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Arsis - N. American Headlining Tour Announced

As confirmed last Friday, Virginia-based melodic tech death metal masters, Arsis, are pleased to announce their headlining tour across North America this upcoming December.

A Tour for the Sick is presented by and will include 8 bit metal heroes Powerglove and the Sumerian Records touring juggernaut Conducting From The Grave.

Arsis vocalist/guitarist Jim Malone commented: "What does a band that is notorious for canceling tours, video game induced tendinitis, and a Noah Martin look-a-like all have in common? If you have spent the better part of your existence trying to play 16th triplet arpeggios at 250 bpm you will probably be overcome with joy (or something) to hear that we (meaning Arsis dudes), Powerglove, and Conducting From The Grave are teaming up for a US tour this December. We are beyond stoked for our first headlining tour in support of Starve for the Devil and hope to see you at one (or more) of the tour dates. We promise to 'turn up the hell' on this one and make your weekend (or week night) one that is 'rock hard' and metalificated."

Tour dates are as follows:

12/01/10 Championship Bar & Grill - Trenton, NJ
12/02/10 Evening Star Music Hall - Niagara Falls, NY
12/03/10 Pirates Cove - Cleveland, OH
12/04/10 Harpo's - Detroit, MI
12/05/10 Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
12/07/10 Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
12/08/10 In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
12/09/10 The Venue - Boise, ID
12/10/10 Studio 7 - Seattle, WA
12/11/10 Branx (Loveland) - Portland, OR
12/12/10 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
12/13/10 The Whisky - Hollywood, CA
12/14/10 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
12/15/10 Club Khaos - Amarillo, TX
12/16/10 The Marquee Theatre - Tulsa, OK
12/18/10 Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA


Band profile: Arsis
Event: Arsis: US Tour
Posted: 30.09.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Spawn Of Possession - Original Vocalist Returns, Working On New Material

Last week Spawn Of Possession announced they have re-joined with the band's original vocalist Dennis Röndum (ex-Visceral Bleeding). Dennis parted ways, not so amicably, with the band back in 2006. This is what he had to say about his return to Spawn Of Possession:

"I've been quite disconnected from the band for a long time now so when Bryssling got in touch with me it felt kind of surreal. But none the less amazing when he started to describe his visions for the next Spawn Of Possession record and that he wanted me to handle the vocals for it. Now, mind you, it's been over four years of silence between us and we parted on a somewhat bad note but that's in the past. The focus is now on the new material, which Bryssling has invited me to get involved with and after listening to the temp tracks, all I can say is that I'm in for a serious ride. Although my presence have been lacking in the scene I've been busy writing and recording with my new band. It's still all under wraps but hopefully I'll be able to share it with you in a not too distant future. With that said, I'm really excited to be back in the Spawn Of Possession camp and I can't wait to join the others to complete what I believe will be a masterpiece of unparalleled proportions."

Guitarist and song writer Jonas Bryssling adds: "Yes, Dennis is back in the band, where he belongs. We would like to thank Chalky for the time he was a part of the band, He helped us bringing SoP back to life for a moment and without him we could not have done the Australian tour. So we are thankfull for everything he did for us and whish him the best of luck.

We have too many songs, and some of them are a tad bit long, 7-10 min each. So we have decided to cut down the amount of tracks from twelve songs to ten. We are now finishing up the last songs, polishing the arrangements and practicing the material. We are in the process of signing to a new label and booking a studio.
More info about that when we have worked out the details."


Band profile: Spawn Of Possession
Posted: 30.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (5)

Sole Remedy - Album Available For Streaming

Friendly reminder; Apoptosis, the second effort of Finnish metallers Sole Remedy is still streaming in its entirety on the band official MySpace page. The album was released earlier this week, September 27th to be precise, through the Aftermath Music label.

Further album details, including a review by Troy Gallant, can be found here.


