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Metal News for October 28, 2009

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No Assembly Required Posts Album For Free Download

Toronto band No Assembly Required has released their new album titled "St. Petersburg" online for free to celebrate 10 years as a band. You can download the album at the band's website and check out some of their music on their MySpace page.

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Ethereal Collapse Announces New Drummer

Pennsylvania metal band Ethereal Collapse has announced their new drummer as Kris Huber. The band comments, "Kris Huber of the band Futile Effort will be the man behind the drum kit from now on. We think you'll all be very impressed. We're still going to take some time to regroup, and we're hopeful that new shows will happen after the new year. Take care until then."

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Metal Musicians Spill Their "Guilty Pleasures"

All About The Music has posted a new blog featuring musicians describing the "guilty pleasure" bands they like outside of metal. Excerpts from the blog follow:

Dave Davidson (Revocation) – “One of my guiltiest pleasures would probably be Fall Out Boy. Not really a fan of their older stuff but the last couple of records they've put out were awesome. Phil's guilty pleasure is probably Boys 2 Men, he will straight up sing that CD from front to back when he’s drunk and it always brings the laughs. Anthony is also into a lot of pop, right now I think he's on a Lady Gaga kick.”

Micah Kinard (Oh, Sleeper/Violent Lighting/Steadfast Modesty Clothing) – “My guilty pleasure band is Flickerstick. Haha, though that is not necessarily the most random thing you will find on my iPod. I also LOVE Fiona Apple and Sarah McLachlan, but I rep them proudly. haha.”

Gabriel Luis (Fallen Martyr) – “Muse and Radiohead. 2 amazing bands. What I like about them the most is that they are progressive music; they do and sound how they want. And that’s a pretty metal thing to do. Also, Radiohead is pretty strange. Strange bands are always awesome. 3 6 Mafia and Project Pat. I like rap, and sometimes I gotta listen to something else other then metal. I also find that it’s better to write new material when listening to music that is very unlike the style you play. You can pick up inspiration from anything if you really just have an open mind.”

Read the full article at All About The Music.

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Slipknot To Play Call Of Duty 4 With Fans

On Thursday, October 29th at 6:00pm EST Chris Fehn of Slipknot will be taking part in XBox's Game With Fame. Users who have an Xbox Live Gold Membership will have the opportunity to play Call of Duty 4 with Chris. To take part send a friend request to the Gamertag SlipKnot GwF and be online half an hour before (5:30 P.M. EST) the Game with Fame session starts. More details can be found at this location.

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Sri Lanka's Raaksha Gears Up For As Agony Unfolds

Sri Lanka's Hela Metal outfit Raaksha has recently issued an update, announcing a split release between Black Metal/Noise project, Plecto Aliquem Capite, also from Sri Lanka and Pogrom from Canada. This Split which is as announced an Online Release supported by Canada's Funeral Rain Records, includes 3 tracks from each band, song information is as follows;

Raaksha - Susaana Rujawa (A dedication to the great Ritigala Jayasena later known as Mahasona)
Pogrom - Anvil
Plecto Aliquem Capite - Seevali (Which will be featuring Marlin Jayakody from Raaksha on Yak Bera, and Pitta from PLNS as guest guitarist)

Frontman Marlin of Raaksha commented; "Raaksha under went a massive change of our lineup and there were many issues over the past couple of months regarding the band members. We are happy to announce that all issues have been sorted out and Raaksha is alive and kicking once again. The new Track titled "Susana Rujawa" which speaks about the sorrow and the pain of parting of the Legendary Folk Hero Ritigala Jayasena, Will be featured in the Three way Split with the Plecto Aliquem Capite and Pogrom. The Split, which is titled "As Agony Unfolds" will be released through Funeral Rain Records (Canada) And SLUM Records (Sri lanka).

The past has been bloody, the future would be even more wretched. But we will not quit. We have thought of stopping live performances for the time being and focus more on our up coming EP Titled "Mahason Haalla" with all new compositions and guest artists."

