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Metal News for November 9, 2011

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46 news articles posted on this day.

Mike IX Williams Does A Reading

Mike IX Williams of eyehategod and Arson Anthem read poetic excerpts from his book "Cancer as a Social Activity" released earlier this year. Video footage of the reading can be viewed below. Ryan McKern, noise master in his band with Mike IX called The Guilt Of..., provided background musical noise on some pieces. The reading took place at Euclid Records in New Orleans, LA, just before Mike performed with eyehategod for their Halloween show at Siberia on October 28th. More...

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Society 1 Streaming Entire Album Online

The new Society 1 album "A Journey From Exile" has been made available as a free digital download at this location. The band has decided to release the album for free after vocalist Lord Zane announced he would be unable to fulfill touring obligations due to a lingering neck injury.

During rehearsals it became apparent that touring for an extended period of time would cause to much damage to Zane's already aggravated physical condition. According to the band, Zane sustained the injury in 2008 when setting a world record for body suspension where he hung for six hours with four metal hooks pierced through his upper back.

"I remember feeling as if something was burning from the base of my skull to the middle of my back on the left side after the suspension. I figured I just needed time to heal but about a month later I didn't feel that much better. I went to a few doctors and they told me I would barely be able to walk in three years. Since then I have undergone a multitude of therapies and I believed I was ready to get back out there and perform but unfortunately it's still to painful," explains Zane.

The band agreed to go on hiatus and pursue other projects while Zane focused on his recovery. "I didn't want to prevent my band members (Dirt Von Karloff -Bass, Presotn Nash -Drums, Billie Stevens -Guitar) from getting out there and doing what they love. All of us are still going to be involved in music but working separately makes more sense at the moment. I am going to continue to write, record music and shoot video's but performing live is something that is going to have to wait. I have began a new more aggressive therapy regimen and I'll see where it can get me in a few months. I love performing and fully plan to get back out there even if it means limited shows in the future." More...

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Pain Is A Narcotic Recording New Album

Adelaide, South Australia based depressive black metal band Pain is a Narcotic is currently in the process of a recording a new full-length album to be titled "Melancholy Winter." The band, which originally formed in 2009, recently signed to Smell the Stench Records for the release of the album.

Pain is a Narcotic stated the "Melancholy Winter" album will deal with themes of winter's affect on depression leading towards suicide. The band is also currently planning a run of shows to promote the upcoming release.

To check out more information on Pain is a Narcotic, navigate your browser over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Torture Killer Issues EP Update

Torture Killer has checked in with the following update about working on a new EP to feature the band's recently recruited vocalist:

"Latest news: the new 3 song EP is almost done, mixing seems to be where it needs to be and finally we are at the ballpark which we've been looking for all these years.

"This will also be the first appearance of our new singer, Pessi Haltsonen. Check his other band Retaliatory Measures to check his vocal range, he's a perfect fit - a human powerhouse and his vocals are crushing.

"The EP will also include a cover version of an old Demigod song from Unholy Domain demo, an artwork done by Mark Riddick and will carry the name 'I chose death.' No release date yet. More info as things move along."

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Nemesea Posts Full Album Preview

Dutch band Nemesea posted a full album stream of the forthcoming third LP "The Quiet Resistance." The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through Napalm Records.

Check out the album here:

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Obscura Announces Demo Collection

German metal quartet Obscura has announced the band's first ever demo collection, entitled "Illegimitation," which is set to be released independently by the band this March. The collection will include ten never-before-heard tracks, including the band's earliest recordings from 2003, unreleased songs from the "Cosmogenesis" sessions of 2006, and brand new cover songs with the newest line-up from 2011.

Obscura has decided to release a special, limited-time pre-order for "Illegimitation" through Kickstarter.com. The album's tracklisting, cover art, and numerous, unique packages are available directly from the band now at this location.

