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Metal News for September 27, 2011

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Pit Stories: The Drunk Bassist Wrecking Ball

Each week we talk with bands and fans from across the metal spectrum to get their best most pit stories. New York's Tiger Flowers just released a self-titled EP last week through The Path Less Traveled records, and vocalist Jesse Madre has checked with Metalunderground.com to share a pit story about a drunk bassist wrecking ball saved from certain doom by a fan who doubled as an air bag.

Back home in NYC it was February, but out on the road the air and nights were more fair. We were south bound in more ways than one and we found ourselves in South Carolina's clear, night air. We were a week out with our Norwegian friends, March of Echoes, and were enjoying teaching them about Motley Crue and the right and wrong ways to rock, gluttonous American style. We pull up to the venue in our usual, punctilious manner, barely on time and 1/2 of us naked, to find a decently good looking crowd to see the foreigners and ourselves. Flattered as we were that they wanted to spend a night with us, we unloaded quickly and saddled up to the bar where we were greeted like old friends. Now, Jager isn't our brand of choice, but the barkeep offered free shots of it to us, being as we were "on the road" and all. And when in Rome... We gladly accepted. And accepted. And accepted. We are, if anything, gracious guests. Time goes by a little slower down south... which leads to more time to shout, "One more!"

Next thing we know it's time to rock and, being the consummate professionals we are, we go up and make the drive there worth it for us and everyone. We play hard and fast and fill the night with our electric storm! Dean is ripping the strings from his Gibson, Dan pummels the drums like he just caught them finger-banging his sister. I'm doing my throat thing and screaming down the skies when I look over at the now famous Puerto Rican Cowboy, Will Gomez, and he's swinging his bass like an axe on top of the drum riser. I see it in his eyes, he's feeling loose and thinking about pulling his anti-gravity move. The one were he seems to explode, like 2, maybe 3 inches off the ground and then jerks his feet back and forth like a fish out of water. The look in his eyes is true. He does the jump off the drum riser (which is only risen about 4 inches) and flies more sideways then up. His feet touch the stage and never really settle under him and I watch him kick them cartoon-style, trying to get them back underneath him, but he's running out of real estate. The edge of the stage is approaching his flailing feet too fast and just as he realizes and his eyes meet mine in a last look of horror, a savior swoops in and saves him from his doom.

Will Gomez falls right on top of the drunkest girl in the club while she's in the middle of her own little dance competition, two stepping to her own beat. She doesn't even know what hit her. Will Gomez is a wrecking ball and he never hits the ground. But god damn she does. Hard. Will Gomez hops back on stage just as the song's ending and in between the silence of the instruments and the coming roar of laughter, the airbag that saved Will Gomez shouts out (in the best Southern accent we've heard) "OH NO! MY ANKLE'S BROKE! OH WAIT, IT'S NOT BROKE BUT IT'S DEFINITELY SPUUURRAAAINED!!!" Will, being the gentleman that he is, goes over and asks her what he can do to help. She replies in the same shout-talk as before, "YOU CAN LET ME COME UP THERE AND DANCE WITH YOU!"

Obviously, we finished the set with her on stage go-going all around Will's bass set up, grinding the night away to Will's slick bass lines.

Tiger Flowers was covered earlier this year in the New York edition of the Unearthing the Metal Underground column, provided by none other than Vince Neilstein of Metal Sucks. For more details on Tiger Flowers you can also head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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Royal Hunt Announces New LP Details

Danish progressive act Royal Hunt have completed work on the new album "Show Me How To Live." The album is expected to be released by the end of 2011 through Frontiers Records, but no formal date has been announced.

"Show Me How To Live" will include the following songs:

- One More Day
- Another Man Down
- An Empty Shell
- Half Past Loneliness
- Hard Rain's Coming
- Show Me How To Live
- Angel's Gone

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Hammers Of Misfortune Streaming New Song

With a newly rejuvenated lineup, San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune has returned with "17th Street." Fans can now check out the title track off "17th Street" through Pitchfork.com by heading over to this location.

