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Metal News for April 23, 2010

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35 news articles posted on this day.

While Heaven Wept Cancels Upcoming Shows

While Heaven Wept has issued the following update:

"It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of our appearances at Metalcamp 2010 as well as the Born To Be Doomed festival in Baltimore this year. Cancelling any show is very difficult for us emotionally and spiritually...those of you who have been with us for a while know that we've even brought in stand-in musicians to make things happen in the past, but unfortunately, sometimes things simply don't work out no matter what we do."

"Regarding Metalcamp, extenuating circumstances that neither the Metalcamp organization nor WHW ourselves could resolve...despite exhausting every last possibility...have resulted in WHW being cancelled from the billing for this year. Part of this can be attributed to conflicting schedules, along with truly outrageous expenses, and a few other personal matters that we'll make public when appropriate (don't worry, they're not malign). The bottom line is we hope that we'll be able to reschedule for Metalcamp 2011 (or after), and will let you know if and when this is sorted out." More...

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Necrophagia Begins Work On New Album

NECROPHAGIA has recently finished the song writing for their new album "Deathtrip 69." Here's the latest update from the band, "The new material sounds like it should have chronologically followed 'Season of the Dead' Consisting of very dark and heavy riffs interwoven with audio horror and inhuman vocals . Killjoy is full of praises for the new line up and says that although it's been a very long time since the band has been active it's the beginning of a rollercoater ride into horror hell! Inspiration is at an all time peak and having known guitarist Boris Randall for over 20's years makes things alot easier when it comes song writing because we are always thinking in the same direction musically."

"Another element brought back to Necrophagia is lead guitar passages courtesy of Randall. Songs definately set to appear are as follows 'Beast with Feral Claws,' 'Suffering Comes in Sixes,' 'Naturan Demonto,' 'Reborn through Black Mass,' 'A Funeral for Solange' and 'Tomb with a View.' Necrophagia will mark their return on June 26th 2010 headling the Firewalk Metal Meltdown Festival in Milwaukee. Next up 'Deathtrip 69' this Fall along with a U.S/Canadian tour with THE MOST legendary black metal band from Norway (bands and dates will be announced very shortly) A demo version of 'Beast with Feral Claws' will be world premiered on the Necrophagia MySpace Page Saturday April 24th 2010."

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Musica Diablo Reveals New Album Details Online

Brazil metal band MUSICA DIABLO has revealed the
cover artwork for their new self titled album. The artwork was done by Gustavo Sasez.

'It was not that easy to mix and blend to the bone modern influences and oldschool feelings, but I think we did a really great job on it. It's a really iconic and symbolic cover with some small details that fans will dig into. Red is our main theme here and for sure it reflects the rage and fury within their music. I’m really happy with the results. The beast is really inside those arts', says Sasez."

The "Musica Diablo" track listing is as follows:

01. Sweet Revenge
02. Sacrifice
03. Live To Buy
04. Underlord
05. Work Out
06. Lifeless
07. In The Name Of Greed
08. Betrayed
09. The Flame Of Anger
10. Twisted Hate
11. The Rack

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Mekong Delta Reveals New Album Details Online

German thrash metal band Mekong Delta revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their new album, "Wanderer on the edge of time," which will be release on June 10th.

"This one was also created by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, GWAR, SIGH, ANACRUSIS), who did the 'Lurking Fear' album as well. You can find a larger version of the artwork under the discography. The complete artwork will be added to the photo gallery this weekend."

The tracklisting for "Wanderer on the edge of time" [cover art] is as follows:

01. Intro - Concert Guitar
02. Ouverture
03. "A Certain Fool" ( Le Fou ) // Movement 1
04. Interlude 1 - Group
05. "The 5th Element" ( Le Bateleur ) // Movement 2
06. Interlude 2 - Group
07. "The Apocalypt - World In Shards" ( La Maison Dieu ) // Movement 3
08. Interlude 3 - Concert Guitar
09. "King With Broken Crown" ( Le Diable ) // Movement 4
10. Intermezzo ( Instrumental ) // Movement 5
11. Interlude 4 - Group
12. “Affection” ( L' Amoureux ) // Movement 6
13. Interlude 5 - Group
14. "Mistaken Truth" ( Le Hérétique ) // Movement 7
15. Finale

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Soilwork Reveals New Album Cover Art Online

Swedish metal band SOILWORK has just unveiled the artwork for their upcoming album "The Panic Broadcast."

