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Metal News for December 17, 2009

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Kamelot To Release New Album In 2010

Kamelot has issued the following update about releasing a new album in 2010:

"Hey Guys, things are going great here in Wolfsburg! We will take a break next week for Christmas and then we are back to finishing things up. Lots going on here, new album, new set list for the tour, new label news and more. Lots of diversity on the new record. We hope to announce more details soon including the cover art etc...stay tuned and get ready for a MONSTER 2010!! Kamelot has set a tentative release date for their next album for March 22nd, 2010!"

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Karma To Burn Announces U.K. Tour

Karma To Burn has announced they will be embarking on a U.K. tour in April of 2010. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

4/19 2010 O2 Academy2 Newcastle
4/20 2010 Cathouse Glasgow
4/21 2010 Academy3 Manchester
4/22 2010 Corporation Sheffield
4/24 2010 O2 Academy2 Birmingham
4/25 2010 O2 Academy2 Bristol
4/26 2010 Relentless Garage London
4/27 2010 Talking Heads Southampton

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Pestilence Recruits New Drummer

Front man Patrick Mameli of the resurrected death metal outfit Pestilence has released the following statement about recruiting a new drummer:

"The waiting has come to an end. Pestilence has found a new drummer for the upcoming U.S. tour and maybe even the next Pestilence album! After, actually, a short period of time, after many mails and auditionings, our minds (Patrick Mameli and Patrick Uterwijk's) were already set in the same direction. Somebody caught our attention. Someone really special and driven. His blasts and double-bass drum parts are amazing and furious!! His way of thinking about Peter (Wildoer's) parts are phenomenal and give just the right vibe to the already recorded songs for the 'Resurrection Macabre' album. Video footage of the infamous audition will follow shortly.

"His name is Yuma Van Eekelen. Remember that name! He's gonna be VERY BIG pretty soon! He is a very worthy replacement of Peter Wildoer, who will remain a drumgod! Let's go back to Yuma for a second! We will follow up shortly with an update on this guy and show you parts of his audition so y'all can see this guy's skills.

"So, people, please don't send in more stuff because PESTILENCE has found a NEW DRUMMER!!! Stay tuned on what happens next!!!"

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Requiem Aeternam Reveals New Album Details

Florida melodic black metal act Requiem Aeternam has issued the following update about the release of their new album:

"After the successful pre-release party of 'Destiny-Man' in Montevideo, Requiem Aeternam has filmed two video clips, which will be part of the promotion of the new album’s worldwide release. Between February and March of 2010 the band will announce the official release date and the label in charge. The song names are: 1) Exordium, 2) Destiny-Man, 3) Requiem Aeternam, 4) Freewill, 5) Existence, 6) Vying, 7) Purposiveness, 8) Ser (in Spanish), 9) Perseverance, & 10) Epitaph."

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Satan's Host Cancels Vapor Fest Appearance

Satan's Host has issued the following statement about canceling their appearance at the Vapor Fest on Friday, December 18th:

"Hail Legions 666, this Friday evening's 'Vapor Fest.' Satan's Host won't be able to perform at this event. We do apologize for this inconvenience unto our fans, who planed on attending this event to see Satan's Host. We will see you out and about in the new year 2010. While we write and record our next new full length CD. within the new year 2010. Once again we do apologize for this miscommunication."
New CD. "Power~Purity~Perfection...999" is out and available World Wide.

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Allanon Posts New Preview Track Online

Idaho metallers Allannon have posted a new version of a previous preview track online at their official MySpace page. The preview of "Embrace the Flames" now includes recently recorded harsh vocals and drums. "Embrace the Flames" is off Allanon's upcoming self-titled demo. The track listing for the demo is as follows:

1. Embrace The Flames
2. Empires Crumble
3. Return Of The Midgard Serpent

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Thunderbolt Recording New Album

Norway's Thunderbolt have announced they are in the process of recording an as-yet-untitled new album. The vocals are currently being recorded and the guitar tracks will be laid down in January. Samples of Thunderbolt's music can be found at their MySpace page. Thunderbolt also have the following upcoming tour dates:

