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Metal News for December 3, 2009

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Theory of a Deadman Announces 2010 US Tour Dates

Canada's Theory of a Deadman has announced the following tour dates with Taking dawn, Halestorm, and Adelita’s Way:

01/18 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
01/22 - Toledo, OH - Headliners
01/24 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
01/27 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
01/31 - Boston, MA – House of Blues

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Brown Brigade Issues Band Update

Brown Brigade, the metal band featuring former Sum 41 guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh, recently posted and update where they discuss going online-only with rare physical releases. Here's the entire update:

"So Vaughn and I have finally decided what we are going to do. Brown Brigade will be strictly and online presence with a few tiny moments of vinyl, and splits. When we started the idea for this band the industry was not well equipped for a strictly online presence. Songs will now consist of a lineup we ultimately decide. So we won't be sticking to standard bullshit. We will also write a lot more than metal so be prepared and don't be a pussy when it comes to the 'out there' stuff we make. I hope you all understand that Vaughn has a business to run and I have much of my time being put into Organ Thieves these days.

"When we tried to make BB a fulltime gig we found we were met with a lot of hostility from metal elitists, most of them born post 1990. I hate to sound like an old man but if you think you know metal you can go fuck yourself. We also got some hostility from punkers as well. This surprised me as a particular group of 'punx' from our Pennywise tour told us to 'Eat shit and die.' This was said right as they were entering an H2 driven by what appeared to be their mother. I should mention they took special care in making sure their mohawks didn't hit the ceiling. I can understand it probably costs a lot to get that done at the salon, not to mention the price of hair fudge these days.

"We also know many of you are saying 'Whoah man ease up.' I think we have spent too much time 'easing up.' My hippie blood is boiling so eat a dick."

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Behemoth To Tour Australia

BEHEMOTH has released a schedule for their planned Australian tour. The tour will kick off in Capitol, Perth on April 12th. Also on the tour bill are bands JOB FOR A COWBOY and GOATWHORE. More...

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Autumns Eyes Reveals New Album Details

Solo metal act Autumns Eyes has announced the upcoming album "Please Deceive Me" is set to be released in early 2010. The album was originally slated for a Halloween release, but was pushed back due to a broken radius bone in sole band member Dan's right arm. "Please Deceive Me" features 10 original tracks along with a cover of Type O Negative's "Wolf Moon." The artwork for the album can be viewed here, and a teaser trailer can be found below.

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Heathen Announces New Album Japanese Release

San Francisco metallers Heathen have announced their upcoming album "Evolution of Chaos" will be released January 25th, 2010 in Europe and March 31st, 2010 in the U.S. A release date in Japan has now been confirmed for December 23rd through King Records. Heathen is currently booking dates for European tour in March 2010. Specific dates will be announced as they become available.

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Kamelot Changes Oslo Tour Date

Kamelot have announced their show in Oslo with Amaranthe has been moved to Saturday April 17th, instead of its previously scheduled date of Friday, April 16th. Kamelot's upcoming dates are as follows:

4/13 2010 Helsinki - FI - Nosturi
4/14 2010 Tampere - FI - Pakkahuone
4/17 2010 Oslo - NO - Sentrum Scene

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Chi Cheng Benefit Auction Part 3 Launched

Deftones and CharityBuzz have now launched the final new batch of items for the Benefit For Chi Auction. These include guitars, autographed and donated by:

Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine
Trent Reznor / NIN
Ozzy Osbourne
Papa Roach
Disturbed

Plus other cool rarities, including artwork from Brandon Boyd of Incubus, plus autographed gear from My Chemical Romance, Trivium and Fall Out Boy.

FC Records is offering items from from Burning Empires (the new project from members of Misery Signals, Fall Out Boy, and 7 Angels 7 Plagues), merch from FC Records, an Autographed Drum Head from Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy/BE, and a Misery Signals merch package.

You can view these and all previous items here.

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Melechesh Announces New Bassist

Melechesh have announced that bassist Rahm, who has been performing with the band as a session player for their last few festival appearances, is now their permanent bass player.

Commented Rahm: ”I am honored and proud to be the new bass player of the Mesopotamian metal band Melechesh. The last year I played 9 shows and I am ready for what is coming in the future. I think this is a big chance for me to do new things with excellent music and musicians.”

