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Metal News for June 21, 2010

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42 news articles posted on this day.

36 Crazyfists Announces New Tour Dates

Alaska's 36 Crazyfists have just announced thier plans for a summer tour. 36 Crazyfists will team up alongside Dirge Within and Straight Line Stitch to tour the United States in support of their new record, "Collisions and Castaways" due out July 26, 2010 on Ferret Music/Roadrunner Records.

Currently announced dates include:
July 28 – Albany, NY @ Bogies
July 30 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
July 31 – Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of ock
August 1 – Lake Station, IN @ Lake Station Eagles Club
August 3 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
August 5 – Boise, ID @ The Bouquet
August 6 – Coeur D’Alene, ID @ The Grail Event Center

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Antagonist Reveals New Album Track Listing

California's Antagonist have just released the track listing for thier upcoming album "Worlds In Decline" due out on Prosthetic Records. Thier Prosthetic Records debut, "Exile," was released in 2008.

Singer/guitarist Carlos Garcia commented on "Worlds In Decline" by saying: "We’re super stoked on the finished product, and we hope everyone will feel the same! Paul was amazing to work with, he was very encouraging and super patient with us, and we’re eternally grateful for that. And of course, he knows his way around the console. This is honestly the first album we’ve done that is an accurate representation of Antagonist’s live sound, and it definitely showcases a more refined, aggressive sound. We’re taking it back to the old school!"

Here's the track listing for "Worlds In Decline":

1. The Bane of Existence
2. Sasha Grey
3. Disguised In White
4. God On Fire
5. Wake Up And Smell The Lies
6. New Human
7. A Voice Unspoken
8. Already Dead (Featuring John Strachan)
9. Darkest Darkness (Featuring Jared Monette)
10. World In Decline (Featuring Jared Monette)

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Norma Jean Announces Off-Dates

Norma Jean, the long running metalcore band from Georgia, have just announced a small handful of concert dates set to take place during thier current run on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. The dates, which take place on off nights, also feature In This Moment.

Dates include:
July 12 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
July 26 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
August 2 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend )
August 9 – West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern

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Sleep Announces New Tour Dates

Iconic doom metallers Sleep, featuring High On Fire's Matt Pike, have just announced a batch of new tour dates. The concerts, which are to be the first taking place in the U.S in over twelve years, are taking place at various locations across America.

Currently announced dates include:
September 3 – Monticello, NY@ All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival 2010
September 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
September 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
September 9 – Chicago, IL@ Logan Square Auditorium
September 10 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
September 11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
September 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom More...

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Aldebaran Issues Recording Update

Portland, Oregon based band Aldebaran has issued the following recording update:

"We just finished up 6 days in the studio with Billy Anderson. 4 new tracks clocking in a total of 1 hour and 40 minutes. This is by far our best material and recording to date! 95% of everything is tracked there are a few details to add here and there and then the mixing process will begin. The first release will be one 35 minute track called 'Buried Beneath Aeons.'

"We expect this to be out Sept./Oct. this year. Then the as yet untitled full length will be released winter 2010. This will have 3 new tracks, 'SENTINEL OF A SUNLESS ABYSS', 'WHERE THE BLACK STARS HANG' and an untitled instrumental. Both releases will be released on LP and CD. Doom 'til death!"

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Cirrha Niva Drummer Comments On Joining The Band

Dutch metallers Cirrha Niva recently announced they recruited Wiebe Slim as the band's new drummer. Wiebe Slim has now issued the following statement about joining the band:

"Hi there! This is my first announcement as an official member of Cirrha Niva. I’m very honored and happy to be the new drummer of this great band. During the search for a new drummer I fell in on May 8th in Goes. We had a great gig! After two rehearsals and the show I decided to join the band. The chemistry with the other band members is great. I’m really looking forward to the live gigs and writing new material. Hope to see you at one of our live performances!"

Cirrha Niva tracks are available for streaming through the band's official MySpace page.

