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Metal News for March 1, 2011

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48 news articles posted on this day.


Pit Stories: The Runaway Car, Going Instrumental

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week, Odd Dimension bassist Gigi Andreone tells of the night they went on stage without a singer, due to some "car trouble":

I'm gonna tell you what happened one autumn night before a show at Mephisto Rock Cafe, a club on the hills near our hometown we played in many times. It was 2007 and we were still touring to promote our first EP, "A New Dimension." The band arrived regularly at the club and we prepared the stage for the show waiting for our singer Manuel coming from Milan.

Time passed by but he didn’t arrived at the stated time…we called him many times on the phone in vain, then he called us with a terribly sad voice telling us the unbelievable. He had stopped by the way probably to ask some info ‘bout the right road to take, he parked the car nearby, then when he came back the car wasn’t there. At first he thought someone had stolen his car, then his eyes stopped down the hill and he saw the unbelievable! Probably due to a defect in his car’s braking system, it cruised down without a driver from the parking on the top of the hill bumping into a wall downhill!! Fortunately no one was hurt but Manuel was immediately involved in all the necessary legal and rescue practices and as a consequence he couldn’t arrive in time for the show.

So we were at the club, everything ready for the show, our friends coming in and no singer….what to do?? After a short discussion we decided to play just instrumentally (fortunately our music and especially our first EP was full of technically involving moments for the audience) and then a friend of ours that is a singer in another band came on stage to sing some classic metal covers to complete the set, preventing tthe audience from getting too bored.

The night passed away remembering us of the first times we met in the rehearsal room without a singer and with a bit of ‘jam session fever’ on the cover tracks, but the audience was quite happy of the show.

So remember: be sure you have put on the parking brake correctly especially when you are on hills or mountains tops!

Odd Dimension's debut album, "Symmetrical," is set to arrive on March 22nd via Scarlet Records.

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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We Came As Romans Announces New Tour Dates

We Came As Romans has revealed the dates for the band's upcoming tour of Europe and the United Kingdom. Support on the trek will come from Miss May I, The Word Alive and This Or The Apocalypse. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

04/21 Zurich, SWI – Abart
04/23 Plymouth, UK – White Rabbit
04/24 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
04/25 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
04/26 Leeds, UK – Cockpit
04/27 Manchester, UK – Roadhouse
04/28 London, UK – Underworld
04/29 Paris, FRA – Batogar
04/20 Karlsruhe, GER – Stadtmitte
05/02 Rome, ITA – Init Club
05/03 Livorno, ITA – The King Club
05/04 Wein, AUT – Area
05/05 Munchen, GER – Feierwerk
05/06 Aschaffeburg, GER – Colosaal
05/07 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
05/08 Berlin, GER – Magnet
05/10 Stockholm, SWE – Debaser Slussen
05/11 Gothenburg, SWE – Fangelset
05/12 Hamburg, GER – Logo
05/13 Utrecht, NET – Helling
05/14 Koln, GER – Underground

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Madball Reveals European Tour Dates

New York hardcore pioneers Madball have revealed the dates for their upcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Born From Pain, Trapped Under Ice, Wisdom In Chains, All For Nothing and Devil In Me. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

03/18 Den Hagg, NET – Paard
03/19 Schweinfurt, GER – Alter Stattbahnhof
03/20 Vienna, AUT – Szene
03/21 Wroclaw, POL – Alibi
03/22 Warsaw, POL – Proxima
03/23 Berlin, GER – SO36
03/24 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
03/25 Drachten, NET – Iduna
03/26 Essen, GER – Bringing Back The Glory
03/27 Paris, FRA – Paris Extreme Festival
03/28 Lahr, GER – Universal Dock
03/29 Lyss, SWI – Kufa
03/30 Stuttgart, GER – Universum
03/31 Munchen, GER – Backstage
04/02 Lindau, GER – Club Vaudeville
04/02 Dillingen, GER – Antattack Festival

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Obituary Announces European Tour

American death metal veterans Obituary have revealed the dates for their upcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Grave and Pathology. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues in the list below:

03/24 Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
03/25 Paris, FRA – Paris Extreme Fest
03/27 Cologne, GER – Werkstatt
03/29 Munich, GER – Backstage Hall
03/30 Bochum, GER – Matrix
03/31 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
04/02 Aarhus, DEN – Royal Metal Fest
04/07 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
04/13 Warsaw, POL – Prosgresja
04/14 Berlin, GER – K17
04/15 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
04/19 Bologna, ITA – Estragon
04/20 Montpellier, FRA – Secret Place
04/21 Lleida, SPA – Cotton Club
04/22 Valencia, SPA – Durango Rock Club
04/24 Santiago De Comostela, POR – Sala Capitol
04/25 Madrid, SPA – Sala Heineken
04/30 Tilburg, NET – Neurotic Deathfest

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Gary Moore Documentary In The Works

A trailer for "White Knuckles & Blue Moods", the forthcoming 60 minute documentary on the late Thin Lizzy guitarist and blues rock icon Gary Moore, has been posted online. The film is reportedly being made by Jörgen Holmstedt and Stefan Mossberg, who've been working on it for several years. A late 2011 release is expected. You can view the trailer below:

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Dawn Of Disease Posts New Album Trailer Online

German death metal act Dawn Of Disease has posted a new video trailer online for its upcoming studio album. The new album, titled "Legends Of Brutality," is set for release on April 29, 2011. The album was recorded at Soundlodge Studio with producer Jörg Uken.

