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Metal News for October 26, 2011

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Romasanta Releases Video Clip

Quito, Ecuador progressive power metal band Romasanta has finally released an official video for it's song "Bajo Mi Voz." The song comes from it's "Las Ruinas del Tiempo" release, which you can preview on the eLoud page. More...

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Exhumed, Goatwhore and Havok To Kick Off Fall Tour

Exhumed, Goatwhore and Havok are set to kick off their Metalunderground.com-sponsored North American tour on October 28th. The October 27th show in Amarillo, Texas has been cancelled. Also of note is that the Gallup, New Mexico show has been pushed back to November 19th. Here are the very latest tour dates:

10/28/2011 The Conservatory – 1H – Oklahoma City, OK
10/29/2011 FuBbar – St. Louis, MO
10/30/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/31/2011 I-Rock Nightclub – Detroit
11/01/2011 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
11/02/2011 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/03/2011 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
11/04/2011 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
11/05/2011 Rock Cafe Le Stage – Trois-Rivieres, QC
11/06/2011 L’Agitee – Quebec City, QC
11/08/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/09/2011 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
11/10/2011 Championships – Trenton, NJ
11/11/2011 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
11/12/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
11/13/2011 The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
11/14/2011 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/15/2011 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
11/17/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/18/2011 Korova/Goregrowler’s Ball – San Antonio, TX w/ Suffocation
11/19/2011 The Juggernaut – Gallup, NM (without Goatwhore)
11/20/2011 Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ (without Goatwhore)

Stay tuned for some coverage and interviews on here from this tour.

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Behemoth Finishes "Phoenix Rising" Tour

Behemoth has wrapped up the band's first string of shows following Nergal's recovery from leukemia, which he was diagnose with last year. Nergal comments:

"The word became flesh. We are back and we're back for good. Seven shows across Poland was a much needed morale boost for our camp. We have proven to ourselves that we can come back in an even more splendorous way than ever before! All the concerts turned out better than expected, most of venues were sold out and, despite my throat infection, we managed to pulled off the last three shows in Warsaw, Torun and Lodz. I'm back home and I'm recovering now…and I'm happy. Simple as that.

"Behemoth would love to hail all the fans that made this tour so great! Our friends: Mystic Production, Witching Hour Prod., Przemek, Kapral, Piotr, Adam, Mr. Groszek, Lubawa, Bartek Was, Piro…your dedication and professionalism can't be underrated! I'd like to thank Blindead and Morowe for keeping the variety and quality on the bill. Great people, great bands!

"Also, we'd like to show our utmost respect to the rectors of Universities (who own few of the venues we played) who decided to let the shows happen under the strong pressure from religious groups that were trying to ban and cancel the tour. We always love to see when intelligence wins over superstition and stagnation. Hail Freedom!

"Now we are taking some time off before striking back on the stages of Poland (Krakow, Rzeszow and Szczecin) in January and Europe (co-headlining tour with Cannibal Corpse) early next year! Soon we're gonna reveal super exciting news about Spring American tour! We are taking the world by storm again! Just watch!"

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Warmen Recording New Album

Finnish act Warmen, which features Children of Bodom's Janne Warman, is currently in the process of recording a fifth full-length album and follow-up to the previous "Japanese Hospitality" album.

The band has now posted pictures from the studio sessions online, which are available through the Warmen official Facebook profile at this location.

Warmen's upcoming fifth studio album is currently untitled and is set for release sometime in 2012. Further details on the release will be announced as they are made available.

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Metallica/Lou Reed Posts Video EPK

Metallica/Lou Reed posted a new video EPK for the upcoming "Lulu" release. Both Metallica and Lou Reed discuss the collaboration. The much talked about "Lulu" LP is scheduled for release on October 31, 2011 (World) and November 1, 2011 (North America).

