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Metal News for April 14, 2011

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Bonded By Blood Introduces New Touring Lineup

Southern California thrashers Bonded By Blood have announced the friendly departure of Alex Lee (guitar) and Jerry Garcia (bass). Brandon Gullin (Avenger of Blood) and Ben Bennet (Warbringer) will fill in the vacated spots on the band's upcoming North American tour supporting Sepultura.

Carlos Regalado, Juan Juarez and Mauro Gonzalez, Bonded By Blood's remaining members, have released the following statement:

"Bonded By Blood has gone through so many changes in the last couple of years while playing amazing festivals, touring the entire United States, Europe and Canada dozens of times, and enjoying the time with new and old friends and fans all over the world who mean the most to us. We first lost our original bass player, Ruben Dominguez back in 2009, then singer Jose Barrales left the band in 2010, but each was replaced with new members and the group marched on. Now, we regret to announce that Alex Lee (guitar) and Jerry Garcia (bass) are also stepping away from BBB. We will miss them just as much as we miss Ruben and Jose, and this band will not be the same without them, but the three of us that are left in Bonded By Blood hope that everyone who enjoys this band can understand that changes are inevitable. As much as we want to keep an 'original line-up', things happen that you just can't control.

"We hope all our friends, fans and fellow musicians can still give us the warm welcome we always received and still support us in these hard times while we rebuild the band as we all need all the support we can get. Thankfully, some new friends stepped up and are working hard to help us do the Sepultura tour, so big thanks to Ben Bennet (from Smog and formerly Warbringer) and Brandon Gulling (of Malus Rex and the recently reformed Avenger of Blood), who will be filling in on bass and rhythm guitar respectively while we keep together what is left of Bonded By Blood. We hope to see you all on the road again; it's not going to be the same without our old friends up there with us... But shit happens."

Alex Lee comments on leaving Bonded By Blood:

"With Jose leaving the band followed by my own parting, I want to assure you all that it is not a coincidence, nor is it a fluke. Being a guitarist, I have always been interested in playing other styles of music and not only thrash. Don't get me wrong, I love my thrash music, but I honestly see myself being suited better with another band or type of music than what I have been doing with Bonded By Blood. It has been one of the hardest decisions of my life, due to the fact that this was the first band that I was in or established, but now I feel that it's my time to move on and to continue my progress on a new path. I wish Bonded the best of luck and I know they can succeed. As for the fans, I know they won't truly understand, they can either hate me or follow me, but I hope they will continue listening to and seeing Bonded live, for I believe that they will hold strong for years to come. You guys were the best and thanks for the great years!"

Jerry Garcia reflects on his time with Bonded By Blood and his exit:

"Being part of Bonded By Blood for almost two years now has been the best experience of my life. I've seen and done things that I could have only dreamed of. I had the honor of sharing the stage with some of the most talented musicians in the world, including the ones in my band. Everything I experienced will be something that I will cherish for a lifetime. However, as time goes by and life begins to unfold, certain things begin to become very evident and downright inevitable. Bonded By Blood is more than just a band, it's a spirit and it transcends any single individual person or band member.

"I want to thank each and every single one of you that ever supported me and the guys in doing what we do best in life, and that is music. There is no better feeling in the world than to bring happiness to someone through music. It is an incredibly humbling experience that I never took for granted. I am not sad, nor am I disappointed in my departure from the band. I see it as a fresh start to another chapter in my random life. As for me... Well, I'll be around - music is something that is essential to my life. I cherished the good, learned from the bad and realized that in life, 'the only constant is change'.

"One last thank you to everyone that showed me kindness on and off the road, so thanks to Juan, Carlos, Alex, Mauro, Marco, Talita and the rest of the Earache gang including Anthony, every band I toured with, and most of all the fans! See ya!"

Bonded By Blood recently finished a co-headlining European tour with Lazarus A.D. Go to this location to view Sepultura, Hate, Keep of Kelessin and Bonded By Blood tour dates.

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Judgement Day To Tour with Pinback

San Francisco violin, cello and drums trio Judgement Day will be playing as main support for Pinback on a nationwide tour starting on Wednesday in Phoenix. "We're pulling out all of the stops for this one and we have a great show planned," comments the band.

