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Metal News for December 8, 2009

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

An Interview With The Atlas Moth

Chicago's The Atlas Moth mixes the harsh tonalities of sludge metal with the layered synth work of early-era Pink Floyd to create a gritty psychedelic sound that is quite unlike anything out in modern-day metal. I had a chance to speak to guitarist/vocalist Steve before a recent show in New Brunswick, NJ about their new album, "A Glorified Piece Of Blue Sky," the advantage of having synthesizers and three guitarists in the band, his love of Pink Floyd, and much more. More...

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Retro Grave Reveals New Album, "Again," Details

The debut full length album, “Again,” from Jeff Olson's Retro Grave (ex-TROUBLE), will be released on February 09, 2010. The tracklisting is as follows:

01. Intro
02. Monstah
03 Lie Quickly Down
04. Mind March
05. Liar
06. Dead Ol Harp
07. Belly Crawl
08. Bad Train
09. So So Souls
10. Doldrums
11. Abomination
12. Entropy

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Rompeprop To Headline "Gore Grind Over Europe"

Dutch goregrinders Rompeprop have announced they will be headlining the "Gore Grind Over Europe" tour. Support will come from Cliteater and Rectal Smegma. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

2/19 2010 Kulturhaus Stattbahnhof Schweinfurt Germany
2/20 2010 Graffiti Bern Switzerland
2/21 2010 Steinbruch-Theater Darmstadt Germany
2/22 2010 Boonker/Kozel Pub Zilina Slovakia
2/23 2010 Exit Chmelnice Prague Czech Republic
2/24 2010 Wagonplatz Wroclaw Poland
2/25 2010 K17 Berlin Germany
2/26 2010 Rosenkeller Jena Germany
2/27 2010 Bahndamm Wermelskirchen Germany
2/28 2010 Baroeg Rotterdam The Netherlands

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Flourishing Reveals New Album Details

New York metallers Flourishing have completed work on their debut EP "A Momentary Sense Of The Immediate World," which is set to be released in 2010 by The Path Less Traveled Records. Flourishing is fronted by Wetnurse guitarist Garett Bussanick. The track “Feeling So At Ease" can currently be heard at the band's MySpace page.

"A Momentary Sense Of The Immediate World" was recorded by Matt Brown at Meteor Sound and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Harvesting
2. Fixture
3. Watching Sparrows
4. Feeling So At Ease
5. Snake Charmer

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HolyHell Announces New Tour Dates

HolyHell have announced they will be embarking on a world tour in 2010. The first run of confirmed tour dates are set to take place in Germany and the Czech Republic. The currently confirmed dates are as follows, with more soon to be announced:

1/16 2010 Leipzig, Germany @ Haus Auensee
1/18 2010 Fürth, Germany @ Stadthalle
1/19 2010 Berlin, Germany @ Tempodrom
1/21 2010 Ludwigshafen, Germany @ Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
1/22 2010 Ludwigsburg, Germany @ Arena
1/23 2010 Offenbach, Germany @ Stadthalle
1/25 2010 Munich, Germany @ Zenith
1/28 2010 Tilburg, Holland @ 013
1/30 2010 Hannover, Germany @ AWD Hall
1/31 2010 Cologne, Germany @ Palladium
7/11 2010 Tolmin, Slovenia @ Magic Circle Festival IV at Metalcamp
7/16 2010 Vizovice, Czech Republic @ Masters Of Rock 2010

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August Burns Red Cancels Tonight's Show

Christian metallers August Burns Red have announced their show tonight, December 8th, in Omaha has been canceled due to snow. The band will still be appearing at their next tour stop in Lawrence, Kansas. August Burns Red have the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Marduk Fans Pepper-Sprayed?

The Gauntlet reports that fans at a Marduk show were pepper-sprayed by an overzealous security guard at Royal Hall in Los Angeles. Halfway through Marduk's set, a fan began trying to set a bible on fire inside the club. When venue security was alerted, they pepper-sprayed the fan. As everyone knows, the tiny spray droplets from the spray spread out, and more than just the intended target were hit. Soon after, Marduk left the stage, and the choking fans exited the area for about ten minutes while the venue cleared out. Marduk later re-took the stage, but the band was not happy with security for the way things were handled.

