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Metal News for February 26, 2009

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Nine Inch Nails Performance Video From Sydney

A video of Nine Inch Nails' 1,000,000, live from the stage at the Soundwave Festival in Sydney, Australia, February 22, 2009, has been posted online. You can check it out below. More...

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Mercenary Gears Up for Danish Tour

Mercenary has commented on their MySpace about their upcoming Danish "Execution Tour," which kicks off tomorrow (February 27) at Sønderborghus in Sønderborg.

"Well, it's the day before our Danish 'Execution Tour' starts with fellow Danish metallers Submission, and we're psyched! The last couple of weeks have been spent rehearsing new and old songs for the set, so there's some old stuff as well as a song from 'Architect of Lies' we've never played live before (hardcore fans should be able to figure that one out.)

"Furthermore, we felt we owed it to the fans to up our game a bit, so last weekend we had a production-rehearsal (All Sunday, from early morning - how's that for dedication?). We borrowed a local venue (a big thank-you to Studenterhuset) and put up all our gear and some lights we've rented for the tour - and it looked absolutely cool as fuck! We've got a wall of guitarstacks and some huge basscabinets lined up to blow everything away, a really intense and quite special light setup and some small really cool details and gimmicks. Of course we also rehearsed the songs one final time to go over some microscopic details, shouted to our light-engineer that he should get his act together and changed a few arrangements in the songs in the very last minute. (Hell, we might as well admit that we even practiced a few nifty synchronized moves on stage ... now, how metal is that? The review who once called us 'a deathmetal boygroup' actually turned out to be spot on ...)

"Finally, we've also made a few new shirt designs (a new one based on the AoL coverart, and a limited tour-shirt) which will shortly be available in our webshop and on the tour of course.

"All in all, this could very well be the coolest string of Danish shows we've ever done - so the question you all gotta ask yourself is whether you dare to miss out?"

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Dragonforce Announces Spring U.S. Tour

British power metal band Dragonforce will be heading to American shores this spring for a headlining tour. There will also be two special guests with them who will be revealed shortly.

The tour dates are as follows:

15 – House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
17 – Knitting Factory - Boise, IA
18 – Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA
19 – Wilma Theater - Missoula, MT
21 – The Venue at Playmakers - Fargo, ND
22 – Sokol Auditorium - Omaha, NE
24 – Pop's - Sauget, IL
25 – The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
26 – Bogarts - Cincinnati, OH
27 – Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
28 – The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
30 – Mr. Smalls - Millvale, PA

1 – Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
2 – The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
4 – Lupos at the Strand - Providence, RI
5 – Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
7 – Higher Ground - So. Burlington, VT
8 – Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NY
9 – Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
10 – The Norva - Norfolk, VA

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Black Metal Sect Arrested For Desecrating Churches

Tim Finan from Telegraph.co.uk is reporting:

A court in Brittany heard yesterday how four members of a fanatical black metal anti-Christian sect went on alcohol fuelled rampages smashing ancient granite crosses in cemeteries and torching a 16th century chapel classified as an ancient monument.

With a satanic bible in the boot of their car and using a tourist guide to pilgrimage sites they selected holy places of worship where they claimed Catholic saints had raised ancient Celtic pagan monuments replacing them with Christian churches and chapels.

They scrawled satanic symbols and inverted crosses on premises they defiled - all in the name of their sect, True Armorik Black Metal.
The Court heard how two of the group all aged in their twenties were members of a black metal music group, the words in their songs glorified Hitler as the new anti-Christ and invoked scenes from The Silence Of The Lambs.

In Court in Quimper the defendants all from western Brittany, denied worshipping Satan and having adulated Hitler and the Nazi Party.

An "orgy of profanity" culminated on the night of June 15th, 2007 when the four set fire to the ancient Chapel of the Cross near Loqueffret, a granite Chapel situated in the depths of the Huelgoat Forest. They broke into the Chapel and torched ancient oak pews and closets using petrol from a plastic can.

Read the full article at The Telegraph.

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Guns N Roses To Perform At Kobetasonik Festival

Guns N Roses has officially been confirmed for this years edition of Spain's Kobetasonik Festival which takes place in the city of Bilbao between June 19th and 20th. Also on the bill will be Motley Crue, Anthrax, Marilyn Manson, Trivium, Dragonforce, Hatebreed, Cradle Of Filth, Papa Roach, Devildriver, Gojira, God Forbid and more.

