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Metal News for April 30, 2010

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Ozzfest 2010 Lineup Announced

Ozzy Osbourne's famous Ozzfest will see it's return this year when it kicks off in August. As predicted, Ozzy himself will headline the event, along with co-headliners Motley Crue. Also performing on the main stage will be Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, Devildriver and Nonpoint.

The second stage of the event will be headlined by Black Label Society, led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. Other bands confirmed for the second stage include Drowning Pool, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm.

Each OzzFest date will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 PM. In addition, concert-goers can once again visit the OZZFest “Village of the Damned” featuring a mix of interactive activities, shopping and entertainment throughout the venue concourses.

The initial Ozzfest 2010 tour dates are as follows: More...

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The Absence Drummer Involved In Car Accident

It has been confirmed that Justin Reynolds, the drummer of Tampa, Florida based metal outfit The Absence, was involved in a bad car accident sometime last week. The full extent of his injuries are currently unclear but he has reportedly suffered damage to his neck and back.

A message from the band reads as follows: "We wish our friend best of luck and a speedy recovery and hope he's back doing what he does best soon."

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Metallica Posts Moscow Video Footage

Metallica has posted footage online both in the tuning room and the on stage from their recent performance in Moscow on April 24th, 2010. The first clip can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.

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Gwar Issues Crack-A-Thon Recap

Gwar has checked in with the following recap of their "Crack-a-Thon" 2010 appearance:

"After a week and a half of utter silence (and even less interest) Gwar's much-touted 'Crack-a-Thon 2010' was today revealed to be a 'complete disaster,' doing nothing to alleviate lead singer's Oderus Urungus' crack debt, which grew to four times its pre-Crack-a-Thon size. The MF Gallery, which hosted the event, was left in flaming ruin, until a squad of evil dwarfs emerged from the rubble, rebuilding the structure overnight.

"Despite stellar performances (Andrew WK, Kembra Phaler of The Voluptuos Horror of Karen Black), compelling interviews (Jamey Jasta, Mecronos of the band Dethrace), and exceptional bartending (Balsac the Jaws of Death), the highly-anticipated fund-raising drive actually ended up 'losing millions,' according to Betty Fizzbin, Crack-a-Thon official and part-time rodeo animal. She continued-- 'We actually made a ton of money...I mean the phones were ringing off the hooks, and cash was literally pouring into the box office! But then Oderus locked himself in the receipt booth and smoked it all up. He didn't even try to buy crack, he just smoked the money...'

"And while the Crack-a-Thon may have failed in its goal, everybody associated with this first-time webTV event agreed it was a lot of fun 'watch Oderus completely lose his shit.' As an obviously intoxicated Urungus stumbled around the stage, mumbling and throwing things, co-host Balsac the Jaws of Death kept things moving at a brisk pace, as the legions of celebrity guests were brought on and off with alarming regularity. Show highlights included Andrew WK and Oderus' duet of 'Candle in the Wind,' Kembra Phaler smashing paint-filled eggs into her vagina, and numerous appearances by homeless animal rights activist Chippy the Chippopautamus. More...

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Criminal Announces New Tour Dates

Anglo-Chilean thrashers Criminal have begun writing the follow-up album to their 2009 release "White Hell," which is set to be released through Massacre Records. The band has also announced the following upcoming tour dates:

5/20 2010 The Old Bell Derby, UK
5/21 2010 The Man on the Moon Cambridge, UK
5/22 2010 The Purple Turtle Camden London, UK
5/23 2010 Scruffy Murphy’s Birmingham, UK
5/27 2010 The Marquee Norwich, UK
5/28 2010 The Manor Ballroom Ipswich, UK
5/29 2010 Arts Centre Colchester, UK
6/04 2010 Bilbao, Spain El Balcón de la Lola
6/05 2010 San Sebastián, Spain Mogambo

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Canadian Metal Compilation Track Listing Announced

Canada's Misguided Aggression has issued the following announcement about appearing on the upcoming "The True North Loud And Free" compilation:

"Hey guys! An awesome Canadian Metal compilation CD is going to be released May 11th, 2010 through Sonic Unyon’s online store! The compilation will feature bands from Year of the Sun, Diminished 5th, Galy and CDN records! The digital download of this is available to anyone in the world and we suggest you check it out! There are some rad bands on this so take some time and download it! It is free after all!"

