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Metal News for June 18, 2010

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41 news articles posted on this day.

New Megadeth Song "Sudden Death" Available Online

Megadeth's new track "Sudden Death", which will appear on the forthcoming Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock game can now be heard in its entirety online. Dave Mustaine tells RollingStone.com the track is brutal, and the song has a "funky kind of polyrhythm to it" which will make it even more difficult for the Guitar Hero elite. "Just the sheer repetitiveness of it can blow people's minds" added Mustaine. You can listen to "Sudden Death" in IGN Entertainment's live demo of the game below.

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Wendy Dio Comments On Dio Tribute Albums

Wendy Dio, wife of the recently deceased Ronnie James Dio, has issued the following statement about bands releasing Dio tribute albums:

"Dear Friends and Fans of Ronnie, I have seen lately on Blabbermouth.net a lot of announcements of bands releasing 'so-called' Dio Tribute CD's. Please do not be fooled by thinking they are doing this for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, the money is going in their pockets and not to the Fund. I find this totally disgraceful and upsetting that they are trying to make money off of Ronnie's death."

Ronnie James Dio passed away due to stomach cancer on the morning of May 16th, 2010.

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Gra Streaming New Song Online

Sweden's Gra, which includes Heljarmaðr (Cursed 13) and Dimman (Spazmosity), is currently streaming a new track online. The new song "Helfärd (att dö...)" can be heard via Gra's MySpace page. The band has previously issued the following statement about the concept of Gra:

"The aim is to capture the old school feeling that we miss in the black metal scene of today. The lyrical concept reflects the name of the band (Grá/Grå/Gray), aging, dying, dullness, the falling apart that is inevitable for all. We are now finished with our 4 track EP. It will be released during this summer, we have not yet decided upon how and when though. We are working on that issue..."

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Suicidal Angels To Play Greek Sonisphere Fest

Suicidal Angels has issued the following update about performing at the Greek Sonisphere Festival, which takes place on June 24th in Athens:

"It seems like the good news won't stop yet. We are proud, and deeply honored, to be the opening act for the greatest heavy metal festival to have ever taken place in Greece, the Sonisphere Festival! Once again we will perform for our (growing in numbers) friends in Greece, and warm up them heads for Bullet For My Valentine, Stone Sour, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallic-fuckin-A! We will start our show at 12.15, on the Saturn Stage and we know that our die-hard supporters (and not only) will be there to share this with us for one more time! See you soon."

You can find more information on the festival at this location.

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Omission Recruits New Drummer

Spanish thrashers Omission, who recently signed to Xtreem Music, have issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer:

"Omission hellcomes Marcos the new drummer, after some musical differences and personal issues Juanjo left the band. The last gig with Juanjo was in Tenerife. Marcos used to play with Kaothic and Terroristars. HELLCOME MARCOS!"

You can also hear sample Omission tracks via the band's official MySpace page.

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Alexisonfire Announces Loud Park Appearance

Canadian hardcore act Alexisonfire has just announced their participation in this year's upcoming Loud Park Festival taking place on October 16-17 in Saitama City, Japan.

The festival line-up also includes:
3 INCHES OF BLOOD
AMON AMARTH
ANGRA
AVENGED SEVENFOLD
CHTHONIC
DIR EN GREY
EDGUY
ENGEL
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
KORN
KUNI
MOTÖRHEAD
OZZY OSBOURNE
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS

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Eulogy Records Posts New Sampler For Free Download

Eulogy Records has released a new sampler, which is free to download here as well as another free sampler of "Eulogy Classics." The new sampler contains several yet-to-be released songs from bands such as Donnybrook, Hate Your Guts, and Ender, among others, totalling 17 songs in all.

