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Metal News for December 15, 2010

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Masticator Announces New Line-up and Shows

Fort Lauderdale's Masticator recently parted ways with drummer Dan Simpson, and guitarist Matt Blum. Added to the Line-up is Mike Pena from south Florida black/thrash band Nuclear Infantry. The line-up also includes Matthew Florio, formerly from Wykked Wytch. The band has many shows scheduled for early 2011 and is also planning a full length release for mid 2011.

Here's the current line-up:

Mike Dickson-Guitar/Vocals
Mike Pena-Drums
Matthew Florio-Bass

Here are the latest upcoming shows:

January 9th- Churchills (Miami, FL)
January 22nd- The Pit (West Palm Beach, FL)
January 29th- Monterey club (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
February- Respectables (West Palm Beach, FL)

And finally, here's a live video from a show earlier this year:

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Purgatory Working On New Album, "Necromantaeon"

German death metal band Purgatory is working on their sixth album, entitled "Necromantaeon." The album will be released on February 4, 2011 via War Anthem Records. The label hopes to have some samples for streaming soon.

The tracklisting for "Necromantaeon" is as follows:

1. Arrival of the the Undivine/ Reaping the Diseased
2. Where Darkness Reigns
3. Glorification of the Lightbearer
4. Downwards Into Unlight
5. Scourging Blasphemies
6. Calling the Grand Destroyers
7. Necromantaeon
8. The Collapse of Tides

In the meantime, you can check out some of Purgatory's older music here or catch them live at the following shows:

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Arryan Path Announces New Album Title

Cyprus based power metal act Arryan Path has issued the following announcement about the title of an upcoming full-length album:

"Arryan Path announced today that their upcoming album will be titled 'IRA IMPERIUM.' It will be out somewhere in March/April under Pitch black records, it will contain 12 songs as well as a few surprise duets, one of them with a very well-known singer, one of the most important voices in heavy metal. More to come soon!"

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Archspire Issues Activity Update

Archspire has checked in with the following update about the band's activity:

"Well, it's been a few months since I've updated our blog, so here's what's goin' on: we recently stepped into The Hive Studios, with legendary producer/engineer Stuart McKillop to finish up All Shall Align. As of this past Monday, December 13th 2010, we are now officially done tracking for the full length, something that this band has been working on for well over two years now. The new song, entitled 'Rapid Elemental Dissolve,' and the outro 'All Shall Align' bring the album to completion with a few things that we've definitely never done before. We are beyond excited to see what you guys think of the new stuff, as well as the remixed and remastered older tracks.

"As an added obstacle, Tobi Morelli has an encounter with an extremely sharp object just days before he was scheduled to track his guitar parts. Ten stitches to his left pinky finger, and a few days off from practice, Tobi decided to attempt playing all of his tracks as originally intended. We are all very grateful he escaped with only a fleshwound, however painful it may have been. He is currently letting his finger heal in order to have the stitches removed, and a smooth recovery is expected.

"We are in the middle of planning out some touring, hoping to head east and play with some excellent Canadian tech death bands we've been in touch with. We will hopefully have more information on an Archspire - Spring 2011 Canadian tour very soon. Let us know if you are in a band, and want to help, or know of someone who is booking shows at that time, we would love the support. More...

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Insision Recruits New Guitarist

Insision has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Magnus Martinsson:

"Insision announces that they have parted ways with their second guitarist, Magnus Martinsson due to Magnus involvement and focus on his other bands and projects. We are all pleased with this decision and Insision wishes Magnus the best in the future. At the same time Insision announce that the Death Metal/Jazz influenced guitarist Tobias Alpadie steps into the battle as session guitarist for Insision."

Tobias also commented on joining the band: "Since their release of 'Beneath the Folds of Flesh,' I’ve been a fan of Insision, and feel honored that the band wants me as a session member. I really feel stoked about this, and can't wait to start rehearsing with the guys in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully everything will turn out just great. I’ll be catching alot of you out on the road in the near future."

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Equimanthorn Posts New Album Artwork

Equimanthorn has now posted the cover artwork online for the band's upcoming album "A Fifth Conjuration" at this location. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Great Deluge
2. When Skies Above Were Not Yet Named
3. Kneeling to the Throne of Winter (Confidence and Lust)
4. Nanna's Dreaming (The Endless Night of Crucifixion)
5. Sigillum Sanctum
6. Ra Hoor Khuit

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Batillus Contributes Song To NYC Compilation

Batillus has issued the following announcement about contributing a track to a compilation album featuring New York City heavy metal bands:

"We’re honored to announce that we’ve been included in a compilation of the best underground heavy music from New York, curated by the one and only MetalSucks.net. We’re on the first of two volumes (cover here), which will be released on January 18th.

