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Metal News for May 17, 2010

Last updated on October 22, 2014 at 12:41 AM ET

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

Sick Of It All Discusess "Based On A True Story"

For more than two decades Sick Of It All has been championing the New York hardcore scene, sticking on track to release a new full-length album every few years. After four years of touring the band recently set loose "Based On A True Story," their latest fist-pumping, mosh-inducing foray into hardcore. Commenting on the new album, vocalist Lou Koller stated: "This one is definitely a combination of all the stuff we’ve done in the past. I think we’ve matured enough that it’s more focused and our writing is way better. We’ve written more memorable songs..."

Lou spoke with me about the lyrics on the new album, the recording of the music video for "Death or Jail," their recent tour dates with unlikely allies AFI, and his love of Manowar. These topics and more can be found in the transcription of the interview below. More...

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King Diamond Pays Respects To Dio

King Diamond has checked in with the following thoughts about the recent departure of famous metal musician Ronnie James Dio:

"It’s with a heavy heart that I pay my respects to Ronnie James Dio. What an amazing singer and entertainer. Throughout my career, he has always been in my top 10 list of vocalists. The mystery and emotion in his vocal style always lured me in for more. Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure to meet him in person, but fortunately I did have the extreme pleasure of experiencing his uncanny frontmanship in concert so many times I can’t even count it.

"I saw him with ELF, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and almost had one of my wishes fulfilled when Heaven and Hell asked King Diamond to go on tour with them in the USA last year. Unfortunately my back problems prevented that dream from coming true. I always had the highest respect for him and he will forever have his music playing in my home. My deepest sympathy goes out to Ronnie’s family. I WISH YOU A SAFE JOURNEY TO THE OTHER SIDE."

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Lizzy Borden Issues Statement About Dio

Los Angeles act Lizzy Borden has checked in with the following remembrance of Ronnie James Dio, who passed away due to stomach cancer:

"So sorry to hear about Ronnie James Dio…We played some festivals with Dio over the years and at everyone my band and I would always be in the audience after our show watching the master at work, and he was always perfect… One of my great memories of Ronnie was the first night we ever got played on the radio; it was at a Dio show. He was playing 2 shows in one night and we were out in the parking lot waiting for the 2nd show to start along with a few thousand others, and then bam! Our song came blasting on the radio out of every car in the lot. It was a night I will never forget and the Dio show that followed was magical!

"I’ve seen Ronnie perform many times and ‘em grateful that I had the opportunity to be on the side of the stage at the last Heaven and hell show in CA. Ronnie’s voice was so loud, so powerful and pitch perfect, it was truly an amazing thing to witness. We recorded our version of 'long live rock and roll' way back on our first ep and we still close our show with it most nights… There will never be another like him; Ronnie was a master of his trade, a true original and every time I flash those horns, (which is a lot) I will be thinking of the Man on the silver mountain, Ronnie James Dio."

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Solitude Aeturnus Reflects On Dio's Life

Guitarist John Perez of Texas metal act Solitude Aeturnus has issued the following statement regarding Ronnie James Dio's recent death:

"Like most everyone I know, I am in a great state of sadness. Ronnie James Dio was the ultimate Heavy Metal figure. Why? Because he conducted himself the way every one of us should; treating fans and friends with respect above and beyond the call of the duty (b.t.c.o.d) and giving his best to us at all times. Oh, and lets not forget that he was the best! A true professional and a model human being. Make no mistake, the prime influence and building block in Solitude Aeturnus was/is and always will be Dio era Black Sabbath. Thank you Ronnie and family for all that you’ve given to us. We are grateful and strive to live by your example."

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Deivos Announces Record Deal

Polish death metal act Deivos has issued the following announcement about inking a three record deal with Unique Leader Records:

"We are proud to announce that our cooperation with Unique Leader will continue for the next three albums! Needless to say, that we are really happy about it! Hopefully, our ideas and visions of extreme death metal will spread in the music underground thanks to the dedication of the band and the very respected label - Unique Leader Records. So, the first half of 2011 will be the time of the yet untitled new Deivos album! If you enjoyed Gospel of Maggots, then the upcoming CD will make you bleed even more!"

