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Metal News for February 21, 2009

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Marionette To Tour With Deathstars In The UK

Gothenburg-based metal sextet MARIONETTE will play direct support for DEATHSTARS on the upcoming “Electric Night UK Tour 2009.” The tour dates are as follows:

08.04.2009 – O2 Academy 2, Oxford, UK
09.04.2009 - Corporation, Sheffield, UK
10.04.2009 – Rios, Leeds, UK
11.04.2009 - Spa Assembly, Leamington, UK
12.04.2009 – Cathouse, Glasgow, Scotland
13.04.2009 - O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
14.04.2009 - O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
15.04.2009 - White Rabbit, Plymouth, UK
16.04.2009 - O2 Academy 2, Bristol, UK
17.04.2009 - Central Station, Wrexham, UK
18.04.2009 - Academy 3, Manchester, UK
19.04.2009 - O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK
20.04.2009 – Waterfront, Norwich, UK
21.04.2009 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
22.04.2009 – Concorde 2, Brighton, UK More...

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Axis Powers Signs New Album Deal, Reveals Details

Pulverised Records has announced the signing of Swedish militaristic-metallers AXIS POWERS. The band's new album, "Marching Towards Destruction," is all ready and complete, and featuring old-school yet modernised album artwork by Romanian metal illustrator Costin Chioreanu at Twilight13Media, who had previously worked with bands such as Grave and Demonical, etc. You can check out the album art here.

Here's the tracklisting for "Marching Towards Destruction":

1. War Of Attrition
2. Brutal War
3. Outbreak Of The Blitz
4. Mankind Dead And Raped
5. Slowly To Decay
6. Another Onslaught
7. Forward March
8. Artillery Pointing West

With the production duties handled by Vesa Kenttakumpu at Studio Evocation (Suicidal Winds, Lake Of Tears, Evocation, etc), "Marching Towards Destruction" hopes to bring back to the 1990's Tomas Skogsberg / Sunlight Studio sound that began the revolution of the Swedish Death Metal sound.

You can check out some of Axis Powers' material on their MySpace page prior to the album's release.

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GTA4: The Lost and Damned Gets A Metal Station

"The Lost and Damned," the first expansion pack for Rockstar Games' hugely successful video game, Grand Theft Auto IV, is out now on Xbox 360. Aside from the new missions and characters, one of the biggest features of the expansion pack is the addition of all-new radio shows - with one aimed squarely at metalheads.

The game's LCHC (Liberty City Hardcore) radio station now features a new show hosted by MAX CAVALERA of SEPULTURA/SOULFLY fame, which includes a slew of timeless metal favourites such as Earache Records legends AT THE GATES, ENTOMBED and TERRORIZER - providing the perfect soundtrack for hitting the streets of Liberty City.

For more information on "Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned" and to see the full list of new music included in

1. At the Gates - "Slaughter of the Soul"
2. Drive By Audio - "Jailbait"
3. Celtic Frost - "Inner Sanctum"
4. Entombed - "Drowned"
5. Sepultura - "Dead Embryonic Cells"
6. Deicide - "Dead by Dawn"
7. Cannibal Corpse - "I Cum Blood"
8. Bathory - "Call From the Grave"
9. Kreator - "Awakening of the Gods"
10. Terrorizer - "Fear of Napalm"

You can check out the rest of their music selections here. The rock station in particular features some decent metal songs as well. More...

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Suffocation Discusses DVD, Tour, and CD

"2009 is shaping up to be Suffocation's most exciting and successful year to date! Not only are they celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first release, Re-Incremation, but we all are excited to announce that in the spring of 2009, Suffocation is expected to release the much anticipated DVD, which has been 20 years in the making. In addition, Suffocation's Blood Apocalypse Tour 2009 begins March 14th. They are looking forward to hitting the road with such brutal supporting acts as, White Chapel, Decrepit Birth, Veil of Maya & Psycroptic. After months of writing and working in the studio, their newest CD 'Blood Oath' is being recorded and expected to have a release date of May/June 2009. Suffocation is psyched to be
co-headlining the Summer Slaughterfest, in both the US and Europe. Afterwards, they are off to Japan, Australia and all of the other oversees countries they have not hit in a while. A list of extensive tour dates will be announced. Suffocation is also expected to possibly perform at a few shows at Ozzfest. We will keep you posted. Keep an eye out for Suffocations upcoming video game which will include unreleased tracks from Suffocation along with a comic book and many other amazing surprises. In between writing and touring, Suffocation has also been busy designing new merchandise for their upcoming tours. Please click on our 'merch' link for more information. We look forward to seeing you all this

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Leaves' Eyes DVD Premiere and Acoustic Gigs

The exclusive world permiere of the new LEAVES’ EYES DVD will take place on February 25, 2009. Fans can expect a magic mix between the complete documentary “We came with the Northern winds” and highlights from “En Saga I Belgia” – the band’s legendary gig at the Metal Female Voices Festival.

