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Metal News for December 1, 2009

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34 news articles posted on this day.


Tales From The Pit: The Power Of Joose

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week The Carrier drummer Mike shares one with us:

"Well Rain Fest 2008 was our first fest ever, and our first ever show on the West Coast (Or Northwest, whatever). It was also the first time any of us had ever had Joose, the most unbelievable and magical malt liquor known to man. Well, I guess in the end, after about seven or eight juices, Anthony, who is bigger than most silverback gorillas, decided to mosh during Ceremony's set. It didn't take long for Anthony to knock some dude unconscious. In fact, he hit the kid so hard that the kid landed on some other people, in turn knocking all of them over as well. We don't know what happened to the guy. Hopefully he is okay. That's the power of Joose."

As previously reported, The Carrier has confirmed dates for a European tour this winter with Dead Swans (UK). The Carrier, after touring all summer, has also started working on material for a new full length record. In the meantime, check out some of their music on their MySpace player.

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Mass Burial Begins Recording New Album

Austrailian death metal band Mass Burial have announced that they will begin recording for their new, yet-to-be titled, album this December in Production Avenue Studios in Sydney. The album will be produced by Lachlan Mitchell (The Amenta and Nazxul).

Mass Burial comments on the album's developments, "Hailz to mighty Mass Burial hordes! Hornz up for all our friends and fans all over the world! It was a little quiet in our press department over last 2 months, but we are back now with some great news!

"We are officially announcing that Mass Burial has booked album recordings in Production Avenue studios in Sydney, which will commence on 21st of December 2009. All the waiting has finally paid off."

"The producer will be none less than Lachlan Mitchell, who earned world wide fame by producing internationally acclaimed masterpiece albums for Sydney industrial/death metal giants The Amenta and legendary Australian black metal pioneers Nazxul. Apart from being one of the best metal producers Australia has to offer, Lachlan is also pleasure to work with, and we are very much looking forward to recording with him." More...

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Contraband Candy Interviews Lamb of God

Contraband Candy caught up with John Cambell of Lamb Of God for a video interview, which can be seen below. Caught off balance by the whiskey question, poor John is tricked into revealing his age, his underwear choices, his Metallica preferences and into explaining the differences between an M16 and an AK47.

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An Interview With Beyond The Morninglight

Norway's Beyond the Morninglight are a band that toe the line between hard rock and metal. Despite the lack of direct brutality their dark atmosphere clearly puts them in a place to be appreciated by metal fans of nearly all stripes. Beyond the Morninglight are currently offering their entire debut self-titled album for streaming and as a free download through Misantrof Anti-Records. The band is composed of Andy and Runar, who both spoke with me about the band's rock roots and their upcoming album "Liberation." More...

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Onsetcold Streaming New Song Online

U.K. black metallers Onsetcold are currently streaming a new demo track online. The song "Sodom" can be heard at their MySpace page. The track can also be downloaded at the band's Facebook page. Onsetcold released their debut full-length album on March 7th, 2008 via WormHoleDeath / Aural Music.

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For Tomahawk Festival

Gorgoroth have announced they will be performing at the Tomahawk Festival in Germany, Hamm, Alfred Fischer Halle on March 13th, 2010. More information on the Tomahawk Festival can be found at this location. Gorgoroth also has the following upcoming European tour dates:

09.04.2010 - Belgium, Vosselaar @ Biebob
10.04.2010 - Holland, Rotterdam @ Baroeg
11.04.2010 - France, Paris @ Trabendo
12.04.2010 - Germany, Hamburg @ Marx
13.04.2010 - Germany, Cologne @ Underground
14.04.2010 - Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
15.04.2010 - Italy, Milan @ Magazzini Generali
16.04.2010 - Germany, Osnabrück @ N8
17.04.2010 - Germany, Glauchau @ Alte Spinnerei

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Psychostick Releases Video for "Girl Directions"

Comedy/metal band Psychostick will debut their new video for Girl Directions on AOL Music on December 1. The video was filmed inside of their tour van by director Patrick “Murph” Murphy. You can watch the entire video below, courtesy of AOL Music.

The song is a mockery of women’s inability to give good directions with a chorus that screams “Give me the fuckin’ address! I’m using a GPS!”

“Girl Directions the song was sparked by a girl in Portland, OR who gave us terrible directions to someplace,” says vocalist Rob Kersey. “From there the song just started to take shape…. And now we’re on tour to support it as our new radio single.”