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Pulling Teeth Announces New Live Dates

Pulling Teeth is flying over to Iceland to play a couple shows in November, and have a couple special shows planned for Baltimore in January; one with Pulling Teeth playing as Thor's backing band, and then the next night a stacked show with Integrity, Ringworm, Starkweather and more.

Dom comments: "Anyone who knows me, knows of my bizarre obsession with 80’s Canadian metal god THOR. The god of thunder. He who bends pure steel on stage, blows up hot water bottles, wields the blade…and well you get the idea. Well hold on to your seats because the legend himself Jon Mikl Thor will be heading to Baltimore to celebrate my 33rd birthday and rock you senseless. He’s recruited Pulling Teeth as his backing band and we’ll be playing a set of all my favorite Thor classics. This is a once in lifetime event, one for the books and something you DON’T want to miss."

"And don't miss Pulling Teeth playing The Fest this weekend in Gainsville either!!!"

Here are the latest Pulling Teeth tour dates:

10/30: Gainesville, FL @ The Fest 09
11/12: Hafnarfjorour, Iceland @ Garnia Bokasafnia
11/13: Reyjavik, Iceland @ Sodoma
01/08: Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club Pulling Teeth playing as Thor's backing band
01/09: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar w/ Integrity, Ringworm, Starkweather, Gehenna, Seraphim

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Van Canto Working On New Album

German a cappella metal band Van Canto has issued the following update about working on new material and re-releasing old albums:

"Great news from the vocal acrobats Van Canto: Not only did they rock this year’s Metal Female Voices Festival, but the band was also presented with the MFVF-Award for 'Best Newcomer'! A big THANK YOU goes out to all fans and supporters! However, Van Canto does not have the time to rest on their laurels!

"Van Canto TV: On October 31, the band will be part of the SWR (Rheinland-Pfalz) show 'Landesart.' The show will present the viewers with a Van Canto portrait that includes an interview with the band, live footage and video clips. 'Landesart' will air on SWR this Saturday, October 31 at 19:15CET.

"Re-Releases: The first two Van Canto albums 'A Storm to Come' and 'Hero' will be re-released on December 12 2009! Both new editions will include extensive bonus material. Fans should stay tuned for more info!

"Live on Stage: The band will perform live at the Schlachthof in Wiesbaden on November 6! Fans should not miss this perfect opportunity to experience the power of Van Canto live in concert.

"The band is currently providing the finishing touches to its upcoming new full-length! Updates on the new album will be released in the next days!"

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Machinae Supremacy Announces New Drummer

Machinae Supremacy have announced they have found a replacement drummer after the departure of Tomas Nilsén. Drum duties will now be handled by Niklas Karvonen. Samples of Machinae Supremacy's music can be found at their official MySpace page.

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Five Days Of Rain Signs To Rising Records

Italian deathcore act Five Days of Rain have inked a record deal with Rising Records UK to release their debut album "Taste My Breath After The Fallout." The band will begin recording the album this winter at Authoma Studios. Five Days Of Rain issued the following statement about the record deal:

"We are honored to announce that we are a part of the Rising Records. It's amazing to be a part of the label of Trigger The Bloodshed and Bleed From Within. We are very grateful for the opportunity and we would like to thanks Mark Daghorn for his faith in the band. We would like to thank everyone who supported us in these years and suggest you to keep update for discover plans of our debut Rising Records Release and future touring plans. Again huge thanks to everyone who has supported us in getting this far. This is only the beggining of the massacre."

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Dying Fetus Posts More In-Studio Footage

Dying Fetus has posted additional in-studio footage taped during the "Descend Into Depravity" recording session, which can be viewed below. The album was recorded at Wright Way Studios in Baltimore, MD with producer Steve Wright. "Descend Into Depravity" saw its international release in late September and is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. The album debuted at #166 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and at #4 on the Heatseekers Chart. More...

