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Metal News for October 7, 2009

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Hypocrisy Posts New Album Teaser Trailer

A new teaser trailer for "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity," the upcoming album from Swedish extreme metallers Hypocrisy, can be viewed below. "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity" is scheduled for release in Europe on October 23, 2009 and in North America on November 3, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Antiquus Scriptum Signs To Salute Records

Portguese band Antiquus Scriptum signed to Sweden's Salute Records after some trouble their previous label. The band's next album is expected sometime during the summer of 2010. Until then, you can check out some of Antiquus Scriptum's music on their MySpace player.

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Just For Fun

New Guitar Hero Ad Says The Game Is For Losers

A new musical short-film type ad for a Guitar Hero/Doritoes tie-in is airing in the UK. While the video and song are both comical in their own, normally you want to promote something positive with an ad. You know, characteristics of cool and attractive people get associated with the product. What happens if the opposite is true? Let us know what you think after checking out the ad below, courtesy of Metal Injection:

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Ravage Announces More US Tour Date Cancellations

Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following tour update regarding their recent cancellations:

"We'd like to apologize now to our friends in Idaho as we have been forced to cancel both Idaho shows. We are still stuck in Eugene OR. If you can believe it - we couldn't - the repair shop told us that the part was LOST...LOST! In the mail by the company shipping it! This is unreal... we have been forced to stay here until Thursday - when hopefully we will have things fixed and be back on the road in time to make it to our Vegas show. We were really looking forward to thrashing with our friends in Idaho, but it unfortunately will have to wait for a later tour. Hopefully we can make it back next year under better circumstances."

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Interview

Michael Starr Talks "Feel The Steel"

Glam metal band Steel Panther both pays massive tribute to and also mercilessly mocks the various cock rock and glam pioneers of the '80s and '90s. Their new full-length album “Feel The Steel” saw its North American release on October 6th, and features a huge list of guest musicians from bands such as The Darkness and Avenged Sevenfold. Samples of the band's music can be found at their official MySpace page. Steel Panther front man Michael Starr filled me in on the band’s debauched lifestyle and their quest to have the best hair in metal. More...

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Devian Frontman Involved In Motorcycle Crash

Legion, the frontman for Swedish blackened death metal group Devian and former frontman of Marduk, was recently involved in a serious motorcycle accident. A message from Devian reads as follows:

"Some time ago when Legion (ex-MARDUK) was out racing the over lands of the Jönköping with his new motorcycle, that he bought after coming home from the last Devian tours earlier this year, in search of lyrical inspiration for the new yet-untitled third Devian opus, something went terrible wrong!

"In a very sharp turn he lost control over the motorcycle and crashed into a stone wall. He flew over the steering wheel with only one word spinning around in his head – FUCK!!! More...

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Fund Set Up For Evile Bassist's Family

UKThrash.co.uk has set up a special fund in honour of Evile bass player Mike Alexander, who passed away while the band were on tour in Sweden on monday. A posting on the UKThrash foums reads:

"After the recent tragic news of the death of Evile bass guitarist Mike Alexander, it has been decided that the UKThrash PayPal account will be open to voluntary donations, to which anyone in the UKThrash community (and beyond) can contribute.

"When the time comes, the full amount raised will be forwarded to Mike's family, or to a charity of their choice. Donations can either be made through the donations button on the left of this site, or by sending money via PayPal to paypal@ukthrash.co.uk. If sending directly via PayPal (i.e. not through the "Donate" button on the left), please mark the amount as a gift, as there is a small transaction charge by PayPal which will be skimmed from the amount if it is marked as anything else."

To read the full message and to make a donation, please visit UKThrash.co.uk.

