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Avantasia - No More Avantasia Live Shows In 2011

Rumors keep circulating about a second leg of the Avantasia tour in 2011. The musicians want to make clear that after the December world tour there will be no more Avantasia tours or festival appearances, except from the Wacken show in 2011.

Tobias Sammet: "In 2011 we will not play any show except from the Wacken show, due to commitments that we all have with our individual main bands. That's why we are very happy about having found a time frame to bring the show on stage in December. The Metal Opera Comes To Town world tour 2010 will be a special event that will be neither repeated nor continued. That's why we'll play as many songs as possible and make it a special experience for us as much as for our fans. Because we are not naive enough to believe that this line-up will ever get the chance to share the stage again after the forthcoming tour."

All The Metal Opera Comes To Town dates, as well as live guest musicians, can be found here.


Band profile: Avantasia
Event: Avantasia
Posted: 22.11.2010 by Tristam | Comments (4)

Sodom - European Tour Dates Confirmed

Teutonic thrash metallers Sodom have announced a string of European live dates, scheduled to take place in February next year. The band will be touring in support of their latest effort, In War And Pieces, released in Germany last week and the rest of Europe today (more album details available here).

04.02.2011 (B) Vosselaar, Biebob
05.02.2011 (NL) Eindhoven, Dynamo
06.02.2011 (UK) London, Underworld
07.02.2011 (D) Saarbrücken, Garage
09.02.2011 (CH) Pratteln, z7
10.02.2011 (I) Milan, Live Club
11.02.2011 (A) Wien, Szene
12.02.2011 (SLO) Maribor, Stuk
13.02.2011 (H) Budapest, Diesel
15.02.2011 (D) Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
16.02.2011 (D) Hamburg, Markthalle
17.02.2011 (D) Bochum, Zeche
18.02.2011 (D) Erfurt, Centrum
19.02.2011 (D) Herford, X
20.02.2011 (D) Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik


Band profile: Sodom
Event: Sodom
Posted: 22.11.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (6)

Wastefall - Have Reunited

Greek Progressive metal band Wastefall have reformed, after disbanding in the summer of 2008.

Here's the full message released by the band: "After a long time of absence, Wastefall are back! We are more than glad to announce that vocalist, guitarist Domenik Papaemmanouil returned from exile and guitarist Alex Katsiyiannis decided to abandon his haven. The only difference is that we decided to recruit Tassos Loukos behind the drums, since Kostis Papaleksopoulos is still in exile. Apart from that, the members remain the same. See you really soon."


Band profile: Wastefall
Posted: 21.11.2010 by Thryce | Comments (4)

Cavalera Conspiracy - New Album Details

Cavalera Conspiracy will release their second album, entitled Blunt Force Trauma, in March 2011 via Roadrunner Records.

The band released Inflikted in 2008 to much critical and fan acclaim. The album was a momentous occasion in the heavy metal universe, as it reunited brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera for the first time since Max left Sepultura in 1996.

Blunt Force Trauma cover art] tracklist:

01. Warlord
02. Torture
03. Lynch Mob
04. Killing Inside
05. Thrasher
06. I Speak Hate
07. Target
08. Genghis Khan
09. Burn Waco
10. Rasputin
11. Blunt Force Trauma


Band profile: Cavalera Conspiracy
Posted: 21.11.2010 by Amatsu Mikaboshi | Comments (7)

Deadlock - New Album In February

Deadlock are about to finish the works on their new, highly anticipated album Bizarro World, that will be released February 25th, 2011 in Germany and February 28th in the rest of Europe via Lifeforce Records. Release dates for the US and Japan will be announced soon. You can follow progress of the album by checking the band's official Facebook page where updates are posted regularly

Deadlock will play a couple of exclusive record release shows in Germany around the albums release. Here are the dates:

24.02.2011 - Köln @ Underground
25.02.2011 - Jena @ F-Haus
26.02.2011 - Muenchen @ Backstage
27.02.2011 - Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
28.02.2011 - Frankfurt @ Nachtleben


Band profile: Deadlock
Posted: 21.11.2010 by BudDa | Comments (3)

Demonical - Album Title Revealed

Swedish death metal band Demonical have set Death Infernal as the title of their upcoming third full-length album. Some of the chants tentative to be included are:

"The Arrival of Armageddon"
"All will Perish (The Final Liberation)"
"March for Victory"
"Darkness Awaits"
"Return Flesh"
"From Northern Shores"

The final tracklist will be presented later.

The album is currently being recorded, mixed and mastered at Necromorbus Studios in Alvik, Sweden, under the leadership of Sverker Widgren, the band's front commander. December 31st is set as deadline for the recording, the curse will then be released upon mankind in April 2011 through Cyclone Empire. An exact release-date is still to be announced.

Other individuals taking part in the creation of Death Infernal are Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media and photographer Soile Siirtola.

Death Infernal will be a lethal dose of Stockholm-style old-school death metal mixed with more cold and epic elements, hence creating the most deadly and victorious soundtrack for the upcoming downfall of Mother Earth.

The album will be supported by a headlining tour across European soil during May 2011. Keep an eye out for the dates.


Band profile: Demonical
Posted: 21.11.2010 by BudDa | Comments (2)

Ratt - New Video Online

Earlier this year, Ratt released their first album in 10 years, Infestation, a crushing return to their seminal Ratt n' Roll roots. Since then, the guys hit the road bringing their upbeat, crunchy riffs and catchy choruses - both old and new - to fans around the world. And now, with the brand new video for "Eat Me Up Alive" we get a first-hand look at the long-standing band's downright electric live performances from this past year. Check it out below now!


Band profile: Ratt
Posted: 21.11.2010 by CHEF METAL HEAD | Comments (2)

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)