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Metal News for November 30, 2010

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

War From A Harlots Mouth Discusses New Album "MMX"

War From a Harlots Mouth are on the edge of becoming one of metal's premier extreme metal acts. With its blend of brutal intensity and exceptionally complex songwriting the band have begun to break out of the Berlin, Germany metal scene. With a U.S. tour on the horizon and a new album released in the beginning of the month guitarist Simon of War From a Harlots Mouth checked in with Metalunderground.com to talk about the new album. More...

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Vengeful Checks In From The Studio

Canada's Vengeful has issued the following update from the recording studio:

"News flash! We finished recording drums on November 20th as planned, Mr. Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Beneath the Massacre) is currently editing the tracks. We recorded some extra songs this time around including one Morbid Angel and a Crowbar cover song to match the two sides to our next album. Other songs that were recorded are: Still, Consumed and Skinned....

"As we said before expect a lengthy release. Guitar tracking starts next week, we're trying to wrap things up before 'the fucking holiday season'....let's not get started on this subject. Then we'll be left with the sweet stuff like acoustic guitars, percussions, guitar solos and the part where we get to scream.

"We're still waiting for the footage from the Towards Darkness/Vengeful/Salvation, as soon as we get it we'll post something from it, we really had a good time and we wanted to share it with you out there."

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Apocalyptica Posts Hardrock Cafe Clips

Footage is available online of Apocalyptica performing at the Hardrock Cafe in Germany. The first clip can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.

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Live Performance Footage Available Of Halford

A video clip has been posted online of Halford performing live at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa on November 25th, 2010. The performance footage is available below.

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Forbidden Performance Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Forbidden performing at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago on November 27th, 2010. The clip can be viewed below.

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Disturbed Video Interview Available Online

For The Love of Rock has posted a video interview online with bassist John Moyer of Disturbed in Vancouver on September 26th, 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Bullet For My Valentine Posts New Music Video

Bullet For My Valentine has posted a music video online for the song "Bittersweet Memories," which can be viewed below.


Bittersweet Memories

Bullet For My Valentine | Myspace Music Videos

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Slipknot Working On New Album

Billboard.com has reported that Slipknot is currently working on the band's first album since the death of bassist Paul Gray. An excerpt from the story follows:

"It's already in motion," drummer Joey Jordison, who has canceled his band Murderdolls' Violent Night, Deadly Night tour slated to begin Dec. 3 due to "an unforeseeable family emergency," tells Billboard.com. "It's definitely exciting. It's a little emotional, of course, but I think it's going to be really, really cool and I think it's gonna be a really, really great record because everyone's really involved in the process."

Jordison says he and the group's other members are demoing material for the follow-up to 2008's "All Hope is Gone," and though no firm timetable has been established he expects Slipknot to united in studio during the first half of 2011.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Woe, Is Me Posts New Music Video

Woe, Is Me has posted a music video online for the song "[&] Delinquents," which is off the band's debut album "Number[s]." You can check out the video clip below.

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Hope For The Dying Signs To Facedown

Hope For The Dying has issued the following announcement about signing to Facedown Records for the release of a new album:

"Hey friends! We are super stoked to announce that we have officially signed on with Facedown Records for our next full length album, due to be released in April of 2011! We are really excited about this move and couldn't be happier about how this new album is coming together!

"We are currently tracking the album and it will be mixed and mastered by Brian Hood (My Children My Bride, A Plea for Purging, Before There was Rosalyn). Thanks for all your support! Don't forget to check out the album preview we just posted up as well!

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Conducting From The Grave Comments On Tour

Sacramento's Conducting From The Grave kicks off the North American "The Tour For The Sick" this week with Arsis and Powerglove. Guitarist Jeff Morgan has commented on the tour:

"We are currently headed across the country to meet up with Arsis and Powerglove in New Jersey to kick off 'The Tour For The Sick.' This is going to be a total shred-fest. We're stoked to be playing with such great bands every night. As for us, we've put together a good mix of old and new songs in an attempt to put forth some of our most melodic guitar-driven material.

"The result is several songs we've haven't played live in a long time. So true CFTG fans will not want to miss this tour. We've put together a unique setlist just for you. 'The Tour For The Sick' is going to be one hell of a show every night. Be sure to come and hang with us at the merch booth each night as well. See you all soon."

