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28.08In Flames - North American Tour Dates Announced
 Shakra - Set To Enter The Studio
 Enthroned - Announce Tour Details And New Album
27.08Firewind - Posts New Instructional Clip Online
 Pain Of Salvation - Update From The Band
 Stratovarius - New Guitarist Announced
 Thyrfing - Details About New Album
 Psycroptic - Bonus Edition Of New Album
 Abysmal Dawn - Parts Ways With Guitarist, Announces Replacement
 Edguy - European Tour Dates Announced
 Nine Inch Nails - Announces More USA Tour Dates
 Amon Amarth - Video Recording For Twilight Of The Thunder God
 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Full New Album Streaming
26.08Metallica - 2nd Single Available On And ITunes
 Artillery - Terror Squad Album To Be Re-Released

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In Flames - North American Tour Dates Announced

Swedish metallers In Flames have announced a North American headline tour for 2008. Support on the tour comes from All That Remains, Gojira and 36 Crazyfists.

Full North American tour dates:
November 6 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
November 7 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
November 8 - Detroit, MI - Emerald Theater
November 10 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
November 12 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
November 14 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
November 15 - Edmonton, AB - Events Center
November 17 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
November 18 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
November 19 - Portland, OR - Roseland
November 21 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
November 22 - Los Angeles, CA - The Nokia Club
November 23 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues


Band profile: In Flames
Event: In Flames: N. American Tour
Posted: 28.08.2008 by Abattoir | Comments (9)

Shakra - Set To Enter The Studio

According to their record company AFM Records' official website:

"The guys from Shakra will enter the Swiss Powerride Studios in the beginning of September to start with the recordings of their new album. The working title of the new album will be "Everest". All bass tracks will be recorded by the new Shakra bass player Dominik Pfister".

Band profile: Shakra
Posted: 28.08.2008 by ArtiA | Comments (4)

Enthroned - Announce Tour Details And New Album

Enthroned, the Belgian Black Metal band have announced tour dates in Brazil and Russia. They will be the headliners and support will come from Sadus and Dutch band Severe Torture.

Here are all the dates:
19/09 - Sمo Paulo/SP (Brasil) @ Hangar 110
20/09 - Belo Horizonte/MG (Brasil) @ Bar Brasil
21/09 - Curitiba/PR (Brasil) @ Opera 1
22/09 - Porto Alegre/RS (Brasil) @ Bar Opiniمo
22/11 - Moscow (Russia) @ Plan B

Enthroned are also currently working on the successor to their last offering "Tetra Karcist". Frontman Nornagest comments: "The composition is in the early stages of the writing process but already shows that the next full-length will destroy. We are not ready to enter the recording studio yet, but what we got until now promises that the next album will be crushing and will definitely continue where Tetra Karcist stopped".

Band profile: Enthroned
Posted: 28.08.2008 by ArtiA | Comments (1)

Firewind - Posts New Instructional Clip Online

Bob Katsionis (guitars, keyboards) recently recorded an instructional lesson that can now be viewed on FireTV, the band's official YouTube page here. Stay tuned for new episodes featuring vocal lessons from Apollo, drum lessons from Mark and additional Gus G. clips, which should be posted over the next couple of weeks.

Katsionis further comments: "In this series of lessons, I will show and explain some of my keyboard solos and parts out of 'The Premonition' album as well as present some of my simultaneous keyboard and guitar performances as these have been seen during FIREWIND gigs. This first video lesson contains stuff from the songs 'Into The Fire,' 'Angels Forgive Me' and some lead keyboard licks."


Band profile: Firewind
Posted: 27.08.2008 by Bad English | Comments (4)

Pain Of Salvation - Update From The Band

Pain Of Salvation Updated their site with some great news:

They will part of a series of Charitiy Gigs: "As usual, Pain of Salvation will always do what they can to support causes they agree with, and this year they will play in Finnaker, Sweden on the 6th of September at the charity festival Rock for Moc (for Mozambique), and later on in Eskilstuna, Sweden, at the last day of the European Mobility Week, September 22 (car free day). On the 10th of October they will again play in Eskilstuna, at the Balsta Musikslott (Buster stage), headlining the "Rock for the Children of the World" night".

