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Metal News for February 13, 2008

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44 news articles posted on this day.

Carnophage Sign To Unique Leader Records

Turkey’s CARNOPHAGE have signed to Unique Leader Records. The band will release their debut album, Deformed Future//Genetic Nightmare, this year with more details expected to be released shortly. You can find more information on the band online here.

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Verse Sign To Bridge Nine Records

Bridge Nine Records has officially signed Providence, RI-based hardcore band VERSE. The group have previously released two albums with Rivalry Records. Frontman Sean Murphy comments:

“Kyle [Rivalry] has been supportive of VERSE and we’re excited to be working with Bridge Nine with his blessing, but we still look forward to having a relationship and connection to the label that helped get our band off the ground.”

The band will begin recording their Bridge Nine debut this week, with tracking taking place at Massachusetts’ Godcity studios and The Getaway Group Studios with engineer Jay Maas. Titled “Aggression,” the effort is set to be released on June 10th.

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Altair To Tour Italy With Enemynside

Swedish thrashers ALTAIR will team up with ENEMYNSIDE for two shows in Italy:

Feb. 23 - Rock House - Pescara, ITA
Feb. 24 - Jailbreak - Rome, ITA

In January 2007, ALTAIR recorded a dour-song demo containing the tracks "Preemptive Strike", "We vs. Us", the instrumental intro "Pyroclastic Flow" and "Altair Attack" in which the lyrics are completely made up of songtitles by classic thrash metal bands. Two of the songs, "Altair Attack" and "We vs. Us", were included on the "Thrashing The Masses 2" compilation released by Last Entertainment Productions in May 2007. All four tracks were then re-mixed and released on a self-financed demo EP called "Two" later that month. More...

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Atreyu Release Expanded "Anchor" Album In March

ATREYU will re-issue its latest album, "Lead Sails Paper Anchor", in an expanded edition on March 18, according to HardDrive Radio. The enhanced version of the band's major label debut will include a newly recorded song, DVD content and other bonus features. Frontman Alex Varkatzas told The Pulse of Radio more about the group's plans for the release. "We just really want to, you know, write a really cool song as part of the expanded edition of the CD, and we're gonna do some cool, like, DVD view segments, whatever that means, and enhance up the CD, stuff like that," he said.

"Lead Sails Paper Anchor", ATREYU's major label debut, arrived last summer and features the single "Becoming the Bull". The newest single from the disc is called "Falling Down".

ATREYU is getting ready to join AVENGED SEVENFOLD and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE on this winter's Taste of Chaos tour, which begins on February 29 in Denver.

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Primordial To Play Greece In April

Irish dark metal masters PRIMORDIAL will play two concerts in Greece in April. Support on the shows will come from MAEL MORDHA.

The dates are as follows (venue details to be confirmed):

April 12 - Thessaloniki, Greece - [to be announced]
April 13 - Athens, Greece - [to be announced]

According to the band "tickets will be [priced] less then 16 euros, just like [vocalist Alan 'Nemtheanga' Averill] promised in the Greek media."

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Hate Supremacy Complete Work On New Album

French death metal band HATE SUPREMACY has completed work on its new album, entitled "Only Pure Hate". The CD was recorded and mixed at 22 Acacia Avenue Studio during 2006-2007 and was mastered at Sainte-Marthe Studio in December 2007 by Francis Caste. The cover artwork was created by Laboartory.

"Only Pure Hate" track listing:

01. …
02. One By One
03. To The Renewal Accession…
04. The Serpent Reflection
05. The Only God
06. Hate Is Law
07. The Vision
08. The Slaves Of The Eternal
09. … More...

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Trouble Announce New U.S. Dates

Illinois doom legends TROUBLE have scheduled the following U.S. dates:

April 02 - RPMs Rock Club - Bridgeville, PA
April 03 - Jigsaw Saloon - Cleveland, Ohio
April 04 - Doug's American Grill & Bar - Aurora, IL
April 05 - Nite Cap – Chicago, IL


TROUBLE performed at the House of Blues in Chicago on January 27. Check out photos from the concert at this location.

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Trail of Tears Announce Dutch Tour Dates

Trail of Tears issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"Hello!"

"Just after the completion of the North American tour we thought it was about time to bring some news to all you European maniacs!"

"We will start off by announcing a few shows in The Netherlands in April.
These are:

"4. Apeldoorn NL - Gigant
5. Sneek NL - Het Bolwerk
6. Rotterdam NL - Baroeg (afternoon)
6. Uden NL - De Pul"

"Apart from that we will soon announce more European festivals and tour dates. Thanks for your suport and comments and see you soon!"

