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Metal News for April 2, 2010

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Edenbridge Reveals Album Cover and Release Dates

Austrian metal band Edenbridge has revealed the cover artwork and release dates of the upcoming album, "Solitaire."

The album cover:

"Solitaire" will be released at these dates:
June 30: Spain
July 2: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy, Sweden
July 5: Rest of Europe
July13: USA/Canada

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Bison b.c. Premieres New Song, "Two-Day Booze"

Vancouver's Bison b.c. is set to release their 3rd album, and 2nd with Metal Blade Records, "Dark Ages," on April 13th. Stereogum.com, in addition to sponsoring their current tour with High On Fire, will also be exclusively premiering the new Bison b.c. track, Two-Day Booze. You can hear the track now on Stereogum.com.

A bison is "a big, hairy, strong animal," says James Farwell, who plays guitar and sings for Bison b.c. That could as just as well describe the band, which rose from the ass-end of the continent in Vancouver, Canada, to utter its doomed, plaintive call, and tramples through the constellations on its four shaggy limbs (James, Dan And, Masa Anzai, and Brad Mackinnon). Ghostly, windswept prairies, the mythical haunts of native lore: it is all there. Self-described "Canadian dirtbags" and veterans of Vancouver's deep thrash and indie scenes, they are hitting their stride and offering up a new soundtrack for our last party before certain extinction. There is illness, abuse, apocalypse, and French horn.

"Dark Ages" was recorded by Jesse Gander, who also recorded Quiet Earth, at The Hive Creative Labs in Burnaby, British Columbia and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

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Interview

Chris Reifert Discusses New Abscess Album

Guitarist and vocalist Chris Reifert has been involved with such lauded death metal acts as Death and Autopsy. His current band Abscess just saw a new release in the form of "Dawn of Inhumanity," a punk influenced album with a raw production that many fans of old school death metal crave. Speaking on the new album Reifert commented, "Our goal was to have it be like one piece and you want to hear the whole thing. Each song lends itself to the one before and after at. We wanted to get the full album experience instead of having people just put one or two songs on their iPod and forget the rest." A transcription of my conversation with Chris about the new album and the band's history can be viewed below. More...

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Inner Sanctvm Working On New Album

Inner Sanctvm has issued the following update about working on a second full-length album:

"Since the second half of 2009 we've been hard at work with Inner Sanctvm, the result to that is that a full comeback album has been written by Heber W. Hammer and 50% of the album has been already recorded. Drums were recorded in Spain by Alvaro (García), guitars in Uruguay by Heber, and bass tracks are being recorded this month of April by Francisco (Martín) in Sweden.

"In May we'll be starting with the vocal tracks in England, we're already working with a new singer but we can't give any further details until we have finished the first sessions, anyway we would like to anticipate to all of you that the new singer is somebody who's seen by many as a demigod from/since the 80's Death/Thrash Metal scene, and we are more than pleased that Inner Sanctvm is making it to the next level.

"Lot of people has been asking/requiring for the ‘Frozen Souls’ album, where and how to get it, we'll that album has been out of print for several years now, we have received some offers to re-release it but we won't do it before we come out with our new material, in the meantime we'll be giving away 200 entire and full quality downloads of the original album. Stay tuned..."

Inner Sanctvm's music can also be heard at the band's MySpace page.

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Job For A Cowboy Gears Up For Japanese Tour

Job For A Cowboy has issued the following brief update about their upcoming Japanese tour dates alongside Behemoth and Revocation:

"Japanese tour starts newt week! Saturday we get on a plane at 6 am to fly to Japan to play a few shows with Behemoth and Revocation! Can't wait to get back to Japan, it's always sick!"

