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Metal News for March 18, 2010

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Judgement Day Gives SXSW Update

Anton of Judgement Day has posted a blog update from yesterday at SXSW:

"Man, I am exhausted. We played for at least 5 hours today and walked around for another 3. It actually was pretty awesome.

"When we first arrived at around 2 pm there were already quite a few festival-goers out. We set up on a street corner in front of the Coyote Ugly bar and started playing. Our new battery-powered amplifier and bucket drum kit make for a pretty sweet guerrilla metal setup: within one minute we were surrounded by a large crowd of green-clothed music fans (it was also St. Patricks day today,) and by the second song there were multiple giant video cameras pointed at us. I have no idea what any of these camera people were filming for but they all seemed to be into it. All the while Brandon (our new drum tech / metal expert) was passing out fliers for our Saturday show, selling cd’s and generally hyping us up to every single person who stopped to listen. The response was great and for the rest of the day people kept coming up to me telling me that they liked it.

"One thing that we found out which was slightly disappointing is that our big Saturday show is kind of far away from the rest of the festival. It turns out that South Congress is not the same as Congress. If you go to 515 Congress, which is right in the middle of the festival, you will be at a bank. That’s not where we are playing. We’re playing at 515 South Congress, which is about a mile away on the other side of the bridge. The place is really cool, but it is definitely a little bit of a hike. There were quite a few people today who were excited to come see the show, so I hope the distance doesn’t deter them. I guess distance is a good reason to do an “official” SXSW show. All of those ones are really easy to walk to. On the plus side, the bridge that you cross to get to our show also happens to be home to over 1.5 million bats and you’ll see them all flying out to hunt as you cross back over to the festival after our set. I have seen it before and it’s quite a site."

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I Declare War Signs to Artery Recordings

I Declare War has officially been signed as the fifth band to Artery Recordings, the new joint venture between The Artery Foundation and Razor & Tie. Founded in 2005, the death metal band is comprised of five guys in their twenties out of Seattle, Washington. On June 1st, their self-produced album "Malevolence" will be released.

While the band can definitely be described as heavy and aggressive, guitarist Evan Hughes states, "We have elements of a lot of different styles but keep things interesting by straying from sticking to a formula and not writing the same song 11 times." When discussing the album, Evan states, "The lyrics are based on a lot of what we think is corrupt in the world today - government, religion, and the self-inflicted downfall of humanity. The title reflects the overall feeling of the lyrics and a basic view of how we see the world today."

During I Declare War's first tour in 2007, the band happened to cross paths with well-known death metal band Whitechapel, and played what Evan calls "one of the worst shows both of us ever played." The unfortunate show turned into a lasting friendship and one of the best things to happen to the band. When Alex Wade from Whitechapel was approached by Artery in regards to possible bands to sign, he suggested I Declare War, and so the relationship began. Artery and I Declare War are equally excited to begin working together. Evan says, "Being recognized by everyone at Artery is an honor and we're really happy to have found a home with them. It's been a long road to get to this point, but it really feels like our hard work is paying off."

Artery Recordings is the label home to The Artery Foundation and is an imprint of independent label Razor & Tie, whose first two releases are from Chelsea Grin and Bury Tomorrow.

You can check out some of I Declare War's music on their MySpace player.

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Sons Of Fenris Issues New Album Update

Sons of Fenris has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming full-length album:

"The first and future Sons of Fenris record, that will emerge from the realms of Heldrasil, is entitled 'Þurh Mihstoz af Khalijaewhaz' This upcoming dark audio relic will contain 9 musical rituals like 'The Opening of the Void' (lyrics written by Orm of the Dark Germanic Fundamentalist bands named Wod, Ormgård and Myling), 'Þurisawulfaz bloðisojanan' or 'Wahram eþ Muþspellaugaz.'

"As you noticed, some parts of the lyrics will be written in Protogermanic. The use of the primordial Germanic language for invoking our primordial gigantic lords is something important and in deep connection with the ancestral blood that is flowing in us. To use it is a more powerful curse for accelerating the spiral of destruction and for swallowing the cosmic realms into the ultimate raging storm - Wurdigudon - Ragnarök. Nothing can stop Their holy wrath. See the foundation of our multiverse trembling and drying out. The return of Gennjaûram - Abgrundjasaiþagiwo - Ginnungagap is near!"

