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Metal News for November 18, 2010

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43 news articles posted on this day.

Devin Townsend Posts Video Update Online

Devin Townsend has posted the following video update online to promote the recording of the following Devin Townsend Project album, "Deconstruction." You can view the video below:

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Conducting From The Grave Discusses New Album

In October, California based melodic death metal act Conducting From The Grave dropped its second full-length album "Revenants," and follow-up to 2009's "When Legends Become Dust." Conducting From the Grave guitarist Jeff Morgan spoke with me about the band switching vocalists for this album, where the band's distinctive name came from, and the possibility of an upcoming music video.

While explaining how the new album differs from the band's earlier work, Morgan commented "I like to think the song writing is a lot more mature on this album. We’ve definitely progressed a lot over the years as musicians. A lot of stuff from the previous album 'When Legends Becomes Dust' was written over the course of five or six years...I think it’s a lot more of a cohesive sound for the whole album." Morgan also discussed upcoming tour dates with Arsis and the themes of the album's lyrics. More...

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Origin Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

American technical death metal act Origin has announced its signing with Nuclear Blast Records. The worldwide deal comes in time for the band to prepare its forthcoming full length album. Origin will enter Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, Kansas tomorrow with long-time engineer Robert Rebeck to record its Nuclear Blast debut.

Drummer John Longstreth commented by saying: "We are very excited to begin working on our next album under the guide of Nuclear Blast Records! Being signed to one of the largest and most successful heavy metal labels makes it only natural that you will definitely be seeing a lot more of this band. Plans are already being laid by Extreme Management Group for the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico and pretty much everywhere with a stage and (future) Origin fans. To us, it's only fitting that after 10 years, it came time to make a few positive changes so that we could continue to create this insane form of music for you. We are very excited to bring album #5 to our fans and we feel confident that our fans will not be let down."

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Winds Of Plague Checks In With Road Report

Winds of Plague vocalist Johnny Plague has checked in from the road with the following tour report:

"We are currently wrapping up the last days of our European tour. We had an amazing time with out good friends in Stick To Your Guns and For Today, as well as our new friends from the UK, Monuments. Concluding our first headline run in Europe we are looking forward to putting out a new record and heading back over seas to continue our worldwide onslaught.

"Before we get back to Europe and the UK we have some other business to attend to including the December Decimation tour where we will be headlining U.S. tour dates with a stacked undercard featuring After The Burial, Carnifex, War Of Ages and Upon A Burning Body. For this tour we will be playing a song off the new record, which is set for a March 2011 release. Prepare for annihilation."

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Absu Comments On Tour With Immortal

As was previously announced, Texas based act Absu will join Immortal on the black metal act's return to the U.S. for six shows early next year. The dates will mark the first live performances for Absu since the Scion Rock Fest in March of this year. Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor notes:

"We feel extremely privileged to have been invited to participate on Immortal’s All Shall Fall US tour in February 2011. Even though it is only a six-date tour, it’s a colossal one for Absu to be performing with our former label mates of many years. We had the opportunity to share the stage with Immortal over eight years ago and this will be a very good experience for us."

These upcoming performances will mark the first time that Absu will appear live as a trio. Proscriptor comments, "I am here to announce that guitarist Aethyris McKay has decided to quit Absu and has recently relocated to Oslo, Norway to join Pantheon I. Working with Aethyris for the past three years has been a prosperous experience and I have the utmost respect for him as my comrade and a superlative musician. He assisted me in resurrecting the band from its hiatus stage and I truly thank him for helping me recast the spell of mythological occult metal."

The dates are as follows:

2/19/2011 Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
2/20/2011 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
2/21/2011 Mr. Small's Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
2/22/2011 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
2/24/2011 The Summit Theatre - Denver, CO
2/26/2011 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX

After completion of the dates with Immortal, Absu will enter the studio to begin recording a new album, titled "Abzu." The recording will be the second of a three-part series. Proscriptor reveals, "This recording will feature our signature sound in maniacal fashion. Now, we’re appending dirtier elements of psychedelia and fusion characteristics. Lyrically, it will descend deeper into Enki’s lower world as well the Enochian Magic(k) System. I can tell you this album will definitely not be a 'natural progression' from previous releases, but a feat of metaphysical conquest and murkiness." More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Feed Sebastian!

