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Metal News for February 28, 2009

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Protest The Hero Announces US Tour Dates

Protest The Hero will be touring the US starting in April. Their latest tour dates including their current European trek are as follows:

02.28.09 - Koln, Germany @ Underground w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.01.09 - Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.02.09 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Muziekodroom w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.03.09 - Plymouth, UK @ White Rabbit w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.04.09 - Leeds, UK @ Rios w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.05.09 - Glasgow, UK @ Ivory Blacks w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.06.09 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.07.09 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.08.09 - Milton Keynes @ The Pitz Club w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.09.09 - London, UK @ Camden Underworld w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.10.09 - Nihmegen, @ Doornroosje
03.11.09 - Paris, France @ Batofar w/ As I Lay Dying
03.12.09 - Lyon, France @ Double Six w/ As I Lay Dying
03.13.09 - Barcelona, Spain @ Rocksound w/ As I Lay Dying
03.14.09 - Madrid, Spain @ Ritmo Y w/ As I Lay Dying
03.15.09 - Lisboa, Portugal @ Music Box w/ As I Lay Dying
03.16.09 - Basque, TBD
03.17.09 - Colmar, France @ Le Grillen w/ AS I Lay Dying
03.18.09 - Aarau, Switzerland @ KiFF w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.19.09 - Rome, Italy @ Init w/ As I Lay Dying
03.20.09 - Bologna, Italy @ Estragon w/ As I Lay Dying
03.21.09 - Henndorfbei, Wallerseehalle - Spring Metal Fest w/ The Chariot and The Human Abstract
03.23.09 - Munchen, Denmark @ Feierwerk w/ As I Lay Dying
03.24.09 - Berlin, Denmark @ Magnet w/ As I Lay Dying More...

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Murder By Death Announces More Tour Dates

Murder By Death has added additional US and Canadian tour dates during the months of April and May. The latest tour dates are as follows:

02.28.09 - Missoula, MT @ The Other Side
03.01.09 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
03.03.09 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
03.04.09 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
03.05.09 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
03.06.09 - Iowa City, IA @ Picador
03.07.09 - Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club
03.20.09 - Hot Springs, AR @ Low Key Arts
03.21.09 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
04.15.09 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
04.16.09 - Toronto, ON Canada @ The Legendary Horeseshoe Tavern
04.17.09 - Montreal, QC Canada @ Petit Campus
04.18.09 - Ottawa, ON Canada @ Maverick's
04.19.09 - London, ON Canada @ Call The Office
04.20.09 - DeKalb, IL @ Otto's Nightclub
04.21.09 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
04.22.09 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
04.23.09 - Winnipeg, MB Canada @ Royal Albert Hotel
04.24.09 - Regina, SK Canada @ The distrikt
04.25.09 - Saskatoon, SK Canada @ Amigo's
04.26.09 - Edmonton, AB Canada @ The Starlite Room
04.27.09 - Calgary, AB Canada @ The Palamino Smokehouse
04.29.09 - Vancouver, BC Canada @ Bourbon Street Pub
05.01.09 - Billings, MT @ Railyard Ale House
05.02.09 - Casper, WY @ American Legion
05.04.09 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty's North
05.06.09 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo's
05.07.09 - Saint Louis, MO @ Off Boradway Nightclub
05.08.09 - Jennings County, IN @ Muscatatuck Park

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Labyrinthe Signs With Innerstrength Records

Innerstrength Records has announced the addition of North Carolina deathcore band Labyrinthe. The band will enter the studio early this Spring to record their debut album. Prior to recording their album they will do a short tour with Attila. Besides recording new material they will re-record the tracks "Tentacle Rape" and "Rambos Revenge."

The group's members have all previously played in well known acts, some including: A Stained Glass Romance, The Fire The Flood, Chyme, The Ethereal and more. Since the band's beginning, the goal has remained the same; to create a unique death metal sound, but stay true to their hardcore roots in terms of heaviness. Labyrinthe intends to stay on the road, promoting their brand of Queen City deathcore.

