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Metal News for March 23, 2011

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44 news articles posted on this day.

2011 "Heavy T.O." Festival Lineup Revealed

The official lineup has been announced for the first ever "Heavy T.O" festival, which is set to take place at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario on July 23rd and 24th, 2011. The following acts have been announced thus far, with more expected to be announced shortly.

Rob Zombie
Billy Talent
Children Of Bodom
As I Lay Dying
Baptized In Blood
The Sword
Times Of Grace
Melissa Auf der Maur

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Parkway Drive Performs On The Daily Habit

Australian metal act Parkway Drive recently performed "Unrest" on The Daily Habit. You can check out the performance footage in the player below.

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For Today Posts New Music Video Teaser Online

For Today has posted a short preview clip online for its forthcoming "Seraphim" music video. You can view the teaser below.

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S.O.S. Posts Introduction Video Online

American hardcore supergroup S.O.S. has posted a short intro/studio video online. You can view the video in the player below.

S.O.S. is:
Scott Vogel (Terror) - Vocals
Sam Trapkin (Trapped Under Ice )- Guitars
Matt Henderson (ex-Madball/Agnostic Front) - Guitars
Chris Beattie (Hatebreed) - Bass
Nick Jett (Terror) - Drums

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August Burns Red Posts New Studio Footage

August Burns Red has uploaded a new studio clip which documents the recording of its forthcoming studio album. You can view the clip below.

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Firewind Announces European Tour Dates

Greek power metal outfit Firewind has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe this September in support of their latest studio album, "Days Of Defiance." Joining them on the trek will be Century Media labelmates Wolf. A message from Firewind guitarist Gus G. reads as follows:

"While we"ve done one off shows, mini tours and played open air summer festivals in Europe, we haven"t been on a proper tour across Europe in 3 years. Firewind has returned and we're looking forward to this one more than anything! We can't wait to play a full set again for our crazy fans all over the continent and play songs from Days Of Defiance as well as older fan favorites! Get ready for an ass-kicking night full of Fire and Fury!

"We're also pleased to have our buddies from Wolf on board for this tour. We've known them for years and we did a one-off show together in the UK back in 2007. They're a killer band and great bunch of guys who just like us, live for metal! See you out there!"

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Forsaken Gives Away Debut EP For Free Download

Bengaluru based melodic thrash/experimental metal band, Forsaken, released their debut EP "Disengage" as free download. Formed in fall of 2009, Forsaken is influenced by Dream Theater, Sonata Arctica, Porcupine Tree, Megadeth, Slayer, Iron Maiden etc. Here's the tracklisting for "Disengage:

1. Disengage
2. Can’t live in fear
3. Built by sand
4. Fade into dark

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Caina Checks In With Album Update

Caina has checked in with the following update about the recording process for the band's new album:

"I've recently been neglecting my email/comment/message/interview duties for a variety of reasons, but all seem to be along the same lines, so rather than looking like an ignorant bastard for not replying, I thought I'd post some quick responses to the most frequently asked questions here.

Q. When is the album coming out?
A. When it's finished. The principle recording is finished, and I am waiting for the final guest tracks to come in, whereupon the album will be mixed and sent for mastering. The ETA is ...soon.

Q. Which label will it be released on?
A. As usual, Canada's ground-breaking and beloved Profound Lore Records.

Q. I hear other people are on the album - who?
A. The guest artists on Hands that Pluck will be (in alphabetical order) my brother Jon Curtis-Brignell on bass, Neill Jameson (Imperial) of Krieg, Rennie Resmini of Starkweather and Chris Ross of Revenge/Blood Revolt/Axis of Advance - all on vocals. More...