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Sahg Recording New Album

Norway's Sahg has issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer and recording a new album:

"What you see here, is the new drummer in Sahg. As you probably understand, we had serious doubts about hiring this lunatic. But he turned out to be an excellent man with the right attitude and sense of commitment, and not the least, a bloody outstanding drummer! His name is Thomas Lönnheim, and he has brought a whole new groove to the table, as you will hear on the new album which is now in the making. Sahg is currently recording their third album. At the time of this update, nine new songs are being taped down for the new album, due for release on Indie Recordings early next year. Things are running smoothly in the studio, and the sessions so far have been very promising! The album is being produced by Herbrand Larsen, assisted by Ice Dale, both members of Bergen metallers Enslaved."

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A Hero A Fake Reveals New Album Details

North Carolina metallers A Hero A Fake have announced they will release their new album "Let Oceans Lie" on January 19th, 2010 via Victory Records. The title track from the album is currently available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.

A Hero A Fake also have the following upcoming tour dates:

12/8 2009 Annapolis KofC w/ Farewell To Freeway and I Am Abomination Annapolis, Maryland
12/9 2009 Broadway Bar w/ Farewell To Freeway and I Am Abomination Amityville, New York
12/10 2009 Downtown Quarterback w/ Farewell To Freeway and I Am Abomination Endicott, New York
12/11 2009 Giorgio’s Banquet Hall w/ Farewell To Freeway and I Am Abomination Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
12/12 2009 Diamond Mine w/ Farewell To Freeway and I Am Abomination Cleveland, Ohio
12/13 2009 The Hayloft w/ Farewell To Freeway and I Am Abomination Mt Clemens, Michigan
12/14 2009 The Loft w/ Farewell To Freeway and I Am Abomination Bay City, Michigan
12/6 2009 Black Sheep Cafe w/ Farewell To Freeway and I Am Abomination Springfield, Illinois

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Slayer To Play Halo 3 With Fans

Slayer will be playing Halo 3 in Slayer Mode with fans via Xbox Live on December 16th, 2009 starting at 7:00PM ET. An Xbox Live Gold membership is required to play. Send a friend request to the following Gamertags and be online half an hour before (6:30 P.M. ET) the Game with Fame session starts: SlayerKerry GwF, SlayerDave GwF. More information on the Slayer Game with Fame session can be found at this location.

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organizers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting has announced a string of new additions to the lineup for next years event, which will take place in the town of Dessel between June 25th-27th. The latest bands confirmed for the event are Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, Doro, Nile, Sabaton, Therion, Bloodbath, Mucky Pup and Hail Of Bullets.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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East Of The Wall Announces New Line-Up

East of the Wall has issued the following update about recruiting a new guitarist and drummer:

"East Of The Wall is excited to announce its new lineup. Joining the band are guitarist Chris Alfano and drummer Seth Rheam. Both played in the band Biclops with East of the Wall bassist Brett Bamberger and guitarist Kevin Conway. Due to the merging of the two bands’ lineups, all music created by the aforementioned collective, along with guitarist Matt Lupo, will be released under the name East of the Wall. This will include the release of the groups next record, Ressentiment, due out next summer through Translation Loss Records.

"With this lineup change, East of the Wall has parted ways with original drummer Mike Somers. The band would like to thank Mike for his outstanding musicianship and hard work since the inception of the band. Stay tuned for more info about the lineup change and other upcoming projects, and read more about the band merger at this location." More...

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Video Interview With Arch Enemy Available

E-Rock.gr has posted a two part video interview online with Arch Enemy bassist Sharlee D'Angelo. The first part can be viewed below and the second part can be found below the jump.

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Dead Horse Trauma To Play Snow Ball

Dead Horse Trauma have been confirmed for the Snow Ball 2010 which will take place on Janaury 8th at Peoples on Court Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa. The other confirmed bands for the all ages show include Destrophy, Mindrite, Index Case, and The Boston Hellmask. Samples of Dead Horse Trauma's music can be found at their official MySpace page.

