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Metal News for November 28, 2010

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30 news articles posted on this day.

Allegaeon Live Footage Posted Online

Extreme metal act Allegaeon has posted some new live footage online. The footage was captured during the band's November 20th, 2010 performance at the Cat Club in West Hollywood. you can view the video below:

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Dimmu Borgir Video Interview Posted Online

A new video interview has been posted online between Dimmu Borgir guitarist Galder ahd Metal Assault has been posted online. you can view the video interview below:

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Watain Announces New York Signing Session

Swedish extreme black metal act Watain has announced that it will be taking part in an after-show party/meet-and-greet on Thursday, December 2 at Duff's Brooklyn in Williamsburg, Brooklyn following their performance at Santos Party House in New York City.

The address is for the event is as follows:

Duff's Brooklyn
168 Marcy Avenue (between S 5th & Broadway)
Williamsburg, New York

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Paragon Issues Band Update

German power metal act Paragon has issued the following update, through bassist Jan Bunning:

"We are very proud to announce that the producer of our next album will be none other than Piet Sielck. We already worked with him on four of our previous albums ('Steelbound', 'Law Of The Blade', 'The Dark Legacy' and 'Revenge') and it will for sure be like a coming home for us. Piet worked with bands like Saxon and Blind Guardian and knows best what we have to sound like.

"At present we are gathering ideas and riffs and already have completed some rough versions of two songs and ideas for about four others. I can already tell you that the stuff sounds very old school and back to the our roots!

"The artwork will once again be handled by Dirk Illing who who also worked with us on previous albums like 'Law The Blade', 'The Dark Legacy' and 'Forgotten Prophecies' and his recent works include the Scorpions and all the Wacken merchandise.

"Last but not least, there will be a reunion with our photographer Stefan Malzkorn who also did a lot of our album and promo shots (like our last shots of the new lineup). He is one of the best photographers in Germany, already had a lot of front covers in Metal Hammer and Rock Hard and worked with bands like Saxon, Gamma Ray, Cradle of Filth and Apocalyptica."

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Orden Ogan Posts European Tour Trailer

Progressive metal act Orden Ogan has posted a new trailer online to promote its forthcoming tour of Europe, supporting Tiamat. you can view the trailer below:

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Mindflow Signs With Nightmare Records

Brazil progressive hard rock act Mindflow has announced that they have signed with Nightmare Records. Nightmare Records will release the band’s fourthcoming studio album, "With Bare Hands," early next year.

Nightmare Records President/Founder, Lance King comments: "I had worked with Mindflow in some capacity throughout the band’s career, even before they released their first album. I’ve watched them evolve and had the pleasure of knowing them not only as an amazingly talented band, but also as true gentlemen. When I was approached about releasing this new album, my answer was very simply ‘yes’."

Mindflow Guitarist Rodrigo Hidalgo also commented by adding: "Being with Nightmare gives us an opportunity to reach a much wider audience and to become part of the US music industry. We are all aware that in order to truly break through, we are going to have to do it in the US, European and Asian markets as well as South America. This record deal gives us that opportunity."

The new album "With Bare Hands" features most tracks produced by Ben Grosse (MARILYN MANSON, SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED) and the others by the band themselves. Nightmare Records will release the album in February, 2011. The band plans to tour extensively throughout next year.

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Riverside Working On Two New Albums

Polish progressive metal act Riverside has issued an update on its future plans through frontman Mariusz Duda. You can read the update below:

"We've begun working on the new album, or actually two albums. Because except for the usual long album we'd also like to release a mini-album. Why? Well, the band was formed in 2001 so next year it's our tenth birthday. We'd like to celebrate and highlight this anniversary in some way. So next year we're planning to go on anniversary tour not only with invited guests but also something more--a release specially prepared for this occasion, only available at the concerts. So now we're working both on the new album and the above mentioned EP. A short break was good for us because now we have really good ideas."

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Steven Wilson Posts New Release Online For Free

Porcupine Tree frontman and accomplished songwriter Steven Wilson has posted his new vinyl release, titled "Tape Experiments 1985-86," online for free streaming. The seven tracks that comprise "Tape Experiments 1985-86" were originally intended to be included as bonus material to Steven Wilson's debut film "Insurgentes," named after his debut solo album of the same name (reviewed here). You can listen to the experimental audio tracks at this location. "Tape Experiments 1985-86" is set for release on November 30, 2010 through BurningShed.

