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Metal News for February 18, 2011

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Caliban Announces New Tour Dates

German progressive metalcore act Caliban has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from As Blood Runs Black. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

May 04 - Frankfurt, Batschkapp (GER)
May 05 - Stuttgart, LKA-Longhorn (GER)
May 06 - Duisburg, Pulp (GER)
May 08 - Prague, Exit Chmelnice (CZ)
May 09 - Nürnberg, Hirsch (GER)
May 10 - Budapest, Dürer Kert (HUN)
May 11 - Salzburg, Rockhouse (A)
May 12 - Graz, PPC (A)
May 13 - Rome, Blackout Club (I)
May 14 - Brescia, Latte (I)
May 15 - Lindau, Club Vaudeville (GER)
May 16 - Straßbourg, La Laiterie (F)
May 17 - Lyon, Marche Gare (F)
May 18 - Barcelona, Sala Mephisto (E)
May 19 - Vigo, Sala Mondo (E)
May 20 - Villalba (Pamplona), Sala Totem (E)
May 22 - Knokke-Heist, Ravelingen (B)

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Steven Wilson Talks New Solo Album

British progressive rock veteran, and founder of Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson has posted the following update online in regards to his forthcoming solo album:

"My second solo album is nearing completion. It will be in the form of 2 separate 40 minute albums released in the same 2 CD set, and will also come as a blu-ray with surround mix, high definition stereo and a lot of visual material (Lasse is already working hard on films for many of the songs.) We're also planning a special Insurgentes style hard back book edition with a full length bonus CD of additional material.

"A year in the making, this is without doubt my biggest project to date, perhaps my most ambitious and personal music, and with some phenomenal musicians and performances on it (drummer Nic France in particular is going to blow a lot of people away). We hope a website will launch around April/May to start previewing material, with the album scheduled for September."

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Destruction Posts New Music Video Online

German thrash metal legends Destruction have posted their new music video online for the song, "Hate Is My Fuel." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "Day Of Reckoning," which was released in Europe today through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Arms Of The Sun Announces New Album Release

Arms of the Sun, which features John Luke Hebert on drums, Lance Harvill on vocals, and Ben Bunker on guitar, has issued the following announcement about the release date for the band's upcoming album:

"We are stoked to announce that the debut Arms of the Sun album will be available worldwide Tuesday, March 29! This will include Digital Downloads, CD's, and Signed Limited Edition Vinyl Copies!"

Arms of the Sun also recently parted ways with Bassist Rex Brown of Down. You can check out the band's statement on the split here. Sample clips from the new album can also be heard through the band's Facebook page.

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Barren Earth Issues New Road Report

Finnish progressive death metal act Barren Earth is currently embarked on a U.S. tour. The band has now checked in with the following new road report:

"The support bands on this tour don’t have their own mixer guy/girl. This means that we have to rely on the venues’ personnel to take care of our live sound. Even though we obviously can’t hear how we sound onstage, by all reports the sounds seem in general to have been quite good so far. But there was a certain venue where we were warned about the sound guy. It was said he couldn’t be trusted with a food mixer, let alone a sound mixing desk. But there was very little we could do about it, so we had to put up with him. Listening to the way he did the sounds for the next band, one could understand the complaints: the sound was truly rotten. But considering that the band in question was Rotten Sound, this was actually quite befitting.

"In Seattle we had connections of our own. Travel-weary rock musicians were provided refreshment, nourishment and sight-seeing by friends and relatives. We thank thee.

"Schedules on venues have in general been quite reliable, with the exception of Seattle. Two local support bands were running a bit late, and once we got our stuff onstage, there were a number of connection problems, the sources of which were seemingly impossible to locate. We had already passed our starting time, and were contemplating on having to omit songs from our set. This would’ve been a shame, since we are only playing for 30 minutes on most nights anyway. However, as the problems were finally resolved, the tour manager said we could play our whole set, if we ‘played it quick’. As a result, the Seattle gig was a hyperactive set, with tempos a bit faster than usual. It was actually quite fun. Maybe we should start playing speed metal.

"After having travelled from the furthest southeast to the furthest northwest of the US, Canada beckoned. But there were one or two issues hampering with our travel plans.

"The travel distances on this tour are quite long. The bus usually starts for the next destination at around 4 a.m., and arrives at the venue around noon or later. So, as one wakes up in the morning, one can expect the bus to still be in motion. (Obviously some of us do not wake up before the afternoon or even later. Don’t know why. Maybe it’s the jet lag...) But on too many a morning the bus has prematurely stopped. And this is because our bus has been beset with numerous technical problems from the word go. It seems that we have been unlucky in our choice of vehicle, since the problems just keep on appearing. More...

