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Metal News for June 2, 2010

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35 news articles posted on this day.

S.C.E.N.E Fest Announces Line-Up

Cancer Bats has just been announced as one of the headliners of the S.C.E.N.E Music Festival taking place on Sunday, June 27th, 2010 in St.Catherines, Ontario, Canada. 160 bands in total have been announced thus far.

Here's the S.C.E.N.E. MUSIC FESTIVAL 2010 confirmed lineup: More...

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Ask Mike Portnoy A Question

Mike Portnoy is set to answer fan submitted questions for an interview on MusicRadar.com next week. More...

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Dreamstate Reveals New Album Details

Brazilian power metal band Dreamstate announced the release of its full-length album, entitled "When Shadows Fall." The band, which features musicians Max Veloso (vocals), Murilo Mazza (guitars), Paolo Bruno (guitars) and Thales De Rossi (drums), has also posted song samples of the new album on its MySpace page.

"When Shadows Fall" tracklisting is as follows:

01. Shadows Fall
02. Painland
03. Damn My Name
04. The Black Knight
05. Swamps
06. Impossible Angel
07. Raven's Eyes
08. Eternal Cold Hell
09. The Yearning for Silence
10. Disease and Desires

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Killswitch Engage Announces Festival Appearance

Killswitch Engage have just announced their participation in this year's edition of the Download Festival taking place in Donington Park, UK. KSE take the stage on Friday the 11th alongside legends AC/DC.

The slot to peform became available from the withdrawal of Aussie rockers Wolfmother.

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Grim Posts Katatonia Cover Song

Mexico based act Grim has uploaded a new Katatonia cover track. The band's cover version of the "Dissolving Bonds" song, which is off Katatonia's "The Great Cold Distance," can be heard via the official Grim MySpace page. A video of Katatonia performing the original track live in New York can also be viewed below. More...

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Sun Kills Yesterday Issues Band Update

New York's Sun Kills Yesterday has checked in with the following update about lineup changes and entering the recording studio:

"We wanted to keep you posted on all the new stuff going on! We have two new members: Since Pat is going to college, we have here Emmett Maloney, to replace him. And to make Craig's job easier, we have Nick Morgese playing keyboards! Our layout will be out soon, by PDS Design.

"We'll be recording a brand new CD of 5 brand new songs! We're gonna hit the studio Mid-Late July, so hopefully the CD can be released by Late July-Early August. Keep checkin' back!!"

Sun Kills Yesterday is also streaming several sample tracks online via the band's MySpace page.

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Sybreed To Play Hellfest Open Air

Swiss industrial metallers Sybreed have announced they will be performing at this year's edition of the Hellfest Open Air festival in Clisson, France. The band will be performing on June 18th, 2010 at the Terrorizer tent. Additional details on the Hellfest Open Air festival can be found at this location. The upcoming Sybreed tour dates are as follows:

6/12 2010 Download Festival - Donington Park Castle Donington, UK
6/18 2010 HELLFEST Open Air 2010 Clisson, Loire-Atla, FRANCE
6/19 2010 O2 Academy Islington - w/th DEATHSTARS London, UK
6/20 2010 O2 Academy 2 - with DEATHSTARS Birmingham, UK
6/21 2010 O2 Academy 2 - w/th DEATHSTARS Liverpool, UK
6/22 2010 O2 Academy 2 - w/th DEATHSTARS Newcastle, UK
6/23 2010 O2 ABC - w/th DEATHSTARS Glasgow, UK
7/8 2010 Norway Rock Festival KVINESDAL, NO
8/12 2010 BRUTAL ASSAULT 2010 JAROMER - Old Army Fortress JOSEFOV, CZ
8/21 2010 Venoge Festival Penthalaz, CH
9/3 2010 Biubstock Festival Geneva (Chancy), CH
9/18 2010 Mammothfest - The Hove Centre Brighton, South, UNITED KINGDOM
10/29 2010 Nyon's on Fire Festival @ l' Usine à Gaz Nyon, Vaud

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System Divide Finishes New Album

System Divide has checked in with the following update about finishing the new album "The Conscious Sedation," which was mixed by James Murphy:

"Hello to all you sickos out there... 'the Conscious Sedation' mixing process is finally done! The album is mastered and ready to rock n' roll! Get ready for a new myspace, website song and video coming up."

