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Metal News for May 7, 2009

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Witchery Recording New Album

In a recent interview with Metalunderground.com Witchery/Seance guitarist Rille Rimfält revealed that Witchery has started recording a follow up to the 2006 album "Don't Fear the Reaper." Rimfält made the following statement about the recording:

"Next up is to finish the next Witchery album. Everything is recorded except the lyrics. Jensen is writing the lyrics right now on tour with The Haunted. So next month we probably start to record the missing pieces."

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An Interview With The Guitarist Of Seance

After sixteen years of limited activity death metal band Seance put out their latest album "Awakening of the Gods" through Pulverized Records in January of 2009. Guitarist Rille of the Swedish metal veterans answered some questions for Metalunderground about the band's long period of silence and the sound of their newest release. More...

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Slayer Announces New Album Release Date

Columbia Records has revealed that thrash metal legends Slayer will be releasing their brand new studio album on July 7th. The album title is still unknown but it will contain the song, "Psycopathy Red" which was posted online last October. The band will be promoting the new album at this years Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour before heading out on the road with fellow thrash metal veterans Megadeth.

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Linkin Park To Premiere The New Song "New Divide"

Linkin Park has issued the following update about the song "New Divide" premiering on May 18th and being used in the upcoming Transformers movie:

"Linkin Park's new song is called 'New Divide' and is the theme song for the upcoming movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The song will premiere on radio worldwide on May 18 and will also be available for download on iTunes that same day! In addition to writing the theme song for the movie, Linkin Park are contributing to the score of the movie. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opens in the theaters on June 24.

"The opportunity to be creatively involved with one of the most anticipated films of the summer is pretty exciting. It's one thing to shoot a video that matches sound and vision, but making music that's built for the big screen is a completely different challenge and we ran with it."

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October File Begins Work On New Album

UK's October File issues the following update:

"We have been busy writing the new album, our third. We are nearly done and it shall be unleashed upon this earth on 19th October 2009 and entitled 'Our Souls To You.' We are currently talking to various producers about producing it – well obviously. We can promise you it will be worth the wait. My personal fave so far is 'Dredge' coming in at a shirt 9 minutes, it’s a journey of personal misery which we cant wait let you enjoy to brighten your day."

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Defiance Completes Recording of New Album

Reunited Oakland, California thrashers, Defiance, have issued the following update:

"As of yesterday, Defiance has finished tracking the new album for Candlelight Records! Candlelight is looking at a September release date for first album from Defiance since 1992's 'Beyond Recognition,' released by Roadrunner Records."

"We finished up at Trident Studios on Sunday with Jim [Adams; guitar] and Mike [Kaufmann; bass] completing the last of their parts, and Steev [Esquivel; also of Skinlab] came down to help arrange some last-minute additions to the lead sections with Jim on a couple of songs. Snake came by in the afternoon to deliver all the completed vocals he recorded at his studio in Berkeley, Greendot Studios." More...

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Metalunderground Premieres New Skumlove Song

Metalunderground.com is exclusively premiering industrial metal act Skumlove's first single, "Anti American Idol," from the new album "The Church of the New Perversion" on Misfortune Records. The song shows what growth and dynamics Skumlove has gone through in their writing and recording. "This song will melt your face off!" boasts Skum, "It's a great middle finger in the air rock anthem." You can hear is first only on Metalunderground.com's MySpace player.

Recently Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory stopped in to lend a helping hand on some backing vocals. "What an amazing voice. I am so honored to have some many great musicians step in and help out on this album." Singer and founder Skum says, "This is gonna be one hell of an album. So many different feelings and directions we decided to take it this time. We wanted to make a great rock album and I believe we did just that."

Skumlove’s new album, “The Church of The New Perversion,” was recently recorded and co-written with Tommy Victor and will be released on Misfortune Records later this year.

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Infinitum Obscure Issues New Album Update

Mexican death metallers Infinitum Obscure have issued the following update about recording a new album:


"After 3+ years since the release of 2006's ‘Internal Dark Force’, INFINITUM OBSCURE is entering the recording studio on May 29th, 2009 to start production of their new full length album.