This week Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) was asked to leave a bar and instead of politely grabbing his top hat and heading for the door he smashed a wine glass and then bit the owner’s hand. Can someone get this ex-Celebrity Fit Club guy a sandwich? To make matters worse Canadian cops found two grams of weed on Bach. So not only was Bach hungry from dieting, but also smoking pot. In hindsight the owner is lucky Bach didn’t eat his whole hand… More...

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Vrangsinn Working On New Solo Album

Daniel Vrangsinn of Carpathian Forest has announced he is working on a new solo album titled "Taboo," which will be released in 2011. A preview of the song "If A Stranger Came" off the new album can be seen in the video below.

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Cradle Of Filth Reveals Album Chart Positions

The first week U.S. sales numbers are in for Cradle Of Filth’s recently released ninth studio album, "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa." The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #99, selling nearly 6,000 copies in its first week. The November 9th, Nuclear Blast Records release also debuted at #10 on the Independent chart and #7 on Hard Music.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Cult Of Venus Aversa
2. One Foul Step From The Abyss
3. The Nun With The Astral Habit
4. Retreat Of The Sacred Heart
5. The Persecution Song
6. Deceiving Eyes
7. Lilith Immaculate
8. The Spawn Of Love And War
9. Harlot On A Pedestal
10. Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)
11. Beyond Eleventh Hour

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Watain Updates Tour Schedule

Black metallers Watain have updated their tour schedule with the following dates:

11/18 2010 Ruby Room San Diego, California
11/19 2010 Whisky A Go-Go West Hollywood, CA
11/20 2010 Clubhouse Music Venue Tempe, AZ
11/21 2010 Club 101 El Paso, TX
11/22 2010 The Loft Dallas, TX
11/23 2010 Emos Austin, TX
11/24 2010 Numbers Houston, TX
11/26 2010 The Bar Metairie (New Olreans), LA
11/27 2010 BACKBOOTH Orlando, FL
11/29 2010 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
11/30 2010 Sonar Baltimore, MD
12/1 2010 Peabody's Cleveland, OH
12/2 2010 Santos New York, New York
12/3 2010 Les Foufounes Montréal, Quebec, CANADA
12/4 2010 The Opera House Toronto, ON, CANADA
12/7 2010 Rock & Soccer Antofagasta, CHILE
12/8 2010 Teatro Novedades Santiago, Metropolit, CHILE
12/9 2010 tba tba, tba, ARGENTINA
12/10 2010 Clube 13 de Maio Piracicaba, SP, BRAZIL
12/11 2010 Inferno Club São Paulo, São Paulo, BRAZIL
12/12 2010 Lapa Multishow Belo Horizonte, Minas Gera, BRAZIL
12/13 2010 Bar Opinião Porto Alegre, Rio Grande, BRAZIL

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In This Moment Posts New Tour Diary

In This Moment is currently on tour alongside Nonpoint, which will continue until mid-December. The band has also posted a new tour diary online via Revolver at this location. The upcoming In This Moment tour dates are as follows:

11/18 – Peter’s Room – Portland, OR
11/19 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/20 – The Venue – Vancouver, BC
11/22 – Distrikt – Regina, SK
11/23 – Municiple Auditorium – Minot, ND
11/24 – Aquarium – Fargo, ND
11/26 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/27 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
11/28 – V Club – Huntington, WV
11/30 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/01 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON
12/02 – The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
12/03 – Santos Party House – New York, NY
12/04 – Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
12/05 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
12/07 – Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
12/08 – Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA
12/09 – Recher Theatre – Towson, MD
12/10 – Hooligans Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC
12/11 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/14 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
12/15 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
12/16 – Trees – Dallas, TX
12/17 – Clicks Live – Tyler, TX

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Awake Issues 10th Anniversary Show Recap

Awake has issued the following recap of the band's recent 10th anniversary live show:

"Hi there! Big thanks to everyone who came to the 10th Anniversary gig. It was a very special night for us, we were so pleased to see so many fans, friends & family to support us and have a great time We are delighted with the huge support we have received over the past 10 years. Your support has given us the opportunity to do the best job in the world, making and playing music. We have been fortunate to play with some outstanding metal/rock acts from the music world, complete hero's of ours. Your support means everything to us and we can't thank you enough!