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Krallice Finishes Recording New Album

Krallice has now completed work on the band's third full-length album "Diotima," which is to be released on April 26th, 2011. The track listing for "Diotima" goes as follows:

1. -
2. Inhume
3. The Clearing
4. Diotima
5. Litany Of Regrets
6. Telluric Rings
7. Dust and Light

An MP3 of the track "The Clearing" can be heard at this location.

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My Inner Burning Posts New Album "Making-Of" Clip

My Inner Burning has posted the first in a series of making-of clips for the band's new album “Eleven Scars,” which will see a March 22nd North American release via SPV/Steamhammer. You can check out the clip below.

The band also recently posted the new song "Demons" online through Metalunderground.com, which can be heard here. More...

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Nominon Recruits New Guitarist

Swedish death metal act Nominon has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:

"Leave the light behind... New axeman! Some kick ass news, a shorter European trek is now under construction between late March and early April. Support will come from the fleshy German deathsters Lifeless, a band that just released a killer fucking debut album on IbexMoon Rds. So what are you clubs and promoters waiting for?! Drop a mail to nominon(a)lycos.com if you're interested to book this package.

"Furthermore we have to reveal some sort of severe news as well, since it's now obvious that longtime Nominon member AntiChristian Strömblad has been forced to lay his axe to rest for the time being due to some personal shit.

"Nominon collectively wishes Mr. Strömblad all the best of luck and hope that everything will work out for the best. What we have accomplished and yet also what we've been going through during the last six years together is something that only a handful of people in the world would have managed to come out of alive, yet we fucking pulled it off.

"New guitarist is youngster Alexander Lyrbo who has proven himself more than worthy to fill AntiChristian's bloodstained boots. Alex first performance with Nominon as a permanent member will take place in Zabrze, Poland March 5th. Even though AntiChristian's departure we certainly proved once again that nothing seems to be able to kill this mighty entity known to the living dead as Nominon. This marks yet a new chapter in the unholy world of Nominon. We expect it to be a bloody one."

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Deadlock Streaming Entire New Album

Germany's Metal Hammer is currently streaming the entire new Deadlock album "Bizarro World" online. You can check out all the tracks form the album at this location. Deadlock also recently posted a music video online for the song "Virus Jones," which can be found here.

The upcoming Deadlock live shows are as follows:

24/02/2011 – Köln - Underground
25/02/2011 – Jena - F-Haus
26/02/2011 – München - Backstage
27/02/2011 – Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
28/02/2011 – Frankfurt - Nachtleben

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Circles Signs To Basick Records

Australia's Circles has announced its signing to Basick Records. The band's 6 track debut EP "The Compass" is set for release through Basick in Spring, 2011.

David Hunter, drummer with the band comments: "We are stoked to be working with Basick Records and to be receiving such a positive international response. Our debut EP ‘The Compass’ has been along time in the making and we are really excited to get it out there and to hear the reactions. Work on the first album has already begun and is coming along really well for such early stages. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us up until this point and we promise the best is yet to come!"

You can also check out the Circles track "Clouds are Gathering" below.

CIRCLES - Clouds Are Gathering by basickrecords

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Antagonist Announces New Tour Dates

Southern California's Antagonist has announced the band will partake in the "Little 2 Tour," with Picture It In Ruins. The west coast/southwestern run goes from March 18th through April 2nd. The band is also playing with Arsonists Get All The Girls this Saturday at the Cobalt Café in Canoga Park, CA. Antagonist is touring in support of "World In Decline," which was recorded at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange, CA with producer Paul Miner. The album features guest vocals from Jared Monette of Arsonists Get All The Girls and John Strachan of The Funeral Pyre.

Vocalist/guitarist Carlos Garcia commented: "We're hitting the road at the end of March with our boys Picture It In Ruins. If you haven't already, please check them out on Facebook, they fucking rule. Speaking of Facebook, we just posted 2 more songs off our current disc 'World in Decline' -- 'God on Fire' and 'Darkest Darkness.' Check them out here. Hope to see you out on the road!"