Check out the video here:

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Xenosis Announces New Vocalist

New Haven, Connecticut based act Xenosis has issued the following brief announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:

"Xenosis is proud to announce the conception of a new singer! Rhys Bufford will be slaughtering Xenoslutz on the megadeath scale starting December 2nd at Prog-Fest 2011 in Brookfield, CT!!!"

You can also check out the Xenosis tracks "Acid Collapse," "Noble Bastard," and "Contribution to the Plague" by heading over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Eclipse Eternal Posts New Album Artwork

Eclipse Eternal recently signed with Archaic North Records and will be releasing a new album titled "The Essence of Hopelessness" on January 14th, 2012.

The band has now posted the album's cover artwork online, which can be viewed below. Further details on Eclipse Eternal are available through the band's official Facebook profile.

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Firewind Live Footage Posted Online

Vidz-R-Us has posted footage online of Firewind performing live at Peabody's in Cleveland, Ohio on October 16th 2011. You can check out footage of Firewind playing "The Ark of Lies" and "Fire and the Fury" below.

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Geinazaug Announces New Album Release

Geinazaug will be releasing the new album “The Wretched Dominion,” and follow-up to the “Force Fed Nails” release, on Tuesday, November 29th 2011.

This ten track concept album will available to download for free through the band's Facebook profile. You can also currently preview the first single “Reset the Source Code” through the same location.

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Autopsy Posts Live Studio Stream

Autopsy is currently holed up at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA to record material for the upcoming "All Tomorrow's Funerals" release. The band is currently streaming footage from today's studio session online, which can be found at this location.

The upcoming "All Tomorrow's Funerals" release will include previous EP tracks remastered by the band as well as new cuts, totalling 21 tracks all together, along with new cover artwork from Matt Cavotta.

The release date for "All Tomorrow's Funerals" is tentatively set for March of 2012, with further details to be announced as they are made available.

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Marionette Reveals "Nerve" Details

Gothenburg Sweden based act Marionette will self-release its third album "Nerve" worldwide on December 5th, 2011. The artwork was designed by Gustavo Sazes from Abstrata Design who has previously worked with Arch Enemy and Firewind, among others. You can check out the art after the jump.

Marionette will take part in “The SlaughTour 2011” alongside fellow Swedes Dead By April and One Without. Dates, which have been rescheduled, are as follows and tickets previously purchased are still valid:

Dec 8 – O2 Academy 3, Manchester UK
Dec 9 – O2 ABC 2, Glasgow, UK
Dec 10 – The Other Rooms, Newcastle, UK
Dec 11 – HMV Institute, Birmingham, UK
Dec 12 – The Garage, London, UK
Dec 13 – Joiners, Southampton, UK
Dec 14 – Muziekodroom, Hasselt, Belgium
Dec 15 – Backstage Club, Munich, Germany
Dec 16 – Underground, Cologne, Germany
Dec 17 – Molotow, Hamburg, Germany
Dec 18 – Kelder, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Dec 19 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
Dec 20 – Comet Club, Berlin, Germany
Dec 21 – Universum, Stuttgart, Germany
Dec 22 – 3Raum/Arena, Vienna, Austria

"Nerve," the follow-up to Marionette' 2009 release "Enemies," was recorded at Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström, mixed by Dead By April songwriter Pontus Hjelm at Studio PH in Gothenburg, and mastered by Erik Broheden at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm Sweden. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Elitist Posts "Pulse" Guitar Clip

California's Elitist has posted a guitar video clip online for the song "Pulse," which is taken off the band's "Earth" EP. You can check out the clip below. The Earth EP was released yesterday, October 25th and is available here.

A lyric video for the song "Specter" was also previously posted online and can be found by heading over to this location.

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Korpiklaani Announces North American Tour

Finnish folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani, who will be recording a new album in November, have announced their upcoming "Ukon Wacka" North American tour. Support will come from Russia's Arkona, who will be making a North American debut. Polkadot Cadaver and Forged in Flames will complete the package.

