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Metal News for June 17, 2010

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Shadyon Signs To Inner Wound Recordings

French progessive metal act Shadyon have just announced thier signing to Inner Wound Recordings. Their debut album, titled "Mind Control," is set for release in Europe and North American on August 27th, 2010.

"Mind Control" Track listing:
01. Calm Before The Storm
02. New Dimension
03. Last Escape
04. Forgotten Nightmare
05. Mind Control
06. Guardian Angels
07. Into The Fire
08. Strange Visions
09. Sun and Stars
10. Gates of Dawn More...

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Abacabb Breaks Up, Gives Statement

Washington D.C death metal act Abacabb have just announced thier decision to break up and persue other musical interests. The band, who had just released their debut album "Survivalist" last year on Sumerian Records, have provided the following statement through front man Tyler Greene which can be read below. More...

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Kataklysm Releases Concert Audio

Canadian death metal icons Kataklysm have just released concert audio from thier gig in Syracuse, New York at The Lost Horizon. The set, which features 6 classic songs chosen by fans can be heard here

The set list included:
1. As Death Lingers
2. The Resurrected
3. Crippled & Broken
4. In Shadows & Dust
5. Let Them Burn
6. Prevail

"Heaven's Venom" is set for an August 24th, 2010 release date on Nuclear Blast Records.

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A Dream Of Poe Announces New Album

Portugal's A Dream of Poe has issued the following update about releasing the album "The Mirror Of Deliverance" through Arx Productions:

"Hello all! A Dream of Poe has reach to an agreement with ARX Prod. from Ukraine to release our upcoming album called 'The Mirror of Deliverance' set to be released in October! Also I'm glad and honored to announce that the artwork for the upcoming album is being done by Augusto Peixoto which is an amazing artist and which I'm a big fan of his art! You can check is art here. Now it's time to go back to the studio to finish the vocals for 'The Mirror of Deliverance' album! Cheers!"

You can check out sample A Dream Of Poe tracks via the band's MySpace page.

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Tour Dates Announced For Black Trolls Over Europe

German metallers Black Messiah have announced the will be joining the upcoming Black Trolls Over Europe tour. The tour also features Negura Bunget, Adorned Brood, Nomans Land, Dyrathor, Wolfchant, and Heathen Foray. The currently announced dates are as follows:

08.10.2010 DE Bonn - Klangstation
09.10.2010 DE Gera - Sächsischer Bahnhof
10.10.2010 DE Darmstadt - Steinbruchtheater
11.10.2010 DE Hamburg - Headbangers Ballroom
12.10.2010 DE Flensburg - Roxy
13.10.2010 DE Essen - Turock
14.10.2010 DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
15.10.2010 CH Uster - Stadthofsaal
16.10.2010 DE Ruhla - Waldeshall Festival
17.10.2010 NL Rotterdam - Baroeg
18.10.2010 TBA
19.10.2010 TBA

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Northland Posts Black Troll Festival Footage

Spanish folk metallers Northland have posted footage online from their appearance at the Black Troll Festival, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the footage:

"Hey Northlanders! We find some videos in Youtube from our last Gig in Germany, was an a fabulous experience which have no own video... but Youtube rules! (And the people who uploaded the videos too, of course!) Then, you can see a part of our act on BlackTroll Fest 2010! We hope you enjoy it Northlanders! Thank you very much to everybody on Blacktroll Fest! Was so fucking exciting!"

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Oblivion's Curse To Enter The Studio

Colorado based metal act Oblivion's Curse has issued the following announcement about recording new material:

"Oblivion's Curse is recording this coming weekend after our show at Sunshine Studios. Its going to be great. Recording us again is our last guitarist we had when we were a cover band, Mr. Rusty Clark, he does an amazing job. So hopefully we will have some brand new OC stuff recorded and available soon.

"We recorded about a year and a half ago the cover band material, and it turned out great. If anyone would like a copy of that which was titled 'Harder, Heavier, Faster' please let us know. We cant wait to get the new one done with all the originals we have now. We cant wait to have it for sale for everyone. I took our covers off the myspace as well and will put up the new songs when their done."

