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Metal News for February 6, 2009

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Pelican Signs to Southern Lord Recordings

Southern Lord Recordings has announced the signing of Chicago heavy-rock instrumental icons Pelican. "Their genre-defying sound and eagerness to explore new musical directions will fit right at home alongside similar bands on the label like Earth, Boris and sunn 0)))," states the press release.

Pelican is currently at Red Room studios in Seattle, WA recording an EP that will be their first release on Southern Lord. The new material promises to be heavier, darker and very "riff-oriented" comments guitarist Trevor De Brauw. A very special guest guitarist who has been heavily influential to the band will be making a guest appearance as well. More details will be revealed shortly.

In March, Pelican will be touring alongside new label mates Wolves In The Throne Room, including a triumphant return to the South By South West music fest in Austin, TX at the Southern Lord showcase. Upon returning home Pelican will focus their sights on their 4th full-length album.

Here are the latest Pelican March/April 2009 tour dates: More...

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Hod Streaming New Song "Victims" Online

Texas metal band Hod has issued the following statement about streaming a new song online and the release date of their upcoming album:

"It is official, March 17th, 2009 "Sepent" will be unleashed to the world. You will be able to get this album at Best Buy, FYE, and of course your local independent record shops. So start asking these places for your copy now! Also, if you want to pre-order the album you can at Amazon.com and Ibex moon Records. Help spread the serpent's plague. Take a listen to our new track "Victims" for a preview of it."

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Architects Streaming New Album Online

U.K. metal band Architects is currently streaming their entire new album "Hollow Crown" online. The album can be heard at the band's official MySpace page. "Hollow Crown" is set to be released on February 10th.

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Anthrax Comments On Short Red Bull Show

Anthrax has issued the following statement about their recent Red Bull show that was cut short:

"We want to apologize to our fans that came out to the Red Bull event last night in the hellish cold to see us play. It was an awesome event that we were honored to play but things just didn't go off quite like planned.

"Originally, we were to go on just before 9 PM and play for 45-minutes. One of the snowboarding events ran very late which caused us to delay the start of our set. That and a curfew we were not informed about until 9:30 PM snowballed into an unfortunate situation that was beyond our control. As we were walking to the stage, we were instructed to cut our set to three songs, and no one was more surprised than us when they cut the PA before we could finish the third song. We are particularly mortified that this happened when our good friend, Chuck D, had just taken the stage for “Bring the Noise”. We extend our apologies to him.

"Nothing like this has ever happened to Anthrax before, and we regret that it happened last night. Thank you to those who came out to support and once again our sincere apologies."

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Nightmare Metal Fest To Give Military Discount

The official 2009 Nightmare Metal Fest website has been updated with the following announcement about providing a military discount:

"Nightmare Metal Fest II, announced Friday it will be honoring America’s military by giving 25% discounts to all military personnel and their families who wish to attend the 2nd annual progressive and power heavy metal festival. The festival features Internationally signed and performing bands, some of whom are signed to Nightmare Records, a label based out of St Paul, MN.

"Nightmare Records owner Lance King said, “San Antonio has a large military population with several bases in the surrounding areas. In such times of sacrifice in our nation’s history, we felt strongly about supporting our troops and giving back to them. We are delighted to offer them this discount to attend the festival.”

"Nightmare Metal Fest II will be hosting its annual event at Warehouse Music, 1303 E Houston St. in downtown on the weekend of March 20-21, 2009. The festival features such acts as: Vicious Rumors, Mindwarp Chamber, Krucible, Six Minute Century, Imagika, Seven Witches and many more. Tickets may be purchased online at www.nightmaremetalfest.com or directly at the box office."

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The Eyes Of A Traitor To Tour With Gojira

The Eyes of a Traitor has issued the following update about an upcoming tour alongside Gojira:

"Danish band PILGRIMZ has been added to the tour bill - however TEOAT will remain as main support on all UK dates and PILGRIMZ will be opening the tour bill. We can't wait to get on the road with these guys."