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Extreme O.D. Parts With Vocalist

Extreme O.D. has issued the following update about parting ways with their vocalist:

"As some of you may already know Mitch Russell (our vocalist) has officially quit. This news came to us suddenly & without notice just hours before our gig in Coventry. Unfortunately the un-timely decision left us unable to perform that show. Mitch had been struggling for a while due to work and family commitments. Extreme O.D. will continue. We will get a vocal replacement and will come back stronger than ever in 2010.

"The vocal position is currently completely open so if anyone wants to try out for the band please get in touch ASAP. We will be starting auditions shortly. This Thursday's gig in Bangor will unfortunately have to be canceled. We are getting some XOD friends in to keep us going and all will be fine for the Kyzer's gig in Stoke this Saturday. Cheers dudes, see you soon"

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Madball Tears Apart The Croft In Bristol

When going through the list of legends in the Hardcore genre, several bands immediately come to mind. Bad Brains, Black Flag, Agnostic Front and Sick Of It All are just a few that are instantly mentioned, but half the time, people forget to mention Madball, the band formed twenty years ago by Agnostic Front singer Roger Miret and his younger brother Freddy Cricien. To be honest, there is absolutely no reason to forget Madball. They have written some of the best songs in their genre and bring a huge amount of intensity and energy with them wherever they go. So getting to see the legends live for the first time was not only alot of fun, but a real treat.

The band took to the stage at The Croft in Bristol and opened with the classic song, "Set It Off." As soon as the band started playing, the crowd exploded. Moshing, stage diving, pogoing and singing along to almost every word, a great atmosphere to have. Madball continued to perform with an unrivaled passion and drive, playing some of their more recent (and equally outstanding songs) such as "Heavenhell" and "Infiltrate The System" and every single person in the crowd loved every second of it. So did the band and they thanked the audience numerous times throughout the night for the support, Cricien held the mic out for members of the audience to sing along and engaged in the Great British dialect by calling someone a "fucking wanker." They finished with the song, "Pride" from the 1996 album, "Demonstrating My Style," to a great response. As I said before, this was my first Madball show and it certainly won't be my last!

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Living Sacrifice Streaming New Song Online

Living Sacrifice have announced they will release their upcoming album "The Infinite Order" on January 26th, 2010. A new sample track from the album is now available for streaming online. The song "Rules of Engagement" can be heard at at the Living Sacrifice MySpace page. A video report from the studio recording sessions can also be viewed below. More...

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Neaera Updates Tour Schedule

Germany's Neaera has issued the following statement about their upcoming tour dates:

"Hey there! Here's a quick news update for our supporters in Turkey and Italy: It's only one month until our first ever concert in Turkey. On January 8th we will be playing at the Studio Live in Istanbul together with local heroes Insistense. We are anxiously awaiting our first show on Turkish soil and the experience of celebrating metal with our Turkish supporters!

"Later in January we will return to Italy for a series of 4 shows. We are looking forward to our first mini tour of Italy since November 2008. The concerts will once again be organized by our friends at Breed Agency. We will keep you updated as more news unfold!"

Neaera's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Nechochwen Reveals New Album Artwork

West Virginia based folk metal band Nechochwen has issued the following update about revealing the cover artwork for their new album and streaming new songs online:

"Here it is, the new album cover. This should go off to the press THIS WEEK and pre-orders will be taken soon at this location. Check out the teaser I just posted with portions of three songs from Azimuths to the Otherworld. Expect an hour's worth of original Nechochwen material and a 16 page booklet with high quality artwork. Bindrune will also be offering some great Nechochwen merch soon to accompany the album."

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Woe Of Tyrants Checks In From The Studio

Woe of Tyrants has issued the following report from the recording studio:

"Hi all, Chris here checking in from The Basement studios in Winston-Salem, NC, where we've begun work on our new album, with Jamie King at the helm. Our first 5 days in the studio have been good, most of it spent mixing the drums. All of our free time has been filled with Final Fantasy 7, watching football, flirting with the maids that clean the rooms at the hotel, and lots and lots of Chipotle (check out Dozer's MONSTER burrito in the pics below, it's epic) Things are sounding ruthless so far, can't wait to get the final product in our hands and out to you guys! Enjoy some photos, and we should have another update for you next week! That's all folks, stay tuned for more! Spread the word - new record in the Spring, to go with our tour with OVERKILL!!"

