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Metal News for October 6, 2010

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Woe Streaming New Song Online

Stereogum has premiered "Quietly, Undramatically," the title track from the upcoming new full-length album from Philly black metallers Woe. Set for a North American release on October 12th via Candlelight Records, "Quietly, Undramatically" was recorded at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, New Jersey with additional tracking completed at front man Chris Grigg's BS1 in Philadelphia. The album is the first to feature a full band ensemble comprised of members from Absu, Woods Of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem, Infernal Stronghold, and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder.

To check out the new song "Quietly, Undramatically," visit this location. You can also catch Woe live on the following dates:

10/28/2010 King Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA FREE SHOW w/ KRIEG, Infernal Stronghold
10/29/2010 Machines With Magnets - Pawtucket, RI w/ KRIEG, Sewer Goddess, Dead Times
10/30/2010 The Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY w/ KRIEG

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Fallen Martyr To Receive Producer's Choice Award

Fallen Martyr is set to receive the Producer’s Choice Award for Metal Album of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. The unsigned band will travel to the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, November 18th, 2010 to accept the award. In addition to receiving the Producer’s Choice, Fallen Martyr will also have the privilege of presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to audio engineer and producer, Eddie Kramer.

"We are honored to be receiving the Producer’s Choice Award for our E.P. The Six Roots of True Will, and being chosen to present Eddie Kramer with the Lifetime Achievement Award is amazing. We are so very grateful for all of this. It is truly like a waking dream." stated guitarist Gabriel Luis.

While Fallen Martyr prepares for the trip to California, the band will be putting the finishing touches on the still untitled full-length record, which will be mixed and mastered by Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams) and feature a new logo by Christophe Szpajdel. "We already have all of the material written and ready to go." says Luis. "This album will have all of the elements of the E.P., but more epic and expanded upon."

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5FDP Announces In-Store Signing

Five Finger Death Punch will be doing an in-store signing at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre, PA October 13th at 4pm. They are also playing that night at the Mohegan Sun Arena with Godsmack. The details are as follows:

10/13 Gallery of Sound
186 Mundy St, Wilkes-Barre PA 18702
(570) 208-2833

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Symphony X Issues Band Update

Symphony X has announced an upcoming April 25th, 2011 show at the Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Also on the Symphony X 2011 touring calendar are performances at the Best Buy Theater (formerly The Nokia) in New York on Friday, April 22nd and at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 10th.

Lead vocalist Russell Allen checks in about the new release and the upcoming shows: "I just want to say how excited I am about the new album. It's gonna kill! The songs rock and the performances by my fellow band mates are simply amazing. We can't wait to see the fans! You guys know how much we enjoy performing live. So get ready, SYMPHONY X has returned."

Symphony X is currently recording the band's Nuclear Blast debut and follow-up to 2007’s "Paradise Lost," which has sold over 60,000 copies in North America. Allen has finished recording his vocal tracks and the band is moving on to record keyboards, bass, and guitar solos. Guitarist Michael Romeo offers the following update: "We love the fans, and we know we haven't been as on top of things with the updates this year as we should have, but when it's down to the wire and we're going 24/7 trying to wrap things up, then that's what we're focused on. We really think the fans will like this album; it has been, by far, more work (and harder work) than any other album, period." More...

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Tristania Announces Signing Session

Tristania has issued the following announcement about a signing session in London on October 8th:

"To celebrate the European leg of the Rubicon Tour, there will be a signing session/meet and greet with Tristania at mid-day in Camden, London on Friday October 8th. The happening will take place in the PSYLO Store from 12am on the 8th of October, in The Stables Market Camden Town, Unit 49, in London.

"We know there has been great interest for our show in London, and when the idea came from PSYLO to do a signing/meet and great session we thought this would be a nice treat to our fans going to the show. We’re looking forward to the European leg of the Rubicon Tour very much, and this will kick it all of nicely."

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Bison B.C. Adds New North American Tour Dates

Vancouver, Canada sludge metal act Bison B.C has announced four additional tour dates to be added to its current tour schedule. The new dates feature two performances in Canada and two in the United States. Bison are currently on tour promoting its 2010 release "Dark Ages" which is available through Metal Blade Records.

