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Pro-Pain - Part Ways With Guitarist, Replacement Announced

Official press release

It is with great sadness that we bring to you (the fans) the following news:

Due to unexpected circumstances regarding some potentially serious health issues, our long time lead guitarist and dear friend Tom Klimchuck will unfortunately have to put his musical endeavors on hold for at least the foreseeable future. Although we all wanted so much for Tom to be able to participate in the 20 Year Anniversary tours, we collectively decided that it was too risky and that his health and family should take precedent. Thankfully, (with Tom's blessing) we have found a replacement in Adam Phillips (Indorphine) and so the tours will move forward as planned. The fans can expect a great show, as we have quite an ambitious set list lined up for them. A personal statement from Tom to the fans can be expected shortly. In the meantime, we welcome Adam aboard and we wish Tom a speedy and full recovery. Thank you all for your support during this difficult time and transition, and special thanks to Tom for his many years of flawless commitment to our beloved band (this tour's for you). We hope to see you all at the gigs!"

Official statement from Tom: "Although thoroughly saddened by the realization that my time in Pro-Pain is at its end, I look back with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and pride. The band has been an absolute blessing to me. It has provided a platform with which to fight the good fight, and bring inspiration through commonality to people all around the world. All the while offering countless, magical experiences that most can only dream of. I owe a massive "Thank you!" to Gary, Marshall, Ricky, and Adam, as well as all previous members, and crew past and present; my brothers. It has been a privilege sharing the stage, and sharing so many incredible times with you all. These are the fabric of our souls, and you are all irreversibly woven into mine. A very special "Thank you." goes out to all the Pro-Pain fans. It is a powerful thing to watch a large group of people, seemingly strangers to one another, find common ground, and even inspiration in something I have put my heart and soul into. This is the show you have given me as I've looked out from the stage to all of you, and the gift you have given me that I will have forever. I am eternally grateful."

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Pro-Pain
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)


Septicflesh - French Tour Dates

Greek extreme metallers Septicflesh will embark on a French Tour later this month. Support act will come from Svart Crown, W.E.B., and Valet Parn.

Announced dates are as follows:

14.05 - Colmar - Grillen
15.05 - Lyon - Marché Gare
16.05 - Marseille - Poste à Galène
17.05 - Bordeaux - Complexe
18.05 - Rouen - 106
19.05 - Paris - Nouveau Casino
20.05 - Lille - TBA
21.05 - Caen - Espace Coisel
22.05 - Nantes - Ferrailleur
23.05 - Toulouse - Ramier

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Septicflesh
Event: Septicflesh: The Great Mass Tour
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (3)


Amorphis - Two New Songs Online (UPDATED)

Original news, published on 19.04.2011

"You I Need", the brand-new single from Finnish heavy metallers Amorphis, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

"You I Need" comes off the band's upcoming new album The Beginning Of Times, which 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.

UPDATE Vargsmal, Blizk and 34845 for the news!]

"My Enemy", another brand new song from Finnish metallers Amorphis, is available for streaming at the band's Facebook page.

"My Enemy" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled The Beginning Of Times, which will be released on May 27th in Europe and June 7th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Amorphis
Posted: 07.05.2011 by BudDa | Comments (25)


Arkona - New Video Online

"Stenka Na Stenku", the new video from Russian metallers Arkona, can be viewed at this location.

"Stenka Na Stenku" comes off the band's forthcoming EP, entitled Stenka Na Stenku, which will be released on the following dates:

May 25: Spain, Finland, Sweden
May 27: Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg
May 30: Rest of Europe
June 14: USA, Canada

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Source: youtube.com
Band profile: Arkona
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Sjuk | Comments (3)


Circus Maximus - Update From The Band

Norwegian metallers Circus Maximus have issued the following update on their official website:

"As many of you have been wondering, what has been, or is going on in the Circus Maximus camp these days? What is the status on the recording on the new album? Well... To give you the short and brutal version, here is where we are today:

After finishing the drum tracks in November, the band took the Christmas holidays off, presuming to start up right over new years with drum editing, and continue with guitar, bass, keys and vocals right after that. What we didn't plan out as a result of Mats' grueling long hours in front of the computer, editing drums, was that he got arm inflammation in both arms. Because of this, both the drum editing (that was over half ways finished), and upcoming rhythm guitar tracking had to be postponed until further notice. With this, and other personal/family stuff that had to be dealt with, the recording process stagnated quite a bit.

On a positive note: Mats' arm injury has improved a great deal, and the drum-editing is finished, the band has been rehearsing for their upcoming shows in May and we are filming more for the 'Rockumentary' this weekend up in the mountains of Trysi (Guess there will be more drunken madness than interviews, because it's Mikey's birthday as well).

We are glad to tell you all that things are looking better nowadays with the speed bumps and hickups out of the way, and that we will be putting the 'pedal to the metal' on the recordings from mid May. Circus Maximus is truly grateful for all the support that has been shown, as well as your patience and understanding. There wouldn't be a Circus Maximus without you, the fans. That makes you a little Circus Maximus too... hehe."

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Source: circusmaximussite.com
Band profile: Circus Maximus
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (2)


Kimaera - New Song And Video Available For Free Download

Lebanese metallers Kimaera have released a new single, entitled December Ends, after their second album Solitary Impact. The artwork of the single was done by Anastasiya Shylina. The song "December Ends" is available for free download at this location.