The compilation's track listing is as follows:

1. Derelict - "Summoning The Firestorm"
2. Neuraxis - "The Apex" (Live)
3. Bloodshoteye - "Killing Time"
4. Odium - "Population Zero"
5. We the Undersigned - "Pangaea Mind"
6. Starring Janet Leigh – “Ex You”
7. The Last Felony – “Quandary”
8. Misguided Aggression - "Mustard Gas and Roses"
9. Reanimator - "Standards of Failure"
10. Rusted Dawn – “Where Turns the Tide"
11. Deadwalk - "Conqueror"
12. Vatican - "Dysangile"
13. Thy Flesh Consumed - "Devout Heathen"
14. Drudgery – “The Uprising” (Previously Unreleased)
15. The Daisy Anthesis - "m.m.b.m.m.b."
16. Endast - “Pray For Rain”

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Haken Streaming New Song

U.K. based prog metallers Haken, who include keyboardist Richard Henshall and bassist Tom Maclean of To-mera in their ranks, have posted a new song online from their recently released album "Aquarius." The radio edit of the track "Drowning In The Flood" is currently available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. The Point of No Return
2. Streams
3. Aquarium
4. Eternal Rain
5. Drowning In the Flood
6. Sun
7. Celestial Elixir

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Malevolent Creation Finishes New Album

Florida's long running death metal machine Malevolent Creation has finished recording their 11th full-length studio album. Entitled "Invidious Dominion," the record was co-produced, recorded and mixed by Erik Rutan at his Mana Recording Studio in Clearwater, Florida. Guitarist Phil Fasciana commented:

“Malevolent Creation have found a winning combination working with Erik Rutan, putting together an album filled with every bit of hatred, speed and aggression the band has ever recorded. Invidious Dominion contains 10 full throttle songs from start to finish and will be embarking on a massive world tour upon the album's release in August 2010. See you then!”

The track listing is as follows:

1. United Hate
2. Conflict Finalized
3. Slaughterhouse
4. Compulsive Face Breaker
5. Lead Spitter
6. Target Rich Environment
7. Antagonized
8. Born Again Hard
9. Corruptor
10. Invidious Dominion

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Nox Aurea Finishes Recording New Album

Swedish doom act Nox Aurea, which recently signed to Napalm Records, has finished the recording process for the upcoming album "Ascending in Triumph." The band issued the following brief comment about the album: "New album done! We are done with all the recording of our new album. The album will be mixed this weekend and mastered on Monday. More news about release date soon." More information on the release date will be announced as it is made available.

In the mean time you can hear sample Nox Aurea tracks at the band's MySpace page. Nox Aurea also has the following upcoming live shows:

9/11 2010 S:T Petersburg Doomfestival Russia, RU
9/12 2010 S:T Petersburg Doomfestival Russia, RU

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Crucifyre Signs To Pulverised

Stockholm, Sweden's Crucifyre has signed on with Pulverised Records. Formed in 2006, the band features the lineup of vocalist Erik Tormentor Sahlström (General Surgery, Maze Of Torment, Serpent Obscene), guitarists TG (The Sun, Morbid) and Urban Skytt (Crematory, Regurgitate, Nasum), bassist Henrik Doltz Nilsson (Dobermann Cult), and drummer Yasin Hillborg (Afflicted).

Commented Hillborg of the signing: "Working with Pulverised feels great. It's like we've come home and have been given the chance to do what we do best: deliver auditory terror in the most evil and aggressive way."

Added Pulverised label manager Roy Yeo: "With present and past members from such highly respected bands, it is really interesting to see what these guys could come up with. I can only say that the debut album has exceeded my expectations! Crucifyre is exactly the kind of band that displayed the attitude of those early demo bands and with the integral nastiness that death metal should be known for."

