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Metal News for March 4, 2011

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Kvelertak To Release Album In North America

Norwegian new-comers Kvelertak released a self-titled debut album in June of 2010 through Indie Records. The album was produced by Kurt Ballou and mixed by Alan Douches, with artwork by John Baizley and guest appearances by Hoest (Taake), Andreas Tylden (JR Ewing and Altaar), Ivar Nikolaisen (Silver), and Ryan McKenney (Trap Them)

"Kvelertak" will finally see its North American release on March 15th via The End Records. The North American edition includes six bonus tracks: live recordings of the songs “Fossegrim,” “Sjøhyenar (Havets Herrer),” “Blodtørst,” and “Mjød” from the BBC Sessions last year, as well as demo versions of “Ordsmedar av Rang” and “Utrydd Dei Svake.”

In celebration of the release, the band will embark on a string of U.S. dates with Weedeater and Zoroaster, as well making several appearances at this year's SXSW before returning home for another European tour (this time with Comeback Kid) and a trek to Australia. The currently announced dates are as follows:

3/05/2011 Scion Rock Fest - Pamona, CA
3/07/2011 Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/08/2011 Rotture - Portland, OR w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/10/2011 Monstros - Chico, CA w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/11/2011 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/12/2011 Ruby Room - San Diego, CA w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/14/2011 Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster, Wildildlife
3/15/2011 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster
3/17/2011 Emo's Full Metal Texas - Austin TX [SXSW showcase]
3/17/2011 Prague - Austin, TX [SXSW showcase]
3/18/2011 Headhunter's South By South Death - Austin, TX [SXSW showcase]
3/19/2011 Korova - San Antonio, TX w/ Weedeater, Zoroaster

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Minushuman Spreads A Message Of Uprising

The world may be falling apart, but French metallers Minushuman aren't going to take it lying down, as they are currently recording the soundtrack to a worldwide rebellion. The as-yet-untitled album, and follow-up to the 2008 release "Watch the World Die," deals with themes of rising up and fighting the establishment and the events currently going on in places like Libya and Egypt.

Minushuman guitarist Thomas Billerey and drummer Gaspard Jeanty-Ruard recently corresponded with me about the impending new album, which is set for a June 20th release. The duo discusses writing the songs and lyrics, getting signed to Season of Mist, and the French metal scene in the interview below. More...

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Wormrot To Shoot Music Videos Tonight

Singpore grindcore act Wormrot will be shooting two new music videos at tonight's show at The Blvd in Los Angeles, CA. Directed by Dave Vorhes (White Wizzard, Bonded By Blood), these videos will be shot for the "Dirge" songs "Erased Existence" and "Spot a Pathetic." All those in attendance at tonight's show must be prepared to step up their game, let loose and get extreme. The band is looking for the audience to set an example that all of their future crowds should follow.

Wormrot also recently posted the song "Spot a Pathetic" online, which can be found here. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Mar 04 - Los Angeles, CA - The Blvd.
Mar 05 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House (Scion Rock Fest)
Mar 06 - Oakland, Ca - Hazmat Warehouse
Mar 07 - Sacramento, CA - On The Y
Mar 08 - Reno, NV - Ground Zero (House Show)
Mar 09 - Eugene, OR - Wandering Goat
Mar 10 - Portland, OR - Red Room
Mar 11 - Seattle, WA - The Morgue
Mar 12 - Boise, ID - The Shredder
Mar 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Raunch Records
Mar 14 - Cheyenne, WY - Ernie November (In-store)
Mar 15 - Denver, CO - Blast-O-Mat
Mar 17 - El Paso, TX - Lipps Lounge
Mar 18 - Austin, TX - Headhunter's (SXSW South By South Death Party)
Mar 18 - Austin, TX - Lovejoy's
Mar 20 - San Antonio, TX - Karova Basement
Mar 21 - Layfayette, LA - Frankie's

w/TOMBS
Mar 22 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
Mar 23 - Panama City, FL - C-Level
Mar 24 - Tampa, FL - Ransitions Art Gallery
Mar 25 - Miami, FL - Churchill's Pub
Mar 26 - Orlando, FL - Will's Pub
Mar 27 - Atlanta, GA - Archive Gallery
Mar 28 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
Mar 29 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5
Mar 30 - Baltimore, MD - The Talking Head
Mar 31 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
Apr 01 - Worcester, MA - Club Oasis
Apr 02 - Brockton, MA - O'Brien's Pub

