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Metal News for March 24, 2010

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43 news articles posted on this day.

Megadeth Changes El Paso Show Venue

Megadeth has issued the following update about changing the venue of their El Paso show this Sunday, March 28th:

"Due to overwhelming demand for tickets to the Sold Out Megadeth concert scheduled at Club 101 in El Paso, Texas this Sunday March 28th, the show has been moved to the larger Abraham Chavez Theatre in downtown El Paso. The move to a larger venue also allows the show to utilize their full production. All other show information remains the same. A limited amount of additional tickets will go up for sale on Thursday March 25th at 10:00 A.M. at Ticketmaster.com and the Abraham Chavez Theatre box office. All tickets previously purchased for the Club 101 show will be honored."

The upcoming Megadeth tour dates are as follows: More...

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Tension Head Posts Live Footage

Saginaw, Michigan's Tension Head have posted a video clip online of their performance of the track "The Bear." The video, which can be viewed below, was recorded at the Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan.

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FullForce Issues Recording Update

Sweden's FullForce has issued the following update about the drum recording sessions for their upcoming album:

"Anders Johansson have almost completed the drum recording. He is currently in the States with Hammerfall so, as soon as he get back home he will record the remaining 2 songs for the forthcoming debut album. The remaining instruments will be recorded very soon and the band aim to have everything recorded and ready for mix by the end of June.

"A promoter in Germany will start to shop around with labels very soon so, if everything goes well the band will be able to have the album released during the second half of 2010. Gigs and tours will follow after the release..."

Sample FullForce tracks can be heard through the band's MySpace page.

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Andromeda Announces European Shows

Sweden's Andromeda will be hitting the road in Europe this April with the following upcoming tour dates:

4/1 2010 The Rock Copenhagen
4/2 2010 Poppodium Romein Leeuwarden
4/3 2010 Boerderij Zoetermeer
4/4 2010 De Bosuil Weert
8/14 2010 Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall Derby

You can also check out Andromeda's music via the band's MySpace page.

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Enforcer Streaming New Preview Track

Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer will release its sophomore album, "Diamonds", on May 24th in Europe via Earache Records and one day later in the rest of the world through Heavy Artillery Records. The new track "Midnight Vice" from the forthcoming CD is available for streaming at this location.

Enforcer will embark on "The Power of Metal Tour" in Europe with Steelwing and Cauldron from May 1st to May 15th. Enforcer's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

02.04.2010 Lubeck, Germany - Rocktower Festival Warm-Up @ Sounds Club
03.04.2010 Lubeck, Germany - Rocktower Festival @ Lubeck Music and Congress Centre
01.05.2010 Regensburg, Germany - Boiler Room
02.05.2010 Terneuzen, Netherlands - The Pit
03.05.2010 Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
04.05.2010 Wien, Austria - Escape
05.05.2010 München, Germany - Backstage
06.05.2010 Arnheim, Netherlands - Willemeen
07.05.2010 Schweinfurt, Germany - Stattbahnhof
08.05.2010 Essen, Germany - Turock
09.05.2010 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
10.05.2010 Hamburg, Germany - Marx
11.05.2010 Berlin, Germany - Alte Feuerwache Treptow
12.05.2010 Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
13.05.2010 Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air Germany
14.05.2010 Mining am Inn, Austria - Metalfest Open Air Austria
15.05.2010 Pratteln, Switzerland - Metalfest Open Air Switzerland

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Kathaarsys Offering New Album As Free Download

Spanish black metal act Kathaarsys has issued the following update about offering their latest album "Intuition" as a free download:

"We saw that somebody put our new album on free download but with a very bad quality. If you want to download it, you can do it in our myspace profile with the best mp3 quality and all the extras included, check our profile.

"There is also a paypal button for donations, please understand that any donation is very helpful for us to continue our career and to produce more and more sick music, thanks in advance for your donations. Cheers from Kathaarsys."

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Sirenia Announces New Tour Dates

Norwegian gothic metallers Sirenia have updated their tour schedule with the following upcoming European tour dates:

4/10 2010 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
4/11 2010 Gagarin 205 Athens, Greece
5/21 2010 Festival “kRock u Maibutnye” Kherson, Ukraine
10/11 2010 Plock Cover Festival Plock, Poland

Sample Sirenia tracks are available for streaming through the band's MySpace page.