Obscura's Steffen Kummerer commented on the release, "This will be a independent release so we can give our fans the opportunity to participate in the project and offer special packages such as a livelong free entry to all Obscura shows, limited edition items, face to face lessons with our members, and tour used gear from the band!"

Additionally, Obscura recently kicked-off their first North American headline tour in support of the latest album "Omnivium." The Metalunderground.com sponsored tour began on Nov. 4 in Wilmington, Delaware and runs through Dec. 7 with support from Abysmal Dawn, Last Chance to Reason, and Enfold Darkness. Dates are as follows: More...

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Bloodworks Streaming "Your Bloody Remains"

U.K. based death metal act Bloodworks has posted a track online titled "Your Bloody Remains," which is available for streaming in the player below. You can also check out the previously posted "Dead and Buried" track after the jump. Further details on Bloodworks can be found by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

Your Bloody Remains by Bloodworks More...

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Unbodied Streaming New Song

Unbodied, a new band featuring ex-members of Karen Page and Nova Prospect and current members of Cryptic Abuse and Abigail Williams, has released a new song. Check out the song "Filth and Fertilization" below, which is taken from the band's upcoming self-titled debut EP.


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Dancing With Paris Announces New Shows

Canada's Dancing With Paris will be heading out on a string of Ontario tour dates with Famous Last Words in December. The currently announced dates are as follows:

Dec 8 - Barrie / The Mansion
Dec 9 - Oshawa / The Green Bottle
Dec 10 - Woodstock / Academy of Music Centre
Dec 11 - Belleville / Parkdale Community Centre
Dec 12 - Toronto / Hard Luck
Dec 14 - St. Catherines / City LightsDec 15 - Cambridge / 515
Dec 16 - Guelph / Army Navy
Dec 17 - Chatham, ON - TBA
Dec 18 - Brantford, ON - Club Sagittarius

Dancing With Paris also premiered the new song "Brazen Bull" online through Metalunderground.com earlier this summer. You can check out the track here. More...

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Black Skies To Play Release Show Tonight

In conjunction with the unleashing of the self-released "On The Wings Of Time" full-length, North Carolina bottom-heavy power trio Black Skies will play a special record release show tonight November 9th, 2011 at King's in Raleigh, North Carolina. The show will serve as a warm-up for the band's upcoming tour set to kick off November 14th in Asheville. More info is available here.

"On The Wings Of Time" is currently available at Black Skies shows on digital download cards included with the purchase of a limited edition, silk-screened poster. A CD version with alternate cover art will also be available at shows throughout the tour. The album will available in downloadable format through various online outlets. You can also check out "On The Wings Of Time" in its entirety at the band's official Bandcamp page.

Upcoming Black Skies tour dates are as follows:

11/09/2011 Kings – Raleigh, NC (special CD release show)
11/14/2011 The Get Down - Asheville, NC*
11/15/2011 Caledonia Lounge - Athens, GA*
11/16/2011 The Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN*
11/17/2011 Crayola House - Harrisonburg, VA*
11/18/2011 31st St Pub - Pittsburgh, PA*
11/19/2011 The Comet - Cincinnati, OH*
11/20/2011 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
11/21/2011 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
11/22/2011 Carabar - Columbus, OH
11/23/2011 Sneaky Dee's - Toronto, ON
11/24/2011 Casa Del Popolo - Montreal QC**
11/25/2011 The Arm Factory - Portland, ME**
11/26/2011 Flywheel Arts Collective - Easthampton, MA**
11/27/2011 St. Vitus - Brooklyn, NY**
11/28/2011 JRs - Philly, PA**
11/29/2011 Cellar Door - Annandale, VA
* w/ MAKE
** w/ Vaz

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Furan Posts Collaborative Video

Santiago, Chile based solo artist Furan has posted a collaborative video online with fellow Chilean band The Void for the song "Vermin." The clip was shot in Chile and Japan and can be viewed below. You can also check out more of Furan's music by heading over to the project's Facebook profile here.

