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Metal News for February 24, 2010

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Download Machtkrig's New Demo EP Online For Free

Danish black metal project Machtkrig has released the new demo EP "Dommedag i Sigte." It can be streamed and downloaded for free at this location. The demo consists of four songs written and composed by solo member Fendinn. He comments: "I started writing material for the demo in summer last year and it was recorded and mixed in December. The style is still melodic with roots in black metal, but in a more melancholic way than traditional black metal. I am excited about this demo, as I think it has turned out well."

Tracklisting is as follows:

1. "I Dødens Disharmoni" (In Disharmony of Death) 5:00
2. "Gamlingen i Bjerget" (The Old One in the Hill) 4:07
3. "I Tågernes Fortabelse" (In Misery of Mists) 6:18
4. "På Dommens Dag" (On the Day of Judgement) 5:54

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Bahimiron Issues Studio Update

Houston metal band BAHIMIRON has issued the following studio update:

"FUCKIN A its been a while since the last update.. alot actually has transpired.. BAHIMIRON desert divsion has recently returned from our 3rd trip to the studio, and 8 tracks have bass and drums complete.. Also one new track, with vocals, 'Goathorned Messiah of the 7 Gates,' is available in unmixed form at this MySpace site... This is the shit that is goin' to spew on this next LP, tentatively called 'Rebel Hymns of Left Handed Terror.' We're hoping to have this out by mid 2010 or a little after..."

"Other news... Graveless Slumber will be doing the vinyl version of 'Southern Nihilizm,' which will contain one bonus track (written around the same time of S.N.) and also a limited lyric/booklet/bloodbath/cuntnpaste/whatever done by yours fuggin' truly, Mr. Blaash a la WMS style.. don't expect anything original or pretty, just the same vulgar shiate as before.. We're hoping this will be out before summer 2010... Live shows.. Ain't none planned as of now.. we're concentrating heavily on this 3rd lp."

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TtEotD Announces US Tour Dates with Impending Doom

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD has announced that they will be co-headlining "The Road to Metalfest" Tour with California's Impending Doom in April and May. Arsonists Get All The Girls, The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza and Chelsea Grin will also appear on all dates. The North American tour will hit the long running New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA on April 24th. The initial dates are as follows:

04/09 - The Black Sheep- Colorado Springs CO
04/10 - Sokol Underground- Omaha NE
04/11 - Triple Rock Social Club- Minneapolis MN
04/12 - Miramar Theatre- Milwaukee WI
04/13 - House Café- DeKalb, IL
04/14 - Sunset Hall- Fort Wayne, IN
04/17 - The Blind Dog- Windson ON
04/18 - Wreck Room- Toronto ON
04/20 - Babylon- Ottawa ON
04/21 - Underworld- Montreal QC
04/24 - Palladium- Worcester MA (Metal Fest)
04/25 - The Loft @ The Chance- Poughkeepsie NY
04/26 - Café Under @ Crocodile Rock- Allentown PA
04/29 - Canal Club- Richmond VA
05/01 - Sector 7G- Augusta GA
05/02 - The Pit- Jacksonville FL
05/04 - Ground Control- West Palm FL
05/07 - Process Theatre- Columbus MS More...

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Crematorium Announces Last Show With Guitarist

CREMATORIUM, the Los Angeles purveyors of "Murdercore," has announced that guitarist and longest standing member, Mark Uehlein, will be leaving the band for personal reasons. His last show with CREMATORIUM will be this Saturday, February 27th at The Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.

Vocalist Daniel Dismal comments on the subject, "This Saturday night is going to be Mark's last show ever with CREMATORIUM. Mark has dedicated a lot of blood and sweat into playing with CREMATORIUM since 1996 and in many ways, CREMATORIUM would not have done as much as we have as a band if it was not for Mark's involvement with the band. It's a sad day to watch Mark leave but we want to give him a proper send off and let him know just how much he will be missed and how much he's actually given to the underground Metal scene as a whole."

The complete details of the show are as follows:

Church of the 8th Day presents...
Saturday, February 27th, 2010
CREMATORIUM
RECIPROCAL
ARKAIK
BURNING AT THE STAKE
OBSCENE CARNAGE
APOCALYPSIS
@ The Blvd
2631 Whittier Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90023
All Ages - $8 - Bar w/ I.D. - 7:00pm

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Mantric Reveals New Album Details

Norway's MANTRIC, formed from the ashes of EXTOL, have set the release date for their debut album, "The Descent," which will be issued on Prosthetic Records worldwide. The album will hit the streets on April 27th in North America and April 26th in the rest of the world. The album cover artwork has also been unveiled.

