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Metal News for April 11, 2009

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Ex Deo Confirmed For PaganFest Europe 2009

EX DEO, the new band led by KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, will make their live debut this September/October on the special edition trek of Europe’s biggest pagan/folk-metal tour, PaganFest.

Co-headlining throughout will be Finland’s KORPIKLAANI and Germany’s DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER. Support will come from Sweden’s UNLEASHED, United Kingdom’s ALESTORM, EX DEO and Canada’s BLACKGUARD.

Special appearances will be made by Finland’s MOONSORROW and Norway’s Einherjer on select dates (marked "Extended Show" below).

Here are the latest PAGANFEST EUROPE 2009 tour dates: More...

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The Arcane Reveals New Album Details

Lebanese Gothic rock band THE ARCANE is putting the final touches on their second album, expected to be released July 2009. The album will be titled "Rivers Of Endless Sorrow" and the tracklisting is as follows:

1. Rivers Of Endless Sorrow
2. Flame Dance
3. To The Sea
4. Darkseed
5. Last Dance
6. Listen To Me
7. Human Sin
8. Souvenir

A new sampler track from the band's second album is available at the band's Myspace.

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Kataklysm Announces Headlining European Tour

KATAKLYSM has announced that they will be the headlining act of the upcoming Summer Madness European Tour featuring label mates DEATH ANGEL and KEEP OF KALESSIN. Here are the confirmed tour dates so far:

June 21, 2009 Hellfest – Clisson, France
June 22, 2009 Totem – Pamplona, Spain
June 23, 2009 Cinema Batalha – Porto, Portugal
June 24, 2009 Sala A – Vigo, Spain
June 25, 2009 Albeniz - Gijon, Spain
June 27, 2009 Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
June 28, 2009 Underworld – London, United Kingdom (DEATH ANGEL closing)
June 29, 2009 Rios – Leeds, United Kingdom (DEATH ANGEL closing)
June 30, 2009 Seven – Nothingham, United Kingdom (DEATH ANGEL closing)
July 01, 2009 Turock – Essen, Germany
July 02, 2009 Backstage – München, Germany
July 03, 2009 Metalcamp – Tolmin, Slovenia
July 05, 2009 Stadio Comunale - Genzano di Roma, Italy
July 06, 2009 Colonia Sonora Festival - Collegno (Torino), Italy
July 09, 2009 Exit Fest - Novi Sad, Serbia
July 10, 2009 Masters Of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
July 11, 2009 Fortarock – Nijmegen, The Netherlands (DEATH ANGEL closing)
July 12, 2009 Meier Music Hall – Braunschweig, Germany
July 14, 2009 Klub Progresja – Warsaw, Poland
July 15, 2009 Hegyalja Festival – Tokaj, Hungary

KATAKLYSM is kicking off their North American trek as direct support to England's grindcore legends Napalm Death on the upcoming "Campaign for Musical Destruction" tour, which kicked off on April 10.

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The Ocean Parts Ways With Vocalist Mike Pilat

The Ocean has parted ways with vocalist Mike Pilat. Guitarist Robin Staps comments, "Being in a band is the constant struggle to reach the one, the final, the ultimate line-up. The right people, the right musicians. The line-up that clicks, where the music that is created on stage is somehow greater than the sum of each individual's output. Once a band has reached that line-up, it is flirting with divinity, it has the chance to be larger than life, to touch majesty." More...

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A State Of Flux Streaming Debut EP Online

Melbourne art rockers A State Of Flux have placed their entire debut EP on their MySpace profile leading up to its release this weekend.

A State Of Flux will be holding a launch for the EP at Melbourne's Evelyn Hotel on Saturday, April 11th with special guests From The Ashes, Lamplight and Optic.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door. The first 50 punters through the door when it opens at 9:00pm will receive a complimentary copy of A State Of Flux's debut single "Surface Tension."

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"Serart" To Be Re-Released As Deluxe Edition

Serjical Strike Records has announced that they will be re-releasing "Serart." The album that was originally produced by Serj and Arto, "Serart - Deluxe Edition" now includes two previously unreleased remixes by Bill Laswell and Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence). An eclectic array of textured tracks, "Serart - Deluxe Edition" mixes Middle Eastern melodies with Pan-African rhythms while shifting from classical motifs to bursts of percussion. Included with the audio "Serart - Deluxe Edition" also features a DVD containing the short film “Sun Angle Calculator,” with music scored by Serj Tankian himself.

You can buy the record in your local record store or you from the Serjical Strike Store starting April 21, 2009.

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Bloodline Nominated For American Indigenous Award

With their new single "Sacrifice" (produced by Rafe Sweet), STEPPING STONE RECORDS artists BLOODLINE have been nominated for Best Rock Song in the 2009 North American Indigenous Image Awards.

The awards ceremony takes place on April 23 in Albequerque, New Mexico at the Isleto Casino and Resort from 6:30-11pm.

