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Metal News for November 18, 2009

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35 news articles posted on this day.


An Interview With Walking Corpse Syndrome

“We don't count on getting signed in order to ‘make it.’ For us, ‘making it’ means giving the power back to the fans, playing shows anywhere and everywhere, and putting out a lot of good music.” Says Walking Corpse Syndrome drummer Noktis. Their underground philosophy shows through in their music, which has loads of energy even if it lacks the slick polish of a big name group. Walking Corpse Syndrome released their debut full-length album “Forsaken” back in 2008 and are currently working on a follow up. Both guitarist Bile and drummer Noktis filled me in on the band’s history, how they ended up with two drummers, and the recording process for “Forsaken.” More...

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Postmortem Working On New Album

POSTMORTEM has begun to write new songs for a new album. The studio recordings are scheduled for February 2010. This new album will be their second release via War Anthem Records, following up "Constant Hate" (2008).

A few new tracks, with working titles like "Shape of the Warship," "Pathology of Evil," "Bomber's Moon" and "Dark Side of Deception" are already complete.

The band will be giving fans a taste of the new material next year on the festival circuit and during their release-tour in mid 2010.

In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's previous material on their MySpace page.

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The Vision Bleak and Alcest to Tour Next Year

The Vision Bleak will embark on a ten-date "Set Sail To Mystery" tour of Europe alongside Alcest in April 2010, marking the former's first tour ever. Both acts will present material from their respective new albums scheduled for release in spring 2010.

Here are the tour dates featuring THE VISION BLEAK (GER), ALCEST (FRA), and FJOERGYN (GER):

01.04.2010 DE - Berlin / K17
02.04.2010 CZ - Prag / Exit Chmelnice
03.04.2010 AT - Wien / Escape
04.04.2010 IT - Lonato del Garda / Olden Live Club
05.04.2010 DE - Würzburg / Posthalle
06.04.2010 FR - Paris / Glazart
07.04.2010 UK - London / Purple Turtle
08.04.2010 DE - Essen / Turock
09.04.2010 NL - Leeuwarden / Romein
10.04.2010 BE - Vosselaar / Biebob

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Cliteater To Record New Album Next Summer

CLITEATER has booked SOUNDLODGE studio from June 19th to 27th, 2010, for recording their next album, the "The Great Southern Clitkill." Jorg Uken (God Dethroned, Inhume, Dew Scented a.o.) will do the recordings.

This album will be their fourth full length CD and Luisma from Haemorrage is once again doing the front design.

The band has announced many tour dates in the interim, as follows:

07. Nov. 2009 FromHell Erfurt (GER)
14. Nov. 2009 Goremaggedon Gorlitz (GER)
21. Nov. 2009 Kassel (GER)
11. Dec. 2009 Pitch Black Niederkruchten (GER)
17. Dec. 2009 Klub Mc-Pekarna Maribor (SLO)
18. Dec. 2009 Escape metalcorner Vienna (AUT)
19. Dec. 2009 Xmas metal meeting Bamberg (GER)
20. Dec. 2009 Helvete Oberhausen (GER)
19. Feb. 2010 Kulturhaus Stattbahnhof Sweinfurt (GER)
20. Feb. 2010 Graffiti club Bern (CH)
21. Feb. 2010 Steinbruch Theater Darmstadt (GER)
22. Feb. 2010 Boonker/Kozel Pub Zilina (SK)
23. Feb. 2010 TBA
24. Feb. 2010 Wagonplatz Wroclaw (PL)
25. Feb. 2010 K17 Berlin (GER)
26. Feb. 2010 Rosenkeller Jena (GER)
28. Feb. 2010 Bahndam Wermelskirchen (GER)
28. Feb. 2010 Baroeg Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland (NL)
11. Jun. 2010 Deathfeast Open Air Hunxe (GER)
12. Jun. 2010 Chronical Moshers open air Hauptmannsgrün (GER)

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Urn Announces New U.S. Tour Dates

Urn has announced a handful more tour dates spanning December and into next year:

Dec 5, 2009 @ 9:00P - VNUKs Cudahy, Wisconsin
Jan 23, 2010 @ 8:00P - The Wormhole Savannah, Georgia
Jan 28, 2010 @ 8:00P - Rock Bottom San Antonio, Texas
Jan 29, 2010 @ 8:00P - Pitchers Arlington, Texas
Apr 24, 2010 @ 12:00P - Michigan Mayfair Belleville, Michigan

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HMAS Vendetta Posts New Song Online

Melbourne speed metal outfit HMAS Vendetta has released a new single, "Boganheart," which you can listen to on the band's MySpace page. "Recorded locally at Basin Studios and Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound NY, 'Boganheart' is the song to bring out your inner bogan," says the band. (-ed: wtf is a bogan?)

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The Old Dead Tree Disbands

France's The Old Dead Tree has issued the following announcement about calling it a day:

"The Old Dead Tree is no more. I wish I never had to write those words, but nothing is forever. These last few months, some disagreements started to grow within the band, regarding commitment and musical direction in the making of our fourth album. Those differences of opinions soon turned out to be a dead-end problem and led me to make the decision of ending the band’s activities.

"In twelve years of existence, The Old Dead Tree had its share of line-up changes. Of course, each of them has been an improvement, but they were also painful losses. And I don’t want to face that kind of loss again.

"Be that as it may, I am still extremely proud of the work we have achieved and I want to thank all the people without whom nothing would have been possible: past and present band members with whom I learned so much and had amazing times, our wonderful crew, our label Season of Mist, our tour booker K Productions, and especially the fans who supported us and encouraged us to go forwards. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

"This is now farewell."

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Burzum Comments On New Album, "The White God"

Varg Vikernes of Burzum, who was recently released from prison in Norway, has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album titled "The White God:"

"As You might already know, my dear ladies and gentlemen, and others individuals too, I am no friend of the modern so-called Black Metal culture. It is a tasteless, low-brow parody of Norwegian so-called Black Metal anno 1991-1992, and if it was up to me it would meet its dishonourable end as soon as possible. However, rather than abandon my own music, only because others have soiled its name by claiming to have something in common with it, I will stick to it. The ‘black metallers’ will probably continue to ‘get loaded’, ‘get high’, and in all other manners too behave like the stereotypical Negro; they will probably continue to get foreign tribal tattoos, dress, walk, talk, look and act like homosexuals, and so forth. Some of the ‘black metallers’, their fans and accomplices will probably even continue to pretend - and actually believe - they have something in common with Burzum, but let me assure You; they don't! I play what can be described as some sort of metal music, all right, and they do too, but the similarities ends there. Freud wrote books. Tolkien wrote books. The similarities ends there.

"Why more of Burzum? Well, I am what I am; a musician. Musicians produce music, when they can, and now I can; I am no longer imprisoned by the criminal anti-Norwegian regime in Norway. Will my music be any good? My guess is that if You like Burzum You like Burzum. If You don't You don't. I do try to change all the time, but most of the time I fail, and many appreciate that. Others don't. More...

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Rotten Sound Signs To Relapse Records

Finnish metallers Rotten Sound have signed a new record deal with Relapse Records. The band's latest album "Cycles" was released in January of 2008 and debuted at #12 on the Finnish charts. Rotten Sound are currently writing for their follow-up to "Cycles," but will first see an EP release early next year. The EP, titled "Napalm," is scheduled for a March release via Relapse. Additional details on this release will be announced soon.

Rotten Sound's Niinimaa commented on the recent signing; “Relapse Records has been a strong label for grindcore since they started, which is one of the reasons that made us want to re-release our 'Murderworks' album through them in 2005. We will fit to their roster like a fist to an ass. Being along the same line with other label-mates is very important for us because we want to tour all over this planet with bands we like ourselves. The upcoming 'Napalm' EP and the next full-length album will start a new and (even) more aggressive era for Rotten Sound. Doing it together with Relapse Records will make this period more grind than any of our phases before.”