Apr 03 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
Apr 05 - Peeksill, NY - Popeye's
Apr 07 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class
Apr 08 - Lansing, MI - Mac's Bar
Apr 09 - Chicago, IL - Pancho's
Apr 10 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad planet
Apr 11 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
Apr 12 - Columbia, MO - Sideshow
Apr 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
Apr 15 - Phoenix, AZ - Chaser's

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New Rock Band Network Songs Still On Hold

New additions to the Xbox 360 edition of the Rock Band Network are still on hold this week as the system is upgraded to the new Rock Band Network version 2.0.

Several new tracks will be making their way to the PS3 edition on March 8th (March 16th in Europe), however. The list of upcoming PS3 songs, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

The Material - "Stay Here Forever"
Kittie - "The Truth"
The New Pornographers - "Your Hands (Together)"
BulletProof Messenger - "Control"
Kiev - "Crooked Strings"

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System Divide Comments On Upcoming Tour

System Divide recently completed a North American tour with Eluveitie, 3 Inches of Blood, and Holy Grail. The band will be back in the states at the end of April with none other than In This Moment, Straight Line Stitch, and Sister Sin. System Divide vocalist Miri Milman commented on the upcoming tour:

"After a great run with Eluveitie throughout North America, we're very excited to get back on the road as part of Revolver's Hell hath no Fury tour. It was an honor to be part of the magazine's calendar and special Halloween issue and being on this tour makes the whole experience come around full cycle. We're looking forward to go back to some of the places we played on our previous tour and perhaps recognize some of the faces I might have ran into as well as meeting some new people and having a blast every day. Get ready for some ridiculous amounts of 'girl power'!"

The tour will kick off on April 22nd in Santa Ana, California, and will run through May 15th. The details are as follows:

04/22 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
04/23 Bakersfield, CA Jerry's
04/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
04/25 Sparks, NV The Alley
04/27 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
04/28 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
04/29 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballroom
04/30 Spokane, WA The A Club
05/01 Billings, MT The Railyard
05/03 Des Moines, IA The House of Bricks
05/05 Madison, WI The Annex
05/06 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
05/07 Barrington, IL Penny Rd Pub
05/08 Evansville, IN Boney Junes
05/09 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music
05/10 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
05/11 Tulsa, OK The Marquee
05/13 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
05/15 Flagstaff, AZ The Orpheum

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The Famine Posts MP3 From New Album

North Texas death metal act The Famine has teamed up with DC9 At Night, the Dallas Observer’s music blog, to offer fans a free MP3 download of “The New Hell." The song is the opening track off the band’s new album, "The Architects of Guilt." Head over to this location to access the MP3 download. The track listing for the new album is as follows:

1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!
6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth

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A Storm Of Light Posts Song As Free Download

Apocalyptic metal act A Storm Of Light will release the new album "As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade" on May 17th in North America and May 23rd in the U.K. The band has now posted a song from the album online, which is available as a free MP3 download. You can check out the new track "Collapse" at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Missing (feat Kim Thayil and Nerissa Campbell)
2. Collapse(feat Jarboe)
3. Black Wolves (feat Kim Thayil and Nerissa Campbell)
4. Destroyer (feat Carla Kihlstedt)
5. Wretched Valley
6. Silver
7. Leave No Wounds
8. Death's Head (feat Jarboe)
9. Wasteland (feat Kris Force, Matthias Bossi, and Nerissa Campbell)

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Zushakon Recruits New Drummer

Zushakon has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

"Zushakon bids a mighty farewell to it's co founder, versatile multi instrumentalist genius - Armaros aka DSV (David Swales). It's been both a pleasure & honor working with Armaros & like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I first met Armaros at Tomegatherion, a store owned by Shyaithan Impiety at that time & me with a share in it.

