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Metal News for March 19, 2010

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Bonnaroo 2010 Stays Irrelevant to Metalheads

Superfly and A.C. Entertainment recently announced that the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has added several artists to the 2010 event, but I thought I'd highlight the few heavier bands on the line-up:

Clutch
GWAR
Isis
Baroness
Circa Survive
Rise Against
Les Claypool

You really have to be a general music fan to appreciate a festival like Bonnaroo, so diehard metalheads need not bother. The full Bonnaroo 2010 lineup can be found here. The music festival takes place on Thursday, June 10 through June 13.

Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Jack Johnson and other top artists are donating their music to encourage Americans to speak out on climate change. Organized by the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, HeadCount and the NRDC Action Fund, this collaboration marks the first time free music has been used to prompt Americans to contact their elected officials.

Best of Bonnaroo, a compilation of 17 different live performances from the festival (unfortunately none of the heavier ones), is available for free at www.Musicforaction.org.

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Facedown Records Offers Free Spring 2010 Sampler

Facedown Records is the latest label to offer a free spring sampler, offering their own 13 track compilation. You can download it for free here (enter code "FACEDOWN").

Here's the tracklisting for the Facedown spring sampler:

1. War Of Ages - "Desire"
2. Onward To Olympas - "Sink Or Swim"
3. A Hope For Home - "The Machine Stops"
4. Wrench In The Works - "Project AK-47"
5. Hands - "Of The Flesh"
6. For Today - "Saul Of Tarsus (The Messenger)"
7. Call To Preserve - "Hope For The Fallen"
8. A Plea For Purging - "Malevolence"
9. Sleeping Giant - "The Army Of The Chosen One"
10. Impending Doom - "More Than Conquerors"
11. Take It Back! - "Hollow Eyes"
12. Letter To The Exiles - "It's Never Safe To Dream"
13. Saving Grace - "Unbreakable"

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Jameson and Kill Corps To Play Free Show

The producers of indie movie "Glory Days" invite real rock fans to join them in recreating a classic rock scene from LA's Sunset Strip heyday (circa 1989) on Wednesday, March 24th, at Downtown LA's 740 Club. To entice and incite the most real re-creation of a full house concert at the Palladium, Palace or the Palomino "back in the day," they’re inviting all real music fans to come partake and aide in the festivities.

WHO: Jameson & Kill Corps (Formerly Death Pilot)
WHEN: Wednesday, March 24, 7pm Doors (Early Show)
WHERE: Club 740 @ 753 Spring St., Downtown L.A.
WHAT: Indie Movie Shoot for Glory Days
WHY: Recreate 1989 LA Rock Scene
HOW: Free For All (over 21)

LA's Kill Corps, and Jameson will perform in the classically remodeled music hall on LA's downtown theater row, Club 740.

Located at 740 Broadway, but with its entrance in back at 753 Spring Street, Club 740 is a totally refurbished three level theater with a full brass-and-glass balcony above an all-mod-cons dance floor: State of the art sound and lights and service, including supreme bottle and VIP services. On weekends it hosts LA's top house and hip hop parties. For this event it will be transformed into a
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Seether Announces U.S. Tour

Seether has issued the following update about a string of U.S. tour dates:

"Hey Everyone, Johnny here... How long has it been? Almost a year? That's crazy and far too long for us to go without playing some shows. If you've been a fan of Seether for awhile, you know this band does not take vacations!! We are a touring band and we love being on the road...and 2010 will be the return of SEEEEETHER-R-R_R!!!

"Well, that didn't sound as cool writing it but, just imagine the 'Truck and Tractor Pull voice-over guy' doing that 'Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!!' thing. We have been in the studio for the last few weeks with the 'mighty' Brendan O' Brien producing and the new stuff is sounding great! Brendan is the perfect fit for us and working with him has been a blast. So, with us hard at work it's time for a little 'play-time'!! We have some shows starting at the end of April thru May (check website for dates near you!!). It's time to let Seether do what we do best...sweat on stage, bang the crap out of our instruments and knock over a few beer bottles, in the process. We are really looking forward to these shows!! We might even have a few surprises in the setlist for you. See you guys out there - We have missed you!"