Here are the latest Judgement Day tour dates:

Thursday, April 14th - Santa Rosa, CA - Arelene Francis Center
Saturday, April 16th (2pm) - San Jose, CA - Streetlight Records
Saturday, April 16th (9pm) - Stockton, CA - Plea for Peace Center
Wednesday, April 20 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse - w/ Pinback
Thursday, April 21 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot - w/ Pinback
Friday, April 22 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre - w/ Pinback
Saturday, April 23 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre - w/ Pinback
Sunday, April 24 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge - w/ Pinback
Tuesday, April 26 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls - w/ Pinback
Wednesday, April 27 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop - w/ Pinback
Thursday, April 28 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub - w/ Pinback
Friday, April 29 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom - w/ Pinback
Saturday, April 30 - Philadelphia, PA - The Starlight Ballroom - w/ Pinback
Sunday, May 1 - Washington DC - Black Cat - w/ Pinback
Monday, May 2 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - w/ Pinback
Wednesday, May 4 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - w/ Pinback
Thursday, May 5 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea's Cafe - w/ Pinback
Friday, May 6 - Dallas, TX - Loft @ Palladium Ballroom - w/ Pinback
Saturday, May 7 - Austin, TX - Emo's Alternative - w/ Pinback
Monday, May 9 - Tucson, AZ - Plush - w/ Pinback
Friday, May 13 - Oakland, CA - The Uptown - MEGA HOMECOMING EXTRAVAGANZA

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Interview

Auvernia On Peter Steele, Cover Songs, And More

Today, Metalunderground.com released a twelve track tribute album to honor the memory of Gothic metal legend Peter Steele, who died last year. Each of the bands on the tribute represent some of the most promising and engaging aspects of the underground, and Argentina based act Auvernia is no exception.

Mixing in doses of black metal with epic and melodic power metal, Auvernia has released two unique additions to the musical world with the full-length albums "Towards Eternity" and "Afraid of Me."

Putting their own spin on Type O Negative's iconic style, the duo that composes Auvernia translated "I Don't Wanna Be Me" into a power metal opus that kicks off "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele." Below you can find an explanation from vocalist Fernando H. Varela about how the band chose to arrange the song and when he was first exposed to Type O Negative with "Bloody Kisses."

To get better acquainted with Auvernia, you can find a previous interview with the band here, or listen to music from the group's two albums at the official Auvernia MySpace page. More...

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Mnemic Bassist Tomas Koefoed Leaves The Band

Former Mnemic bassist Tomas Koefoed has posted the following statement online, announcing his departure from the group;

"It’s time for changes and towards fans of Mnemic I’m sad to announce that I have played my last shows with Mnemic in Spain in March. Because of my forever continued dedication to music and metal it has not been easy to make my decision to leave a great and innovative band like Mnemic after 8 succesful years with 4 releases.

"Personally I don’t feel my ambitions are fulfilled in Mnemic anymore and I wish my brothers and friends in band and crew all the best for the future. It has been some amazing years in many ways and I’ve learned a lot about myself and the music business, about what to do and what not to do.

"We have moved fast and achieved a lot in a short time with our music and concepts, toured and become friends with some of the greatest bands in metal, but I feel my cooperation with the band has peaked. This is NOT the end for me in metal and hopefully soon I can announce myself in another ambitious project. I have good people working with me and I have now officially signed up and put myself available as live/touring and studio/session bassist, so see you out there, anywhere, everywhere.

"My very own new website will be announced soon, so stay tuned. Thanks to all my fans for your support over the years and in the future!"

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Threat Signal Posts New Studio Footage Online

Threat Signal has posted the following studio video online. The band also commented on its recent activity by saying;

"You may have thought lately ‘where the f#*k has THREAT SIGNAL gone? Well, we have been in pre-production for the last 5 months writing some killer new songs for our 3rd release. We plan to hit the studio within the next few months, so we will let you know the details about that

"We will also provide studio video updates as well. But for now we’ve put together this short pre-production video clip of a song called ‘Fallen Disciples’. This will give you a taste of what we are up to. The new music speaks for itself, so turn up the volume, grab a beer, and get ready to have your ass handed to you."

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Converge Announces New Tour Dates

Converge has revealed the dates for its upcoming summer tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Trap Them. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

05/20 Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar
05/21 Philly, PA – Broad Street Ministry
05/22 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
05/23 Burlington, VT – The Annex
05/24 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizons
05/25 New York City – Santo’s Party House
05/26 TBA – TBA
05/27 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St.
05/28 Toledo, OH – Frankies
05/29 Braddock, PA – Unsmoke Systems
05/30 Chicago, IL – Reggies
05/31 St. Louis – Fubar
06/02 Austin, TX – Chaos in Tejas
06/03 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music Hall
06/04 Nashville, TN – Muse
06/05 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery

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Architects Posts Making-Of Video Footage

British metalcore outfit Architects has posted a new behind-the-scenes video online for the song, "Heartburn." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "The Here And Now," which is available now through Century Media Records. More...

