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Metal News for August 9, 2011

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32 news articles posted on this day.

Build Your Own CE Of The New TDWP Album

The Devil Wears Prada is giving fans the chance to customize their own version of the special edition of the band's new album, "Dead Throne." Fans are able to pick up to three items to bundle with either the CD or vinyl album including T-shirts, guitar picks and journals. Fans can check out the album at this location.

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Pit Stories: A Fallout Shelter With No Cocaine

Metalunderground.com has been hitting up bands and fans everywhere to get their most memorable mosh pit stories. This week Tom Brumpton of Akarusa Yami shares a story of his former band Kallous playing a terrifying show in a fallout shelter in the Czech Republic.

In 2007 my old band Kallous was playing a Festival in the Czech Republic and it was absolutely terrifying. While we were over there we got invited to play a smaller venue called The Bunker, which was an old fallout shelter from the war. It was 30 feet underground and smelt terrible. There were 7 bands, a Neo-Nazi dancing throughout by himself, the stage was at the bottom of a ramp, and there was no crowd to be seen as the “Bunker” was in the middle of butt-fuck nowhere.

About two songs into the set, water began tricking down the ramp onto the stage. By the end of the set, the stage and electrics were covered in water and we all thought we were going to die. I ran out of the venue screaming. The last band was later not allowed to play as the sound man had ran out of cocaine. He then shuffled off into the night, leaving 30 people and about £20,000 worth of musical equipment in the middle of Prague, in the middle of the night, without a lift home. Scary.

Head over to Akarusa Yami's official Facebook page here to check out what the band has to offer, and be sure to check back in next Tuesday as we share more Pit Stories taken from fans and bands around the world.

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Solace In Nothing Finishes Recording EP

PitBall Records has checked in with the following announcement about Solace in Nothing finishing recording for the "Demons" EP:

"PitBall Records & Entertainment along with Next Door Studio is excited to announce that Solace in Nothing has finished their debut EP 'Demons.' This CD will take down the metal road you have been searching for.

"Solace in Nothing songs deliver a modern version of heavy drums and guitar but stick to the true metal roots of a pure groove and melody. PitBall Records will soon be posting the date of Solace in Nothing’s Cd release show soon. Stay tuned and may metal be with you."

You can also check out footage of the band performing the song "Bad Dog" live in the clip below.

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Rampart Changes London Show Due To Riots

Bulgarian act Rampart has issued the following announcement about changing the date for an upcoming London show due to the recent riots:

"Due to the actions of the mindless jizz-wipes over the past couple of days, tomorrow's gig of Rampart at Scream Lounge, London, has been cancelled.

"The band will play on 12th August, Friday, at the same venue with Bleed to This, Clarity, and Hellbent & Hammered! Metal is our way!"

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

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Finsterforst Enters The Studio

Finsterforst has checked in with the following announcement about entering the studio to record a new album:

"Brothers and sisters, may I have your attention please?! We hit the studio and are creating huge madness right now! To follow this awesome mess of epicness every day, check out our Facebook page for the official studio diary! I wish you people a good night and awesome dreams! May the Haxism finally conquer the world!"

The band also released the following update from the studio:

"It is awesome to experience over and over again, that we probably have the ultimate animal behind the drum set. After finishing today's sound check, we had to realize, that he already raped the 16” tom quite much! What an aggressive bastard! I seriously think he is getting more and more into dangerous sports...

"We actually changed again some microphone setup after trying something else during the sound check. I really think it was worth it and brings us the last detailed drop of Haxism into our drum sound. While Wombo was following his obligations behind the war machine, I was learning, that mankind obviously is at its top of intelligence and power! Scientists say, that humans are actually using the full ability and capacity of their brains instead of the widely assumed 10 % workload. Holy hell, what horrible news! Ah, this reminds me on a great movie called 'Idiocracy.' I don't like to make any commercial for anything, but you should check this documentary about mankind...

"At some point our hairy and old keyboard freak AlleyJazz stopped by to throw a very nice 'hello!' at our heads before he left us after several minutes again because of our smells. Rowdy Wombo recorded quite huge material today and we are already excited to proceed tomorrow. Well, you know what day is tomorrow...and with such motivation and desire for an experience of haxian (german = haxös) satisfaction there simply can't go anything wrong. Amen!"

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New $1 Anthrax Single To Include Rosary Beads

Anthrax is currently selling the new single "The Devil You Know" for $1 at independent record stores across America with glow-in-the-dark Rosary Beads as a bonus item. Moreover, the rosary beads can be exchanged for a dollar off of "Worship Music" upon the album's release.

