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Metal News for April 21, 2009

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28 news articles posted on this day.

My Private Hell Announces "Suicide" EP

With the June 9th, 2009 release of the “Suicide EP,” My Private Hell’s second EP in a 4 year span, fans will experience the band's latest release since 2005’s EP "Weight Of the World." Now in their fifth year together, Gian Erguiza, Blue Palacol and Eric Cuarez, My Private Hell has taken their music to new places while retaining the core values they’ve always embodied and embraced since their inception.

“Suicide” picks up from the tighter, brash sound of My Private Hell’s previous effort, which subsequently shaped the sound and attitude of the band. The “Suicide EP” serves as a new outlook for My Private Hell with a renewed sense of purpose, as depicted by the colorful, true-to-life story of lead track “Suicide” and the melancholic lullaby of “Temptation.” In a nutshell, says Blue, “It’s a new band. We know where we come from and where we’ve been and what we’ve done. We’re headed in a new direction now. Not on purpose. It’s just where we’re headed and that’s it.”

Gian’s latest batch of songs, with Blue and Eric co-writing, were penned over the past few years and recorded sporadically during that period. With little help from friends here and there on the producing end and recording help from the Soundmaster Recording Engineer School, these and other elements helped fine-tuned the recordings. More...

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The Answer Postpones UK Headlining Tour

Due to ligament / tendon damage to drummer James Heatley’s left hand, THE ANSWER has had to announce the postponement their imminent UK headline club shows. The affected shows are as follows:

Apr 20th Belfast Mandela Hall
Apr 22nd Nottingham Rescue rooms
Apr 24th Glasgow Grand Central

These shows will be rescheduled and all tickets will be honored for the new dates, which are to be announced soon.

The rescheduled date for the Belfast Mandella Hall is already set for June 29th.

Says singer Cormac Neeson, “We are bitterly disappointed to have to postpone our UK headline shows especially for all our fans who have been waiting so patiently for so long. We have left the decision to the absolute last minute in the hope that the medical problem with our drummer James might get better. Unfortunately his hand is swollen and he is in immense pain. He has struggled with pain-killers to get through the recent 30 minute support sets on the AC/DC tour and whilst he can perform a short support set, it is a medical impossibility for him to perform a full one hour and fifteen minute headline set at present. More...

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Serenity Writing New Material

Austrian metallers Serenity have issued the following update about writing new material:

"Hi everybody!

"The show together with RAGE and our label mates MIND ODYSSEY was fantastic and we wanna thank our fans once again for their huge support although some of you missed the show due to the earlier beginning – we are very sorry for that!

"At the moment we’re just writing new songs and the results so far are amazing. Thomas really created some great basics and right now I’m adding some new vocal lines and choirs.

"We’re looking forward to the show in Prague on the 09.05.09 and this week there’ll be a big surprise for all our fans especially in Germany....But I can’t tell you more at the moment! So stay tuned!!"

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I Built The Cross Reveals New Album Artwork

Nevada based Christian death metal band I Built The Cross have announced that their upcoming debut album will be titled "Bridging the Gap Between Mind and Heart." The album is set to be released this spring through Open Grave Records. The cover art for the album can be viewed here.

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Heaven And Hell Posts "The Devil You Know" Online

Heaven And Hell, the band comprised of the Black Sabbath lineup of vocalist Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Tony Iommi, bass player Terry "Geezer" Butler and drummer Vinny Appice, has posted their brand new studio album online at VH1.com. You can check it out by clicking here. The album is scheduled to be released on April 28th through Rhino Records.

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Anthrax Pushes New Album Back To October

Scott Ian, guitarist of New York based thrash metal legends Anthrax, has revealed that the band will be releasing their new studio album, "Worship Music" in October instead of the previously announced month of June. An update from Ian reads as follows:

"Hey, haven't posted here in a while. I've gotten so swamped with finishing the new record.

"The good news is we start mixing first week of May!!! We're gonna give birth to a really heavy baby.

"Touring starts in Europe in June, lots of festivals. We'll be in Europe most of the summer and then hopefully out in the states in the fall.

