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Metal News for August 23, 2011

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33 news articles posted on this day.

Dream Theater Posts New Video

Roadrunner Germany posted a new video of Dream Theater discussing the forthcoming LP "A Dramatic Turn of Events" track by track. You can check out the video below.

"A Dramatic Turn of Events" is scheduled for release on September 13, 2011. A deluxe collector's edition exclusive pre-order box is available, which includes the following:

1. "A Dramatic Turn of Events" album
2. Instrumentals of the entire album
3. DVD of "The Spirit Carries On" (60-minute movie documenting drummer auditions)
4. Double-LP set of "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" (180-gram vinyl in gatefold jacket)
5. Dream Theater branded custom turntable slipmat
6. Litho Print of album cover
7. 50 lucky winners will find a Dream Theater "Ticket for Life" (randomly inserted)
8. Custom box
9. Digital download of the album the day before release

Pre-orders are available here

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Azaghal Finishes Recording New Album

Finland's Azaghal has issued the following update about progress on the band's upcoming "Nemesis" album:

"Recordings and mixing for the new album 'Nemesis' done. Total of 11 songs and about an hour of black metal was recorded, we'll now take some time to mull over the song order and if all material actually ends up on the final album or not. Some teasers of the new album will up shortly."

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Grave Comments On North American Tour

Century Media Records has issued the following announcement about Grave starting a North American tour at the end of the month:

"As one of the very first Swedish death metal bands, the now classic Grave has inspired countless metal acts to deliver unrelenting death metal to the masses. While others have fallen victim to the latest music trends, they've persevered the metal ages by remaining true to their roots since their humble beginnings in 1988. They truly are the Motorhead of death metal-GRAVE has never broken-up, reunited, or deviated from their same, classic sound! To celebrate the longevity of their career and the 20th anniversary of their debut album, 'Into The Grave,' Grave will be touring North America this August and September."

In regards to the band's upcoming tour, vocalist/guitarist Ola Lindgren comments:

"We are really psyched to get over to the states and Canada again after 5 years of absence. It's great to be back on the Century Media train again and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'Into the Grave' with another visit to North America. During the summer festivals here in Europe, we set out to play the entire first album from start to finish in the order that the songs are on the album. It turned out to be extremely well received from our fans, so we decided to bring the concept on the road for this upcoming tour. Since we are headlining, there will be more material than just the 'Into' album of course. So be there or be square...C y'all!"

Blood Red Throne, Pathology, and Gigan will be joining Grave for the trek. Details are as follows:

8/30--Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
8/31--Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
9/1--Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah
9/2--Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar and Grill
9/3--New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
9/4--Montreal, QUE @ Petit Campus
9/5--Toronto, ONT @ Mod Club
9/6--Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe's
9/7--Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
9/8--Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
9/9--Chicago, IL @ Reggie Rock Club
9/10--St Paul, MN @ Station 4
9/11--Winnipeg, MB @ The Osbourne Village Inn
9/12--Regina, SK @ The Exchange
9/13--Calgary, AL @ Dickens
9/14--Edmonton, AL @ Pawn Shop
9/15--Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
9/16--Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9/17--Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
9/18--San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
9/19--Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
9/20--Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
9/21--Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702 Skatepark
9/22--Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse

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In Search Of Sight Posts New Song

Arlington, TX based metal act In Search of Sight has posted a new track online titled "Sun Storm." You can check out the song in the player provided below.

Additional details on In Search of Sight and more songs available for streaming can be found by heading over to the band's official Facebook profile.

***NEW SONG*** - SUN STORM by IN SEARCH OF SIGHT

You can also check out footage of In Search of Sight tracking bass in the video clip available below.

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Molotov Solution Posts New Album Artwork

The new album from Molotov Solution entitled "Insurrection" will see release on October 25th, 2011. The album's art, which was handled by Grindesign, has now been revealed and can be viewed below. Molotov Solution also plans to release a new song off the album at the end of August.

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Anatomy Of I Posts Drum Footage

Anatomy of I has posted a multi-cam drum video of Dirk Verbeuren playing "Banished Messiah," which is off the band's debut album "Substratum." Check out the clip below. "Substratum" will be released on September 5th, 2011.

