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Metal News for March 25, 2010

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Zebulon Kosted Streaming New Album Sample

Montana based solo black metal act Zebulon Kosted is currently streaming an excerpt from his upcoming album online. A portion of the new album "Between This World and the Next" can be heard at the Zebulon Kosted MySpace page.

The upcoming Zebulon Kosted live shows are as follows:

Apr 24 2010 BSMT - BETWEEN THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT CD RELEASE SHOW w/ Shramana, Suicide Victim and Rhetoric Missoula, Montana
7/29 2010 TBA Salt Lake City, Utah
7/30 2010 USBMS w/ Vision of Mara Denver, Colorado
7/31 2010 Yayo’s w/ Wolven Ancestry, Infernal Damnation, Spun in Darkness and Hordes of Hate Las Vegas, Nevada
8/1 2010 TBA Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Thunderstone Sets "Dirt Metal" European Release

Thunderstone will release their new studio album "Dirt Metal" in Europe on May 24th, 2010 through Steamhammer / SPV. The Russian release is scheduled for March 29th 2010. The album was already released earlier in 2009 in Finland.

The "Dirt Metal" track listing is as follows:

1. Rebirth
2. I Almighty
3. Dirt Metal
4. Blood That I Bleed
5. Star
6. Ghosts Of Youth
7. Counting Hours
8. Dodge The Bullet
9. Deadlights
10. At The Feet Of Fools
11. Suffering Song

Thunderstone's upcoming live dates are as follows:

15.04. GB-London - The Lexington
05.06. D-Euskirchen - Multi-Kulti-Art Festival

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Leng Tch'e Reveals New Album Details

Belgian razorgrind act LENG TCH'E's new album is set to a May 24th release. The tracklisting and cover artwork for "Hypomanic" is as follows:

01. Wirehead Imbeciles
02. A.men
03. The Stockholm Malevolence Project
04. World State Abomination
05. Refined Torture
06. Misleading Innuendos
07. Obiter Dicta
08. Death's Head Cockroach
09. Totalitarian
10. Anthropocentric Suicide
11. Silence Is Better Than Unmeaning Words
12. Violence Does Even Justice
13. Corrosive Rotgut
14. Perfervid Odyssey

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Dew-Scented Completes Mixing New Album

German thrash metallers DEW-SCENTED have finished recording and mixing their new album “Invocation” at Soundlodge Studio in Northern Germany with producer Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Sinister, etc.). “Invocation,” the band’s eighth full length will be released May 25th in North America via Prosthetic Records, and May 24th in Europe via Metal Blade.

Vocalist Leif Jensen checks in with the following comment: “It is done! After long weeks of intense work, we are finished tracking and mixing this new album. What a great feeling! The new song-material is totally fresh and energetic to us and I hope all you Thrash maniacs will dig it as much as we do! Despite the band’s line up changes, we are pretty much staying true to our traditional stylistic formula and tried to combine the best of our 80’s Thrash Metal roots with the punch of a modern production and an utterly aggressive performance! Look out!!!”

The track listing for “Invocation” is as follows:

01. Downfall (Instrumental)
02. Arise From Decay
03. The Invocation
04. Have No Mercy On Us
05. Artificial Life
06. Condemnation
07. Totem (Instrumental)
08. Torn To Shreds
09. Revel In Contempt
10. A Critical Mass
11. Global Hysteria
12. Slaves Of Consent More...

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Killswitch Engage Checks In With Tour Report

Killswitch Engage guitarist Joel Stroetzel has checked in with the following statement about the band's recent tour dates:

"Wow… I can’t believe that we made it though this one! The first week of the tour was really looking grim ... blizzards, shattered bus windshields, show cancellations ... lead singers having to leave the tour! We can’t thank our good friend Phil from All That Remains enough for coming to the rescue. Equally, we can’t thank our fans enough for coming out to the shows, being so supportive, and throwing down so hard despite the situation. Adam said this at a lot of the shows, but I would like to confirm it… Killswitch Engage does in fact have the best fans in the world! Until we meet again… Peace out!"