Here is the "Legends of Brutality" tracklisting:
1. Gasping For Life (intro)
2. Above The Gods
3. Impervious Mind
4. Legends Of Brutality
5. Soul Harvest
6. When White Turns Red
7. Death Shall Be Mine
8. Justified Retaliation
9. Out Of Breath
10. Sinister Rapture
11. Bitter Fate
12. Silence Prevails (outro)

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Graveyard Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Swedish groove rockers Graveyard have revealed the track listing for their forthcoming studio album "Hisingen Blues." "Hisingen Blues" is set to be released on April 19th, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below:

1. Ain't Fit To Live Here
2. No Good, Mr. Holden
3. Hisingen Blues
4. Uncomfortably Numb
5. Buying Truth (Tack Och Förlåt)
6. Longing
7. Ungrateful Are The Dead
8. RSS
9. The Siren

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Vomitory Reveals New Album Details

Swedish death metal veterans Vomitory have revealed the title of their forthcoming new album to be "Opus Mortis VIII." "Opus Mortis VIII" is set for release on April 26th through Metal Blade Records and will feature the following track listing:

1. Regorge In The Morgue
2. Bloodstained
3. They Will Burn
4. The Dead Awaken
5. Hate In A Time Of War
6. Torturous Ingenious
7. Forever Damned
8. Shrouded In Darkness
9. Combat Psychosis
10. Requiem For The Fallen

Bonus tracks:
11. Nervegasclouds 2011
12. Raped In Their Own Blood 2011
13. Redemption 2011
14. The Voyage 2011

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Poison And Motley Crue Reveal Tour Dates

The tour dates for the recently announced co-headlining tour between two of glam metal most popular veterans, Poison and Motley Crue have now been announced. You can check them out below. The trek is being dubbed Glam – A – Gedon 25 and will also feature influential outfit, The New York Dolls as special guests.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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3 Inches Of Blood To Tour Canada With Cancer Bats

Vancouver, Canada heavy metallers 3 Inches Of Blood have revealed the dates fortheir upcoming "Warriors Of The Great White North Tour." The tour will also feature co-headliners Cancer Bats as well as support from Barn Burner, Waster, A Sight for Sewn Eyes, and Ancients on select dates. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

May 4 - Brandon, MB - North Hill Inn
May 6 - Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
May 7 - Timmins, ON - The Victory Tavern
May 9 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
May 10 - Moncton, NB - The Manhattan
May 11 - Charlottetown, PEI - Hunter's Ale House
May 12 - Moncton, NB - The Manhattan
May 13 - Halifax, NS - The Paragon Theatre
May 14 - Halifax, NS - The Pavilion
May 15 - Fredericton, NB - Nicky Zee's Nightclub
May 16 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Le Dartagnan
May 17 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub
May 18 - Kingston, ON - Time To Laugh Comedy Club
May 19 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club Theatre
May 20 - London, ON - Rumrunners
May 21 - Sudbury, ON - Jubilee Hall
May 24 - Regina, SK - The Distrikt
May 25 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
May 26 - Calgary, AB - The Gateway bar - SAIT Campus
May 27 - Kelowna, BC - Flashbacks
May 28 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre
May 29 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub

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Feral Discusses New Album "Dragged To The Altar"

After the "Welcome to the Graveyard" demo, Swedish death metallers Feral are preparing to go on a fresh killing spree with their debut full-length album "Dragged To The Altar." The band's upcoming unholy necromantic ritual will see release through Ibex Moon Records on April 26th, 2011.

As the band gears up to destroy the living and resurrect the dead, Feral's vocalist Hook corresponded with Metalunderground about the album's recording process and how the band wants to take death metal back to the place where it belongs. "Our music is feral death metal, returned to its primal and wild state and played as it is supposed to sound," commented Hook. He also discussed the band's upcoming tour with Demonical and how Feral got signed to Ibex Moon. More...

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Winds Of Plague Posts Live Video Clip

Winds of Plague is currently in the midst of a tour with As I Lay Dying in support of the band's upcoming new album "Against the World," which drops on April 19th, 2011. The band has also unveiled a video performance, which was filmed and directed by Jeremy Schott for MentalSuplex Productions and filmed at the band's December headlining show in Pomona, CA's Glasshouse concert venue. Check out the video for "Refined In The Fire" below. The video will also be appearing on a bonus DVD that will be made available exclusively in Hot Topic's edition of "Against the World."


