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Metal News for August 16, 2011

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34 news articles posted on this day.

Interview

This Is Hell Checks In With Post-Studio Interview

Long Island hardcore act This is Hell recently wrapped up recording for the follow-up album to "Weight of the World," which is currently set for release sometime in October. Shortly after finishing up the studio stint, guitarist Rick Jimenez corresponded with Metalunderground.com to fill us in on the recording sessions and discuss what fans are going to hear on the upcoming album.

Jimenez delves into his recent obsession with all things Metallica and the new album's more metal-centric approach, the socially conscious lyrical content that will be found on the disc, New York's hardcore scene, and even the recent death of Cipher drummer Daniel Bobis. Check out the full interview below to get a glimpse into This Is Hell's world and find out about the band's upcoming live activity. More...

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Nervecell Answers Fan Questions

Nervecell has posted the first in a series of video clips online answering fan submitted questions and showcasing the band's recent festival appearances. This clip, which shows the Brutal Assault fest, Rock im Betonwerk, and and Summer Breeze, can be viewed below.

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Interview With Away Of Voivod

It’s been over a year since Metal Underground.com has talked to Away, drummer for the long-standing band Voivod. Through decades of changes in personnel and sound, Voivod has remained a metal icon, recently playing at Maryland Death Fest IX and Roadburn Festival to screaming fans. They premiered a new song live at the fests which is part of a new album currently being written. I was able to talk to Away for some time about the album, Voivod's history, and the many influences that have shaped their sound. More...

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The Seven Gates Splits With Vocalist

French death metal act The Seven Gates has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's vocalist:

"The Seven Gates just parted ways with vocalist/bass player Vincent Urbain due to personal reasons and divergences of view regarding the band's musical evolution.

"But having been the former administrator of the Myspace and Facebook pages, he still owns all the passwords and codes and keeps spreading rumors about the band having stopped its activities, which is untrue.

"The Seven Gates' new front man is David Boutarin (ex-Decent, ex-Destinity) and the band is currently working onto some fresh material to appear on the forthcoming album."

You can check out the band's music and find more info on The Seven Gates by heading over to this location.

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So Hideous, My Love Streaming Three Songs Online

Three tracks are currently available online for streaming from New York post black metal act So Hideous, My Love...

You can listen to the songs "Prelude in G # Minor," " However Boldly Their Warm Blood Split," and "To Clasp a Fallen Wish with Broken Fingers" in the player below. The songs are taken from the recently released "To Clasp a Fallen Wish with Broken Fingers" EP.

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Astral Doors Reveals New Album Details

Astral Doors has announced the band's upcoming sixth album "Jerusalem" will see released in October. "Jerusalem" will be available in jewel case, digipack and vinyl editions. Astral Doors also has upcoming European tour dates in October, with full details available here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Seventh Crusade
2. With A Stranger's Eye
3. Child of Rock'n'roll
4. Pearl Harbor
5. Lost Crucifix
6. Babylon Rise
7. Suicide Rime
8. The Battle of Jacob's Ford
9. Operation Freedom
10. The Day After Yesterday
11. Jerusalem

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Summer Slaughter at Chicago's House of Blues

The House of Blues once again had issues with their guest list coming in too late. And of course that meant that I missed the first three acts and therefore have absolutely nothing to say about Within the Ruins, Fleshgod Apocalypse or As Blood Runs Black. Despite me giving an otherwise positive review to the new Fleshgod Apocalypse album, I had to wait in the front foyer while they played.

Thankfully, I was able to get into the venue by the time that Oceano began playing. Even though I hate ripping on hometown bands, Adam Warren sounded like he was choking on something throughout the entire set. Outside of their vocalist sounding hoarse the entire time, there was nothing remarkable about Oceano. They're yet another generic deathcore band that does nothing to stand out. I seriously can’t tell the difference between them and about twenty other deathcore bands that I've heard.

