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Metal News for May 24, 2011

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Star Wars Characters Dance to GNR, Metallica

A video of Chewbacca and other assorted Star Wars aliens and characters dancing to Guns N Roses' "Welcome To The Jungle" at Disney's Star Wars Weekends 2011 has made its way online. I'm not sure who it's disgracing more, the Star Wars franchise or Guns N Roses. Watch it below and decide for yourself.

Unfortunately, it doesn't stop there. Darth Vader and stormtroopers dance to Metallica in another skit:

If you have more than 20 minutes on your hands, you can watch the entire performance below. Fair warning: the metal ends around the halfway mark. More...

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U.K. Thrash Documentary Posts Trailer Online

A new trailer has been posted online for the forthcoming documenary film, "A History Of A Time To Come," which looks at the thrash metal scene and history in the United Kingdom. You can check it out below. The film makers have also announced that a book tie-in will be released, written by journalist Greg Mofitt, who has written for Metal Hammer and Terrorizer amongst other publications.

"In 2003 I had the idea to set out the story of U.K. thrash," Greg explains. "I lived through the scene as a teenager and felt that although the U.K. was the underdog compared to, say, the US and Germany, there was still a great tale to tell. It’s a story of the British bulldog spirit facing down adversity and in that sense U.K. thrash was typical of the nation. With few exceptions, British thrash bands received very little global coverage back in the day, so this is also a largely untold story. When I originally devised the book concept, U.K. thrash was nothing but a dusty chapter in history. Today, things are quite different. The scene has sparked into life once again and veteran outfits continue to reform, some sounding better than ever. When I heard about the 'A History of a Time to Come' documentary and met the guys behind it, all the pieces finally fell into place and the timing was perfect."

Speaking on the book, the film makers stated: "We’re delighted to be working in tandem with Greg on the project, and especially excited to see how the two projects will compliment each other. One of our concerns from the outset was that perhaps the film format would limit our ability to convey the story of the scene in enough depth to satisfy the fans, but with the introduction of the written story we feel confident that everyone, from hardcore fan to the casual cinema- goer will find their level of interest covered."

Both the film and the book are still in the production stages and anyone who feels they might be able to contribute in some way, be it with first hand stories, video/audio materials or pictures etc. is encouraged to get in touch. More...

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Pit Stories: Katy Perry Pit Scarier Than Slayer?

We've been talking with bands and fans everywhere to get their mosh pit stories, and this week we found a Pit Story from the most unlikely of places, showing that heavy metal doesn't have a monopoly on crazy pit antics. A special thanks goes out to Metalunderground.com reader Hellyeah for bringing to this to our attention.

Show-goer Alex White was taken to the hospital after sustaining injuries at a brutal Katy Perry show in Welington, New Zealand on May 10th. Somehow the hundreds of school age children who attended the show managed to escape unscathed. According to a report from Stuff.co.nz, White and several others were injured during a mosh pit scuffle, with some of the attackers wearing stilleto heels and using them as weapons. An excerpt from the story follows:

Alex White, 24, of Porirua, left the event bloodied and battered after a group of women began to assault her and sister Tori, 17, moments into Perry's second song. At home nursing a black eye, scratches and bruises yesterday, the sales representative and mother-of-one said that, when Perry began to sing, she and Tori were three rows from the front. The crowd was surging forward – "normal for a concert." A woman next to her told her to stop pushing, and Ms White replied that she could not help it.

Then she felt a blow to her head, and said a group of about seven women began to punch her. Tori was also being assaulted, while others in the crowd were screaming and trying to push the attackers away.

While Tori was dragged out by security staff, a terrified Ms White was yanked by her hair down to the floor. "Fists were flying, and you've just got so many fists to the head ... I got all dizzy, and blacked out for a few seconds.

"I thought I was going to end up at A&E in a coma, and not wake up." She managed to get up and wave her arms in the air, screaming, "Get me out, get me out" to security. After they pulled her out, she was attended by St John staff, but was so shaken that she did not stay for the rest of the concert. "Who wants to stay after that?"

