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Metal News for April 5, 2011

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Tesseract Posts New Song Online

U.K. progressive metalcore act Tesseract has posted a new song online for streaming. The song, titled "April," is taken off of the band's full length debut "One" and can be streamed in the player below.

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Trivium Posts Band Update Online

American modern metal act Trivium has posted the following brief update on the band's current progress on its forthcoming new studio album. You can view the update in the video below.

Update from the King

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Pit Stories: Fear The Witch

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories from metal shows. This week Nils K. Rue of Pagan's Mind shares a story involving his psychic friend and a witch. Read on to see what that's all about:

A friend of mine is a psychic person, and sees both future, past and what's going on presently. He is deadly accurate in a lot of his visions, and I have proof for that. He also finds lost keys, missing persons etc. It may sound like bullshit to some, but there is evidence you just can't refuse to look past. He has helped me in a lot of matters, but since “the images” he gets in his head also is mixed sometimes into his very vivid and dramatic fantasy (and sense of humor), I have learnt over the years to filter out what he probably read in dungeons and dragons book or saw in a horror movie and what is a fact.

The first year I knew him, I didn't realize that some of his sayings were part of his fantasy, so he scared the hell out of me regularly – until I learned how to understand him and interpret “his language.” It could be like “there's an old man standing behind you right now, he is your grandfather (and he described him perfectly)” stuff, to “you will break big next year with a song that goes with these chords: E, F, G, C etc. Well, that didn’t happen…

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The Binary Code Announces New Vocalist

Progressive metal act The Binary Code has posted the following update online, announcing the addition of Marcus Silva to the band as its new vocalist.

"We’d like to welcome Marcus Silva to the band as our new singer! We’ve been working with Marcus since the end of last year, and feel he’s going to be a great addition to the band. In regards to our departure with Michael Apprich, the decision was mutual, as we acknowledged Mike‘s need to focus on his personal life. We love Mike and hope the best for him – he'll always be our friend."

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Memphis May Fire Posts Another New Song Online

Memphis May Fire has posted another new song online taken from its forthcoming full length album "The Hollow." You can check out the song "The Victim" in the player below.

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Neuraxis Posts Tour Recap Video Online

Canadian death metal veterans Neuraxis have posted a new tour recap video online. You check out the footage in the player below.

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Parkway Drive Posts New Music Video Online

Australian metalcore act Parkway Drive has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Karma" and can be viewed below.

Parkway Drive | Myspace Music Videos

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War Of Ages Signs With Facedown Records

Christian metalcore act War of Ages has announced that they have reached a deal with Facedown Records. The band commented on the signing by saying:

"We are honored and excited to continue our career with Facedown records! In 2005 Facedown looked to the north western tip of PA to find 5 passionate guys who loved to play music with a purpose. We promised to work hard and do so with honor and integrity, holding onto every value God has given us.

"With 6 years of album writing, touring, ups and downs, bumps and busies, Facedown stood behind us pushing War Of Ages every step of the way. As we grow as men every album gets better and better due to the strong foundation Facedown has built. We are blessed to not only call them our label, but FAMILY!"

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Indestructible Noise Command Streaming New Song

Thrash act Indestructible Noise Command and Revolver Magazine are pleased to unveil an exclusive new track, "Fist of Fascista," at Revolvermag.com here. The debut is part of Revolvermag.com’s monthly ‘Revolver Bootleg Series’ which features new, rare, and exclusive music. "Fist of Fascista" is cut from the band’s upcoming full-length release hitting stores on May 24th, 2011, "Heaven Sent… Hellbound." The release is being produced by Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Opeth), and the artwork is illustrated by artist Sam Shearon (Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory).

“This track blends two of our favorite pastimes, the love of old school metal and grinding angels in a blender,” states guitarist Erik Barath. “After so many years of being away, it’s an honor to get some love from such a respected metal magazine. I hope you guys enjoy our Revolvermag.com debut!”

“I'm very excited to see Indestructible Noise Command kicking ass and taking names,” adds bassist Sam Roon. “Each track on the new album gets more brutal than the last and there are few places that can handle the onslaught. I'm glad to see Revolver Magazine supporting heavy music and giving the fans this track premiere on the site. This is just a taste of what's to come.”

