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Metal News for March 20, 2010

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32 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

Interview with Chicago Band Act of Destruction

Act of Destruction is a local technical death/thrash band from Chicago Illinois. I had the opportunity to see them play live at the Bottom Lounge with an Israeli metal band known as Orphaned Land, and at the Pearl Ballroom in Moneka Illinois with folk Metal’s Alestorm and Tyr. Lead guitarist John Bravo got it right when he said that no two songs by them sound the same. In this day of age, when there are plenty of bands competing for a record label deal, having the versatility in their songwriting will most certainly make Act of Destruction stand out from the competition. Currently, Act of Destruction is in a time of transition, as they are seeking a new guitarist. Any and all information can be found on their MySpace. More...

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Guns N Roses Confirms Central American Dates

Guns N Roses has now confirmed that they will be performing at Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. Axl comments "Our shows in these countries were originally announced without our knowledge n' dates were put up for sale that weren't confirmed. We're also attempting to reschedule Rio for Apr 4. We'll let you know asap when this is confirmed."

These are the latest tour dates:

Apr 4 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Apoteose
Apr 7 - Panama City, Panama, Estadio Figali
Apr 9 - San Jose, Costa Rica, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa
Apr 11 - San Salvador, El Salvador Estadio Cuscatlan
Apr 13 - Guatemala City, Guatemala Estadio Del Ejercito
Apr 15 - San Juan, Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum

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Mayhem Announces European Tour Dates

Mayhem has announced a European tour with the Slovenian band Noctiferia. The tour dates are as follows:

23-05 - Music Pub - Cluj Napoca - Romania
24-05 - Szene - Vienna - Austria
25-05 - Exit - Praha - Czech Rep
26-05 - Progresja - Warsaw - Poland
27-05 - Loch Ness - Krakow - Poland
28-05 - Coloseum - Kosice - Slovakia
29-05 - TBA
30-05 - Hristo Botev (w/ VENOM) - Sophia - Bulgaria
31-05 - SKC - Beograd - Serbia
01-06 - Pieffe Factory - Lucinico – Italy (Slovenian border)
03-06 - Rome - Italy

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Anathema Discusses New Album

ANATHEMA has announced the release of their 8th studio album, "We’re Here Because We’re Here," which will be released on May 31st via Kscope Records.

Danny Cavanagh comments on the new album, "'We’re Here Because We’re Here' is Anathema’s most expansive album to date and by the far best thing we’ve ever done. Not only have we improved as writers, but because we took our time, we had the opportunity to select the very best material and concentrate on it. We gave the songs the chance to breathe and come alive by themselves and it’s ended up being magical – every song is as good as the rest of them. This album features the best performances by the band ever; Vincent’s greatest vocals and John’s and my best writing" More...

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Jesse Leach Rejoins Killswitch Engage On Stage

Despite Killswitch Engage continuing to their tour with All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte in light of Howard's unexpected departure, the band was joined onstage this week by former frontman Jesse Leach during a performance at The Filmore New York at Irving Plaza.

Some footage was caught of the show by a photographer:

Photographer Will Hawkins comments on the video: "As for the focus & sound quality... Dudes... It was on a DSLR right against the stage with built-in mic. I'm not a videographer, but I wanted to snag some vid just to share with YOU.... so deal ! ;)"

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Interview

Ron Keel Keeps On Rocking For Keel Reunion

Hard partying rock icons Keel have come back together for a 25th anniversary reunion to rock the world again in a string of festival appearances. Not content to simply rehash the past however, the band has also put out an entirely new album "Streets of Rock and Roll." Front man Ron Keel commented on the creation of the album, "Immediately after the first couple of rehearsals we started coming up with some songs. The energy was flowing and the excitement was there. It felt like 20 years had just melted away. We thought we had a few songs that could be the foundation for a strong album and that’s when we decided to pull the trigger and make a new album."

Ron and I spoke at length about the new album and the re-released version of their flagship album "The Right to Rock," which features fans singing with the band on the title track. We also discussed the long history of the band, Ron's other projects, and his thoughts on rock and roll parody/tribute act Steel Panther. More...