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Sniper Streaming Two New Songs Online

Germany's Sniper have issued the following statement about streaming two new songs on their MySpace page:

"The promo version for our new album "To the Marrow" is finished and now ready to be released. Of course we would like to share it with you and to celebrate the whole thing you re gonna get two songs which will make your eardrums pop. We're busy looking for a new label in order to release the album properly and if everything goes smoothly you'll hear the rest of the album in spring 2010. Until then, have a listen to 'Plasmodium' and 'To The Marrow.' We hope you enjoy it and hope you like it just as much as we do."

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Angra Cancels European Tour

Brazilian metallers Angra have issued the following announcement about canceling their European tour dates:

"We're really sorry to inform that due to various problems with the producer, the European dates have been canceled. These problems range from a lack of transportation from Brazil to Europe to even more serious issues, that overall impede the band of doing the shows in a proper way. We were looking forward to seeing our fans in Switzerland, Italy and Spain, and we wanted to show all of you how good the band is sounding with Ricardo Confessori back to the band. We are as upset as you are, and we will do our best to return to these countries an soon as possible and do the great shows our fans deserve. The new album is being written right now and it will be out by mid 2010."

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Circus Maximus Issues New Album Update

Norway's Circus Maximus has issued the following recording update:

"Circus Maximus will now be entering the studio to start the pre-production of the next album, planned to be released late 2010. We are writing new stuff everyday and so far we have more or less 8 songs completed for the album and we can honestly tell you it sounds AMAZING! Can't wait to show you. We would like to thank everyone who have been supporting us throughout the years... you're the best!"

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Darkest Hour To Tour Europe With Kataklysm

Darkest Hour have announced they will be supporting Kataklysm, along with Belphegor, Suicidal Angels, and Resistance, on a European tour in 2010. Darkest Hour's currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:

1/7 2010 Batschkapp Frankfurt
1/8 2010 Roxy Saarbrücken
1/9 2010 Atak Enschede
1/10 2010 Blebob Vosselaar
1/11 2010 O2 Academy Islington London London
1/12 2010 Nouveau Casino Paris
1/13 2010 Live Music Hall Cologne
1/14 2010 Backstage Munich
1/15 2010 Arena Vienna
1/16 2010 Posthof Linz
1/17 2010 MOR Cafe Zlin
1/18 2010 Seifenfabrik Graz
1/19 2010 Estragon Bologna
1/20 2010 Matrix Bochum
1/21 2010 Z7 Pratteln
1/22 2010 LKA Longhorn Stuttgart
1/23 2010 Hellraiser Leipzig
1/24 2010 Postbahnhof Berlin
1/25 2010 Markthalle Hamburg

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De Profundis Signs To Kolony Records

London, UK-based progressive extreme metal band De Profundis have inked a deal with Kolony Records to release their second album “A Bleak Reflection” in Europe. The album was recorded in June/July 2009 with producer Fernando Pereira Lopes and mastered by Tim Turan.

Commented the label: “Kolony Records are very proud of this signing and would like to welcome De Profundis to the label’s roster. We were blown away by the band’s musical style (an original mix of black-death-doom and, why not, some progressive metal) from the moment we listened to their promo. The guys showed a lot of professionalism during all our discussions and we were really impressed with the international live experience of De Profundis. The band has a proven track record when it comes to live performances, having landed high profile gigs with likes of Iron Maiden, Nevermore, and Annihilator in both the UK and abroad. De Profundis has already performed in Greece, France, Portugal, Romania and India; the band is currently finalizing plans to tour Europe on a wider scale during 2010. That's the kind of band we like to work with!”

The band stated, "Right from the first communication, we have been very impressed by Kolony Records’ professional and honest approach. Following countless emails and a face-to-face meeting with the label manager Lorenzo Marchello, we are confident that we have found the right label to release our new album and help De Profundis to reach the next level. We are very happy to be the part of the Kolony family and look forward to working with them for many years to come." More...