According to the band, "Ukon Wacka, or Ukon Vakat, is a pagan sacrificial feast from ancient times, on which a special made beer richly flowed. As can be expected from the title, this album has an ancient and very folky feel and is totally in Finnish. The album consists of 10 songs, among which you will find a song name 'Tequila', which is especially written for (and inspired by) our South American fans, with whom we celebrated such hard times, and who welcomed us so warmly, when we were touring in South America."

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Rockstar Mayhem 2012 Tour Dates Revealed

Initial tour dates for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2012 have been announced. The bands comprising the lineup are not expected to be announced until January 2012, however.

Here are the planned 2012 Rockstar Mayhem Festival dates:

Sat, Jun 30 - San Bernardino, CA
Sun, Jul 01 - San Francisco, CA
Tue, Jul 03 - Seattle, WA
Fri, Jul 06 - Phoenix, AZ
Sat, Jul 07 - Albuquerque, NM
Sun, Jul 08 - Denver, CO
Tue, Jul 10 - Dallas, TX
Wed, Jul 11 - Houston, TX
Fri, Jul 13 - Tampa, FL
Sat, Jul 14 - Atlanta, GA
Sun, Jul 15 - Indianapolis, IN
Wed, Jul 18 - Oklahoma City, OK
Fri, Jul 20 - St. Louis, MO
Sat, Jul 21 - Chicago, IL
Sun, Jul 22 - Detroit, MI
Tue, Jul 24 - Cincinnati, OH
Wed, Jul 25 - Cleveland, OH
Fri, Jul 27 - Philadelphia, PA
Sat, Jul 28 - Pittsburgh, PA
Sun, Jul 29 - Washington, DC
Tue, Jul 31 - Saratoga, NY
Wed, Aug 01 - Buffalo, NY
Fri, Aug 03 - Boston, MA
Sat, Aug 04 - Scranton, PA
Sun, Aug 05 - Hartford, CT

Last year's Rockstar Mayhem Festival featured the likes of Megadeth, Godsmack, Disturbed, Unearth, Trivium, and more.

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In Flames To Release Remix Single

Sweden's In Flames will unleash a 2nd digital single "Where The Dead Ships Dwell," off the new album "Sounds Of A Playground Fading," on November 15th.

In Flames was not shy of taking a new approach to the song "Where The Dead Ships Dwell" and went to extremes with the diverse partners that turned in three completely different remixes with versions by German rapper Casper, drum and bass act The Qemists, and Kristof Bathory, vocalist of the black metal band Dawn of Ashes.

"The songs have already been made and the originals are as good as they can be, but what if I give them to an artist from a whole different genre, what would be there take on it?" Says In Flames vocalist Anders Fridén. "I love collaborations like this and all the artists we worked with have done an awesome job. It's not meant to be taken dead serious and it's not how In Flames is gonna sound next, but I love it and I hope you'll enjoy a twist to the formula."

The track listing for the single is as follows:

1. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
2. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (Casper Remix)
3. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (The Qemists Remix)
4. Where The Dead Ships Dwell (Kristof Bathory - Dawn of Ashes Remix) (iTunes exclusive track)

Re-mixer Casper commented, "Since I have been a huge In Flames fan since I was a teenager, I was honored to even be considered for a remix of one of their songs from their new chart-topping album. When I used to play in metal bands, it was all about having riffs comparable to these guys and to now, as a rapper (!!!), be a part of the new single is mindblowing. We didn't really know how to approach the material, since it is my first remix job ever, so we went the dancy French house route. I really deeply do hope that people enjoy it. Feeling blessed." More...

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Chinga! Signs With Born Of Chaos

Lehigh Valley, PA based act Chinga! has signed a deal with Born Of Chaos Records to release the band's upcoming debut album. The 3 piece is already well into the recording process and anticipates an early 2012 release for the debut.

For a listen to some of the rough mixes of the material to appear on the new album, check out the Chinga! Reverbnation page at this location or the band's Facebook profile here.

