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Metal News for April 6, 2011

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41 news articles posted on this day.


Interview with Keith Fay of Cruachan

Back from a break after parting ways with one vocalist, Irish folk metallers Cruachan are back with a mission to be heavier than ever. Their latest release "Blood on the Black Robe" marks a return to a more extreme sound. I talked to vocalist (who also plays the bodhran and mandolin) Keith Fay to discuss the new sound, the current state of Ireland, and a nasty attack he recieved by thugs. A transcription follows. More...

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Queensryche Announces New Album Release Date

Progressive heavy metal outfit Queensryche has announced that the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Dedicated To Chaos," will be released in North America on June 28th through Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud. This will be the band's twelfth studio album and the first since 2009's, "American Soldier."

Queensryche's Geoff Tate also recently appeared on a rock and metal tribute album to Frank Sinatra titled "SIN-Atra." Details are available here.

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Make It Reign Posts New Music Video Online

Deathcore act Make It Reign has posted its new music video online for the track "Kiss The Dead" You can view the video in the player below, which features a guest appearance from Winds Of Plague's Johnny Plague.

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Mastodon Announces European Tour Dates

American progressive metal act Mastodon has revealed the dates for its upcoming summer touring plans. The band will be heading overseas to Europe for a mix of festival and headline performances. You can view the full list of dates, cites and venues below.

06/04 Nurnberg, GER – Rock IM Park
06/05 Nuremburgring, GER – Rock AM Ring
06/06 Hamburg, GER – Gruensoan (headlining show)
06/07 Dortmund, GER – FZM (headlining show)
06/08 Stuttgart, GER – Die Rohre (headlining show)
06/10 Warsaw, POL – Sonisphere Festival
06/11 Prague, CZE – Sonisphere Festival
06/11 Oslo, NOR – Norwegian Wood
06/13 Bergen, NOR – Plenen
06/17 Athens, GRE – Sonisphere Festival
06/19 Istanbul, TUR – Sonisphere Festival
06/21 Sofia, BUL – Sonisphere Festival
06/22 Zagreb, CRO – INmusic Festival
06/24 Bassel, SWI – Sonisphere Festival
06/25 San Marino, ITA – Sonisphere Festival
06/26 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/28 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
06/29 Hengelo, NET – Metropol
07/01 Roskilde, DEN – Roskilde Festival
07/02 Helsinki, FIN – Sonisphere Festival
07/03 St. Petersburg, RUS – Glav Club (headlining show)
07/04 Moscow, RUS – Arena Moscow (headlining show)
07/06 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos-Saal (headlining show)
07/08 Amneville, FRA – Sonisphere Festival
07/09 Stockholm, SWE – Sonisphere Festival
07/10 Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere Festival
07/12 Berlin, GER – C-Club (headlining show)
07/13 Tolmin, SLO – Metalcamp Festival
07/14 Tokaj, HUN – Hegyalja Festival
07/16 Madrid, SPA – Sonisphere Festival

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Black September Signs With Prosthetic Records

Chicago black metal act Black September has announced that it has signed with Prosthetic Records. The first release to feature the label's imprint will be a reissue of the band's 2010 full length album "The Forbidden Gates Beyond" on June 7, 2011. The band commented on the signing by saying;

"The time has come. Black September is proud to announce that we have signed an alliance with Prosthetic Records for the CD release of our debut LP, ‘The Forbidden Gates Beyond.’ We are honored to work with a label that supports the devotion and dedication we have to our music."

You can stream the entire Black September discography on the band's official website, located here.

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Believer Posts Another New Song Online

Believer will be releasing the new album "Transhuman" on April 12th in North America through Metal Blade Records. The band has now posted another song from the album, titled "Ego Machine," which can be heard in the player below.

Believer "Ego Machine" by Metal Blade Records

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Den Saakaldte Announces New Vocalist

After recently parting ways with vocalist Niklas Kvarforth, Den Saakaldte has now issued the following update about recruiting a new front man:

"When Niklas decided to leave Den Saakaldte in order to focus to his main band Shining, we knew that it would be damn difficult to find someone capable and charismatic like Niklas is. We think we did well in finding that person…

"We are proud to announce that the new vocalist of Den Saakaldte, is no other than Mr. Øyvind Hægeland, known for his amazing work with Spiral Architect, Arcturus, Scariot..

