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Metal News for September 21, 2010

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43 news articles posted on this day.

Rotting Christ Cancels Second South American Tour

Greek metal act Rotting Christ has announced the second cancellation of a South American tour in just 3 months. The band commented by saying:

"Being victims of an unprofessional treatment from our South American agency, we are in the very uncomfortable situation to announce for another one time the cancellation of the so expected tour in Latin America. We assure you that we did our best as a band in order to save the tour but the luck of [professionalism] didn't allow us so many limits!

"It seems that there is a curse that do not want our band back in your continent brothers. Really, we can not give as a band a different explanation on this. The only we can give is our promise that we will use our own power to annihilate this curse and to make this tour happen in the close future. A huge sorry to our Latin American metal brothers, that was not our mistake at all."

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Former Unearth Bassist Passes Away

Massachusetts metalcore act Unearth has commented on the passing of their former bass player Chris Rybicki who passed away due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. The band commented by saying:

"Yesterday we lost our long time friend and original bass player Chris 'Rover' Rybicki. He lost his life from injuries sustained three weeks ago at the hands of an alleged drunk driver.

"Rover hadn't been in the band since 2001, but he remained a good friend to us all throughout the years and this tragedy has hit us hard. Not only was Rover a talented musician, but he was also one of the funniest dudes you would ever know. His wit, dark humor and don't-give-a-fuck attitude made him a unique person that we all loved having in our lives. His memory will live on amongst his family and friends with the countless stories of Rover being Rover. He will be sorely and forever missed. Rover played on our our EP 'Above The Fall Of Man', our debut full length, 'The Stings of Conscience', and also on two tracks off our 2002 EP, 'Endless'.

"We would like to take a second to urge people to not drink and drive. Please be responsible so these tragedies stop happening."

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New "Big Four" DVD Trailer Posted Online

A new trailer for "The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria" DVD has posted online. Both the DVD and Blu-Ray editions of "The Big 4: Live In Sofia, Bulgaria" have had their release dates pushed back to November 2, 2010. The new release date only affects the Canadian and American markets. "The Big 4: Live In Sofia, Bulgaria" was filmed on June 22, 2010 at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.

You can view the video below:

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Video Interview With Watain Posted Online

A video interview between Contraband Candy’s René Ackermann and Erik Danielsson of Swedish black metal act Watain has been posted online. The interview was conducted during Watain's appearance at the Hole In The Sky festival which took place August 25th to 28th in Bergen, Norway.

You can watch the video interview below:

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Russian Circles Announces U.S. Tour

Progressive metal act Russian Circles has revealed the dates for it's forthcoming United States tour with Keelhaul. The tour kicks off on October 16, 2010 in St.Louis and runs until November 6, ending in Ann Arbor. Support on the tour will come from Call Me Lightning.

Russian Circles tour dates:
10/16 – St. Louis, MO - Broadway Nightclub
10/17 – Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory
10/19 – Tucson, AZ - Plush
10/20 – Scottsdale, AZ - Chasers Nightclub
10/21 – San Diego, CA - Casbah
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
10/25 – San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
10/26 – Portland, OR - Rotture
10/27 – Seattle, WA - Neumos
10/29 – Boise, ID - The Venue
10/30 – Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10/31 – Denver, CO - The Marquis Theatre
11/02 – Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
11/03 – Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
10/05 – Columbus, OH - Ravari Room
11/06 – Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig

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Agalloch Reveals New Album Artwork

Pacific Northwest progressive black metal act Agalloch has revealed the artwork for it's upcoming fourth full-length album entitled "Marrow Of The Spirit," which is the follow-up to 2006’s "Ashes Against The Grain." The album is set for release in North America on November 23rd through Profound Lore Records, the track listing for “Marrow Of The Spirit” is as follows:

1. They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness [3:41]
2. Into The Painted Grey [12:25]
3. The Watcher’s Monolith [11:46]
4. Black Lake Nidstang [17:34]
5. Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires [9:40]
6. To Drown [10:27]

