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Cloudscape - Album Teaser Online

Swedish prog metallers Cloudscape are all set to record their forthcoming album New Era during the next few months. The album is tentatively slated for a late 2011 release. A sneak preview can already be watched below.


Band profile: Cloudscape
Posted: 28.01.2011 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Necronoclast - New Song Online

"Veil Of Flies", a brand-new track from US black metal band Necronoclast, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

"Veil Of Flies" comes off the band's upcoming new album Ashes, which will be released on February 22nd through Moribund Records.


Posted: 28.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Devious - Vocalist Leaves The Band

After a long period as the frontman of Devious, singer Arnold Oudemiddendorp has decided to take a step back and quit the Dutch death metal band - again (Oudemiddendorp already left the band once between 2004 and 2008). The rest of the band respects his decision and wishes him all the best.

Devious will perform live one final time with Arnold on vocals on February 5th at the Metropool in the band's hometown Hengelo (with God Dethroned and Dictated).

Oudemiddendorp's departure will certainly not mean the end of Devious. In fact, the band is holding open auditions to find a replacement.


Band profile: Devious
Posted: 28.01.2011 by BudDa | Comments (0)

A Dream Of Poe - New Album Details, Samples Online

Portuguese gothic doom metal band A Dream Of Poe will release their debut full-length, The Mirror Of Deliverance, on February 25th through ARX Productions.

The Mirror Of Deliverance was recorded between January and December 2010. A Dream Of Poe mainman Miguel Santos added: "All instruments were recorded by me, the vocals were recorded by João Melo and lyrics written by Paulo Pacheco. In the making of this album I had help from several guest musicians, they were Nelson Félix and Paulo Bettencourt on solos and António Neves and Paulo Pacheco on additional vocals."

The track "Lady Of Shalott" is available for streaming online over at MySpace, together with 30-second clips of all other songs appearing on the album.

The Mirror Of Deliverance cover art] tracklist:

01. Neophyte
02. Os Vultos
03. Lady Of Shalott
04. Liber XLIX
05. The Lost King Of The Lyre
06. Chrysopoeia

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Posted: 28.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (1)

Macabre - New Song Online

"The Big Bad Wolf", a brand-new track from US death metal band Macabre, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at Noisecreep.

"The Big Bad Wolf" comes off the band's upcoming new album Grim Scary Tales - a concept album about the world's most infamous serial killers and mass murderers - which will be released in Europe on January 31st through Hammerheart Records and in North America on February 8th through Willowtip Records.


Band profile: Macabre
Posted: 28.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Hellfest Open Air - Full Line-Up Announced

The day of the last apocalypse has finally arrived! Hellfest Open Air has announced the final batch of 50 names for the 2011 edition, set to take place June 17-19th in Clisson, France.

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The new bands are: Iggy And The Stooges - Rob Zombie - Apocalyptica - Cavalera Conspiracy - Disturbed - Alter Bridge - Kyuss Lives! - Monster Magnet - The Cult - Mr Big - U.F.O. - Cradle Of Filth - Morbid Angel - Meshuggah - Clutch - Corrosion Of Conformity - Goatsnake - Buzzov•en - Destruction - Municipal Waste - Whiplash - Maximum The Hormone - Hammerfall - Crucified Barbara - Black Rain - Suicide Silence - Hail Of Bullets - Gorguts - Morgoth - Tsjuder - Turisas - Grand Magus - Lock Up - Anal Cunt - Total Fucking Destruction - Terror - D.R.I. - US Bombs - The Dwarves - Architects - Times Of Grace - Knut - Kruger - Deez Nuts - Lyzanxia - Sup - Klone - Svart Crown - Impureza - Hangmans Chair + 2 Surprise Acts

There are only 2 surprise acts left to be announced during the following weeks to complete this year's line-up. Unfortunately Street Dogs and Satanic Warmaster were forced to cancel their appearance.

All ticket info is available here. An up to date festival billing is available over here.


Event: Hellfest Open Air 2011
Posted: 27.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (36)

All Shall Perish - New Album Almost Finished

Deathcore demigods All Shall Perish are currently nearing completion of their fourth album, and follow-up to their 2008 release Awaken The Dreamers.

Guitarist Ben Orum had the following to say about the bands new material: "Guitars, bass and drums are complete for the new All Shall Perish record. This week we wrap up vocals and then mixing begins with Zach Ohren! I have never been this excited about a release. This is going to be All Shall Perish's finest hour."

Check out the video of Ben Orum playing his 8 string Ibanez guitar along to some pre-production of the new album below.

"It is safe to say this will be one of the most aggressive, epic, groovy records we have ever written," commented the band recently about the new material.


Band profile: All Shall Perish
Posted: 27.01.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (3)

Warmen - Begins Work On New Material

Warmen - the band led by Children Of Bodom keyboard player Janne Wirman - has started putting together new material for the follow-up for the band's critically acclaimed 2009's studio effort Japanese Hospitality.

The band hopes to find time to work intensively on the album in 2011 despite Children Of Bodom's hectic touring schedule. Warmen is looking to have their fifth album completed by the end of the year for an early 2012 release.


Band profile: Warmen
Posted: 27.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (4)

Dirty Looks - Frontman Passes Away

Henrik Ostergaard - lead singer for San Francisco-based hard-rockers Dirty Looks, and current FnA Recording Artist - passed away this morning, Thursday January 27th, 2011 at 9:18 am. The cause of death at this time is unknown and the results of an autopsy are pending.

