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Metal News for December 26, 2009

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24 news articles posted on this day.

Maroon Announces First 2010 Tour Dates

Maroon has announced their first shows for 2010. Here are the latest dates, with more to come:

09.01.2010 - Ulm (Ger), Kliffrock Festival
22.01.2010 - Stuttgart (Ger), Winterfreeze Festival
01.05.2010 - Schmerikon (CH), Fiesta Pagana Open Air

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NIN Frontman Trent Reznor Issues Update

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has issued the following update:

"Happy holidays everyone and thank you for an exceptional year! Sorry I haven't been around much lately, I've been working on not working for a couple of months, which for me is hard work. 2010 has a number of things planned including new material from nine inch nails and something else that isn't nine inch nails. I am in a state of rediscovery and reinvention that feels unfamiliar, unsure and exactly what I need."

"In the meantime, here are some miscellaneous performances from 2009."

"Last" live from on stage in Holmdel NJ 6.06.09:

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Two Ton Anvil signs with Dark Star Records

Two Ton Anvil signs with Dark Star Records. The band is fronted by founding members Chris Chubb and Brian Ericson, who both sing lead vocals and play lead guitars. Look for their self-titled album "Two Ton Anvil" coming soon on Dark Star Records.

You can check out their music video for "Victims" off their upcoming self-titled album below:

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Judgment Hammer Streaming New Song Online

Montana thrashers Judgment Hammer have issued the following update about streaming a new song online from their latest album "Arbiter of Fate" via their MySpace page:

"Thrashers, the track whose lyrics define our name can now be heard on our page. Anyone who hasn't yet purchased it should have a listen to 'Judgment Hammer,' the second track from our debut album! Remember, copies can be obtained through our myspace page, our website, or itunes! Missoula metalheads are encouraged to avoid shipping costs by obtaining their copy from budget cds."

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Abraxas Posts Studio Recording Footage

Abraxas, the new death metal band featuring Makoto Mizoguchi (Hate Eternal) on guitar and bass, Mike Hrubovcak (Monstrosity) on vocals, and Lance Wright (Vile) on drums, are currently in the process of recording their new album "Damnation." The album is set to be released some time in 2010. The band has posted two studio videos online, which can be viewed below. Abraxas also issued the following update about the recording process:

"All the songs turned out really great so hopefully you guys like it like we do. Mike's vocals and Mak's guitar solo/melodies will tracks at different studio somewhere in states in end of JAN/2010. More info/proper tracking order will post here soon so please stay with us for more updates!! Have a great new years everyone and more brutal death/thrash from us coming on the way in 2010!!" More...

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Dead Shape Figure Issues Studio Update

Finnish thrash metal band Dead Shape Figure has issued the following studio update:

"Dead Shape Figure has now completed the drums and the guitars for the next album. We are gonna record the bass next week and the vocals will be recorded during the first week of the year 2010."

The band has also been posting a video studio blog on youtube. Watch the latest video below:

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Zandelle Parts Ways With Guitarists

Brooklyn New York power metal band Zandelle has issued the following message regarding their new album and departure of guitarists Rudy Albert and Paul Duthil:

"In other news, guitarists Rudy Albert and Paul Duthil have parted ways with Zandelle. Zandelle is currently on the lookout for two new guitarists. If you or anyone you know is interested in trying out, please contact us at: Zandelle@aol.com. We are currently working on completing our latest project, 'Shadows of the Past,' which will feature 10 songs from the early years of Zandelle along with two bonus tracks."

As Zandelle searches for a new guitarist they have also begun work on mixing their next album "Shadows of the Past."

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Cerebral Bore Announces Festival Appearances

Scottland's Cerebral Bore have announced they will be performing at several upcoming European festivals. Cerebral Bore's tour dates and festival appearances are as follow:

1/6 2010 Creations Studio w/Tools of torture, Scordatura. (FREE ENTRY AND BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE) Glasgow, Scotland, Scotland
1/7 2010 Satans hollow w/ Rompeprop, Tools of torture + more Manchester, England
1/8 2010 UK tour with Rompeprop, Tools of torture @ Wagon & Horses Birmingham, England
1/9 2010 Winter gore fest w/ Rompeprop, tools of torture Sunderland, England
4/30 2010 Neurotic Deathfest 2010 w/ Carcass, Dying fetus, Origin + more Tilburg, Holland
5/1 2010 Neurotic Deathfest 2010 w/ Carcass, Dying fetus, Origin + more Tilburg, Holland
5/2 2010 SWR Barroselas metalfest w/ Dying Fetus, Beneath the massacre, Putrid Pile, Barroselas,Portugal
5/28 2010 Portside Metalfest 2010 Stockholm, Sweden
5/29 2010 Portside Metalfest 2010 Stockholm, Sweden
6/10 2010 Deathfeast open air 2010 Hunxe, Germany
6/11 2010 Deathfeast open air 2010 Hunxe, Germany
6/12 2010 Deathfeast open air 2010 Hunxe, Germany
7/7 2010 Moscow Deathfest Open air festival Moscow, Russia
7/15 2010 Obscene extreme openair 2010 Svojsice, Czech republic
7/16 2010 Obscene extreme openair 2010 Svojsice, Czech republic
7/17 2010 Obscene extreme openair 2010 Svojsice, Czech republic

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Icarus Witch Reveals New Album Details

Icarus Witch has announced that their new album, "Draw Down The Moon," will be released February 9th, 2010 through Cleopatra Records / Koch Distribution. The band has also revealed the tracklisting for "Draw Down The Moon," [cover art] which is as follows:

1. Black Candles
2. Aquarius Rising
3. Reap What You Sow
4. Dying Eyes
5. Draw Down The Moon
6. Serpent In The Garden
7. Funeral Wine
8. Haunting Visions
9. The Ripper

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Dragonwind To Release New CD In January

New York metal band Dragonwind will be releasing their new CD, entitled "Return of the Dragon," on Friday January 29rd at Sikora Post. Guitarist Scott Ketch comments on the band's future, "Me (Scott) and Matt will no longer be doing any other bands, leaving Dragonwind as our one and only musical focus. We know that our current lineup works, and we no longer have the time to write and play with any other project. With more focus and drive, fan's can look forward to a long and bright future for Dragonwind."

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Einherjer Rising Reveals New Album Details

Jordanian one man metal band Einherjer Rising has announced their upcoming album "Berserk" tracklisting, which is as follows:

1. Berserk - The Grand Raven Feast
2. Desrever Alumrof Ecnetsixe
3. Jormungander
4. Hand Me the Battle Axe
5. Nature's Cult
6. Eidolon
7. Heathen
8. Wrath of a Morbid Soul
9. Of Ragnarök

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Iced Earth Announces Central/South American Tour

US metal band Iced Earth has announced the following Central and South American tour dates:

JAN.30.2010 - Monterrey, Mexico - Café Iguana
FEB.02.2010 - Mexico City, Mexico - Bulldog Café
FEB.06.2010 - São Paulo, Brazil - Via Funchal
FEB.07.2010 - Curitiba, Brazil - Master Hall
FEB.09.2010 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - El Teatro Flores
FEB.11.2010 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Teleton
FEB.14.2010 - Bogotá, Colombia - Teatro Metropol

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Crowbar Announces New Guitarist as Matt Brunson

Vocalist Kirk Windstein, of the sludge metal band Crowbar, has issued the following update:

"Hey to all of the Crowbar supporters out there. I will be having a bunch of updates coming your way really soon. For starters, Matt Brunson (Kingdom Of Sorrow) is now the permanent guitarist in Crowbar. We of course all remain very good friends with Steve Gibb, but his personal training business and gym are doing great I'm happy to report, but that, and his family at home simply do not give him the time to play with Crowbar any longer. We love him dearly and thank him for his dedication while he was jamming with Crowbar."

"I would also like to inform anyone that doesn't already know, the first show of the Stillborn Fest with Hatebreed has been moved from Syracuse to Electric Factory in Philly. This will take place on the 26th of December. Please check www.hatebreed.com for any more updates. There are a lot of good things going on in the Crowbar camp and I will be updating the site frequently. "

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Dystrophy Discusses Lyrical Meanings

Vocalist Greg Bueno, of the New Jersey melodic death/thrash metal band Dystrophy, has issued the following update providing insight into his lyrics:

"Something that I always set out to do with lyrics is to have the words match up with whatever is going on musically to make the song a unified whole. There is a tendency in metal for the words to just be there, shouted uniformly without much thought, especially in lots of thrash and death metal bands. There isn't anything inherently wrong with this approach, except that I like to be a little fancy when it comes to using certain compositional techniques. There is also a tendency in metal (moreso nowadays than in the past) to fill up every possible portion of the song minus the guitar solos with vocals. This is just plain stupid. Riffs need time and space to breathe and deliver their own intensity, so with few exceptions, I didn't feel the need to write 60 lines of lyrics per song." More...

