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Metal News for August 22, 2011

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Digitalmetalworld Signs Thrash Band Warchest

Digitalmetalworld has signed a distribution deal with Chilean thrash metal band Warchest to release the band's first LP "Aftershock" on digital format in the U.S.

The track listing for "Aftershock" is:

1. Aftershock
2. The Entrance
3. Contradiction
4. Warchest
5. Prelude
6. Let Me Down
7. Alone
8. Mental Mess
9. Army of Revolution
10. Fear of the Machine

The band previously released a video for the song "Aftershock" on YouTube

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Power Metal Act Shadowside Streams New Track

Brazilian Power Metal act Shadowside is premiering new tack "Waste of Life" on the band's Facebook Page. The song is featured on the forthcoming LP "Inner Monster Out," due out on August 30, 2011 via SHP Records.

The full track listing for "Inner Monster Out" is:

1. Gag Order
2. Angel With Horns
3. Habitchual
4. In the Name of Love
5. Inner Monster Out (feat. Björn "Speed" Strid, Mikael Stanne, Niklas Isfeldt)
6. I'm Your Mind
7. My Disrupted Reality
8. A Smile Upon Death
9. Whatever Our Fortune
10. A.D.D.

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Forbidden Announces Online Drummer Auditions

Guitarist Craig Locicero of the Bay Area thrash band FORBIDDEN issued the following statement on the band's Facebook Page:

“This has been the week of all weeks for FORBIDDEN highs and lows. It started with losing a drummer and cancelling an entire tour. Really low. But there has been a few silver linings as well.

"First good thing is Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Death, Strapping Young Lad) had an opening in his schedule and is playing a one-off with us at this weekend’s Alcatraz Festival in Belgium. Gene is our Bro! Because of him, we salvaged the European tour’s biggest date.

"Then, the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta, Georgia inquired about August 27th. Gene once again has an opening... so here we come Atlanta! We'll bring our Thrash to both of these amazing festivals thanks to the Mighty Atomic Clock coming through!

"As for our long-term drummer solution, well... some other fantastic drummers with respected names have offered their sticks from all over the world. Many of our awesome friends and peers alike have made it clear they would lend us a hand or flat out want the gig! That is an honor beyond words and we thank all of you. But there is simply no way to get everyone into a room to jam and have it be practical. That would take weeks we don't have.

"We want the right player so we've decided to set up a YouTube channel specifically for the truest contenders (Forbidden YouTube Channel). A place just for those serious enough to show the band and the world your skills playing FORBIDDEN songs. Send a video of yourself bashing out ‘Forsaken At The Gates,’ ‘Infinite,’ and another FORBIDDEN song of your choice. We will look at all of the videos objectively and decide who goes to the next level. At that next point, chemistry becomes everything. First we need to get past 1st base before sliding home.

"If you deserve to sit on the same throne as Paul Bostaph, Steve Jacobs, Mark Hernandez, and Gene Hoglan, you'd better get ready to bring it out in the open! As far as we're concerned, those are 4 of the greatest drummers in Thrash Metal so give it your best shot! What are you drummers waiting for? Let's see what you've got!

"Send a Dropbox, Fileblaze, or Mediablaze download link to: forbiddendrummer2011@gmail.com.

"By sending in your submission, you are granting your consent to having your video file uploaded onto the FORBIDDEN Drummer 2011 YouTube channel and other social media sites for comments. Make sure to include your name and contact information in your e-mail."

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Within Y Posts Studio Footage

Sweden's Within Y has posted a studio video clip online along with a portion of the artwork for the band's upcoming album, which can both be found below. Within Y also commetned:

"With just over a month remaining until our upcoming album is released, we want to give you a little more insight in what the album actually offers. This is the first in a series of short videos in which you can follow us browsing through the album and reflecting upon the making of the 11 new tracks. Watch it below. And by the way, if you're curious about the album title and cover - here's a little clue."

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Absent Distance Recruits New Vocalist

Absent Distance has checked in with the following brief announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:

"Now it's official, that we found our singer! Please welcome Bencze Márton! Stay tuned for the shows and for other new materials in the future!"

You can listen to new member Bencze Márton provide vocals for the song "Asteroid" in the player provided below.

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Kunvuk Posts "Immune" Video

Australia's Kunvuk has posted an official music video online for the song "Immune," which is taken from the band's "Immute:Jackals" album. You can check out the clip below.