The currently announced dates are as follows:

4/29 - Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA - w/ Chevelle
5/1 - Beale Street Music Fest, Memphis, TN
5/2 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX - Buzzfest
5/5 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Atlanta, GA
5/7 - Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
5/11 - Alliant Energy Center Memorial, Madison, WI
5/14 - Husets Speedway, Brandon, SD - KRRO Fest
5/15 - Liberty Memorial Park, Kansas City, MO - KQRC Radio Show
5/16 - National Balloon Classic Field, Indianola, IA
5/18 - La Crosse Center Arena, La Crosse, WI
5/22 - Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
5/23 - Rock on the Range, Columbus, OH - w/ Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit
6/4 - Piere's, Ft Wayne, IN

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Gwar To Host Crack-A-Thon

Even as they move to annihilate the city of Austin at this years SXSW music festival, Antarctic beast-lords Gwar are setting their sights on an event that is destined to go down as one of the most insane experiences in their long and obtuse career: The Crack-a-thon is on!

Gwar is staging the first Crack-a-thon April 16th and 17th at the MF Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Starting at 7:00 pm on April 16th, Oderus, joined by his co-host and band mate, Balsac the Jaws of Death, will star in Gwar's very own variety show which will be broadcast free of charge to anybody with an internet connection. In the tradition of "The Carol Burnett Show" or the Jerry Lewis MS telethon, Oderus will attempt to entertain and milk the viewing audience for every penny they have while presenting an assortment of guests that glitteringly represent the sub-middle-upper-lower strata of entertainments elite.

Today Gwar announced the first confirmed guest on the program, Oderus' Red Eye buddy and confirmed nose-bleeder, Andrew W.K. who will be performing live. Andrew W.K. commented about the appearance: “I am very excited to have an intimate experience with Oderus. I've admired his physique for so long, and now I finally get to see it up close... very up close.” Lead singer of Gwar and Crack-a-thone host Oderus Urungus is known for sharing his crack. More...

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Misery Index To Play Ryan Engle Memorial Show

Baltimore's Misery Index has issued the following update about playing a memorial show for Eternal Ruin bassist Ryan Engle, who passed away on March 14th:

"Tonight, Friday March 19th we are playing Krugs in Frederick, this will also be the memorial show for Eternal Ruin's Ryan Engle, RIP brother... Sunday March 21st we are playing the Talking Head @ Sonar in Baltimore, both shows we will be playing 2 new songs, so come out and rage!"

The upcoming Misery Index tour dates are as follows:

3/19 2010 Kruggs Frederick, MD
3/20 2010 Championship Trenton, NJ
3/21 2010 Talking Head Baltimore, MD
4/1 2010 Transmission Room, Lic/AA Auckland, New Zealand
4/2 2010 The Esplanade Hotel Melbourne, Australia
4/3 2010 The Factory Theatre (all ages- new venue) Sydney, Australia
4/4 2010 The Hifi Brisbane, Australia
4/5 2010 Fowler’s Live Adelaide, Australia
4/6 2010 Black Betty’s Perth, Australia
4/9 2010 Substation Theatre Singapore
4/11 2010 The WALL Livehouse Taipei, Taiwan

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Twilight To Release New Album

U.S. black metal act Twilight, which then consisted of members of Nachtmystium, Leviathan, Kreig, Xasthur and Drautran, released its self-titled debut album in 2005. Due to personal differences within the unit, Twilight officially disbanded a year later, with no plans of a new record on the horizon. Yet in early 2009 several members resurrected a modified lineup for a follow-up release.

Twilight's lineup on the upcoming "Monument To Time End" includes three founding members - Blake Judd (Nachtmystium), Wrest (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice), and N. Imperial (Kreig), - and new recruits Stavros Giannopolous (The Atlas Moth), Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea) and Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom), as well as vocal contributions by Robert Lowe (Lichens, OM) on three tracks. "Monument To Time End" will be released this May on Southern Lord Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Cryptic Ascension
2. Fall Behind Eternity
3. 8,000 Years
4. Red Fields
5. Convulsions in Wells of Fever
6. Decaying Observer
7. The Catastrophe Exhibition
8. Negative Signal Omega

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Enforcer To Hit The Road In Europe

Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer have confirmed dates for a European tour this May. Enforcer recently signed a European deal with Earache Records and are due to release their new album "Diamonds" on May 24th. The band will be touring Europe with Suicidal Angels, Steelwing, and Canadian heavy metal trio and label mates Cauldron on the Power of Metal tour 2010.

