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Metal News for November 27, 2009

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27 news articles posted on this day.

The Sign Of The Southern Cross Reveals New Drummer

North Carolina metal band The Sign Of The Southern Cross has announced a new drummer. The band comments:

"The Sign of the SOUTHERN CROSS is very pleased to announce the addition of a new member. We welcome the massively talented Thomas White to the line up. Mr. White will be playing drums for us so get ready to have your heads bashed in by this bad ass Southern boy!!"

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Elvenking Begins Work on New Album

Elvenking has issued the following update:

"ELVENKING announces that the band will take a break from live activities in order to concentrate on the works for the new album. Until the end of 2009, the only gigs will be on December, 19th and 20th supporting Skyclad in Prato and Bergamo (ITA)...those who know this band it’s gonna be a chance not to be missed! But new live gigs are already confirmed for the next season."

"ELVENKING will be on stage for the first time in Russia in April!" More...

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Leaves' Eyes To Play Orkus Open Air Amphi Fest

Leaves' Eyes have been confirmed to perform at Germany's Orkus Open Air Amphi Festival, which will take place between July 24th and 25th in Köln/ Tanzbrunnen. More information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Juggernaut Posts New Song, "Flamingoes," Online

Rome metal band Juggernaut has posted a new song, "Flamingoes," on their MySpace page. The song comes off of their debut album, "...Where Mountains Walk," which was released on November 20th.

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Marduk Announces 2010 European Tour Dates

Swedish metal band Marduk has announced the following 2010 European tour dates:

08.01 GER Leipzig/Hellraiser
09.01 CZ Brno/Faval
10.01 SK Nitra/Nova Pekaren
11.01 A Vienna/Viper Room
12.01 HUN Györ/Red Rocket Music Pub
13.01 ROM Cluj Napoca/ t.b.a
14.01 ROM Bucarest/Studio Martin
15.01 BUL Sofia/Blue Box
16.01 GRE Thessaloniki/Mylos
17.01 GRE Athens/Sin city
19.01 SER Belgrad/SKC
20.01 CRO Zagreb/Mochvara
21.01 ITA Ronchi dei Legionari/ Rock Club live
22.01 A Innsbruck/Hafen
23.01 GER Köln/Underground
24.01 BEL Vosselaar/Biebob
25.01 HOL Nijmegen/Doornroosje
26.01 HOL Zwolle/Hedon
27.01 HOL Rotterdam/Baroeg
28.01 UK London/underworld
29.01 UK Birmingham/Asylum
30.01 UK Reading/Sub 89
31.01 UK Cardiff/The Venue
02.02 IRE Dublin/Whelans
03.02 IRE Belfast/The limelight
04.02 SCO Glasgow/Classic Grand
05.02 UK Leeds/Rios
06.02 UK Leicester/Retribution
07.02 UK Manchester/Moho Live

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The Ocean Announces New Vocalist

Germany's The Ocean has issued an update on their vocalist situation and the progress of their follow up to 2007's "Precambrian." Robin Staps comments, "We are happy to announce Mr. Loïc Rossetti as tour new vocalist. "We are looking forward to weeks and months of intense touring in the future and a new era in the story of our lives!"

"Having Loïc in the band enables me to do what I've always wanted to do with this band. His voice is strong and expressive and his variety of tone and the ease with which he switches between different vocal styles really amazing. There are no limits anymore. His screams are devastating, but his most valuable quality is his singing voice, which we will employ much more on the upcoming album." More...

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Varg Splits With Nuclear Blast

German viking metallers Varg have issued the following statement about releasing their new album "Blutaar" on a label other than Nuclear Blast:

"Varg & Nuclear Blast go separate ways. Actually everything seemed to be set in stone, we were astonished about the directness of Nuclear Blast and they on their part were enthusiastic about our new album 'Blutaar', but last minute there were some matters in difference we could not agree about.

"Varg and Nuclear Blast hereby go separate ways, because both could not agree upon their own basic ideas of music, promotion and content without lowering one's sights. So there will be no 'Varg Flip-Flops.' A new partner who is fitting us and our ideas much better is already on our side and 'Blutaar' will now spread its wings one week later on Jan. 29th 2010!"

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Pretty Maids Begins Work On New Album

Danish hard rock band PRETTY MAIDS is will enter the studio in January to begin recording their new studio album for a late spring/early summer release on Frontiers Records.

PRETTY MAIDS' last album, entitled "Wake Up To The Real World", was released in November 2006 still on Frontiers Records. Singer Ronnie Atkins stated about the CD, "The new record has all the trademarks a good PRETTY MAIDS album should have, and that's the overall combination of good melodies and strong guitar riffs. But the key word, as far as I'm concerned, is it's gotta be melodic: whether it's the heavier and faster tracks or the more ballad/AOR-oriented kind of stuff; in other words 'good songs', and I think the album has got that!"

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Darksun To Perform at Easter Metal Fest in Spain

Spanish metal band DARKSUN will be performing at the Easter Metal Fest on April 4, 2010 at La Riviera in Madrid, Spain. KAMELOT will be headlining, with ADAGIO and HEAVENWOOD also on the bill.