You can view the artwork at this location

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Pit Stories: Permanent Disfigurement By The Pit

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Corey Archuleta of Colorado melodic death metal band Allegaeon shares a story from his first pit, and one that he will never forget:

Back in the early exposure of metal, I attended my first ever metal show (bunch of crap local bands) when I was in middle school. A friend pushed my panzy ass into the pit, and got knocked into the air by some large "metal looking" guy. I fell onto my hip, and limped away. 9 months later I was in the shower and noticed my entire left leg was shifted, and causing my feet into a v shape. Went to doc, got xrays and a "how are you walking?" My growth plate slipped out of place, and my leg was growing wrong. I then got a 6inch screw put in, and they were unable to correct the damage that was done, but prevented it from getting worse. I am unable to ride a bike, because of the motion. My right leg is longer as well. I went in for a ct scan a few weeks ago, and now the screw might need to be taken out, and a fake hip might be in place for me. Metal.

What could possibly be more metal than permanent disability/disfigurement at the hands of a mosh pit? Luckily Corey's in a kick-ass metal band or that story might not be one he'd want to share with others.

Allegaeon released their debut album, "Fragments Of Form And Function," this summer and just wrapped up a short tour in August. You can hear "A Cosmic Question" here or on their MySpace player with a few others.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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Vektor Checks In With Band Update

Arizona based virtuosic thrash act Vektor has issued the following update about the band's recent and upcoming activity:

"We wanted to give an update for everyone on what's been going on in Vektor world since tour ended and what the future holds... First off, our 6-week trek around the US in June/July/Aug. was a god damn blast. Thanks for everyone who came out to the shows and supported us, helped us with booking, or gave us a floor to crash on. We appreciate it immensely. Made a lot of new friends, heard some great bands and spread the Vektor disease as far as we could. If we still haven't hit your area on this tour or the previous winter tour, we are definitely trying to for the future (San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, etc).

"The vinyl release of Black Future is finally out, and we apologize for the delay. It was released 9/14 in 3 versions (all of them are 2LP, full artwork gatefold): - Black vinyl (300 copies) - Blue/Purple Splatter vinyl with cover artwork slipmat, hand-numbered (100 copies) - Green vinyl with logo slipmat, hand-numbered (100 copies)

"They are going rather quickly and will NOT be repressed any time in the near future, so get over to Heavy Artillery's webstore to grab one of those before they are gone! Heavy Artillery helped us put together some really, really cool packages for these and they are really awesome collector's items that look and sound fucking rad. Best to buy now, so you don't have to pay out the ass on eBay in 10 years. More...

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Mordbrand Streaming Four New Songs

Sweden's Mordbrand has issued the following announcement about streaming four songs from a split album with Evoke online:

"All Mordbrand songs from Evoke split 12" posted on Myspace! Indeed! All four tracks from the 12" split with Evoke are posted here on Myspace. Want the vinyl? Go to this location (Me Saco Un Ojo Records) or message us and purchase directly from the band. How's that for underground? To the death."

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Conspires To... Seeking Bass Player

U.K. based act Conspires To... has issued the following announcement about seeking a bass player for live shows:

"OK, so there seems to be enough interest kicking about to encourage us out into the gigging world. So if you are a metal bassist capable of shifting some serious air, and able to blast through the tracks on our site then get in touch via myspace or conspiresto@gmail.com! The world awaits us let's Conspires to... give them what they desire!"

