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Metal News for March 20, 2009

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26 news articles posted on this day.

Violent Green Signs To BrisMetal.com Records

Brisbane metal band Violent Green's forthcoming EP aptly titled "Abyssus in Terra" will be released through Brismetal.com Records in early 2009, featuring six tracks. You can also witness the wrath of Violent Green as they support Krisiun on their upcoming tour in Brisbane. Featuring in addition is Dawn of Azazel (NZ), and Defamer which will be held on April 15th at Rosies, Brisbane.

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Nightrage Posts More Studio Videos Online

Nightrage has posted two more video updates from their time at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg where they are recording their new album, "Wearing a Martyr's Crown." The album is currently set for a June 23rd release. All three videos can be viewed below, including the first one for good measure.

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Fukpig Reunites To Release New Album

Feto Records has issued the following update about grindcore band Fukpig reuniting to release a new album:

"Anaal Nathrakh multi-instrumentalist and former Mistress drummer Mick Kenney has joined with former Mistress members Drunk and Misery to return to earlier d-beat/grind project Fukpig. 'Spewings From A Selfish Nation', the first record since 2003's 'Nuclear Apocalypse' will be available as a download and an extremely limited CD release later in the year through FETO Records."

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Made Out Of Babies Heads West For Tour

Brooklyn's MADE OUT OF BABIES is heading west for a handful of dates next month, including a date in Berkeley, CA with labelmates BRAVEYOUNG.

Here are the Made Out Of Babies tour dates:

04/10/09 Fri @ Jugheads - Phoenix, AZ
04/11/09 Sat @ Gilman Street - Berkeley, CA w/ BRAVEYOUNG
04/12/09 Sun @ The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA
04/14/09 Tue @ The Comet - Seattle, WA
04/15/09 Wed @ Satyricon - Portland, OR
04/16/09 Thu @ Fire Escape - Sacramento, CA
04/17/09 Fri @ Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA

The band's latest album, "The Ruiner," was released on June 24th of last year via THE END RECORDS. The album was immediately met with critical acclaim, finding its way onto many year-end best-of lists, including the number nine spot on Decibel Magazine's Top Ten. "The Ruiner" is a big step forward for the band, and this progression is clear in the album’s scathing opener, "Cooker," which is available for downloading/posting/sharing here.

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Sound and Fury Festival 2009 Initial Lineup

The initial Sound and Fury Festival 2009 lineup, location, and ticketing info has been announced.

When and where:
Dates: July 31, August 1, and August 2, 2009
Venue: El Rodeo Community Center
Address: 451 W. Hueneme Rd., Oxnard, CA 93033

The initial bands announced for the 2009 Sound and Fury Festival include the following: More...

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Hellsaw Announces German Festival Appearances

Austrian black metal band Hellsaw has announced appearances at two upcoming German festivals. The band will be playing at the Legacy Festival in Dessau on May 23rd and the Metal Invasion Festival in Ruhstorf on September 18th.

The band's upcoming album "Cold" will be released in Europe on March 30th and in North America on April 7th.

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Samael Announces Extra Tour Dates

Swiss metal band Samael have announced the following extra tour dates in April once they return to Switzerland after their U.S. tour alongside Carcass:

08.04.09: Zürich - Abart (with support from Excruciation)
09.04.09: Fribourg - Fri-son (with support from Cataract and A Fine Day To Exit)
29.04.09: Pratteln - Z7 (with support from Vital Remains, Order Of Ennead, Sludge and Tribulation)

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Ahab Nearly Finished New Album

German funeral doom metal band Ahab have announced that they are nearly finished their next full-length release. In the next couple of weeks, the artwork, mixing and mastering will be completed.

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Devildriver To Headline Thrash & Burn Tour

In addition to the recently announced tour dates, Devildriver will be headlining this summer's Thrash & Burn Tour.

Frontman Dez Fafara has laid out an outline of the band's rough itinerary into 2010:

"Sailors would say " tie a knot ", meaning tie yourself off to something and hold the fuck ON ! Here we GO. Literally! More...

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Crown The Lost Announces CD Release Show

Per the release of "Blind Faith Loyalty" on May 5 (April 17 in Europe), Crown The Lost will be having their official CD release show at the Smiling Moose in the Southside in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, May 9 at 9:30 PM. Additional acts will be announced shortly.

The band still has Exodus tickets for sale for their Saturday, April 4 date with the Bay Area thrashers. Hit them up on MySpace if you're interested.

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Hatesphere Offering Samples Of New Album

Danish metal band Hatesphere are currently offering samples of their upcoming album "To The Nines" at this location. The album will be released on March 30th in Europe and April 7th in North America.