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St. Vitus Dance Of Doom Snow Blinds Austin, TX

Doom metal pioneers Saint Vitus returned to the state capital of Texas. Earlier in the year, the cult icons played SXSW as part of the “Metal Alliance Tour” with Helmet, Crowbar and other masters of the down beat. Many of the group’s hardcore fans, however, were shunned by SXSW in lieu of badge and wristband holders. St. Vitus original and hippie prototype, guitarist Dave Chandler cursed SXSW in between a song, confessing his displeasure with SX’s unfair practice. August 20, 2011 went down as a night not for industry elitists, but for true fans of stoner/doom and rock-n-roll in general.

Sabbath still provides, at least, a base for all hard rock/heavy metal bands of today. Some bands owe their entire existence to Black Sabbath. In fact, so many of these bands exist, even 40 years after the birth of Sabbath, that we have categories for these bands. Still, these bands seem a small part of the metal contingency when compared to the masses of black and death metal bands. In a town known for death metal blast beats and machine-gun-delivered punk vocals, it was nice to finally slow down the tempo.

While figure heads of the doom and stoner/doom movement, Saint Vitus deservedly took the lead, Austin’s masters of slow banging rounded at a lineup that was true to fans of this style. Mala Suerte came up first. These guys have a huge sound that borrows heavily from Sabbath and Cathedral, although they create tones with harshness owing to sludge. Singer Gary Rosas possesses a Lee Dorian-type stage swagger, dancing around the stage like an enthralled Dionysus follower. The group played a five-song set that elicited a strong crowd response. More...

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Pit Stories: Spandex Superhero Invasion

We've been seeking bands and fans everywhere to get their memorable mosh pit stories, and this week's story about a sudden invasion of blue spandex superheroes comes courtesy of Florida's Catalepsy.

This “pit story” took place about a year ago when we were in Myrtle Beach, SC. We were playing this tiny dive bar right on the beach in some random basement. We were just finishing up line check and were about to start our set when we we came to the sudden realization that there was literally no one inside the venue.

Bummed out but still needing our pay, we decided to fight the good fight and play anyways. After about 20 seconds into our opening song, a couple of kids started to file in wearing these blue, Spiderman like body suits. By the end of the second song, the venue was completely packed full of matching blue spandex superheroes. What that all was about, well, the world may never know. Quite the experience...

Catalepsy recently release the new album "Bleed" through Eulogy Recordings. You can check out a music video for the album's title track here or listen to the song "Monolith" by heading over to this location. For additional details on Catalepsy, navigate to the band's Facebook profile.

Come back next Tuesday to see our latest Pit Story submitted by bands and fans from around the world.

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3 Finishes New Album

3 has completed work on the band's new album, "The Ghost You Gave to Me." The album was recorded at Applehead Studios (Coheed and Cambria, Morningwood, Straylight Run) in Woodstock, NY. Metal Blade Records commented on the creation of the album:

"Following the release of 'Revisions' and after several tours with Porcupine Tree and an epic run on the first Progressive Nation Tour with Dream Theater, Opeth and Between the Buried and Me, 3 returned home brimming with inspiration. Joey Eppard, Billy Riker, Daniel Grimsland and The Gartdrumm immediately began creating demos of ideas that would evolve into 'The Ghost You Gave to Me.' It wasn't long before the songs took on a life of their own. The band found themselves growing out of the standard rock compositional format into something more cinematic in nature."

Joey Eppard adds: "The songs told us where to go and the instrumentation followed. We knew this record would be our most progressive but it would be on our terms, and in our own way. As always songwriting and melody are the driving forces behind the sounds capes we generate. I think the biggest challenge was to rise to the occasion lyrically with so many musical scene changes. What I found was that I had to let go and allow the words and melody to be as creative and original as the music, if not more so. In a progressive situation this can be time consuming and indeed the bulk of my efforts were focused on exceeding my own lyrical standards. For example, 'Only Child,' an eight minute epic that traverses a myriad of musical scenes has enough great lyrics for half a record."

"The Ghost You Gave to Me" is set for release on October 11th and the track listing is as follows:

1. Sirenum Scopuli
2. React
3. Sparrow
4. High Times
5. Numbers
6. One With the Sun
7. The Ghost You Gave to Me
8. Pretty
9. Afterglow
10. It's Alive
11. Only Child
12. The Barrier More...

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Ninjaspy Posts "No Kata" Tour Teaser

Vancouver's Ninjaspy has posted a teaser clip online for the band's upcoming "No Kata" tour, which can be viewed below.

