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Metal News for March 16, 2010

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Isis Announces North American Tour

Isis has issued the following update about preparing to hit the road:

"Happy Spring time Everybody - Hope everyone is warming up after such a dreadful snowy winter. Anyhoo we're back from our NZ / AUS / Japan tour and of course it was a blast, thanks to everyone coming out and to Baroness who were f'n shredding like the madmen they are. Now it's time for more shows - this time in our own territory. We're gonna be playing with some great bands - Jakob (killer post-rock from New Zealand,) Tombs from Brooklyn, Melvins (!!!) and Cave In (that's right.) We're also be playing at this years Bonaroo Festival which should be good times as well. Hope to see you in a few."

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Cauldron Black Ram Releases New Album

Adelaide’s Cauldron Black Ram released their new album, "Slubberdegullion," in Australia on March 14th.! Copies will be available through The Cave Distro and Abysmal Sounds Distro, with the vinyl release available soon through Blood Harvest.

The band will also be appearing at the Black Mass Ritual III in Helsinki, Finland in October. If any other promoters in that region are interested in booking the band, contact them via their MySpace page.

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World Under Blood Finishes New Album

World Under Blood, the melodic death metal side project featuring CKY guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller alongside Tim Yeung on drums, Risha Eryavec on bass, and Luke Jaeger on guitar, has finished the recording process for their debut album for Nuclear Blast titled "Tactical." The record is tentatively due out sometime in the Summer of 2010.

Deron Miller commented: “Tracking for our first record for Nuclear Blast is complete! I flew out to James Murphy's home studio to track the rest of the vocals and it was a very gratifying experience. I was in total awe of his vinyl collection and his cat Sasha, but most of all I was enamored by the professionalism and discipline he instilled during these sessions that really put me in my place. James really brought out the best in me and having only had 2 producers in my entire career, I can say that I'm lucky to be continually working with James Murphy and Chad Ginsburg. I've realized that in the end, the only way to have a top-notch producer with an amazing ear is to be working with someone who has a musical history and a musical ability themselves. Not just some overpaid name/reputation dude that leaves Post-It notes on Pro-Tools monitors. Those days are over.

"The goal for the 8 original tunes that ended up on this album was that they would all be super fast, extremely brutal and harsh, catchy, melodic, and occasionally offensive & disturbing. I also had to make sure that the entire band was satisfied with their work. Tim Yeung is easily the most impressive drummer in the world. He thinks that some kid is going to come along and dethrone him speed-wise but as far as writing, arrangements, creative input and immediate knowledge of song structure he will never be beat. It's like the guy can read my mind. I present a somewhat intricate song to him and 50 minutes later we're demoed and done. Luke Jaeger flew through his solos in less than 8 hours. Murphy and I were thinking the same thing, ‘these solos have to be incredible and memorable’, not just finger flailing virtuoso garbage . He nailed them all. I wanted the best musicians for the job and i think we got it. More...

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Ratt Posts New Song, "Eat Me Up Alive," Online

Ratt has unveiled a new track, "Eat Me Up Alive," from their first album in over ten years, entitled "Infestation." Listen to the track below:

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1349 Posts New Song, "Atomic Chapel," Online

Norwegian black metal band 1349 has posted a new song, "Atomic Chapel," on their MySpace page. The song comes off their latest album, "Demonoir,"which will be released on April 26th through Indie Recordings in Europe and On April 27th through Prosthetic Records in North America.

The tracklisting for "Demonoir" (US cover Europe cover) is as follows:

01. Tunnel Of Set XI
02. Atomic Chapel
03. Tunnel Of Set XII
04. When I Was Flesh
05. Tunnel Of Set XIII
06. Psalm 777
07. Tunnel Of Set XIV
08. Pandemonium War Bells
09. Tunnel Of Set XV
10. The Devil Of The Desert
11. Tunnel Of Set XVI
12. Demonoir
13. Tunnel Of Set XVII

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Keep Of Kalessin Reveals New Album Details

Norwegian extreme metal band KEEP OF KALESSIN will release their new album, "Reptilian," in North America on June 8 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for "Reptilian" is as follows:

01. Dragon Iconography
02. The Awakening
03. Judgement
04. The Dragontower
05. Leaving The Mortal Flesh
06. Dark As Moonless Night
07. The Divine Land
08. Reptilian Majesty

A shortened and rough mix of the new song “The Dragontower” can be heard on the band's MySpace page.