MANTRIC's vocalist and guitarist Ole Sveen commented, "Our first album using the Mantric-name does to our ears deserve to get out to lovers of hard music all over the world. Our music embraces creativity and originality outside the limits of narrow genres...This is a release that is both accessible and original, catchy and complex at the same time, and we can't wait to get it out!".

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Walking Corpse Syndrome Streaming New Song

Dark metal band Walking Corpse Syndrome is currently streaming another track from their upcoming second full-length album "Narcissist." The new song "Path of the Righteous and the Wicked" is one of three new songs from "Narcissist" to feature Prof. William Sludge playing the violin. The track can be heard via the band's MySpace page.

Walking Corpse Syndrome also has the following upcoming tour dates in support of the new album:

3/20 2010 Union Hall, Missoula MT with Blessiddoom.
4/2 2010 Pen Convention Center, Deer Lodge MT.
4/3 2010 Jesters, Helena MT with Keeping Secrets and the Ellis Armor.
4/9 2010 The Grateful Head Shop, Kalispell MT with Throne of Malediction.
4/10 2010 Buffalo Saloon, Great Falls MT.
4/23 2010 Union Hall, Missoula MT with Throne of Malediction and Mageddon.
5/14 2010 Union Hall, Missoula MT with At Home in Hell and Blessiddoom.
5/22 2010 Pen Convention Center, Deer Lodge MT with At Home in Hell.
6/4 2010 Union Hall, Missoula MT with KaNcErUs and Eliptikys.
6/18 2010 Empyrean, Spokane Washington with Odyssey and Beyond Mortality.

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Zacky Vengeance Comments On Drum Recording

Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy recently finished recording the drum tracks for the upcoming Avenged Sevenfold album. Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance issued the following statement about the drum recording:

"Finished tracking drums with MP. They sound fucking amazing. Jimmy will be proud. Jimmy's also smiling knowing that Mike Portnoy has a deathbat forever tattooed on him. To show Mike that A7X is deeper then just a band I got one to match his. Jimmy would have done the same. Mike realized that our fans and friends are considered family. Being an A7X fan isn’t always easy because it means you’re not only gonna laugh with us, but cry with us and defend us on occasion. If you’re part of the family it's for life. Shads dedicated his right hand to our brother, without hesitation. I believe what we all share together is magical and wouldn't have it any other way...Ill try my best to keep you updated from the studio."

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Chthonic To Support Arch Enemy In The U.K.

Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have confirmed they will be supporting Arch Enemy, Enslaved, and Sabbat on a string of U.K. tour dates. The currently announced dates are as follows:

04/27 Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfren Hall
04/28 Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
04/29 Manchester, UK @ Academy
04/30 London, UK @ HMV Forum

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Dark Funeral Comments On Upcoming Tour

Black metal act Dark Funeral has issued the following update about kicking off the "A Declaration of Hate" European tour:

"Ave everyone! Today it’s less than 2 weeks left until we kick off our massive tour throughout Europe, a tour that we dubbed 'A Declaration of Hate - European Tour 2010.' 41 shows across 17 countries are lined up, so this will be a massive trek indeed. The tour premiere will be held in Skövde, Valhall, Sweden on March 5th, and we will round up with a hometown show (Stockholm, Sweden) on April 19th. As support, we will bring with us some truly killer acts too: Zonaria (SE), Carach Angren (NL), Nefarium (IT). On the UK dates Akercocke will join the horde, too.

"On March 3rd-4th we have rented a theater where we are going to hold some serious pre-production rehearsals. You know, to plan the last few details and make sure that everything works and goes as we’ve planned. Can’t fucking wait for that! Anyway, I’ll make sure we get some images shot from it and posted on the web, hopefully on the 4th already! We have also prepared a killer set list. And I’m absolutely sure that it’ll please both old and new fans of the band.

"Since it’s almost five years since we last toured Europe we have planned and prepared to bring out our biggest production yet. So be prepared for a HELL of a show! Not only will this be the biggest production we have ever brought out on the road, it will also be the longest tour we’ve done since 2001 (Diabolis Interium). And we’re totally looking forward to it! For those of you who haven’t got your ticket yet, you’ll find tour dates and links to where you can purchase your ticket below. See you soon!"

