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Metal News for August 5, 2011

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29 news articles posted on this day.

No Bragging Rights Kicking Off Tour Tonight

No Bragging Rights is kicking off the "The Beautiful & Spineless" tour tonight with support from It Prevails, We Are Defiance, Onward To Olympas, Boys No Good, and Burning Twilight. This is the bands first headline tour in support of "Illuminator" album, which was released back in January 11th, 2011.

You can find the tour poster below, or check out the No Bragging Rights music video for "Empire Disarray" at this location.

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Gotthard Announces Live Album Release

Gotthard has announced the release of a new live album titled “Homegrown – Alive In Lugano“ on the 30th of September. On the 2nd of September, a previously unreleased track entitled ”The Train” with Steve Lee on vocals will be published online.

“Homegrown – Alive In Lugano“ contains a live recording of the band's concert on the 17th of July 2010 in Lugano. The show was one of the last concerts with vocalist Steve Lee, who tragically died during a motorbike trip through the U.S. on October 5th, 2010. Due to the sudden accidental death of Steve Lee, the CD's release was postponed.

“Lugano was where it all began and so the circle is closed of all that we've experienced with our friend Steve Lee,“ comments bassist Marc Lynn. “The memories of the past 20 years on stage with Steve are brought again to life intensively with this album. They reflect the memorable times that we were able to enjoy on the Mount Olympus of Rock'n'Roll.“

The concert in Lugano took place during the local HOG Rally, an annual event organized by Harley Davidson bikers. “Steve was warmer and more cheerful than he had been in a long time,“ guitarist Freddy Scherer remembers. “The chemistry between him and the audience couldn't have been more intense, despite the fact that there were more than 20,000 people standing on the piazza. It is a stroke of good luck that we recorded this memorable concert, for unfortunately it was one of the last ones with Steve.“

“Music has allowed us to travel round the whole world together during the last 20 years,“ guitarist Leo Leoni added. “In doing so, we've shared lots of unforgettable moments that rank among the best times of our lives. Anyhow, returning to Lugano has always been something special. It's the place we belong to and where we have strong and deep roots.” More...

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Dream Theater Posts Snippet Of New Song

Dream Theater has posted a preview online of the new song "Bridges In The Sky," which will be included on the band's upcoming album "A Dramatic Turn of Events." The new album is due out on September 13th, 2011.

To check out the snippet of "Bridges in the Sky," head over to the official Dream Theater YouTube page. Dream Theater also recently announced an upcoming string of tour dates with Trivium.

The track listing is as follows:

1. On the Backs of Angels
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
3. Lost Not Forgotten
4. This Is the Life
5. Bridges in the Sky
6. Outcry
7. Far from Heaven
8. Breaking All Illusions
9. Beneath the Surface

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Sonata Arctica Announces Live DVD Release

Finnish act Sonata Arctica has announced a new live DVD titled “Live In Finland,“ which shows a full concert performed on the 15th of April 2011 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. The set list includes classic Sonata Arctica tracks along with songs from the latest album "The Days of Grays." The release also includes music videos for "Don’t Say A Word," "Paid In Full," and "Flag In The Ground," as well as a photo gallery and some making-of clips that document the DVD’s creation. An included bonus CD features audio recordings from the concert.

Keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg states, "It's been a very hot summer here in Finland, and while most people headed to the beach, we've been working our asses off editing and compiling our new DVD. This time around we wanted to give you a show from our homecountry Finland. The main show was filmed at the Teatria club in Oulu, Finland, last April. It showcases Sonata Arctica towards the end of the Days of Grays World Tour which started back in 2009. We played a total of over 180 shows in almost 40 countries during the tour.