Fans of Psychostick have been acquainted with Murphy for several years since he’s one half of “Gawkman and Murph’ – the band behind The Dumb Song. The Dumb Song is often mislabeled as a Psychostick song, but it’s not.

Here are the latest Psychostick tour dates:

Dec 01: Peabody's in Cleveland, OH
Dec 03: The Machine Shop in Flint, MI
Dec 04: Hayloft in Mt. Clemens, MI
Dec 05: Big Ed's in Cincinnati, OH
Dec 07: Polaris in Philadelphia, PA
Dec 08: The Brickhouse in Dover, NH
Dec 09: The Middle East in Boston, MA
Dec 10: TBA in Hartford, CT
Dec 11: Bourbon Street in Baltimore, MD
Dec 12: Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ

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Cauldron To Record Live DVD

Canadian heavy metal act Cauldron have spent the last month touring North America with label mates Municipal Waste on the "Waste The World" tour. This coming Sunday, December 6th, the tour will reach Cauldron's hometown of Toronto, where the band are set to capture their Opera House show on film for an upcoming DVD.

The tour still has the following dates remaining:

12/6 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/7 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
12/8 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium (Upstairs)
12/9 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
12/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
12/11 - Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz

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Allegaeon Inks Deal With Metal Blade

Colorado's Allegaeon (pronounced: uh-lee-juhn) has inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. Allegaeon are working on a full-length album to be released through Metal Blade in the second qaurter of 2010. The band comments: “We all are super stoked to be a part of this legendary label. Metal Blade to us is the past, present and future of metal. With new tunes that will be equally crushing and catchy, we look forward to producing an album that will most definitely turn heads."

The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

12/13 Dickens Opera House Longmont, CO
12/19 Hodi's Halfnote Fort Collins, CO
01/09 Road 34 Fort Collins, CO
01/16 Andrew's Denver, CO

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Mudvayne To Stream Listening Party Online

Mudvayne have announced they will be streaming online the listening party of their new self-titled album at Paul Booth's Last Rites Studio in New York City. The stream starts tonight, December 1st, an 9:00 PM Eastern and can be found here. The new album will be released on December 21st, 2009.

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Leprous To Play As Backing Band For Ihsahn

Norwegian metallers Leprous have announced they will be performing with solo artist Ihsahn at the Hellfest Festival in Clisson, France. Hellfest will take place from June 18th - 20th 2010. More information on Hellfest can be found at this location. Leprous have also announced they will be supporting Pagan's Mind at the Garage in Bergen on February 13th, 2010.

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Video Interview With Nightmare Available

Riffmag conducted a video interview with the members of French metallers Nightmare at the Ilha Do Ermal Festival 2009. The video clip of the interview can be viewed below.

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Name Streaming New Song Online

California's Name have posted the new track "Empathic Communicator, Part II: Beebee (Conscious Incompetence)" from their Lifeforce Records America debut “Internet Killed The Audio Star.” The track can be heard at the band's MySpace page. “Internet Killed The Audio Star" is due out February 16th, 2010 in North America and April 19th in Europe.

The band issued the following statement about the song:

"Hey folks! Its been a long time since we've checked in. We have been hard at work putting all the pieces together for next years plans, being that the album will be out early 2010. Until then, we will shower you all with goodies.. or feces.. you decide. I vote goodies, but that’s just me. Call me old fashioned... ANYWAYS, this Tuesday, (Dec. 1st, 2009) we will be releasing a new song on our Myspace. It comes from off the new record and is entitled 'Empathic Communicator, Part II: Beebee (Conscious Incompetence)'. The song is the 2nd chapter to a 4 part song. Why are we throwing you right in the middle of it, you ask? Because we can, I would assume that was a pretty obvious answer... We have some shows coming up at the end of the month, so come check those out. We aren’t playing much till the New Year, but we are looking to get some regional dates in December, so keep checking back! So, enjoy the tunage this week, expect new video footage, as well as A LOT of new merch in the following couple weeks for shirts specifically designed after the aforementioned track. So, go enjoy yourselves. I hope everyone ate like kings on thanksgiving and don’t get dead. "

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Project: Failing Flesh Issues New Album Update

Tim Gutierrez of Project: Failing Flesh has issued the following update about recording a new album:

"Been quiet here for a good while but stuff has been progressing with the upcoming 'Count Back From Ten' album. The tracking is now finished and Kevin has started mixing as time allows. So release shouldn't be too far off. But who knows what that means in P:FF time! Eric did his vocals a few months ago before returning to France but was just recently back in North America again over the past week or so with E-Force for some Canada shows in Montreal and Toronto (supporting the mighty Sacrifice). Also within the last month Loston Harris once again made the trek to Assembly Line Studios to play / finish additional keyboards on the album. He's played on the past two albums as well so he's like the fourth member at this point. Anyway... in our opinion, all is sounding great with the album and we are anxious to get it mixed, mastered, and out there for people to finally hear. Stay tuned for updates, artwork, and sound samples."

