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Metal News for February 1, 2011

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Chelsea Grin Posts Studio Video Online

American deathcore act Chelsea Grin has posted the following studio footage online:

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Dirge Within Posts Video Update Online

American melodic metal act Dirge Within has posted a new video update online. The band is currently in the process of working on a new album. You can view the video update below:

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Cypherseer Signs To Nightmare Records

Nightmare Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Cypherseer:

"Nightmare Records is pleased to announce the signing of Union, New Jersey’s Cypherseer. Cypherseer is a metal band with high emphasis on melody, attitude and delivery of intense heavy music. Their second album 'Origins' will be released on April 12, 2011. Nightmare Records is based out of St. Paul, Minnesota and is distributed by Sony/Red.

"Mixed and edited by well known talent Fredrik Nordstrom (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Dream Evil and many more), 'Origins,' is a unified mix of melodic death metal, power metal and prog-metal, resulting in an intense, fast and overall outstanding 65+ minutes of original music. The band is fronted by vocalist Zeno Rodrigo who possesses an impressive mix of aggressive, clean and sometimes otherworldly vocals. Cypherseer brings forth a fresh mix of musical pleasure sure to please a vast array of metal fans and enthusiasts alike."

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Manowar Updates Tour Schedule

Manowar has issued the following announcement about adding on a new live show in Greece:

"Manowarriors strike fast: The Manowar show on Friday March 18, 2011 in Thessaloniki, Greece is already sold out! To give more Greek fans the opportunity to see the band in Greece again, Manowar have added a second show on Saturday, March 19 2011! Tickets for the show on March 19, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki, Greece will go on sale on Thursday, February 3rd at this location, Metropolis and Musicland Records (Ticket House) in Thessaloniki and Monday, February 7th at No Remorse in Athens.

"If you already have a ticket for March 18, don’t miss this additional opportunity to join a feast of True Metal! And yes: Although the band will play Battle Hymns from beginning to end on both nights, the set lists WILL be different each night! To all brothers and sisters from all over Greece, Europe and the world: Join MANOWAR on March 18 and March 19 when they will make Thessaloniki the capital of True Metal!"

The upcoming Manowar tour dates are as follows:

March 05, 2011 @ The Palladium in Worcester, MA - USA
March 11, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH - USA
March 12, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH - USA (SOLD OUT)
March 18, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki - Greece (SOLD OUT)
March 19, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki - Greece
March 25, 2011 @ St. Jakobshalle in Basel - Switzerland
March 27, 2011 @ O2 Academy in Birmingham - UK (SOLD OUT)
March 29, 2011 @ Trädgårn in Gothenburg - Sweden (SOLD OUT)
March 30, 2011 @ Trädgårn in Gothenburg - Sweden
April 02, 2011 @ Campo Pequeno in Lisbon - Portugal
April 08, 2011 @ Rodahal in Kerkrade - The Netherlands

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Emmure Announces European Tour

This Spring "The Mosh Lives Tour" will make its inaugural journey over the pond with Emmure headlining and support from Winds of Plague, War From A Harlots Mouth (who will be rotating in the direct support slot), and Iwrestledabearonce. This trek also marks Emmure's first trip back in Europe since the “Never Say Die Tour."

Vocalist Frankie Palmeri states "We are thrilled to announce our upcoming European tour dates! So many brutal bands, we couldn't be happier to have with us to bring down the house!"

Johnny from Winds of Plague further comments: “We are continuing our global domination campaign into 2011 with the announcement of our participation in the first ever European/UK 'Mosh Lives Tour' headlined by our good friends in Emmure. The tour's line-up is insane and will prove to be an awesome, exciting show from start to finish. This will be our first tour after the release of our new album, Against The World, and we plan to throw in some new tracks into the mix of some Decimate The Weak favorites. This will be our most energetic and relentless set list to date. You have been warned.”

War From A Harlot's Mouth states: "We're stoked to announce the The Most Lives European tour with our buddies in Emmure. After playing last year's Never Say Die!! tour with them we're more than excited to get back on the road with these guys once again. With Winds of Plague and IWABO all bands make for a nicely diverse package, so this tour is most definitely gotta have something for everyone! We can't wait to get started."

