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Metal News for October 4, 2010

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32 news articles posted on this day.

Betrayer Parts Ways With Bassist Norm Michaud

Windsor, Ontario Canada metal band Betrayer has announced that they have parted ways with bassist Norm Michaud. The band is currently seeking an experienced bassist. The band seeks a bassist who has the following influences: Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Scorpions and has the a ability to sing backup vocals. Interested parties should contact vocalist/guitarist Jeff Klingbeil at jeffofbetrayer@yahoo.com.

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Metal Safari Releases Second Album

Japan’s masters of power groove, Metal Safari, released their second full-length album, “Prisoner”, on September 22nd via Japanese label Spiritual Beast.

"Prisoner," which features ten tracks influenced by the likes of Pantera, Hatebreed, and Killswitch Engage, is the follow-up to their 2006 independent release, “Return to My Blood.” Following the release of “Prisoner,” Metal Safari debuted the video for the track “How to Die”, which is included with the enhanced CD, and announced that drummer Yazu had signed an endorsement deal with Mapex Drums. Metal Safari is currently gigging around Japan in support of “Prisoner.” For more information, check out the band’s official website, www.metalsafari.com.

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Unearthing the Metal Underground: NOLA Part 3

Here we go again! Another installment of Unearthing the Metal Underground in the Crescent City a.k.a. The Big Easy a.k.a. N'awlins. Whichever you prefer. With Steven Seagal keeping the streets safe, the metal bands can safely play, and they have been doing quite a bit of that lately. I've got three more amazing bands to tell you about; all playing at least once a month. Please enjoy the reviews and footage. Mabye it will entice you to take a trip down here to check them out. Don't worry; the seafood is safe.

Machine Made Slave

Machine Made Slave plays frequently around New Orleans. If you’ve read my show reports, you’re sure to remember the name. Soon they’ll be opening for Watain and Goatwhore to complete the black metal showcase. Through the many lineup changes, founding members and brothers Jason and Trevor Milbourne (on vocals and bass, respectively) have remained and transformed the band into something truly evil. The talented guitarists Rene and Kevin Roche, who are also brothers, combine a classic metal rawness with black metal melodies and even some South American tunes into their playing. And although Ryan Willis does not have a brother in the band, he still does a fine job of pounding the skins. Jason claims that Machine Made Slave will be recording a full-length album soon when they find a proper studio. He claims that they are taking their time with every aspect of the album so that it’s perfect; “So that it doesn’t sound like a demo.” You can watch a clip of one of their shows with the inclusion of female singer Amy Vial below. We wish you luck in the recording process! Visit their Myspace to see their progress.


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Acrassicauda Cancels New York Shows

Acrassicauda has issued the following statement about canceling New York shows:

"After conversations with the Nuclear Assault team it is clear that they are looking to streamline their shows on the current run and asking certain support and opening acts to modify their involvement at the shows to help offset many of the expenses inherent with the touring element of their business. We have max respect for N.A.'s amazing support of regional and national bands in support slots, yet, at this time, we decided to step aside from the current tour cycle and let Nuclear Assault continue their sonic mayhem and kick a lot of ass - however, it will be just without us aboard for the current run of gigs.

"Although this will be disappointing to a lot of our fans we have decided to respect where Nuclear Assault is coming from and ask that anyone seeking a great evening of metal be ready to kick it with the N.A. guys. - With max respect and respect for the brotherhood of METAL: Acrassicauda..."

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Astral Doors Announces Release Party

Sweden's Astral Doors has issued the following announcement about a release party for the band's upcoming best-of album "Testament of Rock - The Best Of Astral Doors:"

"Astral Doors will host a release party for Testament of Rock - The Best of Astral Doors Friday, November 19th, 2010 at Black City, S2, Borlänge, Sweden. The show starts at 9pm SHARP, don't be late!"

You can also check out sample Astral Doors tracks via the band's MySpace page.

