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Metal News for March 11, 2011

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Behold Oblivion Posts New Song Online

Boston, Massachusetts based act Behold Oblivion has posted a new song online for streaming. You can check out the title track for the band's upcoming album "Witness" by heading over to the Behold Oblivion Facebook page.

The band also commented on its formation and history:

"The apocalypse, the eradication of civilization, the end of the world. To think of the destruction of humanity brings to the mind's ear a cacophonous soundtrack of auditory lunacy. There is no group more apt at navigating that very sonic landscape than Boston's Behold Oblivion. Formerly known as Tight Rope, the group has within its year long infancy managed to self-record and produce an EP which has been downloaded over 2000 times since its release. The members met at the Berklee College of Music, and now seek only to further hone their ability to deliver aural punishment. They have borne witness to the end, yet they have only begun. Behold Oblivion will not only set the bar, they will obliterate it."

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Obscura Front Man Talks "Omnivium"

March 29th sees technical death metallers Obscura launch into space with a third cosmically crushing release titled "Omnivium" (reviewed here). The German lads from Obscura have taken the technicality to the next level, while still throwing in loads of melody and funky prog elements, for an album that's both blistering and musically appealing.

Seeking to illuminate metal fans on the band's upcoming release, vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer talked about composing and recording the album, as well as explaining how the artwork has a special connection to the music and previous Obscura albums. More...

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Loudness Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Japanese heavy metal veterans Loudness have announced that they will be heading to the United States this May for a string of headlining shows in celebration of their thirtieth anniversary. The tour dates are as follows:

May 6 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
May 7 - Dante’s - Portland, OR
May 8 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
May 10 - Avalon Nightclub - Santa Clara, CA
May 11 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
May 12 - Club Red - Tempe, AZ
May 13 - Galaxy Concert Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
May 14 - 4th & B - San Diego, CA
May 15 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
May 17 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
May 20 - Token Lounge - Westland, Michigan , US
May 21 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
May 22 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
May 23 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
May 26 - Samurai's - Oklahoma, OK
May 27 - Trees - Dallas, Texas, USA, TX
May 28 - BackStage Live - San Antonio, TX
May 29 - Warehouse Live-Ballroom - Houston, TX
June 1 - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - New York,
June 3 - JAXX Concert Venue & Nightclub - West Springfield, VA
June 5 - Crazy Donkey Bar and Grill - Farmingdale, NY

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Draft

Welcome to the first (and probably last) annual glam rocker draft. I am your moderator for this event; we will meet our four participants shortly, first a look at the rules. More...

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Zao Writing New Material

Zao has checked in with the following update about performing an upcoming live show and writing new material:

"We are playing a show in Pittsburgh PA on July 2nd at a place called Altar Bar. We being Dan, Scott, Russ, Marty and Jeff. It may be the only show we do this year, it may not (don't read anything into that).

"We are still writing, we may have something special planned for the show, we may not (don't read too much into that). More details as they come.

"If you want to stalk us we have been doing the Facebook thing and the Twitter thing until we get our official site built (which may be being built by original Zao guitarist Roy Goudy of all people).

"We try to answer as many questions that pop up on Facebook as possible (and all 5 of us are on there running it) but the odds of you getting added on our personal pages are slim (unless we know you in real life, trust us, you're not missing anything, just Jeff bitching about other bands and Marty posting Yes videos)."

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Hatriot Posts Another New Song Online

Hatriot, the band featuring former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, has posted another song online. You can check out the song, "The Fear Within" by heading to the band's official website.

The band's lineup is as follows:

Steve "Zetro" Souza - Vocals
Drew Gage - Guitars
Kosta Varvatakis - Guitars
Alex Bent - Drums

Zetro's son, Cody is reported to be the bass player of the group.

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Powerwolf To Play Summer Breeze

Powerwolf has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Summer Breeze festival:

"The wolves are confirmed for this year's Summer Breeze Open Air, taking place in Dinkelsbühl from August 18th to 20th. This will mark our 4th time at this wonderful festival so be sure this will become a great celebration."