Footage of the massively heavy show, which clearly had an insane pit going that could rival anything from Slayer or Lamb of God, can also be viewed below. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Singer Forms New Band

A new band has been formed which features members from some of the biggest names in metal. The new group, named Temple Of The Black Moon, is fronted by Cradle Of Filth singer Dani Filth and also includes in it's ranks Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, bass player King Ov Hell (Ov Hell/Sahg/former Gorogoroth) and drummer John Tempesta, who has worked with a variety of bands including White/Rob Zombie, Exodus, Testament and The Cult, of whom is he is still a member. The band describe their sound as "a cauldron bubbling over with the unsavory flavors of Tool and Celtic Frost, and seasoned with the likes of Immortal and At The Gates."

Speaking about the name, Dani Filth commented: "We had an innumerable amount of names that never seemed likely to stick, that was until we put our proverbial heads together and narrowed it down to just three or four, and then tossed for it (proverbially of course) using a silver Norwegian crown (we couldn't find any proper money). The name Temple Of The Black Moon represents the rigorous worship of desire, (the black moon astrologically has always held association with the dark Goddess Lilith) and of course the ramifications of the lunar eclipse, always a herald for death and ill-omen."

The band has recorded almost an album's worth of material and is planning to record the songs in Bergen, Norway for a full-length album, which is expected to be released in the summer of next year.

Song titles thus far include "Infernal Desire Machine," "Don't Call Up What You Can't Put Down," "Dark Eyes For Trouble," "Beautifully Perverse," and "C.N.T (All That's Missing Is You)."

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Winterus Announces New Lineup

Michigan black metal act Winterus has announced its new band lineup, which will embark on the headlining “Lone Wolves Tour” in June. After the recent departure of guitarist Nathan Barnes (guitar) and Cody McCoy (drums), guitarist Les Paul and drummer Kollin Perpignani have been added to the mix, along with bassist Donovan Bates, to round out new Winterus lineup.

“As bands grow, you find people that really get what you are trying to do,” said vocalist Christopher Erich Neu. “Things are only getting tighter.”

"We all have the same mind set, the same mission, the same goal,” added new bassist Donovan Bates.

You can check out a recent interview with Winterus about the new album "In Carbon Mysticism" at this location, or head over here to watch the music video for "Harmonious." More...

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Mythosis Posts "My Own Savior" Video

Mythosis will be releasing the new EP "Mind Built Prison" on May 31st, 2011. The band has also now posted a new music video online for the song "My Own Savior," which can be viewed below.

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Dol Ammad Working On New Album

Dol Ammad recently announced that the band has started working on new material for a third full length album entitled “Hyperspeed.” Dol Ammad is a space-themed, progressive-power metal band that combines electronic and metal elements with a full 14-member classical choir instead of a solo lead singer. An update from the band reads as follows:

"My dear friends, I am so glad to reveal that it’s been some months now that I have been working full time on new material for the 3rd full Dol Ammad album which will be entitled 'Hyperspeed.'

"I have gathered tons of ideas and sounds and the new album is starting to taking shape and form. Our new voyage will be through space worlds (what else? :P ) and it will be a powerful one. The new songs are developing full of energy and cosmic force.

"This time however we will make this album together! I will document and keep you up to date with all the developments in the music and production of the upcoming Dol Ammad opus."

You can also check out Dol Ammad's music by heading over to the band's Bandcamp page.

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Alberto Rigoni "Rebirth" Streaming on AOL Music

Alberto Rigoni, famed international bassist, released his second recording "Rebirth" yesterday. AOL Music is streaming the album in its entirety at this location.

"Rebirth" consists of prog rock combined with hard rock and ambiance. Some songs are merely instrumental, while others contain vocals.

"Rebirth" features guest appearances by such revered artists as Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Krimson), John Macaluso (Ark, TNT, Yngwie Malmsteen), and many others.

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Dodsfall Recruits New Bassist

Black metal band Dodsfall has announced the recruitment of new bassist Grave (Ondskapt, Infuneral). Grave will be making his appearance on the next Dodsfall album, with more information on the album and the band's upcoming activity coming soon. You can also listen to sample Dodsfall tracks by heading over to the band's MySpace page. Information on the band's latest album can be found below.

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Dyinise Streaming New Songs

U.K. thrash act Dyinise has issued the following announcement about streaming new songs online:

"New Dyinise album: OK friends, its been a while in the making but dyinise has a new cd dude to the whirlwind that is life for an unsigned band. But the whole thing is now available to hear on our myspace player. So check it out and we hope it hits you harder than the menopause!"

