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Metal News for November 8, 2010

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43 news articles posted on this day.

Ozzy Osbourne Confirms Canadian Tour

Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed the dates for his forthcoming tour of Canada. While the dates for the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta had been announced for some time Ozzy Osbourne has added four additional dates, stretching across the country into Ontario. Support on the tour will come from Halford. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

November 12 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
November 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
November 16 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome
November 18 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
November 20 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
November 23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
November 25 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
November 27 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

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Dimmu Borgir Announces Meet And Greet

European symphonic black metal act Dimmu Borgir has announced that it will be participating in a meet and greet/signing session at Vancouver, Canada's Scrape Records. The signing is set to take place on Sunday, November 21st, 2010 between 5 and 6 PM. The band will be performing later that night alongside Enslaved, Blood Red Throne and Dawn of Ashes. Admission to the signing is free. Scrape Records are currently working out a potential signing with Enslaved to take place on the same day as well.

Scrape Records opened its doors on November 1, 1997 and is the only all-metal specialty store in the pacific northwest. Scrape Records has also held in store signings with Opeth, Testament, Amon Amarth, Strapping Young Lad, Arch Enemy, In Flames, Cradle of Filth, Cannibal Corpse, Meshuggah, Cryptopsy, Soilwork and many more as well as releasing a compilation CD featuring Vancouver metal talent.

Scrape Records is located at:
323 East Broadway,
Vancouver, BC
V5T 1W5
Canada

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East Of The Wall Posts Fourth Tour Diary Online

Gunnison Beach, New Jersey progressive metallers East Of The Wall have posted a fourth tour diary video online. The footage was taken during the band recent overseas trip to Europe. East of the Wall are currently on tour in support of its 2010 release, titled "Ressentiment ."

You can view the video below:

EAST OF THE WALL & RADARE TOUR - Episode 4 from x-ray charles on Vimeo.

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Hexen Signs To Pulverised Records

L.A. based thrash act Hexen has inked a deal with Pulviersed Records for a new full-length album to be released in 2011. Hexen singer / bass-player Andre Hartoonian commetned:

"Metallic hails from Southern California world of heavy metal! We are excited to announce inking a deal with our new partners Pulverised Records as of October 2010. We have a lot of plans, the first order of business being entering the studio in a few short weeks. We cannot wait to unleash the album we have been working on for a long time and even though we usually don't like to over-hype, the fact that it will blow you all away is still an understatement. Another thing is going on tour January-February with our friends Bonded by Blood, Early Man, Lazarus A.D., and the outstanding... Death Angel. Check back with us on our Myspace frequently to catch all the latest news and studio footage. 2011 is going to be an extravagant year for us. We cannot wait."

Pulverised Records A&R Manager Calvin added: "HeXeN's mighty debut 'State Of Insurgency' CD along with some of their demo tracks were sent to the Pulverised's office sometime ago and we were jaw-dropped by HeXeN's sound, and we knew in an instant that we had to pick these guys up. I had the pleasure of meeting former Century Media Records president Marco Barbieri when he was in Singapore with Warbringer as their tour manager, whom also highly recommended HeXeN during our previous discussions a few months back. Needless to say, signing the HeXeN deal became a hell lot quicker with Marco representing the band! We are very confident that HeXeN has gathered enough demons for the upcoming new album, and the HeXeN boys definitely know their Thrash Metal inside out!"

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Extreme O.D. Streaming New Song

Extreme O.D. has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online:

"Hey dudes! I've just put the song Contaminate up on our page so make sure you check it out! Its one of the songs from our recent sessions at Prism Studios in Hanley. This is an example of the final work we did with Kieron, you'll have to wait a bit longer to hear the new new stuff. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new song and I'll be making more announcements shortly!"

The new track "Contaminate" can be heard via the Extreme O.D. MySpace page.

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Slipknot Comments On Theft From Bassist's Grave

Slipknot bassist Paul Gray passed away earlier this year in May. The band has now issued the following statement about objects being stolen from Gray's grave:

"In a very upsetting turn of events we have learned that some gifts left for Paul at his grave site have been stolen. There were statues of a gargoyle as well as a Buddah that were placed at Paul’s grave by his friends and family that were taken.

"We ask that whoever did this please return the items no questions asked. If anyone has any information about the stolen items please let us know by posting in the comments. Thank you for your continued support in this trying time."