"The comp includes tracks from Made Out of Babies, Black Anvil, Tombs, Naam, Castevet, Hull, The Austerity Program, Goes Cube, Wetnurse, Krallice, Defeatist, and many more. There’s more information over at MS."

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Within Temptation Posts New Music Video Online

Dutch symphonic metal act Within Temptation has posted its new music video online. The video, which can be viewed below, contains exclusive preview scenes taken from the upcoming movie "Me & Mr. Jones", directed by Oscar-winning Dutch director Paul Ruven. The movie is a thriller inspired by the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, the island where the movie was also shot. "Where Is The Edge" appears on the band's forthcoming studio album "The Unforgiving," which is set for release in March of 2011.

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Condemned? Reveals New Album Tracklisting

San Francisco, California hardcore act Condemned? has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The new album, titled "Condemned 2 Death," will be a double disc release featuring new studio material as well as a bonus disc of older material. "Condemned 2 Death" is set for release on March 8, 2011 in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.

"Condemned 2 Death" track listing:

Disc 1
1. Big Time Game Hunting
2. Aggressive System
3. Thoughts Of Equality
4. Practicing For War
5. Crutch
6. Anti-social
7. Cavern In Mind
8. Cleansing Pool
9. Emotional Blurr
10. Crucified
11. Ocean
12. Save Thy Brother
13. D-Day
14. When Worlds Collide

*Disc 2*
1. Intro
-"Condemned To Death" (1983-84)-
2. Gartland's Pit
3. Pain Of Mind
4. Media Control
5. Dismember Me
6. Blood River
7. The Assassin
8. Bang Your Maidenhead
9. Wired
-"Death Sentence" (1985)-
10. Condemned 2 Death Sentence
-"Humanoid Or Biomechanoid?" (1986)-
11. Big Time Game Hunting
12. Emotional Blurr
13. Crutch
14. A Cavern In Time
15. Icy Minds
16. When Worlds Collide
17. Satan's Sandals
18. Tidal Wave
19. Face Yourself
20. Humanoid Or Biomechanoid?
-"Condemned/Attitude" (1987)-
21. Homeless Crew
22. No Boundaries
23. 3rd World Child
-Live "Senseless Death" compilation-
24. No Blind Power
25. D-Day
26. Deadly Euphoria
27. Big Time
-"Something Scaley" (1989-93)-
28. River Of Life
29. Movement
30. Fool's Fable
30. Outro

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Stone Sour Posts New Music Video Online

American hard rock act Stone Sour, featuring Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor, has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the ballad track "Hesitate" which appears on the band's latest studio album "Audio Secrecy." You can view the video below:

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For Today Announces Canadian East Coast Tour Dates

For Today has revealed the dates for its forthcoming Canadian mini-tour of the East Coast. Support on the trek will come from Stray From The Path, Structures and Texas In July. You can view the full list of confirmed dates, cities and venues below:

02/12 Buffalo, NY – Xtreme Wheels (no Structures)
02/13 London, ON – London Music Hall Lounge
02/14 Barrie, ON – Baia Nightclub
02/15 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
02/16 Quebec City, QC – Agitee
02/17 Trois-Riveres, QC – Rock Cafe Le Stage
02/18 Montreal, QC – Underworld
02/19 Toronto, ON – Wreckroom

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Metal Bands Announced For Vans Warped Tour 2011

A select handful of metal acts have been confirmed to appear on the 2011 edition of the Vans Warped Tour. While usually catering to the punk rock community the festival has begun to include metal bands from various genres. The 2011 edition of the tour will feature performances from Winds Of Plague, We Came As Romans, The Word Alive and Miss May I. More bands are expected to be announced in the coming months.

The 2011 Vans Warped Tour dates can be found below: More...

