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Metal News for June 22, 2010

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49 news articles posted on this day.

Suicidal Tendencies Added To Epicenter Festival

California crossover thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies have just been added to the 2010 edition of the Epicenter Festival taking place on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26 2010 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.

Other acts scheduled to appear include Kiss, Bad Religion, Rise Against, Papa Roach, Eminem and A Day To Remember. For the full line-up check out EpicenterFestival.com.

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Devin Townsend Discusses Solo Tour

Legendary metal mastermind Devin Townsend has just released details in regards to his first ever solo tour. The tour will include over 15 years of Devin Townsend material ranging from Strapping Young Lad, Ziltoid and some songs from his more obscure releases.

Devin Townsend commented by saying:
"Sitting here at the airport after months of preparation for the European festivals, getting this material ready to be heard the way it’s meant to be heard, has been a pretty mean task.
Last night’s epic rehearsal was one of those moments when you realize the work put into making it right results in an awesome sound. I have been given the opportunity now to bring this music to North America in my first-ever solo headlining tour. It’s not a huge tour, but I really would appreciate seeing some of the familiar faces and hopefully some new ones as well. More...

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Nuclear Blast Artists Now Available On Rockband

Nuclear Blast Records have announced their official launch of its Rockband Network for all Rockband X-Box 360 network users. Music from Bay Area thrash bands Testament, Death Angel and Exodus, Virginia based melodic tech-deathers Arsis, and progressive metal titans Meshuggah, can now be purchased for game play. More artists and songs from Nuclear Blast Records are to be made available in the near future.

Currently available tracks include:
Testament - “Henchmen Ride”
Meshuggah - “Bleed”
Arsis - “We Are The Nightmare”
Death Angel - “Dethroned”
Exodus - "Riot Act"

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Madball To Release "Empire" This Fall

New York City hardcore legends Madball are set to release their new album, titled "Empire", this fall on Good Fight Music. "Empire" will be the first release for Madball on Good Fight Music but will be the band's eighth studio effort overall. "Empire" is currently scheduled for release in late September or early October.

Vocalist and founding member Freddy Cricien had the following to say:
“Empire will play off of the name. Madball has come a long way from being street kids to becoming very established in our genre, and even beyond the music. We’re finally at a point in our life where we’re taking control of our things, where as before we didn’t have control of some things or didn’t choose to have control. We have the feeling that we’ve built a little empire for ourselves with our band, brand, and different endeavors.”

Madball are currently finishing the writing process, and will enter Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida to record in early July. "Empire" will be produced by Eric Rutan, famous for his work with Misery Index, Cannibal Corpse and Goatwhore amongst many others.

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Architects Announces Canadian Tour

U.K. metalcore act Architects has just announced dates for their upcoming tour of Canada. Architects are co-headlining the tour along with The Holly Springs Disaster. Support on the trek will come from Structures. The tour kicks of August 3rd in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Tour dates include:
8/3 Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre
8/5 Calgary, AB @ The Marquee Room
8/6 Edmonton, AB @ Avenue Theatre
8/7 Regina, SK @ The Riddell Centre (Univ. of Regina)
8/11 Winnipeg, MB @ The West End Cultural Center
8/12 Thunder, Bay ON @ The Office (Crock's)
8/13 Sudbury, ON @ The Jubilee Room
8/14 Ottawa, ON @ Maverick's Bar
8/15 St. Catherines, ON @ Level 3
8/17 Oshawa, ON @ Karma Lounge
8/18 Barrie, ON @ The Mansion
8/19 Hamilton, ON @ The Studio at Hamilton Place
8/20 London, ON @ London Music Hall
8/21 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

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As Hell Retreats Reveals Summer Touring Plans

Tennessee metal band As Hell Retreats has announced thier upcoming summer tour schedule. Support on the tour will come from The Advocate. As Hell Retreats are touring to help promote thier new record "Revival" due for release on Strike First Records.

Tour dates include:
July 4 – Freeburg, IL – Freeburg American Legion
July 5 – Evansville, IN – Resurgence Church
July 7 – Elkhart, IN – The Refuge
July 8 – Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Event Center
July 9 – Chillicothe, Ohio – Middlegrounds
July 10 – Huntington, WV – Fred Jr’s
July 11 – Lynchburg, VA – Crosspoint Venue
July 12 – Hickory, NC – Co Miller Teen Center
July 13 – Lancaster, SC – The Hot Box
July 15 – Dacula, GA – The Awake Venue
July 16 – MacDonough, GA – The Armory
July 17 – Fayetteville, GA – The 11th Hour Venue
July 18 – Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
July 19 – Cookeville, TN – First and Cedar
July 20 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
July 21 – Greenbrier, TN – Loudhouse Coffee
July 22 – Clarksville, TN – The Era

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Hydra Head Records Offers Free MP3 Sampler

Hydra Head Records are now offering a free MP3 sampler download from their online store. The sampler, titled "Phoning It In", features an eclectic range of music and is available for a limited time only.

