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Metal News for February 18, 2010

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34 news articles posted on this day.

Visions Of Atlantis Issues Band Update

Visions of Atlantis has issued the following update about bassist Michael Koren continuing to play live shows with the band:

"Hey out there! I just wanted to inform you that our Now-Father Mike (best wishes to his little Rocker!) has quit the band a few months ago (as we posted) to focus on his Father-Role as you may know already...

"But Mike was always a VoA Member for us in the hearts and now he decided to stay with the band for Live-Shows also in the future which means that he`s still our man for the VoA Live-bass guitar and that we won`t change our cool team for rocking on the road! For the Studio (as this is taking much time) he won`t be able to join the recordings for our new Album (The Album Title will be announced soon) which is absolutely no problem as we`ll work together with another Studio-Musician so that Mike can focus on his Work as a Tattoo Artist and of course on his father-role! More...

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Katatonia To Release New EP

Sweden's Katatonia will be releasing a new four track EP titled "The Longest Year" via Peaceville Records on March 15th. Alongside the new single "The Longest Year," taken from the recent "Night is the New Day" album, the EP also features the previously unreleased tracks "Sold Heart," "Day & Then the Shade remix" and an alternative version of "Idle Blood". Also included will be videos for both "The Longest Year," directed by Charlie Granberg, and "Day & Then The Shade," directed by Lasse Hoile.

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Wood of Suicides Announces CD Release Show

The long-awaited debut of Victorian blackened doom metal band Wood of Suicides has been released nationally through Katzenjammer Records.

Wood of Suicides will performing works from their self-titled release with support from two of Melbourne’s most promising new artists at the Esplanade Hotel’s Gershwin Room, Thursday evening the 11th of March.

The disc, containing three pieces of harrowing doom metal will be available on the night, and the show will feature support from death-doom band Okera and Rainshadow. Here's the details:

11th Mar 2010
Woods of Suicide @ The Espy (Gershwin Room), St. Kilda
w/ Okera and Rainshadow
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $10.

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Testament, LOG To Co-Headline Pulp Summer Slam

TESTAMENT has announced their first trip to The Phillipines to appear at the “Pulp Summer Slam 10” taking place on April 17th, 2010 at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City. TESTAMENT will be co-headlining the festival with Lamb of God. The Pulp Summer Slam Festival has become the largest metal festival in the Philippines today. One of the hallmarks of the Pulp Summer Slam 10 is the unbelievable ticket price of only $6.50 US which equates to 300 Philippine Pesos. Included with price of admission are sodas, beer, pizza, and free cell load.

TESTAMENT front man Chuck Billy commented on the bands upcoming trip to the Philippines, “We have played countless venues all over the world, but this is the first time ever that TESTAMENT will be playing in the Philippines. It is an honor for us to be bringing metal to a country that does not normally have many metal shows and we are stoked to be co-headlining alongside our friends in Lamb of God. People of the Philippines get ready to get Into the Pit with TESTAMENT.”

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Astral Doors Pushes Back New Album U.S. Release

Sweden's Astral Doors have announced that the release date for their new album "Requiem of Time" has been pushed back to April 13th, 2010. The track "Testament of Rock" off the new album is now currently available for streaming via the official Astral Doors MySpace page.

The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

4/30 2010 SIGURDSG. 25 (with Hellfueled) Västerås
5/29 2010 THE ROCK TEMPLE Kerkrade
7/3 2010 PEACE AND LOVE FESTIVAL Borlänge

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Triptykon Posts New Album Samples

Triptykon, the new band formed by former Celtic Frost/Hellhammer mainman Tom G. Fischer, will release an album titled "Eparistera Diamones" on March 23rd. The band has posted three brief video clips online featuring samples from the new album. The first clip can be viewed below and the other two can be found after the jump.

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Barn Burner Posts New Music Video

Montreal based metallers Barn Burner released their new album "Bangers" worldwide on Tuesday, February 16th. The band has now posted a new music video online for the song "Half Past Haggard," which can be viewed below.