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More Bands Confirmed For Download Festival

Five more bands have been added to this year's edition of the Download Festival in Britain. Progressive metal act Dream Theater will be on the bill as will Canadian rockers Anvil and Buckcherry, Billy Talent and The Blackout. The festival will be announcing a third headlining band this coming monday.

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Abigail Williams Drops Off Napalm Death Tour

Abigail Williams will apparantly no longer be a part of Napalm Death's big tour of North America. Replacing them on the bill will be Coliseum. Still on the bill are Toxic Holocaust, Kataklysm and Trap Them.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 10 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
April 11 - New York City, NY @ Gramercy Theater
April 12 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 13 - Cincinnatti, OH @ Madhatter
April 14 - Rochester, NY @ tba
April 15 - Sudbury, ON @ Serbian Center
April 17 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal And Hardcore Festival
April 18 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
April 19 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 20 - Virginia Beach, VA @ tba
April 21 - Spartanburg, NC @ tba
April 22 - Nashville, TN @ tba
April 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
April 24 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
April 25 - Jackson, MS @ Swell Skateshop
April 26 - Austin, TX @ Emos
April 27 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
April 28 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
April 29 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
April 30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
May 1 - Tucsonm AZ @ tba
May 2 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
May 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
May 4 - San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom
May 5 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
May 6 - Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
May 8 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
May 9 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
May 10 - Des Moines, IA @ tba
May 11 - Milwaukee, WI @ tba
May 12 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
May 13 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
May 15 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 16 - Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
May 17 - Montreal, QC @ Fourfounes
May 18 - TBA @ TBA
May 18 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial

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Hacride Announces French Show With Gojira

French death metal band Hacride have announced that they will be supporting Gojira for a one off show at La Vapeur in Dijon, France on April 20th. The promotional poster for the show can be viewed here.

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Godhead Posts "Hero" Music Video Online

Godhead has posted a new video online for the track "Hero" from their latest album "At The Edge Of The World." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Dir En Grey Announces DVD Release Date

Dir En Grey has announced that they will be releasing their new DVD, "Shinkiba" on April 28th. The DVD will only be available as a Japanese import and comes as a standard edition aswell as a limited special edition which features two bonus discs and an alternative cover.

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Sepultura And More Added To With Full Force

Sepultura, Hackneyed and Anathema are the latest bands to be announced for Germany's With Full Force Festival this year. The festival will take place between July 3rd and 4th at Flugplatz Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany.

The lineup is now as follows:


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Turisas To Support Cradle Of Filth In Europe

Finnish folk metal act Turisas are currently wrapping their supporting tour of British power metallers Dragonforce but already they have their next tour confirmed. The band will be supporting British black metal act Cradle Of Filth who will also be joined by Moonspell.

The tour dates are as follows:

16 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
17 - Prague, Czech Republic - Follimanka
18 - Krakow, Poland - Studio
19 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
20 - Minsk, Belarus - Sportshall
22 - Bratislava, Slovakia - PKO
23 - Bucharest, Romania - Cluj Napaca
24 - Belgrade, Serbia - SKC
25 - Zagreb, Croatia - Boogaloo
26 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Media Park
28 - Rome, Italy - Tearto Tenda Strisce
29 - Milano, Italy - Musicodrome

1 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Docks
2 - Clemont Ferrand, France - Cooprérative de Mai
3 - Toulouse, France - Havana Café
4 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Penélope
5 - Barcelona, Spain - Apollo
7 - Caen, France - Cargo
8 - Nancy, France - TBA
9 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Hof ter Lo
10 - Rijssen, Netherlands - Lucky & Co

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Heaven Shall Burn Working On New DVD

German metal band Heaven Shall Burn are currently working on releasing a new DVD. A message from the band reads as follows: "Just because you cannot see HSB on stage these days does not mean we're on vacation or something!!! We were not lazy at all, we worked really, really hard to complete our upcoming DVD. This baby will be the coolest thing we ever did! Prepare for something special! We know, that many of you are keen to get hands on that baby soon – we got like a million mails asking about the DVD. More details, such as title, content, artwork, tracklisting and of course release date will be revealed very soon!

"We're overwhelmed how many of you love the song 'Black Tears' as much as we do – we're happy you're into EDGE OF SANITY, Dan is god!!! So we did a brand new video for 'Black Tears', which will be up within the next weeks, so watch out for that one as well!!!

"Some new shows have also been listed and it seems like this festival season is going to be insane! There are even more festival confirmations to come for HSB, be patient, we're gonna play you favourite festival for sure."