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Hail! Announces New 2009 Tour Dates

David Ellefson, Jimmy Degrasso (ex-Megadeth), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie, ex-Iced Earth, Judas Priest) recently formed the metal group called Hail! and toured across Chile in January. The band has announced the following extra 2009 tour dates:

Sun April 26 Athens, Greece Kytarro
Tues April 28 Budapest,Hungary t/b/a
Wed April 29 Zagreb, Croatia Boogaloo
Thurs April 30 Innsbruck, Austria Hafen
Fri May 1 Vienna, Austria Maifet

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Torche Streaming "Sugarglider" Online

Torche is currently streaming the track "Sugarglider" online from their EP "Healer / Across The Shields." The song can be heard on the band's official MySpace page.

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Cattle Decapitation Posts New Video Online

Cattle Decapitation has posted a video online for the song "Regret and the Grave" from their album "The Harvest Floor." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Rising Moon Completes Recording New Album

Italian death metallers Rising Moon have finished working on their new album "The Truth We Never Knew," which was recorded and mixed at the Alien Recording Studio. Six songs from the album are currently streaming on the band's official MySpace page.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

01. The Second Brother's Blood
02. The Sky That Looks Us All
03. The Abandoned Memory Of God
04. The Arrival Between Us
05. Where The Light Becomes Dark
06. The Breath That We Haven't Had
07. The Sign Of The Illusory Change
08. The Truth We Never Knew
09. Nothing Will Ever Remain The Same

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Final Band Line Up Announced For Auditory Assault

The 2009 Auditory Assault Festival will take place on May 16th and 17th at Europa in Brooklyn, NY. The confirmed line up for the festival will be as follows:

Saturday, May 16th

Dead Infection
Lethal Aggression
Gadget
Sayyadina
Splitter
Entrails Massacre
Defeatist
Man Will Destroy Himself
Chainsaw to the Face

Sunday, May 17th

Brutal Truth
Rotten Sound
Misery Index
Total Fucking Destruction
Crowpath
Sulaco
Pigsty
Kill the Client
Jig-Ai
Maruta
Copremesis

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Kreator Issues European Tour Recap

Kreator has issued the following recap of their recent European tour:

"Hi Freaks,

"The european part of the Hordes of Chaos tour is now history. It was really cool to see some of our longtime friends along the way, plus the response at the shows was amazing! Thanks again for coming out and celebrating violence with Kreator. Also, the vibe between the bands on this run couldn't have been any better. Hail to Emergency Gate, Eluveitie and Caliban - all amazing bands with cool members!

"Right now we're preparing our US tour with Warbringer, Belphegor, Epicurean and the mighty Exodus! We can't wait to see all our american friends again - it has been a long time since the last tour!

"Other than that ,we're working on the launch of the "Inner Circle", the first official Kreator Fan Club ever!

"We have a special surprise for all our German supporters! On June 1st, we will be playing our first hometown show in eight years at the Werden Open Air in Essen - and it's a free festival!!! Since this is not a real metal event, we hope to see a lot of the fans there to turn Essen Werden into the terrorzone!!!! More...

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Lacuna Coil Singer Speaks On Download Festival

Cristina Scabbia, vocalist with Italian goth metal group Lacuna Coil has checked in with a message for fans in the United Kingdom regarding the bands appearance at this year's edition of the Download Festival. The message reads as follows:

"Hello everyone! Once again, this year we'll be honoured to be part of the Download festival and we're absolutely, hysterically, madly excited about that! Not only because we will be finally able to let you guys listen to some of the new stuff from the upcoming album Shallow Life, but also because there will be a lot of really great bands to check out and to hang out with! I personally can't wait to see Faith No More in action after so many years, it'll be a total blast! It's definitely an edition you can't miss, I always have a great time at Download, but I sense this year will be even more exciting. See you there, rockers! Can't wait!"

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Brutal Truth Announces North American Tour Dates

American metal group Brutal Truth will be heading out on a headlining run of North America shortly in support of their new forthcoming studio album, "Evolution Through Revolution."

The bands tour schedule is now as follows:

April 4 - Tempe, AZ - The Sets (with CREMATORIUM)
April 5 - San Marcos, CA - The Jumping Turtle (with Crematorium)
April 7 - Los Angeles, CA - The Knitting Factory (Free show with Lair Of The Minotaur, RSVP here)
April 8 - San Francisco, CA - The DNA Lounge (with IMPALED)
April 23 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
April 24 - Toronto, ON - Wreck Room
April 25 - Pittsburg, PA - 31st St Pub
April 26 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
May 1 - Montreal, QC - Underworld
May 2 - Quebec City, QC - L'Anti
May 3 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
May 7 - Syracuse, NY - The Lost Horizon (as part of the Relapse Records Contamination Tour)
May 9 - Allentown, PA - The Sterling Hotel (as part of the Relapse Records Contamination Tour)
May 11 - Danbury, CT - Bill Baloney's (as part of the Relapse Records Contamination Tour)
May 17 - Brooklyn, NY - Europa (as part of the Auditory Assault Festival)
May 23 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar (as part of the Maryland Deathfest)
May 30 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 (as part of Neurotic Deathfest)
June 21 - Clisson, France - Hellfest

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Slayer Frontman Tom Araya Talks About New Album

In a recent video interview with Artisan News Service, Slayer frontman Tom Araya spoke a little about the bands forthcoming new studio album which will be released later this year. Araya states: "This new album is coming together really well. We've been in the studio now for four weeks. I think four or five weeks and it's coming across together, you know it has all the Slayer elements. I don't want to compare it to but it has very Christ Illusion type songs. You know it's in that vein but there's also fast songs, l mean 'Psychopathy Red' that right there should give you an example of the broad spectrum of Slayer music is going to be on this album."

