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Metal News for February 22, 2011

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38 news articles posted on this day.

The Melvins To Release Live Album

Sludge metal veterans The Melvins have announced that they will be releasing a new 13 track live album titled "Sugar Daddy Live." The new set is due for release on May 31st through Ipecac Recordings. The effort was recorded at The Busta-Guts Club in Downey, CA.

Here is the "Sugar Daddy Live" Tracklist:
1. Nude with Boots
2. Dog Island
3. Dies Iraea
4. Civilized Worm
5. The Kicking Machine
6. Eye Flies
7. Tipping The Lion
8. Rat Faced Granny
9. The Hawk
10. You’ve Never Been Right
11. A History of Bad Men
12. Star Spangled Banner
13. Boris

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Heart In Hand Signs With Siege Of Amida Records

Heart In Hand has announced its signing with Siege Of Amida Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its debut album, "Only Memories," in May of 2011. The band commented on the signing by saying:

"We are really excited to announce that Heart In Hand have signed to Siege Of Amida Records. It will be amazing to work with a record label that throughout the years have put out some of the finest U.K. metal acts around, and it will be a pleasure to release our first album through them.

"We are super-excited for the world to hear our debut album, 'Only Memories' . A lot of blood, sweat and tears have literally gone into writing and recording it.

"We have definitely grown as people and musicians during the last year, and the album is a huge step up from our self-titled EP. So much more passion, aggression and emotion have been put into this record and it really shows. We are very proud of what we have created, and are reall

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Soilent Green Announces European Tour Dates

New Orleans based sludge metal veterans Soilent Green have announced that they will be embarking on a co-headlining tour of Europe this Spring along with Today Is The Day. More dates are expected to be revealed shortly, but in the meantime, the following shows have been confirmed:

April 14 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Roadburn Festival
April 15 - Schwalmstadt, Germany - Bunker
April 16 - Bern, Switzerland - Dachstock
April 17 - Budapest, Hungary - Blue Hell
April 18 - Bologna, Italy - Sottotetto Club
April 19 - Wien, Austria - Arena
April 20 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice
April 21 - Malmö, Sweden - Debaser
April 22 - Oslo, Norway - Inferno Festival
April 23 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Beta
April 24 - Brussels, Belgium - TBA
April 26 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
April 27 - Berlin, Germany - Zapata
April 28 - Paris, France - Le Nouveau Casino
April 29 - Barcelona, Spain - Mephisto
April 30 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo and Compas
May 1 - Barroselas - SWR Barroselas Metalfest XIII
May 2 - Bilbao - Santana 27

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Within Temptation Reveals New Drummer

Dutch symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation has announced that the band has recruited a new drummer in the form of Mike Coolen. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Yeahhhh we are a full team again! Mike Coolen is our new drummer. He has played with us in the past on a few occasions before. The chemistry has always been very good both on stage as on personal level so he was the first on our mind.

"So, Mike great to have you onboard!

"Now to us he is no stranger but you probably don’t know who Mike Coolen is. Who can introduce the new drummer better then the man himself (see below)."

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Primordial Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Irish black metal outfit Primordial has revealed the front cover artwork for the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand." You can check it out below. The record will be released in Europe on April 23rd and on April 26th in North America through Metal Blade Records. The group has also revealed the track listing for the record, which is as follows:

1. No Grave Deep Enough
2. Lain With The Wolf
3. Bloodied Yet Unbowed
4. God's Old Snake
5. The Mouth Of Judas
6. The Black Hundred
7. The Puritan's Hand
8. Death Of The Gods More...

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We, The Undersigned Checks In With Tour Blog

We, The Undersigned has checked in with a new blog detailing the band's recent tour dates. An excerpt from the road report follows:

"February 17th - Amigo's, Saskatoon SK: As we venture deeper into Canada's flattest terrains I find my eyes pained by the longest sunsets ever to be witnessed. I have yet to see the infamous Prairie Dogs but my gut tells me they're here... somewhere. The central regions of this country are not without their bleakness, visually and socially, but there are cool people in all walks of life and all regions of this messed up world. We found them in Kenora, Regina, and again tonight, in Saskatoon.

