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Metal News for February 27, 2009

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29 news articles posted on this day.

Dope Stars Inc. Plans Double Feature EP

Dope stars Inc.'s new EP "Criminal Intents / Morning Star," produced, recorded and mixed by Victor Love at Subsound Studio during the new album sessions, will feature 2 tracks from the upcoming album and 2 additional exclusive tracks among a massive load of remixes by bands such as Kmfdm, Mortiis, Gothminister, Spiritual Front among the others. The EP also feature a cover version of "Jasmine and Rose" by Clan Of Xymox recorded in the early days and never released before and the original demo version of "Vyperpunk."

The album will be released in Italy as a digipack 2p, out April 20th on Subsound Records.

Here is the tracklisting of the double feature EP: More...

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Criminal Posts Entire Album Online For Streaming

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL's entire album "White Hell" is now streaming in its entirety on metal.de for a limited time.

"White Hell" was released today, February 27th by Massacre Records. The European version of "White Hell" will be available in a limited edition with a bonus DVD including over 80 minutes of live footage.

CRIMINAL has also posted part 2 of the "Making of White Hell" on the band's YouTube channel. The video offers a candid look behind the scenes of the recording sessions for the new CRIMINAL album. You can watch both parts below. More...

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Devious Recording New Album, "Vision"

DEVIOUS recently commenced recording their new full-length album “Vision,” to be released by DEITY DOWN RECORDS. “Vision” succeeds the band’s critically acclaimed works “Acts of Rage” (Spitzenburg Records 2003) and “Domain” (Deity Down Records 2007). The recordings will be engineered by Frank Klein Douwel and mixed by producer Jochem Jacobs (Textures) at the Split Second Sound studios, Netherlands.

Due to the departure of long time bass player SVEN VAN TOORN, the current DEVIOUS line-up consists of:

GUIDO DE JONGH (Founding member, Guitars)
FRANK SCHILPEROORT (Founding member, Drums)
ARNOLD OUDE MIDDENDORP (Vocals)
WOUTER HUITEMA (Guitars)
DANIEL CENTIAGO (Bass)

The release of “VISION” is planned for late August 2009. The exact date will be announced shortly.

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Evoken's "Shades of Night Descending" Reissue

Displeased Records will be reissueing EVOKEN's "Shades of Night Descending" this spring. The reissue will be remastered and include the band's Promo '96 and Promo '97 releases, containing 70+ minutes of excellent funeral doom/death.

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Faust Again Signs To Bastardized Recordings

BASTARDIZED RECORDINGS recently announced the signing of Poland's FAUST AGAIN. The label comments: "The new album totally blew us away instantly as it's definitely a huge step in FAUST AGAIN's progression as a band. We will upload first music evidence to prove this very soon."

Founded in late 1999 the band released some classics such as the "Seizing Our Souls" and "Hope Against Hope" albums on Circulation Records and toured pretty much everywhere.

FAUST AGAIN recently finished mastering of their upcoming effort entitled "The Trial," scheduled for a May 2009 release via BASTARDIZED RECORDINGS.

Vocalist Marcin commented on the signing and future plans:

"The new year brings good news and it’s about time to share them with you. We’re thrilled to announce that we just signed a deal with Bastardized Recordings from Germany. This decision was easy to make since Bastardized Recordings has been around for couple good years and you can definitely call these guys “pros”. Nevertheless the most important thing for us was the enthusiastic reaction we got from Bastardized Team after they heard our demo tracks. That’s what we wanted to achieve – to work with people who share the same passion and enjoy our music as much as we do. Our new album will come out in May 2009 and we’re already working together with Bastardized Recordings and Go Down Believing on promo tours. We have a lot of plans for 2009 so stay tuned for more butt kicking news coming really soon."

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Nova Rock Festival

LACUNA COIL has been confirmed to play at Nova Rock Festival, which takes place in Nickelsdorf/Bgld. on June 19-21, 2009. The festival also features the following bands so far:

Metallica
Die Toten Hosen
Placebo
Slipknot
Limp Bizkit
Kaiser Chiefs
Guano Apes
Disturbed
Chris Cornell
Killswitch Engage
In Extremo
Gogol Bordello
Trivium
Mastodon
The Gaslight Anthem
Static-X
The Sword
Sevendust
Black Stone Cherry
All That Remains
Expatriate
3 Feet Smaller
The Living End
August Burns Red
Bring Me The Horizon
Eisbrecher
Smoke Blow
UVM

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Mike Patton Scores First Feature Film, "Crank 2"

Mike Patton (Fantômas, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Peeping Tom and the forthcoming Mondo Cane amongst others) has just completed his first major motion film score for the film "Crank 2: High Voltage" (April 17 release).