A list of participating retailers can be found here. The new album "Worship Music" will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on September 13th, 2011.

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Stillborn Messengers Streaming New Song "Rebirth"

Stillborn Messengers has posted a new song online titled "Rebirth," which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented on its creation and sound:

"Stillborn Messengers was born in 2011. The band plays a raging hardcore with a slight math metal touch. Influenced by artists such as Periphery, After The Burial and Misery Signals, SM is preparing its first EP who will be available for free on the web! Stay Tuned !"

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Ashentide Streaming Sampler From New EP

Female-fronted symphonic metal band Ashentide has announced the independent release of the self-titled debut EP “Ashentide,” which is currently available on the group’s website here and major online digital music retailers. A sampler from the EP has been posted online, which can be heard in the player below.

You can also check out a clip of the band's July 23rd release party after the jump. Tom, one of the originating members stated, “We were all thrilled to have such a large turnout for the event. It was amazing all these people came to see us, and all they had was a small sample of our music to go by. The crowd was really getting into us, and that was awesome. We spent over a year getting our act together, months in the studio recording, and lost a lot of sleep preparing for this event. It was great to see all our hard work pay off.”

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Karma To Burn Updates Tour Schedule

Stoner-rock institution Karma to Burn will soon be embarking on U.S. tour dates supporting the new album "V," which recently drop through Napalm Records. The band's updated tour itinerary is as follows:

August 23rd - Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt's Tiki Lounge
August 24th - Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern
August 25th - Wichita, KS @ Blue Lounge
August 26th - Tulsa, OK @ Jake's Downtown Lounge
August 27th - Lafayette, LA @ Slammin' Salmon
August 28th - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
August 30th - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
August 31st - Atlanta, GA @ Star Bar
September 1st - Asheville, NC @ One Stop Deli / Music Hall
September 2nd - Huntington, WV @ Shamrock's
September 3rd - Lexington, KY @ The Green Lantern
September 4th - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street
September 5th - Frederick, MD @ Krug's Place
September 6th - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
September 7th - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
September 8th - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus Bar
September 9th - Kent, OH @ The Outpost
September 10th - Charleston, WV @ Sound Factory
September 21st - Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
September 22nd - Virginia Beach @ Jewish Mother
September 24th - Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter -> "EVIL ROBOTOTHON"
September 26th - Toledo, OH @ Frankies Inner City

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Hemoptysis Posts Tour Dates Trailer

Hemoptysis has announced a weekend tour that features three dates from Arizona to Wyoming. A promotional video for the shows, including live clips of the band, can be viewed below. Hemoptysis is touring in support of the debut album "Misanthropic Slaughter," available now on iTunes, Amazon, and in stores throughout Europe via Rock It Up Records. Details on the shows are as follows:

Friday, August 19th @ El Rey Theatre in Albuquerque, NM, All Ages
Saturday, August 20th @ The Bananza in Cheyenne, WY, All Ages (Wolves of Apocalypse Fest)
Sunday, August 21st @ The Juggernaut in Gallup, NM, All Ages

Hemoptysis also recently announced it will be appearing on Heavy Metal magazine's "Gates Volume 1- Ascension" album, with full details here.

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Ordinance Streaming New Album Samples

Death metal act Ordinance is currently streaming samples online from all the tracks off the band's new album "Internal Monologues." You can check out the samples by heading over to Amazon.com. The full title track is also available for streaming here.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Seldom Thought
2. Opposition
3. Repress
4. Desensitizing Process
5. V
6. Internal Monologues
7. How The Biased Live
8. Singular Perspective
9. Struggling With The Inevitable
10. Circular Logic
11. This Theory; Repeating
12. Fear Of Discovery (demo)

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The Great Commission Announces New Tour

After coming off the Scream the Prayer tour, The Great Commission is back on the road again as headliners of the "When It Rains, It Tours" tour. Label-mates As Hell Retreats will also be along for the ride, as well as To Speak of Wolves and Creations. Guitarist Angela Razo comments on the band's past and present tour plans:

"We had a blast on the 'Scream The Prayer Tour'. We were able to meet a lot of new fans and pray with them, and encourage the body of Christ every night. We are really looking forward to our 'When It Rains, It Tours' headliner. The feedback on our new album 'Heavy Worship' has been incredible so we are excited to be able to play a lot of our new material from the album along with some old favorites!"

