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Metal News for May 17, 2011

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Pit Stories: Adding Insult To Injury

We've been chatting with bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite or most infamous mosh pit stories from metal shows. For this week's edition, Josh Middleton of Sylosis talks about the crazy antics at Sonisphere and how a festival goer decided to add insult to injury with a fallen metal fan.

There are usually so many crazy things that when you're put on the spot you can't think of any! We've had some really brutal walls of death and circle pits at the festivals we did last year and have some cool footage on our youtube. This is pretty gross but at last years Sonisphere we were playing and some of our friends in another band saw these jocks all off their faces on drugs. One of the dudes fell over and one of his friends just decided to piss all over him...pretty weird. You get all kinds of weirdos at festivals.

Sylosis is fresh off the release of sophomore album "Edge of the Earth," recently dropped a music video for the song "Empyreal," and will be headed to the Brutal Assault festival later this summer. To hear what the band had to say about the album and the video clip, you can check out our recent interview with Josh here.

Feel free to share your favorite mosh pit story below, and check back next Tuesday to get even more Pit Stories from metal shows.

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Descend Into Despair Reveals New EP Details

Descend Into Despair has announced the band's new EP "Vanity Devotion" is set for release on May 21st, 2011. The track listing and cover artwork for "Vanity Devotion" can be viewed below.

1. Introduction (2:17)
2. Dreams of Sorrow (5:08)
3. There Are No Roses at My Funeral (7:53)
4. Drowning in My Own Ethereal Realm (6:37)
5. The Day the Sun Turned to Black (8:36)

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Ozzy 30th Anniversary Tracks Coming To Rock Band

Beginning May 31st, Rock Band 3 will offer an eight-pack of songs celebrating the release of the "Diary of a Madman/Blizzard of Ozz" 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition in the Rock Band 3 Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii consoles.

2011 marks the 30th Anniversary of "Blizzard of Ozz" (U.S. release) and "Diary of a Madman." The Ozzy Osbourne 8-pack will include 3 remastered classics from each album including "Mr. Crowley" and "Over the Mountain" as well as additional hits "Bark at the Moon" and "Mama, I'm Coming Home," and their built-in Pro Guitar/Bass upgrades only available as part of the 8-pack.

Additional details are available at this location. In other Ozzy news, it was recently announced that Ozzfest 2011 has been officially canceled, with details available here.

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The Dying Seed Posts "Trees" Video

French act The Dying Seed will release the album "Tsuba" on May 23rd, 2011. The band has now posted a music video online for the song "Trees," which is off "Tsuba" and can be viewed below. Additional details and music from The Dying Seed can be found at the band's Bandcamp page.

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Intensus Posts New Single Online

Extreme metal act Intensus, which signed to Metal Blade Records earlier this year, has launched the first single and pre-order for the band's self-titled debut album, which will be available on July 5th, 2011.

The project, helmed by multi-talented musician/producer Eli Litwin, consists of a myriad of guest musicians from the underground metal world including Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me), Robert Meadows (A Life Once Lost), Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You), Chris Alfano (East of the Wall / Postman Syndrome) and more.

The first single, "I Gave Up," featuring Robert Meadows of A Life Once Lost fame, can be heard below. Pre-order info is available here.

Intensus "I Gave Up" (feat. Robert Meadows) by Metal Blade Records

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Primevil Signs To Scarlet Records

Primevil, the new band formed by former Venom members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar), Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (bass, vocals), and Antony "Antton" Lant (drums), has signed a deal with Scarlet Records.

This summer will see the release of the mini album "The Creatures Of The Black," which features 4 cover versions of songs that influenced the members to begin their very own metal journeys ("Exciter" by Judas Priest, "God Of Thunder" by Kiss, "Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be" by AC/DC, and "Motörhead" by Motörhead) plus 2 brand new Primevil tracks, "The Creatures Of The Black" and "Reptile."

The mini album is providing a glimpse of what people can expect from Primevil's debut full-length album, which will be out sometime around September/October 2011. Appearances are being booked now and a full tour is being scheduled for 2012. Additional details on the band are available through the official Primevil website here.

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I Exist Streaming New Song

I Exist has posted a new song online titled "Wyverns Keep," which is taken from the band's forthcoming album. The song will be featured on “II: The Broken Passage” to be released on June 17th on both CD and LP through Resist Records.

To check out "Wyverns Keep" head over to the band's official Facebook page at this location.

