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Metal News for May 20, 2010

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35 news articles posted on this day.

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Bret Michaels Back In Hospital After Stroke

Bret Michaels was readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands which doctors described as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke. While MRI and CT scan tests were being conducted, Michaels also received a Doppler Ultrasound of his legs and lower abdomen looking for blood clots and most importantly an Ultrasound Bubble Test of his heart was conducted which proved positive for a Patent Forum Ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart. Dr. Zabramski (Bret's neurosurgeon), Dr. Becker (who ordered the test), Dr. Cook (who conducted the test) and Dr. Frey (Director, Outpatient Stroke Program) all confirmed the results.

Dr. Zabramski states: "There is no doubt that the positive Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is devastating news to Bret and his family. The good news is that it is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the Transient Ischemic Attach (TIA) or warning stroke; however we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier. Once again it is great that he quickly reacted to the severe numbness and got to the hospital immediately."

Dr. Zabramski continues, "I realize Bret wants to make a full recovery so that he can be active with his family, attempt to attend the finale of Celebrity Apprentice and especially get back on the road to continue making music. Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100% recovery. Medically speaking it is a fantastic attitude both mentally and physically for him to have. However, Bret's brain and body are not quite 100% yet, especially with the hole found in his heart. Further tests will be conducted throughout the week and I will have more information next week as to how this Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) will be treated. For now, Bret will be treated with outpatient care which includes a daily injection of Lovenox (a blood thinner to reduce the chance of blood clots) and blood tests."

Bret's rep, Janna Elias, states "Bret wants everyone to know he cannot thank you enough for all of the well wishes, prayers, and good vibes you have sent his way. Even though these last few months have been tough on him and his family, especially this most recent setback, he is in good spirits, great medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be OK. He is up, walking, talking, continuing his daily rehab and very happy to be alive but he has made it clear he is sick and tired of being in the hospital and is ready to rock again."

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Horned Almighty Completes Recording of New Album

Horned Almighty has issued the following recording update on their new album "Necro Spirituals:"

"Yesterday, the very last recording session for the new album NECRO SPIRITUALS was completed. And already tomorrow the tracks will be shipped to Jacob Bredahl for some seriously necrotic audial treatment (mixing and mastering) and the final master should be ready by the end of next week."

"Some songtitles set to appear on the album: Fountain of a Thousand PLagues, Necro Spirituals, Blasphemous Burden, Blessing the World With Pestilence, Sworn Divine Vengeance ..."

"While Jacob is doing what he does best at Dead Rat Studios, the final adjustments for the cover artwork will be done..."

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36 Crazyfists Completes Recording of New Album

36 Crazyfists has issued the following update on the progress of their new album:

"ITS been like forever since we have touched base with any of you. We wanted to send out an update and let you know we are nearly finished with the recording of our new album. It has been quite a journey creating these new songs and we are excited for everyone to hear them..We started writing this album in early November in Anchorage and finished writing right around mid March. Thomas started Drum tracking early April and Holt has not only produced this one again but he also handeled all the guitars and bass on this effort. Which leaves us to Brock, Who is knee deep in the vocals as this is being written and Hopes to be finishing up in the next few days. The new album will be released on July 27th through Ferret Music again. The new album title and Cover artwork will be released very soon as well. We are very excited to be hitting the European festivals in June and can't wait to see all our friends. We are hitting the US starting July 7th in Los Angeles and cruising up into Canada, {which We are super stoked about, WE LOVE CANADA!!!] ...Well the touring Machine is getting prepared to start relentlessly moving again and we can't wait to see you guys at the shows. Thank You for everything you guys have given us over the last 16 years, We love you all! P.s. We are playing a warm up show on June 5th in Portland, Oregon at the Bossanova Ballroom with a bunch of our friends, so if your in the area come hang, its been awhile."

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Angelus Apatrida Reveals New Album Details Online

Spanish thrash metallers ANGELUS APATRIDA are set to release their Century Media Records debut album, "Clockwork," on June 29th. This release was produced by Daniel Cardoso at Ultrasound Studios in Braga, Portugal. The cover artwork for the album was created by Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, God Forbid, Krisiun). The band has posted a new track, “Blast Off,” on their MySpace page.