You can check out the new tracks by heading over to the official Dyinise MySpace page at this location. Metalunderground.com's review of the band's last album "...And The World Will Bleed," can also be found by navigating here.

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Judas Priest Announces North American Tour

British heavy metal gods Judas Priest have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America this October as part of their farewell trek, dubbed the "Epitaph" tour. Joining them on the run of dates will be Irish hard rock legends Thin Lizzy and American heavy metal outfit Black Label Society. A second leg is expected to be announced later in the year.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 12 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
October 14 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Ampitheater
October 15 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 16 - Dallas, TX - Allen Event Center
October 18 - Tuscon, AZ - Ava Ampitheater
October 19 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Ampitheater
October 21 - Phoenix, AZ - AZ State Fair
October 22 - San Bernadino, CA - San Miguel Ampitheater
October 23 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock
October 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Ampitheater
October 26 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
October 29 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
October 30 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
November 1 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center
November 2 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
November 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
November 5 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
November 12 - Chicago, IL - The Venue At Horeshoe Casino
November 13 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
November 18 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center

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Paul Di'anno Released From Jail

Paul Di'anno, the former singer for British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden as well as such bands as Killers and Battlezone, has been released from jail after serving two months for benefit fraud.

He is currently planning to embark on a headlining tour entitled, "Running Free Again." A message from the singer reads as follows:

"Back home again, and looking forward to Running Free Again, and seeing you all in a few weeks. Thanks for all the Birthday wishes too. Also, relieved to say, I managed not to drop the soap!"

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Blackwolfgoat Posts Album Breakdown

Solo act Blackwolfgoat's second album "Dronolith" was released on Tuesday, May 24 via The Maple Forum, and creator Darryl Shepard has now offered a detailed track-by-track breakdown of the fully instrumental album.

Check out the track-by-track breakdown, along with some brand new Blackwoflgoat live footage, over at The Obelisk's website here.

Blackwolfgoat is a progressive drone project fully performed by Darryl Shepard (Milligram, Hackman, Slapshot), and the new album "Dronolith" offers 46 minutes of rhythmic, ambient drone rock over the course of its six spacious tracks, recorded live at Amps vs. Ohms Studio by Glenn Smith (Lamont, Raw Radar War, Ichabod) and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East.

The release will be limited to 100 hand-numbered gatefold digi-sleeve copies, and like Blackwolfgoat's Small Stone Records-released debut, "Dragonwizardsleeve," the album bears cover art by graphic artist Alexander von Wieding (Karma To Burn, Monster Magnet, Trouble, Razor).

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Falconer Posts Song From New Album

Swedish folk metallers Falconer have launched their second single "O, tysta ensamhet," taken off their brand new studio album "Armod" via the German Metal Hammer website. You can check out the song by heading over to this location.

Falconer will release the band's seventh studio album "Armod" on June 7th via Metal Blade Records in North America. The CD features 11 songs completely sung in Swedish and four bonus tracks that are English versions of the band members' favorite new songs.

Comments Falconer guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: "The album is embracing the Swedish folk music to a greater extent than before making it sound slightly more down to earth. The music spans from acoustic songs with cello, flute and fiddle to songs with blast beats and really heavy riffing. As said before this is a 'one-time-only' album and does not define the future sound of FALCONER, but it was about time to pay full notice to the influence that has always made us different. Now we have that out of our system!"

"Armod" was once again recorded at King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque's Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden, during December and January. The "Armod" track listing and cover artwork can be viewed below. More...

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Malefice Reveals New Album Details

Malefice is currently readying to unveil the band's third full-length album "Awaken The Tides," which is set for release in Europe on July 15th, the UK on July 18th, and North America on August 2nd via Metal Blade Records. The 10-track long player was recorded at The Face studios in Reading with drums laid down at Fortress Studios in London. All tracks were mixed and mastered by Justin Hill.

Frontman Dale Butler comments: "And so the time has finally come, we've been locked away for 6 months working on this record, a release that's going to take your fucking head off. We promised something different, a bigger production, and a slightly different look on the genre. We've found our sound and it's going to bring a whole new level to our live show, something we all felt was missing. We've come back a new band, confidant and more of a unit than we've ever been. This is our next step; make sure you're around to see it!"