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Ancestors Announces European Tour

California's Ancestors will embark on a European tour this April alongside Night Horse. The details of the nine date trek are as follows:

4/9 2010 Cafe Nova w/ Night Horse Essen, Germany
4/10 2010 L’Entrepot w/ Night Horse Arlon, Belgium
4/11 2010 Circolo Arci Q w/ Night Horse Fidenza (PR), Italy
4/12 2010 Orto Bar w/ Night Horse Ljubljana, Slovenia
4/13 2010 Arena w/ Night Horse Vienna, Austria
4/14 2010 Sunny Red w/ Night Horse Munich, Germany
4/15 2010 Roadburn 2010 @ 013 Tilburg, Noord-Holland
4/16 2010 South of the Border w/ Night Horse London, England
4/17 2010 White Rabbit w/ Night Horse Plymouth, England

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Bloodshoteye Streaming New Song

Canada's Bloodshoteye has issued the following update about streaming a new song online:

"We have uploaded the 3rd new track from Expect the Unexpected entitled 'The Slaughterhouse Romance.' It is the last song on the album and starts off with a long, slow, creepy intro and then... BANG one of the most brutal tracks on the album. Tell us what you think.

"We also have a couple weekends worth of shows in the next month with The Last Felony & Threat Signal. If you are in the London, Windsor, Sarnia or St.Catherines area be sure to make it out to a show they are gonna be brutal."

The new track can be heard at this location.

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Cave In To Play Two Shows With Isis

Boston's Cave In have announced they will be performing two upcoming shows in support of Isis on their North American tour. The details of the tour dates are as follows:

6/22 @ Port City Music Hall, Portland, Maine
6/23 @ Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec

You can also check out several sample Cave In tracks via the band's official MySpace page.

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Crown The Lost Replaces Drummer And Vocalist

Pittsburgh's Crown the Lost has issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer and vocalist:

"In a move that was a long time coming, we'd like to welcome Argel Marchelletta into the CTL fold as our full-time drummer. Argel's initial capacity was that of a fill-in to help us prepare for album #3, but he was so impressive that we had no choice but to ask him to join. Fortunately for us, he accepted. On a related note, singer Chris Renaldi has left the band in order to pursue his own project. As the only singer this band has ever had, Renaldi's vocals were an integral part of the Crown the Lost sound and we're eager to hear what he has in store for his new musical endeavor.

"Here are some words from Renaldi: 'After four and a half years with the same group of people, people and ideas tend to grow and change. Due to this, it became difficult for me to see eye-to-eye with other members of the band. However, this is nothing that would force me to harbor ill-will towards the band itself. It's too hard to despise something you helped to shape and mold, and besides that, my time had expired. I wish the best for Crown the Lost, as I plan on doing something on my own (musically, that is). Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who had lent their ears to the music that we wrote. After all, it was you guys who made it all worth the while.'

"Renaldi's replacement comes in the form of Leon Mallah, a converted guitarist from fellow Pittsburgh metallers In the Wake, who are coincidentally the same band we poached Argel from. Judging from the last few months of rehearsal, Leon's vocals will stay true to the clean vocal template of our sound, but will also add new twists and variations. Leon's live debut with the band should be in May. Additional details on our forthcoming third album, Cold Pestilent Hope will be released in the very near future."

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Varg Pulls Out Of Ragnarok Festival

German metallers Varg have issued the following announcement about canceling their previously announced appearance at the Ragnarok Festival:

"After Ragnarök Festival announced in a statement that Varg will perform there with a different line, is the refusal of the performance, the only acceptable result for us. We are a band together and stand, our occupation, we let ourselves be dictated by anyone. We are sorry for the fans who were looking forward to our gig! The free time this weekend, we now use for a gig at the Fiesta Pagana in Switzerland, including The Exploited, Equilibrium and Impaled Nazarene. We look forward to one of the 5 Metalfest open airs, Metal Camp, Rock Harz, Wacken, Party San, or no later than the Time of the Wolf! Until then!"

The upcoming Varg tour dates are as follows:

4/30 2010 FIESTA PAGANA Schmerikon, Switzerland
5/13 2010 METALFEST Germany Dessau, Germany
5/14 2010 METALFEST Austria Mining am Inn, Austria
5/15 2010 METALFEST Helvetia Pratteln, Switzerland
5/15 2010 Maniacs of Rock Ellwangen, Germany
5/21 2010 METALFEST Hungary Budapest, Hungary
5/22 2010 METALFEST Czechia Pilsen, Czechia
7/6 2010 METALCAMP Tolmin, Slovenia
7/10 2010 ROCK HARZ Ballenstedt, Germany
8/7 2010 WACKEN OPEN AIR Wacken, Germany
8/13 2010 PARTY SAN OPEN AIR Bad Berka, Germany

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Rusted Dawn Announces Canadian Tour Dates

New Brunswick's RUSTED DAWN have just announced their six week cross-Canada tour in support of their upcoming release, "The Black Tides of War," which is scheduled for release in North America by the east coast metal label, Diminished Fifth Records on March 30th.

