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Metal News for February 4, 2009

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28 news articles posted on this day.

Ankla To Headline Rock In Rio in Puerto Rico

Ankla will be headlining the outdoor festival "Rock in Rio" in Puerto Rico Wednesday February 11, 2009. This is a free yearly event held at La Calle Universidad (Rio Piedras). With attendance expected to top 10,000, Ankla encourage fans to get there early.

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Download Ahoora's Full Album For Free

Iranian metal band Ahoora has made a deal to get their full-length album, "All In Blood With You," online for download. Here's the announcement from the band:

"KO–REC is an open source record label from Italy We’re proud to announce that 'All in Blood with You' is now available via KO–REC, free and in its full length! Here in Iran we’re living far away from the situation that we can release, control or even hold back our music; so it’d be a better idea to make it available for few more ears."

The tracklisting for "All In Blood With You" is as follows:

1. Heart of Darkness
2. Out of Mind Walls
3. A History of Extinction
4. Between Maybe & Never
5. The Departed
6. The Journeyman
7. Hunger Within

You can download the entire album for free right here.

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Maroon Plans Record Release Show

Maroon's new album will hit the stores in Germany on April 17, 2009 and April 20, 2009 in the rest of Europe. The band will play an exclusive record release show in their hometown of Nordhausen on April 18, 2009. Ticket prices will be very low and there will be some special activities at the show.

April 18, 2009

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All That Remains, The Haunted Post Mid-Tour Update

All That Remains and The Haunted have issued a mid-tour video report from their European tour. You can watch the video below. More...

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Napalm Death Interviewed By Contraband Candy

At the 2008 Damnation Festival in Leeds, Contraband Candy was fortunate enough to be given an interview by Napalm Death's Shane Embury.

"Down to earth as ever, Shane gave us an insight into the writing and recording of Napalm Death's latest masterpiece, 'Time Waits For No Slave,' talks about his partnership with Mick Kenney in FETO Records and gives advice to young bands on the sort of music that impresses him.

"Oh yes, and there's the usual banter about beer, hangovers and dwarves, so press play and enjoy these words of wisdom from one of the gods of modern metal!"

You can watch the video interview on Contraband Candy or below. More...

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Life Of Agony Bassist Launches Comic Series

Life Of Agony bassist Alan Robert has created a new comic series. The trailer for the comic can be viewed below. The official MySpace page for Alan Robert issued the following update:

"Wire Hangers is a new horror/conspiracy comic series written and created by Alan Robert (Life of Agony & Spoiler NYC). Pencils by Mike Lilly (Vampirella, Batman: Detective Comics), inks and covers by comic fan favorite, Nelson (Marvel Masterpieces, Adventures of Superman), and colors by Juan Fernandez (Ant Unleashed). Series will hit comic shelves this year, through a publisher to be announced in the coming months.

"The teaser was animated by Alan Robert using his artwork, with sound-FX created by Josh Silver (Type O Negative) and voice-over by Neil Jason.

"I came up with the concept for Wire Hangers about 15 years ago and have been refining the story ever since. Writing bits and pieces of it on tour, over the years. Sketching character designs for it on the back of lyric sheets and things like that. I'm so excited to be working with such great comic book artists on this and finally bringing it to life! It's a long time coming and I have such a great feeling about it, seems like the timing is really right. Especially, with graphic novel stories taking over the box office and themes getting darker and darker, Wire Hangers fits right in." More...

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Enforcer Announces European Tour Dates

Swedish metal band Enforcer have announced an upcoming European tour alongside Portrait. The tour dates are as follows:

2/7 - Murcia, Spain - Heavy Metal Espectros Fest
2/20 - Pforsheim, Germany - Kupferdachle
2/21 - Wurzburg, Germany - Fist Held High Festival
2/22 - Berlin, Germany - Amnesie
2/23 - Kiel, Germany - Pumpe
2/24 - Osnabruck, Germany - Bastard Club
2/25 - Lille, France - Chimere
2/26 - Gent, Belgium - TBA
2/27 - Leeuwarden, Holland - Mukkes
2/28 - Oberhausen, Germany - Helvete

3/21 - Sandviken, Sweden @ Byggeriet Metal Club

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Hackneyed Announces New Guitarist

Nuclear Blast has issued the following statement about Hackneyed parting ways with their guitarist:

"Germanys No. 1 death metal lunatics HACKNEYED just announced the departure of their long-time friend and guitarist iX. A permanent replacement has just been found with Juan Sierra.