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Xandria Parts Ways With New Vocalist

German gothic metallers Xandria, who announced their new vocalist earlier this month, have now issued the following statement that they are again seeking a new singer:

"We have good and bad news for you. First the bad ones: It now appears that Kerstin Bischof unfortunately can´t be the permanent new singer of Xandria. Due to occupational and private reasons she wants to concentrate on her non-musical career in the future and cannot support Xandria the way it would be necessary. We wish her all the best for the future!

"So here and now we are searching for a new singer again, details for applications follow in a few days on our official homepage. We know that you are waiting for a new album, and we are very sorry for keeping you waiting even longer for the new songs, with which we actually wanted to enter the recording studio now. The good news is that we will play the coming concerts nevertheless, cause our old singer Lisa Middelhauve has agreed to step in for them. But she will not enter the band again, so this will be an unexpected last opportunity for many fans to experience her on stage with Xandria once more!"

Xandria's upcoming shows are as follows:

5/7 2010 Thessaloniki (GR) - 8Ball Club
5/8 2010 Athens (GR) - AN Club

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Conroy and Severson Launch Good Fight Ent & Recs

Good Fight Entertainment, founded by industry veterans Paul Conroy and Carl Severson, has launched a new management company with a music and sports division, along with a new record label, Good Fight Music.

Pioneers in the hardcore and metal scenes, and former partners at Ferret Music, Warner Music and ChannelZERO, Conroy and Severson have proven track records for innovative thinking and unwavering tenacity. Their abundance of experience has taught them how to spot cutting edge talent and propel them into the spotlight. To obtain maximum visibility for its releases, Good Fight Entertainment's record label, Good Fight Music, has partnered with Sony's RED distribution, which distributed Ferret for six years before their merger with Warner's Independent Label Group. During that time, Conroy and Severson helped launch the careers of numerous hardcore and metal outfits, including Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, and From Autumn To Ashes, while taking the likes of In Flames, The Devil Wears Prada, Chimaira, Madball and more to previously unachieved levels of success.

"I and all at RED couldn't be more pleased to be back in business with Carl Severson and Paul Conroy and their new label, Good Fight,” says RED president Bob Morelli. “As we begin 2010 with all the challenges and opportunities that we will deal with, working with Carl and Paul gives us a better chance for success. They are on the cutting musical edge, whether it will be with their label, as managers, in touring or other entrepreneurial initiatives."

Of their new endeavor, Carl Severson states, "We've built a company that is in a unique position to rise to the challenges of the evolving music industry. We've been on the front lines as digital has become the medium of choice for music marketing and commerce and we've grown with it, embraced the opportunities it's presented. Paul, myself, our staff; we have the resolve to thrive in this climate. Good Fight Entertainment is the culmination of our experiences as artists, band members, managers, musicians and executives. We have the opportunity to work with people who believe in us as much as we believe in them. This is a very exciting time for us."

The first Good Fight Music releases, Cancer Bats’ "Bears Mayors Scraps and Bones" and Son of Aurelius’ "The Farthest Reaches," are both scheduled to be unleashed April 13. Future releases from the already substantial Good Fight family of artists will include new albums by Rosaline, I Am Abomination, This or the Apocalypse, Conditions, Madball, and the newly reunited Disembodied.

“I'm very excited and honored to be a part of Good Fight,” says Madball frontman Freddy Cricien. “I've worked with Carl and Paul for some years now. I've developed a friendship there that goes beyond business. Some say friendship and business don't mix, in this case they are wrong. We are all very passionate about music and it will translate through this new vehicle, Good Fight Entertainment. It's the next chapter and Madball is glad to be a part of the movement.”

The music management division of Good Fight Entertainment boasts an already established roster of heavyweights, including August Burns Red, Behemoth, Between the Buried and Me, Bless the Fall, Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, Chiodos, Every Time I Die, Holy Grail, Job For a Cowboy, among several others. More...