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Woe Announces New Tour Dates

Philadelphia black metal legion Woe will embark on a string of live dates this March. The short trek will commence on March 5th at the upcoming Scion Fest in Pamona, California alongside the likes of Morbid Angel, Obituary, Integrity, and Nails and ravage its way around the West Coast before drawing to a temporary close in Seattle, Washington at The Highline. The festivities will pick up again on the 31st with a hometown show at Kung Fu Necktie and a spot on this year's MACRoCk fest on April 1 in Harrisonburg, Virginia with Cannabis Corpse, Inter Arma, Withered, US Christmas and more. Check out the tour poster here

Said band mastermind Chris Grigg of the upcoming dates: "Woe is not given to hyperbole so it is with stern, stoic determination that we say we hope those in attendance of our upcoming West Coast performances are ready to have their heads blown the fuck off."

The dates are as follows:

3/05/2011 Scion fest - Pomona, CA
3/06/2011 The Hamat - Oakland, CA
3/07/2011 On The Y - Sacramento, CA
3/08/2011 The Knockout - San Francisco, CA
3/09/2011 Ol Hawk Eyes Art Shackle - Chico, CA
3/10/2011 Empire Squared - Eureka, CA
3/11/2011 Plan B - Portland, OR
3/12/2011 The Highline - Seattle, WA
3/31/2011 King Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
4/01/2011 MACRoCk - Harrisonburg, VA

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's latest interview with Chris Grigg of Woe about the band's new album "Quietly, Undramatically" here.

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Lazarus A.D. Posts Photos From Video Shoot

Wisconsin thrash metallers Lazarus A.D. have posted photos online taken on set during their music video shoot for "The Ultimate Sacrifice." Head to the band’s official Facebook page to view the photos. The new video will be unveiled on Monday, March 7th.

The band also has the following upcoming tour dates with Bonded By Blood:

Mar. 09 – London, UK – O2 Academy 2
Mar. 10 – Bristol, UK – Area 81
Mar. 11 – Milton Keynes, UK – Crauford Arms
Mar. 12 – Leeds, UK – The Well
Mar. 13 – Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks
Mar. 14 – Nottingham, UK – The Maze
Mar. 15 – Southampton, UK – Joiners
Mar. 16 – Norwich, UK – Metal Lust @ The Brickmakers
Mar. 17 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
Mar. 18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
Mar. 19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Modra Vopice
Mar. 20 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
Mar. 21 – Vienna, Austria – 3Raum/Arena
Mar. 22 – Bologna, Italy – Blogs Club
Mar. 23 – Barcelona, Spain – Mephisto
Mar. 24 – Madrid, Spain – Hebe
Mar. 25 – Paris, France – Paris Extreme Festival
Mar. 26 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27 Black
Mar. 27 – Porto, Portugal – Porto Rio
Mar. 29 – Hamburg, Germany – Headcrash
Mar. 30 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Merleyn
Mar. 31 – Copenhagen, Denmark – The Rock
Apr. 01 – Cologne, Germany – The Underground
Apr. 02 – Bruges, Belgium – JH Comma

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Cannibal Corpse Posts Another DVD Teaser

In conjunction with the release of Cannibal Corpse's new DVD "Global Evisceration" on March 15th, Metal Blade Records has teamed up with Aux.tv to debut the final teaser clip featuring the band in Malta. Check it out below. "Global Evisceration" was shot and edited by director Denise Korycki (Wild Wind Productions).

Info on the previously uploaded third teaser trailer is also available here.

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Pale Chalice Posts Song From Upcoming EP

Stereogum.com is offering the public a first listen to black metal horde Pale Chalice's upcoming debut EP, "Afflicting The Dichotomy Of Trepid Creation." Set for release on March 8th, 2011 via San Francisco-based The Flenser Records, the EP clocks in at over 28 minutes in length. Click here to check out the opening track from the EP, "Transplant Of Dimensional Recourse."

The "Afflicting The Dichotomy Of Trepid Creation" track listing is as follows:

1. Transplant Of Dimensional Recourse
2. Command of the Formless
3. Caressed by a Feeble Flame
4. Ascend the Idyllic Sphere

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's review of the new album at this location.