The track listing is as follows:
1. Oxbow + Philippe Thiphaine - "Coalking" From Songs for the French (5:46)
2. Daughters - "The First Supper" From "s/t" (3:18)
3. Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - "Unkerich" From Dolores (5:31)
4. Knut - "Calamity" From Wonder (1:43)
5. The Austerity Program - "Song 27" From Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn (4:04)
6. Pyramids With Nadja - "Another War" From Pyramids With Nadja (15:27)
7. Helms Alee - "Lionize" From Lionize/Truly 7" (2:45)
8. Hayaino Daisuki - "Ghosts of Purgatory" From The Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki? (2:43)
9. Harvey Milk - "I Know This Is No Place For You" From A Small Turn of Human Kindness (5:07)
10. La Gritona - "Tony Alamo" From Demasiado Tonto Para Los Ninos Listos. Demasiado Listo Para Los Ninos Tontos (4:38)
11. Stephen Brodsky - "Here In Spirit" From Here's to the future (5:54)
12. Jodis - "Continents" From Secret House (7:27)
13. Nihill - "Mundus Subterreanus" From Krach (5:16)
14. Cave In - "Retina Sees Rewind" From Planets of Old (2:30)
15. Kayo Dot - "II. Whisper Ineffable" From Coyote (11:13)
16. ÿþKeelhaul - "THC for One" From Keelhaul s Triumphant Return to Obscurity (3:34)
17. Clouds - "New Bombs" From B Chuggas May Be Logging (2:08)
18. Xasthur - "UNTITLED 4/05" From 2005 Demo (7:02)
19. GridLink - "Amber Gray" From Amber Gray (1:06)
20. Greymachine - "Wasted" From Disconnected (8:43)
21. Bergraven - "Hunger" From Till Makabert Vasen (7:08)
22. Torche - "UFO" From Songs For Singles (2:01)

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Evans Blue Announces Headline Tour

Hard rockers Evans Blue have just released details concerning their upcoming headline tour featuring Red Line Chemistry and Lansdowne. The tour starts on July 7th in Lincoln, NE and continues on until August 13th in Madison, WI. More dates are expected to be announced in the near future.

Evans Blue are set to release their new self-titled album on July 27th, 2010 through Sounds+Sights/FOF Label Group/EMI.

Currently announced tour dates include:
July 3 – Mt. Clemens, MI – Emerald Theatre
July 7 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbockers
July 9 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
July 10 – Grand Junction, CO -Mesa Theater
July 11 – Denver, CO – Ecks Saloon
July 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
July 15 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
July 16 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
July 20 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
July 21 – Santa Rosa, CA – Last Day Saloon
July 23 – Palm Springs, CA – Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino
August 6 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
August 7 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
August 13 – Madison, WI - WJJO Band Camp Pre-Party

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Maruta Recruits New Drummer

Miami's Maruta have just announced the addition of Danny Morris to the band's ranks as their new permanent drummer. Vocalist Mitchell Luna had the following to say:

"We are all happy to announce that the search for a new drummer is over, and that Maruta is now 100% operational again! Danny is a solid as fuck drummer, and met all of the high standards that we were looking for in a new skinsman. He blasts hard and does some really creative stuff on the drums that will bring our sound to a new level. We are pretty picky bastards and this dude definitely keeps up with us musically"

Maruta is set to enter Mana Recording studios next month, to record the follow up to 2008’s "In Narcosis" for Willowtip Records.. This will also be the first time the band incorporates a bass player into their sound.

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Dusted Angel Finishes New Album

Santa Cruz doom 'n rollers Dusted Angel have just completed their debut full-length, and are planning for it to be set loose late this summer. The self-titled album was put to tape in San Francisco by Billy Anderson (High on Fire, Neurosis, Sleep) in April, mastered at TrakWorx Studios, and will see release mid-late summer on Mankind Records. The official release date, as well as the album's track listing and cover art, will all be announced in the coming weeks.

Several strings of California gigs, including record release shows and more, are being scheduled for the coming months building towards the album's release, and the band will also relocate to the east coast for a battery of shows sometime later this year.

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Big Four Cover Diamond Head Together In Bulgaria

Members of thrash metal's four biggest bands, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, joined forces tonight in Sofia, Bulgaria, to perform a cover of the classic Diamond Head song, "Am I Evil?" You can check out fan filmed footage of the performance below. The four bands are currently touring together for the first time in their lengthy careers as part of the Sonisphere Festival circuit in Europe. More...

