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Metal News for June 20, 2010

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Thrashed and Detoured 2010 Tour Announced

L.A. thrashers RATTLEHEAD will trek out across the country for their third self-booked US headlining trek in as many years. Dubbed the “THRASHED AND DETOURED 2010,” RATTLEHEAD will be joined this time by L.A. metal band HEXEN (and MANTIC RITUAL on select dates).

RATTLEHEAD will release their new full-length, “TALES FROM THE GUTTER” on July 9th, just in time for the tour’s start. The first single “Just Stay Down!” is already available from streaming on the band’s myspace. RATTLEHEAD will be joined by current INTO ETERNITY drummer Steve Bolognese, who is helping out the band as their regular drummer AJ Stixx is unable to do the dates.

HEXEN is still supporting their latest album, “STATE OF INSURGENCY” on OSM Records. The band have been building a strong reputation having received great reviews for the debut, as well as playing all over the southwest. They are now ready to see the rest of the country and will be performing a few new tunes from their next album, due to be recorded later this year.

Here are the lates THRASHED AND DETOURED 2010 tour dates:

7/9/2010 Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky
7/10/2010 Las Vegas, NV @ Lucky Lady
7/11/2010 Phoenix, AZ @ UB's Bar
7/12/2010 Albuquerque, NM @ Warehouse 805
7/13/2010 Ft. Worth, TX @ Rock Dogs
7/14/2010 San Antonio, TX @ Ten Eleven
7/15/2010 Austin, TX @ Headhunters
7/16/2010 Jackson, MI @ The Warehouse
7/17/2010 Longwood, FL @ Liquid Scrips
7/18/2010 New Port Richey, FL @ Bourbon Street
7/19/2010 Atlanta, GA @ Lenny's
7/20/2010 Springfield, VA @ TBA w/ Mantic Ritual
7/21/2010 Bethlehem, PA @ Hard Bean Cafe w/ Mantic Ritual
7/22/2010 Worcester, MA @ Ralph's Diner w/ Mantic Ritual
7/23/2010 Montclair, NJ @ Meatlocker w/ Mantic Ritual
7/24/2010 Long Island, NY @ Broadway w/ Mantic Ritual
7/25/2010 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose w/ Mantic Ritual
7/26/2010 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class w/ Mantic Ritual
7/27/2010 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Mixtape
7/28/2010 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
7/29/2010 Milwaukee, WI @ On The Limiter
7/30/2010 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mew's
7/31/2010 Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers
8/1/2010 Wichita, KS @ OZ Cafe
8/2/2010 Denver, CO @ Lion's Lair
8/3/2010 Salt Lake, UT @ Outer Rim
8/5/2010 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
8/6/2010 Seattle, WA @ Club Motor
8/7/2010 Medford, OR @ Musichead
8/8/2010 San Francisco, CA @ TBA

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Gallows End Releases New Album Teaser

Swedish heavy metal band GALLOWS END has just launched an album teaser for their upcoming debut album "Nemesis Divine," viewable below:

As previously announced, the worldwide release date for "Nemesis Divine" is set for June 25, 2010. The album will be released through Farvahar Records and distributed worldwide by Nightmare Records. The CD has been recorded, mixed and mastered at the 7th Gate Studios by Thord Klarström. All artwork is from the hand of J.P. Fournier (– also, Edguy, Avantasia, Immortal, Dragonforce, Powerquest, Steel Attack, Stormlord, among others).

In addition, the band will celebrate the release with an Online MySpace Release Party where the entire album will be for streaming for a couple of hours. This event will take place at Thursday, June 24 from 20.00 till 24.00 CET at www.myspace.com/gallowsend.

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Hackneyed Parts Ways With Bassist

German death metal band Hackneyed has issued the following update regarding the departure of their bassist Alex Buttner:

"Our long time fellow Alex isn’t playing the bass at Hackneyed anymore. After several weeks of being torn between his new job and the band he took the decision to leave the band. It was a hard time for all of us but we all think that it was the only way of keeping Hackneyed alive and going. We are sad that Alex, one of the founding members, had to leave us. We all hope that, despite his new job we will still find the time to rock some parties together."

"As Tini, a long time friend of the band, already played some shows as a temporary replacement for Alex she, after all, joined the band as a full member. We are very happy that with her we found a more than suitable replacement. We had a great time playing the first shows together and she really fits into the band. But see it for yourself at one of our next shows!"

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End Of Green Reveals New Album Details

Germany gothic rockers End Of Green have announced that they will release their seventh studio album, "High Hopes in Low Places", on August 20th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via Silverdust Records. The CD was recorded at Munich's Weltraumstudios with producer Corni Bartels.

