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Metal News for February 28, 2011

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Drowning Pool Announces New Tour Dates

Hard rockers Drowning Pool have revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Trust Company, Static Cycle, Pop Evil and Anew Revolution. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

03/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
03/13 Abilene, TX – Lucky Mule Saloon
03/14 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
03/16 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
03/17 Denver, CO – Summit
03/18 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
03/19 Casper, WY – Grand Ballroom
03/22 Billings, MT – Shrine Aud.
03/24 Fargo, ND – The Venue
03/25 Rochester, MN – Wicked Moose
03/26 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/29 Milwaukee, WI – Rave Ballroom
03/30 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
04/01 Dayton, OH – Maguffys
04/02 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
04/03 Battle Creek, MI – Planet Live
04/06 Indianapolis, IN – 8 Seconds Saloon
04/08 Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
04/09 Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
04/11 Charleston, SC – The Southern Bell
04/13 West Palm Beach, FL – Roxy’s
04/14 Jacksonville, FL – The Pit
04/15 Tampa, FL – State Theatre

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Holy Grail To Tour With Cauldron

Holy Grail has revealed the dates for its upcoming co-headline tour with Canadian heavy metallers Cauldron. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

04/15 West Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
04/16 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Opera House
04/17 Portland, OR – Dante’s
04/18 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/19 Vancouver, BC – Media Club
04/21 Calgary, AB – Republik
04/22 Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar & Grill
04/25 Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert
04/26 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
04/28 Toronto, ON – The Wreck Room
04/29 Quebec, QC – L’Agitee
04/30 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
05/01 Allston, MA – Great Scott
05/02 Hartford, CT -Webster Underground
05/03 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
05/04 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
05/05 Washington, DC – Red Palace
05/06 Columbus, OH – The Summit
05/07 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
05/08 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
05/09 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
05/10 Denver, CO – Three Kings Tavern
05/11 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Vegas
05/12 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre

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Blindside Posts New Album Trailer Online

Blindside has posted a new trailer online to promote its forthcoming album "With Shivering Hearts We Wait." You can view the album trailer in the player below:

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Chimaira Guitarist Comments On Six Feet Under

Chimaira guitarist Rob Arnold has posted the following statement online, following the announcement of his new duties with Six Feet Under.

"Its been an amazing honor and opportunity to have been called upon by one of my biggest idols, Chris Barnes!! Six Feet Under and the Barnes era Cannibal stuff had enormous effects on me as a young musician, and still do to this day. In 1996, I was a kid in the front row screaming my head off to Lycanthropy and Torn to the Bone… And now here I am, being asked to play the songs on stage with the band! Dreams do come true!!! And the stuff we’ve been writing absolutely RIPS! Watch out!!"

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Devildriver Added To Danzig Tour

California metal act Devildriver has announced that they will be appearing as the direct support act on the forthcoming headline tour from Danzig. Also appearing on the bill will be modern metal act 2Cents. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

04/29 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/30 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
05/02 Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Salt Air
05/03 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
05/04 Kansas City, MO – Voodoo Lounge
05/06 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
05/07 Corpus Christ, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
05/09 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
05/10 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
05/11 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
05/13 Richmond, VA – The National
05/14 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/15 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
05/17 Baltimore, MD – Bourbon Street
05/18 Westbury, NY – Westbury Theater
05/20 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/21 Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range (Danzig only)
05/22 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
05/24 Grand Rapids, MI – The Orbit Room
05/25 St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
05/27 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
05/28 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater

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Kataklysm Announces European Tour

Canadian death metal veterans Kataklysm have revealed the dates for their forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Krisiun. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

05/18 Rome, ITA – Init Club
05/19 Bruneck, ITA – UFO Bruneck
05/20 Ljubljana, SLO – Gala Hala
05/21 Sarajevo, BOS – Dom Mladih
05/22 Sofia, BUL – RBF Club
05/24 Bucharest, ROM – Silverchurch
05/25 Timisoara, ROM – TBA
05/26 Zagreb, CRO – Mochavara
05/27 Mining, AUT – Metalfest 2011
05/28 Pratteln, SWI – Metalfest 2011
05/29 Dessau, GER – Metalfest 2011
05/31 Poznan, POL – Blue Note
06/01 Gdynia, POL – Ucho
06/02 Warszawa, POL – Progresja
06/03 Plzen, CZE – Metalfest 2011
06/04 Katowice, POL – Mega Club