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Heljareyga Announces Album Release

Heljareyga, which features Heri Joensen of Tyr, has issued the following announcement about releasing the band's debut self-titled album:

"We proudly announce that we have signed a distribution and booking contract for Europe (excl. Iceland, The Faeroes and Denmark) with Black Bards. Our debut album, self titled Heljareyga, will be available across Europe on the 29th of October, so mark that date in your calendar."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Regnið
2. Heljareyga
3. Lagnan
4. Feigdin
5. Vetrarbreytin

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Kataklysm Guitarist Talks "Heaven's Venom"

Canadian death metal maestros Kataklysm took a brief break from their northern hyperblast sound to dip into Roman themes with the Ex Deo project. While Ex Deo continues, the members returned to Kataklysm to release the latest album "Heaven's Venom."

Guitarist Jean-François Dagenais took some time out during the band's recent North American tour dates to discuss the new album, stating "I think it’s a really aggressive album with a lot of emotions put out on the table because we’ve gone through a lot in the last few years. It’s one of my personal favorites. As soon as we finished at the studio I still played it and enjoyed it. Usually when we’re done with an album I’ve heard it too much, but this one I still enjoy months later." Jean-François also explained what Kataklysm and Ex Deo will be up to in the future. More...

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Madball Splits With Drummer During Tour

Madball, which is currently on the road supporting Comeback Kid on the "Through The Noise Tour," has issued the following statement regarding splitting with drummer Jay Weinberg:

"I'm letting Jay go in Canada because I just feel he doesn't represent this band well on a character level. It would go against my own code of ethics to keep him around. Not saying he's a bad drummer. I won't take that away from him. But the reality is - he has a lot to learn about paying dues, and about life in general. Granted, he is a kid, but I'm not sure that he'll ever be built for this particular lifestyle. I wish him the best of luck, but the Madball machine rolls on!”

Madball is still set to finish out the tour with a soon to be announced replacement drummer. All future band plans, including the band's upcoming European tour with Sick of It All, and the release of "Empire" on October 12th, remain unaffected and on schedule.

The band's upcoming live shows are as follows:

9/21 St. Catharines, ON @ Level 3
9/22 London, ON @ Music Hall
9/23 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
9/24 Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
9/25 Montreal, QC @ Le Studio
9/26 Jonquiere, QC @ Le Bunker
9/27 Quebec City, QC @ Dagobert

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Hate Posts Second Studio Report

Polish death metal act Hate is set to release the new album "Erebos" on November 15th, 2010. The band has now posted a second studio video report online, which can be viewed below.

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Wormrot Checks In From The Road

Singapore based grindcore act Wormrot is currently embarked on a North American tour. The band has now posted a new tour blog online via Invisible Oranges. An excerpt from the blog follows:

We’ve been playing 10 shows since we’ve arrived in the US. So far things have been great for us. Mike (Tombs) is our Tour Manager or Road Warrior (quoted from Mike, Sunyata Atanamar) and he’s really been cool with making sure the tour goes well and we’re well taken care of. That’s a first time for us!

Let’s start with the show in The Bowery Electric, New York. It was a last minute gig for us. Wormrot is actually not in the lineup but Earache managed to squeeze us in. The promoter was cool to let us play last minute. It was our very first show in the US and it was fucking awesome. We also get to meet the Earache US team in the club and Mike from Sunyata Atanamar blog was there too! We didn’t know Metalsucks staff was there until we read their blog. Great people, great place, great gig! It was a great start of the tour after the 21 hours flight from Singapore!

We played in Now That’s Class in Cleveland, Ohio with Mobile Deathcamp on the next day. The drive from New York to Cleveland was an ass! It wasn’t a full house but crowd was supportive! We met lots of friends and made new friends.
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Complete Failure Streaming Entire Album

Complete Failure's full-length album "Heal No Evil" is currently streaming in its entirety at HailsAndHorns.com. Heal No Evil was recently re-released on CD and digital format via Relapse Records. The album was originally self-released by the band on 100 hand-numbered CD copies and sold during the band's 2009 tour.