Crucifyre's debut full-length will be released via Pulverised Records later this year. Further information on the album will be announced as it is made available.

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Michael Schenker Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Legendary German metal guitarist Michael Schenker has announced that he will be heading to the United States this summer along with his group. The tour is in support of the Michael Schenker Group's latest studio album, "In The Midst Of Beauty" which was released in 2008.

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Posts Tour Update

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has checked in with a message regarding their performance at Germany's Keep It True festival. The message reads as follows:

"We would like to thank everybody who attended the Keep It True festival for the incredible reception you gave the band last Saturday, we were blown away by the whole experience. Leading up to the festival there were bands pulling out due to the Iceland Volcano but we were determined to play no matter what and any band who did not make it missed out on a very special two days. We will remember the festival for a very long time.

"Festivals in Europe such as Keep It True, Heavy Metal Maniacs, Headbangers Open Air and hundreds of others are what keeps our music alive. These festivals are organised by true fans who spend thousands of hours of their time dedicated to the music they love. Our thanks go to every organizer as without you we would not get the chance to play our music.

"If you get the chance, support your local festival and keep them all alive.

"Thanks again to everybody!"

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The Sword Reveals New Album Details

American heavy metal outfit The Sword has announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Warp Riders." The band also revealed that the album will be released on August 24th through Kemado Records. This will be the bands third studio album and Matt Bayles will be producing and engineering the record.

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Mutiny Within Video Interview Available

Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with bassist AJ Jacobs of Mutiny Within at the House of Blues in Hollywood. The first part of the video clip can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.

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Norma Jean Reveals New Album Artwork

Christian metalcore act Norma Jean has posted a video clip online through Noisecreep revealing the cover artwork for their new album "Meridional." The video clip can be viewed below.

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My Ruin Comments On Peter Steele's Death

Los Angeles rockers My Ruin have issued the following comments about the recent death of Type O Negative front man Peter Steele:

"When I heard the sad news that Peter Steele had passed away I really didn’t want to believe it was true because 48 is so young and when someone you know dies it really makes you think about your own mortality and how life can be cut short in a moment. It makes you think of a lot of things. I met Peter back in 1996 when my previous band ‘Manhole’ was asked to join Type O Negative on their October Rust tour along with Life of Agony. We spent 2 months rockin the USA together and a cold and grey skied month in Europe which ironically seemed to be the perfect backdrop for the tour at the time.

"From the first day I met Peter I thought he was so funny but not in the typical funny guy way. He had this self-deprecating sense of humor that was kind of unusual for a front man in rock and he was definitely not your usual lead singer. He never seemed to take himself too seriously for a majestic man whose 6’7 commanding presence could come off very intimidating to those who didn’t know him. I always found him to be nice and even a bit insecure on occasion even and I used to joke that he reminded me of the Wolfman, Frankenstein and Dracula all rolled up into one sinisterly handsome rockstar. I remember being on the road together and after shows people would to ask me to introduce them to him because they were afraid to approach him which I always found funny and so did he when I told him.

"Writers were always curious during interviews as to how he was treating me while on the tour because he had such a strange reputation when it came to women. Once when we were doing an on the road feature for Metal Hammer Magazine he came backstage and saw I was doing a photo shoot and decided he wanted to be in a few shots with me so we hammed it up together for the camera. Before meeting Peter, I remember thinking he was probably going to be a complete asshole to me but he was actually the total opposite and I was pleasantly surprised. He was very sweet and treated me with respect while on the road which meant a great deal to me at the time. He went out of his way to make me feel comfortable and would always let me use the kettle, mirror and bathroom in his dressing room before we went on stage if ours happened to be a shithole which it was on many nights. It may sound silly but it was little things like that which meant a lot to me as a woman on tour with a bunch of dudes. More...

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Hostility Streaming New Song "My Terms"

California's Hostility is currently streaming a new song online titled "My Terms," which is off the band's new album "Set In Stone." The track can be heard at the Hostility MySpace page.