The track listing is as follows:
1. Blackened Eyes
2. Goodnight Insomnia
3. Carpathian Gravedancer
4. Under The Sway
5. Tie Me A Rope… While You're Calling My Name
6. High Hopes In Low Places
7. An Awful Day
8. Saviour
9. Slaves
10. Starlight

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Behemoth Announces Reissue Set

Polish death metal titans Behemoth have just announced plans to re-issue thier classic EPs titled "Conjuration" and "Slaves Shall Serve" together in a single 2-disc set. The set, which is due for release sometime in the fall, will be issued on Metal Blade Records in North America and on Peaceville Records for all Europen territories.

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Bison B.C. Announces Homecoming Gig

Bison B.C have just announced a homecoming gig set to take place on July 23rd, 2010 at the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Bison B.C, who have just wrapped up a successful tour of the United States, are currently touring their way back across Canada.

June 30th - Edmonton - New City
July 1st - Calgary - Sled Island Fest
July 2nd - Calgary - Sled Island Fest
July 3rd - Kamloops - Pogue Mahone's
July 16th - Tofino - Tofino Legion
July 17th - Victoria - Sugar Night Club
July 23rd - Vancouver - Biltmore Cabaret

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Sabaton Performance Footage Available

Sabaton has posted video footage online from the band's appearance at the Metaltown 2010 festival, which can be viewed below.

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The Man-Eating Tree Performs New Single

Atmospheric Finnish metallers The Man-Eating Tree have just released performance footage of their new single "Out of the Wind". The song comes off of the band's debut album titled "Vine" which is due for release in September on Cobra Records.

The Man-Eating Tree features former members of Fall of the Leafe, Posionblack, Reflexion, Embraze and Sentenced.

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Eyefear Writing New Album

Australian metallers Eyefear have issued the following update about writing material for a new album:

"Greetings everyone, it's time to start revealing some of the news we promised a few weeks ago.
Eyefear and Intromental management have decided in mutual agreement to stop the collaboration. Both parties believe the time has come for the band to seek new opportunities after the demise of their former record label Dockyard 1. We want to thank Claus and Lars for 7 great years of work and spreading the name of Eyefear across the world. Writing is well underway for the new as yet untitled album and we will be revealing more news in the comings days."

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

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Woe Finishes Recording New Album

Black metal act Woe has announced the recording is officially finished for the upcoming album "Quietly, Undramatically," and the mastering process will begin on July 3rd. The band has also posted a live performance video clip online for the new song "Hatred is Our Heart," which can be viewed below.

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Unearth Posts Download Festival Footage

Unearth has posted footage online of the band performing the song "Sanctity of Brothers" at the 2010 Download festival. The video clip can be viewed below.

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DevilDriver Checks In From The Road

DevilDriver has checked in with the following report from the road:

"We hit the ground running in Amsterdam then was off to play with Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Alice in Chains, and Slayer! The shows have been fucking badass and were all having a great time over here! We are in Budapest today with Megadeth / got some good grub / shower now off to sound check! God bless the USA Home in 3 and half weeks. We miss all of ya and will see ya at Ozzfest!"

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

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Lacrimas Profundere Adds More U.S. Shows

Germany's Lacrimas Profundere has announced the following string of upcoming U.S. tour dates:

10/22 Spokane (WA), The Seaside
10/24 Seattle (WA), El Corazon
10/25 Portland (OR), Hawthorne Theater
10/26 Bend (OR), Bend Event Center
10/27 San Francisco (CA), DNA Lounge
10/28 Los Angeles (CA), Whiskey a Go Go

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Lacrimosa Announces 20th Anniversary Shows

Swiss act Lacrimosa has issued the following statement about upcoming 20th anniversary shows:

"The anniversary-tour continues! We proudly present you the following Lacrimosa concert dates which are already confirmed! Furthermore these days we will publish additional dates here on our page within the list of concert as soon as they are confirmed. And yes: Lacrmiosa will also come to Mexico this year, these dates will follow as well as soon as possible."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

21.09.10 Brasil Sao Paulo Carioca Club
23.09.10 Uruguay Montevideo tba
25.09.10 Argentina Buenos Aires Teatro Flores
28.09.10 Argentina Salta Teatro del Huerto
30.09.10 Bolivia La Paz Coliseo Americano
02.10.10 Chile Santiago Teatro Teleton
03.10.10 Peru Lima Teatro de la U.N.I.
05.10.10 Ecuador Quito tba
07.10.10 Colombia Bogota tba

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Rotting Christ Cancels Festival Appearances

Rotting Christ has issued the following announcement about canceling several upcoming festival appearances:

"Unfortunately it seems that the Gods have rolled the dice and decided that 2010 will be a year of cancellations for the Rotting Christ Horde. Due to the slow recovery of front man Sakis’ broken leg, he has been urged to follow medical advice to avoid any further complications, and the band has sadly no option but to cancel the first part of their summer festival tour."

