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Metal News for April 17, 2011

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Billy Milano Joins Exhorder on Stage for SOD Song

Metal/hardcore legend Billy Milano joined Exhorder for a performance of the classic S.O.D. song "United Forces" in Austin, Texas on April 16th. "United Forces" appeared on S.O.D.'s 1985 crossover classic "Speak English or Die." Short for Stormtroopers of Death, the now defunct S.O.D. was a a thrash/crossover super group featuring Scott Ian and Charlie Benante of Anthrax, Danny Lilker of Nuclear Assault, and Billy Milano of M.O.D.

The April 16th show was one of three dates scheduled on Exorder's mini-tour. The recently reunited Exhorder played Fort Worth, Texas, at The Rail Club the night before and left Austin for their New Orleans, Louisiana performance at The Hangar scheduled for the following night. Texas thrashers Rigor Mortis joined Exhorder on the two Texas dates.

The Austin show was Jorge Caicedo's second show as bassist for Exhorder. Caicedo filled the vacancy left by recently deceased Frankie Sparcello. Sparcello's cause of death has yet to be determined.

Check back in with Metal Underground for an upcoming show report on Exhorder's Austin performance and interview with Exhorder front man, Kyle Thomas.

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Alice in Chains To Headline Rock On The Range

Alice in Chains is headlining Canada's Rock On The Range this August. The festival takes place on Saturday August 20, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada at Canad Inns Stadium. Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 15 at 10am CDT. Full details and ticketing can be found here.

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Iced Earth Adds Istanbul To European Tour

Iced Earth has been confirmed to play The Refresh Venue in Istanbul, Turkey on 13.12.2011. This date was been added to our European leg of the 2011-2012 world tour.

A complete list of all European dates can be found below, as reported on the Iced Earth web site.

Retiring vocalist Matt Barlow will perform with Iced Earth on all European summer festival dates. New vocalist Stu Block will perform with Iced Earth starting in November on their 2011-2012 World Tour.

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Quiet Riot Cancels Australian Tour

Reunited heavy metal veterans Quiet Riot has announced that they have cancelled their previously announced tour of Australia and New Zealand, stating: "As a consequence of the promoter’s breach of contract the Metal Health Tour scheduled for April 2011 in Australia and new zealand has been cancelled." The tour was scheduled to kick off at the end of this month and the band were to bring fellow California rockers Warrant and L.A. Guns with them.

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De Profundis Posts Bangalore Live Footage

De Profundis has posted footage online of the band performing at The Great Indian Octoberfest 2010 in Bangalore. You can check out the clip below.

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Gotham O.D. Announces New Tour Dates

Gotham O.D. has issued the following update about lining up Chinese tour dates and streaming a new song online:

"Hi folks! A couple of cool things to tell you about: Gotham O.D has published a new website while preparing for future adventures and releases. Along with the new website a new song, 'Escape to Salvation' can be listened from the site for a short period of time. Enjoy! The band will also be returning to the stages after a couple week's break, check out the site, the song and the live dates here!

"Exciting tour info: Gotham O.D will be touring in China for a couple of weeks in August. The tour will take our heroes from capital city Beijing to Bao Tou, Eastern Mongolia and back to eastern seaboard, the tour ending in Shanghai. Gotham O.D is very thrilled and can't wait to perform Scandinavian heavy rock to our chinese friends! The tour dates can be found here! More info and details updated later."

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Arch Enemy Previews New Songs on Magazine Comps

ARCH ENEMY has teamed up with Metal Hammer Germany (out now) and Close Up Magazine Sweden (out May 3rd)* to offer you an appetizer for the upcoming album "Khaos Legions," which will be in stores on May 30th all across Europe.

Both magazines are featuring a special ARCH ENEMY CD compilation with the title "Dawn Of Khaos," which includes two exclusive new songs of their upcoming album "Khaos Legions," a rare Kiss cover song, two unreleased live tracks and seven classic songs taken from previous ARCH ENENMY albums.

Here's the exact tracklist:

1. Yesterday Is Dead And Gone (Khaos Legions, 2011)
2. No Gods, No Masters (Khaos Legions, 2011)
3. The Oath (Kiss Cover)
4. My Apocalypse (Doomsday Machine, 2005)
5. Nemesis (Doomsday Machine, 2005)
6. Dead Eyes See No Future (Tyrants Of The Rising Sun – Live, 2008)
7. We Will Rise (Anthems Of Rebellion, 2003)
8. Revolution Begins (Rise Of The Tyrant, 2007)
9. Ravenous (Wages Of Sin, 2001)
10. Beast Of Man (The Root Of All Evil, 2009)
11. Dark Insanity (Live From Metal Female Voices Festival, 2010)
12. I Will Live Again (Live From Metal Female Voices Festival, 2010)

"We are proud that our Swedish brothers in metal return with another great album! And we are glad to present two new songs and 10 more tracks in our upcoming magazine." Robban ( Chief editor / Close-Up Magazine)

Furthermore, the band has posted the third and last studio report online, which documents the work on the upcoming album "Khaos Legions":

(*Please note that the "Dawn Of Khaos" CD is a special offer for the subscribers of Sweden's Close Up Magazine. You can get more information here.)