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Bands Comment On Summer Slaughter Tour

Metal Blade Records heavyweights The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, and Six Feet Under are all confirmed to head out on the 5th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by ESP Guitars and Indie Merch Store, which runs from July 21st through August 21st. Headlining the tour this summer is none other than Detroit MI's The Black Dahlia Murder with Knoxville, TN's Whitechapel co-headlining the bill. Rounding out what is sure to be one of the summer's heaviest tours is Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, Fleshgod Apocalypse, in addition to a special halftime performance by Powerglove.

What makes the 5th installment of Summer Slaughter so special is that the folks behind the tour are giving fans the opportunity to pick the band that will open the tour. Fans will get to pick from a list of 10 bands and place their vote on the tour's Facebook page here (deadline is April 11th).

Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder commented, "After months in secrecy, it brings us great pleasure to finally reveal our headlining status for this year's Summer Slaughter festivities. It is a great honor to be asked to play with so many talented bands… we had a killer time last round and this year will be no exception. Beers bongs will be had, horns will fly, and legions of metal fans will be left devastated! Bring your daughter to the slaughter… or something."

"We are excited to be a part of this year's Summer Slaughter tour. The past two years we have done big outside festival summer tours so it will be awesome to make it more intimate this summer and do a tour like Summer Slaughter. In 2008 we opened Summer Slaughter and now just 3 years later we will be back playing alongside some great bands and friends. I couldn't think of a more perfect way to return to the Summer Slaughter tour!" adds Alex Wade of Whitechapel.

Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under commented, "We're honored to have the opportunity to share the stage this summer with the best of the best in metal today…all that attend the 5th annual Summer Slaughter Tour will be left six feet under!"

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Morbid Angel Reveals New Album Tracklisting

American death metal legends Morbid Angel have revealed the track listing for their forthcoming new studio album, "Illud Divinum Insanus," their first in eight years. You can check it out at the bottom of the page. The album will be released through the french record label Season Of Mist on June 6th in Europe, with a North American release date of June 7th to follow.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Omni Potens
2. Too Extreme!
3. Existo Vulgoré
4. Blades For Baal
5. I Am Morbid
6. 10 More Dead
7. Destructos VS The Earth / Attack
8. Nevermore
9. Beauty Meets Beast
10. Radikult
11. Profundis - Mea Culpa

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New Episode Of VicTorV Available Online

Victory Records has now posted the newest edition of VicTorV online, which can be viewed below. The label also commented on the new clip:

"VicTorV episode #67 comes to you with footage from A Day To Remember's amazing sold out show in Chicago. This exciting episode also goes behind the scenes with Dr. Acula filming the video for 'Who You Gonna Call?!,' a new music video from Blackguard and an exclusive, sneak peak at new music from Otep. VicTorV is the only in-house, record label produced, monthly video program. Enjoy this killer episode and tell your friends. Best of all, it is still free."

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Portrait Posts New Song Online

Portrait has posted a new song online titled "Beast of Fire." The track is off the band's upcoming album "Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae." Head over to the album's new landing page here to check out the track.

Guitarist Richard Lagergren also commented on the new album: "The eight songs on 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' constitutes Portrait's by far darkest, hardest and most intense material to date. This album is an outburst of a long time of targeted hard work, an intense creative process and pure black magic. To Hell and back and to Hell again! To achieve the goals we had for this album, working with someone not being the obvious choice for our type of music proved to be just the right (or if you will, wrong) decision. 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' sounds like Portrait was always meant to. It is hate, and it is love. And in many ways, it is our true debut album."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Beast of Fire
2. Infinite Descension
3. The Wilderness Beyond
4. Bloodbath
5. Darkness Forever
6. The Nightcomers
7. The Passion
8. Der Todesking

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Pentagram Streaming New Single "8"

Pentagram is gearing up to release the band's new album "Last Rites" via Metal Blade Records on April 8/11. Fans can hear the latest single "8" now at Stereogum.com by heading over to this location. "Last Rite"s will be released as a Digipak CD and Gatefold-LP in different colours.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Treat Me Right
2. Call the Man
3. Into the Ground
4. 8
5. Everything's Turning to Night
6. Windmills and Chimes
7. American Dream
8. Walk in Blue Light
9. Horseman
10. Death in 1st Person
11. Nothing Left

The song "Treat Me Right" can also be heard by clicking here.

