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Metal News for February 11, 2011

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46 news articles posted on this day.

More Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

The recently announced demise of Guitar Hero may be leaving some metal fans in the lurch, but anyone who wants to rock out to heavy music this weekend can still look forward to new tracks added to the Rock Band Network.

Xbox 360 players get songs from Dying Fetus, This or the Apocalypse, Oceano, Motionless in White, Dirge Within, Cephalic Carnage, Decrepit Birth, and Nightrage. Starting on February 15th, the PS3 edition will receive more music from The Red Chord, A Day To Remember, and Sonata Arctica.

The newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including all non-metal songs, are as follows:

Hellfire Society - "Seed of Discord"
Where the Ocean Meets the Sky - "We Are But Instruments"
Kiev - "Rational Animal/Layered Line"
Bluefusion - "Fighting Spirit (2x Bass Pedal)"
A Wilhelm Scream - "Skid Rock"
Ricky Graham - "Refraction"
Dying Fetus - "Your Treachery Will Die With You"
Dying Fetus - "Your Treachery Will Die With You (2x Bass Pedal)"
This or the Apocalypse - "Lamnidae"
High Voltage - "Supernova"
Majestic - "Voodoo Treasure"
Cosmic Ballroom - "Painprovider"
Jenium - "Tea and Taxes"
Oceano - "District of Misery"
Motionless in White - "Abigail"
Mystakin - "A Fresh Start"
CyLeW - "Crinoline"
Dirge Within - "Forever the Martyr (2x Bass Pedal)"
Maplerun - "For You"
Minutes Like Ours - "Lights Out"
Enemy Remains - "Live for Today"
Chaotrope - "Septilogy"
Cephalic Carnage - "Abraxas of Filth (2x Bass Pedal)"
Decrepit Birth - "The Resonance (2x Bass Pedal)"
Those Among Us - "Disco Ball"
Perfect Hero - "Passion Of My Life"
Nightrage - "Shed the Blood"
With Life in Mind - "The Collapse of Men"
Lost in the Crawlspace - "Spyglass"
Captor - "Burn"
Anybody Who's Anybody - "Come Outside" More...

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Nails Announces Upcoming Live Shows

California trio Nails is currently demoing songs for the band's upcoming follow-up release to 2010's "Unsilent Death." More details on the new album are to be unveiled shortly.

While recording, the band is remaining active with an onslaught of live performances confirmed for the coming months including a three-date assault on the Northeast U.S., appearances at Scion Rock Fest, the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, Maryland Deathfest, Rain Fest and more. The confirmed dates are as follows:

3/05/2011 Glasshouse / Fox Threatre - Pomona, CA @ Scion Rock Fest
3/31/2011 Great Scott - Boston, MA - Great Scott w/ Burning Love, All Pigs Must Die, New Lows
4/01/2011 Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY w/ Burning Love, All Pigs Must Die, New Lows
4/02/2011 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA w/ Burning Love, All Pigs Must Die, New Lows, Deathbeds
4/16/2011 The Palladium - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
5/27/2011 Sonar - Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
5/29/2011 Neumos - Seattle, WA @ Rain Fest

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As They Sleep Posts "Oracle Of The Dead" Video

Detroit technical death metal group As They Sleep has launched its debut music video from the recently released full-length, "Dynasty," for the track, “Oracle of the Dead." The video, hosted by Noisecreep.com, can be viewed below.

The “Oracle of the Dead” music video was filmed at Northend Studios in Detroit with director, Drew Russ (A Day To Remember, Impending Doom, War of Ages). The ringside concept for the video was a collaborative effort between the band and director, though As They Sleep vocalist, Aaron Bridgewater, admits that the video was more about having fun, rather than exploring the concept behind Dynasty’s focus on the rise and fall of empires throughout history. “It in no way, shape, or form has anything to do with the song itself or the record. It's just all of us being idiots, really. ’Oracle of the Dead’ is just stupidly unrelenting, and we figured why not come out swinging?”

You can also check out behind the scenes footage from the video shoot at this location.