The dates are as follows:

29.04.11 Germany Köln @ Essigfabrik
30.04.11 Belgium Aarschot @ De Klinker
01.05.11 UK Brighton @ Concorde 2
02.05.11 UK Birmingham @ O2 Academy 2
03.05.11 UK Leeds @ Cockpit
04.05.11 UK Bristol @ O2 Academy 2
05.05.11 UK Manchester @ Club Academy
06.05.11 UK London @ Garage
07.05.11 Holland Eindhoven @ Dynamo
08.05.11 France Paris @ Glazart
09.05.11 Switzerland Zürich @ Abart
10.05.11 Germany München @ Feierwerk
11.05.11 Italy Pinarella Di Cervia @ Rockplanet
12.05.11 Austria Wien @ Viper Room
13.05.11 Germany Berlin @ Lido
14.05.11 Denmark Copenhagen @ The Rock
15.05.11 Sweden Stockholm @ Huset
16.05.11 Day Off
17.05.11 Finland Helsinki @ Tavastia
18.05.11 Day Off
19.05.11 Germany Münster @ Skaters Palace
20.05.11 Germany Leipzig @ Conne Island
21.05.11 Germany Stuttgart @ Universum

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Metallica Planning To Enter The Studio In Spring

In a recent interview with Danish tabloid newspaper, Ekstra Bladet, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich stated that the band is looking at entering the studio this Spring to commence work on the band's next studio album, which will be the first since 2008's "Death Magnetic." An excerpt from the chat reads as follows:

"There is a really good vibe in the band at the moment. Previously, Metallica would hang us by the throat when we came home from a mammoth world tour, but this time it's different. Therefore it does not appear to be a long time before we start work on a new album. I think we'll be ready in March and April - when the creative process reaches a boil we'll go into the studio.

"We really enjoy it now. It has helped in our relationship that we all have families and that we have children who work well together. There were some bad years when we never really talked together, we just hopped in a vodka bottle and went out to look for ladies. It meant we did not share our feelings with each other. Today we talk a lot about our children and our families, and it has helped that we have something else to talk about than what setlist is tonight."

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Earth Streaming Entire New Album Online

"Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1," the latest album from Earth, is now streaming in its entirety through NPR. Click here to check out the whole album, where it will stream for free until February 7th.

The new album is set for release on February 22nd through Southern Lord Recordings. Earth has also announced an official hometown record release show for "Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1," which is scheduled for March 3rd at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle.

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Dischord To Release Live Album

New Brunswick’s Dischord has announced the release of an upcoming live album titled "Reborn at the Paramount," which was was recorded at the Paramount in Moncton, NB on March 5th, 2010. The album was recorded and mixed by Kyle McDonald and features a secret cover song.

A release show for the live album has been set for February 4th at the Manhattan in Moncton with Clearl and Seventh Circle. A free download from the album of the song "Solitary Confinement" can be found at this location.

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More Bands Confirmed For Femme Metal Fest

The organizers of the Femme Metal Festival have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands for the show:

"Hi everyone. We are happy to announce that The Mariana Hollow, Sarah Jezebel Deva, and Die So Fluid are now confirmed for the Femme Metal Festival! Tickets for the festival are on sale at the Femme Metal Records webstore here and at this location. The festival takes place May 29th and 30th, 2011 at The Asylum venue in Birmingham UK."

The bands confirmed for the festival so far are:

Theatres Des Vampires
Regardless of Me
Winter Storm
The Mariana Hollow
Sarah Jezebel Deva
Die So Fluid

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Nader Sadek Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Nader Sadek:

"Season of Mist is proud to welcome innovative Egyptian-born artist Nader Sadek to the roster! Known as the designer responsible for the stage imagery on Mayhem's 2009 US tour, Nader decided to delve deeper into the metal world by forming his own project. He thus teamed up with guitarist Rune Eriksen (Ava Inferi, Aura Noir, ex-Mayhem), bassist Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel) and drummer Flo Mounier (Cryptospy) to create a death metal project under his own name.

"Nader Sadek's debut is entitled 'In the Flesh' and features compositions and performances by all four artists and has been set to a May 16th (one day later in the US) release."

Sadek also commented: "My general association with Death Metal, deals with the notion of false perceptions, and how great individuality can be smothered by the weight of an overwhelming environment. This idea is ever-present throughout all my work. Each of the players in this album played key roles in their respective bands, facing difficult challenges, and yet taking their bands to higher levels. Their talent as well as their tenacity has always intrigued me. As such, they fit perfectly in this project." More...

