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Metal News for November 25, 2009

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33 news articles posted on this day.

Sun Caged Announces New Bassist and Shows

After a long search, progressive metallers Sun Caged have found their new bass player in Daniel Kohn who is also a member of the German Progressive Metal band Vanilla Rex. His first shows with the band will be the two shows as support of the Swedish band Pain Of Salvation in December 2009.

Sun Caged will be supporting the Swedish band Pain Of Salvation during their two day appearance in the Netherlands at December 21st and December 22nd of 2009. Here are the details:

Monday December 21st: Boerderij Zoetermeer
Tuesday December 22nd: Bosuil, Weert

Sun Caged will play these gigs in the middle of finishing their new album, which will be ready somewhere at the end of this year and released somewhere in the spring/summer of 2010.

Guitarist Marcel Coenen has offered up the following information about their new album:

"The band first entered the studio for the third CD in March 2009. We are aiming for a summer 2010 release on Lion Music. The working title for the album is called 'The Lotus Effect.' Some titles of new songs: 'Shades Of Hades,' 'Driftwood,' 'All But Gone,' 'Tip-Toe the Fault Line,' 'On Again / Off Again,' 'Lotus,' 'Seamripper & The Blanket Statement' plus some more to come!

"Expect an album with some new influences, one song has a typically salsa groove throughout the song, an other song has a real blast beat in it, plus we also recorded a really long epic song, divided into seven parts (total length about 24 minutes) which will close The Lotus Effect."

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Deftones Gives Benefit Shows Recap

The Deftones has issued the following update about the benefit shows held for bassit Chi Cheng:

"Deftones would like to thank all of the incredible artists, sponsors, crew, supporters, fans and friends who made last Thursday and Friday an overwhelming success. The two night event commenced with special sets by POD, Far and Cypress Hill on night one. Deftones opened their Thursday night set with a brand new song 'Rocket Skates' and continued through a show that included 'Elite,' 'Be Quiet and Drive,' and 'My Own Summer.'

"Each night the band was joined by some of Deftones' and Chi's close friends for some special collaborations exclusive to the nights. Night one included Ben Kenney from Incubus on 'Street Carp,' Mike Shinoda and Tommy Lee on 'Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event,' Xzibit on 'Back to School,' Jonah and Shawn from Far on the Jawbox cover 'Savory,' and Cypress Hill joining Deftones for a full band version of Cypress' 'Rock Superstar.'

"Friday night opened with longtime Chi Cheng favorites Fungo Mungo and Will Haven. Special guests on night two included Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Daron Malakian (System of A Down) and Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) on a punishing cover of Metallica's 'Battery,' an ensemble performance of Suicidal Tendencies' 'War Inside My Head' with members of Suicidal, and Daron, John Dolmayan, and Shavo Odadjian of System performing 'Aerials' and 'Toxicity' with Chino on vocals.

"Coupled with the online auction, Deftones will likely reach their goal of raising six figures for Chi..."

Read the full article at Deftones MySpace Blog.

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The Absence Posts Studio Recording Footage

Florida metallers The Absence have posted the first in a series of recording videos from their time working on "Enemy Unbound" in Erik Rutan's Mana Studios in St. Petersburg. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Allanon To Record New EP

Idaho's Allanon have issued the following announcement about recording a new EP next week:

"That's right! We start to record our Ep/Demo Born On The BattleField next week will have all recorded except the drums. We're not getting drum software till next month but we will still post previews of the songs without drums for the time being, but we will be taking down the songs on the profile today or later this week because we don't even sound like that anymore so stay posted for updates. P.S. we are still looking for a drummer."

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Turisas Posts Band Update Video

Finnish folk metallers Turisas have posted a video clip online, in which vocalist Nygård speaks about the past summer, the upcoming third album, new songs, and future touring plans. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Scrambled Defuncts Streaming New Songs Online

Scrambled Defuncts have announced they will be releasing their third full-length album "Souls Despising the God" through SoulFlesh Collector Records in late December. Three new songs from the album can be heard at the band's MySpace page.

