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Job For A Cowboy - Entire EP Streaming Online

Gloom, the new upcoming EP from US death metal act Job For A Cowboy, is now available for streaming in its entirety exclusively at MetalSucks.

The Gloom EP will be released on June 7th through Metal Blade Records.


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Posted: 25.05.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (4)

Judas Priest - N. American Tour Dates

During a press conference yesterday at the Renaissance Hotel, Hollywood, CA Judas Priest have announced plans for a North American tour this fall with support coming from Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society. Get the dates below.

The full press conference can be watched over at Metal Assault.


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Posted: 25.05.2011 by Thryce | Comments (17)

Sinister - New Line-Up Announced, Album Title Revealed

Only a few days after Aad Kloosterwaard announced his band Sinister was once again going through some line-up changes, he already introduced the replacements earlier today. Soon the new Sinister line-up will start working on a new album that will be entitled The Carnage Ending.

Kloosterwaard released the following statement: "I think that a lot of people already know that I am the only one left from Sinister, but for the fans how like my band don't be afraid I have already a complete new line-up together. Behind the drum kit we have now Toep Duin (ex-Supreme Pain, Godmode), on guitar Bastiaan Brussaard (Supreme Pain) and on guitar/bass Dennis Hartog (Godmode).

Soon we will start with the first practise with the new Sinister line-up. We have also already 2 new tracks finished.. "Deranged By Desecration" & "Regarding The Imagery" by the hand of Bastiaan for our next record.. that will get the name The Carnage Ending"


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Posted: 25.05.2011 by SlaytallicA | Comments (2)

Shining - First-Ever Music Video Online

"Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel", the first-ever video from Swedish extreme metallers Shining, can now be watched below.

The video was directed by Martin Strandberg & Niklas Kvarforth, produced by Martin Strandberg and created by Black Shadows Filmproductions & Hill Fifty.

Commented frontman and founder Niklas Kvarforth: "We know we are going to get heavily criticised for some of the scenes. But it's nothing more than you will see as soon as you switch on a television or watch a move, or walk down a city street come to that. But we're Shining and it's always open season on Shining when it comes to people who have neither understood, nor taken the time to try and understand, where the band is coming from.

Just to explain why there is a censored version. Not every country is equally liberal, and the censored version is the only one a lot of fans are going to get the chance to see."

The censored version is available at this location.

"Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel" comes off the band's latest album VII - Född Förlorare, which was released on May 25th through Spinefarm Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


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Posted: 25.05.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (17)

Cryptopsy - Update From The Band

Lead guitarist and songwriter Jon Levasseur has rejoined Canadian extreme metallers Cryptopsy. Youri Raymond (Secret Chiefs 3), who had been playing guitar, is now handling bass duties following Levassour's return and bassist Eric Langois' recent departure from the band. The band is also working on new material.


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Posted: 25.05.2011 by SlaytallicA | Comments (14)

Opeth - New Album Title Revealed

We can reveal that the new Opeth album will be titled Heritage. The record is due for release through Roadrunner Records in September. More details to follow soon.

The album was recorded earlier this year at Atlantis Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. Heritage was engineered by Jens Bogren (Soilwork, Katatonia, Paradise Lost) and mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree). The new material has been described by the band as "good."


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Posted: 25.05.2011 by Sorgblad | Comments (43)

Temple Of The Black Moon - New Band Feat. Cradle Of Filth, Gorgoroth, Anthrax Members

Lo and truly behold! A hellish new band has emerged from the quagmire that is the extreme music scene.

Imagine a cauldron bubbling over with the unsavory flavors of Tool and Celtic Frost, and seasoned with the likes of Immortal and At The Gates, and you'd be about halfway to describing the uncouth racket these guys have spat upon an unsuspecting planet.

Calling themselves the Temple Of The Black Moon, the group (who describe their output as "music for an evil film noir') are an eclectic stew of musicians/hell-raisers/miscreants in the ungainly form of Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth), Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, The Damned Things), King ov Hell (formerly of Gorgoroth and Ov Hell) and John Tempesta (formerly of White Zombie and now drumming with The Cult).

