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Metal News for November 22, 2009

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Blood Obsession Reveals New Album Tracklisting

New York metal band Blood Obsession has announced the tracklisting for their new album, entitled "Raped and Consumed." The tracklisting is as follows:

01. The Devil's Work
02. Fuck me Father (For I have Sinned)
03. Raped and Consumed
04. Slaughter in Valhalla
05. Cadaverine
06. Self-..Dismemberment
07. Burial Harvest
08. Unrelenting Vastness
09. Orphan Feast
10. The Little Cunt had it Coming (The JonBenet Song)
11. Iron and Ash

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Ashes of Your Enemy Seeks New Guitarist

NJ metal band Ashes of Your Enemy is currently seeking a new guitarist. The band is seeking the following requirements:

-Stage & studio experience
-Professional gear
-Creativity
-Transportation
-No hard drug problems
-No rockstar attitudes or ego

Interested parties should send an email to Kevin@ashesofyourenemy.com with their age, years of playing, & location.

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Charred Walls Of The Damned Reveals New Album Info

CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED are currently preparing for the release of their self-titled debut album on February, 2nd 2010. Charred Walls Of The Damned has recently announced the album's tracklisting and revealed the album's artwork. The self-titled debut by CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED contains nine tracks and a bonus DVD, entitled “The Making of Charred Walls of the Damned,” and will be packaged as a Digipak.

The tracklisting for "Charred Walls Of The Damned" is as follows:

1. Ghost Town
2. From The Abyss
3. Creating Our Machine
4. Blood on Wood
5. In a World So Cruel
6. Manifestations
7. Voices Within the Walls
8. The Darkest Eyes
9. Fear in the Sky More...

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Autumn To Support The Gathering On Europe Tour

Female fronted Dutch heavy rock band AUTUMN will be supporting THE GATHERING on their “The West Pole/20th Anniversary” European tour in January and February 2010. The tour dates are as follows:

22/01/10 – DE – Krefeld – Kulturfabrik
23/01/10 – DE – Erfurt – HsD
24/01/10 – DE – Berlin – Columbia Club
26/01/10 – DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
27/01/10 – DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch
28/01/10 – CZ – Praha – Abataon
29/01/10 – PL – Krakow – Loch Ness
30/01/10 – SI – Bratislava – Randal
31/01/10 – HU – Budapest – Diesel
01/02/10 – HR – Zagreb – Mochvara
02/02/10 – IT – Milan – Zoe
04/02/10 – ES – Barcelona – Salamandra 1
05/02/10 – ES – Alicante – Nave 8
06/02/10 – ES – Granada – El Tren
07/02/10 – ES – Madrid – Heineken
09/02/10 – FR – Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
10/02/10 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
11/02/10 – DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
12/02/10 – BE – Vosselaar – Biebob
13/02/10 – FR – Lille – Le Splendid
14/02/10 – FR – Paris – Elysée Montmartre More...

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Evergreen Terrace Posts Tour Videos

On the wake of the release of their new record, "Almost Home," Evergreen Terrace hit the road with For The Fallen Dreams and British up-and-comers, Asking Alexandria. As always with Evergreen Terrace on tour, hilarity ensues. Their infamous tour antics have previously been posted to youtube in the form of video tour wrap ups from Japan, Europe and Australia's Soundwave Festival. The band has posted two new videos from recent tour, which you can watch below.

Week 1:

Week 2:

The tour wrapped up last week in Tallahassee, FL. Evergreen Terrace will be jetting to Europe for the Persistance Tour 2009 with Ignite, Biohazard, Walls Of Jericho and Death By Stereo. For fans in the southeast, the band will be playing a show in Jacksonville, Florida in January for their 10 year anniversary show with Bane and Stretch Arm Strong

Here are the latest EVERGREEN TERRACE Persistence Tour 2009 date with Ignite, Biohazard, Walls Of Jericho, Death By Stereo:
11/27 Torhout, BE De Mast
11/28 Oberhausen, DE Turbinenhalle
11/29 Eindhoven, NL Klokgebouw w/ Gama Bomb
11/30 München, DE Backstage Werk
12/01 Wien, AT Gasometer
12/02 Würzburg, DE Posthalle
12/03 Paris, FR Elysée Montmartre
12/04 Saarbrücken, DE Garage
12/05 Dresden, DE Alter Schlachthof
12/06 Hamburg, DE Docks
w/ Stretch Armstrong, Bane
01/15 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
01/16 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits Evergreen Terrace 10 Year Anniversary Show!