Here is the "Tape Experiments 1985-86" tracklisting:
1. Cries of Lucia [10:34]
2. I May Be Some Time [5:57]
3. Constellation [3:23]
4. Them No 1 [4:31]
5. The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud [3:56]
6. Wood Between Worlds [5:12]
7. Seen [3:47]

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Former Manowar Drummer Joins Black Reign

Former Manowar drummer Kenny Earl has joined Black Reign, the band featuring vocalist Wade Black (Leatherwolf, Crimson Glory), guitarist Rick Renstrom and bassist Rich Marks.

Vocalist Wade Black commented by saying: "I've heard a lot about him and they don't call him Rhino for nothing! We look forward to the future with one of the best metal drummers around and I'm happy that he's joined the fold and we will be seeing all of you soon."

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Draconian Confirms Festival Appearance

Doom metal act Draconian has confirmed its apperance for the forthcoming editions of the Metal Female Voices Fest. The festival is set to take place between October 21-23, 2011 in Wieze, Belgium.

The confirmed festival line-up is as follows:
BENEDICTUM
DRACONIAN
ECHOTERRA
HANGING DOLL
MIDNATTSOL
NEMHAIN
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS

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The Ocean Issues Band Update

The Ocean guitarist and main songwriter Robin Staps has posted the following band update online:

"Thanks to everyone who came out to see us during our recent European tours supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan and then Anathema. We've had an amazing time with both bands and would like to thank them for inviting us to join them.

"It was a great honor and fun to share the stage with The Dillinger Escape Plan. I have been a fan of this band for more than 10 years and had a blast watching them destroy every single stage they got to, 33 nights in a row. We've all become good friends over those five weeks, Loic had been guesting with them on the song 'Sunshine, The Werewolf' for the last 10 shows or so, and Ben Weinman joined us on piano for 'The First Commandment Of The Luminaries' in return. It was awesome, there is some YouTube footage up there if you care...

"The Anathema tour was equally amazing and came as a big surprise, as we didn't really know what to expect from this tour. We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback we received everywhere from Anathema's fans, as well as our own of course. We were the heavy band on this tour but it seems that the diversity of the bill was exactly what made it interesting for most people: the amazing Petter Carlssen opening up with an acoustic set, us following up with doom and destruction and then Anathema playing an epic two-plus-hour set most nights."

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Devildriver Discusses New Album In Interview

A new video interview has been posted online through Roadrunner Records in which Devildriver frontman Dez discusses the band's forthcoming studio album, "Beast." "Beast" is set for release in February of 2011. You can view the video interview below:

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Ulver Issues Band Update

Norwegian progressive act Ulver has posted the following updates online:

"Ok, so now we have been on the road, and it has been rewarding, all fear and loathing considered. We are a domestic pack these days. The children miss their parents and we miss them. So. We have decided to limit next year's touring to two shorter blocks, one before and one after summer, plus an odd festival here and there. We would also very much like to make a few appearances overseas.

"2011 is the future, a Critical Geography, the new album of Ulver. The anthological presentation we've been hiding behind since Lillehammer is history after Warsaw.

"We are stoked to say that our blood-brothers VIRUS have accepted the offer to play their debut concert with us at London-palace Koko, as a kick-off spectacular. This is Virus' Lillehammer, and they are a bit apprehensive. We are certain though, that if you show them the same courtesy that you showed us, this will be one to remember.

"The Koko gig will be a further reunion of the old-school rebels, in that our red-bearded buddy ZWEIZZ will be opening the ball. He will also be traveling with us to a quite a few of the other venues announced. See you in the wild."

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Asking Alexandria Announces European Tour

Asking Alexandria has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of the United Kingdom and Europe. The tour will reach 11 cities across the continent. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

04/19 Glasgow, UK – The Garage
04/20 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
04/21 Birmingham, UK – HMH
04/22 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
04/23 Meerhout, BEL – Groezrock Festival
04/25 Paris, FRA – Batofar
04/26 Lyon, FRA – Warmaudio
04 27 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo
04/28 Berlin, GER – Magnet
04/29 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
04/30 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle

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Ulver Reveals New Album Title

Norwegian Progressive rock act Ulver has set "Critical Geography" as the title of its next album, due out in stores sometime in mid-2011. More information will be made available soon. Ulver's latest album, "Shadows of the Sun," was released in 2007 through The End Records.

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October Tide Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish doom rockers October Tide have confirmed its appearance for the forthcoming edition of the Julslakten Festival. The festival is set to take place on December 11, 2010 in Soderhamn, Sweden.