The track listing for "Set in Stone" is as follows:

1. Leader of the Rejects
2. Aces & Eights
3. Dividing Line
4. Baton Symphony
5. Resented Legacy
6. Flesh Doll
7. Said and Done
8. One by One
9. Hard luck
10. Something Wicked
11. My Terms

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Heaven Shall Burn Offering New Song For Download

Heaven Shall Burn, Germany’s hardcore infused death metal band, has teamed up with MetalSucks.net to offer fans an exclusive download of the track “Buried in Forgotten Grounds”, taken from the forthcoming record, "Invictus." The album hits stores in the US on June 8th, courtesy of Century Media Records. Head over to this location to download the new song.

"Invictus" [the full title of which is "Invictus (Iconoclast III)"] was recorded at Tue Madsen’s Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark. The album was produced by Heaven Shall Burn’s guitarists, Alexander Dietz and Maik Weichert. Two brand new songs off the album, “The Omen” and “Combat," are also available for streaming on the Heaven Shall Burn MySpace page.

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Fear Factory Updates Tour Schedule

Fear Factory has confirmed an additional week of dates to the recently announced second leg of their American Fear Campaign tour. Set to begin May 14 in Tucson, initial weeks will feature Fear Factory with Prong, Thy Will Be Done, and Silent Civilian with the final week finding All That Remains replacing Prong for the northern run of dates. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

5/14/2010 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
5/15/2010 The Fox Theater (California Metal Fest) – Pomona, CA
5/16/2010 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
5/17/2010 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
5/19/2010 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
5/20/2010 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
5/21/2010 Club Sound @ In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
5/22/2010 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
5/24/2010 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
5/26/2010 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
5/27/2010 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
5/28/2010 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
5/29/2010 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
5/30/2010 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
6/01/2010 The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
6/02/2010 Jester’s Pub – Fayetteville, NC
6/03/2010 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
6/04/2010 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
6/05/2010 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
6/06/2010 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
6/08/2010 Higher Ground – S. Burlington, VA
6/09/2010 Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
6/10/2010 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
6/11/2010 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
6/12/2010 The Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
6/14/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

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Derelict Comments On Upcoming Live Shows

Derelict has checked in with the following comments about their upcoming tour dates:

"Well, if I was salivating at the prospect of the tour in my last post, you can probably imagine that now I’m close to completely losing my mind. We kick this whole shin-dig off tonight with our show in Montreal supporting Job For A Cowboy and Whitechapel, which promises to be one of our biggest home town gigs to date. We had our final rehearsal last night and played everything. Our tour set lists will include Machete, Pirates, Summoning the Firestorm, Forth With The Herd, Polarized, Xenocide, Never Reborn, and Surrounded by Decline, all off Unspoken Words, as well as some new songs we’re road testing called Motivational Placebo, Destined, Expiry, and Lithification. We might also be able to throw in Demonizing from Unspoken Words, depending on Joey. He’s new to the band as many of you know, and he’s been killing himself to learn everything and keep up with us. Chances are Demonizing will be learned in the van while driving, so we should have some good video of that.

"Over the last two weeks there have also been a few listing changes for the shows, including second dates for both Winnipeg and Calgary, as well as many more event pages created. Here is the updated list so you can find the nearest show to you."

The upcoming Derelict tour dates are as follows:

04/30 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
05/05 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
05/06 – Sault Sainte Marie, ON – Foggy Notions
05/07 – Thunder Bay, ON – Kilroy’s
05/08 – Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo
05/10 – Saskatoon, SK – The Friendship Center
05/13 – Red Deer, AB – Plaza Nightclub
05/14 – Calgary, AB – Vern’s
05/15 – Edmonton, AB – The Pawnshop
05/19 - Calgary, AB - The Distillery
05/20 – Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
05/21 – Prince George, BC – Third
05/22 – Williams Lake, BC – The Longhouse
05/23 – Squamish, BC – Outdoor Squamish Valley
05/25 – Richmond, BC – Thompson Community Hall
05/27 – Delta, BC – Envy Nightclub
05/28 – Vancouver, BC – Funky Winkerbeans
05/29 – Kamloops, BC – Pogue Mahone
06/01 – Penticton, BC – Voodoo’s
06/03 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
06/04 – Prince Albert, SK – Art Center
06/05 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s
06/06 - Winnipeg, MB - War On Music
06/08 – Sioux Lookout, ON – Youth Center
06/09 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirates Pub
06/11 – Barrie, ON – venue TBA
06/12 – Brantford, ON - Rehab