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Zakk Wylde To Appear In New Movie "Bones"

It had been previously reported that Zakk Wylde would be making an appearance in the television show "Bones." New information has now been made available that Wylde will actually be performing in a movie titled "Bones" with no connection to the television series. The movie is set for release in 2010 and the teaser trailer can be viewed below.

The IMDB page for the movie can also be found here.

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Evile Comments On Memorial Show Raffle

Evile are set to host two memorial shows to honor their late bassist Mike Alexander, which will take place on December 7th at Rio's in Leeds and December 8th at the Underworld in London. The shows will feature live performances from Irish thrashers Gama Bomb plus special guests Mutant and Seregon, as well as a cover set from Evile, with members of the other bands playing some of Mike's favourite thrash songs. Tickets for the shows are only available directly from the venue for £8 in advance, or for £10 on the door.

A massive raffle has been arranged, with rare and signed items from bands and artists such as Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Exodus, Amon Amarth, and others. To view the raffle items and to purchase tickets, head to this location.

Evile guitarist Ol Drake comments: "We're absolutely blown away by the amount of support we and Mike's family have received direct from all these amazing people and artists. We hope we can raise as much as possible to help Mike's family to cover many things needed and to help his kids and girlfriend make up for the huge loss they all have to deal with now. Please show your support by grabbing a raffle ticket, or coming down to the memorial shows in December. We'll be playing a surprise (whoops) cover set for Mike. Thank you all so much for the continuing support."

View the flyer for the memorial shows at this location.

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Supreme Pain Announces New Bassist

Dutch death metallers Supreme Pain have issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:

"We are proud to announce our new bassplayer Alesa Sare. Tadej Cholewa could not combine his work with playing in Supreme Pain anymore. The fact that he also lives in Slovenia and that he has to travel to Netherlands for gigs was in the end to much to combine with his job. We had a good time with Tadej, he is a cool guy and a great bass player and did a good job on the Nemesis Enforcer cd. So we wish him all the best in the future.

"So we had to get a new bass player and the best choice was Alesa. She already played a few gigs as stand in for Tadej and she did a superb job. And our last gig as headliner at the Ear Terror Fest in Emden was a killer so we asked her if she wanted to be part of the Supreme Pain family of brutallity as a full member. So from now on Alesa Sare is our new bass player."

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Municipal Waste Bassist Comments On Stage Flight

Municipal Waste are currently out on the road on the “Waste the World" tour and they performed on Thursday, November 19th at the Key Club in Los Angeles, CA. The Key Club is the home of the band Steel Panther, and they have a rig that allows the bass player to fly over the crowd. Bassist Land Phil had known about this and he wanted to take to the skies. Here is what Phil had to say about the experience:

"We had seen a band called Steel Panther at the Key Club do this stunt before and since they play there every Monday I figured that they had the rig set up all the time. When we arrived at the venue I was right! After asking the stage manager if it was ok we began rehearsing the spot, I think I went up in the air about 3 times before the doors opened. When the show started I was looking at the set list counting down the songs getting more and more nervous about it, When I was hanging over the audience ( probably about 20 ft. in the air ) I remember thinking These WASTE fans are really getting their money’s worth eh? Ha ha! When I landed Dave clicked in sadistic magician and the rest was history!”