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Sepultura To Open For Iron Maiden In Buenos Aires

Brazilian thrash metal legends will be the special guests for Iron Maiden in Buenos Aires, Argentina at their show on March 28th. Sepultura are currently touring in support of their new studio album, "A-Lex" and Iron Maiden will be entering the studio after they finish up in South America to record their fifteenth studio album.

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Hirax Announces 2009 Tour Dates

Thrash metal legends Hirax will be heading out on the road later this, particularly in South America where they will perform special Record Release shows for their forthcoming new studio album, "El Rostro De La Muerte"

The tour dates are as follows:

May 3- San Francisco, California
June 5- Bogotá D.C., Colombia
June 6- Bucaramanga, Colombia
June 7- Tunja or Barranquilla, Colombia

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Skid Row Announces More Tour Dates

Infamous heavy metal band Skid Row has announced some more tour dates for this year. You can check out the tour schedule below:

5 - Kewadin Casino - Sault Ste. Marie, MI
6 - Revolutions - Neenah, WI
7 - The Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, IA
16 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
17 - Key Club - West Hollywood, CA
19 - Escenica - Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, MEX
21 - Velvet - Mexico City, MEX

10 - Soaring Eagle Casino - Mount Pleasant, MI
11 - Austins Fuel Room - Libertyville, IL

23 - Blue Water Resort - Parker, AZ

25 - Sioux Empire Festival Grounds - Sioux Falls, SD

22 - Rock Gone Wild - Algona, IA

15 - Shiprocked Cruise - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Faith No More Reveals Reunion Lineup

In an official press release, Faith No More has announced the lineup for their reunion tour. You can check out the press release below.

"Faith No More has always stood out as some sort of unique beast; part dog, part cat - its music almost as schizophrenic as the personalities of its members. When it all worked, it worked really well, even if the chemistry was always volatile. Throughout our 17years of existence, the mental and physical energy required to sustain this creature was considerable and relentless. Though amicable enough, when we finally split, we all followed paths seemingly destined to opposite ends of the universe.

"Yet during the entire 10 years that have passed since our decision to break up we've experienced constant rumors and requests from fans and promoters alike. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, none of us kept in regular touch, much less to discuss any possibilities of getting together.

"What's changed is that this year, for the first time, we've all decided to sit down together and talk about it. And what we've discovered is that time has afforded us enough distance to look back on our years together through a clearer lens and made us realize that through all the hard work, the music still sounds good, and we are beginning to appreciate the fact that we might have actually done something right. More...

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Crooked X Posts More Tour Dates

The teen hard rock band from Coweta, OK has announced additional tour dates in both the U.S. and Canada running through the middle of summer. In addition to performing at both Rock on the Range and Rock Fest, Crooked X will be performing throughout the south and midwest.

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Luna Mortis Shoots New Music Video

Luna Mortis has completed work on a new music video for the song, "Forever More" which comes from their latest album, "The Absence." The video is currently being edited and will see a release shortly.

Vocalist Mary Zimmer states: "We just posted brand new photos from our video shoot for the song ‘Forever More’... check them out and enjoy! This will be our first video from our new album, The Absence, and we can't wait to share it with you guys... it was filmed by David Brodsky of My Good Eye music videos. Check him out here and watch some other videos he's done...

"We filmed the video right here in Wisconsin, in a small town not too far from Madison, called Monroe. They had a performance center called the Monroe Arts Center, which used to be a church, but now is used for concerts. They were kind enough to let us shoot there and the video is going to be absolutely epic. Lots of Stained glass windows and a wide open space are going to make this video look very cool. It was a very unlikely place to shoot a metal video but it worked out great..."

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Def Leppard And Poison Announce Tour Dates

The tour dates for the highly anticipated co-headlining tour between Def Leppard and Poison have been revealed. Appearing as the special guests on the tour is legendary rock group Cheap Trick. You can check out the tour dates by heading to Def Leppard's official website.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot says: "I'm very pleased that we are coming back to North America. We're gonna be touring with some new friends and some old friends and can guarantee it will be the Rock Tour of the summer."

Poison frontman Brett Michaels adds: "There is nothing better than an epic summer concert and this tour is a dream come true for rock 'n' roll fans. It will be a night of a thousand hits with three hard-charging rock bands on the road together."

