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Metal News for August 12, 2011

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33 news articles posted on this day.

Design The Skyline Discusses Songs From New Album

Design the Skyline has posted a track breakdown clip for the band's new album "Nevaeh," which is due out August 16th. This 5-minute track-by-track analysis video touches on Design the Skyline’s personal connections with the songs on the album, which song was written to address the enormous, widespread reaction of the band, and a whole lot more. You can check out the clip below.

The band also recently posted a lyric video online for the song "Break Free From Your Life," which can be found by heading over here.

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Faust Again Streaming Two New Songs

Poland's Faust Again has posted two new songs online, which will be appearing on the band's upcoming album "Illusions." You can check out the new songs "My Favorite Masquerade" and "My Self Portrait" by navigating your browser to the Faust Again Facebook profile.

The band is also seeking fans to vote on which song off the new album will be used for a music video shoot. Details are available at the band's Facebook page.

The "Illusions" album will be the follow-up to the 2009 release "The Trial." Further details will be announced as they are made available.

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Creation's End Gearing Up For Tour Dates

Creation's End is preparing to kick off the next leg of the band's live appearances next week, this time in the form of the first "Uniting The Powers Of Metal" tour. The tour features Artizan, Seven Kingdoms, and Widow as well as Creation's End for a co-headlining six-date East Coast tour, where all four acts will trade headlining spots show-to-show.

The festivities officially kick off this Tuesday, August 16 at Manhattan's Sullivan Hall, with shows in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida to follow, including a special one-off headlining appearance by Adrenaline Mob -- featuring Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and Russell Allen (Symphony X) -- this Sunday at Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia.

Dates are as follows:

8/16/2011 Sullivan Hall - New York, NY [tickets]
8/17/2011 Jaxx - Springfield, VA w/ Adrenaline Mob
8/18/2011 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
8/19/2011 The Local at Sidelines - Marietta, GA
8/20/2011 The Haven - Orlando, FL
8/21/2011 The Local 662 - St. Petersburg, FL

Creation's End features guitarists Rudy Albert (ex-Zandelle) and Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie Band), drummer Dario Rodriguez, vocalist Mike DiMeo (ex-Masterplan, ex-Riot) and bassist Joe Black (Chris Caffery, ex-Zandelle). The band is currently constructing a new album now, which will be released sometime in 2012.

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Fatality Posts Final "Western Annihilation" Blog

Toronto party thrashers Fatality have posted the final tour blog online from the band's "Western Annihilation Tour." You can check out an excerpt from the blog below.

"So far on this tour, we have been in this godforsaken van for roughly 150 hours. That’s about 5 days in a row innit? Damn, that’s a lot of time to reflect on how awful I am, while simultaneously smelling other peoples flatulents.

"One of the hardest drives was to Phoenix, Arizona. It is the kind of heat that just makes you want to weep openly in front of all of strangers. The kind of humid thick heat that makes you sluggish, shiny and uncomfortable. We still managed to maintain some optimism because we were headed for the Inner City Youth Centre to play with one of our favorite bands on the planet: Vektor. For those who don’t know, Vektor is a fantastic 4 piece metal band that plays a very unusual and progressive style of thrash metal. Nothing better then playing a set and then sitting back with a few Millers and watching one of the best bands on the continent. The Vektor boys were also nice enough to let us stay at their house, which was a treat. The bass player Frank entertained the shit out of us by blowing up beer cans in the backyard with his assortment of weapons. More...

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Vreid Comments On Wacken Appearance

Last week Norwegian black metal heathens Vreid performed another set at the Wacken Open Air fest. No stranger to the prestigious event, 2011 marks the band’s third time on the Wacken stage. Commented bassist Hváll: “Last Saturday we did our third performance at Wacken, and as always it was a magical experience. Wacken is the Valhalla of metal festivals due to its extreme organization… and it has the best audience in the world. This was one of our best shows ever, and we are now tanked up and ready to unleash our wrath of North America for the next weeks.”

Vreid will also be heading to North America in just a few short weeks. "The Black Path Of America" tour 2011 will commence on August 25th in Toronto and tear through over a dozen cities. Vreid will be joined by pagan black metal co-headliners Kampfar and Canadian death metal ensemble Necronomicon.

