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Metal News for November 1, 2009

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Nominon Streaming New Songs Online

Nominon has issues the following update about streaming new music on their MySpace page:

"Finally!!! We can now present music from our forthcoming Mini-CD entitled 'OMEN', as well as the cover design for the very same release. The MCD itself will feature four tracks, three studio tracks and one live song. You can now listen to a little sampler piece of each of the three studio tracks on our MySpace site, these songs are entitled 'Omen', 'Invocations' and 'Through Dead Dreams Door'. This MCD will be released in December through DEATHGASM RECORDS. Enjoy and forever hail the Metal ov Death!"

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Septekh Issues Band Update

Swedish metallers Septekh have issued the following update about working on new material:

"After a somewhat counterproductive weekend, involving fantastic metal, mad Italians and (regretfully) a lot more, things are now lining up for a very fruitful month.

"We have a new gig booked for 9th of January. More shows next year will follow. Merchandise is on the way. T-shirts first then maybe patches and something even cooler later on! A photo shoot is planned for next week. You will most certainly be able to find the above mentioned on our website that is in the making! Hopefully it will be up in a month or so.

"Apart from all this multimedia extravaganza we are also still playing music. And a couple of new songs are in the oven. Hot stuff! So in other words we are working harder than ever! When we´re not all disastrously fired up on Jesus juice and checking out cool bands that is."

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Weedeater Issues Tour Recap

Weedeater has issued the following recap of their recent tour dates:

"Hey all yous,

"It took a couple weeks to recover but Weedeater actually made it back in one piece. 70 days is a long time to tour, and we didn't have one day off for the last 39 days of that. Plus Keko was playing with a severed tendon in his pinkie. He is a fucking madman. Despite those obstacles and many others that shouldn't be mentioned, we had an amazing time. Everyone in the Down and Melvins camps were great to us and it felt like we were leaving family at the last show together. Amazing musicians, amazing people, all of you, we THANK YOU for an outstanding tour!! That was some legendary shit for sure. We'd also like to thank all of the fine folks at the shows who supported us via merch, lodging, and through any other means necessary. You are all saints and we couldn't have made it without you, so again, THANKS for everything!!

"In other news, during January Weedeater will once again be entering Steve Albini's wonderland that is Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago IL. We'll probably do a few shows on the way out and back, so stay tuned for those when they confirm. In March we'll be doing another US headlining tour; we'll have dates and such soon. We'll also be coming over to Europe next summer and hopefully the new album, 'Jason The Dragon', will be released by then, though we don't have a solid date for that yet. Lastly, we've just released the 1st ever Weedeater hood. It's simple, elegant, and it's got a fucking zipper."

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Contrive To Support Opeth In Australia

CONTRIVE has been personally selected as direct support by the members of OPETH for a run of shows in Australia next month. Catch them on these following dates:

SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER – THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE 18+
MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER – ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY, Lic (All Ages)
WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER – PALACE THEATRE, MELBOURNE18+

These upcoming shows will focus on the band’s forthcoming second album to be titled "The Internal Dialogue," set for release in early 2010. It was mixed by Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) at Studio D in downtown Vancouver, Canada with the band’s drummer Andrew Haug. The band is currently shopping the album around to various labels to secure a deal for the release.

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East Of The Wall Signs To Translation Loss Records

Translation Loss Records has announced the addition of New Jersey’s EAST OF THE WALL to their roster. Born from the dissolution of The Postman Syndrome and Day Without Dawn, EAST OF THE WALL has been hard at work crafting their complex and varied sound, drawing inspiration from a wide range of emotions and ideas.

Translation Loss Records will be releasing a three way split release from East Of The Wall, Rosetta and Year Of No Light in late 2009. The material is a precursor to what will be their Translation Loss debut. EAST OF THE WALL has released records on the indie label Forgotten Empire Records.

Drew Juergens from Translation Loss comments on the signing and co-release: “We are very excited to have EAST OF THE WALL on the label and help them release their next opus. They are an amazing force to behold live and if their material on the three way split we are releasing at the end of this year is any indication of the level of musicianship we will all bear witness to for their next full length, I can only imagine what kind of greatness is on the horizon for the band.”

Brett Bamberger from EAST OF THE WALL comments: “We are so fortunate to be on a roster full of artists who we respect and appreciate so much, not to mention having this excellent opportunity to do business with such a hard working operation of great people. On the road ahead we will be focusing extensively on writing, recording, touring, touring, touring. We have about half of our next full length written, which thus far in content is a bit more technically involved than our last LP. We want to extend our thanks to all the people who have helped us along the way, most especially Brandon Helms, Dave Grossman, and Dave Witte. Looking so forward to our time ahead with TL. Cheers - East of The Wall”

You can check out some of the band's music on their MySpace player.