"We're playing what appears to be the coolest venue in the town, Amigos. In the daytime it's a gnarly mexican restaurant with delicious eats and various beers on tap and in the evening it's a great sounding rock n roll venue. Perfect. As usual with the western hospitality of this country, we were offered free meals and beverages. The vegetarian fajita and Grasshopper on tap has already made my night a success. The show begins with an awesome disappointment... More...

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Sarke To Release New Album In April

Sarke, the band featuring Darkthrone member Nocturno Culto, El Canto's Anders Hunstad. and Khold/former Old Man's Child member Thomas Bergli, who also uses the band's name as his alias, has announced that the group will be releasing a second album titled "Oldarhian" on April 15th through Indie Recordings. Regarding the album, Sarke stated:

"Our music is inspired by the great 70`s rock bands, 80's speed metal bands and 90`s black metal bands. Put this together with the creative mind of the band and your get pure dark rock music sounding is clear, raw and honest."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Condemned
2. Pilgrim Of The Occult
3. Pessimist
4. Passage To Oldarhian
5. Flay The Wolf
6. Captured
7. Paradigm Lost
8. Novel Dawn
9. Burning Of The Monoliths
10. The Stranger Brew

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Def Leppard To Headline Download 2011

British hard rock legends Def Leppard have been confirmed as the headlining act for the first day of the United Kingdom's Download Festival, which will take place at Donington Park from June 10th- 12th.

This will be the second time the group has headlined the event, after closing the festival in 2009. Several more bands have also been added to the bill, including Down, Twisted Sister, Duff McKagen's Loaded, and Trash Talk.

In other news, Def Leppard will be releasing a live album this summer entitled, "Mirrorball," which will feature a mix of the band's classics performed live, three brand new songs recorded in the studio, and a bonus DVD which will feature live performances and backstage footage. More information on this release will be revealed once it has been made available.

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Agnostic Front Posts More Studio Footage

Agnostic Front has posted a third video clip online from the band's time in the studio recording the new album "My Life, My Way," which can be viewed below. The album is set for released in Europe on March 4th and on March 22nd in North America.

The previously uploaded recording studio footage can also be found at this location.

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Pit Stories: Crazy Characters In The Pit

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week, D.J. Gilbert of Imbroglio tell of a horrific Halloween show experience last year, noting especially some characters in the crowd:

On October 31, 2010, we played in Huntington, West Virginia. It was during our most recent solo tour, entitled "Enjoy It While It's Dying Tour 2010". It was Halloween night and we were going to play this house show. On our way there our right passenger front wheel broke off 4 lugs and we were only riding on one for who knows how long. After pulling off the highway we find two drunken NASCAR fans to help us. They replace three of the broken ones because that is all the auto parts store had. After the NASCAR fans (C.W. & Eric) send us on our way with the spare, about 30 minutes down the road the spare tire blows. So we change the spare with the second one that we have. Once we pull up to the venue, our second spare deflates.

Now if the fun already hadn't begun... We set up and are getting ready to go on. There's a guy dressed up like Peter Pan, and there's a guy dressed up like John Wayne Gacy. They were the two that stuck out the most. They were completely intoxicated when we arrived. I feel bad not remembering their names but I am sure they didn't remember them either, due to their massive alcohol consumption.

As we start playing, "Peter Pan" is running around us acting like he is masturbating and doing weird voodoo-like dances. It was so obscure seeing a childhood fairytale icon be so exploited and adulterated during our set, along with the fact he said he was on peyote and a slew of other drugs later that night. Also, while playing our set, Devon is falling over constantly -- he's literally tumbling around like the town drunk. Apparently there was a big hole in the ground
because he couldn't keep his balance.

