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Metal News for May 21, 2010

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36 news articles posted on this day.

Wendy Dio Responds To Westboro Baptist Church

In what would seem to be in response to the highly publicized plans of Westboro Baptist Church to picket Ronnie James Dio's memorial service and the information they posted about the man and his beliefs and legacy, Wendy Dio has issued the following update on RonnieJamesDio.com:

"Ronnie hates prejudice and violence! We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn't know. We only know how to love someone we know!"

As it's been discussed quite thoroughly in the comments of our previous article, I'd venture to say she's right.

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Am I Blood Posts New Song Online

Finland's Am I Blood has issued the following brief announced about streaming a new song online via the band's official MySpace page:

"Am I Blood is still trying to figure out the best possible way to release the upcoming album 'Existence Of Trauma.' So meanwhile have a nice trip with the new track 'Follow Me On The Darkside'."

The song is also available via the band's ReverbNation widget:

Additional details on the new album's release date will be announced as they are made available. You can check out a previously released teaser for the "Existence of Trauma" album below:

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Heaven Shall Burn Posts New Album Teaser

Germany's Heaven Shall Burn has launched an album trailer for the band's new full-length record, "Invictus," which is due out in North America on June 8th via Century Media Records. The trailer can be viewed below.

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Narnia Comments On Westboro Baptist Protest

Christian power metallers Narnia recently announced their intention to disband. Narnia Guitarist CJ Grimmark has now checked in with the following statement regarding the plans of Westboro Baptist to protest Ronnie James Dio's public memorial service:

"With the resent statements of the 'Westboro Baptist Church' regarding Ronnie James Dio in mind, I feel obliged to make the following statement. First, I sincerely hope it's all a prank by someone with a bad and hopefully rare sense of humor (such as someone wanting to bash the WBC), but if it's not - let me say: Statements by fanatics does NOT represent a majority - never ever. What was said about Ronnie after his recent passing away made me sick to my stomach. As a christian believer there are many things that was written and sung by RJD that I'm not behind at all. But do I want to judge him? No!

"Does God allow or encourage ANY human to judge him or any other human for that matter, or wish someone 'to hell'? NO, it's strictly against the teachings of Jesus! What would Jesus do?
Think about it before you answer. Remember, we are all sinners but we're equally loved by God, and he wants us ALL by his side. The door is open to anyone who wants to enter. Not by our perfection but by the grace of God. More...

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Acheron Comments On Breakup

Vincent Crowley has issued the following statement about Acheron deciding to call it a day:

"Metal Hellions, after a 22 year run, I am finally putting Acheron to an end. It has been an interesting journey, but it is indeed over now. I know I have broken up the band in the past, but there is no turning back this time. This musical entity has run its course and I didn’t want to tarnish what Acheron represented. Some people didn’t agree with my decision, but I feel I know what is right to do.

"Acheron never set out to be the most technical, fastest or heaviest band out there. That was not what I strived to achieve. Those who resonated to our music knew the feeling and spirit it had behind it. And this music was not created for the masses, it was an art form to be embraced by other kindred souls who shared the same likes and interests. That is why the fans have always been very special to me. Their dedication and support fueled the Hellfires! In the end I never really cared what the media thought of us, but I did want the fans to always get 100% Acheron. More...

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Aeternus Issues New Album Update

Norway's Aeternus recently announced the band's new album will be titled "And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth." Aeternus has now issued the following update about song titles for the new album:

"Cheers everyone. As you know, we're working hard on new material these times. We've got some song titles we figured we'd share with you all.

1. Ruin and Resurrect
2. Saligia
3. The Confusion of Tongues
4. Reap what you Saw
5. And the Seventh his Soul Detesteth

"We'll be making at least 5 more songs before thinking about heading to studio. This probably won't happen before next year. It takes time to create the most brutal dark metal out there. Cheers."

