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Blackguard - New Video Online

"Firefight", the new video from Canadian folk power metal band Blackguard, can now be watched below. The clip was directed by Eric Richter.

"Firefight" is the title track off the band's upcoming new album, which will be released on March 29th through Victory Records.


Band profile: Blackguard
Posted: 19.03.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (16)

Megadeth - Frontman Collapses With Kidney Stone Agony

Earlier this week, Megadeth only managed to play a six-song set in St. Petersburg, Russia. Apparently frontman Dave Mustaine collapsed (that was a lie, he didn't collapse, he only passed out for a while, our apologies for any confusion, ed.) before the European Carnage Tour show with Slayer (that other band full of old men), and was found to be suffering the effects of a kidney stone. Medical experts wanted to send him to the hospital immediately, but Mustaine insisted on playing at least a short show.

Mustaine issued the following long-winded message explaining the events: "Last night I was getting ready for the concert, and two hours before the show, I started to feel like I had a hernia, or more like I had been hit in the groin.

I told my tour manager that I needed a doctor and that there was no way I was going to get through this on my own; that I thought it might be in my best interest to consider canceling the show.

Now I rarely, if ever cancel shows, and after 45 minutes of prayer with my loving wife and sweating like a dog, I was told to pee for the doctors. They then explained that there was blood in my urine. I was mad; I would say pissed, but that is an obvious pun.

So they gave me an IV, and analgesic, and an anti-inflammatory injection. The next hour is kinda blurry, but I woke up and David Ellefson was holding my hand and praying over me, and even Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo from Slayer came in to check on me, so I knew I was gonna be OK.

For now.

And to anyone that thinks Tom and I are still opposed, I feel sorry for you.

Anyway, when I woke up, they said that there was so many people outside of the venue still, that they could hold the show for 30 additional minutes, and I said, "Guys, I am OK, and we can do this."

Well, the doctors were not amused at all. But then again, they have never met the likes of one Dave Mustaine.

I told the band that I was 'OK' going on for a few songs, to at least help the fans feel a teensy bit better, and that not to allow the promoter to cancel the show.

Please don't get me wrong, the promoter did not want me to cancel, but he also was concerned with my health.

So what was said was this:

Dave Mustaine has become seriously ill (the kidney stone and the blood in my urine), and the doctors are INSISTING he goes to the hospital.

The crowd immediately voiced their displeasure, and right then, perfectly timed, the promoter finished by saying, "But Dave Mustaine is refusing to go to hospital until he can play a few songs for you. So, stand by, because coming up next, MEGADETH!"


Band profile: Megadeth
Event: Slayer + Megadeth: European Carnage Tour
Posted: 19.03.2011 by Dominus | Comments (60)

Krypteria - New Video Online

"Live To Fight Another Day", the new video from German symphonic gothic metal band Krypteria, can now be watched below, or at this location (Facebook login/email sign-up required).

"Live To Fight Another Day" comes off the band's upcoming new album All Beauty Must Die, which will be released on April 22nd through Roadrunner Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Krypteria
Posted: 19.03.2011 by another_me | Comments (0)

Spiritual Beggars - Japan Tour Canceled

Due to the current situation in Japan following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Spiritual Beggars are forced to cancel both of their previously announced shows in Japan next week.

Spiritual Beggars's Japanese promoter Creativeman has issued a statement and ticket refund information in Japanese on their website here

Spiritual Beggars have issued the following statement: "As much as we were looking forward to playing these shows for our fans in Japan, the time is not right for this now. Our outbound flights got canceled by the airline and our promoter thought it best to pull the plug. We are deeply saddened by the recent events in Japan and we wish everyone there the best and hope they'll be safe moving forward. Donations that will help the situation in Japan can be made at this location."


Band profile: Spiritual Beggars
Event: Spiritual Beggars: Japanese Tour [CANCELED]
Posted: 19.03.2011 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Alestorm - New Album Details

Back Through Time, the new album from Scottish metal pirates Alestorm, will be released on June 3rd in Europe and June 14th in North America through Napalm Records.

The album will be available in Jewelcase, Digipak, Vinyl, and Epic Special Edition formats.

One of the new tracks, called "Shipwrecked", is still available for streaming over at SoundCloud.

Yes, that is a rat on a snowboard.

Back Through Time tracklist:

01. Back Through Time
02. Shipwrecked
03. The Sunk'n Norwegian
04. Midget Saw
05. Buckfast Powersmash
06. Scraping The Barrel
07. Rum
08. Swashbuckled
09. Rumpelkombo
10. Barrett's Privateers
11. Death Throes Of The Terrorsquid
12. I Am A Cider Drinker
13. You Are A Pirate

Said vocalist Christopher Bowes about the bonus tracks: "For those who don't know, "I am a Cider Drinker" is a cover of a song by The Wurzels, an English Scrumpy n' Western band. I think it was a big pop hit in the 70's, teaching children about the joys of alcohol abuse. We've metalled it up just for a wee laugh. And of course "You are a Pirate"... well... the less said about that the better."


