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Metal News for September 13, 2010

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44 news articles posted on this day.

Lifeboat Posts Songs From New EP Online

London, Ontario, Canada hardcore act Lifeboat has uploaded three new songs from the band's new EP "Frames" to their myspace page. "Frames" is currently available for purchase through iTunes. You can listen to the new songs here

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Necrite Reveals Debut Album Tracklisting

San Francisco, California drone black metallers Necrite have revealed the tracklisting for the band's debut full length album. The album, titled "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi," will be made available on November 2, 2010 through Flenser Recordings.

Here is the "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" tracklisting:
1. A Mass for the Harvest of Death (16:04)
2. Bereft of Hope (11:33)
3. Bathing Open Wounds with Shards of Glass (7:55)
4. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (27:07)
5. Worship the Sunn((O)) (7:33)

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Threat Signal Seeking New Drummer

Shortly after the announcement of the "Threat Over Europe" European tour and after the departure of guitarist Adam Weber, Canada's premier hardcore act Threat Signal have announced the departure of drummer Norm Killeen. The band are currently seeking a replacement to fill the position.

The band commented by saying: "After three amazing years together, the THREAT SIGNAL camp has decided to part ways with drummer Norm Killeen. This was a mutual decision and there are no hard feelings towards each other. We will still continue to work with Norm's graphic design company, NME Studios. We wish you all the best with your future endeavors Norm; much love and respect. So now the drummer search begins! We're looking for someone preferably with touring experience, but if not, that's fine. We have quite a bit of dates coming up in October and November through out North America and Europe, so we're looking for someone that can really nail these songs quick and hit the road."

"You can contact the band for audition details through email at drummeraudition@hotmail.ca" More...

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Avantasia Announces World Tour Concert Dates

German hard rock/power metal act Avantasia, the side project from Edguy vocalist Tobias Sammet, has revealed confirmed dates for the band's upcoming world tour. More dates are expected to be announced at a later date. The tour is in support of the band's new albums "The Wicked Symphony" and "Angel Of Babylon."

Avantasia international tour dates:
Nov. 30 - Switzerland - Pratteln, Z7
Dec. 01 - Switzerland - Pratteln, Z7
Dec. 03 - Germany - Lichtenfels, Stadthalle
Dec. 04 - Germany - Kaufbeuren, All Karthalle
Dec. 05 - Sweden - Stockholm, Arenan
Dec. 08 - Japan - Tokyo, Shinagawa Stella Ball
Dec. 10 - Mexico - Mexico City, Circo Volador
Dec. 13 - Brazil - Sao Paulo, CTN
Dec. 15 - Argentina - Buenos Aires, (TBA)
Dec. 18 - Germany - Fulda, Esperantohalle
Dec. 19 - Germany - Essen, Grugahalle

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Dew-Scented Announces European Tour

German thrash metallers Dew-Scented have revealed the dates for the band's upcoming tour of Europe. The tour is in support of the band's latest studio album, "Invocation," which was release in May of 2010 through Prosthetic Records.

Dew-Scented European tour dates:
Oct. 22 - La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) - Bikini Test
Oct. 23 - Lu Monferrato / Alessandria (Italy) - Mephisto Rock Cafè
Oct. 24 - Legnano / Milano (Italy) - Land Of Live
Oct. 25 - Vicenza (Italy) - Jack Hole Club
Oct. 26 - Genzano / Roma (Italy) - Palarockness
Oct. 27 - Lucera / Foggia (Italy) - Masseria Sant'Agapito
Oct. 28 - Sondrio (Italy) - Auditorium Policampus
Oct. 29 - Wien (Austria) - Escape Metalcorner
Oct. 30 - Deutschlandsberg (Austria) - Laßnitzhaus / Revelation Feast
Oct. 31 - Hückelhoven-Hilfarth / Aachen (Germany) - Halloween Smash Fest

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Mike Portnoy's Sister Talks Dream Theater Split

The following statement was posted here on the official Mike Portnoy forum and website discussing Mike Portnoy's recent departure from Dream Theater, the band he founded.

