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Metal News for March 8, 2011

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Pit Stories: The Marine Pit

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week, Mark Chapman, lead singer/lead guitarist for the So Cal thrash metal band Attackhead, shares a story of playing for the U.S. Marines:

A few months ago we were performing at a So Cal Marine base and it was very clear that the Marines were heavy metal deprived. While we were setting up, the Marines were drinking and playing pool. As soon as we started our set, a massive pit formed. Let me tell you, when you combine metal, booze and aggressive Marines, the pit is insane. The problem is, the pit was on a tile floor which quickly became slippery with spilled beer. About half way through our set a Marine came flying out of the pit and hit my mic stand while I was singing. The mic hit me in the mouth and I got an instant fat lip. The mic and stand then fell over and stopped working. I had to move over to a back-up mic to finish the song until the mic was replaced.

The Marine was helped up by his brothers and rejoined the pit like nothing had happened. We thoroughly enjoy all of our performances, but the ones for the military are always wild and crazy.

You can see more of Attackhead at attackhead.com and pick up their latest CD, “Voices in the Dark – Second Attack,” which was released on January 25, 2011. The band also recently posted a video for their song “Make Me Suffer.”

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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T.R.A.M. Signs With Sumerian Records

Supergroup T.R.A.M, which features members of Animals As Leaders, Suicidal Tendencies and The Mars Volta, has announced its signing with Sumerian Records. The band's debut outing "Lingua Franca" will be released through the label in May. Multi-instrumentalist Adrian Terrazas of The Mars Volta commented on T.R.A.M. by saying:

"Tosin Abasi and I were originally introduced by a mutual friend, Raanen Bozzio, last summer. This meeting also served as my first introduction to Animals As Leaders and Javier Reyes. Since then, Abasi, Reyes and I have developed a great relationship.

"We got together almost every day to try out ideas and after a month we had already formulated a majority of the record. At this point we contacted Eric Moore, an incredible drummer and the most joyful person to be around, and soon everything we had envisioned rhythmically came together on our fist meeting/recording session (at the Farias productions studios) on what is now T.R.A.M.

"I never know how people will respond to our music, I just never know! My goal is to try to instill a strong feeling or energy in people and I feel that collectively we achieved this goal tenfold with this new project. We all have a great enthusiasm and desire to perform this material live and see this band further develop. We look forward to hearing what you all think of it."

T.R.A.M. is
Saxophone, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Percussion – Adrian Terrazas (The Mars Volta)
Guitars – Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders)
Guitars – Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders)
Drums – Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies)

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Onward To Olympas Announces New Tour Dates

Onward To Olympas has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of the United States. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

04/11 Las Vegas, NV – The Sanctuary
04/12 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
04/13 Provo, UT – TBA
04/14 Arvada, CO – The Shelter
04/15 Sioux City, IA – Morningside Lutheran
04/16 Willmar, MN – First Street Warehouse
04/17 Springfield, IL – Blacksheep Cafe
04/18 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
04/19 Terre Haute, IN – THMV The Venue
04/20 Nashville, TN – Rocketown
04/21 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall
04/22 Waco, TX – TBA
04/23 Plano, TX – Eisenbergs Skatepark
04/24 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
04/26 Defuniak Springs, FL – Woodlawn Community Center
04/27 Fayetteville, GA – 11th Hour Venue
04/28 Macon, GA – The 567
05/04 Crofton, MD – Macc
05/05 Lemoyne, PA – Championship

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Junius Signs With Prosthetic Records

Junius has posted the following update online, announcing its signing with Prosthetic Records.

"We’ve been excited about working with Prosthetic since meeting most of the guys in LA on tour last year. We’re grateful that we seem to have good luck in finding people who are equally passionate, motivated and most importantly, believe in what we’re doing enough to commit their time and effort to allow us to continue doing what we love to do. We’re definitely looking forward to some very exciting and interesting years ahead!"

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Packaging Revealed For BTBAM "Best-Of" Set

A look at the spectral decoder based interactive packaging for the forthcoming 2-CD/1-DVD “The Best Of Between The Buried And Me” set can be found below. The 3-disc release will hit store shelves on March 29, 2011 through Victory Records. As previously reported, the bands new outing “The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues” will be in stores on April 12th through Metal Blade.