2/19 2010 De Rots Antwerpen Belgium
2/20 2010 WinterNachtsTraum Festival Arnsberg Germany
3/6 2010 Glassheim Jevnaker Norway
3/19 2010 South By Southwest Festival Austin, Texas
4/2 2010 Die Halle Frankfurt Germany
4/3 2010 Rocktower Festival Lubeck Germany
4/4 2010 Titans Of Power Festival Nettetal Germany, Nordrhein-Westfalen
7/3 2010 Basinfirefest Spálené Porící
9/10 2010 By Scenen Haugesund

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Thyateira Recruits New Vocalist

Illinois based metallers Thyateira have issued the following statement about recruiting David Kvistad to perform vocal duties:

"Hello ladies and gents, If you have not heard the news, we have welcomed, ex-From All Within vocalist, David Kvistad to the Thyateira family. We will have all brand new promos, recordings, and more updates in the next coming weeks. So please stay tuned, you won't be disappointed. LOVE, THYATEIRA."

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Trail Of Tears Confirmed For Metal Camp 2010

Trail of Tears has issued the following statement about performing at the Metal Camp Festival 2010 in Slovenia:

"Hi everyone! It is with great pleasure that we announce that Trail of Tears has been confirmed for Metal Camp 2010 in Tolmin, Slovenia! We look forward to take part in this great festival and contribute our part in making the event live up to its motto: 'Hell over Paradise'! For tickets and information, please visit this location. See you all there!"

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A New Definition Posts Fan-Filmed Footage

A New Definition has posted a fan-filmed video clip online of their performance of the song "Forgotten Prophecy," which can be viewed below. The footage was shot at the Electric Xmas show at Piere's in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Gallows Majesty Reveals New EP Details

Nebraska metallers Gallows Majesty have finished recording their latest EP "Smiling As You Rot." The 7 track EP was recorded and mixed by the band members, and it also includes re-recorded songs from their debut demo. The track listing for "Smiling As You Rot" is as follows:

1. Family Gathering
2. Shower Me In Pain
3. Pre-Code
5. William Winter
6. Belial
7. The Gallows Majesty

Sample Gallows Majesty tracks can be heard at the band's MySpace page.

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Ace Frehley To Release "Behind The Player" DVD

Hot on the heels of his latest album "Anomaly", Ace Frehley is about to release his first-ever official DVD on January 15th, 2010 titled "Behind the Player." Season of Mist Records issued the following statement about the DVD:

"Go behind the make up and see the real Ace Frehley as he unmasks his guitar playing style and a behind the scenes look at his life. 'Behind the Player' also includes rare live performances as well as in depth guitar lessons by Ace on the KISS classics 'Cold Gin' and 'Shock Me' and the new song 'Pain in the Neck.' Ace will lead you through the proper way to play these classics as well as the origins and inspirations of the songs. Discover the reasons why Ace was crowned 'one of the most influential guitarists in rock history'. Watch the Spaceman perform with special guest musicians Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES), John 5 (MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE), George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), Chris Wyse (THE CULT), Tommy Clufetos (ROB ZOMBIE), Scotty Coogan (BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION). Completing this ultimate black diamond are rare live footage, rare KISS photos and a documentary about Ace."

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Whiplash To Play Morgan Harrington Benefit Show

On December 19, 2009, New Jersey thrashers Whiplash will play a benefit concert for Morgan Harrington, the missing 20-year-old student from Virginia Tech. Harrington was last seen on October 17th near the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia following a Metallica concert. The event is being held at The Canal Club in Richmond, Virginia and aims to raise awareness of Morgan's disappearance and support the Harrington family's ongoing search to find her. All proceeds will go to the Find Morgan website. Other bands on the bill include Dangerous New Machine, At War, and The Chaos Agent. View the show poster here.