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Kamelot Embarking On European Tour

Kamelot has issued the following update about embarking on a European tour today:

"The time has arrived, and Kamelot kicks off their 2010 'Pandemonium Over Europe' tour today in Charleroi - we look forward to seeing each and every one of you on tour! Don't forget to hit our tour page and grab your tickets now before it's too late. Also, as promised, we have launched our Live Blog and Gallery. We'll be posting pictures and video from the road, so check back often!"

The currently announced dates are as follows:

3/25 2010 Charleroi - BE - Le Coliseum
3/26 2010 Tilburg - NL - O13 (SOLD OUT)
3/27 2010 Amsterdam - NL - Paradiso
3/28 2010 London - UK - Koko
3/31 2010 Paris - FR - Elysée Montmartre
4/01 2010 Pratteln - CH - Z7 Konzertfabrik
4/02 2010 Montpellier - FR - Rockstore
4/03 2010 Barcelona - ES - Salamandra 1
4/04 2010 Madrid - ES - Sala Heineken
4/07 2010 Dortmund - DE FZW
4/08 2010 Köln - DE - Live Music Hall
4/09 2010 Hamburg - DE - Markthalle
4/10 2010 Gothenburg - SE - Trädgårn
4/11 2010 Stockholm - SE - Tyrol
4/13 2010 Helsinki - FI - Nosturi
4/14 2010 Tampere - FI - Pakkahuone
4/16 2010 Oslo - NO - Sentrum Scene
4/17 2010 Oslo - NO - Sentrum Scene
7/2-4 2010 Helsinki (Kaisaniemi) - FI - TUSKA Festival
8/07 2010 Vagos- PT - Vagos Open Air

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Symphorce Signs With AFM Records

German progressive power metal band Symphorce has signed a with AFM Records. The band is currently working on their new album, which is expected to be released in late August.

Symphorce's current lineup is as follows:

Andy B. Franck - Vocals
Cedric C. Dupond - Guitar
Markus Pohl - Guitar
Dennis Wohlbold - Bass
Steffen Theurer - Drums

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Fatalist Announces New Lineup

Guitarist/vocalist Neil Burkdoll of Fatalist has reported that the band's new lineup is ready to be revealed. Here is the official announcement:

"The new lineup of Fatalist for 2010 is secure for now. Joining Neil and Art in the band is Sean Jessel (Mentacide) on drums, Matt Drexler on lead guitars, and Mike Deity (Carnal Deity) on main vocals. This is the lineup that recorded the Death song 'Beyond The Unholy Grave' for the upcoming movie soundtrack After Party Massacre. Our version of the song is a bit different than the original, but we kept the original feel intact. You can check out an MP3 of the song at this location.

"We also wanted to take the time to thank Marc from the band Lifeless for doing some vocals on the song as well. We are planning a few different small tours for 2010 and we will post more news when we get anything confirmed. We are working on new material at the moment for the next release that will hopefully come out in early 2011."

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As Hell Retreats Signs To Strike First Records

Tennessee metal band As Hell Retreats has announced their signing to Strike First Records. the band comments on the signing, "We are pleased to announce that we have signed to Strike First Records. We plan to release our full length 'Revival' May 25 on Strike First, and we will be doing a big CD Release show May 29th at Rocketown-Nashville,TN. We want to thank everyone who has supported us through this journey and will keep supporting us. Our fans mean the world to us. Thank you for everything."

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Dying Fetus Announces Headlining U.S. Tour

Dying Fetus will head out on a month-long US headlining tour beginning in early May. This tour immediately follows the band's headlining European run as part of the "Thrash And Burn Tour" and will also include performances as part of the California Metalfest and Midwest Fuckfest. A listing of confirmed Dying Fetus tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.

Prior to the "Thrash And Burn" European tour, Dying Fetus will visit Russia and the Ukraine for the first time. Dying Fetus are touring in support of their new album, "Descend Into Depravity," that was released late last year. "Descend Into Depravity" is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. More...

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Devar Checks In From The Road

Norway's Devar has checked in from the road with the following tour report:

"The first two dates have gone reasonably well. First one was at the tour bus company lot, where we played in the bus washing hall. Everybody was initially a bit suspicious about the venue, but it turned out to be an OK show. Next up was Klagenfurt in Austria. A really cool looking club and everything went smooth. We're also getting to know all the guys in the other bands. They're all cool. We kinda like the vibe the American thrash bands send out on this tour. We also confirmed for ourselves that taking Imbalance with us to the homecoming gigs in Bergen is a really great idea.