Band profile: Sole Remedy
Posted: 30.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Imagika - Seeking New Vocalist

Last week the news got out that Norman Skinner, vocalist of US metallers Imagika, has left the band. Skinner posted the following message:

"After 6 Years, 4 Albums, festivals, tours & countless shows today I announce that I am officially leaving Imagika. This decision was not made lightly and has been a constant thought throughout this last year. I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea as I have no animosity towards any of the members of Imagika. They are and will continue to be my very good friends. My decision to leave is purely one of musical direction differences and an overall career choice. I feel that I have contributed and done all I can within the band but my heart is no longer in it.

I have finished all commitments and obligations to the group in regards to our last release and think I would be doing the band and the Imagika fans an injustice by half-heartedly continuing the writing process for a new album. I will be making the Imagika show on October 16th, with Armored Saint my farewell performance with the group. I am sure it will be a very bittersweet event for me as my chapter with here.


Band profile: Imagika
Posted: 30.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (0)

Annihilator - Compilation Album Available For Free Download

Just in case you missed this, you can still download the brand new Annihilator compilation album, Total Annihilation, for free.

All you need to do is surf to the Earache Records website and at the price of one e-mail address you can get a free download package of the album in case you haven't already (.mp3 - 320kbps).

Total Annihilation cover art] tracklist:

01. The Trend
02. Ambush
03. Battered
04. Carnival Diablos
05. Back To The Palace
06. Nothing Left
07. Ultra-Motion
08. Ritual
09. King Of The Kill
10. Second To None
11. Ultraparanoia
12. Refresh The Demon
13. Tricks And Traps
14. Never Forget


Band profile: Annihilator
Posted: 30.09.2010 by Sjuk | Comments (2)

The Spektrum - Working On New Album

Portuguese metallers The Spektrum are working on a new album. A couple of days ago the band issued the following update:

"We are very proud to announce that the pre-production of the successor of Daemonicus Awakening is almost complete. The album doesn't have a name yet but this opus will be bigger, with more variety and darker. This time, to help us in our search to find and gather all obscurity on Earth, we are very pleased to announce that we will be working with the producer Magnus "Devo" Andersson (Marduk). The recordings will start on the 23rd of November at Endarker Studios, in Sweden."

Stay tuned for more news.


Band profile: The Spektrum
Posted: 30.09.2010 by Dark Forever | Comments (0)

Vomitory - Napalm Death Cover Online

Just in case you missed this, Swedish death metallers Vomitory have recently uploaded their cover version of the Napalm Death song "Mass Appeal Madness". You can check it out at this location.

Commented Vomitory: "Since spring 2005 we have had this little piece of brutality laying in our digital drawer, and we admit it's a shame it hasn't seen the light of day until now!"


Band profile: Vomitory
Posted: 30.09.2010 by Lovecraft | Comments (0)

Metal Storm - Wants You! To Be Part Of Our Think Tank

Metal Storm Wants You!

In our everlasting quest for new features and developments for your favourite website, we've decided to venture into the world of smartphones. Their presence in today's society is undeniable - and still rapidly growing. We want to bring you your daily dosage of Metal as convenient as you wish, wherever you wish, whenever you wish. That's why we have to build our own Metal Storm App!

And although we know pretty much everything about Metal (just kidding guys... ), we're not so experienced in the world of applications and smartphones... which is why we need you!

If you:

- own a smartphone (doesn't matter which one / on which OS it runs - but please do specify which one/what system)
- want to contribute to this project with your experience and knowledge on this subject
- know your way around this site (doesnt have to be as a registered member, as long as you're aware of most of the features)
(- if you have experience with app development or know someone that does, please tell us!)

please send a mail to Lucas or Together we'll discuss what you, the user, want from it (in other words, what this app needs to do/show/have) and what the possibilities, difficulties, restrictions and pitfalls are.

Further instructions will follow through PM/mail.

And what's in it for you... ? Well, you'll get the opportunity to work with some of the finest minds of Metal Storm (once again, just kidding, we're not that arrogant... ), you'll be able to make a contribution to your fav. Metal site (right?) and who knows, if you really prove your value, we may have more in store for you...