Whiplash will also perform a special album release show in honor of their recently unleashed "Unborn Again" full-length at Heavy Metal: The Bar, in Garfield, New Jersey, on December 18, 2009. All-night giveaways will include CDs, T-shirts, the Whiplash 25th Anniversary Hot Sauce Collection and a Jackson Kelly guitar, autographed by the band.

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Richard Christy Talks Charred Walls Of The Damned

Although he's probably most well known for his prank calling antics on the Howard Stern show, Richard Christy has also taken on drumming duties for a number of prominent metal bands. Acts as diverse as Acheron, Iced Earth, and Death have all included Richard's drumming prowess. Charred Walls of the Damned is his new pet project, which also includes such metal titans as Tim "Ripper" Owens on vocals, Steve Digiorgio on bass, and Jason Suecof handling the guitar. The band's debut full-length album will be released on February 2nd, 2010 via Metal Blade Records, and samples from the release can be heard at the Charred Walls of the Damned MySpace page. Richard recently spoke with me about the story behind the band's name and how the group came together, as well as several non-music topics such as his thoughts on the upcoming "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake. More...

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Dommin Reveals New Album Details

Los Angeles goth-inspired rockers Dommin has unveiled the cover art and tracklisting for their debut album, entitled "Love is Gone." The tracklisting is as follows:

01. My Heart, Your Hands
02. New
03. Evenfall Hollow
04. Tonight
05. Love Is Gone
06. Dark Holiday
07. Without End
08. Within Reach
09. Closure
10. Making the Most
11. One Feeling
12. I Still Lost
13. One Eye Open
14. Honestly
15. Remember More...

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Graves of Valor To Support Behemoth

GRAVES OF VALOR has announced that they will join BEHEMOTH for a handful of dates on their "Evangelia Amerika US Tour." The South Carolina quintet will be providing support during the Raleigh and Atlanta stops of the tour in early January. GRAVES OF VALOR will also be headlining a date in Lancaster, SC in late January at The Hot Box.

GRAVES OF VALOR is currently streaming “Salarian Gate” in its entirety at this location. Salarian Gate was recorded at Mana Recording Studios (HATE ETERNAL, SOILENT GREEN, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD) with engineer Brian Elliott. More...

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Howl To Enter the Studio

Rhode Island metal band HOWL is currently in the final stages of writing for their first full-length album. The quartet will enter the studio in December 2009 for a spring 2010 release date via Relapse Records.

HOWL has also announced a handful of east coast shows with EYEHATEGOD for late October. HOWL has also been confirmed for the Relapse Records/BrooklynVegan-BBG CMJ showcase show on October 23rd along with MISERY INDEX, REVOCATION, BLACK ANVIL and more.

Upcoming HOWL tour dates are as follows:

10/23 - New York, NY - Fontana’s (as part of Relapse / BrooklynVegan – BBG CMJ Showcase)
10/25 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (w/ EYEHATEGOD, GOATWHORE, more)

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The Cleansing Announces Denmark Tour Dates

Danish death metal band The Cleansing has announced the following Denmark tour dates with labelmates Dawn of Demise:

04/01 - PALETTEN, Viborg
04/02 - PITSTOP, Kolding
04/03 - GIMLE, Roskilde
04/15 - THE ROCK, København w/ The Kandidate
04/17 - STUDENTERHUSET, Ålborg w/ The Kandidate
04/23 - BYGNINGEN, Vejle
04/24 - MÅNEN, Haderslev
05/07 - KULISSELAGERET, Horsens
05/08 - KANSAS CITY w/ Spectral Mortuary

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Defiance Announces New Lineup

Oakland thrash metal band Defiance has issued the following update regarding their lineup:

"With our first show since 1994 just a couple of days away, we wanted to take this opportunity to let you all know about some pretty major changes in the line-up of the band."

"With our new album 'The Prophecy' completed, and released on Candlelight Records, both Mark and Steev have moved on to concentrate on their primary bands, Forbidden and Skinlab respectively. We want to publicly thank them both for putting in all the hard work and time to help us finish the album we dedicated together in the memory of our dear friend and guitarist Doug Harrington. We wish both of them continued success in whatever lies ahead for them." More...