In its limited first edition pressing, "Clockwork" will come with packaged in an O-Card and will include a cover version of Iron Maiden’s “Be Quick Or Be Dead” as an exclusive bonus-track. The album’s full track listing is as follows:

01. The Manhattan Project
02. Blast Off
03. Of Men And Tyrants
04. Clockwork
05. Devil Take The Hindmost
06. The Misanthropist
07. Legally Brainwashed
08. Get Out Of My Way
09. My Insanity
10. One Side War
11. Into The Storm
12. National Disgrace
13. Be Quick Or Be Dead (Bonus Track) More...

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Mortal Infinity Streaming New Track

German thrashers Mortal Infinity have checked in with the following update about streaming a rough mix of a new song online:

"Hello people, we have just uploaded one rough mix version of our song 'Slay Those Who Persecute' uploaded. This song will also appear on the forthcoming EP 'Eternal War.' Please tell us what you think about the song itself, and also to the sound. We welcome your comments. Stay Thrash!"

The song can be heard via the official Mortal Infinity MySpace page.

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Rottenness Issues Recording Update

Mexico's Rottenness has checked in with the following update about recording and performing new shows:

"Hey there people! Finally we will enter the first week of June to de-compose the new tracks. 12 tracks are done and ready to be in the new CD. We will record also a cover song from a great band. So you can expect at least 13 tracks of pure brutality. The CD will be ready for our trip to the CIM and what I know is that were gonna do our release party there... so get ready for a big amount of tequila on that day!

"We are ready to start our trip to the USA next week. As you can see several shows are booked for this year, so get your asses and come to the shows and support the scene! If ya live in Baltimore or Los Angeles or Chicago or Philadelphia zones come and get some brutality! Also for the west coast shows, Silas can not travel for personal issues, but the filthy Jose will help us and singing on this dates. So don't expect something bad or lazy, the show will be brutal for sure cabrones! Stay tuned... stay drunk... smoke some weed... start a mosh pit.... See ya soon cabrones!"

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Amalgama Welcomes New Guitarist

Amalgama has posted a video clip online welcoming their new guitarist Ray Hill, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the footage:

"So a few weeks back we announced we had a new lead guitarist following the departure of 'Nasty' Nate, but haven't made anymore waves since then. No longer will we keep you in the dark: enjoy our latest web-video entitled 'Changing of the Guard' which features some footage of John and new shredder Ray jamming a bit (and sharing a tender moment together). It also features a bit of John's short lived mustache that quickly went the way of the dinosaurs. In a few weeks time, we will be revealing the cover art and title of our newest EP. Until then, you'll have to survive on short updates like these alone to get you through. To quote Billy Fucillo, it's gonna be HUUUUGE-AH! Until then, stay metal."

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Charon To Release Compilation Album

Finland's Charon has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new compilation album:

"All bands have their greatest hits and misses, Charon has A-sides, B-sides & Suicides! Charon will release their first ever compilation album 'A-sides, B-sides & Suicides' on 23 June 2010. The double album includes almost 40 songs and two and a half hours of music from the first demo tape to the latest studio sessions. In addition to the album cuts, there will be unreleased songs from recording sessions, cover songs and demos.

"Charon will put out a teaser video every week in their official YouTube channel. Videos will feature moments from the 17 year long history of Charon. The first video is available now and more details coming very soon!"

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Chthonic Updates Tour Schedule

Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have announced the following upcoming tour dates:

5/29 2010 Tainan, Taiwan Tainan, Taiwan
7/2 2010 LMA. Macao, Macao, CHINA
7/3 2010 Hidden Agenda Hong Kong, HK, CHINA
8/14 2010 The Republic Cultural Centre (TRCC) Singapore, Singapore, SINGAPORE
11/23 2010 Academy 2 Manchester, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
11/24 2010 Garage Glasgow, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM
11/25 2010 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
11/27 2010 HMV Forum London, UK, UNITED KINGDOM

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Dawn Of Destiny Announces New Lineup

Germany's Dawn of Destiny has issued the following update about recruiting two new vocalists and a new drummer:

"Hi everybody, finally after a long term of carefully choosing and nerve wracking auditions, we can introduce these fine new band members: Jeanette Scherff - Lead vocals, Monika Wesely - Lead vocals, and Boris Frenkel - Drums.

