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Metal News for February 15, 2010

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Deivos Signs To Unique Leader Records

Polish death metallers Deivos have announced their new album "Gospel of Maggots" will be released through Unique Leader Records on February 16th, 2010. The band also issued the following statement about the record deal:

"We've always had great respect for Unique Leader Records as an excellent label that puts out quality death metal, so we are extremely proud to join the league of Unique Leader bands! We're sure that with the support from Erik and his crew we will be able to get our music across and make Deivos a recognizable name to extreme metal fans worldwide. All of us are looking forward to a great cooperation with Unique Leader, starting with the release of our second album, Gospel Of Maggots in February 2010. Keep an eye for this onslaught of relentless death metal!"

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Stryper To Record Covers Album

Michael Sweet of Christian glam rockers Stryper has issued the following statement about recording an album composed entirely of cover songs:

"Hey Everyone, Just as promised, I wanted to outline some more details regarding the new Stryper record. We grew up listening to many different styles of music and there is a list of bands that influenced us throughout our musical education. Bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Van Halen, UFO, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Kansas and many others, helped to shape our sound and make us who we are today, musically speaking.

"We grew up on the streets of LA playing every club in town from Gazzari's to The Whisky to The Troubadour to you name it. We played covers from all the bands mentioned above and we shaped our own sound from listening and performing songs from these classic bands.

"We wanted to step outside the box and record a record that shows you, the fans, where we come from - our historical, musical roots so to speak. It's a side to Stryper that no one has really seen or heard before, or at least quite like this. We performed 'On Fire' by Van Halen on a few tours and we also performed 'Breaking The Law' by Priest on this last tour. The response was far beyond our expectations each time we performed these songs. People seemed genuinely surprised to hear Stryper cover these songs and even more surprised to hear Stryper perform these songs relatively well. This will be an opportunity for Robert, Oz, Tim and myself to loosen up and have some fun. More...

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Dead Shape Figure Announces First Show Of 2010

Finland's Dead Shape Figure has issued the following update about their first live show of the year:

"We are playing a special show with our friends Amoral and Ghoul Patrol next month in Vernissa, Tikkurila. The show is kind of 'special' for us cause it's gonna be probably our only Finnish-date for this fall. We're gonna play lots of new shit from our new album 'The Disease Of St. Vitus' which is not even released yet as you know so it's gonna exciting for us too. And the fact that we haven't rehearsed or even jammed together (except the new years-show) after the studio makes the show even...raw? ...or sloppy might be the better word. But tomorrow we are finally getting the new rehearsal space running so maybe we'll try to rehearse few times before the show...PSYCHE! Ps. News about the release date of 'The Disease Of St. Vitus' coming up soon..."

The details of the show are as follows:

3/26 2010 Vernissa Tikkurila, Uusimaa

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Fallen Martyr Posts "Metal As Art" Tour Video Blog

Fallen Martyr are currently on the "Metal As Art" tour supporting Hypno5e and Starring Janet Leigh. The band has posted a video blog from the first week of the tour, which can be viewed below.

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Slumber Issues Recording Update

Vocalist Ehsan Kalantarpour of Swedish metal act Slumber has issued the following recording update:

"Captains logg, Amsterdam, night time. I'm at the hotel lobby 2:26am writing to you. We have finished our intense four weeks of recording. Even though we spent five years preparing, four weeks were hardly enough for the massive nature of this album. But needless to say, maybe no time had ever been enough. Everything just keeps growing and growing. Now only vocals and mixing remains which will be done within the month.

"Anyways... good people of Rome, Babylon and Atlantis.. Hear ye, hear ye. We have now an album unprecedented in thousands of ways coming to you. A journey that will take you from the deep oceanic craters to the peaks of power and euphoria. We are ourselves, like strangers, mesmerized by the titan that is appearing before us. In a few weeks we will post an album preview song and some videos from the studio. And now, back to the dark streets of Amsterdam."

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Crowbar and Exhorder Together After 20 Years

For the first time in over twenty years, two amazing metal bands from the sludge-covered city of New Orleans shared a stage. The crowds came out in droves for the show, bearing the freezing temperatures to see what will be considered a landmark show. There were many familiar faces in attendance, but the large amount of middle-aged non-metalheads was staggering. I can only speculate that these people came because Exhorder was one of their favorites as a kid, and even though they don’t like metal anymore, they wanted to see a band from their youth. It was similar to the crowd from their first show in years in November 2009 that had even less younger people. Regardless of the differences in the crowd, everyone had a great time watching the incredible event unfold. More...

