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Virus - First Ever Live Show Announced

Norwegian avantgarde metal act Virus will finally perform live in 2011, the first time since the band's conception in 2000. The first ever Virus show will take place at Koko in London on March 22nd, 2011 together with Ulver. Tickets are available here.

The band's only comment was: "And so it begins..."

In related news, Ulver's upcoming tour schedule look as follows:

18.12.2010 - Palladium, Warsaw - Poland
22.03.2011 - Koko London, UK (with Virus)
26.03.2011 - Trabendo, Paris - France
27.03.2011 - Incorso, Rotterdam - The Netherlands
29.03.2011 - Matrix, Bochum - Germany
30.03.2011 - Substage, Karlsruhe - Germany
31.03.2011 - Z7, Basel - Switzerland
01.04.2011 - Backstage, München - Germany
02.04.2011 - Madonna dell'Albero, Ravenna - Italy
03.04.2011 - Szene, Vienna - Austria
06.04.2011 - K17, Berlin - Germany
08.04.2011 - BeatPol, Dresden - Germany
09.04.2011 - Biebob, Vosselaar - Belgium


Band profile: Virus
Event: Ulver
Posted: 21.11.2010 by Array | Comments (3)

Kamelot - Pandemonium Over Europe Tour Part 2

Kamelot has announced their highly anticipated return to Europe on the heels of their new album release Poetry for the Poisoned. The 2011 European leg of The Pandemonium Tour, will begin on April 22nd at Paris' famous Elysée Montmartre venue, taking their spectacular show to 18 top venues and a host of new cities in Europe.

In keeping with Kamelot's flair for the theatrical, as well as their innovative and creative spirit, the second leg of the tour promises to push the limits of the live concert experience, bringing fans a spectacle even more eye-popping than what they experienced during the thrilling first leg of The Pandemonium Over Europe Part 1. "It's still called the Pandemonium Tour, but it's more theatrical and visual than before", Thomas Youngblood said in a October interview. "It has a dark theme, a new stage design and more surprises for the Kamelot fans!".

Apr 22, 2011 - Paris (France) @ Elysée Montmartre
Apr 23, 2011 - Amsterdam (The Netherlands) @ Paradiso
Apr 24, 2011 - Antwerp (Belgium) @ Hof Ter Lo
Apr 27, 2011 - Nottingham (United Kingdom) @ Rock City
Apr 28, 2011 - London (United Kingdom) @ KoKo
Apr 29, 2011 - Luxemburg (Luxemburg) @ Den Atelier
Apr 30, 2011 - Luzern (Switzerland) @ Schüür
May 01, 2011 - Milano (Italy) @ Magazzini Generali
May 03, 2011 - Budapest (Hungary) @ Petöfi Hall
May 05, 2011 - Bratislava (Slovakia) @ Majestic Music Club
May 06, 2011 - Krakow (Poland) @ Kwadrat
May 07, 2011 - Berlin (Germany) @ C-Club
May 08, 2011 - Stuttgart (Germany) @ LKA Longhorn
May 10, 2011 - Köln (Germany) @ Live Music Hall
May 11, 2011 - Hamburg (Germany) @ Markthalle
May 12, 2011 - Gothenburg (Sweden) @ Trädgårn
May 14, 2011 - Oslo (Norway) @ Sentrum Scene


Band profile: Kamelot
Event: Kamelot: The Pandemonium Tour 2011
Posted: 21.11.2010 by Angel_Lament | Comments (10)

Hellfest Open Air - New Announcement & 1st Headliners

The countdown started about a week ago is over, so it is time for you to discover the new list of confirmed artists for the next HELLFEST!

As usual the HELLFEST stay in its shoes, eclecticism and taking risks are our watchwords! Extreme music being not limited to any particular style, you will still discover many original bands, real "UFOS", but famous and legendary artists that it is time to discover or rediscover on stage before that it's too late! We promise to surprise you again!

We won't talk about the qualities of each artist's newly confirmed, but you're free to check all the bands this list which shouldn't people indifferent:

Ozzy Osbourne - Scorpions

Opeth - Anathema - Black Label Society - Kreator - Bolt Thrower

1349 - Ancestors - Arkona - Arma Gathas - Atheist - Audrey Horne - Black Dalhia Murder - Comeback Kid - Dagoba - Electric Wizard - Exhumed - Eyehategod - Firewind - The Gates Of Slumber - Hawkwind - Krisiun - Korpiklaani - Kylesa - Masters Of Reality - Mekong Delta - Pain Of Salvation - Red Fang - Satanic Warmaster - Skeletonwitch - Skyforger - Street Dogs - Unleashed - Vader

Like every year, some fans will be disappointed by the announcement ... it is always difficult to please the connoisseurs of the Hellfest! We ask them to be patient because some big surprises will come in the weeks to come, and especially just before Christmas, as two new bands will be revealed during this period... we let you guess!