Björn "Speed" Strid comments, "With the artwork for this album we wanted to capture the illusion of the mind, misconceptions and the state of panic. Bartosz Nalezinski has made a perfect job realizing this idea. The cover symbolizes the emperor of the illusion with two servants to assist the misconception. The background illustrates the abstract chaos that slowly takes over. Inside the booklet you can follow the psychological journey that brings you 'The Panic Broadcast.' Check out www.myspace.com/B_Nalezinski!"

"The Panic Broadcast" is the first album to feature original guitarist, songwriter & producer Peter Wichers since his return to the band in 2008. The album is set to be released on July 2, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Bret Michaels Suffers Brain Hemorrhage

People.com has issued the following report about Poison vocalist Bret Michaels being hospitalized after suffering a brain hemorrhage:

Bret Michaels's health has taken a turn for the worse, PEOPLE has learned: After an excruciating headache late Thursday night, the star was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where doctors discovered he suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding at the base of his brain stem), according to a source close to the situation.

Michaels, 47, is currently in critical condition. "After several CAT scans, MRIs and an angiogram, [doctors] decided to keep Michaels in the ICU and are running several tests to determine the cause. [It] will be touch and go for the next few days while he is under intense observation," the source says. Reps confirm this report is accurate, and tell PEOPLE, "We will have no additional information until further testing is done."

The rocker's latest hospital visit follows his emergency appendectomy in San Antonio, Texas, on April 12. There is no word yet whether this new development is related to the rocker's recent appendectomy or to his diabetes.

Read the full article at People.

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Blind Guardian Posts New Album Trailer Online

BLIND GUARDIAN recently uploaded the second trailer with material filmed at the "Twilight Hall Studio", where the Germans are working on their new album right now. It also contains extracts of the tracks "A Voice In The Dark" and "Wheel Of Time".

Hansi Kürsch comments, "We didn't want that the time till the release in summer feels too long, so we've posted the second part of our little documentation about the studio on YouTube today. Just watch it, see how Marcus has to suffer and be happy about it! The third part will be released in May. "

Watch part two below:

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Sabaton Posts New Song, "Uprising," Online

Swedish epic power metal band SABATON has just released another brand new song called "Uprising". The track comes off the bands upcoming album "Coat Of Arms" due on May 21, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. Check it out here.

The band comments, "We are proud to announce that we have added the track 'Uprising' from our upcoming album to our myspace site. The song is a powerful and emotional tribute to those who lost their lives in the Warsaw uprising in 1944."

The band has also announced to shoot a video clip for the song under just spectacular circumstances.

The band comments on the video, "We are happy to announce that the recording of our music video for the song 'Uprising' has been rescheduled successfully, and that it will take place in Warsaw during this and next week. Out of respect for the Polish mourning period we decided to postpone the video shoot last week, and now we will try again." More...

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Kastasyde Streaming New Album Online

Chicago metal act KASTASYDE has released the cover art for their new album, “Poisoned, Ripped Off, and Lied To…” The cover, created by artist Chris Horst, can be viewed here. Additionally, the band is now streaming the album in its entirety on their MySpace page.

Tracklisting for “Poisoned, Ripped Off, and Lied To…”:

1. True Agony
2. Despotical
3. Divine Evil
4. Beyond Repair
5. As Above, So Below
6. Trainwreck More...

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Mose Giganticus Signs To Relapse

Relapse Records has officially inked a record deal with Philadelphia, PA’s Mose Giganticus. The band's Relapse debut "Gift Horse" is set for a July 20th North American release date and is the follow-up to the band’s 2008 EP release "Commander." The new album "Gift Horse" was recorded at Skylight Studios with engineer Vince Ratti. The first preview track from the album, “The Left Path," can be heard online now via the Mose Giganticus MySpace page.

