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Metal News for March 23, 2010

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39 news articles posted on this day.

Hydrogyn Posts New Video Diary Update

Hydrogyn has posted their fourth video diary for their upcoming album "Judgment." They're "Preparing for tracking final rhythm guitars, Guitar set-up tips, Amp profiles, etc." Watch their video where Megadeth "So Far So Good, So What era" guitarist, Jeff Young discusses his gear for his part on the album. Also, it was revealed that James Lomenzo has six tracks already recorded.

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Infernaeon Enters the Studio

Florida’s INFERNAEON have completed writing their upcoming album for Prosthetic Records and are entering Safe House Production studios to work with legendary guitarist James Murphy (TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, DEATH), who is working with the band from pre-production through mastering.

The band has also to announce the addition of guitarists Taylor Nordberg and Steven Harger and bassist Mike Poggione. Frontman Brian Werner had this to say about the new members:

“It is a real breath of fresh air getting these three in the band. Taylor and Steve are both young, 18 and 19, and hungry and their talent and work ethic are second to none. We’ve accomplished more in three months than I’d ever been able to accomplish in a year before! I spent time with Mike Poggione in Monstrosity and he’s really helping us out in our bass player’s absence. Also our drummer Jeramie Kling (The Absence) has really stepped up his game, and in my opinion he could be the next Derek Roddy or Tim Yeung. He has really come into his own as a drummer and it’s an honor to still be working with him. The end result is an absolutely amazing sounding album one that I’m proud to be a part of.” More...

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Malevolent Creation Begins Work on New Album

Florida death metal band MALEVOLENT CREATION has just signed a management deal with Extreme Management Group (SUFFOCATION, ORIGIN). The band has also confirmed April 5 as the starting date for recording their new album with Eric Rutan at Mana Recording Studios (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, GOATWHORE, etc.).

MALEVOLENT CREATION comments, “After over 20 years in existence, and now having the most solid line up in years, we really wanted to make sure that with this new album we elevated the band in every way. Getting good management was crucial and EMG has a great track record. Erik had been talking to us since Doomsday X to record us, and with Gus Rios (drums) being the band full time now, we didn't want him to have the responsibility of producing the album as well as writing and playing. Erik really understands what we are about, and has all of the same thoughts about recording as us. It really couldn't be a better working situation. We've said it before but this album really is without a doubt is the most relentless, focused and brutal MALEVOLENT CREATION album ever! We really went back to our roots, not only as a band, but as fans of metal. We wrote an album of songs that we as fans of brutal music would want to hear.” More...

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Istapp Reveals New Album Details

Swedish metal act Istapp is currently preparing to unleash its Metal Blade Records debut "Blekinge" on June 8th in the U.S. and Canada. "Blekinge" comes from the adjective bleke that corresponds to the nautical term for "dead calm." The cover art was handled by C. Ashuck von Renvaktar. The band commented on the artwork:

"Out of his memories Lord Ashuck himself created a picture of Blekinge and its oak, fore-saying the inevitable path this world must wander. It will certainly hurt the eyes of many a sun-worshiper who dare to look upon it."

The track listing for "Blekinge" is as follows:

1. Vinterriket
2. Köldens Union
3. 1160 (Miovik)
4. I Väntan På Den Absoluta Nollpunkten
5. Evig Köld Koncentrerad
6. Snö
7. Fjällhöga Nord
8. Bortgång Af Alvrödul, Ljusets Förfall
9. -
10. Blekinge

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Leaves' Eyes To Release Special Edition Album

Leaves' Eyes has issued the following update about releasing a special edition of their "Njord" album:

"Attention Leaves’ Eyes Fans! In connection with the up-coming concert season in 2010, Leaves’ Eyes have a surprise for their fans: The band recorded new bonus tracks at Mastersound Studio for their special edition of the successful charts-entering album ‘Njord’. The ‘Special Fan Edition’ contains the title track ‘At Heaven's End’, ‘Angus and the Swan’ and the acoustic version of ‘Irish Rain’ - three so far unreleased songs! Moreover, it is an unforgettable event to have Liv' sister, Carmen Elise Espenaes from Midnattsol, doing guest vocals on ‘Irish Rain’.

"The special fan edition with a noble matt and glossy foil printed slipcase, which is strictly limited, contains all songs from the ‘Njord’ era: The ‘Njord’ Digipak, including two bonus tracks, as well as the brand new bonus CD ‘At Heaven’s End’, which contains seven non-album tracks, and last but least the video clip ‘My Destiny’! This precious CD package can be ordered at Napalm Records mail order exclusively."

