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Metal News for February 23, 2010

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44 news articles posted on this day.

Nightrage Checks In From The Road

Nightrage has checked in from their Greek tour with the following road report:

"After a couple of days on beautiful Crete, we flew back to the slightly colder mainland and headed straight for the small east coast town of Lamia. Even though the modest size of the city, it did indeed deliver!! We did a headlining show for a crazy audience that truly gave 1000% and proved Lamia to be the best gig thus far of the tour. For you who attended any of our shows during this tour, you will remember Marios' introduction of the rest of the band members. Being in Greece and all, we thought it suitable to use Greek names as a way to blend in more with the culture.

"The next show on the list was in Larisa, once again with Septicflesh as headliners and as usual on this tour, our Athens rocker friends in Lucky Funeral. For some reason, Anders had managed to totally screw up one of his basses but some nice fellas in a music store in Larisa kindly fixed it for free. More...

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1349 Announces New Album Title And Release Date

Norwegian black metal titans 1349 have announced the title and release date of their new album. The album, entitled "DEMONOIR," will be released by Indie Recordings throughout Europe on April 26, and by Prosthetic Records in North America on April 27.

"DEMONOIR" will be available in North America as a digipack CD and a limited edition 12" picture disc LP.

The current 1349 Lineup consists of:

Archaon - Guitars
Frost - Drums
Ravn - Vocals
Seidemann - Bass

Visit 1349 Online here , or the band's Myspace page here.

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Horse The Band To Release Six DVD Set

Horse the Band has issued the following update about releasing a six DVD set from their Earth Tour:

"EARTH TOUR Photo Book/6-DVD Set Preliminary Info This thing is happening and it is happening soon. Preliminary details:

"15 hours (our goal) of HD footage, taken from 120 hours of raw footage resulting in 6 DVDs showing the countries we visited, the people we met, the shows we played, what we drank and ate, everything crazy and funny and sad that happened, and most importantly, us. Think of this not as a DVD or movie, but more like a novel in video form. Something you spend a lot of time with to reap a greater artistic reward for your soul. A Rock Odyssey, but something even greater, as Rock is only one of many parts of the equation!

"1 live DVD: Every song we played on tour, each song's footage and audio comes from a different show in a different country. The DVDs will be nestled into the back cover of a hard-cover full color photo book. This will be either 50 or 100 pages. It's going to be 8 1/2" by 11" so it's big but still fits on your bookshelf. The books will be one of a kind with actual tour artifacts (ticket stubs, fliers, plane tickets) incorporated (sewn, pasted) into each. The books will be hand-bound (professionally, it will NOT fall apart, they will look and feel exactly like any book you buy in a store, quality-wise) and will be very beautiful and special items. More...

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Cryogen Recruits New Guitarist

Denver's Cryogen has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:

"We're happy to welcome Chris Ghigliotty to the Cryogen family! He will be filling the second guitar spot. We felt freeing up Darkness to focus on vocals was the best move for the band and will help us achieve a tighter live sound. Chris was the best fit out of everyone we auditioned for the spot. Chris comes from former Colorado metal band Followed by Silence, who our drummer Aaron was a part of as well.

"Chris joined us at our CD release for his first show with the band. You can find more pics from the show HERE."

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Draconian Working On New Album

Swedish gothic metallers Draconian have posted a brief update on their MySpace page stating that they have begun the writing process for an upcoming new full-length album. More information on the recording process, release date, and album title will be announced as it is made available. In the meantime you can check out sample Draconian tracks through their official MySpace page.

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Gwydion Streaming New Song Online

Portuguese folk metallers Gwydion have announced their new album "Horn Triskelion" is set to be released on April 9, 2010 via SMP/Trollzorn Records. The band has now issued the following statement about streaming a new song from the album online:

"Hi all! Today we have uploaded a new sample on our MySpace from our upcoming album. This song is called 'Triskelion Horde is Night!' Make sure to check it out and keep an eye on our Myspace as much more news will be added soon! Of course, you can still watch our CD teaser below." More...

