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Metal News for June 1, 2009

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24 news articles posted on this day.

Blacklisted Recording New Album

After a period of silence from the band, Blacklisted has revealed that they are currently recording their new album, due out later this year. The new album is the follow up to their heralded "Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God" album. No further information is available at this time.

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Memphis May Fire Readies Debut Album

The debut full length album "Sleepwalking" from Memphis May Fire will be available everywhere July 21, 2009. The Dallas boys wrapped up in the studio with producer Casey Bates (Chiodos, A Skylit Drive) and are ready to hit the road.

Singer Matt Mullins checked in from the studio to say, "Sleepwalking is a new breed of rock n' roll. We wanted to have an honest lyrical message but also tell people that there is still hope in this crazy world, and that there is more than just the here and now. Our fans will notice that music wise, it's much more aggressive guitar work and noticeably more melodic, but still retains that southern swagger. We are very proud of this record and we are sure both old and new fans will love it."

The final track listing for "Sleepwalking" is:

1. North Atlantic VS North Carolina
2. A Giant In a Giants World
3. Your Lucky Its Not 1692
4. Ghost In The Mirror
5. Been There, Done that
6. Quantity Is Their Quality
7. Sleepwalking
8. Destiny For The Willing
9. The Face With No Name
10. Speak Now I'm Listening

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Be'lakor Announces Australian Tour

Melbourne-based melodic death metal band Be'lakor recently announced their first national tour, supporting their highly anticipated second album, "Stone's Reach."

Their first show will be an album launch at Melbourne's The Espy, where they will be joined by Brisbane's 'neath, among others. They will then set off to Adelaide, Brisbane before concluding in Sydney at an unannounced venue and date.

The band has also revealed the cover art for the album, which is to be released on June 20th.

Be'lakor's latest tour dates are as follows:

Saturday, June 20th – The Espy, Melbourne, VIC
with ‘Neath, Envenomed, Arbrynth and Untruth.

Saturday, July 4th – The Enigma Bar, Adelaide, SA
with Black Orchid, Quasar and Quest.

Friday, July 10th – Monstrothic, Brisbane, QLD
with ‘Neath, Archaea and Aeternitas.

Date/Venue TBC – Sydney, NSW

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Vrag To Record New Album, Releases Demo For Free

Sydney underground black metal band Vrag is set to record their follow up album to "Black Plague of Human Extinction," which was self released earlier in 2009 by the band. The band’s press release follows:

“This is a message from Vrag to our fans, who we know are legion. After 2 years in the abyss, we are once again whole with Borevit (guitar) and Exciter (drums) stepping up to the challenge of being in this most hated band. After a 5 date tour in early April that took us from Sydney to Hobart with no loss of life or limb supporting the great Anno Domini Mortus (NZ), we have embarked on a full-length recording. This is being done in my home studio and is progressing quite well, now 6 tracks in and about 40% complete. Expect a blending of the most heinous strains of Black Metal into what we know will be a dark, dynamic, angry album with no pretence towards progressivism and spit-polish or any of that shit that’s supposed to get you endorsements, educated nods, and 'rave' reviews. Black Metal being the last bastion of Rock ‘n Roll, where it is still dangerous and hated by squares, expect from us nothing less but a relentless work of bitter loathing and cold cynicism.

“As we do not expect this disk to see the light of day for some time, things in the underground tending to move somewhat slower than the speed of thought nor do we have immediate plans to desecrate the stage, I offer to you a demo recording that we have put out in September 2008. The original was limited to 50 tapes, but here at Vrag, we feel it deserves another airing. 'Dead to Christ by Sabbat’s Dawn' documents our performances around this time and was recorded in a toilet using Neanderthal technology. You have been warned. Enjoy!”

You can download the band’s demo for free here.

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Unearth Announces More Tour Dates

UNEARTH have just announced 9 new dates to their Summer tour.

Vocalist Trevor Phipps states,"We are stoked to hit the road this summer. The venue sizes and ticket prices are being scaled down so we can bring the craziest show to our fans. In tow for the run will be For the Fallen Dreams, Woe of Tyrants and Starring Janet Leigh. Get psyched!"