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Forbidden To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Bay area thrashers Forbidden have checked in with the following announcement about performing on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise:

"Imagine starting the year in style. In January 2011, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for a 5 day and 4 night trip of a lifetime. Get all the information on the who, what, when, and where at this location...see you there!"

You can also check out Forbidden's music via the band's MySpace page.

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High On Fire Streaming New Song

California's High On Fire, fresh from European tour dates as support for Metallica, has unveiled the brand new song "Speak in Tongues" today via the Adult Swim "Singles Program" at this location. The Adult Swim Singles Program features eight different free and exclusive tracks in eight weeks.

High On Fire will launch a summer headlining tour of Canada on July 8th in Vancouver, BC. The trek is scheduled to run through July 22 in Montreal, QC where the band will share the stage with Alice Cooper, Slayer, Rob Halford and more as part of the 2010 “Heavy MTL Fest.” The band has also added a few summer U.S. dates including a July 27 headlining show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. The currently announced dates are as follows:

7/8 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
7/10 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
7/11 Calgary, ALB TheRepublik
7/13 Winnipeg, ON Royal Albert Arms
7/14 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks (Skeletonwitch supports)
7/16 Toronto, ON Opera House
7/17 London, ON London Music Hall
7/18 Windsor, ON The Blind Dog
7/20 Hamilton, ON The Casbah
7/21 Kingston, ON Time To Laugh
7/22 Quebec City, QC Le Cercle
7/23 Ottawa, ON Capital Music Hall
7/24 Montreal, QC Heavy MTL Fest - Parc Jean Drapeau
7/27 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
7/29 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill
7/31 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep

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Varg To Appear At Rockmaraton Festival

German Viking metallers Varg have issued the following update about appearing at the Rockmaraton Festival in Hungary:

"As Rotting Christ had to cancel their appearance at ROCKMARATON Festival in Hungary we were booked as their replacement today. 07.07.2010 - VARG @ Rockerek Stage - 22:10-23:20. We are really looking forward to be back in Hungary again and meet our friends and fans! You Guys rocked at Metalfest HU! See you in 2 weeks, Regards and Chants!"

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

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Malevolent Creation Reveals Album Artwork

Florida based death metal act Malevolent Creation has revealed the artwork from the band's upcoming 11th studio outing entitled "Invidious Dominion." The cover art, which can be viewed here, was brought to life this time around by artist Pär Olofsson.

"Pär Olofsson was recommended to us by our label manager, Gerardo Martinez, and after checking out some of his work we knew he was our guy,” commented the band. “Our initial thought was to have a world in chaos and destruction, or an Invidious Dominion, which then led us to remember the Ten Commandments album cover, and how cool it would be to have the demon make a return appearance but from a frontal view! Pär's totally brutal interpretation couldn't have exceeded our expectations any more! We are stoked with his work and can't wait to see it on a bunch of cool merch and more than likely everyone in the bands skin!”

Invidious Dominion was produced and recorded by Erik Rutan at Mana Studios in Florida and will be released on August 24, 2010 in North America via Nuclear Blast USA and August 27, 2010 in Europe via Massacre Records.

The "Invidious Dominion" track listing is as follows: More...

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Ion Dissonance Reveals New Album Cover Artwork

Montreal extreme metal band, ION DISSONANCE, recently completed the recording process for their new album, "Cursed," which is set for an August 24th North American release. The album was tracked at .357 Productions with ION DISSONANCE guitar player, Antoine Lussier at the production helm. Watch a new video trailer unveiling the captivating artwork from the acclaimed Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) below:

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Watch Nachtmystium Perform Three Live Songs

Metal Injection has recently attended a Nachtmystium show in Brooklyn, NY and documented the evening with three live clips. Watch the first clip of "Ghosts of Grace" below:

Watch "Life of fire" here and "High on Hate" here.

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Windfaerer Posts New Music Online

New Jersey folk metal band WINDFAERER -- M. Gonçalves [Vocals, Guitars, Bass], JP Andrade [Percussion] and Valèek [Violin] -- has recently posted two new tracks to their official MySpace page. "These Walls (Frozen In Time)" and "This Beautiful Death," which features bagpipe work by Sevan Kirder, formerly of Eluveitie, come off the trio's debut full-length, "Tribus." Check out the tracks on their MySpace page. "Tribus" was recorded and mixed at Frightbox Recording (Clifton, NJ) by Bobby Torres and follows the band's two-song demo "Glorybound," which was released last year.