The previously uploaded first single "The Grain" is also available as a lyric video and can be found by navigating here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

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Ion Vein Offers Three New Tracks Free

U.S. power/progressive metal band Ion Vein have offered three song digital release "IV, v1.0" ("Enough," "Love/Hate" and "Anger Inside") at this location. The songs are the first to feature new vocalist Scott Featherstone (Enertia/Ex-Attica). The songs were produced/engineered and mixed by Neil Kernon (Nile, Nevermore, Queensryche, Redemption) and mastered by Alan Douches.

The DR scan code for smart phones can be found at this location.

The band states "t’s been a long, hard road, but the time has finally come for us to be able to release new ION VEIN music to the world, and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re making our first DR (digital release) “IV v1.0” available to you for FREE for a limited time as a token of our appreciation for your continued patience and support. We’ve been through quite a lot since the release of “Reigning Memories” in 2003, and the only thing that kept us going was the belief in the strength of the new material, so we hope you enjoy it…and remember to crank it loud! \m/!"

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3 Posts Posts New Track "High Times"

Progressive band 3 posted the new track "High Times" from the forthcoming album "The Ghost You Gave Me." The album is expected to be released on October 7, 2011 (Germany, Switzerland, Benelux), October 10, 2011 (EU) and October 11, 2011 (North America) via Metal Blade Records.

Check out the song here:

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Lamera Posts New Album Behind-The-Scenes Clip

German act Lamera has just finished recordings for the new CD "Mechanically Separated" and has released a making-of video, which can be viewed below. You can also check out Lamera's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page.

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Black Cobra Announces More Shows With Kyuss Lives!

The previously-announced second leg of the Kyuss Lives! North American tour dates this November, featuring Black Cobra and The Sword in support, has just expanded to include five additional dates. The new dates include Los Angeles at the beginning of the tour, and four new East Coast shows at the end of the tour (Baltimore, MD, New Haven, CT, Huntington, NY, Montclair, NJ). Dates are as follows:

11/17/2011 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
11/18/2011 Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA **
11/19/2011 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
11/21/2011 Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR w/ YOB
11/22/2011 Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA w/ YOB
11/23/2011 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
11/26/2011 Flames Central - Calgary, AB
11/27/2011 Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, AB
11/29/2011 Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB
11/30/2011 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
12/01/2011 Turner Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
12/02/2011 Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
12/03/2011 Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
12/05/2011 The Palace Theater - Greensburg, PA
12/06/2011 Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
12/07/2011 Ram’s Head Live - Baltimore, MD **
12/08/2011 Toad’s Place - New Haven, CT **
12/09/2011 The Paramount - Huntington, NY **
12/10/2011 Wellmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ **

[** = newly announced tour date]

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A Total Wall Offering New EP As Free Download

Milan, Italy's A Total Wall has released a new 5-track EP titled "Incide," and the band is now offering the EP as a free download. Head over to A Total Wall's website here to check out the release. A previously posted teaser clip for the album is also available at this location.

The "Incide" EP track listing is as follows:

1. Resuscitator [4:20]
2. Incide [4:22]
3. Unexpected [5:32]
4. No Error [6:22]
5. To Do [7:30]

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Arch Enemy Posts North American Tour Footage

Arch Enemy has uploaded some behind-the-scenes footage fresh from the road on the band’s current headlining tour, “North American Khaos 2011.” Check out the clip below. The North American leg of Arch Enemy’s World Tour kicked off in Baltimore on September 8th and features a lineup of DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch, and Chthonic in support.

Arch Enemy's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Sept. 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre
Sept. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
Sept. 30 – Albuquerque, NM - The Sunshine Theater
Oct. 01 – Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre
Oct. 03 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Oct. 04 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues

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Close Your Eyes Recording Music Video

Christian metalcore band Close Your Eyes is shooting a new music video today in Chicago for an as-yet-undisclosed song off the upcoming album "Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts." The new album is due out October 24th, 2011. You can check out a studio update from the recording of the album in the player below.