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DevilDriver Issues Road Report

DevilDriver guitarist Jeff Kendrick has checked in with the following road report:

"Writing you all from Budapest, Hungary after several shows with the 'big four' in Czech Republic and Switzerland. It was absolutely fucking amazing! I was able to just pull it together in time for this tour after having a very serious case of pneumonia right before this tour. It was brutal! I was very sick and don't still feel that great, but I am pulling it together for the tour.

"Nothing was going to stop me from kicking ass on this run! We are playing a club show tonight with Megadeth and I am hoping that they will play their entire 'Rust In Peace' album! Anyways, I will keep you updated as the tour goes farther along but so far everything has been great and shows have been awesome. Again, thanks to everyone who voted for me for 'Best Shredder' it was an honor to be nominated and I appreciate all of your support! Take care guys."

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Kypck Issues Album Update

Finland's Kypck has issued the following update about the progress of the band's new album:

"Kypck's new full length album has been completed for already 5 months now, but surprisingly and extremely frustratingly the agreement between the band and their new record company still remains unconfirmed.

"Recording the album the band was under the assumption that everything was clear, but that turned out to not be the case. The band now hopes for an autumn release for the new album. Despite numerous requests there will be no live shows until the new album is out."

You can also check out Kypck's music through the band's MySpace page.

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Porcupine Tree And Coheed And Cambria To Tour

Porcupine Tree has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates alongside Coheed and Combria:

"PT is happy to announce that the band will be joining Coheed and Cambria to coheadline 12 dates in the US in August. Tickets are on sale to the general public this Friday, June 25th The band will also be headlining their own show at The Warfield in San Francisco on August 10th. ROABP info to be posted shortly."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

8/10 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield (PT only)
8/12 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium
8/13 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
8/14 San Diego, CA – 4th and B (21+)
8/16 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
8/17 El Paso, TX – Club 101
8/18 San Antonio, TX - Sunset Station
8/20 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
8/21 Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
8/22 Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
8/23 St Louis, MO - Pageant
8/24 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room

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Headline News

Paul Gray's Death Due To Morphine Overdose

MSNBC.com has reported that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who was discovered dead in a hotel room on May 24th, died of a drug overdose. According to the report, Gray's autopsy revealed death was caused by an accidental overdose of both fentanyl and morphine. The autopsy also reportedly stated that Gray exhibited signs of severe heart disease. Police have stated that Gray apparently had no prescription for either drug, and that an investigation is currently under way to discover how they were in Gray's possession. Gray was survived by his wife, Brenna Gray.

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Unearthing the Cello Metal Underground, Part 2

Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. The first time I featured cello and violin metal, I put the genre in context with an introduction about Apocalyptica's influence, and featured three fantastic cello and violin metal bands, Judgement Day, Heavin, and Grayceon. Those bands tend to use both violins and cellos, but today I'm going to focus on some more bands that have followed more closely in Apocalyptica's footsteps and are largely classical cello ensembles who cover or play heavy metal.


Primitivity is a cello and percussion ensemble from the Washington, DC area that blends elements of classical and heavy metal music. Cellist Loren Westbrook-Fritts composes the music and provides the leads, while cellists David Teie of the National Symphony, Kristin Ostling of the Baltimore Symphony, and Mauricio Betanzo of the Maryland Symphony all shred out intense riffs and harmonies. Percussionist Robby Burns from the University of Maryland completes the band with rumbling drum hits. Specializing in the music of Megadeth, Apocalyptica, and Metallica, Primitivity has also written some of their own original compositions. The band released "Plays Megadeth For Cello" earlier this year.

Check out one of the band's original compositions, "Convergence" below.

For one of their heavier original songs, also check out "Sacrifice" on their MySpace player, as well as numerous metal covers. More...

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Sons Of Liberty Video Interview Available

Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer has developed his new project Sons Of Liberty for the stated purpose of "spreading awareness about the current state of affairs worldwide." A video clip has been posted online of an interview with Schaffer and G. Edward Griffin (author of The Creature From Jekyll Island), which can be viewed below. The band's entire album can also be heard online now at this location.