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Single Bullet Theory Signs To Eclipse Records

Philadelphia based Single Bullet Theory has announced a brand new four album deal with Eclipse records. Eclipse records will release the bands forthcoming album titled “ IV” (previously reported to be called “Divine Ways of Chaos”).

“IV” features 10 tracks featuring new members John Ruszin III (guitar), Jeff Kalber (bass) and Acacio Carvalho (drums). All drum tracks were recorded at Clay Creek Studio in Newark, Delaware with Engineer Nick Rotundo. The remainder of the record is being recorded at Ruszins studio in Wenonoh, NJ.

The record will be mixed by John Ruszin III, mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death) and will feature artwork by renowned German artist Rainer Kalwitz. The record will also feature 6 additional bonus tracks from previous sessions including a guest performance from Matt Thompson (King Diamond) on a cover of Deaths "Spirit Crusher" as well as a revamped version of “The Hurt That Never Ends” (previously released on SBT’s 2004 record “Behind Eyes of Hatred.”) “IV will also feature an 8 minute instrumental track called “Auctioneer of Souls” and will feature guest guitarists from all over the globe. More...

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Killitorous Posts New Music Video Online

Ottawa technical death grind band Killitorous (featuring Eric Morotti from Blind Witness on drums) has released a new music video for a song off their upcoming EP called, "Carving a Totem pole a top blood mountain whilst enslaving the local mountain-folk population as cattle...."

The debut EP, entitled "PRETEND TO MAKE BABIES," is currently being mixed and mastered with Chris Donaldson (CRYTOPSY, THE AGONIST, NEURAXIS) and has a planned release date of July 5th.

Watch the music video below:

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More Summer Slaughter Shows Announced

This year's edition of the Summer Slaughter tour has added some more dates for this year's version of the event. The tour features many top names from extreme metal including Polish death metal outfit Decapitated, as well as All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, The Faceless, Carnifex, Cephalic Carnage, Veil Of Maya, Decrepit Birth, Vital Remains and Animals As Leaders.

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

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Mastodon Comments On "Jonah Hex" Score

Mastodon has issued the following statement about creating the musical score for the upcoming movie "Jonah Hex:"

"The new movie Jonah Hex starring Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, and Megan Fox features a thunderous score composed by Mastodon and Oscar nominated Marco Beltrami (The Hurt Locker, 3:10 to Yuma). Mastodon were personally asked by the film’s director, Jimmy Hayward to sore the film.

"For their first venture into the realm of film, Mastodon would record the tracks spontaneously while viewing the movie footage, proving to be a daring and daunting way of creating music together over a short period of time. The resulting sessions yielded incredibly exciting results produced in a completely different way than they normally would approach writing and recording for a Mastodon album. The 6-track EP from the original motion picture score for Jonah Hex will be released on June 29th, featuring four new tracks: 'Death March,' 'Clayton Boys,' 'Indian Theme,' and 'Train Assault' with two bonus versions available through iTunes and all other digital outlets."

You can also check out the video teaser trailer for the album below. More...

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Amon Sethis To Enter The Studio

French act Amon Sethis has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio:

"It's official. Amon Sethis will be back in the studio at the end of August for a period of three weeks. 12 tracks are planned for Phase 1 of the legend of the seventh Dynasty. Also guests will be found on 3 titles, other singers and musicians will be present on the disk. Let the legend begin!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Journey to ancient Egypt (intro)
2. Pyramidion
3. Chosen by Rê
4. AmonSethis
5. The land of slaves
6. The wait
7. Servants of Seth
8. Isis and the breath of life
9. Universal Harmony
10. Horus
11. The pyramid's book
12. The Prophecy

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The Acacia Strain Streaming New Song "Jonestown"

The Acacia Strain is currently streaming a new song online off the band's upcoming full-length album "Wormwood," which is due out July 20th via Prosthetic Records. The new song "Jonestown" can be heard at this location. The Acacia Strain also has the following upcoming tour dates:

6/26 Leeds University, Leeds UK. - Ghostfest
7/9 Johnston City, TN- The Hideaway (w/ Cancer Bats)
7/10 Augusta, GA- Sector 7G (w/ Cancer Bats)
7/13 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
7/14 N. Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
7/15 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
7/16 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
7/17 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
7/18 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
7/20 Boston, MA - House of Blues
7/21 Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
7/22 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
7/23 Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
7/24 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Complex
7/25 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
7/27 Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
7/28 Dallas, TX - The Palladium Ballroom
7/30 Mesa, AZ - Marquis Theatre
7/31 Los Angeles, CA - Palladium
8/1 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
8/2 Las Vegas, NV- The Farm (w/ War of Ages)
8/4 Kansas City, MO- The El Torreon (w/ War of Ages) More...

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Terasbetoni Signs To Sakara Records

Finnish heavy metal band Teräsbetoni's fourth studio album will be published via Sakara Records towards the end of 2010. According to the band, there are already over twenty new songs written, and the recordings of the next album will begin in the end of the summer in Hämeenlinna. The yet unnamed album will be produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa, who also produced the two previous albums of Teräsbetoni, "Vaadimme Metallia" and "Myrskyntuoja."

Sakara Records is an independent Finnish metal/rock record label. It was founded in 2003 by the Finnish metal group Mokoma, and since then the label has added Finnish bands such as Stam1na, Rytmihäiriö, Diablo, YUP, FM2000 and now also Teräsbetoni. You can check out sample Teräsbetoni tracks via the band's MySpace page.

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Whitechapel Posts "The Darkest Day Of Man" Video

Knoxville, Tennessee's Whitechapel has posted a music video online for the song "The Darkest Day Of Man," which is from the album "A New Era Of Corruption." The video clip can be viewed below.

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Balfor To Play Global East Rock Festival

Ukrainian Black Metallers Balfor have been set to make an appearance on this year's Global East Rock Festival happening from the 2nd of September to the 4th of September 2010 at Kiev, Ukraine. Balforwill be scheduled to perform on the 3rd of September 2010. For more information and details, visit the Global East Rock Festival Official MySpace. The main headliners for Global East Rock Festival 2010 are Manowar and Venom. The other confirmed bands are as follows:

Moonspell
Obituary
Dark Tranquillity
Hammerfall
Mayhem
Rotting Christ
The Gathering
Mnemic
Sabaton
Balfor
Fleshgore
Bonfire
Oomph!
Maniac Depression More...

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Circle Of Animals Signs To Relapse

Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Chicago's Circle of Animals:

"Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Circle of Animals, the brand new Chicago industrial project from Sanford Parker (Minsk, The High Confessions, Buried At Sea) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza). Circle of Animals is Parker and Lamont backed by a rotating cast of established drummers. Each new Circle of Animals song will be with a new drummer, with the rest of instrumentation remaining in the hands of Parker and Lamont. The band will first release a limited 12” E.P., Invisible War, followed by a full-length album.

"Invisible War will include two original tracks, 'Invisible War' featuring Jeff Morgan of RWAKE on drums and 'Lessen Human Suffering' featuring Dave Witte of Burnt By The Sun, Municipal Waste on drums. 'Invisible War' and 'Lesson Human Suffering' will be side A of the LP, with side B including a remix of 'Invisible War' by Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu) and a cover of SWANS’ 'Fool' with Jim Staffel of Yakuza on drums."

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As I Lay Dying Announces More Tour Dates

As I Lay Dying is currently out on tour in support of the new album "The Powerless Rise." The band has now announced the following upcoming European and North American tour dates:

6/18 2010 Degenaupark Jonschwill, Switzerlan, SWITZERLAND
6/19 2010 Complexe Du Val de Moine Clisson, France, FRANCE
6/20 2010 Atak (Grolsch Zaal) Enschede, Holland
6/22 2010 Glav Club St Petersburg, Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
6/23 2010 Tochka Club Moscow, Russia, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
6/25 2010 Parco Della Certosa Reale Turin, Italy, ITALY
6/26 2010 VAINSTREAM ROCK FEST Munster, GERMANY
6/27 2010 Festival Park "Stenehel" Dessel, Belgium, BELGIUM
6/28 2010 Matrix Bochum, Germany, GERMANY
6/29 2010 Grosse Freiheit 36 Hamburg, Germany, GERMANY
7/1 2010 HOVE Festival Tromoy, Norway, NORWAY
7/2 2010 Borganasyagen 39 Borlange, Sweden, SWEDEN
7/4 2010 Flugplatz/Roitzschjora Leipzig, Saxony, GERMANY
7/12 2010 House of Blues-Buena Vista Orlando Orlando, FL, us
7/12 2010 Cool tour - House Of Blues ORLANDO, FL
7/13 2010 Cool tour - The Tabernacle ATLANTA, GA
7/14 2010 Cool tour - House Of Blues NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC
7/15 2010 Cool tour - The Fillmore Charlotte CHARLOTTE, NC
7/16 2010 Cool tour - sonar BALTIMORE, MD
7/17 2010 Cool tour - sound academy Toronto, ON, CANADA
7/18 2010 Cool tour - royal oak music theatre ROYAL OAK, MI
7/20 2010 Cool tour - house of blues BOSTON, MA
7/21 2010 Cool tour - starland ballroom SAYREVILLE, NJ
7/22 2010 Cool tour - electric factory PHILADELPHIA, PA
7/23 2010 Cool tour - The LC Pavilion COLUMBUS, OH
7/24 2010 Cool tour - eagles complex MILWAUKEE, WI
7/25 2010 Cool tour - the pageant SAINT LOUIS, MO
7/27 2010 Cool tour - verizon wireless theater HOUSTON, TX
7/28 2010 Cool tour - the palladium ballroom DALLAS, TX
7/30 2010 Cool tour - mesa ampitheatre MESA, AZ
7/31 2010 Cool tour - hollywood palladium LOS ANGELES, CA
8/1 2010 Cool tour - the warfield SAN FRANCISCO, CA

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Edenbridge Posts "Higher" Video

Edenbridge has posted a video clip online for the song "Higher," which is off the band's upcoming album "Solitaire." The music video can be found below.

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Equilibrium Posts New Music Video

German folk metallers Equilibrium have posted a music video online for the song "Der ewige Sieg," which is off the band's new album “Rekreatur." The clip can be viewed below. "Rekreatur" will be released on June 18th, 2010 via Nuclear Blast.

Commented songwriter and guitarist René Berthiaume: “We’re very proud of our new video! Compared to our video for 'Blut im Auge' we decided not to use any kind of effects this time. Everything has been filmed like you can see in the video! Florian Puchert and his team did a great job and we had a bad ass time while shooting this clip in the beautiful Bavarian mountains – not only because that kind barman who provided us with lots of booze!”


EQUILIBRIUM – Der ewige Sieg

Equilibrium [official] NEW VIDEO ONLINE! | MySpace Music Videos

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Hatebreed Updates Tour Schedule

Hatebreed is currently embarked on a European tour. The band has now announced the following upcoming shows to finish off the tour:

6/17 Berlin, Germany at So36
6/19 Gothenburg, Sweden at Metaltown Festival
6/20 Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle
6/21 Bochum, Germany at Matrix
6/22 Munchen, Germany at Werk 2
6/23 Pinerella Di Cervia, Italy at Rock Planet
6/24 Lindau, Germany at Club Vaudeville
6/25 Mannheim, Germany at Feuerwache
6/26 Montabaur, Germany at Mach1 Festival
6/27 Dessel, Belgium at Grasspop Metal Festival

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Metallica Comments On Australian Shows

Metallica has checked in with the following update about upcoming Australian tour dates:

"Wow . . . you guys are nuts and we are nuts about you!! It's still mind boggling to us that 13 shows in Australia sold out in less than an hour! So guess what??? We're coming BAAAACCCK! We spent the last couple of weeks trying to put a schedule together in September that would include yet another visit . . . the third one, the prequel if you will. It works out that on our way to Japan we can do just that, so look for us AGAIN on September 15 in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena and September 18 in Sydney at Acer Arena.