Bison B.C. tour dates:
Oct 17 / Thunder Bay, ON / Kilroy’s
Oct 23 / Windsor, ON / Blind Dog
Oct 24 / Cleveland, OH / Now That's Class
Oct 25 / Chicago, Il / Subterreanean

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Marseille And Company Shake Swindon To The Ground

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal created dozens of fantastic bands, many of whom got lost in the shuffle, leading to them being overlooked and eventually causing their demise. A good example of this would be Marseille, who broke grounds for young British bands during their first run, but were overshadowed by bigger British bands such as Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. However, the band is back now, with a sense of celebrity about them somewhat, owing to guitarist Neil Buchanan’s time as the presenter of the smash hit television show Art Attack, and I had the pleasure to witness them at Riffs Bar in Swindon.

Kicking off the night was local act, Vivaxi. The band possess a quality about them which tends to focus more on their musicianship than on an entertaining performance, with each member looking thoroughly concentrated on their respective instrument, which each member plays with undeniable skill. The songs themselves are drawn out to a degree but contain a catchy quality to them, thus ensuring an enjoyable listening experience. While a good band, their focus on music over performance would make for a more boring tenure were it not for lead singer Chris Hawkins, who brings barrels of energy on stage as well as an impressive voice, mixing the screams of Rob Halford with the American party attitude of David Lee Roth. All in all, a solid performance and a good start to the evening.


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Tygers Of Pan Tang Cancels November Tour Dates

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned performances in November. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Due to unforeseen circumstances, the shows at the Muni Arts Centre in Prontipridd and the Clitheroe Grand have now been cancelled. These were shows the Tygers were supporting Monsters Of British Rock. The cancellations were due to some availability problems of the members of MBR. We are sorry for these cancellations and hope to see you at another show very soon."

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White Wizzard Posts New Single Online

Los Angeles traditional heavy metal band White Wizzard has released a brand new song online. The new song, titled "Shooting Star," was written as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio and is the first track recorded with new White Wizzard vocalist Peter Ellis. The track is available to listen to now and can be found embedded in the band's MySpace page at this location. You can also catch White Wizzard live on the following dates:

11/5 2010 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
11/6 2010 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy 2
11/7 2010 - Belfast, UK - Auntie Annie's Porterhouse
11/8 2010 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
11/10 2010 - Sheffield, UK - The Corporation
11/11 2010 - Manchester, UK - Satan's Hollow
11/13 2010 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
11/14 2010 - London, UK - The Underworld

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Relapse Comments On Signing Noisear

As was previously announced, Noisear has inked a deal with Relapse. Relapse Records has now issued the following statement about the signing and the band's upcoming activity:

"Noisear, described as 'desert baked grindcore from the land of enchantment,' has previously released their full-length album Pyroclastic Annihilation in 2008 in addition to a number of splits, vinyl-only releases, and compilations including this year’s This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2. Noisear is set to release four brand new tracks next month via a digital and 7” vinyl split with The Arson Project. Additional release details for the split will be announced soon.

"Noisear are currently writing for the follow-up album to Pyroclastic Annihilation, with plans to record this winter for an early 2011 release. The band is booking a U.S. tour in support of the new album for May of next year. Additional album and tour information will be announced shortly."

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Arch Enemy Updates Tour Schedule

Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has announced the following upcoming tour dates:

10/22 2010 Waerdse Tempel / Heerhugowaard (Holland), Heerhugowa, NETHERLANDS
10/23 2010 METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST VIII @ Wieze (Belgium)
10/24 2010 ARCH ENEMY @ Markthalle (Metal Breed Festival), Hamburg (Germany)
10/26 2010 Klub Stodola / Batorego 1, Warszawa (Poland)
11/23 2010 Manchester @ Academy 2 (UK) Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
11/24 2010 Glasgow @ Garage (UK) Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
11/25 2010 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (UK) Wolverhampton, UNITED KINGDOM
11/27 2010 London @ The Forum (UK) London, UNITED KINGDOM
5/28 2011 METALFEST OPEN AIR 2011 GERMANY Dessau
5/29 2011 METALFEST OPEN AIR 2011 AUSTRIA Mining am Inn

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California Bone Marrow Drive Announced

Behemoth has issued the following announcement about a bone marrow driver occurring in California on October 17th:

"Head down to Dark Realm Records in Downey, CA on October 17th to learn how you can help in the war against Leukemia. This drive is another opportunity to find matches for Nergal and other Leukemia patients currently suffering from the disease.

