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Metal News for March 11, 2009

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29 news articles posted on this day.

The Berzerker Signs Distribution Deal with Riot

Victorian extreme metal band The Berzerker has signed a deal with Riot! Entertainment to distribute their latest album "The Awakening" in Australia, which was originally available solely from the band themselves.

The Berzerker is currently on tour with The Amenta, with the following dates still to come:

The Berzerker and The Amenta INDUSTRIAL CORRUPTION TOUR, Australia 2009:

Mar 19 - Ballarat - The Karova Lounge (TBC)
Mar 20 - Geelong - The National Hotel
Mar 21 - Melbourne - The HiFi (U/18s)
Mar 21 - Melbourne - The HiFi (18+)

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Dimmu Borgir's Daray Awarded "Top Drummer"

DIMMU BORGIR/ex-VADER drummer Dariusz "Daray" Brzozowski took first place in the "Rock Metal" category in Poland's largest drum magazine, Top Drummer.

Daray played his final concert with VADER on August 30, 2008 as part of the band's 25-year anniversary show at Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland. The gig, which was sold out, also featured performances from GRAVE, ROTTING CHRIST, DISMEMBER, GOREFEST, MARDUK, NILE, ENTOMBED and SAMAEL.

In a late 2008 interview with Metal-Rules.com, DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz was asked how he would you rank Daray against all the other drummers the Norwegian black metal band has worked with over the years. "I would say that he is the most steady and consistent drummer I've ever played with, no matter what," he replied. "He's extremely reliable, hard-working, determined and he really, really pushes himself, you know? Even if he plays a really killer show and the rest of us have nothing to complain about, he still is not happy. It's not good enough. That's the attitude we need, you know? After all, the drummer is the engine in the band and you won't get anywhere if you only have oil and gas…you need the engine to work too…so… he's awesome."

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Deathstars Announces Spring Tour Dates

A slew of Deathstars tour dates spanning the next couple months have made their way online. Here are the latest dates:

03.12.2009 - Munich at Backstage w/ Sonic Syndicate
03.13.2009 - Hamburg at Markthalle w/ Sonic Syndicate
03.14.2009 - Malmo at Kulturbolaget w/ Sonic Syndicate
04.8.2009 - Oxford at 02 Academy 2
04.9.2009 - Sheffield at Corporatrion
04.10.2009 - Leeds at Rios
04.11.2009 - Leamington Spa at The Assembly
04.12.2009 - Glasgow at Cathouse
04.13.2009 - Newcastle at 02 Academy
04.14.2009 - Birmingham at 02 Academy 2
04.15.2009 - Plymouth at White Rabbit
04.16.2009 - Bristol at 02 Academy 2
04.17.2009 - Wrexham at Central Station
04.18.2009 - Mancester at Club Academy
04.19.2009 - Liverpool at Club Academy
04.20.2009 - Norwich at Waterfront
04.21.2009 - London/Islington at 02 Academy
04.22.2009 - Brighton at Concorde 2
04.24.2009 - Stockholm at Bandit Boat 666
05.2.2009 - St. Petersburg at Orlandina
05.3.2009 - Moscow at Club Tochka
05.4.2009 - Krasnodar at Club Primiera
05.21.2009 - Hellendoorn at Dauwpop
07.10.2009 - Vizovice at
08.14.2009 - Dinkelsbuhl at Summer Breeze

As previously announced, Deathstars just signed a record deal with Bieler Bros. Records and their North American debut, “Night Electric Night,” will be in stores on May 19th.

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Russian Circles To Debut New Material On Tour

Chicago instrumental trio, Russian Circles, will emerge from Midwestern hibernation for a quick jaunt through the Midwest/East Coast before heading back into the studio to record the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2008 release, "Station."

For those of you who are lucky enough to catch the band on this tour, you can expect them to debut some new material.

Here are the latest Russian Circles tour dates:

WED APR 22 - Grand Rapids MI, Mix Tape Cafe w/ Sweet Cobra, Lichens
THU APR 23 - Indianapolis IN, Radio Radio w/ Sweet Cobra, Lichens
FRI APR 24 - Detroit MI, Magic Stick w/ Sweet Cobra, Lichens
SAT APR 25 - Cleveland OH, Grog Shop w/ Sweet Cobra, Lichens
SUN APR 26 - Baltimore MD, The Ottobar w/ Sweet Cobra, Lichens
MON APR 27 - Hoboken NJ, Maxwell’s w/ Sweet Cobra, Lichens
TUE APR 28 - Philadelphia PA, First Unitarian Church w/ Sweet Cobra, Lichens
WED APR 29 - Pittsburgh PA, Smiling Moose w/ Sweet Cobra, Lichens
THU APR 30 - Louisville KY, Skull Alley w/ Sweet Cobra, Lichens
FRI MAY 1 - Chicago IL, The Bottom Lounge w/ Sweet Cobra
SAT MAY 2 - Milwaukee WI, Cactus Club w/ Sweet Cobra
SUN MAY 3 - Minneapolis MN, Triple Rock w/ Sweet Cobra

