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Metal News for May 25, 2009

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28 news articles posted on this day.

Lustmord Announces New Line Up

Phoenix, Arizona extreme metal band, LUSTMORD, welcomes new members ROCK ROLLAIN on bass, and ABEL RODRIGUEZ on Rythm guitar.

LUSTMORD is currently writing new music and getting ready to go into the studio in late june/early july. The band is also touring California, Arizona, and Nevada over the next 4 months. Shows with KULT OF THORN, WINTER DARKNESS, BLOOD STAINED PYRAMIDS, MONSTROSITY, and OBITUARY have been confirmed.

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If He Dies He Dies Parts with Guitarist/Vocalist

If He Dies He Dies has posted the following regarding the departure of guitarist/vocalist Tom Eilers:

"Now that all the dust has settled and things have been confirmed, If He Dies He Dies as band (family) would like to settle any and all rumors regarding the departure of guitarist/vocalist Tom Eilers. It was not a planned event by any means and actually came on rather sudden, but ultimately everyone involved was unhappy and Tom and the band parted ways amicably with no hard feelings on either side.

"We would like to extend our gratitude to Tom, his family, for the continued, unwavering support, and all of the friends and fans that we have gained through our time with him. Tom definitely helped shape the current sound of IHDHD through genuine emotion and natural talent. We wish him the best of luck in any future endeavors. He will truly be missed.

"With that being said, we have no intentions of disbanding, but we definitely need to re-evaluate, re-up, and continue our journey as IHDHD. For the mean time our good friend Addison Eilers (yes Tom’s cousin) of the band Ephus, has stepped in to help us fulfill our live show obligations. We have had some last minute, marathon practice sessions to be prepared for tonight’s show with The Used."

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Immortal Finishes Recording New Album

Norwegian black metallers Immortal have finished recording their new album which will be titled "All Shall Fall." The album is currently scheduled for release sometime in September via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Grief Of Emerald Offering Three Albums For Free

Swedish metallers Grief of Emerald has issued the following announcement about offering three albums for free download:

"Grief of Emerald has decided to let our three albums Nightspawn Malformed seed and Christian termination free to download. Many fans have asked very much after the albums. And a re-release of the records have not been possible either. We have also tried with spotify and I tunes but it have also been a problem. You will find the Mp3 in the media section."

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Xystus Announces New Bass Player Luuk Van Gerven

Xystus has issued the following announcement about acquiring a new bass player:

"Dear all,

"We are more than happy to announce you that our new bass player is none other than Luuk van Gerven! Luuk is currently playing in the bands Cardamon and Cell 29, and most of you will also know him from his work with After Forever.

"With Luuk Xystus gained an incredibly talented and professional person and a really cool and relax guy on top of that. :) Keep checking back, 'cause we'll be rocking the stages near you in no time!"

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Minsk Streaming Entire New Album Online

Minsk are currently streaming their entire new album "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" online at this location. The album will be released on May 26th in North America on on June 1st internationally.

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Panopticon Comments On New Album Leaking

Atmospheric black metal band Panopticon has issued the following statement regarding the new album "Collapse" being leaked on the Internet:

"As some of you may know,some one has leaked the record onto the internet. the version leaked is not a final mix and master of the album. It was ripped off of myspace on ostara most likelly using audacity or some other recording program and converted to mp3s.I have seen complaints about the sound quality and this is why. if you choose to download this version ,rather than wait for the release date,you are not hearing the album the way i originally intended.

"i had specifically asked on ostara that the album not be distributed in this way for that very reason.alot of folks will not buy the album,but instead listen to this crappy ,clicking,poor quality version of the album.That sucks.

"for those of you who choose to buy the album when it comes out next month,please feel free to upload and distribute it in this way.i ask that you include the lyrics and explanations by making jpgs of the booklet and instert,to ensure that others get the concept of collapse,but in general i have no problem with my work being pirated,as long as its decent quality and after the release date.

"for those of you who took it down off your blogs at my request,my sincerest thanks are n order.thank you for not blowing me off and thank you for respecting the work i put into "collapse".for those of you who have it now,i hope you enjoy the album despite the poor sound,but i encourage you to obtain the official release,as it will be both aesthetically and sonically superior."

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Fallen Martyr Posts New Song Online

Fallen Martyr has posted their new song, "The Man Becomes the Prophet," for streaming on Myspace and Last.fm.

The song is a available for purchase on the EP “The Six Roots of True Will,” which will debut June 5th during the band's show at the SONAR in Baltimore, Maryland for the Summer Slaughter Tour.

The EP features 6 tracks with 5 full-length songs displaying Fallen Martyr's greatest work to date.

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Headline News

Limp Bizkit To Perform At UFC 100 Fan Expo

The most historic event in UFC just got bigger with the announcement that rap-metal pioneers Limp Bizkit are bringing their "Unicorns N' Rainbows" tour to Mandalay Bay Beach on Friday, July 10th to perform in their first North American concert in eight years as a part of the UFC 100 weekend.