The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Death Angel Issues New Album Update

Bay Area thrashers Death Angel have been holed up in their Oakland, California studio for the past few months writing songs for their next Nuclear Blast release, tentatively scheduled to drop in September. The band heads into Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida in March, with producer Jason Suecof on the board to start tracking the new record.

Rob Cavestany, lead guitarist of Death Angel had this to say about plans for the new album: "Jason is one of my favorite producers churning out some of the sickest slabs of metal out there today. I am so stoked to have the chance to co-produce our next record with him. It's gonna be vicious! The band is on fire right now in the thick of pre-production and the new songs are crushing! We can't wait to start tracking!"

When asked about the hiring of Suecof, Death Angel vocalist Mark Osegueda added: "We are so excited about the opportunity to work with Jason on the upcoming album. The new material is the most aggressive and technical music we have written in years. So, we needed a producer that was capable of unleashing the tones that match and compliment the over-all vibe of the songs. With Jason’s experience in producing some of the most brutal contemporary metal artists and albums of today I know we made the right choice! I think the collaboration between the two of us will prove to be venomous and infectious! It will be Death Angel's first album ever recorded outside of our home state of California. We will be heading out to Jason's very own Audio Hammer studios for total immersion into what, I can guarantee, will be the heaviest Death Angel album to date!"

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Five Finger Death Punch Adds Two Extra Tour Dates

Five Finger Death Punch have added two extra U.S. dates in Utica and Columbia to their upcoming tour with Korn. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

3/26 Anchorage, AK @ Dena'ina Convention Center
3/27 Anchorage, AK @ Dena'ina Convention Center
3/29 Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
3/31 Calbary, AB @ Big Four Building
4/1 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
4/2 Regina, SK @ Agribition
4/3 Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Convention Centre
4/6 Toronto, ON @ The Arrow Hall
4/7 Utica, NY @ Utica Memorial Coliseum
4/9 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note *Five Finger Death Punch Headlining Show*

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Imagika Recruits New Guitarist

Imagika has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:

"Guitarist and Bay Area Metal veteran Robert Kolowitz is the latest addition to Imagika. A current member of Bay Area stalwarts Hellhound and former member of Blackstorm and RapidFire, Robert brings years of experience and perseverance to the 2nd guitar slot. His former bands have performed with Anthrax, Death Angel, Legacy (Testament), Forbidden, Megadeth, Nitro, Vicious Rumors and Slayer."

Imagika's Steve Rice also commented: "The band was impressed with Rob’s ability to learn our material quickly and his killer guitar skills. Imagika will sound even more aggressive now and we look forward to our future collaboration as we start the writing for our next CD. Rob came in at a great time on the eve of our new release 'Portrait Of A Hanged Man' which we believe is our best release to date. The fans can definitely expect a heavier, louder and faster Imagika!"

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In Flames Checks In With Band Update

Sweden's In Flames recently parted ways with their guitarist Jesper Strömblad. In Flames has now issued the following update about the status of the band:

"Hi everyone. We just wanted to drop you a quick line and say hi and let you know what we are up to. First of all we would like to say thanks for all the comments regarding Jesper. It means a lot to us to know that we have such great support from all of you out there! So thanks for that! We have said it before but we would also like to thank you, all you amazing fans out there, for supporting us and coming to our shows. We had such a blast touring A Sense Of Purpose and it would not have been any fun without you!

"Right now we are having a bit of break. Enjoying the winter and spending time with our families, recharging the batteries, getting ready for the two Swedish festivals this summer (see the touring page for dates) and also slowly starting to write songs for the next album. Keep checking in to our sites for more news and info."

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Nominon Reveals New Album Artwork

Swedish death metallers Nominon have posted the cover artwork online for their upcoming album "Monumentomb," which can be viewed here. The band also issued the following update about the album release:

"Ave Death Metal Lunatics! In just a couple of weeks from now it's time for the release of the brand new and fourth Nominon studio album 'Monumentomb.' We would hereby like to show you the cover of this extreme piece of art, done by the master ov death himself; Mr. Chris Moyen! Further recording info: Produced by Nominon & Tore Stjerna. Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studios, Stockholm, Sweden Sep-Oct 2009."