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Acrybia To Release New Album

Poland's Acrybia has issued the following update about releasing a 7th full-length album:

"At last we can show you a new album called 'HUMAN B (ing).' With all soundtracks that we've made it's our 7th full-length. Full of one of most depressive and heavy music that Acrybia has ever played. It will be available next Monday - 22 II 2010. Get ready to get your own copy."

The track listing for the album will be as follows:

1. Deep of emotional emptiness
2. Human B (ing)
3. Alone (Insomus)
4. For her pleasure
5. When all is said and done (ESVII)
6. Na koniec

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AraPacis Recording New Album

Canada's AraPacis have issued the following update about working on a new album and parting ways with their drummer:

"We started working on our 3rd album, with 4 songs written and in various stages of recording. Expect some cool guest appearances on this album!!! On the way, we lost our drummer Pedro Osorio, then Dave Arpin joined us and had to leave due to personal problems so we are still looking for a drummer! And we have a new mailing list if you would like to subscribe, the old one is gone."

Sample AraPacis tracks can be heard at the band's MySpace page.

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Born Again To Play Military Camp Festival

International power metal act Born Again, which features members of Crystal Viper and Mystic Prophecy, will make its live debut at the Military Camp Festival in Warsaw, Poland on June 6th, 2010. Other confirmed acts for the festival includ Sabaton, U.D.O., and Blaze Bayley.

Born Again's debut single "Neverending Fire" will be released this month as a limited edition 7" vinyl on High Roller Records. Songs from the single were produced by Bart Gabriel , and recorded at the MP Studio with Mariusz Pietka. The same team is already working on the debut full length album scheduled for release in 2010.

A video clip of the song "Neverending Fire" can also be viewed below. More...

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Dhul-Qarnayn Calls It Quits

Bahrain-based black metal band Dhul-Qarnayn has issued the following update about disbanding:

"After the last split release with Firth of Damnation is complete and released, Dhul-Qarnayn will disband in the near months of 2010 for personal reasons that cannot be disclosed, this is not the end of any my musical endeavors, just the end of the chapter that is Dhul-Qarnayn. I sincerely appreciate the gratitude of those who have appreciated and followed my art from the very beginning."

You can hear sample Dhul-Qarnayn tracks at the band's MySpace page.

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For Ruin To Support Belphegor On U.K. Tour

Ireland's For Ruin have announced they will be supporting Belphegor on four upcoming U.K. tour dates. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

4/8 2010 Camden Underworld London, London and South East
4/9 2010 The Met Lounge Peterborough
4/10 2010 Rios, Leeds Leeds
4/11 2010 The White Rabbit Plymouth

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Ghost Brigade To Tour With Insomnium

Ghost Brigade have announced they will embarking on a co-headlining European tour with Insomnium. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

5/20 2010 - Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
5/21 2010 - Wave Gotik Treffen, Leipzig, Germany (GB only)
5/22 2010 - Haus-11, Stuttgart, Germany
5/23 2010 - Feierwerk, München, Germany
5/24 2010 - Rockhouse , Salzburg, Austria
5/25 2010 - Kiff, Aarau, Switzerland
5/26 2010 - Bibelot, Dordrecht, Netherlands
5/27 2010 - Trix, Antwerpen, Belgium
5/28 2010 - Dynamo, Eindhoven, Netherlands
5/29 2010 - Matrix, Bochum, Germany

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For Jalometalli Festival

Norwegian black metal act Gorgoroth has been confirmed to perform at the Jalometalli festival in Oulu, Finland this summer. The festival takes place on August 13th and 14th, 2010. More details on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed bands for the festival include Suffocation, Carcass, Destruction, and Dream Evil.