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Hate Eternal Announces North American Tour

Death metal act Hate Eternal has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Origin, Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

06/15 Austin, TX – Emo’s
06/16 Amarillo, TX – Sorority House
06/17 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theatre
06/19 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
06/20 Hollywood, CA – The Key Club
06/21 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
06/22 Sparks, NV – The Alley
06/24 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
06/25 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
06/26 Kelowna, BC – Lake City Bowl
06/27 Calgary, AB – The Distillery
06/28 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
06/30 Regina, SK – The Exchange
07/01 Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert Arms
07/02 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
07/03 Madison, WI – The Annex
07/05 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
07/06 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
07/07 Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
07/08 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
07/09 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
07/10 New York, NY – Santo’s Party House
07/13 Charleston, SC – The Oasis
07/14 Orlando, FL – Firestone Live

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Divinity Destroyed Covers Madonna

New Jersey progressive metal band Divinity Destroyed recorded a cover of Madonna's "Like A Prayer" as a final recording before breaking up. Listen to the cover song below:

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Agnostic Front Posts Album Break Down

New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front are less than three weeks away from releasing their latest album "My Life, My Way" in North America. Frontman Roger Miret recently took some time to reflect on the upcoming release and outlined each song track by track. Today will be the first installment of this series as Roger speaks about the first four songs on the album. Roger's thoughts on the tracks can be read below.

1. City Streets - This song is about growing up in the streets of NYC back in the day. It tells the story of how hard times as a kid made me a better person today. Learning from my mistakes and changing the negative times into a positive. Giving back to my mentor, the streets of New York City!

2. More Than A Memory - A song written in the memory of Mike's mom. How she influenced him to always follow his heart no matter what. She will never be forgotten!

3. Us Against The World - Talks about fighting against oppression, and against the people that stand in our way to live the way we wanna live. Stand up for your rights!

4. My Life My Way - Speaks about how I always did things on my own terms. Learning the hard way and always staying true to myself and this movement I adore staying genuine to what I believed in. So I will do it my way!

Agnostic Front also recently posted a new song, titled "That's Life," from the album online. Details on the track are available here. The "My Life, My Way" track listing is as follows: More...

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Headline News

Alice In Chains' Mike Starr Reportedly Dead

TMZ.com is reporting that former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr has died in Utah. Starr was 44 years old. According to TMZ, police found his body in a Salt Lake City, Utah home earlier today. No information on the cause of death has yet been made available.

ABC News 4 in Salt Lake City is reporting that Starr's body was found at 1:42 p.m. in a residence at 1986 South Richards St. The station is also reporting that Starr was busted in February in Salt Lake City for illegal prescription drug possession.

Tributes to Starr have already been posted on his personal website - www.wix.com/mikestarr. The site also includes an undated posting from Starr which reads: "Wrote a killer song with my new band . . . We jammed last week at a small club. It was straight comedy."

Born in Hawaii, Starr played with AIC from the band's formation in Seattle in 1987 until he left in 1993. He also appeared on the 2010 reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab" with Dr. Drew Pinsky on VH1. Dr. Drew posted a message moments ago on his Twitter, which read: "Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family."

Additional information on this developing story will be updated as it is made available and as statements are made by family and friends.

Read the full article at TMZ.

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Ken Mode Streaming Entire New Album

Ken Mode is officially one week away from releasing the band's Profound Lore debut, "Venerable," on March 15th. The band has partnered with Stereogum to launch a stream of the record online. Head over to this location to hear the entire album now.

"Venerable" was produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them, Torche) at GodCity Studios and mastered by Alan Douches. Ken Mode also has the following upcoming tour dates:

03/11 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Latitude 44
03/12 – Denver, CO @ Blast-O-Mat
03/14 – Dallas, TX @ TBA
03/15 – San Antonio, TX @ The 1011
03/16 – Austin, TX @ Emos (Brooklyn Vegan Day Show)
03/16 – Austin, TX @ Scoot’s Inn (Thrasher Death Match Show)
03/18 – Austin, TX @ Lovejoy’s (Brooklyn Vegan/1000 Knives Day Party)
03/19 – Austin, TX @ Valhalla (Profound Lore Showcase)
03/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Scion Lab
03/21 – Champaign IL @ Dan Aykroyd’s House
03/22 – Windsor, ON @ Coah & Horses
03/23 – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
03/24 – Toronto, ON @ the Garrison
03/25 – Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
03/26 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Scanner
03/27 – Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
03/28 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar Le Magog
03/29 – Burlington, VT @ 242 Main
03/30 – Boston, MA @ O’Brians Pub
03/31 – Syracuse, NY @ TBA
04/01 – Long Island, NY @ Ethical Humanist Society
04/02 – NYC, NY @ Webster Hall
04/03 – Brick, NJ @ Bricktown Moose Lodge
04/04 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
04/05 – Greensboro, NC @ TBA
04/06 – Savannah, GA @TBA
04/07 – Gainesville, FL @ TBA
04/08 – Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery
04/09 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
04/10 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Farside
04/11 – Hattiesburg, MS @ TBA
04/12 – Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse
04/13 – Atlanta, GA @ TBA
04/14 – Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
04/15 – Akron, OH @ TBA
04/16 – Rochester, NY @ Monty’s Krown
04/17 – Columbus, OH @ TBA
04/18 – Detroit, MI @ TBA
04/19 – Buffalo, NY @ The Funeral Home
04/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn
04/22 – Chicago, IL @ the Mutiny
04/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ TBA (venue change)
04/24 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
04/26 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
04/27 – Portland, OR @ Rotture
04/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Comet
04/29 – Victoria, BC @ Logan’s Pub
04/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Funky Winkerbean’s
05/01 – Kamloops, BC @ Pogue Mahone
05/02 – Edmonton, AB @ Filthy McNasty’s
05/03 – Calgary, AB @ the New Black (all-ages) and Dickens Pub (18+)
05/04 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
05/05 – Prince Albert, SK @ PA Arts Center
05/06 – Regina, SK @ O’Hanlon’s Pub
05/07 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Royal Albert (Hometown Record Release)

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Amarna Reign Posts New Song

Amarna Reign has posted a new song online titled "Drones," which is off the band's upcoming full-length album. You can check out the new song in the clip below. Details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available.

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Hemoptysis Signs To Rock It Up Records

On the same day that their first full length album is released, Phoenix based metallers Hemoptysis have announced that they have signed a licensing deal with German label Rock It Up / IceWarrior Records.

Commented vocalist Masaki Murashita: "We are proud to be working with such a great group of people. Franko at Rock It Up has really done an amazing job in making this deal happen. We look forward to our continued success throughout Europe and we hope to be playing many shows over there in the near future."

The "Misanthropic Slaughter" track listing is as follows:

1. Misanthropic Slaughter
2. Hopeless
3. M.O.D.
4. Impending Doom
5. And The World Dies
6. Interlude
7. The Cycle
8. Blood Storm
9. Shadow of Death
10. Hadephobia
11. End of Sorrow

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Loudblast Comments On New Album

Loudblast has issued the following announcement about recording a new album:

"Loudblast is back with an uncompromising album, dark, melodic, and obviously the most intense piece from their discography. After a 5 weeks recording, the new album 'Frozen Moments Between Life And Death' just got mixed by producer Peter Tägtgren at legendary Abyss Studio, Sweden. It will be released on the 18th of April on XIII Bis records, distributed by Warner. It will be available in Germany, Austria, Benelux, Switzerland, Spain, UK, and Ireland."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Frozen moments between life and death
2. Neverending 'blast
3. Emptiness crushes my soul
4. Cold blooded kind
5. Towards oneness
6. Nosce te ipsum
7. The bitter seed
8. Hazardous magic
9. To bury an empire

A video has already been shot for the title "Emptiness Crushing My Soul," starring former porn star Nina Roberts. You can view a making-of video clip from the shoot below.

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Pentagram Streaming New Song "Call The Man"

Pentagram has just released the first single "Call the Man" off the band's new album "Last Rites." The exclusive premier of the single, being hosted by Decibel Magazine, is available for streaming at this location.

"Last Rites," which is due out on April 12th via Metal Blade Records, contains 11 new songs and the track listing is as follows:

1. Treat Me Right
2. Call the Man
3. Into the Ground
4. 8
5. Everything's Turning to Night
6. Windmills and Chimes
7. American Dream
8. Walk in Blue Light
9. Horseman
10. Death in 1st Person
11. Nothing Left

The cover artwork for "Last Rites" can also be viewed at this location.