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Bibleblack Cancels Swedish Show Dates

Swedish melodic death metal band Bibleblack has issued the following update regarding the cancellation of two Swedish shows:

"Due to events that are out our control, we are sorry to announce that two of our four upcoming gigs in Sweden have been canceled."

"We can comfort all of you who have dug up skeletons and sharpened your theeth for these two gigs, with the fact that we will reschedule them to a later date this year."

"The bibleblack mass at Henriksberg in Gothenburg, 17/3 - CANCELLED
The unholy ceremony at The Cave in Stockholm 18/3 - CANCELLED"

Remaining tour dates are as follows:

Mar 19 - Club Deströyer - Sundsvall, , Sweden (w/ ONSLAUGHT, SCAAR)
Mar 20 - Maxim - Gävle, Sweden (w/ ONSLAUGHT, SCAAR)
May 08 - Nalen - Stockholm, Sweden (w/ THIS ENDING)
May 14 - Dante’s Highlight - Helsinki, Finland
May 15 - Masters of Metal - Tampere, Finland

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Khann To Enter The Studio

Orlando metal band Khann has issued the following update:

"We will be recording our new record in Louisville KY March 28th-April 12th. Hopefully the new record we will be out mid to late summer. Here are the dates for our upcoming tour."

Khann has also announced the following US tour dates:

4/12/2010 – Indianapolis, IN @ Birdy’s w/ Shall Be The Conqueror (SBTC)
4/13/2010 – TBA w/ SBTC
4/14/2010 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft w/ Knowlyfe, Endless Aisle, SBTC
4/15/2010 – Oneonta, NY @ Foothills Pac w/ SBTC
4/16/2010 – Goshen, NY @ Sounds Asylum w/ ENDWELL, Tiger Flowers
4/17/2010 – Burlington, VT @ Daybreak CC w/ Tiger Flowers, Surrounded By Teeth
4/18/2010 – Haverville, MA @ Anchors Up! w/ Tiger Flowers
4/19/2010 – Brooklyn, NY @ Lit Lounge PRECIOUS METAL MONDAYS w/ Tiger Flowers
4/20/2010 – TBA w/ Fight Amp, SBTC
4/21/2010 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBA w/ Fight Amp, SBTC
4/22/2010 – TBA w/ Fight Amp, SBTC
4/25/2010 – Harrisonburg, VA @ Blue Nile w/ Fight Amp, SBTC
4/26/2010 – TBA w/ SBTC

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The Haunted Reveals Live DVD Details

Swedish thrash metal band band The Haunted has announced the release of their live DVD/CD entitled “Road Kill” (artwork). The DVD features an in-depth, very unique “on the road movie” documentary, a recording of THE HAUNTED's current and up-to-date live set and the band’s recent promotional video clips as a bonus. The live show was captured in Amsterdam’s Melkweg on February 13th, 2009 by Fabchannel and its sound was mixed and mastered by longterm band-producer Tue Madsen (Sick Of It All, Dark Tranquillity, Heaven Shall Burn).

THE HAUNTED’s Anders Björler produced the documentary and looks forward to finally share it with the fans, commenting as follows: "Road Kill is 10 years of touring compressed into a 65-minute documentary feature. It's rough, dirty, honest and to the point. After working almost 2 years on and off on this film, I am pleased it will finally see the light of day."

Vocalist Peter Dolving adds, "This DVD is a slice of life, a peek into what it's like being on the road with THE HAUNTED. Buy it, watch and enjoy, when you are dead and buried you won't be able to, will you?"

Check out a trailer for “Road Kill” here More...

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High On Fire Posts New Music Video Online

California power trio HIGH ON FIRE has posted their new music video for the track “Frost Hammer.” Filmed on location in both Los Angeles, CA and NYC with director Kevin Custer for Toaster in the Tub, HIGH ON FIRE’s “Frost Hammer” video features performance footage of the band alongside “the epic tale of a warrior’s sojourn to the cold and barren Plateau of Leng where he secures the fabled Frost Hammer that will be used to enact the final rites and complete the dark rebirth and reign of the Frost Child.”

