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Metal News for March 2, 2011

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40 news articles posted on this day.

(hed)p.e. Posts New Music Video Online

(hed)p.e. has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Truth Rising" and can be streamed in the player below:

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Weird Anxiety Releases Debut EP For Free Download

After many delays, Himalayan black metallers Weird Anxiety are at last come up with their much awaited debut effort. The offering is in a form of an EP titled "Act I Scene I," which they have released as a free download. The EP was recorded at Grey and Saurian, Delhi in December. The cover art was made by the band itself by editing a very old picture of a church of their hometown, Simla.

Here's the "Act I Scene I" tracklisting:

1. Just When It Started To Darkout In Heaven
2. God Still Hates Me
3. Maid Of The Mist Download ‘Weird Anxiety – Act I Scene I’

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In This Moment Announces Headline Tour

American modern metal act In This Moment has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Straight Line Stitch, System Divide and Sister Sin. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

04/22 Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy Theatre
04/23 Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s
04/24 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
04/25 Sparks, NV – The Alley
04/27 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
04/28 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
04/29 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
04/30 Spokane, WA – The A Club
05/01 Billings, MT – The Railyard
05/03 Des Moines, IA – The House of Bricks
05/05 Madison, WI – The Annex
05/06 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05/07 Barrington, IL – Penny Rd Pub
05/08 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music
05/10 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
05/11 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
05/12 Lubbock, TX – Jakes
05/13 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
05/14 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
05/15 Flagstaff, AZ – The Orpheum

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New Footage From Mastodon DVD Posted Online

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

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Becoming The Archetype Posts Studio Footage Online

Atlanta, Georgia metal act Becoming the Archetype has begun a new video series to promote its forthcoming new album. The new album, titled "Celestial Completion," is set for release on March 29th through Solid State Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below:

1. The Resonant Frequency of Flesh
2. The Magnetic Sky
3. Internal Illumination
4. Path of the Beam
5. Music of the Spheres: Requiem Aeternam Part I (instrumental)
6. Elemental Wrath: Requiem Aeternam Part II
7. Xenosynthesis: Requiem Aeternam Part III
8. Invisible Creature (instrumental)
9. Cardiac Rebellion
10. Reflect/Refract
11. Breathing Light

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Demonical Comments On Upcoming Shows

Demonical has issued the following update about upcoming live shows and recruiting a touring guitarist:

"We are utterly thrilled to announce our first ever battle on US soil - the Rites of Darkness Festival in San Antonio TX - as well as our first ever shows in Thailand and Spain.

"We can also reveal that Pablo Magallanes will join us as a second guitarist on the upcoming tour through Europe. The addition of a second axe-man for live situations brings us to new heights and we can deliver the tracks - both new and old - with more power and might. In fire and flames!"

The list of upcoming Demonical tour dates are available at this location. The band also recently posted a new song online from the upcoming album "Death Infernal." You can check out the new track "March for Victory" here.

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Vader Announces Show With Slayer

The official Vader MySpace page has been updated with the following message about the band supporting Slayer and Megadeth at an upcoming live show:

"Massive Music and Live Nation are glad to inform that during the Polish concert within 'European Carnage Tour 2011' Slayer and Megadeth will be supported by...Vader! The show will be held on April 11 in Atlas Arena in Lodz. After the outstanding success of Slayer and Megadeth on Sonisphere Festival 2010 in Warsaw they decided to go on a tour together!

"Slayer and Megadeth smashed the Warsaw audience in 2010 giving the show for over 80,000 people. Their fans left the concert with a hunger for more. So what is the best news for them? Slayer and Megadeth will play together in April in Atlas Arena (Lodz)!

"We will be represented by our native Vader. Get a move on and buy the tickets - they're going to go like hot cakes! Tickets at the cost of 154, 176 and 209 PLN available on LiveNation.pl and in shops."

Vader also recently announced the departure of bassist Tomasz "Reyash" Rejek. A statement from Rejek can be found here.

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Helstar Announces New Live Shows

Houston's Helstar has announced several upcoming live appearances in support of the band's seventh full-length album "Glory of Chaos." In addition to the band's appearance this weekend at the San Antonio Metalfest, several brand new Summer appearances have also been confirmed, both in Helstar's home state of Texas as well as two shows in Northern New Jersey, with more to be announced shortly.

The currently announced tour dates are as follows:

3/05/2011 The Dorm - San Antonio, TX
6/17/2011 The Rail - Fort Worth, TX
6/18/2011 Dirty Dog - Austin, TX
6/24/2011 Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
6/25/2011 *TBA - New York, NY

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Ram Issues New Album Update

Vocalist Oscar Carlquist of Ram has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming album:

"The yet untitled new RAM album has been mastered by Dragan Tanaskovich at Bohus Recordings and is ready for release. RAM are currently in negotiations with a number of record companies concerning the release of the new album.