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Otep Comments On BP Oil Spill

Joining in on the growing roster of musicians who have commented on the BP oil spill, Otep front woman Otep Shamaya has issued the following statement:

"My friends, I find myself deep in the rolling green of the beautiful Southern territory of flavorful Fayetteville, Arkansas. The hills are rich with a monochrome flora and the arching landscape is crested by a silky blue sky brimming with billowing clouds moving slowly overhead like an enormous ghost armada returning victorious from war. The heat is thick and sweltering. It is a strange and wondrous sensory experience.

"I see all this and am amazed how anyone could live surrounded by such beauty but care so very little about maintaining it. I wonder if future generations will ever believe days like this actually existed or will they assume that these are just the words of a demented mind twisted with fantasy or folklore? Perhaps they will lament on the rugged Eden that their ancestors took for granted and squandered in the heavy stink of apathy and inaction? More...

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Mandatory Reveals New Album Details

German death metallers Mandatory, who signed to Xtreem Music in fall 2009, were busy during the first half of 2010 working on the mixing their debut album "Adrift Beyond" at Sweden's Sunlight Studios with Tomas Skogsberg. The "Adrift Beyond" cover artwork is being handled by SV Bell, who was responsible of Amorphis' "Tales from the Thousand Lakes" and others. The album is set for a July 1st, 2010 release date. In the mean time you can check out Mandatory songs via the band's MySpace page.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Calling
2. Adrift Beyond
3. Into Eternal Sleep
4. Evocation of the Dead
5. Nevermore
6. Torn
7. Impurity of Thoughts
8. Cursed Astray
9. Execution
10. Silent Dementia
11. Crypta Crawler
12. Silenced
13. Enter the Crematorium
14. Toxic Mutilation
15. A Hallowed Sacrifice
16. Passing...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Announces Mini-Tour

Southern Lord Recordings has issued the following update about Corrosion of Conformity embarking on a mini-tour:

"Southern Lord Recordings is proud to announce a West Coast mini-tour, featuring several SL artists as well as some very special opening and headlining guests. Running from August 8th through 12th, the three-show tour features Southern Lord artists Eagle Twin, Black Breath and the return of Goatsnake. All of this is in addition to the headliner for the festivities; the recently reunited circa-1986 Animosity album lineup of Corrosion Of Conformity, featuring Woody Weatherman on guitar, Mike Dean on bass and vocals, and Reed Mullin on drums! The tour will also showcase openers Righteous Fool featuring Mike and Reed from C.O.C.

"The string of dates kick off in Los Angeles at the Southern Lord sponsored The Power Of The Riff Festival, featuring this tour's full lineup as well as countless other brutal acts including Repulsion, Trap Them, Nails, From Ashes Rise and more. The full lineup and info behind the fest will be announced soon."

The currently announced dates for the Southern Lord West Coast Mini Tour are as follows:

8/08/2010 Echo and Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA @ The Power of the Riff Fest
8/10/2010 DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
8/12/2010 Neumo's - Seattle, WA

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Descend To Enter The Studio

Sweden's Descend has issued the following update about gearing up to hit the recording studio:

"Hope you're all doing fine, cause I sure am. Except a little pain in my back caused from none-ergonomical digging but that's not important (please have pity). So Escape Route Studios is booked!

"We will be heading there in two rounds. First time will be in August, 10-27, recording as much as possible but vocals, and the second round starts off the 6th of September and I will have to the 11th to do all the vocals, which shouldn't be a problem.

"Our material is pretty much completed, there are few things left to deal with so withing a week it will all be done for sure and then we all just have to prepare ourselves individually. By that, I'm now going to listen a little to the preprod. I bid you farewell."

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Interment Streaming New Song

Swedish death metallers Interment are currently streaming the song "Night of the Undead," which is off the band's debut full-length album "Into the Crypts of Blasphemy," at this location. The band commented on the song, "The track 'Night of the Undead' summarizes the album supremely and brings forth the dark and filthy Swedish old-school death the band has been delivering for over 20 years!" An official album release date for "Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy" will be announced soon.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Eternal Darkness
2. Torn From The Grave
3. Dreaming In Dead
4. Stench Of Flesh
5. Where Death Will Increase
6. Sacrificial Torment
7. Night Of The Undead
8. Morbid Death
9. The Pestilence

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Borknagar Announces South American Tour

Borknagar has issued the following announcement about scheduling the band's first tour of South America;

"With the recent changes in the band, Borknagar is now able to hit the road and meet the fans face to face. We are very pleased to announce that Borknagar is now gearing up to head to South America, a continent never visited by the band before. The 'UNIVERSAL COURSE TOUR' is scheduled to kick off in September 2010."