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Between The Buried And Me Posts New Song Online

American progressive death metal act Between The Buried And Me has posted a 6 minute song sample online taken from its forthcoming album "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues." The sample has been made available for the track "Specular Reflection" and can be streamed in the player below. "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues" is set for release on April 12, 2011 through the band's new label home Metal Blade Records. The tracklisting for the effort is as follows:

1. Specular Reflection
2. Augment Of Rebirth
3. Lunar Wilderness

Between the Buried and Me "Specular Reflection" (Sample) by Metal Blade Records

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Axecuter Signs To Inferno Records

AXECUTER has signed to Inferno Records. The band started in February 2010, although some of the songs were written as early as 2001. The three band members have played (and are still playing) in different acts and have also played together in different occasions.

AXECUTER has recorded three songs that will soon be released on INFERNO Records as a limited cassette-single edition. Those three songs are strongly influenced by early VENOM, early ONSLAUGHT, and early CELTIC FROST according to the label.

Check out some of the band's music on their MySpace player.

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Serj Tankian Composing Theater Production Score

The Boston Herald is reporting that System of a Down's Serj Tankian is currently composing the score for an upcoming production of "Prometheus Bound." An excerpt from the article follows.

Serj Tankian has spent the past decade rocking the world with his quirky, politically charged brand of prog-metal as frontman of System of a Down.

But in recent years, the Lebanon-born musician has branched out, writing poetry, recording solo albums, working on social justice issues and composing orchestral pieces.

His latest venture brought him to Cambridge, where he’s composed the score for American Repertory Theater’s interpretation of the ancient Greek tragedy “Prometheus Bound.”

“Politically, I’m getting off on this project because it works with everything I’ve worked with . . . the edginess and the themes of injustice and tyranny and civilization and torture,” Tankian said during a break from rehearsals last week at the Harvard University-based theater’s space on Church Street. The production, which starts a five-week run Friday at Oberon in Harvard Square, tells the story of Prometheus, the mythical figure punished by the gods for giving fire to humans. Tony- and Grammy-winning playwright Steven Sater (“Spring Awakening”) reworked the play, bringing in Tankian and turning it into a modern rock opera.

“I guess I felt around me such a feeling of power-lessness and voicelessness . . . and a growing sense of tyranny around the world,” Sater said. “And I thought about ‘Prometheus Bound.’ It’s perhaps the most searing indictment of tyranny ever written and it was written right at the birth of Western democracy.”

Read the full article at Boston Herald.

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My Silent Wake Announces Touring Lineup

My Silent Wake has checked in with the following update about the band's live show lineup and announcement about writing new music:

"Hi to everyone! We have a couple of gigs coming up so far this year on the 23rd April in Nottingham and the 29th May in Weston-super-Mare. I will post details in the gig guide.

"Andi now has to spend a lot more time abroad with his new job, so playing in MSW is impossible for him right now. Steve is still very involved with his new job and Jasen decided to leave the band last year, but hopes to guest on future recordings. Lots of big changes in MSW right now, but we plan to continue as normally as we can. The live line-up will be Kate, me and Tank. We also hope to have Mike from The Drowning playing with us as much as possible. A friend of mine called Marc was to be filling in for Andi but unfortunately he found he did not have the time to commit to the band.

"New songs are being written by me and Kate and we hope to record some acoustic songs soon and a full album later in the year. A compilation of live and rare material is planned for release on Dark Meadow in the summer. Thanks for supporting us!"

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Unearthing The "Black Metal" Underground

Besides being black history month, February also happens to be black metal history month at Metalundergound, and we’ve already taken looks at bands like Emperor and Immortal. Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we look at several quality acts that haven’t managed to make it big yet. To get the month back to its originally intended purpose, we’ll know delve into a series of underground metal bands composed primarily or even entirely of black members.