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Nervecell To Tour Europe With Suffocation

Dubai metal band NERVECELL has announced a Europe / UK tour with US death metal band SUFFOCATION. The tour, entitled "LEGACY OF BLOOD EUROPEAN TOUR 2010" will be taking place in March 2010. Also appearing on this tour are Annotations of An Autopsy (UK), Fleshgod Apocalypse (Italy) and Burning The Masses (US).

"Legacy of Blood European Tour 2010" dates are as follows:

12.03.10 Holland, Utrecht @ Tivoli
13.03.10 Germany, Karlsruhe @ Substage
14.03.10 Germany, Hamburg @ Markthalle
15.03.10 Denmark, Aarhus @ Voxhall
16.03.10 Germany, Berlin @ Columbia Club
17.03.10 Poland, Warsaw @ Klub Progresja
18.03.10 Slovakia, Bratislava @ Randal
19.03.10 Czech Rep, Prague @ Chmelnice
20.03.10 Germany, Leipzig @ Conne Island
21.03.10 Austria, Graz @ Seifenfabrik
22.03.10 Austria, Wien @ Arena
23.03.10 Slovenia, Ljubljana @ Kino Siska
24.03.10 Germany, München @ Feierwerk
25.03.10 Italy, Arcene @ Soundtrack Club
26.03.10 Italy, Rome @ Blackout Club
27.03.10 Italy, Pinarella di Cervia @ Rock Planet
28.03.10 Switzerland, Erstfeld @ Transilvania Live Club
29.03.10 France, Paris @ Glazart
30.03.10 UK, London @ Underworld
31.03.10 Ireland, Dublin @ Whelans
01.04.10 UK, Leeds @ Rios
02.04.10 UK, Birmingham @ O2 Academy 2
03.04.10 Germany, Essen @ Turock, Death Feast Open Air Warm Up
04.04.10 Belgium, Antwerpen @ Trix

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The Binary Code Reveals New Album Details

New Jersey progressive death metallers THE BINARY CODE have released the tracklisting and artwork for their debut album, "Suspension of Disbelief," which is planned for a digital-only release through MetalSucks.com Engineered by Paulie Cutri & The Binary Code’s own Jesse Zuretti (who also handles the band's design and artwork), the record is due to drop December 15, 2009, and features a mixing job courtesy of Kevin Antreassian (Number Twelve Looks Like You, Knife the Glitter).

The tracklisting for "Suspension of Disbelief" is as follows:

1. Suspension of Disbelief (Part I & II)
2. Mechanical Seas
3. Ghost Planet
4. Void
5. the Story
6. Human Condition
7. Awaiting Necropolis
8. Void II More...

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Ragarok Announces Mexican Shows

Re-activated Norwegian black metal band RAGNAROK has announced a pair of live shows in Mexico. Here are the latest show dates:

Live in Monterrey, Mexico - 27th of November 2009 - Monterrey Bruality Fest w/ Monstrosity, Belphegor, and more
Live in Mexico City - 29th of November 2009 - Heavy Metal Circus w/ Monstrosity, Belphegor, Malevolent Creation, and more

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Chainfist Posts "Clown" Live Video Clip

Chainfist has posted a live video clip online of their performance of the song "Clown." The clip can be viewed below.

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Vindicator Issues Band Update

Rhythm guitarist Vic Stown of U.S. thrashers Vindicator has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist and seeking a lead guitarist:

"Vindisciples, It brings me great pleasure to introduce Kidd Chaos! It's been a grueling search to find some one with the heart, reliability, and competence to fill our vacant bass slot. Kidd brings with him roughly ten years experience and has performed in various groups over the years with numerous musicians including Ryan Shutler from Lazarus A.D. We're very happy to have him on board.