Explaining the origins of the name, vo-killist Dani Filth had this to mutter on the subject: "We had an innumerable amount of names that never seemed likely to stick, that was until we put our proverbial heads together and narrowed it down to just three or four, and then tossed for it (proverbially of course) using a silver Norwegian crown (we couldn't find any proper money). The name Temple Of The Black Moon represents the rigorous worship of desire, (the black moon astrologically has always held association with the dark Goddess Lilith) and of course the ramifications of the lunar eclipse, always a herald for death and ill-omen."

So far almost an album's worth of material has been demoed, with Temple Of The Black Moon hooking up in the darkest depths of Bergen, Norway to collectively thrash it out. Songtitles thus far include "Infernal Desire Machine", "Don't Call Up What You Can't Put Down", "Dark Eyes For Trouble", "Beautifully Perverse" and "C.N.T (All That's Missing Is You)".

An album release and subsequent live dates are expected to happen around mid-2012.


Band profile: Cradle Of Filth
Posted: 24.05.2011 by Thryce | Comments (32)

ICS Vortex - Signs Worldwide Deal With Century Media

Norway's ICS Vortex have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records for the launch of the versatile Storm Seeker debut album, to be released on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America.

ICS Vortex, former Dimmu Borgir and current Borknagar member, comments on the signing as follows: "Boarding with Century Media, ICS Vortex is ready to weather whatever storm lies ahead. The album, aged like a pirate's favorite drink, is now ready to be shot with fellow mates."

ICS Vortex's debut album is a havoc of varied metal and takes the musical elements from his +10 years experience with Dimmu Borgir as well as the legacy of the classic bands with whom he is still active (Borknagar, Arcturus and Lamented Souls), topping things off with his signature clean vocals in order to make Storm Seeker become a perfectly balanced axe, whether a song is cutting fast, or dicing slow.

Storm Seeker features appearances by Borknagar teammate Asgeir Mickelson on drums and also Terje "Cyrus" Andersen (Susperia, ex-Dimmu Borgir) contributing some lead guitars. The extremely versatile debut album was recorded at Norwegian Toproom Studio (Mayhem, Tristania, Borknagar, etc.) with engineer Børge Finstad and mastered in Sweden by Peter in de Betou at Tailor Maid Studio (Arch Enemy, Dark Tanquillity, Dimmu Borgir, etc.).

After recordings, the ICS Vortex project had evolved a lot and actually turned into an ambitioned band, eager to perform live and with a permanent line-up as follows:

ICS Vortex - Vocals (ex-Dimmu Borgir, Borknagar, Arcturus)
Asgeir Mickelson - Drums (Sarke, Spiral Architect, ex-Borknagar, ex-Testament)
Terje "Cyrus" Andersen - Guitar (Susperia, ex-Satyricon, ex-Dimmu Borgir)
Jens F. Ryland - Guitar (Borknagar)
Steinar "Azarak" Gundersen - Bass (Spiral Architect, ex-Satyricon)

More ICS Vortex news and the first sound samples will be launched in the coming weeks.


Band profile: Borknagar
Posted: 24.05.2011 by Thryce | Comments (9)

Devin Townsend - Two New Songs Online

The Devin Townsend Project is about to complete their remarkable 4-album series with Deconstruction and Ghost. You can now download two brand-new yet unreleased songs, entitled "Juular" (featuring Ihsahn, ex-Emperor) from Deconstruction and "Feather" from Ghost on the landing page available at this location (you'll need to share the page through Facebook or Twitter to access the downloads).

Deconstruction and Ghost will be released in North America on June 21 (one day earlier internationally) through InsideOut Music. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Devin Townsend
Posted: 24.05.2011 by RcK | Comments (7)

Mastodon - Busy Recording New Album

Moar Mastodon news!!!

Heavy rock innovators Mastodon are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to their ground-breaking concept album Crack The Skye, one of the most critically lauded albums of the past decade.

The band is currently recording at Doppler Studios in their hometown of Atlanta with producer Mike Elizondo. Drum tracks have been previously completed in Los Angeles at the legendary Sound City Studios where Nirvana's masterwork Nevermind was recorded.

Mastodon can also now confirm a pair of new songs: "Blasteroids," and "All The Heavy Lifting" will be featured on the new disc which will be release later this year.