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In Vain To Tour Norway With Keep Of Kalessin

In Vain has issued the following update about performing a series of live shows in Norway with Keep of Kalessin:

"Get ready for the most spectacular metal show in Norway this year! For a long time, Keep Of Kalessin has been talked about as the best live band in the metal scene of Norway and now they are finally ready to take it to the next level. Teaming up with the highly critically acclaimed band, In Vain, this is a show you don't wanna miss! Special Guests: Audrey Horne (Oslo only)."

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

5/12 Energimølla, Kongsberg
5/13 Garage, Bergen
5/14 Folken, Stavanger
5/15 Rockefeller, Oslo (with Audrey Horne)

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Enforcer Posts Second Track-By-Track Breakdown

Swedish heavy metal band Enforcer is preparing for the release of the new album "Diamonds," on May 24th in Europe through Earache Records and in the rest of the world on May 25th through Heavy Artillery Records. Front man Olof Wikstrand has now issued the following track-by-track break down of the second half of the album:

"Diamonds: I think it's really important to be consistent with some things and to open the B-side with an instrumental track is one of those things I want to make a trademark. It's built on two parts where we stole the last part from a song that Joseph had in a completely different band years ago. We knew we wanted to use that somewhere on the record. We sat down one day and just decided to make it a song. So we begun with a riff that I intended to use to another part, and we just jammed up the rest to the first part. Cool and spontaneously. The vocals in the end of the song are sang by a friend to us from a local rock band in Stockholm called The Vanjas.

"Live for the Night: Live for the Night is without doubt the fastest song on the album and pretty much a leftover from 'Into the Night'. Even though it's a great song, I figured that it wasn't gonna make it to the 'Into the Night' album as a whole back then so I saved it for later. I also wanted to put the fastest song after the instrumental to keep up that consistency also on this album. The lyrics are about a dark demon that comes up from hell to destroy your life!" More...

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Job For A Cowboy Posts New Music Video

Glendale, AZ heavy metal act Job For A Cowboy premieres its brand new music video today for the track “Ruination," which can be viewed below. Job For A Cowboy is currently in the midst of a spring North American tour. The 27 city headlining run sees the band perform live in Allentown, PA this evening and is slated to run through late May. Support on the tour is provided by Tennessee’s Whitechapel and California’s Cattle Decapitation with Salt Lake City’s Gaza (April 21 – May 5) and Boston’s Revocation (May 15 – 27) as openers.

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Grave Ritual Pushes Back Album Release

Alabama death metallers Grave Ritual, formerly known as Meathole Infection, have issued the following update about pushing back the release date of their new album "Euphoric Hymns from the Altar of Death:"

"Due to unforeseen circumstances the full length must be re-recorded. Obviously this will push back the release date by a month or two. Drums will start this weekend and then everything else will follow in the next couple of weeks. More news as it comes..."

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Sink into the Grave
2. Drenched in Madness
3. Evoke the Realm of Tormenting Blasphemy
4. Wormholes
5. Grotesque Summoning
6. Bestial Nomadic Conquest
7. Obscurdom
8. Abysmal Rotting
9. Beyond Diabolus
10. Cannibal Rising
11. Morbid Aura of Desolation

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Unsun Cancels Helsinki Show

Poland's Unsun has announced that the band's previously scheduled tour date in Helsinki, Finland on May 1st has been canceled. Unsun issued the following brief comment about the cancellation:

"Show in Helsinki was canceled. We're very sorry all of our fans who were going to the Helsinki 01.05.2010 on our show. We had to cancel the show because of reasons independent of us. Hope we'll meet you soon."