"Again we are pushing the envelope of the RAM sound, this album differs quite a bit from our 2009 release 'Lightbringer,' the sound is rawer and has a strong nerve and honest live like feel but still it is extremely powerful it was produced by me and Harry Granroth (guitars) and Per Stålberg and Olle Björk and recorded at Welfare Studios here in Gothenburg, Dragan Tanaskovich is also a huge part of this by contributing massive power in the mastering process.

"Songwise we are showing new sides of the band, the album is a 10 song sonic roller coaster displaying an array of different styles, emotions tempos and agressions but all within the concept of traditional Heavy Metal of course. In all honesty I can't choose one single song that is representative of the sound of the album as a whole. We are really pleased with this album that feels like a really cool direction to take from Lightbringer and we can't wait to blast these new song live!"

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Interview

Lance Harvill Talks About New Band Arms Of The Sun

After just over a year in existence, the new hard rock act Arms of the Sun is finally preparing to release a debut album on March 29th. The group features names from across the musical spectrum, including front man Lance Harvill, Ben Bunker on guitar, and John Hebert on drums. Although he is no longer with the band, Rex Brown of Down and Pantera fame also contributed the bass recordings for the album.

Just prior to splitting with Rex Brown last month, the band's vocalist answered several questions about Arms of the Sun for Metalunderground. In the interview, Lance discusses writing music with Dimebag Darrell when he was younger, where the band's name came from, and his classic rock influences.

You can listen to Lance answer the questions in the audio player below, or read a transcription of the interview after the jump.

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Gross Misconduct Recruits New Bassist

Gross Misconduct has issued the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Ryan Shepard and recruiting new member Brent MacKenzie:

"Alright, so there’s a new guy in our band now. His name is Brent MacKenzie. You may remember him from such musical endeavours as Menz, Devived and Soulscar.

"As for Ryan, there’s no drama, ill will or anything of that nature behind our decision. We slayed many dragons with him, but the time has come to part ways. We wish him the best of luck.

"As for our decision to go with Brent, the choice was pretty simple. Extensive market research and public opinion polls suggested that we needed a married guy with glasses and short hair in our band to even out the long hair to short hair ratio. He’s also good at music and stuff. Come see Brent and his glasses at our show on March 11 at Funky Winkerbeans in Vancouver."

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Big Four Of Thrash Headed To Sweden

Metallica has issued the following announcement about an upcoming "Big Four" show in Gothenburg, Sweden:

"One more show... The final announcement in our recent series of European adventures finds us in Gothenburg, Sweden on July 3, 2011. Of course Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer will all be there for our first Big 4 show in Scandinavia!

"Tickets go on sale Monday, March 7 at 9:00 AM local time. Met Club members should check here for more details about a special pre-sale this week. That’s it with announcements . . . for now!"

The Big Four also recently announced gigs in Germany and Italy.

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Ken Mode Streaming New Track

Ken Mode is just two weeks away from releasing the new album "Venerable," which is due out on March 15th through Profound Lore Records. Thanks to Exclaim.ca you have the chance to hear a new song from the album right now. “Flight of the Echo Hawk,” a tribute to David Kelly of Kittens (Canadian noise rock outfit), is now available at this location.

Ken Mode also has the following upcoming tour dates:

Mar 11 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Latitude 44 w/Sleeping In Gethsemane
Mar 12 - Denver, CO @ Blast-O-Mat w/SMD
Mar 14 - Dallas, TX @ TBA
Mar 15 - San Antonio, TX @ the 1011 w/Lo Pan
Mar 16-18 - Austin (SXSW)
Mar 19 – Austin, TX @ Valhalla (Profound Lore SXSW Showcase)
Mar 20 - Kansas City, MO @ Scion Lab
Mar 21 - Champaign IL @ Dan Aykroyd's House
Mar 22 - Windsor, ON @ Coah & Horses
Mar 23 - Hamilton, ON @ Casbah w/Vilipend
Mar 24 - Toronto, ON @ the Garrison w/Vilipend
Mar 25 - Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf w/Alaskan
Mar 26 - Quebec City, QC @ Le Scanner w/Mountains Unfold
Mar 27 - Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
Mar 28 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar Le Magog
Mar 29 - Burlington, VT @ 242 Main w/Engineer
Mar 30 - Boston, MA @ O'Brians Pub w/Engineer
Mar 31 - Syracuse, NY @ TBA w/Engineer
Apr 1 - Long Island, NY @ Ethical Humanist Society
Apr 2 - NYC, NY @ Webster Hall w/Black Breath
Apr 3 - Brick, NJ @ Bricktown Moose Lodge w/Black Breath
Apr 4 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/Black Breath
Apr 5 - Greensboro, NC @ TBA w/Khann
Apr 6 - Savannah, GA @TBA w/Khann
Apr 7 - Gainesville, FL @ TBA w/Khann
Apr 8 - Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery w/Khann
Apr 9 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub w/Khann
Apr 10 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Farside w/Khann
Apr 11 - Hattiesburg, MS @ TBA w/Ganon
Apr 12 - Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse w/Ganon
Apr 13 - Atlanta, GA @ TBA w/Ganon
Apr 14 - Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemia w/Ganon
Apr 15 - Akron, OH @ TBA w/Ganon
Apr 16 - Rochester, NY @ Monty's Krown w/Sulaco
Apr 17 - Columbus, OH @ TBA
Apr 18 - Detroit, MI @ TBA w/Ganon