"INFINITUM OBSCURE's new album ‘Infra Ater Caela’ will be recorded and mixed at Skull Seven Studios in North Hollywood, California by reknown producer Bill Metoyer ( who has produced albums by Slayer, Morbid Angel, W.A.S.P., Omen, Bitch, Lizzy Borden, Atrophy, etc).
The new album will be mastered at NECROMORBUS STUDIO in Alvik, Sweden (10 min outside of Stockholm), by Tore Stjerna. Some of the dark works produced and mastered at Necromorbus Studios are from bands like Watain, Nominon, Averse Sefira, Funeral Mist, Nex, Ondskapt, Mörk Gryning, Adorior, among others.

"The artwork for the new album is already in process, under the command of the infamous Timo Ketola (who has done art for Dissection, Watain, Deathspell Omega, Kaamos, Teitanblood, etc). ‘Infra Ater Caela’ will be released in CD format by Deathgasm Records (USA) and 12 inch vinyl format by Blood Harvest Records (Sweden).

"We have been illuminated by Lucifer's light, And the skies begin to darken... HEAVILY..."

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Secrets Of The Moon Announces New Album Track List

German black metal band Secrets of the Moon has issued the following update about the track listing for their upcoming album "Privilegivm:"

"PRIVILEGIVM is...not leaked yet... some people affirmed they have it at home already. we dont know why. safety measures were made so that it won't happen too fast.

"In the meantime the album was mastered by Peter in De Betou in Stockholm (www.tailormaid.se) after weeks of mixing and endless listening sessions on car hifi, headphones and monitor speakers.

"We hope you will like the final 'sound suit.' we are very satisfied, thanks to producer markus stock.

"Here's the very final track list:

1. Privilegivm
2. Sulphur
3. Black Halo
4. I Maldoror
5. Harvest
Part I: I forgive myself
Part II: The tree of life
Part III: Exsultet
6. For they know not
7. Queen among rats
8. Descent (instr.)
9. Shepherd

"Two more songs were recorded... maybe used for vinyl, special editions whatever. Darnkess! lsk/t/sG"

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Burnt By The Sun Posts New Studio Video Online

Burnt By The Sun have posted a fourth video clip shot during the recording sessions for upcoming third full-length album "Heart Of Darkness." The video can be viewed below.

The web episode was produced by Ronen Kauffman of IssueOriented.com. "Heart Of Darkness," the follow-up to 2003’s "The Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good," was recorded at Trax East Recording Studios with producer Eric Rachel. A summer release date is expected. More...

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Gadget Announces Upcoming Festival Appearances

Gadget has announced two U.S. shows for next week. The Swedish grindcore group will be performing in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, May 15th with local acts Javelina and Total Fucking Destruction. The following day, Gadget will perform as part of the Auditory Assault Festival in Brooklyn, NY alongside Brutal Truth, Dead Infection, Rotten Sound, Misery Index, Lethal Aggression and many more. Gadget will also be taking part in the Neurotic Deathfest and Death Fest Open Air festivals this spring.

Gadget are currently touring in support of their most recent release, a split CD and LP with California’s Phobia. Audio tracks taken from the split can be heard now via the band's MySpace page. The band will also be debuting new material during these dates.

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Zebulon Kosted Announces Extra Charity Tour Dates

Experimental one man black metal band Zebulon Kosted has issued the following update about extra tour U.S. tour dates:

"I will be doing a small mini - Midwestern tour -

7/30 - Minneapolis - The Rat Hole
7/31 - Chicago - The Metal Shaker
8/1 - Milwaukee (or Madison) - ?

"All of these shows are benefits to raise money for international charities. I am having a hard time finding a venue for the last show in Wisconsin. This show is a benefit to raise money to build an orphanage in Bolivia (This is done by Charity Bolivia). If you can help out, please let me know as soon as possible, thanks!"

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Testament Working On New Material

In an interview with Billboard.com Eric Peterson has revealed that the band has already started planning for a new album. An excerpt from the interview follows:

After unleashing its first album of new material in nine years -- 2008's "The Formation of Damnation" -- Testament guitarist Eric Peterson says the heavy metal group plans to get its next album out significantly quicker.

"We're definitely not going to take as long," Peterson tells Billboard.com, adding that the band already has "a good four, five musical ideas that are pretty kickin'.