Ostergaard, who was of Danish descent, lived in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1985, Henrik started the band Dirty Looks. Three independent albums and an EP would soon follow, which led to Dirty Looks getting signed by Atlantic Records. Later in Henrik's career, he would be signed to Sony Records and most recently FnA Records where he released a new album, I.C.U., in 2010. Ostergaard is survived by his 2 children.

The rock world will sadly mourn the loss of this 80's hard rocker.


According to, an Erie County Coroner declared that Henrik Ostergaard died of "natural causes" while under hospice care. He was 47 years old.


Posted: 27.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (6)

Judas Priest - Working On New Material

Judas Priest are busy writing new material. According to an awfully short posting on the band's website, "all is going really well". Further details will be given later.

As previously announced, Judas Priest will be embarking on their farewell tour in June, hitting all the major cities throughout the world. The band will be starting their Epitaph world tour in Europe.

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest.

Announced dates so far include:

7th June - 013, Tilburg, Holland
9th June - Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
11th June - Sauna Open Air, Tampere, Finland
14th June - Oslo, Norway Spektrum
15th June - Bergen, Norway Edward Greig Plass
17th June - Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
19th June - Hellfest Open Air, Nantes, France
20th June - Le Zenith, Paris, France
22nd June - Gods of Metal Festival, Milan, Italy
25th June - Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
27th June - Zenith, Munich, Germany
28th June - 02 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
29th June - Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
1st July - Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, Serbia
23rd July - High Voltage Festival, London, UK
5th August - Wacken Open Air, Germany


Band profile: Judas Priest
Event: Judas Priest: Epitaph World Tour
Posted: 27.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (44)

Textures - Enter The Studio

Textures have started recording their fourth album at Split Second Sound studios in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

This will be the first record with new vocalist Daniel de Jongh (ex-Cilice) and new keyboard player Uri Dijk. The album will be produced by Textures' guitar player Jochem Jacobs, who also was responsible for the production of Textures' previous albums.

Jochem had the following to say about the recordings of the album: "It's all really exciting! This album is really going to express where and what we are these days... and that's a good thing. We've been through a lot lately, especially the last year. Now with some new air and fresh ideas, we finally reached the point that we are actually quite confident in the new material.

Sometimes you just have to crawl through the mud first to get to dry grounds. We are in the middle of the preproduction now, getting our asses in gear... to create this baby. It's kinda cool to see this band grow more and more and to continue this musical journey that we've been on for 10 years! Let's make this thing heavy!"

The yet untitled album will see its release in the fall of 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records.


Band profile: Textures
Posted: 27.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (6)

Goreaphobia - New Album Later This Year

Legendary Philadelphia death metal squadron Goreaphobia are currently putting the finishing touches on their long-anticipated new full-length, fittingly titled Apocalyptic Necromancy.

Following 2009's Mortal Repulsion, the 12-track long player was recorded, mixed and mastered by drummer Jim Roe and features new guitarist VJS (Kult Ov Azazel, Crimson Moon, Demoncy).

Comments guitarist Alex Bouks (also in Incantation): "All of us in the Goreaphobia camp are real excited about finishing the new record. The new tunes will once again contain 1000% occult metal nihilism! The only way I can describe our new endeavor is that's it's very diverse and takes us back to the band's roots.

Jim has once again recorded and mixed the record at his home studio, Neanderthal. Apocalyptic Necromancy also marks the debut of our new guitar player VJS. There's a highly positive and magical vibe for the band at the present time. For me, this record is a true progression from the song writing and production on Mortal Repulsion. We hope to have it out soon for all our long time and newer fans."

Goreaphobia will release Apocalyptic Necromancy later this year. Further details to be announced soon.


Posted: 27.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Ajattara - New Album Streaming Online

Murhat, the upcoming album of Finnish black metallers Ajattara, has been made available for streaming in its entirety, for a limited time, on Facebook.

Murhat (trans: "Murders") will be released on February 2nd through Osasto-A Records.


Band profile: Ajattara
Posted: 27.01.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (2)

Destruction - New Song Online

"Hate Is My Fuel", a brand-new track from Teutonic thrashers Destruction, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

Another new track, called "The Price" is also still streaming at the same location.

"Hate Is My Fuel" and "The Price" come off the band's upcoming new album Day Of Reckoning, which will be released on February 18th through Nuclear Blast. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Destruction
Posted: 27.01.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (1)

Ozzy Osbourne - Starring In Super Bowl Commercial With Justin Bieber

Okay, NOW we have a legit reason to go picket all upcoming Ozzy Osbourne concerts.

Just when you thought you heard it all, the Prince of Darkness has decided to star in a Best Buy commercial that will air during the Super Bowl... with at his side teen heartthrob and beloved internet hate figure Justin Bieber.

Best Buy - the largest home electronics chain in the USA - marketing chief Drew Panayiotou said that Justin Bieber "symbolically represents something important to the brand message." Executives won't discuss details of the 30-second spot featuring stars from two very different generations. The ad, to air in the game's third quarter, was filmed earlier this month at Universal Studios.

Best Buy declined to say what it's paying Bieber. But it's at least $1 million, estimates Noreen Jenney Laffey, president of Celebrity Endorsement Network, which links celebs with advertisers.

Oh Ozzy

Stomach-churning Neat pictures taken during the shooting of the futuristic advertisement can be watched over here.


Band profile: Ozzy Osbourne
Posted: 26.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (79)