"Tickets go on sale June 25 at 9:00 AM. The Visa pre-sale is June 21 at noon through June 23 at 9:00 AM and the Ticketek pre-sale June 23, also at noon, goes through June 24 at 5:00 PM. The World Magnetic tour is indeed starting to wind down . . . just a couple more announcements to go, so keep an eye out here."

The upcoming Metallica tour dates are as follows: More...

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Wolfsbane To Release New Album In 2011

British heavy metal veterans Wolfsbane, featuring vocalist Blaze Bayley who also sang for Iron Maiden, has announced that they will be releasing a brand new studio album next year. A brief message from the band reads as follows:

"We are starting the process of putting together a new album. 2011 will be a really exciting year - there will be an album and tour and some select festival dates!

"So stay tuned for more info and keep on Howling!!!!"

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Nevermore Announces Album Chart Positions

Seattle’s Nevermore released the new album "The Obsidian Conspiracy" on June 8th, 2010. The release also marks a milestone for the band as it debuted at #125 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. This is Nevermore's highest charting debut ever. The disc also debuted at #88 on the Canadian Billboard chart.

Vocalist Warrel Dane further states: “We are so lucky to have such amazing and diehard fans and we can’t thank them all enough for going out the first week of release to support us while helping us achieve the highest Billboard chart entry of our career. It’s an amazing feeling to see such impressive sales in this ever changing retail climate and this is just the beginning for us as we’re planning on touring the world extensively to support this release. We are taking off to Europe tomorrow but will be traveling around all of North America this fall playing our most extensive headlining set ever, so be sure to come out and hang with us. We promise that it will be a night you will never forget. Thanks again for all of the support and see you all soon."

The music video for the new track “Emptiness Unobstructed" can also be viewed below. More...

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Porcupine Tree Donating MP3 Proceeds To Charity

Porcupine Tree, who are auctioning off rare items via eBay to help with the medical expenses of musician Mick Karn, has now announced a new 2 hour live performance is being made available as a download only. The band issued the following statement about the proceeds from the MP3 downloads going to help Karn, who was recently diagnosed with cancer:

"'Atlanta,' a complete 2 hour live performance from Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet tour, is now available as a download from the PT Store. The show was recorded and mixed to the usual PT standards in order to provide material for a planned live album, but when the decision was taken to film much of the same repertoire in Holland for a major DVD release instead, the Atlanta recording ended up back in the vault.

"Now PT have now decided to make it available in complete form as a download only release to raise funds for Mick Karn's treatment for cancer. Although the repertoire is similar to that on the Anesthetize DVD, the performance has its own atmosphere, and also includes the first ever officially released live recording of 'A Smart Kid.' The mp3s are high quality 320kbps files, and there is a break between tracks 8 and 9 in case you want to burn your own 2 CD set, for which Carl Glover has also provided CD artwork. Please note that profits from the sale of the Atlanta download will go to Mick Karn and his family."

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Terror Announces New Album Release Dates

Los Angeles, California based hardcore outfit Terror has announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Keepers Of The Faith" in Europe on August 30th, with a North American release of September 14th to follow. The album will also be released in Japan on September 1st.

Frontman Scott Vogel commented: "This is the record we put everything we have into, from the music to the lyrics, the layout to the title and to the direct hand to hand street marketing approach, we are putting it all on the line. We took all the rules of what’s going on in the industry today and washed them from our minds. We wanted to capture those early days of hardcore. This is the record we were destined to make. This is Terror at its best and I’m so excited to get this out and start touring surrounding its energy and passion."

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Solstafir Posts "She Destroys Again" Video

Icelandic metallers Sólstafir have posted a video online for the song "She Destroys Again," which can be viewed below (Warning: Not Work Appropriate). The band also commented on the video:

"This video was shot entirely using a manual 35mm slr camera. It took me over a year, working on and off, to finish it. There is no digital post processing, except that the photos were combined and arranged in Final Cut. All effects are 100% manual and hand made. When I was already half way through making the video my computer crashed. Stupid me had no backups so I had to start from scratch. Luckily I still had all the negatives though. You can view stills from the video here. I Hope you enjoy!"

