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Metal News for December 15, 2009

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Firewind Announces 2010 Mexican Tour Dates

Greek metal band FIREWIND has announced their first ever shows in Mexico. The confirmed tour dates for the “Live Premonition in Mexico 2010” so far are as follows:

Feb. 12th - Mexico City - Hard Rock Live- http://www.hardrocklive.com
Feb. 13th - Puebla, Mex - Bulldog- http://www.bulldogcafe.com
Feb. 14th - Mexico City - Bicentennial fest

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Medeia Posts "AntiChristmas" Song and Video Online

Finnish death metal band Medeia has posted a music video for their new song, "Antichristmas," on youtube. the song can also be download here as an MP3 and here as a lossless Wave file. The song was recorded at Adamantium Studios & Penthouse Studios by Janne Putkisaari & Samuli Peltola, mixed & mastered at Penthouse Studios by Janne Putkisaari. Watch the video below.

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Nightmare Records Offering Free Christmas Album

Nightmare Records have announced they are offering their "Merry Metal Christmas" album as a free MP3 download. The album can be downloaded at this location. The "Merry Metal Christmas" track listing is as follows:

1. Bethlehem (5:51) - Theocracy - Mirror Of Souls
2. A Chosen Truth (7:19) - Edgend - A New Identity
3. Kings will Come (4:02) - Narnia - Course of a Generation
4. Forsaken (6:54) - Futures End - Memoirs of a Broken Man
5. Sea of Tranquility (2:40) - Heart of Sun - Heart of Sun
6. One Silent Moment (4:32) - Cloudscape - Global Drama
7. Wicked Land of Winter (5:11) - Sacred Dawn - Christmas Single
8. Tears Of Pain (4:14) - Keith Miller - Over The Abyss
9. Silently We Fade (4:41) - Harmony - Chapter II: Aftermath
10. Fall from Grace (1:11) - Avian - Ashes And Madness
11. Spiritual Path (5:47) - Scelerata - Skeletons Domination
12. Believe (6:00) - Glass Spires - Glass Spires
13. The Harem-remastered (3:35) - Gemini - Gemini
14. In My Dreams (6:09) - Darkwater - Calling The Earth To Witness
15. Ancient song (5:39) - Dimension - EGO
16. The Chronicles of Jacob Marley (8:28) - Order of Nine - Christmas Single
17. Orchestration For More Than One Horn (0:36) - Evil Masquerade - Third Act
18. FireoftheAncients (5:27) - Defyance - Transitional Forms
19. You Give Me Love (5:49) - Grimmstine - Grimmstine
20. The Calm (5:59) - Perspective X IV - Shadow Of Doubt
21. Coming Home - remastered (6:28) - Gemini - Gemini
22. Shadow Of A Lucent Moon (7:22) - Andromeda - The Immunity Zone
23. Heaven’s Gate (5:20) - Six Minute Century - Time Capsules
24. From Now On (4:25) - Shining Star - Enter Eternity
25. Guitar Concierto (3:19) - Six Minute Century - Time Capsules

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Baptized In Blood Signs To Roadrunner Records

Canadian metal band Baptized In Blood has announced the signing to Roadrunner Records. The London, Ontario band formed in late 2004. Joe Kresta, Director of A&R for Roadrunner Records Canada who signed the band, expresses his excitement, saying “From the moment I heard Baptized In Blood I was blown away. They continue to amaze me by constantly elevating their craft to new heights. With their jaw dropping live show, hard hitting sound, and captivating hooks, Baptized In Blood have all the ingredients for success.”

Frontman Johl Fendley comments, "We could not be more stoked! It’s an honor to join forces with an incredible company, and become a part of a roster full of so many stellar bands, past and present, that we look up to, admire and love.” More...

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Watch And Hell Followed With Live Studio Stream

Detroit death metallers, AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH have set up a webcam in the studio so you can follow the recording of their new album 24/7 via Stickam. Currently in guitar tracking mode, the band is offering unrestricted access to their daily activities. Everything that happens in-studio will happen on camera live for all to see. Also keep an eye out for regular announcements regarding live video chats that the band will conduct during breaks in recording. Follow AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH's tracking sessions live at this location.

AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH guitarist, Kyle McIlmurray has also issued this brief studio update, "We worked for about a week on drum tracking, but now they're done and they came out killer - sound incredible. We just started the guitars yesterday and we're going to keep on going through end of the week. We've been recording each day for no less than 15 hours, which can obviously get exhausting, but when we really need to chill out, we've got an Xbox on hand so we just kill some things and we're good to go." More...

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The New Black Begins Recording New Album

THE NEW BLACK has begun recording their second album, which will be released in the spring or summer of 2010 through AFM Records. The band comments, “Sounds good, doesn..'t it? What started as stupid idea born out of the love of "the riff" and playing it (and a tsunami of Caipirinhas, to be honest), is going into round two. Ha! We have around 17 songs in different states of completion, some of them in true TNB fashion, some of them with a twist or two, but all kicking our asses or patting our backs. Or both. Phat guitars: Check. Killer hooklines: Check. Shamelessy playing exactly what we like: Check."

"Several people said the new stuff sounds heavier and more metal, others said it sounds more Rrrrock and even more melodic, so you do the math: It..'s TNB and then some. We make the boobies and the balls shake! More on that later."

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Abigor Announces New Album Release Date

Austrian black metallers Abigor have announced they will release their new album "Time is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint" on January 18th, 2010 via End All Life and Season of Mist. A preview of the album is currently available for streaming at Abigor's MySpace page. Abigor also issued the following statement about the preview:

"Please notice that this is a cut op preview, 'TIME…' is a monument that consist of 2 parts, and this is just a short preview what awaits you - the metamorphosis that’s possible when flesh becomes one with His principle. …the devil, great consumer of mortality, appears as the destroyer of cause and effect, and of God’s linearity. Hence man can be merged in His infinity…"

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Dark Tranquillity Posts Third Studio Video Report

Swedish melodic death metallers Dark Tranquillity have finished the recordings of their ninth studio album, “We Are The Void”, which will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:

Sweden: February 24, 2010
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux / Italy / Australia: February 26, 2010
UK / France / Greece / Denmark / Norway / Rest of Europe: March 1, 2010
Spain / Portugal: March 2, 2010
Finland / Hungary: March 3, 2010
North America: March 9, 2010

The third video clip from the recording sessions can also be viewed below.

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De Profundis Announces Record Release Show

London metallers De Profundis have issued the following announcement about a record release show:

"Hailz, we are very pleased to announce that to coincide with the release of our second album 'A Bleak Reflection' in UK and Europe on 1st February 2010, De Profundis will be taking part in a very special one-off show at the Underworld, London, where we will perform at this year's Manifest along with Hecate Enthroned (UK), Abused Majesty (POL), Nierty (UK) and Achren (UK).

"Our new album and brand new merch that features the new album artwork will be available to purchase. The band will be more than happy to sign any items, provided you can prise us away from the bar for long enough! Tickets are available from The World's End Pub / The Underworld box office, Baltic Market (336 Kilburn High Road) and online at ticketweb."

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Demonical Adds Extra Belgian Tour Date

Swedish metallers Demonical have added on an extra Belgian tour date to their "Accession to the Throne" tour alongside Deathbound and My Own Grave. The extra date will take place on Februrary 16th at Antwerpen. Demonical's complete list of of upcoming tour dates is as follows:

2/12 2010 SWEDEN - STOCKHOLM SNÖVIT
2/13 2010 DENMARK - FREDERICIA UNGDOMENS HUS
2/14 2010 GERMANY – OSNABRÜCK BASTARD CLUB
2/15 2010 NETHERLANDS - TILBURG LITTLE DEVIL
2/16 2010 BELGIUM - ANTWERPEN DE ROTS
2/17 2010 BELGIUM – ROESELARE DE VERLICHTE GEEST
2/18 2010 GERMANY – NEUSS DAS HAUS
2/19 2010 GERMANY – ANNABERG-BUCHHOLZ GLEIS 3
2/20 2010 GERMANY – STUTTGART CLUB ZENTRAL
2/21 2010 SWITZERLAND – ZÜRICH DYNAMO WERK 21
2/22 2010 ITALY – VICENZA THE JACK HOLE
2/23 2010 SLOVENIA – LJUBLJANA CHANNEL ZERO
2/24 2010 HUNGARY – PECS TOXIC MUSIC CLUB
2/25 2010 CROATIA – ZAGREB ZELJEZNICAR
2/26 2010 CZECH REPUBLIC – SLAVONICE KAWARNA
2/27 2010 GERMANY – LEIPZIG HELLRAISER
2/28 2010 GERMANY – GREIFSWALD KLEX
6/4 2010 GERMANY - PROTZEN PROTZEN OPEN AIR
7/8 2010 SLOVENIA - TOLMIN METALCAMP
7/10 2010 GERMANY - TORGAU IN FLAMMEN OPEN AIR
8/12 2010 GERMANY - BAD BERKA PARTY SAN OPEN AIR