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Hour Of Penance Streaming New Song Online

Italian death metallers Hour of Penance are currently streaming a new song online from their upcoming album "Paradogma." The new song "Woeful Eucharisty," along with the previously uploaded title track, can be heard at the Hour of Penance MySpace page. "Paradogma" is set to be released world wide on March 31st, 2010.

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Incantation Announces Festival Appearances

Fresh off a tour alongside label mates Divine Eve, death metal act Incantation are excited to announce their inclusion in two of this summer's metal fests. Both taking place July 15th - 17th, Incantation will be a featured headliner at the Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic and are playing Austria's Kaltenback Open Air Festiva. Incantation guitarist John McEntee had this to say regarding the upcoming appearances:

"We are proud to announce that we will be one of the headliners for the Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic. We have heard a lot of great things about this festival and are looking forward to it very much. There are numerous other great death metal and grind bands playing so I'm sure it will be a great time. I would also like to thank the festival organizers for including my other band Funerus on the festival. We look forward to putting on a totally kick ass show and we plan on making this a very special performance for all of our die hard supporters.

"We are also playing the Kaltenbach Open Air Festival in Austria. It will be a great honor to play there once again since we haven't played there since our tour opening up for Nile and Unleashed a good while back. The lineup for the fest is nothing short of amazing and it will be great to play alongside such great bands and friends. We are looking forward to spewing forth our style of pure raw underground death metal."

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Imagika To Co-Headline Warriors Of Metal Fest

Bay area thrashers Imagika have been confirmed to co-headline the Friday night slot of the Warriors of Metal Fest III Open Air along with Omen. The festival takes place in Chillicothe, Ohio on June 25th and 26th, 2010. More information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Metallica To Play Rock In Rio 2010

Metallica has issued the following update about performing at the Rock In Rio festival in Madrid:

"We are excited to be participating in Rock In Rio again, this time in Madrid! The multi-date festival at Madrid City of Rock takes place over six days in early June and we'll be there on Monday, June 14, 2010. Tickets go on sale February 23 at 12:01 AM at this location or in Spain through El Corte Ingles (902 400 222). The daily ticket price is 69 Euro and VIP tickets may be purchased by sending an e-mail to taquilla@rockinrio.com. Keep watching here . . . more announcements for June in the coming weeks!"

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Nightrage Issues Road Report

Greek metallers Nightrage have checked in from the road with the following tour report:

"Hey people! Orestis Skotadi (Olof Morck :) ) here with a brand new tour blog from our Greek metal odyssey!

"We've had a few very lovely days here in sunny Greece, starting with our show in Agrinio; we started off the day with a drive through the Peleponnesian countryside, gazing in awe at the breathtaking scenery of the coastline of ancient Peleponnesos. Agrinio is a sleepy little town, and we were playing on a Sunday, but still we had our best show so far there, a big thanks to all the crazy metal heads of Agrinio coming over to rock out with us! Nightrage is without a doubt the first northern European metal band to play Agrinio, something we're proud of!

"Next up on the tour was Heraklion on sunny Crete, and we were greeted by 25 c, shining sun and the great Cretan locals, all doing their utmost to make our stay a lovely one! Show was really good, even though it was the last day of a three-day Greek holiday, and most Greeks were home curing their hangover :) We were staying at a lovely little hotel right next to the beach, so next day we got the chance to hang out on the beach, and feel of the warm sand and the slightly cool ice-blue Mediterranean on our feet! Something quite amazing, considering Sweden is till deep frozen and covered with snow. After that, we once more had an amazing drive, this time through the Cretan countryside, with it's rolling hills, snow-capped vast mountains and picturesque olive groves all making an unforgettable impression on us! More...

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Bloodbourne Posts "Strength Through Revenge" Video

Maryland metallers Bloodbourne have posted a live video clip of their performance of the song "Strength Through Revenge." The video clip, which was recorded at a live show on December 4th, 2009, can be viewed below.


