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Metal News for February 16, 2011

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46 news articles posted on this day.

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Horned Almighty: "Desecrate the World"

Danish black metal band Horned Almighty have just released their fourth full-length and much-anticipated Candlelight Records debut, "Necro Spirituals," a blasphemous cacophony that embraces the raw side of the genre's earliest purveyors.

Originally formed in 2002 as a side project, the band deliver an unflinching blitz of pure black metal, with pummeling drums, skull shattering bass, frantic riffage and evil vocals of death, destruction and hell on earth. Shunning keyboards, strings or any hint of melody, they're a throwback that stands in stark contrast to the incredibly intricate, massive productions flowing from the Scandinavian and European symphonic metal scene.

Vocalist S took a few minutes to chat with Metalunderground this week about the new album, tour, hooking up with Candlelight and their disdain for organized religion. Here's what transpired: More...

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New Shadows Fall/Killswitch Side Project

You can add another chapter to Massachusetts' notoriously incestuous metal and hardcore scene as members of Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage have united to form a new side project called Death Ray Vision.

The group reunites Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair with Overcast mates, Mike D'Antonio, who plays bass for Killswitch, and guitarist Pete Cortese, who also played briefly in KsE. Cortese also played in Seemless with Jesse Leach, who was the original KsE vocalist and is now on tour with Times of Grace with KsE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz.

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Death Ray Vision, which is planning to record a four-song demo and is lining up some northeastern U.S. shows, also includes former Cannae drummer Colin Conway and guitarist Zack Wells, who runs Born of Fire, a Boston-based indie label that hosts the city's best weekly metal night.

Fair announced the formation of the band on his Facebook page and promised the band will be "bringing a sound based on our old school influences (Cro-Mags, Integrity, Leeway, Ringworm, etc.)"

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Exodus Guitarist Comments On Slayer Gig

As previously reported, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman will be unable to tour with the band, on a number of tour dates this year as a result of an arm infection. Taking his place on the tour will be Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, who had this to say regarding the guest position:

"How can I put into words how excited I am to have been asked to play with Slayer? Hard to describe for sure. Legendary band, check. Old friends since the birth of thrash metal. Check. Get to play ‘Angel Of Death’ live, priceless! I'll do my best to live up to the standard they've set for so many years, while we all wish Jeff a speedy return to health and his rightful place in Slayer."

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Devin Townsend Posts New Video Update Online

The Devin Townsend Project has posted another video update online documenting the recording of the new album, "Deconstruction." You can check it out below. "Deconstruction" will be one of two new albums that the Devin Townsend Project will release in June, along with a record entitled, "Ghost."

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Motorhead Enters Billboard Album Charts

British heavy metal legends Motorhead have entered the Billboard 200 Chart at number 94 after selling over 7,000 copies of their new studio album, "The World Is Yours." The record has also done well in Canada, securing the number 24 spot on the Canadian album charts.

Motorhead also recently appeared on the Conan O'Brien late night talk show. You can check out footage from the band's performance at this location.

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Rammstein Announces U.S. And Canadian Tour Dates

Rammstein has posted the following message online about upcoming North American shows:

"After the success of last year’s show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, we are happy to announce Rammestein’s first North America Tour after 10 years. Presale starts on February 25/26 – more information and ticket links to be followed soon."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

05.05. New York (East Rutherford) – Izod Center
07.05. Montreal – Bell Centre
08.05. Toronto – Air Canada Centre
10.05. Chicago (Rosemont)- Allstate Arena
13.05. Edmonton – Rexall Place
15.05. Seattle (Tacoma) – Tacoma Dome
18.05. San Francisco (Oakland) – Oracle Arena
20.05. Los Angeles – The Forum
21.05. Las Vegas – Thomas & Mack Center

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Dillinger Escape Plan Updates Tour Schedule

Dillinger Escape Plan has announced a North American tour in support of the "Option Paralysis" album alongside Deftones. The updated list of tour dates and venues is as follows:

14 Apr 11 Seattle, WA (US) Paramount Theatre
16 Apr 11 Portland, OR (US) Crystal Ballroom
18 Apr 11 Vancouver, BC (CA) Commodore Ballroom
21 Apr 11 Salt Lake City, UT (US) In The Venue
22 Apr 11 Denver, CO (US) Ogden Theatre
25 Apr 11 Kansas City, MO (US) Harrah's
26 Apr 11 St. Louis, MO (US) The Pageant
28 Apr 11 Minneapolis, MN (US) First Avenue
29 Apr 11 Milwaukee, WI (US) The Rave
30 Apr 11 Chicago, IL (US) Riviera Theatre
01 May 11 Detroit, MI (US) Fillmore Theatre
03 May 11 Toronto, ON (CA) The Sound Academy
04 May 11 Montreal, QC (CA) Metropolis
05 May 11 Hampton Beach, NH (US) Hampton Beach Casino
06 May 11 Providence, RI (US) Lupo's
07 May 11 Hartford, CT (US) Webster Theatre
09 May 11 Boston, MA (US) House of Blues
10 May 11 Philadelphia, PA (US) Electric Factory
11 May 11 Sayreville, NJ (US) Starland Ballroom
13 May 11 New York, NY (US) Best Buy Theater
20 May 11 Jacksonville, FL (US) Plush
21 May 11 Orlando, FL (US) Hard Rock Live
22 May 11 Boca Raton, FL (US) Sunset Cove Amphitheater
28 May 11 Atlanta, GA (US) The Tabernacle
29 May 11 Memphis, TN (US) Minglewood Hall
01 Jun 11 Oklahoma City, OK (US) Diamond Ballroom
04 Jun 11 Austin, TX (US) Austin Music Hall
05 Jun 11 Corpus Christi, TX (US) Concrete Street Amphitheater
10 Jun 11 Los Angeles, CA (US) Palladium
13 Jun 11 San Francisco, CA (US) Warfield TheatreSee More

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Rotten Sound Posts "Hollow" Video

Rotten Sound has debuted the video for “Hollow," which is taken from the band's forthcoming album "Cursed," online now through the Decibel Magazine blog. “Hollow” was directed by Casper Haugegaard for Jawbreaker Productions, and can be viewed below. Rotten Sound also previously posted the live video for “Self," also taken from "Cursed," online at this location. "Cursed" will see its worldwide (excluding Finland) release on March 15th via Relapse Records on CD, LP and digitally.

The upcoming Rotten Sound tour dates are as follows: More...

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Children Of Bodom Posts "Was It Worth It?" Video

Finland's Children of Bodom has teamed up with Metalinjection.net to post a music video online for the song "Was It Worth It?" You can check out the video clip below. "Was It Worth It?" is off the band's new album "Relentless Reckless Forever," which is set for release on March 8th, 2011.


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You can also check out the previously uploaded trailer for the music video at this location.

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Liturgy Song Available For Streaming

Brooklyn based act Liturgy is currently streaming the track "High Gold" through Decibel Magazine's Deciblog. The track, which appears on the "Aesthethica" album, can be heard at this location. Decibel Magazine also commented on the song:

"Brooklynites Liturgy have taken black metal’s primal scream literally and applied it to an experimental framework. Actually, from the sounds of Aesthethica lead-off track 'High Gold,' it’s the other way ’round.

"Apart from the opening and ending sonic bookends, 'High Gold' is a furious, repetitious, and dissonant salvo carved out the same mindset that has carried fellow New Yorkers Krallice to acclaimed heights. Ultimately, Liturgy’s 'High Gold' rules."

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Lineup Announced For Walpurgis Metal Days

The 11th edition of Germany's Walpurgis Metal Days festival is set to take place from May 6th - 7th, 2011 at the Festplatz in Hauzenberg, Germany. For further information on the festival visit this location. The currently announced lineup for the festival is as follows:

Asphyx
Distaste
Fleshcrawl
Goddamned X
HateSphere
Malignant Tumour
Marduk
Nothgard
Onkel Tom Angelripper
Pequod
Roadkill
Scared To Death
Slartibartfass
Soul Demise
The Morphean
The Sorrow
U.G.F.
Wolfchant

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Nevermore Bassist To Undergo Surgery Today

Nevermore bass player Jim Sheppard will be undergoing surgery today to remove a benign brain tumor. Vocalist Warrel Dane posted the following message on his Twitter account earlier: "Please, all metalhead brothers and sisters, send your positive energy for our brother."

Stay tuned for further information on this story. Nevermore also recently announced several upcoming tour dates in Australia. You can check out details on the upcoming shows in June at this location.