When we reach our last song, the cops show up and watch us while we are playing. While I am screaming/playing, I look over and see "Gacy" heckling the Cops and literally giving them the finger and screaming obscenities. It was priceless and so out of control. As soon as we stop, the cops ask me if he's a friend of ours and I say "no" for obvious reasons. After that "Gacy" tells the cops, "Fuck off. They are done, NOW GO DO YOUR JOBS!!!". I am sure he is going to be arrested but they just ignore him like he isn't even there.

Not only was Halloween a bizarre day in general (with the worst luck attached to it) but so were those two characters during our set.

Funny or crazy characters in the pit is a scenario many of us have experienced, with someone wearing a gorilla suit or the like becoming not an infrequent sighting at metal shows these days. Share your favorite or least favorite pit characters in the comments below.

Imbroglio's second album, "Sleep Deprivation" (reviewed here), came out on January 18th on The Path Less Traveled Records.

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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Assaulter Posts Song From Upcoming Album

Assaulter's new album "Boundless" will be released via Alan Nemtheanga's Poison Tongue Records through Metal Blade Records on March 11th/14th. The band has now posted a track from the album, titled "Into Submission" on Stereogum.com. You can listen to the new song here.

The "Boundless" track listing is as follows:

1. Entrance
2. Outshine
3. Into Submission
4. Slave to King
5. The Perpetual War
6. Exalt the Master
7. Dying Day
8. The Great Subterfuge

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Police Issue Warning About Soundwave Festival

Police.nsw.gov.au has issued a statement warning music fans attending the upcoming Soundwave festival that police will be actively searching for drug users and dealers. The press release can be read below.

Police will run a high-visibility operation at this weekend’s Soundwave Music Festival, targeting illegal and anti-social behaviour.

Operation Koolah will run at the festival, to be held at Olympic Park from 10am to 6pm on Sunday (27 February 2011). Police from the Drug Detection Dogs Unit, Mounted Police and the Licensing Unit will make up a large component of the police presence that will be targeting anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related offences.

The NSW Police event commander, Detective Superintendent Greg Rolph, said that the majority of party-goers have enjoyed themselves within the law in recent years. Despite this we still see a small number of revellers who insist on participating in illegal and anti-social behaviour.

“There will be drug detection dogs as well as a large number of overt and covert police resources aimed at catching those taking or dealing illegal drugs.

“Recreational drugs can be incredibly dangerous and anyone bringing them to the event can expect to be caught.nn“We have worked together with event organisers and other interest groups to ensure the best possible plans are in place to make the event as safe as possible – it is now up to the patrons to do their part,” Detective Superintendent Rolph said.

Bands scheduled to appear at the festival include Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Dimmu Borgir, All That Remains, and many more. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

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Demonical Announces New Album Details

Sweden's Demonical has announced the band's new album "Death Infernal" will be released on April 15th, 2011. The band has also posted the cover artwork online, which can be viewed here. The "Death Infernal" track listing is as follows:

1. The Arrival of Armageddon
2. ...Return in Flesh
3. Black Inferno
4. Ravenous
5. March for Victory
6. Through Hellfire
7. All will Perish (The Final Liberation)
8. Slain Warriors
9. Darkness Awaits
10, From Northern Shores *
11. Night of the Graveless Souls *
(* bonus tracks on the limited editions)

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Azarath To Release New Album

Azarath has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes and releasing a new album in June:

"Azarath returns with new release! Recording session of fifth album by the mighty Azarath took place in January and February in famous Hertz Studio (Vader, Behemoth, Lost Soul) where Wieslawscy Bros were responsible for production, mixing and mastering duties. The yet untitled full-length album will be released on 6th of June 2011 by Witching Hour Productions.

