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Metal News for December 21, 2010

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42 news articles posted on this day.

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Bret Michaels Life As I Know It Episode 9

The finale begins with Bret in the backyard on his basketball court and a truly amazing discovery: Bret Michaels has a jump shot. More...

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Aldebaran Finishes New Album

Portland's Aldebaran has issued the following announcement about finishing the new album "Buried Beneath Aeons:"

"'Buried Beneath Aeons' complete! Out January 2011! Mixing and mastering are complete along with the artwork and layout. This will go to press first week in January and should be available by the end of the month.

"CD first then LP version coming in March. 3 samples from the 28 minute track up now. Some monolithic shows to be announced soon... Doom 'til death!"

You can check out the three samples from the new album at this location.

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Headbangers Ball: The Year In Metal Posted Online

MTV2's "Headbangers Ball: The Year In Metal" has been posted online in its entirety. The half-hour long episode features Anthrax, Max Cavalera, In This Moment and Rob "Blasko" Nicholson of Ozzy Osbourne. You can view the episode below:

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Rotten Sound Announces European Headline Tour

Finnish extreme metal act Rotten Sound has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Trap Them, Gaza, Kandidate and Haust. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues for the "Cursed To Tour" European run below:

04/01 Karlsruhe, GER – Stadtmitte
04/02 Koln, GER – Underground
04/02 Rosswein, GER – Juha
04/04 Prague, CZE – Exit Chmelnice
04/05 Bratislava, SLO – Randal
04/06 Munchen, GER – Feierwerk
04/07 Salzburg, AUT – Rockhouse
04/08 Mezzago, ITA – Bloom
04/09 Rome, ITA – Init
04/10 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo Werk21
04/11 Paris, FRA – Glazart
04/12 London, UK – Underworld
04/13 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit
04/14 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre
04/15 Antwerpen, BEL – Trix
04/16 Venlo, NET – Perron55
04/17 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
04/18 Lyngby, DEN – Templet
04/19 Gothenburg, SWE – Henriksberg
04/21 Stockholm, SWE – Debaser Slussen
04/22 Turku, FIN – Klubi
04/23 Jyvaskyla, FIN – Lutakko
04/24 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi

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Arsonists Get All The Girls Posts Studio Report

Arsonists Get All The Girls have begun a new webisode series in which they are documenting its current stint in the recording studio. The band are currently working with producer Zack Ohren for the forthcoming album, due out in late spring through Century Media Records. You can view the video below:

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Sonata Arctica Posts Sixth Tour Video

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


In recent news it was announced that the band's April 15, 2011, 2011 concert in Oulu, Finland will be filmed for the band's second live DVD, to be released in late 2011.

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Alice In Chains Posts New Music Video Online

American hard rock icons Alice In Chains have posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Last Of My Kind" which appears on the band's 2009 comeback album "Black Gives Way To Blue." You can view the video below:


Last Of My Kind 2010

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Drowning Pool Posts Video Update Online

American hard rock/alternative metal act Drowning Pool has posted the following video update online, in which it announces the "2011 Drowning Pool video project." You can view the short clip below:

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Iced Earth Confirms Wacken 2011 Appearance

American power metal veterans Iced Earth have confirmed that it will be performing at the forthcoming Wacken Open Air festival. Wacken 2011 is set to take place between August 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The full line-up now includes:
ACCU§ER
APOCALYPTICA
AVANTASIA
BLAAS OF GLORY
BLIND GUARDIAN
BLOWSIGHT
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CRADLE OF FILTH
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
HAYSEED DIXIE
ICED EARTH
IN SOLITUDE
JUDAS PRIEST
KHOLD
KNORKATOR
MAYHEM
MORBID ANGEL
MOTÖRHEAD
OZZY OSBOURNE
PRIMAL FEAR
RHAPSODY OF FIRE
RUSSKAJA
SEPULTURA
SKÁLMÖLD
SKI KING
SMACK BALLZ
SODOM
STIER
SUBWAY TO SALLY
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
THE HAUNTED
THE PROPHECY²³
TOKYO BLADE
TRIVIUM
TSJUDER
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
VREID
WARRANT

