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Metal News for March 15, 2010

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45 news articles posted on this day.


Joshua Craig Discusses New Album "Bekoming"

The Alien Blakk doesn’t just have a unique and experimental sound, they have a unique outlook on making music. “There may have been a few third takes on the album but it wasn’t due to playing it was due to technical situations. I don’t really believe in doing it too many times. If you can do it you can do it, if you can’t you shouldn’t be there” says band founder and front man Joshua Craig. Their second album "Bekoming" is soon to be released, which was an endeavor three years in the making featuring musicians from bands such as CKY, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Megadeth. During my chat with Joshua we discussed the making of "Bekoming," the stellar guest appearance from Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame, and the two cover tracks on the album. More...

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Korn Announces U.S. Tour

Korn has announced they will be embarking on their upcoming "Ballroom Blitz Tour" in anticipation of their new album, "Korn III: Remember Who You Are," which is tentatively set for a summer 2010 release. The album is produced by Ross Robinson, who produced the first two Korn records. Joining Korn as openers are Los Angeles rockers 2 Cents.

Jonathan Davis commented on the Ballroom Blitz Tour and new album: “There is no sitting down on this one! We nicknamed this tour the Ballroom Blitz because that's what we want to see out there, the die-hard Korn fans going nuts on the floor. On Korn III: Remember Who You Are it was the first time we've worked with Ross since our 2nd album and these were the types of gigs we played back then. Those early tours were some of the best times of our lives. Now we are looking to bring that vibe back in a big way.”

The currently confirmed dates are as follows, with more expected to be announced soon:

5/2 North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
5/3 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Ballroom
5/6 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
5/7 Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Ballroom
5/10 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
5/12 Scranton, PA @ Scranton Cultural Centre Ballroom
5/15 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom

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Fear Factory Announces In-Store Appearance

Candlelight Records has announced the first of several planned in-store/meet-and-greets with Fear Factory on their upcoming Revolver Presents: Fear Campaign American Tour 2010. All four members of the band will appear at Hastings Entertainment, located at 4315 Wyoming Northeast in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday, March 23 beginning at 6:00pm. This will be the first opportunity for fans to meet the band who have not toured the US in nearly three years.

The upcoming Fear Factory tour dates are as follows:

3/22/2010 Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
3/23/2010 Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
3/24/2010 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
3/26/2010 House of Blues - Dallas, TX
3/27/2010 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
3/28/2010 The Channel @ Wired Live - Houston, TX
3/30/2010 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/31/2010 House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
4/01/2010 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
4/02/2010 Valarium - Knoxville, TN
4/03/2010 The Village - Little Rock, AR
4/05/2010 Aggie Theatre - Ft. Collins, CO
4/06/2010 Mesa Theatre - Grand Junciton, CO
4/09/2010 Regency Center - San Francisco, CA
4/10/2010 House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
4/11/2010 House of Blues - San Diego, CA

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The Murder Industry Streaming New Songs

Spanish death metal act The Murder Industry is currently streaming several songs online from the band's new album "Death Motivation," which was released on March 12th via Xtreem Music. The album's title track, along with "Master of all Assassin," "Mutilated Innocence," and "Man Devour the Man" can be heard through The Murder Industry's official MySpace page.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Death Motivation
2. Apology of Cannibalism
3. Mutilated Innocence
4. Antropophagic Doctrine
5. Man Devour the Man
6. Temple of Torment
7. Messenger of Terror
8. Master of All Assassins

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Katatonia Posts New Tour Blog

Swedish metallers Katatonia have checked in from the road with a second tour blog on Ultimate-guitar.com. An excerpt from the blog follows:

"March 4th, 2010, Thursday… Woke up in Cologne, parked outside the Luxor venue. Apparently, we had played here before because the other guys recognized it already from the outside and then I saw our old stickers backstage, but couldn't fucking recall it. Not the venue, not the backstage, nothing really made my memories come alive, am I getting senile? Got the information that the gig was yet again sold out! Best news you can get to set the right vibe for the rest of the afternoon. Luckily, this venue had a shower as well, and all bands know but fans might not, how much you appreciate this when you live amongst 20 sweaty men in the same bus with dirty laundry and no showering/washing facilities.

