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Metal News for December 14, 2010

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46 news articles posted on this day.

Abysmalia Working On New Album

Abysmalia has issued the following update about working on a new album:

"Abysmalia is currently writing songs for the upcoming album, which is tentatively titled 'Amid Adversities,' Whereas previous albums were solely written by Jouni Koskela, the songwriting on Amid Adversities will feature contribution from Antti Jylhä and Marko Nikula in form of composing and arranging.

"We are hoping to finish songwriting in January, so that we can rehearse couple of months and start recording around February-March 2011 for a summer release. Information regarding the progress of this project #4 will be announced on frequent basis"

"Some tracks are already finished (titled a.a. 'Scarred in Subliminal Slumber' and 'Endeavours Inane') and the band aims, as usual, for a seven-piece conceptual album clocking a bit over half an hour of audial chaos. More...

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Amorphis Joined By Former Members For Show

Amorphis has issued the following statement about being joined on stage by all the band's former members during a recent show in Helsinki:

"Greetings from Tavastia, Helsinki! This photo was taken after the sold-out show last Thursday, where Amorphis were joined by all former band members from throughout the past 20 years. From left to right: Esa Holopainen, Ville Tuomi, Santeri Kallio, Pasi Koskinen, Tomi Joutsen, Pekka Kasari, JanRechberger (back)/Kim Rantala (front), Niclas Etelävuori, Kasper Mårtenson, Tomi Koivusaari and Olli-Pekka Laine."

The upcoming Amorphis shows are as follows:

16.12 Klubi / Turku special guests: Koskinen, Rantala
17.12 Rytmikorjaamo / Seinäjoki / special guests: Koskinen, Rantala
18.12 Club Teatria / Oulu / special guests: Koskinen, Rantala
31.12 Pakkahuone / Tampere special guests: Kasari, Laine, Mårtenson, Rantala, Koskinen

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Bret Michaels Life As I Know It Episode 8

The show begins with a brand new look for Bret, the solid black bandana look. It’s as if we are looking at Evil Bret. The whole concept of evil quickly disappears when he gives his daughter (Raine) a guitar for her grades. The guitar has a Playboy bunny on it and the color can only be described as C.C. DeVille pink. More...

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Nocturnal Breed Parts Ways With Guitarist

Noregian metal band Nocturnal Breed has issued the following update regarding the departure of longtime guitarist Ben Hellion:

"Axeman Ben Hellion has decided that 12 years as a member of Nocturnal Breed is enough.
After the band recently met up for the first time in almost 4 years he decided to call it quits because of 'lack of inspiration and feeling,' but stresses that he is proud of having been a part of Nocturnal Breed for so many years. He wishes the remaining 'Breedsters' the best of luck in the future, and hopes to experience Nocturnal Breed live again, now as an audience member."

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At The Gates To Play Bloodstock Open Air

At The Gates has been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Bloodstock Open Air Festival. "We had such a blast during the 2008 reunion that we decided to do some more shows." states drummer Adrian Erlandsson. He continues, "We had an amazing gig at Bloodstock in 2008 and are really looking forward to playing there again." The Bloodstock Open Air organizers commented:

"One of the most influential metal bands of the last 20 years, At The Gates made a permanent mark after 1995’s 'Slaughter Of The Soul' album captured the imaginations of metal heads the world over. Taking the aggression of death metal and lacing it heavily with melody, the album was released to huge critical acclaim - including a Swedish Grammy nomination - and At The Gates looked set to take the world by storm. However disbanding in 1996 meant the next chapter was never written. The 12 years that passed left hundreds of thousands of fans hoping that one day they would get to see their heroes again.

"Their wish came true and At The Gates reunion was one of the summer festival highlights across Europe in 2008. Now the band return for an exclusive appearance, and Bloodstock is honoured to welcome them back for what is bound to be an unforgettable set at Catton Hall."