"Øyvind has already started focusing on lyrics and different weird ideas he wants to express with Den Saakaldte's music. Vocals for the new album 'Kapittel II: Faen I Helvete' are scheduled to be recorded, autumn 2011 and we are all damn excited about it. Ugh!"

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Goatwhore To Enter The Studio In July

New Orleans based blackened death metal outfit Goatwhore has announced that they will be entering the studio in July to begin recording their next studio album. A message from the group reads as follows:

"We are currently in the process of working on new material for the follow up to Carving Out The Eyes Of God, and set to enter the studio in late July. Please keep posted as we get closer to recording time for additional updates."

Stay tuned for further information.

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UK Thrash Documentary In The Works

A new documentary examining the thrash metal scene in the United Kingdom has recently been announced, entitled, "History Of A Time To Come," which takes it's name from the debut album by Sabbat. A recent post about the documentary by Lawnmower Deth guitarist Concorde Faceripper reads as follows:

"I'm pleased to announce that Lawnmower Deth have recently spent a few fun filled hours being interviewed for a new documentary about the UK thrash scene.

"The kind fellows at A History Of A Time To Come - The Story Of UK Thrash invited us to Leeds to be filmed for a new project which will aim to document the history of the UK thrash scene and will include live footage of past and present UK thrash bands interlaced with interviews with bands from each era. More...

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Theatre Of Tragedy Reveals 2-CD Set Details

On May 20th, 2011 Theatre of Tragedy's last release will be the live album "Last Curtain Call," which will be available as a DVD/CD combo and 2-CD set. The bonus disc that comes along with the DVD includes 10 songs, while the 2-CD set features the following tracks:

CD 1
1. Hide And Seek
2. Bring Forth Ye Shadow
3. Frozen
4. Ashes And Dreams
5. A Rose For The Dead
6. Fragment
7. And When He Falleth
8. Venus

CD 2:
1. Hollow
2. Storm
3. Image
4. A Hamlet For A Slothful Vassal
5. Fade
6. Machine
7. Der Tanz Der Schatten
8. Forever Is The World


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DM&TMC Announces New Album Release

Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult, the super group born from the union of Hank von Helvete (ex Turbonegro), Tim Skold (ex Marilyn Manson, KMFDM, Shotgun Messiah), Anders Odden (ex Celtic Frost, Satyricon), Audun Stengel (ex Apoptygma Berzerk) and David Husvik (ex Extol), has set June 6th as the release date of the band's debut album. The North American release will follow one day later.

The band is titled "I Declare : Treason" and the track listing is as follows:

1. You Are God - Intro
2. Sign My Name
3. I Declare: Treason
4. Bleed Idiot Bleed
5. (Don't) Waste It
6. Blame Is The Game
7. OK (We're Just About To Die)
8. Misconception
9. Glory (Throw The Axe)
10. Revenge
11. Victorious

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Desalmado Announces Upcoming Releases

Brazilian grindcore Desalmado, which recently signed to Greyhaze Records, which will be releasing a new EP and full-length album. The band's publicist commented on Desalmado:

"Based out of the densely populated city of São Paulo, Brazil, the act now known as Desalmado already made quite a name for themselves throughout South America over recent years under the name El Fuego. After some revamping, the band are at their finest hour to date with the current lineup, actively devastating live audiences throughout Brazil and writing plenty of material. Desalmado's crushing socio-political attack surges with stripped-down death metal strength, resulting in brutal, modern grindcore fans of Napalm Death, Kill The Client and Brujeria will definitely not want to miss."

Greyhaze Records will release Desalmado's Hereditas 10" EP worldwide within the Summer months, with final release info and street date to be confirmed shortly. The band is also currently recording a brand new full-length, which Greyhaze will release later this year. The band's upcoming live shows are as follows:

4/21/2011 Hangar 110 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Pünk na Pásköa Festival
6/19/2011 Ego Club - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Spanka Noise Festival

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Taletellers Posts New Song Online

Noisecreep.com is currently streaming a new track from Taletellers. The track, entitled "Sadistico," is taken from the band's forthcoming album "Radicalizer," which is scheduled to be released April 19th on Metalville Records. Listen to "Sadistico" by heading over to this location.

