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Metal News for August 5, 2010

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40 news articles posted on this day.

Tetrafusion Signs With Nightmare Records

Louisiana-based progressive metal act Tetrafusion have announced their singing with Nightmare Records. The deal comes in time for the band to release their second studio album titled "Altered State." "Altered State" is set for release on October 26th, 2010 through Nightmare Records. The band have also decided to employ keyboardist Gary Tubbs as their permanent Vocalist.

Mark Michell (Bass) commented by saying:
"We are absolutely stoked to be a part of the Nightmare Records family, and are beyond excited for what the future holds in our partnership. We've been searching for the right label for over two years, and feel that Nightmare's forward-thinking approach to the metal scene and to the rapidly changing music industry as we know it today will be the perfect fit for our career as an upcoming artist."

"Altered State" tracklisting:
1. Collage of the Present
2. Monologue
3. Last Chance
4. The Deserter
5. Altered State (instrumental)
6. Shadows
7. Tears of the Past

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Mirror Of Deception Announces New Album Details

German doom metallers Mirror Of Deception have announced the tracklisting for their upcoming studio album titled "A Smouldering Fire." "A Smouldering Fire" is planned for release sometime in the fall through Cyclone Empire Records and will be the band's fourth studio effort.

"A Smouldering Fire" tracklisting:
1. Isle Of Horror
2. The Riven Tree
3. Heroes Of The Atom Age
4. Bellwethers In Mist
5. Unforeseen
6. December
7. Lauernder Schmerz
8. Walking Through The Clouds
9. Leguano
10. Sojourner
11. The Flood And The Horses
12. Voyage Obscure

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Soulfly To Headline Memorial Festival

Soulfly have been confirmed as the headline act at this year's "D-Low Memorial" festival. The festival is set to take place on Saturday, August 28 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona. The "D-Low" festival is held every year in memory of Soulfly's Max Cavalera's stepson, Dana Wells, who was killed in a car accident in 1996.

Other bands scheduled to appear include Incite, North of Nowhere, Howitzer and 49 Til Midnight.

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Lordi To Release Video Game Based On Frontman

Lordi have announced plans to release an iPhone game based around the band's frontman Mr.Lordi. Titled "Lordi: The Game," the iPhone app is scheduled to be released on August 9th, 2010 and features new music from the band's new album titled "Babez For Breakfast." The game is reported to include six levels with three levels of difficulty each. When the player has gone through one level of difficulty, the game will present exclusive rare images of the band members.

Lordi's new album, "Babez For Breakfast," is set for release on September 15th, 2010 through The End Records/Sony BMG.

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Buzzov*en Announces U.S. Tour Dates

North Carolina-based metal act Buzzov*en have announced a small batch of tour dates set take place across the U.S. later this fall. This is the first tour from the band in over eleven years after having reformed.

Buzzov*en U.S. tour dates:
Sep. 25 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Sep. 29 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
Sep. 30 - New York, NY - Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard the Temptress
Oct. 01 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Oct. 02 - Austin, TX - Emo's

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Mayhem Announces Japanese Concerts

Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem have updated their tour schedule to include three performances in the country of Japan. The shows are all taking part in the Club Quattro franchise of bars and nightclubs through Japan.

Mayhem Japanese concert dates:
Sep. 16 - Tokyo, Japan - Club Quattro
Sep. 17 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
Sep. 18 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro

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Murderdolls To Tour With Guns N' Roses

Murderdolls, the band featuring Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, have announced a series of European concert dates with hard rock icons Guns N' Roses. Murderdolls will be the direct support act on six GNR dates through out Europe during the month of September.