The additional tour dates are as follows:

7/10 - Bucksport, ME @ The Kave
7/11 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
7/12 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
7/13 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Crazy Donkey
7/14 - Toledo, OH @ Frankies
7/15 - Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
7/16 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement
7/17 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
7/18 - Providence, RI @ Club Hell

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Elevator 22 Calls It Quits

Canadian metal band, Elevator 22 has decided to call it quits. The band has provided the following explanation:

"After nearly nine years as one of the pillars of heavy metal madness in Hamilton, Ontario, Elevator 22 has finally called it a day. This past May 15th marked the final show for Elevator 22. The band has broken up quietly and amicably and the best reason we can provide right now is that Elevator 22 has simply run its course. After nearly a decade together, musical tastes and band chemistry are bound to change. Moreover, after slogging it out for nearly ten years, it’s time to vacate the niche we’ve inhabited and let the newcomers have a shot." More...

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Onslaught And More Added To Hard Rock Hell III

The third edition of the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales has added some more bands to the current bill. The event will now feature performances from British thrash metal legends Onslaught as well as Evile, Toxic Holocaust and Susperia. The festival will be held between December 4th - 6th in Prestatyn in North Wales.

The lineup is now as follows:


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Uncrowned Signs To Bieler Bros. Records

Bieler Bros. Records has announced the signing of the 2008 BattleZone winner, Uncrowned. The band is currently plotting out details for their first release.

Here's what the band had to say about the signing:

"After months of negotiations and years of hard work, we are proud to announce that we finally found a home in a record label.

"Bieler Bros Records is the new home of UNCROWNED!!!

"We will have a full length album released WORLDWIDE through Bieler in the next few months.

"We are very excited and look forward to touring the world.

"Thanks to EVERY SINGLE ONE of you for your continued support!!! Here's to the future!!!"

You can check out some of the band's music on their MySpace player.

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An Interview With Perverse Osmosis

Baltimore based Dungeons and Dragons themed band Perverse Osmosis released their first album last year titled "Swarm, Kobold, Swarm!" The band will be playing their only live show of the year at the Baltimore Nerd Fest on Saturday, June 6th. Members Jonas and Mark spoke with me about the band's upcoming "choose your own adventure" album and shared their thoughts on music and D&D.

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Ulver Posts Live Video Clip Online

A live video clip of Ulver's performance at the Norwegian Festival of Literature on May 30th has been posted online. The show was Ulver's first live performance in 15 years. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Bullet For My Valentine Recording New Album

Bullet For My Valentine have entered the studio and are currently recording the drum tracks for their upcoming studio album. The band has also launched an official Twitter Page to document the process of the recording.

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Video Interview With Eric Peterson Posted Online

A new video interview conducted by SkullsNBones.com with Testament guitarist Eric Peterson has been posted online. The video interview can be viewed below. More...

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Awake Recruits New Guitarist Steven Coles

Awake has issued the following statement about recruiting a new guitar player:

"Good Day!

"Awake has added another new member to it's ranks, STEVEN COLES - the brother of current guitarist Andy Coles. The band now has two guitarists, and is back as a six piece. Pictures of the new lineup will be up soon!

"We are still currently working on our follow up album to Illumination, which we aim to release later this year!"

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Sheavy Parts Ways With Guitarist Dan Moore

Canadian metallers Sheavy have issued the following update about parting ways with their guitarist and recording a new album:

"Hey, looks like we're well overdue for an update. Some of you may be aware of the fact that Dan Moore has left sHEAVY after sixteen years of faithful service. We want to thank Dan for all the songs and the memories. You will be missed my friend. But as they say, life goes on and so will the band. We have about sixteen new songs written and by the looks of it we'll pen a few more before heading to the studio in August. We're all pretty excited about the new stuff and we're really looking forward to putting together a new record. So, look forward to 'The Golden Age of Daredevils' later this fall."

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Lord Recruits New Drummer Damo Costas

Australian metallers Lord have parted ways with long-time drummer Tim "T.Y." Yatras and have announced that Damian "Damo" Costas will take over the drum stool for the second leg of their current tour promoting their upcoming release "Set In Stone."

Said main man Lord Tim, "One of the things that we all agreed on when LORD was formed was that everyone does it for all the right reasons. If your heart is no longer in it, don't wait until it impacts on our friendships or the stability of the band, speak up and if it's time to move on, then so be it; no hard feelings at all. More...