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Cypherseer Announces "Origins" Details

Cypherseer recently announced its signing to Nightmare Records. The band will release the new album "Origins" through Nightmare Records on April 12th, 2011. "Origins" was edited and mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom (In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Dream Evil). The track listing is as follows:

1. Bloodline
2. The Curse
3. Dying Force
4. Faith Renounced
5. Aftermass
6. From the Womb
7. Soul Sacrifice
8. Red Rain
9. Infinite Trance
10. Lost, Plagued and Redefined
11. As I Embrace the End

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The Browning Streaming Recording Sessions Live

Dallas, TX electro deathcore act The Browning is now holed up with producer Josh Schroeder at Random Awesome Studios in Bay City, MI recording a brand new album set for release later this year. The band has set up a webcam in the studio and is inviting fans to see what the group is up to live 24/7.

Present highlights from the live studio stream include vocal tracking, playback of several new "work in progress" tracks in full, a group ramen meal, a discussion on Pokemon and lots of fan interaction. The Browning is also planning special events like overnight live chats, a vocal booth cam session, and more.

You can watch The Browning record the new album live from the studio anytime day or night at this location. A recently uploaded pre-production teaser is also available here.

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Massive Assault Announces New Live Shows

Massive Assault has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates and the release of the new "Slayer" EP:

"The Slayer EP will be released within a few days, so the wait is almost over. We've shown you the cover and we'll tell you it'll have 5 songs on it! And it will be brutal! Rico, from FDA Rekotz is currently busy planning our tour with Maim in June 2011 throughout Germany. The dates are:

Saturday 18.6.11- Wolfsburg @ Jugendhaus Ost
Sunday 19.6.11- tba
Monday 20.6.11- tba
Tuesday 21.6.11- Cottbus @ Muggefug
Wednesday 22.6.11 - Berlin @ Köpi
Thursday 23.6.11 - tba
Friday 24.6.11 - Torgau @Grind The Nazi Scum Festival

"We still have to fill in 3 dates (the tba-dates). If any of you can help us out, contact us! Cheers!"

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Turisas Announces New Album Chart Positions

"Stand Up And Fight," the third album from Finnish battle metal warriors Turisas, has entered the official chart in the band's home country at position No. 5. Additionally the album has hit the following international charts so far:

UK Midweek:

#67 in Oricon's national weekly chart
#16 in overseas weekly charts

Turisas also recently announced a string of upcoming European shows with Crimfall. Details are available here.

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Militia To Re-Issue "The Sybling"

Militia has issued the following announcement about re-issuing a vinyl EP and working on an upcoming album:

"Twenty-five years ago, Militia released a 3-song 12" vinyl EP called 'The Sybling.' The first pressing was only 100 copies. As a result, 'The Sybling' became one of the rarest metal records, selling for between $1100 - $3000 on internet auctions over the past 10 years.

"Fast-forward to 2011, and Militia has risen again, thanks to the legacy of 'The Sybling.' One of the most often-asked questions has been 'Will The Sybling ever be re-released in vinyl?' We are proud to announce that the answer, finally, is YES!

"Militia has partnered with Metaleros & High Roller Records to release 'The Second Coming$', a limited-edition 12" vinyl release consisting of 1000 copies, 750 in black & 250 in silver vinyl. It will feature a 4-page, full color insert, full color back and A4 poster. Both 'The Sybling' EP and the 'Regiments of Death' demo will appear on this release, along with the band’s 1986 demo entitled 'No Submission' and other early recordings.

"Metaleros/High Roller will be unveiling 'The Second Coming' on April 29-30 at the Keep It True Festival in Germany. The album will also be available directly from the band, with the date for pre-orders to be announced in a few days. This will likely be the final release of 1980's era Militia recordings!

"After overcoming obstacle after obstacle throughout 2010, Militia is now making very significant progress in the recording of the new album 'A Call To Arms.' We fully expect to have the album completed this spring and released this summer! This full-length album will contain the first new Militia songs composed by our original line-up since 1985. We can't wait to unleash this album to the metal world! Thanks to all of you for your patience and support!"

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Battlelore Posts Song From New Album

Finland's Battlelore has posted a song online from the band's latest album "Doombound." You can check out the track "Last of the Lords" by heading over to the Battlelore MySpace profile. A teaser trailer for the album is also available here.