"Third day became somewhat special. This is in Szerencs, Hungary. The venue seemed more fitting to host a wedding reception than a metal gig. First thing that happened was the promotors greeting everyone with a beer. Not the kind "do you want a beer?" but "Beer!" so rigging took twice as long since everyone only could use one hand (do not disturb the drinking hand). The meal of the day was a traditional Hungarian meal, which consisted of a very thin soup, and (probably) beef in gravy served with macaroni(!!). Odland demanded Obdsaija to bring out the Berzerker hot sauce, which made the meal edible. More...

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Batillus Recording New Album

New York doom metallers Batillus have checked in with the following band update:

"Hello everyone, it's been a long time since our last real update. Much has happened, much is happening, and much will happen in the very near future... This is a long one, so bear with us. First, we have a couple shows upcoming with our good friends Riff Cannon. We're still looking for a show in Cleveland on Saturday, May 1st to round out that weekend as we make our way to Chicago. If you can help out please get in touch.

"Why are we going to Chicago, you ask? We're recording our debut full-length in May at Volume Studios with the much-lauded Sanford Parker (Yob, Rwake Unearthly Trance, Nachtmystium, Pelican). We have seven songs written clocking in at nearly an hour, of which we expect probably five to make it to the final LP. After doing a pair of EPs on an extremely limited budget and a tight schedule, we're very much looking forward to taking our time this go-around and coming out of the studio with something that really represents us as a band; something that we can really be proud of. More details on the full-length will be announced in time.

"Next, we are excited to announce that we have a split 12" coming out this summer via the Berlin-based Vendetta Records. The split is with Maine's Hallowed Butchery (aka Ryan Scott Fairfield) and our side will contain three tracks previously only available on the extremely-limited (as in 75) 'Beard Destroyer Tour EP,' which is now sold out. The cover image is by Scott Irvine and the rest of the artwork and layout will be done by Fairfield. More...

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Avenged Sevenfold To Perform At Heavy MTL Fest

Avenged Sevenfold has just confirmed they will perform at the 2010 edition of the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, Quebec at Parterre Parc Jean Drapeau on July 25th. Also performing at the Heavy MTL festival are Korn, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Testament, Fear Factory, Hatebreed, 3 Inches of Blood, Atreyu, Shadows Fall and more. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

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As You Drown Issues Tour Recap

Sweden's As You Drown has issued the following post-tour recap:

"Greetings, fellow primates! We're now home from our tour with Vader & Divine Chaos. Ideally we would have liked to stay on the road forever, or at least a few more months, but unfortunately everything has to come to an end. We've had an absolute blast playing shows every night, drinking with mildly insane people and causing general havoc in our wake. Videos, photos and other reports from the tour will be posted on this blog very soon.

"Fear not though, As You Drown, will tour again, soon. Right now the plan is to start writing for the next album, which we have some very interesting plans for. None of them involving monkeys. We're also scheduled to appear at Neurotic Deathfest (in Tilburg, Holland) in April and Deathfeast Open Air (in Hünxe, Germany) in June, so be sure to get your asses down there to mix your blood and sweat with ours. Excessive violence guaranteed!

"Big love and massive fuckin' thanks go out to the guys from Vader and Divine Chaos for being awesome dudes and for playing great shows every night. Hopefully it won't be long before our twisted paths cross once more. The same goes for our tour manager Darek, the drivers and the amazing crew, in form of the dynamic duo Vacek and Kuba and the soundman from hell - Oscar. Last, but definitely not least, we want to thank everyone who came out to see us play. You guys rule!"

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Amalgama Issues Band Update

New York's Amalgama has issued the following update about the band's recent activity:

"We've been busy the last few weeks with coordinating time to get back into the studio to finish the new EP (the drum recordings went amazingly well; we'll leave it to Justin to tell you all about it a bit later on) and re-configuring things with Nate's departure from Amalgama's ranks. Nate had been thinking for a while about changing his career path so we knew the decision was going to come sooner rather than later and we planned accordingly.