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Ogen To Release Debut EP

Italian black metal act Ogen has announced the band's debut EP "Black Metal Unbound" will be released in the Spring of 2011 through Kolony Records. The CD is currently being recorded at Elfo Studio in Italy with producer Daniele Mandelli (Forgotten Tomb, Dark Horizon). It also features a guest appearance by Be'lakor lead singer George Kosmas on the song "Shattered Earth Volcano."

The band also commented on it's history and the new album:

"Ogen was formed in 2010 as a solo project of mastermind Hartagga who had the desire to explore the field of extreme metal, pushing his lifelong musical quest further. The path to follow was clear since the beginning: from the early stages of the project, Ogen was meant to contribute its view and compositions to the ever-changing genre of black metal. With this in mind, the songwriting process started to flow easily, revealing Ogen's ability to forge tunes made of both black metal edges and episodes of not-so-obvious harmonic tapestry. An EP was born, set to firstly declare Ogen's will to provide the world of metal with an enchantingly estranging extreme metal outfit, which never lacks perspective and whose wall of sound, easily more relevant than speed for speed's sake, will take listeners on a trip to the deep heart of forgotten landscapes."

The "Black Metal Unbound" track listing is as follows:

1. Shattered Earth volcano
2. Black tusk retaliation
3. Crest of the forgotten
4. As a leaden sun shineth upon
5. A steep slope to desolation

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Heathen Added To Destruction Tour

German thrash metal veterans Destruction have announced that Destroyer 666 will be unable to participate in the band's scheduled tour of North America this April, because guitarist and vocalist K.K. Warslut will be undergoing surgery on a torn ACL. Replacing them on the bill will be fellow thrash legends Heathen, who released their first new album in nineteen years, "Evolution Through Chaos" last year.

Speaking on the tour's lineup, Destruction front man Schmier stated:

"Destruction wishes Keith a safe and quick recovery! In the meantime, we are really happy to announce their old friends Heathen as a replacement for Deströyer 666! These Bay Area thrashers are one of my favorite thrash bands of all time and we will be sharing the European stages with them in some weeks on the Killfest tour. It's fantastic to have an opportunity to tour with old friends on both sides of the globe! German and Bay Area thrash together on tour - how much more kick-ass can it get?! I can't wait to hit the road again now, hope to see you all out there!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Amaranthe Comments On Album Release

Amaranthe has checked in with the following comments about the release of the band's upcoming album:

"Hey all! We are extremely happy to announce that our debut album will be out in stores all over Europe on April 13th (more news about US and Japan soon!), preceded by a single, 'Hunger', on February 28th!

"A video directed by Patric Ullaeus will be out in conjunction with the single and a full on European tour with Kamelot and Evergrey will follow the album release! See you all on the road soon!

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Orange Goblin To Headline Burning Earth Fest

Orange Goblin has issued the following announcement about headlining the Burning Earth festival:

"Orange Goblin have been confirmed as headliners at this years Burning Earth Festival, due to take place at the Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin, Germany.

"The festival takes place on Saturday 9th April and will also feature bands such as Hypnos 69, Samsara Blues Experiment, Grandloom, Lonely Kamel, and Stonehead. Tickets are available now for €18 at this location or at the box office on the day for €23."

You can also find additional details on the Burning Earth festival at this location.

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Beyond Reproach Announces New Bassist

Dutch death metal act Beyond Reproach has issued the following update about recruiting a new bass player and writing new material:

"First, we are pleased to announce that we have found a new permanent bass player… Robin Zinger! During rehearsals and on stage Robin impressed us with his skills and commitment. His ability to play our tunes tight within no-time, while withstanding a kind of humor that only few can endure, proved that he’s up for the game!

"Between now and the previous blog we did a bunch of cool shows. The most notable gig was definitely the Sodom Metalnight gig, our first show with Robin and an awesome party! Lots of kudos go out to Jeremy (Burial Earth) and Matthijs (Limburg was awesome dude) who helped us out on the bass during our search.

"Regarding the further course of events; we are now ready to go full steam ahead with new material. As you can see some brand new shows have been added to our events, but besides these shows we are planning to focus more on writing new stuff. This means that we will not be looking actively for new shows in the near future. Beside our busy lives which exists of consuming too much alcohol, graduating and achieving diploma’s we hope to get creative soon and throw y’all some fucking metal."

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Pythia Announces Album's Japanese Release

Pythia has issued the following update about releasing hte band's "Beneath the Veiled Embrace" album in Japan with bonus tracks:

"Beneath The Veiled Embrace Japanese Edition released next week! The Japanese release of our debut album 'Beneath the Veiled Embrace' is released next Wednesday, 23rd February on the Spinning Record label.