The "Doombound" track listing is as follows:

1. Bloodstained
2. Iron of Death
3. Bow and Helm
4. Enchanted
5. Kärmessurma
6. Olden Gods
7. Fate of the Betrayed
8. Men as Wolves
9. Last of the Lords
10. Doombound
11. Kielo

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Svartsot Cancels Hamburg Show

Svartsot has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled Hamburg show and update about recording new material:

"With great regret, we have to inform that the show at Kaiserkeller in Hamburg on Thursday March 10th has been canceled. The reasons for this are bad ticket pre-sales combined with the decision of one of the support acts to drop out, leaving us with no backline.

"Instead, we will be concentrating on the recording of the new album, which is currently taking place at LSD Studios in Lübeck under the careful guidance of Lasse Lammert."

The band also recently issued a statement about the themes of the new album, which can be read at this location.

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Sorrowful Angels To Remix Code 64 Track

Sorrowful Angels has issued the following announcement about remixing a Code 64 track:

"Dear friends, it is with great pleasure to announce you that after a request of the Swedish band Code 64 (a great band we have covered in the past) we will be reworking on their upcoming single Deviant which is due to be released.

"Here's what Code 64 have to say: 'Greetings Earthlings! We can now reveal the remixers for the Deviant Ep! First up there is the EBM act SPARK!, then we have synthpop act Parralox and finally we have the Greek metal band Sorrowful Angels who will do a completely reworked cover version of the song (Seriously). It will also feature a 'Frequencer Version by Stig E. Antonsen of our album-song Oblivion.'"

Sorrowful Angels will also be supporting Paradise Lost at an upcoming Greek show. Details are available here.

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Scar Symmetry Streaming New Song

Swedish melodic death metal act Scar Symmetry has just posted a new song by the name of "Illuminoid Dream Sequence" to the band's official Facebook profile at this location.

Commented drummer Henrik Ohlsson: "Illuminoid Dream Sequence displays an encounter with the unseen and insane ethereal forces that guide the members of the Illuminati. These forces use humans as portals into our world and all they want is to dominate and control everything at any cost. The music for the song is very special since it goes from pretty progressive yet mellow parts into pure insanity and then back again!"

The band's new album "The Unseen Empire" (which marks the bands second album with singers Robban Karlsson and Lars Palmqvist) will be out April 15th, 2011 via Nuclear Blast.

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Decapitated Issues Bass Recording Update

Polish death metal act Decapitated continue working at Radio Gdansk Studio in Poland recording the band's Nuclear Blast debut and follow-up to 2006’s "Organic Hallucinosis." Bassist Filip "Heinrich" Halucha has checked in from the studio with the following update:

"The sound we've worked out for the bass recording is huge, nasty, and crushing. Thanks to this, we've come up with a couple of arrangements where the bass comes out of the background and plays the major part. I must admit that, with his old school approach, Arek ‘Malta’ Malczewski has fit well in the concept of this album. His choice of instrument levels was superb - it all sounds mighty yet there's no mutual interference. The bass recording took us three days plus an extra day for sound search.

"After much deliberation and testing different solutions, we chose a configuration of two amps: a tube Ampeg SVT Classic and a transistor B4R, one of which had huge distortion. I should add that we did not use any line signals and all the signals come from microphones, which recently has been a rarity as far as bass recording goes in metal music. Taking into account the ‘no compromise’ approach of Vogg and Malta, it has been undoubtedly the hardest and the most advanced session I have ever participated in.

"Tracking lasted from the beginning of a song to its end; ‘copying and pasting’ any parts was out of the question. Due to this, the session was much more demanding and time-consuming, but the final effect is the music sounding more lively and natural. Everything has been recorded using instruments only; it's awesome without all of these digital fireworks - advanced editions, plastic drums, pasted riffs, etc. It reeks of the old metal spirit. There 's proper metal groove and speed but also a specific vibe which adds up to what this type of music is all about."

Decapitated’s fifth studio album is being produced by Wacek Kieltyka and sound engineered by Arkadiusz "Malta" Malczewski. Drums were recorded with Daniel Bergstrand, who is also handling mixing duties. The band will be self-releasing the new album in Poland.

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Samael Posts "Lux Mundi" Track By Track Break Down

Swiss metallers Samael have posted a track by track breakdown of the band's upcoming album "Lux Mundi." You can check out the commentary from the band below.

"Luxferre" Opening track of the album to set the tone musically and lyrically... it was originally called “More Light!” a reference to “Mehr Licht!” which is believed to be the last words pronounced by German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on his dying bed.