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Inmoria Seeking Female Vocalist

Sweden's Inmoria has issued the following update about seeking a new female vocalist:

"Inmoria are looking for a female vocalist!!!!!! Have you got a powerful voice? Have you got ambition and charisma? If so, send us a mail together with MP3´s, photos and a short description about yourself. Or if you got a website........send us the link!!! For more information: newmember@inmoria.com."

Samples of Inmoria's music can be found at their official MySpace page.

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Allanon To Release Self-Titled Demo

Idaho's Allanon has issued the following update about releasing a new self-titled demo:

"We have recently decided to release a self titled demo it will only have 3 songs on it and here they are:

1. Embrace The Flames
2. Empires Crumble
3. Return Of The Midgard Serpent

"We decided to do this so that we can get are stuff out there way faster then working on pretty much a full-track cd but this does not mean we are going to stop working on it so keep an eye out for the Self-Titled demo 'AllanoN' that we are currently working are asses off to get out there and we are like 25% done with the thing so will have it out soon 'we hope'."

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All Ends Issues Studio Update

Swedish metal band All Ends has issued the following recording updates:

"We started this day with some great breakfast and a long chat, then of for some sound and mic check. The girls did some tryouts until the right mic turned up. Feels really good, gonna be really fun to record the vocals for this record, the lyrics together with the songs is well produced from the beginning so the big work is how to get the right feeling and dynamic over all.."

"Guitars ready and done... Fredrik played with love, heart and soul, but on the other hand he was pretty sober the whole time. As i told you before, Fredrik used alot of different guitars and amps then before ex Fender Stratocaster -67, Gibson, Fender Tele. and alot of different amps, so you can just imagine the new sound. The new songs demands the best sound and guitar for that particular song. So all the try-outs was worth the hard work."

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Persefone Signs to Kolony Records

Kolony Records has signed Andorrean symphonic death metal band PERSEFONE to release band's third album, "Shin-Ken," in early February 2010. The album is based upon ancient Japanese war-stories, and it’s a tour de force, down the melodic and symphonic death metal style that defines todays PERSEFONE. The album was mixed and mastered at Jailhouse studios (Helloween, Hatesphere, Illdisposed) by Tommy Hansen in April 2009.

The "Shin-Ken" tracklistiong is as follows:

01. The Ground Book (Intro)
02. Fall To Rise
03. Death Before Dishonour
04. The Water Book
05. The Endless Path
06. The Wind Book
07. Purity
08. Rage Stained Blade
09. The Fire Book
10. Kusanagi
11. Shin-Ken Part I
12. Shin-Ken Part Ii
13. The Void Book More...

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Dead Shape Figure Enters the Studio

Dead Shape Figure has issued the following update:

"That's right folks! DSF has entered the D-Studio building 2 days ago and we have already recorded drum tracks for 5 songs. The recording process has gone smooth and we have 3 days left for the drums. Should be no problem to finish those tracks without a hurry... After that we will have a 1 week break and then we come back to D-Studio and record the guitars and the bass.

"Vocals will be done with Mikko Herranen(Rust, Misery Inc, Velcra) in a secret lair with a help of a mysterious producer... After that Mr Herranen will mix the album and then the mastering process and after that we should have a print-ready album to go-go."

Pictures from the studio can be found here. Read the band's studio blog here.

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No Consequence Parts Ways With Vocalist

No Consequence has issued the following statement regarding the departure of vocalist Phil W.:

"NC are very sad to announce that Phil (vocals) is leaving the band due to health reasons. We are devastated to lose such a good friend, but we wont be stopped and wish to continue to build on our recent success. For our up coming shows we have our good friend Adam Winter from The Finest Bloodlust to fill the spot until we find a permanent replacement. Here’s a statement from Phil himself:"

"I want to make sure that people understand I'm leaving the band on the best terms possible - a health problem is holding me back from being the super dedicated vocalist the band needs to keep growing and building on the success of 2009. I love NC, they've been one of the biggest parts of my life for close to 5 years now and every time I look at my NC tattoo I think of the times we've spent together and our achievements! I honestly love the band like family, I think of the guys as nothing less than brothers and I know that as the band continues to move forward without me - I wont loose contact with some of the best people in my life..." More...