The statement reads as follows:

"Before I write this, understand that this is MY statement. Mike might kill me for speaking up, but I just can't sit by quietly. I guess I'm like Mike in that way. PLEASE stop reading between the lines with this whole situation. There is no hidden meaning in all of this (is there ever with Mike? The guy is an open book with his fans!!). Everything Mike said in his interview with Eddie Trunk, in his press release or otherwise is everything he has been saying to me for the past year, at least. He LOVES the other (DT) guys and their families. They have grown up together, married women that were (and are) best friends, have raised their kids as best friends. They are family. This was not an easy decision for him as a drummer, founding band member (and band leader) or person.

"Let's put 25 years into perspective. I am 40. I met John and John when I was 15. How many friends do I still have that I have had to live AND work with for the past 25 years? Not a single one. I can't imagine looking at the same group of people for that many years and being able to come up with new, fun ideas (that will then be judged the world over). My friends and I get stuck on doing the same things on random weekend gatherings! Remember, this is strictly my perspective here...

"You'd think that being a rock star would be 100% fun 100% of the time. But I know that Mike works extremely hard and takes every bit of this experience to heart. You might think you know, but you have no idea (to borrow a line from Behind the Music). It is a part of who he is as a person, it is definitely not just a job. He's been running at a pace (WITH DREAM THEATER) most people couldn't keep up for a few months, much less 25 years. He just wants a break. He wants to have the chance to play with other musicians and be reminded of how special this all is. He wants to have fun and not be in charge of every detail for a bit. (And for those of you thinking he should just let others take the reins in DT, all I'll say is that you have no idea what you are talking about.) The way I see it, it's not a matter of Mike not wanting to be in DT (Remember, he DOES want to be in DT... he NEVER wanted or planned to leave the band). Giving up Dream Theater must be like giving up a child for him. I know it's been horribly painful. But I am extremely proud of him for recognizing that he needs to be reinvigorated and for doing what he needs to do to make that happen. You know Mike. He does not do anything half-assed. He wants every drop of music that Dream Theater releases to be perfect and fulfilling for everyone. Right now, he is guaranteeing that he can't do that. Maybe (apparently) the other guys don't feel the same about this situation, I can't speak to that, but he knows that he needs a break to be able to bring the best of himself to the table. There is no alterier motive. He genuinely just needs a break. He needs a break that allows him to find new inspiration and have some down time. When he has done his other side projects, if you think he was not also working on DT stuff, you'd be incredibly mistaken. I guess I got a bit long-winded there... sorry, but it's torture to sit back and watch my brother getting ripped apart or criticized for making this incredibly INCREDIBLY hard choice. And for those of you who are supporting/understanding of his decision, I want you to know HOW MUCH it is appreciated."

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Melechesh Posts New Song To Myspace

Israeli black metallers Melechesh have posted a new song to the band's myspace page titled "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin." The song is included on the band's forthcoming studio album "The Epigenesis." "The Epigenesis" is set for release on October 1st, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records.

You can listen to the new song at this location.

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Death Angel Uploads Tour Recap Video

Filipino/American and San Francisco Bay Area thrash icons Death Angel have uploaded a video tour diary featuring footage from their recent U.S. tour with Swedish melodic death metallers Soilwork.

You can view the video below:

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Panic Cell Confirms Festival Appearance

Long running U.K. metal act Panic Cell has announced its participation in the upcoming edition of the Damnation Festival. Panic Cell joins headliners The Dillinger Escape Plan, Earthtone9, Anaal Nathrakh, Lawnmower Deth, Alcest, The Construct, Colonel Blast, Diascorium, The Mire and Bonesaw.

Damnation 2010 takes place November 6th, 2010 at Leeds University Union, U.K.

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Dragonia Releases New Album For Free Download

Italian metal band Dragonia has posted their album "Blood, Will and Soul" online for free download here. The album contains ten songs spanning nearly an hour. You can also check them out on MySpace or a short clip below from the Gods of Metal 2010 festival.