Band profile: Alestorm
Posted: 19.03.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (8)

Crystal Viper - Metalucifer Cover Song Online

"Warriors Ride On The Chariots", a brand-new Metalucifer cover song by Polish heavy metal band Crystal Viper, has been made available for streaming below or at MySpace.

"Warriors Ride On The Chariots" comes off upcoming new Metalucifer tribute album Heavy Metal Hell - A Tribute To Metalucifer, which will be released on April 29th at the Keep It True XIV Festival.

Heavy Metal Hell - A Tribute To Metalucifer tracklist:

01. Metalucifera - Heavy Metal Hell (Intro)
02. Crystal Viper - Warriors Ride On The Chariots
03. Axevyper - Heavy Metal Is My Way
04. Skelator - Northern Heroes
05. Dantesco - Warriors Again
06. Guerra Total - Soul Of Warriors
07. Rosae Crucis - Heavy Metal Samurai
08. Steelpreacher - Heavy Metal Hunter
09. Deathhammer - Fallen Angel
10. Satanika - Heavy Metal Bulldozer
11. Lethal Saint - Heavy Metal Drill
12. Split Heaven - Wolf Man


Band profile: Crystal Viper
Posted: 19.03.2011 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Metal Storm - Accept Contest Winners

Put down your keyboards, the competition is over! The correct answer to the question is of course Andy Sneap, who mastered and produced the album Blood Of The Nations.

The lucky winners are:

Andy Hill


Michael Kissane

These two will receive an email with instructions for the day.

Thank you to all who entered, and better luck next time!


Band profile: Accept
Posted: 18.03.2011 by Baz Anderson | Comments (10)

Evile - Enter The Studio This Weekend

Official press release

Evile are set to enter the studio this weekend to begin recording their third album.

Evile will be playing a show in London this Friday, 18th March with Chthonic, before heading to Prestatyn, Wales on Saturday for a performance at Hammerfest. The band will then be heading into Parlour Studios on Sunday to begin recording the follow-up to 2009's Infected Nations, and will once again be working with producer Russ Russel (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir).

Evile guitarist Ol Drake commented: "This has been one hell of a 2011 already. We've been working non-stop on the material for Evile's third album since early last year, and the past few months saw the workload pile up drastically. We're on top of it though. Tomorrow we play London with our friends Chthonic from Taiwan, then we head over to Prestatyn for Hammerfest. Just like with Infected Nations, we're again heading to the studio shortly after playing Hammerfest, though this time it's the very day after. To the great Parlour Studios we will venture along with the even greater Russ Russell. He was at the helm/desk/brain for Infected Nations, and we see him as a member of the band, even more so on this third offering. We'll be in there for approximately a month, and we'll be focusing on roughly ten tracks to delight your ears.

If I was to say what the direction of this third album would be, I'd have to say a mix of the approach to Enter The Grave, the ideas on Infected Nations and an amalgamation of brand new ideas we can't wait to try out. We have to try out new things as artists; we don't ever ever want to stick to doing the same thing all the time. It will be aggressive yet mature, in my opinion, and before your ask - yes, fast."


Band profile: Evile
Posted: 17.03.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (5)

Exhumed - New Album Details

Gore-metal originators Exhumed have completed work on their brand new full-length album All Guts, No Glory, due in July through Relapse Records.

All Guts, No Glory, the follow-up to 2003's Anatomy Is Destiny, was recorded at Arcane Digital Recordings in Arizona with engineer Ryan Butler (Misery Index) and at Trench Studios with John Haddad (Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut). All Guts, No Glory was mixed and mastered at Mana Recording Studios by Brian Elliott (Graves Of Valor) and has been set for a July 5th North American release date via Relapse Records.

The album will also be available on deluxe, saw-blade shaped vinyl and as a limited edition 2-disc set. Additional release information will be posted shortly.

All Guts, No Glory tracklist:

01. All Guts, No Glory
02. As Hammer To Anvil
03. Your Funeral, My Feast
04. Through Cadaver Eyes
05. Death Knell
06. Distorted And Twisted To Form
07. I Rot Within
08. Dis-assembly Line
09. Necrotized
10. Funereality
11. So Let it Be Rotten... So Let it Be Done


Band profile: Exhumed
Posted: 17.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (1)

TesseracT - New Video Online

"Nascent", the new video from up-and-coming UK progressive metallers TesseracT, can now be watched below. The clip was directed by Tim Fox of cultlovesyou.

"Nascent" comes off the band's upcoming debut album One, which will be released on March 22nd through Century Media Records.


Band profile: TesseracT
Posted: 17.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (7)

Týr - New Album Title Revealed

Viking metal band Týr have set The Lay Of Thrym as the title for the band's sixth full-length album, to be released on May 27 through Napalm Records.