Taletellers was formed in late summer 2005, with Alan Costa and Stefan Kuhn being the first band members, after Alan Costa split up his previous band Taletellers Soulsellers. Alan explained the band's name:

"For me the story of Taletellers starts with the forming of my very first band Taletellers Soulsellers a couple of years ago. After that band eventually split up I took some of the songs with me and Stefan and I decided to make Taletellers the new band name, because we wanted to show that the new band marks a new start, but to show also that the music was still very much rooted in the first band."

The artwork for "Radicalizer" was once again designed by Mark Wilkinson and can be viewed below.


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Seidr Announces New Album Release

Seidr, which recently signed to Flenser Records, has announced the band's upcoming full-length will be titled "For Winter Fire." The album is set for release in North America on May 24th and in Europe on June 7th. An audio sample from the album is also available at this location.

The "For Winter Fire" track listing is as follows:

1. A Vision From Hlidskjalf
2. On the Shoulder of the Gods
3. Sweltering
4. In the Ashes
5. The Night Sky and the Wild Hunt
6. A Gaze at the Stars
7. Stream Keeper

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Winterus Streaming New Track

Michigan black metal act Winterus has teamed up with Bravewords.com to premiere a brand new track titled “Harmonious," which from the band’s forthcoming Lifeforce Records debut, "In Carbon Mysticism." The new song can be streamed via the Bravewords.com “Knuckle Tracks” audio player at this location. A music video for the track will premiere in the coming weeks.

The track list for "In Carbon Mysticism" is as follows:

1. Lone Wolves
2. Reborn
3. No Rest
4. Harmonious
5. Moonlust
6. Eternal Ghost
7. Christ Reign (recorded live)
8. Dusk Unveils (recorded live)
9. Through The Mist (recorded live)

"In Carbon Mysticism" was self-produced and engineered last winter in Battle Creek, MI, and mastered in Los Angeles by Maor Appelbaum (Cynic, Therion, and Rob Halford). It consists of six studio tracks and three live recordings.

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Monsterworks Posts "God" Video

Monsterworks has posted a music video online for the song "God," which can be viewed below. The video was compiled from band footage taken on March 26th, 2011 at Zed One Studios in Camden, London. The band also commented on the clip:

"This is the title track from The God Album by Monsterworks, released on Casket Music 28 February 2011. The general philosophy of the album is summed up well by the Marcus Aurelius quote used at the beginning. The song is a general commentary on religion but also specifically deals with the god of the Old Testament. This character could easily be considered 'unjust' according to the Aurelius definition (e.g. sending floods to drown children and suggesting putting to death anyone who works on the Sabbath etc).

"The point is, the most popular gods of today (as always) are promoted by a system of control with a threat of divine punishment to force you to follow their rules, no matter how crazy they sound. If you have had some kind of experience that makes you a true 'believer' then you can take comfort from that and hopefully use it to live a better life, but realize that religion itself is usually only a barrier to the happiness of yourself and those around you. ...enough of the philosophizing. Enjoy the metal!"

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The Soulless Announces New Band Lineup

British melodic death metallers The Soulless, who are due to release their new album "Isolated" on May 16th, have added two new members to the group's line-up.

Formerly known as Ignominious Incarceration, vocalist Andy Wardle, guitarist Steve Brown, and bassist Chris Ball have added Kristen Dawson as the group's second guitarist and Dan Wilding (Aborted, Trigger the Bloodshed) as the band's new drummer.

The Soulless comment on new guitarist Kristen Dawson:

"We auditioned guitarists for months, with not much luck for the perfect shredder. The band While She Sleeps are great friends of ours and recommended a guy from their area. They said he was perfect for the band and we trust their opinion so we gave him a shot.

"He sent us an audition video for the song 'Earthbound'. His was by far the best audition video so we invited him down to the studio while we were recording 'Isolated', the debut Soulless album. We wanted Kristen to hear the album to ensure it was the music he was interested in. He loved what we were doing and really wanted to be involved. He stayed with us over the duration of the studio time. This allowed us to test him out as we could get him to play along to the studio tracks as if recording, so we could hear every mistake. He nailed what we gave him, especially considering the short time he had to learn the songs. We spent two weeks with him and got on well so the decision was easy.

The band also commented on recruiting a new drummer: More...