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Decapitated To Play Summer Breeze 2011

Polish death metal veterans Decapitated have announced that it will be participating in the forthcoming edition of the Summer Breeze festival. Summer Breeze 2011 is set to take place between August 18th, 19th and 20th, 2011 in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

The confirmed line-up now includes:
ARCH ENEMY
BOLT THROWER
CALIBAN
CORVUS CORAX
DECAPITATED
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
FARMER BOYS
HAIL OF BULLETS
HAYSEED DIXIE
J.B.O.
KALMAH
KAMPFAR
KVELERTAK
MARDUK
PRIMORDIAL
SALTATIO MORTIS
SKELETONWITCH
SONIC SYNDICATE
TARJA
THE HAUNTED
TURISAS
TÝR
VOMITORY
WITCHERY

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Amoral To Record New Album

Finnish metal act Amoral has revealed that it will be entering Sound Supreme Studios in Hameenlinna, Finland on January 30, 2011 to begin recording their fifth full length studio. Guitarist Ben Varon described the new songs by saying:

"[They're] all over the place style-wise, from the chillest acoustic stuff to fast death metal, with lots of solid, hard-rockin' metal in between."

In recent news, it was announced that Amoral will performing at a special a one-off show at Nosturi in Helsinki on January 15, 2011 as a tribute to the band's late friend and lighting technician Lauri Mailasalo.

Amoral commented on the show by saying:

"Lauri passed away this year as a result of leukemia. Needless to say, the whole band was crushed by the news as Lauri had been part of the Amoral crew almost since the very beginning. He will be deeply missed."

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Swarm Of The Lotus Issues Band Update

Baltimore extreme metal act Swarm of the Lotus has issued the following band update, provided in the statement below:

"We wanted to make an official announcement that Swarm of the Lotus is on indefinite hiatus. I guess we felt that we got everything we could out of the reunion for now. It was fun to get together again and play some shows.

"Jon-John [Michaud, drums] joined another band back in the summer and is keeping busy with that, so be on the lookout for him with that project. We wish him well. As for the remaining three members (bassist/vocalist Chris Csar, guitarist Bob Brockmeyer and guitarist/vocalist Peter Maturi), we wish to continue with the path that the new Swarm of the Lotus material was heading and have subsequently resituated and are going to keep playing and have since late summer. However, we are not going on as 'Swarm of the Lotus.' We didn't want to make the mistake the band made in the past with continuing under the same name despite different personnel. And being this was basically the original lineup, we feel it would be doing the band and Jon a disservice to keep using that name.

"If we ever decide to reunite as 'Swarm again to play a show here or there in the future, we will let you know!

"So, like we said, the three of us that remain are starting a brand new band, with new material, playing none of the recorded catalogue of Swarm of the Lotus. As of today, we have no name and won't until we have the other people we need to complete the band and name it as a collective, rather then anybody feeling they are joining something already established. This is where you may come in.

"We are looking for a bass player and a vocalist!

"The band's configuration so far is Chris on drums and Pete and Bob on guitar.

"It took us a few months to get readjusted but we have been practicing and writing and have even made a recording which we are launching online today, along with this announcement."

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Escape The Fate Posts New Music Video Online

Las Vegas, Nevada alternative punk act Escape The Fate has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "City of Sin" during the band's record-release party at the Los Angeles area strip club 'Crazy Girls.' You can view the video below:

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BTBAM Frontman Reveals Solo Album Tracklisting

Thomas Giles Rogers, vocalist and keyboardist of Between the Buried and Me, has revealed the tracklisting for his forthcoming solo album "Pulse." "Pulse" is set for release on February 1st, 2011 through Metal Blade Records. Thomas Giles self-produced the record, which was recorded with Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC.