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Krashkarma Announces U.S. Shows

Alternative metal act Krashkarma is set to release the new album "Straight to the Blood" this June via EMI. The Los Angeles act has also announced a Spring tour of North America. The tour kicks off March 23rd in Hollywood, CA at Crazy Girls and winds down in Asbury Park, NJ on April 16th at The Saint. A complete list of tour dates can be found below:

3/23/11 Crazy Girls Hollywood, CA
3/24/11 Dive Bar Las Vegas, NV
3/25/11 Sports Page Gallop, NM
3/26/11 Amped Albuquerque, NM
3/31/11 Herman's Hideaway Denver, CO
4/01/11 Club 156 Boulder, CO
4/02/11 Union Station Colorado Springs, CO
4/07/11 Side Door Omaha, NE
4/08/11 Boobie Trap Topeka, KS
4/09/11 Kitchen Pass Jopin, MO
4/13/11 Goodbye Blue Monday Brooklyn, NY
4/14/11 Sweeny's Saloon Philadelphia, PA
4/15/11 Seaside Tavern Stamford, CT
4/16/11 The Saint Asbury Park, NJ

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Clandestine Comments On Release Show

Last week Clandestine released the band's debut album "The Invalid" on Nightmare Records. In support of the album's release the band took to the stage at The Whisky in Los Angeles for an album release show. Lead singer June Park commented on the gig:

"The show at The Whisky on February 11th was a success; many supportive fans showed up and the crowd was great. Clandestine performed well, although it was a rather hard time for me due to a respiratory illness I have been going through. It was extremely hard to suppress the cough while I was singing. Nonetheless I survived through the set, and it was like rain after a drought to talk to all of our great fans and friends after the show.

"Later that night I figured out that one person from the crowd voluntarily jumped on the mixing board to do sound for us. The house engineer asked, 'Why didn't you tell us that you had a sound guy?' when the set was over. Well, we didn't bring one that night, so I was clueless! It was a surprise but felt kind of nice to know that someone made such a brave move for us."

In other Clandestine news, the band has confirmed a March 18th European release date for "The Invalid" via Twilight Distribution and partners. MetalInjection also debuted the new video clip for "Disappear in You" at this location.

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Jag Panzer Posts "Overlord" Track Online

Jag Panzer is getting ready to release the new album "The Scourge of the Light" on Tuesday March 8th in North America through SPV/Steamhammer. Another new track from the album entitled "Overlord" is streaming online through Noisecreep. Check out the new track at this location.

The band also recently posted another new song online, titled "Bringing on the End." Details are available here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Condemned to Fight
2. The Setting of the Sun
3. Bringing on the End
4. Call to Arms
5. Cycles
6. Overlord
7. Let It Out
8. Union
9. Burn
10. The Book of Kells

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Marionette Issues Album Update

Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet Marionette is currently in the process of mastering its yet-to-be titled third full length album at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm with Erik Broheden. Song titles set to appear on the CD include “Something Forgotten," “Remember Your Name,” “Stand In Line," and “Lights Out."

Guitarist and backing vocalist Aron Parmerud commented:

"Our third album is currently being mastered at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm. These guys really know what they are doing, having worked with acts like Rammsetain, Turbonegro, Within Temptation, and The Hellacopters among many others. We’re currently adding the final touches and making some final tweaks, but the light at the end of the tunnel is drawing very near! We worked really hard on all the compositions and we feel this is by far the most unique, dynamic, and mature record we’ve made. Here is a photo we took recently after completing the mixing at Pontus Hjelm’s PH Studio (Dead By April) in Gothenburg.”

Marionette also recently completed European dates with the Murderdolls - the band consisting of Joey Jordison (Slpinkot) and Wednesday 13 – on the “Women and Children Last Tour”. Aron Parmerud commented:

"We recently completed our European dates with the Murderoll on their 'Women And Children Last Tour.' It was great to get back down to play in Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and Italy again. We want to give a special thanks to all of our new fans in France as well. We’ll be back to see you soon! Big thanks to the Murderolls and their crew for helping us make this the best tour Marionette has ever done. We have confirmed a date in Copenhagen on March 19th; we look forward to playing some new songs from our upcoming record that we haven’t tried yet live!”

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Blinded Colony Changes Name

Karlshamn, Sweden based melodic death metal act Blinded Colony has recently changed its name to The Blinded. The band has completed recording its third as-of-yet untitled album, which will be released under the new name.

The Blinded previously released its sophomore record "Bedtime Prayers" under the Blinded Colony moniker through Pivotal Rockordings in early 2009. The album features songs written and vocals performed by Swedish songwriter Shellback (Johan Schuster) before getting his big break in the pop world writing songs for Pink, Brittany Spears and many others.

More information on the band and songs from the group's self-titled EP can be found at this location.

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Coffins Signs To Relapse Records

Three piece Japanese death/doom act Coffins has inked a deal with Relapse Records. The band formed in 1996 and has previously released three full-length albums and numerous split releases. Coffins is currently writing for a fourth full-length and Relapse debut with plans to record later this year.

Coffins will embark on the band's first-ever European tour this April alongside Sourvein and Aguirre as part of the “Doom Over Europe” tour. This tour will conclude with a performance as part of the sold-out Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found at this location.

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Asking Alexandria To Play Golden Gods Awards Show

Asking Alexandria is set to perform at the Revolver Magazine Golden Gods Award Show on April 20th, which will be held at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. The band is also nominated in the “Best New Band” category, which is all decided upon by fan voting.