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Pegazus Postpones "In Metal We Trust" Tour

Australian metallers Pegazus have just announced they have postponed their "In Metal We Trust Tour" till later in the year. Guitarist and founding member Johnny Stoj commented about the postponement:

"Recently, we were hit with some unexpected situations which were unfortunately out of our hands. We feel very disappointed that the band won't be in Europe for this summer as planned for our club shows tour and festivals appearances.

"Now we have to wait a few more months before we can hit the European stages and do what we love to do best! The great news is, that Pegazus will be touring the world later in the year for our In Metal We Trust Tour. See you all out on the road soon!"

Pegazus will be releasing the new album "In Metal We Trust" on April 15th, 2011.

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In Flames Announces Digital Single Release

In Flames will release the digital single "Deliver Us" from their forthcoming album "Sounds of a Playground Fading" on May 10 in North America. This recording will give fans a glimpse into their Century Media debut on June 20, 2011. "Sounds of the Playground Fading" was recorded in the band's IF Studios with Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnklo.

Metal Underground previously reported details of "Sounds of a Playground Fading" and the group's signing to Century Media.

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Draconis Infenum Posts New Album Artwork

Singapore black metal act Draconis Infernum has announced an upcoming second full-length album to be titled "Rites of Desecration & Demise." The artwork can be viewed below, and additional details on the release will be announced as they are made available.


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Marienbad Signs To Massacre Records

Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with Marienbad:

"Can you feel it? Can you hear it? Just a breeze, hard to hear - there's a cold wind here… It was in the early 60s, a valley was flooded and a storage lake appeared right where the small town of Marienbad once was. The inhabitants were relocated – but the twelve who didn't wanted to go and preferred suicide than an uncertain future…

"Marienbad is the new project of the two Eisregen musicians M. Roth (concept/vocals) and Yantit (composition, guitars, keyboard), where they let Marienbad rise from the dark waters once again and tell those legends that have been almost forgotten.

"On their journey they are accompanied by Allen B. Konstanz (drums) [The Vision Bleak] and West (bass) [Panzerkreutz, Hämatom]. So a conceptual double album was created (with both German and English lyrics), which - after almost 18 months of work in the band's own studio - will soon be presented to the listener. Markus Stock (Eisregen, The Vision Bleak, Maroon) has mixed and mastered the album in February 2011 at the Klangschmiede E studio."

"Werk 1: Nachtfall" will be released on May 27th, 2011 via Massacre Records. It will be available as 2CD and as a limited numbered A5 double digipak version. Head over to this location to listen to "Flammnacht" taken from Marienbad's forthcoming album.

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Holocausto Canibal Announces Guest Musician

Holocausto Canibal has issued the following announcement about a guest musician appearing on the band's upcoming album:

"It's time to announce another guest participation for the fourth Holocausto Canibal album: David Soares.

"David is a Portuguese writer, known for famous novels like 'O Evangelho do Enforcado,' 'A Conspiração dos Antepassados,' 'Lisboa Triunfante,' among many others! More special guests, to be announced soon! Grind on!"

You can also check out the band's recently "Gorefilia" studio report at this location.

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Negura Bunget Touring With Enslaved

Negura Bunget has issued the following brief update about touring alongside Enslaved:

"We are happy to announce Negura Bunget will tour along Norwegian legends Enslaved on the Circling Above and Within Tour. Originally planned for October 2010, the tour is now re-scheduled for April 2011."

The dates are as follows:

22/04/2011 - London (UK) - Underworld
23/04/2011 - Lille (FR) - Aeronef
24/04/2011 - Limoges (FR) - John Lennon
25/04/2011 - Paris (FR) - Nouveau Casino
27/04/2011 - Zaandam (NL) - De Kade
28/04/2011 - Den Bosch (NL) - W2
29/04/2011 - Lichtenfels (DE) - Ragnarok Festival
30/04/2011 - Antwerpen (BE) - Trix

Negura Bunget also recently posted a new song online for streaming titled "La marginea lumii (Outskirts of the World)." Details are available here.

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Zushakon Calls It Quits

After announcing a series of lineup changes last month, vocalist Odhinn of Singapore's Zushakon has now issued the following announcement about the band calling it quits:

"Zushakon has been laid to rest, the band has disbanded due to personal reasons & all members of Zushakon have agreed that this is the best way to move forward & evolve to another level. We sincerely thank all our friends & comrades who supported us. We hail you for one last time."