A listing of Conducting From The Grave tour dates can be found at this locaiton.

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Alice In Chains Announces Acoustic Show

Alice In Chains has announced an upcoming special acoustic performance in Thackerville, OK on February 5th, 2011 at the Winstar Casino. Tickets for the acoustic show go on sale on December 3rd at 10:00 AM CST at this location. You can also check out several Alice in Chains tracks available for streaming through the band's official MySpace profile.

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Kypck Announces New Album Release

Finland's Kypck has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album in February:

"Release date for the new album February 9th, 2011! Good news, the long wait is finally coming to an end! The release of KYPCK's second full length album has been set for February 9th, 2011. The album is titled ????, pronounced /nizhe/ and translating to 'Lower.' Total playing time of ???? is approximately 1 hour. More details coming soon."

1. Gifarus
2. After
3. The Alley Of Stalin
4. Stranger
5. Felitsa
6. Rupture
7. Burlaks On The Volga
8. Brothel
9. Comrades
10. Death Waltz

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Humangled Posts New Music Video Online

Italian death metal band HUMANGLED has posted the music video for their song "Liquidfire" online. The track is taken from their album "Fractal." The album was released on May 31st via Abyss Records. "Fractal" was recorded in Italy and mixed/mastered in Sweden by Dan Swano at Unisound Studios. Watch the video below:

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Bret Michaels Life As I Know It Episode 7

This week’s episode begins with Bret in Indianapolis on the Bob and Tom radio show. The discussion begins light, discussing Michaels' health, then gets serious when they bring up the song “Talk Dirty To Me” and its place as a strip club anthem. Interesting, this got me pondering some of Poison’s music. Is it possible Poison isn’t only the strongest top 5 strip club songs, but also top 5 B-side strip club songs? Let’s take a closer look. More...

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Pit Stories: Drinking Stories and Pit Stories

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week John Conley, lead guitarist of New York doom metal band Moth Eater, shares a couple that demonstrate how drinking stories and pit stories sometimes go hand in hand:

The ONLY thing I've ever won in life... free tickets to see Godsmack play a lunch time set for K-Rock radio at CBGB's. It was around the time of their 1st record. It was supposed to be a big deal or something. Stuttering John was the emcee... or something... I ended up going to the show with my buddy the Drunken Monkey. The band didn't start playing 'til after 1 but we were drinking as soon as they started serving. By the time they started playing there were all sorts of jackholes jumping around. I'm a bit fuzzy but I remember wearing my Skinless hoodie and throwing windmills between drinks. Good times with the Drunken Monkey for sure... and yes, Godsmack sucked.

Here's another one for a more positive experience:

I was drunk off my ass before getting to the show. Always a good way to start the night. It was Slayer at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. I've seen Slayer so many times I forget who was opening. Might have been Meshuggah? I just don't remember. Anyhow, I was so lit that as soon as Slayer started I handed my friend my coat and went barreling to the front. I was throwing fuckers and getting thrown. By the end of the show I was spitting distance from the stage trying to get my hands on a Hanneman guitar pick. No hangover the next day but damn were my shoulders sore!

Moth Eater recently had a track featured on a free sixty-track compilation. You can also check out some of their music on their MySpace player.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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Ghoul Patrol Checks In From The Road

Ghoul Patrol has checked in with the following report from the "Dimebag Beyond Forever" tour:

"So, the Dimebag Beyond Forever tour started and the first three gigs was awesome! Seven to go! We hope to see a lot of people at the shows especially, because this is the last time the tour will be held.

"In other news, we recorded some new songs last month and one of them (Louisiana Pit) can be listened to, at our myspace. Also, the compilation album is in the prints! (finally...) So anyone who has been asking about CD's, now is the time to get one! The album will be also available at the DBF tour shows. See you on the road!"

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Black Tusk Announces European Tour With Howl

Black Tusk and Howl will team up for a co-headlining European tour starting in early February. This will be the first time either band has toured Europe and will be doing so in support of their Relapse debuts. The month-long tour will kick-off on February 4th in Germany and cover a dozen countries.

Black Tusk released its Relapse debut, "Taste The Sin," in May and is currently out on a three-week U.S. tour alongside Crowbar. Howl is also currently on tour in the U.S., rounding out dates with Every Time I Die on the "Shit Happens: The Tour." The four week tour kicked off earlier this month with remaining stops in Pittsburgh, South Hackensack, and Cleveland. Howl released the new full-length "Full Of Hell" this past spring, which is streaming in its entirety at this location.