Daniel said the following about the dvd: "The DVD is starting to come together, and will consist of two separate discs - one will be the live show from our last tour, and the other one will be a documentary following the band on the 2005 tour, which marked the end of that line-up. The fact that the band has seen such major changes the last two years made it very difficult emotionally to invest time and energy in this product, and it wasn't until the documentary draft was proposed by Per Hillblom that I started to see what this DVD was trying to communicate. We still have a few commentary tracks to record but we are starting to see the end of it."


Band profile: Pain Of Salvation
Posted: 27.08.2008 by Ulv | Comments (8)

Stratovarius - New Guitarist Announced

Keyboardist Jens Johansson has updated the band's website with the following news:

"We have some good news. Earlier this summer, Timo K, Jens and Lauri got together with a guitar player in a forest cottage in west Finland and wrote and arranged some songs. It went extremely well, and we are very happy with the material, the direction, and the general vibe in the band.

We now have over 15 songs written and demoed already, but probably not all of these will make it to the actual album.

We are happy to confirm that our new guitar player is Matias Kupiainen photo]. He was the only guy we even considered seriously. This interesting fellow was born May 11, 1983 and is a native of Helsinki, Finland. You can find some information and pictures on his myspace page. Here is a video.


Band profile: Stratovarius
Posted: 27.08.2008 by Opethienne | Comments (26)

Thyrfing - Details About New Album

Swedish vikings Thyrfing have annouced more details about their upcoming new album. The album will be called "Hels Vite". A teaser trailer can be seen here. The band has also released the cover artwork for the album. Click here to see it.

Following is the tracklist of new album:

01. En Sista Litania
02. Från Stormens Öga
03. Isolation
04. Hels Vite
05. Griftefrid
06. Becoming The Eye
07. Tre Vintrar - Två Solar

Hels Vite will be released via Regain Records in October 2008.


Band profile: Thyrfing
Posted: 27.08.2008 by ArtiA | Comments (16)

Psycroptic - Bonus Edition Of New Album

Psycroptic's record label Nuclear Blast have announced the following about the band's new album:

"The new album and Nuclear Blast debut, (Ob)Servant, by Tasmanian Tech Death Metallers Psycroptic will include a free bonus DVD featuring a studio diary as well as full live shows of their 2006 gig in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Wellington, New Zealand, 2008. The free bonus DVD will run about 85 minutes in total. (Ob)Servant will be released on September 26th as CD/DVD and will be on sale for the price of a regular CD".

Band profile: Psycroptic
Posted: 27.08.2008 by ArtiA | Comments (4)

Abysmal Dawn - Parts Ways With Guitarist, Announces Replacement

Abysmal Dawn have posted the following update on their official site:

"After almost five years together Abysmal Dawn have parted ways with guitarist Jamie Boulanger. Currently Jamie has other priorities that he needs to take care of in his life, including his new baby girl. We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors.

We are proud to announce Ian Jekelis of Aartisan as our new second guitarist. Ian filled in for our past two tours and we're proud to have him as a permanent member. Check out Ian playing "Servants To Their Knees" with us on the Contamination tour here".


Band profile: Abysmal Dawn
Posted: 27.08.2008 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Edguy - European Tour Dates Announced

German Power Metallers Edguy have scheduled the following European tour dates:

10.01.09 - Carling Academy Islington, London, United Kingdom
12.01.09 - Elysee Montmatre, Paris, France
13.01.09 - Theatre Barbey, Bordeaux, France
15.01.09 - La Copera, Granada, Spain
16.01.09 - La Rivera, Madrid, Spain
17.01.09 - Rock Star Live, Bilbao, Spain
18.01.09 - Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
20.01.09 - Transbordeur, Lyon, France
21.01.09 - Rolling Stone, Milano, Italy
23.01.09 - Filharmonie, Filderstadt, Germany
24.01.09 - All Kart Halle, Kaufbeuren, Germany
25.01.09 - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
27.01.09 - Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
28.01.09 - Live Music Hall, Köln, Germany
30.01.09 - Jako Arena, Bamberg, Germany