"Please check out our website for footage from the night and some great pictures, you may even spot yourselves! More videos to follow. Over the next couple of months we will be working hard on getting the album released. The new songs have received amazing comments from fans at the gigs, radio plays and also in magazines. We are so excited about the new album and getting the album out on the shelves and possibly to a venue near you!

"In the mean time you can still hear our tracks on the radio along with us popping in some studios for a chat. This Sunday (21/11/10) our Bassist, Chris Le Motte will be joining Jon Wisbey on the Sunday rock show for a live chat. Join Chris as he talks to Jon about the past, present and future of AWAKE from 10:15pm. Links will be posted on the FB page. More...

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Horizon Ablaze Announces New Album Details

Norwegian death metal act Horizon Ablaze has announced the upcoming album "Spawn" will be released on January 28th, 2011 through Mayhem Music.undisclosed format. "Spawn" was produced, recorded, and mixed by Audun Grnnestad during the summer of 2010, at Mayhem Music Studios in Kristiansand, Norway. The track listing is as follows:

1. Inception
2. Throne of Trepidation
3. 1941
4. Black Burden
5. Homicidal Reign
6. Barbed Wire Deathbed
7. Origin
8. Forged in Hate
9. Enigmata
10. Strychnine
11. Ink & Blood
12. Obxenochrist
13. Predeterminus
14. Deception

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Gorod Issues Band Update

French act Gorod has issued the following update about working on a new EP and changing the band's lineup:

"Here is some great Gorod news! French death tech virtuosi Gorod are to the point to finish their forthcoming EP named 'Transcendence!' This surprising sound, that shows Gorod's universe in a new way of it's musical approach, mark the end of the SF story that started with 1st album 'Neurotripsick.' This EP will consist of two parts: - Audio part : a re-recorded and new version of 'Earth Pus,' 2 surprising acoustics versions of 'Earth Pus (Salvation)' and 'Blackout (Renewed Souls),' a cover of stellar Cynic's 'Textures' and an outstanding epic 15" song (Transcendence) including guest vocals of NY legends Immolation's singer Ross Dolan.

"DVD Part: an entire video show recorded live in their hometown's Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux (FR); a superb photo gallery of photographer David Sanchez that relate Gorod US 2010 trek, Gorod performance in Joao Onofre's 'Box Sized DIE,' and few more events, with a soundtrack of Gorod live performance at WFMU radio show (Jersey City, NJ, USA), recorded May 27, 2010.

"The artwork, as usual, done by Gorod's guitar player and mastermind Mat, will be unveiled soon. Gorod new line up! Gorod have maintained Julien 'Nutz' Deyres as singer. Julien stood in for last summer European tour with Cattle Decapitation, after Guillaume's decision to leave the band. The band recently recruited young and talented guitar player Nicolas Alberny as replacement of Arnaud who left the band due to health problems. Gorod is now ready to hit the stage!"

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Enforcer Announces Japanese Shows

Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer will be performing two Japanese dates in support of their sophomore album, "Diamonds." Support on the tour will come from fellow Swedes Mean Streak and Japanese metal act Solitude. You can view the dates, cities and venues below:

January 28th 2011 Osaka, Japan - Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
January 30th 2011 Tokyo, Japan - Daikanyama UNIT

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Cauldron Streaming New Song

Canadian heavy metallers Cauldron have released a brand new track on the band's revamped MySpace page. The new track, called "All Or Nothing," is from the band's upcoming new album "Burning Fortune," which is due to be released on Earache Records on February 14th, 2011 in Europe and February 15th in North America. You can listen to the new track now at this location.

Cauldron front man Jason Decay comments: "All Or Nothing was one of the first songs we wrote for the new record and is the lead off track. It's a pretty straight to the point basher based around the massive main riff. Enjoy!"

You can also view the "Burning Fortune" album cover here.

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Katanga Signs To Massacre Records

Massacre Records has issued the following update about inking a record deal with Germany's Katanga:

"The melodic gothic rock band Katanga from Greifswald, Germany, has recently signed with Massacre Records. The band was formed 1994. Five years later they recorded their first EP 'Leben.' A year later their second EP "Batflight" followed. Their debut album 'Darkchild' was released late 2005.