Additional details on the upcoming Chinga! debut will be announced as they are made available through Born of Chaos Records.

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Overkill Announces American Tour Dates

American thrash metal legends Overkill have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States in April of next year, in what is being dubbed Killfest 2. The veterans will be joined on the trek by Belphegor, Aborted, Blackguard, System Divide and Diamond Plate.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 20 - Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia PA
April 22 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse NY
April 23 - Screamin WIllie's - Columbus OH
April 24 - Blondie's - Detroit MI
April 25 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago IL
April 26 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City MO
April 27 - Bluebird Theater - Denver CO
April 28 - The Complex - Salt Lake City UT
April 30 - El Corazon - Seattle WA
May 1 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland OR
May 2 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco CA
May 3 - Club Nokia - Los Angeles CA
May 5 - Emo's East - Austin TX
May 6 - Trees - Dallas TX
May 8 - The Club at Firestone - Orlando FL
May 9 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale FL
May 10 - The Masquerade - Atlanta GA
May 11 - Jaxx Nightclub - West Springfield VA
May 12 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY

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Crown The Lost Disbanding

American melodic thrash metallers Crown The Lost have announced that they have decided to lay the band to rest after six years together. A message from guitarist and founding member David E. Gehlke reads as follows:

"With great consideration and thought, I have decided to put Crown The Lost to rest. The straw that ultimately broke the camel's back was Leon’s [Mallah, vocals] decision to devote his full attention to his new band, Collide. Taking into account the dearth of singers of his caliber in our region, it is now time for us to call it a day and focus on new projects. However, I don't think it's a reach to say that the band would have folded a lot sooner if it weren't for Leon's contributions upon his arrival in January of 2010. I deeply regret not being able to find him at an earlier stage in our career, as his professionalism and immense talent would have been the cure for what ailed the band during our formative years.

“That being said, we accomplished quite a bit during our six-year run, and I am proud of the three albums we released, specifically our debut [Reverence Dies Within] and our most recent album, Cold Pestilent Hope. I am forever indebted to our current lineup of Leon, Tim Boyle (bass) and Argel Marchelletta (drums), each of whom have become some of my closest friends. Additional thanks to our recently-added lead guitarist Todd Seitz, whose tenure in the band is unfortunately too short to accurately measure. You'll be hearing plenty from him in his most-excellent STYGIA project.

“The nostalgic lot we are not, but our ‘farewell show’ is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd at the Smiling Moose in our hometown of Pittsburgh. Our good friends Hollowpoint will be opening the show, and joining us for the entire set will be our long-time (or rather, “returning”) lead guitarist Joe Bonaddio. This is a fitting way to go out, and is a great way to put a cap on our career. Be there or be square!”

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Grave Splits With Guitarist

Ola Lindgren of Swedish act Grave has issued the following announcement about splitting with guitarist Magnus Martinsson and beginning work on a new album:

"So back in dark, cold and rainy Sweden again after a successful North American tour. We had a great time and many great shows. Since we haven't headlined the US since 1996 we didn't know what to expect but i must say that we were pleasantly overwhelmed by the response from our fans. This gave us the kick in the nuts and the motivation to get back over there again in a near future. A huge special thanks to our kickass roadcrew: T-Wayne, T-Bone and The Colonel.

"Right now we're preparing for an epic night of oldschool madness. November 12:th we will play a very special anniversary gig at Club Distortion/Kulturhuset here in Stockholm. The classic Into the Grave album will be run through from 'Deformed' to 'Banished to Live' plus another handful classic tunes. Support acts are the mighty Vicious Art and General Surgery Be there or be square... Link to the event on FB here. More...

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Animals As Leaders Posts New Studio Clip

Animals as Leaders has teamed up with Guitarworld.com to unveil the third in a series of videos documenting the recording of the band's second album, “Weightless," which is due out on Nov. 8 in North America (Nov. 4 and 7 in Europe and the UK, respectively) via Prosthetic Records. Check out the clip below.