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Neurosis Announces European Tour

Neurosis has revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of Europe. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

07/15 Dour, BEL – Dour Festival
07/16 Selestat, FRA – Lez’Arts Sceniques Festival
07/17 Hamburg, GER – Grunspan
07/18 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
07/19 Wien, AUT – Arena
07/20 Turin, ITA – Spaziale Festival
07/21 Barcelona, SPA – Apollo
07/22 Madrid, SPA – Rock Kitchen
07/23 Paris, FRA – Cabaret Sauvage
07/24 London, UK – High Voltage Festival
07/25 Dublin, IRE – TBA
07/27 Dortmund, GER – FZW
07/28 Bern, SWI – Reitschule
07/29 Eindhoven, NET – Effenaar
07/30 Stuttgart, GER – LKA

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Stray From The Path Posts Touring Video Online

Stray From The Path has posted a new video online featuring footage from its recent trip overseas. You can check out the video in the player below.

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In Flames Posts New Footage From The Studio

Swedish melodic metal act In Flames have started a new video series online documenting its time recording its forthcoming new album "Sounds Of A Playground Fading." The first video in the six part series is available for viewing below. The album will see a June 21, 2011 North American release through Century Media Records.

The tracklisting for the album is as follows:
1. Sounds Of A Playground Fading
2. Deliver Us
3. All For Me
4. The Puzzle
5. Fear Is The Weakness
6. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
7. The Attic
8. Darker Times
9. Ropes
10. Enter Tragedy
11. Jester’s Door
12. A New Dawn
13. Liberation

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Darkest Hour To Miss New England Metal Fest

American metalcore act Darkest Hour has announced that it will cancelling its appearance at the forthcoming "New England Metal and Hardcore Festival." The band provided the following statement;

"We regret to announce that we must cancel this years appearance at the New England Metal Fest. It has become a bit of a tradition for us, so many great bands, it will be a bad ass party, for real. But it is with the same breath that we congratulate Mike and his family on the birth of a new baby girl. She came a bit early to the party but baby and mom are doing fine. Worcester is a metal ass town and we will make it up to you all soon! We will see you in the pit this summer with Black Dahlia and the traveling circus that is Summer Slaughter, until then, cheers to new life!"

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Septicflesh Streaming New Song

Greek act Septicflesh will be releasing "The Great Mass" on April 18th, 2011. Metalsucks.net is now streaming a new song online from the album, titled "Oceans of Grey." You can check out the song at this location. The track listing for "The Great Mass" is as follows:

1. The Vampire from Nazareth
2. A Great Mass of Death
3. Pyramid God
4. Five-Pointed Star
5. Oceans of Grey
6. The Undead Keep Dreaming
7. Rising
8. Apocalypse
9. Mad Architect
10. Therianthropy

Septicflesh also recently announced an upcoming tour alongside Children of Bodom, Obscura, and The Devin Townsend Project. Details are available here.

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Metal Blade to Release Out of Print Behemoth EPs

Metal Blade Records has announced the release of Behemoth's two-CD set "Abyssus Abyssum Invocat." The package is set for release in the US on June 7th, 2011. Consisting of the out-of-print EPs "Conjuration" and "Slaves Shall Serve" from the early '00s, "Abyss Abyssum Invocat" features re-mastered material, bonus tracks and new art and liner notes from front man Nergal.

"There's been a demand for our long-time sold out EP's…Conjuration and Slaves Shall Serve represents more experimental side of BEHEMOTH's nature. Apart from live versions and studio songs from Demigod and Zos Kia Cultus era, you can find us challenging ourselves with covers of such acts like Nine inch Nails, Nefilim or Danzig among others. Abyssum is a compilation of these two materials with extra packaging, new outstanding cover, rare live pics and unreleased bonus songs. Enjoy!" - Nergal

"Abyssus Abyssum Invocat" track listing:

"Conjuration"
1. Conjuration Ov Sleep Daemons
2. Wish
3. Welcome To Hell
4. Christians To The Lions (live)
5. Decade Ov Therion (live)
6. From The Pagan Vastlands (live)
7. Antichristian Pheomenon (live)
8. Lam (live)
9. Satan's Sword (I Have Become) (live)
10. Chant For Ezkaton 2000 (live)

"Slaves Shall Serve"
1. Slaves Shall Serve
2. Entering The Pylon Ov Light
3. Penetration
4. Until You Call On The Dark
5. Demigod (live)
6. Slaves Shall Serve (live)
7. Lam (live)
8. As Above So Below (live)

Metal Underground previously reported Nergal's first interview since being diagnosed with Leukemia.