After Oceano finished playing, I was thankfully treated to Powerglove, a video game music cover band. I'll be the first guy to admit that I'm a complete and utter nerd and I've been a gamer since the Sega Genesis, so I naturally loved this band. And given that there is a TON of video game music that needs a metal remix, I'm hoping to see Powerglove have a long and prosperous career. (They still need to cover Grabbag from Duke Nukem 3D.)

And even for non-gamers out there, Powerglove put on a VERY good show. Between having a contest to bring the band the head of a stuffed animal and tossing blow-up swords into the audience, they were clearly one of the best band's there in terms of sheer theatricality. I'm really looking forward to seeing this band do a longer set in the future. More...

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Pit Stories: Donkey Kick Vomit Battle Royale

We've been seeking out bands and fans everywhere to get their most memorable and outrageous mosh pit stories. This week we have a tale to share from screamer Trevor Tatro, of Oklahoma six piece Outline in Color, about an unfortunately vomit-fueled altercation in the pit.

Over the years I've been to a plethora of shows. Whether I'm playing one or attending I always try to keep an eye on the pit. Usually I'm not windmilling or two stepping because I have the stature of a buffer Rosie O' Donnell and when I dance I look like a orangutan on meth.

Anyways there's one blumpkin of a pit that comes to mind from a few years back at what I think was a Stick to Your Guns show (I don't remember, it might have been this sick Metro Station show but anyways...). There was a select group of pasty suburb kids as tall as yard sticks who were attempting to do that wheelbarrow jumping jack move that basically screams "yah I could mosh but I'd rather fellate/get kissy with my step dad." While doing this the pair of goons bumped into the wrong tough guy. In mid air tough guy donkey kicks the kid who ran into him right in the stomach, which I felt was a proper reaction at the time. This led to a fit of puking and getting butthurt among friends but that didn't stop him from getting up and throwing some punches (all the while covered in vomit and tears). Needless to say raging wasn't this guys' forte and colonel creatine fed him fists for a minute until security broke it up.

To check out Outline in Color's music or find out the latest info on the band, head over to the group's Facebook profile here.

Be sure to check back in next Tuesday as we share more band and fan submitted Pit Stories.

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Tony Iommi Responds To Black Sabbath Reunion

Tony Iommi has commented on news that has been circulating since yesterday of a Black Sabbath reunion:

"I'm saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion.

"At the time I was supporting the Home of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, 'Are you getting back together?'"

"Thanks to the internet it's gone round the world as some sort of 'official' statement on my part, absolute nonsense. I hope he's enjoyed his moment of glory, he won't have another at my expense.

"to my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.
All the best, Tony"

While Iommi may feel betrayed by the article, the quotes are a little too specific - unless completely fabricated, which he did not contend - to deny the reunion is taking place. We'll post more information on the matter as it becomes available.

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Revocation Posts Guitar Lesson Video Clip

Revocation's new album "Chaos of Forms" sees its North American release today, August 16th (September 5th release internationally). Along with the release of the album, Dave Davidson of Revocation has also showed off some lesson snippets from his guitar lessons at JamPlay. You can check out a clip of his guitar lesson for "Cradle Robber" in the player below.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Cretin
2. Cradle Robber
3. Harlot
4. Dissolution Ritual
5. Conjuring the Cataclysm
6. No Funeral
7. Fractal Entity
8. Chaos of Forms
9. The Watchers
10. Beloved Horrifier
11. Dethroned
12. Reprogrammed

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Martyr Announces New Album Release Date

Metal Blade Records will be releasing the new Martyr album "Circle Of 8." During the five years that Dutch act Martyr was alive and kicking (1982-1987) the band released two classic metal albums "For The Universe" (1985) and "Darkness At Time's Edge" (1986).

Martyr disbanded in 1987, but reunited in 2001 to play the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival. Four years later, the band revived almost the complete 1982 line up to play the Headbangers Open Air and Keep It True festival. The flame has been burning again and the band continued to play live ever since.