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King Of Asgard Playing Black Troll Festival

King of Asgard has issued the following update about appearing at the upcoming Black Troll Festival: "King of Asgard enter German soil this coming Saturday! Black Troll Winterfest @ Stadthalle Eisenberg 18th December. Hope to see ya there!" Additional details on the festival can be found here. The festival's running order is as follows:

23:00 - 24:00 XIV Dark Centuries
21:40 - 22:40 Wolfchant
20:30 - 21:20 Heljareyga
19:20 - 20:10 Alcest
18:10 - 19:00 Trollfest
17:00 - 17:50 Kromlek
15:55 - 16:40 Haradwaith
14:55 - 15:35 King of Asgard
13:55 - 14:35 Pantheon I
12:55 - 13:35 Finsterforst
11:55 - 12:35 Nothgard

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Persistense To Release New Album

Den Bosch, Netherlands based thrash/death quintet Persistense have renewed their agreement with Deity Down Records. The record label issued the following announcement about the band releasing a new album:

"A new full-length, sophomore to ‘In Blood and Heart' (DEITY DOWN RECORDS, 2009) will be slated for release in the second half of 2011. During the first half of the year Persistense will focus on touring extensively once more, as well as on adding the finishing touches to the new material.

"The band, whose moniker often is thought to contain a spelling error while in fact it is a contraction of ‘to persist’ and ‘intense’, have welcomed new guitarist HEIN WILLEKENS, who replaces JACQUES MAAS. Persistense recently launched a video clip of 'THE REALTY', a track taken from their current album 'IN BLOOD AND HEART'. The video can be watched at this location. Cheers!"

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Pit Stories: Insane Backyard Gigs

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Mario, drummer of L.A. death/thrash band Exmortus, shares a story about insane backyard gigs in L.A.:

Some of the best pits this band has seen were from playing backyard shows in East Los Angeles. Theres nothing like have 100-200 people drunk and under aged crammed in a small yard pitting and head banging their asses off. This one particular night I will never forget, it was one of our first times playing a backyard show and also in East Los. Although the house was pretty small it was also ridiculously packed, the band barely had any room to set up. So we start rockin out in this little corner and the pit just broke out. There were kids diving off the garage and right in the middle of a song a mob of people slam into the band. I remember looking over and seeing conans amp at about a 45 degree angle up against the garage door with him on it still playing haha. It was pretty wild one of many crazy pit stories this band has had.

This past summer Exmortus recruited new guitarist Sean Redline while lead shredder/songwriter Conan has also taken over vocal duties. The band recorded a two-track demo to give fans a taste of what to expect from the new line up and the yet-unnamed new album is tentatively scheduled for release during spring 2011.

The band was recently intereviewed by Terrorizor Magazine about the new album.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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Lazarus A.D. Posts New Single Online

Midwest thrashers Lazarus A.D. have released their first single, "The Ultimate Sacrifice," via the band's myspace page below. The new album, "Black Rivers Flow," was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. American Dreams
2. The Ultimate Sacrifice
3. The Strong Prevail
4. Black Rivers Flow
5. Casting Forward
6. Light A City (Up In Smoke)
7. Through Your Eyes
8. Beneath the Waves of Hatred
9. Eternal Vengeance


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A Life Once Lost Checks In With Band Update

A Life Once Lost vocalist Robert Meadows is currently offering musical vocal lessons in Manhattan, NYC. Under the guidance of vocal coach Melissa Cross, Meadows will teach techniques in breathing, delivery, pronunciation and career development for vocalists. Meadows offers to teach students the fundamentals of screaming, and more information can be found at this location.