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Daylight Dies Posts Studio Update

North Carolina melodic death metal band Daylight Dies posted a new studio update video showing the band gearing up to record the follow up to 2008's "Lost To The Living."

Check out the video here:

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Fomento Posts "Necropotency" Lyric Video

Italian metallers Fomento have set "To Persevere Is Diabolical" as the title of their new full-length album due out in early 2012 via Coroner Records. Production duties were once again handled by frontman Marco Krasinski and the album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Matteo Gabbianelli at Kutso Noise Home Studio in Rome, Italy.

"To Persevere Is Diabolical" features 11 new tracks and as frontman Marco Krasinski said: "Each song takes you by surprise and slams you in the balls with punishing riffs and brutal drum assaults."

After their anti-emo single "Kill FashionCore," Fomento's got also a new anathem called "Necropotency" which is a blistering attack against reunion bands and what they stand for in today's music industry. The lyric video for "Necropotency" can be seen below. More...

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Gross Misconduct Posts "Of Redemption" Video

Canadian-based death/thrash band Gross Misconduct has released a video for "Of Redemption," the lead track off the band’s forthcoming album "The Disconnect." Check out the clip below. Comments the band:

“We bought a keg of beer, invited dozens of friends to our practice space for a couple of hours and this is the result. We hope you like it. Rest assured, this is but a small taste of what’s to come on our new album…”

Of Redemption was filmed and directed by Rob Trendiak and Alex Tranq. The band recently released a separate track off the album called “Our First Perversion,” which can be heard by going to this location. "The Disconnect" will be released on Friday, November 11. More...

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In This Moment Announces Lineup Changes

In This Moment has issued the following announcement about splitting with drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel:

"To our ITM friends and family,

"We want to announce that Jeff and Blake are no longer a part of In This Moment. They have left the band to support American Idol contestant James Durbin, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. We are embracing this change with open arms, and a renewed spirit…. sometimes you have to let go of whats in your hands to reach for something greater!

"In the meantime, we are back in the studio, writing for our new album and the new songs are sounding better than anything we've done to date, we are aiming for a summer 2012 release so get ready and look out for a bigger and badder ITM in the coming year, thank you again to our friends and fans for all your love and support!"

You can check out In This Moment tracks and find more info on the group by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Vildhjarta Streaming New Track

Vildhjarta posted the new song "Phobon Nika" (heard below). The song will appear on the forthcoming LP "Måsstaden" due out on November 28th in Europe and November 29th in North America via Century Media Records.

The track listing for "Måsstaden" is as follows:

1. Shadow
2. Dagger
3. Eternal Golden Monk
4. Benblåst
5. Östpeppar
6. Traces
7. Phobon Nika
8. Måsstadens Nationalsång
9. When No One Walks With You
10. All These Feelings
11. Nojja
12. Deceit
13. The Lone Deranger

VILDHJARTA - Phobon Nika by Century Media Records

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Soilwork Writing New Songs

Björn "Speed" Strid of Soilwork has checked in with the following update about writing new material for an upcoming album:

"Hey, hey! Speed reporting to you from Toronto. As you can see I'm alive and well and wearing somewhat of a canadian tuxedo and the inevitable presence of two polar bears behind me to back it up.

"We are currently doing some songwriting for the next album, however that doesn't mean that we're done touring for our latest album, some very cool tours and shows will be announced soon...

"I will keep you in the loop from now on with weekly reports about the Soilwork camp and aboot my canadian la dolce vita! Talk soon!"

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Solstafir Announces Finnish Tour

Iceland's Solstafir has announced an upcoming Finnish tour alongside Hexvessel in support of the band's new album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). The currently announced dates are as follows:

19.04.12 FIN Helsinki DOM
20.04.12 FIN Tampere Yo-Talo
21.04.12 FIN Jyväskylä Lutakko
22.04.12 FIN Oulu Nuclear Nightclub
23.04.12 FIN Turku Klubi

You can also check out footage of Solstafir performing the new song "Fjara" on Icelandic television by heading over here.