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Den Saakaldte Announces Fan Meet And Greet

Norwegian black metallers Den Saakaldte have issued the following announcement about a special meet and great along with Pantheon I at their upcoming show on March 21st:

"Den Saakaldte & Pantheon I will be appearing at a special event at the Azijnfabriek, Roermond, Netherlands on Sunday 21 March. Both bands will play special sets and there will be a meet and greet where you will be able to meet all the band members and share a beer or two (or more!) Anyone with tickets to the Taake/Horna/Den Saakaldte/Panethon I event on Saturday, will get free entry on Sunday. The event kicks off at 16:00. Please check venue for tickets and further details at this location."

Den Saakaldte also has the following upcoming tour dates:

3/19 2010 Pitch Black - Niederkrüchten, DE Niederkrüchten
3/20 2010 Roermond-Azienfabriek, NL Roermond
3/21 2010 De Azijnfabriek Roermond
4/9 2010 Helsinki, Dante’s Highlight, FI Helsinki
4/10 2010 KINGS OF BLACK METAL FESTIVAL 2010, DE Hessen
12/11 2010 TBA, MEXICO Mexico

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Will Of The Ancients Reveals New Album Details

Canada's Will of the Ancients has posted footage online of their recent performance of the song "Epistemological Conundrum," which can be viewed below. The band has also issued the following update about revealing the name and track listing for their upcoming album:

"Ahoy folks! First of all, thanks to everyone who came out to support us at the Wreckroom last Saturday as we opened for Orphaned Land and Suidakra, and cheers to all the bands including our brothers in Battlesoul. It was a fantastic show! Thanks to our buddy Kev for shooting this vid: Epistemological Conundrum Live @ the Wreckroom

"Second, We've finally figured some of the details of the new album. It will be called 'To Our Glorious Dead.' We're currently looking for a record label to develop a relationship with and release this album, so if you're a label rep and see this, get in touch! We're estimating a release somewhere around late summer or fall this year if all goes well, but for now, we're working hard on recording, getting some new merch ideas rolling, and getting some seriously awesome artwork together. That's all for now! Cheers!

The tentative track listing is as follows:

1. The Trapper
2. Shield of Stone
3. Where Men Fear to Build
4. Devonian Ascension
5. The Stars Like Dust
6. Lake of the Sun
7. Currents of Magma
8. To Our Glorious Dead More...

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Soilwork Announces Tour with Death Angel

Swedish modern metallers Soilwork will embark on a North American headlining tour this summer with Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel. Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters Augury, Roadrunner Records recording artists Mutiny Within, and pirate themed thrashers Swashbuckle.

Soilwork vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid commented: "We are stoked to tour with the most vicious thrashers from the west, famous for their gin drinking and intense live shows. Death Angel is a classic band that we've wanted to tour with for a long time. A perfect fit for the bill and surely an awesome touring companion. The summer of mosh is upon us. Don't miss out!"

Death Angel frontman Mark Osegueda added: “I can't begin to tell you how excited we are about the upcoming tour! I first heard Soilwork on a Nuclear Blast promo compilation and they stood out from the first listen. The riffs, the drumming, and Bjorn's vocal attack! Then we were fortunate enough to play with them at With Full Force Festival a few years back and they killed it live! As fate would have it, I was asked to participate in a Nuclear Blast 20 Year Anniversary compilation album called Out of the Dark, which Peter Wichers wrote the music for. I wrote the lyrics and melody for a song on that compilation called ‘My Name is Fate’! Peter actually was also the producer, so I was fortunate enough to get to work with him in the studio! What a brilliant guy and and a great musician and now that he is back in the fold Soilwork is back on top of their game. I think the musical styles and live performances of both bands will make every show on this tour a show not to be missed by any true fan of HEAVY music! So don't just hear about the aftermath, experience it for yourself!”

Augury lead singer/guitar player Patrick Loisel: “We are very proud to be part of such a great tour with Soilwork, perform alongside legends such as Death Angel (a band whom I covered in my old bands), and join our brothers in Swashbuckle again. It's quite a thrill!”

Soilwork and Death Angel have now added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet Soilwork and Death Angel for a special event that is being offered. Fans will also receive a customized poster to get signed by both bands. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at EnterTheVault.com.