"We got a nice meal at the Indian restaurant next door. Thumbs up 'cuz I love Indian food! Gig went better than last night, but there are still some nerves and technical things to sort. The crowd was good though! I guess we need a couple of gigs in our backbone to fully be able to bring on the confidence. This was the last German gig until we return for the remaining five dates next month. You can tell the new guys are loving it! More...

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As I Lay Dying Reveals New Album Tracklisting

American metal outfit As I Lay Dying has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming fifth studio album, "The Powerless Rise." You can check it out at the bottom of the page. The album will be released through Metal Blade Records on May 11th.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"Beyond Our Suffering"
"Anodyne Sea"
"Without Conclusion"
"The Plague"
"Anger And Apathy"
"Upside Down Kingdom"
"The Only Constant Is Change"
"The Blinding Of False Light"

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Ex Deo Posts New Music Video

Ex Deo, the Roman themed band featuring Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm, has debuted the brand new video for the track "The Final War (Battle of Actium)," which deals with Antony and Cleopatra's defiance of Octavian in Egypt. Karl Sanders of Nile makes a special guest appearance on this track with a guitar solo.

Commented Maurizio Iacono: "It's an honor for me that such talented musicians and friends lent their art for a couple songs on this album. I only asked a few selected people that had involvement with history through their music and related to this band's concept, so I salute them for contributing to Rome's rise and they shall be amply rewarded for it."

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Alice In Chains Video Interview Available

Noisecreep.com recently conducted a video interview with Alice In Chains members Sean Kinney and Mike Inez. The video of the interview can be viewed below.

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Amalgama Parts Ways With Guitarist

New York metallers Amalgama have issued the following statement about parting ways with their lead guitarist:

"For all those who were present for our last headlining show at The Dublin Underground on March 3rd you were witness to Amalgama lead-guitarist Nate's last live performance with the band. It's been a wild few years playing shows with Nate - first playing bass and then moving to his preferred instrument and skill-set: lead guitar - but he's decided to focus on another one of his passions working in the live entertainment field behind the mixing board. We can still remember Nate splitting his head open on a cymbal during a show in Worchester, MA during a rather intense headbanging session while onstage! He's a man of few words but when he opens his mouth its usually to imbue the rest of us with some wisdom & level-headed thinking. His presence will be missed.

"Fear not, metal-faithful. Nate's departure won't slow us down one bit. We've been working with a new player who will hopefully make his presence and identity known in the coming weeks in a changing of the guard of sorts. Stay tuned and watch for pictures from Saturday and Sunday's recording session! We'll be twittering (is that even a word?) and uploading pictures all weekend. Until then, stay metal."

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Anger As Art Issues DVD Update

California's Anger as Art has issued the following update about an upcoming live DVD release:

"So I finally got a chance to see some of the footage from our recent Galaxy Theatre show. Man, am I happy we had Medal Media come down and shoot this show for us. We tried to do this with Medal Media a couple of years ago when we had a So Cal date with Testament and Laaz Rockit, but it was one of those shows you'd rather forget - immortalized on tape! (you'll never see it - LOL)

"This time... complete opposite. The band was very sharp, but also - the lighting and sound were perfect - and you guys in the crowd? Well, you were loud... let's just say that. Freddy and staff were on point - 5 cameras didn't miss a thing. We are in the midst of editing this into a concise concert video, along with some behind the scenes footage of the band on tour, and recording the 'Disfigure' album... you know, like a real rock band! Except it's us - go figure! Release date forthcoming...

"Another Southern California show coming up - this with label mates Hexen. Other shows coming with OSM's Potential Threat. Also, you will notice that we are starting to post some of our European tour dates - a further announcement will be made when the shows are locked in and confirmed. A few more reviews (I hear that we finally got a bad one!) and a lot more sales. Thanks for your enthusiasm and support."

