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Metal News for December 13, 2010

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40 news articles posted on this day.

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Undivine Essence Discusses Split Album

Fresh off the release of a split album with Nature's Elements, Israeli black metal act Undivine Essence is currently in the process of putting together a debut full-length album. Explaining the meaning behind the band's name, guitarist Shay commented "The name Undivine Essence basically refers to the human itself. It’s about the impurity and foulness of the human way of life. It’s a reminder that people are still basically animals, and are still slaves to their drives and needs." Shay and vocalist Mike also went on to explain the recording of the split album and the band's development. More...

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Futures End Comments On CD Cover Dispute

Futures End has issued the following statement regarding a dispute over the cover artwork for the band's "Memoirs of a Broken Man" album:

"We hired an artist named Chris Anway a couple of years ago to create original album art for 'Memoirs of a Broken Man.' His work was pretty cool and we paid him in three complete installments for his work. In order to make the cover fit the proper format for the CD dimensions, we had to crop out most of his MASSIVE signature.

"Once the record started selling, we got email from him sharing about how pissed he was that we removed his signature. Then we got demands for more money. Needless to say we told him to fuck off and hired a new artist to create all new artwork for the cover. You have all seen it here and on our webpage and the new artwork is featured in the DVD release we have coming out on February 15th.

"He tried suing us, but that didn't work because he had no case and the whole thing wasn't worth the cost of the gas it would take to drive to court. We tried to play fair with him. We had even offered to put his signature back on for the second pressing of the album, but he decided to continue trying to extort money that he was not due. So we dropped him and moved on. More...

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Zoroaster To Support Kylesa

Zoroaster has issued the following brief update about supporting Kylesa on tour dates in January: "We're happy to announce that we've been confirmed as direct support to Kylesa on several dates in January. Fight Amp open. See you on the road! Below are the dates."

The dates are as follows:

1/13 - Atlanta - The Earl
1/14 - Savannah - The Jinx
1/15 - Orlando - Backbooth
1/16 - Tampa - Brass Mug
1/19 - Raleigh - Kings
1/20 - D.C. - Black Cat

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Former Scorpions/UFO Members Form New Band

German guitar legend Michael Schenker (Michael Shenker Group, former UFO and Scorpions) has announced that he has formed a new band named, Strangers In The Night with UFO bass player Pete Way, former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell and singer Michael Voss. The band are currently in a studio in Brighton, England working on their debut album. You can check out the band's song, "Saturday Night" below. More...

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Nonpoint Reveals 2011 Touring Plans

American alternative metal act Nonpoint has announces tour dates for early 2011. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

01/20 Melbourne, FL – Levelz
01/21 Orlando, FL – Club Firestone
01/22 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
01/23 Jacksonville, FL – The Pit
01/26 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
01/27 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
01/28 Parkersburg, WV – Parkersburg Eagles Club
01/29 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
01/31 Libertyville, IL – Austin’s Fuel Room
02/02 Memphis, TN – Newby’s
02/03 Tupelo, MS – Lucky Joe’s
02/04 New Orleans, LA – The Hangar
02/05 Jackson, MS – Fire

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KillWhitneyDead Reveals New Album Tracklisting

KillWhitneyDead has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The new album, titled "Ever Thine. Ever Mine. Ever Ours," is set for release in early 2011. You can view the album's tracklisting below:

1. Serpents & Lies
2. Demons Consume
3. Zombie
4. Sexxx
5. Nature Of The Beast
6. Suffer My Wrath
7. Slaughtering Celebrity
8. Replicates R Us
9. Tyrant Enthroned
10. Evil Lives Within

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Times Of Grace Posts Another Album Trailer Online

Times Of Grace, the new project between Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, has posted another short video trailer online for its debut album "The Hymn of a Broken Man." The new album is expected in stores on January 18th, 2011. You can view the video trailer below:

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Lordi Confirms Festival Appearance

Finnish hard rock act Lordi has announced its participation for the forthcoming edition of Germany's Bang Your Head festival. The 2011 edition of Bang Your Head is set to take place on July 15th and 16th in Balingen, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:
ACCEPT
AMORPHIS
ASPHYX
CRASHDIET
CRIMSON GLORY
D-A-D
DEATH ANGEL
IMMORTAL
LORDI
OVERKILL
PSYCHOTIC WALTZ
SONATA ARCTICA
STORMWARRIOR