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All Shall Perish Pulls Out Of Graspop Festival

Oakland, California based metal outfit All Shall Perish has announced that they will no longer be on the bill for this years edition of Belgiums Graspop Metal Meeting festival. No further information is available at this time. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel and boasts headlining appearances from American rock legends Aerosmith and KISS, as well as performances from Motorhead, Saxon, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Immortal and Slayer.

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Barren Earth Streaming New Song

Finland’s up-and-coming prog/death super group Barren Earth is currently streaming a new song online from the upcoming album "Curse of the Red River." The track, titled "Forlorn Waves," can be heard via the official Barren Earth MySpace page. The new album "Curse of the Red River" is set to be released on March 24th in Finland, March 29th in the rest of Europe, and April 6th in North America.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. The Curse Of The Red River (7:52)
2. Our Twilight (5:27)
3. Forlorn Waves (4:39)
4. Flicker (6:42)
5. The Leer (4:56)
6. The Ritual Of Dawn (6:34)
7. Ere All Perish (5:54)
8. Cold Earth Chamber (5:34)
9. Deserted Morrows (6:50)

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Eternal Ruin Bassist Passes Away

Bassist Ryan Engle of Maryland based death metal act Eternal Ruin passed away on Sunday, March 14th. No cause of death has yet been announced by the band. The obituary can be found at this location. Swiss metallers Carnal Decay also issued the following statement about Ryan's death:

"Cheers to our brother eternal Ryan! He was a great musician and a good friend! We were lucky to get on a bunch of European dates and a Mexican tour together with eternal ruin. We wish all the best to his family, friends and band mates. Ryan you'll never be forgotten! We salute you!"

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

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Dark Funeral Posts Fan-Filmed Footage

Swedish black metallers Dark Funeral have posted a series of fan-filmed video clips online from their recent shows on the "Declaration of Hate" European tour. The first can be viewed below and the rest can be found after the jump.

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Hour Of Penance To Tour Europe

Italy's Hour of Penance has issued the following statement about an upcoming European tour:

"Hour of Penance will hit the European soil for almost 3 weeks in late April / May to promote the new album 'Paradogma' out on Unique Leader on March 30th U.S / 31st Rest of the world. The band will also take part in two of the most extreme European festivals including the Dutch Neurotic Deathfest and the U.K Deathfest respectively on April 30th and May 2nd."

The upcoming Hour of Penance tour dates are as follows, with more expected to be announced soon:

4/17 2010 Controsenso Club / Granducato di Metallo Prato, Prato
4/24 2010 OLDEN LIVE CLUB/COVO ANTICO Lonato del Garda, Brescia
4/25 2010 JACK HOLE - Vicenza Vicenza, Vicenza
4/27 2010 Slovakia / Kosice @ Colloseum Club
4/28 2010 Czech / Prague @ Black Pes
4/30 2010 Neurotic DeathFest Tillburg, Noord-Brabant
5/2 2010 Deathfest Uk : the second coming Leeds
5/7 2010 Vigo @ La Iguana, Spain
5/8 2010 Porto @ Metalpoint, Portugal
5/9 2010 South Area @ TBC , Portugal
5/10 2010 Spain / El Ejido - Almeria @ Sala Concept Music Club
5/29 2010 Blackout rock club Roma, Roma
7/30 2010 Eisenwahn fest 2010 Obersinn
8/28 2010 Viadana Open Air Viadana, Mantova

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Karma To Burn Announces U.S. Tour

Karma to Burn has issued the following statement about an upcoming U.S. tour:

"Over protests from Christian Right leaders, who oppose their music for containing magic (and, by extension, Satanic religious beliefs), Karma To Burn are pleased to announce US tour dates in support of their forthcoming new album, 'Appalachian Incantation', set for North American release on May 11th. 'Appalachian Incantation' will be Karma To Burn's first studio album in eight years and the legendary stoner rockers' first album for Napalm Records, following the recent release of their 'Live 2009 - Reunion Tour' DVD.

"We have hopes that the allure of bright lights and the promise of instant wealth will have Karma To Burn shows filled to the rafters with youngsters clamoring for instruction in summoning and conjuring, willing their bodies and souls to Lucifer in unholy blood covenants, or at least watching more softcore pornography on cable... Joining us onstage will be the unassuming wizards of Year Long Disaster and Satan himself, who will appear as a beast with seven heads and ten horns."