“I’m definitely excited about the release of Gift Horse on Relapse,” says Mose Giganticus’ Matt Garfield, “The album itself has been two-years in the making and its much heavier than what people have heard from Commander! and Invisible Hand. Relapse is just the optimal place to release it.”

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Vektor To Re-Release "Black Future" On Vinyl

Arizona based thrashers Vektor will re-release their album "Black Future" as a deluxe double vinyl LP via Heavy Artillery Records. The release is in conjunction with the band's second full U.S. tour, with dates to be announced shortly. Packaged in a gatefold jacket with two full color inner sleeves and limited edition colored vinyl, the "Black Future" deluxe vinyl will be available in stores on Tuesday, June 29th 2010. Footage of Vektor performing the song "Asteroid" can also be viewed below.

Additionally, several live VEKTOR videos for the songs “Black Future” and “Destroying the Cosmos” have been uploaded and posted to the official HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS Youtube channel. Check it out here:

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Heaven Shall Burn Streaming New Song "Combat"

Germany’s Heaven Shall Burn has launched a brand new song titled “Combat”, which is from the forthcoming record, "Invictus," on the band's recently redesigned MySpace page. “Combat” joins the newly revealed “The Omen” to give fans a taste of what "Invictus" has in store when it releases in North America on June 8th via Century Media Records.

“Here is the next foretaste of our new album,” states guitarist Maik Weichert. “After launching ‘The Omen’, that was a typical HSB song, the next new track, ‘Combat’, is probably a bit more unusual for us. Still, we are very proud about it. It is straight in your face, which is what it’s all about! The song is about child soldiers which is a social injustice that isn’t dealt with or even acknowledged in several countries in the world.”

"Invictus" was recorded at Tue Madsen’s Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark. The album was produced by Heaven Shall Burn’s guitarists, Alexander Dietz and Maik Weichert.

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Burning The Masses Reveals New Album Details

San Diego quintet Burning the Masses will release their new album "Offspring of Time" on July 20th via Mediaskare Records. The band is currently streaming a new track online from the release, titled "Resonance of The Foul." The new song can be heard via the official Burning the Masses MySpace page. The group will also be spending the spring touring throughout North America with And Hell Followed With, Knights of The Abyss, and Those Who Lie Beneath. Their currently confirmed dates are as follows:

5/21 2010 Old World Brewery w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Phoenix, Arizona
5/22 2010 Hogue Barmichael’s w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Newport Beach, California
5/23 2010 The Cobalt Cafe w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Canoga Park, California
5/24 2010 The Cabana Hall w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Oxnard, California
5/25 2010 Boardwalk w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Orangevale, California
5/26 2010 Domino Room w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Bend, Oregon
5/27 2010 Satyricon w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Portland, Oregon
5/28 2010 Cretin Top w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Spokane, Washington
5/30 2010 Club Sound w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Salt Lake City, Utah
6/1 2010 F.E.O. w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Riverton, Wyoming
6/2 2010 Oz Cafe w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Wichita, Kansas
6/4 2010 National Guard Armory w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Harlan, Kentucky
6/5 2010 Gallery 13 w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Columbus, Georgia
6/6 2010 Movement Venue w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Loganville, Georgia
6/7 2010 American Legion Post 33 w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Pensacola, Florida
6/8 2010 The High Ground w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Metairie, Louisiana
6/9 2010 The Warsaw w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Houston, Texas
6/10 2010 Nikki Rowe VFW w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With McAllen, Texas
6/11 2010 The White Rabbit w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With San Antonio, Texas
6/12 2010 Fat Daddy’s w/Those Who Lie Beneath, & And Hell Followed With Dallas, Texas
6/13 2010 The Compound w/ &Those Who Lie Beneath Albuquerque, New Mexico
6/14 2010 The Farm w/ Las Vegas, Nevada
6/15 2010 The Industry w/ Anaheim, California

