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Crystal Viper - The Tour And The Witch 2010

Polish Heavy metal band Crystal Viper have annouced a handful of European tour dates. The band will tour under the banner of "The Tour And The Witch 2010".

30-01-2010 - Progresja Club, Warsaw, Poland
14-02-2010 - Klub Studio, Krakow, Poland (Love It Hard Festival)
26-02-2010 - Sin City, Athens, Greece
27-02-2010 - Harley Club, Thesaloniki, Greece
23-04-2010 - Tauberfrankenhalle, Konigshofen, Germany (Keep It True XIII Festival)
08-05-2010 - (venue tba), Silesia, Poland
19-06-2010 - (venue tba), Sofia, Bulgaria
24-07-2010 - Woodstock Open Air, Borkovany, Czech Republic


Band profile: Crystal Viper
Event: Crystal Viper: The Tour And The Witch
Posted: 21.01.2010 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Pain Of Salvation - New Video Posted Online

Swedish progressive metal outfit Pain Of Salvation have revealed their new official video for the song, "Linoleum". The track "Linoleum" comes off the band's latest EP with the same title. Linoleum was released in November last year.


Band profile: Pain Of Salvation
Posted: 21.01.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (2)

Kalmah - New Album Details Revealed

Original news, posted on 06.01.2010

Kalmah has issued the following album news:

"Everything is now prepared for the release of sixth Kalmah album titled 12 Gauge. The official release date is set for 3 March 2010. Release date in Japan is 24 February 2010.

The song titles and running order is:

01. Rust Never Sleeps
02. One of Fail
03. Bullets Are Blind
04. Swampwar
05. Better Not To Tell
06. Hook The Monster
07. Godeye
08. 12 Gauge
09. Sacramentum

In addition, the Japanese import will include a cover version of Thin Lizzy´s "Cold Sweat"."

(Also thanks to Sentenced Odiin)

UPDATE (thanks to Dahalak)

Cover artwork for the new Kalmah album 12 Gauge can be found here.


Band profile: Kalmah
Posted: 21.01.2010 by WinterChild | Comments (30)

Landmine Marathon - New Album Details

Phoenix, Arizona's Landmine Marathon have announced March 16th, 2010 as the release date for their upcoming third length, Sovereign Descent, via Prosthetic Records. The album was recorded at guitarist Ryan Butler's Arcane Digital Recording Studios, (Misery Index, Phobia, The Funeral Pyre) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Converge, Hatebreed, The Dillinger Escape Plan).

The band commented: "We are beyond stoked and anxiously awaiting the release of Sovereign Descent. We feel this is our strongest material to date both in writing and in performance. We cannot wait for fans new and old to hear this album and see the songs performed live on the road."

Sovereign Descent cover art] tracklist:

01. Exist
02. Shadows Fed To Tyrants
03. Foul Revolt
04. Cruel Policy
05. Justify The Suffering
06. Steadfast Hate
07. Chained By The Same Fate
08. Flood The Earth
09. Rise With The Tide


Band profile: Landmine Marathon
Posted: 21.01.2010 by Thryce | Comments (3)

Living Corpse - Secure Record Deal With Murdered Music/Coroner Records

Official press release

After the great feedback got from some important shows in Italy with bands like Brutal Truth, Arch Enemy, All Shall Perish, Brujeria and Neaera, Italian thrash-death metallers Living Corpse signed with Murdered Music for the release of their upcoming debut album entitled Metaphisical Collapse, scheduled on February 8th 2010 and worldwide distributed via Coroner Records.

The album, which includes 10 tracks of pure thrash-death metal without compromises, was recorded at One Voice Studio by Daniele Giordana (sound tech for Hatebreed, Sick Of It All, Obituary, Suicidal Tendencies), and mixed/mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Destrage, Stigma, etc...). Cover artwork was done by Damnengine Design (Slipknot, Chimaria, Lamb Of God, Aborted).

