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Metal News for April 27, 2011

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43 news articles posted on this day.

New Nightfall Members Comment On Joining The Band

Greek symphonic death metal act Nightfall recently recruited Constantine on guitar and Stathis Ridis on bass. The members made their debut appearance with the band on April 8th.

Constantine commented on joining the group: "Hello fans of Nightfall! I'm more than happy to announce you that now I'm part of the Athenean conspiracy. I have been a huge Nightfall fan myself since their very first steps and it's actually a dream come true for me playing with this band. Nightfall is now stronger than ever along with their best album release and line-up, ready to unleash the massive hordes of Astron Black! See you on the road."

Stathis Ridis also added, "Greetings to all, I am extremely delighted to inform you that i have joined the legendary Death Metal band Nightfall! It is a great honor for me to share the stage with them for this killer album and I believe that Nightfall will undoubtedly be one of the most rewarding experience of my career."

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As Hell Retreats Signs To Ain't No Grave

Ain't No Grave Recordings has announced the 3rd addition to the label's expanding roster with the signing of Tennessee-based act As Hell Retreats. The band released "Revival" via Strike First last year and is now putting the finishing touches on a second record entitled "Volition," which will be released on July 26th, 2011. The band will also be appearing on the Scream The Prayer Tour this summer.

Jackson Greene (vocals) comments, "We are happy to be a part of ANGR and excited to work with its amazing staff. Our album, 'Volition', has been in the works for over a year now and we couldn't be any happier with how it turned out. We've matured greatly since our first full-length, trying to incorporate new influences and ideas to our music, both instrumentally and lyrically. It is a blessing to have ANGR releasing this for us in the summer. We cannot wait to share this record with everyone."

The band has also teamed with AOL Noisecreep to launch a brand new track entitled "Young Heretic" that can be streamed at this location.

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Turisas Posts "Stand Up and Fight" Video

The new Turisas release "Stand Up and Fight" brought the band stateside once again, this time pillaging North America alongside Cradle of Filth, Nachtmystium, and Daniel Lioneye. Now, the band has completed work on the first video to accompany the album's title track. "Stand Up and Fight" was premiered through Bloody-Disgusting.com and can be viewed below.

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The Francesco Artusato Project Signs To Sumerian

Sumerian Records has issued the following announcement about signing The Francesco Artusato Project:

"Sumerian Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of the dynamic, renowned guitar shredder Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) who will be releasing his new solo album, 'Chaos and The Primordial,' under The Francesco Artusato Project moniker on June 28th. The album will be available across all digital platforms and full-artwork physical copies will soon be available exclusively via this location or at his merch booth at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival all summer long."

Head over now to the project's Facebook page in order to view the disc's artwork and track listing and to stream the new title track.

Artusato states: “The song 'Chaos and the Primordial' is a very technical and intense track that has a progressive vibe with some very open and lyrical parts mixed with very powerful moments of intensity and complexity. It perfectly showcases the mixture and musical variety that is strongly prevalent across the entire disc.” More...

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Rammstein Interviewed At Golden Gods Awards

Metalinjection.net has posted a video interview online with Rammstein at the Golden Gods awards, which can be viewed below. Metalinjection also commented on the clip:

"Rob talks to the vocalist (Till Lindemann) and drummer (Christoph 'Doom' Schneider) of Rammstein about fire marshalls, exploding babies and their killer videos. The band went on to win the Best Live Band award at the Golden Gods."


Click Here To Watch The Video

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New Winds Of Plague Album Hits Billboard Top 200

Winds of Plague's new album "Against the World" debuted at #60 on the Billboard Top 200 for the band's highest sales debut yet. "Against the World" also took the following spots on other Billboard charts:

Top Hard Music Albums - #3
Top Independent Albums - #6
Top Current Rock Albums - #13
Top Current Albums - #57

"Against the World" was produced by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed) and features guest appearances by Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), Martin Stewart (Terror), Drew York (Stray From The Path) and Mattie Montgomery (For Today). Fans of pro-wrestling were also given a huge treat in the form of a guest appearance from one of the WWE's most electrifying figures of all time - The Ultimate Warrior, who performs a spoken word track entitled "The Warrior Code."

A teaser trailer for the "Drop The Match" music video is also available at this location.

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Dream Theater Posts Second Drummer Search Clip

Dream Theater has now posted the second episode of "Dream Theater: The Spirit Carries On," which showcases the band's search for a new drummer to replace Mike Portnoy. The video can be viewed below. Details on the first clip in the documentary series are available at this location.