Here is the "Pulse" tracklisting:
1. Sleep Shake
2. Reverb Island
3. Mr.Bird
4. Catch & Release
5. Hamilton Anxiety Scale
6. Scared
7. Reject Falicon
8. Medic
9. Suspend the Death Watch
10. Armchair Travel
11. Hypoxia

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Flo Mounier Forms Temple Of Thieves

Legendary Canadian drummer Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) has formed a new band with former Nile members Chief Spires and John Ehlers. The band, named Temple of Thieves, is reportedly a more experimental outlet for the death metal musicians. Chief Spires commented on Temple of Thieves by saying:

"It's definitely different than anything we've done in the past. We wanted to step outside our boundaries and do something that we enjoy listening to. I know we'll probably get blasted because it's not death metal. No worries — we can take it — and I'm sure there's people out there that will enjoy it."



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Within Temptation Comments On New Album

Within Temptation vocalist Sharon Den Adel has posted the following statement online, in regards to the band's forthcoming studio album "The Unforgiving."

"Obviously, the discussions about the new album have really been set on fire by 'Where Is The Edge'.

"But for the people who liked it, we're afraid that it's really not revealing much of what's to come…

"From the moment we started writing this album, we felt it was time for change, to take a bigger step in our musical development then we've done with the last two albums. But instead of getting inspiration from unknown territories, we've found them in our musical roots, the metal, rock and even pop hits of the late '80s [and] beginning 90s.

"Now, we can tell you about the new songs, but the only way to explain it and for you to judge it, is to hear it.

"A fact is that 'The Unforgiving' is the album with the most diversity between the songs then ever before. Containing the heaviest riffs we've ever played, lots of uptempo moments, guitar solos, but at the same time also some of the most catchy stuff ever. We definitely didn't want to say goodbye to the filmic orchestral material, but there are more reasons for that…

"We really can't wait to release this album as it belongs in your hands, but, unfortunately, we all need to wait until the end of March.

"Now here's the good news: to endure the waiting, soon we'll release 'The Unforgiving' video trailer containing parts of different songs, the music videos and… (more about this third ingredient later)."

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Symfonia Posts Studio Footage Online

Symfonia, the melodic metal supergroup featuring former members of Helloween, Stratovarius, Angra and Sonata Arctica, has posted two clips from the studio online. Symfonia entered Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden on November 25, 2010 to begin recording 12 songs for its debut album, which is scheduled for a March 25, 2011 release. You can view the studio clips below:



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Tom G. Warrior Discusses New Band Triptykon

After the second break up of metal titans Celtic Frost, front man Tom G. Warrior went on to found his own band Triptykon to release more heavy sounds on the world. The new extreme metal outfit launched both its debut full-length "Eparistera Daimones" and an EP titled "Shatter" earlier this year. Celebrating the start of a new band and the release of new material, Triptykon stormed North America alongside 1349 and Yakuza. Shortly after the end of the tour, Tom G. Warrior spoke with me about how the band has been received by fans and press so far, how the EP and the full-length album are connected, and his plans to release a new autobiography. More...

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DevilDriver Bassist To Miss Upcoming Tours

In a statement posted on DevilDriver's official site, bassist Jon Miller gave the following update on his future with the band:

"To all DevilDriver fans and friends, I wanted to give you an update on my status as far as my health is concerned. Regarding the past 2 European tours, I was either forced to leave by my own accord or asked to leave by my band/managment.

"I have been touring with DevilDriver for almost the past ten years and the drugs and alcohol have finally caught up with me. I realized this when I ended up in the ICU on my birthday last week.

"I need to make a change so that I can save my own life and keep the friends that I still have left. I know that alot of DevilDriver fans seek me out first as the one to party with because I consider myself a very social person who is quite outgoing, personable and friendly.

"That was all fun in my 20's touring with the band, but as I am entering my early 30's I can feel the damage catching up with me mentally and physically. I don't want to burn out prematurely before my time on this Earth is up. On January 1st I will be entering an intense rehabilitation program in order for me to reclaim my health and the person who I once was.