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Dragonland Posts New Video Teaser

Dragonland has posted a video feature describing Dûrnir's Forge, a location appearing on the band's forthcoming album "Under the Grey Banner." You can check out the clip below, or find the previously posted video describing the Royal City of Westmar.

"Under the Grey Banner" is due out November 18th, 2011 and the track listing is as follows:

1. Ilmarion
2. Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains
3. The Tempest
4. A Thousand Towers White
5. Fire And Brimstone
6. The Black Mare
7. Lady Of Goldenwood
8. Dûrnir's Forge
9. The Trials Of Mount Farnor
10. Throne Of Bones
11. Under The Grey Banner
12. Ivory Shores

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Rose Funeral Joining Full Blown Chaos On Tour

Rose Funeral released "Gates of Punishment" (reviewed here) on September 27th and the band will now be heading out on a tour with Full Blown Chaos, Battlecross, and Diamond Plate. Rose Funeral will be joining the tour on November 15th in Spartanburg, SC.

Recently, Rose Funeral shot a video for Beyond the Entombed. The video is dark, blasphemous and will be premiering worldwide soon. Until then, here are some still photos from the shoot.

Dates are as follows:

11/11 Trenton, NJ Championships *no Rose Funeral
11/12 Towson, MD The Recher Theater *no Rose Funeral
11/13 Fayetteville, NC The Rock Shop *no Rose Funeral
11/15 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
11/16 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
11/17 Nashville, TN The Muse
11/18 Little Rock, AR The Village
11/19 Oklahoma City, OK Big Papa’s Poor House
11/20 Fort Worth, TX Tomcats
11/22 St. Louis, MO Fubar
11/23 Topeka, KS Booby Trap
11/24 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue and 7th Street Entry
11/25 Des Moines, IA House Of Bricks
11/26 Chicago, IL Reggies Rock Club
11/27 La Crosse, WI The Warehouse
11/28 Joliet, IL Mojoes
11/29 Louisville, KY Keswick Democratic Club
12/01 Wheeling, WV Yesterdays Pub
12/02 Greensburg, PA 42nd Street Rock Club
12/03 Buffalo, NY Sonic Indian More...

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Hatesphere Updates Tour Schedule

Denmark's Hatesphere has added on two more dates to the band's current run of U.K. live shows. The upcoming Hatesphere shows are as follows:

9/11: Juz Explosiv, Graz, Austria
10/11: Escape, Vienna, Austria
11/11: Culture Factory Y, Lustenau, Austria
12/11: Lygten Station, Copenhagen, Denmark
2/12: Sigurdsgatan 25, Västerås, Sweden
3/12: Backstage, Konsert & Kongress, Linköbing, Sweden
10/12: Club de B, Torhout, Belgium
11/12: The Well, Leeds, UK
12/12: Underworld, London, UK
13/12: Nachtleben, Frankfurt, Germany
14/12: Underground 2, Cologne, Germany
15/12: Vortex, Siegen, Germany
16/12: Glazart, Paris, France
17/12: Turock, Essen, Germany

Further details on Hatesphere and the band's upcoming tour dates are available via MySpace.

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Earache To Release Grindcore Collection

Earache records has announced that they will be releasing a five disc box set comprising of four different grindcore bands. The collection will be released on November 14th and will include albums from Napalm Death, Insect Warfare, Wormrot and Narcosis. It is available to pre-order now for the price of £19.99 ($32 in the United States.)

The albums featured include:

* Napalm Death - From Enslavement To Obliteration
* Insect Warefare - World Extermination
* Wormrot - Abuse (limited edition including bonus disc featuring 34 extra tracks)
* Narcosis - Best Served Cold: Discography 1998 - 2007

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Iron Savior Streaming New Song

German power metal band Iron Savior are streaming the new track "Starlight" from the upcoming album "The Landing" (heard below). The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records.

The song will be active for the next 24 hours, as the band plan to stream one new track each day until the release of the album.