Additional details on the Summer Breeze festival can be found here. The band also recently announced an appearance at the Metal Camp festival. Details are available at this location.

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Novembers Doom Streaming New Song

Novembers Doom has announced that the band's forthcoming full-length album, titled "Aphotic," will be released on May 10th, 2011 through The End Records. A new song from the album is now available for streaming through the record label's 2011 Spring sampler. You can check out the track "Of Age and Origin - Part 1: A Violent Day" at this location. The album's cover artwork is also available below.

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The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Dark Host
2. Harvest Scythe
3. Buried
4. What Could Have Been
5. Of Age and Origin - Part 1: A Violent Day
6. Of Age and Origin - Part 2: A Day of Joy
7. Six Sides
8. Shadow Play

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Mastiphal Posts "Parvzya" Trailer

Polish black metal act Mastiphal has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Parvzya,” which is set for release in May 2011. You can check out the trailer below.

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Melechesh Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Sumerian blackened thrashers Melechesh just returned from their tour with fellow label mates Nile. The band, lead by front man Ashmedi, is now about to embark on a North America tour immediately to promote "The Epigenesis."

Commented front man Ashmedi: "The European tour is done, it has been a great experience, and we met great people for the most part. Touring with Nile was also a musical journey were we explored different takes on Middle Eastern sounding extreme metal. The accompanying bands on the tour were all great without any exception, each offered something different and did their best night in and night out. Dew-Scented, Zonaria, Darkrise for part one of the tour and then Bibleblack, Pressure Points and Goat the Head for the second part, they were great company and kick ass people.

"We would like to thank Massive music and their great crew, Murph, Punchy, the bands we toured with, local promoters and most importantly the great fans that came to the shows.

"As for now we are heading for North America for a 4.5 week comprehensive tour across USA and Canada, with our friends from Rotting Christ, Hate, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne. We look forward to delivering our audiences there with live Sumerian Sonic Magick.“

A listing of upcoming Melechesh tour dates can be found at this location.

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Graveyard Posts Album Track-By-Track Breakdown

Gothenburg, Sweden based act Graveyard has offered a track-by-track commentary on the nine songs comprising the band's new studio album, "Hisingen Blues." The 100% analog recorded release will be out in Europe on March 25th. The band's breakdown can be found below.

Ain’t Fit To Live Here: Classic blues riffs, just harder and on speed, and filtered through 30-40 years of rock history. Lyrics - frustration and the feeling that you hate everybody.

No Good, Mr. Holden: Introspective lyrics. A doomy and gentle song at the same time. The song melodies really stand out on this one.

Hisingen Blues: A fast hard song about living fast and hard. Not your general song structure. Influenced by many different types of music.

Uncomfortably Numb: Jokingly, we've called it the power ballad of the album. Lyrics speaks for themselves. A touch of southern rock. Suitable for making love to. Maybe.

Buying Truth (Tack Och Förlåt): A bit more modern if you will, but hard and primitive. Get-drunk-and-fight-it-out vibe. Lyrics about nervous, fake, media/music industry people, and other asshole musicians that haven't got anything to bring to the table.
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Brooklyn Militia Recruits Glenn Hansen

Brooklyn Militia has recruited former Whiplash vocalist Glenn Hansen as the band's new singer. The new song 'Pumpkin Head' showcases the band with Hansen and gives just a small taste of the group's new sound. You can check out the song "Pumpkin Head" at the band's MySpace page here.

A full length CD and tour is to follow later this year. Glenn Hansen had this to say: "I guess it all comes down to honesty. When you take this band, you're taking guys that have been in bands together since we were kids. We are like brothers. When we play, the songs just flow naturally. It's just brutal musical honesty."