"I will not be doing the Canadian tour in January or the Australian tour in February and March. This is for my own good. I need to come out of rehab with a sound body and mind. After I complete my rehabilitation I hope to see all DevilDriver friends and family as soon as I can. Much love to you all."

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Amalgama Posts "Forsaken Soldiers" Video

Amalgama has posted a video online for the song "Forsaken Soldiers," which can be viewed after the jump. The band also commented on the video:

"If you follow our Twitter feed or Facebook status updates then you're probably already apprised of the latest development coming out of the Amalgama camp late last week, but if not we'd like to just blow your mind real quick: our new music video is done. Boom. Proceed to the following link to director Brian DeFrees' website or to the Vimeo page directly. Filmed on location at Valentines in Albany NY, Brian did a phenomenal job putting this clip together for 'Forsaken Soldiers' and captured the live feel of the band perfectly.

"Speaking of live gigs, we're fresh off our Sunday night gig on the 12th opening for Taproot. It was a balmy evening in December when we loaded in our gear to the club, despite the pissing rain that wouldn't relent for the duration of the evening. Our set was brief (it normally is for band's further down the bill) but we still put on a pretty punishing performance.

Darkest Before Dawn
Amethyst
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Forsaken Soldiers
Dogs of War

"We broke out 'Dogs of War' after not playing it in over a year (if not more; our mind is hazy on the last date its actually been performed). It's always refreshing to revisit those older, faster tunes every once in a while. Taproot was mighty and loud, as well as being super nice guys who took the time to chat with us before and after the gig. There are a few snaps (OK, screen grabs) on our Facebook page along with some other pics for your viewing pleasure. More...

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Coldworker Checks In From The Studio

Coldworker has checked in with the following update about recording a new album:

"The Making of The 3rd Album 2010-2011: Four sessions later and the 14 songs are all put on disc. Massive amounts of stress and worry has disappeared now when I'm actually done with this part of the recording.

"God damn, I am beat! More of less everything is aching but it was totally worth it. I am really, really satisfied with my performance this time. It feels like the best I've ever done behind the kit so far. I know every musician says that when they've recorded their latest stuff, but I really mean it.

"The other Coldworker guys have visited me in the studio and listened to the stuff and taken a lot of pictures that I hope they'll share in this diary. Oscar shot some stuff with three different video cameras and below is an exclusive first taste of the song 'The Glass Envelope.' Enjoy!" More...

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Cult Of Erinyes Announces EP Details

Belgian black metal act Cult of Erinyes has announced the limited edition cassette tape version of the "Golgotha" EP is being released Caverna Abismal. The cover artwork for the new EP can be found at this location. The "Golgotha" track listing is as follows:

1. Anima
2. The Glowing Embers
3. The Year All Light Collapsed

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Wastefall Posts Reunion Video

Greek metal act Wastefall has posted a video clip online announcing the band is reforming. You can check out the video below.

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As They Sleep Posts New Audio Blog

Aaron Bridgewater, vocalist for the Detroit technical death metal act As They Sleep has uploaded a new year-end recap audio blog at this location. 2010 saw the release of As They Sleep’s Solid State Records debut, "Dynasty." The band then hit the road on a West Coast run in support of the album, as part of the “Solid State Records: A Very Metal Christmas Tour," alongside label-mates, Living Sacrifice, Becoming the Archetype, and To Speak of Wolves.

The "Dynasty" track listing is as follows:

1. Oracle of the Dead
2. To the Republic
3. The Third Reich
4. Bedlam at the Nile
5. The Darkest Ages
6. Ritual
7. The Offering
8. Attila
9. Poseidon
10. God of War
11. The Unseen

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Pit Stories: Worst. Smelling. Set. Ever.