The dates are as follows:

8/23-Skrappy's-Tucson, AZ***off-date with CREATIONS***
8/24-Las Cruces Event Center-Las Cruces, NM***off-date with CREATIONS***
8/26-Warheouse Venue-Chattanooga, TN
8/27-The Senior Center-Barnesville, OH
8/28-Cresspoint Venue-Lynchburg, VA
8/29-Knights of Columbus-Annapolis, MD
8/30-Broadway Bar-Amityville, NY
8/31-Rocko's-Manchester, NH
9/1-Sounds Asylum-Middletown, NY
9/2-Flying Squirrel Community-Rochester, NY
9/3-Eldridge Park-Elmira, NY
9/4-The Refuge-Fredericksburg, VA
9/5-Club Relevant-Virginia Beach, VA
9/6-The Oasis-Charleston, SC
9/7-The 7 Venue-Douglasville, GA
9/10-Live @ Phil's-Arlington, TX
9/11-The Pine Box-Midland, TX
9/12-El Rey Theater-Albuquerque, NM
9/13-The Plantation-Phoenix, AZ
9/14-Jerry's Pizza-Bakersfield, CA
9/15-The Metro-Oakland, CA
9/16-The Epicenter-San Diego, CA
9/17-118 West-Simi Valley
9/18-Chain Reaction-Anaheim, CA

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Exodus Video Interview Available

Metal Titans has posted a new video interview online with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt in Seattle. You can check out the clip below. You can also check out footage of Exodus in Chile opening for Iron Maiden by heading over here.

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Trollfest Metalcamp Footage Posted Online

Noise Art Records has uploaded footage of Trollfest performing "Legendarisk ØL" at Metalcamp 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia. You can check out footage of the performance in the player below. You can also find a previously posted video blog of Trollfest's time at Metalfest 2011 at this location.

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Wolves In The Throne Room Streaming New Song

National Public Radio is hosting the public’s first listen to “Woodland Cathedral,” the fifth track off of Cascadian black metal act Wolves in the Throne Room’s upcoming LP, "Celestial Lineage." Tune in here to immerse yourself in the hymn. "Celestial Lineage" is set for release in North America via Southern Lord Recordings on September 13th, 2011. The cover artwork is available at this location.

In related news, Wolves in the Throne Room has expanded and adjusted the band's previously announced first tour in support of "Celestial Lineage," which embarks at the end of August, and will now run into early October. WITTR will be joined by Louisiana sludge-crushers Thou for a solid chunk of the Canadian and Midwest/Northeast U.S. dates, while their brethren in Portland-based Megaton Leviathan will join much of the second segment of the tour. Details are as follows:

8/28/2011 Olympia, WA [check wittr.com for location]
8/31/2011 Minneapolis, MN [check wittr.com for location]
9/01/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
9/02/2011 Rudyard Kipling – Louisville, KY
9/03/2011 The Mockbee – Cincinnati, OH w/ Thou
9/04/2011 Ravari Room – Columbus, OH w/ Thou
9/05/2011 Olde Jamestowne Hall – Saginaw, MI w/ Thou
9/06/2011 Soybomb HQ – Toronto, ON w/ Thou
9/08/2011 Death Church – Montreal, QC w/ Thou
9/09/2011 Northfield, VT [check wittr.com for location]
9/10/2011 Deering Grange Hall – Portland, ME
9/11/2011 Parking lot of 39 Manton Ave – Providence, RI w/ Thou
9/12/2011 The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY w/ Thou
9/15/2011 Broad Street Ministries – Philadelphia, PA w/ Megaton Leviathan, Vit, Woe
9/16/2011 Bethlehem, PA [venue disclosed with ticket purchase] w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/17/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/18/2011 Legitimate Business – Greensboro NC w/ Mt. Eerie, Megaton Leviathan
9/20/2011 JD’s – Sheffield, AL w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/21/2011 The Little Hamilton – Nashville, TN w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/22/2011 Club 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/23/2011 The Chop Shop – St Petersburg, FL w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/24/2011 The Farside Collective – Tallahassee, FL w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/25/2011 Nowe Miasto – New Orleans, LA w/ Thou, Megaton Leviathan
9/27/2011 Red 7 – Austin, TX w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/28/2011 Lola’s Saloon – Fort Worth, TX w/ Garuda, Megaton Leviathan
9/30/2011 Rhinoceropolis – Denver, CO
10/01/2011 Salt Lake city, UT [check wittr.com for location]
10/02/2011 Visual Arts Collective – Boise, ID
10/03/2011 New Frontier Outdoors – Tacoma, WA

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Saxon Announces New Live Shows

Saxons has checked in with the following statement about the band's upcoming tour dates:

"We have finally got the tour dates for remainder of 2011 scheduled. First we will be putting our attention on America where we've added three more gigs. We are also very pleased to let you all know that our good old mates from Anvil will be our special guests on the continental European dates. Completing the tour package is Crimes Of Passion, who will be opening the shows. For the grand finale we will rock the UK once again where we've got Hammerfall as our special guest."