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Silent Civilian Completes New Record

Silent Civilian has issued the following update:

"For starters, the record IS DONE! FINALLY! We will be mixing and mastering it this month and it will be out early 2010. We are sorry for the wait, but we guarantee it is worth it. We worked very hard on this record for you guys. We also re-entered a new record deal with Mediaskare/Century media records for three more albums, so you know that we aren't going anywhere for a while. If you get a chance please go over to myspace.com/mediaskare and check out some of the other brutal bands on the label. We recorded 15 songs for this record, 10 to 12 of which will make the record. We shot a video for "The Last One Standing", directed by Scott Hansen, that is fucking amazing!!! We will post a trailer for it very soon..." More...

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The Scourger Seeks New Lineup

Finnish thrash/death metal band The Scourger has announced the search for a guitarist and drummer. The band has issued the following update in regards to what they are looking for:

"A new era for the band is dawning and the hunt for members is on! The band is currently looking for a drummer and a guitarist..."

"If you are a drummer and interested in this gig then you should have the following experience and abilities:

?- several years of band experience required?
- studio and recording experience required?
- understanding of heavy metal drumming and the styles of classic thrash metal bands like Slayer, Testament etc.
?- the ability to learn and play the band's back catalogue accurately
?- gig and touring experience is considered a bonus...." More...

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Galar Signs To Dark Essence Records

Norwegian black metal band Galar has announced that they have signed a deal with Bergen based label Dark Essence Records. Their upcoming album, “Til alle heimsens endar,” will be released on March 1st 2010 throught he label. The cover art was done by Robert Høyem.

The tracklisting for "Til Alle Heimsens Endar" is as follows:

1. Forspill
2. Ván
3. Paa frossen mark
4. Grámr
5. Det graa riket
6. Ingen siger vart vunnin
7. Til alle heimsens endar
8. Etterspill More...

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Aeternam Reveals Debut Album Details

Quebec death metal band Aeternam has revealed the artwork and track listing for their debut album, “Disciples Of The Unseen,” which will be available on February 16th, 2010. The album was produced by JeF Fortin (Neuraxis, The Last Felony).

Live footage of the song "Angel Horned" from Aeternam's show supporting Behemoth on June 29th of this year is currently up on their youtube page. More...

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The Terrible Airplane Announces New Bassist

Kansas metal band The Terrible Airplane has announced the addition of Aaron Epp on bass guitar. Mark/Todd say it was an obvious decision. "We have considered adding a bass player for almost a year now, and Aaron has always been our first choice. He is an incredible musician, and we are familiar with each others playing styles from working together on projects in the past."

You can see Mark and Todd play an unreleased live song with Aaron here. "The gig that song comes from was intense," says Mark. "Todd had the H1N1, and was whacked out with fever the entire set." More...

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Download New Taking Dawn Single For Free

Las Vegas metal band Taking Dawn has released their first single, "Time To Burn," as a free download for the next 24 hours at this location. The mp3 download is of the highest quality, a V0 rip. The song comes off their upcoming debut album which will be released in 2010 via Roadrunner Records.

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As Memory Dies Reveals Debut Album Details

Unsigned Italian melodic death metal band AS MEMORY DIES has just released their debut album "TRANSMUTATE" independently. The album features artwork by Niklas Sundin, the artistic talent behind Cabin Fever Media and Dark Tranquillity.

The tracklisting for "TRANSMUTATE" is as follows:

1. Eyeway To Identity
2. Fifth Day, Leviathan
3. A Season Of Failures
4. Distress In A Velvet Room
5. The Tragical History Of Doctor Faustus - Act I
6. The Tragical History Of Doctor Faustus - Act II
7. The Tragical History Of Doctor Faustus - Act III

Album samples can be heard on the band's .