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Borgia To Release Two Earlier Demos Together

French act Borgia has issued the following update about two earlier demos being released together as a single album:

"Féretro Records will release in June our two demos 'Amphythalamus Horroris' (2007) and 'Mandragore' (2006) on a single CD. This one was almost exclusively distributed in our gigs, it is now widely available. 'Mandragore' lyrics has been added inside, besides a new layout by Eduardo M. Limited to 500 copies. Still available on Fiery Path Records, 'Et Ibi Fundo...,' the demos compilation tape with two live bonus tracks. Pro-cover + 13 pages booklet with a layout by Géraud de Verenhe."

You can also check out sample Borgia tracks via the band's MySpace page.

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Equilibrium Streaming New Song

German folk metallers Equilibrium have issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online:

"We just posted another brand new track called 'Verbrannte Erde' off our upcoming album 'Rekreatur' to our official MySpace profile! We decided to release 'Verbrannte Erde' to show you guys how diverse 'Rekreatur' turned out to be! Each song on the album has its own story and sounds totally different.

"'Verbrannte Erde' is about the deployment of an army before the first wave of attack, about the unbroken will to win and determination to be victorious despite several previous setbacks. It’s one of my current favorite Equilibrium songs! 'Rekreatur' will be released on June 18, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records!"

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Exilia Postpones "Naked" Release Date

Italian act Exilia was set to release the new album "Naked" today, May 21st, 2010. The band has now issued the following update about the release date being postponed:

"Due to distribution problems in the G.A.S. (Germay, Austria, Swiss) territory there will be a delay on the release date of Naked. You will find the new Exilia’s cd in the stores on May 28th and in any digital stores world wide on June 4th. Anyway you can buy physically or digitally on the label website from May 24th. We apologize and we thank you all for your support!"

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Hell Within Updates Tour Schedule

Massachusetts metallers Hell Within have updated their U.S. tour schedule with the following upcoming dates:

5/21 2010 The Blue Shamrock (Gemstones) 21+ w/Letter To The Exiles Lowell, Massachuse
5/22 2010 EL ‘N’ GEE w/Letter To The Exiles New London, Connecticu, US
5/23 2010 Station 36 (at Waretown Firehall) w/Letter To The Exiles Waretown, New Jersey, US
5/25 2010 The Inferno w/Letter To The Exiles Parkersburg, West Virgi, US
5/27 2010 MOJO 13 w/Letter To The Exiles Wilmington, Delaware, US
5/28 2010 Roger's w/Letter To The Exiles Chesapeake, Virginia
5/29 2010 Rurual Retreat Community Center w/Letter To The Exiles Rural Retreat, Virginia , US
5/30 2010 Palace Pointe Entertainment Center w/Letter To The Exiles Roxboro, North Caro, US
5/31 2010 MarVell Event Center w/Letter To The Exiles Durham, North Caro, US
6/1 2010 The Orleans House w/Letter To The Exiles Jacksonville, North Caro, US
6/2 2010 The Ocean Club (18+) w/Letter To The Exiles Jacksonville Beach, Florida , US
6/3 2010 Wynfields w/Letter To The Exiles 18+ Satellite Beach, Florida , US
6/4 2010 Liquid Scrips w/Letter To The Exiles Longwood, US
6/5 2010 Bourbon Street w/Letter To The Exiles New Port Richey, Florida , US
6/7 2010 BIG DADDY'S w/Letter To The Exiles and Goatwhore TALLAHASSEE, FL
6/8 2010 The Nick Birmingham, AL
6/10 2010 Outland Ballroom w/Letter To The Exiles Springfield, Missouri , US
6/11 2010 The Eagles Lodge w/Letter To The Exiles Wichita, Kansas , US
6/13 2010 Side Pocket Lounge (16+) w/Letter To The Exiles Kilgore, Texas , US
6/14 2010 Tequila Jungle w/Letter To The Exiles Lubbock, Texas , US
6/15 2010 Sidekicks Saloon w/Letter To The Exiles Federal Heights, Colorado
6/16 2010 Downtown Grill w/Letter To The Exiles Casper, Wyoming , US
6/17 2010 Club Vegas (21+) w/Letter To The Exiles Salt Lake City, Utah , US
6/18 2010 Pine St. Bar (21+) w/Letter To The Exiles Livermore, California, US
6/19 2010 Wasteland w/Letter To The Exiles Salem, OR
6/21 2010 Studio Seven w/Letter To The Exiles Seattle, Washington, US
6/22 2010 BRAWL STUDIO SHOWS w/Letter To Exiles Garden City, Idaho , US
6/24 2010 The Palace w/Letter To The Exiles Missoula, Montana , US
6/26 2010 The Nestor (Fargo, ND) Fargo, North Dako
6/27 2010 The Phoenix Room w/Letter To The Exiles Norfolk, NE
6/30 2010 The Brass Rail W/Letter To The Exiles 18+ Peoria, Illinois , US
7/2 2010 BROADWAY JOES w/Letter To The Exiles BUFFALO, New York , US
7/3 2010 Club Hell w/Letter To The Exiles Providence, RI

