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Scion Rock Fest - Line-Up Announced

Morbid Angel will be headlining the third annual Scion Rock Fest, which will be held on Saturday, March 5th, in Pomona, California. The festival will take place at The Fox Theater Pomona and The Glass House.

As usual, entry will be free, though attendees must RSVP online here. While tickets are free, they are limited and entry is not guaranteed.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (with more bands to be announced):

Morbid Angel - Obituary - Death Angel - Municipal Waste - Agalloch - Integrity - Bastard Noise - Atheist - Floor - Black Breath - Nails - Primate - Crom - Wormrot - Kvelertak - Necrite - Woe - Fuck The Facts - Bonded By Blood - Christian Mistress


Event: Scion Rock Fest
Posted: 15.01.2011 by bluemobiusx | Comments (1)

Serenity - Album Teaser Online

Austrian symphonic power metal band Serenity have uploaded an album preview for their upcoming release, Death & Legacy. Check it out below. Death & Legacy is set to be released on February 25th via Napalm Records.

According to a press release, Serenity's third album embarks on a journey to discover the historic figures of ages past. Embellished in symphonic metal garb, Christopher Columbus, Giacomo Casanova, Sir Francis Drake, Queen Elizabeth I, and many more prominent figures take center stage on Death & Legacy. The band masterfully unites the emotions and thoughts of these famed characters with the fitting musical interludes that allow them to tell their tales. The emphasis of Serenity's sound remains guitar-oriented metal, although they also use orchestral arrangements to create a detailed and colorful symbiosis of symphonic and metallic elements.

Death & Legacy cover art] tracklist:

01. Set Sail To... (Intro)
02. New Horizons
03. The Chevalier download MP3]
04. Far From Home
05. Heavenly Mission
06. Prayer (Interlude)
07. State Of Siege
08. Changing Fate
09. When Canvas Starts To Burn
10. Serenade Of Flames
11. Youngest Of Widows
12. Below Eastern Skies (Interlude)
13. Beyond Desert Sands
14. To India's Shores
15. Lament (Interlude)
16. My Legacy


Band profile: Serenity
Posted: 15.01.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (3)

Warbringer - Drummer Leaves The Band

Last night, Warbringer played at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA supporting Sepultura and Angra. This marked the last show together with drummer Nic Ritter (ex-Prototype). After a two-year international touring cycle and one album, Waking Into Nightmares, Nic and the band have decided to collectively part ways.

Nic had this to say about his decision: "I felt like it was time for a change both musically and personally. All is good between the guys and myself as this was a mutual decision. I wish them the best in the future and with the next album."

Added Warbringer guitarist John Laux: "Nic Ritter is an incredible drummer and we wish him the best of luck! I know he made a lot of friends around the world and I just want everyone to understand that our decision to part ways was mutual and necessary. Nic has worked very hard with us over the last 2 years and we are grateful for his contributions musically and his commitment personally on the road."

In the meantime, Warbringer have been writing and practicing with a new drummer and will perform their first show together as part of the EyeScream Festival in Mexico City on March 5th.


Band profile: Warbringer
Posted: 15.01.2011 by Sorgblad | Comments (5)

Children Of Bodom - New Song Online

"Was It Worth It?", the brand-new single from Children Of Bodom has been made available for streaming, over at Facebook.

In order to get access to the stream you'll have to let everybody know you're into Children Of Bodom by "liking" them on Facebook (Ha ha! /Nelson), or just wait till some smartass uploads the whole thing on YouTube (a rough radio version is already available here).

"Was It Worth It?" comes off the band's upcoming new album Relentless Reckless Forever, which will be released on March 8th through Universal Music.


Band profile: Children Of Bodom
Posted: 14.01.2011 by Carl Berg | Comments (37)

Abysmal Dawn - New Song Online

"Leveling The Plane of Existence", the title track from the upcoming studio album of US death metal band Abysmal Dawn, has been made available for streaming, exclusively at

Another track off Leveling The Plane of Existence, called "In Service Of Time" is still streaming at the band's MySpace.

Leveling The Plane of Existence will be released on February 1st through Relapse Records.


Band profile: Abysmal Dawn
Posted: 14.01.2011 by BudDa | Comments (1)

Dying Fetus - Early Material Streaming Online

Dying Fetus are currently streaming the upcoming re-issues of their 1995 demo collection Infatuation With Malevolence and debut album Purification Through Violence in their entirety at this location (player at the upper right).