The track listing will be as follows:

1. Count Back From Ten
2. White Light Response
3. Inanimate Objects
4. The Potential to...
5. Patient Zero
6. The Void Between Skin and Bone
7. Percussion Fracture
8. Irrelevant Thoughts (Prong cover)
9. Lose Lose Situation
10. Cadence

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Thunderstone Streaming New Song Online

Thunderstone are currently streaming a new song online. The track "Suffering Song" can be heard at Thunderstone's official MySpace page. "Suffering Song" is from the band's latest album "Dirt Metal," which was released in September, 2009. The album was ranked at #19 on the Finnish Top 40 charts during it's release week.

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Dragged Into Sunlight Signs To Prosthetic Records

Prosthetic Records has signed the U.K. act Dragged Into Sunlight to a worldwide recording contract. This marks the first signing of a U.K. band for the label, which will re-release the Dragged Into Sunlight's album "Hatred For Mankind" in April, 2010. The album, recorded by Tom Dring and Billy Anderson, was originally released in 2009 by Mordgrimm Records.

The band, who appear masked in photos, play in near total darkness and smoke and do not publicize their individual names. Dragged Into Sunlight commented about today's heavy music scene: "A few blastbeats, a scrawled logo and people accept it, regardless of the reality. Dragged Into Sunlight is a concept, we've taken the time to come up with our own understanding and presentation of what we want to see associated with extreme metal in 2009 and beyond."

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Manowar To Headline Masters Of Rock Festival

Manowar have announced they will be headlining the Masters of Rock Festival in Vizovice, Czech Republic on July 16th, 2010 as part of their "Death To Infidels" world tour. More information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Mastodon To Tour With Metallica In South America

Mastodon have announced they will be supporting Metallica in Mexico and South America. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

03/01/2010 Guadalajara, Mexico Estadio Tres de Marzo
03/03/2010 Monterrey, Mexico Estadio Universitario
03/05/2010 Guatemala City, Guatemala Estadio Mateo Flores
03/07/2010 San Jose, Costa Rica Saprissa Stadium
03/08/2010 Panama City, Panama Plaza Figali
03/10/2010 Bogota, Colombia Park Simon Bolivar
03/12/2010 Caracas, Venezuela La Rinconada
03/14/2010 San Juan, Puerto Rico Coliseo de Puerto Rico

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Revocation Adds More U.S. Tour Dates

Revocation have added on several dates to their "Metal As Art" tour in January and February. Revocation's currently confirmed dates are as follow:

12/2 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (FREE Scion Metal Show w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
12/3 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy (FREE Scion Metal Show w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)

All dates from 1/6th thru 2/6th w/ HYPNO5E, BINARY CODE as part of ‘Metal As Art Tour’

1/6 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
1/7 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
1/8 Buffalo, NY Broadway Joe’s
1/9 Akron, OH Annabell’s Bar and Lounge – FREE
1/10 Mt. Clemons, MI Hayloft
1/11 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle – FREE
1/12 St. Louis, MO Fubar (w/ LYE BY MISTAKE)
1/13 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
1/14 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
1/15 Dallas, TX The Lounge on Elm
1/16 San Antonio, TX Zombies
1/17 Austin, TX Red 7
1/18 Amarillo, TX War Legion
1/19 Gallup, NM Juggernaut
1/20 TBD TBD
1/21 Los Angeles, CA Ultraviolet
1/22 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
1/23 Santa Cruz, CA The Parish
1/24 Sparks, NV New Oasis
1/25 Portland, OR Ash Street Saloon
1/26 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
1/27 Spokane, WA The Cretin Hop
1/28 Boise, ID Gusto’s Bar
1/29 Salt Lake City, UT The Outer Rim
1/30 Denver, CO Lion’s Lair
1/31 Lawrence, KS Replay Lounge
2/1 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
2/2 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
2/3 Nashville, TN The Muse
2/4 Cincinnati, OH Dirty Jacks
2/5 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar
2/6 Trenton, NJ The Championship

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Dark Tranquillity's Turkey Tour Cancelled

Dark Tranquillity has issued the following message:

"Right now, a mere 15 hours before planning to leave for the airport, we got informed by the promotor Unirock that the entire Turkish tour has been cancelled.