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Crown the Lost Issue Another Recording Update

Crown the Lost have issued a new studio blog from the recording of their upcoming album "Blind Faith Loyalty":

"Renaldi's cabin fever has subsided, and we're onto the recording of guitars. The last two weekends have been devoted to cutting guitar tracks, with Joe and myself hunkered down in the control room while Watson sits there and nit-picks our playing. This is truly Joe's time to shine (excuse the apparent lameness) - he handles the rhythms for all of his songs (5) and three of my songs. We've always operated this way largely because of budget and time restraints, but for the glaring fact that Joe could play these songs upside-down in a sandbox and they'd still come out sounding tight.

"Perhaps the biggest coup of the past two weekends was being able to use Tim from Grave Desire's (aka 'The Manticore') JSX guitar head, which has provided quite the searing and rigid guitar tone. This is our first time using this head and the results speak for themselves - the guitars are pretty nasty sounding, even when playing some of our more melodic material. We're quite delighted as to how our songs our turning out with this guitar sound, namely "Finality," "Defame the Hypocrite" and the title track, all of which have emerged to be album highlights.

"At this juncture, we're 90% finished with guitars, then it's onto bass. Vocals will begin next weekend, which means Renaldi can no longer sit in the studio lounge on my computer, searching for videos on the Internet depicting people defecating into each other's mouths. Such videos have caused a major backlog on this very computer, causing yours truly to spend the bulk of his Sunday trying to download virus software to weed this stuff out. As they say - Renaldi will be Renaldi. The dude just doesn't quit....."

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Amorphis Post Bucharest Concert Footage Online

Fan-filmed video footage of AMORPHIS' February 9, 2008 concert in Bucharest, Romania can be viewed below.

AMORPHIS' latest album, "Silent Waters", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 44. Released in North America on September 18, 2007, the CD is the second AMORPHIS album to feature singer Tomi Joutsen (SINISTHRA). It was recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mixing duties were handled by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS) at Finnvox studios. More...

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Shaman To Open Up For Deep Purple In Brazil

SHAMAN (formerly SHAAMAN), the revamped Brazilian band featuring drummer Ricardo Confessori (ex-ANGRA) and singer Thiago Bianchi (who recently replaced former Shaaman and Angra vocalist Andrè Matos), have confirmed a pair of upcoming live dates in their homeland including an opening slot for DEEP PURPLE in Curitiba. The band's itinerary is as follows:

February
23 - Curitiba, Brazil at Helloch (opening up for Deep Purple)

March
29 - Barra Bonita (São Paulo), Brazil - tba

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Stream Of Passion Announce Live Dates

Netherlands-based progressive metallers STREAM OF PASSION check in with the following update:

"Rumours had been going on for a little while and finally we can say that they were true!"

"We've been working on our new material for quite a while now and before releasing our new CD this year, we want to give you the chance to listen to a combination of old and new material and also to see our new members rock with SoP!"

"Four gigs are confirmed so far, more will follow soon!"

"April
12 - Tournai ProgFest - Tournai, Belgium
13 - Spirit of 66 - Verviers, Belgium
24 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Netherlands
25 - Fenix - Sittard, Netherlands" More...

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Gorath Post New Album Details Online

Belgian black metal ensemble GORATH have completed the recordings for their third album Misotheism. The seven songs form a concept about heresy throughout mythology, legend and lore. The album contains real drums for the very first time, recorded by Reinier Schenk at Shumcot Studio (PARAGON IMPURE, DEMONIZER, FLESHMOULD). The final mastering is done by Dan Swanö, Unisound Studio (DISSECTION, KATATONIA, EDGE OF SANIT).

The following tracks will appear on the CD: 'Gnosis', 'Apophasis', 'Abufihamet', 'Sophia', 'Metempsychosis', 'Abraxas', 'Sicarii'. For sound samples click here.

The Dutch Descent Productions (home of IKUINEN KAAMOS, COR SCORPII, MAR DE GRISES,…) will release Misotheism in April 2008. The album will be promoted through several live shows and compilation discs (of which the Phantasmata Vol. 8 will be the first one). More...

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BFMV To Make Network TV Debut On Jimmy Kimmel

Bullet For My Valentine, currently at #4 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums charts with their sophomore release, "Scream Aim Fire," (Jive/Zomba) will make their U.S. network TV debut on Wednesday, February 27 when they rock the house on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The Welsh metal-core band will play the title track from their brand new album, currently Top 30 at Rock radio, as well as "Tears Don't Fail," one of the hit singles from their first album, "The Poison." "Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs at 12:05 ET/11:05PM CT.

Immediately following their Kimmel appearance, Bullet For My Valentine will fly to Denver, CO where they will join fellow headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Atreyu to launch the 40-plus-city North American Taste of Chaos tour on Friday, February 29. Currently, Bullet For My Valentine is enjoying international success with a sold-out headline tour of Europe and the UK, and simultaneous Top 5 chart entries for "Scream Aim Fire" across the globe.

Bullet For My Valentine - Matthew "Matt" Tuck/vocals, Michael "Padge" Paget/Guitar, Michael "Moose" Thomas/drums, and Jason "Jay" James/Bass - currently grace the cover of Revolver magazine's themed "The Future of Metal." In addition, their "Scream Aim Fire" video has been added to Fuse-TV's "No. 1 Countdown Rock" and "Steven's Untitled Rock Show" (premieres Monday 2/18).