Here are the latest Labyrinthe tour dates: More...

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Southern Lord Announces Showcases at SXSW 2009

Southern Lord will be swarming the masses with several showcases, in-store performances and more at this year’s South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas:

Friday, March 20th
First, a Southern Lord performance at Snake Eyes Vinyl (outside); 1101 Navasota St. 3, Austin TX
12:30 - It’s Casual
1:30 - Eagle Twin
2:30 - Black Cobra
3:30 - Thou

Then later that night, the SXSW Southern Lord showcase at Emo’s! This is one of the label’s most important and potent showcases ever, featuring some of the label’s most prominent contemporary acts (including Wolves In The Throne Room, Wino), some of the label’s newest signings (Black Cobra, Eagle Twin, Pelican) and plenty of other hearty acts including Thou and It’s Casual… A night of massive riffery and debauchery for all!

Emo’s Annex; 603 Red River, Austin TX
7:30 - It’s Casual
8:25 - Thou
9:20 - Eagle Twin
10:15 - Black Cobra
11:10 - Wino (solo)
12:05 - Wolves In The Throne Room
1:00 - Pelican

Saturday, March 21st
Scott “Wino” Weinrich will be performing a solo acoustic set at High Times Magazine’s 2009 Doobie Awards party.
The party is from “high” Noon through 6 PM at Red 7; 611 E. 7th Street

Sunday, March 22nd
Southern Lord artists Wolves In The Throne Room and newest label signings Pelican will be playing at Red 7; 611 E. 7th Street

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Kathaarsys Streaming New Album Online

Spanish metallers Kathaarsys are currently streaming online their entire new album "Anonymous Ballad" on their MySpace page. The album will be released on March 13th through Silent Tree Productions.

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Soil Issues Album Recording Update

SOiL has issued the following update about the recording of their new album:

"Hello all!!!

"The new album is coming along great. We are almost done recording! Next up we will be mixing this monster and preparing it for release. We are still shooting for a summer 2009 release. We are still playing around with the title for the new album, so stay tuned for that. Some of the new song titles include LIKE IT IS, TEMPTATION, SURROUNDED, and PICTURE PERFECT.

"We will be hitting the road starting in May with our bros in Dope. Two dates have been posted. More to come in the coming weeks! We are also pleased to announce we will be part of this year's Chicago PowerFest with Devildriver. We will be doing a heavy set that night!!!"

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Wintersun Cancels All Upcoming Show Dates

Finnish band Wintersun has issued the following announcement about canceling all upcoming show dates:

"There has come again unexpected problems with technology, which will make finishing the "Time" album even more harder than it has been. Which will delay it even more. There..s also some personal problems concerning my apartment.

"Because of all the problems, I have fallen under a serious amounts of stress, which is sometimes causing me "writer..s blocks". This album making is now turned into such a "risky business", that I have no choise, but to cancel Summerbreeze and Bloodstock.

"The thing is, the album has to be done first, before we can play any shows. Playing just old songs after many years isn..t something we want to do and what probably no one wants to see.

"After the album has been mixed, I need to mix again a "backuptrack livemix" (of the synths&orchestrations). Then we have to of course practise the new songs and arrange them into "live format" (especially mine and Teemu..s guitar parts). We also need to update our humble live gear. More...

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Ne Obliviscaris Announces Tour Dates

With widespread critical acclaim of their live performances and their demo, "The Aurora Veil," and with large crowds following them wherever they go, Ne Obliviscaris is embarking on what will be one of the last opportunities to see the band perform live before they head into the studio to record their highly-anticipated debut album.

Their first ever Australian tour will run from March 27th to May 23rd and take in Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney and Geelong.