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

05/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
05/15 - Philadelphia, PA
05/16 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
05/17 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
05/19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Pub
05/20 - Charleston, WV
05/21 - Huntington, WV @ V Club
05/22 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St.
05/23 - Columbus, OH
05/25 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
05/26 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
05/27 - Madison, WI
05/29 - Wichita, KS @ Lizard Lounge
05/30 - Oklahoma City, OK

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Korpiklaani Checks In From The Road

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have posted footage online of their recent performance in Argentina, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about their upcoming shows:

"Finally Skiltron and Korpiklaani are touring together. Two years ago, Jonne recorded the vocals of the Skiltron song 'Praying is nothing' (album: Beheading The Liars, 2008). Yesterday the two bands shared the stage in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the first time. Both bands team up together for the upcoming shows in Brazil. Yesterday's show was exellent, great audience and cool atmosphere. Thank you Argentina!"

Korpiklaani has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Lost Empire Seeking New Vocalist

Swiss gothic act Lost Empire has issued the following announcement about seeking a new female vocalist:

"Hello lost web navigator! We are looking for a female voice with the following requirements:

- Age not less than 16 years
- Willing to do concerts all over Switzerland and northern Italy
- Wanting to join a group of friends and engage at least one test per week (usually Sunday afternoon); rehearsal room in Riazzino (Center Stable to bubble behind the Vanilla)

"Anyone familiar with these requirements or someone who can match the requirements please contact us by e-mail: info@lostempire.ch Contact: Paul: 079 374 07 64 Thank you and good continuation. STAY LOST!"

Lost Empire tracks can be heard at the band's MySpace page.

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Symphony X Issues New Album Update

The official Symphony X MySpace page has been updated with the following statement about the band recording a new album:

"Just got off the phone with MJR, & have a brief update to share. Things are moving right along with the new cd! The music is all finished, and Jason arrived in New Jersey this week; they're starting drum tracks today. Mike has promised to get photos of the recording sessions, so we should have the first of those to share next week; stay tuned."

You can also check out sample Symphony X tracks at this location.

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Opeth Comments On Upcoming Album

Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following statement regarding the band's recent song for the "God of War 3" soundtrack and the sound of Opeth's upcoming album:

"Lady Gaga called me up! That was a lie....sorry, that's like fucking SPAM! Quite interesting to see how diverse the reactions have been to our last song, ‘The throat of Winter’ that we recorded to be included on a disc coming with the ‘God of War 3’ game. Everything from ‘loving it’ to ‘hating it’ to juvenile ‘meh’ comments.

"I’m happy we’ve caused some reactions at least, rather raise a taste-agenda than a shrug.
It’s quite clear to me that some have yet to understand what this band is about. Some say the song doesn’t ‘fit’ the game, as if we’d ever, in our career, been interested in fitting in. Sorry! I was asked to write an Opeth song, and that’s what I did. Couldn’t care less if we fit in or not.

"At this point I’m complete and utterly bored with new streamlined music. Bored to tears by conventional metal arrangements. I think the future album will be more or less devoid of any fluid writing. It will be all over the place I guess, because that’s what I and ultimately Opeth as a band find interesting these days. I want it to be fucked up! I’ve written a 10 minute + piece so far and it’s miserable sounding (in a good way, for me at least) and quite disturbing. Don’t know whether it will make the final cut, but it’s certainly set the tone for what type of music I want to write right now. I can’t foresee what you as ‘fans’ will think of anything we put out anymore. I stopped wondering after ‘Damnation’ got hate-bombed, so we’ll just have to wait and see I guess. More...

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Obscura Checks In From The Road

Drummer Hannes Grossmann of Germany's Obscura has checked in with a new road report via Sick Drummer. An excerpt from the report follows:

"March 8th - Portland/OR, Hawthorne Theater: I've been to Portland before, but I didn't notice how much of a hippie town it is. At least the part of the city called Hawthorne is. The good thing about hippie towns is that they care a lot about healthy food and good coffee. I'm not sure if walkin' barefootin' allday is really healthy, but maybe if you eat all that veggie crap every day, it doesn't matter anymore...

"Well, nice theater we were playing in. The audience was really enthusiastic and finally I got the chance to catch Augury. Even though they lost their rhythm section right before the tour started, they sound tight. Tommy really can play the drums. We were all very tired because we had an overnight drive from San Francisco, so we packed our stuff as soon as the concert was over and drove to the closest Motel 6.