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Warrior Soul Updates European Tour

New York's Warrior Soul has issued the following update about the band's previously announced European tour:

"After much confusion and so many rumors, Warrior Soul can happily confirm that the forthcoming European tour is going ahead. We are sad, however, to announce that the last three shows of the German leg have been canceled. The shows at Munich on the 29th, Stuttgart on the 30th and Saarbrucken on the 31st March will no longer be taking place.

"This decision was not ours, and is completely out of our hands, and we want to say thanks to all of our fans for your patience and support. The rest of the tour however WILL be take place. Hamburg tomorrow, Berlin on the 26th, Bochum on the 27th and Frankfurt on the 28th March WILL be happening. The UK dates, London, Birmingham and Sheffield will also take place, as will Weert and Hengelo in Holland. We look forward to meeting you all. Thanks again."

The upcoming Warrior Soul tour dates are as follows:

3/25 2010 Knust Hamburg
3/26 2010 Columbia Club Berlin
3/27 2010 Zeche Bochum
3/28 2010 Batschkapp Frankfurt
4/2 2010 Islington Academy London
4/4 2010 Academy 2 Birmingham
4/5 2010 Academy 2 Sheffield
4/7 2010 Bosuil Weert
4/8 2010 Metropool Hengelo

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Zoroaster Recovers Van

Atlanta's Zoroaster has issued the following brief update about recovering their van, which was stolen from outside their rehearsal studio:

"Our van was recovered by the APD and is in running condition. Apparently it was used in a local robbery and then ditched. No broken windows or smashed bumpers. It does need a new ignition switch and door locks."

Zoroaster recently went to Atlanta’s Living Room Studios to record their upcoming album "Matador." A July release via E1 Music is expected for the new album. Sample Zoroaster tracks can be also be heard via the band's official MySpace page.

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Cattle Decapitation Announces In-Store Signing

Las Vegas, NV music store Zia will be hosting an in-store signing with San Diego grind metallers Cattle Decapitation on Saturday April 17th in celebration of Record Store Day. Fans will be able to pick up the band's latest release "The Harvest Floor" at a reduced price and get it signed by Cattle Decapitation. The details of the signing session are as follows:

Zia Records store at 1:00 PM
4225 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: 702-735-4942

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Arch Enemy Guitarists Discuss Their Gear

Premier Guitar conducted an interview with Arch Enemy's Christopher and Michael Amott in which the brothers discuss their live gear and how they recorded "The Root of All Evil." A video clip from the interview can be viewed below.

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Demonical To Perform At Peace And Love Festival

Bassist Martin Schulman of Swedish death metal band Demonical has issued the following brief update about the band performing at the 2010 edition of the Peace & Love festival:

"War and hate....peace and love show announced. We will spread some peace, love and understanding on July 1st at the P&L Festival. This is the largest summer festival in Sweden with acts such as Alice in Chains, Europe, Katatonia, Mastodon and D.A.D on the bill."

The full line-up and additional details about the Peace & Love festival can be found at this location.

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Futures End Posts Live Performance Footage

Footage has been posted online of Futures End performing the song "Terrors of War" from their latest album "Memoirs of a Broken Man." The video clip, which can be viewed below, was recorded during Futures End live show in Concord, California on March 21st, 2010.

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Swashbuckle Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

Pirate metallers Swashbuckle have issued the following update about performing on the 70,000 tons of metal cruise ship:

"Swashbuckle confirmed for 70,000 tons of metal cruise (ship terror!) ......That's right, you sea chum. You knew it had to happen eventually... Swashbuckle is confirmed for the biggest floating metal festival in the history of water - 70,000 tons of metal. Featuring 40 bands, this 4 day booze-cruise will embark from Miami, Florida on January 24th, 2011, make berth in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico, and return to Miami on January 28th. We'll be sharing this ridiculous floating stage with the likes of Sodom, Amon Amarth, Finntroll, Obituary, Saxon, and plenty more kick ass bands.

"This is a legit cruise ship, people. With casinos, lounges, spas, shops, bars, shuffleboard, lifeboats, fitness centers, bars, room service, rock climbing walls, and bars with lots of alcohol... Book your cabin now and witness cruise ship terror become reality! If Cozumel is lucky, maybe we won't steal their ancient Mayan ruins."

