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Metal News for February 1, 2009

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Crowpath, Sayyadina European Tour Dates

Crowpath and Sayyadina will team up for some February European tour dates. Here are the latest tour dates:

14/02 Netherlands Arnheim @ Willemeen
15/02 Germany Potsdam @ Archiv
16/02 Germany München @ Feierwerk - Orange House
17/02 Czech Republic Prag @ 0.0.7
18/02 Austria Wien @ Arena
19/02 Italy Piacenza @ For Sale Club
20/02 Switzerland Lausanne @ Le Romandie
21/02 Germany Mainz @ Haus Mainusch
22/02 Germany Hamburg @ Hafenklang

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SFC Records Signs Gutted and Epitome

SFC Records has announced the signing of two new bands: Gutted and Epitome.

Gutted is a Hungarian technical death metal band. They've got half of the material for their new album ready, and the whole album will be recorded in the new studio. The yet-titled album will see a release sometime toward the end of 2009. You can check out some of their material here in the meantime.

Polish grindercore band Epitome, after some line-up changes, has recorded their new CD, which is due out in June of 2009. You can check out some of Epitome's material on their MySpace page.

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2 Sides 2 Die To Record New Demo Soon

2 Sides 2 Die will be entering the recording studio in late February to record two new tunes, as well as record two tracks off "Method to the Madness" to give them a new feel. The demos are expected to be ready by mid-March.

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Karnivool Posts New Video Update

Karnivool has posted a new video blog on their progress recording their upcoming sophomore album. Karnivool's second, currently untitled album should hit stores this summer, and is expected to include songs that the band has been playing live for a while including "New Day" and "Goliath."

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Skindred Announces More Tour Dates

In addition to a handful of new dates for their current tour with Disturbed and Sevendust, Skindred have tacked on a slew of headline dates to extend their touring plans into March. Here are the latest Skindred tour dates:

02.2.2009 - El Paso, Texas at The Coliseum w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.3.2009 - Belton, Texas at Bell County Expo w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.4.2009 - San Antonio, Texas at Scout Bar
02.5.2009 - Midland, Texas at Midland Horseshoe Arena w/ Disturbed, Skindred
02.6.2009 - Corpus Christi, Texas at The Pavilion w/ Disturbed, Skindred
02.7.2009 - Lafayette, Louisiana at Shakers Live
02.10.2009 - Tupelo, Mississippi at Bancorp South Arena w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.11.2009 - August, Georgia at James Brown Arena w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.12.2009 - Dayton, Ohio at Hara Arena w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.13.2009 - Jacksonville, Florida at Morrocco Shrine Auditorium w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.14.2009 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at Pompano Beach Amphitheater w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.16.2009 - Ft. Myers, Florida at Germain Arena w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.18.2009 - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at House Of Blues w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.19.2009 - Johnson City, Tennessee at Freedom Hall Civic Center w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.20.2009 - Fort Wayne, Indiana at Pieres
02.21.2009 - Rochester, New York at Armory w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.22.2009 - Atlantic City, New Jersey at House Of Blues w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.24.2009 - Dayton, Ohio at Hara Arena w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.25.2009 - Huntington, West Virginia at Big Sandy Arena w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.25.2009 - Huntington, West Virginia at Big Sandy Superstore Arena w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.26.2009 - Flint, Michigan at The Machine Shop
02.27.2009 - Utica, New York at Utica Auditorium w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
02.28.2009 - Scranton, Pennsylvania at Scranton Cultural Center w/ Disturbed, Sevendust
03.1.2009 - Richmond, Virginia at Canal Club
03.3.2009 - Atlanta, Georgia at The Masquerade
03.4.2009 - Port St. Lucie, Florida at The Mojo Room
03.5.2009 - Fort Myers, Florida at Ricochet
03.6.2009 - St. Petersburg, Florida at State Theatre

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Neverland Confirmed For ProgPower Europe 2009

The official ProgPower Europe 2009 website has been updated with the following announcement about confirming Neverland:

"We are proud to confirm the first Turkish act ever for ProgPower Europe, NEVERLAND. This band is the co-operation between the band Dreamtone and the female singer Iris Mavraki. Their debut album “Reversing Time” was a huge succes, a second album will be recorded now and released later this year through AFM Records."

The festival will take place between October 2 - 4 at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, the Netherlands.

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Lux Divina To Enter The Studio in February

Norax, singer of the black metal band LUX DIVINA from Barcelona, announced they will enter into studio to record a new album the week after the KANYA!!! fest to take place at Sant Climent (Barcelona) on Febreuary 7th.