- The Metal Storm Staff


Posted: 28.09.2010 by Lucas | Comments (64)

Vektor - Writing New Material

US Thrashers Vektor are in writing mode for a yet untitled album tentatively penciled in for a 2011 March/April release. The band states:

"Our main focus right now is writing for the next album (while two of us finally get school out of the way in December). We're working hard with new material and a lot of it is coming out awesome so far. Once it gets tightened up, tweaked, and finalized, our aim is to get in the studio some time in the winter. Probably early 2011, putting the album out around March or April. Don't hold us to that, it's just an estimate. Might be earlier, might be later.

After that we head to Europe for Keep it True and a few weeks of shows out there (TBD), then probably some VERY extensive touring after that. Once school is out of the way we're going to go pretty all out as far as touring goes, and we hope to take it as far as we can. We do need all the help and support we can get from YOU though.

So since we are sort of in writing/rehearsing mode, don't expect a lot of major updates until November or December. But keep in touch! We can't wait for everyone to hear the new material and to see everyone out on tour again."

The full band update can be read here.


Band profile: Vektor
Posted: 28.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (7)

Forbidden - New Track Online

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Forbidden have uploaded the track "Forsaken At The Gates" to their official MySpace page.

"'Forsaken At The Gates' is Forbidden's new thrash anthem for the 2010's and beyond," commented guitarist Craig Locicero. "If we could go back in a time machine to when we called it a day in 1997, there still would have been no way that we could have written 'Forsakenů" back then. We needed the distance and hind-site to write this record and had to get a grip on what the hell Forbidden was all about when we started. Our vision is clear. We are a Thrash Metal band! "Forsaken At The Gates" says it all.

If I were to compare "Forsaken At The Gates" to any of our old songs, it would be "March Into Fire", which was one of the first songs that I'd ever written in my life. Ironically, "Forsaken..." was the last song we'd written for Omega Wave. Funny how things work.

As far as the song itself, Mark was a fucking beast when we tracked it! I knew we had a monster on the first take, great energy and sense of urgency in his performance. It made one hell of a spine to connect all of the other moving parts to. Everyone blasted through their tracks with the same sense of urgency too. Playing those riffs, my blood pumps harder then in any other song I've played on. It was an intense session to track and Matt cruises through the entire thing like a bulldozer! The solo section brings me back to the good 'ol days when trade-offs were all over the classic metal records we all love. I really love playing and writing with Steve, he makes me so much better and I think we make a great team.

After that, it's Russ that's next fucking level! Tim and I got him fired up and locked him behind the glass until he sounded as crazed as they lyrics are intended to convey. The song itself is about turning away the masses from the numerous underground shelters around the planet that will try to seek protection from any natural or unnatural disaster that would effect all of us on the surface. The main line of the song says 'Corpses laid out for the Rapture, New World Order buried in it's tomb.' In other words, if the surface isn't worth living on and the powers that be decide who lives in a canned air bunker for future generations to come...let them rot down there, that's not a world worth living in!"

Vocalist Russ Anderson added: "Looking back on recording our first album Forbidden Evil and recording Omega Wave, there really is no comparison. During the recording of Forbidden Evil, we were in a time crunch and I sang the whole album in about one and a half days, impossible some could say, but true. I was happy with the results because that gave the album it's rawness, that in my opinion goes down in history as true as a thrash album gets.


Band profile: Forbidden
Posted: 28.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (4)

Unearth - Original Bass Player Dies In Scooter Crash

In case you haven't heard, last week original Unearth bass player Chris "Rover" Rybicki passed away. He lost his life from injuries sustained four weeks ago at the hands of an alleged drunk driver. The article reporting the incident can be read here.

Added the band: "Rover hadn't been in Unearth since 2001, but he remained a good friend to us all throughout the years and this tragedy has hit us hard.

Not only was Rover a talented musician, but he was also one of the funniest dudes you would ever know. His wit, dark humor and don't give a fuck attitude made him a unique person that we all loved having in our lives. His memory will live on amongst his family and friends with the countless stories of Rover being Rover. He will be sorely and forever missed.