More information on the cruise ship can be found at this location.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Comments On New Album Sales

The Dillinger Escape Plan has issued the following update about the sales of their new album "Option Paralysis," which was released yesterday, March 23rd:

"First off, thanks for everyone who went out and got our record on day one. It made a difference. We were neck and neck with people on the Itunes and Amazon charts that were just hilarious to us. Sandwiched in between JIMI FUCKING HENDRIX and PEARL JAM on the Itunes rock charts was little ol' us, and on the main album charts page we were in the company of mouthbreathers like Kesha and Disney pedophilia wet dream icon Justin Beiber. Life is, at times, hilarious. How killer is it that we basically sound like noise to the average person, that if we were an animal we would literally use those aforementioned people as food, and yet there we were in their company. Talk about infiltrating enemy territory.

"We're like the dudes that were just doing their thing and then somehow ended up in some yuppie house party and before you know it we're trashing the place like it's the Beastie Boys ‘Fight For Your Right To Party’ video and everyone there's just gotta deal with our presence or get the hell out. Somethin' like that. So thanks to you guys so far. This album is making so much noise that people on the sidelines can't help but deal with our obnoxious presence in their boring comfortable existence. We're showing up and pissing badassery all over the mainstream music world's high priced carpets and you guys are right there with us. Suck it, Beiber.

"Yet, with all of the first day insanity, and despite the last blog, some of you have still been writing in saying ‘dudes....I went to Wal-Mart and they didn't have yer album....whadda I do?’ So...for those....I wanna show you in the Easiest way possible, how to go about obtaining our new album, ‘Option Paralysis.’ Here are some...uh....options, that don't involve wandering around in a huge warehouse full of garbage: More...

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Visions Of Atlantis To Play Metal Female Voices

Keyboardist Martin Harb of Austrian band Visions of Atlantis has issued the following update about the band performing at the Metal Female Voices festival:

"Hey out there! As promised I can confirm you one more Festival-Appearance for 2010 VoA will perform on the Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium on the 23th/24th of October which will be the last chance to see Visions of Atlantis right before the release of our new Album.

"There will be a lot more great female-fronted Bands like Tristania, Krypteria, Arch Enemy and more on this Festival! Stay tuned for more details on this show (exact day and time) and check this location for tickets and further information. More and very interesting stuff will come up soon!"

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Defect Designer Parts With Guitarist

Vocalist Dmitry "Mr. Scavenger" of Russian death metal act Defect Designer has issued the following update about parting ways with the band's guitarist:

"I did not have an opportunity to do it before but I have to say it now. On 22.03.2010 we had a great gig with Napalm Death in Novosibirsk. Unusually lots of people in a club and unusually noisy terror coming from stage! This gig actually was the last for our good friend Kirill who performed the vast majority of guitar shredding on our debut album 'Wax' - in Poland, in Hertz studio, and was the band member since the end of 2007.

"A bit sad to say that now we part ways. I think Kirill is one of the people without whom Defect Designer would not exist - he is responsible for bringing me into metal in early age at school and did a lot of influential things for all our defected personalities. We've already welcomed the new member so don't worry, we'll still continue to kick ass. News to come soon. Be with us."

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Nahemah Announces European Tour

Spannish metallers Nahemah have updated their European tour schedule with the following string of live dates:

18.05.10 @ Channel Zero, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
20.05.10 @ Exit Chmelnice, Prague (Czech Republic)
21.05.10 @ Wave Gotik Treffen, Leipzig (Germany)
22.05.10 @ Haus-11, Stuttgart (Germany) w/Insomnium & Ghost Brigade
23.05.10 @ Feierwerk, München (Germany) w/Insomnium & Ghost Brigade
26.05.10 @ Bibelot, Dordrecht (Netherlands) w/Insomnium & Ghost Brigade

You can also hear sample Nahemah tracks at the band's official MySpace page.

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Skyforger Announces Record Release Show

Pagan metal act Skyforger will be releasing their new album "Kurbads" via Metal Blade on April 26th in Europe and May 11th in North America. On Saturday, May 8th, Skyforger will present the new album at a release party in Riga, Latvia. The show will also feature special guests Manegarm and Ocularis Infernum. "Son of the Mare," a new track from the upcoming album, can also be heard at the band's MySpace page.

The details of the release show are as follows:

Club info: Sapnu Fabrika
Address: Riga, Lacpleša str.101
Doors open: 17.30
First band: 18.20
Concert end: ~23.00

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Swarming To Appear On Upcoming Split EP

Finnish death metallers Swarming have issued the following update about contributing tracks to an upcoming split EP with Zombie Ritual, which is to be released through Doomentia Records:

"We are excited to announce that Doomentia Records will be releasing Swarming/Zombie Ritual split 7" EP sometime in 2010! Swarming side will include the tracks 'Convulsing Into Eternal Doom' and 'Premature Embalming.' We have posted an mp3 of 'Convulsing Into Eternal Doom' on our myspace page. Check it out and feel free to drop a comment or two!"