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Shadowside Postpones Album Release Date

Brazilian female-fronted heavy metal group Shadowside has issued the following message via Facebook, updating fans on the progress of the band’s forthcoming third studio album "Inner Monster Out," which was slated to release digitally next month on SHP Records:

“Hello Shadowside faithful! Our new record ‘Inner Monster Out’ will be released early July 2011. Everyone hang in there with us for a bit longer as we make sure the final product is absolutely perfect. We are so excited for you all to hear what we have been working tirelessly on for the past several months, and we are confident it will be worth the wait! In the meantime, keep checking back for updates. We will be debuting new songs, videos, pictures and more to hold you over until ‘Inner Monster Out’ is unleashed upon the masses!

“Our page at Pledgemusic.com will be available next week, which will allow fans to actively participate in the promotion of ‘Inner Monster Out’ with Shadowside. Fans will also, through the Pledge Music campaign, have exclusive access to personal experiences with Shadowside, ranging from signed CDs and signed guitars to recording session visits and VIP tour packages.”

In the meantime, Shadowside has updated its Facebook page with some behind-the-scenes photos from the band’s recent promo shoot for the new record. Head over to this location to access the gallery. Shadowside will film a music video for the first single from "Inner Monster Out," titled “Angel with Horns” later this month in Campinas, Brazil with director Thiago Pinheiro of Studio Kaiowas. More...

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Metalhit Offering New Free Compilation

Digital download store Metalhit.com has launched its second monthly compilation to be available for free download worldwide. Owner, Mike Riddick, comments:

“What’s unique about these monthly compilations is that they feature as-of-yet unreleased tracks from metal bands spanning a variety of genres. Metalheads want to be ‘in the know’ on the latest titles, and what better way to do this than to offer up legal downloads of the latest from metal’s greatest labels...days-to-weeks before their official release!”

Metalhit’s second compilation includes 11 downloadable tracks from Acephalix, Autopsy, Inevitable End, Indestructible Noise Command, Vreid, Amorphis, Tyr, Gamma Ray, Bleeding Fist, Flame and Gallhammer. The compilation can be downloaded at this location. A new set of unreleased free songs will be be made available in mid-June.

Visitors to Metalhit’s site may also enter to win a free copy of Autopsy's latest CD, “Macabre Eternal,” courtesy of Peaceville Records.

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Morta Skuld Streaming "Feast From Within" Track

Morta Skuld has posted the track “Feast From Within” online now via the band’s Facebook page at this location. “Feast From Within” comes from the upcoming collection of early Morta Skuld material to be released this July. The collection, "Through The Eyes Of Death," combines the band’s two 1990 recordings "Gory Departure" and "Prolong The Agony" on one disc along with previously-unreleased material.

The two sessions were produced by Death manager Eric Greif. Morta Skuld is the first band other than Death and Control Denied to be published by Chuck Schuldiner’s Mutilation Music. "Through The Eyes Of Death" will see its release on July 5th and is available for pre-order at this location.

Milwaukee, WI’s Morta Skuld formed in 1990, releasing a first demo tape "Gory Departure" shortly thereafter, and features principal songwriter / guitarist / singer Dave Gregor. The band’s second 3-song demo "Prolong The Agony" came soon after and featured Viogression drummer Jef Jaeger. Both recordings have been remastered for the "Through The Eyes Of Death" collection by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound. More...

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Red Fang Premieres "Wires" Music Video

Red Fang has premiered a new video for the "Murder The Mountains" track “Wires” online now through MonsterEnergy.com. Head over here to check out the clip. The video, which features car crashes, house explosions, a cameo from heavy metal comedian Brian Posehn and milk, lots of milk, was directed by Whitey McConnaughy.

Red Fang’s John Sherman commented on the video process: "Working with Whitey again was great, because we knew the end result would be amazing - he doesn't half-ass. But it was also a little scary, because Whitey would do whatever it took to get the ultimate shot, even if it meant killing us."

Red Fang is also currently streaming "Murder The Mountains" in its entirety at this location. The band recorded "Murder The Mountains" with The Decemberists' Chris Funk and the album was mixed by three-time Grammy Award winner Vance Powell. "Murder The Mountains" is now available on CD, 12” vinyl, and deluxe digital. Red Fang is is on tour now and through the end of summer in support of "Murder The Mountains."