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Lacuna Coil Announces Acoustic Performance

Lacuna Coil has announced they will be performing a live acoustic performance at Criminal Records in Atlanta. The acoustic show will take place on Saturday, November 7th at 3 PM.

Lacuna Coil's complete list of tour dates are as follows: More...

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Bloodstream Parade Cancels Illinois Tour Date

Bloodstream Parade have announced that their tour date at Doug's Rockhouse in Aurora, Illinois on November 21st has been canceled. The band has stated that the headlining act pulled out so the entire show has been canceled. You can still catch Bloodstream Parade live on the following dates:

11/14 YE OLDE TOWN INN Mt Prospect, Illinois
4/30 2010 THE HOUSE CAFE (All Ages) Dekalb, Illinois
7/16 2010 Michigan Death Fest Detroit, Michigan
7/17 2010 Michigan Death Fest Detroit, Michigan

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Children Of Bodom Issues Tour Recap

Children of Bodom has issued the following recap of their world tour:

"We started in May 2008, when the album came out. With Megadeth in USA. Summer arrived and we escaped to Australia's and New Zealand's winter. Then a longer flight to Japan, back to warmth and the perfect noodlesoups. We also did some festivals in Europe including Wacken and Download.

"Back to USA as headliner, after which we hit arenas with Slipknot and Machine head in Europe. Here and there a couple headliners in between. Christmas home and new years too. Beginning of the year was time for the longawaited headlining in Europe. Managed to get Cannibal Corpse and Diablo with us. Then experienced a couple of weeks of spring time in Finland, and off we go, with Lamb Of God, NorthAmerica. Somebody falls from his bunk and we go home. Summertime, everything healed, and we hit some festivals, but also had the chance to enjoy the Finnish summer. Summer ends and we fly to spring of Buenos Aires, from where we start the last thing of this cycle. Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, Hawaii, Japan, Hongkong, Beijing, Taipei and finally Moscow.

"We toured with many bands, many crew. Met a lot of nice people, weird people, funny people. Tasted weird foods, emptied minibars, swam in the ocean. Pounded Brazilian Churrascaria beef, had tons of nigiris in Tokyo, frenchfries animalstyle in Cali and poutine in Canada. We enjoyed the tropical heat, fruits and surf in Honolulu, also the hospitality of locals in the Irish Bar, and the dayafter around the island, ending in Gyu-Kaku. Played many cities where we never headlined before, including Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Clifton Parks, Beijing, Taipei, Hongkong, Honolulu, Monterrey, Buenos Aires... Learned to say hello in Chinese and Cantonese, not to forget the dirty phrases in Japanese in Rock-Rock. We wanna thank all the fans we had the honour to play with! And the really nice fans who we were able to meet! More...

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Divine Eve Reveals New EP Details

Texas metallers Divine Eve have announced their new four song EP will be titled "Vengeful and Obstinate." The release date has yet to be announced. "Vengeful and Obstinate" will be released through the following labels:

Ibex Moon Records - USA/Europe
Obliteration Records - Japan/Asia (Split with Vex)

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Down Part Of Zombie World Record Attempt

Down has issued the following statement about playing a show in New Orleans as part of an attempt to break the "Largest Gathering of Zombies" world record:

"Zombie record attempt at next Down show, new shirts! The New Orleans Bingo! Show is spearheading an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records Record for 'Largest Gathering Of Zombies' at the 2009 Voodoo Experience music festival in New Orleans, LA on Halloween Day October 31, 2009 The day Down and Kiss plays! Get your zombie on, go to Voodoo on Halloween day, sign in at the Zombie table, rock out, then lurch your way over to the Bingo! Parlour stage to become a part of this record-..breaking night! For even fancier zombie makeup tutorials, search youtube! There's plenty out there. For more on Voodoo Experience, visit this location."