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Valkyrja To Play Ragnarok Festival

Swedish black metallers Valkyrja have announced they will be performing at the 2011 edition of Germany's Ragnarök Festival. The open air festival will be held from 29.04.2011 - 30.04.2011. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

You can also catch Valkyrja live on the following dates:

7/16 2010 Devilstone Open Air Festival Anykšciai, LITHUANIA
7/31 2010 Stonehenge Festival Steenwijk, Overijssel, NETHERLANDS
4/29 2011 Ragnarök Festival GERMANY

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Saosin Parts with EMI/Virgin/Capitol

Post hardcore band Saosin, who parted ways with EMI/Virgin/Capitol a few weeks ago, appears to be looking into a new record deal. The band originally tweeted:

Yes, we parted ways with emi/virgin/capitol. Not a huge deal to us. Were very excited about taking a DIY route again.

In a recent reply, they tweeted:

yea, were switching labels. Should be back up in the nezt week. The music business is a tough one these days

The band has not updated any of the following on their website, however.

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Onslaught Announces Mexican Tour Dates

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has announced that they will be heading to Mexico for two shows next month. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, we are so fucking happy to announce our first ever gigs in Mexico!!!! Bring on the chaos, lets see how you folks thrash the fuck out and see you in the pit!!!"

The tour dates are as follows:

July 30 - San Luis Potosi, Mexico - Huerta del STIC
July 31 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador

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Darkseed Finishes New Album

Vocalist Harry Winkler of German metal act Darkseed has issued the following update about the band finishing a new album:

"Hi guys, we are really proud to announce that we have finished recording, mixing and mastering our new album Poison Awaits which will be released July 16 on Massacre Records. We are really happy with the album and can't wait till you guys get to hear it. Stay tuned for more exciting news, song teasers on Myspace, a new Myspace design, new shirts and much more!"

You can also check out sample Darskeed tracks at this location.

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System Divide To Tour With Augury And Aborted

System Divide, who recently finished recording the upcoming album "The Conscious Sedation," has checked in with the following update about a Canadian tour alongside Aborted and Augury:

"Hey everyone, we are very excited to announce our first tour, and our first trip to Canada! Come check us out this august alongside Aborted and Augury and some tuneage of our upcoming album on Metal Blade! Let's party! Here is the poster."

8/19 - Bar Le Magog - Sherbrooke, QC
8/20 - Bar L'Octobre - Quebec City, QC
8/21 - Club Soda - Montréal, QC
8/22 - Maverick - Ottawa, ON
8/23 - L'App'Art - Trois-Rivières, QC
8/27 - Salle Gaston Mandeville- drummondville, QC
8/28 - Sneaky Dee's - Toronto
8/29 - Music Hall - London, ON
8/31 - Crocks - Thunder Bay, ON
9/1 - Royal Albert Arms - Winnipeg, MB
9/2 - The Exchange - Regina, SK
9/3 - The Distillery - Calgary, AB
9/4 - The Mead Hall - Edmonton, AB
9/5 - Third - Prince George, BC
9/6 - Red Room - Vancouver, BC
9/7 - V-Lounge - Victoria, BC

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Embryonic Devourment Reveals Album Details

Embryonic Devourment has announced the band's new album "Vivid Interpretations of the Void" will be released on July 27th, 2010 via Deepsend Records. The cover artwork and pre-order information for the album can be found here.

Graham Landers, CEO of Deepsend Records, also issued the following statement about the album: "The technical beast returns to the Void. California's Embryonic Devourment go for the jugular and tear the listener to shreds with 'Vivid Interpretations of the Void.' 9 songs of technical progression mastery that takes the best elements of Spawn of Possession and combines it with the sheer force of Deeds of Flesh to create an amalgamation of disgust and fury unmatched. Prepare to enter the Void this July."