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From Casket Issues Recording Update

Drummer Viktor Toikkanen of Finland's From Casket has issued the following update about the band recording a new full-length album:

"Drums are recorded for the full-length album and sounds fucking tight. We will record guitars, bass, and vocals as soon as possible. Sorry that we have not had time to update our myspace or we have not remembered. But full-length is coming and we hope it will be killer. All the signs suggest that it will be. Stay tuned!"

From Casket songs are also available for streaming via the band's MySpace profile.

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Unearthly Trance Streaming Entire New Album

Unearthly Trance's new album "V" is currently streaming in its entirety online now via Stereogum.com. "V" will see its North American release date next Tuesday, September 28th, on CD, expanded gatefold LP, and digitally.

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Gallows End Splits With Drummer

Sweden's Gallows End has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Mikael Karlsson:

"Gallows End part ways with drummer. We are very sad to announce the departure of drummer Mikael Karlsson. We’d like to thank Mikael for all the time and effort he has contributed to this band and we would like to wish him all the best for the future."

You can check out sample Gallows End songs via the band's MySpace page.

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Alice In Chains Posts New BlackDiamondSkye Video

Alice in Chains has posted more footage online from the band's "BlackDiamondSkye" tour with Deftones and Mastodon. A clip of Alice in Chains performing "Them Bones" can be viewed below.

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Funeral Announced For Defeated Sanity Guitarist

Germany's Defeated Sanity has issued the following announcement about the funeral for former guitarist Wolfgang Teske:

"Mainly for Wolfgang's german friends, but basically to anyone who is near or close enough to him: His funeral will take place at the 2. October at 11 in the morning at the cemetery in Dachsbach, Bavaria. After that there will be a 'party' in Uehlfeld, in a place called Wirtshaus Prechtl. They will serve his favorite food - lentil soup 'Linsensuppe' and there will be a jam session possibly with some improvised music and possibly some 'special' performances by the bands he used to play in.

"For info on how to get there: How to get to Dachsbach. How to get to Gasthaus Prechtl. Weitere info at this location."

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Derelict Posts Another Guitar Instructional Video

Montreal's Derelict has posted another guitar instructional video online, which can be viewed below. This clip shows guitarist Max Lussier teaching a few guitar riffs from the band's song "Summoning the Firestorm," which is off the "Unspoken Words" album.

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Destroyer 666 Comments On Upcoming Watain Tour

Destroyer 666 has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming tour dates with Watain:

"Werewolves, Whisky n Watain. Just a few nights til the hunt begins my friends. The band will have copies of the now sold out 7" available to sell on tour. We are putting a one 7" per person limit on it, due to the amount of CUNTS out there who like to buy things dirt cheap and then flog them online for stupid amounts of money. Go back to selling stamps you faggots. We will also have copies of 'To the Devil his Due' LP Tour edition (Red marble vinyl). Same story as above. Breathe deep, eyes straight ahead."

The upcoming Destroyer 666 tour dates are as follows: More...

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God Dethroned Announces New Album Release

Dutch death metallers God Dethroned have finished the recordings of their new album "Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross." Singer/guitarist Henri Sattler stated:

“Just like with our two previous albums, we've been recording at the Soundlodge Studio's in Leer, Germany with producer Joerg Uken. 'Under the Sign of the Iron Cross' is another concept album about World War One. Having done a concept album about this topic before didn't make it an easy job, but reading Ernst Juenger's 'In Stahlgewittern' (Storm of Steel), which is his biography of his daily experiences in the trenches during the war, gave me so much inspiration that I managed to do a good job on the lyrics and I'm really satisfied with the result, but this is of course something you will have to check out for yourselves.

"Musically the new album turned out to be one of the most extreme records we ever did. Nevertheless with the very recognizable God Dethroned hooks present in all the songs. Producer Joerg Uken outdid himself this time, because our new album is in my opinion the best produced album we ever had. Extremely raw, heavy, but crystal clear and super dynamic at the same time.”

"Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross" will be released the 19th/22nd of November 2010 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and on the 23rd of November in North America.