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The Chariot Announces Canadian Shows

Georgia’s The Chariot has announced a brief upcoming run through Ontario, Canada with Every Time I Die and The Fucking Hotlights. The tour begins in Ottawa, ON on May 23rd and runs through May 28th in Howell, MI for Bled Fest 2011 featuring Norma Jean, I Am The Avalanche, and more. The dates are as follows:

5/23 Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
5/24 Kingston, ON @ Time To Laugh Comedy
5/25 Kitchener, ON @ Club Wax
5/26 Toronto, ON @ The Annex Wreck Room
5/27 London, ON @ Call The Office
5/28 Howell, MI @ Hartland Performing Arts

The band will also be releasing a 3-CD box set on May 17th, 2011. Details on the set are available at this location.

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Agnostic Front Posts "That's Life" Video

New York hardcore act Agnostic Front recently shot three music videos for the new album "My Life My Way," which came out yesterday in North America on Nuclear Blast. Starting today Brooklyn Vegan is hosting the premiere of the first video for the song "That's Life." The Brian Darwas directed clip can be viewed below.

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Mortiis Announces U.K. Shows

Following a recent run of European shows, Mortiis will once again team up with Combichrist for another round of dates in the U.K. this summer.

"We haven't played the U.K. in a while, it feels great to finally be able to get back over there and meet some old friends and hopefully gain some new ones," said band namesake Mortiis. "The European tour with Combichrist was a blast so we know this one will be too."

The Mortiis/Combichrist European tour took the two groups on a two month-long trek all throughout the continent. During the tour, Mortiis offered fans a preview of the band's newest material. Prior to the European tour, Mortiis was focused on preparing for the release of the upcoming full-length "The Great Deceiver" and "Perfectly Defect," a free digital download album.

The dates are as follows:

June 28 Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads
June 29 Leamington Spa, UK @ The Assembly
June 30 Manchester, UK @ Academy
July 01 Glasgow, UK @ The Classic Grand
July 02 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
July 03 London, UK @ Koko

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Dia De Los Muertos Offering Album As Free Download

Los Angeles extreme metal band Dia De Los Muertos has made the new album "Satánico Dramático" available as a free digital download. You can download the entire new album by heading over to the band's official website at this location.

Music from the new album is also available for streaming through the Dia De Los Muertos Facebook page, which can be found here.

"Satánico Dramático" is the follow-up to the 2005 release "Day Of The Dead" EP (reviewed here), which was mixed by Roy Z. (Rob Halford, Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson) and released on Cinismo Records.

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Arms Of The Sun Posts Album Artwork

Arms of the Sun previously announced the band's upcoming album would be released on March 29th, 2011. The Arms of the Sun Facebook page has now been updated with the following brief announcement about pushing back the release and posting the album artwork online:

"The new record is being held back a couple of weeks for legal approval from our affiliates, until then check out the album cover designed by Phil Padwe!"


You can also listen to Metalunderground.com's recent audio interview with front man Lance Harvill at this location.

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Cradle Of Filth Performs On The Daily Habit

Fuel TV has posted footage online from Cradle Of Filth’s recent appearance on The Daily Habit, as the band performs the song “Nymphetamine." The live performance was filmed at the Fuel TV studios in Los Angeles when the band was in town as part of the recently concluded “Creatures From The Black Abyss" tour. You can check out the clip below, or watch Cradle of Filth's performance of "One Foul Step From The Abyss" on The Daily Habit here.

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The Human Abstract Video Interview Available

BryanStars Interviews has posted a video interview online with The Human Abstract during the Atticus Metal Tour 2011. You can check out the interview below.

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Bloodride Posts "Slave Of Evil" Video

Bloodride has posted a music video online for the song "Slave of Evil," which is off the band's "Crowned in Hell" album. You can check out the video clip below.

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Motorhead Came To Austin With Guns A'blazing

The rustic décor of Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater seemed ideal for Motorhead front man Lemmy. Wearing his trademark black western wear, Lemmy could have been an outlaw gambler in a past life, searching out a lucrative poker game in the saloons of Texas’s capital city. March 8, 2011 wasn’t the scene of a 1980s Kenny Roger’s film, but Motorhead came prepared with an “Ace of Spades” up their sleeves.

