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Iced Earth - New Album Update

Iced Earth recently entered the studio to begin recording their new upcoming album, Dystopia, with producer Jim Morris. The album is tentatively scheduled for a late 2011 release through Century Media Records.

Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer issued the following update: "All is well here as we are pushing forward with master tracking the new album Dystopia. We have finished drums and rhythm guitars and are right on schedule.

I'll be heading to Europe tomorrow for a few festival dates and then right back to work in the studio on Monday. Jim Morris and I are having a great time, as usual, and are very much looking forward to starting vocal tracks with "Stucifer" next week!

Stu Block has contributed a lot to the vocal parts on this record, with co-writing credits on 10 out of 12 songs, and I'm very happy with our chemistry and what we've accomplished together so far. And we're just getting started."

Confirmed songtitles set to appear on Dystopia include: "Dystopia", "Anthem", "Days of Rage", "Soylent Green", "V", "Boiling Point", "Tragedy and Triumph", "Anguish of Youth" and "Iron Will".

As previously reported, Matt Barlow will retire from the band after the summer festival shows. Afterwards Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block will become the new lead singer for Iced Earth.


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Posted: 13.07.2011 by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk | Comments (9)

Seven Kingdoms - US Live Shows Announced recently announced an east coast mini-tour, entitled Uniting The Powers Of Metal. The 6 day-trek will feature Seven Kingdoms, Creation's End, Artizan and Widow, and will be taking off in mid-August.

Get the dates after the jump.


Band profile: Seven Kingdoms
Event: Uniting The Powers Of Metal Tour
Posted: 13.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (3)

Suicide Silence - New Video Online

"You Only Live Once", the new video from California deathcore act Suicide Silence can now be watched over at (courtesy of

The clip was shot with director Nathan "Karma" Cox (Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, All That Remains).

"You Only Live Once" comes off the band's latest album, entitled The Black Crown, which was released yesterday, July 12th, through Century Media Records. More album details were previously reported over here.

The Black Crown is still available for streaming in its entirety over at MySpace.


Posted: 13.07.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (1)

Seven Kingdoms - Working On New Album

US power/thrash metal quintet Seven Kingdoms are back in the studio working on their as-yet-untitled third full-length album.

Two song titles, called "After The Fall" and "The Fire Is Mine (Dark Wings, Dark Words - Pt. II)", have been revealed so far. A one minute teaser can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.


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Posted: 12.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (7)

Impiety - Part Ways With Drummer

Singaporean death thrash metal band Impiety are parting ways with drummer Atum (ex-Malfeitor, ex-Tundra) who only joined the band late last year.

Here's the word from the band: Original vocalist/guitarist Shyaithan and the rest of Impiety announce a line-up shuffle this year, and this done so that logistically it may prove better for the band and it's continuous progress to wreak more chaos and carnage across this godforsaken globe, one we all call Planet Earth. It was never an easy decision to let Atum go but after much consideration it had to be done.

Here is Atum's closing statement: "After 10 months of hard work, worldwide touring and skullfucking recordings, i'm here to communicate my departure from Impiety. The recent events made me and Shyaithan come to the conclusion that our musical paths are taking different directions, so we decided to split in order to maintain a good friendship and keep in contact to support each other's career, which we are already doing. I'll keep working restlessly with Music as always, we're just done recording the new album with Divine Codex so stay true and keep supporting true Music."

Impiety extends its gratification to this brilliant drummer and thanks Atum for the greatest of times spent together rehearsing, recording as well as executing 10 hellish concerts together. Irreplaceable would be these greatest memories and achievements of Atum in Impiety and it shall continue to live on. "We wish Atum every success with his main band Divine Codex and all future projects/bands he will work with. Despite different career paths now, we shall remain in close contact and support his every effort and endeavour being one of the best drummers and greatest komrade we've known. ALL HAIL ATUM!"

Shyaithan has auditioned and finally recruited a full time drummer and will announce him shortly.


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Posted: 12.07.2011 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Malefice - Another New Song Online

"Minutes", a brand-new track from UK metalcore act Malefice has been made available for streaming over at AltSounds.