Main songwriter Goncalves comments on the new tunes, "Tribus is in essence a collection of everyday themes set in a time of Iberian legend. The songs touch upon rebellion against Romans in ancient Hispania and Lusitania, expansion to new lands, as well as voyaging into the unknown. I'm excited about the way everything sounds and how it all came together. I've had this vision for a while and it's almost euphoric to be able to finally realize it!"

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Ozzy Osbourne Posts New Music Video Online

Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne has posted his new music video online for the song, "Let Me Hear You Scream." You can check it out below, though viewers outside of the United States may have trouble viewing the clip. The song comes from his latest studio album, "Scream," which is available in stores everywhere as of today through Epic Records and is his first album since 2007's, "Black Rain."

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Nominon Comments On "Death Metal Darkness" Tour

Vocalist Henke Skoog of Swedish death metal act Nominon has checked in with the following comment about the band's upcoming "Death Metal Darkness" U.S. tour:

"One thing is certain and that is that the U.S. will not be the same after the 'Death Metal Darkness' tour. With support from Infinitum Obscure and Quinta Essentia we will destroy all and leave nothing behind. Be there and face the horror or fuck off."

The upcoming tour dates are as follows:

6/21 - Albuquerque, NM (The Compound) - Just Infinitum Obscure
6/24 - Atlanta, GA (585 Wells St.)
6/25 - Jacksonville, FL (Endo Exo)
6/26 - Tampa, FL (The Brass Mug)
6/27 - Metairie, LA (The Bar)
6/28 - Houston, TX (Walter's on Washington)
6/29 - San Antonio, TX (Zombies)
6/30 - Fort Worth, TX (The Alamo)
7/2 - Chicago, IL (TBA)
7/3 - Lakewood, OH (Symposium Nite Club)
7/4 - North Syracuse, NY (Club Fusion)
7/5 - Boston, MA (TBA)
7/6 - Manhattan, NY (The Bowery Electric)
7/7 - Clifton, NJ (Dingbatz) - Infinitum Obscure/Quinta Essentia (without Nominon)
7/8 - TBA - Infinitum Obscure/Quinta Essentia (without Nominon)

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Heaven Shall Burn Discusses New Album "Invictus"

German melodic death/metalcore group Heaven Shall Burn launched the band's latest album "Invictus" in North America on June 8th, 2010 via Century Media records. "Invictus" is the third act of the "Iconoclast" trilogy. Guitarist Maik Weichert recently discussed the themes behind the album and the band's decision to make a trilogy of interconnected releases.

Discussing the history of the band, Weichert shared "We are doing the same as we did twelve years ago when were founded. We’re five friends playing together, meeting twice a week and rehearsing and playing a show once in awhile. Just the record sales changed. The way we do things and the way we are didn’t change." Weichert went on, with a good dose of self-deprecating humor, to discuss topics such as the band's choice of cover songs, the recent rash of metal musician deaths, and the way war has affected the world. More...

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Adust Checks In With Band Update

U.K. metallers Adust has issued the following update about the band's current and future status:

"Hey everyone, at the beginning of 2010 none of us realized what a testing year it would prove to be for Adust - and we're only on June so far. As many of you know the end of 2009/beginning of 2010 saw the departure of Guy Jones. As previously posted this was a sad loss to us all but we're pleased to say that as we write this, Guy is well and enjoying himself with his new pursuits. We still wish him all the best! We love you dude!

"As the saying goes every cloud has a silver lining and ours came in the form of new guitarist Paul Benford. Paul, who has been with us now for just over 4 months now, is a warm hearted, friendly & talented individual who has shown great enthusiasm and has settled into the band very well. We're extremely pleased to have him in the band and excited at what the future with him will bring.

"Unfortunately we were in for more testing times and more recently our frontman & vocalist Rob Pease expressed his wishes to leave - as stated in Rob's previous blog. Rob was there from the very beginning, way before we became Adust and dedicated a lot of time and effort to the band, something we are all incredibly grateful for. More...

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Circus Maximus Enters The Studio

Vocalist Michael Eriksen of Norway's Circus Maximus has issued the following update about the band entering the recording studio:

"Yeah folks, that's right, the game is on. We wanted to include you all in what's going on behind the scene. We have been working on the new album for the last 3 years (!!!) and now the writing is over and we can start the recordings. 3 years is a long time, but I promise you it is worth the wait. The new album has it all, from jaw dropping riffs to melodies that would make a grown man cry. So stay tuned as the guys enter the studio to do their thang. Yesterday Mats and myself hit the studio to start the vocals on one of the tracks. It feels good to be in the studio again."