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Ahoora Remasters Second Album

Ahoora has issued the following announcement about releasing a remastered version of the "All in Blood With You" album:

"We know among our friends there are many metalheads, so this concerns you more! On September 2007 our 2nd album 'All in Blood with You' was released inside Iran. Back then the album was received warmly by metal & underground media.

"Recently we’ve had this chance to remaster this album, giving it a much better sound quality. And now for the first time it’s available digitally through famous online music stores. You support us either by buying the album at a much discounted price at CdBaby, or just simply download your own very much anticipated album for free!"

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Stormwarrior Pushes Back DVD Release

Stormwarrior has issued the following announcement about postponing the release of the "If It’s Not In Your Bloode… You Will Never Understande" live DVD:

"For marketing reasons and in agreement with Massacre Records we have put the live DVD on hold until the release of the new studio album. To make sure that we have honoured your patience, we are using the delay to add more bonus material. The new Stormwarrior album 'Heathen Warrior' will be released on 25.02.2011. We expect the Live DVD to be in the stores for the Summer festivals 2011."

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Fair To Midland Signs With E1 Music

Texas act Fair To Midland have signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music. The band's new album, which is planned for a sring release in 2011, will be produced by Joe Barresi who has also worked with Tool and Coheed and Cambria, amongst others. The new album will be the band's follow-up to "Fables from a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True."

Fair To Midland vocalist Darroh Sudderth commented on working with Producer Joe Barresi by saying:

"We're all huge fans of what Barresi did with Queens of the Stone Age. We wanted a stellar rock producer and were lucky enough to find one who has managed to find the happy medium between polish and performance."

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Parkway Drive Recieves Industry Award

Austrailian metalcore act Parkway Drive was honored in the "Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album" category at the 2010 ARIA Awards. The ARIA awards are an annual awards night celebrating the Australian music industry, put on by the Australian Record Industry Association. The ARIA Awards took place on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the Sydney Opera House.

"Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album" nominees were as follows:
1. AIRBOURNE - "No Guts, No Glory"
2. DEAD LETTER CIRCUS - "This is the Warning"
3. PARKWAY DRIVE - "Deep Blue"
4. THE AMITY AFFLICTION - "Youngbloods"
5. VIOLENT SOHO - "Violent Soho"

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Ektomorf Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Hungarian extreme act Ektomorf has revealed the tracklisting for its new album, "Redemption." The new CD is set for release on December 17 through AFM Records. "Redemption" was recorded at Antfarm studios in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen.

"Redemption" track listing:
1. Last Fight
2. Redemption
3. I’m In Hate
4. God Will Cut You Down
5. Stay Away
6. Never Should
7. Sea Of My Misery
8. The One (feat. Danko Jones)
9. Revolution
10. Cigany
11. Stigmatized
12. Anger
13. Kill Me Now (limited-edition bonus track)

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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Posts New Album Trailer

German extreme metal act Die Apokalyptischen Reiter has posted a new video trailer online to promote its forthcoming studio album. The album, titled "Moral & Wahnsinn," is set for release on on February 25, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the trailer below:

Here is the "Moral & Wahnsinn" tracklisting:

1. Die Boten
2. Gib Dich Hin
3. Hammer Oder Amboß
4. Dir Gehört Nichts
5. Dr. Pest
6. Moral & Wahnsinn
7. Erwache
8. Heimkehr
9. Wir Reiten
10. Hört Auf
11. Ein Liebes Lied

"Moral & Wahnsin" when translated into english means "Morality & Insanity."

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Dawn Of Ashes Posts New Music Video Online

California extreme metal act and Metal Blade Records recording artists Dawn Of Ashes has posted its new music video online. The video was directed by David H. Greathouse and shot for the track "Transformation Within Fictional Mutation." "Transformation Within Fictional Mutation" appears on the band's 2010 release "Genocide Chapters." You can view the video below:

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Agnostic Front To Enter Studio

New York Hardcore legends Agnostic Front have announced that it will enter Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, Florida tomorrow to begin recording the highly anticipated follow up to their 2007 release, "Warriors." 15 new songs will be recorded by Erik Rutan and produced by Madball's Freddy Cricien. This will be Agnostic Front's third release for Nuclear Blast and second produced by Freddy Cricien. The record is rumored for an early 2011 release.