Heavy metal, of any sub-genre or style, is a worldwide musical phenomenon that easily crosses racial and ethnic boundaries. While it would seem that many metal bands are composed entirely of lanky white dudes with long hair, that’s by no means the only type of group to be found among the metal hordes. Sepultura, Killswitch Engage, God Forbid, and Suffocation are some of the most well known acts to feature black musicians.

Rather than rehash bands you already know and love, instead we’ll unearth several acts that haven’t had a chance to be exposed to the wider metal world.

Crackdust

To start off our look at metal bands composed of black members, we’ll head over to Botswana, Africa to be pummeled to pieces by the death metal act Crackdust. Hailing from a country that hasn’t exactly made it on the musical radar yet, Crackdust still has a well developed and crushing sound that deserves a mosh pit full of metal heads. Details on the band can be found here, or you can check out the songs “Fate,” “Ruptured,” and “Deranged Psychopath” in the clips below.

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Desecration Announces New Tour Dates

U.K. based metal act Desecration has announced a series of new upcoming tour dates. The currently announced dates and venues are as follows:

Mar 20 SUB89 Reading, GB
May 12 The limelight, Belfast Belfast, Belfast, IRELAND
May 13 An Cruiscin Lan Cork, IE
May 14 Fibber Magees Dublin, IE
May 19 Peterborough, UNITED KINGDOM
May 20 The Tunnels Aberdeen, Aberdeen C, GB
May 21 Bannermans Edinburgh, Scotland, GB
May 22 Northumberland Arms Newcastle, UK
May 26 Meze Lounge Newport - WALES, GB
May 27 Marquee Norwich, East, UK
May 28 Sumo Leicester, Midlands, GB
May 29 The Purple Turtle London, UK

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Outcast Streaming New Song "Elements"

French metal act Outcast is currently streaming a new song online from the band's upcoming album "Awaken the Reason." You can check out the new track "Elements" at this location. The track listing for the new album is as follows:

1. Elements
2. Abysmal
3. A Solace from the Shade
4. Awaken the Reason - Part IV : When dawn brings clarity
5. Spin Angular Momenta
6. Unspoken
7. Isolation
8. Fallen Years
9. What Would be my Final Commitment ?
10. Man's Last Failure
11. Awaken the Reason - Part XI : Reprise

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Barren Earth Checks In From The Road

Barren Earth is currently touring North America in support of the band's latest album "Curse of the Red River." The band has checked in from the tour with the following road report:

"We brought our own backdrop for this tour, but we’ve only used it once. This is because putting it up and taking it down in such difficult and tightly scheduled circumstances has proven to be too much of a hassle. In fact, no band on this tour has a backdrop, but ‘Ferum and ‘Troll use a certain type of screen onto which visual effects are projected. We and Rotten Sound also use this screen, by projecting our own respective logos onto it. It doesn’t look as good as the real thing, but it is better than nothing. The projector is quite easy to operate, but there has been the odd technical blip. For example, in Regina there might have been confusion as to who was performing, as Rotten Sound were blasting away against a Barren Earth-logo projected in the background…

"Snow seems to be ubiquitous on this tour. In Winnipeg the snowstorm was so heavy, that entering the bus, and leaving a few minutes later, the falling snow had already completely covered the footprints. It was in this snowstorm that we entered the Canada-US border. Whereas the previous border crossing had been an easy affair, this time there seemed to suspicion about our traveling party. We had to wait quite a bit at the border station, as the guards checked our bus inside and out. A prevalent fear in the group was obviously: will they find it? This was of course a reference to the vegetables and fruits in our fridge, as it is forbidden to carry such items across the border. Upon returning to the bus, it was apparent that they had checked the bus quite thoroughly. Bunks had been tampered with, personal possessions had been investigated. Yet mysteriously, the bananas and onions were intact in the fridge. Maybe they weren’t searching for fruit and vegetables after all…