Metaphisical Collapse cover art] tracklist:

01. Ars Regia
02. Metaphysical Collapse
03. Twin Divine
04. Zero Is the Zenith Of The Sun
05. The Great Silver Bullet
06. Mindflow
07. Conspiracy
08. 6th Race Of Aquarius Age
09. Supplying My Lust
10. Daybreak

A preview of the new tracks can be listened at the official Living Corpse MySpace.


Posted: 21.01.2010 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Textures - Frontman Leaves Band, New Album Delayed

Vocalist Eric Kalsbeek has left Textures to focus on his job and his family. Due to Eric leaving Textures the release date for the follow up of Silhouettes has been pushed back to the beginning of 2011. The following statement was issued:

"I decided to quit Textures. My life changed, priorities shifted. I can't cope with the heavy touring and the time investment anymore. I need to focus on my job and family. I need to take a few steps back. I've had six beautiful years with the band, did loads of amazing shows, made tons of new friends and created some mind-blowing music. I'm going to miss the guys, and of course you, the fans. I know Textures will continue to conquer the world and give you all great, heavy and awesome music. I wish my successor all the best. I will keep on making music, but something totally different, much more low-profile. Maybe we will meet again. Eric out."

The band is currently auditioning a possible replacement singer and hope to announce him in the coming months. The band states: "We will miss Eric a lot.. We had the greatest times together and these will live on in eternity.. Eric, you rock!"


Band profile: Textures
Posted: 21.01.2010 by MetalManic_Joel | Comments (5)

Salem - Album Details Revealed

Israeli death metallers Salem have revealed the album artwork and final tracklisting for the group's upcoming seventh full-length album entitled Playing God And Other Short Stories.

Playing God And Other Short Stories was recorded at Harold Studios in Israel and mastered by UE Nastasi at the prestigious Sterling Sound NYC. Also appearing as special guest singer on this album is the acclaimed At The Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg, who shared vocal duties on "The Mark Of The Beast Part 1" and sang exclusively on "The Mark Of The Beast Part 2".

Salem also did a rendition of one of Bob Marley's most recognizable song "Exodus"; giving it their own unique but nevertheless an aggressive touch with their version of the song.

Playing God And Other Short Stories cover art] tracklist:

01. Drums Of The Dead Part I
02. Drums Of The Dead Part II
03. The Privileged Dead
04. Exodus
05. Downfall Of Paris Part I
06. Downfall Of Paris Part II
07. The Mark Of The Beast Part I
08. Beast Lullaby
09. The Mark Of The Beast Part II
10. The Mark Of The Beast Part III
11. I Hate Pigs!
12. Playing God

On the explanation of the album artwork for Playing God And Other Short Stories, Salem skinsman Nir Nakav states: "The cover is based around Adinkra, a West African symbol system. The symbol we used is called Gye Nyame and it means "Except for God". This unique and beautiful symbol is ubiquitous in Ghana. It is by far the most popular for use in decoration and also a reflection on the deeply religious character of the Ghanaian people."


Band profile: Salem
Posted: 20.01.2010 by Thryce | Comments (1)

Hateform - Working On Sophomore Release

A couple of years of playing gigs, little line-up changes and other shit hitting the fan, and again it's time for a new Hateform album to emerge. The recordings for the upcoming album just started, and the release date is set for spring 2010.

The new guy behind the drums, Tuomo Latvala (Torture Killer, ex-Demigod, Torsofuck) already took charge and blasted in some amazing drum work. This far the album consists of such working titles as "Flight Attendants Biological Clock" and "RailCripple". The ten tracks will be laid down on an open schedule this time, as the extra stress set by a tight deadline doesn't seem to help in getting the best result. Altough the idea is to get the album done before the summer.

The papers have been written with 7:45 Records once again and the co-operation will continue from where we left off last time, which happened to be the New Comer of the Year 2008 Award at the Finnish Metal Expo last year.

Hateform's debut effort Dominance was released in 2008. More info about the band on

Hateform line-up:

Tomy Laisto (guitar) Mors Principium Est]
Petri Nyström (vocals)
Tom Gardiner (guitar) Mors Principium Est, Katra, Solution.45]
Tuomo Latvala (drums) Torture Killer, ex-Demigod, Torsofuck]
Joni Suodenjärvi (bass)


Posted: 20.01.2010 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Alto Voltaggio - New Live CD Out Soon

Original news, posted on 12.01.2010

Alto Voltaggio, the rock band featuring Frank Knight (Wild Knight, X-Wild), Igor Gianola (U.D.O.) and Francesco Jovino (U.D.O.), have announced the release of a live CD. The album will be available soon, though limited to 500 copies.