You can still check out Zushakon's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page.

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Amon Amarth Enters Billboard Charts

Swedish extreme metal outfit Amon Amarth has entered the Billboard album charts at number 34 after selling over 15,000 copies of the band's latest studio album, "Surtur Rising." The album has also entered the Billboard Top Independent Albums at number 6, number 1 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums and number 10 on the Indy/Small Chain Core Store Chart. The record has also done well in Canada, where it has debuted at number 19 on the Canadian album chart.

The album has also done well in Europe, entering the German album charts at number 8, Austria's Top 40 Chart at number 12 and Switzerland's Top 100 at number 20.

Metalunderground.com also recently conducted an interview with Amon Amarth about the new album, which can be read by heading over to this location.

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Y&T Announces New Bass Player

American hard rock/heavy metal veterans Y&T have announced that Brad Long, who performed with the group on the Facemelter tour last year, will be the band's permanent bassist from now on.

Long is stepping in to replace original bass player Phil Kennemore, who sadly passed away at the beginning of the year after a struggle with cancer.

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Motorhead Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Hard rock icons Motorhead have announced that they will once again be embarking on a headlne tour of the United Kingdom this Autumn, where they will be joined by punk rock veterans UK Subs. Tickets for the band's 2011 UK tour go on sale this Friday April 15th at 9am.

The tour dates are as follows:

November 2 - Bradford, UK - St Georges
November 3 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall
November 5 - Stoke-on-Trent, UK - Victoria Hall
November 6 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
November 8 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
November 11 - Norwich, UK - UEA
November 12 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
November 14 - Newcastle, UK - O2 Academy
November 15 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy
November 17 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Centre
November 18 - Manchester , UK- O2 Apollo

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Whitesnake Enters Billboard Charts

Hard rock veterans Whitesnake have entered the Billboard album charts at number 49, after they sold around 12,000 copies of their brand new studio album, "Forevermore," which is available now through Frontiers Records.

The album has also found chart success north of the border, where it entered the Canadian album charts at number 61.

Whitesnake has also been confirmed to appear at the upcoming Graspop 2011 festival in Belgium.

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Nokturnel Premieres New Song Online

Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of Austin, Texas death/thrash band Nokturnel's new song, entitled "Ancestral Calling." This song is the band's first new recording in two years. The band hopes to release more new material before Maryland DeathFest 2011.

Lyrically, Ancestral Calling ended up becoming a prequel to "Legend of the Wolven" from the "Fury Unleashed" album. Musically, this song stands on its own, once again covering new territory for Nokturnel. Stevens composed everything, recorded all vocals, guitars, and bass. Session drummer Chad Walls who played on the "Demonic Supremacy" single returned to keep Nokturnel from dealing with impending delays.

You can stream or download "Ancestral Calling" below.

Download an MP3 of "Ancestral Calling" here (right-click and "Save Target As")

Band founder Tom Stevens commented: "I am extremely excited to have Chad contributing to what I feel is the most important song of my career. His drumming is solid and his professionalism in the studio delivers unto me a piece of work my engineer finds to be perfect for us to work with, it's effortless for me. Chad really brought my riffs to life. Nokturnel fans owe this man their gratitude, he is an important part of Nokturnel and I very well may not have accomplished all I have done in 2010/2011 without the jump start he gave Nokturnel. Horns up Chad! Thanks!!!!!!!!"

Stevens also wanted to add this message:

"I would like to express my personal condolences to a fallen hero of mine. The day after I recorded this track I woke up feeling victorious, as every ounce of my being went into this song. To discover someone in one of the most influential bands of my life had passed on only a few minutes later just crushed me. I'd like to dedicate this track to Scott Columbus, and while raising Hammer I say thanks for all the Great music Scott! You will be missed! Hails to a TRUE KING OF METAL!!!!!!!!"

Nokturnel is scheduled to appear at the Maryland Deathfest on Sunday, May 29th at 1:00pm. More...

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Darkness By Oath Checks In From The Studio

Darkness By Oath has issued the following update about the guitar recording process for "Near Death Experience," the band's upcoming album:

"Hey people: Just wanted to update our recording diary, so here we go. Guitars are almost done, except some acoustic stuff that would be done later, but all in all, the whole songs are finally recorded the past week.