"The following morning in Annandale, Minnesota, our bus driver took us to visit his home, where his wife had prepared a ‘Finnish breakfast’. A delicious breakfast of the highest quality was served for whoever happened to be awake at 11.00 a.m. Our hostess had baked a Finnish pancake according to a recipe off the internet. The pancake was Finnish enough, i.e. very good. We did not dare mention that although the pancake was quite close to Finnish in taste and texture, it is not a food to be served in the breakfast table, but more as a dessert. But so tasty and savoury was this pancake that one starts to think maybe it is time that the Finns too learned that the best way to start a day is in fact just that, a pancake. And bring out the maple syrup, too. More...

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Kimaera To Play Unirock Open Air Fest

Lebanon based metal act Kimaera has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Unirock Open Air festival:

"Kimaera s officially confirmed for Unirock open air festival taking place in Istanbul - Turkey on 9, 10, and 11 September. The festival is also featuring Opeth, Katatonia, Mayhem, Eluveitie and many more..."

Additional details on the festival are available at this location. You can also check out behind the scenes footage of Kimaera filming a music video for "The Taste of Treason" at this location.

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Factory Of Dreams To Film Music Video

Factory of Dreams has issued the following announcement about filming a new music video:

"Factory of Dreams will be filming a brand new video clip for Melotronical. More details soon but we can advance that it'll occur early march and the focus will surely be in creating a true eerie and dark atmosphere to be close to the Melotronical spirit. It'll be a haunting descent through one's mind and memories...

"The chosen song is still a mystery, but will be revealed soon. It was a choice between Hugo and Jessica and is among their favorites for a video. Direction will be ensured by Factory of Dreams' favorite Swedish director Emil Jonsvik whose latest film is making big waves in cinema.

"Melotronical will be available from your favorite chain, digital download service or online reseller worldwide on March 8, 2011."

You can also check out the teaser trailer for the band's new album at this location.

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Elvenpath Streaming Entire New Album

Elvenpath has issued the following brief announcement about streaming the band's entire upcoming self-titled album online:

"New songs online: our entire new album is now available for your ears on our myspace site. Hope you'll enjoy the songs - watch out for the release on March 26th."

You can check out all the tracks from the upcoming album at this location. Titles of the songs to appear on the album include: "For Our Liberty," "Into The Future," "Guardians of the Underground," "Moria," "Enflaming Demands," "Cellars of Doom," "Metalwar," "War of Steel," and "Metalsteel."

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Septicflesh Announces New Tour Dates

Greek band Septicflesh will release the new album "The Great Mass" on April 18th, 2011. The band has now announced the first live shows in support of the album, which will take place in France. Support will come from Valet Parn, W.E.B, and a French act to be announced shortly. The currently announced dates are as follows:

15.05 Colmar - Grillen
16.05 Marseille - Poste à Galène
17.05 Bordeaux - Complexe
18.05 Rouen - 106
21.05 Caen - Espace Coisel

The track listing for the new album is as follows:

1. The Vampire from Nazareth
2. A Great Mass of Death
3. Pyramid God
4. Five-Pointed Star
5. Oceans of Grey
6. The Undead Keep Dreaming
7. Rising
8. Apocalypse
9. Mad Architect
10. Therianthropy

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Darzamat To Play Underground Unleashed Festival

Darzamat recently announced the band is gearing up to begin work on an as-yet-untitled new album. The band has now checked in with the following update about appearing at the Indian Underground Unleashed festival:

"Polish dark metal Darzamat will be one of the headliners of 'The Underground Unleashed' festival, in Darjeeling, India in September. During the three-day concert (30.09 - 2.10) there will also be another Polish band, returning legend of Polish black metal, Mastiphal."

You can also check out Darzamat's music through the band's MySpace page.

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Def Leppard Announces Irish Shows

British hard rock legends Def Leppard has announced that in addition to their headlining slot at the Download festival on June 10th, they will also be performing two shows in the Emerald Isle, bringing with them two fellow rock legends in Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy, the latter of which also features Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell. The tour is in support of their forthcoming new live album, "Mirrorball," which is expected to be released sometime around early Summer.