"We have finised composing the songs of our new work that we will record the week after the KANYA!!! fest at Sant Climent." he stated in the interview made at Viva Puluba blog as a part of the interview series with the bands to attend the fest.

Read the full article at Viva Puluba Blog.

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Hail The Night Working On New Material

American black metal act Hail The Night has announced that they will be recording five new songs this month for a new release. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"January has been a busy month for us. We met many new friends at this years NAMM Convention and look forward to working with some new offical Hail The Night sponsors which we will be officially announcing very soon.
We have also heard your requests for some new Hail The Night material so we have been hard at work all month writing 5 new songs which we plan to have recorded, mixed, and available for you to check out by early March. Hail The Night will tenatively be entering Dark Lord Productions Recording Studio in mid Feb with Thorn Arwood and Jay Gordon (Coal Chamber, Orgy) producing/engineering.
INFERNAL SALUTES,
Thorn, LCF, Jayme, Alexei"

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Dir En Grey Comments On Show Cancellation

Dir En Grey has issued the following statement about the recent cancellation of a London show:

"To all of our fans in London:

"We are incredibly sad and disappointed that last night's show at Brixton Academy was canceled. In case you were unclear, it was due to a failure of the London electrical grid.

"In any case, the show will be rescheduled at a later date, and both Dir en grey and Mindless Self Indulgence apologize to all of our fans for this unavoidable inconvenience. We know that many of you traveled very, very far to see us perform in London and stood in the cold for hours to get a good spot at the front of the stage. All of the members of Dir en grey and Mindless Self Indulgence were very much looking forward to this show for months and are were extremely gutted not to be able to perform for our fans. Despite our best efforts, at the end of the day it was beyond our control. Our management is already working out details to bring us back to London as soon as possible to make up for this unfortunate occurrence. Please check back for more information and how to obtain ticket refunds on www.kerrang.com from Monday Feb 2. We advise all ticket holders to retain their ticket stub.

"We appreciate all of your support and very much look forward to seeing you all as soon as we can."

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Pain Opens Tour Blog

Peter Tagtgren of Swedish metal band Pain has issued the following update about a blog detailing their upcoming tour:

"Hello Painheads!

"As tradition I now declare the pain mobile blogg hereby open for chaos again since the tour starts tomorrow and we are warming up in Berlin today with some drinks and some "sightseeing"! Read more about it at this location."

Pain's current announced tour dates are: More...

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Cryptopsy Guitarist Alex Auburn Quits

After ten years with the band, guitarist Alex Auburn has announced that he will be leaving Cryptopsy. A statement from Auburn reads as follows:

"I am announcing my departure of the band Cryptosy. There are many reasons why I must leave the band, and this has been going on for a while now, so I am quitting. The band and I believe it is better for me to go, so I am moving forward. I want to thank the guys in Cryptopsy for an adventurous and crazy 10 years. It’s been a great ride. I will especially miss the fans a great deal and i want to thank all of you for you’re awesome support through out those years. Right now I need to take a break for a few months to reflect on my life and my future in music. As far as music goes, I might start my own band next summer but i don’t know yet. In the mean time I am open to good offers and to join other forces."

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Napalm Death Announces More Tour Dates

British Grindcore legends Napalm Death has announced some more shows for their mega tour with Kataklysm, Toxic Holocaust, Abigail Williams and Trap Them.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 11 - New York, NY @ Blender Theater
April 17 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metalcore Festival
April 24 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern
May 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
May 6 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

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Opeth Posts Guitar Video For "Heir Apparent"

Opeth has recently posted a new instructional video on MusicRadar.com. The video features front man Mikael Akerfeldt and guitarist Frederik Akesson showing how to play the song "Heir Apparent" from their latest album "Watershed." The video can be viewed here.

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Lillian Axe Inks Deal With Blistering Records

Louisiana hard rockers Lillian Axe have issued the following statement about signing to Blistering Records:

""Classic, Heavy, Progressive.....embracing the past...shaping the future." is the battle cry of our new home.

"Lillian Axe and their manager are proud to announce that Lillian Axe has signed a worldwide recording contract for 4 albums with Swedish Label, Blistering Records. Blistering Records' US office is located in Pittsburgh, PA and the label is distributed by Ryko Distribution in the United States. The U.S. operations of Blistering Records are run by music industry veteran, Jim Pitulski. Jim is well respected in the hard rock and metal community and Lillian Axe is happy to welcome Jim and the Blistering Records staff to our family. Derrick, Eric, Ken, Sam and Steve are so excited about joining the Blistering Records roster of artists and look forward to a long and successful venture recording their music for Blistering Records.