"After having to cancel our Canadian tour last year, it's time for sweet, sweet redemption.” commented Jeremy Goddard who provides vocals and guitar for Rusted Dawn. “We've all been waiting for this for a very long time, and all the months of slaving at shitty jobs in preparation for this moment are finally going to be worth it. I can't wait to get out there and show the country what this band is capable of on a large-scale assault." Fellow guitar shredder and brother Justin added “I can't wait to shred right across this country and see what the west coast has for burger and burrito joints! Can you really think of three better things? Burger, burritos, and 2 months of obnoxiously loud metal." More...

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Feature

Free Metal Music Recap For March Is Metal

Over the past couple of weeks, we've reported on numerous free label samplers and compilations, not realizing that most have been in appreciation of March Is Metal Month.

EMI Music’s Label Services is bringing metal to the masses with their “March is Metal” campaign with retailers across the US. The retail campaign includes promotions from such legendary labels as Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Earache and Candlelight along with Season of Mist, Willow Tip, Crash Music, Prospect Park and Capitol.

Along with the sampler, which includes tracks from Lacuna Coil, Five Finger Death Punch, Fear Factory, White Wizzard, Ihsahn, Gama Bomb, The Atlas Moth, Queensryche, Exodus and Arsis along with hotly anticipated pre-release tracks from Triptykon and Defeated Sanity, ELS and Caroline will also offer a limited edition T-shirt designed by Rich Hall and the MMM logo will appear on the Testament/ Exodus tour poster as a sponsor for the tour. They also sponsored “Full Metal Texas” at this year’s SXSW.

"EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution have the privilege of working with the best labels in the Metal genre. The annual 'March is Metal Month' campaign is a platform for us to expose the great repertoire from these partners to both the trade and consumer alike,” stated Dominic Pandiscia SVP / GM of EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution.

During the month of March, Amazon.com has a nice metal sale in their MP3 store with loads of great albums for download for $6.99 each, including most of Megadeth's Capitol-era releases, the latest albums by Pelican, Orphaned Land, Devin Townsend, Lacuna Coil, and many more.

And while we're at it, let's recap the many samplers made available for free download this month. Here are several from Amazon.com, which unfortunately are only available to those in the United States:

Here are a couple more freebies from Amazon.com as a bonus: More...

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Announces European Tour Dates

UK's Tygers Of Pan Tang has announced the following European tour dates:

Apr 24 - Keep it True 13 Festival Konigshofen - Germany
May 01 - Classic Rock Festival @ Farnborough Football Club - Farnborough, UK
May 08 - Champions - Bournemouth, UK
May 12 - Fibbers - York, UK
May 14 - Asylum - Birmingham, UK
May 15 - The Diamond Rock Club - Ahoghill/ Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK
Jun 11 - Robin 2 Bilston NWOBHM celebration - Bilston, Wolverhampton, UK
Aug 06 - Cambridge Rock Festival - Cambridge, UK
Aug 07 - Sportovni Areal Rejsice Mlade - Boleslavi, Czech Republic
Aug 14 - Legends of Rock Festival - Colegio Carrion - San Javier, Spain
Sep 10 - The Lancastrian Suite - Gateshead, UK

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Amberian Dawn Guitarist To Tour With Gamma Ray

Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about their guitarist joining Gamma Ray for a string of tour dates:

"Guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen has been asked to join Gamma Ray as the temporary replacement for guitarist/keyboardist Henjo Richter, who underwent surgery on Tuesday, March 16th for a 'retinal detachment.' Kasperi agreed and it was easy for him to join the band because he has played a few shows with Gamma Ray is same role already in 2006. Amberian Dawn wishes Kasperi a great tour with guys of GammaRay!"

The affected shows are as follows:

3/20 - Prague, CZR @ KD Vltavska
3/22 - Langen, GER @ Stadthalle (rescheduled from March 18)
3/23 - Saarbrücken, GER @ Garage (rescheduled from March 16)

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Grind Inc. To Release New Album

Germany's Grind Inc. has issued the following update about releasing a new album:

"Dear Grind Inc. community, we proudly declare the upcoming birth of our long awaited and highly anticipated fourth effort of brutality entitled 'Lynch and Dissect' Check out the brand-new track 'Praise the light' at this location. This is for you crazy death metal lunatics! The release date will be on 5/21/10 via Bastardized Recordings.