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The End Announce More Canadian Tour Dates

From Canada, through the US, and across Europe, THE END has spent the past year touring extensively in support of their sophomore release Elementary.

Sharing stages with a vast array of artists including GWAR, CHIMAIRA, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, The End’s dedication to touring has grabbed the attention of fans and press internationally.

Recently nominated for Favourite Metal Artist/Group Of The Year at the annual Independent Music Awards, The End shows no sign of deviating from their mission to conquer the world city by city, and will be heading back on the road for an Eastern Canadian tour beginning March 6th.

Joining The End from March 6th through March 11th will be THE HOLLY SPRINGS DISASTER, A TEXTBOOK TRAGEDY and JOHNNY TRUANT. Support for the dates following the 11th will be A Textbook Tragedy and Johnny Truant.

Tour dates include:

March
6 - Toronto, ON - The Reverb
7 - Newmarket , ON - Newmarket Optimist Hall
8 - London, ON - The Salt Lounge
10 - Barrie, ON - Foundation Night Club
11 - Chatham, ON - Twisters
12 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
13 - Kingston, ON - Time To Laugh Comedy Club
14 - Ottawa, ON - Cafe Dekuf
15 - Montreal QC - Club Lambi
19 - Sydney, NS - St. Albans Hall
20 - Moncton, NB - Paramount Lounge
21 - Charlottetown, PEI - Benevolent Irish Society Hall
22 - Halifax, NS - Hell's Kitchen
24 - Quebec City, QC - The Casbah
26 - Belleville, ON - Bohemian Nightclub
27 - St. Catherines, ON - Level 3
28 - Oshawa, ON - The Dungeon
29 - Guelph, ON - Shadow

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In Flames To Release New Video On Monday

"The Mirror's Truth", the new video from Swedish metallers IN FLAMES, will make its online debut on MySpace this coming Monday, February 18. The clip was filmed last month at an abandoned factory site in Skellefteå, Sweden with the Swedish company Popcore (NORMA JEAN, UNDEROATH, KHOMA, CULT OF LUNA).

Check out photos from the video shoot at Norra Västerbotten and Västerbottens Folkblad.

IN FLAMES will release the "The Mirror’s Truth" single on March 7 via Nuclear Blast Records. The European-only release will contain the following tracks:

01. The Mirror's Truth
02. Eraser *
03. Tilt *
04 Abnegation *

* Exclusive non-album tracks

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Saxon Update Tour Schedule

SAXON have updated their tour schedule to reveal the following dates:

March
7 - Granada, Spain - Atarfe Vega Rock Festival
9 - Budapest, Hungary - Rockfest

April
23 - London, England - St George Day, Shepherds Bush Empire

June
6 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival 2008

July
18 - Osterode, Germany - Rock Harz More...

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Turisas Announce Stand-In Accordion Player

Finnish warlords TURISAS have issued the following update:

"We hereby announce that we have been forced to hire a step-in accordion player to replace Lisko on all announced upcoming tourdates. We have an important show this Friday at Finnish Metal Expo (FIN) and two lengthy tours in UK/Europe and USA just around the corner — but no accordion player."

"The thing is, we played a cool show in Groningen, Netherlands on 11th January and everything was cool. Then the next day, before the flight, some of us decided to check out Amsterdam really quickly, by train. Lisko had behaved in a bit hazy way during the trip, but it was nothing that weird (considering he is Lisko); however, he never showed up back at the airport. We got an interesting phone call, where he told that due to 'special' reasons he wouldn't fly in the same plane with us. This alone was pissing us off a bit, but we decided he could do it on his own expense. However, after returning to Finland, despite our attempts, there has been practically no communication with the guy, apart from a couple of interesting SMS's (so apparently he's alive): no rehearsals, nothing. We don't even know if he's back in Finland at the moment." More...

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Morifade To Enter Studio In March

Sweden's MORIFADE has issued the following update:

"We will start the recording of our fourth full length album in March. We have 11 new songs to record and this will be the first album with the most recent lineup even though both Kristian [Wallin; vocals] and Mathias [Kamijo; guitar] have been members of the band for some time now."

MORIFADE last year posted a new song, entitled "Shadeless", at this location.

The band parted ways with guitarist Jesper Johansson in October 2005 due to personal differences.

MORIFADE is currently unsigned following a split with Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records), the label that issued the band's most recent album, "Domi<>nation".