Kunvuk also previously posted a video clip online for the song "Hypochondriac," which can be found at this location.

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Black Tide Chats About New Album "Post Mortem"

Not quite a year since our last interview with Black Tide, the young four-piece is about to drop sophomore album "Post Mortem" and embark on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.

To let fans know what to expect with album number two, drummer Steven Spence chatted with me about the release changing from a self-titled effort to the current title, changes in the structure of Black Tide songs, and recording with new guitarist Austin Diaz for the first time. Check out the full transcription of the interview below. More...

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Vomitory Announces Headlining Tour

Swedish death metal warriors Vomitory have confirmed to play a full headline tour through Europe in October and November. The trek kicks off October 29thth in Essen, Germany. Vomitory released the band's latest album "Opus Mortis VIII" in April of 2011.

The upcoming tour dates, which also feature support from Prostitute Disfigurement and Solace of Requiem, are as follows:

28/10/11 – DE – Essen – Turock
29/10/11 – NL – Steenwijk – Braindead Festival @ de Buze
30/10/11 – NL – Roermond – De Azijnfabriek
31/10/11 – DE – Osnabrück – Bastard Club
01/11/11 – DE – Hamburg – Marx
02/11/11 – DE – Oldenburg – Amadeus
03/11/11 – DE – Berlin – K17
04/11/11 – DE – Bischofswerda – East Club
07/11/11 – CZ – Prague – Matrix Club
08/11/11 – SK – Bratislava – Randal Club
09/11/11 – AT – Wien – Escape Metalcorner
10/11/11 – SI – Ljubljana – Channel Zero
11/11/11 – IT – Rome – Traffic
12/11/11 – IT – Bari – Target Club
13/11/11 – IT – Arezzo – Brujeria Club
15/11/11 – DE – Freiburg – Walfisch
16/11/11 – DE – Darmstadt – Steinbruch Theater
17/11/11 – FR – Paris – Glazart
18/11/11 – FR – Valenciennes – La Peniche Igelrock
19/11/11 – CH – Zizers – Eventstage
20/11/11 – BE – Louvain-la-Neuve – Mass Destruction Festival

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Ironhide Posts "Daydreams Of Chaos" Video

Australia's Ironhide has posted a music video online for "Daydreams of Chaos," which is taken from the album "Create/Collapse/Repeat." Check out the clip below.

The entire album is available for streaming or download on a pay-what-you-want basis by heading over to the Ironhide Bandcamp page.


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All Pigs Must Die Streaming Song From New Album

Pitchfork Media is currently hosting the premiere of a track from All Pigs Must Die's recently released "God Is War." Head over to this location to check out "The Blessed Void."

The CD pressing of "God Is War" was just unleashed in North America last week. Having just returned from several appearances on the West Coast as part of The Power Of The Riff, the band is now home and plotting new live assaults for the coming months, including an upcoming night of brutality supporting Cleveland metalcore heroes Integrity at a rare live performance in New London, Connecticut on October 1st.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Death Dealer
2. Pulverization
3. Sacrosanct
4. God Is War
5. The Blessed Void
6. Third World Genocide
7. Extinction Is Ours
8. Sadistic Vindicator

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Nuclear Blast Offers New Threat Signal Track

Nuclear Blast announced through Facebook that new track from Canadian band Threat Signal "Fallen Disciples" can now be heard through the band's Facebook Page. Anyone who shares the track through Facebook or Twitter will be provided a free download of the track. "Fallen Disciples" is featured on the forthcoming self-titled Threat Signal LP scheduled for release on October 7, 2011 (NA) and October 11, 2011 (EU).

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Arch/Matheos Posts Track Description Video

Arch/Matheos, the new band featuring Jim Matheos (current member of the progressive rock powerhouse Fates Warning and OSI) and John Arch (former vocalist of Fates Warning), is readying the release of debut album "Sympathetic Resonance" on September 13th via Metal Blade Records.

The band has teamed up with GuitarWorld.com to post the first in a series of track-by-track video descriptions from the new album. Check out the first video discussing the opening track "Neurotically Wired" below.

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The Contortionist To Re-Release Debut Album

Indianapolis act The Contortionist has unveiled new images of the upcoming picture-disc vinyl release of the band's debut album "Exoplanet." The picture-disc is set to be released by Good Fight Music on September 13th, 2011. The Contortionist released the CD version of "Exoplanet" with Good Fight Music on August 31st, 2010.

