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Metal News for June 5, 2008

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30 news articles posted on this day.

Down to Play Israel

According to Israeli news site, Ynetnews, Down will be playing the Barby Club in Tel Aviv after their Turkey date this July. The exact date is said to be July 29th and tickets are priced at NIS 160, which translates to $48. The full article can be read here. As previously announced, Down will be touring Europe this summer which features Metallica and The Sword on later dates. Dates are as follows: More...

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Beyond the Void Releases New Album and Tour Dates

Beyond the Void released their third full-length album, "Gloom is a Trip for Two", earlier this year. Also, the band has announced tour dates in Germany for later this year. Dates for the German tour are as follows:

10/16 Munich @ Backstage
10/17 Saarbrücken @ Roxy
10/18 Wieze, Belgium @ Female Voices Festival
10/19 Bochum @ Matrix
10/20 Hamburg @ Markthalle
10/21 Rostock @ Mau Club
10/22 Hannover @ Musikzentrum
10/23 Berlin @ Columbia Club
10/24 Glauchau @ Spinnerei
10/25 Bruchsal @ Fabrik

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Melvins, Big Business Announce Tour Dates

Initial dates for Melvins' upcoming tour with Big Business have been disclosed. More tour dateswill be announced, but here are the latest:

7/16 Santa Barbara,CA @ Velvet Jones
7/17 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
7/18 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
7/19 Reno, NV @ Club Underground
7/21 Modesto, CA @ Fat Cat
7/26 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
7/29 Teton Village,WY @ Mangy Moose
7/31 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
8/3 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
8/4 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
8/5 Detroit, MI @ Small's
8/6 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
8/7 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
8/9 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
8/10 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
8/12 New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
8/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
8/14 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
8/15 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
8/16 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
8/17 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
8/18 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
8/20 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks

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Peter Flesh to Release New Album

Peter Flesh, formerly of Maze of Torment and currently in Deceiver and Thrown, has announced the release of his third solo album, "Worship the Soul of Disgust". The album was recorded and mixed last year at the Abyss Studio with Peter Tagtgren. The album's tracklisting is as follows:

1. Shatahan
2. I Masturbate To Jesus Christ
3. Nights Of Funeral Bells
4. Feast On The Soul
5. Fuck The Romantic – Fuck The Gothic
6. Sluts & Whores
7. Sadistic Penetration
8. My Penis Will Be Your Opera
9. Worship The Soul Of Disgust

Songs from "Worship the Soul of Disgust" and Peter Flesh's previous two albums can be heard at his myspace, http://www.myspace.com/peteflesh

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Kurt Cobain’s Ashes Stolen From Courtney Love

According to reports, Kurt Cobain’s ashes have been stolen from Courtney Love’s house in Los Angeles.

Love is apparently suicidal over the theft, stating "I can’t believe anyone would take Kurt’s ashes from me. I find it disgusting and right now I’m suicidal. If I don’t get them back I don’t know what I’ll do."

Love has revealed that she used to carry the ashes with her inside a pink teddy bear shaped bag along with a lock of Kurt’s hair. "I used to take them everywhere with me just so I could feel Kurt was still with me. Now it feels like I have lost him all over again."

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Van Halen Tour Grosses More Than $93 Million

Billboard.com reports: Though not without setbacks, the Van Halen reunion tour ended up a massive success, wrapping June 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a total gross of more than $93 million and close to one million in attendance from 74 shows.

The tour featured founding members David Lee Roth, and Eddie and Alex Van Halen, along with Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen.

After initially being set up as an amphitheater tour for the summer of 2007, the Live Nation-produced reunion temporarily derailed when guitarist Eddie Van Halen entered rehab. But it was resurrected as a fall arena run that stretched into 2008.

The tour was delayed again in March because of health issues for Eddie, then returned to the road in April to finish with a flourish.

The shows marked the first time Roth had performed with the band in more than 23 years. Van Halen's handlers say it was the top-grossing tour in the band's history.

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Hurt, Tantric To Co-Headline Layne Staley Concert

Hurt and Tantric will co-headline the 7th annual Layne Staley Fund tribute and benefit concert. The event will be taking place on August 23rd at Seattle’s Showbox SoDo.