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An Interview With Ihsahn

Ihsahn has been one of the figureheads of black metal for almost two decades. From his time with the mighty Emperor to his current solo project, the frontman has had a hand in some of the best albums in black metal history. On his third solo album, “After,” Ihsahn incorporates unfamiliar elements into his core sound, including eight-string guitars and saxophone melodies. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Ihsahn about the new album, illegal downloading, and the possibility of touring the US. More...

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Insomnium To Tour With Dark Tranquillity

Insomnium have announced they will be touring Europe alongside Dark Tranquillity for the "Where Death Is Most Alive II" tour. Insomnium issued the following statement about the tour:

"We are naturally excited as hell since Dark Tranquillity has been one of our favorites for about 15 years now. It's hard to come up with any other band that would make such a great live combo with Insomnium. Remember to get your tickets in time for the venue near you! Here is the complete list of the shows:"

23.09.10 Germany Hamburg Grunspan
24.09.10 Germany Leipzig Conne Island
25.09.10 Germany Münster Sputnikhalle
26.09.10 Germany Köln Essigfabrik
27.09.10 Holland Tilburg 013
28.09.10 UK London Underworld
29.09.10 Belgium Vosselaar Biebob
30.09.10 France Paris Trabendo
01.10.10 France Montpellier Salle Victoire 2
02.10.10 Spain Bilbao Rockstar
03.10.10 Portugal Porto Teatro Sá da Bandeira
04.10.10 Portugal Lisbon Incrível Almadense
06.10.10 Spain Madrid Sala Heineken
07.10.10 Spain Barcelona Razz 2
08.10.10 France Lyon CCO
09.10.10 Switzerland Lausanne Les Dock
10.10.10 Italy Bologna Estragon
11.10.10 Italy Rome Alpheus
12.10.10 Italy Milano Magazini Generali
13.10.10 Croatia Zagreb Boogaloo
14.10.10 Hungary Budapest Dürer Kert
15.10.10 Austria Wien Szene
16.10.10 Slovenina Ljubljana Gala Hala
17.10.10 Austria Graz Orpheum
19.10.10 Germany Stuttgart Röhre
20.10.10 Switzerland Luzern Schuur
21.10.10 Germany Frankfurt Batschkapp
22.10.10 Germany München Backstage
24.10.10 Germany Berlin Lido
25.10.10 Sweden Malmö KB

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Kraanium Streaming New Song Online

Norwegian death metallers Kraanium are currently streaming the new song "Necrophilic Butchery" online via their MySpace page. Kraanium also issued the following statement about the song:

"We uploaded a new song from our upcoming split cd. The bands have been changed once again, so this will be a split with Dormant Carnivore from Russia and Epicardiectomy from Czech Republic. Hopefully it will be released some time later this year, on Pathologically explicit Recordings. If it all goes as planned we will have it ready for Death Feast open air, cant wait for that shit!"

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Kreetur To Release Three Albums For Free

Canada's Kreetur has issued the following statement about releasing three upcoming albums as free downloads:

"This year Kreetur will release 3 different free albums to download. No official date for the moment, but the first record that will be release is:

"1. The split/demo with GRAVSAHL Then the second will be...

"2. A mini album called 'Just another word...' Four ambient songs with sampling of the voice of Charles Manson ('The Truth' can now be listened to now on my profile and Speach of Jim Jones) The last record will be...

"3. The Demo/Album of Kreetur, no title for the moment."

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Lacrimas Profundere Changes Tour Dates

Germany's Lacrimas Profundere has issued the following update about changing the dates for three upcoming live shows:

"Dear friends! Unfortunately we have to announce that the upcoming shows in Bremen, Hamburg & Kiel take place in November now!! Sorry for this! So the dates for these shows are: 18.11.2010 Bremen, Tower, 19.11.2010 Hamburg, Logo, and 20.11.2010 Kiel, Pumpe."