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Arch Enemy Announces French Tour Dates

Arch Enemy has announced a string of French tour dates later this month alongside Samael, No Return, and Dylath Leen. Arch Enemy's complete list of upcoming tour dates is as follows:

3/27 2010 L’Aéronef, Lille (France) Lille (France)
3/28 2010 Paris Extreme Fest @ Élysée Montmartre, Paris (France) Paris (France)
3/30 2010 Ninkasi Kao (Salle du Kao) @ Lyon (France) Lyon (France)
3/31 2010 La Laiteri, Strasbourg (France) Strasbourg (France)
4/1 2010 Rockhal Club, Luxembourg (Luxembourg) Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
4/3 2010 Noisegate Festival 3 @ Neue Stadthalle, Langen (Germany) Langen (Germany)
4/4 2010 Paaspop 2010 - Schijndel (The Netherlands) Schijndel (The Netherlands)
4/23 2010 Karmøygeddon Metal Festival @ Haugesund (Norway) Haugesund (Norway)
4/24 2010 Glassheim, Jevnaker (Norway) Jevnaker (Norway)
4/27 2010 Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun hall Wolverhampton, UK
4/28 2010 Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow, UK, Scotland
4/29 2010 Manchester, UK @ Academy Manchester, UK
4/30 2010 London, UK @ HMV Forum London, UK
5/14 2010 Long’I’Rock Festival (Switzerland) Longirod (Switzerland)
5/16 2010 Warsaw @ Klub Stodola (Poland) Warszawa Klub Stodola / Batorego 1
6/18 2010 10:00PHellfest @ Clisson (France) Clisson
7/9 2010 Ruisrock 2010, Turku (Finland) Turku (Finland)
7/31 2010 Rockarea Festival, Loreley (Germany) Loreley (Germany)
8/6 2010 Wacken Open Air 2010 Wacken
10/22 2010 Waerdse Tempel / Heerhugowaard (Holland) Heerhugowaard (Holland)
10/23 2010 METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST VIII @ Wieze (Belgium) Wieze (Belgium)
10/24 2010 ARCH ENEMY @ Markthalle (Metal Breed Festival), Hamburg (Germany)

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Arsenic Addiction Recruits New Drummer

Vocalist The Lady of Arsenic of Salt Lake City metal band Arsenic Addiction has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:

"We are beyond pleased to announce our 5th member Dave 'The Professor'. We are delighted to welcome him to our Arsenic Addiction family, and count wait to show you all the lovely goodies we've been working on. Stop by and check out page for more updates, I assure you, you won't regret it."

Arsenic Addiction will also be playing the following upcoming live shows:

4/17 2010 Club Vegas - 21+ Salt Lake City, Utah
4/23 2010 The Abyss - 21+ Salt Lake City, Utah
5/7 2010 Club Vegas - 21+ Salt Lake City, Utah
5/21 2010 The Outer Rim - ALL AGES Salt Lake City, Utah

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Awake Gearing Up To Enter The Studio

U.K. based metallers Awake have announced they will record their new album, as yet still untitled, between April and May, 2010. The recordings will take place at The Parlour Studios in Northampton. Awake's upcoming album will be the first the band has recorded with new guitarists Andrew and Steven Coles. The new album is currently planned for release worldwide in late summer via Lion Music.

In the mean time, you can check out sample Awake tracks that are available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.

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Paradox Working On New Album

Germany's Paradox has issued the following update about the band's lack of live activity and working on a new full-length album to release in 2011:

"Due to numerous inquiries for Live lacking presence of Paradox in Germany now for this an official statement from the band. Despite outstanding CD criticisms of the current album 'Riot Squad' many of you may ask themselves, why PARADOX show so little Live presence. Why Paradox are not booked is reasoned by the fact that our native concert agencies and festival-bookers for what reason always, shows no interest into Paradox.

"They still ignore us. Their business runs among themselves and we belongs not to the family. Therefore play also in all regularity same bands on the bigger festivals. It is not because of us that Paradox gets to see so rare. We want to give concerts, but nobody of them give us a chance. If you want to see us playing live, then please write to the magazines, which meanwhile already call Paradox as Germany`s most underrated band or to the forums of the festival sites.

"The Band already began with the song writing to the 6th studio album, which will be released in 2011 to their 25th anniversary. Metal UP!

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Ihsahn To Appear At Tuska Festival

Solo artist Ihsahn (formerly of Emperor, Peccatum, and Thou Shalt Suffer) has announced he will be appearing at the 2010 edition of the Tuska Festival with Norwegian metallers Leprous as his backing band. The Tuska Open Air festival takes place from July 2nd - 4th in Helsinki, Finland. More info on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts for the festival include Municipal Waste, Armed for Apocalypse, Testament, Insomnium, Barren Earth, Hypocrisy, Bloodbath, and Overkill.