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Krallice Announces US Tour Dates

NY black metallers, KRALLICE, have announced a US tour with Washington black metal band, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, and Brooklyn doom metal band, A STORM OF LIGHT. The tour dates are as follows:

05/09 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
05/13 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
05/14 - Iowa Cita, IA @ The Picador
05/15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
05/16 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
05/17 - Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
05/18 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
05/19 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
05/21 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
05/25 - Wallingford, CT @ Wallingford American Legion
05/26 - New York City, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall

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Sons Of Azrael Posts New Demo Songs Online

Sons Of Azrael are currently in Echobase Studios recording their album. The band has posted some demos of their progress on the new record on their MySpace page. The songs are entitled "A Numbing Flood," "The Grand Design," and "Touched By God"

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Stream Buried Inside's Entire New Album Online

BURIED INSIDE's new album, "Spoils Of Failure," is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. "Spoils Of Failure" was released in North American release last on March 3rd and March 9th internationally.

BURIED INSIDE tour dates with TITAN are as follows:

03/19 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah
03/20 - Toronto, ON - Wreckroom
03/21 - Waterloo, ON - Sweat Lodge
03/22 - London, ON - Call The Office
03/28 - Kingston, ON - Bar None (w/ SWORDS)

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Impending Doom Signs To Seige of Amida

Seige of Amida Records recently announced the European signing of IMPENDING DOOM, and the release of their eagerly awaited sophomore album, "The Serpent Servant."

The band commented:
"We are really excited about being apart of the Siege Of Amida family, as well as touring overseas in support of our new record 'The Serpent Servant' out March 31st 2009 worldwide!"

Hitting stores March 30th in Europe, "The Serpent Servant" was produced by Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying, Winds Of Plague), mixed by ZEUSS (Hatebreed, The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel), mastered by Alan Douches (Nile, Dillinger Escape Plan), with artwork from their own resident designer, Colin Marks (Strapping Young Lad, Plasmarifle, Aborted).

In the meantime, Siege of Amida has posted the title track on their MySpace player.

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Hero Destroyed Reveals New Video

Pittsburgh, PA's HERO DESTROYED recently premiered their latest video, for "Cause For Cancer." "Cause For Cancer" comes from the band's recently released self-titled EP and Relapse debut. The video was produced and directed by Rick Mauck for Look Both Ways Productions and was shot at an abandoned shopping mall outside of Pittsburgh.

HERO DESTROYED is currently writing for their new full-length album. The band has also recently been confirmed to perform as part of the annual Maryland Deathfest to be held the weekend of May 22, 23, and 24 in Baltimore,
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Zarscene Posts New Video For "Throne of the Gods"

Lebanese metal band Zarscene has posted their latest video for "Throne Of The Gods" online. You can check out the video below. More...

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The Amenta Posts Tour Diary Online

Sydney based metallers The Amenta have released the following tour diary of their recent Australian tour:

"The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle – 29/01/09

"We turned up to the Cambridge Hotel on time for sound check only to find that the in-house sound guy had not yet bothered to show up. This would go on to be typical of his performance of the night.

"THE BERZERKER guys were there already and aside from Luke they were all strangers. All great guys. I know we will have a good time on this tour. There was a bit of uncertainty on how this would go. Newcastle has always been a strange place to play, the last time was at the end of the Festival of the Dead Tour and we were all very sick. This time however we came out all guns blazing.

"We played really well; our experience on overseas stages was translated very well. Jarrod [Krafczyk, vocals] climbed up on the barricade and screamed in peoples faces. I punched my keyboard so hard the stand collapsed. A guy in the crowd, with a tattoo of our logo, screamed the lyrics to ‘Erebus’ when Jarrod handed him the mic. It was good to play back in Australia. We had been used to colder stages in Europe so the Australian heat hit us hard. It felt good to be exhausted again. More...

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Mantic Ritual Posts Tour Update

American thrash metal band Mantic Ritual have posted a new video interview with live show clips online from their current tour with Destruction and Krisiun. The video can be viewed below. The band also issued the following tour update:

"Hey everyone. Jeff and Adam here, updating you guys from Cleveland. It's been almost a week since we left Pittsburgh to start the tour with Destruction and Krisiun. Since the first date in New York, it's been a blast to be on the road with these legendary bands.

