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Setherial - Ink Deal With Debemur Morti Productions

Swedish black metal band Setherial have signed with French label Debemur Morti Productions. The band is currently writing their as-yet-untitled seventh studio album slated for a 2012 release.

Commented Setherial frontman Mysteriis: "I think Debemur Morti Productions is perfect for Setherial. We really have found our best settlement for the horde and we're working with great enthusiasm on the next album."

Lurking in the underground since 1993, Setherial's latest release was the Treason 7'' EP, which came out through Goathorned Productions.


Band profile: Setherial
Posted: 16.06.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

Queensrÿche - New Video Online

"Wot We Do", the new video from Seattle progressive heavy metallers Queensrÿche can now be watched below.

The clip footage from the group's 2010 Queensrÿche Cabaret tour, with the band performing their hits and never-heard-before selections accompanied by go-go dancers, burlesque dancers, drag queens, a juggler, ballet dancer, trapeze artist, a contortionist and others.

"Wot We Do" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Dedicated To Chaos, which will be released on June 28th in North America through Loud & Proud Records, a Roadrunner Records imprint focusing on established artists. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Queensrÿche
Posted: 16.06.2011 by ImNotMetal | Comments (13)

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards - And The Winners Are...

Last Monday night, June 13th, the awards ceremony of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods took place at indigO2 in London, England.

You can find the full list of winners from the ninth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods below. All nominees can be found at this location.


Band profile: Behemoth
Posted: 16.06.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (27)

Vader - New Album Details

Welcome To The Morbid Reich, the new upcoming album of Polish death metallers Vader will be released on August 12th through Nuclear Blast Records.

Welcome To The Morbid Reich was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland and features the cover artwork of Zbigniew Bielak (Deströyer 666, Watain). The band laid down a total of 12 songs for the album, which was mixed and mastered in May.


Band profile: Vader
Posted: 16.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (10)

Esoteric - New Album In Autumn

British doomsters Esoteric are currently hard at work on their sixth full-length, which should hit the stores in November through Season of Mist.

Vocalist Greg Chandlers presents the yet-untitled album as a "varied and diverse mix of emotions and soundscapes". More updates soon!


Band profile: Esoteric
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (14)

Season Of Mist - Sign Misery Index, Sólstafir, Terrorizer, Arckanum & Dodecahedron

Independent record label Season Of Mist decided to go on a signing frenzy this week, and announced the addition of no less than five new bands to their roster. The bands in question are Misery Index, Sólstafir, Terrorizer, Arckanum and Dodecahedron. You can read all five press releases after the jump.


Band profile: Misery Index
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (6)

Judas Priest - Farewell Tour Clarification

Back in December last year, Judas Priest announced their plans for the Farewell Epitaph Tour.

The band now issued the following statement: "We would like to clarify a situation that seems to be confusing a few people out there.

When we issued our press release to announce the farewell tour - we stated that it was the last major world tour for Judas Priest - nothing has changed - we didn't say it was the end of the band or that we were going to retire or the band was going to break up... Just that it would be the last major world tour we would be doing which is still the case.

We have plans for a new album (which we have already announced in an earlier press release) plus possible future releases and we would still consider doing the odd live show - if it is something special or for a great cause - but no more world tours."


Band profile: Judas Priest
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (21)

Arch Enemy - N. American Tour W/ DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch, Chthonic

Arch Enemy has announced its return to North America via a headlining run on the MetalSucks and Full Metal Jackie Present: North American Khaos 2011 tour, set to kick off in September. The North American leg of Arch Enemy's world tour will kick off in Baltimore on September 8th, and features an all-star cast of Devildriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic in support.

Said vocalist Angela Gossow: "We pledge to the United States of America and its beautiful neighbor Canada that we will only bring the utmost heavy metal 'Khaos' to your shores! We can't wait to kick off this tour come September. After all the European summer festivals, we are ready to fire!"

Added guitarist Michael Amott: "We are very happy to be coming back to the US and Canada hot on the heels of our new Khaos Legions opus! We're working on a special set list and some other surprises. We chose the other bands on the bill because they are all killer, and bring their own terrifying brand of brutal steel! Yes, good times lie ahead for the metal connoisseur of North America!"

North American Khaos Tour Dates:

Sep. 08 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
Sep. 09 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
Sep. 10 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sep. 12 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
Sep. 13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Sep. 14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
Sep. 17 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Center
Sep. 19 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
Sep. 20 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
Sep. 22 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Sep. 23 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
Sep. 24 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Sep. 26 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Center
Sep. 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
Sep. 29 - Phoenix, AZ - The Marquee
Sep. 30 - Albuquerque, NM - The Sunshine
Oct. 01 - Denver, CO - The Gothic
Oct. 03 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Oct. 04 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues


Band profile: Arch Enemy
Event: Arch Enemy: North American Khaos Tour 2011
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (5)

Sonisphere Bulgaria - Festival Cancelled is reporting that the Bulgarian edition of the Sonisphere festival has officially been cancelled. The line-up included names such as Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Alice Cooper, Mastodon and Apocalyptica.