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Arckanum Issues New Album Update

Swedish black metal act Arckanum, who recently signed to Regain Records, has issued the following update about recording a new album:

"Arckanum has signed with Regain Records! The new Arckanum album 'Sviga Læ' is now being recorded. The album is a dedication to Surtr; Giant and Ruler of the world of flames Múspellzheimr, and Loki; the Flaming Giant and Archenemy of the worlds. 'Sviga Læ' is a manifestation of the blazing Chaos and the burning of the gods."

Arckanum tracks are available for streaming via the band's official MySpace page.

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Black Tusk Posts Track By Track Breakdown

Savannah, GA's Black Task is currently streaming the new album "Taste The Sin" online at this location. The band has now posted a full track-by-track breakdown online through Decibel Magazine. The breakdown can be read below.

Song I: Embrace the Madness: (This song is about) if you hear this music or this sound and its making you go crazy, and makes you go mad from the sound. That’s how this one goes, its making your ears bleed, and talks about the thunder, a big storm rolling in.

Song II: The Snake Charmer: This is talking about the Taste the Sin theme. I wouldn’t say it’s the title track, but it’s most related to the artwork for sure. It’s talking about playing with the deadly snakes and you want to think you can tame the snake, which is a representation of any kind of evil, but eventually you know you’re going to get bit by it.

Song III: Red Eyes, Black Skies: Instrumentally, this one is full-force all the way through. This one is about being surrounded by this creature and all you can see is its eyes glaring in the distance and it’s almost like your running for your life but at the same time knowing you’re not going to make it. This song is evil and galloping through the whole thing.
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Grind Inc. Streaming Entire New Album

Germany's Grind Inc. is currently streaming the new album "Lynch And Dissect" online in it's entirety. All the tracks from the new album can be heard via MetalNews.de. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Stillborn paradise
2. Lynch and dissect
3. Beyond recognition
4. Damned to vengeance
5. Praise the light
6. Unasked heirs
7. Decimate
8. Forced to consume
9. The debate from within

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Inmoria Streaming More Album Samples

Swedish metal act Inmoria has uploaded two more preview tracks from the band's upcoming album "A Farewell To Nothing - The Diary Part 1." The new songs "Save Me" and "The Mirror," along with the previously uploaded "Blinded" and "Hear My Prayers," are available for streaming via the Inmoria MySpace page. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Blinded
2. My Shadow Fall
3. The Mirror
4. End of the Line
5. In My Dreams
6. Just Another Lie
7. Save Me
8. Hear My Prayers
9. Watch me Bleed
10. The Silence Within Me
11. All For Granted
12. Why

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Marks Of The Masochist Parts With Vocalist

Guitarist Antihuman of Marks of the Masochist has checked in with the following update about the band parting ways with vocalist X:

"Just a bit of news since it has been a while... Marks of the Masochist has recently had a major lineup change. Vocallist 'X' has left the band to pursue other interests, we wish X the best! Currently Antihuman and WS are about to begin recording 2-3 new promotional tracks before we start the full length recording session. A replacement for X is possible so if you have some seriously tortured screams, send us some mp3's and your process of recording for consideration into the band."