"We are very lucky to have them with us now and look forward to a bright future. If you should wonder.... YES, DoD will perform with two lead vocalists from now on! A new chapter is opened in the band's career, exploring new and exciting territories."

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Deathriders Comments On Dio's Passing

Vocalist Neil Turbin of California based act Deathriders has issued the following statement about the passing of Ronnie James Dio:

"As a teenager, I got to witness the Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult Concert live! at the Nassau Colosseum (actual concert they recorded the Black and Blue Film) in 1980. I was knocked back in my seat by the power of Ronnie James Dio’s vocals and the the sound of Black Sabbath combined with the visual of giant crosses and flames lighting up the arena and explosive pyrotechnics echoing throughout! I did see the amazing KISS Alive II tour at Madison Square Garden in 1978, but I had never witnessed anything as powerful and heavy as Ronnie Dio singing Heaven and Hell in 1980. I even got to see Blizzard of Ozz and meet Ozzy and the incredible Randy Rhoads in Def Leppard ‘s dressing room when they were introducing themselves, but my first and most distinctive concert memory was the power and the fury that was emanating from Ronnie and Black Sabbath. I had always perked up when I heard Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio singing on the radio or at a friends house. Ronnie James Dio’s mighty soaring vocals stood out above any other vocalist period. As they say good things come in small packages. In Ronnie’s case, he had such a consistent super powerful voice with great tone, poise, stage persona, charisma and ultimate confidence. Ronnie James Dio: The King of Heavy Metal.

"Through my association of working with Dio keyboardist Claude Schnell from 1996 to 1999 on his solo material/project, I had the opportunity to meet Ronnie James Dio for the first time at Vinny Appice’s birthday party at a Mexican restaurant in Northridge, CA. It was a dream come true and a great honor for me, that Ronnie was so personable and down to earth, but even went out of his way to buy me a drink when Claude told Ronnie that I was singing for him at the time. I later went with Claude to see Dio perform at the Galaxy Theater with Tracy G. I told Claude that nothing could top the Dio The Last in Line Tour concert I saw in Paris in 1984, except that Black and Blue concert in 1980. I also told this to Vinny when we went to his house later that night after his birthday party. More...

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Powerglove Signs To E1 Music

Boston video game loving metal band Powerglove has announced that they have signed a new record deal with E1 Music, with plans to release a brand new studio album this Fall. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We are all extremely proud to announce E1 as our new label. And really, what better label for us than one who is home to both IN FLAMES and the Sesame Street catalogue?

"We spoke with many great labels about releasing this album, yet E1 has always felt like the best place for our brand of ridiculous nerd metal. We hereby do solemnly swear that with E1, Powerglove will bring you even more explosions, candy, and nostalgia-gasms. No Powerglove, No Powerlove!"

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Karen Page Checks In With Band Update

Karen Page has checked in with the following update about the band's current status and upcoming activity:

"So, I thought id fill you in real quick on our current status. As some of you know, Bryce and Rick are no longer in the band. They are both fulfilling other personal and musical paths. Check our the band Bryce is now fronting called Cryptic Abuse. Also, were taking a little bit of time off from shows for the next month. Alan is at home visiting some family before his brother leaves for the army. So were getting some writing done and finding our new bassist. We are, however, currently in the works for some touring in July/Aug/Sept so keep checking back for that.

"We'll be hitting up our favorite spots from earlier this year, as well as some new ones. So until then, head out to your local fye/best buy/or any cd shop and pick up a copy of our self titled debut. Or hit up itunes/amazon/rottenrecords.com/etc... if you cant find one. If you're local, hit us up we have copies as well. Also, feel free to come by our page and tell us how much you hate or love us. Well throw some quotes up on our page. Make em good."