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Shroud Eater Announces Mini-Tour

Miami stoner metal trio Shroud Eater has revealed the dates for an upcoming mini tour with fellow South Florida metal act Hollow Leg. The “Beer Bacon and Blunts Mini Tour” is set to kick off in St. Augustine, FL on March 22nd, and will cut through the southern part of the country before wrapping up in New Orleans on March 26th. The dates for the five-day excursion are as follows:

Tuesday, March 22 - Stay True Tattoo, St. Augustine
Wednesday, March 23 - Highland Inn Ballroom, Atlanta, GA
Thursday, March 24 - House Show - 1126 South 28th Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS
Friday, March 25 - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Thrift, Baton Rouge, LA
Saturday, March 26 - Siberia, New Orleans, LA

Shroud Eater is touring in support of its debut full-length, "ThunderNoise," which the band self-released in January. The record is streaming in its entirety at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. High John the Conqueror
2. Vesuvius
3. Cyclone
4. Shark Valley
5. We Are Beasts
6. Descent from the Summit
7. Oubliette
8. Baying of Jackals
9. Sinister Hunt
10. Hands that Prey
11. Pale Rider

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Winds Of Plague Announces New Album Details

Winds of Plague is fresh out of the studio and currently finishing up a trek alongside As I Lay Dying, while gearing up to release the band's third full length album. "Against the World" will drop on April 19th, and the release features guest appearances from members of Hatebreed, Terror, For Today, and Stray From The Path. The cover artwork can be viewed below.

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The band has also announced exclusive editions of "Against the World" for both Hot Topic and FYE, each with their own artwork. Fans who purchase from FYE will receive a free bonus live CD, recorded at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA by John Montes at Small City Studios. The Hot Topic special edition features a DVD full of more than an hour of content including a live performance from The Glasshouse in Pomona, tour footage from around the world, the making of "Against the World" and more produced by Jeremy Schott for MentalSuplex Productions.

The track listing (w/ diecut O-card) is as follows:

1. Raise The Dead
2. One For The Butcher
3. Drop The Match
4. Built For War
5. Refined In The Fire
6. The Warrior Code
7. Against The World
8. Monsters
9. Most Hated
10. Only Song We're Allowed To Play In Church Venues
11. California
12. Strength To Dominate More...

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Deadlock Updates Tour Schedule

As previously announced, Germany's Deadlock entered the German album charts on #61 with the band's new album “Bizarro World” in the first week of its release. The band states:

"Dear Deadlock-family, we are more than stoked that we entered the German album charts (#61) for the first time with our new baby Bizarro World! We and especially Sebastian put a lot of blood, work and passion into this album and we really appreciate your support. Thanks a lot to all the fans, supporters, endorsers, management, label, mix- & mastering studio for making this possible! You mean the world to us!"

Deadlock has now updated its tour schedule in support of the release, including the following dates with Ill Nino:

25.03.11 – Bochum (D) / Matrix
26.03.11 – Leer (D) / Zollhaus
27.03.11 – Braunschweig (D) / Meier Music Hall
28.03.11 – Hamburg (D) / Knust
30.03.11 – Berlin (D) / SO36
31.03.11 – Leipzig (D) / Hellraiser

The band is also confirmed for the following festivals:

01.04.11 – Dettelbach (D) / Metal Franconia Festival
01.07.11 – Roitzschjora (D) / With Full Force Festival
02.07.11 – Spálene Porici (CZ) / Basinfirefest
04.-06.08.11 Wacken (D) / Wacken Open Air
19.08.11 – Dinkelsbühl (D) / Summer Breeze Open Air
26./27.08.11 – Wörrstadt (A) / Neuborn Open Air
23.10.11. – Wieze (B) / Metal Female Voices Festival

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Astral Doors To Play Bang Your Head

Astral Doors has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Bang Your Head festival:

"At July 16, Astral Doors will play at Bang Your Head Festival in Germany! This will be another great moment in the history of the band. We will be armed and ready! See you soon, headbangers!"

Additional details on the Bang Your Head festival are available at this location. You can also check out the band's recent addition to Metalunderground.com's Pit Stories series, titled "Smooth Move," by clicking here.

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Pegazus Announces Album Launch Party

Pegazus has announced an album launch party and European tour farewell show in support of the band's new album "In Metal We Trust." The details are as follows:

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Melbourne - Central Club (293 Swan St, Richmond)
Doors: 8pm
C/C: $15

The promotional poster for the show is available at this location. "In Metal We Trust" is set for release on April 15th, 2011. The band also recently posted a new song online from the album. Details are available at this location.