"This drive is supported by Be The Match, a non-profit organization that specializes in Bone Marrow donors and matches. You can find more information about the event on their website at this link and on the event's official MySpace page."

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The Shadow Theory Reveals Debut Album Tracklisting

The Shadow Theory, the new progressive metal project from Deadsoul Tribe's Devon Graves and former Pain Of Salvation bassist Kristoffer Gildenlow, has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming debut album. The album, titled "Behind the Black Veil," is set for release sometime by the end of 2010 through InsideOut Music.

"Behind the Black Veil" tracklisting:
1. I Open Up My Eyes (7:04)
2. The Sound of Flies (4:40)
3. Ghostride (5:32)
4. Welcome (5:02)
5. By the Crossroads (5:35)
6. Selebrate (3:17)
7. Snakeskin (3:48)
8. Sleepwalking (5:17)
9. The Black Cradle (5:15)
10. A Candle in the Gallery (3:57)
11. A Symphony of Shadows (7:55)

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Mortiis To Offer New Album As Free Download

Mortiis is set to release the new album "Perfectly Defect" as a free download on October 10th, 2010. "Putting ‘Perfectly Defect’ out as a free download was a decision we made after some consideration," said the band’s namesake Mortiis. "The new model of the music business is important to keep in mind; there's a new mentality out there in terms of how people acquire their music now. For better or worse, music seems to have become a medium a lot of people aren't prepared to pay for in the old fashioned way. So, we paid to record it out of our own pockets 'cos we thought it would be a really cool gift to our fans that have been waiting around for ages for something new to come out."

Mortiis has spent much of the past frew years writing and recording “The Great Deceiver,” the long-awaited follow-up to 2004’s full-length “The Grudge” and the 2007 remix album, “Some Kind of Heroin.” "Perfectly Defect" is the prelude to the “The Great Deceiver” – while the latter is heavier and darker, the former is varied, experimental, and largely instrumental.

"When we were writing and working on ‘The Great Deceiver’, we were coming up with all sorts of inspired stuff, a really varied collection of music," Mortiis explained. "Some of it was far too varied and experimental to be included in such an angry, dark album as ‘The Great Deceiver’ so we created a brand new album that is the introductory element to the more intricate world of ‘The Great Deceiver.’ More...

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Operatika Releases Dio Cover Song

Operatika has issued the following announcement about releasing a cover of Ronnie James Dio's "We Rock:"

"Operatika is pleased to announce this official release of our new single--Ronnie James Dio's "We Rock." It is our tribute to Dio and his contribution to the world of heavy metal. We hope you enjoy our own interpretation of this classic song. In light of Dio's recent passing we will be donating all of the proceeds from this song to Dio's Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund."

You can check out the track via the Operatika MySpace profile.

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Metallica Announces New Live EP Details

Metallica has revealed details concerning a new live EP, which will be released through Music Monitor Network's new program called Metal Club and coincide with its launch. The new live EP, titled "Live At Grimey's" features 9 live tracks recorded during the band's June 12, 2008 secret show held in the basement of Grimey's in Nashville, Tennessee. The EP will be made available at select independent record stores across North America on November 26th, 2010.

Here's the "Live at Grimey's" tracklisting:

1. No Remorse
2. Fuel
3. Harvester of Sorrow
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
5. For Whom The Bell Tolls
6. Master of Puppets
7. Sad But True
8. Motorbreath
9. Seek And Destroy

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Prymary Cancels Upcoming Live Show

California's Prymary has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled tour date on October 9th:

"Hello everyone, we are sorry to report that the Prymary show this coming Saturday on October 9th in Fullerton, California has been canceled. We were looking forward to rocking out and throwing some interesting covers to boot. Stay tuned for our next show. Thanks."

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

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Eric Horner To Tour With Vrangsinn On U.S. Dates

Guitarist/vocalist Eric Horner of Throne of Malediction has issued the following announcement about performing live with Daniel Vrangsinn on an upcoming U.S. tour:

"Dark Greetings, friends, fans and haters alike... I, (ER!C) have been been selected by our Norwegian friend Vrangsinn (of Carpathian Forest and Misantrof) to join a 2011 USA tour as a live guitarist. I am extremely honored to be asked and just have to say yes. Details and dates are TBA, but probably will start March 2011. Most likely will tour with kick ass Florida band, Wykked Wytch.