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Tesseract Posts Tour Video

Tesseract is currently on the road with Protest the Hero and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster. The band has issued a first tour diary from the run of shows, which can be viewed below. Tessearct commented on the clip:

"So, we're currently on tour in North America with Protest the Hero and are documenting the epic fails so far. See how many you can count :D We're having a great time obviously. Still a long-ass way to go so there will be a tonne more vids real soon!"

The remaining shows are as follows:

4/5 Seattle, WA @ Corazon
4/6 Portland, OR @ Branx
4/8 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
4/9 San Diego, CA @ Soma Side Stage
4/10 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
4/11 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
4/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre
4/14 Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702
4/15 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
4/16 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
4/18 Austin, TX @ Emo's Outside
4/19 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
4/20 Dallas, TX @ The Door
4/22 Orlando, FL @ The Social
4/23 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Downstairs
4/24 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
4/26 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
4/27 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/29 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
4/20 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
5/1 Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
5/3 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
5/4 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
5/6 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
5/7 London, ON @ London Music Hall
5/8 Chatham, ON @ Encore Bar
5/9 Kitchener. ON @ Wax Nightclub
5/11 Hamilton, ON @ Studio Theatre
5/12 St. Catharines, ON @ L3 Nightclub

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Conflicted Announces Album Release Show

Toronto, Canada’s Conflicted has announced the April 12th, 2011 release of the band's upcoming album, "Never Be Tamed," which will drop through Nightmare Records/Sony/RED. The cover artwork can be viewed below.

Conflicted is also throwing a special "Never Be Tamed" CD release show on April 16th, 2011 at The Rockpile in Etobicoke, ON. The show will also feature Before the Damned, 7th Region, and Justice Priest. The release paty is all ages and admission is only $10 at the door (no advance tickets). Doors open at 8pm.


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Blackwolfgoat Announces "Dronolith" Details

Progressive drone act Blackwolfgoat, the one-man project from Darryl Shepard of Milligram and Hackman notoriety, will release a new album this spring via New Jersey-based The Maple Forum.

Entitled "Dronolith," the sophomore release from Shepard under the Blackwolfgoat banner bears 46 minutes of rhythmic, ambient drone rock over the course of its six spacious tracks, all recorded live at Amps vs. Ohms Studio by Glenn Smith (Lamont, Raw Radar War, Ichabod) and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East. Confirmed for release on May 24th, the album's production run will be limited to 100 hand-numbered gatefold digi-sleeve copies and bears cover art by graphic artist Alexander von Wieding (Karma To Burn, Monster Magnet, Trouble, Razor, etc.).

Footage of Shepard performing some of the material from the album live can be viewed below.


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Thinning The Herd Streaming New Song

TheObelisk.net has posted a new track online from bluesy-doom rockers Thinning the Herd's upcoming full-length for public consumption. The track "On Fire" is the closing anthem on the band's recently released "Oceans Rise" full-length. You can check out the song at this location.

Thinning the Herd also has the following upcoming live show:

5/07/2011 Kenny Castaways - New York, NY
w/ From Out of Nowhere, Gods Green Earth, The Saints of Pain
$10 - all proceeds to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Kataklysm Posts "At The Edge Of The World" Video

Kataklysm has posted a music video online for the song "At The Edge of The World," which is off the band's latest album "Heaven's Venom." You can check out the clip below.

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Dakrya Posts Live Footage

Dakrya has posted a live video clip of the band performing "The Urban Tribe," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Greetings friends! Here we are again with some news and interesting stuff for you... Well, as you may know, we are already back on the stages, looking forward for more live dates to be confirmed and we have a little 'something' from our first show in Athens!

"Check out this live video from the song 'The Urban Tribe' and leave us your comments! Also don't forget to subscribe on our YouTube channel and stay always tuned."

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Sorrowful Angels Discusses Upcoming Activity

In a recent interview with Metal Believe, Sorrowful Angels discussed the band's new release "Omens" and parting ways with vocalist Kostas Katikos. Excerpts from the interview, conducted with guitarist and new vocalist Dion Christodoulatos, are available below.