"The search for a new lead guitar player was surprisingly short because there was one clear candidate for the job: Ray Hill. We've known Ray for a while and his work in various local music outlets around the Capital District and when Nate let us know his plans and future schemes Ray immediately sprang to mind as a replacement. To tell you the truth, we didn't even really consider anyone else and it was a no-brainer from the outset. Over the past few weeks he's been working with us getting up to speed on the new material and we can't wait to introduce him to the Amalgama fans in the next few weeks via our YouTube page, onstage and on our new disc. So don't don't be afraid to send him words of welcome! More...

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Alice In Chains Posts New Tour Diary

Alice In Chains has posted the third in their latest series of tour video diaries online, which can be viewed below.


Alice In Chains Tour Diary - Part 3

Alice in Chains | MySpace Music Videos

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Black Tusk Filming New Music Video

Savannah, GA's Black Tusk teamed up with video director Kevin Custer this past weekend in Austin, TX to film the first video from their forthcoming Relapse debut "Taste The Sin." The video, for "Red Eyes, Black Skies", is expected to see on an online premiere prior to Taste The Sin's May 25th release date. Additional details will be announced soon.

Black Tusk are on tour now with North Carolina's Weedeater for a four week U.S. tour that kicked-off around South By Southwest. This tour also includes Gates of Slumber and Struck By Lightning. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.

3/26 Los Angeles, CA Ultra Violet
3/27 San Francisco, CA Elbo Room
3/28 Portland, OR Rotture
3/29 Seattle, WA The Funhouse
3/30 Boise, ID Red Room
3/31 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
4/1 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
4/2 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
4/3 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
4/4 Chicago, IL Reggies
4/5 Lansing, MI Mac's Bar
4/6 Newport, KY Southgate House
4/7 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
4/8 Toronto, ON Wreck Room
4/9 Rochester, NY Bug Jar
4/10 New York, NY Webster Hall
4/11 Philadelphia, PA Khyber
4/12 Washington, DC DC9 (w/ WEEDEATER, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING)
4/13 Frederick, MD Krug's Place (w/ WEEDEATER, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING)
4/14 Richmond, VA The Triple (w/ WEEDEATER, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING)

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Ethereal Collapse Posts Live Video Footage Online

Pennsylvania Ethereal Collapse has posted live video footage of the band performing the song "Slave to the Empirical" at a show on March 5th. Watch the footage below:

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Textures Announces New Singer Daniel de Jongh

TEXTURES has announced that Daniel de Jongh, former front man of the Dutch metal band CILICE, will replace Eric Kalsbeek who left the band earlier this year.

Daniel had to say this about joining TEXTURES, "I am truly honored to have been asked to replace Eric as vocalist for TEXTURES. TEXTURES is a standout band and is a band which I've listened to the last couple of years, like so many other metal-fans out there. Although it was a pretty tough decision to leave my former band CILICE, this was an offer I just couldn't refuse. The guys in TEXTURES are just a great bunch of people and it is clear that there is and will be loads of inspiration for the next years to come. I also know how much Eric was respected by the fans and I hope that I can assure you guys out there that I will replace him with as much dignity as he did for TEXTURES the last 6 years. All I can say is that we as TEXTURES are ready to rock everyone out there and that the anticipation for the next album can be withhold. We are in writing process at the time and I can reveal that it is going to be kick-ass as always!! We will see you guys soon!!" More...

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Illdisposed Announces More European Tour Dates

Denmark's Illdisposed has announced the finalized tour dates for their upcoming European tour with Six Feet Under. The complete tour dates are as follows:

27.04 Bochum @ Matrix (DE)
28.04 Mühltal bei Darmstadt @ Steinbruch Theater (DE)
29.04 Osnabrück @ N8 (DE)
30.04 Berlin @ K17 (DE)
01.05 Rostock @ Alte Zuckerfabrik (DE)
02.05 Prag @ Modra Vopice (CZ)
03.05 Wroclaw @ MZ (PL)
04.05 Baia Mare @ Casa Tinerretului (RO)
05.05 Kosice @ Collosseum (SK)
06.05 Chemnitz @ AJZ Taalschock (DE)
07.05 Cottbus @ Gladhouse (DE)
08.05 München @ Backstage (DE)
09.05 Nova Gorica @ Mostovna (SLO)
10.05 Stuttgart @ Die Röhre (DE)
11.05 Spital an der Drau @ Stadtsaal (A)
12.05 Kufstein @ Kulturfabrik (A)

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At The Soundawn Posts Final Studio Update Video

Italy’s melodic post-rock band, At The Soundawn, has posted a sixth, and final, studio update on YouTube. The footage was documented last summer during the "Shifting" recording session at Studio 73 in Ravenna, Italy, and it can be viewed below.