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The Black Dahlia Murder Updates Tour Schedule

The members of The Black Dahlia Murder have their bags packed and are jetting over to Japan to start their tour with label mates Unearth. This tour will take them through Japan and to New Zealand before spending a week in Australia. The dates wrap up with a show that features The Black Dahlia Murder with local acts on June 9th at the Loft in Honolulu, HI. The Black Dahlia Murder's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

05/23 Osaka, JP Club Quattro
05/24 Tokyo, JP Club Quattro
05/25 Nagoya, JP Club Quattro
05/28 Christchurch, NZ The Bedford
05/29 Auckland, NZ Kings Arms
05/31 Sydney, AU The Factory Theater
06/01 Brisbane, AU Hifi Bar
06/02 Brisbane, AU Hifi Bar
06/03 Adelaide, AU Fowlers Live
06/04 Melbourne, AU Hifi Bar
06/05 Melbourne, AU Hifi Bar
06/06 Perth, AU Amplifier Bar
06/09 Honolulu, HI The Loft w/ local acts, no Unearth

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Malevolent Creation Announces U.S. Tour

Florida death metallers Malevolent Creation recently finished recording their 11th studio album "Invidious Dominion." The band has now announced a string of upcoming U.S. tour dates beginning in July. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

7/22 2010 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
7/23 2010 THE MUSE Nashville, Tennessee, US
7/24 2010 The Canopy Club - Central Illinois Metal Fest Urbana, Illinois, US
7/25 2010 Fubar St.Louis, Missouri, US
7/26 2010 Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio, US
7/27 2010 Broadway Joe’s Buffalo, New York, US
7/28 2010 Championships Bar & Grill Trenton, New Jersey, US
7/29 2010 Club Europa Brooklyn, New York, US
7/30 2010 Sonar - Summer Slaughter Baltimore, MD
7/31 2010 Ground Zero Spartanburg, South Caro, US
8/1 2010 Brass Mug Tampa, Florida, US
8/28 2010 Club Polaris Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

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Michael Schenker Announces Special London Show

Legendary heavy metal guitarist Michael Schenker has announced that he will be performing a special concert at London's Sherpherd Bush Empire on June 2nd to celebrate thirty years of the Michael Schenker Group. The concert will feature special appearances by singer Doogie White (Tank, ex-Rainbow,) Herman Rarebell (ex-Scorpions) and bass player Neil Murray (ex-Whitesnake) along with other guests who have yet to be announced.

The lineup for Schenker's May/June European tour is as follows:

Michael Schenker - lead guitar
Gary Barden - vocals
Chris Slade - drums (ex-AC/DC/The Firm) - May/June
Pete Holmes - drums (ex- Black N' Blue) - July
Chris Glenn - bass
Wayne Findlay - guitar/keyboards

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Forbidden Issues New Studio Update

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Forbidden continue their work at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California recording their fifth studio album, "Omega Wave." Guitarist Steve Smyth checked in with another studio update:

“Day 4: Things were starting to flow now. I decided to move on to a song called ‘Dragging My Casket.’ This song has a lot of twists and turns in it, and I made it a point to get as twisted as I could. A very dark and entrancing-sounding intro opens this song, after which we move into a completely opposite and (hopefully to you all!) crazier sounding second section, which I couldn’t resist trying to bring my progressive influences into, turning out a few ideas that had the guys in the room tripping and laughing! Ha ha! The rest of the song feels equally as killer to me, so I won’t give you too much more here, but suffice to say I’m looking forward to hearing it when it’s done!