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Bloodthirst Announces New Tour Dates

Polish metallers Bloodthirst have announced the following upcoming tour dates:

10/11 Heretic & Pagan Eurotour Zielona Góra, Lubuskie
12/5 10th Anniversary Show Poznan, Wielkopolskie
12/11 Grimharvest Festival vol. II Rzeszów, Podkarpackie

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Hatebreed Enters Billboard Charts

American hardcore metal outfit Hatebreed has entered the American album charts with their latest studio album. The self-titled release went straight in at number 37 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #4 on the Billboard Independent Chart. The album has sold approximately 15,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States.

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Gallows Updates Tour Schedule

Gallows has announced the following string of U.K. tour dates and supporting acts:

26/11/2009 Northampton Trash Talk + Sharks
27/11/2009 Coventry Trash Talk + Sharks
28/11/2009 Liverpool Trash Talk + Sharks
29/11/2009 Aberdeen Trash Talk + Sharks
30/11/2009 Dundee Trash Talk + Sharks
01/12/2009 Barrow In Furness Spy Catcher + Sharks
02/12/2009 Middlesbrough Trash Talk + Sharks
03/12/2009 York Trash Talk + Sharks
04/12/2009 Stoke Trash Talk + Sharks
05/12/2009 Derby Trash Talk + Shark
06/12/2009 Sheffield Spy Catcher + Sharks
07/12/2009 Newport Trash Talk + Sharks
08/12/2009 Exeter Trash Talk + Sharks
09/12/2009 Falmouth Trash Talk + Sharks
10/12/2009 Bournemouth Trash Talk + Sharks + Snub
11/12/2009 Hastings Blackhole + Sharks
12/12/2009 Kingston Trash Talk + Sharks
13/12/2009 Colchester Trash Talk + Sharks
14/12/2009 Cambridge Trash Talk + Sharks
15/12/2009 Swindon Blackhole + Sharks

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Gothmog Announces New Keyboardist

Spanish black metallers Gothmog have announced the recruitment of Jose Antonio Quiles as their new keyboardist. Gothmog is currently still seeking a replacement vocalist since the departure of previous vocalist Pikaath. Samples of the band's most recent album "A Step In The Dark" can be heard at their official MySpace page.

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Illdisposed To Tour With Six Feet Under

Illdisposed has announced that they will be co-headlining the Christmas Metal Meeting 2009 with Six Feet Under. Support will come from Black-Out Beauty.

The following dates are confirmed so far:

12/03 - [Rostock @ Alte Zuckerfabrik] - Germany
12/04 - [Berlin @ K17] - Germany
12/05 - [Leipzig @ Hellraiser] - Germany
12/07 - [Lindau @ Club Vaudeville] - Germany
12/08 - [Würzburg @ Posthallen] - Germany
12/09 - [Wien @ Viper Room] - Austria
12/12 - [Lengerich @ Halle Gempt] - Germany

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Killswitch Engage Reschedules South American Tour

Killswitch Engage had previously announced the postponement of their South American tour dates due to the illness of lead singer Howard Jones. Killswitch Engage has now added on a new series of South American dates. The band's complete list of upcoming tour dates is as follows:

10/24 FREAKER’S BALL - The Midland Theatre by AMC Kansas City, Missouri
10/31 TBA Curitiba, Brazil
11/1 Espaço Lux Sao Paulo, Brazil
11/3 Teatro Flores Buenos Aires - AR
11/5 Cadilac Club Santiago, Chile
11/7 TBA Quito, Ecuador
11/8 TBA Bogota, Columbia
11/27 Academy Glasgow, Scotland
11/28 Academy Bristol, UK
11/30 Academy Newcastle, UK
12/1 Academy Birmingham, UK
12/2 Academy Manchester, UK
12/3 Hammersmith Appollo UK London, UK
12/4 Trix Hall Belgium, GER
12/6 Columbia Halle Berlin, GER
12/7 Rhein Main Halle Wiesbaden, GER
12/8 Zenith Munich, GER
12/9 Turbin Halle Oberhausen, GER
12/11 Hovet Stockholm, SE
12/12 Scandanavium Gothenburg, SE
12/13 Spektrum Oslo, NO
12/14 Arena Malmo, SE
12/16 Ice Hall Helsinki, FI