Metal Believe: With your first material being a success, it was only a matter of time till you started to prepare the 2nd one. When is the new material, "Omens," going to be released and what can you tell us about it until now?

Dion: Until now we have had a very rough time with labels. Actually one of the main reasons that the band originally split up, was that Black Lotus, the label we were about to release our debut in 2002, declared bankruptcy!!! (No that record will never be released and probably ended in the garbage can, sorry.) That is the reason we try to be careful and plan our deals a bit more. Our estimations are that "Omens" will be out until September. It contains 11 tracks and sounds very different than "Ship In Your Trip." I believe, it is a more diverse album, revealing a broader sonic palette. More electronic elements are combined with lower tuned guitars while to preserving the most important part of our sound. Melodies! We have some more growling parts than "Ship In Your Trip" but that does not change the melodic character of SorrowfulAngels, it was something that definitely needed our new material.

Metal Believe: Your front man, Kostas Katikos, left the band. Any reasons to why he did that?

Dion: While it is still a not pleasant subject to talk about, I should say that it was more of his personal choice. Several changes occurred in his life the previous months so we sat down and talked altogether as a band to find out what solutions there were to combine our lives with the band. It turned out that he was suffocating into the SorrowfulAngels context and told us that he wanted to leave. We tried to change his mind but to no avail.

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Thaurorod Comments On Power Of Metal Tour

Finnish power metallers Thaurorod recently ended their tour with Symphony X, Nevermore, Psychotic Waltz, and Mercenary. The following statement was released by the band:

"We just came back home from the incredible Power of Metal tour and I can tell you it was so great in every way! It was nice to tour for the first time with Michele and to play for the great audiences allover Europe, thank you so much! Because of you we are impatiently looking forward to get back on the road again! Meanwhile it's time to start working on the 2nd Thaurorod album..."

Last week the band introduced new keyboardist Vili Ollila, and the group is currently in writing mode with a new album is expected to be released early 2012.

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Septicflesh Reveals Full Album Cover Artwork

Septicflesh has now posted the full cover artwork online for the band's upcoming album "The Great Mass," which can be viewed here. The band also commented:

"Finally, as we have reached the month of the release of Septicfleshs new masterpiece 'The Great Mass,' it is time for revelation. You can now witness the Suicidal God statue in all its gruesome glory, the final part that completes the cover artwork of the CD+DVD digipak, the gatefold LP and the dust jacket of the artbook edition."

You can also find the band members discussing the new album in a recent interview with Metalunderground.com at this location, or find our review of "The Great Mass" here.

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Disbelief Updates Tour Schedule

Germany's Disbelief has announced the following upcoming tour dates:

16.04. Paderborn - Kulturwerkstatt, Inferno Festival, with Lake of Tears
13.05. Annaberg - Alte Brauerei
05.06. Heidenheim - "Bloody Sunday" Wunderbar
11.06. Gelsenkirchen - Rock Hard Festival
18.06. Koblach (AT) - Metalstorm Open - Air
24.06. Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal, with Verdict
01.07. Roitzschyora - Flughafen, With Full Force
08.07. Renningen - Heilig's Blechle Open Air Warm Up
27.08. Jena - Rock am Wehr
01.09. Berlin - K17 mit Loudblast, Fallen Saints
02.09. Rostock - Alte Zuckerfabik + Loudblast, Fallen Saints
03.09. Osnabrück - Ballroom, Bloodline - Festival + Asphyx, Loudblast
24.09. Aurich - JUZ Death Metal Night VII
01.10. Cham - L.A. Cafe Headbangers Part I
08.10. Lichtenfels - Way of Darkness - Festival
15.10. Eisenach - Schlachthof mit Gorilla Monsoon

You can also check out Disbelief's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page at this location.

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One Without Recruits New Drummer

One Without, which recently parted ways with drummer Joseph Astorga, has now issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer:

"After a long search for a new drummer, we are now extremely happy to announce that Oscar Nilsson (DESPITE, X-RATED) is now part of One Without!