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Emergency Gate Parts Ways With Drummer

German metal band Emergency Gate has issued the following update regarding the replacement of their drummer:

"After 3 years of great work and a lot of shows, Chris 'The Machine' Widmann left the band.
We wish Chris all the best for his future and thank him very much for everything!"

"NOW it is time to announce our new drummer Dominik 'Capricorn Khaos' Scholz. Dominik has been the session drummer of Lacrimas Profundere and the former drummer of Zoo Army. He already played with us as a session drummer during the 'Chaos Over Europe Tour' with Kreator."

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Ash Inheritance Signs To Rock It Up Records

German thrashers ASH INHERITANCE will release their new album, "Devastated By Fire," on November 14th via Rock It Up Records. An official release party/live performance is scheduled for November 21st at the Punding Metal Festival in Adelsheim, Germany. The album has 10 tracks and contains a 12-pages booklet. Songs from their new album can be heard on their MySpace page.

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Motorhead To Enter The Studio In February

In a recent interview, Motorhead's iconic frontman Lemmy confirmed that the band will be entering the recording studio in February of next year to begin work on their next studio album. This will be the follow up to 2008's "Motorizer" album. The band will soon be kicking off a headlining tour of the United Kingdom along with Girlschool and legendary punk rock band The Damned.

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Nothnegal Recording New Material

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

"As you may have noticed, recently there have been almost no updates or any news by Nothnegal. We have been busy with writing new material for our debut album which would be recorded soon for a release in 2010. This would be our first recording with the new lineup and instead of continuing from the point we left with Antidote of Realism, we have decided to focus on creating the actual Nothnegal sound this time which. we will be revealing more details of the album. There would be no live dates before the album.

"Apart from that, we are in the process of updating the Nothnegal Myspace layout and we have recently re-recorded 'Web of Deceit' from our previous EP with Kevin drumming and Marco doing the keyboards again, right now its being mixed by producer Mark Lewis. This was done for the fans of the EP and to test the sound of the new lineup. We will also be releasing the trailer for the long delayed video Web of Deceit on our YouTube channel and Myspace."

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Survivors Zero Parts Ways With Drummer

Finnish death metal act Survivors Zero has issued the following announcement about parting ways with their drummer:

"Some weeks ago our drummer Reima Kellokoski informed us that he was not able to continue in our band, as he felt he could not in the future give the 100% commitment needed. As 2010 will be an anniversary year for Impaled Nazarene, his allegiances of course lie with his band of 15 years. As both bands will tour actively and will not settle for compromises, both SZ and Reima felt this was the best decision and this departure is not in hostile terms in any way. We will of course miss playing and partying together, but life moves ahead. We thank Reima for the great times in the studio and on the road. You may leave the band but never the brotherhood. Best of luck in the future, brother.

"SZ continues to keep it in the family, as we did not have to look for a drummer very far. Our new skin pounder is none other than our good friend Seppo Tarvainen (Tukkanuotta, ex-Scourger), who took on the challenge and took the drum seat (and stage) by storm. After he stood in for Reima on the two last gigs of the Cobra Tour (with practically no band rehearsals and a broken finger), letting him go was not an option. Perfect. Fucking. Mayhem. Welcome, ya crazy fucker!

"This change in the line up will in no way change our touring schedule, all previously announced gigs will be done and more will be announced soon. See you down the road!"

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Nydvind Signs To Trollzorn

French folk metallers Nydvind have announced they have inked a record deal with German label Trollzorn for the release of their new album "Sworn to Elders." The album is currently set for a release in February 2010. Samples of Nydvind's music can be found at this location.

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Throne Of Malediction Recording New Album

Throne Of Malediction has issued the following announcement about recording a new album:

"We are all busting ass recording new tracks now (new song 'Vicious Fate' to be done soon!!!!). We are taking a small winter break from gigs (unless a few larger gigs we may do go through). We are planning for album to be a big release as possible. We also have an indie label in Europe (who we will announce when finalized) that will most likely release it. Maybe even a combo of a few small labels!?! We are looking at a summer 2010 release. This album is going to be special for us:) As it will be our debut. The art done with help of 'Vicious Angel', Cruelty should be done soon... More...