Check out the video below:

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Weedeater Announces New Headlining US Tour Dates

WEEDEATER has announced a series of headlining US tour dates after their "Nine Toe" tour. Their complete tour schedule is as follows:

WEEDEATER 2010 "Nine Toe" Tour:

3/16/2010 Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
3/17/2010 Hi Tone - Memphis, TN
3/18/2010 The Channel @ Meridian - Houston, TX
3/19/2010 Skillman Street Bar - Dallas, TX
3/20/2010 Encore - Austin, TX @ Tone Deaf SXSW Showcase
3/23/2010 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
3/24/2010 Chasers - Scottsdale, AZ
03/25/10 Nicholby's - Ventura CA w/ Black Tusk, Gates of Slumber, Struck By Lightning
3/26/2010 Ultra Violet - Los Angeles, CA
3/27/2010 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
3/28/2010 Rotture - Portland, OR
3/29/2010 Funhouse - Seattle, WA
3/31/2010 Club Vegas - Salt Lake City, UT
4/01/2010 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
4/02/2010 The Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
4/03/2010 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
4/04/2010 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
4/05/2010 Mac's - Lansing, MI
4/06/2010 The Southgate House - Newport, KY
4/07/2010 The Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
4/08/2010 Wreck Room - Toronto, ON
4/09/2010 Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
4/10/2010 Webster Hall (Studio) - New York, NY
4/11/2010 Khyber - Philadelphia, PA
4/12/2010 DC9 - Washington, DC
4/13/2010 Krug's - Frederick, MD
4/14/2010 The Triple - Richmond, VA

WEEDEATER headlining dates:

4/23/2010 The Milestone - Charlotte NC
4/24/2010 The Muse - Nashville TN
5/03/2010 High Noon - Madison WI
5/04/2010 The Picador - Iowa City IA
5/05/2010 Carabar - Columbus, OH
5/06/2010 123 Pleasant - Morgantown, WV
5/07/2010 V Club - Huntington, WV
5/08/2010 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN

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Bison B.C. Posts New Song Online

BISON B.C. has revealed a new track from their upcoming album, entitled "Dark Ages," which will be released on April 9th in Europe through Metal Blade Records. Check out the new song, "Stressed Elephant," on Explore Music.

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Atlantean Kodex Signs To Cruz Del Sur Music

German Epic Metal band ATLANTEAN KODEX and Italian label Cruz Del Sur Music announce to have signed a deal for the worldwide release of the upcoming debut ATLANTEAN KODEX album
"The Golden Bough."

Says guitar-player Manuel Trummer about the deal: "I couldn't have imagined anyone else than Cruz del Sur to release The Golden Bough. We‘re highly impressed by the work label-owner Enrico did in the past and we‘re honored to be on the same label like some of our favorite bands such as While Heaven Wept, Slough Feg, Twisted Tower Dire or Battleroar."

On behalf of Cruz Del Sur Music, label owner Enrico Leccese states: “I am very glad we have the opportunity of working together with ATLANTEAN KODEX. I am definitely impressed by the enthusiasm, the strength and motivation these guys have shown so far; that’s exactly what we’re looking for in a band. And the music contained in The Golden Bough is simply fantastic!” More...

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Cynic Reveals New EP Details Online

CYNIC's upcoming EP, "Re-Traced," made from four remakes of songs from the "Traced in Air" album, a previously unreleased track and a video, is set for a May 17th release through Season of Mist. Here is the artwork. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Space
2. Evolutionary
3. King
4. Integral
5. Wheels Within Wheels

Frontman Paul Masvidal comments: "The artwork on the EP takes Venosa's original song paintings from the 'Traced in Air' booklet and reinterprets them by extracting the basic outlines, almost appearing as though they are etched in wood. Travis Smith helped manifest these conceptions graphically. The idea was to have the 'tracing' of the original work in tact, so it almost morphs into a simple line drawing of the sculptural shapes found in Venosa's work. The end result appears like unearthed, archival etchings from an alien planet."

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Dark Funeral Cancels Another German Show

Swedish black metallers Dark Funeral have issued the following update about canceling another German tour date:

"Ave everyone! It just came to our attention that the show on March 17 in Köln, Essigfabrik, Germany has been pulled by the promoter, the very same one who pulled the show on us in Bochum a couple of days ago. We're of course extremely disappointed by this, but there's unfortunately nothing we can do about it. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you."