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Fatality Posts Free Song For Download

Toronto thrashers Fatality have released a new song dubbed "Thrash Fuck Eat Sleep" for free download in celebration of their upcoming "Eastern Intoxication Tour" that will see the band tour east coast Canada and USA from May 4th to June 3rd. To download "Thrash Fuck Eat Sleep" head over to the Fatality Bandcamp page.

Fatality released a debut album "Beers From The Grave" back in 2009 and has shared the stage with acts such as Municipal Waste, Bonded By Blood, Evile, Holy Grail, Exodus, and Razor. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

May 4, 2011 - Oshawa, ON - The Atria - w/ Bolero, Into Exile, Fallen Legion (Free Show)
May 5, 2011 - Ottawa, ON - Café Dekcuf - w/ I Colossus, Naartok, Barrow Wight
May 6, 2011 - Montreal, QC - Hemisphere Gauche - w/ Dissension, Trainwreck Architect + guests
May 7, 2011 - St. Hyacinthe, QC - Bar le Trash - w/ Eternal Judgment, Alcoholator, Dusk, T.P.G.
May 8, 2011 - Quebec City, QC - Bar Octobre - w/ Eternal Judgment, Warnatic
May 11, 2011 - Moncton, NB - Plan B - w/ Sanktuary
May 12, 2011 - Fredericton, NB - F Studio - w/ Sanktuary
May 13, 2011 - Halifax, NS - Coconut Grove - w/ Sanktuary, Threshold Guardian
May 14, 2011 - Boston, MA - O’Brien’s Pub - w/ Skull Hammer, Led to the Grave
May 15, 2011 - Providence, RI - Firehouse 13 - w/ Skull Hammer + guests
May 16, 2011 - Portland, ME - Geno’s Rock Club - w/ Hessian, Skull Hammer, WarAnimal
May 17, 2011 - Framingham, MA - The Chop Shop - w/Skull Hammer, Crypter, Xatatax
May 18, 2011 - New York City, NY - The Acheron - w/ Brohammer
May 19, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA - JR'S Bar - w/Rumpelstitskin Grinder, Hessian, Coffin Dust
May 20, 2011 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose - w/ Mantic Ritual, Crown the Lost + guests
May 21, 2011 - Cleveland, OH - Gomorrah - w/ Vindicator, Miasmal Mammoth Grinder
May 22, 2011 - North Canton, OH - Sadie Rene’s - w/ Vindicator, Mortifier
June 3, 2011 - Toronto, ON - Blue Moon Pub - w/ Bolero, Derelict

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Elitist Reveals New Album Details

Elitist will see the release of the band's debut album on June 20th (one day later in North America). This wild piece of old school death metal mixed with sludgecore influences is entitled "Fear in a Handful of Dust," and the track listing is as follows:

1. Burning the Unspoken Gospel
2. Cult Malevolence
3. Ivory Shavings of the Tools Unknown
4. Black Wool
5. Watch as They Worship, Yet Be Silent
6. Slowly Fucked and Force Fed
7. A Howling Wind
8. Human All Too Human
9. Bound and Bent
10. Toothless and Yawning
11. Tower of Meth

The cover artwork for the "Fear in a Handful of Dust" album can be viewed at this location.

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Fair To Midland Posts "Musical Chairs" Song Online

As previously announced, Season of Mist recently inked a deal with Texan act Fair to Midland. The band's forthcoming album is entitled "Arrows and Anchors" and will hit European stores on July 11th. You can now listen to the song "Musical Chairs" on the Season of Mist MySpace and Facebook pages. The new album's track listing can be viewed below, along with a teaser clip for "Arrows and Anchors."

1. Heavens to Murgatroyd
2. Whiskey and Ritalin
3. Musical Chairs
4. Uh-Oh
5. Amarillo Sleeps on my Pillow
6. A Loophole in Limbo
7. Typhoid Mary Sends her Best
8. Short Haired Tornado
9. The Upset at Bailey Bridge
10. Rikki Tikki Tavi
11. Golden Parachutes
12. Bright Bulbs and Sharp Tools
13. Coppertank Island
14. Three Foolproof Ways to Buy the Farm
15. The Greener Grass

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A Pale Horse Named Death Streaming "Heroin Train"

SkullsNBones.com is hosting an exclusive stream of the new track "Heroin Train" from A Pale Horse Named Death. The track is taken from the band's debut album "And Hell Will Follow Me," which will be released June 14th on SPV/Steamhammer. The track can be streamed at this location.