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Mortiis Reveals European Tour Dates

Mortiis has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour in support of techno-industrialists Combichrist. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

Jan. 20 - Sao Mamede, Guimarães, Portugal
Jan. 21 - Caracol, Madrid, Spain
Jan. 22 - Salamandra 1, Barcelona, Spain
Jan. 23 - Totem, Pamplona, Spain
Jan. 25 - Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France
Jan. 26 - X-Tra Limmathaus, Zürich, Switzerland
Jan. 27 - Tunnels, Milan, Italy
Jan. 28 - Alpheus, Rome, Italy
Jan. 29 - Velvet, Rimini, Italy
Feb. 01 - Le Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
Feb. 02 - Le Divan du Monde, Paris, France
Feb. 03 - Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
Feb. 04 - Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
Feb. 05 - Essigfabrik-PLUSWELT-Festival, Köln (Cologne), Germany
Feb. 06 - Tivoli, Bremen, Germany
Feb. 08 - Posten, Odense, Denmark
Feb. 09 - Forbrændingen, Albertslund (Kopenhagen), Denmark
Feb. 11 - Sticky Fingers, Göteborg, Sweden
Feb. 12 - Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway
Feb. 13 - Kägelbanan, Stockholm, Sweden
Feb. 15 - Yo-Talo, Tampere, Finland
Feb. 16 - On the Rocks, Helsinki, Finland
Feb. 18 - Kosmonaut, St. Petersburg, Russia
Feb. 19 - Tochka, Moscow, Russia
Feb. 20 - Tele Club, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Feb. 22 - Riga Melna Piektdina, Riga, Latvia
Feb. 24 - Ucho, Gdynia (Gdansk), Poland
Feb. 25 - Berlin Columbia Club, Berlin, Germany
Feb. 26 - Bunker/Strasse E, Dresden, Germany
Mar. 01 - Silver Church Club, Bukarest, Romania
Mar. 02 - RBF, Sofia, Bulgaria
Mar. 03 - Mylos Club, Salonica (Thessaloniki), Greece
Mar. 04 - SKC, Belgrade, Serbia
Mar. 05 - Boogaloo, Zagreb, Croatia
Mar. 06 - Szene Wien, Wien/Vienna, Austria
Mar. 07 - A 38, Budapest, Hungary
Mar. 09 - Backstage, München, Germany
Mar. 10 - Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
Mar. 11 - Meier Music Hall-Festival of Darkness, Braunschweig, Germany
Mar. 12 - Universal dog-Dark Dance Treffen, Lahr, Germany

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Darkest Era Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Northern Ireland heavy metal act Darkest Era has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The new album, titled "The Last Caress Of Light," is set for release on February 14, 2011 through Metal Blade Records.

"The Last Caress Of Light" tracklisting:
1. The Morrigan
2. An Ancient Fire Burns
3. Beneath The Frozen Sky
4. Heathen Burial
5. Visions of the Dawn
6. To Face The Black Tide
7. Poem To The Gael
8. The Last Caress Of Light Before The Dark

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Six Feet Under Reveals Live DVD Details

Florida death metal veterans Six Feet Under have revealed details surrounding its forthcoming live DVD release. The new DVD, titled "Wake The Night! Live In Germany," was filmed during the band's recent headline appearance at Germany's Party.San Open Air. "Wake The Night! Live In Germany" is set for release on February 1st, 2011 in North America through Metal Blade Records.

"Wake The Night! Live In Germany" tracklisting:
1. No Warning Shot
2. Silent Violence
3. Revenge Of The Zombie
4. Feasting On The Blood Of The Insane
5. The Day The Dead Walked
6. Seed Of Filth
7. Shot In The Head
8. Torn To The Bone
9. Suffering In Ecstasy
10. The Enemy Inside
11. The Evil Eye
12. Victim Of The Paranoid
13. Human Target
14. Deathklaat
15. Ghosts Of The Undead
16. Shadow Of The Reaper
17. Beneath A Black Sky

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A Day To Remember Announces US Tour Dates

A Day To Remember has announced 2011 tour dates with Bring Me The Horizon, We Came As Romans, and Pierce The Veil, which are as follows:

3/10/2011 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
3/11/2011 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
3/13/2011 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
3/15/2011 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza (no Bring Me The Horizon, We Came As Romans, and Pierce The Veil)
3/16/2011 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
3/18/2011 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
3/19/2011 - Montreal, QC, Canada - Metropolis
3/20/2011 - Toronto, CA, Canada - The Sound Academy
3/22/2011 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
3/24/2011 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre
3/25/2011 - Minneapolis, MN - Epic
3/26/2011 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
3/27/2011 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
3/29/2011 - Magna, UT - Saltair
3/30/2011 - Spokane, WA - The Knitting Factory
3/31/2011 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
4/01/2011 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Vogue Theatre
4/02/2011 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
4/03/2011 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
4/05/2011 - Fresno, CA - Woodland Park Amp
4/08/2011 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
4/09/2011 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
4/15/2011 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade – Outdoor
4/17/2011 - Boca Raton, FL - Sunset Cove Amp
4/18/2011 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
5/1/2011 - East Rutherford, NJ - Bamboozle 2011 (Main Stage)

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Enthrallment Posts New Demo Song Online

Bulgarian death metal band ENTHRALLMENT has released a new demo song, "Chronicle Of Sorrow," from their forthcoming album on their MySpace page. The band was started in 1998 and this is their 6th release.

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Sonata Arctica Posts Fifth Tour Video

Sonata Arctica has posted a fourth Latin American tour documentary video clip online, which can be viewed below.

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Testament To Reissue Live Album

California thrash act Testament has announced that it will be re-releasing its 1995 live album, titled "Live At The Fillmore." The new edition will be released though Prosthetic Records on January 18, 2011 and is set to include expanded artwork and new layout by Carson Slovak and new liner notes by Robert Deutsch.

Here is the "Live at the Fillmore" tracklisting:
1. "The Preacher" – 4:20
2. "Alone in the Dark" – 4:36
3. "Burnt Offerings" – 5:14
4. "A Dirge" – 2:03
5. "Eerie Inhabitants" – 3:50
6. "The New Order" – 4:31
7. "Low" – 3:13
8. "Urotsukidoji" – 3:47
9. "Into the Pit" – 2:54
10. "Souls of Black" – 3:39
11. "Practice What You Preach" – 4:59
12. "Apocalyptic City" – 5:58
13. "Hail Mary" – 3:45
14. "Dog Faced Gods" – 4:46
15. "Return to Serenity" – 5:55
16. "The Legacy" – 5:16
17. "Trail of Tears" – 6:16

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The Big Four Confirmed For Sonisphere U.K. 2011

The "big four" of thrash metal, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, were confirmed today to be performing at next year's edition of the Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, England. The event will take place from July 8th -10th and will also boast performances from Slipknot and Biffy Clyro.

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Attackhead Announces New Album Details

Southern California thrashers Attackhead have announced their new album "Voices in the Dark - Second Attack" will be released January 25, 2011 via Twisted Hillbilly Records. Lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Chapman had the following to say about the new release:

"We had a great time recording the CD back in Tennessee. We wanted to create a CD that was pure old school thrash reminiscent of the 80's era. If you are looking for some straight forward thrash then this is the CD for you."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Voices in the Dark
3. Infected
4. Rebirth
5. Make Me Suffer
6. Lead the Blind
7. Posessed
8. Blame
9. Dark Ritual
10. Waste of Life
11. Tazer

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Hexfire Issues Album Update

Hexfire has issued the following update about the mastering process for the band's upcoming album:

"Legendary German engineer Eroc has started mastering Hexfire's album at his studio in Germany. Everything is coming to an end. The album will be finished soon and we can't wait for that. I'm really glad Eroc is mastering our album. He's a great engineer who has mastered thousands of CDs in his career. I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to Charles Greywolf (Powerwolf) for recommending Eroc to me. I'd also like to say that you can expect some songs on our myspace site in January. Stay tuned for further information!"

"As previously reported, Janusz 'Yanek' Bryt, the engineer known for his many years' cooperation with bands like Vader, Destruction, and Behemoth, has mixed Hexfire's new album. For more info please visit this location."