"As well as featuring extra tracks to the UK original there is also brand new artwork! Fans both in Japan and internationally can order a copy from the link below. Thanks for your continued support!"

You can check out the cover artwork for the Japanese edition and listen to samples from all the songs on the album at this location.

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Threshold To Play Night Of The Prog

Threshold has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Night of the Prog festival in July:

"Threshold will perform at the 2011 edition of Night Of The Prog Festival in Germany on 8-9 July. Other bands include Dream Theater, Anathema, IQ, RPWL, Eloy, Riverside and more."

You can check out Threshold's full touring itinerary at this location. Additional details on Germany's Night of the Prog festival can be found here.

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Evoken To Re-Release Two Albums

Evoken has issued the following announcement about reissuing two earlier releases with bonus material:

"Date set for re-releases: the re-releases of 'Quietus' and 'Antithesis of Light', which will both include bonus material is now set for release on April 4, 2011. This announcement should also come via Peaceville Records shortly."

You can also check out Evoken's music through the band's MySpace page at this location.

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Necronaut To Play Sweden Rock Festival

This year's edition of the Sweden Rock Festival is set to take place from June 8th - 11th, 2011. Necronaut has now issued the following brief announcement about appearing at the festival:

"Necronaut will perform at Sweden Rock Festival 2011. Necronaut will do a unique live performance at Sweden Rock Festival this summer. Exact time and day will be posted soon."

Additional details on the Sweden Rock Festival can be found at this location.

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Stargazery Posts Debut Album Teaser

Stargazery has posted a video teaser for the band's debut album, "Eye On The Sky." You can check it out below. The album is expected to be released on March 25th in Europe by Pure Legend Records. The band is currently preparing a first single for the radio titled "How Many Miles."

Here's the track listing for "Eye On The Sky":

Dying
Puppet on a String
I am the night
Eye on the sky
How many miles
Judah
S.O.S
Every day I dream of you
Jester Of Kings
Headless Cross (Black Sabbath Cover)

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New Virus Song Available For Streaming

The title track of the new Virus album "The Agent That Shapes The Desert" has been posted online and is available to be heard in the video clip below.

Norwegian act Virus was also recently covered in Metalunderground.com's "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column. You can check out our look at Virus here.

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Catelpsy Posts New Album Teaser

Catelpsy has issued the following announcement about posting a video clip online with previews of the band's upcoming album:

"We've put up a track by track preview of our upcoming album Bleed, have a listen and tell us your thoughts! Watch in high quality if possible. If you haven't heard, Bleed will be in stores everywhere on April 26th!"

You can check out the clip below.

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Septic Flesh Announces New Album Track Listing

Greek metal act Septic Flesh is set to release the new album "The Great Mass" on April 18th, 2011 (one day later in the U.S.), and the band also recently posted the cover artwork online for the digipack edition. The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. The Vampire from Nazareth
2. A Great Mass of Death
3. Pyramid God
4. Five-Pointed Star
5. Oceans of Grey
6. The Undead Keep Dreaming
7. Rising
8. Apocalypse
9. Mad Architect
10. Therianthropy

Septic Flesh has now posted a second studio report online, which can be read here. The band was also included in Metalunderground.com's Valentines Day ode to anti-love metal, which can be found at this location.

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PanzerChrist Posts Songs From Upcoming Album

PanzerChrist recently signed to Listenable Records for the release of the band's upcoming album "Regiment Ragnarok." The band's album will be released on April 18th by Listenable Records.

PanzerChrist has also now uploaded three new tracks from the album, which are available for streaming. You can check out the newly posted songs "King Tiger," "Ode to a Cluster Bomb," and "Prevail" through the band's official Facebook page.

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August Burns Red Checks In From The Studio

August Burns Red is currently in the studio with Jason Suecof, recording the follow-up to 2009's "Constellations." The band has now checked in with Alt Press to discuss the recording process. An excerpt from the Alt Press article follows:

“We know sonically he’s going to give us the record that we want, and while he is a bit of a zany, crazy guy—like, all over the place, a little A.D.D.—we hit a stride with him in the last couple weeks of doing our last record,” Guitarist JB Brubaker says. “We became good friends with him and he figured us out; we figured him out. And it just made sense for us to do it with him again.”