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Post Mortem Vocalist Passes Away

Boston punk metal band Post Mortem has issued the following statement about vocalist John McCarthy passing away:

"John McCarthy the singer for Post Mortem has died. He was 40. He was/is one of my oldest friends. An interesting character with many great stories to tell, he will be missed...

"We had just finished recording the music for a new Post Mortem record (John wrote most of the words for it.) The vocals were not done and John was planning on doing his vocals in February. His goal of making another Post Mortem record has ended. This band was everything to him. I think we’ll finish it up somehow and dedicate it to him..... See ya John!!"

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Obscura Posts New Video Online

Relapse records has issued the following statement about Obscura posting a new music video online:

"Germany's OBSCURA see the world-wide premiere of their "Anticosmic Overload" video today, exclusively via MySpace. The video, the first from their forthcoming Relapse debut Cosmogenesis, was directed and filmed by OBSCURA's own Steffen Kummerer as well as Christoph Harrer as part of their final project in video design at the University of Deggendorf, Germany. The video was shot at the Metropolis Music Hall in Munich last November.

"OBSCURA have also recently announced their first-ever North American tour, touring in support Cosmogenesis. OBSCURA will spend the month of April on tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE FACELESS, and NEURAXIS throughout much of the U.S. and Canada. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more details to be announced soon.

"Cosmogenesis will see its North American release on February 17th, 2009 (March 2nd internationally)." More...

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Trigger The Bloodshed Posts New Video And Song

Metal Blade records has issued the following statement about a new video and song streaming online by Trigger The Bloodshed:

"Trigger the Bloodshed has posted a video teaser for their new album on youtube.com. You can watch it HERE. Head over to their MySpace to hear a new track from the upcoming album, The Great Depression. The band’s debut, Purgation, got them heralded by fans and critics alike as one of the best metal bands to emerge from the UK in years. The Great Depression will no doubt help to solidify that notion."

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Bands Confirmed For 2009 Auditory Assault Festival

The official 2009 Auditory Assault Festival website has been updated with the following information:

"Auditory Assault will take place at Club Europa located in Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY. 98 Meserole Ave

"Our original intention was to have the fest take place in Manhattan, but we discovered that most clubs don't like any outside promoters and are asking for way too much of a rental fee. To put it plainly, most clubs wanted so much that even if their venue was filled to capacity we wouldn't have enough money to pay the bands based on our desire to keep the ticket price reasonable. Europa is not an extremely big venue, so it's recommended that you get an advance ticket when they go on sale before the end of February

Here is a full list of bands confirmed for Auditory Assault:

Brutal Truth (New York)
Gadget (Sweden)
Misery Index(Maryland)
Sayyadina (Sweden)
Pigsty (Czech Republic)
Total Fucking Destruction(Pennsylvania)
Crowpath(Sweden)
Entrails Massacre(Germany)
Jig-Ai (Czech Republic)
Kill The Client (Texas)
Defeatist (New York)
Maruta(Florida)
Copremesis (New York)

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Arallu Reveals New Album Cover Art

Jerusalem based extreme metal band Arallu has revealed the cover art for their upcoming album "Desert Battles - Descending To The Sands." The art can be viewed at the band's official MySpace page.

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Nevermore Guitarist To Guest On Switchblade Album

Switchblade has issued the following update about collobarating with Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis:

"Sydney's Switchblade are proud to announce that guitar legend Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) will be contributing a guest guitar solo on the band's new album. Currently being mixed in Chicago by producer/engineer Neil Kernon, the track "Reflective Curse" was chosen to be the candidate for Jeff's signature shredding.

Switchblade drummer Mat commented on the collaboration:

"I don't think it's really sunk in yet that it's happened... We started off talking about this years ago with Jeff and after so long you think everyone would be too busy to make it happen, but Neil was into the idea and once we asked Jeff again he was still keen to do it. So we're really thankful that Neil and Jeff both took the time to make it happen. The solo is just incredible... Jeff's playing with Nevermore has been one of our major influences since day 1 so to work on this track together is just crazy. I can't wait for people to hear it!" More...

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