The confirmed line-up is as follows:
ZONARIA
OCTOBER TIDE
INEVITABLE END
DEATH MAZE
SKITARG
LAST VIEW
INK STAINED PROMISES
STRYKJÄRN
MURDERMARKET
TOMORROW WILL NEVER COME

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Former Fleshold Guitarist Joins A Thousand Ashes

Former Fleshold guitarist Don Byczynski has joined Chicago death metal band A Thousand Ashes as their new bass player. Byczynski, who's death metal band Fleshold recorded their Massacre Records debut "Pathetic" over 12 years ago has been working as a studio engineer at his personally owned BOTA Studio. "I finally got the itch to play again" Byczynski stated, "I really like the direction of [A Thousand Ashes] and I cannot wait to start playing out again!" A Thousand Ashes recently recorded their 5 song debut EP at BOTA studio earlier this summer. The entire EP is now streaming on the band's YouTube page.

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Mortal Wrath Streaming New Track

West Virginia's Mortal Wrath has issued the following brief update about streaming a new song online: "Catch our performance tonight at Duncan's in Frostburg MD! We should be getting there around 9pm. We also have a new track up titled Law Under Grace!" You can check out the new song "Law Under Grace" via the band's MySpace page.

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Vintundra Streaming New Song

Vintundra has issued the following announcement about streaming a new demo track online titled "Namathia:"

"Hi there, we are happy to 'unleash' our second song from our up coming Demo 2010. The Song is called Namathia and shows our more 'folkish' aspect of music. Enjoy. Next week the third song will be streamed: Das Heulen der Dämonen über der Wüste von Thule."

You can check out the new song via the Vintundra MySpace profile.

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Impiety Announces European Shows

Singapore based metal act Impiety has announced the following upcoming European tour dates:

12/4 2010 IMPIETY + Inverted @ Mac2 Schio, Vic, ITALY
12/10 2010 RITES OF DARKNESS II FESTIVAL San Antonio, TX
12/26 2010 BLACKFEST OVER X-MASS @ Turock ESSEN, GERMANY
12/27 2010 BLACKFEST OVER X-MASS @ C-Club Berlin, GERMANY
12/28 2010 BLACKFEST OVER X-MASS @ Theater Fabrik leipzig, GERMANY
12/29 2010 BLACKFEST OVER X-MASS @ Szene Vienna, AUSTRIA
12/30 2010 BLACKFEST OVER X-MASS @ Kantine Augsburg, GERMANY
12/31 2010 BLACKFEST OVER X-MASS @ Event Stage Zizers, SWITZERLAND
1/1 2011 BLACKFEST OVER X-MASS @ Rockplanet Pinarella Di Cervia, Cervia, ITALY

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Immolation Updates Tour Schedule

Immolation has updated its European tour scheduled with the following upcoming shows:

11/28 2010 Central Station Wrexham, Wrexham, UNITED KINGDOM
11/30 2010 Millennium Music Hall Millennium Music Hall, Cardiff, Wales, UNITED KINGDOM
12/1 2010 The Village DUBLIN, IRELAND
12/2 2010 Old Bell Derby, Midlands, UNITED KINGDOM
12/3 2010 Manchester Academy Manchester, gb
12/4 2010 La Ferme du Biereau Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIUM
12/5 2010 Musikbunker Aachen Aachen, GERMANY
12/7 2010 Alte Zuckerfabrik Rostock, Mecklenbur, GERMANY
12/8 2010 Kulturfabrik Salzmann Kassel, Hessen, GERMANY
12/9 2010 conne island leipzig, GERMANY
12/10 2010 KD Vltavska Prague, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
12/11 2010 klub Studio Kraków, POLAND
12/12 2010 Majestic Bratislava, SLOVAKIA (Slovak Republic)
12/13 2010 Posthalle Würzburg, Bayern, GERMANY

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Adamantine To Record New Single

Thrash act Adamantine has issued the following update about recording a new single:

"We're entering the studio on 6, 7, and 8 Dec, at Poison Apple Studios to record our promo track single 'Thrash and Devastate!' The single will be available for free download here at myspace, facebook, etc. The producer will be Vasco Ramos from More Than a Thousand, and will have the help from the great Tiago Canadas from Eleven Miles Apart. This is a new era for Adamantine, so I think you can expect some good surprises!! We'll post some studio diaries as soon as possible! In the meanwhile, here's the new single played live!"