Sample Deivos tracks can be heard via the band's MySpace page.

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Metalhit.com Inks Deal with MRI/Megaforce Records

Metalhit.com has signed a distribution deal with MRI/Megaforce for nationwide distribution through RED.

Commented Metalhit.com owner, Mike Riddick: "This arrangement with MRI will provide us with more distribution opportunities to help bring our overseas label partners to the American/Canadian markets as well as open up a vital avenue of distribution for our newly launched Music Services that support metal bands desiring to go independent."

Metalhit.com has also recently secured UK distribution through Code 7/PHD and is in the process of securing distribution deals in the German, Italian and other global territories to help support the launch of its Music Services division.

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Unearthing the Metal Underground in Taiwan

Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week I am offering a brief glimpse of the dynamic Taiwan metal scene.

In the past few years, the metal scene in Taiwan has exploded and now boasts an active roster of more than 50 bands. This is a significant number for the relatively small island nation of 23 million that lies less than 200 kilometers off the east coast of China—with geographical, political, and historical factors playing a key role in Taiwan’s metallic output. The repressive Chinese government currently has well over 1,000 ICBMs aimed at Taiwan, and has maintained that it will use military force if necessary to bring Taiwan back under its control. Taiwan has been governed separately from China since the KMT was defeated by the Communists in 1949 following a four-year civil war, after which the KMT leadership and soldiers fled across the Taiwan Strait. Since then, Taiwan has held de-facto independence that is only officially recognized by an ever dwindling number of African, Central and South American, Caribbean, and South Pacific states. The perpetually tense political standoff with its impossibly imposing neighbor to the west, combined with an ongoing struggle for inclusion in international organizations and increased diplomatic recognition, has made Taiwan the ideal breeding ground for the world’s angriest, loudest, and fastest form of musical expression.

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Crown The Lost Bids Farewell To Dio

Pittsburgh's Crown The Lost has checked in with the following statement about the death of metal icon Ronnie James Dio, who recently lost his battle with cancer:

"Rest in peace, Ronnie James Dio. Man, it's really hard to write that. It's quite clear the metal world wouldn't be the same without Ronnie James Dio and each of us in Crown the Lost are quite saddened at his passing. We were almost certain he was going to beat this and return to the stage. Unfortunately that was the not the case, but his music will live on forever. Our deepest condolences to Dio and his family. Long live rock and roll!"

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Marduk Updates Tour Schedule

Swedish black metal act Marduk is currently out on tour in support of the band's latest album "Wormwood." The upcoming Marduk tour dates are as follows:

5/17 Romagnano Sesia (Novara), Italy, Rock And Roll Arena
5/18 Rome, Italy, Blackout
5/19 Bologna, Italy, Estragon
5/20 Nova Gorica, Mostovna, Slovakia
5/21 Budapest, Hungary, Metalfest Open Air
5/22 Krakow, Poland Studio
5/23 Pilsen, Czech Republic, Metalfest Open Air
6/18 Hellfest Festival, Clisson France
7/08-10 Rockharz, Flugplatz Ballenstedt/Harz Germany
7/29 San Jose, Costa Rica (TBA)
7/30 San Salvador, El Salvador (TBA)
7/31 San Pedro Sula, Honduras (TBA)
8/01 Guatemala City, Guatemala (TBA)

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Celebrity Apprentice: Bret Makes It to the Finale

After last week’s elimination leaving only five contestants, and two weeks left of Celebrity Apprentice, it was not surprising to see Donald shake up the boardroom. More...

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Nightmare Comments On Ronnie James Dio

Vocalist Jo Amore of French metal act Nightmare has issued the following comments about Ronnie James Dio passing away on Sunday, May 16th:

"The members of Nightmare, along with the whole metal community all around the world, are crying the death of our master of all, Ronnie James Dio. He was not only the best metal singer of all times who inspired so many and especially myself: I have lost a part of my soul today... Ronnie was also one of the nicest artist you would ever want to meet. There is nothing more we can say and we cannot find the words to express our sadness... Our prayers go to his wife Wendy and to his family... God Bless You... R.I.P metal bro!"