Footage of the flying Municipal Waste bassist can be found at this location. The band still has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Apocalyptica Announces Ukraine Tour Dates

Apocalyptica have announced the following extra tour dates in the Ukraine and Belarus:

28.03.10 UA – Dnepropetrovsk – Sport Palace
30.03.10 UA – Odessa – Sport Palace
31.03.10 UA – Kiev – Sport Palace
02.04.10 BY – Minsk - Palace of Republic

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Bleeding Fist Confirmed For United Slavic Swords

Bleeding Fist is the latest band to be confirmed for the third edition of the United Slavic Swords festival in Serbia (Belgrade). The other currently confirmed bands are Infernal War, Inferno, Kozeljnik, and Wolf's Hunger. More information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Burst Comments On Final Show

Sweden's Burst have issued the following statement about their final show before disbanding on December 18th:

"Hey friends, For whom the bell tolls, as Metallica (and indeed Ernest Hemingway) would say. Friday Decmber 18, the night of our Grand Finale/Goodbye gig at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, is drawing nearer, and we'd like to take this chance to reveal some sweet shit that will go down. Tix are flying out the door, so stock up asap! You can go here, or maybe here.

"What's going down? There will be a bunch of cool give aways, including the rare, out of print CDEP 'In Coveting Ways' to the first 100 through the door! The entire show will be filmed by for a potential DVD release.

"What will we play? I know it sounds pretentious, but see this as 'An evening with Burst':
- two sets, the first being latest album Lazarus Bird, from start to finish, which means that we will be playing songs like Momentum and City Cloaked, which we never played live before.
-After a break, we'll play the second set, comprised of fan favorites as well as songs we rarely or never played live. It will be an unashamedly awesome mix of old, new-ish and new Burst memories! More...

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Earthen Announces First Show With New Line-Up

Folk metal band Earthen has issued the following announcement bout playing their first live show with their new line-up:

"In celebration of VIVA LA MUERTE'S B-day we will be performing for the first time in Chicago in nearly 2 years. We will be playing for 1 hour from 11-12 on Friday the day after Thanksgiving 11-27-09, in celebration of our friend Danyell's B-day!. Please come on out and celebrate with Earthen, Danyell and her Hot and Heavy Burlesque Troop, as well as Mike Le Gros's (Disinter, Nachtmystium, Novembers Doom), return to the stage with a brand new live line-up and a few special guests. Earthen Hot & Heavy Burlesque @ The Viaduct Theatre 3111 n. Belmont Chicago Il. Doors 9:00 pm show starts 10:00 pm"

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Exilia Updates Tour Schedule

Italy's Exilia have updated their European tour schedule with the following dates:

11/28 ROCK PLANET Pinarella di CERVIA
12/5 Rock ’n’ roll - Unplugged show RHO (Mi)
12/19 Santa Goes Stage Diving 7 (NEW!!) ST. MARTIN/RAAB (AT)
1/30 2010 Fabriggli BUCHS (CH)
2/5 2010 Palazzo Granaio (IT) Settimo Milanese, Milano

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Breaking News

Ronnie James Dio Diagnosed with Stomach Cancer

According to an article posted Nov. 25 on Blabbermouth.net, Ronnie James Dio's wife and manager, Wendy Dio issued a statement that said that the legendary Rainbow and Black Sabbath frontman had been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. Here's her full statement:

"Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans.

"Thanks to all the friends and fans around the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up.

"Long Live Rock and Roll, Long Live Ronnie James Dio"

Dio was forced to cancel his European tour last week when he became ill and was hospitalized.

Dio, who rose to fame as the lead singer of Rainbow in the 1970s, is best known for replacing Ozzy Osbourne as the singer for Black Sabbath, and for his work in the 1980s in his own band, Dio.

His albums include "Heaven & Hell" and "Mob Rules" by Black Sabbath, as well as "Holy Diver" with Dio, and many others. His most recent album is "The Devil You Know" with Heaven & Hell — made up of the members of his incarnation of Black Sabbath.

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Ihsahn Posts New Studio Recording Video

Ihsahn has posted a second studio video report online from the recording sessions for "After." The video clip, which can be viewed below, shows the recording of saxophones, vocals, and drums.


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Mnemic Streaming New Song Online

Danish modern metallers Mnemic are currently the streaming the song "Diesel Uterus," off their upcoming album "Sons Of The System," through Metal Hammer.

