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Sabaton - New Live Song Online

"Cliffs Of Gallipoli", a new live track from Swedish epic power metal heroes Sabaton has been made available for streaming over at this location.

"Cliffs Of Gallipoli" comes off the band's first-ever live album, entitled World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea, which will be released on August 5th through Nuclear Blast.


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Posted: 15.07.2011 by RcK | Comments (2)

Vertigo Steps - New Album Details

Portuguese progressive metallers Vertigo Steps have announced the title of their new album, Surface/Light, and unveiled its cover, which can be seen below.

Moreover, the band announced the guest participation of Patrik Karlsson in the song "The Porcupine Dilemma" and they will also be covering the song "Nothing At All", originally released by Rob Dougan.

The Melancholy Hour's follow-up will be the third studio album of the band and is set to be released some time next year.


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Posted: 15.07.2011 by BloodTears | Comments (0)

Textures - New Album Details

Textures have announced the title of their new album, Dualism, which will see its release in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia on the 23th of September and in North America on the 27th of September via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album was recorded at Split Second Sound Studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and was produced by the band's guitar player Jochem Jacobs. The first single, Reaching Home, will be released on 19th of August through all major download sites.

The artwork of the album was designed by former Textures' frontman Eric Kalsbeek and the band's bass player Remko Tielemans. Eric had the following to say: "The guys asked me to co-create the artwork together with Remko, for good old times' sake. Of course I said yes! I might not be in the band anymore, but I'm still involved in some ways. We're still pretty close, you know. It was a challenge, it had to be 'different' but still Textures-like. Hope you like it!"

In support of the album the band will extensively tour the United States, Canada, UK, France and The Netherlands. Dates for the North American "Frak The Gods Tour" are available here, while European dates are expected to be announced soon.

Dualism tracklist:

01. Arms of the Sea
02. Black Horses Stampede
03. Reaching Home
04. Sanguine Draws the Oath
05. Consonant Hemispheres
06. Burning The Midnight Oil
07. Singularity
08. Minor Earth, Major Skies
09. Stoic Resignation
10. Foreclosure
11. Sketches from a Motionless Statue


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Posted: 14.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (14)

Insomnium - Confirm Album Release Dates, Euro Tour With Before The Dawn

Official press release

Finland is an evocative land. The very mention of it conjures visions of endless darkness, long, cold wintry nights and an almost oppressive bleakness. It is within this icy cauldron that the soul of Insomnium was borne.

Their music is as epic as it is melodic, as melancholic as it is majestic and as brutal as it is beautiful. To call Insomnium a Death Metal band is to do them a grave disservice. The upcoming album One For Sorrow is such an amalgamation of styles that pigeonholing them into a single category would be to rob the band of its true complexity and ignore the very essence of its sound.

Recalling art-metal titans Cult Of Luna at one turn and brutal visionaries Amon Amarth at others, One For Sorrow displays the true musical breadth of a band that has clearly come into its own on this, their debut album for Century Media. One For Sorrow will be released on October 12th in Finland, October 17th in the rest of Europe and October 18th in North America.

Guitarist Ville Friman comments on the album title: "The name One For Sorrow comes from a traditional children's nursery rhyme. There are ten different scenarios in the original rhyme; likewise there are ten different songs and stories on our album. I think One For Sorrow truly depicts what this album is all about: bereavement, grief and loss."

Right after the album's release Insomnium will tour Europe. Ville Friman comments: "We are very exited to finally do a headline tour for the first time in our career. This is a really big step for us and we will definitely bring our A-game. The new songs absolutely kill and we can't wait to play them live! It's also great to share this opportunity with two great Finnish bands Before The Dawn and MyGrain. Don't miss the fun and consider your livers warned: hangover unavoidable."

Vocalist Niilo Sevänen continues: "One For Sorrow is a truly epic album and the tour will surely be immense! We get to visit many of our favorite cities and meet the fans who have long waited for Insomnium headlining show. From London to Ljubljana we are looking forward to see you all!"

One For Sorrow European Tour 2011:

14.11 - Holland, Rotterdam - Baroeg
15.11 - UK, London - Underworld
16.11 - Belgium, Antwerpen - Trix
17.11 - Switzerland, Aarau - Kiff
18.11 - Slovenia, Ljubljana - Gala Hala
19.11 - Austria, Wien - Arena
20.11 - Czech Rep, Prague - Exit Chmelnice
21.11 - Germany, München - Feierwerk


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Event: Insomnium: One For Sorrow European Tour 2011
Posted: 14.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (17)

Testament - Reveal New Album Title, N. American Touring Plans

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans Testament have set The Dark Roots Of Earth as the title of their new album, tentatively due in October via Nuclear Blast Records.