Job For A Cowboy's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

4/6 2010 Club Quattro Nagoya Japan
4/7 2010 Club Quattro Tokyo Japan
4/10 2010 THE TRANSMISSION ROOM Auckland New Zealand
4/12 2010 Capitol Perth Perth WA Australia
4/13 2010 Fowlers Live Adelaide Australia
4/14 2010 Billboard Melbourne Australia
4/15 2010 Metro Sydney Australia
4/16 2010 HiFi Brisbane Australia
4/21 2010 Historic Southgate House Newport KY
4/23 2010 School Of Rock Teterboro NJ
4/24 2010 THE PALLADIUM Worcester MA
4/25 2010 Mohawk Place Buffalo NY
4/26 2010 Skully's Music Diner Columbus OH
4/27 2010 Otto Bar Baltimore MD
4/28 2010 Crocodile Rock Allentown PA
4/29 2010 Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh PA
4/30 2010 La TuLipe Montréal QC Canada
5/1 2010 Opera House Toronto ON Canada
5/2 2010 Magic Stick Detroit MI
5/3 2010 The Orpheum Stage Door Madison WI
5/4 2010 Mad Maggies Elgin IL
5/5 2010 Pop's Sauget IL
5/15 2010 The Fox Theater - Pomona Pomona CA
5/16 2010 The Boardwalk Orangevale CA
5/17 2010 The Hawthorne Theatre Portland OR
5/18 2010 El Corazon Seattle WA
5/19 2010 ICON Pocatello ID
5/20 2010 In The Venue Salt Lake City UT
5/21 2010 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs CO
5/22 2010 Bottleneck Lawrence KS
5/23 2010 The Hanger (TX) Wichita Falls TX
5/24 2010 Emo's Austin TX
5/25 2010 Dos Amigos Odessa TX
5/26 2010 Launchpad Albuquerque NM
5/27 2010 The Clubhouse Tempe AZ

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Site Update

April Fools! Did We Get You?

We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday! I know I'm a little late with this update, so sorry for the confusion. In our long-standing tradition, we devoted the entire day yesterday to fake news and spoofs. We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our eighth year of the tradition. Although we did trick a few of you by starting off with some very plausible (yet fake) stories. Thanks go to those of you who helped sell the stories and played along rather than blurt out “April Fools!” In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's April Fools stories here.

You can also check out our previous years' spoofs at the following pages:

As always, no offense is meant to either the people or bands discussed in the April Fools stories or to those whom we've attributed fake quotes. As is often the case in life, the bands we like most are the ones that get "picked on" in these stories.

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Powerman 5000 Announces U.S. Tour

Powerman 5000 will be embarking on a U.S. tour starting on the 23rd of April. The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:

4/23 2010 The Nakai Hall Window Rock, Arizona
4/24 2010 Phoenix Event Complex Phoenix, Arizona
4/27 2010 Lonestar Amp Lubbock, Texas
4/28 2010 Belton Expo Center Belton, Texas
4/30 2010 Cheyenne Saloon Las Vegas, Nevada
5/1 2010 New Oasis Sparks, Nevada
5/2 2010 Knitting Factory Boise, Idaho
6/1 2010 Whisky A Go Go Hollywood, California
6/3 2010 Hawthorne Theatre Potland, Oregon
6/5 2010 El Corazon Seattle, Washington
6/6 2010 Knitting Factory Spokane, Washington
6/6 2010 Rickshaw Vancouver
6/9 2010 Knickerbockers Lincoln, Nebraska
6/10 2010 The Rock Mapplewood, Minnesota
6/11 2010 3rd Street Live Cedar Rapids, Iowa
6/12 2010 The Annex Madison, Wisconsin
6/13 2010 Roadhouse Elgin Elgin, Illinois
6/14 2010 the Club @ Tom, Dick & Harrys Green Bay, Wisconsin
6/16 2010 Blondies Detroit, Michigan
6/17 2010 Vision Johnson City, Tennessee
6/18 2010 The Muse Nashville
6/19 2010 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
6/20 2010 Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado
6/21 2010 Club Vegas Salt Lake City, Utah
6/23 2010 The Rock Tuscon, Arizona
6/24 2010 UBs Meza, Arizona
6/25 2010 Ramona Mainstage Ramona, California
6/26 2010 Galaxy Concert Theater Santa Ana, California

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Ritual Calling It Quits

California black metal act Ritual, which had a mini-battle online with Metal Sanaz due to comments during an interview with us, has issued the following update about calling it quits after taking part in an upcoming split release:

"Split release will be last ever Ritual recording. 2 split releases are being finalized which most likely be the last ever release by the band. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control and increasing interest in exploring other styles of music I have decided to call it quits. Re-releases have been planned for some time but have moved at an extremely slow pace. Please do not pay any download site money for purchase of our material wait for the real thing.