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

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Deafheaven Announces West Coast Shows

San Francisco’s Deafheaven has announced upcoming tour dates in support of the band's Deathwish debut "Roads to Judah." This September, Deafheaven will tour the West Coast with Lake of Blood and DNF.

Details on the tour dates are as follows:

9/14 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall w/ Kylesa
9/20 - San Francisco, CA - Submission Art Gallery w/ Lake of Blood, DNF
9/21 - Santa Cruz, CA - 150 Pioneer w/ Lake of Blood, DNF
9/22 - Los Angeles, CA - Bow and Sparrow w/ Lake of Blood, DNF, ACXDC
9/24 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theatre w/ Trap Them, Gaza, Touche Amore
9/25 - San Luis Obispo, CA - 2007 Broad St. w/ White Summer

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Herbststurm Festival Teaser Available

A teaser trailer has been posted online for the upcoming German Herbststurm Festival, which can be viewed below. Additional details on the festival are available here.

The lineup for the festival is as follows:

Dawn Of Destiny
Kambrium
DoNotDream
Dystopolis
In Viro
Anubiz
Denight
Blood And Tears
Snovonne
Regicide

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Steel Panther Announces New Album Title

Steel Panther has announced the band's new album, and follow-up to "Feel the Steel" (reviewed here), will be titled "Balls Out." The disc is set to be unleashed on October 18th, 2011.

Steel Panther also commented on the album: "I'm 52. My balls dropped long before you were born. Our new record - 'Balls Out' - however, drops October 18th. Onto your moms chin."

A video clip of Michael Starr and Satchel working on the new song, "If You Really Really Really Love Me" can also be viewed below.

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Divine Ascension Announces Debut Album Release

Divine Ascension has announced the band's debut album "As The Truth Appears" is set to be released on October 11th, 2011 via Nightmare Records. Ermin Hamidovic of Systematic Productions was at the helm throughout recording and mixing the album, and Sweden's own Plec from Panic-Room Mastering (Scar Symmetry) was commissioned and has put the finishing touches on this long awaited release.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Answers
2. Visionary
3. In My Mind
4. Vision Divine
5. Guided By Osiris
6. One Last Caress
7. Garden of Evil
8. Another Battlefield
9. Civilization
10. Unscathed

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Downspirit Working On New Album

Downspirit has started work on the band's second album, tentatively to be recorded later this fall. The band states: "Currently we are busy sorting out all kinds of ideas, riffs, harmonies and will be creating another blasting monster that will blow out your ears and crack your stereos! Being on the road a lot inspires us a lot to deliver you the real deal, it's gonna be a lotta work, but it's gonna be freaking awesome and sexxxy! We can't wait to let you hear!"

The band will embark on a European tour with Sinner & Voodoo Circle starting September 21st. Dates are as follows:

21.09.11 - GER Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal (+ Sinner/Voodoo Circle)
22.09.11 - GER Recklinghausen - Vest Arena (+ Sinner/Voodoo Circle)
23.09.11 - GER Geiselwind - Autohof Strohofer (+ Sinner/Voodoo Circle)
24.09.11 - GER Andernach - JuZ (+ Sinner/Voodoo Circle)
25.09.11 - BEL As - Gc Drieschaar (+ Sinner/Voodoo Circle)
26.09.11 - GER Augsburg - Spectrum (+ Sinner/Voodoo Circle)
28.09.11 - GER Bruchsal - Fabrik (+ Sinner/Voodoo Circle)
29.09.11 - GER Stuttgart - Roehre (+ Sinner/Voodoo Circle)
30.09.11 - GER Burglengenfeld - VA Zentrum (+ Sinner/Voodoo Circle)
01.10.11 - A Woergl - Komma (+ Sinner/Voodoo Circle)
02.10.11 - CH Pratteln - Galery (+ Sinner/Voodoo Circle)
19.11.11 - GER Donaueschingen - Delta Animal House
26.11.11 - CH Zürich - Dynamo (+ Freedom Call)
02.12.11 - CH Basel - Redrocks
03.12.11 - CH Herisau - Metalvetia Metalclub
17.12.11 - CH Winterthur - Albani

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Bring Me The Horizion Posts "Visions" Video

Sheffield England’s Bring Me The Horizon is now offer another visual accompaniment to the album "There Is A Hell Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven Lets Keep It A Secret." The "Visions" video clip can be viewed below.