The CD was recorded at the band's latest live show in Switzerland at the end of December last year. The show featured an AC/DC cover set including songs as "Dirty Deeds", "Touch Too Much", "Whole Lotta Rosie" and more. Frank Knight took over the Bon Scott numbers.

Stay tuned for more information. Visit for details.

UPDATE (thanks to Bad English)

There are now six new Alto Voltaggio songs available for streaming. Check them out here.


Band profile: X Wild
Posted: 20.01.2010 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Saxon - Vocalist Launching A Campaign To Recognise Metal As A Religion

Saxon Vocalist Peter "Biff" Byford has teamed up with Metal Hammer Magazine for a campaign to call heavy metal fans in the UK to register their religion as 'heavy metal' in the 2011 census in the UK. In this case, heavy metal would be recognised as a religion in the UK along with other religions such as Christianity and Islam.

At the last census nine years ago, more than 400 thousand people in the UK stated 'Jedi', the fictional characters from the Star Wars series, as their religion thanks to a massive internet campaign. Jedi was ultimately ranked as the fourth most popular religion in the UK behind Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, although it is considered to be a joke, rather than a real reflection of the religious beliefs of people concerned. In 2011, it may be heavy metal's turn, the campaigners hope.

Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas said "Ever since Black Sabbath made their debut 40 years ago heavy metal has grown to become one of the UK's most significant cultural institutions, and a global phenomenon. Hell, if the Jedi can do it, why can't metalheads? The force is strong in us."

Byford added: "Getting heavy metal recognised as a religion is a great bit of rebellion, isn't it? This really is going to be a very cool thing."

Band profile: Saxon
Posted: 20.01.2010 by Magatouve | Comments (61)

Carnal Forge - Parting Ways With Drummer

Carnal Forge and drummer Stefan Westerberg have reportedly parted ways.

In a statement on the band's website, the remaining band members state that, "with Stefan being one of the founding members of Carnal Forge we're sad to see him leave.

The good news are that we have already found a replacement for Stefan in Chris Barkensjö (also Construcdead/ex-Grave/ex-General Surgery/ex-Kaamos) to take on the skin battering of Carnal Forge. Chris will do his live debut soon! We wish Stefan the best of luck in his future endeavours and welcome Chris to the ranks! We're stoked about the new blood in the band, and can't wait to get out on the road with this fresh installment!

Here's a statement from Stefan: "First of all... thank you guys! I'm really happy that I got this change! I have known these guys for many years and now I feel that the time is right for me to move on and join Headstone. The rehearsals have been going great. I have been in Carnal Forge 11 years now but like I said... It's time for me to move on! I am excited and very happy that I got this change to do this with Headstone.

Because I know this band can go far... Really, really far! We have 12 songs now and I'm looking forward to the recordings of the album. All I can say is that I hope you like this as much as I do! Because this will be a killer record, so remember."


Band profile: Carnal Forge
Posted: 19.01.2010 by Thryce | Comments (2)

1349 - Sign With Indie Recordings

Official press release

Indie Recordings are very proud to announce the signing of 1349.

The Norwegian black metal band 1349 rose from the ashes of Alvheim in 1997, and in 2003 they released their debut album, Liberation.

Since then, 1349 have added three more albums to their critically acclaimed catalogue and this spring 1349 will return with their fifth full length album.

1349 will also embark on a big tour later this year and are also confirmed to play at this year's Wacken Open Air Festival and Summer Breeze Festival.

Stay tuned for further information about the upcoming release and tour dates.

Archaon comments: "Finally, after a long wait, much planning and with equal amounts of anticipation, we're proud to announce that we have chosen Indie Recordings as cooperation partner. We are extremely eager to set things into motion with them, and are looking into the future with a great deal of excitement. This will be the ultimate team in bringing our fans aural terror in the next years to come."