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Death Maze Streaming New Promo

Bassist Max Malmer of Swedish death metal act Death Maze has issued the following brief update about streaming a new promo titled "Beyond Life" via Spotify: "Hey! Our promo is now up on spotify for all you spotify listeners. Death Maze – Beyond Life - Promo Hope you enjoy it!" The promo can be heard at this location. Death Maze is also set to appear at Sweden's Ume festival on May 22nd, 2010.

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New Metal Tracks Available On Rock Band This Week

More metal tracks have been added to the expanding Rock Band Network this week, although the pickings are a little slimmer than in recent updates. Most notably are the tracks "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon" by IWrestledABearOnce, "Valkyries" by Amberian Dawn, and "Now Demolition" by Evile. The complete list of new tracks, including all the non-metal songs, is as follows:

Paul Henry Smith & The Fauxharmonic Orchestra - "Flight of the Bumblebee (Rimsky-Korsakov)"
The Bronx - "Knifeman"
Kristin Dare - "'Til I'm Gone"
Circus Circus - "India"
All Time Low - "Walls"
Color Theory - "We're Not Getting Any Younger"
Scale the Summit - "The Great Plains"
Iwrestledabearonce - "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon"
Thunderdikk - "Bra Off Party On"
Amberian Dawn - "Valkyries"
Ballyhoo! - "Paper Dolls"
Sadaharu - "It's Not Paranoia If They're Shooting Live Bullets"
Evile - "Now Demolition"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Death Metal Guys"
Connor Christian and Southern Gothic - "Sunday Suit"
Farther Snake - "Shape 3"
Blackberry River Band - "Santa Fe"
CJ - "Eency Weency Spider"
The Knew - "By Yourself"
Windtunnel Syndrome - "You're An Egg! (Evolution)"
Counterfeit Pennies - "Five More Minutes"
Band of Horses - "Is There a Ghost" More...

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Tribunal Issues Band Update

Maryland's Tribunal has checked in with the following update about the band's activity:

"Hello again friends, time for another update on what's been going on lately. The band has been working very, very hard to get the set ready for this Saturday night as we invade Sinix in Baltimore. We will be debuting new material that we have never played live before as well as some surprises! This is going to be a special homecoming show for us. Sinix is the 1st place we played years ago when we were under another name and the club also had another name as well. Since then, both us and the club have upgraded ourselves and changed our names. This will be our debut show there as TRIBUNAL!

"Now onto some other news....The band is signing a deal with an agency very, very soon! Yes you heard correctly! Tribunal WILL be signing a deal with an agency within the next week! This agency is a top notch agency that will be very helpful and instrumental in helping Tribunal get to the next level! We WILL be playing in both new venues and new territories for the band and are extremely excited about this! More...

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Hoarfrost Parts Ways With Guitarist

Hoarfrost guitarist Brett Goodchild has checked in with the following statement about deciding to part ways with the band:

"Dear Frost Legion, I'm taking this time to address you all on my departure from Hoarfrost. I began playing in Hoarfrost in 2008, part of the original line up. I now feel it's time to move on and focus on doing something else. Many of you know that I have another band, Kuldakaust which I will be moving my focus to after I'm finished playing with Hoarfrost.

"I will be playing the Of Human Bondage/Woods of Ypres show on June 19th and the second School's all out show on June 26th which will be my last show. I'd like to thank Kyle, Ryan, Scott, and Craig for the times we've shared on the stage as a band and off as friends.

"I'd also like to thank the fans for supporting Hoarfrost and hope that you continue to support the band after I'm gone, which I'm sure you all will do. Hopefully down the road you'll see a Hoarfrost/Kuldakaust show. To my band mates, friends, and fans thank you for all the great times."

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Posts Third Webisode Online

Kingdom Of Sorrow, the band featuring Crowbar leader Kirk Windstein and Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, has posted thier third in a series of videos online, detailing the making of their forthcoming second album, "Behind The Blackest Tears." You can check it out below. The album is scheduled to be released on June 8th through Relapse Records. More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced some more additions to this years lineup. The biggest news is that British heavy metal staples Saxon will be returning to the event this year and that German power metal veterans Helloween will be joining them. Also added to the bill is New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band Blitzkrieg and Swedish glam metal band Fatal Smile. The event is scheduled to take place in Prestatyn, Wales at the Pontins resort from December 3rd-5th.

