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Metal News for December 3, 2010

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Megadeth Video Interview Posted Online

Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover recently sat down with Bayarearocks.com for a video interview. You can view the interview below, in which Shawn Drover reflects on the past year in Megadeth as well as the band's future:

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Corey Taylor Posts Christmas Music Video

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has posted the music video online for his debut solo song and new Christmas single. You can view the video below:

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Sabaton Posts European Tour Update

Sabaton has posted the following two-part video update from its recent European tour. In the video the band stops at a Swiss military museum. You ca view the video below:



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Rob Zombie Announces New West Coast Shows

Iconic hard rocker Rob Zombie has announced a small batch of west coast warm up shows in February for the United States. The mini-tour ill act as a warm up to his forthcoming U.K. run.

The west-coast dates include:
02/06 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
02/08 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
02/09 Chico, CA – Senator Theatre
02/10 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades

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Throne Of Malediction Checks In With Band Update

Montana's Throne of Malediction is currently in the process of re-recording the upcoming album "Ceremonial Blood." Front man Eric Horner has now checked in with the following update about providing vocals for a new Beltane track and collaborating with Verkrag:

"The re-recording is doing awesome. The sound quality will vastly improve our album. Me and Jessica were just sent a song from Beltane from New Zealand and we are doing vocals for that, which is due to be released most likely around the new Year. Also, I think December 13th, Verkrag from South Africa and us will be releasing our collab video for the collab song 'Never Enough(Verkrag mix),' The song is a bonus track for 'Ceremonial Blood.'

"It may be one of the first collab music video's between USA and South African artists. Verkrag and us did separate video shots. Verkrag is doing the video editing and it is sure to be a very bloody video. Not for the weak...."

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No Bragging Rights Extends 2011 Tour

California melodic hardcore act No Bragging Rights has added a large batch of new tour dates for 2011. The band will be joined by Scarlett O’Hara on all dates with select support coming from Letlive, Lions! Tigers! Bears! and Hundredth. You can find the full tour breakdown below:

with Letlive and Lions! Tigers! Bears!:
01/07 Houston, TX – TBA
01/08 San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
01/09 Dallas, TX – Fat Daddy’s
01/10 Albuquerque, NM – TBA
01/11 Phoenix, AZ – Warehouse 201
01/12 Las Vegas, NV – TBA
01/13 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
01/14 San Diego, CA – The Epicenter
01/15 Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
01/17 Salem, OR – The Wasteland
01/18 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
01/19 Spokane, WA – The Cretin Top
01/20 Boise, ID – The Venue
01/21 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
01/22 Greeley, CO – The Atlas Theater

with Letlive:
01/24 Wichita, KS – The Eagles Lodge
01/25 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
01/26 Steger, IL – Another Hole In The Wall

with Hundredth, Letlive:
01/27 Southgate MI – The Modern Exchange
01/28 Toledo, OH – Frankies Inner City
01/29 Lemoyne, PA – Championship
01/30 Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joes
01/31 Allentown, PA – Croc Rock

with Hundredth:
02/01 Vineland, NJ – Hangar 84
02/02 Mt. Airy, MD – Mt. Airy Firehall
02/03 Fredericksburg, VA – The Refuge
02/04 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery
02/05 Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
02/06 Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theater
02/07 Tampa, FL – Transitions Art Gallery
02/08 Pensacola, FL – TBA

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Death Angel Announces European Headline Tour

Bay Area thrash veterans Death Angel have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. The 2011 tour will feature support from Resistance, Roots Of Death and Adimirion on select dates. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

03/13 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
03/15 Cluj Napoca, ROM – TBA
03/16 Bucharest, ROM – Silverchurch
03/17 Sofia, BUL – Blue Box
03/18 Istanbul, TUR – Oldschool
03/19 Thessaloniki, GRE – 8ball
03/20 Athens, GRE – 7 Sins
03/22 Sarajevo, B&H – Cinemas Sloga
03/23 Zagreb, CRO – Mochvara
03/24 Ljubljana, SLO – Menza
03/25 Novara ITA – Rock’N'Roll Arena
03/26 Pinarella Di Cervia, ITA – Rockplanet
03/27 Roma, ITA – blackout
03/29 Graz, AUT – Explosiv
03/30 Cheb, CZE – Kas
03/31 Wroclaw, POL – Firlej
04/01 Warszawa, POL – Progresja
04/02 Katowice, POL – Mega Club

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Dark Tranquillity Posts Projection Clip Online

Swedish melodic death metal act Dark Tranquillity has posted its stage projection clip for its song "The Fatalist" online. You can view the 2010 world tour backdrop imagery below:

Dark tranquillity - The fatalist (video projection) from nsundin on Vimeo.