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Hail Of Bullets Seeking Fan Sing Along Videos

Dutch death metal act Hail of Bullets has issued the following announcement about running a karaoke contest:

"You always wanted to perform with one of the hottest Death Metal bands around these days? You think you can beat vocal legend Martin van Drunen in a vocal contest? Here's your chance! Download the instrumental version of 'Operation Z' - the opening track off Hail of Bullets new album 'On Divine Winds' - stream the song with vocals - and upload a video of yourself singing the song. The first winner will get the chance to meet the band and sing 'Operation Z' in the encore of a Hail of Bullets set! There will be 10 prizes in total so don't miss out here!

"Check out the video where Martin van Drunen himself announces the contest on the Hail of Bullets landing page at this location. On the same site you can download the instrumental version of 'Operation Z,' check out the lyrics and stream the 'Operation Z' version with vocals. You can also submit your video on the landing page and check out the prizes you can win."

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New Kamelot Album Hits Norwegian Charts

Kamelot has issued the following brief update about the band's latest album "Poetry For The Poisoned" landing on the Norwegian charts: "Kamelot’s new album Poetry for the Poisoned enters the Norway album charts at #7! Thanks to all the fans in Norway for your support! More chart listings coming soon!" You can also check out sample Kamelot tracks via the band's official MySpace page.

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame DVD Set Announced

Metallica has issued the following announcement about appearing on a new three DVD set of the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame event:

"Just about a year ago we were more than honored to participate in a special two night event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The two nights of shows at Madison Square Garden brought together an incredible group of artists and resulted in some pretty amazing collaborations.

"A three DVD set commemorating the performances, available in your favorite store or online site October 5, will include the full four hour highlight special that aired on HBO. In addition to these 51 performances, there are an additional 16 bonus performances not seen on HBO and a collector's issue of Rolling Stone magazine featuring behind the scenes stories. There will also be a Blu-ray version available exclusively at Best Buy for the first 30 days.

"Our set included: 'For Whom the Bell Tolls,' 'Sweet Jane' with Lou Reed, 'Iron Man/Paranoid' with Ozzy Osbourne (full length version not seen on HBO), 'All Day and All of the Night' with Ray Davies, 'Enter Sandman,' and 'Turn the Page.' More...

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Skeletonwitch Offering Free MP3 Download

Skeletonwitch has issued the following update about offering a free MP3 download of the song "Bringers of Death" via Adult Swim:

"In addition to having a fine sense of humor, the creative team at Adult Swim are music fanatics and have released several killer compilations of music. They're at it again and this time they've focused on heavy metal!

"We're proud to be involved! 'Bringers of Death,' a rare Skeletonwitch track is available for free download along side 15 other rare cuts from some great fucking bands! Go here to download the entire album for free!"

"Bringers of Death" is a B-side from 2007's "Beyond The Permafrost" that was previously unreleased in North America. A video was also commissioned by Adult Swim as part of their free "Metal Swim" collection. Check out the video on the download page as well.

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Agalloch Announces New Album Details

Pacific Northwest dark metal act Agalloch has completed work on the band's fourth full-length album entitled "Marrow Of The Spirit," which is the follow-up to 2006’s "Ashes Against The Grain." Agalloch commented on the new album:

"Where the three predecessors to ‘Marrow Of The Spirit’ (namely ‘Pale Folklore’, ‘The Mantle’, and the aforementioned ‘Ashes Against The Grain’) all differ from each other, the same can be applied with the new album as ‘Marrow Of The Spirit’ is unlike anything Agalloch have ever produced before. This is also the first album to feature new Agalloch drummer Aesop Dekker (also in Profound Lore acts Ludicra and Worm Ouroboros) and features guest appearances by cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, Asunder, Amber Asylum), Jeffrey Neblock (Vindensang), and Nathan Carson (Witch Mountain, Two-Ton Boa, SUNN 0))))."

