titled "Pestilent Scavenger" on a new death metal 7" series to be published by Relapse Records. Samples of Claws music can be found at their official MySpace page.

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Every Time I Die Joining Rockstar Tour

Every Time I Die have announced they will be joining the Rockstar Taste Of Chaos Tour 2009 alongside Killswitch Engage, In Flames, and Dead By April. The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:

11/27 @ Academy, Glasgow, UK
11/28 @ Academy, Bristol, UK
11/30 @ Academy, Newcastle, UK
12/01 @ Academy, Birmingham, UK
12/02 @ Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
12/03 @ Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
12/04 @ Trix Hall, Antwerp, Brussels
12/06 @ Columbia Halle, Berlin, Germany
12/07 @ Rhein Main Halle, Wiesbaden, Germany
12/08 @ Zenith, Munich, Germany
12/09 @ Turbinen Halle, Oberhausen, Germany
12/11 @ Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
12/12 @ Scandanavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
12/13 @ Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
12/14 @ Arena, Malmo, Sweden
12/16 @ Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland

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Hostile Cell Issues Recording Update

Swedish metallers Hostile Cell have issued the following recording update:

"Hey all

"Sorry for the lack of updates. As you all have heard me say before, we have a fantastic album in the works. I'm starting vocal tracking next week, which will be a real challenge =) This album recording has been super slow due to some circumstances that I can't get into at this moment. The most important thing is that we get this album, that we are really proud of, out there as soon as it's done. When the album is finished, we will make new announcements that will clear up the situation that has slowed us down. Stay heavy!"

A video clip of Hostile Cell in the recording studio can be also be viewed below. More...

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Mortiis Announces New Tour Dates

Mortiis has announced they will be performing a series of shows in Holland and Belgium. “We’re all looking forward to going back to Holland,” said band namesake Mortiis. “We haven’t played there in a long time and we always had a great time there. We’re also doing a couple of towns there we haven’t played before, so that will be interesting as well.”

Mortiis is currently in the process of finishing the recording for "The Great Deceiver," their upcoming full-length album. “We’re gearing up to release ‘The Great Deceiver’ at long last, and it felt like it would make sense to do a few shows before 2009 comes to an end,” Mortiis said. “Shake the dust off and get back into the ‘live mode,’ so to speak. We obviously plan on coming back to Holland/Belgium and as many other countries as possible during 2010.”

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

12/16/09 Wed. Zaandam, Kade - HOLLAND
12/17/09 Thu. Basement, Watt - HOLLAND
12/18/09 Fri. Leeuwarden, Gloppe - HOLLAND
12/19/09 Sat. Hermes Project Event, O C DeVonke, Heule - BELGIUM

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Slayer Posts Sixth Track Explanation Video

The sixth entry in Slayer's "World Painted Blood" song explanation videos has been posted online through Rocksound.tv. The new video clip, which can be viewed below, discusses the song "Public Display Of Dismemberment."

"World Painted Blood" will be released Tuesday, November 3rd in North America and Monday, November 2nd to the rest of the world. The "World Painted Blood" track listing is as follows:

1. World Painted Blood
2. Unit 731
3. Snuff
4. Beauty Through Order
5. Hate Worldwide
6. Public Display Of Dismemberment
7. Human Strain
8. Americon
9. Psychopathy Red
10. Playing With Dolls
11. Not Of This God More...

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Swallow The Sun Announces Acoustic Show

Finnish metallers Swallow the Sun have announced they will be performing a free acoustic show in Levykauppa Äx Helsinki on November 5th. The show will be performed by vocalist Mikko, guitarist Markus Jämsen, and keyboardist Aleksi Munter. Swallow the Sun are set to release their new album "New Moon" on November 4th in Finland, November 9th in the UK, and November 10th in the US.