"That was way back in early 2006 while he was still a 16 year old kid & a regular customer of our store. I saw in him a potential of a genius, a greatness. Later he would go on to harness that potential to create excellent music with Grigori, Orthanc, Zushakon & countless others. Zushakon salutes Armaros with much gratitude & respect for all that he has done for the band for the past 5 years.

"While Armaros exits, Zushakon welcomes a new addition to it's ranks. Commandant Belial Hatehammer now joins the Zushakon kult in it's artillery attack. However, we are still actively looking for a new guitarist & bassist to complete the plans for future blitzkrieg. All friends, supporters, well wishers & enemies of the Zushakon horde will be kept updated in the coming months."

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Infestus Announces New Album Details

German metal act Infestus has announced the band's upcoming third album will be titled "E x | I s t" and will be released on May 16th in Europe and May 17th in North America. The album was mastered at Necromorbus Studio, and the artwork can be viewed below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Akoasma
2. Down Spiral Depersonification
3. Darkness Blazing In The Flame Of Fire
4. Torn Observer
5. Mirror Mind Reality
6. Der Blick hinaus
7. Descend Direction Void More...

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Decapitated Issues Recording Update

Polish technical death metal band Decapitated is currently working at Radio Gdansk Studio in Poland, recording the band's Nuclear Blast debut and follow-up to 2006’s "Organic Hallucinosis."

Guitarist & founding member Wacek "Vogg" Kieltyka checks in once again from the studio:

"Hi Everyone! We are half-way through with guitar tracking. All is going according to the plan and in a few days we are starting with the bass. The guitars sound heavy yet very selective. I must admit we have come up with a very original sound that in my opinion resembles 'black storm clouds.' Heinrich [bassist] is coming to the studio the day after tomorrow and we will crack on with the bass then. Malta is a very demanding engineer and he is controlling the whole situation meticulously. The new material is beginning to take its shape and it is getting more and more interesting. Take it easy folks!"

Decapitated’s fifth studio album is being produced by Wacek Kieltyka and sound engineered by Malta Arkadiusz Malczewski. Drums have been recorded with Daniel Bergstrand, who is also handling mixing duties.

The band's previous studio update is also available to be read at this location.

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Last Chance To Reason Posts Tour Diary

Last Chance to Reason has launched a video diary through Metal Injection documenting the band's current Canadian run. You can watch the video clip below. The band is in Canada for several more shows and will then meet up with Atheist for a trek that swings down the east coast. The band will then join forces with Wretched and Sons of Aurelius for about a month of dates, before hitting New England Metalfest. The band's Prosthetic debut, "Level 2," hits the streets on April 12th in North America.


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Agathodaimon Postpones Istanbul Show

Agathodaimon has checked in with the following announcement about postponing the band's previously schedule show in Istanbul and update about working on new material:

"Time for some news! First the bad news; sadly the gig which was supposed to take place in Istanbul/Turkey the 5th of March is postponed. It’s not canceled, but will be postponed to October, due to various reasons. We were looking forward to playing there, but the circumstances did not allow a proper organization, so we agreed with the organizer that this gig will be held in October instead. Further news once we have them!

"Besides, we would like to remind that we’ll play a nice, tiny club-gig in our 'Hometown' Mainz at the Caveau-Club, the 17th of March. Also we have another festival confirmed for the summer: We’ll be headlining the 2nd Monster Metal Meeting which takes place in Gronau (near the dutch border). This takes place the 30.07.

"Besides, we’re mainly working on our upcoming album of course- more news shortly."