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Luna Mortis Calls It Quits

Wisconsin female fronted metal band Luna Mortis has announced that they have decided to disband. Lead guitarist Brian Koenig issued the following statement regarding their decision to disband:

"I regret to say that as of today the band will be dissolving and we will be going our separate ways. A huge thanks from the bottom of our hearts for the fans and support we have received over the course of the last 9 years. It has been an exciting and often turbulent ride, but everything must come to an end eventually. Unfortunately, we will be unable to go on the May tour with Primal Fear, so our apologies to the people who were looking forward to hanging with us out on the road. To our local fans, we will more than likely be playing one more Madison show sometime in the next few months, we'll keep everyone posted"

Luna Mortis was recently dropped from Century Media Records. In December vocalist Mary Zimmer commented on their uncertain future as a band after being dropped by their label, "Does this mean Luna Mortis will not be releasing another album? No. It just means that soon, we will be label-less and have a few decisions to make about what our next move will be and what we'd like to do in regard to the future of the band."

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Selvmord Signs with Nidhogg Records

Lebanese one-man black metal project Selvmord has signed a record deal with the American Record Label Nidhogg Records. The label will release the band's demo album "Oath of the Motherland" soon a "Tape Comp" cassette limited to 40 copies.

In addition, Nidhogg Records are going to be pressing an "Old School Black Metal Tape Compilation," including 15 bands including Selvmord. This release will be limited to 50 copies.

You can check out some of Selvmord's music on the band's MySpace page, or, interestingly enough, you can download the "Oath of the Motherland" demo for free here.

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Folkodia Posts New Album Teaser Online

International folk metal band Folkodia has posted a teaser track on their MySpace page for their new album, "Battlecry." Rhode "Revenge" Rachel, of the New Jersey black metal band Mortum, is featured as a guest musician on the album and can be heard performing bass on the third song of the sample, and vocals on the fourth song.

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Hod Announces Texas Mini-Tour with Gravehill

Hod has announced that they will be part of a mini tour of Texas with Gravehill starting at the end of the month. The band has issued the following statement on the Lone Star State assault:

"San Antonio, Houston and Austin prepare for a crushing metal onslaught. Coming from California will be death metal lunatics Gravehill. This will be their first Texas shows ever, so everyone needs to come out and represent Texas Metal Pride. Also on the tour will be new Deathgasm Records recording artists Blaspherian! Anyone who has seen this band live knows what a totally heavy death metal performance they will bring. Death Metal done the old true way! And from San Mucas, I mean San Marcus, Texas will be Disfigured on the tour as well. You can always expect a solid grinding death metal assault from these guys. We look forward to sharing the stage with these bands! We look forward to drinking all your beer. We look forward to raising some Hell!"

Hod's "Serpent" was released last year on Ibex Moon Records

Recent Ibex Moon signees Gravehill are scheduled to release the special diehard vinyl version of "Rites of the Pentagram" within the next month. Following it in the spring will be a CD re-release of the album, which will contain the five-track "Metal of Death/Advocation of Murder & Suicide" EP, complete with new packaging. Finally, the summer will see the release of new full-length album "Pravus Tyrannis."

Here are the latest tour dates for both bands: More...

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Cathedral Reveals New Album Release Date

British doom metal legends Cathedral has announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "The Guessing Game" on March 26th through Nuclear Blast Records. The record was produced by Warren Riker and the artwork was done by long-time colloborator Dave Patchett. You can check it out below.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Immaculate Misconception
2. Funeral Of Dreams
3. Painting In The Dark
4. Death Of An Anarchist
5. The Guessing Game
6. Edwige's Eyes
7. One Dimensional People
8. Casket Chasers
9. La Noche Del Buque Maldito (aka Ghost Ship Of The Blind Dead)
10. The Running Man
11. Requiem For The Voices
12. Journeys Into Jade More...

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Separatist Guitarist Departs, Replacement Sought

Tasmanian death metal band Separatist has announced the departure of guitarist and founding member David Gilbert from the band. The band commented:

“I have some bad news to share with you tonight… Unfortunately Gilbo parted ways with Separatist earlier this afternoon. Evidently he has some stuff going on and yeah, hes gone. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

The band, who is currently recording an album and has also announced shows in their home state supporting Psycroptic, is now searching for a replacement guitarist that meets the following criteria: More...