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Slipknot Frontman Comments On Upcoming Shows

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has issued the following statement through his official Twitter account, discussing the band's future plans:

"Yes- we are playing Sonisphere UK. And a few others to be announced. Like I said, shows? Yes. Album? No. Baby steps, people. For the fans. Honestly, I don’t know how to feel about the tour. But it’s for the fans, and for the family. We’ll see. I don’t know WHEN I’ll be ready to make an album. Might not be for years. But we will definitely play shows. We’ll see what happens."

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Triptykon Issues Band Update

Triptykon frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has issued the following update:

"I just returned home to Zurich from essential visits, together with Triptykon guitarist V. Santura, to the offices of Century Media Records and Twisted Talent Concerts in Dortmund, Germany. Much time was spent critically assessing the activities of the past few months and discussing the Triptykon's future plans and projects. I took the train home, as I've done before, because it gives me plenty of time to think, read, and listen to music.

"In spite of intending to also listen to much newer releases on my MP3 player, I eventually never deviated during the entire, long ride from listening to DEEP PURPLE Mk. II, III, and IV, and to EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER. This is music I already listened to as a young teenager, long before I even remotely thought I would ever have the chance to become a musician myself. It has never lost it's intensity and magic for me. Quite on the contrary, in fact. It served to flood my mind with so many thoughts and images.

"Everything else in the world - Triptykon, music, touring, and what have you - becomes entirely insignificant, however, when you are told that Jörg Michael, friend for many years, business partner in Twisted Talent Concerts, and drummer in STRATOVARIUS, is in the process of fighting cancer."

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Marc Rizzo Video Interview Available

Superskum has posted a video interview online with Marc Rizzo of Soulfly. Footage from the interview can be viewed in the video clip below.

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Rainbow To Re-Issue "Down To Earth" Album

Legendary heavy metal act Rainbow, featuring Ritchie Blackmore, will release an expanded two disc deluxe edition of its classic album "Down to Earth." The new, expanded edition is set to hit store shelves on January 24, 2011 through Universal Music. The new deluxe expanded edition will include two non-album single B-sides, "Bad Girl" and "Weiss Heim," and a complete second disc of previously unreleased studio outtakes and alternative versions.

"Down To Earth" deluxe expanded edition:

-Disc 1-
1. All Night Long
2. Eyes Of The World
3. No Time To Lose
4. Makin' Love
5. Since You Been Gone
6. Love's No Friend
7. Danger Zone
8. Lost In Hollywood
9. Bad Girl (7" single b-side)
10. Weiss Heim (7" single b-side)

-Disc 2-
1. All Night Long (instrumental outtake)
2. Eyes Of The World (instrumental outtake)
3. Spark Don't Mean A Fire
4. Makin' Love (instrumental outtake)
5. Since You Been Gone (instrumental outtake)
6. Ain't A Lot Of Love In The Heart Of Me
7. Danger Zone (instrumental outtake)
8. Lost In Hollywood (instrumental outtake)
9. Bad Girls (instrumental outtake)
10. Ain't A Lot Of Love In The Heart
11. Eyes Of The World (instrumental outtake – take 2)
12. All Night Long (Cozy Powell mix)

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Twilight Of The Gods Confirms Festival Appearance

Twilight of the Gods has confirmed its participation in the forthcoming 70000 Tons of Metal festival. The Bathory tribute act will join the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which will set sail from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 24, 2011 and return four days later.

The confirmed line-up includes:
AGENT STEEL
AMON AMARTH
BLACKGUARD
BLIND GUARDIAN
CRIPPER
DARK TRANQUILLITY
DEATH ANGEL
ENSIFERUM
EPICA
EXODUS
FEAR FACTORY
FINNTROLL
FORBIDDEN
GAMMA RAY
ICED EARTH
KORPIKLAANI
MARDUK
MOONSPELL
NEVERMORE
OBITUARY
RAGE
RAVEN
SABATON
SANCTUARY
SAXON
SODOM
SONATA ARCTICA
SWASHBUCKLE
TESTAMENT
TROUBLE
TWILIGHT OF THE GODS
TYR
ULI JON ROTH
UNLEASHED
VOIVOD
WITCHBURNER

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Finntroll Announces Australian Tour

Finnish folk metal veterans Finntroll has announced the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Australia. The band will begin its Australian tour in March of 2011. Support on the Australian trek will come from Australian metal act Claim the Throne.