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J.W. Pozoj Signs To Code666 Records

Croatian black metallers J.W. Pozoj have issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Code666 Records:

"We are very happy to announce that we have signed a worldwide record deal with the distinguished Italian label code666. We’ve been working and producing music since 2004 when we were first formed, and we will now finally have the support we need in getting our music heard by broader audiences.

"It is also a privilege to be a part of code666’s roster that has over time included great names such as Negura Bunget, Ephel Duath, The Axis of Perdition, Fen, Amesoeurs and other bands well respected within the metal community. We hope this will shed new light on the Croatian metal scene and bands that work hard on their music but go by unnoticed by indie or major labels.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to thank both our loyal fans for showing us support throughout the years, and Emiliano Lanzoni from code666 who contacted us and offered us this record deal. More...

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Mourning Beloveth To Play Madrid Is The Dark Fest

Ireland's Mourning Beloveth has issued the following brief announcement about appearing at this year's edition of the Madrid is the Dark Festival:

"Mourning Beloveth are pleased to announce that we shall take the stage at the second installment of the Madrid is the Dark festival, which takes place on the 30/31 of October 2010."

Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup for the festival is as follows:

Saturday 30th Oct
PRIMORDIAL (IE)
RAPTURE (FI)
FORGOTTEN TOMB (IT)
MAEL MORDHA (IE) More...

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First "Big Four" Show Goes Down In Poland

Last night in Poland, history was indeed made in the thrash/metal world. The "Big Four" - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax - the four bands who defined the thrash/metal genre - played together on the same stage for the first time EVER, headlining the Sonisphere Festival 2010 held at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland in front of some 100,000 ecstatic fans.

"It's about f--cking time this happened," said Slayer's Kerry King last night after playing the history-making show.

For the occasion, Slayer played a set packed with fan-favorites:

World Painted Blood
Jihad
War Ensemble
Hate Worldwide
Dead skin Mask
Angel of Death
Beauty through order
Disciple
Mandatory Suicide
Chemical Warfare
South of Heaven
Raining Blood

This history-making Big Four lineup will headline six more Sonisphere Festivals over the summer in Europe. In addition, the show scheduled for Sofia Bulgaria will be broadcast via satellite on Tuesday, June 22 to more than 450 movie theaters in more than 140 markets in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Latin America. Delayed screenings will take place in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

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The Dead Signs To Diabolical Conquest Records

Indian record label Diabolical Conquest Records recently announced Brisbane death metallers The Dead as the first band to sign to the new company.

"Diabolical Conquest Records is pleased to sign The Dead from Brisbane, Australia. Incorporating influences from genres such as doom metal to make their music gloomier and groovier and yet retaining the death metal aesthetic and underground essence, The Dead play in a unique, perverse style of raw and catchy death metal that transcends schools and trends. After releasing their debut full length album through the Australian Obsidian Records, DC Records will be re-releasing their latest full length album ‘Ritual Executions’, which was originally self-released by the band and limited to 100 copies, in much higher quantities. This release will have a modified artwork by Mike Yee and has been mixed and remastered by Aphotic Mote (Portal)."

Diabolical Conquest founder Kunal N. Choksi comments, "I am extremely happy to sign what I feel is one of the best and most original sounding death metal bands today. After promoting The Dead for years, reviewing three of their releases in detail (with the last two finding a place in my best albums of the year lists) and even conducting an interview with them, it was as if I was destined to sign them; no other band seemed worthier. It is an honour to work with a band I have known and admired for so long and I hope to give them the exposure they truly deserve."

The Dead drummer Chris Morse adds, "It is an honour to be entrusted with DC Records’ first release. DC Webzine has always been known for its honest and insightful reviews of underground metal releases and this will no doubt be reflected in the quality of music the label will release. It’s a very exciting time for the band and we cannot express how jubilant we feel at being added to the DC Records roster."

"Ritual Executions" will be released on June 28, 2010. The complete tracklisting is as follows:

1. Burn Your Dead
2. Cannibal Abattoir [mp3]
3. Centurion
4. Born in a Grave
5. Ritual Executions [mp3]
6. Blood Angel
7. Death Metal Suicide

In the meantime, check out some of The Dead's music on their MySpace page.

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