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Video Interview With Ex Deo Available

Ex Deo, the Roman themed band fronted by Kataklysm vocalist Maurizio Iacono, was recently interviewed by HardTimes.ca. Footage of the interview can be found below. Ex Deo recently returned home after making their North American debut alongside Ensiferum and Blackguard Plans are also in the works for the band to film a video clip for the track "The Final War (Battle Actium)," taken from Ex Deo's debut album "Romulus." Filming for the video will take place in early January 2010 and will be released in the month of March to celebrate Mars, the ancient Roman god of war. More...

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Five Finger Death Punch To Headline Hammerfest

Five Finger Death Punch have announced they will be headlining the Hammerfest, which takes place from March 11th - 13th, 2010 in North Wales. Other confirmed bands include DevilDriver, Napalm Death, Epica, Katatonia, Man Must Die, Malefice, and Warpath. Further information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Gallows Cancels Remaining 2009 Tour Dates

Gallows has issued the following update about canceling their remaining tour dates in 2009:

"Unfortunately we’re having to announce the cancellation of the remaining Gallows shows of 2009 – Watford, London and Newcastle. Steph is still unwell and has been told that he will not be able to play anymore shows this year and so this has forced us to pull out of these shows. We’re really sorry to disappoint all our fans who were looking forward to seeing us in 2009 but we promise we’ll come back better and stronger than ever in 2010 and we hope you’ll join us next year.

"The London Vice Show has been canceled and fans can get refunds at point of purchase for tickets. The club night in Newcastle is still going ahead but people who have bought tickets specifically to see Gallows can get refunds at point of purchase too. The Watford show will be rescheduled for a date next year, and all your tickets will still be valid. We will announce details shortly."

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Goat Torment Posts Live Footage Online

Belgian metallers Goat Torment have posted a series of video clips online from their live performance on October 18th, 2009. The videos posted online are for the tracks "Death Worship," "Sodomized On The Hill Near The Graves," "Warmongers Of Satan," "Sleep Of Death (Samael cover)," and "Satanic Necrolust." The video clips can be viewed below. More...

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Gorod Posts "Disavow Your God" Performance Footage

French metallers Gorod have posted a video clip online of their performance of the track "Disavow Your God" on October 30th, 2009. The video clip can be viewed below. "Disavow Your God" is off Gorod's latest album "Process of a New Decline."

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Kamelot Posts European Tour Teaser Trailer

Kamelot have posted a teaser video online for their upcoming headlining European tour, which can be viewed below. Kamelot will be supported by Leaves' Eyes, Adagio, All Ends, and Amaranthe. Special guests Triosphere, Jaqueline, Fatal Impact, and Highland Glory will appear at the two Oslo shows in April.

Kamelot's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Karen Page To Release Self-Titled Album

Karen Page has issued the following update about releasing a new self-titled album:

"Hey guys, figured wed give a little insight as to whats going on over here. Not sure if anyone even reads these things. but whatever. So over the past few months we've been writing and recording our rotten records debut. Today Matt finished up the last of his vocal tracks. Tracking for this CD is DONE! We've entered the mixing and mastering stage. We got a little sample earlier, and this is Andrew at sacred sounds best work yet. The CD is sounding phenomenal. The CD is self titled, so 'Karen Page' will hit stores on Feb 16th.

"As some of you may have noticed as well, over the past few months we've went through a few lineup changes. Anthony was forced to part ways with us due to personal obligations. we wish him the best of luck in his musical career, and there are no hard feelings on either end. We have recruited Bryce Seditz formerly of Nova Prospect to fill his position on guitar duties. Also, due to time and commitment constrictions, we were forced to part ways with Chris Vogagis. Alan Cassidy (ex-the breathing process) jumped in quickly and took his spot. Alan is a great fit both musically and personally to KP, and has quickly solidified his spot. So check us out on tour this feb and again in march with Vampire Moose, Ideamen, And Polkadot Cadaver."