Enforcer vocalist Olaf Wikstrand commented on the tour: "It was more than a year since last time we toured Europe properly. We've been busy all winter with the recording of the new album, so it's going to be great to get out on the road again and to meet all of our friends and fans in Mid-Europe once again. It's been too long! Also, it's going to be great to tour once again with our new label mates CAULDRON and to introduce them to all the European fans. I'm really, really excited about this! See you all in May!"

Catch Enorcer live in Europe at the following shows:

02.04.2010 Lubeck, Germany - Rocktower Festival Warm-Up @ Sounds Club
03.04.2010 Lubeck, Germany - Rocktower Festival @ Lubeck Music and Congress Centre
01.05.2010 Regensburg, Germany - Boiler Room
02.05.2010 Terneuzen, Netherlands - The Pit
03.05.2010 Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
04.05.2010 Wien, Austria - Escape
05.05.2010 München, Germany - Backstage
06.05.2010 Arnheim, Netherlands - Willemeen
07.05.2010 Schweinfurt, Germany - Stattbahnhof
08.05.2010 Essen, Germany - Turock
09.05.2010 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
10.05.2010 Hamburg, Germany - Marx
11.05.2010 Berlin, Germany - Alte Feuerwache Treptow
12.05.2010 Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
13.05.2010 Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air Germany
14.05.2010 Mining am Inn, Austria - Metalfest Open Air Austria
15.05.2010 Pratteln, Switzerland - Metalfest Open Air Switzerland

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Annihilator Comments On Album Artwork

Canadian thrash metal pioneers Annihilator have revealed the artwork for their upcoming new self-titled album. The album is set to be released in Europe via Earache Record on May 17th. Annihilator guitarist and main man Jeff Waters discusses the artwork:

"The new Annihilator CD cover art was, again, done by the great Gyula Havancsák. He has done the art for the last 4 Annihilator studio releases, as well as the 'Ten Years in Hell' DVD. The concept was mine and came to me in a dream (more like a nightmare) and seems to be 'Alice' (Alison Hell), returned from the grave! Musically, the new CD ended up being far more aggressive than expected; thus, the new CD cover seems to compliment the songs perfectly."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Trend
2. Coward
3. Ambush
4. Betrayed
5. 25 Seconds
6. Nowhere To Go
7. The Other Side
8. Death In Your Eyes
9. Payback
10. Romeo Delight

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Thomas Fischer Discusses New Triptykon Album

Century Media has posted a new video clip online of Thomas G. Fischer discussing the story behind the making of the upcoming Triptykon album "Eparistera Daimones," which can be viewed below. The album will be released through Century Media Records on March 22nd in Europe and March 23rd in North America, and features artwork from H.R. Giger and Vincent Castiglia.

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King Of Asgard Enters The Studio

Swedish folk metallers King of Asgard, who recently inked a deal with Metal Blade Records, entered the Sonic Train Studios today. The band will be recording their upcoming full-length album with engineer Andy LaRocque. So far two drum tracks have been recorded for the album's projected twelve songs. Two King of Asgard demo tracks are also currently available for streaming through the band's MySpace page.

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Gorgoroth Releasing New Album On Vinyl

Gorgoroth has issued the following announcement about releasing their latest album on vinyl:

"Gorgoroth's latest album 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt' is now finally available on vinyl, in two different versions! The regular vinyl edition, which includes a poster, is released by Regain Records, whereas the picture disc version is released by Forces of Satan Records. Both versions are strictly limited pressings!

"The regular vinyl editions should be available from all major retailers. As for the picture disc, information on how to get hold of this will be posted in due time at this location. It will also be made available at the merchandise booths at Gorgoroth's upcoming European tour which starts on 9. April 2010."