"Cannot give away too many details yet, press releases will be out later from Vrangsinn's management. I will also update when possible. I am learning the songs now. Should be a great learning experience and I hope to spread the word of my band too along the way. It will only be a break from Throne to hit the road and help Mr V conquer the USA. Throne of Malediction is still my main project. More...

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Unexpect To Release New Album Independently

Avant-garde metallers Unexpect have issued the following announcement about releasing a new album independently:

"2010 has been quite scarce in terms of words isn't it? ...so much to say though! Let us fill those empty spaces with some radioactive thoughts. On the stage side: for those who are not yet aware of it, we'll start an Eastern Canadian Tour in less than 1 week! At our sides will play the bands Stream of Passion from Netherlands and Manahil from Montreal.

"The following band will also be part of the musical rumble : Metric Madness @ Rimouski, Instanzia @ Saint-Hyacinthe, Elliptic @ Quebec City, Inner Control @ Jonquière. Despised Icon, Misery Index & more @ Rouyn-Noranda, Unveil et Smelly Pedros @ Sherbrooke, Half Past Four @ Toronto, Transe Metal Machine @ Montreal, Necronomicon, Insides Out & Signs of Chaos @ Ottawa ( without Manahil & Stream of Passion). To celebrate this pre-pumpkins tour, we'll not stop at one crime, we'll indeed play 2 new songs for the curious minds!

"Speaking of novelties... After some deep and profound thinking, we finally decided to take back the reins of our destiny and go Independent for the release of the next album! We gave this option a lot of attention/thinking time and the conclusion was that we think it's all positive and for the best! And the fact of removing intermediaries will let us be even closer to our public! More...

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Eat Me Clown Seeking Vocalist

Italy's Eat Me Clown has issued the following announcement about seeking a new vocalist:

"Want to sing with Eat Me Clown?! We are producing new material, and we decided to add another element to our line-up! We are looking for someone with voice shit! Contact us here on MySpace or e-mail: eatmeclown@hotmail.com."

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Suidakra Comments On Upcoming Shows

Germany's Suidakra has issued the following statement about upcoming live shows:

"This is just a short update to remind all of you of our last few shows in 2010: We'll play two more festivals in northern Germany before heading to Turkey for the first time in the band's history. We're prepared to show our Turkish friends how the Tteutonic hammer will swing and are looking forward to the 2 shows in Istanbul and Izmir! Last show for this year will be in Belgium, rounding off a successful live season for SuidAkrA!

"Right after that we'll enter Gernhart recording studio to record the new (10th!) album, which will be called 'Book of Dowth.' Kris Verwimp will once again be in charge of the cover artwork and lyrical concept... We'll post more info next month, along with some footage from the studio at the end of the year. Stay tuned!"

The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

10/8 2010 Zollhaus Leer Leer, GERMANY
10/9 2010 Haus am Luhner Forst Rotenburg/W, Nieders., GERMANY
10/15 2010 Rock 'N Rolla Istanbul, TURKEY
10/16 2010 Noxx Stage Izmir, TURKEY
12/4 2010 Mass Deathtruction Festival 2010 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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Acedia Appearing On Turkish Metal Compilation

Turkish doom metal act Acedia will be contributing the song "Rain Day Memories" on the new compilation album "Amenism: Metal From Turkey." The artwork for the album can be viewed here. The bands contributing to the album are as follows: Sorg Uten Tarer, Sabhankra, The Pigskins, Acedia, Baht, The Trusted, Gates of Eternity, Ancestry, And I Exist, Deep Inside, None Shall Return, Insistence, and Mental Implant.

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Archspire Issues Band Update

Canada's Archspire has checked in with the following update about the band's recent activity:

"Greetings! Well, we've been incredibly busy since our last blog, so I haven't had a chance to post a new update. Here's a couple of the things we've been up to: September 26th, exactly one year to the day of our first show, we inked a deal with new Canadian label Hadean Records!