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Saviours Updates Tour Schedule

California metallers Saviours have updated their tour schedule with the following upcoming U.S. and European dates:

5/22/10 BERKELEY, CA 924 GILMAN W/ TALK IS POISON, IRON LUNG, WALLS, IN DISGUST
5/28/10 AUSTIN, TX CHAOS IN TEJAS / RED 7 W/ TOXIC HOLOCAUST, GEHENNA, ASHDAUTAS
5/31/10 FORT WORTH, TX THE ALAMO W/ BLOOD OF THE SUN, THE ROLLER
6/01/10 DENTON, TX RUBBER GLOVES W/ BLOOD OF THE SUN, THE ROLLER
6/02/10 DALLAS, TX DOUBLEWIDE W/ BLOOD OF THE SUN, THE ROLLER
6/04/10 NEW ORLEANS, LA ONE EYED JACKS W/ BLOOD OF THE SUN, THOU, THE ROLLER
6/05/10 HOUSTON, TX FREE PRESS MUSIC FEST W/ FLAMING LIPS, CRO MAGS, MUNICIPAL WASTE
6/12/10 ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM TRIX W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
6/13/10 BIELEFELD, GERMANY AJZ W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA
6/14/10 PLYMOUTH, UK WHITE RABBIT W/ WEEDEATER, BLACK COBRA More...

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Aeon Streaming New Track

Sweden's Aeon has issued the following announcement about streaming another track online from their upcoming album:

"Now it's just a few days left until the release of 'Path of Fire.' Therefore we decided to throw one more song at you before you will be able to enjoy this masterpiece in it's entirety. This song is called 'Suffer The Soul'" and is track #8 on the album. The track is available for streaming on our Myspace. Enjoy! Path Of Fire is set for release May 21/24 in Europe and May 25 in the US via Metal Blade Records."

You can also catch Aeon live on the following dates:

6/12 2010 Death Feast Open Air Hünxe, DE
7/3 2010 Nordfest Sundsvall, SE

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Sonic Syndicate Posts "Revolution, Baby" Video

Sweden's Sonic Syndicate has posted a music video online for the track "Revolution, Baby," which can be viewed below. The song is taken from Sonic Syndicate's new album "We Rule The Night."


Sonic Syndicate - Revolution, Baby

Sonic Syndicate | MySpace Music Videos

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Warmachine Reacts To News Of Dio's Death

Ontario's Warmachine has issued the following statement about the recent death of legendary metal figure Ronnie James Dio:

"I am devastated to learn that Ronnie James Dio has passed. The world has lost a true legend and pioneer. I feel truly blessed to have met him years ago backstage at his show in Toronto. Before I could even introduce myself, Ronnie already knew my name and to my surprise, was even familiar with my music and Warmachine. I could not believe it. Ronnie James Dio, the legend, my idol and one of my biggest childhood inspirations, knew who I was.

"I cannot express the joy I felt just to be standing in his presence. Ronnie and I talked for almost an hour. He shared his words of wisdom, and told me to hold on to my dreams. I`ll never forget it. I will always be grateful to Ronnie for his time, his hugs and of course his amazing music. You will be sorely missed Ronnie...Long live the King of Rock N Roll!"

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The Doomsday Prophecy Posts Entire Demo Online

New Jersey death metal band The Doomsday Prophecy has posted their entire debut demo on their Reverb Nation page. The tracklisting for their demo is as follows:

1. The Brutal Truth
2. Save a Little Face
3. Love Affair
4. From the Throat of a Goat
5. Feast of The Century
6. Counting The Days

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Diluvian Posts Performance Footage

Death metal act Diluvian has posted performance footage online of the track "Lead the Cattle to Slaughter," which can be viewed below. The track is off the band's latest album "Epidemic."

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Evemaster Posts Dio Tribute

Finland's Evemaster has posted a cover version of "We Rock" in honor of the recently fallen Ronnie James Dio. The clip can be found below.