Even after 37 years in the rock‘n’roll biz, Motorhead has a reach and longevity like few others. Their crossover appeal brought in a sold-out crowd of over 2,000 old school metal heads, bikers, punks, thrashers, black metal fans and stoners. Although nowhere near the legend of Motorhead, Maryland’s bluesy, heavy rock troupe Clutch has carved its own niche in the hard rock world. Their inclusion on the tour not only brought in a unique section of fans; the group’s style was a good fit with Motorhead.

Valient Thorr’s sleazy rock disposition gave the tour a feeling of completeness. The North Carolina opener fed the crowd large doses of volume to go with the huge quantities of beer and BBQ (look for Stubb’s products in your local grocery store) it had already ingested. Front man, Valient Himself stalked the stage like a Sasquatch, hair obscuring his face with every bang of his head.

Wearing jean jackets, bassist Dr. Professor Nitewolf Strangees and guitarists Sadat Thorr and Eidan Thorr combined to form old school metal tandems. Tracks such as set closer 'Sleeper Awakes' and 'Mask of Sanity' proved the band supplemented their stoner rock diet with a few dishes of Judas Priest, Metallica, and Iron Maiden.

Clutch slowed down the pace set by Valient Thorr. The group has become mellower since I first saw them open for Sepultura in 1994. The bruising "Come on Motherfucker" or the hopping dynamics of "Space Grass" were not on display. In fact, the group played nothing from the first two records, which commonly happens when a band has twenty-plus-years of recordings.

“Blast Tyrant” marked the earliest material, which the group obviously highlighted to promote its upcoming reissue. Clutch played album favorites 'I Am Immortal,' 'The Mob Goes Wild,' and 'Cypress Grove' to a welcomed applause. Another notable track was '50,000 Unstoppable Watts' from the “Strange Cousins from the West” album.

Clutch has made a name for itself as a jam band. While I’ve seen Clutch go off on longer tangents, the group made sure to insert a couple of jam sessions. Even though the years have faded their aggression, Clutch’s musical skill has vastly improved. Neil Fallon and Tim Sult created a dialog with the stars through trippy guitar solos. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster displayed impressive chops, something I didn’t notice until his performance with Wino on “Punctuated Equilibrium.”

Amidst a winged backdrop and drum platform scribed with the title of their new album, Motorhead pushed the venue’s speakers to the max. While not cranking their volume to the extent as their indoor performance (the last time I saw Motorhead) with Black Sabbath and Morbid Angel in 1994 (good year for concerts), I would not advise standing in front of a speaker. A blown speaker needed the help of Mickey Dee’s snare hits to straighten out the static produced by Lemmy’s rumbling bass. More...

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Crowbar Pays Tribute To Late Exhorder Bassist

Sludge metal veterans Crowbar have posted a message online paying tribute to Frankie Sparcello, the bass player of fellow New Orleans metal outfit Exhorder, who passed away yesterday of presently unknown causes.

The message reads as follows:

"The members of Crowbar would like to send their deepest condolences to the family, friends, and bandmates of Frankie Sparcello. We found out last night of his untimely passing, and are all shocked, and saddened. We've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with frankie on many occasions, and have known him for many, many years. You will be missed brother. R.I.P."

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Carach Angren Posts Teaser Trailer For Demo Songs

Carach Angren has posted a teaser trailer online with samples from re-recorded demo tracks, which will be released online. You can check out the trailer below. The band also commented:

"Check out this brand new teaser featuring samples of all the re-recorded demo songs! These songs will be made available for download in the coming weeks so get in there and try to discover the titles. The video was edited by Rob Fox and features footage from the latest recordings, our European tour in 2010 and a special surprise at the end!"

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Devolved Posts New Song "Awakening"

Devolved will be releasing the new album "Oblivion" on May 24th through Unique Leader Records. The band has posted a new song from the album, titled "Awakening," on the Devolved MySpace page. Head over here to listen to the new track.