Vocalist Ashmedi also stated: ”After several shows with Rahm he proved to be a very good musician, and he has shown outstanding energy and positive attitude both on stage and off stage. And believe me offstage matters a lot when you are travelling and spending a lot of time together on the road. I am very glad he is a part of the Melechesh order."

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Mob Rules Posts "The Oswald File" Video

Mob Rules has posted a music video online for the song "The Oswald File," which can be viewed below. The video is a special cut version of the song. The full 18 minute version of the track can be heard on Mob Rule's latest album "Radical Peace."

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Paradise Lost Announces Australian Tour

U.K. gothic metallers Paradise Lost have announced a string of upcoming tour dates in Australia, with support coming from female fronted metal act Sirenia. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

2/05 - Melbourne, AUS - Billboard
2/06 - Sydney, AUS - Metro Theatre
2/08 - Brisbane, AUS - Hi-Fi

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Pestilence Auditioning New Drummers

Pestilence has issued the following announcement about auditioning new drummers:

"Brothers, as you all might know, the mighty Jeroen is back in the Pestilence camp!!! To make things even more interesting, we, Pestilence, are currently auditioning new drummers. We like to keep things top secret because we want to give everybody a fair chance. But things are getting gestalt now and ya'll be ready to be blown away pretty soon!!! We always like to stirrrr things up and come up with new combinations to keep the Pestilence style fresh!! Everybody knows/knew that the incredible Peter Wildoer, is and was a session drummer for the Resurrection Macabre album. Now it's time for some new blood. We will always try to top our previous album...so we WILL find the next unhuman line up! Hang in there and spread the word...... NEXT GENERATION PESTILENCE DRUMMING!!!!"

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Primal Fear Announces North American Tour

Germany's Primal Fear will be embarking on the second part of their "16.6 Over North America" tour in May and June, 2010, with support from Luna Mortis. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

5/20 - New York, NY @ Gramercy
5/21 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
5/22 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/23 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
5/24 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
5/26 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
5/27 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
5/28 - Louisville, KY @ Phoenix Hill Tavern
5/29 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
5/30 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
6/01 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
6/03 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
6/04 - Portland, OR @ Peter's Room
6/05 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
6/06 - Santa Ana, Ca @ Galaxy Theatre
6/08 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
6/09 - Mesa, AZ @ U.B.'s
6/10 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
6/12 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
6/13 - Austin, TX @ Emo's

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Stemm Updates Tour Schedule

New York's STEMM have announced their final U.S. tour dates of the year. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

12/4 2009 The Carriage House Concert & Nite Club Louisville, Ohio
12/5 2009 The Springside West Springfield, Pennsylvania
12/12 2009 The Montage Music Hall Rochester, New York
12/18 2009 The Haunt Ithaca, New York
12/19 2009 Broadway Joe’s Buffalo, New York

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Stryper Offering Free Song Download

Christian rockers Stryper have announced they will be offering the song "Alive" as a free download starting at 9:00PM EST on Thusrday, December 3rd. The track can be downloaded at this location, and the password for the download is "777." "Alive" will be available to download until December 13th at 9:00PM EST. "Alive" is off Stryper's latest album "Murder By Pride."

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The Gates Of Slumber Posts Music Video

The Gates of Slumber have posted a new music video online for the song "Blood and Thunder," which can be viewed below. "Blood and Thunder" is off the band's latest album "Hymns of Blood and Thunder."

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The Rotted Comments On Postcard Problems

Guitarist Tim Carley of The Rotted has issued the following statement about a delay of postcards which feature their "Anarchogram" logo:

"In an annoying example of religion getting in the way of art on even the most basic level, we’ve had the manufacture of some merchandise for the tour delayed! The item in question, the postcards we had planned to give away at the shows next week features our ‘Anarchogram’ logo, and the printers have refused to print them due to the company's ‘Christian faith’. How outdated, mundane, backwards and boring! But its their right and their choice to lose out on some cash, so fuck 'em!!

"The Anarchogram is a logo we use to show our loyalty to, and unity between the metal, punk and hardcore scenes we love! The Anarchogram is a symbol we designed using a pentagram and an anarchy ‘A’ blended together, with the pentagram representing metal and the anarchy ‘A’ representing punk! The slogan ‘No Gods No Governments’ is a statement of intent, basically think for yourselves! Don’t believe the bullshit of religion and don’t believe the scaremongers and liars that run the world. Just try to be an individual and live life your way! Band members and friends of the band have already had the Anarchogram tattooed and we will be adding some tattoo flash (designed by Trudgill) to our websites for anyone to download and get tattooed if they like the idea too! We hope to get the postcards printed elsewhere in time for Sunday and the start of the tour with Alestorm. We had planned to offer them as signed limited edition freebies on the merchandise stalls so hopefully we can still do this. More...