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Khors Posts Song From New Album Online

Decibel Magazine's Deciblog is currently streaming "Asgard's Shining," the third track from Ukranian black metl act Khors latest full-length, "Return To Abandoned," which was released via Paragon Records. Commented bassist Khorus of the tune, "The main theme of 'Asgard's Shining' is the attraction of ancient mythical kingdom the Asgard; its majesty and power."

You can check out the song "Asgard's Shining" here. The "Return To Abandoned" track listing is as follows:

1. The Arrival (Intro)
2. Lost Threads
3. Asgard's Shining
4. Song of the Void
5. The Fog (...and Grief Still Moans)
6. Mysteries Cosmos
7. The Seas Burn of Omnipotence
8. Sacrament of Buyan

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Circus Maximus Seeking Fan Contributions

Circus Maximus has issued the following announcement about seeking fan contributions to the band's upcoming "Rockumentary:"

"Circus Maximus would like to invite you, the fan, to contribute to project Rockumentary! By submitting material about the band, whether it be pictures, videos (preferably in high quality), artwork, homage or tributes in any way or form related to the band, you can take part in the making! No rules, only your imagination sets the limit! If you send it, we will check it out, and if suitable for the project, make it a part of the final CUT!

"Be sure to tag whatever file you feel like contributing with: 'Rockumentary!' + name/contact info/country, in the upload section, so we know who to thank and of course put on the end credits. NOTE: Terms of agreement: By submitting material, you hereby give Circus Maximus the full right to use this material in whatever media or context they see fit, in unlimited time, as to claims regarding copyrights to the submitted material. For questions to our producer about the project: snordset@online.no. Upload contributions here. Good luck people!"

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Blood Mortized Posts "Bestial" Teaser

Blood Mortized has posted a video clip online that contains samples from the band's new "Bestial" EP. You can check out the video clip below.

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Septicflesh Issues First Studio Report

Septicflesh has posted the first of six parts online explaining the recording process of the band's new album "The Great Mass." You can check out the first part below, and the band also commented:

"The time has come to let you get a grasp at the full writing and recording process of the upcoming SEPTICFLESH masterpiece, 'The Great Mass,' scheduled for an April 18th (one day later in the US) release. This six-part studio story will be spread over the next weeks. All aspects of the new album will be detailed, from the first ideas back in 2009 to the final mastering stage. Thanks to Hard Rock Mag editor Sven Letourneur, who conducted this interview on last November 15th. PART I - Guitarist / vocalist Sotiris on first ideas and genesis."

What was the starting point of the new album?

I was the first who started composing songs, about a year ago from the actual recordings of the new album. It was something that happened instinctively, without pushing myself. I was just on the proper emotional state to create music. Actually, the most intense musical ideas always come to me when I least expect it.

Who started thinking about the main orientation, did you talk a lot about what you wanted to create right from the beginning?

At the beginning, there was not a specific direction in my mind for the overall material of the album. I tend to avoid to do that on the first stage of songwriting, as I don’t want to limit the output of inspiration. After a potent period of time, when the most soulful ideas begin to stand out from the rest and when all members of the band reach the same songwriting stage, then we start discussing the general direction of an album. Our mutual agreement on the direction then influences our decision making about what idea or song prevails to the next phase and gains a position in the album. We decided the new album would be a step to new dark musical places and evolve towards an almost cinematic musical approach. Seth suggested that we should focus on our most “sick” and avant-garde elements and we all agreed.

Did everybody start with their own ideas then, before submitting them to the others?

Actually, all the members of Septicflesh are songwriters and work on their own ideas at first. When we feel ready, we present the material to one another. Then, in many cases, additional ideas for a song pop up from the other members, pushing it even further. A good example is the song “Vampire of Nazareth”, which was initially based on some ideas that I had. It was then transformed into something even more challenging and powerful, after a great orchestral inspiration which struck Chris when he listened to the ideas and with the additional rhythmical aid of Fotis.

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Fearscape Talks Black Metal Style And Substance

Metalunderground.com recently posted an editorial looking at the role religion can play in the genre of black metal, which featured interview answers from both pro- and anti-Christian musicians. The editorial was a companion piece to a recent look at Christian "unblack" metal in our Unearthing the Metal Underground column.