Ihshan has also announced the following upcoming festival appearances: Inferno Festival (NOR) 2nd of April, Hellfest (FR) 18th of June, Wacken Open Air (GER) 6th of August, Brutal Assult (CZ) 13th of August.

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Line-Up Announced For Napalm Over Warsaw Fest

The 2010 edition of the Napalm Over Warsaw festival will take place on March 20th in Warsaw, Poland. More details on the festival can be found here. The currently confirmed line-up is as follows:

Length of Time
Pain Runs Deep
Calm the Fire
Hangman's Chair
Drip of Lies

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Souldrainer Recording New Album

Souldrainer has issued the following update about beginning the recording process for a new full-length album:

"Yeah! Guess what! We are starting to record a new album at Empire Studio. This album will be beautiful, evil, slightly more aggressive and heavier than the debut Reborn. Prepare for an epic death/doom album so heavy it will blow your face off. We have 13 songs to record and the album title is yet unknown. Stay tuned for studio reports during as the recording proceeds."

Souldrainer is also posting day by day reports from the studio, which can be found here.

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Unleashed To Play Rockweekend Festival

Unleashed has issued the following announcement about appearing at the 2010 edition of the Rockweekend Festival:

"Warriors! Unleashed are proud to announce that they will be playing at the Rockweekend Festival in Söderhamn, Sweden on the 8th-10th of July. More information about the exact date on the website as soon as it becomes available."

Additional details about the Rockweekend Festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed bands include Twisted Sister, Deep Purple, Saxon, Annihilator, Danger Danger, Astral Doors, and more. Unleashed also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Xerath Announces New Bassist Chris Clarke

UK metal band XERATH has announced their new bassist as Chris Clarke (ex-Hollow Earth Theory). The band comments, "2010 is going to be an important year for Xerath, with awesome shows being planned and a new album to make later on in the year, were going to need a full butt kicking lineup to help us along the way."

"Chris made his Xerath debut supporting Vader in london and recently played Hammerfest in wales to a huge metal hungry crowd."

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Evemaster Signs To Supernova Records

Polish thrash metal band Evemaster has issued the following update regarding their signing to Supernova Records:

"Just a short newsbit here... We have signed a deal with Supernova Records (http://www.supernovarecords.com/). Supernova is a sublabel of one of the biggest independent record labels Bonnier Amigo (http://www.bonnieramigo.com/). Supernova is led by Johnny Hagel (ex- Tiamat, Sundown, Roadrunner)."

"The album will be preceded with a single and I also have high hopes for a LP-release."

"Currently we are working on the artwork for the album and after it's finished the label will set the release dates etc."

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Common Grave Announces New Drummer

German brutal death metal band Common Grave has issued the following update:

"Due to the job related development of Flo, we were forced to get more active and together we searched for a solution, which we found in Ronny!"

"Along with Flo, we got through all kind of stuff and we keep our fingers crossed for him and his new job. Take care buddy!"

"With Ronny we already put the rule to the test and played shows in Aalen, Pfarrkirchen, Leipzig, Stuttgart and Zürich." More...

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Sparzanza Posts Making of "My World Of Sin" Video

Swedish metal band SPARZANZA has posted a making of video of the music video for "My World Of Sin." Watch the video below:

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Agathodaion Posts Live "Darkness Inside" Video

Germany's Agathodaimon has posted footage online of the band's performance of the track "Darkness Inside," which can be viewed below. Agathodaimon also issued the following statement about the clip:

"Uploaded a live video of 'Darkness Inside' recorded at the Nuclear Blast Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria (03.11.2007). Back then, we had Jonas Iscariot on vocals. As our bass player Till wasn't able to participate on this gig, we had Ivica on bass as session player. Sorry for the bad audio, there was no proper soundboard recording available."

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Swallow The Sun Announces First Show In Israel

Finnish metallers Swallow the Sun, who are currently touring in support of their latest album "New Moon," have announced they will be making their live appearance in Israel. The show will take place on June 3rd at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv. Support at the tour date will come from Distorted.