"Now to clear up any confusion the line up stands as: Marshall Law - Vocals, Vic Stown - Guitar, Kidd Chaos - Bass, and Jesse Stown - Drums. Now all we've got to do is find one o' them lead players and we're all set. Thanks to all who are aiding us in our search!"

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Thornbound Streaming New Song Online

Norwegian metallers Thornbound have issued the following update about streaming a new song titled "Hatred" online at their MySpace page:

"Time has come to finally show what we have been up to since we recorded the demo some years ago. The band line-up changed radically after that demo, so we have slowly changed and improved our style of death metal. The new stuff is a lot faster, a lot slower, more technical and just a lot more brutal! The 'new' members have certainly added a refreshing and much needed touch to the songwriting.

"We are currently recording a preproduction for an album and we will upload a couple of songs from this production to show you how we sound these days. The first song is called 'Hatred' and is a thrashy death metal monster."

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Lecherous Nocturne Parts Ways With Vocalist

Lecherous Nocturne has announced the departure of vocalist Jason Hohenstein from the band. Jason has written the following message to explain his decision:

"Been waiting to post this for some time now, out of respect for Lecherous and Kreish."

"I am officially 'Retired' from Lecherous Nocturne. Many factors have played into this, none of which more important than my family/?home-?life/?job.? The last tour I wasn't feeling it anymore and I owe it to Lecherous and every fan of Lecherous to not 'fake it.'"

"12+ years of good times, great fans/friends, and what I still perceive to be great music. I will still continue to support Lecherous and I know that they still have many years of great things ahead of them." More...

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Varg Announces New Album Details

German viking metallers Varg have announced their upcoming album will be titled "Blutaar." Varg are currently working on finishing the album with producer Andy Classen. "Blutaar" is set to be released on January 22nd worldwide. Varg also have the following upcoming tour dates:

1/8 2010 Coburger Schlachtnacht Coburg, Germany
1/9 2010 Berliner Schlachtnacht Berlin, Germany
1/23 2010 Winternoise Festival Hamm near Dortmund, Germany
2/13 2010 Winterfire Festival Gießen, Germany
2/19 2010 Pratteln, Z7 Paganfest, Switzerland
2/20 2010 Linz, Posthof Paganfest, Austria
2/21 2010 Berlin, Postbahnhof Paganfest, Germany
2/23 2010 Hamburg, Markthalle Paganfest, Germany
2/25 2010 Nürnberg, Hirsch Paganfest, Germany
2/26 2010 München, Backstage Paganfest, Germany
2/27 2010 Wien, Gasometer Paganfest, Austria
2/28 2010 Bratislava, tba Paganfest, Slovakia
3/1 2010 Graz, Seifenfabrik Paganfest, Austria
3/4 2010 Frankfurt, Batschkapp Paganfest, Germany
3/5 2010 Leipzig, Hellraiser Paganfest, Germany
3/6 2010 Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn Paganfest, Germany
3/7 2010 Tilburg, 013 Paganfest, Netherlands
3/9 2010 Rennes, Antipode Paganfest, France
3/10 2010 Paris, Elysee Montmarte Paganfest, France
3/11 2010 Lyon, Ninkasi Kao Paganfest, France
3/12 2010 Bochum, Ruhrcongress Paganfest, Germany
3/13 2010 Amsterdam, Melkweg Paganfest, Netherlands
3/14 2010 Antwerpen, Hof Ter Loo Paganfest, Belgium
4/30 2010 Ragnarök Festival Rieden, Germany

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Order Of Ennead Gives Recording Update

Kevin Quirion, vocalist/guitarist of the Floridian extreme metal band, ORDER OF ENNEAD has been keeping an updated MySpace blog detailing the daily exploits of the band as they record the followup to their eponymous 2008 debut album with producer, Mark Lewis (ORDER OF ENNEAD, TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, ALL THAT REMAINS) at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, FL.

Quirion's studio updates have ranged from the informative to the downright bizarre - such as the entry that details how a tragic office shooting coincidentally would delay the day's recording schedule. Here's the latest update written by the ORDER OF ENNEAD frontman this past Monday:

"Day 5 Nov 16th 2009. Just a day of all work. Tracked five songs today and it all went very smooth. Mark and myself were the only ones in the studio today. Only two more to do tomorrow. Might start bass and vocals or we might do some random atmosphere and solo sections. We'll see how we feel tomorrow."