A Pale Horse Named Death is the brainchild of Brooklyn, NY native Sal Abruscato. Sal's partner in crime on "And Hell Will Follow Me" is Matt Brown, sound engineer extraordinaire and guitarist of fellow NY band Seventh Void. "The chemistry between me and Matt is unique and flawless very rare in today's music. We are the murdering evil version of Lennon and McCartney." says Abruscato.

Brown adds, "Sal asked me if I would help to take these songs to the next level. I took on this project for my friend, to find some closure in rough times. The music is just an extension of our friendship and our passion for creativity."

The album artwork was done by Sam Shearon aka Mr. Sam, who has previously done work for Rob Zombie, Fear Factory and Cradle of Filth to name a few, and features a 20 page booklet with artwork for each individual song. Additionally, the Double LP version will feature a never before heard bonus track called "Pick Up Truck."

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Vampires Everywhere! Returns To Brokencyde Tour

Vampires Everywhere! is scheduled to release the new album "Kiss the Sun Goodbye" on May 17th, and a teaser for the album can be viewed here. The band has been touring alongside crunkcore act Brokencyde on "The Death Race Tour," but Vampires Everywhere! was forced to sit out some recent performance dates due to unspecified reasons. Michael Vampire has now issued the statement regarding the band's return to the tour:

"Hello Evil Ones, I am writing to update all of you on my current situation regarding tour & my health. I have been in the hospital for over a week. During the Death Race Tour, I noticed my arm was swollen which progressed throughout the tour. The day of our Atlanta show, I was feeling horrible and asked the band to drive me to the hospital, which I thought was going to be an in and out experience. It turns out my arm was infected badly & needed immediate surgery. Thus VE! had no choice but to cancel tour dates until I was fully recovered. I am being released from the hospital this week and I am feeling much better! We will catch up with the Death Race Tour in Denver at the Marquee Theatre, which I am very excited for! I appreciate all your support during this horrible experience. I will never forget your evil love! See you all on the last leg of The Death Race Tour and our upcoming 'Horror Nights 2011' tour with Aiden, Eyes Set To Kill, Dr. Acula and Get Scared!"

The Death Race Tour w/ Brokencyde, Dot Dot Curve and It Boys

5/2 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
5/3 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
5/5 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

The Horror Nights 2011 Tour w/ Aiden, Eyes Set To Kill, Get Scared & Dr. Acula

5/9 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
5/10 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
5/11 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
5/12 Sauget, IL @ Pops Nite Club
5/13 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
5/14 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
5/15 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
5/17 Detroit, MI @ Shelter
5/18 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
5/21 Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
5/22 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
5/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
5/25 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft/The Chance
5/27 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/28 Montreal, QC @ Le National
5/29 Toronto, ON @ The Annex Wreck Room
5/31 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
6/1 Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
6/2 Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox Laundrolounge
6/3 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/4 Orlando, FL @ The Social
6/5 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
6/7 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
6/8 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
6/9 Dallas, TX @ The Door
6/10 El Paso, TX @ Club 101
6/11 Tucson, AZ @ Skrappy's
6/12 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
6/14 West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
6/15 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's Pizza
6/17 San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
6/18 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
6/19 Lancaster, CA @ Mango Tango
6/20 Stockton, CA @ Plea For Peace Center
6/21 Oakland, CA @ Metro Operahouse
6/23 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
6/25 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

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Skineater Signs To Pulverised Records

Pulverised Records has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with Skineater:

"Pulverised Records is proud to welcome Swedish death metal fiends Skineater to their ever-expanding roster of brutality.

"Formed in late 2008, Skineater features scene veterans Håkan Stuvemark (ex-Wombbath, ex-In Thy Dreams), Stefan Westerberg (ex-Carnal Forge, ex-In Thy Dreams etc.), Thomas Ohlsson (Apostasy, ex-The Project Hate MCMXCIX) and Jörgen Ström (The Mary Major)."

Commented Stuvemark of the signing: "All we've heard about [Pulverised] -- and through our own experience during negotiating with the label -- has been good! Now we can aim to record the debut album. The recording will take place this summer and with this excellent lineup, we are ready to cause some damage, so keep yer eyes and ears open!"