Additional details on the track listing and release date will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time you can hear sample System Divide tracks here.

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Conspires To... Issues Recording Update

U.K. metallers Conspires To... have issued the following update about recording new material:

"There is a lot going on again, getting ready for the studio. Looks like Allegiance, Death or Dishonour and Falling Down will be ready for recording vocals this month, but I want to work on the backing vocals again so will probably only get two of these done. I have rerecorded guitars and bass on The Prophecy, and mixed it last night, so just need a spare couple of hours for mastering, and it will be up on the site. I have a couple of days of work so hope to get this done by Sunday night fingers crossed. I also some new ideas that I am trying out, so loads more to come. I'd love to know what you guys think so far, so drop me some comments and let me know."

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Demon Hunter Announces New Live Shows

Demon Hunter has issued the following update about hitting the road for the upcoming "The World Is A Thorn" tour:

"We will be back out on the road this summer on The World Is A Thorn Tour 2010 presented by Zambooie! Joining us will be our friends in Sleeping Giant, Inhale Exhale, and A Bullet For Pretty Boy. 'The World Is A Thorn' is available in stores and online now! You can download it online at iTunes, Amazon MP3 or Shockhound."

The currently confirmed Demon Hunter tour dates are as follows:

7/3 2010 Cornerstone Festival - Main Stage Bushnell, IL
8/3 2010 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
8/5 2010 Rock The Desert Odessa, TX
8/6 2010 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
8/7 2010 House of Blues Houston, TX
8/8 2010 The High Ground Metairie, LA
8/10 2010 The Club at Firestone Orlando, FL
8/11 2010 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
8/12 2010 Amos' Southend Charlotte, NC
8/13 2010 Recher Theatre Towson, MD
8/14 2010 Purple Door Festival Lewisberry, PA
8/15 2010 Peabody's Down Under Cleveland, OH
8/16 2010 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
10/29 2010 Rock Without Limits Gomaringen, GERMANY
11/6 2010 Brainstorm Festival Apeldoorn, NETHERLANDS

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Eternal Reign Announces New Album Release

Germany's Eternal Reign has checked in with the following update about the release date for a new album:

"Heehaw! We want to acknowledge the release day for the new album The Dawn of Reckoning is on August the 6th on Pure Steel Records!!! PURE STEEL RECORDS! ......wait 'til we show the Artwork in a couple of time!! Stay tuned!"

In the mean time you can check out sample Eternal Reign tracks at this location. Eternal Reign also has the following upcoming live shows:

8/2 2010 MS Treue Bremen, Bremen
8/14 2010 Blues Club Meisenfrei Bremen, DE
qq/20 2010 Bremen Metal Festival Bremen, Bremen

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Nucleator Posts Live Footage

German thrashers Nucleator have posted live footage online of their performance of the song "Born To Kill," which can be viewed below. "Born To Kill" is off the band's "Hours Of War" EP.


NUCLEATOR - Born to Kill (Live)

Nucleator | MySpace Music Videos

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Exodus Announces North American Tour Dates

American thrash metal legends Exodus has announced that they will be kicking off a headlining tour of North America this August in support of their latest studio album, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition," which is available everywhere now through Nuclear Blast Records. Joining them on the tour will be Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail and Bonded By Blood.

A message from guitarist and founding member Gary Holt reads: "We are fucking stoked to announce the March Of Brutality lineup. This tour is going to re-write the book on how much fun is actually legal!"