BLOODBOURNE (STRENGTH THROUGH REVENGE)

ESND PRODUCTIONS | MySpace Video

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Book Of Black Earth Recruits New Bassist

Seattle's Book of Black Earth, who appeared alongside Moonspell and Divine Heresy for the 2009 "Night Eternal Over America Tour," has issued the following update about writing a new album and acquiring a new bass player:

"New bass player. Ricky Way! SXSW showcases, check the upcoming shows and the SXSW schedules! Writing new record, More than halfway done! Drummer Joe Axler had this to say: 'I'm very stoned and thinking about making a sandwich!'"

Book of Black Earth has the following upcoming tour dates:

3/10 2010 NEUMOS - SXSW KICK OFF SHOW SEATTLE, Washington
3/16 2010 CLUB ENCORE - AUSTIN, TX AUSTIN, Texas
3/17 2010 SXSW AUSTIN, Texas
3/18 2010 SXSW AUSTIN, Texas
3/19 2010 SXSW AUSTIN, Texas
3/20 2010 SXSW AUSTIN, Texas

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Mike Portnoy Comments On Recording w/ A7X

Yesterday, Avenged Sevenfold--whose drummer James "the Rev" Sullivan tragically passed away in December 2009--announced on their website that they are recording their new album with Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy. Avenged Sevenfold said in part: "We asked Jimmy's all time favorite drummer Mike Portnoy to record on behalf of him. Mike said it would be an honor and without question that's what Jim would have wanted. It's comforting to us that someone like Mike, who is undoubtedly revered as one of the best drummers in the world, held such respect and adoration for the Rev's abilities."

Mike Portnoy today (2/18/09) issued this statement:

"Even under normal circumstances, I would've been happy to help the guys out in any way I could as I think Avenged Sevenfold are a great band...but under these incredibly sad and tragic circumstances, I must say I am truly honored to have been asked to play with them and I didn't even have to think twice about saying ‘yes.’

"These guys are a true family and it is an incredibly emotional experience to be here with them for the first time without their lost brother. But they have welcomed me into the family with open arms and there's a real excitement to make the record they had set out to make.

"I am treating my participation on this album with the utmost respect for Jimmy's memory and am remaining as true as possible to the drum parts that he wrote for the songs and the record he wanted to make.

"I want their fans to realize that I'm not trying to step into or fill The Rev's shoes...I'm just merely lacing 'em up for him!"

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Olympos Mons Calls It Quits

Finnish metal band Olympos Mons has decided to call it quits.

Frontman Ian E.Highhill comments, "The reason for the split up is part personal problems and part due to some band members lack of interest in committing themselves enough to the band. Still, some of us like myself will continue in other projects so watch out for us you have not seen the last of us yet!"

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Enemy Reign Posts Live Footage Online

Denver, Colorado death metal squadron ENEMY REIGN recently posted live footage from their hometown show on January 25th opening for Nile, Immolation and Krisiun. Check out "Throw Myself To The Wolves" from the band's critically acclaimed Means To A Dead End EP plus two new tracks, "Make Enemies" and "Tormented Masses," here.

The band will release "Means To A Dead End" in Europe through Neurotic Records on April 5th. The EP was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt et al) in 2008. The European version will contain one newly recorded exclusive bonus track entitled "If The Truth Hurts...Suffer," as well as exclusive art work and other bonus materials.

ENEMY REIGN will perform in Cheyenne, Wyoming at The Atlas Theatre supporting Deadspeak on February 26, 2010 [posted above]. In April, the band will appear on the 2010 edition of the Neurotic Deathfest featuring Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Dying Fetus, Insision, Lock Up, Napalm Death and Origin (among many others), followed by a tour throughout Europe. Confirmed dates thus far include:

4/30/2010 The Neurotic Deathfest - Tilburg, Netherlands [http://www.neuroticdeathfest.com]
5/08/2010 SAS -Delemont, Switzerland [http://www.sasdelemont.ch]
5/12/2010 Abaton - Prague, Czech Republic w/Bolt Thrower, Rotting Christ, and Dew Scented [http://www.prostorabaton.cz/novinky.php]
5/15/2010 AJZ - Bahndamm, Germany [http://www.ajzbahndamm.de]

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Soulfly To Film New Music Video

Soulfly, the band led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, has announced that they will be filming a new music video at their show in Poughkeepsie, NY. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Word to the wise... Soulfly will be filming a music video for a yet-to-be-named track from the upcoming Omen release during the March 17th, 2010 live performance at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY.

