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Metal News for February 25, 2011

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Danzig Announces U.S. Headline Tour

Heavy metal veteran Danzig has revealed the dates for his forthcoming headline tour of the United States. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

Apr. 29 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Apr. 30 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
May 02 - Salt Lake City, UT - Great Salt Air
May 03 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
May 04 - Kansas City, MO - Voodoo
May 06 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q
May 07 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street
May 09 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
May 10 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
May 11 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
May 13 - Richmond, VA - The National
May 14 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 15 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
May 17 - Baltimore, MD - Bourbon St.
May 18 - Westbury, NY - Westbury Theatre
May 20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage Ae
May 21 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range
May 22 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
May 24 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
May 25 - St. Louis, MO - Pops
May 27 - Albuquerque, New Mexico - Sunshine Theatre
May 28 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre

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Blackfield Announces 2011 World Tour

Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson is preparing to embark on a 2011 World Tour under the collaboration name Blackfield. Blackfield is the progressive rock project between Wilson and Israeli rock icon Aviv Geffen. The band will be touring in support of its new album, titled "Welcome to my DNA," which will be released on March 28, 2011 though Atlantic Records/Snapper Music. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

1st April - Tel Aviv - Reading 3, ISRAEL
6th April - Leamington - Assembly, ENGLAND
7th April - Manchester - Academy 2, ENGLAND
8th April - London - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, ENGLAND
10th April - Amsterdam - Paradiso, NETHERLANDS
12th April - Hamburg - Markthalle, GERMANY
13th April - Berlin - C-Club, GERMANY
14th April - Warsaw - Progresja Club, POLAND
15th April - Krakow - Studio Club, POLAND
17th April - Munich - Ampere, GERMANY
18th April - Pratteln - Z7, SWITZERLAND
19th April - Milan - Magazzini Generali, ITALY
20th April - Rome - Alpheus ITALY
21st April - Treviso - New Age, ITALY
23rd April - Karlsruhe - New Substage, GERMANY
24th April - Frankfurt - Batschkapp, GERMANY
25th April - Bochum - Matrix, GERMANY
26th April - Cologne - Stollwerck, GERMANY
28th April - Antwerp - Trix Hall, BELGIUM
29th April - Trianon - Paris, FRANCE
18th May - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club, USA
19th May - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts, USA
20th May - New York, NY - Irving Plaza, USA
21st May - Boston, MA - Royale Boston, USA
23rd May - Montreal, QC - Le National, CANADA
25th May - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues, USA
26th May - Detroit, MI - St Andrew's Hall, USA
27th May - Chicago, IL - Park West, USA
30th May - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre, CANADA
31st May - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven, USA
1st June - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater, USA
3rd June - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall, USA
4th June - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatrer, USA
6th June - Mexico City, MEX - Metropolitan Theater, MEXICO

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Samael Reveals New Album Tracklisting

As previously announced, Swiss Dark metallers SAMAEL has chosen "Lux Mundi" (which translates in English as "Light of the World") as the title for their upcoming album. The band has now revealed the full tracklisting of the band's ninth full-length, scheduled for a May 3rd release in North America:

Let My People Be!
Of War
For A Thousand Years
The Shadow Of The Sword
In The Deep
Mother Night
Pagan Trance
In Gold We Trust
Soul Invictus
The Truth Is Marching On

The "Antigod" EP, featuring a song from "Lux Mundi" is still available as exclusive digital download for North America. You can find it on iTunes or Amazon.com.

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New Additions To The Rock Band Network On Hold

Normally there would be a bevy of new metal songs to rock out to on the Xbox 360, but unfortunately there were no new additions this week to the Rock Band Network. While the system is upgraded to Rock Band Network 2.0, fans will have to make due with already existing songs. The PS3 edition will be receiving several new tracks on March 1st, however. The list of upcoming PS3 songs coming on the 1st is as follows:

Blessthefall - "Hey Baby, Here's That Song You Wanted"
Miss May I - "Relentless Chaos"
Dimmu Borgir - "The Serpentine Offering"
A Day To Remember - "All I Want"
A Day To Remember - "It's Complicated"

Check back next week for more information on Rock Band Network 2.0 and any new metal additions to the game.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: It’s like X meets Y

While Vince Neil (Motley Crue) does his time in jail his girl on the outside is concerned because he’s working the breakfast shift and has only eaten some peanut butter and a baloney sandwich. Given the length of his sentence (less than a month) this doesn’t sound like anything of concern. This sounds like fat camp for middle aged rock singers… More...