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Haste the Day Announces Final Tour Dates As A Band

American metalcore act Haste the Day has revealed the dates for its "Farewell Tour." Support on the trek will come from Mychildren Mybride, The Chariot and A Plea For Purging. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

01/28 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
01/29 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
01/30 Wichita, KS – Oz Cafe
01/31 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
02/01 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
02/03 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/04 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
02/05 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
02/07 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
02/08 San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage
02/09 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
02/11 Lubbock, TX – JAKE’S Sports Cafe
02/12 Dallas, TX – The Door
02/13 Austin, TX – Emo’s
02/14 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
02/15 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
02/16 Pensacola, FL – American Legion Post 33
02/18 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
02/19 Orlando, FL – The Social
02/20 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
02/21 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
02/22 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
02/23 St. Louis, MO – Fubar: Tickets HERE
02/24 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge: Tickets HERE
02/25 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Down Under
02/26 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
02/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
03/01 Montreal, QC – Underworld
03/02 London, ON – Rum Runners/London Music Hall
03/03 Toronto, ON – The Annex Wreck Room
03/04 Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon
03/05 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
03/06 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
03/07 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
03/09 Columbus, OH – The Basement
03/10 Louisville, KY – Expo Five

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Abandon All Ships Announces U.S. Tour

Canadian dancecore act Abandon All Ships has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of the United States. Abandon All Ships will be in the direct support slot behind The Word Alive with additional support coming from Upon A Burning Body, The Color Morale and For All Those Sleeping. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

03/11 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
03/12 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
03/13 Las Cruces, NM – Mikey’s Place
03/14 Lubbock, TX – Cactus Courtyard
03/15 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
03/16 Mission, TX – Las Palmas Race Track
03/19 Dallas, TX – South By So What
03/20 Houston, TX – The Studio @ Warehouse Live
03/22 Fayetteville, AR – NWA Showcase
03/23 Columbia, MO – Mojo’s
03/24 Evansville, IN – Boney Junes
03/25 Douglasville, GA – 7 Venue
03/26 Macon, GA – The 567
03/27 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery
03/28 Virginia Beach, VA – Club Relevant
03/29 West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
03/30 Vineland, NJ – Hangar 84
03/31 Providence, RI – Club Hell
04/01 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/02 Jermyn, PA – Eleanor Rigby’s
04/03 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
04/05 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
04/06 Lansing, MI – The Loft
04/07 Kettering, OH – The Attic Club
04/08 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
04/09 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
04/10 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
04/11 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
04/13 Spokane, WA – The A Club
04/14 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
04/15 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04/16 Sparks, NV – The Alley

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Protest The Hero Posts Third Studio Video

Canadian progressive metallers Protest The Hero have posted its third studio webisode online. The band are once again working with producer Julius "Juice" Butty at both Jukasa Studios and Silo Recording Studio to record it's third full length album.

You can view the video below:

Stewdio Pupdate tree. from Rody Walker on Vimeo.

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Vicious Rumors Reveals New Album Tracklisting

California metal act Vicious Rumors has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The new album, titled "Razorback Killers," is set for release on April 5th, 2011 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. "Razorback Killers" was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California with producers Juan Urteaga and Geoff Thorpe.

The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Murderball
2. Black
3. Razorback Blade
4. Blood Stained Sunday
5. Pearl Of Wisdom
6. All I Want Is You
7. Axe To Grind
8. Let The Garden Burn
9. Rite Of Devastation
10. Deal With The Devil

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Whitesnake Announces European Tour

U.K. hard rock veterans Whitesnake have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

June 02 - Moscow, Russia - Megasport Arena
June 04 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Icearena
June 13 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
June 14 - Glasgow, UK - Clyde Auditorium
June 16 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic
June 17 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
June 19 - Bournemouth, UK - BIC
June 20 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
June 22 - Milano, Italy - Gods of Metal
June 25 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
June 28 - Prague, Czech Republic - Saska Arena
June 29 - Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle

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Motorhead Confirms Festival Appearance

British heavy metal legends Motorhead have announced its participation for the forthcoming edition of Germany's infamous Wacken Open Air festival. Wacken 2011 is set to take place between August 4th, 5th and 6th in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:

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Rhapsody of Fire To Release Two Albums In 2011

Italian progressive/symphonic metal act Rhapsody of Fire has revealed plans to release two new albums in North America within 2011. While releasing their 10th studio album, titled "From Chaos To Eternity," the band have also revealed that North American fans will finally see its 35 minute song "The Cold Embrace Of Fear - A Dark Romantic Symphony" on January 25th, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. The 35 minute epic was split into seven flowing movements which the titles can be viewed below:

1. Act I - The Pass of Nair-Kaan 2:01
2. Act II - Dark Mystic Vision 1:41
3. Act III - The Ancient Fires of Har-Kuun 14:56
4. Act IV - The Betrayal 3:58
5. Act V - Neve Rosso Sangue 4:41
6. Act VI - Erian's Lost Secrets 4:28
7. Act VII - The Angels' Dark Revelation 3:59

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Alestorm Confirms Festival Appearance

Pirate themed metal act Alestorm has announced its participation for the forthcoming edition of the Dokk'em Open Air festival. The festival, which is in its 6th year of operation, is set to take place on May 28, 2011 at Spriens Raard in Dokkum, Netherlands. Pagan's Mind have been the only other act confirmed to appear at Dokk'em Open Air with more expected to be announced shortly. A trailer for the 2011 edition of the festival can be viewed below.

Festival organizers have also posted the following statement online:

"There are two reasons to buy your tickets now! First because the new government intends to increase the VAT rate on tickets from 6% to 19%. Despite all the actions that are taking place it seems unlikely that this reduction measure will be put aside. Because of this we will regrettably be forced to increase the ticket price increase on January 1"

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Judas Priest Adds Dates To Farewell Tour

British heavy metal band Judas Priest, one of the most influential and most popular heavy metal bands of all time, has announced that they are to perform one more world tour and then retire as a band. The "metal gods," as proclaimed by fans, have added two more dates to its final, farewell tour - dubbed the "Epitaph" tour. You can view the full list of confirmed date below, with more expected to be announced for additional countries as well as North American in the near future.

Jun. 09 - Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
Jun. 11 - Sauna Open Air, Tampere, Finland
Jun. 17 - Copenhell, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun. 19 - Hellfest, Clisson, France
Jun. 22 - Gods of Metal, Milan, Italy
Jun. 25 - Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
Jun. 28 - O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic*
Jun. 29 - Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria*
Jul. 23 - High Voltage, London, UK
Aug. 05 - Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany

*= newly added dates

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Assassin Reveals U.S. Release Date For New Album

German thrash metal veterans Assassin have announced that their forthcoming new studio album, "Breaking The Silence," will to be released through SPV/Steamhammer Records on March 22nd, 2011.

The tracklisting is as follows:
"Breaking The Silence"
"Raise In The Dark"
"Turf War"
"Destroy The State"
"No Fear"
"Kill Or E Killed"
"Real Friends"
"Strike Back"
"I Like Cola"

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Just For Fun

GWAR Attacks Christmas

Antarctican space thrashers GWAR have teamed up with Break.com to debut a new Christmas themed video. You can view GWAR's assault on Christmas below:

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Darkthrone Seeking Fan Cover Art Submissions

Peaceville Records is re-releasing new editions of previous albums from Norwegian black metal act Darkthrone, from the recently acquired Moonfog Productions catalog titles. To celebrate the release of the next two titles to be reissued, "Goatlord" and "Ravishing Grimness," the band and label are calling on fans to create new artwork for the albums. Darkthrone guitarist/vocalist, Nocturno Culto, issued the following statement:

"We are pleased to announce that Peaceville/Snapper has bought the entire Moonfog catalogue of Darkthrone, that is seven albums in total. The plan is to release these albums within the next year, with new distro network and fresh thinking around these albums. There are two albums that will have entirely new cover artwork: Ravishing Grimness and Goatlord. This is a decision that is made by Fenriz and myself. And the idea now is that we are making a competition out of this. If you now feel the urge to contribute to this competition, you are most welcome to send in your art to Peaceville. Only serious contributions will reach Fenriz and me to decide upon. Thank you in advance, we're looking forward to this."

Submissions should be emailed to: competition@peaceville.co.uk before January 31st. Head over to this location for full terms and conditions. The "Goatlord" and "Ravishing Grimness" re-releases will be available later next year.

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Sodom Posts Another Song From New Album

Decibel magazine has premiered a new track from Sodom's forthcoming release "In War and Pieces" on the Deciblog. The new song "Feigned Death Throes" can be heard at this location. "In War and Pieces" is set for release on January 11th, 2011 and the track listing is as follows:

1. In War And Pieces
2. Hellfire
3. Through Toxic Veins
4. Nothing Counts More Than Blood
5. Storm Raging Up
6. Feigned Death Throes
7. Soul Contraband
8. God Bless You
9. The Art Of Killing Poetry
10. Knarrenheinz
11. Styptic Parasite

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Conteched Announces New Vocalist

Amsterdam based group Conteched has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:

"Conteched Hires New Ceo: After numerous job interviews, Conteched is pleased to announce that Mr Branislav Plasa, has filled the job opening in the lyrical department as lyrics executive. Although Mr Phil Anselmo also applied for this job, his application form arrived a few days too late, so we had to exclude him from the interviews. We wish him good luck with 'Down' though."