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We, The Undersigned Issues Final Road Report

We, The Undersigned have issued the following final tour blog from their "Off With Their Heads" tour:

"November 20th - Langford Legion Auditorium – Victoria, BC. For our 2nd show on the island, we hit up the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, one of the more beautiful places Canada has to offer. Headlining the show is local funk rockers 'Funk Vigilante.' Legion shows are typically fun so we were looking forward to this one.

"The trend of good draws we’ve been having through BC didn’t let up, we got what looked like about 80-100 through the door (thanks to both NS and Funk Vigilante for that). Unfortunately during our set the power to the main PA was cutting out and we lost all mics. This happened 3 times in the set, one time taking 20 minutes to resolve. Luckily it stayed on for the last 4 songs so we ripped them as hard as we could for the ones that stuck around. Oh well, we were about due for some tech issues, it had been a while. Karma, you sly duck! More...

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Malefice Posts Music Video Online

U.K. metallers Malefice have posted a music video online for the song "Architect Of Your Demise," which can be viewed below. The video was directed by Scott Fulton and Eyesmash Productions. "Architect Of Your Demise” is off their most recent album "Dawn Of Reprisal."

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KillWhitneyDead Issues Album Update

KillWhitneyDead has issued the following statement about releasing a new album in 2010:

"The most asked question I get besides 'who is Whitney?' has been 'when are you guys releasing a new album?' Well, I am happy to report that work has begun on new KWD material for release in 2010 (most likely summertime, naturally). The material is only in the writing phase and nowhere near being recorded yet.

"It's been a long time coming for most KWD fans considering Nothing Less Nothing More and Hell To Pay were both released June 4th 2007, but to be honest with everyone out there I just haven't wanted to write anything recently (well, for the last 2 years actually). I have chatted with so many fans over the years about 'inspiration' and how that is important to KWD's music. KWD is not like most other bands out there in the scene. It is not our living, so we are not at the 'mercy' of the road and constantly having to tour. So KWD does not need to rush into the studio and write songs in a month so that a new album can be released in time to jump on the next big tour. We have never operated like that and, thankfully, NEVER will. So up until right now I have not felt 'inspired' to work on anything new for KWD, so I figured I wouldn't grind my gears on something I wasn't into doing. But, now KWD has entered a new era and it's time to dust off the mental cobwebs and get going again! More...

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Cold Life Reveals New EP Details

Polish ambient black metal act Cold Life will be releasing their new EP "Nostalgia" by the end of the ear. The EP consists of one 20:31 instrumental track titled "Touch of Solitude." The cover artwork for the EP can be found at this location. Samples of Cold Life's music can be found at the band's MySpace page.

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Netherbird Reveals New EP Details

Netherbird has announced that their "Covered In Darkness" EP, which consists entirely of covers, will be released as a free download on December 15th, 2009. The cover artwork for the EP can be found here. The track listing for the EP will be as follows:

1. As I Die by Paradise Lost (1992)
2. Nepenthe by Sentenced (1995)
3. Alison Hell by Annihilator (1989)
4. Firmament Vacation by the Soundtrack of our Lives (1996)

Netherbird also issued the following statement about the EP:

"Salutations! Right now there are a lot of things going on in the Netherbird camp and we got some news and info concerning our next release! More...

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Nothnegal Issues Album Update

Nothnegal has issued the following update about their upcoming album:

"Guess its time for an update on the developments on our upcoming album. We have completed writing all songs that would appear on it and currently in studio going through the recording process and even though we have been working on these songs since last July we are still perfecting/fine tuning them to make sure we achieve what we are really looking for.

"We focused mostly on creating a more unique sound which differentiates us more and the result turned out to be almost something completely different from what we had with 'Antidote of Realism EP' but we still managed to keep the melodic keyboard elements intact while getting them to sound darker and epic than before. More...