The "Oblivion" track listing is as follows:

1. Existential Crisis
2. Into Fire
3. Awakening
4. World In Denial
5. Virus
6. Wretched Eyes Of God
7. Transcendence
8. From The Ashes
9. Legions Rise

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Weedeater Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

The band made it through a month and a half of heavy duty touring, but finally somebody in Weedeater was injured and the band has been forced to cancel the last few shows of the "Jason The Dragon" tour.

Guitarist Shep broke his hand and can no longer wield his mighty axe of six strings for the remaining four shows including Orlando (tonight), Atlanta, Spartanburg and Savannah; tour mates Zoroaster will still play the Orlando and Atlanta shows. But, as with every previous injury this band has sustained — while on or off of tour – Shep will heal his mangled bones and the band will get back out there to hit you all with a dose of their inhumanly heavy live show once again in the near future.

Weedeater's upcoming European tour and appearance at Roadburn 2011 are still scheduled tot take place. Confirmed dates are available at this location.

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Blood Mortized Posts New Release Teaser Trailer

Blood Mortized has posted a teaser trailer online for "The Key To a Black Heart," which is set for release later this year. You can check out the trailer below.

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Pegazus Posts New Sample Track Online

Pegazus will be dropping the upcoming album "In Metal We Trust" on April 15th, 2011. The band has now posted a ninth sample track online titled "Eye For An Eye," which can be heard by heading over to the band's MySpace profile. The previously uploaded new album samples are also available at the same location.

The track listing for the 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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Circle Of Chaos Announces Upcoming Live Shows

Circle of Chaos has issued the following update about upcoming live shows in Stockholm and Poland:

"The first gig in Stockholm for almost a year - don't miss it! On April the 29th we will do the first gig in Stockholm for almost a year. At Sugar bar we will be sharing stage with our friends in Godsic and Embodying the End (GER) - this will be a hell of a night so don't you dare to miss it! See you on the 29th!

"Poland in April - here we come! Yes, we have a new date for the gig in Szczecin! The first in Poland, but not the last. On April the 21st we will be sharing stage with our polish friends in Influence, FOE and Mortal God - see you there!"

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Machinae Supremacy Releasing New Single

Machinae Supremacy has issued the following update about releasing a single and a compilation album:

"Lots of awesome news! Brace yourselves. The Edge and Pearl single is out now on iTunes! The Beat of Our Decay, a compilation CD, will be released on March 28th. Preorder yours today! Makes a great gift for the uninitiated! It features the alternate artwork from A View from the End of the World, as well as a brand new song, Paparazzi (with 8-bit Weapon)!

"It's been a long time since Jets'n'Guns, and it's time to go back out into space! Machinae Supremacy has signed on to do another official soundtrack, this time for a game called Gravity Run by BadgerPunch Games. Lastly, a new music video was filmed and posted on Youtube! Check it out!"

The recently posted music video for Force Feedback is available at this location.

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Katana Inks Deal With Listenable Records

Katana has issued the following announcement about signing to Listenable Records:

"In case you haven't heard: We recently signed a deal with Listenable Records and on April 25th, 'Heads Will Roll' will be available internationally!"

Listenable also commented:

"Listenable is announcing the signing of Swedish heavy metal band Katana. Katana is the next big thing in traditional heavy metal. They deliver a show that is 100 percent pure adrenaline and will take the audience straight back to the golden age of the early eighties. The music of Katana is heavily influenced by bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Accept.

"They definitely show that the genre is more alive than ever and the newly recorded debut album 'Heads will roll' will set a new standard for what classic heavy metal is supposed to sound like in 2011. 'Heads Will Roll' entered the official Swedish sales chart at No. 42 and at No. 3 on the metal chart the first week."

