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Darkwater - Album Promo Clip Online

Darkwater have uploaded a promotional trailer for the upcoming release, entitled Where Stories End. The clip can be watched below.

The album is set for a release on November 21st in Europe through Ulterium Records and November 23 in North America via Nightmare Records. More album details were previously reported over at this location. One of the new tracks, "Why I Bleed", is still available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.


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Posted: 30.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (2)

In Vain - European Live Shows Confirmed

Progressive death metallers In Vain are doing a short European tour in a few days, together with British progressive death/doom band My Silent Wake, who have just released a new album. Tour dates as listed below:

05-11-2010 - Gigant - Apeldoorn, The Netherlands - Brainstorm Festival
07-11-2010 - UJT Uelsen - Uelsen, Germany
08-11-2010 - Casta Club - Liberec, Czech Republic
09-11-2010 - Chliv - Ostrava, Czech Republic
10-11-2010 - Smerr Pub - Zilina, Slovakia
11-11-2010 - Garage Deluxe - Munchen, Germany
12-11-2010 - Rocktown-Temple of Music - Pfaffikon, Switzerland
13-11-2010 - Burgerhaus Heilbronn - Heilbronn, Germany


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Posted: 30.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Samael - New Box Set, N. American Deal With Season Of Mist

On the 22th of November Century Media Records will release a box set containing all the releases Samael recorded for the label. A Decade In Hell consists of 9 CD's and 2 DVD's namely: Worship Him - Blood Ritual - Ceremony Of Opposites - Rebellion - Passage - Exodus - Eternal - Era One and Lesson In Magic #1 + Black Trip DVD 1 and 2.

A Decade In Hell cover artwork can be found here.

In other news, Season of Mist is proud to welcome Samael to the roster in North America! The band have been friends of the label's team for ages now so this collaboration was meant to happen sometime.

"We always remember the first time", the band comments. "When we met again with Michael Berberian a couple months ago, we realized that his first step in the music business was to organise a concert for us in his home town, years ago... We have often crossed each other's path since then and today we're happy to announce that our new album will be released in America through Season of Mist, home of Morbid Angel, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem and now Samael!"

The first North American release of Samael on Season of Mist will be the Antigod EP, out on November 19th as a digital download exclusive. The band's next album is due in 2011.

Antigod cover art] tracklist:

01. Antigod
02. Into The Pentagram (2010)
03. Reign Of Light
04. Slavocracy
05. Antigod
06. Ten Thousand Years


Band profile: Samael
Posted: 30.10.2010 by Dominus | Comments (2)

Gojira - Recording Benefit EP For Sea Shepherd

French metallers Gojira will be entering the studio in Los Angeles next week, with producer Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head, ex-Soulfly), recording an EP to support the action of Sea Shepherd led by Paul Watson. The EP will contain four songs and the band has already invited special guests to sing on the songs. More info to be unveiled soon!


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Posted: 28.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (9)

Lordi - New Drummer Announced

Remember that time Lordi fired their drummer because he appeared on stage with his other band without a mask? Omg, how could he! Right?
Well, it seems like Lordi have found a new drummer, called Otus - which stands for "creature". Needless to say he's one ugly motherfucker dude.

Mr. Lordi shares the following about Otus: "We are not really sure who or what he is, he is just... a creature, a thing (Otus in Finnish). He is a mixture of a butcher, an executioner, an alien, a lizzard and a zombie. Tough dude. And definitely one of the ugliest members in our family."

In case you were keeping track, Otus is the tenth member in Lordi family tree.


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Posted: 28.10.2010 by BudDa | Comments (6)

Leaves' Eyes - New Album Due In Spring

Leaves' Eyes have issued the following short update:

"We want to say a big thank you to everybody at Metal Female Voices Fest. Once more it was a fantastic show and a special experience for the band at Wieze, Belgium! As we mentioned on stage this was the last festival show in Europe for this year and it couldn't be better than this! Now we are preparing our first concert in India on November 19th. Moreover, we are in the middle of the production of our new record which will be finished soon. The album will be released in springtime 2011!"

More details as they surface.


Band profile: Leaves' Eyes
Posted: 28.10.2010 by Dominus | Comments (6)

Turisas - New Album Finished, N. American Tour With Cradle Of Filth

Turisas has finished recording the upcoming, yet untitled third album!

The new album was recorded between March and September 2010 at Sound Supreme Studio, Finland, and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost etc.) at Fascination Street, Sweden. The album was produced by vocalist and main songwriter Mathias "Warlord" Nygård. The album is due to be released worldwide on Century Media Records in early 2011. Complete information on the album title, release date and all other details will follow very soon - watch this space!

Along with releasing a new album, Turisas is to join Cradle Of Filth on a US tour in February - March 2011. The other supporting bands on this tour are Nachtmystium and Daniel Lioneye (HIM side-project). Mainland Europe and UK shows will be following close behind, details to be announced shortly; 2011 is looking to be one long road trip!

