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Metal News for March 16, 2011

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42 news articles posted on this day.

HORSE the band Offers "Earth Tour" DVD For Free

American progressive metal act HORSE the band has made its 10 hour "Earth Tour" DVD available for free download. A description of the DVD can be found below along with the DVD's official trailer. You can download the "Earth Tour" set at this location.

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August Burns Red Posts New Studio Clip Online

August Burns Red has uploaded a new studio clip which documents the recording of percussion for its forthcoming studio album. You can view the clip below.

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A Plea For Purging Announces New Tour Dates

A Plea For Purging has announced that it will be one of the opening acts on the forthcoming "The Return To The Motherland Tour" which is being headlined by Arsonists Get All The Girls. They will also be joined by Lionheart, The Contortionist and Volumes. You can view the dates, cities and venues in the list found below.

04/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
04/21 Lancaster, PA – Launch Music Conference
04/22 Virginia Beach, VA – Club Relevant
04/23 Wilmington, DE – The Harmony Grange Hall
04/25 London, ON – London Music Hall
04/27 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
04/28 Montreal, QC – Underworld
04/30 Albany, NY – Bogies
05/01 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
05/02 Lynchburg, VA – Tree Of Life
05/03 Greenville, SC – The Channel
05/04 Fayetteville, NC – The Rockshop
05/05 Loganville, GA – The Movement
05/06 Columbus, GA – Gallery 13
05/07 Shreveport, LA – 516 Soundstage
05/08 Fort Worth, TX – The Aardvark
05/09 Corpus Christi, TX – House Of Rock
05/10 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
05/11 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
05/13 Mesa, AZ – The Underground

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Shai Hulud Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Shai Hulud has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Endwell, Foundation and Lions Lions. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

05/06 Annapolis, MD – St. Christophers
05/07 Raleigh, NC – Breast Fest
05/08 Savannah, GA – Sweet Melissa’s
05/09 Huntsville, AL – TBA
05/10 Nashville, TN – Rocketown
05/12 Jacksonville, FL – Unit 6
05/13 Charleston, SC – Oasis
05/15 Tampa, FL – Transitions Art Gallery
05/16 Tallahassee, FL – Trainwreck
05/17 Augusta, GA – Sector 7G
05/18 Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox

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Bring Me The Horizon Posts New Video Teaser Online

Bring Me The Horizon has posted a new teaser online to promote its forthcoming music for the track "Blessed With A Curse." You can view the teaser below.


BRING ME THE HORIZON - Blessed With A Curse teaser (out 22 March

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Scythia Posts Studio Footage Online

Vancouver, Canada progressive metal act Scythia has posted a new studio video online. You can view the first clip in the studio series below.

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Visions Of Atlantis Announces New Shows

After announcing the band will be playing the upcoming Hell Over Vellach festival, Visions of Atlantis has now checked in with the following update about new live shows with Leaves' Eyes:

"Hey out there! 2 more dates where just added to the tour calendar of Visions of Atlantis for 2011. Visions of Atlantis and label mates of Leaves' Eyes will hit the stages on the following dates together:

20th of October 2011 MANCHESTER (UK) - ACADEMY 3
21st of October 2011 LONDON (UK) - UNDERWORLD

"Check the venue's pages for further information and tickets and prices or check our Facebook page for more news on these shows! Stay tuned, yours VoA Family."

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Enbound Posts Studio Footage

Swedish melodic metal band Enbound will release the "And She Says Gold" album in Europe on April 29th, 2011 through Inner Wound Recordings. The band has now posted the first in a series of studio video diaries online from the album's recording process. You can check out the video clip below.

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Agnostic Front Posts Fourth Studio Video

The fourth and final Agnostic Front studio update for "My Life, My Way" has been posted online and can be viewed below. This video update focuses of the recording of front man Roger Miret's vocals tracks as well the bass work of Mike Gallo. Agnostic Front's new album "My Life, My Way" will be available in North America on March 22nd.

You can also check out the band's track-by-track breakdown of the album at this location.