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An Interview with Marduk Guitarist

Marduk is really a true contender for one of the best second wave acts of black metal. Having been around since the 1990’s, Marduk has been around for quite sometime. Their message of past ravages of war, blood, the Third Reich, and their fascination of the occult has sparked controversy, but does not hinder the share tenacity of their lyrics; overshadowing the majority of other black metal acts that try to model after them. When I missed them with Mayhem this year, I thought that the chances of me interviewing and seeing them live would be minuscule because of the visa incident that prevented them from playing in the United States. Fortunately, I found out that they were playing at Reggie’s in Chicago, so I could not pass up the opportunity to see them and ask some questions. Morgan "Evil" Steinmeyer Håkansson has a reputation for being really intimidating. Indeed, I can say his stare is very piercing, but the interview was a huge success, as I got to know one of the most renowned black metal guitarist/ philosophers of our time. More...

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Armored Saint Reveals New Album Details

Los Angeles metal band Armored Saint has announced the tracklisting for the band's recently completed album "La Raza," the band's first new album since 2001's "Nod to the Old School." "La Raza" was recorded at Tranzformer Studios in Burbank, CA, was produced by bassist Joey Vera, and engineered by Bryan Carlstrom and his assistant John Nuss. "La Raza" will be available everywhere on March 16th 2010.

"La Raza" tracklisting is as follows:

01. Loose Cannon
02. Head On
03. Left Hook from Right Field
04. Get Off the Fence
05. Chilled
06. La Raza
07. Black Feet
08. Little Monkey
09. Blues
10. Bandit Country More...

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Gaza To Support Cattle Decapitation on US Tour

Salt Lake City's Gaza will support Cattle Decapitation on a week of shows in April 2010 that sees the bands traverse almost the entire US. Gaza's new album, "He Is Never Coming Back," was released in November on Black Market Activities.

GAZA tour dates with Cattle Decapitation are as follows:

04/17 - Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702
04/19 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
04/20 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
04/21 - Indianapolis, IN @ Tip Top Tavern
04/22 - Lake Station, IN @ Eagles Club
04/23 - Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe's

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Skeletonwitch Announces US Headlining Tour Dates

Cleavland blackened-thrash metal band SKELETONWITCH has announced a US headline tour this February. The band, will be supported by IRON AGE from Austin, Texas and Rhode Island's HOWL on the entire run. DOOMRIDERS and BLACK TUSK will lend support on select dates. The tour dates are as follows:

2/17 - Great Scott- Boston, MA (w/ Doomriders)
2/18 - Valetine's- Albany, NY
2/19 - Kung Fu Necktie- Philadelphia, PA
2/20 - Webster Under- Hartford CT (w/Doomriders)
2/21 - The Red & The Black- Washington, DC
2/22 - Lucky's Pub- Wilmington, NC
2/23 - The Rocket Club- Asheville, NC
2/24 - The Cider House- Knoxville, TN
2/25 - The Jinx- Savannah, GA
2/26 - The Nick- Birmingham, AL (w/Black Tusk)
2/27 - Hi Tone Café- Memphis, TN (w/Black Tusk)
2/28 - Fubar- St. Louis, MO

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Shadow Gallery Announces First Live Performance

American progressive metal band SHADOW GALLERY has announced that their first live performance will be on the 2010 Triton Power Cruise. The band recently released their sixth studio album "Digital Ghosts," which was released on November 3rd through Inside Out Records.

Guitarist Gary Wehrkamp comments, “We have waited a long time to bring the music of SHADOW GALLERY to the stage. There are many talented bands performing on the Triton Power Cruise and we are honored to be a part of this exciting event.” Fellow band mate Brendt Allman also commented, “This will be a fun event, a long time in the making.” Beth Mays of Triton Power Cruise said, “It is my sincerest honor to have SHADOW GALLERY give their first performance onboard the Triton Power Cruise.” More...