Gorgoroth's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

4/9 2010 Biebob Vosselaar
4/10 2010 Baroeg Rotterdam
4/11 2010 Le Trabendo Paris
4/12 2010 MarX Hamburg
4/13 2010 Essigfabrik Cologne
4/14 2010 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg
4/15 2010 Magazzini Generali Milan
4/16 2010 N8 Osnabrück
4/17 2010 Alte Spinnerei Glauchau
5/1 2010 Ragnarök Festival @ Ostbayernhalle Rieden/Kreuth
8/12 2010 Brutal Assault Festival Jaromer
8/13 2010 Bloodstock Open Air Derbyshire
8/14 2010 Jalometalli Metal Music Festival Oulu
8/20 2010 Summer Breeze Festival Dinkelsbühl

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Iron Lamb Streaming New Song

Sweden's Iron Lamb has issued the following statement about streaming the new song "I Don't Like You" via the band's official MySpace page:

"New song up! We uploaded the brand new song 'I don´t like you,' taken from the upcoming split 7" with Motörbreath, due out on Hellrocker Records in May. Also higher quality versions of the songs from the first 7" has been added. So go ahead and check it out now. Here to ruin your party!"

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Kamelot To Host Hard Rock Cafe After Show Party

Florida power metallers Kamelot have issued the following update about an after show party at the Hard Rock Cafe:

"Once again the good people at Hard Rock Cafe in Cologne Germany will be hosting a very special after show party following Kamelot's Live Concert in Cologne on April 8th, 2010. After the show at Cologne's Live Music Hall simply present your ticket at the door of the Hard Rock Cafe for free entry into the after show! Band members will be there to meet and greet with fans for a fun evening."

The band's upcoming European and North American tour dates are as follows:

3/25 2010 Le Coliseum Charleroi
3/26 2010 O13 Tilburg
3/27 2010 Paradiso Amsterdam
3/28 2010 Koko London
3/31 2010 Elysee Montmartre Paris
4/1 2010 Z7 Konzertfabrik Pratteln
4/2 2010 Rockstore Montpellier
4/3 2010 Salamandra 1 Barcelona
4/4 2010 Sala Heineken Madrid
4/7 2010 FZW Dortmund
4/8 2010 Live Music Hall Köln
4/9 2010 Markthalle Hamburg
4/10 2010 Trädgårn Gothenburg
4/11 2010 Tyrol Stockholm
4/13 2010 Nosturi Helsinki
4/14 2010 Pakkahuone Tampere
4/16 2010 Sentrum Scene Oslo Oslo
4/17 2010 Sentrum Scene Oslo Oslo
7/2 2010 Tuska Festival Helsinki
8/7 2010 Vagos Open Air Vagos
9/8 2010 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, Florida
9/10 2010 Center Stage Atlanta, Georgia
9/11 2010 JAXX Nightclub Springfield, Virginia
9/14 2010 The Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
9/15 2010 Nokia Theatre New York, New York
9/17 2010 The Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
9/18 2010 Club Soda Montreal, Quebec
9/19 2010 The Opera House Toronto, Ontario
9/21 2010 Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio
9/22 2010 The Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9/24 2010 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, Illinois
9/25 2010 First Avenue Loop Station Minneapolis, Minnesota
9/27 2010 Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado
9/29 2010 Slim’s San Francisco, California
10/1 2010 House of Blues Sunset Strip West Hollywood, California
10/2 2010 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, California

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Kivimetsan Druidi Posts Track-By-Track Breakdown

Fantasy metallers Kivimetsan Druidi recently finished recording their new album “Betrayal, Justice, Revenge," which will be released via Century Media Records. The band has now posted the following track-by-track break down of the album:

"Aesis Lilim: Lilim are a people of female warriors living secluded in their stone castle. They do travel out and act as mercenaries, following their Code as well as their personal conscience. This song was actually made with lyrics somewhat ready before Antti and Joni started with the composition. ‘Big and movie-like’ was the idea, and that is what we got.

"Lament for the Fallen is the intro of Aesis Lilim. We came to the conclusion that it would be separated as an individual track, which meant that it needed a name of its own. ‘We’ in a broad sense: I found out about the separation when manager called me and said we need a name now. :-D

"Seawitch and the Sorcerer: Seawitch as a composition existed entirely before the lyrics were integrated. The story, though, existed too: it just hadn't been made into lyrics and chosen music to go with. So it was a shotgun marriage: these lyrics, this song, make them go together. More...

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Liv Kristine To Release New Solo Album

Leave's Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine has issued the following update about releasing a new solo album:

"Dear Fans & Friends, my up-coming album 'Skintight' is on its way to you! In January, the production at Mastersound Studio was completed and the artwork finished by Stefan Heilemann. It has been a fantastic experience to evolve during the recording process. Tori Amos gave me a lot of inspiration in the way she records her songs. My main aim is to release an album which goes directly under your skin, and into your hearts. Being authentic, but perhaps not flawless, is the philosophy I follow artistically. It is not necessary to tune and shape a singing voice when it comes from the heart, from deep within. This is why I chose the title 'Skintight.'