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Evile Begins Work On New Album

Sheffield, England based young thrash metal band Evile are currently working on the follow up to their 2007 debut album, "Enter The Grave." Evile guitarist Ol Drake has checked in with the following update:

"We're very glad to announce we'll be working with the brilliant Russ Russell on the next release at Parlour Studios, UK. Russ has produced excellent work with bands such as NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, THE EXPLOITED and many more. We've known Russ for a few years now. We first met him in London at one of our shows where he expressed how much he'd like to work with us sometime, and that time has come. I believe Russ can bring us a very interesting sound and approach to the new material which we're writing. Expect a very crushing and interesting album! The cover art will also be very crushing and interesting! Definitely one for vinyl!

"We've been working non-stop on the new Evile material since before the MEGADETH tour last February. We're even into the demo process of the new album. Just last weekend we recorded the first 3 demo tracks we completed first. Looking back on what we've been writing, it's surprising how diverse and different the material has got since starting on the first "album 2" song. Don't worry, it's thrash, we're just trying to use our brains more than our 'ripped jeans'."

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Twisted Sister To Headline Maryland M3 Rock Fest

Maryland's M3 Rock Festival will be taking place on Saturday May 30th at Columbia, Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion. Headling the event will be heavy metal legends Twisted Sister as well as boasting performances from Extreme, Ratt, Dokken and L.A. Guns amongst others. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday.

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Wolf To Headline Pounding Metal Fest

Swedish heavy metal band Wolf will be performing in Spain for the first time on May 2nd as the headliners for the third annual Pounding Metal Fest. The show will take place at Sala El Grito in Fuenlabrada, Madrid and also features performances from Lone Wolf, Nocturnal and Crienium amongst others.

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Lamb Of God Posts "Wrath" E-Card Online

American heavy metal act Lamb Of God has posted an E-Card online for their latest studio album, "Wrath." You can check it out by heading to this location. The album was released worldwide this week and is available as a CD, two CD package and limited edition vinyl.

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Watchtower Added To Keep It True Festival

Texas based heavy metallers Watchtower will be performing at next year's edition of the Keep It True festival at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany between April 23rd and 24th. Also added to the show is Kalapacs. More details to come soon.

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Autumn Enters The Dutch Album Charts

Autumn has entered the Dutch album charts with their latest record "Altitude" at number ninety four. The album is the first to feature new vocalist Marjan Welman. You can check out some audio samples of the album by heading to the bands official Myspace.

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Bullet For My Valentine Added To Sonisphere

Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine has been added to the bill of the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth, England this year. The festival lasts for two days and takes place between August 1st and 2nd. Headlining the show will be Linkin Park and Metallica and the bill also boasts performances from Lamb Of God, Mastodon, Alice In Chains, Machine Head, Thin Lizzy, The Sword and Avenged Sevenfold.

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Six Reasons To Kill To Support Hatesphere On Tour

Danish heavy hitters Hatesphere have announced that that Six Reasons To Kill will be supporting them on their upcoming Alive and Dressed To The Nines Tour from April, 24th until May, 3rd. BLOODWORK (Dockyard1 Rec) and SIC will also be playing on the tour. More details and tour dates will be announced soon.

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Ex GNR Drummer Steven Adler To Appear In New Movie

Steven Adler, the drummer for Adler's Appetite and original drummer for Guns N Roses, will be appearing in a new comedy movie entitled, "Dahmer Vs. Gacy" which is centered around infamous serial killers Jeffery Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy. More details on Adler's role and the movie itself will be revealed soon.

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Blaze Bayley To Release Live DVD

Former Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley will be releasing a live DVD in March entitled "The Night That Would Not Die." The show was recorded last December in Pratteln, Switzerland. More details will be revealed shortly.

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Amon Amarth Announces South American Tour Dates

Viking metal favourites Amon Amarth has announced that they will be heading to South America for a tour this May. A message from the band reads as follows: "For the first time Amon Amarth will finally go to South America. This is something we’ve been waiting for and working on for a very long time! We know a lot of our friends and fans have been waiting for this for a very long time but it has not been possible for us to go there until now. All we can say is that it’s about time!"

The tour dates are below:

May 5 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ The End
May 7 - Santiago de Chile, Chile @ Teatro Novedades
May 14 - Bogota, Columbia @ Teatro San Remo
May 17 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador

More dates are expected to be announced shortly.

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Arch Enemy Adds More Festival Dates

Swedish heavy metal band Arch Enemy has lined up some more festival appearances for the summer. More shows are expected to be announced shortly.