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Double Devil Calls It A Day

Denmark's Double Devil has issued the following statement about disbanding:

"As you probably have noticed we have been pretty silent for quite a while now. That's due to the fact the band is no longer existing. There's no bad feelings between any of us, we all just felt a need to move on and do different things! We want to thank all of you guys who have supported us by buying our cd's and showing up at our concerts! THANK YOU! The music will still be available on this page and through Itunes, CDbaby and other online retailers."

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Jaded Heart Announces European Tour With Rage

German hard rockers Jaded Heart have announced they will be supporting Rage on a European tour in March 2010. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

3/03 - München, Germany - Backstage
3/04 - Budapest, Hungary - Diesel
3/05 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock Cafe
3/06 - Prague, Czech Republic - Abaton
3/07 - Hannover, Germany - Musikzentrum
3/09 - Berlin, Germany - K17
3/10 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
3/12 - Speyer, Germany - Halle 101
3/13 - Andernach, Germany - JUZ Live Club
3/14 - Colmar, France - Grillen
3/15 - Nürnberg, Germany - Hirsch
3/16 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
3/17 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
3/19 - Barcelona, Spain - Razz 2
3/20 - Bilbao, Spain - Rockstar Liv

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Endast Posts Sixth Tour Video Report

Canadian metallers Endast have posted the sixth installment of their "Blue Skies Tour 2009" video diary. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Dream Theater Posts "Wither" Music Video

Dream Theater has posted a music video online for the track "Wither," which is off their latest full-length album "Black Clouds & Silver Linings." The video clip can be viewed below.

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High On Fire Announces Australian Tour

High On Fire has announced December, 2009 Australian tour dates alongside Lamb of God. The bands will join forces beginning December 11 in Brisbane as part of a touring bill that will also include Devildriver and Shadows Fall.

High On Fire's fifth studio album and follow-up to 2007’s "Death is This Communion" is currently nearing completion. The band worked with producer Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Slayer, Johnny Cash) at Los Angeles’ The Pass Studios with the goal of capturing “the ultimate High on Fire experience.” The album is slated for a January 23, 2010 release via E1 Music.

High On Fire still has the following tour dates with Dethklok, Mastodon, and Converge: More...

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Reverend Kill Issues New Album Update

Reverend Kill has issued the following update about releasing a new album:

"We are just about finished the mixdown of the new cd. Hopefully all you Rivetheads dig it. It is sounding pretty fuckin' heavy. I threw a couple of the trax up on the site so people can check it out if they want. Hopefully it makes you feel like destroying shit. We will be shooting for an small independent release on our own Mercykill Label at our December 12th show in Medicine Hat. It will be done with our own artwork for the first run. We do have a killer cover but it all still needs to be formatted so till then it will be underground style. The actual cover art is done by Jason O'Connor and will be set up by Sylvain Bourhis of itsanogo.com. It also feature lyrics written by Mahammaduhl Hassan Rony, a metal brother from Bangladesh, on the song Operation Searchlight about a Pakistani military operation in the early 70's wich was an atrocity not heard of alot over here."

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Taco Bell Announces 2009 Feed The Beat Bands

Taco Bell continues to "Feed the Beat" for up-and-coming rock acts and announced today the 100 bands that made the 2009 Feed the Beat lineup. Celebrating its fourth year, Feed the Beat provides free food and marketing support to America’s up-and-coming rock acts. This year, touring bands from across the nation, including The All-American Rejects, The Acacia Strain, Municipal Waste, Atreyu, Owl City, Dr. Dog, and more, will receive $500 in Taco Bell Bucks. More than just free food, bands also receive marketing support for their music.

Music fans will be able to discover each Feed the Beat band on Taco Bell’s Virtual Music Festival Web site, which showcases their music and exclusive content created for the site. Once there, fans can listen to bands they know or discover new tunes as they stream music via the Feed the Beat Music Player.