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Slowmotion Apocalypse Streaming Entire Album

Slowmotion Apocalypse are currently streaming their entire new album "Mothra" online. The album can be heard at the band's official MySpace page until Saturday, December 5th. The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

12/5 DEPOSITO GIORDANI - Mothra release party!!! Pordenone
1/23 2010 DEAD UP WINTERTOUR with: Dufresne + The Secret @ RENSI CLUB Bardolino (VR), Verona
1/30 2010 DEAD UP WINTER TOUR with: Dufresne, The Secret @ NEW AGE CLUB Roncade (TV), Treviso
2/4 2010 URBAN CLUB TBC Perugia TBC, Perugia
2/6 2010 DEAD UP WINTER TOUR with: Dufresne, Amia Venera Landscape, Hierophant @ ROCK PLANET Pinnarella di Cervia
2/13 2010 Puerto Barcoa Club /w Kernel Zero Grosseto, Grosseto
5/21 2010 Anni 60 Club Udine, Udine

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The Sarcophagus Postpones Album Release

Turkey based black metal act The Sarcophagus has announced the release date for the new album "Towards The Eternal Chaos" has been pushed back. The new release date is now December 7th via Osmose Productions. "Towards The Eternal Chaos" will first be released in CD format with a vinyl option in the near future. Samples of the band's music can be found at their MySpace page.

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Eluveitie Posts 2nd Part of Album Trailer Online

Switzerland's Eluveitie has posted the second part of the trailer for the upcoming album, "Everything Remains (As It Never Was)," which is scheduled for an early 2010 release.

Eluveitie will be embarking on the 2010 European Paganfest Tour with Finntroll, Dornenreich, Varg and Arkona. Tour dates can be found at this location.

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Dark Funeral Announces European Tour Dates

Lord Ahriman of Dark Funeral has announced the following message:

"Since so many of you have been writing lately asking when the hell we will start touring for our new masterpiece 'Angelus Exuro pro Eternus,' I guess it’s about time to let you know what’s in the plans.

"Our booking agency DRAGON PRODUCTIONS is currently hard at work on booking a massive European tour for us that will go under the name 'A DECLARATION OF HATE - EUROPEAN TOUR 2010.' It seems like ages ago since we last toured Europe, so we are extremely excited for this tour. Europe is naturally the very first territory on the list to conquer, and then we’ll see where we head next. We will keep you updated of course!

"We have still not made any final decision on which bands we will bring with us on this massive tour throughout Europe, but we are working on putting together really strong 3-4 band bill. Interested parties are welcome to submit their interest to our booking agency - http://www.dragon-productions.eu."

Tour dates are as follows. More dates to be announced. More...

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Opeth Announces 20th Anniversary Shows

Sweden’s OPETH will commemorate their twentieth anniversary in the of Spring 2010 with six exclusive shows that will take place across the globe in various international locales such as Stockholm, Sweden; Essen, Germany; Paris, France; London, UK; New York City, NY; and Los Angeles, CA.

Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt had the following to say on behalf of the band: “I can’t believe it, but... fuck, we’re celebrating 20 years. I’ve been in this band ever since I was 16. It’s insane. As far as I remember, we’ve never had a release party, never celebrated anything officially. Well, now is the time, you hear? We’ve set up a string of shows, six of them actually, around the world. To say that they will be super-exclusive is beyond an understatement. We’ve discussed the set list already and it seems like we’ll pull out a few songs we’ve never played before, some of which fans all over the world have been demanding to hear for years and years. Our main agenda for these shows is to have ‘fun’ whilst trying to blow your fucking minds. You could say business as usual, but really, it’ll be special. I can’t stress enough how exclusive this will be. We will not add any more shows on top of the six that we’ve confirmed already, so please make up your mind early on whether you want to go or not - of course you fucking do- as I would assume there’s quite a few of our fans that might be interested in seeing a thing like this.”

Akerfeldt said the band will spend the better part of January through March rehearsing for this special series of shows. “All to make you fucking happy! OK, we’ll be tight, very tight indeed. Come see us.” It’s a celebration,” he finished.

At each show, the band will perform two sets. The first set will feature the band playing its breakthrough epic "Blackwater Park" in its entirety. The second set will consist of mixed material from the band’s extensive catalog. The band will be playing for over two hours at carefully selected venues in order to achieve an element of intimacy and exclusivity, and an overall “You had to be there” vibe.