“Music is one of the things that make the UFC experience so exciting, and I’ve always been a big fan of Limp Bizkit, so we are excited to have the group perform at UFC 100 event weekend,” said Dana White, UFC President.

"We are proud that our first show in the USA with the original line-up in eight years will be in Las Vegas at UFC 100. The ultimate fighting music has finally found its home with the Ultimate Fighting Championship,” said Fred Durst.

Tickets for Limp Bizkit, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m. at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com, or www.ticketmaster.com.

Doors will open at 7pm, BoneyB will perform at 8 p.m. and Limp Bizkit will go live at 9 p.m. The concert also will be streamed live on UFC.com.

As part of UFC Fan Expo, Limp Bizkit will appear and sign autographs on the main stage Friday July 10th from 2pm – 3pm, just hours before their U.S. concert premiere. Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and DJ Lethal are gearing up to record their first new studio album with the original line-up since 2000's Worldwide 12x-platinum "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water." Flip/Interscope Records will announce more details and a release date in the coming months.

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Twilight Actor To Play Varg Vikernes In Movie

Jackson Rathbone, who is perhaps best known for appearing in the movie Twilight, has apparantly signed on to portray Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes in the upcoming movie, "Lords Of Chaos." The movie is about the Norwegian black metal scene and the church burnings and other crimes connected to it. Varg Vikernes has previously spoken out against the movie. Vikernes confirmed on May 22nd that he is now back in free society after serving sixteen years in prison for murder and arson.

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Apocalyptica Comments On Illegal Song Usage

Apocalyptica has issued the following statement about the illegial use of the song "Path:"

"This is on an official statement by the band about the illegal use of our song 'Path' in a tv and internet commercial in the Czech Republic.

"Apocalyptica always supports minorities, stands up for human rights, respects every human being, no matter their colour, ethnic background or religion, worldwide.

"Apocalyptica also supports the idea of a united Europe and the European Union.

"We hope it is a clear statement that we would never allow the Czech Republican party 'Národní Strana' to use any of our music. The fact is, we were never asked if they could use our material.

"Beside the fact that we are mortified by the illegal use, 'Národní Strana' has contravened the law with the owners of the rights for the song 'Path' in Czech Republic, who are Universal Music Publishing and Universal Music.

"Both companies will start legal proceedings against the party now."

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Video Interview With Testament Posted Online

A new video interview conducted with Testament by HardTimes.ca in Montreal has been posted online. The video, which features drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Alex Skolnick, can be viewed below. More...

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Glorior Belli Drops Off Tour With Absu

French black metallers Glorior Belli have issued the following announcement about dropping off their upcoming tour with Absu:

"Glorior Belli are forced to cancel their participation to the North-American tour with Absu.

"Candlelight was not qualified enough to get everything arranged legally for the coming of the band and couldn’t acquire the appropriate papers. Therefore we have no other choice but to pull out.

"They had all the time necessary and this mess is INEXCUSABLE. We strongly condemn this organization and are extremely disappointed by this kind of attitude coming from our label."

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Every Time I Die Posts Tour Footage Online

Every Time I Die has posted behind the scenes footage online of their tour of the United Kingdom. You can check it out below. the band will be releasing a new album later this year through Epitaph Records. More...

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God Dethroned Announces Balkan Tour Dates

GOD DETHRONED will be promoting their album "Passiondale" (based on World War I) with a whole tour of the Balkans, which will begin a massive World tour.

GOD DETHRONED's "Storming the Balkans Tour 2009" tour dates with Fleshgod Apocalypse and Sacramental Blood is as follows:

June 25 - Inmusic Festival - Zagreb - Croatia
June 26 - Channel Zero - Lubljana - Slovenia
June 27 - SKC - Belgrade - Serbia
June 28 - Kino Bosna - Sarajevo - Bosnia Herzegovina
June 29 - Blue Box - Sofia - Bulgaria
June 30 - 8 Ball Club - Thessaloniki - Greece
July 1 - Havana - Skopje - Macedonia
July 3 - Fabrica Club - Bucharest - Romania
July 4 - Uj Vigado - Debrecen - Hungary
July 5 - Blue Monday Club - Oradea - Romania

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Marduk Disappears From Mayhem Tour

Black metal group Marduk missed out on the scheduled Blackendfest show in Orlando, Florida yesterday but no explanation has been given why. A message from headlining act Mayhem reads: "There has been a lot of confusion around the MARDUK situation. They are not playing tonight at the show in Orlando, Florida. What will happen for the future of this tour is currently unknown. We want to stress that Mayhem has absolutely nothing to do with this situation. We didn't have any information about what is going on at all, there were many different rumors flying around, and unfortunately the only thing we know is that the band is not here. Why? We don't know! Thank you for your patience!"