The currently announced dates are as follows, with venues to be announced shortly:

16/09 - Caracas/Venezuela
17/09 - Bogota/Colombia
18/09 - Quito/Ecuador
19/09 - Lima/Peru
22/09 - La Paz/Bolivia
23/09 - Santiago/Chile
24/09 - Buenos Aires/Argentina
25/09 - São Paulo/Brasil More...

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Darkseed Streaming New Album Samples

German metal act Darkseed has announced the new album "Poison Awaits" will be released via Massacre Records on July 23rd, 2010. Samples of all the songs on the new album are also currently available for streaming via this location.

The "Poison Awaits" track listing is as follows:

1. Roads
2. Incinerate
3. Poison Awaits
4. Seeds Of Sorrow
5. All Is Vanity
6. Black Throne
7. A Dual Pact
8. Torn To Shatters
9. No Promise In The Heavens
10. Striving For Fire
11. Timeless Skies
12. King In The Sun

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Hatebreed Announces New Tour Dates

Hatebreed has announced the following upcoming U.S. and European tour dates:

6/21 – Bochum @ Matrix – Germany
6/22 – München @ Werk 2 – Germany
6/23 – Pinarella Di cervia @ Rock Planet – Italy
6/24 – Lindau @ Club Vaudeville – Germany
6/25 – Mannheim @ Feuerwache – Germany
6/26 – Montabaur @ Mach1 Festival – Germany
6/27 – Dessel @ Grasspop Metal Meeting – Belgium
7/7 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air MAYHEM WARM UP SHOW W/ LAMB OF GOD, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD
7/8 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues – MAYHEM WARM UP SHOW W/ LAMB OF GOD, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD
7/10 San Bernadino, CA @ Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen
7/11 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/12 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater – MAYHEM OFF DATE W/ LAMB OF GOD, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD
7/13 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre Southeast
7/14 Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/16 Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
7/17 Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
7/18 Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
7/19 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club – MAYHEM OFF DATE W/ LAMB OF GOD, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD
7/20 St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/21 Cincinatti, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/23 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/24 Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theater
7/25 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau
7/27 Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
7/28 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/29 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues – MAYHEM OFF DATE W/ LAMB OF GOD, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD
7/30 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Theater
7/31 Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center More...

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Hell Within Posts New Song Online

New England’s hardcore/metal band Hell Within has set a July 13th release date for their Thorp Records debut, "God Grant Me Vengeance." The album was recorded at Damage Studios in Massachusetts, with engineer/producer, Pete Rutcho (Bury Your Dead). The new record was produced by Hell Within and Rutcho, and artwork was created by Hell Within's vocalist, J.J. Long.

Guitarist Tony Zimmerman explains, “(God Grant Me Vengeance) is more crushing than the Hammer of Thor. The tour has been great too. It’s nice to be back out seeing people we know, as well as many new ones. We can’t wait for the next one with the album being released. We’re having a blast!”

The album’s title track is currently available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page. More...

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Sorrow To See Re-Release Of Debut Album

Metal Mind Productions has issued the following announcement about re-releasing the "Hatred and Disgust" album by Sorrow:

"Metal Mind Productions presents a re-release of the only studio album by the American death/doom metal band Sorrow. Sorrow’s history is a by-the-book example of a band who had genuine talent, but just weren’t lucky enough to survive the avalanche of metal releases in the early 90’s. Today, the group’s debut album 'Hatred and Disgust' (1992), along with the preceding EP 'Forgotten Sunrise' (1991), are considered as true metal classics, hunted by music collectors all around the world. This exclusive double reissue brings back these classics in all of their brutal, devastating glory…

"The group was originally formed in 1988, bearing the name Apparition. Back then, the five-piece (consisting of vocalist Rob Hermandez, bassist Rich Figlia, drummer Mike Hymson and guitarists Andy Marchione and Brett Clarin) played straight-forward thrash metal, much like many other bands on the New York scene. The scene itself was divided between thrash and hardcore fans. Apparition was a quite successful project, recording overall 2 demos and 1 EP – 'Eternally Forgotten/Curse The Sunrise' – released by Relapse Records. They also played numerous shows with other scene bands like Suffocation or Gorguts. The buzz around the group was getting bigger and soon they got their chance to shine. More...