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Devils Whorehouse Posts New Song Online

The upcoming DEVILS WHOREHOUSE album, "Blood & Ashes," is set to be released in Europe on April 13, 2009. The band recently posted a new song from the upcoming album on their MySpace page and revealed the tracklisting to the album, which is as follows:

1. Oceans Turn To Blood
2. Wicked One
3. Speak The Name Of The dead
4. The Cult Of Death
5. Werewolf
6. Demons Of The Flesh/Tight White Ropes
7. Shadows Never Change
8. Smell Of The Ancient Ones
9. Face The Master
10. Werewolf Nation
11. Snakes Out The Mouth Of Hell

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Black Sun Aeon Announces Album Release Date

Black Sun Aeon, the solo project of Tuoma Saukkonen of Before the Dawn, has issued the following announcement about the release of their upcoming album:

"The solo album titled 'DARKNESS WALKS BESIDE ME' featuring Tomi Koivusaari (Amorphis), Ville Sorvali (Moonsorrow), Mynni Luukkainen (Sotajumala) and Mikko Heikkilä (Sinamore) is out in 27th March in Europe and 1th April in Scandinavia. Pre-order your copy now!

"The official album teasers are available on MySpace and on YouTube."

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Pro-Pain Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Florida-based hardcore/metal veterans PRO-PAIN will embark on a U.S. tour in June that spans into July. Support on the trek will come from SWORN ENEMY and MANTIC RITUAL. Tickets for all shows are on sale via EnterTheVault.com exclusively until March 7 at which point they will become available through all normal ticketing outlets.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Vreid To Join Pestilence On European Tour

Vried will be joining Pestilence on their European tour in April. Hváll of Vreid commented on this development:

"Pestilence is one of those dinosaurs that will never die. They have been away for 15 years, but are now back stronger than ever. Back in the early 90’s Pestilence, Death and Carcass were top notch in my book, and songs like ‘Out of the Body’, ‘Twisted Truth’ and ‘Parracide’ are timeless classics. Some weeks ago we were asked to join the Pestilence reunion European tour as special guests – this is a great honour for us.

"We have just finished a tremendous European tour with Kampfar and Iskald. We did not know what to expect as this was a headliner tour, but the response was amazing. The venues were crowded, the audience gave us killer feedback, and the shows in London, Paris and Bischofswerda were some of the highlights. The new songs were working out very well live, and the live set these days is without doubt the strongest set ever.

"The Skogstur was the first part of the Milorg tour 09. The second part will start at the Inferno festival in Oslo, and from there we go to London with Pestilence. The Pestilence tour will once again bring us to the great rock cities of Paris and London, as well as new venues in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

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Sarke Signs To Indie Recordings

Indie Recordings recently announced the signing of debut act Sarke. The band features no one else than Sarke (Khold, Tulus, Old Man's Child and Sensa Anima) and Nocturno Culto from the mighty Darkthrone.

Sarke might sound like a new name, and in fact it is, but this grim story has more pages than one first might think. Formed in 2008 by its namesake Sarke, who has spread his angry art through Khold, Tulus, Old Man's Child and Sensa Anima, Sarke is a mesmerizing journey through dark and soothing soundscapes, inspired by legends like Mayhem, Slayer, Darkthrone, Celtic Frost, Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Death, Motorhead and Kreator.

For this musical quest, Sarke wanted to create music that has inspired him since he got into the extreme metal scene, and thus Nocturno Culto from the mighty Darkthrone was brought on board, making the core of the project complete. All music and lyrics are written by Sarke, but adding Nocturno's legendary voice to these songs, has without a doubt added another dimension to the grimness.

The debut album, "Vorunah," was recorded in November, and even though the album was recorded in old-fashioned 70's style to get the true vibe of the music, the sound is brutal, fresh and up to date.

"Vorunah" is produced by Sarke with Lars-Erik Westby and is set to a April 6th release for Norway, April 27th in Europe. A U.S. and rest of world release date is yet to be announced.

In a statement Sarke comments the signing: "I want to thank Indie Recordings for supporting my ideas with this band since day one and to Nocturno Culto for joining me; together we have created a monster."

