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Deep Purple - Former Keyboardist Diagnosed With Cancer

A couple of weeks ago, former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord was diagnosed with cancer.

Lord issued the following message on the matter: "I would like all my friends, followers, fans and fellow travelers to know that I am fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure.

I shall of course be continuing to write music - in my world it just has to be part of the therapy - and I fully expect to be back in good shape next year."

In other news, Jon Lord will release a new live album titled simply, Live, soon. A short trailer can be watched below. More snippets can be streamed over here.

Recorded in Bucharest, Romania in 2009 with a full symphony orchestra, the album includes a glorious selection of orchestral pieces representing Jon Lord's touring repetoire all over the world in recent years.

Steve Balsamo handles male vocals throughout, and the album also includes three completely reworked Deep Purple classics with full orchestral arrangement by Jon Lord; "Pictures of Home", "Soldier of Fortune" and an immense "Child in Time".

The Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Nayden Tadorov with Darin Vasilev (guitar), Ivaylo Zvezdomirov (bass) and Venko Poromanski (drums) completing the line-up.


Band profile: Deep Purple
Posted: 27.08.2011 by Nergal Is God | Comments (14)

Darkane - Back With Original Line-Up, Euro Tour Dates Announced

Darkane vocalist Jens Broman has decided to leave the band.

He is replaced by Lawrence Mackrory who sang on Darkane's 1999 debut album Rusted Angel and also did a guest appearance on "Chaos vs. Order" from Expanding Senses. Darkane would like to wish Jens the best of luck in the future.

Lawrence will make his new debut with Darkane in Strasbourg, France on September 20th when the European headlining tour will start, together with Destinity and Devastating Enemy.


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Posted: 27.08.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (5)

Megadeth - Album Release Date Revealed

Megadeth have made it official: their 13th studio album, cleverly titled TH1RT3EN, will be released on November 1st, 2011.

Says singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine: "This record is the culmination of my work over the 13 records I recorded. There are moments on TH1RT3EN that capture my every emotion, and other moments where I am releasing feelings I never knew existed! My proudest moments of my musical career are captured on TH1RT3EN."

TH1RT3EN also marks the recorded return of bassist Dave Ellefson, who was part of the band's classic lineup from 1983 to 2002. This is the first time Ellefson has played on a Megadeth record since 2002's Rude Awakening.

In other news, a countdown has been launched on Megadeth's official website to a mystery announcement that will be made on Wednesday, September 7 at 9:00 a.m. EST / 6:00 a.m. PST.


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Posted: 27.08.2011 by LonesomeRider | Comments (27)

Toxic Holocaust - New Video Online

"Judgment Awaits You", the new video from US blackened thrash metal band Toxic Holocaust can now be watched below.

The clip was produced by Eric Schrader and filmed in southeastern Connecticut.

"Judgment Awaits You" comes off the band's latest album, entitled Conjure And Command, which was released back in July through Relapse Records.


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Posted: 27.08.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (2)

Nachtmystium - To Release Split With Murmur, Album Artwork Revealed

US avantgarde black metallers Nachtmystium have revealed the cover art for their upcoming, as-yet-untitled, 7" split EP with US black metallers Murmur.


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Posted: 27.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (1)

Glorior Belli - New Video Online

"They Call Me Black Devil", the brand-new video from French black metallers Glorior Belli can now be seen in the YouTube-video below.


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Posted: 27.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

Tesseract - Announce New Vocalist

Progressive metallers Tesseract are very excited to announce that Elliot Coleman has joined the band as lead vocalist.

Elliot's huge range, distinctive character and brutal roars demonstrated on his work with OMNOM, Sky Eats Airplane and Zelliack made him the perfect replacement for former vocalist, Dan Tompkins.


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Posted: 26.08.2011 by Thryce | Comments (10)

Job For A Cowboy - Working On New Album

Job For A Cowboy are currently putting the finishing touches on the pre-production demos for their next full-length album.

Commenting on the new material, the band recently had the following to say: "Don't worry, we aren't going to throw a nu-metal curve ball. Also, we are going to have an 8 minute instrumental track of just 'bree's' to make all the younger kids shutup."

A tentative spring 2012 release through Metal Blade Records is expected. Job For A Cowboy's latest EP Gloom was released earlier this year in June.


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Posted: 26.08.2011 by Thryce | Comments (7)

Anubis Gate - New Song Streaming Online

"Golden Days", a new track from Danish prog/power metal band Anubis Gate is now streaming online at this location.

"Golden Days" comes off of the band's upcoming album, the self-titled Anubis Gate, to be released on September 13th via Nightmare Records, as previously reported over here.


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Posted: 26.08.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (5)

The Human Abstract - Part Ways With Singer, Touring Vocalist Announced

After weeks of rumors, The Human Abstract have now parted ways with vocalist Travis Richter. Reasons for his departure remain unclear.

His temporary replacement for the upcoming Frak The Gods Tour featuring Periphery, Textures and The Contortionist will be Ryan Devlin - current vocalist of San Diego progressive metal band Corelia. The Frak The Gods Tour takes place next week. Get all dates here.

Quoted Devlin: "I am very excited for the opportunity, and hope you will come see me on tour."


Richter apparently issued the following statement explaining his departure: "A couple months ago I told the guys I wasn't going to tour anymore for a couple reasons. One, I'm turning 30 and have given all my time to bands and the road, and I want to be able to start a family and see my parents and grandparents more. Secondly, I graduated with an audio production degree, and I feel myself being pulled into that world as more of a full time position. I think The Human Abstract is an amazingly gifted group of musicians with mind bending potential and I couldn't thank them enough for everything they've done for me since I joined the band in feb of 2010. The fans have also been more than amazing and accepted me into the THA family, and for that I sincerely thank you!"


Posted: 26.08.2011 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Kittie - Entire New Album Streaming Online

The upcoming new album from Canadian all-female band Kittie, I've Failed You, is now streaming online at this location.

The sixth album of the band will be released on August 30th through eOne Music.


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Posted: 25.08.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (4)

Animals As Leaders - New Album Title Revealed

US instrumental metallers Animals As Leaders have set Weightless as the title of the group's sophomore album, due to be released by Prosthetic Records this fall.

Posted: 25.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (12)

Ikuinen Kaamos - Back From Hiatus

Finnish progressive death metallers Ikuinen Kaamos are back from their indefinite hiatus and working on their as-yet-untitled third album.


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Posted: 24.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (8)

Bilocate - Guest Appearance By Dan Swanö

Swedish metal icon Dan Swanö has contributed guest vocals in two tracks from the upcoming third full-length album from Jordanian dark oriental metallers Bilocate.


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Posted: 24.08.2011 by JD | Comments (8)

Noctiferia - To Support In Flames

Slovenian industrial metallers Noctiferia has taken the support slot of Swedish modern metallers In Flames' upcoming European tour. Dubbed Sounds Of A Playground Fading: European Tour, the tour takes off in mid-September and lands by the end of November.

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Posted: 24.08.2011 by ravendeath | Comments (1)