The following dates are affected:

2 July 2010 Metalshow lv-Riga-(LATVIA)
3 July 2010 Hard Rock Laager Festival-Vana Vigala (ESTONIA)
4 July 2010 Mulen Ruzas-Vilnius (LITHUANIA)
6 July 2010 Randal-Bratislava (SLOVAKIA)
7 July 2010 Planetnoir Metal Stage-Pecs-(HUNGARY)
8 July 2010 Metal Camp-Tolmin (SLOVENIA)

Vocalist Sakis Tolis also commented: "We would like to express from the depths of our soul our frustration having to make this decision, and we promise our brothers and sisters that the band will be be back in the battlefield from the 15th July onwards."

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Visions Of Atlantis Announces Festival Appearance

Austria's Visions of Atlantis has checked in with the following announcement about appearing an upcoming Chinese festival on July 18th:

"Hey out there! We are happy and proud to announce that we where invited to visit and rock China again this summer! VoA will perform at the SUZHOU HOLISLAND INTERNATION MUSIC FESTIVAL on the 18th of July near Shanghai in the wonderful city of Suzhou!

"The festival will take place on Suzhou's Vitality Island from the 16th to the 18th of July and offer you International Acts like SINEAD O`CONNOR, SIMPLE PLAN, THIRTEEN SENSES, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, RISE AGAINST, X-JAPAN AND MANY MORE!

"The expected attendance will be about 150,000, so be sure to secure your tickets. For more info check this location where you`ll have the chance to order your tix!! Hope to see you there and rock with you! PS: Stay tuned for more infos about our new album."

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Dark Order Announces CD Release Show

On Saturday, July 17th, Sydney thrashers Dark Order will launch their third album entitled "Cold War Of The Condor" alongside Random Order (Tas), and Rampant and Rock N Roll Weapon live at The Wall (formerly the Bald Faced Stag).

The band has a rough mix of the new track "Dissension of the Raptor" available for streaming on their MySpace player.

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Sunday Old School: Onslaught

When one thinks of thrash metal, the two countries that come to mine are the United States and Germany. However thrash had it's scenes all over the world. From Canada to Australia to Brazil and beyond, there was no country that thrash didn't touch and of course, Great Britain was no exception. Although the British thrash scene is largely overlooked, those who bother to explore it will find some of the best thrash of it's time and most were in agreement, that the best of these was Onslaught. Onslaught was founded as a punk band in the vein of Discharge and The Exploited by Nige Rockett in Bristol, England in 1983, being quickly joined by drummer Steve Grice. The band released a demo later that year before releasing an EP entitled, "What Lies Ahead" in the same year, which featured new members Jase Pope and Paul Hill.

Hill was soon to be replaced by Jase Stallard and the group took on a more metal orientated approach to songwriting and signed to Children Of The Revolution Records, under whom they released their debut album, "Power From Hell" in 1985. The album contained lyrics which were satanic in nature and also featured a song entitled, "Death Metal," leading to some metal fans crediting the band with coining the term, along with Possessed. That same year, vocalist Paul Mahoney moved to the position of second guitarist, when the band hired vocalist Sy Keeler. This lineup travelled to London to record their second album, "The Force" in 1986, which is now regarded as one of the genre's true classic albums, containing such thrash anthems as "Let There Be Death" and "Flame Of The Antichrist." After the release of "The Force," the band signed to major label London Records for their next album, though things did not go as well as they had hoped. Under pressure from the label, the band let Keeler go and hired Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett, in an attempt to help the band reach a more mainstream fan base. The subsequent album, "In Search Of Sanity" was released in 1989 but proved to be a disappointment for hardcore fans, oweing to the change in vocals and more polished production. Grimmett left the band soon after and the band was dropped from their label, before deciding to call it a day in 1991.

Key members Steve Grice and Nige Rockett remained good friends throughout the inactivity of Onslaught, and upon finding out that a record label had been selling Onslaught albums without permission, the two decided to reform the band. They contacted Sy Keeler who soon agreed to rejoin the band, along with bassist Jim Hinder, who had performed with the group during the "In Search Of Sanity" era. The band performed some low key gigs, along with supporting slots to the likes of Venom, before releasing a new studio album entitled, "Killing Peace" in 2007. The album was regarded as a natural follow up to "The Force" and was extremely well received from fans and critics alike. Since the release of the album, Onslaught have been touring relentlessly to take their rightful place as one thrash metal's true greats, performing all over the world and releasing a live album entitled, "Live Damnation" in the process. The band are currently working on their fifth studio album, which is expected to be released later this year. More...

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