Lacrimas Profundere's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Slough Feg Announces North American Tour Dates

Californian metal outfit Slough Feg has announced that they will be heading out on the road at the beginning of April along with Bible Of The Devil. More tour dates are expected to be announced shortly.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 1 - Cobra Lounge - Chicago, Illinois
April 2 - Frequency - Madison, Wisconsin
April 3 - Third Street Dive - Louisville, Kentucky
April 4 - PK’s - Carbondale, Illinois
April 5 - Hi Tone - Memphis, Tennessee
April 6 - Emo’s - Austin, Texas w/ Radio Moscow, Naam
April 7 - Night Rocker - San Antonio, Texas
April 8 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, New Mexico w/ Leeches Of Lore
April 9 - Rogue - Scottsdale, Arizona
April 11 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, California w/ Orchid
April 12 - Metro - Oakland, California

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Leprous Announces European Tour

Vocalist Einar Solberg of Norwegian metal act Leprous, which acts as the backing band for solo artist Ihsahn during his live dates, has issued the following announcement about heading out on a European tour:

"Great news!! Leprous are finally touring Europe!!! We're starting the tour in Tilburg (Holland) the 29th of October and end it Warsaw (Poland) the 29th of November. Many thanks to Therion for including us on their tour through big parts of Europe! We hope to see you in YOUR country in October or November!"

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Dave Mustaine Checks In With Band Update

Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine has issued the following update about their upcoming tour dates:

"Droogies! Five more days and I will be standing in a hotel room getting ready to start my day again on the 2010 Megadeth World Tour. I know that I have said that there was not much gas left in the tank over the years, and I know I have a reputation for changing my mind, but we all do that, its just my choices are more public than most of y'alls. I can't tell you how rewarding it has been to make a new start with David Ellefson, and I can't tell you all of the other people that I have come across that are happy for me, for us, for Megadeth, and for Heavy Metal.

"This changing of my mind was not so much 'me' changing my mind, as it was the spiritual renewal of my mind, and having a new outlook on life for the past few years that has really never had a chance to be publicly displayed. This is not about me or my growth, it is about the powerful healing of forgiveness. I am really more grateful for David forgiving me for whatever I had done that harmed him or his family.

"I am very grateful for everything that has led up to us being reunited in the studio and soon to be on the stage. From Southern Gentleman James MacDonough, with his edgy bass playing, unstoppable energy, and his upbeat disposition to James Lomenzo, who also had a unique style of holding down the bottom end, while teaching us all how to continue through the mundane touring life and maintaining class, dignity, and respect for everyone. More...

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Qafas To Release New EP

Bahrain based metal band Qafas has issued the following update about releasing a new EP:

"Qafas is now in the process of recording a new 2010 EP entitled 'Al-Ahlaam' which is Arabic for 'The Dreams,' this record might possibly be released through Thorn Laceration Records, but will remain available for free download before its physical release, as the name suggests, this EP will completely be written inspired by dreams, both musically and conceptually, the track list and all other details are still in pending progress, all will be made visible publicly in given time."

Qafas is also currently streaming several sample tracks online at this location.

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Requiem Aeternam Reveals New Album Details

Florida metallers Requiem Aeternam have announced that their new album "Destiny-Man" will be released in September 2010 in celebration of the band's 15th anniversary. The cover artwork for the new album is currently available for viewing at this location. You can also check out sample Requiem Aeternam tracks here.

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Soulidium Posts Dean Guitars DOA Footage

Soulidium has posted two video clips online from the Dean Guitars DOA party. The first clip can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump. Soulidium also issued the following statement about the footage:

"Once again, Elliott Rubinson of Dean Guitars has managed to throw a most ass kicking and rocking DOA party which nobody will forget. While DOA seems to just keep getting better every year, this DOA was especially awesome. This is a killer cover of Deep Purple's 'Highway Star' - The Band Lineup Is: Vocals - Josh (Dean Guitars), Guitar - Michael Angelo, Bass- Elliott Rubinson (Dean Guitars), Drums - Ray Luzier (Korn). You will notice some cool people in the audience including Bob Zilla (Damage Plan / Hell Yeah). Thanks from Soulidium to Elliott, Josh and the guys at Dean for the good times. Can't wait for next year!"

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Voivod Announces North American Tour

Canadian metallers Voivod will hit the road for two-weeks worth of tour dates in support of their latest release "Infini." This tour will kick-off March 3rd and will include guests Kreator, Nachtmystium, Evile, and Lazarus A.D. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.