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Darkest Era Posts New Song Online

Ireland's Darkest Era is set to release the new album, "The Last Caress of Light," on February 15th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records. The band has once again teamed up with InvisibleOranges.com to debut a new song from the album, titled "An Ancient Fire Burns." The track can be heard here.

"The Last Caress of Light" was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales at the end of August 2010 with producer Chris Fielding. The album will be available on February 15th via Metal Blade Records in North America, February 14th in the UK and February 11th in the G/A/S territories. The first single, The Morrigan, can also be heard at this location.

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This Or The Apocalypse Appearing On Soundtrack

Lancaster, PA’s This Or The Apocalypse has announced the band will be included on the soundtrack for the new indie horror film "The Orphan Killer." The song "Charmer," cut from the band’s 2010 release "Haunt What’s Left," appears as track six on the soundtrack. The DVD and Blu-Ray versions of the movie are to be released on February 14th, 2011. Other bands appearing on the soundtrack include Asking Alexandria, Most Precious Blood, and Born of Osiris.

This or the Apocalypse also has the following upcoming tour dates:

2/19 Springfield, VT @ 802 Music
2/20 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
2/21 Clinton, NJ @ Aquifer Music Venue w/ Shai Hulud
3/4 State Line, PA @ Crossroads Church
3/5 Wheeling, WV @ Yesterday’s
3/25 Gettysburg, PA @ Bombshelter
3/26 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (Atticus Metal Tour)
3/27 Clifton Park NY @ Northern Lights (Atticus Metal Tour)
4/16 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Fest)

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Kobi Farhi To Guest On New Arkan Album "Salam"

April 18th will see the release of Arkan's sophomore album "Salam." This new oriental metal album will feature the vocal contribution of Orphand Land's mainman Kobi Farhi. Season of Mist has now posted an interview with the Israeli musician about appearing on the album, which can be read below.

SoM: How did you discover ARKAN?

Kobi: I heard about them from our fan club manager, Nathalie Van Aalst.

SoM: How did the 2010 "Tour Against Racism" came to life?

Kobi: Nathalie told me they would fit perfectly on a bill with us, so I had a listen and immediately noticed we are from the same musical tree. Arkan were great on the tour and I think they gained many new fans, including me and my band mates.

SoM: How did you end up participating to the "Salam" album and how do you feel about it?

Kobi: [ARKAN drummer] Foued Moukid contacted me and suggested the idea. I was immediately happy about it so he sent me a detailed letter with the songs and references, and we took it from there. It felt just great and I am honoured. Furthermore I truly loved the lyrics, as it speaks about the Holy Land, the one we like to describe as "Orphaned Land". I am attached to the lyrics in all languages and especially to the highest form of language ever invented - MUSIC. As an artist, I know that ARKAN's album is their child, and I know it meant a lot to them to let me be a part of it. We share the same feelings.
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Lineup Announced For Carolina Rebellion

Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, and Stone Sour are among the artists confirmed for the first ever Carolina Rebellion, which is set for Saturday, May 7 at Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, NC.

The current lineup for Carolina Rebellion is as follows: Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Stone Sour, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine, Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Hinder, Skillet, Saving Abel, Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry, My Darkest Days, Cavo, Rev Theory, Pop Evil, Art Of Dying and more. The festival will feature two main stages for the biggest acts in rock today, both sponsored by Monster Energy.

“Strap yourself in and hold on tight...Godsmack is coming to Carolina Rebellion to kick y'all a new asshole!!” says Sully Erna of Godsmack.

Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge comments: "We are very much looking forward to performing at the Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte. We are honored to be sharing the stage with many great bands that night and it promises to be a memorable event." More...

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Christian Mistress Announces New Tour Dates

Olympia, Washington's Christian Mistress has just confirmed the details on the band's next round of touring, which kicks off in early March. The new West Coast tour runs through most of the month, kicking off in the Northwest and raging down to Texas and back over three weeks. The dates will feature Christian Mistress sharing the stage with Danava, Witch Mountain, Slough Feg and more, including a showcase at Austin's SXSW as well as the Scion Rock Fest in Los Angeles alongside Obituary, Morbid Angel, Integrity, Crom, Nails, Atheist, Bastard Noise, The Body and tons more on March 5th.