w/Fuck the Facts
Apr 19 - Buffalo, NY @ The Funeral Home
Apr 21 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn
Apr 22 - Chicago, IL @ the Mutiny
Apr 23 -Minneapolis, MN @ TBA (venue change)
Apr 24 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Apr 26 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
Apr 27 - Portland, OR @ Rotture
Apr 28 - Seattle, WA @ The Comet
Apr 29 - Victoria, BC @ Logan's Pub
Apr 30 - Vancouver, BC @ Funky Winkerbean's
May 1 - Kamloops, BC @ Pogue Mahone
May 2 - Edmonton, AB @ Filthy McNasty's
May 3 - Calgary, AB @ the New Black (all-ages) and Dickens Pub (18+)
May 4 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
May 5 - Prince Albert, SK @ PA Arts Center
May 6 - Regina, SK @ O'Hanlon's Pub
May 7 - Winnipeg, MB @ the Royal Albert (hometown record release) w/Withdrawal

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Supreme Pain Posts "Divine Incarnation" Art

Supreme Pain recently signed to Massacre Records for the release of the upcoming album "Divine Incarnation," which will drop on May 27th. The band has now posted the cover artwork online. You can check out the art below.

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The track listing is as follows:

1. Dawn of a new era
2. The dark army
3. Damned creation
4. Treasonous disease
5. Trapped in heresy
6. Spiritual sickness
7. Divine incarnation
8. Putrefied Beauty
9. The fallen kingdom
10. Towards Hell

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Within The Ruins Posts Video Update

Within the Ruins has released a behind the scenes video giving the world a glimpse of what’s to come from the band's practice room. Check out the video clip below, which shows the band in pre-production mode for a new EP.

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Tesseract Streaming New Song

Tesseract is gearing up to release the band's debut full length "One" on March 22nd and is also now giving fans another opportunity to hear new music from the record. The song "Eden" is available via Tesseract's official Facebook page at this location.

The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

March 23 - Kingston, ON @ Stages
March 24 - Ottawa, ON @Capital Music Hall
March 25 - Montreal, PQ @ Le National
March 26 - Oshawa, ON @ The Green Bottle
March 27 - Barrie, ON @ The Mansion
March 29 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
March 30 - Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
March 31 - Yorkton, SK @ Agri Pavillion
April 1 - Edmonton, AB @ Avenue
April 2 - Calgary, AB @ The Gate / SAIT
April 4 - Abbotsford, BC @ Abby Arts Centre
April 5 - Seattle, WA @ Corazon
April 6 - Portland, OR @ Branx
April 8 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
April 9 - San Diego, CA @ Soma Side Stage
April 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
April 11 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
April 12 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre
April 14 - Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702
April 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
April 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
April 18 - Austin, TX @ Emo's Outside
April 19 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
April 20 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
April 22 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
April 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Downstairs
April 24 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
April 26 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
April 27 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
April 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
April 30 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
May 1 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
May 3 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
May 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
May 6 - Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
May 7 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
May 8 - Chatham, ON @ Encore Bar
May 9 - Kitchener. ON @ Wax Nightclub
May 11- Hamilton, ON @ Studio Theatre
May 12 - St. Catharines, ON @ L3 Nightclub

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Headline News

Iced Earth Vocalist Quits The Band

After returning to the band in 2007 following high demand from fans, singer Matt Barlow has announced that he will be leaving Iced Earth after their summer tour, citing family committment and the toll of touring as a result. An emotional message from Barlow reads as follows:

"Let me begin by saying how much of an honor it has been to share my time in Iced Earth with Jon and the guys…and with all of you! Since my return to the band in 2007, it has truly been extraordinary. I have had the opportunity to travel the world and see old friends and meet new ones. Though we had originally thought that the Iced Earth touring schedule would be very limited, we were able to play our fair share of concerts.