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Mar De Grises Reveals New Album Title

Chilean doom metal band MAR DE GRISES has announced that their third album will be entitled "Streams Inwards" and will be released on August 30th through Season Of Mist.

Bassist Rodrigo comments on the title, "The name 'Streams Inwards' reflects the idea that emotion is the connection between us and the world that surrounds us, between our most intense feelings and the universe. All of us, all of this, everything is part of an endless sea. It is about how all the elements around us build and nourish our most sincere emotions - good, bad, whatever...

"Our previous album, 'Draining the Waterheart', referred to some similar process: the liberation of these same streams. The new title shares that same concept, but in a broader way. Wherein the mix of these simple and transcendent elements define our most pure nature, to feel and create."

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Godless Truth Issues Studio Video Report

Czech Republic technical brutal death metal band GODLESS TRUTH has issued a series of studio video reports. Watch the latest one, which features footage of the recording of vocals, below:

Go to this location for the rest of the studio reports.

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Picture Parts Ways With Guitarist

Dutch heavy metal band PICTURE has released the following statement regarding their new lineup:

"Today, we announce, that PICTURE and Rob van Enkhuizen have jointly decided to go their seperate ways. This decision has been made on friendly terms and because of the long history that Rob has with Picture, we will play one more gig with Rob in our line-up at June 5th in Winkel (NL). On that day, we will say goodbye than to Rob officially, but for now we also want to wish him already all the very best for everything he will do in the future."

"PICTURE is very proud that we can already announce our new guitar-player : GERT NIJBOER, known from band's like Highway Chile and Heads Down. In the short period we are working together, Gert has showed a tremendous dedication, next to amazing guitar-skills. We are happy that all went so smooth and you can all see Gert already this weekend live for the first time with PICTURE in Lübeck and Kerkrade!"

Upcoming PICTURE live shows are as follows:

May 14, 2010 - Treibsand (w/ Jaquar and Methusalem) - Lübeck (GER)
May 15, 2010 - The Rock Temple ( w/ Jaquar and Methusalem ) - Kerkrade (NL)
June 05, 2010 - Cafe Beentjes - Winkel (NL)
June 12, 2010 - Dokk'em Open Air - Raard (NL)
Oct 03, 2010 - Mario's Metal meeting 4 @ 013 - Tilburg (NL)

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Big Four To Be Broadcasted in Movie Theaters

The June 22nd, Sonisphere Festival (featuring the "Big Four") will be broadcasted via satellite to select theaters. 445 U.S. theaters in over 140 U.S. markets will showcase this concert. Tickets go on sale today, May 21st. Tickets are on sale internationally May, 28. For more information, check out TheBigfourLive. No word yet, on when the "Big Four," will tour in the USA. Stay tuned.

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This or the Apocalypse Posts New Song Online

Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s This or the Apocalypse has posted a new song, "Charmer," which is taken from them upcoming new album "Haunt What's Left," on their MySpace page. The new album will be released in European on July 5th.

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Setherial Reveals New Album Details

Swedish metal band Setherial has revealed the tracklisting for their new album, "Ekpyrosis," [cover art] which is as follows:

1. A World in Hell
2. Ekpyrosis
3. The Mournful Sunset of the Forsaken
4. The Devouring Eye
5. Subsequent Emissions from a Frozen Galaxy
6. Thoughts of Life They Wither
7. Celestial Remains of the Cosmic Creation
8. Enemy of Creation

The album was recorded in the Black Scythe Studio in Sundsvall, Sweden in the Autumn and Winter 2009. "Ekpyrosis" will be released in June through Regain Records.

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Blaze Bayley Reveals New Drummer

Former Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley has posted a message online, informing fans of the current situations within his solo band, including his new drummer. The message reads as follows:

"As you all probably know, Anna (Di Laurenzio; manager) and Larry (Paterson; drums) have decided to leave the band. This is for reasons we will not go into to respect their privacy. We wish them well in the future.