While Patton has often dabbled in film whether it was lending his voice to the creatures in "I Am Legend," his score for the indie film noir short "A Perfect Place" or Fantômas' film scoring interpretation via The Director's Cut, this marks his first proper film score.

Created during the latter half of 2008, Patton holed up in a Los Angeles studio and eliminated all other projects during the recording, a point worth noting as he is well known for being one of modern music's most prolific artists.

Patton has also provided vocals to several videogames including "Bionic Commando," "Portal," "Left 4 Dead," and "The Darkness." He also lent his voice to Adult Swim's Metalocalypse (character name: Rikki Kix). Patton just wrapped up a trek across Australia with Fantômas as part of the Big Day Out festival. His upcoming schedule includes a performance with labelmates Zu (Mar. 19 @ Great American Music Hall in San Francisco), the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 17 with Rahzel (ex-Roots beatboxer) and the highly anticipated reunion tour with Faith No More in Europe this summer.

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Host Announces Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates

American black metal band Host, formerly known as Hennes Siste Host, has announced a string of upcoming U.S. tour dates. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

02/28/2009 Fargo, ND @ The Red Raven

03/13/2009 Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty's North | INIT FEST 2009

04/10/2009 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium

06/08/2009 Chicago, IL @ TBA
06/09/2009 St. Louis, MO @ TBA
06/10/2009 Nashville, TN @ TBA
06/11/2009 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
06/12/2009 Wichita, KS @ ICT FEST 2009
06/13/2009 Wichita, KS @ ICT FEST 2009
06/14/2009 Des Moines, IA @ The Vaudeville Mews
06/15/2009 Minneapolis, MN @ TBA

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New NIN Performance Video From Melbourne

A new HD video from the stage of Nine Inch Nails performing "Burn" at Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia on February 25, 2009 has been posted online. You can watch the video below. More...

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Dead And Divine Announces New Album

Ontario based band Dead and Divine have issued the following statement about an upcoming album:

"You're damn right I just dropped that bomb. In lieu of my recent interest in bolding, underlining, and being obsessively organized, I feel it's only fair for me to organize the fuck out of this blog. Check it.

"This will be a lovely little cornucopia of information. It shall be a mammoth horn of fuckin' plenty. This blog is a diaper and what I'm about to discuss is the shit.

"As you may have guessed from the title, the record is titled "The Machines We Are". I'm really excited for everybody to hear what we're working on, it's heavier than anything we've written and it's more melodic and lovely than anything we've written. Hopefully you're all as stoked as I am to get it out there.

"Who's producing the record you ask? Well why don't you fuck off and let me tell you. We'll be working with a super-team consisting of the ever-renowned Garth "GGGarth" Richardson (Atreyu, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Beloved, Rage Against the Machine, Haste the Day), and Torontonian Eric Ratz (Cancer Bats, Billy Talent, Thornley). More...

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Amoral Reveals New Album Track Listing

Finnish metallers Amoral have announced that their upcoming album will be titled "Show Your Colors." The track listing for the album will be as follows:

01. Random Words
02. Release
03. A Shade of Gray
04. Year of the Suckerpunch
05. Perfection Design
06. Sex N' Satan
07. Song for the Stubborn
08. Vivid
09. Gave Up Easy
10. Last October
11. Exit

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Ektomorf Posts New Video Online

Hungarian hardcore/thrash metallers Ektomorf have posted a new video online for the song "It's Up To You." The video can be viewed below. More...

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The Legion Streaming New Song Online

Swedish black metal band The Legion has issued the following statement about streaming a new song on their MySpace page:

"We have now made available, on our official myspace, a full preview track called “Call of the nameless black” from our upcoming album “A bliss to suffer”. More preview tracks will follow prior to the release, so be sure to check back here or visit our myspace."

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Pay What You Want to Download Woe's Debut Album

Chris Grigg, vocalist of Philadelphia black metallers WOE, has released the following statement regarding the new "pay what you will" option on their website for WOE's debut album, "A Spell for the Death of Man:"

"Woe is not a marketing scheme or career path. It is not something we do to get famous, get girls, get friends, get sponsorships, or look cool. (A good thing, too, since it has not and cannot do any of those things!) The amount of time, energy, and personal money poured into this project for no reason other than passion for the art is staggering and, as time goes on, will continue and increase. Below, a dollar amount of your choice can be entered and, when the process is complete, you will start the download of a zip file (approx 102MB) containing the complete 'A Spell for the Death of Man' album in MP3 (320kbps) format along with the CD insert and lyrics. It is DRM-free so you can do with it as you please." More...