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Kylesa Announces New Album Special Edition Release

Kylesa has issued the following announcement about releasing a vinyl version of their most recent album "Static Tensions:"

"We are currently hard at work on the super ultimate limited deluxe mondo bizarro version of Static Tensions. This thing is gonna come housed in a sturdy custom wooden box with the artwork screen printed onto the cover. It’ll be the 2xLP 45 RPM version on colored vinyl exclusive to the box, and will also include the LP booklet, a special screen printed 12×24 insert, a poster, a turntable slipmat plus some other goodies. Cost is still being determined and we’re not sure when or if we’ll pre-order these. We can tell you it’ll be limited to 150, won’t be available until late November, and will only be available from 20 Buck Spin and the band."

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Mob Rules Announces Internet Radio Appearance

Germany's Mob Rules have announced that they will be making an appearance on Radio Jade on Thursday, October 8th. The interview will be streaming at this location. Vocalist Klaus Dirks and bassist Markus Brinkmann will be discussing the band's upcoming album "Radical Peace," which is currently set for a November 13th release date.

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Steel Assassin Reveals New Album Cover Artwork

Steel Assassin has announced that they have finished recording their new album "In Hellfire Forged." The cover artwork for "In Hellfire Forged" can be viewed at this location. The album is set to be released in late October or early November.

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Dying Fetus And The Faceless To Tour

Dying Fetus has announced that they will be heading out on the road in November as part of a co-headlining tour with The Faceless. This is in support of the bands latest studio album, "Descend Into Depravity." Also on the bill will be Beneath The Massacre, Vital Remains and Annotations Of An Autopsy with more bands on selected shows.

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Kreator Frontman Checks In From The Road

Mille Petrozza, the lead singer and guitarist of German thrash metal legends Kreator has checked in from South America with an update on how the bands world tour is going so far. The message reads as follows:

"We're right in the middle of our world tour as I'm writing this from a hotel room in San Salvador. This tour has led us through Russia, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Guatemala and now El Salvador. It proves ones again that metal has become a worldwide phenomena!

"No matter what cultural or religious background, there is always a huge audience on this tour! I'm overwhelmed by the reaction of the crowd every night and even though we have a tough schedule and we all have been jetlagged a lot, this is one of the most fun tours I've ever been on!

"We've met up with EXODUS, who are with us on this South/ Central American part of the tour and it's great to see them kill at every single show. This package is brutal, the fans are getting the full treatment - with Exodus and Kreator on one bill, this is a true night of violence! More...

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Machine Head To Cover Pantera Classic

In an update from Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn, he revealed that the band have been in the studio recently putting their own spin on the classic Pantera song, "Fucking Hostile." The message reads as follows:

"Just wanted to give everyone a quick update. After two and a half years of touring we're (finally) two months into a three month break, and let me tell you, it's been awesome!!! I've been out camping / wake-boarding a ton, Adam (Duce) is taking flying lessons and just did his first brief solo flight, Dave's (McClain) hanging in Alameda enjoying his new Yamaha drum kit (amazing!) and was hanging in L.A. with the KORN dudes and his long time buddy Ross Robinson, and Phil (Demmel) was most recently Best Man at his best friend Shack's wedding. We've also found time to hop into Trident Studios with Juan Urteaga and record a PANTERA tune for a b-side. We're doing 'Fucking Hostile'!!! Dave is done with drums (nailed it on the 2nd take!), and I finished guitars yesterday and got vocals in the bag. Phil comes in tomorrow, then Adam, then it'll be mixed and mastered by the end of the week. Mike Sloat has been documenting, so we'll probably have video snippets up when the whole thing gets closer to release.

"We also just announced our sole US. headline date on November 6th in NY, so fuckin' A!!! Come make a road trip to N.Y. for some raging metal!!!"