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Blitzkrieg Announce More Tour Dates

NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends BLITZKRIEG have scheduled the following tour dates:

Apr. 26 - Thatched House - Stockport, UK
Apr. 27 - Carling Academy 2 - Newcastle, UK
Apr. 28 - Ivory Blacks - Glasgow, UK
Apr. 30 - Camden Underworld - London, UK
May 01 – Rio's - Leeds, UK
Aug. 14 - Gloria Kulttuuriareena - Helsinki, Finland
Aug. 15 - Jalometalli Festival - Oulu, Finland
Sep. 07 - Rock of Ages Festival - Birmingham, UK
Oct. 04 - East Riding Rock Festival - Beverley, UK More...

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Silentium Nearly Complete Writing New Album

Keyboardist Sami Boman of the Finnish atmospheric doom metallers SILENTIUM has issued the following update:

"It's about time to get busy again. The new material for the next SILENTIUM album is starting to get its final shape. Still much training to do, but the writing is almost done. By the end of this year we all should have a complete album in our hands. I have to say I'm more pleased with the new material, than I have ever been before. In my opinion the most relevant thing is that I don't have to carry all the weight of the composing on my own shoulders anymore."

"I'm really thrilled and excited by the fact that Juha [Lehtioksa, guitar] has returned to writing new material for the band and is by the way responsible for the most part of the new compositions. That means killer riffs and extremely moody passages. The good old days are back! I'm also happy, that Riina [Rinkinen, vocals] has written her own material, that will be heard on the album too. All this has enrichened the band's sound to a completely new level. Now I don't have to arrange by force every single idea (even the more poor ones) that comes to mind to suite the new album but we are able to choose only the most shimmering jewels that will end up on the final cut." More...

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Deathchain Post "Serpent Of The Deep" Video Online

"Serpent of the Deep", the new video from Finnish death/thrash metallers DEATHCHAIN, can be viewed here. The track comes off the group's third album, "Cult of Death" (Dynamic Arts Records), which entered the Finnish chart at No. 17 back in May 2007.

DEATHCHAIN will enter the studio in May with producer Jari "Tupi" Tuomainen to begin recording its new album, tentatively titled "Death Eternal". An October release is expected.

The band recently parted ways with longtime guitarist Bobby Undertaker. More...

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Arsis Reveal "We Are The Nightmare" Artwork

Fresh off the stage in Louisville, Kentucky, ARSIS guitarist and vocalist Jim Malone has this to share about the cover artwork for the band's Nuclear Blast Records debut, "We Are The Nightmare", slated for release in North America on April 15: "I didn't have a working relationship with the Riddick brothers before 2004. I was introduced to them by our first label, Willowtip. When Mark and Mike presented us with our new band logo, we were like, 'Sweeeeet!' I wanted to keep working with them because of their detail and their pen-and-ink approach, not because they're obsessed with corpses and maggots. As far as the new album's artwork, they matched what 'We Are The Nightmare' is about in the sense that my lyrics and music are always very dark, much like their art is. There's something very striking and unique about their drawings, which explains why I own Mark's Killustrations art book and why we chose to use their artwork on our merch. More...

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Sinister Reveal New Album Release Date and Artwork

Dutch death metallers SINISTER will release their new album, "The Silent Howling", on September 26 via Massacre Records. Check out the cover artwork at this location. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Silent Howling", "If It Bleeds...", "The Kill To Come" and "Fortified Bravery". The album will be recorded in May at Soundlodge Studio in Germany.

SINISTER's current lineup includes Aad Kloosterwaard (vocals), Alex Paul (guitar) and Bas van den Bogaard (bass).

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Human Fortress Release "Eternal Empire" In April

German power metallers HUMAN FORTRESS will release their third album, "Eternal Empire" (cover artwork), on April 25 via Massacre Records. Audio samples of the tracks "Contrast" and "Falling Leaves" are available at this location. A video for the song "Contrast" was recently shot and will be released soon.

HUMAN FORTRESS' last CD, "Defenders of the Crown", came out in 2003. The band has since parted ways with singer Jioti Parcharidis and drummer Apostolos "Laki" Zaios and has replaced them with Carsten Frank and Arndt Krone, respectively.

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Theudho Complete Work On New Album

Blackened pagan metallers THEUDHO have completed work on their new album, "Cult Of Wuotan", with producer Raf (AHRÁYEPH, ex-ANCIENT RITES).

The following tracks will appear on the CD:

01. Zeitenwende
02. Terror Cimbricus
03. Thumelicus
04. Harjaz
05. Silence Reigned Over The Bog
06. The Fall Of Rome
07. Veleda
08. Ahnenkult
09. Wuotanes Her
10. Prophecies In Flames
11. Ergriffenheit More...

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Finntroll Announce Festival Appearances

Finland's FINNTROLL has scheduled the following dates:

Apr. 12 - Wieze, BEL @ Oktoberhallen/Pestpop
Apr. 25 - Haugesund, NOR @ Karmøygeddon Metal Festival
May 30 - Zagreb, CRO @ Zagreb Metal Fest
May 31 - Belgrade, SER @ Legacy Fest
Jun. 07 - Schmerikon Am See, SWI @ Fiesta Pagana Festival
Jul. 05 - Tolmin, SLO @ Metalcamp

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Raunchy Announce New Album Title

Danish metallers RAUNCHY have set "Wasteland Discotheque" as the title of their fourth album, due on June 30 via Lifeforce Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Straight to Hell", "Recovery", "Heavy Burden", "To the Lighthouse", "Destroyer", "Somewhere Along the Road", "Thieves", "Western Gutter", "A Dead Epic", "Black House, Glass City", "To Shatter Bliss" and "Get Fighted".