"Most recordings were done 'in one go,' i.e. record a complete song without breaks. Moreover, we've kept and paid attention to the natural processes which take place during singing, like breathing, movements of the lips, emotional expression and strength etc. All this makes the album authentic, real, and direct. The music is played with only a few, however, original instruments. A very down to earth album, and absolutely 'real,' like as if you were sitting next to me and I would sing a song to you. All songs have been written by Torsten Bauer, and myself. Alexander Krull produced the album. My lyrics tell about my childhood ('One of Them,' 'Wonders'), and my observations of the fast, cold, superficial and grey society of the masses ('The Rarest Flower', 'Boy at the Window'). 'Skintight' is dedicated to the children of this world - our future. Children embodies real, true and endless love; love towards nature, and love between human beings. This is an album which will open your hearts."

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Just For Fun

"What A Wonderful World" Death Metal Edition

A brilliant death metal dubbed video of Louis Armstrong singing "What A Wonderful World" has recently made its way online. Death growls were provided by Slovenian solo artist The Markness, arrangement, instruments and recording by Andy Rehfeldt and video editing by Stephanie Wooten. Check out the video below:

UPDATE: you can check out the original source video here.

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Jeff Loomis To Release Instructional DVD Set

Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis has announced he will be releasing a new instructional DVD set entitled "Extreme Lead Guitar: Dissonant Scales and Arpeggios." A teaser trailer for the release, which goes on pre-sale on April 15th, can be viewed below. The 2-DVD set will include interviews and live performances in addition to 40 guitar lessons.

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Secrets Of The Moon To Play Hole In The Sky Fest

German black metallers Secrets of the Moon have been confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Hole in the Sky festival (a.k.a. Bergen Metal Fest XI), which is set to take place from August 25th - 28th in Bergen, Norway. The festival's information page can be found here.

The currently announced line-up is as follows:

Angel Witch
Cathedral
Dead Congregation
Obituary
Obliteration
Repugnant
Secrets of the Moon
The Devil's Blood
Venom

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Sick Of It All Posts Track By Track Breakdown

New York hardcore act Sick Of It All are about to return with their new album “Based On A True Story”, which will be released via Century Media Records on April 19th, 2010 (Europe) / April 20th, 2010 (US). The band has posted part one of a detailed track by track video online including audio snippets to the first seven tracks of the album, which can be viewed below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Death Or Jail (2:51)
2. The Divide (2:50)
3. Dominated (2:09)
4. A Month Of Sundays (2:34)
5. Braveheart (0:45)
6. Bent Outta Shape (1:53)
7. Lowest Common Denominator (2:18)
8. Good Cop (2:29)
9. Lifeline (2:33)
10. Watch It Burn (2:34)
11. Waiting For The Day (2:25)
12. Long As She’s Standing (2:34)
13. Nobody Rules (2:29)
14. Dirty Money (2:57)

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Swashbuckle Posts Fourth "Ask The Admiral" Online

New Jersey pirate thrash metal band SWASHBUCKLE has posted the third episode of the recently launched first season of "Ask The Admiral" - a conceptual series of video clips in which singer & bass player Admiral Nobeard talks about the most recent metal records, but also gives the audience the chance to submit questions. Watch the fourhth episode below:

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Striker Reveals New Album Details

Canadian speed metal band Striker has issued the following update:

"We are very excited to announce the follow up to our EP Road Warrior, with our brand new full length album due to be released April 2010 titled 'EYES IN THE NIGHT.'"

The tracklisting is as follows:

01. Full Speed or No Speed
02. Eyes in the Night
03. We Don't Play by the Rules
04. Never Ending Nights
05. The White Knight
06. Voice of Rock
07. Ice Cold
08. Terrorizer
09. Believe in me
10. Hang on (To Your Life) More...

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Six Magics Announces New Guitarist

Chile's Six Magics has announced Pablo Ignacio Sepúlveda as their new guitar player replacing Gabriel Hidalgo.