Warlord Nygård comments: "After a 16-month break from touring, focusing fully on the work on our third album, I'm happy to tell you that we're DONE! The workload has been enormous, and at times I've wished I'd known better, formed a punk rock band and kept things simple! But to achieve real progress, you really have to dig deep and see what you're made of. Take bites so big, you almost choke. We've stayed true to our ideology of releasing music only when we have something new to come out with, not repeating ourselves or just copying what we've done in the past to feed the market. Now that we're done with studios, we're all extremely excited to get back on the road again, and as our latest visit to North America is long overdue, coming over in January with Cradle is something we're all very much looking forward to. We had a great time touring with them in Europe in 2009, so this should be killer! Now we only have to figure out how to play these new songs!!"

Creatures from The Black Abyss Tour:
Featuring Cradle Of Filth, Turisas, Nachtmystium, Daniel Lioneye

02/01 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
02/02 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
02/04 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
02/05 - Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
02/06 - Las Vegas, NV@ House of Blues
02/08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live
02/09 - San Francisco, CA@ Regency Ballroom
02/11 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
02/12 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
02/13 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
02/15 - Edmonton, AB @ Events Center
02/16 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom


Band profile: Turisas
Posted: 28.10.2010 by Array | Comments (12)

Kiuas - Singer Leaves Band

Taken from the official Kiuas website:

Hello folks! We have some startling news: our lead singer Ilja Jalkanen has decided to leave the band after some serious thinking. The reasons for this are purely musical and the chemistry within the band has always been great. In Ilja's own words: "My heart is not in heavy metal anymore, and a great band like Kiuas deserves a singer completely dedicated to the music."

However, as all the fans know, although Ilja has been the voice of Kiuas for many years, his contribution to the songwriting has been very minimal and thus his departure won't affect the bands musical direction or diminish the power of the music in the future in any way. The fact is that Kiuas will be able to continue it's musical journey with passion only without Ilja - this is the only way to go.

Unfortunately Ilja won't be able to perform the gigs we have booked for October 29th-31st. We we're on the verge of cancelling them, but luckily we were able to get talented vocalist Asim Searah to stand in for Ilja on those gigs. We apologize for announcing this so late, but we had agreed with the local promoters to do the UK tour before we announced Ilja leaving the band.

We also have some good news: Ilja will still perform a farewell gig with Kiuas in Helsinki in January 2011. The exact date and venue will be announced later.

Band profile: Kiuas
Posted: 27.10.2010 by Baz Anderson | Comments (13)

Motörhead - To Release New Album

Legendary rockers Motörhead formed Motörhead Music and teamed up with EMI Label Services for the release of their brand new studio album "The Wörld is Yours" on December 13.

Written and recorded by Lemmy Kilmister, Philip Campbell and Mikkey Dee in both the US and the UK, "The Wörld is Yours" has 10 scorching new tracks from the world-renowned trio.

Next month Motörhead kick off a new European tour in Aberdeen in Scotland with dates following across the UK plus Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain. Full details are on the band's website here.


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Posted: 26.10.2010 by Metalforthesoul | Comments (14)

Unearth - Part Ways With Drummer

US metallers Unearth have issued the following statement on their official website:

"After three plus years of touring the world together and playing on our latest album "The March", we have parted ways with drummer Derek Kerswill. The most notable reason for the split are the creative differences. The time has come for Unearth to write a new album and creating music with a tight unit is the only way we can assure the best collection of songs possible. The differences between Kerswill and the band started off as subtle, but became increasingly obvious over the past few months and it was time for both parties to go their separate ways.

We have shared a ton of great experiences and achieved many of the goals we set for ourselves in the time he was in the band. There is no ill will from either side of this decision and we wish him only the best moving forward.

Kerswill said: "Creative differences are real and unfortunately have gotten the best of me. I wish the guys luck in the future and thank you to everyone who ever loved + supported "The March"".

Unearth won't skip a beat, though, as we will be announcing a replacement drummer for our upcoming European stint on the Persistence Tour shortly. Lastly some exciting plans are coming together for the recording to the follow up to "The March" sometime early in 2011."


Band profile: Unearth
Posted: 25.10.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

Violet Sun - Debut Album In November, Audio Samples Online

MelodicRock Records press release

MelodicRock Records is proud to announce the release of yet another debut album - this time Italian symphonic metal outfit Violet Sun. Their debut album Loneliness In Supremacy will be released November 19, with pre-orders shipping November 12.

The idea to create the band Violet Sun came in 2005 after Dario Grillo heard the voice of Alessandra Amata, a singer of great talent of Catania well known in the Sicilian musical circle. Dario had some very interesting unpublished work that proposed to her. Alessandra immediately showed herself to be very enthusiastic about the project and so in a few months they began to work to the drawing up and the realization of the songs contained in the debut album Loneliness In Supremacy.