The track listing for the news sampler is as follows:

1. DONNYBROOK “Beg For Rain” (From their upcoming album “The Beast Inside” Available Fall 2010)
2. STAND UNITED “See The Hate” (From their upcoming album “Adherence” – Available Summer 2010)
3. THE TIRED AND TRUE “Excuse Me For Being A Businessman” (From the album “Scenarios” – Available July 6, 2010)
4. HATE YOUR GUTS “First Born” (From the album “Bastard’s Disease” – Available June 22, 2010)
5. ENDER “Fakes And Thieves” (From the album “This Is Revenge” – Available July 20, 2010)
6. THE WAR “The Void”
7. THE SMASHUP “Set Loose Black Sail”
8. KNOCK ‘EM DEAD “The Power Of Pushing Back”
9. RHINOCEROS “Falling Down”
10. AMERICAN SIXGUN “The Devil In You”
11. LIVING HELL “Blessed Are The Dead”
12. KIDS LIKE US “Culture Shock”
13. CREATURES “Decimate”
14. ROSALINE “The White City”
15. xTYRANTx “Prepare For Devastation”
16. THICK AS BLOOD “Misery Loves Company”
17. KINGDOM “Voluntary Human Extinction”

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Atheist Frontman Releases Acoustic Tracks

Vocalist Kelly Shaefer, of progressive metal legends Atheist, has just released a handful of acoustic tracks via his solo myspace page.

Shaefer commented by saying:
"After a year's worth of shredding and writing non-stop Atheist metal, in the last 10 weeks I wrote a bunch of tunes that are very far from metal. They are just sketches with friends, but for those with an open mind, I welcome you to check them out and your feedback is welcome. They are just demos, and mostly acoustic, so don't bitch at me about it, hahaha. I have plenty of metal for you all when the next Atheist album hits, and recording starts July 5th, but for now something different...a calm before the storm perhaps. So this is the new site where I will post all of these new collabs with piano players, sax and cello players and all my friends who enjoy writing music of many different colors. I do plan on making an album's worth of material in 2012 that will be a 'Kelly' record, and it will be all over the place style-wise."

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Before The Dawn Reveals New Music Video

Finnish dark metallers Before the Dawn have just released thier new music video for the track "End of Days" which come off of their 10th anniversary EP "Decade of Darkness". The video, which was shot while on tour in Asia can be viewed below.


"Decade Of Darkness" track listing:
1.Decade Of Darkness
2.End Of Days
3.Insomnia
4.Painless (Japan bonus track)
5.Painless (live)
6.Deadsong (live)
7.Deadsong (symphony version)

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Bay Area Backstage Posts Dio Tribute Video

Bay Area Backstage TV has uploaded a 32-minute tribute video to legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio — best known for his work with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, his own band Dio and more recently Heaven & Hell. The video features interview and performance clips that were captured over the years, some of which have never been seen before.

Dio died of stomach cancer on the morning of Sunday, May 16, at the age of 67.

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Dark Tranquillity Checks in With Tour Recap

Sweden's Dark Tranquillity has checked in with an update recapping the latest North and South American tour:

"Your favourite merry band of metallers are now finally home on Swedish soil after a successful string of shows in USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay.

"We'd like to extend a massive thanks to everyone involved - the guys in Threat signal and Mutiny within, the hard working crew, the local opening bands and of course all the fans - new and old - that came out to the shows.

"For the Latin American tour, a special thanks must go to Alex and John @ Eyescream productions for their professionalism and for making the trip such a great experience for us. It was an amazing trek, and we were very glad to finally play in no less than three new countries for us - Peru, Uruguay and Brazil. Can't wait to come back! More...

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Megadeth Joins Korn In Boycott Of BP Products

Thrash metal pioneers Megadeth have announced that they, along with a long list of other touring acts, have joined Korn in thier effort to boycott the use of BP products for all 2010 tours. The boycott, started by Korn and quickly joined by many others, is in direct protest to the enviromental tragedy taking place in the gulf of mexico.

Other note worthy bands that have joined the cause include:
Disturbed
Rise Against
Godsmack
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
Rob Zombie
Black Label Society
Anthrax
Filter
Hellyeah
Flogging Molly More...

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Kamelot Putting Finishing Touches on New Video

Kamelot has tapped Village Road Films and director Owe Lingvall for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium." The song will appear on Kamelot's upcoming album, due in stores September 2010.

Catch Kamelot live at the following dates: More...

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Soilwork Guitarist Discusses New Album

Guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers of Soilwork has recorded a track-by-track breakdown for the band’s upcoming album "The Panic Broadcast," which will be released on July 2, 2010, via Nuclear Blast Records. The album also marks the band's first album to feature Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008.