The upcoming Swallow the Sun tour dates are as follows:

3/15 2010 Kulturfabrik Luxembourg
3/16 2010 Nouveau Casino Paris
3/17 2010 Camji Niort
3/18 2010 Apolo 2 Barcelona
3/19 2010 Ramdall Madrid
3/22 2010 CCO Villeurbanne Lyon
3/23 2010 Kofmeh Solothurn
3/24 2010 Alcatraz Milano
3/25 2010 Alpheus Rome
3/26 2010 Rockplanet Cervia
3/27 2010 Gala Hala Ljublana
3/28 2010 Scene Wien
3/29 2010 Dürer Kert Budapest
3/30 2010 Exit Chmelnice Prague
3/31 2010 Rotunda Krakow
4/1 2010 Stodola Warsaw
4/2 2010 Lido Berlin
4/3 2010 Zeche Bochum
4/4 2010 Conne Island Leipzig
4/6 2010 Jaxx Springfield, Virginia
4/7 2010 Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4/8 2010 Grammercy Theater New York, New York
4/9 2010 Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
4/10 2010 Club Soda Montreal, Quebec
4/12 2010 Opera House Toronto, Ontario
4/13 2010 Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio
4/14 2010 Blondie’s Detroit, Michigan
4/15 2010 The Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin More...

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Amaranthe Streaming New Song

Amaranthe has issued the following update about streaming a new song online via their MySpace page:

"Hey folks! Today we have the honour of posting a brand new song for you guys, the first new material we have published in quite a while! A very direct song, containing all of Amaranthe's unique traits, we hope 'Automatic' will live up to your expectations!

"We are also proud to announce our very first summer festival, Getaway Rock festival in the north of Sweden, where we will appear beside giants like Motörhead, Megadeth, Europe etc. Don't miss out! More festival announcements to follow shortly. Cheers!"

Amaranthe also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Moonsorrow To Play Brutal Assault Fest

Moonsorrow drummer Marko Tarvonen has issued the following statement about the band appearing at the 2010 edition of the Brutal Assault festival:

"We will play the only summer festival show in Brutal Assault 2010 on 14th August. Such a great festival with so many brilliant bands so if you wanna see us playing the same ol' shit before the next album you better be there headbanging to Pimeä or even Aurinko ja Kuu or then just to chill out with your friends. Let's drink some best Czech beer in the world and have some big fun once more before the studio torture starts in September. ARE YOU WITH US??????????????? Alright I'll shut up then...."

Additional details on the festival can be found here. Other confirmed acts for the show include: Arsis, Bleed From Within, Candlemass, Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, Converge, Demonic Resurrection, Despised Icon, Fear Factory, Ihsahn, Graveworm, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, and more.

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Dreadnox Streaming New Track

Brazilian metallers Dreadnox are currently streaming a new track online from their upcoming album "Dance of Ignornance." The album's title track, along with the previously uploaded "Echoes at Midnight," can be heard through the band's official MySpace page.

The track listing for "Dance of Ignorance" will be as follows:

1. Fight With the Light
2. Survive
3. Echoes at Midnight
4. Go On
5. Miracle
6. All is Not Lost
7. Dance of Ignorance
8. Annie
9. Sinners in Paradise
10. Impromptu No. 1
11. Waiting for the Sun
12. Battle & Honor (bonus track)

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Los Angeles

Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week I am exploring the Los Angeles metal scene.

If you live in Los Angeles, or have been to a metal show, whether it be death metal, thrash metal, or just metal, you may have become accustomed to watching several unsigned bands perform before an advertised lineup start their sets. As soon as you're inside the venue, the bands set up, and they finally play. Sometimes, these bands make your want to run into a brick wall, head first, because they are an awful, yet convoluted noise somehow crushed on top of fingernails scratching across a chalk board. But, on rare occasions, you finally notice a band that would be, in your eyes, considered an artist in the making. Here are three unsigned metal bands from Los Angeles and surrounding areas that definitely need to be heard and given a chance in the world of heavy metal. More...

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Marduk Adds More Tour Dates

Swedish black metal act Marduk has issued the following update about adding on more tour dates:

"After 100 live appearances in support of the 11th full-length album known as Wormwood, the war machine marches on. We are delighted to present Marduk's return to the East. Dates have now been confirmed for Russia and Belarus. The crusade in the East will begin on the 29th of April. All the correct dates are presented in the Tour section. Await the carnage! The fan gallery section here has been massively updated. Marduk hails you all for showing your loyalty! Keep sending photos of your Marduk related tattoos to have them published there."