Mainman Mircea Gabriel Eftemie commentend: "'Diesel Uterus' is probably one of the heaviest songs in terms of tuning. We still maintained the brutality but mixed it with some really beautiful melodies that can be heard in the chorus. The vocals had lot of room to unfold as heard in the chorus and throughout the song. It is mid-tempo pretty much all the way, and the middle part - or c-section if you will - becomes rather progressive and more melodic than the chorus.

"The lyrics are about the way technology has changed our way of living. Everybody is dependent on digital devices, mobile phones, computers and especially the internet. If we have Google Earth, what does the military have? Are we safe at all? And is abundance of information a good thing? Definitely good, if you know how to avoid the bad things. The main point is that we should adapt to technology in a correct and balanced way. In reality, we do waste a lot of time. An aspect of the internet is that we end up watching the world most of the day through a screen. It is definitely a heavy topic that requires debate and a heavy song!"

The album is set to be released on January 15, 2010 (Europe) and January 26, 2010 (North America).

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Nightmare Cancels Show With U.D.O.

French metallers Nightmare have issued the following statement about canceling their previously announced show alongside U.D.O:

"For some reasons beyond our control, the concert with UDO in Paris Nouveau Casino planned for January 16. 2010 has been canceled! We are very sorry for all the fans who have shown big interest in this date and who sent us great messages! We promise that we will come soon in the capital! Our agent is currently working on a new date in Paris for early 2010! Stay tuned!"

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Obscura Announces European Tour

German technical death metallers Obscura have announced they will be touring Europe alongside 3 Inches of Blood, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Necrophobic. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

1/8 Wiesbaden , Germany Schlachthof
1/9 Oberhausen , Germany Turbinenhalle
1/10 Hamburg , Germany Markthalle
1/11 Malmo , Sweden KB
1/12 Aarhus , Denmark Voxhall
1/13 Berlin , Germany Columbia Club
1/14 Prague , Czech Rep. Abaton
1/15 Nurnburg , Germany Hirsch
1/16 Dresden , Germany Reithalle
1/17 Wien , Austria Arena
1/18 Budapest , Hungary Diesel
1/19 Ljubljana , Slovenia Kino Siska
1/20 Munchen , Germany Backstage Werk
1/21 Bologna , Italy Estragon
1/22 Milan , Italy Musicdrome
1/23 Erstfeld , Switzerland Transilvania Live Club
1/24 Esch-Alzette , Luxembourg Kulturfabrik
1/26 Barcelona , Spain Salamandra 1
1/27 Madrid , Spain Joy Eslava
1/28 Porto , Portugal Cine Teatro Julio Diniz
1/29 Durango , Spain Plateruena
1/30 Paris , France Trabendo
1/31 Antwerp , Belgium Muziekodroom
2/1 Bristol , UK Academy
2/2 Leeds , UK Rios
2/3 Glasgow , UK Garage
2/4 Birmingham , UK Academy
2/5 London , UK ULU
2/6 Utrecht , Holland Tivoli

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Orphaned Land Posts Album Teaser Trailer

On February, 9th 2010 (January 25th in Europe) Israel’s Orphaned Land will release their fourth studio album "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR." The album was mixed by Steven Wilson, who is also responsible for several keyboard parts on the new album. The band is preparing to launch a series of webisodes documenting the making of the album. The first album trailer can be viewed below. The clip features commentary from Steven Wilson and the band mixed in with live performance footage from Tel Aviv.

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Shining Confirmed For Metalfest Open Air

Swedish metallers Shining have announced they will be appearing at the following Metalfest Open Air dates in 2010:

5/13/2010 Metalfest Open Air Germany-Dessau
5/14/2010 Metalfest Open Air Austria -Mining
5/15/2010 Metalfest Open Air Switzerland-Pratteln

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Disillusion Announces Greek Tour Dates

German metallers Disillusion have announced they will be playing two upcoming shows in Greece alongside Pain of Salvation, Lake of Tears, Aqua De Annique, and Scar of the Sun. The details are as follows:

1/23/2010 - Athens - Gagarin 205
1/24/2010 - Thessaloniki - Principal Club Theater

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Firewind Guitarist Gus G. Joins Rock House

Gus G., founding member and driving force behind the band Firewind, has joined Rock House’s roster of master instructors. Gus is the guitar wunderkind who recently can be seen performing live with the prince of darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne.