The dates are as follows:
March 24 - Brisbane, AUS - The Hifi
March 25 - Melbourne, AUS - Billboard The Venue
March 26 - Sydney, AUS - The Manning Bar
March 28 - Perth, AUS - Capitol

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The Sword Performs With New Drummer

Video footage of The Sword has been posted online featuring the band performing with its new drummer Kevin Fender. Fender replaces former Sword drummer Trivett Wingo who left the band due to anxiety issues while touring. You can view the video below:

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Fall Out Boy/Anthrax Supergroup Posts Video Online

The Damned Things, the hard rock collaboration between Fall Out Boy, Every Time I Die and Anthrax, has posted its debut music video online. The Damned Things will release its debut album "Ironiclast" on December 14, 2010 through Def Jam Records. The "We've Got A Situation Here" video can be viewed below:

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Warrant Confirms Wacken Appearance

German speed metal act Warrant, not to be confused with the 80' glam rockers of the same name, have confirmed its appearance for the forthcoming edition of Germany's infamous Wacken Open Air festival. Next year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival is set to take placebetween August 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 in the small town of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany.

Wacken Open Air 2011 confirmed line-up:
APOCALYPTICA
AVANTASIA
BLIND GUARDIAN
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
KHOLD
MAYHEM
OZZY OSBOURNE
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
WARRANT

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Tyr Confirms Festival Appearance

Faroe Island folk metallers Tyr have been confirmed as the next act to be taking part in the 2011 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 festival line-up includes:
ARCH ENEMY
CALIBAN
KVELERTAK
PRIMORDIAL
SALTATIO MORTIS
THE HAUNTED
TYR
VOMITORY

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Qafas Offering New EP As Free Download

Qafas is currently offering the new EP "Al-Ahlaam" (The Dreams) as a free download at this location. The band commented on the new EP:

"Qafas's first EP, 'Al-Ahlaam' (The Dreams) has officially been released by Misty Graveyard on the 21st of November - 2010. 'Al-Ahlaam' was written and recorded from the concept and inspiration of dreams, stemming from musical arrangements to general sound textures and movements."

The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Mashhad Min Al-Maathi
2. Al Sadma Al Mutakerera
3. Beyn Anyaab Alkawabes
4. Ijtima' Al Shua'ra'
5. Al-Ahlaam

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High On Fire Announces Tour With The Melvins

High on Fire has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates with The Melvins in New Zealand and Japan:

"High On Fire is excited to announce they will be touring New Zealand and Japan with The Melvins surrounding the Soundwave Festival in 2011! Check out all the dates below and stay tuned for more info."

2/19 2011 The Kings Arms - Auckland, NZ
2/20 2011 ReFuel - Dunedin, NZ
2/21 2011 Al's Bar - Christchurch, NZ
2/22 2011 Bodgea - Wellington, NZ
3/9 2011 Club Quattro - Osaka, JPN
3/10 2011 Club Quattro - Nagoya, JPN
3/11 2011 O-East - Tokyo, JPN

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Noisear Completes New Album

Noisear has recently completed work on its Relapse debut, "Subvert The Dominant Paradigm." The follow-up album to "Pyroclastic Annihilation" is set for a February 1st North American release date. "Subvert The Dominant Paradigm" features 30 new tracks from the New Mexico grind band and will be available on CD, LP, and digitally.

Noisear has confirmed a local show in Albuquerque, NM at The Launchpad for December 18th and is currently booking a May 2011 U.S. tour around their performance as part of Maryland Deathfest. A listing of tour dates and cities will be posted shortly.

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No Bragging Rights Streaming New Song

Melodic hardcore act No Bragging Rights has posted the first entire track off the band's new album "Illuminator," which hits the streets on January 11th, 2011 via Blkheart Group. The song “Blind Faith” can be heard on the bands Facebook page at this location. No Bragging Rights also has the following upcoming tour dates:

1/7 – Houston, Texas @ TBA
1/8 – San Antonio, Texas @ The White Rabbit
1/9 – Dallas, Texas @ Fat Daddy’s
1/10 – Las Cruses, New Mexico @ Dream Center
1/11 – Phoenix, Arizona @ Warehouse 201
1/12 – Las Vegas, Nevada @ TBA
1/13 – Anaheim, California @ Chain Reaction
1/14 – San Diego, California @ The Epicenter
1/15 – Bakersfield, California @ Jerry’s Pizza
1/17 – Salem, Oregon @ The Wasteland
1/18 – Seattle, Washington @ Studio Seven
1/19 – Spokane, Washington @ The A Club
1/20 – Boise, Idaho @ The Venue
1/21 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Club Sound
1/22 – Greeley, Colorado @ The Atlas Theater