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Demonaz Posts New Song Online

Demonaz, former guitarist for Norwegian black metal act Immortal, will release his debut solo album "March of the Norse" on April 1st, 2011 in Europe and May 17th in North America. A new song from the album, titled "All Blackened Sky," can now be heard in the clip below.

The cover artwork for "March of the Norse" is also available at this location.

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Opeth To Release "The Throat Of Winter" On Vinyl

Exclusive for U.S. Record Store Day 2011, Opeth will release a 7” vinyl edition of “The Throat of Winter” on April 16th. The track, which was originally featured on the "God of War: Blood & Metal" digital EP, will see its first and only physical incarnation with this special release.

Side B of the 7” is etched with the band’s logo and jacket artwork was created by longtime Opeth collaborator Travis Smith, with direction from Mikael Åkerfeldt. A very limited number of only 40 units will go on sale on Opeth's official web store on Monday, April 18th with a signed Watershed promo card.

Additional information on Record Store Day can be found at this location.

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Inbreed Gearing Up To Play Live Again

After a long period of slumber, Texas metallers Inbreed have awoken to rock the faces off metal fans once again. The band is now in the process of writing new material for an upcoming release and gearing up to hit the live scene again soon.

As Inbreed dusts off the amps and tunes the guitars, bassist/vocalist Jason Dickinson corresponded with me to discuss the events in the band's past and what's in store for the thrash crew in the near future. More...

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Havok Posts Second Studio Video

Havok has posted a second studio video clip online through Metalinjection.net from the band's stay in the studio recording "Time Is Up." You can check out the clip below. "Time Is Up" is set for release on March 29th via Candlelight Records.


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The previously uploaded studio video is also available to be viewed at this location. You can catch Havok live on the following dates:

3/18/2011 Headhunters - Austin, TX
3/20/2011 Dirty Dog Bar - Austin, TX
3/26/2011 Mo’s - Englewood, CO [Record Release Show]
4/02/2011 Aggie Theater - Fort Collins, CO

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Arsonists Get All The Girls Finishes New Album

Northern California act Arsonists Get All The Girls has recently completed work on the band's 4th album entitled "Motherland," which is set to be released on May 17th. The track listing is as follows:

1. Rise to Fall
2. Neck of the Contrast
3. Gooseknuckle
4. It was a Memoir
5. Dr. Teeth
6. Avdotya
7. Waiting for the War to Die
8. West Cliffs
9. Hemlock Like This
10. Woebegone
11. Our Super Symmetry
12. Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean?
13. Tempest

The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

04/18 Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel
04/21 Lancaster, PA - Launch Music Conference
04/22 Virginia Beach, VA - Club Relevant
04/23 Wilmington, DE - The Harmony Grange Hall
04/25 London, ON - London Music Hall
04/27 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
04/28 Montreal, QC - Underworld
04/30 Albany, NY - Bogies
05/01 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
05/02 Lynchburg, VA - Tree Of Life
05/03 Greenville, SC - The Channel
05/04 Fayetteville, NC - The Rockshop
05/05 Loganville, GA - The Movement
05/06 Columbus, GA - Gallery 13
05/07 Shreveport, LA - 516 Soundstage
05/08 Fort Worth, TX - The Aardvark
05/09 Corpus Christi, TX - House Of Rock 05/10 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
05/11 Albuquerque, NM - El Rey Theater
05/13 Mesa, AZ - The Underground

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Clamfight To Record New Album

Philadelphia-area doom quartet Clamfight has signed with The Maple Forum for the release of the band's upcoming full-length album. The crew of childhood friends from the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, who have been jamming together in various bands since 1997, will begin recording the new album next month.

Clamfight will be returning to Gradwell House Studios, where the band birthed its debut album "Volume I." While waiting for the new album to be finished, you can stream the entire "Volume I" release through the Clamfight Bandcamp page here.