"We'll probably start writing a new record when we get back from Japan in late September. We'll probably start looking into recording or at least working on new stuff (in) October, November, December and then see where we're at. If we're ready, we'll start recording in January-February for, like, a June release."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Vale Of Pnath Releases New EP

From Tribunal Records:

"With a name inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s novella "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," one might believe Denver’s Vale Of Pnath to be a new progressive art-rock group emerging from the underground, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Progressive they may be, but Vale of Pnath are nothing short of metallic extremity on all levels.

Superb production by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage) only helps to showcase this band’s dynamics and skillful artistry. Though "Vale Of Pnath" is only an EP it packs a full length punch and will surely have every listener reaching for their stereo’s repeat button time and time again."

You can listen to two of the four songs on the EP here and here. "Vale of Pnath" is scheduled to come out June 23.

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Soilent Green Selling Ringtones

The guys in Soilent Green want you to know that you can now purchase three of your favorite songs as ring tones. The songs are "Antioxidant," "Superstition Aimed At One's Skull," and "In The Same Breath." You'll have to subscribe to a monthly service in order to download them.

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Torche Releases New Video

Torche has just released a off-the-wall video for "Across The Shields," a track from their last release "Meanderthal." West Coaster's can see Torche who is currently on tour with Dredg.

May 8 2009 Glasshouse Pomona, California
May 9 2009 Velvet Jones Santa Barbara, California
May 10 2009 House of Blues San Diego, California
May 12 2009 Starline Fresno, California
May 13 2009 Downtown Brew San Luis Obispo, California
May 15 2009 The Underground Reno, Nevada
May 16 2009 Senator Theater Chico, California
May 19 2009 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
May 20 2009 Bimbo’s 365 Club San Francisco, California
May 21 2009 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, California
May 22 2009 Troubadour West Hollywood, California
May 23 2009 Troubadour (2nd night) West Hollywood, California

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Inferi Releases New EP

Nashville’s Inferi has released their Tribunal Records debut "The End Of An Era." It was mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Animosity, As Blood Runs Black and The Taste Of Blood) but, according to their press release:

"...with such a talented engineer behind the desk INFERI decidedly strayed away from the all too common and now, sadly enough, overly produced modern metal sound for something more vintage, raw and in the end, truly metal."

Listen for yourself to test that quote. You can purchase "The End Of An Era" now in the Tribunal Records Estore, but will hit shelves June 23.

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Bane of Isildur Replaces Drummer

Triumphant death metallers Bane of Isildur have announced the depature and a new found replacement on the drums in the band.

“As you may or may not know there has been some lineup changes in the Bane of Isildur troop recently. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, Andrew is unable to continue playing drums for the band. Happily, we parted on good terms and we wish Andrew all the best with his future endeavors, he has been a true warrior and we appreciate all the work put into the project.

"It brings me honour to announce that we have recruited a new warrior to the band. Erik will be taking over where Andrew left off and his first show with us will be tonight at the Gaelic club in Surry Hills and I’m happy to say that we are currently in the process of organizing more tours and avenues to release the upcoming album.”

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Seventeen More Bands Added To Download 2009

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a urther seventeen bands for this years edition of the event. The festival will now see appearances from Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Trigger The Bloodshed, Lauren Harris, Hexes, Hunting The Minotaur, Japanese Voyeurs, White Man Kamikaze, Loverman, Black Spiders, General Fiasco, Sacred Mother Tongue, The 69 Eyes, Dear Superstar, Pulled Apart By Horses, Violent Soho and Brides.

The full lineup is now as follows:

Friday Main stage:
Faith No More
Limp Bizkit
Killswitch Engage
Billy Talent
The Blackout
Hollywood Undead

Friday Second stage:
Motley Crue
Lacuna Coil
Bring Me The Horizon
Dir En Grey
Parkway Drive
A Day To Remember
In This Moment

Friday Tuborg stage:
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Backyard Babies
Middle Class Rut
Lauren Harris
Hunting The Minotaur
Japanese Voyeurs
White Man Kamikaze More...

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Lay Down Rotten Posts Studio Blog Online

Watch the sixth part of Lay Down Rotten's studio blog on Youtube that shows the band recording their new Death Metal monster Gospel Of The Wretched. This time you can see the guys fooling around.