"March 9th - Seattle/WA, El Corazon: El corazon...that must be Spanish for THE BUTTHOLE. The most rotten stage we played on this tour so far, two of my tom mics didn't just fell off, they literally fell apart in its single pieces. Steffen got hit by his microphone stand in the mouth because the audience went totally crazy. At least one really cool thing about that venue, as long as you don't have to sing. No seriously, the audience was great and I really would love to play in Seattle again. Maybe in another club. More...

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Suicide War Recruits Crowbar Vocalist

Louisiana's Suicide War, who recently announced the addition of Goatwhore's Ben Falgoust for vocal duties, has now issued the following update about recruiting Kirk Windstein:

"Yes!! It is true.... Kirk will be doing vocal duties along side Ben in Suicide War. He will also be filling the bass duties, if and when Suicide War plans to do some shows. I know some people are expecting his signature Crowbar style vocals, but he has approached this project from a completely different angle. We are so pleased, and thankful to have Kirk involved with this project. We hope all the fans appreciate what we are trying to accomplish with this beast, and we promise you all wont be let down! Thanks and spread the word!"

Sample Suicide War tracks can also be heard via the band's MySpace page.

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Weedeater Changes Tonight's Venue

Weedeater has issued the following update about canceling their previously scheduled show tonight in Houston and instead playing in Little Rock:

"Hey all, the March 18th show in Houston is canceled; we're playing Little Rock AR @ Downtown Music instead. Our buds in ASG will be joining us along with Struck by Lightning. See you there! P.S. the first week has been great so far, thanks to all you guys and the amazing support bands for making this such a killer tour!"

You can also catch Weedeater on the "Nine Toes" tour on the following dates: More...

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Antichrist Streaming New Songs

German metallers Antichrist are currently streaming four new songs online from their recent recording sessions. The tracks "Satan's Servant," "Realm of Damnation," "Hails and Horns," and "Unending Cold" can be heard via the official Antichrist MySpace page.

Antichrist also has the following upcoming tour dates:

3/26 2010 M8 Mainz Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz
8/27 2010 Metallergrillen 2010 Katzenbach, Rheinland-Pfalz
10/8 2010 Juku Alzey Alzey, Rheinland-Pfalz

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Morbid Angel Drummer Undergoes Back Surgery

Tampa, Florida based death metallers Morbid Angel have issued the following update about their drummer undergoing back surgery:

"World Management and Morbid Angel would like to let the fans know that rumors about Pedro Sandoval's back surgery are in fact true. Pete has suffered for a long time with a deteriorating disc problem. He was in daily pain and needed to have this done. He has recently been treated by a Laser Back Surgery specialist in Tampa Florida. He is currently in rehabilitation and doing well. Pete is part of our family and the band¹s History and we all wish him well and a full recovery. Unfortunately this type of injury, subsequent surgery and rehab cannot be rushed and it will take ample time for him to hopefully be back behind his drums again and out on tour with Morbid Angel.

"The band is moving forward on their next recording with Tim Yeung. Currently the guys are in rehearsals in Tampa putting their finishing touches on the songs for the New album, which is slated for later this year with subsequent touring world wide."

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Killing Time Running Charity Contest

New York hardcore act Killing Time has issued the following update about seeking charity donations for a chance to win a special bundle of their new album "Three Steps Back:"

"Killing Time is proud to be working with T.H.E. Brain Trust and Audrey’s Umbrella to help raise money to support individuals living with a brain tumor. For a small donation of $5.00 you can be entered to win a Killing Time 'Three Steps Back' Special Bundle Package. The package includes 1 CD and 1 vinyl copy of our new album 'Three Steps Back' as well as a 'Three Steps Back' T-shirt and Promotional poster. The donation period will end on April 21st. The winner will be contacted via email. Donations are being taken via PayPal. Please help support this worthy cause!

"The mission of T.H.E. Brain Trust is to create a healing exchange of information and support among people affected by neurological disorders including patient-survivors, families, caregivers, health professionals and researchers. Their goal is to provide and improve online communication resources. Through these and other efforts, they are building a global community of People whose lives are affected by brain tumors, brain injuries, and related issues. Donate & Win! More...