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Blasphemous Creation Finalizes Tour Dates

Blasphemous Creation has now finalized the dates for the band's upcoming "Diabolical Kingdom 2010" tour. The details are as follows:

09/25/2010 - Three Clubs-Los Angeles, CA
09/26/2010 - Copperstate Tavern-Phoenix, AZ
09/27/2010 - Larry O's Lounge-El Paso, TX
09/28/2010 - Bomds 007-San Antonio, TX
09/29/2010 - The Phoenix Project-Dallas, TX
09/30/2010 - Landshark's Billiards-Amarillo, TX
10/01/2010 - Bushwackers Saloon-Denver, CO
10/02/2010 - Salt Lake Recording-Salt Lake City, UT

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Suicidal Tendencies Announces US Tour Dates

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has announced that they will embark on a U.S. tour this October. Set to commence on October 15 and roll through late November with additional dates to be announced soon, the trek coincides with the "No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family" album released September 7 via the band’s own Suicidal Records.

"No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family" features re-recorded tracks from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' second album, "Join The Army," originally released in 1987, as well as tunes from the second full-length from "No Mercy," SUICIDAL TENDENCIES guitarist Mike Clark's speed metal band (which found ST vocalist Mike Muir on vocals) from 1986. Also included is a new version of the classic ST track, "Possessed To Skate." A video for the song is also in the works.

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES U.S. Tour dates are as follows:

10/15/2010 Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
10/16/2010 Roseland - Portland, OR
10/17/2010 Showbox - Seattle, WA
10/20/2010 Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
10/22/2010 House Of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
10/26/2010 Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
10/29/2010 Harpo’s - Detroit, MI
10/30/2010 Eagles - Milwaukee, WI
10/31/2010 Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH
11/02/2010 Pops - St. Louis, MO
11/04/2010 Meridioen - Houston, TX
11/06/2010 Palladium Showroom - Dallas, TX
11/07/2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest - Austin, TX
11/09/2010 State Theatre - Tampa, FL
11/10/2010 Firestone - Orlando, FL
11/12/2010 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
11/13/2010 Palladium - Worcester, MA
11/17/2010 Metro - Chicago, IL
11/18/2010 Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2010 Summit - Denver, CO
11/21/2010 Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM

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Seven Kingdoms To Support Blind Guardian

Florida's Seven Kingdoms has issued the following brief announcement about touring alongside Blind Guardian: "We are beyond excited to be a part of the Sacred Worlds And Songs Divine North American tour with Holy Grail and Blind Guardian!" The currently announced dates are as follows:

11/19 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
11/20 - Nokia Theatre - New York, NY
11/21 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
11/23 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - Canada
11/25 - Theatre Capitole - Quebec City, QC - Canada
11/26 - Kool Haus - Toronto, ON - Canada
11/27 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI
11/29 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
11/30 - The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
12/01 - The Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB - Canada
12/03 - MacEwan Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB - Canada
12/04 - The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB - Canada
12/06 - Showbox at The Market - Seattle, WA
12/08 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
12/09 - Henry Fonda Theatre / The Music Box - Los Angeles, CA
12/10 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
12/11 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
12/12 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
12/14 - Trees - Dallas, TX
12/15 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
12/17 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
12/18 - The State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL (Florida Power Fest)
12/19 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
12/21 - Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC
12/22 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA

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Emergency Gate Posts New Album Trailer Online

German metallers EMERGENCY GATE have posted an exclusive trailer for their new album "The Nemesis Construct." Bassist Mario Lochert had the following to say about the trailer and the upcoming release:

"EMERGENCY GATE is very excited to finally release their neck breaking album "The Nemesis Construct" in the USA and Canada on October 5th. For this special occasion the guys have prepared an exclusive trailer for the American fans, featuring the song "Story of a Psychopath."

View the trailer below:

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Dani Filth Nominated As "Suffolk Icon"

Eveningstar.co.uk is reporting that vocalist Dani Filth from Cradle of Filth is currently among the top 10 nominees in a vote for people to identify Suffolk area icons:

When Suffolk residents were asked to identify their icons of the county, most people expected traditional favourites such as the Suffolk Punch, the Heritage Coast and Adnams and Greene King beers to feature prominently.