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Out Of The Woodwork
2. Icebox
3. Your Body Is A Wasteland
4. Snake Eyes
5. All Sixes
6. Interloper
7. Mortality As Home Entertainment
8. Bag Of Nerves
9. Nailbiter
10. Monster
11. Treebeard
12. Dead Men Tell No Tales
13. The Beyond

Karen Page's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Shadowside Comments On Video Shoot

Vocalist Dani Nolden of Brazilian metallers Shadowside has issued the following statement about recording a music video:

"Hello my fellow rockers and metalheads! It's been a while since I last posted so I figured I'd write a detailed report with pictures telling you all about the video shoot yesterday! I'm sorry, I have no pictures yet though *laughs*. They're coming soon! However I can tell you how it all went!

"We started early at about 10 am (yeah that's freaking early for me! ) so while the crew was setting up the set we took the time to get ourselves "metalized" and took a few new band pictures! We had a lot of fun coming up with weird ideas and exploring the place... it was a very old, very dusty building, with lots of empty rooms that haven't been used in ages but still have some very interesting decoration for a Rock band! One of the rooms even had a very disgusting brown thing dripping from the ceiling... that would have been perfect for a very extreme Splatter Metal band. We didn't use that room though but we still kept things very raw and very Metal as you will be able to check it out by yourselves! More...

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Kathaarsys Posts Tour Recap Video

Kathaarsys has posted a "thank you" video online featuring footage from their recent European tour dates. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Danger Angel Pulls Out Of Athens Show With Outloud

Outloud has announced that Danger Angel will not be appearing at their December 20th tour date in Athens. Wild Machine will take the place of Danger Angel for that show. Outloud's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

12/16 2"RADIO ARVYLA" TV show on ANT 1 Greece & Worldwide
12/17 EIGHT BALL CLUB Thessaloniki Ladadika (GR)
12/18 STONE BAR Patras (GR)
12/19 LEGACY ROCK CLUB Ioannina (GR)
12/20 KYTTARO CLUB Athens (GR)

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Shining Announces Finnish Tour Dates

Swedish extreme metallers Shining have announced they will play a string of Finnish tour dates in February of 2010. The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:

2/11 Helsinki - Dante's Highlight
2/12 Turku - Klubi
2/13 Kouvola - Donington

Shining are currently scheduled to release their new album “Shining VII - Född Förlorare” via Indie Recordings in March/April 2010.

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Silver Skull Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

Ohio's Silver Skull has issued the following statement about upcoming live shows:

'We have a few shows coming up. The first one will be on December 18, 2009 at The Cove in Geneva, Ohio. This is a St. Jude's Benefit. The doors open at 7 pm. It is $10 at the door or if you message us your name (first and last) we can put you on the list to get in for $6! All of the money goes to help the kids. There will be raffles and prizes. So, come out show support, help St. Jude's and win prizes!

"We also have a show planned at Sadie Rene's on January 17, 2010. Show starts at 9:00 pm. Doors open at 6. For those that are in the Canton area, stop out and say hi! This is an 18 and over show. $5 at door if you're under 21, $3 if you're 21 or older.

"For those in the Lakewood/Cleveland area, we will making an appearance at The Phantasy on February 13, 2010. The show starts at 4:00 pm, and will feature ALL metal bands! We have tickets available for $8. It will be $10 at the door, so get your tickets from us. You won't want to miss this show! More...

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Suicidal Angels To Support Overkill On Tour

Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels have issued the following update about supporting Overkill for their 25th anniversary tour:

"Following the Kataklysm Tour, we are proud and honored to announce, that we will take part in the 25th Anniversary Tour of living thrash legends OVERKILL! Along with Savage Messiah and Cripper, we will engage on a relentless trip around Europe, to wreak havoc upon every country we shall visit and bring everyone in an all-time classic mosh pit! To everyone from Spain to Denmark, we'll see you in the fucking pits! Thrash Off!"

The currently confirmed dates with Overkill are as follows: More...