Bring Me The Horizon will also be embarking on a tour this summer with Australian melodic metalcore outfit Parkway Drive. Dates are as follows:

Aug. 31 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Sept. 01 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Sept. 02 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 03 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Sept. 05 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
Sept. 06 – Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
Sept. 13 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
Sept. 14 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Sept. 15 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
Sept. 20 – Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
Sept. 21 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
Sept. 24 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
Sept. 25 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Sept. 26 – New Daily Theater – Memphis, TN
Sept. 27 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Sept. 28 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Sept. 29 – Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
Sept. 30 – The Pavilion – Lubbock, TX
Oct. 01 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Oct. 02 – Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
Oct. 03 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 04 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

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Charred Walls of the Damned Streams New Song

Charred Walls of the Damned have released new track "Zerospan" from the forthcoming LP "Cold Winds on Timeless Days." Check out the track here:

Charred Walls of the Damned "Zerospan" by Metal Blade Records

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Power of Metal II Tour Ready For September

The Power of Metal Tour, consisting of mega-lineup Sabaton, Grave Digger, Powerwolf and Skull Fist, is set to begin in September 2011.

The tour dates are as follows:

09/07/2011: Vienna, Austria - Arena
09/08/2011: München, Germany - Backstage
09/09/2011: Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
09/10/2011: Würzburg, Germany - Posthalle
09/11/2011: Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
09/13/2011: Zürich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
09/14/2011: Saabrücken, Germany - Garage
09/15/2011: Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
09/16/2011: Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
09/09/2011: Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle

For more information, visit the Tour Website.

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Oh, Sleeper Streaming New Song

After previously revealing the song "Endseekers" online, Christian act Oh, Sleeper has premiered a new track title “Hush Yael” via Facebook. The song is taken from Oh, Sleeper's forthcoming album "Children of Fire." Head over here to check out the track.

"Children of Fire," the band's third studio album, is due out on September 27th, 2011. The release was produced by Andreas Magnusson (Black Dahlia Murder, Haste The Day) and mixed by Machine (Lamb of God, Chiodos).

The "Children of Fire" track listing is as follows:

1. Endseekers
2. Shed Your Soul
3. The Marriage of Steel and Skin
4. Hush Yael
5. The Conscience Speaks
6. Dealers of Fame
7. Means To Believe
8. In The Wake of Pigs
9. Claws of a God
10. The Family Ruin
11. Chewing The Stitch
12. Children of Fire

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Voyager Reveals "The Meaning Of I" Artwork

Perth, Australia-based act Voyager has release the confirmed artwork and track listing for the band's upcoming fourth full-length album, "The Meaning of I." You can check out the artwork below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Momentary Relapse Of Pain
2. Stare Into The Night
3. Seize The Day
4. Broken
5. The Pensive Disarray
6. He Will Remain
7. The Meaning Of I
8. Iron Dream (In Memoriam: Peter Steele)
9. Feuer Meiner Zeit
10. Fire Of The Times
11. She Takes Me (Into The Morning Light)
12. It’s Time To Know
13. Are You Shaded?

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Dir En Grey Posts "Dum Spiro Spero" Teaser

Japan's Dir En Grey has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Dum Spiro Spero," which was released earlier this year.

The "Dum Spiro Spero" track listing is as follows:

1. Kyoukotsu No Nari
2. The Blossoming Beelzebub
3. Different Sense
4. Amon
5. "Yokusou Ni Dreambox" Aruiwa Seijuku No Rinen To Tsumetai Ame
6. Juuyoku
7. Shitataru Mourou
8. Lotus
9. Diabolos
10. Akatsuki
11. Decayed Crow
12. Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami
13. Vanitas
14. Ruten No Tou

Bonus tracks:
15. Rasetsukoku
16. Amon (Symphonic ver.)

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Seven Reveals "Freedom Call" Artwork

Czech Republic based act Seven will release the "Freedom Call" album on September 2nd, 2011 via Nuclear Blast. The band has now revealed the cover artwork for "Freedom Call," which can be viewed below.

Seven also recently posted a music video clip online for the song "Get It" online, which can be viewed by heading over to this location.

