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Metal News for December 28, 2010

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27 news articles posted on this day.

Just For Fun

Parrot Sings Drowning Pool's "Bodies"

A video of a Yellow-Nape Amazon parrot named Lolita singing Drowning Pool's "Bodies" has been making its rounds around the Internet. Check it out below.

If you don't believe that's the parrot's voice, you check out a number of videos of the bird singing other songs on the owner's YouTube channel.

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Column

Pit Stories: Converge's Bizarre Australian Gig

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Jacob Bannon, the singer for Converge, tells a tale of a crazy Australian gig:

We played a show in middle of Australia. It was so bizarre. Mainly locals came to the show, mechanics, etc. They had no idea what to make of us. When we arrived, the door was a big school bus with sheet metal attached to the windows, making it a crazy wall into the venue. Tires and old car debris were everywhere. Tons of sand. People wearing the craziest things ever. Football pads, ripped up jeans. But they were all punks in some way and were armed. Totally wild. A little kid was even tossing around a boomerang. It was a total trip. In the middle of our set, a guy drove a dune buggy straight into the crowd. No one got hurt but it was NUTS. Complete chaos. He had a hockey mask on and was scary as fuck. We played a few more songs then jetted. So wild. We almost ran out of gas too. Real shortage out there.

Converge seems to be laying low of late, but was one of the first bands recently confirmed for France's Hellfest in 2011.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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Wolf Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish heavy metallers Wolf have confirmed that it will be taking part 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:
A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH
ARCH ENEMY
BOLT THROWER
CALIBAN
CORVUS CORAX
DECAPITATED
DESTRUCTION
DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
FARMER BOYS
HAIL OF BULLETS
HATEBREED
HAYSEED DIXIE
J.B.O.
KALMAH
KAMPFAR
KVELERTAK
MARDUK
MELECHESH
MOONSORROW
PRIMORDIAL
REVAMP
SALTATIO MORTIS
SCAR SYMMETRY
SKELETONWITCH
SODOM
SONIC SYNDICATE
SYLOSIS
TARJA
THE HAUNTED
THE SORROW
TURISAS
TYR
VADER
VOMITORY
VREID
WITCHERY
WOLF

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Candiria Posts Studio Footage Online

Candiria has posted the following studio footage online. The band are expected to releases a new album in mid-2011. You can view the band's recording progress in the clip below:

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Grimus Signs To Innerstrength Records

New Jersey death metal act Grimus recently inked a record deal with New York-based Innerstrength Records. Commented the band of the union: "We are pleased to announce our new deal with Innerstrength Records! They put out some great, quality, heavy underground music and we're excited to be part of their growing roster. Be on the alert for Grimus coming to a venue near you as well as some new music next year."

Grimus released the "Gutter Earth" EP earlier this year, which was recorded and mixed by guitarist Marco Bobadilla and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering. You can also check out the music video for "Bait," off the debut EP "The Progress in Elimination," below. Grimus will be performing live on the following date:

1/15/2011 **Free Show** Irish American Association - Kearny, NJ

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The Word Alive Parts Ways With Bassist

The Word Alive has posted the following update online, announcing the departure of bassist Nicholas Urlacher.

"So this is not easy to announce for any of us, having one of our best friends departing from our incredible journey is a sad thing. Especially Nick, who has always been one of the best dudes to all of us, as well as someone who could make anyone smile on a bad day and a founding member. But sometimes people have to choose the path that is right for them. We support Nick and love him like a brother and will always consider him apart of the TWA family. Hopefully you will too!

"That being said, we want you guys to know we will not be missing ANY shows. We have a friend from Phoenix filling in for our next tour, so everyone say hi to our friend Daniel from Sharks Never Sleep on tour and be nice! Or else ; )

"We’ll be doing a public search for what will be a permanent member. This isn’t something we will be rushing in the least bit, we want to find the perfect fit for our band and the future of TWA. Below are a list of requirements we’ll need you to submit to twatryout@yahoo.com SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY!!

"If you do not fulfill the requirements please do not send an email to the band or this email address.

"We hope that through this change we can only continue to progress and play shows for all of you guys, which is our dream and our focus. Thank you for your understanding and support through everything. We can’t wait to see you in 2011 and will not let this slow us down.

Love,
Dusty Zack Telle Tony & Justin"

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Just For Fun

Oh, Sleeper Bassist Posts Lady Gaga Cover Online

Oh, Sleeper bassist Lucas Starr has posted a new cover track online, under the name At Night We Strike, in a collaboration with his girlfriend Hannah Cook. The duo perform an acoustic, dark-folk version of Lady Gaga's hit single "Bad Romance." You can view the cover version below, followed the original - for comparison purposes only.