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The Devil's Blood Announces Festival Appearance

Dutch occult rock outfit The Devil's Blood will be returning to North American soil in September, as part of the Noctis IV: Thrones of War Metalfest and Conference, at the MacEwan Hall Ballroom in Calgary, Alberta. The Devil's Blood will perform on the final evening of the festival, Saturday, September 25th. Other bands confirmed for the fest include Root, Incantation, Ex Deo, and Midnight, with many more still being confirmed. The Devil's Blood is also currently planning more tour dates in North America, which will be announced shortly. The band's debut full-length "The Time of No Time Evermore" was released in Europe in September of 2009 and will be officially released in North America this May 25th, 2010.

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Edenbridge Comments On Upcoming Album

Guitarist Arne "Lanvall" Stockhammer of Austrian power metal act Edenbridge has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming album:

"Solitaire is our most diverse, most atmospheric and most melancholic album to date and comprises all the elements of its predecessor 'MyEarthDream.' The orchestral parts are much more in your face and blend well with the 7-string guitars. I think that our latest effort channels all our qualities into one compact album, namely 'Solitaire.' In addition, Sabine exceeds all my expectations! She has one of the most unique and charismatic voices in Metal! We look forward to sharing the new songs with our fans!”

The band's new album "Solitaire" is currently set to be released in early July, 2010.

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Necronomicon Posts "The Time Is Now" Video

Canada's Necronomicon has posted a music video online for the new song "The Time Is Now," which is off the upcoming album "The Return of the Witch." The video clip can be viewed below. "The Return of the Witch" is set to be released in June, 2010.

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At The Soundawn Posts Live Video Clip

Italian post rock act At The Soundawn has posted a live video online of the track “Black Waves,” which is from the forthcoming album "Shifting." The video clip can be viewed below. "Shifting" hits stores in North America on April 27th on Lifeforce Records. Another track off the album titled “Mudra: In Acceptance and Regret” can be streamed through the band's MySpace page. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Mudra: In Acceptance and Regret?
2. 7th Moon?
3. Caofedian?
4. Drifting Lights?
5. Black Waves?
6. Hades?
7. Prometheus Bring us the Fire More...

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Hatebreed Premieres New Music Video Online

HATEBREED has just released a new music video for "Everyone Bleeds Now" off their latest self-titled album. Check out the explicit director’s cut below.

The clip was filmed in Vienna, Austria during Hatebreed’s leg of the Machine Head Black Procession Tour. Martin Kames directed the new video and also programmed the band’s light show/pyro. The video will make its television debut on MTV2's Headbangers Ball airing Monday night, April 26th, at 3am EST.

The video is the second look from the new album and the follow-up to “In Ashes They Shall Reap.”

The band's self-titled album was released this past September on E1 Music.

The band will also headline the Jagermeister stage at this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com. Check www.mayhemfest.com for more information.

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Nox Aurea Signs To Napalm Records

Swedish doom act Nox Aurea has inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band is tentatively scheduled to release a new album later this summer. Details on the track listing and release date will be announced as they are made available. The band also issued the following statement:

“We are proud to announce that Nox Aurea recently signed a deal with the Austrian label Napalm Records for the new album 'Ascending in Triumph' and we are strongly motivated to work together with this respected and enterprising label. 'Ascending in Triumph' was recorded in Studio Underground with producer Pelle Saether. The album further reflects Nox Aurea's musical journey into the concealed realms of dark arts, mysticism, and obscure philosophy.”

Sample Nox Aurea tracks can be heard through the band's MySpace page.