"Recently Azarath underwent some personal changes - Necrosodom (guitar and vocals) replaced Bruno. Bass duties are now handled by P. Music was composed and arranged by Inferno and Bart, while Necrosodom wrote all the lyrics. 10 new devilish hymns were recorded for this album. The character and atmosphere of music was changed considerably. The music is dark, ominous and spatial – in many parts refers to Black Metal and classics of the genre. Aggression and sonic massacre is not lacking at all - as this is our main frontline. More...

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Dr. Acula Posts New Album Track By Track Breakdown

American deathcore act Dr. Acula released the new album "Slander" on February 15th, 2011 through Victory Records. The band has now teamed up with Metal Hammer to post a video clip explaining each song on the album. You can check out the "Slander" track-by-track breakdown at this location.

Dr. Acula also recently posted a music video online for the song "Who You Gonna Call?" here. You can check out the teaser trailer for "Slander" at this location.

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Kingdom Come Streaming New Song

Noisecreep.com is currently streaming one of the three new songs from Kingdom Come's upcoming release "Rendered Waters." The album will be released in North America on April 5th, 2011. Check out the track "Blue Trees" at this location.

Commenting on the album, which contains eight re-recorded songs and three new tracks, Lenny Wolf stated, "I purposely chose tracks from the very early days to show how we play, hear and feel the songs nowadays. Listening habits have changed dramatically, especially among the younger audience, which made it exciting for me to breathe new life into numbers which have not been heard for a while."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Can´t Deny (new recorded version)
2. The Wind (new recorded version)
3. Blue Trees (brand new song)
4. Should I (new recorded version)
5. I´ve Been Trying (new recorded version)
6. Pushing Hard (new recorded version)
7. Seventeen (new recorded version)
8. Is It Fair Enough (brand new song)
9. Living Out Of Touch (new recorded version)
10. Don`t Remember (brand new song)
11. Break Down The Wall (new recorded version)

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Forgotten Tales Posts Lezarts Studio Show

Forgotten Tales has posted a clip online of the band performing live at Lezarts Studio for a Canadian TV show. You can check out the footage below.

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Cage Of Torment Posts Performance Footage

Norway's Cage of Torment has posted a series of video clips online from a recent live performance. You can check out the first clip below and view the rest after the jump.

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Thunderbolt Streaming New Song "Dung Idols"

Norwegian band Thunderbolt has announced the new release "Dung Idols" is set to drop on February 25th, 2011 through Rock It Up Records. Thunderbolt is now streaming the title track from "Dung Idols" online via the band's official MySpace profile, which can be found here.

Thunderbolt also has the following upcoming live shows:

Apr 1 Glassheim-Dung Idols Release Party Jevnaker (Norway)
May 27 Nord-Odal MC-klubb, Skytterhuset Austvatn, NORWAY
May 28 Stay Awake Festival Borås, Västra Göt, SWEDEN
Jun 3 Metalfest Budapest, Budapest, hu
Jun 24 Banja Luka open air festival Banja Luka, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOWINA
Aug 6 Arena Fesztival Bene, UKRAINE
Sep 9 Byscenen Haugesund, NO
Oct 6 ESCAPE METAL CORNER VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Oct 8 Halford Rock Cafe Berlin, GERMANY
Oct 22 Zeljeznicar Zagreb, CROATIA (local name: Hrvatska)

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Suicidal Angels Comments On Upcoming Shows

Greek act Suicidal Angels has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates and festival appearances:

"Hey Maniax and Metalheads from around the world! 3 weeks left until we kick off the Easter European Tour with our buddies, Death Angel. Taking advantage of this opportunity we present you with our brand new website! We do hope you like it at much as we do, let us know what you think and don't forget to take a look at our webstore. The days go by and we can't wait to see you all, old friends, on the road as well as make new ones by playing some stuff from our latest album, 'Dead Again.'

"The Thrashfest 2010 gave us the chance to present our music to a wild audience in central and northern Europe, and now it's time for you, eastern friends, to prove yourselves as loud, if not louder, as your western comrades. We're preparing some new merch for you and we're sure it will be to your liking, so drop by after our gig to check out and share a beer or two (or three or four) with us.