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Vampires Everywhere! Posts Studio Footage

Vampires Everywhere! has posted a new studio recording video, which can be viewed below. The band also checked in with the following statement about the footage:

"Here is the first studio update for our upcoming full length Album out on Century Media Records in September. We shot the footage at KingSize Soundlabs in Los Angeles. David worked hard for 5 days to finish the tracks & they sound amazing! The band is super excited for you to hear them. David worked with Mike Fasano ( Green Day, GNR, Tiger Army) for his drum setup. Mike is an amazing guy and definitely knows his drums! Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, 18 visions) is our main producer for most of you new to our blogs about recording.

"VE! & Fred bonded over a 2 week marathon pre-production party we threw weeks ago. Fred is an amazing producer and an awesome guy. David & Fred had 5 amazing days at KingSize pushing the limits on the drums. Below is some EviL Footage! Enjoy and keep checking back for more recording updates and tour news!"

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Iron Maiden And More Pay Tribute To Ronnie Dio

Like so many others in the hard rock and heavy metal community, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and others have posted messages online paying their respects to heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio, who sadly passed away yesterday morning in Los Angeles from stomach cancer. The tributes read as follows:

Iron Maiden: "It is with huge sadness we hear that Ronnie has lost his battle against stomach cancer, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Wendy and family at this terrible time. From his earlier years in Elf, Black Sabbath and Dio, right through to his most recent days fronting Heaven and Hell, Ronnie, time and again, proved his genius as a frontman, always giving his all to his fans and his music. Ronnie was not only an incredibly gifted singer but also a wonderfully warm, intelligent and generous person and this shone through both on and off stage leaving a positive mark on everyone he came into contact with. A longstanding friend of Maiden, we played many shows together over the years and we will all miss him greatly. The world has lost an irreplaceable talent and, first and foremost, one of the finest human beings you could ever wish to meet."

Whitesnake's David Coverdale: "So very sad to hear of Ronnie's passing... My thoughts, prayers and condolence to his family and friends." More...

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Site Update

An Open Letter To Our Readers

On Sunday morning, May 16th at 2:20 AM ET, two of our staff reported that Ronnie James Dio had passed away. These reports turned out to be premature and at the time false, said to be a “viral hoax” by many. Many readers expressed outrage and disappointment that we would post such unfounded news, and I am here to offer my apologies for the unfounded reports and make clear our official stance on such tricky situations.

As I've stated before, it's a narrow line to walk between reporting the news in a timely manner and assuring its credibility when it comes to certain situations such as this one. But in a case such as the death of an icon and hero to many, we should have erred on the side of caution. On the other hand, I am not opposed to making mention of rumors or unconfirmed reports in the effort to get you news first, as long as those reports are explicitly identified as such. Unfortunately, our late-night reports of Dio's death were posted as unqualified truths, despite being based on unnamed sources, many or few.

Unfortunately, it was not just a viral hoax, but appears to be more of a premature leak as to the graveness of Dio's condition. This fact, that we posted a correction, or the fact that Ronnie James Dio died later this same morning has no impact on the correctness or wrongness of our initial reports, however.

Within minutes of the posting, Metalunderground.com was flooded with visitors and became unstable, making it difficult to properly update the articles or post follow-ups. When I got word that Dio's death had been confirmed, Dio's official web site itself was down due to traffic. Once I confirmed the information, it took me nearly an hour to get the article posted through the server instability and even longer to update the original articles with that information, leading people to then complain that he had passed away and we were saying he hadn't. So despite the initial mistake, we were faced with challenges throughout the day in getting the correct information out to the public even once it was confirmed.

Metalunderground.com has grown tremendously in the past few years and I realize many people trust us to provide accurate and timely news and reporting on the metal scene. I apologize to those of you who feel that your trust was violated by our unconfirmed story of such incredible weight and importance, and I assure you that we are taking steps so that what happened today will be less likely to happen in the future. I cannot claim it will never happen, as there are many factors that play into such a mistake, but we have all learned from today's experience and will do our best to not repeat it.