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Sodom Streaming More Songs From New Album

Decibel Magazine is currently streaming two new songs from the upcoming Sodom album "In Ware and Pieces" via the Deciblog. The songs "Through Toxic Veins" and "Nothing Counts More Than Blood" can be heard through this location. January 11, 2011 is the North American release date for the new album, which will be available in the following formats: regular CD, two-CD digipack, double vinyl, and two-CD digipack with lanyard.

"In War And Pieces" was produced by Waldemar Sorychta, who has previously worked with Tiamat, Moonspell, Lacuna Coil and Sentenced, among many others. The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with Testament, Sigh, Anacrusis and Gwar.

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Karma To Burn To Resume Tour With The Sword

Stoner-rock institution Karma to Burn is hitting the road once again, resuming live dates for the postponed tour supporting The Sword in October. All tickets held from the previous, postponed dates will be honored. Here are the confirmed dates and venues:

12/1 - Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s Downtown
12/2 - Lanchester, PA @ Chameleon Club
12/3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of The Living Arts
12/4 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/5 - Boston, MA @ Royale Boston
12/6 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/7 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
12/8 - Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
12/9 - Huntington, WV @ V Club
12/10 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
12/11 - Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
12/12 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
12/13 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
12/14 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
12/15 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
12/16 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s

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Architects Posts "Day In Day Out" Video

Architects is coming off a year of touring with Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Atreyu, Blessthefal, and Chiodos. Now the band is set to release the new album "The Here and Now" in the U.S. on January 25th, 2011 via Century Media Records.

The band has also partnered with Alternative Press to give fans their first taste of the new material, releasing a new music video for the track "Day In Day Out" through AltPress.com. The video clip can be viewed below. Architects also has the following upcoming tour dates:

12/3 - The HiFi - Brisbane
12/4 - Metro Theatre - Sydney
12/5 - Billboard The Venue - Melbourne
12/7 - Fowlers Live - Adelaide
12/8 - Capitol - Perth More...

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EyeHateGod Kicks Off U.S. Tour

NOLA slude act EyeHateGod kicks off its new tour tonight in Birmingham, Alabama at the Bottletree. From there the band will make its way through 13 more cities before heading back home in time for holiday hedonism. Supporting the band in the pandemonium will be Phobia, as well as Crowbar, Goatwhore, and Zoroaster on select dates.

Commented vocalist Mike Williams: "EyeHateGod are excited to head out on this next USA trek and ready to do damage. EHG tours are one of a kind; each unique with its own abusive, miserable, broken features. Miss them now and maybe miss them forever..."

Added drummer Joey LaCaze: "The band is probably the tightest its ever been and different, more obscure songs have been added to the traditional set of all-time favorites. Get in the right frame of mind and vent all of your holiday frustrations."

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Sea Of Treachery Posts Lyric Video

Sea Of Treachery has released a lyric video to the song "A Lifetime Ago," which is off the band's new album "Wonderland." The video clip can be viewed below. "Wonderland" will be hitting the shelves of Hot Topic stores on 12/4/2010. A digital version will be released via Blkheart Groups partnership with Good Fight Ent. & Sony on 1/4/2011, which will include a newly recorded version of the band's cover song for "Misery Business," originally by Paramore.

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BTBAM's Thomas Giles To Release Solo Album

Thomas Giles Rogers, vocalist and keyboardist of Between the Buried and Me, is set to release his debut solo album "Pulse" on February 1st, 2011 through Metal Blade Records. Thomas Giles self-produced the record, which was recorded with Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC.

"Creating this album was a very unique experience for me," comments Rogers. "I honestly never thought I would get a lot of this music recorded. This record was a way for me to step back, focus on simplified song structures and really build off of melodies. Even though I love fucking my throat up by screaming, it was very nice to sit back and chill out a bit. I named the record 'Pulse' because it is a collection of thoughts and experiences I've had through the years. It's a very personal record and I hope the songs help people evaluate their lives and make the best of their time here. Find your pulse.

"I hope everyone enjoys this record, as I feel there is something for everyone on it. And don't you all worry; BTBAM is writing new material as I type. We have a very busy year 2011 planned which includes lots of new music and touring. Stay tuned."