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Transatlantic Returns with World Tour in 2010

Almost a decade has passed since their last live appearance together, but the legendary prog supergroup has arrived has announced a world tour in 2010. The details follow:

An Evening With
Whirld Tour 2010

MIKE PORTNOY (Dream Theater)
ROINE STOLT (The Flower Kings)
NEAL MORSE (Ex Spock's Beard)

Sat April 17th - Downey, CA - The Downey Theater
Sun April 18th - San Francisco, CA - The Palace Of Fine Arts
Tues April 20th - Chicago, IL - Park West
Wed April 21st - Montreal, QUE - Metropolis
Fri April 23rd - New York City - The Blender Theater at Gramercy
Sat April 24th - Philadelphia, PA - Theater Of The Living Arts
Tues May 4th - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Wed May 5th - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Thurs May 6th - Poznan, Poland - Hala Arena
Fri May 7th - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
Sat May 8th - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
Sun May 9th - Stuttgart, Germany - Longhorn
Mon May 10th - Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal
Thurs May 13th - Madrid, Spain - Macumba
Fri May 14th - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
Mon May 17th - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Tues May 18th - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Wed May 19th - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
Thurs May 20th - Tilburg, Holland - 013
Fri May 21st - London, England - Shepherd's Bush Empire
Sat May 22nd - Manchester, England - Academy

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Marduk Vocalist Slams Fan In San Francisco

A video recently surfaced of Marduk vocalist Daniel "Mortuus" Rosten slamming a fan who got on stage on their December 6th in San Francisco's DNA Lounge. Put in context of the recent attempt of a fan to light a bible on fire and subsequent pepper spraying incident, perhaps this is a reasonable overreaction. The incident occurs around the 1:16 mark and you can also see a blonde guy in front of center monitor passes out at the 4:50 mark in the video below.

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Funeral In Heaven Posts Two New Songs Online

Sri Lankan black metal band Funeral In Heaven has posted two new pre-production songs from their new album "Daiwaye Haaskam Saha Paralowa Sapatha" recording sessions online on their MySpace player. Here's the update from the band:

"The past couple of weeks indeed have been hectic as you all know, 4 months back we made a decision to take a step back from live performances and spend a little more time in the studio, recording our compositions onto physical form.

"For the past few weeks, we have been doing just that and we have finally completed recording two of our latest compositions at Wela Madha Studios, Pannipitiya.

"And as promised, the two tracks have been uploaded onto our Myspace player. Please not that these are NOT the final products and also the fact that these songs had to be ripped to a Bit Rate of 96, to fit Myspace's 'files under 6mb' rule.

"The two tracks; "The Origins of Evil: Abhawaya" and "The Malediction of Veracity: Udhbhawaya/Punarbhawaya" is a dedication to all who, in the name of Mother Lanka, battled in the north, and to all those who didn't make it back.

"Our heartfelt gratitude to all who aided us with the recording process and all who have stuck with us through thick and thin. You all know who you are."

The release date for "Daiwaye Haaskam Saha Paralowa Sapatha" will be announced soon.

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Satyricon Changes London Tour Date Venue

Satyricon has issued the following update about changing the venue for their upcoming tour date on December 20th:

"The London show on the 20th December will now take place at the Academy in Islington. Your Shepherds Bush Empire tickets are of course valid at the academy. There are not many tickets left for the show, so if you have not picked up your tickets yet, you'd better move fast!"

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The Summoned Issues Band Update

Boston death metallers The Summoned have issued the following update about their recording and touring plans for the upcoming year:

"Steve from The Summoned here, we have a lot planned for 2010 and I figured I'd let you all in on what we got in mind.

"Full Length: We've been talking about this for a while now but next year we plan to record a full length. We're shooting to record in the spring. Tentative title is 'If Minds Could Only Paint Pictures.' We'll keep you posted.

"Music Video: Directed/Recorded by Brian Thompson of Drive-By Bukkake. Not sure what song yet or anything but we've been thinking of ideas. When it's set in stone we'll let you know. More...