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Element Of Eclipse Reveals New Album Details

Florida black metal act Element of Eclipse are set to the release the new album "Divine Masque Revelation" in the spring of 2010. The track listing for the album will be as follows:

1. The All Is Mind (Cerebral Universe)
2. Vaticidal Storm (Autumnal Reaping ov the Apocryphal Prophets)
3. Empire ov The Sun (Stellar Asylum)
4. Divine Masque Revelation (Rebel Awakening)
5. New Aeonian Propagandist Illumination
6. The Dark Satellite (Navigating The Invalidated Sphere)
7. Thelemic Vehemency (Auspicious Enterprise)
8. Aphotic Throne Triumph (The Great Abyss Endeavor)
9. Embryonic Ark (Re-genesis)
10. Profound Negligence (Inherit the Cosmic Canvas)

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Illdisposed Posts Live Video Footage

Denmark's Illdisposed have posted two more video clips online from their performances on the "MTV2 Headbanger's Ball" tour alongside Hatesphere. The video clips can be viewed below. More...

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Every Time I Die Announces Australian Tour

Every Time I Die has announced the following string of Australian tour dates in January of 2010:

01/12 @ The HiFi, Brisbane, Australia (18 & under)
01/13 @ The HiFi, Brisbane, Australia (18 +)
01/14 @ The Albert Waterways Community Centre, Queensland, Australia (All Ages)
01/15 @ Cambridge Hotel, NewCastle West, Australia ( 18 +)
01/16 @ Oasis Youth Centre, Wyong, Australia (All Ages)
01/17 @ Manning Bar, University of Sydney, Australia (All Ages)
01/19 @ Tuggeranong Youth Centre, Canberra, Australia (All Ages)
01/20 @ HIFI, Melbourne Vic, Melbourne, Australia (18 & Under)
01/21 @ HIFI, Melbourne Vic, Melbourne, Australia (18+)
01/22 @ The Gov, Adelaide, Australia (All Ages)
01/23 @ Amplifier Bar / The Capitol, Perth Australia (18+)
01/24 @ Fly By Night, Freemantle, Australia (18 & Under)

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Immolation Recording New Album

Immolation has issued the following update about recording a new album:

"Hey Everyone,

"First off we'd like to thank all of you for the great support over the years!! We look forward to being out there in January with Nile & Krisiun,...should be a phenomenal tour!! We're up here in Millbrook, NY starting work on our 8th studio album, our first for Nuclear Blast Records. This is our 6th time with our good friend Paul Orofino, and so far the process is going great. Steve is in there currently working on drum tracks as we speak. We are going to try and keep you updated with pics and videos as best possible, as we go.

"The new material is very heavy and intense. It's definitely our strongest album yet and we look forward to getting the new record out! So thanks again and we'll keep you posted with more info and blogs for you soon!"

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Killswitch Engage Gearing Up For Tour Dates

Killswitch Engage has posted a video clip online discussing their upcoming South American tour dates. The video clip can be viewed below. More...

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Kittie Posts Tour Video Blog

Kittie has posted a tour blog video clip online from their tour dates supporting their most recent album "In The Black." The video clip can be viewed below. You can still catch Kittie live on the following dates:

10/28 CROCODILE ROCK Allentown, Pennsylvania
10/29 NORTHERN LIGHTS Clifton Park, New York More...

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Mastic Scum Streaming New Song Online

Mastic Scum is currently streaming the song "Construcdead" from their upcoming album "Dust." The song can be heard at the band's official MySpace page. "Dust" will be released November 13th 2009 by Twilight Records. The cover artwork for the album can be viewed here.

The track listing for "Dust" will be as follows:

01. Ashes To Dust (1:33)
02. Construcdead (3:53)
03. The Consciousness In A State Of Mind (3:56)
04. Regression (3:44)
05. Dead Remains (3:37)
06. The Sufferage (4:18)
07. A Life For A Lie (4:00)
08. Blood For Blood (3:28)
09. Revelation Of Mankind (3:16)
10. Adrenaline 2.0 (3:35)
11. The Will To Kill (3:23)
12. Extinction (3:16)

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Mob Rules To Support Dio

Germany's Mob Rules have announced they will be supporting Ronnie James Dio on the following three tour dates in December:

12/16/2009 Bremen, Germany Aladin
12/18/2009 Nürnberg, Germany Lowenssal
12/19/2009 Reichenbach, Germany H20

The complete list of upcoming Mob Rules tour dates are as follows: More...