The band's upcoming dates are as follows:

3/04/2011 The East End - Portland, OR w/ Danava
3/05/2011 The Glass House - Pomona, CA @ Scion Rock Fest
3/11/2011 The Alibi - Arcata, CA
3/12/2011 The Hemlock - San Francisco, CA w/ Slough Feg, Witch Mountain
3/13/2011 BLVD - Los Angeles, CA
3/14/2011 Sound Kontrol - Phoenix, AZ
3/15/2011 Warehouse 21 - Santa Fe, NM
3/16/2011 The Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM
3/17/2011 Headhunters - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ True Widow, Danava
3/19/2011 The Yard - San Diego, CA
3/20/2011 Eli's Mile High Club - Oakland, CA
3/21/2011 *equinox party - Rogue Valley, OR w/ RVIVR, Vradiazei
3/22/2011 The Know - Portland, OR w/ Burials, Druden

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The Resurrection Sorrow Working On New Album

New York City act The Resurrection Sorrow is currently hard at work on the band's next release. The Resurrection Sorrow is again working with NYC-based producer Joe Hogan (Nebula, The Atomic Bitchwax) as on the act's debut album, 2009's "Hour Of The Wolf." More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

But the band have also hit a snag, as the lineup shifted and two members recently fled the unit. The Resurrection Sorrow is now seeking a new full-time lead guitarist and drummer to fill out the band lineup once again, complete the new recordings, and get back on the road. Here are some more details/requirements for the positions available:

"The Resurrection Sorrow is seeking a drummer and a lead guitarist to round out the line up and join them for their upcoming ventures. The band is currently fleshing out details for Summer/Fall touring, and are recording their follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut Hour of the Wolf. The ideal candidates have pro-level chops, live and studio experience and the flexibility to tour when the opportunities present themselves. If this seems like a gig you're well-suited for, please contact us. If you could send us an MP3 of something you've played on, that would be a huge plus. Dark, vibed-out, powerful and HEAVY is the theme!"

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Jag Panzer Streaming New Song

Bravewords.com is currently streaming "Bringing on the End," a track from the new Jag Panzer album, "The Scourge of the Light," which is slated for a March 8th release via SPV/Steamhammer. Check out the song at this location.

For the original band members Harry Conklin (vocals), Mark Briody (guitar) and John Tetley (bass), Jag Panzer has always been something they held close to their hearts. "We've known each other from our earliest childhood and have never lost sight of the idea that this band is based on," Tetley explains. "I don't exactly want to use the term 'spiritual', but the three of us are connected with this band by a very special relationship. You could say that our lives are inseparably linked with the history of Jag Panzer."

The new Jag Panzer album "The Scourge Of The Light" is out on 28 February 2011 in Europe, 25 February 2011 in Germany, and on 8 March 2011 in the US.

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Black Tide To Support Iron Maiden

Black Tide has been added as support for two announced U.S. dates of Iron Maiden’s "Final Frontier" world tour. Black Tide will take the stage in the band's home state of Florida for two nights – April 16th and 17th. The details are as follows:

April 16th at Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida
April 17th at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's interview with Black Tide's Gabriel Garcia here.

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Turisas Shooting New Music Video

Turisas is currently in the midst of a North American tour in support of "Stand Up and Fight," the band's new album which is due out on March 8th via Century Media Records. Turisas has now stopped in the desert with director Iain Sclater to shoot a new video for the album’s title track. Influenced by the film "Mad Max," the clip will be the band's first ever U.S. shot music video.

Turisas still has the following upcoming tour dates with Cradle of Filth and Nachtmystium:

2/8 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live
2/9 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
2/11 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
2/12 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
2/13 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
2/15 Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
2/16 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
2/18 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
2/20 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
2/21 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
2/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
2/25 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
2/26 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
2/27 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
2/28 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
3/2 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
3/3 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
3/4 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/5 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/6 Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom
3/8 Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre
3/9 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/11 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
3/12 Orlando, FL @ Firestone
3/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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Parasytic Streaming "T.V. Drug"

Richmond, VA’s Parasytic will see the CD and digital release of the new album "Poison Minds" next month via Relapse. "Poison Minds" was recorded by Garrett Morris at Darkroom Studios and was mastered by Jack Control of Enormous Door Mastering (World Burns To Death, Poison Idea, SSR, Government Warning). The album was previously available as a vinyl only release through Vex Records. Poison Minds is set for a March 1st international release date.