The "Convulsing Into Eternal Doom" track is available for streaming at this location.

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Last Call Chernobyl Signs To Diminished Fifth

Canadian metal band Last Call Chernobyl has announced their signing to Diminished Fifth Records. anticipation of their upcoming release "Drowning Beneath the Sound of Change". The album is set to be released in the early summer.

Having entered the studio in Januray 2010 at Halifax's Soundmarket Studio, Last Call Chernobyl has been hard at work to record their upcoming album. Diminished Fifth Records head Josh Hogan comments "D5R is incredibly excited to be working with LCC. In addition to being to youngest edition to our growing family they will be the first band to waive the D5R banner in the USA" More...

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October Tide Signs To Candlelight Records

Swedish metal band OCTOBER TIDE has announced their signing to Candlelight Records. The band, featuring guitarist Fredrick Norrman, vocalist Tobias Netzell, drummer Robin Bergh, and session bassist Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge), is currently finishing work on their untitled new album. Expected for release early fall, it will be the first new recording from the band in over ten years. It follows recent reissue of the band’s acclaimed debut "Rain Without End."

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Bible Of The Devil Announces More US Tour Dates

BIBLE OF THE DEVIL has announced the "Parched In The Western World US Tour April 2010." The dates are as follows:

April 1st Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ Slough Feg, Hay Perro
April 2nd Madison, WI @ The Frequency w/ Slough Feg
April 3rd Louisville, KY @ Third Street Dive w/ Slough Feg, The Vibrolas
April 4th Carbondale, IL @ PK’s w/ Slough Feg, Zuul
April 5th Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Café w/ Slough Feg
April 6th Austin, TX @ Emo’s w/ Slough Feg, Radio Moscow, Naam
April 7th San Antonio, TX @ Nightrocker Live w/ Slough Feg
April 8th Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad w/ Slough Feg, Leeches of Lore
April 9th Scottsdale, AZ @ The Rogue w/ Slough Feg
April 10th Los Angeles, CA @ TBA w/ Slough Feg
April 11th San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Slough Feg, Orchid
April 13th Portland, OR @ Rotture w/ Dark Black
April 14th Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
April 15th Missoula, MT @ The Palace w/ Rooster Sauce
April 16th Rapid City, SD @ Roman’s Pub w/ Woman Is The Earth
April 17th Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room w/ Bloodcow, The Dinks, Desire To Destroy More...

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Announces London Show

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has announced a special, one-off show in London. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We are pleased to annouce that we will be playing a warm-up show at the Bridgehouse 2 in Canning Town, London on April 22nd. We like to use this fantastic little venue to play a low key show when the band have had a couple of months away from playing live. Its a great chance to see the band up close and personal and really get involved with the performance."

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Down Delays New DVD Release Date

New Orleans based supergroup Down, featuring former Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown, along with Eyehategod's Jimmy Bower, Crowbar's Kirk Windstein and Corrosion Of Conformity's Pepper Keenan, has announced that they have been forced to delay the release of their new DVD, "Diary Of A Mad Band." A statement from the band reads as follows:

"As you all are aware Down was scheduled to release their movie Diary Of A Mad Band today. Due to recent legal issues the release has been postponed to a later date as these issues get resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may have caused. Please be assured that a new release date will be forthcoming and will be posted immediately after it is confirmed. We thank you all for your loyalty and support."

The Diary Of A Mad Band CD/DVD is due out E1 Music and captures Down in all its sludged out intensity. This special DVD/CD collection features over 130 minutes of live video footage + a full never-before-released concert. The CD is different from the DVD.

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Amorphis Announces European Tour Dates

Amorphis has announced the following European"Forging Europe" tour dates:

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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Sabaton Posts New Song, "Coat Of Arms," Online

Swedish metal band Sabaton has posted the title track from their upcoming album, "Coat Of Arms," on their MySpace page.