As expected, all of these have been put forward to the Suffolk Icons website, but also in the current top 10 is an extremely unlikely icon – the self-styled “crypt-crawling” frontman of “death metal” rock band, Cradle of Filth. According to Suffolk folk, the one-time Hadleigh-based rocker Mr Dani Filth is a true icon of the county.

Read the full article at EveningStar.

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Primal Fear Splits With Guitarist

Germany's Primal Fear has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Henny Wolter:

"Our dear Primal Fear friends, fans & supporters, online mags reporting the 'news' after a blog posting from Henny today, that he's not a member of Primal Fear anymore. All we have to add - yes it's true and the split happened seven weeks ago. There was no reason for us to make a sensational headline or badmouth each other. We feel sorry about this, but we have no more comments on the situation.

"At the moment we're rehearsing for the forthcoming European Tour that kicks off on Saturday in Warsaw, Poland and takes us through 9 European countries. Be sure, we are well prepared and definitely ready to hit the road with five very common faces on stage, looking forward to meet you all. The band is thrilled to play a different new set-list incl. some nice surprises and we will start working on a new studio album right after the tour ..... and as a friend on Facebook commented - yes it is the two headed guitar monster.

"We wish Henny, his wife and kids all the best for the future and good luck on his forthcoming musical projects."

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As I Lay Dying Announces Pre-Show Signings

As I Lay Dying will be meeting up with fans before every show on the band's headlining tour for a meet and greet/signing. The band will be signing autographs for 30 minutes as soon as doors open and will wrap up right before Carnifex hits the stage. As I Lay Dying will also be signing a free poster for fans that show up to the sessions. As I Lay Dying's headlining tour kicks off tomorrow in El Paso, TX at Club 101 and also includes Carnifex, All That Remains, and Unearth. The dates are as follows:

09/14 El Paso, TX Club 101
09/15 Odessa , TX Dos Amigos
09/16 Abilene, TX Midnight Rodeo 3
09/17 Little Rock, AR The Village
09/18 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
09/19 Knoxville, TN Valarium
09/20 Covington, KY The Madison Theater
09/21 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
09/22 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
09/23 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
09/24 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
09/25 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
09/26 QUEBEC, QC Imperial De Quebec
09/27 Montreal, QC Metropolis
09/28 Ottawa, ON Captial Music Hall
09/29 London, ON Cowboys
10/01 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Center
10/03 Saskatoon, SK Odeon
10/04 Calgary, AB Macewan
10/05 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Event Center
10/07 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
10/08 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/10 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
10/11 Chico, CA Senator Theatre
10/15 Yuma, AZ Club Blackout w/Carnifex, Beg For Life, Demise Of Hollywood

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Sickness Within Announces New Drummer

Sickness Within has announced that Peter Buur has joined the Band.

Peter Buur is known from his work with symphonic metal act Akoma, and he is a well known drummer in local metalscene.

The band comments, "The band has great expectations for him, and we know that will deliver the thing we need for the future"

Peter Buur recently parted ways with his former band Akoma, and had his first show with Sickness Within Saturday 9/11 at the official release party for Sickness Within new release "Constructed Hate."

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Winter Deluge Signs Deal With Miceli Records

New Zealand black metal band Winter Deluge has issued the following announcement about re-releasing an EP and launching a debut full-length album via Miceli Records:

"Winter Deluge have been offered a record deal with an overseas label called Miceli Records and we will be re-releasing our first EP 'Vehement Visions of Nihilism' with a new cover and 3 bonus instrumental tracks. Also we will be releasing our debut full length 'As the Earth fades into Obscurity' through Miceli Records so the future looks promising."

Sample Winter Deluge tracks are available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.

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Slipknot DVD Heading To Theaters

Slipknot's new DVD "(sic)nesses" will be heading to select theaters on September 22nd and will be available everywhere on DVD September 28th. "(sic)nesses" features Slipknot's entire performance from the band's headlining show at last year's Download festival, a 45 minute film by Clown, plus more bonus footage. For a list of a theaters where the show will be played, check out this location.