"We were completely blown away by how he performs behind the drums, not to forget how good we get along, and it didn't take long for us to understand that this was just the right drummer for One Without! Together, we are certain that we will take One Without to a whole new level. To see him play, check out this video!"

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Malfeitor Posts "To Hell, Farewell" Teaser

Stockholm based death metal act Malfeitor has posted a new teaser trailer online for the band's demo "To Hell, Farewell." You can check out the clip below. Malfeitor was first active during 1990 - 1995 and recently reactivated in late 2010.

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Svartsot Announces New Live Guitarist

Svartsot has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates and recruiting a new live guitarist:

"For our Danish fans: so are we getting out of our garage and the first of our spring concerts are just around the corner! On Friday (April 8) we play at Fermaten in Herning (along with Forcentury from Copenhagen and Battery from Aabenraa) and it becomes an extra special concert for us.

"Not only is it the first time we play 'home' in Jutland since 2008, so it will also be the first time the current lineup plays in Jutland. And then we can now announce our new live guitarist! It is Uffe Dons (ex-Unbelief, ex-Modra). On Saturday (April 9) we then to Uffe's hometown, Odense, and plays at Kansas City (along with Forcentury sylvatica and from Funen). We look forward to seeing as many people as possible to both shows."

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Jeff "Oly" Olson Talks Possible Reunion w/ Trouble

Original TROUBLE drummer and RETRO GRAVE mainman Jeff "Oly" Olson was interviewed on the April 2, 2011 edition of the "Maximum Threshold" show. He discussed details of the upcoming RETRO GRAVE debut show, set to take place on April 23 at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City as well as a possible live reunion with former TROUBLE bandmates Eric Wagner and Ron Holzner this June 18 at the Days Of The Doomed festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Olson also revealed that former TROUBLE bass player Sean McAllister will be present at the Days Of The Doomed festival, adding, "Who knows what could happen?" The chat is now available for streaming or download here.

RETRO GRAVE's debut full-length album, "Again", was released in February 2010.

In other news, RETRO GRAVE has scheduled an after party meet-and-greet at Idle Hands Bar on April 23rd in New York City immediately following their debut show at the Studio at Webster Hall.

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Metalunderground To Release Peter Steele Tribute

Update: The tribute album is now available for download! The teaser trailer and cover artwork for the tribute album are also available at this location.

Last year the musical world was dealt a serious blow when gothic metal titan Peter Steele tragically passed away at the age of 48. While Peter may be gone, his music and his legacy live on, and they continue to inspire musicians around the world.

To honor Peter’s memory on the anniversary of his passing, and lead a new generation of metalheads to his music, heavy metal news site Metalunderground.com has teamed up with a dozen underground bands from across the globe to release an exclusive tribute album. The tribute, entitled “All For None, None For All: A Tribute to Peter Steele," was done in collaboration with Dan Mitchell of Beneath The Woods Studio and features twelve stellar cover songs from many stages of Peter’s career in both Type O Negative and Carnivore.

The songs covered, which include interpretations running the gamut from depressive rock to power metal to death metal and many stops in-between, are as follows:

Auvernia - “I Don't Wanna Be Me”
Fairytale Abuse - “Black No. 1”
In.verno - “Everything Dies”
Dead Shape Figure - “Dead Again”
Revilement - “Sex and Violence”
Emancer - “Girlfriend's Girlfriend”
A Band of Orcs - “Green Man”
Enthrope - “Wolf Moon”
Stabbingback - “Halloween in Heaven”
Dark Hound – “Life Is Killing Me”
Autumns Eyes – “Love You To Death”
Blind Greed – “Christian Woman”

A final track listing is still being determined.

Discussing his own exposure to Type O Negative, Fairytale Abuse vocalist Simon Pederson explained, “I remember very clearly when one of my friends introduced me to Type O Negative back in the early 90´s. I was quite impressed by the ambiance and melancholia of the music but even more by the depth and character of Peter Steele´s vocals. Since then their albums still regularly find their way to my CD player.” Simon then went on to add, “Peter Steele is for us without doubt one of the most significant forefathers within the entire melodic metal genre. So when being asked to deliver a song for his tribute we were doubtless that we had to participate and are honored to do so.” More...