"Let My People Be!" Walking the fine line between anarchy and society while prophesying a new era . Middle tempo track with a haunting chorus.

"Of War" Musically heavy as heavy can be. This is the second time S A M A E L wrote a complete song on the subject of war. "Valkyries'New Ride" (Solar Soul) was more or less directly inspired by the ongoing war in Iraq while "Of War" treats the topic in a general sense.

"Antigod" was the first single released on 19th November 2010. It shows the new album’s direction and gives a taste of what's about to come. Lyrically the song is a firm stand against any kind of religion.

"For A Thousand Years" Heavy middle tempo track which questions our view on immortality. This is actually the full orchestration of the song "Ten Thousand Years" which appears on the "Antigod" single.

“The Shadow Of The Sword” The Quran says “the gates of Paradise are under the shadows of the swords”… This is yet another song against religion and more particularly against monotheist religions, an up-tempo aggressive track with some reminiscence of "Rain" (Passage) as Waldemar (Sorychta) noticed.

"In The Deep" One of the most experimental song on the album, tribal rhythms with a very distinctive guitar riff. It is a trip in the depths of the S A M A E L ‘s soul.

"Mother Night" Probably the heaviest ballad ever written… After the power ballads, the progressive ones, the time is right for some ultra heaviness in that genre…

“Pagan Trance” Part of the song existed for a long time but we’ve never found a way to complete it until today. It’s a ¾ song just as “Antigod” but it is more open and somehow more mellow. The lyrics are about connections between eternal feminine and nature.

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Tribulation Lining Up Shows With Negative Plane

Sweden's Tribulation has checked in with the following announcement about lining up European shows with Negative Plane:

"The Tribulation are proud to announce that they will join Negative Plane on their European tour later this year. These will be the last shows of 'The March of the Vampyre' under the album 'The Horror' to give it a worthy ending before a new era of The Tribulation comes to a start.

"These shows will be very special to us, and we hope that you will come to share the magick that we will put into each performance with us. The route will start at Hell’s Pleasure festival, the rest of the shows will be announced soon. As ever – The Ghosts from the North."

Details on the venues and tour dates will be announced as they are made available.

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Iskald Announces Tour With Abigail Williams

Iskald has issued the following announcement about an upcoming European tour with Abigail Williams and Thulcandra:

"We're proud and trilled to announce a European tour with Abigail Williams (US) and Thulcandra (DE) in May/June 2011. This will be our second European tour ever and it will be taking us through 12 different countries during a period of 21 days.

"It will be a massive package of extreme metal and we are really looking forward to bring our material back onto the road again! We will be back with more details for each show when all TBA are confirmed.

"For now, check out the tour poster here for more info! Beware the wolves!"

Iskald also recently posted an e-card online for the band's new album "The Sun I Carried Alone."

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One Without Announces New Single Release

One Without has issued the following announcement about releasing a new single and a new album:

"This Friday on the 11th of March One Without will release the new single 'Om Du Var Här' through Itunes. The song is a cover that was recorded at the same time as the upcoming album, and is originally made by Swedish Pop/Rock band Kent. The song was released by Kent on the album 'Isola' in 1997.

"The upcoming album by One Without will not be released by German Lifeforce Records as the debut album 'Thoughts of a Secluded Mind' was. One Without is currently talking to labels and looking at options for the release. More news about the album will be posted later."

The band also recently uploaded footage from a 2010 tour with Evergrey. You can check out the video clip here.

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Powerwolf To Play Metalcamp

Powerwolf has issued the following brief announcement about appearing at the upcoming Metalcamp festival:

"The Wolves will hold the sermon of steel at this year's Metalcamp on July 15th. Can't wait to sanctify this wonderful place with wolfish metal."

Other confirmed acts include Evile, Moonspell, The Ocean, Arch Enemy, Blind Guardian, Zonaria, Alestorm, Accept, and many more. Additional details on the festival are available at this location.

Powerwolf also recently announced additional festival appearances this year at Masters of Rock and Rock Harz Open Air.

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Obscura Uploads Fourth Art Panel

Obscura has posted the fourth internal art panel from the band's upcoming new album "Omnivium." You can check out the artwork below, or see the previously uploaded art panel at this location.


The band's upcoming album "Omnivium" is set for release on March 29th, 2011.