Another new track, called "Delirium" is still available for streaming over at, while a video for "Awaken the Tides" can be watched over at

"Minutes", "Delirium" and "Awaken the Tides" come off the band's upcoming new album, entitled Awaken the Tides, which will be released in Europe on July 15th, in the UK on July 18th, and in North America on August 2nd through Metal Blade Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


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Posted: 12.07.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (0)

Europe - New Record Due Next April

Sweden's biggest rock band Europe has confirmed that their next studio album is slated for an April 2012 release. The recording for Europe's new album begins in Stockholm on October 3rd with produced Kevin Shirley.

No stranger to the 'crème de la crème' of iconic rock records, Shirley has produced albums for Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, Black Stone Cherry, Journey and many more.

"We still feel we have one hell of a rock record to make," says Europe's singer Joey Tempest. "Kevin's the man for the job. We love his work with Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, and Black Stone Cherry. He's the real deal. We're ready to do some serious damage."

Last week Europe met up with Shirley in Stockholm to discuss the direction of the next album. Based on reactions from the fans and media, Europe's 2009 album Last Look at Eden proved to be the band's most important record since The Final Countdown.

"I've been a big fan of Europe's work for many years," says Shirley. "The band is influential and highly underrated. I can't wait to make the upcoming album their most explosive to date."

After summer 2011, Europe will finish the promotion of Last Look at Eden tour, and will start to focus their energy on the next album produced by Shirley.

"We've toured for one and a half years," adds Tempest. "It's time to write and record some new songs and get back on the road again in 2012."
The new material suggests a more straight forward rock approach evident in "Doghouse"; a new song Europe performed on their recent UK tour. The song is also featured on Europe's upcoming Europe: Live at Shepherd's Bush DVD, released August 2011 on earMUSIC CDs and DVDs.

earMUSIC is also about to release a limited deluxe book with pictures be Denis O'Regan. "Live Look At Eden" features exclusive live audio and the stunning performance at last year iTunes Festival in London.


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Posted: 12.07.2011 by BudDa | Comments (6)

Suicide Silence - Entire New Album Streaming Online

The Black Crown, the new upcoming album from California deathcore act Suicide Silence is now available for streaming in its entirety over at MySpace.

The album was recorded with producer Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Hatebreed, Every Time I Die) at The Omen Room Studios, Garden Grove, California.

The Black Crown will be released today, July 12th, through Century Media Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


Posted: 12.07.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (7)

Celestiial - Featured In Ballet Short Film

Always wondered how to dance to funeral doom metal? Well, keep reading, because the track "Waldlander Im Herbst" from funeral doom one-man band Celestiial has been used as the soundtrack to Disconsolate, an experimental dance short film performed by the Ballet Deviare.

You can watch the nine-minute clip, directed by Adam Waltner, after the jump.


Posted: 11.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (4)

Wolves In The Throne Room - New Album Nears Completion

After devoting late Winter season to writing and recording, Wolves In The Throne Room are in the final stages of completing their fourth full-length opus of epic, earthen Black Metal ceremony.

For over six months the Weaver brothers, Aaron and Nathan, have been immersed in the painstaking writing and recording process of their newest album, and this week the process is nearly complete, at press time the album in its final mixing stages. The Wolves In The Throne Room clan have confirmed the title of this forthcoming astral black metal document as Celestial Lineage.

The transmutation reaches a new level with the completion of the album. In contrast to the bleakly hypnotic architecture of Black Cascade, the lifespan of Celestial Lineage breathes more expansive and visionary life into the duo's work. The Wolves In The Throne Room trademark long-form approach to arrangement remains intact, but there is a stronger thread of Popul Vuh-inspired underworld synthscapes and star-lit pulse woven with the intertwining guitar figures.

Celestial Lineage will end a trilogy of releases which began with Two Hunters (2007), and is segued by Black Cascade (2009), and like both previous albums, will be released via Southern Lord Recordings, with a street date of September 13, 2011 now confirmed. Three songs on the album feature Jessika Kenney's liturgical choir and solo voice, as heard on Two Hunters as well as 2009's Malevolent Grain EP, the album also including orations from Aaron Turner (Isis).