The band comments about the new line up, "We are excited to announce that Pablo Ignacio Sepúlveda has officially joined Six Magics as new guitar player. Pablo has replaced Gabriel Hidalgo when he decided to quit the band to live and study in USA. Pablo was with us in our promotional tour in Germany last month and it wasn't hard to realize he is not just a great guitarist but a lovely person, too. Please give him a warm welcome!"

Coroner Records has licensed the album "Behind The Sorrow" to the Japanese label Howling Bull. The album will be released in Japan on the 28th of April 2010 and it will contain a live version of the song "Behind The Sorrow" as bonus track. More...

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Roots of Death Signs With Non Stop Music

Swiss thrash-core metallers ROOTS OF DEATH have signed a worldwide distribution deal with the indipendent labels Non Stop Music and Twilight-Vertrieb.

Due on May 7th 2010, the band's first full length CD "Dirty Mankind Collapse" was recorded and mixed at Stairway Studio in Maroggia, Switzerland with producer Ste Scenini and mastered at Antfarm Studios in Denmark by Tue Madsen (Hatesphere, The Haunted, Mnemic, Moonspell, Sick of It All,…).

"Dirty Mindkind Collapse" track-listing

01. (Intro) Chaos Theory
02. Dirty Mankind Collapse
03. Nailedown
04. Forsake It
05. Brutal Uniform
06. Sometimes
07. Radical Rejection
08. Walls Of Silence
09. Spin The Black Circle
10. Untitled Portrait
11. Tilt
12. Black Canvas More...

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Innerwish Signs To Ulterium Records

Greek melodic power metal band Innerwish has announced their signing to Ulterium Records. The band's new album "No turning back" will be released on May 28th in Europe and North America. The mixing of the album was done by Fredrik Nordström [In Flames, Hammerfall, Dimmu Borgir] at Studio Fredman, and mastering was handled by Mika Jussila [Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Stratovarius] at Finnvox Studios.

The "No Turning Back" tracklisting is as follows:

01. The signs of our lives
02. Chosen one
03. Burning desires
04. No turning back
05. Sirens
06. Save us
07. Last breath
08. Lawmaker
09. Welcome to my world
10. Kingdom of our prime
11. Full of lust
12. Live for my own

Head over to the bands official MySpace profile to check out the opening-track "The signs of our lives" and other samples from the album.

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Klone Posts New Song, "Give up the Rest," Online

The French release of KLONE's third album "Black Days" is now one month away. The band has just redesigned their MySpace page and posted the new song "Give up the Rest."

Guitarist Guillaume Bernard comments, "We're proud to share with you the brand new song 'Give up the Rest,' from our new album 'Black Days!' We have been working on this album like madmen for a year, involving our very souls in it! Thanks a lot to all who support and trust in KLONE, as well as all who make this achievement possible! We can't wait to play the new songs for you!"

"Black Days" will be released in the rest of Europe and in Australia on May 17th.

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Exmortus Seeks Second Lead Guitarist

Los Angeles death/thrash unit EXMORTUS are looking for a second lead guitarist to fill out their line-up.

The requirements are as follows:

- Own transportation
- Flexible schedule
- Able to tour
- No drugs (crack, herione, meth, etc..)
- Vocal ability a plus but not required
- Must learn the tracks "In hatreds Flames" or "Triumph By Fire" by ear, solos are not required. We tune to E Flat.

Anyone interested who thinks they have what it takes please contact the band directly via MySpace

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Warbringer Comments On Past And Upcoming Tours

Los Angeles retro thrash metal band WARBRINGER just completed a massive European tour and has now set their sights back on North America as they prepare to embark on a cross-country tour with Overkill alongside Vader, God Dethroned, Evile and Woe of Tyrants.

John Laux (guitars) further states: "Just finishing up our latest European tour, which was definitely a 'whirlwind'. We've spent the past two months all over Europe, doing five weeks of shows with Evile and then three weeks of headlining dates, mainly focusing on Eastern Europe. The conditions were rough as we did our own dates crammed into a van with seven people and all of our gear. Also, the weather just seemed to get colder and colder. Fortunately no one got too sick and all the fans who came out each night made every gig worthwhile. It was cool to venture into countries like Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Hungary. We were happy to try a lot of the local food, wine and beer. We’ll have a lot of great memories from this run.

"The Overkill tour is going to be a blast. We have already toured with Overkill, Vader and Evile separately before so we're looking forward to touring with old friends, as well as making new ones with the guys in God Dethroned and Woe of Tyrants. This is a totally killer line-up and it will be a great show for the fans.