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Primal Fear Cancels Wacken Appearance

Germany's Primal Fear has issued the following statement about pulling out of the 2010 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival:

"Dear Metalheads, we are very sorry having to announce that Primal Fear will not play at this years Wacken Open Air festival. Due to an important private appointment, it is impossible for the band to appear. But both Primal Fear and The W:O:A Team will try to make up for Wacken Open Air 2011. Your W:O:A Team & Primal Fear."

Primal Fear still has the following upcoming tour dates:

3/26 2010 Luxemburg - Moulfort Luxemburg - Moulfort
4/7 2010 SWE - Gävle SWE - Gävle
4/8 2010 SWE - Sweden Rock Cruise SWE - Stockholm
5/20 2010 USA - New York NY New York, NY
5/21 2010 USA - Springfield, VA USA - Springfield VA
5/22 2010 USA - Allston, MA USA - Allston, MA
5/23 2010 CAN - Quebec City, QC CAN - Quebec City, QC
5/24 2010 CAN - Toronto, ON CAN Toronto, ON
5/26 2010 USA - Cleveland, OH USA - Cleveland, OH
5/27 2010 USA - Detroit, MI USA - Detroit, MI
5/28 2010 USA - Louisville, KY USA - Louisville, KY
5/29 2010 USA - Milwaukee, WI USA - Milwaukee, WI
5/30 2010 USA - St Paul, MN USA - St Paul, MN
6/1 2010 USA - Denver, CO USA - Denver, CO
6/3 2010 USA - Seattle, WA USA - Seattle, WA
6/4 2010 USA - Portland, OR USA - Portland, OR
6/5 2010 USA - San Francisco, CA USA - San Francisco, CA
6/6 2010 USA - Santa Ana, Ca USA - Santa Ana, Ca
6/8 2010 USA - LA / West Hollywood, CA USA - LA / West Hollywood, CA
6/9 2010 USA - Mesa, AZ USA - Meza, AZ
6/10 2010 USA - Tucson, AZ USA - Tucson, AZ
6/12 2010 USA - Houston, TX USA - Houston, TX
6/13 2010 USA - Austin, TX USA - Austin, TX
6/20 2010 F - Hellfest Open Air France F - Clisson
7/17 2010 CZ - Masters Of Rock Festival CZ - Vicovice

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The Cleansing Issues Band Update

Danish death metallers The Cleansing have issued the following update about working on a new album and recruiting a touring drummer for their upcoming tour dates:

"Quite busy at The Cleansing camp these days: Rehearsals for the upcoming Danish tour are going great and things are beginning to sound nice and brutal! As Morten Løwe is not able to do the tour with us, Mads Lauridsen (Konkhra, Panzerchrist) will take care of the drums for now. On top of rehearsals we are also in the middle of pre-production for our 2nd yet untitled album! More news on that later!"

The Cleansing's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

4/1 2010 Paletten Viborg
4/2 2010 Pitstop Kolding
4/3 2010 Gimle Roskilde
4/15 2010 The Rock Copenhagen
4/17 2010 Studenterhuset Ålborg
4/23 2010 Bygningen Vejle
4/24 2010 Månen Haderslev
5/7 2010 Kulisselageret Horsens
5/8 2010 Kansas city Odense
7/9 2010 Metal Magic III Fredericia

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More Bands Added To Hellfest

Spain's Nahemah is the latest band to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Hellfest gathering, which is set to to take place from June 18th - 20th in Clisson, France. More details on the festival can be found at this location.

The other confirmed bands for Hellfest include Deftones, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Tantrum, Evile, Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, Anvil, Delain, Kiss, Motorhead, Stonesour, Saxon, Primal Fear, Biohazard, Carcass, Immortal, Slayer, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Hypocrisy, Finntroll, Walls of Jericho, Swallow the Sun, My Dying Bride, Marduk, Ihsahn, and more.

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Septekh Records New Tracks

Vocalist Nils Meseke of Sweden's Septekh has issued the following update about the band recording new music:

"New stuff on the way! We just spent three days straight down in the cramped, smelly pits of Midtown Music at Sveavägen sthlm. Together with the great Mr. Borsh our labors have given fruit in the form of the most brutish, scary and painful tracks yet. If you like the stuff we've already posted here on myspace you're gonna love this. I´ll be back shortly with more info..."

