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Metal News for March 7, 2008

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Dead Mens Dreams Post New Music Online

Orlando, Florida based metallers, Dead Mens Dreams have posted the song "The Deceased’s First Reaction" on their Myspace page. Also posted is a remake of their cover of Motley Crue's "Shout At the Devil." The songs come off their debut album entitled "The Dead Are Dreaming," which will be released later this year via Solstis Records.

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Guitar Hero III Adds "Modern Metal" Song Pack

Just a week after it's last update (a batch of No Doubt tunes) Guitar Hero III is getting another song pack. This time, it's the "Modern Metal Track Pack," featuring master tracks of Deftones' "Hole in the Earth," Avenged Sevenfold's "Almost Easy" and Thrice's "The Arsonist." As you've come to expect, the three songs will cost you 500 points ($6.25).

Just in time for St. Patricks Day will be a free three-song pack from from Dropkick Murphys, master tracks of "Famous for Nothing," "(F)lannigan's Ball" and "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya."

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As Blood Runs Black Release Tour Dates

The following dates have been released for the “Metal For The Masses Tour” with AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, WINDS OF PLAGUE, THE GHOST INSIDE, and VEIL OF MAYA:

April 12 - Wilmington, DE @ Harmony Grange
April 13 - Albany, NY @ Valentine’s
April 14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The School
April 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
April 17 - Covington, KY @ The Madhatter
April 18 - Chicago, IL @ Savage Event Center
April 19 - Detroit, MI @ The Ritz
April 20 - Toronto, ON @ The Reverb
April 21 - Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
April 22 - London, ON @ Call The Office
April 23 - Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
April 24 - Montreal, QC @ Savoie
April 25 - Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
April 26 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metalfest

April 28 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
April 29 - Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
April 30 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
May 1 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
May 2 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
May 3 - Miami, FL @ Studio A
May 4 - Cocoa, FL @ The Anvil
May 5 - Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo’s
May 6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 8 - Tulsa, OK @ King of Clubs
May 9 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
May 10 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
May 11 - Dallas, TX @ Fat Daddy’s
May 13 - El Paso, TX @ Chic’s
May 14 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
May 15 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
May 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
May 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Outer Rim

May 18 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
May 19 - Spokane, WA @ The Blvd
May 20 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
May 23 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
May 24 - Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
May 25 - Fresno, CA @ The Exit

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Pillory Adds Ex-Psyopus Drummer, Seeks Guitarist

Pillory has announced the addition of former Pysopus drummer Jon Cole to their roster. Meanwhile, the band is currently looking for a new second guitarist. Here's the official word:

"We are proud to announce that Pillory has recruited the talents of Jon Cole for drumming duties. The material for our next album is completed and we will be spending the upcoming weeks preparing to record. We're shooting for an early summer release date with the goal to spend the summer playing lots of shows.

"We are also in the market for a second guitar player. Ideally we'd like to secure one before recording the album so we can start playing shows right after the release. Qualified candidates should have prior band experience, reliable gear, be willing to practice twice a week in Boston (Brighton practice space), play shows on a weekend warrior basis, and not take themselves too seriously. Please contact Chris at cdanecek@rcn.com if interested to tryout."

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Insidious Decrepancy Drop Off Underground Alliance

Shawn Whitaker of INSIDIOUS DECREPANCY has posted the following update regarding his decision to drop off his current tour:

“Due to physical and personal reasons, I will no longer be able to continue on the Underground Alliance Tour. On a related note, my ambition to keep doing this music has dwindled to almost nothing. I will fulfill my obligations to all labels that I am under contract to, so no worries on that end, but my days of touring and playing out are about to come to a grinding hault. It’s just not worth it anymore, I’m ready to return to the days of just jamming in my room cause it was fun to do. This shit just isn’t fun for me anymore.”

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Kamelot To Team Up With Edguy For U.S. Tour

American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in the fall. "Special guests" on most of the shows will be German metallers EDGUY.

Tickets will go on sale today exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 11, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.

KAMELOT U.S. dates are as follows:

Oct. 10 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Oct. 14 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East *
Oct. 15 - New York City, NY @ BB Kings *
Oct. 16 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx *
Oct. 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's *
Oct. 18 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room *
Oct. 20 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4 *
Oct. 23 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon *
Oct. 24 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater *
Oct. 25 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's *
Oct. 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club *
Oct. 27 - Mexicali, MX @ El Jardin Silencio *
Oct. 29 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Oct. 31 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Nov. 01 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Nov. 02 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater

* With EDGUY

It is expected that one more show will be added for KAMELOT in Atlanta. There will also be some yet-to-be-announced EDGUY headline dates prior to the start of the KAMELOT tour.

