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Metal News for February 14, 2011

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42 news articles posted on this day.

War Hound Premieres New Song Online

After we released their EP, "For The Hounds", for free in December 2010, War Hound is getting ready for their full length debut later this year via I Scream Records. A rough mix one of the new tracks, "Reality Check," can now be heard on stereokiller.com.

For those who haven't downloaded "For The Hounds" yet, it's still available for free download here.

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Primordial Comments On Upcoming Album

Irish pagan metal act Primordial has just released the reissue of the band's "Storm Before Calm" album in Europe. The album is available in a remastered version as a double digipak with new artwork. The package also contains the bonus-DVD Live at Summer Breeze 2004.

Meanwhile, Primordial has finished the recordings on the band's seventh studio album, "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand," with producer Chris Fielding (Napalm Death, Electric Wizard). The album is set for a April release via Metal Blade Records.

Primordial vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga comments on the new album:

"If I had to sum this album up I would say this is the 'death' album. Plain and simple. There isn't exactly a whole concept but many of the themes deal with mortality, how we deal with it. The spiritual structures we place around us to make sense of it. Sex, death, procreation and god. As we get older our relationship to our lives changes, the realization you will not live forever, the grand plan you hoped to uncover never materializes, food for worms and nothing more. We are animals, beasts and making peace with that beast might be your life's work but more often than not he is never tamed.

"Once a wolf always a wolf. We all seek redemption in one way or another, from lies or from truth. Those of us who are godless or faithless often envy the man of faith for his life seems to have an extra purpose, despite the fact that logic, pragmatism, science and realism should crush any sign of faith, we still persist in lying to ourselves. Perhaps the alternative is too much to bear. So the themes of religion, mortality and death occur over and over again, along with continuing themes of alienation, martyrdom, sacrifice, violence and retribution. Occasionally, very occasionally a chink of light breaks through. This is our seventh album, you know what to expect, passion, intensity, commitment and sheer bloody mindedness. Don't expect fantasy or escapism. No remorse, no regret."

"Redemption At The Puritan's Hand" is set to drop on April 23rd/26th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and April 26th in North America. More...

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Amon Amarth Posts "Slaves Of Fear" Song

The Deciblog has premiered the song "Slaves Of Fear," the fourth track off Amon Amarth's upcoming new full-length "Surtur Rising." Scheduled for North American release via Metal Blade on March 29th, 2011, the record marks the eighth studio offering from the band.

To hear "Slaves Of Fear" and read what drummer Fredrik Andersson has to say about the track, visit this location.

In related news, Amon Amarth front man Johan Hegg recently caught up with Metal Blade TV for a track-by-track breakdown of "Surtur Rising," named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim ("flame land") and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology. You can check out the clip below.

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Blackguard Announces European Shows

Blackguard will be heading overseas as the band hits the road for the “Firefight Over Europe” tour. The tour is set to span the UK, Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Blackguard commented, "After so many years, we are finally making it overseas for our debut European tour in support of Firefight. We cannot wait to see all the places, perform for the fans, and make our lasting mark in Europe. Once again, without the help from our label Victory Records and the team behind us, this would never have been possible. We’re coming!"

"Firefight," the band’s debut album on Victory Records will be released March 29th, 2011 in North America and April 1st for the rest of the world. Blackguard has unveiled a clip of the title track from the upcoming album, which can be viewed here.

The currently announced tour dates are as follows:

Fri 25.03.11 Hamptons, Southampton, UK
Sat 26.03.11 Area81 Rock Club, Bristol, UK
Sun 27.03.11 Academy 3, Birmingham, UK
Mon 28.03.11 Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, UK
Tue 29.03.11 Corporation, Sheffield, UK
Wed 30.03.11 Satan's Hollow, Manchester, UK
Thu 31.03.11 Old Bell, Derby, UK
Fri 01.04.11 Haymakers, Cambridge, UK
Sat 02.04.11 Academy 2, London, UK
Sun 03.04.11 Luxor, Cologne, Germany
Mon 04.04.11 Nachtleben, Frankfurt, Germany
Tue 05.04.11 Sägewerk, Neukirchen, Germany
Wed 06.04.11 Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
Thu 07.04.11 Comet, Berlin, Germany
Fri 08.04.11 TBC, Stuttgart, Germany
Sat 09.04.11 Gildenzaal, Diest (Schaffen), Belgium
Sun 10.04.11 Modrá Vopice, Prague, Czech Republic
Mon 11.04.11 59:1, Munich, Germany

