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Metal News for February 24, 2009

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Dark Castle Announces US Tour Dates

Dark Castle will be hitting to road during the month of March as a warm up for the mass amount of touring expected after the release of their first full-length, "Spirited Migration," due out on At A Loss Recordings in late April/early May (release date to be confirmed soon).

Dark Castle tour dates are as follows:

3/03 - 112 House - Columbia, SC w/Cough
3/04 - The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN w/Cough
3/05 - Brooklyn Pizza - Lexington, KY w/Cough
3/06 - The Summit - Columbus, OH w/Cough
3/07 - Casa Del Kotex - Indianapolis, IN w/Cough
3/09 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL w/Battlefields, Irepress
3/10 - Borg Ward - Milwaukee, WI w/Battlefields, Irepress
3/12 - The Aquarium - Fargo, ND w/Battlefields, Irepress
3/13 - The Red Barn - Williston, ND w/Irepress
3/15 - The Cretin Hop - Spokane, WA
3/16 - The Josephine - Seattle, WA
3/17 - The Someday Lounge - Portland, OR
3/18 - Samurai Duck - Eugene, OR
3/19 - Stillwater - Ashland, OR
3/20 - On The Y - Sacramento, CA
3/21 - Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, Ca
3/22 - Art Factory - San Jose, CA
3/25 - Blue Monkey - Hollywood, CA w/Ox vs. Thunderbird
3/26 - Bombay - Ventura, CA w/Ox vs. Thunderbird
3/27 - *house show - Tempe, AZ
3/28 - Burt's Tiki Lounge - Albuquerque, NM
3/30 - Emo's (inside) - Austin, TX w/Lion's of Tsavo
3/31 - *TBA - Dallas, TX w/Vorvadoss
4/01 - Downtown Music - Little Rock, AZ w/Sea Hag, Sports
4/02 - The Doom Room - Vicksburg, MS w/Buzzardstein, Face On Mars
4/03 - Mia's Pub - Shreveport, LA w/Buzzardstein, Power Pellut
4/04 - Saturn Bar - New Orleans, LA w/Buzzardstein
4/05 - Doozer's Pub - Jacksonville, FL w/Dead Commuter, Ol Scratch, Hollow Leg

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An Interview With The Members Of I Built The Cross

Nevada based death metal act I Built The Cross recently signed onto to Open Grave Records for the release of their debut album "Bridging The Gap Between Mind And Heart." Band members Reed and Garrett answered a series of questions for Metalunderground about their upcoming album and the message behind their music. More...

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Hellwitch Debut To Be Reissued

Displeased Records has announced the official reissue of "Syzygial Miscreancy," debut album of Florida's death metal veterans HELLWITCH. All pre-album demos will be included on the disc as a bonus. Additionally, loads of Early Years art, all lyrics and new liner notes will be used.

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Stream Malefice's Entire New Album Online

"Dawn of Reprisal," the new album from British metal band, MALEFICE, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page in its entirety. "Dawn of Reprisal" was recorded and mixed by Dan Weller and Justin Hill (ex-SikTh) at Fortress Studios London and Timeless Studios London, and was mastered at 360 Mastering by Dick Beetham.

The "Dawn of Reprisal" tracklisting is as follows:

1. The Midas Effect
2. Abandon Hope
3. An Architect Of Your Demise
4. End Of Days
5. Human Portrait
6. As I Bleed
7. When Embers Ignite
8. Retribution
9. Hatred Justified
10. Sickened

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Cormorant Posts New Song Online

San Francisco Bay area progressive extreme metallers, CORMORANT, have unveiled a new song off their upcoming full-length, "Metazoa," which was recorded and produced by Billy Anderson (NEUROSIS, MELVINS, SLEEP, PRIMORDIAL). The song, entitled "Salt of the Earth," will be debuted on the band’s MySpace page. According to bassist/vocalist Arthur von Nagel, the band chose to use "Salt of the Earth" as the first single because, "The song succinctly brings our doom, folk, black metal, prog rock and death metal elements together."

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Shadows Fall Schedules Long Island, New York Show

American heavy metal band Shadows Fall has posted the following message online: "Everyone in the Long Island area,

"We are going to be playing a show at the Crazy Donkey on April 11th. The great folks at Samson & Zoom are sponsoring the show and it will be a great time. Also on the show will be CONSTRICTED, MT. MORNING and some others still TBA.

"See you in the pit."

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Toxik Posts Documentary Preview Online

Reunited progressive thrash metal band Toxik has posted an update regarding new material and their forthcoming new DVD. It reads as follows: "Plans are underway now for an all new DVD release directly from the band members in 2009 which will include live footage from NY in the early stages of the band before the World Circus release, live clips from the Think This tour, a full reunion and history documentary of the band complete with interviews from many of the members.... and the DVD will be capped off with MP3 releases of the ALL NEW material currently being worked on and written!!!" More...