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Awake Posts Studio Footage

Awake recently entered the Parlour Studios to record new material. The band has posted a studio video online from the recording sessions, which can be viewed below. Awake also issued the following statement about the footage:

"Hello 'ello. Its been a busy time for us here at Parlour studios. Week one is going even better than we planned. We decided to do a video blog this week, check it out and see what we have been up to. You may even catch a sneaky listen of a song or two! Lots more to come, so keep with us & stay Awake!"

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Caliban Cancels Tour With Raised Fist

Caliban has checked in with the following announcement about canceling their tour with Raised Fist:

"Hey guys, unfortunately, we are forced to cancel the entire Raised Fist – Caliban Tour! Due to the consequences of the Volcano eruption in Iceland, Raised Fist, with whom we ought to be on tour since this week, don’t see any possibility to book alternate flights in time to start the tour and chose to cancel the whole tour instead.

"We are going through all option right now, to see if at least Caliban will be able to play some of the shows. If, when and where, will be posted here! So be sure to check back! We are truly sorry to put you guys off like this, but Caliban will make up for the canceled shows in autumn/winter for sure!"

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Chthonic Postpones U.K. Tour

Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have announced their previously scheduled U.K. tour will be postponed until November due to the volcanic activity disrupting flight travel. The new tour dates are as follows:

11/23 - Manchester @ Academy 2
11/24 - Glasgow @ Garage
11/25 - Wolverhampton @ Wulfrun Hall
11/27 - London @ The Forum

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Dead By April Recruits New Vocalist

Dead By April has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist/vocalist Pontus Hjelm:

"Pontus has after some time off from the band decided to leave Dead by April permanently. He feels that he wants to focus on his work as a songwriter, which is where much of his heart has been since day one. It is of course sad for the band, the fans and everyone involved to see an important member leave but if that is his wish we accept and respect his decision. We owe it to everyone involved to continue what has only been started... Pontus has been with us from the start and will in some senses of course always be a part of Dead by April as he will continue to write songs with us. So don`t be to alarmed, nothing is different in the songwriting department!

"There are however some differences in the singing and guitar departments, or to be very specific: We have a new vocalist. We decided that we didn`t really need two guitars for the sound and felt that we just wanted to focus on finding a great singer and a great personality who was willing to give this his everything and together take this band to new heights. That guy is that very same some of you might have seen filling in for Pontus before: Zandro Zantiago Zandro stepped in to fill Pontus place on short notices and has always done a great job and with time he has accelerated into a great fit for us. He became a member in our hearts before even really joining and tomorrow in Gothenburg he can finally do his first gig as an official member of Dead By April! We hope all of you give him a great welcome to this band and stand behind him fully as we all do." More...

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Death Angel Posts Tour Update Video

California's Death Angel has posted a new tour update video clip, which can be viewed below.

The upcoming Death Angel tour dates are as follows:

5/13 2010 Metalfest Open Air Mining
5/14 2010 Metalfest Open Air Pratteln
5/15 2010 Metalfest Open Air Dessau
5/16 2010 Biebob VOSSELAAR
5/18 2010 O2 Academy Islington London
5/19 2010 De Pul UDEN
5/21 2010 Metalfest Open Air Pilsen
5/22 2010 United Titans Festival Kraków, Cracow
5/23 2010 Metalfest Open Air Budapest
6/10 2010 Sweden Rock Festival Sölvesborg
6/11 2010 Sauna Open Air Tampere
7/7 2010 New Oasis Reno, Nevada
7/8 2010 Club Vegas Salt Lake City, Utah
7/9 2010 Gator’s Farmington, New Mexico
7/10 2010 War Legion Underground Amarillo, Texas
7/11 2010 Marquee Tulsa, Oklahoma
7/12 2010 The Muse Nashville, Tennessee
7/13 2010 The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
7/14 2010 Jaxx West Springfield
7/15 2010 The Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7/16 2010 The Gramercy Theatre New York, New York
7/17 2010 The Palladium Worcester, Maine
7/18 2010 FouFounes Electriques Montreal, Quebec
7/19 2010 The Opera House Toronto, Ontario
7/20 2010 Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio
7/21 2010 Blondie’s Detroit, Michigan
7/22 2010 Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, Illinois
7/23 2010 The Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7/24 2010 The Rock Maplewood, Minnesota
7/27 2010 El Corazon Seattle, Washington
7/28 2010 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, British Columbia
7/29 2010 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
7/30 2010 Slim’s San Francisco, California
7/31 2010 The Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana, California More...