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Swashbuckle Announces NJ Headlining Show

Pirate metallers Swashbuckle have announced they will perform a new headlining show on December 19th in Trenton, New Jersey. Swashbuckle has issued the following statement about the show:

"Swashbuckle's first NJ/Headlining show since 2008!! They will be coming fresh of the Monsters of Death tour w/Vader and Warbringer. The Pirates Three will be bringing the Thrash so prepare to Party!! Its a small club but plenty of room for whirlpits and waves of death!! Its going to be a panty dropping, mom raping, father punching, hi sea antics, friend fuckin awesome party! We hope to see everyone here!! And yes its ALL AGES!! Doors: 2pm Cost: $10 advanced/$12 at the door."

Support at the show will come from Triggered Impulse, Sicker Than Most, NoN-SToP!, Esquilax, ManVsWild, Kill The Evidence, and We All Have Day Jobs. Swashbuckle also have the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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The Acacia Strain Updates Tour Schedule

The Acacia Strain has added on an extra tour date in New York on January 16th, 2010. The Acacia Strain's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

12/26 LOST HORIZON w/ HATEBREED Syracuse, New York
12/27 JAXX w/ HATEBREED West Springfield, Virginia
12/28 THE CHANCE w/ HATEBREED Poughkeepsie, New York
12/29 HIGHER GROUND w/ HATEBREED Burlington, Vermont
12/30 WEBSTER THEATRE w/ HATEBREED Hartford, Connecticut
1/16 2010 SANTOS PARTY HOUSE w/ DISEMBODIED New York, New York
2/13 2010 STARLAND BALLROOM w/ E. TOWN CONCRETE Sayerville, New Jersey

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Unleashed To Headline WinterNachtsTraum Festival

Swedish death metallers Unleashed have announced they will headline next years WinterNachtsTraum Festival in Arnsberg/Oeventrop. The festival will take place on February 19th - 20th, 2010. Unleashed also recently entered Fredrik Folkare's "Chrome Studio" to record their 10th full-length album. The album will be released via Nuclear Blast Records early next year.

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Zebulon Kosted Streaming New Album Sample

Solo black metal act Zebulon Kosted released his latest album "Die Nibelungen Part 2 - Death of a Hero" through Satanica Records on December 12th. The cover artwork for the album can be viewed at this location. The album consists of a single 43 minute track titled "Death of a Hero." An excerpt from the track is currently available for streaming at Zebulon Kosted's MySpace page.

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Woe Of Tyrants Issues Recording Update

Woe of Tyrants has issued the following update from the studio:

"Whoa, Shaun here, hanging at The Basement Studios in NC where the new Woe of Tyrants record is underway. Progress is ample, with the bulk of rhythm tracks completed (including drums, guitar, and bass) while vocals and leads are being finished. The presence, skill and tireless effort of Jamie King has contributed much to the process, and we're all excited to get the CD shrink wrapped and out to all of you. Luckily, the weather has been reasonably kind and so has the van, so no disasters have befallen us thus far (unless you count late night TV programming at our hotel).

"While the typical horse-off-ery and fast food adventures have endured, hotel maid-wooing has (much to our disdain) taken a backseat to crunch time dedication and much deserved shut-eye during these later stages. Recording festivities are due to carry on through Friday, and then we should be homeward bound - keep an eye out for the studio wrap-up at the end of the week!"

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Nothnegal Offering New Song As Free Download

Maldivian death metal act Nothnegal, which features drummer Kevin Talley (Dååth, ex-Chimaira, ex-Misery Index, ex-Dying Fetus) and keyboard player Marco Sneck (Kalmah, Poisonblack), has released a new song as a free download. The track "Absolute Blood Unification" can be downloaded at this location. The song can also be streamed through the player below.

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Pit Stories: Exploding Pants

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher tells the story of what almost made him stop singing. The excerpt is taken from a full interview available here.

Check back every Tuesday for a new pit story.

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The End Records Sampler On iTunes For 99 Cents

The End Records is thrilled to offer AMALGAMATE, a seventeen track sampler on iTunes for only $0.99. Featuring an exclusive track from Dir En Grey, plus unreleased songs from upcoming albums by Creature With the Atom Brain, Sigh and Early Man, AMALGAMATE showcases The End's heavier artists conveniently on one album. See the link and track listing below.