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R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell: Five Years Later

Five years since the death of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, and the world can not forget him. The circumstances in which he and several others died that night have changed the club experience forever; security is tight even in the smallest venues for fear that another deadly attack may occur. After his passing, countless tributes were given in his honor in the form of concerts, cover songs and personal statements from friends and fellow musicians. To add to the long list of tributes, Metal Hammer Magazine’s 200th issue being released on December 16 will include a “Dimebag” Darrell tribute album. Top metal bands such as Evile, Machine Head, Kiuas and Chimaira have come together to cover their favorite Pantera songs for the fifth anniversary of the tragic event. More...

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Leverage Posts New Music Video Online

Finnish metal band LEVERAGE has posted their new music video for "Wolf and the Moon" online. The video was directed by Mr Petri Siikanen. Watch it here:

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Sael Reveals New Album Details

Pictonian Records has just announced the release date for Sael debut for the label, "The Sixth Extinction." The first album by the french black metallers (include members of Asmodee, Reverence, Offending, Acarus Sarcopt) will be unleashed on April 30th 2010. The album has been recorded beetween the Drudenhaus studio (Anorexia Nervosa, Asmodee, Reverence, Ultra Vomit, Necroblaspheme and many others) and the Echoes Studio (Annthennath, Otargos, Offending, Angmar etc), and will be mixed and master by Neb Xort at the Drudenhaus early 2010.

Tracklisting is as follows:

01. Being Judas
02. Priest of Nothingness
03. The Venom
04. Mantra of the fourth Age
05. Inner Wrath
06. I searched for the end of the Spiral
07. The Sixth Extinction

Artwork was done by Costin Chioreanu (Twilight13Media), who also worked with Decrepit Spectre, Grave, etc.

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Aborted Announces New Lineup and EP

Death metal band ABORTED has announced a new line-up, featuring Sven de Caluwe (System Divide) on vocals, Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork) on drums, Eran Segal (ex-They Swarm/Whorecore) and Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams) on guitar and Cole Martinez (System Divide) on bass.

This newly revamped line-up has been working on new material for the past months and recorded a brandnew 5-track EP entitled “Coronary Reconstruction.” The EP will be released digitally by Century Media, and on a limited run of 1000 copies by the band themselves exclusively through Indiemerch. Official release date coming soon.

“Coronary Reconstruction” will contain 4 brand-new tracks demonstrating the potential of the new line up and showing once and for all the return of ABORTED to its gory and intense roots along with a fierce cover from Entombed's “Left Hand Path.” More...

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The Haunted Re-Signs to Century Media Records

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED have announced signing a new worldwide deal with Century Media Records after a successful partnership for the band’s stunning three last albums (“rEVOLVEr”, “The Dead Eye”, “Versus”).

THE HAUNTED’s Peter Dolving (vocals) comments, "So once again we've decided to sign with Century Media Records. It feels good to get continuation, and truly having worked hard on communication on both ends over these last years, has brought us together in ways that I believe a lot of bands/managements/labels only dream of. Long term goals, open agendas, and a Norse/German stubborn attitude seem so be something we find a mutual trust and strength in and we're really looking forward to a continued cooperation with our friends/partners at Century Media. It is a strange thing this, the business of music, but like everything else, it seems to come down to hard work, earnestness, straight talk and respect. So here's to many more years of churning out metal to the masses. Peace!"

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Beyond Terror Beyond Grace Readies New Album

NSW-based grind/death metal band Beyond Terror Beyond Grace will release their latest album, “Our Ashes Built Mountains,” on February 4, 2010. The band has just uploaded two tracks off the album. Check out “Husk” and “Flightless” at the band's MySpace page.

The album features a number of guests including Jasion Peppiatt (Psycroptic), Jarrod Krafcyk (ex The Amenta), Alex Pope (Ruins), Blake Wilson (Gallows for Grace), Anno Vo (Crux) as well as soundscapes by Tim Pope from The Amenta. The album art was by Colin Marks who has worked for Aborted, Strapping Young Lad, Whitechapel etc.