"Quoted drummer Tim Cox: "iX’s decision to leave the band was pretty unexpected and of course we pity it. Nevertheless, iX leaves as friend and we wish him all the best for his future musical as well as private endeavours. We are excited about having Juan with us now who’s already contributing to the songwriting just after a few rehearsals! He’s an outstanding guitarist and will add a lot to the band with his abilities!“

"Currently HACKNEYED are hard at work for their upcoming yet untitled new album. Watch out for some more gut candy summer 2009!!"

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Cypher Streaming New Song Online

Dutch death metal band Cyper are currently streaming a new song online from their upcoming album. The track "The Flaming Brand of Heresy" can be heard on the band's official MySpace page.

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Brand New Sin Recording New Album

Brand New Sin has issued the following update about recording a new album:

"Brand New Sin is in the studio recording tracks for their 4th LP at Subcat Music Studio in Skaneateles, NY. We have released two singles since joining forces with singer Joe Sweet in the Spring of 2008. This will be Sweet's first full length album with BNS. Drums, bass and most of the guitar tracks are done. Aside from the song 'Fly' most of this material has been a well kept secret since it has not been performed live... yet."

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Stryper Unveils New Album Artwork

Christian rockers Stryper recently held a contest requesting fans send in artwork to be used for their upcoming album "Murder By Pride." The final choice for the artwork can be viewed at the band's official website.

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An Interview With Hauk

Californa based Heathen metallers Hauk, whose name is drawn from their vocalist and guitarist Hauk, released their latest EP "To Hear The Trumpets Call" in May of 2008. The album featured two new songs as well as a remix and a re-record of an earlier track. The band's front man talked with Metalunderground about a wide range of subjects including the sound of the EP, different aspects of Heathenism, and the band's upcoming shows. More...

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Acrassicauda Granted Refugee Status In U.S.

According to msnbc.msn.com, Iraq based metal band Acrassicauda have come to the United States and been granted refugee status. The band was recently the subject of the documentary "Heavy Metal In Baghdad." Excerpts from the MSNBC article are below:

"Drummer Marwan Riyadh, 24, arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday, where he was greeted by band mates Firas al-Lateef, 27, and Faisal Talal, 25. Fellow member Tony Aziz, 30, was visiting family in Detroit.

"The New York Times reported that the group met idols Metallica on Sunday after a concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. James Hetfield, Metallica's lead singer, presented them with a guitar signed "Welcome to America."

"The Times said the U.S. government has granted all four members of Acrassicauda refugee status, which allows them to apply for green cards in a year."

Read the full article at msnbc.msn.com.

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Meshuggah To Release Live DVD

Technical metal act Meshuggah will be releasing a live DVD later this year according to drummer Tomas Haake. Speaking with The Hornet he said: "We'll have a Live DVD probably late spring, early fall. As far as new stuff, we haven't started recording anything yet. We have a few things that didn't end up on Obzen, just a few parts that we want to use on the next album. Its all in the vain of what we do.
I'm kind of pumped to start recording again, Hopefully by the fall we will start recording with the album being released later in 2010."

Read the full article at TheHornet.

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Suicide Silence Enters The Studio

Suicide Silence has announced that they have entered the studio with acclaimed producer Machine (of Lamb Of God fame) to record their brand new studio album. They also announced that the album will be entitled, "No Time To Bleed." The band will be revealing some new songs on their upcoming tour with death metal legends Carcass.