The band's upcoming dates are as follows:

2/19 Canoga Park, CA- The Cobalt Café
3/18 Green River, Wyoming - The Pavilion
3/19 Ogden, Utah - The Basement
3/20 Boise, ID - The Venue
3/22 Spokane, WA - The Hop
3/23 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
3/24 Salem, OR - Cafe Noir
3/25 Los Gatos,CA - The Venue
3/26 San Diego, CA - Soma
3/27 Whittier, CA - Studio Danza
3/28 Las Vegas, NV - Area 702 skatepark
3/29 Tucson, AZ - Skrappys
3/30 El Paso, TX - 2nd Floor Gallery
3/31 Austin, TX - TBA
4/1 Midland/Dallas - TBA
4/2 Albuquerque, NM - El Ray theater w/ Oceano, Carnifex

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Iced Earth Video Interview Available

Metalinjection.net recently interviewed Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth, Demons & Wizards, Sons of Liberty) on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. You can check out the clip below, which features Jon talking about playing the boat, if we can expect new Demons & Wizards, and what the future holds for Iced Earth.


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Batillus Announces U.S. Live Shows

New York doom quartet Batillus has announced an upcoming tour in support of the band's new album "Furnace." Kicking off in March, the trek will include Brooklyn's Hull and a stop at SXSW in Texas. The dates are as follows:

Fri 3/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Ominous Black
Sat 3/12 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ U.S. Christmas, Balaclava
Sun 3/13 - Johnson City, TN @ Hideaway w/ U.S. Christmas
Mon 3/14 - Little Rock, AK @ Downtown Music w/ The Body
Fri 3/18 - Austin, TX @ Triple Crown Tattoo w/ Pack of Wolves, Mutilation Rites SXSW
Sat 3/19 - Austin, TX @ Lovejoy's - Brooklyn Vegan / Profound Lore Showcase w/ Tombs, Castevet, The Body, Dark Castle, more * SXSW
Sat 3/19 - Austin TX @ Shiner Bar w/ Pack of Wolves, Mutilation Rites SXSW
Mon 3/21 - New Orleans, LA @ TBA w/ The Body
Tue 3/22 - Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton Collective
Wed 3/23 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Reservoir w/ Caltrop
Thu 3/24 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar w/ Caltrop, Billows
Fri 3/25 - Montclair, NJ @ Meatlocker
Sat 3/26 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall w/ Horseback, Caltrop
* no Hull

Metalsucks.net also recently posted a song from "Furnace" online, titled "And the World is as Night to Them," at this location.

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Manowar Adds Spanish Show

The demands of the Spanish fans have been answered and Manowar will bring the Battle Hymns Tour to Spain on April 10, 2011 at La Riviera. In addition to performing Manowar classics, the band will perform the entire "Battle Hymns" record. The upcoming Manowar tour dates are as follows:

Saturday March 05, 2011 @ The Palladium in Worcester, MA - USA
Friday March 11, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH - USA
Saturday March 12, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH - USA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday March 17, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki - Greece
Friday March 18, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki - Greece (SOLD OUT)
Saturday March 19, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki - Greece (SOLD OUT)
Friday March 25, 2011 @ St. Jakobshalle in Basel - Switzerland
Sunday March 27, 2011 @ O2 Academy in Birmingham - UK (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday March 29, 2011 @ Tradgarn in Gothenburg - Sweden (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ Tradgarn in Gothenburg - Sweden
Saturday April 02, 2011 @ Campo Pequeno in Lisbon - Portugal
Friday April 08, 2011 @ Rodahal in Kerkrade - The Netherlands
Sunday April 10, 2011 @ La Riviera in Madrid - Spain

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Orphaned Land Offering New Album For Free

Israeli prog/metal band Orphaned Land has issued the following announcement about offering the band's new album "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR" as a free download for fans in certain Middle Eastern nations:

“For years I was educated to hate Arabs and learned how much they hate me and my nation, I was sure both Israelis and Arabs, Jews and Muslims will never live in peace. But then something happened, a small movement - the music that taught me more than any teacher, guru, rabbi, sheikh, was my band’s music – Orphaned Land. I know that a football fan of Barcelona will never cheer up for Real Madrid, so how can it be that Arab people will follow my Israeli band? It's simple - the power of music to bring people together, to break walls, even worst enemies can find a mutual song that they love, and right there - it's a moment where they can find something in common, a door to a dialogue, to understand that we are all one. We consider you, our Arabian fans, to be the most brave metal heads in the world, since you re-defined the word 'underground' into a new level.

"We know how hard it is to be a metal head in the middle east and we always want you to know that we as pioneers of the Middle Eastern Metal genre, we are trying our best to be your voice too without getting into politics that divide us for ages. I already know that music can bring people together since I see how many fans we have in the Arab world despite the fact we are Israelis.