The band will also return to North America, headlining a massive touring package this spring with Emmure, Chiodos, Miss May I, Evergreen Terrace, and Lower Than Atlantis. The trek, dubbed “The Reckless and Relentless Tour,” kicks off on March 11th and runs through April 17th. The dates are as follows:

Mar 11 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Mar 12 Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA
Mar 13 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
Mar 14 The Pageant Saint Louis, MO
Mar 16 Never Say Never Festival Mcallen, TX Tickets
Mar 17 Red 7 Austin, TX
Mar 18 Cains Ballroom Tulsa, OK
Mar 19 South By So What @ Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
Mar 21 Club 101 El Paso, TX
Mar 22 Marquee Theatre Phoenix, AZ
Mar 24 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
Mar 25 Fox Theatre Pomona, CA
Mar 26 Extreme Thing Festival Las Vegas, NV
Mar 27 Knitting Factory Reno, NV
Mar 28 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Mar 29 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
Mar 30 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Apr 01 MacHall Ballroom Calgary, Canada
Apr 02 Edmonton Events Centre Edmonton, Canada
Apr 04 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 05 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
Apr 06 Sokol Underground Omaha, NE
Apr 09 The Jamboree Toledo, OH
Apr 10 Expo Five Louisville, KY
Apr 12 Rocketown Nashville, TN
Apr 13 Zydeco Birmingham, AL
Apr 14 Valarium Knoxville, TN
Apr 15 Greene Street Club Greensboro, NC
Apr 16 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
Apr 17 Northern Lights Albany, NY

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The Body Updates Tour Schedule

The Body recently wrapped up several shows in the Northeast U.S. and is now embarking on a five week U.S. tour. The tour includes an appearance at the Scion Rock Fest in California alongside Bastard Noise, Integrity, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Christian Mistress, Nails, Black Breath, Necrite and more. The Body will also decimate multiple parties and showcases during Austin's SXSW festivities. The upcoming tour dates are as follows:

3/03/2011 The Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM
3/04/2011 Trunkspace - Phoenix, AZ w/ Greg Ginn & The Royal We
3/05/2011 Scion Rock Fest - Pomona, CA
3/07/2011 Blast O Mat - Denver, CO
3/08/2011 The Bourbon Theatre (front room) - Lincoln, NE
3/09/2011 APOP Records - St. Louis, MO
3/10/2011 The Dojo - Indianapolis, IN
3/11/2011 The Project Lodge - Madison, WI
3/12/2011 Pancho's - Chicago, IL
3/13/2011 Stubbed Lady - Kansas City, MO
3/14/2011 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR
3/17/2011 Scoot Inn - Austin TX @ Converse and Thrasher's Death Match [day show]
3/18/2011 The Iron Bear - Austin, TX @ Ballistic Missile Booking SXSW party
3/19/2011 Lovejoy's - Austin, TX @ BrooklynVegan/Profound Lore SXSW showcase
3/20/2011 The Parlor - Austin, TX @ Sleeping Giant Glossolalia/Not Not Fun SXSW party
3/20/2011 Club Dada - Dallas, TX @ Bro Fest
3/21/2011 Sluggo's - Pensacola, FL w/ Whitehorse
3/22/2011 Siberia - New Orleans, LA w/ Whitehorse
3/23/2011 The Junkyard - Gainesville, FL w/ Whitehorse
3/24/2011 Transitions Art Gallery - Tampa, FL w/ Whitehorse
3/25/2011 Local 529 - Atlanta, GA w/ Whitehorse
3/26/2011 Motorco Music Hall - Raleigh, NC w/ Whitehorse
3/27/2011 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Whitehorse
3/28/2011 Golden West - Baltimore, MD w/ Whitehorse, Oak
3/29/2011 *TBA - Washington, DC w/ Whitehorse
3/30/2011 The Ox - Philadelphia, PA w/ Whitehorse, Serpent Throne, James Plotkin
3/31/2011 *TBA - New York, NY w/ Whitehorse
4/01/2011 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Whitehorse, Unearthly Trance
4/02/2011 Machines With Magnets - Providence, RI w/ Whitehorse, Child Bite, Prussia

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Symfonia Announces New Album Details

Symfonia, the new melodic metal project featuring guitarist Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), vocalist Andre Matos (ex-Angra), drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween), bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius) and keyboardist Mikko Harkin (ex-Sonata Artica), is gearing up to release a debut full-length.

Titled "In Paradisum," the ten-track offering was recorded mainly in Finland, mixed and mastered in Italy and produced by Timo Tolkki. The record will be released in North America via Armoury Records on April 19, 2011. To check out a stream of "Pilgrim Road," the sixth track off "In Paradisum," visit the band's official website at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Fields Of Avalon
2. Come By The Hills
3. Santiago
4. Alayna
5. Forevermore
6. Pilgrim Road
7. In Paradisum
8. Rhapsody In Black
9. I Walk In Neon
10. Don't Let me Go

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Long Distance Calling Streaming New Song

Noiscreep.com has teamed up with Long Distance Calling and Superball Music to host a premiere of the track "Middleville," which is off the band's upcoming self-titled LP. The track, which is the only non-instrumental song, features special guest vocalist John Bush (Anthrax, Armored Saint). Get your first listen at this location. The self-titled release is set to drop on March 8th, 2011.