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Municipal Waste Announces New Shows

Richmond, Virginia's Municipal Waste has confirmed a string of shows in May. The band will be playing a handful of shows in the U.S. before heading to Europe the following month for a performance at Hellfest in France. The dates are as follows:

May 06 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
May 07 - Virginia Beach, VA - Hangar 9
May 08 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
May 09 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox (w/ NO TOMORROW, SALVACION, OVERLOOKED)
June 17 - Clisson, France - Hellfest

Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta is one of the musicians featured in "The Blood Vomits," a new comedy series set in a violent medieval world. The voices for the three lead roles are provided by Foresta along with GWAR's Oderus Urungus and Lamb of God's Randy Blythe. Additional details are available here.

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All That Remains Posts "The Last Time" Video

All That Remains has teamed up with Noisecreep.com for the exclusive premiere of the music video for "The Last Time," which can be viewed below. You can also check out a making-of feature for the video at this location.

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Devolved Posts New Song Online

Devolved has posted a new song online titled "Wretched Eyes Of God," which is taken from the band's upcoming album "Oblivion." You can listen to the song in the player below. "Oblivion" is set for release world wide on May 24th via Unique Leader Records.

The "Oblivion" track listing is as follows:

1. Existential Crisis
2. Into Fire
3. Awakening
4. World In Denial
5. Virus
6. Wretched Eyes Of God
7. Transcendence
8. From The Ashes
9. Legions Rise

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Across Tundras Streaming New Song

Brooklyn Vegan is currently hosting the premiere of the first track to be publicly available from organic sludge rockers Across Tundras’ upcoming Neurot Recordings debut, "Sage." Check out the second track from Sage, “Hijo de Desierto,” by heading over to this location now. "Sage" is set for release on May 17th, 2011.

The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

4/27/2011 Exit/In – Nashville, TN w/ Dax Riggs
5/19/2011 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
5/20/2011 The CoffePot – Roanoke, VA
5/21/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Souvenirs Young America
5/22/2011 So Addictive Lounge – Herndon, VA w/ Admiral Browning
5/23/2011 WMUC Third Rail Radio Show – College Park, MD w/ Admiral Browning
5/24/2011 Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ
5/25/2011 JR’s Bar – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ominous Black
5/26/2011 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY w/ Ominous Black
5/27/2011 Elm’s – New Haven, CT w/ Sea of Bones
5/28/2011 The Depot – York, PA
5/29/2011 Badlands – Syracuse, NY
5/30/2011 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY w/ Sonorous Gale
5/31/2011 Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA
6/01/2011 Carabar – Columbus, OH w/ Main Street Gospel
6/02/2011 *TBA – Chicago, IL
6/03/2011 Mayday – Cincinatti, OH w/ Beneath Oblivion
6/04/2011 The Green Lantern – Louisville, KY w/ Below, Stampede

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Vader Posts Second Studio Video Report

Vader has now posted a second studio video report online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Hi again! Here is the next video report available below. This time you'll know 'Spider's' way of working in studio. You will see more of the recording progress next week... Welcome to the Morbid Reich!"

The previously posted first studio video report from Vader is also still available for viewing at this location.

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Nowhere The Answer Finishes New EP

Nowhere the Answer has finished the recording and mastering process for the band's upcoming EP "Infested." The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Rorschach's Legacy
2. What You've Become
3. My Foes
4. Fuck Your Scene
5. Infested

You can also listen to the band's music by heading over to the Nowhere the Answer MySpace page.

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Weedeater Checks In With Tour Recap

Weedeater has checked in with the following recap of recent tour dates and update about upcoming festival appearances:

"Hey all, just a quick update from the Weedeater camp. We're in Newark NJ right now, about to board a plane and jump the pond to see all our friends in Europe again tomorrow. Stoked to play Roadburn, Asymmetry Fest and all the other killer shows that we have lined-up, w/our bros in Zoroaster providing the crushing support they always do. We'd also like to say THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the US shows over the last few months.