“Gus plays with a great sense of melody and when he combines his technical chops and tone, out comes mind blowing riffs,” said Joe Palombo, Executive Director of Rock House. “More than just a shredder, Gus really plays with tremendous amounts of feel. His work with Firewind and Dream Evil show his has incredible writing abilities and versatility.”

With production slated to begin in November 2009, details of the programs are still being finalized with Gus; but you can bet that Rock House will take an in-depth look at his technique, how he constructs his leads, how he writes melodies and harmonies, and much more. This new Rock House product featuring Gus G. is scheduled for release in May 2010. Stay tuned to www.RockHouseMethod.com, www.myspace.com/gusgofficial, www.firewind.gr and www.myspace.com/firewind for more details. More...

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Lacuna Coil Singer Responds to PETA Ad Critics

Last week, MetalSucks' Axl Rosenberg commented on Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia's fully-clothed PETA ad.

Cristina Scabbia posted the following response on her Facebook page:

"AWESOME! Someone criticized the new Peta add with me... just cause I'm wearing TOO MANY clothes ON in it!!!! I feel absolutely comfortable with my sexuality and body, but for a serious topic do I really need to show my skin 'just cause'? I don't think so. I created a new trendy,though: usually people throw shit and criticize about the opposite! Anyway,the Peta's add is about something and someone who's NOT me."

Axl then replied:

"Hi, Cristina.

"If read this site – and it would seem that you do – then you are aware that we actually have the utmost respect for you and your band. I am sorry that your God-given beauty has continued to call attention to itself. I’d suggest you go the Slipknot route to hide your face and keep the attention on your music, but I don’t want some of your less intelligent fans to worry that masks can be sexually transmitted.

"Anyways, to help you cope with this incredible burden, I suggest you familiarize yourself with this. If you need anything else, you know how to reach me."

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Metallica Reveals Mexican DVD Details

In a recent update on the bands official website, Metallica has revealed the details for their forthcoming DVD/CD release, "Orgullo, Pasion y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de Mexico (Pride, Passion, and Glory: Three Nights In Mexico City)." The message reads as follows:

"In June of this year we were fortunate enough to return to Mexico City for three sold out shows at Foro Sol Stadium and with 155,000 of you there over the three nights, we knew it would be extra special. So we asked our friend Wayne Isham to join us with a film crew and the results of that crazy, magical, most memorable long weekend will be available on DVD and CD starting November 30th as Orgullo, Pasion y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de Mexico (Pride, Passion, and Glory: Three Nights In Mexico City).

"The region free DVDs and CDs include songs from all three shows recorded on June 4th, 6th, and 7th. Each show had a unique set list, totaling 34 different songs... they're all there on the two DVD set along with interviews with us.

"Other versions that will be available include one DVD (18 tracks), Blu-ray version of that DVD, a digi-pack with the DVD and two CDs, and finally the aforementioned deluxe version in a slip case with two DVDs and two CD'. More...

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Steel Panther Announces "Sexy Santa" Single

Steel Panther has confirmed they will release a Christmas single entitled “Sexy Santa” on December 13th. The track will be released as a download only with the following tracklisting:

1 – Sexy Santa
2 – Party All Day (F**k All Night) (album version featuring Justin Hawkins)

Hot on the heels of a sold out UK tour this September, Steel Panther will be back in the UK to play three shows in March 2010. Here are those tour dates:


Tickets are priced at £16.00 in London and £13.50 regionally and are available from Live Nation.