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Chthonic Comments On Passport Issues

Vocalist Freddy Lim of Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic has issued the following statement about experiencing passport problems while attempting to enter the UK:

‘Sir, where is your VISA?’ asked the puzzled ticket clerk at JFK. With very little patience left, I told her: ‘I am a Taiwanese, NOT a Chinese and Taiwanese don't need visa to travel to UK’ She was still confused at my ‘Republic of China’ passport. ‘This is our government's fault. Sorry to see you getting confused by this but I don't like this either. Anyway, my country is Taiwan, NOT China and I should be able to travel to UK without a VISA.’ (#1)

"This is actually not uncommon to happen. I am getting used to it even though I am still pissed off, especially after a long day in New York. Today in NYC we were stuck in traffic for 4+ hours and checked by cops twice. Unfortunately I don't have the international driver's license with me and I look like a long-hair freak driving a big trailer. We felt like I was gonna be busted by ‘John McClane’ in NYC and miss the London concert. Fortunately ‘John McClane’ let me go and we made it to the airport in time. After the ticket clerk realized we are Taiwanese not Chinese, we finally boarded the flight to the UK. More...

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Detente Posts "Shattered Illusions" Video

Detente have posted a video online of their performance of the song "Shattered Illusions," which can be viewed below. The footage was recorded at Germany's Headbangers Open Air in July 2008.

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Narnia's New Album Release Delayed In Japan

Christian power metallers Narnia have announced that the Japanese release date for their new album "Course of a Generation" has been delayed. The album was originally scheduled to be released in Japan on October 28th. A new release date has not yet been announced.

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Nightrage Updates Tour Schedule

Nightrage have updated their tour dates for their upcoming Greek and Mexican tours. The dates are as follows:

2/10 2010 Irakleio/Crete, Support 81
2/12 2010 Athens
2/13 2010 Patra, Rock Season Bar
2/14 2010 Agrinio, Dewars Club
2/15 2010 TBA
2/16 2010 Larisa, Stage Club
2/17 2010 Kavala, Jazz Rock Bar
2/18 2010 Alexandroupolis
2/19 2010 Serres
2/20 2010 Thessaloniki, Eightbal Club
2/21 2010 Volos, Vox Club
2/27 2010 Mexico City, Hard Rock Live, México
2/28 2010 Cuernavaca Mor, Foro de PIT
3/5 2010 Guadalajara Jal, Auditorio FEU
3/6 2010 Morelia Mich, Bar Fuxion
3/7 2010 Durango. Dgo, FORO ALTERNATIVO LA CUCHILLA
3/12 2010 CD. Obregon Son, Salon Chaparral
3/13 2010 Hermosillo Son, Foro Celaya
3/14 2010 Toluca

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Porcupine Tree Announces Australian Tour

Porcupine Tree have announced three upcoming Australian tour dates in support of their new album "The Incident." The confirmed dates are:

2/5/2010 The Tivoli, Brisbane
2/6/2010 Enmore Theatre, Sydney
2/7/2010 Palace Theatre, Melbourne

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Skindred Adds More Tour Dates

Skindred has added several more dates to the US and European leg of their "Shark Bites and Dog Fights" headline tour. A complete list of dates is as follows:

Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 WPLA Planetfest Jacksonville, FL
Sunday, Nov 15, 2009 The Spot Downtown Ft Myers, FL
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 The Bar Metairie, LA
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009 Guitars and Cadillacs D'Iberville, MS
Thursday, Nov 19, 2009 Sky City Augusta, GA
Friday, Nov 20, 2009 Riverside Warehouse Shreveport, LA
Sunday, Nov 22, 2009 Club Vibe Parkersburg, WV
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 TBA Washington, DC
Thursday, Nov 26, 2009 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Friday, Nov 27, 2009 Hooligans Jacksonville,NC
Saturday, Nov 28, 2009 Jesters Fayetteville, NC
Sunday, Nov 29, 2009 The Garage at Biltmore Asheville, NC
Wednesday, Dec 02, 2009 State Theatre Tampa, FL
Thursday, Dec 03, 2009 House Of Blues Orlando, FL
Saturday, Dec 05, 2009 WPBZ Buzz Bake Sale West Palm Beach, FL
Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 The Rock Minneapolis, MN
Friday, Dec 11, 2009 Abby Pub Chicago, IL
Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 Tom Dick and Harry's Green Bay, WI
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2009 Bar 3 Rockford, IL
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2009 Lee's Place Toronto, ON
Thursday, Dec 17, 2009 Peabody's Cleveland, OH
Friday, Dec 18, 2009 Machine Shop Flint, MI
Saturday, Dec 19, 2009 McGuffys Dayton, OH
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 Melkweg Tilburg, NL
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 013 Tilburg, NL
Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 Logo Hamburg, GER
Friday, Feb 19, 2010 Sticky Fingers Gothenburg, SWE
Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 Gote Kallare Stockholm, SWE
Monday, Feb 22, 2010 Tavastia Helsinki, Fin
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 Loppen Copenhagen, DK
Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 Magnet Berlin, Ger
Friday, Feb 26, 2010 Conne Island Leipzig, GER
Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 Palac Akropolis Prague, CZ
Sunday, Feb 28, 2010 Flex Wien, AT
Monday, Mar 01, 2010 Flex Wien, AT
Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 Abart Zurich, CH
Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 59:1 Munich, GER
Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 Universium Stuttgart, GER
Friday, Mar 05, 2010 Underground Cologne, GER
Saturday, Mar 06, 2010 Watt Basement Rotterdam, NL
Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 AB Brussels, Belgium
Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 Hammerfest Denbighshire, UK