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Horna Announces Colombian Shows

After previously announcing the cancellation of the band's South American tour, Horna has now issued the following update about lining up new Colombian shows:

"To all our fans, here's the dates we have confirmed. Originally to be a part of the South-American tour, we did our best to save at least some of it and these rituals are 100% certain and will take place! The add for the gig in Quito will be posted as soon as we have it. Between Bogota and Quito might happen something but nothing is certain so we will keep you posted if need be. Praise the lord Satan!"

The details are as follows:

April 29 - Cali, Colombia
April 30 - Medellin, Colombia
May 1 - Bogota, Colombia
May 5 - Quito, Ecuador

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Cerebral Bore Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Scottish death metal outfit Cerebral Bore has announced that the band be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States in support of the forthcoming new studio album, "Maniacal Miscreation." Joining the group on the trek will be Insidious Decrepancy, Trifixion, and Merciless Precision.

Speaking about the tour, Cerebral Bore guitarist Paul McGuire comments: "This will be our third trip to the US and we are looking forward to this tour in particular. Especially as we are headlining the awesome Las Vegas Deathfest. Last time we played Las Vegas, no one had heard of us, so to go back and headline a fest packed with bands we have listened to for years is a big thing for us, and a second trip to Area 51 won't go amiss either!"

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Overdrive To Release "The Angelmaker's Daughter"

On March 25th, Swedish heavy metal band Overdrive will release the listening companion to the new CD "Angelmaker" (released on February 21, 2011 through Lion Music). The vinyl only release is entitled "The Angelmaker's Daughter," and it is limited to 300 hand-numbered copies in three different colors. The LP contains six previously unreleased tracks, all recorded for the latest CD in 2010, plus three tracks from the CD.

"These are the tracks that didn't make it on the CD 'Angelmaker.' Not because they were bad, but for various other reasons such as we didn't want two long epic songs on the CD, a couple of songs were a bit too similar in style, one was a bit too different in style etc. However the combination of these songs, plus three tracks carefully selected from the CD to fit the formula, has made this an album we feel very proud of," says guitarist Janne Stark.

The release of "The Angelmaker's Daughter" will be celebrated at Club Stairway To Heaven in Malmö, Sweden, on March 25, where the band will perform live, supported by hard rockers Carnival Sun.

The track listing is as follows:

Brand New Sinner (Stark) *
It's Not As Easy As It Seems (Instrumental) (Jacobsson) *
Short Moments (Jacobsson) *
Call The Priest (Eriksson/Stark) *
Show Your Love (Jacobsson) *
Run Out (Jacobsson) *
Angelmaker (Stark)
To Grow (Karlsson)
In Gut We Trust (Stark)

*Exclusive vinyl tracks.

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Agnostic Front Posts Second Track Breakdown Online

New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front will be releasing their new studio album, "My Life, My Way" in North America on March 22nd. To help give an insight into the meaning behind the record's songs, frontman Roger Miret has posted his descriptions of the tracks. The second part in this series reads as follows:

"That's Life" - "In today's society, everyone is so busy behind their computer screens. Spreading hate and just bull shit behind their Internet walls. We speak about the youth getting sucked into this way of life and not dealing with real life situations the way we did as kids."

"Self Pride" - "...talks about what motivates me to strive to be the best person I could be. With the right amount of determination and integrity you can achieve almost anything! Self pride!!"

"Until The Day I Die" - "Speaks of the loyalty we have for our friends and family through good times and bad. Sticking together with the ones who stayed true and forming and strong bond of friendship through the hardships of life."
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Gary Holt To Stick With Slayer On European Tour

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, who has been performing with fellow American thrash metal legends Slayer on their recent Australian shows, has confirmed that he will be performing as a guest member of the band on their forthcoming European Carnage tour, which will kick off this weekend in Ukraine.