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Gwar Defends Sarah Palin On-Stage Slaying

Gwar front man Oderus Urungus and the rest of the band have been tearing apart Lady Gaga and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as on stage show, which has caused quite a bit of backlash among Palin supporters. Video of the on-stage slaying can be seen after the jump. When reached for comment on the slaying of Mrs. Palin, possible presidential candidate and overlord Oderus gave the following statement:

"Is this what American politics has come to? We have killed every President since Reagan, regardless of party affiliation, and the proof of it is all over the net...but the right-wing tea bag numb-nuts are getting their knickers in a twist over somebody that doesn't even hold office, and in fact left her office as Alaskan governor in order to concentrate on her reality show...and is this woman actually being considered as a potential president? Why does the agenda of the right require that America be viewed as a global laughing stock? Because between Wikileaks and the attention this idiot gets, that is exactly what you are..." scoffed Oderus.

"Besides, we don't even kill her, just rip her in half, and honestly she seems to love it! Anything for attention, I suppose." More...

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Sean Yseult To Host Metal Army Night In Hollywood

Former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult has recently released the new book "I'm in the Band," and in celebration of the release Yseult has teamed up with Metal Army America to host and guest DJ the next Metal Army night in Hollywood on December 9th. The event will take place at Three Clubs and will feature both Sean Yseult and John Tempesta (Exodus, Testament, White Zombie, Helmet, The Cult) as guest DJs. For more information check out this location.

Three Clubs is located at:
1123 N Vine St (between Santa Monica Blvd and Fountain Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Burning Twilight Posts New Music Video

Burning Twilight has posted a music video online for the song "The Resolve Of Cowards," which is off the band's EP "The Reckoning." The clip can be viewed below, and was directed by Josh Knoff for Blkheart Group.

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Gruesome Malady To Re-Release Album And Splits

Roadcrew Records has issued the following announcement about re-releasing a full-length album and two split EP's from India's Gruesome Malady:

"Roadcrew Records presents, the most brutal, sickening, violent metal band India has ever seen, Gruesome Malady, for the first time ever on an Indian label! Roadcrew Records will be releasing Anthology, a special edition discography release of Gruesome Malady's previous full length album (Infected With Virulent Seed) and both their split EPs with Mortuary Hacking Session [USA] and Pathologicum [Poland]. This limited edition release shall be limited to only 250 copies worldwide. Limited pressing Gruesome Malady tshirts are also available."

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Sepultura Announces North American Tour

Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour across North America next April in support of their forthcoming new studio album, which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records next year. Joining them on the tour will be Belphegor, Keep Of Kalessin, Hate and Bonded By Blood, though as of May 23rd, Belphegor will be replaced by Nevermore.

"We are very happy to play once again in the US, especially after a long time away from the American and Canadian stages,” commented guitarist Andreas Kisser. “We’re also excited to start working with our new label Nuclear Blast. They have a rich history in the heavy music business and we are honored to have such a partner. We are currently working on a new record, that will be released together with the American dates, so it will be our first tour for the new album. Hope to see you all at the shows! We will play the whole history of the group and we’re going have a blast! See you on the Sepultour 2011!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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The Binary Code Posts Stone Temple Pilots Cover

The Binary Code has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to stream a cover track online of the Stone Temple Pilots song "Wicked Garden." The Binary Code's cover version also features Chris Barretto (ex-Periphery) on vocals. The track can be heard at this location. You can also catch The Binary Code on the following upcoming date:

12/18 Santos Party House w/ Shadows Fall Manhattan, NY

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Visions Of Atlantis Announces New Album Title

Visions of Atlantis has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album titled "Delta" on February 25th, 2011: "We launched our brand new MySpace! We also want to announce that the new album is called 'Delta' - Release date of this masterpiece will be the 25th of February 2011! Stay tuned and see you on tour!" Additional details on the album will be announced as they are made available.

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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Posts Tour Teaser Video

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter will be embarking on a tour alongside Turisas and Akrea in March and April of 2011. The band has posted a teaser trailer for the tour, which can be viewed below.

The dates are as follows: More...