Commented singer Kasper Thomsen: "Lars' [Christensen, guitar] artwork is stunning as hell, very original and not the usual metal artwork you'll see these days, but still in the tradition of what we're all about and known for, hence the album title too."

Kasper Thomsen previously described the new material as "dirty, melodic, thrashy, epic, melancholic and... drum roll... heavy. We are experimenting a lot this time around, with vocals, arrangements and musical expression, but we're not gonna change radically — don't worry! But as a wise man once said: there's no point in writing the same record twice, right?"

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Ihsahn's New Album In Final Mixing Stages

MNEMOSYNE PRODUCTIONS/CANDLELIGHT RECORDS are happy to announce that a second IHSAHN album is set for release this spring. The album is titled "angL."

"I'm currently doing the final mixes for this album, and hope to have everything ready for mastering within a couple of weeks", says IHSAHN. "Musically this album can be seen as a natural progression from "The Adversary," but with a somewhat heavier touch," he continues.

The actual release date of "angL" has yet to be announced.

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New Live Evergreen Terrace Video Online

A new live video of Evergreen Terrace performing their track “Give ‘Em The Sleeper & Brave Reality” has been posted at The Underground Video Television website.

The live footage was filmed in Rochester, NY during the band’s run on the “Monsters Of Mayhem” tour last year, which also featured The Acacia Strain, God Forbid and Hatebreed.

Evergreen Terrace’s "Wolfbiker" was released in July of 2007 via High Impact Recordings/Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2005's "Sincerity is an Easy Disguise in This Business" was recorded at Vision Sound in Florida and was mixed by Jason Livermore.

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Iced Earth Reveal More Box Set Details

As previously reported, Century Media Records in Germany have put together an all-encompassing ICED EARTH box due out this month.

Slave To The Dark – The Century Media Years is the title of the luxurious box set containing everything the legendary power metal act released via its former label home.

Garnered with marvellous artwork by Leo Hao (BLIND GUARDIAN, NOCTURNAL RITES, etc.) and ennobled with glossy print and embossing, the set consists of 14 CDs plus one DVD and offers you a total of 145 tracks including all original album tracks as well as rarities and previously unreleased material.

Titles in the set include: Iced Earth (1990), Night Of The Stormrider (+ 1 live bonus track) (1991), Burnt Offerings (plus entire album as alternative mix) (1995), The Dark Saga (+ 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks) (1996), Days Of Purgatory (1997), Something Wicked This Way Comes (+ 3 bonus tracks) (1998), Enter The Realm Of The Gods ((Enter The Realm Demo + Tribute To The Gods album), Alive In Athens (+ 1 bonus track) (1999), Horror Show (+ 1 bonus track) (2001), Alive In Athens DVD (2006).

All CDs have been redesigned as lavish gatefold-vinyl replicas with enhanced artwork and thus Slave To The Dark – The Century Media Years is the best chance to get all the classic Iced Earth albums in one comprehensive box.

To allow you to purchase only certain albums from this collection, Century Media will also separately release all of the aforementioned albums including the particular bonuses.

The Slave To The Dark – The Century Media Years box set and all reissues will be released on the following dates:

- Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Benelux/Italy: Friday, February 22nd
- UK/France/Denmark/Norway/Rest of Europe: Monday, February 25th
- Spain/Portugal: Tuesday, February 26th
- Sweden/Finland/Hungary: Wednesday, February 27th

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Nikki Sixx Refutes Motely Crue "Mega Deal" Rumor

Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx has refuted claims the band has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Live Nation on his MySpace blog, stating simply:

"Motley Crue has not signed any deals. Any information reported to the contrary is false and misleading."

As previously reported, Nikki Sixx will be featured on a new Fuse TV program called "Live through This" which documents music stars that have made a comeback. The show will air on Thursday, February 21 at 10 p.m.

Sixx and his new act will likely hit the road in late April and early May for a run through 10 or 12 major U.S. markets. No word yet on exact dates or venues.

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Dan Swanö Completes Vocals for Obliterhate Album

Pulverised Records issues the following press release:

World renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Nightingale, ex-Bloodbath) has finished laying down the vocal tracks for the upcoming Obliterhate debut album. Recorded at Unisound Studio (Sweden) in just 2 weeks, Dan's contribution on the vocals for Obliterhate is the first time in more than a decade that he has done vocals for a full-length intense Death Metal album.