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Salem Reveal New DVD Details

Israeli extreme metal pioneers SALEM have issued the following update:

"Salem's new DVD release is just around the corner; We are happy to announce that the final touches are being applied to our forthcoming DVD, Salem Underground. This release is a collection of performances from four different shows. The concept for this DVD was to mix the recorded audio (in Stereo) but to leave it unedited to maintain the rawest live experience possible. The release date will be announced next week along with some show dates, new merch items and more. Stick around."

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Omen Continues w/ New Lineup, Euro Tour Still On

Contrary to rumors, OMEN will be playing all previously scheduled European dates in April, including the festivals “Keep It True” in Germany and “Up the Hammers” in Greece. In addition to founding guitarist/songwriter, Kenny Powell, the line-up will now also feature original drummer, Steve Wittig, along with new vocalist, Matt Storey, and bassist, Scott Clute. This new line-up will make its debut on the European tour.

The confirmed Omen tour dates are as follows:

April 4 Balingen, Germany @ “Keep it True” Festival
April 7 Aalst, Belgium @ Negasonic
April 10 Como, Italy @ Motorock AS
April 11 Athens, Greece @ “Up the Hammers” Festival

In addition to the European tour, the band is currently working on material for a new album. More details will be announced shortly.

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Three More Bands Added To Download Festival

The Devil Wears Prada, A Day To Remember and Alesana have been confirmed for the UK's Download festival. The site has posted the following message:

Just announced, a special tour that will see A Day To Remember, The Devil Wears Prada and Alesana perform at eight venues around the UK in the lead up to the Download Festival, ending with a slot each on one of the stages at Donington.

Kicking off at the London Camden Barfly on 5 June and ending on 12 June at Glasgow’s King Tuts, all shows except London will be £9.00 advance tickets, with London priced at £10.00.

5 June - London Barfly
6 June - Colchester Arts Centre
7 June - Stoke Sugar Mill
8 June - Birmingham Barfly
9 June - Cardiff Barfly
10 June - Manchester Academy 3
11 June - York Fibbers
12 June - Glasgow King Tut’s

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Cavalera Brothers Answer Fans Questions

SEPULTURA founding members and current CAVALERA CONSPIRACY collaborators Max Cavalera (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) took part in the "Ask the Artist" video feature during the duo's recent visit to the UK. The first of five installments — which sees Max and Igor answering questions submitted by fans — can be viewd at this location (Windows Media).

Max and Igor will take part in a signing session on Monday, March 17 at Zia Records in Phoenix, Arizona. Pre-order the album from Zia Records today and get a wristband (while they last) that gives you front of the line privileges.

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.


Zia Records
2510 W. Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Store Phone: 602-866-7867

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY is the new project featuring Max and Igor alongside vocalist Joe Duplantier (bass) of the French progressive death metallers GOJIRA and SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo.

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New Disturbed Album, "Indestructable," Due In June

The Pulse of Radio reports that DISTURBED has set June 3 as the release date for its fourth studio album, "Indestructible", and has also revealed the dates and venues for a short U.S. tour that will offer fans a preview of the upcoming disc. The first single from the record, called "Inside The Fire", will be sent to radio stations across the country on March 24. The band has been hinting in interviews that this is its heaviest CD yet, and singer David Draiman told The Pulse of Radio that he hasn't changed his opinion. "This record is definitely a very ferocious record," he said. "It has a lot of textures to it. It is certainly the darkest one that we've seen in quite some time. It's the darkest and heaviest since (debut album) 'The Sickness', there's no question about it. And it takes it past 'The Sickness' on a number of different levels."

Another new song from the album, called "Perfect Insanity", is now available at the band's official web site, Disturbed1.com. More...

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At The Gates Announce American Tour Dates

Reactivated Swedish metallers AT THE GATES will team up with DARKEST HOUR and MUNICIPAL WASTE for a North American tour in July. Confirmed dates are as follows:

July 10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
July 11 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
July 12 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley
July 13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
July 14 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
July 15 - Sauget, IL – Pop's
July 17 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
July 18 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
July 21 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
July 23 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
July 24 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
July 25 - San Francisco, CA- The Fillmore
July 26 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
July 27 - Hollywood, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre

AT THE GATES summer 2008 reunion lineup:

Adrian Erlandsson - Drums
Martin Larsson - Guitar
Anders Björler - Guitar
Tomas Lindberg - Vocals
Jonas Björler – Bass

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Megadeth Considering Suspending Their Fan Club

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has issued the following update:


Sorry for the delay in posting, but we have had to deal with refitting some of our crew, but other than that we are having a great time with Chris and the boys.