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Scale The Summit Streaming New Album

Scale The Summit is currently streaming the band's new record, "The Collective" through The Houston Chronicle. You can listen to the songs off the record in the player below.

Scale the Summit, The Collective by user3497714

"The Collective" was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, FL with producer Mark Lewis (Devildriver, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder). The track listing of "The Collective" is as follows:

1. Colossal
2. Whales
3. Emersion
4. The Levitated
5. Secret Earth
6. Gallows
7. Origin of Species
8. Alpenglow
9. Black Hills
10. Balkan
11. Drifting Figures

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Forbidden Guitarist Releases Signature Guitar

Forbidden guitarist Steve Smyth has issued the following announcement about releasing his signature 6 and 7 string BC Rich "Bich" guitars:

"After nearly 3 years of effort put in, I am happy to announce that my BC Rich signature series guitars have been released. I chose everything for these guitars, right down to the finish, and I'm very happy to say my wishes have been met! I have been using the Signature 6 series - this absolute monster - with the mighty Forbidden for the last few years, and I honestly have to say it slays every other guitar I have, straight up! Solid, consistent tone across all the dynamics I need; the feel is incredible plus it's really light for having the heavy woods it has.

"The Signature 7 series version of the guitar has been released as well. This has the same woods as the 6, but with 81-7 and 707 pickups, Grover tuners, and a Floyd Rose tremolo as well. I'm loving this thing… it hasn't left my hands since I got it! This guitar will see use with my new metal band Firehead (debut in late 2011), as well as featured heavily on the new album and live performances coming this year from The EssenEss Project. I hope you'll enjoy these guitars as much as I do. Check them out!" More...

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Volbeat Comments On Album Going Gold

Volbeat singer Michael Poulsen has issued the following announcement about "Beyond Hell/Above Heaven" going gold in Germany:

"Gold status in Germany sounds pretty good to me. That’s a whole lotta CD’s, and these days it’s not an easy achievement. I’m really proud, and everyone in the band is happy about it, because particularly the German fans have supported Volbeat right from the beginning. Thank you people, you rock!"

The band is also touring Germany this summer with performances at Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, and Full Force Festival, as well as several other venues in Europe. Details on the band's upcoming tour dates are available here.

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Morphosys Announces New Album Details

Morphosys has checked in with the following update about the release of the band's upcoming album:

"Great News! Our new album will be in stores at the 29.04.2011. It will be published by Bloodmoon Records/Twilight. It's called A Face Of Leather. Produced by Stephan fimmers from Necrophagist and you can hear the legendary Paul Speckmann guest vocals on the track Necromaniac!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Vomit Your Blood
3. The Beast Inside
4. Necromaniac
5. Dancing With My Chainsaw
6. The Fall Of Heaven
7. Buried In Your Own Blood
8. A Face of Leather
9. Crucifixion
10. Child Of Sodom
11. Verzweiflung
12. I Cut Off Your Face
13. Necromaniac (Featuring Paul Speckmann)

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Leaves' Eyes To Shoot New Music Video

Leaves' Eyes has issued the following announcement about shooting a new music video:

"Greetings from cold Göteborg Sweden! At this moment we are shooting the new video for our version of the Mike Oldfield classic 'To France' with director Patric Ullaeus from Revolver Film. Patric also was responsible for the video of 'My Destiny.' The location, an impressive old castle is absolutely stunning and we're looking forward to seeing the end result!"

The band will also be releasing the new album "Meredead" on April 22nd, 2011. The track listing is as follows:

1. Spirits’ Masquerade
2. Étaín
3. Velvet Heart
4. Kråkevisa
5. To France
6. Meredead
7. Sigrlinn
8. Mine Tåror er ei Grimme
9. Empty Horizon
10. Veritas
11. Nystev
12. Tell-Tale Eyes
13. Sorhleod (Bonus Track)

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Saltatio Mortis Posts Clip From Upcoming DVD

Saltatio Mortis will be releasing a new live DVD titled "10 Years of Wild and Free" in April, 2011. The band has now posted a segment from the DVD online, which features the band performing the song "Daedalus." You can check out the clip below.