Kicking things off in 2010 will be Sigh with their classically infused orchestral metal on "Scenes From Hell," and the video game inspired electro indie rock from Super 8-bit Brothers on "Brawl," both out January 19th. The highly anticipated album from Creature With the Atom Brain entitled "Transylvania" will be released on February 2nd, which combines 60s inspired rock with dark and hypnotic psychedelic grooves. Norway’s Shining will also release their hard hitting hybrid of jazz and metal entitled "Blackjazz" on February 2nd. Laethora, which features Niklas Sundin of Dark Tranquillity, are set to release "The Light In Which We All Burn" on April 27th and consists of thirteen epic tracks of violent and powerful death/grind metal performed with intense passion and ferocity. More albums will be announced shortly.

Here is the "Amalgamate" track listing:

1. Dead Girls Are Easy – The 69 Eyes
2. Dozing Green (Live) – Dir En Grey
3. Transylvania – Creature With the Atom Brain
4. Liar – Emilie Autumn
5. Running Out of Roads to Ride – Cable
6. Grinding the Knife Blade – Goes Cube
7. Someone Else’s Nightmare – Early Man
8. Rapture of the Empty Spaces – Karl Sanders
9. A Eulogy for the Living Lost – November’s Doom
10. The Best Way – Suicide City
11. Der Weg (Live) – Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
12. L’art de Mourir – Sigh
13. Architect – Hull
14. The Indweller – These Are They
15. Milorg – Vreid
16. Old – Sarke
17. Sin Goddammit – Fenriz Red Planet & Nattefrost

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Drowning The Light Streaming New Song Online

Australian black metal act Drowning The Light have released their new mini-CD "The Fading Rays Of The Sun" through Obscure Abhorrence Productions. The cover artwork for the album can be found at this location. Drowning The Light are also streaming the title track from the album at their MySpace page.

The track listing for "The Fading Rays Of The Sun" is as follows:

1. The Fading Rays Of The Sun
2. Child Of The Moon
3. Tide Of Vengeance
4. Apparitions Of Death

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Godhate Reveals New Album Details

Sweden's Godhate have announced they will release their new album "Equal In The Eyes of Death" by the end of December, 2009, through Metal Age Productions. The cover artwork for the album can be viewed at this location.

The track listing for "Equal In The Eyes of Death" is as follows:

1. John 3:18
2. Godate
3. Penance For The Wicked
4. In Praise Of Sin
5. Infinity Shall Be
6. Equal In The Eyes Of Death
7. Alla Xul Kanpa
8. Dark Funeral
9. AntiChristianity
10. In Anger With Life
11. The End

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Stream The Binary Code's Entire New Album Today

New Jersey death metal band The Binary Code has posted their entire new album, "Suspension of Disbelief," online at this location for streaming for one day only. The album is out now via MetalSucks.net and can be bought here.

The complete tracklisting for "Suspension of Disbelief" is as follows:

1. Suspension of Disbelief (Part I & II)
2. Mechanical Seas
3. Ghost Planet
4. Void
5. the Story
6. Human Condition
7. Awaiting Necropolis
8. Void II

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The Number Twelve Looks Like You Calls it Quits

New Jersey metalcore band The Number Twelve Looks Like You has decided to call it quits. The band will play one last farewell show on Friday, January 29 at School of Rock East in South Hackensack, NJ. The show will feature various special guests to be announced. Guitarist Alexis G. Pareja has issued the following statement regarding the decision to break up:

"When I first started picking up my guitar and playing my favorite songs I always aspired to be able to experience what these talented artists/musicians were feeling. They get up on stage night after night to deliver a show and connect on this level that is metaphysical with their fans. Perhaps fans look up to those artists because they are this kind of gateway to a greater Utopian sense of being that transcends whatever dismal reality we live in. Of course, there are musicians who do this for the wrong reasons and I have had the displeasure of encountering many of these types but they always end up chewed up and spit out by the same people that brought them there. What we forget is that this tightly knit community of genuine original music universally travels and destroys all barriers to bring even the 2 most opposing characters together. It also stands the test of time." More...

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Metallica Producer Reveals Studio Notes

Producer Flemming Rasmussen, perhaps best known for his work with METALLICA on their classic "Master Of Puppets" and "...And Justice For All" albums, has posted his studio notes from those recording sessions. Click the links below to check them out:

Master Of Puppets - Recording started September 3rd, 1985 at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark.