The band also has the following upcoming live show:

3/19/2011 Brighton Bar - Long Branch, NJ w/ Negative Sky

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Portrait Comments On Upcoming Album

Guitarist Richard Lagergren of Swedish heavy metal act Portrait has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming album:

"The eight songs on 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' constitutes Portrait's by far darkest, hardest and most intense material to date. This album is an outburst of a long time of targeted hard work, an intense creative process and pure black magic. To Hell and back and to Hell again! To achieve the goals we had for this album, working with someone not being the obvious choice for our type of music proved to be just the right (or if you will, wrong) decision. 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' sounds like Portrait was always meant to. It is hate, and it is love. And in many ways, it is our true debut album."

Portrait guitarist Christian Lindell also commented about the recordings: "Outside the walls danced the plague that is man its one-way dance, so blindly strutting about the path that leads to its ever-hungry end. Inside the fires burned and the cauldron bubbled, enhancing forever the fierce opus that is 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae'. A beastly support was present in the Necromorbus Studio, pointing us in the right directions all the way through those dark days in November. The songs could not have materialized in a more satisfying way than they have on this album. Prepare to get burnt to ash by its fires, swallowed by its darkness and forever trapped in its boundless abyss, in anguish trying to convince yourself that what you've gone through was only music. If this one doesn't kill you, you’re already dead!"

The track listing for "Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae" is as follows:

1. Beast of Fire
2. Infinite Descension
3. The Wilderness Beyond
4. Bloodbath
5. Darkness Forever
6. The Nightcomers
7. The Passion
8. Der Todesking

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Clutch Announces U.S. Shows

Clutch has just announced a nine date headlining tour beginning May 20th in Reading, PA to promote the band's forthcoming "Basket of Eggs" project, as well as serving as an extended warm up run for a large scale European Festival tour in June. The 10 day south-eastern U.S. run will feature Maylene and the Sons of Disaster as main support.

The dates are as follows:

5/20 Reading, PA @ Reverb
5/21 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
5/23 Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
5/24 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
5/25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/26 Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live
5/27 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
5/28 Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
5/29 Huntington, WV @ V Club

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Arsis Video Interview Available Online

Hank Pearl from The Daily Rock has posted a video interview online with Arsis, which was conducted before the band's performance at Chicago’s own Reggie’s Rock Club. You can watch the video in the player below.

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Impending Doom Signs To eOne Music

Christian deathcore act Impending Doom has signed a world wide deal with eOne Music. "We're very excited to start a new chapter in our career on a label who has proven to be a staple in the metal community," says guitarist Corey Johnson.

The band is writing new material to be released later this year through eOne. Johnson continues, "We're certain that with our new material, the touring plans we have on the horizon and having such a powerful label behind us there will be no stopping Impending Doom!"

Impending Doom is currently on tour with Norma Jean and Stick To Your Guns, with a few weeks left before the group heads over to Europe for the first time alongside Whitechapel. Details are as follows:

w/ Norma Jean, Stick To Your Guns
3/16 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
3/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
3/18 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
3/19 Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
3/20 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
3/22 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
3/23 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
3/24 Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
3/25 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

w/ Whitechapel
04/08 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
04/09 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
04/10 Manchester, UK – Academy 3
04/11 Birmingham, UK – Academy 3
04/12 Islington, UK – Islington Academy
04/13 Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
04/14 Paris, FRA – Boule Noire

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The Browning Uploads Second Studio Video

Dallas, Texas electronic deathcore act The Browning recently entered the studio to begin recording a debut full-length album. The band is currenlty working with producer Josh Schroeder at Random Awesome Studios in Bay City, Michigan, to record the as-yet untitled album, which will be released through Earache. A second studio video update is available for viewing below.

The previously uploaded first studio update is also still available at this location.

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Death Wolf Signs To Regain Records

Devils Whorehouse has checked in with the following announcement about changing names to Death Wolf and signing a deal with Regain Records:

"Formed in the year 2000 under the monicker Devils Whorehouse by Morgan from Marduk, and after releasing the highly acclaimed albums 'Revelation Unorthodox' and 'Blood & Ashes' as well as the EP's, 'Howling' and 'Werewolf,' the band fell its time to change name as the music and philosophy behind the orchestra has outgrown its name. The end of one world and the birth of another.

"The band now continues under the name Death Wolf (symbolizing the strength, dedication and will shown in its creations). The band just finished the recording of its upcoming album filled with northern end themes and death hymns. Cold steel over the worlds throat. More info regarding its imminent release via Regain Records/Blooddawn will follow shortly.