"During that time we were also able to have a live DVD produced (the forthcoming Festivals of the Wicked). However, due to the rapidly changing music industry, it has become increasingly clear to recording artists that the only way to keep a band viable and to truly reach its potential is through live performances. That means that a band must reach out to new regions of the globe and become pioneers for their own livelihood. Since 2007, Jon and I have always had the best intentions for the future of Iced Earth, and we still do. However, given the band’s projected touring schedule, Iced Earth’s future and mine must now take separate paths.

"On my departure from Iced Earth in 2003, I made a commitment to my wife and to the idea that we would start, and raise, our family together. Two years later, my first child was born and two years after that, my second. My youngest son was born about a week before Jon asked me to return to Iced Earth. It was a very exciting and emotional time for all of us, but we were all clear on our intentions. It is apparent to us now that regardless of our belief at that time, time can change an intended outcome. In this instance, I hope that change will not be regarded as a bad thing, but rather as a necessary part of evolution. More...

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Chris Adler Comments On Drum Clinic Tour

Lamb of God's Chris Adler and Mapex Drums saw 730 fans arrive at the “A Throne with a View” tour’s Salt Lake City, UT kick-off show at BackBeats Drum Shop on Monday the 28th. The tour will take Adler through the country until March 16th when the tour lands in Hollywood, FL at Resurrection Drums.

“Never would I have expected such a massive and warm response,” states Adler. “I had a blast jamming tunes and talking shop and SLC really brought it. Honestly, I was shocked and a bit of a nervous wreck without my bandmates, but in the end I loved every minute of it. I'm lucky to have the opportunity and I hope to share that, and if all goes well, inspire everyone that stops by.”

“The performance Chris Adler brings to his drum clinic is at the same level as his performance with the band live and in the studio,” states Joe Hibbs of Mapex Drums. “Because he is truly a musical and drumming artist, fans know it is important to see him in these truly special clinic appearances.”

“The 'A Throne with a View' tour with Chris Adler was a huge success,” adds Sean Chase of BackBeats Drum Shop in Salt Lake City, UT. “A sell-out crowd of over 700 attendees witnessed an inspiring performance and insight from one the world’s greatest drummers. Chris’ humility, honesty, and passion for our craft gives us all something to aspire to.”

The remaining dates for the drum clinic are as follows:

3/3 Fresno, CA @ Bentley’s Drum Shop
3/6 San Antonio, TX @ Jeff Ryder Drum Shop
3/7 Nashville, TN @ Forks Drum Closet
3/8 Kansas City, MO @ Explorers Percussion
3/9 Memphis, TN @ Memphis Drum Shop
3/10 Kenner, LA @ Ray Fransen Drum Shop
3/14 Plainview, NY @ Original Long Island Drum Center
3/15 Portland, ME @ Drum Shop
3/16 Hollywood, FL @ Resurrection Drums

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Weedeater Posts New Song Online

As the official release date for Weedeater's "Jason... The Dragon" full-length nears, Stereogum.com is hosting the premiere of a brand new track from the album for public enjoyment. So sit back, fire one up, and go check out the track "Homecoming" now at this location. "Jason... The Dragon" is set for worldwide disbursement on March 15th via Southern Lord.

Weedeater also has the following upcoming tour dates:

3/03/2011 Jackpot - Lawrence, KS w/ Zoroaster
3/04/2011 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO w/ Zoroaster
3/05/2011 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Zoroaster
3/06/2011 Shredder - Boise, ID w/ Zoroaster
3/07/2011 Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/08/2011 Rotture - Portland, OR w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/10/2011 Monstros - Chico, CA w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/11/2011 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/12/2011 Ruby Room - San Diego, CA w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/13/2011 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA w/ Zoroaster, Red Fang
3/14/2011 Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ w/ Zoroaster, Wildildlife, Kvelertak
3/15/2011 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/17/2011 Scoot Inn - Austin TX @ Converse and Thrasher's Death Match [day show]
3/18/2011 Dirty Dog - Austin, TX @ SXSW Metalliance Tour SXSW stop [night show]
3/19/2011 Korova - San Antonio, TX w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/20/2011 Siberia - New Orleans, LA w/ Zoroaster
3/21/2011 Newby's Too - Panama City Beach, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/22/2011 Orpheum - Tampa, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/23/2011 Backbooth - Orlando, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/24/2011 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/ Zoroaster
3/25/2011 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC w/ Zoroaster
3/26/2011 The Jinx - Savannah, GA w/ Zoroaster

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While She Sleeps Offering Free Song Downloads

Sheffield, England’s While She Sleeps is currently sharing the band's recent digi-release "The North Stands for Nothing" for free. You can listen to the songs or download at the tracks at this location. The promotion runs through Monday, March 7th at 4:00pm ET.

