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Metal News for October 31, 2011

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Black Veil Brides Post Teaser For New EP

U.S. band Black Veil Brides posted a new teaser video for the forthcoming EP "Rebels," which is scheduled for release around Christmas 2011. The trailer shows the band recording Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell."

The trailer can be seen here:

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Kataklysm Posts New DVD Trailer

Canadian death metal band Kataklysm posted a teaser for the forthcoming DVD release "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined." The DVD is set for release in 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the teaser here:

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Forbidden Announces New Drummer

Forbidden announced the addition of new drummer Sasha Horn (Ex-November's Doom/Ava Inferi) after a long search, involving an open casting on YouTube.

The band's announcement reads:

"After a couple of grueling months of sifting through video auditions, we've finally got our man. Let it be known that on Halloween 2011, Sasha Horn from Chicago is FORBIDDEN’s new drummer!

"There were so many great players throwing themselves out there and we were always encouraged by the prospects. We had 9 different drummers out of the dozens of submissions make the trek to Oakland to give it their best shot. Those drummers included Eli Lucas (Petaluma, CA), Duane Timlin (Houston, TX), Jimmy Schultz (Los Angeles), Pat Magrath (Los Angeles), Gee Anzalone (Italy), Todd Hansen (Australia), Henry Moreno (Florida), and Burton Ortega (San Francisco). We can't say enough about these guys and how much heart and guts it took to take the chance for the gig. Much love and respect to them! At the very least, we have some new friends and we know where some great new talent is.

"All of these guys kicked ass or they would have never made it through the door, but at the end of the day, it was a two-horse race between Eli Lucas and Sasha. We can say with certainty that if Sasha didn't slay the way he did, Eli would have gotten the gig. Both are incredible drummers with HUGE upsides. Eli will go far in this business!

"Sasha, however, lifted us to another level. When he started playing ‘Infinite,’ everyone in the band immediately looked at each other and our eyes got bigger. It was something that Russ and I have not felt since Paul Bostaph first played with us back in 1986, when we were kids. Simply put, great chemistry! A sense of invincibility was in the room. Then we played ‘Forsaken At The Gates’ and it was over. No need to keep playing - we were stunned. In fact, some of our hands were shaking! That's saying something. It was like gasoline thrown on an inferno!

"Now that we have our band back intact, we can start writing the next FORBIDDEN record with the confidence that we have something special once again. Like Bostaph, Jacobs, Hernandez and Hoglan, Sasha Horn will earn his praise and respect from our fans. He's FORBIDDEN’s next great drummer and we are very proud to tell the world! We are truly inspired to out-do ourselves."

New FORBIDDEN drummer Sasha Horn made the following comments:

"This was an amazing opportunity from the get-go, to be able to throw my name in on auditions for a band that I've been an avid fan of since I was 12 years-old. How does it feel to now get the chance to slay alongside them? Otherworldly. Truly out of this world. To just be considered along with the other amazing drummers from across the globe was a humbling experience in itself. And it's because FORBIDDEN is a band that wants to constantly take leaps and bounds up to that next level that I know this is the perfect union. When we got into that room and played together for the first time, the chemistry just went right off of the charts. That's a good feeling to start off with."

Sasha Horn's demo video can be seen here:

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Insomnium Announces Departure Of Guitarist

Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium announced the departure of guitarist Ville Vänni from the band. Vänni will play farewell shows next week in Joensuu and Helsinki, Finalnd. His replacement will be Markus Vanhala of Omnium Gatherum.

Vänni posted the following statements about his departure: "Time is now ripe to share the news about lineup changes in the Insomnium camp. With a heavy heart I have reached the decision to resign from Insomnium. The decision is mutual and final, and there is no big drama behind it.

"During the last year I have found myself in a limbo of constant lack of time and impossible schedules. Combining a general surgeon’s career with a busy metal band like Insomnium has already taken years of precise timing, and the candle has been burning from both ends for years now.

"At the same time, Insomnium has grown bigger demanding more and more time. As a result, I have gradually come to a painful realization that I cannot meet the needs of this roller coaster ride any more.