New announcement in November means new discounted ticket! The ones who trust us, who believe in the festival and its programming will once again find tickets at 109 (without booking fees) instead of 139! This operation is valid until the 1st of January 2011 and / or of 2500 3-day tickets sold. On this occasion, we remind you that last year these packages were sold in just two short weeks ... It is up to you to make the next 25th December, a Christmas "metal"!

See you soon with a new special announcement and two "mysterious" which should kick the ass of the people who haven't buy their tickets through the special offer!

Until then have fun discovering the new bands!


Event: Hellfest Open Air 2011
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Jeff | Comments (25)

Megadeth - New Album In The Works

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine dropped by the Megadeth Cyber Army chat room last Tuesday (November 16) for a special live chat with his fan club members. The following is an excerpt from the chat:

"So, right now I have Ken Eisennagel, you may remember him from the last two records doing engineering for all of the pre-production phases of Megadeth records? Well, he is here going over all of the new Megadeth stuff that I am working on... believe it or not we have five songs almost finished for the new Megs record already!"


Band profile: Megadeth
Posted: 20.11.2010 by BudDa | Comments (21)

Evergrey - New Album Details Revealed

Official press release

Occasionally a musician has to take a step back into the past to develop artistically. Tom Englund, guitarist and vocalist with Swedish rock group Evergrey, took this risk and reorganised his artistic environment. "The most recent Evergrey line-up had reached a point where we no longer had fun as a group," he confesses, adding: "So we went our separate ways to save our friendship. There were no angry words, and we're still friends privately."

Naturally, the decision to break up wasn't easy for these long-standing friends, especially for Englund and his remaining keyboardist, Rikard Zander, for whom a continuation of Evergrey was never called into question. Yet they both had to face a new challenge: "In the beginning, we weren't sure whether we'd be able to write a new album without the wealth of experience that the previous line-up brought in. But after Rikard and I had composed a full three numbers during the first week, we felt that was a real coup."

Listeners will feel this positive energy throughout Glorious Collision, the band's eighth studio album, which is due for release on 28 February 2011 (Germany: 25 February 2011; USA/Canada: 22 February 2011) on Steamhammer/SPV. A dynamic goody bag featuring the most diverse material ever released on an Evergrey album. "This may sound like a contradiction in view of our personnel situation, but Rikard and I have allowed more influences on Glorious Collision than ever before. Some elements on Glorious Collision are classic rock, based on a metal format, sometimes the tracks are quiet and haunting, sometimes wild, demanding and gripping."

This diversity is also expressed in the instrumentation of this extremely dynamic studio production which presents the new band members Marcus Jidell (guitar), Hannes Van Dahl (drums) and Johan Niemann (bass). "It's great to hear what a breath of fresh air Marcus, Johan and Hannes have brought into the band," Englund enthuses. "Although the entire material, except for two songs to which Marcus wrote and contributed on the compositional side, had already been decided when we started recording, they all left their own, very personal mark on this album." The great experience of Jidell and Niemann, who have worked with acts such as Royal Hunt and Therion, among others, and have now contributed lots of positive energy together with the 20-year-old drummer, Van Dahl, can be felt throughout the album.


Band profile: Evergrey
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (20)

Eluveitie - N. American Headlining Tour Announced

Eluveitie has announced a US and Canadian tour next February. Joining them on tour will be 3 Inches Of Blood, Holy Grail, System Divide.

Eluveitie vocalist Chrigel Glanzmann had the following to say: "Since we've only been able to present a short set while supporting Amon Amarth in 2010 we have put some effort in this one and are very happy to be able to deliver all we hoped for and what we think our fans deserve: A full 90-minute headline show with some special stuff, a killer package, and as if this wasn't enough we and our partners have done all we could to keep the ticket prices as low as we possibly could so you'll have something left to spend at the bar, where as always we will be more than happy to join you for a drink or two!

We're really happy and looking forward to finally visiting the U.S. again to rock the living shit out of our fans! We plan on spoiling you with an extended set, an extended stage performance and some surprises! Also, we're proud to present you an absolute killer package, totally under the banner of pure fucking metal! We will return with no less than the Canadian berzerkers of 3 Inches Of Blood, our Californian true metal buddies from Holy Grail, along with System Divide, an amazingly talented young melodic death metal band! Well, there's not much left to say - horns up for a pure fucking metal massacre! See you there!"