The CD is currently being recorded with British producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with Megadeth, Exodus, Nevermore, among others.

Due to a "serious injury" being suffered by drummer Paul Bostaph, Testament have enlisted the services of Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, ex-Strapping Young Lad) to handle the studio drumming for their new album. In addition to Hoglan, Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler will appear on "a couple of bonus tracks."

Bostaph will rejoin Testament at a later date for touring duties. In the meantime, Sadus drummer Jon Allen sat behind the kit for Testament when the band performed in the place of In Flames at the first two shows of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival last weekend.

In other news, Testament vocalist Chuck Billy revealed more details regarding the band's upcoming North American trek, taking place later this year. Here's what he said to say on the upcoming tour in support of The Dark Roots Of Earth to California radio station 107.7 The Bone:

"We plan to tour. It's gonna be October/November. I think it's OK to say, it's gonna be Anthrax, Death Angel and Overkill. So that'll be in America. That'll be probably a five- or six-week tour in America. It would be good to have record out with that . But if , we'll have something out we'll be promoting with that tour."

Watch the full interview below.


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Posted: 14.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (26)

Glorior Belli - New Album In September

French black metallers Glorior Belli have revealed their upcoming new album will be entitled The Great Southern Darkness.

The album will hit the stores in Germany and Switzerland on September 23rd, while a release date for the rest of Europe has been set on September 26th.

The Great Southern Darkness marks the band's fifth studio record and their first on Metal Blade Records, after signing to the label in May.


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Posted: 14.07.2011 by BudDa | Comments (3)

Rwake - New Album Cover Art Unveiled

Rest, the new forthcoming album of US sludge doom metallers Rwake will be released in North America on September 27th through Relapse Records. The cover artwork can be seen below.

The follow-up to 2007's Voices Of Omens was recorded at Engine Studios in Chicago, Illinois with noted engineer Sanford Parker. Rest will be released on CD, as a digital download and LP pressed on olive green and 180-gram black vinyl.


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Posted: 14.07.2011 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Cerebral Bore - Members Mistakenly Arrested In Drug Store Killer Hunt

The following cool story was brought to you by the chaps in Scottish brutal death metal act Cerebral Bore.

Two members of Cerebral Bore were mistakenly arrested in New York City recently amidst the hunt for a man who murdered a number of people at a drug store.

The band had been out celebrating the end of their tour when guitarist Paul McGuire and bassist Kyle Rutherford went to a drug store in the early morning hours. Although the store's doors were open and the lights were on, it appeared that it was not officially open for business as an alarm went off, so the band members left and went to another store down the road. As they were leaving, a number of NYPD squad cars surrounded them and they were thrown to the ground by police officers and arrested at gunpoint. The two were charged with criminal trespass, petit larceny, burglary and criminal possession of stolen property.

The pair spent the next 36 hours being moved between crowded jail cells and witnessing violence and intimidation from the other inmates. The real drug store killer was later arrested and, following a court appearance, all charges were dropped and the members of Cerebral Bore were eventually released.

Watch a video of McGuire and Rutherfor discussing their harrowing experience below.


Posted: 14.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (10)

Trivium - Another New Song Online

"Inception Of The End", a brand-new track from Florida metallers Trivium can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

""Inception Of The End" is a song that has been with us since 2009," reveals lead vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy. "For "Inception," we have been able to slowly craft it over the spanning demos and years to shape it into the song it is today. "Inception" was one of the first songs written for the album and like all the songs on In Waves, was a labor of love... and we're beyond excited about the final product."

Another new track, called "Dusk Dismantled", is still available for streaming over here, while a video for the song "In Waves" is available at

"Inception Of The End", "Dusk Dismantled" and "In Waves" come off the band's upcoming new album, entitled In Waves, which will be released on August 9th through Roadrunner Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


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Posted: 14.07.2011 by RcK | Comments (10)

Mastodon - Album Trailer Online

Atlanta progressive metallers Mastodon will release their new upcoming album, The Hunter, this October through Reprise Records. Check out a taste of what's to come below. The one-minute trailer contains a snippet of the track "Black Tongue".

The Hunter was recorded at Doppler Studios in the band's hometown of Atlanta as well as in Los Angeles with producer Mike Elizondo. As with all of their albums, Mastodon decided to take a completely different tack and musical approach to the music on this album. The band feels confident that fans will be excited and fulfilled by what they will hear.

Mastodon recently revealed more song titles for The Hunter. Tracks set to appear on the band's follow-up to 2009's Crack The Skye include: "The Hunter: All The Heavy Lifting", "Dry Bone Valley", "Blasteroids", "The Octopus Has No Friends", "Stargasm", and "Curl Of The Burl".