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Pythia Comments On Canceled Show

Gothic metal act Pythia has issued the following statement about canceling a previously announced live show:

"The Gathering. It is great with regret that Pythia and The Lorien Trust have to announce that the planned performance by the aforementioned artist is canceled without prejudice. Unfortunately, due to an announcement on the band’s official site with slightly incorrect ticket pricing and ensuing reaction from the player base regarding IC/OOC issues of the performance on the Saturday night, and lack of infrastructure allowing the performance to go ahead on the Thursday as suggested by many, the show will not be going ahead.

"An unexpected backlash from established players has made LT and Pythia re-think the proposed show, as many thought this may interrupt the immersion of the IC aspect of the weekend. Not wanting to offend anyone, as Pythia are also well established participants in the RPG scene, it was thought best that the performance would be better suited to a different type of event, and hope that this is not a reflection upon the artists themselves, but merely the prospect of an electrically ‘live’ performance at The Gathering.

"Unfortunately, many people who were coming to the event to enjoy the LARP experience for the first time through being fans of Pythia who were looking forward to becoming regular members have been left feeling a little amiss. Should these players still attend the event, we suggest that it is best that all existing players extend them the same welcome as any new player should. More...

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Masterplan Completes Filming of New Music Video

Melodic metal kings MASTERPLAN just finished shooting the music video for the title track of their new album, "Time To Be King," yesterday in Hamburg. The “Time To Be King” album marked the return of the band´s original vocalist Jorn Lande.

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Kreetur Offering Split Album As Free Download

Quebec's Kreetur has issued the following announcement about offering the split album with Gravsahl as a free MP3 download:

"The split with Gravsahl (From Germany) is from this date available. The split offers 4 songs of Kreetur and 4 others songs from Gravsahl, This 8 track demo split is offered free to download on this site. We're happy to present you: Between Torment And Depression."

Sample Kreetur songs are also available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.

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Footage Available Of The "Big Four" Together

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax — the "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — played together for the first time on June 16 in front of 81,000 fans at the Sonisphere festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has posted video footage of the photo call that took place before the Warsaw concert. Watch the clip below.

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Anti Life To Release New EP

Brazilian black metal act Anti Life has issued the following announcement about releasing a new EP titled "Anti Vida" via Satanhades Productions:

"Anti Life's new EP! This EP features four tracks totaling 12 minutes of true insanity in the form of raw black metal! Raw, no-frills with riffs loyal to the black metal of the 90s with heavy influence from the bands: Krieg, Judas Iscariot, Darkthrone, Uruk-Hai among other bands. Coming soon for Satanhades Prod."

A sample from "Anti Vida" can be heard through the band's MySpace page.

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Dual-Coma Comments On Ending Show Early

Poland's Dual-Coma has checked in with the following recap of their recent show with Heretique and Masticate:

"Thanks to everyone who attended the Saturday concert for Compressor. We regret only that we had to end the show so quickly because of the sound conditions they were on the scene, and also because of total lack of professionalism of the acoustics. Everything sounded bad, and the scene there was a big screech. After a few minutes could not stand it. We try to always give our all, regardless of whether or not something that we have or not. In vain we tried to contact the owner, who had come along to complete the formalities. Boyz in the bands that played with us had quite a bit to get to the club, and the water did not funnel to Baku.

"Well but what, in conclusion - a big flap! It could be really good, but it turned out how it came out Thanks again to all who attended and who played with us: BASEMENT, HERETIQUE, MASTICATE. The final evaluation for lifetime for the club: 1 / 10. Final evaluation of the bands that played with us: 10.10 (for their professionalism, commitment, and positive attitude in spite of bad aura)."

You can also check out sample Dual-Coma tracks via the band's official MySpace page.