Comments the band: "Martyr is really pleased to have the new album "Circle Of 8" released by Metal Blade Records. It feels like a reunion with metal friends for us after the "Metal Massacre VI" release in 1986!"

"Circle Of 8" contains 11 new tracks and one oldie & fans favorite, "Speed Of Samurai," which has been re-recorded. "Circle Of 8" will be released November 8th via Metal Blade Records in North America and the track listing is as follows:

1. DI
2. Afterlife
3. Art Of Deception
4. Circle Of 8
5. All Warriors Blood
6. The Uninvited
7. Insensible Scream
8. Scene Of Hell
9. Fake
10. Justified Killing
11. Locked
12. Speed Of Samurai

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Venia Posts "Crux" Video

Venia has premiered a new music video online via MetalSucks.net. The video, for the song "Crux" from the "I've Lost All Faith In Myself" EP, was shot live in Greenville, SC and Tampa, FL with additional 8mm footage compiled from the band's adventures on the road. Head over here to check out the clip.

Venia will be embarking on two tour runs this Fall, including an East Coast/Midwest stint to join Advent and a string of dates in Canada alongside No Bragging Rights and The Greenery. Details are as follows:

08/30 Milwaukee, WI @ The Litter Box*
08/31 Louisville, KY @ Keswicks*
09/01 Chattanooga, TN @ The Warehouse*
09/02 Greenville, SC @ The Channel
w/ Advent, Jawbone
09/03 Greensboro, NC @ Legit Biz
w/ Advent (last show), Reign Supreme, Jawbone
09/04 Balitmore, MD @ The Talking Head
w/ Gideon, Debtor, Carrying The Fire
09/05 Wilmington, DE @ Mogo 13
09/06 Williamsport, PA @ The Hive
09/07 Zanesville, OH @ The Shot Shot
09/09 Rockford, IL @ TBA
10/12 Gatineau, QC @ The Warehouse**
10/13 Montreal, QC @ TBA**
10/14 Brampton, ON @ All Stars**
10/15 Mississauga, ON @ Rehearsal Pro**
10/16 London, ON @ London Music Hall Lounge**
10/17 New Market, ON @ The Jam Spot**
10/19 Thunder Bay, ON @ Black Pirates**
10/20 Winkler, MB @ The Bunker**
10/21 Regina, SK @ The Club**
10/22 Edmonton, AB @ GFCBS**
10/23 Calgary, AB @ TBA**
10/24 Lethbridge, AB @ Loyal Order Of The Moose**
10/25 Saskatoon, SK @ Le Relais**
10/26 Fargo, ND @ The New Direction**

* w/ Relentless
** w/ No Bragging Rights, The Greenery

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Betraeus Announces EP Release

Manchester four piece Betraeus, which played the the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air 2010, has signed to Siege Of Amida for the release of "Towards the Sun." The EP is set to drop worldwide on November 14th, 2011. You can listen to the radio edit of the title track by heading over here.

The band also commented on the signing: “We’re very excited to have signed with Siege Of Amida Records for the release of our debut EP ‘Towards The Sun’. After playing Bloodstock and Download Festival in the space of a year this tops it off for us! Siege Of Amida has a great reputation for supporting underground metal and we’re very proud to be a part of their roster.”

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Abazagorath Performance Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of U.S. black metal act Abazagorath performing in New York at Club Europa on August 8th, 2011. You can check out the clip below.

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Masticator Working On New Album

Florida death metal act Masticator has been working in studio with plans to release a 12 track full length album this September. The album was recorded at Simple Kill Studios with Jeff Martin and will be titled "Horrors of the Flesh."