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Exhumed Finishes New Album

Gore-metal act Exhumed has completed work on the band's brand new full-length album "All Guts, No Glory," which is the follow-up to 2003's "Anatomy Is Destiny." The new album was recorded at Arcane Digital Recordings in Arizona with engineer Ryan Butler (Misery Index) and at Trench Studios with John Haddad (Abysmal Dawn). "All Guts, No Glory" was mixed and mastered at Mana Recording Studios by Brian Elliott (Graves of Valor) and has been set for a July 5th North American release date.

The cover artwork can be viewed here and the track listing is as follows:

1. All Guts, No Glory
2. As Hammer To Anvil
3. Your Funeral, My Feast
4. Through Cadaver Eyes
5. Death Knell
6. Distorted And Twisted To Form
7. I Rot Within
8. Dis-assembly Line
9. Necrotized
10. Funereality
11. So Let it Be Rotten…So Let it Be Done More...

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Mercenary Posts "Incorporate Your Demons" Clip

Mercenary has posted a brief video clip online discussing the special bonus track "Incorporate Your Demons" on the U.S Edition of the new album "Metamorphosis." You can check out the clip below. The album is due out March 29th in the U.S.

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Death Angel To Release New DVD

American thrash metal legends Death Angel have announced that they will be releasing a new DVD in the Spring of next year entitled, "Death Angel: A Thrashumentary." A special twelve minute trailer for the film will be shown at this year's Heavy Metal Film Festival, which will take place in Los Angeles, California from March 31st to April 2nd.

Death Angel: A Thrashumentary is a combination live video and documentary, all wrapped up in one thrashing DVD. The footage was directed by Tommy Jones and mixed by Chris Clancy of The Studio. The film gives the viewer an in-depth look into one of the longest running thrash acts out of the San Francisco Bay Area, an area known for turning out historic thrash bands such as Metallica, Testament and Exodus.

With the band surviving a span of 30 years of activity, and nearly 25 years since the release of the classic album The Ultra-Violence, now was the time to tell the story. Filmed on the Relentless Retribution world tour, the film shows the bands energetic live performance, cut with documentary style interview footage. Fly-on-the-wall filming of the band talking about their career and footage of the band on the road, give the viewer a personal connection to what is known as the mighty Death Angel.

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Obscura Streaming Entire New Album

Germany's Obscura has posted the entire new album "Omnivium" online for streaming. You can check out all the tracks from the album by heading over to the Obscura MySpace page. "Omnivium," the follow-up to the band's acclaimed "Cosmogenesis" album, will see its North American release next Tuesday, March 29th, on CD, double LP, and digitally. The track listing is as follows:

1. Septuagint
2. Vortex Omnivium
3. Ocean Gateways
4. Euclidean Elements
5. Prismal Dawn
6. Celestial Spheres
7. Velocity
8. A Transcendental Serenade
9. Aevum

Obscura also recently posted two songs online from the band's previous albums. You can check them out by heading over to this location. More...

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Nemesea Signs To Napalm Records

Napalm Records has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with Nemesea:

"Napalm Records is very proud to announce that the Dutch gothic rock band Nemesea has joined their ranks. The band revolving around front lady Manda signed a worldwide record deal with the Austrian label and is currently working on new songs. The new album will hit the streets in summer 2011!"

Nemesea also commented:

"Teaming up with Napalm Records is something we have been looking forward to for quite some time now. We’ve been working really hard on our new album and are very excited Napalm have taken us under their wing. A great record company that believes in Nemesea! There’s a lot of emotion on this album as well as power and anxiety. So, on the upcoming album there will be very strong and powerful songs as well as beautiful fragile ballads. We have full confidence that Napalm Records will bring the music to where it belongs."

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Blackguard Asks Fans To Donate To Disaster Relief

Blackguard has issued the following statement asking fans to donate to help the people of Japan after the recent disasters:

"Spending as much time as we do driving around the country gives us a lot of time to talk to each other. One of these talks was about how to make a small 'dent' in the pain that is being experienced right now in Japan with the earthquake and tsunami. Adding the fact that one of our managers was caught in the middle of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, this brought it all home for us.