"This will be a 2-DVD release with lots of bonuses, we'll have tour documentaries, making of's as well as music videos and bonus songs from our very own Sonata Arctica Open Air festival, held in our hometown, Kemi in August 2009. Wether you missed us or checked us out during this world tour, this DVD will be the complete guide to what we've been up to these past two years. I'm sure you all will enjoy watching this DVD as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. The Days of Grays World Tour has been absolutely fantastic and I'm very happy that we’ve managed to capture all the ups and downs on film. You'll know what I’m talking about when we get this monster package out!“

The live DVD set is scheduled for release on October 28th, 2011.

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Answers More Fan Questions

Italian symphonic death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse has posted the third of several video blog installments where members Tommaso Riccardi, Cristiano Trionfera, and Francesco Paoli answer fan-submitted questions about the forthcoming album "Agony." Check it out below. The previously uploaded clip can also be found here.

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Seven Posts "No Surrender" Music Video

Czech Republic based metal act Seven has posted a music video online for the song "No Surrender," taken from the upcoming album "Freedom Call." The new album is due out on September 2nd, 2011 via Nuclear Blast.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Freedom Call
2. Brain Eater
3. Get It
4. The Road
5. So Scarred
6. Suicide Fall
7. Abandoned
8. Wild In The Night
9. The Joker
10. You Steal My Breath
11. To Hell
12. War Within
13. Autumn In The Rose Garden (bonus)
14. No Surrender (bonus)

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Vader Streaming New Track Online

Polish death metal act Vader has just uploaded the brand-new track "Decapitated Saints," which comes from the band's upcoming album "Welcome To The Morbid Reich." Head over to the official Vader Facebook profile to check out the song.

"Welcome To The Morbid Reich" will be released on August 12th, 2011 via Nuclear Blast. To hear more of the album, you listen to the previously uploaded song "Come and See My Sacrifice," or head over here to see the album trailer.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Ultima Thule
2. Return To The Morbid Reich
3. The Black Eye
4. Come And See My Sacrifice
5. Only Hell Knows
6. I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul
7. Don’t Rip The Beast’s Heart Out
8. I Had A Dream…
9. Lord Of Thorns
10. Decapitated Saints
11. They Are Coming
12. Black Velvet And Skulls Of Steel

Bonus Tracks:
13. Raping The Earth
14. Troops Of Tomorrow

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Ozzy Osbourne Documentary Coming To Theaters

This August, audiences across the country will get an unrivalled look into the mind of legendary rock icon Ozzy Osbourne in "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne," an exclusive in-theater event that will be broadcast to movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, August 24th and Monday, August 29th.

Produced by Jack Osbourne, the movie includes never-before-seen footage, interviews, and recent solo tour clips. Additional details on the movie can be found at this location.

You can find a list of participating movie theaters by navigating your browser over here.

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New Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

August Burns Red has been named the Rock Band Network artist of the month with the band's track "Mariana's Trench." The act will also be adding the song "Internal Cannon" to the network shortly (the music video for "Internal Cannon" is also available here).

This week's additions to the Xbox 360 edition of the Rock Band Network, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:


Eminence - "Devil's Boulevard" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Desecration Day (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Morgawr - "Dawn (Blood Saga I)/Through the Maelström" (80 MSP)
Shakespeare in Hell - "Poor Yorick" (80 MSP)


Emery - "The Cheval Glass" (160 MSP)
Free Spirit - "Moonlight Ride" (160 MSP)
Free Spirit - "Shadow of a Man" (160 MSP)
Robin Skouteris - "American Hero vs. Done" (160 MSP) More...

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Diamond Plate Posts More Studio Footage

Diamond Plate has posted the third part of a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the band's new album "Generation Why?" You can check out the clip below.

The upcoming album "Generation Why?" is due to be released on August 9th in North America and August 29th in Europe.


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Trivium Posts "Black" In-Studio Clip

Trivium is offering fans another sneak peek at the band's forthcoming album "In Waves," this time with a clip of the band performing the new song "Black" as part of the in-studio set filmed for the deluxe edition's bonus DVD. You can check out the clip below.

The new album, titled "In Waves," is set to arrive in stores on August 9, 2011 through Roadrunner Records.