The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

01.03.2011 (UK) Glasgow - Stereo
02.03.2011 (UK) Newcastle - Academy
03.03.2011 (UK) London - Barfly

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Motorhead And W.A.S.P. To Headline Bloodstock

The organisers of Great Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that, in addition to black metal icons Immortal headlining the second day of the event, heavy metal veterans W.A.S.P. will be headlining the main stage on the friday, with rock gods Motorhead closing the festivities on the final day of the event. Speaking about the festival, Motorhead frontman Lemmy stated:

"Bloodstock is celebrating 11 years, Motorhead 36 years - Boys and girls, come and see, we will rock your fu**in’ ass’. See you at Bloodstock!"

The event will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 12th-14th and will feature the following lineup: More...

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Terror Announces North American Tour

American hardcore outfit Terror has announced a series of headlining shows in the United States and Canada which will kick of this April. Joining them on the trek will be Stick To Your Guns, Trapped Under Ice, Close Your Eyes and Your Demise. The tour is in support of Terror's latest studio album, "Keepers Of The Faith," which is out now through Century Media Records.

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Hellbastard Announces U.K. Shows

Hellbastard is set to embark on the band's first tour of the U.K. since the early 1990's. Support on the trek will come from Panzerbastard and Suicide Watch. The currently announced list of April tour dates are as follows:

Saturday 9th - DUBLIN "Fibber McGhees."
Sunday 10th - BELFAST "Auntie Annie's Porterhouse"
Tuesday 12th - WAKEFIELD "The Snooty Fox"
Wednesday 13th - BIRMINGHAM "Scruffy Murphy's"
Thursday 14th - BRADFORD "1 in 12 Club"
Friday 15th - DERBY "The Old Bell.."
Saturday 16th - LONDON "Elektrowerkz" (Terrorizer Magazine Sponsored Show)
Sunday 17th - BRIGHTON "Cowley Club"
Monday 18th - BRISTOL "Area 81 Rock Club"
Tuesday 19th - CHELTENHAM "Two Pigs"
Thursday 21st - BURY 'Hark 2 Howler"
Friday 22nd - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE "Trillians"
Saturday 23rd - EDINBURGH "Bannerman's"
Sunday 24th - DURHAM CITY "The Fishtank"

The April 12th show in Wakefield will also be streaming online live. Details on the live stream will be announced shortly.

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The Haunted Streaming New Album Title Track

In the light of the upcoming release date for The Haunted's new studio album “Unseen” on March 22nd in North America, the album’s title track has been launched online for you to check out via the band’s official Facebook account. You can hear the song at this location.

Here is a message from the band about the song’s launch: "Well, the 'Unseen' release is getting closer. Simply put: It feels just awesome! We are all damn proud of this album and can’t wait to get it out there. Today, we start off by giving you a sample of the title track 'Unseen.' Enjoy!”

The track listing for the upcoming release is as follows:

1. Never Better
2. No Ghost
3. Catch 22
4. Disappear
5. Motionless
6. Unseen
7. The Skull
8. Ocean Park
9. The City
10. Them
11. All Ends Well
12. Done

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Volbeat To Play Peace & Love Festival

Volbeat has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Peace & Love festival:

"We are honored to announce our return to Peace & Love Festival on June 28 – July 2! We had a great time in 2009, and we expect 2011 to be even greater, as Volbeat is one of the headliners this time!

"Peace & Love is five days of live music in Borlänge in Dalarna, Sweden. Volbeat will be playing with names like Kings of Leon, Ziggy Marley and – our favorite - Social Distortion. Yeah!"

Additional details on the Peace & Love festival are available at this location.

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Voivod To Release New Live Album

Canadian progressive thrash metal veterans Voivod has announced that they will be releasing a new live album entitled, "Warriors Of Ice" on April 5th through Indica Records. The show was recorded on December 12th, 2009 during the band's first headlining show in Montréal in ten years at Club Soda. The set list of the night was as follows:

The Unknown Knows
The Prow
Ripping Headaches
Ravenous Medicine
Tribal Convictions
Global Warning
Treasure Chase

Brain Scan
Nuclear War
Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd cover)

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Torchbearer Posts Another New Song

Sweden's Torchbearer has issued the following update about posting another new song online from the band's upcoming album:

"Hi all! You can now find another brand new song off 'Death Meditations' (date of release, via Vic Records: April 25th), entitled 'Severings,"' posted. More news as it happens!"