"Shifting" will hit North American stores next month on April 27th, courtesy of Lifeforce Records.

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Carl Christ To Perform With Massive Assault

Dutch metallers The Exalted have issued the following update about Carl Christ making guest vocal appearances at two upcoming Massive Assault live shows:

"Carl Christ will be doing some guest vocals on two Massive Assault shows. The first one will be on the 16th of April in Zwolle (@ Eureka). The second one will be on the 17th of April in Hoogeveen (@ Podium). As everyone knows, Fredde is the guitar player in Massive Assault. As almost everyone knows Carl Christ was the former singer of Massive Assault. Come and join the party!"

You can also check out The Exalted's music at the band's MySpace page.

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Silent Civilian Posts New Music Video Online

SILENT CIVILIAN has announced that their new album "Ghost Stories" will be released on May 18th. they have also posted their new video for “Last One Standing,” on their newly revamped MySpace page. The video was shot by director Scott Hansen (A Day To Remember, Alesana, A Skylit Drive, Carnifex). The band has also posted the new track, “Atonement,” on their MySpace page.

Watch the video below:

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Veil Of Maya Posts New Song, “Mowgli,” Online

Veil Of Maya has premiered their new song “Mowgli” from the upcoming album “[id]” on their Myspace page. The new album hits stores April 6th.

Catch the band live on The Atticus Metal Tour w/ Unearth, Stick To You Guns, The Ghost Inside at the following tour dates:

03/25 - Station 4 - St. Paul, Minnesota
03/26 - House of Blues - Chicago, Illinois
03/27 - Magic Stick - Detroit, Michigan
03/28 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, Ohio
03/29 - Emerson Theatre - Indianapolis, Indiana
03/30 - Northern Lights - Albany, New York
03/31 - Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
04/01 - Tulipe - Montreal, Quebec
04/02 - Imperial - Quebec City, Quebec
04/03 - Gramercy Theatre - New York, New York
04/04 - The Palladium - Worcester, Massachusetts

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Xero Sum Streaming New Song

Indiana's Xero Sum has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online:

"Finally new music is here! It's been sometime coming but we are ready to let people hear our new track, 'Excuse Me.' Big thanks to The Pop Macine, Marc Johnson, Paul Lani and Andy VanDette for helping us piece this project together. 'Excuse Me' by Xero Sum: Recorded @ The Pop Machine, Produced by Marc Johnson, Xero Sum, Mixed by Paul Lani, Mastered by Andy VanDette @ Masterdisk Studios We hope you enjoy!"

The new track "Excuse Me" can be heard at the official Xero Sum MySpace page.

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King Conquer Seeking New Guitarist

Florida metallers King Conquer have issued the following announcement about parting ways with their guitarist and seeking a replacement:

"Hey everyone. We recently decided to let go of a guitar player a few days ago, and we have gotten the okay from the label to go ahead and begin searching for the new 3rd guitar player to fill the spot. Considering we will be booked all of April recording 'America's most haunted' we wont have time to actually try someone out in person until May. BUT we are going to begin taking applications for the position. We have created some guidelines for the application which are listed at this location."

King Conquer's music can also be heard through sample tracks streaming at the band's MySpace page.

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A Storm Of Light Seeks Permanent Drummer

Brooklyn atmospheric doom metal band A STORM OF LIGHT has issued the following update:

"In just over two years since the band's inception, A STORM OF LIGHT has had the honor and privilege of playing with many great drummers: Vinny Signorelli, Jason Roeder, Pete Angevine etc. While this band is built around revolving members both in touring and recording, we've decided that a central three-piece will make us sonically/rhythmically stronger. That said, we have decided to look for a permanent drummer, one that can make STORM their primary focus, and be part of the band for the long haul."