The tour dates are as follows:

June 7 – The Odyssey Arena - Belfast, N. Ireland
June 8 – The O2 - Dublin, Eire

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Dragonland Signs To AFM Records

Swedish symphonic power metal act Dragonland has signed to AFM Records. The band commented on the signing:

"We in the Dragonland camp are very excited to bring everyone the news that we have signed with AFM Records! These guys are experts in dealing with our genre, and we are looking forward to a long cooperation with them!

"It also means that things regarding the new album will start to move on quite quickly from here, so stay tuned for a release date and much more soon!"

You can also check out several Dragonland tracks available for streaming through the band's MySpace profile at this location.

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Poison And Motley Crue Confirm Tour Plans

Despite previous rumours and remarks in the press, Poison and Motley Crue will be teaming up together for a co-headlining tour in North America with special guest act, The New York Dolls. Glam – A – Gedon 25 will be the name of the tour, referencing the 25 year anniversary of Poison and tickets will go on sale March 18th.

Poison plan to kick off their 25th Anniversary Glam -A – Gedon 25 tour in Tupelo Mississippi at the Bancorp South Arena Wednesday May 25th. Michaels will then continue solo, playing Thursday May 26th in Ft. Walton Beach where he will perform for the fans and troops as he did last Memorial Day weekend. Michaels will rejoin Poison in Little Rock at the River Fest Amphitheater on Friday May 27th. Michaels will then perform solo at the Hard Rock in Biloxi on Saturday May 28th. Bret will rejoin Poison and Mötley Crüe Sunday May 29th at Rocklahoma. Poison will then continue on alone playing arenas from Memorial Day until rejoining Mötley Crüe in Dallas at the Starplex Amphitheater on Tuesday June 7th.

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Reverence Issues New Album Update

French metal act Reverence has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming album:

"This new album is called 'The Asthenic Ascension.' Containing 9 tracks - 53 minutes - a special track has been composed by Heimoth (Seth, Decrepit Spectre, Code). This new album is a new approach for Reverence to something more aggressive, symphonic and probably less industrialized than in the past.

"All drums parts and guitars have been recorded @ Drudenhaus studio, bass and voices will be recorded in the next days. The mix and mastering will be done during April by Xort @ Drudenhaus studio and Masterlab.

"The track list will be divulged very soon, so, keep in touch!"

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Leprous Inks Deal With InsideOut

Norway's Leprous has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with InsideOut/Century Media for the release of a new album:

"We’re all very happy ... no, delighted ... no, enthusiastic ... no, THRILLED to be able to announce that we've signed a new worldwide deal with the leading label for progressive music, InsideOut / Century Media. This means we're in for a massive release of our upcoming album sometime after the summer of 2011."

Leprous is currently busy with studio work for the band's upcoming, still untitled next album, to be released via InsideOutMusic (Worldwide distribution through Century Media) after the summer of 2011. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming release.

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Kamelot Announces North American Tour

Kamelot has issued the following announcement about an upcoming North American tour in support of the band's latest album:

"In the ongoing Kamelot campaign for the band's newest release, 'Poetry for the Poisoned,' we are extremely pleased to announce that Kamelot have confirmed a full North American Tour! The long awaited North American Tour, to support the Billboard Charting Epic 'Poetry for the Poisoned' (Peaking @ number 74 in the US on Billboard’s Top 200!), has been solidified. Along for the ride, are folk/power metalers Alestorm, who are happy to bring their brand of 'Pirate Infused Metal' to the Kamelot Legions. Also, aboard are Canada’s ferocious Blackguard and The Agonist.

"Due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of 'Poetry for the Poisoned.' With the news of Roy’s continued absence, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties.

"Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating 'I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour. I always loved the sound of the band and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band, and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot. See you soon on tour and let’s rock!!!'

"In addition to Fabio, throughout these shows there will also be special guest and vocal appearances from top artists in the scene, this is a special and rare tour, and one not to be missed! In addition, Kamelot’s 'Pandemonium Over Europe 2011' is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons to the already announced European tour schedule!"