To officially be released in North America on November 23rd through Profound Lore Records, the track listing for “Marrow Of The Spirit” is as follows:

1. They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness [3:41]
2. Into The Painted Grey [12:25]
3. The Watcher’s Monolith [11:46]
4. Black Lake Nidstang [17:34]
5. Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires [9:40]
6. To Drown [10:27]

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Amberian Dawn Announces Record Release Party

Finland's Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about an upcoming album release party:

"We welcome you to our album release party November 26th to Dante's Highlight, Helsinki, Finland. This might be our last gig during this year, so be there. Support band will be announced later. Doors open : 21:00 Support (TBA): 22:00 Amberian Dawn: 23:00 Tickets 10 euros from door, 7 euros in advence from: TIKETTI.

"Album 'End of Eden' is released on October 20th by Spinefarm Records. Pre-order album from Record Shop X for 14.99 € + shipping, or pre-order CD+ T-shirt from Fanzone for 29.99 € + shipping."

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Riddare av Koden Added to Kataklysm Tour

Riddare av Koden has been added to Kataklysm's first-ever tour in South Africa in May 2011. Here are the dates for the Slaughter Camp Open Air Festival:

May 6th – 8th Johannesburg
May 13th – 15th Cape Town

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A Day To Remember Reveals New Album Artwork

A DAY TO REMEMBER has announced that they will be releasing their new album, "What Separates Me From You," on November 16th. The band has revealed the new album cover at this location.

A Day To Remember tour dates with Underoath and CLOSE YOUR EYES are as follows:

11/2/2010 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach - SC
11/3/2010 - Disco Rodeo - Raleigh - NC
11/4/2010 - NORVA - Norfolk - VA
11/5/2010 - Asbury Park Convention Center - Asbury Park - NJ
11/6/2010 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown - PA
11/8/2010 - Northern Lights - Clifton Park - NY
11/9/2010 - Mid Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie - NY
11/10/2010 - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel - Providence - RI
11/12/2010 - Headliners - Toledo - OH
11/13/2010 - Expo Five - Louisville - KY
11/14/2010 - Orbit Room - Grand Rapids - MI
11/16/2010 - The Rave - Milwaukee - WI
11/17/2010 - Pop’s - Sauget - IL
11/18/2010 - Val Air Ballroom - Des Moines - IA
11/19/2010 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City - OK
11/21/2010 - Club 101 - El Paso - TX
11/22/2010 - The East Side Drive In - Austin - TX
11/23/2010 - Las Palmas Race Park - Mission - TX
11/27/2010 - Rocketown - Nashville - TN
11/28/2010 - New Daisy Theatre - Memphis - TN

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Manowar Cancels Colombian Show

MANOWAR has issued the following announcement about the cancellation of their performance at the Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar on November 26, 2010 promoted by Eventos Seven Ltda (Grupo Internacional Seven) in Bogotá, Colombia:

Regrettably, MANOWAR must formally announce that it will not perform at the Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar on November 26, 2010 due to contractual failures on the part of Eventos Seven Ltda (Grupo Internacional Seven). It is MANOWAR's hope to inform its fans as soon as possible to avoid any ticket purchases based upon the mistaken belief of its performance at this event.

MANOWAR remains hopeful that it will secure an appropriate venue in the near future to perform for its fans in Colombia but unfortunately cannot perform at this event as originally planned.

All fans who have already purchased tickets or other packages for this event based upon the promised performance of MANOWAR should contact Eventos Seven Ltda (Grupo Internacional Seven) to seek refunds of any monies paid in advance of this performance.

MANOWAR again apologizes for these unfortunate circumstances which are clearly not in its control and deeply thanks its fans for their continued support.

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New Withered Song Posted Onlined For Free Download

Atlanta blackened doom metal band WITHERED has launched “Extinguished With the Weary,” the lead track from their upcoming album, “Dualitas,” due October 26th, as part of the new “Metal Swim” collection, presented by Scion A/V and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. The track is available exclusively as a free download at this location starting today.