The track list for the album is as follows:

1. Mantra Reverse
2. Archfiend
3. Undead Beast
4. Kevorkian Exit
5. Omen
6. Mountain Of Hate
7. Worm
8. Worship
9. Wrath Of Shiva

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Obscura Streaming "Retribution" Re-Release Online

Germany's Obscrua kick-off a four-week U.S. tour with The Black Dahlia Murder today in Atlanta, GA. This is Obscura's third U.S. tour since releasing their Relapse debut "Cosmogenesis" early last year. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below. The band is also streaming the recent reissue of the debut album "Retribution" online now at this location. The 2006 release has been re-mastered, re-packaged, and features three bonus tracks.

2/24 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
2/25 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
2/26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Culture Room
2/27 Orlando, FL The Social
3/1 Houston, TX Meridian
3/2 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
3/3 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
3/5 Tucson, AZ The Rock
3/6 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
3/7 San Francisco, CA Slims
3/8 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
3/9 Seattle, WA El Corazon
3/10 Boise, ID The Venue
3/12 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
3/13 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
3/14 Des Moines, IA House of Bricks
3/15 St. Paul, MN Station 4
3/16 Chicago, IL Reggies
3/18 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
3/19 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
3/20 New York, NY Santo's Party House
3/21 Cambridge, MA Middle East
3/22 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
3/23 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
3/24 Detroit, MI Magic Stick

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Reverend Kill Announces Death Tribute Show

Reverend Kill has issued the following announcement about hosting a Death tribute show:

"On Saturday March 13th at the Distillery in Calgary Alberta @ 8pm, Reverend Kill will be hosting a tribute to Death and the memory of Chuck Schuldiner open jam. All bands are welcome to come and rip a couple tunes using our gear, just bring axes. You gotta do a Death tune though. We are lucky enough to be getting to play in front of the actual backdrop Chuck used on the Symbolic tour which will be something very special. Also Eric Grief, Deaths manager could possibly be at the show, he will be if he is in town. So lets all get together jam some Death tunes and celebrate the memory of Chuck and his contributions to the music we love. This show will be free admission."

Reverend Kill has the following upcoming tour dates:

3/6 2010 The Mead Hall Edmonton, Alberta
3/11 2010 The Corona Medicine Hat, Alberta
3/13 2010 The Distillery Calgary, Alberta

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Serenity Issues Band Update

Austrian metallers Serenity have issued the following update about their upcoming festival appearances and working on a new album:

"Hi to all crazy metal heads out there! #1: We're proud to announce that we'll be performing at German 'Building a Force' festival in Bad Rappenau/BW on April 10th, 2010! View some more info at this location and find nice bands like Brainstorm, Lanfear, or Rough Silk among the billing.

"#2: We will perform at 'Prog Power Europe 2010' in the Netherlands which will take place on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd this year in Baarlo. Of course we will keep you informed about on which day exactly we'll enter the stage!! Other bands at this event will be Sacrum, Leprous, Oceans of Sadness & eleven more! For information please visit here. More...

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Spun In Darkness Reveals New Album Details

Las Vegas metallers Spun In Darkness have announced that their new album "Feast of the Undead" will be released on April 6th, 2010. The cover artwork for the album can be viewed at this location. The track listing for the album will be as follows:

1. Feast of the Undead
2. Black Castle
3. Mortality Rate
4. Aftermath
5. Distorted Birth (Goatlord Cover)
6. Autopsy Alive
7. Bloodless
8. Bonesaw (LIVE)
9. Nocturnal (LIVE)
10. All Must Die (LIVE)
11. Back From The Dead (Live Obituary Cover)

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Steel Assassin To Record New Album

Steel Assassin has issued the following update about working on a new album:

"Hello friends from Steel Assassin! We played a killer show 2/20 with friends Meliah Rage, Ravage, and Mob Hit at Whiplash in Stoughton, MA. The attendance and enthusiasm of the crowd was huge!! And we hope this will herald a new resurrgence in the old school traditional Power Metal /Thrash movement. If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere and everywhere. This must seem strange to our friends and fans in Europe, So. America and elsewhere because the Metal scene has always been strong. But here in the U.S. things have changed a great deal since the ‘80s.