...And Justice For All - Recording started February 14th, 1988 at One On One Studio in Los Angeles, California.

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Sirenia Announces 2010 South American Tour Dates

Sirenia has announced the following South American tour dates:

28/2 - México - México Df - Hard Rock live
02/3 - Colombia - Bogotá - teatro metro
03/3 - Colombia - Medellin - teatro matacandelas
05/3 - Argentina - Buenos Aires - Superrock
06/3 - Brazil - São Paulo - Carioca Club
07/3 - Tba (South America show)

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Annihilator Signs To Earache Records

Canadian thrash metal band ANNIHILATOR has signed a European recording contract with Earache Records.

ANNIHILATOR guitarist and main-man JEFF WATERS comments on the signing, "Finding a label home for Annihilator in Europe has never been difficult. Finding a good, professional and stable one, that really knows metal, is another matter. We found one! Earache and Annihilator are going to make a great metal team and I can't think of anyone else that should be putting the new Annihilator CD out but them! See you all in 2010!"

Earache Records label manager DAN TOBIN adds, "Annihilator have continually flown the flag for metal in general and thrash in particular for many years, and with Jeff Waters at the helm have produced some of the most innovative and distinctive metal releases around. Earache looks forward to teaming up with Jeff and spreading the gospel of Annihilator far and wide with a killer new album that is sure to surprise a lot of people with its genuine intensity and aggression."

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Decrepit Sun Gives Album Update, Posts New Song

Melbourne’s Decrepit Sun has revealed in a recent recording update more details of their upcoming new album, which they've been working on throughout 2009. The band is currently about three quarters done with the new album with some final overdubbing and mixing/mastering left to do. The album is slated for a 2010 release.

You can check out "Drunker Than You" on the band's MySpace page for an idea of whats to come. The band will also be posting another new track, "Faithless," in the coming days.

The tracklisting has been confirmed as follows:

Drunker Than You
Faithless
Null
the Pickings
Apocalypse II
FleshBanquet
Intense(HiFi)
Blood Binds Nothing
Semi-Automatic Rifle

"We assure that this will be loud, angry, VIOLENT and AGGRESSIVE! and look forward to jumping around like amphetamonkies soon!," comments the band.

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Trivium Drummer Quits?

Although no official confirmation has been given yet, there is a strong rumour circulating that Trivium drummer Travis Smith has left the band and that the split was less than amicable. He previously did not take part in the band's tour with Chimaira, Whitechapel and Dirge Within. Stay tuned for more details which are expected to be revealed shortly.

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The "Big Four" Rumors are True

After much speculation, Sonisphere Festival has confirmed the Big Four (Anthrax, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth) will finally play live again! The Big Four that popularized the thrash metal movement in the 80's have never been on the same stage at once, but now the bands will have the chance to finally do so in 2010.

Originally, just a huge rumor, it has finally been confirmed. After Dave Mustaine angered Metallica and Anthrax, hopes for a Big Four concert were not looking promising. However, Sonisphere Festival has just announced that on June 16th 2010, these thrash metal giants will be sharing the stage for the first time at the Bemowo Airport in Poland. It has also been updated that the Big Four bands will also make a second appearance in the Czech Republic, with more Sonisphere shows featuring the combo to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

"Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's big 4 would not only still be around and more popular than ever, but will now play together for the first time...what a mindfuck! Bring it on!" says Lars Ulrich, the Drummer of Metallica. "It's about fucking time this happened. And it's about time the fans finally what they want. This is fucking awesome," says Kerry King of Slayer.

ANTHRAX guitarist SCOTT IAN agrees, commenting on the enormity of the announcement:

"People have been talking about these four bands playing together since 1984. That's twenty-six years of expectation!!! And the thing is, I believe not only will we live up to the expectations, we will shatter them!! No other four bands as influential as the four of us have ever done this. Imagine if The Beatles, Stones, The Who and Zeppelin had done shows? Or Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Motorhead? Well, I may be getting into some rarified air here but as a fan, that's how big I feel this is."

The Big Four's appearance is only exclusive to Europe it seems for now. Stay tune for hopes of an appearance in America.

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