"Ritual has never been part of any Southern California brotherhood, or a buddy band. I have always been a lone wolf, fought my own battles with very few allies. Hail Ernesto, Patrick, Jase & Mike, Scott, Emperor Dragoro, and a few others. Fuck the rest. Look for a new genre creation that will be just as dark but something new. Unexplored Depths Of Hell will be the last release."

Ritual's music can still be heard through the band's MySpace page.

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Drugs Of Faith To Record New Album

SelfMadeGod Records has issued the following update about Drugs of Faith recording a new full-length album:

"Ever since the release of the debut, eponymous mini-album in 2007, fans and press have been asking when Drugs of Faith is going to record a full-length record. That recording has finally been scheduled, for May 2010, at Developing Nations in Baltimore, Maryland, with Kevin Bernsten (of grindcore band Triac) at the helm.

"The as-yet-untitled first full-length record for the band, to be released by Selfmadegod Records out of Poland, will feature the grind ‘n’ roll sound the group is known for, as well as lyrics covering social and political subjects they continue to feel strongly about. This will be the first recording for the band since turning in their tracks to Relapse Records for This Comp Kills Fascists Vol. 2."

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Skeletal Spectre Issues New Album Update

Swedish horror-doom act Skeletal Spectre has issued the following update about working on their second full-length album:

"We're currently working on our 2nd album for Razorback Recordings! The title is going to be 'Revenge Seeking Spirit' and it's going to be 9 songs! Expect more dark, heavy, and catchy songs in the Skeletal way! heh heh! All lyrics are going to be written by Vanessa Nocera who penned the title track from our last album! Cover art is going to be done by Basilevs njArt from Russia! His stuff is amazing...just wait until you see the cover he's doing for us!"

Sample Skeletal Spectre tracks can be heard at this location.

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Unleashed Streaming Entire New Album

Swedish metallers Unleashed have made their new release "As Yggdrasil Trembles" available for streaming in its entirety through Metal Sucks. "As Yggdrasil Trembles" will be released on April 6th in North America and is currently available in Europe. The band also issued the following statement about the album:

"The new album continues on the same unstoppable path that was forged by their previous two releases Midvinterblot and Hammer Battalion, with infectious pagan themed death metal and the amazing lead work of Fredrik Folkare, while also freshly adding a few black metal flourishes here and there."

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Vader Kicks Off Killfest Tour

Polish death metallers Vader kicked off their "Killfest" tour yesterday evening in Philadelphia. Vader will be touring North America alongside thrash act Overkill. Vocalist Peter Wiwczarek has checked in with the following update:

"Hello VaderManiax! We've just finished the third attack on Europe covering the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia.... And today we kick off another tour in the US and Canada together with the legendary Overkill! KillFest - consisted of 30 shows (on two shows Vader appears as a headlining act). Marco Martell known from such bands as Against the Plagues or Malevolent Creation will join Vader to play the second guitar during this tour!!! Check out our myspace for more tour reports, coming soon!vStay Vaderized! ..m/. Keep your fingers crossed for another killer tour!"

Vader's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Entrapment Posts New Song Online

Dutch "zombifying soul tearing" death metal act Entrapment has posted a new, unmixed track online for streaming. The new song "The Sanctuary," along with several tracks from their earlier demo, can be heard at the official Entrapment MySpace page.

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Lifeless Streaming Song From After Party Massacre

German death metallers Lifeless are currently streaming a new track online that they recorded for the soundtrack of the upcoming "After Party Massacre" movie. The new song, entitled "Death to the Bone," can be heard at this location.