3/3 2010 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
3/4 2010 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
3/5 2010 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
3/6 2010 Nokia Theater – New York, NY
3/7 2010 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
3/8 2010 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
3/9 2010 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
3/10 2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
3/11 2010 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
3/12 2010 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
3/13 2010 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
3/14 2010 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
3/16 2010 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

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Abraxas Posts Studio Footage

Abraxas has posted a new video report from their time in the recording studio working on their upcoming album "Damnation." The video clip can be viewed below.

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Descend Writing New Songs

Sweden's Descend has checked in with the following update about writing new material:

"G'day! Today it's Tuesday and that means we're gonna jam. Feels great. We have a little something something to work with. A couple of new songs are in the work and it'll be interesting to see where they will head. One thing is certain; greatness will be achieved!

"So.. beside new songs and such, what's new? We're gonna open for Soreption at Pipeline in Sundsvall the 3rd of March. They're having a release gig, for their new album 'Deterioration of Minds' and it will be one hell of a night."

Three sample Descend tracks are currently available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.

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Soilwork Frontman Checks In with Studio Update

Soilwork frontman, Björn 'Speed' Strid, has checked in with the following studio blog:

"It has been an intense start on this recording, we grabbed the songs by the balls and we are currently recording rhythm guitars. The sound is absolutely amazing, more ‘meat’ than ever before, we have slightly more distortion but deadly precision. As you have figured, Dirk has already hammered in the drums and I gotta say it’s definitely his best performance ever. Absolutely jaw dropping! I’ve been very focused on finishing the lyrics, really have a lot to tell and channel this time. It’s turned out to be very personal but very relieving to bring out what’s been stuck in my head for two years, which has been probably been the two hardest years in my life. To drop a few song titles: 'The Thrill,' 'Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter,' 'The Akuma Afterglow,' 'Let this River Flow,' 'Where Angels Fear to Tread,' '2 Lives Worth of Reckoning'... Ladies and gents, it’s gonna be intense. More...

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Headline News

Original Waylander Bassist Found Dead

Jason Barriskill, the original bass player of Irish folk metal outfit Waylander and later founder of the band Epoch, was found dead in his home in Co. Armagh yesterday morning (February 22nd). This happened only three days after he had a heart attack on friday the 19th. He was only 34 years of age. A message from his old bandmates reads as follows:

"Jason was a once off, a true individual in the truest sense of the word. Almost 15 years after he left Waylander we still talk about him at rehearsal. That is the mark of the man, he left a lasting impression on everyone he met.

"Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his friends and family.

"I hope you have found what you were looking for brother.

"You will never be forgotten."

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Jack Slater Posts "Martyr" Music Video

Germany's Jack Slater has posted a music video online for the track "Martyr," which is from the new album "Extinction Aftermath." The video clip can be viewed below.

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Onslaught Confirmed For Bloodstock 2010

British thrash metal legends Onslaught are the latest band to be confirmed for this year's edition of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival which will take place in Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 13th-15th. This will be the only show the band will play in the United Kingdom in 2010. Founding member and drummer Steve Grice states:

"We are very excited and to be playing Bloodstock 2010. Not only will it be the ONLY UK show Onslaught play this year, but the very first outdoor show we have played in the UK. We look forward to bringing some real Flesh Melting -Thrash Metal to the Guys and Gals of Bloodstock. See you all there!"

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One Without Posts Denmark Tour Video

Swedish gothic metallers One Without have posted the first in a two part series of video clips from their recent tour dates in Denmark. The footage can be viewed below. One Without also issued the following statement about the clip:

"Hey! We have uploaded a video from our trip to Denmark, and will put up part two in about a week or so, this first part is from the Festival gig In Aars at 'Rock Shock Festival 2010' at the 13th of February, and part 2 will be from The Rock in Copenhagen at the 20th of February."