Added Pulverised Records A&R manager Calvin Chiang: "After we heard about Skineater, it was obviously a no-brainer that their brand of crushing death metal fitted the Pulverised roster perfectly. With their downright devastating and ruthless vibe combined with a slight tinge of melodic elements;,we knew there was something remarkable about Skineater! The band is all set to record their debut album in the summer, so be prepared for some skin-crawling death metal this year!"

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Before The Dawn Posts "Deathstar Rising" Teaser

Before the Dawn will be releasing the new album "Deathstar Rising" in the U.S. on May 3rd, 2011. The band has now posted a new teaser for the album online, which can be viewed below.

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Moribund Oblivion Posts New Music Video

Moribund Oblivion has posted a music video online for the song "Üzgünüm," which is off the band's new album "Manevi." You can check out the video clip below, or view the album's cover artwork at this location.

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Aggressive Disorder Postpones Album

Aggressive Disorder has issued the following announcement about delaying the band's upcoming album due to the recent disasters in Japan:

"We regret to inform our fans in Japan that our forthcoming album has been delayed there for a while. Due to the tragic events that have taken place there. As the town of Minamisanriku was devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami. This town housed the offices of our label there, Speedworks Records.

"Days after the events unfolded, we learned that the staff was among the missing. Fearing the worst, we did not want to make a public statement, until all the details were in. We were being kept updated by label boss Sakura Oto's sister of the events unfolding.

"We are now at the point that we can make a official announcement, that our worst fears have not come true. Many of the staff that were injured are being treated in Osaka and Tokyo. We have been in contact with Mr. Oto via email. He vows to regroup and open new offices in Osaka by the summer.

"The delay in release also gives us a chance to work in returning Bassist Dan Quinn. So to put it simply, we have pushed back our recording of the next album to the early Fall. The band has been hard at work on the album, Dan has been the extra push we needed. Just him being back here has got both of us more into what we are doing as far as the creative process, and the chance to get some shows in is a good possibility. We have a little more time to write the album, with the album release being delayed. When Dan came back in, he threw some old material at us, and we had a blast playing it. Stuff we haven't done in a long time…..THANKS ALOT DAN!!! LOL."

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Enochian Theory Posts Still From Animated Film

Enochian Theory is currently finishing up producing "The Fire Around The Lotus," an animated short film which has taken the band over 8 months to complete. A still image from the film can be viewed below, with more details expected to be released shortly.

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In other news, Enochian Theory has started work on writing the follow up to last years' "Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio." Enochian Theory is currently slated to enter the studio by the end of July, 2011.

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Derelict Streaming New EP

Montreal tech death shredders Derelict have just put their self-titled 2011 promo EP up for sale on their Bandcamp page for $1.99, which includes the opening track, "Perpetuation," as a free download. The songs are also available for streaming through the same location.

"We originally intended this EP to simply be a promotional lead-up to the next album, but our fans have been asking us to make the tracks available," comments vocalist Eric Burnet. "They were produced at full album quality, so we figured, why not! In this day and age bands can't afford to hold music back for no reason, and if people want to have it, we're more than happy to deliver it."

The EP features three songs that will be on the band's next full-length, due out in late 2011. Similarly to the band's 2009 release "Unspoken Words," tracking duties were shared by Burnet and Montreal engineer Kevin Frenette, with mixing and mastering completed by Chris Donaldson (Beneath The Massacre, The Agonist, etc). Bass duties were provided courtesy of Swiss fretless guru Seb Pittet (Augury).

Over the next few months, Derelict will be putting the finishing touches on the band's next full-length and playing select shows around Quebec and Ontario.

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Icon In Me Posts "Head Break Solution" Art

Russia's Icon in Me has posted the cover artwork online for the band's new album "Head Break Solution," which can be viewed below.

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You can also check out footage from the band's time in the recording studio at this location.

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Powerwolf Joining The "Power Of Metal" Tour

Powerwolf, which recently finished a new album, has issued the following announcement about performing on the Power of Metal tour with Sabaton, Gravedigger, and Skullfist:

"The wolves are proud to announce that they will be part of the next edition of the Power of Metal Tour 2011, alongside Sabaton, Grave Digger, and Skullfist. We are happy to be part of this tour, it will be a brilliant package for all metalmaniacs out there. So don't miss the Metal Mass when it comes to town."