I hope that y’all are getting ready for Gigantour in North America because it is going to smoke!!!

We have a lot of things going on, up and down, and while I won’t get into it too much, we unfortunately have to consider suspending our fan club, much like the Official Megadeth eBay Store was closed to make improvements, as well as reorganizing a lot of our business when we get home.

As you can imagine, I want only the best for you and as soon as the band’s management and I can get some things sorted out, we will be able to pick things back up. If suspending the club - like the Store was suspended - does happen, then all memberships will be extended for the additional time it takes until I am confident to start it back up again. And just like the Official Megadeth eBay Store, we will make it the best we possibly can.

Anyway, Shawn and I were talking about the Canadian Gigantour shows selling well, and that the glory is all his now that he is the sole Canadian, and we had a good laugh.

Lastly, we took Chris out for dinner last night with the crew, and we had a Mexican/Hungarian Goulash/Pizza and bowling party. It was fun... and strange but true, I beat everyone bowling. Even the rednecks on our crew.

I actually think it would be fun to do some partying with y’all bowling or whatnot, because you can’t be in the Gigantour softball game (if it happens this year), and it would be fun to do something together, especially if we can donate something to charity by doing it.

Whaddya think, my Droogs?

Even you ringers can play, although it would be fair to know that you are in a league before we play and I get decimated. Lol!

So that is it, and hopefully we will get everything back on track with all the stuff that has happened in the land of all things Mega, but if for any reason this site or any of my Megadeth - Mustaine - Gigantour sites is inaccessible, or offline we will be updating you through the MySpace.com/Megadeth and MySpace.com/Gigantour sites about when you can expect this interruption to be resolved.

Lastly, to the Japanese fans and all readers of Burrn! Magazine around the world: thank you for voting us the Champions in five categories and voting us runner-up in two more categories. Domo Arigato! X 1,000,000,000.

I love you all and COG.2008.NA!"

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Arsis Resumes Headlining Tour

Guitarist/lead vocalist James Malone of the Virginia-based technical death metal outfit ARSIS has issued an update on the band's current tour, which was nearly derailed this past Wednesday (March 5) after the group's trailer flipped and settled deep in a snow bank alongside an ice-coated highway somewhere in Iowa.

"Things could've been a lot worse, and we came out of this pretty much intact," he said in a statement. "We have about $1,000 worth of damage to our equipment, though there aren't any heartbreaking losses. Our attitude is pretty good considering what we've been through this past week. We rented a trailer and made it to our show yesterday in Minnesota. The crowd didn't seem to know about the accident, and the show went as well as any show in Minnesota on a Thursday night could've gone. Life is good again."

A photo of the trailer can be viewed here.

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The Sword Releases "Gods Of The Earth" E-Card

Austin, Texas' THE SWORD have unveiled an ecard previewing their new album, "Gods Of The Earth," out April 1st on Kemado Records. The ecard features the first single, "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians," as well as a sneak peak of the video for the track. "Gods Of The Earth" is THE SWORD's sophomore album. Their critically acclaimed debut, "Age Of Winters," was released in 2006.

In addition to the new full length, the group is also releasing a 10" picture disc on March 18th containing "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians" as well as the b-side, "Codex Corvidae."

THE SWORD is heading out on tour this March and April in support of "Gods Of The Earth." The confirmed tour dates can be found below: More...

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Bullet For My Valentine Almost Lost Lead Vocalist

The Pulse of Radio reports that BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE singer Matt Tuck almost had to be replaced before recording began on its new album, "Scream Aim Fire", according to an interview with FMQB.com. Guitarist Michael "Padge" Paget revealed that Tuck was having problems with his voice and ultimately needed surgery, adding, "After that he had to teach himself how to sing in a different way because he couldn't sing in the way he used to be able to. It was kind of weird and scary. We even considered getting a new singer because he couldn't sing like he used to. But he had the operation and got healthy and retrained himself...His singing is better than ever, so something worked!"

Tuck told The Pulse of Radio he was very frustrated and angry when his throat began acting up because the band's management and record label did not immediately take the problem seriously. "Just the straw that broke the camel's back really was just one tour too many, which set us back nearly nine months," he said. "So it was just thinking I wasn't ever gonna be able to sing again really, which is a devastating feeling."