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Graveyard Posts "Hisingen Blues" Trailer

Sweden's Graveyard will release the upcoming album "Hisingen Blues" on March 25th, 2011. The band has now posted a video trailer online for the album, which can be viewed below.

You can also check out the band's previously uploaded trailer, and find a list of the upcoming Graveyard tour dates, at this location.

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Varg Streaming Entire New Album

German metal act Varg is set to release the upcoming album "Wolfskult" on March 4th, 2011. The band is now streaming the upcoming release in its entirety. You can check out all the tracks from "Wolfskult" at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Jagd
2. Wir Sind Die Wölfe
3. Schwertzeit
4. Wolfskult
5. Naglfar
6. Glorreiche Tage
7. Phonix
8. Blutdienst III
9. Sehnsucht
10. Glutsturm

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Novembers Doom Reveals New Album Track List

Chicago, Illinois based metal act Novembers Doom has previously announced the band's new album will be titled "Aphotic." The cover artwork can be found at this location, and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Dark Host
2. Harvest Scythe
3. Buried
4. What Could Have Been
5. Of Age and Origin - Part 1: A Violent Day
6. Of Age and Origin - Part 2: A Day of Joy
7. Six Sides
8. Shadow Play

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Woods Of Ypres Announces North American Tour

The Canadian blackened doom merchants Woods of Ypres have lined up a North American tour in support of the Earache reissue of the their 2009 effort, "Woods IV: The Green Album." These dates will be the band's first full-on tour since mainman David Gold got back from a teaching stint in Kuwait. David checked in with the following update:

"It's perfect! W4: The Green Album was always intended to be a 'spring' album centered around themes of rain, renewal, reinvention and recycling of the soul and here we are at the dirty end of winter 2011, having The Green Album re-released on Earache Records and touring the east coast in the very green and hopeful but yet typically still cold and cloudy month of March. It'll include a special green beer St. Patrick's Day show in Worcester and a long awaited return to celtic-flavoured Eastern Canada! So pack a cheap umbrella of which you can plan to get drunk and forget at the venue because us bad-luck-fucks are bringing our no-leaf-clover doom and gloom to your town this March with the black cloud-still-a-followin' over our heads. Even though we've got nothin' left to lose and no other purpose left in life but to exhibit our cathartic recklessness for your entertainment.

"We knew what love was and now, we also know how to be cruel. A Woods of Ypres show is a heavy, heaving slab of both. It's poison-medicine for both hardworking modern minds who've just given up on their dreams and fellow bleeding fucking hearts who no longer give a shit. Anyways, the timing of The Green Album re-release and The Green Album tour may be the first thing in the history of this band that has ever gone right...so we're very excited and surprised about the coincidence, because that's all is really is. Bring your merch money for a 'Wet Leather' t-shirt and a Green Album double-vinyl. See you in March! Come drink beers, hear the band's music and watch watch us personally destroy what's left of ourselves!"

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Product Of Hate Streaming Debut EP

Wisconsin based metal act Product of Hate is currently streaming the band's entire "The Unholy Manipulator" EP online. You can check out all the tracks from the EP through the band's official Facebook page.

The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Start the March
2. Your Last Chance
3. Blood Coated Concrete
4. Embrace Your Escape
5. Eyes of the Damned
6. Unholy Manipulator

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Kamala Posts "The Fall" Video

Brazil's Kamala has posted a music video online for the song "The Fall," which is off the band's "Fractal" album. You can check out the video clip below.

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Enbound Signs To Inner Wound Recordings

Swedish melodic metal band Enbound has inked a record deal with Inner Wound Recordings. The band's "And She Says Gold" album will be released in Europe on April 29th and a release date for Japan will be announced shortly.

Enbound features vocalist Lee Hunter, also known for his time with the band Work of Art, as well as performing in musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, in the TV program "Singing Bee" on Swedish television. "And She Says Gold" was mastered by Björn Engelmann at Cutting Room and the artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard.

