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Metal News for March 11, 2008

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42 news articles posted on this day.

Black September To Embark On East Coast US Tour

Chicago, Illinois blackened death metal band BLACK SEPTEMBER will hit the road this summer in support of its new split release with Baton Rouge, Louisiana doom band THOU.

For a list of dates, visit their Myspace page.

Formed in the fall of 2006, BLACK SEPTEMBER is a female-fronted death metal group from Chicago. Containing former and current members of THIN THE HERD, HIGH ON CRIME and KUNG FU RICK, the group takes cues from early death metal bands such as BOLT THROWER and early BENEDICTION. With the self-release of their debut album "Tide of the Storm", BLACK SEPTEMBER unleashes "a storm of brutality upon the underground metal scene that will be sure to please all fans of metal, old and new," according to the band's official bio.

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Magic Circle Festival Battle Of The Bands 2008

Magic Circle Music and MANOWAR are launching a Battle Of The Bands Contest where bands from around the world will compete against each other to win the once in a lifetime chance to play on the main stage at the Magic Circle Festival 2008. The winning band will be invited to play three songs on the main stage on Saturday, July 12th, 2008. The winning band will also be featured on the Magic Circle Festival Volume 2 DVD and will have their single released by Magic Circle Music.

Visit www.magiccirclefestival.com for information on how to enter. (At the time of this writing, there is no additional info there, however.)

You can view a video of the Battle Of The Bands announcement by Karl Logan on YouTube or below. More...

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Integrity Prepares New Album

It looks as if Integrity will finally release their "The Blackest Curse" album this year. Deathwish Inc. will put out the album on CD and LP as DWI74.

Several tracks have been recorded thus far, with roughly thirteen songs written. According to frontman Dwid, "The album is a concept album based on a book I have written and it follows that story-line premise."

The release will reportedly be accompanied by a DVD film, a still frame from which can be viewed here.

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The Carrier and Energy Tour Dates

The Carrier and Energy will team up for a week of tour dates this month. Here are the latest tour dates:

3/15 Brooklyn, NY @ 10-54 Willoughby Ave.
3/16 Blairsville, PA @ The Corner Pocket
3/17 Columbus, OH @ Bernies w/Energy
3/18 Romeo, MI @ Static Age Cafe
3/19 Indianapolis, IN @ 4629 Crittenden Ave.
3/20 Cleveland, OH @ The Brothel
3/21 Lemoyne, PA @ The Championship
3/22 Perth Amboy, NJ @ Copa de Oro

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Dark Funeral To Release Second DVD

Dark Funeral plans to release their second DVD recorded during the band's world tour for "Attera Totus Sanctus." The DVD, entitled "Attera Orbis Terrarum - Part 2," is due to be released on May 22 in Europe and July 8 in America through Regain Records.

This is the second in a series of two DVDs featuring outstanding, killer material that was recorded during the band's worldwide touring for "Attera Totus Sanctus."

The first DVD, "Attera Orbis Terrarum - Part 1," which landed on the Swedish DVD chart as number 5, focused on European shows. Part two focuses on South American shows, where the band has a fanatical following.
In other news, Dark Funeral has confirmed two more shows:

30.05.2008 Legacy Festival - Belgrade (Serbia)
28.06.2008 Peace and love Festival - Borlänge (Sweden)

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Wednesday 13 Post New Music Online

WEDNESDAY 13 has uploaded two new songs, "Not Another Teenage Anthem" and the title track, "Skeletons," from his upcoming CD to his MySpace page.

WEDNESDAY 13 recently announced that "Skeletons" will be available exclusively at Hot Topic.

Commented Jon Nelson, Wednesday 13's manager, "Once we decided to self-release Wednesday 13's upcoming music, the next step was to partner with a company that would be excited and support the release. Music retailers are closing their stores at a rapid place, or they are gauging the customers and jacking the prices up for a new release to $14-$17.99. There is no reason for that. We made one call to Hot Topic, and we are extremely excited about this relationship. Hot Topic will be the only brick-and-mortar store that will be stocking the CD. You will still be able to get the CD online and on tour." More...