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Hammerfall To Headline Summer Breeze

The organizers of the Summer Breeze fest have issued the following announcement about Hammerfall headlining the 2011 edition of the festival:

"Merry Christmas! Now that we're halfway through our Advent Calendar, which has had plenty of killer bands so far, we want to present you the first headliner for Summer Breeze 2011: Hammerfall.

"They are one of the most relevant and successful heavy metal bands of the last 15 years, yet they have never played at Summer Breeze. It's about time to change that! We are extremely happy to present Hammerfall as one of this year's headliners! The undisputed leaders of true metal have loads of metal anthems and catchy melodies under their belt, after they almost single-handedly put traditional power metal back on the map with their glorious 1997 debut 'Glory To The Brave.'

"And what started as a fairytale became a metal dream come true, including high chart entries all over Europe for every one of their seven studio albums. If each of you goes back in time for a minute, you will certainly remember at least one metal party where you were banging your fists singing along to hymns such as 'Steel Meets Steel', 'Hearts on Fire' or 'Heeding The Call'. To put it in their own words: 'Brothers unite! Let's stand up and fight!'" More...

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Ingurgitating Oblivion Signs New Record Deal

Germany's Ingurgitating Oblivion has signed to Diabolical Conquest Records. Diabolical Conquest owner Kunal Choksi comments, "Ingurgitating Oblivion's music stands out because of the writhing, complex and engaging songs that are rooted in darkness and esotericism, and the Azagthothian influences that give it an otherworldly quality. Retaining the essence of pure death metal, Ingurgitating Oblivion push the limits of the style by giving it a brutal and challenging expression. I am proud to sign this band and I believe their new album will be remarkable."

Ingurgitating Oblivion guitarist Florian Engelke states, "Ingurgitating Oblivion would like to express their gratitude to Kunal and Diabolical Conquest Records and are indeed looking forward to bringing forth an inspiring variety of sonic blasphemies in co-operation with the label. We all are excited about this progression in Ingurgitating Oblivion's history and are looking forward to spread the disease!!! All hail to thee, Kunal!"

The band's new full length album will be released by Diabolical Conquest Records in 2011.

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Whitechapel Announces European Tour Dates

American extreme metal outfit Whitechapel has announced that they will be heading to Europe in April for their first headlining tour overseas. Joining them on the trek will be The Acacia Strain and Impending Doom.

Guitarist Alex Wade stated: "We're really excited to headline the UK and Europe for the first time. Whenever we have came over it's always been to support or for festivals. Now we can give our fans the proper headlining show they deserve! We're also really excited to be bringing our friends in The Acacia Strain and Impending Doom over as well. Don't miss this tour!"

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Unearthing the Metal Underground in Halifax

Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. For my second article (read the first one here) I am going to look at three bands of three distinct genres in Heavy Metal, but in the emerging Halifax Underground you can find these three bands playing together on any given night.

Nova Scotia, with its small population and many rural areas, might not be considered the hotbed of metal, but when you look into the underground you see a very different story. With all styles of metal being accepted and embraced, the underground is growing each and every late night.

Black Moor

Black Moor consists of: Eric Hanlin – Guitar & vocals, Nick Jones – Lead Guitar, Rob Nickerson – Bass, Sylvain Coderre – Drums, and yes they are young. In fact I’m sure they are sick of people talking about how young they are, but why we as media are so amazed at their baby faces is because of the music that comes out of them.

The band rips tunes that are inspired by such heroes as Iron Maiden, Megadeth, and Metallica. When you are writing and playing music that has the sound of those amazing legends then you are going to have great show, especially when you pull it off as well as Black Moor. I can use all the adjectives here: hard hitting guitar riffs, raunchy vocals, blast beats! That’s all crap that as reviewers we use every day so if you need that at least I said it. In my opinion though Black Moor far outweighs those clichés. Their music is Raw Thrash that speaks to you on a level that I haven’t experienced since I was 14 and heard “Seek and Destroy” for the first time. As Heavy Metal Momma would say Black Moor is more of a feeling then a band. You can get that feeling at their MySpace page.

I will be the first to admit that having someone who could be my kid play music that takes me back to the days when thrash was king is weird, but hell I’m going to roll with it. What amazes me about them is they could certainly make some dollars standing up and doing cover songs, but they write and play what they like instead. That’s ballsy and what old-school thrash is all about.