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Rise To Fall Posts "Redrum" Music Video

Rise To Fall have posted a music video online for the song "Redrum," which is taken from the forthcoming album "Restore The Balance." The video clip can be viewed below. "Restore The Balance" will be released on February, 22nd 2010 via Coroner Records.

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Paradise Lost Updates Tour Schedule

Gothic metallers Paradise Lost are continuing their "Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us" tour which kicks off today in Sofia / Bulgaria. The band’s Lead Guitarist Greg Mackintosh will join the band again after he was forced to cancel the previous European tour last winter. The upcoming Paradise Lost tour dates are as follows:

2/12 Hristo Botev Hall - Sofia, Bulgaria
2/13 Boogaloo - Zagreb, Croatia
2/14 SKC - Belgrade, Serbia
2/15 Culture Hall - Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2/18 Salzhaus - Wintertur, Switzerland
2/19 Conrad Sohm - Dornbirn, Switzerland
2/20 Kofmehl - Solothurn, Switzerland
2/21 Batschkapp - Frankfurt, Germany
2/22 Live Music Hall - Cologne, Germany
4/24 Hi-Fi - Brisbane
4/26 Metro Theatre - Sydney
4/27 Billboard - Melbourne
7/9 Metalcamp Festival - Tolmin, Slovenia
7/18 Pro Rock Festival - Kiev, Ukraine
8/13 Sziget Festival - Budapest, Hungary

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Den Saakaldte Cancels Barther Open Air Appearance

Norway's Den Saakaldte has issued the following update about canceling their performance at the Barther Open Air Festival:

"We regret that we have to cancel our appearance at the Barther Open Air Festival on the 20th August, due to schedule clashes for some of the band members. All other dates remain unchanged. For 2010 there is one more date to be announced in the near future and that is for MEXICO, as Den Saakaldte is crossing the atlantic for one show. More info on this later on. No other gigs are or will be planned for this year."

Den Saakaldte's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

3/19, Pitch Black Rock & Metal Café, Niederkrüchten, DE
3/20 Azijnfabriek, Roermond, NL
4/9 Dante’s Highlight, Helsinki, FI
4/10 Kings of Black Metal, Giessen, DE
6/5 United Darkness Festival, Athens, GR

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Aerosmith And RATM Added To Download Festival

American hard rock legends Aerosmith and rap rock veterans Rage Against The Machine have been confirmed as the headline acts at this year's edition of Britain's Download Festival, in addition to previously announced headliners AC/DC. Rage Against The Machine will be headlining the saturday with Aerosmith taking the top spot the next day. Other bands confirmed for the event include Motorhead, Deftones, Them Crooked Vultures, Megadeth and Stone Temple Pilots. It will take place at Donington Park from June 11th - 13th.

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Amorphis To Release New DVD

Finnish metallers Amorphis have issued the following statement about releasing a new live DVD:

"The 20th Anniversary DVD Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes, filmed in November 2009 at Club Teatria in Oulu/Finland, will be released in early June. In addition to the standard version, a limited Deluxe Edition will be offered as well. This special four-disc box set contains two DVDs (the Oulu concert, also available in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a bonus DVD including the complete Summer Breeze 2009 gig, a documentary titled Tales From The 20 Years, a collection of promo video clips plus a photo gallery) and two CDs containing the complete Oulu gig."

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As You Drown Streaming Entire New Album

As You Drown has issued the following update about streaming their entire new album online:

"Dear metalheads! As you may have noticed, we have secured the direct support slot for the upcoming Blitzkrieg 5 tour of Polish Death Metal Gods Vader! Vader is still on tour with Marduk, but will invade the UK, Ireland, Benelux, Germany and Scandinavia right after. UK´s very own Divine Chaos complete the billing! To give the audience a foretaste of what to expect live As You Drown's debut album Reflection will be streamed in it´s entirety for two weeks from now on via MySpace."

As You Drown's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Forgotten Tales Checks In From The Studio

Forgotten Tales has posted a new video clip from the recording studio, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the video:

"Hello you all, dear fans, I am very pleased to be able to give you some news about me. I know Forgotten Tales and I were very quiet in the latest months but it was because we had much to do. All our attention and energy are now concentrated in the making and the development of the 3rd album that we want to be of the highest quality. I can assure you that not any time I have forgotten you. Throughout this long process, you are constantly present in my thoughts and in my heart. Everything we do is, above all for you!