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Arsis Video To Premiere This Weekend On HBB

The video for the title track off of the new ARSIS album, "We Are The Nightmare," will air on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball this Saturday, June 7th between 11 p.m. & 1 a.m. EASTERN & PACIFIC.

As previously reported, Arsis recently parted with drummer Darren Cesca and filled his vacancy with Alex Tomlin, a long time friend of the band.

ARSIS is currently on the "In Thrash We Trust" tour with Death Angel, God Forbid, and Light This City.

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Cult of Luna Explain New Songs

With the release date of "Eternal Kingdom", the brand new
album from Cult of Luna, guitarist Johannes Persson recently gave a track-by-track explanation of the songs from the upcoming album. To hear Johannes discussing the meanings behind the songs over exclusive clips from the songs themselves, head to http://www.myspace.com/cultoflunaeternalkingdom.

Based on an actual journal found in an old mental home, "Eternal Kingdom" takes listeners on a weird and wonderful journey through the mind of a former patient as he tells the tale of how his wife came to be murdered and of the mythical creatures he claims to have encountered during the time of the harrowing event.

The fifth album from Cult of Luna, "Eternal Kingdom" was recorded at Tonteknik Studios in the band's hometown of Umea and was produced by Magnus Lindberg. "Eternal Kingdom" will be released on June 16th in the UK/Europe and July 8th in the USA.


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The Cleansing Reveals Track Listing for New Album

Denmark based death metal band, The Cleansing, have issued the following update:

"The album is now (finally!) complete! Jacob Hansen did a great job mixing and mastering the songs, and it sounds absolutely killer! Really tight, clean and yet very brutal!"

"As we speak we are in the process of making a promo version of the album that will be for promotional use only. When a label and a release date are confirmed, we will of course let you know!"

"Two complete songs from the album will be up here at our MySpace within the near future replacing the two demo songs. So now you have something to look forward to!" More...

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Trailer For Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Posted Online

Gamershell reports: Activision has released a new trailer for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, the first game built around the legendary music of America's Greatest Rock 'N Roll Band: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer. As fans progress through their careers in the game, they can rock out to scores of Aerosmith's greatest hits, as well as songs from celebrated artists that the band has either performed with or has been inspired by in some way. Venues from historical moments during the band's illustrious career offer the experience of "sweet emotion" and further capture the essence of the band's rise to fame. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith will be available this June, for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii.

You can download the trailer at this location.

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Short Sharp Shock Announces Tour Dates

British thrasher Short Sharp Shock (SSS) have announced some tour dates in Europe. Check them out below:

21 - Manchester, UK - Central Skatepark (with GENTLEMENS PISTOLS)
26 - Manchester, UK - Star & Garter (with NEGATIVE APPROACH)

10 - Newport, UK - Le Pub
11 - Brighton, UK - Hobgoblin
12 - London, UK - Old Blue Last
16 - Sheffield, UK - Casbah (with H20 + Cold Ones)
17 - Nottingham, UK - Cameleon Cafe
18 - Leeds, UK - Joseph's Well
19 - Boston, Lincs, UK - Indian Queen
20 - Birmingham, UK - Ben Johnson

25 - Prague, Czech Republic - Fluff Fest

You can also check out a video of the band recording their new album below: More...

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NIN Announces New Bassist, Posts Tour Sampler

Nine Inch Nails has announced the addition of their final member, bassist Justin Meldal-Johnson, who is known for his work with Beck. Justin replaces the previous bassist, Rich Fownes, and will be playing their summer "Lights In The Sky" tour, for which they've released a free sampler for download, containing tracks from each band on the tour.

Here's a statement from Trent Reznor on nin.com:

"I am proud to announce the final personnel lineup of nine inch nails for the foreseeable future. We've added, we've subtracted and we've wound up with unquestionably the strongest lineup I've EVER had. Joining me onstage will be Robin Finck, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Freese and Justin Meldal-Johnsen.

"We've been working on something really special for these shows and so far I couldn't be happier with the results. We'll be revealing some live performances shortly here on nin.com - in the meantime, we've posted some photos from rehearsals up on Flickr here.

"Meanwhile, I assume some of you may not be entirely familiar with the acts I've chosen to join us on various legs of this tour, so we've compiled a sampler EP for you. CLICK HERE to download this for free. If you like what you hear, be sure to show up early to the show (and please remember to support them by purchasing their music, if so inclined)."