You can also check out two other teaser trailers for the upcoming DVD release at this location.

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Tardive Dyskinesia Offering Free MP3 Download

Greek band Tardive Dyskinesia has issued the following announcement about offering a live MP3 as a free download:

"Hello boys and girls!! You can download now a full live performance mp3 totally free! Share this post everywhere! Cheers! Download at this location."

The band also recently finished the pre-production process for an upcoming release. Details on the upcoming album are available here.

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Barren Earth Posts New Tour Report

Finland's Barren Earth has checked in from the band's North American tour again with a new road report. You can check out the report below.

"…and then it was time for Canada, again. This time we were in the eastern part of Canada; the Province of Ontario and the city of Toronto. The Toronto gig took place at a venue called the Opera House. During this tour I’ve been constantly referred to as Kasper the Friendly Ghost by the drum technician John. I do not mind this. However, in Toronto I made it clear that the ghost references would have to be upgraded. As we were at the Opera House, I was to be referred to as the Phantom of the Opera. To stress this point, I played a bit of good ol’ Andrew Lloyd Webber with high volume on the keyboards in the echoing auditorium.

"Later on, we learned of the grim history of the Opera House. The building had actually functioned as a real Opera house earlier. But a tragic fire with numerous victims had put an end to the activities. Indeed, one could still smell smoke in the corridors. In addition to this, we heard rumours that the house was haunted. But walking down the corridors, I did not meet my phantom colleague. And maybe that was for the best.

"As the conditions in the tour bus are often quite cramped, there is a danger of getting a bit claustrophobic. The perfect cure for claustrophobia presented itself in Toronto on a visit to the CN Tower. The CN Tower looms 553 metres high in the centre of Toronto, and offers great views of the surrounding area. As it was a sunny day, one could really see far. An additional bonus was the glass floor. Walking on a glass floor on an altitude of 342 metres, whilst looking down, truly removed every symptom of claustrophobia. On the other hand, it did introduce a whole range of symptoms of vertigo…

"Midway through the first song in Quebec City, the audience started to applaud for no apparent reason. Upon watching the performance later on video, the reason became clear. Unbeknownst to us at the time, Mikko’s microphone had been muted, and the vocals became audible only in the middle of the song. That, if any, is a perfect reason for applause, and had we realized at the time what had happened, we would’ve probably applauded too.

"It was a very good thing that the three last Canadian shows (Toronto, Quebec City, and Montreal) took place towards the latter part of the tour, since the venues were the biggest, and the audiences the most enthusiastic so far. It was good to have been playing more or less the same set for weeks before entering concert situations of this magnitude. The concert in Montreal in particular, with its 2000-seat auditorium almost full, was most exhilarating. More...

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Burial Vault Announces New Drummer

Burial Vault recently parted ways with the band's drummer. The group has now issued the following update about recruiting Immo Groeneveld:

"Hey Burial Vault-Devotees! It's time to announce the new man behind the drums.

"After a long time of searching (our former drummer Daniel was actively involved), we thought that Immo Groeneveld (Diary Of A Fanatic, Tranquillity Lane) would be the right one for us. The rehearsals have been really awesome.

"At this point we want to thank everyone who made an application. The new line-up will make its debut on March 11 at the Pumpe in Kiel. We are really looking forward to introduce the new Burial Vault-incarnation to the audience."

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Blood Mortized To Record New Album

Blood Mortized has issued the following update about recording a new full-length album:

"Time is moving closer for us to record the new full length album 'The Key To A Black Heart!' If you liked the Bestial EP, be prepared for an album that continues in the same direction. The material is more diverse though, displaying a perfect mix of fast songs and heavy as fuck material. Expect unpolished, filthy, dirty, pounding and grinding Swedish Death Fucking Metal De Luxe!