The Contortionist will be taking part on the "Frak the Gods" tour with Periphery, The Human Abstract, and Textures. The dates are as follows:

9/3 Greensboro, NC @ Greene St
9/4 St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theater
9/5 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/7 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
9/8 Dallas, TX @ Trees
9/9 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
9/10 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
9/11 El Paso, TX @ El Paso Convention Center
9/12 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
9/14 Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
9/15 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
9/16 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
9/17 San Diego, CA @ Epicenter
9/18 West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
9/20 Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
9/21 Portland, OR @ Branx
9/22 Seattle, WA @ TBA
9/23 Boise, ID @ The Venue
9/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
9/25 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
9/27 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
9/28 Columbus, OH @ The Bluestone
9/29 Joliet, IL @ MoJoe's
10/1 Grand Rapids, MI @ MXTP
10/2 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
10/3 Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
10/5 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/6 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
10/7 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/8 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom

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Vildhjarta Issues Album Update

Swedish act Vildhjarta has checked in with the following update about the progress on the band's newalbum:

"Greetings loyal minions! We know we haven't been very responsive to your love, sorry about that.

"The album is done and sent to Jens Bogren for mastering. Stay tuned for Century Media to announce the release date! We'll try and release as many teasers and songs as possible prior to the release. We the album won't disappoint you guys!

"We are also really happy to announce that Vildhjarta is sponsored by Invictus guitars UK. Go and check them out for some of their works!"

You can find more details on the band by heading over to the Vildhjarta Facebook profile.

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IWrestledABearOnce Video Interview Available

Bare Bones Music has posted a new video interview online with IWrestledABearOnce, which was conducted at a recent stop of The All Stars Tour. Check out the clip below.

IWrestledABearOnce is touring in support of the band's new album "Ruining It For Everybody," which was released in July, 2011.

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In This Moment Drops Off The All Stars Tour

In This Moment has posted the following brief announcement via Facebook about the band dropping off the remaining dates for The All Stars Tour:

"Due to reasons beyond our control, we will unfortunately not be performing at the rest of The All Stars Tour dates. So sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to our fans. We love you all!!"

You can also check out a recent interview with In This Moment from The All Stars Tour here, or check out a show report from the tour by heading over to this location.

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Dawn Of Disease Joining The Hatefest Tour

Dawn of Disease has issued the following announcement about joining the Hatefest 2011 tour:

"Hey everyone! First of all a big thank you to everyone who supported us at Party.San Open Air! You guys were awesome! We had much fun on stage as well as in front of the stage and backstage! Moreover there are some limited hoodies left from Party.San. If you are interested in one just send an e-mail with your size to tomasz@dawnofdisease.com.

"And here is the most important news: We are confirmed for this year's Hatefest Extreme Tour with Kataklysm, Triptykon, Marduk, Milking The Goatmachine and Azarath in December!

"On the first two dates the Hatefest Tour will meet the Thrashfest Classics Tour with Sepultura, Exodus, Destruction and Heathen. It will be called the 'Metalfest Winter Edition.' On 10th December we will play at the X-Mas Festival in Geiselwind together with Morbid Angel, Arch Enemy and others. On 17th December we will play at the legendary Eindhoven Metal Meeting together with God Dethroned, Asphyx and others.

"Finally we also have bad news for you: Unfortunately our show on 3rd September with Asphyx, Disbelief, Loudblast and Fallen Saints had to be cancelled because the Ballroom in Osnabrück where the show should have taken place is renovated during that time.

"If you still do not want to miss us, visit us at the Turock Open Air on 17th September. The show is for free, you do not have to pay! See you on the road!"

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Almah Announces Japanese Tour Dates

Brazil's Almah has issued the following update about lining up tour dates in support of the "Motion" album:

"We are proud to announce the upcoming Almah promo tour around Japan and Europe (Germany/France) on September 12th - 19th. Edu Falaschi, Felipe Andreoli and Marcelo Barbosa will present the brand new album 'Motion' for Japanese and European audience. As we previously reported, the new CD will see the light of day on October 14 in Europe/North America via AFM Records and on October 19 in Japan via Victor JVC.

"The band is going to make interviews for print and online mass media, TV and radio presentations, meets & greets and acoustic performances. More information and details will be available soon."