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Ande Otte, guitarist of Canadian melodic hard rock band Versus The Nothing, shares one from a pizza joint in Manitoba:

Tuning our string waiting to play our set in Brandon, MB at a small pizza joint turned into a music venue for the night. I looked out at the crowd as they were rowdier than most and knew the night was gonna be great!! Just as we played our first note, a guy who we had been watching do the head bob for over an hour puked a bucket's worth all over the pit right in front of the stage. I looked at the bar tender and she gave me the look like thats metal. With no hesitation from the crowd they moshed throught the puke the entire set without even batting an eye and for some reason people kept falling in the pit that night. WORST SMELLING SET EVER!!

You can check out Versus the Nothing's music on their MySpace page.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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Klone Posts "Give Up The Rest" Video

Klone has posted a music video online for the song "Give up the Rest," which is off the "Black Days" album released earlier this year. You can check out the video clip below.

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Power Quest Confirmed For Bloodstock Festival

U.K. based melodic power metal act Power Quest has been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Bloodstock Festival. The organizers of the festival commented on the band's appearance:

"The three latest additions for the Sophie stage come from both near and afar, with an international coalition representing the UK, Europe and South America. Homegrown heroes Power Quest return to Bloodstock for the second time, after going down a storm at the indoor fest of 2003. Currently gearing up to release new album 'Blood Alliance,' the melodic power-metallers can expect a hearty, warm welcome back to Catton Hall

"With a host of exclusive performances already confirmed - including headliners Immortal, plus Morbid Angel, Therion, At The Gates, and many more, across three stages of music, plus comedy, fairground rides and a real ale bar, BOA 2011 is an essential date in the metal calendar. Tickets are on sale now at this location."

The Bloodstock Open Air Festival is set to take place from August 12th - 14th, 2011. The current lineup is as follows: Immortal, Rhapsody of Fire, Triptykon, Morbid Angel, Therion, Lawnmower Deth, Angelwitch, Coroner, Grave Digger, At The Gates, Tarot, Powerquest, Arthemis, and Criminal.

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Minushuman Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist has announced that France's Minushuman just joined the label's roster. The follow-up to 2008's "Watch the World Die" should hit the stores in June 2011. Guitarist and songwriter Thomas Billerey made the following statement about the signing:

"Things are moving. Continuously. After a decade of aggressive musical experiments, the guys of MINUSHUMAN and I are really proud to announce that we're joining Season of Mist, home of Morbid Angel, Cynic, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem... The real deal is starting now. The band and I are really honoured to take part in the label's history. Be sure we'll make things happen. Our forthcoming album will be the first rock in the road we're all paving together, and we'll do our best to achieve something big."

You can also check out Minushuman's music through the band's MySpace profile.

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Sons of Tonatiuh Announces New U.S. Tour

Atlanta sludge merchants Sons of Tonatiuh are about to embark upon a fourth U.S. tour this January in support of their self-titled debut full-length. Hollow Leg from Jacksonville, Florida will be joining the band for the first three shows. After that, the band will be heading to New Orleans and back around through Shreveport before winding down in Chattanooga, Tennessee with the likes of Hot Graves, Death Before Dying, Car On Fire, Cognitive Dissonance, Currents and Black Pussy among others.

"We'll try and keep the church burning down to a minimum as we continually raise the dead of our ancestors through our witchcraft," said the band in a collective statement. "So come out see what we're all about and we'll promise to deliver a good time."

The dates are as follows:

1/06/2011 Stay True Tattoo - St. Augustine, FL w/ Hollow Leg
1/07/2011 The Poorhouse - Ft. Lauderdale, FL w/ Shroud Eater, Hollow Leg
1/08/2011 Will's Pub - Orlando, FL w/ Hollow Leg
1/09/2011 Common Grounds - Gainesville, FL w/ Hot Graves
1/10/2011 C-Level presented by Kuhlcher Korner - Panama City Beach, FL w/ Death Before Dying, Car On Fire
1/11/2011 Siberia - New Orleans, LA w/ Cognitive Dissonance, Mojo Spleens
1/12/2011 Headhungers - Austin, TX w/ Rusty Vein
1/13/2011 Dalzell House - Shreveport, LA w/ Currents
1/14/2011 The Doom Room - Vicksburg, MS w/ Black Pussy, Currents
1/15/2011 Sluggo's North - Chattanooga, TN
1/28/2011 529 - Atlanta, GA w/ Black Pussy (from MS), Demonaut, Wolves & Jackels