The venues include the famed and prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as the luxurious Lichtburg in Essen, the oldest fully seated cinema in Germany.

The band will offer exclusive VIP ticket packages to all shows which include a laminated VIP pass exclusive to each show, access to sound check, a meet ‘n greet with Opeth, a t-shirt exclusive to that particular show, a signed tour program and a special edition CD/DVD of Blackwater Park, with a 5.1 mix and a 30-minute, never-before-seen documentary all nicely packaged in a hard cover digipack designed by artist Travis Smith. The special edition will be released in March 2010 through Sony Music. All the Opeth loot will be included in an Opeth rucksack. The VIP laminate will also allow early access to venues without seat allocation so that VIP’s can get the best seats in the house.

Below are Opeth's 20th anniversary show dates and venues:

March 30 – Cirkus – Stockholm, Sweden
April 1 – Lichtburg – Essen, Germany
April 3 – Bataclan – Paris, France
April 5 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
April 7 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
April 9 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

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Arsis Posts New Song, "Beyond Forlorn," Online

Virginia death metal band Arsis has posted the track "Beyond Forlorn" from their upcoming album "Starve for the devil" on their MySpace page. The new album will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on February 5th in Europe and on February 9th in the US.

Arsis will be touring with Arch Enemy, Exodus, and Mutiny Within in winter 2010. The dates are as follows:

Jan. 20 Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
Jan. 21 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
Jan. 22 New York, NY - Nokia Theatre
Jan. 23 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Jan. 25 Montreal, QC - Le Medley
Jan. 26 Quebec City, QC - Theatre Imperial
Jan. 27 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jan. 29 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Jan. 30 Minneapolis, MN - The Rock
Jan. 31 Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Centre
Feb. 02 Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Feb. 03 Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Center
Feb. 06 Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
Feb. 08 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center - The Grand
Feb. 09 West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues

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Dusted Angel Announces West Coast Tour With Nebula

Cali doom rockers DUSTED ANGEL have confirmed this week a West Coast mini tour with stoner rock band Nebula.

The Santa Cruz-based doom/rock band DUSTED ANGEL features members of Bl'ast, Spaceboy, Gargautula and more. Their debut EP is available via Itunes now, with an extra song that is not available on the 7" release of the EP on November 17th. The EP is being released by Corruption Recordings, now exclusively distributed by Relapse Records.

Upcoming Dusted Angel shows are as follows:

12/03/2009 Kensington Club - San Diego, CA w/ Nebula, Radio Moscow, Red Octopuss
12/04/2009 The Royal Dive - Oceanside, CA w/ Nebula, Radio Moscow, Red Octopuss
12/05/2009 Nomad Gallery - Los Angeles, CA w/ Nebula, Radio Moscow, Green & Wood

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The Empire Shall Fall Posts Live Video Online

Providence, RI progressive metallic hardcore band THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL has posted footage of the band performing the title track off their highly anticipated debut, "Awaken," which was released on November 17th through guitarist Nick Sollecito's Angle Side Side Records. The video can be seen here.

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Stream Noriega's Debut Album, "Desolo," Online

Los Angeles' doom/hardcore band NORIEGA, have launched an E-card for their new album, “Desolo,” where you can stream the album in it's entirety. “Desolo,” the bands debut album, comes out December 8th, 2009 on Viable Records in a limited edition digipak, and on cassette tape.

NORIEGA have also been tapped to open for New Orleans sludge legends, EYEHATEGOD, on December 12th, at the Ultra Violet in Los Angeles. Vocalist Traevon Malone comments about the show, “I met the guys in EYEHATEGOD while working at the LA Murderfest earlier this year, and had a blast, as they're a great group of guys. We are extremely excited and anxious to share the stage with such a legendary band, and hope you can all come down early to catch our set.” More...

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Your Demise Announces North American Tour Dates

St. Albans, UK hardcore band, YOUR DEMISE is heading to North America for the very first time as part of the "Small Town Shakedown Tour" alongside THE GHOST INSIDE, FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS and SUFFOKATE.