Gary Holt has been filling in for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who is currently recovering from surgery after an arm infection due to a spider bite. Reports suggest that he is recovering well.

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Textures Posts Studio Video Online

Progressive technical metal outfit Textures has posted a new video online, documenting the recording of the band's new studio album, which is currently being recorded at Split Second Sound studios in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In the first video report, Textures guitarist and backing vocalist, Jochem Jacobs, and drummer Stef Broks, discuss the new studio, their songwriting process, working titles of new songs, and more.

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Nervecell Announces Album Release Show

Nervecell recently revealed that Karl Sanders will be making a guest appearance on the band's upcoming album "Psychogenocide." The band has now announced an official launch show for the album, which will take place on March 25th at The Fridge in Dubai (for directions visit here). The show is all ages and free to attend, and the band will be hosting a signing session afterward. Nervecell will be also performing a private "Psychogenocide" launch show for VIP and media on Sunday, March 20th 2011 at Sanctuary club in Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.

The release dates for the album are as follows:

March 31, 2011 (Middle East)
April 29, 2011 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
May 2, 2011 (Rest of Europe & UK)

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Black Label Society To Release Acoustic Album

Black Label Society, the group fronted by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, has announced that the band will be releasing an acoustic album entitled, "The Song Remains Not The Same" through EOne Music on May 3rd. You can check out the album cover below.

The album features unplugged versions of material from Black Label Society’s latest album, Order Of The Black, as well as additional material recorded during the "Order Of The Black" sessions and features the following track listing:

Overlord (Unplugged version)
Parade Of The Dead (Unplugged version)
Riders Of The Damned (Unplugged version)
Darkest Days (Unplugged version)
Juniors Eyes
Helpless
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Can't Find My Way Home
Darkest Days (featuring John Rich)
The First Noel More...

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Suicidal Angels Comments On European Tour

Suicidal Angels has checked in with the following statement about the band's upcoming European tour dates:

"This Sunday begins the second part of Dead Again's promotion, spreading over Eastern Europe along with our partners in crime, Death Angel, whom we are more than happy to meet again.

"We are looking forward to meeting all of our friends in Poland, Hungary, Italy, Bulgary, Romania etc. Furthermore, we can't wait to perform in our motherland in both Athens and Thessaloniki, 2 shows that will be chaotic to say the least!

"We'll be bringing along new merchandise featuring the artwork of 'Dead Again,' which can also be found on our official site and webstore, so be sure to drop by the merch stand after the show and enjoy a beer with us, have a talk and hang out.

"On the road again then for 3 weeks, confident that the eastern part of our Thrash Crusade will be as great as winter's Thrashfest a couple of months ago and that's why we want all of you hyped and ready for a thrash, violent-friendly, fun night. 2 days before the Eastern Europe tour kicks off from Hungary, ready to ruin Eastern Europe with you! See you soon enough, Thrash till Death."

You can find a listing of upcoming Suicidal Angels tour dates at this location.

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Derelict Posts New Promo Song

Montreal metallers Derelict have begun streaming the second track from their new promo EP. You can listen to the song "Expiry" in the clip below. "This is a really angry song," explains vocalist Eric Burnet. "It's about having to pay for our abuse of the planet by watching it fall apart around us."

"Expiry" is the second of three songs being released this month as part of Derelict's new promotional demo. "Although we're labeling this as a demo, the production is full album quality," says Burnet. "We went with Chris Donaldson (Beneath The Massacre, The Agonist, etc) again for the mix and master, and we got Sébastien Pittet (ex-Augury touring bassist) on fretless bass duties. All in all we're pretty psyched and we hope this gets people excited for our next album."

Over the next few months Derelict will be putting the finishing touches on the band's next release, playing select shows around Quebec, Ontario, and the East Coast, and looking at expanding their reach to the US and Europe.