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Dark Funeral Hellfest Performance Video Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of Dark Funeral performing at the 2010 Hellfest in France on June 19th. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Dendura Recording Documentary

Egyptian themed act Dendura has issued the following announcement about recording an upcoming live show in Grand Rapids on July 9th, 2010:

"Don't miss seeing Dendura's return to Grand Rapids. Dendura's documentary entitled Dendrama will be filmed that night! All proceeds from their merch sales and this documentary go to the recording of their new album with Grammy producer Neil Kernon. See Dendura as you haven't seen them before: 1/2 acoustic, 1/2 metal show with belly dancing and a new edgy stage presence!"

Dendura songs are also available for streaming via this location.

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Eyes Of Noctum Postpones Album Release

California's Eyes of Noctum, who were set to release a new album on July 13th, has now issued the following announcement about pushing back the album release date:

"Hey everyone, we are very sorry to announce that our album release date got pushed back into fall due to things that are out of our hands. We'll keep everyone posted with the exact date and some more info about the record itself. Thank you for your support and understanding. Stay Metal."

You can also check out Eyes of Noctum's music via the band's official MySpace page.

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Kylesa Issues Studio Update

Kylesa has checked in from the band's third week in the studio with the following brief recording update:

"Weeks two and three at the Jam Room Studios in Columbia, SC. More guitar tracking and lots of vocals. The sessions are long and tiring, but everything is starting to really come together. Here are some pictures from the studio, and of course there will be more to come."

Additional details on the new album will be announced as they are made available.

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Pain Of Salvation Added To Metal Hammer Lineup

Pain Of Salvation and Votum have just confirmed their appearances at this year’s edition of the Metal Hammer Festival in Poland. The bands will play alongside Katatonia, Opeth, Riverside and the headlining act KoRn. One more band is still to be revealed. The event will take place on August 27th, 2010 in Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

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Solace Of Requiem Postpones Album Release

Solace of Requiem has issued the following announcement about the release of the band's third album "The Great Awakening" being postponed until October:

"The release date of Solace of Requiem's third CD 'The Great Awakening' (Produced by the great Andy Classen - Krisiun, Belphegor, Rotting Christ) has been postponed until October. The CD was originally scheduled for release in June, but because of the postponement of the tour with Resurrection, the release date of the album has now been pushed back to coincide with the start of the tour. The CD will now be available for purchase in October through our distribution outlets, directly from the band (Via PayPal) and at our live shows. Hope to see you all on tour!"

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Thunderbolt Issues Album Update

Norway's Thunderbolt has checked in with the following brief update about the progress of the band's new album:

"Hi! Still mixing and finishing our third album. We are being delayed because of problems from when we recorded the songs, but we are hanging in there and trying to get a killer sound on our 10 new songs."

You can also catch Thunderbolt live on the following dates:

7/3 2010 Basinfirefest Spálené Porící, CZ
9/9 2010 John Dee Oslo, NO
9/10 2010 By Scenen Haugesund, NO
9/11 2010 Folkets Hus Ålvik, NO
9/12 2010 Sticky fingers Gothenburg, SE
9/14 2010 Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, DE
9/15 2010 Ballroom Hamburg, DE
9/16 2010 K17 Berlin, DE
9/17 2010 Krushfest-FESTIVAL Jaslo, PL
9/18 2010 Stodola-FESTIVAL Warsaw, PL
9/19 2010 Venue (TBA) Wroclaw, PL
9/21 2010 Exit Music Hall Prague, CZ
9/22 2010 Faval Music Brno, CZ
9/23 2010 Crazy Mama Club Budapest, HUNGARY
9/24 2010 Viper Room Vienna, AT
9/25 2010 Club Mocvara Zagreb, CROATIA (local name: Hrvatska)
9/26 2010 Matrioska Modena, ITALY
10/23 2010 Glassheim Jevneker, NO
10/29 2010 Rust Scene Ørsta, NO

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One Without Parts With Bassist

Sweden's One Without has issued the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Kristofer Bergman:

"We have some sad news to announce. Our long time friend and bass player Kristofer has together with us decided to leave the band. This is only due to personal reasons and nothing else, it was a decision we took together and it is definitely not due to any conflict between us, only reasons beyond the band. In the years we have played together we have become best friends, so of course this feels very sad for us. We want to say a big thank you to him for sharing these years with us, through all the happiness and struggles.

"He will be playing the last shows we have booked in Gothenburg, the 2nd of July at Sticky Fingers, and the 14th of August at Belsepub. One Without wishes him all the best and hope you guys do the same. And we will always love him and will of course continue to be friends with him."