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Amalgama Posts Live Show Footage

Amalgama has posted live footage online of the band performing "Spirits of the Dead," which can be viewed after the jump. The band also commented on recent live shows:

"Hopefully you had a chance to catch a bit of our on-air performance back in February as we made our triumphant return to 91.5fm WRPI's Wednesday Night Live program. The third time was definitely the charm as we descended back down underground into the performance studio and set up all our gear. There were quite a few surprises for the evenings show: we broke out 'Dogs of War,' 'Slave New World,' and a little number by a band Thin Lizzy called 'Jailbreak' to close the evening out right.

"There was something so rewarding about all of us striking that first chord all together before Justin's snare snapped us into the song for the first time. We have quite a bit of footage from the show that evening that we can't wait to share with you all. A huge thank you has to go out to Kathryn and Kiki for their hosting duties and their patience with all four of us as we wandered around the station poking and prodding the equipment (and the staff). All the guys and girls who run the studio down there really have a great thing going with their station and we're planning on coming back again as soon as we can. Another huge thank you goes out to Doug for his mastery of the board during our set and his constant professionalism. The mix sounded great and when we get our greedy little hands on it we can share it with the world. More...

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Ravens Creed To Play High Voltage Fest

Ravens Creed has announced an appearance at the upcoming 2011 edition of the High Voltage Festival. The band will be playing the Metal Hammer stage on July 23rd, 2011. The festival takes place from July 23rd - 24th at Victoria Park in London. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

Ravens Creed also recently released the "Nestless And Wild" EP. The track listing is as follows:

1. Stampede Of Skeletons
2. Breaking The Lord
3. Shoot The Wounded
4. The Wires Will Kill You

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An Interview With Full Blown Chaos

Full Blown Chaos, hailing from Queens New York, released the band’s first LP in four years through Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade Records back in February. Metalunderground had a chance to catch up with vocalist Ray Mozzala to learn more about the new self-titled LP, the band's Malevolent Creation tour, and the reason for the delay with the new release. More...

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The Red Chord Parts Ways With Drummer

Boston, Massachusetts based metal outfit The Red Chord has announced that the band has parted ways with drummer Mike Justian, one of the original members of the group. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We've parted ways with our old friend and original drummer, Mike Justian. It was awesome jamming with him as always and our split is totally mutual. We wish Mike the best!

"We're excited to announce that Jon Rice (Charn) of Job For A Cowboy will be playing drums for us on the upcoming Trap Them/Gaza tour. Jon is an exceptional drummer and we're excited to play some shows with him."

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Sepultura Posts Another Studio Video Online

Sepultura has posted the fifth video online in the band's series of clips documenting the recording of the new studio album, "Kairos." You can check out a video of vocalist Derrick Green recording his parts below, as well as talking about the new record. "Kairos" will be the band's first album on new record label, Nuclear Blast Records, and will be released by early Summer.

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Demiricous To Release New 4-Song EP/Demo

On March 10, 2011, Demiricous will be releasing a new self-produced four-song EP/demo. To get info on ordering this release, visit the band's Facebook page.

Two songs have been posted on the band's MySpace page and Reverbnation page.

The band comments: "Thanks to those who have remained fans throughout the years...The filthy Demiricous is back people...Consider yourselves warned..."

Having parted with Metal Blade Records in early 2009, the band is still in search of a record deal.

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Lamb Of God's Chris Adler - The Nashville Clinic

Let’s be honest: Instrument workshops or clinics are usually either self-indulgent, all about show, or strictly educational. You’ve got your Michael Angelo Batio types who think a four-necked guitar is just the coolest thing and can’t wait to start noodling for the crowd. You’ve got your Tim Yeung (Vital Remains, Divine Heresy) types that like to show off ridiculous dexterity and muscle control to the max. You’ve even got your Melissa Cross types, which are mostly educational.

That’s not saying they’re not amazing at what they do, but rarely do you see a musician who checks their ego at the door, talks about their career instead of their techniques, plays more obscure songs, and doesn’t try to instruct everyone in the audience. The drummer from Grammy-nominated American heavy metal titans Lamb of God, Chris Adler, did just that. More...