"Now, it's Gorka's turn on bass. He is at Auryn Studios with Tris recording the bass lines, and here's what he has to say about the recording so far: 'The bass recording is going as planned. We've half of the songs done already and the takes went good and smooth. I'm sure the bass sound is gonna be massive!'

"Gorka will probably end his part of the recording by the end of the week. Next one recording will be Aritz, but he won't start recording until we are back from our dates in Belgium on Easter."

The band's last studio update is also still available at this location.

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Shining Comments On Upcoming Album

Following on from the recent news that Shining had parted company with Indie Recordings and signed with Spinefarm Records, the band has debuted a track from the forthcoming album "VII / Född Förlorare," which in English means "Born Loser." The track, "Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel" can be heard in the player below. Vocalist Niklas Kvarforth also recently quit all his other bands in order to focus on shining.

Shining - Förtvivlan Min Arvedel by PATRICIA THOMAS

All the music and lyrics for "VII / Född Förlorare," which is due for release on the 25th May, were written by front man Niklas Kvarforth, and the album was recorded over what the band describes as "three long years" inside the Slaughterhouse studios in Sweden, with Rickard Bengtsson once again producing.

Kvarforth himself defines the finished result as "The" Shining album. "It is", he commented, "the natural successor to our fifth album 'V/Halmstad,' rather than to our last release 'VI/Klagopsalmer,' which I have always thought of as more of an experiment both in terms of writing and performance." More...

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Cauldron Posts New Music Video Online

Canadian heavy metal outfit Cauldron has posted a new music video online for the song, "All Or Nothing." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's latest studio album, "Burning Fortune."

Frontman Jason Decay comments: "The video is basically a concentrated day, or a final straw in the life of Cauldron. We based the concept around the lyrics of the song, which is a bit of an ongoing theme with Burning Fortune. We went for a bit of an edgy type of music video rather than the same old thing 'cause we figured we wouldn't get played on TV anyway.

"It was directed by Kevin MacAllister who normally does videos for Lush Cosmetics. We got hooked up through a friend who used to work there and just went for it. Ian's scene is actually shot at the Lush factory in Toronto..." More...

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Opeth Parts With Keyboardist Per Wiberg

Keyboardist Per Wiberg has been relieved of his duties in Opeth as part of a mutual decision with the band. Keyboard duties on upcoming tours will be handled by a musician who is already rehearsing with the band, but has not yet been named. Vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt released the following statement about the matter:

“Well, it’s been somewhat of a revolving door of members during the last couple of years, and now, Per is no longer a member. Mendez, Axe and Fredrik and I came to the decision that we should find a replacement for Per right after the recordings of the new album, and this came as no surprise to Per. He had, in turn, been thinking about leaving, so you could say it was a mutual decision. There’s no bad blood, just a relationship that came to an end, and that’s that. We wish Per the best, and he did a splendid job recording keyboards for the last record, which stands as his final recording with Opeth.”

Opeth is currently working on the band's new album, which follows-up the 2008 release "Watershed." The upcoming album is due out this Fall on Roadrunner Records.

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Sepultura: The Reunion Illusion

Posting news about Sepultura is something that I always enjoy, because they're one of my absolute favourite bands, and dread because I know of the written onslaught that will follow with each and every article. For those of you who are unaware of why this may be, the diatribes that come with the articles and the background, permit me to shed some light on the subject.

Sepultura is a heavy metal band that formed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera and bass player Paulo Xisto Jr, as well as a guitarist called Jairo Guedes. After releasing an EP called, "Bestial Devastation" in 1985 and a full length, "Morbid Visions" in 1986, they split with Guedes and recruited guitarist Andreas Kisser. This lineup of the band released several more albums and became one of the most well known bands to ever come from Brazil. They gained worldwide recognition for their album, "Chaos A.D." in 1993, which is considered their best album by many fans, and expanded their reputation as metal superstars with their 1996 album, "Roots," becoming one of the few metal bands to find success in the 90s along with Pantera and Machine Head. At the end of 1996, Max Cavalera, the group's singer and rhythm guitarist, left the band as a result of the other members not wishing to extend the contract of their manager, who was/is also Max's wife. Following this, the band recruited a new singer in American born, Derrick Green. Since then, the band has received a huge backlash from fans because of the lineup change, with many calling on the band to change their name, especially since drummer Igor Cavalera left in 2006 and daily pleas to reunite the classic Cavalera/Cavalera/Kisser/Xisto lineup. For many people however, it seems they don't even know why they feel the urge to demand a reunion, except that they want to see the classic lineup live... maybe. In this article, I'm going to attempt to explain why I think a Sepultura reunion wouldn't work, why people are wrong to demand it and what the alternatives are. More...