"When: ASAP. We will be recording in early fall and going to Europe from September 28 - Nov 1."

"Where: Ideally we want someone in Brooklyn/NYC, or damn close. While we are willing to consider people outside of the area (New Jersey/Philadelphia/Upstate NY/Providence/Boston/DC etc). Please keep in mind that we are constantly writing, recording, practicing, touring, so you will have to been in Brooklyn very regularly." More...

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Nevermore Reveals New Album Details

Seattle progressive thrash metal band NEVERMORE has announced that their upcoming full-length album, "The Obsidian Conspiracy," will be released on June 8th North American release and May 31st European through Century Media Records.

"The Obsidian Conspiracy" was recorded with renowned producer Peter Wichers (who previously worked with NEVERMORE vocalist Warrel Dane on his solo debut Praises to the War Machine). Longtime friend and collaborator Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Opeth) once again handled mixing duties.

The coverart was created by the great Travis Smith (Amorphis, Opeth) and can be viewed in the album trailer below:

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Hammers of Misfortune Signs To Metal Blade Records

San Francisco progressive metal band HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE has announced their signing to Metal Blade Records. Metal Blade Records will release four of the band's previous releases in late summer 2010 with a new studio album expected in 2011.

Guitarist and founding member John Cobbett comments, "Metal Blade contacted us in April of 2009. After some back and forth we came to an agreement that will allow Hammers of Misfortune to continue making albums the way we always have: unsupervised and self-produced. Also, we grew up on Metal Blade releases - from Destruction and Slayer to Trouble and Fates Warning - so we feel pretty good about that."

Metal Blade Records owner Brian Slagel comments, "We are really happy and honored to have signed Hammers of Misfortune. I have been a huge fan for awhile now and I personally am really excited to work with them." More...

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Carnal Forge Confirmed For Rockweekend Fest

Swedish metallers Carnal Forge have been confirmed to perform at Sweden's Rockweekend Festival, which takes place from July 8th - 10th, 2010. More details on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed bands for the festival include Twisted Sister, Deep Purple, Venom, Saxon, Annihilator, Sepultura, My Dying Bride, Danger Danger, Obituary, Unleashed, Paul Di'Anno, Bloodbound, Astral Doors, The Murder of My Sweet, and more.

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Sonic Syndicate Announces Japanese Signing Session

Sweden's Sonic Syndicate will be making an in-store signing appearance in Nagoya, Japan at the Tower Records store on Friday, April 23rd at 15.30. Sonic Synidcate's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

4/1 2010 ROCK CAFE TALLINN, ESTONIA
4/2 2010 ORLANDINA SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
4/3 2010 TELE CLUB EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA
4/4 2010 BLACK AND WHITE PERM, RUSSIA
4/6 2010 DK ISKRA CHELYABINSK , RUSSIA
4/7 2010 AKADEMIA KURGAN, RUSSIA
4/8 2010 STRIKE ARENA KRASNODAR, RUSSIA
4/9 2010 PODZEMKA ROSTOV, RUSSIA
4/10 2010 PLAN B MOSCOW, RUSSIA
4/11 2010 ROCCO CLUB NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA
4/17 2010 FALKHALLEN FALKENBERG, SWEDEN
4/23 2010 APOLLO THEATER NAGOYA, JAPAN
4/24 2010 SHINSAIBASHI SUN HALL OSAKA, JAPAN
4/25 2010 CLUB ASIA TOKYO, JAPAN
4/28 2010 PISTSTILEN BY RIP CURL RAMUNDBERGET, SWEDEN
6/18 2010 METALTOWN FESTIVAL GÖTEBORG, SWEDEN
7/9 2010 GET AWAY ROCK FESTIVAL GÄVLE, SWEDEN

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Asbel Announces New Album Release Date

Columbian black metal act Asbel is set to release a new album titled "The Dark, The Withered" via Salute Records on March 26th, 2010. The album was recorded at Unholy Studios between 2009 - 2010. A teaser trailer for the album can be viewed below. Sample Asbel tracks are also currently available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.