“Dualitas” was recorded by KYLESA’s Phillip Cope at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC. The CD and vinyl versions of the album have different covers, both of which were created by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium, The Acacia Strain), who also did the cover for “Folie Circulaire.”

Guitarist/vocalist Mike Thompson commented on the track, “We chose ‘Extinguished With The Weary,' because this song really showcases some of the newer styling to be experienced on ‘Dualitas.’ It is actually the last song we wrote for the album and we always have a tendency to gravitate towards our newest music when given a choice. We are always looking ahead. This song in particular deals with this same concept. It is about letting go of your emotional & moral foundation. Casting away all the conditioning forced upon you by society, family, friends, etc. so you can redevelop your own reality and approach to life. It’s about finding the freedom to, and eliminating any fear of, establishing a pure existence for yourself without repercussion. Also, it’s really heavy and nasty; a really good listen.”

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Skarhead Announces North American Tour Dates

New York's Skarhead has announced the following tour dates:

October 13th in San Francisco, CA at the Parkside
October 14th in Lincoln Heights, CA at The Airliner
October 15th in Tijuana, Mexico at Venue Bodega de Aragaon
October 16th in Mexico City, Mexico at Kingston Club
October 17th in Monterrey, Mexico at Ibex Bar

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Evile Comments on Upcoming North American Tour

British thrashers EVILE, are currently preparing for a North American tour, which kicks off at the end of September and runs through until just before Christmas.

EVILE vocalist and guitarist MATT DRAKE comments on the tour, "For the second time this year, Evile are proud to be able to say we're coming across the pond to play some more shows throughout America and Canada. Last time we were there for two months, this time we're staying for three, playing at loads of places we never went to last time, but also revisiting many places we played at with the mighty Overkill and Kreator earlier in the year. We just can't get enough of it!"

"This time we're joining up with Overkill, Forbidden, Early Man, Gama Bomb and Bonded By Blood for many different tours, also some headline shows of our own, so if you saw us play last time, make sure you come and see us again and bring everyone you know for some metal madness!" More...

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Dimmu Borgir Footage From Korn Tour Available

Fan filmed footage of Dimmu Borgir's September 19, 2010 performance in Amsterdam, opening for nu-metallers Korn, has been posted online. The video showcases Dimmu Borgir's new image and stage show for their forthcoming "Abrahadabra" world tour. "Abrahadabra" is set for release on October 12, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the clip below:

Here is the "Abrahadabra" tracklisting:
1. Xibir
2. Born Treacherous
3. Gateways
4. Chess With The Abyss
5. Dimmu Borgir
6. Ritualist
7. The Demiurge Molecule
8. A Jewel Traced Through Coal
9. Renewal
10. Endings And Continuations

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Quality Bison B.C. Footage Posted Online

High Definition footage of Vancouver, Canada heavy metallers Bison B.C. performing the song "Stressed Elephant" has been posted online. The footage was taken during the band's recent tour stop in Oakland, California. "Stressed Elephant" is included on the band's 2010 release "Dark Ages," which is available through Metal Blade Records.

You can view the video below:

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Cataract Posts New Song Online

Swiss thrashers Cataract has posted a second song off it's upcoming new album "Killing the Eternal." The song is available to check out at this location. "Killing The Eternal" is set for release on September 28, 2010 through Metal Blade Records.

Cataract commented by saying:

"Here's a crushing, speed-ridden track in good old cataract tradition. This is the first song we had finished for "Killing The Eternal", and it showed us which direction we wanted to take, away from arrangements towards aggression and intensity. The pace is way up in this one and one of our favourites as this song will unleash hell live!"