"If you can't make it to this show, visit our website's Tour section to see if our US/Canadian tour with Prong, Incite and Rotting Corpse is coming near you. Dates are still being added, and will be posted there when they are confirmed!"

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Bonded By Blood Posts Shred Video Online

Pomona, California thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD are currently in the studio recording their brand new album, "EXILED TO EARTH." The band are at Highland Recorders with producer Ralph Patlan (WHITE WIZZARD, MEGADETH, UFO), recording the follow-up to their ripping 2008 debut album, "FEED THE BEAST."

BONDED BY BLOOD guitarists Alex Lee and Juan Juarez have finished recording their parts for the new album. Check out video footage of the young shredders tearing it up in the studio below:

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Story of the Year Debuts New Music Video Online

Story of the Year has posted a music video for the new single "I'm Alive" from their fourth studio album "The Constant," which was released on February 16. Set in the woods of Nashville, TN, the video follows the injured singer Dan Marsala as he makes his transformation into the undead. Watch the video for "I'm Alive" below:

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East of the Wall Posts New Music Online

EAST OF THE WALL have posted two new tracks from the group's upcoming album, "Ressentiment," on their MySpace page. The songs, "Salieri" and "Fleshmaker," come off their upcoming album "Ressentiment."

To be released via Translation Loss this July, "Ressentiment" is a concept record that was engineered and co-produced by Will Putney at The Machine Shop (Clutch, King Crimson, Lamb Of God) in March through May of 2009.

The band have also announced a short run of Northeast live shows this month with Rosetta. They follow that in March with a month-long tour alongside The End Records' artists Goes Cube, making appearances at two SXSW 2010 showcases.

EAST OF THE WALL live performances in Winter 2010 are as follows:

2/18/2010 Great Scott - Boston, MA w/ Henry Gale (CD release show), Faello Nor, Horsehands
2/19/2010 The Charleston - New York, NY w/ Rosetta, Goes Cube, Restorations
2/20/2010 Brighton Bar - Long Branch, NJ (split EP release show) w/ Rosetta, Fake Gimms, A Fucking Elephant, Restorations
2/21/2010 The Mug at Vassar College - Poughkeepsie, NY (afternoon show) w/ Rosetta, Restorations
2/22/2010 Lit Lounge - New York, NY w/ Descender, Beauty Apes, Surrounded By Teeth

Tour dates with Goes Cube are as follows:

3/05/2010 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY w/ Austerity Program, Gwynbleidd
3/06/2010 Normandy House – Ardmore, PA w/ Slumber Giant, Pursuit
3/07/2010 Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC w/ Old Crow
3/08/2010 Slim’s Downtown – Raleigh, NC
3/09/2010 The New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC w/ The Unawares
3/10/2010 Devil’s Playground – Jacksonville, FL
3/11/2010 Cameo Theater – Orlando, FL w/ Fire Spoken By The Buffalo, Vessels Of Energia
3/12/2010 *TBA – Tampa, FL
3/13/2010 Coolifornia House – Tallahassee, FL [*no Goes Cube]
3/14/2010 The Firehouse – Birmingham, AL w/ Nymphotomy [*no Goes Cube]
3/15/2010 The World Famous Celtic – Pascagoula, MS w/ Johnny 2×4, The Ripshits
3/16/2010 Super Happy Fun Land – Houston, TX
3/18/2010 The Ballroom – Corpus Christi, TX w/ Death Before Dishonor, Stray From The Path [*no Goes Cube]
3/20/2010 The Metropolis – Austin, TX @ SXSW Ear/Splitters Showcase w/ City Of Ships, more
3/21/2010 Red 7 – Austin, TX @SXSW Translation Loss/Radar/Sargent House showcase w/ Battlefields, City Of Ships, Junius [*no Goes Cube]
3/22/2010 Oz Cafe – Wichita, KS w/ Dead Commuter, White Mice, Liturgy
3/23/2010 Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE w/ Masses
3/24/2010 The Picador – Iowa City, IA w/ Snow Demon, Aseethe, Shores of the Tundra
3/25/2010 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
3/26/2010 Elbow Room – Ypsilanti, MI w/ Ganon
3/27/2010 Carabar – Columbus, OH w/ Altered States of the United States
3/28/2010 *TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
3/29/2010 *TBA – Trenton, NJ
3/30/2010 Generation Records (in-store performance) – New York, NY
4/03/2010 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ So Is The Tongue, Isthmus

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Age of Despair Taps Producer Chris Hill

The newly completed lineup of AGE OF DESPAIR, featuring Shawn McCoy guitarist of CONFESSOR along side Brian Zuccaro (vocals), Marcus Williams (guitar), Ali Lugo (bass) and Abdala Saghir (drums), has tapped Chris Hill (JAM PAIN SOCIETY, DRILL 187, ACE FREHLEY) to produce the group's forthcoming studio album.

The band comments, "We think Chris is the next great producer to come out of the Raleigh area along side John Custer (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, CRY OF LOVE, DAG) and Dick Hodgins (HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH, CONFESSOR). Our early report from the studio… The drums sound like cannons and the guitars are as heavy as tombstones grinding together. Absolutely brutal!"

The group has secured management and is shopping for a label and booking agent that will put the band to work. Shawn states, "We hope to tour non-stop through 2011 and beyond." AGE OF DESPAIR has scheduled a few one-off shows at Volume 11 in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday, March 7 with KITTIE & GOD FORBID and as direct support to OBITUARY on May 29.

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Cancer Bats Posts New Music Video Online

CANCER BATS has posted their new video for their cover of the Beastie Boys classic “Sabotage”. If you want to check out the video, head over to this location. In order to see the video Cancer Bats wants you to share their video through Facebook or Twitter.

Lead singer Liam Cormier had the following to say about the video and the use of social networking to spread the video everywhere, “Our new video for Sabotage is up now on the World Wide Web! We wanted to give the video exclusively to all of our fans through our Facebook, twitter and MySpace for all the support they've given us since the beginning. We're all about spreading the word through these sites and our fans cus this is where the real DIY word of mouth spirit still exists these days. It’s like trading tapes back in the day, but now it’s trading digitally with your homies on the other side of the world!” More...

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House of Thumbs Planning CD Launch Show

Melbourne metal band House of Thumbs will be launching its latest album "Crossing the Rubicon" on March 5 at the East Brunswick Club in Victoria, Australia. The launch is the culmination of a year-long production cycle that saw the band recruit Ren Reich (Reich Studios) to mix and master the 11-track work. "Crossing the Rubicon" is a concept album in which the central theme of cathartic revenge is woven not only into the lyrics but also through the band’s art.

“It’s about a mean little man who collects…well… thumbs,” said guitarist Nick Lord on Triple J’s The Racket recently. “It’s violent. It’s heavy and it’s about doing what you want, when you want, because you want.”

Entry on the night costs $15 and special guests include Scale, Empty the Throne and Demonium. Doors open at 8 and early birds can take advantage of half-price CDs.

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Breeze Of The Dying Posts New Teaser Track Online

Progressive Saudi death metal act Breeze Of The Dying has uploaded a new teaser track entitled "Enter Virus" for their upcoming album on the band's Myspace page. The band has also made the song available for download here.

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