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Ancient Necropys Posts New Music Video Online

Ancient Necropsy has posted a video clip online for the song "The Epitaph of the Phoenix Arising," which can be viewed below.

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Hatesphere Posts Denmark Footage

Hatesphere has posted a video clip online from the band's recent show in Denmark, which can be viewed below. Hatesphere also commented:

"This video pretty much sums up what the shows last weekend in Denmark were about. The audience in Aarhus went nuts and did all in their power to make this the coolest show we have ever done in this city. Check out their wall of death at our official Youtube-channel."

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In This Moment Performance Footage Available

Capital Chaos has posted a video clip online of In This Moment performing live at The Boardwalk in California. The clip can be viewed below.

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Blinded By Faith Gearing Up To Enter The Studio

Canada's Blinded By Faith has issued the following brief announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio: "Blinded By Faith will enter in studio in February 2011 with Antoine Baril. More details soon." In the mean time, you can also check out sample Blinded By Faith tracks available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.

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The Man-Eating Tree Offering Free Song Download

The Man-Eating Tree is currently offering the song "Vultures" as a free MP3 download from now until December 31st, 2010. The track can be downloaded at this location (Twitter or Facebook account required to download the song). Guitarist Janne Markus commented on the song:

"'Vultures' is actually allowing you to catch a glimpse at the upcoming album. You might be able to find some new influences in this song that might help you to imagine how the new album will sound like and what it will be about. Also, the song is a perfect soundtrack for the darkness of December."

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Septicflesh To Release New Single

Septicflesh has issued the following announcement about the release of a new single:

"A brand new song from Greek demons Sepicflesh’s forthcoming album will be available this Friday! The single is entitled 'The Vampire from Nazareth' and will be released as digital download worldwide. Go to Amazon to listen to a 30-second clip!

"French fans will also find the song on a Dropcard that will be offered exclusively with the next issue of Hard Rock Magazine, out this Friday too. Septicflesh’s new album, which title is yet to be revealed, will hit the stores on April 18th, 2011 (one day later in the US) in various editions. More news soon!"

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Destruction Streaming New Song

Destruction is set to release the new album "Day Of Reckoning" on February 28th, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. The band is now streaming a new song online from the album, titled "The Price," through the Destruction MySpace page. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Price
2. Hate Is My Fuel
3. Armageddonizer
4. Devil’s Advocate
5. Day Of Reckoning
6. Sorcerer Of Black Magic
7. Misfit
8. The Demon Is God
9. Church Of Disgust
10. Destroyer Or Creator
11. Sheep Of The Regime
12. Stand Up And Shout (limited-edition bonus track)

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Kylesa Updates Tour Schedule

Kylesa has issued the following update about headlining winter tour dates:

"Kylesa will be headlining shows in January, the dates are posted below, to pre-order tickets click on this link and the link beside the corresponding date should take you to where you can pre-order tickets for the shows. Also, Kylesa is on PopMatters list of the best metal albums of the year. Finally, you can still vote for best metal band of the year at Spin.com.

"Thank you so much for all your support and kind words. 2010 has been amazing and 2011 is shaping up to be even bigger and better. We love you all and appreciate everything you all have done in promoting our band and making this all possible. Cheers to you all!"

The upcoming Kylesa tour dates are as follows:

01/13/11 The Earl, Atlanta GA w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/14/11 The Jinx, Savannah GA w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/15/11 Backbooth, Orlando FL w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/16/11 Brass Mug, Tampa FL w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/19/11 Kings, Raleigh NC w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/20/11 Black Cat, Washington DC w/Zoroaster, Fight Amp
01/21/11 31st St Pub, Pittsburgh PA w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/22/11 Wreck Room, Toronto ON w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/23/11 Time To Laugh, Kingston ON w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/24/11 Il Motore, Montreal QC w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/25/11 Great Scott, Allston MA w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/26/11 Santos, New York NY w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/27/11 North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA w/Rosetta, Fight Amp
01/29/11 Oasis, Charleston SC w/Rosetta, Fight Amp

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Amaranthe Announces European Shows

Amaranthe has issued the following update about upcoming European tour dates alongside Kamelot and Evergrey:

"We are very pleased to announce our first full European tour, which will coincide with the release of our debut album! It will be a great honour to share the stage with our friends in Kamelot again, and Evergrey for the first time! See you all there! For a full list of dates, go to this location! Cheers!"