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EkoTren Debuts Title Track Performance on YouTube

Live Footage of EKOTREN performing their title track ‘Light The Fire’ at Club Ricochet in Fort Myers Florida on March 8 is available here. The tune has been bouncing around on Sirius Hard Attack for 5 weeks. EKOTREN are currently plotting out their 2nd US tour, which will tentatively start sometime in April. More...

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Theaters Des Vampires To Release New Album In May

Italian gothic metal band THEATRES DES VAMPIRES will release its new album, "Anima Noir", on May 2 via Aural Music/SPV. The CD was recorded at the Temple of Noise studio in Rome with engineer Christian Ice. According to a press release, "Anima Noir" features "romantic lyrics, lyrical voices, strong orchestration, powerfull guitars and powerful drumming. All the elements that you loved in THEATRES DES VAMPIRES are back in this new production. A new modern sound and a super modern production that took six months of work in the studio for recording and mixing it, offering you the best experience of vampirism as always, with the enchanting vocals of the mistress of your nightmare: Countess Sonya Scarlet, this time with her best performance ever."

Check out audio samples at their Myspace page. More...

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The Destiny Program Shoot Video for Second Single

German Modern Metal outfit THE DESTINY PROGRAM have shot a new video for the second single of their latest album “Subversive Blueprint”. The single is called “Welcome Overboard” and the video premiered last week at www.yahoo.de/hellfest. The album was released end of September last year. The German four-piece is about to play the With Full Force Festival this year as well as some clubshows.

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Terminally Your Aborted Ghost Announce Tour Dates

TERMINALLY YOUR ABORTED GHOST have announced the following upcoming dates for April:

with Proteus:
April 7 - Haverhill, MA @ Welfare Records w/ Dysentery
April 8 - Manchester, NH @ Rocko’s
April 9 - North Berwick, ME @ American Legion Hall w/ Dysentery

April 10 - Monroe, CT @ Skatetime w/ Waking The Cadaver
April 11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Gil’s w/ Holy Fuck
April 12 - Versailles, KY @ Skyborne Studio w/ Created To Kill
April 13 - Joplin, MO @ The Cesspool Castle w/ War Fell Short
April 14 - Tulsa, Oklahoma @ The Monolith w/ Feticide

with IveBeenShot:
April 15 - Amarillo, TX @ War Legion Underground w/ Victimas
April 16 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound w/ Victimas
April 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation w/ E.T.T.S.
April 18 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Beauty Bar
April 19 - Wildomar, CA @ The Desert Rose w/ The Hacksaw Circumcision
April 20 - Hollywood, CA @ The Knitting Factory (L. A. Murderfest)

April 21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Outer Rim w/ Dying Rest Theory
April 22 - Denver, CO @ The Kingdom of Doom w/ Urophagia

with Strong Intention:
April 23 - Hutchinson, KS @ McGraws
April 24 - Carbondale, IL @ Mugy’s w/ Monstrosity
April 25 - Indianapolis, IN @ T.B.A.
April 26 - Pittsburgh, PA @ T.B.A.
April 27 - Yonkers, NY @ The Haunt w/ Vital Remains, Monstrosity

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More Summer Slaughter Tour 2008 Dates Released

More dates have been released for this year’s “Summer Slaughter Tour,” which will feature THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, KATAKLYSM, VADER, CRYPTOPSY, THE FACELESS, DESPISED ICON, ABORTED, BORN OF OSIRIS, PSYCROPTIC, and WHITECHAPEL:

June 22 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
July 5 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
July 19 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
July 20 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy Concert House

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Stuck Mojo Cancel Shrewsbury Show

There has been no official reason yet but Stuck Mojo have had to cancel their show in Shrewsbury this friday. A statement from the bands myspace reads as follows:

"Just so everyone knows....the show on Friday 14/03 that was scheduled to take place at the Buttermarket has been cancelled.



The band are currently touring the UK in support of their latest album "Southern Born Killers".

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X-Piral Announces New Singer

Athens, Greece-based power metallers X-PIRAL have announced the addition of singer Tassos K (HYBRID) to the group's ranks. "We now are able to enter the studio once again and begin the songwriting process for our upcoming release," the band says in a press release.