Watch the video below.

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Architects Comments On "Cool" Tour

Brighton, England quintet Architects makes their return to North America as part of the “Cool Tour,” which features As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Bless the Fall, The Acacia Strain, Cancer Bats, and War of Ages. The tour kicks off on July 12th and runs through August 1st.

Architects vocalist Sam Carter further states, “The ‘Cool Tour’ is going to be fucking awesome! I can't remember the last time I saw a touring package with a line up this crazy so it’s an honor to be a part of it. All the bands are awesome and are totally doing their own thing. So many packages these days put together four or five bands that all sound exactly the same. To find eight bands that all have their own sound and put them together is amazing. Every day is going to be a party for sure so we hope to see you all soon.”

Architects just wrapped up the recording process for the band's new effort with producer Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan), with the album set to be released some time next year. In the meantime, a special reissue of the group’s past two albums, "Ruin" and "Hollow Crown," are going to be made available together on one disc for the upcoming tour.

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Struck By Lightning To Release Album On Vinyl

The newly formed Soulless Creatures Recordings have announced their first project will the official vinyl version of Struck By Lightning's debut "Serpents," which was released on CD last September via Translation Loss Records. The new gatefold-bound version will be unleashed on double 180-gram 12" wax, the first pressing consisting of 500 copies in 3 color breakdowns: 250 on black, 150 on gold with black splatter, and 100 on clear. All copies of the first pressing will be hand numbered as well. The double-LP will see release mid-July with an exact date to follow.

Struck By Lightning also has the following upcoming tour dates:

7/09/2010 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Funeral Pyre, Early Graves, MF Gnar, Bastards
7/18/2010 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Coliseum
7/22/2010 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
7/23/2010 Frequency - Madison, WI
7/24/2010 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
7/26/2010 The Summit - Columbus, OH
7/27/2010 Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
7/28/2010 Great Scott - Allston, MA
7/29/2010 AS220 - Providence, RI
7/30/2010 Webster Hall Studio - New York, NY
7/31/2010 North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PA
8/01/2010 Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
8/02/2010 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
8/03/2010 Volume 11 Tavern - Raleigh, NC
8/04/2010 Casbah / Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
8/05/2010 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
8/06/2010 Hi Tone - Memphis, TN
8/07/2010 Hi Ho - New Orleans, LA

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Son Of Aurelius Added To "Over The Limit" Tour

Good Fight Music label-mates This Or The Apocalypse and Son Of Aurelius are set to tour with As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, and more on the Over The Limit Tour. The two bands are set to appear on two separate runs of the tour; This Or The Apocalypse heading out from July 23rd – August 8th, and Son Of Aurelius will meet up with the tour from August 9th – August 21st. The dates are as follows:

This Or The Apocalypse on Over the Limit Tour
7/23 Lake Station, IN @ Lake Station Eagles Hall
7/24 Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
7/25 Toledo, OH @ Headliners
7/26 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
7/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
7/28 Reading, PA @ The Silo
7/29 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
7/30 Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84
7/31 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium w/ SUMMER SLAUGHTER
8/1 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
8/2 Fayetteville, NC @ The Rock Shop
8/3 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
8/5 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
8/6 Orlando, FL @ H2O Live
8/7 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
8/8 Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre (Too Cool For School Blowout) More...

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Dead Infection To Re-Release Debut Album

SelfMadeGod Records has announced a vinyl reissue of the debut "Surgical Disembowelment" album by Polish goregrind act Dead Infection. "Surgical Disembowelment" was originally released as a CD/LP in 1993 by the now-defunct Morbid Records from Germany. The re-issue is strictly limited to 500 gatefold copies (300 black, 100 red, 100 green). The track listing is as follows:

1. Maggots In Your Flesh
2. Pathological View On The Alimentary Canal
3. Torsions
4. Undergo An Operation
5. After Accident
6. Xenomorph
7. Let Me Vomit
8. Spattered Birth
9. Start Human Slaughter
10. Deformed Creature

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Danzig Announces In-Store Appearances

Glenn Danzig recently announced a special nine-city concert trek that kicked off in Norfolk, VA. The dates, played to usher in the release of "Deth Red Sabaoth," which is Danzig's first new studio album in six years, will feature long-time Danzig cohort, guitarist Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry), drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative), and former Samhaim band mate, bassist Steve Zing. Support for the east coast dates will be Gorgeous Frankenstein, the band of original Misfits member Doyle, and Seventh Void, the band that includes of Danzig/Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly and Type O guitarist Kenny Hickey.