The "Weightless" track listing is as follows:

1. An Infinite Regression
2. Odessa
3. Somnarium
4. Earth Departure
5. Isolated Incidents
6. Do Not Go Gently
7. New Eden
8. Cylindrical Sea
9. Espera
10. To Lead You To An Overwhelming Question
11. Weightless
12. David

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Sawthis Cancels European Tour

Italian act Sawthis has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's upcoming European tour dates:

"We are very sorry to tell you that the European tour that we had announced, for reasons entirely attributable to the promoter, has been canceled. Our disappointment is really big!

"However we are not discouraged and we are already preparing for new European tour. We hope to give you good news as soon as possible!"

You can also find Sawthis tracks available for streaming online by heading over to the band's Facebook profile. The Sawthis music video for the song "Act of Sorrow" is also available here.

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Steel Panther Posts More Photo Shoot Footage

Steel Panther has posted a second clip online from a photo shoot for the release of the new album "Balls Out," which is available in the player below. The previously posted photo shoot video can be found at this location.

"Balls Out" is set for release on November 1st, 2011 and has the following track listing:

1. In The Future
2. Supersonic Sex Machine
3. Just Like Tiger Woods
4. 17 Girls In A Row
5. If You Really Really Love Me
6. It Won’t Suck Itself
7. Tomorrow Night
8. Why Can’t You Trust Me
9. That’s What Girls Are For
10. Gold Digging Whore
11. I Like Drugs
12. Critter
13. Let Me Come In
14. Weenie Ride

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United By Hate Posts New Track Online

Pennsylvania's United By Hate has posted a new track online titled "Lie of Creation," which is taken from the band's upcoming "Indulgence in Sacrilege" album. You can listen to the new song in the player below, or by heading over to the United By Hate Reverbnation page at this location. More...

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Product Of Hate Posts "Unholy Manipulator" Teaser

Product of Hate has posted the first official trailer online for "Unholy Manipulator," the companion film to the band's debut EP. The 11 minute short film stars Ashley Laurence (Hellraiser, Lightning Bug, Slipknot's "Snuff"), Tim Lovelace (Mosquito, Bunyan), and the member of Product of Hate. The full video is expected to be released soon.

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Gorath Posts Release Show Footage

Footage has been posted online of Belgian metallers Gorath presenting their fifth album "Apokálypsis - Unveiling the Age that is not to Come" at The Zoo in Hasselt on September 17th, 2011.

You can check out the clip below or find more Gorath music available for streaming through the band's Facebook profile.

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1349 To Play Inferno Festival

Norway's 1349 has been confirmed for the 2012 Inferno Metal Festival in Lausanne, Switzerland alongside Meshuggah, Kruger, and Borgne.

1349's Ravn comments: "We have always felt a special connection to Switzerland, as it has brought forth great musicians and artists that have inspired us immensely.

"We would not have been what we are today had it not been for the art of HR Giger and the music of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost. The Swiss people have always greeted us well since we first toured there in 2003 and we look very much forward to meet them again."

More information on the Inferno Festival can be found by heading over to the festival's website at this location.

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Thee Orakle Streaming Teaser For New LP

Portuguese death/doom progressive metal band Thee Orakle is currently negotiating for a deal to release the band's sophomore release "Smooth Comforts False." The album was recorded in UltrasoundStudios in Braga, Portugal with producer Daniel Cardoso.

The band previously announced that guest appearances by Yossi Sassi Sa'aron (Orphaned Land), Marco Benevento (The Foreshadowing), Adolfo Luxúria Canibal (Mão Morta) were made for the release.

As the world awaits, the band has posted a preview sample. which you can hear by pressing the play button here:

Thee Orakle - Smooth Comforts False Preview Sample

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Within Temptation Posts Tour Vlog #7

Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation posted the seventh episode of a behind the scenes vlog series of the band's current tour in Europe in support of LP "The Unforgiving." In this video you see the band's adventures during traveling and what the band members do before hitting the stage.