"So we set up this way to make a donation and are asking all of our fans, other bands, promoters we play for and just about anyone else out there to feel free to donate as much as you can for such a special cause. When we return from our European tour the middle of April and before we leave for the Symphony X tour the following week, we will make an announcement of the full donation we are sending and give special name mention to the 10 highest donors. Thanks everybody!"

You can head over to this location to donate to the Japanese disaster relief fund.

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Leaves' Eyes Posts "To France" Trailer

Leaves' Eyes has posted a trailer online for the band's upcoming "To France" music video, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"The first trailer from the video shoot of 'To France' is online! Leaves' Eyes shot their new video clip 'To France' in Gothenburg/Sweden together with Patric Ullaeus and Revolver film company. In the trailer you can watch some behind the scenes footage."

You can also check out the band's recent statement to the people in Japan at this location.

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Daedalus Announces New Album Details

Daedalus has issued the following announcement about the release of "Motherland," the band's upcoming album:

"Daedalus are proud to announce that their third album Motherland will be released on May 2nd, 2011! It contains 11 songs pervaded with strenght, melody, contemplation. The lyrics offer different points of view concerning the uneasiness in today's world and analyze some peculiar elements that may lead to an inexorable crumbling of the modern society.

"Roland Grapow (Helloween, Masterplan) mixed the album and played a killer guitar solo, Trevor (Sadist) and Elisa Montaldo (Il Tempio delle Clessidre) appear respectively as guest singer and main keyboardist.

"The artwork has been drawn by Davide Nadalin (Threshold, Extrema, Vision Divine, Sadist). Motherland got a very accurate production and is a fresh-sounding, heavy and enthralling album. The album will be distributed by Galileo Records and Gonzo Multimedia."

You can also check out a teaser trailer for the album by heading over to this location.

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Katatonia To Release Special Edition Albums

Sweden’s Katatonia has announced that it will release special editions of the critically acclaimed albums, "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" and "Night is the New Day," on April 25th, to coincide with a series of special shows to mark the band’s 20th anniversary in May.

The special 10th anniversary edition of "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" will be presented in deluxe mediabook packaging, as a two-disc edition containing tracks from the now hard-to-find singles, "Teargas" and "Tonight’s Music." 2009’s "Night is the New Day" will include bonus tracks from the "The Longest Year" EP. Both titles will be presented with newly updated cover artwork courtesy of original artist Travis Smith. The artwork can be found after the jump.

Performances for the 20th anniversary “Last Fair Day Gone Night Tour 2011” are scheduled for Luxembourg, Germany, Holland, France, England, and Greece, and the band will perform two sets at each show. The first set will see the band play "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" front to back. The second set will consist of a mixed set of carefully picked songs from the band’s extensive catalog. Dates are as follows:

May 4th – Kulturfabrik – Luxembourg
May 5th – Stollwerck – Cologne, Germany
May 6th – Koko – London, UK (Live DVD recording)
May 7th – De Kade – Zaandam, Holland
May 8th – Alhambra – Paris, France
May 14th – Fuzz Live Music Club – Athens, Greece More...

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Paradise Lost Cancels Paris Show

Paradise Lost has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's upcoming Paris show:

"We have unfortunately been unable to find a free venue in Paris on Wed 30th to replace the Elysee Montmatre show, we are currently working on a rescheduled date to be announced shortly.

"More information will be posted as soon as we have it for all ticket holders and people who have purchased VIP packages. On Wed 30th we will now be playing a club show at the Luxor in Koln. Ticket details to follow tomorrow."

Paradise Lost will also be filming the upcoming London show for a live DVD. A listing of upcoming Paradise Lost tour dates is available at this location.