Parasytic has now posted “T.V. Drug” and the title track taken from "Poison Minds" online via the band’s MySpace page. You can also catch the band live on the following dates:

Feb. 21 Raleigh, NC Slims Downtown
Feb. 22 Wilmington, NC The Soapbox
Feb. 23 Augusta, GA Soulbar
Feb. 24 Atlanta, GA The Archive Gallery
Feb. 25 Birmingham, AL The Firehouse
Feb. 26 New Orleans, LA Siberia
Feb. 27 Houston, TX The Railyard
Feb. 28 Austin, TX Club 1808
March 1 Dallas, TX The Phoenix Project
March 2 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music
March 3 Nashville, TN LHC
March 4 Knoxville, TN The Poison Lawn
March 5 Charlotte, NC The Milestone

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Cirrha Niva To Support Crimson Glory

Cirrha Niva has issued the following announcement about supporting Crimson Glory at an upcoming show in Germany:

"Hi Spacers, besides the already confirmed Dutch shows, Cirrha Niva will also be supporting Crimson Glory in Essen (Germany) during their 25th anniversary tour. Crimson Rules!"

The upcoming Cirrha Niva tour dates are as follows:

Apr 27 Dynamo Eindhoven, Netherlands - 7:00 PM
Apr 28 Boerderij Zoetermeer, Netherlands - 7:00 PM
Apr 29 Atak (Grolsch Zaal) Enschede, Netherlands - 7:00 PM
May 7 Turock Essen, GERMANY - 7:00 PM

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Kataklysm To Play Wacken Open Air

Canadian extreme metal act Kataklysm has just returned from a European headliner run on the "Neckbreaker's Ball" tour.

"Thank you Europe for the BEST headliner tour ever in the old continent! You, the fans, are the fuel for this machine that is Kataklysm!" front man Maurizio Iacono says.

The band just confirmed an appearance at the 2011 edition of the gigantic Wacken Open Air festival, and on top of that the band will play a very special 20th anniversary set at Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbühl. Kataklysm will headline the Pain Stage; performing tracks from all the band's albums and taping this legendary show for a future DVD release.

You can find additional information on the upcoming Wacken Opean Air festival at this location.

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Warocracy Posts Song As Free Download

Italian metal act Warocracy has posted three tracks online as free downloads. You can stream or download the entire songs "Black Waves of Styx," "Unexpected End," and "War of the Mortals' through Warocracy's new Bandcamp page here.

You can also check out Warocracy's music and find more information on the band through the official Warocracy MySpace profile or Facebook page.

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Free Darkest Hour Song Download Available Today

Gohastings.com is offering a free download of a Darkest Hour track today (Friday, February 11th) only. You can download the song "Terra Nocturnus" from Darkest Hour's album "The Human Romance" through the gohastings.com website at this location.

"The Human Romance" is currently set for release on February 22nd, 2011 through E1 Entertainment. You can also check out footage from the band's time in the studio recording "The Human Romance" here.

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OMA&TUQ Uploads Recording Studio Footage

Sweden's One Man Army And The Undead Quartet is set to release the new album "The Dark Epic" on February 25th, 2011. The band has now posted a brief video clip from the band's time in the studio recording "The Dark Epic," which can be viewed here. The band commented on the clip:

"Until the new album comes out, here you have a short clip with Robert and Mr. Kjellgren from the studio last year. Cheers!"

You can also check out the band's recently uploaded music video for the song "Skeletons of Rose Hall" at this location.

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Voodoo Six Announces U.K. Shows

London based act Voodoo Six has issued the following announcement about an upcoming U.K. tour with Michael Monroe:

"Voodoo Six have been asked to be special guests on Michael Monroe's UK Tour in April. After a very successful 2010 these are the first dates of 2011 for V6.

"The new album 'Fluke?' has had critical acclaim and was voted 7th best album of 2010 by Planet Rock radio listeners. More dates to be announced soon."