The track listing for "The Landing" is:

1. Descending
2. The Savior
3. Starlight
4. March Of Doom
5. Heavy Metal Never Dies
6. Moment In Time
7. Hall Of The Heroes
8. R. U. Ready
9. Faster Than All
10. Before The Pain
11. No Guts No Glory

IRON SAVIOR - The Landing (2011) - 03 - Starlight by AFM Records

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Bodyfarm Releases Video

Dutch metallers Bodyfarm have released a video for the track "Slaves of War," taken from their debut EP. Bodyfarm is currently working on an eleven track, full length album, "Malevolence," slated for release early next year. The album promises to have a cover song from a legendary old school death metal band. Bodyfarm also has a couple of live dates planned:

November 25th - Hamburg (DE) @ Bambi Galore
December 23rd - Zeist (NL) w/ Hail of Bullets

You can check out the recording process for Bodyfarm's new video on the band's YouTube channel. More...

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Hammer Fight Releasing EP

New Jersey metal'n'roll quartet Hammer Fight is releasing it's self-titled debut EP, which will contain a cover of the AC/DC song "If You Want Blood (You Got It)." The band is streaming some songs from it on it's ReverbNation page. The tracklisting is as follows:

Down The Line
Stuck in the Chamber
Tears of Unfathomable Sadness
School of Rock
Get Wrecked
If You Want Blood (You Got It)

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Coldworker Reveals New Album Art

Coldworker has checked in with the following announcement about revealing the artwork for the band's new album:

"Today we are happy to unveil the artwork for 'The Doomsayer's Call.' It's made by the very talented Swedish artist Pär Olofsson who previously has worked with bands like Malevolent Creation, Immolation, Immortal, Exodus, Dying Fetus and many more.

"The work Pär did for us followed our strict instructions and perhaps not his usual style, but we are all extremely happy with the result.

"And here you have it - the cover for 'The Doomsayer's Call.' Exact release date and the first taste of the album is coming soon...

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Irdorath Signs With Massacre Records

Austrian black metal band Irdorath has signed with Massacre Records. The band is planning for a January 2012 release for "Dekonstrunkteur Des Fleisches," the band's self-released 2010 sophomore LP.

The press release reads:

"The history of the thrash/black metal band started in 2005, when Markus (guitar) and three other musicians formed the band IRDORATH. The first demo 'Erwachen' and the first album 'Götterdämmerung' were recorded and the first gigs were played.

"During the work on the second album some lineup changes happened. Since then Thomas is playing the drums and Esche is playing the rhythm guitar.

"The second album 'Dekonstrukteur Des Fleisches' was recorded at the 'Soundtempel - Studio' and was produced by Stefan Traunmüller. After finishing the record the singer and the bassist left the band.

"Markus took over the singing part in addition to the lead guitar and Mario joined the band as the new bassist. Now the lineup is complete again and stronger than ever."

" 'Dekonstrunkteur Des Fleisches' is going to be released in late January 2012!"

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Autumns Eyes Premieres New Song, "Ichabod"

Metalunderground.com brings you the exclusive premiere of the lead track off Autumns Eyes' new album, "Please Deceive Me." The song, titled "Icabod," can be heard in the player below.

Dan Mitchell commented on the song:

The track itself has it's own identity, as with most songs on 'Please Deceive Me'. However, the meaning is definitely more personal than the other tracks. It was written for my son, who is yet to be born. Some will call it corny, but I didn't write this for anyone else but my son. It's basically a promise to him before he enters the world. One day when he's old enough to make fun of his old man, I'll be ready for the insults. For now, it's more of a personal dedication. Besides, you can only go so far trying to be a tough guy who writes evil lyrics in this genre.

Here's the complete "Please Deceive Me" tracklisting:

1. Ichabod
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
6. Pangea
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road

"Please Deceive Me" was delayed from its planned Halloween release following a freak October snow storm that caused major power outages in the Northeast. The album will be released "soon" and you'll be able to hear the full album stream here first.