Since the editorial went live, we've had more musicians respond with their answers to the questionnaire sent out to bands on either side of the issue. The latest response came from vocalist Matt Brown of Australian black metal act Fearscape. You can check out Matt's answers to the questions below.

Anyone interested in seeing what the various musicians on either side of the debate had to say can find our previous interview with U.K. act Nierty here, which took a more neutral stance. The interviews on the anti-Christian side came from Ophidian Forest, Plaag, Dehumanation, Frames, and Throne of Malediction. The interviews with the pro-Christian black metal musicians came from Frost Like Ashes, Diamoth, Elgibbor, Renascent, and Winter's Dawn. More...

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Pit Stories: Mr. Megaphone

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week, Roddy Lane from Virgina metal band Mindset shares his band's complete on-stage meltdown for your reading pleasure:

The gig in question actually took place in our home town (which made the events of that night seem worse as the club was packed and everyone witnessed a band come unglued). At the time we had taken an extended break from touring for our second record. The band had been plagued by in-fighting and label problems, so morale was really low. It was around the third song of the night when I pulled out my cliché, rock and roll megaphone. It was honestly an integral part of said tune, guys. My then-girlfriend had actually spent quite a bit of money on this piece of shit (I’m referring to the megaphone-not myself). Well, the thing didn’t work. Flat out. Because I’m a half-breed, idiot cave-man, I snapped…..and nearly crushed the megaphone into a fine powder. I tried to make light of my outburst by hiking what was left of Mr. Megaphone into my drummer’s kit. Mr. megaphone not only ruined some serious drum hardware-it also hit drummer Kenny in the face.

Being the great guy he is (thankfully) - instead of putting his fist through my jawbone, Kenny began disassembling his drum set with extreme prejudice. Then he walked off the stage. Our guitar player, for some insane reason, launched into the intro of what would’ve been our fourth song (keep in mind we hadn’t even made it to the first chorus of the third song). He tried so hard to keep things together, but ignorant minds prevailed that night. Our little nightmare continued as the guitarist and I realized that bass player John hadn’t been playing ANYTHING. He was having a meltdown of his own. John had evidently unplugged his bass during the second song (don’t ask me how none of us noticed) and laid it face down on the stage. Then he stood on it and stared blankly at the crowd.

We all knew the evening was FUBAR and there was no fixing anything at that moment. Especially after I told the HOME CROWD they could collectively fuck off. Completely unnecessary. Then I smashed the vocal mic into my forehead as hard as I could. I walked off stage, out the front door of the club, and drove the hell home. Good night friends and family - you all just paid ten bucks a head to see Mindset play for less than 15 minutes.

Mindset (not to be confused with the Maryland hardcore punk band of the same name) previously released a couple of albums on Noise Records and is currently unsigned, although they did recently release an "Unearthed" collection via Sacrifice Records. You can hear some of their music on the band's MySpace page. Roddy also has a solo record and a project called The Fifth Column.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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Season Of Mist Signs Deal With Elitist

Season of Mist has announced the signing of a record deal with U.S. based grind / death metal act Elitist from Portland, OR. The band's debut album is set to hit the stores in June 2011, on Season of Mist's Underground Activists division.

"We're all fucking stoked to be a part of the Season of Mist crew," guitarist Taylor comments. "As for Elitist's future... Everything heavier then everything else!"

Additional details on the band's upcoming release through Season of Mist Records will be announced as they are made available.

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Ulcer Reveals "Grant Us Death" Artwork

Polish death metal act Ulcer has posted the cover artwork online for the band's new album "Grant Us Death," which can be viewed here. The band has also made the new track "The Love Song" available for streaming through this location.

The track listing for "Grant Us Death" is as follows:

1. Grant Us Death
2. Devilspeed
3. Bloodpainted Salvation
4. The Love Song
5. Godcremation
6. Thanatoeuphoria
7. Devitalize
8. The Pact
9. My Lord Has Horns
10. When Horror Comes

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Melechesh Posts Second Behind The Scenes Clip

Melechesh has posted a second behind-the-scenes clip online from the recording of the "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin" music video. You can check out the new clip below, or find the first making-of clip at this location.