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Cancer Bats Updates Tour Schedule

Ontario’s Cancer Bats has added more U.S. tour dates to the band's upcoming winter tour. Cancer Bats will be supporting Madball and Comeback Kid from January 14th through January 19th, taking the band into Texas, Arizona, and Nevada prior to the upcoming run with Devildriver and Baptized in Blood. The latter section of the tour begins on January 20th in Oakland, CA, and comes to a close in Albuquerque, NM on February 10th. Cancer Bats is also currently on tour in Canada and the U.S. with The Chariot. The upcoming live shows are as follows:

11/30 Edinboro, PA @ The Hangout
12/01 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar bar
12/02 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
12/03 Garden City. NY @ Ethical Center
12/04 Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84
12/05 West Chester, PA @ The Note
12/06 Virginia Beach, VA@ Club Relevant
12/07 Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
12/08 Corbin, KY @ Technology Center
12/09 East Ridge, TN @ The Warehouse
12/10 Prattville, AL @ The Blue Iguana
12/11 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue More...

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Darkblack Gearing Up For West Coast Tour

Portland act Darkblack is preparing for the band's upcoming eight-show West Coast tour, which kicks off this Wednesday, in celebration of the new "Midnight Wraith" EP to be released the same day. The updated details of the "Midnight Wraith" tour are as follows:

12/1/2010 The Black Lodge - Seattle, WA w/ Skelator, Emeralds, Elk’s Blood
12/2/2010 house show - Seattle, WA w/ Throne of Bone
12/3/2010 Kelly's Olympian - Portland, OR [CD release show] w/ Spellcaster, Dead By Dawn
12/4/2010 Bender's - San Francisco, CA w/ Huntress, Walken
12/5/2010 The Hazmat (Your Hause) - Oakland, CA w/ Dodsfalla, Bruxers, Infernal Graves, Drunken Hardcore
12/6/2010 Cinespace - Los Angeles, CA w/ Huntress, Gypsyhawk
12/8/2010 The Gup - Eugene, OR w/ Excruciator
12/9/2010 The Know - Portland, OR w/ Nux Vomica

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Vreid Announces Norwegian Shows

Vreid has issued the following update about a string of Norwegian headlining shows in February of 2011 with support from Iskald and The Batallion:

"We are exited to announce a Norwegian headliner tour in February. 5 shows will take place in the period of 17th - 25th February. Support will come from our good friends The Batallion and Iskald. Check out dates / poster and more info at the front page. See you on the road in 2011."

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Hemoptysis Comments On New Album

As was previously announced, Hemoptysis is currently streaming the title track online from the band's upcoming album "Misanthropic Slaughter" via this location. The band has also now issued the following update about the release for the album:

"Hemoptysis, Arizona’s most dominant presence in the metal scene are proud to unleash the first single off of their first full-length album, 'Misanthropic Slaughter.' Fresh out of the studio with Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeath, NOFX, MXPX), Hemoptysis bring to the table a true metal master piece.

"Their new full-length is set to debut in early 2011 and the release of the title track, Misanthropic Slaughter, is just a taste of things to come. Hemoptysis also took home the 2010 Metal Artists of the Year award for the second year in a row from the Los Angeles / Phoenix Music Awards."

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Massive Assault Recording New Material

Dutch act Massive Assault has issued the following announcement about recording an upcoming release titled "Slayer:"

"Massive Assault will release their upcoming MCD through Herrie Records. The MCD will be released at the beginning of 2011 and will be entitled 'Slayer.' At the moment the band is recording at Studio Dirty Bird Productions.

"Herrie Records is run by Herrie from the Grindbashers (who have frequently recorded at the Dirty Bird). We have been talking about this release for a while now and it will see the light of day very soon. Massive Assault has two record deals for 2011. Next summer the band will start recording their 2nd full length. The full length will be released by F.D.A. Rekotz."

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Untimely Demise Reveals New Album Details

Canadian thrash act Untimely Demise has posted the cover artwork online for the new album "City of Steel," which can be viewed here The band also issued the following announcement about releasing the album:

"Hi everyone! Until a record deal is secured for our band we wanted to quickly (and directly) make our new album available to you all worldwide. Featuring seven lightning-fast, intricate thrash/death metal compositions, City Of Steel is a must have album for the serious metal collector!