"First of all our apologies for not coming out with this news first, but we are on road and didn't have the opportunity to do so. This will only be a short statement as we are facing a 12-hour drive today to Moscow.

"We would like to reassure you that this will not change anything for the band. We are going on with finishing the gigs that are booked and new bookings are still coming through. All recording plans for the next album stay on as well as all other plans for the future. More...

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(hed)P.E. Announces Greatest Hits Package

California based nu metal outfit (hed)P.E. has announced that they will be releasing a greatest hits CD/DVD package entitled, "Major Pain 2 Indee Freedom" through Suburban Noize Records on June 22nd. The CD will feature 18 songs, including a brand new one and the DVD will contain live footage.

The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

1. Firsty
2. Bartender
3. Killing Time
4. Blackout
5. Represent
6. Sophia
7. Let’s Ride
8. Peer Pressure
9. Novus Ordos Clitorus
10. Suffa
11. Comeova2nite
12. Wind Me Up
13. Madhouse
14. Renegade
15. Here and Now (remix)
16. Stay Ready
17. Ordo (ab Chao)
18. No Rest 4 Da Wicked (New unreleased track)

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Overdrive Posts New Album Update

Swedish heavy metal veterans Overdrive has posted a message online from the recording studio, where they are currently hard at work on their next album. The message reads as follows:


"We've just finished recording the drums for 19 (!!) new Overdrive tracks! About 12 of them will end up on the new album and some on the vinyl edition. Currently the guitars are being recorded. This will be one metal brick for sure!!"

Guitarist Janne Stark says: "Musically this album is true to the '80s way of heavy metal, bringing in influences from the classic metal era of bands like Accept and Judas Priest with no modern elements whatsoever. Not that we’ve ever been modern. I know all bands say it, but we do sincerely feel this will be our strongest album ever. It feels like all pieces fit and even though we’ve only recorded half the drums I’m really confident this will be a killer album!"

Some song titles from the album include:

"Cold Blood Chaser"
"Call The Priest"
"Wavebreaker"
"Signs All Over"
"Mother Earth"
"Hold On"
"Angelmaker"
"Brand New Sinner"
"It's Not As Easy As It Seems"

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Sodom Announces New DVD Release Dates

German thrash metal legends Sodom has announced that they will be releasing their brand new, two-disc DVD entitled, "Lords Of Depravity II" in Europe on June 28th and on July 13th in North America. The first disc features a documentary on the band, focusing from the years 1995 to 2009. The second will include live footage, video clips and deleted scenes with around three hours worth of material.

Sodom frontman Tom Angelripper states: “Five years after releasing our first Sodom DVD, you’re now holding the second part in your hands. To begin with I want to thank you for your patience. In the meantime it happened a lot, which we want to give you an account of with this film.

"The story of LOD - part 1 ended in the year 1995, which included many ups and downs for me. It was a year I had to make a lot of decisions in, which where of essential importance for my career and further musical future. The last contractual album with SPV, Masquerade In Blood blazed the trail for rebound. When drummer Atomic Steif and guitarist Strahli left the band after the accomplishment of this album, I thought about forming a completely new band or turn my back on the music business forever. I lacked the willingness to discuss each of my decisions with the band members. I had to look ahead. The numerous replacements of band members in the past unnerved me and tested my mettle. The idea to start a solo project emerged through many intense conversations with friends and my musical surroundings. Producer Ulli Pösselt also encouraged me to this enterprise. A record label, which evinced the willingness in supporting the project was found straight. The Tom Angelripper – future Onkel Tom – project came into being and released four albums through the label GUN Records. I realized quickly, that living without Sodom was unacceptable for me. The record label wasn’t enthusiastic about perpetuating Sodom, the more so as the albums of the solo project worked out well in view of the circumstances at that time, even within the non-metal scene. I was advised to put Sodom on hold or to draw the curtain for good. To achieve a common purpose I convinced the head of the record label to recall Sodom to life with a completely new line-up. I became acquainted with drummer Bobby by fluke, later with guitarist Bernemann, who both roistered together in the bands Crows and Randalica. The phase of us getting to know each other certainly is described at length in this film. After a couple of rehearsals we decided to go on together and record a new album. This seemed like a new birth to me, and we got down to work, 'cause finally there were a lot of live shows to be played again. Initially, all this was virgin soil to Bobby and Bernemann. Our first tour, which we were doing together with many top-class bands turned out to be a long desired dream coming true for both of them. I finally made the attempt to establish a permanent line-up, which succeeded despite the hard time. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: R.I.P. Dio