The upcoming Marduk tour dates are as follows: More...

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Hank III and Assjack Spread Evil in New Orleans

You may be wondering why the grandson of country artist Hank Williams is showing up on a metal website. Hank III does play traditional country music akin to his grandfather’s style, but he’s been a fan of punk and metal all his life. Along with his country band, Hank III has been making metal with his band Assjack for years, and finally recorded (all the music and vocals by himself) and released “Assjack” in August of last year. He also plays the drums in the classic hardcore/thrash band Arson Anthem alongside Phil Anselmo of Down and Mike IX of Eyehategod, and was a member of the now disbanded Superjoint Ritual. Hank III’s show was a three-hour barrage of three styles of music; country, hellbilly and metal. And it was only fitting that “Hell’s House Band” should use only red stage lights throughout the night to create an aura of evil. More...

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Hydrogyn Posts New Video Diary Update

Three weeks in, Hydrogyn has pretty much written the album with a few touches to be added. Recently exited Megadeth bassist, James Lomenzo, has recorded his bass-lines for three tracks already. This is to the much anticipated studio album "judgment" with the new Hydrogyn lineup. More...

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Continuance Posts New Music Online

The progressive melodic hardcore band Continuance has posted two new songs on their MySpace page. The band has also revealed their album artwork on their MySpace page. "Carry Ourselves" will hit stores on April 27th.

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Scar For Life To Enter The Studio

Unsigned Portuguese metal band Scar For Life has announced that they will enter the studio on April 10th to record their second album, entitled "It All Fades Away," which is planned for release in the summer.

The tracklisting for "It All Fades Away" is as follows:

01. My Darkest Journey
02. Cold Blood
03. Never Smile Again
04. Lost
05. This Empire
06. It All Fades Away
07. Between Us
08. Glimpse Of Hope
09. The Newborn
10. Narcolepsy
11. Here Comes The Night

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Power Quest Announces New Lineup

UK power metal band Power Quest has issued the following update regarding lineup changes:

"Power Quest has parted ways with front man Pete Morten and guitarist Ben Randall due to musical differences. Needless to say the split was amicable and everyone in the PQ family wishes Pete and Ben all the very best in their respective musical endeavours."

"A new vocalist has already been found and the band is hard at work rehearsing new material with him."

"In the meantime, Power Quest is looking for a new guitarist to join the line up. Dedication, commitment and drive are essential as is the ability and desire to tour and rehearse (one weekend per month in the UK) as required. Experience is obviously an advantage but is by no means essential. So if you are a guitarist familiar with Power Quest and influenced by melodic metal and hard rock then here's what you have to do to apply:" More...

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Seventh Void Announces Last Minute NYC Show

Brooklyn metal band SEVENTH VOID, featuring Kenny Hickey and Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative, has announced a last minute New York City show on Thursday March 18th at Don Hills. Don Hills is located at 511 Greenwich Street in New York City .

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Deathstars Announces UK Tour Dates

Sweden's Deathstars has announced the following UK tour dates in June:

June 19 - London, 02 Academy Islington
June 20 - Birmingham, 02 Academy 2
June 21 - Liverpool, 02 Academy 2
June 22 - Newcastle, 02 Academy 2
June 23 - Glasgow, 02 ABC

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Obscura Issues Tour Report

OBSCURA has issued the following tour update:

"The tour is going great so far! Being halfway through now we must say that we are overwhelmed by the reactions of our American fans. It's a great pleasure to play for such dedicated groups of people every night and to meet and hang out with our fans. Thanks to all of you for your unbelievable support!"

"We feel the package together with The Black Dahlia Murder, Augury and Hatesphere is very strong and we are proud to be a part of it. Every band on the bill has their own original sound and delivers their own idea of metal for a new geneartion of fans. We get along very well with everyone on this tour as everybody is being super cool, which makes life on the road very easy and enjoyable. Great times for sure!" More...

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TSotSC Posts Live Video Footage Online

The Sign Of The Southern Cross has posted live fan filmed video footage from their show at Ground Zero in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Watch the two parts below:


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Open Grave Posts New Music Online

New Jersey occult black metal band Open Grave has announced that they will be releasing their first full length album, entitled "Fear," through Regimental Records. The band is currently awaiting the completion of the artwork for the album. Samples from the album can be heard on Open Grave's MySpace page.