"The band can also proudly announce its first live appearance which will be taking place in June at the Wave-Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany on the 12th of June. Track list and info regarding release date will be announced very soon. Stay tuned!"

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Iron Maiden To Donate Shirt Sales To Japan

British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have announced that the money made from the sales of their Japanese event shirts will be donated to a charity assisting victims of the recent Sendai earthquake and tsunami. A message from the band's manager Rod Smallwood reads as follows:

"Following the cancellation of both Maiden Tokyo shows due to recent events in Japan, we will be donating the proceeds from sales of the Japanese event shirt available from the Official Iron Maiden Shop (ie. the shirt without tour dates on) to a charity assisting victims of the earthquake. Feedback from our Fanclub Forum suggests our fans fully support this proposal.

"We plan to do likewise with the stock of event shirts currently in Tokyo, which were due to be sold onsite at the Tokyo venue (ie. the shirt with tour dates on). Details will follow as soon as possible as to where these will be available from, once we have worked out shipping, etc.

"The charity we shall be coordinating sales of both events shirts through is the Japanese Red Cross. This is their website for anyone who may want to make a donation.

"Shirts are now available at this location."

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Tesseract Posts "Nascent" Music Video

Tesseract has posted a music video online for the song "Nascent," which is off the band's upcoming album "One." You can check out the music video below. "One" is set for release on March 22nd, 2011.

The previously uploaded teaser trailer for the video is also available for viewing at this location.

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Pegazus Posts New Sample From Upcoming Album

Pegazus is set to release the new album "In Metal We Trust" on April 15th, 2011. To give fans a taste of the upcoming album, the band has posted another sample online, this time from the song "End of the World." You can hear the track by heading over to the official Pegazus MySpace profile.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Metal Messiah
2. Road Warrior
3. Old Skool Metal Dayz
4. We Live To Rock
5. Haunting Me
6. Eye For An Eye
7. Ghost Rider
8. Metal Gods
9. End Of The World
10. Death Or Glory
11. Old Skool Metal Dayz

The band has also lined up a launch party for the album. Details on the release show are available here.

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Lifeless Cancels Two Live Shows

German act Lifeless has issued the following announcement about canceling two upcoming live shows:

"Hi folks. Unfortunately the show at Metalclub-Meltdown / Stralsund on April 1st was canceled by the club due to official approval issues...

"Because of that we were forced to cancel our show at Copenhagen on March 31st too. The gig will take place, but unfortunately without us. We are really sorry and pissed off about that, but we hope for your understanding. See you soon."

You can also check out several Lifeless tracks available for streaming through the band's MySpace profile.

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Endstille Reveals New Album Details

Endstille will be invading your local CD shop on May 16th (one day later in North America) with the band's upcoming album "Infektion 1813." The cover artwork for the new album can be viewed below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Anomie
2. Trenchgoat
3. Bloody H (The Hurt-Gene)
4. The Deepest Place On Earth
5. When Kathaaria Falls
6. Satanarchie
7. World Aflame
8. Wrecked
9. Endstille (Völkerschlächter) More...

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Dark Tranquillity Announces New Live Shows

Dark Tranquillity has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming European tour dates:

"Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece! We're proud to announce a short but sweet five-date tour at the end of May, taking us to a couple of places that we've wanted to return to for a long time. See you there!"

The currently announced dates are as follows:

May 18 - Istanbul, Turkey - Balans club
May 19 - Bucharest, Romania - The Silver church
May 20 - Sofia, Bulgaria - 4KM Party Center
May 21 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Principal Club Theater
May 22 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205

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Obscura Posts Songs From Previous Albums

Germany's Obscura will be releasing the new album "Omnivium" on March 29th, 2011. As the release date draws near, the band has posted songs online from the previous two Obscura albums. You can check out "Hymn to a Nocturnal Visitor" from Retribution in the clip below. "Universe Momentum" from sophomore album "Cosmogensis" is also available after the jump.