Lifeless also has the following upcoming tour dates:

4/30 2010 Symposium of sickness II Siegen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
5/29 2010 Metal Night Neuss Neuss, Nordrhein-Westfalen
9/17 2010 NRW-Deathfest Wermelskirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
9/18 2010 @ JC Erebos Spremberg, Brandenburg

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The Master Volume Streaming Two New Songs

Finland's The Master Volume recently released a new self-titled demo. The band is now streaming two tracks online from the demo. The songs "Imprisoned in Chains" and "Sell Your Soul" can be heard through The Master Volume's MySpace page.

The track listing for the new demo is as follows:

1. Imprisoned in Chains
2. Love Sucks
3. Sell Your Soul
4. Saviour Appears

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Tension Head Updates Tour Schedule

Saginaw, Michigan's Tension Head has announced the following string of upcoming live shows:

4/23 2010 Blondies Detroit, Michigan
5/7 2010 Prime Event Center Bay City, Michigan
5/22 2010 Eagles Ballroom (w/ SEETHER and HELLYEAH) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6/4 2010 Club Envy Muskegon, Michigan
6/5 2010 Carson’s Pub Live Indianapolis, Indiana
6/12 2010 Private Party Saginaw, Michigan
6/17 2010 Planet Rock Battle Creek, Michigan
8/7 2010 White’s Bar Saginaw, Michigan
8/13 2010 Private Party Flint, Michigan

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Against The Plagues Guitarist To Tour With Vader

Chicago's Against The Plagues has issued the following update about their guitarist Marco Martell performing with Vader:

"We are proud to announce that our new guitarist Marco Martell will play as a second guitarist for Polish death metallers Vader during the band's 'Killfest 2010' North American tour, which kicks off tomorrow night (Thursday, April 1) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Headlining the trek are veteran New Jersey thrashers Overkill, with additional support coming from God Dethroned, Warbringer, Evile and Woe of Tyrants."

You can check out Woe of Tyrant's music at the band's official MySpace page.

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Cattle Decapitation Cancels Canadian Tour

Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan has issued the following update about the band canceling their Canadian tour dates:

"Unfortunately, dear humans of Canada, I must why we can't come to Canada on the upcoming JFAC/Whitechapel tour: Here's the deal guys, I made a big mistake in June of 2001. I went out driving after a few drinks and the cops pulled me over. I blew just UNDER THE LEGAL LIMIT on the roadway (.06 - very much under the legal limit), but since I was swerving while looking in the rear view at the cop racing up behind me, they took me in and I got charged with a DUI. I fought it in court and got it reduced to a reckless driving conviction. Just to clarify, this all happened in San Marcos, California, not Canada.

"NOW, the Canadian border only cares about what I was charged with - a DUI, which they take very seriously and have threatened me with possible jail time if I try to come back up to Canada without getting it pardoned at the Canadian/US consulate. I paid $250 out of my own pocket for a "temporary residents permit" each of the 3 times we've been there since 2007. They said if I do not get a "Pardon" or successfully complete an 'application for rehabilitation' before the next time I try to cross into Canada, I will be going to jail. They keep this info in their systems for 10 years. In July 2011, this will all be behind me and I will not have to worry about crossing into Canada anymore. More...

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High On Fire To Join Metallica On Select Dates

Californian power trio High On Fire has been selected to join Metallica on select shows in May. “High on Fire is ecstatic to join Metallica on its upcoming tour,” said the band in a statement. "We are honored to be chosen by James, Lars, Kirk and Robert and look forward to introducing their loyal crowds to our brand of heaviness."

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Neverland Comments on New Album Track-by-Track

"Ophidia," The 2nd studio album of Dreamtone & Iris Mavraki's NEVERLAND will be released on March 29th. It includes guest apperances of Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva´s Pain/Savatage), Edu Falaschi (Angra/Almah) & Urban Breed (Bloodbound/Pyramaze). Read the band's comments on their album "track by track" here.

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Arma Gathas Posts New Song Online

The eminent metal outfit ARMA GATHAS has posted the song "New Savior" on their MySpace page. The song comes off of their debut album, "Dead To This World," which will be released on April 23rd/26th in Europe and on April 27th in North America.