Guns N' Roses & Murderdolls European tour dates:
Sep. 04 - PaloLottomatica - Rome, Italy
Sep. 05 - Mediolanum Forum - Milan, Italy
Sep. 08 - Hallenstadion-Oerlikon - Zurich, Switzerland
Sep. 10 - Le Galaxie - Amneville, France
Sep. 13 - Bercy - Paris, France
Sep. 16 - SEG Geneva Arena - Geneva, Switzerland

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Enthroned Forced To Postpone First Two Dates

Due to reasons beyond the band's control, Belgian black metallers ENTHRONED were forced to postpone the first two dates of their North American tour. The trek, which will mark the band's first time on US/Canadian soil in nine years, was originally scheduled to kick off yesterday at Club Europa in Brooklyn, NY and hit Jaxx in Springfield, VA tonight. Both shows have been rescheduled for August 30 and September 1 respectively. The shows scheduled for Raleigh, NC and Atlanta, GA will go on as planned without ENTHRONED and feature only Australian black thrashers Deströyer 666 and California death metallers Pathology, who will provide support through the rest of the tour. ENTHRONED will join the tour properly on August 8 at the Brass Mug in Tampa, FL. Tickets for all shows are currently available via Enter The Vault.

Here are the Pentagrammaton World Tour 2010 dates, featuring ENTHRONED with Destroyer 666 and Pathology:

8/06/2010 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC w/ Estuary [no ENTHRONED]
8/07/2010 The Dunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA [no ENTHRONED]
8/8/2010 The Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
8/10/2010 Walter's On Washington - Houston, TX
8/11/2010 Emo's - Austin, TX
8/12/2010 Club 101 - El Paso, TX
8/13/2010 Club Red - Tempe, AZ
8/14/2010 Ultra Violet - Los Angeles, CA
8/15/2010 Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
8/17/2010 DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
8/18/2010 Satyricon - Portland, OR w/ Estuary
8/19/2010 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
8/20/2010 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
8/21/2010 Red Room - Boise, ID
8/22/2010 Bar Deluxe - Salt Lake City, UT
8/23/2010 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
8/24/2010 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
8/25/2010 Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL w/ Cardiac Arrest
8/26/2010 Blondie's - Detroit, MI w/ Estuary, Cardiac Arrest
8/27/2010 The Opera House - Toronto, ON w/ Cardiac Arrest
8/28/2010 Katacombes - Montreal, QC w/ Cardiac Arrest
8/29/2010 Club Polaris /Hostile City Deathfest - Philadelphia, PA
8/30/2010 Europa - Brooklyn, NY
9/01/2010 Jaxx - Springfield, VA

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Tub Ring Adds Additional Concert Dates

Chicago's Tub Ring have announced a new batch of tour dates set to take place before, during and after the previously announded concert dates. THe band are currently on tour in support of their new album "Secret Handshakes."

Tub Ring tour dates
August 28 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
August 29 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
September 2 – DeKalb, IL @ Otto’s
September 4 – Springfield, IL @ Bar None
September 5 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s
September 6 – Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter

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Xerath Confirms Festival Appearance

U.K. progressive metallers Xerath have been confirmed to be taking part in the upcoming Mammothfest taking place on Spetember 18th, 2010 at Hove Town Hall in Brighton, England. Xerath join the likes of headliners Mnemic and Entombed as well as a long list of local acts from the U.K. are Europe.

Mammothfest line-up:
ENTOMBED
ORANGE GOBLIN
BREED 77
SYLOSIS
MALEFICE
MNEMIC
SCAMP
SYBREED
TED MAUL
CILICE
DIVINE CHAOS
ABGOTT
XERATH
TERRATHORN
GODSIZED
BEHOLDER
FURYON
STONE CIRCLE
LITHURGY
MASSAI
INFESTATION
HERE THERE BE MONSTERS
THIS MEANS WAR
REIGN OF FEAR
FUNERAL HAG
PURESIST

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Lowtalker Announces New Tour Dates

Lowtalker, the Canada based band featuring members of Comeback Kid and Misery Signals, have announced a new batch of tour dates spanning across North America. THe new tour dates are in support of the band's debut 10" LP titled "People Worry About Everything."