One of the songs on "Scream Aim Fire", "Deliver Us From Evil", was inspired by Tuck's experience.

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Ruins Sign to Negative Existence Records

Negative Existence Records has announced the signing of the German underground black speed metal band RUINS. The group's first release through the label will be a 24-song CD featuring two obscure recordings — "Baptised In The Name Of Satan" and "Bloodstorms of Hell" — along with three brand new tracks.

RUINS is a one-man band that was created in February 2006. The upcoming CD is described as "well-produced raw recordings of old-school thrash metal. Aggressive drumming, extremely memorable and straight forward guitar riffs, and hellish raw throaty vocals complete the overall 'black speed metal' atmosphere. The final result is a nonstop headbang-a-thon."

The RUINS CD will be available this spring and will feature the demonic art of Mark Riddick, lyrics, photos as well as additional information.

Check out audio samples at their Myspace page.

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Opal Enthroned Rejoins Necrophagia

Opal Enthroned has rejoined Necrophagia on March 5th 2008. Opal was a member of the band during the period when Philip Anselmo was playing guitar for Necrophagia. She made her Necro debut on the "Cannibal Holocaust" EP in 2001. Opal has also worked with Killjoy and Anselmo in the now defunct raw black metal project Viking Crown.

Killjoy and Opal have both stated that the new alliance is extremely inspiring and will see them focusing on some very, very horror-filled and even creepier tunes for Necrophagia, as well as two other projects that will be launched at a later date. Opal stated that her main focus is now on Necrophagia's upcoming and much delayed "Deathtrip 69."

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Divine Heresy To Film "Bleed The Fifth" Video

DIVINE HERESY — the new Los Angeles-based band featuring former FEAR FACTORY/current ASESINO guitarist Dino Cazares alongside drummer Tim Yeung (ex-VITAL REMAINS, HATE ETERNAL), vocalist Tommy Cummings (VEXT) and bassist Joe Payne (ex-NILE, DOMINATION THROUGH IMPURITY, LUST OF DECAY) — has just completed its first tour of Australia, where the group performed with the likes of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, AS I LAY DYING and SHADOWS FALL, among others. "As the YouTube footage proves [see below], the crowds in Australia were amazing," says guitarist Dino Cazares. "It was killer to be able to play shows across the entire continent and to perform alongside a bunch of great bands and great friends."

The band kicks off a brief tour of the southwest this weekend when they play the DEVILDRIVER-headlined Texas Metal Fest in Houston, where Cazares will actually pull double duty by performing with both DIVINE HERESY and his other band, ASESINO. Shortly after the tour wraps up with a hometown performance — the band's first of 2008 — at the Whisky in Hollywood, the band will film a new video for the title track of their debut album, "Bleed The Fifth". More...

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Alesana Headlines Where Myth Fades To Legend Tour

The "Where Myth Fades to Legend World Tour" will make its way across the United Sates, Canada, Mexico this Spring. Alesana will take along friends The Chariot (Solid State Records ), Sky Eats Airplane (Equal Vision Records), Love Hate Hero (Ferret Records) and Our Last Night (Epitaph). This tour will kick off March 23 in Utah and end in Mexico in May.

Since its release last year, Alesana's latest album, "On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax," has sold 50,000 records and landed them the role as force to reckoned with in the hardcore scene. Alesana has sold 50,000 copies of this debut full length album as it spent 33 weeks straight on the Billboard New Alternative Artist Chart. They are currently in the studio with producer Steve Evetts recording their sophomore album, Where Myth Fades To Legend. This album is scheduled for a summer release.

Here are the latest "Where Myth Fades to Legend World Tour" dates: More...

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Destiny To Enter Studio This Weekend

Long-running Swedish metallers DESTINY have issued the following update:

"On March 8th, DESTINY enters the studio to record the band's seventh album."

"After endless delays it's finally time for the Gothenburg-based band, who also celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, to finally record its new album. The production was planed to be handled by Ken Olsson, who also was involved with the band's debut, 'Beyond All Sense' (1985), and 'Nothing Left To Fear' (1991). However, he will not be involved with the initial recordings as he is not available at the moment. At this time it's unclear if he will be involved later on during the final recording and mixing of the album."

"The album will feature a total of nine brand new songs who probably more than ever before captures the band's self-named style of Mörkrock (dark rock)." More...