"It was our best tour ever and we enjoyed every minute of it, up until Shep broke his hand that is. Sorry to end it on that note, but the few canceled shows in the Southeast will be rescheduled soon, so you presumably disappointed people will get yours shortly. Another thanks to ASG, Kvelertak and Zoroaster for being awesome support bands and great guys in general. And yet another big THANK YOU to all for your support during this album release. This was the first time Weedeater has ever charted on Billboard's Heatseekers (debuting at #45, in fact) or anywhere else for that matter, and that's kinda cool. OK, that's it for now. See you soon."

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Interview

Interview With Steve Moss Of Midnight Ghost Train

The Midnight Ghost Train has a trajectory much like a train driven by a ghost would. In a short time, the midwestern blues-influenced band has been on countless tours (currently touring with Jucifer), including European dates. The band members are absolutely determined to spread their gospel around the world with their self-titled album (reviewed here).

I had a chance to interview the vocalist/guitarist Steve Moss while on the road to talk about where the band's incredible sound came from, blues men that sold their souls, and why the group can't understand why people think that Midnight Ghost Train is a metal band. More...

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Grayceon Announces New Tour Dates

Grayceon has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows alongside Lesbian:

"We are pleased to announce that we will be playing several Pacific Northwest shows with our dear friends, Lesbian, this coming May. Here are the dates. We hope to see you there!"

May 5, 2011 - Bellingham, WA
May 6, 2011 - Seattle, WA
May 7, 2011 - Portland, OR
May 7, 2011 - Live on KEXP, Seattle, WA

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Lizzy Borden Working On New Album

Lizzy Borden has issued the following announcement about working on material for an upcoming album:

"2010 was an amazing year for Lizzy Borden touring in Europe, Japan and the states with our 'Appointment with death show.' The festivals and headline dates in every country were all very special to us in one way or another. This was all possible due to our very well received 'Appointment with death' record.

"We created two epic video's that air on MTV (one of which was nominated for video of the year on headbangers ball) and a brand new stage show that proved to everyone that this was a new era for Lizzy Borden. The Appointment with death show and record took a giant leap forward into a whole new generation of fans all around the world.

"We are now in the writing process for a new Lizzy Borden record as well as new video's and a brand new stage show soon to follow.

"Because we do not wish to repeat ourselves we are taking our time with this new release to make sure we create songs that inspire us for the visual medium as well as our usual audio mayhem. This new record is already heading in a more (individual) song oriented direction, and it is my hope that we end up with at least ten new songs that can stand on their own and will be the soundtrack for our new generation of Lizzy Borden fans, all the while satisfying our dedicated fans who have been with us from the beginning. More...

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Descend Into Despair Announces New Lineup

Descend Into Despair has issued the following update about completing the band's lineup with new members:

"We have recently recruited a drummer (Otto), a guitar player (Sandu) and a bass player (Sasha). This completes our lineup.

"Rehearsals have began and we shall perform in front of an audience for the first time next thursday, the 21 of April 2011 in our hometown. The performance shall also be the launch for our latest material, Vanity Devotion."

You can also check out the band's music by heading over to the Descend Into Despair MySpace page.

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Abazagorath Working On New Material

Black metal act Abazagorath has checked in with the following statement about working on new material:

"Abazagorath lapsed into suspended animation from about 2007 - 2011 due to some shake ups & turmoil within the line up as well as most of the membership's involvement in a number of other musical entities such as In Memorium, Immolith, Fenuebrarum, & Evoken.

"The time has come for The Spirit of Misanthropy & Solitude to come forth once again to wreak its dire wrath upon the unwitting & enfeebled Black Metal scene of today. New material is being crafted and honed to lethal precision, previously unreleased hymns will force their way unto the world, and a new campaign of Live Terror Desecration Rituals is already being plotted. Once again the Horns of Abazagorath will Impale the Heavens! Beware the second coming of Abazagorath... The future looks dark..."

The band's 2011 lineup is as follows:

Warhead - Thermonuclear Drums of Doom
Maelstrom - 6 String Razorwire Decapitation
Nihilist - Verbal Hate Amplifier
Nyarlathotep - Subsonic Volcanic Emanations

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Autopsy To Play Slaughter By The Water Fest

California death metal act Autopsy has confirmed a headlining appearance on the upcoming “Slaughter by the Water” festival in Richmond, CA. The event is scheduled to take place at the Craneway Pavilion at 2:00PM on June 25th. Other confirmed performers are Nuclear Assault, Whiplash, Cattle Decapitation, Zombie Apocalypse, Warbringer, and more. Head over to this location for tickets and more info.