"We will let you in on some of the recordings with photos, videos and blogs. How ever we have no clue why you would want to see a bunch of ugly guys on your computer screen, but what ever tickles you, right!? Haha! Song titles and so forth will be revealed in due time. The new album will once again be recorded and produced by drummer Mattias Borgh's at his 'Underworld Recording.'

"As some of you might have heard we now have a new second guitar player! His name is Gustaf Myrin, he is an old friend of Anders and they used to play together in a band called Pathalog. Since then he has also played in among others Apes IQ. So, like us, please welcome him to the band with a big cheer! So stay tuned and when recording starts we will let you know and invite you for the ride of it's creation!"

You can also check out the teaser trailer for the "Bestial" EP at this location.

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Graveyard Comments On Recording New Album

Sweden's Graveyard will release the new album "Hisingen Blues" on March 25th in Europe. The album was produced, recorded, and mixed in analog by Don Alsterberg at Don Pierre Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The band offered the following commentary on the recording sessions: “We recorded the album in several different sessions. As much as possible, we tried to do live. All of it is 100% analog… and we'd like to take this opportunity to once and for all kill the argument that recording analog is ‘retro’ or that we've got a ‘retro’ sound. Analog recording is just one technique among many. Just like you build a house using bricks, wood or whatever. Paint a picture using oil, acrylic or Photoshop. Our music sounds best recorded analog; other bands sound best using nothing but computers and a thousand filters. Analog recording brings warmth and an organic feeling to the music, that's what we like.

"To us, ‘retro’ is often something negative, meaning an unimaginative repetition of what has been or just a carbon copy of something old. We play timeless classic hard rock with a lot of blues and psychedelic influences among many others. And regarding analog being retro: Go through the history of rock and pick your best twenty albums. How many of them have been recorded on computers? Don't mistake classic pieces of work for retro."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Ain't Fit To Live Here
2. No Good, Mr. Holden
3. Hisingen Blues
4. Uncomfortably Numb
5. Buying Truth (Tack Och Förlåt)
6. Longing
7. Ungrateful Are The Dead
8. RSS
9. The Siren

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Power Quest To Support Symphony X

Power Quest has issued the following update about upcoming tour dates:

"We are pleased to announce that Power Quest were selected as main support for North America's progressive metal masters Symphony X on the UK leg of their extended European Tour. The following dates are confirmed: Mar 22nd - London - Scala, ?Mar 23rd - Wolverhampton - The Robin 2, and Mar 24th - Sheffield - Corporation. These shows will premiere the new material from the bands highly anticipated new album ?Blood Alliance, which will be released in the UK on Napalm Records on March 28, 2011."

The band's tour schedule is as follows:

Festivals
?March 19th - Hammerfest III, Prestatyn, Noth Wales
?May 29th - June 8th - Hard Rock Hell Roadtrip, Ibiza
?August 13th - Bloodstock Open Air, Derby, UK

PQ supporting Symphony X UK 2011
?Mar 22nd - London - Scala
?Mar 23rd - Wolverhampton -The Robin 2
?Mar 24th - Sheffield - Corporation

PQ Headline shows - Blood Alliance Tour 2011
?May 5th - London - Purple Turtle
?May 6th - Derby - Redemption Club
?May 7th - Manchester - Satan's Hollow
?May 8th - Glasgow - Classic Grand

You can also check out a teaser trailer for "Blood Alliance" at this location.

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Immortal Plows Through Chicago

It's only fitting, in an ironic way, that Immortal finally arrived in Chicago during a winter when my city was buried under two feet of snow. It's one of those coincidences that I'd have a much easier time appreciating if I wasn't trapped in my own home for four days a mere three weeks before the show. Despite taking almost a decade to return to the Windy City, Immortal was still worth the wait.

