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Metal News for November 16, 2009

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Allanon Seeking New Drummer

Idaho folk metallers Allanon have issued the following announcement about seeking a new drummer:

"We need a drummer bad you cant really do any shows without one so we decided to post this. Here are the requirements:

1.) Need to have your own gear (cuz we for sure hell dont have any drum stuff)
2.) Transportation to caldwell (will talk days ONLY if interested)
3.) We know times are hard right now but if you can pitch money into band stuff like merch,recording time,ext
4.) Must BE true to this band we've had a lot of people over the years and well lets face it bastards quit or we kick out for good reasons
5.) Must want to play melow deathmetal/folk
6.) And finally no fucking drugs weed is fine other shit is not! beer and what not is ok ONCE in a while just watch what you do

"If you want to talk more about this and are really interested plz hit us back as soon as possible! Also it would be cool if you can post this and show your buds who maybe interested and also (only respond to this if you live close to caldwell) hit us back it you want to talk about other locations. And also most forgot plz be around this age (18-?) will talk about other ages and what not."

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The Fyredogs Signs To Goldencore Records

Goldencore Records recently announced the signing of Cologne, Germany's THE FYREDOGS, who play "Ass Kickin'Rock 'N Roll meets Motörhead." THE FYREDOGS features THE REAPER, vocalist of GRAVE DIGGER, who took over the mic. The band's debut album is expected in March 2010. In the meantime, check out some of their music on their MySpace player.

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Exhorder Returns to the New Orleans Scene

After more than twenty years since they rocked the New Orleans scene to its core, Exhorder is still together, ready to destroy anything in its path. Ending a rather long break of eight years, the men of Exhorder proved that they aren’t done making extremely heavy punk, hardcore and metal mixed music. Exhorder was merely laying in wait, holding the fans in agonizing anticipation and striking at the perfect moment to ensure a kill. And, believe me, they killed everyone at that venue with extreme prejudice. More...

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Alerion Seeking New Keyboardist

Dutch female fronted metallers Alerion have issued the following statement about seeking a new keyboardist:

"Alerion is looking for a new keyboardist to join the band on stage and to add keyboard parts to new material. Naturally, we are looking for someone who likes our music and would like to contribute to it. Some of our songs can be downloaded on our website through the music section. Alerion is based in Utrecht, Holland. If you are interested or have any questions, you can contact us at keys @ alerion.nl"

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Demonical Announces European Tour Dates

Swedish metallers Demonical have announced they will be embarking on their "Accession To The Throne" European tour starting in February, 2010. This is what vocalist Sverker Widgren had to say about the tour:

”Old-school brother lowlifes sharing bus touring Europe for three weeks in the middle of the winter - what could possibly go wrong? Every tour I did was the best tour I ever did, and I have no reason to believe that this will be an exception. Looking forward to meet old (school) friends in February; or as we know it – what Stays on the road Happens on the road! It must never stop!”

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Dethklok Announces In-Store Signings

Dethklok have announced the following two upcoming in-store signing sessions at Zia Records:

11/17 4:30 pm Zia Records
1940 W. Chandler Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85224
Phone: (480) 857-4942

11/18 4:30pm Zia Records
4225 S. Eastern Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: 702-735-4942

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Mammoth Grinder To Release Album Through Relapse

Mammoth Grinder's latest album "Extinction of Humanity" will see its CD and digital release via Relapse Records on December 8th. "Extinction of Humanity" saw a vinyl release earlier this year via Cyclopean Records and was issued on cassette via Ghosthunt Records. CD pre-orders are available now at this location.