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James LaBrie Announces Solo Shows

Dream Theater's James LaBrie has announced a series of North American shows in support of his new solo album "Static Impulse." The dates are as follows:

11/26/2010 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte NC
11/27/2010 - Volume 11 - Raleigh NC
11/29/2010 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
11/30/2010 - Powerglove Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia PA
12/02/2010 - Club Soda - Montreal QUE
12/03/2010 - The Opera House - Toronto OT
12/04/2010 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
12/06/2010 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
12/07/2010 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
12/08/2010 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
12/10/2010 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
12/11/2010 - Berbati's Pan - Portland, OR
12/14/2010 - Key Club, West Hollywood, CA
12/15/2010 - Ventura Theatre - Ventura, CA
12/16/2010 - The Marquee - Tempe, AZ
12/18/2010 - Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
12/19/2010 - Trees - Dallas, TX
12/20/2010 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX

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Zebulon Kosted Streaming New Song

Montana based solo act Zebulon Kosted is currently streaming a new song online titled "Breaking the Spell." The new song can be heard through the player below.

Breaking the Spell by Zebulon Kosted

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Lordi Splits With Drummer

Lordi has issued the following announcement about splitting with drummer Kita:

"It is our unfortunate task to inform that Kita is no longer a member of Lordi. Kita has made a decision to pursue his own career publicly as himself, without his alter ego Kita. This is in direct conflict with one of the cornerstones of Lordi’s image. Therefore it is not possible for him to continue as a member of the band anymore.

"Lordi will continue as always, masked and costumed, consisting of monster personas. Also, the upcoming tour will happen as planned. We thank Kita for the years he has been an important part of the band and our successes and wish him all the best in his future."

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Cradle Of Filth Seeking Fan Questions

Cradle Of Filth has issued the following announcement about seeking fan questions to answer in an upcoming video clip:

"Dani has just posted a new blog here where he describes the work that is going into the album and the grueling schedule of interviews the he is currently undertaking in the run up to the album’s release on November 1st. (November 9th in US)

"Peaceville have decided to add to this schedule by inviting fans to submit questions which Dani will be filmed answering. The band’s answers will be filmed and posted on the Peaceville YouTube channel and the album mini-site in the lead up to the release date. If you have a question you’d like us to ask the band please email competition@peaceville.co.uk and we’ll ask the Dani as many as we can. Please note we can’t guarantee that Dani will have time to answer all questions submitted.

"Deadline for questions is 4pm (UK time) on Thursday 7th October. Can you please include your name and where you are from with all questions."

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Mortiis Announces New Album

Mortiis has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "Perfectly Defect." The band has issued the following brief announcement about the release of the album and posting new content on October 10th: "New Mortiis Album! Make sure you drop by mortiis.com on 10.10.10 - it will be worth it. Get a copy of this flyer for your social networks, blogs, emails, etc."

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Dead Shape Figure Posts New Album Artwork

Dead Shape Figure is set to release the new album "The Disease of St. Vitus" on October 27th, 2010. The band has now revealed the cover artwork for the upcoming album, which can be found at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Suicide Continental
2. Seraphim
3. Face On The Nails
4. Felix Culpa
5. Amberstar
6. Madonna Of Seven Sorrows
7. Idiopolis
8. Shrouds
9. Cities Of The Plain

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Periphery Posts Rock Band Video

The Periphery track "Buttersnips," which is off the band's self-titled album, is now available as a download for the Xbox 360 edition of the Rock Band 2 video game. Periphery has posted a video clip online of the song being played, which can be found below. More...

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Within The Ruins Announces Headlining Tour Dates

Massachusetts technical metal outfit WITHIN THE RUINS is heading out with Arsonists Get All the Girls, Ion Dissonance, And Hell Followed With, Destruction of a Rose and Struc/tures on a full US tour. Here's a short video message from the band about this tour:

And here are the tour dates: More...

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Dakrya Announces New Album Release

Greek act Dakrya has issued the following announcement about releasing the new album "Crime Scene:"

"Heya crazy friends & fans! Here we are again with some interesting news! Our 2nd full-length album entitled 'Crime Scene' is ready to be released! For USA & EU the album will be available on October 12th, 2010 via Sensory Records! You can pre-order it from all the major e-shops like Amazon, CD Universe etc...