The still-untitled album will have more than 10 songs that lyrically run the gamut. Drummer Matt Greiner wrote a song about how the band’s hometown of Manheim, Pennsylvania, came together after a recent car accident involving four high school students. Vocalist Jake Luhrs’ contributions, meanwhile, tend toward “things that have been frustrating him in his life—whether it be family things or spiritual things,” Brubaker says. “Some of the stuff he’s written, it comes off pretty angry.”

Putting August Burns Red’s new music into words isn’t quite as easy. On the one hand, Brubaker says that it’s “much more melodic” than 2007’s Messengers and it’s “definitely coming out heavier” than Constellations. Still, he observes that it’s also maintaining the latter album’s “dynamic elements… such as clean sections and guitar solos and stuff.”

Read the full article at Altpress.com.

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Betzefer Posts New Album Online For Streaming

Israeli metal act Betzefer has posted the band's new studio album, "Freedom To The Slave Makers" online for fans to stream in full.

You can check out the new record by heading to the band's Facebook page. The album will be released this Friday (February 18th) through AFM Records.

The previously uploaded teaser trailer for the new album "Freedom To The Slave Makers" is also available for viewing at this location.

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Architects Posts New Music Video Online

British metal outfit Architects has posted a new music video online for the song, "Learn To Live." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's latest studio album, "There Here And Now," which topped the British rock charts and landed at number fifty seven on the British albums chart.

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Feral Comments On Tour With Demonical

Feral vocalist David "Hook" Nilsson has issued the following announcement about the band touring alongside Demonical:

"We are thrilled to hit the road with one of our favorite bands from Sweden right now, there is no doubt that we will have a complete blast with Demonical and the rest of the lineup. We are also looking forward to finally get a chance to promote our album 'Dragged to the Altar' that will be released before the tour. Europe should best prepare itself, because in early May we will open the gates and let the death metal flow!"

The currently announced dates are as follows:

Demonical + Feral + Arroganz (+ * Gloria Morti)
03.05 2011 SWE - Stockholm - Sugarbar *
05.05 2011 GER - Hamburg - Bambi Galore *
06.05 2011 GER - Bad Oeynhausen - Black Sabbath *
07.05 2011 NL - Eindhoven - The Rambler *
08.05 2011 BEL - Oostende - OHK *
09.05 2011 UK - London - Purple Turtle *
10.05 2011 FRA - Valenciennes - Peniche Igelrock *
11.05 2011 GER - Neuss - Das Haus *
12.05 2011 GER - Aalen - Rock It *
13.05 2011 ITA - Brescia - Decimo Secolo
14.05 2011 ITA - Gorizia - Pieffe Factory
15.05 2011 SLO - Ljubljana - Channel Zero
17.05 2011 AT - Vienna - Escape Metalcorner
18.05 2011 SK - Banska Bystrica - Tirish Pub
19.05 2011 CZE - Prague - Modra Vopice
20.05 2011 GER - Jena - Rosenkeller
21.05 2011 GER - Lübeck - Treibsand

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Church Of Misery Announces Album Re-Issues

Japan's Church of Misery has issued the following announcement about re-issuing two previous albums with bonus tracks:

"Church of Misery re-issue! Rise Above Records will re-release our previous 2 albums - 'Master of Brutality' & 'The Second Coming' as CD/LP on 11th April. Both are remaster/ bonus tracks. Also Emetic Records will release 'Vol.1 - unreleased album 1996 by original line-up' as CD/LP on 8th March."

The band also recently announced an appearance at the upcoming Kristonfest in Spain. Details on the appearance can be found here.

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Perpetual Dawn Offering Demo As Free Download

Australian black metal act Perpetual Dawn has now announced that the song's from the band's "...And Become the Essence of Night" demo are all being made available as free MP3 downloads. Perpetual Dawn commented:

"Greetings all! A few people have asked for the demo mp3's, so instead of emailing individual people, I have posted it in rapid share. The link is at this location.

"Thanks to all for their support, hopefully more updates will emerge soon. Hails!"

You can also check out Perpetual Dawn's music through the band's MySpace profile.

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Vader Bassist Quits The Band

Tomasz "Reyash" Rejek, bass player of Polish death metal veterans Vader, has announced that he has left the group, citing personal reasons. A statement from Rejek reads as follows:

"Ave! After over two years of cooperation, I've decided to quit Vader due to personal reasons. I'd like to thank my bandmates for hundreds of gigs played together, I wish you all the best. At the same time I'd like to inform that I shall continue my music adventure along with my bands Christ Agony, Supreme Lord and Witchmaster. See you in Hell."

