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Metal News for September 11, 2011

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9 news articles posted on this day.

Nightwish Announces "Imaginaerum" Release Date

Nightwish have announced that the much anticipated forthcoming LP "Imaginaerum" will be released in Finalnd on November 30, 2011 and the rest of Europe on December 2, 2011. No North American release date has been announced as of yet.

The first single "Storytime" is scheduled for release on November 11, 2011.

"Imaginaerum" track listing is:

1. Taikatalvi
2. Storytime
3. Ghost River
4. Slow, Love, Slow
5. I Want My Tears Back
6. Scaretale
7. Arabesque
8. Turn Loose The Mermaids
9. Rest Calm
10. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove
11. Last Ride Of The Day
12. Song Of Myself
13. Imaginaerum

Keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen had these comments about the album's artwork (seen below): "Originally, this was supposed to be the centerfold image of the album but once I and some mates saw the final image, we immediately knew that the hunt for the actual cover artwork was over. I believe this is Toxic Angel's finest piece of work yet, capturing the deepest essence of what Imaginaerum is all about. The power of imagination and places of wordless wonders, magic and awe, of longing and the surreal. I emphasized from the start that not a single living thing should be seen in the picture, and Toxic was able to create that sublime but desolate, 'all this waiting for you, and you only' - feeling. All you need is the courage to enter."

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Former Dragonforce Singer In Studio

South African singer ZP Theart announced that he is currently in the studio for an unnamed project. This is the first news from the former Dragonforce singer since his departure from the power metal band earlier this year. In a recorded statement on YouTube, Theart stated "It 's time to break the silence. Now we're in the studio recording some new shit. I have a whole new group of friends and we are writing the songs that will hit you in the face."

Check out the video here:

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Interview

Within Temptation: "We Had To Renew Ourselves"

Within Temptation is one of the creators of the female fronted symphonic metal scene and has been innovating it since the late 1990’s. Since then, the genre has exploded and spawned hundreds of other bands who have followed in the band’s footsteps. Earlier this year, Within Temptation released “The Unforgiving,” a comic book, a short movie series and arguably the band’s defining record. However, in order to expand on the success of “The Heart Of Everything,” the band was forced to do serious soul searching to redefine a sound they had spent thirteen years perfecting. The path to new inspiration was found, not with the future, but buried deep within the past of co-founders/co-writers SHARON DEN ADEL (vocals) and husband Robert Westerholt (guitars).

Now, on the heels of a successful festival season in Europe, the band finds itself on the precipice of major progress breaking into the elusive North American scene. “The Unforgiving” tour starts with a small stint in Canada and the eastern coast of the United States and Metalunderground.com was on hand to speak with vocalist Sharon Den Adel for the first stop on American soil. The place was Worcester, Massachusetts and the venue was the mysterious and appropriately haunted Palladium, a stopping point on any major metal tour. More...

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Sevendust Drummer Discusses Tour, Record, Lobsters

Sevendust has been at the grind for many years. Their latest release, “Cold Day Memory” (reviewed here,) sees the band at a high point in their fifteen-year career. The band is currently on the Rock Star Uproar tour with tour mates Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Tide, and others, making their way across the Northeast US for the month of September.

Drummer Morgan Rose touches base with MetalUnderground.com to reveal that the band’s ninth album is in the works. He also discusses the last record, the changing roles of record labels, and gives some insight to the life and times of one of the most successful metal bands to come out of the 1990s. The interview with Rose, who has been named by several publications as one of the top 100 drummers of all time, is below. More...

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Sunday Old School: AC/DC, The Brian Johnson Years

Last year when I wrote a Sunday Old School column to commemorate the 30th anniversary of frontman Bon Scott's passing, I asked readers to close their eyes and think of AC/DC. As I wrote back then, “If you're like most people, the first thing that enters your mind is the image of Angus Young in his schoolboy suit doing his Chuck Berry on speed duckwalk across the stage. The second thing for most is the image of singer Brian Johnson, cap pulled down nearly to his eyes, letting loose with a powerdrill wail.”

To be sure, part of the reason for that is the longevity of Johnson's tenure with the band. Scott's career with AC/DC lasted a mere six years, while Johnson's been with the band for 30 years and counting. But chalking it up to that alone discounts Johnson's skill as a vocalist, lyricist and frontman in his own right. The fact of the matter is that had Brian not been as adept as he was in taking over for Bon, the lights could've been permanently put out for AC/DC three decades ago. In fact, in the book “AC/DC: Maximum Rock 'N Roll,” there are several statements pointing to the fact that but for Brian, the band never would've taken off as it did in the United States in the 1980s. After all, the band had failed to catch fire supporting acts like Kiss, Aerosmith and Lynrd Skynrd during Bon's tenure.

Also, Brian brought a level of consistency that perhaps hadn't quite been there before. One could argue that he was less of a dynamic showman than Bon was — though in recent tours he's come out of his shell a lot more. At the same time, Bon was much less consistent in terms of vocal delivery. Even Angus admitted such in an interview, saying that Bon's vocal style was much more a matter of rhythm, where Brian's vocals were much more like a musical instrument in their own right.

Prior to his AC/DC gig, Brian was best known as the lead singer of the English glam rock band Geordie. In the early 1970s, Bon Scott's pre-AC/DC outfit Fang toured England, playing with Geordie. With a singing style reminiscent of Little Richard, Johnson had impressed Scott, who later told the rest of AC/DC of a particular show in which Johnson was shrieking and thrashing about on the ground. Scott believed it was all part of the show. In fact, Johnson was in agony from appendicitis.

"Geordie: She's a Teaser"
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Supreme Pain Cancels Shows Due To Injury

Dutch act Supreme Pain has issued the following update about the band's drummer being out of commission for several months to an injury:

"Some shit news from the Supreme Pain camp. Due to a shoulder injurie Paul is not able to play drums for at least 6 months so we had to cancel our gig on 17th September and also we have to see for future plans because it is even uncertain if Paul will return behind the drumkit at all :-( We'll keep you updated about this unfortunate situation. Supreme GreetZ!"

Supreme Pain tracks are also available for streaming online by heading over to the band's MySpace page here.

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Immortal To Headline Party.San 2012

Black metal band Immortal has been confirmed as one of the headliners for next year's Party.San festival in Schlotheim, Germany. The festival takes place from August 9th - 11th, 2012. Other confirmed bands for the festival include Tankard, Archgoat, and Nocte Obducta.

For further details on the upcoming Party.San 2012 festival, head over to this location.

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Sinful Souls Announces New Member

Polish act Sinful Souls has issued the following brief announcement about recruiting a new band member:

"Hail, with pride I introduce you a new member at Sinful Souls 'Piron.' He played many years in grind core band called The Growling Stones. Great musician, you can see him with band on future shows. Stay metal!!!"

You can also check out what Sinful Souls has to offer by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.

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Mausoleum Posts Trailer For First Ever Live Show

Mausoleum will be playing the band's first live performance this coming Friday, September 16th and has now posted a teaser trailer online for the show. Check out the clip in the player below.

Mausoleum will also be releasing the "Back From the Funeral" album this Fall through Razorback Records.

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