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Skinlab Previews "In For The Kill" Video

Bay Area metal band Skinlab has posted a forty three second video online previewing their new music video for the song, "In For The Kill." You can check it out below. The band entered the studio in early February to record a new studio album which is scheduled to be released later this year. More...

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Onslaught Announces Show In Athens, Greece

Nige Rockett, guitarist for reunited legendary British thrash metal band Onslaught has posted the following message online: "Onslaught will return to Greece on May 29th to play a show at the On Stage Club in Athens (support acts to be announced soon).

"This one we really cannot wait for, our last visit to Greece, two years back with NAPALM DEATH, was totally fucking insane, so we're looking forward to much more of the same.

"Real old school thrash crowds, with huge amounts of stage diving / circle pits and lots of blood... haha.... bring it on.

"And awesome food too ;)"

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Lacuna Coil Posts New Song "Spellbound" Online

Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil has posted a new song from their forthcoming studio album, "Shallow Life" online. You can check out the song "Spellbound" by heading to the bands official Myspace. "Spellbound" is scheduled to be the first single from the album which will be released in late April.

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Wolverine Reveals New Album Title

Swedish heavy metal act Wolverine has posted a new message online updating fans on the bands current situations. The update reads as follows: "It has been a long time since we last updated this homepage. We want to say we are sorry about this, and we are looking to better ourselves when it comes to regular updates.

"Time flies and there are numerous things to attend to in life: full time jobs and full time education; family life as well as social life in general—you all know how the story goes, right? As you might know we have not been very productive the past few years, and after the summer of 2008 we pretty much decided to part ways and discontinue further activities in the name of Wolverine. The band was no longer to be. Even though we had already begun to work with new material for a future album release, we felt that it was a pointless struggle to continue. There was simply too much conflict and too little dedication regarding Wolverine. And considering the positive reception Still had earned in several reviews and from our dedicated fans all over the world, we felt that at least we could put an end to the band’s misery and still (!) be satisfied with what we had accomplished.

"However, we decided upon a change of direction. During the rehearsals for the upcoming gigs at ProgPower Europe 2008, we had such a good time! It was such a blast to just play together, and it felt like such a waste just to throw everything away and terminate the band. As it turns out we agreed upon trying to make things work and make an effort to put more energy into working with Wolverine. Being on stage during the ProgPower festival also served as great motivation to us—playing in Baarlo, once again, was a fantastic experience! For those of you who came to the show to see us perform: thank you for being there!

"Right now we are working on the upcoming album titled 'Communication Lost.' Some of the songs have been lying around for quite some time now, and we are eager to finalize the basic structures of the material and record it as soon as we possibly can. We promise to provide more information as we are progressing. Thank you for staying with us!"

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Cannibal Corpse Bassist Checks In From Europe

Cannibal Corpse are currently touring Europe as the special guests for Finnish heavy metal band Children Of Bodom. Bassist Alex Webster has checked in with the following report: "Hey everybody,

"Just wanted to check in and give you an update on how our European tour has been going.

"The tour is actually almost over (5 shows left including tonight), and it has been absolutely killer. For most of the tour we have been playing as direct support for CHILDREN OF BODOM with DIABLO opening the shows, and this combination of bands has worked out really great.


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Earth Crisis Streaming New Song "To Ashes" Online

Reunited straight edge hardcore band Earth Crisis is currently streaming a new song on their MySpace page. The band issued the following statement about the track:

"So a new song is FINALLY up, To Ashes! In case you aren't aware the new record is called To The Death, and will be released in Europe on 4/20/09 and in North America on 5/5/2009. Also we have a new page design, a few new youtube videos, and some banners. Thanks to FXV Digital for the myspace layout!

"Here's some updates on what's been going on lately. We shot a video for To Ashes with David Brodsky. It's in the editing stages right now and hopefully we'll have something to show everyone soon. Paul Romano is working diligently on the layout for our new record and you can see some of the images in the new myspace design. We've been doing a bunch of interviews. Terrorizer has 2 features on us this month and keep an eye out for a feature in Decibel. That's it for now, we hope you like the new tune. Leave some comments, show us some love!"

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This Or The Apocalypse Confirmed For NE Metal Fest

Lifeforce Records has issued the following information about This or the Apocalypse being confirmed for the 2009 New England Metal Fest:

"THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE and LEFT TO VANISH will be playing the NEW ENGLAND METAL FEST this year! We couldn't be more excited!"

Here is the info:

Saturday - 04-18-2009 at The New England Metal/Hardcore Fest Day 2 @ The Palladium

Friday - 04-17-2009 at The New England Metal/Hardcore Fest Day 1 @ The Palladium

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Lazarus A.D. Streaming New Song Online

Wisconsin thrashers Lazarus A.D. are currently streaming a new song online from their Metal Blade Records debut album "The Onslaught." The track "Last Breath" can be heard on the band's MySpace page.