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Gwen Stacy Calls It Quits

American metalcore act Gwen Stacy has posted the following statement online in regards to the band's decision to call it quits and disband:

"After six years, nineteen countries, countless US tours, two albums, and an EP, Gwen Stacy has decided call it quits. We feel like now is the best time to end the band and pursue other options and directions in life. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the bands career over the years.

"There are too many people to thank everyone individually, but we would like to send a special thanks to past members TJ Sego, Cole Wallace, Bobby Oakley, Josh Rickard, Mike Bryant, and Chris Suter, our manager Mark LaFay, Carl Severson and everyone else at what was Ferret Music, Once Nothing, Life In Your Way, Poison The Well, Haste The Day, Vanna, and every other band that we’ve been able to share the road with.

"Thank you as well to anyone who came out to a show, bought a shirt or cd, sang along, let us crash on their floor, or was just supportive in any way.

"A few of the members will be starting new projects and we will be updating our pages as these projects start to unfold. We want to assure everyone that we are splitting up on good terms. We’re all excited to see what everyone has in store for their future endeavors. Be sure to keep checking back to follow up with what everyone is doing.

"Our last show will be Saturday November 20th at Rhino’s, 331 S Walnut St. Bloomington, IN. Please come out and get gross with us one final time.

"Thanks again for everything…
Brent, Geoff, Patrick, Matt, and Brett"

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Periphery Announces U.K Tour With TesseracT

Bethesda, Maryland progressive metal act Periphery has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of the United Kingdom. The tour will also feature performances from progressive metal newcomers Tesseract and Monuments. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

01/31 Bristol, UK – Academy 2
02/01 Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
02/02 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
02/03 Newcastle, UK – Academy 2
02/04 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
02/05 Leeds, UK – TJ’s
02/06 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
02/08 Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
02/09 Reading, UK – The Face Bar
02/10 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
02/11 London, UK – Underworld

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Stick to Your Guns Announces U.K. Tour

Orange County, California metalcore act Stick To Your Guns has announced the dates for its forthcoming tour of the United Kingdom. The band have scheduled eight dates throughout the U.K and will be joined by Your Demise, Break Even and Letlive. The full list of dates, cities and venues can be found below:

02/20 Southampton, UK – Talking Heads
02/21 Birmingham, UK – Academy III
02/22 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
02/23 Newcastle, UK – Academy II
02/24 Leeds, UK – Cockpit
02/25 Manchester, UK – Sound Control
02/26 Newport, UK – Six Feet Under
02/27 London, UK – Underworld

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Awake Comments On Anniversary Show

U.K. based act Awake has issued the following update about playing an anniversary show:

"Hi everyone, a few bits of news for you from the Awake camp. The anniversary gig is happening this Saturday 13th November in our home town of Cambridge. We have 2 great support bands and a few surprises through the night. The evening kicks off at 7:30pm, entry is just £4, Get involved and party the metal way.

"This Thursday ( 11/11/10) we feature in the Cambridge news, so don't forget to grab yourself a copy! Friday (12/11/10) BBC radio Cambridge will be playing our album teaser track, Bleed from you. Tune in from 7pm. See you down the front."

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Trail Of Tears Issues Album Update

Trail of Tears has issued the following update about working on a new album:

"Hello friends! OK, so it's been a while since the last update from the Trail camp. The reason for this silence is simple: we have been keeping ourselves busy writing some new tunes and trying out a few ideas in the studio. We have to say that it has been a good experience and some of the ideas which have surfaced so far sound pretty damn exciting to our ears!

"We are continuing to write material for the next album and will spend a few more months creating something that will live up to our own expectations and goals and hopefully raise a few eyebrows as well! Check out the clip and keep your eyes and ears open for further updates!"

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Two Anathema Albums To See Vinyl Release

Peaceville Records has issued the following announcement about releasing two Anathema albums on vinyl:

"2 more classic titles are coming soon to the Peaceville vinyl store in the shape of Anathema's essential 'A Fine Day to Exit' & 'A Natural Disaster' albums. Both are set for a December 6th release & are available to pre-order now. They are presented on heavyweight vinyl with gatefold sleeve, & are limited to just 2000 numbered copies."