The tour schedule is now as follows:

20 - Kauhajoki, Finland - Nummi Rock

9 - Kvinesdal, Norway - Kvinesdal Rock Festival
11 - Flugplatz Ballenstedt, Germany - Rock Harz Open Air
12 - Vizovice, Czech Republic - Masters Of Rock
18 - Kiev, Ukraine - Open Air
24 - Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands - Zwarte Cross Festival
25 - Lorca, Spain - Lorca Festival

14-16 - Derbyshire, England - Bloodstock Open Air

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Rob Zombie Posts Halloween 2 Update

Heavy metal singer and movie director Rob Zombie is currently filming the sequel to "Halloween." A brief update from him reads as follows: "Well, we made it through the first three days (of filming the sequel to Halloween, H2). Everything is going great. This film is going to blow away my last trip to Haddonfield. Ultra gritty, ultra intense and very real."

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Devildriver Vocalist Checks In From Australia

Devildriver are currently touring Down Under along with Lamb Of God. An update from frontman Dez Fafara reads as follows: "Everyone reading this needs to come to Sydney, Australia!This city is fucking killer!

"We had a day off where we cruised around and took in the city, absolutely beautiful. Got killer sushi, went to a Star Wars exhibit at the museum that sent all the geeks with us into straight up kid mode! Original Darth Vader costume, Storm Trooper, OG Yoda puppet, all the models for The Death Star, Falcon etc... It was unreal!

"Then we had an off show that was sold out and insane! The fans go big down here man, they were coming over the barracade like water! More...

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Pain to Tour with Nightwish, More Dates Announced

Pain, featuring Hypocrisy frontman Peter Tagtren, will be supporting Nightwish on their entire European tour in March.

Mar. 11 London, UK - Carling Academy Brixton
Mar. 14 Brysseli, Belgium - Forest National
Mar. 15 Rotterdam, Holland - Ahoy Arena
Mar. 17 Köln, Germany - Palladium
Mar. 18 Lingen, Germany - Emslandhallen
Mar. 20 Karlsruhe, Germany - Europahalle
Mar. 21 Erfurt, Germany - Messehalle
Mar. 23 Paris, France - Zenith
Mar. 24 Paris, France - Zenith
Mar. 26 München, Germany - Zenith
Mar. 28 Basel, Switzerland - St. Jakobshalle
Mar. 30 Mantova, Italy - Palabam
Mar. 31 Pordenone, Italy - Palasport
Apr. 02 Zagreb, Croatia - Cibona Hall
Apr. 04 Debrecen, Hungary - Fonix Hall

Pain has also announced three more shows to the European Cynic Campaign Part 2.

Apr. 25 Sofia, Bulgaria - Blue Box
May 16 Warsaw, Poland - Club Progresja
May 17 Krakow, Poland - Club Studio

As previously reported, Pain's tour blog can be found at this location.

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Bison b.c. to Release Ltd Ed "Quiet Earth" Vinyl

Metal Blade Records will be releasing a limited edition gatefold vinyl version of Bison b.c.'s "Quiet Earth" on April 14, 2009.

Also, more Bison b.c. tour dates have been confirmed for North America. Dates are as follows:

Apr. 09 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s Cantina
Apr. 10 Regina, SK - The Distrikt w/ Fucked Up
Apr. 11 Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms
Apr. 12 Winnipeg, MB - The Park Theatre
Apr. 14 Dekalb, IL - Ottos
Apr. 15 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk
Apr. 17 Worcester, MA - The Palladium (New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
Apr. 18 Brooklyn, NY - TBC
Apr. 20 Montreal, PQ - Il Motore w/Barnburner
Apr. 21 Ottawa, ON - Babylon w/NoMeansNo
Apr. 22 Toronto, ON - Annex Wreck Room

Bison b.c. will be embarking on a European tour with Burst, The Ocean and Medeia. Dates for this tour is as follows: More...

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Korpiklaani Checks in with Studio Update

Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani has checked in with a studio update on the band's MySpace page.

"Currently we are busy recording the 13 songs for 'Karkelo' (pleasure, party), our upcoming album.

"In a relaxed atmosphere we have been working together to record the songs for the upcoming album Karkelo. The recordings started in a beautiful rural environment at the famous Petrax studio in Hollola. This studio is created in the buildings of a still working farm of the Rappula family; who are farming there since 1577.

"This studio is very well known, many worldwide famous bands record here. When we entered the place, the booze smell of Children of Bodom, who just recorded their latest album here, hit our noses, we ourselves only added a little to that :P More...

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An Interview With Batillus

New York doom metal act Batillus has recently made their self-titled debut EP available for free download here. Batillus drummer Geoff explained how the band got together, what they're doing now, and his thoughts on subjects as diverse as vinyl records and the Opeth discography. More...

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