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Finntroll Reveals New Album Details

FINNTROLL has revealed that their new album, "Nifelvind," will be release in February 2010. Previously rumored to be named "Mot Skuggornas Värld," "Nifelvind" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Mika Jussila (add any big Finnish Metal band for namedropping) at Finnvox Studios. The album cover artwork was done again by the band's own guitarist Skrymer.

FINNTROLL comments on the album as follows:

“After tough and hectic weeks in the studio, due to lack of time and summer festivals, we are now really, really pleased with the results. 'Nifelvind' is the most advanced and mature FINNTROLL-album to date, with musical themes ranging from powerful death metal riffs to dark soundtracks, from pounding black metal to groovy 80's pop-music. All this is accompanied by our trademark sound, lots of never-before-heard instruments in the metal-scene, folklore and legends that make it overall the most versatile album we have created so far.”

The tracklisting for "Nifelvind" is as follows:

1. Blodmarsch (intro)
2. Solsagan
3. Den Frusna Munnen
4. Ett Norrskensdåd
5. I Trädens Sång
6. Tiden Utan Tid
7. Galgasång
8. Mot Skuggornas Värld
9. Under Bergets Rot
10. Fornfamnad
11. Dråp

The exact release dates are as follows:

FINLAND: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, February 22, 2010
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
North America: Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

To properly celebrate the release of the new album, FINNTROLL will be headlining the 2010 edition of the Paganfest tour.

Here are the confirmed Paganfest 2010 dates, featuring FINNTROLL with Eluveitie, Dornenreich, Varg, Arkona: More...

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Ravage Confirms Hometown Show and Thrashmageddon 2

After cancelling several dates on their recent U.S. tour, Ravage has confirmed new live dates including a special home town appearance at Rob Jack's Pub in Everett, MA on December 2nd and an appearance at THRASHMAGEDDON 2 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The later gig will be the band's first return to the Southwest since the band's US tour in the summer of 2009.

In other Ravage news, the band announced that they have been completing work on a video for the song "Grapes Of Wrath," which will feature Mike Egan from the feature-length independent action comedy "LAWSON: WHITE HEAT." A release date for the video has not yet been announced.

Here are the RAVAGE appearances:

12/02/09 Rob Jack's Pub Everett, MA
05/01/10 The Compound Albuquerque, NM

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TTDTE Releases Studio Report, Pre-Production Track

Tennessee progressive tech metallers The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza are hard at work, recording their third album, "Danza III: The Series Of Unfortunate Events," at Anthem Productions with Jeremiah Scott and Steve Blackmon. Check out the report below.

The band reports that "Danza III"'s themes are exactly what the title suggests - a chronicle of unfortunate events - personal, social, political, and global.

Frontman Jessie Freeland describes the music: "We see it as an accumulation of Danza I and II combined. We spent a lot of time structuring the album with three main musical elements, those being tech, groove, and ambience. It's a long, pissed-off and sad emotional roller coaster."

"Danza III" will see a 2010 release on Black Market Activities. In the meantime, the band has posted several pre-production previews for streaming on their MySpace page.

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Just For Fun

WTF: Black Metal Cookies?

If we had a daily WTF? post, this would qualify. Not much more to say. Just watch the video:

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Alice In Chains Performs Acoustic Songs For Yahoo

Alice in Chains stopped by the Yahoo studios to perform an acoustic set featuring songs off the new record, "Black Gives Way To Blue." The band played acoustic renditions of their new hit single "Check My Brain," "Black Gives Way To Blue," and "Your Decision." The band also sat down with Yahoo for an exclusive video interview, where the band talks about life after Layne, and their re-birth with new singer William DuVall.

Yahoo interview:

The acoustic performance videos can be viewed after the jump. More...

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Dark Fortress Reveals New Album Tracklisting

German black metal outfit Dark Fortress has revealed that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Ylem" on January 25th in Europe, except for Germany, Switzerland and Austria, where the album will be released on January 22nd. The album will also be released in North America on February 9th. The band recently revealed the tracklisting for the album, which is as follows:

"As The World Keels Over"
"Satan Bled"
"The Valley"

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Soulfly's Bobby Burns Gives New Album Update

Soulfly sent Metal Injection this second exclusive studio report from their current sessions for their upcoming release, tentatively titled "Omen." In this update, bassist Bobby Burns gives an update on where they are with tracking, and we see two clips of Max's sons Iggor and Zyon playing drums to two b-sides the band is releasing.

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Next Austrian Death Machine Album Name Considered

Tim Lambesis has issued a new MySpace blog post, with the main point of note that he is considering naming the next Austrian Death Machine album "Keep It Brutal." He is open to fan suggestions, however.

Austrian Death Machine's "Double Brutal" was released in North America on September 29, 2009. Tim's main band, As I Lay Dying, is working on new material that they expect to have complete around the new year for a release in 2010.

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Morbid Sin's "Sins of the Flesh" To Get Released

Morbid Sin's "Sins of the Flesh" will finally see a CD release through Stormspell Records.