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

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Periphery Comments On Sonisphere Appearance

Periphery has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming 2011 Sonisphere festival:

"To say that we are pumped to play Sonisphere in the UK is an understatement. Not only do we get to come back and play for some of the best fans anywhere, but we get to do it at the UK's premier summer music festival!"

Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Periphery is also set to release a new EP titled "Icarus Lives" on April 19th, 2011. Details on the release are available here.

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Eight More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere UK

The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival has announced eight more bands for this year's event. Amongst the new confirmations are rap legends House Of Pain, Swedish metal outfit Arch Enemy and Fozzy, the band fronted by wrestling superstar Chris Jericho and featuring members of Stuck Mojo. Also newly confirmed for the bill are Youmeatsix, Sum 41, All Time Low, Periphery and Grinspoon. The festival will be held at Knebworth from July 8th-10th and features the following lineup:

Metallica
Slipknot
Megadeth
Slayer
Anthrax
Diamond Head
Biffy Clyro
Airbourne
All Time Low
Arch Enemy
Architects
Fozzy
Gallows
Gojira
Grinspoon
House Of Pain
In Flames
Inme
Kids In Glass Houses
Limp Bizkit
Mastodon
Motorhead
One Minute Silence
Parkway Drive
Periphery
Protest The Hero
Sum 41
Sisters Of Mercy
Volbeat
Weezer
Youmeatsix

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Amorphis Comments On Upcoming Album

The upcoming album from Finland's Amorphis will be titled "The Beginning Of Times" and will see the light of day at the end of May. The album will also be preceded by the single "You I Need" in April. Cover artwork for the album can be viewed below, and the band also commented:

"The new album is the most challenging Amorphis album so far in terms of both music and lyrics. Its central character is the iconic hero of Finnish mythology, Väinämöinen, whose tale has been masterfully retold by lyricist Pekka Kainulainen. The Beginning Of Times was produced by the band; vocals were recorded under the guidance of Marco Hietala in his home studio in Kuopio. Like its predecessors, the album was mixed by Mikko Karmila. Its cover artwork shows Travis Smith’s magnificent interpretation of the mythological birth of the world from a goldeneye’s egg. In June, Amorphis will embark on the extensive The Beginning Of Times tour, which is scheduled to continue through 2012."

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Pain Comments On Upcoming Live Shows

Swedish industrial metal act Pain has issued the following statement about upcoming live shows:

"Hello PAINheadz! At the moment it looks like Russia and Ukraine are in the lead of hearing the new songs live. Finally we can reveal the major part of the European tour dates for 2011. There's still some show dates that we need to hold on to for a while thou, but the main frame will look something like this.

"We've couldn't have found a better place to start the party and we're really looking forward to meet you crazy sons of bitches face to face again! The countdown has begun... Updates and complements will be published continuously from now on. See you soon!"

The currently announced dates are as follows:

2011-05-26 – (venue tbc) – Kiev – Ukraine
2011-05-27 – P!pl Club – Moscow – Russia
2011-05-28 – Glav Club – St Petersburg – Russia
2011-06-19 – Myötätuulirock – Vantaa – Finland
2011-06-25 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel – Belgium
2011-10-05 – Markthalle – Hamburg – Germany
2011-10-06 – Lido – Berlin – Germany
2011-10-07 – Hellraiser – Leipzig – Germany
2011-10-08 – Masters of Rock Café – Zlin – Czech Republic
2011-10-11 – Backstage – Munich – Germany
2011-10-12 – Dynamo – Zürich – Switzerland?
2011-10-13 – Bloom – Mezzago – Italy
2011-10-14 – New Age – Roncade – Italy
2011-10-15 – UFO Club – Brunico – Italy
2011-10-16 – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg – Germany
2011-10-18 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg – France
2011-10-19 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg – Germany
2011-10-20 – Underground – Köln – Germany
2011-10-21 – Helling – Utrecht – Netherlands
2011-10-22 – Trix – Antwerpen – Belgium
2011-10-23 – Nor – Heerlen – Netherlands?
2011-10-25 – Divan du Monde – Paris – France
2011-10-26 – Ninkasi Kao – Lyon – France
2011-10-27 – Le Phare Club – Toulouse – France
2011-10-28 – Salamandra 1 – Barcelona – Spain
2011-10-29 – Sala Stereo – Murcia – Spain
2011-10-30 – Caracol – Madrid – Spain
2011-11-01 – Hard Club – Porto – Portugal
2011-11-02 – Cine Teatro Corroios – Lisboa – Portugal