ARMA GATHAS is former CATARACT guitarist Simon Fülleman, ex-BORN FROM PAIN singer Ché Snelting, MACHINEMADE GOD and ex-CORNELIUS guitarist Marc Niedersberg, ex-DISLOYAL drummer and talented drum student Max van Winkelhof and Alex Härtel on bass. They recorded their debut album "Dead To This World" in November 2009 at the Barracs studios together with Sky Hoff as a producer, who worked with Caliban in the past. Mastering was done by the legendary Alan Douches at the West West Side Studio in New York together with Simon in early December.

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Headline News

Danzig Signs To The End Records

Glenn Danzig is set to unleash his first new Danzig studio album in six years. "Deth Red Sabaoth," produced by Glenn and recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009, will be released on June 22, 2010 through Evilive and The End Records. The cover artwork will be done by artist Joe Chiodo.

The 11-track collection, penned by Danzig, includes tracks like "Black Candy," "The Revengeful," and the first single, "On A Wicked Night." Part 1 of the exquisite two-part "Pyre of Souls" opens with acoustic guitar, haunting piano, Glenn's plainsong vocal, and an almost dirge-like feel; Part II explodes with electric guitars and a driving, mesmerizing cadence. More...

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Setherial Posts New Music Video Online

Swedish black metallers SETHERIAL have posted their new video “A World In Hell,” online. Watch the video below:

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The Ocean Premire New Song On Full Metal Jackie

Full Metal Jackie, North America's largest syndicated metal radio show, is premiering a new track, "Swallowed By The Earth," from The Ocean's new album, "Heliocentric." Jackie will spin the song the weekend of April 2nd, so make sure to tune in to the rock radio station nearest you to listen. Full Metal Jackie airs on over 25 rock radio stations across the US, including: The Hog 102.9 in Milwaukee, WI (Saturdays 10pm-midnight), WNFZ 94.3 the X in Knoxville, TN (Saturdays 10pm-midnight), Rock 94 and a half in Spokane, WA (Saturday 12pm-2pm) and many more. You can find the station nearest you that carries the show as well as the broadcast time on the show's website.

The Ocean is releasing two CD's that are tied to one another. The first being "Heliocentric" out in April and the second being "Anthropocentric," due out in the fall 2010.

The track listing of "Heliocentric" is as follows:

01. Shamayim
02. Firmament
03. The First Commandment of the Luminaries
04. Ptolemy Was Wrong
05. Metaphysics of the Hangman
06. Catharsis of a Heretic
07. Swallowed by the Earth
08. Epiphany
09. The Origin of Species
10. The Origin of God More...

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In This Moment Posts New Studio Video Online

IN THIS MOMENT are currently at The Wolves Den studio in Las Vegas once again with acclaimed producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch) putting the finishing touches on their much anticipated new album, "A Star Crossed Wasteland," which is set for a summer release. The group are documenting the entire studio process so stay tuned for the final installment in the coming weeks. Watch the video below:

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Lair Of The Minotaur Posts New Music Video Online

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR has posted their new music video for the title track to their latest full length album "Evil Power" at this location. The video was directed by Ryan Oliver of Deathblow Productions. Set for release April 13th on the band's own The Grind-House Records, "Evil Power" was recorded by Sanford Parker in the band's Chicago stomping grounds.

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RATM Guitarist Featured In New Cypress Hill Video

The new music video from hip-hop veterans Cypress Hill, entitled, "Rise Up" has been posted online and features a guest appearance from Rage Against The Machine/former Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, who recorded the guitar tracks for the song. You can check out the video below. "Rise Up" is the title track from Cypress Hill's latest album which is out now via Priority/EMI Records. More...

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Column

The Rockstar Ramblings: Tattoos, Tequila, and Ratt

During the next couple months eighties glam artists Ratt and Vince Neil, and less glam, but very eighties, Slash and Ozzy Osbourne, will be releasing new albums. What year is it again? Anyway, this is a good time to not only start looking at the music, but the videos as well. This week: Vince Neil’s “Tattoos & Tequila” vs. Ratt’s “Best of Me”. More...