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Evergreen Terrace Announces All Covers Show

Jacksonville, FL's Evergreen Terrace has scheduled a show in the band's hometown on December 26th, 2010. The show will take place at Jack Rabbit's and Evergreen Terrace is set to perform the "Writer's Block" album in its entirety. The album, composed entirely of cover songs, has staples of the band's regular live set, most notably "Mad World" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday." Support for this show will come from Nirvana cover band Heart Shaped Box and 90s punk/hardcore cover act, Boys No Good. The details are as follows:

Evergreen Terrace
w/ Heart Shaped Box, Boys No Good
Sunday, December 26th
Jack Rabbits
1528 Hendricks Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

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The Chariot Updates Tour Schedule

Georgia’s The Chariot has announced an upcoming tour with Haste The Day, MyChildren MyBride, and A Plea For Purging. The tour begins on February 3rd in Seattle, WA, and comes to an end on March 11th in Indianapolis, IN.

The band was also recently added to the Peter Says Denim presented "Winterizer Tour," featuring Silverstein, Miss May I, Pierce The Veil, and A Bullet For A Pretty Boy. The Winterizer Tour begins on Friday, January 7th in Clifton Park, NY. The Chariot's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

W/ SILVERSTEIN, MISS MAY I, PIERCE THE VEIL, BULLET FOR A PRETTY BOY

1/7/2011 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
1/8/2011 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
1/11/2011 Toledo, OH @ Headliners
1/12/2011 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
1/13/2011 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie's
1/14/2011 Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
1/15/2011 Springfield, MO @ Remmingtons Downtown
1/16/2011 Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee Theatre
1/18/2011 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
1/19/2011 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
1/20/2011 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe - Vegas Strip
1/21/2011 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
1/22/2011 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
1/23/2011 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
1/25/2011 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black sheep
1/26/2011 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
1/27/2011 St. Louis, MO @ Pops Nite Club
1/28/2011 Lansing, MI @ The Loft (at Harem Lounge)
1/29/2011 Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels More...

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Dusted Angel To Support Fu Manchu

Santa Cruz doomsters Dusted Angel have been confirmed as direct support for fellow Californians Fu Manchu on their upcoming home state tour. The tour kicks off on January 13th and will see the Dusted Angel opening for Fu in Silverlake, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and San Diego throughout the state, with more dates with DA-only to be scheduled around these appearances. The details are as follows:

1/13/2011 The Satellite (formerly Spaceland) - Silverlake, CA
1/21/2011 Blue Lagoon - Santa Cruz, CA
1/22/2011 Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
1/27/2011 Casbah - San Diego, CA

Additional details on new Dusted Angels tour dates are expected to be announced soon.

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Scarpoint Announces Album Release Date

Sweden's Scarpoint has issued the following announcement about the release dates for a new single and the band's upcoming album:

"Single + Album Release dates: The single 'Only Truth' from the upcoming Scarpoint album 'The Mask of Sanity' will be released exclusively on Spotify the 17th of January. On other digital platforms like Itunes, the release date is 31st of January. The Mask of Sanity is released the 23th of February."

In the mean time, you can also hear sample Scarpoint tracks available for streaming through this location.

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Dagor Dagorath Working On New Songs

Israeli metal act Dagor Dagorath, which parted ways with vocalist Larion in September, has now issued the following brief update about working on new material and lining up new live shows:

"Some news... Hey Guys, we have some news for you! It's been a while since you've heard from us. We're now working on new songs and when we're done we'll have some shows here in Israel - hope to see you there!"