A Life Once Lost has also added on a new show this Friday the 17th in the band's hometown of Philadelphia, PA at the First Unitarian Church. Other bands performing at the event are Job For a Cowboy, Skeletonwitch, Misery Index and Trap Them. The band also checked in with the following update about appearing at Stillborn Fest and working on a new album:

"A Life Once Lost is scheduled to perform on this year’s Stillborn Fest! The trek begins in Syracuse, NY on December 27th, and heads through to Hartford, CT on December 30th. See below for all current tour dates. A Life Once Lost is currently in the process of finishing the follow-up to 2007’s Billboard charting Iron Gag. The band is looking forward to releasing the upcoming record during the summer of 2011." More...

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The Kill Corps To Release Album And Comic

Southern California metal band The Kill Corps is set to unleash its debut album on Virgin Records in the summer of 2011. The band will also bring its music to the pages of a new comic book titled "The Kill Corps" from Image Comics in March 2011.

Jim Krueger has penned the story, while Eisner Award winner Ben Templesimith and Society of Illustrator Award winner Dennis Calero provide the art and cover. The Kill Corps' single and self-titled four song EP will also be available separately from the comic book beginning March 15th, 2011.

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Lord Symphony Posts Debut Album Samples Online

Indonesian power metal band Lord Symphony has posted samples from their debut album, "Bharatayudha Part 1," on Amazon.com.

The tracklisting for their debut album is as follows:

01. Kurawa
02. Perjamuan Terakhir
03. Setia Bisma
04. The Jealousy
05. The Question And Help Of The Blind Destrarastra
06. Bloody War Will Not End Until The Judgement Day
07. Beauty Within The War
08. Black Dawn
09. The Journey And Release
10. The Stain Of Caste
11. The Blind [the Beginning] More...

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Infinity Overture Streaming New Song Online

Infinity Overture has issued the following brief update about streaming a new song titled "Smoke and Mirrors" online: "Check out the song Smoke and Mirrors from the upcoming Infinity Overture album: The Infinite Overture pt. 1 in our player." You can stream the new song via the Infinity Overture MySpace page.

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Whitechapel Shooting Live Video

Knoxville, TN's Whitechapel has selected Rocketown in Nashville, TN as the location for the new music video for the track "Breeding Violence," which is off the band's latest release "A New Era of Corruption." The video is being shot on Saturday, January 8th with director Scott Hansen (Ill Nino, Willie Nelson, A Day to Remember, DWP, Bless the Fall, We Came As Romans). Whitechapel will play a full set and will be joined by The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza.

Guitarist and founding member Alex Wade comments: "We're very excited to announce that we will be shooting our next music video for Breeding Violence at Rocketown in Nashville, TN on January 8th. Nashville has always been a second hometown for us and with the success of the show there on The Corruptour, naturally we'd love to shoot our music video for our awesome Nashville fans. Our good friends in The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza will be opening the show so come out and get a shot of being in our video, it's gonna be a fun night!"

The $10 all ages show will start at 7:00 PM. More...

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Steel Panther Offering "Sexy Santa" Download

Steel Panther has issued the following announcement about offering a free MP3 download of the "Sexy Santa" single:

"Download 'Sexy Santa' for FREE! Here's a free download of Steel Panther's 'Sexy Santa' for those who have been naughty all year long! See, being naughty does pay off...And hey, at least it's better than last year's gift... Herpes. Merry XXXMAS everyone!"

You can also get the song through the widget below.

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Iced Earth Posts Live DVD Trailer

Iced Earth has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming live DVD "Festivals of the Wicked," which can be viewed here. The band also commented on the DVD:

"Can you handle nearly six hours of your favorite metal band? You'll soon find out. The intense two-minute trailer from the long-awaited live DVD extravaganza Festivals of the Wicked is now available for your viewing pleasure. The DVD cover art – featuring Iced Earth 'mascot' Set Abominae emerging from the fires of Hell, riffing on a Les Paul – is also posted here.

"Festivals of the Wicked boasts nearly six hours of Iced Earth – three full headliner shows (over 40 live tracks!), a photo gallery shot by famed rock photographers Ross Halfin and Rudy De Doncker, plus a 90-minute documentary. It will be released early in 2011." More...