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Swallow The Sun Announces New Single

Swallow The Sun will be releasing the title track from latest album "New Moon" as a digital single on November 2nd 2009 via Spinefarm Records UK. The single comes with “Servant Of Sorrow” as the B-side, which features guitarist Steve Rothery of Marillion as a special guest. Comments guitarist Juha Raivio:

“This is a dream come true, Steve Rothery has always been the most influential guitar player for me. Being a long time Marillion fan, it is an honour beyond words having him playing on one of our songs. This really shows the spirit of a genuine progressive musician, to do this strange collaboration."

The "New Moon" album is set for a November 30th 2009 release via Spinefarm Records UK. Produced & mixed by Jens Borgen (Opeth, Paradise Lost, etc.) and featuring eight tracks, this is the follow-up release to 2008’s "Plague Of Butterflies" mini-album, and is the first to feature new drummer Kai Hahto, who replaces Pasi Pasanen.

Swallow The Sun will be embarking on a headline tour of the UK in November/December 2009. The full list of tour dates is as follows: More...

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Nekrasov Reveals New Album Details

Australian black metallers Nekrasov have issued the following announcement about finishing the recording of their third full-length album:

"After over a year of recording, torture and splendid oblivion, the third full length will be available Jan/Feb 2010 on Siege of Power Records. Siege of Power were responsible for the great work on The Form of Though From Beast LP. Artwork to be done by Exotic Corpse, responsible for the superior work done on Into the No Mans Sphere of the Ancient Days. Drafts of the art show E.C best work to date.

"The third album is titled: COGNITION OF SPLENDID OBLIVION"

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Sunday Old School: Venom

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal produced dozens of new acts, some of which have gone down in history as legends of heavy metal and hard rock music, but of all these bands, none were as extreme, as over the top, as exciting, as Venom. The band was formed in the early '80s in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England and released their first album, "Welcome To Hell," in 1981. They gained an underground, cult following in the United Kingdom as well as in the European and North American metal underground, yet they didn't perform a proper live concert until after the release of their second album in 1982. "Black Metal" would go down in history as one of the most influential metal records of all time, and the band's first show took place at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon.

During interviews, Venom would invent numerous tags to describe themselves in order to set them apart from other heavy metal bands of the time. Almost all of these tags went on to become actual sub-genres such as "black metal," "thrash metal," "death metal" and "doom metal." Venom claim they wanted to stand out from the other bands of the time because they felt metal wasn't being represented as well as it should have been. The final straw for Venom came, surprisingly, after Michael Jackson entered the British heavy metal charts with the song, "Beat It" because it featured a guitar solo from Eddie Van Halen.

Over the years, the band released several more albums and experienced several lineup changes, which some might say led to the somewhat unfair reactions to strong albums that didn't feature certain original members. Although they might seem ridiculous when looked upon, Venom is one of the most influential metal bands ever to enter a recording studio and is without question responsible for the likes of thrash, death and of course, black metal. They helped American bands like Slayer, Exodus and even Metallica find fans in Europe by taking them out on tour and their original sound can be heard on many albums from other thrash metal bands such as Metallica's "Kill 'em All" or Slayer's "Show No Mercy." Venom is still going today, with singer/bass player Conrad "Cronos" Lant remaining as the band's sole original member and they are currently working on a brand new album. For Venom, it wasn't quality or quantity that counted, it was standing out from their peers and creating something new, and no-one can deny they did just that.

Venom - "Bloodlust"
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Deftones Add Second Show To Chi Cheng Benefit

Due to overwhelming demand, the Deftones announced a second benefit show for Chi Cheng on November 20th at the Avalon in Hollywood, California in addition to the previously announced show on the 19th at the same venue. You can purchase tickets for the second datehere while tickets for the first are still on sale as well.

All proceeds will go to the Chi Ling Cheng Special Needs Trust that has been set up by the Cheng family to help pay for the growing medical costs required for Chi's survival and recovery since his .

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Slayer Premieres "Playing With Dolls" Video

Slayer has premiered the entire 20 minute "Playing With Dolls" music video this weekend. "Playing With Dolls" is a 12-part nightmare that "breathes corrupt life into Slayer's latest syllabus of stalkers, psychopaths and serial killers, following the gruesome outbursts of a nameless protagonist."

You can watch the full video below, but the band says that after this weekend, it will be removed and only be available in the Limited Edition CD+DVD "World Painted Blood" package.

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