"Founded by Jeff Bryan and Kevin Ellis Moore, Hadean Records is going to be the driving force behind Archspire. We've got a lot of work to do, but a few things we can disclose at this point are distribution, online promotion, and some new promo photos. Suffice to say, working with Hadean Records seems to be the right choice for us at this point.

"In September, we played shows in Kelowna and Penticton with Atre Este, and in October we played a show with brutal death group Carnivitriol, and technical death grind band Akakor here in Vancouver. Also, we have our very first Vancouver Island show November 6th at the Victoria Centre, with Burning Ghats, Compound Terror, and guests! Stay posted for updates as they develop, we have a ton of things on the go and it won't be long before you see some big things from us! Stay Brutal."

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Blood Of God Recording New Album

Germany's Blood of God has issued the following announcement about recording a new full-length album:

"What's up metal lovers, we're extremely proud to announce that we've started recording our full length album. This concept album will tell the story of a degenerating mankind in the year 2666. A classical epos of good versus evil. We're planning to have it ready by the end of the year. We'll try to keep you up with the latest from the recording process.

"So, pictures, videos, etc. will be uploaded soon. Stay in touch and visit our blog to take part in the creation of the upcoming LP. We've already recorded the drums, and, to be honest, they shred! More to come. Keep it heavy!"

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Haken Comments On ProgPower Appearance

Prog act Haken has issued the following statement about appearing at the ProgPower Europe festival:

"We've just returned from the amazing Progpower Europe in Baarlo Holland this past weekend and what a blast we had! We'd like to say a big, public thank you to: Rene for inviting us in the first place.

"All the crew for being so professional and making everything run so smoothly for us. The other bands for being so great, especially - Brian, Gary, Carl and Brendt of Shadow Gallery for being the nicest legends we've ever had the pleasure to share a stage with!

"And of course the fans and friends, who were exceptionally responsive and an absolute pleasure to hang out with and chat to throughout the day. You made our first Progpower experience really special! Sorry to everybody who asked about T-Shirts, we'll make them available to order asap - watch this space. We now look forward to playing Progpower USA in 2011, which will be our debut performance on American soil!"

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Heidevolk Issues Tour Recap

Heidevolk has issued the following recap of the band's recent European shows:

"After 24 days of touring the European continent we have arrived home safely. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the crew that made this whole undertaking possible. Your hard work, support and comradery made working with you a true joy!

"Furthermore, we’d like to thank the other bands that we have had the honour to share the stage with the last couple of weeks; Swashbuckle, Equilibrium, Ensiferum and Twilight of the Gods. It was a great pleasure being on the road with you guys, we will miss all the conversations and parties! Also a big 'thank you' to Rock the Nation, Napalm Records and Het Nederlands Fonds voor Podium kunsten for making this tour possible.

"Finally, we would like to thank all the people that attended our shows! It has been a tremendously enriching experience meeting you, we raise our horns to you for all the beautiful memories you’ve given us! Thank you all very much!"

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Wacken Open Air Panorama Website Available

The organizers of the Wacken Open Air Festival have posted a panorama website online that lets fans see 360 degree pictures and video clips from the 2010 festival. You can check out the panorama website at this location. The festival organizers also commented on the website:

"With the 3D 360° Panorama you can have exclusive aspects of the Wacken Open Air, never seen pictures of the festival and backstage impression in high quality 3D. Being the first festival worldwide which created such a unique roundwalk over the whole festival ground, W:O:A sets new benchmarks regarding fan friendlyness. You can explore the festival area before, during and after the festival, have a look behind the stages and find out where the artists party. The 3D Panorama consists of 80 single Panorama and includes special sound effects and video clips.

"The route skirts you through the village to the Info Office. Then you can have a look at the stage or take a walk at the infield. After a trip to the beer garden you arrive at the campground from where you can visit the Wacken Plaza and the Wackinger Village and if you take a look at the sky you´ll find an awesome 3 D look out of the helicopter."

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Malevolent Creation Confirms Festival Appearance

Florida death metal icons Malevolent Creation have been confirmed for next year's edition of the Inferno festival, set to take place April 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2011 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Norway.

Confirmed Line-Up:

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Mutiny Within Drops Out Of Epica Tour

New Jersey modern metal act Mutiny Within have pulled out their previously announced North American tour with Dutch symphonic metallers Epica.