No replacement date for the canceled show has been announced. You can also check out Unsun's music through the band's MySpace page.

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More Bands Confirmed For High Voltage Festival

The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced three more bands for this year's edition of the event. British heavy metal legends Saxon will be performing on the Metal Hammer stage, along with the other two new confirmations, British doom metal veterans Cathedral and Swedish power metal outfit Hammerfall. The festival is scheduled for July 24th - 25th at Victoria Park in London.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Dirge Within Replaces Drummer

Chicago's Dirge Within has issued the following announcement about recruiting Frankie Harchut as the band's new drummer:

"Myself, and the rest of the guys in Dirge Within are very happy to announce Frankie Harchut (ex-The Doomsday Catalyst) as our new drummer! I have known Frankie for about 10 years, and performed alongside him in previous bands. So I know his talent as a musician, and performer firsthand. Even though Jimmy will be missed, I couldn't think of anyone better to fill the void than this guy. He is a perfect fit with the DW both in talent, and personality. We are stoked to see what the future brings, and can't wait to get back out on the road, and tear shit up with Frankie on the skins! His first show as a member of Dirge Within will be May 15th at Austin’s in Libertyville, IL. with Lacuna Coil. So come on out, and welcome Frankie to the party!"

Former Dirge Within drummer Jimmy Knight also issued the following statement:

"After a few great years, many amazing shows and memories, I have made the tough decision to leave the band to pursue other career opportunities. I want to thank all the fans who supported the band over the years as well as all the new fans who are just hearing of Dirge Within, You are all true fans and it was a great feeling that you dug our music, Thank you again. I'd also like to thank Scott from E1 Entertainment, Justin and Darren from 5 B Artist Management and my friends in the band, Jerms, Shaun, Matt and James. You guys are my brothers. I wish nothing but success and happiness for Dirge Within. Good luck and take care all, and cheers! Fucking Metal!"

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Karma To Burn Posts New Album Teaser

Karma To Burn has posted a teaser video online of the song "Waiting on the Western World," which is off the band's new album "Appalachian Incantation." The album was released today in Europe and will be released in North America on May 11th, 2010.

Karma To Burn also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Agathodaimon Updates Tour Schedule

German metallers Agathodaimon have updated their European tour schedule with the following dates:

4/30 2010 Destroy Recklinghausen-Festival Recklinghausen, Heinrich Pardon Haus, Nordrhein-, DE
5/1 2010 Ragnarök-Festival Rieden/Kreuth, Ostbayernhalle, Bayern , DE
5/26 2010 PHOENIX’s CAVALCADE OVER FINLAND Oulu, FI
5/27 2010 PHOENIX’s CAVALCADE OVER FINLAND Tampere, FI
5/28 2010 PHOENIX’s CAVALCADE OVER FINLAND Turku, FI
5/29 2010 PHOENIX’s CAVALCADE OVER FINLAND Helsinki, FI
7/10 2010 Samfest Satu Mare, Rumänien, RO
7/24 2010 Hell Over Vellach Festival Obervellach, TBC, Kärnten , AT
10/24 2010 Metalbreed Festival Hamburg, DE

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Blood Red Throne Announces New Drummer

Norway's Blood Red Throne, who just recently replaced guitarist Tchort with Ivan Gujic of Neon God, has now announced that Emil Wiksten will be handling drumming duties. The band issued the following brief comment about the new drummer: "New Blood Red Throne drummer! We're excited to introduce Emil Wiksten from Sweden as the new drummer in Blood RedThrone. Only 19 years old, but extremely talented and easy going!"

A video of Wiksten performing the song "Rispaw Resentment" off the band's "Altered Genesis" album can also be viewed below.