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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More Bands Added To Rocklahoma 2009

The organizers of the Rocklahoma festival, which is held at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, located four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma, has announced some new names for this years edition of the event. The biggest news is that Stryper has been confirmed to headline the main stage on Friday where they will be joined by new additions Night Ranger and Warrant. Added to the Saturday are rock legends Thin Lizzy and Sunday will see a newly confirmed performance from Skid Row.

Speaking on the festival, Stryper frontman Michael Swet said: "Rocklahoma is an event that I've heard about from peers and friends and they have always said that Stryper would be a perfect fit for this festival. Oklahoma holds a special place in my heart since my family lived in Moore, Oklahoma. I have a lot of family in Oklahoma. We're excited to finally be able to perform at Rocklahoma and look forward to an amazing night!"

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Black Stone Cherry Posts Behind-The-Scenes Video

Southern rockers Black Stone Cherry has uploaded a new behind-the-scenes video online, giving fans a glimpse of their new music video for "Things My Father Said." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands latest album, "Folklore And Superstition" which was released last year to critical acclaim. More...

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Jason Newsted Speaks On Hall Of Fame Experience

Jason Newsted, bass player of progressive thrash metal group Voivod and former bassist of Metallica and Flotsam And Jetsam, was recently interviewed by MetalFanzine.net. During the interview, he spoke about what it was like to reunite with Metallica and what's happening with the new Voivod album. You can check it out below. More...

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Watch An Exclusive AILD DVD Sneak Peak

Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive clip from As I Lay Dying's upcoming DVD set "This Is Who We Are," which is due out next week on April 14. This video clip features the story of bassist Josh Gilbert, who was previously with Gate City, a band looking to get signed to Tim Lambesis' Metal Blade imprint, High Impact Recordings.

Metal Blade is offering fans the chance to pre-order "This is Who We Are" at a special low rate before street date (4/14/09). Fans can also pre-order "This is Who We Are" as part of a bundle package that includes a Metal Blade Records Pirate logo t-shirt. In additional to this pre-order, the first 500 fans to order will receive an autographed booklet so be sure to place your order now. You can head over to Metal Blade's Online Store to view and purchase your copy of the DVD.

"This is Who We Are" is now also available for preorder in the official As I Lay Dying online store, which can be accessed at asilaydying.com or myspace.com/asilaydying. Available now for preorder are the 3 disc DVD set as well as a DVD package that includes an As I Lay Dying t-shirt and a "This Is Who We Are" 12.25” x 17.25” poster. "This Is Who We Are" will be released April 14, 2009.

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Early Man Cancels Tour With Valient Thorr

Early Man has issued the following update about canceling the upcoming tour alongside Valient Thorr:

"Unfortunately due to an arm/back injury that I suffered after our last tour we have had to cancel all of our tour dates this month with Valient Thorr so I can get some much needed rest. We will hit the road again after this month and all summer long in support of our new full length which will come out this summer. The record is called 'Death Potion', I actually had a chance to hear a couple mastered versions of the new songs earlier today for the first time and they sound amazing. This record is clearly a new level for us as a band and I can't wait to take these songs out on the road. We will see you all soon!"

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Video Of Converge Covering Entombed Posted Online

A new video has been posted online of Converge performing a cover of the Entombed song "Wolverine Blues." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Anathema Forced To Cancel Show Due To Controversy

The Liverpool Echo has reported the following story about Anathema being forced to cancel a show over allegations that they worship Satan:

A LIVERPOOL band about to play to more than 1,000 fans in Tunisia had the plug pulled on their concert when authorities believed rumors they were Satanists.

Anfield group Anathema were ready to perform a sold out gig in the capital Tunis when they were told they could not go ahead.

They hoped to reschedule for a couple of night later but the gig was canceled a second time.

Guitar technician Darryl Anthony wrote in his blog: “Our promoter informed us that somebody has informed the Tunisian interior ministry that Anathema are Satan worshipers who eat black cats and drink their blood.

“The ministry have requested song lyrics to peruse over the weekend in order to put their minds at rest.”

Read the full article at Liverpool Echo.

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Deadlock Enlists New Bassist

German death metallers Deadlock have issued the following announcement about enlisting a new bassist:

"Hey everybody, we just got overwhelmed with inquiries for the DL Bass job and we want to thank everyone who was interested in becoming this part of our machine!You guys and girls are great!

"We’re very pleased to announce an old friend, a talented musician, an eager beaver and one of the sexiest people around John Gahlert for the DL Bass position!

"In the end we let our hearts speak and we chose John for his patience, his energy, his visions and his grace! We could not have done it better and we’re sure to reinvent and advance our musical creation to the next level.

"From now on we are back with full effect and we are looking forward to see you girls and boys at one of our next shows around this planet! Please welcome John with high passion!"

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