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Metal News for March 27, 2011

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24 news articles posted on this day.

Dark Order To Support In Malice's Wake

DARK ORDER will be supporting In Malice's Wake as part of the Oceanic Assault Tour 2011. Dark Order will be playing with In Malices Wake on the below dates:

19.05 - WOLLONGONG | The Cabbage Tree Hotel
20.05 - SYDNEY | The Bald Faced Stagg
21.05 - CANBERRA | The Maram

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SXSW Music 2011 Day 2: Part 1

After my struggles to stay awake the previous night, I slept in late so I wouldn’t be exhausted for the rest of SXSW.

I made it out to an afternoon session “Website? Get Real. You Need A Web Empire.” It was a decent talk about not only the band’s website as a central hub, but all of the social media and mobile presence that bands should work on to build their audience. There were some tips given on marketing and SEO and various related topics as well, but overall, I felt the title was a little misleading. They discussed some services such as cashmusic, bandcamp, and Topspin as well. It was an ok discussion overall, but I only learned a few tidbits here and there that I didn’t know already.

From there, I was headed over to Emo’s once again. On the way, I ran into San Francisco violin, cello and drums trio Judgement Day playing acoustically at a street corner. I stopped to shoot a few photos and hear a song, bought a CD and then was on my way. I hoped to catch them amped the following night at a proper show. More...

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Bethlehem Splits With Vocalist

Germany's Bethlehem has issued the following brief announcement about parting ways with vocalist Niklas Kvarforth:

"Bethlehem has split-up with Niklas Kvarforth because of personal reasons. Don't worry, all further Live-activities will be done with a new singer who will be worked in at the moment."

You can check out Bethlehem rehearsal footage here or catch the band live on the following dates:

10/7 - Headbangers Ballroom, Osnabrück, Germany Bethlehem (Ger) & Weltbrand (NL)
10/8 - Lindenhof, Ellrich, Germany Bethlehem (Ger) & Weltbrand (NL)

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Sunday Old School: Twisted Sister

Raised in Long Island, New York the band Twisted Sister started as a seventies local glam band that would evolve into one of the most important heavy metal bands of the eighties (eventually flip-flopping and becoming more heavy metal with a dash of glam, opposite of their initial vision).

Twisted Sister was originally formed in 1972 by Jay Jay French. The band went through several line-up changes until 1979 when it settled on Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French (guitar), Eddie Ojeda (guitar), Mark Mendoza (bass), and A.J. Pero (drums). In 1979 the band self released two singles and then was signed by Secret Records in the UK. With Secret they would release an EP titled “Ruff Cuts” and their first studio album, “Under the Blade,” which quickly became an underground hit. The band would then sign with Atlantic Records and put out their second studio album, “You Can’t Stop Rock n’ Roll,” in 1983.

In 1984 Twisted Sister shocked the heavy metal world, releasing “Stay Hungry,” their contribution to an era that continues to define a decade. The album caught on with fans as well as government officials, organized as the P.R.M.C. (stands for the Parents Resource Music Center which is the least intimidating name I’ve ever heard). Twisted Sister was called out for their rebellious lyrics in the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” It was a strange group that included Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P., and Motley Crue as well as Madonna, Sheena Easton, and Prince. These proceedings eventually led to the “Explicit Material” or Tipper Sticker found on the cover of albums, cassettes, and CDs. After “Stay Hungry” the band would release the album “Come Out and Play” and then later, thought more of a Dee Snider solo project, the album “Love Is for Suckers” was released. More...

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AC/DC Posts Second DVD Trailer Online

AC/DC has posted a second trailer online to promote its forthcoming live concert DVD titled "Live At River Plate." The set is planned for release on May 10, 2011 through Columbia Records and will feature the following tracklisting;

1. Rock N Roll Train
2. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
3. Back In Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
6. Shot Down In Flames
7. Thunderstruck
8. Black Ice
9. The Jack
10. Hells Bells
11. Shoot To Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Dog Eat Dog
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
15. T.N.T.
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let There Be Rock
18. Highway To Hell
19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

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Defender Posts New Song Online

Defender has posted its new demo online for streaming. You can now check out the 2011 demo version of "WWIII" in the player below. Guitarist Bill Hudson commented on the song by saying:

"This song is very meaningful to me. It was my first ever attempt at lyrics, although I couldn't have done it without partnering up with Mike [Gremio, vocals]. I started writing this after a talking with a friend who was about to go be deployed to Iraq. It's pretty intense. I am an absolute supporter of the troops. I am also very much against the war. I'd much rather NOT have troops deployed… but since they're there, they have my full support and I tried to show that with this song!"

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Decapitated Drum Tracking Footage Posted

Polish death metal act Decapitated and SickDrummerMagazine had teamed up to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the band's new drummer Kerim Lechner. You can view the video in the player below.

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Dead Of Night Posts New Song Online

Modern metal act Dead Of Night has posted a new demo track online titled "It's Over Now." Dead Of Night features Shadows Fall guitarists Matt Bachand and Jon Donais along with former members of Unearth and Seemless. You can check out the new demo track in the player below.