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Art Of Dying Checks In From The Road

Art Of Dying has checked in from the road on the Avalanche Tour with a new video clip, which shows fans around the band's tour RV. The video report can be viewed below.

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Thomas Lindberg Offers Guest Vocals For Nightrage

Nightrage has posted a short clip online of former vocalist Tomas Lindberg performing a guest spot for the band's new album, which was recorded in Studio Fredman. You can check out the clip below.

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Suicidal Angels Issues Tour Recap

Greek band Suicidal Angels has issued the following recap of the band's recent eastern European tour with Death Angel:

"This is it then… After Thrashfest and the Eastern European Tour, a series of 42 live shows with our brothers, Death Angel, to almost every part of Europe, came to an end. We performed in cities that we had never played before, interacted with new crowds, made new friends, met new people, and we just want to extend a great Thank You to all those who showed up for these gigs, sweating and moshing their asses off for us. Also, we want to thank all the promoters who took care of us, all the zines who took the time to interview us, and the photographers who captured our moments on stage.

"A big Hello to Adimiron, Roots of Death and Resistance who shared the stage with us and showed everyone the quality of their work. We will run into each other in the future, hopefully. A million Hailz and respect to the Polish crew from Hell, Kuba, Lucas and Vacek, for helping us out on this tour and saved our asses many times during , as well as our tour manager, Darek, for keeping everything in order and for giving us memorable hilarious moments to take back home. Our tech, Manolis, who worked his ass off for us helped a lot, our soundguy Oscar for giving his best so we could perform with a proper sound, Anders and Thilo (Death Angel crew), our dear Julia, and last but not least, the Death Angel boys themselves, who are therefore considered brothers of ours.

"We shared booze, laughs, good times and important experiences, with these down-to-earth and open, legends of the Bay Area Thrash scene. Mark, Rob, Ted, Damien, Will, thank you for everything we went through together, we're sure to meet again soon!

"Our mext scheduled show is in Metal Bash Open Air in Germany, and we're looking forward to it since Deutschland has become our favorite place to perform in! Hope to see you all there! Until then….... Thrash Till Death!"

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Vader Finishes Recording Drum Tracks

Polish death metal veterans Vader have announced that they have completed recording the drum tracks for their forthcoming new studio album, "Welcome To the Morbid Reich." The band has issued the following update:

"Last week we ended the drums recording session for the newest album. Below are Pawel's personal impressions."

Drummer Pawel states:

"Just the day before yesterday we finished recording drums for the new Vader's album - Welcome To The Morbid Reich. Our revisit in the Hertz Studio proceeded undisturbed and once again brothers Wieslawski proved to be professionals to the core.

"We started our session showing up in the studio on March 14th, at 9 PM after a few hours' drive on our perfect Polish roads with a trailer full of gear - I really recommend it! This day we only managed to do the load-in and hit the sack - as we were dead on our feet. More...

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Necrodeath Announces Compilation Album

Italy's Necrodeath has announced a new release coming in May 2011, which will be titled "The Age of Fear." The album will be released through Scarlet Records, and features songs from the band's entire back catalog from 1987's "Into the Macabre" until the most recent "Old Skull."

"The Age of Fear" features 15 tracks including a previously unreleased version of the song "Queen Of Desire," featuring guest appearances by Giorgia Gueglio (Mastercastle) on vocals and Botys Beezard (Godyva) on piano. Also included will be a cover version of Slayer's 'Black Magic' and the live version of the band's own "The Theory." The artwork was made by French artist Pierre-Alain D. at 3mmi Design and can be viewed below.


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Pain Posts New Song Online

Swedish industrial metal veterans Pain have posted a new song online entitled, "Dirty Woman." You can check it out by heading to the group's official Facebook page. The track comes from the band's forthcoming new studio album, "You Only Live Twice," which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on June 3rd. You can check out a trailer for the album below.

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Black John Wayne Posts New Music Video Online

New York bluesy stoner metal band Black John Wayne has released a music video for the song "Rattle Snake Blood." The song is off the band's debut full length CD titled "Serenade of the Black And Blues," which the band just recently self-released. Check out the video below:

The band is currently unsigned and seeking a record deal. You can check out more of their music on the band's MySpace page.