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Deadlystrain Inks Record Deal With Sevared Records

Sevared Records has issue the following announcement about inking a record deal to release Deadlystrain's as yet-untitled debut album:

"Sevared Records is very proud to announce the signing of one of Italy's newest and most Brutal Tech. Bands around today. Featuring members of Vulvectomy & ONICETOMY among others. This CD is guaranteed to fucking kill you! Excellent recording, pummeling blasts, sick head crushing breakdowns, Sick Guttural vokills! BE ON THE LOOKOUT!!"

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Suicidal Angels Recording New Album

Greek thrash band Suicidal Angels has issued the following update about recording a new album:

"Well, that's all folks! The final "Eternal Domination" show is now behind us! The two years since our debut album's release have been as packed with shows as it was possible, and we feel confident we have managed to promote it fairly well, going on tour with bands such as Rotting Christ, Massacre and Onslaught. It was a musical journey we will never forget, something we owe to all of you!

"Last night was great as usual and we want to sincerely thank all the people who attended the show and gave us such a good time. Thanx also to all metalheads who attended one of our shows these past two years! Your feedback makes us stronger. Special thanx go to certain friends of ours that haven't missed but very few Suicidal Angels concerts in Athens; you know who you are!

"Now we go on as planned! In less than a week we're flying to Germany to record our second album with producer RD Liapakis, and then we're off to roam across Europe! More on the scheduled tour soon - stay tuned!

"Before we wrap this up, we want to thank mighty Dew-scented, for giving such a good show last night and for being so cool guys. We really can't wait to meet them again! Es war schoen euch kennenlernen zu haben. Auf wiedersehen!"

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Leaves' Eyes Posts DVD Clip Online

Leaves' Eyes has posted a clip online from their recently released DVD/Live album set "We came with the Northern Winds/En Saga I Belgia." The clip can be viewed below. More...

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Guitar World Offers Free Lamb Of God Tabs

To celebrate the release of "Wrath," Guitar World magazine and GuitarWorld Tabs are offering official, premium transcriptions of four classic Lamb of God songs. All transcriptions include full guitar and bass parts and lyrics.

Currently available tabs are:

  • Ruin

  • Laid to Rest

  • Now You've Got Something to Die For

  • Ashes of the Wake

You can check them out here.

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Alice In Chains Posts An Update from Down Under

Alice In Chains posted an update from Australia earlier this week, where they arrived to take part in the Soundwave Festival, including a humorous angle on hotel guests' reactions to bands and road crew arriving at their hotel:

"We arrived in Brisbane two days before the first show, which gave us all a little time to shake off the jet lag and get acclimated to the insanely humid conditions here. Jerry, William, Sean and I went to a Koala sanctuary the day after we got in, and being able to check out and feed koalas and kangaroos was a cool experience to start things off with. Mike opted to stay back at the hotel and check out a few Coronas instead of a koala, but in his own way he interacted with wildlife too, as our hotel was absolutely overrun by nearly 100 band & crew guys also playing the festival. It can be amusing sometimes to watch other guests react to a bunch of dirtbag musicians sullying up the hotel, but this was off the charts. Usually it’s just us doing the sullying, but here in Brisbane it was us times 10, and all the poor businessmen and families caught in the middle of the tattoos and greasy hair and black t-shirts looked like they’d rather ask the concierge for a canister of pepper spray than directions to the zoo.

"With a day off and a small dose of Australia in us, we all moved on to day # 1 of the Soundwave Festival. Brisbane had been getting pounded with intermittent rain showers since we landed, but not long after we arrived at the festival site the skies cleared up and it turned out to be a nice afternoon. The two main stages are located side by side, so within a couple of minutes of one band finishing, the next band was up and running right next door. There were also 4 more stages scattered throughout the site, so there was always a band playing for the fans to check out. There’s something about a festival that brings out a handful of colorful characters too, and today was no exception, as I saw a guy and a girl decked out in full Viking regalia. I’m not really sure what that was all about, but I enjoyed it. More...

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Dave Mustaine Issues Open Letter To Metallica

Dave Mustaine has issued the following open letter to Metallica regarding their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:


"Metallica as you know has been selected to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, it is with much respect that I say 'congratulations!'