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Brazen Bull Gives Pre-Production Recording Update

Brazen Bull, who recently announced that Weldon MacDonald of Adratic has joined the band on vocals, has issued a short update from their weekend of pre-production recording. The new songs will be the foundation for the band's next album, entitled "The Traveling Parasite." The band comments:

"With this release comes a new sound, and a new direction. The Traveling Parasite is a mix of technical stop/start fury, all over the shop vocal and guitar noise, beautifully brutal blasting rhythms, and crushing but delicately intricate "anthems". It is nigh on impossible to define the next stage of our development but we will give you updates and previews of our journey as it happens.

"Thanks to all for the continued support and we will hopefully have pre-order information for the upcoming release, as well as new art, merch, and some preview tracks, in the coming weeks/months."

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Lord By Fire Begins Work On New Music

Virginia sludge metal band Lord By Fire has issued the following update:

"We are currently in the process or recording a new batch of songs for a internet release. We may have a sellable copy in the future, but at the moment we are not very much of an active touring band and do not have a label to put it out. If someone and the someone would have to be crazy to just put something out b/c it is really hard for us to tour right now. We just want to get our music out there to the people that want it. So why not make it free. When it's ready for people to hear we will be posting it."

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Holocausto Canibal Posts Festival Video Diary

Portugal's Holocausto Canibal has posted a video diary online from the band's performance at the Tattoo Death Fest, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the footage:

"Hey everyone! The italian video diary from the Tattoo Death Fest in Milan we announced some time ago is already online as we promised. In this video diary you can see all the fun we had on the trip and the festival. Hope you enjoy it!"

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Sorrows Path Announces New Album Release

Greek doom metal act Sorrows Path has announced the upcoming album "The Rough Path of Nihilism" will be released in October of 2010 by Rock It Up Records. In the mean time you can check out a rough mixed track off the new album via the Sorrows Path MySpace page. The band also has the following upcoming live shows:

10/23 2010 Harley Bar, Salonica, Greece, with WOTAN (ITA), WISHDOOM (GRE)
12/5 2010 An club, Athens, Greece, release party-live with friends guests (T.B.A.)

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Swarming Reveals Split EP Cover Art

Finnish death metallers Swarming are adding the tracks "Convulsing Into Eternal Doom" and "Premature Embalming" to an upcoming split EP with Zombie Ritual. The split is set to be released via Doomentia Records. Swarming has now posted the cover artwork online, which can be viewed at this location. You can also check out the "Convulsing Into Eternal Doom" song via Swarming's MySpace page.

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Midnattsol Issues Studio Update

German metal band Midnattsol has issued the following studio update:

"After four days drum-, 6 days guitar-, two days bass- and three days keyboard recordings as well as five bottles of Jim Beam, three of Jack Daniels, a few beers, a little Uzo, some wine and a lot of sweat and effort, as well as joy and fun, we finally made it – the instruments are all recorded and a raw mix is already done."

"We are absolutely excited about the sound of our songs even now and we are looking forward to work on the vocals with Carmen in the coming weeks." More...

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Disbelief Seeks New Guitarist

Germany's DISBELIEF has issued the following update regarding their search for a new guitarist:

"DISBELIEF is searching for a new guitarist, if the following profile fits to you do not hesitate to contact us via guitaristdisbelief@online.de:

- ambition should be "(semi-)professional musician
- live- and studio-experienced
- creative
- focus and identification on DISBELIEF and our music"

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Whitesnake Announces Lineup Changes

WHITESNAKE has officially announced that bassist URIAH DUFFY & drummer CHRIS FRAZIER are going their separate ways from the band after a fun filled & successful journey together.

WHITESNAKE wish URIAH & CHRIS every success in pursuing their individual musical careers and express their sincere gratitude for the exceptional contribution they both made to the legacy of the band.

WHITESNAKE welcomes drummer/vocalist BRIAN TICHY. At this time WHITESNAKE are still exploring their options for the position of new Bass Player/Singer.

WHITESNAKE are currently in the studio writing & recording the their new album, which is expected to be released throughout the world on the FRONTIERS label in the Spring of 2011 to coincide with their return to touring.