As with all of their albums, Mastodon, which is bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Keliher, and drummer Brann Dailor, will take a different tack and musical approach to the music on this outing.


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Posted: 24.05.2011 by Thryce | Comments (26)

Winds Of Plague - New Video Online

"Drop The Match", the new video from US metallers Winds Of Plague, can be viewed at this location. The clip was directed by Shan Dan.

"Drop The Match" comes off the band's latest album, entitled Against The World, which was released on April 2011 via Century Media Records.


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Posted: 24.05.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (2)

Amorphis - Album Samples Online

Audio samples of all tracks set to appear on the new Amorphis album The Beginning Of Times are available for streaming in the YouTube clip below.

The Beginning Of Times will be released on May 27th in Europe and June 7th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


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Posted: 24.05.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (7)

All Shall Perish - European Tour Cancelled

US deathcore act All Shall Perish are forced to cancel their previously announced European tour due to "scheduling conflicts for the new album and the restructuring of band management". The group was scheduled to hit the road in Europe in June alongside Suicide Silence and After The Burial.

Comments the band: "We are beyond crushed about the Europe tour falling through... We were really looking forward to coming back out and playing the new material at the festivals. Unfortunately, some things are not meant to be. We are already working on new plans to return to Europe after the album drops, so stay tuned!"


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Posted: 24.05.2011 by SlaytallicA | Comments (0)

Legion Of The Damned - Former Bassist Commits Suicide

According to a posting on the band's website, former bassist of Dutch thrashers Legion Of The Damned Twan Fleuren has committed suicide.

Twan joined the band Occult in 1998 where he directly joined them on a tour with Morbid Angel, Amon Amarth and Gorgoroth in 1999, after the recording of Occult's Rage to Revenge in 2001 and 2 great tours with Dark Funeral in 2001 and Exodus, Nuclear Assault and Agent Steel in 2003, Twan Fleuren was also at the beginning of the succes of Legion of the Damned and recorded with the band the legendary Elegy for the Weak with Andy Classen in 2003 that was later re-released under the name Feel the Blade in 2007, as well as the recording of Malevolent Rapture in 2004, which was released in 2006, the album that brought Legion of the Damned to a level where they are in right now.

Twan Fleuren was also part of the first Legion of the Damned tour that took place in 2006 with no one less than Kataklysm and Cannibal Corpse, however, Twan left the band half way the tour because his, at that time, baby born son was hospitalized, the band then agreed that it would be better for Twan to leave the band because doing the band and having its family was to complicated at that point, he was then replaced by bassplayer Harold Gielen in 2006.

About Twan's loss singer Maurice states: "Another very sad day in the Legion camp, Twan has been a great friend and we lost contact for several years because he was in some difficult times, only a few weeks back we were all back in contact again and it felt like these great old times were about to return, even Erik and me joined him on a terrace for a beer or 2 a few weeks ago, he even wanted to join us to With Full Force in July, where I was really looking forward to, he even showed alot of intrest in our new guitarplayer and the departure of Richard Ebisch. The bad news that came in today struck as a bomb not for me only personally but also for the band Legion of the Damned.

Of course we wish his family and kids all the strength they need in this process. We will miss you brother and of course all of the upcoming Legion of the Damned shows will be dedicated in his name!"

Drummer Erik announced following: "Yet another sad day in the history of Legion of the Damned. We knew that Twan had to face some extreme difficult times, but we certainly did not expect this, he was about to join us at some upcoming festivals and we were really looking forward to that. Maurice and I are happy that we still had a nice chat and drink with him at a terrace not so long ago after a really long time of not seeing each other, rest in peace my friend and my sincere condolences to his family"


Band profile: Legion Of The Damned
Posted: 23.05.2011 by Thryce | Comments (14)

Tombs - New Song Online

"Path Of Totality", a brand-new track from US sludge metallers Tombs, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at MetalSucks.

Two other new songs, entitled "To Cross The Land" and "Vermillion", can still be found over here.

"Path Of Totality" is the title track of the band's upcoming album, which will be released on June 7th through Relapse Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Tombs
Posted: 23.05.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (1)