Check out the video below:

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Doro Announces "Winter In Rock" Tour Dates

German legend Doro Pesch announced a string of dates for Germany dubbed the "Winter In Rock" for December of this year.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

08.12.11 GER Saarbrücken Garage
09.12.11 GER Aschaffenburg Colos Saal
10.12.11 GER München Backstage Werk
11.12.11 GER Hannover Capitol
13.12.11 GER Fulda Kreuz
14.12.11 GER Nürnberg Hirsch
16.12.11 GER Osnabrück Rosenhof
17.12.11 GER Herxheim Festhalle
18.12.11 GER Hamburg Docks

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Deadlock Splits With Vocalist

Germany’s Deadlock and singer Joe Prem have decided to part ways. The band has announced the remainder of the shows for 2011 will still be played, with full details as follows:

03.12.2011 Annaberg-Buchholz (D) – Alte Brauerei
27.12.2011 Oberhausen (D) – Zentrum Altenberg
28.12.2011 Zürich (CH) – Dynamo Werk 21
29.12.2011 Ebersbach (D) – OKV
30.12.2011 Glauchau (D) – Alte Spinnerei

Deadlock has already recruited a new vocalist, who will be revealed shortly. The band will also start the writing process soon for a new full-length album.

Former Deadlock vocalist Johannes Prem commented on leaving the band:

"After over 15 years of heavy music and being one of the founding members of Deadlock it is time to start a new chapter in my life. It was not an easy decision for me to split ways with my longtime friends but as life goes on everybody has to learn where to set his priorities. Having a great job and a perfect little family there is simply not enough time to give Deadlock the attention and time it deserves.

"So it is time to say a big thank you to all the people I met during that time and to all those friends that will always be part of my life. Deadlock to me always was so much more than just music, it was all about a strong message, a lifestyle and being on the road and party with friends, but times are changing and so I will search for new ways to give my thoughts and emotions a voice.

"It was a great time to be on the road with best friends, sharing so many funny moments we will laugh about for the rest of our lives (Tobi and Gert know what I talk about), having a musical genius that gave my lyrics the base (thanks for that Sebastian), having a beautiful voice on my side, that became more and more to the Deadlock trademark (Thanks Sabine). And thanks to all the people that worked for or with us throughout those years. All the best to the new Deadlock team. I will never forget those years."

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Orange Goblin Reveals New Album Release Date

Orange Goblin recently announced that the band's new album will be titled "A Eulogy for the Damned." The group has now issued the following album update and announcement about new U.K. shows:

"We are delighted to announce that the brand new Orange Goblin album 'A EULOGY FOR THE DAMNED' will be released on Candlelight Records on Monday 13th February 2012 (this is the same date that Black Sabbath released their self-titled debut in 1970!). It will be released in the USA the following day on Tuesday 14th February 2012 and will make the perfect Valentine's Day gift!!

"To celebrate the release of the album, Orange Goblin will embark on a full tour of the UK and Ireland in April. Sponsored by Metal Hammer and Jagermeister the tour kicks off at the very first Desertfest in London on Saturday 7th April. Desertfest also features bands such as Valient Thorr, Gentlemans Pistols, Truck Fighters and Church of Misery (who will also play the next night with OG in Bristol!) Support on all dates of the tour (except Irish shows) comes from GRIFTER plus various locals and the full list of dates is below."

Sat 7 April – Desertfest @ The Underworld, LONDON
Sun 8 April – The Fleece, BRISTOL
Mon 9 April – The Old Bell, DERBY
Tue 10 April – Classic Grand, GLASGOW
Wed 11 April – Sound Control, MANCHESTER
Thu 12 April – The Garage, SWANSEA
Fri 13 April – The White Rabbit, PLYMOUTH
Sat 14 April – o2 Academy, OXFORD
Fri 20 April – The Pint, DUBLIN
Sat 21 April – Spring & Airbrake, BELFAST

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Aderlating Posts Split Artwork

Dutch act Aderlating is releasing a split cassette with Actuary titled "Curses and Conspiracies," and the artwork is now available below. Further details on the release can be found here.