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Hell Posts New Music Video Online

Reactivated British heavy metal outfit Hell has posted a new music video online for the song "On Earth As It Is In Hell." You can check it out below. The song will appear on the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Human Remains," which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on May 13th. Speaking about the video, Hell guitarist Andy Sneap (also known for his work with Sabbat as well as being one of the most well known metal record producers) stated:

"The video we shot at Wingfield Manor in Derbyshire, UK. It’s literally 5 miles from where I live and the band used the same location in the video for ‘Deathsquad’ that they shot in 1983. Director Kristian Havard - who used to be in the band Xentrix – is a friend from when Sabbat used to tour with them in the late ‘80s, so I called in a few favors.

"The band always were theatrical and out there image-wise. The great thing about Hell is we don’t feel pigeon-holed into any category: we just do what we want. We are not looking at what’s going on around us music-wise playing catch up or following the latest trends. Personally, I think it’s very rare that a concept comes across well on music video, so it was really out of ease to do a live performance. After all, this is really to introduce people to Hell." More...

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Thaurorod Posts "Power Of Metal" Tour Blogs

Thaurorod is currently on the "Power of Metal" tour alongside Symphony X, Nevermore, Pyschotic Waltz, and Mercenary. The band has now issued the following brief update about posting a series of tour blogs online with photos from the road:

"Hey folks! Take a look at Thaurorod's tour blog from the road at this location. Tonight Backstage, München boys and girls! See you there! Cheers."

You can still catch Thaurorod live on the following dates:

11.03.2011 DE - Munich, Backstage
12.03.2011 AT - Wien, Gasometer
13.03.2011 AT - Wörgl, Komma
14.03.2011 HU - Budapest, Petoefi Hall
16.03.2011 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
17.03.2011 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
18.03.2011 NL - Amsterdam, Melkweg
19.03.2011 DE - Geiselwind, Music Hall
20.03.2011 NL - Tilburg, 013

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Seven Witches Records New Album

Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about Seven Witches recording a new album:

"Many years have passed since the last Witches and Jack Frost decided it was time to give the fans what they wanted and brought back Mr James Rivera (Helstar) at the helm to take back the metal once again. With the monstrous bass and song writing of Mike LePond (Symphony X) and drums from Taz Marazz Jack Frost and the guys did a great record with Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) handling the mixing.

"The tile is called 'Call Upon The Wicked.' Songs range from classic Judas Priest to a touch of Rainbow there's even an epic with female vocals a new step in their chapter. The record is a bit of a concept talking how women have been the decline of men since the beginning of time."

Additional details on the album's release will be announced as they are made available.

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Netherbird Posts Fan Tribute Video

Netherbird has posted a fan tribute video online featuring the song "Blood Orchid," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"This video is a tribute to all friends and fans that has supported the band and the 210 photos are taken from the official photobook at www.netherbird.com where all are invited to upload their photos of themselves or their art. The track Blood Orchid is taken from the album The Ghost Collector. The album can be downloaded legally and for free here."

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Headline News

Paul Di'anno Jailed For Benefit Crime

According to the Daily Mail, Paul Di'anno (former vocalist of such bands as Iron Maiden, Killers and Battlezone) has been jailed today after being found guilty of benefit fraud. Di'anno was sentenced to nine months for claiming over £45,000 in benefits. He was told he would serve at least four and a half months of the sentence behind bars before being released on conditional bail.

Di'anno claimed he suffered severe nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working, but he was caught when Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) investigators spotted a YouTube video of him jumping around on stage during a live show in 2006.

The footage, from his own website and video sharing site YouTube, showed the singer energetically moving across the stage, putting his claims in severe doubt.

He admitted the eight counts of benefit fraud at Salisbury Crown Court on February 11.

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Stillwell Posts New Video Online

Stillwell, the band featuring Korn bassist Fieldy, P.O.D. drummer Wuv, and underground rapper Q Unique, has posted the band's first music video online. You can check out the clip for the song, "On And Poppin'" below. The song will appear on the band's forthcoming debut album, "Dirtbag," which will be released sometime later this year.

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Motorhead Cancels Brisbane Show

British heavy metal icons Motorhead have made some changes to their forthcoming tour of Australia, which has resulted in the band's concert in Brisbane being canceled entirely.