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Line-Up Announced For Tuska Festival

Finland's Survival Zero has been confirmed to perform at the 2010 edition of the Tuska Festival, which takes place from July 2nd - 4th in Helsinki. More info on the festival can be found here. The currently announced line-up for the festival is as follows:

Friday 2.7.2010
Devin Townsend – Ziltoid The Omniscient, world exclusive
Satyricon
Tarot
Testament
Ihsahn
Pain
Insomnium
Barren Earth
Obituary
Swallow The Sun
Rytmihäiriö
The Arson Project More...

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Nightfall Checks In With Recording Update

Keyboardist Stathis Kassios of Greek metal act Nightfall has issued the following update about the recording of the band's new album:

"The timing felt right to end my long lasting relationship with previous sequencers and move on with confidence (thanks also goes to Chris ‘Rektor’ Ntaskas) to Digidesign’s Pro Tools and lay down the keyboards for Astron Black album. The first steps before jumping to the high speed Pro Tools train and its innovative built - in top - notch plug ins, were a bit uncertain as the use of my previous synth sounds of Novation KS - Rack did not quite satisfy the panorama of Efthimis goal for this album and a short period of intense discussions and almost Tyrannical guidance followed, which finally turned out highly creative

"The existential question always haunts keyboard players playing Metal music ‘How do I fit here?’ started troubling my mind, demanding for immediate planning; having a ‘strategy’ as a recording artist is like investing with the least risk taken and expecting the best result. So did I. In respect to the work done by previous keyboard players of the band and to the demands of Nightfall’s diverse and unique music, I had to spend time, a hell of a time actually, and artsy nights listening to the pre - produced guitar tracks recorded by Evan, while trying to figure out the best approach that would carefully follow there after as regard to the use of the sounds and orchestration throughout this prominent album. More...

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Candlemass To Release Live DVD

Swedish doom metal legends Candlemass has announced that they will be releasing a brand new live DVD this year, entitled "Ashes To Ashes." The DVD will see a European release date of April 23rd while fans in North America will have to wait a little longer, as the DVD won't be released there until June 29th. The DVD contains two full live performances from the band, one filmed at last years Sweden Rock Festival, the other at a show in Athens, Greece as well as a bonus CD that features the Sweden show. Also on the DVD will be an in depth interview with lead vocalist Robert Lowe.

The tracklistings are as follows: More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britains Hard Rock Hell IV festival has announced that two more legendary British bands in the form of UFO and Uriah Heep, will be performing at this years event. The festival will take place at Prestatyn in North Wales from December 3rd-5th at the Pontins holiday resort.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Blaze Bayley
Diamond Head
Enuff Z'Nuff
L.A. Guns
Michael Schenker Group
Paul Di'anno
Pretty Boy Floyd
Skid Row
Tank
UFO
Uriah Heep

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Annihilator Reveals New Album Details

Canadian thrash metal veterans Annihilator has announced that they will be releasing a new studio album, which will be self-titled, on May 17th in Europe through Earache Records. A North American release date will be revealed shortly. This will be the bands thirteenth studio album.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"The Trend"
"Coward"
"Ambush"
"Betrayed"
"25 Seconds"
"Nowhere To Go"
"The Other Side"
"Death In Your Eyes"
"Payback"
"Romeo Delight"

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These Are They Posts New Music Video Online

Chicago metal band THESE ARE THEY has posted the music video for their song "Blood Vengeance" online. The song comes off of their debut album "Who Linger." Watch the video below:

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Soil Announces More North American Tour Dates

SOIL has announced the More North American tour dates with Smile Empty Soul. Their complete tour schedule is as follows:

03/25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Key Club
03/26 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
03/28 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
03/29 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
03/31 – Maplewood, MN – The Rock
04/01 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s Rock Garden
04/02 – Rockford, IL – Whiskey Road House
04/03 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave Bar
04/05 – Madison, WI – The Annex
04/06 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
04/07 – Traverse City, MI – Streeters
04/08 – Dayton, OH – MCGuffys
04/09 – Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
04/10 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
04/11 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
04/12 – Toronto, ONT – The Wreck Room
04/13 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
04/14 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
04/16 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
04/17 – Allston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
04/18 – Farmindale, NY – Crazy Donkey
04/20 – Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
04/21 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
04/22 – Beaufort, SC – House Of Tunes
04/23 – Ft Meyers, FL – WJBX Radio Show/ City Of Palms Park
04/24 – Jacksonville, FL – Brewster’s Pit
04/27 – Shreveport, LA -Riverside Warehouse
04/29 – Sauget, IL -Pop’s
04/30 – Louisville, KY – Uncle Pleasants
05/01 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
05/02 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
05/03 – Nashville, TN – The Muse
05/04 – Jackson, MS – Fire
05/06 – McCallen, TX – Smoking Aces
05/07 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
05/08 – Dallas, TX – Trees
05/09 – San Antonio, TX – Scout Bar
05/11 – Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory
05/12 – Salina, KS – The Blue Goat
05/13 – Sioux Falls, SD – Rookies
05/14 – Des Moines, IA – House Of Bricks
05/15 – Springfield, MO – RADIO SHOW
05/21 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/21 – Santa Rosa, CA – Last Day Saloon
05/22 – Santa Clara, CA – Avalon

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Turisas Posts New Studio Video Diary Online

Finnish metal band Turisas has posted their second studio video diary online. Watch it below.

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Battlesoul Posts New Song, "Wolf," Online

Canadian thrash metal band Battlesoul has posted a new song, "Wolf," on their MySpace page. The band has also announced the following shows:

Mar 26 - Moon Over Marin - London, Ontario
Apr 03 - The Coach & Horses - Windsor, Ontario
Apr 08 - Music Hall Lounge w/ Powerglove - London, Ontario
Aug 13 - Grind Your Mind Land - Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Consei, Quebec
Aug 14 - Grind Your Mind Land - Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Consei, Quebec

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Play Rock Band 2 with H.I.M.

H.I.M. will be participating in Xbox 360's "Game with Fame," giving fans a chance to play Rock Band 2 with them. Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Time: 9PM-11PM EST / 6PM-8PM PST
Game: Rock Band 2
Gamertags: HIM GwF (space between HIM and GwF)

Send a friend request to the above Gamertag and be online half an hour before (8:30 P.M. ET) the Game with Fame session starts.

The band will also do a signing at Hot Topic at the Deptford Mall on March 25th. Purchase the new H.I.M. CD, "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice," or any H.I.M. t-shirt at the Deptford Mall Hot Topic and get a wristband that guarantees the opportunity to meet the band.

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The End Records Compilation For Free Download

Toward the end of 2009, The End Records released a 99 cent 17 track sampler on iTunes. Now, in celebration of March Metal Month, the label has released a 20 track sampler for free download on Amazon.com! (May be only available to visitors in the U.S.)

1. The 69 Eyes "Dead Girls Are Easy" (3:53)
2. Dir En Grey "Dozing Green (Live)" (3:57)
3. Creature With the Atom Brain "Transylvania" (5:59)
4. Autumn "Liar Emilie" (6:01)
5. Cable "Running Out Of Roads To Ride" (4:55)
6. Goes Cube "Grinding The Knife Blade" (3:15)
7. Early Man "Someone Else's Nightmare" (3:52)
8. Shining "Fisheye" (5:07)
9. Karl Sanders "Rapture Of The Empty Spaces" (4:23)
10. Novembers Doom "A Eulogy For The Living Lost" (6:30)
11. Suicide City "The Best Way" (4:11)
12. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter "Der Weg (Live)" (3:56)
13. Sigh "L'art De Mourir" (4:55)
14. Borknagar "Havoc" (6:41)
15. Laethora "A.S.K.E." (3:39)
16. Hull "Architect" (6:54)
17. These Are They "The Indweller" (6:38)
18. Vreid "Milorg" (6:21)
19. Sarke "Old" (2:06)
20. Red Planet;Nattefrost "Sin Goddammit" Fenriz' (4:10)

You can download the free compilation here.

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Sinbreed Posts New Music Video Online

German power metal band SINBREED has released their music video for the track "Dust to Dust" online. The track comes off their debut album, "When Worlds Collide," which will be released in Japan on March 24th, Europe on March 26th and in North America on April 6th. Watch the video below:

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Stone Temple Pilots Reveals New Album Artwork

Stone Temple Pilots has issued the following update:

"Happy St. Patrick's Day friends! To celebrate the holiday, the South by Southwest show tomorrow, and the tour dates popping up everywhere, we are sharing the never before seen album artwork with you."

The self-titled Stone Temple Pilots album will be released on May 25th.