You can check out the upcoming Voodoo Six tour dates at this location.

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Ghost To Support Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost has issued the following announcement about bringing on occult rock act Ghost as the supporting act for the band's upcoming "Draconian Times" tour:

"We are pleased to announce the main support act for the 'Draconian Times' Tour 2011 (mainland Europe only) will be Ghost! We are extremely excited to have them onboard and fans ourselves of their music.

"You can listen to them and read more about them at this location. Unfortunately they can’t play Greece but we will be announcing the support bands for Greece soon so watch this space!"

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's recent Sunday Old School column on Paradise Lost here.

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Rudra Posts New Song Online

Singapore metallers Rudra will be releasing the new album "Brahmavidya: Immortal I" on March 3rd, 2011. The band has now issued the following brief update about streaming a new song onlien from the album:

"A new song added from the forthcoming album: check out 'Ravenous Theories of Deception' from the forthcoming 'Brahmavidya: Immortal I'."

You can check out the new song "Ravenous Theories of Deception" through the official Rudra MySpace profile.

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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Ava Inferi To Support My Dying Bride

Ava Inferi has checked in with the following update about supporting My Dying Bride on upcoming European dates:

"We are very pleased & honored to announce that Ava Inferi will support the Kings Of Doom, namely MY DYING BRIDE on their 20th anniversary 'Albion In Ruin' Tour 2011. The 5 date trek include:

May 18 2011 The Electric Ballroom London - England
May 19 2011 Manchester Academy Manchester - England
May 20 2011 Wulfren Hall Wolverhampton - England
May 21 2011 The Village Dublin - Ireland
May 22 2011 The Spring & Airbrake Belfast - N. Ireland

"This will also mark Ava Inferi's first proper visit to the UK & the first ever visit on Irish soil. A Chalice raised to 'Albion In Ruin' 2011!"

The band also recently announced the shooting of a new music video. You can check out details on the shoot here.

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Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Uploads "Dr. Pest"

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter has posted a music video online for the song "Dr. Pest." The video clip can be viewed below. "Dr. Pest" is off the band's upcoming album "Moral & Wahnsinn," which is set to drop on February 25th, 2011. You can also check out the previously uploaded teaser for the album here.

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Saxon Posts Recording Studio Podcast

Saxon recently sent out a call for fans to come to the studio and record directly with the band. Saxon has now posted a podcast from the recording studio, which can be viewed below, and also commented:

"Podcast - In The Studio. Watch the podcast Biff did in the studio after Saxon recorded the choir for 'Back in '79' with all the fans and friends."

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Destruction Posts New Album Online For Streaming

German thrash metal legends Destruction has posted their new album, "Day Of Reckoning" online to be streamed in full. You can listen to the record by heading to the group's official Facebook page.

The new album "Day of Reckoning" is scheduled to be released on February 18th in Europe and March 8th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Price
2. Hate Is My Fuel
3. Armageddonizer
4. Devil’s Advocate
5. Day Of Reckoning
6. Sorcerer Of Black Magic
7. Misfit
8. The Demon Is God
9. Church Of Disgust
10. Destroyer Or Creator
11. Sheep Of The Regime

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The Browning Posts Video Update Online

Texas dancecore act The Browning has posted a new video update online. You can view the clip below, which features a live teaser of a new track set to appear on the band's Earache Records debut.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Speaking of…

While Warrant is putting the finishing touch on their new album we take a moment to think about Jani Lane and where he may be. I like to think he is part of a mentoring program, helping lead singers get through serving their time in jail/prison. Right now Jani is opening a letter with his next project, the letter says simply: Vince Neil… More...

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Dibbukim Reveals Debut Album Details

Swedish progressive folk metal act Dibbukim has revealed the details for its forthcoming debut album. The new album carries the title of "Az a Foygl Un A Goylem Tantsn," which translates to "As a Bird and a Golem Dances," and is set for release on April 25, 2011 through GM Music. You can view the album's track listing and its debut music video below:

1. Shpil Di Fidl Shpil
2. Yidl Mitn Fidl
3. Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen
4. Hinter Dem Tol
5. A Mol Iz Geven A Mayse
6. Csárdás
7. A Mabl Fun Mashke
8. Der Tants
9. Khaloymes
10. Oyfn Veg Shteyt A Boym
11. Der Rodmakher
12. Papirosn

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Architects Bassist Comments On Leaving The Band

Ali Dean, former bassist for U.K. metalcore act Architects, has posted the following statement online explaining his reasons for leaving the group:

"I just wanted to say a few things to make sure my reasons for parting ways with Architects are clear. I'm not going to go into any great detail, as I'm sure you'll all understand that my reasons for leaving are of a personal nature.