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Lacrimas Profundere Streaming New Song

Germany's Lacrimas Profundere is set to release their new album "The Grandiose Nowhere" on May 30th, 2010. The band is now streaming a new song online from the album titled "Her Occasion of Sin." The new track can be heard via the official Lacrimas Profundere MySpace page.

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The Rotted To Record New EP

U.K. punk-infused death metallers The Rotted are set to enter the studio in May with producer James Dunkley to record "Anarchogram," a self-released EP comprising of 2 new tracks and 4 bonus tracks. Says guitarist Tim Carley, "These songs are the first we have written with the new line-up and we are really buzzing about letting people hear them! We’ve wanted to do something like this for ages, put out a self-financed DIY release on our own label, like the way we used to more than 10 years ago, before Myspace and Blog sites and all that crap. We’ve got the opportunity to do it this summer and it’s a way for us to give something back to the fans at a low cost."

As bonus tracks, each band member will be picking a song by a band they want to personally pay tribute to, for inspiring them to play extreme music in the first place. "These are just a bit of fun really, and a chance to pay homage to the Metal Messiahs we worshiped during our teenage years. Most musicians have a list of cover songs they'd love to play, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed with our choices!" commented vocalist Ben McCrow.

After the release of the EP this summer The Rotted will continue working on a new full-length album. They plan to enter Parlour Studio in January 2011 with Russ Russell at the production helm. "Anarchogram" is set to be released in Summer 2010 and available via the bands webstore.

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Marseille Posts New Album EPK Online

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Marsseille has posted an electronic press kit online for their forthcoming "comeback" album, "Unfinished Business." You can check it out below. The album is expected to be released sometime in the late summer and will be the bands first full length album since their 1884 album, "Touch The Night."

Marseille was formed in 1976 and supported such big name bands as Judas Priest, UFO and Nazareth. The bands guitarist, Neil Buchanan, is well known in the United Kingdom as the presenter of such popular children's shows as Art Attack and Finders Keepers amongst other kids shows. More...

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Katatonia Issues New Road Report

Katatonia has checked in with a new tour blog through Ultimate-Guitar.com. An excerpt from the seventh blog follows:

"Monday 29 March 2010 HU/Budapest: Woke up late as usual. Hungry and hung over. Grabbed my sweaty stage clothes and started the daily search for the backstage entry. Well inside I was extremely welcomed by the in-house catering lady. She forced me to eat some kind of breakfast and like a schoolboy I obeyed. The show was great and the sweet catering girl gave us some Hungarian vodka in the backstage afterwards. Me, Nille and Ronnie [tour manager] wanted to continue the partying, as it was a late bus call, so we decided to find a bar.

"We got help from a Hungarian fan, don't know her name, but she got us in a taxi and took us to this joint near downtown Budapest. The bar was half filled with local bums so of course we ordered a couple of beers and sat down at a table. One of the guys in there (old stinking alcoholic) knew a few Swedish words and tried have a ´proper´ conversation with me...of course. Took a taxi back to the bus, with a driver who thought he was Ari Vatanen (Finnish rally car champ), and went straight to bed. Note to self: Never tell a Hungarian taxi driver you love fast cars!

"Tuesday 30 March 2010 CZ/Prague: Why the hell is it so bloody hot in the bus?! This is the question I ask myself every time I wake up. I should ask our driver Pete but he's always sleeping when I get up in the morning (about 3pm). Oh well! Deep inside the venue I find all the Kats in the backstage area eating and drinking beer or surfing the web so i hang my ever-so-stinking stage clothes on a hanger and move to the stage. Jimmy and Soldier [guitar tech] are still doing their job getting the gear up so I leave them to it. More...

