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Omen - New Demo Song Online

A rough-mix version of "Epitaph", a brand-new track from US Power metal band Omen, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

"Epitaph" comes off the band's upcoming new album Hammer Damage, tentatively due later this year.


Band profile: Omen
Posted: 16.01.2011 by ArtiA | Comments (1)

Rotting Christ - North American Tour Dates

Rotting Christ are headlining the Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas Tour in March and April. Support on the trek will come from Melechesh, Hate, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne.

Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas Tour Dates:

Mar. 09 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Mar. 10 - Championship Bar & Grill - Trenton, NJ
Mar. 11 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Mar. 12 - Rocko's - Manchester, NH
Mar. 13 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
Mar. 14 - Karma - Patchouge, NY
Mar. 15 - Petite Campus - Montreal, QC
Mar. 16 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
Mar. 17 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
Mar. 18 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Mar. 19 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Mar. 20 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Mar. 22 - The Republik - Calgary, AB
Mar. 23 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
Mar. 25 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Mar. 26 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
Mar. 27 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
Mar. 28 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
Mar. 29 - The Key Club - Hollywood, CA
Mar. 30 - Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
Mar. 31 - U.B's Bar - Mesa, AZ
Apr. 01 - The War Legion Underground - Amarillo, TX
Apr. 02 - The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
Apr. 03 - Rail Club - Ft. Worth, TX
Apr. 04 - Emo's - Austin, TX
Apr. 05 - Walter's - Houston, TX
Apr. 07 - Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
Apr. 08 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Apr. 09 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Apr. 10 - The Casbah - Charlotte, NC


Band profile: Rotting Christ
Event: Rotting Christ: Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas
Posted: 16.01.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (5)

Insision - New Song Online

"Beckoning", a brand-new track from Swedish death metal band Insision, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.

"Beckoning" comes off the band's upcoming new EP End Of All, which will be released later this year through Sevared Records. The EP was recorded at Off Beat Studio in Stockholm with engineer Anders Erikssonand.

End Of All tracklist:

01. Expire
02. Curvature
03. Descend
04. Beckoning
05. Ex Oblivione


Posted: 16.01.2011 by ArtiA | Comments (0)

Onslaught - European Tour With Suidakra, Debauchery

UK thrashers Onslaught will embark on the Scream For Violence Tour, taking place in March and April. The band will be touring through Europe in support of the new album, Sounds Of Violence, which will be released later this month. Support on the trek will come from Suidakra and Debauchery.

Scream Of Violence Tour Dates:

Mar. 31 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Apr. 01 - Arhus, Denmark - Voxhall
Apr. 02 - Göteborg, Sweden - Parken
Apr. 03 - Stockholm, Sweden - Huset
Apr. 06 - Turku, Finland - Klubi
Apr. 07 - Helsinki, Finland - DOM
Apr. 08 - Tampere, Finland - tba
Apr. 09 - Tallin, Estonia - Tapper
Apr. 10 - Riga, Latvia - Melna Piektdiena
Apr. 11 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Club New York
Apr. 16 - München, Germany - Backstage
Apr. 17 - Prattlen, Switzerland - Z7
Apr. 19 - Darmstadt, Germany - Steinbruch Theater
Apr. 20 - Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club
Apr. 21 - Essen, Germany - Turock
Apr. 22 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob


Band profile: Onslaught
Event: Onslaught + Suidakra: Scream For Violence Tour
Posted: 16.01.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (3)

Leaves' Eyes - New Album Due In April

Meredead, the new album from Leaves' Eyes, will be released on April 22nd in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (with more streetdates to follow soon).

Leaves' Eyes vocalist and producer Alexander Krull is doing the final mix of Meredead at Mastersound Studio.

Cover artwork by Stefan Heilemann.

Singer Liv Kristine comments: "As we began composing the first song ideas for our fourth full-length album, all of us were very eager to take another step in strengthening both the individual sound and concept of Leaves' Eyes, like we have done album by album.