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Y&T Signs To Frontiers Records

American heavy metal band Y&T has announced that they have signed to Frontiers Records for thier new studio album, "Facemelter." This will be the bands first studio album in thirteen years and will be released on May 21st.

"What a great feeling to dive back into making new Y&T music," states frontman Dave Meniketti. "After being away from it for this long, the anticipation of writing a new CD worth of material was, at first, a bit scary, but as soon as we started up I was happy to find how natural it was to get right back in it again. I think we're going to have to keep this up, because musically and emotionally, we still have a lot to say!"

"It's ridiculous that we waited so long to make a new record," adds bassist Phil Kennemore. "In creating new music for Facemelter, I rediscovered the most important thing for any artist, and that is to continue creating . . . it feeds my soul. My hope for Facemelter is that people might just find a few new favorite Y&T songs."

The tracklisting for the album is as follows: More...

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Swashbuckle Reveals New Album Title

New Jersey based pirate metal outfit Swashbuckle has revealed some important details regarding their new studio album. A message from the band reads as follows: "Ahoy asshats and saucy wenches! At the moment we pirates three are hard at work on recording our new album entitled Crime Always Pays. That's right jerks, the thrash band with a pirate problem is back in action crafting malicious metal jams with tales of piratical shenanigans. It's gonna be a heavy record, so expect to beat the shit out of your siblings and parental units whilst ye get caught in a mosh. Expect some video-updates as we progress on our studio-adventures of musical-retardation, and while you're at it, catch us on the road in May with HYPOCRISY. It'll be a killer time.

"Some of the new song titles we got rollin' with are: 'This Rounds On You!', 'Raw-Doggin' At the Rawbar' and 'You Bring The Cannons, We'll Bring the Balls'. Aye, I know what you be thinkin', this seems like a whole 'lotta hooplah, but let me assure you...heh, it says ass....uh, where was I. Oh yeah, let me assure you that it'll thrash your fucking brains into your butt hole. Yep. I stand by that, brain-thrashed buttholes. Ooohh Yeah brother!

"Stay Classy, and eat a bowl of fuck. Love, Admiral Nobeard."

The tracklisting for the album is as follows: More...

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Korn Announces More Tour Dates

California based nu metal pioneers Korn has announced more headlining tour dates in North America as part of the Jagermeister Music Tour. Joining them on the trek will be 2 Cents.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Announces More Tour Dates

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has announced some more tour dates as part of their celebration of the 30th anniversary for their "Wildcat" record. The bands touring schedule is now as follows:

April 22nd - Bridgehouse 2 - Canning Town (London), England
April 24th - Keep it True 13 Festival - Konigshofen, Germany
May 1st - Classic Rock Festival @ Farnborough Football Club - Farnborough, UK
May 8th - Champions - Bournemouth, UK
May 12th - Fibbers - York, UK
May 14th - Asylum - Birmingham, UK
May 15th - The Diamond Rock Club - Ahoghill/ Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK
May 29th - Patriot Party In the Pub 2010 - Crumlin, Gwent, Wales, UK
May 30th - Tackeroo Club - Cannock, UK
June 11th - Robin 2 Bilston NWOBHM celebration - Bilston, Wolverhampton, UK
August 6th - Cambridge Rock Festival - Cambridge, UK
August 7th - Sportovni Areal Rejsice - Mlade Boleslavi, Czech Republic
August 14th - Legends of Rock Festival - Colegio Carrion - San Javier, Spain
September 10th - The Lancastrian Suite - Gateshead, UK

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Scorpions Announces North American Tour Dates

German heavy metal legends the Scorpions has entered America's Billboard album charts at number 23 with their newest, and final, studio album, "Sting In The Tail" after selling around 18,500 copies of the album in the United States last week. The album has also done well in Canada, reaching the number 22 spot on the Canadian album charts.