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Miseration Cancels Upcoming Italian Tour

Sweden's Miseration has checked in with the following announcement about canceling their previously announced Italian tour dates:

"We are sorry to inform you that due to reasons beyond our control, we are forced to cancel the Italian mini-tour. We were really looking forward to do this tour, but sometimes things feel like they simply are not meant to be and unfortunately, this seems to be one of those sad occasions! Thanks to Fabio Vignati and Mass Murder Inc. for their hard work and efforts! Sorry it did not work out! More news as it happens."

You can also hear Miseration's music through their MySpace page.

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Occvlta Comments On Upcoming Demo

German black metal act Occvlta has issued the following announcement about releasing a new demo:

"The fucking VVE COMMAND THE VVOLVES Demo will come out as a limited tape, soon an dying victims! the cover art is already done and looks fucking great! and because it takes longer than we expected we have time to record two more songs!

"Tracklist will be:
- VVitch vvas dead - Inspired by early burzum and written by urgh, lyrics by hord, about one that came too late to see the witch burn
- Black vvind desecration horde - The first song we played together. written by urgh, lyrics by hord
- Starring at the lake - A classic black metal song written by urgh, lyrics by hord inspired by a trip in the scottish highlands
- Blood messiah - A celtic frost inspired doom monster written by torm, lyrics by hord, about the men of the ss, the masters of death on the assembly line
- VVhere is the vvinter - With this track we worship panzerfaust, our favourite record and the reason why we sound as we do. written by urgh, lyrics by hord.
- Metal chain - A new track. rock n roll that reminds me of aura noir. written by torm, lyrics by hord."

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Porcupine Tree Updates Live Shows

Porcupine Tree has added on an additional tour date in Bergen, Norway on June 9th, 2010. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

4/23 2010 House of Blues ORLANDO
4/24 2010 The Fillmore MIAMI
4/25 2010 Tampa Theater TAMPA
4/27 2010 Tabernacle ATLANTA
4/28 2010 Amos’s Southend CHARLOTTE
4/30 2010 Riviera CHICAGO
5/1 2010 Bogart’s CINCINNATI
5/2 2010 The Fillmore DETROIT
5/4 2010 Town Ballroom BUFFALO
5/6 2010 Capitole Du Quebec QUEBEC
5/7 2010 Place De Arts MONTREAL
5/8 2010 Sound Academy TORONTO
5/10 2010 Mr. Smalls PITTSBURGH
5/11 2010 The National Theater RICHMOND
6/9 2010 Ole Bull Scene BERGEN
6/10 2010 Norwegian Wood Festival OSLO
6/12 2010 Greenfield Festival SWITZERLAND
6/13 2010 Download Festival DONNINGTON PARK
6/19 2010 Hurricane Festival GERMANY
6/20 2010 Southside Festival GERMANY
7/1 2010 Roskilde Festival DENMARK
7/3 2010 Rock Werchter Festival BELGIUM
7/7 2010 Exhibition Grounds TEL AVIV
7/10 2010 Ruisrock Festival FINLAND
7/14 2010 Pistoia Blues Festival ITALY
9/24 2010 Radio City Music Hall NEW YORK
10/14 2010 Royal Albert Hall LONDON

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Stone Sour Posts New Studio Update Video

Stone Sour is recording their follow-up to 2006's "Come What(ever) May" with producer Nick Raskulinecz at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and we've obtained an exclusive premiere of their latest studio clip. In this clip, drummer Roy Mayorga talks about Blackbird Studios and lays down some beats. Check it out first right here:

In case you missed the last Stone Sour update, you can check it out here.

The new album is due out Summer 2010.

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Iron Thrones Wins "No Label Needed" Contest

The No Label Needed Series presented by Scion in collaboration with MetalInsider.net is helping one lucky band leave labels behind and take on the industry all on their own. The series will show viewers how it's done, all while helping the special contest-winning band get ahead in a spectacular way.

