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Visions Of Atlantis - Bassist Quits The Band

Visions Of Atlantis have parted ways with bassist Mario Lochert (also in Emergency Gate), who only joined the band in May last year.

The word from the band reads as follows: "After some crucial internal differences Mario Lochert is no longer a member of Visions of Atlantis. For the upcoming shows we're already working with new session-members who will take over this position for now as the band is currently not looking for a new fix bassplayer! We're looking forward to meeting you all at the next shows."


Band profile: Visions Of Atlantis
Posted: 22.07.2011 by DarkSymphony500 | Comments (0)

Manowar - UK & Ireland Tour Dates

In a video message posted today, Joey DeMaio has announced that after 16 years, Manowar will return to the UK later in the year for a full tour up and down the country. The whole of the Battle Hymns album will once again be played at each date on this tour.


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Event: Manowar: UK & Ireland Tour
Posted: 21.07.2011 by Baz Anderson | Comments (22)

Ghost Brigade - New Song Online

"Cult Of Decay", a brand-new song by Finnish atmospheric sludge quintet Ghost Brigade, can now be streamed over at Radio Metal.


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Posted: 20.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (5)

Fleshgod Apocalypse - New Video Online

"The Violation", the brand-new video by Italian symphonic/brutal death metal quintet Fleshgod Apocalypse, can now be watched below.

The video was directed by Salvatore Perrone.


"The Violation" comes off the band's upcoming album Agony, which is set to be released on August 9th through Nuclear Blast Records.


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Posted: 20.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (18)

Loch Vostok - New Video Online

"Sacred Structure", is the first video from Swedish progressive metallers Loch Vostok, which can be seen below.

The video was directed by Martin Gustafsson.

"Sacred Structure" comes off the band's new upcoming album, entilted Dystopium, which is scheduled for release on September 23rd 2011 via ViciSolum Productions.


Band profile: Loch Vostok
Posted: 20.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (2)

Immolation - New Video Online

"A Glorious Epoch", the brand-new video by US death metal quintet Immolation, can now be watched below.

The video was directed by Tommy Jones and released through Scion A/V.

"A Glorious Epoch" comes off the band's latest effort, Majesty And Decay, which was released on March 5th last year through Nuclear Blast Records.


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Posted: 20.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

Borknagar - Recording New Album

Norwegian metal band Borknagar is currently recording the next album roughly planned to be released in February 2012 through Century Media Records. The album will be mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at famous Fascination Street Studios in Sweden in November.


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Posted: 20.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (5)

Glorior Belli - New Album Tracklist Revealed

French black metal duo Glorior Belli have revealed the tracklist for their upcoming new album, entitled The Great Southern Darkness.

The album will hit the stores in Germany and Switzerland on September 23rd, while a release date for the rest of Europe has been set on September 26th.


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Posted: 20.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (1)

Nightwish - Remixed Entrance Track Online

A brand-new remixed track from Finnish Symphonic Power metal band Nightwish has been made available for download over here

The song is based on the main riff and chorus of track 11 on Nightwish's upcoming album Imaginarium and was remixed by DJ Orkidea.


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Posted: 20.07.2011 by Array | Comments (8)

X Japan/Loudness - Former Bassist Passed Away

Japanese rock musician and songwriter Taiji Sawada (ex-X Japan, ex-Loudness) passed away yesterday (July 17th) before noon at the intensive care unit in Saipan's Commonwealth Health Center.

Sawada, 45, was arrested last Monday by federal authorities "for interference with a flight attendant" due to an incident on a plane en route from Japan to Saipan. He was brought to CHC after he tried to kill himself on Thursday evening while detained at the Department of Corrections facility.

Sawada was supposed to appear in federal court for his detention hearing on Friday morning. Mark Hanson, Sawada's court-appointed defense attorney, declined to provide details on Friday, but said his client had a "good chance of getting out" and be released to a local family under pretrial release conditions.

It is not yet known if these instances are related to his death.


Band profile: X Japan
Posted: 18.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (12)

Illdisposed - Part Ways With Guitarist

Danish extreme metallers Illdisposed have parted ways with guitar player Franz "Hellboss" Gottschalk (ex-Volbeat, ex-Dominus).