"Katanga have already supported bands like Knorkator, Blind Passengers, Scream Silence, Thanateros, The Cascades, Atargatis and Umbra et Imago. Their new album 'Moonchild' will be released on January 28, 2011 via Massacre Records."

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Bring Me The Horizon Posts Second Tour Blog Online

U.K. metalcore act Bring Me The Horizon and NoiseCreep have joined together to start a tour video blog series. Bring Me The Horizon are currently on tour to promote its 2010 release "There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret." You can view the second installment of the clips below:

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After the Burial Posts New Album Trailer Online

American technical metal act After the Burial has posted a new video trailer online to promote its forthcoming studio album "In Dreams." "In Dreams" is set for release on November 23rd, 2010 through Sumerian Records. You can view the trailer below:

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Control Denied Streaming 3 Disc Set Online

All 26 tracks included in the recent three-disc deluxe re-issue of Control Denied's "The Fragile Art of Existence" are currently streaming online now via this location. The band's first album was re-mastered, re-packaged, and features liner notes from drummer Richard Christy, never-before-seen photographs, as well as over an hour of previously unreleased demo and rehearsal tracks for the 3 disc set.

The track listing is as follows:

Disc 1
1. Consumed
2. Breaking The Broken
3. Expect The Unexpected
4. What If...?
5. When The Link Becomes Missing
6. Believe
7. Cut Down
8. The Fragile Art Of Existence

Disc 2
1. Consumed (1999 Demos)
2. When The Link Becomes Missing (1999 Demo)
3. The Fragile Art Of Existence (1999 Demo)
4. Breaking The Broken (1999 Demo)
5. Breaking The Broken (1999 Demo) (w/ Chuck Schuldiner on vocals)
6. Believe (1997 Demo)
7. What If…? (1997 Demo)
8. Cut Down (1997 Demo)
9. Tune Of Evil (Comedy Demo) More...

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This Or The Apocalypse Announces First 2011 Tour

American technical metalcore act This Or The Apocalypse has revealed the dates for its first scheduled tour of 2011. The U.S. tour will see support coming from An Early Ending and Destruction Of A Rose. You can check out the full list of confirmed dates, cities and venues below:

01/05 Barrington, IL – The Rock Room
01/06 Peoria, IL – The Brass Rail
01/07 Terre Haute, IN – THMV
01/08 Indianapolis, IN – The Emerson Theater
01/09 Johnson City, TN – Cahootenany’s
01/10 Nashville, TN – The Muse
01/11 Cookeville, TN – Amps And Ramps
01/12 Raleigh, NC – The Poor House
01/13 Greenville, NC – The Tipsy Teapot
01/14 Hickory, NC – YWCA CO Miller Center
01/15 Virginia Beach, VA – Club Relevant
01/16 Richmond, VA – The Richmond Out Reach Center

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Misery Index Checks In From European Tour

Misery Index has posted the following new tour blog on Demockery.org about the band's current European tour:

"Today we are back in the land of overcast, misty cold mountains- more resembling Mordor than 'der Schweitz.' Reflecting back on our Italian weekend, a few highlights come to mind…First on Friday we played this youth center in Bruneck, Italy, a town on the border with Austria, and fully German speaking. I wandered that afternoon up the mountain overlooking the village, and came across a winding trail that was straight out of Entombed’s 'Left hand Path' album cover -yet it was daytime and far less eerie. Around a bend there unfolded a German soldier’s cemetery from the First and Second World Wars. It was in immaculate condition, and the wood-carved grave markers were in absolute perfect upkeep….

"The second highlight was the chance to have the entire day to wander around Rome. The entire tour package followed our adventurous tour manager/tour guide Jay around all the sights, on a brilliant day that could not have been anymore perfect. Sitting here in Switzerland we yearn for the south once more, and are to be rewarded with a trio of days in Spain, starting with our favorite town Barcelona on Wednesday…any ghosts in Catalonia want to come out?"

You can also check out pictures and the full tour blog at this location.

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Stratovarius Drummer Diagnosed With Cancer

Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson has posted the following statement online:

"Dear STRATOVARIUS fans, I am afraid we have some quite terrible news. News of the worst imaginable kind. It's about our friend and drummer Jörg Michael.