X-PIRAL last fall parted ways with vocalist Michael Apostolakis, who was one of the three founding members of the band. Michael Apostolakis appeared on the group's first two full-length albums, "Poison Eyes" (2005) and "Hunters" (2007).

"Hunters" was released in March 2007 through Greece's Burning Star Records.

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Incineration Issue Pre-tour Update

St. Louis death metallers, INCINERATION, issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"There has been a lot going on lately, we recently added Josh Hood to the band on drums and he is nothing short of amazing, he'll start with us on March 28th on tour in Nebraska."

"Unfortunately, due to financial restraints, Helicon has been forced to drop off the tour, except the first two dates in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. We hope that things come together soon for them and they might be able to hit the road with us this summer. Check out their page in our top friends to see what they're up to."

"Some of you might have noticed that we have some new songs up, we recently re-recorded all of the songs for our EP with Geoff Sprock on drums and new 7-string guitars, its in the final stages of mastering right now so you can get that soon, and we'll have it with us on tour for sure."

"We have T-shirts for sale now, $10 a pop yo. Check out the designs in the 'Shirts n stuff' album."

"Oh yeah, if you like us, you should let us crash on your floor on tour!"

"That's all the interesting stuff for now. later."

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Toxic Holocaust Announces April Tour Dates

TOXIC HOLOCAUST has announced their tour plans for the month of April. The band will begin the tour with a show in Vancouver, BC with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD on April 7th, followed by a U.S. tour alongside HATE ETERNAL, SOILENT GREEN, and SKELETONWITCH. Click here to view the band's itinerary.

Toxic Holocaust is currently writing the follow-up album to "Hell On Earth" which is expected to see a summer/fall release via Relapse. Audio samples from the band’s previous works can be heard now via the official Toxic Holocaust MySpace page.

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Hemlock Post Another New Song Online

Another new HEMLOCK track, entitled "No Time For Sorrow," has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song is the title cut of the Las Vegas, Nevada-based metallers' upcoming album, which is scheduled for release on March 18 on Blind Prophecy Records. The CD was recorded with engineer Eddy Garcia (PISSING RAZORS).

HEMLOCK will play several headlining shows before joining MINISTRY and MESHUGGAH on the C-U-La-Tour from late March to May.

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The Binary Code Part Ways with Singer

New Jersey technical death metallers, The Binary Code, have issued the following update on their Myspace page regarding the departure of their singer:

"Woody and the Binary Code have parted ways as of February 4th, 2008. Everything was done on good terms. Woody has a life ahead of him that needed some changes, and being in a time consuming band was not on the itinerary. Woody will possibly continue his musical career at a slower pace with his original band In the Ether."

"That all being said, we ARE looking for a singer right now. We have played every show since February 4th without a singer and felt it was a success nonetheless. However, we do want to fill that position once again. A big factor in the decision made between Woody and the Binary Code was dedication. We require a sickening amount of dedication to be in this band. Many of you who know us personally already know how much we rehearse and write throughout the week. If you're interested, and want more details about future plans, possible label details, shows that aren't posted, etc, just ask us." More...

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Cloven Hoof To Play Greece In September

Bassist Lee Payne of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends CLOVEN HOOF has issued the following update:

"Yes, it's official — the band would like to announce that they will be playing two shows in Greece this September. The first takes place on Friday, 26th of September in Athens at the Underworld club. CLOVEN HOOF will then be in Thessaloniki on Saturday, 27th of September at the Harley Bar."

"I am pleased to say the secret show we are playing in London will take place on Friday, 25th of April at the Bar Monsta, Camden. The full bill will be CLOVEN HOOF, DESOLATION and DARK FOREST."

"The secret show will take place as the official warm-up party night to the British Steel Festival III, [which is scheduled to take place] Saturday, 26th April 2008 at Camden Underworld. CLOVEN HOOF are doing this show as a thank you for the amazing reception the band got at the Purple Turtle show a while back. It will be an amazing night of British metal." More...