"We've got a lot on tap for the rest of the year with our first dates in Japan taking place in May, as well as Southeast Asia dates being lined up in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Taiwan. We will have one more tour in the States supporting Pestilence in June and another tour of Europe later this summer. We hope to see you all soon."

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Spire Releases Debut EP, Posts Samples Online

Brisbane atmospheric black metal band Spire has released their debut EP. While the limited edition digipak has sold out, there are still jewel case versions available. The self titled release is available through the band for $15 plus appropriate postage. You can contact them via spiresofthought(at)gmail.com

Samples of the album are up on their MySpace player as well as their blog.

Spire will also be playing their first live show at the upcoming Obsidian Anzac weekend show in Brisbane.

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Download a Free Eagle/Armoury Records Compilation

While we're announcing free label samplers on Amazon.com, Eagle/Armoury Records has one up there as well, apparently from 2009. Here's the tracklisting of their free metal and hard rock compilation, which looks to contain a lot more vintage material than the other samplers, including Dio, Rainbow, Deep Purple and more:

1. Black Label Society "Suicide Messiah" (5:47)
2. Deep Purple "Rapture Of The Deep" (5:55)
3. Stratovarius "Deep Unknown" (4:26)
4. Alice Cooper "Detroit City" (3:57)
5. Dio "Holy Diver" (4:46)
6. Napalm Death "Breed To Breathe" [Explicit] (2:59)
7. Twisted Sister "Stay Hungry" (3:13)
8. Poison "Look What The Cat Dragged In" [Explicit] (3:15)
9. Rainbow "Kill The King" (4:39)
10. Black Label Society "Doomsday Jesus" (3:30)

You can download the free compilation here.

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Warbeast Posts New Song Online

Warbeast has posted the first song from their debut album, "Krush The Enemy," on their Myspace page. The song is entitled "We Are The Vultures" and is the last song on their album.

Warbeast comments on the lyrics of the song, "The lyrics are about our fascination of Midieval times and human torture devices. The fact that the human race invented machines to torture and kill other human beings. Then it became a form of entertainment and the crowds flocked like Vultures to watch. We really are the sickest creatures on the planet."

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Elvenking Enters The Studio

Guitarist Aydan of Italian power metal band Elvenking has issued the following update:

"Hi everyone, so we’re finally ready! On Friday March, 19th we will travel to Germany to reach Piranha studios, where producer Dennis Ward is gonna wait for us with open arms (hopefully!)
Zender cannot wait to hit hard on his drums to lay down the basis for all the new songs. We have 11 new tracks to lay down and we are extremely excited about the new material and really curious to see it developed in the final form and to hear how it will sound in the end. We will try to keep you updated on the recordings as often as possible.”

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Therion Announces More World Tour Dates

Therion has announced additional “Sitra Ahra Tour 2010” European tour dates, which are as follows:

10-29 - Holland - Tilburg - O13
10-30 - Holland - Groningen - Oosterpoort
10-31 - England - London - Sheperds Bush Empire
11-01 - Belgium - Antwerp - Hof ter Loo
11-02 - France - Lille - Aeronef
11-03 - France - Paris - Elysée Montmartre
11-04 - Germany - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
11-05 - Czech Rep. - Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe
11-06 - Austria - Vienna - Szene
11-07 - Croatia - Zagreb - Boogallo Club
11-08 - Slovenia - Ljubljana - Kino Siska Club
11-09 - Italy - Milan - Alcatraz
11-10 - France - Lyon - Transbordeur
11-11 - France - Toulouse - Le Phare
11-12 - Spain - Barcelona - Razzmatazz1
11-13 - Spain - Madrid - La Riviera
11-14 - France - Limoges - CC John Lennon
11-15 - France - Strasburg - La Laiterie
11-17 - Serbia - Belgrade - Odeon
11-18 - Bulgaria - Sofia - Hr.Botev Sports Hall
11-20 - Greece - Athens - Fuzz Club
11-24 - Swiss - Pratteln - Z7
11-25 - Germany - Munich - Backstage
11-26 - Czech Rep. - Prague - DK Vltavska
11-27 - Hungaria - Budapest - Almassy Ter
11-28 - Poland - Krakow - Club Studio
11-29 - Poland - Warsaw - Stodola
11-30 - Belarus - Minsk - Concert Hall Minsk
12-01 - Latvia - Riga - Melna Piektdiena
12-02 - Estonia - Tallin - Rock Cafe
12-03 - Finland - Helsinki - Kulttuuritalo Gloria
12-04 - Russia - St.Petersburg - Glav Club
12-05 - Russia - Moscow - B1-Maximum Club
12-07 - Russia - Krasnodar - DI Premiera
12-08 - Russia - Rostov na Donu - Concert Hall Rostelmash
12-10 - Ukraine - Kyiv - CCM Nau