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Animals As Leaders Streaming New Song

Animals As Leaders will be releasing the new album "Weightless" through Prosthetic Records in North America on November 8th, in mainland Europe on November 4th, and in the U.K. on November 7th.

The band has now made a track from the album available for streaming online. Check out the song "Isolated Incidents" in the player below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. An Infinite Regression
2. Odessa
3. Somnarium
4. Earth Departure
5. Isolated Incidents
6. Do Not Go Gently
7. New Eden
8. Cylindrical Sea
9. Espera
10. To Lead You To An Overwhelming Question
11. Weightless
12. David

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Anonymous Souls Posts "Relentless" Video

Portugal's Anonymous Souls has posted a video clip online for the song "Relentless," which is taken off the band's upcoming album "One Foot to Chaos." You can check out the video below.

Anonymous Souls will also be presenting the new album on Friday, October 7th at the Santa Maria da Feira Theater with opening act Chaos in Paradise.

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Nervecell Video Interview Available

EarBlend has posted a video interview with guitarist Rami H. Mustafa of Dubai-based death/thrash metal band Nervecell, in which Rami talks about creating music and the band's latest album "Psychogenocide." Check out the clip below. Nervecell will also be opening for Metallica in an upcoming October show, with full details available here.

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Black Tide Posts Comic Con Footage

Black Tide has uploaded performance footage from the band’s recent appearance at Comic Con 2011. You can check out live renditions of “That Fire” and “Fight ‘Til The Bitter End” below. The tracks are taken from the band's latest album "Post Mortem," which was the follow-up to 2008's "Light From Above."

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Terror Streaming Live Song Online

Hardcore veterans Terror have teamed up with Metal Sucks for the premiere of the live track, "Keepers Of The Faith," which is taken from the band's upcoming deluxe reissue of "Keepers Of The Faith." Check out the track by heading over here.

Due out November 1st in North America, this special reissue of "Keepers Of The Faith" also includes a bonus DVD entitled "Defining The Faith." Produced, edited, and authored by Carlo Oppermann, it features a full live set that is composed of three different Terror shows in three distinct settings: a small club (Cafe Central in Weinheim on June 28th), a big hall (Essigfabrik in Köln on June 29th), and a massive European festival (Mach1 festival in Montabaur on June 24th). The complete set-list for the DVD is as follows:

1. Stick Tight
2. Out Of My Face
3. One With The Underdogs
4. Push it Away
5. Never Alone
6. Lowest Of The Low
7. Betrayer
8. Spit My Rage
9. Always The Hard Way
10. Keep Your Mouth Shut
11. Hell And Back
12. Life & Death
13. You're Caught
14. You're Enemies Are Mine
15. Overcome
16. Keepers Of The Faith

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Thomsen Posts Trailer For "Second Assault"

German power metal band Thomsen posted a video trailer for the band's second release "Second Assault" due in 2012.

Thomsen was founded by guitarist René Thomsen and vocalist Jürgen Wulfes (Moon Doc) in 2006. The first release "Let's Get Ruthless" (2009) featured guest appearances by the likes of guitarist Herman Frank (Accept/Moon Doc), bassist Nibbs Carter (Saxon), drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Arch/Matheos), bassist Neil Murray (Black Sabbath/Whitesnake), drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (Accept, Krokus) and Jens Eckhert (Masterplan).

With "Second Assault," the band have solidified the lineup as follows:

René Thomsen (Guitars)
Jürgen Wulfes (Vocals)
Matthias Liebetruth (Grailknights) (Drums)
Kai Steffen (Cholane) (Guitars)
Ingo Lüring (Bass)

More details on the release will follow.

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Threat Signal Posts "Face The Day" Drum Clip

Sick Drummer Magazine has posted footage online of Threat Signal drummer Alex Rudinger performing the track "Face The Day," which can be viewed below. "Face the Day" is off the band's new self-titled album due out on October 7th (Europe) and October 11th, 2011 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Uncensored
2. Comatose
3. New World Order
4. Trust In None
5. Face The Day
6. Fallen Disciples
7. Disposition
8. Death Before Dishonor
9. Buried Alive

iTunes Exclusive Bonus Track:
10. Resistance

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Scale The Summit Video Interview Available

Capital Chaos has posted a video interview online with Scale The Summit at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA during the Slaughter Survivors Tour. You can check out the video interview in the clip below.