Keep updated on the progress of the album here.

ORDER OF ENNEAD's new album is tentatively set for release in Spring 2010

Check out some video footage of ORDER OF ENNEAD performing from their last European tour below.

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Esoteric Seeking New Guitarist And Keyboardist

U.K. doom band Esoteric have issued the following update about seeking a new guitarist and keyboard player:

"Guitarist and Keyboard player required: We, Esoteric are currently looking for a replacement for our third guitarist, Kris Clayton who departed from the band earlier this year and also require a replacement for our keyboard player, Olivier Goyet who recently moved back to his homeland, France. Experience and own equipment are a necessity. The band has been in existence since July 1992 and is currently writing material for the sixth album. Regular gigs in UK and abroad. Contact: greg@sinistrous.demon.co.uk."

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Amorphis Video Interview Available

E-Rock.gr has posted a video interview online with guitarist Tomi Koivusaari of Amorphis. The first part of the interview can be viewed below and the second video clip can be found after the jump.

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Mastodon Updates Tour Schedule

Mastodon have updated their tour schedule with the following Australian and European dates:

1/15 2010 Big Day Out Auckland
1/17 2010 Big Day Out Gold Coast
1/21 2010 Roundhouse Sydney
1/22 2010 Big Day Out Sydney
1/26 2010 Big Day Out Melbourne
1/28 2010 The Palace Melbourne
1/29 2010 Big Day Out Adelaide
1/31 2010 Big Day Out Perth
2/4 2010 Megazzini Generali Milan
2/5 2010 Fri-son Fribourg
2/6 2010 Melkweg Amsterdam
2/8 2010 Gruenspan Hamburg
2/9 2010 Columbia Club Berlin
2/10 2010 Batschcapp Frankfurt
2/12 2010 Arena Vienna
2/13 2010 Backstage Munich
2/14 2010 Essigfabrik Cologne
2/16 2010 Wulfrun Wolverhampton
2/17 2010 Academy Bristol
2/19 2010 Barrowland Glasgow
2/20 2010 Academy Manchester
2/21 2010 Academy Newcastle
2/23 2010 Rock City Nottingham
2/24 2010 Roundhouse London

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Cult Of Luna Announces New Tour Dates

Sweden's Cult Of Luna has announced the following three upcoming tour dates in February of 2010:

2/25 2010 Close-up båten Stockholm-Åbo, Stockholms län
2/26 2010 Tavastia Helsinki
2/27 2010 Lutakko Jyväskylä

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Finsterforst Parts Ways With Vocalist

Germany's Finsterforst has issued the following announcement about seeking a new vocalist:

"Wanted: new Singer. After five successful and definitely funny years we unfortunately have to announce that Finsterforst and Marco will go separate ways from now on. The band would like to express their gratitude for all his dedication. Thank you Marco!! The vacant lead singer's job of course has to be filled, so Finsterforst search for a new screaming hobgoblin. If you are interested, please send your detailed application to kontakt@finsterforst.de. You should include: -current photo -short description which answers the following questions: Who, Where from, How old, musical experience: singing and, if any, instrumental! -recordings, if you have."

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Detente Announces New Vocalist

California's Détente has issued the following update about recruiting a new vocalist:

"First we want to thank Ann Boleyn for her help with the DÉTENTE reunion shows; it was great working with her and we wish her the best in everything she does. We are pleased to announce the addition of Tiina Teal as the new vocalist for DÉTENTE. Originally starting out behind the kit as a drummer, Tiina has been singing & screaming for the last 10 years. Having influences ranging from Jarboe to Nina Simone as well as Strapping Young Lad’s Devin Townsend, she’s collaborated with various musicians and bands in Los Angeles and won ‘Best Anti-War Band’ with her metal group, Burn The Empire.

"We have already put down 4 of the 9 new tracks with her and can tell you that both old and new supporters of the band will be blown away by her and the new tracks. Decline is coming along very well, taking longer than expected but it will be worth it; we should have an official street date announcement mid December."