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Orphaned Land To Play Istanbul's Sonisphere Fest

Orphaned Land is the latest act to be confirmed for the Sonisphere Festival in Istanbul, Turkey on June 25th, 2010. More information on the festival can be found at this location. The upcoming Orphaned Land tour dates are as follows:

6/26 2010 Gods of Metal 2010 Turin - IT, IT
6/27 2010 The Underworld London - UK, GB
8/5 2010 Wacken Open Air Wacken - DE, DE
8/20 2010 Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbuehl - DE, DE
8/21 2010 Metal Méan Festival VI Méan - BE, BE
9/8 2010 Sonar Baltimore, MD - USA, US
9/9 2010 The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA - USA, US
9/10 2010 The Gramercy Theatre New York, NY - USA, US
9/11 2010 The Palladium Worcester, MA - USA, US
9/12 2010 Petit Campus Montréal, QC - Canada, CA
9/13 2010 Opera House Toronto, ON - Canada, CA
9/14 2010 Peabody’s Cleveland, OH - USA, US
9/15 2010 Blondie’s Detroit, MI - USA, US
9/16 2010 Rave Milwaukee, WI - USA, US
9/17 2010 Reggie Rock Club Chicago, IL - USA, US
9/18 2010 Station 4 St. Paul, MN - USA, US
9/21 2010 El Corazón Seattle, WA - USA, US
9/22 2010 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, BC - Canada, CA
9/23 2010 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR - USA, US
9/24 2010 Thee Parkside San Francisco, CA - USA, US
9/25 2010 Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana, CA - USA, US
9/26 2010 Whiskey a Go Go West Hollywood, CA - USA, US
9/27 2010 U.B.’s Bar Mesa, AZ - USA, US
9/28 2010 The Rock Tucson, AZ - USA, US
9/30 2010 Trees Dallas, AZ - USA, US
10/1 2010 Emo’s Alternative Lounging Austin, TX - USA, US
10/2 2010 The Warsaw Houston, TX - USA, US
10/4 2010 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA - USA, US
10/5 2010 Uncle Pleasants Louisville, KY - USA, US
10/6 2010 Volume 11 Raleigh, NC - USA, US
10/7 2010 Jaxx West Springfield, VA - USA, US
11/5 2010 Pumpehuset Copenhagen, DENMARK
11/6 2010 Metal Festival Aalborg, DENMARK
11/7 2010 Markthalle Hamburg, GERMANY
11/9 2010 Cathouse Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
11/9 2010 Cathouse Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
11/10 2010 Academy 3 Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
11/11 2010 O2 Academy Islington London, UNITED KINGDOM
11/12 2010 De Helling Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
11/13 2010 Vosselaar Biebob, BELGIUM
11/14 2010 Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, GERMANY
11/16 2010 Hellraiser Leipzig, GERMANY
11/17 2010 Proxima Warsaw, POLAND
11/18 2010 Szene Wien, AUSTRIA
11/19 2010 KD Serikovka Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC
11/20 2010 Cvetlicrna Ljubljana, SLOVENIA
11/21 2010 Diesel Budapest, HUNGARY
11/23 2010 Backstage München, GERMANY
11/24 2010 Rockfabrik Luwigsburg, GERMANY
11/25 2010 Transilvania Erstfeld, SWITZERLAND
11/26 2010 Estragon Bologna, ITALY
11/27 2010 Club Vaudeville Lindau, GERMANY
11/28 2010 Zeche Bochum, GERMANY

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Watain Streaming Entire New Album Online

Swedish black metal act Watain is set to release the new album "Lawless Darkness" on June 8th, 2010 via Season of Mist records. All of the tracks from the upcoming album are currently available for streaming online through MetalSucks.net. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Death's Cold Dark
2. Malfeitor
3. Reaping Death
4. Four Thrones
5. Wolves Curse
6. Lawless Darkness
7. Total Funeral
8. Hymn to Qayin
9. Kiss of Death
10. Waters of Ain

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Insidious Disease Announces New Album Details

Insidious Disease is set to release the new album "Shadowcast" via Century Media Records on July 12th in Europe and July 27th in the U.S. The group consists of Silenoz of Dimmu Borgir, Shane Embury of Napalm Death, Old Mans Child’s Jardar, drummer Tony Laureano (Angelcorpse, Nile) and vocalist Marc Grewe from German death metal act Morgoth.