"For Greece the release date of the album has been set for November 22nd via 279 Productions! Pre-order will be available soon, so stay tuned... Here you can watch the trailer video for the album and also join us on YouTube & Vimeo!"

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Mercenary Announces Shows With Finntroll

Mercenary has issued the following announcement about three upcoming live shows with Finntroll, Samael, and Rotting Christ:

"We're proud to announce that we will be playing three shows as special guests with Finntroll, Samael, Rotting Christ and more on the following dates. Show up for a a few oldies and a taste of the new album! Spread the news! Cheers."

The details are as follows:

12/9 Vienna - Szene (Austria)
12/10 Munich - Backstage (Germany)
12/11 Kufstein - Kufa (Austria)

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Alice In Chains To Film 3D Concert

Alice in Chains has issued the following update about filming the Seattle stop of the BlackDiamondSkye tour in 3D:

"The Seattle BLACKDIAMONDSKYE date on this Friday, October 8, will play host to a very special Alice in Chains 3D concert filming. If you would like to be immortalized as a part of BDS and Alice in Chains history for this groundbreaking event, hurry and buy one of the remaining tickets for this show here!"

The upcoming BlackDiamondSkye tour dates are as follows:

10/4 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/7 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
10/8 Seattle, WA Key Arena
10/9 Portland, OR Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum
10/11 San Jose, CA SJSU Events Center
10/12 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
10/15 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
10/16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint

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Avenged Sevenfold To Headline Holiday Havoc

Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following announcement about headlining the Holiday Havoc show in Las Vegas:

"Avenged Sevenfold will be headlining X107.5 Holiday Havoc 2010 with special guests Big B with Scott Russo, The Black Pacific and This is My Curse. The show will be held at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on December 11, 2010. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday, October 9 at noon PDT. For more info and ticket links go here."

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Cirrha Niva To Appear In Metal Calendar

Cirrha Niva has issued the following announcement about appearing in the upcoming 2011 Mindview Magazine calendar.

"Hi People, we are one of the twelve bands that are selected for the new 2011 calendar of Mindview Magazine. Some of the other bands are Nevermore, Paradise Lost, Epica, Alestorm and Sabaton.

"This calendar will be for sale within a few weeks and it will be available at the website of the Belgium magazine Mindview and at Large Popmerchandising. All profits are donated to a Crohn's disease fund. Oh, we are the December band."

You can also check out Cirrha Niva's music via this location.

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Hostile Cell Clarifies Comments On Negative Review

Sweden's Hostile Cell had previously posted a statement online about a negative review from Sweden Rock Magazine. The band has now posted the following comments clarifying the original statement:

"It seems that some people were quite offended by my last statement. I just want to clarify what I actually meant: I totally respect every review we get, and I don't care if it's good or bad. As long as it's made by a professional and has content, it's all good. But if you are a writer for one of the bigger rock mags, you don't trash an album just because it's in a different genre than what you prefer.

"If it has good production, and song structures, either you give it to someone who understands that type of music or you rate it for what it is. Because you should be better at rating music than the average listener. You are a professional music writer.

"I don't write music for critics, I write music for people who want to listen to it. I think it's stupid to say that 'I don't care what people say or think about my music.' There is nothing better than seeing people headbanging in the audience or writing in some forum that Hostile Cell is one of the best new bands out there. It makes my day! If you don't agree with me, it's fine. Keep reading the blog, there will be more news shortly!"

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Shawn Drover Checks In From Jagermeister Tour

David Ellefson and Shawn Drover have checked in with a video update from the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami, Florida. The video clip can be viewed below. Megadeth returned to the road last week for the 20-city U.S. Jägermeister Fall Music Tour, featuring 1991's original American "Clash of the Titans" lineup: Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax.

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Slipknot Posts Another "(Sic)nesses" Preview

Slipknot released the band's new DVD "(sic)nesses" on Tuesday September 28th. The band has now uploaded a seventh teaser trailer for the new DVD, which can be viewed below.