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Entombed Announces Extra Bogota Show

Sweden's Entombed has issued the following announcement about playing another show tonight in Bogota:

"HOW MUCH MORE ENTOMBED CAN YOU TAKE BOGOTA?? You better be able to handle A LOT...We can confirm ANOTHER SHOW IN BOGOTA, tonight Nov 22nd, at 7PM at the FESTIVAL ROCKALIDAD. When we heard about this charity event to Feed The Poor here in Bogota...There was NEVER a question, we will be there! We are still gathering det...ails, but according to the promoter, Entombed will be the final band on the bill and we will hit the stage at 7pm. Check out the festivals facebook page."

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Entrapment Streaming New Song

Newly formed Dutch metallers Entrapment, who describe themselves as "Zombifying soul tearing death metal," are currently streaming a new song online. The track "Infernal Blasphemies" can be heard at the band's MySpace page. "Infernal Blasphemies" is off Entrapment's upcoming as-yet-untitled demo.

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Within Temptation Readies Acoustic Live Album

WITHIN TEMPTATION will release their forthcoming (and delayed from a November 2nd release) live album, "An Acoustic Night at the Theatre," on December 15. The release will be available via all digital music providers, while physical copies will be available exclusively at the newly-launched Roadrunner Records web store.

In November 2008, Within Temptation embarked on a sold-out, intimate theatre tour in their native Europe, complete with seated audiences. The setup afforded the band the opportunity to rearrange several classics from its extensive catalogue to suit an acoustic performance. The album was recorded at the Muziekcentrum Frits Philips in Eindhoven, Holland on November 30 of last year.

Guitarist Robert Westerholt explained, “I was fascinated by the idea of giving our audience a much more individual experience by focusing on the essence of our songs and reducing the show to a minimum. At the same time the acoustic arrangements and sounds let you hear different influences in our music. For example, some Celtic elements which I think come out best when played acoustically.” Vocalist Sharon den Adel adds, “To show this other side of Within Temptation has been a dream of mine for quite some time. It was great to see that not only our existing fans but also people seeing us for the first time enjoyed it so much.”

Special guests include Life of Agony’s vocalist Keith Caputo for the single “What Have You Done.” Caputo guested on the album version, so it was only appropriate that he contributed to the live song, as well. Additionally, The Gathering’s Anneke van Giersbergen joins den Adel for a powerful partnership on “Somewhere.”

Of additional note, the album also contains the brand new song "Utopia," written during the rehearsals for the theatre tour. A duet with UK singer-songwriter Chris Jones (who Sharon met while working with world-famous DJ Armin van Buuren on his track In And Out Of Love), "Utopia" will also be available as a digital single prior to the album release. Utopia is about two lovers who can't be together because they are separated by their contrasting dreams of the ideal life. "The only way to be together is for one of them to sacrifice their dream,” clarifies Sharon. “It really is about this one moment that we each inevitably experience: reaching a point in your life where you have to decide what you want your future to look like."

The full tracklisting of "An Acoustic Night at the Theatre" is as follows:

1. Towards The End
2. Stand My Ground
3. Caged
4. All I Need
5. Frozen
6. Somewhere (feat. Anneke van Giersbergen)
7. The Cross
8. Pale
9. What Have You Done (feat. Keith Caputo)
10. Memories
11. Forgiven
12. Utopia (feat. Chris Jones)

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Believe Streaming More Songs Online

Poland's Believe have uploaded three more songs online from their latest full-length album "This Bread Is Mine." The tracks "Tales From Under The Tree," ""And All The Roads," and "AA" can be streamed at the band's official MySpace page. "This Bread Is Mine" was released in the U.S. on October 6th.

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Decrepitaph Issues Band Update

Texas death metallers Decrepitaph have issued the following update about upcoming releases:

"We just finished deleting all the songs in the MySpace player and putting up 8 fresh ones from all our releases. There are 3 tracks up from 'Condemned Cathedral' that have never been in the player before, and 2 of them are by request from people that wrote to us over the past couple months asking for them. There are 3 tracks from 'Ancient Dwellings' demo/promo/unreleased CD, which is one track from the original demo, one track from the Promo 2007, and the Asphyx cover song. Our half of the split 7" with Father Befouled which is called 'Summoned For Sacrifice' is also up, as is the first half of the 'Resurrected and Rotting' vinyl.