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Evergrey Announces North American Headlining Tour

Swedish prog metal ensemble Evergrey will travel to North America to promote the band's latest opus, "Glorious Collision." Support will come from Sabaton, Powerglove, Blackguard, and The Absence. The tour starts with an acoustic set at Prog Power Fest in Atlanta, Georgia and ends October 12th in Dallas, Texas.

Evergrey front man Tom Englund commented on the upcoming North American tour:

"Finally Evergrey are touring North America again! We can´t wait to spend some time in the USA and Canada together with our fellow country-men in Sabaton! On top of that we also bring Powerglove and The Absence, and on some shows Blackguard!"

Here are the latest Evergrey tour dates with Sabaton, Powerglove, The Absence and Blackguard:

9/14 - Atlanta, GA @ The Vinyl (Acoustic Set - Prog Power)
9/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage (Prog Power Kick Off)
9/16 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx*
9/17 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium*
9/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero*
9/20 - New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater**
9/21 - Montreal, QUE @ Foufounes Electriques**
9/22 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House**
9/23 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's**
9/24 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's**
9/26 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
9/27 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
9/28 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Osbourne Village Inn
9/29 - Regina, SK @ Exchange
9/30 - Edmonton, ALB @ Starlite Room
10/2 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/3 - Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
10/5 - San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center
10/6 - Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
10/7 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
10/8 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/9 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/11 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
10/12 - Dallas, TX @ Trees

*No Sabaton or Blackguard
**No Blackguard More...

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Anaal Nathrakh Streams New Track Via Decibel

Decibel Magazine is streaming a new Anaal Nathrakh track titled "Paragon Pariah" from the group's upcoming album "Passion." You can check out the song here. Candlelight Records will release "Passion" on May 23rd.

Here's the complete "Passion" track listing:

1. Volenti Non Fit Iniuria
2. Drug-Fucking Abomination
3. Post Traumatic Stress Euphoria
4. Le Diabolique Est L'ami Du Simple
5. Locus Of Damnation
6. Tod Huetet Uebel
7. Paragon Pariah
8. Who Thinks Of The Executioner
9. Ashes Screaming Silence
10. Portrait Of The Artist

Past efforts have featured guest appearances by Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nicolas Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle Of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain). "Passion" includes guest performances by Rainer Landfermann (Pavor, Bethlehem) and Alan Dubin (Khanate, Gnaw).

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BFMV And A7x Announce May Tour Dates

Bullet For My Valentine will return to the U.S. in May. The foursome will hit the road with Avenged Sevenfold and label mates Three Days Grace on a 18-date trek that kicks off on May 3 in Springfield, MA at the Mass Mutual Center (dates listed below). Halestorm will also be supporting on a few select dates at the end of the tour.

Recently Bullet For My Valentine delivered a deluxe CD/DVD edition of their third full-length album "Fever" titled "Fever Tour Edition," which was released February 15th on Jive Records.

"Fever Tour Edition" features three new songs recorded live at XFM radio in the UK ("Fever," "The Last Fight" and "Bittersweet Memories") and a DVD of "Your Betrayal," "Fever" and "Waking the Demon" recorded live from Graspop Metal Meeting 2010 in Dessel, Belgium. The DVD also includes videos for "Your Betrayal," "The Last Fight" and "The Making of The Last Fight" as well as a Bullet For My Valentine track-by-track commentary of "Fever."

Here are the upcoming Bullet For My Valentine tour dates:

May 3 - Springfield, MA @ Mass Mutual Center
May 4 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
May 6 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 7 - Charlotte, NC @ Metrolina Trade Show Expo
May 9 - Orlando, FL @ UCF Arena
May 10 - Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center
May 11 - Lafayette, LA @ Cajundome
May 13 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
May 14 - Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
May 15 - Indianola, IA @ National Balloon Classic Field
May 17 - Lubbock, TX @ LoneStar Amphitheatre
May 18 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
May 19 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie
May 21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (Indoor Stage) (without A7x and Three Days Grace)
May 22 - Columbus, OH @ Columbus Crew Stadium (Rock on the Range) (without A7x and Three Days Grace)
May 24 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club (without A7x and Three Days Grace - Halestorm supporting)
May 25 Providence, RI Lupo's (without A7x and Three Days Grace - Halestorm supporting)
May 26 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (without A7x and Three Days Grace - Halestorm supporting)

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Saxon Posts Footage From Video Shoot

Saxon has posted a podcast online from the band's time shooting a music video for the new single "Hammer of the Gods." You can check out the clip below.