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Tales From The Pit: Hugging It Out In The Pit

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Phoenix, Arizona post-hardcore/metalcore band blessthefall's lead singer Beau Bokan shares a "heart-warming" pit story:

"So we're on tour with Silverstein, playing a show in Denver, Co and it's a packed house. Kids are getting rowdy. I could tell there were a couple obvious 'tough guys' in the crowd who were getting a little too excited. So I was keeping an eye on them. Before you know it, two dudes were in each other's faces and one of the guys throws a punch totally knocking the other one down. I made the band stop playing immediately. I told both of the dudes that if they were going to fight they could go outside and finish fighting otherwise they would have to hug each other if they wanted to stay in the show. So they hugged it out and the show went on. It felt awesome to make 2 strangers who were at each other's throats ACTUALLY hug it out just to stay in the show and see them have a good time."

blessthefall recently announced that they will headline The Bangover Tour this March/April with support from Miss May I, Greeley Estates and Before Their Eyes. The U.S. and Canadian run follows up their slot on The Atticus Tour late last year.

Check back every Tuesday for more tales from the mosh pit.

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Eye For An Eye Posts New Songs Online

British heavy metal outfit Eye For An Eye has posted three new songs online entitled, "Seven Gods Of Chaos," "Ask No Questions" and "It's Been A Long Time." You can check them out by heading to the bands official Myspace page. The songs come from the band's forthcoming debut album, "Downfall" which is scheduled to be released on April 19th through Rising Records. Pre-orders for the album can now be taken at the official Rising Records website.

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Black Label Society Reveals New Drummer

Black Label Society, the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, has announced that they have recruited Evanescence drummer Will Hunt. Hunt will tour with the band as well as record the next studio album with them, although he will remain a member of Evanescence, who began recording their new studio album yesterday. Stay tuned for further information.

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Venom And UFO Added To High Voltage Festival

The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced some more bands for the festival's debut edition. Among the new confirmations are extreme metal daddys Venom, rock legends UFO, The Quireboys, Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa and The Union, which features former members of Thunder. The event will take place in Victoria Park in London on July 24th and the 25th.

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Criminal Finishing Up New Music Video

Anglo-Chilean thrash metal band CRIMINAL are putting the finishing touches on a music video for the song “Incubus.” The clip is being directed and edited by renowned Chilean visual artist Carlos Toro, who as already worked with KREATOR, VADER, LACRIMOSA and MERCENARY, among others.

“Incubus” comes off CRIMINAL’s latest album “White Hell”, which was released in February 2010 by Germany’s Massacre Records.

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Sorrowful Angels Announces Greek Tour Dates

Greek metal band Sorrowful Angels has announced the following tour dates:

26.02.2010 - Jasmin Club, Athens, Greece
10.04.2010 - Principal Club Theater, Thessaloniki, Greece - Supporting KATATONIA/SIRENIA
11.04.2010 - Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece - Supporting KATATONIA/SIRENIA
19.06.2010 - Darkest Summers Night II, Kastro Chalkidas, Chalkida
31.07.2010 - MetaLmorphosiS Festival 2010, Nicosia, Cyprus

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Kiuas Announces Finnish Tour Dates

Finnish metal band Kiuas will be touring Finland in April. The tour dates are as follows:

04.03.2010 Virgin Oil, Helsinki (PRIVATE SHOWCASE GIG)
31.03.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Helsinki (Unplugged)
31.03.2010 Tavastia, Helsinki (ALBUM RELEASE PARTY)
01.04.2010 Henry's Pub, Kuopio
02.04.2010 Kairo, Kotka
09.04.2010 Lutakko, Jyväskylä
10.04.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Oulu (Unplugged)
10.04.2010 Nuclear Nightclub, Oulu
16.04.2010 Bluepool, Forssa
17.04.2010 Rytmikatti, Kouvola
23.04.2010 Yo-talo, Tampere
29.04.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Turku (Unplugged)
29.04.2010 Klubi, Turku
30.04.2010 Dante's Highlight, Helsinki
19.06.2010 Myötätuulirock 2010, Vantaa
31.07.2010 Kuopiorock 2010, Kuopio

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Arsis Issues Arch Enemy and Exodus Tour Recap

Virginia based melodic tech death metal band ARSIS has issued the following update regarding their recently completed tour with ARCH ENEMY, EXODUS and MUTINY WITHIN:

“So we are finally home from probably the best tour we have ever been on and we’re all ready to go again! Actually, if we could just rewind and do this one over again minus the van break-ins, extracurricular head injuries, and a couple really unfortunate meals (with consequences), it would be basically perfect. We owe enormous thanks to certain people for heroic acts on this tour. To our friends in ARCH ENEMY and EXODUS: hopefully our paths will cross again very soon! Let the metal flow like lava!”