Unfortunately I missed all but the last two songs of Absu's set since the CTA thought it was a great idea to name two stops Ashland on the Green Line and I'd personally like to meet whoever was responsible for that decision, so that I can challenge that person to a bloody duel to the death suspended over a pit of lava with spiked clubs. I ended up taking the train in the exact opposite direction towards the second Ashland since jumping on the train saying that it was heading to the Ashland stop seemed like a great idea at the time. That whole ordeal managed to take up over an hour of my life since I ended up at the exact opposite end of Chicago that I wanted to be at. Thank you very much CTA. You really know how to create wonderful, memorable experiences. More...

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Vintersorg Posts New Song Online For Streaming

Vintersorg is set to release the new album "Jordpuls" via Napalm Records on March 25th, 2011. In anticipation of the upcoming release, the band is now streaming a new song online from the upcoming album. You can check out the track "Världsalltets Fanfar" by heading over to the official Vintersorg MySpace profile.

The album's track listing will also be as follows:

1. Världsalltets fanfar
2. Klippor och skär
3. Till dånet av forsar och fall
4. Mörk nebulosa
5. Stjärndyrkan
6. Skogen sover
7. Vindögat
8. Palissader
9. Eld och lågor

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Sepultura Reveals New Album Title

Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura have announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be "Kairos." The album is expected to be released sometime around May and will be the band's first for their new record label, Nuclear Blast.

A recent update from the band regarding the recording process reads as follows:

"February 28th was the last day at Trama Studios for Sepultura. The recording is done! More than 1 month of hard work here in São Paulo with producer Roy Z.

"Cover artwork is done, album tracklist is set, booklet band photo is taken and mixing starts right away."

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The Rockstar Ramblings: All About The $

Michael Sweet from the Christian glam band Styper is auctioning off the rights to the classic song “Together as One” as well as dinner with Sweet. Aggressive drinkers who have a tendency to drop a lot of F bombs during the main course are advised to stay away… More...

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Tyr Posts Footage From The Studio Online

Viking metal act Tyr has posted some new footage from the studio online, which can be viewed below. The band has also announced that work is completed on an upcoming sixth full-length album, which is due for a tentative late spring/early summer release through Napalm Records.

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Motorhead Peforms On Jimmy Fallon Show

Heavy metal veterans Motorhead recently performed its new single "Get Back In Line" on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show on NBC. A video of the performance is available for viewing below. You can also check out a Metalunderground.com exclusive show report from Motorhead's recent performance in Boston at this location.

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All Shall Perish Posts New Song Online

American progressive deathcore act All Shall Perish has posted a brand new song online for streaming through the band's official Facebook page. The song, titled "Divine Illusion," is available for streaming at this location.

The band commented on the new song "Divine Illusion" by saying:

"This is just a small taste of what is coming with the new record. We definitely brought back the brutality with this one and the breakdowns are gonna leave panties wet and asses sore... and you begging for more!"

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Six Feet Under Announces European Tour

American death metal veterans Six Feet Under have revealed the dates for their upcoming European headline tour. The tour, being dubbed as the "Wake The Night!" tour, will mark the first live performances for the band with its new lineup. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

April 01 - Bischofswerda, Germany - East Club
April 02 - Glauchau, Germany - Alte Spinnerei
April 03 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
April 04 - Köln, Germany - Werkstatt
April 05 - München, Germany - Backstage
April 07 - Graz, Austria - Explosiv
April 08 - Aigen, Austria - Kikas
April 09 - Berlin, Germany - K17

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Krakow Parts Ways With Drummer Christopher Zibell

Norwegian metal act Krakow has posted the following statement online, announcing the departure of drummer Christopher Zibell from the band's ranks:

"We had some great years with Christopher and wish him all the best in the future. As a result of Christopher's departure, Krakow has canceled its appearance at the U.K.'s Hammerfest.

"Krakow will enter the studio in April to begin recording its second album for a late 2011 release. This is just a new chapter, and we are more hungry than ever!"