The "Motion" album was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at Norcal Studios during May - June, 2011. The material was mixed and mastered at Split Second Sound Studios (Amsterdam, Netherlands) by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES) in July. A brand new digital single will be available for online streaming in the beginning of September.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Hypnotized
2. Living And Drifting
3. Days Of The New
4. Bullets On The Altar
5. zombie Dictator
6. Trace Of Trait
7. Soul Alight
8. Late Night in '85
9. Daydream Lucidity
10. When And Why

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My Inner Burning Writes TV Title Song

My Inner Burning has checked in with the following announcement about providing the title song for a German television show:

"There have been rumours going on for a while... Now it's official: We wrote the title song for the new German rock show 'EMProckinvasion' on German TV channel DMAX.

"The show will be hosted on Friday night 26.08. at 0:15 CET and re-runed on Sunday (28.08.) at 11:15. Additional shows are to follow each last Friday of the month and reruns on the following Sunday. You can find more info here. The trailer with our song is already running on DMAX but can also be seen below."

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Sangre Eterna Announces Record Deal

Sangre Eterna has inked a deal with German label Twilight Vertrieb for the release of the "Asphyxia" album. The record label commented on signing Sangre Eterna:

"We are proud to welcome the Band Sangre Eterna from Serbia under twilight. The second studio album 'Asphyxia' with several guest musicians like Aleksi Sihvonen (Norther), Tapio Wilska (ex-Finntroll), Juha Kylmänen (For my Pain), Jarmo Kylmänen (Eternal Tears of Sorrow) & Jovana Karajanov (Tales of Dark…) and mastered in Germany by Stephan Fimmers (Necrophagist). 110% All Stars melo-death album! Must have album!"

"Asphyxia" is set for release through Twilight Vertrieb on November 11th, 2011.

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Seamless Posts New Song Online

Arkansas based metal act Seamless has posted a new pre-production song online. You can check out the track "LSK" in the player below, or head over to the band's Facebook page for additional info on Seamless and more music available for streaming.

LSK Pre-Production by Seamlessmetal

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Legionary Posts Recording Footage

Tri-State death/thrash metal act Legionary has posted a short documentary about the recording of the band's first full length album "Arcane Divisions." You can check out the video clip below.

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Rebellion Recruits New Drummer

Rebellion has parted ways with drummer David Faifer due to logistical problems with moving to Germany. The band has now announced Matthias Karle will be taking over drum duties, and a video clip introducing him can be viewed below.

Rebellion's current lineup is as follows:

Michael Seifert – Vocals
Tomi Göttlich – Bass
Oliver Geibig – Guitar
Stephan Karut - Guitar
Matthias Karle – Drums

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Asgeir Mickelson Comments On New ICS Vortex Album

Asgeir Mickelson (Spiral Architect, Borknagar) has issued the following statement about the release of the new ICS Vortex solo album "Storm Seeker" (reviewed here):

"Finally, the release of 'Storm Seeker.' It's most definitely ICS Vortex' solo album, but it kind of feels like 'my' album too since I not only played drums on it but also co-produced it, edited most of the instruments and vocals, mixed, designed cover and website plus more… I'm definitely NOT trying to steal any of the credits here, but want people to know that it's a lot of work to make an album.

"Someone's got to have talent to write songs, then spend countless hours making them, then get someone to play the songs, get a record deal, record the songs, get cover design, photos etc, then do a zillion interviews and promote the album, get a booking agent, play gigs… So it's really sad when people just download the frikking thing… Someone might think 'It doesn't matter if I download – it's only ONE download.' That's what his neighbour thought too when he downloaded. And then his neighbour… And his… Yeah, you get it.

"'Storm Seeker' is out through Century Media and the album should be available where you ususally buy CDs or digital releases. If you head over to CM Distro you'll see the various formats – Jewelcase CD, digipak CD and LP (black, grey and blue vinyl). If you preordered it you would get a limited edition shirt as well. Get the album through here."

A new song from the album titled "Odin's Tree" is also available for streaming online by heading over to this location.

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Anterior Streaming Entire New Album

Anterior's new album "Echoes of the Fallen" is set for release through Metal Blade records on September 13th, 2011 in North America. The band has now posted the entire album online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:

"Echoes of the fallen is now streaming online... That's right you beautiful people, our whole new album 'Echoes of the Fallen' is now streaming entirely free online at this location.