More details on Masticator are available through the band's Facebook profile. The track listing as follows:

1. Gourmet Decay
2. Internal Inversion
3. Embalmed in Bile
4. Burn Their Bodies
5. Kill and Consume
6. Flesh Feeder
7. Bleeding the Unborn
8. Horrors of the Flesh
9. They are the Children of the Underworld (Deicide cover)
10. Hammer Smashed Face (Cannibal Corpse cover)
11. Bonus track
12. Bonus track

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Crystallion Reveals New Album Track Listing

German power metal act Crystallion has revealed the track listing for the band's upcoming album in a recent interview with Powermetal4ever.de. You can read the entire (German language) interview at this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Run
2. The Unwanted
3. Push Comes to Shove
4. Hold On The Night
5. I'm Alive
6. Killer
7. Black Widow
8. Heat of a 1000 Flames
9. Ready To Strike
10. S.O.S.
11. Dead on Arrival
12. Change Your Heart
13. Full Moon Fever
14. Far Cry

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InRed Working On Documentary

The members of inRed are currently working on a documentary featuring Frankie Palmeri of Emmure and other members of the metal community, pro-gamers, pro-wrestlers, and Mixed Martial Artists. You can check out a teaser for the documentary in the player below.

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An Early Ending Posts New Song Online

An Early Ending has premiered a new song online through Noisecreep.com titled "Igniter." To check out the track, head over to this location.

An Early Ending also has the following upcoming tour dates:

Aug 16 - Warren, NJ @ Warren American Legion
Aug 17 - Portland, ME @ Deering Grange
Aug 18 - Gloversville NY @ Upper Deck

With Ice Nine Kills & Like Moths to Flames:
Sep 2 - Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ
Sep 3 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
Sep 4 - Richmond, VA @ Kingdoms
Sep 5 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern
Sep 6 - Columbia, SC @ The Oasis
Sep 7 - Cocoa Beach, FL @ The Hippodrome
Sep 8 - Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda
Sep 9 - Fort Myers, FL @ Java Pete's
Sep 10 - Tarpon Springs, FL @ The Neptune Lounge
Sep 11 - Marietta, GA @ Swayzes
Sep 13 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
Sep 14 - Toledo, OH @ Frankie's Inner City
Sep 15 - Buffalo, NY @ Club Diablo
Sep 16 - Toronto, ON @ The Garage Concert Hall
Sep 17 - Southgate, MI @ The Modern Exchange
Sep 18 - Portage, IN @ Camelot Hall
Sep 19 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
Sep 20 - La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse
Sep 21 - St. Louis, MO @ FUBAR
Sep 23 - Beckley,WV @ Dry Hill Community Center
Sep 24 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
Sep 25 - Boonton, NJ @ The Canvas Clas

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Welicoruss Offering New Single As Free Download

Russia's Welicoruss is currently offering the new single "Kharnha" as a free download. You can download the single here or at this location.

You can also find more information on the band and listen to other songs available for streaming by heading over to the Welicoruss MySpace page.

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Profane Omen Posts New Album Teaser

Profane Omen has announced the band's new album "Destroy!" will be released on September 28th through Spinefarm Records. A teaser clip for the album has been posted online and can be viewed below.

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Forbidden Splits With Drummer, Cancels Tour

Blabbermouth.net is reporting that San Francisco thrash act Forbidden has parted ways with drummer Mark Hernandez due to family obligations.

The split has also caused Forbidden to cancel the band's previously announced upcoming European tour dates. Both front man Craig Locicero and Mark Hernandez also perform with Demonica, which was the opening act for the upcoming tour.

Details on the band's replacement drummer and any rescheduled tour dates will be announced as they are made available.