Both Infatuation With Malevolence and Purification Through Violence will be released next Tuesday, January 18th through Relapse Records. The re-issues have been re-mastered and re-packaged now including new liner notes and never-before-seen photography, and bonus tracks. Re-issues of Dying Fetus' Killing On Adrenaline album and Grotesque Impalement EP will follow in early March. Killing On Adrenaline will include two bonus tracks while Grotesque Impalement will feature three previously unreleased tracks.

After headlining the Bonecrusher Fest, Dying Fetus will start working on a brand-new studio album.


Band profile: Dying Fetus
Posted: 14.01.2011 by Thryce | Comments (1)

Obscura - Reveal New Album Cover Art

Omnivium, the upcoming album of technical death metallers Obscura will be released on March 29th through Relapse Records. Cover artwork can be found below, while the complete tracklist and more details are available here.

According to a press release, Omnivium finds the band pushing the progressive edges of the genre's sounds to new heights while delivering the technical metal that has become their calling card. The band gracefully blends brutality and beauty with complex, commanding songs played at stunningly virtuosic levels. Ominivum very clearly raises the bar for extreme, technical metal and is Obscura's finest moment to date. Get excited!

Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.

A video interview with Obscura bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling, as well as some South American Pestilence tour dates, has been posted earlier today over here.


Band profile: Obscura
Posted: 14.01.2011 by K†ulu | Comments (14)

Vader - New Album Due Later This Year

Vader are gearing up to hit Hertz Studio in Poland, from March 15th to April 10th, 2011, to record Welcome To The Morbid Reich. Mix and mastering will take place in May with a tentative August/September release date through Nuclear Blast.

Vader frontman Peter Wiwczarek plans to record 10-11 tracks plus 2 bonuses for special editions of the Welcome To The Morbid Reich album. Draft titles of a few tracks include: "Lords of Thorns", "I Am Who Feast Upon Your Souls", "Only Hell Knows", "Return to the Morbid Reich", "I Had A Dream".

He also added the following: "For a long time I've been thinking about new tracks and the album concept; more and more things start to be clear. For the most part I'd like Spider (aka guitarist Marek Pajak) to take part in the process of album creation. I also have in mind relating to the good old times with a new lay-out for the album. I met with Zbyszek Bielak, a very talented artist, who will design the new lay-out, merchandise and scenic elements. Zbyszek has already worked with such bands as Watain, Absu, Behemoth... The new album will mainly focus on the Morbid Reich feeling combined with brutal riffs and tempo of the previous albums. We also have a surprise for our devoted fans, we're going to come back to our old logo."

Fans will have a chance to listen to 1 or 2 tracks on upcoming Vader concerts and summer festivals. This year's Blitzkrieg Tour will start a bit later, probably in October, with Vader playing a completely new set.


Band profile: Vader
Posted: 14.01.2011 by Holy Man | Comments (8)

Ill Niño - European Tour Dates Announced

Ill Niño will embark on a European headlining tour in March and April. Woop woop! The band will tour in promotion of their latest release, Dead New World. Support on the trek comes from Breed 77.

US shows, taking place later this month, were previously announced here.

Ill Niño - European Tour:

March 12 - London, England - Kick Out The Jams Festival
March 13 - Reading, England - Sub 89
March 14 - Manchester, England - Moho Live
March 15 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut's
March 17 - Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
March 18 - Prestatyn, Wales - Hammerfest
March 19 - Nuneaton, England - Queens Hall
March 20 - Cardiff, Wales - Millenium Music Hall
March 21 - Brighton, England - Concorde 2
March 23 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
March 24 - Cologne, Germany - Essenfabrik
March 25 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
March 26 - Leer, Germany - Zollhaus
March 27 - Braunschweig, Germany - Meir Music Hall
March 28 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
March 30 - Berlin, Germany - SO36
March 31 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser Club
April 02 - Ravenna, Italy - Planet Rock
April 03 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo
April 05 - Vienna, Austria - Szene Vienna
April 06 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
April 07 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
April 08 - Frankfurt, Germany - Ostend


Band profile: Ill Niño
Event: Ill Niño: European Tour
Posted: 14.01.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

Rotten Sound - New Song Online

"Plan", a brand-new track from Finnish grindcore band Rotten Sound has been made available for streaming, over at Facebook of all places.