The "Awaken The Tides" album artwork can be viewed below and the track listing is as follows:

1. Awaken The Tides
2. Delirium
3. Dead in the Water
4. Minutes
5. Baying For Blood
6. Blessed/Cursed
7. The Day the Sky Fell
8. Out Numbered Out Gunned
9. Flood of Red
10. The Haunting

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Unearth Posts New Song Online

MetalSucks.net is currently hosting the worldwide premiere of Unearth's "Ruination Of The Lost," the second track off the band's upcoming "Darkness In The Light" full-length. You can check out the song by heading over here. The band also recently posted another song online titled "Eyes of Black," which can be found at this location.

Commented vocalist Trevor Phipps: "'Ruination Of The Lost' is a pummeling front end album song that showcases our mix of both American and European metallic influences with an apocalyptic lyrical theme. Buz [McGrath] and Ken [Susi] both rip some serious guitar solos in the tune and their guitar harmonies are hauntingly catchy. This one is a high energy shredder while lyrically it speaks about the end of the human race in the not so distant future if we continue to destroy our planet with the current level of disregard year after year.

"It's hard for me to understand why people still let money and politics interfere with any real positive change even with the warning signs Mother Nature has given us. The title of the song refers to the self-destructive nature of the human race and how we are collectively so lost in our lust for money and power that we are destroying the world that gave us life in the first place." More...

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In Flames Posts Behind-The-Scenes Video Footage

In Flames recently posted a music video online for the song "Deliver Us," which is off the band's new album "Sounds of a Playground Fading." The band has now posted behind-the-scenes footage online from the filming of the video. You can check out the clip below. "Sounds of a Playground Fading" is set for release in North America on June 21st.

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Almah To Play ForCaos Fest

Almah has recently confirmed its first live show of 2011 when the band will be one of the headliners of the annual ForCaos Festival. The fest will take place from July 21st - 23rd in Fortaleza (Brazil).

Almah also continues working on the third studio album and the follow-up to "Fragile Equality" (2008). The band entered Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil on May 2nd, and you can check out the band's latest studio video updates here. The release of the as-yet-untitled album is planned for September 2011 worldwide.

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Unlocked Issues Debut Album Update

Dutch death metal act Unlocked has checked in with the following update about the release of the band's debut album:

"Our debut album 'The Bloodcult' was set to a release date in March 2011. But unfortunately due to personal health reasons, of the person who was responsible for the release, we had to break up with the label. We wish Ronald of CFC Records all the best for the future!

"We're now in writing mode again because we'll delete 2 songs of the album and compose 2 new ones. Also the search for a new label to release our debut album will continue. Interested parties can contact us at: official_unlocked@hotmail.com."

You can also check out Unlocked's music by heading over to the band's official MySpace page.

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Bury Your Dead Streaming New Song

A new Bury Your Dead track titled "Slaughterhouse Five" has been posted online, which is off the band's upcoming album "Mosh & Roll." You can hear the song in the clip below. "Mosh & Roll" is due in stores August 2nd, 2011.

Bury Your Dead also recently announced an upcoming European tour. Details on the dates and venues are available at this location.

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Nachtmystium Announces Full-Time Bassist

Chicago black metal assassins Nachtmystium have officially announced their recently recruited full-time bassist, as they welcome Reid Raley of Rwake/Deadbird into the ranks of the band.

Over recent months guitarist/vocalist Blake Judd has recruited several other full-time members including lead guitarist Andrew Markuszewski (Avichi, Lord Mantis), drummer Charlie Fell (Lord Mantis, Avichi), and keyboard/synth engineer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Circle Of Animals), now solidifying the crew with the addition of Reid Raley on bass, making this the first "official lineup" for the band, ever.

Judd commented on Raley joining the band: "Nachtmystium, for the first time in the band's history as a full-time touring band, has a solid live lineup that matches the studio lineup. We intend to move forward and keep this group together indefinitely. It's taken 10 years to put together the perfect band, and now we've got it. So watch for us on the road starting in June and throughout the rest of the year! We anticipate that Reid's presence will not only bring a thunderous low-end onslaught on the live stage, but also will hopefully bring in some new elements into the writing of future Nachtmystium recordings."

You can read the full statement at Nachtmystium's Facebook page here.