The EP contains five high quality, DRM-free, fully-tagged MP3 files from A Place To Bury Strangers, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Crystal Castles, Deerhunter, and Nine Inch Nails. Your download will also include cover art and a pack of digital extras.

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Angelcorpse Adds Second Guitarist

ANGELCORPSE has added as 2nd guitar player KELLY MCLAUCHLIN (of PESSIMIST/UNHOLYGHOST/DIABOLIC) just in time for their west coast USA shows. West Coast tour dates are as follows:


All shows are part of the BLOOD OF THE DAMNED TOUR which includes GOSPEL OF THE HORNS, CEMETARY URN, and ARES KINGDOM, among other extreme bands.

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Great White Announces More Tour Dates

Great White have added some more tour dates to their schedule. You can catch them on the following dates:

5 - Taste of Summer Festival - Waukesha, Wisconsin
6 - Club 208 - Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
7 - Romers at Westlake - Celina, Ohio (Rock Out For Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser)
8 - Dry Bean - Madison, Wisconsin
13 - Camel Rock Casino - Santa Fe, New Mexico
14 - Wet N Wild Water Park - Anthony, Texas
19 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, California
20 - Crash Mansion - Los Angeles, California
21 - Canyon Club - Agoura, California
27 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen

10 - Scriba Town Inn - Oswego, New York
11 - Moondance Jam - Walker, Minnesota
12 - Summerfest - Glendale Heights, Illinois
23 - Harris Park - London, Ontario
24 - LCO Casino - Heyward, Wisconsin
25 - High Pines Amphitheater - Eagle River, Wisconsin
26 - Toledo Harley Davidson - Toledo, Ohio

15 - The Marquee - Tempe, Arizona
16 - Sky City Casino - Santa Fe, New Mexico
23 - Gait Airport - Greenwood, Illinois

12 - The Venue - Boone, Iowa
20 - Penn Peak - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

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Gojira Reveals New Album Title

French metallers Gojira have revealed that their new album will be called "The Way Of All Flesh" and it's scheduled for an October 13th release.

Gojira will be in Europe supporting In Flames this October, along with Volbeat and Sonic Syndicate. The dates are as follows:

October 3 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Dan Atelier
October 4 - Cologne, Germany - Palladium
October 5 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
October 8 - Paris, France - Zenith
October 9 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
October 10 - Nancy, France - L..escale
October 11 - Lyon, France - Tranbordeur
October 13 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzamatazz 1
October 14 - Granada, Spain - La Copera
October 15- Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
October 16 - Bilbao, Spain - Rock Star Live
October 19 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
October 24- Dresden, Germany - Alter Schlachthof
October 25 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle

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Chevelle Breaks From Studio For New Live Shows

Chevelle will be taking a break from the studio, where they have been recording their fifth album since January, to hit the road for a brief late Spring tour. The tour dates are as follows:

May 30th in Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort Theater
May 31st in Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
June 2nd in San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
June 4th in Tacoma, WA @ Tacomadome
June 6th in Camdenton, MO @ Stoneridge Amphitheatre
June 7th in Kansas City, MO @ Rockfest
June 8th in Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

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Line-up Changes For This Is Hardcore 2008 Festival

Some bands have dropped off this year's This Is Hardcore Fest and the organizers have posted a message to explain why.

"108- These guys are great. Right now they have things to take care and are taking the remainder of the spring/summer off to handle business. Expect them back at full speed this fall/winter."

"SHATTERED REALM – Another band we were really looking forward to, but due to lineup changes will not be playing the fest. They will however be playing Pressure Fest in Germany with Original Singer Chris (of Suffer The Living)."

"STEEL NATION- With a split 7" in the studio their singer flakes out and leaves them stranded. Pauly Edge of Meltdown came to the rescue but ultimately they are without a singer right now. Hopefully they will have someone by August and will be playing the PRESHOW!!"

Some of the bands that are currently confirmed for the festival's lineup include:


Although location information was not readily available, the festival is presumably taking place later this summer in Philadelphia, PA, as in past years. More details will be posted as they are made available.

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Mastodon Talks About New Album

Billboard.com reports: Mastodon is five songs into its next Warner Bros. studio album, which the group is recording in its Atlanta hometown with producer Brendan O'Brien.