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Evile Delivers New Album To Fan

British thrashers Evile have hand-delivering their new album "Five Serpent's Teeth" to one lucky fan. The band members set out on a road trip from their home in Huddersfield to Stockton-On-Tees to personally deliver the new album to Evile mega-fan Tony Dobson, following which the group went even further by inviting another fan along for a special inside look at an Evile band rehearsal.

Guitarist Ol Drake comments:

"Stopped off at Tony Dobson's house in Stockton-on-Tees to hand deliver the new album, Five Serpent's Teeth. He won a pre-order competition to have the last album Infected Nations delivered to him but Mike couldn't make it at the time. We promised him we'd return for us all to deliver the next one. Sat and drank some beers and scotch eggs while he listened to it and gave his honest and positive opinion. Thanks for having us in your home Tony!

"Then came back to Huddersfield to start another rehearsal and invited a local fan in called Tom. He'd asked me at a show in Manchester a while ago if he could come along to a rehearsal, so what better time than the day after his birthday (where he apparently sky-dived). Hope you like the album mate, and hope we didn't deafen your Mum too much."

Check out a photo of Evile delivering the new album to the lucky fan at this location.

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Woe Streaming Remixed Album

Candlelight Records has today unveiled a special remix version of Woe’s second album "Quietly, Undramatically" (reviewed here). The album is available now for streaming via the label’s Bandcamp page.

Woe’s Chris Grigg notes, “Aided by more than a year’s reflection, I am pleased to present a remixed and remastered, 24-bit/48kHz version of Quietly, Undramatically. While I don’t think that anyone is ever satisfied with their music, this presents a vision of hopelessness that is at least closer to the original intention.”

Woe will join label mates Abigail Williams to tour alongside Mayhem in November. Comments Grigg, “We are really looking forward to returning to the road in November in support of Mayhem for the first leg of their tour. This will be Woe’s first visit to a number of cities and we are grateful for this opportunity to consume your alcohol, offend your women, and bring our stink to your homes.” Upcoming Woe tour dates are as follows:

11/04/2011 Trocadero Theater – Philadelphia, PA
11/05/2011 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/06/2011 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/07/2011 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
11/08/2011 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
11/10/2011 Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/11/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/12/2011 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
11/13/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

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Taake Releases "Nordbundet" Clip

Taake has posted a video clip online for the track "Nordbundet," which is taken from the upcoming "Noregs Vaapen" album. The clip features a mix of live footage of the band interspersed with scenes of the countryside around Taake's home town of Bergen. Check out the video below.

"Noregs Vaapen" will be released in North American via Candlelight Records on November 1st, 2011. The track listing is as follows:

1. Fra Vadested Til Vaandesmed
2. Orkan
3. Nordbundet
4. Du Ville Ville Vestland
5. Myr
6. Helvetesmakt
7. Dei Vil Alltid Klaga Og Kyta

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Bëehler Announces Details Of New LP

Bëehler, the band fronted by Dan Bëehler, former vocalist/drummer for Canadian thrash legends Exciter, announced that they have completed work on the debut album "Messages To The Dead." The album will be issued through High Roller records, however, no release date has been announced.

The line up for Beehler is:

Dan Bëehler (Ex-Thrasher, Ex-Exciter): Drums/Vocals
Scott Walsh: Guitars
Sean Brophy: Guitars
Brian Stephenson (Ex-Aggressor, Ex-Sanctity)

The track listing for "Messages To The Dead":

1. Jet Black
2. March Of Death
3. Eternal Tormentor
4. Messages To The Dead
5. Destitude Abuser
6. In We Trust Know One
7. Organized Mayhem
8. Destroy
9. Megalodon
10. Save Me From Myself
11. Kill The Witch
12. The End Of The World More...