Loneliness In Supremacy is not a normal metal album, but a real blended work in which the styles such as classic and opera music, heavy metal, oriental, progressive, AOR music blend perfectly together to create impactful melodies. This record places itself midway between a real Metal Opera (Avantasia, Aina, Nostradamus) and bands as Nightwish, Epica, Kamelot.

MelodicRock Records owner Andrew McNeice: "There is nothing harder in this scene than breaking in a new name, but just as my other signings have impressed, so to do did Violet Sun. One listen and I called upon Dario to sign up. I wasn't looking for a heavier project to add to the label, but taking each release on it's merits, this just screamed out for attention. The production is simple world class. Intense themes, immense arrangements and the power and emotion of the material appealed to me instantly. I am very happy to have such a strong group of artists involved in the label and Violet Sun only enhance that."

Audio samples of the album can be heard at this location. Also a review by Thryce can be found here.

Loneliness In Supremacy cover art] tracklist:

01. Dust In The Wind
02. Inside Out
03. Midnight
04. When The Lights Go Down
05. Cross The Line
06. Falling In Love
07. Where Is My Way Home
08. My Flame Still Burns
09. Pray On The Grave
10. Break Your Chains
11. Synthetic Pleasures
12. Loneliness In Supremacy


Posted: 25.10.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Cellador - New Song Online

An unmastered version for "Honor Forth", a brand new song from US metallers Cellador, is available for streaming at this location.

"Honor Forth" comes off the band's forthcoming album, tentatively titled For All Or Nothing, which is expected to be released next year.


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Posted: 25.10.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (5)

Vicious Rumors - Sign With SPV/Steamhammer

SPV/Steamhammer press release

US power metallers Vicious Rumors have signed with German label SPV/Steamhammer for the world, except Japan. The new CD, Razorback Killer, will be released worldwide in March, 2011.

Mastermind Geoff Thorpe has put together 10 power tracks full of killer guitars and melodies. Larry Howe is the thunder hammer on drums, new vocalist Brian Allen has a wicked high range and power while Kiyoshi Morgan shredding on guitar and Stephen Goodwin pounding on bass.

Songs like "Razorback Blade" is a speed metal anthem, "Deal With The Devil" and "All I Want Is You" are classic Vicious Rumors. The thrashing "Axe To Grind" and "Murderball" is pure power. Produced by Geoff Thorpe for GTM World Wide and Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios (Machine Head, Ted Nugent, Night Ranger), Razorback Killer is a real metal classic.

Vicious Rumors is very excited to have Mark McGee return to the band on guitar for 2 songs in a very special reunion on this new CD. Geoff and Mark trading solos and doing harmonies in the studio just like the old days. Vicious Rumors was honored to have Brad Gillis (Night Ranger, Ozzy Osbourne) make a guest appearance for a blazing solo. Just when you thought you were safe Eric Peterson (Testament) records a wicked harmony and shred solo on the the killer track "Murderball". With these songs and the new "old" logo Vicious Rumors keeps the ball rolling!

Vicious Rumors is currently on tour all over Europe. They will co- headline the Keep It True Festival in Germany in April, 2011 with a "Tribute to Carl Albert", featuring Carl Albert's son Kevin on vocals with former members Mark McGee and Tommy Sisco.


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Posted: 25.10.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (2)

War From A Harlots Mouth - Entire New Album Streaming Online

MMX, the forthcoming album from German metallers War From A Harlots Mouth, is available for streaming in its entirety at this location.

MMX is scheduled for release through Lifeforce Records on the following dates:

Oct. 29: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Nov. 3: Sweden, Finland, Hungary
Nov. 1: Rest Of Europe
Nov. 9: North America

MMX cover art] tracklist:

01. Insomnia
02. To Age And Obsolete
03. The Increased Sensation Of Dullness
04. Sleep Is The Brother Of Death
05. The Polyglutamine Pact
06. Cancer Man
07. C.G.B. Spender
08. Sugarcoat
09. Spineless
10. Recluse MMX
11. Inferno III/VI


Band profile: War From A Harlots Mouth
Posted: 25.10.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Helloween - Entire New Album Streaming Online

7 Sinners, the forthcoming album from German metallers Helloween, is available for streaming in its entirety at the band's MySpace page.

7 Sinners is scheduled for release in Europe on October 29 via Sony Music (the album will be released in North America on November 9 via The End Records).

7 Sinners cover art] tracklist:

01. Where The Sinners Go
02. Are You Metal?
03. Who Is Mr. Madman?
04. Raise The Noise
05. World Of Fantasy
06. Long Live The King
07. The Smile Of The Sun
08. You Stupid Mankind
09. If A Mountain Could Talk
10. The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner
11. My Sacrifice
12. Not Yet Today
13. Far In The Future
14. I'm Free
15. Faster We Fall


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Posted: 24.10.2010 by finalfortuner | Comments (9)