Drummer Brann Dailor tells Billboard.com that so far, "everything sounds real creepy and spaced out and different." He's particularly enthused about a 15-minute jam dubbed "The Last Baron," which happily, O'Brien had no interest in making shorter or changing.

"There's so many toys to play with over at his studio, like pipe organs and all this crazy sh*t," says Dailor, who was introduced to O'Brien through Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg (his son is a big Mastodon fan). "There are little cool things we're going to do to the record that we've been wanting to do for a long time."

Dailor promises the as-yet-untitled album, which should be out before the end of the year, will have the conceptual feel of prior releases "Leviathan" (based around "water") and "Blood Mountain" ("earth"), but he's not ready to get specific just yet.

"I think a lot of people didn't realize 'Blood Mountain' was a concept record," he says. "We made up our own story again this time, but we may try to make it a little more evident that that's what's going on. I like to keep them speculating on our message board. There's no possible way they could guess this."

As previously reported, Mastodon will be touring Europe on the Unholy Alliance tour late this year with Slayer and Trivium. Initial tour dates were just revelaed here.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Vader Posts New Video Trailer Online

Polish death metal legends Vader have checked in with the following:

"As you might know, a few weeks ago, VADER, in association with Abysmo, made a new videoclip for one of the band's classic songs, 'Carnal'. The trailer for this video is available online [below]. Full version of the video will available online pretty soon so stay tuned! The song was re-recorded exclusively for VADER's anniversary album 'XXV', out now on Regain Records.

"XXV" was specially recorded for VADER's 25th anniversary and features re-recorded songs from the band's history. The album was entirely recorded, mixed and mastered at Hertz Studio with the Wieslawscy Bros. at the helm, known for their previous VADER collaborations on such releases as "The Art Of War" and "Impressions In Blood". The regular double-disc edition of the album features 25 songs, including "Carnal", "Cold Demons", "Black To The Blind", and a previously unreleased song called "Tyrani Tyrani Piekiel" from the very early days of the band. A special digipack edition of "XXV" has been made available with an additional DVD featuring bonus songs (Polish versions of "Trupi Jad" and "Reborn In Flames") and some historical rarities in the form of video footage recorded between 1986 and 2001. All the graphics and the entire "XXV" layout was designed by Jacek Wisniewski, the Polish graphic artist resposible for the cover art of previous VADER releases "Black To The Blind", "Litany", "Revelations" and "The Beast". More...

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Ozzy Osbourne Wins Libel Damages

Ozzy Osbourne has won a case against the newspaper the Daily Star, who claimed that he threw the Brit Awards into mayhem following a health scare. The paper alledged that organizers were considering sending him to hospital after Ozzy had toppled over a few times. All winnings from the case will be donated to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program.

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Preview Of New Metallica Tracks Available

Classic Rock Magazine has issued the following report:

Classic Rock was among a select band of rock journalists to hear a taster from the new Metallica album today. At present untitled, the band’s new record has been nicknamed by management “Nine epics and one song”. We heard six of 'em – unmixed and all unnamed (we guess at some of the titles in our track by track, below).

Classic Rock was one of the few magazines to give the band’s last album, St. Anger, a bad review on its release, Philip Wilding giving it 2/5. “It’s unfettered hell-for-leather nonsense pretty much from beginning to end,” he wrote. “Forget nuance or gravitas – or Metallica, for that matter – this is latter-day heavy metal pulverised into a risible mush that owes as much to rock music’s deviation in the last three years, as to the credible legend that Metallica have built and cultivated since the early 80s.

“This, you reason, must be the sound of a mid-life crisis…” More...

Read the full article at Classic Rock Magazine.

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Sepultura Posts Video Diary Online

Sepultura have posted a video diary based on the recording of their new, as-yet untitled, new album. Check it out below.

Sepultura's new album will be based on the classic book/ film "A Clockwork Orange" and will be released in October. More...

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Motorhead Completes Recording New Album

British metal legends Motorhead have completed the recording of their new album, tentatively titled "Motorized".