"We're sharing a bus with the other bands, so between having a driver and the warmer weather, this tour has been much easier on us than January's expedition with Rotting Christ. Not to mention the bands, crew, and fans have been treating us very well. No matter what people might tell you, Schmier is a really nice guy, and has gone out of his way to help us out multiple times already - he even gave us extra time in our set to throw in a cover song or perhaps an acapella number!

"Our debut album came out yesterday (March 10th), and it was great to have our release show in Toronto, one of our favorite cities to play in. It was a big day for us, releasing our debut album and all, and the crazed fans made it even better! We'll be selling "Executioner" at all the shows, and it'll be cheaper than you can find it in stores - so why not get a copy freshly picked from the box by one of us?

"We still have about 4 weeks to go, so we hope you can make it out to the shows, say hi, and rock out with us! Also, here's a pretty cool video interview with some live footage from the Montreal show!" More...

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Code Streaming New Song Online

U.K. black metallers Code are currently streaming the song "The Rattle Of Black Teeth" from their upcoming album "Resplendent Grotesque" on their official MySpace page. The band had this to say about the new song:

"And in my deepest darkest dreams The rattle of black teeth is growing and growing In the heart of my brain...

"For one week only, another new track from the 'Resplendent Grotesque' album. Consume and comment......and come back next Wednesday for another taste of the grotesque...."

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Vanishing Point Posts Japanese Bonus Song Online

Victorian progressive power metal band Vanishing Point has uploaded “Veil of Deceit” to their Myspace player (they say it's up for free download, but if you can figure out how to download it, please let us know). The track was originally a bonus song on the Japanese release of "The Fourth Season," the band's latest album.

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Torch Backs Out Of Record Deal With Heart Of Steel

Heart of Steel records had previously reported signing the Swedish metal band Torch for the release of their album "Dark Sinner." The record label released the following update today stating that Torch has now backed out of the deal:

"Out of the dark, this morning we got a very short message from the TORCH management, letting us now that the band just signed with another label, simply ‘cause a bigger amount of money was offered to them. And with no chance to discuss with them any possible new agreement.

"This happened AFTER that the band’s management confirmed to have sent to our label both, the final audio master and the signed contracts, and AFTER the same management already supplied us with the final artwork, and AFTER we’ve talked with their management about future plans of touring, etc…

"We’ll not spend any more words on this matter. But, please, don’t talk anymore about the NOT professional work of Italian bands and labels… at least we always try to be professional. What about the others? Enough said!"

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Sepultura Guitarist To Release Solo Album In May

Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser will be releasing his solo album "Hubris I & II" on May 29th via Mascot Records. A new song from the album called "R.H.E.T." is available for streaming on the official Andreas Kisser MySpace page. The album artwork can also be viewed here.

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Godsmack Working On New Album

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna conducted a brief video interview with RockerRazzi.com at the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Celebrity Invitational where he states that the band is currently working on a new album. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Metallica Launches Guitar Hero Website

Metallica has issued the following update about launching a new Guitar Hero website:

"We're gearing up for the release of the 'Tallica Guitar Hero game and have been working with our friends over at Activision to bring you some cool previews of the game, stuff for your computer, info we hope you'll find helpful if you're looking for the game and instruments, track listings and more!

"Wander over to our Guitar Hero section located here to download wallpapers, buddy icons and banners, check out photos, news, and videos, and see if the instruments you already have will work with the new game (most do!). For even more on the upcoming game, visit the brand new Guitar Hero: Metallica site here.

"And keep watching . . . we'll be adding lots more stuff!"

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Slavior Drummer Releasing Drum DVD

Slavior/ex-Fates Warning drummer Mark Zonder has issued the following statement about recording a DVD companion to his drum clinics:

"Last weekend I sat down in the studio and knocked out my first homemade DVD, entitled....."me, two cameras and a computer". This is not an instructional video, but an audio and visual representation of the 13 songs and ideas that I use at my clinics. There is a good camera angle of the hands and a camera on the bass drum foot. My friend Chris Grosso at Take Two Visual Media in NY will be doing the editing while Joe Marlett who engineered the Slavior album is going to mix the audio. It should be available in the next couple weeks. Check back or go to the MySpace page to order. Hope to see you at an upcoming clinic."

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Five Finger Death Punch Posts New Video Online

Five Finger Death Punch have posted a video online for their song "The Bleeding," which is to be featured in the upcoming movie "Highgate Vampire." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Vader Announces Summer Festival Appearances

Polish death metal band Vader has issued the following statement about a string of European summer festival appearances:

"VADER have already confirmed the appearance on some European summer festivals (see the dates below). That's gonna be a great opportunity to see the band on stage just before the new album release. The unstoppable Polish panzertank will definitely hit you with some new songs from the upcoming CD "Necropolis". We are still working on some additional dates so stay tuned and check our website regularly for new updates!"