You can also check out Forbidden's latest music video for the song "Omega Wave" by navigating your browser over to this location.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Sonne Adam Announces European Tour

Israel's Sonne Adam has announced upcoming European shows with Cruciamentum in September, which has been dubbed the "Emissaries of Darkness & Death" tour. The dates are as follows:

3rd: Copenhagen, DK – Kill-Town Death Fest
5th: Rostock, DE - JAZ (JugendAlternativZentrum)
6th: Hoogeveen, NL - TBA
7th: London, UK - TBA
8th: Liege, BE - Carlo Levi bar w/ Excavated
9th: Oberhausen, DE - Helvete Metal Club w/ Dawn of Crucifixion
10th: Wermelskirchen, DE - AJZ Bahndam w/ support
11th: Nurnberg, DE - Kunstverien w/ Deathronation
12th: Berlin, DE - The Ace Club More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Splits Into Two Bands

After 15 years of friendship, hard work, and passion fully invested in the creation of symphonic music and an epic saga that will remain in the history of heavy metal, Alex Staropoli and Luca Turilli decided to proceed with a friendly split.

"10 albums released and the end of the saga represent, musically and lyrically, an important artistic goal finally reached, underlined by the success of our last release 'From Chaos To Eternity,' for which we want to thank our wonderful fans once again. Now it came the time when new artistic stimulations need to be found, in respect of both parts' visions and perspectives and of our longtime friendship" say Luca and Alex.

Due to the latest legal agreements actually in force, Alex Staropoli will go on with Rhaposdy of Fire, with Fabio Lione as singer, Tom Hess as guitar player and Alex Holzwarth as drummer. For the same agreements and the original name's common ownership, Luca Turilli will release his future works with a new Rhapsody band, including the band members Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers and Alex Holzwarth.

Alex says: "While wishing the best to Luca and his new band, I want to tell you that Fabio and myself feel motivated and stronger than ever and that Rhapsody of Fire are already planning a great worldwide tour. More information regarding the new bass player and the new second guitar player will follow. Stay tuned!"

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Ava Inferi Announces Shows With Moonspell

Ava Inferi has checked in with the following update about Spanish shows alongside Moonspell:

"We are happy to announce that Ava Inferi will do support for the one and only Moonspell on select dates in Spain this coming December. We are very happy to be back where our live activities started some 4 years ago, then supporting Christian Death. The dates are as follows:

December 2nd. Madrid
Venue: Sala Heineken

December 3rd. Sevilla
Venue: Sala Fanatic

"The tour dubbed the 'Vintage Tour' will also see Moonspell performing material from their classic albums 'Wolfheart' and 'Irreligious.' We promise a night to remember!"

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Katatonia Announces Headlining Shows

Katatonia has announced several special 20th anniversary North American shows in celebration of two decades of gloom and doom. The headlining “Last Fair Day Gone Night 2011” performances will take place in the United States and Canada while the band is in North America for the upcoming “Heritage Tour” with fellow Swedish heavyweight, Opeth. Full dates for “Last Fair Day Gone Night 2011” and the “Heritage Tour” can be seen below. Guitarist Anders Nyström issued the following statement in anticipation of the “Heritage Tour:”

"Both you and we know that North America damn well deserves to see more of Katatonia, right? So how could we possibly resist heading back to the States this fall when Opeth are giving us the opportunity to be their special guests? It was just a matter of time before it had to happen again. Yes we toured together in the same formation ten years ago in Europe, and not only was that tour very well received by both bands’ fans, but we also shared a great ride together as long time friends. Some people have even been calling this bill their ‘dream line-up’, so it's only fair that the loyal fans in North America now get their piece of the cake too! So come out and see us on this great tour and remember we're playing headlining sideshows as well! Looking forward! Cheers!"

Sept. 16 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beeblebrox*
Sept. 17 - Quebec City, QC - Agitee*
Sept. 18 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes*
Sept. 19 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept. 20 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Sept. 21 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Sept. 22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Sept. 23 - Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Sept. 24 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall*
Sept. 25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s*
Sept. 26 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Sept. 27 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
Sept. 28 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
Sept. 29 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
Sept. 30 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Oct. 01 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Hangar*
Oct. 03 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Oct. 04 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
Oct. 05 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Oct. 06 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
Oct. 07 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Oct. 08 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings
Oct. 09 - Regina, SK - The Exchange*
Oct. 10 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
Oct. 11 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Oct. 13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 14 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct. 15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
Oct. 16 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Oct. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Oct. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre
Oct. 20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Oct. 21 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theater
Oct. 22 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct. 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Oct. 25 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct. 27 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Oct. 28 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Oct. 29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Oct. 30 - Guelph, ON - Guelph Concert Theatre
Oct. 31 - Millvale, PA - Mr Smalls Theatre
Nov. 01 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!