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Brainstorm Issues Studio Update

Guitarist Torsten "Todde" Ihlenfeld, of the German metal band Brainstorm, has issued the following update form the studio:

"We have intensively been working on new songs and are about to start pre-production for the new album soon. Milan and me wrote tons of riffs and we are in the final stages of songwriting right now. The new songs sound killer and they even still grow every time we rehearse. Watch out for more news here soon." More...

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Trigger the Bloodshed Releases Studio Footage

TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED has released the first of a series of videos taken while in the studio recording their new album, "The Great Depression." The first of the videos released focuses on drummer Max Blunos’ recording session. Head over to the band’s videos page on MySpace page to view the first studio session video. In addition, the band’s MySpace page contains the title track of the new album "The Great Depression," which has a release date of April 14th.

"The Great Depression" was self-produced by Trigger the Bloodshed at Red House Farm and Cherry Wood studios, was mixed by Karl Groom at Thin Ice Studios, and was mastered by Dave at The Digital Audio Company. More...

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The Boy Will Drown Announces European Show Dates

UK technical death metal band, THE BOY WILL DROWN, have confirmed a string of shows in mainland Europe with Germany's MINDTRAP.

THE BOY WILL DROWN guitarist LIAM KEEL comments:

"We are all looking forward to getting out of the UK for the first time. Playing Europe will be a fuckin' experience. We've been chatting to Mindtrap a bit over the past few weeks and they seem top guys. I know we're looking forward to partying with them, and Ed's looking to sink a few beers. None of us obviously have a CLUE what the crowds are like over there but hopefully they'll be nuts." More...

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Michael Schenker Group Announces US Tour Dates

Michael Schenker Group has announced the "In the Midst of Beauty—World Tour." The US tour features the following dates:

03/18 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
03/19 - W.Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
03/20 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater
03/21 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater
03/22 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat
03/23 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
03/25 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
03/26 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
03/28 - San Antonio, TX - River City Bikefest
03/29 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
04/02 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
04/04 - New York, NY - Blender Theater
04/05 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
04/11 - Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club
04/12 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
04/13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
04/14 - Victoria, BC - Element
04/15 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
04/17 - Fairfax, CA - 19 Broadway
04/18 - Yucipa, CA - Angeles More...

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Blind Guardian Posts New Video Game Clip Online

Blind Guardian has posted the third and final video documenting their work on the video game Sacred 2 online. You can check it out below. This video centres around the motion capture process the band underwent to become part of the game. More...

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Oceano Films "District Of Misery" Video

Oceano, who recently topped the Myspace charts, has announced that they will be filming a music video for their song "District Of Misery" today in Los Angeles, California.

The video will see Oceano playing the song alongside a twisted photographic interpretation of each lyrical line as it is growled. The director's vision for the photographic concept is a compelling choice for a band who's image already relies on dark intensity. "Me (Patrick Guera) and my director of photography shot some more surrealistic stuff to accentuate the brutality." As for exactly what imagery will be used;", says Guera as the directorslyly hints at some of the specific imagery. "I use a lot of gnarled branches, some human props, I don't want to give too much away. The visuals will speak for themselves."

"The video is mostly based around Oceano's performance," says Guera, "they are really brutal so we are going to accentuate that in the way we shoot them, covering them from all angles, matching our movement to the change ups in the song."

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Carnifex Announces Headlining Canadian Tour

Carnifex will be trekking across Canada along with Blind Witness and The Last Felony tomorrow. You can check out the dates and details below.

February
28 - Toronto, ON – Reverb *

March
1 - Montreal,QC - Club Soda *
2 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks **
3 - Sherbrooke, QC - Le Tremplin **
4 - Quebec City, QC – Dagobert **
5 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Rock café le stage **
6 - Granby, QC - La Ruche **
7 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC – Petit Théâtre **
8 - Sudbury, ON - The Serbian Center **
9 - North bay, ON - Les Compagnons **
10 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
11 - Sault Ste Marie, ON - The Grand Theatre
12 - Thunder Bay, ON - Black Pirates Pub
13 - Winnipeg, MB –The Zoo
16 - Saskatoon, SK - Roxy on Broadway
18 - Calgary, AB - The Underground
19 - Edmonton, AB - The Meadhall
20 - Lethbridge, AB The bill kergan center
21 - Vancouver, BC - Cobalt

* - with Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre
** - with Beneath The Massacre

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Paganfest America Announces More Tour Dates

The travelling Paganfest America show featuring Korpiklaani, Eluveite, Primordial, Moonsorrow, Blackguard and Swashbuckle has announced some more shows on their trek across America. You can check out the updated your schedule below.