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Tasters Announces European Tour

Tasters, which recently signed to Nuclear Blast, has announced an upcoming European tour with Texas in July. A video clip announcing the tour can be viewed below.

Dates for the tour are as follows:

18.10.2011 Berlin (Comet Club) DE
19.10.2011 Wolfsburg (Jugendhaus OST) DE
21.10.2011 Roma (Traffic) IT
22.10.2011 Cesena (Vidia International...) IT
23.10.2011 Graz (Explosiv) AT
24.10.2011 Gyor (Tatanka Music Club) HU
25.10.2011 Wien (Viper Room) AT
26.10.2011 Praha (007) CZ
27.10.2011 Schweinfurt (Stattbahnhof) DE
28.10.2011 Trier (Exhaus) DE
29.10.2011 Balingen (Rock Without Limits Festival) DE
31.10.2011 Lyon (Halloween Party #1 in La Marquise) FR
02.11.2011 Hasselt (War Of Ages Festival) BE
03.11.2011 Camden Town, London (In Purple Turtle Festival) GB
04.11.2011 Brighton (Audio) GB
05.11.2011 Baile Átha Cliath, Dublin (Fibber Magees) IE
06.11.2011 Manchester (Moho Live) GB
07.11.2011 Newcastle (Riverside) GB
08.11.2011 Leeds (The Well) GB
09.11.2011 Leicester (Lock42) GB
11.11.2011 Arnhem (Willemeen) NL
12.11.2011 Köln (MTC) DE
15.11.2011 Hamburg (Logo) DE
16.11.2011 Dessau-Roßlau (Beatclub) DE
18.11.2011 München (Backstage) DE

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Tesseract Introduces New Vocalist

TesseracT has announced that Elliot Coleman has joined the band as lead vocalist. Elliot replaces former vocalist Dan Tompkins. TesseracT bassist, Amos Williams, makes the following introduction:

“We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce somebody special, Elliot Coleman. Some of you may know him as a member of Zelliack, Sky Eats Airplane and Of Legends, or maybe from OMNOM, or Haunted Shores. Well now he's part of TesseracT! We're very excited about working with Elliot as we feel he has a great talent and personality, as well as, and most importantly a voice that transcends the norm and continues the TesseracT tradition of taking things to the next level.”

Elliot also comments: “I'm very much excited to be a part of the juggernaut that is TesseracT. I know I have big shoes to fill as Dan is a fantastic vocalist, but i'm confident that we'll be producing some great new music in the coming year and i'll be adding some new flavours to this ever evolving machine” More...

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The Safety Fire Signs To InsideOut Music

London's The Safety Fire has posted a video clip online announcing the band's signing with InsideOut Music. You can check out the clip below, and the band also commented:

"We are pleased to announce we have signed to InsideOut Music! We will be putting up a brand new song next week with loads more exciting things on the way! Time to get hyped."

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Exxplorer Set to Release First Album In 15 Years

U.S. traditional metal legends Exxplorer are set to release "Vengeance Rides an Angry Horse" on October 21, 2011 through Pure Steel Records. This will mark the band's first release since 1996's "Coldblackugly."

The tracklisting for "Vengeance Rides an Angry Horse" is:

1. Gypsy
2. Glory Hunter
3. Metal Mantis
4. Chasing the High
5. Vengeance
6. As the Crow Flies
7. Valley of Doom
8. S.N.O.E.
9. Return of the Cycle
10. Hardcore
11. Spirits of the Wind
12. Freight Train to Hell

A promo for the new LP can be viewed here:

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Charred Walls of the Damned Details New Album

Drummer Richard Christy provided details on his website about the new Charred Walls of the Damned release "Cold Winds on Timless Days" which will be released on October 11th, 2011.

"Charred Walls of the Damned returns with the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut! Richard Christy, Tim 'Ripper' Owns, Jason Suecof and Steve DiGiorgio once again join forces to bring to life Christy's latest body of work, Cold Winds on Timeless Days. The writing process for the new album actually began while the band was mixing their 2010 debut. Richard Christy used his experience on the first album to write songs that catered not only to each member's playing style, but to Jason Suecof's production style. The result: demos that turned out nearly identical to what ended up on the album.