The upcoming Dark Funeral tour dates are as follows: More...

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Ensiferum Updates Tour Schedule

Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum have updated their European tour schedule with the following dates:

3/18 2010 Orlandina rock club St. Petersburg (RU)
3/19 2010 XO club Moscow (RU)
4/24 2010 KARMØYGEDDON Metal Festival Haugesund (NO)
4/30 2010 Ragnaroek Festival Rieden (DE)
6/26 2010 Waldbrand Open Air Helmstedt, (DE)
7/3 2010 Fortarock Festival Nijmegen (NL)
7/8 2010 Rockmarathon Hungary Pecs (HU)
7/9 2010 Metalcamp Tolmin (SI)
7/10 2010 RockHarz Flugplatz Ballenstedt (DE)
7/24 2010 Rock unter den Eichen Bertingen (DE)
7/30 2010 Loreley - Rock Area Festival 2010 Loreleyfelsen (DE)
8/6 2010 Vagos Open Air Calvão (Vagos) (PT)
8/12 2010 (12-14.08 - day TBC) Brutal Assault Festival Jaromer (CZ)
8/13 2010 Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall (UK), Midlands
8/20 2010 Summer Breeze Dinkelsbühl (DE)
9/10 2010 Backstage München (DE)
9/11 2010 Hellraiser Leipzig (DE)
9/12 2010 Columbia Club Berlin (DE)
9/13 2010 Voxhall Aarhus (DK)
9/14 2010 Markthalle Hamburg (DE)
9/15 2010 Batschkapp Frankfurt (DE)
9/16 2010 Garage Saarbrücken (DE)
9/17 2010 Music Hall Geiselwind (DE)
9/18 2010 Ruhrcongress Bochum (DE)
9/19 2010 Tivoli Utrecht (NL)
9/20 2010 Electric Ballroom London (UK)
9/21 2010 Antipode Rennes (FR)
9/22 2010 Elysee Montmartre Paris (FR)
9/23 2010 Z7 Pratteln (CH)
9/24 2010 LKA Longhorn Stuttgart (DE)
9/25 2010 Gasometer Wien (AT)
9/26 2010 Abaton Prague (CZ)
9/27 2010 Majestic Music Club Bratislava (SK)
9/28 2010 WigWam Budapest (HU)
9/29 2010 Cvetlicarna Mediapark Ljubljana (SI)
9/30 2010 Estragon Bologna (IT)
10/1 2010 Hafen Innsbruck (AT)
10/2 2010 Posthof Linz (AT)
10/3 2010 Hof Ter Loo Antwerpen (BE)

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Ex Dementia Checks In With Band Update

New Jersey death metallers Ex Dementia have checked in with the following update about performing at the Maryland Death festival and writing material for a new EP:

"Alright, it's been a little while since we've had an update on what we're up to. And for good reason... There's not too much to report on. Since the release of ‘The Red Mass’ we've been kind of taking a break in terms of writing. As most of you know, in May we will be playing the pre-fest to the biggest metal party of the year. And that is the Maryland Death Fest. So, really all we've been focusing on is comprising a solid set-list, and practice, practice, practice. We're also going to try and get a few dates booked before the pre-fest, so look out for them.

"Shortly after the pre-fest, we will be writing for our next EP! Were not sure on the details for the next release, but I assure you the songs will rip! We've been wanting to write for a while now, but as I said, we've just been practicing the set. So come June, we should have some fast, catchy and relentless (demo) tracks to preview! So keep your ears and eyes peeled (literally) for that!

"And lastly, we'll be reprinting our ‘Thou Shall Repulse’ and ‘In The Chapters of Horror’ shirts very soon. And hopefully by the fall (possibly Halloween), we'll have ‘The Red Mass’ design ready to print! But we'll see. Well, until May/June... Fuck off!"