Gospel Of The Wretched was recorded at the Desert Inn studios in Germany and mixed by the infamous Dan Swano (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath) at Unisound studios in Orebro, Sweden!

Gospel Of The Wretched does not only feature nine songs of supreme Death Metal but also guest appearances by three of the most legendary Death Metal singers in history. “It´s with great pleasure that we can announce the appearances of Martin van Drunen (Hail Of Bullets, Asphyx, Pestilence), Marc Grewe (Morgoth) and Dan Swanö himself on the album. This is like a dream come true for all of us since we grew up listening to those masterpieces they appeared on”, comments Lay Down Rotten guitarist Daniel Jakobi. “This is easily our most ambitious album so far offering the best sound quality of all albums we recorded yet!”

Gospel Of The Wretched will be released digitally in North America on May 12th.

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Cannibal Corpse Announces More Tour Dates

What more can be said, in this Year Of The Corpse 2009, that hasn't already been whispered, grunted or screamed about the almighty Cannibal? They've smashed—nay, hammer smashed—every boundary set before them, defied every censor set upon them, and besmirched every country that would have them. After two decades of unending death metal torment, the band's calling cards are many: the depraved lyrics, the blinding technical prowess, the dominating stage presence, the legions of dedicated fans, the million and a half albums sold. Cannibal Corpse are slashing their way back to Australia and New Zealand to skewer us as all from ear to ear in support of their new album "Evisceration Plague"!

Mon September 7th - Transmisson Room, Auckland, NZ (Lic / AA)
Tue September 8th - The Bedford, Christchurch, NZ (Lic / AA)
Thu September 10th - Capitol, Perth, (18+)
Fri September 11th - Fowlers Live, Adelaide (Lic / AA)
Sat September 12th - The Roundhouse, Sydney (Lic / AA)
Sun September 13th - The HiFi, Brisbane, Brisbane (18+)
Tue September 15th – Billboard The Venue, Melbourne (18+)

Auckland - www.ticketek.co.nz, www.undertheradar.co.nz, Real Groovy
Christchurch - www.ticketek.co.nz, www.undertheradar.co.nz, Real Groovy
Perth - www.moshtix.com, 78 Records , Mills Records
Adelaide - www.moshtix.com, www.venuetix.com.au
Sydney - www.ticketek.com.au
Brisbane - www.hifi.com.au/brisbane, Rockinghorse Records, Moshpit Music
Melbourne - www.ticketek.com.au, www.moshtix.com, http://billboard.webtickets.com.au

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As You Drown Announces Album Title

Swedish death metal newcomers, As You Drown, have declared "Reflection" as the title of their upcoming debut album to be released July 7th.

As You Drown was formed in Boras, Sweden in the winter of 2003/2004 when the average age of the band was only 17 years. As You Drown's goal as a band is to combine the speed and brutality of the modern death metal scene with the atmosphere and catchy songwriting of its old-school predecessor. The band cites a number of outside influences and the result is an always raging, yet perpetually changing, storm of anger, brutality and finesse. Their debut album, Reflection, will appeal to fans of Decapitated, Cannibal Corpse & Behemoth as much as it does to fans of Job for a Cowboy, Suicide Silence & Whitechapel.

As You Drown recorded the album in their own studio. The band comments: “Since the recording of the latest self-produced demo went beyond expectations, we came to the conclusion of building our own recording studio”.

Reflection track listing:
1. Ruins And Dead Ends
2. Horns
3. What Is Worst
4. Driven By Hatred
5. Swallow
6. The Last
7. Open Wound Salvation
8. Ashes
9. Needles

Reflection was produced in The AYD Studio, mixed/mastered at Studio Mega by Christian Silver (The Crown, Sonic Syndicate, Impious) and is set for release on July 7th.

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Goatwhore Announce Conquer And Curse Tour Dates

Louisiana's finest have announced dates throughout July and August with Abigail Williams, Daath, Abysmal Dawn and S.W.W.A.A.T.S. This will be the first chance to catch the band on the road as they support their upcoming new album, Carving Out The Eyes Of God.