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Warmachine To Play Headbangers Open Air Fest

Canadian metallers Warmachine have announced that their first European tour date of 2010 will be at the Headbangers Open Air Festival. The festival is currently set to take place from July 29th - 31st 2010 in Brande-Hornerkirchen, Germany. Other confirmed bands include Jag Panzer and Warbringer. More information on the festival can be found at this location. Samples of Warmachine's music can also be found at their MySpace page.

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The Fallen Within Posts New Music Video Online

Greek modern melodeath metallers The Fallen Within completed to shoot their first video for the song "Sound Of Destruction" included in their brand new album "Intoxicated" out on December 14th via Coroner Records. The album was recorded and produced by Bob Katsionis from FIREWIND, mixed and mastered by Ahti Kortelainen at Tico Tico Studio in Finland.

The video of "Sound Of Destruction" can be seen below


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Al Jourgensen Posts Christmas Message and Video

Al Jourgensen has released a video of "It's Always Christmas Time" with a special message to start it off. Jourgensen and Mark Thwait (Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Mob Research), collaborated on "It's Always Christmas Time," a tribute to friend and band mate Paul Raven (Ministry, Killing Joke, Mob Research) on the two-year anniversary of his passing in 2007. Check out the video below.

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Dark Tranquillity Posts New Song Online

Swedish melodic death metal band DARK TRANQUILLITY have launched their brand-new song, “Dream Oblivion,” at their MySpace page. The band’s follow-up to 2007’s “Fiction” was recorded at DARK TRANQUILLITY’s very own Rogue Music studio and mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studio in Denmark.Their new album, “We Are The Void,” which will be released on the following dates:

SWEDEN: February 24, 2010
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: March 2, 2010
FINLAND / HUNGARY: March 3, 2010
NORTH AMERICA: March 9, 2010 More...

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Finntroll Posts New Song Online

FINNTROLL has announced that they will release their new album entitled "Nifelvind" in February 2010. The album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios (Apocalyptica, Amorphis, Ensiferum, etc.) in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Mika Jussila (Children Of Bodom, Sonata Arctica, Him, etc.) at Finnvox Studios. The album cover artwork was done again by the band's own guitarist Skrymer. The band has also posted the first track, “Under Bergets Rot,” from their new album on their MySpace page.

Nifelvind will be released on the following dates:

FINLAND: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, February 22, 2010
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
North America: Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 More...

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Irreverence Reveals New Album Title

Italian thrashers IRREVERENCE, who recently signed to the Austrian record label NOISEHEAD RECORDS, has announced the album-title of their new release for MARCH 2010 as "UPON THESE ASHES." Artwork for the new album was handled by HH DESIGN. The band will enter in the NOISEHEAD STUDIOS in KOHFIDISCH to start recording sessions on JANUARY 3rd 2010.

The band comments on the new album, "the faster and aggressive album we ever composed in our carrier, but in a meantime with many appeals to some sounds that had characterized our first studio-work." More...

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Edenbridge Reveals New Album Details

Austrian metal band Edenbridge has finished the recording of their 7th studio album, entitled "Solitaire." The album will be released in May 2010. The tracklisting is as follows:

01. Entree Unique
02. Solitaire
03. Higher
04. Skyline´s End
05. Bon Voyage Vagabond
06. Come Undone
07. Out Of This World
08. Further Afield
09. A Virtual Dream ?
10. Brothers On Diamir
11. Exit Unique

The limited edition will have 2 additional songs: "Eternity" and "Inward Passage".

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Rotting Christ Reveals New Album, "Aealo," Details

ROTTING CHRIST has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their new album, "AEALO," which will be released on February 15th in Europe and February 23rd oin the US. The tracklisting is as follows:

01. Aealo
02. Eon Aenaos
03. Demonon Vrosis
04. Noctis Era
05. dub-sag-ta-ke
06. Fire Death and Fear
07. Nekron Iahes...
08. ...Pir Threontai
09. Thou Art Lord
10. Santa Muerte
11. Orders from the Dead More...