"We moved on to the song ‘Hopenosis’ next. The faithful fans have already heard a version of this in demo form, and believe me, when were talking about playing a new song live last year, I was pushing for us to do ‘Adapt Or Die’ and ‘Hopenosis’ as well! Those who have heard the demo version have heard only a skeleton of that song’s potential, I’ll tell you! The album version of the track is heavy as fuck, especially with the tone and production on Mark [Hernandez]’s drums that Tim Narducci and Craig [Locicero] got! That really drove me on this song, trying to deliver exactly what I was feeling coming from Mark and Craig’s performances here. A lot of moodiness and heaviness and thrashiness in this song, and I can’t wait to tell you about the solo! Onward!”

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Goat Torment To Release New EP

Belgian metallers Goat Torment have announced they will release a new 7" EP titled "Into the Mouth of the Serpent" via Bleak Bone Mortualia Records. No release date has yet been announced for the EP. In the mean time you can check out sample Goat Torment tracks via the band's official MySpace page.

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Graves Of Valor Announces More Tour Dates

Graves of Valor will be performing alongside EyeHateGod, Goatwhore, Vital Remains, and more throughout June. The South Carolina quintet will also be headlining dates in Columbia and Florence as well as appearing as part of this year’s Central Illinois Metalfest. The complete listing of confirmed Graves of Valor tour dates is as follows:

5/28 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
5/29 Florence, SC The Cootie Hut
6/5 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 (w/ EYEHATEGOD, BLACK TUSK, NACTMYSTIUM)
6/6 Wilmington, NC Soapbox (w/ AxCx)
6/10 Charlotte, NC Milestone (w/ GOATWHORE, WITHERED)
6/12 Norfolk, VA Buddahs (w/ GOATWHORE, MISERY INDEX)
6/13 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern (w/ GOATWHORE)
6/19 Trenton, NJ Champions (w/ VITAL REMAINS)
6/20 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13 (w/ VITAL REMAINS)
7/24 Urbana, IL The Canopy (as part of Central Illinois Metalfest)

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In Mourning Announces Festival Appearances

Sweden's In Mourning has checked in with the following brief announcement about upcoming festival appearances: "In Mourning will be appearing at Sweden Rock Festival! June 10th we will be playing in the Nemis-tent! Also, we will be performing at the Pretzeltown Festival, in Södertälje, August 20th!"

The details of the upcoming In Mourning tour dates are as follows:

5/22 2010 Seasidefestivalen Falun, Dalarna
6/10 2010 Sweden Rock Festival Sölvesborg, Sweden
8/20 2010 Pretzeltown Festival 2010 Södertälje, Stockholms

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Limp Bizkit Cancels Summer Tour

Limp Bizkit has canceled plans for a summer open air tour in favor of an autumn tour at smaller venues. This news hits after opener Snoop Dogg had previously pulled out of the tour, leaving only Limp Bizkit and Ice Cube as a two set tour package with Method Man and Redman on select dates. More...

Read the full article at Stereo Board.

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Leprous Seeking Fan Input On Set List

Norwegian metallers Leprous have checked in with the following brief announcement about seeking fan input on their set list for their upcoming tour dates:

"We've decided to ask YOU for help in choosing some of the songs from 'Tall Poppy Syndrome' that we will be performing live on our October/November tour with Therion. Please vote on the poll available at this location for your favorite song, thanks."

The upcoming Leprous tour dates are as follows: More...

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Slayer To Appear On Jimmy Kimmel Tonight

Slayer has issued the following update about making an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight:

"Tonight marks an important date in Slayer history... The band will make their first appearance since Tom's back surgery earlier this year, and perform on Kimmel for the second time in their musical career. Tune in TONIGHT to see Slayer rip it up on national television, playing both 'World Painted Blood' and 'Hate Worldwide.' Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 12:05 a.m. ET and PT/11:05 p.m. CT on ABC. Slayer is officially back and on tour next Wednesday, May 26th."

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Walking Corpse Syndrome Posts Live Footage

Dark metal act Walking Corpse Syndrome has posted footage online of the band performing the track "Scales" on April 23rd, 2010. The track is from the band's second album "Narcissist," and the video clip can be viewed below.

You can also catch Walking Corpse Syndrome live on the following dates: More...