A brief video clip from the recording session can also be viewed below. More...

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Tales From The Pit: Standing Up For The Ladies

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Johnny K from Vancouver's Omega Crom shares a pair of stories from shows he's attended:

Cannibal Corpse at Studebakers, some dude grabbed my friend Angel's tits, she was getting pissed off so me and my friend Ryan were moshing around and came down the stairs from the bar with our arms locked together and clothes lined this dude and bent him backward over the edge of the stage, needless to say he didn't bother her again. Later on I was headbanging forward as the guy in front of me was headbanging backward and I bashed the bridge of my nose off the back of his head, ouch.

Megadeth at Studebakers the first show they played without Marty I was in front row and center. This nice girl comes up before the show and says you look strong you should protect me. So I put her between my arms. When Megadeth came out the crowd pushed forward so hard I couldn't hold the weight and I was being crushed against the rail and this girl was getting crushed by me. After Holy Wars ( the first song) the bouncers clued in and pulled her outta there, never saw her again. I stayed there the entire show and my ribs were broken afterwards, it was worth it.

Omega Crom is currently touring Canada and will unleash their debut album "Blood, Steel & Fire" on April 5th via Reversed Records. You can download a free MP3 of the song "Battlefield" off the new album here.

Check back every Tuesday for more tales from the mosh pit.

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Enthroned Setting Up New Tour Dates

Vocalist Nornagest of Belgian black metal act Enthroned has issued the following brief statement about the band setting up new tour dates: “We are actually booking the dates of a complete tour which will be in August in the United States, September South America and October through Europe. More details soon.”

Enthroned's currently confirmed dates are as follows, with more to be announced soon:

4/5 Turkey – Eskisehir – 222 Park
4/10 Germany – Giessen – Kings of Black Metal Fest
7/27 Germany – Mulfingen – Boarstream Open Air
11/12 Mexico – Mexico City – location tba.

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Amorphis Announces New European Tour

Finnish metallers Amorphis have announced they will be embarking on a new European tour in November. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

05.11 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK)
06.11 Metal Festival, Aalborg (DK)
07.11 Markthalle, Hamburg (DE)
09.11 Cathouse, Glasgow (GB)
10.11 Academy 3, Manchester (GB)
11.11 O2 Academy Islington, London (GB)
12.11 Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht (NL)
13.11 Biebob, Vosselaar (BE)
14.11 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg (DE)
16.11 Hellraiser, Leipzig (DE)
17.11 Proxima, Warsaw (PL)
18.11 Szene, Vienna (AT)
19.11 Kd Serikovka, Plzen (CZ)
20.11 Cvetlicrna, Ljubljana (SL)
21.11 Diesel, Budapest (HU)
23.11 Backstage, Munich (DE)
24.11 Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg (DE)
25.11 Transilvania, Erstfeld (CH)
26.11 Estragon, Bologna (IT)
27.11 Club Vaudeville, Lindau (DE)
28.11 Zeche, Bochum (DE)

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Ava Inferi Confirmed For OST Mountain Festival

Portugal's Ava Inferi is the latest act to be confirmed for Romania's OST Mountain Festival, which takes place from August 6th - 8th. A teaser trailer for the festival can be viewed below. Ava Inferi also issued the following statement:

"As we previously announced, Ava Inferi is one of the headlining acts confirmed for the 1st edition of Ost Mountain Fest, taking place in Busteni, Romania 6-8th of August. We are very happy to be a part of this Festival, which also is dedicated to 'raise awareness among general population regarding the environment' according to the press release. Other acts confirmed are Negura Bunget, Belphegor and Eternal Tears Of Sorrow."

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Daemonicus Parts Ways With Drummer

Swedish death metallers Daemonicus have issued the following update about parting ways with their drummer:

"Our drummer and good friend Magnus Boström have decided to leave the band. Magnus was asked to fill in for two gigs in the summer of 2006. We asked him 3 weeks before the gigs if he was up for it and he accepted. And has been our sick and twisted drummer since then. But now he decided that the time has come for him to pass the torch. We wish him all the best with his new projects and we are sure that we will see him drinking beers in our bar... Puss på morkan grisnacken."

Magnus Boström also issued the following statement:

"After 4 years of pure fun and old school death metal mayhem I've decided to leave the band. My time in the band has really developed me as a drummer and as a person and we are still the best of friends. I wish all our fans the best when Daemonicus is moving on to the next level. I will continue playing in some new projects further on."