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Cloudscape Recruits New Guitarist

Swedish metallers Cloudscape have issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:

"Lately Cloudscape have been focusing on auditions to find a replacement to Björn Eliasson. They have now agreed and are happy to invite Mr. Daniel Paulson as the new guitar player and member in Cloudscape. Daniel impressed the band a lot both musically and personally during auditions. Daniel is officially totally unknown and have only played in local bands and Cloudscape will be his first step into the world of melodic metal. Cloudscape is finally complete again and despite member changes Cloudscape´s more inspired than ever! The work of 'New Era' continues. Stay Tuned!"

You can also check out Cloudscape's music via their official MySpace page.

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Katatonia To Perform At Sonisphere

Sweden's Katatonia has been confirmed to perform on July 31st at the Bohemia Stage of the U.K. Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth. The promotional poster for the event can be viewed here. Katatonia's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

5/14 2010 Long’I’rock Music Open-Air Longirod (Canton Vaud, Switzerland), CH
5/21 2010 Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen, Germany, DE
6/20 2010 Hellfest Clisson, France, FR
6/27 2010 Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium, BE
7/2 2010 Peace & Love festival Borlänge, Sweden, SE
7/17 2010 Ilosaarirock Festival Joensuu, Finland, FI
7/31 2010 Sonisphere Festival Knebworth Park, UNITED KINGDOM
9/8 2010 Sonar Baltimore, Maryland, USA, US
9/9 2010 The Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, US
9/10 2010 The Gramercy Theatre New York, New York, USA, US
9/11 2010 The Palladium (MA) Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, US
9/12 2010 Petit Campus Montreal, Quebec, Canada, CA
9/13 2010 Opera House Toronto, Ontario, Canada, CA
9/14 2010 Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio, USA, US
9/15 2010 Blondie’s Detroit, Michigan, USA, US
9/16 2010 Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, US
9/17 2010 Reggie Rock Club Chicago, Illinois, USA, US
9/18 2010 Station 4 St Paul, Minnesota, USA, US
9/21 2010 El Corazon Seattle, Washington, USA, US
9/22 2010 the Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC, ca
9/22 2010 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, CA
9/23 2010 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon, USA, US
9/24 2010 Thee Parkside San Francisco, California, USA, US
9/25 2010 Galaxy Theatre Santa Anna, California, USA, US
9/26 2010 Whiskey a Go Go West Hollywood, California, USA, US
9/27 2010 U.B.’s Bar Mesa, Arizona, USA, US
9/28 2010 The Rock Tuscan, Arizona, USA, US
9/30 2010 Trees Dallas, Texas, USA, US
10/1 2010 Emo’s Alternative Lounging Austin, Texas, USA, US
10/2 2010 The Warsaw Houston, Texas, USA, US
10/4 2010 The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia, USA, US
10/5 2010 Uncle Pleasants Louisville, Kentucky, USA, US
10/6 2010 Volume 11 Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, US
10/7 2010 Jaxx West Springfield, Virginia, USA, US

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Lacrimas Profundere Streaming New Album Samples

Germany's Lacrimas Profundere is set to release their new album "The Grandiose Nowhere" on May 30th, 2010. The band has issued the following announcement about streaming the final album sample online prior to the release date:

"Hi Rockers, please find the last Snippet of The Grandiose Nowhere at this location! No Matter Where You Shoot Me Down is waiting for your opinion! Everybody who Pre-Orders The Grandiose Nowhere, gets the bonus track today! Be quick, and order the Album today at Amazon or EMP - this campaign runs out at the end of May!"

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Moonspell Posts More Workshop Footage

Portuguese Gothic metal act Moonpsell has posted more footage online of drummer Mike Gaspar and guitarist Ricardo Amorim performing at a music workshop. A clip of the members playing the song "At Tragic Heights" off their "Night Eternal" album can be viewed below.

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Be'lakor To Play Summer Breeze Festival

Australia's Be'lakor has issued the following statement about performing at the Summer Breeze festival and planning more European tour dates:

"Yes, it's finally happening. Be'lakor is coming to Europe! We're honoured to have been selected to play at Germany's massive Summer Breeze Festival in August of this year. Of course, more dates around Europe will be announced soon! Thanks to all the fans who have supported us for so long, and waited for us to get over to Europe to play. We can't wait."