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Pain Reveals New Album Track Listing

Swedish progressive rock/metal act Pain, featuring Hypocrisy front man Peter Tagtgren, has revealed the track listing for its forthcoming as-yet-untitled new album. The new full-length is scheduled to be released on June 3rd, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the album's track listing below.

1. Let Me Out
2. The Dark
3. The Great Pretender
4. You Only Live Twice
5. Dirty Woman
6. We Want More
7. Leave Me Alone
8. Feed The Monster
9. Sleeping With The Dead

Pain also recently announced a string of upcoming European live shows. Details can be found here.

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The Greenery Signs With Prosthetic Records

Prosthetic Records has posted the following press release online, announcing the signing of Long Beach, California hardcore act The Greenery:

"Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the signing of Long Beach, CA-based miscreants, The Greenery. The band, whose brand of snotty, metallic hardcore punk rock has drawn comparisons to Every Time I Die, The Bronx, Discharge and the Stitches, are recording their full-length debut at BuzzBomb Studio in Orange, CA now with Paul Minor (Terror, H2O, Death By Stereo); the band previously self released an EP.

"Since forming in 2007, the band has toured the entire US several times and has countless regional runs under their belt. They will be out later this month on the 'Road to Metal Fest Tour,' along with Lionheart, Legend, The Great Commission and Monsters. The tour will take them to Jamboree Fest in Toledo, OH and end at New England Metal and Hardcore Fest in Worcester, MA. The band will then do dates back to California on their own."

The band also commented on the singing by saying:

"We’re extremely honored to be a part of such a great label and team at Prosthetic Records. We’ve been tracking the new album with Paul Miner at BuzzBomb Studio and we couldn’t be any happier with the chemistry and the form this monster is taking so far. Without all of our friends, fans and family none of this would be possible. See you guys on the road!"

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Earthtone9 Issues New EP Update

Progressive hard rock act Earthtone9 has posted the following update about working on new material:

"Brothers and sisters, 2010 was something of a landmark year for earthtone9. After nearly a decade of putting the beast in a box we found that it still had a pulse. The shows at Sonisphere and Damnation were utterly mind blowing, (as was the response to the free ‘Best Of’ album). And the pulse got a little bit stronger.

"During the rehearsals for last year’s festivals we started toying with some new ideas. And here we are in the Spring of 2011 and from out of nowhere we have a raft of new material we REALLY want to share with you. Yep, new songs. And they CRUSH. We seriously have a fire burning."

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Just For Fun

Chimaira Covers "Wild Thing" For Charlie Sheen

American metal act Chimaira has posted a cover of the classic rock song "Wild Thing" from The Troggs. According to the band, the song is a tribute to the recent escapades of Hollywood TV actor Charlie Sheen, known for his work on the hit TV show Two and a Half Men. The band commented on the cover by saying:

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Having fun with the current Charlie Sheen phenomenon. Don't take this too seriously. Enjoy!...we're going back to work on the new record...winning!"

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Of Legends Posts New Music Video Online

Of Legends has posted a new music video online. The clip was shot for the track "Save the Humans" and can be streamed in the player below. The song is taken from the band's new full-length album "Stranded," which is set for a March 29th release date through Season Of Mist.

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The Bled Announces New Tour Dates

The Bled has revealed the dates for its forthcoming mini-tour of the United States. You can view the dates, cities, and venues in the list below.

05/17 Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory
05/18 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
05/19 St. Louis. MO – Fubar
05/20 Louisville, KY – Expo Five @ Krazy Fest
05/21 Dekalb, IL – The House Cafe
05/22 Des Moines, IA – The Vaudville Mews
05/24 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
05/25 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad

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Memphis May Fire Posts New Album Trailer Online

Memphis May Fire has posted a new video trailer online to promote its forthcoming studio album. The new album, titled "The Hollow," is set to be released on April 26th through Rise Records. You can view the trailer below.

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