Mammoth Grinder have posted the tracks “Total Extinction” and “Devoured By Fear” online via the band’s MySpace page. The band has also announced an eastern US tour with Dead City. This brief tour will kick-off in early January in Oklahoma City. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below:

1/2 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
1/3 Kansas City, MO Scion Lab
1/4 Indianapolis, IN 1511 House
1/6 Cleveland, OH Tower 2012
1/8 Haverhill, MA Anchors Up
1/9 Manchester, NH Rocko’s
1/10 Brockton, MA Tiger’s Den
1/11 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
1/12 Brooklyn, NY The Charleston
1/13 Baltimore, MD Charm City Art Space
1/15 Charlotte, NC Lunchbox Records
1/16 Atlanta, GA PS Warehouse
1/17 Jackson, MS 121 Studio
1/18 Memphis, TN Hi Tone

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Sigh Streaming New Song "L'art De Mourir"

Sigh has posted a new song online titled "L'art de Mourir," which is off their upcoming album "Scenes From Hell." The track can be streamed at the band's MySpace page. "Scenes from Hell" was mastered by James Murphy, who also mastered "Hangman's Hymn" and re-issues of "Gallows Gallery" and "Imaginary Sonicscpe."

The track listing will be as follows:

1. Prelude to the Oracle
2. L'art de Mourir
3. The Soul Grave
4. The Red Funeral
5. The Summer Funeral
6. Musica in Tempora Belli
7. Vanitas
8. Scenes from Hell

"Scenes from Hell" will be released on January 19th 2010 via The End Records.

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Rob Zombie Posts "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" Tour Footage

Rob Zombie has posted a short video clip online recorded over three nights in Texas on their current "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" tour. The video clip can be viewed below.

You can still catch Rob Zombie live on the following tour dates: More...

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Alice In Chains Changes Italian Tour Date Venue

Alice In Chains have announced that their December 2nd Italian tour date in Milan has changed venues. The show will now take place at the Palalido instead of the Alcatraz. Tickets can be purchased at this location and previously purchased tickets will still be honored at the Palalido.

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Arch Enemy Posts New "Tyrants Of Evil" Road Report

Arch Enemy has posted a series of photos online from their Taiwanese tour date on the "Tyrants of Evil" tour, which can be found here. Arch Enemy also issued the following road report:

"18-October-2009 @ Liberty Square - Taipei (Taiwan). You don't wanna know how it feels to get up at 4.30 am in Tokyo, board a plane at 8am and then play a show at 8pm in another country - Taiwan. It really screws with your head and makes you feel like day dreaming and moon walking. I can't remember much from the day. Land at noon in Taipei, get in a van. Drive to the hotel. Smells different here. Fish. Weird plants. Car exhaust. Check into room. Shower. Drop into bed, sleep 2 hours. Alarm rings. Get up again, shower again. Very tired. Drive to venue, warm up voice. Get up on stage. Different setlist tonight! More...

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Deadwalk Issues Band Update

Canada's Deadwalk has issued the following update about line-up changes and pre-orders for their new album:

"As many have you may have noticed today, We have announced that one of the original founding members of Deadwalk is back where he belongs. The band decided as a whole that the sound would be much more complete, and would represent the upcoming album a lot better. The pre-orders are going fast for our new upcoming album 'Scandalous.' You can find that at this location. Be sure to pick that up, we definitely have worked hard on this album and it is truly going to be good. We cant wait for you all to hear it.

"We have a string of shows all over to announce in the next upcoming weeks, please keep checking back to the main page. There will be a new layout dropping the same day as our album on November 24th 2009. What we have up now is just a temp."

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Edenbridge Issues Recording Update

Austrian metallers Edenbridge have issued the following update about recording a new album:

"We are inmdist the vocal recordings for our 7th studio album and Sabine is doing some fantastic vocal takes. All the instruments are finally recorded and the orchestra parts are also finished. Dennis Ward is currently recording backing vocals and choirs in his studio. At the end of November Robby Valentine will do his backing vocals and choirs. Anthony Clarkson is currently working on the cover artwork. In January Lanvall will fly to England to mix the new CD together with Karl Groom at Thin Ice Studio."

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For Ruin Posts Dublin Show Footage

Ireland's For Ruin have posted a video online of their performance of the song "In Suffering" from their latest album "Last Light." The video clip, which can be viewed below, was recorded at For Ruin's show in Dublin on November 14th, 2009.