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Warbringer Posts "Shattered Like Glass" Video

Warbringer has now released "Worlds Torn Asunder" in North America, and guitarist John Laux comments, "Good news everyone! We are very pleased to announce the official release of Worlds Torn Asunder! This is Warbringer's 3rd release and we guarantee it's gonna leave your ears bleeding. If you guys believe in supporting music you love, purchase a copy and support your artists. We put hours of thought into each and every detail of the art and music contained on this compact disc. So...Enjoy the tunes and SHRED ON!"

In addition to the album's release, today also brings the debut of Warbringer's new music video, "Shattered Like Glass," through Revolver.com. Check out the clip below.

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Pain Of Salvation Appears On Swedish TV

Sweden's Pain of Salvation recently performed two tracks, "1979" and "Through the Distance" from its forthcoming recording "Road Salt Two," available in North American through InsideOut Music on October 11th.

The band checked in with a statement about the release date as follows:

"For 'Road Salt' we have followed one northern star: be brave in every decision. Part two is as brave, unique and uncompromising as the first one. But don't take it from us, we are as subjective as all reviewers out there. Let the album speak for itself - become subjective you too!"

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Kamelot Posts Video Update From Orlando

Kamelot has checked in from the band's last stop on its current North American tour with a new video update. You can check out the video clip from Orlando in the player below. You can also find the previously posted Cleveland video blog by heading over here.

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Awake Comments On Upcoming Album Release

Awake has checked in with the following statement about the band's upcoming new album release:

"It is just over two weeks until the long awaited album is released via Lion Music! Big thanks to everyone who has already pre-ordered 'Forever More.' For those of you that are about to paid who yet have not joined the frenzy here are some links to get it dropping through your letter box soon: Amazon, Play.com, Hmv.com, and Lion Music.

"We are also very pleased to announce we shall be joining Seventh Wonder and Andromeda from Sweden plus many other great bands for the Fused Festival 2012. Fused Festival 2012 will be held May 25-27 2012 Lydney Town Hall, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 5JW

"Confirmed as of 18.09.2011: Seventh Wonder (SWE) ... Andromeda (SWE) ... Manticora (DEN) ... 69 Chambers (Switz) ... Lost in Thought (Wales) ... Awake (UK) ... Exoterik (UK) PLUS lots more to come! Fused - the new home of progressive and symphonic metal in the UK and we are very proud to be a part of it in 2012."

You can also check out a teaser trailer for "Forever More" by heading over to this location.

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3 Streaming First Three Albums

3 is set to release the new album "The Ghost You Gave to Me" on October 11th via Metal Blade Records. In celebration of the upcoming release, the band is now streaming its first three albums "Paint By Number," "Half Life," and "Summercamp Nightmare" online. To check out the albums, head over to the 3 Bandcamp page.

The track listing for the upcoming "The Ghost You Gave to Me" album is as follows:

1. Sirenum Scopuli
2. React
3. Sparrow
4. High Times
5. Numbers
6. One With the Sun
7. The Ghost You Gave to Me
8. Pretty
9. Afterglow
10. It's Alive
11. Only Child
12. The Barrier

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Immersed Streaming Song From Latest Album

Canadian death metal act Immersed is currently streaming the song "Cower 'Neath His Shadow" online, which is taken from the band's latest album "In the Ire of Creation." Check out the song in the player below. "In the Ire of Creation" saw its worldwide release this summer through Unique Leader Records.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Announces Second Guitarist

Rhapsody Of Fire has announced the band's new second guitar player will be Roberto De Micheli. The band commented on the lineup change:

"After weeks of considering whom among thousands of guitar players would be chosen to join the band on their upcoming world tour, Rhapsody Of Fire had finally selected the very best guitarist out of many great guitar players wanting to tour with them."