"Just like last summer, this year's schedule is full with open air festivals! Here's a taste of the upcoming MetalFest Open Air 2011, which we're honored to be a part of again. That's it for now, hope to see each and everyone of you on the road. Thrash Till Death..."

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Dying Fetus Streaming Re-Issues

Dying Fetus is currently streaming the upcoming re-issues of 1998’s "Killing On Adrenaline" and 1999’s "Grotesque Impalement" EP online now at this location. Both "Killing On Adrenaline" and "Grotesque Impalement" will be released next Tuesday, March 1st. These re-issues have been re-mastered, re-packaged to include new liner notes and never-before-seen-photography, and include bonus tracks.

Dying Fetus also has the following upcoming tour date:

Feb. 21 Hamburg, Germany Logo
Feb. 23 Berlin, Germany K17
Feb. 24 Prague, Czech Rep. Exit Chmelnice
Feb. 25 Leipzig, Germany Theater-Fabrik
Feb. 26 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk
Feb. 27 Bratislava, Slovakia Randal Club
Feb. 28 Wien, Austria Arena
March 1 Ljubljana, Slovenia Kino Siska
March 2 Nurnberg, Germany Hirsch
March 3 Bologna, Italy Estragon Club
March 4 Rome, Italy Blackout Rock Club
March 5 Luzern, Switzerland Schuur
March 6 Ludwigsburg, Germany Rockfabrik
March 7 Paris, France Trabendo
March 8 London, UK 02 Academy Islington
March 9 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy 2
March 10 Hasselt, Belgium Muziekodroom
March 11 Kassel, Germany Kulturfabrik, Salzmann
April 16 Worcester, MA Palladium (as part of the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest)

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Jucifer Rolls Into New Orleans

As the fog rolled in on the warm, balmy night in NOLA, so did the fans of Jucifer. Not just the average metalheads, but artists, punks, middle-aged/middle class men and women, and about anyone else you can think of. The infamous huge stack of old but very powerful amps, instruments, and all kinds of weird electronic devices filled the side wall of Siberia and rose to the ceiling. It was apparent that they would be performing on the floor lengthwise of the venue because their equipment was too much for the stage. More...

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Hallowed Butchery Finishes Song For New Split

Hallowed Butchery has issued the following announcement about finishing a new track titled "Hexagram: The God of Self" for an upcoming split release:

"'Hexagram: The God of Self' (my side of the forthcoming Austrasian Goat split 10") has just finished being mastered. The song features guest guitar solos from Julien (of the Austrasian Goat) and Brad Bolduc (of Terrible Old Man).

"Expect sludge with buried vocals, Hawkwind-on-a-bad-acid-trip, good old fashioned rock 'n roll, a touch of folk, and a heavy heaping of psychedelia. A release date will be available soon."

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's latest interview with Hallowed Butchery at this location.

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Gloria Morti Comments On Tour With Demonical

Guitarist Juho Räihä of Finland's Gloria Morti has issued the following statement about the band performing alongside Demonical on upcoming European tour dates:

"Finally we get to take our show abroad. Our latest album 'Anthems of Annihilation' has taken us a huge step forward and touring in Europe with Demonical is a great way to prove our point. It will be a full on slaughter!"

Gloria Morti's shows with Demonical, which also include Arroganz and Feral, are as follows:

03.05 (SWE) Stockholm / Sugarbar
05.05 (GER) Hamburg / Bambi Galore
06.05 (GER) Bad Oeynhausen / Black Sabbath
07.05 (NL) Eindhoven / The Rambler
08.05 (BEL) Oostende / OHK
09.05 (UK) London / Purple Turtle
10.05 (FRA) Valenciennes / Peniche Igelrock
11.05 (GER) Neuss / Das Haus
12.05 (GER) Aalen / Rock It

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Hirax Headed To Brazil

Thrash metal act Hirax has announced the band's first appearance in Brazil at the Marreco’s Fest 2011, on 18/06/2011. Additional details on the show are available here. You can also check out a video clip of Hirax talking about heading to Brazil in the player below.