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Abstinenz Announces Gahlen Moscht Appearance

German black metal band Abstinenz has checked in with the following brief update about appearing at the 2011 Gahlen Moscht Open Air festival:

"As promised, we now confirm the next opportunity to see live to Noves can! On 06/12/2011 Abstinenz be the stage of Gahlen Moscht Open Air Festival near storm of Cottbus! New Songs - New show - Not to be missed!"

More information on the festival can be found here. You can also hear sample Abstinenz songs via the band's MySpace page.

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Dead And Divine Streaming Smashing Pumpkins Cover

Dead and Divine has issued the following update about streaming a cover of the Smashing Pumpkins song "The End is the Beginning is the End:"

"Holy shit, Myspace. It's been a coons age! Anyways, just wanted to give y'all a heads up on a few things. First off, we've released our version of the Smashing Pumpkins song 'The End is the Beginning is the End.' We didn't wuss out and do a mellow version (they already did that). You can stream it (listen for free) at this location.

"While you're there, you should also check out our VIP pre-sale packages we've put together for our fall headline tour with Vanna. They're super rad, include tickets to your show of choice, and include a TON of Ltd Edition stuff. Seriously. Theres a super rad 18"x24" hand-numbered silkscreened poster, a DOWNLOAD of our Smashing Pumpkins cover, custom D&D guitar picks, and a meet-and-greet with our dumb asses. You can skip that part if you'd like, we understand.

"Either way, go check these out. They're selling FAST, and the tickets for these shows are selling out. Pick up a VIP package and ensure yourself entry to the show of your choice AND you can get a free download code for our new song. AND you get a hand numbered, signed silkscreened poster. AND you get a bunch of other shit. Why not?"

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Nevermore Adds Vancouver Show

Nevermore has checked in with the following brief announcement about adding on a Vancouver tour date:

"Nevermore will now be ending their North American tour in Vancouver, BC Canada on Saturday, November 6th at The Red Room as part of Scrape Records 'Unlucky' 13th Anniversary celebrations alongside Warbringer and Blackguard. Tickets for the new date are on sale now, only at Scrape Records (604.877.1676) or online at Scrape records."

The upcoming Nevermore tour dates are as follows: More...

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Pandemia Issues 15th Anniversary Show Recap

Czech Republic based act Pandemia has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent 15th anniversary show:

"Thanks to all that came to our annual concert! More than 250 fans created a great atmosphere and a great evening! Big respect for all that arrived to the concert from a great distance (from almost the whole of Bohemia and Germany)! Thanks to Master, Necronomicon, Bruno (Hypnos) and all friends, you were great! Photos from the concert you can find on our MySpace!"

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Svart Crown Announces Album Release Party

French metal band Svart Crown has issued the following announcement about a release party for the new album "Witnessing the Fall:"

"We will organize a promotional party in Paris (France) at the Black Dog for the release of our new album 'Witnessing The Fall' on October 15th. The band will assure the play list during all the night and will organize a killer blind test etc. As you can see on the MySpace page, we have just announce few new gigs in Poland. We are actually working on a eastern tour in February/March. If you have a booking request, don't hesitate: sons-of-underground@hotmail.fr."

You can check out Svart Crown's music via this location.

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Silje Wergeland To Join Tristania For Live Show

Tristania has issued the following announcement about Silje Wergeland joining the band for an upcoming live shows:

"Tristania is pleased to announce that Silje Wergeland, vocalist of the famous Dutch alternative rock act The Gathering and an outstanding singer, will be a guest during our show at Garage, Bergen this Thursday.

"Silje, who has successfully worked with the Gathering since 2008, started her career as a singer in Gyri's former band Octavia Sperati in 2000. Octavia, which has creatively been 'on hold' for the past two years only occasionally performing at a few special events, did several tours in the UK from 2005 to 2008, and even did a few shows together with Kjetil and his former band, Green Carnation. Gyri is very excited to share the stage with Silje again in this new context!"