"Jörg has cancer.

"He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to the doctor, they decided to operate, and found what they call 'a malignant thyroid neoplasm.' They took out his whole thyroid just to have the best chance to get everything out. He will also have to undergo a regimen of radiotherapy.

"He is a fighter. We have all talked to him and it's clear that this guy is not down for the count. He and his team of German doctors are pissed off and ready to kick ass, and I would not want to be a little cancer cell on these guys' shit list.. believe me.

"Jörg and his family (and us guys in the band) found this out only last week, after the operation. Naturally we are all going between a lot of emotions, sadness, worry, shock, confusion, even anger.

"As for STRATOVARIUS, as you perhaps know, there is a long tour coming up with HELLOWEEN, and with the surgery and therapy that will now follow there is no way Jörg can do the first part of the tour. For me personally, I at first felt quite hopeless about the tour, because I was so upset about all this news. But Jörg himself has been extremely clear that he does not want the band to cancel a single show because of this. In the end, this is what made at least me feel better about going back hitting the road next week.

"So, we have debated what to do for many days now. Jörg first suggested my brother Anders to do this November-December 2010 leg, but it turns out Anders will, unfortunately, be busy recording some record or other with that little indie cellar band of his called HAMMERFALL. :o)

"After a lot of searching, we found a guy that both can do it and didn't have other commitments: Alex Landenburg. He plays well, Jörg says he is a great guy (very important!) and he even started learning the set already before we even had decided what to do, which to me shows a lot of dedication. You can Google Alex's name if you are curious.

"So it turns out that STRATOVARIUS will do the first leg of the HELLOWEEN '7 Sinners' tour, just as planned, only not with Jörg behind the kit, but with Jörg very much as a motivator to us being there. Not one single date will be cancelled or changed.

"Jörg wants to be back on the road with us again as soon as possible depending on the thearapy, but we are not making any promises; that one is up to powers even higher than Jörg Michael and his doctors.

"We will try to keep you somewhat updated.

"Anyway, the most important thing is that they think they got all the bad stuff out and that the end result is that we just fix that sentence I wrote above. We will then say: Jörg had cancer. But he beat it."

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Annihilator Continuing Tour After Fire

Canadian thrash act Annihilator escaped a fire on Wednesday night, shortly after playing to a packed house in Nottingham, England while on a European headlining tour. The band had to cancel the show on November 19th in Birmingham due the fire. Earache Records issued the following statement about the situation:

"Annihilator were packing up their gear from the Rescue Rooms venue in Nottingham city centre at around 1:00am when a large fire broke out next door. 1,400 people were evacuated from the venue as well as others from surrounding buildings. No one was injured in the incident.

"Emergency services were called to the scene and were still putting the fire out on Thursday afternoon, causing significant disruption to the city's transport services. Some of Annihlator's equipment was still in the venue at the time of the fire and the band and its crew were unable to retrieve it until Thursday. View photos of the fire at: this location and here. Annhilator have now retrieved their equipment and are able to continue with their tour." More...

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October Tide Announces European Mini Tour

Swedish dark metal act October Tide, featuring former Katatonia Featuring guitarist Fredrik Norrman, has revealed the dates for its forthcoming mini tour of Europe. The five dates can be found below:

Dec. 04 - SWE - Stockholm - Gota Kallare (opening for Katatonia)
Dec. 11 - SWE - Söderhamn - Julslakten
Jan. 15 - NL - Arnhem - Willemeen
Jan. 21 - FIN - Turku - Klubi
Jan. 22 - FIN - Jyväskylä - Lutakko

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Eis To Re-Release Two Albums

Germany's Eis has issued the following announcement about re-releasing two early albums:

"After having announced that for nearly two years, and after working on it for more than one year or so, we're happy to let you know:

"Our first and second album 'Patina' and 'Kainsmal' will be re-released by Prophecy Productions on January 7th (G/S/A) and January 10th (Europe) of 2011. Dates for the world, the moon and Alpha Centauri release to be confirmed. Both releases will feature the original album plus a completely reworked version (means: some replaced recordings, fully new mixing and mastering done by Markus Stock @ Studio E) and are clad in a marvelous artwork based on the original graphics material.