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Titans Eve Reveals New Album Release Date

Vancouver, Canada thrash metal act Titans Eve has announced they are officially releasing their debut album "The Divine Equal" on February 1st, 2011. The album features 11 tracks influenced by themes from the famous 17th century poem "Paradise Lost" by poet John Milton and The Book of Genesis (the first book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament).

Vocalist/guitarist Brian Gamblin commented on the album by saying:

"We wanted to emphasize on these themes and relate them to life's everyday struggles, all while staying true to our personal interpretations of metal. We feel by combining these elements, we have created an interesting concept album for our fellow metal heads to discover."

Here is the "The Divine Equal" tracklisting:
1. Mourning Star
2. Judgement
3. Becoming The Demon
4. Into the Fire
5. Serpent Rising
6. Tides Of Doom
7. Dusk
8. Nightfall
9. Living Lifeless
10. Searching for Nothing
11. The Divine Equal

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Bring Me The Horizon Forced To End Show Early

Fan filmed footage has been posted online from the recent incident in which venue organizers cut a Bring Me The Horizon performance short by turning off the band's sound and audio equipment. The footage was taken during Bring Me The Horizon's December 12th appearance at the Wembley Arena in London, England. You can view the video below:

Bring Me The Horizon guitarist Jona Weinhofen commented on the incident through his Twitter account by saying:

"We just got our power cut off & kicked off stage at wembley arena in front of 10,000 people for being to awesome!"

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Ava Inferi Announces Record Release Show

Portugal's Ava Inferi has announced the band's new album "Onyx" is scheduled for release on February 14th, 2011 in Europe and February 15th in the U.S. The band has issued the following announcement about holding a record release party:

"We are happy to inform that Ava Inferi will hold an official 'ONYX' release party at the Side B Bar, in Benavente (PT).The date is Saturday the 19th of February, 2011. The band will perform a lengthy set with focus on the new album. Be there or Be Damned!"

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As I Lay Dying Announces New Tour Dates

California metalcore act As I Lay Dying has announced the dates for its forthcoming U.S. headline tour. Support on the trek will come from Winds Of Plague and After The Burial. You can view te full list of dates, cities and venues below:

02/12 Ft. Collins, CO – The Aggie Theater
02/14 Fargo, ND – The Venue
02/15 Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
02/16 Madison, WI – Barrymore Theater
02/17 Green Bay, WI – Riverside Ballroom
02/18 Lansing, MI – The Loft
02/19 Dayton, OH – The Attic Club
02/20 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
02/21 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
02/22 Providence, RI – The Met
02/24 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
02/25 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
02/26 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
02/27 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
02/28 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
03/01 Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox
03/02 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
03/03 Tampa, FL – State Theater
03/04 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
03/05 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
03/06 Pensacola, FL – American Legion Hall
03/07 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
03/09 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
03/10 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
03/11 Wichita, KS – The Cotilion
03/12 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
03/13 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
03/15 Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatre
03/16 San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew
03/17 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro
03/18 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

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Requiem Issues Recording Update

Switzerland's Requiem has issued the following update about recording new material:

"All bass parts are recorded as predicted...nuff said. So as expected there's plenty of time for the vocal arrangements! Growling time tomorrow and scream time on Thursday. Premier Death Metal Since 1997.

"Pictures are still coming up as soon as we are capable to upload them on our profile. Sorry currently something's not working technically. All songs are getting a shape which is actually very promising. Pure extreme and without compromises."

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Hemoptysis Streaming New Song

Phoenix, Arizona thrashers Hemoptysis have teamed up with Dose of Metal to stream "Hopeless" a week before you can hear it on the band's official web site. "Hopeless" is the second single from "Misanthropic Slaughter," the bands full length debut, which is set to be released in early 2011 (Produced by Ryan Greene). To preview "Hopeless," as well as the title track "Misanthropic Slaughter" and "Shadow of Death" visit this location.