Mutiny Within commented by saying:

"After weeks of discussions, we've decided to cancel our current touring plans in order to focus all of our efforts to writing the second MUTINY WITHIN album.

"Touring with EPICA would have been amazing and we were really looking forward to it. This wasn't easy for us and we apologize to everyone who was looking forward to seeing us again.

"After a year of touring, we feel it's time to get all of this new material demoed and recorded. We've started writing and we don't want to stop. We hope you all understand and support us, because we are excited to bring you brand new music.

"As far as touring goes, we are exploring opportunities for early 2011, and not just in America. We do have a few temporary drummer replacements lined up for any possible upcoming dates/tours, but we are still holding auditions for a permanent member. Send an e-mail to MWdrumauditions@gmail.com if you or anyone you know is interested.

"Wait until you guys hear the new songs!"

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Impaled Nazarene Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Finnish experimental black metal act Impaled Nazarene has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album "Road To The Octagon." The new album, the eleventh full length from the band, is set for release on November 20, 2010. "Road To The Octagon" was recorded at Hellhole studio in Helsinki with the band's soundman Tero Kostermaa and was mastered by Mika Jussila. The band have shot a video for the track "Enlightenment Process."

The Impaled Nazarene 20th anniversary show at Henry's Pub club in Kuopio, Finland on November 20, 2010 will also be filmed for a forthcoming concert DVD.

Here is the "Road To The Octagon" tracklisting:
1. Enlightenment Process (2:19)
2. The Day Of Reckoning (2:26)
3. Corpses (2:46)
4. Under Attack (2:45)
5. Tentacles Of The Octagon (1:33)
6. Reflect On This (2:17)
7. Convulsing Uncontrollably (2:14)
8. Cult Of The Goat (3:10)
9. Gag Reflex (3:01)
10. The Plan (2:00)
11. Silent And Violent Type (2:18)
12. Execute Tapeworm Extermination (2:11)
13. Rhetoric Infernal (4:24)

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Gotthard Singer Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Steve Lee, the lead vocalist of Swiss hard rock band Gotthard, was tragically killed yesterday after being involved in a motorcycle crash. He was only 47 years old. The singer had flown to the U.S. with some biker friends just this weekend to fulfil a long-cherished dream for which he'd never had the time due to his heavy touring schedule for many years. It was to be two weeks through the States on a Harley-Davidson.

The 21 Swiss bikers started their journey on Sunday on a total of 12 motorcycles. On Tuesday, October 5, about 50 miles from Las Vegas, the group had stopped at the roadside to put on their rain gear as it had started to rain. On the slippery road, the trailer of a passing truck began to skid. The driver attempted evasive action but his trailer clipped five of the motorcycles parked at the roadside; one of them hit Steve Lee. Rescue services attempted resuscitation but efforts were stopped after 20 minutes. At 16:13 local time, Steve Lee was pronounced dead.

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Shadows Fall Announces DVD Viewing Party

Massachusetts modern metallers Shadows Fall have announced an official listening party for the "Madness in Manila" CD/DVD on Friday, October 22, 2010 in New York City at Idle Hands Bar. The listening party will begin at 10pm, and happens to be the last stop on the annual Heavy Hitter Inc. CMJ Bar Crawl. This event and the crawl are 21+.

"Madness In Manila: Shadows Fall Live In The Philippines 2009" tracklisting:
1. The Light That Blinds
2. Forevermore
3. Failure Of The Devout
4. Crushing Belial
5. Burning The Lives
6. A Public Execution
7. Casting Shade
8. Destroyer Of Senses
9. What Drives The Weak
10. The Power of I and I
11. Enlightened By The Cold
12. Thoughts Without Words
13. Inspiration On Demand
14. War
15. The Great Collapse
16. Redemption

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Winterus Signs With Lifeforce Records

American black metal act Winterus has announced its signing with Lifeforce Records.

Winterus is set to enter the studio on December 1, 2010 to begin work on their debut full-length album entitled, In Carbon Mysticism. Lead singer, Christopher Erich Neu, will handle the production and engineering in his studio in Michigan, USA, while mastering will be handled by Ken Sorceron (of Abigail Williams & Aborted).. Following the production of the record, the band is looking to a spring release with subsequent touring within the US. Also, after having now partnered with Marco and Avocado Booking, a European tour is now planned for sometime in 2011.