"Our new massacre was recorded at Catacomb Productions (GER) by Thomas Granzow & Grind Inc. Gruesome mix and mastering deeds were done by Jörg Uken @ Soundlodge studios (GER). Once again we trusted in the manic multi-abilities of Mr. Björn Goosses aka Killustrations for the responsible artwork-investigations. Björn also appears as a guest musician on the new album track called 'Forced to consume.'

"We furthermore want to thank all involved persons for 'Lynch and Dissect' and are looking forward to meet you all on the road to destroy your 2010 stages all over Europe. Special thanks grind out to Gustavo Sazes as the responsible technician for our new my space page. The release party for ´Lynch and Dissect´ will be executed on 6/12/10 at the German source of death metal, the well known Death Fest Open Air 2010 @ Hünxe." More...

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Inmoria Reveals New Album Details

Swedish metallers Inmoria, who recently parted ways with Massacre Records, have announced their new album will be titled "A Farewell to Nothing - The Diary Part 1." The track listing for the album will be as follows:

1. Blinded
2. My Shadow Fall
3. The Mirror
4. End of the Line
5. In My Dreams
6. Just Another Lie
7. Save Me
8. Hear My Prayers
9. Watch me Bleed
10. The Silence Within Me
11. All For Granted
12. Why

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Gotham O.D. Streaming More Songs Online

Gotham O.D released their new album "Disbeliever" on March 3rd, 2010. The band is now currently streaming the second half of the album online at the official Gotham O.D. MySpace page. The track listing for the album is as follows:

The track listing is as follows:

A-side:
1. Into the Light
2. Glowing Goodbyes
3. Brave?
4. Change (Home/Later/Silence)
5. I Will Prevail
6. Grind

B-side:
7. My Reflection
8. Disbeliever
9. The Circle
10. Till the End
11. Mea Gloria Fides
12. Just Kill Me

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Heidevolk Posts New Song, "Ostara," Online

Dutch pagan metal band HEIDEVOLK has posted a new song, entitled "Ostara," on their MySpace page. The song comes off their upcoming new album, "Uit Oude Grond (From Old Soil)," which will be released on March 26th via Napalm Records.

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Sacred Mother Tongue To Film New Music Video

UK metal band Sacred Mother Tongue has issued the following update:

"It’s been a hell of a long time since our last video release, and after our mis-fortune with the last attempt we have been planning it carefully. Of course when Two Thousand Eight Hundred was made we really had no money or in fact no idea what we were doing, so it was a small miracle that it came out ok, and actually made it on screen with Scuzz and MTV2. So our follow up video for Anger on Reflection was on a bigger budget and was meant to be the business… however due to directorial differences between the film makers and ourselves, we decided to pull the video from You Tube after a short two weeks and it was never submitted to the TV stations." More...

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Mortum Completes New EP

New Jersey black metal band Mortum has issued the following update regarding the completion of their new album "Beyond Which Darkness Holds Secret:"

"FINALLY! Our upcoming EP 'Beyond Which Darkness Holds Secret' is now complete! You can stream the entire thing on our myspace page! We hope to have the EP out by or in June if all things run smoothly, hopefully we'll be able to run a string of shows from now into the summer in support of the EP. LISTEN TO THE EP NOW!"

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Infest Posts New Music Video Online

Serbian death metal band INFEST has debuted a new music video for the song "Onward To Destroy" online. Watch it below:

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And Hell Followed With Posts New Song Online

Detroit death metal band AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH has launched a fully redesigned MySpace page>MySpace page featuring artwork (created by GodMachine) from their upcoming EARACHE debut, PROPRIOCEPTION. Guitarist, Kyle Mcilmurray comments, "We're extremely pleased with how GodMachine's artwork came together with the MySpace Layout that Daniel Mcbride made."

AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH has also premiered a new track from their album "Proprioception" on their MySpace page. Entitled "VenomSpitter," the song is about overcoming addiction. According to Kyle, "VenomSpitter" is "a good representation of what the rest of Proprioception is. Fast, crushing, and unrelenting." More...

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Havok Reveals New Album Song Titles

Denver metal band Havok has issued the following new album update:

"Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this Sun of ours. After over a year of tensions, ruptures, struggles, and a staggering amount of intense work, time has now come to reveal the title of HAVOK's sophomore full-length album."