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Vader Checks In From The Road

Vocalist Peter Wiwczarek of Polish metallers Vader has issued the following road report:

"Welcome all Vadermaniax!!!!! Funeral Nation Tour 2009 in Europe has come to its end...Awesome time, that we have spent with our Friends from The Ordher, Fleshgod Apocalypse and veterans from Marduk is gone so incredible fast. As always-professional work of Massive Music, hard work of our Team and powerful shows left so many unforgotten memories in our hearts....and hunger for more! We can inform You already, that we'll continue this 'Blitzkrieg' with Marduk in January in South part of Europe-also in some countries, we couldn't play this year. More details are coming up soon! On the Tour we were trying to play songs from our last album 'Necropolis' mixed with some older, 'classical' Vader tunes. Of course, it was not possible to play as much as we wanted having just an hour to play (or even less sometimes...). In 2010 we're gonna configure live set , so all those Die Hard Vader Maniax should be enough satisfied as well. On 2nd November but we fly to US continent to tour again and we'll stay over there til mid of December. I'll keep trying -of course - to inform You all about progress of 'Monsters of Death' US Tour. See You in Hell !!!!!"

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Woe Of Tyrants Working On New Album

Ohio metallers Woe Of Tyrants have just wrapped up their U.S. tour with God Dethroned, Abigail Williams, and Augury. The band is currently preparing to write and record their third full length album and follow up to their Metal Blade debut, "Kingdom Of Might." Vocalist Chris Catanzaro adds: "God Dethroned's last date on the War Propaganda Tour was last night, hate to see them go! Amazingly kind and generous people, and many thanks goes to the band and their crew for making things run so smoothly for everyone. A few dates left with Abigail Williams/Augury and then we're holing ourselves up in our rehearsal space to finish writing our new record, expect it to hit this spring!"

While on tour, Woe of Tyrants sat down for a chat with Ryan’s Rock show. A video clip of the interview can be viewed below. More...

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As We Fight Cancels Hamburg Tour Date

Denmark's As We Fight have announced they are canceling their planned tour date at Logo in Hamburg tonight, October 26th. You can still catch As We Fight live on the following dates:

10/30 Kansas City Odense, Denmark
10/31 Recession Festival Aarhus, Denmark
11/6 Aalborg Metal Festival Aalborg, Denmark
11/7 The Rock Copenhagen, Denmark
11/19 Sticky Fingers Goteborg, Sweden
11/20 KB Malmö, Sweden
11/21 Klubben Stockholm, Sweden
12/4 Alte Zuckerfabrik Rostock, Germany
12/5 Bang Your Head Festival Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg
12/6 Iduna DRACHTEN
2/20 2010 Alter Schlachthoff EISENACH
2/27 2010 Graffitti BERN, Switzerland
3/12 2010 Freiraum St. Poelten, Austria
3/13 2010 Szene Wien, Austria

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Bibleblack Postpones Finnish Tour Dates

Sweden's Bibleblack has announced they will be canceling their Finnish tour dates and rescheduling them for later dates. Bibleblack will instead be supporting The Haunted on November 13th at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg.

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Endast Posts New Video Tour Diaries

Canada's Endast has posted two new video blogs from their "Blue Skies Tour 2009," which can both be viewed below. Endast still has the following upcoming tour dates:

10/27 Pub 340 Vancouver, British Columbia
10/28 Elks Hall Quesnel, British Columbia
10/29 OAP Hall Chilliwack, British Columbia
10/30 Garfinkels Whistler, British Columbia
10/31 Pizza Ricos Prince George, British Columbia
11/1 Better Than Fred’s Grande Prairie, Alberta
11/3 TBA Red Deer, Alberta
11/5 Senior’s Hall Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
11/5 TBA 19+ Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
11/6 Jam Space Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
11/7 The Albert Winnipeg, Manitoba
11/8 Shooters Kenora, Ontario
11/9 Black Pirates Pub Thunder Bay, Ontario
11/10 TBA Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
11/12 TBA Barrie, Ontario
11/13 The Woodshack Woodstock, Ontario
11/14 Skinny Pool. Lounge Sarnia, Ontario
11/15 Casbah Hamilton, Ontario
11/17 Moon Over Marin London, Ontario
11/18 Ford Plant Brantford, Ontario
11/19 TBA Toronto, Ontario
11/20 Ajax Legion Ajax, Ontario
11/21 Dekcuf Ottawa, Ontario More...

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Ratt Reveals New Album Title

Heavy metal veterans Ratt have announced that they will be naming their forthcoming new studio album, "Infestation" and that they are expecting the album to be released in March of next year through Loud & Proud Records. The band has described their new album as a cross between their debut album, "Out Of The Cellar" and "Invasion Of Your Privacy." This will be the bands first studio album for ten years.