The band commented: “We are beyond happy with the results, and we feel that to say that this CD is an enormous step up musically, in production, lyrically and conceptually from the last album is a bit of an understatement. We have really made an effort to craft a complete album rather than just throwing a bunch of songs together – there are lyrical concepts, samples, ideas and motifs that thematically link throughout the whole CD. We are very much looking forward to getting it out there.”

International tour dates and label announcements are still to come.

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Zemial To Stop Playing Live Shows

Zemial front man Vorskaath has issued the following announcement about tentatively ending all plans to play live shows:

"After some years of touring and presenting the music of Zemial live, I have come to tentatively decide that our show at the Hells Pleasure festival this past July 2009 was the last Zemial show for the foreseeable future. Embracing everything that change signifies, I rarely make such unexceptional statements; hence I would caution you that this is subject to change when and if the conditions are ripe.

"What I have with certainty decided, is that a return to the stage would only be plausible from my side if I am to find a line-up of musicians above the ‘norm’ standard found in metal, who are technically able and willing to push the borders of this music style. I find no interest in playing Zemial’s music without offering any new musical explorations and resting upon any reputation we may have developed as a live band. My waning concern in presenting something with Zemial requires a kindling of the sort that only comes from change and from that which is new.

"The album NYKTA is still heavily under consideration and a sample of the album will be uploaded on this page presently. Beyond that album, I will either breathe life into this music style with something new and oppose the ‘standards’ or put Zemial to rest. I will continue recording for various bands, (metal and otherwise) focus on my other music projects and bring Alpha Centauri back to life and activity. If Zemial remain is something to be seen. All this, in search of connecting with Music. Music – the gift of the Gods and nothing less – remains paramount in my priorities. More...

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Disillusion Parts Ways With Guitarist

Vocalist Andy Schmidt of Germany's Disillusion has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Rajk Barthel:

"After 10 years on a common path with Disillusion our musical ways are separating today. Both allowed this decision a lot of time, trying restarts for almost two years and seeking any chance to continue to work together.

"Rajk and I have met back in 1998 in windy November Leipzig, constantly being fond of one another, starting to work on music and the formation of the band only a week later. However, now that some dreams of that time have come true and others are in the reach, a split is important and right – to keep on going and to continue to feel at home in one’s artistic harbor, without wallowing in memories.

"The shared years in the band have been all, impressive, beautiful, euphoric, sad, a real test and catastrophe, humanly not always easy, but there was always clarification; a struggle, joy about reached goals, common growing into too big shoes, common defeat and always honest and friendly.

"And yet we have lost the way how to make music together comfortably. It is not possible anymore. I regret that very much, but I am also filled with joy to know that Rajk will stay very close to the band in form of a Booker, Manager … but these terms don’t really apply. On that note, hoping for a sincere collaboration on the things to come! Rajk will not be replaced by a new guitar player for the upcoming live shows in 2010. More about Live 2010 this evening!"

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Tales From The Pit: The Moshing Bassist

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Guilt By Association bassist Britt shares one with us:

"I was on tour with my band Guilt by Association and we played a show at the Monkey Bar in Huntington, WV. We were mid set and it was really hot on stage. The riser puts you up really close to the lights and I needed a break from the heat. My guitarist and I ran off stage and started playing in the middle of the pit! He had a solo coming up so he only stayed a minute and then returned to the stage. Maybe the people in the pit thought I ran out too cause right then they all started moshing again instead of just circling around. I wasn't gonna be trampled so I pushed back and rocked out with the fans and right before I made it back to the stage this guy ran into me and I split his eye open with the headstock of my bass! He kept moshing and took his shirt off the stop the bleeding! After the show we were signing autographs at the merch table and I figured he'd be long gone but I looked up and there he was. He said 'I have to shake you hand and tell you you fuckin rock.... now I'm gonna go get some stitches!' He was die hard... it was awesome!"

Guilt By Association recently announced in an interview with Metalunderground that they are in pre-production for their upcoming EP "Chapter 2." Sample tracks from their first EP "Chapter 1" can be heard at the band's MySpace page.

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