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Within The Ruins Announces Early 2011 Tour

American metalcore/deathcore act Within The Ruins has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour in early 2011, as well as two festival appearances. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

01/07 West Babylon, NY – Point Country Club
01/14 Manchester, NH – Rocko’s
01/20 Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s
01/21 Findlay, OH – University Of Findlay
01/22 Joliet, IL – Mojo’s
01/23 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
02/06 Providence, RI – Club Hell
02/12 New London, CT – El N’ Gee
04/09 Toledo, OH – Headliners (‘The JAMboree“)
04/29 Rutherford, NJ – Meadowlands (“Bamboozle 2011“)

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Eluveitie Announces Live Shows In Brazil

Eluveitie has issued the following announcement about adding on new live shows in Brazil:

"We are very excited to announce the addition of a few shows in Brazil to the next leg of our 'Everything Remains' World Tour! We have received countless messages from our brazilian fans over the last few years and we cannot wait to finally play for them. We hope to see you there!"

The following shows have been confirmed so far:

January 28th: Belo Horizonte Music Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
January 29th: Espaco Emme, Sao Paolo, Brazil
January 30th: John Bull Hall, Curitiba, Brazil

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Interview

Hallowed Butchery Talks New Split And More

Melding many different aspects of extreme metal together from doom to black metal, solo act Hallowed Butchery recently saw the release of a split album with Batillus, and is also currently working on a split with Falls of Rauros. Sole member Ryan Scott Fairfield took out some time to discuss the band with Metalunderground, as well as the other projects he is working with.

While discussing the themes of the song "Coffin Life," which appeared on the Batillus split, Fairfield commented, "I wanted to write this song to myself, in hopes that it would allow me to see that there is only one life, and that at any time, it could all be over. I want to follow my dreams, and that requires me to live every day of my life like it is my last day on earth. That's what this song is really about: taking control over your life, and making your dreams a reality." He also discusses how the band changed from Hallowed Butchery of the Son to just Hallowed Butchery and what's on the horizon for this rising solo act. More...

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No Turning Back Signs To Think Fast! Records

Dutch hardcore metal band No Turning Back has announced their signing to Think Fast! Records. The band just wrapped up recording their new full length effort, "Take Control," which will see a release on American soil on April 19th.

"I've known Martijn (vocals) for many years and have always admired his inability to slow down" comments Think Fast! co-owner Ryan O'Connor. "He doesn't seem to let anything or anyone keep his band from moving on and you have to respect that. We're very much looking forward to working with Martijn and the rest of the guys for the U.S. release of their new album."

Describing the album and meaning behind the title, vocalist Martijn Van Den Heuvel comments, "The record really is about us taking control not only as a band but also as individuals. This last year we had band members starting a van rental company for bands, a booking agency and even a workshop for custom built drum kits. The music and the lifestyle have become absorbed in our day to day lives. We feel Take Control is us documenting growing up and becoming adults while still remaining true to the ideals we had as 15 year old kids playing rudimentary music in our parents' garage."

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Amaranthe Post Recording Update

Amaranthe has posted the following recording update through CrankItUp.se:

"Hey people! Olof here once again for crankitup.se! As some of you might've heard, the album is DONE! Which means everyone's back home safe, after two months of isolation in the Danish outback. Last two weeks was major crunch mode, with sleeping in the studio, ordering lots of take out food, and hanging with Ismael the Camel instead of our new Danish friends at various bars.

"After fiddling around and turning every detail upside down and polishing everything perfection, and then throwing dirt at it again just for the hell of it - we actually came to point where we said: 'this is done!' Which was nice, considering that we didn't have to spend Christmas and new year's with a bunch of exotic animals and random Danish farmers.

"We have to wonderful privilege of saying that this is *definitely* our best album so far, considering it is our first with AMARANTHE! So for once the cliché is true! ;) But needless to say, we couldn't really be more excited about how the album sounds song wise and production wise, and we're already feeling the love from a lot different directions! Most of it we cannot unveil right now - but we do have 22 shows in 15 countries booked already, with more coming soon, so check our myspace for all the relevant dates! Currently we are aiming for an April release, and we'll have more info about more exact dates and all that stuff *soon*, so stay tuned!"

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Acrybia Posts New Song Online

Acrybia has posted the song "Esix (Against Everyone)" online, which can be viewed in the video clip below. The band also commented on the track: "New single & video. This is a second video from album 'In Doubt We Trust.' Enjoy. Share your opinion with us."