"Plan" comes off the band's upcoming new album Cursed, which will be released on March 15th through Relapse Records.


Band profile: Rotten Sound
Posted: 14.01.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (0)

Spiritual Beggars - Japanese Live Shows Announced

Spiritual Beggars - the Swedish stoner band featuring Arch Enemy's Michael Amott and Sharlee D'Angelo - has scheduled two live shows in Japan taking place in March.

Commented drummer Ludwig Witt: "We had a great time in Japan performing at the two massive Loud Park 10 concerts in October alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead etc. Our first new album in five years, Return To Zero, has been really well received by the Japanese fans and we can't wait to go back and play the full headline set at our own, more intimate, club dates in Osaka and Tokyo in March."

Spiritual Beggars in Japan:

March 24 - Tokyo - Club Quattro
March 25 - Osaka - Club Quattro


Band profile: Spiritual Beggars
Event: Spiritual Beggars: Japanese Tour [CANCELED]
Posted: 14.01.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

Ulver - Live DVD Trailer Online

Video footage from the forthcoming Ulver live DVD, entitled Ulver At The Opera 2010, is now available for viewing at this location. No release date has been set for the moment, so keep an eye out for further updates.

Ulver played live at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet on July 31th last year, with special guests Ian Johnstone and Christian Fennesz.


Band profile: Ulver
Event: Ulver
Posted: 14.01.2011 by Jojolviking | Comments (3)

Hooded Priest - Guitarist To Sit Out Upcoming Shows

Dutch doomsters Hooded Priest have scheduled a handful of gigs in The Netherlands and Belgium over the next couple of months. The band will be supporting Procession in Antwerp on 18 February, together with their comrades from Children of Doom, after which they'll be playing on the Back Against The Wall Fest in The Hague (1 April), Nepherex Fest in Dendermonde (23 April) and the Dordrecht Doom Day in, duh, Dordrecht (14 May).

Guitarist J-Maze (his parents called him Joe Mazurewicz), however, will be forced to sit out those live shows, as he's becoming a father by the end of April. On one or two gigs he will be replaced by Heinrich von Irm, who helped out the band before on bass. J-Maze will rejoin the band in the second half of the year as the band is hoping to do some shows abroad.


Band profile: Hooded Priest
Posted: 14.01.2011 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Visions Of Atlantis - Album Teaser Online

Visions Of Atlantis has uploaded a four-minute album preview for their upcoming release, Delta. Head over to MySpace to check it out.

Delta cover art] tracklist:

01. Black River Delta
02. Memento
03. New Dawn
04. Where Daylight Fails
05. Conquest Of Others
06. Twist Of Fate
07. Elegy Of Existence
08. Reflection
09. Sonar
10. Gravitate Towards Fatality


Band profile: Visions Of Atlantis
Posted: 14.01.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (3)

Burzum - New Album Due In March

Fallen will be the title of the 9th studio album from Burzum, the follow-up to the 2010 release Belus - which put Burzum straight back at the at the top of the chain as of one of the most innovative and creative metal artists of our time... apparently. Fallen will be released on March 7th via Plastic Head (distributor of Byelobog Productions).

The rest of the press release reads as follows: Fallen follows Belus in sound and structure, and can also be compared to the music on the groundbreaking Det Som Engan Var. Fallen is more dynamic and hard hitting then Belus and has an even bigger sound, but still carries the same trademark melodic melody lines throughout that makes Burzum sound so iconic and unique.

Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes (aka Count Grishnackh) says of the new album and his style of music: "Musically Fallen is like a cross between Belus and something new, inspired more by the debut album and Det Som Engan Var than by Hvis Lyset Tar Oss or Filosofem. The sound is more dynamic - we mastered the album as if it was classical music - and I was more experimental than I was on Belus in all respects. Lyric wise it is similar to the debut album, in the way that it is more personal and focuses on existential issues, but the mythological undertone known from Belus is still there. I have also included some ambient tracks - a short introduction and a longer conclusion."

Fallen cover art] tracklist:

01. Fra Verdenstreet
02. Jeg Faller
03. Valen
04. Vanvidd
05. Enhver Til Sitt
06. Budstikken
07. Til Hel Og Tilbake Igjen


Band profile: Burzum
Posted: 14.01.2011 by csiga | Comments (33)