Stated WITTR drummer Aaron Weaver of the writing process for Celestial Lineage: "An ornate constellation of imagery is what that guides the songwriting process. Cedar temples crowned with burnished bronze domes glimpsed in a remote valley. Wild Midsummer bonfires and feasting on roasted flesh. All of the sounds serve to evoke the images that exist in our minds eye. With this record we're going to explore an entirely new palette of sound. We want the instruments to sound like the liturgical music of a cedar cult."

Besides closing out a trilogy within Wolves In The Throne Room's own annals, Celestial Lineage also marks the final release to ever be recorded in engineering wizard Randall Dunn's infamous Aleph Studio, the birthplace of a plethora of groundbreaking releases from Earth, Sunn O))), Boris, Cave Singers, Bjork/Omar Souleyman and countless more over the past decade, as well as where the immense tones and energy on WITTR's lauded Two Hunters and Black Cascade albums were captured. Check out several brand new in-studio photos from these special recording sessions here.


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Posted: 11.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (10)

Lock Up - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Necropolis Transparent, the new upcoming album from death-grind super group Lock Up, is now available for streaming in its entirety over at AOL Music.

The album was recorded in November-December 2010 at HVR Studios in Ipswich, United Kingdom and was mixed in January.

Necropolis Transparent was released in Europe on July 1st and will be released in North America tomorrow, July 12th, through Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


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Posted: 11.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Amorphis - Touring Finland In Autumn

Before embarking on a massive European trek later this year, Finnish melodic metallers Amorphis will first tour their home-country. The run will start in late August and ends mid-October. Get the Finnish dates below and the rest of the European tour dates here.

The band will be touring in support of their latest album, The Beginning Of Times, released in May.


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Event: Amorphis: European Tour 2011/2012
Posted: 11.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (3)

Cannabis Corpse - Entire New Album Streaming Online

Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, the new upcoming album from US death metallers Cannabis Corpse is now available for streaming in its entirety over at Tankcrimes.

The album was mixed by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal) at Mana Studios and mastered by Alan Douches at West Side Music.

Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, the band's third full-length album, will be released tomorrow, July 12th, through Forcefield Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


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Posted: 11.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (1)

Melechesh - Replace Septicflesh On Lux Mundi Europe Tour

Due to a last-minute withdrawal of Septicflesh (due to a tour schedule conflict), Sumerian thrashing black metallers Melechesh have been confirmed as the support act on the upcoming Lux Mundi European Tour of Swiss industrial metallers Samael

Melechesh will now share the so-called direct support rotating slot with Norwegian black metal act Keep Of Kalessin.

Septicflesh in their turn have been added as the second special guest on Amon Amarth's Surtur Rising European Tour, which already features As I Lay Dying. Get those dates again here.

Find an updated list of dates and a tour trailer after the jump.


Band profile: Melechesh
Event: Samael: Lux Mundi Europe Tour
Posted: 11.07.2011 by JD | Comments (3)

Ronnie James Dio - Tribute Album Available For Free Download

Backstage Metal has made its tribute album to Ronnie James Dio, called To Heaven Through Hell, available for free download.

In addition, Backstage Metal decided to make this tribute free with a donation to the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up And Shout" Cancer Fund. While a donation is not needed to download and listen to this music, it would be appreciated. Even $1 can help.

To Heaven Through Hell - A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio was put together by Dio fans from around the world: "We all wanted to pay homage to one of the greatest rock singers of all time, and we thought this would be a fitting way to do it. Dio was such a huge influence on all of us, when he passed we all were drawn together and through his music we all found solace and serenity."

Click here for a picture of the tracklist and contributing artists. You can make a donation to the RJD Cancer Fund at this location. The tribute is available for free download over here.

Yesterday, July 10th, Ronnie would have been 69 years old.


Band profile: Dio
Posted: 11.07.2011 by JD | Comments (13)