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Persistense Splits With Guitarist

Persistense has issued the following announcement about parting ways with one of the band's guitarists and lining up new live shows:

"Three shows played in Germany with Lunarsphere and new shows confirmed! Once again we’ve had a great time last weekend in Germany. First we would like to thank our friends from Lunarsphere who were very welcoming and planned the weekend in a great way. And also thanks to New World Depression for the great fun! Neuenkirchen, but especially Hamburg and Bremen, thanks for banging your heads!

"Just like last December, when we played two shows in Germany, we have met really friendly people and did our very best on stage, which resulted in some very enthusiastic reactions from the audience!

"Different than before, we’ve played the German shows with one guitarist because Ralf decided to leave the band. We thank him for a great time and the effort he put in the band and wish him well for the future.

"We will continue as a four-piece and are happy to announce that there are already new shows confirmed. This Saturday (26th of Februari) we’ll play at Bastille Metalfest in Schoonhoven. We’re also gonna hit the stage at Café 545 in Ede on the 18th of March together with German deathmetallers New World Depression!"

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Saltatio Mortis To Release Live DVD

Saltatio Mortis has posted two trailers online for the band's upcoming "10 Years of Wild and Free" DVD, which can be found below. The band also commented:

"This is no April Fool's joke: In April come true for us and you a long-standing ambition. With '10 Years of Wild and Free' is now at last our first DVD. To celebrate our tenth anniversary we recorded our anniversary concert at the Historic City Hall Wuppertal sold out and great scenery.

"The recording appears in two versions: The regular version of the noble Media Book CD format, with a DVD and an audio CD. The DVD concert and the 'making of' included. In addition, there will be a limited edition deluxe version with two DVD and an audio CD in the noble Mediabook DVD type format. In addition to the material of the regular edition can be found in the limited pack the recording of the acoustic after show concert, a grand review of the past ten years, with all sorts of memories and unknown live recordings, as well as an insight into the hard way of life."

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Requiem Aeternam Comments On Latest Album

Requiem Aeternam has issued the following statement about the band's latest album "Destiny-Man," and the band coining the term "Philosophical Metal:"

"Requiem Aeternam are the creators of ‘Philosophical Metal’, genre which entails not only philosophical lyrics, but also music that gets intertwined with philosophical thinking.
Destiny-Man, third opus by Requiem Aeternam, has become the First Official Album of Philosophical Metal Music in the world...

"Requiem Aeternam have struggled to create a new style of music since their beginning in 1995, in which philosophy slowly started being an important matter to write both their music and lyrics. Their first record, Eternally Dying (1998), already shows clear philosophical tendencies, in particular through lyrics such as ‘Nature & Principle’, ’Lost in the Unknown’, and title song ’Eternally Dying’. However, this album cannot be cataloged as purely Philosophical since its music is mostly influenced by melodic black-death metal, and there is not a strong correlation between music and lyrics. Philosopher (2004), their second record, contains the first song of pure Philosophical Metal, ‘Logos’. In this song there is a notable relationship between lyrics (based on the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, ‘the obscure’) and music, style that they named at the time ‘Dialectical Metal’. Yet, Philosopher still has very important influences of death/black/thrash/doom and other already-existent forms of heavy metal music, even though all the lyrics of Philosopher are completely philosophical. It is Destiny-Man (2010), their third opus, which takes the podium in heavy metal history.