The cover artwork was created by Kjell Ivar Lund and will be censored by a nice CD slip-case to avoid any trouble with the shops. Apart from an equally gory booklet the limited ddition first-pressing CD will include 2 bonus tracks (“Insomaniac” plus a cover of Death’s track “Leprosy”). You can check out a couple of advance tracks at the band’s official MySpace page.

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Awake Comments On Upcoming Shows

U.K. metallers Awake have issued the following statement about their upcoming appearance at the Wisbech Rock festival:

"Hello. We just wanted to take a minute to remind you all that this Sunday ( 06/06/10 ) we are headlining Wisbech rock festival in Wisbech park, as advertised in Kerrang! this week. First band on at 11am and we hit the stage around 7.30pm. The weather is looking great so far and its FREE! So it would be great to see everyone there. Looking forward to playing new songs from the album along with some well loved tracks from 'Illumination' Take it steady & see you there."

The upcoming Awake tour dates are as follows:

6/6 2010 WISBECH ROCK FESTIVAL CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
7/3 2010 RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL stamford, uk
7/16 2010 The Underworld Camden LONDON, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
7/17 2010 East Riding Rock Festival Beverley, Northeast , GB

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Destroyer 666 Announces U.S. Tour

Australia's Destroyer 666 has announced a U.S. tour supporting Enthroned. The currently announced Destroyer 666 shows, including upcoming European dates, are as follows:

6/5 United Darkness Festival GR
6/11-12 Kilkim Zaibu XI Festival LT
7/8 Metalcamp Festival Slovenia
7/23-24 Hells Pleasure Festival GER
8/4 Brooklyn, NY @ Europa w/ Black Anvil
8/5 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx w/ Black Anvil
8/6 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
8/7 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
8/8 Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
8/10 Houston, TX @ Walter's On Washington
8/11 Austin, TX @ Emo's
8/12 El Paso, TX @ Club 101
8/13 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
8/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Ultra Violet
8/15 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
8/17 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
8/18 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
8/19 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
8/20 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
8/22 Salt Lake City @ TBA
8/23 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
8/24 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
8/25 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
8/26 Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
8/27 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
8/28 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
8/29 Philadelphia, PA @ Club Polaris / Hostile City Deathfest
8/30 Providence Rhode Island (without Enthroned)

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Procession Recording New Album

Chile based metal act Procession is currently in the studio recording a new full-length album titled "Destroyers of the Faith." The six track album will be released later this year via Doomentia Records. The band has checked in from the studio with the following recording report:

"Destroyers of the Faith is at hand. Six tracks of monolithic and heavy-as-a-metal-festival-whalegirl doom metal, paying tribute to the ancient rites of Candlemass, Black Sabbath, Count Raven, Solstice, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Confirmed: EPICUS DRUMICUS METALLICUS have been conceived in the old fashion, the way it has to be! Francisco Aguirre did a great fuckin dedicated job, drums are done now, also reference guitars... it was a freakin marathon and i´m already sick of my own riffs... Tomorrow we just choose the best nut-kicking takes before starting with the gut-ripping work of Claudio on the bass guitar, starting really early again. No funny stories, this is DOOM METAL."

You can also check out sample Procession songs through the band's MySpace page.

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Glorior Belli Creates Side Band To Release Album

French band Glorior Belli has issued the following announcement about creating a side band to release a new album:

"During the past couple of months there have been a few announcements about Glorior Belli's new full-length and artistic direction, yet it was still unclear where all those changes would take us. Today, we'd like to bring a new development to your attention: Experimenting has always been an important matter to us, however having the new material tagged as Glorior Belli would be inconsistent, unless we really never go back to playing black metal.