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Yakuza Confirms More Tour Date, New Song Online

Chicago's YAKUZA has confirmed more dates on the band’s upcoming tour down to South By Southwest, featuring a showcase alongside Serj Tankian, and up the West Coast into Canada, culminating in a hometown show in April supporting Disfear. Additionally, the band has posted the track “Congestive Art Failure,” which joins the previously posted new tracks “Egocide” and Praying For Asteroids” on the band’s MySpace page.

YAKUZA continues to support the critically-acclaimed "Transmutations," which saw a summer 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to "Samsara," "Transmutations" was recorded with producer and multi-instrumentalist Sanford Parker (Rwake, Pelican, Minsk) in Chicago and has spawned a video for the track “Black Market Liver” which was directed by Sara Jean and is available online on YouTube.

Here are the latest YAKUZA tour dates: More...

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Lordi To Re-Release Debut Album, "Get Heavy"

The End Records will be reissuing LORDI's 2002 debut album, "Get Heavy," on May 13. Here is the complete track listing:

01. Scarctic Circle Gathering
02. Get Heavy
03. Devil Is A Loser
04. Rock The Hell Outta You
05. Would You Love A Monsterman?
06. Icon Of Dominance
07. Not The Nicest Guy
08. Hellbender Turbulence
09. Biomechanic Man
10. Last Kiss Goodbye
11. Dynamite Tonite
12. Monster Monster
13. 13
14. Don't Let My Mother Know (bonus track)

The End Records states: "The debut album showcases the band's early sound and style, potently packed with anthemic choruses and memorable riffs."

About the songwriting process, Mr. Lordi says: "Create the band that you would like to see on stage. Write the songs you'd love to sing along to. That's pretty much all that we love to do."

LORDI released their latest album, "The Arockalypse", in March 2007 and toured all summer as one of the main-stage acts on Ozzfest alongside OZZY OSBOURNE and LAMB OF GOD.

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New Velvet Revolver Video Posted Online

The video for VELVET REVOLVER's 'Get Out The Door' has been posted online at YouTube, courtesty of thegunsonline.com. Obviously we would like to host the video right here but unfortunately enabling is disabled.

Velvet Revolver's future looks to be in serious question lately. Frontman Scott Weiland was recently arrested for driving whilst intoxicated, spent 30 days in rehab and decided to plead not guilty in his drugs case. He is also scheduled to reform his former outfit, Stone Temple Pilots and play a handful of reunion shows with the band.

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Lair of The Minotaur Plans Record Release Party

Lair of The Minotaur's third full-length album, "War Metal Battle Master," is being released in stores and on iTunes, March 25 on Southern Lord Records. "War Metal Battle Master" is a concept record about solving problems with a big fucking axe, recorded at Volume Studios in Chicago by Sanford Parker (Minsk) and mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer). The songs are a mix of the thrashing aggression and mega-riffage of "The Ultimate Destroyer" and the unrelenting beatings and Sabbath chugs of "Carnage," mixed with a new emotionless ferocity reserved for an executioner.

Here is the "War Metal Battle Master" track listing:

1. Horde of Undead Vengeance
2. War Metal Battle Master
3. When The Ice Giants Slayed All
4. Slaughter the Bestial Legion
5. Black Viper Barbarian Clan
6. Assassins of the Cursed Mist
7. Doomtrooper
8. Hades Unleashed

Featuring art by Jeremy Mohler and layout by Seldon Hunt (Neurosis), the CD contains a 20 page booklet with graphic illustrations for each song. A limited edition version will contain dropcard with a password-activated web link to download exclusive live tracks recorded at a show in Chicago in October 2007.

An LP version is also expected to be released on Southern Lord Records in summer 2008 with bonus track.

The release party details are as follows:

Tues, March 18 @ Kuma’s Corner (2900 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL)
Southern Lord Records presents Lair of the Minotaur’s "War Metal Battle Master" listening party.

Limited edition versions of the CD will be available and there will be a premiere screening of the uncensored "War Metal Battle Master" video. Wicked metal DJ sets by Laurent Lebec (Pelican) and Ben Fasman will accompany the event, which starts at 10pm and is free to attend.

Here are the latest Lair Of The Minotaur tour dates: More...