Lowtalker tour dates:
August 25 – Holland, MI - Holland Park Theater
August 26 – Welland, ON - Welland Club Richelieu
August 27 – Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee’s
August 28 – Montreal, QC - Absinthe – w/o Snips
August 29 – Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
August 30 – London, ON - Call The Office
August 31 – Buffalo, NY - Club Diablo
September 1 – Cincinnati, OH - TBA
September 2 – Chicago, IL - The Beat
September 4 – Milwaukee, WI - The Borg Ward
September 5 – Minneapolis, MN -The Beat

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Darkest Era Signs To Metal Blade

Metal Blade Records recently teamed up with Alan Averill 'Nemtheanga' of Primordial for distribution of his label Poison Tongue Records. U.K. act Darkest Era has now issued the following update about signing to the label:

"It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce we have signed a worldwide deal with Metal Blade records! We have been working closely with them over the past few months in settling a deal, aided by Alan Averill of Primordial in his new A&R role for Metal Blade. We are wasting no time and will be recording our debut album on the 26th August, with a release date to fall approximately on the turn of the new year.

"The only details I can give so far are that there will be 8 tracks of the epic, soaring, celtic laden melancholy that we've been developing over the past few years. There will be a few re-recordings from our EPs, and one entirely acoustic track. It's a big step for us but one which we feel has come at the ideal time; we are really ready to step onto the international stage and forge on with the passion and fire that has led us this far.

"We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us so far: our Irish fans who have been behind us since the Nemesis days; all our European fans and those further afield who bought our CD's, who sent us many messages of support and have championed us in their respective countries; and to those we have met on our travels, shared a beer with and sang a song with. We will almost certainly be touring widely in support of this next year. Germany, Greece, Italy, we shall return! The rest of you, prepare for a heathen invasion!"

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The Autumn Offering Uploads "Born Dead" Video

The Autumn Offering has uploaded a music video for the track "Born Dead," which is off the band's upcoming self-titled album and can be viewed below. The new album is set for an August 31st release via Victory Records. The video was shot on location in Elgin, IL, directed by Eric Richter, and stars scream queen Deneen Melody.

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Horrorscope Posts "Medication Time" Video

Horrorscope has posted the full music video online for the song "Medication Time." The video clip can be viewed below.


Horrorscope "Medication Time" [2010]

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Futures End Seeking Fan Input On Music Video

Futures End has checked in with the following statement about seeking fan input on which song to use for an upcoming music video:

"To all friends of Futures End: We are considering making a music video for one of the songs from 'Memoirs of a Broken Man'. We want to know what song you would like to see most! Let us know right here.

"Ideas have started flowing from the core of the band, and we are all kinda scratching our heads as to which song to use for the video. So we are asking you, the friends we have made all over the world, to tell us which song you would like most made into a video. Drop us a line, leave us a comment, or just post it right here. We are listening!"

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The Last Felony Updates Tour Schedule

Montreal’s The Last Felony is gearing up to release a second full-length record, "Too Many Humans," on August 17th, followed by two Canadian runs with the likes of Despised Icon, Misery Index, Ion Dissonance, and more. The first slew of dates with Ion Dissonance will kick off on August 6th, followed by a supporting run on Despised Icon’s final tour in October.

“We're excited to be hitting the road with long time friends and fellow Montreallers, Despised Icon,” comments bassist/lyricist, Seb Painchaud. “Teaming up with them and our brothers-from-American-mothers Misery Index, we'll be unleashing tracks from our new album, Too Many Humans, to decimate the Canadian population. Help control the human population, get your children spayed or neutered!"

"Too Many Humans" was recorded, engineered, and mixed at Montreal’s Garage Studio by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Neuraxis), and mastered by Pierre Remillard (Misery Index, Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance, Beneath the Massacre).

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The Rockstar Ramblings: More Reality TV

Rockers from the eighties continue to bring in the viewers for reality TV. With Dee Snider, Gene Simmons, and Bret Michaels regulars on the TV circuit it doesn’t appear this trend will be disappearing anytime soon. Here is a look at some of the other reality shows currently being considered by the networks. More...