More information on the Summer Breeze festival can be found here. Be'lakor's upcoming Australian dates are as follows:

5/21 2010 w/ TURISAS - The Globe Theatre Brisbane, Queensland, AU
5/22 2010 w/ TURISAS - Factory Theatre Sydney, New South , AU
5/23 2010 w/ TURISAS - Billboard the Venue Melbourne, Victoria , AU
6/19 2010 w/ ALESTORM - The Corner Hotel Melbourne, Victoria , AU

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Black Majesty Announces New Album Release

Just Say Rock has signed a license deal with Limb Music Germany for the release of Black Majesty’s latest album “In Your Honour” in Australia, New Zealand, and Far East Asia. The album is currently set to be released in Europe on May 14th, 2010 via Limb Music. Samples from the new album can be streamed through the band's MySpace page.

Black Majesty also has the following upcoming tour dates:

6/4 2010 Monstrothic, Rosies Live, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Brisbane, Queensland
6/5 2010 Hifi Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Melbourne, Victoria
6/25 2010 Rock City, Uster, Switzerland Uster, Switzerland
6/26 2010 Die Halle , Germany "IN YOUR HONOUR" Album Launch Frankfurt , Germany
6/28 2010 Exit Music Hall Chmelnice, Prague, Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic
6/29 2010 Melodka - Brno, Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic
6/30 2010 Tancírna, Ostrava, Czech Republic Ostrava, Czech Republic
7/3 2010 Basinfirefest, Spalene Prorici, Czech Republic Spalene Prorici, Czech Republic

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Vindicator Recording New Album

U.S. based thrashers Vindicator have checked in with the following update about starting the recording process for a full-length album:

"Vindisciples! I wanted to give you an update on our progress thus far in twenty ten and what to look for in the coming months. We've begun the recording process for our first full length on Heavy Artillery Records. We're really excited by the way the new tracks are sounding. In the mean time, we've been working on some new merchandise which you can look for this summer on our Coastal Catastrophe tour. Running in June, this tour is going to take us to the East Coast and beyond."

Vindicator also has the following upcoming live shows:

5/26 2010 Peabody’s w/ Primal Fear & Havok Cleveland, Ohio , US
7/26 2010 Now That’s Class w/ Rattlehead & Hexen Cleveland, Ohio , US

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Tommy Lee on Biography

Occasionally I find myself in the nose bleed section of the cable listings, somewhere past TBS, USA, and TNT, but before the dreaded Country Music Channel. This week I was perusing the cable nose bleeds and came across the Biography episode of Tommy Lee. At first glance this didn’t sound that interesting, but I was quickly captured when I saw Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne as part of the documentary.

The interview portion begins with Tommy inside his famous home studio decorated complete with a Starbucks and cocktail lounge. Lee is quick to pull out his song “Good Times” for the crew to hear. From here, most of the interview is spent in his backyard, near a pond with gold fish. This is where we learn of the support his parents gave Tommy, to the point that his dad would create pyrotechnics by placing gun powder in pipes. Oh the father/son memories: fishing on a lake, throwing around the ball, and creating pipe bombs. As Tommy talks about his career with Motley and getting a break by touring with Ozzy the cameras continue to cut to blond star fuckers drooling over Lee. More...

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"Gruesome Twosome" Teaser Videos Posted Online

Rob Zombie has posted a couple of promotional videos for his "Gruesome Twosome" tour with Alice Cooper. Check them out below.

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Interview

Interview With Psychostick

What do you get when you take Tenacious D and add an element of System of a Down and even more metal? You get a whole new genre, "Humorcore," and a band named Psychostick. Despite being a comedy metal band, Psychostick is very much a band that is to be taken seriously despite unable to come up with a formal title for their first album. I had the pleasure of interviewing them at Chicago’s Reggie’s Rock Club on State Street. More...

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