You can check out the full video at this location.

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Flea To Induct Metallica Into Hall Of Fame

The organizers of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has revealed the list of names who will be inducting the legends being entered this year. The biggest news for metal fans is that Flea, bass player of rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers will be presenting Metallica with their achievement at the ceremony. Also announced as presenters are Eminem, who will be inducting Run DMC, Jimmy Page who will induct Jeff Beck and Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood who will induct Bobby Womack.

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Ratt Signs To Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records

Los Angeles, Californa based hard rock group Ratt has announced that they have signed a brand new record deal with Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records to release their new studio album later this year. The album is rumoured to be titled "Ratt Comes Back." The news of this signing follows quickly on the heels that southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd signed to the label this week also.

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White Wizzard Signs To Earache Records

WHITE WIZZARD, LA's high-energy, NWOBHM-influenced metallers who could be described as a cross between DIAMOND HEAD and VAN HALEN, have signed a worldwide, multi-album deal with Earache Records.

WHITE WIZZARD formed in 2007 and shortly afterwards recorded their "High Speed GTO" demo, which only made it into the hands of a few select fans. Following a brief period of inactivity, the demo fell into the hands of Earache Records and the "High Speed GTO" song was included on "Heavy Metal Killers," a compilation featuring 13 tracks from the best new traditional-sounding heavy metal bands. The band has since regrouped around band leader JON LEON with a new line-up. Earache is set to release the "High Speed GTO" tracks as a mini-album this Summer, with the band working towards a full album due later in the year.

WHITE WIZZARD's 2009 debut is driven by catchy riffs that aim straight for the hips and the heart. The band is lighter than the norm - there's a nimbleness to the WHITE WIZZARD attack and genuine commercial hooks race through all seven songs on the "High Speed GTO" mini-album.

Bassist and main-man JON LEON comments on the band's signing:

"Earache is an important label in the history of metal music and has always been visionary. I think there is no metal fan out there that does not know Earache as being one of the most recognizable and important labels in the genre. Though my band harkens back to the older singer/songwriter melodic metal, Earache is expanding and growing and I am sure the same success will be had with many more of the new and up-and-coming bands."

Catch WHITE WIZZARD live at their upcoming show in Hollywood:

27 March 2009 - Hollywood, CA - Relax Bar

You can check out WHITE WIZZARD's video for the track "High Speed GTO" below and check out some of their songs on the band's MySpace page. More...

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Metallica To Play Wacken Open Air 2010?

In an interview with Metalitalia.com, ICS Festival Service GmbH managing director Thomas Jensen (Wacken Open Air organizers) reveals that the festival is in negotiations with MANOWAR to headline the 2009 edition of the festival.

Says Thomas Jensen: "For 2009 we are discussing with Manowar... my friend Joey is really crazy but I like him. [laughs] SAXON should play as well. We're in contact with METALLICA too, and we'll meet with John Jackson at the end of March to plan out their next Waken appearance, that probably will be in 2010".

Read the full article at Metalitalia.com.

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Switchblade Annouces Australian Tour Dates

Sydney metalers SWITCHBLADE will be releasing their new album "INVICTUS INFINITUM" in April 2009 and to celebrate will be playing select shows around the country.

"INVICTUS INFINITUM" was recorded by Darren "jENK" Jenkins (Cryogenic, Mortality) and mixed by Grammy Award winning producer Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Nile, Cannibal Corpse) in Chicago, USA. The album will also feature special guest lead guitarist JEFF LOOMIS (Nevermore) on the track "Reflective Curse."

You can check out a new song on the band's MySpace player.

The complete tracklisting for "Invictus Infinitum" is as follows:

1. II
2. Revelation
3. Coil Of The Serpent
4. The Cancer Benign
5. Solitary Existence
6. Reflective Curse
7. This Impure Design
8. Lacerate
9. As The Sun Dies…

Here are the latest Switchblade tour dates: More...

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Shooter Jennings Offered Velvet Revolver Job

Country rock star Shooter Jennings has revealed in a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine that he was offered the job as vocalist for Velvet Revolver and not just once. Speaking on the offer he said:

"They’ve asked me twice, dude. I've done a couple of shows with those guys, and they asked me a couple of years ago and they asked me again last year to be the singer. And it pained my heart not to say yes, because those guys are the best players in the world. They’re literally one of the best bands I’ve ever heard and to be able to sing with them has been amazing. But I had a talk with them about it, and I would absolutely still, to this day, get in a room and jam with them, but first of all, I knew I was gonna be doing another record and that what I wanted to do was really special to me, and I didn’t feel I could stifle that."

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