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Lion's Share Confirmed For Karmoygeddon Festival

Swedish melodic metal act Lion's Share has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Karmøygeddon metal festival, which set to take place May 6th -7th, 2011 in Haugesund, Norway. Other confirmed acts include Amorphis, Grave Digger, Crimson Glory, and The Haunted.

Lion's Share also recently performed four Black Sabbath and Dio tracks ("Mob Rules," "Heaven And Hell," "Stand Up And Shout," and "We Rock") with drummer Vinny Appice during his Scandinavian Drum Day appearance in Stockholm, Sweden. You can check out video footage of the "Heaven And Hell" sound check performance here.

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Midnattsol Announces New Album Release

Midnattsol has issued the following update about the release of a new album:

"Many of you have been wondering lately when our third album will be released. Fortunately we are now happy to announce that the release date of 'The Metamorphosis Melody' is the 25th of March 2011. In addition to 11 brand new songs with almost an hour playtime, we have made a Limited Edition for you as well, this time with both a Bonus DVD and a Bonus track, sung by Daniel Droste. The exact content of the DVD and the titles of the new songs will be revealed in our next news. You can already preorder the Limited Edtion - and the Normal Edition on Amazon.de.

"We have some good news regarding live activities as well: Midnattsol is going to play a great deal live in 2011; you can watch us on concerts, festivals and tours. We can`t wait to show you the new songs and party with you. Watch out for more information!

"But unfortunately there is also some bad news for you: our guitarist Daniel Droste has recently left the band due to the fact that he wanted to concentrate on his band AHAB. We want to thank Daniel from the bottom of our heart for all the awesome and funny moments together with him in the rehearsal room, studio, tour bus and of course on stage and wish him all the best for the future, both regarding his musical career and private life.

"In order to be a complete band again, we are now in search of a new guitarist. We will keep you informed! Horns Up & Metal On."

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Rubufaso Mukufo Posts Music Video

Czech Republic based grindcore act Rubufaso Mukufo has posted a video clip online for the song "Hypertrophied," which can be viewed below. "Hypertrophied" is off the band's 2010 album "ReMoLAB."

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Truth Corroded Posts New Album Artwork

Australian extreme thrash metal band Truth Corroded has revealed the cover art for the band's forthcoming new album "Worship the Bled," which can be viewed in the video clip below. The artwork for the album was designed by Bjoern Goosses of Killustrations. Commenting on the album cover, Truth Corroded bass guitarist Greg Shaw states "Killustrations have created some incredible album covers, and we really felt that Bjoern could capture the imagery we were looking for. The artwork conveys the message behind the album title - how the worship of monotheistic religion, political and economic ideologies and the waging of war have bled modern civilisation. We gave Killustrations the idea and that was the image created - it is confronting and communicates the title of the album."

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Municipal Waste Announces In-Store Appearance

Richmond, Virginia's Municipal Waste, which is currently on the road in Europe for a headlining tour, is set to make a special appearance tomorrow (Tuesday, 14th December) at Earache Record's pop-up retail shop in Nottingham, England.

Municipal Waste will be appearing in-store at the shop in the West End Arcade, Nottingham at 6:00pm for a signing session, before the band's headline show at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. Municipal Waste also has the following upcoming tour dates:

12/13 - Bristol, UK - Fleece & Firkin
12/14 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
12/15 - Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks
12/17 - London, UK - Academy 2
12/18 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi (no support)

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The Boy Will Drown Announces New Tour Dates

British technical death metallers The Boy Will Drown have confirmed dates for a headlining U.K. tour, which is set to take place in April 2011. The trek will feature support from Visions and The Long Count. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

w/Heights
04 Jan 2011 - Northampton, UK - Soundhouse
05 Jan 2011 - Reading, UK - Facebar
06 Jan 2011 - Portsmouth, UK - The Kraken Wakes
07 Jan 2011 - Houthalen, Belgium - JH The Bassment
08 Jan 2011 - Wolfsburg, Germany - Jugendhaus Ost
10 Jan 2011 - Hamburg, Germany - Astra Stube
11 Jan 2011 - Prague, Czech Republic - 007
12 Jan 2011 - Brno, Czech Republic - Melodka Club
13 Jan 2011 - Velke Mezirici, Czech Republic - Club Rock Depo
14 Jan 2011 - Budapest, Hungary - Roham Barue
15 Jan 2011 - Zilina, Slovakia - Nova Pekaren
16 Jan 2011 - Vienna, Austria - Shelter
17 Jan 2011 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Little Devil