"Last week, Martin had fun on camera to capture my impressions and some moments of my recording session that I am willing to share. So here's a little overview of what happens at Studio Menzo."

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Amon Amarth Announces North American Tour

Swedish viking metal outfit Amon Amarth has announced that will be heading out on a headlining tour of North America this Spring. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We can finally announce that we'll be returning to North America this spring! And we're happy to bring Eluveitie and Holy Grail with us as support, plus a special co-headline show with Fear Factory in San Francisco.

"Please note that some of the venues that have been booked are very small so make sure to get your tickets in time."

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Kamelot To Play Easter Metal Fest

Kamelot has issued the following announcement about performing at Madrid's Easter Metal Fest and then hosting an after party at the Hard Rock Cafe:

"Sunday April 4th Madrid will ROCK! Firstly at La Riviera venue, the Easter Metal Fest, the metal festival with bands like Heavenwood, Darksun, Adagio, Leaves Eyes, and of course, KAMELOT. And right after the melodic metal shock, you will be able to meet Kamelot members personally at Hard Rock Cafe Madrid. Some of the other bands will likely be there too! Only those of you who have an Easter Metal Fest ticket will be able to access the party in the private area in Hard Rock Cafe and have a good time meeting the band. Be there! Don´t forget to buy your tickets for the festival at this location."

Kamelot will also be filming their upcoming European tour for a new DVD release. The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Living Sacrifice Cancels Tonight's Show

Arkansas metallers Living Sacrifice have issued the following brief statement about canceling their planned tour date for Monday, February 15th:

"Tonight's Show at HeBrews Cancelled (2/15)! Unfortunately due to bad weather we have had to cancel tonight's show at HeBrew's in Iron River, MI. We are so sorry for the inconvenience and late notice!"

Living Sacrifice still has the following upcoming tour dates:

2/16 2010 Reggie’s w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC Chicago, Illinois
2/17 2010 Emerson Theatre w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC Indianapolis, Indiana
2/18 2010 The Brig w/War of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC Blairsville, Pennsylvania
2/19 2010 Imagine This w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC Grand Ledge, Michigan
2/20 2010 Forward Hall w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC Erie, Pennsylvania
2/21 2010 Chameleon Club w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2/22 2010 Aquifer Music Venue w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC Clinton, New Jersey
2/23 2010 Sonar w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC Baltimore, Maryland
2/24 2010 Club Relevant w/ War Of Ages, Shai Hulud, Lionheart, TGC Virginia Beach, Virginia
2/25 2010 The Brewery w/ War Of Ages, Lionheart, TGC Raleigh, North Carolina
2/26 2010 New Brookland Tavern w/ War of Ages, Lionheart, TGC Columbia, South Carolina
2/27 2010 The 7 Venue w/ War Of Ages, Lionheart, TGC Douglasville, Georgia
2/28 2010 Murray Hill Theatre w/ War Of Ages, Lionheart, TGC Jacksonville, Florida

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Megadeth Reveals "R.I.P." Tour Setlist

Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine has issued the following statement regarding the set list for their upcoming "Rust In Peace" 20th anniversary tour, which will feature former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson:

"Droogies! Happy Valentine's Day! I thought that Happy VD was a bit funny, but I really wanted to stop and take the time to thank you all for your support and especially thank all of the ticket holders for the RIP tour cities that have already sold-out. Rehearsals are all done and we are ready for pre-production next week, and then we will be heading out to start the tour. Please send your prayers, best wishes, and positive thoughts our way, and if we are playing in your city or town I sure hope to see you. A big thank you goes out to all of the cities that are sold-out already!

"Just so you know, we are playing 10 songs from over our 25+ year careers, as well as all 9 songs off of RIP.

"We are playing:
Set The World Afire
Wake Up Dead
In My Darkest Hour
Sweating Bullets
Skin O' My Teeth
Head Crusher
A Tout Le Monde
Symphony Of Destruction
Trust
Peace Sells, But Who's Buying?
(and all of RIP) More...