"Moving ahead, the mixing for our second album 'Beyond The Cursed Tombs' is COMPLETED, the layout is COMPLETED, and everything is ready to go. There is no release date yet, but expect it sometime early in 2010 on Razorback Records. Many thanks to Patrick from Crypticus for doing an amazing job on the mixing and Ghoat from Father Befouled for making the layout look amazing. Also, special thanks to everyone that contributed art to this release. Unfortunately, we had to cut out a few pieces of art do to space constraints, but we will use everything we got on future releases. More...

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Gloria Morti Checks In From The Studio

Finnish black metallers Gloria Morti have issued the following update from the studio:

"The recordings kicked off with a full day of comparing and tuning drums. This time we did not leave a single stone unturned. We had a few different full sets and half a dozen snare drums to choose from. You can imagine the headache after ten hours of listening to all of the different drum takes with all of the different mic combinations. But we managed to pull it thru. Now we have a drum set that sounds crystal clear and exceptionally powerful. Big thanks to Veka Salminen for the tuning. Tomorrow we are going to record the first beats of the album. So stay tuned..."

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Massive Assault Recruits Bassist

Dutch metallers Massive Assault have issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:

"We are very happy to tell you that we have completed our line-up! Reiner Top 'Toppe' is the name of our new bassplayer. With the addition of both Gideon and Reiner we are once again at full battle strength and ready to grind away! Both our new members fit very well within our musical style and the old school feel will be stronger present than ever."

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Haeresiarchs Of Dis Issues Recording Update

Front man Cernunnos of black metal act Hæresiarchs of Dis has announced their new album "Denuntiatus Cinis" is nearing post-production. Fourteen new tracks have been recorded for the album so far. "Denuntiatus Cinis" is set to be released in the spring of 2010 on an as-yet-unannounced record label.

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Solium XI Posts New Video For "Antagonisti" Online

Finland’s 3-piece occult propaganda black metallist, SOLIUM XI, has just released a music video for the song “Antagonisti” from their debut full length album, “Litanies Unto Adversary,” released through TRINITY RECORDS HONG KONG. It is produced and edited by Esÿ and Korpi and they clearly captured the band’s cold frosty atmosphere, mysticism, and occult themes.

You can watch the video below:

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Sunday Old School: Mercyful Fate

Few bands can claim that they have had a profound influence on a variety of sub-genres in metal, from thrash to progressive and from black metal to power, Mercyful Fate can proudly and honestly say that they are one of those bands. The group formed in Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark in 1981 from the ashes of the bands Brats and Black Rose and became well known for their dark and Satanic themes both in their music and stage act. They recorded two classic albums in the form of "Melissa" (named after the human skull lead vocalist King Diamond would use on stage) and "Don't Break The Oath," which were released in 1983 and 1984 respectively. After their first tour of the United States, King Diamond decided to leave the band due to creative differences and took band members Timi Hansen and Michael Denner with him. Instead of continuing under the Mercyful Fate banner, remaining band member Hank Shermann formed a band simply named Fate which followed a more mainstream rock direction.

Mercyful Fate reunited in July of 1992 (though King Diamond would continue to release albums under his own moniker throughout this period) and recorded several more records thoughout the '90s, concluding with 1999's "9" album. Whilst the band has been more or less inactive since the record's release, King Diamond has promised fans that they haven't heard the last of Mercyful Fate and that the band will definitely return at some point in time with a new album and tour.

When looking at the band, one can see how they influenced the black metal genre with their satanic lyrics and imagery but after listening to the band themselves, it becomes apparant that they became so influential in a broad spectrum because they were outstanding musicians. King Diamond can be considered as the master story-teller of heavy metal and knew perfectly how to capture the listeners interest with his unique, haunting stories and lyrics. Add to this his one of a kind vocal delivery which could reach the highest of highs and lowest of lows and the end result is one of the greatest frontmen in the history of metal. The band themselves also proved time and time again that they were extremely talented when it came to their instruments and song writing and orchestrated some of the most complex and intricate metal songs of the time. Still to this day, bands cite Mercyful Fate as an influence in their music and they are perhaps remembered as the biggest and best metal band to ever come from Denmark. More...

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