Saxon's upcoming live shows are as follows:

03.10.2011 US Las Vegas, NV - The Crown
06.10.2011 US Houston, TX - Stereo Live
11.10.2011 CA Toronto, ONT - Mod Club

15.11.2011 IT Romagnano Sesia - Rock'n'Roll Arena
17.11.2011 CH Prattein - Z7
19.11.2011 AT Kundl - Gemeindesaal
20.11.2011 AT Salzburg - Rockhouse
21.11.2011 AT Vienna - Arena
23.11.2011 DE Halle - Schorre
24.11.2011 DE Bremen - Aladin
25.11.2011 DE Lichtenfels - Christmas Metal Festival
26.11.2011 NL Hengelo - Metropool
27.11.2011 DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio
29.11.2011 SE Malmo - Kulturbolaget
30.11.2011 SE Gothenburg - Trädgårn
02.12.2011 SE Stockholm - Munchenbryggeriet
04.12.2011 FN Helsinki - Nosturi
07.12.2011 PL Krakow - Studio
08.12.2011 PL Warsaw - Stodola
10.12.2011 DE Karlsruhe - Knock Out Festival
11.12.2011 DE Bochum - Zeche

13.12.2011 UK Oxford - O2 Academy
14.12.2011 UK Leicester - O2 Academy
16.12.2011 UK Edinburgh - Picturehouse
17.12.2011 UK Belfast - Mandela Hall
18.12.2011 UK Sheffield - O2 Academy
20.12.2011 UK London - Koko

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Goatwhore Posts Recording Footage

Goatwhore has entered Mana Studios in Florida to begin recording the band's new album with Erik Rutan. You can check out the first in a series of Goatwhore's studio recording clips in the player below.

Goatwhore will also be touring with Exhumed, Cephalic Carnage, and Havok in October and November. Details are available at this location.

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Nervecell Seeking Fan Questions

Nervecell has issued the following announcement about seeking fan questions to answer in upcoming videos:

"We decided to stay in touch with you all while we are on the road on our upcoming European Festival Tour (August 10-21, 2011), so we want to hear from YOU, our LOYAL FANS! All your questions that you'd like to throw at us! We will answer all fan submitted questions on video and post it on our YouTube channel while on tour!

"How it works? Send us your question via our Twitter or Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter (@nervecellband) and simply ask your question and add #AskNervecellBand in the tweet. Go to our Facebook profile, find the topic 'ASK NERVECELL QUESTIONS' and post the question inside the topic.

"The band will then answer your questions on video and we will post them online to our Youtube channel. (with the association of Have You Scene That)."

Nervecell also has the following upcoming festival appearances:


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Semargl Posts Festival Footage

Semargl, which recently finished recording a fifth album, has posted footage online of the band's performance at the Hard Rock Laager 2011 festival. You can check out the video clip below.

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Turisas Announces U.K. Tour Support Acts

Turisas has announced the supporting acts for the band's upcoming U.K. headline dates will be Chthonic and Kiuas. The tour is set to kick off on October 27th, 2011.

Violinist OLLI VÄNSKÄ had this to say: "We're glad to be able to announce what we feel is a really strong support package for the UK shows – both bands have been to the UK before but probably haven't yet had the exposure they deserve – we'll try to change that! Make sure you get down to the shows early to experience something a little bit different!"

The dates on the tour are as follows (no Chthonic or Kiuas at Leeds Damnation Festival or the Belfast and Dublin shows):

27.10. – Brighton Concorde 2
28.10. – Bristol O2 Academy 2?
29.10. – Plymouth White Rabbit?
31.10. – Norwich Waterfront
02.11. – Newcastle Northumbria Uni
03.11. – Glasgow Garage? (*changed date*)
04.11. – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall?
05.11. – Leeds (Damnation Festival)
07.11. – Belfast Limelight (co-headline with Devin Townsend)?
08.11. – Dublin Whelans (co-headline with Devin Townsend)?
09.11. – Wrexham Central Station?
10.11. – Sheffield Corporation?
12.11. – Cardiff University SU, The Great Hall 2?
13.11. – Reading Sub 89?
15.11. – Southampton Uni Garden Court?
16.11. – Leicester Sub 91
17.11. – Manchester Academy 3?