Kristofer Bergman commented on the split: "I want to thank everyone in the band for this time and for all the joy you have given me. I wish you all the best of luck in the future, and you can expect to see me at the front of every concert in Gothenburg were I will be moshing and headbanging as crazy!" More...

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Ahoora Streaming "This Is Your Life" Cover

Iranian act Ahoora has issued the following announcement about streaming a cover song of Dio's "This Is Your Life."

"About a month ago Ronnie James Dio passed away. Here is our version of 'This is Your Life;' one of his masterpieces among many. This is our little gesture of appreciation to the man whose music, words and attitude has never stopped influencing this band. Please check it out and spread the word about it."

The song can be heard at this location or downloaded directly here.

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Walking Corpse Syndrome Added To Godhate Tour

Dark metal band Walking Corpse Syndrome has been selected as the opening band for the upcoming Godhate tour. Other bands on the tour include Common Grave (Germany) and Natron (Italy). The tour starts at the Michigan Deathfest on August 21st, 2010 and will include stops in Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado. The specific dates and venues will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out sample Walking Corpse Syndrome tracks via the band's official MySpace page.

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Meet & Greet Scheduled with Top 'core Bands

Zia Records in Chandler, Arizona, will be hosting a Meet and Greet on July 30, 2010. Starting at 2:30 PM, The Acacia Strain, Between the Buried and Me, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages will all be there to sign autographs and chat with fans. The event is free and more information, including the exact street address, can be found at ziarecords.com.

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Wolfsbane Posts New Album Update

Reunited British heavy metal outfit Wolfsbane, featuring former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley, has posted a new update of sorts regarding their forthcoming new studio album. The message reads as follows:

"From the depths of our souls, from deep within and from plenty of beer and the hottest kebab pizza ever, we are creating!! Creating the music that only we can, creating, forming and nurturing!

"Yes - Summer Solstice sees the conception of the new Wolfsbane album! It just doesnt get any better than this. Until we play it live!"

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Pit Stories: Taking A Header Into The Floor

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod talks about the lengths an enthusiastic female fan went to to capture their attention. More...

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Sigh Comments On Hellfest

Vocalist Mirai Kawashima of Japan's Sigh has checked in with the following statement about the band's performance at the Hellfest:

"Hello everybody, we all have come back from Hellfest safe. Definitely it was a great festival and we had a great experience there! Thank you everybody who we met in France. If you have photos of us, please feel free to send them at sighjpn@gmail.com.

"PS: Never ever use Air China. We had a horrible trouble with that crappy airline. We were supposed to go to Paris via Beijing by that crap, and the flight from Tokyo to Beijin was canceled. It happened on July 17th, and can you imagine what those idiots said to us? 'All the flights from Beijing to Paris are full until July 22nd, so go to Beijing tomorrow anyway and wait there for a few days.' Of course they refused to refund or endorse the flight. Avoid Air China crap at any cost. They are HORRIBLE."

You can still catch Sigh live on the following dates:

8/10 2010 Dingwalls London and, GB
8/12 2010 Brutal Assaul XV 2010 CZ

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Odium Posts "Population Zero" Video

Odium has posted a music video online for the "Population Zero" single, which can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Chad Archibald of Black Fawn Films and is the second single taken from the band's debut LP "At The Bottom."

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Psycroptic Updates Tour Schedule

Tasmania’s technical death metallers Psycroptic have announced a series of North American headlining dates in the middle of and following their tour with Nile. Confirmed tour dates for the "Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II," and the band's headlining shows, are as follows:

"Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II"
NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY
10/31/10 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/01/10 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
11/02/10 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
11/03/10 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
11/04/10 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
11/05/10 Club Hell – Providence, RI
11/06/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/07/10 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
11/08/10 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
11/09/10 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/12/10 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/13/10 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/14/10 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/15/10 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
11/16/10 Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
11/17/10 U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
11/18/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
11/19/10 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX (PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY only)
11/20/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/21/10 The Warsaw – Houston, TX
11/23/10 Club Firestone – Orlando, FL
11/24/10 Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL More...

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Septycal Gorge Announces U.S. Shows

Italy's Septycal Gorge has issued the following announcement about upcoming U.S. tour dates:

"The Brutal Domination 2 tour is about to begin. Sepytcal Gorge will play many gigs all over the US with other 3 amazing bands: Incinerate (US), Inherit Disease (US) and Amagortis (CH). Here I post the gigs confirmed till now, I will try to update this page frequently to keep you informed about news and details about this tour. Be sure to be there! See ya there!"