"Please place your pre-orders from us directly NOW. We'll ship fast and you'll get 10% off the price you'll pay with other mailorders. The price is not yet fixed, but prepare yourself for around 13 filthy €s. Contact us the easy way: alboin@the-eis-reich.de. Thanks and enjoy autumn."

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Within Temptation Comments On New Album

Dutch symphonic metal act Within Temptation has commented on its forthcoming studio album, titled "The Unforgiving" "The Unforgiving" is a concept album based on comic books by Steven O'Connell.

"On this album, we've taken a totally different approach. Each song on 'The Unforgiving' was written along Steven's narrative. The main characters of the comic are reflecting the characters of our songs. The concept pushed us and gave inspiration to come up with a new approach in our sound. It resulted in writing our best songs so far.

"We have been big comic fans since our childhood. With this album we felt the time was there to take a new step in our creative development, take it further and broaden our horizon. Next to the concept form of the album, the songs are more diverse than ever before. In addition, the music of the late '80s, that's when we started to read comic books, certainly has left a mark on our new sound."

"The Unforgiving" is set for release sometime in early 2011.

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Bliss Of Flesh Posts New Music Video Online

French black/death metallers Bliss Of Flesh has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Emaciated Deity" with director Nicolas Chaussois. "Emaciated Deity" is the title track of the Bliss Of Flesh debut album, which was released in 2008 through Twilight Vertrieb. You can view the video below:

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Evergrey Reveals New Album Details

Swedish progressive metal act Evergrey has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The album's title has been set as "Glorious Collision."

Here is the "Glorious Collision" tracklisting:
1. Leave It Behind Us
2. You
3. Wrong
4. Frozen
5. Restoring The Loss
6. To Fit The Mold
7. Out Of Reach
8. The Phantom Letters
9. The Disease ...
10. It Comes From Within
11. Free
12. I'm Drowning Alone
13. ... And The Distance

"Glorious Collision" will be released on the following dates:
Germany: February 25
Rest Of Europe: February 28
USA/Canada: February 22

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Destruction Reveals New Album Tracklisting

German thrash metal act Destruction has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The album, titled "Day Of Reckoning," is set for release on February 28, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. The tracklisting for "Day Of Reckoning" is as follows:

1. The Price
2. Hate Is My Fuel
3. Armageddonizer
4. Devil’s Advocate
5. Day Of Reckoning
6. Sorcerer Of Black Magic
7. Misfit
8. The Demon Is God
9. Church Of Disgust
10. Destroyer Or Creator
11. Sheep Of The Regime
12. Stand Up And Shout (limited-edition bonus track)

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Iron Maiden Announces More Tour Dates

British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden has announced additional dates for its forthcoming European/World tour.These shows are seperate from Iron Maiden's "Around The World In 66 Days - Tour." The new dates can be found below:

May 28 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
May 29 - Oberhausen, Germany - Kopi Arena
May 31 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
Jun. 02 - Hamburg, Germany - O2 World
Jun. 03 - Berlin, Germany - O2 World
Jun. 07 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle
Jun. 08 - Arnhem, The Netherlands - Gerledome
Jun. 27 - Paris, France - Bercy

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Tornado Enters The Studio

Tornado will enter Abyss Studio on March 7th,2011 to begin recording their Listenable Records debut “Amsterdamn,Hellsinki” for release on May 23,2011. The album will contain the following 11 tracks:

A Statement
Hate Worldwide
3 0f 8
Ghetto Wasteland
Priesthood Pedophilia
Rise, Disciples Rise
Ignorance Is Thy Name
Massive Extinction Impact
L.A. Guns – No Mercy

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Imperia Enters The Studio

Dutch gothic metal act Imperia has recently entered Germany's Spacelab Studio, where the band also recorded the album "Queen Of Light." Steve has started recording the drums on November 8th. The yet untitled album will be released on February 25th, 2011 via Massacre Records.