Along with the song-writing process, I made up my mind about the songs' themes, and drowned myself in different sources of literature. Some songs clearly needed lyrics rooted in northern history and culture, as well as having mystical themes. Being an Old-English fan, I decided to write some of the lyrics in Old-English, which of course included further studies of grammatical and phonetic knowledge, which I really enjoyed doing. Next to modern English and Old-English, some songs are sung in traditional Norwegian, to keep their strong individuality and focus on certain themes from special genres in Norwegian traditional singing.

The album is given the title Meredead, as one of the songs on the album. It is my own word-creation (at least I haven't found it in a dictionary yet), and it may mean both "dead by/in the sea", or "the mortal or killing sea". In my lyrics you will find traditional themes from Viking literature and Norwegian song tradition, moreover, tales from the Irish isles, some from already existing sources, some made up myself. Sometimes you will hear about men going on adventures, some ending up drowing in the sea, their wives, evil witches, three-headed trolls, or spell-bound princesses, as well as marble halls and blood-thirsty creatures. I allowed myself more freedom for the concept of Meredead, telling a number of different stories, real, mystical or sometimes maybe even both."

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Band profile: Leaves' Eyes
Posted: 16.01.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (15)

70000 Tons Of Metal - Line-Up Completed

Circle II Circle, Arsis and The Absence are the latest confirmed acts for 70000 Tons Of Metal, the world's biggest floating heavy metal festival.

70000 Tons Of Metal will sail Monday, January 24th aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas luxury cruise ship from Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will return four days later on Friday, January 28th.

The complete festival billing looks as follows:

Agent Steel, Amon Amarth, Arsis, Blackguard, Blind Guardian, Circle II Circle, Cripper, Dark Tranquillity, Death Angel, Destruction, DuskMachine, Ensiferum, Epica, Exodus, Fear Factory, Finntroll, Forbidden, Gamma Ray, Iced Earth, Korpiklaani, Malevolent Creation, Marduk, Moonspell, Nevermore, Obituary, Rage, Raven, Sabaton, Sanctuary, Saxon, Sodom, Sonata Arctica, Swashbuckle, Testament, The Absence, Trouble, Twilight Of The Gods (performing Bathory masterpieces), Týr, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Voivod and Witchburner

Saxon will play two unique shows. One night they will perform the Wheels Of Steel LP in its entirety and on a different night, for the second show, they will play Strong Arm Of The Law from start to finish. Also Testament will play two very unique shows on board. At the first show they will prove their titan trash status by playing The Legacy album in its entirety; at the second show they will play The New Order album in full.

Ticket prices start at US$ 666 plus US$ 249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals and non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks at the on-board restaurants and 24-hour room service.


Event: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2011
Posted: 15.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (34)

Dwail - New Album And More

French band Dwail is about to release their first album Helter Skelter in Digipack format on April 9th by Klonosphere Propagande / Seasons Of Mist. The record is mixed and mastered by Logan Mader (Machine Head, Soulfly, Gojira).

The band also offers eager fans a bit of a nice deal if they decide to pre-order Helter Skelter. If you decide to pre-order, not only do you get the album 2 weeks before it is released, you also receive a nice pack of goodies along with it. This pack includes:
- The exclusive Beatles cover « Helter Skelter » (not on the record) received by email in Mp3 format.
- Dwail pin badge
- Participation to a contest (suscribers only) to win tickets for the upcoming Dwail’s concerts in France.
- Stickers

Go to this page if you're interested.


Posted: 15.01.2011 by jupitreas | Comments (0)

Earth - New Song Online

"Father Midnight", a brand-new track from US drone band Earth, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at National Public Radio.

"Father Midnight" comes off the band's upcoming new album Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I, which will be released on February 7th through Southern Lord Records. Further album details are available here.


Band profile: Earth
Posted: 15.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Yakuza - Frontman's Solo Album Streaming Online

Feral Songs For The Epic Decline, the upcoming solo album from Yakuza frontman Bruce Lamont, has been made available for streaming in its entirety, exclusively at Stereogum.

Feral Songs For The Epic Decline will be released on January 25th through At A Loss Recordings. Further album details are available here.