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Municipal Waste Announces European Tour

American crossover thrash outfit Municipal Waste has announced a series of headlining shows in Europe that will kick off in January. This tour is in support of the bands latest studio album, "Massive Aggressive" which is in stores now through Earache Records. Support on the tour will come from Reproach.

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Mudvayne Announces New Album Release Date

Mudvayne has announced that they will be releasing a new, self-titled studio album on December 22nd. The album will be available in three formats. Those include, the standard jewel case edition, a deluxe edition that comes with a black light, and the super deluxe edition that includes a larger black light, a special edition black light reactive poster, and more. Speaking on the album, drummer Matt McDonough states: "I feel that this album is the best that the band has recorded since our second album, The End Of All Things To Come."

To get a taste of the new record, you can hear the new song, "Beautiful And Strange" by heading over to the bands official Myspace page.

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Exodus Announces DVD Release Date

Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus has announced that they will release their brand new, 3-disc DVD, "Shovel Headed Tour Machine (Live At Wacken And Oher Assorted Atrocities)" on January 15th through Nuclear Blast Records. The DVD is jam packed with features including a full set from the band at the 2008 edition of the world famous Wacken Open Air festival, as well as an in-depth documentary which covers the last five years of the band. The documentary contains stories of the old days with singer Paul Baloff, footage of the band all over the world from Australia to Europe and beyond and the making of the music videos "Riot Act" and "Now Thy Death Day Come."

The DVD set also features music videos, a vintage interview from 1985, deleted documentary scenes, rare live performance footage, a huge photo gallery and trailers. Plus the third disc is a special CD which contains the Wacken set in full.

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Today Only: Live Nation Announces 2-for-1 Deal

Live Nation announced a 2-for-1 club concert ticket deal on 200,000 tickets to over 350 concerts in 29 of its club venues across the country. Available only at LiveNation.com for TODAY ONLY (Wednesday, October 7th), fans will get two tickets for the price of one, a 50% savings, to see any of a wide variety of artists across genres.

This 2-for-1 concert ticket experience is only available at Live Nation clubs in the U.S. including House of Blues and The Fillmore venues. Relevant (to Metalunderground.com readers) artists from their list include but aren’t limited to Dethklok, and possibly The Used, Saosin, and the Misfits.

Promotion will execute via a 50% discount off the total price and fees of tickets in multiples of two. Lawn, general admission or reserved tickets subject to availability at participating venues and select shows. Parking and shipping fees may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.

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Trail Of Tears Announces First Russian Show

Trail Of Tears has announced their first ever Russian show on December 4th in Moscow. Trail of Tears' upcoming tour dates are as follows:

10/10 1001 Watt Festival Skien, Norway
10/17 The Rock Temple Kerkrade, The Netherlands
10/18 Metal Female Voices Fest VII- Oktoberhallen Wieze, Belgium
11/7 Tattoo Fest Twente Nijverdal, The Netherlands
11/22 Gagarin 205 (with Gothminister and Magenta) Athens, Greece
11/23 The Underworld (with Gothminister and Magenta) London, United Kingdom
11/24 La Mare Aux Diables (with Gothminister and Magenta) Templeuve, Belgium
11/25 Mondo Bizarre (with Gothminister and Magenta) Rennes, France
11/26 Le Zebre de Belleville (with Gothminister and Magenta) Paris, France
11/27 Iduna (with Gothminister and Magenta) Drachten, The Netherlands
11/28 Live Club (with Gothminister and Magenta) Stuttgart, Germany
11/29 Columbia Club (with Gothminister and Magenta) Berlin, Germany
12/1 The Rock (with Gothminister and Magenta) Copenhagen, Denmark
12/4 Jagger (with Gothminister and Magenta) Moscow, Russia
12/11 Glassheim (with Gothminister and Magenta) Jevnaker, Norway
12/12 John Dee (with Gothminister and Magenta) Oslo, Norway
1/7 2010 Bibelot (with Epica) Dordrecht, The Netherlands
1/8 2010 P60 (with Epica) Amstelveen, The Netherlands
1/9 2010 Hedon (with Epica) Zwolle, The Netherlands
1/10 2010 Tivoli (with Epica) Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Ex Dementia Announces New Album Release Date

New Jersey's Ex Dementia has announced that their upcoming album "The Red Mass" will be released on October 31st. The cover artwork for "The Red Mass" can be viewed here. Ex Dementia is also streaming the track "Mud and Blood" from the new album on their MySpace page.