"So in order to set things right, we decided to create a side project called '11 As In Adversaries' and release 'The Full Intrepid Experience of Light' [previously announced as Glorior Belli's 4th full-length] as a debut. Separating things will help us being more efficient on all fronts. We understand that this decision can be confusing but it's really just a formality!

"The foolhardy venturers who has shown their support to the new material and would like to keep doing it are welcome to follow '11 As In Adversaries' on Myspace. Note that there is truly a successor to 'Meet Us...' coming for Glorior Belli. More information will be revealed soon."

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Slayer Comments On International Day Of Slayer

Slayer has issued the following statement about celebrating the upcoming International Day of Slayer:

"This Sunday, June 6, heavy metal fans from around the world will unite to celebrate the fourth International Day of Slayer (IDoS), and demand the official recognition of June 6 as a public holiday. Those who observe the holiday are encouraged to stage 'Slay-outs:' 'Listen to Slayer at full blast in your car, in your home, at your place of employment, and in any public place you prefer.' Headphones are considered an offense to the movement.

"When this crusade first launched four years ago on 06/06/06, it was in response to the American 'National Day of Prayer,' which is held on the first Thursday of May. Gaining momentum every year, the IDoS Board last year petitioned the White House for official recognition of the holiday, citing that 'heavy metal music is the central belief of a culture that exists among us, and Slayer is the perfect spokesperson.'"

During a recent interview with AOL's NoiseCreep, Slayer's Kerry King said about the International Day of Slayer, "I think it's awesome, and it's totally cool that fans have taken the time to maintain it. Slayer should have a national holiday - there are enough stupid holidays out there, so why not have one for us?" More...

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Von To Perform At Hole In The Sky

The 2010 edition of the Hole In The Sky festival is set to take place in Bergen, Norway from August 24th - 28th. The organizers have now issued the following update about Von performing at the festival:

"We promised you one surprise act, here is another: One of THE cult acts in the Black Metal Pantheon, the legend that is VON will perform in Bergen during Hole in the Sky 2010. Their two demos 'Satanic Blood' and 'Blood Angel' are among the most unique releases in Black Metal ever, songs like 'Lamb,' 'Devil Pig,' 'Veadtuck,' and 'Watain' have never been copied or bettered in all their minimalistic, hypnotic glory. Founding members Goat and Venien have decided to reform VON for a select number of shows, with Hole in the Sky being one the few festivals."

Comments the band: "Hole in the Sky Festival is a gathering of the Hordes of Norwegian Darkness and Ritual of Chaos, and that in itself is a significant precursor to our involvement and participation. VON is pleased and honored to be included within the ranks of such bands. VON will perform as special guest on the Wednesday dubbed Invocation together with Rotting Christ, Dead Congregation, Repugnant, Grave Miasma and Urfaust."

The currently confirmed lineup for the festival is as follows: More...

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Abscess Officially Calls It A Day

California death metal act Abscess, which featured Chris Reifert of Autopsy, has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

"Greetings, sickos. We need to inform you that Abscess has officially broken up. The reason for this is that Clint Bower has left the band for personal reasons and out of respect to him and to all who have supported us for these 16 years, we have decided to call it a day. Without Clint Bower, there can be no Abscess so we won't even try to cheat anyone with something that is not the real thing. 'Dawn of Inhumanity' has become our final statement and we feel that it is the perfect way to close the Abscess chapter since we must do so. Thanks to all of you who were and still are proud to call yourselves Abscess Freaks!