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Video Interview With Gary Holt Of Exodus Available

107.7 The Bone recently conducted an interview with Gary Holt of Exodus at the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. You can check out the video interview below.

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Evile Announces Support Acts For U.K. Tour Dates

British thrashers Evile are set to kick off a headlining U.K. tour on February 9th in Manchester, with support from Elimination and Mutant. Evile recently launched a competition, in conjunction with Metal Hammer, to offer U.K. bands the chance to fill the final support slot at any one of the five shows on the upcoming tour. The members of Evile themselves chose ten finalists for each of the cities, and the readers of Metal Hammer then voted to decide which five bands will get to share the stage with the band. After thousands of votes, the following winners for each city are now confirmed:

Manchester - BLUDVERA
Newcastle - VORTEX

The upcoming Evile tour dates are as follows:

09 February 2011 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
10 February 2011 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
11 February 2011 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
12 February 2011 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
13 February 2011 - London, UK - Underworld

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Teaser Clip Posted For Betzefer's New Album

Israeli heavy metal outfit Betzefer has announced the new album "Freedom To The Slave Makers" will be released through AFM Records on February 18th. A zombie themed teaser clip has been posted online in support of the new album, which can be viewed below.

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Sacred Mother Tongue Announces New Tour Dates

U.K. based rock/metal act Sacred Mother Tongue has announced a series of upcoming tour dates in April and May. The promotional poster for the tour can be found at this location and the details are as follows:

4/15 - The Crauford Arms - Milton Keynes, UK
4/16 - Club 85 - Hitchin, UK
4/21 - The Crown - Middlesbrough, UK
4/22 - Gasworks - Bradford, UK
4/23 - Stereo - York, UK
4/28 - The Twist - Colchester, UK
4/29 - The Fiddlers Elbow - Camden, UK
4/30 - The Pav Tav - Brighton, UK
5/7 - Esquires - Bedford, UK
5/8 - Facebar, Reading, UK
5/13 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
5/14 - Relentless Garage - London, UK
5/21 - Roadmender - Northhampton, UK

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Kreator Posts Summer Breeze Footage

Kreator has uploaded a video clip of the band performing the song "Warcurse" at the 2009 edition of the Summer Breeze festival. You can watch the performance footage in the video clip below.

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Before The Dawn Posts "Deathstar" Video

Before The Dawn has posted has a music video online for the song "Deathstar," which can be viewed in the clip below.

The band's new album "Deathstar Rising" is currently set for release on February 25th, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Power Quest Posts "Blood Alliance" Teaser

Power Quest has posted a 15 minute teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Blood Alliance," which can be viewed below.

"Blood Alliance" has already been released in Japan, and also has the following upcoming release dates in other territories:

Spain, Finland, Sweden: March 23
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: March 25
Rest of Europe: March 28
USA, Canada: April 5

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Fireforce Uploads "March On" Art

Belgium's Fireforce has uploaded the cover artwork for the band's new album "March On." You can check out the artwork via the band's MySpace photo album. Fireforce also recently commented on the album:

"Be prepared for 12 tracks of pure true heavy metal with a monster wall of sound! The recordings for the new Fireforce album 'March On' are already done under the supervision of R.D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Suicidal Angels, Orden Ogan, Eldritch, etc.). Guest guitars solos by Constantine, guitar player of Mystic Prohpecy (follower of GUS G) and Decsending.

"Eric Philippe, well known for his work with Rhapsody, Riot, Mob Rules, TNT and many others, created and realized the Fireforce logo and artwork. Release Date: 25th March 2011 over the 7HARD label. Watch out for big promotion in magazines like Rock Hard, Heavy, Rock Tribune, Terrorizer, Rock It, etc."

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Rudra Posts New Album Artwork

Singapore based metal act Rudra is set to release the new album "Brahmavidya: Immortal I" on March 3rd, 2011. The band has now posted the artwork online for the album, which can be viewed at this location.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Now, Therefore……
2. Illusory Enlightenment
3. Ravenous Theories of Deception
4. Vultures of Slavery
5. Incredulous Void
6. Sinister Devotion
7. Harrowing Carrions of Syllogism
8. Embryonic Theologies
9. Supposed Sages of Sensuality
10. Hymns of the Immortal Self
11. Advaita Samrajya

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More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere U.K.