The band also recorded a video for the song, which includes footage from the band's rehearsals and their performance in "Masters of Rock 2010" in Czech Republic. The video was directed by Rayframe and can be viewed here (you can also download the video at this location).

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Source: kimaera.info
Band profile: Kimaera
Posted: 07.05.2011 by JD | Comments (0)


Hate Eternal - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Metal Blade Records press release

Hate Eternal's upcoming album Phoenix Amongst The Ashes (out May 10) is currently streaming in its entirety on Metal Sucks here. Be sure to check out the album while you can (comes down Monday May 9) and leave a comment.

Founder, vocalist and guitarist Erik Rutan comments: "Phoenix Amongst The Ashes is an album that we did everything possible to create a death metal classic that would stand out amongst all of our releases as an album that not only carries the traditional Hate Eternal sound, but expands the boundaries of what is possible within the confines of extreme death metal. I feel that this album truly represents a band that overtime has matured into creating our most dynamic and intense album yet. At times fast and extreme, at times, heavy, atmospheric, evil and melodic with the darkest of overtones. I truly feel this is one of my finest moments in my career and a defining moment for Hate Eternal. If you are a death metal fan, you should give it a listen, you won't be disappointed!"

Hate Eternal recorded their fifth studio album, Phoenix Amongst The Ashes, at frontman Erik Rutan's own Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL with mastering handled by Alan Douches of West West Side. J.J. Hrubovcak has been added as the band's bassist, alongside the devastating combo of Erik Rutan on guitar and Jade Simonetto on drums.

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Source: metalblade.com
Band profile: Hate Eternal
Posted: 07.05.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (3)


The Black Dahlia Murder - New Song Online

"Moonlight Equilibrium", a brand new song from US metallers The Black Dahlia Murder, is available for streaming at this location.

"Moonlight Equilibrium" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Ritual, which will be released on June 21th via Metal Blade Records.

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Source: metalblade.com
Band profile: The Black Dahlia Murder
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (7)


Stream Of Passion - New Album Details Revealed

Dutch metallers Stream Of Passion will release their forthcoming album, entitled Darker Days, on the following dates:

June 22, 2011 - Spain/Finland/Sweden
June 24, 2011 - Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Benelux & Italy
June 27, 2011 - Rest of Europe
July 5, 2011 - USA/Canada

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Source: streamofpassion.com
Band profile: Stream Of Passion
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (2)


Symphony X - Two New Songs Online (UPDATED)

Original news, published on 23.04.2011

"The End Of Innocence", a brand new song from US metallers Symphony X, is available for streaming on the band's Facebook page.

"The End Of Innocence" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Iconoclast, which will be released in Europe on June 17 and in North America on June 21 via Nuclear Blast Records. More details about Iconoclast were previously reported over here.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Symphony X
Posted: 07.05.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (19)


Origin - New Song Online

"Expulsion Of Fury", a brand new song from US metallers Origin, is available for streaming at the band's Facebook page.

"Expulsion Of Fury" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Entity, which will be released in June. More details about Entity were previously reported over here. Also, a review of the album by Baz Anderson, can be found here.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Origin
Posted: 07.05.2011 by BudDa | Comments (3)


Hatesphere - To Enter The Studio In June

Danish metallers Hatesphere have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:

"We have booked the Antfarm Studio, Aarhus, Denmark, from June 13th in order to make you a new album! Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Sick Of It All) will be guiding us through it, hopefully without getting too many grey hairs! Tue has been working with us on four of our releases - and we look forward to doing it once again!!
A little funny anecdote: Tue actually produced our second demo Disconnected '97 back in 1997 as one of his first productions... and this was an actual demo tape! Those were the days."

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Source: hatesphere.com
Band profile: Hatesphere
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)


Epica - Working On New Album

Dutch metallers Epica have issued the short following update on the band's Facebook page:

"Epica is currently working on the new album. About 14 tracks have been written already but no lyrics yet, that will be the next step. The studio is booked for the period right after summer. Sascha Paeth will produce the new album again (who else)."

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Epica
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk | Comments (7)


Draconian - New Song Online

Swedish metallers Draconian have issued the following update:

"The new track "The Last Hour of Ancient SunlightA Rose For the Apocalypse, is now available through Napalm Records' Facebook site.

The song is included on the new sampler "Nothing Burns Like Napalm". "Like" the page and download."

More details about A Rose For the Apocalypse were previously reported over here.

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Source: draconian.se
Band profile: Draconian
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Behdad K2 | Comments (11)


Pagan's Mind - Audio Samples Of Entire New Album, New Video Online

Norwegian metallers Pagan's Mind have issued the following statement:

"Everyone, Amazon.co.uk has uploaded 30 sec samples of all our songs of the standard edition! You really get a great feeling of the album if you listen to this. We hope you guys really enjoy this and that it encourages you to pre-order the album! For other buy links go to our website. Enjoy!

Samples can be listened here.

New album Heavenly Ecstasy will be released on May 20 in Germany, May 23 in the rest of Europe and on May 31 in USA/Canada via SPV/Steamhammer."

Also a video for the song "Intermission" can be viewed at this location.


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Source: pagansmind.com
Band profile: Pagan's Mind
Posted: 07.05.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)