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Tomas Lindberg Pens Forward To "Metalion" Book

Legendary Swedish death metal vocalist Tomas "Goatspell" Lindberg (AT THE GATES, GROTESQUE, DISFEAR) has contributed a foreword to the upcoming 744-page hardcover book "METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries," by Jon Kristiansen. Lindberg's connection to Norway's Slayer Mag dates to the 1980s, when he and Kristiansen were part of a core group of Swedish and Norwegian headbangers during the wild early years of the Scandinavian extreme metal scene.

"Metalion and his Slayer Mag are responsible for me (and a lot of other Swedes) getting into the death metal underground," begins Lindberg. "I clearly remember how proud I was when Grotesque got a mention in the classic mag-this meant more to me than anything else at the time!"

Part anthology, part memoir, and years in the making, "METALION" includes over 600 reproduction pages from every issue of Slayer mag, spanning from the early 1980s through 2010. In addition, author Jon Kristiansen recounts his life's story, from alienated outsider to central figure in Norwegian black metal to world-weary metal survivor. The book also features over 100 rare photographs, including two color sections and a portrait gallery of photographs taken by Kristiansen himself.

"The greatest heavy metal story ever told" will be available June 6, 2011, wherever books are sold, and is available for preorder now with two bonus limited patches from Bazillion Points Books, "America's smallest but heaviest book publisher."

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Venom Mixing New Album

British extreme metal forefathers Venom have announced that they are currently mixing their new full-length studio album in London with producer Tom Belton.

At present, no release date for the record has been set and the album title has not yet been revealed, but the group is expected to make an announcement regarding these subjects shortly. Stay tuned for further information on the album's title, track listing, and release date.

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In Flames Reveals New Guitarist

Swdish melodic death metal outfit In Flames has announced that Niclas Engelin of the band Engel will be the group's new permanent second guitar player. Niclas is replacing longtime member Jesper Strömblad, who left the band in February of last year.

The group's new album, "Sounds Of A Playground Fading" is expected to be released sometime around May. The album contains 13 songs, which were recorded at the band's own IF Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden with engineer Roberto Laghi.

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Symphony X Performs New Songs Live

American progressive metal act Symphony X recently performed two brand new songs live while on tour in Paris, France. The songs "End Of Innocence" and "Dehumanized" are available in the clips below.

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Finntroll Live Footage Posted Online

Bootleg live concert footage has surfaced online featuring folk metallers Finntroll. You can view the footage in the player below.

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Within Temptation Posts Making-Of Video Footage

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Faster," the new video form Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers Within Temptation, has been posted online. You can view the clip in the player below.

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The Human Abstract Announces Mini-Tour

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

03/30 Richmond, VA – Jaxx
03/31 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery
04/01 Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
04/02 Jacksonville, FL – The Pit
04/03 Pensacola, FL – The Big Easy
04/04 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
04/05 San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
04/06 El Paso, TX – Bethel Temple
04/07 Mesa, AZ – The Underground

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Primus Announces New Tour Dates

American progressive rock act Primus has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of the United States. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues in the list below.

03/18 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
05/19 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater
05/20 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
05/21 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival
05/23 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
05/24 Austin, TX – Stubb’s
05/25 Dallas, TX – Palladium
05/27 Fayettevile, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion
05/28 Omaha, NE – Downtown Benson St
05/29 St. Louis, MO – Pageant
05/31 Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium
06/01 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
06/03 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
06/04 Miami, FL – The Fillmore
06/07 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
06/08 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
06/09 Charleston, SC – N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
06/10 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

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System Of A Down Adds More Tour Dates

The newly reactivated System Of A Down has revealed that the band has added additional shows for both Los Angeles, California and San Diego, California to an upcoming North American tour. The newly announced dates will now run as follows:

05/10 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
05/12 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
05/13 Seattle, WA – Key Arena
05/15 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
05/18 Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
05/19 Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
05/21 San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
05/22 Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl
05/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

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Dredg Announces New Tour Dates

Dredg has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from The Dear Hunter, Balance And Composure and Trophy Fire. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues in the list below.

05/03 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy
05/04 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy
05/05 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
05/06 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
05/07 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
05/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Avalon Theatre
05/11 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
05/13 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
05/14 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
05/15 Pontiac, MI – The Eagle Theatre
05/16 Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
05/18 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
05/19 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
05/20 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
05/21 Baltimore, MD – Bourbon Street
05/23 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
05/25 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
05/26 Houston, TX – The Studio @ Warehouse Live
05/27 Austin, TX – Emo’s
05/28 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre

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