"This decision was hard to make and accept for all of us. Insomnium has been like a family and the bandmates have been (and will still remain) my best and closest friends. For not being able to give my 100% would only be letting them down. The reason why this decision is made flesh right now is that I will not be able to attend the One For Sorrow European tour. My wife is due to give birth to our first son and it is my responsibility, duty and choice to be home at that time. I will play two first shows in Finland and then bid farewell.

"However, the burden of this decision is lightened by the fact that Insomnium will go on and even grow stronger after my retirement. Markus Vanhala from Omnium Gatherum will take my place as a full-time guitarist in Insomnium. He is a good friend and an excellent musician and has already been replacing me and Ville F. on several occasions.

"Thank you Niilo, Ville and Markus for a decade of good times and a lifetime of friendship and unforgettable memories. And thank you all Insomnium fans, it is you who made this all possible! See you on the coming shows!" More...

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Winds Of Plague Posts Halloween Haunt Video

U.S. deathcore band Winds Of Plague posted a video of vocalist Johnny Plague at the Halloween Haunt of "Knott's Scary Farm" (Knott's Berry Farm) in Anaheim, CA.

Check out the video here:

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Eluveitie Posts Update On "Helvetios"

Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie checked in with the following studio blog update on the recording of "Helvetios" from guitarist/vocalist Sime Koch:

"Finally we’ve got some time to give you updates on the rest of the recordings for “Helvetios”. Watch out for new posts during the next few days! Sime goes first:

"Originally, Chrigel was supposed to record the Mandola. But since he was busy with an abundance of other instruments, I stepped in. Which wasn’t too much of a change since I’m playing it live during some of our shows anyway.

"Both the mandola and the acoustic guitars have been recorded at the Soundfarm studio in Kriens, Switzerland. After testing plenty of microphones the perfect guitar sound was found quickly, and while Tommy went through the test recordings we were already tracking the first mandola-parts. Since the mandola is not much in the foreground on the new record this was rather painless. After that we were ready to move on with the first recordings using my favourite acoustic guitar, a Tacoma USA (R.I.P.). Besides one little exception, all songs have been recorded in standard E tuning (unlike on “Evocation I” and “Everything Remains”). Only one small interlude was played in a D-A-D-G-A-D. Everything was done within one, although very long, single day."

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Lamb Of God Posts Trailer For "Resolution"

Within hours after unveiling the title, album artwork and track listing for the new LP "Resolution," Lamb Of God posted a trailer for the release (shown below).

"Resolution" will be released on Roadrunner records on January 20, 2012 (EU) and January 24, 2012 (North America). The album was were recorded in various studios in Virginia and New York with producer Josh Wilbur.

The track listing for "Resolution" is as follows:

1. Straight for the Sun
2. Desolation
3. Ghost Walking
4. Guilty
5. The Undertow
6. The Number Six
7. Barbarosa
8. Invictus
9. Cheated
10. Insurrection
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
13. Visitation
14. King Me

Check out the trailer here:

RESOLUTION 1.24.12 from Lamb of God on Vimeo.

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Metal Videos To Get You In The Halloween Mood 4

All Hallow’s Eve has finally arrived and it’s just about time to get the debauchery going full swing. Whether you’re getting the altar set up for a black mass or you just plan on drinking until werewolves and vampires seem like legitimate concerns, there’s a host of metal videos to help get the evening started right.

Earlier this month we showcased horror themed videos that went way over the top, focused on the devil and his minions, and then dipped into the atmopsheric and creepy videos. Now that Halloween is here we’ll finish off with monsters, serial killers, and even a few bonus clips.

Bleeding Through – “Kill To Believe”

The “Kill To Believe” video is like its own little mini redneck hillbilly horror movie. If you’ve seen all the “Wrong Turn” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movies a couple dozen times, this one’s for you.

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Blackguard Posts End Of Tour Report

Paul "Paul Ablaze" Zinay, frontman of Canada's Blackguard checked in with an extensive post-tour report from the band's rigorous touring in 2011 for the band's sophomore release "Firefight."

Zinay reported the following on the band's official Facebook Page:

"It’s been a while since the last time we’ve done a post-tour report and given the extensive year we’ve had and the time off we’ll be taking this feels like a good time to do one.

