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Metal News for December 31, 2009

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Defiance Posts Performance Footage

California thrashers Defiance have posted footage of their performance at Blake's in Berkeley on December 19th, 2009. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Martriden Streaming New Song Online

Montana blackened death metallers Martriden are currently streaming the title track off their upcoming album "Encounter The Monolith" via their MySpace page. The band also issued the following statement:

"Hey Folks! Things have been eventful in the Martriden camp! Aside from various Madden tournaments, we launched a new website in honor of our new album release. Tonight we have finalized the layout for the CD and it should be available for order and download very soon. We hope you are as pleased with the new release as we are. This release is totally independent.. we recorded ourselves, layed out the CD, released it, and even our own Shane Howard painted the artwork. Give us some feedback on how you like the new website/recording/artwork or whatever. I feel the new year shall bring great things, we hope it is a great one for you all!"

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Paul Di'anno Posts Tokyo Footage

Former Iron Maiden lead vocalist Paul Di'anno has posted footage online of his live performance at the Koseinenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on October 11, 2009. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Serenity Issues Year End Update

Austrian metallers Serenity have issued the following year end update:

"Last news of the old year! Hi folks! It's been quite a while since we've updated things here ... but I'm sure you'll forgive us;))! So here is what's new: SERENITY was ranked #28 out of 40 bands in the readers' poll of German 'Rock It!' magazine (issue No. 55)! Considering the many hundreds of bands which are around that's just not bad!

"Our merchandise Christmas special was a huge success so we've decided to prolong it from tomorrow, January 1st until coming Wednesday, January 6th (Three Kings day or, for our Italian friends, the day of Befana;)). Have a look under 'shop' on our website to view our special prices and send an e-mail to mario.hirzinger@gmx.at if you're interested!

"Some fanatic out there programmed a Serenity song for the computer game 'Guitar Hero', we like that very much and (according to our guitarist) it's also well done. More...

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Waldheim Announces New Drummer

Spain's Waldheim has announced the addition of a new member in a message posted on the band's web site:

"That's right friends, a new year begins and with it a new stage for Waldheim. After a long search, at last, we have found the perfect heartbeat for the soul of the home of the forest. So and as the first positive new of the year, we announce you the incorporation to our ranks of Jaime as drummer. This is only the beginning of a new era in which there is still a lot to tell."

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The 11th Hour To Play Stonehenge Festival

Dutch metallers The 11th Hour have announced they will be performing at the Stonehenge festival on July 31st in Steenwijk. More information on the festival can be found here. The 11th Hour's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

3/6 2010 Turock Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
4/9 2010 Doom Shall Rise VII Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg
7/31 2010 Stonehenge Steenwijk, Overijssel

Two sample tracks off the 11th Hour's new album "Burden of Grief", titled "One Last Smoke" and "Atonement," can also be heard at the band's official MySpace page.

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In Flames' "Come Clarity" Named Best Swedish Album

The readers of Aftonbladet have voted In Flames' "Come Clarity" to be the best Swedish album of the last decade.

In Flames finished on top with 26% of the votes before other major Swedish artists such as Kent, Håkan Hellström and The Hives, just to mention a few.

The band comments: "This is amazing and very flattering. Thanks to everyone who voted. It really means a lot to us in the band and proves that it’s you, the fans, who make In Flames the great band that we are. Thanks everyone and have a happy new year."

The results can be viewed at this location (in Swedish).

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Kamelot Announces Cologne Aftershow Party

Hard Rock Cafe in Cologne, Germany will be hosting a very special aftershow party following Kamelot's Live Concert in Cologne on April 8th, 2010. To get in after the show at Cologne's Live Music Hall, simply present your ticket at the door of the Hard Rock Cafe for free entry. Kamelot members will be there to meet and greet.

For Hard Rock Cafe info and location, check

Upcoming Kamelot tour dates: More...

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Defect Designer Issues Year End Recap

Defect Designer has issued the following end-of-year recap:

"Hey, hey, hey! Happy new year, world! We know it's gonna be heavier and much much more brutal then the departing - and we like it!! 2009 was great for us, We got signed by My Kingdom Music and released our first album worldwide! We got signed by Forces Of Satan records and released our mini CD 'W' - also worldwide! We got endorsed by great music companies: Meinl Cymbals, In Tune Picks, SIT Strings, Providence cables, and Krank Amplification. Our vocalist got married (girls, sorry) :) We are working on making upcoming 2010 even more Defected than 2009. 2010 is gonna be better! Join us in buzz!"

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Korpiklaani Recaps 2009, Plans to Record New Album

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have posted the following message on their web site:

"2009 is almost over now, time to take a drink and gather around the fire and ponder about the past year. As always there were good and bad things. One of the big highlights was the first USA-tour, the Paganfest tour. We never ever expected to play in that magical city called Hollywood, or in ‘the big apple’ New York. We broke new grounds not just in the USA, but also in Israel, where the people gave us a great warm welcome. Another big highlight was our (second) show at the 20th anniversary of Wacken Open Air. Not to forget the Woodstock festival's 40th anniversary, where we played as the first Finnish group in Woodstocks history. Special also was the acoustic gig in the attractive castle at Burgfolk festival, a familiar location where we played already many times. At that gig, and at a few more, we got company from our friend Tero Hyväluoma, a terrific violin player. We hope he will play with us many more times.But besides these shows and many more, like the Paganfest Europe Tour, we found the time to record our latest album ‘Karkelo.’ We went to the Grooveland Studio, where we feel pretty much at home, and where we are in the strong and cunning hands of Aksu Hanttu.