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Memorial Show Announced For Early Graves Vocalist

A benefit and memorial show has been planned for Makh Daniels, vocalist of Early Graves, who passed away on Monday in a van accident, while on tour in Oregon. All proceeds from the door and a percentage of profits from the bar will be donated to Makh's family. The details are as follows:

Friday, August 6th
@ The Bamboo Lounge
14308 Telegraph Road
Whittier, CA 90604
21+ over - $5 donation - 8pm-2am
Live performances from:
ANTAGONIST
EXHAUSTED PRAYER
DESTROY JUDAS
+ 2 more special guests

For anyone who can't make it to the show and would still like to contribute to the family, you can make a donation at this location.

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Manticora Members Perform Solos For Hexfire Album

Martin Arendal and Kristian Larsen of the Danish power metal band Manticora have recently recorded guest guitar solos that will appear on the debut album from Hexfire. Kasper Gram of Manticora had also previously laid down a guest bass solo for one of the tracks on the new album.

Hexfire guitarist Jacob Liszko commented on the guest appearances: "First we got an excellent bass solo from Kasper of Manticora, now we have storming guitar solos from Martin and Kristian! If I were to describe them as guitarists, I would call them real shredders! They’re so fast that it’s even hard to hear all the notes they play, ha ha. Moreover, all the harmonic guitar tracks they record are amazing. I’m really impressed.”

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Riotgod To Release Self-Titled Album

In 2007 Monster Magnet's Bob Pantella and Jim Baglino created their own alternate universe under the Riotgod banner, inviting guitarist Garrett Sweeny and the estranged vocalist known only as Sunshine to travel the cosmos with them. The band will release a self-titled album on August 17th through Metalville Records.

Drummer and founding member Bob Pantella spoke about the formation of Riotgod: "It was just Jim and myself, you know, just spending a lot of time on the road and we just had a lot of music that we wanted to create. With Monster Magnet, that's not really the case for us sometimes. That's more of Dave's thing, so we really just wanted to get together and do something a bit more on our own. There's a lot of time off and personally we like to work a lot so, the desire to do more began building up over the last couple of years.

"We wanted to try our own thing and call our own shots with musical direction and stuff. We talked about it for years and it took a long time to really find the right people and get going. I've always had my recording studio, so it was easy in that aspect but it was hard to find the right ingredients-you know, sounds, personalities and such. We know nothing's perfect but you want to get people into the same head space.

"My singer Sunshine, who I love, the guy is a crazy son of a bitch, but musically we're in the same place. His lyrics are amazing, and he's got a great voice. He can pretty much sing anything that you can think of. I give him the music, and by the next day, it's ready to be recorded. It gels with what I'm writing perfectly. This is a great band to take us to a different level. Being in Monster Magnet is an awesome opportunity to launch other things for us." More...

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36 Crazyfists Announces Album Chart Positions

"Collisions and Castaways," the new album from 36 Crazyfists, debuted at #3 on the SoundScan New Artist chart, landing in as the #1 debut in new additions this week. The album charted at #18 on the SoundScan Hard Music chart, and #143 on the overall Top 200 chart. The new album was released by Ferret Music on July 27th.

36 Crazyfists is currently on the road with Straight Line Stitch and Dirge Within. The remaining tour dates are as follows:

8/6-Couer D’ Alene, ID @ The Grail Event Center
8/7-Olympia, WA @ The Vault

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Every Time I Die Posts Third "Shit Happens" Clip

Buffalo, New York's Every Time I Die has posted a third episode of "Shit Happens: The Series?" at this location. The band commented on the video:

"In this episode, the band heads to Europe and the guys come across some language and cultural barriers, which, in fact, include Keith dressing up as Charlie Sheen. Witness Jordan’s experiences with foreign cuisine, and watch more crazy overseas antics! This episode and the rest are all part of a weekly video series entitled 'Shit Happens: The Series?' Fans should expect even longer, funnier episodes to be included on the DVD, set for release this October!"