In related news, the winners of the Metalunderground.com-sponsored Autumns Eyes Halloween costume contest have been announced. You can see them here, along with rest of the entries.

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Castrofate Posts Song From New Album Online

After previously posting the song "Thunder Clap" online, New York based act Castrofate has now made another new song available for streaming off the new album "Systematic Suicie."

You can listen to the track "Cleansing The Earth" through the player available below. More information on Castrofate can be found by navigating to the band's Facebook profile.

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Alcest Posts New Album Artwork

Alcest has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "Les Voyages De L'Âme," and the cover artwork for the release has now been posted online and is available below. More details on the album will be announced as they are made available.

A music video was also shot for a new single taken from the album, titled "Autre Temps," which will be released in December. A teaser for the single can be found at this location.

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Mael Mordha Recording New Album

Irish doom metal outfit Mael Mordha has announced that the band has entered Foel Studios in Wales to begin recording a fourth album. The record will be produced by Chris Fielding and feature seven new songs.

Guitarist Gerry Clince stated: "We are looking forward to recording at a location like Foel. It’s very secluded, miles from anywhere and that means we’ll be completely free from distractions and can live and breathe this album 24/7 for the two weeks we are here. We are excited about working with Chris too. He has some great ideas about how to do this one differently and we can’t wait to get started."

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Insomnium Posts European Tour Trailer

Insomnium will be hitting the road later this month for the "One For Sorrow" European tour alongside Before the Dawn and My Grain. A teaser for the tour is now online and can be viewed below.

Dates for the European trek are as follows:

14.11.11 Holland Rotterdam Baroeg
15.11.11 UK London Underworld
16.11.11 Belgium Antwerpen Trix
17.11.11 Switzerland Aarau Kiff
18.11.11 Slovenia Ljubljana Gala Hala
19.11.11 Austria Wien Arena
20.11.11 Czech Rep Prague Klub Matrix
21.11.11 Germany München Feierwerk
22.11.11 Germany Würzburg Posthalle
23.11.11 Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof
24.11.11 Germany Leipzig Conne Island
25.11.11 Germany Hamburg Markthalle Marx
26.11.11 Germany Essen Turock
27.11.11 Germany Berlin Comet

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Saxon's Biff Byford To Appear On "That Metal Show"

Saxon has issued the following announcement about Biff Byford appearing on VH1's "That Metal Show:"

"Mark your calenders for Saturday, December 10 at 11 p.m., and watch as Biff Byford joins Eddie Trunk on VH1 Classic's 'That Metal Show.'

"Living up to the programs motto of 'Distilling decades of your favorite hard rock and heavy metal into sixty minutes of mayhem,' Biff will be featured along with Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick and Marilyn Manson, who has a confession to make about the influence Saxon made on him as a young man.

"AIR DATE: That Metal Show - Saturday, December 10 at 11 p.m., only on VH1 Classic"

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Lapis Lazuli Confirmed For "Westbay Heaven & Hell"

Swedish symphonic metal band Lapis Lazuli confirmed that the band will play at the upcoming festival "Westbay Heaven & Hell" in Västervik, Sweden from May 18-19, 2012. Other bands announced thus far are Gormathon, Storm Hold, Lucy Seven, Deals Death, Saint Deamon and Mono Scream.

Meanwhile, the band are set to self-release the new LP "A Justified Loss," the band's second LP this year ("A Loss Made Forever" was released in June). No date has yet been announced.

1. Facing Demons
2. Leaving Scars
3. High
4. Angel Without Wings
5. Burning Bridges
6. Alive
7. Lies
8. Faith Forgotten
9. Leave it all Behind

For a taste of Lapis Lazuli, check out the band's music video for "The Silence" from "A Loss Made Forever" here:

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Epica Announces First Wave Of 2012 Tour Dates

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica announced the first wave of 2012 tour dates in support of the forthcoming, as of yet untitled, new LP due out on March 9, 2012.