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Evile Dedicates Song To Bloodstock

British thrashers Evile are preparing for the release of their new album "Five Serpent's Teeth" and have dedicated one of the new songs to the UK's Bloodstock festival. Fans attending the festival next weekend will be among the first people to hear the brand new track, titled "Centurion," as it will be played through the PA system between bands on the main stage throughout the festival.

Evile frontman Matt Drake spoke to Bloodstock to explain the meaning behind the new track and why it was dedicated to the UK's favourite all-metal festival. Check out the video clip below.

"Five Serpent's Teeth" is due to be released on September 26th in Europe and on October 18th in North America. More...

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End Of Level Boss Reveals "Thee Absurd" Video

End of Level boss has just released a new video for the track “Thee Absurd,” the fourth song from the outfit’s newly-released third album, "Elkectric."

Instead of utilizing a rock video producer to capture the band's vision on film, End of Level Boss went full-on D.I.Y. “The video was actually made by taping our cell phones to the wall of our jam room while we played” states End of Level Boss's founding guitarist/vocalist Harry “Heck” Armstrong. Check out the homemade action below.

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Frost Despair Streaming Entire New Album

Frost Despair has posted the band's entire new album "The God Delusion" online for streaming. You can check out the tracks from the new album by heading over to the Frost Despair MySpace page here.

Frost Despair singer/composer/songwriter Odommok shares the following about the new album: "Symphonic black metal, heavy metal, classical music and free thinking embased on science and in real world comprehension. I think, it's time to throw away old views of thinking spread in metal around the world using dogmatic philosophy on lyrics. Our atheistic metal will be great! Hails."

You can check out the album's artwork at this locaiton, and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Dark Ages
2. God Delusion
3. Damnation
4. Splendor War
5. Dark Bachiana
6. The Final Breath
7. At The Gates

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Cephalic Carnage To Re-Issue "Lucid Interval"

Cephalic Carnage will see the official re-issue of the"Lucid Interval" album this September via Relapse Records. The "Lucid Interval" re-issue features expanded packaging and a previously unreleased bonus track.

The new version will be available in stores once again starting on September 13th, 2011. Additional information and pre-order options can be found here.

Additionally, Cephalic Carnage has partnered up with label-mates Exhumed for two-months of international touring this fall. The two bands will head to Europe in early October for a tour that will kick-off with a performance as part of the Way of Darkness Festival in Germany. Following, Cephalic Carnage and Exhumed, along with Louisiana's Goatwhore, will embark on a four-week North American tour.

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Edguy Uploads "Robin Hood" Video

Edguy has posted a music video online for the song "Robin Hood," which is taken from the band's 2011 album "Age Of The Joker." The album's track listing and artwork, along with comments from the band about the "Robin Hood" video, can be found at this location.

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Odyssey Streaming New Single From Upcoming Album

Spokane based instrumental metallers Odyssey have posted a new single online titled "Cellular Deconstruction," which is taken from the upcoming release "An Abstract Existence." Check out the track by navigating to the Odyssey Bandcamp page.

The new album, and follow-up to the "Schematics" EP (reviewed here) is set for release by the end of August, 2011. You can check out the "An Abstract Existence" cover artwork below.

Odyssey was also recently highlighted in the instrumental metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, which can be found here.

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Indigo Darkpsych Posts "Not The End" Clip

Female-fronted act Indigo Darkpsych has posted a new video clip online for the song "Not The End," which was put together by ERA Productions. You can check out the clip below.

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Skalmold Performs On Icelandic Television

Skalmold, which signed to Napalm Records earlier this year, appeared on Icelandic television on July 1st to perform the song "Valhöll." You can check out a clip of the performance in the player provided below.

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Thulcandra Comments On New Album

Thulcandra mastermind Steffen Kummerer has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming album "Under a Frozen Sun," which is set to be released on September 30th:

"Kristian 'Necrolord' Wåhlin created nothing less than an outstanding piece of dark art for the cover of our latest effort. His old-school approach to painting in oils represents our attitude just perfectly. Once again we entered the halls of V.Santura's Woodshed Studios, Germany to produce this black diamond comprising 9 black death hymns.