Fans can also meet Glenn Danzig at three in-store autograph signings to be held around the tour, included Saturday June 19th at Vintage Vinyl in NJ, Monday, June 21st at Newbury Comics in Boston, MA, and Thursday, June 24th at Record Exchange in Boise, Idaho. Amazon is also currently offering a free MP3 download of "On A Wicked Night," which can be found at this location.

Danzig's upcoming appearances are as follows:

6/18 Nokia Theatre, New York, NY
6/19 Vintage Vinyl In-Store Signing, Fords, NJ, 2:30 - 4:30 PM
6/19 Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
6/21 Newbury Comics In-Store Signing, Boston, MA, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
6/21 House of Blues, Boston, MA
6/24 Record Exchange In-Store Signing, Boise, ID, 6 - 7:30pm
6/24 Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
6/25 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
6/26 Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
6/27 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

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The Ordher To Play Brazilian Metal Fest

Brazilian death metallers The Ordher have issued the following announcement about performing at the Brazilian Metal Fest on July 17th:

"Following the release of the album 'Kill The Betrayers' in Brazil, The Ordher will make its debut in the Brazilian capital at the Brazilian Metal Fest on July 17th, which is the legendary Vulcano attraction, besides the Nervochaos and three local bands. It will be the first time the trio play cowboy in Brasilia, and even with new lineup (with the addition of drummer Matthew Montenegro), the band promises a full show."

You can also check out The Ordher's music through this location.

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Acherontas To Release Albums On Cassette

Greek black metal Acherontas has issued the following announcement about releasing the band's first two albums in tape cassette format:

"Acherontas from 1996 till now are loyal to the underground scene, so any of our releases we want to be out in vinyl and tape version. So we are proud to announce that the last 2 albums of A cherontas, 'Tat Tvam Asi' and 'Theosis,' will be out by Roman (see hate forest/drudkh/Blood of kingu) under the banner of Nightbirds Productions. These releases will be out on August in 300 copies. For any info and mail order list you can contact at: nightbirds@ukr.net. Support the true underground..."

You can also check out Acherontas tracks via the band's official MySpace page.

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New Metal Songs Available On Rock Band This Week

It's the end of the week and time to check out what new tracks have hit the Rock Band Network again. Cancer Bats and Evile fans get more love, but unfortunately that's about the extent of the new metal songs to be found, with the exception of The Devil Wears Prada getting a PS3 track on June 22nd. The Acacia Strain also recently conducted an interview for the Rock Band Network, and tried their hands at a Rock Band song, in a video clip that can be viewed below. The complete list of songs added this week, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Man Parts - "Molten Death"
The Riptides - "Friday the 13th"
Dance Gavin Dance - "Tree Village"
Twintapes - "Young"
Jonathan Coulton - "Shop Vac"
Audible Mainframe - "Ice Cold"
Audible Mainframe - "Anybody Else"
Bang on a Can All-Stars / David Lang - "Cheating, Lying, Stealing"
Bang on a Can All-Stars / Evan Ziporyn - "ShadowBang (Head)"
Bang on a Can All-Stars / Michael Gordon - "Yo Shakespeare" More...

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Vektor Announces U.S. Tour

Arizona based virtuosic thrashers Vektor are taking their cosmic mayhem on the road in support of their album "Black Future," which was released on Heavy Artillery Records in late 2009. The currently announced dates are as follows:

6/18 Riverside, CA @ Common Ground
6/19 Sacramento, CA @ On the Y
6/23rd Medford, OR @ The Woods
6/24 Portland, OR @ Plan B
6/27 Boise, ID @ Redroom
6/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Studio
6/30 Denver, CO @ The Wasteland
7/2nd Lincoln, NE @ TBA
7/5 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
7/7 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
7/8 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
7/10 Syracuse, NY @ TBA
7/11 Worchester, MA @ Ralph’s
7/12 Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
7/13 Montclair, NJ @ Meat Locker
7/14 New York, NY @ Bowery Electric
7/15 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
7/16 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
7/17 Knoxville, TN @ TBA
7/18 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
7/19 Atlanta, GA @ The Warehouse More...