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Arma Gathas Reveals Debut Album Details Online

The eminent metal outfit ARMA GATHAS has posted the cover art and tracklisting for their debut album "Dead To This World."

Comments ARMA GATHAS on the artwork and booklet for Dead To This World: "We chose our friend Thomas Ewerhard (www.ewerhard.de) as the artist to visualize our concept. We are very proud to have worked with the man that is one of the most well known artists in Metal (Amon Amarth, Brainstorm, and many more)! He did an awesome job on the layout and also created the most amazing cover artwork based on pictures and impression taken by us in the past four years. The whole visual concept fits perfectly on the music and is an integral part of the art we will release."

ARMA GATHAS is former CATARACT guitarist Simon Fülleman, ex-BORN FROM PAIN singer Ché Snelting, MACHINEMADE GOD and ex-CORNELIUS guitarist Marc Niedersberg, ex- DISLOYAL drummer and talented drum student Max van Winkelhof and Alex Härtel on bass. They recorded their debut album "Dead To This World" in November 2009 at the Barracs studios together with Sky Hoff as a producer, who worked with Caliban in the past. Mastering was done by the legendary Alan Douches at the West West Side Studio in New York together with Simon in early December. More...

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Anima Posts New Song "Loner's Reflection," Online

Germany deathcore band ANIMA has uploaded the second song of their new album "Enter The Killzone." The song, "Loner's Reflection," can be heard at the band's MySpace page.

"Enter The Killzone" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Sebastian Reichl in the Slaughter's Palace studios.

Comments the band: "From the beginning every member of the band knew that the outcome should be different this time, totally different! After one year of hard work twelve songs were ready, outshining everything on "The Daily Grind". These songs will lift ANIMA to a new level!"

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Severed Posts New Live Videos Online

New York death metal band Severed has posted two new live video online from their show at the Water Grill on February 20th 2010. Watch the two videos below:

"Envision" and "Chosen Ground:"

"Comprehension:"

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What We Call Victory Finishing New Album

What We Call Victory is wrapping up the mixing of their new album and issued the following update:

"Our second and awesome experience in the studio (Tragic Recordings!) is coming to an end, as the final mixing and editing is finished in about two more sessions. Incase you have not yet heard, our music will be mastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me!) and will be available (at least in digital format) next month. Thank you to those that were good enough to help us out with things such as vocals, artwork, merch, and booking.

"For a music group that does things a bit differently and seemed to always get overlooked in the past.... we've had the best year and a half, while making some amazing friends."

The band has also posted the concepts and lyrics to the songs off this album in a MySpace blog here.

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Smouldering in Forgotten Reveals New Album Details

Bahrain’s extreme metal band Smouldering In Forgotten will release their second full length album “I, Devourer” digitally on the 1st March, 2010.

The album was mixed and mastered by Brian Elliot from Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore). The artwork was designed by Killustrations (Aborted, Dew Scented) and the band logo was redesigned by Christophe Spzajdel (Emperor).

Check out Smouldering in Forgotten’s MySpace page for more details and music. More...

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Empyrean Posts New Song Online

Brisbane black metallers Empyrean have posted a new song up on their Myspace. There is no mention of what upcoming release “Odium” comes off, but the band state it’ll give you a good idea on the direction they’re heading.

On the live front, the band will be headlining at the weekly Monstrothic night in Brisbane on March 5th alongside Nefaria, Vyrion, Ablaze Within and Prophets of War.

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First Dates Announced For Cooper/Zombie Tour

An online commerical for their forthcoming co-headlining tour between shock rock king Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie has been posted on YouTube.com. You can check it out below. The duo have also announced the first tour dates for the trek, all of which will be taking place in Canada. The tour dates are as follows:

April 26 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
April 27 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union
April 28 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
April 29 - Calgary, AB - Corral
May 1 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
May 2 - Kennewick, WA - Toyota Center
May 4 - Casper, WY - Casper Events Center More...