I am establishing a more formal process for posting breaking and/or sensitive news so that we can convey our message in a more clear and accurate manner in the future. I have never been one for sensationalizing news in the first place, and certainly do not wish to mislead our readers in any way, as building a credible news site has been a priority of mine from day one.

I hope you'll consider our position and this apology in your decision to continue relying on Metalunderground.com for the latest metal news and commentary.

While I feel the sad news of Dio's passing totally eclipses these issues of yesterday, I wanted to address them nonetheless to let our readers know that we take our responsibilities here very seriously and have not simply swept the mistakes under the carpet and ignored those who expressed concern or anger over our initial premature reports.

Sincerely,
Doug

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio.

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Audiovision Posts New Music Video Online

Swedish melodic metal band AUDIOVISION has released their video for the track "Keep the Fire Burning" online. The track comes off their brand new album "Focus" which was be released in Europe and North America on April 23rd through Ulterium Records.

This is the second video from "Focus" and was directed by Ronny Hemlin [Scar Symmetry, Steel Attack] who also directed the first video "Invitation".

Check out the video below:

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East of the Wall Posts New Live Videos Online

New Jersey progressive band EAST OF THE WALL has posted two new live videos of the songs "Salieri" and "Meat Pendulum/Winter Breath" online. The songs come off their upcoming Translation Loss debut album entitled "Ressentiment." The videos were filmed at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ on 2/20/10. Watch the video footage for the song "Salieri" below:

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To Speak Of Wolves Posts New Song Online

North Carolina's To Speak Of Wolves have posted a new song, "Quercus Alba," featuring Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath on their MySpace page. The song from their new album "Myself < Letting Go" which is available in stores and online this Tuesday May 18th.

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Darksun Releases New Album "Tocar El Sol"

Spainish metal band DARKSUN has released their new album, "Tocar El Sol" on April 5, 2010 through FC Metal Recordings. This album features the recording debuts of new members Jose Ojeda (drums) and Adrian Huelga (bass), and is once again produced by vocalist Dani G. The lineup is completed by guitarists David Figueiras and Tino Hevia.

"Tocar El Sol" tracklisting is as follows:

01. El Sueno de Shiva
02. La Luz Interior
03. Camino a las Estrellas
04. Tocar el Sol
05. Anima
06. Al Morir los Suenos
07. Resurreccion
08. Fragil
09. Despertar
10. Estatuas de Sal
11. El Fin de la Eternidad
12. Bonus Track: Anima (con Victor Garcia)

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Nevermore Announces New Touring Guitarist

Seattle metal band NEVERMORE has added a second guitar player to their live line-up.

The band further comments, “NEVERMORE are proud to announce that we will be touring all summer long with a very talented Hungarian guitar player by the name of Attila Voros. Attila has already performed with Warrel Dane's solo project, and realizing how good he is, we decided he would be a perfect addition for the Summer festivals we are about to embark on in Europe. Check out www.myspace.com/cowboyfromhungary or www.myspace.com/vorosattila to see what he is all about.”

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Withershin Posts New Song Online

WITHERSHIN has posted a brand new track, “Wherein I Exalt,” which is taken from their forthcoming "The Hungering Void EP" online via the band’s MySpace page. The EP will be released on June 1st through Canonical Hours.Wi

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Download To Rename Second Stage After Dio

The organisers of Britain's Download Festival has announced that they will be renaming the second stage of this year's event and that it will now be known as the Ronnie James Dio Stage. The organisers posted the following message online:

"The rock world was in a state of shock last night (Sunday), when it was announced that Ronnie James Dio, one of the finest vocalists ever to walk the earth sadly passed away.

"The legendary singer, who fronted bands including Black Sabbath and Dio, had been battling with stomach cancer since the end of 2009. More...

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Visions Of Atlantis Enters Dreamscape Studios

Visions Of Atlantis has entered Dreamscape Studios and will be begin recording their new album.

The band comments, "I just wanted to inform you that we were arriving at Munich's Dreamscape Studios yesterday evening where we had a relaxed night."

"Today the recordings will start in about 1 hour and we're all very excited about the things happening during the next weeks!"