05/29 Lafayette, LA Grant Street Music Hall w/ Crowbar
06/13 Houma, LA The City Club
Tour w/ Abigail Williams, Daath, Abysmal Dawn, S.W.W.A.A.T.S
06/24 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
06/25 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
06/27 Raleigh, NC Volume 11
06/28 Virginia Beach, VA Peppermint Beach Club
06/29 Baltimore, MD Sonar
06/30 Louisville, KY Uncle Pleasants
07/01 Waterloo, IA Spicoli's Grill
07/02 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
07/03 Thunder Bay, ON Black Pirate Pub
07/04 Winnipeg, MB Royal Albert Arms
07/05 Regina, SK Exchange
07/06 Saskatoon, SK Walkers
07/07 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
07/08 Calgary, AB The Underground
07/10 Victoria, BC Sugar Nightclub
07/11 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore
07/12 Seattle, WA El Corazon
07/13 Portland, OR Satyricon
07/14 San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
07/15 West Hollywood, CA Whiskey
07/16 San Marcos, CA Jumping Turtle
07/17 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
07/18 Farmington, NM Gators Bar Grill
07/19 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
07/20 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
07/21 Nashville, TN The Muse
07/22 Danville, VA Plan B
07/23 New York, NY The Blender Theatre
07/24 West Springfield, VA Jaxx Nightclub
07/25 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
07/26 Montreal, QC Foufounes Electriques
07/27 Toronto, ON Wreck Room
07/28 Rochester, NY Penny Arcade
07/29 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
07/30 Mokena, IL The Pearl Room
08/01 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
08/02 Edelstein, IL The Hub
08/03 Tulsa, OK Marquee
08/04 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
08/05 Houston, TX Scout Bar
08/06 San Antonio, TX Scout Bar
08/07 Ft Worth, TX Lola's
08/08 Austin, TX Red 7
08/09 Amarillo, TX The War Legion Underground
08/10 Albuquerque, NM The Compound
08/11 Tucson, AZ The Rock
08/12 Mesa, AZ U.B.'s Bar

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Spinal Tap Reveals New Album Details

Spoof heavy metal group Spinal Tap are to release their first album since 1992 this year in the form of "Back From The Dead." The album will feature nineteen songs, most of which are re-recordings of earlier tracks, though there will be six brand new songs. "This album title says it all. We're back from the dead. But we weren't dead. But we definitely are back." proclaimed David St. Hubbins.

The album will also boast some guest appearances from the likes of Steve Vai, Keith Emerson, John Mayer and Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and comes with a bonus DVD in which the band give a track-by-track analysis of the songs on the record.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight
2. Back From The Dead
3. (Funky) Sex Farm
4. Rock 'n' Roll Creation
5. Jazz Oddyssey I
6. Gimme Some Money
7. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare
8. Heavy Duty
9. America
10. Jazz Oddyssey II
11. (Listen to the) Flower People (Reggae Stylee)
12. Hell Hole
13. Big Bottom
14. Celtics Blues
15. Jazz Oddyssey III
16. Warmer Than Hell
17. Stonehenge
18. Short and Sweet
19. Cups and Cakes

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The Black Dahlia Murder Video Clip On The Gaunlet

In honor of thrashing death anti-heroes THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, Metal Blade Records has selected a handful of websites to premier exclusive clips taken from the band's upcoming DVD, Majesty, out this May. Our friends over at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles were cool enough to pick up one of the clips for their site so make sure to head over to bravewords.com and check out the next exclusive clip starting today. Stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for details on more exclusive clips, which will be going up between now and May 12th and don't forget to catch the band live this summer on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.

Pre-order deals on Majesty DVD including a bundle package that comes with a BDM shirt.

Two exclusive pre-orders have been set up for Majesty so head over to the Metal Blade Records Online Store to get your copy of The Black Dahlia Murder's first ever DVD Majesty (2 Discs in Digipak) at the special low price of $17.99. The price will go up once the DVD is released (5/12) so make sure to grab yours now. Also available is a DVD/t-shirt package that includes a Black Dahlia Majesty t-shirt and the 2disc DVD in Digipak for the low pre-street date price of $26.99. The Black Dahlia Murder Majesty widget includes an exclusive clip taken from the DVD, links to the pre-order, and will be updated with links to the handful of sites we have given exclusive sneak peak clips to.