You can also catch Every Time I Die live on the following dates:

8/7 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairgrounds (Warped Tour)
8/8 – Denver, CO – Invesco Field (Warped Tour)
8/11 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex (Warped Tour)
8/12 – Marysville, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
8/13 – Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)
8/14 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheater (Warped Tour)
8/15 – Hillsboro, OR – Washington County Fairgrounds (Warped Tour)

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Winds Of Plague Vocalist Checks In From Mayhem

Winds of Plague has been trekking across North America as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival all summer long, while continuing to write material for a new album. The band has now posted an interview online with vocalist Jonny talking about the start of Mayhem, the rigors of the touring lifestyle, his mobile gym and daily work-out routine, the benefits of a 30 min set, and more. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Pristina Announces New Album Release

Pristina has announced a new full-length album, titled "The Drought (ov Salt and Sorrow)," will be released on September 28th via Trendkill Recordings. Based in Connecticut, Pristina features ex-members of a diverse list of Northeast bands, including 100 Demons, Invocation Of Nehek, A Thousand Falling Skies, Born Under Saturn, and more.

“Salt Water Cthulhu,” a track from "The Drought (ov Salt and Sorrow)," can also be heard now through the band’s Myspace page. The new album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Today Is The Day’s Steve Austin (Converge, Deadguy) at Austin Enterprise.

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Daath Comments On Upcoming Album

Atlanta based quintet Daath is putting the finishing touches on the band's upcoming third album, which is being co-produced by Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devildriver) and Eyal Levi (guitars). Metal Mark from Skulls N Bones recently spent some time in the studio with the band and compiled a video documenting the recording process, which can be viewed below.

Eyal Levi has also commented on the album: "It’s hard to write about your own music so I’m going to keep this quick. Daath has a new record coming out this October. This is the most unrestrained and over the top collection of songs we’ve ever captured. We went in with the intent of creating a freak show of a record and we achieved it. People looking for a wrecking ball of an album will be happy. People looking for an album they’ll still hear new things in one year down the road will be happy. People going in with any preconceived notions of who we are and what we sound like are in for a surprise." More...

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Von Venien Seeking Fans For Video Shoot

Von Venien recently announced a video shoot is being planned for the band's upcoming album, and that fans are needed as extras. The band has now issued the following update with the details of the shoot and announcement about changing the date to October 30th:

"1 Day shoot which requires 50+ extras for a scene in the desert of Phoenix Arizona. The Video shoot will take place on Saturday October 30th from 10am to 10pm, following the shoot there will be a small private concert for extras and fans with a few special bands. It will be located on an outdoor stage on the site within a metal yard that the video takes place of 51st Ave and Buckeye. Exclusives items for all the extras and those that actually make it to the show. I am also going to have a couple special reveals debuting at the actual show, so don't miss it.Feel free to invite your friends, and anyone that wishes to be in the video.

"Video Shoot Synopsis: All extras will be take part of a special scene within the new video Tribal Blood that will require you to be part of a collective. This collective will be doing various things within a mud pit that will be the actual site (location of the scene). Every extra will be assigned a specific task to perform within the 'PIT' during the video.

"More information and sign ups, please email us your information at info@vonmusicgroup.com. Once we receive your information we will then place you on a call sheet, assign you as an official extra, send you a release form to perform in the video, and then we will email you the song "Tribal Blood" with more specific information and instructions on what to prepare for as the weeks go by and we draw closer to the actual shoot date. More...

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Lord Of The Lost Posts Wacken Footage

Germany's Lord of the Lost has posted footage from the band's performance of "My Deepest Fear" at the Wacken Open Air festival, in which the band throws out beer to the crowd. You can check out the footage below.