The organizers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have confirmed a number of new additions to the event. New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Diamond Head have been confirmed for the Friday date, which will also feature the "Big Four" of thrash metal. In addition to this, Weezer, Architects and Aussie rockers, Airbourne have also been confirmed. Speaking on the confirmation, Diamond Head guitarist Brian Tatler stated:

"Diamond Head have been given the fantastic opportunity of opening for the BIG 4 at this years Sonisphere festival, Knebworth Friday 8th July. This will be Diamond Head’s biggest ever show and myself and the other band members are very excited and looking forward to what will be an historic event. Knebworth is one of those venues you only dream of playing. I saw Led Zeppelin there in 1979 and never imagined that one day I would be on that stage, it proves the saying ‘anything is possible’! It also means I get to see my friends in Metallica and Megadeth once again which is always fun; I owe both Lars Ulrich and Dave Mustaine a beer."

The event will take place from July 8th - 10th at Knebworth and features the following confirmed bands:

Diamond Head
Biffy Clyro
In Flames
Parkway Drive

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Ihsahn Provides Guest Vocals For Devin Townsend

Former Emperor front man and solo artist Ihsahn has checked in with the following announcement about contributing as a guest vocalist on Devin Townsend's "Deconstruction" album:

"I have been a long time fan of Devin and his work, and when he asked me to do some vocals for his upcoming Deconstruction album, I said yes right away. Devin is one of those few uncompromising artists who goes anywhere with their music, wherever that takes them. Nothing but respect!"

Ihshan was also recently nominated for a Norwegian grammy for his third solo album "After."

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Testament To Enter The Studio In March

In a recent video update from the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise event, Testament frontman Chuck Billy confirmed that the band will be entering the studio this March to begin recording a new studio album, which will be the band's first since 2008's highly acclaimed, "The Formation Of Damnation." You can check out the video in question below.

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Illidiance Posts Song From Latest Album

Russian cyber metal act Illidiance has posted the song "Fading Away" online, which is from the band's latest album "Damage Theory." You can check out the track in the player below.

Fading Away by illidiance

Illidiance also recently announced a series of upcoming tour dates, which can be found here.

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Mercenary Posts "Metamorphosis" Teaser

Mercenary has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Metamorphosis," which is set for release in North America on March 29th through Prosthetic Records. The trailer can be viewed below, and the band also commented:

"Want a taste of things to come? Check out this smokin' hot and brand new video teaser for our upcoming album, featuring snippets of several new songs! And please share it with all your friends (And family, colleagues, the ex's you're stalking, fiends & foes. Just spam everybody to death, really. Why? Because we ask kindly ask you to do so.)"

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Hour Of Penance Signs To Prosthetic Records

Prosthetic Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Hour of Penance:

"Prosthetic Records is pleased to announce the signing of death metal leaders Hour of Penance to the label. Forged in the dark shadows of 'The Holy Capital,' this most unholy of quartets have steadily been making a name for themselves as one of the most intense, talented and impressive, both in the studio & live onstage, modern death metal bands around. And to hear the evidence, you just need to blast last year’s ‘Paradogma’ album on Unique Leader and you will know exactly what we mean.

"Currently writing their Prosthetic debut, Hour of Penance will again spread their plague of destruction across the clubs and festivals of Europe as part of a major tour throughout June and July with Deicide, Belphegor and The Amenta (See tour dates below)."

Hour of Penance also commented on the signing, "This is a very important opportunity for Hour of Penance and a big reward for almost 10 years of activity of this band. We're very proud to be part of the Prosthetic records family and we're eager to start working with such a great label. A new label, a new line up and of course a new album which is obviously in the works and will be recorded soon. Expect a new Hour of Penance album this year and of course be prepared! We will tour as much as we can in 2011!" More...

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Barren Earth Checks In From The Road

Finland's Barren Earth is currently on tour in North America. The band has now checked in with the following report from the road:

"And so we have arrived in the New World. Our venture started on Sunday morning. Meeting fellow countrymen, Rotten Sound, at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, we embarked on our flight. In the plane I was sat next to an elderly lady, who as it transpired was suffering from a severe allergy of wheat, known as the celiac disease.