Vocalist Trevor Strnad comments, “The Black Dahlia Murder DVD entitled Majesty is finally finished and ready to be unleashed on the world. Diehard fans will recognize that the title has been plucked from the chorus of Nocturnal. It was filmed and edited by our good friend/drinking partner Robbie Tassaro, whom we have worked with in the past for the filming of our ‘What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse' video. Robbie is a hilarious man in himself, and probably the only person we could trust to really capture the essence of the band. Doing a DVD was something we were very apprehensive about... doing video stuff is always a risk when you can't afford the luxuries that the MTV darlings can... I mean look at the majority of death metal videos on you tube... the comments are all people laughing how cheesy they are. For Christ's sake, look at our video for Funeral Thirst! That's ghetto metal fabulous. All of our videos, good and bad, will be featured on the second disc of the dvd, along with a shows worth of intense live footage, captured from various locations throughout our Summer Slaughter tour and our romp in support of Children Of Bodom. The live footage is unbelievable looking... it absolutely blew me away the first time I watched. I think he really nailed the energetic atmosphere of our concerts... it makes me want to stage dive myself. The main disc is chock full with over two hours of backstage footage and will give our fans a deserved look into the BDM machine. See your favorite thrashers drink 'til they puke, eat til they puke, smoke weed 'til they puke, etc. The Pantera DVD was our model to strive for, as it's the only metal DVD out there that warrants repeated viewings. Now that I have seen it a few times, I have had the semi painful realization that I am an alcoholic. I'll keep you posted on that as it develops.
Calling all thrashers! Behold the Majesty!”

Majesty, 2DVD Digipak includes over 3 HOURS of footage featuring interviews, performances and complete THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER audio/visual history. Available everywhere May 12th 2009.

Disc 1
Feature Documentary consisting of ridiculous tour antics, live footage, and band interviews.

Disc 2
The Black Dahlia Murder Live performing the following tracks from all over the world:
Elder Misanthropy
Funeral Thirst
I'm Charming
A Vulgar Picture
Statutory Ape
Everything Went Black
What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
Deathmask Divine

Music videos:
Contagion (Directed by Jason Joseph)
Funeral Thirst (Directed by Jason Joseph)
A Vulgar Picture (Directed by Matt Bass)
Statutory Ape (Directed by Doug Spangenberg)
Miasma (Directed by Joe Lynch)
What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse (Directed by Robbie Tassaro)
Everything Went Black (Directed by David Brodsky)

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Cannibal Corpse Receives Canadian Platinum Plaques

On Tuesday, April 21st, the mighty Cannibal Corpse received their Centuries Of Torment platinum plaques in Montreal, QC, Canada. Centuries of Torment was certified platinum in Canada earlier this year just before the crushing release of Evisceration Plague.

Bassist Alex Webster comments on the end of the Canadian dates as they come to a wrap: “Our recent Canadian tour was a total success, every show was packed and the crowds were full of energy. We really received a great response, which is something we've come to expect from our Canadian fans. We want to thank all of our Canadian fans for coming out to the gigs and making the tour so killer, and also for making Centuries of Torment and Evisceration Plague two of the most successful releases in our band's history.”

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Heaven & Hell Enters Billboard Charts At Number 8

Heaven And Hell, the band consisting of the Black Sabbath lineup which featured Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and drummer Vinny Appice, has entered the Billboard Top 200 at number 8 with their new studio album, "The Devil You Know." The last time a Black Sabbath lineup did this well in the Billboard charts was in 1971 when they released the album, "Masters Of Reality." The band will be spending the summer doing festivals in Europe before heading to North America for a full length tour.

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Video Interview with Doc Coyle of God Forbid

Check out a new in-depth video interview with Doc Coyle of GOD FORBID! Doc Coyle talks for the first time with Metal Injection about his brother Dallas leaving the band as well as the band's current megatour with Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, Children of Bodom and Municipal Waste. Click below to watch the video now.

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IWrestledABearOnce Interview On Metal Injection

Metal Injection just posted a new interview with IWRESTLEDABEARONCE conducted at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA a few weeks ago. The band discusses their upcoming release, It's All Happening, their recent lineup changes as well as an arm-wrestling duel between the female vocalist Krysta Cameron and the male guitarist Steve Bradley. Watch all the randomness by clicking below!