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Ill Nino Announces U.S. Headline Tour

American alternative metal act Ill Nino has revealed the first batch of dates for its forthcoming headline tour of the United States. You can view the confirmed dates, venues and cities below:

Jan. 20 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
Jan. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Jan. 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Feb. 01 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Feb. 02 - Beaumont, TX - The Gig
Feb. 03 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Feb. 04 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Feb. 13 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Feb. 15 - Worcester, MA - Palladium

More dates are expected to be added in the coming days.

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Watain Announces European Tour Dates

WATAIN has announced that they will be touring Europe in February and March 2011 with SHINING. Confirmed Watain European "Lawless Darkness Over Europe" tour dates are as follows:

25 Feb 11 Essen (DE) Zeche Carl
26 Feb 11 Lausanne (CH) Docks "Inferno Switzerland"
27 Feb 11 Montpellier (FR) Secret Place
28 Feb 11 Barcelona (ES) TBA
01 Mar 11 Madrid (ES) TBA
03 Mar 11 Lisboa (PT) Revolver
03 Mar 11 Porto (PT) TBA
04 Mar 11 Angouleme (FR) Nef
05 Mar 11 Savigny le Temple (FR) Empreinte
06 Mar 11 London (UK) Relentless Garage
07 Mar 11 Reading (UK) Sub 89
08 Mar 11 Glasgow (UK) Ivory Blacks
09 Mar 11 Liverpool (UK) Masque
10 Mar 11 Birmingham (UK) Library
11 Mar 11 Caen (FR) TBA
12 Mar 11 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
13 Mar 11 Zaandam (NL) Kade

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SSoGE Posts New Song Online For Free Download

SILENT STREAM OF GODLESS ELEGY has posted a new song, "Slava," at this location for free download. The track comes off of their upcoming album "Návaz," which will be released on January 17th, 2011 in Europe and January 25th in North America

The tracklisting for "Návaz" is as follows:

1. Mokoš / Earth Mother
2. Zlatohlav / Golden Head
3. Skryj hlavu do dlaní / Hide Your Head into Hands
4. Prísahám / Promise
5. Slava
6. Sudice / The Fate
7. Dva stíny mám / I Have Two Shadows
8. Pramen, co ví / Thinking Spring
9. Samodiva / Fay

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Winds Of Plague Posts 2010 "Christmas Special"

American progressive deathcore act Winds Of Plague has posted its 2010 "Christmas Special" online. You can view the video below:

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IWrestledABearOnce Announces 2011 Tour

American progressive metal act IWrestledABearOnce has revealed the dates for its forthcoming United States tour. Joining them on the road will be Dance Gavin Dance, In Fear And Faith, Tides Of Man and Close To Home. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

03/10 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
03/11 San Diego, CA – Soma
03/12 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
03/14 Lubbock, TX – Cactus Courtyard
03/15 McAllen, TX – Never Say Never Fest
03/16 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
03/17 Austin, TX – Red 7 SXSW Artery Party
03/18 Austin, TX – SXSW Artery Showcase
03/19 Dallas, TX – South By So What
03/20 Tulsa, OK – ACM at UCO
03/22 Louisville, KY – Headliners
03/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
03/24 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
03/25 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
03/26 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/27 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03/29 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
03/30 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
04/01 Chicago, IL – The Metro
04/02 Minneapolis, MN – Station 4
04/03 Omaha, NE – Sokol
04/04 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
04/05 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
04/07 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
04/08 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
04/09 Oakland, CA – Metro Operahouse

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Death Angel Posts European Tour Video Online

Bay Area thrash metal veterans Death Angel have posted some new behind-the-scenes footage online from its recent European "Thrashfest" tour. You can view the video below:

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Kamelot To Support Iron Maiden

American/Norwegian symphonic metallers Kamelot have been announced as the support act for Iron Maiden's April 8, 2011 performance at Estadio Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It was recently announced that Iron Maiden will be the featured headline act at the 2011 Sonisphere festival in Warsaw, Poland. The event, which played home to the "big four" last year, will be taking place on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the Bemowo Airfield in Warsaw, Poland.