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Gotham O.D. Comments On Charity Show

Finland's Gotham O.D. has issued the following announcement about an upcoming charity show:

"Gotham O.D plays a couple of semi-acoustic gigs in Helsinki at the beginning of January. The Friday 7.1. show is in Villi Wäinö, where a charity event is held to help out Ramro Shati orphanage in Nepal, Long Way Home charity organization in Guatemala and Club Union de los Pibes charity organization in Argentina. Gotham O.D is one of the headlining acts along with Dead by You and SaraLee. The event is hosted by Radio SuomiPop's Petra Kalliomaa and Groove FM's Johanna Hautasaari.

"The event's promo/info video by Jone can be found here! Welcome to the event, everybody! For once you can rock, roll, rave and revel for a good cause!

"Unfortunately the Pacifico gig on 6.1. will be postponed to a later date in spring, probably to March. This is due to the venue's desicion. But instead, welcome to the shows in Villi Wäinö on friday and Stage on saturday!

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Sabaton Video Interview Posted Online

Metal Eye has posted a video interview online with the members of Sabaton, which was conducted in Zagreb, Croatia. The footage can be viewed below.

Sabaton also has the following upcoming tour dates with Nightmare:

03.03.2011 LU - Esch, Rockhall
04.03.2011 FR - Eloyes, Centre Culturel
05.03.2011 FR - Paris, Trabendo
06.03.2011 ES - Bilbao, RockStarLive
08.03.2011 PT - Porto, Cine Teatro de Corroios
09.03.2011 ES - Madrid, Ritmo y Compas
10.03.2011 ES - Barcelona, Salamandra
11.03.2011 FR - Lyon, Ninkasi Kao
12.03.2011 IT - Bruneck, Ufo
14.03.2011 SI - Ljubljana, Kino Siska
15.03.2011 IT - Treviso, New Age Club
16.03.2011 DE - Lindau, Club Vaudeville
18.03.2011 DE - Bremen, Aladdin

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Stone Sour Video Interview Posted Online

New footage has been posted online from CrankItUp.se conducting an interview with Stone Sour in Stockholm, Sweden. The clip can be found below.

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Chimaira Video Interview Available

PCM recently sat down with Chimaira before the band's show at Crocodile Rock, in Allentown, PA earlier this month. Footage from the interview can be found in the video clip below.

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Battlelore Posts Studio Footage

Battlelore has posted a new video blog online from the band's time in the studio recording the new album "Doombound." The clip, which can be viewed below, contains footage from the fourth and fifth weeks in the studio when the band was working on vocals, cello, and flute.

The "Doombound" release dates are as follows:

January 26th 2011 -- ESP/FIN/SWE
January 28th 2011 -- GAS/BENELUX/ITA
January 31st 2011 -- Rest of Europe
February 8th 2011 -- USA/CAN?

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Crowbar Posts "The Cemetary Angels" Video

Sludge metal act Crowbar has teamed up with ArtistDirect.com to post a music video online for the song "The Cemetary Angels," which can be viewed after the jump. "The Cemetary Angels" is off the upcoming Crowbar album "Sever the Wicked Hand." The new album is set for release on February 8th, 2011 through E1 Entertainment and the track listing is as follows:

1. Isolation (Desperation)
2. Sever The Wicked Hand
3. Liquid Sky And Cold Black Earth
4. Let Me Mourn
5. The Cemetery Angels
6. As I Become One
7. A Farewell to Misery
8. Protectors Of The Shrine
9. I Only Deal In Truth
10. Echo An Eternity
11. Cleanse Me, Heal Me
12. Symbiosis More...

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Rotten Sound Announces New Album Release

Rotten Sound's new full-length album "Cursed" will see its worldwide (excluding Finland) release on March 15th via Relapse Records. The album will see its Finnish release on March 16th courtesy of Fullsteam Records. "Cursed," the follow-up to 2008's Cycles, was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs. Lyrically, the 16-track album will be themed around the six curses of mankind.

Rotten Sound, which will be touring in North America early next year, has also announced a headlining European tour in support of "Cursed." This four week tour will kick-off in early April and also include Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate, and Haust. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Death Angel Posts Third Thrashfest Video Blog

Bay Area thrash metal veterans Death Angel have posted a third video blog online from their recent Thrashfest tour. You can check out the footage below.

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Likmask Posts Madonna Cover Song

Likmask has posted a cover online of Madonna's "Like A Prayer." The cover track can be heard in the video clip below.

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Defect Designer Issues Band Update

Russia's Defect Designer has issued the following update about beginning pre-production for new material:

"Taking down 2010! ...maybe I am writing this too early, 2010 is hard and will still last long because there are too many things for me to do before the sound of chiming clock. But I am so tired now that I am affraid I won't be able to do it later this year. 2010: hard and tiring. Lineup changes, new friends, joining and rejoining people, new experience...