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Blutmond Signs To Code666 Records

Switzerland avant-garde black metal trio BLUTMOND has inked a deal with Code666 Records. The group's new album, "Thirteen Urban Ways 4 Groovy Bohemian Days," is scheduled for release in September 2010.

"We decided to get rid of corpsepaint and traditional BM attitude, all of us in the band enjoy different genres and I think it shines through in our music" says guitarist/vocalist Jonas "John" Brem of BLUTMOND's influences "BLUTMOND has finally found the perfect partner for the upcoming release "Thirteen Urban Ways 4 Groovy Bohemian Days". We just signed a contract with the legendary label Code666 Records! And hell yeah, we're fucking excited and looking forward to kill your illusion of what Metal is! After many line-up changes, endless composing sessions and insane sceneries in the gutters of our souls, our new record can finally find the way to our audience. Don't except old-fashioned shredding, we truly found our way within the dark arts, using catchy riffs, melancholic Blues tunes, and urban stories about broken hearts, unpaid bills, lonely nights and warm beer. Stay tuned and await everything!"

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Void Of Silence Reveals New Album Details

Italian apocalyptic doomsters VOID OF SILENCE will release their fourth album, "The Grave of Civilization," today (June 21st) via Code666 Records. View the cover art for the new album at this location. A medley from the CD is currently available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Prelude to the Death of hope
2. The Grave of Civilization
3. Apt Epitaph
4. Temple of Stagnation (DFMI MMX)
5. None shall Mourn
6. Empty Echo

"The Grave Of Civilization" was produced by VOID OF SILENCE mainman Riccardo Conforti in Rome then Mixed and Mastered by Dennis Israel at Clintworks Studio in Hamburg, Germany.

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Raven Woods Signs To Code666 Records

Code666 Records has announced the signing of Ankara, Anatolian extreme metallers Raven Woods. The band is currently in studio recording 10 songs for their new album entitled "Rising."

Raven Woods bassist Ozam Yildirim comments, "The recording process of our upcoming album is going great. Just wait until you see the unique eastern spirit combined with crushing brutality and catchy riffs. Not for the weak hearts, so to speak. It sounds like a 10 ton hammer and punch in your face from the eastern lands, where all those brutal, dark ethnic melodies actually came out in the first place"

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Sole Remedy Signs To Aftermath Music

Aftermath Music has announced their signing of the melancholic progressive metal band from Lahti, Finland, SOLE REMEDY. Their debut album, "Apoptosis," will be released in September. Check out their song "The Burden" below:

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Goat The Head Signs To Aftermath Music

Aftermath Music has announced their signing of Norwegian death metal band GOAT THE HEAD. Their follow-up to 2007s "Simian Supremacy" will be released on September 13.

The new album, "Doppelgängers," was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen and contains 10 tracks. The new track "Neolithic Rocket Science" has been posted online on the label's MySpace page.

The band comments, "Ah, yeah, it's great to be back in business! It is with great anticipation and spirit we engage into cooperation with Aftermath Music, a label whose enthusiasm is both infectious and inspiring! Topnotch times!"

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Elvenking Posts New Studio Journal Online

Italian power metal band Elvenking has posted another studio report on their website. Read it below:

"This time my experience in studio was very…ehm…'fast!' I arrived at 3 p.m., after 8 hours driving, had a cup of coffee while meeting Dennis, and at 4 p.m. we layed down the first track! He already setup all the stuff to record the bass and we have just to adjust some pots to get a great sound: this time you can hear a Fender precision A.S. into a Fender supersonic guitar head, plug with a Marshall guitar cabinet. Strange mixture of vintage stuff but we got a big sound! The way Dennis record bass line is different from what I’ve done 'til now, he prefered to listen to the whole line two or three times, then he took the best one and worked on it. Well, after three hours, at 7 p.m. we have done 6 songs. In the night I had gnocchi at the local Italian restaurant and went to bed directly. On Monday we started at 12 and after 3 hours I’ve done my job! Ready to come back home. Bought two boxes of good german beer, filled up at the gas station and after only 40 hours I was back in my bed!"

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