"2011 has been our busiest year to date. A new label home at Victory Records, our first music video (thank you Victory for the awesome production), a new record, Firefight, which came out in March, and 6 tours to support it (5 North American and 1 European). It’s safe to say we’ve had our hands full (I don’t have the official count but since January we’ve done close to 200 shows).

"It’s been an honour and a privilege to tour with so many amazing bands, many of which we never thought we would have the opportunity to share the stage with.

"So cheers to Deicide , Belphegor , Neuraxis , Pathology , Gigan Symphony X , Powerglove, Otep , Destrophy , Sister Sin , One Eyed Doll , Kamelot , Alestorm , The Agonist , Evergrey, Sabaton, The Absence, and all their crew for being amazing tour mates and we hope to one day tour with each one of them again. Also a special shout out to Overkill, D.R.I, Bonded By Blood , Ensiferum, Moonspell, and Finntroll for the awesome shows in Mexico City .

"For me it’s become less and less appropriate to judge a tour by attendance or merch sales. Yes those things are still important but a crappy show or poor merch night feels less significant when you’re surrounded by good people and get to watch great bands every night.

"This year we were fortunate enough to have been given many touring opportunities (which as you can see we took every advantage of) and has seen us on some of the most diverse touring line-ups we’ve ever been a part of. We’d like to extend our deepest thanks to all the fans of the bands we were out with for every circle pit, stage dive, head bang, and good time had even though you might not have known who the heck we were.

"And of course to our own loyal fans who have come out time and time again to see us play. I’m constantly in shock when I hear people telling me they’ve come to see us 3, 4 even 5 times in the last year. We can’t thank you enough for your ongoing support. We are incredibly fortunate to have each and every one of you on our side, pushing us on.

"These last two months on the road were some of the best and most challenging in our careers. Finally having a second shot at touring with Kamelot after last year’s cancelled tour was something we had been looking forward to for quite some time, and it was only made better with the inclusion of our new friends in Alestorm and old ones in The Agonist. However, the last minute absence of our brother and lead guitarist Kim proved a unique challenge. Calls went out, E-mails were sent (thank you Terry and Justine), and finally prayers were answered. I can’t stress enough how lucky we are to have so many amazing friends in this business who helped us out in our time of need, especially at such short notice (to everyone who made calls on our behalf, we owe you big!) More...

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Disturbed Posts Trailer For "The Lost Children"

Chicago outfit Disturbed posted a video trailer for the forthcoming LP "The Lost Children." The album is a collection of b-sides and rarities and is due out on November 8, 2011.

The track listing for "The Lost Children" is as follows:

1. Hell
2. A Welcome Burden
3. This Moment
4. Old Friend
5. Monster
6. Run
7. Leave It Alone
8. Two Worlds
9. God Of The Mind
10. Sickened
11. Mine
12. Parasite
13. Dehumanized
14. 3
15. Midlife Crisis (Faith No More Cover)
16. Living After Midnight (Judas Priest Cover)

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Rage Reveals More Details Of New LP

German power metal legends Rage are currently working with producer Charlie Bauerfeind at Twilight Hall Studio to record the next album. The CD will include ten new songs, two of which are entitled "Twenty One" and "Serial Killer."

Frontman Peavy Wagner commented: "We [are] also thinking about taking '21' as the album title.

"Probably you've heard that our new album will be pretty heavy. We've sparkled in creativity and it was great fun to work out these songs; it was real teamwork.

"It's so great to work together with such fantastic musicians like Victor (Smolski) and André (Hilgers)."

Peavy explains more about the song "Serial Killer": "This, almost 6 minutes long song is one of the most unusual songs we're done since long. On one hand on the musical side, here I'm singing some parts with brutal Death Metal grunts for the first time. The complex guitar and drum arrangements are also to mention, here are very interesting changes of rhythm from straight grooves with fast sixteenth to triplet parts. Also the fantastic guitar solo with classic touch which bring over a similar atmosphere as Victors solo at 'Set This World On Fire'."

The release is due in the beginning of March 2012, shortly before the band begins touring.

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FullForce Posts New Music Video

Swedish metal outfit Fullforce posted a new video for the track "Open Your Eyes" today. The song appears on the band's debut release "One." The video produced by Rainer Holmgren, the video shows excerpts from the band's shows in Sweden and Germany when opening for Edguy.