Comments Calvin: "Dan is definitely one of the most down to earth and professional person I have ever worked with. He wasted no time in getting all the vocal tracks done and we all know how insanely busy he is. Once Dan got the lyrics from me, he did one track in just a few hours time and I can say that his Death Metal vocals have turned out to be even better than before! He kept getting better with each track and amazed me with how his vocal phrasings for each song have made the songs so much more enjoyable to listen to. I am really looking forward to get the Obliterhate album out as soon as possible!"

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HOD Signs To Ibex Moon Records

Ibex Moon Records are proud to announce the signing of HOD from San Antonio, TX. HOD features vocalist Beer Reebs (ex-Pillcrusher, Rancid Vat), Bjorn Haga (ex-Necrovore) on guitars, Carl "Lord Necron" Snyder (ex-Thornspawn) also on guitars, Dirty Derick Rivers (past GG Allin) on bass and Dennis Sanders (ex-Exculcerate) on drums.

John McEntee Owner of Ibex Moon Records comments on teh signing:
“HOD is a real blasphemous power house. I have known Carl and Bjorn for a long time now and jumped at the opportunity to work with them. They play aggressive and twisted black/death metal and bring in the best of the original black/death metal fundamentals without being outdated. They will forge a new standard on the future of extreme metal. I look forward to a monstrous debut album. HOD will for sure be a metal force to be reckoned with!”

Carl "Lord Necron" Snyder HOD guitarist comments:
“We are pleased to announce our signing to Ibex Moon Records. Ibex Moon is the label that is right for HOD. Working with a label that is run by people that are actually fans of extreme metal was a major consideration for us. So this makes a perfect union. Prepare for annihilation...You have been warned!"

You can check out some of HOD's material on their MySpace page.

Here are the latest tour HOD shows planned:

February 29, 2008 @ Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar, 1033 Ave. B, San Antonio, TX 78215
w/ Rotting Christ, Immolation, Belphagor, Averse Sephira, Hod, Disfigured

April 12, 2008 @ Red Seven, 611 E. 7th St., Austin, Tx 78701
w/ Hod, Gates of Enoch, Sakrefix, Adumus, Golgotha, Nosferion

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KISS And Metallica To Play Bulgaria Show

According to News.bg, METALLICA and KISS will play in Bulgaria this spring/summer.

KISS will perform on May 16 at Akademik Stadium in Sofia, one day after making a stop in Belgrade, Serbia.

It is rumored that METALLICA demanded $1.5 million to play in the country, although this information has not been corroborated by an official source.

KISS will perform in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday, March 16 to close the 2008 Grand Prix.

METALLICA has been announced as one of the headliners for the 2008 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, scheduled for June 12 through June 15 in Manchester, Tennessee. METALLICA will headline the bill on June 13. A statement at the band's web site said in part, "The Bonnaroo gang does an amazing job at giving you everything you could want/need for a great weekend...so hang out, soak up the vibe, and embrace the whole experience."

The choice of METALLICA as a headliner is bound to cause controversy, given the festival's more relaxed vibe and past leanings toward jam bands, indie acts and prog-rock. Although TOOL performed last year, the METALLICA audience is often decidedly more raucous.

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Bullet For My Valentine Post US Tour Videos Online

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's official YouTube channel, BulletTV, has been updated with the first three episodes of the band's 2007 U.S. tour video diary. Watch the footage below.

The new BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE album, "Scream Aim Fire", sold 53,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart. BULLET's first-week sales total is only eight thousand copies less than that of this week's chart-topper, ALICIA KEYS, whose No. 1 album is said to be among the the lowest-selling in modern chart history.

"Scream Aim Fire", has achieved the following first-week chart positions:

Japan: #1
Germany: #3
Australia: #4
USA: #4
United Kingdom: #5

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will join AVENGED SEVENFOLD and ATREYU on this winter's Taste of Chaos tour beginning on February 29 in Denver.

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Flowing Tears Enter Studio

German female-fronted gothic metallers FLOWING TEARS have issued the following update:

"We can announce a major update on the upcoming studio album: after some very creative months, we're almost done with the songwriting. There are 12 songs so far, not sure if all of them will find their way to the album or if some new ones might come up at last minute, but we're close to the end of the writing mode. Studios are already booked and the production will start in May. A release is scheduled for autumn.

"We don't want to reveal too much about the material yet, but I can tell you it sounds much more atmospheric than we used to sound on our last few albums. Some of the songs have that certain mood that reminds me of what we did on albums like 'Jade' or 'Joy Parade' while still having the power of the stuff from the 'Razorbliss' era. Way less synths this time and way more guitars. There's heavy stuff, there's trippy stuff — and there's some serious doomy stuff. Terribly pessimistic lyrics, by the way.

"There's no working title yet, but some of the songs that are finished so far are entitled 'Pain Has Taken Over', 'Words Before You Leave', 'Until The End' and 'For My Enemies'."