The new tour schedule is now as follows:

March 26 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall (licensed)
March 28 - Sydney, Australia - Big Top (18+)
March 30 - Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton (All Ages)
April 1 - Gold Coast, Australia - Convention Centre (All Ages)

You can also check out Motorhead's recent performance on Jimmy Fallon at this location.

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Brainstorm Reveals New Album Title

German power metal outfit Brainstorm has announced in a recent online message that the name of the band's new studio album will be, "On The Spur Of The Moment." A message from frontman Andy B. Franck reads as follows:

"Since February 25th we are back together in the studio to work on the new album. We decided to record it with Axel Heckert in the Studio 22 in Ludwigsburg. Axel is a huge fan of the band and he will help us to reach a whole new level. The song material we have is again more aggressive than the last songs we had written. For us Memorial Roots was a cool album, but On The Spur Of The Moment will be a BLAST! We are really happy and excited to start recording new material because we cannot hear the old songs anymore… time for something new!"

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Anvil Announces Canadian Tour Dates

Canadian heavy metal veterans Anvil have announced that they will be heading across their home nation this May on a headlining tour, which will be in support of their fourteenth studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice." Along the way, the band will also be the special guests for shock rock king Alice Cooper (see dates marked with an asterisk.) "Juggernaut Of Justice" will be released in North America on May 10th.

The tour dates are as follows:

May 6 - St. John, Newfoundland
May 9 - Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 10 - Moncton, New Brunswick
May 11 - Fredricton, New Brunswick
May 13 - Chicoutimi, Quebec
May 14 - Quebec City, Quebec **
May 15 - Montreal, Quebec
May 16 - Ottawa, Ontario **
May 17 - Hamilton, Ontario **
May 18 - Sudbury, Ontario **
May 20 - Kingston, Ontario
May 21 - London, Ontario
May 23 - Thunder Bay, Ontario
May 24 - Winnipeg, Manitoba
May 25 - Regina, Saskatchewan
May 27 - Edmonton, Alberta
May 28 - Calgary, Alberta
May 30 - Victoria, British Columbia
May 31 - Vancouver, British Columbia

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Sebastian Bach Posts New Album Update

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach is currently working on a new studio album, which is expected to be released later this year through Frontiers Records. He has posted a new message online, updating fans about the album's status. His post reads as follows:

"We are Bach in the Studio right now in Hollywood, California making a kick ass rock n' roll record with producer Bob Marlette. This CD will follow along the lines of Skid Row, Slave To The Grind, Subhuman Race, and Angel Down. If you like rockin guitar riffs, high energy songs & performances, deadly drums of doom, & ear shattering screams, we got your rock right here! The CD will be in stores summer 2011 on Frontiers Records!"

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Lars Ulrich Lands Movie Role

According to Kyle Buchanan of NYMag.com, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has been cast in a new HBO TV movie entitled, "Hemingway and Gellhorn," which will also star Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen. Ulrich will play Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens in the TV movie, which chronicles the stormy marriage between Ernest Hemingway and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn.

Metallica, along with the rest of the "Big Four" of thrash, will also be headed to Sweden in July for an upcoming live show in Gothenburg. Details on the event are available at this location.

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I Killed The Prom Queen Return From Hiatus

Australian metalcore act I Killed The Prom Queen has announced that it will be returning from its hiatus to embark on the "Destroy Music Tour" of Australia. I Killed The Prom Queen will be performing in the direct support slot behind The Amity Affliction with support coming from Deez Nuts and Of Mice & Men. You can view the full list of dates and a tour trailer below.