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Death Angel Checks In From The Studio

Bay area thrashers Death Angel have posted a new recording blog through Decibel Magazine. An excerpt from the blog follows:

"Three weeks into recording our new album and we are right on schedule (so far!) with all the rhythm guitars, drums and bass tracked. We work at a pace that is not for the faint of heart! Go and stop, stop and go, hurry up and wait, vibe out then attack. Not to mention, we are the night owls! I don’t think a note has been recorded before 4:20 p.m. yet. Looks like everyone is on Rob time. Or am I on Suecof’s time?

"That said, we are progressing in a big way! Seems like yesterday when I flew from San Francisco, CA to Orlando, FL to begin the recording process at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, FL. I came out here a few days before the rest of the guys to work out the (nearly) final arrangements and detail some parts, riffs and harmonies with Jason. We spent hours just hanging out listening to the songs while getting acquainted as this was the first time we actually met in person. It’s necessary to break the ice before attempting to dive in and collaborate on something so intense! When we settled on all the structures, I recorded scratch guitar tracks for all the songs. More...

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Job For A Cowboy Video Interview Available

Themetalheadz.com conducted an interview with Job For a Cowboy vocalist Jonny Davy on the band's UK tour with Lamb of God. A video clip from the interview can be viewed below.

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Katatonia Checks In From The Road

Katatonia's Jonas Renkse has posted a new tour blog online through utlimate-guitar.com. The blog can also be viewed below:

"Manchester – March 9th. We leave Belgium, happy with all the shows so far, and are heading into the UK. The bus ride is interrupted early morning at the ferries by UK customs who thinks we're too slow and even heads into the bus to chase us from bed. We give 'em passports and red eyes and then go back into our bunks. Next morning we wake up in Manchester where we have a day off. The peeps at the Academy venue are kind enough to let us use the toilet and shower facilities. The venue is located in a university area and the weather is surprisingly mild so we have a little walk around and eat kebabs at excellent Abdul's. Next day is gig time. We played this venue with Paradise Lost back in November. It's a nice small place with an ok stage. The gig is great, place seems packed and the audience is enthusiastic. Some of us go to a nearby bar afterwards, but I was better off watching movies in the bus. More...

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Lacrimosa Reveals New Album Art

Swiss Gothic act Lacrimosa has revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming 20th anniversary album "Schattenspiel." The artwork can be viewed here. The band also issued the following statement about the album:

"New double album will be released on May, 7th 2010! For their 20th anniversary Lacrimosa will release a new double-CD with 17 previously unreleased tracks from their 20-years band history on May 7th, including the first demos from 1990 and brand-new songs, which at present Lacrimosa are recording in the studio."

Lacrimosa also has the following upcoming tour dates:

5/23 2010 Wave Gotik Treffen Leipzig
5/30 2010 DK Lensoveta Saint Petersburg
6/1 2010 DK ZhD Krasnodar
6/2 2010 Dom Ofitserov Rostov-On-Don
6/4 2010 1Rock Moscow
6/6 2010 ODO Samara
6/8 2010 Dvorets Molodezhi (Youth Palace) Ekaterinburg
7/18 2010 Masters Of Rock Festival Zlin

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Orange Goblin To Play High Voltage Festival

London's Orange Goblin has issued the following update about appearing at to the 2010 edition of the High Voltage festival:

"We are very pleased to announce that Orange Goblin have been added to the list of bands set to appear at this years High Voltage Festival. This event will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th July 2010 at Victoria Park, East London. Orange Goblin will be playing on the Metal Hammer sponsored stage on Saturday 24th but the whole weekend looks certain to be a 'don't miss' event!

"Other bands set to appear at High Voltage include: ZZ Top, Heaven & Hell, ELP, Down, Clutch, High on Fire, Black Label Society, The Answer, Uriah Heap, Marillion, UFO, Foreigner, Gary Moore, Wishbone Ash, The Quireboys, Focus, and many, many more..."

Additional details on the High Voltage Festival can be found at this location.

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Shadowside Checks In With Road Report

Brazilian metallers Shadowside have checked in with the following report about their recent stop in Rio Claro:

"Hello metalheads, rock maniacs and Shadowside dwellers! First of all, it SUCKS that many of you didn't get to watch the concert last Saturday (March 20) that was being streamed live. Apparently so many people were watching it that the website simply could not handle the traffic and went down. We were so frustrated (not to say pissed) that our fans all over the world didn't get to see how much fun it was. We'll make it up to you with pics, videos and of course - the tour report! Follow me through a day of adventures... More...