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Twisted Sister Singer To Appear On Wifeswap

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider will be taking part in the forthcoming series of Celebrity Wifeswap, according to CNN.com. He will reportedly be trading spuses with Flava Flav, the iconic hype man of rap legends, Public Enemy.

Read the full article at CNN.

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Ex-Deep Purple Keyboardist Diagnosed With Cancer

Former Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord, one of the group's founding members who left in 2002, has announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer. A message from Lord reads as follows:

"I would like all my friends, followers, fans and fellow travelers to know that I am fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure. I shall of course be continuing to write music – in my world it just has to be part of the therapy – and I fully expect to be back in good shape next year.

"God bless and see you soon, Jon."

Lord's webmaster added: "May we also, at Jon’s request, ask if everyone could please respect his need for privacy so that he can spend time with his family (and his music). Thank you."

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A Total Wall Posts "Incide" Teaser

Italy's A Total Wall has posted a teaser clip online for the band's upcoming EP "Incide." You can check out the teaser clip in the player provided below.

Incide-EP-Teaser by ATotalWall

To hear more of A Total Wall's music, navigate over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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Century Media Records Pulls Out Of Spotify

Century Media Records and its associated labels InsideOutMusic, Superballmusic and People Like You have decided to pull their repertoire from Spotify in an attempt to protect the interests of their artists. Here's the official statement from the label:

"While everyone at the label group believes in the ever changing possibilities of new technology and new ways of bringing music to the fans, Century Media is also of the opinion that Spotify in its present shape and form isn’t the way forward. The income streams to the artists are affected massively and therefore that accelerates the downward spiral, which eventually will lead to artists not being able to record music the way it should be recorded. Ultimately, in some cases, it will completely kill a lot of smaller bands that are already struggling to make ends meet.

"At the same time Century Media also believes that Spotify is a great tool to discover new music and is in the process of reintroducing their bands to Spotify by way of putting up samplers of the artists. This way, fans can still discover the great music released by the label.

"Physical sales are dropping drastically in all countries where Spotify is active. Artists are depending on their income from selling music and it is our job to support them to do so. Since the artists need to sell their music to continue their creativity, Spotify is a problem for them. This is about survival, nothing less and it is time that fans and consumers realize that for artists it is essential to sell music to keep their heads above water.

"Obviously it is ultimately up to the music fan and consumer, how they access their music, whether it is buying, streaming or stealing. There needs to be awareness though, that how you will consume your music has direct consequences for the artists, who we are all trying to support."

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"Under The Sign Of Hell" Tour Dates Announced

The first batch of dates for the "Under the Sign of Hell Tour 2011" have now been announced, and can be viewed below. The tour features Gorgoroth, Vader, Valkyrja and currently unnamed guests on select dates. More shows for the tour are expected to be revealed soon.

03.11.2011 (DK) Copenhagen / The Rock
04.11.2011 (DK) Aalborg / Aalborg Metal Festival
05.11.2011 (SWE) Goteborg / Musikens Hus
06.11.2011 (SWE) Stockholm / Klubben
09.11.2011 (UK) Manchester /Moho Live
10.11.2011 (UK) Liverpool / The Masque
11.11.2011 (IRE) Belfast / Buttom Factory
12.11.2011 (IRE) Dublin / The Village
13.11.2011 (UK) Glasgow / The Classic Grand
14.11.2011 (UK) London / Underworld
15.11.2011 (UK) Bristol / Fleece
17.11.2011 (HOL) Amersfoort / De Kelder
18.11.2011 (HOL) Rotterdam / Baroeg
19.11.2011 (BEL) Louvain-la-Neuve / La Ferme du Biereau
20.11.2011 (GER) Essen / Turock
24.11.2011 (FR) Savigny le Temple / Empreinte
25.11.2011 (CH) Dietikon / Sounddock21
26.11.2011 (GER) Lichtenfels / Stadthalle
29.11.2011 (A) Wien / Szene
01.12.2011 (ROM) Cluj Napoca / Euphoria Music Hall
02.12.2011 (BUL) Sofia / Jubileina Hall
03.12.2011 (GRE) Thessaloniki / 8ball
04.12.2011 (GRE) Atheens / Gagarin 205 More...