The "And She Says Gold" track listing is as follows:

1. Combined The Souls
2. Descending
3. Noiseless Bullet
4. Squeals Of War
5. Frozen To Be Feat. LaGaylia Frazier
6. Under A Spell
7. Untitled X
8. I Am Lost To You
9. Shifting Gears
10. Love Has Come
11. The Broken Heart
12. Running Free
13. Me And Desire
14. Beat It [European CD bonus track]

Visit the official Enbound myspace profile to listen to the entire opening track "Combined The Souls" as well as some other samples off the album at this location.

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Deafheaven Posts "Violet" Song

San Francisco based act Deafheaven is set to release the new album "Roads to Judah" on April 26th, 2011. The band has now posted a song online from the album, titled "Violet," through Brooklyn Vegan. You can listen to the song in the player below.

BrooklynVegan Presents: Deafheaven - Violet (edit) from Roads To Judah by brooklynvegan

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Cerebral Bore Announces U.K. Shows

Scottish death metallers Cerebral Bore have confirmed dates for a U.K. tour with Aeon and Flayed Disciple. The band is due to kick off the U.K. tour on April 20th in Bristol, just a week after the release of the new album "Maniacal Miscreation." The dates are as follows:

20 April - Bristol, UK - The Croft (without AEON)
21 April - Liverpool, UK - The Masque
22 April - Edinburgh, UK - Bannerman's
23 April - TBC
24 April - Derby, UK - The Old Bell
25 April - London, UK - Mass
29 April - Tilburg, Netherlands - Neurotic Deathfest

You can also view the tour flyer at this location.

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Meek Is Murder Gears Up for Tour, Posts New Video

With the release of its debut album, "Algorithms," set for March 22, Meek Is Murder gears up for a two-week US tour. The tour includes shows at SXSW in Austin, TX, and ends with a record release show in the band’s hometown of Brooklyn, NY on March 24.

March 10 - Baltimore, MD @ The Windup Space
March 11 - Fairfax, VA @ Firehouse Bar
March 12 - Greenville, NC @ The Tipsy Teapot
March 13 - Atlanta, GA @ (house show)
March 14 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Here Today Gone Tomorrow
March 17 - Austin, TX @ Venue 222 (SXSW matinee)
March 18 - Austin, TX @ Headhunters (SXSW matinee)
March 21 - Louisville, KY @ Cahoots
March 22 - Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College
March 23 - Doylestown, PA @ Siren Records
March 24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (Algorithms record release show)

"Algorithms" will see a March 22 release via metal blog MetalSucks, which has recently turned its resources toward releasing new music. Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Torche) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan), Algorithms is “an album about life and computer science,” in the words of frontman and former The Red Chord guitarist Mike Keller. BrooklynVegan.com describes the sound as “off-kilter hardcore-influenced math-terpieces.”

The album can be pre-ordered now in five configurations: a limited edition CD with handmade packaging, a digital download, and three package deals that include t-shirts:.

The band has posted a new behind-the-scenes video clip showing the making of the limited edition CDs:

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Svartsot To Enter The Studio

Denmark's Svartsot has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio:

"After spending the past year or so on writing new tracks, we will be heading back into the studio from the second week of March to record our third album. The recording will once again take place at Lasse Lammert’s LSD Tonstudio in Lübeck, Germany, and will include around 10 tracks of the strongest material we’ve written so far.

"The theme of the album is based on the plague epidemic that swept through Europe during the middle of the 14th century, and that would later become known as the Black Death. We feel that this lyrical concept aptly fits the way the music has turned out for this album – so more medieval flavours and intricacies can be expected this time round.

"A July release for the album is expected, and we will post updates over the next few weeks as work on the album progresses. So stay tuned for more news."

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Heavy Metal Stars On Board For Dio Tribute Album

According to Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio, who sadly passed away last year, some of the biggest names in heavy metal and hard rock will be taking part in a forthcoming Dio tribute album.

"It probably won't come out this year, but everybody signed up," Dio told Noisecreep.

So, who's signed on thus far? "Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Glenn Hughes, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Lemmy (Motorhead)," she said, adding Grohl will do the Black Sabbath hit 'Mob Rules,' and Halford will be taking on 'Long Live Rock 'N' Roll.' And artists keep coming on. "I just talked to Alice (Cooper), roped Alice in and Sebastian (Bach) and Chris (Jericho)," she said, referring to fellow attendees at the Golden Gods press conference. And Cooper already has a song in mind, going back to the Elf days, according to Wendy.