* Katatonia headlining “Last Fair Day Gone Night 2011” date

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Darkane Announces European Tour With Destinity

Darkane, which recently announced the reunion with vocalist Lawrence Mackrory, is going on tour in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, and Switzerland next moth. Destinity and Devastating Enemy will be supporting Darkane for "The Demonic Alliance Tour."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

Sep. 20 FR Strasbourg - Molodoi
Sep. 21 FR Paris - Glaz'art
Sep. 22 NL Eindhoven - Dynamo
Sep. 23 NL Hengelo - Metropool
Sep. 24 NL Leeuwarden - Harmonie (@ Freeze Fest)
Sep. 25 FR Roubaix (Lille) - Hôtel de la Musique
Sep. 26 DE Osnabruck - Bastard club
Sep. 27 DE Berlin - Dazzle Danzclub
Sep. 28 SK Bratislava - U Ocka music club
Sep. 29 AT Wien - Escape Metal Corner
Sep. 30 DE Stuttgart - Club Zentral
Oct. 01 CH Zurich - Dynamo (@ Violent Force Metalfest)
Oct. 02 FR Annecy - Brise Glace

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Serenity Replacing Revamp On Tristania Tour

After Revamp dropped off the upcoming "Out of the Dark" tour with Tristania, it has now revealed that Serenity will be filling the empty tour slot. Also appearing on the bill are Van Canto, Xandria, and Amberian Dawn.

The dates for the tour are as follows:

30.09.2011 (D) KARLSRUHE / Substage
01.10.2011 (CZ) PRAGUE / Abaton
02.10.2011 (H) BUDAPEST / Club 202
04.10.2011 (I) MILAN / Alcatraz
05.10.2011 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
06.10.2011 (F) PARIS / Le Bataclan
07.10.2011 (NL) HAARLEM / Patronaat
08.10.2011 (B) VOSSELAAR / Biebob
09.10.2011 (GB) LONDON / O2 Academy Islington
11.10.2011 (D) COLOGNE / Live Music Hall
12.10.2011 (D) MUNICH / Backstage
13.10.2011 (D) NEU-ISENBURG / Hugenottenhalle
14.10.2011 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
15.10.2011 (D) DORTMUND / FZW

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Shadowside Streaming Samples From New Album

Brazilian female-fronted band Shadowside has posted samples of all songs from the upcoming album "Inner Monster Out" on the group's MySpace and Facebook profiles.

The band's third Shadowside album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Fredrik Nordström at Fredman Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. The title track "Inner Monster Out" features guest appearances of Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Björn "Speed" Strid (Soilwork), Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil).

"Inner Monster Out" is set to a digital release on August 30th via SHP Records. A CD release will follow after that. The track listing is as follows:

1. Gag Order
2. Angel with Horns
3. Habitchual
4. In the Name of Love
5. Inner Monster Out
6. I'm Your Mind
7. My Disrupted Reality
8. A Smile Upon Death
9. Whatever Our Fortune
10. A.D.D.
11. Waste of Life
Bonus track
12. Ace of Spades - PledgeMusic.com pre-order only

Pre-sales are available through Pledge Music at this location. Part of the money raised on the campaign will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

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I Spit Ashes Finishes New Album

I Spit Ashes has checked in with the following announcement about finishing the band's new album:

"The work on our debut is finally completed! From now on you'll find in our player a snippet from some of the songs on the album. We proudly present you: 'Inhaling Blackness - Reflecting Light'!"