"This is incredibly frustrating for us. Turkey is the home of some of the most passionate and devoted D.T. fans on the planet, and we very much looked forward to the adventure of playing not only Istanbul but other cities as well.

"We've spent lots of time and energy preparing for these shows; rehearsing, hiring crew, fixing merchandise and working out an enormous amount of practical and logistical details, and to see it all getting cancelled in the very last minute is extremely disappointing.

"We understand that the people that planned to go to the shows will be very upset and disappointed by this news, and we want it to be crystal clear that we - the band - had no part in the cancellation.

"We hope to able to return to Turkey as soon as possible."

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Disarmonia Mundi Posts New Song Online

Disarmonia Mundi has posted the title track of the fourth album, "The Isolation Game," on MySpace. Check it out at www.myspace.com/disarmoniamundi. The album was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered at The Metal House Studio by Ettore Rigotti. "The Isolation Game" will be released via Coroner Records worldwide on December 9th and will feature guest appearances by Bjorn "Speed" Strid (Soilwork) on vocals and Olof Morck (Nightrage) on solos.

Speed comments: "Being a part of the recording of Disarmonia Mundi's latest album was a blast!
Listening to the finished album today was mindblowing, so creative, so melodic and intense, buy or die people!"

"The Isolation Game" track listing will be as follows:

1. Cypher Drone
2. Structural Wound
3. Perdition Haze
4. Building An Empire Of Dust
5. Stepchild Of Laceration
6. The Isolation Game
7. Blacklight Rush
8. Glimmer
9. Ties That Bind
10. Losing Ground
11. Same Old Nails For A New Messiah
12. Digging The Grave Of Silence

The video trailer of the forthcoming album, "The Isolation Game," is available below:

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Amorphis Nominated for EMMA Awards

Amorphis have been nominated as Finnish Artist of the Year 2009 at Finland’s Grammy equivalent, the EMMA Awards. Likewise, the band's latest effort, "Skyforger," scored a nomination as Metal Album of the Year. The winners will be announced on February 4 at the EMMA Gala in Helsinki, which will be televised nationwide and feature various performers including Amorphis. The Artist of the Year will be chosen by the public via SMS voting (info here in Finnish only).

On a related note, the national RadioMedia association announced its winners for 2009 on November 26. Amorphis' first single from the latest album, “Silver Bride,” was chosen Finnish Radio Hit of the Year.

Amorphis filmed the Club Teatria gig on November 20 in Oulu, Finland for an upcoming live DVD, which is due out in the spring of 2010.

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Alice In Chains Posts New Video Online

Alice In Chains has posted a new music video online for the song, "Your Decision." You can check it out below. The song is the third track to be released as a single from their latest album, "Black Gives Way To Blue" following on from "A Looking In View" and "Check My Brain."

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Kamelot Announces New Bass Player Sean Tibbetts

Kamelot has posted the following message on the band's web site:

"As Kamelot's concert schedule grows and commitments increase the demand on its members has also increased. Kamelot's guitarist Thomas Youngblood states, 'Glenn called me a few weeks ago and told me he just couldn't do it anymore, and has to step aside. He is like a brother to us and we've been through a lot of great times, so we wanted him to make this decision.'

"Bassist Sean Tibbetts has been on tour with Kamelot now for more than 2.5 years, stepping in for Glenn Barry while he took time off for family. We are very pleased to announce Sean Tibbetts as the new Kamelot bassist!!!"

Kamelot will be touring Europe with Adagio in March and April of 2010. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Quietus Cancels Dimestock Appearance

Quietus has issued the following statement about pulling out of Dimestock 2009:

"Mike is a BA. On this last Saturday, at our first show at the 406 Club and our last in Great Falls until next year, Mike was too fuckin metal. He woke up the following day spitting up blood and had to go to the ER. Turns out that he lacerated his vocal cords at the show. Now he is on the IR list and unable to sing for at least 3 weeks. So as much as it sucks giant balls we had to back out of Dimestock. No more shows until next year. Its a missed opportunity and something we were jacked to play, but how can you be mad at a guy who will give that much on stage? Mike's a metal motherfucker."

Dimestock is a tribute to Dimebag Darrell that takes place on December 12th at the Palace Lounge in Missoula, Montana. The other confirmed bands include Universal Choke Sign, BlessidDoom, and River Runs Red.