Says singer Mitch Lucker: "We’re all geared up to record our strongest effort to date. We’ve all grown quite a bit as musicians over the last few years. The last record was tracked in a live setting over a period of two weeks and this time around we’re looking forward to carefully crafting a record on an even larger scale with Machine’s services at the helm. This is going to be a huge step in the right direction for us."

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Graspop

Progressive metal legends Dream Theater are the latest act to be confirmed for Belgium's biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel between June 26th-28th.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Dream Theater
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Sacred Reich
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room

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Madder Mortem Unveils New Album Details

Madder Mortem has issued the following update about their upcoming studio album:

"The Eight Ways are opened. Our new album is ready to be released this spring on Peaceville Records. Wait and see - the waves will break for you!"


1. Formaldehyde
2. The Little Things
3. Armour
4. Resolution
5. A Different Kind Of Hell
6. Riddle Wants To Be
7. Where Dream And Day Collide
8. The Flesh, The Blood And The Man
9. Get That Monster Out Of Here
10. Life, Lust & Liberty
11. All I Know
12. The Eighth Wave

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Lamb Of God Announces New Album Contest

American metallers Lamb Of God has announced a huge contest as part of the promotion for their forthcoming new album, "Wrath." The first 100,000 copies of the album will contain a card that will direct the fan to www.lambofgod.com/escapetheplague. Once there, the fan can put in their code of their card and answer three questions. The site will randomly select 100 winners who will then be asked to head to the prize site and choose their prize. The site will go live at midnight on February 23rd.

Prizes include:

2 - Trips for two to see Lamb of God perform at a major UK festival in August
1 - Barbecue at your home hosted by Randy Blythe
2 - Mark Morton Guitars (Courtesy of Jackson guitars)
2 - Willie Adler Guitars (Courtesty of ESP Guitars)
2 - John Campbell Basses (Courtesy of Jackson Guitars)
1 - Chris Adler drum kit w/ an autographed Chris Adler snare (Courtesy of Mapex drums)
5 - Golden laminates, good for entry at any Lamb of God show for a year
10 - Introduce the band onstage in your town
20 - Roadie for a day in your town
7 - Sing on stage at soundcheck with the band
20 - $50 giftcards to the Lamb of God webstore (Courtesy of Bravado)
25 - Autographed super deluxe Wrath packages, including the CD, Vinyl, and UBS stick with bonus tracks
1 - Mark Morton guitar lesson
1 - Willie Adler guitar lesson
1 - John Campbell Bass lesson

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Carcass Announces More North American Shows

Reunited British death metal legends Carcass has announced some more tour dates for their trek across North America. Joining them on the tour will be Suicide Silence, Samael, Arsis and Psycroptic plus some special guests on select shows.

The tour schedule is now as follows:

13 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
14 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH (with ABIGAIL WILLIAMS)
15 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL (with Black Dahlia Murder)
16 - Majestic Theater - Detroit, MI (with Black Dahlia Murder)
17 - Headliner’s - Louisville, KY
18 - Pops - St. Louis - Sauget, IL
20 - Flytrap - Tulsa, OK
21 - Ridglea Theater - Ft. Worth, TX (with Suffocation)
22 - Meridian - Houston, TX
24 - Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
25 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
26 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA (with The Faceless, Toxic Holocaust)
27 - The Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ (with Suffocation)
28 - The Grove - Anaheim, CA (California Metal Fest with Suffocation, Exodus, The Faceless etc.)

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Ventflow Reveals "Terrorsiah" Tracklisting

British heavy metallers Ventflow has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming debut album, "Terrorsiah" which will be released later this year via Casket Records. The band will also be making a radio appearance this sunday (the 8th) on The Late Gig at 9PM. You can listen to the show at this location.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"Into The Arms Of Death"
"These Times Of Darkness"
"The Scars Remain The Same"
"Day Of The Locust"
"A New Age Of Violence"
"Cast Down The Swine"
"I Piss on Your Grave"
"Twelve Gauge Diplomacy"

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Pestilence Posts New Song "Hate Suicide" Online

Dutch death metal legends Pestilence has posted a brand new song online entitled, "Hate Suicide." The song comes from their forthcoming new album, "Resurrection Macabre" which is their first in fifteen years. You can check out the song at the bands official Myspace page.