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Metallica Explains "Baby Kicker" Video

Metallica has posted the following message explaining the infamous "Baby Kicker" video:

"In the whacky world of rock'n'roll, sometimes stuff happens which looks even weirder than it really is! And with context being vital in these situations, we just wanted to address something which happened on the tour the other night regarding a large beachball, a band member's foot and a little girl. Some of you will have seen on youtube (or read in some reports) that Kirk knocked a small child offstage by kicking a beachball at her. That little lady is the daughter of the stage manager and dressing coordinator, who are fortunate to travel as a family on this tour. She was thoroughly enjoying watching the beachballs drop from the rafters, Kirk was thoroughly enjoying kicking the beachballs off the stage and back into the crowd as has been done every night on the tour, and neither of them saw the other. The poor wee one happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. She wasn't hurt. She didn't go 'flying several feet into the audience.' And Kirk and she remain good buddies. It's very cool that everyone showed concern and support though, so we just wanted to say "it's all good" and thanks for asking."

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Crowpath Calls It Quits, Members Begin New Project

Crowpath has decided to call it quits. The band issues the following statement:

"So, the end is upon us! After 13 years of making noise we are done! It´s been alot of fun and all that but the reason for not continuing with the band its the lack of ideas and creative drive. This is really a natural end, there is nothing more to be done."

"We would like to thank our previous bass players Björn, Thomas and especially Dan for putting up with us through out the years. Thanks to all the cool bands, promoters and people we met and also a big thanks to Willowtip for being the coolest label around!"

"Erik and Henrik has a new band going on called Tellusian. Music will pop up on the web in a not to distant future."

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Code Announces Lineup Changes

UK black metal band Code has issued the following update:

"We have not been in hibernation, but merely stealing ourselves, plotting and concocting since we returned from our European tour last year. There have been many changes in the Code camp and we would like to bring some of them out into the open for the carrion to feed..."

"Our, so far untitled, 3rd album is slowly emerging from it's crysalis. It's a mutant creature that's evolving and forming of its own will, as we mold to it and bring it to life. We are currently working on some experimental vocal lines and arrangements, re-arrangements and re-arrangements. Kvohst and our wordsmith Andrew Nicol are threading the letters through the needles and so far Aort has composed 10 unrefined and deathly heavy, raw working tracks. As you may crave, this new album will be a continuation of pushing the boundaries of progression and developing the strange world of Code further off the map and into uncharted zones - there will be many things that will shock, bewilder and flabbergast and yet there are many notions that pull the sound into a more organic and raw state this time around." More...

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Shaded Enmity Parts Ways With Guitarist

Shaded Enmity has issued the following update regarding the departure of guitarist Rob Steinway on their MySpace page:

"After years of service, Rob Steinway has decided to part ways with Shaded Enmity. Simon and myself wish him the very best in his next endeavors as anyone who gets Rob in their band is very lucky to have him."

"That being said, this position is not the easiest to fill, and can be a bit technical when it comes to the parts. I would handle all the leads in the band, but it is quite difficult to do some of the more complex leads over my vocal parts. Please read the requirements listed, and if you believe you fit these drop me an email at joe_nurre@hotmail.com"

"1. Must have your own gear. We play in E Standard, so in addition to a guitar that stays in tune, you need a tube head and some sort of 4x12 cabinet.
2. Your own transportation, and the ability to haul your own gear to shows.
3. Good stage presence is a must, you dont necessarily need to spin your head 100 mph like Rob does, but dont be a statue.
4. We practice twice a week, and you must be able to contribute financially to practices.
5. Absolutely NO DRUGS or ALCOHOLICS PERIOD. I have played with way too many to know that its not good times. Pot is just fine.
6. Read 5 again.
7. Have a steady right hand and please be able to communicate in musical terms meaning please know what i am talking about when i say "play an E there, or play G right here etc..."
8. After i wrote all the songs I tabbed them out for Rob so there is basic guitar tablature available for the parts. Please be able to read that.
9. We are not looking for the next Yngwie or Loomis, just someone who can play solid leads and rythms on occasion."

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DevilDriver Bassist Drops off European Tour

Devildriver bassist Johnathan Miller has issued the following statement about having to drop off the band's European tour:

"To all of the DevilDriver fans who will be attending the remaining dates of our current Fall/Winter European run, it is to my dismay that I will not be able to finish the tour due to a family emergency. I would like to thank our tour manager, Bubble, for filling in for me. This is very disheartening to me but sometimes family must take precedent over anything else in life. I will miss being out with my best buds touring Europe and hope to return as soon as possible."