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P.O.D. To Sue Record Label

Alternative hard rock outfit P.O.D. (Payable On Death) has announced that the group is planning to sue record label INO Records. The band members claim they should have been paid $400,000 when ready to record a new album last November. P.O.D says INO is in breach of contract. More information on this story will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

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The Binary Code Posts Demos of New Songs Online

New Jersey death metal act The Binary Code has posted some pre-production demos of new songs on the band's facebook page. The instrumental tracks "Unexist" and "Trees 100 Feet Underwater" will be coming off The Binary Code's upcoming album.

The Binary Code also recently contributed a song to the "NYC Sucks" compilation from Metalsucks.net, and also posted a Stone Temple Pilots cover late last year.

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Suspyre Posts Studio Update Video Online

New Jersey progressive metal band Suspyre has posted new studio video footage online. The clip is taken from an upcoming DVD. Watch the video below:

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Former Manowar Drummer Passes Away

According to a post on former Manowar drummer Scott Columbus' official Facebook page by his girlfriend Nancy, he passed away on April 4th at the age of 54. The cause of death has yet to be revealed. The message reads as follows:

"For all you to know, this is Scott Columbus's girlfriend of over 3 1/3 years... and I cannot get the words out, but he died today. Please send your thoughts and prayers. I can't believe he is gone. He was the absolute love of my life."

Former Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss commented on the passing with the following brief message:

"Scott Columbus R.I.P my brother. I'm gonna miss you!"

An official statement from the band reads as follows: More...

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Knights Of The Abyss To Go On Indefinite Hiatus

Knights Of The Abyss has posted the following statement online through its official Facebook page:

"In all seriousness, we have been on an 'indefinite hiatus.' There is no telling what the future holds for Knights. We are all currently involved in other musical endeavors, therefore Knights will not be touring anytime soon.

"Ben is drumming with Whitechapel, Griffin is tracking and mixing his ass off pulling 14 hour days at his studio with new projects, Nick is playing guitar in another band, etc.

"We will keep you updated with these projects and other Knights related news as more unfolds. Will we ever release another album? Maybe. Will we ever tour again? Maybe. Can’t say yes or no. Now you know."

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Thomas Giles Live Footage Posted Online

Quality video footage has made its way online featuring Between the Buried and Me frontman Thomas Giles performing his debut solo single "Sleep Shake" live for the first time. The song is taken off of Thomas Giles' latest album "Pulse" which was released in February of 2011 through Metal Blade Records. You can view the live footage below.

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Cancer Bats To Reissue Debut Album On Gold Vinyl

Canadian hardcore act Cancer Bats has announced that it will be releasing its 2004 debut album "Birthing the Giant" for the first time on limited edition gold vinyl. The pressing, limited to 1000 copies, is set to be released on May 10, 2011 through Distort Entertainment. You can view the LP's tracklisting below.

1. Golden Tanks
2. French Immersion
3. Grenades
4. Shillelagh
5. Butterscotch
6. Death Bros
7. Firecrack This
8. Diamond Mine
9. 100 Grand Canyon
10. Ghost Bust That
11. Pneumonia Hawk

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Cavalera Conspiracy Posts Live DVD Footage

Cavalera Conspiracy has posted some new live footage online taken from the bonus DVD included with its latest album "Blunt Force Trauma." You can view the "Les Eurockeennes 2008" footage below.

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Deafheaven Announces New Tour Dates

U.S. ambient black metal act Deafheaven has revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from Ken Mode. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

06/01 Seattle, WA – The Funhouse
06/02 Portland, OR – The Tube
06/04 San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
06/05 Los Angeles, CA – The Blvd
06/06 San Diego, CA – Che Cafe
06/07 Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground
06/08 Midland, TX – Pine Box
06/09 Dallas, TX – Bryan St. Tavern
06/10 San Antonio, TX – The Ten Eleven
06/11 New Orleans, LA – The Circle Bar
06/12 Atlanta, GA – Archive Gallery
06/13 Columbia, SC – 719 N. Beltline
06/14 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery
06/15 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
06/16 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
06/18 New Haven, CT – Lillys Pad
06/19 Boston, MA – O’Briens
06/20 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
06/21 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class

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