Bassist Matthew Dilliner commented by saying:

"On this album we are looking to push the boundaries of black metal further than they have ever been before by creating intense sonic landscapes alongside classic black metal and death metal influences. We hope that our honesty and passion is well-received. I think Christopher (lead singer) will do an amazing job tracking and producing the record and we are also extremely pleased to be working with Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, Aborted) as he will handle the mixing and mastering duties"

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Sorrows Path Announces Album Release Party

Greek act Sorrows Path has announced a release party for the new album "The Rough Path of Nihilism," which will also feature Cradle of Filth. The details of the release show are as follows:


You can also check out the recently released Sorrows Path video for "Empty Eyes and Blackened Hearts" below. More...

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Blood Stain Child Signs With Coroner Records

Blood Stain Child, Japanese cyber-melodeath band with contemporary Japanese music culture influences, signs with Coroner Records for the release of its fifth album.

The album will be released in the spring of 2011, although the release date has not been confirmed. Ettore Rigotti (Disarmonia Mundi, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Destrage, Stigma) will take care of production, mixing and mastering of the album in his "Metal House" studios.

After the success of the previous album "Mozaiq," mixed by Tue Madsen and released in Europe and America by Dockyard1/Locomotive and after some line-up problems, the band finally announces new members; Greek vocalist Sophia and drummer Gami (ex-Youthquake) have been added to the band.

Songs have gone through pre-productions with the new line-up and have been completed. Recording sessions for the fifth studio album have already started.

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Blood Tribe Completes Work On New Album

Indiana Brutal thrash band Blood Tribe has completed their second album, "Repulse", which will be released in November 2010 through Dark Harvest Records. The CD was recorded at Kill Co. Audio in Evansville, Indiana, with producer Ryan Key, who also recorded their debut release. The album is being mastered by Jamie King (Graves of Valor, Between the Buried and Me, Through the Eyes of the Dead). The band recently solidified their lineup with the addition of new vocalist Jonathon Drew, guitarist Danny Wade and Bassist Matt Courtney.

The new video "In Fair Verona" will also be available on the CD as bonus material. The "Repulse" tracklisting is as follows:

1. Reflections
2. Manipulated Sexuality
3. A Scar for every Sin
4. Force fed Suffering
5. In Fair Verona
Bonus "In Fair Verona" Video

Blood Tribe will hold a CD-release party in Evansville, Indiana at a later date to be determined. In the meantime, check them out on the band's MySpace page or watch their most recent music video for "In Fair Verona" below:

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A Conversation With A Forest of Stars

Black metal has come a long way over the past two decades. What started out as straightforward blasting and tremolo picking has evolved far beyond the limited scale shown in the early years of the genre. Progressive elements crept in and pushed the genre into a direction most could not have foreseen. A Forest of Stars is one of the modern bands taking the fundamentals of black metal and incorporating psychedelic and folk elements to create lengthy, but stimulating, material.

With their second album, “Opportunistic Thieves of Spring,” pushing the band further away from the traditional black metal sound, things look very bright for the future of the quirky British act. Metalunderground.com recently had the chance to speak to guitarist T.S. Kettleburner about the challenge of long songs, the difference between the first and second album, and the importance of music over visuals in a live setting. More...

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John Paul Jones To Appear At Manson's Guitar Show

Manson’s Guitar Shop has announced that legendary bass player John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin/ Them Crooked Vultures) will be appearing at this year's show taking place Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October.

The 2010 Mansons Guitar Show is set to be both the biggest and best show yet with a record number of exhibitors confirmed including virtually every great guitar company on the planet. Manufacturers will be bringing their best model examples to exhibit at the prestigious weekend with several UK exclusive launches confirmed. A great mixture of the small independent guitar companies are rubbing shoulders with large corporates, and the presence of guitar legends such as John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin means Manson’s Guitar Show is undoubtedly the UK’s premier guitar lovers event. A full list of exhibitors and artists can be seen below.