"I know that all the wars and bullshit they put in our heads are just a stupid lie, I know it because we succeeded to break it, and we are not politicians, we are just a heavy metal band.

"We are banned in your countries, not to mention the fact that we cannot play a concert there, this will never stop the power of music and friendship that exists between us - I see you, our fans as a miracle, you give us the inspiration to continue as much and as strong as we can. Lately we have decided to make our latest album legally available in your countries - FOR FREE! We hope that you'll enjoy it and spread the word.

"Our countries flags may have different signs and colours but deep in our hearts shines the same flag - the flag of hope, friendship, brotherhood, Don't you ever forget it - it is our duty as disciples of the sacred oath."

The album can be downloaded at this location.

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I, The Breather Posts Tour Antics Video

I, The Breather has posted a video clip online featuring footage of the band's time on the road. You can check out the clip below.

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Turisas Streaming New Song

Turisas is gearing up to release the band's latest album "Stand Up and Fight," via Century Media on March 8th. The band has now teamed up with Decibel Magazine to premiere the new song "The Great Escape." You can hear the song, as well as check out an in-depth quote from Turisas front man Mathias "Warlord" Nygård, at this location.

Turisas also still has the following upcoming tour dates:

2/18 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
2/20 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
2/21 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
2/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
2/25 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
2/26 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
2/27 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
2/28 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
3/2 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
3/3 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
3/4 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/5 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/6 Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom
3/8 Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre
3/9 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/11 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
3/12 Orlando, FL @ Firestone
3/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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Blackguard Posts "Firefight" Trailer

Blackguard has posted a new brief teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Firefight," which is set for release on March 29th, 2011. You can check out the trailer below.

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Conspires To... Posts "From The Deep" Song

U.K. act Conspires To... has issued the following announcement about posting a new song online for streaming:

"The mixing of From The Deep has finally finished, and the song is now available to listen to at this location or here.

"The song is one of our fastest and most aggressive so far. It is all about dormant emotions being dredged up from the past and exploding in a fit of rage and aggression.....so not a love song then! Enjoy, there is more on the way."

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Decapitated Issues Recording Update

Polish death metallers Decapitated have checked in from the Radio Gdansk Studio, where they are currently recording the follow-up to 2006’s “Organic Hallucinations." The album is being produced by Wacek Kieltyka and sound engineer Malta Arkadiusz Malczewski. Drums are being recorded with Daniel Bergstrand, who will also handle mixing duties.

Commented drummer Kerim: "Hi guys, I just wanted to tell you what is going on in the studio. Today is the second day of actual drum recording and it goes really well! We will probably could finish about 4 songs today. We will see how the next days will look like but I think we should finish drums earlier. We do not have any bigger problems so it feels good to record in this place. The acoustics of this room sounds great so I enjoy playing all these songs a lot. Today is also the last day with Daniel Bergstrand, who prepared the drum sound for us. And he definitely knows what he’s doing!!

"When I listen to the songs right now I believe that this album will be strong. Different in some ways but I feel confident about the new material. Being part of the new line up and recording the first album after the long break is definitely a big thing for me. After all those shows we played together, this is our new challenge. It’s not easy but I like challenges! So that’s it for today. Stay tuned for more news coming up!"

You can also check out the band's previous studio report at this location.

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Saxon Announces Bangkok Show

Saxon has issued the following announcement about performing in Bangkok with Slash:

"Date in Bangkok announced! Saxon will play on the 10th of March a show in Bangkok with their friend of many years Slash and support him at the Impact Exhibition Hall 2. Get you tickets at this location."

In other recent Saxon news, the group canceled a string of Australian dates, and also announced "Call To Arms" will be the title of the band's upcoming album.

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Nocturnal Depression Splits With Bassist

Nocturnal Depression has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:

"News from the Negation Council: Sun & Moon Records will re-release the CD version of 'Reflections of a Sad Soul' during April 2011. 'The Cult of Negation' LP version by Funeral Industries is at the pressing plant. The 'Svig and Negation Tour' is complete. The tour with Angantyr will pass following countries: France, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.

"After 6 years of self-hatred in Negation, Krahne (H.Suizid) has decided to leave Nocturnal Depression for personal reasons. So we are looking for a new live session bassist player."