"The other side of this statement is to announce that Autopsy is officially active again. With the line up of Eric Cutler and Danny Coralles on guitars, Chris Reifert on drums/vocals and Joe Trevisano (formerly Allen) on bass, Autopsy is now the full time focus. Longtime friend and bass destroyer Dan Lilker has performed with Autopsy at Maryland Death Fest VIII and will also do so at the upcoming Party San and Hole in the Sky festivals in August of this year before Joe Trevisano takes over full time on bass. A new Autopsy E.P. and full length album are in the works and will be released on Peaceville records along with an upcoming documentary dvd. Also in the works is a new official Autopsy website, so keep your eyes open for that. Any other Autopsy sites or pages out there are fan sites and not run by the band. Again, thanks to all. All we can do is offer more brutality."

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Escapetor Announces New Guitarist

Norway's Escapetor has issued the following announcement about recruiting new guitarist Axel Feller:

"Escapetor welcomes guitarist Axel Feller. Axel joined Escapetor a couple of weeks ago and immediately started rehearsing with us in our studio. Axel brings 18 years of guitar-playing and a kick-ass heavy metal attitude to the band. Axel has played in various bands in Germany; Brain Damage, Stromkreis, Bonanzaz. After having moved to Norway Axel spent the resent years focused on composing and recording demos of his songs and awaiting the right opportunity to join a band.

"Escapetor are rehearsing with Axel to get him up to speed on our songs from Moments (2005) and Misanthropia (2009) for the gigs at Chevy´s on May 7th and Helgåråkken June 19th. Beyond those two events, we assume start working on the material we have prepared for Escapetor´s planned release late 2010. We wish Axel welcome on the team, and wish both him and us the best of luck for an exiting time to come."

You can also check out Escapetor songs via the band's MySpace page.

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Nox Signs To Listenable Records

Dutch death metallers Nox have announced they inked a deal to release a new album via Listenable Records. The band issued the following brief statement about the signing: "'I put my hand and seal.' Nox signed to Listenable Records! We welcome this unholy collaboration as a blessing and a curse to the world. Sic Luceat Nox!" Nox also recently parted ways with drummer Bob Dussel and re-recruited former member Seth van de Loo to handle drumming duties. Additional details on the band's new album and release date will be announced as they are made available.

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Sorrowful Angels Posts "Suicidal Manners" Video

Greek band Sorrowful Angels has posted a new video online for the song "Suicidal Manners," which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following comment about the clip:

"Dear friends we are proud to present you our new video clip 'Suicidal Manners.' Taken from the album 'Ship In Your Trip.' (2009) A Play2Space Production Directed by : Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos Cut by : Nickos Myrtou Photography by : Pantelis Kontakis Art Director : Iris Karagianni."

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Spawn Of Possession Streaming Pre-Production Song

Sweden's Spawn of Possession is currently streaming a pre-production track online via the band's MySpace page. Spawn of Possession issued the following statement about the song and update about an upcoming album:

"Just breaking the silence a little bit. This is a preprod recorded at home in n-track and cubase with digital drums. So the production is pretty bad and muddy. But the production for a preprod is not very important anyway. We record preprods so we can work with the arrangements and etc. Since we cant rehearse together, we do this instead. This is the first version of the song. So its not perfect.

"Some stuff which gonna be different on the album version are: * The bass intro * some guitar stuff in the middle of the song * the vocals patterns gonna be polished * new/polished drum patterns * A guitar solo in the end before the verse starts again.

"Eight songs are now complete, so there are four songs left to finish up, and the song writing process has been quite good lately. The new songs are more massive (epic), detailed, faster, melodic, brutal, catchier and energetic than the old ones. And so far I'm (we) are happy with the result. It sounds really close to the vision I got right after the recording of Noctambulant. Which was to take everything one step further. To me personally the third album will be the ultimate SoP album. Because this time I finally got the time to sit down and write down those visions which has been haunting me for years. This would never have been possible with the old members. They where pretty much exhausted and done after Noctambulant. Can't blame them for that, It was a difficult period with a lot of stress and hard work. I was pretty fucked up myself after being isolated for one year of songwriting and practicing. More...