w/Visions, The Long Count
16 Apr 2011 - Northampton, UK - Soundhouse
17 Apr 2011 - Bristol, UK - The Croft
18 Apr 2011 - Reading, UK - Facebar
19 Apr 2011 - London, UK - Purple Turtle
20 Apr 2011 - High Wycombe, UK - Roundabout
21 Apr 2011 - Leeds, UK - The Fenton
22 Apr 2011 - Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand
23 Apr 2011 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete's

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Blind Guardian Video Interview Available

Metal Warzone has posted a new video interview online with Blind Guardian's Hansi Kursch, which took place in Hollywood on December 9th, 2010. Footage from the interview can be viewed below.

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Throne Of Maledication Posts Collaboration Video

Throne of Malediction and Irreverent Soul have teamed up with Verkrag to post a collaboration music video for the song "Never Enough," which can be viewed below. Verkrag's Anton van Niekerk issued the following statement about the video:

"I played Dr Frankenstein with one of Irreverant Soul's tracks entitled 'Never Enough'. As far as I know this is the 1st time ever South African and American Black/Death Metal musicians have collaborated in creating a piece together. That obviously also makes this the 1st collaboration music video between USA and South African artists to be released.

"The Verkrag version of the track will appear on the new Throne of Malediction album entitled 'Ceremonial Blood' as well as the next Verkrag album coming 2011. Thanks to Eric and Jessica & Throne of Malediction for doing this collaboration with me" More...

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Sepultura Shoots Down Reunion Rumors

Sepultura has posted the following video clip online shooting down rumors the band would be reuniting with the Cavalera brothers for a tour featuring the band's classic lineup:

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Massive Assault Issues Recording Update

Dutch act Massive Assault has issued the following announcement about recording the guitar parts for an upcoming release:

"Massive Assault Guitarist Fredde Kaddeth has finished guitar recordings for the group's upcoming release. Massive Assault is currently recording at Studio Dirty Bird Productions Massive Assault will release their upcoming MCD through Dutch label Herrie Records, run by Herrie from the Grindbashers. Massive Assault has two record deals for 2011. Next summer the band will start recording their second full-length album, which will be released by F.D.A. Rekotz."

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Leprous Posts New Tour Blog

Norway's Leprous has checked in from the Czech Republic with the following road report:

"We're spending one of our very last days on the tour in the Czech Republic. Last time it was Zlin, now Prague is up. Scott stops the engine outside a huge building; the DK Vltavska. Not much research were done on this place beforehand, but it would seem this is somekind of cultural center for all sorts of things. Later in the evening, loading out, we pass a swing dancing lesson. That's pretty damn cool. Anyway, the main stage is downstairs. Loch Vostok and us have two separate backstages. Usually this is a good thing, but when you're left with a 2 square meter room and can fit ONE chair in, you just know it won't be the center of tonights hang out. First come first served; Me and my laptop get the chair. On the other side of the wall is the stage for tonights eardrum-busting show.

"Tobias, Halvor, Einar and Tor Oddmund leave to see how this place compares to the other 24 (!) cities we've visited so far this November. I decide that staying and working on my studies are much more fun!! You'd be crazy not wanting to grab this fantastic opportunity to spend some quality homework time..

"It feels strange only having 4 shows left. We've played more shows this month than we have in years combined. Hopefully this will have only made us a much better live band, and we can't wait to show off after the tour;) As the tour is slowly coming to an end, some extra energy is unraveling on stage. Hope to see you in Budapest! More...