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Five Finger Death Punch To Play Extreme Thing Fest

Five Finger Death Punch has issued the following update about appearing at the Las Vegas Sports and Music Extreme Thing festival:

"Hey Knuckleheads - Five Finger Death Punch is going to be performing at the Las Vegas Sports and Music Festival, better known as EXTREME THING! If you’re in Vegas, check it out March 27th at Desert Breeze Skate Park. All Ages, Doors open at 11:00am and will be open until 10:00pm. This Festival will feature performances by --Five Finger Death Punch, The used, Escape the fate, Less than jake, Reel big fish, Story of the year, Winds of plague, Never shout never, The cab, Hey monday, Every avenue, The summer set, Call the cops, I fight dragons, and many many more. There will also be a skateboard competition, Pro BMX, Roller Derby, Pro Wrestling, Pro skaters and much more. Please visit here for a full list of competitions, events, vendors, sponsors, and venue info."

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Futures End To Re-Release Album With Bonus DVD

Lead guitarist Christian David Wentz of Futures End has issued the following update about the band re-releasing their "Memoirs of a Broken Man" album with a bonus DVD:

"Hey all!! We have been busting our balls to make sure we are ready to kill some hearing frequencies at our show in Concord, California this weekend. So much is going on with us that it is hard to focus on just one thing sometimes. So we have taken time off of writing and pre-production for our second album to practice for the live gig. Its all good, we promise to return to our writing duties after this! We just wanted to play the best we could possibly play this weekend.

"We have told you about our upcoming re-release of 'Memoirs of a Broken Man' with a bonus DVD and new album art, yes? Well, I am sure we have. This past weekend we started discussing the content of the DVD because it is important that you get your money's worth! That being said, we have decided that not only will it include live footage of our show at Progpower USA last year, but a mini documentary filled with stuff about each one of us, as well as the history of the band. As always, we cannot give up control of such a work to someone else, so we will be producing and editing this fucker ourselves. We are totally stoked to be putting this together for you. Will keep ya posted!"

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Gwydion Streaming New Song Online

Portuguese folk metallers Gwydion have announced their new album "Horn Triskelion" is set to be released on April 9, 2010 via SMP/Trollzorn Records. The band has now issued the following update about streaming a new song online:

"Today the single from the new album 'Horn Triskelion' has been uploaded: 'Ofïussa (a terra das serpentes)'! You can listen to the full version on our Myspace! The song deals about the history of Portugal. We are reaching the release-date of Horn Triskelion -APRIL 9- fast now. make sure to pre-order your copy ! We will publish more surprises soon!"

The upcoming Gwydion tour dates are as follows:

4/3 2010 Full Metal XI @ Noveau Monde CH, Fribourg
7/17 2010 East Riding Rock Festival 2010 UK, Dene Park - Dunswell
8/7 2010 OST Mountain Festival Open Air RO, Busteni

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Hypnosis Announces European Tour

French metallers Hypnosis have announced they will be embarking on their European "Blood Tour" 2010 later this month. The currently announced dates are as follows:

3/20 2010 Kixkil Ostatua Bayonne, FR
3/26 2010 La Mare Aux Diables Templeuve, BE
3/27 2010 Het Kasteel Alphen a/d Rijn, NL
3/28 2010 The Cave Amsterdam, NL
3/29 2010 Australian Bar Amiens, FR
3/30 2010 Thunderbird Lounge Saint-Etienne, FR
3/31 2010 Nieuw Amsterdam Bordeaux, FR
4/1 2010 TBA France
4/2 2010 Le Local Marseille, FR
4/3 2010 Manoir Pub Saint-Maurice, CH
4/4 2010 Salle TMS Ales, FR
4/17 2010 Salle Des Fetes Isturitz, FR

You can also check out sample Hypnosis tracks at the band's MySpace page.

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Jaded Heart Posts Performance Footage

German hard rockers Jaded Heart have posted footage online from their performance in Munich on March 3rd, 2010 supporting Rage. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Kreetur Offering Free Demo Download

Quebec based ambient black metal act Kreetur is currently offering the "King of Torture" demo as a free download. The demo tracks can be downloaded at this location. Sample Kreetur tracks can also be heard at the band's MySpace page.

The track listing for "King Of Torture" is as follows:

1. Medieval Journey
2. Christians Made Us Look Like Fools
3. The Count Is Free
4. King Of Death
5. Tortured Mind
6. A Happy Ending

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Leprous To Play Slottsskogen Goes Progressive Fest

Norwegian metallers Leprous have issued the following announcement about making an appearance at Sweden's Slottsskogen Goes Progressive Festival:

"We're happy to announce that we will be performing at Slottsskogen Goes Progressive Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 21st. This will be our first concert ever in Sweden, and we're really looking forward to finally performing for our dear neighbors."