You can check out the new song "Severings" through the official Torchbearer MySpace page at this location. The cover artwork for "Death Meditations" and info on pre-orders is available here.

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Obscura Posts More Album Artwork

German technical death metallers Obscura have posted a third inside art panel online from the band's upcoming album "Omnivium." You can check out the image below. "Omnivium" is set for release on March 29th, 2011.


Obscura also recently announced a series of upcoming European tour dates. Details on the tour are available here.

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Pythia Finishing New Album

Pythia has issued the following announcement about wrapping up work on the band's second full-length album:

"Hi everyone! We are currently putting the finishing touches to our second album and will have it finished in the next few weeks. We are very excited by the songs on the album and can't wait to share them with you later in the year as well as getting back to playing some shows!

"For fans who are on Facebook you can now add a Pythia badge to your profile page. Simply follow the link here and follow the instructions! It would be great to see your support! All the best and keep it Metal!"

You can also check out Pythia's last album update at this location.

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Hackneyed Posts Video Update

Hackneyed has posted a video update online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:

"Hey Guys and Gals, we've got some fresh meat for you. We uploaded a new video into our Official Youtube Channel. It's a short band portrait with interviews, live footage and some shots from our practice room. You also find some impressions from our preproduction of album #3 at Daniel Bengessers Circuit Studios. The video was produced as a student project by Gregor Trunk, Markus Pauli and Marcus Duvenbeck at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences with english subtitles by Stefan Schimek."

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Crowbar Hosts Album Signing In New Orleans

Sludge masters Crowbar will be holding an album signing for their latest album "Sever the Wicked Hand" at the Louisiana Music Factory Record Store on Decateur Street in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, before their show at One Eyed Jacks on March 19th blocks away. The signing will be at 5 o'clock. More...

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Korpius Streaming "Shades Of Black" Title Track

Korpius has checked in with the following announcement about streaming a track online:

"Title track 'Shades of Black' streaming online! The countdown to the release of our new effort 'Shades of Black' continues. The title track has just been released on ReverbNation. This song is the opening track of the album and showcases a darker side of our music."

You can check out the title track from "Shades of Black" at this location.

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Dynabyte Streaming Song From New Album

Italian act Dynabyte released the new album "2KX" on February 25th, 2011. You can check out the album artwork for "2KX" at this location.

The band is now streaming a song from the new album online via the Dynabyte MySpace profile. You can check out the song "Hereditary Neuronavigation" from "2KX" by navigating here.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Equilibrium
2. F.T.L.
3. Normal
4. Hereditary Neuronavigation
5. Cold Wind of Fear
6. Artmix
7. Speed
8. The Mummy
9. I'm Not Scared
10. Stones
11. Wave
12. Blinded by my Light

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Revamp Announces New Live Shows

Dutch act Revamp has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows in Argentina and Brazil:

"New shows announced in South America! ReVamp has had many requests to come over to South America! And in June/July 2011 we will! A tour will be announced soon but we can already confirm these show:

24-06-2011 Argentina - Buenos Aires - Teatro Colegiales
02-07-2011 Brazil - São Paulo - Carioca Club

"Stay tuned for more tour news."

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Memoira Issues Demo Session Update

Memoira has checked in with the following update about demoing new material:

"Hi gang! Been a while since we have put out any words about anything! Well here goes: We had another demo session at Prostata studios this week and so far we got three songs done with all the drums, bass and some guitars. We will finish up those demos this week. The new ones are called Recoil, the most progressive piece in the whole album, Last Will, the monster song, epic travel through a gentle beginning to the massive instrumental journey. And finally Medusa which we feel that could be the first single, it's slightly different than the other tracks but the chorus will stuck in your mind and haunt you the next day.

"We also had a photo shoot last weekend. The sessions were held in the theater of Pori, and we could like to thank them for that. Also we would like to that Jari Pelkonen who took the photos. Those turned out great! We will update also our site and myspace really soon.

"We are quite ready to start recording the follow up for our debut album, we still need couple of more songs to complete the whole album. We are already booking the studio....we'll let's not tell you guys everything just yet! Here are some photos from the demo sessions, enjoy."

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Amaranthe Posts "Hunger" Video

Amaranthe has posted a music video online for the song "Hunger," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Hey people! Our very first video has finally been released, go check it out now. Directed by Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, KAMELOT) Cheers!"

"Hunger" is the first single from Amaranthe's self-titled debut album, which will be released 13.4.2011.

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The Burning Finds New Bassist, Plans Euro Tour

THE BURNING, who recently announced the departure of bassist Thue Moller due to tinnitus, has found a new bassist. The Danish metal band has not revealed the newcomers' name, however, and also plans to unveil details about an upcoming European tour.