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Mourning Beloveth Issues Band Update

Ireland's Mourning Beloveth has checked in with the following update about the band's recent and upcoming activity:

"Seven days to play 3 songs......longest doom songs ever…. It's been a while since our last update, as usual, and the summer months have crept into our lives with an unnerving ease. It is usually around this time in the Mourning Beloveth cycle that we would be in the midst of writing a new album but it hasn't worked out that way this time round. Firstly and most importantly we had the pleasure of welcoming a new member into the band so we thought we would play one or two gigs to welcome him. This spiraled around December when we were asked to play the seventh addition of Doom Shall Rise, after a six year break, and how could we say no to our German friends.

"Suffice to say, after a gig in Limerick we were ready to headline DSR on the Friday night in the chapel and it turned out to be one of our best sets in a while and the crowd reaction confirmed our thoughts on the gig. Next up was SWr in Portugal. What was supposed to be 3 days in the sun with some cheap wine and a 40 minute set turned in to 7 days as the now infamous volcano cloud took it’s toll on our flights and we could not leave for another 3 days, after the initial 2 hours of cursing our luck we made the most of it with plenty of sun, cheap beer and food. The gig was good but as anyone who has heard us will understand a 40 minute set has us only warming into the surroundings and suddenly we are finished but hey at least we got to play to alot of people who have probably never heard us before. More...

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The Anatomy Of Disbanding

Missouri's The Anatomy Of has checked in with the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

"The Anatomy Of is DEAD! it's been a good run but unfortunately the band is over. we had to call it quits. we will be putting on a farewell show later on this summer, keep your eyes open. Thanks to all the fans and people who have supported us throughout our short lived career. We can't thank you enough. You mean the world to us. We as individuals will never be done with music. Wayne (Guitarist, Vocals) and David (Screamer, Lyricist) are starting a new band soon. Look for it!"

You can still hear The Anatomy Of tracks via the band's MySpace page.

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Witchery Posts Behind-The-Scenes Video Footage

Witchery has posted behind-the-scenes footage from the shooting of an upcoming music video, which can be viewed below. The band also checked in with the following update:

"Hard to believe that a satanic supergroup like Witchery never did a video before. But in their 13th year of unholy existence Jensen (The Haunted), Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars), Rickard Rimfält (Séance), Martin Axe (Opeth, Bloodbath) and new vocalist Legion (ex-Marduk, ex-Devian) finally got together in Stockholm in early May to shoot a video for the title track of the new album 'Witchkrieg.' The video is filmed, directed and produced by Daniel Larrson and Jensen's The Haunted buddy Anders Bjoerler. If you have seen Daniel Larrson's amazing The Haunted 'Trenches' video you will have an idea what the team is able to do. Check out the Making-Of of 'Witchkrieg' video below.

"Everybody who followed the last Witchery news, will know that no one else than Kerry King played a guest solo on the 'Witchery' track. Everybody who's following The Haunted news knows that they are supporting Slayer this summer in Europe. Does it mean that Kerry will appear in the video clip? Maybe yes or maybe not – let the rumour start. The new track 'The Reaver' can be heard on our MySpace page and features Gary Holt and Lee Altus of Exodus. 'Witchkrieg' will be released by Century Media Records June 21st, 2010 in Europe and June 29th, 2010 in North America."

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Blaze Bayley Splits With Drummer

Larry Paterson, the drummer for former Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley has announced that he has decided to part ways with the rest of the band. A message from Paterson reads as follows:

"It’s been a while since I wrote anything here, sorry about the delay.

"Unfortunately I want to let you all know that I am no longer drumming for Blaze Bayley. Personal and professional reasons – but then, isn’t it always?

"I have met and communicated with so many amazing people during my time in the band. Thanks for all of your messages and all the support that you showed. It’s been great and I hope to see and keep in touch with you with my next project(s)... more on that later when they are more solid. More...