"Our latest CD, 'In Hellfire Forged' has been selling well. High Roller Records has released a limited collector’s edition of the recording, and is almost sold out. Our video 'Burn Witch Burn' is getting some playing time in various Metal shows around The World. Now the band is getting ready to record our latest CD, 'Metal of Honor: WWII.' Those of you who have purchased 'In Hellfire Forged' have heard a little preview of the upcoming CD with the inclusion of the song 'Breakout at St. Lo,' which was the first song for the new WWII that we had written. More...

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Warrior Soul Announces European Tour

Warrior Soul has issued the following update about an upcoming European tour:

"Salutations! Calling all German, Dutch and British fans. We are coming to a city near you during our brief European tour. This will be preceded by the European release of 'Destroy The War Machine' on FWR records in March. The CD will also be available at all the shows. We will be playing tracks from the new album as well as the very best from the Warrior Soul repertoire. There will also be some surprises. See you out there..."

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

25/03 Hamburg Knust
26/03 Berlin Columbia Club
27/03 Bochum Zeche
28/03 Frankfurt Batschkapp
29/03 Munich Backstage
30/03 Stuttgart Röhre
31/03 Saarbrücken Garage
2/4 London Islington Academy
4/4 Birmingham Academy 2
5/4 Sheffield Academy 2
7/4 Weert Bosuil
8/4 Hengelo Metropool

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Amarna Reign Posts New Music Video

Indiana's Amarna Reign has posted a new music video online for the song "The Fight (Isn't Over)." The video clip can be viewed below.


The Fight (Isn't Over)

Amarna Reign (NEW VIDEO UP!) | MySpace Music Videos

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As We Fight Issues Band Update

Denmark's As We Fight has issued the following update about working on new material:

"You might ask yourself; are the boys in As We Fight working hard or are they hardly working? And it’s a fair question. With Jesper handing in his resignation in early September last year, one might think that this must be the end of it (read official statement below). But what seemed as lethal dose turned out to be pure EPO. We played a handful for killer shows as a quintet (one of which was given a 6/6 review) and it felt great and gave us the confidence to continue as a five piece.

"So right now we’re working hard on new rocking material with the tentative project title 'Rockcore.' Hopefully we’ll be ready for a late spring release, but we won’t just dash some mediocre metal off. We’re going to take the time needed for this material to be just the way we want it. And we will definitely try to keep everyone up to date on the process with news post, video clips, diaries etc., but please help us out by keeping an eye on our (almost) brand new Twitter page. We’re furthermore thrilled to announce that we have landed a gig supporting Underoath at Pumpehuset March 21st. Kick ass!!!" More...

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Draconian Winter Parts Ways With Drummer

California's Draconian Winter has issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer:

"It is unfortunate to inform you that Daniel Larsen is hereby no longer a member of Draconian Winter. The split was 100% mutual and there is absolutely no bad blood between us. He's an amazing drummer and will continue using his talent to the fullest. Be on the look out for his up and coming progressive band, Oracle. It'll blow you away.

"Having said that, we have now officially begun searching for a new drummer. If you or someone you know might be interested, send us a message and tell us a bit about yourself and your experience. Links to your previous work would be a huge plus! More...

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In Virtue Enters The Recording Studio

U.S. power metallers In Virtue have issued the following update about recording a new album:

"In Virtue has once again entered the studio to lay their vision to tape in the form of a new full-length album entitled Embrace the Horror, a follow-up to last year's Delusions of Grandeur. The album will be a loose concept album about the end of the world and will contain about 12 songs. The band has already laid down the drum tracks at Prairie Sun Recording studios in Cotati, CA with engineer Jason D'Ottavio (Shrapnel Records) and will be recording the remaining tracks over the next several months."

In Virtue guitarist and composer Trey Xavier also commented: "This album has been a long time coming. We've been sitting on these songs for over a year and now we get to do it right. These are our fastest and heaviest songs to date, and I am confident that this album will be a treat for fans of all kinds of metal. The album is due out sometime in mid- to late 2010, and the band is currently seeking a label to release it."

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Suidakra Announces North American Tour

Suidakra has issued the following statement about their upcoming North American tour dates:

"We are excited to announce the first SuidAkrA headlining shows in the US: 15.03.2010 San Fransisco, CA (US) - Thee Parkside, 19.03.2010 Los Angeles, CA (US) - Ultra Violet, 20.03.2010 Ramona, CA (US) - Ramona Mainstage

"California has been good to us the last few times we played there, so we're expecting some awesome shows now that we'll be playing a full set!! Of course we're also happy to play shows on the East Coast, in Canada, the Midwest, and Austin at the famous South by Southwest Music festival, but --despite what you may have heard-- we will not be performing as headliners on any of these shows, but as direct support to ORPHANED LAND! Expect some killer shows nonetheless! Speaking of confirmed shows... please notice that we have NO future shows lined up supporting Saxon on their rescheduled European dates in March!"