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Paul Di'Anno Announces U.S. Tour

Former Iron Maiden lead vocalist Paul Di'anno has announced that he will be returning to the United States of America in January of next year for a headlining tour. Di'anno was recently forced to cancel his Eastern European tour after he, his bandmates, the support band and others were stricken with a virus. He is expected to record a new solo album sometime next year.

The initial U.S. tour dates are as follows:

January 27 - B.B. King Blues Club - New York, New York
February 2 - Volume 11 Tavern - Raleigh, North Carolina
February 13 - Backstage Lounge - San Antonio, Texas
February 19 - Romona Mainstage - Romona, California

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Stone Sour To Enter The Studio In January

When speaking recently to Noisecreep, Corey Taylor, the vocalist behind both Slipknot and Stone Sour, revealed that the latter band are expecting to enter the recording studio in January of next year to record their third full length album.

"We've already got ten tunes fully written and another 15 we're kind of working on here and there," he tells Noisecreep. "When I'm not on the road I'm still working, I never stop. And it's really good, everything we're doing is really, really good."

"I can say the material is darker than 'Come Whatever May,' but a lot more melodic, a lot stronger, a lot more mature, and the lyrics that are coming out of me are really good. I'm really excited."

Read the full article at Noisecreep.

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Prong Vocalist Guests On New Soulfly Album

Tommy Victor, the lead vocalist of Prong and former guitarist of Ministry, has revealed that he recently contributed vocals to one of the songs from the forthcoming new Soulfly album, "Omen." Speaking on the collaboration, Victor stated:

"We had a great time on tour with Soulfy last fall. It was an honor and a pleasure working with Soulfly in the studio. I think the song turned out great and is definitely a killer track."

"Omen" is curretly being recorded in Edge Of The Earth in Hollywood, California and will be the bands seventh studio album. The record will be released through Roadrunner Records in the early part of 2010.

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Just For Fun

A Muppet Metal Medley

A new, high quality Muppets video of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is making its rounds on Facebook and social sites, so I decided to take this opportunity to post it, along with a medley of various other Muppets heavy metal renditions.

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

I'm not quite sure what the fascination is, but there are more Muppets metal videos after the jump. More...

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Master Announces "Masters Of Hate" Tour

Legendary old school death metallers MASTER will embark on a five week South American tour, stretching 15 dates across numerous Brazilian territories. Called the "Masters Of Hate 2010 Tour," the tour will commence on January 14, 2010 with the final destination ending at the Otacílio Rock Festival in Santa Catarina, Brazil on February 21, 2010.

Here are the latest Masters Of Hate Tour Brazil dates:

1.14.10 Sao Paulo/SP
1.15.10 Rio de Janeiro/RJ
1.16.10 Vilha Velha/ES
1.17.10 Salvador/BA
1.22.10 Aracaju/SE
1.23.10 Maceio/AL
1.24.10 Recife/PE
2.07.10 Belem/PA
2.12.10 Palmas/TO
2.13.10 Goiania/GO
2.14.10 Brasilia/DF
2.18.10 Campinas/SP
2.19.10 Santos/SP
2.20.10 Curitiba/PR
2.21.10 Otacílio Rock Festival in Santa Catarina Brazil

Joining MASTER as tour-support throughout will be UK modern-metallers After Death and Brazilian death-metallers Predator.

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Chi Cheng Benefit Auction Part 2 Launched

Deftones and CharityBuzz launched the second batch of brand new items for the Benefit For Chi Auction yesterday.

Highlights include:
-John Dolmayan of System of a Down's personal Tama Drum Kit.
-An Avenged Sevenfold Autographed Schecter guitar.
-The opportunity to meet Alice In Chains backstage at their 2010 North American Tour.
-An Autographed Killswitch Engage Jägermeister Guitar.
-Autographed gear from Cypress Hill, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Pearl Jam.

Click here to bid.

The third and final batch is set to go live December 1st and will feature items from Trent Reznor, Rage Against The Machine, Disturbed, Ozzy Ozbourne, Incubus, Lamb Of God and more.

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