Eluveitie, 3 Inches Of Blood, Holy Grail and System Divide:

02/01/11 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
02/02/11 - The Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
02/03/11 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
02/04/11 - Cercle - Quebec City, QC - CANADA
02/05/11 - Le National - Montreal, QC - CANADA
02/06/11 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
02/08/11 - The Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
02/09/11 - Station 4 - Saint Paul, MN
02/10/11 - Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
02/11/11 - Maquis Theater - Denver, CO
02/12/11 - Club Sound - Salt Lake City, UT
02/14/11 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
02/15/11 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC - CANADA
02/16/11 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
02/17/11 - Slims - San Francisco, CA
02/18/11 - The Key Club - Hollywood, CA
02/19/11 - Nile Theater - Mesa, AZ
02/21/11 - Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
02/22/11 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
02/24/11 - State Theatre - Saint Petersburg, FL
02/25/11 - Firestone Live - Orlando, FL
02/26/11 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA


Band profile: Eluveitie
Event: Eluveitie + 3 Inches Of Blood
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Sy-Furr | Comments (5)

Korpiklaani - Studio Footage And New Song Online

Korpiklaani are busy recording their new album, called Ukon Wacka deep in the woods of Finland. The band has now posted a video clip with some behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions. One of the brand-new songs, called "Tuoppi Oltta" (meaning something like - surprise surprise - "a pint of beer"), can be heard during the entire clip.

The Ukon Wacka release date is scheduled for February 4th 2011. More info can be read here.


Band profile: Korpiklaani
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Torgo | Comments (7)

Within Temptation - New Album Title Revealed

Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation has released the following statement:

"We're really excited to be able to finally announce the title of our new album.

Recently we've started giving clues on the website about our concept album. As you might have noticed our concept album is going to be based on a comic book series, written by Steven O'Connell (BloodRayne & Dark 48). We've asked comic artist Romano Molenaar (Witchblade, Darkness and X-men) to draw the characters and scenery.

The new album and comic will be titled: The Unforgiving.

On this album, we've taken a totally different approach. Each song on The Unforgiving was written along Steven's narrative. The main characters of the comic are reflecting the characters of our songs. The concept pushed us and gave inspiration to come up with a new approach in our sound. It resulted in writing our best songs so far.

We have been big comic fans since our childhood. With this album we felt the time was there to take a new step in our creative development, take it further and broaden our horizon. Next to the concept form of the album, the songs are more divers than ever before. In addition, the music of the late 80ies, that's when we started to read comic books, certainly has left a mark on our new sound.

The album is set for release in March 2011, but our loyal visitors knew this already."


Band profile: Within Temptation
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (12)

Poisonblack - Guitarist Leaves The Band

Poisonblack has parted ways with guitarist Janne Markus (also in The Man-Eating

A press release by the band reads as follows: "After four years and two albums we have to announce that Janne is no longer in the band. His goals and ambitions couldn't have come true in Poisonblack and we totally understand and respect that. His creativity needs a different setting than Poisonblack can and ever will provide. This is the one and only time we're going to explain the reasons behind his departure, so do not bother asking. We thank him for the music, the unforgettable moments we all shared together on and off stage and wish him the best for the future."

Poisonblack recently inked a deal with Hype Records. In January 2011, the band will enter Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen to begin recording the fifth full-length, tentatively entitled Lead & Roll Vol. 5. A spring release date is expected.


Band profile: Poisonblack
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Permafrost | Comments (1)

Apocalyptica - Postpone North American Tour

A few weeks ago, we informed you cello metallers Apocalyptica were embarking on a North American tour later this month. But the band is now forced to cancel those plans due to the recent illness of one of the band members.

Here's the official word from the band: "We wanted to let you know that sadly we are having to reschedule the current run of US dates to the beginning of March 2011. This is due to issues with Perttu's health; we have taken the advice of several doctors before making this decision. We are working on all details and more information for you right now, and of course we will keep you fully informed! We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our fans and look forward to returning to health and touring in 2011."


Band profile: Apocalyptica
Event: Apocalyptica [POSTPONED]
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Array | Comments (2)

Disturbed - New Video Online

Disturbed has released a new video for the song, "The Animal". The clip was directed by Charlie Terrell and can be watched below. The song comes off the band's latest album, Asylum, released in late August.