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Atargatis Posts "Riven" Live Video

Atargatis has posted a video clip online of the band's performance of the new song "Riven" during the "Welcome Goodbye Festival" in Rübenau. The track is off the new Atargatis album "Nova," and features guest vocals by Matthias Hechler of Crematory. The clip can be viewed below.

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Fuck The Facts Posts "Wake" Video

Fuck The Facts has premiered the new music video for the track "Wake" through Metalinjection.net. The video clip can be viewed below.

Fuck The Facts also has the following upcoming live shows: More...

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Terasbetoni Posts Performance Footage

Finnish heavy metallers Terasbetoni, who recently signed to Sakara Records for the release of their upcoming fourth album, have now posted footage online from their March 19th performance. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Five Finger Death Punch To Play Loud Park

Five Finger Death Punch has checked in with the following update about performing at Japan's upcoming Loud Park festival 2010:

"Five Finger Death Punch are pleased to announce they will be performing at Japan's Loud Park Festival this October. The festival will be held the weekend of October 16-17, with more details to come in the next few weeks."

You can find additional details on this year's edition of the Loud Park festival at this location.

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Black Tusk Updates Tour Schedule

Savannah, GA's Black Tusk is currently on a U.S. tour in support in of the band's Relapse debut "Taste The Sin." The band is partnered with Atlanta's Zoroaster for this co-headlining tour dubbed the "Summer Southern Burn Tour" that also includes Florida's Dark Castle. The dates are as follows:

6/18 Dallas, TX Trees
6/19 Austin, TX Emo’s
6/21 Albuquerque, NM Burt’s Tiki Lounge
6/22 Scottsdale, AZ Rogue
6/23 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
6/24 Hollywood CA Viper Room
6/25 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
6/26 San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
6/28 Portland, OR Satyricon
6/29 Seattle, WA Funhouse
7/1 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
7/2 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
7/3 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
7/4 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
7/6 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
7/7 Newport, KY Southgate House
7/8 Pittsburg, PA 31st Street Pub
7/9 New York, NY Webster Hall
7/10 Philadelphia, PA Khyber
7/11 Harrisonburg, VA Blue Nile

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Iron Maiden Visits NASA Space Center in Houston

Astronaut Michael J. Massimino gave four members of Iron Maiden a comprehensive tour of the world-famous NASA Space Center. Massimino comments, "Having a visit from Iron Maiden was great fun. It was a pleasure to meet them and they are big fans of the space program. It was an honor for NASA to host them and a big morale boost for the entire NASA team to have Iron Maiden at the Space Center."

Says vocalist Bruce Dickinson, "We appear to have a lot of fans at NASA, and it was a real pleasure to meet some of them, especially, of course, a bona fide astronaut who has made a number of space walks. Hearing first hand of Michael's experiences was fascinating. He took us round the Space Station and Shuttle and up close to the incredible Saturn V rocket. Fans working in the Mission Control room had even put up pictures of the band on the huge screens where you would normally see the rockets taking off! The highlight was unquestionably the Apollo Room, from where the moon landings were coordinated, this was to step back into history. Looking at the relative simplicity of the equipment compared to today, it is amazing how they managed to pull it off. Each of us even got to take off, fly and land the Space Shuttle on the simulator, a real thrill. We felt very privileged and hope that Michael and our NASA fans enjoyed our Houston show as much as we enjoyed our visit with them." More...

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Chthonic Confirmed for Japan's Loud Park Festival

Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic has been confirmed for this year's edition of Loud Park, the biggest metal festival in Japan. The festival is set to take place October 16-17 at Saitama Super Arena.

The line-up includes: Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Motorhead, Angra, Dir En Grey, Edguy, Amon Amarth, 3 Inches of Blood and many more.

For more information, visit www.loudpark.com.