The tracklisting for the self-titled album is as follows:

01. Between the Lines
02. Take a load off
03. Huckleberry Crumble
04. Hickory Dichotomy
05. Dare if You Dare
06. Cinnamon
07. Hazy Daze
08. Bagman
09. Peacoat
10. Fast as I can
11. First Kiss on Mars
12. Maver

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Winter of Life Announces Europeawn Tour Dates

Italian metal band Winter of Life has announced a European tour.

The band comments, "We are very proud to present our first European tour, which will take place between March and April in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and the UK. Tour organization has been taken care of by Sit Still Promotion and JMG Agency. Even if the first gig is very close, it is likely to have new gigs confirmed, so stay tuned for more."

Winter of Life European tour dates are as follows:

20 March - Andino, Wien (Austria)
21 March - Schlappohr’s Kneipe, Großefehn (Deutschland)
24 March - Rock Cafè, Leuven (Belgium)
26 March - Grand, Uppsala (Sweden)
27 March - Taj Mahal, Vasteras (Sweden)
28 March - TBC
03 April - TBC
04 April - The Dublin Castle, London (UK)
05 April - Old Belly, Derby (UK)
06 April - Axe & Cleaver, Boston (UK)
07 April - TBC
08 April - Snooty Fox, Wakefield (UK)
09 April - TBC
10 April - Club Rio, Bradford (UK)
11 April - TBC
12 April - TBC

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Sarkom Issues Tour Report

Sarkom has issued the following tour report:

"After 10 days and 10 gigs we returned to Norway pretty exhausted... A big hail goes out to both Shining and Svarttjern for a great tour, as well as all the maniacs who came to see us! All shows went great, but the gig in Berlin came out as the best this time, as it was packed to the edge with crazy Germans!"

"Hope to see some of you at the Inferno gig in a couple of weeks! It's been over a year since we last played in Norway, so we really think it will be worth to come and see!"

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Gamma Ray Postpones European Tour Dates

German power metal band Freedom Call has issued the following update:

"Due to illness in the Gamma Ray camp two shows have to be postponed..."

Gamma Ray tour dates with Freedom Call are as follows:

19.03. D-Lichtenfels - Stadthalle
22.03. D-Langen - Stadthalle (new date)
23.03. D-Saarbrücken - Garage (new date)

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Cadaveria Begins Work On New Album

Italian Horror Metal band CADAVERIA have entered the studio to begin recording their new album.

Cadaveria comments, "We finally completed the composition of eleven brand new songs and we officially entered the recording studio last week. We will care about the entire production as usual, so it would take a while... by the way drums are already done and Frank Booth and new entry Dick Laurent are already at work on the guitars."

"It's always hard to speak about your own creations, but I have been working on vocals fine-tuning for last two weeks and I have the feeling these new tracks are dramatically heavy, obscure and insane. I'm looking forward to carrying this new album out but me and Killer Bob are quite busy with DyNAbyte new release too. On the other hand me and the other guys from CADAVERIA will not quit the studios till we are completely satisfied of the result... so I guess we must be patient."

Cadaveria recently made a guest appearance on Italian Death metallers Mechanical God Creation's new CD, performing backing vocals on the song "I Shall Remain Unforgiven."

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Methusalem Reveals New Album Details Online

Dutch heavy metal band METHUSALEM has set the release-date for their upcoming album "Unite and Conquer" for March 26. This self-financed album will be distributed by Rock Inc.

The band comments on the new album, "When the band decided that it was time for a new, full-length album, they threw overboard all biases about how heavy metal should sound and listened very carefully to what producer Arno Krabman from Graveland Studios had to say about their current style. The result is an album that features a bunch of songs that are all miles apart, some more traditional, some more modern, yet all fitting perfectly into Methusalem’s philosophy. That philosophy is still to rock the world with hard rock and heavy metal, but in stead of living in the past, they’ve now made an album that remembers the past." More...

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Igneous Human Posts New Music Video Online

Swedish melodic death metal band IGNEOUS HUMAN has released the music video for the song "Demonride." "Demonride" will also appear in the Swedish movie "The Road Viking" and parts of the movie can be seen in the video clip.

Watch "Demonride" below:

"Demonride" has been taken from the bands latest album "Pyroclastic Storms," which was released via Tractor Productions, BlackLabel/Sound Pollution.

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