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Helrunar - New Song Available For Streaming

"Aschevolk" a new song from German black metallers Helrunar has been uploaded for streaming. Head over to this location and let us know what you think. The song is off the bands upcoming album Sól scheduled for release on 11th January 2011. Click here for more details on the album


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Posted: 18.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Turisas - New Album Details Revealed

Stand Up And Fight, the third studio album from Turisas will be released through Century Media Records on the following dates:

Finland, Japan: February 23, 2011
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 25, 2011
Rest Of Europe: February 28, 2011
Australia, New Zealand: March 4, 2011
North America: March 8, 2011

The title track off the band's highly anticipated new album is available as a free download at this location.

Stand Up And Fight cover art] tracklist:

01. The March Of The Varangian Guard
02. Take The Day!
03. Hunting Pirates
04. βένετοι! - πράσινοι!
05. Stand Up And Fight
06. The Great Escape
07. Fear The Fear
08. End Of An Empire
09. The Bosphorus Freezes Over

The rest of the press release reads as follows: "Stand Up And Fight is a loose continuation of the story from The Varangian Way, and picks up where the previous one left us, in Constantinople," explains mainman Mathias Nygård. "However, it is not a sequel as such. In general, the songs are much more universal and deal with topics that can be placed just as tightly into the modern world as in the 11th century Byzantine Empire. Stand Up And Fight has much more to offer the contemporary listener."

Their more contemporary and universal approach is also reflected by a revamped look: "Turisas has always been about progression and evolution, and now with a new album we're not here to repeat ourselves but to have something new to come with - also visually. Our look has developed through the years, and it's never been something we created once to be static forever. Innovation is reinventing yourself regularly. We toured The Varangian Way for three and a half years with a look that was tied to the album. With a new release, it was time for a makeover. The visual side has always played a very strong role in Turisas, and fear not - that's not going to change. Stronger than ever, Turisas has returned!"

The biggest, boldest and most gloriously extravagant album of the band's career, Stand Up And Fight erupts like the ultimate heavy metal musical, with many layers of orchestration and choral harmonies adding to these songs' intense sense of drama and mischief. Although remaining true to the spirit of past Turisas records, the new album, which was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth/Katatonia) at Fascination Street in Sweden, takes the Finns to a whole new level of depth and bravado, as their unmistakable sound expands before our very ears, consistently conjuring up vivid images of the Vikings' ongoing adventures.


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Posted: 17.12.2010 by Bad English | Comments (25)

Stream Of Passion - New Track Online

The members of Stream Of Passion have been working hard the last few months on new material for a new album that will see the light in 2011. But to make the waiting a little bit easier and as a big "thank you" to all their fans for their unconditional support, the band has released a new track online entirely for free! The song, titled "Spark", plus a special end of the year message from the band members can be seen and heard below.

Stream Of Passion wishes you Happy Holidays and all the best for 2011!


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Posted: 17.12.2010 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (5)

Warrior Soul - New Album Update

Warrior Soul will be hitting the studio in January to record their eagerly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed Destroy The War Machine album.

More updates as they happen.


Posted: 17.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (0)

Mortiis - European Tour Dates Announced

Official Press Release:

Mortiis will return to the touring circuit this winter with a two-month, full European tour supporting evil-electro outfit Combichrist.

"In some fundamental ways, Combichrist and Mortiis are very different, but in other fundamental ways, we are very much the same," explained vocalist and namesake Mortiis. "At the end of the day, both bands have this 'f-you' attitude. It's expressed somewhat differently musically, but energy and attitude-wise we're carrying the same torch, so to speak. I think fans of both bands will pick up on that."

Mortiis took a break from touring while preparing their latest releases, the soon-to-emerge next album, The Great Deceiver and Perfectly Defect are totally free digital download. Unveiled October 10, Perfectly Defect is full-length, downloadable album available at Perfectly Defect is the quintessential prelude to the world of The Great Deceiver - while the latter is heavier and darker, the former is varied, experimental, and largely instrumental. The bottom line is that Perfectly Defect leads into The Great Deceiver acting as a crucial stage in the evolution of Mortiis' music.

The group is anxious to get back on stage and is ready to unleash months of pent-up aggression during their live show. Fans can expect to hear tracks from Perfectly Defect and The Great Deceiver as well as some older songs with a different twist.

"We've seriously pimped up a selection of older songs that we'll be performing," Mortiis said. "So, across the board, it will be a new, and for lack of a better expression, very 'pimped up' bunch of songs!"