Read the full article at Noisecreep.

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Moonsorrow Streaming Entire New Album

Finnish metal act Moonsorrow is set to release the new album "Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa" on February 28th, 2011. The band is now streaming the album online in its entirety at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Tähdetön
2. Hävitetty
3. Muinaiset
4. Nälkä, väsymys ja epätoivo
5. Huuto
6. Kuolleille
7. Kuolleiden maa

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Rwake Streaming Re-Issued Album

Rwake's 2002 release "Hell Is A Door To The Sun" has recently been re-mastered for re-issue and is streaming in its entirety through the TheObelisk.net at this location. "Hell Is a Door To The Sun" will be re-issued on March 1st via Relapse Records on CD and digitally via iTunes. The long-out-of-print album has been re-mixed by Sanford Parker, re-mastered, and re-packaged to include new artwork, photography, and liner notes from the band.

Rwake has recently spent time at Engine Studios in Chicago, IL working on the follow-up album to 2007’s "Voices of Omens." The as-yet-untitled full-length is being recorded with Sanford Parker and is expected to see a late summer release date. Additional release information will be posted shortly.

The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

March 4 Dallas, TX The Double Wide
March 5 Houston, TX The Mink
March 6 New Orleans, LA Siberia
March 16 Austin, TX Scoot Inn (as part of the Thrasher Magazine SXSW showcase)
March 17 Austin, TX Emo’s (as part of Full Metal Texas)
March 17 Austin, TX Valhalla (as part of SXSW)

***All dates from April 17 thru 25 w/ Dragged Into Sunlight***

April 16 Tilburg, Netherlands Midi Theatre (as part of Roadburn)
April 17 Geneva, Switzerland L'usine
April 18 Bologna, Italy Sottotetto
April 19 Vienna, Austria Arena
April 20 Prague, Czech Rep. Exit Chmelnice
April 21 Hamburg, Germany Astra Stube
April 22 Copenhagen, Denmark Beta
April 23 Bremen, Germany Treue
April 24 Ghent, Belgium Decadance
April 25 London, UK The Underworld (w/ Amen Ra)

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Cage Of Torment Posts "Deathmatch" Song

Cage of Torment has posted a track online titled "Deathmatch," which is off the band's three song demo "Everything Ends In Flames." You can check out "Deathmatch," along with the demo's title track, at the band's official MySpace page. The track listing for the demo is as follows:

1. Everything Ends In Flames
2. Deathmatch
3. Despise Your Purity

Cage of Torment also recently posted a series of live video clips online, which can be viewed at this location.

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Nachtmystium Video Interview Available Online

Superskum has posted a video interview online with Blake Judd of Nachtmystium, which was conducted in Englewood, CO on Feb. 18th, 2011. You can check out the interview below.

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Obscura Announces European Tour Dates

German technical death metal act Obscura will see the North American release of the new album "Omnivium" on March 29th on CD, double LP, and digitally. In support of the upcoming album, Obscura has announced a European run of tour dates alongside Hate Eternal and Beneath the Massacre. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

March 6 Landshut, Germany Rocket Club

***All dates from April 29 thru May 21 w/ Hate Eternal, Beneath the Massacre, Defiled***

April 29 Wurzburg, Germany Posthalle
April 30 Tilburg, Netherlands 013 (as part of Neurotic Deathfest)
May 1 Bristol, UK Fleece and Firkin
May 2 Manchester, UK Moho Live
May 3 London, UK Underworld
May 4 Vosselaar, Belgium Beibob
May 6 San Sebastian, Spain Sala Mogambos
May 7 A Curuna, Spain Sala Ola Green
May 8 Lisbon, Portugal Cine Teatro De Corroios
May 11 Zurich, Switzerland Abart
May 12 Rome, Italy Blackout Rock Club
May 13 Romano Sesia, Italy Rock N Roll Arena
May 14 Ljubljana, Slovenia Gala Hala
May 15 Wien, Austria Arena
May 16 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk
May 17 Bratislava, Slovenia Randal Club
May 18 Krakow, Poland Rotunda
May 19 Berlin, Germany Cassiopeia
May 20 Leipzig, Germany Theaterfabrik
May 21 Essen, Germany Turock

The band also recently posted a new song online titled "Vortex Omnivium." Details on the track can be found here.