The dates for the "Small Town Shakedown Tour" are as follows:

1/21 - Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702 (No YOUR DEMISE)
1/22 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
1/23 – Sacramento, CA @ Boardwalk
1/24 - Roseburg, OR @ Riversdale Grange
1/25 – Portland, OR @ Satyricon
1/26 – Tacoma, WA @ Viaduct
1/27 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
1/28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
1/29 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
1/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Warehouse 508
1/31 – Tulsa, OK @ Marquee
2/02 - Little Rock, AR @ The Village
2/04 - Columbus, GA @ Gallery 13
2/05 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
2/06 - Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
2/07 - Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
2/10 - Syracuse, NY @ Westcott
2/11 - Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels
2/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
2/14 – Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe

View the tour flyer at this location.

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Municipal Waste Announces More 2010 Tour Dates

Virginia metal band MUNICIPAL WASTE has just announced tour dates for March of 2010 in Central and South America and for May of 2010 in Japan. The dates are as follows:

03/05 - Guadlajara, Mexico @ Calle 2
03/06 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador
03/07 - Bogota, Colombia @ Teatro Metro
03/10 - Lima Peru @ Barranco Bar
03/11 - Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Novedades
03/12 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Teatro Roxy
03/13 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Via Marques
03/14 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Teatro Odisseia
05/12 - Tokyo, Japan @ Club Quattro
05/13 - Nagoya, Japan @ Club Quattro
05/14 - Osaka, Japan @ Club Quattro More...

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Evile Covers Pantera, Last Recording w/ Bassist

British thrashers EVILE recently recorded a PANTERA track for the upcoming Dimebag Darrell tribute album, which will be released on the cover of the 200th issue of the UK's Metal Hammer magazine.

The special CD and magazine are being released to coincide with the five-year anniversary of Dimebag's passing, and will be available in shops on December 16th.

Alongside various other well-known bands such as MACHINE HEAD, EVILE were asked to record a song as a tribute to the late guitarist. EVILE recorded a cover of the track "Cemetary Gates," and this tragically turned out to be the band's last recording before the untimely death of their own bassist, Mike Alexander, who passed away on October 5th while on tour in Sweden.

A behind-the-scenes video - the last video filmed with Mike - of EVILE recording the track at Parlour Studios with producer Russ Russell can be viewed below.

EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:

"The day we got the call from our manager, Julie Weir, saying Metal Hammer have asked us to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell by covering a Pantera song, we couldn't have been more excited and honoured. I mean, how many more bands are there more worthy of paying tribute to the man? With us all being fans of Pantera, we swiftly said yes. Mike though was the biggest Pantera fan. He'd seen them years ago and absolutely worshipped Dimebag.

"After Dime got killed, Mike couldn't listen to 'Cemetary Gates' anymore. He'd always ask us to skip the track in the car/van/bus because it was too much for him. So when we chose to do the track it was tough for Mike, but I'm glad he did it. It turned out to be the last song he recorded, which to me is a strangely 'appropriate' tribute to him and Dimebag. I remember him nearing the verge of tears whilst I was doing the tremolo bends at the end of the track.

"We hope Pantera/Dimebag fans find this a fitting tribute from us, as we're simply fans ourselves who've been given this rare honour."

Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas comments:

"I was genuinely over the moon when Evile volunteered to produce a track for our upcoming Dimebag tribute, a stunningly rendered cover of Pantera's classic 'Cemetary Gates'. So when the truly tragic news of Mike Alexander's all-too-premature departure from this world hit the office, the tragic irony wasn't lost on me or anyone here that Mike Alexander's tribute to the immortal legacy of Dimebag would also be a final testament to his own impeccable musicianship and commitment to the music we love.

"To understate the case slightly, it's a very special track indeed, and we're honoured that it's a part of our upcoming tribute collection. Rest in peace Dimebag, and rest in peace Mike Alexander."

The Dimebag Darrell tribute album contains the following tracks:

01. ZAKK WYLDE - "Suicide Note Pt. 1"
02. MACHINE HEAD - "Fucking Hostile"
03. MALEFICE - "I'm Broken"
04. AVENGED SEVENFOLD - "Walk"
05. EVILE - "Cemetery Gates"
06. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - "A New Level"
07. BIOHAZARD - "Mouth For War"
08. SYLOSIS - "Strength Beyond Strength"
09. CHIMAIRA - "Slaughtered"
10. UNEARTH - "Sandblasted Skin"
11. THROWDOWN - "Becoming"
12. KIUAS - "This Love"
13. THIS IS HELL - "Rise"

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Tracedawn To Open For Stratovarius On Tour

Tracedawn has issued the following update regarding upcoming tour plans and new live tour videos:

"Big news for us, now it's confirmed that we will hit the road again! We will warm up the legendary power-metal outfit Stratovarius on their european tour in January/February 2010!!! Nothing, more to say that we're fokken ecstatic about this!"