FullForce is currently working on writing the last songs for the sophomore album. The band is really excited about the new songs and says that the new album will continue in the same musical vein as "One." Recording for the new LP will commence at the end of this year and a release date is planned before the summer 2012.

Check out "Open Your Eyes" here:

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Interview

Getting The Basics From Evile

It's been a mere two weeks since the North American release of "Five Serpent's Teeth," the anticipated third album by U.K. thrashers Evile (reviewed here), and fans worldwide are still digesting it as the band gears up for its new touring cycle. In a rather formal email exchange, guitarist Ol Drake recently checked in with me to share a few thoughts on the album, his band, and metal music. More...

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Vile Releases New Album

Californian brutal death metallers Vile have released their long-awaited album "Metamorphosis." Several songs from the album are streaming on the band's MySpace page, as well as video versions on YouTube like this song - "The Revealing." More...

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Hirax Posts New Music Video Online

American thrash metal veterans Hirax has posted their new music video online for the song, "Broken Neck." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "El Rostro De La Muerte," which was released in 2009. More...

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Axel Rudi Pell to Enter Studio

Axel Rudi Pell is proud to announce singer Johnny Gioeli, drummer Mike Terrana , keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg , bass player Volker Krawzak and guitarist Axel Rudi Pell will enter the studio in late November with Engineer and Co-Producer Charlie Bauerfeind, to record the next studio album, titled "Circle Of The Oath"

Axel Rudi Pell comments on this:

"I´m more than excited! I just finished the songwriting for all 10 songs including the compulsory intro and will concentrate on completing the lyrics in the next couple of days. This will be a hell of a record and you won´t be disappointed! It will have everything you expect from a true ARP record with all it´s magical moments and a few surprises...!"

"Circle Of The Oath" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer in late March 2012, followed by the first leg of the tour:

AXEL RUDI PELL Tour 2012
20.04. D-Hannover - Capitol
21.04. NL-Weert - De Bosuil
22.04. GB-London - Underworld
24.04. D-Langen - Neue Stadthalle Langen
25.04. D-Saarbrücken - Garage
27.04. D-Nürnberg - Hirsch
28.04. D-Kaufbeuren - All-Karthalle
29.04. CH-Pratteln - Z7
01.05. D-Erfurt - HsD
02.05. D-Berlin - Columbia Club
04.05. D-Bochum - Zeche
05.05. D-Bochum - Zeche

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Pitchfork.com to Stream Fun Fun Fun Fest

Fun Fun Fun Fest and Pitchfork announced today that the 6th annual festival in Austin, Texas will be streaming live on Pitchfork.com November 4 ­ 6, 2011. This will be the first time ever that the music of Fun Fun Fun Fest, one of the most progressive independent music festivals in the country, will be available to those outside of Austin, and live.

Unlike other music festivals with similar live streams, Fun Fun Fun Fest will present 4 separate streams with each tailored to different musical tastes, streamed live on one of the most widely read music websites in the world that reaches 3.3 million unique visitors each month. Like the Fun Fun Fun Fest stage setups, each stream will provide a different musical experience, from punk and metal to indie rock and electronica, from bounce and hip hop to competitions and comedy. Fans will be able to toggle the streams to cater to their favorite styles of music, thanks to smart, the quirky, irreverent car.

When asked about the new partnership, Pitchfork had this to say: "Fun Fun Fun Fest has absolutely become one of the great festivals in the country, one that shares the same spirit of adventurous booking and music- and fan-community focus that we bring to our own Pitchfork Music Festival and our other events," said Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie. "Pitchfork has produced a number of live streams in recent years, and we're thrilled to be producing the Fun Fun Fun Fest live stream this year, for the first time bringing the festival to music fans outside of Austin."

Pitchfork Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Stream Schedule:

Friday, Nov 4th at 12:20pm Central

Saturday, Nov 5th at 12:10pm Central

Sunday, Nov 6th at 12:15pm Central

To check out the Fun Fun Fun Fest live stream on Pitchfork, go to www.pitchfork.com.