The following are confirmed dates thus far:

March 2012:

- 16: TILBURG 013 (NL)
- 29: KARLSRUHE Substage (GER)

April 2012:

- 14: LAUSANNE LES DOCKS (Switzerland)
- 16: ROME ORION (It)
- 22: PORTO HARD CLUB (Portugal)
- 27: PRATTELN Z7 (Switzerland)

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The Man-Eating Tree Posts New Music Video

Finnish atmospheric gothic metal band The Man-Eating Tree posted a new music video for the song "Armed." The song appears on the forthcoming Century Media Records release "Harvest," which is due out on November 28, 2011.

The track listing for "Harvest" is as follows:

1. Harvest Bell
2. At The Green Country Chapel
3. Code Of Surrender
4. Armed
5. Like Mute Companions
6. Exhaled
7. Down To The Color Of The Eye
8. Incendere
9. All You Kept Free
10. Karsikko

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Rage Posts Song Updates For New LP

German power metal band Rage has posted additional song updates on the band's Official Website as the group records a new LP, tentatively entitled "Twenty One." Vocalist/bassist Peavy Wagner gives the following descriptions of "Psycho Terror," "Forever Dead" and "Twenty One:"

"Psycho Terror"

Music: André Hilgers / Victor Smolski
Lyrics: Peavy Wagner

"This song shows André together with Victor first time as a composer. It has super heavy riffing and a well-fitting hymn like chorus. Here, Victor is able to work out a real fat basis with halting midtempo killer grooves and droptunig. The arrangement developes up to a short drum solo at the end.

The words are about bad experiences in relationships..." More...

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Necronomicon Signs With Massacre Records

German thrash legends Necronomicon have signed with Massacre Records. The band will release new album "Invictus," more details of which will surface soon. The press release reads:

"Since 28 years the band members are dedicating their lives to thrash metal. Everything began in 1984 when four young men, Freddy, Lars Honeck, Jürgen Weltin (Jogi) and Axel, decided to form NECRONOMICON.

"Recognizing the urban character and punk roots that made the band so original, fans and media alike responded enthusiastically to the debut album 'Necronomicon'. NECRONOMICON’s second album, 'Apocalyptic Nightmare' was released in 1987 and interest in the band continued to grow significantly worldwide.

"The legendary album 'Escalation' followed, climbing to the Top 30 in the Rock Charts in Greece. Unfortunately, co-founders Jogi, Lala and Axel were unable to continue with the band, leaving Freddy as the only original member, and he made NECRONOMICON his life’s purpose and passion.

"During the following years, NECRONOMICON released further albums and demos. Even the toughest critics would have to agree that a band which has a fan base that has not only remained loyal, but constantly pulls in new young fans must be endowed with a character and identity all of its own that makes it stand out from the masses.

"Since December 2010, Freddy had been busy writing new songs for the highly anticipated new album, 'Invictus' which will be produced at the Arsen Music Studios in Breisach and Berlin. Sound guru Achim Köhler will once again handle the mix and mastering. The guest musicians are none other than Randy Black (Ex-Annihilator) and Ben Krahl (Final Kings).

"Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind - NECRONOMICON has never been stronger! Beware the beast!" More...

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Within Temptation Posts Tour Vlog #10

Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation has posted the ninth episode of a behind the scenes vlog series from the band's current tour in Europe in support of the LP "The Unforgiving." In this video, the band shows performances in Sweden.

Check out the video here:

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Primal Fear Posts Studio Update, Pt. III

German power metal band Primal Fear has posted part three of the studio update on the recording of the band's new LP "Unbreakable." The band is set to release new LP "Unbreakable" on January 27, 2012.