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Baptized In Blood Posts "Dirty's Back" Video

"[Justin Timberlake] brought sexy back, now we're bringin' dirty back! Dig it," Baptized in Blood guitarist Josh Torrance told Noisecreep.com. To illustrate the point, the Canadian 5-piece is premiering the video for the song "Dirty's Back" through the metal news site. Writes Noisecreep, "It's with unhinging excitement that we are proud to premiere the video for 'Dirty's Back,' which is likely the first look at this up-and-coming act for many." The video clip can be viewed below.

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Blizaro Streaming Two New Songs

Razorback Recordings has issued the following update about streaming two new songs online from Blizaro, who signed to the label earlier this year:

"2 new songs from Blizaro posted! Check out this location to hear 2 brand new songs from the upcoming Blizaro album, 'City of the Living Nightmare,' due out on Razorback very soon! The songs posted are: 'Midnight Lurkers' and 'Castle of Darkness.' Get ready for some heavy DOOM metal combined with amazing HORROR soundtrack music to create the ultimate hybrid of sound!"

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Abigail Williams Posts Album E-Card

Abigail Williams released the band's latest album "In The Absence of Light" on September 28th, 2010 via Candlelight Records. The band has now posted an e-card online featuring song samples and information about the album. You can check out the "In The Absence of Light" e-card this location.

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Church Of Misery Announces New Guitarist

Church of Misery has issued the following update about recruiting a new guitar player: "A new guitarist was decided at last. Kensuke Suto is new one who playing in Japanese heavy rock band Earthblow. We will strike back Europe 2011." You can also check out Church of Misery's music via the band's MySpace page.

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Dead By April To Record New Album

Dead By April has issued the following announcement about working on a new album to be released in 2011:

"The U.K. tour is over and we are back in Sweden again. We thank our very good friends in 'My Passion' for a good time this last weeks. Besides a few headline shows in Sweden and two gigs in Russia, all of our time is going to be in the studio recording the new album to be released early next year! And this new album will blow your mind away."

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God Dethroned Streaming Song From New Album

Dutch death metallers God Dethroned have announced that Bravewords.com will be premiering the second track from "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross," entitled "Storm Of Steel." The song perpetuates Henri Sattler's lyrical WWI theme and describes what it was like to go over the trench and be a part of a charge in the war of attrition style warfare for which WWI was best known. You can check out the song here. "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross," the bands 9th album, was recorded at the Soundlodge Studios in Leer, Germany.

Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler: "Musically the new album turned out to be one of the most extreme records we ever did. Nevertheless with the very recognizable God Dethroned hooks present in all the songs.Producer Joerg Uken outdid himself this time, because our new album is in my opinion the best produced album we ever had. Extremely raw, heavy, but crystal clear and super dynamic at the same time."

The "Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross" track listing:

1. The Declaration of War
2. Storm of Steel
3. Fire Storm
4. The Killing is Faceless
5. Under the Sign of the Iron Cross
6. Chaos Reigns at Dawn
7. Through Byzantine Hemispheres
8. The Red Baron
9. On Fields of Death

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Poison To Release New 2-CD Collection

Poison’s biggest hits and classic concert performances have been gathered for a new 2CD boxed collection to be released November 9 by Capitol/EMI. "Nothin’ But A Good Time: The Poison Collection" features the band’s most popular hits, including "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Unskinny Bop," and "Something To Believe In," as well as the 1991 concert recordings of "I Want Action," "Your Mama Don’t Dance," "Nothin’ But A Good Time," and many more. The new collection also includes an exclusive, limited edition "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" bandanna and a full-color booklet with band photos.

Poison’s singer Bret Michaels returned to national television this fall with an all-new VH1 series, "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It," premiering October 18. The new show follows Bret's life on the road and also reveals more about his home life than ever before, showing Bret hard at work and play on his sprawling compound where his daughters Raine and Jorja, who affectionately refer to him as "Poppa Rocka," and their mother, Kristi Gibson, also reside.

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Hate Eternal Recording Fifth Album

Hate Eternal is working on the band's fifth studio album (second for Metal Blade Records) and follow up to "Fury and Flames" once again at Erik Rutan's own Mana Recording Studios. JJ Hrubovcak has been added as the band's bassist.

Front man Erik Rutan offers the following update: "The band has been locked up in Mana Recording Studios doing pre-production for the past 2 months, finishing up songs that we have been writing over the last year in between tours and albums that I've produced, and we feel we have come up with one of Hate Eternal's heaviest, most twisted, evil, melodic, and insane albums yet.