07.09.2011 AT - Vienna, Arena
08.09.2011 DE - Munich, Backstage
09.09.2011 DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
10.09.2011 DE - Würzburg, Posthalle
11.09.2011 NL - Eindhoven, Effenaar
13.09.2011 CH - Zürich, Volkshaus
14.09.2011 DE - Saabrücken, Garage
15.09.2011 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
16.09.2011 DE - Leipzig, Hellraiser
17.09.2011 DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle

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Jeff Singer To Perform With Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost has announced that Jeff Singer will be filling in for drummer Adrian Erlandsson on the following shows:

Sunday 1st May – Hexentanz – Germany
Friday 17th June – GSM Festival Portugal

Jeff Singer also had this to say:

"It's great to have the opportunity to be back in the saddle with Paradise Lost. Of course I have missed playing but mostly I have missed seeing the lads, so rehearsals have been great and I have slotted straight back in with the shite jokes and laptop envy.

"It has been a real pleasure to get my teeth into a few of the new songs and I am very excited about the shows as well as long hours spent in airports with nothing much to do. Thanks also to Adrian who has been really supportive. See you soon."

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Weekend Beast Posts New Demo Tracks

Vocalist Chritus of Finnish act Lord Vicar has started a new band called Weekend Beast. The act now has two new demo tracks available for streaming online.

Head over to the official Weekend Beast MySpace music profile here to listen to the recently uploaded demo tracks "Hammer and the Cross" and "King One." Additional details on upcoming releases from the band will be announced as they are made available.

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Stormwarrior Announces "Heathen Warrior" Details

Stormwarrior has recently completed work on the band's forthcoming album "Heathen Warrior," which was mixed by Tommy Hansen (Pretty Maids, Helloween, HateSphere). "Heathen Warrior" is scheduled to be released on May 27th, 2011 via Massacre Records and will also be available as limited Digipak as well as limited vinyl LP. The artwork can be viewed here and the track listing is as follows:

1. …Og Hammeren Hæves Til Slag…
2. Heathen Warrior
3. The Ride Of Asgård
4. Heirs To The Fighte
5. Bloode To Bloode
6. Fyre & Ice
7. The Returne
8. Wolven Nights
9. Ravenhearte
10. The Valkyries Call
11. And Northern Steele Remaineth

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Am I Blood Offers New Album As Free Download

Finnish metal act Am I Blood has issued the following announcement about streaming the new album "Existence of Trauma" and offering the entire release as a free download:

"The things got complicated with the record labels, so we didn't want our fans to be waiting for any longer. We decided to release the whole album for free!

"You can download the album from our official homepage at this location or listen it from players located on Facebook and www.amiblood.com. Enjoy the ride!"

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Suicidal Angels Announces European Shows

Suicidal Angels has issued the following announcement about upcoming European tour dates:

"Finally! After a short and boring stop at home after the Eastern Europe Tour, it's time to announce our May-June Mini Tour. 10 gigs, 6 Open Air festivals and 4 single shows that will bring us to our favorite area of the world, Central Europe!

"Needless to say we can't wait to see you all again in our shows and hit the MetalFest stages, a huge festival that is growing each year to become one of Europe's greatest! We also have the Eternity of Rock in Italy and 4 headline gigs in Deutschland, Holland and Belgium that, we know already, will be friggin' great and we're gonna have lots of fun together and bring down the bar with you! Here's a list of all the shows in detail, 10 thrashing days that shouldn't be missed…

"This is it then, the time is nigh, the amps are warming up, the beers are chilling in the fridge and we are getting ready… See you all there!"

The dates are as follows:

27/5 MetalFest Open Air Austria, Mining
28/5 MetalFest Open Air Switzerland, Pratteln
29/5 MetalFest Open Air Germany, Dessau
30/5 Centre Culturel de Alleur, Ans-Alleur, Belgium
31/5 Little Devil, Tilburg, Holland
1/6 Tunis, Friedeburg, Germany
2/6 Jubez, Karlsruhe, Germany
3/6 MetalFest Open Air Czech Republic, Pilsen
4/6 Eternity Of Rock Open Air, Bozen, Italy
5/6 MetalFest Open Air Hungary, Budapest

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Toxic Holocaust Announces New Shows

Toxic Holocaust will release the new album "Conjure and Command" in North America on July 19th and will be available on multiple formats including digital, CD, 12" vinyl, as part of a deluxe double LP package, and a limited edition deluxe CD and DVD set that includes a full Toxic Holocaust live set. The "Conjure and Command" artwork, as designed by Daniel Shaw, is also available here.