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Dillinger Escape Plan Comments On New Album

The Dillinger Escape Plan released their fourth full-length album "Option Paralysis" today, March 23rd, 2010. Vocalist Greg Puciato issued the following statement about the album:

"Here we are. Four months after we finished recording, a year after we started writing, and twelve years into our existence, we are proud to bring you our fourth full length album, "Option Paralysis". We put, to use a cliche, our heart and souls into this album, driving ourselves as individuals to the brink of insanity and as close to the line of personal destruction as possible to get the most out of ourselves as possible as artists. This is the ten songs that came out. We started with a title, a theme that resonated with us all, Option Paralysis, before one note or lyric was written, and now a year later with the physical release, it is still only part of the process.

"While you're listening and digesting, we'll be coming to every city that'll have us, getting to know you guys up close and personal in dark sweaty venues around the world, for the next year and a half or so, chasing after the muse that keeps us doing this year after year. If you like our record, and like what we represent as a band, please pick up a copy and help shine a light on, support, and build the culture that you and we want to see. With all the chaos that has happened in the last decade or so, the tearing down of old norms, it is time for a new renaissance, a new enlightenment, where artists and creators and human beings looking to connect and enrich their own and one another's lives can thrive and develop. It is only by choosing, supporting, and acknowledging as important those things that we want to see thrive, that we can reshape a better and more fruitful culture for ourselves. Please remember to support all art you love, not just ours, but independent quality of any kind, whether it be local stores and mom and pop shops, organic local grown foods, organizations you believe in, or a killer band you just discovered, or have loved for a long time. More...

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Project Zooom Streaming New Instrumental Song

Project Zooom has issued the following statement about streaming a new song titled "Inflicted" online:

"Inflicted is a new instrumental that features a mix of riffage and shredding that was inspired by some of my favorite guitarists. It's a ode to their skills and intensity. The lead was recorded in one take. I wanted to capture the feel of a live performance without the use of tweaking software. It keeps the music honest. Special thanks to Gerardo of Industrialized Metal Webzine and Kiko Sandin for their time and input."

The new song "Inflicted" can be heard at the Project Zooom MySpace page.

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Against The Plagues Parts With Guitarist

Chicago's Against the Plagues has issued the following update about parting ways with their guitarist:

"We would to clear the air and clarify all the rumors regarding our lineup changes. We had not yet posted any official statements regarding these changes because we had been busy with all our label-negotiations (re-mastering our self-released album) along with preparing for our upcoming video. Now, we feel that it is time to officially announce that our original guitarist Adrian Adamus is no longer member of Against the Plagues. In short, Adrian had decided to part ways with the band (and extreme music) right now in order to focus on his personal/family life. We respect his decision and wish him the very best.

"Now, we are extremely proud to announce that Marco Martell (Malevolent Creation, Divine Empire, Cult of Azazel) is handling the guitarist position now and will be participating with the song writing process for the next album. Marco is an accomplished guitarist with the versatility, speed, and skill that the 'ATP style' demands. We are very excited about the 'official' release of our debut album along with the new material that we have planned. We would like to thank all the fans that continue to support our endeavors despite this harsh, economic state."

Against the Plauges is currently completing a music video for the song "Great are the Eyed" filmed in February in Miami with directors Eduardo and Gregg Alvarez from Elephas Productions. The song comes off the band's new album "Decoding the Mainframe" which will be officially release in Europe in March 31st via Vic Records. The clip will make its online debut next month.

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Black Messiah Announces European Tour

Germany's Black Messiah has issued the following update about embarking on a European tour this coming October:

"News again folks, the tour will happen! We will start on October 8th to October 23rd 2010. Additional bands will be No Man's Land, Adorned Brood, Negura Bunget, Dyrathor and Heathen Foray. More explicit details will follow! Horns fuckin' up!"