Rover played on our our EP Above the Fall of Man, our debut full length The Stings of Conscience and also on two tracks off our 2002 EP Endless. We would like to take a second to urge people to not drink and drive. Please be responsible so these tragedies stop happening."


Band profile: Unearth
Posted: 28.09.2010 by Dominus | Comments (13)

God Dethroned - New Album Details Revealed

Dutch Death Metallers God Dethroned recently finished the recordings for their sophomore new album Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross. The band's 9th album has been recorded at Soundlodge Studios in Leer, Germany.

Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler: "Just like with our two previous albums, we've been recording at the Soundlodge Studio's in Leer, Germany with producer Joerg Uken. Under the Sign of the Iron Cross is another concept album about World War One. Having done a concept album about this topic before didn't make it an easy job, but reading Ernst Juenger's "In Stahlgewittern" (Storm of Steel), which is his biography of his daily experiences in the trenches during the war, gave me so much inspiration that I managed to do a good job on the lyrics and I'm really satisfied with the result, but this is of course something you will have to check out for yourselves.

Musically the new album turned out to be one of the most extreme records we ever did. Nevertheless with the very recognizable God Dethroned hooks present in all the songs. Producer Joerg Uken outdid himself this time, because our new album is in my opinion the best produced album we ever had. Extremely raw, heavy, but crystal clear and super dynamic at the same time."

Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross will be released the 19th/22nd of November 2010 via Metal Blade Records in Europe and on the 23rd of November in North America.

Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross cover art] tracklist:

01. The Declaration Of War
02. Storm Of Steel
03. Fire Storm
04. The Killing Is Faceless
05. Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross
06. Chaos Reigns At Dawn
07. Through Byzantine Hemispheres
08. The Red Baron
09. On Fields Of Death & Desolation


Band profile: God Dethroned
Posted: 28.09.2010 by Lovecraft | Comments (3)

Obscura - Unveil New Album Title

Progressive death metal act Obscura has unveiled the name of their forthcoming full-length as Omnivium.

Omnivium was recently recorded and now being mixed at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress). The nine-track album will see an early 2011 release date. Additional album details will be made available shortly.

Obscura's Steffen Kummerer issued the following update from the studio: "Although we recorded again with our long time friend and producer V. Santura in the Woodshed Studios, the studio sessions were hard work and lots of sweat. It was for the best though since Omnivium is definitely the next step for this band."

Christian (Muenzer - guitar) recorded some outstanding solos with a new 8 finger tapping technique, Jeroen (Paul Thesseling - bass) brought his own stamp of fretless tone into the mix again, and Hannes (Grossmann - drums) recorded his heaviest session to date and broke through the 260 bpm line. Everyone brought lots of great ideas to the table and made Omnivium a truly collaborative band effort. Omnivium sounds solely like Obscura, and brings us a step closer to reaching our unique vision of progressive death metal."



Band profile: Obscura
Posted: 28.09.2010 by Ellrohir | Comments (15)

Metal Storm - The Demo Spotlight

Hey all!

Just a quick message to inform you we've got a new type of article floating around, currently going by the name "Clandestine Cuts #1". You can find it here.

As you can read in the introductory statement of the article, we felt that the demos of unknown metal bands (a.k.a. the future of metal) definitely deserve attention - but maybe not as much as the big shots of the metal scene (yet). So we gave them their own place, the Demo Spotlight, where we describe the music, share MySpace links and show the cover art.

We hope you like the article (check it here!), because we plan on writing many more! As this is the first of a series, we still might decide to fine-tune it a bit in upcoming editions and suggestions are always welcome! Post a comment or send a PM to a Staff member to share your thoughts.

Enjoy the read on your hungover, lazy sunday afternoon!

- The Metal Storm Staff


Posted: 26.09.2010 by Lucas | Comments (26)

Kauan - Working On New Album

The guy and gal of Kauan are working on a new album. In yet another short update, the band says that the writing process for the material on a new album is done. The bands last output Aava Tuulen Maa was released only last year.


Band profile: Kauan
Posted: 26.09.2010 by BudDa | Comments (4)