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Unshine Parts With Record Label

Finnish female-fronted Gothic metal act Unshine has issued the following announcement about parting ways with label Low Frequency Records:

"After two albums with Low Frequency Records, we have decided to go separate ways, there are no hard feelings between the band and the company. At the moment, we're recording our 3rd album and we are looking for new options. Interested parties can contact Unshine through e-mail: band(at)unshine.com."

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

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Fracture To Release New Album

Australia's Fracture is set to release the new album "Simple Chaos" on October 12th, 2010 via Nightmare Records. In the mean time you can also check out sample Fracture songs via the band's MySpace page. The cover artwork for the new album can be viewed at this location.

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Nova Scotia

Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. For my first article I’m going to be looking at three very distinct styles, but all artists that are on the verge of blowing up.

Nova Scotia, with its small population and many rural areas, might not be considered the hotbed of metal, but when you look into the underground you see a very different story. With all styles of metal being accepted and embraced, the underground is growing each and every late night.

The Worshyp

The Worshyp currently consists of Marz Nova (vocals/guitar), Thor Rune (guitar), Mig Diablo (bass), and KK Devina (drums). It wasn’t always like this though. The heart and soul of the band founder Marz Nova had being playing in cover bands and I’m sure realized that the true rewards are from singing music from your soul, not the Top 40 Rock countdown. Marz being from a small town in Nova Scotia he knew he had to dump the tributes and move to a larger market to make his dreams come true. Hence moving to Toronto.

What it is today is a powerhouse band that blends very classic melodies, with very hard driven guitar riffs. With the new members on board Marz and the boys have almost completed their first full length CD and released their first single “Under Surveillance” to radio stations and ITunes. You can check out “Under Surveillance” and some other great songs on their MySpace page or Reverb Nation. More...

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Rabbits Signs To Relapse

Relapse Records has issued the following update about signing a deal with Rabbits:

"Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Portland, OR’s Rabbits. Rabbits’ music meets somewhere in the crossroads of punk, sludge, and metal, using unwavering volume and intensity as their guides. The three-piece, which features ex-members of Angel Hair, The VSS, Pleasure Forever, and Lion Fever, have previously released three vinyl-only records, including a 12” split with Under Mountains. Rabbitsrecently finished recording for their Relapse debut album. Release date and additional album details will be announced shortly."

The band also commented on the signing: "We are putting the final grimy touches on our new record, ten unhinged punk-sludge-thrash nature-crushes-man anthems. We are thrilled that our first long-player will be unleashed by the mighty Relapse--our new, seemingly fearless label--so that we may forever damage the ears and psyches of people all over the world, just as we have done for the last six years to basement dwellers and bar flies all over Portland. We will not stop until we reach the very bottom."

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Video Available Of Angela Gossow On CNN

As was previously announced, Vocalist Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy appeared on CNN International for a segment titled "Global Connections." The video clip of Angela's appearance is now available online and can be viewed below.

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Astral Doors Streaming Song From Latest Album

Sweden's Astral Doors has issued the following brief update about streaming the song "Rainbow Warrior" online: "Rainbow Warrior is Up. While waiting for live DVD and best of-album: Here's Rainbow Warrior, a fan favourite from the latest album and a somehow political song! Astral Doors for president:)" The track can be heard via the Astral Doors MySpace page.

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Derelict Uploads Guitar Instructional Video

Max Lussier from Montreal's Derelict has posted a guitar instructional video for the song "Machete," which is off the "Unspoken Words" album. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Diabolical Postpones Linkoping Show

Sweden's Diabolical has checked in with the following update about postponing the band's previously scheduled September 25th live show in Linköping:

"September 25 gig in Linköping has been postponed to an as yet unconfirmed date. The reason that the show is moved to the organizer, according to what we heard, a loss of div tours earlier this summer, and chose to pull out because of this. But we are planning to run for another date later this fall with another organizer."