And in case you missed it, there’s a Vreid tour teaser from Hváll available by heading over here. The tour dates are as follows:

8/25/2011 The Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
8/26/2011 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
8/27/2011 The Basement – Kingston, NY
8/28/2011 Europa – New York, NY
8/29/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
8/30/2011 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
8/31/2011 Station 4 – St Paul, MN
9/01/2011 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MN** New Location
9/02/2011 The Exchange – Regina, SK ** New Edition
9/03/2011 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
9/04/2011 French Cultural Center – Kelowna, BC ** New Edition
9/05/2011 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
9/06/2011 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
9/07/2011 The Branx – Portland, OR
9/08/2011 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
9/09/2011 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
9/10/2011 Molly Malone’s – Ramona, CA ** New Location

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Silhouettes Posts Second Teaser Clip

U.K. based act Silhouettes has posted a second teaser clip online featuring a snippet of new music that will appear on an upcoming release. You can check out the clip below. The previously posted first teaser clip is also still available by heading over here.

Teaser 2 by Silhouettesuk

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Reverence Issues New Album Update

France's Reverence has checked in with the following update about progress on the band's upcoming album:

"OK, after some months in silence, here some news. The mix of our new album 'The Asthenic Ascension' will begin the 28th of August at the Drudenhaus Studio with Neb Xort.

"This new realease contains 9 tracks for 50 minutes approximately, produced by Candlelight.
We're proud and excited about it, we hope the release will be available as soon as possible!

"Since the recording of the instruments parts in March of this year, we have worked extensively the arrangements, the lyrics.. We wanted to work differently, it succeeds.

"The music sounds like Reverence, no doubt, with some new musical elements ... some news very soon!"

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Anthrax Guitarist To Appear In "The Walking Dead"

Scott Ian, the guitarist and founder of legendary American thrash metal band, Anthrax, has revealed that he will be appearing in the hit AMC television series, "The Walking Dead." In a post today on the social networking website, Twitter, Ian said: "What have I wanted to do since 1978? Be a ZOMBIE!!! Full story on my day on Walking Dead coming later!!!"

Ian also posted a "zombified" photograph of himself. More...

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Lich King Comes To The Rock Band Network

Only two tracks have hit the Xbox 360 edition of the Rock Band Network this week, but luckily both are songs that may be of interest to metal heads. The newly added tracks are as follows:

Fallen Angel - "Ashes to Ashes/Leaving It All Behind"
Lich King - "Act of War"

The following tracks hit the PS3 edition on Tuesday, 8/16/2011 (Wednesday, 8/17/2011 in Europe):

Buckner & Garcia - "Pac-Man Fever" ($1.99) - Pop-Rock
Buckner & Garcia - "Froggy's Lament" ($1.99) - Pop-Rock
Buckner & Garcia - "Hyperspace" ($1.99) - Pop-Rock
Buckner & Garcia - "Mousetrap" ($1.99) - Pop-Rock
Possible Oscar - "Dead Again" ($1.99) - Rock

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Voices Of Extreme Premieres New Song Online

New York-based metal/hard rock act Voices of Extreme (aka V.O.X.) is premiering a brand new song from their upcoming album, "Break The Silence" (reviewed here), on Metalunderground.com. Check out the song "Hollow" in the player below. "Break The Silence," which is due out in North America on August 16th, is the band's follow up to their debut album, "Hypocrite."

The band's line-up includes Don Chaffin on lead vocals, guitarist Nick Gertsson, drummer John Macaluso, and bassist Bob Brennan. With the task of completing their second full length CD at hand, V.O.X. added guitarist David Mercado to their line-up.

Here's the "Break The Silence" tracklisting"

1. Damned
2. Tell Me What It Takes
3. Apocalypse
4. Break The Silence
5. Numb
6. Did It Again
7. Hollow
8. Made Of Stone
9. Blown Away
10. Sorry

The band released a music video for "Armageddon" earlier in the year:

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Pagan Rites Splits With Drummer

Sweden's Pagan Rites has issued the following brief update about splitting with the band's drummer and trying out a replacement:

"Our drummer RexInferi left the band last month. This is for lots of reasons and his reasons are his own. We wish him the best and keep pounding pagan fucking metal! Another drummer just had a tryout to join forces. More info soon..."

Pagan Rites has also announced a new EP titled "Preachers From Hell." The track listing is as follows:

1. Curse of Gods
2. King of Evil
3. Catholic Sodomy
4. Vengeance from Hell
5. Unhallowed Ground

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Xerath Posts "Reform Part 3" Video

Xerath has teamed up with Metal Hammer to post a music video online for the song "Reform Part 3." You can check out the video clip below. "Reform Part 3" is taken off Xerath's "II" album (reviewed here).