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Scott "Wino" Weinrich Speaks On Saint Vitus Death

Scott "Wino" Weinrich has released the following short statement in regards to the passing of Armando Acosta:

"With great sadness we say rest in peace, Armando. The strong, gentle bear is gone to a better place. I knew him as a beautiful, mellow guy who shared a lot of my loves — motorcycles , swords, armor and music.

"Ride on, brother. See you later!

"If you loved as he loved, there is no love greater, forever..."

Acosta passed away Thanksgiving Day (November 25) at the age of 58.

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Skeletonwitch Confirms Festival Appearance

Athens, Ohio thrash metallers Skeletonwitch have confirmed that it will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of Germany's Summer Breeze festival. The 2011 edition of the festival is set to take place between August 18th, 19th and 20th, 2011 in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:

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Ex Deo Signs With Napalm Records

Canadian Roman-themed metal act Ex Deo has announced its signing with Napalm Records. The signing comes in time for the band to prepare its next full length album, titled "Caligula." Frontman Maurizio Iacono, also of Canadian death metal veterans Kataklysm, commented by saying:

"Today I'm excited to say that we have found a new home for the Roman legion of Ex Deo! We have parted ways amicably with our longtime friends at Nuclear Blast for the second album of Ex Deo. We needed to separate even more the two bands of Kataklysm and Ex Deo and we now have a new vision of soldiers behind Ex Deo and we have found this after a few months of talking to different labels with Napalm Records out of Austria, I've been dealing with them with a band I work with called Alestorm and they have done a fantastic and professional job. We look forward to releasing the anticipated second album, 'Caligula', with this new powerhouse and unleashing next year one of the most defiant albums metal has seen in ages."

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Avantasia To Release Live DVD

Avantasia has posted the following statement online, confirming earlier rumors of a live DVD release:

"Rumors keep circulating about a forthcoming AVANTASIA live DVD and now we can confirm they are true! [In February 2011] a double DVD and two-CD set [along with a box set featuring both the double DVD and two-CD set] will be out on Nuclear Blast Records (in Japan and East Asia on Avalon Marquee). The DVD is a documentary of the legendary 2008 world tour of AVANTASIA, when the band hit the road for the first time to write a new chapter in metal history; traveling around the world with a giant all-star ensemble to bring the metal opera on stage and play on three continents within a few days, crossing the dateline and eventually playing to a total of 400,000 people within only a few weeks. The first DVD contains a live concert with a running time of almost two hours featuring footage filmed at the headlining shows of Wacken Open Air (Germany) and Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic). On the second DVD there will be a movie, 'Around The World In 20 Days', that gives fans the opportunity to join AVANTASIA backstage and take a look at the surroundings and the thrill behind the scenes that go along with an extensive undertaking such as this. The DVD set will portray AVANTASIA 2008 when it all started."

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Sonata Arctica Comments On Upcoming Live DVD

Finnish melodic metal act Sonata Arctica has released the following statement concerning the filming of its forthcoming live DVD:

"We're writing this in order to clear up some confusions about where, when and how we're going to film our next DVD.

"When the original DVD show in Milan was postponed when Elias [Sonata guitarist] broke his hand, we put off the preparations for the time being. Some days ago as we were starting to finish the preparation for the show, we realized that we've been misled about some of the costs for doing the DVD shoot. Mainly we're talking about the pyrotechnics permits, which would have cost roughly 10 times more than anywhere else. This, along with some other unexpected expenses, came as a total surprise to the band. In order to make things work we had to pull the plug on the shoot in Milan and move it to Finland where we can afford to do a proper DVD shoot. Our management jumped the gun here and told our webmaster to change the info on the website, without us knowing about it and without an explanation.