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The Bunny The Bear Signs With Victory Records

Victory Records has announced the addition of progressive metal act The Bunny The Bear to its roster. The band will be releasing its Victory Records debut on June 6th, 2011. You can view the band's latest music video for the single "Aisle" below.

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Smashface Announces New Tour Dates

Smashface, featuring former members of Sworn Enemy and All Shall Perish, has revealed the dates for its forthcoming European Tour. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

04/01 Essen, GER – Cafe Nova
04/07 Lichtervelde, BEL – Zall de Zwaan
04/08 Mol, BEL – JH Tydee
04/09 Ternuzen, NET – De Pit
04/10 Sneek, NET – Het Bolwerk (Frisian Hardcore Meeting)
04/11 Hannover, GER – Bei Chez Heinz
04/15 Wroclaw, POL – Liverpool
04/16 Newustadt, GER – Wotufa-Saal
04/19 Vienna, AUT – Shelter
04/21 Bolonia, ITA – Blogos
04/22 Zurich, SWI – Werk 21
04/28 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage
04/30 Leisnig, GER – Revolution Fest

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Periphery Posts More Touring Footage Online

Behind the scenes touring footage has been posted online featuring Periphery, Tesseract and Monuments. The footage was captured during the "League Of Extraordinary Djentlemen" 2011 tour. You can view the second and third videos in the series below:



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Coliseum To Tour With Rise Against

It has been revealed through the Rise Against official website that American sludge metal act Coliseum will be joining Platinum selling rock act Rise Against on its forthcoming European tour. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

03/11 Madrid, SPA – Riviera
03/12 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
03/13 Tilburg, NET – O13
03/15 Antwerpen, BEL – Trix Zaal
03/16 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
03/19 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
03/20 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega
03/22 Mainz, GER – Phoenixhalle
03/23 Cologne, GER – Palladium
03/25 Berlin, GER – C-Halle
03/26 Munich, GER – Zenith
03/27 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee

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Unearth To Be Joined By Former Drummer

Unearth has announced that it will be rejoined by drummer Derek Kerswill for a one-off show in tribute to former band bassist Chris 'Rover' Rybicki, who passed away at the hands of an alleged drunk driver this past September. The show will take place at Saint Michaels Hall in Lynn, MA on February 19th. The band commented on the gig by saying:

"In an effort to keep the focus on recording our new album and to show everyone that we are still indeed friends with our former drummer Derek Kerswill and that our split was solely because of 'creative differences,' we have decided that he is the best fit to play drums for us at Roverfest this Saturday night.

"Both the band and Derek agree that this was the best way to end our chapter together while also paying tribute to our fallen friend and former bassist Chris 'Rover' Rybicki. So if you are attending the show on Saturday at St. Michaels Hall in Lynn, you will get a chance to see our last gig with Kerswill."

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Will Haven Issues Band Update

Will Haven has posted the following update online from the studio:

"Thought we would give you a little update on the Haven, the record is just about done, Grady is doing some finishing touches on his vocals tommorow night, then its on to mixing, after that its really on!! some of the song titles for the record are 'when the walls close in,' 'urban agoge,' 'object of my affection,' and 'harvesting our burdens.' There are a total of 11 songs on the record. We are beyond happy with the way it has turned out. Cant wait to get it out there.

"As for show news we are playing with Papa Roach here in Sacramento the 25th of February. Were pretty excited because this will be our first show with our new bass player Chris Fehn (Slipknot). He has been in the studio with us during the whole record but we havent played live yet, so we are excited to have the whole band up there, and yes we will play some new jams ; ) So all is good here, thanks to everyone for the support and will get back to you this week with some photos from the studio tomorrow…"

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Heartsounds Posts Album Trailer

Post-hardcore act Heartsounds has uploaded a new album trailer online. Formerly known as Light This City, the band will be entering the studio with Zack Ohren and Bad Religion‘s Brett Gurewitz handling the production duties. You can view the teaser clip below:

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Gary Holt Joins Slayer As New Guitarist

Thrash metal veterans Slayer have announced that Exodus' Gary Holt will be joining the band as its new temporary replacement for a hospitalized Jeff Hanneman. The band commented on Jeff Hanneman's condition by saying:

"Jeff is our brother, we've all been friends and together as a band for almost 30 years so we just want him to completely recover as soon as possible. After everything that happened last year we all agreed that we just can't let our fans down again. Jeff is totally on board with this decision, so we will tour as planned. At this point, we can't pinpoint exactly what day he'll be back, but he'll be back as soon as he possibly can. And we can't wait for Jeff to get better and get his ass back on the road."