In Suffering, Live in Dublin November 14th 2009

For Ruin | MySpace Video

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3 Inches Of Blood To Be Featured On G4's X-Play

Cam Pipes (vocals) and Shane Clark (guitars) from 3 INCHES OF BLOOD rock G4’s X-Play this Monday, November 16th at 6:30PM EST/PST, not long from now. The Canadian metal band discusses their unique brand of metal and reveals how being included on the soundtracks to blockbuster videogames, including the recent Brutal Legend has helped earn them a legion of new fans. Click here to find G4 in your area and for more information, log on to g4tv.com/xplay.

3 INCHES OF BLOOD is currently on their massive headlining North American fall trek with Saviours and Holy Grail in the support slots. This will be the last U.S. run for 3 INCHES OF BLOOD until the spring of 2010.

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Hackneyed Streaming Two Songs Online

Hackneyed have posted two new songs on their MySpace page from their latest album "Burn After Reaping." The tracks "Weed Flavoured Meat" and "Home Meat Home" can be heard at this location. "Burn After Reaping" was released on August 14th, 2009 through Nuclear Blast.

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Heretic To Begin Work On New Album

Netherlands based black 'n rollers Heretic have announced they will begin writing new material for the follow-up to their last album "Gods Over Humans, Slaves Under Satan" this December. The band plans to record and release the new album some time in 2010.

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Impious Streaming Entire New Album Online

Swedish death metallers Impious are currently streaming their entire new album "Death Domination" online at this location.

Guitarist Valle Adzic comments about the album: “Death Domination is our sixth album, and I must say it's the first time I'm actually really happy about how the end result turned out. It just gets my engines pumping, you know? We're talking about ultra brutal death metal here, but still it has those memorable hooks somehow. Death Domination is a team effort that's as honest as it can get. We're not trying to be original or something, we've simply just worked hard on making the best songs we can come up with, and then get that on tape. I think people will notice that rock solid energy and confidence, and I hope they'll appreciate the album as much as we do. It's our fastest most aggressive record to this date for sure.”

"Death Domination" will be available on these dates in the following locations:

North America - 11.24.09
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: 20.11.09
Europe: 23.11.09

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Jaded Heart Posts New Song Online

German hard rockers Jaded Heart have posted a new track online titled "Exterminated." The song, which features a guest guitar solo by Vinnie Moore of UFO, can be heard at Jaded Heart's MySpace page.

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Katatonia Video Interview Available

Imhotep recently conducted a lengthy interview with Katatonia's Anders Nyström during the band's tour with Porcupine Tree. The interview covers several topics related to the new album "Night is the New Day." The interview is broken up by subject into 5 videos, which can all be viewed below. More...

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Living Sacrifice Posts Drum Recording Footage

Living Sacrifice has posted a third studio recording video online, which can be viewed below. The drum recording video is for their upcoming album "The Infinite Order," which will be released on January 26th, 2010.

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Omnium Gatherum Announces New European Tour Dates

Omnium Gatherum have announced two extra tour dates on their upcoming European tour with Swallow the Sun and Insomnium. The extra dates are as follows:

06.12.2009 Seven, Nottingham, UK
13.12.2009 Soundtrack Club, Arcene (Bergamo), Italy

Omnium Gatherum's complete list of upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Martin Axenrot Appears In Animal Rights Calendar

Opeth has issued the following update about their drummer Martin Axenrot appearing in an animal rights calendar:

"Djurens Rätt, Sweden's largest non-profit animal rights organization asked if Axe and his cat Max would be interested in being photographed for a very special calendar of Rock Stars and their pets. Axe being a big animal lover didn't hesitate one second which resulted in Max & Axe being Misters July!

"Members of Amon Amarth, Crucified Barbara, Dead by April, Dia Psalma, Hammerfall, Mando Diao, Millencolin, Motörhead, Sonic Syndicate, The Hives & The Soundtrack of Our Live all had their pics taken with their pets as well so if you want to see a slightly different side of your favourite rock band we suggest you order one of these beauties right away.

"Swedish fans can buy it here and if you live abroad you can go to this location (PayPal only). All profit goes straight into the important work these nice people at Djurens Rätt do."

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Outloud Announces New Bassist

Outloud has issued the following update about recruiting a new bassist:

"Dear friends and fans:

"Following the release of our successful debut album, it is with great regret that we announce the departure of our bass man Jason Mercury. Jason, as Tony's best friend from childhood, joined the band last year to complete the lineup. He has done a lot to help promote the band and his energy in the studio, as well as in our video, will be missed. He has some other interesting projects in the works and we all wish him the best going forward!