UPDATE: The video is now on YouTube, and viewable below:

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Grayceon Interview And Performance Available

Grayceon has issued the following announcement about streaming the band's interview and performance for KEXP radio:

"We recently toured in the Pacific NW with our friends, Lesbian, and had the opportunity to stop by KEXP Radio in Seattle for a quickie live taped performance and interview. We played We Can and Shellmounds and chatted with the host, Hannah Levin, for a few minutes.

"The performance and interview can now be streamed from their website, so if you missed it you can hear it now! Enjoy!"

Grayceon's interview and live performance can be heard by heading over to the KEXP website at this location.

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Headline News

Stone Sour Cancels Remaining Tour Dates

Stone Sour has decided to pulled out of their remaining tour dates after drummer Roy Mayorga suffered a minor stroke. The band issued the following statement:

"It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the remaining dates on our current headline tour. Our friend and drummer, Roy Mayorga suffered a minor stroke a couple of nights ago after our show in Des Moines. He’s doing great and is expected to make a 100% recovery. We apologize to all the fans and look forward to getting back out on the road with Roy in the coming months."

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Leaves' Eyes Posts Tour Video Report

Leaves' Eyes has posted the first "Meredead" tour video report online, which is from the band's run of shows with Midnattsol and Serenity. You can check out the video clip below.

You can also check out footage of the band discussing the new album "Meredead" by heading over to this location.

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Haemorrhage Streaming Entire New Album

Haemorrhage's brand new album "Hospital Carnage" is currently streaming online in its entirety courtesy of BazillionPoints.com. You can check out the tracks in the player below. "Hospital Carnage," the follow-up to 2006's "Apology For Pathology," is set for a May 24th North American release date (May 30th internationally) and is available for pre-order at this location.

Haemorrhage - Hospital Carnage [exclusive Eligiendo Muerte stream] by Bazillion Points

"Hospital Carnage" was recorded at VRS Studios with Samuel Ruiz and will be available on CD, LP and digitally. The deluxe digital version of the album includes bonus tracks and a digital booklet and is available for pre-order through iTunes. The album art, as designed by the band's guitarist / vocalist Luisma, can also be viewed after the jump.

Haemorrhage also recently debuted a music video from the album for the track "Flesh-Devouring Pandemia." More...

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Fullforce Announces "One" Release Party

Fullforce has issued the following announcement about a release party for the band's new album:

"Fullforce will celebrate the release of 'One' at the club called 'Sticky Fingers' in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 16th. They will play live together with the band called Engel and the whole event is a combined releaseparty with the pre-party for the known Gothenburg roch festival called Metaltown.

"Doors open at 08:00pm CET. For more info (in Swedish) please enter here. A few days ago the brand new musicvideo from Fullforce was released. Please check it out at this location."

"One" is set for release on June 28th in North America and June 20th in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer. The "One" track listing is as follows:

1. Mythomaniac (4:02)
2. None Of Your Concern (3:35)
3. Heart And Soul (3:31)
4. Oblivion (4:53)
5. Open Your Eyes (4:25)
6. Rain (4:33)
7. Suffering In Silence (3:06)
8. Walls Of Secrets (4:33)
9. Father spirit (4:51)
10. Bleed (5:07)
11. Into The Cradle (5:01)

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Mercenary To Play Headbanger's Ball Tour

Mercenary has checked in with the following announcement about performing on the upcoming Headbanger's Ball tour:

"It is official! Mercenary has been confirmed for the special 5-year edition of the Danish Headbanger's Ball Tour together with none other than thrash-masters Artillery & Hatesphere. What better way to celebrate Mercenary's 20th anniversary?"

Additional details on the tour are available here and the currently announced dates are as follows:

09-09-2011: POSTEN, ODENSE
10-09-2011: VOXHALL, AARHUS
16-09-2011: STUDENTERHUSET, AALBORG
17-09-2011: FERMATEN, HERNING
23-09-2011: BADEANSTALTEN, SLAGELSE
24-09-2011: THE ROCK, KØBENHAVN
30-09-2011: TOBAKKEN, ESBJERG
01-10-2011: GODSET, KOLDING More...

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One Without Posts Behind-The-Scenes Clip

One Without has posted behind-the-scenes footage online from the band's time recording the "Pretender" music video. You can check out the clip below, or watch the music itself at this location.

The band is also currently offering the "Sweet Relief" album as a free download. Details on the release are available by heading over here.