Balkan Entertainment, the promoters of the festival released the following statement: "Due to reasons outside Balkan Entertainment's control and at the instruction of the licence-holder for Sonisphere in Bulgaria, the Sonisphere Bulgaria 2011 festival, planned for June 21th at the National Hippodrome in Bankya, is cancelled."

The festival was dealt a blow on June 9 when one of the event's two headliners, Slipknot, said that the promoters cancelled the show, an allegation that Balkan Entertainment denied. Instead, Slipknot announced a special headline show at Columbiahalle in Berlin on the same date when Sonisphere Bulgaria was to be held.

Balkan Entertainment's Petar Petrov told Z-Rock radio station that the promoters were unpleasantly surprised by the news and that the company did not cancel Slipknot's gig.

Sonisphere Bulgaria 2011 has come under some criticism for the chosen location - the racecourse on the outskirts of Sofia versus the Vassil Levski national stadium in central Sofia in 2010 - and the higher prices.


Event: Sonisphere Festival [CANCELED]
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (4)

Machine Head - New Song Online

Locust, the brand-new single from Machine Head can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

The single, now available on iTunes, is an advance mix of a song from the band's as-yet untitled upcoming album, set for release September 27th through Roadrunner Records. More details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Machine Head
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Thryce | Comments (6)

Chthonic - Ensiferum Members To Guest On New Single

Ensiferum members Jukka-Pekka Miettinen and Sami Hinkka are featured on the special version of Takao, the new single from Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic.

This special version is included as a bonus track on the digital release of Takao, available on iTunes. A short teaser is available in the clip below.

Commented the band: "The melody of Takao's chorus is based on the tones of Taiwanese lyrics, but it's so unbelievable that when we try to single it in English, it sounds very Finnish, Irish, or generally European! Maybe the folk music in different nations have some kind of connection!"

"Takao" comes off of the band's upcoming new album, entitled Takasago Army, which will be released on July 6th through SPV Records.

Takasago Army tracklist:

01. The Island
02. Legacy Of The Seediq
03. Takao
04. Oceanquake
05. Southern Cross
06. Kaoru
07. Broken Jade
08. Root Regeneration
09. Mahakala
10. Quell The Souls In Sing Ling Temple


Band profile: Chthonic
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (3)

The Black Dahlia Murder - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Ritual, the new upcoming album from US melodic death metal/metalcore act The Black Dahlia Murder, is now available for streaming in its entirety over at MSN Music Listening Booth.

Ritual will be released on June 21th through Metal Blade Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: The Black Dahlia Murder
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (0)

Black Tide - New Video Online

"Walking Dead Man", the new video from Miami-based hard-rock quartet Black Tide can now be watched over at

The clip was directed by Paul R. Brown (Slipknot, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold).

"Walking Dead Man" comes off the band's upcoming new album, entitled Post Mortem, which will be released on August 23rd through DGC/Interscope Records.


Band profile: Black Tide
Posted: 15.06.2011 by ImNotMetal | Comments (0)

Before The Dawn - Announce Lineup Changes

According to an update on the band website, Finnish melodic death metallers Before The Dawn will break up after their performance on June 25th at the Nummirock Festival, only to re-group for 1 month and come back on stage stronger than ever at the Tuska Open Air afterparty on July 24th.

Formed in 1999, Before The Dawn has reached a crossroad after 6 full-lengths, numerous tours and gigs in over 20 countries and several label changes that lead the band under the mighty wings of Nuclear Blast at the end of 2010. The past few years have been difficult for the band in many ways and in the end there were only 2 ways to go; bury the band or continue thru big changes in line-up and eventually in the music too.


Band profile: Before The Dawn
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Array | Comments (6)

Toxic Holocaust - European Tour Dates, New Song Online

"Bitch", a brand-new track from US blackened thrash metal band Toxic Holocaust, has been made available for streaming over at Decibel Magazine.

Another new track, called "Nowhere To Run", is still available for streaming over at Facebook (you'll have to "like" the band to access the stream).


"Bitch" comes off of the band's upcoming album, entitled Conjure and Command, which will be released on July 19th in North America (one day earlier internationally) through Relapse Records.


Band profile: Toxic Holocaust
Posted: 15.06.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (1)