The "Inhaling Blackness - Reflecting Light" album artwork can be viewed here. A studio video is also available below. More...

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Breaking News

Black Sabbath To Reunite With Original Lineup

Update: Tony Iommi has commented on the original news article but not exactly refuted the claim. You can read his comments here.

Multiple sources are reporting that Black Sabbath is to regroup with their original lineup to record a new studio album next year. Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi reportedly wrote new material for the record in June of this year. The album would mark the first to feature Ozzy since 1978's "Never Say Die." The band is said to be currently rehearsing for a new tour.

"We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good," said 63-year-old Iommi. "It’s more back to the old original stuff."

He added that the reunion has been kept under wraps for some time.

"It’s all been very hush-hush. Ozzy's been the worst at trying to hold it back. He's doing a lot of TV and he’s being asked stuff about a reunion and he's going ‘well I never say never’."

Iommi said his only concern about the current reformation was the health of drummer Bill Ward who in the past has suffered a heart attack.

"He hasn’t been 100 per cent. He had an operation a few months ago, so we’ll see how he is."

Iommi's last version of Black Sabbath, dubbed Heaven & Hell, came to an end when singer Ronnie James Dio died in May 2010.

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Mastodon Posts New Single Online

Atlanta, georgia based heavy metal outfit Mastodon has posted their single, "Curl Of The Burl" online for streaming. You can check it out below. "Curl Of The Burl" comes from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "The Hunter," which will be released on September 27th and will also be available as a special CD/DVD package, which will feature track commentaries and two music videos, amongt other features. More...

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Atomkraft Reveals New EP Details

British heavy metal veterans Atomkraft has revealed that they will be releasing a new EP entitled, "Cold Sweat" on August 29th through W.A.R. Productions. The record will feature a cover version of the classic Thin Lizzy song of the same name, as well as bonus tracks (available only on the CD version.) You can check out a video clip featuring the cover below. "Cold Sweat" will be made available in the following two formats:

-- 7" EP limited to 200 copies only in colored vinyl + insert
-- MCD limited to 1000 copies with two bonus tracks

Guest guitarist Joe Matera stated: "This is a recording that was done around 2005; I remember laying down my guitar solo around that time. It was going to be released back then but due to circumstances at the time, it got shelved."

Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham­ also commented: "I actually really liked this version of 'Cold Sweat' a lot. Cool solo. I also liked the way Atomkraft made the song their own with the arrangement and production. Very cool." More...

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Archaios Readies New Album, "The Distant"

Dominican Republic death metal band ARCHAIOS will finally be releasing their first full-length album through Dark Canvas Records. Slated for an autumn 2011 release, "The Distant" was recorded and produced by the band in their hometown Santo Domingo and mixed and mastered in Illinois, USA by Kanky Lora (who has worked with Cavalera Conspiracy, Straight Line Stitch and Mark Rizzo Band). The stunning cover artwork was designed by Brazilian artist Carlos Fides.

After almost three years in the making, "The Distant" will be the first Dominican metal recording to be released internationally by a North American record label.

Since its inception in the Dominican underground scene in 1994, the band has enjoyed favorable popularity among local fans of extreme music. However, their country’s predominant right-wing media has never paid serious attention to the band beyond calling the band “a musical oddity” or to using it as target for censorship campaigns against metal music. In spite of this, the group has become one of the main driving forces of the scene, being praised for the quality of their musicianship and their intense and dramatic stage performances. Due to past line up changes, economic constrains and poor logistic support, Archaios has only released some demos and their debut album "Out of the Shadows" (2006). Although this recording was warmly received locally, the lack of support from a proper record label denied the band the possibility of making an impact in the international metal community.

However, things are about to change for ARCHAIOS. A U.S. tour is being scheduled for 2012 as ARCHAIOS prepares to become the first Dominican metal band to tour North America.

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