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Hull Finishing New Album

Brooklyn, New York sludge rockers Hull, who kicked off the year with a performance opening for doom legends Pentagram, are gearing up for a two week tour with Batillus this March. The tour will run through SXSW and draw to a close at a special Manhattan performance at The Studio at Webster Hall on March 26th with Caltrop and Horseback. The show is sponsored by BrooklynVegan and 1000 Knives. Stay tuned for a full tour announcement in the coming days.

In related news, Hull will release the "Viking Funeral" EP, initially self-released in 2005, on vinyl via Science of Silence records this spring. The limited edition wax version will come in 180 gram blood red/black swirl vinyl with the song on one side, a laser etched image on the other, and a parchment insert with the detailed Viking Funeral saga. The release also features a sticker and digital download info all wrapped in a "Viking Funeral" poster and wax-stamped with the band's logo.

Hull is putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to the band's Sole Lord debut, issued via The End Records in 2009. Their sophomore full-length will be co-produced by Brett Romnes (who played drums on the Viking Funeral EP) and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Neurosis, EHG, Melvins et al). The record is slated for release this summer with another bout of live dates to follow.

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Rage Comments On 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

German metal trio Rage was one of the many bands to appear on the first ever 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise in January, as dozens of groups and over 2100 fans rocked the Gulf Of Mexico on a massive cruise ship for three days.

"The 70,000 Tons Of Metal Boat cruise was one of the coolest experiences in Rage's career," says Rage bassist/vocalist Peavy Wagner. "All on board witnessed a making of history in the metal world. We are proud about the fantastic reactions to our live sets! Let's go do it again."

Check out footage of the band playing "Highway To Hell" on the 70,000 Tons cruise with special guest Steve Smyth of Forbidden in the video clip below.

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Cradle Of Filth To Appear On The Daily Habit

Fuel TV will air an exclusive in-studio performance featuring British metal group Cradle Of Filth tonight on the channel’s "The Daily Habit" show. The appearance was filmed last week at the Fuel TV Studios in LA, when the band passed through on its headlining tour, the “Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour." The Daily Habit will premiere the performance tonight at 11:30 PM ET/PT, with several re-airs to follow. Check local listings or head to this location for more details.

Cradle of Filth still has the following upcoming tour dates:

Feb. 15 - Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
Feb. 16 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Feb. 18 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Feb. 20 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Feb. 21 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Feb. 22 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Feb. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
Feb. 25 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Feb. 26 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
Feb. 27 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Feb. 28 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
Mar. 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Mar. 3 - New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Mar. 4 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Mar. 5 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Mar. 6 - Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom
Mar. 8 - Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre
Mar. 9 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Mar. 11 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar. 12 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone
Mar. 13 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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The Famine Posts Final Studio Video Clip

North Texas technical death metal quartet The Famine has posted its final behind-the-scenes video blog chronicling the recording process of the forthcoming album, "The Architects of Guilt." The sixth installment of the series focuses on The Famine’s new vocalist – and former bassist – Nick Nowell. The new front man discusses the lyrical writing process, some strategies for keeping his throat as fresh as possible, the album title, and more. You can check out the clip below, or view the band's recenlty uploaded video for "Ad Mortem" here.