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Minushuman Issues Album Update

Minushuman has issued the following update about the release of the band's upcoming album:

"Hi folks, some of you have may be aware of it already if you've visited our Facebook page within the last hours. There's been slight change of plans. As opposed to what was previously announced, the band's upcoming album, initially scheduled for a June 20th release in Europe, will actually hit European stores on August 19th and American stores on August 23rd! Yes, it means a worldwide release. Following our label's statement, 'the delay is due to the album turning out to be so good that it had to be released internationally. You will understand it's worth the wait when you hear it!' Oh yes, you will.

Guitarist Thomas Billerey also commented:

"We often state that things are moving continuously. Well it's precisely the case here, and it's for the best. The release date of our new album has been changed for the best possible reason: we are heading to a worldwide release, including North America! Thank you so much to all of our fans and followers for their patience, we swear that they won't have waited in vain."

You can also check out Minushuman's recent interview with Metalunderground.com at this location.

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Septicflesh Issues New Studio Update

Greek metal act Septicflesh will be unleashing "The Great Mass" on April 18th, 2011. The band has checked in with a fourth interview segment conducted by Hard Rock Mag editor Sven Letourneur, which deals with the recording process of the album. The studio report can be read below.

Sven: On last October 2nd, you went to Czech Republic for a one-shot headlining show. How was it? I suppose it felt good to get out of the studio pressure and play live? Did you get some energy from this show to finalize the album?

Christos (guitars): It was a great gig but we were too tired to really enjoy Prague, which is a great place to be. Of course, it was a good break after our intensive work and it helped us to “recover” and escape from our hectic mood. Everything was recorded and Seth and Fotis would leave the next day for Sweden to go and see Peter Tägtgren for the mix.

Sven: One year ago, you were initially planning on working with Fredrik Nordström. What made you switch to Tägtgren in the end?

Fotis (drums): Fredrik Nordström is an amazing producer and made a great production for “Communion”, but on this album we wanted a new sound, something darker and different. We decided to mix our new album with Peter Tägtgren, having witnessed his amazing work as a producer for many bands in the extreme metal scene like Celtic Frost, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, etc. So we wanted to listen to his "approach" to the final mix of our songs. We wanted a different point of view to our sound than the one that we had already explored with Fredrik. It’s not a case of a better versus worst approach, just a need for something different. And I truly believe that he gave his best.

Sven: You told me a bit about the trip to Sweden. Since his studio is lost in the North of the country, it seems to have been a real adventure. Two Greeks lost in cold Scandinavia where everyone talks Swedish must have felt strange!

Christos: One day before the trip to Sweden we had to play a headlining show in Prague. The thing is, that when we got to Sweden, Peter was still on the plane coming back from a tour he had in Mexico and he had no idea that we had already arrived at the Arlanda airport. So we had to choose between either stay in Stockholm or take one train and two other busses to Ludvicka, where the Abyss studio is and wait for him there. We were really lucky that he landed an hour later and called us.
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Absentia Lunae Working On New Album

Absentia Lunae has issued the following announcement about working on an upcoming full-length album:

"We're back since quite some time from the In Gloria Solis Atri European tour and we're currently working on our forthcoming new album called Vorwärts. We've performed a surprise blitzkrieg in Frankfurt, as you may already know they wanted to stop us but they ended up defeated: Stehend Begraben."

Pictures from the show are available at this location, and videos from the band's Berlin performance can be viewed here.

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Criminal To Enter The Studio

Chile-born, U.K. based thrash masters Criminal are preparing to enter HVR Recording Studios in Suffolk, UK in April to record their seventh studio album, the first since the departure of guitarist / founding member Rodrigo Contreras and the subsequent addition of Basque guitar wizard Olmo Cascallar.

Band member Anton Reisenegger commented:

"We know this is an important album for us, but we are definitely not over thinking it. Most of the songs are quite simple in structure, very heavy, straight-ahead and in your face. The choice of studio was pretty obvious, since HVR Studios are owned and run by Criminal bassist Dan Biggin.

"Having your own studio to record is a real luxury, and we want to make sure we use it for the best. We are aiming to keep edits and other digital trickery to the minimum and have a massive natural sound instead."