Autopsy is currently gearing up for the release of the band’s long-awaited fifth studio album, "Macabre Eternal," which is slated to hit stores on May 31st, courtesy of Peaceville Records. The cover artwork can be viewed here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Hand Of Darkness
2. Dirty Gore Whore
3. Always About To Die
4. Macabre Eternal
5. Deliver Me From Sanity
6. Seeds Of The Doomed
7. Bridge Of Bones
8. Born Undead
9. Sewn Into One
10. Bludgeoned And Brained
11. Sadistic Gratification
12. Spill My Blood

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Tesseract Posts New Tour Video

Tesseract is currently touring through North America alongside Protest the Hero and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, marking the band's first trek through the U.S. since releasing the full-length album "One." The band has now checked in with a second tour video, which can be viewed below. The first tour video is also available at this location.

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U.S. Christmas Announces New Album Release

U.S. Christmas will release "The Valley Path," the follow-up to 2010's "Run Thick In The Night," through Neurot Recordings on May 31st, 2011.

Commented guitarist/vocalist/wordsmith Nate Hall of the offering: "When the idea for The Valley Path was imagined, all involved agreed it was true and went forward. Forward in thought, forward in vision, forward in action. We achieved what we wanted to achieve, and whatever is said about The Valley Path, it will stand. USX has played more gigs than I can remember, from Marion to Prague, Detroit, Austria, Memphis and Switzerland. Dirt floors and Masonic temples, churches and ghettos, wilderness and cities. To dozens and hundreds - occasionally thousands. We have recorded our songs, projected our collective visions. We have realized all that we have imagined.

"At this point, we have nothing to prove. We’ve been under the gun many times, and whatever anyone might think about us, we’ve never flinched. Never compromised. When things are good - and they usually are, being in this band is a dream. But we can’t entirely escape reality. Fuse boxes blow, power fails, instruments break, people leave. We vomit in parking lots and go play inside. We sleep sitting up and wake up sore. Or we sleep in places most people would not willfully enter. We are hungry and miss home. We go on, and we are thankful because we have songs. And when we write our songs become a part of us, our center. Our home. A song does not have to be a part of a collection. It is more important for music to take the path it chooses, and an artist must be willing to let this happen. The Valley Path is one song. And a song is a thing that changes."

The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:

4/16/2011 Earshot Records - Greenville SC ACOUSTIC SHOW
4/22/2011 Static Age Records - Asheville NC ACOUSTIC SHOW
4/29/2011 or 4/30/2011 (TBA) Night Light – Chapel Hill, NC ACOUSTIC SHOW
5/25/2011 Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN w/ Black Skies, Generation of Vipers
5/26/2011 The Get Down - Asheville, NC w/ Black Skies, Generation of Vipers, Caltrop
5/27/2011 King’s - Raleigh, NC w/ Black Skies, Caltrop, Royal Thunder

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Solar Fragment Streaming New Song

Starting today, heavy metal and hard rock hub Noisecreep.com is hosting an exclusive stream of a brand new track from Scarlet Records recording artist Solar Fragment. The track "Come Hell or High Water" comes from Solar Fragment's sophomore album "In Our Hands," which will be released this coming Tuesday April 19th. Listen to "Come Hell or High Water" at this location. The cover artwork for the album is also available below.

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Silence The Messenger Announces Tour Dates

Silence the Messenger, the death metal band hailing from San Antonio, TX, will kick off the “Road to Retribution” tour on April 17th with Within Chaos. The tour will take place from April 17th to May 1st playing in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana. “It’s our first tour for the release of the CD [Buried],” says lead vocalist Steve Tinnon, “it’s also the first tour with our new booking agency."

The promotional poster for the tour can also be viewed below.

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Warbringer To Enter The Studio

Warbringer has been working on new material since coming off the road in late November and will be entering the recording studio on Monday, April 18th. Producing this time will be Steve Evetts, who has worked with bands as diverse as Dillinger Escape Plan and Symphony X to Sepultura and Hatebreed.

"Our goal with this record is to make something beyond a run-of-the-mill metal CD," explains guitarist John Laux, "The most difficult challenge is always finding just the right balance between a raw, aggressive sound and modern production standards. We chose Evetts to produce, aside from his extensive resume, because he aims for very organic and bold sounds. His experience in bringing the best out from a wide variety from musicians across different genres of music can be seen in his credits and this speaks for itself."