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Requiem Checks In From The Studio

Swiss act Requiem has issued the following recording update from Stage One Studio:

"Checking in from Stage One Studio, just recorded vocals for 5 songs which actually was stressful 'cause we experienced with different voice styles and arrangements. Tomorrow another 5 songs and the whole album is done recording-wise. Mixing and mastering will take another 4 to 5 days which is awesome. Never had so much time for the final sound on our previous records. This time all what was planned everything which has been created and each idea was realized and achieved. We are pleased so far. We'll see what the future brings business-wise.

"Be a part of the last chapter of our studio report tomorrow 'cause we won't talk about mixing and mastering which would be quite boring for ya folks...the new cover (Dan Seagrave) will be revealed on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 and of course the final release date and everything else...new myspace layout is in the work and will be online soon...be sure to check back our page... Cheers and thanks for now...take care...see and write you tomorrow..have a nice one."

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Death Albums To Be Re-Issued

Death's seventh and final album "The Sound of Perseverance" will see its official re-issue on February 15th in North America (February 21 internationally) via Relapse Records. The first in a series of official Death re-issues slated for 2011, "The Sound of Perseverance" has been remastered and expanded to include a second disc of previously unreleased demo material. The re-issue will also include enhanced artwork and liner notes from the original cover artist Travis Smith as well as liner notes from Death guitarist Shannon Hamm and never-before-seen photographs.

Relapse Records has also issued the following announcement about seeking Death stories or photos from fans:

"December 13th marks the ninth anniversary since Death mastermind Chuck Schuldiner passed away due to complications from brain cancer. In tribute to his life and legacy, the Schuldiner family, Perseverance Holdings, Inc., and Relapse Records are asking friends, family, and fans to submit their favorite Death / Chuck Schuldiner stories, drawings, videos, photos, cover songs, etc. to the official Death and Chuck Schuldiner MySpace and Facebook pages. Death and Control Denied prizes will be awarded monthly to those that submit. Complete tribute details can be found via this event page."

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Cruachan Completes Recording New Album

Irish folk metal band Cruachan has recently signed to Candlelight Records. The band began recording their latest album, “Blood on the Black Robe,” in November 2010 and are currently mixing the new album. The album will contain about 70 minutes of music.

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Times of Grace Announces Tour

Times of Grace, the side project of Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and the band's former singer Jesse Leach, will hit the road in February for a U.S. tour that launches two weeks after the release of the band's debut, The Hymn of a Broken Man.

The album, much of which was written by Adam D while he was laid up in a London hospital recovering from back surgery, comes out Jan. 18.

Leach, frontman for Seemless and The Empire Shall Fall, said of the tour: “We are excited after all of these years to see Times of Grace become a live band! We have a solid group of musicians on board and some killer bands in the works. This is shaping up to be a tour to be remembered, and the first that reunites Adam and I on one stage together again! I couldn't be more pleased to present this band to the world.”

Adam D added: “Jesse and I are wicked excited to be able to bring our songs to fans live...FINALLY after all these years. We hope you all get a chance to check out the record and come sing along with us when we come to a town near you. Thanks to all of those who support this project, and we hope to see you all very soon!”

Here are the tour dates announced today by the band's label, Roadrunner Records:

Feb. 01 Baltimore, MD @ The Quarter
Feb.02 Atlanta, GA @ the Masquerade (downstairs)
Feb. 04 Dallas, TX @ The Door
Feb. 05 Austin, TX @ Emo's
Feb. 07 Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile
Feb. 08 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Feb. 09 San Francisco, CA@ Bottom of the Hill
Feb. 11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Feb. 12 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Ballroom
Feb. 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex - Grand Room
Feb. 15 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Feb. 17 Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
Feb. 18 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Feb. 19 Detroit, MI @ Eagle Theater
Feb. 20 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Feb. 21 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Feb. 22 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Feb. 24 West Chester, PA @ The Note
Feb. 25 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Feb. 26 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Feb. 27 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

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