"On the other hand, we would like to welcome Sverd from the band Bare Infinity as the new bass player of Outloud! Hailing from Greece, Sverd is an incredible player who fits our style perfectly and we can't wait to get on stage with him for the Tour! We promise he won't disappoint. With that being said, we begin rehearsals next week for the 'We Run All Over Greece' Tour, which starts in Crete on Dec. 13th and finishes in Athens on Dec. 20th. Wherever you are, make your way to Greece and don't miss it!"

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Rudra To Screen New Music Video

Sinpagore based metallers Rudra have issued the following update about premiering the new music video for the track "Hymns From The Blazing Chariot:"

"'Hymns from the Blazing Chariot', our new music video directed by award-winning filmmaker Jacen Tan will premiere at The Substation on 7th Dec 2009, 8pm. Based on the song's lyrics and concept, the explosive music video is a re-imagination of the ancient Sanskrit text 'The Bhagavad Gita', one of the most important philosophical classics of the world.

"It is a dream come true to make this video, which is a great visual representation of Rudra's music. The video interweaves brutal band performances with storyline battle scenes, created with visual effects compositing and computer animation. Check out the event on Facebook.

"To thank Rudra fans for their years of support, entry is free (pay as you want) for the event on 7 Dec 2009. Limited seats are available, to reserve seats email tickets@hosaywood.com."

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Slipknot Posts Trinity Of Terrors Video Interviews

Slipknot have posted two video interviews online with Corey Taylor and Sid Wilson from their appearance at this year's Trinity of Terrors. The first video clip can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.

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New Swallow The Sun Album Hits Finnish Charts

Swallow The Sun has issued the following update about their album "New Moon" hitting the Finnish top 40 charts:

"Hey everyone! We are proud to announce that New Moon hit the official Finnish Top 40 Charts at position 10 on its first week! Big thanks to everyone who bought the album!! If you liked it - as we hope you did - please go and vote for us at Finnish Metal Awards! You can vote for us at this location.

"So, now that you've had the chance to listen to the new album a bit, it's time to hit the road again. We'll be starting our New Moon Over Europe tour tomorrow November 17th from Henry's Pub, Kuopio! In addition, Mikko, Aleksi and Markus will be performing a special acoustic set in Levykauppa Äx, Turku, before the actual show on Wednesday 18th at 18:00!! We haven't played acoustic show in Turku ever before, so we are looking forward to this!

"The Finnish dates are: More...

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Swashbuckle Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

New Jersey pirate metallers Swashbuckle have issued the following statement about canceling several upcoming tour dates:

"Ahoy scallywags and wenches alike,

"Due to unfortunate circumstances, we will have to drop off from select dates from the Monsters of Death tour. Captain Crashride was denied entrance to Canada due to being a shitty pirate and spreading the scurvy throughout the masses.

"So those looking forward to seeing us on the western side of Canada and the west coast of the USA will have to wait it out until we get said situation straightened out. We will rejoin the tour on Dec. 9th in Atlanta and continue to have massive amounts of fun and shred faces with hooks and harpoons. We will make it back to Canada and high five and mosh you all in the near future, so be prepared for piratical glory and epic shenannigans."

The canceled dates are as follows:

11/16 - Winnipeg, Canada
11/17 - Regina, Canada
11/18 - Calgary, Canada
11/19 - Edmonton, Canada
11/20 - Prince George, Canada
11/21 - Vancouver, Canada
11/22 - Victoria, Canada
11/23 - Seattle, WA
11/24 - Portland, OR
11/25 - San Francisco, CA

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The Acacia Strain Changes Tour Date Venue

The Acacia Strain has issued the following announcement about changing the venue for their upcoming November 18th tour date in Brisbane:

"Due to ongoing issues at the Princess Theatre, the Acacia Strain show on Wednesday is now at Rosies & 18+. All Under 18’s Tickets Please Contact Point Of Purchase For Refund. All Princess Theatre Tickets Will Be Honoured For Persons 18+. The Acacia Strain w/ The Red Shore, The War & Ashes Of December, DOORS 7PM. Tickets from Kill The Music, Mosh Pit, Oztix outlets & this location."