05/20 Melbourne, AUS -- Billboard
05/21 Melbourne, AUS -- Billboard
05/24 Adelaide, AUS -- Thebarton Theatre
05/26 Sydney, AUS -- Roundhouse
05/28 Brisbane, AUS -- Riverstage

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Nonpoint Reveals New Tour Dates

Nonpoint has revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of the United States. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

04/06 Tallahassee, FL – Floyd’s Music Store
04/07 Charleston, SC – Jimbo’s Rock Lounge
04/08 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
04/09 Johnson City, TN – Capones
04/10 Winston-Salem – Johnny and Junes, NC
04/12 Richmond, VA – The National
04/13 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
04/17 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
04/18 Jackson, MS – Club Fire
04/20 El Paso, TX – Club 101
04/21 Lubbock, TX – Cactus Courtyard
04/23 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Riverview Park (“KUPD Fest“)
04/25 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
04/26 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
05/06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution (Nonpoint only)

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Texas In July Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Texas In July has revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming full length album "One Reality." "One Reality" is set to be released on April 26, 2011 through Equal Vision Records. You can view the tracklisting for the effort below.

1. Introduction
2. Magnolia
3. 1000 Lies
4. Dreamer
5. Dying World
6. No Greater Love
7. May
8. Our Freedom
9. Cyclops
10. Pretender
11. One Reality

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Mastodon Posts Projection Films Online

American progressive metal act Mastodon has posted projection film clips online to promote the band's forthcoming new live CD/DVD set "Mastodon: Live At The Aragon." "Live At The Aragon" is set for release on March 15, 2011 through Reprise Records. The two disc set was filmed and recorded during the band's October 17, 2009 concert at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois and features a performance of the "Crack The Skye" album in its entirety. You can view the projection films below:



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Norma Jean Announces New Tour Dates

Norma Jean has revealed the dates for its forthcoming "Explosions II" headline tour. Support on the trek will come from After The Burial, Motionless In White, For The Fallen Dreams and Stray From The Path. The dates, cities and venues are available in the list below.

05/05 Orlando, FL – Club Firestone
05/06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
05/07 Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
05/08 Pensacola, FL – American Legion Hall 33
05/11 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street
05/12 Virginia Beach, VA – Hangar 09
05/13 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligan’s
05/14 West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
05/16 Farmingdale, NY – Crazy Donkey
05/17 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
05/18 Providence, RI – The Ruins
05/19 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
05/20 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
05/21 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
05/22 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05/24 Des Moines, IA – Peoples Court
05/25 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater
05/26 Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
05/27 Covington, KY – The Madhatter
05/28 Howell, MI – Hartland Performing Arts Center
05/31 Fayetteville, NC – The Rock Shop
06/01 Augusta, GA – Sector 7G

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Architects Announces Canadian Tour

Architects has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of Canada. Support on the trek will come from Dead & Divine, Fall City Fall and Counterparts. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

05/06 Calgary, AB – SAIT
05/07 Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre
05/08 Saskatoon, SK – Sutherland Memorial Hall
05/09 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
05/10 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
05/11 Sudbury, ON – Jubilee Hall
05/12 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
05/13 Montreal, QC – Underworld
05/14 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
05/15 London, ON – Rumrunners
05/16 Hamilton, ON – Absinthe
05/17 Barrie, ON – The Mansion

A recently uploaded video interview with Architects is also available for viewing at this location.

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Interview

Nidingr: "Blood, Murder, Evil"

The mere thought of Norwegian black metal conjures up thoughts of darkness, evil, arrests, blistering headbanging chaos, church burnings, death and destruction.

Thankfully, some Scandinavian acts still live up to that billing. Nidingr, a Norwegian black metal supergroup of sorts, is one.

The band – made up of 1340/Gorgoroth/Ov Hell guitarist Teloch, Immortal/Mayhem drummer Hellhammer, guitarist Blargh and vocalist Captain Estrella Grassa – has been in existence in one form or another for 15 years. But the band has played only a handful of live gigs, has no plans for any U.S. or European tours and recorded its second eardrum-shattering assault, “Wolf Father,” in Norway - amazingly without all members ever being together in the studio.

Guitarist Teloch, who recently added to his workload by joining the latest incarnation of Mayhem, took a few minutes from his home in Oslo to talk about replacing drum machines with live musicians, getting arrested for pissing on a castle with Norwegian metal overlord Garm and the meaning of the band’s name (hint: it’s got something to do with Norse mythology).

And there’s an offensive joke thrown in for good measure. Enjoy. More...

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