The Aderlating track "Sadist Devil Children" off the split release is also available for streaming at this location.

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Derelict Comments On Montreal Scene

Guitarist Max Lussier of Canadian death metal act Derelict has posted the following blog online discussing the Montreal metal scene:

"Very often in life we ask ourselves or others how we are influenced by our surroundings. This is true in many walks of life. Our surroundings affect how we dress, what music we listen to and many other things too numerous to list properly right now. As someone who writes music, in this case death metal music, I have to say that my surroundings have had a great impact on my playing and songwriting.

"We in Derelict are very fortunate to call Montreal home. Montreal is a very lively and artistic city where you can attend some sort of artistic performance or live a nightlife experience pretty much any night of the week. It’s also a fairly unique city in that the French and English languages live in relative harmony. What is also true about Montreal is that it has a world-class metal scene.

"When I was a young teenager and discovering the heavier arts, some of the bands I stumbled upon after the Big 4 were Iced Earth, Opeth, Death, Arch Enemy and Deicide. I was off to a good start when I saw someone mention Cryptopsy in a magazine (that’s right, metal sites were not as common back then). My friend Pat and I first listened to the song 'White Worms.' I couldn’t believe that this type of brutal music even existed, let alone that the band was from my hometown! After that life-changing event it didn’t take long for me to realize just how much of a brutal bastion of metal this city really was. More...

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Annex Theory Posts Tour Recap Video

Winnipeg, Canada's Annex Theory, which features in it's ranks former Quo Vadis vocalist
Trevor Birnie, has released the following footage taken from the band's Eastern Canadian
tour supporting Laika. The band plans on following up its "Beneath the Skin" EP this fall with a self released and free-to-download cover of the Rush classic "Subdivisions" and a brand new song to be mixed by Travis Montgomery (Threat Signal). More...

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Metallica Writing New Material

In a recent interview with Tabloid!, Robert Trujillo, the bass player of American heavy metal legends Metallica, revealed that the band has begun work on the next studio album. An excerpt from the interview in which he discusses new material reads as follows:

Tabloid!: In terms of new music, your last album, Death Magnetic, was out in 2008, and you have been touring heavily with that. Are you currently working on new material?

Trujillo: "We've been busy writing and recording. We've got a couple of new songs we have been working on the past couple of weeks. The writing process for the new Metallica album has begun. We've been in the studio with Rick Rubin, working on a couple of things, and we're going to be recording during the most of next year. We've got a lot of work ahead of us. But the great thing is that we have sort of already jumped off the launch pad and we're swimming. It's happening. It's reality. It's a lot of fun, there are a lot of ideas, and we're really excited about the new record. For me, personally, Death Magnetic was the launch pad for the next record. This is the beginning of something very, very cool."

Read the full article at GulfNews.com.

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Kreator To Enter The Studio In January

Speaking recently with their webmaster of their official website, Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza revealed that the group are currently working on ten new songs for their next album, which he said they will begin recording in January. An excerpt reads as follows:

Kreator-Terrorzone: How is the new album is coming along?

Petrozza: "The songs are coming along great and I think it's o.k. to say that this will be our most epic album so far. There's some classical, a lot of traditional metal and of course a huge dose of thrash metal influences in the new stuff. Everyone in the band is very excited at this point. The demos sound killer so far. We have about ten songs we're working on so far."

Kreator-Terrorzone: Do you guys have a studio date yet?

Petrozza: "Yeah, we're going to Sweden in January. Our producer Jens Bogren will come to Germany in December for pre-production."

Kreator-Terrorzone: Can you tell us anything about the lyrical or visual concept yet?