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Krux Announce Live Tour Dates

KRUX, the Swedish doom band featuring CANDLEMASS mainman/bassist Leif Edling, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/THERION singer Mats Levén, ex-ENTOMBED drummer Peter Stjärnvind, guitarist Jörgen Sandstrom (THE PROJECT HATE, ex-ENTOMBED/GRAVE), guitarist Fredrik Åkesson (ex-ARCH ENEMY) and keyboardist Carl Westholm, have issued the following update:

"Krux will play the classic Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway on March 21st. Showtime is 8 PM and headliners that evening is SATYRICON. No doubt there will be a brutally cool long Friday at the Rockefeller venue."

"A few days later Krux plays in Stockholm on March 25. Venue is Club 44 and it's an all ages evening. No alcohol is served but the bill is really good. Krux headlines before TAINT and KEN MODE, two really cool British metal bands."

"Tickets are 80 kr. Be there!!"

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Trivium Schedule Japanese Tour Dates

Florida's TRIVIUM have update their MySpace page to announce the following forthcoming live dates in Japan:

7 - The Duo - Tokyo, Japan
9 - Summersonic Festival - Marine Stadium - Tokyo, Japan
10 - Summersonic Festival - Maishima - Osaka, Japan

Trivium have recently been in the studio recording new demos. More...

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Beseech To Make DVD Available For Download

Sweden's BESEECH have issued the following update in regards to their recent "rare and independent" double DVD release:

"We are thinking of making a DVD version for the fans to download as there are no DVDs left to be sent. Please let us know your interest and you'll be the one that gets information on when and how to download this DVD."

"Mail your interest to: dvd@beseech.net ."

Another message from the band reads: "Another new project from Beseech members is forming! It's basically the same members from TWDSO but with a male vocalist and a little different direction of the music.

"We really looking forward to puttiing up some music (enter studio in beginning of April), a name for you and other information shortly."

Stay tuned for updates.

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Metallica Confirm French Tour Date

METALLICA have confirmed a live date in France on August 14th in Arras at Grand d'Arras. Tickets for this general admission show go on sale on Tuesday, March 18 at 10am local time. MetClub presale begins on Friday, March 14 at 2am PST.

Upcoming Metallica dates include:

28 - Chorzow, Poland - Slaski Stadium
30 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop
31 - Madrid, Spain - Electric Weekend

3 - Prague, Czech Republic - Slavia Stadium
5 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock In Rio Lisboa
7 - Nürburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
8 - Nürnberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
13 - Manchester, Tennessee - Bonnaroo Music Festival

16 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen
18 - St. Petersburg, Russia - SKK Hall
20 - Riga, Latvia at Skonto Stadium
22 - Bologna, Italy - Parco Nord
25 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Vasil Levski

14 - Arras, France - Grand d'Arras
17 - Wil/Jonschwil, Switzerland - Degenaupark More...

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Bloodsimple Frontman Interviewed On PureGrainAudio

Bloodsimple frontman Tim Williams sat down with PureGrainAudio to talk about the band's new album, Vision of Disorder's legacy, and how he's managed to survive over a decade in the music business. An excerpt of the interview follows:

PureGrainAudio: In 2006 Vision of Disorder did a couple reunion shows and there was a talk of a DVD release. What is the status of that release and would you ever reunite for a full tour?

Tim: I don’t think we’d ever do a full tour, but we will probably do some major cities here and there. We’re lucky that people even want to see that band anymore, so we’re not going to milk it. We’ll look at cities that we think would be cool to play, maybe head to Japan or something, but we’re going to keep it limited. As far as the DVD, it’s just been a bitch because Mike and I are in Bloodsimple and tied to Warner Bros., so the paper work is at our lawyers but it’s taken a while to clear all the red tape. It looks like there is an end in sight, so we’re hoping to have it out possibly this summer, even though it was supposed to be out last summer.

Read the full article at PureGrainAudio.com.

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Dragonforce Announce Portland, Oregon Show

DRAGONFORCE have announced a special one off headlining show at the Roseland Theater, Portland, Oregon on Saturday July 5th ahead of their appearance on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour this coming summer.

Advance tickets will be on general sale as from Saturday 16th March at all Safeway / TicketsWest locations and Charge By Phone 503-224-TIXX and are priced at only $23.00.

All Ages are welcome and the special guests for the show will be Powerglove. Doors are at 7.00pm.