The track list for "The Architects of Guilt" is as follows:

1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!
6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth

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Winds Of Plague Posts Song From New Album

Winds of Plague has set April 19th as the release date for "Against The World," the band's third album since signing to Century Media Records. Now the band is giving fans a chance to hear new music through the Winds of Plague Facebook page. Head over to this location and click "Like" for your chance to hear the new track "Refined In The Fire." The song features Mattie Montgomery from For Today.

"Against The World" was produced by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed) and also features guest appearances by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, Martin Stewart of Terror, and Drew York of Stray From The Path. The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

Feb. 14 - Fargo, ND - The Venue
Feb. 15 - Omaha, NE - The Slowdown
Feb. 16 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theater
Feb. 17 - Green Bay, WI - Riverside Ballroom
Feb. 18 - Lansing, MI - The Loft
Feb. 19 - Dayton, OH - The Attic Club
Feb. 20 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
Feb. 21 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Feb. 22 - Providence, RI - The Met
Feb. 24 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 25 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 26 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
Feb. 27 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
Feb. 28 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Mar. 01 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
Mar. 02 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
Mar. 03 - Tampa, FL - State Theater
Mar. 04 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Mar. 05 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
Mar. 06 - Pensacola, FL - American Legion Hall
Mar. 07 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
Mar. 09 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
Mar. 10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
Mar. 11 - Wichita, KS - The Cotilion
Mar. 12 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
Mar. 13 - Farmington, NM - Top Deck
Mar. 15 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
Mar. 16 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brew
Mar. 17 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro
Mar. 18 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades

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Drugs Of Faith Streaming Track From New Album

The release of Drugs of Faith's debut full-length "Corroded" will occur later this month, and now National Public Radio's All Songs Considered blog is hosting the public premiere of "Hidden Costs," the fourth track from the upcoming album. You can check out the song at this location.

Virginia-based trio Drugs of Faith will release the "Corroded" album via Selfmadegod Records on February 22nd. The album was recorded at Developing Nations in Baltimore with Kevin Bernsten at the helm, and mastered by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer/Agoraphobic Nosebleed. "Corroded" also features a guest contribution from Pig Destroyer’s JR Hayes on a cover of His Hero Is Gone's "Hinges" anthem.

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The Body Announces New Live Shows

With the release of "All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood" in July 2010, The Body earned the #4 spot on NPR's top 10 metal/drone albums of the year as well as a #6 spot on Pitchfork's Reader's Choice top 10 metal albums in the site's year-end reader's poll.

While "All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood" was released on CD by At A Loss Recordings, it bore a very limited initial vinyl pressing released on The Body's own Aun War imprint, which sold out immediately. Now, At A Loss has commissioned a full-on 2xLP repressing of the album, set for release later this spring, with a final release date and more specific album details to be announced shortly.

The Body also has the following upcoming tour dates:

2/20/2011 Machines With Magnets - Providence, RI w/ Brave Young
2/21/2011 The Firehouse - Worcester, MA w/ Brave Young
2/22/2011 Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY w/ Brave Young

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Obscura Posts "Omnivium" Inside Art Panel

Obscura will see the release of the new album "Omnivium" on March 29th, 2011 via Relapse Records. The band has now posted the first inside art panel for "Omnivium," which can be viewed here.

Obscura has revealed that the following songs will appear on the new album: “Septuagint," “Vortex Omnivium," “Ocean Gateways," “Euclidean Elements," “Prismal Dawn," “Celestial Spheres," “Velocity," “A Transcendental Serenade," and “Aevum."

The band also has a series of upcoming European live shows alongside Hate Eternal. Details on the tour dates are available at this location.

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Scale The Summit Posts More Recording Footage

Scale the Summit has launched a second behind-the-scenes video documenting the recording of the band's upcoming album, "The Collective," which is due out March 1st. This installment focuses on guitarists Chris Letchford and Travis LeVrier and various techniques used on the album. The video can be seen through GuitarWorld.com at this location. You can also check out the track "Whales" on the band's Facebook page.