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Overkill Announces U.S. Tour Dates

American thrash metal legends Overkill has announced that they will be heading out on a second headlining run of the United States this November in support of their latest studio album, "Ironbound." Joining them on the trek will be fellow thrash metal veterans Forbidden. A message from Overkill frontman Bobby Blitz reads:

"It's going to be a KILLER run, thrash-thrash-thrash! Having Forbidden along for the ride in November will put this totally over the top, just the way we all like it! Bite down hard, here we come!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Rush To Release New Single On June 1st

Canadian rock legends Rush has revealed that they will be releasing a new single on June 1st entitled, "Caravan." This will be available through Amazon.com and includes a B-side named, "BUB2." These are the only two recordings the band has done of the six new songs they have completed.

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Cynic Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Progressive metal veterans Cynic has announced that they will be trekking across the United States this summer on what is being dubbed the "Hall Of Fame" tour. During the tour, the band will be performing the legendary album, "Focus" from start to finish, along with songs from the rest of their acclaimed back catalogue. Support on the tour will come from Intronaut and Dysrhythmia.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Kerry King Hopeful For "Big Four" U.S. Tour

In a recent interview with Noisecreep, Slayer guitarist Kerry King spoke about his hopes to bring the "Big Four" of thrash metal (Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax) together for a North American tour.

"I hope Slayer/Megadeth tour is a precursor to the Big Four coming to the States," King said. "That tour it should be everywhere: here, Australia, Japan. Any place that wants it should have it and it should happen."

He added: "Metallica has toured a ton and as much as we have going, we don't have a free moment in our schedule, so this is just me thinking out loud, but I'd say it would be great in summer 2011. If there are any talks, they are preliminary. And that's a time frame that would work for us."

Read the full article at Noisecreep.

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Sodom Cancels U.S. Tour

German thrash metal legends Sodom has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned tour of the United States as a result of Visa issues. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Due to solid problems with our local tour promoter and getting our Visa in time, we are forced to cancel the upcoming shows. We already had our suitcases packed and were ready to go. We are awfully sorry to take these steps, but everybody acquainted with the entering provisions of the USA knows what we're talking about. We are deeply disappointed by this situation, but in the end there's the awareness, that not everything is done to our entire satisfaction. We are "only" the musicians, who would have loved to rock the USA again. We owe this to our fans, even more because we made ourselves scarce in the US since the foundation of this band, of course through no fault of our own. The one who botched this up will have to be confronted with the local organizers and club owners and account for his faults. We surely will catch up on these shows as soon as possible, which we especially owe to our fans. In the end, this set of problems redounds upon us, because we're in the front line and have to be answerable to our fans. I hope we didn't lose too many fans due to this mess, but all people who know us are aware of the fact, that we would do anything for our fans. The risk of being forbidden to enter the USA for 10 years or even getting arrested is too high. We hope for your understanding and keep you informed about the latest facts."

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Interview

Nachtmystium Vocalist Talks New Album

A constantly evolving band, the U.S. based act Nachtmystium is set to release another progression in the form of the upcoming "Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. 2" on June 8th, 2010. Starting out as raw black metal and moving into a more psychedelic sound, the new album has been described as "black metal disco" by front man Blake Judd. Commenting on the persistent transformation in style, Judd shared "I think everyone was expecting another psychedelic record, and that’s what people would have understandably expected. We wanted to throw a curveball and do something different and not repeat ourselves. It would have been really easy to do that and re-record the last couple of albums..."

Judd spoke with me at length about the personal themes of addiction and consequences on the new album and his tastes in less extreme music. He also discussed recent events in the band, such as the members unexpectedly being stranded due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland. More...

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Public Memorial Service To Be Held For Dio

Iconic metal figure Ronnie James Dio recently lost his battle with stomach cancer and passed away in the morning of Sunday, May 16th. Dio's MySpace page has now been updated with the following information about a public memorial service being held in Los Angeles on May 30th:

"There will be a public memorial service for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 PM at The Hall Of Liberty located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068. This will be a celebration of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and is open to all of his friends and fans from around the world.

"For those of you that will be flying in from out of town or out of the country, we have made special rates at various local hotels available to you. Just go to our official Facebook Page for hotel information."

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