Dead of Night is:
Jason Witte (ex-GOADED) - Vocals
Matt Bachand (SHADOWS FALL) - Guitar
Jon Donais (SHADOWS FALL) - Guitar
Jeff Fultz (ex-SEEMLESS) - Bass
Derek Kerswill (ex-UNEARTH, SEEMLESS) - Drums

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Freedom Call To Release Live Concert DVD

Freedom Call has revealed the details for its upcoming live concert DVD titled "Live In Hellvetia." "Live In Hellvetia" is set to feature 20 tracks and will be released on June 14, 2011 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. You can view the DVD's tracklisting below.

1. We Are one
2. United Alliance
3. Thunder God
4. Tears Of Babylon
5. Blackenend Sun
6. Queen Of My world
7. Out Of The ruins
8. Hunting High And Low
9. Drum Solo
10. Metal Invasion
11. Merlin - Requiem
12. Merlin - Legend of the Past
13. The Quest
14. Warriors
15. A Perfect Day
16. Far Away
17. Mr. Evil
18. Land Of Light
19. Freedom Call
20. Hymn To The Brave

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Wolf Video Interview Posted Online

A new video interview has been posted online featuring Swedish heavy metal act Wolf and "The Metalheadz." You can view the interview in the player below.

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Michael Monroe Posts New Music Video Online

Michael Monroe, frontman and founding member of the Finnish hard rock group Hanoi Rocks, has posted his new music video online. The video was shot for the track "'78" and can be viewed in the player below. The song is taken off of Monroe's recently released solo album "Sensory Overdrive."

1. Trick Of The Wrist
2. '78
3. Got Blood?
4. Superpowered Superfly
5. Modern Day Miracle
6. Bombs Away
7. All You Need
8. Later Won't Wait
9. Gone, Baby Gone
10. Center Of Your Heart
11. Debauchery As A Fine Art

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Stryper Performs Judas Priest Classic Live

Christian hard rock act Stryper performed a cover of the classic Judas Priest track "Breaking The Law." A recorded version of the cover also appears on Stryper's covers album titled "The Covering." You view the live footage below.

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Winds Of Plague Reveals Bonus DVD Tracklisting

Winds Of Plague has revealed the tracklisting for the bonus DVD set to be included on select editions of its forthcoming new album "Against The World." You can check out the tracklsiting and the DVD's trailer below.

"Against the World" Hot Topic DVD Tracklisting:
1. The Impaler
2. One Body Too Many
3. Chest and Horns
4. Decimate the Weak
5. Angels of Debauchery
6. Refined In the Fire
7. Reloaded

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Dee Snider Covers Frank Sinatra

Heavy metal veteran Dee Snider has posted his cover of Frank Sinatra's "It Was A Very Good Year" online. The cover was recorded for an upcoming Frank Sinatra metal tribute album titled "SIN-atra." "SIN-atra" is due for release on March 29, 2011 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. You can stream Snider's cover of "It Was A Very Good Year" in the player below.

SIN-atra - It Was A Very Good Year feat. Dee Snider by Eagle Rock Entertainment

The tracklisting for the covers CD is as follows:
1. New York, New York (Devin Townsend)
2. I've Got You Under My Skin (Glenn Hughes)
3. Summerwind (Geoff Tate)
4. It Was A Very Good Year (Dee Snider)
5. Witchcraft (Tim "Ripper" Owens)
6. Fly Me To The Moon (Robin Zander)
7. Lady Is A Tramp (Eric Martin)
8. I've Got The World On A String (Doug Pinnick)
9. Love And Marriage (Elias Soriano)
10. Strangers In The Night (Joey Belladonna)
11. High Hopes (Franky Perez)
12. That's Life (Jani Lane)

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Into Eternity Announces New Tour Dates

Canadian progressive metal act Into Eternity has announced the following dates as a part of its forthcoming Canadian mini-tour. You can view the full list of dates, venues and cities in the list below. In other news, Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block was recently recruited as the new vocalist for power metal veterans Iced Earth. You can read more on the story at this location.

Apr. 15 - Walkers, Saskatoon
Apr. 16 - The Exchange, Regina
May 12 - The Distillery, Calgary
May 14 - Pawn Shop, Edmonton

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Coroner Posts New Rehearsal Teaser Online

Reunited Swiss thrash metal act Coroner has posted a short 2011 rehearsal teaser online. You can view the clip in the player below.

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Rush Documentary Wins Juno Award

"Beyond The Lighted Stage," the documentary about the iconic Canadian progressive hard rock trio Rush was honored in the "Music DVD Of The Year" category at this year's Juno gala dinner and award ceremony held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This marks the second consecutive win in this Juno category for filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of Banger Films, who received the same award last year for "Iron Maiden: Flight 666."

The Junos are the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards and showcase Canadian bands and artists exclusively with the award ceremony being active since 1970. The full televised awards ceremony is set to take place on March 27, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

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The Human Abstract Posts New Album Teaser Online

The Human Abstract has posted a new video teaser online to promote its newly released album "Digital Veil." You can view the teaser below.