"I also had the nice surprise of hearing that they called to invite me to the pre-ceremony party the night before, and then to the actual ceremony. Unfortunately as you all know, I will be winding down our European tour with Judas Priest so I will be unable to attend.

"However, I'd like to say to Lars and James, 'I am so very proud of all you have accomplished. I will continue to pray for the very best for you and your families as I always have.'

"Thank you for the invitation and thinking of me.

"Respectfully yours, Dave Mustaine"

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Rottenness Signs To Sevared Records

Sevared Records has issued the following statement about signing a record deal with Mexican death metal band Rottenness:


"Mexico's best kept secret of Utter Brutality will now be unleashed on Sevared Rec. Ultra Brutal, Ultra Guttural Brutal Death Metal at it's best! This CD will compile everything the band as ever recorded (other than the 2 already released cds) It includes: "SICKENING CHRONOLOGIES (THE INESCAPABLE BOND OF LUST AND MUTILATION) 2008, THE 69 e.p. (ONLY SOLD IT ON TOUR) 2008, ADVANCE DEMO 2006 (ONLY SOLD IT ON TOUR) 2006, DEMO 2003, & A LIVE BOOTLEG FROM 1998. All 18 brutalizing tracks never before released on CD, or ever really released! This will be one of the most Brutal cds ever released! DO NOT MISS THIS!!!"

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Massacre Announces Possible New Band Members

Florida death metal band Massacre, who saw the exodus of all band members except the vocalist, has issued the following update about seeking out new members:

"Well it seems that both the drummer and bassist positions may have now been secured for the 'New' MASSACRE line up.

"Kam Lee has spoken to both bassist Dave Pybus (CRADLE OF FILTH) and to drummer Tony Laureno (NILE/DIMMU BORGIR) and both have shown a great interest and desire to join with Kam & MASSACRE to bring forth the new album in 2010.

"Kam is very pleased and excited to have these two fantastic musicians and great fans of MASSACRE interested in helping make a 'new' MASSACRE album a reality. And also - it seems that Mirai (SIGH/NECROPHAGIA) has agreed to help out by creating and playing some very eerie keyboard intros and outros for the album as well. His fantasic musical skills and insight is both an overwhelming welcomed thrill and very exciting addition as well.

"However - the guitarist positions are still being held open for auditions! As of now - several guitarist have already sent in several audition songs and riffs, while others are still being waited on for their submissions. Kam is trying to be both fair and to be very selective with who he shall pick to fill the position of guitarist! As Kam feels this is both a very important - as well as a very crucial decision to make. And is not a position to take lightly... More...

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Darkane Comments On "Demonic Art" Success

Swedish band Darkane has issued the following statement about the success of their latest album "Demonic Art:"

"DARKANE’s fifth studio album, Demonic Art, has sold over 640 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan in the first week of release and landed at #104 on the Billboard Heatseekers (Top New Artist) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. With over 240 digital sales of Demonic Art, the total number of albums sold during the first week of release registers over 880 copies.

“We are very happy to have landed on the Billboard charts for the first time in our career! Thanks to everybody who has bought the album so far. This feels great and hopefully the huge North American tour that we are doing right now will make more people know about us. The tour has been very successful so far and we still have about 5 weeks left. If you haven’t bought the album yet, please go get it. DARKANE is here to stay!”

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Syrach Enlists Session Guitarist For Live Shows

Norwegian doom metal band Syrach has issued the following statement about enlisting a session guitarist for live shows:

"We have just finished our first rehersal with our session-guitarist. the rehersal went great, and he already know the songs from our new album. his name is GJEDDO (..or Gjermund, if you like)and he is an absolute briliant guitarist. he has a master degree in classical guitar, and he also plays in the black metal band ENCHANTING DARKNESS. gjeddo has played a few shows with us back in the days, and are a friend of the band.

"So there are no need to worry about the upcoming shows, and we hope there will be more shows announced soon."

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