“Feed the Beat began as a simple way to show how much we love and support independent music, but it’s grown to become a benchmark for how Taco Bell supports bands and artists,” said David Ovens, Chief Marketing Officer, Taco Bell Corp. “Our Feed the Beat bands have been showcased via our partnerships with MTV and ESPN, as we work hard to highlight their talent and music. Whether helping to extend the spotlight on their nominations for Video Music Awards, getting them to play at the VMAs, or creating live concerts and soundtrack opportunities during the X Games, the work never stops in support of our bands. We want to help our 2009 lineup to realize at least the same type of success and hopefully more.”

Taco Bell is proud to congratulate all of the 2009 Feed the Beat bands: More...

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Mecha Messiah Seeking New Bassist

Delta, B.C.'s Mecha Messiah has posted a message on MySpace seeking a new bass player.

"With the constant attention that Entropia needs and his recent promotion at work, Darin regretably needs to step down due to lack of free time to continue on with us. All interested parties can contact us through PM here, or through mechamessiah@hotmail.com,

"We pratice every Tuesday and Thursday at Diamond Sharp in New West. No junkies."

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Sargagantas Streaming New Song

Ohio ambient black metallers Sargagantas have released their latest album "Haunting the Decaying Earth" through Kapustin Yar Records. A sample track from the album titled "Possession in the Ziggurat" is also available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.

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Metallica Announces European Tour Dates

Metallica has posted the following message:

"'Europe??' you're thinking, 'weren't you guys just talking about Latin America a minute ago?' Well, yes, but we thought we would mix it up a little here and jump ahead to April to tell you about some shows happening then. In our effort to get the info out to you as soon as the dates are officially confirmed, here are three more for you:

April 13 - Oslo, Norway - Telenor Arena - On Sale November 23
April 24 - Moscow, Russia - Olimpiski Arena - On Sale Date To Be Announced
April 25 - Moscow, Russia - Olimpiski Arena - On Sale Date To Be Announced

"So keep watching here . . . we'll be back several times during the next week with more European and Latin American dates. Were looking forward to visiting our friends all over the world!"

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Rotengeist Streaming New Album Online

The debut album, "Fear is the Key," from Polish thrash/death band Rotengeist will be unleashed on Friday November 27th. The band has posted all the tracks from their new album on their official MySpace page.

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Sonata Arctica Cancels Three European Dates

Sonata Arctica have issued the following announcement about canceling three upcoming European tour dates:

“Due to an infection of his vocal cords, singer Tony Kakko had to see a doctor in Budapest. The singer's infection has forced the band to cancel today's show in Graz (18.11.), as well as the show in Vienna (19.11.) and Munich (20.11.). Sonata Arctica deeply regret to disappoint their fans but will be back to these cities the soonest possible, exact dates will be announced shortly. Tickets already purchased will be still valid later on! We do hope the infection will be gone asap, so we can continue our tour in Pratteln/Z7 on Nov 22.”

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TIS Auctioning Off Sebastian Bach Drumset

New Jersey hard rockers The Infinite Staircase have announced they are auctioning off a Taye drum set once owned by Sebastian Bach. The auction for the drum set can be found at this location.

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Whip Streaming Two New Demo Songs

Norwegian metallers Whip are currently streaming two new demo tracks online from their upcoming second full-length album. The songs "Halo of Hate" and "Branded" can be heard at the band's MySpace page. Whip also have the following upcoming tour date:

11/27 2009 Fru Lundgreen Trondheim, Nord-Trøndelag

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As We Fight Cancels Swedish Tour

Denmark's As We Fight have announced their three tour dates in Sweden this weekend, November 21s to 22nd, have been canceled. The band has announced they will be rescheduling the dates for Spring of 2010. Exact dates and locations will be announced as they are made available. As We Fight still has the following tour dates:

12/4 Alte Zuckerfabrik Rostock, Germany
12/5 Bang Your Head Festival Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg
12/6 Iduna Drachten
2/20 2010 Alter Schlachthof Eisenach
3/12 2010 Freiraum St. Poelten, Austria
3/13 2010 Szene Wien, Austria

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Urgehal Streaming New Song

Norwegian black metal band Urgehal has issued the following update about streaming a new song through their MySpace page:

"Comrades! We uploaded another song from the new album called 'Stesolid Self-destruction to Damnation.' This is the opening track of the new album and some of you might recognize it from this years festivals. Music by Enzifer / Lyrics by Trondr Nefas. Drums by Uruz. Also we would like to thank R.M for the great new Myspace design. He also did the dark layout for the new album."