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Benediction Confirmed For Inferno Festival

Benediction have announced their first Norwegian show will take place at the 2010 edition of the Inferno Festival. The festival will take place from March 31st to April 3rd, 2010 in Oslo. The other confirmed bands include Mayhem, Taake, Finntroll, The Kovenant, Natchtmystium, and Jarboe.

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Death Of Desire Streaming New Demo Song

Germany's Death of Desire are currently streaming a demo track online titled "Frozen," which can be found at their official MySpace page. The band has announced that "Frozen" also includes a guest spot by drummer Hellhammer.

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Preternatural Reschedules Lithuanian Show

Vocalist Serg of Latvian metallers Preternatural has issued the following announcement about rescheduling their canceled Lithuanian tour date:

"Greetings Preternatural freaks! We're enormously grateful to our Lithuanian promoters and very happy to announce, that we have another postponed date and the venue in Vilnius, Lithuania, just like we promised. This time it will be Mulen Ruzhas club. We will be very pleased to see you there on the 26th of December if you all survive Christmas, of course. Take f...ing care!"

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Katatonia Answers Fan Questions

Katatonia has sent in a new video where they respond to fan questions before they played the final date on their UK tour at The Robert Peel in Kingston. You can check it out below.

"Night is the New Day" is Katatonia’s eighth studio album. The new record hit US stores on November 10th via Peaceville Records, and debuted at #35 on the Billboard Indie Chart, doubling the first week sales of their highly acclaimed 2006 release "The Great Cold Distance." You can < a href="http://www.metalunderground.com/reviews/details.cfm?releaseid=2454">check out our review of "Night isthe New Day" here.

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H.I.M. Announces Two Soundwave Off-Dates

With a new album on the way in February, H.I.M. will be performing two clubs only on the back of their Soundwave 2010 appearances. Here are the show details:

Tue 23rd Feb – HIM @ The Forum, Sydney w/ TBA
Thu 25th Feb – HIM @ HiFi Bar, Melbourne w/ TBA

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Decrepitaph Streaming New Song Online

Texas death metallers Decrepitaph have issued the following update about streaming a new song online:

"We have a HUGE amount of updates to report today!!! 1. Now up on the MySpace player is a new song from the new album! Go there and check out 'It Shrieks From Below' and let us know what you think of it! I'm sure you will find this album to be much heavier and much better than 'Condemned Cathedral' was!!!

"2. The 'Beyond The Cursed Tombs' CD cover is now posted! The cover and back cover art was done by Eric 'ROT' Engelmann. Here is a low quality sample of the cover! More...

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The Acacia Strain Announces Canadian Tour Dates

The Acacia Strain has announced four upcoming Canadian tour dates alongside Despised Icon. The band's complete list of upcoming tour dates is as follows:

12/3 2009 BABYLON w/ DESPISED ICON Ottowa, Ontario
12/4 2009 OPERA HOUSE w/ DESPISED ICON Toronto, Ontario
12/5 2009 LE MEDLEY w/ DESPISED ICON Montreal, Quebec
12/6 2009 THEATRE IMPERIAL w/ DESPISED ICON Quebec City, Quebec
12/26 2009 LOST HORIZON w/ HATEBREED Syracuse, New York
12/27 2009 JAXX w/ HATEBREED West Springfield, Virginia
12/28 2009 THE CHANCE w/ HATEBREED Poughkeepsie, New York
12/29 2009 HIGHER GROUND w/ HATEBREED Burlington, Vermont
12/30 2009 WEBSTER THEATRE w/ HATEBREED Hartford, Connecticut

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Godhate Postpones U.S. Tour

Godhate has issued the following statement about postponing their upcoming U.S. tour:

"The US tour that was scheduled to October / November 2009 has unfortunately been postponed. It's hard to express how sorry we feel for this. We have had so many people asking us when dates will be set. And we were finally hoping to get this tour going in December but as time passed by we were forced to accept the fact and postpone it until July 2010."

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One Without Announces Acoustic Show

Swedish gothic metallers One Without have issued the following statement about playing an acoustic set on December 4th:

"We are going to perform an acoustic set at Swedish Radio (SR P4 Radio Halland) this Friday, the 4th of December at 8:10 in the morning (Swedish time). There will also be an interview during the show. To listen to the radio show live on Friday, follow this link. If you are curious on how it's going to sound, you can check the live clips from Media Markt on our MySpace or youtube channel."

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