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A Haunted Mantra To Enter The Studio

A Haunted Mantra has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the studio and record new material:

"Hey everyone! New recordings soon! We've got a couple tracks ready to go and we will be entering the studio later this month to record them and post them up on our websites! We will likely put them up in early June, so check back then!"

You can also check out footage of the band performing live, along with A Haunted Mantra's last update about writing new material, by heading over here.

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Saxon Postpones "Call To Arms" Release

Saxon has checked in with the following update about postponing the release of "Call To Arms," the band's new album:

"Hi, hope all is well. We have some good news and some bad news. Bad news first: The album will be delayed for two weeks. Good news is: The official release is June the 3rd in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via Soulfood. The rest of Europe the following week. It may be the 3rd of June in the UK. I will let you know as soon as I know.

"More good news: On the first edition digipack there will be a bonus disc from Saxon's historic performance of the 1980 Castle Donington show. Re-mixed and re-mastered following the discovery of the lost multitrack tape.

"Call To Arms will also be available as jewel case CD, LP and as limited edition picture LP (vinyl). The album should be on the web shops in the next few days. Keep the faith."

Saxon's latest road report is also available for viewing by navigating over to this location.

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LastDayHere Posts "A New Beginning" Trailer

LastDayHere has posted a teaser online for the band's "A New Beginning" album, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Hey guys and girls. We decided to make a good teaser for all of you. This time we have made a 5 minute song that contains 13 songs that will be on our new album called 'A New Beginning.'

"Hope you like it. And we are really looking forward for this album to be finished. Also will contain a couple of good groovy songs and 2-3 songs a bit more slow.

"We tried to cover all the areas. The next stop is picking the new album cover and a NEW video. We are already making plans for it so stay tuned."


LastDayHere - new album 13 song's teaser

LastDayHere | Myspace Music Videos

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Inevitable End Streaming New Song Online

Inevitable End is set to release the new album "The Oculus" through Relapse Records on May 24th, 2011. In anticipation of the upcoming new album, Inevitable End has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to stream a new song online titled "Zen." Head over to this location to check out the track.

You can also check out a studio video report for "The Oculus" by heading over to this location.

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Eternal Gray Signs To Season Of Mist

Season of Mist has issued the following brief announcement about signing a deal with Eternal Gray:

"Season of Mist is glad to welcome Israeli act Eternal Gray to the roster. The band's second album is entitled 'Your Gods, My Enemies' and was recorded at Studio Underground, Sweden. This pure gem of technical Death Metal will hit worldwide stores this autumn."

"Eternal Grey is happy to finally announce the worldwide signing to meteoric label Season of Mist," guitarist Dory comments. "We are very positive that this partnership will bring us to new levels, having set a high self-standard with our debut 'Kindless.' Our forthcoming album, 'Your Gods, My Enemies,' is now in good professional hands and you guys can rest assured we did our best to make it sound fresh, rich and strong, a timeless piece that we're very proud of.

"Being alongside bands such as Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Cynic and The Dillinger Escape Plan, to name but a few, we feel it's our obligation to continue working hard and step by step take Eternal Gray to the top of Death Metal's elite. We expect and ready for a full, busy schedule that will include touring, working on new material and generally keep providing you with the best we can on all fronts together with the Season of Mist family."

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Caliban Premieres Type O Negative Cover Online

Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you the premiere of German metalcore band Caliban's new Type O Negative cover, "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend." It's an interesting take, mixing hardcore/metal and gothic doom metal. The cover song is one of four, along with covers of Rammstein, At The Gates, and The Beatles, off of Caliban's upcoming EP, "Coverfield," which is out now on iTunes and via Century Media Records.

The band previously released a short sample from The Beatles cover of "Helter Skelter" here, as well as a studio video update for the recordings here.

The tracklisting for "Coverfield" is as follows:

1. My Girlfriend's Girlfriend (3:47) originally by Type O Negative
2. Sonne (3:45) originally by Rammstein
3. Blinded By Fear (2:35) originally by At The Gates
4. Helter Skelter (3:36) originally by The Beatles

Caliban is currently touring Europe and has been confirmed to play the Rock Harz Festival and Summer Breeze Festival.