"Killing The Eternal" trackisting:
1. Never
2. Lost Souls
3. Reap The Outcasts
4. Killing The Eternal
5. Failed
6. Urban Waste
7. Makind's Burden
8. Hollow Steps
9. Drain, Murder And Loss
10. The Faith You Have Misused
11. Black Ash
12. Spawned By Illusions (Digi bonus track!)
13. Allegory To A Dying World


Comments CATARACT: "Here's a crushing, speed-ridden track in good old cataract tradition. This is the first song we had finished for "Killing The Eternal", and it showed us which direction we wanted to take, away from arrangements towards aggression and intensity. The pace is way up in this one and one of our favourites as this song will unleash hell live!"

Killing The Eternal was recorded at the Antfarm studios in Aarhus, Denmark under the direction of long-time band producer Tue Madsen.

Track listing Killing The Eternal:
1. Never
2. Lost Souls
3. Reap The Outcasts
4. Killing The Eternal
5. Failed
6. Urban Waste
7. Makind's Burden
8. Hollow Steps
9. Drain, Murder And Loss
10. The Faith You Have Misused
11. Black Ash
12. Allegory To A Dying World

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Nirvana 2002 To Attend Black Mass Ritual III

Old school Swedish death metallers Nirvana 2002 has announced it's participation in the upcoming Black Mass Ritual festival. Black Mass Ritual III is set to take place in Helsinki, Finland September, 30 to October 2, 2010.

"Black Mass Ritual III" confirmed line-up
DAY I - Thu 30.9
SADISTIC INTENT (US)
WITCHRIST (Nz)
CRAVEN IDOL (Uk)
NEUTRON HAMMER (Fin)
VORUM (Fin)

DAY II - Fri 1.10
NIRVANA 2002 (Swe)
EXCORIATE (Ger)
GRAVE MIASMA (Uk)
KARNARIUM (Swe)
HOODED MENACE (Fin)
STENCH OF DECAY (Fin)

DAY III - Sat 2.10
NECROS CHRISTOS (Ger)
DEAD CONGREGATION (Gre)
DIOCLETIAN (Nz)
DEMIGOD (Fin)
BLASPHEMOPHAGHER (Ita)
CRUCIAMENTUM (Uk) More...

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Tesseract Reveals New EP Tracklisting

Century Media recording artists and progressive metallers Tesseract has revealed the tracklisting to it's forthcoming EP release, "Concealing Fate." Tesseract will release their new EP on October 12th, 2010 through Century Media Records. The band will also appear on the upcoming Devin Townsend North American tour.

Here is the "Concealing Fate" tracklisting:
1. i - Acceptance
2. ii - Deception
3. iii - The Impossible
4. iv - Perfection
5. v - Epiphany
6. vi – Origin

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Infected Flesh Signs With Comatose Music

Spain death-grind act Infected Flesh has announced it's signing with Comatose Music. The signing comes in time for the band to release it's third full length album titled "Concatenation of Severe Infections" in late 2011. Writing is currently underway and expected to be completed in mid 2011 with recording sessions soon to follow. Infected Flesh recently added Seth Van de Loo from Severe Torture to take over drum duties.

You can check out Infected Flesh at this location.

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Sabbat Confirms Festival Appearance

U.K. thrash metallers Sabbat has announced it's participation in the upcoming edition of the Damnation Festival. Sabbat will perform on the Jagermeister Stage. Damnation Festival 2010 takes place on Saturday, November 6, in Leeds University Union. The Dillinger Escape Plan and Paradise Lost will now co-headline the downsized event, along with Hardcore punk act Discharge who has also been announced to perform.

Festival Director Gavin McInally said: "It's no secret we've had a tough year of it so being able to confirm two top acts like Discharge and Sabbat is a real pleasure.

"Aside from the Jagermeister Stage competition and perhaps another smaller band on the Terrorizer Stage, the bill is pretty much complete for this year and despite the lack of an exclusive headliner we're delighted to once again put together a three stage line-up we're immensely proud of."

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