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Flotsam And Jetsam Enters German Charts

Arizona based thrash metal veterans Flotsam And Jetsam has entered the German album charts with their latest studio album, "The Cold," which entered at number 87. The album is out now through Nuclear Blast Records. Speaking on the success, drummer Craig Nielsen stated:

"We knew we had a great record with The Cold, but could never have expected to enter the German charts for the first time ever, and in such a respectable position. The band is humbled and grateful for such strong enthusiasm and support from our fans, worldwide press, and record label."

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System Of A Down Announces North American Shows

The recently reunited System Of A Down has announced that they will be performing a small number of shows in North America before they head to Europe this Summer. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We're excited to announce a handful of North American headline shows before our trip to Europe this summer. Gogol Bordello will be joining us as special guests.

"The first group of dates is listed below, along with on-sale dates and ticketing information. Stay tuned to the newly launched SystemofaDown.com for more touring news, to follow very soon!"

The tour dates are as follows:

May 10th Edmonton, AL - Rexall Place
May 12th Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
May 13th Seattle, WA – Key Arena
May 15th Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
May 18th Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
May 19th Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
May 22nd Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl

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The Browning Posts Pre-Production Teaser

Dallas, TX electronic deathcore act The Browning has launched a pre-production teaser to give fans a taste of what to expect on the band's soon-to-be-recorded full length debut coming out later this year through Earache Records. You can check out the teaser in the clip below. For a more in depth explanation of what to expect from the forthcoming record, frontman Jonny McBee has chimed in with the details:

"With this album people can expect it to be heavier, catchier, more aggressive, more electronic and all around way more mature! We have taken what we do to the next level. This album will show people the possibilities of electronics in metal. We feel like we have taken it to level that has not yet been reached."

The Browning will start tracking the band's new record within the next week at Random Awesome Studio in Bay City, Michigan with producer Josh Schroeder.

You can also check out The Browning's previously posted video update at this location.

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Draconis Infernum Announces Australian Tour

Draconis Infernum will be embarking on the "Utmost Abomination" Australian tour this March alongside Belligerent Intent. The currently announced dates are as follows:

Mar 11 EAST BRUNSWICK CLUB Melbourne, Victoria, AU
Mar 12 The Central Club (Melbourne) Richmond, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Mar 18 The basement (CANBERRA) Canberra, ACT, AUSTRALIA
Mar 19 TOWN COUNTRY Sydney, New South, AUSTRALIA
Mar 26 The New Market Hotel Bendigo, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

You can also check out the promotional poster for the tour at this location.

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Barren Earth Posts 12th Tour Diary

Finnish progressive death metal act Barren Earth is currently on the road in North America for tour dates alongside Rotten Sound and Finntroll. The band has now checked in with the following 12th entry of the band's tour diary:

"On Saturday morning we were approaching Chicago. The mood in the lounge of the bus was one of impatience, as once more the toilet door had gotten jammed. About 20 minutes earlier the driver had said that we were 20 minutes away from our destination. But as we were only in the outskirts of the city and the traffic was heavy, it was obvious that it would take more than 20 minutes (and had, in fact, already taken). To make matters worse, a bit later both buses happened to drive down a narrow street, only to find that we were facing a bridge too low for us to go under. We had no choice but to reverse back the way we came from, and try to find space for turning around. Just to make it clear: reversing a bus on a narrow street, accompanied by honking horns and abuse from road-raged drivers whilst desperately needing to use the toilet is not the ideal way to enter Chicago for the first time. But on this particular morning, this was the type of entry that fate had bestowed upon us, and who are we to act in defiance of fate?

"On a more positive note, the show at Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago was sold out. Unfortunately, some people who had come specifically to see us, were left outside. If it was any consolation, we did give them our autographs; with our shaky handwriting.

"As Chicago is a city of blues, as well as the city of The Blues Brothers, we decided to go listening to some blues. We had no idea where to find a good blues club. But somebody pointed out that maybe, just maybe, one could find blues at The House Of Blues. And we did, courtesy of the excellent Jimmy Burns Band.

"Upon returning to our bus, we heard strange news: some people in our entourage were to change buses. Stories relating to buses on this journey would deserve a blog of their own. Both buses have been constantly experiencing technical problems, buses have been exchanged, drivers have been changed, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes involuntarily, and now this. For various reasons, some people from the ‘party bus’ had aspirations to move to the ‘silent bus’ and vice versa. As a result, our bus currently consists of Barren Earth, Rotten Sound, 4/6 of Finntroll and the drum tech, while the other bus consists of Ensiferum, 2/6 of ‘Troll, and the rest of the crew. Can you, o reader, guess which one is the ‘party bus’?

"In Detroit we had the pleasure of doing a bit of sight-seeing with a friend of Mikko’s as our guide, although sight-seeing is perhaps not the best word to describe it, since the heavy snowfall meant very low visibility. But at least we could feel the city. Detroit seemed like a ghost town, as we drove around the abandoned houses of the city on Sunday, amid the ever-present snowfall. We were taken to see the Heidelberg Project, which is an outdoors art installation. Gloomy, sullen and even macabre, but impressive nonetheless. More...

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