A webisode featuring solo excerpts by Terji Skibenæs and other studio footage can be watched below.


Band profile: Týr
Posted: 17.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (8)

Vader - Have Entered The Studio

Polish death metal veterans Vader have entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland to begin recording their new album, Welcome To The Morbid Reich.

As previously reported, the band will be laying down a total of 12 or 13 songs for the CD, which will be mixed and mastered in May for a tentative late 2011 release. Working song titles set to appear on the effort include "Lords of Thorns", "I Am Who Feast Upon Your Souls", "Only Hell Knows", "Return to the Morbid Reich" and "I Had A Dream".

Commented the group: "We started new recordings in Hertz Studios in Bialystok. We spent the whole afternoon being setting up drum kit, testing new skins and cymbals. There was also time to familiarize with new architecture of lately much rebuilded studio.

We plan to record nine-ten fresh songs and three bonus pieces: redux of one old Vader classic (which is gonna be added to the refreshed live set for summer) and two cover songs (those will be kinda surprise for many for sure). Spider also prepared few songs for the record and this will be his debut in Vader as a composer."

Vader will debut one or two tracks from Welcome To The Morbid Reich during the band's summer festival appearances.


Band profile: Vader
Posted: 17.03.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (5)

Leaves' Eyes - New Album Details

Meredead, the new album from Leaves' Eyes, will be released on April 22nd through Napalm Records. The album was produced and mixed by Leaves' Eyes vocalist Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio.

The album will be available as a limited edition mediabook CD, which includes a bonus track and bonus DVD: Live at The Metal Female Voices Festival 2010, as a strictly limited deluxe box set and as a regular jewel case.

With their fourth album, Meredead, the 4-nation formation unleashes a tidal wave that will leave the music world breathless, or so says the press release. A song-by-song commentary can be read at this location.

Meredead tracklist:

01. Spirits' Masquerade
02. Étaín
03. Velvet Heart
04. Kråkevisa
05. To France
06. Meredead
07. Sigrlinn
08. Mine Tåror er ei Grimme
09. Empty Horizon
10. Veritas
11. Nystev
12. Tell-Tale Eyes
13. Sorhleod

Bonus DVD: Live at Metal Female Voices Festival 2010
01. Njord
02. My Destiny
03. Ragnarok
04. Elegy
05. Frøya's Theme


Band profile: Leaves' Eyes
Posted: 17.03.2011 by ravendeath | Comments (2)

God Is An Astronaut - Update From The Band

God Is An Astronaut have issued the following band update:

First up, Michael Fenton will be taking care of drumming duties on our European April tour and beyond, Lloyd Hanney will be taking a break from music due to personal commitments.

Some good news for the USA, planning is underway for our 3rd US tour, looks like it will take place in August, either way the next ground tour will be in the US, we should have news by May.

Unfortunately the Northern European tour for May will not be taking place and is postponed, we are not sure when it will be rescheduled but not anytime soon. The reason for this is that certain promoters in certain countries didn't see fit to offer us any concerts or concerts with a fair deal. We are very disappointed to say the least and really wanted to bring our Age of the Fifth Sun tour to France, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries but for the moment this is beyond our control.

Also the entire back catalogue is being remixed, remastered and repackaged and should be ready for our 10 year anniversary in 2012. We will have much more news on this in the coming months but we will make each album available as soon as its completed. A new album is also in the works but the release date will be early 2013.

God Is An Astronaut - European Tour Dates:

April 06 - Bronson, Ravenna, Italy
April 07 - Apartmento Hoffman, Treviso, Italy
April 08 - Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia
April 09 - Flex, Vienna, Austria
April 10 - Durer Kert, Budapest, Hungary
April 12 - Club Control, Bucharest, Romania
April 14 - Summer Theatre, Chernovtsy, Ukraine
April 16 - Kasarne Kulturpark, Kosice, Slovakia
April 18 - Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
April 19 - Firlej, Wrocław, Poland
April 20 - Tbc, Praha, Czech Republic
April 21 - Friction Festival, Berlin, Germany
April 22 - Dunk Festival, Zottegem, Belgium

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Posted: 17.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (2)

The Moon And The Nightspirit - To Self-Release New Album

Hungarian pagan/gothic metal outfit The Moon And The Nightspirit will release their new album Mohalepte under their own name later this month.

Mohalepte marks the beginning of a new era in the life of The Moon And The Nightspirit: "In the beginning of 2011 we decided to leave our former label Equilibrium Music in order to walk our own path. We departed as friends. We are very grateful for their great work on our previous albums. We couldn't make it this far without them."

Four album samples are available for streaming at this location.

Mohalepte tracklist:

01. Öregerdő
02. Felleg Útján
03. Holdvarázsolt
04. Kéregbölcső
05. Idebenn
06. Zöldparázs
07. Mohalepte
08. Tücskök Az Avarban

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Posted: 17.03.2011 by Thryce | Comments (0)