"We are thrilled to be working with Pitchfork and smart on bringing what we do every year to more underground and progressive music fans around the world. Pitchfork and Transmission have always focused on many of the same acts, ideas, and trends ­ they are a like-minded group of people and it's exciting to see us working together in such an innovative way. Plus, we get to bring a little more Slayer and Turquoise Jeep to the PF pages, which is nice," said Transmission Principal James Moody.

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Anthrax Led Thrashing Tour of Year in Austin

Anthrax’s Big 4 thrashin’ glory had not graced the halls of Texas’ capital since joining Pantera in 1997. During the last fourteen years, Austin’s avid devotees to the cult of NOT were forced to travel the hour-plus journey to find their selves “Caught in a Mosh.” This last appearance was the “American Carnage” tour with Slayer and Megadeth during the summer of 2010—the same lineup as the “Clash of the Titans” tour in 1991. Tonight’s lineup may not have featured three of the Big 4 thrash icons, but with Second Wave thrash staples, Testament and Death Angel, this tour surely featured enough neck-wrecking force to wear the “Clash of the Titans” title.

While there was no shortage of banging heads, the evening could have stocked up on banging bodies. Sure, Anthrax put the crowd in motion a number of times, but the place wasn’t a “Madhouse” like the footage relayed from their 1980s performances. The concert hall was vast enough that pits would have evaded my eyes, but I don’t recall seeing any significant movement during Death Angel, and the pit widened when Anthrax took the stage with “Earth on Hell,” but the circle shrank after the first track. Of course, their classic war-dance breakdown during “Indians” and closer “I Am the Law” instigated more rowdiness.

Stage diving wasn’t allowed, so there is no meter for that activity, but the fans from Anthrax’s popularity peak in the late eighties to early nineties are twenty years older and no longer possess that teen angst. Even though plenty of younger fans showed up, they either weren't in force like their older fans or just didn’t bring the energy like the thrashers of yesteryear. Testament never seemed like a mosh band, at least that’s what the crowd’s actions stated in every show I’ve seen. Here, fans wore out vocal chords instead of lungs and limbs.

The doors opened around 7 and Death Angel took the stage around 8. Guitarist Rob Cavestany is the sole remainder of the Filipino cousins that started the group. Mark Osegueda still grips the mic, so the core of the band is still intact. Osegueda commanded the stage, assuming bold stances during spot-on vocal performances. Like the writhing snakes forming Medusa’s hair, Osegueda’s dreads took on a life of their own during hard-driven musical breaks. The mix could have been clearer, but the group played passionately and Osegueda’s voice was in top form. Their half-hour set catered to a wide expanse of material, which climaxed with “Thrown to the Wolves” from the 2004 album “The Art of Dying.”

Death Angel left the stage, but would return to the stage when Testament wished Rob Cavestany a happy birthday. The Testament crew brought out a cake and Chuck Billy led the crowd in singing happy birthday.

Much like Death Angel, fellow California Bay Area act, Testament took a long hiatus due to Chuck Billy’s health issues. Since releasing “The Formation of Damnation,” Testament has been on a tear. Having joined Megadeth and Exodus on the “Rust in Peace” 20th Anniversary tour, this would mark their second consecutive year in Austin. The Megadeth tour worked on the theme of classic albums—Megadeth performed all of “Rust in Peace,” while Testament unpacked “The Legacy.” Because Testament devoted most of their time to “The Legacy,” the group didn’t offer much in terms of new material. Tonight’s set list focused more on new material.

Even though “The Formation of Damnation” was one of the comeback albums of the decade, and the group showcased some of its best songs such as “More Than Meets the Eye,” the fans came to hear classic material. “Into the Pit,” “The Haunting,” “Envy Life” and essential “Souls of Black” got the nostalgia factor flowing. “Electric Crown” was an expected surprise from the overlooked and underrated “The Ritual” album. The ballad-heavy and flashier style turned off many fans and was Alex Skolnick’s swan song until his recent return. However, this was arguably Billy’s best vocal performance. “3 Days of Darkness” and “D.N.R. (Do not Resuscitate)” recalled material from one of the highlights of the ‘90s—“The Gathering.”