The band will be heading to Europe for some festival shows in addition to performing at the Metal Masters tour with Judas Priest, Testament and Heaven And Hell. YOu can catch the latter tour on the following dates:

6 - Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
7 - Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
9 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Arts Center
10 - Wantagh, NJ - Jones Beach Theater
12 - Hamburg, NY - Grandstand Stage/America's Fair **
13 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
15 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena##
16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post-Gazette Pavilion
18 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Center
19 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Band Amphitheatre
22 - Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center
23 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
24 - San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
27 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
28 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion
30 - San Bernadino, CA - Hyundai Pavilion At Glen Helen
31 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre

**Featuring Motörhead and Testament ONLY
## Featuring Judas Priest and Testament ONLY

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Ra Announces Release Date For "The Black Sun"

Ra’s new album, "The Black Sun," will be released on September 9th. The first single, "Broken Hearted Soul." will be released to iTunes on June 17th and can be streamed on their MySpace page.

As previously reported, Ra will head out on a short US tour this summer. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Woe Of Tyrants, The Heartland Tour Dates

Woe Of Tyrants will be hitting the road with The Heartland and Dead Will Rise in mid June through mid-July. The latest tour dates are as follows:

6/14 North Tonawanda, NY @ The Sikora Post
6/15 Vestal, NY @ The Vestal Firehall Center
6/16 Charleroi, PA @ Club Octane
6/17 Masury, OH @ Curtis Elementary
6/18 Wheeling, WV @ Yesterdays Draught House
6/19 Pulaski, VA @ The Kazamere
6/20 Danville, VA @ Plan B
6/21 Berryville, VA @ TBA
6/22 Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
6/23 Dalton, GA @ The Venue
6/24 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven Lounge
6/25 Mobile, AL @ TBA
6/26 Houston, TX @ TBA
6/27 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Compound
6/28 Harlingen, TX @ Studio 7th Level
6/29 El Paso, TX @ The Corona Bar
6/30 San Antonio, TX @ The Underground
7/1 Austin, TX @ TBA
7/2 Shawnee, OK @ The Fusion Effect
7/3 Joplin, MO @ The Cesspool Castle
7/4 St. Louis, MO @ APOP Records
7/5 Springfield, MO @ The Vault
7/6 Hutchinson, KS @ McGraws
7/7 Omaha, NE @ Club Roxbury
7/8 Mason City, IA @ TBA
7/9 Chicago, IL @ TBA
7/10 Richmond, IN @ TBA
7/11 Toledom OH @ Frankies w/ Sender Receiver
7/12 Southgatem MI @ The Modern Exchange w/ Sender Receiver

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Poison The Well Plans South America Tour Dates

Poison The Well will head to South America in August for a few shows. Here are the latest dates:

08/06 Quito, Ecuador @ El Aguijon
08/07 Bogota, Colombia @ Downtown
08/09 Santiago, Chile @ Galpon Victor Jara
08/10 Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Hangar

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Asva Announces European Tour Dates

Long Beach, CA death metal band Asva has just announced a European Tour that will see them hit Holland, Germany and the UK. This tour is scheduled to coincide with their forthcoming album, "What You Don't Know Is Frontier," which is due for release mid-July 2008.

The latest tour dates are as follows:

July 04 HOL Groningen - Vera
July 05 GER Berlin - Red Rooster
July 06 GER Hamburg - Hafenklang
July 07 HOL Rotterdam - Worm w/ Gravetemple
July 08 GBR Bristol - Croft
July 09 GBR TBC - TBC
July 11 GBR Brighton -Freebutt
July 12 GBR TBC - TBC
July 13 GBR Birmingham - Supersonic Festival
July 20 HOL - Belgium - Dour Festival w/ Earth

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Dagoba Completing New Album, "Face The Colossus"

The recording sessions for DAGOBA's third album "Face the Colossus" have just been completed, after three weeks of hard and productive work in the studio. Vocalist Shawter is currently in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen for the mixing and mastering steps. To hold you over until the late September release, the band has launched a blog at www.facethecolossus.com. After last week's first trailer, you can now watch a 10 minute video interview with drummer Franky Costanza.

You can also check it out on Daily Motion and YouTube (or below).

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Decadence Entering The Studio

Decadence has released the following message:

"We just got back from the Sweden Rock Festival this morning. Thank you all for being there at our show last night and supporting us there!

"We are now preparing for the studio and we will enter it on Friday the 6th of June (this week!) and start recording the drums for our 4th studio album. This time we will make a complete video studio diary so you all can follow up on how things are going over here! The news will also be updated here the more we go along. For now, let us all give Erik our horns up for Friday!"

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