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Dream Theater And More Pay Tribute To Dio

As the tributes from fans, friends and critics alike pour in, more contemporaries of Ronnie James Dio have spoken about the man, his music and his legacy. You can read some more tributes below.

Exodus' Gary Holt - "What more can be said about Ronnie that hasn't been said by so many others. He was the kindest, most humble metal god I've ever had the pleasure and honor of touring with. I first met him at Foundations forum, about two to three weeks before our tour with them during the Dehumanizer tour, for about ten minutes while he waited outside for his cab. I introduced myself, said it was an all time honor to meet and tour with him and said see you soon. Fast forward to the first day of the tour, and he sees me and says "How are you doing Gary?". I would not have been offended if he never knew my name the whole tour, but he remembered it from a ten minute chat around three weeks earlier. We had many golden moments hanging out with him, while he allowed me to relentlessly badger him for stories about Ritchie Blackmore and the time spent singing for my favorite band, Rainbow. R.I.P., your impact on me won't ever be forgotten." More...

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Dyinise Seeks Second Guitarist

UK melodic thrash metal band Dyinise has issued the following update regarding their search for a second guitarist:

"We need a new 2nd Guitarist. The Criteria is: we want someone who's organized, tight on rhythm and the REAL DEAL. (eg gona join the band and stay). and if your the worlds greatest shredder..... Great!"

Contact the band at their MySpace page.

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Militia Issues New Album Update

San Francisco Bay area thrash/power metal band MILITIA has issued the following new album update:

"The band is very focused and positive about the new album and it's progress. Scott, Dave, Matt, Tony and Thayik are writing and are 1000% dedicated to delivering everthing you would expect with some surprises as well. The sleeping giant sleeps no more!"

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Submission Disbands Due to Internal Disputes

Denmark's Submission has issued the following update regarding their decision to disband:

"Submission has parted ways as of now, due to internal disputes. Morten, Kasper and Boris will continue in their other current projects. Christoffer and Lasse will form a new band, details will follow soon. Submission would like to thank all the fans, friends and people, who has supported us, from the beginning. Thank you for the great gigs and experiences, throughout the years."

Submission has created a little " Goodbye " video, which can be viewed below:

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Dawn Of Sorrow Changes Name To Into Thee Abyss

Dawn Of Sorrow has announced a name change to Into Thee Abyss. The band comments on the name change:

"This has to be are biggest update we have ever had here's whats going on with us and this band,well we have decided to end this band name the band name was only really temp are band name that we go under now is 'Into Thee Abyss' and we have been still looking for a 2nd guitarist we may have found one but we have to wait for his car to get fixed so will keep you guys posted on that and last but not least the demo we're working on may get pushed back a bit not totaly sure yet but we are working are asses off to get thos 2 songs done by july so hopefully we'll have thos posted by then so this is whats going on with us so keep posted on more updates on the new page oh and will have some practice videos up soon and along with studio videos"

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Unholy Ritual Completes New EP

Greek symphonic black metal band Unholy Ritual has concluded the production process of their upcoming EP entitled "Finis Origine Pendet." Mix / Master was handled by Andy Classen at Stage One Studios (Belphegor , Rotting Christ, Krisiun, Graveworm). The release is expected in summer 2010.

Synth player / Orchestrator Q_Snc comments, "With this new release i believe we are taking UR into a direction which enables us to present our multi-leveled material in a more cohesive way. The compositions crossbreed extreme black metal with symphonic parts , electronic elements and death / prog metal touches.Supported by Andy Classen's production - we are really satisfied with the end result"

Tracklisting of "Finis Origine Pendet" is as follows:

1. Chalice Of Aquarius
2. Ignes Fatui
3. Distinct Inception
4. Death Before Dishonor (Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa) More...

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Kiss, Motley Crue And More Remember Dio

More members of the hard rock and heavy metal community have posted their messages online to pay tribute to the legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, who sadly passed away yesterday morning as a result of stomach cancer. You can read some more of these messages below.

Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx: "I still have this image of him standing on stage in front of 100,000 belting out 'Man On The Silver Mountain' and remember the shivers it sent up my spine. He's one of the kindest souls I have ever met and his talent was beyond inspirational to so many of us. Those of us that had the opportunity to know Ronnie can tell you what a wonderful and passionate man he was."

KISS: "We mourn the tragic passing of the great Ronnie James Dio. In addition to his powerhouse vocal ability, Ronnie was a true gentleman who always emanated great warmth and friendship to us and everyone around him. We will miss him." More...

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Tony Iommi Speaks On Ronnie Dio's Passing

Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell guitarist Tony Iommi has posted a message online regarding the death of his bandmate Ronnie James Dio, who passed away yesterday morning in Los Angeles from stomach cancer. Iommi's message reads as follows:

"Yesterday 16th May my dear, dear friend Ronnie James Dio passed away at 7.45am LA time. I’ve been in total shock I just can’t believe he’s gone. Ronnie was one of the nicest people you could ever meet, we had some fantastic times together. Ronnie loved what he did, making music and performing on stage. He loved his fans so much. He was a kind man and would put himself out to help others. I can honestly say it’s truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years, his music will live on forever. Our thoughts are with Wendy Dio who stood by Ronnie until the end, he loved her very much. The man with the magic voice is a star amongst stars, a true professional. I’ll miss you so much my dear friend."

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Dio's Last Interview Posted Online

The very last video interview with Ronnie James Dio has been posted online via YouTube. You can check it out below. Ronnie James Dio sadly passed away yesterday from stomach cancer at the age of 67. More...

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Ozzy, Slash And More Remember Ronnie Dio

As the tragic news of the death of heavy metal cornerstone Ronnie James Dio is sinking into the hearts of fans, many other musicians in the field of heavy metal and hard rock have posted messages online remembering the man and his music. Some more of which include the likes of Anthrax, Slash and even Dios Black Sabbath predacessor Ozzy Osbourne.

Ozzy Osbourne - "Rest in peace Ronnie"

Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N' Roses): "Ronnie died at 7:45am this morning, but his music will live for eternity."

Anthrax: "Dio, Italian for God. Words won't do the man justice so we won't even try. Horns up always!"

Sebastian Bach: "Crying right now in remembrance of my hero and friend Ronnie James Dio. Dio died this morning and he was a major, major part of my life. I got to do shows with him and work with him and I loved Dio my whole life. Thanks so much the world has lost one of the best. Your last album was your best. Of course" More...

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Helloween Begins Recording New Album

German power metal veterans Helloween has announced that they have returned to the studio to begin recording their next studio album. A message from bass player Markus Grosskopf reads as follows:

"For all those out there who found our special Best-Of ,Unarmed, to be too smooth and calm, I have a great news: The new album will hit you right in the face! It´s gonna be very heavy and contain all Helloween trademarks! Some songs are very powerful and hymnic, others contain the fastest bass drum patterns our drummer Dani ever played, and this means a lot! I am really excited about the material we brought together and can´t wait to put my bass tracks on those kick ass Metal songs!"

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Ozzy Osbourne Reveals New Album Release Dates

Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne has revealed the differing release dates for his forthcoming new studio album, "Scream." The record will have its earliest release in mainland Europe, where it will hit the shelves on June 11th, followed by a U.K. release on June 14th. Non-European fans will have to wait a week longer as the album will be released in America on June 22nd and in Japan on June 23rd.

This will be the first Ozzy album to feature new guitarist Gus G., best known for his work with Greek power metal outfit Firewind. The album also features former Rob Zombie bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.

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More Heavy Metal/Rock Legends Remember Dio

More members of the heavy metal and hard rock community have spoken about the passing of heavy metal icon, Ronnie James Dio, including Ritchie Blackmore, who performed with Ronnie in Rainbow. Some of the messages read as follows:

Judas Priest: "We are filled with great sadness at the terrible news about our friend Ronnie James Dio - our condolences and love go to Wendy and Ronnie's family - Ronnie was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed."

Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple - thanks ABC News): "Ronnie had a unique and wonderful voice. He will be sadly missed in the rock and roll world,"

Testament: "A true metal legend always in our hearts."

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