Morbid Sin was formed by Bobby Lucas (ex-SEVEN WITCHES and current OVERLORDE singer) in 1985 during his senior year of high school. Influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Overkill, Mercyful Fate, and Exciter, MORBID SIN was a blend of tempo-changes, heavy chugging riffs, piercing screams, melody, and bombastic drumming.

"Sins of the Flesh" was the one and only Morbid Sin album so far, recorded in 1998, but shelved and never released until today. Fans of US classic/power metal a-la HELSTAR, SEVEN WITCHES, OVERLORDE, RAVENSTHORN, etc. should take note.

"Sins of the Flesh" is expected to be released in February 2010, with original artwork by Bobby "Leatherlungs" Lucas viewable here.

Also expected in February is "The Arrival of the Sin / Cauldron of Souls" CD. This CD contains their two classic demos from 1988 and 1992.

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Sucidal Angels To Play Metal Camp Festival

Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels have issued the following statement about playing the Metal Camp Festival in Slovenia:

"We are glad to inform you that we will be hitting the stage somewhere between the 5th and 11th of July during the Metal Camp festival in Tolmin, Slovenia. We are proud to share the stage with huge bands such as Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Immortal, The Exploited, and many others that will be announced later on! Cheers and beers and Thrash!!"

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Warpath Confirmed For Hammerfest II

U.K. metallers Warpath have announced they will perform at the Hammerfest II festival, which will take place between March 11th - 13th, 2010 at Pontins, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales, United Kingdom.

The currently confirmed line-up is as follows:


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The Destiny Program Issues Album Update

The Destiny Program has issued the following update regarding their upcoming album release:

"Hey everybody. Sorry for the delay. We're very busy these days. Concerning the new album: everything is done and we are very satisfied with the result. Hopefully we can present a few more information during the next weeks (song to listen to, artwork, title, tracklist ...) at the moment we are working on shows in the beginning of 2010 to show you the new songs live on stage. That's it for the moment. More infos coming soon. The waiting is almost over. Take care."

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Mortum Reveals EP Cover Art

New Jersey black metal band Mortum has revealed the cover art for their upcoming EP, entitled "Beyond Which Darkness Holds Secret." The artwork was created by vocalist Rhode "Revenge" Rachel and can be seen here.

The band has recently released two songs, "Lost and Empty" and "Prophesizing the Fall of Mankind," from the EP on their MySpace page.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: WHAT IF?

WHAT IF Van Halen decided to name their third album Van Halen III?

[ANSWER] Common sense says sales stay the same, but the band becomes more focused on reaching Roman numeral ten, keeping the original line-up together for ten albums. Everyone likes the big X. More...

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Guns N Roses Announces More Tour Dates

Guns N' Roses has announced a number of new tour dates. They'll be playing some Asian shows this December before their previously announced Canadian tour with Sebastian Bach and Danko Jones as support. The band will then embark on a South American tour between March 10 and April 10, 2010 (exact dates to be determined).

Here are the latest Guns N Roses tour dates:

Dec 11, 2009 Taipei City Stadium, Taipei
Dec 13, 2009 Olympic Park, Seoul
Dec 16, 2009 Kyocera Dome Osaka, Osaka
Dec 19, 2009 Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Jan 13, 2010 MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Jan 16, 2010 Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary
Jan 17, 2010 Rexall Place, Edmonton
Jan 19, 2010 Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon
Jan 20, 2010 Brandt Centre, Regina
Jan 24, 2010 Copps Coliseum, Hamilton
Jan 25, 2010 John Labatt Centre, London
Jan 27, 2010 Centre Bell, Montreal
Jan 28, 2010 Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Jan 31, 2010 Scotiabank Place, Ottawa
Feb 1, 2010 Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City
Feb 3, 2010 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton
Feb 4, 2010 Metro Centre, Halifax

03.10.10 -- 04.10.10 South America (dates and locations to be announced)

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Two Nine Inch Nails Performances On iTunes

Two songs, "Hurt" and "The Fragile," from Trent's 2006 performance at the Bridge School Benefit, have been released on iTunes as part of The Bridge School Collection Vol 4. In iTunes the tracks can be purchased individually or as part of the full album. All proceeds go to Neil Young's Bridge School, a unique organization that uses creative approaches to educating children with severe speech and physical impairments.

You can read more and purchase on iTunes here.

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Alice Cooper To Film London Show

Keri Keli, the guitarist for shock rock legend Alice Cooper has announced that the band will be filming his upcoming concert in London in High Definition. While he did not specify any further, the belief is that this recording will be used for a future DVD release. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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Exodus Posts New DVD Trailer Online

American thrash metal legends Exodus has posted another trailer online for their forthcoming new double DVD, "Shovel Headed Tour Machine (Live At Wacken And Other Assorted Atrocities)." You can check it out below. The DVD will feature the bands entire performance from Germany's Wacken Open Air 2008 festival on the first disc, while the second will feature over three hours worth of material including a documentary, music videos, bonus interviews, deleted scenes, photo galleries and more. The set also comes with a bonus CD containing the bands performance at Wacken 2008. It is expected to be released on January 15th of next year. More...

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