"The Collective" was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, FL with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder). The track listing of "The Collective" is as follows:

1. Colossal
2. Whales
3. Emersion
4. The Levitated
5. Secret Earth
6. Gallows
7. Origin of Species
8. Alpenglow
9. Black Hills
10. Balkan
11. Drifting Figures

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Last Chance To Reason Announces Album Details

Last Chance To Reason has announced April 12th as the North American release date for the band's Prosthetic Records debut, "Level 2." The cover artwork can be seen at this location.

The Augusta, Maine based metal sextet will hit the road in February for the band's first Canadian run of dates and will then meet up with the legendary Atheist. The band will also be appearing at this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA on April 16.

Last Chance To Reason teamed up with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me) to create the album, which draws influences from the 70's prog of King Crimson and Yes, composers Steve Reich and Schoenberg, as well as prog-metal masters Opeth, Dream Theater, and Cynic.

Set in a Tron-like virtual world, the album's concept revolves around the relationship between man and technology, our move from physical reality to virtual spaces and what these changes mean to our lives and our art. The lyrics are expressed from the point of view of an artificial intelligence facing the violent reality of a video game world.

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Rigor Mortis To Enter The Studio

Rigor Mortis is set to go in the studio and to record the band's first new tracks in 20 years. The group will be in the studio from March 6th through the 8th with long time friend and producer Kerry Crafton (Vs. The Earth), recording two new songs. Talks with labels will follow and a new full length Rirgor Mortis record will be released before the end of the year.

Rigor Mortis also has the following upcoming tour dates:

3/5 - San Antonio, TX - Night Riders
4/15 - Ft. Worth, TX - The Rail - W/ Exhorder
4/16 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's - W/ Exhorder
4/17 - NOLA - The Hangar

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Barren Earth Posts New Road Report

Finnish progressive death metal act Barren Earth is currently on tour in the U.S. The band has posted the following road report online detailing recent shows:

"After the Ft. Worth gig, it was yet again time for a day off. This time it was deliberate and not because of cancellations due to weather conditions. The free day was spent in El Paso, Texas. On our way into El Paso, Mikko said he’d really want a shower. I agreed. After inhaling the odour emanating from him, I could only concur with his sentiment. I, too, wanted Mikko to have a shower.

"Finnish names are often difficult for foreign people. So far, there have been no serious errors, but one misspelling seems to pop up repeatedly, and that is Janne Perttilä being spelled as Janne Pertilla. He likes this. We all like it. Not least because it has a certain tex-mex vibe to it. Pertilla, after all, is not that far away from tortilla. Considering this, it really is no surprise that on this sojourn it is Janne Pertilla who has excelled in spotting Mexican restaurants. In El Paso, he led us to Julio’s. This place was nothing short of excellent. Well, it had to be, because upon perusing the menu, it was discovered that Julio’s is endorsed by Jack Nicholson. And that is the only endorsement a restaurant really needs.

"As it was Superbowl Sunday, Julio’s had a special offer on giant Margheritas for 3$. No disrespect towards American Football, but we weren’t really bothered with the televised Superbowl, as we were occupied with ‘superbowls’ of our own. More...

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Intronaut Posts "Sunderance" Video

Intronaut has teamed with MetalSucks.net to premiere the music video for the song "Sunderance." The video is available for viewing at this location.

The clip was produced by Daniel Hague (Skeletonwitch), who also worked with the band on the "Inside the Valley of Smoke" documentary. Intronaut is also currently plotting to hit the road later this year. Details on upcoming dates will be announced as they are made available.

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Descend Streaming Teaser From Upcoming Album

Sweden's Descend recently finished recording the band's upcoming new full-length album. The band has now checked in with the following brief update about streaming a teaser online from the new release:

"Finally, jere it is! A teaser from the album! What uuuup! I hope you all like it and that it fulfilled it's purpose. More to come.."

You can check out the teaser through Descend's MySpace page. Additional details on the new Descend album will be announced as they are made available.