"While searching for a new label over the past year, Lillian Axe was looking for a label who wanted the band to be part of their present and future. Blistering Records proved to be the most aggressive suitors for Lillian Axe and that made our decision that much easier to make. Blistering Records wanted Lillian Axe and Lillian Axe wanted to be part of Blistering Records. More...

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Lord Announces 2009 Australian Tour Dates

Australian metallers Lord have announced a string of tour dates in Australia and New Zealand from March through June of 2009. The dates are as follows:

3/27 2009 Rosies Brisbane, Queensland
3/28 2009 Brannigans Tavern Gold Coast, Queensland

4/3 2009 Albury, New South Wales
4/17 2009 The Basement Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
4/18 2009 Tattersalls Hotel Goulburn, New South Wales
4/19 2009 The Bass Bar Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

5/2 2009 Oxford Art Factory Sydney, New South Wales
5/9 2009 The Espy Melbourne, Victoria
5/15 2009 The Brisbane Hotel Hobart, Tasmania
5/16 2009 The Brisbane Hotel Hobart, Tasmania
5/22 2009 The Enigma Bar Adelaide, South Australia
5/23 2009 TBA Broken Hill, New South Wales
5/28 2009 Al’s Bar Christchurch, Canterbury
5/29 2009 Trasmission Room Auckland, Auckland
5/30 2009 Hole in the Wall Wellington, Wellington

6/2 2009 Waves Nightclub Wollongong, New South Wales
6/6 2009 The Cambridge Hotel Newcastle, New South Wales
6/12 2009 The Gaelic Sydney, New South Wales

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Crystal Eyes Parts With Vocalist

Sweden's Crystal Eyes has issued the following statement about parting ways with their vocalist:

"Recently Nico let us know that he didn’t have the time to play live with CRYSTAL EYES anymore so we’ve decided to carry on as a four piece band. This is how we’ve been rehearsing all the time and the only change is that Mikael is once again doing the lead vocals.

Mikael – “The reasons I once handed over the lead vocals are just not there anymore, and since I wrote all vocal melodies for my voice it wasn’t a big step to be the lead singer once again. I actually never stopped singing. I’ve been the singer of the JUDAS PRIEST tribute band DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH the whole time, recorded all the vocals for CRYSTAL EYES’ demos, backing vocals on the albums, and of course the lead vocals on the closing song on our three last albums.”

"We’ve put up two of those songs in the second player a bit down here GUARDIAN and THE HALLS OF VALHALLA. Plus an edited medley of the demo recordings of CHAINED featuring Mikael on lead vocals. (The vocals on the demo recordings are first takes with no real lyrics. Just random “Heavy Metal words”.) You may also find some other surprises in this new player =)"

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The Funeral Pyre Posts New Song Online

Los Angeles based black metal band The Funeral Pyre has posted a new song online called “To Walk, To Maintain” from their upcoming EP "December." You can hear the song on the band's official MySpace page

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Guitarist Toby Knapp Comments On Darkane Tour

Toby Knapp has issued the following statement regarding joining Darkane for an upcoming tour:

"Today I am finishing up the final song I am to learn before I join Sweden's Darkane midway through their US/CANADIAN tour in support of Soilwork Feb 22. It is a nervous excitement as the first time I perform with them will be on a stage before an audience. The music is intricate, fast and disciplined- I usually am the only guitarist in a group situation, which allows the freedom to improvise on riffs every show, as with Onward. However, this is a great challenge and just what I need, discipline. I hope to return from the tour a better musician. Cases of beer will be replaced with a bag of books this time around. I am understanding something that I can no longer deny, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, the Universe does not forget. Prior to the Darkane opportunity I was preparing myself to join Mayhem, at least for a few shows. I practiced hard, for hours on the highly technical music. However, logistics prevented that from coming to pass. Within a week from receiving the news from Mayhem they had voted on using a Norwegian guitarist, I was already practicing for the Darkane opportunity- which did come to pass along with the European re-issue of my last solo album "Misanthropy Divine" and the invitation to contribute to the Shredguy Records compilation "Shredding across the World vol. 2". Going back further in time, I was approached by Vital Remains. I learned the material they requested and had it to them immediately. Their response "you make it look easy, but we'll keep in touch bro"........Dave Suzuki was in the band again, I have no idea what that was all about. Again, opportunity knocked from Vital Remains co-founder, vocalist Jeff Gruslin of Godless Rising. I figured I had been recommended to him, nope. Coincidence. I joined as guitarist/writer and we have had a good working relationship and the result "Trumpet Of Triumph" will arrive in 2009 on Moribund Records. More...

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