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Belphegor Posts New Album Studio Trailer

Belphegor is set to release the new album "Blood Magick Necromance" on January 14th in Europe and February 8th in the US through Nuclear Blast Records. The band has posted a studio trailer online from the recording of the album, which can be viewed below.

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Surrender Of Divinity To Play Rites Of Darkness

Surrender of Divinity has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Rites of Darkness festival:

"Surrender of Divinity desecrates the US this 11th of December 2010 in Rites of Darkness Fest II at San Antonio, TX along side with war brothers: Impiety, Diocletian, Black Witchery, Morbosidad, Manticore and many more.

"This ritual will be our first unholy appearance in the US and North America. Looking forward to banging our infernal horns with those true Goat-worshippers there. Expect nothing but 666 percent pure desecration!"

More information on the Rites of Darkness Festival can be found at this location.

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Megadeth's "Sudden Death" Nominated For A Grammy

"Sudden Death," Megadeth's 2010 single written for the "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock" video game, has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. Megadeth is nominated along with Iron Maiden, Korn, Lamb Of God, and fellow "Big Four" act Slayer. This is Megadeth's 9th Grammy nomination. The awards will be broadcast on February 13, 2011 on CBS. For more information, visit this location.

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Leprous Checks In From The Road

Norway's Leprous has issued the following road report from Switzerland:

"Day 28/34 - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland - 24.11.2010. Today the weather was kind of grey. And the venue was located far away from the centre. So we did not see the city of Pratteln.

"Z7 (the venue) was really nice. The monitor-technician was as good as his mouth was big. The experience from a show with bad monitor-sound compared to good, is of course huge. So we really appreciate having a guy that knows his craft. We all enjoyed excellent home-cooked food, right from the kitchen. This is also something you start to compare, after a few days with in-door catering. And as with technicians. It varies alot.

"The Swiss audience were really nice to us. And its good to play after a really boring day off.
Although its not the biggest audience, it seemed like there were some that showed up mainly to see us. That is nice, for a opening act. BTW: thank you, the guy that gave us swiss money for the foosball-game! and thanks to Waldemar, being such a humble opponent in the game!"

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Battlelore Streaming More Samples From New Album

Finland's Battlelore has issued the following brief update about streaming more samples online from the band's upcoming album: "Hellos! Amazon.de have released samples for all of the songs from Doombound. Check them at this location." The track listing for "Doombound" is as follows:

1. Bloodstained
2. Iron of Death
3. Bow and Helm
4. Enchanted
5. Kärmessurma
6. Olden Gods
7. Fate of the Betrayed
8. Men as Wolves
9. Last of the Lords
10. Doombound
11. Kielo (Instrumental)

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Awake To Play Live On BBC Radio

Awake has issued the following update about playing songs live tonight on BBC Radio:

"Live at the BBC tonight. We wanted to let you know that tonight ( Fri 3rd Dec ) we are playing a few songs LIVE on air on BBC radio Cambridgeshire from 7pm - 8pm. We shall also be chatting with the very lovely Kerry Devine. It would be awesome to have you listening in."

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Cirrha Niva To Support Crimson Glory

Cirrha Niva has issued the following announcement about heading off on tour with Crimson Glory:

"Hi people, We've got some hot news to share with you all. Cirrha Niva is joining Crimson Glory, the kings of progressive metal, on there 25th anniversary tour 2011! So far we are doing all the dutch shows and are tremendously proud and honoured to do so."

The Crimson Glory tour dates are as follows (Cirrha Niva on Dutch shows):

27. April 2011 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo
28. April 2011 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands - Boerderij
29. April 2011 - Enschede, Netherlands - Atak
30. April 2011 - Lauda/Königshofen, Germany - Keep It True
02. May 2011 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Konzertfabrik Z7
03. May 2011 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
04. May 2011 - Memmingen, Germany - Kaminwerk
06. May 2011 - Haugesund, Norway - Karmøygeddon
07. May 2011 - Essen, Germany - Turock
08. May 2011 - Genk, Belgium - Rondpunt 26
15. June 2011 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head

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Ryan Mckern Covers "Afternoon Delight"

Ryan Mckern, vocalist and rhythm/lead guitarist of Wolvhammer, instrumentalist and backup vocalist of The Guilt Of… with Mike IX Williams from EyeHateGod, and keyboardist of PonyKiller, as well as many other projects, also leads an active solo career. His dark, bluesy acoustic music shows his great love for southern music. His most recent solo song, however, is a little different from all of that.