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Derelict Posts New Song And Audio Interview

Montreal's Derelict recently conducted an interview with The Great Black North metal podcast, and the band also premiered a new song titled "Perpetuation" through the podcast. You can stream or download the song and interview at this location.

The band also recently uploaded a digital booklet that acts as a companion to the "Unspoken Words" album. You can find details on downloading the album booklet here.

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Egypt

Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be shedding some light on a few quality underground bands in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week we'll be delving into the Egyptian metal scene.

Egypt has long been a subject for many internationally renowned bands, such as Dio, Mercyful Fate, and Symphony X, and with acts like Nile being well known for utilizing Egyptian mythology in their lyrical themes.

Over the past few weeks, Egypt has become a media hot spot due to current events inspired by the recent Tunisian revolution. For two weeks, protesters have been retaliating against the 30 year regime of former president Hosni Mubarak, demanding his immediate dismissal. It all finally came to an end on February 11th, to the sound of millions of Egyptians cheering for a new era of democracy.

The country's metal scene has been active since the early 90s. While it tends to face controversy from mainstream media and traditionalists; it still manages to progress and offer a diverse line up of bands, playing a variety of sub-genres.

We thought with all that, it's time we begin digging into the Egyptian metal scene to see what it has to offer.

Scarab

Originally founded in 2001. Scarab (formerly known as HATESUFFOCATION) have been one of the most active bands in the Egyptian metal scene. Scarab is one of the country's veteran acts, known for their crushing mix of technical death metal and defiant lyrics.

Back in 2009, Scarab released their debut full length album, "Blinding The Masses," through Osmose Productions, and the follow-up to 2007's EP, "Valley of The Sandwalkers." 2009 also saw the band tour outside Egypt, performing for the second time in the UAE (Dubai Desert Rock Festival) and for the first time in Germany (With Full Force Festival).

Scarab is currently recording its second full length album, titled "The Afterlife Illusions," scheduled for a late 2011 release.

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Bleeding Fist Posts "Monuments Desecration" Video

Bleeding Fist has posted a video clip online for the song "Monuments Desecration," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"First hymn from the upcoming album Devil's Ferox which will be available on May 31, 2011 on Moribund Records is available below. The shot was entirely created by Woodsmans Bizzare Dream."

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Entombed Announces More European Shows

Swedish metal act Entombed has announced a string of new upcoming European shows. You can check out the details on the European tour dates below:

24/2 Hulen Bergen. No
25/2 Byscenen Trondheim. No
26/2 Betong Oslo. No
09/3 Zaragon Club Jönköping. SE
10/3 Studenthuset Aalborg. DK
11/3 Godset Kolding. DK
12/3 The Rock Copenhagen. DK
19/3 Hammerfest Nort Wales, UK
08/4 Plateruena Durango Bilbao. ES
09/4 Coliseum A Coruna. ES
10/4 Sala Heineken Madrid. ES
11/4 Estraperlo Club Barcelona. ES
12/4 TBA Zaragoza. ES
16/4 Moshfest Kassel. DE
24/4 Märsta Garage. SE
19/5 Turock Essen
20/5 Hedon Zwolle. NL
21/5 Patronaat Harlem. NL
22/5 Effenaar Eindhoven. NL
27/5 Metalfest Dessau. DE
28/5 Metalfest Mining am Inn. AUT
29/5 Metalfest Pratteln. CH
07/7 Obscene Extreme Nabojisti. CR
09/7 Getaway rock Gävle. SE
14/8 Metal Mania Open Air Slovenia

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Graveyard Reveals Entire New Album Cover Art

Swedish occult rockers Graveyard have just unveiled the entire cover artwork for the band's upcoming Nuclear Blast debut "Hisingen Blues." The album is scheduled to be released on March 25th, 2011 through Nuclear Blast. You can check out the album artwork at this location.

The limited 7“ picture single "Hisingen Blues" (which also includes an exclusive non-album track) will be released on February 25th, 2011. The band has also launched a new;u designed MySpace profile. Check it here and listen to the track "Hisingen Blues."