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Korpblod Posts New Song "Vandringen"

Swedish act Korpblod has checked in with the following update about streaming a new song online:

"A new song entitled 'Vandringen' has been posted on myspace and this song will be featured on the next full-length which is entitled 'Vardens färd.'

"At the moment we are not tied to any label and have no idea as of now when or how to release 'Vardens Färd,' but whatever happens we hope that this now almost 1 year old material will surface before 2011 is over. More information will be made available in due time. Regards to everyone who supports us."

You can check out the new song by navigating to the band's MySpace page here.

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A Wanted Awakening Offering EP As Free Download

Lowell, MA based five piece metal act A Wanted Awakening is currently offering the band's "Rebirth" EP both for streaming and as a free download. You can check out the songs by heading over to the A Wanted Awakening's Bandcamp page.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Flameborn
2. Misanthrope
3. The Massacre To Come
4. Spiders
5. The Perseus Veil

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Revilement Announces Touring Drummer

Taiwanese death metal act Revilement, which contributed a cover of the song "Sex and Violence" for Metalunderground.com's Peter Steele tribute album, has issued the following update about recruiting a new live drummer:

"We are pleased to announce that while Billy finishes his military service, drummer Jack Tung will be filling in at our shows in Taiwan and overseas. Jack already kicked ass for us during our Japanese tour, and will be playing at our show at The Wall on May 15th, and at Asia Metal Festival 2011 and Singapore Death Fest 2011 in June and July! Come see this monster in action!"

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Cirrha Niva To Support Crimson Glory

Dutch band Cirrha Niva, which recently recruited a new bassist, has issued the following update about touring with Crimson Glory:

"We are happy to announce that Cirrha Niva will be part of the complete European Crimson Glory 25th Anniversary Tour! We will support Crimson Glory and Triosphere on every clubshow in April and May 2011. Here are the dates."

April 27 2011 Dynamo, Eindhoven, Holland
April 28 2011 Boederij, Zoetermeer, Holland
April 29 2011 Atak, Enschede, Holland
May 02 2011 Z-7, Pratteln, Switzerland
May 03 2011 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
May 04 2011 Kaminwerk, Memmingen, Germany
May 07 2011 Turock, Essen, Germany
May 08 2011 Rondpunkt 26, Genk, Belgium

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Sunday Old School: Madball

What did you get up to when you were twelve years old? Did you play video games at home, play sports outside or go fishing with your dad? Whatever it was, chances are you weren’t in a hardcore band. Not a lot of people can say that, but Freddy Cricien can. Freddy Cricien is the younger half brother of Agnostic Front singer Roger Miret and would frequently join the band onstage to perform The Animals’ song, "It’s My Life." Eventually, Cricien was encouraged to start his own band, which he did in 1988 at the age of twelve with Miret on bass, Agnostic Front guitarist Vinnie Stigma and drummer Will Shepler. Naming the band, Madball, their music mostly comprised of unused Agnostic Front material and they quickly released their first demo, "Ball Of Destruction" in 1989. After adding a second guitarist in the form of Matt Henderson and spending a few more years performing, the band finally released another record in 1992 entitled, "Droppin’ Many Suckers."

Following Miret’s departure, Cricien recruited a friend of his, Hoya Roc to become the band’s new bassist and shortly afterwards, the group found themselves signed to Roadrunner Records. Through the label, Madball released their full length album, "Set It Off" in 1994, which enabled the band to tour not only across America, but also in Europe, performing at such events as Dynamo Open Air, as well as appearing in the documentary movie NYHC in 1995. They continued to expand their fanbase the next year when they released "Demonstrating My Style," a record which features the song, "Pride (Times Are Changing,)" arguable their most well known song along with the title track from "Set It Off." Two more albums, "Look My Way" and "Hold It Down" were released in 1998 and 2000 respectively, both of which received good reviews from critics and were met with positive feedback from fans, before the band decided to call it a day in early 2001.

The split didn’t last long however as Cricien and Hoya resurrected Madball late the next year, writing new music and touring internationally. Although the group came back in 2002, it would take until 2005 before they released a new full length album (though an EP entitled, NYHC was released in 2004,) which came in the shape of "Legacy." Since the release of the record, Madball have continued to perform all over the world, cementing their place as one of the true greats of the New York hardcore scene, easily ranking highly with Agnostic Front and Sick Of It All. They’ve also been releasing new music, with "Infiltrate The System" hitting the shelves in 2007, before their most recent record, "Empire" was released last year. The Madball name is now proving to transcend genres and the band has become rather popular amongst the New York hip-hop scene, being referenced by the likes of Ill Bill and Q Unique, not least in part to Cricien's own hip-hop outputs under the name Freddy Madball, the moniker with which he released his solo album, "Catholic Guilt." More...

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