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Behemoth Cancels Sonisphere Appearance

Polish death metal act Behemoth has dropped off the Sonisphere Finland show on August 7th, 2010. The band has stated the cancellation was due to health issues, but didn't elaborate on who was affected. It is unclear if any more of their European festival dates will be effected by this or not. More details are expected to be released over the next few days.

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Revocation Posts New Live Video

Revocation will join Despised Icon for an upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off on September 10th. The tour will be Despised Icon's final string of U.S. live shows. Revocation has also been confirmed for the tenth annual Trois-Rivieres Metalfest being held on October 16th in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Revocation's Dave Davidson commented on the upcoming tour:

"We're all very excited to be a part of the Despised Icon farewell tour. Come out and support these dudes on their final US run. Misery Index will be providing direct support and grinding faces every night so we can't wait to rip it with them as well. See you on the road!"

Revocation has also posted a new live video for "Across Forests and Fjords," which can be viewed below.

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The Doomsday Prophecy Parts Ways With Drummer

Drummer Jake Blochinger, of the new jersey unsigned death metal band The Doomsday Prophecy, has issued the following statement regarding his departure from the band, "Hey everyone, I'm no longer apart of The Doomsday Prophecy. It is for the best interest of the band and I wish them all the luck in the future of this project. Thanks to everyone that came out and made the shows awesome, slayer be with you!"

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Dead Shape Figure Announces Single Release

Finnish modern thrash/death metal act Dead Shape Figure has announced that the band's second full-length album "The Disease of St. Vitus" will be released in October, 2010. The first single from the album, "Face On The Nails," hits streets on August 25th. "The Disease of St. Vitus" follows up the band's debut album "The Grand Karoshi," which was released in 2008. You can also check out the video for "Face On The Nails" below. More...

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Fear Factory Escapes Devastating Bus Fire

Fear Factory narrowly escaped a fire this morning that quickly engulfed their tour bus while in route to London. The fire reportedly stemmed from a back wheel tire before spreading throughout the double-decker coach.

Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares released the following comment: "We had just finished playing a sold out show in Sheffield and we were on our way to London. Everyone was asleep except for two of our crew. At about 3:30 a.m. the bus driver noticed smoke coming from the back right wheel. He stopped, jumped out and noticed a flame underneath the wheel well. He tried to extinguish it but the flames were too much. Everyone on the bus was woken up by one of our crew yelling 'Get everyone up and out of the bus.' Everyone grabbed their bags and ran off the bus. We stood on the side of the freeway going 'thank god we all made it out' until someone noticed our merchandise guy was still asleep on the bus. A good friend of ours ran back on the smoked-filled bus and got him out just minutes before the bus was completely in flames."

Cazares added: "Our eyes are burning and we were all coughing from the smoke. Some of us lost wallets, money, computers but that's not important compared to our lives. It only took about 20 to 30 minutes for the bus to be completely covered in flames. The fire trucks and the police finally arrived but it was too late to save anything on the bus. A coach bus picked us up and brought us safely to a nearby hotel. We found out only a short while ago that the trailer was saved where all our gear was. But the bus is just a metal frame on the side of the road."

Fear Factory is currently on tour in the UK continuing performances in support of their latest album, "Mechanize."

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Derelict Cancels Two Upcoming Shows

Canada's Derelict has issued the following update about canceling the previously scheduled live shows on August 13th and 14th:

"We regret to announce that we are forced to cancel our appearances on the 13th and 14th of August in Sherbrooke and Drummondville. Circumstances beyond our control arising at the last minute are the reason. We sincerely apologize to the fans and promoters of these events. We thank you all for your continued support! We’ll see you soon."

You can also check out Derelict's music through the band's MySpace page.

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David Ellefson Announces In-Store Clinics

Megadeth is currently on the “American Carnage” tour with Slayer, Anthrax, and Testament, during which bassist David Ellefson will be appearing at a series of in-store clinics. David has scheduled the following bass clinics at Sam Ash music stores:

Sep. 25
25 NE Loop 410 at McCullough
San Antonio, TX
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 2
912 Lee Road Shopping Center
Orlando, FL
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 3
5360 NW 167 Street
Miami Lakes, FL
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. More...