Also, be sure to check out the bands official Myspace page to hear the new single "You Aint No Family" and the mastered version of "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon"!

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Despised Icon In-Studio Report Episode 6 Online

DESPISED ICON have yet again chimed in with an awesome in-studio video and update. Read below for a statement from the band and click below to watch the latest episode that documents the recording process of their next record.

The band states:
"Guitar solos are done! Check out this week's studio update to see the latest shred. This means we're finally done recording our new record! The whole thing is being mixed right now by Zeuss (Hatebreed, The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel) in Massachusetts and the rough mixes sound killer so far! Mastering will be done in about a week by Alan Douches (Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Nile). Get stoked guys!" More...

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Earth Crisis' "To the Death" Available Now

One of the most anticipated and talked about reunions of 2008 was without a doubt the reformation of EARTH CRISIS. The pioneers of the hardcore, straight edge movement have now officially made the decision to carry on with the band fulltime and are proud to announce a new worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The group have crafted their most angst ridden and unrelenting offering of their already stellar career and this effort is going to serve as a much needed wake up call to the masses.

Get it now at CMDistro.com, iTunes, Amazon.com & all record stores around the US!

01. Against The Current
02. To Ashes
03. So Others Live
04. Security Threat # 1
05. When Slaves Revolt
06. Plague Bearers
07. Control Through Fear
08. Cities Fall
09. Eye Of Babylon
10. What Horrifies
11. To The Death
12. Not One Remains (iTunes Exclusive)

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Warbringer Posts Teaser for New Video Online

WARBRINGER is currently terrorizing cities across North America in support of their upcoming release, "Waking Into Nightmares." The band has taken the time to give fans another taste of the album, however, and has just posted teaser for their upcoming video “Severed Reality” on their Myspace page. The video was directed by the extraordinary David Brodsky (The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Hate Eternal).

Waking Into Nightmares, which was produced by the legendary Gary Holt (Exodus) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA, is now available for pre-order in several forms online at the new CM Distro (click below). There are packages available for both the CD and LP versions of the album and each contain an exclusive T-Shirt and a bonus disc featuring rough mixes from the record.

Waking Into Nightmares will be released on May 19, 2009 via Century Media Records. Check out WARBRINGER on the road throughout 2009!

w/ Kreator, Exodus, Belphegor & Epicurean
05/01 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/02 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
05/04 Gator’s – Farmington, NM
05/05 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
05/06 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
05/07 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
05/08 Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
05/09 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
05/11 The Garage – St. Petersburg, FL
05/12 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
05/13 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/14 Headliner’s – Louisville, KY
05/15 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
05/16 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
05/17 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
05/18 Steppin’ Out – Virginia Beach, VA
05/19 Amos Southend – Charlotte, NC
05/20 Music Farm – Charleston, SC
05/21 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
05/22 The Muse – Nashville, TN
05/23 Scout Bar – Beaumont, TX
05/24 Tequila Jungle – Lubbock, TX
05/25 War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX

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Lacuna Coil Score Highest Billboard Top 200 Chart

Italy’s greatest musical export, LACUNA COIL, have returned with the massively anticipated, new full-length release, Shallow Life, and have undoubtedly proven that they are one of hard rock’s most revered artists as the album debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. This impressive position marks the band’s highest Billboard chart entry, as well as the highest Billboard debut in the history of Century Media Records. The disc also scored impressive chart entries across the world, most notably at #2 on the UK rock charts. The new effort was recorded with acclaimed producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Pearl Jam) at the famed NRG Studios in Los Angeles.

Cristina Scabbia (vocals) comments: “Thank you, thank you and thank you all! After its first week in the stores, Shallow Life entered The Billboard 200 chart at #16 and we are absolutely thrilled. Most of all, we couldn't be happier about the fact that you (Our Fans) have supported us and our work, once again. It's been a beautiful journey, together we have shared the same passions for 10 years and this is another goal we have reached and are celebrating together with you all out there. Thank you for being part of the LACUNA COIL family and see you all on the road soon. Rock on!”