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Fear Factory Announces U.S. Tour Dates

American industrial metal legends Fear Factory has announced a string of headlining shows in the United States with more expected to be announced shortly. Joining them on the tour will be Winds Of Plague, Dirge Within and Periphery.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Interview

J.W. Pozoj Discusses New Album "Escape Of Pozoj"

Croatian black metallers J.W. Pozoj are currently working their way through a concept trilogy dealing with birth, death, and renewal. The band recently released "Escape of Pozoj," the second phase in the cycle. Samples from the album can be heard at the band's MySpace page. J.W. Pozoj guitarist Filip Fabek and vocalist Ivan Borcic spend some time explaining to me the theme of their planned trilogy, the story behind their distinctive name, and what the world can expect in the future from this ambitious Croatian outfit. More...

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Stryper Comments On New Album

Christian rockers Stryper recently revealed that they will be recording an all covers album from secular bands that influenced them. Stryper's Michael Sweet has issued the following statement about the decision to record the album:

"Hey Everyone, it seems that our decision to do a cover record has pleased many people, but has upset a small number of people as well. We've never been a band to go with the flow - we've always set out to do our own thing and to do it according to how we feel led. Some agree, some disagree. It's always been this way. We didn't grow up in the church, we grew up on the streets of LA so our approach to spreading God's word doesn't always line up with how others think it should be done. The bottom line is this - we have not turned our backs on our faith or our beliefs, we just want to loosen up a bit and show our fans how we came to be musically. We we're heavily influenced by a number of bands back in the 70's and early 80's and these bands helped to shape our sound and style. This is the purpose of this record, to show you how we evolved over the years and more important - to have a little fun in the process.

"The band is looking forward to cutting lose a bit and performing the music we grew up with. I'm sorry to hear that there are a few negative Nancy's who believe that we're turning our back on God and our faith. This couldn't be further from the truth. The fact is that we are stronger and even more serious about our faith then we've ever been before. God knows our hearts and our motives. We don't endorse any of these bands or the message they present or their lifestyles. We just want to play some amazing songs and hopefully break down some walls and open some doors along the way. We will continue to honor God in all that we do and say and we can only hope and pray that the few of you who have expressed your disappointment will open your minds and your hearts to what God can do with this record. Let's not limit God...."

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Your Demise Reportedly Held At Gunpoint By Police

Your Demise, who recently posted a video of guitarist Ozzy Porkchop experiencing a stun gun shock, have now stated that they were held at gun point by Canadian police on the way into the U.S. Stu Paice of Your Demise issued the following statement:

"As we headed our back into America from Canada, we decided to head to to Tim Hortons for the Last time before we entered the states. Shortly after leaving, everyone was full of bagels and coffee, Drifting of to sleep, our rest was interrupted by the sound of 3 Canadian Police Cars. Sirens blasting, we pulled over completely baffled as to why we where being stopped as we had done nothing wrong.

"So we stopped at the side of the free-way to the sound of, ‘Driver, get out of the car now’, at this point we had no clue what was going on. So danny gets out and they tell him to stick his hands up and turn around, walk toward the car, we then saw a Police man stick a Gun in Danny back and drag him to the car, Handcuff him and put him the back of the Police car. so we now mental stuff was going through our heads. Next they shouted for the passenger (Pumpjack) to get out, Same thing, GUN, HANDCUFFS, CAR BONNET!.

"We started to giggle nervously and heard, ‘All of you , Get out’, so we got out and we were told to put our hands in the air and get down on our knees, the whole time, we where held a Gunpoint by 2 Scumbags. So we get out in the freezing snow, on the ground and the cop starts to search the van, i mean it was like 24 Jack Bauer shit.

"They soon began clear, that they had the wrong people and found it to be a bit of a misunderstanding. So it turns out the car infront of us, well the driver had just shot someone, and we had basically just missed it happen. The Police where responding to it and thought it was us, when in theory they got the wrong car/van. So an eventful last night in Canada." More...

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