Band profile: Disturbed
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Kennoth | Comments (4)

Ex Deo - Update On New Album

Ex Deo, the ancient Roman-themed arsenal led by Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono, has checked in from the current stop on the Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II in Tucson, Arizona - with label mates Nile, Tazmanian tech-death masters Psycroptic, and Norwegian extreme metallers Keep Of Kalessin - with the following message:

"It's amazing to see a vision I had one day waking up finally become a reality two years ago. We had done a few shows in America with Ensiferum for our debut album Romulus that were fantastic, but to go across the country and really seeing people waiting anxiously for this and screaming their hearts out for it live has been one incredible feeling. I feel Ex Deo is changing the game of the underground, bringing a theater to the live stage and bringing a new concept that has never done before. This is a beast of a band and we would like to thank everyone for the great support.

With this said, I would like to announce that we will indeed begin pre-production on the next album Caligula - the follow up to the highly-acclaimed debut Romulus - as soon as the world tour for Kataklysm will end next year. Expect a revolutionary album that will breathe the word 'NEW' into a much stagnant metal industry. It is yet undermined which label will release Caligula as we are looking at many different options."


Band profile: Ex Deo
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Origin - Ink Deal With Nuclear Blast

Official press release

Extreme Management Group and American technical death metal innovators Origin are pleased to announce the band's worldwide recording contract with Nuclear Blast Records. Origin, who are responsible for such genre-defining classics as Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas (2002) and Antithesis (2008), will enter Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, Kansas tomorrow with long-time engineer Robert Rebeck to record their Nuclear Blast debut. Rebeck's work can be heard on Origin's Antithesis and Echoes Of Decimation (2005) albums in addition to the A Coming Into Existence demo (1998).

"It is a great honor to be working with Nuclear Blast," comments founding member and guitarist Paul Ryan. "We are excited to be working with a label with such an amazing presence in the metal scene. They have some of the best extreme bands in the history of extreme music and we are very honored to be apart of this. We are eager to join the ranks of the Nuclear Blast roster!"

Drummer John Longstreth adds: "We are very excited to begin working on our next album under the guide of Nuclear Blast Records! Being signed to one of the largest and most successful heavy metal labels makes it only natural that you will definitely be seeing a lot more of this band. Plans are already being laid by Extreme Management Group for the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico and pretty much everywhere with a stage and (future) Origin fans. To us, it's only fitting that after 10 years, it came time to make a few positive changes so that we could continue to create this insane form of music for you. We are very excited to bring album #5 to our fans and we feel confident that our fans will not be let down."

Ryan Caddell, who directed and filmed the video clip for "Portal" and the bonus video on Echoes Of Decimation, will be joining the guys in the studio once again to document the creative process leading up to the creation of Origin's fifth album plus capture all the behind-the-scenes mayhem.


Band profile: Origin
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Thryce | Comments (4)

Immortal - US Mini-Tour With Absu

In February next year Immortal will do 6 more shows in the US, and these will be the final concerts in North America for All Shall Fall. Absu will join as special guests for all dates.

All Shall Fall USA 2011:

02/19 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
02/20 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
02/21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
02/22 - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
02/24 - Denver, CO @ Summit Theatre
02/26 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live


Band profile: Immortal
Event: Immortal + Absu
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (7)

Roadburn Festival - Winter And More Confirmed

As you all remember vividly, the 2011 edition of the Roadburn Festival will be hosted by Sunn O))). And now they have finally confirmed the first bands. Here's the official press release:

Legendary doom pioneers Winter, along with Earth, Scorn, Beaver, Aluk Todolo, Menace Ruine, Hooded Menace, The Secret and Atilla Csihar's Void Ov Voices, have been confirmed for Sunn O)))'s curated event at Roadburn Festival 2011, set for April 15th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.

As curator, Sunn O))) (Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley) are personally selecting the bands that will play during their special event, as well as performing a headlining show. Sunn O))) is Roadburn's fourth curator, following David Tibet in 2008, Neurosis in 2009 and Triptykon's Tom Gabriel Warrior at this year's festival in April.

Sunn O))) comments: "Sunn O))) is honored to present the first part of our guests for the curated day at Roadburn, April 15th 2011. They represent a broad range of bands we are fans of, and in many cases some of our closest friends and collaborators. We hope you appreciate the selection, and look forward to announcing more of our selection and allies... we will follow up soon with some words on each band specifically, so watch this space."

Also Godflesh, Pentagram, Shrinebuilder, Voivod, Candlemass and Evoken, among others, will be playing Roadburn next year. Go to this location for more line-up details.


Band profile: Winter
Event: Roadburn Festival
Posted: 20.11.2010 by Thryce | Comments (4)