Leprous also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Lizzy Borden Added To Wacken Line-Up

Los Angeles metallers Lizzy Borden are the latest act to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which is set to take place from August 5th - 7th in Wacken, Germany. More information on the festival can be found at this location.

The other confirmed bands for the festival include: 1349, Amorphis, Arch Enemy, Alice Cooper, Astral Doors, Atrocity, By The Patient, Caliban, Candlemass, Cannibal Corpse, Crucified Barbara, Delain, Despised Icon, Edguy, Endstille, Equilibrium, Evile, Fear Factory, Ghost Brigade, Gojira, Hackneyed, Holy Grail, Ihsahn, Immortal, Iron Maiden, Job For A Cowboy, Kataklysm, Lake of Tears, Nightmare, Orphaned Land, Overkill, Secrets of the Moon, Slayer, Tiamat, Tyr, Voivod, and more.

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Porcupine Tree To Appear At Rock Werchter Festival

Porcupine Tree has issued the following update about making an appearance at the 2010 edition of the Rock Werchter Festival:

"PT will be appearing at this year’s Rock Werchter festival in Belgium. The festival boasts an eclectic line-up that includes acts as diverse as Faithless, Muse Rammstein and The Ting Tings. The festival runs from the 1st - 4th July with PT appearing on July 3rd. We don’t have the precise running order yet but will update the information when we have it. Meanwhile ticketing information can be found over at the festival website."

The upcoming Porcupine Tree tour dates are as follows: More...

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Tombs Announces More Tour Dates

Tombs has announced more spring tour dates in support of their "Winter Hours" album. The band is currently on tour working their way to and from South By Southwest in Austin, TX. Tombs will then join Ludicra and Krallice for a handful of shows in the north east. The Brooklyn trio has also been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest and Ithaca Underground's Big Day In fest. A listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon. "Winter Hours" is currently streaming in its entirety at this location.

3/15 Birmingham, AL Magic City Wholesale (w/ GRAVES OF VALOR)
3/16 Houston, TX Walter's On Washington (w/ GRAVES OF VALOR)
3/17 Austin, TX Red 7 (as part of the Relapse Records 2010 SXSW Showcase)
3/18 New Orleans, LA Checkpoint Charlie's (w/ BLACK TUSK, GRAVES OF VALOR)
3/19 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn (w/ GRAVES OF VALOR)
3/20 Florence, SC Irby's (w/ GRAVES OF VALOR)
4/17 Allston, MA O'Brien's (2pm show w/ LUDICRA, KRALLICE)
4/18 Burlington, VT 242 Main (w/ GODS & QUEENS)
4/19 Philadelphia, PA The M Room (w/ LUDICRA, KRALLICE)
4/20 Baltimore, MA Hexagon (w/ LUDICRA, KRALLICE)
5/1 Ithaca, NY The Haunt (as part of Ithaca Underground's Big Day In)
5/30 Baltimore, MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Death Fest)

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Vader Issues Road Report

Polish death metallers Vader have checked in from the road with the following tour report:

"The Blitzkrieg 5 Tour 2010 is going on without any major obstacles. Vader and their brothers in crime As You Drown and Divine Chaos are playing great shows every night. Gigs in London, Dublin, Glasgow, Groningen and Kassel were definitely the most special ones during the whole tour. Primarily due to ubiquitous Polish immigrants who come to the shows to support Polish death metal legend. We would like to thank you all for that huge, outstanding support! Jeszcze Polska nie zginela...

"We also want to apologize for the canceled show in Nottingham. Unfortunately, the venue rented for the show by a local promoter was definitely way too small. Actually, that's not a good place for a metal gig. We preferred to cancel the show rather than kill one another. OK, what's next? During the final part of the tour Vader and support acts are going to invade Scandinavia. Tomorrow (March 16) we will play a show in Kopenhagen. After that we'll appear on 4 shows in Sweden. Unfortunately, the currently running tour won't cover Norway, Finland and the Baltic States. See you next time!"

Video footage from Vader's current tour can also be viewed below. More...