The as-yet-untitled album, the follow-up to "White Hell" (2009), will be released in August 2011 by Massacre Records.

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Dead Shape Figure To Support Kataklysm

Dead Shape Figure has issued the following announcement about supporting Kataklysm on a string of upcoming European tour dates:

"We are really psyched to announce that Dead Shape Figure will support Kataklysm on their East-European tour, starting in May. It's about time to get our asses back on the road again! Really looking forward to blast our new tunes to the people in Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia!

"Especially in Romania we had a great crowd last time during the FilthFest Tour so we are anxious to be back... Also Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia will be new territories for us so it's gonna be really exciting. Horns up!"

The dates are as follows:

18.05.2011 (ITA) Rome / Init Club
19.05.2011 (ITA) Bruneck / UFO Bruneck
20.05.2011 (SLO) Ljubljana / Gala Hala
21.05.2011 (B&H) Sarajevo / Dom Mladih
22.05.2011 (BUL) Sofia / RBF Club
24.05.2011 (ROM) Bucarest / Silverchurch
25.05.2011 (ROM) Timisoara / tbc
26.05.2011 (CRO) Zagreb / Mochvara

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Art Of Dying Streaming New Song Online

Art of Dying has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song titled "Completely" online through Artistdirect.com:

"Our song 'Completely' is exclusively being premiered today at Artist Direct! 'Completely' and the entire Vices and Virtues album will be out March 22!! Pick up a copy and crank it loud!"

You can check out the new Art of Dying song "Completely" by heading over to this location. A video of the band in the studio recording "Vices and Virtues" is also available here.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Reveals New Album Release Date

Italian symphonic metal outfit Rhapsody Of Fire has announced that the band's new studio album, "From Chaos To Eternity," will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on June 17th. You can check out the front cover artwork for the record below. Speaking about the album, the band stated:

"It is the end of an era. This historical release will end the Rhapsody’s sagas once and for all after 15 years of fantasy oriented lyrics, and for the last time we’ll hear Sir Christopher Lee narrating one of our albums, the last dramatic events of a legendary tale started in 1997 and told through 2 different sagas and 10 full length albums.

"We are surely very sad but we also know that for this same reason the upcoming release will remain in the history of the band for its artistic importance and unique epic!"

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Maligno To Support Iron Maiden In Mexico

Mexican doomsters Maligno have been tabbed to support Iron Maiden for two dates in Mexico; and as it happens it is the next two nights! Maligno released the following statement regarding the honor:

"We feel very thrilled and honored for this opportunity and to share the stage with a heavy metal legend and monster of a band as Iron Maiden also returning to Mexico City and playing the Foro Sol and the new auditorium in our hometown Monterrey."

The two dates are as follows:

March 17 - Monterrey, México – Auditorio Banamex
March 18 – Mexico City – Foro Sol

Maligno released the band's second studio album, "Universevil," back in September of 2008, and has finished mixing a third as-yet-untitled album, which will have guest spots from Testament's Alex Skolnick and Rodrigo y Gabriela. Check out more at Maligno's MySpace Page.

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SXSW Music 2011 Kicks Off Today

South by Southwest (SXSW) Music officially kicks off today. The conference, which happens in Austin, Texas every March, is an interactive, film and music conference. The interactive conference, which covers web, social, mobile, gaming, marketing, advertising, and the convergence of all of the above, has just wrapped up and you can read my reports on it on my personal blog (warning: they're mostly tech-speak), and the final reports are still to come, in fact.

Over the next five days I'll be reporting on both the sessions and the live shows and showcases, of which there are many just in the realm of metal. I can't even keep track, but you can get a good rundown of metal events at SXSW 2011 here:

Metal Injection's Complete Guide To Metal at SXSW 2011

and here:

SXSW ’11: THE METAL PARTIES (on MetalSucks)

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Quick Words From Heri Joensen of Týr/Heljareyga

All it takes is one look at the lead singer/guitarist for Týr, Heri Joensen, to know why they call his music "Viking Metal." Hailing from the land just southeast of Iceland, called the Faeroe Islands, his bands Týr and Heljareyga have been introducing the world to a new blend of metal and folk music. A veteran of the European festivals, Joensen has also toured various countries, singing in both English and the native Faeroese to crowds everywhere. Most of the time, the crowds sing back even though they probably haven't the slightest idea what they're saying in Faeroese, just having a good time.