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Before The Dawn Uploads Album Trailer

Finnish dark metal act Before The Dawn has posted the third video trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Deathstar Rising." You can check out the video clip below. The previously uploaded second trailer for the album can also be viewed here.

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Evile Issues Tour Recap

British thrash act Evile has checked in with the following recap of recent tour dates and announcement about recording a new album:

"Thanks for the support! Well, we're just back from a really successful tour to say goodbye to Infected Nations - it was great to see everyone. We have another couple of shows coming up before we begin recording album 3 - 18th March at the Underworld with our friends Chthonic and the day after at Hammerfest. We also had a great feature in Kerrang this week - a loing time coming - and we are hoping for a lot more support from them.

"You guys can also help us by emailing the magazine with your feedback...and telling them its good to have a real metal band in there! All you need to do is emailfeedback@kerrang.com and let them know!! Thanks for all your support! Ol, Matt, Ben and Joel."

You can check out a listing of upcoming Evile tour dates here.

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Slaughter Of The Bluegrass Posts 3 New Songs

Swedish bluegrass metal-covering band Slaughter of the Bluegrass has released three new songs online. This time, the band has added In Flames songs "Jotun," "Moonshield," and "Stand Ablaze" to the collection, which already features covers of At The Gates, Amon Amarth, and Dark Tranquility.

You can download MP3s of the new songs below:

You can download any of the band's six metal covers on the Slaughter of the Bluegrass website.

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Decapitated Checks In From The Studio

Polish death metal outfit Decapitated has begun work on a new studio album, which will be the band's first since 2006's, "Organic Hallucinosis." A message from founding guitarist Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka reads as follows:

"Hi there, we've just started the recording session of the new album at the studio of Radio Gdansk which is brilliantly equipped and has some wicked recording space. This time ‘round, we are working with Malta (Arek Malczewski) and Daniel Bergstrand who have been with us to set up the drums sound… and so far everything has been going surprisingly well.

"Right now, [drummer] Kerimh [Lechner] is finishing the last two tunes. I must say the drums sound really cool. Daniel has surprised us with his approach towards recording using millions of - often weird - solutions, e.g. a piano or using the corridor of Radio Gdansk. More...

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Pentagram Reveals New Album Artwork

American doom metal legends Pentagram have revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Last Rites." You can check it out below. The record will be released on April 12th through Metal Blade Records. The band has also revealed the track listing for the record, which is as follows:

Treat Me Right
Call The Man
Into The Ground
8
Everything's Turning To Night
Windmills And Chimes
American Dream
Walk In Blue Light
Horseman
Death In 1st Person
Nothing Left More...

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God Dethroned To Call It A Day

Dutch death metal outfit God Dethroned has announced that the band will be put to rest at the end of this year, mostly due to a lack of interest in touring. A message from singer/guitarist Henri Sattler reads as follows:

"2011 is God Dethroned's final year in existence.

"We could have spent another year in a tour bus because the amount of offers was endless, but I just don't feel like touring anymore. People told me to take a break for a year or maybe two, but as I'm an "all, or nothing at all" type of person, I decided to call it quits.

"Not immediately, but in December of this year we will definitely play our last show. That's gonna be at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting in Holland.

"I'm very proud of what we achieved with the band, but the time has come for new challenges.

"I would like to thank all of our fans for their support for all these years."

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Elgibbor Announces New Album Details

Polish black metal band Elgibbor has announced the band is currently finishing a new album titled "The Imminent Invasion," which will be limited edition release with only 100 copies. The new album will be the follow-up to the 2010 full-length "Soterion Apollumi Hamartia." The release date and track listing will be announced as they are made available.

You can check out sample Elgibbor tracks available for streaming through the band's MySpace page. Main man Fire of Elgibbor also recently took part in a string of interviews for Metalunderground.com dealing with the subject of Christian "unblack" metal. You can check out Fire's interview here.