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Grinning Shadows Streaming New EP Online

Italian Gothic metal band Grinning Shadows recently released an EP entitled "The New Curse." The band is now streaming the EP online in its entirety. The title track, along with the songs "If," "Dirge," "Missing," and "Scars of Remembrance," can be heard via the official Grinning Shadows MySpace page. The band is also currently scheduled to support Cynic at the Mephisto Rock Café in Lu Monferrato on June 10th, 2010.

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NordanVindar Changes Band Name

German pagan metal outfit NordanVindar has checked in with the following announcement about changing the band name and uploading songs on a new MySpace page:

"Hey lads and ladies! As we told sometime ago, we changed now our name and created a new Myspace site. The reason is just a new way of music, more black metal lesser pagan, and to have a fitting name for that changed style. The new band name is 'Tann im Nebel' and here is the new site.

"We hope that you will like our new way of music and that you will follow us under the new name as you did before. The split with In Dornen will be released under the new name, we hope to have it done in late winter or new year. We want to thank all of you for the support and help. The demo you can still download and the shirts are still available at the Naturmacht Productions shop."

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Utopia Records Celebrates 30 Years w/ Metal Shows

Sydney’s Utopia Records is currently in it’s 30th year and to celebrate, they will be staging a series of shows to celebrate the local rock and metal scene. “This series of shows will focus on the various sub genres of the might juggernaut that is metal, and will present the best bands from the Sydney scene of the musical & cultural phenomenon that really is louder than life.”

July 10th will see Mortal Sin, The Amenta, Daysend, Switchblade, Killrazer, Darker Half, Anno Domini, Norse and Hellbringer hit the Manning Bar stage to celebrate the occasion.

Tickets are available for $27 from Utopia Records or Moshtix.

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Earth Crisis Pulls Out Of Graspop

American hardcore veterans Earth Crisis has announced that they have pulled out of this year's edition of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting. They will be replaced by Death To Stereo. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th- June 27th.

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Venomin James Drummer Passes Away

Jared Koston, the drummer of heavy metal outfit Venomin James, passed away yesterday at his home in Madison, Ohio after a battle with cancer. He was 40 years old.

"I want to thank everyone that has helped him with this fight," says his wife Michele Koston. "The fight is over and now he does not have to worry about all the pain it has brought him."

Michele is in immediate need of financial support to help pay for the home hospice care and funeral arrangements. The Kostons have 4 children, no health insurance or employment. More...

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Slash Discusses New Velvet Revolver Material

In a recent interview with MTV News, iconic guitarist Slash discussed the future of Velvet Revolver, the band he formed seven years ago with fellow former Guns N Roses members Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum.

"As soon as we got off the road from the last tour and parted ways with Scott, we got together and wrote half a dozen really great, sort of heavy metal pieces of music," Slash told MTV News. "It's a lot heavier than what Velvet Revolver has put out, so I'm dying to put out the quintessential Velvet Revolver record.

Slash said the new material better matches the group's original intentions. "When Duff and Matt and I first got together, we wrote a ton of material that never saw the light of day, and that was all very heavy.

"It's definitely our natural way of doing things. But when we started working with Scott, we started to lighten things up a lot, and we progressively got lighter. As much as I love the two records we did do, one of the things that was progressively more and more frustrating was the direction the band took."

Read the full article at MTV News.

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Andy Sneap Joins Accept On Stage In London

At the recent Accept concert in London, England, the band was joined on stage by Sabbat guitarist Andy Sneap, who also produced the band's new studio album, "Blood Of The Nations," to perform the classic song, "Balls To The Wall." You can check out fan filmed footage below. "Blood Of The Nations" is scheduled to be released on August 20th in Europe and September 14th in North America and will be the first album to feature new vocalist Mark Tornillo. More...

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May 30th Declared Ronnie James Dio Day In L.A.

The Los Angeles City Council has announced that May 30th will be known as Ronnie James Dio Day in the city. This announcement was made official at the singer's memorial service on Sunday by the event's host Eddie Trunk. Ronnie James Dio passed away on May 16th, after a battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67.

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