The band would also like to invite fans to create their own interpretation of Shallow Life and the songs on the album. All fan submissions can be uploaded to Lacuna Coil's group album by clicking here.

LACUNA COIL recently completed a stunning new video for the Active Rock smash hit “Spellbound” that was shot in their hometown of Milan, Italy at the world famous Dolce & Gabbana nightclub Gold. The clip was directed by Saku, produced by Apnea Film and wardrobe was also provided by Dolce & Gabbana. Click on the link below to check it out by clicking here.

LACUNA COIL are heading into the final weeks of the “Music As A Weapon IV” tour alongside such hard rock titans as Disturbed and Killswitch Engage, crisscrossing the U.S. before finishing May 16th. The 38-city “Music As A Weapon IV” fest marked the group’s first run of North America in almost two years. Feel free to visit the newly revamped Myspace page to view their complete touring itinerary.

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Suicide Silence Debut New Track On Liquid Metal

Sirius’ Liquid Metal show has now premiered the brutal new SUICIDE SILENCE track, “Wake Up,” on Monday, May 4th. Liquid Metal is the only avenue where this track will be available until the group’s much anticipated new album, No Time To Bleed, is released on June 30th. Click below to request the song on Liquid Metal now!

SUICIDE SILENCE is currently headlining the second stage on the “Music As A Weapon IV” tour that features Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil and Chimaira, among others. This will be followed with a stint on the “Canadian Carnage” tour this June, which features Slayer, Megadeth and Machine Head. Be sure to visit the bands official Myspace page to view their complete touring itinerary.

There is little doubt in anyone’s minds that SUICIDE SILENCE are one of the frontrunners of the new wave of American metal, a statement further validated as the group won the “Best New Talent” Award at the inaugural Revolver Golden Gods Awards, held at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on April 7th, 2009. The group was also hailed as the event’s breakthrough artist by the LA Times, but make no mistake that this extreme juggernaut is not resting on their laurels and are about to take things up a notch with their highly anticipated sophomore release, No Time To Bleed, which was produced by the acclaimed Machine (Lamb of God). This new effort promises to make their debut offering seem like easy listening.

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Winds of Plague Preparing For Summer Slaughter

In February of last year, WINDS OF PLAGUE exploded onto the metal scene as the frontrunner of the new generation of heavy music. With their innovative and high energy style, the band captivated audiences across the US and sold upwards of 50,000 units of their Century Media debut album, "Decimate the Weak." WINDS OF PLAGUE is now heading back in the studio with the goal being to redefine extreme all over again.

WINDS OF PLAGUE has now entered Sound Temple Studios in Ranch Cucamonga, CA with producer extraordinaire Daniel Castleman, who worked with the band on Decimate the Weak, to record The Great Stone War. WINDS OF PLAGUE is also extremely excited to be on board as part of the summer’s most extreme package tour, SUMMER SLAUGHTER, alongside Suffocation, Necrophagist, Darkest Hour and others. Dates for the trek are posted below and available at the band’s MySpace page (below). More blockbuster touring is in the works that will see the band through the rest of 2009!

Vocalist Johnny Plague comments: “This week we lock ourselves inside Sound Temple Studios in Rancho Cucamonga, CA with the up and coming recording wizard Daniel Castleman. We will leave a month later drained and beat but with a new 12 track full length named The Great Stone War. This is the first time we have had to create an album from scratch so we took advantage of the situation and built a themed, well constructed album compared to Decimate The Weak which I feel was more of a collection of songs.”

Summer Slaughter w/ Suffocation, Necrophagist, Darkest Hour, Dying Fetus, etc.
06/05 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
06/06 The National - Richmond, VA
06/07 Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
06/08 Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
06/10 Amos Southend - Charlotte, NC
06/12 Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY
06/13 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
06/14 Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, FL
06/15 Plush - Jacksonville, FL
06/16 Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
06/18 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
06/19 Java Jazz - Houston, TX
06/20 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
06/21 House of Blues - Dallas, TX
06/23 Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
06/24 Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
06/26 Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
06/27 Soma - San Diego, CA
06/28 The Grove - Anaheim, CA
06/29 House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
06/30 House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
07/01 The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
07/02 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
07/03 King Cat Theater - Seattle, WA

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