"During the flight I was incessantly provided with information on her allergy to the very minutest detail, including diarrhoeatic symptoms and whatnot. I found out more than would’ve been necessary. On the other hand, I am now rather well educated on the subject of wheat allergy…

"Despite assurances from Mikko that the flight would have no limitations as regarding the serving of free alcohol, this proved not to be the case. Having been served free beer with the on-flight lunch, Mikko was dismayed to have his further requests of free-of-charge booze turned down. Now the steward demanded payment! But Mikko was not taken aback by this. Ever the resourceful chap that he is, he quickly produced a bottle of tax-free Finlandia of his own, which he had stashed away.

"By this time the seemingly endless lecture on the celiac disease was taking its toll on me. What the situation clearly demanded was a drink of vodka and coke. I handed a paper cup over to Mikko and requested for a helping of Finlandia. Mikko generously filled over half of the cup. Though I appreciated the gesture as such, it quickly proved to be hazardous for the paper cup, which obviously was not designed to withhold liquids of this type. As the cup was literally falling apart in front of my very eyes, and as the vodka was visibly trickling down from the bottom of the cup , there was no choice but to down the drink in one gulp. So, what was originally intended to be a relaxing, savory drinking moment, turned out to be a quick and heady shot instead. But it did make the ongoing wheat allergy-lecture a notch or two less unbearable.

"At JFK, another type of vodka-and-coke-dilemma presented itself to the lads of Rotten Sound. Before checking in for our connecting flight to Orlando, they realized they had virtually a whole bottle of Finlandia to dispose of. Unallowed to bring the bottle on board (Bring-Your-Own-Bottle not being a policy recognized by the Airline Regulations Commission), it had to either be consumed on the spot, or thrown away. Time was running. Decisions were having to be made. The choice was clear: n for monthsot a single drop of Finlandia was to be wasted. Mixing the vodka with modest amounts of Coke Zero, Rotten Sound provided our traveling party welcoming/farewell drinks to JFK. Given that the amount of Coke was significantly smaller than that of the booze itself, the drink was almost transparent, with only the tiniest hint of brown. This gave a whole new meaning to ’Coke Zero’, as in proportion to the vodka, the amount of Coke was indeed quite close to zero. More...

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Rev Theory Posts New Webisode For "Loaded Gun"

Metalunderground.com brings you an exclusive new webisode from modern metal band Rev Theory discussing the track "Loaded Gun." In the clip below, the band takes you into the studio to show you the recording of the song and talk about the meaning behind it. "Loaded Gun" is featured on the band's forthcoming album, "Justice," which will be in-stores on February 15th.

Rich comments on the track: "'Loaded Gun' is a pretty cool song because most times songs talk about wanting to go to the party and 'Loaded Gun' is talking about getting away from from the party.

Rev Theory "Loaded Gun" Webisode:

As previously reported, Rev Theory will be headlining the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, which kicks off this month. Support on the tour will come from Pop Evil, Hail The Villain and Black Cloud Collective.

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Torchbearer Streaming New Track

Sweden's Torchbearer has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online from the band's upcoming album:

"Hi all! You can now find a brand new song off 'Death Meditations' (date of release, via Vic Records: april 25th), entitled 'Coffin-Shaped Heart,' posted. To pre-order, see here. More news as it happens!"

You can check out "Coffin-Shaped Heart" at this location, or view a trailer for "Death Meditations" in the clip below.

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Metalcamp 2011 Lineup Announced

Zonaria is the latest act to be confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, which is set to take place from July 11th - 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Hemoptysis Streaming New Song Online

Today Hemoptysis is unveiling the new song "M.O.D." online exclusively at hookinmouth.net. "M.O.D." (Merchant of Death) is the latest single from the new Hemoptysis full length debut album "Misanthropic Slaughter." To Preview "M.O.D." visit this location.

"Misanthropic Slaughter" will be available in stores on March 8, 2011. Hemoptysis is playing live on February 4th, at UB's in Mesa Arizona with Rising Pain, Scattered Guts (CD Release show), Daemos, Death Perception, Kama-mara, and Sinkpisser. You can also check out the band's recent interview with Metalunderground.com about the upcoming album here.

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Six Feet Under Parts With Bassist And Drummer

American death metal veterans Six Feet Under have confirmed they have parted ways with bass player Terry Butler and drummer Greg Gall. A message from the band's frontman Chris Barnes reads as follows:

"To the loyal fans of Six Feet Under. Our long time friends and band-mates, Terry Butler (bass) and Greg Gall (drums), have decided to move on and depart from SFU. Steve Swanson (guitar) and myself are grateful for all the fun times we've shared together through the years, and wish them the best of luck in their musical endeavors.