The band recorded "Conjure and Command" at Dexters Lab Recording in Milford, CT with Toxic Holocaust / Kingdom of Sorrow drummer and engineer Nick Bellmore. Advance song titles taken from Conjure and Command include "Red Winter," "Nowhere To Run," "I Am Disease," "The Liars Are Burning," and "Sound The Charge." Live footage of the band performing "I Am Disease" during a show in Brooklyn, NY can be viewed below.

Additionally, Toxic Holocaust has announced a handful of east coast tour dates with punk rock act Leftover Crack, including a performance as part of the East Coast Tsunami festival. The dates are as follows:

June 24 Reading, PA Reverb (as part of East Coast Tsunami w/ LEFTOVER CRACK, MURPHYS LAW, COMMON ENEMY, more)
June 25 Clifton Heights, NY Northern Lights (w/ LEFTOVER CRACK)
June 26 Providence, RI Club Hell (w/ LEFTOVER CRACK)

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Brian Posehn To Guest On New Evile Album

British thrash metal outfit Evile has announced that American comedian Brian Posehn will be appearing on the band's forthcoming, as yet-untitled new studio album, where he will be providing backing vocals. Speaking on the collaboration, Posehn stated:

"I'm very excited that my yelling will be featured on the next Evile disc; they're one of my favorite newish bands and, in my not-so-humble opinion, the British saviors of thrash metal!"

The album is scheduled to be released later this year through Earache Records and will be the first to feature new bass player Joel Graham, following the tragic death of the group's original bassist Mike Alexander in 2009. The band has also posted the final part in a series of videos documenting the recording of the album, which can be seen below. More...

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TNT Keyboardist Passes Away

Dag Stokke, the keyboard player of Norwegian heavy metal veterans TNT, passed away this morning after a struggle against cancer. He was 44 years old. A statement from the band's drummer Morten "Diesel" Dahl reads as follows:

"He was simply a wonderful human being. Positive and with a very good life."

Former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell also commented on Dag's passing, saying: "I can't believe I am writing these words. Sadly, this morning I have to say goodbye to Dag Stokke, my long time friend and keyboardist for TNT, who has left us today way too young. He fought a hard battle with dignity, courage and optimism. I will always see him in my mind, smiling at me from across the stage. A gentle giant, a huge spirit, truly an angel on this earth. I loved him very much as did so many that he touched in his brief time here. My thoughts are with his son Jonathan and his family and friends. Have a good journey my friend. I will miss you dearly."

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Autopsy Posts New Song Online

California death metal act Autopsy has teamed up with BrooklynVegan.com to premiere a brand new track from the band’s forthcoming album "Macabre Eternal." "Always About To Die," the initial track to be revealed from Autopsy’s first full-length record in over a decade, can be streamed online now at this location.

Autopsy’s fifth studio album is slated to hit stores on May 31st, courtesy of Peaceville Records. The track list for Macabre Eternal 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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Autopsy announced its permanent reunion in June 2010, and then released "The Tomb Within" EP, the band’s first collection of newly recorded tracks since 1995’s "Shitfun." The EP was recorded at Fantasy Studios with Adam Munoz, and reunited the original trio of Chris Reifert, Danny Coralles, and Eric Cutler, joined on bass by Joe Trevisano (ex-Abscess). Autopsy will play several festival dates in 2011 leading up to the release of "Macabre Eternal."

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Korpius Posts Song Clip From New Album

Korpius has posted a clip of the song "Stigmatized" online, which is off the band's new album "Shades of Black." To hear the clip, head over to the band's Reverbnation page. A video clip of the band performing the title track off the album is also available here. The "Shades of Black" track listing is as follows:

1. Shades of Black 03:58
2. On the Edge 03:25
3. Fury 04:17
4. Stigmatized 04:23
5. Awakening Terror 03:20
6. Disillusion 05:07
7. At the Point of Death 04:01
8. Six Feet Deep 05:03
9. The Final Charge 05:22

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Behold Oblivion Offering EP As Free Download

Behold Oblivion has issued the following announcement about offering "The Infinite Being" EP with extras as a free download:

"Well guys, it has been a year since we debuted 'The Infinite Being.' And in anticipation of our upcoming full length album, we have repackaged our EP to include 'No One Left' and 'Warden' (previously not downloadble). Of course, it's still free, all we ask is you share it with your friends! We love you all."