The new album sees the band welcome drummer Carlos Cruz, who's had a lot of input into the new material. Footage of Carlos discussing the album can be found here.

"Musically and thematically I feel confident that this will be respected as our most mature offering to date," states John Laux. "I am really proud of all the elements of extreme metal we have been able to incorporate into the songs. There is weight and purpose behind the lyrics and most importantly we have had time to put a lot of thought and care into the music."

"Stay tuned everyone," closes John Laux before adding, "We'll be laying out a 'stone cold stunner' on you with our riffs soon enough!"

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Black Veil Brides Announces New Album Release

Los Angeles outfit Black Veil Brides will release the band's new album, "Set The World On Fire" via Lava Music/Universal Republic Records on June 13th in the UK. "Set The World On Fire" is the follow-up to the band's chart-topping debut album released in 2010. "We Stitch These Wounds" came in at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Independent chart.

"Everything is bigger -- more songs, more vocals, more melodies. And it all came naturally; it's not an attempt to try to outdo our first record, but we wanted to show how we had naturally grown as a band and as songwriters. This is my favorite record I've ever made -- and most importantly, the best album anybody's ever made" proclaims front man and founder Andy Biersack.

“Fallen Angels,” the first single from Set The World On Fire, is slated to arrive as an early present to fans on May 2nd via iTunes. The video, shot in Los Angeles last month, was directed by Nathan Cox (Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, DevilDriver, HIM).

The title track from the upcoming release will also be featured in Wes Craven’s Scream 4. The song found its way into the film after the band’s loyal BVBArmy flooded the Scream message boards when a survey was posted asking which artists they would like to see on the soundtrack.

Black Veil Brides is currently on the road headlining The AP Tour 2011. The act will also be performing at this year’s Bamboozle Music Festival in New Jersey, Rock on the Range in Ohio and Download Festival on 12th June in the UK before heading out on Warped Tour at the end of June.

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MetalSucks Remembers Peter Steele

MetalSucks.net writer Anso DF has published Part 1 of a week-long series that looks back at the life of Type O Negative / Carnivore frontman/bassist Peter Steele. MetalSucks reached out to a few of Peter’s family, friends, and Type O Negative bandmates, who generously shared their thoughts, remembrances, and regrets. You can read the entire article and series of interviews by heading over to this location. An excerpt from the article, commenting on Peter's untimely passing, reads as follows:

So we miss the guy. His departure was sudden and, typical of Peter, ironically timed: A long period of turmoil had come to an end, say his friends and family, and a sober, focussed Peter was days away from a return from seclusion in Pennsylvania to his native New York. A late 2009 string of Type O concerts — which turned out to be his final shows — had marked the best Pete performances in years. Further, the band had just signed a new record deal with Napalm Records and booked a Staten Island rehearsal studio to undertake writing a new album. Nearby, an apartment had been found for Peter, also minutes from two of his bandmates’ homes. He was coming back; he was going to write songs to tell us where he’d been. His death seemed so cruel. It was hard to process.

Read the full article at MetalSucks.

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David Ellefson Posts New "Rock Shop" Clip

Megadeth's David Ellefson has posted a new clip online in his "rock shop" series, which can be viewed below. In this clip, taken from the 2011 European Carnage tour, Ellefson talks about writing songs that groove.

Footage of Chris Broderick and David Ellefson at a Jackson Guitars signing session is also available here.

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Lethal Saint To Appear On Metalucifer Tribute

Cyprus based act Lethal Saint has issued the following brief update about appearing on an upcoming tribute album to Metalucifer:

"Lethal Saint will appear on a compilation album among bands such as Crystal Viper, Axevyper, Split Heaven etc covering Heavy Metal Drill! The album will be release on the 29th of April at Keep It True Festival!"

Additional details on "Heavy Metal Hell: A Tribute To Metalucifer" are available through Skol Records at this location.

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Machine Head Finishing Writing New Album

Machine Head is finishing up writing their new album, which will be the follow up to "The Blackening." Here's the update they posted via Facebook:

"And so it begins... Machine Head are currently wrapping up writing for their as-yet-untitled seventh album and will be entering Green Day's Jingletown Studios in Oakland, CA this Saturday, April 16th to begin recording! As if that wasn't enough, we've also got a brand new video clip to whet your appetite!"

You can check out a "Making Of" video for the new album here.