"My family suffered a pretty huge loss recently and as a result, I can no longer commit myself to this band to the extent necessary.

"Playing in this band and spending the past five years of my life with these four guys has been extraordinary. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to be in a band and travel with these guys, and to see and do all the things that we've done together. I wouldn't change a thing about the experience. I would love nothing more than to carry on, but I've now got other priorities and commitments which would not be right for me to ignore.

"Keep supporting these guys, because they're an amazing group of musicians and more importantly they're incredible people."

The band's statement on Ali's departure can also be read here.

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Pyramaze Parts Ways With Guitarist And Bassist

Former Pyramaze guitarist Michael Kammeyer has posted the following statement online, announcing his departure from the band:

"I have for a long time now struggled to find the mental surplus as well as the sheer time to put into the large endeavor that Pyramaze has become.

"Back when I created the band in 2002, my private and professional life looked a lot different than it does today, and it has become increasingly taxing on me to find the energy that is needed to do all the stuff that I have to do. In fact, it has become difficult to the point where it's not justifiable anymore.

"I have had to take a long hard look at what I must do, to avoid a mental meltdown, and, unfortunately, I have had to make a hard decision — in fact, probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make. I feel the time has come to stop my journey with Pyramaze.

"The band has been a very important part of my life for the last 8-9 years. I've built it from scratch, and I've been working my ass off to get Pyramaze to where it is now. So it is truly with a heavy heart that I now close this chapter. More...

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The Sword Comments On Drummer Change

John Cronise, guitarist and vocalist for Austin, Texas metal act The Sword, recently spoke with the Dallas Observer newspaper and offered the following comments on the band's drummer situation:

"The transition has gone really well, but it was interesting because we had so many professional drummers with their own web sites — that we hadn't ever known — contacting us, asking to be in the band. That was really new for us. Luckily, we found a guy here in town that has played in other bands and was a friend of a friend, and it was just a normal situation, like when any of the other bands I've been in would find a new member. It's worked out awesome for us, so far."

You can also check out video footage of the band performing with new drummer Kevin Fender here.

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Mass Murder Agenda Posts New Music Video Online

Swedish alternative metal act Mass Murder Agenda has released its new music video. The video was shot for the track "Never Again." You can view the clip below:

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Dream Theater To Headline "Night Of The Prog"

American progressive metal act Dream Theater has been announced as the headline act at the forthcoming "Night of the Prog" festival in Germany. "Night of the Prog" 2011 is set to take place on July 8-9, 2011 in Loreley, Germany. Other acts that have been announced include Riverside, Anathema, Eloy and IQ. A festival press release states:

"It took this festival only a few editions to raise to one of the leading progressive rock festivals in Europe - or probably even the world.

"Next to the music and bands that have taken part at the festival editions, the main reason for the success is simply the location! The UNESCO world heritage Loreley is one of the most outstanding open air amphitheaters in Europe. High above the river Rhine, the visitors are overwhelmed by the beautiful surrounding area.

"By this outstanding [ambient] we continue to establish the festival as the "[Mecca] of Progressive Rock.' The hightlights of the past 3 years have been for sure the appearances of Fish, ASIA, Jethro Tull, Roger Hodgson, Steve Hackett, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Marillion - to name a few.

"The tradition to supply a stage for young and emerging artists is one of our major tasks. To give them the chance to play in front of thousands of people will definitely help to create a career."