You can catch the band's new full lineup over the Summer months, including a co-headlining spot at this year's Alehorn of Power Festival in Chicago June 11, a co-headlining spot at the Central Illinois Metalfest on July 23, and an appearance at Party.San Open Air Festival in Schlotheim, Germany on August 12. Upcoming confirmed shows are as follows:

6/11/2011 Alehorn Of Power Festival - Chicago, IL
7/23/2011 Central Illinois Metalfest - Urbana, IL
8/12/2011 Flugplatz Obermehler - Schlotheim, Germany @ Party San Festival

Further details on all ongoing endeavors of Nachtmystium will be unveiled over the coming weeks.

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The Psyke Project Posts "Polaris" Song

The Psyke Project has posted footage from the rehearsal room as the band plays the song "Polaris," which can be seen below. The band also commented:

"Listen to the song 'Polaris.' We did this song back in 2009 with great inspiration from our Scandinavian heritage and our local musical culture. 'Polaris' means the Northern Star and is a symbol of where we come from. From up north in the beautiful countrysides of Scandinavia. Listen to Polaris below."

You can also check out footage of The Psyke Project's release party for the "Ebola" split album at this location.

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Autopsy Streaming New Song "Hand Of Darkness"

California Bay Area death metal pioneer Autopsy has partnered up with Stereogum.com’s “Haunting The Chapel” to premiere a brand new track titled “Hand Of Darkness,” which is from the band’s long-awaited fifth studio album "Macabre Eternal." You can check out the song by heading over to this location.

"Macabre Eternal" will hit stores May 31st on Peaceville Records and the album is available for preorder through the Peaceville webstore at this location.

The cover artwork can be viewed here and the track listing is as follows:

1. Hand Of Darkness
2. Dirty Gore Whore
3. Always About To Die
4. Macabre Eternal
5. Deliver Me From Sanity
6. Seeds Of The Doomed
7. Bridge Of Bones
8. Born Undead
9. Sewn Into One
10. Bludgeoned And Brained
11. Sadistic Gratification
12. Spill My Blood

Autopsy announced its permanent reunion in June 2010, and then released "The Tomb Within" EP, the band’s first collection of newly recorded tracks since 1995’s "Shitfun." The EP was recorded at Fantasy Studios with Adam Munoz, and reunited the original trio of Chris Reifert, Danny Coralles, and Eric Cutler, joined on bass by Joe Trevisano (ex-Abscess).

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ICS Vortex Signs To Century Media

Norway's ICS Vortex has signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records for the launch of the "Storm Seeker" debut album, which is to be released on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America.

ICS Vortex, former Dimmu Borgir and current Borknagar member, comments on the signing as follows: "Boarding with Century Media, ICS Vortex is ready to weather whatever storm lies ahead. The album, aged like a pirate's favorite drink, is now ready to be shot with fellow mates."

"Storm Seeker" features appearances by Borknagar teammate Asgeir Mickelson on drums and also Terje "Cyrus" Andersen (Susperia, ex Dimmu Borgir) contributing some lead guitars. The debut album was recorded at Norwegian Toproom Studio (Mayhem, Tristania, Borknagar, etc.) with engineer Børge Finstad and mastered in Sweden by Peter in de Betou at Tailor Maid Studio (Arch Enemy, Dark Tanquillity, Dimmu Borgir, etc.).

The current ICS Vortex project lineup is as follows:

ICS Vortex – Vocals (Borknagar, Arcturus, ex Dimmu Borgir)
Asgeir Mickelson – Drums (Sarke, Spiral Architect, ex Borknagar, ex Testament)
Terje "Cyrus" Andersen – Guitar (Susperia, Dimmu Borgir, Sarke, ex Satyricon)
Jens F. Ryland – Guitar (Borknagar)
Steinar "Azarak" Gundersen – Bass (Spiral Architect, Satyricon, Sarke)

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Fueled By Fire Working On New Material

Fueled By Fire has issued the following update about releasing the "Plunging Into Darkness" album and working on new material:

"Hey what's up maniax! Just giving you guys an update on what we've been doing. Well as you know our album 'Plunging into Darkness' is finally getting the proper release it deserves, after the long struggle we had to release it, you guys will finally get to have it in your hands!

"It will be released May 31st! Check your local record stores and pick one up Or pre-order one online now at this location.

"Also we have been working on new material, that is coming out nice and heavy! Sure you guys will be banging hour heads to what we got so far! Also we are setting up a European tour for august! So we'll thrashing Europe again real soon! That's all for now! See you guys soon!"