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Alice In Chains Charts At No. 5 On Billboard

Fueled by hit single "Check My Brain," currently No. 1 on both the Billboard Top Rock Songs and Alternative Charts, new ALICE IN CHAINS album "Black Gives Way To Blue" (Virgin/EMI) entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 5 with sales exceeding 126,000 copies.

The debut comes amidst a flurry of activity surrounding the band, including heavy radio and video airplay (the "Check My Brain" video is currently featured on MTV2’s Elite 8), a sold-out U.S. buzz tour, and back-to-back performances on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Next up is an October 30th performance on NBC’s "The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien," followed by a trio of headlining radio dates in Texas, and then a headlining tour of Europe, set to kick off November 12th in Glasgow.

The latest Alice In Chains tour dates are as follows:

Oct. 22 San Antonio, TX Bone Bash @ AT&T Center
Oct. 23 Grand Prairie, TX KEGL Freakers Ball @ Nokia Theatre
Oct. 24 Houston, TX Buzzfest @ Woodlands Pavilion
Nov. 12 Glasgow, Scotland Barrowland
Nov. 13 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Academy
Nov. 14 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
Nov. 16 London, UK The Forum
Nov. 17 London, UK The Forum
Nov. 19 Tilburg, Holland 013
Nov. 20 Antwerp, Belgium Trix Zaal
Nov. 21 Weisbaden, Germany Schlachthof
Nov. 23 Dortmund, Germany FZW
Nov. 24 Prague, Czech Rep. Lucerna
Nov. 25 Warsaw, Poland Stodola
Nov. 27 Budapest, Hungary Petofi Csarnok
Nov. 29 Vienna, Austria Gasometer
Nov. 30 Munich, Germany Thearterfabrick
Dec. 2 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
Dec. 3 Fribourg, Switzerland Fri-Son
Dec. 4 Paris, France Bataclan
Dec. 6 Nottingham, UK Rock City
Dec. 7 London, UK Brixton Academy

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3 Inches Of Blood Announces Headlining Tour Dates

3 INCHES OF BLOOD is back with their new album, "Here Waits Thy Doom," and a massive worldwide touring schedule. The group just completed a lengthy, highly successful North American tour alongside In Flames, Between The Buried and Me, and The Faceless. The group immediately followed this up with a few headlining shows, which kick off on Oct. 7th and run through Oct. 29th.

3 INCHES OF BLOOD will take about two weeks off before hitting the road once again assuming the headlining role on a BloodyDisgusting.com sponsored trek with Saviours and Holy Grail in the support slots. This kicks off on November 13th and will be the last U.S. run until the spring of 2010.

In other band news, the group recently shot a video for the album’s vicious lead-off cut, "Battles and Brotherhood," that was produced and directed by the acclaimed Rick Podd, who has worked on such movies as "The Watcher" and "Hellraiser." The clip basically features the band set in the middle of a medieval battle and also showcases their acting abilities. Stay tuned to BloodyDisgusting.com over the next week for an exclusive video teaser to give you a little taste as to what’s to come with the full-length clip.

Cam Pipes (vocals) states: “We're off to a pretty good start in support of Here Waits Thy Doom. Our hometown show in Vancouver sold out beyond capacity and was amazing in every way. We had very supportive crowds at the few Western Canada shows we did afterwards. Currently, we are nearing the end of the U.S. tour with In Flames, Between the Buried and Me and The Faceless and as we had hoped, it has been a great tour. We usually get along with all the bands we tour with and this is no different. The shows have been hugely attended and fans have been quite enthusiastic to say the least.