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Faith No More Reunion Announced

Billboard is reporting that Faith No More have officially announced plans to reunite for a string of live shows. Excerpts from the article are below:

Faith No More has announced its first live performances since splitting up in 1998. The band will play a series of European festival dates this summer, according to a statement from frontman Mike Patton's publicist.

No North American Faith No More dates are scheduled at this time. As previously reported, only Patton and frequent collaborator Rahzel will perform at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April, despite speculation about a Faith No More appearance.

Neither the lineup for the revived Faith No More nor the specific festival dates have been announced. Patton's spokesperson Monica Seide said no further details on the band are yet available.

Read the full article at Billboard.

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God Forbid Offers New Album Break Down

God Forbid recently provided a track by track breakdown of their new album to the website Metalsucks. Excerpts from the article are below:

MS: As you are (hopefully) already aware, God Forbid’s latest opus, Earthsblood, hits stores today. Guitarists Doc and Dallas Coyle was cool enough to give us a track-by-track breakdown of each song on what is inarguably the band’s best record to date. Enjoy!

GF: 1.”The Discovery” – The intro for Earthsblood came about in a peculiar way. The original piece started with the doomy guitars that kick in around 40 seconds into it. We wrote it as part of our black metal side project called Hell Nigger. It was the outro for a song that we wrote in one day. Without the keys and stuff, it sounded more like Morbid Angel, but with the new album having a much darker tone, we thought it would make a cool intro to the album. The piano piece was actually played and composed (with some direction from Dallas and I) by my Dad, Kevin Coyle. We showed him the chords that the guitars were playing, and he started doing this arpeggiated Danny Elfman thing that just killed. Our Dad is a piano teacher and has been playing for like 40 years. He also played on our last album. The orchestration was performed by Michael Romeo from Symphony X. We met each other through our producer, Eric Rachel. He has his own home studio where Symphony X records their albums and this orchestration program that costs some ungodly amount of money, and takes 4 computers to run. Apparently, they use that program to do film scores. Mike is incredible, and I can’t thank him enough for adding some much virtuosity to the record.

Read the full article at Metal Sucks.

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Sepultura Posts New Tour Video Online

Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura has posted another video chronicling their current tour of Europe online. You can check it out below. The band are currently touring in support of their latest studio album, "A-Lex" which has been receiving positive feedback from fans and critics alike. More...

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Hatebreed Reveals Covers Album Release Date

Hardcore metal act Hatebreed has announced that their forthcoming new covers album, "For The Lions" will be released in North America on May 5th in North America via E1 Music (formerly known as Koch Records) and will appear on the shelves on Europe on May 11th through Century Media.

The covers appearing on "For The Lions" are as follows:

Slayer - "Ghosts of War"
Cro-Mags - "It's The Limit"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Suicidal Maniac"
Sepultura - "Refuse/Resist"
Metallica - "Escape"
Bad Brains - "Supertouch/Shitfit"
Misfits - "Hatebreeders"
D.R.I. - "Evil Minds"
Madball - "Set It Off"
Sick Of It All - "Shut Me Out"
Black Flag - "Thirsty"
Negative Approach - "Sick Of Talk"
Crowbar - "All I Had I Gave"
Merauder - "Life Is Pain"
Agnostic Front - "Your Mistake"
Judge - "Hear Me"
Obituary - "I'm In Pain
Subzero - "Boxed In"

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Killswitch Engage Gives Studio Update

Mike D of Killswitch Enagage wrote up a quick note on the RoadRunner Records website about their recent works in the studio. According to the bass master himself, drums, rhythm and bass tracks have been nailed down and big man, Howard Jones, is working on the vocals as we speak. The band recorded the drum tracks in Atlanta but have moved back to Westfield, MA to finish up the album.

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Papa Roach on the Download

Papa Roach's frontman Jacoby Shaddix mentioned during an interview that the band will be playing the side stage at the Download Festival the same day as famous bearded rockstars, ZZ Top.

Read the full article at MetalHammer.co.uk.

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Ligeia Releases New Video For "I've Been Drinkin"

Ligeia has released a new music video for the song "I've Been Drinkin" from their latest album "Bad News." You can watch it here.

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The Devil Wears Prada Studio Update #2

The Devil Wears Prada, not to be mistaken for that terrible movie about the fashion world, have released the second episode in a series documenting their studio adventures during the recording of their upcoming album "With Roots Above And Branches Below." Check it out on the 'Tube...YouTube that is.

Read the full article at Ferret Records News.