Krahne also commented on his departure:

"I, H.Suizid, took the decision to leave Nocturnal Depression. I did what I wanted and even I'm sure I still got lot of things to discover into ND's music. When I started Nocturnal Depression it was about Black Metal climax in musical landscape. ND is a kind of DSBM band and has to stay this cause this is its personality. But actually I really don't like the way of the actual scene, we're into Black Metal Mind since the beginning so I'm in no way fan or agree with 'open mind towards all music genres and also the coming of the shoegaze in our scene.' Yes, I'm a closed mind and i don't really care about your tolerance and clean voices.

"Things have to end for me like they started. So I will re-record together with Lord Lokhraed 'Suicidal Thoughts' and 'Near to the Stars.' It will be release by Sun & Moon Records. ND will continue under the leading of Lord Lokhraed and the new album 'Spleen Black Metal' is really a turning back to the beginning of DSBM."

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The Helix Nebula Streaming New Track

The Helix Nebula has posted another new song online, simply titled "Track 2," which can be heard through the band's official Facebook page. The Helix Nebula also commented on the song:

"Okay almost 5am. Definitely time to sleep. Hoping you all enjoy our second song Track 2. Once again thank you to everyone who's supporting us, more stuff is in the works, including videos, tabs and more music!

"Please keep showing your friends and helping us get out into the wide world of music! Let us know what you think of the new track if you have time! Peace."

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Video Of New EyeHateGod Song Posted Online

Footage has been posted online of EyeHateGod performing a new song live at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia, Pa on February 16th. The clip can be found below.

EyeHateGod has also announced a live DVD set, which is to be released in March. Details on the release can be found at this location.

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Rob Zombie Performance Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Rob Zombie performing at the O2 Brixton Academy on February 16th. You can check out the video clip below.

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Overdrive Announces "Angelmaker" Release Party

Sweden's Overdrive has issued the following announcement about a release party for the band's new album "Angelmaker:"

"The release party for Angelmaker is on February 25th in Karlshamn at Compagniet. Very special guests: Carnival Sun! Buy your ticket in advance - the one that include a copy of Angelmaker is the best deal!

"Ticket with Angelmaker CD included or standard ticket (No CD included). Hope to see you there for a great Heavy Metal Party!"

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Disbelief Announces German Live Shows

Disbelief has announced a series of upcoming festival appearances and tour dates in Germany. The currently announced dates are as follows:

12.03. Passau, Weapons of Mass Destruction Part VII
02.04. Wiebelsbach, Mehrzweckhalle, mit Deadeyedsleeper
16.04. Paderborn, Inferno Festival
12.06. Gelsenkirchen, Rock Hard Festival
01.09. Berlin, K17, mit Loudblast, Fallen Saints
03.09. Osnabrueck, Ballroom, Bloodline - Festival, mit Asphyx,Loudblast
24.09. Aurich, JUZ Death Metal Night VII
01.10. Cham, L.A. Cafe, Headbangers Part I
07.-08.10. Lichtenfels, Way of Darkness - Festival

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Steelwing Posts Tour Report

Steelwing has checked in with the final road report from the band's recent tour dates:

"That's it folks - the conclusion of the 2010/2011 Tour of the Wasteland! We are now finally back home and will finish up the writing of our second album, so stay tuned for release later this year!

"After a month of the relative comfort which a small tour bus can offer, the final Scandinavian leg of the tour was a bit more rough. We went back to basics, driving a rental van through the winter wonderland that is our home. We would like to thank:

* Accept & Gaby Hoffman - our heroes, inspiration and a very nice bunch of people!
* The Accept crew - most of which have been incredibly kind and helpful to us... and as for those who haven't, I've learned from moustasched rednecks on TV that karma will get you one way or the other.
* Everyone who has followed this blog
* ...and as always: all our fans and the people we've met on the road, as well as the other bands and crews we've toured with so far.

"See you all when we hit the road again!"

You can also check out photos from the tour blog at this location.

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Black Tusk Posts Re-Mastered Song

Black Tusk has posted online the re-mastered version of “Fixed In The Ice," taken from the forthcoming re-issue of the band's debut album "Passage Through Purgatory." The track can be heard now through the Black Tusk MySpace profile. "Passage Through Purgatory" has been re-mastered, re-packaged with expanded John Dyer Baizley artwork, and includes two bonus tracks. The re-issue will be released on May 24th and will be available on CD, 12” vinyl, and digitally.