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Manegarm To Record New Music Video

Swedish metallers Månegarm have announced they are going to record a music video this upcoming weekend for the song "Vetrarmegin" with Standard Film Team. A promotional poster for the video shoot can be viewed here. The track is off their upcoming album "Nattvasen," which will be released through Regain Records on November 19th.

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Slayer Announces L.A. In-Store Appearance

Slayer has announced they will be making an in-store appearance at Hot Topic in Los Angeles on Wednesday November 4th at 3:30 PM. The appearance will be in support of the band's upcoming album "World Painted Blood," which will be released on Tuesday, November 3rd in North America and Monday, November 2nd to the rest of the world. More information on the in-store appearance can be found here.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Announces Free Shows

The Black Dahlia Murder have announced they will be performing two free shows alongside Revocation. The free show dates are as follows:

December 2nd - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
December 3rd - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

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As We Fight Issues Tour Report

Denmark's As We Fight has issued the following road report:

"Hey boys and girls.

"First and foremost I want to thank all you guys in Magdeburg, Rheinbach and Bochum, who came out and supported us during this past weekend. The last couple of years has been a bit of a hard time for AWF, but we're still fighting, and it means a lot to us to know that you guys still stand by us. Therefore I'm terribly sorry that we had to cancel the show in Hamburg two days ago. It's all my fault. I got sick and my voice set out. I promise all of you disappointed fans that we will be back asap to make it up to you. Thanks for your patience.

"All sentimental bullshit aside;) These last 3 shows were the first shows with AWF as a quintet. As some of you might have heard (or noticed) Jesper left the band earlier this year to dedicate himself to his studies (I think we got an official statement ready for you very soon). After his departure and lots of consideration we chose to move forward with just one singer. So this past weekend we had our first taste of the new constellation. To be honest: it worked out pretty good. O, Søren and Gun are doing a great job backing me up and we get more and more comfortable at every show.

"That is all for now. Check this spot regularly 'cause we will be posting a lot of tour reports and lots of other ridiculous stuff. Thanks for your time."

As We Fight still has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Starofash Working On New Album

Starofash, the band featuring Heidi Solberg Tveitan of Peccatum, has announced the new album will be titled "Lakhesis." The album is scheduled to be released early in 2010.

Heidi had this to say about the new album: “I am approximately half way there in the song-writing process, and quite happy with the direction it is taking. Musically this album will be more up-beat and rock oriented than before, and also more vocal driven. I spent more time on the compositional stage, exploring different compositional techniques and forms. All material is written on piano, pen and paper to focus fully on the actual song rather than production."

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Judgment Hammer Reveals New Album Details

Judgment Hammer has announced their new album "Arbiter of Fate" will be released on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009. The track "Lightning War" off the new album can be heard at the band's official MySpace page.

The track listing for "Arbiter of Fate" will be as follows:

1. Lightning War
2. Judgment Hammer
3. Treason
4. Never Repent
5. No Surrender
6. Kill Or Be Killed
7. Swift Justice
8. Join Or Die
9. Thicker Than Water

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Today Is Live Nation Ultimate Access Triple Play

Today-only (Wednesday, October 28, 2009) every single fan who buys a ticket to a Live Nation club show is automatically entered to win an Ultimate Access Pass to the venue for which they bought their ticket. The Ultimate Access Pass is Live Nation’s golden ticket, good for admission to every single show in 2010 to an individual Live Nation venue. Every Live Nation club venue will have an Ultimate Access winner, with the names of winners posted on LiveNation.com Thursday morning at 12 Noon Eastern time. On Ultimate Access Wednesday every single ticket will be available at reduced cost as Live Nation drops the service fee on hundreds of thousands of tickets in its club venues across the country for one day only.