"It was my goal to expand upon what the band has done in the past, and add new dynamics and twists to the traditional, dissonant Hate Eternal style, yet keep it in the same vein. It took the three of us really pushing ourselves, and digging deep into the essence of who we are as musicians and writers and players to create something very unique and special. We cannot wait for everyone to hear what we have in store. Look out for updates from the studio over the next few months."

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Persistense Performs First Show With New Guitarist

Persistense has issued the following statement about performing the band's first live show with new guitarist Hein:

"Last Friday night we played our first show with Hein on guitar. We played at the Best of Boschkilde festival, a 20th anniversary party. We didn’t have any time for a sound check or a line check so we just had to plug in and play. Hein was a little nervous about that but we definitely can say he did a great job. Some little mistakes here and there but we decided Hein will stay with the band.

"Right from the start of our show the crowd in front of the stage started a big moshpit and they didn’t stop until we played our last notes. Thanks for that dudes, it was great to have you there! You can check some live material at our YouTube channel. Coming up will be our show as support for Hail of Bullets. This show will take place next sunday at Hangar20, Breda. Hope to see you there again!"

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Sorrowful Angels Checks In With Activity Update

Greek act Sorrowful Angels has issued the following recap of recent shows and announcement about working on a new album:

"Dear friends, it has surely been a great and unforgettable weekend for the Angels family. Two very special shows for both us and Corpus as it was Kostas (SorAng) and Benno's (Corpus) farewell gigs.

"We had a great time and laughed a lot with all of the guys from Corpus. Our friendship has been established. Hailz to you friends Mehdi, Joeri, Steve, Tobias, Wim, Wouter, Benno. Then we would also like to thank everyone who showed up @ either JH Basement or JH De Far. It meant the world for us and made it so special! Cheerz to Marc and Jimmy from JH De Far you are major supporters of the Greek metal scene (and not only) .Without your help all this would have not been possible So, that's it. You witnessed the last gig(s) with Benno in coRPus and with Kostas in Sorrowful Angels.

"The next couple of months will be full silent work as we are preparing our next album, but you can check for updates on MySpace or on Facebook. Sorrowful Angels would like to thank Kostas for everything he has done up until now for the band, the hard work and devotion he has shown. Wish you all the best with your future pursuits."

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Circle Of Chaos Announces Polish Shows

Sweden's Circle of Chaos has issued the following announcement about lining up shows in Poland:

"Latest news from your favorite Chaos - our first gigs in Poland have been confirmed! On March the 4th 2011 we'll be playing at the Pandemonium Pub in Szczecin with our friends Influence from Poland. On Saturday the 5th the second gig will take place. More info about that gig will be posted soon. Cheers!"

The upcoming Circle of Chaos live shows are as follows:

12/12 2010 HARRY B JAMES /w Frantic Amber Stockholm, Stockholm, SWEDEN
1/13 2011 Blues Club Meisenfrei Bremen, GERMANY
1/14 2011 Club 99 /w Embodying the End (GER) Lübeck, S-H, GERMANY
1/15 2011 Juki42 /w Embodying the End (GER) Ahrensburg, S-H, GERMANY
3/4 2011 Pandemonium Pub /w Influence (PL) Szczecin, Zachodniop, POLAND
3/5 2011 TBA TBA, POLAND
4/22 2011 Club 99 /w Black out Beauty Lübeck, S-H, GERMANY
4/23 2011 JUZ Kleix /w Black out Beauty Greifswald, Mecklenbur, GERMANY

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Ragnor Comments On Band's Political Affiliation

Spanish black metal band Ragnor has issued the following brief statement regarding questions of the band's political ideology: "Due some threats of kicking out from gigs we need to explain the following: Ragnor is not a political band as has nothing to do with any kind of political ideology: both (from right and left wing)."

You can also catch Ragnor live on the following dates:

12/3 2010 Sala Casino Barcelona, España, SPAIN
12/4 2010 Haemorrhage Emetic Club (Antiguo Averno) Castellón de la Plana, Castellón, SPAIN

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Jack Slater Posts New "Slater TV" Episode

Germany's Jack Slater has posted the seventh edition of "Slater TV" online, which can be viewed below. This episode is entitled "Bambi Revolt!"