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Bring Me The Horizon Adds More Summer Dates

U.K. metalcore act Bring Me The Horizon has added new dates to its current summer touring plans. You can view the updated list of dates, cities and venues below.

06/03 Nuremburg, GER - Rock Im Park
06/04 Nurbugring, GER - Rock Am Ring
06/05 Melkweg, NET – Powerfest
06/06 Lile, FRA – Le Splendid
06/11-13 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock
06/15 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
06/16 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
06/17-18 Gothenburg, SWE – Metaltown Festival
06/20 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage
06/21 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos-saal
06/23 Marseilles, FRA – Cabaret Aleatoire
06/24 Stockholm, SWE – Sonisphere Festival
06/25 Imola, ITA – Sonisphere Festival
06/26 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/28 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle
06/29 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
07/01-03 Lobnitz, GER – With Full Force Festival
07/08 Amneville, FRA – Sonisphere Festival
08/13 Oslo, NOR – Oya Festival

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Former Thieves Announces New Tour Dates

Hardcore punk act Former Thieves has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of the United States. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

03/24 Jackson, MS - The Carter
03/25 Greenville, SC – Suite 8
03/26 Columbia, SC – House of Hardcore
03/27 Rock Hill, SC – The Courthouse
03/28 Greensboro, NC – Legitimate Business
03/29 Richmond, VA – The Barn
03/30 State College, PA – La Casa Blanca
04/01 Louisville, KY – Ear X-Tacy Records
04/02 St Louis, MO – Lemp Arts
05/05 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
05/06 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
05/07 Dekalb, IL – House Cafe
05/08 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
05/09 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
05/10 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe
05/11 Nashville, TN – Rocketown
05/12 Birmingham, AL – The Firehouse
05/13 Savannah, GA – Sweet Melissa’s
05/14 Columbia, SC – New Brooklan Tavern
05/15 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery
05/17 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
05/18 Baltimore, MD – Charm City Art Space
05/19 Altoona, PA – Archway Center
05/20 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
05/21 Louisville, KY – Krazy Fest
05/22 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
05/23 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
05/24 New York City, NY – Studio At Webster Hall
05/25 Worcester, MA – Palladium
05/26 Montreal, QC – Underworld
05/27 Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
05/28 Howell, MI – Bled Fest
05/31 San Francisco, CA – Sub Mission
06/01 Santa Cruz, CA – 105 Pioneer
06/02 Fresno, CA – Bel Tower
06/03 Canoga Park, CA – Cobalt Cafe
06/04 San Diego, CA – Che Cafe
06/05 Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground
06/07 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
06/08 Sherman, TX – VFW Hall
06/09 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music
06/10 Nashville, TN – Rocketown
06/11 Atlanta, GA – Archive Gallery
06/12 Tampa, FL – Transitions Art Gallery
06/13 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
06/14 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery
06/15 Baltimore, MD – Charm City
06/16 Brooklyn, NY – Acheron
06/17 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft at The Chance
06/18 Portland, ME – Deering Grange
06/19 Providence, RI – Club Hell

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Blindside Posts Second Album Trailer Online

Blindside has posted a second trailer online to promote its forthcoming album "With Shivering Hearts We Wait." You can view the album trailer in the player below:

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Coliseum Announces New Tour Dates

Coliseum has revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of North America. You can view all of the dates, cities and venues in the list provided below.

05/03 Louisville, KY – Chestnut St
05/04 St Louis, MO – Fubar Lounge
05/05 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
05/06 Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree
05/07 Atlanta, GA – Club 529
05/08 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic
05/09 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
05/10 Athens, GA – Caledonia
05/11 Charlotte, NC – Milestone
05/12 Richmond, VA – Gallery 5
05/13 Baltimore, MD – Charm City Art Space
05/14 Brooklyn, NY – Public Assembly
05/15 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool %
05/16 Bethlehem, PA – Secret Art Space
05/17 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Neck Tie
05/18 Boston, MA – Great Scott
05/19 Providence, RI – AS220
05/20 Montreal, QC – Katacombes
05/21 Toronto, ON – Garrison
05/22 Ottawa, ON – Café Dekcuf
05/23 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
05/24 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
05/25 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
05/26 Columbus, OH – Carabar
05/27 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
05/28 Cincinnati, OH – Mayday

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The Gates Of Slumber Reveals New Album Tracklist

Stoner/Doom metal act The Gates Of Slumber has revealed the track listing for its forthcoming full length album "The Wretch." "The Wretch" is set to be released on May 10, 2011 through Rise Above and Metal Blade records. You can view the album's track listing below.

1. Bastards Born
2. The Scovrge Ov Drvnkenness
3. To The Rack With Them
4. Day Of Farewell
5. Castle Of The Devil
6. Coven Of Cain
7. The Wretch
8. Iron And Fire

The cover artwork is also available for viewing at this location.

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Winds Of Plague Posts Bonus DVD Trailer

Winds Of Plague has posted a trailer online for the bonus DVD set to be included on select editions of its forthcoming new album "Against The World." You can check out the trailer below.

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