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Beyond Shadows Post New Song Online

New York metallers, Beyond Shadows, issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"Hot off the presses.... its "Hold Your Rose"... featuring a complete Beyond Shadows lineup. Yes that means real drums and bass. Enjoy!!"

"Most importantly, let us know what you think!"


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Iron Maiden To Release "Best Of The 80s" Set

The following press release has been sent:

"IRON MAIDEN have prevailed over the world of heavy metal for almost thirty years, yet are also without doubt one of the most contemporary and exciting bands of the 21st century. And in their defiant spirit of overturning convention - from flying their own plane around the world on a record-breaking tour to selling over 70 million albums Worldwide without mainstream radio or TV support - today Iron Maiden announce a revolutionary new way of delivering music to their fans.

"With the overwhelming success of the current Somewhere Back In Time World Tour 08, and the recent #1 selling DVD Live After Death, which has already gone double-platinum in Canada, EMI are proud to release a very special album on May 13th to chart the first decade of the band’s extraordinary career. The album celebrates the essence of the current tour by featuring most of the essential tracks from the band’s first seven studio albums and one live album, recorded between 1980 and 1989, and is aptly also entitled Somewhere Back in Time - The Best Of: 1980 - 1989 (full tracklisting below).

"In an unprecedented move to let younger fans hear, understand and appreciate the quality of these recordings EMI launch the unique Somewhere Best In Sound, whereby the curious/adventurous can download the entire album without charge from www.ironmaiden.com as a high quality audio file (WMA) which is a typically powerful 320 kbps. Fans will then be able to listen to the entire album at their leisure three times before the download expires. The listener is then given a simple option to upgrade and purchase the album as a full traditional DRM-free download (so they can then copy or do as they like with the album).

Manager Rod Smallwood explains the thinking behind this innovative move: More...

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Metal Artists Unite For Dimebag Memorial Song

"Leave it Alone" is the song that features a number of heavy metal artists including Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner, F5 bassist David Ellefson, DaiTribe guitarist Tristan '1690' Grigsby, and recently announced Yngwie Malmsteen (ex-Iced Earth, ex-Judas Priest) frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens. The song was written for the upcoming memorial album to Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott. "Leave it Alone" features solos by special guests, Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper) and fan Brian Cashmore. The song was recorded and mixed in Chicago at Farview Recording by Jason Walsh with additional tracks recorded at Saltmine studios in Phoenix, Arizona.

"Leave it Alone" will be released to radio in April and will be made available for download exclusively via iTunes. All proceeds from the song will go to Little Kids Rock. A preview of the track can be heard on its MySpace page.

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Eric Peterson Interviewed On Contraband Candy

Contraband Candy met up with Eric Peterson, guitarist of legendary thrash metal originals Testament, after the play-out of their latest album "The Formation Of Damnation" in London. Eric talked in detail about the new album, about beer, about Testament's trials and tribulations over the last decade and gave some exclusive riffige on a bright pink guitar. You can watch the video on Contraband Candy or below: More...

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Eternal Ruin To Release New Material on Mutilated

Eternal Ruin, American brutal death metal band with former Dying Fetus, Misery Index and Divine Empire members, has announced that Czech label Mutilated Records will release an EP of new Eternal ruin material in the coming months. The album will contain six songs with artwork by Jon Zig. You can hear some of Eternal Ruin's material on their MySpace page.

As previously reported, Eternal Ruin parted ways with vocalist Chris Yuastella late last year. There has been no word of a replacement at this time.

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Emaciation Guitarist Issues Studio Update

Missouri metallers, Emaciation, issues the following update:

"The long awaited forth coming Emaciation album ' Earth Odyssey' is in pre production right now and should end up being the best album by us yet."

"Same sound only a lot of the tunes will go in different directions ,but of course while keeping the traditional elements of Emaciation.
We are also going through certain changes right now (for the better). So keep up to date on our Myspace page . For all you coming to Metal Madness 3 , expect a special treat."

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Opeth Mainman Issues Post-"Melloboat" Update

OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has posted the following message on his MySpace blog:

"What you don't know won't hurt you... Well, I'm going to tell ya!"