"Hammer of the Gods" is the first single off the band's upcoming album "Call to Arms." The cover artwork and track listing for the album are both available at this location.

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Haemic Posts 3-Song Demo For Free Download

Melodic extreme metal band Haemic has released a three-song demo as a "pay what you want" download. Here's the 2011 Demo tracklisting:

1. Arch Nemesis (4:13)
2. Graveyard (4:30)
3. Hellgate (Instrumental Version) (3:07)

This demo presents three songs from a full length album that has already been composed. The goal of the demo is to gain support to fund a better production for the full length. You can stream and download the demo on the band's bandcamp page. Support the band if you like the music.

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Acrassicauda Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Iraqi thrash metal band, and star of the documentary "Heavy Metal In Baghdad," Acrassicauda has announced that the group will be embarking on a tour of the United States this May. The band has also revealed that writing for new material will begin shortly.

The tour dates are as follows:

May 12th - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - TBA
May 13th - Baltimore, Maryland - TBA
May 14th - Cleveland, Ohio - TBA
May 15th - Detroit, Michigan - TBA
May 16th - Columbia, Ohio - TBA
May 19th - Chicago, Illinois - TBA
May 20th - St. Louis, Missouri - Fubars
May 21st - Springfield, Missouri - TBA
May 22nd - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Bricktown
May 23rd - Dallas, Texas - Trees
May 24th - Austin, Texas - Red 7
May 27th - El Paso, Texas - The House Of Rock Live
May 28th - Tucson, Arizona - Club DV8
May 29th - San Diego, California - Brick By Brick

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The Face of Metal: Album Cover Artists

The tradition of morbid and complex album covers associated with metal is a hallowed and unique one in the music world. Your band has faces in colorful ironic Warhol fashion to appease your delicate audience? Ha! give me a painting of a robot seated a ludicrous time machine going back to assassinate Jesus any day. Creative artwork that captivate us in that unforgettable record store moment is the domain of metal, untethered by “good taste” or censorship. In this column, I'll be unearthing several of the big names who have been behind the scenes over the years influencing the twisted face of metal music. More...

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Breaking News

Frankie Sparcello Of Exhorder Deceased

Frankie Sparcello, the bassist of New Orleans band Exhorder, passed away today. There will be more information released as we receive it.

His bandmates, friends, and fans everywhere are grieving today as they await the information on his tragic death.

Kyle Thomas (Exhorder vocalist): "Don't know quite what to say, so I will say I love you and see you on the other side some day. For those that are unaware, Frankie Sparcello of Exhorder passed away yesterday. What was supposed to be a birthday gathering for me now will include toasting his life and friendship tonight at Pat's Pub."

Jimmy Bower (EyeHateGod guitarist and Down drummer): "Thoughts go out to Frankie's family and friends... Damn dude just saw ya last week.. RIP"

Flesh Parade: "Would like to send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Frankie Sparcello of Exhorder. R.I.P."

Bruce Corbitt (Rigor Mortis vocalist): "RIP Frankie Sparcello of Exhorder! Man, I admit I am shocked about this tragic news. I just saw him at the Down show in Houston 2 weeks ago and he seemed fine. I was really looking forward to having fun with him in a few weeks at the Exhorder/Rigor Mortis shows. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and bandmates!"

Footage from the band's recent performance at the Hangar bar in New Orleans in December is available online: More...

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