"Just to fill you all in, Steve and myself are very excited about the future of the SFU, and I have been working hard on writing the new SFU material for the past four months with a new writing partner.

"I will make this guarantee and promise to all the fans of Six Feet Under; the new line up will be a death metal force to be dealt with, with the long awaited addition of a brutal as fuck drummer and riffs that will rip your face off, vocals ala 1993-1995...

"Thank you all for your continued support and devotion, see you soon!"

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Torche Announces U.S. Mini Tour

Miami, Florida progressive hard rockers Torche have announced the following tour dates for March.

03/16 Atlanta, GA – 529
03/17 Norfolk, VA – Jewish Mother
03/18 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
03/20 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
03/21 Columbus, OH – Ravari Room
03/22 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
03/24 Tallahassee, FL – The Engine Room

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Lazarus A.D. Posts More Studio Footage Online

Lazarus A.D. has teamed up with Metalinjection.net to post the fourth of six episodes chronicling the recording process for "Black Rivers Flow" at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI with Chris Djuricic. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Uriah Heep Signs With Frontiers Records

Progressive hard rock veterans Uriah Heep have announced they have signed with Frontiers Records. The signing comes in time for the band to record and release a 23rd studio album, which is expected for release in April of 2011. Guitarist and founding member Mick Box commented on the signing by saying:

"We are delighted and excited to be joining the Frontiers roster. We see it as a really fantastic move and we are now fully immersed in recording process and hope to deliver the album they want, we want and the fans want."

You can also view footage from the studio below.

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Within Temptation Posts New Album Trailer Online

Symphonic metal act Within Temptation has posted the first video in a three part series of album trailers. The trailers are promoting the band's forthcoming studio album "The Unforgiving." The band commented on the trailer by saying:

"The first of three short films, to be released this year. These movies give further insight into the concept of [the] fifth studio album "The Unforgiving" and are based on the comic storyline; the characters are impersonated by actors. Each film is followed by a band performance that, all together, form a dark and compelling tale of life, love, revenge, rage, and regret. The first movie, titled 'Mother Maiden,' ties in with the band's first single & video for 'Faster', introducing the main characters of the narrative."

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Bonded By Blood Involved In Vehicle Accident

Bonded By Blood bassist Jerry Garcia has posted the following update online about the band being involved in a van accident:

"Shit just hit the fan! We were on our way to Trenton, NJ and our trailer took us for a spin on the highway. We had a great gig last night and we were happy to finally get into the groove of things, unfortunately everything has come to a cold and dreadful stop. I was driving the van on our way to New Jersey when we suddenly skid across the road and nearly hit a wall. Unfortunately our fucking trailer flipped over and broke off the hinge!

"As I was driving down the road the weather kept getting worse and worse. It was very difficult to see outside of our windows and the road was becoming one big sheet of ice. I could see the light from my headlights reflect off the pavement. I slowed down because I was afraid we would hydroplane. I was going about 40- 45 mph about two hours from the venue, listening to the song 'Chase The Wind' by our friends band Holy Grail on my headphones, when suddenly I realized that our trailer was on a massive hydroplane completely adjacent to us. I kind of freaked out because I was afraid it would smash into the back of the van where Juan [Juarez, band guitarist] was sleeping. I laid off the gas and as soon as I did the trailer pulled the van and caused me to loose complete control. All I could say was 'OH FUUUUCK!' I managed to narrowly miss the center divider and a few cars before we skid completely across the highway and almost hit the wall on the other side. We came to a stop about 3 feet from the wall!

"It was a surreal experience to say the least. Something about listening to our buddy Luna (from Holy Grail) singing while we almost lost our lives just didn’t seem right. At least that is not how I would’ve expected to go. Everything happened so fast and my actions seemed automatic as if my instincts just kicked in and I did whatever it is I did behind the wheel without thinking about it. I'm not superstitious but its kind of ironic that Mauro was listening to 'Dying Season' by Heathen and the exit off the highway we took after all was said and done was named Moosic. Its like we exited music and in a way we did, for the night at least. More...

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