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Dauntless Parts Ways With Vocalist Ari Nieminen

Finnish death/thrash metal band Dauntless has issued the following update regarding the departure of vocalist Ari Nieminen:

"After playing his last gig in the sold-out Nosturi (/w Dimebag Beyond Forever & Profane Omen) Ari wants to focus his energy and time into his studies and speding time with his family. No drama involved, sorry. The whole band wants to thank Ari for his invaluable efforts towards the band as a great vocalist and as a good friend. Take care, you phat platypus!"

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Sectioned Signs To Paragon Records

Hungarian metal band Sectioned has announced their signing to Paragon Records. Their latest album, "Purulent Reality," [cover art] features the following tracklisting:

1. A Lonely Grasp of Winter
2. My Love of Decay
3. Loneliest Man
4. Behind My Eyes
5. Mirrors
6. Village of the Sun
7. Purulent Reality (Outro)

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Aldaaron Signs To Paragon Records

French pagan black metal band Aldaaron has announced their signing to Paragon Records. The tracklisting of their new album, "Nous Reviendrons Immortels," [cover art] which will be released in February 2010, is as follows:

1. Neiges sépulcrales
2. Seigneur de l'hiver
3. Instrumentale
4. En route vers la bataille
5. Nirnaeth Arnoediad partie 1
6. Nirnaeth Arnoediad partie 2
7. Royaume
8. Prophéties

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Dillinger Escape Plan Video Interview Available

Hardtimes.ca recently conducted a video interview with the members of the Dillinger Escape Plan, which can be viewed below. The band is set to release their new album "Option Paralysis" on March 22nd, 2010. Some of the announced song titles from the album include "Gold Teeth on a Bum," "Crystal Morning," "Good Neighbor," and "Farewell, Mona Lisa"

Dillinger Escape Plan Interview HARDTIMES.CA

HARDTIMES.CA | MySpace Video

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Rev 16:8 To Record New Album

Swedish black metallers Rev 16:8 have announced they will be performing at the Wintermoon Productions festival 2010 in Lyon, France. The band is also currently in the process of writing new material. The recording of an as-yet-untitled second full-length album will begin in May 2010 in Necromorbus Studio, Stockholm. Samples of Rev 16:8's music can also be found at their MySpace page.

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Ihsahn To Play Wacken Open Air Festival

The Wacken Open Air website has been updated to announced that solo artist Ihsahn, who has previously been involved with Emperor and Peccatum, has been confirmed for the German festival. The Wacken Open Air Festival will take place August 5th to August 7th, 2010. Ihsahn's upcoming album "After" will be released in Europe on January 25th and in the U.S. on January 26th.

The track listing for "After" is as follows:

1. The Barren Lands
2. A Grave Inversed
3. After
4. Frozen Lakes on Mars
5. Undercurrent
6. Austere
7. Heavens Black Sea
8. On the Shores

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Video Interview With Behemoth Vocalist Available

Themetalheadz.com conducted an interview with Behemoth frontman Nergal before their show at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton. The video clip of the interview can be found below.

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Tombs Video Interview Available

Stormbringer.at recently conducted a video interview with New York metallers Tombs in Vienna, Austria. The video clip of the interview can be viewed below.

TOMBS Interview from StormbringerZine on Vimeo.

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Resurrected Vocalist To Sit Out Portugal Shows

Germany's Resurrected has issued the following statement about their vocalist Carsten sitting out their upcoming shows in Portugal:

"Our singer Carsten is forced to sit out both Portugal shows in January due to a chronic pneumonia he caught at Mountains Of Death Festival this year. His current cure does not allow to grunt more than two or three songs in a row. Chris Mieves from GRIND INC. will step in for both shows and he's already excited doing that job! We hope Carsten is fit again by April as we plan to arrange a little UK tour then. We'll keep you updated!"

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True Witness Signs with Dark Star Records

Dark Star Records has announced the signing of Chicago’s melodic metal band True Witness. True Witness is: Allen James (Vocals), Randy Gonet (Lead Guitar), Tom Miller (Drums), Aaron Czajka (Rhythm Guitar), Brian Gordon (Bass). You can check out some of their music on the band's MySpace player.

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