Metal Hammer - Xerath - Reform Part 3 on MUZU.TV

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Cough Announces U.S. Shows

Richmond, VA’s Cough has announced a three-week tour covering the southern U.S. These dates will kick-off on September 1st in Durham, NC and also include a performance as part of the Boomslang Fest with Swans, Pelican, Horseback, and more in Lexington, KY. Additionally, Cough has a couple of east coast shows lined up for this weekend in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Frederick, MD. Saturday night’s show in Brooklyn follows the NYC screening of “Slow Southern Steel,” a documentary about southern metal produced by CT from RWAKE and Sunday’s performance in Frederick is part of the 11th annual Stoner Hands of Doom festival.

Cough is touring in support of the band's recently released Relapse debut "Ritual Abuse," which saw its international release last October on CD, LP, and digitally. The album is currently streaming in its entirety at this location.

The upcoming Cough tour dates are as follows:

08/12/11 Philadelphia, PA United States The Station w/ Earthling, On Top, Sagiqacea
08/13/11 Brooklyn, NY United States Knitting Factory w/ Gates of Slumber, Earthling
09/01/11 Durham, NC United States The Casbah
09/04/11 St. Augustine, FL United States Stay True Tattoo w/ Hot Graves, and more
09/05/11 Orlando, FL United States Will's Pub w/ Hollow Leg, and more
09/06/11 Tampa, FL United States Transitions Art Gallery
09/07/11 Tallahassee, FL United States The Farside Collective
09/08/11 New Orleans, LA United States Siberia
09/09/11 Baton Rouge, LA United States Here Today, Gonw Tomorrow
09/10/11 Houston, TX United States The Mink
09/11/11 San Antonio, TX United States The Ten Eleven
09/12/11 Austin, TX United States Red 7
09/14/11 Dallas, TX United States Bryan Street Tavern w/ The Body
09/15/11 Little Rock, AR United States Downtown Music
09/17/11 Nashville, TN United States Foobar Too w/ Across Tundras
09/18/11 Chattanooga, TN United States JJ Bohemia's
09/19/11 Atlanta, GA United States 529 Club
09/20/11 Columbia, SC United States New Brookland Tavern
09/21/11 Charlotte, NC United States Tremont Music Hall
09/22/11 Asheville, NC United States The Get Down w/ Horseback and more
09/23/11 Lexington, KY United States The Green Lantern as part of Boomslang Festival
09/24/11 Blacksburg, VA United States Jaxx
05/25/12 Baltimore, MD United States Sonar as part of Maryland Death Fest 2012

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Fuck The Facts Announces "Die Miserable" Details

Fuck The Facts has recently completed work on the band's brand new full-length, "Die Miserable." The album was recorded in-between touring at the band’s home studio and has been set for an October 11th North American release date. The complete track listing for "Die Miserable" is below.

Additional album information will be posted shortly Fuck the Facts also recently announced new Canadian tour dates, with details available here.

The "Die Miserable" track list is as follows:

1. Drift
2. Cold Hearted
3. Lifeless
4. Census Blank
5. Alone
6. Die Miserable
7. A Cowards Existence
8. 95

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King Giant Announces New Live Shows

Southern doom rockers King Giant are preparing to hit the stage as direct support for the almighty Pentagram's Summer tour kick-off show, tonight at Springfield, Virginia's Jaxx Nightclub. The band has also confirmed an upcoming show opening for Karma To Burn in Washington DC in September, and continue to lock down regional gigs as the band wraps up its upcoming sophomore full-length, "Dismal Hollow." The show details are as follows:

8/12/2011 Jaxx Nightclub - Springfield, VA w/ Pentagram, One Slack Mind
9/21/2011 Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington DC w/ Karma To Burn

The follow-up to King Giant's 2009 self-released debut album, "Southern Darkness," the upcoming "Dismal Hollow" is being finalized now, and will be released sometime in early 2012. The band has just finished mastering the tracks, and is currently wrapping up pre-production on the first video for "Appomattox," which is set to be filmed in a house built in the 1700s in early September.

Stay tuned for more updates on the video and the upcoming full-length as they are completed over the coming weeks, as well as more King Giant live actions as they are confirmed.