A tour with Combichrist was imminent. Aside from having a long acquaintance with Combichrist's founder and Norwegian-native Andy LaPlegua, drummer Joe Letz is an extended member of the Mortiis family. After connecting with Letz during Mortiis' US tour with the Genitorturers - Letz's former band - the drummer got involved with Mortiis on some of the recording of The Great Deceiver

"It was just a question of time until we'd go out on tour together again," Mortiis said. "Joe is still a part of this band, the way we all see it. We always have a great time when we're together and I think this is something everyone's been wanting to happen for a while now. So when the opportunity came about, we pretty much did what had to be done to make it happen."


Band profile: Mortiis
Event: Combichrist + Mortiis: Monsters on Tour
Posted: 17.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (2)

Ram-Zet - Working On New Studio Album

Norwegian avantgarde metal outfit Ram-Zet are currently working on a new record, the follow up to 2009's Neurtralized.

The band posted the following short statement from the studio: "We're recording our 5th album these days... we're done with the drums, almost there with the bass, and Thursday, Zet started at his guitar work, which is going to be areal blast for him, as he's never been this exited!"


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Posted: 17.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (4)

Defiled - New Song Up For Download

As was reported earlier, Japanese death metal jaggernauts Defiled are set to release their fourth studio effort, entitled In Crisis, this January. As you eagerly wait for this release, the band gives you a "taste of things" to come. Download the brand-new track, "Retrogression", NOW and let us know what you think!


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Posted: 17.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Poisonblack - Start Recording New Album

Finnish metallers Poisonblack - who are a quartet again after the departure of guitarist Janne Markus (The Man-Eating Tree) a couple of weeks ago - will begin recording their new studio album in January. Lead & Roll Vol. 5 will be the working title of the band's fifth full-length.

Here's the official word from the band: "So it is set. The recordings for the next album will start January 14th 2011 in Antfarm studios, Århus Denmark with Tue Madsen as the producer. We'll keep you posted as the recordings start and progress. So until then sleep tight and dream of Sodoma."


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Posted: 17.12.2010 by Terror stricken | Comments (0)

Devin Townsend - Taps Jens Bogren For Album Mix

Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend has tapped Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Bloodbath etc.) to mix Deconstruction the third in a series of albums to be made available under The Devin Townsend Project moniker. The sessions will take place in late February 2011 at Fascination Street studio in Örebro, Sweden.

In a November update Townsend had the following to say about Deconstruction: "There are 2 drummers on this one, Ryan Van Poederooyen (The Devin Townsend Band) for the crushing stuff, and Dirk Verbueren (Soilwork, Scarve), Aborted) for the inhuman stuff. This is a record I have been working up to for some time, and while doing it, I realize that not only am I in control of it (totally) but that this newfound control allows me to take it to places I would have never been able to a decade ago. I pretty much believe that this will be one of our finest hours, and although there is some funny moments, it's a pretty 'pointed' record (if ya know what I mean)..."

According to Devin "Ghost is the mellowest (by far) and prettiest record I've done so far" with a "very wonderful vibe." It will be released with "the shitstorm that is Deconstruction simultaneously" possibly in early April 2011.


Band profile: Devin Townsend
Posted: 17.12.2010 by andreosokin | Comments (11)

Wormrot - To Enter The Studio In January

Critically acclaimed grind act, Wormrot will be heading into Singapore's TNT Music Productions this January to record a brand new album entitled Dirge. With this being the full-length follow-up to Abuse, the band promises to bring their breakneck grind tones to grim new lows.

Frontman, Arif Rot is highly excited about the band's new material and wants the world to know about it: "We are definitely stoked to get this album out. We are working extra hard on this one. EXTRA FUCKING HARDER THAN ABUSE. We are currently in the rehearsal studio still writing songs and making some minor adjustments and what not. If you are digging Abuse and also from our latest split with I Abhor, then u might dig the new album. We'll be in the studio for Dirge first week of January. NEW YEAR WITH A NEW DOSAGE OF GRIND!"

Wormrot's new album, Dirge is due for a Spring 2011 release.


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Posted: 17.12.2010 by BudDa | Comments (5)

Metal Mind Productions - Founder Tomasz Dziubiñski Passed Away

The CEO of Metal Mind Productions, Tomasz Dziubiñski, has passed away yesterday after struggling with an unspecified illness for many years. Tomasz was a pivotal personality of the metal scene in Poland and also in Europe. He was responsible for promoting many Polish artists that are now household names, was the Editor-In-Chief of the Polish edition of Metal Hammer and the main organizer of Metalmania festival. He has definitely had an enormous influence on how metal music has developed in the last 20 years.

Metal Storm would like to express deepest condolences for Dziuba's friends and family and offer a friendly shout-out to Metal Mind Productions and Metal Hammer Polska.