Band profile: Edguy
Event: Edguy: European Tour
Posted: 27.08.2008 by Abattoir | Comments (9)

Nine Inch Nails - Announces More USA Tour Dates

Nine Inch Nails has announced a large batch of new tour dates for the fall. Here are the new US tour dates:

10.23.08 - San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
10.25.08 - New Orleans, LA Voodoo Festival, City Park
10.28.08 - Orlando, FL UCF Arena
10.29.08 - Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
10.31.08 - Nashville, TN Sommet Center
11.01.08 - Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
11.03.08 - Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
11.05.08 - Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
11.08.08 - Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
11.09.08 - Worchester, MA DCU Center (rescheduled from previous date)
11.11.08 - Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
11.12.08 - Montreal, QC Bell Centre
11.14.08 - Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum


Band profile: Nine Inch Nails
Event: Nine Inch Nails: Lights In The Sky Over North America 2008
Posted: 27.08.2008 by abattoir | Comments (3)

Amon Amarth - Video Recording For Twilight Of The Thunder God

Amon Amarth have posted the following on their official website regarding work on a new video clip:

"We recently returned from Poland after shooting the first video for the upcoming album "Twilight of the Thunder God". The video will be for the title track.

We joined efforts with the Polish team, Group 13 and director Dariusz Szermanowicz for "Twilight of the Thunder God" and filmed it on the old Viking site, Jomsborg, home of the Jomsvikings in Wolin, Poland.

Our brothers from Jomsvikings traveled from far and wide, places like Poland, Germany, Belgium, England, Australia and USA to be part of this great video.

It seemed that the Thunder God was on our side when shooting the video because a hurricane/storm passed through the area during the day, creating the chaotic and violent atmosphere we were hoping for. It was the toughest conditions we ever recorded a video in, blood and sweat, quite literally both, were part of the making. But we don't mind getting our hands dirty and metal was never supposed to be "nice". In fact we couldn't have wished for a more fitting video shoot for this song, being the Ragnarök and all!


Band profile: Amon Amarth
Posted: 27.08.2008 by Bad English | Comments (10)

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Full New Album Streaming

German metallers Die Apokalyptischen Reiter have posted the following message:

"Hello friends,

Our new album "Licht" (Eng. "Light") is on myspace. All songs, all madness, the whole album. Check it out. NOW

"Licht" will be in shops next friday 29.08.2008
Limited edition comes with bonus DVD, featuring the first Reiter flashgame "Monsterball", new videos and video making of."

Streaming of the new album will be available until the 29th of August. So to hear the album, have a gander over to their myspace site here:


Band profile: Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Posted: 27.08.2008 by Baz Anderson | Comments (3)

Metallica - 2nd Single Available On And ITunes

Metallica just released the second single off their upcoming album, Death Magnetic today. Entitled "My Apocalypse", the track is now available on and for download on iTunes. Metallica fans should also check out iTunes where you can also purchase the riveting track "The Day That Never Comes" which premiered last week.

Official streaming:

iTunes link here

Additionally, the band have recently unveiled a new widget that the band will frequently updated with news, a trailer for their fan site, and other Death Magnetic related material. The widget can be embedded onto most social networking sites and blog applications.


Band profile: Metallica
Posted: 26.08.2008 by Jeff | Comments (39)

Artillery - Terror Squad Album To Be Re-Released

Artillery are set to re-release their classic 80's album "Terror Squad" with remastered tracks and bonus songs. It will be in a new digipak edition limited to 2000 copies. The release date is scheduled for 29th September.

Here is the complete tracklist:

Disc 1
01. Challenge
02. In The Trash
03. Terror Squad
04. Let There Be Sin
05. Hunger and Greed
06. Therapy
07. At War With Science
08. Decapitations of Deviants

Disc II (Bonus Tracks)
01. The Challenge
02. In The Trash
03. Therapy
04. Let There Be Sin
05. All For You (With Per Onink)
06. We Are The Dead
07. Too Late To Regret


Band profile: Artillery
Posted: 26.08.2008 by Marc W. | Comments (9)

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