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Chrome Division Posts New Album Artwork

Norwegian "doomsday rock 'n roll" act Chrome Division, which also features Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir, has now posted the cover artwork online for the band's upcoming third full-length album. You can check out the cover art for "3rd Round Knockout" here.

The new album is currently set for release in April of 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records and will be available in both CD and gatefold vinyl editions with bonus tracks. Some of the previously announced song titles include, "Unholy Roller," "Fight," "Zombies & Monsters," "Bulldogs Unleashed," and "Join The Ride."

In honor of Valentines Day, Chrome Division's song "Wine of Sin" was also recently featured in our ode to anti-love metal tracks.

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Nine More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere U.K.

The organizers of the British leg of the Sonisphere Festival have confirmed a further nine bands for the event, which include Limp Bizkit, Gojira, Volbeat, Protest The Hero, Kids In Glass Houses, Gallows, One Minute Silence, Inme, and The Sisters Of Mercy. The event will be held at Knebworth from July 8th - 10th and will feature the following lineup:

Metallica
Megadeth
Anthrax
Slayer
Slipknot
Diamond Head
Biffy Clyro
Weezer
Airbourne
Limp Bizkit
Motorhead
Mastodon
Inme
The Sisters Of Mercy
Gallows
In Flames
Gojira
Volbeat
Architects
Kids In Glass Houses
Protest The Hero
One Minute Silence
Parkway Drive

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Dream Theater Announces New Tour Dates

American progressive metal veterans Dream Theater have announced new tour dates set to take place in Europe and the United Kingdom. The band is also expected to announce its replacement for former drummer Mike Portnoy, who left band in late 2010, in the coming weeks.

July 4 - Rome, Italy
July 5 - Verona, Italy
July 9 - NIGHT OF THE PROG FESTIVAL, Loreley, Germany
July 24 - HIGH VOLTAGE FESTIVAL, Victoria Park, London, UK
July 29 - ENATSKA NOC FESTIVAL, Mala Skala, Czech Republic

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Nonpoint Covers Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean"

American alternative metal act Nonpoint has posted a demo recording of Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean." The new cover song is available for streaming in the player below, as well as a live version performed by the band.



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Illdisposed Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Danish extreme metal act Illdisposed has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming full length album "There Is Light (But It's Not For Me)." The new album, which was recorded at Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen, will see its release on April 1, 2011 through Massacre Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below:

1. Your Own Best Companion
2. Heaven Forbid
3. Our Words Betrayed
4. The Taste Of You
5. As The Day Rottens
6. Reality To Fall
7. Step Into My Winter
8. Rape
9. Sunday Black
10. We

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Kampfar Posts New Song Online For Streaming

Forward-thinking Norwegian black metal act Kampfar has posted the the title track online from its forthcoming full length album "Mare." "Mare" is set for release on April 5 through Napalm Records and will feature the following tracklisting:

1. Mare
2. Ildstemmer
3. Huldreland
4. Bergtatt
5. Trolldomspakt
6. Volvevers
7. Blitzwitch
8. Nattgang
9. Altergang

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DeathDestruction Posts Rehearsal Clip Online

Swedish metal act DeathDestruction, featuring members of Evergrey and Hammerfall, has posted a second rehearsal clip online to its official YouTube channel. You can view the clip below:

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Zonaria Comments On Canceled Concert

Swedish metal act Zonaria has posted the following statement online in regards to the cancellation of the band's scheduled performance in London, England:

"Due to bus problems upon arrival in Scotland very early this morning, and the inability to get a repair truck out before the next afternoon, we have been forced to forgo our London gig at the Academy tonight. We are deeply sorry to all who who came out to see us and we will definitely be back to London as soon as we can."