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Apocalyptica Announces Two European Festival Dates

Apocalyptica has announced two more European festival dates:

Aug. 13 Trakai, LT - Tuborg Green Rock Castle
Aug. 14 Vantaa, FI - Ankkarock

Apocalyptica's new single, "End of Me," featuring Gavin Rossdale of Bush, is currently streaming on their MySpace page. Listen to it at www.myspace.com/apocalyptica

Here are the rest of Apocalyptica's upcoming tour dates: More...

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Behemoth Shoots New Music Video

Polish blackened death metal outfit Behemoth has shot a new music video for the song, "Alas The Lord Is Upon Me." The song is taken from the bands latest studio album, "Evangelion" which is available now.

Vocalist and guitarist Nergal comments: "First of all, we’ve overcome ourselves with this new video clip. Period. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time. Pretty much no digital intervention, no blue boxes, no fake shit this time, but great filming, good acting, and a fuckin’ awesome storyline. It’s disturbing, crazy, and evil. We’ve had over 70 people working for us on this video so we can easily say it was the biggest production so far. We are beyond excited! Wait and see…"

The director of the video, Dariusz Szermanowicz commented: "This time we decided to make something different. We'd like to make a video in "cinematic" style without so many VFX like in last two videos. We found a great location, we had dozen of actors and extras and awesome stylizing. 16 hours of hard work resulted with best video we’ve ever made!"

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Illdisposed Drummer To Sit Out Six Shows

Denmark's Illdisposed has issued the following update about drummer Thomas Jensen sitting out six upcoming tour dates:

"Thomas is forced to sit out 6 shows in June/July and will be temporarily replaced by our very good friend Morten Toft Hansen (Raunchy). Furthermore the bookers of our upcoming mini tour along with Six Feet Under and Master failed to book a show on the 2nd of July. Unfortunately that forced us to cancel the show in Niederkrüchten on the 3rd of July."

You can catch Illdisposed live on the following dates:

6/28 2010 Havana Etcetera Kristiansand, NORWAY
6/29 2010 Train Aarhus, DENMARK
6/30 2010 The Rock København K
7/1 2010 Roxy Flensburg, GERMANY
7/30 2010 Riedfest Rohr bei Meiningen, GERMANY
7/31 2010 Eisenwahn Open Air Obersinn, GERMANY
9/3 2010 Escape Metal Corner Wien, AUSTRIA
9/4 2010 Rock The Lake Festival Kärnten, AUSTRIA
9/10 2010 Meh Suff Metal Festival Hüttikon, SWITZERLAND
9/11 2010 Meh Suff Metal Festival Hüttikon, SWITZERLAND
10/15 2010 Metal Invasion Festival Passau, GERMANY

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Mastodon To Release "Jonah Hex" EP

Following the June 18th opening of the film "Jonah Hex," Reprise Records will release a 6 track EP from Mastodon from the film’s original motion picture score on June 29th, 2010.

"Jonah Hex" features an original score by Reprise recording artists Mastodon and Oscar-nominated composer Mario Beltrami (The Hurt Locker, 3:10 to Yuma). Mastodon were asked to create the score personally by the film’s director, Jimmy Hayward who was inspired by repeated listenings of Mastodon’s 2006 album "Blood Mountain." "Jimmy called us out of the blue as a fan,” bassist Troy Sanders told Paste magazine in an interview. "It was the most beautiful, authentic way to collaborate."

Fans will get a chance to hear these new tracks:

Death March (film version)
Clayton Boys (film version)
Indian Theme (film version)
Train Assault (film version)
Death March (alternate version)
Clayton Boys (alternate version)

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One Without Issues New Album Update

One Without has checked in with the following tour recap and announcement about working on a new album:

"We are back home from our European tour with the Genitorturers! We had a great time doing our shows and hung out with some really cool people. If you want to know more about the tour, and see some pictures, you can read our tour blogs here. We also got some live videos uploaded by the crew at Toulouse Metal Fest (Where bands like Soulfly, Epica and Paradise Lost played), and One Without got the honour to open the whole festival! Take a look below (Videos are also at our myspace).