Dagor Dagorath also has songs available for streaming via the band's MySpace profile.

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Shining Comments On Album Delay

After previously discussing the band's new album being delayed, Shining's Niklas Kvarforth has now issued the following statement clarifying the situation:

"We have spoken to our producer regarding 'Shining VII' and have come to realize that he is also not to blame for the delay in finishing the album, but rather that it has been caused by a lack of communication between all the parties concerned – these being the label, the producer and ourselves.

"We are happy with the outcome of our discussions, and expect that the album will be fully mixed and mastered by the second week in January, after which time we will hopefully be able to get more information regarding a release date. In the meantime, we would like to thank all the fans for their patience and for all the messages we have been receiving over the past months."

Shining is set to tour with fellow Swedes Watain in February and March of next year. Dates so far confirmed are as follows: More...

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Cultura Tres Announces New Album Details

Venezuelan doom metallers Cultura Tres have issued the following announcement about the title and release of a new album:

"Now that we are finishing recording our second album, we can finally announce the album title and the date of presentation of CD.

"'The Evil of Good' will be presented on March 19th, 2011 in our city of Maracay, Venezuela. Watch for the dates of the tour in Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Colombia. See you on the road in 2011!"

You can also check out the band's music via the official Cultra Tres MySpace page.

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Kataklysm Updates Tour Schedule

Montreal based extreme metallers Kataklysm have uploaded another song to the Rock Band Network from their latest album "Heaven’s Venom." The track, “Determined (Vows Of Vengeance)," also happens to be the first to feature Rock Band’s new double bass drum pedal application.

Kataklysm also recently announced, in cooperation with Decibel Magazine and SickDrummerMagazine.com, the North American leg of the “Spread the Venom 2010 – 2011 World Tour." Joining the band will be All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth, Conducting From The Grave, and Abysmal Dawn. These dates are part of a larger worldwide tour, that is expected to be the band's last before a break from touring. The upcoming North American dates are as follows:

2/24 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
2/25 Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
2/26 Harpo's - Detroit, MI
2/27 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
2/28 Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB – Canada
3/02 Starlite - Edmonton, AB – Canada
3/03 Lake City Bowl - Kelowna, BC – Canada
3/04 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC – Canada
3/05 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
3/06 Branx - Portland, OR
3/07 Slim's - San Francisco, CA (No ABYSMAL DAWN)
3/08 The Whisky - Hollywood, CA
3/09 Soma - San Diego, CA
3/10 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
3/11 El Cien - Amarillo, TX
3/12 Ridglea Theatre - Ft. Worth, TX
3/13 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
3/15 State Theater - St Petersburg, FL
3/16 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
3/17 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
3/18 Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
3/19 Evening Star Music Hall - Niagara Falls, NY
3/20 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – Canada

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Shadowside To Enter The Studio

Brazil's Shadowside has issued the following recap of recent tour dates and announcement about entering the recording studio:

"After touring all over Europe, Shadowside are back home! The band currently consisting of Dani Nolden (vocals), Raphael Mattos (guitarist), Ricardo Piccoli (bass) and Fabio Buitvidas (drums) performed a series of concerts as W.A.S.P.'s special guests in the Old Continent. The tour, that lasted nearly two months, went through several countries such as Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, North Ireland, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, ending in Finland.

"During the whole time on the road, the band had a great time on stage and that was made obvious by their aggressive, fun, energetic and spontaneous performances, that secured both crowd's and media's attention.

"On the occasion, the group also took the opportunity to present to the audience Gag Order, song that is going to be on their upcoming album. New material is going to be recorded in January 2011 at Fredman Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. In charge of the production is Fredrik Nordström, one of the main Heavy Metal producers nowadays. Guitarist of Dream Evil, Nordström is also known for having worked with Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, Soilwork, Bring Me the Horizon, Opeth and many others.

"It is worth mentioning that Shadowside recently signed with SHP Records to release previous album Dare to Dream in North American territory. The deal also covers the release of the new CD worldwide."