The band has also announced the following gigs in 2010 before their European tour:

06-04 - Mexico - Mexico City - Circo Volador
06-05 - Mexico - Mexico City - Circo Volador
06-06 - Mexico - Guadalajara - Teatro Diana
06-25 - Belgium - Dessel - Graspop
07-09 - Germany - Ballenstedt - Rock Harz Open Air

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Ion Dissonance Completes Recording New Album

Montreal extreme metal band ION DISSONANCE has recently completed the recording process for their new album, "Cursed," which is set for an early summer release. The offering was tracked at .357 Productions with Ion guitar player, Antoine Lussier (who also produced Emmure's latest) at the production helm.

Kevin (vocals) comments, “We are now completely finished with the tracking process for our new album, Cursed. We only have a few more days of mixing left and we will be hitting up Wild Studios in the coming weeks to master our efforts and finally put an end to this horribly long and arduous recording process. We have been hacking away at this thing for the past three months and are down to our last few days. To see the light at the end of the tunnel and to hear what we have put together is motivating as Hell for us. We all had high hopes for this record and feel that we have undoubtedly delivered the goods.”

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Equilibrium Introduces New Drummer Hati

Ger­man pa­gan met­al band EQUI­LIB­RI­UM has posted a video online in­tro­duc­ing their new drum­mer Hati. They will be releasing their new al­bum “ReKrea­tur” soon on Nu­cle­ar Blast Records. Watch the video below:

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Sonic Syndicate Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Swedish metal outfit Sonic Syndicate has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming new studio album, "We Rule The Night," the first album to feature new vocalist Nathan J. Biggs. The record will be released on May 28th through Nuclear Blast Records. A message from the band reads:

"We Rule the Night is a result of everything that Sonic Syndicate has been and has become. When Nathan (J. Biggs; vocals) joined the band in 2009 a fire ignited and everything just felt truly natural for the first time in many ways. We’re having more fun then ever, the music started flowing like water and We Rule the Night is the most exciting album we’ve recorded to date!"

The tracklisting is as follows: More...

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Kittie To Tour With Insane Clown Posse

All female hard rock outfit Kittie has announced that they will be part of an upcoming tour which features mainly hip-hop artists. They will be supporting rapping harlequins Insane Clown Posse on a trek that also features Kottonmouth Kings, Coolio and death rapper Necro. Speaking on the run, singer Morgan Lader stated:

"We are very excited to finally have our first support slot in over 10 years be with one of the biggest cult bands of all time." says front woman Morgan Lander. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 19th and Saturday March 20th. Lander continues "We can't wait to play to an entirely different audience, spray some bitches with Faygo and have a hell of a lot of fun this summer!"

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Destruction To Re-Issue Three Albums

German thrash metal legends Destruction has announced that they will be re-issuing the albums, "All Hell Breaks Loose," "The Antichrist" and "Metal Discharge" through Metal Mind Productions. "All Hell Breaks Loose" will feature five live bonus tracks while "The Antichrist" will include a bonus track in the form of a live version of the classic, "Curse The Gods." "Metal Discharge" will feature the most added material, containing four demo tracks and three cover recordings of Iron Maiden's "Killers", Metallica's "Whiplash" and The Exploited classic, "USA." These releases are limited to 2000 each and will be released in Europe on April 26th and in North America on July 13th.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Kiss Steel Cage Challenge

Forget Atkins, Low-Fat, or the South Beach diet: Try the new Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) Red Wine Only diet. Week six of Celebrity Fit Club displayed Bach easily beating ex-R&B star Bobby Brown in a long-distance running challenge up a hill. I guess I should point out Brown’s chronic chain smoking and potato chip addiction, but those are just details. Try the Red Wine Only diet today!... More...

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