The currently announced dates are as follows:

7/9 @ Station 4 St.Paul, MN
7/10 @ The Hole Omaha, Nebraska
7/11 @ Old Curtis Street Bar & Grill Denver, Colorado
7/13 @ The Workshop Ceres, California
7/14 @ The Blvd. Cafe Boyle Heights, California
7/15 @ Brick By Brick San Diego, California
7/16 @ Take 2 Ventura, California
7/17 @ Las Vegas Deathfest II (The Cheyenne Saloon) Las Vegas,Nevada
7/18 @ UB's Bar Mesa, Arizona
7/19 @ The Compound Albuquerque, New Mexico
7/20 @ Zombies San Antonio, Texas
7/23 @ Central Illinois Metalfest (The Canopy Club) Urbana, Illinois

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Sonic Syndicate Posts Interview Video

Swedish metallers Sonic Syndicate have posted an interview by Metalheadz on their MySpace Page, but you can check it out right here on Metal Underground.

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Onslaught Signs To AFM Records

British thrash metal legends Onslaught has announced that they have signed a new record deal with AFM Records. The label will be releasing the band's fifth studio album which is expected to hit the shelves later this year. Guitarist Nige Rockett says about the signing:

"We're so very stoked to be joining the AFM Records roster, our deal with Candlelight had expired and as always Onslaught were looking for a new challenge. There were several labels interested in signing the band, but AFM said all the right things and made all the right moves so it wasn’t a hard choice. Also seeing what the label did with the latest Fear Factory album backed up our decision. It kinda feels like when we were signed to Music For Nations, very personal and very friendly on every level right up to the label owner. We have a real good feeling about the new album release and a very distinctive vision, AFM are right behind this 110%, we’re gonna make a great team and together we're gonna deliver some kick ass new tunes!"

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Black Skies Announces More July US Tour Dates

North Carolina doom metal band BLACK SKIES has added three more dates to their upcoming US tour in July. Following the tour, the band will begin preparations for recording what they hope to be their best release to date.

Guitarist Kevin Clark comments of the upcoming tour, "We've had our share of ups and downs over the past 12 months, but getting out west last year was without a doubt one of the better moments. We are thrilled to be heading out there again this summer, seeing the faces and places that made it such a blast. We played with a lot of great bands and met a lot of awesome souls with a true love and hunger for music. Those people are a big part of the drive for us to continue doing what we love to do, and we are eternally grateful for them."

BLACK SKIES tour dates July 2010 are as follows:

6/27/2010 Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC (pre-tour kick off show)
7/01/2010 The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
7/02/2010 The Summit - Columbus, OH
7/03/2010 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
7/04/2010 The Frequency - Madison, WI
7/05/2010 Blue Moose Tap House - Iowa City
7/06/2010 TBA - NE
7/07/2010 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO
7/08/2010 Burt’s Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
7/09/2010 Rocky Canyon – Boise, ID
7/10/2010 The Comet - Seattle, WA
7/11/2010 Rotture - Portland, OR
7/12/2010 Jambalaya - Arcata, CA
7/13/2010 The Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
7/14/2010 The Stork Club - Oakland, CA
7/15/2010 TBA - CA
7/16/2010 Relax Bar - Los Angeles, CA
7/17/2010 The Rogue Bar - Scottsdale, AZ
7/18/2010 Rio Grande Satanical Gardens - Albuquerque, NM
7/19/2010 The Nightmare - Dallas, TX
7/20/2010 Red 7 - Austin, TX
7/21/2010 Checkpoint Charlie's - New Orleans, LA
7/22/2010 The Nick - Birmingham, AL
7/23/2010 The Buccaneer Lounge - Memphis, TN
7/24/2010 Springwater Supper Club - Nashville, TN

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Deadlock Issues Update On New Album

DEADLOCK has issued the following update:

"We are in the final steps of the pre-production for our new album and can't wait to record the new stuff!"

"At the moment we work hard on the last fine tuning of the songs but be sure that the yet unborn child will rock your ears off!"

"Due date for the baby will be in early 2011. If you are as DL-addicted as we are, kill your time with our cover version of Running Wild's "When Time Runs Out" on our MySpace profile!"

DEADLOCK live dates are as follows:

26.06.10 Dortmund @ Vainstream Rockfest Germany
27.06.10 Dessel @ Graspop Metal Meeting Belgium
02.07.10 Wiesbaden @ Vainstream Beastfest Germany
03.09.10 St. Jakob @ Rock The Lake Festival Austria

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Initial Bastardfest Details Revealed

Bastardfest, a new Australian metal fest, has been announced this year, organized by Rodney of Metal For The Brain and Alchemist. The Melbourne lineup is complete, and there is one more spot left on the Brisbane lineup, and there is a Perth show on the way but no details of that one have been announced yet.