"Running time: 33 minutes Produced and featuring guest leads by Glen Drover (Ex-Megadeth/King Diamond/Eidolon). Cover art by Ed Repka (Rust In Peace, Peace Sells, Spiritual Healing, Advance and Vanquish) If you have a paypal account you can order this album direct to your door by transferring funds to the following paypal email: untimelydemise.cuthbertson946@gmail.com."

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Wretched Posts "Cimmerian Shamballa" Video Online

Metalunderground.com has landed the premiere of Charlotte, North Carolina tech death metal band Wretched's new music video for "Cimmerian Shamballa." The song is off the band's latest release "Beyond The Gate," which is out now via Victory Records. The music video, directed by Thorin Thompson, was filmed in downtown Charlotte, NC in an old warehouse in just four hours. Check it out below:

Wretched is currently on tour with ABACABB. The remaining tour dates are as follows:

Nov 30, 2010 Middletown, NY, US @ Sound Asylum
Dec 1, 2010 Allentown, PA, US @ Crocodile Rock
Dec 2, 2010 Worcester, MA, US @ Palladium
Dec 3, 2010 Trois-Rivieres, QC, CA @ Rock Cafe Le Stage
Dec 4, 2010 Montreal, QC, CA @ Club Soda
Dec 5, 2010 Toronto, ON, CA @ ANNEX WRECKROOM
Dec 6, 2010 Ottawa, ON, CA @ Mavericks
Dec 7, 2010 London, ON, CA @ London Music Hall
Dec 8, 2010 Windsor, ON, CA @ Chubby Pickle
Dec 9, 2010 Dayton, OH, US @ The Attic
Dec 10, 2010 Williamsport, PA, US @ The Hive
Dec 12, 2010 Mt. Airy, MD, US @ Mt. Airy Firehall

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Mistur Parts Ways With Vocalist

Mistur has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist Morten Lockert:

"Mistur is searching for a new vocalist and are interested in those who feel they can manage the task and be a part of creating the special sound we are looking for. Please contact us by e-mail (mistur@mistur.no). Mistur is planning a new album and hope for several festivals and live shows in 2011. Thanks to Morten for a good time and the best of luck for future projects."

Morten Lockert also commented on the split:

"It's been a great time, though a bit short. I've learned a lot playing with Mistur, experiences I definetly will use in my next projects. I will miss the fans, which have been awesome, and I will miss playing live concerts with the rest of the guys in Mistur."

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Asator Recruits New Bassist

Asator has issued the following brief update about releasing a new demo album: "Hello friends, finally, after some big load of work, it is done. Our new demo 'Auf alten Pfaden' is now available and can be ordered via asatorband@gmx.de The price is 4€+shipping."

The band also issued the following statement about recruiting a new bassist:

"We're sad to announce another musician leaves Asator. Dennis 'Achim' Schierholz, after 3 years in Asator, leaves in friendship. From now on Christoph Denker will play the Bass in addition to his job on the Vocals. Positive news: You will still hear Dennis on our new CD 'Auf alten Pfaden,' released on November 30th, 2010."

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Susperia To Enter Eurovision Song Contest

Norwegian metal outfit Susperia has been confirmed as Norway's entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Germany on May 14th next year. They will be joined at the performance by former Dimmu Borgir keyboardist, Mustis.

Says Susperia frontman Athera: "We are not afraid to lose credibility, a competition needs variation. We know how good our music is, with great melodies, energy and hooks in the songs. With this in mind, we want to let the big masses discover our music, and enjoy our hidden treasures.

"It has been a new gift for me and very inspiring to gather with Susperia. Since Elvorn and I established our first band in 1995 as kids, then meeting Memnock and knowing Tjodalv from my early days in Dimmu Borgir, it felt very natural to sit down and start to be creative again together with my old friends. I don't think keyboard is for just any kind of metal band or band in general, but Susperia have the open mind for this and the right elements for sure, and we agree that something really good can come out of this. We made a killer song together that`s going to be performed at the Norwegian Eurovision!! I really can't wait to perform again with a band that in a very dynamic way lift each other’s instruments and Atheras amazing vocals all together."

UPDATE: We've received word that the band first needs to participate in "Melodi Grand-Prix" Norwegian national selection and win this competition to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest. We are awaiting clarification from the band on whether or not that is the case.