The band also has the following upcoming tour dates with Howl:

Feb. 17 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk
Feb. 18 Ljubljana, Slovenia Orto Bar
Feb. 19 Budapest, Hungary Tundergyar
Feb. 20 Wien, Austria Arena
Feb. 21 Berlin, Germany Cassiopeia
Feb. 23 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang
Feb. 24 Copenhagen, Denmark Beta
Feb. 26 Helsinki, Finland Tavastia
Feb. 27 Tampere, Finland Klubi

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Boris Issues Statement On "Heavy Rocks"

According to the band, Southern Lord Recordings will not be releasing a new album by BORIS entitled "Heavy Rocks," contrary to previous reports. Southern Lord released BORIS' "Heavy Rock Hits, Volumes 1-3" as a 7" vinyl series/and digital download in 2009, which can be ordered here.

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The Sarcophagus Posts "Hymn To Awakening"

The Sarcophagus, which features Niklas "Kvarforth" Olsson on vocals, has posted a song online from the band's 2009 album "Towards the Eternal Chaos." You can check out the track "Hymn to Awakening" in the player below.

The Sarcophagus also recently announced it is seeking photos from fans. Details can be found here.

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Therion Gets A Board Game

Swedish symphonic metal act Therion has been immortalized in its very own board game. The game's cover can be seen here.

Mainman Christofer Johnsson comments: "Paulo Vallerga from the famous game developer Scibabs approached the band at the show in Milano last year with this great idea of making a fantasy board game based upon the stage characters mixed with mythology, and we instantly thought it was the coolest thing we've heard in ages and loved the idea!

"The name of the game is '011' and you will find me, Thomas, Christian, Johan, Snowy, Katarina, Lori and Nalley appearing as even more fantastic characters than we are in reality! ; -) There will be more news on this coming soon!"

Additional information on the game (in Italian) is available here.

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Descend To Release New Single

Sweden's Descend has issued the following update about releasing a single and posting the single's cover artwork online:

"Hey y'all! Our single 'The Life Delusion' is to be released the 7th of March, people! Here you have the cover for it! Crazy!

"Original Artwork by Emil Maxén. Editing by Jonathan Persson Stay tuned for more updates!"

You can also check out Descend's upcoming tour dates and listen to several tracks available for streaming through the band's MySpace profile.

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Glorior Belli Posts New Album Teaser Trailer

French act Glorior Belli has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "The Great Southern Darkness," which is to be released later this year. You can check out the teaser trailer in the clip below.

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Interview With Dillinger Escape Plan

One of the best experiences of any metalhead's life is being able to meet his or her favorite band in person. It's one of those moments that simply can't be replicated and is nearly impossible to describe to people outside of the scene. Metal Underground recently got the chance to talk to The Dillinger Escape Plan about the band's newest album, guitar influences, opinions on Nickleback, and an upcoming side project. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The White Fox

Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx A.M.) is looking for a new rock band to mentor and sign. Sixx has even put out the email address: Nikki@sixxsense.com for anyone to contact him. I’ve created three email drafts, but stopped short of sending each because I’m unable to craft a message without referencing his jumpsuit craze during the Theatre of Pain years… More...

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Cancer Bats Announces "European Bro Down" Tour

Canadian hardcore act Cancer Bats has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. The tour, being dubbed as the "European Bro Down" tour will feature support from Vera Cruz. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

03/30 Montpellier, FRA – Secret Place
04/02 Barcelona, SPA – LA
04/03 Bilbao, SPA – Azkena
04/04 Madrid, SPA – Gruta 77
04/05 Bordeaux, FRA – L’Heretic
04/06 Lyon, FRA – Marche Gare
04/07 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo
04/08 Milan, ITA – Forum Live
04/09 Vincenza, ITA – Yourban Club
04/11 Berlin, GER – Magnet
04/12 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
04/13 Poznan, POL – Minoga
04/14 Prague, CZE – 007
04/15 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
04/16 Belfort, FRA – La Poudriere
04/17 Hayes, UK – Beck Theatre (early show)
04/17 Nottingham, UK – Hit The Deck Festival
04/18 Paris FRA – Glazart
04/19 Odense, DEN – Posten
04/20 Copenhagen, DEN – The Rock
04/22 Meerhout, BEL – Groezrock
04/26 Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia Club
04/27 Tampere, FIN – Klubi
04/29 Olso, NOR – John Dee
04/30 Bergen, NOR – Bergenfest

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Times Of Grace Posts Short Flim Online

Times Of Grace, the new project between Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, has teamed up with Shockhound to debut a short film online which was directed by Robby Starbuck. You can view the short film below.

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