“We have a week of headlining shows on the east coast with Children and Mantic Ritual before we go to Canada and tour our way back home across our home country. Saviours will be meeting up with us in southern Ontario to do the last week of Canadian dates. After a bit of time off we embark on the BloodyDisgusting.com (our favorite website) sponsored headlining North American tour. Again, Saviours will be joining us as well as Holy Grail. It's a busy fall season for us, but we wouldn't have it any other way.”

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All That Remains Posts New Music Video

All That Remains has posted a new music video online for the song "Forever In Your Hands," which can be viewed below. "Forever In Your Hands" was filmed this summer in Washington DC on the Mayhem tour. It was directed by David Brodsky and features cameos by Adam Dutkiewicz and Joal Stroetzal of Killswitch Engage, Shannon Lucas of The Black Dahlia Murder, and Byron Davis and Doc Coyle of God Forbid. The video will also air on October 18th at 2:00 AM ET on MTV2's Headbangers Ball. More...

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Unleashed Posts Footage Of Tour Bus Fire

As was previously reported, Unleashed's tour bus caught on fire on September 30th. Unleashed continued on their tour with a different bus. The band has now posted a video clip online of the burning vehicle, which can be viewed below. More...

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Soulgrind Changes Tour Date Venue

Finnish gothic metallers Soulgrind have changed the venue for their upcoming November 8th tour date in London. The new venue is now The Peel. Soulgrind's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

10/23 KB Pub Kannelmäki Helsinki, Uusimaa
10/31 Bilnäs Bilnäs, Kymenlaakso
11/8 The Peel London, London and South East

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New Dark Funeral Video Pulled from MySpace

After three days, the full and uncensored version of the brand new video from Dark Funeral, “My Funeral,” has been pulled from MySpace.

Guitarist Lord Ahriman comments: "So, it took about 3 days, and from what I have been told, 30,000 views, for MySpace to pull our new majestic video for 'My Funeral.' That’s fucking lame to say the least! Even though I respect My Space and their rules, I’m totally against censorship. The way I see it, and as long as it’s not illegal (and there sure wasn’t anything illegal in the video), if you find something on the internet you don’t like, just don’t fucking watch it! How hard can it be? Let everyone else who enjoy it do so without your interfering. Either way, whoever flagged it should know that you just did us a great, great favor, thank you! Now people will hunt the uncensored version and I’m absolutely sure that you’re pathetic action will increase the plays with thousands of thousands of views. So once again, thank you, but fuck you!
I hope the rest of you enjoy our new tune and video anyway!

"Let them hate us as long as they fear us!"

An alternate, censored, version of the video will be added during the day at www.myspace.com/darkfuneral

The uncensored version of “My Funeral” is still available at the following sites:
http://www.darkfuneral.se
http://vimeo.com/6896417
http://www.youtube.com/darkfuneral

“My Funeral” is the first song from the band's upcoming album, "Angelus Exuro pro Eternus," that is made available for the public ear and eye. The video was shot in and outside an old and closed mental hospital by Standard Film Team. "Angelus Exuro pro Eternus" is due out on November 18th via Regain Records.

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Inzest Begins Work on New Album

Austrian death metal band INZEST has entered their rehearsal studio and has begun work on their new album. Singer "Maggo" reports, "The new songs are going to be more brutal and head crushing than the songs on 'Grotesque New World.'"

The new album is expected to be released in Summer 2010.

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Toxic Heart Signs To Metal Revelation

Metal Revelation has announced the signing of Slovenian glam metal/hard rock band TOXIC HEART. The band's debut album, "Ride Your Life," is out now. Check out their video for the song "Big Time" below and more of their music on the band's MySpace player.