Alex Staropoli also added, “With so many very good guitar players to chose from, it took time and great care to find the absolute best guitar player for us. In the end, we decided on Roberto De Micheli due to his complete mastery of the guitar, his unique abilities to amaze all those who hear and watch him play live, and his complete dedication as a musician. I have known Roberto De Micheli since the early 1990's. The decision to finally chose him over all other guitarists in the world to play with us became very obvious and natural the more we considered all our options. After so many years, he is still highly devoted to his instrument.

"He remains passionate and enthusiastic about rehearsing and playing music many hours every day. He is also a perfect fit for Rhapsody Of Fire because he continues the band’s tradition of being a truly professional, polite and a positive person to work with. Roberto De Micheli and Tom Hess are already working together on their guitar parts for the upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire tour, that's just very exciting! The huge anticipation of the band’s new lineup, sound and upcoming world tour has been something much greater and more exciting than we have ever experienced before from fans all over the world.”

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Onslaught Announces South American Shows

British Thrashers Onslaught are currently on tour with Gama Bomb and Fallen Fate across Ireland and the U.K. The band will also embark on a South American tour including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Guitarist Nige Rockett comments:

"We're really honoured to be invited back to South America once again to promote our recent 'SoV' album, it was real fucking crazy last time around and we're expecting a whole lot more of the same on this tour and then some!

"We're heading to Peru for the first time in our career to play 2 shows and for the show in Santiago / Chile we will be joining U.S. Thrashers 'Overkill' which I'm sure is gonna be a riot… Brasil & Argentina, cant fucking wait!"

Manager Tommy Morriello also commented, "Mic Hourihan (Extreme Noise Terror / Desecration) is once again the drummer, he brings a whole new dynamic to the Onslaught live performance, this band is a completely different beast with Mic on board. It really is now a brutally violent machine!"

The dates are as follows:

21/10 Venue: Casa Babylon CÓRDOBA – ARGENTINA
22/10 Venue: Asbury Club BUENOS AIRES – ARGENTINA
23/10 Venue: Tribos Bar MARINGÁ – BRAZIL
27/10 Venue: Sebastian Bar CAMPINAS – BRAZIL
28/10 Venue TBA RECIFE BRAZIL
29/10 Venue: Armazén do Café CATANDÚVA – BRAZIL
30/10 Venue: Manifesto Bar SÃO PAULO BRAZIL
02/11 Venue:Central Bar Santo Andre - BRAZIL
03/11 Venue: Golden Active RANCÁGUA - CHILE
04/11 Venue: Club ChocolateSANTIAGO – CHILE w/ Overkill
05/11 Venue: Las Boveda AREQUIPA – PERU
06/10 Venue: Voce LIMA – PERU

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Arven Reveals More Details For New Album

Arven will be releasing the band's debut album "Music of Light" on September 30th, 2011. You can check out the previously revealed artwork courtesy of Jan Yrlund by heading over here.

"Music of Light" was recorded by Kai Bender except for vocals, drums, piano recorded by Tobias Paldauf at Zentralstudio Mainz and choirs recorded by Stefan Schmidt (Van Canto). Mixing was handled by Kai Bender and the album was mastered by Sascha Päth and Michael Rodenberg at Gate Studios

Arven has now also revealed the following guest musicians appearing on the album:

Cello: Henrike Becker (My Dear Friend), Sabine Binder (Till Death Do Us Part, A Stranger's Story)
Violin: Stefan Gufler
Flute: Katherine Spencer
Choir: Stefan Schmidt (Van Canto), Amanda Lischke, Lena Yatsula, Till Felden
Backing Vocals in "Dark Red Desire:" Eva Kreuzer (Dreamreaver)
Additional Electric Guitars: Kai Bender

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Necrocurse Signs To Pulverised Records

Sweden's Necrocurse has officially signed a deal with Pulverised Records for one upcoming album. Pulverised Records label manager Roy Yeo commented:

“Having Necrocurse on our roster was an easy choice, for the fact that the musical style and direction of Necrocurse fitted perfectly to what Pulverised Records is all about; quality and authentic death metal. We knew immediately that the band badly needed a proper full-length album to further showcase their devastating brand of Swedish death metal at its finest!"