Band members will attend the premieres at Berlin and Düsseldorf. Leaves’ Eyes is looking forward to celebrate a special night with their fans, friends and musicians!.

UCI KINOWELTen - Screening starts at 20:00CET
Presented by EMP, Metal Hammer, ORKUS und sounds2move.de

25.02.09 Colosseum, Berlin + Bandmembers
25.02.09 Elbe Park, Dresden
25.02.09 Mundsburg, Hamburg
25.02.09 Düsseldorf + Bandmembers

More information available at UCI KINOWELT.

From the release day of the DVD onwards, LEAVES’ EYES will perform an acoustic tour (including signing sessions) through exclusive superstores in Germany. Here are the final dates:

Acoustic gigs/signing sessions start at 17:00CET (*Leipzig: 18:00CET)

Fr, 27.02. Stuttgart - Saturn Stuttgart
Sa, 28.02. Dresden - Saturn Dresden-Altmarkt-Galerie
Mo, 02.03. Leipzig - Media Markt Leipzig-Paunsdorf*
Di, 03.03. Berlin - Saturn Berlin-Europa-Center
Mi, 04.03. Bremen - Media Markt Bremen-Oslebshausen
Do, 05.03. Dortmund - Saturn Dortmund-City
Fr, 06.03. Wiesbaden - Saturn Wiesbaden

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Thirdmoon Announces New Lineup

After several changes and line-up problems during the last year, Austrian melodic death metal act THIRDMOON has announced a new stable line-up. The band is currently working on new album.

Here is Thirdmoon's latest line-up:

Wolfgang Rothbauer - vocals, guitar
Dominik Sebastian - guitar
Alex Hinterberger - guitar
Johannes Jungreithmeier - drums
Philipp Eckerstorfer - bass

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Christian Death Reissues Announced

After the release of death rock legend CHRISTIAN DEATH's latest album "American Inquisition" late 2007, Season of Mist has decided to re-release most of the
band's back catalogue in remastered versions with bonus tracks.

First to come is sophomore album "Catastrophe Ballet", originally released in 1984. This milestone of the gothic rock scene was the album that started the amazing collaboration between late band founder Rozz
Williams and current leader Valor. Due March 16th, this remastered reissue includes the restored original artwork and a previously unreleased bonus track featuring Rozz on vocals.

Stay tuned for information on the forthcoming reissues.

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Sepultura Posts New Music Video Online

Brazilian metallers Sepultura recently shot a video for the song "We've Lost You" from their latest album "A-Lex." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Shai Hulud To Tour With New Found Glory

Shai Hulud will be taking the spot of recently disbanded Verses on New Found Glory’s upcoming headlining tour with Bayside and Set Your Goals. For those unaware, Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory is an original member of Hulud... so he may or may not be joining them on stage.

Shai Hulud comments on the arrangements:

"Continuing our mission to relentlessly tour, and damage and drive our bodies and van straight into the ground, we have two months worth of two tours to announce. We'll be out supporting Stick To Your Guns along with In Fear And Faith and Stray From The Path for just about two weeks starting in early March. A righteous run you say? Indeed, but wait there's more. Directly after our stint with the aforementioned, we join up with Set Your Goals and Bayside to assist them in supporting A New Found Glory (minus the "A") as they support their forthcoming album Not Without A Fight. Now that's not something you see every day! For those of you who might not know, New Found Glory and Shai Hulud are more closely related than you might realize: we both started in South Florida back in the 90's together, we always stayed friendly and in touch, and early on even shared a member. As unique as the pairing may seem, it's also a perfect fit - and that's not mentioning NFG's clear and obvious ties to the hardcore scene. Chad Gilbert has an original press of Start Today on vinyl... and you don't. So there. Not so harder-core-than-thou now, eh brown cow?

"We know what you're wondering. The answer is.................. quite possibly. There are no definitive plans for Captain Straight Edge a.k.a. Chadball to hop on the mic and sing a song with us, however, it's certainly not out of the question. We in Shai Hulud would be as pinkly tickled as yourselves to have Chad share the stage with us. As always, the invitation is there. We'll enjoy the moment if and when it arrives. Oh, the torture of uncertainty."

Here are Shai Hulud's latest tour dates: More...