"We will also have other stuff coming up, including a limited tour video from the first days of the Ensiferum tour, magical tour photos from the cameras of Roni and Vili, a little santa-claus suprise and most important, some new killer t-shirts with cool fresh prints are also on the way!" More...

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Splattered Mermaids Begins Work On New Album

Sweden's Splattered Mermaids has issued the following update on the progress of their new album:

"We are working on our next full length album - writing new songs and rehearsing! So far we have around 2-3 new songs that we're pretty satisfied with..."

"They're fast and compact with a lot of energy..."

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Hate Squad Announces First Shows of 2010

Hate Squad has announced the following shows for 2010:

30.04.2010 - KIEL / Alte Meierei (Mosh in den Mai festival)
01.05.2010 - TBA / TBA (northern Germany)

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Burning the Memory Announces Lineup Changes

New York metal band Burning the Memory has issued the following update regarding their recent lineup changes:

"After several years of having the same line-up we are going through some changes right now. Ozzy was a great vocalist and good friend but in the early part of September we decided to go our separate ways due to business reasons and not due to any personal reasons whatsoever. In addition, in late October, we had to go our separate ways with Dom as well. Yet again, all business nothing personal. Looking back on it now, I wish we could have had an official last show for both of them so that we could have recognized what they both contributed to the band over the years respectively. As far as new members go, you may have noticed in the video we posted that we have been fortunate enough to find a new vocalist already in Chris Salvia. Chris filled in for us at the Killswitch Engage show at Jones Beach on very short notice and he became a permanent member of the band shortly thereafter. Since parting ways with Dom we have been fortunate enough to have found a substitute guitarist for the moment and we will hopefully have a permanent guitarist soon. I hope everyone can understand and accept these changes we have undergone. In conclusion, on behalf of the whole band I would like to wish Ozzy and Dom the very best in all that they do from this day forth both musically and non-musically."

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Abysmalia Begins Recording Third Album

Finland's Abysmalia, a project of Jouni Koskela, issues the following update on his MySpace page:

"ABYSMALIA will shortly begin recording the upcoming third album, which is tentatively titled as 'Replenish Entirety.' The recording process will take place at Oulu and it will be initiated during December. Aside the regular band members (J. Koskela - A. Jylhä - M. Nikula), the recording will again contain contribution from few various visiting musicians who will be announced later on."

"The album itself will once again be a conceptual recording featuring familiar elements as well as few surprises here and there. It will contain dark soundscapes balanced with melodious choruses ... and pretty much everything in between. Depending on how badly we lose control in the studio, it will be a bit longer expedition than its predecessors; preproduction timer stopped at approximately 42 minutes. The tracklisting contains seven tracks once again. We are creatures of habit." More...

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Oracle of the Void Makes Old Demo Available Free

“Yetzirah -10,? an old, previously unreleased demo recording from the now split-up Oracle of the Void has been uploaded for your free listening pleasure. The demo (from approximately 2005, according to the band member that uploaded it) features an old lineup and no keyboards. Atremore of Inward Escape played the second guitar. There are no plans to release it on a physical format.

The “Yetzirah -10? tracklisting is as follows:

1. White Claudia
2. Midnight Takes the Cosmos
3. 302
4. Bone Devil

You can download it from any of the following links.

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Metal Nominees For The Grammys Announced

The 52nd Grammy Awards will be held on January 31st of next year at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The nominees have been revealed for the Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance categories. The nominees are:

Best Hard Rock Performance:

AC/DC - "War Machine"
Alice In Chains - "Check My Brain"
Linkin Park - "What I've Done"
Metallica - "The Unforgiven III"
Nickelback - "Burn It To The Ground"

Best Metal Performance:

Judas Priest - "Dissident Aggressor"
Lamb Of God - "Set To Fail"
Megadeth - "Head Crusher"
Ministry - "Señor Peligro"
Slayer - "Hate Worldwide'"

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Carthagods Releases New Music Video

Tunisian power metal band CARTHAGODS has posted its newest music video for the song "Memories of Never Ending Pains" online for streaming. The song is one of the bands more popular hits, and combines an artful acoustic melody with heavy power chord transitions.

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