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Epysode Posts "Obsessions" Mixing Video

Epysode has posted a video clip online of the mixing process for the new album "Obsessions," which was taken at Denmark's Jailhouse Studios with Tommy Hansen. You can check out the clip below.

Epysode also recently posted an "Obsession" vocal recording clip, as well as a teaser trailer for the upcoming release.

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Nightrage Streaming New Album's Title Track

Nightrage has revealed the first track, entitled "Insidious," taken from the band's upcoming 5th album of the same title. The song features former Nightrage singer Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg sharing vocal duties with Antony Hämäläinen. "Insidious" can be found on the band's Facebook profile.

Antony had this to say about the song: "This is for me the best song I've ever done. Not only is it heavy as hell, but Tomas Lindberg recorded and sang vocal melodies and lyrics I wrote. A true honor and a great friend to the band. The song as a whole never stops destroying everything in it's path."

The "Insidious" album is set to be released on September 26th in Europe and a day later in North America. The artwork can be found at this location, and the track listing is as follows:

1. So far Away (Intro)
2. Delirium Of The Fallen (w/ Apollo Papathanasio of Firewind)
3. Insidious (w/ Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates/ Lock Up)
4. Wrapped In Deceitful Dreams (w/ Gus G of Firewind & Tom S. Englund of Evergrey)
5. Hate Turns Black
6. Sham Piety (w/ Tomas Lindberg)
7. Cloaked In Wolf Skin
8. This World Is Coming To An End (w/ Tomas Lindberg & Apollo Papathanasio)
9. Utmost Ends Of Pain
10. Poignant Memories
11. Hush Of Night
12. Poisoned Pawn
13. Solar Eclipse (Prelude) (w/ John K of Biomechanical)
14. Solar Corona (w/ Gus G & Tom S Englund)
15. Emblem Of light (Outro) (w/ John K)

Japanese bonus track and digital-only bonus:
16. Photograph (Def Leppard cover w/Apollo Papathanasio)

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Matt Barlow's Last Iced Earth Show Video Available

An hour long video clip has been posted online of Matt Barlow's final performance with Iced Earth at the Wacken Open Air festival. You can check out the clip below. Into Eternity's Stu Block will be replacing Barlow as the band's vocalist.

Iced Earth has also announced the band's new album "Dystopia" is set for release on October 17th, 2011 (Europe) and October 18th, 2011 (North America). The cover artwork is available here.

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Soundwave Revolution Officially Cancelled

The organizers of the Soundwave Revolution Festival in Australia have confirmed the rumors that the event has been cancelled. Bands scheduled to appear at the event included Alice Cooper and the reunited Van Halen. A statement from the organizers reads as follows:

"It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Revolution Festival.

"Many of the festival bands will still be coming to Australia in that time period and team up to bring you some very special shows. These will include multi band/mini festival line-ups in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. We will be announcing these events in the next 7 days.

"Tickets purchased online will be refunded automatically as soon as it can be processed. If you purchased from an outlet, refunds will be available next week from point of purchase."

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Wacken 2012

The organisers of Wacken Open Air, one of the biggest heavy metal festivals in Germany, has announced the addition of two more bands for next year's edition of the event. Bay Area thrash metal veterans Forbidden will be performing, as will German guitar virtuoso Axel Rudi Pell. The event will take place in Wacken from August 2nd - 4th 2012 and thus far includes the following bands:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Gamma Ray

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God Forbid Signs To Victory Records

New Jersey based metalcore outfit God Forbid has announced that the band has signed with Victory Records, which has given the band a merchandising, publishing and recording deal.

Speaking on the deal, drummer Corey Pierce comments, "We are so excited to be a part of the Victory family. We are very proud to bring our music to all the maniacs out there who are fans of the band as well as this label. We look forward to starting a powerful partnership which will bring a new energy to the metal world."

Check back soon for more details on upcoming activity to the newly signed Victory Records band.

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Children of Bodom Announces Australian Tour Dates

Finnish heavy metal outfit Children of Bodom has announced that the group will be heading to Australia in November for a string of tour dates in support of the latest studio album, "Relentless Reckless Forever." Supporting Children of Bodom on the trek will be Australian band Voyager.

The tour dates are as follows:

November 6 - Capitol - Perth
November 7 - HQ - Adelaide
November 10 - The Palace - Melbourne
November 12 - The Big Top - Sydney
November 13 - The Arena - Brisbane

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