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InAllSenses Streaming Songs From New Album

Italy's InAllSenses has officially released the band's new album "Hysterical Psychosis." Several sample tracks from the album are currently available for streaming via the InAllSenses MySpace page. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Last Breath
2. Red Line
3. They Suck Your Soul
4. Tommy's Grave
5. Come Back To Hell
6. Psycho Killer
7. In The Gash
8. This World
9. Evil Time
10. War and Death

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LLVME Comments On New Lineup

Spanish act LLVME has issued the following announcement about the band's new lineup:

"We are very proud to announce our new line-up. During the last few months we were working to improve the band with new members. Oskar K-os, Nacho and Lord Valius left the band and Eric, David and Huevo joined Llvme. Some of the past members didn't have time for Llvme because of their jobs and other bands, so Nandu had to re-make Llvme with new musicians. Fortunately, we're able to announce that the new line-up is much better.

"The new line-up consists of: Eric - Vocals, guitars, Nandu - Guitars, keys, bagpipe, hurdy-gurdy, Huevo - Bass, David - Drums. The most important change is on vocals due to the necessity to improve it."

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Behemoth Frontman Finds Bone Marrow Donor

Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski, who is currently suffering from leukemia, has announced that he has finally found a matching bone marrow donor. A message from the singer (translated from Polish) reads as follows:

"Hello. Still from my hospital bed, but really in pretty good shape I am writing to inform you about my health and the further stages of treatment.

"At the moment I am on the fourth and final chemistry and more than 3 month stay in hospital. All the treatments went like a storm though not without some serious "holes". Thus, I close this stage of medications and will soon begin radiation, and then, waiting for my bone marrow.

"Yes, yes, we have a donor !:-))) More...

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Belphegor Reveals New Album Cover Artwork

Austrian death/black metallers BELPHEGOR have revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming album "Blood Magick Necromance." The album will be released on January 14th in Europe and February 8th in the US. It was designed by Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY etc).

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Threat Signal Comments On Upcoming European Tour

Canadian modern metallers THREAT SIGNAL are on the way to Europe in about two weeks.

Jon Howard comments, "Finally!!! We are flying our Canadian asses over to Europe. We've been looking forward to this moment since we started the band in 2005. We've finally made it happen and we couldn't be more excited! Since we didn't get a chance to tour our first record 'Under Reprisal' in Europe, we've decided we are going to include a lot of those songs in our set list. We will also be playing a few songs from our latest album 'Vigilance'. Raunchy and Sybreed have agreed to join us on the tour, which I'm very happy about. It’s great to play with such influential musicians and actually really enjoy watching the bands play every night. I've been a fan of these bands for years. So if you think your European asses can out drink a Canadian, come down to the show and let’s see what you got! We'll be hanging out in the crowd and it will be a party every single night. Looking forward to meeting all of you! Cheers" More...

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Nachtgeschrei Posts New Song Online

German metal band Nachtgeschrei has posted a new song, "An mein Ende," on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off of their new Album, "Ardeo," which will be released on November 26th.

The tracklisting for "Ardeo" [cover art] is as follows:

01. An mein Ende
02. Kein reiner Ort
03. Herzschlag
04. Herbst
05. Ad Astra
06. Ardeo
07. Ich hör nichts mehr
08. So weit wie nötig
09. Lichtschimmer
10. Hinter deinen Augen
11. Der Reisende

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Militia Parts Ways With Singer Matt Ulrichsen

MILITIA and singer Matt Ulrichsen has parted ways, sighting creative differences during the recording sessions of the bands untitled new cd.

The band comments on the decision, "After the initial recording of the opening track 'Seeing Red' the band was dissatisfied with the results and fired him. It was something that had to be done to maintain the integrity of the music. Ulrichsen was replaced by Bay Area singer Dan "DJ" Sanborn, who has given the band a 'heavier' sound while staying true to the integrity of the music. "

"When people hear this they will understand why we made this move. Scott Fraser and Sandborn have been collaborating and the pace of writing has been stepped up ten fold. The band is still on track for an early spring 2011 release. Look for the first track to be posted toward the end of November."

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Visions Of Atlantis Completes Mixing New Album

Austrian symphonic power metal band Visions Of Atlantis has issued the following update on the progress of their new album:

"Today we finished the mix of our new album and it sounds great. Now its time for the mastering .
the release date will be announced soon ."