For further details on Necrocruse, and to hear songs available for streaming online, head over to the band's MySpace page.

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Megadeth To Re-Launch Gigantour With Motorhead

American thrash metal legends Megadeth has announced that they will be bringing back their Gigantour touring package for early next year. Megadeth will headline the event, with British icons Motorhead also on the bill, as well as Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil and Danish rock and roll outfit Volbeat. No dates have been confirmed as of yet but it is expected to kick off in January and conclude in March.

Megadeth's new studio album, "Th1rt3en" will be released through Roadrunner Records on October 31st in Europe and November 1st in North America.

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Ordo Obsidium Streams Two New Tracks

As a preview to the debut release from Ordo Obsidium entitled "Orbis Tertius," the band is streaming two tracks, the title track and "Emptiness Under The Moon" (heard below). "Orbis Tertius" is scheduled for a North American release on October 10, 2011 through Eisenwald.

Orbis Tertius by Ordo Obsidium

Emptiness Under the Moon by Ordo Obsidium

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Dragonland Announces New Album Title

Swedish symphonic power metal band Dragonland announced that the title of the new LP (previously thought to be "The Return") will be "Under the Grey Banner." The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records. This will be the band's first release since "Astronomy" in 2006.

"Under the Grey Banner", is the third and final part of the trilogy "Dragonland Chronicles", a concept that the group had started on "The Battle Of The Ivory Plans" in 2001 and continued on "Holy War" in 2002. It is also the first album to feature new bassist Anders Hammer (Nightrage) and new drummer Morten Lowe Sorensen (Amaranthe).

A demo version of new song "The Shadow Of The Mithril Mountans" can be heard below:

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Iron Mask Finalizes New Album

Belgian power metal band Iron Mask, who recently signed a deal earlier in the month with AFM Records, are putting the finishing touches on a new LP called "Black As Death" to be released in December 2011 (exact date not yet issued). Legendary singer Mark Boals will provide vocals on ten of the album's twelve tracks. More details on the release are expected soon.

Below is a teaser of the final artwork for the release.

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Interview

A Conversation With Untimely Demise

The Canadian metal scene has been strong for years now, and Untimely Demise is trying to make their mark on this new wave of Canadian thrash metal. Their first album, “City Of Steel,” was recently re-released on Sonic Unyon Metal and features production and guest solos by former Megadeth/King Diamond guitarist Glen Drover. The band has been working around Canada gaining a following, but are setting their sights on the U.S. next. I had a chance to speak to Matt and Murray Cuthbertson (guitarist/vocalist and bassist, respectively) about “City Of Steel” and working with Drover. More...

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Hirax Announces Polish Tour Dates

U.S. thrashers Hirax have announced the "Pozerkill 4ever" Poland Tour with Germany's Assassin as support. Confirmed dates are:

November 4, 2011 (PL) Warschau, Klub Progresja
November 5, 2011 (PL) Bydgoszcz, Estrada Stagebar
November 6, 2011 (PL) Kattowitz, Megaclub

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Coronatus Posts New Music Video

German symphonic metal band Coronatus has posted a new music video for the new song "Fernes Land" ("Distant Land"). The song will appear on the band's forthcoming LP "Terra Incognita" due out on November 18th, 2011 through Massacre Records.

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De Profundis To Begin Recording Third Album

UK extreme progressive metal band De Profundis will begin recording the follow up to "A Bleak Reflection" (2010) in November. The band will work with producer Fernando Pereira Lopes (Misanthrope, Orakle). The album will consist of eight new tracks for a total of around 55 minutes.

Guitarist Shoi Sen had the following comments on the writing of the new LP: "The process of composition has been really exciting, because this training has been proven both in studio and live for the past 2 years, so this strong union has been poured into the music. The songs are faster, more technical and more immediate than in the past. We have already played a couple of new songs on tour, and judging by the excellent response given by the public, I think the fans will only be excited when they hear the new album. Will post regular updates on our Facebook page when it comes to the studio sessions, so stay tuned!"


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