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Jeff Loomis To Record New Solo Album

Jeff Loomis returns to the studio at the end of this month to begin recording his sophomore solo album, with Aaron Smith (7 Horns 7 Eyes) producing the album. "He [Smith] has been a friend for a while now and has helped me out with various recording projects over the years." Says Loomis. "We've been working on demos and pre-production for the past few weeks and are very happy with the way things are turning out."

Loomis has also enlisted a roster of musicians to back the project. Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork will be tracking drums, and Shane Lentz will be handling bass. Loomis added, "Doing drums, as most of you know, is Dirk Verbeuren. I don't think there's really anything else I can add to that. His name just sort of speaks for itself. Up until about 2 weeks ago, I was planning on doing the bass parts myself but then saw this amazing bass player on YouTube and said to myself, 'I need to have him on the record.' I got in touch and was thrilled to find out he was into it. I'm really looking forward to hearing what he's going to be bringing to these songs."

In addition, Loomis plans on collaborating with a handful of other vocalists and musicians including Christine Rhodes, who previously contributed to Nevermore's "Dreaming Neon Black" album.

Fans should keep their eyes peeled for previews of developing songs, studio updates and additional details. The album is set for release in Spring 2012.

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Myrath Reveals New Album Details

Myrath has announced the new album "Tales of the Sands" will see release October 11th, 2011 via Nightmare Records. "Tales of the Sands" was produced by Kevin Codfert, mixed by Frederik Nordstom (DimmuBorgir, In Flames), and mastered by Jens Bogren (Symphony X)

To promote the release of the album, Myrath is working on a full length video and will also support Orphaned Land in a one month long European tour starting in November. The "Tales of the Sands" track listing and artwork are available below.

1. Under Siege
2. Braving the Seas
3. Merciless Times
4. Tales of the Sands
5. Sour Sigh
6. Dawn Within
7. Wide Shut
8. Requiem for a Goodbye
9. Beyond the Stars
10. Time to Grow
11. Apostrophe for a Legend More...

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But We Try It Posts New Music Video

But We Try It has posted a music video online for the song "The Gift And The Curse," which can be viewed below. "The Gift And The Curse" is taken from the band's "Dead Lights" album.

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Revamp Drops Off "Out Of The Dark" Tour

Revamp has issued the following announcement about dropping off the upcoming "Out of the Dark" tour with Tristania:

"Floor Jansen, front woman of Revamp, has not fully recovered from a burn out yet. For that reason Revamp regretfully cancelled participation in the European Out of the Dark Tour with Van Canto, Tristania, Xandria & Amberian Dawn. Here's a personal video from Floor explaining why we had to cancel the tour."

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Cardona Streaming Material From Upcoming EP

Atlanta, Georgia based djent act Cardona is currently streaming a sample from the band's upcoming "Providence" EP through Facebook. Head over here to check out the sample. Cardona has also now posted two new songs online, titled "Concepts" and "Our Thoughts Manifest This World," which can be heard in the players below.

Concepts by mike-hart

Our Thoughts Manifest This World by mike-hart

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Odyssey Streaming New Album's Title Track

Spokane based instrumental metallers Odyssey have teamed up with The Number of the Blog to stream the title track from their new album "An Abstract Existence." You can check out the song in the player below.

03 - An Abstract Existence by OdysseySpokane

The cover artwork for "An Abstract Existence" is also available for viewing by heading over to this location.

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Threat Signal Reveals New Album Artwork

Threat Signal has announced its third album will be self-titled, and is due out on October 7th (Europe) and October 11th, 2011 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Uncensored
2. Comatose
3. New World Order
4. Trust In None
5. Face The Day
6. Fallen Disciples
7. Disposition
8. Death Before Dishonor
9. Buried Alive

iTunes Exclusive Bonus Track:
10. Resistance

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Svolk Signs To Napalm Records

Norway's Svölk has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Napalm Records:

"After hibernating the last months, the battle bear rockers of Svölk are back, and this time with heavier weapons on their side: Napalm. The band have just signed a deal with the Austrian record company Napalm Records, and are now in the same cave as Monster Magnet, Brant Bjork, Alestorm, Stuck Mojo and Trail Of Tears, to name a few.

"We are proud to sign the contract with Napalm Records, a respected label with people who knows and loves metal. We are looking forward to spread the gospel of the battle bear together, and it's no secret that Svölk loves the smell of napalm in the morning, says the band in a press release. (This one, actually.)