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Mob Rule To Perform At Winternachtstraum Festival

Germany's Mob Rules have announced they will be performing at the Winternachtstraum Festival on February 19th, 2010 in Arnsberg Oeventro. Other bands confirmed to appear at the festival include Unleashed, Tyr, Dark Age, Sacred Steel, Highland Glory, Thunderbolt, and Jack Slater. More information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Skinlab Issues Band Update

Skinlab has issued the following update about their upcoming activity:

"Hey what's up everyone, it's been awhile since we made our last update about what is going on. Finally some good tour news is on the way!. Dates are being set up for April for the 'Bloodline Tour and Clinics' which will be sponsored by Jackson Guitars and will feature various Jackson Artists participating in select in-store appearances and Clinics. Tour dates are also in the works for Europe later this year. We are trying to get down to South America, and Australia this year too.

"Skinlab recently became part of the Jackson Guitars family and will be collaborating on a new custom Skinlab baritone guitar and long scale bass. Snake and I will be heading out to Corona,CA this week to take care of all specs and final adjustments to the designs before they head off to production. The designs are fuckin sick looking, we're all very excited to be working with Jackson and look forward rocking them fuckers on stage soon!! More...

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Death Breath Streaming New Song Online

Swedish death metallers Death Breath have posted an un-mixed preview of the new song “Obsessed By Sodomy." The track, along with the previously uploaded song "Dead But Walking," can be heard via the official Death Breath MySpace page. A video of Death Breath performing the track "Dragged Through The Mud" in Helsinki can also be viewed below. More...

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Scarpoint Drummer To Fill In For Dead By April

Drummer Erik Thyselius of Swedish metal act Scarpoint has issued the following update about filling in for Dead By April's Alexander Svenningson at an upcoming Swedish tour date:

"Hey fuckers!! So as I promised last week I have some interesting news. I will be filling in for Alex in Dead By April on their upcoming gig the 26th of February in Sälen in Sweden. It´s gonna be a blast to do this and it´s gonna be really fun to party with our boys from DBA again. So if you are in Sälen that weekend come and se the show and have a drink with me! Hope to see you there and stay twisted fuckers!!"

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The Summoned Signs To First To Fight Records

First To Fight Records has announced the signing of Boston, MA based experimental death metal band The Summoned. The band's first full-length album "If Only Minds Can Paint Pictures" is set for an early summer release, with a tour soon to follow. First To Fight Records issued the following statement about The Summoned:

"Started in November of 2007 with the release of their debut EP 'Harvest' they started developing a following in the New England metal scene. It was only until the debut of their 2009 demo where they broke out, refined their sound, and became highly praised for the effort. Making waves for their intense music and live show The Summoned has no plans of slowing down but to make the most intense music they can."

The Summoned vocalist Steve Thompson also commented: "We're absolutely psyched to be working with First To Fight Records, everyone has been really cool and very down to earth, they're very excited to be working with us! This is so surreal."

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Sael Issues New Album Update

Sael have announced that their upcoming album "The Sixth Extinction" was mixed at the end of January by Neb Xort at the Drundenhaus studio. The mastering for the album will be completed by the end of the month. Information on the release date will be announced as it is made available.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Being Judas
2. Priest of Nothingness
3. The Venom
4. Mantra of the fourth Age
5. Inner Wrath
6. I searched for the end of the Spiral
7. The Sixth Extinction

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Cannibal Corpse Announces North American Tour

American death metal legends Cannibal Corpse has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America this April. Joining them on the trek will be Skeletonwitch, 1349 and Lecherous Nocturne. A message from bass player Alex Webster reads as follows:

"We are very excited to announce our tour with 1349, Skeletonwitch, and Lecherous Nocturne. This is a killer lineup of bands that we're sure our fans will love. Prepare for an evening of pure sonic brutality!"

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blessthefall Announces Spring Headlining Tour

Phoenix, Arizona post-hardcore/metalcore band blessthefall has announced that they will headline The Bangover Tour this March/April. The U.S. and Canadian run follows up their slot on The Atticus Tour Oct/Nov 2009, and features support from Miss May I, Greeley Estates and Before Their Eyes. The dates come in support of their new album, "Witness," which stormed into the Billboard Top 200 at #56 and the Independent Chart at #6 in October 2009.