"Why ‘Destiny-Man’ is the First Official Album of Philosophical Metal, ever: Each song is inspired –not based– on classical composers, having chosen 10 different composers who are quite different (this is important given that these composers, even though they were not philosophers, were deep thinkers of music -which is one the characteristic of this new genre: to think deeply and sincerely the music as well as the lyrics). However, there is no direct influence of these masters of musical composition, or any existent metal band or any other band of any kind. Thus, every track is a micro-record in potency (there is almost no correlation between the songs, yet the final outcome is a unity), adding a total of 10 tracks, number that refers to Pythagoras, who probably was the first or one of the first men who wrote music in paper, giving to this art a transcendental character. Each song in particular has some numerical specifications: More...

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Italian Big Four Of Thrash Tour Date Added

After previously announcing a German show with the "Big Four" of thrash, Megadeth's David Ellefson has issued the following update about adding on an Italian date:

"Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax — the 'Big Four' of 1980s thrash metal — are heading to Milan, Italy to play what will be an epic performance at the Fiera Open Air Arena on July 6, 2011.

"Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 25 at 9:00 a.m. local time at this location. Presale for Megadeth fan club members will take place starting Wednesday, February 23 from 9:00 a.m. to Thursday, February 24 9:00 p.m. local time at the Cyber Army."

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An Interview With Marc Rizzo Of Soulfly

Recently, I had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Marc Rizzo. For those who aren't familiar, Marc is the guitarist of both Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy, and he also was a guitarist in Ill Niño until 2003. During our interview, Rizzo was promoting his current U.S. solo tour and his new album "Legionnaire," which is in stores now. You can check out Marc's interview below the jump. More...

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Vreid Announces "The Black Path" Tour

Vreid has issued the following announcement about upcoming European tour dates alongside Kampfar and Secrets of the Moon:

"We are almost finished with our Norwegian tour, when we proudly can announce a full European tour for May/June. We will kick of in Bochum/Germany on May 27th. This will be the our first shows outside Norway since the successful release of our new album 'V.' We are thrilled to bring you the new material as well as the old stuff, as the Norwegian shows has been excellent.

"For this tour tour we have a killer line up consisting of: Vreid – Kampfar – Secrets of the Moon & support act Krakow. The tour will take us to 7 European countries and will be a mix of clubs shows & festivals. It is a great tour list with many cities with with loyal fans, as well as new cities such as Katowice, which will be our first show in Poland."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

Friday 27.05.11 GER Bochum Zeche (without SotM)
Saturday 28.05.11 NED Leeuwarden Dokk'Em Open Air (without SotM)
Sunday 29.05.11 NED Arnhem WillemEen
Monday 30.05.11 UKNottingham The Basement
Tuesday 31.05.11 UK London Underworld
Wednesday 01.06.11 NED Rotterdamm Baroeg
Thursday 02.06.11GER Frankfurt Nachtleben
Friday 03.06.11PL Katowice Silesian Massacre Festival
Saturday 04.06.11GER BerlinFuck The Commerce Festival K-17 (without SotM)
Sunday 05.06.11 GER München Backstage
Monday 06.06.11CH ZürichWerk 21 (Dynamo)
Tuesday 07.06.11F Montepellier Secret Club
Wednesday 08.06.11 F Paris Nouveau Casino
Thursday 09.06.11 BEL Vosselaar BieBob
Friday 10.06.11 GER Leipzig Wave gotik treffen (Vreid only)

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Finnr's Cane Signs To Prophecy Productions

The debut Finnr's Cane album "Wanderlust" is set to be re-released on April 11th, 2011 through Prophecy Productions. The label has now issued the following statement about signing Finnr's Cane:

"With their atmospherically gripping debut album 'Wanderlust,' the Canadian band Finnr's Cane have recently fascinated and enthused lovers of wintery soundscapes somewhere between mighty offshoots of traditionally grim Black Metal and sublime Post Rock. This unusual trio which replaces the bass guitar with a cello is going to take its unconventional musical jaunts supported by Prophecy Productions in the future, as the musicians have signed a contract on five albums.