"STATUES OF SISYPHUS represents to us the experience of human existence. With others, with ourselves. The cyclical rise and fall, the Ourobouros of meaninglessness and mundanity. What we are, what we were, what we will remain. A worn philosophical symbol perhaps, but none the less potent, none the less real as it has been proved to us over and over again.
The music we will present to you is a logical continuation of our earlier works, as well as a massive leap forward, in all directions. Extreme? Yes; over-the-top velocities, stupefying guitar work and insane vocals guaranteed. Progressive? In several senses. Death Metal? In lack of better terms, yes. The album will be produced by Andreas Wiberg (previous member of The Shattering) in coalition with ourselves, and released by ViciSolum Productions as 2010 falls (say, November). A few of the song titles are: 'Linear Existence,' 'The Glacial Face,' 'Grey Eyes, Golden Skin,' 'Carver Of Lies,' and 'Unventured Thoughts.'"

"We are set to commence the drum production on March 22. More information will be revealed as we go along."

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Paradise Lost Cancels Australian Tour Dates

Australian metal band Lycanthia has issued the following update:

"Unfortunately we have bad news. The Paradise Lost and Sirenia Australian Tour has been cancelled."

"Lycanthia will be playing @ The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, 10 April 2010 (free entry) @ Club Carnage, Kings X, 2 July 2010..."

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HellYeah Announces US Tour Dates

HellYeah has announced the following tour dates:

May 11 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center w/ Seether, Five Finger Death Punch, Drowning Pool and Lacuna Coil
May 18 - La Crosse, WI - La Crosse Center Arena w/ Seether, Five Finger Death Punch, Drowning Pool and Lacuna Coil
May 19 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center w/ Seether, Five Finger Death Punch, Drowning Pool and Lacuna Coil
May 22 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom w/ Seether

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Unholy Ritual Begins Recording New EP

Greek extreme symphonic black metallers Unholy Ritual are currently recording new material for the successor of their debut album “Rex Mundi.” An EP release is in process while the end result is expected in May or June 2010. Mixing and mastering will be done by Andy Classen at Stage One Studios (Belphegor , Rotting Christ , Graveworm , Krisium) in Germany , between 10-13 of May. Cover artwork by Andreas Marschall (The Kovenant , Dimmu Borgir , Blind Guardian , King Diamond ).

The band has also announced their ending of their cooperation with Emotion Art Music Ltd.

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Quartered To Perform in Philippines at Metal Fest

Quartered have been officially confirmed for the Pulp Summer Slam Festival 10, the largest metal festival in the Philippines, on April 17th.

The festival is being headlined by Lamb Of God and Testament. Quartered, their good friends Slapshock, and thirty other bands fill out the rest of the day's lineup.

Testament front man Chuck Billy commented on the bands upcoming trip to the Philippines, “We have played countless venues all over the world, but this is the first time ever that Testament will be playing in the Philippines. It is an honor for us to be bringing metal to a country that does not normally have many metal shows and we are stoked to be co-headlining alongside our friends in Lamb of God. People of the Philippines get ready to get Into the Pit with Testament.”

Quartered just finished recording their Thorny Bleeder Records debut album with producer Ben Kaplan, at Mushroom Studios in Vancouver. The yet-to-be titled album will be released in late Spring or early Summer.

While you wait for the new album, you can download the band's two previous albums for free on the label's free downloads page.

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Kreator and Evile Pack Nokia Theater in New York

On March 6, 2010 I went to see Kreator perform at the Nokia Theater in New York City. I was very eager to see Evile, Voivod, and Kreator. I have been a fan of Kreator for some time now, but have only heard one album, “Extreme Aggression.” Evile is a band I was interested in seeing because I have their demo, but have yet to explore much outside of what is on their MySpace page. Voivod has been recommended to me by friends, but I’ve never taken the time to properly explore them. When I arrived at the venue, Lazarus A.D. started playing. More...

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Atticus Tour at The Rave To Be Webcast Live

The Atticus Metal Tour II, featuring Unearth, Stick To Your Guns, The Ghost Inside, Your Demise, Veil of Maya, and Carnifex, will have their Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Rave webcast live. The show, which takes place on Wednesday, March 24, starts at 6:15 CT (7:15 ET), and can be streamed free here.

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Death Angel Posts Another Studio Video Online

Bay Area thrash metal legends Death Angel has posted a new video blog online, documenting the recording of their brand new studio album. You can check it out below. This will be the bands sixth studio album and their first with new drummer Will Carrol. More...

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Canniblast Calls It Quits

Cairns, Australia thrashers Canniblast, who won the Best Local Band category of the inaugural timeOUT Awards, have decided to split. They cite artistic, personal and financial reasons and play two more shows next month. They released one album, titled "Blasticide."

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