Here are the lineups so far:

Brisbane – August 28th @ The Globe
Astriaal
Bloodduster
Pod People
Defamer
High Plains Drifter
TBA

Melbourne – September 4th @ The Corner Hotel
Mindsnare
Bloodduster
Psycroptic
Extortion
Captain Cleanoff
The Kill

Tickets for the Melbourne show go on sale July 12th through the venue’s website, and ones for Brisbane are now on sale through globetheatre.oztix.com.au. Get more info on the festival at /,a href="http://www.bastardfest.com/">bastardfest.com.

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Therion Reveals New Guitarist

Swedish progressive metal group Therion has announced that they have added a new guitarist to their ranks in the form of Christian Vidal, who hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Not alot is known about the new guitarist at the moment, though the band have said they will reveal more about him next week. The band recently finished work on their brand new studio album, "Sitra Ahra," which is expected to be released this September.

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Dragonforce To Release Live Album

British based power metal outfit Dragonforce has announced that they will be releasing their first live album this year, which will span two discs and contain thirteen tracks. The album is entitled, "Twilight Dementia" and will be released on September 13th through Roadrunner Records in North America and Spinefarm Records in the rest of the world.

Guitarist Herman Li states: "For years, fans have been asking us to record a live album, but honestly, we never really had the time due to our worldwide touring commitments and studio album recording. However, due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans on the ‘Ultra Beatdown World Tour’, we decided to finally put some real thought into it...

"The idea was to record every single show from the last leg of the tour, so we could pick the best take of each song without needing to do any overdubs in the studio; keeping the whole thing ‘LIVE’ like all the classic live metal albums.

"These recordings really capture the raw sonic energy of a Dragonforce show in fine detail. It is so real that you can hear the noise of the crowd and experience the show as it was that night – you can even hear the guitar pedals being stepped on!" More...

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Ozzy Posts "Let Me Hear You Scream" Sneak Peek

Ozzy has posted a sneak peek his new music video for "Let Me Hear You Scream," which you can watch below. The new album, "Scream," hits stores everywhere today.

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Kamelot Signs with earMUSIC, New Album Details

earMUSIC, the international rock label of the Hamburg-based entertainment group Edel, has announced the signing of American/Norwegian melodic metallers Kamelot. The band's new studio album, "Poetry For The Poisoned," will be released in Europe on September 3, 2010.

"I think this album is by far our most diverse, fusing new ideas and elements along with the traditional Kamelot sound and style that we have established over the years," states Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood.

"Poetry for the Poisoned" was mostly written in the remote woods of Norway to the final songwriting sessions in a remote region of Germany. Recordings took place in the familiar Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro. Additional tracking also took place in Tampa, Florida as well as various studios in Sweden, Greece and the U.S.

"Poetry for the Poisoned" features guest appearances by Simone Simons (Epica), Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Björn "Speed" Strid (Soilwork) and Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva's Pain). The artwork was created by many great artists, including Seth Siro Anton, Natalie Shau and Michal Loranc.

"'Poetry for the Poisoned' is a mix of progressive elements, modern rock, dark arts and also power metal," states Youngblood. "It comes at a time where many people around the world are searching for something to grab on to spiritually, including myself. I recently lost my mother and to be honest it was very hard on me. So there are some melancholy moods reflected on this album."

Frontman Roy Khan assures that "Poetry for the Poisoned" will both please the band's existing following and expose the universe of Kamelot to a whole range of new fans. "'Poetry for the Poisoned' is our longest and toughest production so far, but when I hear the result I know it was well worth the struggle," he says.

Max Vaccaro, director of the earMUSIC label, commented: "If there is one thing that is absolutely clear with Kamelot, it's that the band has a unique vision of metal and they consider anything they do as the 'next step' to something bigger and better, constantly adamant to reach new ambitious artistic targets. We're happy about the fact that they have chosen earMUSIC as the partner to expand their audience with this new wonderful album."

"Poetry For The Poisoned" will also be available as a limited edition hard-cover digipak CD with a bonus DVD, LP and limited collector's edition featuring a bonus 45" vinyl with two rare songs only available on this strictly limited format, personally signed by the band.

Kamelot recently tapped Swedish director Owe Lingvall of Village Road Films for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium". The track, which was performed on the band's recently completed European tour, will appear on "Poetry For The Poisoned". Other songtitles set to appear on the effort include "House On A Hill"and "Hunters Season", the latter of which was also performed on the band's recently completed European headlining tour.

Kamelot recently inked a deal with Marquee/Avalon Records for the Japanese release of its next album. The plans for the North American release will be announced in the near future.

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