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The Damned Things Announces European Tour

The Damned Things has announced the dates for its upcoming tour of Europe. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

06/07 Glasgow, UK – Garage
06/08 London, UK – Dingwalls
06/10 Donnington, UK – Download Festival
06/11 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
06/12 Franconville, FRA – Furia Sound Festival
06/14 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
06/15 Madrid, SPA – Sala Heineken
06/17 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/18 Gothenburg, SWE – Metaltown Festival
06/23 Basel, SWI – Sonisphere Kick Off
06/24 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/25 Dischingen, GER – Rock Em Hartsfeldsee
06/26 Imola, ITA – Sonisphere Italy

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The Crimson Armada Posts New Studio Footage

The Crimson Armada has started a new series of videos, featuring footage taken from the band's recent time spent in the recording studio. You can view the third video below.

The previously uploaded second studio video can also be viewed at this location.

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Suicide Silence Post Remix Music Video Online

A music video has been posted online for the Cameron 'Big Chocolate' Argon remix of Suicide Silence‘s "No Time To Bleed." You can check out the video in the player below.

Suicide Silence in Reno, NV Featuring NTTB REMIX from Cameron Argon on Vimeo.

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Howl Announces New Tour Dates

Howl has revealed the dates for its forthcoming mini-tour of the United States. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

04/06 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
04/07 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
04/08 Dallas, TX – The Phoenix Project
04/09 Joplin, MO – The Cesspool Castle - Free Show
04/10 St. Louis, MO – APOP Records
04/11 Columbus, OH – Café Bourbon St.

Howl also recently shot a music video for the song "Heavenless."

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August Burns Red Reveals New Album Title

American progressive metalcore act August Burns Red has revealed the title of its upcoming studio album. The fourth album from the act will carry the title of "Leveler" and will hit store shelves on June 21, 2011 through Solid State Records.

The band commented on the album by saying:

"Putting out a fourth record is a little scary because we obviously have our sound figured out at this point, but we don’t want to put out a record that just sounds like a redux of our previous albums. Our tastes are always evolving as musicians and we’ve been motivated to progress as a band and push ABR in different directions, while maintaining the characteristics that made us the band we are in the first place."

Footage of the band in the recording studio can also be found at this location.

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Circle Takes The Square Posts Band Update Online

Circle Takes The Square has posted the following update online, detailing the progress of its forthcoming studio album "Decompositions Volume 1."

"From the very beginning of the writing process, our mission statement was to comprehensively explore the musical themes that we were creating. We set out to build upon the stylistic foundation we had established with As the Roots Undo, but were determined to provide ourselves with the room to experiment, and try our hands at more repetition, variation and management of space in ways we hadn’t attempted before.

"We decided not to let song-length or other logistical limitations inhibit the sprawling arrangements we were crafting, and ventured to grant each individual idea within our multi-movement songs its own chance to meander and evolve: sometimes in linear ways, and sometimes within the framework of more traditional progressions.

"Our emphasis on fine-tuning, experimenting with, and expanding our approach to song structure enabled the creation of the three fully-arcing, musical story-lines that will make up Decompositions Volume I."

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Unearth Announces U.S. Mini Tour

American metalcore act Unearth has revealed the dates for its forthcoming mini-tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from All Shall Perish and Red Fang, with Suicide Silence co-headlining a number of dates as well. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

Unearth headlining dates:
7.05 @ Jakes
7.06 @ Club 101
7.08 @ Hard Rock Café – Las Vegas

Unearth Co-Headline dates with Suicide Silence:
07/11 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
07/18 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
07/25 Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon
07/26 Auburn, ME – Club Texas
08/04 Cleveland, OH – Peadbody’s
08/11 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre

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