Silje also commented: "I am honored to be singing with the nice guys and gals of Tristania here in my hometown Bergen. I've been following the band since Gyri joined them and really like their new sound and album Rubicon. It will be great fun to play with Gyri again as with Kjetil, Mariangela and the rest of the band."

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Urgehal Announces New Release

Norwegian black metal act Urgehal has issued the following announcement about finishing a new 7" album titled "Death is Complete:"

"New 7" on the way 'Death is complete.' Necro and back to the roots of ugly black metal. 2 New songs of pure primitive HELL! The first 350 copies will come in a limited blood red vinyl version. Buy, cry and DIE! (Folter Rec.)"

You can check out the band's music via the Urgehal MySpace profile.

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Stream Hail of Bullets' Entire New Album Online

UPDATE: The duration of this full album stream has expired. Hail of Bullets' "On Divine Winds" has been released and can be ordered here as well as at other online retailers and record stores.

In conjunction with the upcoming second full-length release from Hail of Bullets, "On Divine Winds," Metal Blade Records has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premier the extreme metal act’s album "On Divine Winds" in its entirety. You can hear the entire album in the player below up until the album's release on Tuesday, October 12th.

If you like what you hear and see, you can pre-order the album while there is still time to take advantage of the discounted prices. "On Divine Winds" is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.

The tracklisting for "On Divine Winds" is as follows:

1. The Eve Of Battle
2. Operation Z
3. The Mukden Incident
4. Strategy of Attrition
5. Full Scale War
6. Guadalcanal
7. On Coral Shores
8. Unsung Heroes
9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust
10. Kamikaze
11. To Bear the Unbearable

"On Divine Winds" was produced by Ed Warby and mixed once again by Dan Swanö.

Comments singer Martin van Drunen: "This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees."

Comments drummer Ed Warby: "I don't think I've ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although …Of Frost And War is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we've succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production… at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it's off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood 'n' guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can't imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed… on the contrary!"

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Descensus Posts Two New Songs Online

Earlier this year Danish melodic death metal band Descensus announced that they were hitting CB-studios in Holsted to record two brand new songs. Producer Christian Bonde is now done mixing and mastering the tracks “Death Affection” and “Slaves Of Conformity,” and the band has posted them to their MySpace player for streaming and online for free download.

The two new tracks will be featured on our the band's debut album, which they're planning to record this winter.

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New Rob Zombie "Best Of" Album Released

With just one more album under his belt since the last "best of" collection, a new Rob Zombie collection entitled "Rob Zombie - Icon" has been released in 12-track single-CD and 24-track double-CD versions. Without much fanfare, they are out in the stores now.

Revising as well as updating his previous collections with tracks from his most recent "Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls And The Systematic Dehumanization Of Cool," the single-CD (exclusive to Walmart) offers an overview of his solo career while the double-CD (exclusive to Best Buy) adds tracks from his seminal days with White Zombie.

Icon is part of the new Icon series of albums from Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) featuring the greatest hits, signature tunes and fan favorites of the most popular artists in music history. Rob Zombie's credits include more than 15 million albums sold, 7 Grammy® nominations, the helming of 5 major motion pictures and dozens of music videos.

The special edition of "HELLBILLY DELUXE 2" came out via new label home Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records on September 28th, featuring three brand new tracks: “Everything Is Boring,” “Michael” and “Devil’s Hole Girls And The Big Revolution,” as well as a reimagining of “The Man Who Laughs,” among other extras.

Here are the tracklistings for both versions of the "Rob Zombie - Icon" albums: More...

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Dark Wings Syndrome Posts New Music Video Online

Portugal's DARK WINGS SYNDROME have released their new music video, for the track "Spiritual Emotions." Check it out below:

This video was recorded between May/June at ATC, Joane, Portugal, and the production has handled by Rui Correia (Espaço Híbrido). "Spiritual Emotions" is the first single taken from DARK WINGS SYNDROME debut album "Arcane." David Castillo (KATATONIA, BLOODBATH, KLIMT 1918, DRACONIAN) mixed and mastered this album on last April at Ghostward Studio in Stockholm, Sweden.

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