The tracklisting for "Coat of Arms" (cover) is as follows:

01. Coat of arms
02. Midway
03. Uprising
04. Screaming Eagles
05. The Final Solution
06. Aces in Exile
07. Saboteurs
08. Wehrmacht
09. The White Death
10. Metal Ripper

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Gamma Ray Announces World Tour Dates

Gamma Ray has announced the following "To The Metal World Tour" dates:

08.04.10 - Russia [RU] - Moscow - B1 Maximum
10.04.10 - Russia [RU] - St Petersburg - DK Lensoveta
13.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Osaka - Big Cat
15.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Tokyo - On Air East
16.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Tokyo - On Air East
17.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Nagoya - Bottom Line
20.04.10 - Korea [KR] - Seoul - V-Hall
21.04.10 - China [CN] - Beijing - Mao Live House
22.04.10 - Taiwan [TW] - Taipei - Armed Forces Cultural Center
24.04.10 - Guatemala [GT] - Guatemala City - Teatro Miguel Angel Asturias
25.04.10 - Mexico [MX] - Mexico City Circo Volador
28.04.10 - Venezuela [VE] - Valencia - Teatro Municipal Carabobo
30.04.10 - Colombia [CO] - Bogota - Teatro Metropol
01.05.10 - Ecuadsor [EC] - Quito - TBA

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Angra Posts New Video Footage From the Studio

Angra has posted more studio footage of the recording process of their new album, which is being recorded at Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil. Watch the footage below:

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Masterplan Announces New Single

MASTERPLAN has unveiled their new single, "Far From The End Of The World," which will be released on April 16th. The single comes off of their new album, "Time To Be King," which will be released on May 21st.

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Sonic Syndicate Pushes Back New Album Release

Swedish heavy metal outfit Sonic Syndicate has announced that they have been forced to push the release of their new studio album, "We Rule The Night" back from its original May 28th release date. The record will now be released through Nuclear Blast on July 30th. Stay tuned for further information.

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Our Last Night Reveals New Album Details

New Hampshire melodic-metal band Our Last Night has announced that their sophomore album, "We Will All Evolve," will be released on May 4 via Epitaph Records. The band has also posted the first track from the album, "Elephants," on their MySpace page.

"We Will All Evolve" was produced by Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, Versa Emerge) and mixed by David Bendeth (Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, Set Your Goals).

The "We Will All Evolve" tracklisting is as follows:

01. Elephants- 3:30
02. The Air I Breathe- 4:22
03. Mouth Machine Gun- 3:20
04. Across The Ocean- 4:01
05. Deceiver- 4:07
06. The Devil Inside You- 3:49
07. Distance Is Destroying Me- 2:59
08. Carry Me To Safety- 3:40
09. Into The Future- 3:35
10. We Will All Evolve- 4:29 More...

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Cro-Mags And Madball To Headline Black N Blue Bowl

The Black N Blue Bowl event will be returning to New York this year for another edition. This year will see headlining performances from the legendary Cro-Mags as well as long running hardcore veterans Madball. Also on the bill will be H20, Skarhead, Wisdom In Chains, Yuppicide, Trapped Under Ice, Sand, Incendiary, H8 Inc. and Cruel Hand with more bands to be confirmed soon. The show will take place on May 15th at Webster Hall and will kick off at 2PM. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day.

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Ekotren Announces U.S. Tour Dates

American metalcore outfit Ekotren has announced a series of headlining shows across the United States as part of what is being dubbed the "Light To Shine" tour.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Triptykon Confirmed For Hole In The Sky Festival

Triptykon, the latest band from former Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun frontman Tom G. Fischer, have been confirmed for this years edition of Norways Hole In The Sky festival. Other bands confirmed the for show include Venom, Angel Witch, Obituary and Cathedral. Speaking on the event, Fischer said:

"The performance at the Hole in the Sky Festival was one of Celtic Frost most memorable concerts of the entire Monotheist tour in 2006, and we feel extremely honored to be asked to evoke our musical demons in Norway once more."

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Light This City Announces More Farewell Shows

San Francisco’s LIGHT THIS CITY has just added a final show to the run of previously announced reunion/farewell shows in April. The band will be playing their last show ever on Monday, April 12 in Orangevale, CA at the Boardwalk, with old friends DARKEST HOUR and ANIMALS AS LEADERS. This is in addition to shows in San Francisco, Fresno, Anaheim and Los Angeles. The band has been dormant since mid 2008, before the release of their final record, “Stormchaser.”

The newly updated farewell dates are:

April 8 Thee Parkside, San Francisco (w/ Comadre, The Funeral Pyre, Early Graves)
April 9 The CYC, Fresno (w/ Azathoth, The Funeral Pyre, TBA)
April 10 Chain Reaction, Anaheim (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Antagonist, Early Graves)
April 11 The Blvd, Los Angeles (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Gypsy Hawk, Atour Heels)
April 12 The Boardwalk, Orangevale (w/ Darkest Hour, Animals As Leaders)....