The band also announced the first set of dates for their tour of North America, which will see them joined by Cinderella and Dokken. The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Taking Dawn To Support KISS In The UK

American hard rockers Taking Dawn has been confirmed as the main support band for the forthcoming KISS tour of the United Kingdom and Republic Of Ireland. Speaking on the tour, Taking Dawn frontman Chris Babbitt stated: "I still think my guys are fucking with me. Isn’t Ashton Kutcher supposed to punk only famous people? Not even in 100,000 years did I think we’d really be opening for KISS... especially after the third farewell tour! We’ve got our Love Gun locked and loaded, and can’t wait to strut the same stage as our heroes. This is such an honour it’s almost too overwhelming for words."

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Soilwork Comments On New Album

Soilwork vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid has posted a new update online discussing the bands forthcoming new studio album and the bands recent travel problems. The message reads as follows:

"Hi all!

"So, here we are, back in Sweden after the worst travel experience we've ever had. We were supposed to fly from Greensboro to Newark and then connect there to Stockholm. We arrived at Greenboro and found out that our flight was delayed, only 30 mins though. 30 mins turned into 2 hours and we started to realize that we were gonna miss our connecting flight to Stockholm from Newark. The Continental staff told us that if we don't make it for the Stockholm flight, they would put us on a flight to Manchester, UK and then fly from there to Stockholm. When we arrive at Newark, we see our SAS flight pass by from our seats, it's like there was a huge middle finger painted on the side of it. When we get inside the airport, the staff are telling us that our Manchester flight is delayed 3 hours, which meant that we now had a total of 6 hours layover. More...

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New Ozzy Osbourne DVD To Be Released In June

A new Ozzy Osbourne live DVD will be released on June 29th, which contains a full concert from the heavy metal icon from his 1982 Diary Of A Madman tour. The concert clocks in at around 72 minutes and features guitarist Brad Gillis who had replaced Randy Rhoads following his tragic death. The show contains 13 songs including the Black Sabbath staples, "Iron Man," "Children Of The Grave" and "Paranoid." The DVD also comes with a full 20 page reconstruction of the original tour programme and a CD of the concert.

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Icarus Witch Reveals New Second Guitarist

American heavy metal band Icarus Witch has announced that have found a new second guitarist. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Many people have mentioned over the last few years that they miss hearing Icarus Witch as a two guitar line-up with the harmonies, rhythms and dual leads intact. Our position was that we also enjoy hearing those elements but did not want to inject a new, unknown member into an equation that was already running so smoothly on stage. While on the Paul DiAnno tour we were fortunate enough to have that secnd guitar slot for Paul's set filled by a phenomenal talent in Pittsburgh area guitarist, Ed Skero (aka Full Metal Duffy).

"Performing that challenging set every night with Ed on stage proved a couple of things: More...

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Municipal Waste Guitarist Founds New Band

Ryan Waste, guitarist of crossover thrash metal band Municipal Waste, has announced that he has formed a new band entitled Volture, which will be more in the vein of bands such as Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate and Heavy Load. A statement from Ryan Waste reads as follows:

"Ever since I was a young headbanger, I dreamed of doing a real heavy metal band. Growing up on Judas Priest and eventually delving into more obscure NWOBHM bands, I yearned to have one of my own. It wasn’t until 8 years ago when I met our vocalist, Brent Hubbard, that I thought this would actually be possible. His natural singing ability floored me upon the first note and I knew we needed to start a band. It’s been a long time coming, but I am proud to say we have arrived in full force to shock the world with Volture! In this heavy metal ensemble, I returned to my musical roots as a bass player along side the phenomenal shredder Nick Poulos on guitar. Joined by veteran Barry Cover behind the kit, we are now stronger than ever."

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Orphaned Land Posts "Making Of" New Video Online

Israeli heavy metal outfit Orphaned Land has posted a new video online, which takes a look at the making of their latest music video, "Sapari." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands fourth studio album, "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR." Speaking on the song, the video and its meaning, vocalist Kobi explained: "With the video clip, we are trying to reflect this inner search of a man and his spirit. The actor, Matti Atlas, was filmed in a room, sitting in a box, writing scared stuff. This is the exact way they used to sit and write in the old days in Yemen. He is writing… searching. At one point, he starts to freak out; to write on the walls, on his body, getting even possessed in a way. He is alone, confused, searching for answers and meaning, just as we all are.