"Of course 2009 was not only sunshine. A huge disappointment to us was the postponement of the Vodka Revolution Tour, e.g. the South America Tour, due to unforeseen troubles. We all were packed and set, and waited for our departure… which unfortunately never came. Hard was also the parting of some old friends, with whom we walked along during a couple of years. But that is what life is, moving on, trying to develop, trying to make the best out of it.

"We are looking forward to 2010… Our second USA/Canada Paganfest Tour will start soon, just a couple of days before we take the plane again, and move to the USA and Canada for a couple of weeks, and play daily gigs. And… we can pack our suitcases again soon after this for the South America Tour, which is rescheduled for March. In the meantime we will play some gigs in our beloved homeland. As always, a lot of expectations, a lot of questions, and a lot of (hopefully good) surprises ahead. Also in 2010 we plan to go to the studio again to record a new album, which title is still a secret… also to us :)

"And of course we hope, and guess, that we will meet many of our old and new fans. That really keeps us going!

"A happy new year to you all, and see you in 2010!"

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Disbelief Updates Tour Schedule

Germany's Disbelief has updated their tour schedule with the following upcoming dates:

1/13 2010 Tower BREMEN
1/14 2010 Rockfabrik LUDWIGSBURG
1/15 2010 Blue Box SIEGEN
1/16 2010 Turock ESSEN
1/17 2010 Paradox INGOLSTADT
1/18 2010 Viper Room WIEN
1/19 2010 Z-Bau NÜRNBERG
1/20 2010 Rosenkeller JENA
1/21 2010 Alte Zuckerfabrik ROSTOCK
1/22 2010 Schlachthof EISENACH
1/23 2010 East-Club BISCHOFSWERDA
3/20 2010 Deep Rock Festival Westhausen

All January dates also include Lay Down Rotten and Gorilla Monsoon.

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Huldrefolk Comments On Nazism Allegations

Huldrefolk has issued the following statement regarding allegations of Nazi ideology due to performing with national socialist black metal bands:

"We were wondering how much drama is made for a gig we will do in Roermond, together with Temnozor. Therefore this message. Actually for the sake of security, Dutch police already screened us and we are NOT GUILTY of any extreme politic view.

"1. We are a non-political band. The first guy who proves that HULDREFOLK is political, can have free candy and milkshake. - To prove we are not political, I will soon publish ALL OUR LYRICS. Very much people also ask for it, so you can have it. More...

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Sabaton Posts New "Coat Of Arms" Teaser

Sweden's Sabaton has posted a second pre-production teaser clip from their upcoming album "Coat of Arms," which can be found below. Sabaton also issued the following statement:

"Sabaton wish you a Heavy New Year. On next Monday we start our real recordings of the 'Coat of Arms' album. You will be able to follow the recordings via our Youtube channel. We also have another teaser from the upcoming album. This song is more earlier Sabaton style with more guitar work. This song is not yet recorded, this is just a pre-production/demo version of the song. We are currently booking our next tours so stay tuned. Tickets will be available very soon." More...

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Fatal Smile Bassist Hospitalized After Fall

Fatal Smile has issued the following update on the hospitalization of their bassist regarding a recent fall from stage:

"Alx has now done three surgeries since the accident falling from stage in Copenhagen a month ago and is going to spend New Years Eve in the hospital. He has at least 3 more surgeries to do. Infections has lead to high fever and muscle and tissue problems and the reconstruction of his knee isn't going as planned! I raise my glass for Alx this New Years and give my 2010 to his recovery!"

"If anyone wants to wish him luck, send stuff to pass time or make him happy, the adress is:
Alx Fatal Smile
Avd 17 ortoped
631 88 Eskilstuna

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Stigma Posts Second Studio Video Blog Online

Italian horror-themed deathcore band STIGMA recently entered Fear Studio to record the followup to 2008’s “When Midnight Strikes!,” due out next year via Pivotal Rockordings. The album, which is being produced by BRING ME THE HORIZON guitarist Jona Weinhofen, will be mixed by Scott Atkins (BEHEMOTH, CRADLE OF FILTH, SYLOSIS, GAMMA BOMB) and will feature guest appearances from Jamie Hope (THE RED SHORE) and Jon Hunt (Ex-DEAD TO FALL). A second video blog documenting the tracking of guitars is available below:

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Kalevala Posts Behind the Scenes Tour Video Online

Russian metal band Kalevala has posted a behind the scenes tour video online. Watch it below:

KALEVALA - new songs uploaded! | MySpace Music Videos

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Limp Bizkit Posts New Studio Clip Online

American nu metal veterans Limp Bizkit has posted a short video online which shows frontman Fred Durst recording vocals for the bands new album. You can check it out below. The bands new album is entitled, "Gold Cobra" and will be released in the first quarter of 2010 through Interscope Records. This will be the bands first full length album with the original lineup of Fred Durst, bass player Sam Rivers, DJ Lethal, drummer John Otto and returning guitarist Wes Borland since the 2000 smash hit album, "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water." More...

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Ministry Movie On The Way

American industrial metal legends Ministry have a film coming. It's called "Fix: The Ministry Movie". According to the publicity blurb, this is: "One of the most shocking, disturbing, and exposing looks into the world of six-time Grammy-nominated band Ministry in its most influential, controversial, and drug-induced years." The movie is expected to be released sometime in the summer of next year and features interviews with members of Motorhead, Korn, Dead Kennedys, Nine Inch Nails among many others. You can view a trailer for the movie below. More...

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