Watching Gene Hoglan (ex-Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory) play the Dave Lombardo drum rhythms of “The Gathering,” was surely a treat, and "Gene Gene The Drum Machine" was up to task. It was also a treat seeing the return of Alex Skolnick from the group’s initial lineup. The white-stripped, black-haired guitarist showed why he is considered one of the world’s great guitar shredders. He played no Christmas music tonight (probably saving that for December), just slick leads and brawny riffs. Although Chuck Billy voice was nothing short of monstrous and his onstage banter, often standing next to Hoglan on his elevated platform, stirred up the electricity in the audience. Even though he never sold me on his mic-stand-air-guitar technique, his glowing, moble mic stand related a cool Star Wars effect during dark interludes.

Following cue from Testament and Death Angel, Anthrax opened with a barrage of new hits. Also, like their predecessors, the new material was great but fans came out to for the oldies. Chorus-charged songs “The Devil You Know” and “I’m Alive” were an indicator of Joey Belladonna’s voice. Questions were in abundance regarding Belladonna’s return. He had been absent for nearly twenty years. All these questions were put to rest. Classic songs “Indians” and “Metal Thrashing Mad” were tests of range and he passed with an A (for anarchy). He devoted the later track to die-hards who were there since the “Fistful of Metal” early days. This track was a bit of a surprise, seems how the group rerecorded and released a video for “Deathrider.”

The biggest surprise of Anthrax’s set was a cover of Sepultura’s “Refuse Resist.” Using the comedic wit that characterizes Anthrax, Scott Ian introduced the song by saying, “This is something we’ve been working on.” Belladonna joined Benante at the drum kit, hitting the snare and recreating the tribal vibe of the original.

More madness came in the form of “Madhouse” from the “Spreading the Disease” album. The audience tested their voices on “State of Euphoria” essentials “Be All End All” and “Antisocial.” The group represented “Persistence of Time” with their rendition of Joe Jackson’s “Got the Time.” They put a spotlight on “Among the Living,” their breakout record, playing “Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)” as a second encore and ending with expected closer “I am the Law.”

The show started with poor sound, but was soon rectified. Those bemoaning the closing of Emo’s downtown soon forgot about the club upon hearing the superior sound and seeing the massive stage of Emo’s East. Emo’s East destroyed Emo’s in every regard except the east side “EAST SIIIDE” location. Testament and Anthrax battled for the best performance of the night, which is a tough call because both bands played hard. Both singers were pitch-perfect—Belladonna is clearly the best singer of the Big 4. He was back in the group’s height of popularity and he is now. Don’t expect to see another Dan Nelson mess anytime soon!

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Biohazard Posts Another New Song Online

American hardcore legends Biohazard has posted another song from their forthcoming new studio album, "Reborn In Defiance" online. You can check out the song, "Come Alive" by heading over to the group's official Facebook page. "Reborn In Defiance" will be Biohzard's first full length album since 2005's, "Means To An End" and will be released in Europe on January 20th through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Russia

Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week we take a look at three bands from the vast country of Russia. Believe it or not, rock and heavy metal music was being made by Russian bands ever since 1960s, but it was not until the 1980s that the Soviet Union allowed such music to be released officially. Since the collapse of the Communist empire in 1991, the Russian metal scene has continued to grow and metal artists from the West routinely perform in the country, where legend has it some of the craziest fans in metal are to be found. Below is just a short example of the some of the band that come from Russia, perhaps not with love.

A Foggy Realm

From Russia's capital city, Moscow natives A Foggy Realm formed in 2009 by accomplished composer and musician, Ilya Lipkin, performing a mix of doom metal and ambient in an instrumental fashion, prefering instead to let their music do the talking. A Foggy Realm recorded their first EP, "Twilight" in January of last year, releasing it the next month. You can download the EP for free by heading to this location. More...

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Animetal-USA Posts New Music Video

Animetal-USA, a metal super-group comprised of Obsession vocalist Mike Vescera (Obsession, Ex-Loudness, Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, MVP), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, Quiet Riot), drummer Scott Travis (Judas Priest) and guitarist Chris Impellitteri (Impellitteri), posted a new music video for the song "Thesis Of A Cruel Angel." The self-titled album saw its release in Japan on October 12, 2011.