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Samael Announces New Album Title

Swiss metal act Samael has issued the following announcement about the title of the band's new album:

"Samael has chosen 'Lux Mundi' (which translates in English as 'Light of the World') as title for their upcoming album due to be released on spring 2011.

"The album, which took almost three years to be completed, was recorded this summer after the band spend a few days in Germany on pre-production with Waldemar Sorychta. The recording took place on two different locations in Switzerland and the mix has been done by extreme metal specialist Russ Russell in Kettering (England).

"'Lux Mundi' will consist of 10 to 12 new songs including the first single 'Antigod' and the live monster 'Soul Invictus.'"

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Cannon Issues Album Update

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

"Hello fans and friends all over the world – we are still alive! After a year without great news and some difficulties, now here is some new information.

"We are still in the studio and working for the new album. In the meantime we have 10 pre-produced songs and 4 complete recorded ones. The titles of the songs are Guardian Of The Night, Holy Devil, Hold Me-Love Me and Cold Morning. If every things working as planned the new (currently nameless) album will be released in fall 2011.

"Many thanks for all the mails which asked us to continue with the band. Especially after the collapse of our planed live activities in 2009 it was not so easy to motivate ourselves to continue with the band. Your positive reactions and mails helped us to step forward. Promised for 2011: there will be some actions in the CANNON camp – so stay tuned. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

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Awake Checks In With Year-End Recap

Awake has checked in with the following end-of-year recap and update about upcoming activity:

"Hi, we can't believe that's another crazy year gone by already! We spent the first half of the year getting the new album finished. Feb/March we went to half-ton studios. A huge thanks to Neil for making the whole process a big success and a fun few days. April/May we went off to Parlour studios with Neil Haynes ( Immicus, The Fallen) Massive thanks to Neil, the guy is a true professional.

"The summer took us out to various festivals and some great gigs in London and the East. The final gig of the year for us was very special, its was our 10th Anniversary gig in November. Massive massive thanks to everyone who came and rocked the place with us! It was so great to see everyone going wild and singing along with us. It was great to meet up with some of you again that have been with us since the beginning, you blow us away with the support you give.

"Late this year we released an album teaser 'Bleed from you' for press and radio review. A really big thanks to Bruce Dickinson, ( BBC6 music) Kerry Devine, ( BBC radio) Neil Jones ( Star radio) and all the radio stations that have played our tracks and had us in the studio with them in the UK and Europe this year. Also huge thanks to Dave Evans @ Midlands Rocks and all the magazines and newspapers. The feedback and reviews we received have been so positive and encouraging. It's made us really excited about the release of the album in 2011.

"We just wanted to thank everyone involved in making our year a very positive and enjoyable one.
Have a very Merry Christmas and here's to a busy loud year of keeping it metal. We'll see you in February when we headline the Rocksoc gig in Cambridge. It's going to be a huge night. Thanks again and stay AWAKE!"

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Electric Wizard Confirmed For Asymmetry Festival

Electric Wizard has confirmed their appearance at Asymmetry Festival III (29.04-03.05.2011). This will be the only show of the British group in Poland. Electric Wizard, fronted by the guitarist and singer Jus Oborn, has been recording albums for almost 20 years. Their most recent release, entitled “Black Masses” was released in Europe in November by Rise Above Records and is slated for a January 18th North American release via Metal Blade.

Other acts confirmed so far are The Secret, Oranssi Pazuzu, Julie Christmas, Kokomo and Lloyd Turner. More bands are still to be announced.

Asymmetry Festival is organized by the Centre for Artistic Activities “Firlej.” Artists such as Minsk, Baroness, Jesu, Kylesa, Esoteric, Jarboe, Dalek, and many others, visited Firlej during the previous editions of the event. The main aim of the festival is presenting nontrivial artists, drawing from the traditions of rock, metal, electronic music, who surpass the borders set by these genres.

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