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Visions Of Atlantis To Enter The Studio

Visions of Atlantis has issued the following announcement about preparing to enter the recording studio:

"Hey out there! Just wanted to inform you that the plans for the next months are clear now and that we`ll enter the Dreamscape Studios right after our appearance on the Metalfest Austria on the 14th of May to finalize our fourth album which will be released late autumn this year! Parallel to that we`ll also have the photo shoot for our new Official Promotional Pictures which will be published of course before the new album, but more on that later! Also one more cool show right before releasing the album will be announced very soon when everything`s fixed and confirmed with the local organizer, stay tuned for that as it will be a very special appearance just right before the Rebirth of Visions of Atlantis!

"Stay tuned for a huge wave of information right after Easter and a very very detailed Studio-Diary including pics, vids, blogs by the VoA-members and of course the information about the title of our new Album and even more stuff..... We`re very excited and looking forward happily to the next 9 Months and of course to the further and brighter future of VoA! Cu all soon, stay tuned for further news."

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Condemned Remains Checks In With Band Update

Wyoming's Condemned Remains has issued the following update about recruiting a new bassist and working on a new album:

"If you haven't noticed we announced the return of Zach Martin. Zach was part of the band when it was created in 2008, before departing for his other band Reproacher. He decided to leave Reproacher due to personal reasons, and returned to Condemned Remains to fill in the bass duties.

"Also, we recently played the West Texas Death Fest over the past weekend. We would like to thank everyone at Deadflesh Productions for putting on a killer fest, and all the great bands that came out and played. We got to re-unite/meet some bad ass people. We had a great time down in Texas, and plan to return!

"Finally, we would like to announce that we have started the writing process on the 2010 full length. A name has yet to be put together for the album, but will be determined shortly. We are still searching for the right label to release this under, and where we would like to record it. We will be recording songs at our local studio to see if we can get the sound we like there, we will post the tracks on the Space, so keep a look out for those! That's about it, keep checking the page for more updates and shows! "

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Tales From The Pit: The Extended Crowd Surf

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Special Ops guitarist Akbar shares a fun crowd surfing story with us:

"Mosh story, Crazy out door show, I think it was Vans Warped Tour or something, I forget the band that was playing, I was a bit too inebriated. lol. Been in the pit all day and by now the batteries are starting to run a bit low after 4 hrs.

"Last band goes on, and all I feel is the waist band of my pants being pulled up along with my feet being grabbed, next thing I know I'm lying down on top of the crowd staring at the sky with the band rocking out, then all of a sudden they sit me up. Here I am sitting on people's hands like it was my lazy boy watching the show, so I start asking them to move me around and they did, turned me around and I saw a sea of heads! All I could think of was man I need to play that stage, and we eventually did :)) and who, next thing I now I'm being turned over on my belly, and being shoved towards the front - still kinda cool in the mental state I was in, but then, a pair of strong ass hands grab my shoulders and the rest keep pushing but the shoulders are staying put, seconds later I'm in an inverted cross position facing the crowd, thinking HOLY SHIIIIIT DON'T DROP ME! while smiling of course. lol

"Anyhow, it turned out to be a good friend, and he threw me on my back again and into the crowd, only this time I didn't end up standing on my head, they started tossing me up and down, and then they gave a big throw, tossing me a good 3 feet in the air, and they cleared, leaving me to fall a good 8-10 feet flat on my back. Very very dangerous and stupid move on their end, I could have been paralyzed if I wasn't smart enough to grab someones shirt to get me to hit the floor ass first which hurt, but not as bad as if I had landed flat on my back.

"That was the longest surf I had done ever, and probably the most fun. to anyone out there thinking of dropping people on their backs, you can really hurt someone while doing that. \m/\m/"

Special Ops just recently signed to Thorny Bleeder Records for the release of their third album, "Through The Heart of The Infidel" (reviewed here), which will see an official release soon. You can download an MP3 of the song "Pressure" off of "Through the Heart Of The Infidel."

Check back every Tuesday for more tales from the mosh pit.

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As I Lay Dying Reveals New Album Artwork

As I Lay Dying are set to release their new album "The Powerless Rise" on May 11th, 2010 via Metal Blade Records. The band worked with artist/musician Jacob Bannon (Converge) to create the cover artwork for "The Powerless Rise," which can be viewed here. Jacob also designed the covers of the group’s three previous Metal Blade releases.