While in the process of completing Týr's forthcoming 2011 album, Joensen gave a few words to MetalUnderground.com. This sheds some light on how much Faeroese folk music influences his music, his tastes in vodka, and what to do if your band sings in a language that half the world doesn't understand. More...

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Solution .45 Posts Two New Videos

Swedish melodic deathsters Solution .45 have posted two new videos to their YouTube Channel for the song "Gravitational Lensing" from debut album "For Aeons Past" (reviewed here). Solution .45 is a supergroup of sorts, featuring Christian Älvestam (Miseration, ex-Scar Symmetry) on both clean and harsh vocals, guitarists Tom Gardiner (Hateform) and Patrik Gardberg (Torchbearer, The Few Against Many, Ammotrack), bassist Anders Edlund (Angel Blake) and drummer Rolf Pilve (Miseration, Essence of Sorrow).

The music video for "Gravitational Lensing" can be found after the jump, and a "making of" video for the music video can be found on Solution .45's YouTube Channel. More...

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Iced Earth Recruits Into Eternity Vocalist

American power metal band Iced Earth has announced that Stu Block, the lead vocalist of Into Eternity, has been recruited as the band's new lead singer, replacing Matt Barlow, who will be leaving the band after Iced Earth finishes touring Europe this Summer.

According to leader Jon Schaffer, Robert Kampf, CEO of Century Media, early on suggested Block, whose band Into Eternity was previously on the CM label. That reminded Schaffer of one night in September, 2008, when Into Eternity opened for Iced Earth.

"Iced Earth was backstage waiting to go on,” said Schaffer. “We heard one of Stu’s incredible wails. I remember turning to Matt and saying, ‘Damn, that dude has serious range.'"

So while Iced Earth’s management team sifted through the growing number of prospective vocalists, Schaffer got in touch with Block. More...

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Lazarus A.D. Robbed In The U.K.

American thrash metallers Lazarus A.D. have posted a message online in which they revealed that, while in Southampton, during their current tour of the United Kingdom, their van was broken into. Their posting reads as follows:

"We just want to personally say thank you, to the fuck douche bags who smashed our vans window and stole $1500 and all our clothes and other personal items. All I can say is thank god we had the gear on stage or the fuckers would have stolen that as well."

Dan Gapen: "They got every cent of band money, Social Security Cards and our birth certificates. Not to mention they took all of our clothes and hygiene items. Thank god we had our passports in our pockets."

If you would like to donate money to help the band out, please head over to this location.

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Quake Devastates Japan, Cuts Tours Short

Revilement got into Nagoya, Japan on Thursday night a day ahead of our three day, three city mini-tour of Japan, and was met at the airport by Jun, guitar player of the local thrash metal band Deaflock. Jun didn't speak much English but with sign language and slow, deliberate speech we were able to get by. He took us directly to Club Quattro where Unearthly Trance, High on Fire, and The Melvins were playing. Our flight landed at about 6:15, and with the seven o'clock start time, we missed Unearthly Trance, but caught the last two bands. High on Fire ripped through their set with the oft shirtless Matt Pike unleashing sludgy, sonic hellfire through his 12-string guitar. Being used to seeing him sans upper body coverings and resting his ax on his paunch it was almost odd seeing him move about the club after the show wearing a tank top.

The Melvins were headlining and it was unreal how tight they were with their two-drummer set up and varying vocal combinations featuring all four members at times. Being the consummate eclectic eccentrics that they are, the band closed the show with a four-part harmonized version of Merle Haggard's “Okie from Muskogee”, during which bassist Jared Warren doffed his instrument and waded out into the crowd to both wrap his arms around, and in the case of at least one unsuspecting attendee, pick them up and flip them into a standing 69 position, all while belting out his end of the harmony. More...

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