Suidakra's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

08.03.2010 New York, NY (US) - B.B. Kings*
10.03.2010 Montreal, QC (CA) - Les Foufounes Electriques*
13.03.2010 Toronto, ON (CA) - Wreck Room*
14.03.2010 Chicago, IL (US) - Bottom Lounge*
15.03.2010 San Fransisco, CA (US) - Thee Parkside (SuidAkrA headlining)
17.03.2010 Austin, TX (US) - Red 7 / SXSW*
19.03.2010 Los Angeles, CA (US) - Ultra Violet (SuidAkrA headlining)
20.03.2010 Ramona, CA (US) - Ramona Mainstage (SuidAkrA headlining)
* supporting Orphaned Land

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Revengia Issues New Studio Update

Sweden's Revengia are currently in the studio recording their as-yet-untitled new full-length album. The band checked in from their recording session with the following update:

"Finally after 4 days in the studio I'm done with drum recordings on this Revengia album. Initially it was 12 songs to be recorded but we ended up with 14 tracks because we had plenty of time left. One old song is re-recorded and one song that wasn't finished at all before entering the studio was completed by Matti while I was recording. We feel very satisfied and now it's time for the other guys to record their instruments."

Photos from the drum recording sessions can be viewed at this location.

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Norther Recruits Guitarist, To Record New Album

Finnish metallers Norther has checked in with a new album update and the addition of guitarist Daniel Freyberg:

"During the last couple of months Daniel from Naildown has been helping us out with our recent live duties. Since he turned out to be a perfect fit in every way we decided to offer him to become a permanent member of the band. Besides his skillfull guitar work he is also a talented songwriter."

Freyberg comments: "I have really been enjoying my time in Norther from the very first show. After getting so well along with the guys, I was very pleased when they asked me to become a permanent member of the band. I really believe that together we´re going to create the strongest Norther album ever!"

"We have started composing new material for the next full length studio album which will be tentatively out in autumn 2010. At the moment we have a big bunch of great tracks from which we will start choosing the best ones for the album.. 'The cream always rises to the top so no filler allowed.'

"As a grand opening for our fans we are heading to Astia Studios next weekend to record one new song with our longtime producer Anssi Kippo. This exclusive song is going to be released as an online single during April 2010."

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Augury Announces New Drummer and Bassist

Montreal's Augury has checked in with the following update:

"After eight years of collaboration, we are sad to announce that we had to part way with our bass player Dominic 'Forest' Lapointe. We keep in mind his outstanding musical input and volcanic stage presence, and thank him for helping to shape the sound of Augury.

"But the show must go on and we are actually starting The American Defloration tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Obscura and Hatesphere, with a very special rhythm section featuring Quebec City jazz player Christian Pacaud (MAG Project) on bass, and our long-time friend Tommy McKinnon (formerly of Neuraxis) behind the drum kit. With such great personnel on board, we are eager to give American ears a good scrub once again!"

Upcoming Augury tour dates with The Black Dahlia Murder, Obscura and Hatesphere: More...

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Mutiny Within Posts Third Webisode Online

New Jersey's Mutiny Within has posted the third installment of the 12-part documentary. Watch it at www.mutinywithin.com. Stay tuned for new webisodes every Wednesday.

Mutiny Within will be on tour in North American with Sonata Arctica this spring in support of their self-titled debut album, which was released yesterday (February 23rd). Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Soulfly Announces More Tour Dates

Phoenix based metal outfit Soulfly has announced some more shows for their upcoming trek of North America. Joining them on the run will be Prong, Incite and Rotting Corpse. While on tour the band will be shooting a music video for the song, "Rise Of The Fallen," which appears on their forthcoming new studio album, "Omen." The album will be released on May 25th through Roadrunner Records.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Triptykon Posts New Webisode Online

Triptykon, the new band from Thomas G. Fischer, who previously founded the bands Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun, has posted a fourth webisode online to help promote their forthcoming debut album, "Eparistera Daimones." You can check it out below. The album will be released through Century Media Records on March 22nd in Europe and March 23rd in North America and features artwork from H.R. Giger and Vincent Castiglia. More...