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Unearthing The Nashville Metal Underground, Pt. II

Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we shine a light on promising bands coming out of the darkness of the underground. Nashville, TN is the music business center of the United States, and isn’t without its fair share of shadows where bands outside of the mainstream get their start.

This week we feature the best classic speed/thrash metal band you’ve never heard of – Nashville’s “Intruder,” whose roots date back to 1984. We also have a classic metal band by the name of “Oblivion Myth,” and a female-fronted modern band known as, “Love’s Tragedy.”

Because Nashville is such a draw, most of the metal scenes from around the state of Tennessee tend to spill over into Nashville in order to gain exposure. Nashville also boasts more music venues than the surrounding areas. The Exit/In, The Muse, The End, and The Rutledge are popular venues for Nashville’s heavier side.

Intruder

Formerly known as “Avatar” and “Transgressor,” Intruder made their bones during the heyday of the 1980s, at the same time the “big four” were making theirs. The band released three albums in total and made a brief run with Metal Blade Records before formally splitting up in 1992. Without much support from Metal Blade, the band still enjoyed moderate success with a legion of fans and reunited in 2002. Since then, they have headlined the Headbangers Open Air in Germany and have played the Classic Metal Festival in Ohio and Keep It True Festival in Germany. Their albums feature artwork designed by comic artists Fastner & Larson.

Currently lying in wait in the Nashville underground, Intruder are looking at recording updated versions of their classic songs for a future release, alongside a few new songs. Vocalist Jimmy Hamilton’s style is a classic blend of metal styles, backed up by gang vocals from the rest of the band. Drummer John Pieroni pens most of the lyrics and boasts a distinctly thrash drumming style with fast footwork and progressive leanings. Guitarists Arthur Vinnett and Greg Messick have a highly technical coordinated assault and bassist Chris Veach rounds out the band. Songs from their albums, “Live to Die,” “A Higher Form of Killing,” and “Psycho Savant” can be heard at their MySpace page More...

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Hypnotic Dirge Posts Free Compilation Online

To celebrate two-years of activity, Hypnotic Dirge Records has released an extensive compilation, entitled "Melancholic Epiphany (The Trance Formation is Shattered)," for free download. The compilation includes songs exclusive to the compilation by some high-profile guests, some previously released Hypnotic Dirge material, some upcoming stuff from future releases, as well as three music video premieres, some essays and short stories, and complete album artwork with a full theme, and notes from the artists and contributors.

Here's the tracklisting for "Melancholic Epiphany (The Trance Formation is Shattered):"

I - The Foetal Mind - "Big Crunch"
II - Funereal - "Of That Which Lies Beneath..."
III - Funeral Fornication - "Stargates Eternal Beheld My Nightmares"
IV - Exiled From Light - "We Writhe As Worms"
V - netra - "Outside...Alone"
VI - Ancient Tundra - "The Shimmering Radiance of a Thousands Stars"
VII - Njiqahdda - "Nji taaevaasti vortaa est flaami"
VIII - Neige et Noirceur - "Croix de Feu, Croix de Fer"
IX - Funeral in Heaven - "Bhandhana"
X - Autaric - "Cremation Divine"
XI - Old Forgotten Lands - "Hour of the Wolf"

Video
XII - netra - "La Page" (Music Video)
XIII - Njiqahdda - "Nji taaevaasti vortaa est flaami" (Music Video)
XIV - Old Forgotten Lands - "Hour of the Wolf" (Music Video)
XV - The Foetal Mind - "La Corde Rouge" (Music Video)
XVI - Exiled From light - "There is no beauty left here..." (Promo Video)
XVII - The Foetal Mind - "The Grand Contraction" (Promo Video)

Text
XVIII - "The Origin of Values" Essay by: N. Skog
XIX - "The Bleak House" Short story by: Vultyrous
XX - "Nji taaevaasti vortaa est flaami" by: Njiqahdda

Over the past year, Hypnotic Dirge Records has evolved to become a more metal-based record label with less ambient artists on its roster, and more metal-based releases on the way. (see: netra, The Foetal Mind, Funeral Fornication, Neige et Noirceur, etc.) and this compilation is also an indication on the evolution of Hypnotic Dirge Records.

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