"Head over to the page and get your first listen to the album and get your pre order tshirt/cd bundles in. Enjoy!"

The album's track list is as follows:

1. To Live Not Remain
2. Blood In The Throne Room
3. Tyranny
4. Of Gods And Men
5. By Horror Haunted
6. Echoes Of The Fallen
7. The Evangelist
8. Sleep Soundly No More
9. Venomous
10. Senora De Las Sombras

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Warbringer Posts Second Single Online

After previously streaming the song "Living Weapon" online, Warbringer has teamed up with Full Metal Jackie and Guitar World to reveal the new track "Shattered Like Glass." Navigate to this location to check out the single.

"Shattered Like Glass" is taken off the upcoming album "Worlds Torn Asunder," which is scheduled for a September 27th release date.

Beginning October 3rd, Warbringer will be on the road for a headlining tour dubbed "America Torn Asunder." This month-long trek features support from Lazarus A.D., Landmine Marathon, and Diamond Plate. Dates are as follows:

Oct. 3 - Key Club - W. Hollywood, CA
Oct. 4 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
Oct. 5 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 6 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
Oct. 7 - Juggernaut Club - Gallup, NM
Oct. 8 - Pour House - Oklahoma City, OK
Oct. 9 - Emo's Alternative Lounge - Austin, TX
Oct. 10 - The Hangar - New Orleans, LA
Oct. 11 - Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
Oct. 12 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 13 - The Casbah - Charlotte, NC
Oct. 14 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
Oct. 15 - Krug's Place - Frederick, MD
Oct. 16 - The Basement - Kingston, NY
Oct. 17 - Championship Bar - Trenton, NJ
Oct. 18 - The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
Oct. 19 - Bogie's - Albany, NY
Oct. 20 - Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
Oct. 21 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Oct. 22 - Broadway Joe's - Buffalo, NY
Oct. 23 - Wreck Room - Toronto, Ont.
Oct. 24 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 25 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
Oct. 26 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Oct. 27 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Oct. 28 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Oct. 29 - The Firebird - St. Louis, MO
Oct. 30 - Beaumont Theatre - Kansas City, MO
Oct. 31 - Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
Nov. 1 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT
Nov. 2 - The Alley - Reno, NV
Nov. 4 - Funky Winker Bean's - Vancouver, BC
Nov. 5 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Nov. 6 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
Nov. 7 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA

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Leprous Streaming Entire New Album

The up-and-coming Norwegian avant-garde metal sensation Leprous will release the band's third album (and InsideOut Music debut) "Bilateral" tomorrow in North America. Starting today GuitarWorld.com is hosting a full album stream of "Bilateral." Check out hte album by heading over here.

The complete track listing for "Bilateral" reads as follows:

1. Bilateral
2. Forced Entry
3. Restless
4. Thorn
5. Mb. Indifferentia
6. Waste Of Air
7. Mediocrity Wins
8. Cryptogenic Desires
9. Acquired Taste
10. Painful Detour

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Loudness Reveals New Album Details

Japanese heavy metal veterans Loudness has announced that their name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Eve To Dawn," and that it is expected to be released on September 14th. The group also revealed the front cover artwork, which can be seen below, as well as posting twenty five second snippets of each song, which can be heard by visiting their official website.

The tracklisting for "Eve To Dawn" is as follows:

"A Light In The Dark"
"The Power Of Truth"
"Come Alive Again"
"Survivor"
"Keep You Burning"
"Gonna Do It My Way"
"Hang Tough"
"????"
"Comes The Dawn"
"Pandora"
"Crazy! Crazy! Crazy!" More...

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Six Feet Under And Endstille Confirmed For Wacken

The organisers of Germany's biggest heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air, has announced that American death metal veterans Six Feet Under and German black metal outfit Endstille are the latest acts to be confirmed for next year's edition of the festival, which will take place in Wacken, germany from August 2nd - 4th.

The 2012 lineup is as shaping as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Ministry
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.

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Omnium Gatherum Updates Tour Schedule

Finland's Omnium Gatherum has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming tour dates:

"Hello folks, after the hot rockin' awesome & successful festival summer and European tour with Rotting Christ, Omnium Gatherum will hit the European shores with 'Neckbreakers Ball 2011' European tour trek together with Dark Tranquillity / Eluveitie / Mercenary / Varg / Gurd and before that OG will do a 12-date extensive Finnish co-headlining run together with the fellow Finns, Medeia."