"So, that's the situation we're in right now.

"We cannot even by a long shot afford to do a proper DVD shoot in Milan and will do it in Oulu instead [on April 15, 2011]. By doing so we realize that we're letting down all our fans who were planning to come to the show. For that we apologize sincerely. We will play the show in Milano, with all the planned extra numbers, as well as a couple of extra tricks to make up for this mishap... only the cameras won't be rolling this time. Rather than disappointing all our fans around the world who truly deserve a perfect live DVD, we have to let down some of you. We are very sorry that things turned out this way."

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Necronoclast Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Scottish extreme metal act Necronoclast has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album, "Ashes." "Ashes" is set for release on February 22, 2011 through Moribund Records. "Ashes" is the follow up to "Monuments" and "The Plague" which were both released in 2007.

Here is the "Ashes" tracklisting:
1. Serpents
2. Looking Glass
3. Ashes
4. Ravenous
5. Ghostways
6. Veil of Flies
7. Kajicnicke Saty

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I Set My Friends On Fire Announces Tour Dates

I Set My Friends On Fire has announced a slew of 2011 tour dates with Of Mice and Men, Sleeping With Sirens, Woe Is Me, and The Amity Affliction. The tour dates are as follows:

March 07 - Eagles Lodge - Wichita, KS
March 08 - The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
March 10 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
March 11 - Soma Sidestage - San Diego, CA
March 12 - Nile Theatre - Mesa, AZ
March 13 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
March 15 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
March 21 - The Studio @ Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
March 22 - Downtown Music Hall - Little Rock, AR
March 23 - Rocketown - Nashville, TN
March 25 - Rocketown - Pompano Beach, FL
March 26 - The Social - Orlando, FL
March 27 - State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
March 29 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
March 30 - The Canal Club - Richmond, VA
March 31 - The Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
April 01 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
April 02 - Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
April 03 - The Palladium Upstairs - Worcester, MA
April 05 - Xtreme Wheels - Buffalo, NY
April 06 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
April 07 - The Eagle Theater - Pontiac, MI
April 08 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
April 09 - The Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
April 10 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
April 12 - The Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
April 13 - Club Sound - Salt Lake City, UT
April 15 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
April 16 - Key Club - West Hollywood, CA

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To Cast A Shadow Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Female fronted Norwegian doom metal act To Cast A Shadow has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming full length album. The album, titled "In Memory Of," was recorded at Hamar Recordings in Norway with producer Kristian Sigland and mastered at Leon Music Studio in Sweden by Rikard Lofgren. "In Memory Of" is set for release on February 18, 2011 through Kolony Records. You can check out earlier material from the band at this location.

Here is the "In Memory Of" tracklisting:
1. Tormented
2. Morose
3. Nightfall
4. Oceans Apart
5. Betula
6. My Misery
7. When You Leave the Room
8. Set Afire
9. The Answer
10. In Memory Of

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Wolves In The Throne Room Announces 2011 Tour

Northwestern metal band WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM has announced an upcoming mini-tour to take place this January, following their previously announced performance with Neurosis and labelmates Black Breath in Seattle on December 30th. Confirmed WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM tour dates are as follows:

12/30/2010 Neumo’s - Seattle, WA w/ Neurosis, Black Breath
01/04/2011 Branx - Portland, OR w/ Druden, Wilderness, thee.casualty.company
01/06/2011 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC w/ Ahna, Gyibaaw, Sick, thee.casualty.company
01/07/2011 The Sons of Norway Hall - Victoria, BC w/ Shibboleth, Northern, thee.casualty.company
01/08/2011 Jinx Art Space - Bellingham, WA w/ Druden, Frozen Cloak, thee.casualty.company
01/09/2011 The Loft on Cherry - Olympia, WA w/ Alda, Druden, RVIVR