"We are honored to welcome Shining's Peter Huss' guitar lead on one of the tracks, as well as V.Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress) and Morean (Dark Fortress), who contributed outstanding lyrical and musical input."

For additional information on the band, and to hear music available for streaming, head over to the official Thulcandra MySpace music profile.

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Against The Plagues Records New Material

Against the Plagues, which recently recruited former Behemoth/Vader bassist Marcin Nowak, has now checked in with the following update about new material being recorded:

"Hey my friends! Just quick update... We just signed contract with management company Desert Corefrom Arizona, and right now they talking with the labels as our official representative.

"We have brand new material recorded and mastered but for now during the 'negotiations' process we still cannot expose anything yet... We would like to thank for you support and patience. We will going to give you more updates very soon! Stay brutal!"

You can also check out Against the Plagues' music by heading over to the band's MySpace page.

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Alcest Announces New Album Title

Shoegaze black metallers Alcest have announced "Les voyages de l'âme" (translated: "The Journeys of the Soul") as the title of their new album.

The French group plans to release the album in early 2012. "Les Voyages..." follows the group's 2010 effort "Écailles De Lune."

No more information is present at the time of this article. Check back in with Metalunderground.com in the next few weeks for more details.

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Beyond Creation Posts Bass Video

Montreal technical death metal act Beyond Creation has posted a video clip online of bassist Dominic "Forest" Lapointe performing the song "Omnipresent Perception" off the album "The Aura." You can check out the clip below. Beyond Creation also recently posted all the songs from "The Aura" online via YouTube.

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Blind Greed Goes On Hiatus

Blind Greed vocalist Clyde has announced that he's placing the band on hiatus. Here's what he had to say about it:

"It is with a heavy heart that I must inform everyone that Blind Greed is currently on an extended hiatus for an undetermined ammount of time. I'm moving in a different direction musically right now and feel that it would be best to step back and form something new rather than try to change Blind Greed into something that it isn't and thus tarnish the legacy of what we're known for here and abroad. I wish my brothers in Blind Greed the very best in their current and future endevors. I also look forward to working with my brothers in Blind Greed again should the opportunity present itself. Book the show and I will play it gentlemen."

Blind Greed was demoing songs for a potential fourth album. The band contributed a cover of Type of Negative's "Christian Woman" for Metalunderground.com's tribute to Peter Steele, "All For None, None For All: A Tribute to Peter Steele," earlier this year, which would be their final recording together to date.

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Lacuna Coil Announces U.K. Tour

Italian gothic metal outfit Lacuna Coil has announced an extensive list of tour dates in Great Britain, which will kick off this November. The tour will be in support of the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Dark Adrenaline," which will hit the shelves early next year.

Speaking on the tour, vocalist Cristina Scabbia stated: "Lacuna Coil is back, coilers! We can FINALLY announce the new UK tour dates and I couldn't be more thrilled (it was hard to keep them a secret)! And this will also be your first chance to hear something new from our upcoming album, Dark Adrenaline! You all know how much we enjoy being surrounded by the ol' British dark love, that's why we definitely want to see you all this November! We'll give away our black hearts and velvet vibes to you. We are already excited about this tour... So be there with us, horns up in the darkness!"

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Omophagia Recruits New Drummer

Omophagia, which split with its drummer earlier this year, has now issued the following announcement about recruiting new member Wild:

"We are glad to announce that we finally found a new drummer! In the last months we had an intensive time rehearsing with a few candidates to fill the huge gap which Lehmä had left at the beginning of this year. We felt that it would not be easy to find a suitable person but surprisingly we soon had the honor to rehearse with some very talented guys who were interested in the job. I couldn't imagine that there are so many young and talented death metal drummers in our tiny country. Thank you very much that you spent your time and sweat with us!