Posted: 17.12.2010 by jupitreas | Comments (4)

Mike Portnoy - Leaves Avenged Sevenfold

Ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy - who joined Avenged Sevenfold in the studio and on a US tour earlier this year - has issued the following update on his Facebook page:

"Yes, the rumours are true... Sadly my time with Avenged Sevenfold has come to an end...

The band has decided to carry on into 2011 without me... I had a great time with them throughout 2010, but it was their choice to end the relationship at the end of 2010 as was always the initial plan....

I had an awesome time on stage with the guys every night and have so many cool memories from the experience with them... I am proud to always be part of the A7X family and history. I also adore the A7X fans and totally appreciate the way they welcomed me aboard and were so loving and supportive during my time with the band... Thank you!

As far as my future, I am excited by the endless musical possibilities that lie ahead of me... My love for music runs very deep and my taste is very broad and ecclectic which will give me the chance to explore many different things and collaborate with many great friends and artists I admire and respect...

Happy Holidaze to you all and c-ya in the New Year."


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Posted: 17.12.2010 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (26)

Kamelot - Rhapsody Of Fire Singer To Replace Roy Khan On Tour

As reported earlier this week, Kamelot's Pandemonium Over Europe 2011 is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons Of Seasons (on selected dates) to the already announced tour schedule, with more dates to come.

As part of the ongoing Kamelot campaign, the band has now announced 2 shows as part of what will be a full US tour:

Aug 30 - Grammercy Theater in New York City, NY - USA
Sept 2 - Club Soda in Montreal, Québec - Canada

Unfortunately, we have been informed that, due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of Kamelot's album, Poetry for the Poisoned...

However, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Vision Divine, ex-Labyrinth) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties. There will also be guest vocal appearances throughout the tour by Simone Simons (Epica), Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder), and many more surprise guests throughout this very special and rare tour.

Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating: "I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour. I always loved the sound of the band and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot... see you soon on tour and let's rock!"


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Posted: 17.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (25)

Morgoth - Reunite, Announce "Cursed" Anniversary Shows

German classic death metal act Morgoth has announced its reunion after being on hold for the past 14 years to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal debut album "Cursed." The first announced anniversary show will be at Death Feast Open Air, taking place from June 23rd-25th, 2011 in Hünxe, situated in Germany's Ruhr district. The official statement reads as follows:

Ever since Century Media Records re-released the 1991 Morgoth album Cursed in 2006 as well as a Best Of compilation one year earlier, there have been constant rumours circulating about an actual comeback of Morgoth. These rumours as well as several offers from festival promoters have finally challenged the band to actively celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original release of the Cursed album by playing some selected festival shows in 2011. The setlist will consequently mainly consist of songs from the Cursed album as well as some cuts from the classic 1989/1990 EPs Resurrection Absurd and The Eternal Fall. The band's line-up for these special shows is almost confirmed by now as well and will consist of Marc Grewe (vocals), Harry Busse (guitar), Sebastian Swart (guitar), Thilo Mellies (band) as well as a great drummer, soon to be announced.

Vocalist Marc Grewe comments as follows: "Throughout the next months we will make sure to prepare a great show for us all to celebrate together in 2011. We seriously look forward to seeing old friends, peers and faithful supporters of the band again as well as playing to new audiences during the upcoming string of festival shows."

The first confirmed date for Morgoth in 2011 can now also be revealed: The band will appear on a headlining slot at the 5th edition of the Death Feast Open Air 2011. Death Feast takes place June 23rd-25th, 2011 in Hünxe/Germany and other heavy-weight death metal acts to appear will be Grave, Vader, Pestilence, Krisiun, Misery Index and Gorguts, to mention but a few. More details can be found here.


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Event: Death Feast Open Air
Posted: 16.12.2010 by Promonex | Comments (9)

Vicious Rumors - New Album Details

Vicious Rumors will be releasing their brand-new studio effort, Razorback Killer in Europe on March 28, 2011 except in Germany, where it will arrive three days earlier and in the U.S. on April 5, 2011 via SPV/Steamhammer. The album was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California with producers Juan Urteaga and Geoff Thorpe.

According to a press release, Razorback Killer features ten breathtaking new songs which transport the traditional Vicious Rumors sound perfectly into the present. To cut a long story short: this band has never sounded more dynamic than on Razorback Killers.

The album features guest appearances by guitarists Mark McGee (ex-Vicious Rumors), Eric Peterson (Testament, Dragonlord) and Brad Gillis (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Vicious Rumors).

Razorback Killer cover art] tracklist:

01. Murderball
02. Black
03. Razorback Blade
04. Blood Stained Sunday
05. Pearl Of Wisdom
06. All I Want Is You
07. Axe To Grind
08. Let The Garden Burn
09. Rite Of Devastation
10. Deal With The Devil


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Posted: 15.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (3)