In addition to offering the concert goers the chance to win the Ultimate Access Pass, Live Nation is bringing music fans and their favorite bands closer together by hosting fan-and-band meet and greets at venues across the country. Bands including Anvil, Between The Buried And Me, Dethklok and Mastodon, Hellogoodbye, Hollywood Undead with Atreyu and Escape The Fate, LMFAO with Shwayze, Taking Back Sunday, Tesla and The Used will spend the afternoon meeting fans, taking pictures and answering questions. The box offices at Live Nation clubs will be open on Wednesday afternoon, selling no service fee tickets to all scheduled events. All fans purchasing tickets at the box office on Wednesday will also be entered to win the Ultimate Access Pass for that club.

It all happens Wednesday, October 28th as Live Nation drops the service fee on hundreds of thousands of tickets in its club venues across the country. In addition to the onsite meet and greets, the No Service Fee offer will also be available at www.LiveNation.com for 24 hours beginning at 12:01 a.m. local time on Wednesday, October 28th on participating shows.

“This week we’re bringing fans 3 amazing opportunities,” said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. “The first is the opportunity for fans to connect directly with the bands they love in our venues, as the bands themselves help sell no service fee tickets. Second, is the chance to win ‘Ultimate Access Pass,’ to every one of our clubs. And third, is the chance to pick up no service fee tickets to see their favorite bands on hundreds of thousands of club tickets on LiveNation.com. This Wednesday is all about Live Nation and the bands we work with saying ‘thanks’ to the fans for their support and their love of live music.”

The following acts will be meeting fans this week:

Anvil Hard Rock Café, Toronto 5 – 7 PM
Between The Buried And Me The Fillmore Charlotte 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Dethklok & Mastodon House of Blues Boston 6:30 – 7 PM
Five Finger Death Punch The Fillmore Denver 6 – 7 PM
Hellogoodbye Atlanta Tabernacle 5 – 6 PM
Hollywood Undead w/ Atreyu & Escape the Fate The Gramercy Theater, New York 4 – 6 PM
LMFAO w/ Shwayze The Hollywood Palladium 6 – 8 PM
Taking Back Sunday House of Blues Chicago 5 – 5:30 PM
Tesla Murat Egyptian Room, Indianapolis 5 – 7 PM
The Used TLA Philadelphia 5 – 6 PM

Lawn, general admission or reserved tickets subject to available at participating venues and select shows. Parking and shipping fees may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discounts.

Ultimate Access Pass good at one of participating venues only. Not available in Canada. No purchase necessary. For complete details and official rules go to livenation.com.

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The Red Chord To Film New Music Video

The Red Chord has announced that they will be filming a brand new music video for the song, "Demoralizer" this saturday (October 31st.) The video will be directed by David Brodsky, who has worked with the band before. The band are currently on tour with Gwar and Job For A Cowboy, supporting their latest album, "Fed Through The Teeth Machine."

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Cathedral Reveals New Album Details

After keeping a relatively low profile, British doom metal legends Cathedral have announced that they will be entering the studio next month to record a brand new album, with a release date scheduled around the March/April mark of next year through Nuclear Blast Records. The album is entitled, "The Guessing Game" and will be the bands ninth studio album. Some of the song titles set to appear on the album include, "Open Mind Surgery," "The Casket Chasers," "Journeys Into Jade," "Death Of An Anarchist," "La Noche Del Buque Maldito (aka Ghost Ship Of The Blind Dead)" and "Funeral Of Dreams." The artwork for the album will be done by Dave Patchett, who has worked with Cathedral several times before. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Gama Bomb Posts Studio Video Online

Irish thrash metal outfit Gama Bomb has posted a new video online showing the band in the recording studio, at work on their brand new studio album, "Tales From The Grave In Space." You can check it out below. The band will be taking a bold new step on November 5th and will be releasing the album for free download, complete with album artwork, on the official Earache Records website. More...