Being a big fan of comedy films, he has decided to make a blackened doom metal cover of “Afternoon Delight,” in honor of the movie “Anchorman” in which the song was parodied. Ryan claims, “I wanted to do a parody to show my sense of humor and irony as a metal musician because being stuck in the category of black metal, people are quick to dismiss any personality with the music. This is a fun way of saying ‘Enjoy a good song and make out.’”

“Afternoon Delight,” is available for streaming and download as an MP3 below:


Download an MP3 of “Afternoon Delight,” here (right-click and "Save Target As")

You can hear more of Ryan Mckern's solo material on his MySpace player.

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Slipknot Confirmed For Sonisphere 2011

Iowa based heavy metal outfit Slipknot have been confirmed as the first headlining act for next year's edition of the Europe wide Sonisphere festivals, including their only performance in the United Kingdom in 2011. This will be the band's first tour without bassist and founder Paul Gray, who passed away earlier this year.

Regarding the Sonisphere performances, Slipknot stated: "We’re looking forward to spending our summer in Europe. This tour is about us and our fans. It’s about celebrating the life of our brother, Paul and his legacy. The door is neither open nor closed. This tour is about burning down that door. See you this summer."

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Slayer Frontman Comments On Grammy Nomination

Slayer frontman Tom Araya has posted a message online regarding the band's recent nomination if the Metal category for next year's Grammy Awards. His message reads as follows:

"I admit, I'm excited and kind of surprised. To have Slayer's music recognized by an organization as traditional as the Grammys - five times now - is like that gold star that someone puts up by your name. It's unexpected, but it's cool."

The band will be fighting off competition from Megadeth, Korn, Lamb Of God and Iron Maiden from the award, which if they win will be their third Grammy.

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StarofAsh Streaming New Album Samples

StarofAsh has issued the following update about streaming samples online from the upcoming album "Lakhesis:"

"The new Starofash Lakhesis album by artist Heidi Solberg Tveitan is now available for pre-order in Europe through Mnemosyne Productions and North America through The End Records. The official release is on December 9th and it is going to be also available in all the major digital stores, like iTunes and Amazon. Early reviews and feedback indicate that this album will live a long and happy life!

"The album features German musician and composer Markus Reuter playing Touch Guitars® U8 as well as Tobias Ø. Andersen and Einar Solberg, the evil twins from Leprous. Lakhesis album and book are both designed by Ritxi Ostáriz and Maria Picassó at Ideophony took charge of sites and merch. Photography by Bjørn Tore Moen, as usual in Mnemosyne Productions. Three tracks of Lakhesis have been posted for fans to have an idea about the direction of the album. You can check them out at Mnemosyne Store and here in Myspace."

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Opeth To Enter The Studio In January

Swedish progressive death metal act Opeth has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio:

"Opeth to enter studio in January 2011. That's right! Opeth will start the recording of their 10th album on the 31st of January 2011. The band has picked the legendary Atlantis studios (ex Metronome studios) in Stockholm and will once again work with Jens Bogren engineering.

"Mixing duties will be handled by Steven Wilson (Porcupine tree). Possible release worldwide in the fall of 2011, through Roadrunner Records. The new material has been described by the band as being 'good'."

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Sydonia To Support Korn On Australian Tour

Melbourne, Australia’s SYDONIA will be supporting KORN on their forthcoming Australian shows, taking place on December 3rd, 4th and 5th. The band has also been added to three days of the famed Woodford Folk Festival, on December 30th and 31st 2010, and Jan 1st, 2011. The festival is expected to draw over 100,000 fans.

Legendary producer/mixer Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Funeral For a Friend, Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, etc.) recently came on board to mix the current single "Ocean of Storms." The single will appear on the band’s official world-wide debut album, along with more never-before-heard tracks (one of which was co-written by STONE SOUR’s Roy Mayorga) being completed now. The album is yet to be named and SYDONIA is presently looking for an album deal.

SYDONIA independently recorded, produced and mixed their Australian debut album "Given To Destroyers" in just two weeks. While the band was touring nationally in their home country, they received a personal invite to tour Australia with LAMB OF GOD after vocalist Randy Blythe heard SYDONIA’s "Given to Destroyers" playing in an Australian record store. SYDONIA was also personally invited to tour the east coast of Australia with STONE SOUR, only to then be invited to tour the United States with the band. In addition, the band has also received personal invites to tour Australia with SLIPKNOT and MACHINE HEAD. This year, SYDONIA toured the east coast of Australia with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME.

You can check out some of Sydonia's music on their MySpace page.

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