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Cycle Of Pain Not Opening For Black Label Society

New Jersey's Cycle of Pain has issued the following update about canceling the band's previously scheduled live show with Black Label Society:

"Unfortunately, do to circumstances completely out of our control, Cycle Of Pain will not be able to open the show August 10th with Black Label Society at the Roxy in W. Hollywood. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this is causing any of the fans that were looking forward to seeing COP in the Los Angeles area.

"Please stay tuned as I'm sure we will get Cycle Of Pain to LA in the near future. Thank you for all of your continued support for Cycle Of Pain, not only in the Los Angeles area, but everywhere else. The guys were really looking forward to doing this show and absolutely HATE canceling, but will not be able to make it. Once again the guys are very sorry & will make it up to the devoted fans in the area one day soon."

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Factory Of Dreams Streaming Another Song

Portuguese Gothic act Factory of Dreams is currently streaming another song online from the band's latest album "A Strange Utopia." The song "Voyage to Utopia," along with the previously uploaded tracks "Slow Motion World" and "The Weight of the World," can be heard via the Factory of Dreams MySpace page.

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Tribunal Issues Recording Update

Maryland's Tribunal has issued the following update about recording new material:

"Hello again friends, time for another update! All the bass tracks have been recorded so all the music is 100% recorded for the CD, and Eric's bass tone is nothing short of vicious! Now, the 10 songs will be mixed to hand to the vocalists we have narrowed things down to definitely close more than one chapter and put to a definitive distance between this band and any incarnation of it in the past!"

You can also check out Tribunal's music via the band's MySpace page.

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Ravens Creed Announces New Vocalist Al Osta

RAVENS CREED has issued the following update regarding the addition of their new vocalist Al Osta:

"Frazer, Jay and myself would like you all to welcome our new vocalist Al Osta (aka The Syrian Destroyer) Al's interests include kick boxing, serial killers and Celtic Frost.
He will be making his debut on our next lp 'A conspiracy of...' that is being recorded at TENKO studios over the next few weeks and will be released by Doomentia records."

"We have already written six songs for our third lp. and look forward to playing live with Al as soon as possible."

The tracklisting for "A conspiracy of..." is as follows:


01. Bashed In
02. Wiccan Wanderers
03. Five Witches Of Nine
04. Black Bullets
05. Hearse Fokker
06. Inappropriate Eulogy
07. Buried In The Bin
08. The Wires Will Kill You
09. Kick To Kill
10. Shoot The Wounded
11. War Cauldron
12. Unleash The Ratbashers
13. Raped By The Graveyard
14. Breaking The Lord
15. Bloody Luxury
16. Rat King Rosary

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New Benevolent Song Online For Download

Kuwait-based Lebanese extreme metal band Benevolent has just released their new single titled "Haunting Shores" on their MySpace page and through METALITY - The Compilation as a free download.

The song is a follow up to the band's January-released single "Augmented" and it showcases a fast-driven, riff-rich, haunting production with atonal and melodic moments.

Hadi Sarieddine, guitarist and co-founder of Benevolent explains the track's preproduction process, "It's a haunting little story, and that was the most fun part of it all! Having that theme set along with a few lyrical lines really inspired me and I guess it all just came together!"

Hadi Sarieddine states about their inclusion on the Metality compilation: "This is big for us, and hats off to the crew at Metality and Metal Asia for putting this stuff together! We’ve been working hard and it’s a huge encouragement to be able to share our music with the rest of the world and represent our country and region."

The band resumes the writing/recording process of their still untitled debut EP, which is slated for release early in the fall of 2010. The band is working with Sajid "Sarj" Masoud (Nocturna founder and frontman) who is engineering and co-producing the EP alongside Hadi Sarieddine.

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Iron Maiden To Headline Soundwave 2011

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