Posted: 15.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (1)

Détente - Three Full Live Shows Online

Détente, the US Speed metal band who broke up again late last year, are streaming three full-length live shows over at YouTube.

The 1986 show at Country Club in Reseda, CA featuring vocalist Dawn Crosby and the original Recognize No Authority line-up can be watched here.
The 2008 reunion show at Headbangers Open Air featuring vocalist Ann Boleyn can be watched here.
The 2010 show at The Rambler in Eindhoven on the Decline tour featuring vocalist Tiina Teal can be watched here.


Band profile: Détente
Posted: 15.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Shelob - Working On New Album

Shelob, the new band featuring members of Hollow Corp and Skull, is putting the final touches on their self-produced debut album. The band is currently mixing the effort for a 2011 release via a yet to be determined record label. Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan) will handle the mastering at West West Side Studio in New Windsor, NY in mid-February.

For more info on Shelob visit MySpace.


Posted: 15.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (0)

The Famine - Two New Songs Online

Original news, posted on 04.01.2011

Lone Star, TX-based brutal death metal outfit, The Famine, has posted a brand-new track from their forthcoming full-length, The Architects of Guilt. The song is entitled "Ad Mortem" and can be streamed below or on the band's official MySpace page. The Famine's sophomore effort is slated to hit stores on February 15th via Solid State Records.

The Famine vocalist, Nick Nowell, explains: "Ad Mortem" is a song about addiction, and the excuses we all have for our complicity. We'll come up with just about anything to keep from being disgusted with ourselves."

Despite several unfortunate setbacks during the recording process, the finishing touches on the long awaited, The Architects of Guilt, were polished up this fall with the help of the renowned audio mastermind, Jason Suecof.

The Architects of Guilt cover art] tracklist:

01. The New Hell

02. Ad Mortem

03. We Are The Wolves

04. Turner Classic Diaries

05. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!
06. The Crown and The Holy See

07. VII The Fraudulent

08. A Pavement Of Good Intentions

09. A Fragile Peace

10. Pyrithion House

11. To The Teeth


"VII The Fraudulent", another new track from Texas-based brutal death metal outfit The Famine, has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.


Posted: 15.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Shroud Eater - Debut Album Streaming Online

ThunderNoise, the debut album of South Florida's sludge/stoner metal trio Shroud Eater is now available for streaming in its entirety at the band's bandcamp page.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Jeannie Saiz: "ThunderNoise is our statement of intent. It's a ferocious labyrinth of music that we literally put blood, sweat and tears into. We hope it consumes the listener as much as it did us."

ThunderNoise was recorded at Miami's Relax Bro! Studios in July 2010, and mixed by Scott Angelacos and Jeff McLear.

ThunderNoise cover art] tracklist:

01. High John the Conqueror
02. Vesuvius
03. Cyclone
04. Shark Valley
05. We Are Beasts
06. Descent from the Summit
07. Oubliette
08. Baying of Jackals
09. Sinister Hunt
10. Hands that Prey
11. Pale Rider


Posted: 15.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Atreyu - Going On Indefinite Hiatus

We are deeply saddened to bring you the news US metalcore outfit Atreyu will be put on ice for an indefinite period of time, though not breaking up.

Vocalist Alex Varkatzas tweeted as follows: "Atreyu is taking a long long break after 11 years of rocking. We aren't breaking up but... We aren't writing recording or touring for a while. Simply taking a break to recharge and focus on different parts of our lives. Thanks to everyone who has supported us and given us a reason to exist over the past 11 years. We hope to see you again one day. All of us have other projects we are excited about and urge you to check them out if you miss us too much."


Band profile: Atreyu
Posted: 15.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (15)

Havok - New Song Online

"Scumbag In Disguise", a brand-new track from US thrashers Havok, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at

Another new track, called "Fatal Intervention" is still streaming at MetalSucks.

"Scumbag In Disguise" and "Fatal Intervention" come off the band's upcoming new album Time Is Up, which will be released on March 29th through Candlelight Records.


Band profile: Havok
Posted: 15.01.2011 by CHEF METAL HEAD | Comments (2)