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Chickenfoot Plans UK Release, Conan O’Brien Show

Chickenfoot, the all-star rock band that consists of 2 parts Van Halen, 1 part Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Joe Satriani, release their eponymous debut album in the UK on Monday June 8th. To coincide with the release, the band will perform a sold out gig at London's 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on June 25th.

Chickenfoot is receiving rave reviews on their current North American tour, while the album is currently is in Amazon's Top Ten pre-order chart. The band will perform on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien on Friday June 5th.

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Krisiun Streaming New Song Online

Brazilian metal band Krisiun is currently streaming an unreleased track online titled "Infested Waters." The song can be heard on the band's official MySpace page.

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Dark Funeral Set To Record New Album

Dark Funeral has issued the following update about preparing to record a new album:

"Finally. We have a date set for our studio session!

"On July 10 (yezz, the day after we play the Rockweekend Festival in Kilafors, Sweden) we will enter Abyss Studio together with Peter Tagtgren to begin the recording of our new, yet untitled, full-length album.

"At this point of time we have demoed 7 new and totally amazing (of course) songs and we got an 8th almost done. Besides that, we have quite a lot of additional material written that we hopefully will be able to turn into a killer track or two before our studio time runs out. More...

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Augury Posts Live Drum Cam Video Online

Augury has posted a live "drum cam" video clip of their performance in Quebec City on May 18th. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Gospel of the Horns Announces Final Aussie Show

Australian seminal black metal act Gospel of the Horns has announced the date for their last ever Australian show, which will be in Sydney.

Presented by Asphyxiate Records, the lineup will also feature local bands Assaulter, Innsmouth, Mongrels Cross and Backyard Mortuary and will take place at the Sandringham Hotel in Newtown on the 29th of August, 2009.

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Pentagram And Trouble To Tour Europe

Two of the biggest names in doom metal, Pentagram and Trouble, will be teaming up for a co-headlining tour in Europe later this year.

The tour dates are as follows:

September 30 - Knaack Club - Berlin, Germany
October 1 - The Rock - Copenhagen, Denmark
October 2 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
October 3 - Turock - Essen, Germany
October 4 - Glazart - Paris, France
October 5 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
October 7 - Diesel Club - Budapest, Hungary
October 8 - Masters Of Rock - Zlin, Czech Republic
October 9 - Rosenkeller w - Jena, Germany
October 10 - tbc - Bielefeld, Germany
October 11 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt, Germany
October 12 - Club O13 - Tilburg, Netherlands
October 13 - Kultuzentrum - Hanover, Germany
October 14 - Underworld - London, England
October 17 - Hammer Of Doom Fest - Wurzburg, Germany

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Amorphis Discusses Error on New Album

Amorphis guitarist Esa Holopainen has posted the following message regarding the error in the digipak version of the band's latest album, "Skyforger":

"Dear Fans,

"As many of you may have noticed, the 'Skyforger' digipak release includes two very little sound level errors. We heard about this yesterday and you can imagine how we feel. As we don’t have the actual copies ourselves, we as a band couldn’t react any earlier, which makes this more painful. The album for which we gave 100% percent of ourselves, a lot of time and work, shouldn’t end up like this.

"The sound level errors occur for a few seconds on two tracks: 'My Sun' (piano fill) and 'Skyforger' (middle part).

"Why did this happen? Due to a mastering error. We can’t blame anyone for this as it seems that it has really been a technical problem and at this point it makes no difference anyway.

"The good news is that Nuclear Blast are working hard to get replacement CDs for people who want to exchange their copy. Another good fact is that all other formats (jewel-case, US- & JAPAN editions, all digital versions, vinyl) work perfectly.

"One thing on which we also work now in this moment is something that can’t replace the actual CDs but is at least a little relief: Nuclear Blast is offering free downloads for 'My Sun' and 'Skyforger' via download: http://nuclearblast.de:8080/amorphis-cv/.

"Beside all this mess I really hope and believe you can enjoy the album! You can also regard this digi-pack as a rare collector’s item. :)"

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New Compos Mentis Album Cover Revealed

Danish death metallers Compos Mentis recently let fans vote between two different cover arts for the upcoming album, "Our Kingdom of Decay." The vote is now over and the final artwork, with 59% of the votes, has been revealed. Check it out at this location.

"Our Kingdom of Decay" will be released on June 22nd.

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