"The album will be out in October but I'm sure you'll be hearing something from it over the summer. A single maybe?

"More soon."

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Download Darkside's Complete Demo, "Herbst" Online

Darkside has issued the following update:

"We have uploaded our legendary demo tape 'Herbst' from 1993 on our Reverbnation account for free download and/or listening pleasure. Find also provided a link where you can download the cover of the demo including lyrics, pics and the original cover artwork."

"Herbst" was DARKSIDE’s second demo tape, recorded at Studio Past in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, in the spring of 1993. This was also the first recording of DARKSIDE as a five member band. The line-up for the recording was as follows:

Peter Durst - guitars, vox
Herbert Knöchel - guitars
Peter Böhm - bass
Wolfgang Süssenbeck - keys, back. vox
Robert Grögler – drums More...

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Mortum Announces EP Details

NJ black metal band, Mortum, has issued the following update regarding their upcoming album and EP:

“Revenge is just about done completing the front cover artwork for our new EP that is going to be titled ‘Prophecizing The Fall of Mankind.’ All that there is left is to edit the front cover and complete a back cover and the artwork total will be complete.”

”As of now were hoping to have this out and released by early July. We have a little ways to go financing for the album but it will get done shortly. We hope to get about 1,000 copies of the EP out, we'll most likely crate pay-pal for worldwide purchasing for those intrested.” More...

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Several More Bands Added To Download Festival 2009

The organizers of Britains Download Festival has announced a string of new confirmations for this years event. The festival will now also see performances from the likes of Hatebreed, Voivod, God Forbid, Suicide Silence, Sylosis, Therapy?, Tim "Ripper" Owens, In This Moment, We Are The Ocean, Turbo Wolf, A Day To Remember, Backyard Babies, Hostile, Esoterica, Man Raze, Middle Class Rut and No Americana.

The lineup for the event is now as follows:

Faith No More
Def Leppard
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Tim "Ripper" Owens
Papa Roach
In This Moment
The Answer
Suicide Silence
Bring Me The Horizon
Five Finger Death Punch
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Backyard Babies
A Day To Remember
We Are The Ocean
Auger Bane
Man Raze
Karma To Burn
Middle Class Rut
Turbo Wolf
No Americana

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Fierce Allegiance Planning 2009 Tour

Washington, DC metal band Fierce Allegiance has new tour plans in the works. Here's an update from the band about it:

"Sup metalheads! thanks everyone for leaving us comments and messaging us - asking us to come back and play your city again. It really means a lot to us. All of us in Fierce Allegiance, want to get back out on the road and tour again.

"You won't have to wait too long, we're gearing up for another tour. We will have details in the upcoming days. STAY TUNED!!!"

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Underoath Releases New Video

Underoath has just released on their MySpace page the world premiere of their new video for "Too Bright To See Too Loud To Hear." The song is off their album "Lost In The Sound of Separation" which is currently available in stores and online. You can see the video after the jump. More...

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The Destro Recording New Album

Texas metallers The Destro have just entered the studio with Unearth's Ken Susi to record their yet-to-be-titled sophomore album on Ironclad Recordings. Says the press release from The Destro,

"The last 6 months have been filled with personal loss and other life changing experiences in many of our lives. We were able to direct all of our energy from anger, stress, sadness and frustration focus it into a very personal record. After many ups and downs in the last 2 years through touring, our perception has solidified our determination to deliver an indestructible sound that is our own."

The album is slated to come out sometime this August.

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King Ov Hell Discusses New Band God Seed

After the legal dispute over the rights to the band name Gorgoroth former members Gaahl and King ov Hell are now continuing on their own band under the name God Seed. King spoke with me about the story behind the name, the recording of their upcoming as-yet-untitled album, and how God Seed's music will differ from the previous Gorgoroth material. More...

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Dillinger Escape Plan Frontman Issues Band Update

Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato has issued the following long political blog followed by a short band update (skip to the bottom for the band info):

"I'm gonna dive right into this. I hope you have about twenty minutes to kill. If you just wanna read some musical news and skip the rest go down to the bottom.