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We, The Undersigned Posts New Road Report

We, The Undersigned have issued the following road report from their Canadian tour:

"November 7th – Knights of Columbus Hall – Ottawa/Vanier, ON. Tonight we find ourselves in a posh-y suburb of Ottawa known as Vanier. This is most assuredly our first time being in this place and I must say, we had quite the rock show! These halls only have tolerable sound if there’s enough bodies to absorb it. Luckily the 60-70 kids that showed up did the trick and moshed their faces off!

"Strangely we were offered a sponsorship deal with a local restaurant called 'Best Pizza' while we ate our supper. We’re not sure what they thought we could offer them, or vice versa, but none the less it gave us a laugh. I’ll wear their t-shirt for a couple free meals a year in Vanier! Mmmm...shwarma...

"One of the standout bands of the evening was the promoters' 'Pressure Makes Diamonds.' Another young band that has loads of potential as they grow into their 20`s at making some great music. More...

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Sonic Syndicate Posts Swedish Tour Photos

Sonic Syndicate has posted a series of photos online through Crank It Up of their "Burn This City" tour. The photos, which were taken during the November 13th and 14th dates in Sweden, can be found at this location.

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Gloria Morti To Enter The Studio

Finnish black metallers Gloria Morti have issued the following announcement about recording a new album:

"Gloria Morti is entering studio to record their third full length album. The recordings of the album will be carried out in the same fashion as the last album Eryx by Juho Räihä in SoundSpiral studios. The recordings will start on November 21th. We will have a studio diary online and we will keep you up to date. The working title of the album is Anthems of Annihilation and it will contain ten tracks of the most diverse and crushing Gloria Morti material to date.

"Anthems of Annihilation is a concept album about mankind making an irreversible mistake in trying to overcome all of its biggest problems. The storyline borders from a war between men and machines to the slavery and exploitation of a whole generation. The lyrical theme takes a stance on current problems and is a reminder of the stupidity of man.

"Some working titles of the tracks:

The Solution Called War
Awakening of a Discordant Machine
Infiltration
Swallowed by Defeat
Obey

"Jenni Kemppainen is no longer a part of Gloria Morti. Keyboard arrangements on Anthems of Annihilation will be written and performed by our long time friend Lars Eikind (Producer on Lifestream Corrosion, Additional keyboard arrangements on Eryx.) Expect fast blast beats, flesh ripping melodies and huge sound scapes. Gloria Morti is stronger than ever!"

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Cannibal Corpse Bassist Checks In

Cannibal Corpse bass player Alex Webster has checked in with an update from the bands tour of North America with Hatebreed. The message reads as follows:

"Today I'm writing to you from Charlotte, N.C., where we're taking a break on our way up north to start the"Decimation Of The Nation tour with HATEBREED, UNEARTH, BORN OF OSIRIS and HATE ETERNAL.

"The tour kicks off in Cleveland and will hit more than three-dozen other cities throughout the US and Canada before wrapping up in Philadelphia on December 20th.

"We only had one full day off at home between this tour and the European tour we just finished, so we're definitely keeping busy! I figured I'd take this opportunity to update you on how the rest of the European tour went. More...

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Slayer, Megadeth To Co-Headline "American Carnage"

Megadeth and Slayer will join forces to co-headline "American Carnage" across North America this winter. "American Carnage" will kick off on January 18 in Seattle, WA for a 26-date trek across North America that will include the six Canadian dates postponed earlier this month. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday, November 20. Ticketmaster is offering a special presage for most shows from Wednesday, November 18 at 10AM until Thursday, November 19 at 10PM.

"American Carnage" is the first time that Slayer and Megadeth will have toured the U.S. together since 1991's epic "Clash of the Titans" tour. To celebrate that, and in recognition of the tough economic times that many of their fans are having, Megadeth and Slayer have decided to roll back the price of a chunk of tickets at every U.S. show to the "1991 price" of $10.00. These specially-priced tickets will be limited and when they're gone, they're gone. Megadeth has also teamed with iloveallaccess.com to provide an Ultimate Fan Package including premium seats, meet and greets, pre-show parties and more.