Additional details on specific cities and venues will be announced as they are made available. Black Messiah's currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:

4/29 2010 FIESTA PAGANA 2010 Schmerikon am See
7/10 2010 Rock Harz Open Air 2010 Ballenstedt,Harz
8/13 2010 Riedstock Open Air 2010 Bürstadt
9/11 2010 Heathen Battlenight Suhl, Thüringen
9/25 2010 Fimbul Festival 2010 (Stadthalle Fürth) Fürth
10/8 2010 Black trolls over europe - European Tour 2010 ´til October 23rd 2010
12/18 2010 Heidensturm Festival Factory, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt

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King Of Asgard Checks In From The Studio

Swedish folk metal act King of Asgard, who recently inked a deal with Metal Blade Records, entered the Sonic Train Studios last week to record a new album. The band has now checked in from the studio with the following recording update:

"The debut is taking shape at Sonic Train Studios. As for now the drums, rhythm guitars and bass is finished. Today the focus will be set on lead guitars and some sound mixing of drums. So it's been a busy stay for now and many working hours, but surely it'll be worth the struggle. The firstborn is on it's way... We're heading home for a two day break... we'll be back on Friday. Stay tuned!"

Two demo tracks are currently available for streaming through the Kind of Asgard MySpace page.

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Kiuas Streaming Second Teaser Trailer

Finland's Kiuas has posted a second video teaser online for the band's upcoming studio album "Lustdriven," which can be viewed below. "Lustdriven" is set to be released on March 31st in Finland and April 26th in the U.K. A North American and Japanese release date has not been set at this time.

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Wolfchant Updates European Schedule

German death metal act Wolfchant has updated their European tour schedule with the following upcoming dates:

4/9 2010 Escape Metalcorner Vienna
4/10 2010 Sächsischer Bahnhof Gera
4/11 2010 K 17 Berlin
4/12 2010 Elfenbein Herford
4/13 2010 Zeche Carl Essen
4/14 2010 Valhalla Gummersbach
4/15 2010 Club Schulz Ottweiler
4/16 2010 Gleis 3 Annaberg
4/17 2010 Hellraiser Leipzig
6/11 2010 Black Troll Festival Burganlage Bornstedt
10/16 2010 Waldeshall Festival Seebach

You can also check out some of Wolfchant's music at their official MySpace page.

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Blind Guardian Posts Studio Video Footage Online

German progressive power metal band Blind Guardian has posted studio footage of the recording of their upcoming album online. The video was recorded October 2009 at the Twilight Hall studio. Contains excerpts from "A Voice in the Dark" (intro/outro) and "Wheel of Time" (demo versions). Watch the video below:

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Luna Mortis Guitarist Comments On Current Projects

Cory Scheider, former rhythm guitarist of the Wisconsin female fronted metal band Luna Mortis, has issued the following update regarding his current projects after the Luna Mortis disbanded:

"Hey, this is Cory. I just want to keep all the Luna Mortis fans posted on what other projects are happening. I'll just let you into what I am doing at the moment."

"My main focus is working with Epicurean handling rhythm guitar duties. If you are interested in checking out this band go to their myspace page for updates!"

"Also, I am working on a side project called Darkness Divine. We will have a few demo songs out this summer."

"And last, check out my personal myspace page to stay updated on what I am doing."

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Kayo Dot Begins Recording New EP "Stained Glass"

East Coast avant-garde metal band Kayo Dot has entered the studio to begin recording their new EP, entitled "Stained Glass." The EP will consist of one, long composition of the same title, featuring the lineup of Coyote plus vibraphonist Russell Greenberg (Hi-Red Center, Yarn/Wire, Hunter/Gatherer). Kayo Dot will once again be recording with Jim Fogarty at Zing Studios in Westfield, MA, the man and studio behind Kayo Dot's "Choirs of the Eye," Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue, Toby Driver's In The L..L..Library Loft, and maudlin of the Well's Bath, Leaving Your Body Map, and Part The Second. Additional recording will take place in various locations around the globe on portable 4-track cassette and antique 1/4" one-track reel-to-reel. "Stained Glass" will be released by Hydra Head later in 2010.

Kayo Dot's new album, "Coyote," will be released on April 20th via Hydra Head Records. More...

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Defcon Posts Studio Video Footage Online

Blackened Industrial metalists DEFCON have posted a sessions video on Myspace where you view drummer, Miles Mar­tin in the studio track­ing DE­F­CON's brooding metal influenced single "Black Flame." This song appears on the band's sophomore album, "Flat Black Philosophy," which will be released March 2010. Watch the video below:


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Nervecell Posts New Tour Diary Video Online

Dubai death/thrash NERVECELL has posted a new tour diary video documenting their experiences on the With Full Force Festival 2009 and Wacken Open Air Festival. Watch the video below:

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Saving Grace Parts Ways With Drummer Ben Davidson

Saving Grace has announced the departure of drummer Ben Davidson. The band comments, "So as many of you will be aware by now, our drummer Ben Davidson is no longer with us. We parted ways again after shooting the music video to 'Unbreakable.' Thanks to Ben for all the good times and work that he has put in with SG over the years."