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

02.05 (GER) HAUZENBERG - WALPURGIS METAL DAYS IX FESTIVAL
03.05 (UK) LEEDS - UK DEATHFEST
06.06 (CZ) BRNENEC/LETOVICE - HARDLINE THERAPY FESTIVAL
20.06 (FR) CLISSON - HELLFEST
27.06 (GER) WACHENROTH - SUFFERING LIFE FESTIVAL
04.07 (GER) FLUGPLATZ/ROITZSCHJORA - WITH FULL FORCE FESTIVAL (tbc)
06.07 (SLO) TOLMIN - METAL CAMP FESTIVAL
18.07 (UKR) KIJOW - PRO ROCK FESTIVAL
15.08 (GER) DINKELSBUEHL - SUMMER BREEZE FESTIVAL

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Criminal Reasons With Fans To Buy The New Album

Criminal recently released their new album "White Hell" and has issued a message regarding downloading the album. It reads as follows:

"Our new album, White Hell, is out now in Europe as a limited edition including a bonus DVD with over 80 minutes of live footage!

"We are aware that the album was leaked quite a while ago, and we understand the fact that many of you downloaded it in advance. We appreciate that some people just can't wait to hear our new stuff and, believe it or not, support the right to download music as we think that it’s a good way to get new music out there.

"We are very grateful for all the positive comments we have been receiving about the album. More...

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Nevermore Announces Show In Israel

Seattle, Washington based metal group Nevermore has announced a special show in Israel. The band will perform at the Theatre Club in Tel Aviv on July 28th. Support is expected to come from local bands and the show is to help warm them up for the Wacken Open Air Festival which takes place a few days later.

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Australian's Rock Out Festival Postponed

Australia's recently announced Rock Out Festival has been postponed until later this year. Here's the update from the organizers:

“MTD4 and Blade Promotions after consultation with the venues and major stakeholders including the International Artists, have decided that it is in the best interest of all parties concerned to postpone the event to Sept/Oct this year.

"The new dates will be advised as soon as possible.

"We anticipate announcing additional headline bands to join those previously listed as the postponement allows us to restore the event to our original concept including multiple stages, all ages ticketing and camping at all sites.

"We apologise if this postponement causes any inconvenience to those that have already purchased tickets to our event and encourage them to contact us directly - contact@rockoutfestivals.com.au"

The original festival dates that have been postponed are:

10th–12th April - Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, QLD
17th–19th April - Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW
24th–26th April - Calder Park Raceway, VIC

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The Haunted, Suffocation Join Forces In Montreal

The Haunted's show at Le Medley on April 16th has been combined with the SUFFOCATION tour package. That means it will be a co-headline bill with THE HAUNTED and SUFFOCATION and support from:

Whitechapel
Nachtmystium
Decrepit Birth
Veil of Maya
Psycroptic
Merauder

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7th Son Changes Name To Taking Dawn

Mike of Las Vegas metal band, 7th Son, has issues the following update:

"Hey everyone. We know many of you have heard that we had to change our name a month back. Its not because we wanted to or because the record label made us. The reason we changed from 7th Son is because there were a couple 7th Sons that have been around longer than we have and unfortunately we could not keep the name due to copyright reasons. It was a bummer at first but after going through hundreds of names we have found one that we are very happy with and it is going to help us in our quest to take over the world. The music is the same and it will still explode those scrotums. Nothing about this fucking band has changed but the name... and a badass new logo. Check it out and start spreading the word that 7th Son is now Taking Dawn. We start our very first tour tomorrow with TRIVIUM and we are ready to fuck shit up! You fuckers rock and we love you all!" More...

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Velvet Revolver Denies Rumour Of New Singer

Rock supergroup Velvet Revolver has shot down another rumour regarding their search for a new singer. The band has denied that they have settled on Gord Prior, of Canadian band Blu Bones fame, although he has sent in a demo to the band. Prior is the latest in a long list of names rumoured for the Velvet Revolver job which also includes names such as Lenny Kravitz and Sebastian Bach.

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Ex-Throwdown Drummer Joins Madball

New York hardcore legends Madball has announced that former Throwdown drummer Ben Dussault will be their new man behind the kit, following the departure of drummer Mackie Jayson, who previously worked with Cro-Mags and Bad Brains. The band are expected to be releasing a brand new studio album later this year through Ferret Records.

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Deicide Announces Rescheduled Australian Shows

Death metal legends Deicide has announced the rescheduled dates for their Australian tour. The tour was originally scheduled to begin next month but had to be postponed due to recording commitments.

The new tour dates are as follows:

October
3 - QUT Guild Bar - Brisbane, Australia
4 - Manning Bar - Sydney, Australia
5 - The Corner Hotel - Melbourne, Australia
6 - Capitol - Perth, Australia

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