At www.metalinsider.net/nolabelneeded thousands of Metal bands entered, twenty finalists were selected and one winner was voted on by a panel artists, agents, writers and managers. The winning band, IRON THRONES of Minneapolis, MN, was announced on April 1st and provided opportunities to get all the help and education they need to become a truly self-sufficient artist without having to sign a traditional record deal.

Before the cameras of the SERIES, IRON THRONES will receive a personalized, all-encompassing tutorial focused on the secrets and tips needed to achieve success in the music industry through DIY means of marketing. They will be mentored by the members of Shadows Fall, will record an EP produced by Machine (Lamb of God, Every Time I Die, Suicide Silence), will shop for their stage and photo shoot clothing with Maria Brink (In This Moment) and Blasko (Ozzy) and receive advice from the likes of Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan. Their website will be re-designed, their merch re-imagined and radio and press campaigns mounted to promote their EP by the best in their fields.

The series is not only meant to be a learning experience for one band, it is meant to teach any dedicated musician who wants to learn how to properly market their craft. Readers will be able to interact with contest partners and contributing musicians and professionals through the site to get some real insight into specific areas of expertise.

The members of IRON THRONES have been blogging since the start of the experience and will be initiating live chats on Justin.tv/iron_thrones. The band was introduced to the world of music on the site and the first episode of the series, where the mentoring session with SHADOWS FALL (Everblack Industries / Ferret) occurred ran on Tuesday, April 13th. Episodes are available for embedding on other sites that wish to educate along with the NO LABEL NEEDED SERIES.

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Recoil Announces Release Party and Australian Tour

Having recently signed to New Justice Records, Sydney metal band Recoil is set to unleash their debut album at a launch party at The Esplanade Hotel in Melbourne on Friday, June 5. Prior to the launch, the band will be playing shows around New South Wales, then further shows after the launch in Queensland and South Australia.

The album, titled "The Will To Sin" captures the band’s signature raw heavy metal style that has snared the band attention from fans and critics alike since the bands inception. The album’s title, vocalist Wade says, resonates from a “want to do the things that are most of the time considered bad because they feel good and not giving a fuck about what anyone thinks.”

"The Will To Sin," which has taken the most part of the last twelve months to complete, is an achievement that the band says they’re “very proud of…there are a lot of new fresh ideas thrown into our writing for this,” says Wade, “we’re now ready to hit the road to promote all our hard work“.

"The Will To Sin" hits stores Friday June 5th, 2010 through New Justice Records.

Here are RECOIL's latest national tour dates:

Fri May 21 @ The Chilli Lounge, Wyong
Sat May 22 @ Live at The Wall, Sydney
Fri June 4 @ The Basement, Canberra
Sat June 5 @ The Espy Basement, Melbourne (Album Launch)
Fri June 25 @ Miami Shark Bar, Gold Coast
Sat June 26 @ The Step Inn, Brisbane
Sat July 17 @ Enigma Bar, Adelaide

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Video Marathon

Thoughts while watching a video marathon and wondering whether Rob Halford decided to put tattoos on his skull before or after he shaved his head…

Production meeting prior to making the Dio video “Holy Diver”: Okay, so we need an abandoned church, an active steel mill, and a very large sword. Behind the Music: The Dio video props department…

In Guns N Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” Axl is getting off a bus with a very large suitcase. In Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” video Tawny Kitaen packs four pieces of lingerie into a large suitcase. Anyone interested to know the contents (or what for fictional purposes is supposed to be contained in their luggage)? I’m going to go with Hit Parader and Circus magazines for Axl and a pair of Bret Michaels (Poison) jeans for Kitaen. This mystery is right there with what is inside the briefcase from Pulp Fiction...While on the subject of “Jungle”, is Duff ever going to bring back the Bill Walton seventies style headband? I believe I speak for many when I say: I hope so… More...

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