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John Bush Likely To Sing On New Anthrax Record

In a recent interview with Maximum Threshold, Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano revealed that, while nothing has been confirmed, former Anthrax vocalist and current singer of Armored Saint, John Bush is likely to be lending his vocal talents to the bands latest studio album, "Worship Music."

Caggiano stated: "I'm sure you guys know the whole story, but the record's pretty much... I mean, it was done... and now, it's not confirmed or anything yet... it's not official... but it looks like John Bush's gonna do the vocals on it. So we're all kind of keeping our fingers crossed and hopefully it's gonna go great."

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Limp Bizkit Posts New Album Update

In a recent message to the fans of Limp Bizkit, lead vocalist Fred Durst gave an update on the band's first album with their classic lineup since the 2000 release, "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water." The message reads as follows:

"LB News- we have recorded what we feel is our most addictive album yet- instrumentally. I am in process of doing vocals now in my home studio. So far I am 4 songs deep and moving along with confidence and grace. We haven't committed to an album title yet, but we know of one we like. Release date will be a soon as I am finished. A single and video will be our way before that. We want to get to South America, etc asap and hit the US and Canada with the big finale. We will go worldwide w this tour and have been asked to headline most of 2010 festivals. Merch store is launching very soon w new website - limpbizkit.com - the LBF Army is all we need - YOU - to spread the word. It is time. Bring it!! More news soon."

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Them Crooked Vultures Premieres New Song Online

The new single from Them Crooked Vultures titled "New Fang" is premiering on MySpace Music today. The brand new track will appear on the band's self-titled album that is slated for release on November 17 via DGC/Interscope Records but is streaming now on the band's official MySpace Music profile. Them Crooked Vultures features a host of rock's most notable names, including Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

As previously reported, the band will be playing a U.K. tour in December.

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Steel Panther Announces 2010 U.K. Shows

Hot on the heels of a sold out UK tour this September, a performance at this year’s Download Festival and a place as special guests on ZZ Top’s UK dates, L.A.’s Steel Panther has announce that they'll play two shows in March 2010. Here are the dates:


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Preternatural Cancels Lithuanian Show

Latvian metallers Preternatural have issued the following announcement about canceling their October 31st show in Lithuania:

"Dear fans!

"Due to some family issues of one of our members, we must cancel our show in Vilnius, Lithuania. We would to apologize to all of the crazy people who were eager to see us live on the 31st of October. We'll meet again in the beginning of next year, that's for sure!

"Thank you for your understanding! Keep on metal!"

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Unearthing the Metal Underground in Vancouver

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, I am exploring the metal scene in Vancouver, Canada.

First, I give you one of the best live bands in Vancouver: Gross Misconduct. As huge fans of Chuck Shuldiner (R.I.P.), Gross Misconduct picks up where Death left off. The band also draws influences from Iron Maiden, Slayer and good old Metallica. The death/thrash-metal four-piece have opened up for big names such as The Haunted and Amon Amarth. Gross Misconduct maintains the high quality metal that epitomized Death. It is impressive how both Schuldiner and Gross Misconduct vocalist/guitarist David London can pull off singing while playing such technical metal. More...

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Sniper Parts Ways With Bassist

German thrashers Sniper have announced they have officially parted ways with bassist Stanislaw Tschernow. The band has already recruited replacement Hannes Neumann to handle bass duties. Sniper's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

12/4 Metal Militia Vol. VI (!!!Durchführung KEIN GIG v.uns!!!) Bothel bei ROW
12/5 Metal Militia Vol. VI@ JuZ Verden
12/11 Blitz & Donner Fest@ Jolly Joker Braunschweig
12/12 Metal Militia Vol. VII@ K19 Kassel
1/30 2010 Brother Tuck (SWEDEN) Stockholm [SWE]
4/1 2010 TBA switzerland switzerland
4/2 2010 HeadbangersBall Bärn [CH]
4/3 2010 TBA switzerland switzerland
4/4 2010 R(h)ein in die Fresse XI Bonn
4/23 2010 JuZ w/Tankard & Dew Scented Verden (Aller)
4/30 2010 Mosh in den Mai@ Alte Meierei Kiel
7/17 2010 METAL SPLASH O:A: Vol.III Rotenburg/ W.