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Paganfest 2011 Promo Video Available

A promo video has been posted online for the upcoming Paganfest 2011 tour, which can be viewed below. The 2011 edition of the Paganfest tour will feature Korpilaani, Unleashed, Moonsorrow, Varg, Arafel, and Kivimetsan Druidi. Eluveitie will also appear as special guests on extended shows.

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Godhate Posts Studio Diary

Godhate has posted a studio video diary online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"This is a studio diary on our recording of the cover songs that will be featured on our re-releases that will be released to celebrate our 20th year anniversary 2011.

"Mark my words, this is not a studio report where we show you our technical equipment, but rather a documentary on how things might turn out in the Godhate camp when we are forced to work together..."

You can also check out the band's recently uploaded 20th anniversary video clip, which can be found here.

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Kypck Uploads "Alleya Stalina" Video

Kypck has posted a music video online for the song "Alleya Stalina," which is off the band's new album "Nizhe." You can check out the clip below.

Kypck also recently announced the chart positions for "Nizhe," which can be found here.

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Castrofate Posts New Song Online

Castrofate has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song titled "Systematic Suicide" online:

"Quick update here in the Castrofate camp, I've uploaded a brand new song called 'Systematic Suicide.' It's the title track off the upcoming new Castrofate album. The album cover for that as well as the re-issue of our 'iHuman' album will be posted soon, both covers were done by Eliran Kantor. And our myspace profile (which is our main website www.castrofate.com) is currently being re-designed."

You can check out the title track from the band's upcoming album at this location.

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Human Rejection Posts New Video

Greek death metal act Human Rejection has posted a video clip online for the song "The Structure of Mankind." You can check out the new clip in the player below.

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Eden's Curse Posts "No Holy Man" Video

AFM Records has released a new promotional video for "No Holy Man" from multinational melodic metallers Eden's Curse, which features a guest appearance by Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie. You can check out the clip below. "No Holy Man" is the first track to be released from Eden's Curse's forthcoming third studio album, "Trinity," which will hit the stores on March 18.

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Gorthaur's Wrath Announces Lineup Changes

Gorthaur's Wrath has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist and guitar player:

"Line up news! Gorthaur's Wrath have parted ways with Moric and Krvolok. We wish them all the best on their new paths and projects. The new bass player is Mara from Xanadu and new guitar player will be announced soon!"

You can also check out the band's music through the official Gorthaur's Wrath MySpace profile. Additional details on the band's new guitarist will be announced as they are made available.

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Gross Misconduct To Perform New Material Live

Vancouver's Gross Misconduct has issued the following announcement about playing new material and upcoming live show:

"March 11 At Funky Winkerbeans -- 35 Hastings Street, in Vancouver with Gross Misconduct, Carnivitriol, and Excruciating Pain. $10 Doors = 9 pm.

"We'll be on stage by midnight, and we will be playing new material from our upcoming album that you've never heard before. There's a new guy too!"

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's look at Gross Misconduct in the "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column at this location.

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Skindred Reveals New Album Release Date

Welsh ragga metal outfit Skindred has announced that the band will be releasing the new studio album "Union Black" on April 25th through BMG/7PM. The band has also revealed the front cover artwork for the album, about which lead singer Benji Webbe stated:

"The Skindred Lion roars representing the UK in the most powerful, diverse and united way. This is Union Black."

You can check out the artwork by heading to the group's official website.

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New Anaal Nathrakh Album Details Revealed

Candlelight Records has unveiled the title and release date of the new Anaal Nathrakh album. "Passion" will be released on May 23rd through Candlelight Records and will include guest appearances from Rainer Landfermann and Alan Dubin. The track listing is as follows:

1. Volenti Non Fit Iniuria
2. Drug-Fucking Abomination
3. Post Traumatic Stress Euphoria
4. Le Diabolique Est L'ami Du Simple
5. Locus Of Damnation
6. Tod Huetet Uebel
7. Paragon Pariah
8. Who Thinks Of The Executioner
9. Ashes Screaming Silence
10. Portrait Of The Artist

"Volenti Not Fit Iniuria" can also be streamed through the band's official Myspace page.