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Element Of Eclipse Postpones New Album

Florida's Element of Eclipse has issued the following announcement about a delay in the release of the band's new album "Divine Masque Revelation:"

"The new album Divine Masque Revelation is on delay due to some minor recording errors and won't be release till these matters are resolved. I have been working none stop to get this album to your ears and in your hands and when it is released upon the world it will take no prisoners. I thank everyone for being patient and the support ov continuance count. Prepare yourselves. There is no escape from the Divine Masque Revelation."

The track listing for the album will be as follows:

1. The All Is Mind (Cerebral Universe)
2. Vaticidal Storm (Autumnal Reaping ov the Apocryphal Prophets)
3. Empire ov The Sun (Stellar Asylum)
4. Divine Masque Revelation (Rebel Awakening)
5. New Aeonian Propagandist Illumination
6. The Dark Satellite (Navigating The Invalidated Sphere)
7. Thelemic Vehemency (Auspicious Enterprise)
8. Aphotic Throne Triumph (The Great Abyss Endeavor)
9. Embryonic Ark (Re-genesis)
10. Profound Negligence (Inherit the Cosmic Canvas)

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Bring Me The Horizon Posts Making Of Video

Bring Me The Horizon has posted a behind the scenes, making-of clip for the music video "It Never Ends." The video clip can be viewed below.

BRING ME THE HORIZON - It Never Ends (making of pt. 1/3)

Bring Me The Horizon | MySpace Music Videos

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Crimson Falls Announces European Tour

Crimson Falls has issued the following announcement about lining up a new European tour:

"We’re happy to announce we’ve got a new European Tour coming up in October/November 2010! After our tour with Stigma in September 2009, we’re now heading to Eastern Europe on our own. This tour will bring us to Luxemburg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Austria & Germany and lead us to stages we haven’t crushed before! Here’s the complete tour schedule:

29.10.2010 - Double Deuce, Foetz, Luxemburg
30.10.2010 - Club Kino, Prague, Czech Republic
31.10.2010 - Queens Pub, Puchov, Slovakia
01.11.2010 - Multicultural Ways Fest, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
02.11.2010 - Ground Zero, Brasov, Romania
03.11.2010 - Underground Club, Bucharest, Romania
04.11.2010 - Atelier DIY, Timisoara, Romania
05.11.2010 - Escape, Vienna, Austria
06.11.2010 - venue tba, Braunschweig, Germany More...

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Interview With Vifinita

I was able to catch up with the guitarist Mark Grillo and drummer Dan "Phoenix" De Lafe of Vifinita, an unsigned New Jersey metal band, last month. In the following interview, the band discusses their EP and upcoming album, their careers in metal thus far, and their local scene. The band gave very thorough answers and I learned how personal their music is to them. Enjoy: More...

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Whitesnake Parts Ways With Keyboardist

Hard rock veterans Whitesnake has announced that they have parted ways with keyboard player Timothy Drury, who has decided to leave the band to pursue a solo career. A message from Drury reads as follows:

"For over seven years now I have been fortunate enough to travel the world, to play and sing my heart out and to share the stage with David Coverdale as a part of Whitesnake. During that time I have been inspired and filled with such a great sense of the beauty that the world has to offer and also with the joy that music can bring to an audience. More than ever, I see the value of what I can express as a composer and producer, photographer, songwriter, singer... as an artist. That is why I must now say my goodbyes to you all and take my leave to pursue some very important creative projects that have been brewing for some time now.

"For those of you who have gone to my sites and commented on my work as a visual artist and as a composer, I hope you have sensed how deliberate and passionate I am about interpreting what I see and feel. There are some great new opportunities for me to do that now and the time has come to focus on using my gifts to the fullest extent possible.

"Of course I would love to continue to experience the world with Whitesnake and I will miss DC and the guys and the venues and audiences terribly, but I think I would be remiss if I didn't follow my instincts and my heart at this moment. More...