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Naer Mataron Checks In From The Studio

Greek black metallers Naer Mataron have checked in with the following update from the band's time in the recording studio:

"Guitar day no. 2 is at the end! Eight tracks down, one to go for the rhythm guitars, and the result sounds massive, like a war machine sweeping mankind off the face of the earth! I like to keep things simple: Jackson RR1 (ultimate shredding axe), Diesel amp + rare custom Diesel cabinet (with two extra 15" to handle more bass) and one mic to capture the mayhem! A bit of warming up and then unleash all Hell! Woo hoo, that's a lot of shredding in two days, but never mind that tired wrist, this is the most insane stuff you've ever heard from Naer Mataron. No shit.

"Next day will mainly be lead guitar day, so we're going to use our Gibson V to get the more round edge of this classic piece. Probably combine the tube amp with some preamp to get a more flexible sound for the leads, but basically that's it - add the emotion and our ravaging energy and everything is set.

"The chemistry between us in this album is huge and this is something you can hear in the studio. This album already sounds like Hell itself. Stay tuned for there is much more to come."

Naer Mataron's last studio update is also still available for viewing by heading over to this location.

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Vader Posts New Studio Video Report

Vader has posted a fifth studio video report online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on this clip:

"This time we were working on vocals all the time. The whole album is in 100% done now! More detailed info about 'Welcome To The Morbid Reich' soon. There is 6th studio episode about mix and master coming up too. Welcome to the World of Morbid Reich!"

The previously uploaded fourth studio video clip for "Welcome to the Morbid Reich" can be found at this location.

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Interview With T. Roy Medlin Of Sourvein

Sourvein is one of the roughest, doomiest, sludgiest metal bands out there. For decades the band has been trekking across the world bringing along its brand of slow, heavy music. On the eve of a new full-length release, the first in nine years, the band is touring to let everyone know that Sourvein is alive and revealing their "Black Fangs." I had a chance to talk with front man T. Roy Medlin about the new album, another one already on the way, and Sourvein's touring schedule. More...

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Revilement Announces Album Track Listing

Taiwanese death metal act Revilement has now revealed the track listing for the band's upcoming album "Pillars of Balance," which is as follows:

1. Pillars of Balance
2. Pity the Humans
3. Degradation to Extinction
4. Terminal Sedation
5. Tail Devouring Serpent
6. The Medjai's Return
7. Path of Apophis
8. Human Vivisection
9. Perverse Malevolence
10. Raping the Comatose
11. Feeding a Mind Corrupted

Footage of the band in the recording studio can also be found at this location. In other Revilement news, the band recently recorded a cover version of Carnivore's "Sex and Violence," which was included on Metalunderground.com's Peter Steele tribute album. An interview with Revilement discussing the cover track can be found by heading over here.

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White Skull To Record New Album

Italy's White Skull has announced the band has renewed its contract with Dragonheart/Audoglobe and will be releasing a new album next year. The band commented on gearing up to start recording:

"The new album is underway and the pre-production will kick off this coming July. Recording will be around November 2011 and will take place at the well known New Sin Studio with the original front-woman Federica 'Wild Sister' De Boni. The release of the new album has not been dated but is due out sometime in Spring 2012."

Additional details on the new album's track listing, title, and release date will be announced as they are made available.

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In The Casket Announces Summer Shows

New York death metal act In The Casket has announced the band'supcoming summer schedule. Check the group out on the following dates (with more to be added):

June 4 - Stamford NY (near Cobleskill)
June 17 - Alcove
June 23 - Manhattan - Pier 41 with Wasteform, Titans Eve and more
July 8 - Lees Campground - Upstate NY Metal and Hardcore Fest
July 15 or 16 - Alcove
July 29 - Bogies
August 20 - Fonda
September 25 - Bogies (w/ MISERY INDEX)

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Wasteform Cancels European Tour

Wasteform has announced the cancellation of their planned European tour. Frontman and core member Greg Kennedy released this statement on the matter:

"We are very sorry we have to cancel our upcoming tour on such short notice but there was nothing we could do with my health problems and drummer Bryan Mearons Family issues, this was the only thing we could do. We would like to thank Vladimir Prokos for setting up another killer tour for us and apologize immensely to him for canceling 2 weeks before the beginning of the tour. Vladimir has put a lot of hard work into this tour and we are very are upset we have to cancel.