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Eleventh He Reaches London Announces New Album

Fresh from supporting Cult Of Luna in Adelaide and Perth, Eleventh He Reaches London are now set to unleash the long awaited follow up to 2005's "The Good Fight For Harmony." The new album is titled "Hollow Be My Name" and will be released nationally on March 21st through Good Cop Bad Cop / Inertia.

The tracklisting for the effort is as follows:

1. Hollow be my name
2. Britain and structure
3. I am the bearer, I stand in need
4. Son, you're almost an orphan
5. Oh, brother
6. Gaze to the north
7. Toorali
8. Hill of grace
9. Girt by piss
10. Death is my holiday
11. For the Commonwealth and the Queen

The striking imagery adorning the cover of the album was meticulously crafted by Seldon Hunt, who has previously been responsible for the artwork of Neurosis, Earth and Ephel Duath.

The Perth album launch takes place on March 21st at the Rosemount Hotel with support from A Death In The Family (VIC), Fall Electric and Grim Fandango. The band will set out on a national tour in support of the album in May.

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Ed Gein Announces Their Return

Ed Gein has announced their return. Here's the message from the band:

"Ed Gein is not broken up. We are actually finally going to get together and start playing again. It's been difficult to get all our work schedules and lives to line up, and to be honest, after years of constant touring and everything we weren't in a huge hurry. But it seems we've got a game plan now and are going to see what happens. None of us are sure exactly where this is going to go but I think I can say with some certainty that you shouldn't hold your breath for any tours. Maybe a few scattered shows...maybe a short tour in the very distant future...but right now we all just want to write some tunes and enjoy our home lives. We are planning to get together next week to practice together for the first time in over a year and a half. Should be interesting to see what happens..."

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Limited Boris "Smile, Live In Prague" Double LP

Conspiracy Records is putting together an extremely limited edition unoficial release from Boris. The material was recorded on May 9, 2008 in Prague, at Palace Akroplis. This show was part of their European tour they did with Growing as support act last summer and with Michio Kurihara on second guitar. The live recording documents Boris' "Smile" tour playlist.

The "Smile, Live In Prague" double LP on clear vinyl is expected to ship March 3 and includes a large size poster. This release is limited to 425 copies.

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Samael Streaming New Song "Black Hole" Online

Swiss metal band Samael are streaming a new song titled "Black Hole" online from their upcoming album "Above." The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page. "Above" is schedule to be released on March 6th, 2009 and the track listing will be as follows:

1. Under One Flag
2. Virtual War
3. Polygames
4. Earth Country
5. Illumination
6. Black Hole
7. In There
8. Dark Side
9. God's Snake
10. On The Top Of It All

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An Interview With Funeral In Heaven

Sri Lankan "hela black metal" band Funeral In Heaven is currently hard at work on their debut full length album based on the ancient history of their country. The band has posted a sample of the first song as well as a fan created video accompanying the music at their MySpace page. Front man Chathuranga Fonseka gave Metalunderground an in-depth look at the Sri Lankan metal scene, some history of the nation, and what the band is currently up to. More...

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The Red Baron and Take It Back! To Tour

THE RED BARON has announced plans to tour this Spring alongside Facedown Records' TAKE IT BACK! Kicking off with THE RED BARON's CD release show on March 20th, the tour will see the bands venturing coast-to-coast and being joined for stints by labelmates VENIA, THICK AS BLOOD (Eulogy), and BISHOP (Dead Truth/Ferret).

In related news, THE RED BARON's first proper full-length, "My First Love," will be in stores and available on iTunes on April 7th (although the band will have copies for sale during the tour).

Here are the latest The Red Baron tour dates: More...

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Live Footage of Ankla at Viva La Rock Festival

A compilation of live footage from Ankla's recent headline appearance at the "Viva La Rock" festival in Puerto Rico has surfaced online and can be viewed below. More...

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Will Haven Announces European Tour Dates

Will Haven has announced dates for their upcoming European tour. Here are the latest tour dates:

16 Th. FRA / TOURCOING - Le Grand Mix
17 Fr. HOL / AMSTERDAM - Winston
18 Sa. FRA / BEAUVAIS - L'Ouvre-Boite
20 Mo. FRA / RENNES - Le Mondo Bizarro
22 We. FRA / BESANCON - Le Cousty
23 Th. ITA / MEZZAGO - Bloom
24 Fr. ITA / ROME - Jailbreak
25 Sa. ITA / PREN - BL - Magazzini Prensili
26 Su. ITA / MILANO - Tbc
27 Mo. Day Off
28 Tu. CH / MARTIGNY - Le Sunset
29 We. CH / LYON - Tbc

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Lamb of God Featured In Game Trailer

Lamb of God has had their music featured in the new trailer for the game Fallen Empire: Legions. You can watch the video below. More...