The band wishes Franz and his family all the best in the future.

Hellboss will be replaced by "smukke" Ken Holst (also in Compos Mentis, Crocell) who has been playing the last two shows with the band.


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Posted: 18.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

Lord - Another New Video Online

"Forever", the new video from Australian heavy/power metallers Lord can now be watched below.

The clip was directed and filmed by Dusk Music Video Production and features an extended version of the song, making it "a nine-minute epic psychological thriller," according to a press release.

Another video for the track "Set In Stone" can still be watched over here.

"Forever" comes off the band's latest album, entitled Set In Stone, which was released in September 2009 through Dominus/Riot! Entertainment.


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Posted: 18.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Hellsaw - Enter The Studio

Austrian black metallers Hellsaw entered Munich's Dreamsound Studios last week to begin recording their fourth full-length album. Titled Trist, the album will be the follow up to 2009's Cold and is due for release on Napalm Records in early 2012.

Frontman and founder Aries commented about the direction Hellsaw will take with the album: "The German word "Trist" is difficult to define exactly but if you think of various connotations of solemnity and sadness you'd be thinking along the right lines. Cold was more about melancholy, Trist is darker; it's like the scent of fine whiskey and damp earth.

As a band, we always prepare thoroughly before going into the studio, but this time we've rehearsed even more in order to perfect the sound for each track. We've also sought to redefine the Hellsaw sound, without losing our identity. There needs to be a certain amount of experimentation with each new album in order to bring the sound up to date. Without giving too much away, with Trist we believe we have found the perfect symbiosis between the old and new elements. All the songs are strong, and it will definitely kick ass."


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Posted: 18.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (3)

Rage Nucléaire - New Project By Ex-Cryptopsy Vocalist

Rage Nucléaire - the new project led by ex-Cryptopsy vocalist Dan "Lord Worm" Greening - are finishing up the last pieces of their upcoming debut album, entitled Unrelenting Fucking Hatred.

Said Lord Worm to Bravewords: "Rage Nucléaire is a hate-filled blend of melodic black metal and violent industrial. It's a three-piece and its other component parts are Alvater on guitar, synth, drum programming, and background vocals, and Dark Rage on guitar, background vocals, and secret things even I'm not privy to.

A full-length CD, Unrelenting Fucking Hatred, is currently in the works. The three of us seem to share the same bleak world vision, for one thing, and this shows up very clearly in the compositions. Alvater used to be in the godly Frozen Shadows, and I know he hasn't spent nearly a fraction of his accumulated rage. Dark Rage and I don't do a lot of cretinous smiling, either.

Also, I remember a talk with (ex-Cryptopsy guitarist) Steve Thibault about ten years ago, in which he said something about having one more album left in him. As it turns out, he didn't, but I've often thought about that, and I figure I might have one or two left to expiate. As the millennium progresses, so does the aural assault perpetrated by really nasty practitioners of the Black Art; good. I just want to add my voice to the global chorus of discomfiture. And so, I will.

I'm still into doing live stuff but we'll have to see about that. There is also some material being written for a second release, and we'll probably have to put up a Facebook page, too, at some point. Other than that, I'm just looking forward to being dead, but then, aren't we all."


Band profile: Cryptopsy
Posted: 18.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (12)

Criminal - New Song Online

"Akelarre", a brand-new track from thrashers Criminal - originally formed in Chile and now based in the UK - has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

"Akelarre" is the title track off the band's upcoming new album, which will be released on August 19th through Massacre Records.

Akelarre is Criminal's seventh studio album and first since the departure of lead guitarist and founding member Rodrigo Contreras and the subsequent addition of Basque guitar player Olmo Cascallar. The album was produced by bassist Dan Biggin at his HVR Studios in Suffolk, UK.

Akelarre tracklist:

01. Order From Chaos
02. Resistance Is Futile
03. The Ghost We Summoned
04. Akelarre
05. State Of Siege
06. Tyrannicide
07. Feel The Void
08. The Power Of The Dog
09. Vows Of Silence
10. La Santa Muerte


Band profile: Criminal
Posted: 18.07.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (1)