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Pantera To Release New "Best Of" Album

Although details are vague at the moment, Pantera will be releasing a new "greatest hits" collection entitled, "1990-2000: A Decade Of Dominance." This set is expected to be released on March 30th. Stay tuned for further details including artwork and tracklistings.

In other news, the band will be re-issuing it's three most acclaimed albums "Cowboys From Hell," "Vulgar Display Of Power" and "Far Beyond Driven" on April 17th. More details are expected to be confirmed shortly.

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Melbourne's Orpheus Recording Debut Album

Melbourne’s ORPHEUS is currently working on their debut album. The band is currently in the pre-production process of their yet untitled full-length album. They have already written half the album and will hopefully finish writing the rest of the album while in the production stages.

In the meantime, you can check out three of the band's song on their MySpace player and a short studio video of Chris recording a guitar solo below.

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Zushakon Posts New Songs Online

Singapore extreme metal band Zushakon has posted a couple of new songs on their MySpace page off their recently released "World Ablaze" album. Check the songs "World Ablaze - Into the Firestorm" and "Dawn of the Blackshirts" on their MySpace player.

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Avenged Sevenfold Finishes Recording Drums

In a recent message posted online, Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy revealed that he has finished recording the drums for Avenged Sevenfold's new studio album. He was recruited to record with the band following the passing of Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. Portnoy's message reads as follows:

"Just finished my drum tracks for the Avenged Sevenfold album...what an amazing and emotional experience! Me and Zacky (Vengeance - guitar) celebrated by getting matching Death Bat tats here in the studio.

"I must thank the amazing A7X fans for being so open and welcoming to me. I was fearing them being very defensive over The Rev's drum throne but they've all been so supportive, open-minded, understanding and excited by the news...it is a huge relief to me and the guys!. More...

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Interview

Speaking With Eye For An Eye Frontman Tom Norris

Eye For An Eye are an upcoming heavy metal band from the British town of Swindon, a place just over an hour's drive from London. They will be releasing their debut album, "Downfall" on April 19th through Rising Records and have been touring heavily recently to promote the release. I recently got the chance to ask lead singer and guitarist Tom Norris about the album, the band, influences and where he sees the band going in the future. More...

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Ventflow Begins Writing New Material

Speaking exclusively to MetalUnderground.com, Ventflow bass player Craig Daws revealed that the band has begun work on their second studio album, the follow up to last year's critically praised debut, "Terrorsiah." The new album is expected to be released later this year, with touring plans in the works for May and September times. Stay tuned for further details.

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Interview

Mikael Stanne Talks New Album "We Are The Void"

"How we do deal with the fact that we aren’t immortal and how do we justify the things that we do up until that last inevitable day?" asks Dark Tranquillity vocalist Mikael Stanne. For one of the pioneers of the Gothenburg melodic death metal sound it's taken the band a long time to finally get to the subject of man's mortality. In their ninth full-length opus "We Are The Void," the subject will be the focus of the music. "It’s something that everybody cares about and I’m being a little bit more honest about it and being more real than dealing with faith or other imaginary things." Mikael took some time out of the band's current tour with Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada to discuss the new album with me and their upcoming plans for a full headlining tour in support of the release. More...

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Salem Posts New Track Online

Israeli extreme metallers SALEM have posted a track from their upcoming Pulverised full-length "Playing God And Other Short Stories." Check out "Drums Of The Dead Part 1" on the band's official MySpace page. More tracks from the record to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The band's seventh studio album was recorded at Harold Studios in Israel and mastered by UE Nastasi at the prestigious Sterling Sound in NYC. Playing God And Other Short Stories includes a guest vocal appearance by At The Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg, (on “The Mark Of The Beast Part 1” and “The Mark Of The Beast Part 2”) as well as a cover of Bob Marley’s “Exodus.”

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Emergency Gate Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Emergency Gate has revealed the tracklisting for their upcoming studio album, "The Nemesis Construct," which is as follows

01. Alternative Dead End
02. Nothing to Lose
03. Dark Side of the Sun
04. Story of a Psychopath
05. An End to the Age of Man
06. Point Zero
07. Excite!
08. As My Bride Cries Blood
09. This Time
10. The Green Mile
11. Diary of Nightmares...
12. InVain
13. World Escape

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