"Sapari (means ‘tell me’ in hebrew) is a 17th century poem written by Sa'adia ben Amram, a jewish Poet who lived in Yemen back then. The song is a duet between the poet and his soul. The poet seeks for his soul and asks her where is ‘she'. The soul, described as a dove in the song, answers that she is at the high chamber, heavens, preparing herself to wear the shape of a human body. In a way, this song reflects the inner search that every human is going through. W e are getting to know our self more and more each and every day, and our journey here is far from being easy." More...

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Gorgoroth Commences Work On New Album

Norwegian black metal favourites Gorgoroth has announced that they have begun work on their follow up to their recent studio album, the highly acclaimed, "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt." A message from the band reads as follows:

"Infernus (guitar) has just returned from rehearsals in Tomas Asklund's Monolith Studio outside of Stockholm, and the work on the follow-up album to Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt is progressing as planned.

"Half the new album (which is still untitled) has been recorded in pre-production form, and work on the album will continue through the year in between touring and festival appearances, with a tentative 2011 release date.

"The upcoming European tour is Gorgoroth's first European tour since 2005 and the first tour to feature Pest (vocals) since 1997, and the band is looking forward to getting back on the road again after this long absence. More...

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Manowar Announces South American Tour

American heavy metal veterans Manowar has announced that they will be heading to South America next month for a headlining tour. The tour will mark be the bands first appearance in Brazil in twelve years and their first appearance in Argentina for fourteen years. Bass player Joey DeMaio commented:

"Not only does the South American leg of The Death To Infidels World Tour 2010 mark a long overdue return to these hallowed grounds of metal, but it also marks the first invasion of Chile!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Magnum Begins Work On New Album

Magnum members Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin has announced that they are currently in Mad Hat's Studios working on the next Magnum record. A quick message states: "With the songs already written, the task is now to cut these down to the songs that will eventually end up on the album."

This will be the bands first album since last years "Into The Valley Of The Moonking."

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Wolf Posts New Music Video Online

Swedish heavy metal outfit Wolf has posted a new music video online for their song, "Hail Caesar." You can check it out below. Speaking on the video, guitarist Johannes stated: “When approached by Morning Star Films to shoot a video for 'Hail Cesar' we were thrilled since we've never worked with them before. They had similar ideas as we did for a video since we wanted a "down to earth" heavy metal video. No fancy stuff, just a lotta flying v's and head banging. We decided to let Morning Star follow us from load-in till doors close. And where better to capture the insanity of a Wolf gig than in Gothenburg/Sweden at the Belsepub on our Ravenous tour?

"All said and done! We give you a video with us, our fans, beer, guitars, tattoos, sweat and the works. We wanted the intense feeling of a club gig and we wanted to make it feel like "you're there". We thru in a few clips from a movie as well, just to give it an artistic feel... but truth said... we just wanted the head banging right?

"Working on a video including live clips make you wanna play live even more, so we're very excited to unleash this live fury on the upcoming gigs at the Rock Hard in Germany and also, for the first time for Wolf, in Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur fest!

"So enjoy... we goddamn did... and still do!" More...

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Sick Of It All Posts Another New Song Online

New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All has posted another new song online from their forthcoming new studio album, "Based On A True Story." You can check out the song, "Lowest Common Denominator" below, where you can also view an Electronic Press Kit for the album. "Based On A True Story" is the ninth studio album from the band and will be released on April 19th in Europe and April 20th in North America. More...

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Slayer Reschedule Kemmel Appearance

American thrash metal legends Slayer has rescheduled their forthcoming appearance on the Jimmy Kemmel Live! show. The band will now be performing on the show on May 20th. This will be the bands first performance since frontman Tom Araya had to receive back surgery at the end of January.

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