"2010 was a year when we met the unbelievable amount of interesting people. We met some digitally, some personally. We'd like to say big THANK YOU to all of you people, there is too big list to mention starting from really impressive register of music gear manufacturers that grew up in 2010 to amazing people from all other areas connected with music - thank you all for unforgettable 2010!!

"There are some new names in our 'Endorsement' column we haven't announced in our news yet and we surely will in 2011 - very soon. This happens so fast that from some point 2010 was like a flash - so much support from all over the world!

"Surely 2010 was not only joy - it had and still is having pitfalls. Even Myspace decided to stop being a pleasant place - decided that everyone should have shitty profile design and executed the most retarded decision ever - but we all know that even halls of justice are painted green - money talking. Let's be happy for Myspace. 2010 was a terrible year for music. We lost our icons - people who influenced us.. We'll always miss you, R.I.P. Too many names to mention, you all know them yourself. Thank you for sharing your passion. More...

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Speed Kill Hate Announces Album Release

Speed Kill Hate has announced it new album "Out For Blood" is currently scheduled for release on January 25th, 2011 through Hammerfist Records. Pre-order information on the album can be found through the band's website.

You can also check out several Speed Kill Hate songs available for streaming via the band's official MySpace profile. Additional details on the new album will be announced as they are made available.

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Mike Portnoy Tribute Available For Free Download

Independent musicians, graphic artists, and a computer graphics demogroup have collaborated on a grand scale multimedia tribute to Mike Portnoy, in celebration of over a quarter of a century of highly influential musicianship. Mike Portnoy’s early investment into the internet, as well as his relationship with the global fan base, created a fad-transcending musical community that continues to grow past the post quarter century mark.

“Mike, over the years, has fueled an online community with tireless energy and effort, of which it has been a pleasure to be a part of. Members of the community feel that paying some of that energy forward is the least they could do to show their appreciation,” says compilation producer Anthony Morse.

The multimedia tribute appears in the form of a free three disc digital album, interviews,
and some stunning music videos graphically generated by the legendary Greek demogroup Andromeda Software Development.

"Honor Thy Drummer: A Tribute to Mike Portnoy" contains 3 digital discs, 2 new, and a bonus
2009 retrospective disc featuring choice selections from the previous digital release MPF
2009. "Honor Thy Drummer" features a diverse range of styles and approaches, drawing inspiration from Mr. Portnoy’s award winning approach to music, created by acts inspired by his musical influence. The resulting music seamlessly crosses many musical boundaries weaving from heavy time-spanning progressive metal to concise folk.

"The Honor Thy Drummer" multimedia collection is available for free download at spaceprog.com. It contains the digital album in MP3 format, a digital PDF booklet featuring photos, lyrics, and bios of the contributing artists. Two of three interviews with contributing artists Relocator, In Progress, and S.A. Adams, are included, and shed light on their collaborations with progressive metal superstars Derek Sherinian, Mark Zonder, and Mike Portnoy himself, all of whom play on the artists‘ tracks featured in Honor Thy Drummer. The third interview will be released in January.

The scope of this endeavor reaches across the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and the American continent. This project, fueled by the hard work and dedication of all of the participants, resulted in a quality work free to the world, and without the complications of revenue generation. The collection is, simply put, a high quality independent project available freely to all that desire the audio/visual experience.

Here are a couple of videos from the compilation:

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Uneven Structure Posts Debut Album Preview

European (FR/SW) post metal band Uneven Structure has posted a seven minute snippet of their upcoming debut full lengh record, "Februus." You can check it out below:

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Diskreet and Fallujah Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Diskreet and Fallujah will be teaming up for a South/West Coast tour for a couple weeks. Here are the tour dates:

1/2 - 1/5 Fallujah Only

1/2 Las Vegas NV @ The Cheyenne Saloon
1/3 Phoenix AZ @ Warehouse 201
1/4 Albuquerque NM @ Fusion Factory
1/5 Denver CO @ Three Kings Tavern
1/6 Kansas City KS @ Aftershock
1/8 Savanna OK @ The Dawghouse
1/9 Dallas TX @ Renos Chop Shop
1/10 Austin TX @ Dirty Dogs Bar
1/11 Houston TX @ Numbers
1/12 Derrider LA @ Ground Zero
1/13 San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
1/14 Mcallen TX @ Incubator
1/15 Midland TX @ The Pine Box
1/16 Clovis NM @ Skin and Sacrifice
1/17 El Paso TX @ TBA
1/18 Tucson AZ @ Skrappy's
1/19 Canoga Park CA @ Cobalt Cafe

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