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Headline News

Quiet Riot To Return With New Singer

American heavy metal veterans Quiet Riot have announced that they will be returning this year to perform a headlining tour of the United States, their first since lead singer Kevin DuBrow sadly passed away in 2007. The lineup features drummer Frankie Benali, as well as guitarist Alex Grossi and bass player Chuck Wright, as well a new singer in the form of Mark Huff. The group consulted with DuBrow's mother before deciding on once again touring as Quiet Riot. The band will also be releasing a documentary in the future. You can hear re-recorded versions of some of the band's songs with Huff on vocals by heading to the band's official website.

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Megadeth Checks In With Tour Recap

Megadeth band assistant Rikki Cameron has checked in with the following recap of Megadeth's "American Carnage" and "Canadian Carnage" tours:

"And at long last, we finally get a little bit of rest! Canadian Carnage and now American Carnage has ended and Megadeth and their crew is taking a much deserved rest for a couple of weeks before we head back out for the Jagermeister Music Tour to kick your butts all over again. It feels like we've been going non-stop since we started touring in March, the very first of the Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary shows. And certainly since the return of our beloved David Ellefson.

"Thankfully, we were able to chronicle that first leg of the Rust In Peace tour by putting out a DVD- Megadeth Rust In Peace Live from the Hollywood Palladium show on March 31, 2010. The DVD and CD were released this week, so definitely make sure you pick it up! I had not seen any of the footage from the filming before this was released and after days of searching to buy it, I finally got my hands on a copy yesterday. Thank you Hot Topic for carrying it, Best Buy was all sold out!! I must say, those of you who have seen the backstage footage will know what I'm talking about, I am incredibly humbled and borderline speechless at the appreciation shown for my hard work by Mr. Mustaine. I love my job, I love what I do, I love the people I work for and with and all of their families. I'm truly blessed to have found a 'family' who not only takes me for what I am, but appreciates me for it and isn't afraid to say so. More...

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Morbus Chron To Enter The Studio

Swedish death metal act Morbus Chron recently released a new 7" EP titled "Creepy Creeping Creeps." The cover artwork for the new EP can be viewed at this location. Morbus Chron has also now announced that the band will begin recording a new full-length album shortly. Additional details on the new album's title, track listing, and release date will be announced as they are made available.

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Sworn Comments On Upcoming Album

Norway's Sworn has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming third full-length album:

"First of all, we want to thank all contest participants, winners will be contacted during September. Also check out our brand new myspace design! Regarding our third album, we're making a lot of progress. The song writing is pretty much finished, same goes for lyrics. Also the album title is set, but we will not reveal it at this point - so stay tuned for that!

"Some words about the material so far: Earlier there's been a mix between very melodic/atmospheric tracks and straight forward almost thrash-like tracks on our albums. We do this because we have a passion for both styles, and love to incorporate them into the Sworn sound.

"What we've done on this third album is to make each song represent our sound alot more, with both melodic and hard-hitting parts, while still being unique in themselves. This defines us alot more, and the preproductions so far sounds killer to say the least. Also, we're happy to announce that Sworn is now endorsed by Engl Amps!"

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Agassiz Pushes Back Album Recording

Canada's Agassiz, which was formerly known as Kuldakaust, has issued the following update about new live shows and recording a new album:

"Hello, we are Agassiz. A metal band that infuses 90's black metal with heavy doom. We were once known as Kuldakaust but later through line up changes and a more defined sound we changed our name to Agassiz which resembles where we are from as well as can be tied in with out music.

"We are currently playing a show this upcoming Tuesday at the zoo with Split Lip Grin, We Found The Body and Silence for the Fallen. We also have a show coming up in Brandon on Oct. 30th. It should be a great show. More details will be announced later.

"Now recording. We've decided to push recording our full length back until October. The reasoning is so that we can really take the time to fix all the bugs, be prepared and know what we want to do when we record. In the end we'll have great quality songs which will make our album worth getting. More...

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Christ Hate Streaming Song From Debut Album

U.S. based black metal act Christ Hate has issued the following brief update about streaming a song online from the band's debut album and recording new material: "Song added......... We posted the song,'Liar Messiah,' from the debut album to hold you off until the next album is finished! Recording has already begun. A new era of HATE is on the horizon!" You can check out the song "Liar Messiah" via the Christ Hate MySpace page.