"Wasteform plans on celebrating our 10 year anniversary with a makeup tour before the end of 2011 though, so we will see all of our European friends and fans soon. We are hoping to come back over to Europe in October or November and play in all of the cities we canceled. Wasteform will also be working on a new album and hope to have it finished before we come back. Thank you for all your support and we will see you soon. Fleshless will still play the tour in May/June as planned so be sure to check them out, they are brutal. See you all soon. Stay sick and thanks for supporting Wasteform."

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Arch Enemy Announces European Tour

Swedish metal act Arch Enemy has announced the first batch of dates for its upcoming headline tour of Europe. You can view the list of currently announced dates, cities and venues below. The band will be touring in support of its new album, titled "Khaos Legions," which will arrive in North American stores on June 7, 2011 through Century Media Records. You can view the album's track list below.

07.12.2011 - NED, Amsterdam - Paradiso
09.12.2011 - NED, Tilburg - 013
10.12.2011 - GER, Geiselwing - Christmas Metal Festival
13.12.2011 - GER, Köln - Essigfabrik
14.12.2011 - FRA, Reims - La Cartonnerie
16.12.2011 - FRA, Rouen - Le 106
17.12.2011 - FRA, Vannes - L'Echonova
18.12.2011 - FRA, Limoges - CC John Lennon
20.01.2012 - GRE, Athens - Gagarin 205
21.01.2012 - GRE, Thessaloniki - Block 33 More...

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Mastodon To Appear On Transformers 3 Soundtrack

American progressive metal act Mastodon has revealed that it will be featured on the forthcoming Transformers: Dark Of The Moon soundtrack. The compilation album arrives in stores on June 14, 2011 and will contain Mastodon's cover of ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid". The soundtrack will also feature tracks from Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Black Veil Brides and more. You can find the full track listing as well as stream Mastodon's cover below.

1. Linkin Park - Iridescent
2. Paramore - Monster
3. My Chemical Romance - The Only Hope For Me Is You
4. Taking Back Sunday - Faith
5. Staind - The Bottom
6. Art Of Dying - Get Thru This
7. Goo Goo Dolls - All That You Are
8. Theory Of A Deadman - Head Above Water
9. Black Veil Brides - Set The World On Fire
10. Skillet - Alive & Awake (Remix)
11. Mastodon - Just Got Paid (ZZ Top cover)

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Lethal Halo Posts New Songs Online

Canadian modern metal act Lethal Halo has posted new songs online from its debut album "Process of Progress." The tracks "Sovereignty," "Descension," and "Struggle" are available for streaming. "Process of Progress" was self-released by the band on April 29, 2011. You can view the track listing for the album as well as stream the songs below.

"Sovereignty"



"Descension"



"Struggle"

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Porcupine Tree Frontman Cancels Blackfield Gigs

Porcupine Tree vocalist and guitarist Steven Wilson has announced that he will be canceling several of his forthcoming tour dates with his Blackfield side project. The cancellation, which currently includes four of the band's upcoming stops, is due to the passing of Steven Wilson's father. Wilson posted a short statement online which reads:

"Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and Vancouver are all also definitely cancelled. My apologies to all those who bought tickets or made travel arrangements to come to these concerts, I hate doing this, but the circumstances are exceptional. As soon as I know when the tour can resume I will let you know."

All of us at Metalunderground.com offer our condolences to the Wilson family.

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Destruction Video Interview Available

A new video interview has been posted online featuring bassist/vocalist Marcel Schirmer of German thrash metal act Destruction. You can view the video interview, courtesy of Metal Assault, in the player below.

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Slipknot Drummer Reflects On Paul Gray

Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has posted the following statement online, reflecting on the late Paul Gray on what is the one-year anniversary of his passing.

"Hey Paul,

"It was so great hanging out with you yesterday and today. Talking and reminiscing about old times and seeing you respond with some of the strongest gusts of wind I've ever felt.

"Paul, you always told it like it was. You're the same guy that wouldn't let me stay home on New Year's Eve back in 1992, and once drove over in four feet of snow during a storm, just to hang out! There was no one like you. That's why you were my best friend.

"All the music that we've done together, all the times that we've shared, will live on forever. I miss you each and every day.

"All right, Balls, I'll see you on stage! Let's destroy.