In addition, Testament, who was also on the '91 "Clash of the Titans" bill, will be special guests on the entire tour, marking the first time that all three bands have shared a stage together in more than 18 years, and making this a "must see" metal event.

Both Megadeth and Slayer will hit the road supporting new albums: Megadeth's 2009 album, "Endgame," and Slayer's "World Painted Blood," the band's 10th studio venture, which hit stores November 3. Testament's "The Formation of Damnation: Special Tour Edition," will be released on February 23, 2010 with special unreleased bonus tracks.

Slayer and Megadeth have already massacred territories together outside of the U.S., first with four explosive dates in June 2009 across Western Canada - "Canadian Carnage" - marking the first time the bands had shared a stage anywhere in 18 years; and then six co-headlining "Carnage" dates in Australia followed in October.

Slayer and Megadeth are also rescheduling the east coast leg of the "Canadian Carnage" tour, postponed from this fall.

A video announcement of the "American Carnage" tour has been posted:

Confirmed dates for the "American Carnage" tour are as follows:

JANUARY 18 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*
JANUARY 19 Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (tickets sold via www.rosequarter.com)
JANUARY 21 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA*
JANUARY 22 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA * (tickets on sale 11/21)
JANUARY 23 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ**
JANUARY 25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO*
JANUARY 26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM*
JANUARY 27 El Paso Coliseum, El Paso, TX*
JANUARY 29 Verizon Wireless, Houston, TX**
JANUARY 31 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN*
FEBRUARY 1 Gwinnett Arena, Duluth, GA*
FEBRUARY 2 Broadbent Arena, Louisville, KY* (tickets on sale 12/4)
FEBRUARY 4 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN* (tickets on sale 12/4)
FEBRUARY 5 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL* (tickets on sale 12/4)
FEBRUARY 6 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI*
FEBRUARY 9 Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT**
FEBRUARY 11 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ*
FEBRUARY 13 Susquehanna Center, Camden, NJ*
FEBRUARY 14 Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA*
FEBRUARY 16 Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC (tickets sold via Billetech.com)
FEBRUARY 18 John Labatt Centre, London, ON (tickets on sale 11/27 via JohnLabattCentre.com)
FEBRUARY 19 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON (tickets sold via Ticketmaster.ca)
FEBRUARY 20 Bell Centre, Montreal, QC (tickets sold via Admission.com)
FEBRUARY 22 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB (tickets sold via MonctonColiseum.com)
FEBRUARY 23 Metro Centre, Halifax, NS (tickets sold via TicketAtlantic.com

* tickets sold through Ticketmaster
** tickets sold through LiveNation.com

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Mayhem Members Arrested In Holland

Members of the legendary Norwegian black metal band Mayhem and their road crew were arrested in the Netherlands early this morning after the entire contents of their hotel room in Tilburg had been destroyed.

The group had given a performance on Sunday in a cafe in Tilburg and had booked a night at Hotel Central. Monday morning an employee of the hotel found a big mess. Plants were thrown on the street, mirrors, a sink were broken and strips in the bathroom were pulled off and demolished. The beds and television were destroyed and walls were covered in spots.

The hotel estimates the damage at least 5000 euro. The men, aged 21 to 45 years, are from Netherlands, Norway, Finland and France. The suspects remain tied to a compensation of the damage dealt.

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Motorhead Takes Over The Swindon Oasis

It's almost a given that if you like any form of hard rock or metal, you like Motorhead. No other band has the longevity, the honesty and the volume that Motorhead carry with them at all times. Not only do they live rock and roll, they are the embodiment of it. So having them come to perform in Swindon (which they have only done about three times before in their 34 year history) was a real treat for all concerned.

Opening the show this evening was Girlschool, who have been going for nearly as long as Motorhead, forming in 1978. I unfortunately missed quite a bit of their set but what I did see was alot of fun. They gave a performance that showed how much they enjoy not playing their music, but being on the stage in general. They were definitely a great opening act and set the mood for the great evening of rock and roll that was to follow. I look forward to seeing them again in the future and hopefully getting there on time!