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Interview

Better Left Unsaid Discusses Tour, Videos & Albums

Modesto, California’s Better Left Unsaid has spent the last eight years tirelessly working to carve its own niche in the modern metal movement. Through constant gigging and a desire to one-up each release, the groups first flirtation with success came when they signed to Jamey Jasta’s Stillborn Records to release “The Fight Within” (2008), which included a video on the Headbangers Ball.

The follow up recording, “Only the Dead to Witness” saw the band issue its second video “To the Last Man.” The song also found release via Ozzfest and Rockstar Mayhem Fest samplers. Said album also showed the band evolving from a standard metalcore sound to something more complex with Meshuggah fan appeal.

While battling poor cell reception somewhere outside of Spokane, Washington, Better Left Unsaid drummer Brent Terry spoke to Metal Underground about the above, as well as the band’s current tour opening for Hed(pe) and Mushroomhead. Even though this interview occurred a month ago, the band is still braving the road as part of this massive trek across America. Read onward to learn more about these hot newcomers. More...

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Tristania Announces "Out Of The Dark" Tour

Norwegian gothic metal act Tristania, which recently announced it will be performing at the upcoming second 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, has now issued the following update about the "Out of the Dark" tour:

"Tristania will be back on the road in Europe for the Out of the Dark Festival Tour 2011. The 14 gigs from September 30th until October 15th will include eight different countries in Europe, and the tour live package contain the following bands: Tristania, Van Canto, Revamp, Xandria, and Amberian Dawn. More live shows to be announced soon....."

The promotional poster can be viewed after the jump, and the currently announced dates are as follows:

30.09.2011 (D) KARLSRUHE / Substage
01.10.2011 (CZ) PRAGUE / Abaton
02.10.2011 (H) BUDAPEST / Club 202
04.10.2011 (I) MILAN / Alcatraz
05.10.2011 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
06.10.2011 (F) PARIS / Le Bataclan
07.10.2011 (NL) HAARLEM / Patronaat
08.10.2011 (B) VOSSELAAR / Biebob
09.10.2011 (GB) LONDON / O2 Academy Islington
11.10.2011 (D) COLOGNE / Live Music Hall
12.10.2011 (D) MUNICH / Backstage
13.10.2011 (D) NEU-ISENBURG / Hugenottenhalle
14.10.2011 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
15.10.2011 (D) DORTMUND / FZW More...

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Aggressive Disorder Working On New Material

Aggressive Disorder has issued the following thank-you note to fans and update about working on new material:

"Hey you metal heads! A.D here with a report on the band and it's progress. The material is coming along well, and we are working hard on what we know will be our best effort to date. Dan's coming along with the new material, and having him back is a real blast. The bass is sounding great, and we are more excited then ever.

"The band is looking forward to getting a some material down as well, and like we mentioned earlier this year, we want to get a few surprise shows in here and there. We aren't booking any small tours or anything due in part to writing the new album, and going into the studio soon, So there isn't any show dates cemented at this time. Just a surprise show here and there. Maybe the summer? Maybe the fall? Your going to have to check back and see for yourself cause as the moments come to do them, you will all be the first to know. And as always, we hope to see you all out there to join us for a night of metal that wont disappoint.

"Also…for those of you on facebook/youtube/myspace/reverbnation and so on... we want you all to spread the word for A.D. We want to get the fan base numbers strong, and have you all turn out to the shows when we come thru your town/city. Download a song or two and send it to your friends and so on... We greatly appreciate your support through it all, and always have. There's strength in numbers, and we all need the A.D militia to stand strong. More...

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Oligarquia Reveals New Album Details

Brazilian metal act Oligarquia recorded the new album "Distilling Hatred" at Top Noise studio, and the band also commented on the recording process:

"The highlight is that the mastering was done by legendary producer Ciero in his equally legendary Da Tribo studio. We wanted an extreme sound to this album and nobody knows how to make a sound just as good as Ciero.

"Another highlight is the controversial cover, created by artist Felipe Eregion from Mysterian of Art. With the search for an extreme sound, wanted a strong cover to complete the theme of the album, I believe we have achieved this aim!"

The band also commented on the album's delay: "The release was postponed several times due to sponsorship problems and changes in the line-up at the time of recording, this time is about to leave in fact! Our largest sponsorship is the company Frigocenter we only have to be giving thanks on this great force for the band. Oligarquia has always been a totally independent band, with its ideology and views on the music market, which is prostituted. Because several absurd proposals that the band received from record companies, we decided to wait a little longer to get sponsorship and then run the CD independently."