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Trophy Scars To Support Raging Speedhorn In UK

Trophy Scars will be touring the UK in support of Raging Speedhorn next month. The tour dates confirmed so far include:

04/09 Nottingham @ Junktion 7
04/10 Manchester @ Star & Garter
04/12 Barrow In Furness @ The Canteen
04/13 Glasgow @ King Tut's
04/14 Nuneaton @ Queen's Hall
04/15 Bristol @ The Croft
04/16 Brighton @ Freebutt
04/17 London @ Upstairs/The Garage
04/18 London @ Upstairs/The Garage

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Perfidious Doom Signs To September Riot Records

Perfidious Doom has signed a record deal with September Riot Records. The label commentes: "Basing themselves out of Buffalo, NY, Perfidious Doom brings out a more death metal side to the label. We look for these guys to bring lots of good music and intense shows. Their album will add the many different sides of September Riot Records."

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Graspop Announce Saturday Headliners

Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting have announced the days for the announced lineup so far. In addition to this, they have announced that KISS will be headlining on the saturday, adding to the already exciting headliners of Judas Priest on friday and Iron Maiden on sunday. If that wasn't intense enough, they have also announced that Agent Steel, Tesla and Rose Tattoo will join the ranks.

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Exodus Vocalist Rob Dukes Checks In

EXODUS frontman Rob Dukes has checked in with the following update via Myspace:

"This morning woke up at 8, had coffee with the woman and the dog, got in my car and drove to Explicit Tattoo in Suffern, NY. At 10 a.m., sat down with another coffee and blasted GOATWHORE and got my shin tattooed. Some crazy 50-year-old woman came in with this 'I-just-ate-my-cat' kinda gleam in her eyes and asked for a spider web on her face... Black metal, tattoos and crazy people all in one morning... awesome."

More footage has been posted regarding the recent incident in which Exodus confronted security at a show in Mokena for attempting to throw a fan out for stagediving. You can watch the clip below. More...

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Destruction To Play Mexico And Spain

The following update has been posted by the Destruction team:

Our favourite thrashers took a break from the rehearsals for the 25th anniversary album and are now on the way to Spain and Mexico. See the Infernal German Trio at the following events this weekend:

7 - Atarfe Vega Rock Festival (Coliseo Ciudad) - in Atarfe, Granada, Spain
9 - Chas Metal Attack 2 Festival (Circo Volador) - Mexico City, Mexico

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New Sepultura Interview Posted Online

A new interview with vocalist Derrick Green of Brazillian thrash legends Sepultura has been posted at Fire Angel Design.

Sepultura are currently working on their 11th studio album. Much like 2006's "Dante XXI" it will be a concept album based around a classic book. This time the album will be based on the cult novel "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess. The book is perhaps better known as the controversial 1971 film starring Malcom McDowell as the main character "Alex".

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Def Leppard Reveal New Album Cover

After two teaser album covers, Def Leppard have revealed the album cover for their forthcoming album "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge". You can check it out here.

This will be the bands first album of original material since 2002's "X". The band also released an album of covers entitled "Yeah!".

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Judas Priest Announce More Summer Tour Dates

Judas Priest have announced more dates and appearances over the summer via their official website. The tour schedule now is shaping up as follows:

JUNE 2008
JULY 2008

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Metallica To Re-Issue Albums On Vinyl

The following message has been posted on the official Metallica website:

"While we're finishing up the new album, we told the dudes at the record company we thought it might be cool to dust off the old tapes and get all retro with some vinyl re-releases... First up are the first two albums (duh!?), "Kill ?Em All" and "Ride the Lightning," coming out on April 15 in North America and pretty fucking close to that in the rest of the world.
There will be two versions...one like the original on a single disc spinning at 33 1/3, the other a two disc, 180 gram vinyl, 45 rpm package all in a double gatefold. The music was half speed mastered from the original analog tapes at Mobile Fidelity to bring you audiophile quality.

Both versions will be available in the online store here and over at Met Club. Oh, and in case you were wondering, "Master" and "Justice" will obviously be next and should be coming out on vinyl in June."

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Diamond Head Post New Video Online

Legendary British metal act DIAMOND HEAD release their sixth studio album, What's In Your Head?, through Dingwall Music last summer. The band have unveiled their new video for the track 'Skin On Skin' - click below to view.

What's In Your Head? features the following 11 new songs and artwork by Rory Fioritto: 'Skin On Skin', 'I Feel No Pain', 'This Planet And Me', 'Reign Supreme', 'Killing Me', 'Tonight', 'Pray For Me', 'What's In Your Head?', 'Nothing To Lose', 'Calling Out', 'Victim' and 'This Is War' (Japanese bonus track).

Influential to an entire generation of hard rock musicians - METALLICA's Lars Ulrich and MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine amongst them - Diamond Head continue to make world class heavy metal of a quality few are able to match. More...

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