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Sonic Syndicate Announces U.K. Tour

Swedish heavy metal outfit Sonic Syndicate has announced that they will be heading to the United Kingdom for a headlining tour this December to help introduce fans to their new lead vocalist Nathan J. Biggs. The bands comments: "Three very special words arrived in our mail box today: United KIngdom Tour! And words can not express the feeling you get inside when you receive great news like this. Over the last few months life has been a bit of a roller coaster ride here in the Sonic Syndicate camp but what a amazing ride it's been. We have a great new singer in the band, recorded two new songs, released a brand new single and video called Burn This City which has received over 130,000 views on YouTube in just two short weeks and the ball continues to roll full speed ahead. This UK tour is not just another tour. It's an introduction, a celebration and the beginning of a new era for Sonic Syndicate. A few months ago (Aug 24th) we released the news of our new family member and British vocalist, Mr Nathan J Biggs who was born and raised in the west midlands. Nathan has been an amazing addition to the band and we can't wait to get him back home to show everyone what he's made of."

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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First Bands Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

The organizers of Germany's Bang Your Head!!! festival has announced the first set of bands for next year's edition of the event. Japanese heavy metal veterans Loudness will be performing a special "old school" set at the festival, which will also see performances from Doro, Enforcer and Jag Panzer. The festival will take place between July 16th and 17th in Balingen, Germany.

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Benediction Comments On Evile Bassist's Passing

British death metal veterans Benediction has posted a brief but sincere message online regarding Evile bass player Mike Alexander, who passed away while the band were on tour in Sweden two days ago. The message reads as follows:

"We lost another friend in the metal family. 32 is no age for anyone to go. We suggest you all go to the Evile site and show your support for the rest of the band who must be going through hell at losing their brother at the beginning of their biggest tour they had done." More...

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Ex-Anthrax Singer Forms New Band With Paul Bostaph

In a recent interview with The Metal Den's Randy "Rocket" Cody, former Anthrax lead singer Dan Nelson revealed that he has two new projects underway, including one with current Testament drummer Paul Bostaph, who was also a founding member of Forbidden, long time drummer for Slayer and former member of Exodus. Some excerpts from the interview are as follows:

Rocket: You told me you’re now working on a new musical project. Is it going to be a solo Dan Nelson effort? Or with a new band entirely?

Nelson: "I have been writing my own music. But I am singing and playing guitar in the band Inside Hollow, as well as working on a new metal project with (drummer) Paul Bostaph (Testament, Slayer, Exodus, Forbidden) that is coming out killer! Where is it being recorded and who is producing it? No set studios or producers just yet. We are still in the writing process with both bands."

Rocket: When can fans expect to see it released?

Nelson: "I would say definitely 2010 for Inside Hollow, and hopefully the same for the other project."

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Megasus Signs To 20Buck Spin, Readies Debut

20 Buck Spin has announced the signing of Providence, Rhode Island band Megasus for their self-titled debut album.

Megasus was formed by four guys working for Harmonix - the video game developer who brought the world’s most popular video games, Guitar Hero and Rock Band, to life. They decided to get together to create a metal band of wild power. Featuring long-time Providence musicians, most notably Brian Gibson, bass-player of noise-rock duo Lightning Bolt (here showing off his own drum skills), the band set out to simply have fun and write killer, memorable heavy metal songs. After having two songs, "Megasus" and "Red Lottery," both featured on this debut, placed into Rock Band and Guitar Hero 2 long before this album’s release, the band has already created a large awareness of their music to lovers of these video games.

Earlier in 2009 MEGASUS self-released an extremely limited edition vinyl version of their self-titled debut, a mere 200 copies. 20 Buck Spin got hold of a copy after happening across the band online and immediately contacted them about releasing the album on CD format to a wider audience, feeling these songs shouldn't be limited to such a small run. A mini-tour and a 2nd album are already in the planning stages.

"Megasus" will be available worldwide on November 24th. In the meantime, check out the band's music on their MySpace player.

Here's the "Megasus" tracklisting:

1. Ten Kingdoms
2. Megasus
3. Swords
4. Hexes / Szaadek
5. Paladin Vs. Berserker
6. Red Lottery
7. Iron Mountain

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