A teaser trailer for the album can be viewed below, with the track listing available after the jump.

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Rockstar Energy Tour Announces Bands

The organisers of the touring Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar tour have confirmed which bands will be taking part in this year's edition of the trek. Headlining the run will be Orange County, California based Avenged Sevenfold, who will be joined by Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate. There will also be a second stage which will feature Sevendust as it's headlining act, along with Black Tide, Art Of Dying and The Black Cloud Collective.

"When we started hearing from our fans they wanted to see us back on Uproar this year, we thought, last year was a blast so let's do it again. The fans are crazy and the bands kick ass,” says Avenged Sevenfold's frontman M. Shadows. “We're spending the first half of summer playing some big European festivals so we're going to be ready to get back home and play America's top rock festival."

"We're thrilled to have Avenged Sevenfold back as headliners,” adds tour producers John Reese and John Oakes. “Their epic stage show helped elevate Uproar 2010 far beyond the standard outdoor festival. The fans wanted more, and we listened." More...

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The Iniquity Descent To Release New EP

The Iniquity Descent, which features Vreth of Finntroll, has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a second EP:

"After surviving the Russian tour here follows some updates from the band: A second EP containing 4 new songs will be released in the end of this summer/early autumn. We are also at the moment planning for some gigs in the summer in Finland.

"At the band member section Kenna Nygård decided after the Russian tour to join as a permanent member. That's all for now, we'll keep you updated!"

You can also check out songs from the band's first EP "Trust the Serpent" by heading over to The Iniquity Descent's MySpace music profile.

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Balfor To Play Metal Heads Mission Festival

After announcing an upcoming appearance at the Dong Open Air festival, Ukranian band Balfor is now also confirmed to play at this year's edition of the Metal Heads Mission Festival.

The fest takes place from August 5th - 7th, 2011 in Crimea, Ukraine and Kataklysm has been announced as the festival headliner. Additional details on the full-lineup will be announced as they are made available, or you can check out further info on the festival at this location.

A teaser trailer for Balfor's "Barbaric Blood" album is also available online for viewing by heading over here.

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Eyefear Announces New Album Title

Australia's Eyefear has checked in with the following update about the title and release of the band's upcoming album:

"Greetings all. To say this is well overdue would be an understatement. But we are back and ready to unleash our new CD titled... 'The Inception of Darkness!' Release will be some time around September - October this year and we will be revealing more and more details as the release date approaches.

"So what has been happening behind the scenes and why the long silence. We just wanted to step away and really focus on the wring of the new CD. We took a totally different approach to The Unseen which was written and recorded in six months. The new material is by far some of the darkest and most complex music we have ever written so their was a lot of time spent on every little detail.

"Another major reason is that Kosta needed time to set up his home studio were all the preproduction was done and most of the instruments were recorded. We are really looking forward to getting back on stage and we can announce that we will be supporting the mighty Blind Guardian on their Australian tour along with our very close friends Black Majesty.

"Blind Guardian tour dates - Friday 30th September at The Factory Theatre Sydney and Sunday 2nd October at Billboard The Venue Melbourne

"Last month we had a fantastic photo shoot at the amazing Montsalvat Castle and below you can check out a photo of the band and if you head over to this location you can check out footage of Seb performing parts of the new songs on the piano in the Great Hall. Thank you all for being patience and your support."

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New Doom Metal Band, Bewilderbiest, Formed

A new doom band, Bewilderbiest, has been formed by various members of other well known metal bands. Bewilderbiest is made up of Sacha Dunable on guitar (Intronaut, Graviton), Derek Donley on drums (National Sunday Law, Graviton), Charles Elliott on vocals and guitar (Abysmal Dawn) and Derek Rydquist on bass (The Faceless). No music has been posted yet, but you can follow the band on Facebook for updates.

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Entire Belphegor Concert Posted Online

Belphegor's May 14 concert from The Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington has been posted online in its entirety. You can view the footage in the player provided below, courtesy of Livestream.com.

Watch live streaming video from theknitspokane at livestream.com

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The Ocean Posts U.S. Tour Documentary Online

German progressive metal act The Ocean has posted the first half of its North American tour documentary online. You check out the video in the player below, with a detailed account of The Ocean's performance in Vancouver, Canada being featured here.