The track listing is as follows:

1. The North Stands For Nothing
2. Trophies
3. Crows
4. My Confidence, Your Freedom
5. Lost Above The Arches
6. Proud Of The Demon In Me 04:00
7. The Truth
8. Hearts Aside Our Horses

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As Blood Runs Black Streaming New Song Online

As Blood Runs Black will release a new full-length album titled "Instinct" on March 15th through Mediaskare. The band has teamed up with Hails and Horns Magazine to exclusively debut a new track, “Divided.” You can check out the song at this location.

Nick (bass) states: "The reason we chose to debut 'Divided' in advance is because of its diversity and dynamics. We managed to take this song from one extreme to another - combining technicality with thrash and groove, while at the same time keeping it heavy. It showcases our maturity as musicians and the things we've gone through as individuals. When Lech (drums) brought this song to the table it was half empty, but we all saw the potential in it to be a stand out track on the record. It wasn't until the night before recording this song when it all finally came together. Lyrically, this song is about the internal struggles one encounters in life, and how vital the integrity of your mind is to the outcome of your decisions.

“We are currently playing this song live now on the 'Atticus Metal Tour' because of its raw energy, infectious groove and aggression. It feels great to be back out on the road, it's like our second home. With Instinct finally done we can now project our energy towards playing shows and touring the world. Be sure to catch us on tour, and don't be afraid to come hangout and introduce yourself. See you on the road!"

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Heirs Announces "Fowl" Details

Melbourne-based instrumental act Heirs is gearing up to officially release a sophomore album titled "Fowl" in the U.S. this Spring. The band's debut "Alchera" was released by German label Denovali Records, and the album’s accompanying tour saw the band play 69 shows across Europe and Japan. You can check out the cover artwork for "Fowl" here.

The "Fowl" track listing is as follows:

1. Dust
2. Fowl
3. Burrow
4. Tyrant
5. Men
6. Mother
7. Drain

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Decrepit Birth Posts New Jam Session Video

Technical death metal outfit Decrepit Birth has posted a new video of the song "Diminishing Between Worlds," which is the title track from the band's 2008 full-length of the same name. Featuring guitarist Matt Sotelo, bassist Derek Boyer, and touring drummer Sam "Samus" Paulicelli, this "jam session" video shows everyone having a good time.

Decrepit Birth released "Polarity" in 2010, and has recently had a song added to the Rock Band Network and a video included in "Nuclear Blast Clips Vol. 1".

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Vicious Rumors Streaming New Song

Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog" is currently streaming a brand new track from the new Vicious Rumors album "Razorback Killers." The album is due out on April 5th via SPV/Steamhammer. Get your first listen to "Razorback Blade" at this location. Vicious Rumors has also confirmed a CD release show. The show is scheduled for April 21st in Santa Rosa, CA at Last Day.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Murderball
2. Black
3. Razorback Blade
4. Blood Stained Sunday
5. Pearl Of Wisdom
6. All I Want Is You
7. Axe To Grind
8. Let The Garden Burn
9. Rite Of Devastation
10. Deal With The Devil

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Firewind Announces New Single Details

The Greek metallic powerhouse Firewind, led by Gus G, is currently preparing for a slew of activity over the course of the next few months. The group is set to release a new digital single for the song “Embrace The Sun” on March 15th, which will also feature the video for the track shot by director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames). The single comes off the band's latest album, "Days of Defiance."

A behind-the-scenes look into the making of the “Embrace The Sun” and "World On Fire" videos can now be seen in the clip below.

Upcoming Firewind shows are as follows:

03.03.2011 Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan
04.03.2011 Club Quattro - Nagoya, Japan
05.03.2011 Club Quattro - Tokyo, Japan
19.06.2011 Hellfest Open Air - Clisson, France
25.06.2011 Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium

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Onslaught Posts "Sounds Of Violence" Video

Metalinjection.net has posted a new music video online from U.K. thrash act Onslaught. The title track to the band's new studio album, the video for "Sounds Of Violence" is Onslaught's first official video in twenty years, the last being from the band's 1990 full-length "In Search Of Sanity."

"The Sound Of Violence," stated Onslaught vocalist Sy Keeler "was inspired by the horrendous loss of over 150,000,000 souls throughout the 20th Century, instigated by religious tyranny and dictatorial madness of humankind. The lyrics echo the horrific realities of war and remarkable resistance endured by our fellow men and women which continues to this day. Wake up world; welcome to a land of devastating brutality where conflict is a part of everyday life. This is the Sound Of Violence."

The video was filmed and edited By Lukas Hambach of Bloodwork Entertainment (Destruction, Gamma Ray) and produced by Tommy Morriello and Thosten Lütje.


Click Here To Watch The Video

The "making-of" clip from the recording of the video can also be found at this location.

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Bloodbath To Release Live DVD

Swedish extreme metal act Bloodbath, which features Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, has announced the forthcoming release of an all-new live DVD, "Bloodbath Over Bloodstock," due out later this spring on Peaceville Records.