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Helcaraxe Begins Recording New Album

Helcaraxe has issued the following update:

"We've started the recording process for our next full length record, entitled 'RED DRAGON.' I sincerely believe this is the best thing we've ever written. It certainly has the most man-hours put into it. We hope to have the recording done within the next couple months as we fine tune things and then perhaps a release date this summer. We'll keep you posted!"

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Forbidden Issues Studio Update

Forbidden has issued the following studio update:

"What a week it's been. Fucking insane!"

"February 28th- Mark, his tech Jeff(Trigger), Tim Narducci and myself left for L.A. and the Bomb Shelter. We packed 3 drum sets(all Sonor) and one guitar for me. It was one of my trusty Les Paul's, if your wondering. She's is a Rock! Anyhow, we loaded in and got set up for the next day when we would get tones. We had dinner in Japan town at what was referred to as the Denny's of Sushi by Mike and Jarred, the engineers at the Shelter. Good and cheap! We then picked up a gaggle of groceries for the week at Rockin Roll Ralphs. Off to sleep after that."

"March 1st- I left early to go pick up the new Line6/Bogner 100 watt HD. It sounds killer, by the way. while that was happening everyone else starting pulling out the pieces of drums and hardware and matching whatever sounded best together. I told Mark before we left that he'd better be ready to adjust in case we needed to make Franken-set. After the last of his heads and cymbals were finally delivered we started getting tones. As it turned out, only a slight Fraken-set modification was needed. He switched out to one maple kick drum instead of two birch ones. It simply sounded amazing! He's had the same kick since 1990 when he joined Vio-lence. We were a bit concerned about the one kick vs two kick issue, but it sounded perfect. Sometimes the easy way works!" More...

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Sathanas Begins Recording New Album

Pennsylvania black/death metallers SATHANAS have announced that they will begin recording their upcoming release "LA HORA DE LUCIFER" in April. Artwork will be done by Kris Verwimp. SATHANAS will be releasing the album through the following labels: PAGAN RECORDS in Europe, AUSTRAL HOLOCAUST in South American, and EVIL DEAD PROD for Asia release. SATHANAS are currently deciding on a US label for release in USA. All releases will contain different bonus tracks. PAGAN RECORDS will also release a vinyl version later this year.

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Abacinate Announces New Lineup

New Jersey's Abacinate has issued the following update regarding their new lineup:

"After a long harsh year of several lineup changes, near death experiences, minimal touring, losing a lot of money, a six month hiatus, and nearly breaking up the band forever, Abacinate is finally back on its feet in 2010."

"We are pleased to announce that we have a new full lineup. Abacinate welcomes two new members Jason Sica on Vocals and Dan Higgins on guitar, along with original members Justin Spaeth, Todd Stern and Matt Babulski."

"As we are in the process of tracking pre-production demos, we continue to write new music for our next full length record. We are excited to announce that we will start tracking our next full length record at the Machine Shop in late June 2010 with Producer/Engineer Will Putney. Following the recording, we will embark on a US tour during the month of August. The summer tour dates and info will be posted once everything is confirmed." More...

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Beyond Terror Beyond Grace Denies Breakup Rumors

In response to rumours of Sydney grind band Beyond Terror Beyond Grace splitting up, the band has posted a blog on their official MySpace page refuting these claims:

“We HAVE NOT broken up!”

“If anyone has seen or sees or has heard this, despite what some rumours maintain, BTBG have not disbanded. There has regretfully been a lineup change, but this will not affect the activity of the band. The wheels are well and truly in motion in terms of replacements and we will be announcing the 2 new members very soon. We are very excited about the prospect of making new music, playing shows and touring everywhere possible with the new lineup so stay tuned for some huge news on the touring front coming soon, some of which will please those reading this who are in Europe!“

The band recently released "Our Ashes Built Mountains," their second full length release, which is available now from Obscene Productions and Deepsend Records. Their debut release "extinction|salvation" is available through Grindhead Records.

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Divide The Sea Shoots New Music Video

Divide The Sea recently teamed up with Dreamery Films to shoot a music video. Dreamery Films has also worked with A Day To Remember and Onward To Olympas in the past few months. The video will be released soon, but in the meantime you can check out some behind the scenes clips below and some photographs from the shoot by Joanna Webb.

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