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The Sword Posts New Music Video Online

American heavy metal group, The Sword has posted their new music video online for the song, "Lawless Lands." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's recent studio album, "Warp Riders," which has been receiving positive feedback from fans and critics alike.

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Volbeat Cancels U.K./Ireland Tour Dates

Danish heavy metal outfit Volbeat has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned tour of the United Kingdom and the Republic Of Ireland as a result of vocalist/ guitarist Michael Poulsen having to remain under strict medical supervision. A message from the band reads as follows:

"As you may or may not be aware, Volbeat had to cancel the first five shows of their UK tour... After the completion of the mainland European shows, Michael was suffering from exhaustion and has had to undergo various tests at hospital. We were anticipating the tour going ahead from December 1st; however, it has now become apparent that this is not going to be viable, and we are going to have to cancel all the UK dates forthwith. We are hoping to be able to reschedule these, but have no fixed dates at this time to be able to do so, hence this being a cancellation rather than keeping all tickets valid.

"Our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience, and we will of course let you know as soon as we have further news."

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Amon Amarth Reveals New Album Release Date

Swedish viking metal favourites Amon Amarth have announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be "Surtur Rising." The record is expected to hit the shelves on March 29th next year through Metal Blade Records. Stay tuned for further album information as it becomes available.

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Roy Z. To Produce New Sepultura Album

Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura has confirmed that Roy Z., who is noted for his work with Judas Priest, Halford and Bruce Dickinson amongst others, will be producing their forthcoming new studio album, which will be their first for Nuclear Blast Records and is expected to be released early next year. You can also check out a new in studio video report from the band below. More...

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Coroner Added To Bloodstock Open Air

Recently reunited technical thrash metal veterans Coroner have been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 12th-14th. This will be the Swiss band's first British festival appearance.

The lineup for the event is now as follows:

Immortal (Headliners)
Morbid Angel
Triptykon
Coroner
Rhapsody Of Fire
Angel Witch
Lawnmower Deth
Therion

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Argus Signs To Cruz Del Sur Music

CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC have reached an agreement with Pennsylvania's ARGUS for the release of their new album entitled "Boldly Strides The Doomed." ARGUS was formed in 2007 and features Bruce Balich of Penance on vocals. They released their self-titled debut album on Shadow Kingdom records in 2009.

The recordings of "Boldly Stride The Doomed" will take place at Soundscape Studios in Pittsburgh. The initial tracking sessions are set to begin this week and will continue throughout December and January. Dave Watson (Icarus Witch, Mantic Ritual, Crown The Lost) will be at the engineering and production helm. The album is set to contain approximately eight or nine songs, including track titles such as "A Curse On The World," "The Ladder," "42-7-29" and "Durendal."

"Boldly Strides The Doomed" will be released by CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC simultaneously on CD, vinyl and digital form on the 3rd of May 2011.

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Sodom Parts Ways With Drummer

German thrash metal legends Sodom has announced that they have parted ways with drummer Bobby Schottkowski as a result of several problems. A message from the band reads as follows:

"After personal and private problems between Tom (Angelripper) and Bobby, it was decided, by mutual agreement, the end of the cooperation between Sodom and drummer Bobby Schottkowski.

"Tom and Bernemann (guitar) will announce as soon as possible a replacement drummer. The shows from January will be performed as planned and the upcoming tour in February will take place in any case. Until then we will have incorporated the new drummer.

"We thank you for your understanding and your loyal support."

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Troldhaugen Posts New Song Online

Wollongong-based folk metal band Troldhaugen has released their debut EP. The seven track release, which was mixed, mastered and produced by the band themselves, is available both digitally and physically. Those interested in the physical version also receive a bonus cassette with the track “By the Blade of Our Sword” and a few unreleased B-sides.

The band has posted the opening track, "The Order of Trollvegge," for streaming on their bandcamp page where you can buy the EP as well.

Here is the "Troldhaugen E.P." track listing:

1. The Order of Trollveggen (5:13)
2. Gloomweaver (2:35)
3. Sjøtrollet Arise (3:38)
4. The Final Curtain (2:57)
5. There I Would Like to Rest Forever (3:57)
6. Boorish Revelry (2:56)
7. Chains of Fenris (4:47)

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