The deluxe mediabook-packaged release will feature Bloodbath’s August 2010 set from the famed Bloodstock Festival and consists of songs from "The Fathomless Mastery" (2008), as well as other classics and fan favorites.

The full package will also include a 16-page booklet and a wealth of extras, featuring bonus footage taken from PartySan festival in 2008 and extensive band member interviews. Bloodbath Over Bloodstock will hit stores on April 25th, and the cover art can be viewed below. More...

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Vomitory Comments On Upcoming Album

The upcoming Vomitory album "Opus Mortis VIII" was produced, engineered, and mixed by Rikard Löfgren in his own Leon music studios. The album is set for release on April 23rd/26th, 2011 through Metal Blade Records.

Comments Vomitory drummer Tobias Gustafsson: "Opus Mortis VIII is our eighth album (no shit!) - our eighth opus of death. And I dare to say that this is one of the strongest albums we've done, and it most certainly has the most powerful production we've ever had on any album, hands down. For the third time, we worked with Rikard Löfgren in his Leon Music Studios. We raised the bar quite a few notches in the studio - both production-wise and performance-wise, and we couldn't be happier with the result. We are not breaking new death metal ground with this album - that was never Vomitorys' mission - but Opus Mortis VIII offers diversity and dynamics that you haven't quite heard from Vomitory before. Still, this is a very intense and aggressive album in the true Vomitory tradition - all the essential signature details are there. Once you hear the opening track, 'Regorge In The Morgue,' you will need no further proof of that!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Regorge In The Morgue
2. Bloodstained
3. They Will Burn
4. The Dead Awaken
5. Hate In A Time Of War
6. Torturous Ingenious
7. Forever Damned
8. Shrouded In Darkness
9. Combat Psychosis
10. Requiem For The Fallen

Bonus tracks:
11. Nervegasclouds 2011
12. Raped In Their Own Blood 2011
13. Redemption 2011
14. The Voyage 2011 More...

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Lineup Announced For Sinatra Covers Album

What would timeless songs like “New York, New York,” “Lady Is A Tramp,” and “Fly Me To The Moon” sound like cranked out of Marshall stacks, crooned by members of Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister, Deep Purple, Anthrax, Mr. Big, or Queensrÿche? This can now be experienced on "SIN-Atra," a brand new album to be released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on March 29th, 2011.

The track listing is as follows:

1. New York, New York - Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad)
2. I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
3. Summerwind - Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
4. It Was A Very Good Year - Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
5. Witchcraft - Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth)
6. Fly Me To The Moon - Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
7. Lady Is A Tramp - Eric Martin (Mr. Big)
8. Strangers In The Night - Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
9. High Hopes - Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway)
10. I’ve Got The World On A String - dUg Pinnick (King’s X)
11. Love And Marriage - Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
12. That’s Life - Jani Lane (Warrant)

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Deafheaven Announces In-Store Performance

As an unofficial precursor to this weekend’s Scion Fest in Pomona, CA, Vacation Vinyl is hosting in-store performances from Funeral Pyre and Deafheaven on Friday, March 4th. Located at 3815 W. Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, this special performance is free and starts at 7pm. For more information, please visit this location. Deafheaven's new release"Roads to Judah" will be available in stores everywhere on April 26th, 2011.

The upcoming Deafheaven tour dates are as follows:

3/04 Los Angeles, CA @ Vacation Vinyl (In store) w/ Funeral Pyre
3/13 Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe w/ Owen Hart, Xibalba
3/14 Mesa, AZ @ Underground w/ Owen Hart
3/15 Las Cruces, NM @ Trainyard w/ Funeral Pyre, The Secret
3/16 Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/17 San Antonio, TX @ Ten Eleven w/ Owen Hart
3/18 Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/19 Austin, TX @ Lovejoys for BrooklynVegan/Profound Lore Day Show
3/20 Dallas, TX @ Bro Fest at Club Dada w/ Owen Hart, Funeral Pyre, The Secret
3/21 Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge w/ Owen Hart
3/22 Denver, CO @ Blast O Mat w/ Owen Hart

Deafheaven also recently posted the new song "Violet" online, which can be heard here.

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Persistense Posts Tour Video

Persistense has posted a tour video online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"New tour video online! Since we’ve been on tour with the four of us in Germany from the 18th till the 20th of February with our friends of Lunarsphere (DE) and New World Depression (DE) , we made a new tour video. We did 3 shows in Neuenkirchen (Steinfurt), Hamburg, and Bremen.
It has been a lot of fun on the road, and what we filmed represents just a fraction of the adventure! Cheers!"