"I just read a new gallop poll, dated two days ago, that said “the majority of Americans (53%) approve of the U.S. government’s expansion to help fix the current economic crisis, but most of this group would like to see the government’s role reduced once the crisis is over”. I hope if you are reading this and you are one of the 53% you PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS, because...NEWS FLASH...in case you haven't noticed.....it's not really a habit of government to EVER get smaller once it's allowed to get bigger. Government expansion in times of crisis NEVER dies back down once the crisis is over, it's a ratchet effect that only gets tighter and tighter. More...

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Throwdown Issues "Deathless" Recording Update

Throwdown has issued the following update about the recording of their new album:

"Tracking for "Deathless"... begins this Wednesday! We're pretty stoked to say the least. We hope you're ready for these songs. Barring anything catastrophic occurring like my left hand catching on fire or the Skittles factory ceasing production and thus killing Mark, you should be able to find the new album sometime toward the end of the Summer/beginning of Fall. But first thing's first, let's record the shit and melt faces."

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Scorpions Announce Two Extra Tour Dates

German hard rock legends the Scorpions have announced the following two extra tour dates:

7/17 - Gaia-Oporto - Portugal
7/25 - Hötensleben - Germany

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Grand Magus Issues Band Update

Swedish metallers Grand Magus have issued the following update about their status:


"Some news from the GM camp finally. Expect to see some more frequent updates on this myspace in the future. At the moment Magus are playing festivals and working hard on new material. Next up is HAMMERFEST on the 25th of April (see upcoming gigs). The www.grandmagus.com is temporarily down, but we hope to have up and running soon. In the meantime, anyone with booking requests for the band should contact the bands agent: thomas[at]contrapromotion.com. More news soon"

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Dragonforce Announces Two More Italian Tour Dates

Dragonforce has announced two more shows in Italy this summer. The currently confirmed additional dates are as follows:

7/7 - Padova, Italy - Villa Contarini (with Testament, Cathedral)
7/8 - Genova, Italy - Villa Serra (with guests TBA)

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Nailed Coil Posts "Hands Of A Killer" Video Online

Finnish hardcore/thrash metal band Nailed Coil recently released their new music video for "Hands Of A Killer" online. You can check it out below and check out more of the band's music on their MySpace page. More...

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De Profundis Issues New Album Recording Update

London metallers De Profundis have issued the following update about the recording of their new album:


"Following a long weekend of setting up microphones and mixing consoles, laptop wizardry and Logic plug-ins we have completed the pre-production demos for all the tracks. This time we tried yet another production approach, recording everything live in a single room to get a much more organic and raw sound. There's more groove and this approach certainly worked immensely well with the more aggressive sections. Nick, our drummer, is an absolute machine! However, you'll have to take my word for this as there are no plans at present to release these demos...

"We made the decision to remove the two promo tracks from our profile, as with the recording sessions for the new album only a few weeks away, we want people to hear the new tracks with a fresh set of ears. However, I can reveal the names of all the tracks that will appear on the second album. Here they are, in the order that the songs were composed:

Ablaze in Autumn's Fire
Cease to Be
Nocturnal Splendour
Cold as a Grave
The Mourner
Longing More...

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Suicide Silence Streaming New Song "Lifted" Online

California's Suicide Silence are currently streaming a new track online titled "Lifted," which can be heard on their MySpace page. "Lifted" comes from their upcoming album "No Time To Bleed." The album will be released through Century Media Records on June 29th in Europe and June 30th in North America.

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Metal Church Vocalists Posts Solo Album Teaser

Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe has issued the following update about posting promotional pictures and a new teaser video for his solo album "The Fire Within:"

"Hey everyone,

"I've posted some pictures of my recent promotional trek down to Puerto Rico. I spent some time pimping out "The Fire Within" and having some fun along the way. I even played a charity softball game for a local cancer victim and sat in with a band performing Iron Maiden's "The Trooper. Things are going great with the CD and you can still get all the cool pre order packages, up until this Friday the 24th! I will be calling some of you this Saturday (that purchased pre order packages "option 5") and I am looking forward to chatting with you! So check it out, spread the word, and stay metal!" More...