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Helstar Members Joining Sabbath Judas Sabbath

James Rivera's Sabbath Judas Sabbath, a tribute to heavy metal icons Black Sabbath (primarily the Dio years) and Judas Priest, has been an ongoing side project for the Helstar front man over the past decade. Originating in Houston, Texas, the tribute band subsequently expanded to U.S. and European metal scenes in the form of "chapters", which feature musicians in each region.

This year the Houston-based chapter of Sabbath Judas Sabbath will unveil a new lineup consisting of two other Helstar members and will premier live this weekend in Houston and Corpus Christi. The band commented on the upcoming shows:

"Both shows are themed as 'James Rivera's Birthday Bash,' although the Houston Concert Pub event is especially unique, as it will commemorate the birthday of Rivera's dear friend, Leticia Estrada Auld, who passed away earlier this year due to cancer-related complications. In 2009, Rivera and Auld held a mutual birthday bash celebration together at the Concert Pub that featured a performance by Sabbath Judas Sabbath, which makes it fitting she be remembered at this year's occasion. Surprises will be revealed, memories will be had, and a rockin' good time is to be expected!" More...

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Blood Red Throne Signs To Sevared Records

Blood Red Throne announced in February that the band had parted ways with Earache Records. The group has now issued the following brief update about inking a new records deal:

"We' re glad to announce that we've signed with Sevared Records. Blood Red Throne enters the the studio late May to record their 6th full length album and will be released late August!"

Additional details on the band's upcoming album will be announced as they are made available.

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Peter Steele Tribute Album Officially Released

A year ago we lost one of heavy metal’s iconic voices with the untimely death of Type O Negative’s Peter Steele. Twelve bands hailing from Europe and both North and South America have lent their talents to pay tribute to the gothic metal giant and ensure his music continues to be played by fans all across the world.

In collaboration with Beneath the Woods studios and a dozen of the finest underground bands, Metalunderground.com is very proud to announce that “All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele” is now officially available. All twelve tracks from the album and a PDF booklet containing words from the bands are available for $3, which covers the costs of the mechanical license and the transaction fees. Metalunderground.com will be donating any leftover profits to charity.

You can buy your copy of the album as an immediate digital download starting today.

We would like to personally thank all of the bands involved for their fantastic contributions, and to all our readers who have stuck by us throughout the years. There's a little something for everyone in this tribute album, and we hope you'll love it just as much as we do.

Dan Mitchell of Beneath The Woods Studios also added, "My original idea was to find bands that were only interested in paying tribute to Peter, and not getting caught up in the politics of it all. No talks of money, labels, suits, or anyone trying to suck the life out of it. Just a straight up tribute. While we had people from Dave Ellefson to Anathema showing interest, their schedules are too busy from prior commitments.

“If you look back at Type O Negative's catalogue, they covered various songs by artists that were much different from the original. There were most definitely fans of Neil Young who hated their rendition of 'Cinnamon Girl,' and Seals and Crofts fans who hated 'Summer Breeze.' There were even fans of Sabbath who hated Type O's rendition of a Sabbath song.

“However, Johnny Kelly put it best when he said ‘These are what those songs would have sounded like if WE wrote them, its our interpretation of the material.’ That was actually his response to me commenting on how ‘different’ the music on this tribute is.”

To hear what the bands have to offer with their cover songs, two teaser trailers are available below. The groups involved in the tribute have also conducted a series of interviews with Metalunderground to talk about Peter Steele’s legacy and the future of metal icons. You can read about how Autumns Eyes, Dark Hound, and Fairytale Abuse approached their cover songs and how Peter Steele influenced them. More...

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Evile Posts More Recording Studio Footage Online

British thrashers Evile are currently in the studio recording what will be the band's third full-length album. The band is recording the new album at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England, and is working with producer Russ Russell. Evile has been posting a series of videos to keep fans up-to-date with what's going on in the studio. You can watch the newest video below:

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Reckless and Relentless Tour Wrecks Nashville, TN

The "Reckless and Relentless" tour, featuring headliner Asking Alexandria, is rolling forward despite being banned from Nashville venue Rocketown, and rolled right through The Cannery after a quick re-scheduling. The night of April 12th saw a flock of younger audiences out for the 6pm show, with an average age of about 16 years old. Unlike most other Nashville metal shows, they didn’t allow drinking and had thorough pat-downs at the doors. Nevertheless, the crowd sure looked like they had a good time. The bands backing Asking Alexandria were Chiodos, Emmure, Evergreen Terrace, Miss May I, and Lower Than Atlantis.

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