"With 12 songs clocking in at 58 minutes, fans are getting a lot more music this time around. Recording twelve songs in a short amount of time is no easy feat, but one that was accomplished because of the stellar talents in the band. Christy elaborates further; 'I wanted to get a natural sound out of this album, I wanted everyone to be well rehearsed, not that I wanted the album to be rushed, but I wanted the spontaneous live feel and not over think anything too much.' Richard Christy describes Cold Winds on Timeless Days as a 'perfect storm of producing' – Audiohammer's Jason Suecof produced and Mark Lewis mixed, while mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West Westside.

"Fans can hear the first single, 'Zerospan,' as well as place pre-orders now on Metalblade.com. The album can also be pre-ordered on iTunes. Additionally, Richard Christy will be on air with SiriusXM Liquid Metal's Jose Mangin today Tuesday August 23rd for an interview and to premiere the track on air. Fans can hear the interview and song today at approximately 9am, 3pm and 9pm eastern time! For more info on Liquid Metal, head to Sirius/XM."

The track listing for "Cold Winds on Timeless Days" is as follows:

1. Timeless Days
2. Ashes Falling Upon Us
3. Zerospan
4. Cold Winds
5. Lead the Way
6. Forever Marching On
7. Guiding Me
8. The Beast Outside My Window
9. On Unclean Ground
10. Bloodworm
11. Admire the Heroes
12. Avoid the Light

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Alerion Splits With Vocalist

Dutch band Alerion has issued the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist Maaike Siegerist:

"We have some unfortunate news. Recently, Maaike decided to leave Alerion, after three years with us. Gradually, she moved in other directions than Alerion, which ultimately led to her departure. We are sad to see her go and want to thank her for her contributions to the band. We wish her all the best in her musical ventures. Those of you who wish to check out her musical activities outside of metal (in pop and jazz) can visit the website of her acoustic duo Daisy Enjazzed here."

Maaike released the following message to explain her departure:

"I'd like to thank the guys of Alerion for the good times we had together; it was great to be the band's leading lady for three years. I loved being on stage with them, writing songs together with Bas - who's got a composer of classical magnitude in him - and especially joking over beers after band practice.

"However, lately, I felt out of place. Drawn to old-fashioned jazz, pop, and other musical genres, and frustrated with the challenging conditions metal singers face on stage at smaller venues, I grew less enthusiastic about playing with the band. So I made the difficult decision to quit Alerion.

"I wish Alerion all the best, and hope they'll find the new singer they deserve. When they hit the stage again, I'll be sure to be in the audience!"

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Majesty Reveals "Own The Crown" Artwork

Majesty will be releasing the "Own The Crown" 2-CD set on September 2nd, 2011 via Massacre Records. The set contains a series of classic Majesty tracks, along with rare songs and re-recorded material. Majesty has now revealed the cover artwork for "Own the Crown," which can be viewed below.

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As My World Burns To Record New Album

Spanish metal act As My World Burns is spending the summer months to complete the pre-poduction of a new, as-yet-untitled, album. The band has announced it will be entering the Metal Factory Studio with sound engineer Alex Cappa to record the album in October. Mixing and mastering will be handled by Erik Monsonis. The album is expected to drop in early 2012.

You can also check out the band's latest single "The Sound of the Waves" in the player below.

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Virgin Steele Adds New Live Dates

BW&BK reported that power metal veterans Virgin Steele have added the following new live shows in Europe this fall:

10/19/2011: Barcelona, Spain - Sala Salamandra
10/22/2011: Bilbao, Spain - Sala Rockstar Live
10/22/2011: Madrid, Spain - Sala Live
11/05/2011: Bologna, Italy - Estragon (Steelfest 2011)
11/06/2011: Athens, Greece - Kyttaro (Up The Hammers Festival)

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Alice Cooper Posts New Music Video Online

American shock rock legend Alice Cooper has posted the new music video online for the song, "I'll Bite Your Face Off." You can check it out below. The song comes from Cooper's forthcoming new studio album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare," which is, as the title suggests, is the sequel to his critically acclaimed 1975 record, "Welcome To My Nightmare." The album will be released in mainland Europe on September 9th, the UK on the 12th and North America on the 13th by Universal Music Enterprises. More...

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New Behemoth Behind the Scenes Video Posted

Metal Blade Records has posted a behind the scenes look at the making of Behemoth's "Lucifer" music video. The track "Lucifer" is from the band's critically acclaimed LP "Evangelion."

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