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Yggdrasil Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Swedish folk metal act Yggdrasil has revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming full length album. The new album, titled "Irrbloss," is set for release on April 25, 2011 through Grand Master Music. "Irrbloss" is the follow up to 2008's "Vedergällning" and was recorded, mixed and mastered at Grand Master Audio in Sweden. You can view the album's tracklisting below:

1. Höstmörkrets Natt
2. Bergtagen
3. Skaldefader
4. Irrbloss
5. Tokikvad
6. Norrland
7. Uppåkra
8. Kungabål

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Slowtorch Reveals New EP Details

Italian metal act Slowtorch has announced that it will be releasing a new EP titled "4-Barrel Retribution" on February 18, 2011. The new four-track effort will be issued through Riff Records and was recorded and mixed by Carmelo Giacchino at No Logo Studios, Italy, and was mastered at Swift Audio Mastering, U.K. A trailer for the EP can be viewed below.

Here is the "4-Barrel Retribution" tracklisting:
1. La Vaja
2. 27
3. 10,000 Tons
4. Lords of Tomorrow

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The Human Abstract Posts New Single Online

The Human Abstract has posted a new single online taken from its new album, "Digital Veil." "Digital Veil" is set for release on March 8, 2011 through eONE Music. You can check out the song "Patterns" below:

You can also check out the trailer for "Digital Veil" here.

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Devin Townsend Posts "Cheeseburger" Studio Video

Vancouver, Canada metal mastermind Devin Townsend has posted some new behind-the-scenes footage online from the studio. The footage was captured during the sessions for his upcoming full length "Deconstruction." You can view the studio footage below. Devin Commented on the video by saying:

"Hey all... I paid for this myself for the most part, No special treatment on this end. And yes,? this song is about a cheeseburger, but the record is absurdly heavy, and not really that funny."

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Architects Parts Ways With Bassist Ali Dean

U.K. metalcore act Architects has posted the following statement online, announcing the departure of bassist Ali Dean from the group:

"We’re extremely saddened to announce that Ali Dean will no longer be playing in Architects. Most of you will already know that Ali was not part of our previous European tour due to commitments he had with his family. Unfortunately, these commitments are going to extend indefinitely and as a result he simply cannot commit the time required to continue playing with us.

"No one will miss him more than the 4 of us. He’s been a huge part of our lives and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer guy to be a part of this band, so we’d like to say a huge thank you to Ali for committing the last 5 years of his life to Architects. At this point we are uncertain who will be filling the role, but we do know we will be playing on all our upcoming tours and we have no intention of slowing down whatsoever. We’re so stoked on how you guys have reacted to The Here And Now so far and we cannot wait to get back on the road and play to all you guys, beginning with the UK in April."

You can also find Ali Dean's statement on splitting with the band at this location.

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The Psyke Project Posts New Song Online

European extreme metal act The Psyke Project has posted a new song online. The track, titled "This Road To Hell," is featured on the band's forthcoming split album, "Ebola," with As We Fight. You can stream the new song below:

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The Ocean Posts New Music Video Online

Berlin, Germany progressive metal act The Ocean has released a music video for its track "Firmament." The video was filmed during a concert which took place in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland on March 26th of 2010. You can view the video below:

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Carnifex Announces The "Names Mean Nothing Tour"

American deathcore act Carnifex has revealed the dates for the upcoming "Names Mean Nothing" North American tour. Support on the trek will come from Oceano, Within the Ruins and The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. Carnifex frontman Scott Lewis commented on the tour by saying:

"The 'Names Mean Nothing Tour' is bringing some of the heaviest, technical and modern metal bands together for awesome nights of sick pits and wicked beatdowns; guaranteed to leave you with bangovers the next morning. Don't miss it!"

The tour dates can be found below:
03/31 Hollywood, CA – The Whisky
04/01 Tempe, AZ – Underground
04/02 Albuquerque, NM – Fusion Factory
04/03 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
04/04 Kansas City, MO – El Torreon
04/06 St Paul, MN – Station 4
04/07 Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
04/08 Chicago, IL – Mojoe’s
04/09 Toledo, OH – The Jamboree
04/10 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
04/11 Grand Rapids, MI – MXTP
04/12 London, ON – Call The Office
04/13 Toronto, ON – Annex Wreckroom
04/14 Montreal, QC – Underworld
04/15 Quebec City, QC – L’Octobre
04/16 Worcester, MA – New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
04/17 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
04/18 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery
04/19 Charleston, SC – The Oasis
04/20 St Petersburg – The State Theatre
04/21 Ft Lauderdale, FL – Rocketown
04/23 Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
04/27 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
04/28 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
04/29 East Rutherford, NJ – Bamboozle
05/01 Louisville, KY – Expo Five
05/02 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
05/03 Tulsa, OK – Marquee Theatre
05/06 Fort Worth, TX – TomCats West
05/07 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
05/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
05/11 Reno, NV – The Alley