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The 69 Eyes Posts "Dark Decadence" Tour Trailer

The 69 Eyes and Hardcore Superstar will be co-headlining the "Dark Decadence" European tour, which kicks off in March. A teaser trailer for the tour has now been posted online, which can be viewed below.

The currently announced dates are as follows:

24 March Club Academy, Manchester, UK
25 March The Waterfront, Norwich, UK
26 March Rock City, Nottingham, UK
27 March The Garage, Glasgow, UK
28 March The Academy, Newcastle, UK
30 March The Academy, Bristol, UK
31 March The Quarterhouse, Folkestone, UK
1 April The Electric Ballroom, London, UK
2 April Trix, Antwerp, BE
3 April L'Empreinte, Savigny-le-Temple, FR
5 April Markthalle, Hamburg, DE
6 April Batschkapp, Frankfurt, DE
7 April Dynamo, Zurich, CH
8 April Auditorium Urbani, Passigano sul Trasimen, IT
9 April Rock Planet, Pinarella di Cervia, IT
10 April Live Club, Trezzo Sull'Adda, IT
11 April Backstage, München, DE
12 April Essingfabrik, Köln, DE
14 April The Rock, Copenhagen, DK

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Ixion Postpones Album Release Date

Ixion had previously announced the band's new album "To The Void" was to be released today, February 28th, 2011. The band has now checked in with the following update about delaying the release:

"To the Void release date: The release of the album is a bit delayed - it will soon be available on Avantgarde Music. Thanks for your patience! Work on the new website and photos is going on!"

In the mean time, you can check out Ixion's music through this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Beyond the skies
2. The plague
3. Leaving
4. New heaven
5. Fear of the hidden
6. Rebellion
7. Falling to apathy
8. Funereal dance
9. Soothing in agony
10. Fade to blue

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LastDayHere Adds On Canadian Shows

LastDayHere has issued the following brief announcement about adding on more shows to the band's upcoming Canadian tour:

"We added two more shows to our Canadian Tour and will now do 9 shows in 12 days... This is the complete list of Canadian Tour dates. See you in Canada!"

09.03.2011 Rogers TV, Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Live unplugged TV show
10.03.2011 The Blue Moon Pub, Toronto (Ontario, Canada) w/ The Tripp and Cast of Angels
12.03.2011 Canadian Music Fest - Bovine Sex Club, Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
13.03.2011 Canadian Music Fest - Cherry Colas, Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
15.03.2011 Bar Le Repaire - Sainte-Rose, Laval (Quebec, Canada) w/ Straight Jacket
16.03.2011 Il Motore Showbar, Montréal (Quebec, Canada) w/ Straight Jacket
17.03.2011 Clydes Pub, Pointe-Claire (Quebec, Canada) w/ Straight Jacket
18.03.2011 All Stars, Brampton (Ontario, Canada) w/ Bite and Straight Jacket
19.03.2011 G'Days, Pembroke (Ontario, Canada) w/ Straight Jacket

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Imagika Members Form Kill Ritual

Imagika guitarist Steve Rice recently announced the band has officially called it a day. He has now issued the following announcement about forming the new band Kill Ritual with members of Dark Angel and Eldritch:

"Kill ritual is here! Featuring member of Imagika, Dark Angel and Eldritch! Kill ritual is here! New band, new music, same mission! Kill ritual is:

Steve Rice (x Imagika) - lead guitar
Wayne de Vecchi (x Hellhound, Doom Society, Imagika) - drums
Roberto Prioetti (x Eldritch) - guitar
Josh Gibson - vocals
Danyael williams (x Dark Angel)- bass

" More info, photo's, music and tour dates too come! New CD 'serpentine rituals' in 2011!"