Check out the video here:

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Crystal Viper Posts Video Message

In a special Halloween message to fans, guitarist/vocalist Marta Gabriel of the Polish traditional/power metal band Crystal Viper announced that the band is set to record its new LP in December 2011. Gabriel also stated that the new songs will be a "new chapter" or the band and that the band cannot wait to unveil its "new face," which will surprise many. "Expect the unexpected," but the band assures that they are "totally metal."

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Leash Eye Unveils New Album Details

Polish stoner/rock metal band Leash Eye will release the sophomore album "V.I.D.I." on November 14, 2011 (EU) and January 10, 2012 (North America) through Metal Mind Productions. In addition, the band is streaming the new track "Trucker Song" (heard below).

According the the Metal Mind Production press release: "Leash Eye was founded by three friends, playing for their own enjoyment. As their musical goal, the band decided to follow the same road as the one chosen by Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Kyuss, Tool, Illusion, and Spiritual Beggars. In March 1999, the band recorded 5 songs, which were featured on their promo CD. The change of the lead singer in 2003 triggered also a change of their style - these days Leash Eye stands for melodious hard rock of the 70's, accompanied by heavy, modern sounds and classic vocals. In Autumn 2009, Leash Eye's debut album "V.E.N.I", featuring guest appearance of Riverside's Michal Lapaj on the Hammond organ, sees the light of day. The album met with the acclaim of both the critics and the listeners. The year 2010 is marked by intense work on new songs, which are to be included on the band's new full-length album. Ultimately, 10 out of 13 compositions are chosen and, in the beginning of 2011, the band enter Sound Division Studio in Warsaw to record their 2nd album "V.I.D.I.", with Behemoth's Orion as the producer and Vesania's Heinrich as sound engineer."

The track listing for "V.I.D.I." is as follows:

Tracklist:

1. Deathproof (Charger vs Challenger)
2. One Time, Two Times
3. Headin' For Disaster
4. Open Up, Chris
5. Her Rose's Flavour
6. Trucker Song
7. The Road
8. The Streets Of Will
9. The Warmth
10. F.H.T.W.

Leash Eye - Trucker Song by metalmindproductions

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Trillium Posts New Music Video

Trillium, the new project featuring Amanda Somerville (Epica, Kiske-Somerville, Aina), posted a new music video for the song "Coward." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Alloy" due out on November 1, 2011 (North America) and November 4, 2011 (EU) through Frontiers Records.

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In Flames Posts New Music Video

In Flames posted a new music video for the new single "Where The Dead Ships Dwell" from the band's latest album "Sounds Of A Playground Fading." The digital single will be released on November 15, 2011.

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)

Check out the video here:

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Dimmu Borgir Cancels Upcoming Hamburg Show

Norwegian symphonic black metallers Dimmu Borgir issued to following statement regarding their upcoming club tour, where the band will perform the entire „Enthrone Darkness Triumphant“ album as well as a set of other classics:

"We are extremely sorry to inform our fans, that due to unforseen circumstances that are out of our control, we will unfortunately have to cancel our show in Hamburg on November 10th, 2011. This will have no influence on any of the other shows on this upcoming tour."

The tour dates are as follows:

11 Nov 11 – Haarlem, The Netherlands – Patronat
12 Nov 11 – Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Hall
14 Nov 11 - Brighton - Concorde 2
15 Nov 11 - Colchester - Arts Centre
16 Nov 11 - Norwich - Waterfront
18 Nov 11 - Glasgow - Classic Grand
19 Nov 11 - Leeds – The Cockpit
20 Nov 11 - Cardiff - Great Hall 2
21 Nov 11 - Stoke – Sugarmill
23 Nov 11 - London – Islington Academy
24 Nov 11 - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
25 Nov 11 - Manchester - Academy 3
26 Nov 11 - Birmingham - 02 Academy 2
28 Nov 11 - Belfast - Spring and Airbrake
29 Nov 11 - Dublin - Academy

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Floor Jansen Posts Health Update

ReVamp vocalist, recently a victim of burnout, posted the following update her health progress:

"Dear all, just a short message to let you know I'm doing well. It takes long for me to recover but there is progress! My energy level is going up and I can do some sports already and go out more. The 100% is still far away but I am sure I will get there. I do not spend too much time online yet but I have red your supportive and sweet messages and I again want to thank you!!! I still miss you all and still can't wait for my health to return. In a while I will record another video for you, that's nicer than just written words :-) Big hug and all the best to you all XOXO"