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Tristania Announces Bassist Replacement

Gothic metal band Tristania have issued the following statement about replacing their bassist:

"As you all know, Rune has only played a few shows with Tristania during the last years. Due to him not being able or motivated to tour we've been using a session musician on bass for our tours in the last couple of years (Kjell Hagen, ex-Trail of Tears). In addition, Rune became a father last year. As a result of this, both Rune and the rest of the band agreed that it was time to find a new bass player. Tristania would like to thank Rune for the great years we had in Tristania together and we wish him all the best for the future.

"At the same time, we are delighted to announce the new bass player in Tristania; Ole Vistnes. We first started to work with Ole about a year ago, and it worked out great in every way. Some of you have already seen Ole on stage with us last year. The rest of you will surely get the opportunity to do so during the upcoming tours in 2009.

"Ole is an amazing bassist, who has a degree in his instrument from the University in Kristiansand. He is a great guy that fits perfectly into the Tristania family. In addition, he is a skilled composer and has been heavily involved in the songwriting for the upcoming album."

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Bastard Child Death Cult Signs To Stereo Dynamite

Ontario's Bastard Child Death Cult has issued the following announcement about signing to Stereo Dynamite Recordings:

"After several years of releasing mostly ska-punk and psychobilly albums, the Stereo Dynamite offices suddenly got a hell of a lot noisier with the recent addition to the label roster of Toronto-based hardcore punk, rock n’ roll killing machine BASTARD CHILD DEATH CULT.

"Together for less than a year, BC x DC feature x-members of 2 of Toronto’s loudest and hardest rocking bands DAMN 13 and CANCER BATS. The band describe themselves as “a secret society in the underbelly of the Toronto music scene. A collective of noise merchants who will stop at nothing to preserve the city's legacy of “amps-on-11, adrenalin-overdrive, chaos-at-all-costs" hardcore-punk Rock N' Roll gospel.” Musically, the band come across as a unique hardcore-punk mix of old school (Black Flag, Void) and the new school (The Bronx, Victims).

"The band are scheduled to hit the studio later this weekend to record their debut album with producer Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club / Fucked Up). If everyone survives the experience, then Stereo Dynamite will aim for June release date for the as-of-yet untitled album."

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Domain Announces Signed Shirt Contest

German power metallers Domain have issued the following announcement about a signed shirt contest in celebration of the release of their upcoming album:

"From today on, the new DOMAIN album "The Chronicles Of Love, Hate And Sorrow" can be booked in advance. And you can win!

"If you like to get your personal copy of the up to 5.000 copies limited, high-class DigiPak edition, simply write an email to order-and-win@domainband.net and put the words "Give It To Me" in the header. You will get an email by PayPal, showing you all the terms of payment.

"From all orders, which arrive until March 12th 2009, there will be 40 winners chosen, who will get a DOMAIN classic shirt in addition to their CD. Moreover, all CDs, who will be ordered in this way, will be signed by the whole band!"

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Fearscape Signs To Bombworks Records

Australian black metal band Fearscape has issued the following update about signing a record dwith with Bombworks Records:

"It is with great pleasure that we would like to inform you all that Fearscape have signed with Bombworks Records U.S. Joining such label mates as Sympathy and My Silent Wake, we are certainly in very high calibre company!

"2009 will see Bombworks re-issue 'Scent of Divine Blood', with new artwork, , a brand new song ( oh yes, a behemoth which will see the next phase of development from Scent of Divine Blood) and some fantastic live footage. There will be other surprises along the way."

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Ozzy To Be Presented "Lifetime Achievement Award"

America’s first-ever hard rock and heavy metal music award show—the first annual EPIPHONE REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS, presented by the Honda Fury—will take place Tuesday, April 7 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles and be broadcast on MTV2 as a one-hour special debuting Saturday, May 2. Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, presented by America’s leading heavy music magazine REVOLVER.

Hosted by actor/comic Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Program), the EPIPHONE REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS will be highlighted by performances from Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, All That Remains, Suicide Silence and a special guest to be announced soon. The evening—a celebration of the music of one of rock’s most enduring and fan-supported genres—will also feature special appearances by Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Glenn Danzig, Maynard James Keenan, Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson of Testament, Protest The Hero, Marta from Bleeding Through, Isis, Brendon Small from Dethklok, WWE wrestler CM Punk, and many more. A limited number of tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, February 20 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time at all Ticketmaster locations, the Club Nokia box office and online at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Epiphone-Revolver-Golden-Gods-Awards-tickets/artist/1295543. General admission tickets are $35.00 and VIP tickets are $75.00.

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