"We have been lucky to have our good friend Ryan Wilson filling in for us on tour over the past couple of months, Ryan is a very talented young man and by far the youngest member of Saving Grace... ever haha."

"He has just turned 16 and is one of the most proficient drummers we have ever had the privilge of playing with... you really have to see this kid in action, he's unreal." More...

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Narrows Announces Split with Heiress

Narrows has announced a split 7" EP with Heiress (featuring Pettibone from Undertow, Himsa, Botch, etc.) in 2010. Narrows have also announced the following tour dates:

03/25: Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell w/ Kerretta
04/24: New York, NY @ Cake Shop
04/26: Vienna, Austria @ Arena
04/27: Prague, Czech Republic @ Klub 007
04/30: Paris, France @ Glaz'Art
05/01: Brussels, Belgium @ DNA
05/02: Nottingham, UK @ Old Angel
05/03: Gla sgow, UK @ Captains Rest
05/04: Manchester, UK @ Star and Garter
05/05: London, UK @ Underworld

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Thick as Blood Announces Tour Dates

Miami's Thick as Blood has announced the following "Wrath Of Sanity Tour" North American tour dates with Earth Crisis and First Blood:

4/22 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
4/23 Worcester, MA @ Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Fest)
4/24 Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
4/25 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
4/27 Quebec City, QC @ L'agite
4/28 Montreal, QC @ L'Acceuil Inconditionnel
4/29 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's
4/30 Altoona, PA @ The Urban Warzone
5/01 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/xTyrantx
5/02 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
5/03 Grand Rapids, MI @ Section Live
5/04 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
5/05 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
5/07 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre w/White Chapel

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Omega Crom Posts Fan Footage of Guitar Solo Online

Omega Crom has posted up fan video on their youtube channel of Johhny Ketlo's awesome solo during their March 19th Brandon, MB show for their Blood, Steel and Fire tour. The band will be releasing their debut album officially on April 5th via Reversed Records. Watch the video below:

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Forbidden Issues Studio Update

San Francisco thrash metal band Forbidden has issued the following studio update:

"It's time again for the once a week studio update. This one will be our last drum installment. Next week will be all about guitar! Until then...we gotta get to work..."

"March 4th- Another great day with no real issues to speak of. Three more songs in the bag! We were crushing through it by then! Once we finished that night, Girardo from Nuclear Blast came out to meet us. We just talked about metal for about 4 hours. Seriously felt like I've known him for Eons. It was very cool and I felt like we made a great decision! We also watched the documentary part of the Exodus DVD. That was great! Fucking A if Gary and Tom are not on Fire! The whole band is, but those two are my role models for this genre! Get 'em fuckers!!! It's funny, Girardo was there all that time, and we didn't play him a thing. Dicks!" More...

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Twenty Two More Bands Confirmed For Download 2010

The organisers of Britains Download festival has announced a further twenty two additions to this years lineup. Glam metal veterans Ratt and Cinderella will be performing at the event, as will British heavy metal icons Saxon. Other bands confirmed for the festival include Hellyeah, H.I.M., Airbourne, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Y&T, Unearth, Steel Panther, Job For A Cowboy, A Day To Remember, Lawnmower Deth, Coheed & Cambria, 36 Crazyfists, Dommin, Whitechapel, Taking Dawn, August Burns Red, The Blackout, Rise To Remain and We Are The Fallen.

The festival takes place at Donington Park and will be held from friday the 11th of June to sunday the 13th. Other bands confirmed for the festival include Motorhead, Megadeth, Deftones and Them Crooked Vultures, as well as headlining acts AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine and Aerosmith.

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Kreator with Voivod at The Bottom Lounge

Thrash is back. After dying off in the 1990s and returning in the mid-2000s it's finally returned, with four of five bands playing coming from metal's most headbangable genre. And it was a very special night given that two of the bands touring were originally local bands, one based in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the other from Wheaton, Illinois which proves that the Chicago metal scene has finally come into its own rather than simply live in the shadow of Ministry and Disturbed. More...

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