Petrozza: "It's too early to talk about the lyrics yet, many are written but they keep changing all the time. Visually we have tapped Wes Benscotter for the cover art. I can tell you this much: The artwork will be insane!"

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Nightwish Posts Preview Video/Clips Of New Single

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish posted preview clips from the band's first single "Storytime" at this location. "Storytime" is scheduled for release on November 11, 2011.

"Imaginaerum" release dates are: November 30, 2011 (Finland), December 2, 2011 (EU) and January 12, 2012 (North America).

in addition, the band posted a teaser video for "Storytime," which can be viewed here:

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Amon Amarth Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Swedish death metal giants Amon Amarth announced a string of live dates for the U.K. in March 2012 with country-mates Grand Magus as support.

Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:

13/03/12 – UK – Glasgow – ABC
14/03/12 – UK – Belfast – Mandella Hall
15/03/12 – IE – Dublin – Vicar Street
16/03/12 – UK – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
17/03/12 – UK – Prestatyn – Hammerfest *
18/03/12 – UK – Cardiff - Solus

(* without GRAND MAGUS)

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Sons Of Seasons Announces Live Date With Serenity

Germany's Sons of Seasons announced a new live date with Austria's Serenity for December 14, 2011 at Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany for a "Dark Symphonic Metal Night."


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Saxon Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Saxon announced another round of U.K. live dates for December 2011 to round out the "Call To Arms World Tour." Sweden's HammerFall will provide support. The dates for the tour are as follows.

December 13 - Oxford, O2 Academy
December 14 - Leicester, O2 Academy
December 16 - Edinburgh, Picturehouse
December 17 - Belfast, Mandela Hall
December 18 - Sheffield, O2 Academy
December 20 - London, Koko

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Fair To Midland Cancels European Tour

Season of Mist Records has announced that Fair To Midland is canceling the band's previously announced November tour opening for Evanescence in Europe. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"After 7 amazing years of playing with Fair To Midland, our bassist Jon Dicken has decided it was time for him to move on. We appreciate his hard work and dedication to the band, we love him, and wish him the best in all his future endeavors.

"Moving forward, we are excited to continue touring and making music. However, this has unfortunately resulted in the cancellation of our European dates in November. We want to send our sincerest apologies to our European friends and fans. We will be regrouping in the following weeks and in the mean time thank you all for your patience, understanding and support at this time."

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Casket Robbery Posts EP Teaser

Madison, Wisconsin based death metal act Casket Robbery has announced it will be releasing a free EP titled "Shrouded In Darkness" this coming November, 2011. A teaser trailer for the upcoming "Shrouded In Darkness" EP is now available online and can be found below. You can also listen to more Casket Robbery music by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Enclavement Streaming New Track

Portugal based black metal act Enclavement has posted a new track online titled "Gazing Into the Fog." You can check out the new song in the player below, or find more information on Enclavement by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

Enclavement has also posted a brief in-studio video clip online from the "Gazing Into the Fog" EP recording sessions, which is available after the jump. More...

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Rxyzyxr Streaming New Demo Song

Rxyzyxr has announced it will begin recording a debut full-length album later this week. In the mean time, the band has posted a new demo track online titled "Fractal Scout," which can be heard in the player below. You can also find the previously posted "Nonzero" video clip by heading over here.

RXYZYXR - Fractal Scout by RXYZYXR

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Interview

3 Discusses New Album "The Ghost You Gave To Me"

Woodstock, New York based prog act 3 has finally come out with a proper follow-up to "The End is Begun" in the form of the new album "The Ghost You Gave To Me" (reviewed here), which is available now.

As the band gears up for a tour with Cynic and plots out its 2012 road plans, I got the opportunity to chat up 3's Billy Riker about the sound of the new album and why 3 appeals to death metal fans without actually playing extreme metal. Read on to find out what Billy had to say about writing the record, how it connects with past albums, and even his thoughts on the latest Opeth release. More...

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