The track listing for "The Dark, The Withered" is as follows:

1. Sweet Darkness- All music by Tamara (Uruguay) From the band Upon Shadows
2. In Darkness- All music, male voices by Asbel, Female Voices by Moonlike AKA Nayra from
Blackest Orchid (Canada)
3. Screams of Lost Horrors- All music by Asbel, All voices by Ilkim Oulanem from Ilkim Oulanem (Turkey)
4. Solar Breeze - Guitars and Drums by Asbel, Vocies, Keyboards and lyrics by Tamara from Upon
Shadows (Uruguay)
5. Dawn of Agony More...

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Status Minor Posts More Studio Footage

Finland's Status Minor is currently recording their new album "Ouroboros," which is slated to be released this September. The band has now posted a third video update from the studio that can be viewed below. Status Minor also issued the following update:

"Guitar recordings at Cat Piss Studio are done. The equipment that we used for it is different than before. The sound will be damn lot better and the record a lot heavier. The session itself was relaxed. We took a break when we felt like it and ate food bought from the local shop's discount shelves. When the atmosphere at the studio is good and it smells a bit like shit, playing is at its easiest!"

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Chimaira Denied Entry To Russia, Cancels Tour

Chimaira has announced the cancellation of their Russian tour and issued the following update about it:

"Much to our despair, we’ve been denied entry into Russia to perform for our patient and metal starved fans. After having to postpone the original dates from October 2009, we’ve had plenty of time to prepare for this trip. Everything has been in place for weeks now…The gear has been ordered, the flights have been booked, and we’re HERE, on the European continent, ready to depart for St. Petersburg tomorrow morning. But to our absolute dismay and MASSIVE financial burden, the Russian Embassy has refused to issue us our visas. Nice timing right? And after our road manager spending three days at the Embassy searching for answers and resolution, we’ve basically been given the middle finger, and there’s nothing further we can do. Our biggest regret is for the fans who have been waiting months for this weekend to come, and we hope they can understand that we’ve exhausted every option to correct the situation. Please accept our deepest apologies, we’ll try to make it up to you all one day."

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Claim The Throne To Support Alestorm In Australia

Perth's very own CLAIM THE THRONE has secured the national support slot for the upcoming tour of "True Scottish Pirate Metal" band Alestorm. In 2009, the mini-CD/DVD “ALETALES” was released showcasing a more folk metal approach with greater production and songwriting to rival the leaders of the genre.

Here are the tour dates featuring ALESTORM with Claim The Throne performing:

June 17th - Amplifier Bar, Perth
June 18th - The Gaelic Theatre, Sydney
June 19th - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
June 20th - Rosies, Brisbane

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Watain Discusses New Album, "Lawless Darkness"

Watain recently announced the release date of their upcoming album, "Lawless Darkness."

"The title symbolizes the unbound chaotic potential of that which is void of light", frontman E. comments. "The light that defines, the light that shapes and restricts. The light by which the forces of law and order uphold their reign. In the absence of that light lies the wellspring of WATAIN: in Lawless Darkness.

"With this album and in all of our efforts with WATAIN we aim to capture the hungry madness and glimmering purity of darkness beyond illusion, the void that holds all yet where naught is manifest, the primordial tomb into which all the vanity of man and his creation shall collapse: indeed, The Lawless Darkness!

"Lawless Darkness shall be seen as a monument erected in honour of that collapse and a dedication to all those brave souls, who have willingly dared to venture the winding paths towards it."

"Shed not thy light on me
Get thee hence, thoughts defined
Blind me not with your bright structures
For I am of the night

"Let not thy rays caress me
Judged by them I will not be
For they are the light that governs man
And I am the enemy"

In other news, WATAIN will return to the United States once again in late May as part of the annual aural offensive known as the Maryland Deathfest, appearing with Sodom, Obituary, Entombed, Possessed, Necrophobic and countless more.

And, after completing the regular portion of their set at this year's Sweden Rock Festival in on June 12th, WATAIN will return to the stage for a unique 45-minute tribute concert featuring classic Bathory songs. The event promises to be even more special as the Bathory part of WATAIN's performance will be introduced by none other than late Bathory mainman Quorthon's father and producer, Börje "Boss" Forsberg. "It feels great to have Boss participating in a part of the show, since he, in a way, is the only living link to the Bathory myth," says E. "It will still be a tribute show and nothing else, but we are, of course, honored to be able to do it with his blessing!"

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