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Double Dragon Reveals New Album Title

Adelaide’s Double Dragon has announced details of their second full length album, "The Sons of Asena," due out sometime in 2011. Also announced was the bands recruitment of two new members – bass guitarist Josh Lamort (A Red Dawn), and drummer Liam Weedall (Asphyxia, Sonic Euphoria). Guitarist Matthew "Roady" Johnston commented"

"We’re extremely excited to get back out there with the new boys and show everyone exactly what we’ve been up to for the past couple of months. Josh has been a long time friend of the band, has filled in for us several times in the past, and we couldn’t be happier to finally have him on board as a full time member. As for Liam, he’s only 19 years old, but don’t let that fool you – he’s a phenomonal musician who’s blowing everyone that sees him play away, especially us!"

The plans to enter Adelaide’s Against The Grain studios in November/December this year to record the follow up to their 2008 debut album, "Devastator." "The Sons of Asena" will feature ten tracks. Vocalist Lee Gardiner had this to say about the new album:

"We have let our collective imaginations run wild for this album. No stone has been left unturned with these songs, and this is perhaps the most exciting part – for the first time we’ve had the balls to follow our instincts and follow them through. Whether it be with the hiring of our new members, the newfound ambition we feel, or the strength of the songs themselves. As a creative person, it’s a very exciting time to be in this band."

Following the completion of the new album, the band (currently unsigned) will be looking for a release both in Australia and worldwide, with international touring also on the horizon for 2011.

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Megadeth Comments On Upcoming Album

Dave Mustaine appeared at the Megadeth Cyber Army chat room on Tuesday, November 16th for a live chat with fan club members, in which he briefly discussed the band's upcoming album by stating:

"So, right now I have Ken Eisennagel, you may remember him from the last two records doing engineering for all of the pre-production phases of Megadeth records? Well, he is here [Megadeth’s studio - Vic's Garage] going over all of the new Megadeth stuff that I am working on… believe it or not we have five songs almost finished for the new Megs record already!"

Additional details on the new album will be announced as they are made available.

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Reverend Kill Announces New Vocalist And Drummer

Reverend Kill has checked in with the following update about recruiting a new vocalist and drummer:

"So after a couple months of things changing around in the lineup, trying out some awesome players, we have decided to go with my old friend Paul 'Hotwheels' Merkl from Lethbridge Alberta on vocals. And on drums another old friend of mine Les Sarfi from way back in the day. The band feels very tight as a unit now and everyone is focused on the same task at hand.

"We have 4 new tunes and a few more in the works and we are also hitting the studio soon to re-record the first disc which will be produced by Eric Grief the old manager of Death and the dude that helps out so many of us bands and metal associated people it isn't funny. We are honoured to have such a good guy for our friend. We are excited to pound our way into 2011. Up the Hammers Brothas and Sistas."

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Carnifex Announces Asian Shows

Carnifex has announced a short run of southeast Asian tour dates coming up in January. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

1/12 - Bangkok, Thailand @ The Rock Pub
1/13 - Bekasi, Indonesia @ Gor Bekasi
1/14 - Johor Bharu, Malaysia @ Embrace Hall
1/15 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ Number One Cafe
1/16 - Singapore @ Arthouse

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Vlad Offers Digital Compilation For Free Download

Ten years after breaking up, Italian prog/death/Ggth metal band VLAD, the band is offering some of their best material for free download via a special digital compilation. The album is called VLAD "ANNO DOMINE 1995/2000" and includes Italian lyrics and an unrealeased mini CD recorded at Outer Sound Studio in Rome, produced By Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre's Drummer).

Guitarist Chris has since moved on to a psychadelic doom project called AIBHILL STRIGA, whose music you can hear on their MySpace player.

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Deftones Announce South East Asia Tour Dates

Alternative metallers The Deftones have announced three more shows for its current world tour. The three new dates are to take place in South East Asia hitting Thailand, Singapore and the Phillipines. The dates, cites and venues can be found below:

02/12 Manila, PHI – World Trade Centre
02/15 Bangkok, THA – Thunderdome
02/16 Singapore, SIN – Indoor Stadium

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