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The Human Abstract Posts New Album Trailer Online

The Human Abstract has posted a new trailer online to promote its new album, "Digital Veil." The clip can be viewed below. "Digital Veil" is set for release on March 8, 2011 through eONE Music.

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Mobile Deathcamp Announces New Tour Dates

Ohio thrash metal act Mobile Deathcamp has revealed its full list of upcoming tour dates set to take place in the month of March and early April. You can view the cities and venues below:

03/07 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
03/08 Columbus, OH – The Summit
03/09 Lansing, MI – Macs
03/10 Indianapolis, IN – Vollrath Tavern
03/11 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
03/12 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
03/24 Ft. Worth, TX – The Rail Club
03/25 San Antonio, TX – 007 Rock Bar
03/26 Houston, TX – Walters
03/27 Fayetteville, AR – Rouge
03/29 Johnson City, TN – Hideaway
03/30 Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
03/31 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
04/01 Roanoke, VA – Club 306
04/02 Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13
04/03 Pittsburgh, PA – 31 Street Pub

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Avenged Sevenfold Announces World Tour

California alternative metal act Avenged Sevenfold has revealed the dates for its forthcoming world tour. The band will be visiting several countries in South America as well as Europe. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

04/02 Rio de Janeiro, BRA – Citibank Hall
04/03 Sao Paulo, BRA – Credicard Hall
04/06 Curbita, BRA – Master Hall
04/07 Porto Alegre, BRA – Casa do Alemao
04/09 Buenos Aires, ARG – Malvinas
04/12 Santiago, CHL – Caupolican
06/03 Nurnberg/Nurburgring, GER – Rock am Rock / Rock im Park
06/04 Nurnberg/Nurburgring, GER – Rock am Rock / Rock im Park
06/05 Nurnberg/Nurburgring, GER – Rock am Rock / Rock im Park
06/11 Castle Donington, UK – Donington Park
06/17 Seinajoki, FIN – Provinssi Festival
06/18 Gothenberg, SWE – Metal Town
06/19 Bergen, NOR – Bergen Calling

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The Chariot To Tour Australia

Atlanta, Georgia noise metal act The Chariot has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of Australia. The band will be joined by Oh, Sleeper on nine of the dates, with The Chariot playing solo shows on two separate nights. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

*The Chariot only

04/15 Perth, AUS – Amplifier Bar*
04/16 Leederville, AUS – YMCA HQ*
04/22 Toowoomba, AUS – Easter Festival
04/23 Surry Hills, AUS – The Gaelic
04/24 Newcastle, AUS – The Cambridge Hotel
04/25 Orange, AUS – CSC Hall
04/26 Wollongong, AUS – The Harp
04/27 Bendigo, AUS – The Bended Night Club
04/28 Geelong, AUS – National Hotel
04/29 Melbourne, AUS – The Evelyn
04/30 Adelaide, AUS – Fowlers Live

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3 Issues New Album Update

3 front man Joey Eppard has posted the following recording update online:

"Good news! Four songs are officially mixed for the new '3' record. Everything sounds great and its a pleasure to reunite with Mike Birnbaum and Chris Bittner of Applehead Studios. This is the team that recorded and produced our first record 'Paint By Number' back in 1998 and also produced and recorded Coheed & Cambria‘s first three albums. We’ll be back at it next week to hopefully knock out a couple more mixes. Then its time to finish up the remaining tunes and mix them in march. Good things do take time, and we believe this record will be more than worth the wait.

"Meanwhile we’ll be making our return to the Bearsville Theater on February 25th. Expect some more sneak peeks at whats to come from the new album… Spread the word!"

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