"The record deal means world wide distribution for Svölk. First their eponymous debutalbum will be re-released, followed by a new album which the band is working on right now.

"It is indeed exiting times for all lovers of True Norwegian Bear Metal!"

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Nightrage Posts Track-By-Track Commentary

On September 26th (and a day later in the U.S.) Nightrage is going to release the band's fifth album "Insidious," and the group recently posted the title track online. Vocalist Antony Hämäläinen has now checked in with the first in a series of track-by-track descriptions. You can check out the first segment below.

"So Far Away" – "This would be part one of three instrumental tracks for the album. Short and to the point. Reminds me of a triumphant funeral dirge. Marios' trademark guitar melodies are all over the place on this one."

"Delirium Of The Fallen" – "This is a bit different for the band as an opening song. We have always in the past had the typical 'blast beat' type song open the album. We tried to go in a different direction here. This song kind of has it all. Crazy solos from Marios and Olof, an emotional vocal section by Apollo from Firewind, and a very catchy chorus."

"Insidious" – "This is for me the best song I've ever done. Not only is it heavy as hell, but Tomas Lindberg recorded and sang vocal melodies and lyrics I wrote. A true honor and a great friend to the band. The song as a whole never stops destroying everything in it's path."

"Wrapped In Deceiftful Dreams" – "Another catchy chorus type song. Gus G shreds along with Marios on this one. Tom from Everygrey laid down a clean section for this one. The original way was just a spoken word from me. Marios then had an amazing idea in the studio for Tom to take the lyrics and basically freestyle. It took the man five minutes to lay down these amazing vocals! The one thing I wanted as a singer to change on this record were the clean vocals. I had done my thing on Wearing A Martyr's Crown, and this time I felt the need of a new flavor."

"Hate Turns Black" - "This is one of the first songs we wrote for this record. To me this song takes you on a great ride. Very old school Gothenburg feel in the pre chorus and a traditional metal feel on the rest. This is Nightrage to the bone"

Part II of the track-by-track commentary is set to follow in the coming days with mastermind Marios Iliopoulos. Check back soon for details.

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Solace Of Requiem Comments On Upcoming Shows

Solace of Requiem has checked in with the following update about canceling upcoming shows and announcing new tour dates with Vomitory:

"Change Of Plans! Many SOR fans have been waiting patiently for the SOR In EU Tour schedule (parts 1 & 2) to be released. Well, we've got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that the 'Part 2' portion of the tour scheduled with Mor Dagor will have to be cancelled.

"It always sucks to have to cancel shows when so many people have worked hard to arrange them. But SOR had a late opportunity to get on a bigger billing and that opportunity was just too good to pass-up. Which brings us to the good news...

"Solace of Requiem will instead be touring Europe (from October 28th until approximately November 20th) with Vomitory and Prostitute Disfigurement. At this time the show schedule has not been released, nor has the artwork/promotion. But as soon as it is, we will have it posted here for all to see. The 'Part 1' portion of the tour scheduled with Disbelief and Xiom has NOT yet been canceled. If possible, SOR will play Part 1 of the original tour as well as the tour with Vomitory and Prostitute Disfigurement.

"Sorry to all of the promoters, clubs, bands and fans that might be disappointed in SOR's cancelling. Especially Michael Morgenstern with MorningStar Booking and Events, and everyone from Mor Dagor. 'I Guess We Owe You Some Beers?!' A very big Thank You to Michael, Mike and everyone else at BCP Agency for putting SOR on the Vomitory & P.D. tour. We will post more info about this tour in the coming weeks, as well as remove the artwork/promotion for 'SOR In EU Tour Part 2' and replace it with the new tour's artwork/promotion. Check back then.."

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Darkest Hour Posts New Music Video Online

American metal outfit Darkest Hour has posted their new music video online for the song, "Love As A Weapon," which appears on the group's most recent studio album, "The Human Romance." You can check it out below. The video was shot overlooking the band's hometown of Washington D.C and was directed by Scott Hansen. More...

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Deicide Announces North American Tour

American death metal legends Deicide have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States and Canada in March of next year, in what has been dubbed the "March Of Death" tour. Joining them on the trek will be Jungle Rot, Abigail Williams, and Lecherous Nocturne. The tour is in support of Deicide's latest studio album, "To Hell With God."