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Illidiance Track To Appear On Compilation Album

Russian electronic metallers Illidiance have announced their song "Infected" will be added to upcoming Industrialized Metal Webzine compilation "Fuck Em All Volume 5." The track is off Illidiance's 2009 EP "Synthetic Breed." More information on the compilation can be found here. The track listing will be as follows:

1. KHADAVER "Nuclear Fields"
2. ILLIDIANCE "Infected"
3. LAHO "The World in Flames"
4. OMEGA FLARE "Endorphine Abuse"
5. KRELL "Girl You're Getting Older"
6. PSYBER "Idoru"
7. RAT KING "Hour Of The Wolf"
8. SWITCH "The New Messiah"

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Ignominious Incarceration Announces UK Tour Dates

British death metallers IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION have revealed the dates for their UK headlining tour in December. IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION's "The Wintour" dates are as follows:

06.12.09 Southend - Chinnery's
08.12.09 Colchester - The Twist
09.12.09 Leicester - The Shed
10.12.09 Doncaster - Rockbar
12.12.09 Glasgow - Classic Grand
13.12.09 Hull - Ringside
14.12.09 Leeds - Joseph's Well
15.12.09 Birmingham - The Flapper
16.12.09 Stoke - Harry's Bar
17.12.09 Bristol - The Croft

View the official tour flyer at this location.

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Karnivool Posts New Video, Announces New Date

Perth’s Karnivool has announced a second show at Melbourne's Palace Theatre on December 3, with their first show (Dec 2) nearly sold out. Tickets are on sale now.

In other news, the band just released the video for second single, "All I Know," directed by Chris Frey, who also directed the band's video for "Set Fire to The Hive" earlier in the year. Check it out below.

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Judgement Day Issues New Euro Tour Report

Judgement Day has issued the second report from their European tour with Dredg, with a humorous anecdote as well:

"As soon as we hit Germany, our casual European vacation turned into a full-on, epic rock tour. Dredg are heroes in Germany, and every night we played to over 1000 people. This was definitely the biggest week in Judgement Day’s life so far, and it went incredibly well. For all of the German shows we were also joined by another cool band called The Parlor Mob, from New Jersey. They fit perfectly into the bill with excellent musicianship and a sound vaguely reminiscent of classic Led Zeppelin. They seemed to be excited about our band as well. Their sound engineer Tony liked us so much that he ended up doing our sound for free, which made a huge difference for us.
The Prank

"A few days before our show in Berlin, Dredg got a memo from the Berlin police department saying that they were looking for 'Dradg' for questioning about some 'property damage.' Everyone in the band got really paranoid, so Drew Roulette (bass player) came up with a brilliant prank:

"On the night of the Berlin show, he hired 2 actors to dress up like German police, come on stage in the middle of the set and arrest Gavin and Dino (singer and drummer)! It worked perfectly: Gavin and Dino were scared shitless!

"Drew wanted all of the fans to think that the arrest was real for the first few days, so after the show we posted this video, which cuts off just before the prank is revealed:

Three days later we posted the full, uncut version: More...

Read the full article at Judgement Day's blog.

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Divinity Destroyed Disbands

New Jersey progressive metal band, Divinity Destroyed, has issued the following message to their fans regarding their decision to put the band to rest:

"If any rumors happen to emerge in the coming days, they are all true. Every single one of them. Including those that don't involve us. But know that you read it here first. Divinity Destroyed has disbanded."

"More information, personal insights, and rumors we'll start just for kicks will be posted here frequently so keep checking back. But just know that it's not your fault and we still love you and your sister." More...

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