Omnium Gatherum's upcoming shows are asf ollows:

"Vuoroin Vieraissa" - FINNISH TOUR 2011
27.08. Monttu, Pori
02.09. DOM, Helsinki
08.09. Henry's Pub, Kuopio
09.09. 45 Special, Oulu
10.09. The Rock Pub, Kokkola
15.09. Lutakko, Jyväskylä
16.09. Suisto, Hämeenlinna
21.09. Klubi, Tampere
23.09. Rytmikatti, Kouvola
24.09. Bar Soho, Porvoo
30.09. Klubi, Turku
01.10. Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki More...

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Cavalera Conspiracy Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring Sepultura founding members Max and Igor Cavalera, has announced the initial dates for their tour of North America, which will be in support of their latest studio album, "Blunt Force Trauma." Joining them on the trek will be Otep, Earth Crisis and Mold Breaker.

The initial tour dates are as follows (more to be announced shortly):

October 4 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
October 5 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
October 8 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
October 13 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
October 15 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Batisse Indusrielle
October 17 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
November 2 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club

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Procession Announces New Bassist

Chile based doom metal act Procession has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:

"To those who may concern and understand: after 3 days at the gas chamber, we'd like to introduce Joel Lindholm (Degial, ex-Shining) as permanent stand-in bass player for Procession. Our first appearance as an official 4 piece entity will be at Dutch Doom Days X Festival in Rotterdam (HOL), November 1st 2011 in the form of:

F. Plaza Kutzbach - vocals/guitar
Jonas Pedersen - guitar
Joel Lindholm - bass
Uno Bruniusson - drums"

You can also check out Procession's music by heading over to the band's official MySpace profile.

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Identity of Ghost Frontman Revealed?

Zach Shaw of Metal Insider reported that the identity of the satanic pope, Papa Emeritus I, of Swedish metal act Ghost, is none other than Tobias Forge, singer of Repugnant and Subvision. The strange and mysterious Ghost go through great lengths to keep the identity of band members a secret.

The reveal was based on information from Encyclopedia Metallum which indicated that Forge was credited as "The Ghoul Writer" with the Swedish Performing Rights Society. "The Ghoul Writer" is also credited on Ghost’s debut full length album "Opus Eponymous."

Read the full article at Metal Insider.

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Unearthing The West Country Underground Part 2

Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week we’ll be taking a second look at three bands from the West Country (the South West of England.)

Seregon

One of the biggest, and quite possibly best, bands from the West Country's metal scene comes in the guise of Seregon, who formed in 2005. The band take influence from such thrash metal heroes as Testament and Sepultura (the latter of which they have shared the stage with on numerous occassions) and add a healthy dose of death metal into the fray, to create a savage sound not quite like any other. While still very much rooted in the underground, Seregon have found themselves performing outside of the United Kingdom, taking to the stage in such countries as Germany, Portugal and Romania amongst others. They are currently working on their new EP, which is expected to be released next year.

Seregon - "The Removal Of The Spine"
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The Pete Flesh Deathtrip Posts New Song Online

The Pete Flesh Deathtrip has released a new song entitled "Fallen Bliss" online, from their upcoming album, "Mortui Vivos Docent." Check it out below. "Mortui Vivos Docent" is due out on Pulverised Records in 2012.

The tracklisting for "Mortui Vivos Docent" is as follows:

1. Fallen Bliss
2. The Eternal Dawn
3. Crave the Fire
4. The Suicide End
5. Burning Darkness
6. Ravens Reborn
7. God the the Crawling Whore
8. Bleed
9. Recycle my Death from my Tombstone

The band plans to post one more track from the album on Facebook in a couple more weeks.

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Black Majesty to Enter Studio in October 2011

Australian Power Metal Band Black Majesty reported on Twitter that the demos for a new LP are complete and the band will enter the studio in October 2011. The new album will be the follow up to 2010's "In Your Honor." The band is shooting for a mid-2012 release date.

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Nightwish Re-Signs With Nuclear Blast

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish has just re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The band continues to work in the studio on new album "Imaginarium," along with the accompanying motion picture.

"Imaginarium" is scheduled for a late 2011 release. The band expects to issue full details along with the first single in a couple of weeks.

You can also check out a recently uploaded teaser trailer for "Imaginarium" by heading over to this location.

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