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Saxon Songs To Appear In Upcoming Movie

Saxon has penned two tracks for the forthcoming British film "Hybrid Theory," starring Noel Clarke (Kidulthood), Martin McCann (Killing Bono), Martin Compston (Disappearance of Alice Creed),C raig Conway (Descent, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday) and directed by James Erskin (One Night in Turin). Shooting will begin in June this year.

The tracks feature on Saxon’s new album "Call to Arms" and have been written specially for the film. "Hybrid Theory" follows a group of British soldiers who find themselves in a life or death battle with an enemy beyond their wildest nightmares in this Sci-Fi/Horror with a twist.

"Hybrid Theory" producer Lionel Hicks sums up the collaboration: "It’s great to have a band like Saxon involved in the soundtrack to this film. These new songs really capture the mood of the film, and everyone working on it is thrilled."

A teaser trailer for ‘Hybrid Theory’ will be available to view online at this location in the next few weeks. Saxon also recently announced Spanish shows with Judas Priest. Details are available here.

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Pegazus Posts Sample From New Album

Pegazus has posted another sample online from the band's upcoming album "In Metal We Trust." You can check out a clip from "We Live to Rock" via the band's official MySpace page.

"In Metal We Trust" is set to hit stores on April 15th, 2011. The band also recently posted a music video online for the song "The Haunting," which can be viewed here.

The track listing for the new 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

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Evile To Play Download Festival

British thrashers Evile are among the latest artists to be confirmed for this year's edition of the Download festival, which takes place 10-12 June at Donington Park. Evile will be performing alongside the likes of such acts as Def Leppard and System of a Down.

Evile drummer Ben Carter comments: "Evile are both honoured and excited to be making our first appearance at Download this year! Donington has been the spiritual home of rock and metal for so many years, now finally we can make our mark there and become part of that legacy. I've attended Download in the past, and seen many bands perform on the smaller stages and go on to huge success, and I think that's what Download can do for a band. There's something about the place that's special, so we're all so eager to get on stage and have our Download moment! BRING IT ON!"

Additional details on the festival are available at this location.

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Saltatio Mortis Checks In With Studio Update

Saltatio Mortis has issued the following update about recording and recap of African shows:

"How time flies. A few weeks ago we were still on a high adventure tour of Africa and there we experienced grand adventure - now we have the first week in the studio behind us. And what a week! Meanwhile, almost all the drums, bass and electric guitar tracks recorded and we take stock: great!

"We are now perfectly happy with the results and obviously all the long holidays in Africa has done us very good. The new songs sound great and now we can hardly wait to share the songs with you soon. On 02/09/2011, it is finally over, 'Storm of paradise' is in stores now and we are very anxious to see if you like the new songs as well as us. We now go back to craft new songs and look forward to the next concert in Trockau and Illing."

The band also recently announced an upcoming live DVD release. Details can be found at this location.

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Circle Of Chaos Cancels Polish Shows

Circle of Chaos has issued the following brief announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled Polish shows on March 4th and 5th:

"Sorry, but because of things beyond our control, the two gigs in Poland this upcoming weekend has been canceled - new dates will be posted as soon as we get them! See you in Poland soon!"

You can still catch Circle of Chaos live on the following dates in Germany:

Apr 22 Bambi Galore /w Black out Beauty (LUX) Hamburg, HH Billste, GERMANY
Apr 23 JUZ Kleix /w Black out Beauty (LUX), Greifswald, Mecklenbur, GERMANY
Nov 19 Bremer Metal Festival Bremen, Neustadt, GERMANY

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Gorthaur's Wrath Announces New Guitarist

Gorthaur's Wrath recently announced several lineup changes, including the loss of the band's guitarist and bassist. The band has now issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist/song writer:

"Bjorn Fehl AKA Ross Feratu is a new Gorthaur's Wrath guitarist and song writer. Bjorn is famous for his accomplishments with such bands as: The Spook (German's first Horror-Rock band), Black Omen (occult death metal project featuring members of Cradle of Filth, Massacre and Grave Wax), and Ramonstars (Ramones Tribute band). The first new song and the new album title will be revealed soon!"

You can also listen to several tracks available for streaming through the Gorthaur's Wrath MySpace music profile.

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Exclusive

Rotten Sound Premieres New Song, "Choose"

Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive track premiere of Rotten Sound's "Choose," which you can stream in the player below. "Choose" is off the Finnish grind band's upcoming album, entitled "Cursed," which is due out on March 15th via Relapse Records. The album, which is a follow-up to 2008's "Cycles," was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs.

You can pre-order "Cursed" now.

The band has released videos for "Hollow" and "Self" this year already, and is streaming other tracks from "Cursed" on the Rotten Sound MySpace page.