"In their intuitive, epic tracks, the musicians of Finnr's Cane intertwine bitter-cold riffs with gorgeous melodies, Black Metal frenzy with ambient-like atmospheric rock, only following their infallible instinct for exciting soundscapes far from well-worn paths. All these features will be apparent in April, when a new edition of the rarely available "Wanderlust" with enhanced artwork will be released. After that, the band is going to concentrate on recording their second album. May the wild songs of Finnr's Cane invite all those who are adventuresome on an ecstatic trip through scenarios of snow and ice that are as impressive as they are deadly, a trip that you won't be forgetting soon!"

The artwork for the re-release of "Wanderlust" is also available for viewing at this location.

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Illdisposed Streaming New Song "Heaven Forbid"

Danish extreme metal act Illdisposed is currently streaming a new song online titled "Heaven Forbid," which is off the band's upcoming album "There Is Light (But It's Not For Me)." You can check out the track through the Massacre Records MySpace blog at this location.

The new album is set for release on April 1st, 2011, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Your Own Best Companion
2. Heaven Forbid
3. Our Words Betrayed
4. The Taste Of You
5. As The Day Rottens
6. Reality To Fall
7. Step Into My Winter
8. Rape
9. Sunday Black
10. We

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Powerwolf To Play Rock Harz Festival

Powerwolf has issued the following announcement about appearing at this year's edition of the Rock Harz Open Air festival:

"The next festival appearance for this year's open air season is confirmed: The wolves will preach at Rock Harz festival, taking place from Juli 9th-11th in Ballensted/Harz. Be there for blessings and benedictions."

Additional details on the festival are available here. Other confirmed bands include In Extremo, Hammerfall, Hypocrisy, Sepultura, Caliban, and more.

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Believer Reveals New Album Details

Technical thrash metal veterans Believer have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Transhuman" on April 11th in Europe through Metal Blade Records. The album was produced by Trauma Team Productions and mixed by Kevin Gutierrez at Assembly Line Studios. The release was mastered at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in Los Angeles, California. You can check out the front cover artwork below, as well as the track listing, which is as follows:

1. Lie Awake
2. G.U.T.
3. Multiverse
4. End Of Infinity
5. Transfection
6. Clean Room
7. Currents
8. Traveler
9. Ego Machine
10. Being No One
11. Entanglement
12. Mindsteps More...

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Souldrainer Finishes Recording New Album

Swedish metal act Souldrainer has checked in with the following update about recording new songs for an upcoming album:

"Marcus is done with vocals. Yeah, it took a looong time, not recording the vocals, but writing the vocals and finding time between other studio work at Empire Studio.

"But most important, they are f*cking done! This means the recording is complete and it’s about to grab hold of it and start mixing it! Thirteen songs are recorded and we’ll see how many of them that will end up on the final CD."

You can also listen to Souldrainer's music through the band's MySpace profile.

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Karma To Burn Issues Studio Update

Karma to Burn has issued the following statement about entering the studio to record new material:

"In an unassuming neighborhood somewhere just outside of downtown LA an ominous rumble has begun. For the next 9 days that rumble is going to turn into one of the great rock albums of the 21st century… Karma To Burn are recording again.

"For the last 3 hours the cascading riffs of 48 have poured from a pair of the nicest speakers these ears ever set, well, ears upon. We’ve been listening to the same 5 minutes and 42 seconds of music the whole time and it’s never got tiresome… if anything it improves with every listen.

"I’m sure that’s at least something to do with the engineering. Lou seems to be some kind of button-pushing, nob-turning, slider-sliding genius. Everything sounds unbelievable.

"More likely though it’s the fact that like most every Karma To Burn tune you’ve heard before, there’s more riffs and great ideas in this one song that most bands will come up with in a career. Sure, admin is biased, but even so… anyone who ever slipped on a K2B record and tapped their foot is in for a treat."

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Violator Posts "Futurephobia" Video

Violator has posted a music video online for the song "Futurephobia," which is off the band's "Annihilation Process" EP. The video was directed by Brazilian producer Nicolas Gomes and can be viewed below.

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