The tour dates are as follows:

March 1 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
March 2 - Reading, PA - Reverb
March 3 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
March 4 - Montreal, QC - FouFounes
March 5 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
March 6 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
March 7 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
March 8 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
March 9 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
March 10 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
March 12 - Winnipeg, MB - The Osbourne Village Inn
March 13 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
March 14 - Edmonton, AL - Starlite
March 15 - Calgary, AL - Dickens
March 16 - Kelowna , BC - Rutland Centennial Hall
March 17 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
March 18 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
March 19 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
March 20 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom
March 21 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
March 22 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
March 23 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
March 24 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
March 26 - Dallas, TX - Trees
March 27 - Austin, TX - Emo's Alternative Lounging
March 28 - New Orleans, LA - The Hangar
March 29 - Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone

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Jesse Leach on Vocal Tips, Solo Album, More

Times of Grace is a shock to the heavy metal system in more ways than one. Uplifting lyrics about hope and personal strength storm across a battering ram of melodic metal that was largely written and played by one man. Teaming with Killswitch Engage guitarists Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel, former Seemless and Killswitch vocalist Jesse Leach brought his band to Nashville for our own night of grace on August 9th. Before the show, which was dubbed the “Illuminatour,” with Underoath headlining, Jesse took time out of his concert preparation to chat with me. Photos from the show will be up in the photo gallery shortly, but here is the full text of the interview. More...

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Alice Cooper, Slash And More Remember Jani Lane

Following the recent announcement of the death of former Warrant singer, Jani Lane, a number of his peers have posted messages of condolence online. Some of the tributes read as follows:

Slash: "Just heard about Jani Lane. What a shame. RIP man."

Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue): "I just heard the sad news about Janie Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP."

Bret Michaels (Poison: “We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI.”

Alice Cooper: "Our thoughts go out to our fallen brother Jani Lane, his family, his friends and his fans."

Professional wrestler and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho stated: "Sad to hear about the passing of Jani Lane. Jani was a good guy and one of the best songwriters in the late 80s Dog Eat Dog-very underrated.”

Steven Adler: "I'm so sad that I lost another dear friend to this horrible disease. I've known Jani for over 30 years and he had a heart of gold. Luv u bro."

James Michael (Sixx: A.M.): "R.I.P. JANI LANE."

Nick Catanese (Black Label Society): "Wow RIP Jani Lane"

Wednesday 13: Just heard, so sad...former Warrant Singer Jani Lane Dead At 47, R.I.P.

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed): "Sad news about Jani Lane. 47 is too young to go."

Jani Lane was found dead yesterday in a hotel in California. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

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Megadeth Bassist Checks In From Atlanta

Megadeth bass player David Ellefson has posted a video update from Atlanta, Georgia online. You can check it out below. The band are currently touring as part of the annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour, which also eatures Disturbed and Godsmack amongst others, and will be releasing their brand new studio album, "Th1rt3en" on November 1st. More...

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1349 Announces European Tour

Norwegian black metal outfit 139 has announced that the band will be embarking on a headlining tour of Europe, which will kick off this October. The trek is in support of the group's latest studio album, "Demonair," which was released last year. Speaking on the tour, the band stated:

"The Bells are chiming! We proudly announce that the first 1349 tour on European soil in many years is to take place in October 2011. After several rounds in the US, and following our pinnacle album Demonoir, we are finally going to make a tour happen in Europe again. We remember with great fondness the European tour following Hellfire, and it’s going to be fabulous and exciting to be back touring our own continent again. Playing Demonoir songs live gives us a diabolic boost, and the hunger and ferocity of 1349 have grown immensely since the last round. The classics from earlier albums will of course not be let out from our live-sets… we set out to make every show on our European tour a sheer feast of black metal ecstasy."

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Bach is Back

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) is back with a new single and video titled “Kicking and Screaming”. This is the first single from his new album (by the same name) due this fall. Given Bach’s history of entertaining videos (“18 and Life” anyone?) this was definitely worth a look. More...

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Former Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead

Former Warrant vocalist Jani Lane was reprtedly found dead at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California yesterday evening (August 11th.) He was only 47 years old. So far, no cause of death has been confirmed. More information will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

Lane was born in Akron, Ohio and would find fame singing with Warrant, with whom he recorded seven albums, before releasing a solo album entitled, "Back Down To One." He also had stints with the bands Saints Of The Underground and Great White, who helped out by performing as a touring vocalist while their singer Jack Russell was ill.

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