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Guns N Roses Reveals Canadian Support Acts

Guns N Roses has announced that they will be joined on their headlining tour of Canada by Canadian native Sebastian Bach and Danko Jones. This will be the bands first tour in support of their album, "Chinese Democracy" since the albums release in November of last year.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Trivium Drummer To Miss Upcoming Tour

Trivium has announced that drummer Travis Smith will be unable to join them on their upcoming North American tour with Chimaira, Whitechapel and Dirge Within. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Travis Smith will not be joining us on this leg and is home taking care of some personal business. Filling in on drums for the tour will be south Florida’s Nick Augusto. Nick is a former Trivium drum tech and is a member of the band Maruta (Willowtip Records)."

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The Destro Bassist Missing, Band Cancels Show

Brad Kirkland, bass player from Metal Blade recording artists THE DESTRO, reportedly disappeared before the band's show on Tuesday, October 27 at Fubar in St. Louis, MO. The band called the venue and cancelled the show minutes before they were due on stage. The band will reschedule the date sometime in the near future after they locate their bassist. Also on the bill co-headlining for the night were Saint Louis' own metallers DIVIDE THE PAST and DRAG THE DEAD.

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Deftones Plans Benefit Show For Chi Cheng

The Deftones announced a benefit show for injured and hospitalized bassist Chi Cheng at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA on 11/19. Tickets will go on-sale for our fans this Wednesday, 10/28 with a general on-sale to follow on Friday, 10/30. All proceeds will go to the Chi Ling Cheng Special Needs Trust that has been set up by the Cheng family to help pay for the growing medical costs required for Chi's survival and recovery.

In the event that you do not live in Los Angeles, or you don't end up getting a ticket for the show, the band will be launching a series of online auctions, an online store and making available other opportunities for you to make a donation to the Trust. More details will come soon.

It has been almost a year since Chi's accident. On November 2nd, 2008 Deftones bassist Chi Ling Cheng was involved in a horrific car accident which has left him in a semi-conscious state. In his journey to recovery, the Cheng family has accumulated an overwhelming amount of medical bills that insurance does not entirely cover, which is the reason a trust has been set up for him as well as a number of benefit shows.

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Bhelliom Parts with Guitarist

Singapore thrash metal band Bhelliom has announced the departure of their guitarist, Justin, following the band's Australian tour. Here's the update from the band:

"It is with our deepest regret that we inform you that our guitarist Justin has amicably decided to leave the band. This came straight after our successful Australian tour in September. Citing personal and schedule commitments, this puts an end to a very fruitful and memorable 2 years together. Justin has been with us for 2 years and has played a significant role in the band's progress thereafter. He is still a great friend of the band nonetheless. We wish Justin all the best for his future endeavors and we thank him for his contribution.

"We are currently auditioning guitarists and our new axeman will be announced in time."

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The 69 Eyes Announces U.K. Tour

Finnish gothic rock outfit The 69 Eyes has announced that they will be heading to the United Kingdom in March of next year for a string of headlining shows. A message from lead singer Jyrki 69 reads as follows:

"After showing to the Americans some good times for Halloween in the name of our new album Back In Blood, it's very welcoming to do the same on the Old Continent! Since Dracula arrived to Whitby, Andrew Eldrich (SISTERS OF MERCY) re-invented the sunglasses in Leeds and HANOI ROCKS made London a place for sleaze rockers to pilgrimage, UK has a great importance for The 69 Eyes. We have a fantastic hardcore following there, every time we play there, it's like one of those rock'n'roll dreams coming true again. We're proud to represent our new album live, UK vampires know how to rock!!!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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The Haunted Cancels U.K. Tour

Swedish heavy metal outfit The Haunted has announced that they have been forced to cancel their tour of the United Kingdom, which was scheduled to kick off on October 29th. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Some very special circumstances have forced us to cancel the upcoming UK tour. We are very sad about this, and wish to apologize beforehand for any inconvenience this will cause.

"Purchased tickets are refundable. No rescheduled dates as of now."

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