FLOWING TEARS released a live album, "Invanity - Live in Berlin", last October via Ascendance Records, a new label funded by Lee Barrett (founder of Candlelight Records; former member of EXTREME NOISE TERROR, currently in TO-MERA) and A&R'd by Sam Grant (writer, promoter, broadcaster, interviewer for Sonic Cathedral online).

FLOWING TEARS' latest studio album, "Razorbliss", was issued in Europe in March 2004 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Serpentine" was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (THE GATHERING, LACUNA COIL, SENTENCED, MOONSPELL) and was the band's first to feature vocalist Helen Vogt, who replaced Stefanie Duchêne in 2003.

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Soulfly Guitarist Announces More Solo Shows

SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo has scheduled the following solo dates:

Feb. 13 - Roxbury - Omaha, NE
Feb. 14 - Iliff Park Saloon - Aurora, CO
Feb. 15 - Wok Star - Scottsdale, AZ
Feb. 16 - The Aardvark - Dallas, TX
Feb. 17 - Harlequin Alley - Shreveport, LA
Feb. 19 - Vino's - Little Rock, AR
Feb. 20 - The Bar - New Orleans, LA
Feb. 21 - The Backstage Lounge - Gainesville, FL
Feb. 23 - the Map Room - Charleston, SC
Feb. 24 - Zakks Coffee House - Murfreesboro, SC
Feb. 25 - the Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Feb. 26 - Zakk’s Coffee House - Murfreesboro, SC
Mar. 01 - Club Europa - Brooklyn, NY (all ages)

Rizzo's latest solo album, "The Ultimate Devotion", was released on July 31, 2007 through Shrapnel Records in the U.S. and Mascot Records throughout Europe.

SOULFLY members Max Cavalera (guitar/vocals), Joe Nunez (drums), Marc Rizzo (guitar), and Bobby Burns (bass) entered Porch Studio in Florida on September 12 to begin recording the band's sixth studio album for an early summer 2008 release via Roadrunner Records. Working titles for some of the 13 songs which were tracked include "Burndown", "Enemy Ghost", "Axis of Wrath", and "Blood, Fire, War, Hate".

SOULFLY's upcoming CD will feature guest appearances by MORBID ANGEL frontman David Vincent and THROWDOWN singer Dave Peters.

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Hanoi Rocks Launch New Drummer Search

Legendary Finnish rockers HANOI ROCKS are seeking a new drummer. Interested parties should send an application with a brief bio and a photo or a video clip to: drummer@hanoirocks.info.

HANOI ROCKS's current drummer, Kari "Lacu" Lahtinen, will leave the band after the group's European tour, which kicks off on February 14 in Stockholm, Sweden and concludes at the Astoria in London, England on March 7. The change behind the drum kit will not affect any forthcoming HANOI ROCKS gigs or tours.

Demolition Records recently released a special-edition digipack of HANOI ROCKS' new CD "Street Poetry" featuring four bonus tracks: "Trouble Boys", "Fashion" (video), "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (video), "High School" (video).

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Ancient Announce New Guitarist

After a two-year long break, Nowegian black/death metallers ANCIENT are preparing their return to the scene. The band has announced the addition of guitarist Morfeus (LIMBONIC ART, DIMENSION F3H) to its ranks and is currently seeking a new drummer.

ANCIENT will start touring again before the summer, although no dates have yet been confirmed.

ANCIENT's sixth album, "Night Visit" was released in June 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Proxima Centauri" was recorded at Mirage and Alpha-Omega studios and was mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.). Mastering was done at Sterling Sound in New York City.

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Stormlord Begin Recording New Album

Italian "extreme epic metal" act STORMLORD has issued the following update:

"The recording sessions of our fourth chapters have begun! We entered The Outer Sound Studios (NOVEMBRE, NECRODEATH, KLIMT 1918) one month ago together with the producer Giuseppe Orlando, as usual. We'll keep on working for about twenty days more. We decided not to give you any news until now in order to fully understand how good this work is. This album is such a great bet for us, it'll see STORMLORD going back to an epic sound near to our first album 'Supreme Art Of War' that almost ten years ago was able to influence tons of bands still growing strong in the scene, even if the style of our recent albums will not be missing. You'll find some surprises like an acoustic song, folk instruments and even some sitar parts, everything mixed with an extreme-epic attitude like it was back in the days, but with the nowadays production and a well developed technical skill."

"The Legacy – 17 Years of Extreme Epic Metal", a double "best-of" collection from STORMLORD, will be released on February 22 through Scarlet Records. The first CD contains 13 songs spanning the band's 17-year career as of one of Europe’s most respected metal merchants, including the rare EP "Under the Sign of the Sword", originally released in 1997. The second CD contains a full live show recorded in Montreal on June 14, 2006 during the band's Canadian tour.