"And on to the future: In a few weeks we are going to enter the studio once again to record our second album, and the plan is that it will be released in the end of 2010 or beginning of 2011, and hopefully we can also plan a tour to follow up the release!

"All we can say is that the new material is mind blowing to us, we are all so eager to show you what we have been working on these last months, and we really think that you guys will love what you hear! We can seriously say that the next release is the best anyone of us have ever worked on. And we are all very proud to be part of this. More...

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Nox Aurea Streaming New Song

Sweden's Nox Aurea has checked in with the following brief update about streaming a new song online via the band's MySpace page:

"New song uploaded! Ascending in Triumph will soon be released and regarding to this we wanted to upload the song 'The Loss and Endeavour of Divinity' for you to hear. Enjoy."

The track is off the band's new album "Ascending in Triumph," which was recently mixed and mastered. Further details on the release date will be announced as they are made available.

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Dark Empire Announces Urban Breed As New Vocalist

New Jersey/New York progressive metallers DARK EMPIRE welcomes Swedish vocalist URBAN BREED (PYRAMAZE, ex-BLOODBOUND, ex-TAD MOROSE) as their new singer. URBAN replaces vocalist JENS CARLSSON (PERSUADER, SAVAGE CIRCUS) who split from the band on good terms in 2008.

Band leader/guitarist MATT MOLITI comments, “I cannot express how thrilled I am to be collaborating with URBAN. His vocals have the perfect blend of power and dynamics that I think will truly take DARK EMPIRE’s music to the next level. I’m excited as hell for people to hear the material!" More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Heroic Bad Ass Moments

Last week Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N Roses) was attacked on stage by a man attempting to tackle him from behind. The guitarist literally brushed off the offender and continued to play (on a broken guitar that would be replaced). In honor of this move this week we look at some of the heroic and/or bad ass (rating of 10) and not so heroic/or not so bad ass (rating of 1) moments from the world of videos. More...

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Aeon Premieres New Video For "Forgiveness Denied"

Metalunderground.com brings you the exclusive premiere of technical death metal band AEON's new music video for the song "Forgiveness Denied." The song is off the band’s new release, "Path of Fire" (reviewed here), that just dropped in the states on May 25. The music was directed, filmed and edited by Standard Film Team Umeå HB and was shot in April in two different locations; band scenes being filmed in Östersund, Sweden and the storyline in Umeå, Sweden.

Guitarist Daniel Dlimi comments on the theme of the song and video: "There have been a lot of scandals revealed lately, regarding priests (especially catholic ones) who have been abusing children sexually. In my world, there is nothing more innocent than a child, and the ones who abuse a child sexually will never be forgiven. In my opinion, they deserve to die a horrible, painful death. We want to dedicate this song/video to them, the filthy fucking priests who have laid a hand on a child sexually; we hate you, and want you dead."

(Updated to YouTube stream to save bandwidth now that it's publicly available)

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Tom Fischer Wins Golden God Award In London

Thomas G. Fischer (aka Tom G. Warrior,) the founder of the legendary metal bands Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, and most recently Triptykon, was honoured in London this week when he received the prestigious Golden God award for inspiration. The award was presented to him at the Indigo2/O2 Arena by Cathedral frontman Lee Dorrian. When accepting the award, Fischer stated:

"In my opinion, however, I don't deserve this award. It should instead go to Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Angel Witch, and Venom, artists who have inspired me and without whom I would not be here tonight."

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Enslaved Announces European Tour Dates

Ivar Bjornson of Enslaved has checked in with the following message:

“It is with great enthusiasm we can announce these European dates of our 'Circling Above and Within' Tour! Enslaved is a band that enjoys being on the road like nothing else, we do take pride in being a hard working and increasingly energetic and focused live band. We are also very pleased with our new album (why be modest?) due to be out in connection with this tour – and cannot wait to perform the tracks live!"

Tour dates are:

Oct. 15 London, UK - Underworld
Oct. 16 Lille, France - Aeronel
Oct. 17 Nancy, France - L'autre Canal
Oct. 18 Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
Oct. 20 Zaandam, Netherlands - Kade
Oct. 21 Den Bosch, Netherlands - W2
Oct. 22 Antwerpen, Belgium - Trix

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