Next up was British punk rock legends The Damned. A little bit of pub trivia for you, The Damned were the first British punk band to release a single, an album and tour the United States, not the Sex Pistols as so many people believe. As Michael Caine might say, not alot of people know that! The Damned approached their live show with a great spirit and got plenty of the crowd excited from the opening sentence of "Hello... We're The Damned.... And we sound a bit like this... Is she really going out with him?" before the pounding drums of "New Rose" kicked off a fantastic performance. I personally had been wanting to see The Damned for six years and it was well worth the wait to see them tear through classic songs like "Neat, Neat, Neat" and "Love Song." They were also as hilarious as they were exciting, with guitarist Captain Sensible joking about the recent Morrissey show in Swindon that ended after the singer collapsed on stage after one song. He declared the tour to be "very anti-Simon Cowell" and a "celebration of rock and roll." They closed with the always classic anthem, "Smash It Up" which was followed with Captain Sensible running over to lead singer Dave Vanian's microphone to perform a bit of his 1980s novelty hit song, "Happy Talk" before being dragged off the stage by his guitar straps by Vanian. If I had to ask anything of The Damned, it would be that next time they play "Machine Gun Etiquette" and "Melody Lee." "Nasty" would be a good addition too, but really, those are only requests. If you're a fan of punk rock, go and see The Damned. You won't regret it!

"We are Motorhead... We play rock and roll" was the introductory growl from the iconic singing bass player Lemmy as the headliners took the stage. After that it was into the classic, "Iron Fist" and the onslaught of loud instruments and great songs continued from there. The energy the band brings didn't stop for a second and the band brought a few surprises into their set too, which is always good to hear, performing a cover of the Twisted Sister song, "Shoot 'em Down" and the acoustic blues vibe of "Whorehouse Blues." It was also nice to hear songs from their new album, "Motorizer" as well as songs from the previous two albums, "Inferno" and "Kiss Of Death." The band performed the awesome, "One Night Stand" from the latter album and "In The Name Of Tragedy" from the former. They also included timeless songs such as "Going To Brazil," "Killed By Death" and "Over The Top." Hearing the band playing "Bomber" felt fantastic as on the two occassions I had seen them before, they left it out from the set. And for the encore? What else would you expect than the song that defines heavy metal and hard rock and roll in general, "Ace Of Spades," followed by the title track of their second album, "Overkill." Motorhead proved once again why they are one of the true legends of rock with a performance that didn't falter once, great crowd interaction and timeless songs. All in all, it was a great night, though the crowd really were a disappointment. Alot of people in Swindon complain that they don't have a proper music venue to draw bigger acts but if they are as still as many in the crowd were for Motorhead, building a venue would just be a waste of money and time. That aside, if you live in the U.K. and you like your concerts to be f'ing loud (the "f" is not for fairly!) and alot of fun, then you simply have to catch this tour!

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Dir En Grey Frontman Checks In

Dir En Grey are currently on tour in the United States supporting the release of their new DVD, "Average Blasphemy." Frontman, Kaoru has checked in with the following road report:

"Thank you to everyone who showed up in New York for us!

"I hope those of you who were in line for days outside the Gramercy are not sick. A few of us are developing symptoms of a cold but our crew member, George, is definitely sick now. He's usually up and about all the time but today he's curled up tightly in his bunk.

"There were some technical trouble during the NY 3 Days show but I thought the shows were great and very fulfilling. Now, I need to think up the setlists for Chicago and Denver. What should we play...hmmm... ...

"I'm going to take it slow today, just rest and watch Prison Break Season 4 which I have yet to watch!"

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Armageddon To See Re-Release by Century Media

Sweden’s ARMAGEDDON, the melodic metal project of Arch Enemy guitarist Chris Amott, finally sees their second (“Embrace The Mystery”) and third (“Three”) albums getting a proper and domestic release outside of Japan, where they originally came out back in the years 2000 and 2002, respectively. “Embrace The Mystery & Three” will be released as 2-CD set with upgraded artwork, several bonus tracks and liner notes on November 16th, 2009 in Europe and on January 26th in North America via Century Media Records.