Hanneman underwent emergency surgery on his right arm late last month after contracting a serious infection. He is now recuperating at home and is expected to make a full recovery. He will return to the Slayer line-up as soon as he has fully recovered.

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Times Of Grace Added To New England Metal Fest

Times Of Grace, the new project between Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, has annnounced that it will be appearing at the forthcoming edition of the New England Metal And Hardcore festival which is set to take place between April 14th, 15th and 16th, 2011. Other bands that were added include Terror, Winds of Plague and Blood For Blood. You can check out the full festival lineup below:

Thursday, April 14:
ATTACK ATTACK!
VANNA
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE
OUR LAST NIGHT
STRAY FROM THE PATH
ARSONIST GET ALL THE GIRLS
A BULLET FOR PRETTY BOY
LIONS LIONS
ARMOR FOR THE BROKEN
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
I, THE BREATHER
ACROSS THE SUN
TOO LATE THE HERO
ATTILA
A PLEA FOR PURGING
DR. ACULA
THE CRIMSON ARMADA
LEGACY
COUNTERPARTS
LEGION
AN EARLY ENDING
VEMIA
CAPITALS

Friday, April 15:
BIOHAZARD
BLOOD FOR BLOOD
BURY YOUR DEAD
TERROR
WINDS OF PLAGUE
CRUEL HAND
YOUR DEMISE
THY WILL BE DONE
THIS IS HELL
THE CARRIER
SUFFOKATE
BORN LOW
MURDER DEATH KILL
STICK TO YOUR GUNS
TRAPPED UNDER ICE
LIONHEART
SHAI HULUD
CLOSE YOUR EYES
LEGEND
MONSTERS
THE WORLD WE KNEW
THE GREAT COMMISSION
THE GREENERY
HUNDREDTH
KING CONQUER
BETRAYAL More...

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Opeth To Headline Bonnaroo Festival

Swedish progressive metal act Opeth has been confirmed to be one of the many headlining performers at the forthcoming edition of the Bonnaroo festival. Bonnaroo 2011 is set to take place between June 9-12, 2011 in Manchester, Tennessee. The final Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is set to feature 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages. Other announced bands set to appear include:

OPETH
PRIMUS
THE SWORD
KYLESA

The 2011 event marks the 10th year for the diverse festival.

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Neuraxis Posts More Studio Footage

Neuraxis has posted more in-studio footage online from the band's time recording the new album "Asylon." You can check out the video clip below. "Asylon" is set for release on February 15th, 2011.

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Neuronia Issues Band Update

Polish metal act Neuronia has posted the following update online:

"Of course it's a difficult situation for the band when the whole rhythm section leaves. However, we're very happy that the split wasn't acrimonious, there was no bad blood and we're all still friends. We're very lucky — we've found two great musicians in no time, and they have seamlessly found their place in the lineup. We're even more motivated now — we feel a lot of newly-found energy."

Former bass player Dominik Beska, who participated in the recording of the band's two studio albums, left the band due to time constraints. Michal Pasternak, the band's drummer, also left to be able to focus fully on his main band, Relikt, and thrash-metal outfit War-Saw.

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Into Eternity Issues Update On New Material

Into Eternity drummer Steve Bolognese has posted the following update online:

"It's a tremendous honor to be invited back to teach at Berklee College Of Music for the spring semester. I always have a great time at the school. There are so many aspiring students getting their start in the field, and it's really amazing to be there to help them out and share any knowledge that I have to better prepare them for this ever-changing industry. Not to mention the world-class faculty that the percussion department has. It's just a real heavy scene. There are some heavy cats walking around those hallways, what I like to call 'total monsters.'

"Mike Mangini left at the end of last semester, so although those are some extremely huge shoes to fill, things are going really well. Mike always helps me out, to make sure I know what's going on before I start. So I'm really excited for the semester.

"After this I will be back on the road this summer playing with Baptized In Blood and will continue to work on the new Into Eternity material as well, which is almost in the final writing stage. It's going to be what I like to call 'epically triumphant.' I know our fans will love the new material."

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