You can download the EP for free by heading over to this location.

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Blasphemation Posts New Track

Florida's one-man industrial death metal outfit Blasphemation has posted a new song online titled "Cold Unholy Black." You can check out the new track by heading over to the Blasphemation Reverbnation page here.

The Blasphemation Facebook page was also recently updated with the following brief announcement about an upcoming split release: "New split disc coming soon! To be released with fellow one man grinder Justin of Gore Obsessed. I'd better get in gear and get these tracks down..."

Additional details on Blasphemation and other songs from the band are available at this location.

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Revoker Studio Footage Available

Revoker has posted the second part in the band's video series documenting the recording of "Revenge for the Ruthless," which will be available May 2nd, 2011 on Roadrunner Records. The clip can be viewed below. Revoker also recently posted a music video online for the song "Stay Down."

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Finsterforst Gearing Up To Enter The Studio

Finsterforst has issued the following announcement about lining up new shows and preparing to enter the recording studio:

"Good day brothers and sisters! It took quite some time now since we published some news of our wooden home in Finsterforst. We were and will be busy with a load of shows this year on several festivals. So, check out our gig dates which are confirmed so far. More concerts are still to be set!

"Further on we are very busy with composing for our next album and will soon start to prepare ourselves for the studio. One more song is left to be done before we can enter the studio to record this next epic piece of meat! Be euphoric and boozy for this upcoming massive creation of huge mountains of pagan moments! Neverending valleys filled with a lot of Haxen and Mirabellenwasser will await you soon!

"Have a great ass-kicking time!"

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Machine Head Video Interview Posted Online

A new video interview with Machine head conducted during its appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods awards show has been posted online. You can view the video interview in the player below.

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Mike Portnoy Video Interview Available

A new video interview has been posted online featuring former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has been posted online. You can view the video interview in the player below.

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Corpset Posts New Music Video Online

Finnish progressive death metal act Corpset has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Into the Light" and can be viewed in the player below.

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Critical Solution Posts "Seek And Destroy" Cover

Critical Solution has posted its cover of Metallica's "Seek and Destroy" online. The track is taken from the band's forthcoming EP "Evidence Of Things Unseen" and can be streamed in the player below.

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More California "Big Four" Footage Posted Online

Video footage has been posted online featuring Metallica performing "Orion" at its recent Californian "Big Four" concert. You can view the footage in the player below.

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Molotov Solution Announces New Tour Dates

American deathcore act Molotov Solution has revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Legend and The World We Knew. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

05/30 Vineland, NJ – Hangar 84
05/31 Manchester, NH – Rocko’s
06/01 Portland, ME – The Big Easy
06/02 Albany, NY – Bogies
06/03 Pittsburgh, PA – The Altar Bar
06/04 Toledo, OH – Frankie’s Inner City
06/05 Springfield, IL – Club Chrome
06/06 Springfield, MO – Salad Day’s
06/07 Wichita, KS – The Eagles Lodge
06/08 Tulsa, OK The Marquee
06/09 Greeley, CO – The Atlas Theater
06/10 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
06/11 Boise, ID – Grange Hall
06/12 Spokane, WA – The Hop
06/13 Richland, WA – Ray’s Golden Lion
06/14 Klamath Falls, OR – Yesterday’s Plaza
06/15 Rocklin, CA – Studio 21
06/16 Canoga Park, CA – The Cobalt Cafe
06/17 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
06/18 Lancaster, CA – Bamboo
06/19 San Diego, CA – The Epicenter

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Destrophy Posts New Music Video Online

Destrophy has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Closer" and can be viewed in the player below.

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Jungle Rot Signs With Victory Records

Victory Records has posted a new video teaser online announcing its signing of extreme metal veterans Jungle Rot. The signing comes in time for the band to release its new full length album, titled "Kill on Command," on June 21, 2011. You can view the video teaser below.

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August Burns Red Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Progressive metalcore act August Burns Red has revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming new studio album. The new full length, titled "Leveler," will hit store shelves on June 21, 2011 through Solid State Records. You can view the album's track listing below, and the artwork is available at this location.

1. Empire
2. Internal Cannon
3. Divisions
4. Cutting the Ties
5. Pangaea
6. Carpe Diem
7. 40 Nights
8. Salt & Light
9. Poor Millionaire
10. 1/16/2011
11. Boys of Fall
12. Leveler

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