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Satan's Host Reveals New Album Details

Extreme metallers Satan's Host have revealed the track listing and release date for their forthcoming full-length album "By The Hands Of The Devil." "By The Hands Of The Devil" will see its release on May 3rd through Moribund Records. You can view the album's track listing below:

1. By The Hands Of The Devil
2. Shades Of The Unlight
3. Demontia
4. Before The Flame
5. Bleeding Hearts Of The Damned
6. Black Hilted Knife
7. Revival
8. Fallen Angel
9. Inferior Worlds

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Have A Heart: Pro-Love Heavy Metal Music

Happy Hallmark card day everyone! Whether you're spending today with your loved one or your right hand, there's no denying that romance will be all around you today. Turn on the radio and you're likely to hear Lionel Richie's "Hello" or some other such soppy rubbish which you'll be told all day is a "classic." So why should we at Metal Undergound.com be any different? While there's never been one countdown that everyone agrees with, I'm going to take you through ten hard rock and heavy metal songs that I feel express the positive side to this strange phenomenon we call love.

For the opposite side of the spectrum, you can also check out our ode to anti-love metal as well.

10. Anal Cunt - "In My Heart There's A Star Named After You"

Yes you read that right correctly, the first song in our countdown is by the masters of offensive grindcore, Anal Cunt. You wouldn’t expect the band that wrote, "I Pushed Your Wife In Front Of The Subway" and "Women: Nature’s Punching Bag" to be included here, but the band actually wrote a whole album dedicated to the subject of love, albeit a very tongue in cheek one. Here’s the last song from the "Picnic Of Love" album, "In My Heart There’s A Star Named After You." It may seem a little silly to include in this list, but isn't love a silly old thing in the end?

9. KISS - "I'll Fight Heaven To Hold You"

We don’t want to overload this countdown with soppy ballads that belong is bad 1980s movies, so we’ll be leaving "Beth" way out of this. Instead, here’s a love song by KISS that covers all the usual topics traditionally found in ballads, but rocks hard. KISS have never been afraid to talk about love (as well as what Gene Simmons considers love, let's not mention "Lick It Up" here,) and more often than not, they could really pull off a great love song, which they've definitely done here, though not in the traditional way. From the "Crazy, Crazy Nights" album, this is "I’ll Fight Hell To Hold You."

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Whitesnake Posts New Music Video Online

Hard rock legends Whitesnake have debuted the first music video taken from their forthcoming new studio album, "Forevermore." The album will be released on March 25th in Europe and March 29th in North America through Frontiers Records. The video was shot for the track "Love Will Set You Free" and can be viewed below:

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Broken Hearts: An Ode To Anti-Love Metal

February 14th is a date that means different things to different people. For some, Valentine’s Day is that special occasion to show someone how much you care, while for others it’s an unfortunate reminder of just how long that unused condom has been stashed in your wallet. For every lucky gentleman who has found the lady he can sexually accost without fear of court mandated harassment classes, there’s that lonely soul who will spend Valentine’s Day with nothing but music out the speakers and a bottle of Jack.

No matter which side you fall on, heavy metal has got a song to match your mood and help you head bang through the gooiest of all the holidays.

Whether any given track is purposefully over the top and funny, depressing enough to make you pull out the eyeliner and candles, or just plain outright disturbing, metal is no stranger to the anti-love song. So for those of you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone, or just simply think the holiday is nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell chocolates and greeting cards, here’s a series of anti-love anthems to get you through the day.

For those who still have a heart and haven't devolved into extreme cynicism, you can also check out our companion listing of pro-love heavy metal music at this location.

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Metalunderground.com is no stranger to aberrant sexual behavior, as we have the honor of being home the infamous “I’d put my tongue in her butt” forum thread. The following, um, “tongue-in-cheek” songs are all dedicated to everyone who has ever contributed a post to that thread.

Whether 80’s glam rock parody/tribute act Steel Panther is singing love songs or anti-love songs is a matter of some debate. What could be more loving than each band member’s willingness to sleep with anything that moves, regardless of VD status? Take the particularly touching song “Turn Out The Lights,” in which we are informed that front man Michael Starr is in desperate need of some physical attention, even though his partner actively disgusts him. What’s a horny rock star to do? Look no further than the title for the answer:

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