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Spinal Tap Recording New Material

Spoof heavy metal band Spinal Tap are recording brand new music for a release later this year, actor Harry Shearer has confirmed. "It'll be for download as well as on conventional media later this year."

The band reunited in 2007 to perform at the Wembley Stadium concert "Live Earth" along with Metallica, Beastie Boys and Foo Fighters amongst others.

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Marilyn Manson Reveals New Album Details

Marilyn Manson has revealed that his new album is entitled, "The High End Of Low" and that he will be shooting the albums first video this month. The video will be for the song, "I Want To Kill You Like They Do In The Movies."

Seaking about the album and song, Manson says: “My new record is done, man. It’s called The High End of Low - it’s a self-described state of being that I’m in. You’re going to be fucking freaked. It’s the shit.

(Speaking on the first single) "It’s nine minutes long, severely sadist. Basically, it’s murder, sex, death, the end."

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Horns of Moses Signs To Deka Records

Johnson City, Tennessee speed metal group, Horns of Moses, has just signed a deal with Deka Records, an independent record label based in London, England. They will be entering Sonic Designs Studio in Bristol, Virgina in early March to begin working on "The Last Plague," their first full length for Deka Records. The album will be available in stores and online this summer.

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For Today Finishes Writing New Album

Following a two-month break from touring, Iowa metal/hardcore outfit For Today has now finished the writing process for their next album, titled "Portraits." The group will be in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from March 2nd until March 18th recording the effort, which is expected to hit streets this summer via Facedown Records. Describing the new material, the band says, "We're really stoked on the new stuff. A lot more crazy guitar work, tech parts, and just better songwriting in general. And still lots of breakdowns; it's pretty heavy."

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Reign Supreme Posts Second "Making Of" Video

REIGN SUPREME has posted part two of the "Making of 'Testing the Limits...'" video series online. You can watch Reign Supreme record their new album "Testing The Limits of the Infinite" in the video, which can be viewed below.

The album will be released on Deathwish Inc. in early 2009. More...

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Tacere Enters the Studio

Finnish melodic death metallers Tacere has entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2007's "Beautiful Darkness."

Guitarist Karri comments on the band's first day in the studio:

"The first recording day is now behind of us… Today we spent most of the time with tweaking the drum set-up and the drum sounds, but we also managed to drum tracks for one full song - 'Storm of The Century.' It was mostly pain free, we just went through the song a couple of times and that was it - perfectly played drum tracks. We also played through the song 'Absolute Power' once, but the tuning of the snare drum had gone down so the sound was not good enough, and we decided to continue tomorrow and retune then (as it was already really late).
A short clip of the 1st take of Absolute Power:

"I’m very happy with the sounds also - I think that the raw sounds for recording that we got out of our setup are the best raw drum sounds I’ve had during my career, so that’s pretty awesome.

"We tried to be very mimimalistic with the drumkit, and left out everything that we possibly could… We’re looking for a very organic drum sound anyway, and we will do no time-editing and no triggering/sampling for the drum sounds, quite the contrary to what most of the metal bands do these days… The exception of course beign electronic drum parts (which we will have quite a few of on the new album)."

Read the full article at Tacere.

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Kamelot's Glasgow Concert Date Changed

Kamelot's performance at the Cathouse in Glasgow, Scotland has been moved from Thursday, March 26th to Friday, March 27th.

On another note, Kamelot has been added to the Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place in Solvesborg, Sweden on Saturday, June 6th. The festival also features Heaven & Hell, In Flames, ZZ Top, Dream Theater, Amon Amarth and many more. For more information, visit www.swedenrock.com.

Here is a list of the upcoming Kamelot tour dates: More...

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