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Devin Townsend To Release "The Ultimate Bundle"

Inside Out Records has laid out details for its forthcoming release of the Devin Townsend Project's "Ultimate Bundle." The collector's set, which arrives on June 21, 2011 includes the following items;

1. Devin Townsend - "Deconstruction" Special Edition CD
2. Devin Townsend - "Ghost" CD
3. Devin Townsend - "The Calm & The Storm" 7" Vinyl
4. Devin Townsend - Logo Patch
5. Devin Townsend - Shirt
6. Exclusive Download Tracks
a) Drench
b) Mend
c) Fall
d) Watch You

You can view the tracklistings for both "Deconstruction" and "Ghost" at this location.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Adds New Tour Dates

Heavy metal veterans Corrosion Of Conformity have added a new handful of dates to its current summer touring schedule. You can view the newly updated list of dates, cities and venues below.

05/26 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
05/27 Baltimore, MD – Sonar (Maryland Death Fest)
05/28 Braddock, PA – Braddock Elk’s Lodge

Europe:
06/17 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/18 Bilbao, SPA – Sala Santana
06/19 Barcelona, POR – GSM Fesst
06/21 Madrid, SPA – Sala Caracol
06/22 Badalona, SPA – Estraperlo Club
06/23 Mallorca, SPA – Sala Assaig
06/24 Desselt, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/26 Krakow, POL – Rotunda
06/28 Budapest, HUN – Club 202
06/30 Rome, ITA – Init
07/01 Bologna, ITA – Blogos
07/03 Berlin, GER – White Trash
07/04 Gdynia, POL – Ucho
07/05 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
07/07 Gavle, SWE – Getaway Rock Fest

With Clutch:
07/20 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
07/22 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
07/23 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
07/24 Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
07/26 Columbia, MO – Blue Note
07/27 Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club
07/31 Louisville, KY – Expo Five

Corrosion of Conformity with special guests:
07/21 Albany, NY – Bogle’s
07/28 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
07/29 Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing Company
07/30 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s

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Hundredth To Release "Let Go" In July

Hundredth has announced that it will be releasing its forthcoming new album, titled "Let Go," on July 5, 2011. The album will be issued through Mediaskare Records and will contain the following songtitles;

1. Let Go
2. Weathered Town
3. Live Today
4. We Can Take Them All
5. Carry On
6. Humane
7. Remain & Sustain
8. Monumental
9. Monumental Pt 2
10. I Hold The Key
11. Restless
12. Soul

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CTTTOAFF To Hit The Road This Summer

Doom-grind act Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire have announced a new batch of tour dates set to take place across the United States this summer. You can view the newly announced dates, cities and venues in the list provided below.

07/14 Denver, CO – Blast-o-Mat
07/17 Boise, ID – House Of the Rising Sun
07/19 Seattle, WA – Black Lodge
07/22 Oakland, CA – Hazmat Warehouse
07/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Blvd
07/26 Austin, TX – Red Seven
07/27 San Antonio, TX – Korova
07/31 Nashville, TN – 1318 Little Hamilton
08/04 Chicago, IL – Albion House
08/05 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
08/27 Greeley, CO – Crabtree Brewery

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Design The Skyline Signs With Victory Records

Victory Records has announced the signing of progressive deathcore act Design the Skyline. A video introduction from the label can be found below followed by the band's debut music video for the track "Surrounded by Silence."



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Through The Fire Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Through the Fire have announced that it will be release its new album, titled "Until Forever Meets An End," on July 5, 2011 through Eulogy Recording. The track listing for the effort can be found in the list below.

1. Rage
2. Dead Weight
3. Question And Blame
4. No Easy Way Out
5. Burden Of A Stranger
6. Two Words That Are You
7. Paper
8. Kids Street
9. Living In Yesterday
10. Cold Blooded
11. Down To Your Last Life

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P.O.D. Cancels European Tour

American nu-metal act P.O.D. has announced that it will be postponing its upcoming European/U.K. headline tour for a later date. The band offered a short statement on the matter by saying;

"P.O.D. is being forced to postpone their May and June European touring plans due a contractual breach by the organizing tour promoter. More disappointed than [the] fans, [we] will be working with different promoters to return to Europe in the Fall with specific announcements coming soon."

The dates in question can be found in the list below. More...

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Machine Head Posts More Studio Footage

American modern metal act Machine Head has posted some new studio footage online. The band is currently working on the follow up to its critically acclaimed album "The Blackening." You can view the studio clip in the player below:

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