Full tour dates are as below:

03/24 - Pocatello, ID @ The Icon
03/26 - Edmonton, AB @ The Avenue
03/27 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
03/29 - Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
03/30 - Thunder Bay, ON @ The Roxy
04/01 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
04/02 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
04/03 - Montreal, QC @ Underworld
04/05 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
04/06 - Dayton, OH @ The Attic Club
04/07 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
04/08 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
04/09 - Little Rock, AR @ The Village
04/10 - Metaire, LA @ High Ground
04/11 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
04/12 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
04/14 - Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702 Skatepark

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Noctem Begins Filming Second Music Video

Spanish metal band Noctem has issued the following update:

"Today Noctem starts the new videoclip recording sessions with the same director from their last successful video 'Across Heracles Towards' (Miguel Angel Font Bisier from Ht Prods). The band will be recording the first part of the new video in 3 days, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. On day 17th some fans are going to appear as extra actors. The second part of the video is going to be recorded in Malvarrosa media Studios from Valencia too, on days 6 and 7th of march."

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Illdisposed Announces Tour Dates With SFU

Denmark's Illdisposed has announced the following european tour dates in support of Six Feet Under. The tour dates are as follows:

29.04 - Osnabrück (Ger) - N 8
01.05 - Rostock (Ger) - Alte Zuckerfabrik
02.05 - Plzen (Cz) - Serikovka
03.05 - Wroclaw (Pol) - MZ
04.05 - Baia Mare (Ro) - Dacia Hall
05.05 - Bratislava (Sk) - Randal Club
06.05 - Chemnitz (Ger) - AJZ Taalschock
07.05 - Cottbus (Ger) - Gladhouse
08.05 - München (Ger) - Backstage
11.05 - Spital an der Drau (A) - Stadtsaal
12.05 - Kufstein (A) - Kulturfabrik

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Mayhem Cancels North American Tour Dates

Norwegian black metal band MAYHEM has announced the cancelation of their upcoming North American tour. The band has issued the following explanation:

"Despite all attempt to save the USA/CANADA tour we are now forced to cancel it due to the financial situation. We are very sorry for all those who expected to see Mayhem live, we hope the situation will be better next time. We will work hard on getting back over there as soon as possible."

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The Funeral Pyre Begins Recording Vocals

The Funeral Pyre has issued the following studio update:

"So, we've been at Awkward Studios putting together our latest record. All of the drums have been tracked, most of the guitars have been tracked, and we've put down 2 songs with vocals. This process has been new to us, being that this is the first time we've tracked our own record. It's definitely been a learning experience, but thus far we feel this has been better for the sound, or music, or whatever it is that we really do. None the less, we are extremely excited about this record. We have 11 songs (with probably 3 more that we'll record immeidately following this recording process) but not all 11 will make the final record. I think we'll go with about 9 songs on this release. Is it different than our previous record? I guess so. Do we think people will like it? Who knows. But we're stoked, and we honestly hope that you will be. More updates coming soon."

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The Murder Industry Signs To Xtreem Music

Spanish brutal Death band THE MURDER INDUSTRY has announced their signing to Xtreem Music. They will release their debut album, which is already recorded, for a mid March 2010. "Death Motivation" is the title of THE MURDER INDUSTRY's debut full length and includes 8 songs produced by Eric Monsonis

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Unearthing the Metal Underground: NOLA, Part 2

Just one Unearthing for my fair city of New Orleans wouldn’t work. We have so many bands here, they’re breaking the levees! Here’s three more incredible bands to give you a NOLA fix. There is an amendment to the previous Unearthing the Metal Underground: New Orleans; Tire Fire is not crustpunk. “We hate crusties,” vocalist Matt Muscle told me at the Pentagram show. But whatever they are, it’s fierce and Matt is a madman on stage. More...

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Circus Maximus, Leverage Members Form New Band

CIRCUS MAXIMUS singer Michael Eriksen and finnish producer/guitarist Torsti Spoof (LEVERAGE) have decided to join forces together in a new band project under The Magnificent moniker. Other musicians scheduled to appear on the album include Kalle Torniainen of Brother Firetribe on drums and Pekka Lampinen of Leverage on bass.

Songwriting is well underway and sees contributions also from Pekka Heino (BROTHER FIRETRIBE, LEVERAGE), Tomppa Nikulainen (BROTHER FIRETRIBE), Tuomas Heikkinen (LEVERAGE) and Sami Hyde and others. Soundwise the album will sound like a cross between the heavier approach of Leverage with the hooks and melodies of Brother Firetribe. The recording will be completed during the winter, with Frontiers looking to release the debut album after the summer 2010.

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