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Just One Fix Announces New Shows

New Zealand's Just One Fix has issued the following update about new North Island tour dates:

"We will be touring the North Island this November with our good friends from down south Tainted for the NZ Metal Bar Tour! All shows are R18 and $10. We will also be jamming out some brand spankin' new material on these dates! To South Islanders, We again apologize for pulling out of our dates down there, however we are already working out details for dates for early next year!"

The dates are as follows:

11/18 - Medusa, Wellington Support: Darklight Corporation, Intergracia, Supression
11/19 - Breakers, Wanganui Support: Nort, Pariah
11/20 - Basement Bar, New Plymouth - ANNUAL SCORPIO PARTY
11/25 - Axcess Bar, Hamilton Support: Coffin Feeder
11/26 - Dogs Bollix, Auckland Support: Darklight Corporation, Mutagent
11/27 - Red Eye, Whangarei Support: To be confirmed

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Tribunal Checks In With Band Update

Maryland's Tribunal has checked in with the following update recording new material and recruiting a new lead vocalist:

"Hello again brothers and sisters of metal, time for another update from Tribunal. Since the amount of mail regarding what the band was up to was overwhelming, we decided to post some of the new tracks without the vocals. A lead vocalist HAS been chosen and will be laying his tracks to the songs very, very soon. In a few weeks we will be making the formal announcement to whom the lead vocalist is as well as our new drummer. Several record labels have already been aggressively pursuing Tribunal so once this recording is complete we are very confident it will be picked up and released by one of the labels.

"As well as the 10 songs on the CD we recorded some covers songs as well... one of which we will post on the page in an instrumental version within the next few weeks. Once the entire recording sessions are totally wrapped up and the drummer has been chosen, the band will enter the rehearsal studio for preparation to tour in support of the release which will be titled 'Judgment.' Several showcase shows will be booked, with any remaining local shows being in support of larger national acts only or festivals.... We will post another update prior to making the announcement of the new members. Thanks for the support and Stay Metal!"

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An Interview With Orion From Black River/Behemoth

Tomasz “Orion” Wroblewski is best known as the bassist for extreme metal icons Behemoth. He is also the leader of symphonic black metal band Vesania, but his most unique side-project is the stoner/black n’ roll Black River. Fans of Orion’s other projects will definitely be surprised by how much groove the music has, and he seems to fit in just as well with this as he does with the more rambunctious Behemoth. Also featuring drummer Dariusz "Daray" Brzozowski of Dimmu Borgir and Vader fame, the band has just released their second album, “Black'n'Roll,” which is also the first look many in the U.S will get of the band. I recently had the chance to speak to Orion about Black River's new album, the current situation with Nergal, and what the future holds for Orion while he plays the waiting game with both Black River and Behemoth. More...

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A Perfect Circle Returns From Hiatus

A Perfect Circle has returned from their self-imposed hiatus. The band, led by Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer) and Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), will embark on a five-city tour this fall (dates and ticket on-sale information will be announced shortly).

Shows in Phoenix (Marquee Theatre), Los Angeles (Avalon), Seattle (Showbox at The Market) and San Francisco (The Fillmore) will be three-night stops with each night featuring one of A Perfect Circle’s three albums in its entirety (Mer de Noms, Thirteenth Step and eMOTIVe). Las Vegas (The Pearl) will be a two-night outing (Mer de Noms and Thirteenth Step).

The band will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Oct. 27.

A Perfect Circle has sold four million records in the U.S. After the band announced their hiatus in 2005, Keenan focused on Tool, launched the multimedia project Puscifer and worked on his burgeoning Arizona vineyards. Howerdel went on to form Ashes Divide who released their debut album, Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright, in 2008.

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The Automata Signs w/ Anti-Human Records

Australian death metal act The Automata have signed a digital distribution deal with Australian based Anti-Human Records for the bands forthcoming debut EP "Praise to the Parasites." The debut five-track release is available now through Itunes Stores in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, The United States, The UK, Canada and Europe for a meagre AUD$8.45.

A preview of the album is available for listening at www.the-automata.com.

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