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Judas Priest Announces U.K. Tour Dates

British heavy metal legends Judas Priest has announced a series of headlining shows in the United Kingdom, as part of their Epitaph tour, which is being billed as their farewell trek. Joining them on the tour will be American progressive rock veterans Queensryche and up and comers Rival Sons.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 15 - Newport Centre - Newport, UK
July 16 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK
July 17 - The Dome - Doncaster, UK
July 19 - SECC - Glasgow, Scotland
July 20 - Metro Arena - Newcastle, UK
July 21 - Civic Hall - Wolverhampton, UK
July 24 - BIC - Bournemouth, UK

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Stigma Announces U.K. Tour

Italian metal outfit Stigma has announced that they will be heading to the United Kingdom this April for a series of headlining shows which will see them joined by underground favourites The Argent Dawn and up and coming Calne outfit Traitor Born on what is being dubbed the "Undertatour." The tour is named after their recently released EP, "The Undertaker" which features three new songs in addition to the title track and is only available digitally.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 7 - Sin City, Swansea, UK
April 8 - The Riverside, Selby, UK
April 9 - O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
April 10 - The Croft, Bristol, UK
April 11 - White Rabbit, Plymouth, UK
April 12 - Academy, High Wycombe, UK

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Black Label Society To Headline Uranium Tour

The first annual Uranium tour has been announced to kick off on May 4th and headlining the trek will be Black Label Society, the band featuring former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde and now including former Type O Negative drummer, Johnny Kelly. Also scheduled to appear are All That Remains, Hail The Villain and Rev Theory, who will be replacing All That Remains in June.

"Mistress Juliya of Uranium, like House of Blues, has always tried to identify amazing, soul crushing talent," said Kelly Kapp, vice president, House of Blues Talent. "With Black Label Society headlining Uranium Tour 2011 and All That Remains, Hail the Villain coming along for the ride we are confident House of Blues, Mistress Juliya and Right Arm Entertainment have put together a package that cannot be missed. We hope that Uranium Tour 2011 is the first of many tours to come and becomes synonymous with astonishing, bewildering breakthrough and established metal Artists that come together for a great live tour."

"We are so excited to be partnering up with House of Blues and Mistress Juliya of Fuse to bring the great rock name of Uranium back. To have Black Label Society, All That Remains and guests on board is a perfect way to relaunch Uranium," said Gary Spivack, Co-President of Right Arm Entertainment. "We can't wait for this tour to start!"

Juliya Chernetsky said, "You wanted it? You got it! It is my absolute honor to announce the return of my beloved metal brand Uranium in the form of a badass tour! In typical Uranium fashion, we bring you BLS, All That Remains, and Hail the Villain. Need I say more?"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Slayer Frontman On The Mend

According to his wife Sandra, Slayer frontman Tom Araya is feeling much better after he was hospitalized following the band's performance in Brisbane, Australia, forcing the band to cancel the next show in Sydney as a result. Araya is expected to be well enough to perform at the next Soundwave show in Melbourne, which will take place on March 4th. Sandra Araya's message reads as follows:

"SPOKE WITH TOM =) He's feeling much better! it will be a few days before test results come back... That's all I can say for now! whoo hoo!

"Tom does not have a ear infection! Not sure who came up with this, but it is not true... They are waiting on test results... If [the ear-infection explanation] is coming from the promoter, I am sure he is only saying what he was told!"

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Trent Reznor Wins Academy Award

Nine Inch Nails founder and main member Trent Reznor picked up an Oscar award last night for Best Original Score thanks to his work with Atticus Ross on the acclaimed movie, The Social Network, a film about Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg. Reznor and Ross were able to win despite stiff competition from Hans Zimmer and his work on the sci-fi hit, Inception, as well as beating three other big films in, How To Train Your Dragon, The King's Speech and 127 Hours.

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