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Forteresse Releasing New Album

Forteresse will be releasing it's fourth album on November 22nd via Sepulchral Productions, which the band says will be in the more traditional and aggressive black metal vein, albeit distinctly "Québécois" like the band. "Crépuscule d'Octobre" will be the title of the album, and there will be a 'die hard' edition of the release limited to 100 copies, which will come with an exclusive long-sleeved shirt designed by Tony Roberts. The tracklisting is as follows:


1. Silence d'Octobre
2. Le Triomphe des Douze
3. La Lame du Passé
4. Mon Esprit Rôde Toujours
5. Spectres du Solstice
6. Enfants du Lys

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Lamb Of God Unveils Album Artwork And Tracks

Lamb Of God unveiled that its new LP will be entitled "Resolution" and will be released on Roadrunner records on January 20, 2012 (EU) and January 24, 2012 (North America). The album was were recorded in various studios in Virginia and New York with producer Josh Wilbur.

The band revealed the track listing and cover art as follows:

1. Straight for the Sun
2. Desolation
3. Ghost Walking
4. Guilty
5. The Undertow
6. The Number Six
7. Barbarosa
8. Invictus
9. Cheated
10. Insurrection
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
13. Visitation
14. King Me

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Within Temptation Posts Tour Trailer

Dutch symphonic act Within Temptation posted a new tour trailer for the upcoming South American tour in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Argentina during February 2012.

Check out the trailer here:

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Iced Earth Posts New Music Video

Iced Earth posted a new music video for the title track of the new LP "Dystopia." The band also announced a new co-headlining tour with Symphony X with support from Warbringer in 2012 (see full story at this location.

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Iced Earth And Symphony X To Tour North America

American power metal veterans Iced Earth will be teaming up with progressive metal outfit Symphony X for a thirty plus date tour of North America in January it has been revealed. This will be in support of Iced Earth's brand new album, "Dystopia" and the latest Symphony X record, "Iconoclast," which was released last June. Support on the tour will come from thrash metal group, Warbringer.

"I'm excited to tour with Symphony X," Iced Earth founder Jon Schaffer said. "They're phenomenal musicians and very cool guys. This co-headliner tour will be a great experience for the fans. It is also way overdue for us to play a proper tour of North America. Get ready!"

Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo echoes Schaffer’s enthusiasm.

"We are very excited about the upcoming North American Tour with Iced Earth," Romeo said. "We first met Jon & the guys a few years back and they were really cool. When the idea of a co-headline tour surfaced, we thought it would be awesome. The fans can expect a night of great music from both bands. We look forward to seeing you all real soon!"

For the full list of tour dates, visit the official Iced Earth website.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Signs To Candlelight

Reunited American crossover thrash legends Corrosion Of Conformity has announced that they have signed a new record deal with Candlelight Records, who will be releasing their new album worldwide next year.

Candlelight’s Steve Beatty says of the signing, "Animosity is one of my favorite records ever. To have C.O.C. on Candlelight with that line-up is simply mouth watering. I saw the band in London recently and they did not disappoint. This hungry child can’t wait for the record.” Candlelight’s Edward Christie adds, “we are extremely excited to welcome the band to the label and are looking forward to an amazing album. We are all huge fans and this is truly a memorable day for all of us."

The band shares the excitement the immediate future holds. Woody Weatherman comments, "Writing and recording this new record as a three-piece has been a blast. Having Reed back in the fold with Mike and I brings it around full circle. I'm really looking forward to all that lies ahead this upcoming year." More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The organisers of the United Kingdom's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced a further four confirmations for next year's edition of the event, which previously announced that Anvil, Paradise Lost, Orange Goblin and Watain will be performing in 2012. The new additions for the main stage are Norwegian symphonic black metal outfit Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed and Corrosion Of Conformity, while Anaal Nathrakh will be performing on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. The event is scheduled to take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

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Lamb Of God Reveals New Album Title

American heavy metal outfit Lamb Of God has revealed via a Twitter update that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Resolution" and is expected to be released sometime in early 2012 through Epic Records. They also claimed that more information about the record will be revealed later this week. Stay tuned for further updates.

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