Gene Simmons (Kiss) continues to push a “stage challenge” to both U2 and The Rolling Stones. I find it interesting this offer has yet to be extended to AC/DC. Is it just me, or when Kiss makes their version of a Superman movie (this will happen) we will learn that AC/DC is Gene’s Kryptonite? … More...

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Deep Purple Members Remember Dio

Deep Purple members Ian Gillan (vocals) and Steve Morse (guitar) have each posted messages online paying tribute to former Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio, who sadly passed away on May 16th after a bout with stomach cancer. The messages read as follows:

Ian Gillan - "My dear friend Ronnie, departed but not gone. Resting peacefully (for a while) but never forgotten. I've had a sackful of mail since your passing; a sharing of grief and sorrow. We all remember your huge voice, of course - my ears are still ringing: Your wicked humour and sense of decency: The utter professionalism and personality that inspired so much respect from your friends in music. The list goes on but the quality that stands out above all others is your enduring generosity. The one thing that we all treasure, the gift you gave us was your kindness. We all agree you were the kindest man we ever knew. Catch up later, mate."

Steve Morse - "Ronnie Dio was a real musician. He was a guy that everybody liked, and always sang loud, in tune, and strong, with that famous voice. I watched him patiently deal with fans at the stage door, and patiently deal with me when I was lucky enough to back him up on our orchestra tour. We backed him up doing a couple of his tunes, and he was tactful and precise with his constructive comments. He could tell if I played one note wrong. I recall him telling me that he used to play trumpet, which might explain his very good ears. Everybody that ever met him will miss him, as well as anybody who ever heard him sing."

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Anvil Announces More European Shows

Canadian heavy metal veterans Anvil has announced some more tour dates for their forthcoming tour of Europe. All headlining shows will see them supported by New Wave Of British Heavy Metal outfit Girlschool and most shows in the United Kingdom will see Anvil supporting glam metal band Ratt.

The updated tour schedule is now as follows: More...

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The Showdown Announces U.S. Tour Dates

American heavy metal outfit The Showdown has announced that they will be embarking on a short headlining tour in the United States next month. This is in preparation for their forthcoming new studio album, "Blood In The Gears," which is scheduled to be released sometime this Summer.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Westboro Baptist Church To Picket Dio Memorial

The recent announcement that there would be a public memorial service for the late heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio was one that fans all over the world were extremely happy about, as it is a great way to remember a greater man. However, the memorial could be spoiled by the Westboro Baptist Church who has announced that they plan to picket the event, as people like Ronnie James Dio (i.e. people with intelligence) apparantly are Satanic.

They claim the protest is "to remind you who worship that old Serpent, Satan, that your time is very short. You know 67 year old, Satan-worshiping (or at least one of their enablers) Ronnie James Dio (of showing his devil horns to the world each time he goes in public) Black Sabbath fame is dead, right? We'll be there! Just because the chances of any of God's elect being amongst this group of heavy metal sycophants is slim to none does not mean they should not get some good words.

"He hates his neighbor(s) starting with Ozzy Osbourne, and continuing down to his pornography star niece Gen Padova!

"He hates God. Pay especial attention to the fact that he changed his original sir name from Padova to Dio, which means God in Italian.

"Ronnie the simpleton enabled, and encouraged Sorceries: everything he was about including the little finger horn thing (he got this from his mother which is an incantation to ward off the 'evil eye') to the drugs, bloody raw meat and his fellowship with those pentagon necklace wearing freakish band members." More...

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