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Evoken Announces New Live Shows

Evoken has announced the "Quietus" and "Antithesis of Light" albums are set to be re-released via Peaceville Records with additional bonus material, including a 1992 demo under the band's previous name of Funereus. Evoken has now also announced the following upcoming live shows:

12/3 2010 Cherry St Station Wallingford, Connecticut
12/4 2010 Brooklyn Fire Proof Brooklyn, NY
4/16 2011 013 Venue Tilburg, NETHERLANDS

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Throne Of Malediction Re-Recording Songs

Montana based extreme metal act Throne of Malediction has announced a short delay to the release of the band's debut album "Ceremonial Blood," which is due for release via Ziekte Records. Throne of Malediction will be re-recording nine songs from the album. The re-recorded material will also feature the band's new keyboardist Nick Fischer. Front man Eric Horner commented:

"We would like to get the quality of our release more up to par, production-wise. It will not delay us much, so it is worth it. The album is delayed already for the art, so no big deal. David (from the band Nierty) is very talented at production and has insisted on helping us better our sound quality.

"So we are working on that currently. Should only be a short delay. Some songs we have done will just be re-mastered more. We hope to have the best album possible. We will release details as soon as possible."

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Agent Steel Announces New Live Shows

Los Angeles based metal act Agent Steel has announced the following upcoming live shows in 2011, including appearances at the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise and the Sweden Rock Festival:

1/24 2011 70000 Tons of Metal Miami, Florida
4/30 2011 Tauberfrankenhalle Konigshofen, GERMANY
6/9 2011 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, SWEDEN
6/10 2011 Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen Gelsenkirchen, Ruhrgebiet

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Imagika Issues Recording Update

California based metal act Imagika has issued the following brief update about recording new material: "Drum tracks are completed for 5 new songs that we'll be using to select a new voice for the band. The material is quite different than the last CD and should be a great step forward for the future." You can also check out Imagika's music via the band's MySpace page.

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Vreid Checks In With Album Update

Norwegian act Vreid has checked in with the following update about working on the band's fifth album "V" and lining up new tour dates for 2011:

"In 2010 Vreid did some selected shows and festivals, and released their first DVD entitled 'Goddamnit.' Otherwise most time was spend working on their fifth album 'V.' This time they did all the recordings & mixing in Studio 1184. The album was produced by the bands songwriter & bass player Hváll. The release of 'V' will be followed up by massive touring during 2011."

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Earthen Grave Ready To Record New Album

Chicago doom metal band Earthen Grave, featuring violinist Rachel Barton Pine, has posted a short update indicating that they are about to enter the studio to record a new album. Here's what they had to say about it:

"New song 'Tilted World' is coming into sharp and rather exciting focus and Tony and Jason wrote what may end up being an intro and outro for the album. Recording starts next weekend!!!"

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Sunday Old School: Blind Guardian

When going through the Sunday Old School archives, it struck me as rather strange that while over sixty bands have been covered thus far, there has yet to be an article on a true power metal band. So today I make amends for that as we take a look at one of the most loved bands in the genre, Germany’s Blind Guardian. The band formed in 1984 under the original moniker, Lucifer’s Heritage in the town of Krefeld by singing bassist Hansi Kürsch and guitarist Andre Olbrich.

After going numerous lineup changes, the band signed a deal with No Remorse Records and decided to change their name to avoid accusations of Satanism and to stop them being lumped in with the emerging black metal bands at the time such as Mercyful Fate and Celtic Frost. Through No Remorse, the band released their debut album, “Battalions Of Fear” in 1988, which was predominantly a speed metal album in which the influence of countrymen Helloween shined through. The album was well received and a sophomore full length, “Follow The Blind” was released the next year, which featured a guest performance from Helloween founder Kai Hansen. More...

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System Of A Down To Return From Hiatus?

Although no official confirmation has been given yet, reports are spreading like wildfire that social rockers System Of A Down will announce tomorrow (November 29th) that they will be returning next year for a series of tour dates and festival performances, including Britain's Download Festival and Sweden's, Metaltown Festival. The only confirmed date so far is a show at the Palais Omnisports in Paris on June 6 but when asked by fans if they would perform at Download, bassist Shavo Odajian responded with, "Stay Tuned." More information on this will be given as soon as it becomes available.

The band decided to go on hiatus in 2006 following their headlining slot at Ozzfest, during which time lead singer Serj Tankian has released two studio albums as well as a live, orchestral album. Guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan also kept busy by releasing an album with their project, Scars On Broadway. Bassist Shavo Odajian has kept himself occupied by directing music videos for the likes of Taproot and hardcore legends Bad Brains, as well as founding the networking website, urSESSION and a musical project with Wu Tang Clan founder RZA named Achozen.

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