"I just got back from the Melloboat, basically the floors are still moving underneath me and I'm beyond exhausted, but it's all worth it. Myself, my wife and my youngest daughter, Mirjam, all checked into the semi-posh Commodore suites of the Silja Symphony boat, and I knew right then this trip was going to be a memory for life."

"I wasn't really nervous for our own gig, even though we hadn't played since last summer and even though our setlist consisted of a few songs we hadn't played for a long time plus one new song, 'Heir Apparent'. I asked my wife to cut me some slack as I my brain was literally working overtime, overheating." More...

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Engorged are Hard At Work On New Album

Portland, Oregon-based speed/thrash metal band is ENGORGED has issued the following update:

"ENGORGED are currently at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean working on their all-new LP 'The House Of Cthulhu', set to be released in late 2008 on Parasitic Records! Also in the works is an all-new ENGORGED seven-inch tribute to Robert E. Howard on Witch House Records! And don't forget, the remastered special edition 2-in-1 re-release of 'Where Monsters Dwell' / 'Death Metal Attack 2' on Kitchen Vomit Records featuring all-new artwork by Dennis Dread."

"Catch ENGORGED live in their first ever East Coast appearance at the 2008 Maryland Deathfest!"

Since its debut in 1997, ENGORGED has shared the stage with such acts as OBITUARY, MALEVOLENT CREATION, PUNGENT STENCH, IMPALED, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, SIX FEET UNDER and PHOBIA. The group has also released three full-length albums — 1999's "Death Metal Attack 2" (Razorback Records), 2001's "Engorged" (Century Media/Necropolis) and the most recent CD, 2004's "Where Monsters Dwell" (Razorback Records).

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Nightmare Update Tour Schedule

NIGHTMARE have updated their festival tour schedule to announce a new performance in France at the Tomawok Festival on May 17th. Their tour itinerary is now as follows:

28 – Centre Culturel – Eloyes, France

12 – PestPop Festival – Wieze, Belgium

17 - Tomawok Festival – Nice, France

21 - Hellfest Festival Open Air – Clisson, France
28 - Basinfirefest Open Air - Spalene Porici, Czech Republic
29 – Gods Of Metal Festival – Bologna, Italy

4-8 – Metal Camp Festival – Tolmin, Slovenia

More dates added soon.

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Sathanas Sign To Pagan Records

U.S black death metallers SATHANAS have signed a two-album deal with PAGAN RECORDS. The band is writing material now for their first full-length on PAGAN.

SATHANAS' latest CD, "Crowned Infernal," was released last September by PULVERISED RECORDS. You can check out some samples at the band's official MySpace page.

SATHANAS are looking to tour Europe. Booking agents are encouraged to contact the band at sathanaspaul@hotmail.com.

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My Shameful To Release "Descend" In April

MY SHAMEFUL, the doom/death metal band with Finnish, German and American members, will release its new album, "Descend", on April 14 via Firedoom/Firebox Records.

The track listing is as follows:

01. Allconsuming
02. Deity Of Retribution
03. This Hate
04. Of Haunting
05. Kill The Emptiness
06. Unrepentant
07. Self-Abuse More...

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Kylesa, Withered To Embark On Tour With The Ocean

Savannah’s KYLESA will be embarking on a co-headlining tour in May with Germany’s The Ocean in May and early June. Also on the tour will be Lair of The Minotaur and KYLESA’s Prosthetic Records labelmates WITHERED. KYLESA continues to support 2006’s "Time Will Fuse Its Worth," which recently sent the band to Europe alongside fellow Georgians Baroness. WITHERED, meanwhile, will be supporting the band’s forthcoming release, "Folie Circulaire," which is currently slated for release in June. The effort is currently being recorded by Phillip Cope (Baroness, Kylesa, Black Tusk).

“Everything is going very well,” WITHERED guitarist Mike Thompson previously said from the studio. “Phillip has a great ear and a great vision for this album. I think it will likely exceed our expectations. Phillip has really gotten a grasp of how we want the record to sound and done a great job of getting in our heads. We were able to transform The Jam Room into our own little world. We’ve been sleeping on the floor and have completely lost track of time. There are no windows or clocks. The focus has been incredible.”