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Posted: 13.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (12)

Eluveitie - To Start Their Own Festival

Swiss Celtic folk metal act Eluveitie just announced the first edition of their very own festival, called Eluveitie & Friends. The festival takes place on December 30th at Volkshaus in Zürich, Switzerland.

The Eluveitie & Friends line-up look as follows: Eluveitie, Coroner, Korpiklaani, Excelsis, Blutmond and one more special guest to be announced.

Tickets are available at this location.

Comments the band: "After a long planning period we can finally announce the first edition of our very own festival for the end of this year: Eluveitie & Friends!

We will take this opportunity to introduce some well-know as well as newcomer bands that we have some kind of connection with and that of course we appreciate musically.

Blutmond will be joined by Anna Murphy on guest vocals, while Excelsis should be known to pretty much any Eluveitie fan in Switzerland by now. Münggu and his fellow warriors will surely put you in the right mood immediately! Following a special guest that will be announced at a later time, Korpiklaani will take the stage, and that those guys know how to rock the house we have seen ourselves plenty of times as we have shared a tourbus on many occasions during the past years.

We are however particularly proud to be able to present the thrash legends Coroner. After a break of 16 years the Swiss metal pioneers have reunited to show the metal community once more how it's done. Coroner guitarist Tommy Vetterli has also produced our latest album Everything Remains at his Newsound Studios and has since been considered a friend of ours.

Last but not least this will be our very last chance in 2011 to kick your asses, and really, what better way could there be to end the year?"


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Event: Eluveitie & Friends
Posted: 13.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (7)

Opeth - European Tour Dates With Pain Of Salvation

The Agency Group in association with Northern Music Co. are proud to announce Opeth's European Heritage Tour 2011. Opeth will be supported by fellow Swedes from Pain Of Salvation.

The tour kicks off in Bristol UK on November 8th and will end in Oslo, Norway on December 9th hitting all major markets in between.

VIP packages for all dates are on sale now along with General Admission tickets. Both will be exclusively available through only until coming Friday after which tickets go on public sale.

Read more to check out the dates.


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Event: Opeth: European Heritage Tour
Posted: 13.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (28)

Anthrax - Album Cover Artwork Revealed

Anthrax has revealed the cover artwork for its long-overdue new full-length album, Worship Music.

The original painting for the cover was created by renowned comic book artist Alex Ross, who has worked with Marvel Comics and DC Comics and is known for his "Marvels", "Kingdom Come", and "Astro City" illustrations. Ross also did the original artwork for Anthrax's We've Come For You All and Music of Mass Destruction albums.

Worship Music will be released on September 13th through Megaforce Records (one day earlier internationally through Nuclear Blast Records).

Worship Music marks the band's first proper studio release in eight years and was originally supposed to be released in 2009 as the debut of singer Dan Nelson. Instead, the album now marks the first new Anthrax record to feature vocalist Joey Belladonna in 20 years.

A brand-new track, called "Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't", is still available for streaming at Soundcloud, or available for free download over here (e-mail sign-up required).


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Posted: 13.07.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (19)

Iced Earth - New Album Update

Iced Earth recently entered the studio to begin recording their new upcoming album, Dystopia, with producer Jim Morris. The album is tentatively scheduled for a late 2011 release through Century Media Records.

Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer issued the following update: "All is well here as we are pushing forward with master tracking the new album Dystopia. We have finished drums and rhythm guitars and are right on schedule.

I'll be heading to Europe tomorrow for a few festival dates and then right back to work in the studio on Monday. Jim Morris and I are having a great time, as usual, and are very much looking forward to starting vocal tracks with "Stucifer" next week!

Stu Block has contributed a lot to the vocal parts on this record, with co-writing credits on 10 out of 12 songs, and I'm very happy with our chemistry and what we've accomplished together so far. And we're just getting started."

Confirmed songtitles set to appear on Dystopia include: "Dystopia", "Anthem", "Days of Rage", "Soylent Green", "V", "Boiling Point", "Tragedy and Triumph", "Anguish of Youth" and "Iron Will".

As previously reported, Matt Barlow will retire from the band after the summer festival shows. Afterwards Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block will become the new lead singer for Iced Earth.


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Posted: 13.07.2011 by Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk | Comments (9)

Seven Kingdoms - US Live Shows Announced recently announced an east coast mini-tour, entitled Uniting The Powers Of Metal. The 6 day-trek will feature Seven Kingdoms, Creation's End, Artizan and Widow, and will be taking off in mid-August.

Get the dates after the jump.


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Event: Uniting The Powers Of Metal Tour
Posted: 13.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (3)