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Neuraxis Announces New Lineup and Shows

Montreal's NEURAXIS has secured Olivier Pinard (Vengeful) on bass and Olivier Beaudoin (ex-Eternal Burden/ex-Stareblind) on drums for upcoming shows.

Commented singer Alex Leblanc: "We started jamming with the two Oli's and it's been amazing so far. They are really talented and we can't wait to assault stages with them."

NEURAXIS has confirmed these upcoming shows:

11/28/09: Ottawa, Ontario at Cafe Deckuf w/The Last Felony, Revocation
11/29/09: Toronto, Ontario at Wreckroom w/Revocation
12/4/09: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec at Rock Cafe le Stage w/The Last Felony, Unfallen
12/5/09: Rimouski, Quebec at Paradis (Rimouski Deathfest 3)
12/11/09: Moncton, New-Brunswick at The Manhattan
12/12/09: Halifax, Nova-Scotia at Gus Pub

The technical death metal outfit was founded in 1994. The band's most recent release, "The Thin Line Between," their fifth studio effort, was released by Prosthetic Records in the summer of 2008. The band has done time on the road with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Despised Icon, The Faceless and the 2008 Canadian Summer Slaughter Tour, with Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Beneath the Massacre and more.

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Amoral Cancels Upcoming Show

Amoral has issued the following announcement about canceling their tour date in Cracow on October 27th:

"We are sorry to announce that we will not be playing in Cracow on tuesday the 27th. Yesterday our singer Ari slipped in a stairway and hurt his chest badly, among other places. Today, during our sound check in Prague, the pain got unbearable and he was taken to see a doctor. This was just an hour before our showtime, meaning he wouldn't be able to do tonight's show. Since we were already there, our gear all set up, we decided to play a short instrumental set without Ari. Tuomas from Before the Dawn stepped up and sang Pusher with us, which he learned just 30 minutes before the gig! A huge thank you to Tuomas for helping us out, and also to the amazing crowd, who were more than understanding and supportive of our situation. You guys rule! We can't wait to get back and play you a proper show.

"We've decided, given the doctor's advice, to let Ari rest for the next two days. Unfortunately this means that the Cracow gig is a no-go. We hate cancel ling shows more than anything, but this is absolutely nessessary to make sure he won't get worse and that we won't have to cancel the rest of the tour completely. We were really looking forward to the Cracow show, as we've never played in Poland before. We hope you understand and enjoy Before the Dawn's Amorphis' great gigs. If all goes well and Ari gets better fast, we'll be joining the tour again in Budapest on wednesday the 28th. We'll keep you posted."

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An Interview With Winter Storm

With the Femme Metal Fest and the Rock of Ages Festival in the pipeline, Winter Storm are throwing themselves full pelt into the UK festival circuit. Hannah, Jason, Dan, Wayne and Dani take some time out from recording their first album (due out 2010) to discuss the Femme Metal Fest, flying drum sticks and Jason's odd perception of what he'll be up to five years from now... More...

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Astriaal Readies Sophomore Album

Brisbane black metal band Astriaal has announced that their long awaited follow-up to "Renascent Misanthropy" has been completed and will be released in the coming months.

“After a period of perceived inactivity to those outside the circle, the horns of reprisal are resonating once again… the visceral incarnate has been awakened….

“2009 has marked Astriaal’s return the studio to document their long awaited follow-up to 2003’s ‘Renascent Misanthropy’ album. After tracking the as yet untitled new album at various studios throughout Australia, Astriaal journeyed to Molla Lydstudios [Ulver, Arcturus, Aura Noir, Mayhem etc] in Gjerstad, Norway in August to finalise the new album with Knut Magne Valle [Arcturus] behind the engineers desk. The mastering has now also been completed. Some six years since the release of the landmark ‘RM’ opus, this new darker chapter promises to be a unique variant to the now saturated dialect of black metal… Nauseatingly cold and haunting in extracts, yet extolled with Astriaal’s violent presence throughout… the return is drawing near…”

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Sepultura Posts New Songs From "A-Lex"

Sepultura has posted two new songs from their latest album, "A-lex," online on their MySpace player. They've posted the songs "Conform" and "Metamorphosis."

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