April
28 - The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
29 - Medley - Montreal, Quebec
30 - Imperial - Quebec City, Quebec

May
1 - The Palladium - Worcester, Massachusetts
3 - Jaxx - Springfield, Virginia
4 - Irving Plaza - New York, New York
5 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, Ohio **
6 - The Mad Hatter - Convington, Kentucky **
7 - Chicago Powerfest - Chicago, Illinois
8 - The Lab - St. Paul, Minnesota
7 - Chicago Powerfest - Mokena, Illinois
8 - Station 4 - St. Paul, Minnesota
9 - venue tba - Winnipeg, Manitoba
10 - The Exchange - Regina, Saskatchewan
11 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta
12 - Warehouse - Calgary, Alberta
13 - venue tba - Vancouver, British Columbia
14 - Studio Seven - Seattle, Washington
15 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, Oregon
16 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, California
17 - House Of Blues - Hollywood, California
18 - California (details tbc) **

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Metallica Sets A New Attendance Record In England

Metallica has apparantly set the record for the largest ever attendance at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England. Approximately 10,337 fans packed the arena to see the band perform. The previous record was held by indie band Kings Of Leon.

"We are always striving to provide increased capacities for promoters and this record breaking attendance highlights our success in being able to attract the highest calibre of artists to our venue," said chief executive Geoff Huckstep.

"Metallica put on a spectacular gig last night – performed 'in the round' thus guaranteeing a great view for the fans - it was also the fastest selling gig here shifting an amazing 9,500 tickets in just one hour when it went on sale - another record breaking milestone for the venue."

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Vader Reveals New Album Title, New Song Online

Polish death metal legends Vader has revealed their new album title and posted a new song online for a free download. A posting from the band reds as follows: "In the middle of March, Vader will enter Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland to begin recording session of band's next studio album, entitled Necropolis.

"All the tracks will be recorded at Hertz and engineered by Wieslawski Bros. Tue Madsen (who previously worked with such bands as MOONSPELL, CATARACT, HEAVEN SHALL BURN and many more...) will mix the album at his famous Antfarm Studios in Denmark.

"Necropolis will be the first album recorded with Vader's new lineup featuring new musicians Paul (drums), Reyash (bass) and Vogg (guitars). More...

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Axl Rose: "Slash Is A Cancer"

Guns N Roses's infamous frontman Axl Rose recently spoke with Del James for a discussion about a number of things. Inevitably, the question of a reunion came up to which Axl Rose responded: "It's highly doubtful for us to have more than one of the alumni up with us at any given time."

"I suppose (former bass player) Duff (McKagan) could play guitar on something somewhere but there's zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash," Rose said.

"In a nutshell, personally I consider him a cancer and better removed, avoided -- and the less anyone heard of him or his supporters the better."

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Crown the Lost Announces New Bass Player

Crown the Lost has announced Dom Scarano, who's been playing with the band since December, as their official new bassist. Here's the update from the band:

"Really no surprise here - bassist Dom Scarano is now officially a member of the CTL fold. Dom has proven to be a viable commodity since he began jamming with us in mid-December and we are eager to move forward with him holding down the low end. A converted guitar player, Dom has picked up on our set with ease and better yet, has demonstrated a penchant for odd humor that immediately endeared himself to the always hard-to-please Joe and Renaldi. Since we are a family-oriented band, some of this material bears not repeating, but I'm sure you'll get the idea.

"In other worthy news, the release date for Blind Faith Loyalty is now Tuesday, May 5th in North America; April 17 in Europe via Cruz del Sur Music. While we had hoped for a March release, this will give us more time to prepare and promote the album and above all else, get our shit together. Not like it wasn't before, but the benefit of extra time should bode well for us.

"As a reminder, we have tickets for our April 4 show with Exodus, so please hit us up while supplies last. We can be reached through this very Myspace page or by email: crownthelost@hotmail.com."

The band has the following shows lined up currently:

Apr 4, 2009 7:30P - Rex Theatre w/ Exodus Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Apr 17, 2009 9:00P - The Fallout Shelter Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
May 30, 2009 9:00P - RPM’s w/ Jacob’s Dream Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

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The Haunted Confirmed For Piorno Rock 2009 Fest

The Haunted has announced their participation in yet another European festival this summer - the Piorno Rock 2009 Open Air festival. The Piorno Rock festival takes place on June 6, 2009 in Spain.

The Haunted's latest tour dates and festival appearances are, according to their MySpace page, as follows: More...

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Stryper Issues Album Release Update

Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following announcement about the release of their upcoming album:

"This just in....Big3 Records will be setting a firm release date for "Murder by Pride" in the coming weeks. It is scheduled to be released near the end of July, 2009."

The track listing for the album will be as follows: More...

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Divine Heresy Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Divine Heresy has announced a short string of upcoming U.S. tour dates. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

3/31 - The Rock - Tucson, Arizona

4/1 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, Arizona
4/2 - Whisky A Go Go - Hollywood, California
4/3 - Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, California
4/4 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, Nevada

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