“We chose to work with Phillip because we’ve known him for a long time and his crusty background with Damad and Kylesa is something we really wanted to incorporate into the record,” Thompson elaborates. “A full tilt death or black metal production would have been the wrong direction. Phillip is also a big fan of black and death metal which gives him a unique perspective that we can trust.” An image of the band and Cope can be viewed here.

"Folie Circulaire" is the follow-up to 2005’s critically-acclaimed "Memento Mori," and will be the band’s Prosthetic Records debut. An unnamed demo song from ‘Folie Circulaire,’ along with previous material, is available on WITHERED’s official MySpace page.

Here are the latest KYLESA tour dates: More...

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Avantasia Announce South American Tour Dates

EDGUY singer Tobias Sammet's solo project AVANTASIA has scheduled the following dates:

June 06 - Rocksound Festival - Huttwil, Switzerland
June 07 - Sweden Rock - Sölvesborg, Sweden
June 18 - Obras - Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 20 - Caupolican - Santiago, Chile
June 22 - Credicard Hall - Sao Paulo, Brazil
July 04 - Castle Festival - Smederevo Fortress, Serbia
July 10 - Masters of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
July 26 - Rockin Field Festival - Italy
July 31 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany

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Candlelight Records Drop Mithras

Leon Macey of the UK psychedelic brutal death metal masters MITHRAS has issued the following update:

"First off, we're no longer signed to Candlelight Records. Although we signed with them for a possible three albums (of which 'Behind The Shadows Lie Madness' was the first), Candlelight decided not to take up the option in our contract for what we're just calling 'album four' at the mopment, giving the reason that we don't tour. While we're not particularly disgruntled by this, it did come as a bit of a surprise given the fact we made them aware we weren't a touring band when they signed us (and we signed as a duo). However, the music industry has changed a lot over the last few years and it is definitely a different and harder market these days. Nonetheless, it was a great experience working with Candlelight on 'Behind The Shadows...' and we wish them all the best for the future. Work continues on album four as I type this..." More...

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Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian Launches New Band

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has formed a new side project called METHUSALEH. According to Ian, the group features "some lovely fellows that play in some major bands. I can't say shit about it right now other than the songs are fucking heavy, like a more metallic KYUSS."

Scott Ian will take part in a meet-and-greet following PEARL's performance at the Barfly in Camden, UK on March 21.

PEARL is the band fronted by Pearl Aday, Scott Ian's fiancée and daughter of legendary crooner Meat Loaf. The group's current lineup is completed by Eric Bradley (THE YOUNG ROYALS, JERRY CANTRELL) on lead guitar, Eric Andrews (ROYAL FEVER, 286) on drums, and Dominique Davalos (THE GO-GO'S, THE BLUEBELLES) on bass.

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Cavalera Conspiracy Directors Cut Video Online

The uncensored version of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's video "Sanctuary" is currently available at this location.

Roadrunner Records has posted their second video online from their five part fan-submitted Ask The Artist series with Max and Iggor (Cavalera). You can view the streaming windows media video by clicking this link here. Part 3 from the series will be posted online on March 12, and a mini-site for the band featuring more interviews with Max, iggor, and Joe Duplantier and more previews of the Inflikted album that will hit stores by March 25th.

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Black Stone Cherry Post Studio Update

Black Stone Cherry have checked in from the studio with the following update:

"Hello everyone! We're sitting here in the control room of studio A at the beautiful Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN! We're finished with all the tracks for the album...now we're on to over-dubs, etc..AND..a little physcadelic organ right now! Deep Purple baby! haha!
We've been here a week now and have gotten a lot done with plenty more still to go!
The songs are incredible and you all are gonna love 'em!! We've really been able to expand this time and working with Bob Marlette has been great..he totally understands us a band and individuals!
We should have some in studio photos and video up soon..so keep lookin' for that as well as many more studio updates from us!! We can't wait for you all to hear this album and we are lookin' forward to seeing you all this Spring/Summer on the road again!!

"Much love from BLACK STONE CHERRY...right here in Music City, TN!!"

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Turbonegro Announce New Drummer, Tomas Dahl

Turbonegro have made the decision to replace drummer Chris Summers with Tomas Dahl. The former was asked to leave the band because of various problems.

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