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Soulfly Reveals New Album Artwork

Arizona based metal outfit Soulfly has revealed the new artwork for their forthcoming seventh studio album, "Omen." You can check out both the regular and special edition artwork below. The album will be released on May 24th through Roadrunner Records and will be released in a standard edition as well as a special edition which features three cover tracks. More...

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Lacuna Coil Announces US Tour Dates

Italian metal band Lacuna Coil has announced the following US tour dates:

May 04 - Valarium (w/ Five Finger Death Punch) - Knoxville, Tennessee
May 05 - House Of Blues (w/ 5FDP) - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
May 07 - Club Fire (w/ 5FDP) - Jackson, Mississippi
May 08 - KDJE Edgefest - Little Rock, Arkansas
May 11 - Alliant Energy Centre (w/ Seether + 5FDP) - Madison, Wisconsin
May 14 - KRROFest - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
May 18 - La Crosse Centre Arena (w/ Seether + 5FDP) - La Crosse, Wisconsin
May 19 - Peoria Civic Center (w/ Seether + 5FDP) - Peoria, Illinois
May 20 - The Rave (w/ 5FDP) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 21 - The Filmore Detroit (w/Seether) - Detroit, Michigan

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Deftones Pushes New Album Release Forward

Californian alternative metal outfit Deftones has announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Diamond Eyes" earlier than planned due to the record leaking onto the internet. The new release date for the album will be May 4th.

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Single Bullet Theory Posts Death Cover Online

Single Bullet Theory has posted a cover of Death's "Spirit Crusher" at this location. The cover features Matt Thompson from King Diamond on drums. The track comes off their upcoming album "Divine Ways of Chaos."

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Murderdolls Announces Reunion

Speaking to Britains Kerrang! magazine, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison revealed that his old side-project, the Murderdolls are to reunite this year and release another album. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:

What started the ball rolling with to playing together again?

"It’s been an ongoing conversation between Wednesday and I from 2006 until now. We were bored with everything out there, and thought we had something to piss people off and shake things up. Everything is such a product or a fucking formula these days... Fuck formula! Fuck the norm!"

Apart from Wednesday 13, who else is in the band?

"Much like the way Darkthrone or Satyricon make records, Wednesday and I are doing the record ourselves with a couple of very special guests."

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OpEd

The Loudness War: Volume Knobs Optional

When most of us go to play a CD or MP3 file, we don’t immediately think to check the production quality before giving the song our full attention. We judge the song based on a simple instinct of whether we like what we hear, or we don’t. As a listener, you place a certain amount of trust into the artist and production team to deliver a product that can sound good and balanced in any stereo you play it from. This is essentially the job of a mastering engineer.

Once the artist completes their recorded performance, the producer and recording engineer will mix the songs and pass them on to the mastering engineer. This stage in the recording process is where all the bells and whistles are addressed. Making sure the frequency equalization is balanced so there is not too much bass or treble destroying your speakers, adjusting volume fade in/outs on the front/back of certain songs, and most importantly adjusting the overall volume level or “loudness” of the entire album. More...

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Between the Screams Announces U.K. Tour

Between the Screams has announced a run of U.K. tour date. The band is gearing up to hit the road in their first U.K. headline tour in support of their debut album, "Our Last Days On Earth." The tour kicks off on Tuesday, March 30th in Southend on Sea and finishes up in Brighton on April 11th.

Here are the latest tour dates:

Tuesday, 30th Mar - The Railway, Southend on Sea
Friday, 2nd Apr - Scream Lounge, Croydon
Sunday, 4th Apr - I BAR, Bournemouth
Monday, 5th Apr - Harrys Bar, Stoke
Tuesday, 6th Apr - The Lamp, Hull
Wednesday, 7th Apr - Fighting Cocks, Kingston
Thursday, 8th Apr - Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham
Friday, 9th Apr - The Empire, Abertillery, Wales
Saturday, 10th Apr - The White Horse, High Wycombe
Sunday, 11th Apr - Engine Room, Brighton
Friday, 23rd Apr NO CONSEQUENCE The Empire, Abertillery, Wales
Thursday, 29th Apr NO CONSEQUENCE Fog and Fiddle, Cheltenham
Friday, 7th May VISIONS Club85, Hitchin, UK

Check out their new video for the title track off "Our Last Days on Earth" below.

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