Band profile: 1349
Posted: 19.01.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (5)

Shattered Hope - Co-operation With Lugga Music Productions

Shattered Hope are glad to announce the co-operation with Lugga Music Productions and Adrian De Buitléar.

Lugga Music Productions is well-known in the doom scene for its promo campaigns and tours. Bands like Saturnus, Mourning Beloveth, Mar De Grises, Officium Triste and many more have trusted and are members of the Lugga Music family.

The band comments: "Our booking agent, band & tour manager Adrian De Buitléar will be responsible for the promo campaign for our upcoming album Absence. Soon more details will follow about the album release date!"

Official Lugga Music Productions website and MySpace.


Posted: 19.01.2010 by Marcel Hubregtse | Comments (5)

Rotting Christ - Polish Tour Dates

On 15 April Greek extreme metal masters Rotting Christ kick off the first part of their massive European tour promoting band's brand new album entitled Aealo. The first part of the promotional campaign will take place in Poland, where the band is going to play nearly two weeks tournee. During the tour Rotting Christ will be supported by reformed Polish death metal beast Lost Soul. Rotting Christ will tour the rest of Europe afterwards, as direct support to Bolt Thrower.

Commented by the band: "We are honored as a band that we are back in the land that has been supporting our horde since our first steps and we promise to our Polish metal brothers that we will spit our guts on the stage and you will attend the most Rotting Christ show ever."

15.04.2010 - Białystok / Gwint
16.04.2010 - Lublin / Graffiti
17.04.2010 - Rzeszów / Pod Palmą
18.04.2010 - Kraków / Loch Ness
19.04.2010 - Katowice / Mega Club
20.04.2010 - Wrocław / Madness
21.04.2010 - Łódź / Dekompresja
22.04.2010 - Bydgoszcz / Estrada
23.04.2010 - Szczecin / Słowianin
24.04.2010 - Gdynia / Ucho
25.04.2010 - Poznań / Blue Note

Bolt Thrower tour dates here.


Band profile: Rotting Christ
Event: Rotting Christ: Polish Tour
Posted: 19.01.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Aborted - European Tour With The Red Chord, Rotten Sound

Aborted will embark on the Machines Of Grind Tour, a 3-way co-headline tour with The Red Chord and Rotten Sound, with support from Those Who Lie Beneath. The tour will take place in April/May. The band adds: "This will be our first tour with the new line-up, as well as our new release Coronary Reconstruction. As the tour predicts a bucketload of brutality and retarded humour, expect such a setlist as well!"

Machines Of Grind Tour-Ture

16.04.10 Denmark Copenhagen @ Pumpehuset
17.04.10 Germany Essen @ Turock
18.04.10 UK London @ Underworld
19.04.10 UK Birmingham @ O2 Academy 3
20.04.10 UK Newcastle upon Tyne @ O2 Academy 2
21.04.10 UK Leeds @ Rios
22.04.10 UK Plymouth @ White Rabbit
23.04.10 France Evreux @ Abordage
24.04.10 France Nantes @ Le Ferrailleur
25.04.10 Spain Durango @ Plateruena
26.04.10 Spain Madrid @ Ritmo & Compas
27.04.10 Spain Barcelona @ Apolo 2
28.04.10 France Luynes / Marseille @ Le Korigan
30.04.10 Holland Tilburg @ Neurotic Death Fest
01.05.10 Germany Leisnig @ Revolution Fest Open Air
02.05.10 Czech Rep Brno @ Faval
03.05.10 Germany Munich @ Feierwerk
04.05.10 Austria Vienna @ Arena
05.05.10 Slovenia Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
06.05.10 Italy Lonato Del Garda (Brescia) @ Olden Live Club
07.05.10 Switzerland Zizers @ Eventstage
08.05.10 Belgium Bomal-sur-Ourthe @ Durbuy Rock Fest


Band profile: Aborted
Event: Aborted + Rotten Sound: Fuck The Volcano Tour
Posted: 19.01.2010 by BudDa | Comments (3)