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Coronatus Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

Coronatus has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates with Haggard:

"Coronatus is very excited to be confirmed as direct support of Haggard on their upcoming tour through Germany! With Coronatus' most actual album, 'Fabula Magna,' and a special tour line up, Coronatus is ready to excite old and new fans, which did not have the chance so far to experience Coronatus live.

"Besides new band members Mareike Makosch on vocals, and Dirk Baur on bass guitar, there will be two well known former band members on vocals. Viola Schuch, vocalist on the first coming album 'Lux Noctis,' and Ada Flechtner, rock voice on 'Porta Obscura,'will support Coronatus on their german tour. Additionally, more guest musicians from the Gothic and Pagan scene will be seen in the Coronatus line up throughout the tour. For sure, this will be an amazing live experience! Rehearsals for the tour are running. The band will play the 'best of the best' from the last three albums."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

27.03.2011 (GER) Fulda - Alte Piesel
30.03.2011 (GER) Essen - Zeche Carl
02.04.2011 (GER) Berlin - K17
03.04.2011 (GER) Frankfurt - Batschkapp
04.04.2011 (GER) Ottweiler - Club Schulz
06.04.2011 (GER) Hamburg - Markthalle
09.04.2011 (GER) Glauchau - Alte Spinnerei
14.04.2011 (GER) Augsburg - Kantine
16.04.2011 (GER) Karlsruhe - Substage
20.04.2011 (GER) Muenchen - Backstage

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Insense Reveals New Album Release Date

Norwegian act Insense recently inked a record deal with Indie Recordings for the release of an upcoming album. The band has now announced that the new album "Burn in Beautiful Fire" will officially drop on April 8th, 2011.

In the mean time, you can check out Insense tracks available for streaming through the band's MySpace page, or catch the band live on the following dates:

Mar 11 Radar Asker, NORWAY
Apr 20 John Dee Oslo, NORWAY

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Visions Of Atlantis Posts New Video Online

Austrian symphonic metal outfit Visions Of Atlantis has posted a new music video online for the song "New Dawn." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Delta," which will be released on the following dates:

Spain/Finland/Sweden - February 23rd
Germany/Austria/Switzerland, BeNeLux/Italy - February 25th
Rest of Europe - February 28th
US/Canada - March 15th

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:

Scorpions (Headliners)
Iced Earth
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
Angel Witch
The Black Dahlia Murder
Endless Dark
Arkona More...

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Def Leppard Announces U.S. Tour

British hard rock veterans Def Leppard have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States this summer. Joining them on the tour will be Seattle based mainstays Heart.

"After having had the last 18 months off, Leppard are ready to get back on the road! Add Heart to the bill and it truly makes for a special evening." says Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott.

"Nancy [Wilson, Heart guitarist] and I are really excited to be bringing Heart to the stage this summer with Def Leppard. It's going to be a powerful, monster show. The real thing. The summer of 2011 will be amazing." says Heart singer Ann Wilson.

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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 Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly has joined the band for the remainder of the Black Label Society European tour. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"Today's Paris BLS gig is going to look slightly different. Drummer Will Hunt is no longer with Black Label Society, and replacing him is Johnny Kelly, best known for his work with Type O Negative. This move is set for the remainder of the Europe 2011 tour and additional information will be announced soon!"

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Lamb of God's Chris Adler Talks Drums (w/ Audio)

Lamb of God’s Chris Adler has been around the world and back several times and even has drum kits waiting on him in three different countries. Aside from the band and launching ReThink Records almost on his own, Adler has taken to writing and publishing a memoir/drum tablature book, titled "The Making of New American Gospel, Drum Tablature, Short Stories, and Reflections." As if he wasn’t busy enough between that and Lamb of God, the veteran drummer is about to go on a drum clinic tour through the US, called the "Throne with a View" tour.

Adler also managed to have some time to tell MetalUnderground.com a little about these things in an interview. We even recorded the telephone interview, streaming below. More...

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Artillery Posts New Video Online

Danish thrash metal veterans Artillery have posted their new music video online for the song, "Warrior Blood." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "My Blood," which will be released on March 21st in Europe and April 5th in North America through Metal Mind Productions.

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