Manson’s Guitar Show also has some unique prize-winning opportunities this year. For 2010, Ampeg is giving away a bass rig signed by its roster of bass artists that includes members of The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Black Sabbath, King’s-X, Alice In Chains, The Smashing Pumpkins, and many others. Marshall will be offering a signed amplifier by one of their legendary artists and Avid Distribution is giving away one of their Eleven Rack systems worth nearly £800. Acoustic players are equally well looked after with Faith and Freshman Guitars offering mouth watering prizes. You can win these prizes through the charity raffle at the show, charity auction or through an exclusive Express And Echo giveaway.

Manson’s clinic, demonstration and performance room will be running flat out throughout the weekend. Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Walter Trout (Blues Legend), Jerry Donahue (The Hellecasters), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Alex Hutchings, Jas Morris (Guitarist Of The Year Winner), Stuart Clayton (Carl Palmer Band), Chris George (Marshall Official Demonstrator), and flying in exclusively for the Manson’s Show US bass artist Michael Manring (Zon Guitars) will all be appearing at the show.

Tickets are available now in-store or online, with concessions for students and under 16’s.

Here's the full list of artist appearances: More...

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Sweet Savage Guitarist Passes Away

Trev Fleming, the founder and guitarist of Northern Irish heavy metal veterans Sweet Savage sadly passed away last Saturday (October 2nd.) No cause of death has been disclosed as of yet. The band was best known for the song, "Killing Time" which was covered by Metallica, and was expected to release a new album this month, which was to be their first since 1998. No word has been given regarding whether or not Fleming's death will effect the album's release.

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Cyphosis Posts New Album Teaser Online

Finnish metal band Cyphosis has posted a new video teaser to promote its forthcoming studio album "To North and Under." The new full length is set for release on September 29, 2010 through Violent Journey Records. You can view the album trailer below:

The tracklisting for "To North And Under" is as follows:
1. Prologue
2. Filth Within
3. Time Is An Enemy
4. Passage Of Evil
5. Across Black Water
6. Nine Seas
7. Servitude
8. To North And Under
9. Forged

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Unsun Posts New Music Video Online

Polish goth metal act Unsun has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Home," which appears on the band's forthcoming studio album "Clinic For Dolls." "Clinic For Dolls" is set for release on October 11, 2010 through Armoury/Eagle Rock Records.

You can view the video below:

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Generation Kill Posts New Studio Video Online

Generation Kill, the metal act featuring Exodus vocalist Rob Dukes, has released the second in a five-part series of studio webisodes documenting the making of the band's as-yet-untitled debut album.

You can view the video below:

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First Blood Reveals New Album Tracklisting

San Francisco, California metal act First Blood has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album "Silence Is Betrayal." "Silence Is Betrayal" is set for release on November 9, 2010 through Bullet Tooth Records.

Here is the "Silence Is Betrayal" tracklisting:
1. Intro
2. Silence
3. Preamble
4. Enemy
5. Resist
6. Truth
7. Detach
8. Enslaved
9. Confront
10. Fear
11. Occupation (bonus)
12. Fascism (bonus)
13. Lies
14. Messenger (bonus)
15. Survive (bonus_
16. Armageddon II

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36 Crazyfists Cancels Remaining Headline Dates

Alaskan metalcore act 36 Crazyfists has issued the following update, concerning the band's decision to cancel the remainder of its headlining tour with Straight Line Stitch.

"Unfortunate turn of events for the 36 CF camp , after 3 weeks of the Stashe n Thrash tour we regret the cancellation of the rest of the shows. After the fourth breakdown of our touring vehicle we have no other choice but to cancel as our financial debt has made it impossible to conitnue on. We apologize to our amazing fans and want to thank everyone who supported the tour. We will see ya next trek out."

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Scale The Summit Provides Recording Update

Guitarist Chris Letchford of Texas progressive metal act Scale the Summit has released the following update in regards to the bands forthcoming studio album, currently being recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Mark Lewis.

"We have been home writing for quite some time now and I’m excited to say that we just made it to Orlando this morning to start work on our next record with with Mark Lewis. I have been a fan of the production work that he has been doing for many years now. I love the ‘hugeness’ of the recordings he does and I felt that is what was missing from our last record. We’re all really excited to be working with Mark on this one. We have been working out a lot of new dynamic ideas for this new record and I know he is the guy to really help us capture all of it. We’ll be doing 12 songs this time, all of which are really a step up from our latest album. I can’t wait to get these songs finished and released for everyone to hear."

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