The track listing for the new album is as follows:

1. Beyond Our Suffering
2. Anodyne Sea
3. Without Conclusion
4. Parallels
5. The Plague
6. Anger and Apathy
7. Condemned
8. Upside Down Kingdom
9. Vacancy
10. The Only Constant Is Change
11. The Blinding Of False Light

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Armory Streaming Entire Album Online

Massachusetts based metallers Armory have made their entire 2007 album "The Dawn of Enlightenment" available for streaming online. The first clip can be viewed below and the rest can be found after the jump.

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Status Minor To Tour With Grendel

The 2010 edition of the Metallia Perkele tour is set to take place from September 15th to October 30th, with venues and locations to be announced. A teaser trailer for the tour can be viewed below. Further details on the tour can be found at this location. The currently announced roster is as follows: Grendel, Status Minor, Kiana, Ghoul Patrol, Anger Cell, Subscribe, and Hammered.

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Dio Comments On Prosthetic Charity Auction

Prosthetic Records is currently auctioning an Epiphone Prophecy Futura Custom EX on eBay, with all proceeds benefitting the T.J. Martell Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports research for cancer, AIDS and leukemia. The guitar will be signed by the six Prosthetic acts who will play the label's inaugural SXSW showcase at Mohawk in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night (Mar. 17): Scale The Summit, Landmine Marathon, Withered, Book of Black Earth, The Funeral Pyre and Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire.

The T.J. Martell Foundation was recommended to Prosthetic by the management of legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer late last year. A 501(c)3 non-profit founded in the 1970s, the Foundation has helped Dio receive key treatment in his
ongoing battle against cancer. More information on the organization can be found at www.tjmartellfoundation.org.

Prosthetic was honored to receive these words of encouragement directly from Dio himself shortly after the auction went live on Monday:

"It's great to be a part of your wonderful charitable event, and all the caring performers who are giving of themselves to aid the charity of my choice. My current misfortune has opened my eyes to the constant need for funds to battle the ravages of cancer, and I am therefore pleased to endorse your efforts to auction off an Epiphone guitar signed by the aforementioned musicians to benefit the T.J.Martell Cancer Foundation. Let's hope a generous amount of money can be raised for this ultra-worthy cause. Thanks so much for you concern and humanity. It's a gesture of kindness I will never forget.

Love and Magic to you all,
Ronnie James Dio"

Interested parties can bid on the auction or learn more about the
guitar here
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Venia and Grave Maker Tour Dates Announced

Venia will be touring this April alongside Grave Maker, Donnybrook, and MDK.

Here are the latest tour dates:

04/12 Waterloo, IA @ Amvets Post 19
04/13 Buffalo, MN @ The Vault
04/14 Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe
04/15 Indianapolis, IN @ The Dogo
04/16 Corbin, KY @ TBA
04/17 Dayton, OH @ TBA

The boys also have some other awesome tours in the works, so stay tuned for more dates to be announced soon!

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Celebrity Apprentice: Bret is Project Manager

This year’s Celebrity Apprentice Reality television show gives us a couple of rock n’ roll “celebrities” as well as comedy gold in Bret Michaels and Sharon Osbourne.

As with the Rock of Love show, the Bret Michaels drinking game will be in play, with a twist, instead of the word AWESOME, we will be using ROCK. I prefer Patron tequila, but for those playing along while reading the column I suggest something from the schnapps family, and for those reading this in the morning, maybe a stiff Bloody Mary, or an ice cold Stella. More...

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KISS Already Planning Next Studio Album

In a recent interview with Metal-Rules.com, KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke about the bands latest studio album, "Sonic Boom" and the question of whether or not KISS plan to continue writing more music in the future. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:

Q: Overall, how satisfied you are for the sales numbers and overall feedback what you’ve got of Sonic Boom? Was there anything surprising there either in positive or negative way?

Stanley: "I’m thrilled because it’s a great album. I said from the beginning whether it sells 10 million copies or 1 million copies, it’s all the same to me. At this stage of the game it about making a great album, anything else is just a bonus. In America we had the album available exclusively at one place which has a good side and a bad side. The good side is they support is, the bad side is, it’s the only place you can get it. So there are plusses and minuses but I couldn’t want a better album, I couldn’t imagine a better album." More...

Read the full article at Metal-Rules.com.

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