Chris Amott comments the release as follows: “It is with great pleasure that I announce the first time ever release of these albums in Europe and the US! Any fan of melodic hard rock and shred guitar playing should check this out - 'Embrace the Mystery' and 'Three' feature many great instrumental performances and epic songs! These two albums were recorded in 2000 and 2002 and have until only been available in Japan. I put a lot of work into these recordings at the time, so I am glad to see them come out!”

Originally formed in Halmstad / Sweden in 1997, ARMAGEDDON was launched as a melodic death metal act with their debut album “Crossing The Rubicon” released via the now defunct W.A.R. Records label in Europe and Toy's Factory in Japan. Next to guitarist and mastermind Chris Amott, the album also featured drummer Peter Wildoer (Darkane, Majestic, now also in Pestilence) and bassist Martin Bengtsson, who both then moved on to join Arch Enemy, recording, releasing and touring Arch Enemy’s 1998 “Stigmata” release. Chris revisited ARMAGEDDON with 2000's “Embrace The Mystery” album, once again released in Japan on Toy's Factory but never available internationally. This album presented a rather melodic and traditional metal approach and featured Last Tribe member Rickard Bengtsson on vocals, Dick Lövgren on bass (now member of Meshuggah but previously tour-bassist for bands like Eucharist, Arch Enemy or In Flames) as well as Arch Enemy drummer Daniel Erlandsson (also previously active with Eucharist and In Flames and with the re-united Carcass these days). Following the album’s release ARMAGEDDON supported In Flames and The Haunted on a Japanese tour, which remain the only live-performances for the band until now. In 2002 ARMAGEDDON released their third and so far last album exclusively in Japan again. Simply entitled “Three”, it showcases ARMAGEDDON as a three-piece with Chris Amott handling all vocal duties next to playing guitar as well as Daniel Erlandsson on drums and new bassist Tobias Gustafsson (Eucharist). More...

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Triptykon Finishes Mixing New Album

In a recent message from Triptykon frontman Thomas Fischer, the man behind such bands as Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, he revealed that the band has completed mixing their debut album, "Eparistera Daimones." The message reads as follows:

"We finished mixing Triptykon's first album at Woodshed Studio in Germany late last week. I have now returned to Switzerland, where we will have it mastered by Walter Schmid at his Oakland Recording studio in Winterthur, Switzerland, on Monday. Walter already mastered Celtic Frost's Monotheist in 2006 and thus bestowed upon it its exceptionally loud and powerful sound. He managed to do this without cranking the album into unwanted distortion or clipping, i.e., without falling prone to the pitfalls of the loudness wars of recent years. The test master he did of one of the songs from Eparistera Daimones promises the same approach.

"This will mark the musical culmination of some two years of work on this project. Regardless of whether one will hate or love the music we have created with Triptykon, Eparistera Daimones is an album with a very unique background and a truly unique history. Neither of which have been contrived. Come what may, nothing will ever be able to diminish that."

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Slayer Reschedules Canadian Carnage Tour

The Canadian Carnage tour, which is to feature co-headlining slots from thrash metal legends Slayer and Megadeth, has been rescheduled for February of next year. The tour was previously planned to kick off earlier this month but was postponed due to Slayer frontman Tom Araya suffering a back injury. In addition to the rescheduled dates, Bay Area thrash metal titans Testament have also been added to the bill.

The new tour dates are as follows: More...

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Wide Eye Panic Signs To Bieler Bros. Records

Bieler Bros. Records has announced the signing of Wide Eye Panic from Olympia, WA. Their sound can be described as "Melody Meets Nightmare," a blend of hardcore, metal, and rock. They have been a band since 2003.

The band commented on the signing:

"It is our pleasure to announce that WEP has officially signed with Bieler Bros. Records (Skindred, Soil, Karnivool, Nonpoint, etc.) and are proud to be apart of the BBR family.

"Thanks to everyone for the help that got us to this point and supported us over the years and look forward to many more years of music.

"Thank you all so very much and cheers to the future."

You can check out some of Wide Eye Panic's music on their MySpace player.

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