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Alice Cooper To Headline Bloodstock 2012

The organizers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival have announced that American shock rock king Alice Cooper will be headlining the main stage next year, in what will be his only British festival performance. Festival booker Vicky Gregory comments:

"As Bloodstock organizers but more importantly Huge fans of Alice Cooper, we are thrilled to have such an iconic artist close proceedings on the Sunday night! We have been after Alice for a number of years and are extremely excited to see him grace the Ronnie James Dio stage and guarantee this will be a performance not to be missed."

The event will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th - 12th and will feature the following bands:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Corrosion Of Conformity
Dimmu Borgir
Paradise Lost

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin

More bands will be confirmed soon.

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Nightwish Posts New Music Video Online

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish has posted a new music video online for the song "Storytime." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "Imaginaerum," which will be released on the following dates:

Finland - November 30th
Europe - December 2nd
Australia - January 6th
Brazil - January 10th
North America - January 10th
Japan - January 11th
New Zealand - January 16th More...

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Swallow The Sun Releases New Album Details

This morning, Swallow the Sun has announced some details for the band's new album, set to be released early 2012.

The album was recorded at Drum Forest Studios in Viitasaari, as well as Sonic Pump Studios and Noisework studios in Helsinki. It is set to be released February 1st, 2012 through Spinefarm records. Some guest musicians will be appearing on the album, including Aleah Stanbridge of Trees of Eternity, who will be appearing on two tracks, and Anette Olzon of Nightwish, featured on the track "Cathedral Walls."

"We are proud to announce details of our fifth full length album, titled 'Emerald Forest and the Blackbird.' It will feature 10 tracks of the trademark Swallow the Sun sound of gloom, beauty and despair, and the track list is as follows:

1. Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
2. This Cut is the Deepest
3. Hate, Lead the Way
4. Cathedral Walls (feat. Anette Olzon)
5. Hearts Wide Shut
6. Silent Towers
7. Labyrinth of London (Horror Pt. IV)
8. Of Death and Corruption
9. April 14th
10. Night will Forgive Us

"The album will be mastered by Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Amorphis, Sentenced, etc.) at Finnvox Studios. The artwork is once again made by Rami Mursula, whose imagery sets the perfect mood for the album."

Check the Swallow the Sun website here for more information on the upcoming album.

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Havok, Goatwhore, Exhumed Execute Well in Chicago

Everyone has gaps in their experience, even with things they love. I, for example, have never seen "Caddyshack," despite enjoying comedy films. So when the call came from HQ for me to cover the MetalUnderground.com sponsored North American tour of Exhumed, Goatwhore, and Havok, I was a little thrown – who were these bands and what did they play?

I knew a little of Goatwhore from various heavy metal publications, and Havok had been getting some good pub on MetalUnderground.com recently, but I knew little of their music. And Exhumed, a goregrind band from Northern California, had been completely off my radar up until now, as grind isn’t my bag. But I figured this was a good shot for completely unbiased show viewing. So I pulled on my man-pants, grabbed my helmet, and did this thing. More...

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Prophet Fulfilled Streaming New Track

Canadian act Prophet Fulfilled has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online from the band's recently released self-titled album:

"Hey all brothers and sisters!

"We just released another new track off our brand new self titled album! You can check it out at Prophet Fulfilled under 'Band Page.' Be sure to 'like' the group, and leave us some words!

"Soothingly smooth intro into a burst of full on metal, we bring you...'Fallen From Divinity.' Spread the word, rally together, and join the cause at Prophet Fulfilled!"

You can check out the new track "Fallen From Divinity" by heading over to this location.

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Seamless Issues Album Update

Arkansas act Seamless has checked in with the following update about working on a new album and announcement about recruiting a new member:

"Hey guys! We are absolutely knocking out this LP! This is going to be a 12, possibly 13 track full length record that we are really excited about. I know we have been taking it slow lately but we are getting back into the groove and getting stuff done.

"In other news, we have added a new member to the family! Micah Reynolds will be doing some additional vocals as well as some keyboards and our live sound such as sample triggering, live mixing, etc. Welcome this fool!"

Seamless also previously posted a pre-production track titled "LSK" online, which can be heard at this location.

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