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Fairyland Announces New Album Release Show

French symphonic metal band Fairyland has announced a release party for their upcoming album "Score to a New Beginning," which will be out on April 30th via Napalm Records. The release party will take place on Wednesday, May 6th in Arles, France at Paddy Mullins.

Napalm Records issued the following statement about the release party:

"Phil Giordana (Fairyland mastermind) will be there as the Godfather of the event, and he'll promote the new Fairyland album Metal setlist from 8.30pm till 00.00am - The entire new Fairyland album will be played. A lot of gift to win (cds, vinyls, concert tickets etc...)"

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SWWAATS Post New Song

Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky has posted a new song from their album “The Grand Partition And The Abrogation Of Idolatry,” titled "The Tamagotchi Gesture" on their Myspace page.

"The Grand Partition And The Abrogation Of Idolatry" releases in the US on 5/5/2009.

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Six Reasons to Kill Release New Video

Six Reasons To Kill have just released a new video for the track "Bleeding Stereo" which is taken from their latest album "Another Horizon." A Tribunal Records press release says about "Another Horizon,"

"The new album, Another Horizon, follows the same destructive path of its predecessor, but with more vocal melody infused into their now distinct “sledgehammer to your face” approach. Along with the unabashedly “metal worship” also comes a socially conscious album dealing with such topics as discrimination, environmental exploitation, racism, war and human rights. SIX REASONS TO KILL not only want to impress you sonically, but they hope to challenge you mentally and open doors you may have kept closed up until right now. Another Horizon is a monumental moment in German hardcore, but most importantly a relevant human commentary on our civilization’s current dilemmas."

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Animosity Holding Contest For Free Merch

Black Market Activities band Animosity is holding a contest to see who can scream three consecutive lyrics from a song off their album "Animal." Winners will receive either free merch or will gain free passes to the next show they play around your town. All you have to do is go to to their video on YouTube and post a video response for your entry. Animosity reminds you, "You must sing the riff perfectly (rhythmically) without missing any beats. You will be judged by the band! Do it!"

See the contest video after the jump More...

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Blackdrone Inc. Post Debut Demo As Free Download

The debut demo from the avantgarde/black metal project, Blackdrone Inc., is now available as a free download on the band's official MySpace page. The band features Lord Fraktal (Alien Syndrome 777, Emrevoid), Nihil (Joey hopkins Midget Factory, Alien Syndrome 777), and Mr. Graviton (Mister, Vesperian Construct), with a sample contribution from Svein Egil Hatlevik (ex-DHG, Fleurety, Zweizz).

The demo, which was recorded between 2005 and 2007 in Italy and the United States, is in memory of the bandmate Joey "Nihil" Hopkins, who tragically died last year.

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Biclops Finishing New Album, Summer Tour Announced

BICLOPS (ex-Postman Syndrome, current East Of The Wall) is currently in the studio at The Machine Shop (King Crimson, Clutch, Lamb Of God) with producer Will Putney, completing their debut full-length for a to-be-determined label. Demos for three of the nine songs can be heard here.

Immediately following the completion of the recording, the band will hit the road with tourmates Knife The Glitter for a short east coast run. Several dates are as yet unconfirmed, so the band is looking for help finalizing some of the openings. They can be reached at Band {at} Biclops {dot} net, or via Earsplit PR.

The tour routing is underway as follows:

6/05/2009 *TBA - Brooklyn, NY
6/06/2009 Nara Sushi - Richmond, VA
6/07/2009 The Milestone - Charlotte, NC
6/08/2009 *TBA - GA
6/09/2009 JJ's Bohemia - Chattanooga, TN
6/10/2009 *TBA - AL
6/11/2009 *TBA - FL/LA/GA
6/12/2009 Head On The Door - Montgomery, AL
6/13/2009 *TBA - SC
6/14/2009 *TBA - NC/DC/VA/MD
6/15/2009 *TBA - PA

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