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Incineration Adds Third Guitarist, Brock Bates

St. Louis death metal band, Incineration, has issued the following message welcoming their third guitarist, Brock Bates:

"Brock Bates has officially joined Incineration on 3rd guitar, he made his live debut with us on May 10th @ Fubar in St. Louis and you can see him with us again on May 20th @ Mojo's in Columbia, Missouri. Brock will also be playing on our new EP 'The Repertoire of Wretchedness' we are currently recording. Brock shreds like there’s no tomorrow, now you will see Incineration doubling and harmonizing guitar solos live, while still having a rhythm guitarist maintaining the brutality, something most bands can’t do! The Incineration shred factor has just gone up tenfold!"

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Aeturnus Dominion Parts Ways With Vocalist

Austrailian metallers, Aeturnus Dominion, have issued the following message regarding the recent departure of vocalist Darren Goulding:

"As from Saturday the 17th of May, Darren Goulding is no longer associated with Aeturnus Dominion. Until a new frontman has been secured, vocal duties will be shared among the current members. "

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Biclops Issues Studio Update

Chris Alfano, guitarist of NJ progressive metal band, Biclops, has issued the following update regarding the progress of their upcoming album:

"So it's update day and I just got home an hour ago. From where you ask? From a recording studio. Not the recording studio, the one where we tracked the record, but from another studio, from which we tracked more of the record." More...

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Artillery Launches New Website

Danish thrash metal outfit Artillery has launched a brand new official website to help promote their forthcoming new studio album, "When Death Comes." You can check out the website at this location. "When Death Comes" will see a European release on June 15th through Metal Mind and will be released in North America on August 11th via MVD.

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AC/DC Announces More Australian Shows

Rock and roll legends AC/DC has announced some more shows in Australia for their tour down under next year. This tour is in support of the bands latest studio album, "Black Ice."

The tour dates are as follows:

February 11 - Melbourne, Australia - Etihad Stadium
February 13 - Melbourne, Australia - Etihad Stadium
February 15 - Melbourne, Australia - Etihad Stadium
February 18 - Sydney, Australia - ANZ Stadium
February 20 - Sydney, Australia - ANZ Stadium
February 25 - Brisbane, Australia - Nathan Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre)
March 2 - Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide Oval
March 6 - Perth, Australia - Subiaco
March 8 - Perth, Australia - ANZ Stadium

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More Bands Added To Rock Gone Wild 2009

The organizers of the Rock Gone Wild event has announced that Saxon, Sevendust, Armored Saint and Lizzy Borden are the latest bands to be confirmed. The festival will be held from August 20-23 in Algona, IA. Other bands on the bill include Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Puddle Of Mudd, Dokken, Saliva, Great White and many more.

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Live Footage Of Limp Bizkit's Return Posted

Footage of Limp Bizkit's concert in Lithuania has been posted online via YouTube. You can check out the video below. The concert was the second show on Limp Bizkit's tour schedule which is currently taking them across Europe. this is the bands first tour since the promotion for the "Results May Vary" album which was released in 2003. More...

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Autumn Posts "The Heart Demands" Video Online

Netherlands based rock outfit Autumn has posted their new music video online for the song, "The Heart Demands." You can check it out below. The song is featured on the bands latest album, "Altitude" which is available to purchase online now. More...

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Judas Priest Reveals "Touch Of Evil:Live" Details

British heavy metal gods Judas Priest has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming new live album, "A Touch Of Evil:Live." All the tracks on the record are ones which have never been released on a live album before. Recorded by Martin Walker and Brian Thorene during the Judas Priest’s mammoth 2005 and 2008 world tours, ‘A Touch of Evil: Live’ also marks the first Priest album that producer Tom Allom has worked on since 1988 (co-producing along with the band.)

The tracklisting is as follows:

JUDAS RISING
HELLRIDER
BETWEEN THE HAMMER & THE ANVIL
RIDING ON THE WIND
DEATH
BEYOND THE REALMS OF DEATH
DISSIDENT AGGRESSOR
A TOUCH OF EVIL
EAT ME ALIVE
PROPHECY
PAINKILLER More...

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Theocracy Announces European Tour Dates

The US melodic metal band THEOCRACY will visit Europe for a tour this fall, you can see the first announced dates
below. The band just returned from their first show ever in Europe at the Elements of Rock festival in Switzerland.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

October 24th: Metal Fest - Festhalle Friedewald, Germany
October 30th: Rock without limits - Gomaringen, Germany
October 31th: Nordic Fest - Oslo, Norway

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Interview

Amorphis Guitarist Esa Discusses Their New Album

Long running Finnish metallers Amorphis are set to release their upcoming album "Skyforger" on May 29th in Europe and later this summer in North America. The album is currently streaming in it's entirety at the band's MySpace page. Amorphis guitarist Esa Holopainen, who has been with the band since its inception in 1990, spoke with me about the new album and the band's plans for an upcoming DVD release. More...

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