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At The Gates Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish melodic death metal legends At The Gates have been confirmed to appear at the forthcoming Party.San Open Air festival. The 2011 edition of the festival is set to take place between August 11th, 12th and 13th, 2011 at its new location in Schlotheim/Flugplatz Obermehler, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:

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The Soulless Begins Recording New Album

British melodic death metallers THE SOULLESS, who recently changed their name from IGNOMINIOUS INCARCERATION, are going into the studio tomorrow, December 15th, to begin recording their new album. THE SOULLESS are heading into Outhouse Studios in Reading, England with producer JOHN MITCHELL (ARCHITECTS, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, ENTER A SHIKARI) and will be recording until midway through January, 2011. The as-yet untitled new album is due to be released on Earache Records in April, 2011.

THE SOULLESS frontman ANDY WARDLE comments, "We are all beyond excited to start this process. The last few weeks we have been relentlessly rehearsing the tracks and are very happy with our creation. We know it is going to sound even better when finished at Outhouse."

"Everything will be heavily documented and regular video updates will be up after each stage of recording. Artwork, an official video, album title, tours and new merch are all in the works, so this is the calm before the storm..."

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Iron Maiden To Headline Polish Sonisphere

British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have been announced as the featured headline act for the 2011 edition of the Sonisphere festival in Poland. The event, which played home to the "big four" last year, will be taking place on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the Bemowo Airfield in Warsaw, Poland.

Other European dates for the band include:
May 28 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
May 29 - Oberhausen, Germany - Kopi Arena
May 31 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
Jun. 02 - Hamburg, Germany - O2 World
Jun. 03 - Berlin, Germany - O2 World
Jun. 07 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle
Jun. 08 - Arnhem, The Netherlands - Gerledome
Jun. 27 - Paris, France - Bercy

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Soilwork Posts New European Tour Trailer Online

Soilwork has checked in from the band's European tour with a third video tour diary, which can be viewed in the clip below:

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Deadlock Reveals New Album Details Online

DEADLOCK's new album "Bizarro World" will be released on February 28th 2011 (US release date is March 16th, and February 23rd in Japan). The band has revealed the album's artwork and tracklisting, which is as follows:

01. Virus Jones
02. State Of Decay
03. Falling Skywards
04. Earthlings
05. You Left Me Dead
06. Brutal Romance
07. Alienation
08. Renegade
09. Htrae
10. Bizarro World
11. Paranoia Extravaganza

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Rot In Hell Sets Release Date For New Album

U.K. hardcore band Rot In Hell's new album, "As Pearls Before Swine," will be in stores on February 1, 2011. Pre-ordering information will be announced shortly. In the meantime, check out the streaming player here.

Rot In Hell will be playing an exclusive U.S. record release show:

01/22: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (A389 Showcase) w/ Integrity, Dropdead, and more

This show is the only stateside appearance for the band and the release will be available at this show.

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Kyuss Lives! To Record New Album

In a recent interview with Rock Sound, Kyuss vocalist John Garcia revealed that the band, now using the moniker, Kyuss Lives!, will be recording a new studio album once they've finished touring and recording their solo projects.

"Our rehearsals are going so well that we’re thinking of doing another record,” said the singer. “This is brand new information that has been leaked to Rock Sound first; Brant, Nick and myself have collectively agreed that once everything is done live and we’re done with our solo projects, we’re going to do another record."

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Former Dio Guitarist Forms New Band

Craig Goldy, the current guitarist for Welsh hard rock legends Budgie and former guitarist of Dio, has announced that he has formed a new band with vocalist Chas West (Bonham,) bass player Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Great White) and drummer Gary Holland (Great White.) The band currently have no name but Goldy stated:

“The idea is to put the rock star back into everyone’s lives. So, you’ve got four people who look great, are amazing at their craft and the music pierces your soul. And they’re all good people. I think."

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