"There will never be another #2. I love you.

"Fuck it all! Fuck this world!
Fuck everything that you stand for!
Don't belong! Don't exist!
Don't give a shit! Don't ever judge me! More...

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Track Listing Revealed For Death's "Human" Reissue

The complete track listing has been revealed for the upcoming three-disc reissue of Death's 1991 seminal album "Human." The remixed and remastered set is to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the album, which originally saw release in October of 1991. The new set will hit stores on June 21, 2011 in North America through Relapse Records. You can view the track listing below.

Disc 1 - "Human"
1. Flattening Of Emotions
2. Suicide Machine
3. Together As One
4. Secret Face
5. Lack Of Comprehension
6. See Through Dreams
7. Cosmic Sea
8. Vacant Planets
9. God Of Thunder (Bonus Track)

Disc 2
1. Flattening Of Emotions (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
2. Suicide Machine (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
3. Together As One (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
4. Secret Face (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
5. Secret Face - Part 2 (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
6. Lack Of Comprehension (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
7. "Felt Good" - Studio Snippet
8. See Through Dreams (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
9. See Through Dreams - Part 2 (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
10. Vacant Planets (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
11. Cosmic Sea (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
12. Cosmic Sea Part 2 (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
13. God Of Thunder (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
14. Flattening Of Emotions ("Human" Demos)
15. Lack Of Comprehension ("Human" Demos)
16. Suicide Machine ("Human" Demos)
17. Together As One ("Human" Demos)
18. See Through Dreams ("Human" Demos)
19. Secret Face (Instrumental - "Human" Demos)
20. Vacant Planets (Instrumental - "Human" Demos)

Disc 3:
1. See Through Dreams (w/ Paul and Sean) (Rehearsal January, 1991)
2. See Through Dreams (Take 2) (w/ Paul and Sean) (Rehearsal January, 1991)
3. Secret Face (w/o Paul - 1/2 song) (Rehearsal January, 1991)
4. Secret Face (Take 2) (w/o Paul) (Rehearsal January, 1991)
5. Secret Face - Riffs (Rehearsal January, 1991)
6. Flattening Of Emotions (Riffs) (Rehearsal January, 1991)
7. Lack Of Comprehension (Riffs) (Rehearsal January, 1991)
8. Lack Of Comprehension (Take 2) (Riffs) (Rehearsal January, 1991)
9. Cosmic Sea (Riffs w/ Drum Machine) (Rehearsal January, 1991)
10. See Through Dreams (Rehearsal August, 1990)
11. Suicide Machine (Rehearsal August, 1990)
12. Together As One (Rehearsal August, 1990)
13. Suicide Machine (Drum & Bass Tracks)
14. Together As One (Drum & Bass Tracks)
15. Secret Face (Drum & Bass Tracks)
16. Lack Of Comprehension (Drum & Bass Tracks)
17. Vacant Planets (Drum & Bass Tracks)
18. Flattening Of Emotions (Drum & Bass Tracks)
19. See Through Dreams (Drum & Bass Tracks)
20. Cosmic Sea (Drum & Bass Tracks)

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Machinae Supremacy Video Interview Posted

A new video interview has been posted online featuring Swedish act Machinae Supremacy. You can check out the interview in the player below.

You can also check out the band's music video for the song "Force Feedback" by heading over to this location.

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Mike Portnoy Releases Beatles Tribute Album

Mike Portnoy's Beatles cover band, Yellow Matter Custard, has released a new double disc live album. The new collectors set, titled "One More Night In New York City," features forty tracks spread over two CDs. The package is also available in DVD format. "One More Night In New York City" was recorded during the band's 2011 reunion show at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on February 28, 2011. You can view the track listing for the effort below, with ordering information available here. More...

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Krokus Drummer Leaves The Band

Guitarist Fernando Von Arb of the Swiss hard rock act Krokus has announced that drummer Freddy Steady has left the band. Fernando commented on the situation by saying:

"The split was not of personal nature but solely a professional decision. Freddy concluded that he really wanted to play music just for fun in small clubs rather than conquering the world, playing arenas on huge stages with pyro props, etc. Krokus was always known to play large venues worldwide.

"When we get together, compose new songs and play them live we always think big — with a vision on an international level. That sets us apart from many other Swiss bands. Our albums are sold worldwide; then and now."

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