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Carcass And Arch Enemy Added To Bloodstock 2009

Reunited British death metal legends Carcass and Swedish metallers Arch Enemy have both been named as the latest acts for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival. The festival takes place between August the fourteenth and sixteenth at the Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Arch Enemy
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Million Dollar Reload
Municipal Waste
The Haunted

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Landmine Marathon Signs To Prosthetic Records

Well with a name like Landmine Marathon and you're compared to bands like Napalm Death, Carcass and Bolt Thrower; I guess it is a matter of time before you get signed. The death/grindcore foursome from Phoenix has recently inked a deal with Prosthetic Records and are slotted to tour all spring including the ever-so popular New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and the Los Angeles Murderfest.

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Punk Goes Pop 2 Features Metal Bands?

Fearless Records is releasing another "Punk Goes...", this time the sequel to "Punk Goes Pop" called, not to out-do themselves with creativity, "Punk Goes Pop 2."

However, the word punk has evolved since you bought the first CD of the eight CD series (did they really have to make that many?), the new compilation, scheduled for a March 10, 2009 release date, features some of your favorite metal bands trying their hand at some radio-friendly pop tunes that you would only find on your little sister's pink iPod nano.

You can go ahead and pre-order on the Fearless Records website and it will also come with "Punk Goes Pop" and you are entered in a contest to win all of the eight CDs of "Punk Goes..." More...

Read the full article at Buzznet.

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More Bands Confirmed For UK Sonisphere Festival

The British leg of the Sonisphere Festival, which will be held at the legendary Knebworth Park, has added some more big names to the bill. Alice In Chains, Machine Head, Thin Lizzy, The Sword and Avenged Sevenfold have all been confirmed for the event aswell as headliners Linkin Park and Metallica. The show will take place between the first and second of August.

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Unearth's Time Slot at Soundwave Festival

Unearth has let the world know when they will be tearing up the stage at the Soundwave Festival in Australia. According to the update on the band's website they are on at 1:50pm to 2:20pm just after All That Remains.

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Fieldy's Autobiography On Sale March 10, 2009

Your friend and mine, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, the legendary bassist from KoRn is releasing a tell-all autobiography about his life with drugs, sex, rock 'n' roll, and his road to bright lights of recovery. You can purchase your copy on March 10th, 2009.

Read the full article at KoRn's News.

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The Haunted Premieres Video For "Trenches"

The Haunted released a music video for the song "Trenches" and can be see on YouTube.com in high definition. If you're not down with the 'Tube then you can check it out in lesser quality on the band's website.

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Dredg, the Release Date to New Album

Dredg has announced their new album called "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion," will make its way on the shelves May 19th, 2009. The album will be released by the band's own label, Ohlone Recordings. The good boys in Dredg will be making the available in vinyl and limited edition versions with alternate artwork and packaging to glorify your Dredg collection. Just because they love you, they added more tour dates as well. More...

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Blessed By A Broken Heart Vocalist Hospitalized

The Canadian metal band Blessed By A Broken Heart sent out a bulletin on Myspace telling fans that vocalist Tony Gambino has been hospitalized. Doctors believe he is suffering from meningitis, and a decision has yet to be made as to whether they will perform a tap root.

There hasn't been any word yet as to whether the rest of the band's Terminatour tour will be cancelled or postponed. Blessed By A Broken Heart is currently on tour with Kiros and Love Hate Hero throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Officium Triste Readies "Charcoal Hearts"

OFFICIUM TRISTE will release "Charcoal hearts" CD this May. It will include a brand new song, an acoustic version of "My Charcoal Heart," a Killing Joke cover and remixed versions of the "Mountains of Depressiveness" EP '96 and the split MCD '98.

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Criminal Reveals Content Of Bonus DVD, Posts Video

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL have revealed the content of the bonus DVD which will be included in the European edition of their new album "White Hell," to be released by Massacre Records on February 27th, 2009.

The main feature of the DVD consists of 10 songs from the band's December 2007 show at Teatro Novedades in Santiago de Chile, filmed with multiple cameras and professional audio.

The bonus features include CRIMINAL's show opening for Megadeth in Santiago on May 31st, 2008 in front of 14,000 metalheads, 4 songs from the band's peformance at the Up From The Ground 2006 festival in Germany and an EPK released last year.

The full track listing of the DVD, which has a total running time of approximately 90 minutes, can be found below.

CRIMINAL has uploaded a clip of the track "Time Bomb" from the Teatro Novedades show to their YouTube channel.

In addition, the band has posted part 1 of a "Making of White Hell" video, which offers a candid look behind the scenes of the recording sessions for the new CRIMINAL album.

Here is the"White Hell" Bonus DVD tracklist: More...

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Hear New Chimaira Song Samples Online

Samples of Chimaira's new songs can be heard at www.spread-the-infection.com. There are three codes that are provided that need to be inserted in the box, each gives a different sample. Here are the codes to try out:


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