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Ares Kingdom Recording Covers Album

Ares Kingdom has issued the following announcement about recording cover songs for the upcoming "Veneration" album:

"Ares Kingdom has returned to their Very Metal Sound studio and pre-production rehearsals for an upcoming release titled 'Veneration,' through NWN! Productions. Release formats will include mini LP and mini CD. The selected covers represent a cross-section of Ares Kingdom's influences, as well as a couple of songs from their previous bands, Vulpecula and Nepenthe:

"Slaughter Lord - 'Die By Power,' Sacrilege - 'The Captive,' Nepenthe - 'Oblivion,' R.U. Dead? - 'When Your Heart Turns Black,' Vulpecula - 'Celestial,' Dokken - 'Without Warning/Tooth and Nail'

"2010 was Ares Kingdom's busiest year yet. It started with two shows opening for the reunited Order From Chaos on January 2nd in Kansas City, and January 16th in Los Angeles. The L.A. show also marked the release of the band's second full-length album, 'Incendiary' through NWN! Productions. The album has entered its second pressing and is available on LP, CD and 'die hard' picture disc. More...

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Tankard Comments On New Album Release

Tankard has checked in with the following update about the release of the new album "Vol(l)ume 14:"

"Hi friends, our new album 'Vol(l)ume 14' will be released on December 17th 2010 via AFM Record. The limited edition of the CD contains a bonus DVD with our 60 minute appearance at the Headbangers-Ball-Open-Air in Germany 2009!

"We are still working on our new band website (www.tankard.info) and webshop which hopefully both go online soon. So watch out! Cheers."

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Dornenreich Posts "Flammentriebe" Teaser

Austria's Dornenreich has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Flammentriebe," which is set for release on February 11th, 2011. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Batillus Contributes Track To "Small Doses" Comp

Batillus has issued the following announcement about contributing material to a compilation album:

"We were recently asked to participate in a compilation project involving 100 grind / noise bands from around the world curated and released by Andy Koettel via his Mortville label. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to do something a little out of the ordinary, a one-of-a-kind miniature representation of one of our songs that would act as an introduction to an audience that might not otherwise ever know about us.

"Here’s an explanation from Andy: 'This is the one everyone’s been waiting for, the final nail in Mortville’s coffin! This was easily the most ambitious project I’ve taken on in my 13 years of doing the label and it took me 13 months to put it all together. “Small Doses” is a 100 band international grind/noisecore CD compilation with all bands averaging 30 seconds. 100 bands in 44 minutes packaged with a 40 page booklet (including 5 pages of essays) and a die-cut folder.'"

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OpEd

Remembering Chuck Schuldiner

December is a time for remembrance for many metal heads. Three years prior to the on-stage murder of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, metal lost another icon. Today marks nine years since Chuck Schuldiner's death. On December 13, 2001, "The Father of Death Metal" lost his battle with pontine glioma, a form of brain cancer, at just 34 years of age. Schuldiner was modest about his part in the history of death metal, noting "I don’t think I should take the credits for this death metal stuff. I’m just a guy from a band, and I think Death is a metal band."

Schuldiner was the singer, songwriter, rhythm and lead guitarist of the band Death, which he founded in 1983 under the name Mantas at just 16 years of age. For an extreme metal band, Death received much acclaim with their releases and Schuldiner was hugely influential on countless metal musicians. The band took a decidedly more progressive and technical turn by their final album, "The Sound of Perseverance" and on Chuck's following band, Control Denied. More...

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Flotsam And Jetsam Splits With Guitarist

American thrash metal veterans Flotsam And Jetsam has announced that they have parted ways with guitarist Mark Simpson, following the revelation that the band would be utilising their former duo of Michael Gilbert and Ed Carlson on their forthcoming Mexican shows. A message from Simpson reads as follows:

"I've decided to leave the band. No bad blood at all, of course. Those guys are my brothers, nothing will ever change that and I will continue to support them always. I'm ridiculously happy The Cold is doing so well in the press and with the fans but I'm just taking this moment to move on and try something new. It's as simple as that. Thanks to everyone that I've had a chance to work with and a huge thank you to all the passionate and loyal fans that I had the honor to meet over the years. Buy The Cold! Flots out."

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Interview

Samoth Brings About The Wretched End

When the mighty Emperor finally hung up its crown, guitarist Samoth went on to join Zyklon, which in turn also saw its demise after the release of three full-length albums. The Norwegian guitar prodigy is now back with The Wretched End's first release "Ominous." Samoth took out some time to talk about the changing sound between the three bands, from black metal to death metal and now to thrash influenced extreme metal. He also discussed the fitting apocalyptic themes of The Wretched End, and revealed the band is already working on a second album. More...

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