Here is the track listing for "Cursed":

1. Alone
2. Superior
3. Self
4. Choose
5. Hollow
6. Ritual
7. Green
8. Machinery
9. Power
10. Plan
11. Declare
12. Addict
13. Exploit
14. Terrified
15. Scared

Rotten Sound is currently wrapping up a tour with Finntroll, Ensiferum, and Barren Earth, and will
head overseas to tour Europe with Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate and Haust.

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Emmure Exclusive Mini-Mag In Hot Topic Now

Alternative Press and RED Distribution have launched a series of mini AP magazines exclusively for Hot Topic through 2011. EMMURE graces the cover of the mini-mag that is out now, featuring over 45 pages of news, photos and music from the band for only $4.99.

This limited edition mini-mag includes a double-sided locker poster, a terrycloth wristband and 21-track bonus CD featuring music from Emmure, Bayside, Funeral Party, Vampires Everywhere!, A Day To Remember, Architects (UK), Black Veil Brides and more.

Emmure's newest release, "Speaker Of The Dead" debuted at #65 on the Billboard Top 200 chart last week. In support of the new album, Emmure will be embarking on The Reckless and Relentless Tour alongside Asking Alexandria, Chiodos, Miss May I, Evergreen Terrace and Lower Than Atlantis. A list of US dates can be seen below:

11-Mar-11 - Sayreville, NJ, US @ Starland Ballroom
12-Mar-11 - Allentown, PA, US @ Crocodile Rock
13-Mar-11 - Cleveland, OH, US @ House of Blues
14-Mar-11 - St. Louis, MO, US @ The Pageant
16-Mar-11 - McAllen, TX, US @ Las Palmas Racepark (Never Say Never Festival)*
17-Mar-11 - Austin, TX, US @ SXSW Festival*
18-Mar-11 - Austin, TX, US @ SXSW Festival*
19-Mar-11 - Dallas, TX, US @ The Palladium (South by So What Fest)
21-Mar-11 - El Paso, TX, US @ Club 101
22-Mar-11 - Phoenix, AZ, US @ Marquee Theater
24-Mar-11 - Sacramento, CA, US @ Ace of Spades
25-Mar-11 - Pomona, CA, US @ The Fox Theatre
26-Mar-11 - Las Vegas, NV, US @ Extreme Thing Festival*
27-Mar-11 - Reno, NV, US @ Knitting Factory
28-Mar-11 - Boise, ID, US @ Knitting Factory
29-Mar-11 - Seattle, WA, US @ Studio Seven
30-Mar-11 - Vancouver, - , CA @ Rickshaw Theater
1-Apr-11 - Calgary, AB, CA @ MacHall Ballroom
2-Apr-11 - Edmonton, AB, CA @ Avenue Theatre
3-Apr-11 - Billings, MT, US @ Railyard*
4-Apr-11 - Salt Lake City, UT, US @ The Complex
5-Apr-11 - Denver, CO, US @ The Summit Music Hall
6-Apr-11 - Omaha, NE, US @ Sokol Underground
7-Apr-11 - Iowa City, IA, US @ Blue Moose
9-Apr-11 - Toledo, OH, US @ The Jamboree
10-Apr-11 - Louisville, KY, US @ Expo Five
11-Apr-11 - Memphis, TN, US @ New Daisy Theatre
12-Apr-11 - Nashville, TN, US @ Rockettown
13-Apr-11 - Birmingham, AL, US @ ZYDECO
15-Apr-11 - Greensboro, NC, US @ Greene Street
16-Apr-11 - Lancaster, PA, US @ Chameleon Club
17-Apr-11 - Albany, NY, US @ Northern Lights

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Dragonforce Announces New Singer, Marc Hudson

British based power metal outfit Dragonforce has announced that the band has finally found itself a new lead vocalist, who comes in the form of 23 year old Marc Hudson. Hudson will be taking over the role from former vocalist ZP Theart, who left the band in March of last year.

"I'm really excited about being a part of the DragonForce family." Says Marc. "It's always been my dream to dedicate my life to making music. I'm going to bring all the power and emotion I can to the songs, and help make the killer new record the fans have been waiting for!"

Born in Oxford England, Hudson was picked from the thousands of applications via a number of video auditions and live performances, which left the rest of the band in no doubt that they’d found their man. Since the age of 16, Hudson has been building his vocal skills, gigging with bands in the UK underground scene, developing a powerful style with influences which include Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and Sebastian Bach.

Guitarist Herman Li added: "After almost a year of searching around the globe, it's great to be able to finally tell our fans the good news. Marc's expressive and melodic vocals are sounding phenomenal on the new songs, adding another dimension to the DragonForce sound that I am sure all the fans will love."

The band has been working on a new album since early 2010, recording in various studios in California, London and the South of France.

"Everyone in the band is extremely excited about how the new material is shaping up.” continues Herman. “We haven't felt this kind of energy in the band for a long time. We can't wait to unleash the next DragonForce album later this year."

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