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An Interview With The Binary Code

NJ's The Binary Code plays tech death with influences from all over the spectrum, from progressive to even a little jazz. They recently partnered with metal blog Metalsucks to digitally release their debut album, "Suspension of Disbelief." The band seems to be riding a wave of momentum, with a big US tour coming up this January with Revocation and Hypno5e. In an e-mail interview, guitarist Jesse Zuretti discussed the new album, how he approaches playing guitar, if the future of the music industry is in digital downloads, and much more. More...

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Zero Degrees Freedom Announces New Bassist

Tasmanian melodic death metallers Zero Degrees Freedom have announced the addition of bassist Mathew Pike to the bands lineup. Founding member Chris Pope recently left the band to concentrate on other projects.

The band is currently writing songs for their fourth full legnth album, due out sometime in 2010.

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Working On New Album

In a recent message to the bands fans, Robb Weir, the guitarist for New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang, revealed that the band will be releasing a brand new album of original material later this year. The message reads as follows:

"Hey Hey, how you all doing

"Thought I would have my final say this year by wishing you all a fantastic Christmas and a brilliant new year. Your continued support this last year has been an inspiration to me and the band and we look forward to seeing you at our shows next year. 2010 is going to be a big year for us as its our 30th year anniversary since the release of Wildcat and we want to make this a year to remember. We will try and make every show special for you the fans and for us the band.

"Live performances are a huge part of our ‘Tyger World,’ and in 2010 watch out for new songs and some old songs we’ve not played for many years. If you have any special requests mail us and we will do our best to include them wherever we can. We will also try and get to places we have either never played or not played for a very long time.

"Recording wise, the EP of my favourite Wildcat tracks will be released in February/ March and a brand new album later on in the year. I am busy laying down some riffs for consideration and I have that same feeling and enthusiasm to music I had back in 1979. You guys have shown so much love and loyalty to this band I cannot thank you enough, I salute you, I repect you and you know I love you, we can rock together for many years to come.

"Brian, Craig, Dean, Jacopo and of course Simon, you all know how I feel about you guys, its a privilege and pleasure to work with you.

"Love and respect to all."

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Motley Crue Confirmed For Wacken 2010

Heavy metal veterans Motley Crue has been revealed as the latest addition to next years edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, which will take place from August 5th -7th. A message from the festivals organisers reads as follows:

"For the very first time Mötley Crüe will play their legendary hits at W:O:A. It will be their only show in Germany. Vince, Nikki, Mick and Tommy are famous for unleashing hell on stage since the 80s. A fact that hasn’t changed to this day! Convince yourself on thursday evening at the Night To Remember… Shout At The Devil! For Wacken-founders Thomas and Holger also a dream comes true! Finally the Terror Twins will come to Wacken!"

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Obituary Announces European Tour

American death metal legends Obituary has announced that they will be heading to Europe in March of next year for a headlining tour. More details, including support acts, are expected to be revealed nearer the time.

The tour dates are as follows:

March 4 - Helling - Utrecht, Holland
March 5 - Watt - Rotterdam, Holland
March 6 - Maximum HXC & Metal Fest - Espace Magnum Colfontaine, Belgium
March 7 - O2 Academy - Birmingham, England
March 8 - O2 Academy - Newcastle, England
March 9 - O2 ABC2 - Glasgow, Scotland
March 11 - O2 Academy - London, England
March 12 - O2 Academy - Sheffield, England
March 13 - Tomahawk Festival - Alfred Fischer Halle - Hamm, Germany
March 14 - Trabendo - Paris, France
March 16 - Turock - Essen, Germany
March 17 - Zizers/Chur, Swiss - Event Stage
March 18 - New Age Club - Roncarde (Treviso), Italy
March 19 - Di Cervia Rockplanet Club - Pinarella, Italy
March 20 - Blackout Club - Rome, Italy
March 21 - TBA - Sardinia, Italy

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