"But now to the most important part: It was not an easy decision to find out which drummer would suit us best but in the end the decision was quite clear: The guy that will take the seat behind the drums is called 'Wild,' and the name says it all!

"Wild can look back on a long metal-career and is already experienced in all important Deathmetal-skills. He's aged 27 and played in a few combos quite known here in Switzerland (Stoned Hill, Fragment of Symmetry). We are also very glad that he's as spoiled and nasty as we are and so he fits perfectly to the rest of the band!

"Wild convinced us by his professional way to learn the songs. He learned them all by himself by our drum and guitar tracks and just blew us away when he started playing them at our rehearsal-room. We really can't wait to hit the stages again and if the progress will be as fast as in the last weeks, this will be very soon!

"Be prepared to see Omophagia as brutal as never before! See ya guys!"

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Cage Of Torment Issues Studio Update

Norway's Cage of Torment has checked in with the following final update from the recording studio about the band's upcoming release:

"Final studio update: Near the end of studio time. Doing vocals today and hopefully done by tonight. Its been an intens heavy and a fucking great experience so far.

"The track 'Deathmatch' is the only 'old' song we have rerecorded, everything else is new heavy and brutal stuff."

You can also check out Cage of Torment's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page, or find the previously posted studio update from the band here.

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Immolation Announces North American Tour

Immolation has announced an upcoming Fall North American tour alongside Jungle Rot and Gigan. Details are as follows:

10/05 - Wreck Room / 794 Bathurst M4M 1H1, Toronto ONT
10/07 - The Basement / 744 Broadway St, Kingston NY
10/08 - Montage Music Hall / 50 Chestnut St., Rochester NY
10/09 - Broadway Joe's / 3051 Main St, Buffalo NY
10/10 - The Gramercy Theatre / 127 East 23rd ST, New York NY
10/11 - Bogie's / 24 Dunning Ave, Albany NY
10/12 - Championship Bar and Grill / 931 Chambers St, Trenton NJ
10/13 - Peabody's / 2083 E 21 St, Cleveland OH
10/14 - Al Rosa Villa / 5055 Sinclair Rd., Columbus OH
10/15 - Blondie's / 2281 West Fort St, Detroit MI
10/16 - Reggie's Rock Club / 2105 S State St, Chicago IL
10/17 - Vaudeville Mews / 212 S. 4th St., Des Moines IA
10/19 - Larimer Lounge / 2721 Larimer St, Denver CO
10/20 - The Complex / 537 West 100 South, Salt Lake City UT
10/21 - Cheyenne Saloon / 3103 North Rancho, Las Vegas NV
10/22 - Chain Reaction / 1652 W Lincoln Ave 92801, Anaheim CA
10/23 - The Clubhouse / 1320 E. Braodway Rd, Tempe AZ
10/25 - Backstage Live / 1305 East Houston, San Antonio Tx
10/26 - Scout Bar / 18307 Egret Bay Blvd, Houston TX

Immolation also released a music video last month for the song “A Glorious Epoch,” which is taken from the band’s 2010 Nuclear Blast Records release, "Majesty and Decay."

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Guns N’ Corn

KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are planning to collaborate on a memoir. Is it already assumed the first and last chapters will be “Gene” chapters?...

Alice Cooper has been asked to help design Universal Studios Halloween maze. For a rocker that has always used fright and horror as a back drop it looks like Cooper has been typecast with this project. Three years from now Alice will be receiving calls to go to Iowa and design corn mazes…

The medical mystery man Ozzy Osbourne recently lost his two front bottom teeth (crowns). With a show only days away, Ozzy frantically looked for a dentist to fix his mouth. I realize we are five months away from Christmas, but I already know what Ozzy wants…

A fan with a “professional” style camcorder got a surprise when Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) went into the crowd to have him removed. Unfortunately from the video you are unable to see if there is in fact a camera or Sixx spotted on of Kat Von D’s new boyfriends. Either way Nikki might consider some additional insurance should he continue to jump into crowds at his age… More...

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