"The Legacy – 17 Years of Extreme Epic Metal" track listing:

Disc 1: The Legacy Of Medusa

01. Where My Spirit Forever Shall Be (first version – 1998)
02. I Am Legend
03. Under The Boards (192, M. A.)
04. Dance Of Hecate
05. The Curse Of Medusa (first version – 2000)
06. Wurdulak
07. The Oath Of The Legion
08. Xanadu (A Vision In A Dream)
09. The Gorgon Cult
10. Under The Samnites' Spears
11. Under The Sign Of The Sword
12. Riding The Sunset
13. The Scarlet Kingdom

Disc 2: Live In Quebec City - June 14, 2006

01. The Torchbearer
02. Dance Of Hecate
03. Wurdulak
04. I Am Legend
05. The Oath Of The Legion
06. Under The Boards (195, M.A.)
07. The Gorgon Cult
08. Xanadu (A Vision In A Dream)
09. Where My Spirit Forever Shall Be
10. The Curse Of Medusa
11. Raining Blood
12. Kingdom Of The Shades (live in Rome 2000)

Scarlet Records released STORMLORD's first official DVD, "The Battle of Quebec City: Live in Canada", in July 2007 in Europe.

"The Battle of Quebec City: Live in Canada" contains a complete live show recorded in Quebec City in June 2006 (including a new song, "Dimension: Hate", and a stunning cover of SLAYER's "Raining Blood"), during the band's successful Canadian tour, four bootleg-quality extra songs recorded in Montreal and Toronto and video clips for the songs "I Am Legend" and "Under The Boards (195, M.A.)".

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Behold...The Arctopus Reveal Tour Plans

BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS have posted the following update:

“Aside from the show with CANVAS SOLARIS and DYSRHYTHMIA coming up in March, and Maryland Deathfest in May, we are in the midst of planning 2 tours: in late April we will FINALLY head up to Canada! This tour will be with the mighty YAKUZA. And then in August we will do a full U.S. tour with the mighty INTRONAUT and the mighty MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT.

In other Colin Marston news, DYSRHYTHMIA will be hitting the road in June for the first time in what will be more than a year. This live assault will consist of all brand new songs! I’ve also started a black metal band with Mick Barr called KRALLICE. We are recording our first album in less than a week. Playing drums on the record will be the mighty Lev Weinstein of ASTOMATOUS and now BLOODY PANDA. The recording will be released on the mighty Profound Lore Records some time around August ‘08.”

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Skyfire Post Studio Update

Sweden's SKYFIRE have issued a new studio update. It can be found below:

"Rhythm guitars, bass, drums, keys, and some new elements that we're keeping under wraps for now are recorded for four tracks. There will be approximately 10 songs on the new album so we should be finished in a few months once vocals and lead guitars (including guitar solos from Johan) are done. This album will probably take longer than expected to complete because of the new additions to the Skyfire sound, but we hope that you'll appreciate how much work went into making it once you've got the album in your hands.

As far as the material itself goes; it's sounding most in common with our first album (although we´ve tried to incorporate some of the aggressive and energetic sound that we used on Spectral) , but with longer and more epic tracks (one of them will be approximately 8 minutes long). We've got an album title picked out and very awesome and mind-blowing cover art that supports the theme of the title is being painted as we speak by Pär Olofsson. We've seen two rough sketches of the cover and all we can say is that we´re really impressed by his work so far."

That's it for now,
Skyfire

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Whitesnake Reveal Bonus CD Details

As previously reported, WHITESNAKE are releasing their anxiously-anticipated new album, Good To Be Bad, through SPV / Steamhammer in Germany on April 18th, the rest of Europe on April 21st and North America on April 22nd. It will be available as a regular jewel case version and a bonus CD version featuring an extra disc in a cardboard sleeve, poster, photocard and sticker. The tracklist of this 2 CD package is as follows:

Disc 1: 'Best Years', 'Can You Hear The Wind Blow', 'Call On Me', 'All I Want All I Need', 'Good To Be Bad', 'All For Love', 'Summer Rain', 'Lay Down Your Love', 'A Fool In Love', 'Got What You Need', '`Til The End Of Time'.

Bonus CD: 'Summer Rain' (acoustic version), 'All I Want All I Need' (radio edit), 'Take Me With You' (live version), 'Ready To Rock' (enhanced video).

Legendary frontman, David Coverdale comments on the album: “The new album contains all the elements I enjoy about Whitesnake, and more. I can hear moments that take me back to the bluesy, early years of the band all the way through the band's musical history to fully embrace the more electric aspects of where we are now, as a band. I'm thrilled with it and can hardly wait to unleash it on an unsuspecting public! If this is indeed the last Whitesnake studio record then I'm happy to finish like this. It was a labour of love making this record...a joy... and I'm still enjoying listening to it. Can't be bad!"

The 11 new songs, written by Coverdale and guitarist Doug Aldrich (who also co-produced the album with Coverdale & Michael McIntyre) provide a good balance of eight rocking tracks and three ballads. Coverdale feels it's the first 'real' Whitesnake album in almost 20 years, commenting “It's very butch. Very muscular..."

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