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Crystal Eyes - Working On New Album

Swedish metallers Crystal Eyes have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:

"We've been getting a lot of questions lately about the status of Crystal Eyes so here it is: We're still alive and somewhere in the middle of the songwriting process for the 7th album. It's far too early to talk about release dates but since the speed and the Halford screams are back in the new songs it will be worth the wait.

If you want to see Crystal Eyes live don't miss the gig in Borås in Sweden on the 24th of April. We're hoping to announce some more dates soon."


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Posted: 08.04.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Melvins - Audio Samples Of Entire New Album

Audio samples of all the tracks that are set to appear on The Bride Screamed Murder, the forthcoming album from US metallers Melvins, are available for streaming at this location.

The Bride Screamed Murder will be released on June 1 via Ipecac Recordings.

The Bride Screamed Murder cover art] tracklist:

01. The Water Glass
02. Evil New War God
03. Pig House
04. I'll Finish You Off
05. Electric Flower
06. Hospital Up
07. Inhumanity And Death
08. My Generation
09. P.G. x 3


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Posted: 07.04.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (1)

Despised Icon - Breaking Up

Official press release

The time has come for us to move on. Some of us have recently reached a new chapter in their lives, starting families, buying houses and pursuing other careers to make it all happen. Writing music, touring and leaving home for months at a time is slowly becoming impossible because of that. We all decided that it'd be best to pull the plug now and end things right.

It's hard to believe we started this band almost 10 years ago already. At first, Despised Icon was mostly just an excuse to hang out, write brutal slam riffs and play local shows once in a while. With your support, we got the opportunity to actually play music for a living, make friends around the world, be MVPs and travel to places we never even dreamed of visiting in our lifetime. Thank you all for some of the best times of our lives.

We're currently working on setting up our final tours in Canada, USA and Europe. Expect to see us in a town near you sometime before the end of the year. If all goes as planned, we'll also be touring Australia and Asia for the first time in the fall. We'll keep you posted on everything. These last shows will be fucking epic! See you guys then!


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Posted: 07.04.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (19)

Heavenly - New Video Online

"Fullmoon", the new video from French metallers Heavenly, can be viewed at this location (NSFW!).

"Fullmoon" comes off the band's latest album, Carpe Diem, which was released on December 2009 via AFM Records.


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Posted: 07.04.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (7)

Shade Empire - Band Update

Finnish metallers Shade Empire have announced the following update:

"Shade Empire has ended co-operation with Dynamic Arts. Cooperation ran for the last two albums. Now it was time to denounce and to direct all eyes to the future. Terminating the contract took place at the end of last year but for technical reasons is informed only now. Shade Empire wishes Dynamic Arts and its bands a safe trip and all the best to meet future challenges.

Shade Empire is currently preparing for the fourth album. By whom and when is the publishing going to take place, we don't know yet. The band intends to look at all the cards safely and carefully through and be open to all potential offers (contact information can be seen at the official website). Interest, however, has already been showed also abroad..."

More updates as we get them.


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Posted: 07.04.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (2)

Temple Of Baal - Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

French metallers Temple Of Baal have issued the short following update on their MySpace blog:

"After seven years and two albums, Antares stops his activities within Temple Of Baal. The band is hence looking for a new drummer.

We thank and hail our brother, and wish him all the best for his future experiences."

Those interested in the position can contact the band at templeofbaal myspace com.


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Posted: 07.04.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Bonded By Blood - New Song Online

US Trashers Bonded By Blood have made a new track, called "Prototype: Death Machine", available for streaming online. Go to this location to check it out.

The song comes off the group's recently completed new album, Exiled To Earth, which is scheduled for release on 28th June (UK, Europe) and June 29th (US) this year via Earache Records. The album was recorded in Arizona with producer Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, U.F.O., White Wizzard).


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Posted: 07.04.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (1)

Heidevolk - New Video Online

Heidevolk have released their first video ever. The clip for the song "Nehalennia" is available for viewing below. The track comes off the band's recent album Uit Oude Grond released on Napalm Records.


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Posted: 07.04.2010 by Sjuk | Comments (5)

Nachtmystium - New Album Details Revealed

US Black metal band Nachtmystium have revealed more details about their upcoming album. The new full-length, which will be entilted Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II, is set for a release on June 8th via Century Media. The disc was recorded once again with Sanford Parker (Minsk) at Volume Studios. The band has enlisted the talents of Wrest (Leviathan, Lurker Of Chalice, Twilight) to record all drum tracks as well as Will Lindsay (Wolves In The Throne Room, Middian) on bass for this new album.

There will also be a limited edition, double gatefold vinyl featuring the bonus track "Macrocosmic" and an iTunes exclusive bonus track featuring "Every Last Drop" remixed by James Plotkin (Khanate, Phantomsmasher). Artwork was done by Jimmy Hubbard and Seldon Hunt and the album features guest vocals by Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) and guitar solos by Russ Strahan (Pentagram) and Matt Johnson (Pharoh).

Blake Judd further describes his excitement over this upcoming album: "Our love for post rock and industrial (a la Ministry, Killing Joke, etc) is even more present this time around. We feel that we made a record that will continue to push extreme music into uncharted territories. We hope to see you all soon."

Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II tracklist :

01. Cry For Help
02. High on Hate
03. Nightfall
04. No Funeral
05. Then Fires
06. Addicts
07. The End Is Eternal
08. Blood Trance Fusion
09. Ruined Life Continuum
10. Every Last Drop


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Posted: 07.04.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (11)

Valefor - To Release New Album

Valefor - the Izmir based depressive black metal one-man project of Sargathus - is set to release a new album at the end of the month. The effort is entitled Screams Of Suicide and will be available on April 26th through Rigorism Productions.

According to the official MySpace page, "this project, which includes the darkness inside human, the sense of loneliness and the feeling of death, completely adopts a depressive style from a musical angle".

Screams Of Suicide cover art] tracklist:

01. Silent Melancholy
02. Screams of Sucide
03. Lifes Belongs to Darkness
04. The Tears of Isolation
05. Death Smelling Loneliness
06. Cursed Ceremony



Posted: 07.04.2010 by Thryce | Comments (2)

Accept - Sign With Nuclear Blast

Official press release

All over the world, media has been busy for months, reporting about the comeback of heavy metal pioneers Accept. After resting for many years, the German based musicians started to work on a new album. Mark Tornillo - formerly lead singer of TT Quick completed the heavy metal formation.

Without a doubt - this is the most important metal reunion of our days.

In 2010, 14 years later, Accept is about to release their 15th album Blood Of The Nations. The record will be pusblished worldwide by the highly respected record label Nuclear Blast.

Quotation by Gaby Hoffmann and Deville Schober - Accept Management: "We really appreciate the cooperation with Nuclear Blast. Accept finally found a powerful partner to create a big international impact. Nuclear Blast got a lot of experience and the power to push Accept into new dimensions!"

Quotation Andy Siry - Labelmanager Nuclear Blast: "We are very proud to declare the signing of Accept. Like a lot of people out there, employees of Nuclear Blast have grown up with songs like "Restless & Wild", "Breaker" and "Balls To The Wall". It's an honour to us! Accept found a new voice with Mark Tornillo and working together with sucessful producer Andy Sneap will cause an amazing record - a gift for the fans out there! This album will become a milestone in the history of Accept!''

The new record Blood Of The Nations will be released all over the world in the late summer of 2010. Andy Sneap, the international reowned UK producer (Megadeth, Bullet For My Valentine, Machine Head, Exodus, Killswitch Engage) produced Blood Of The Nations. 14 songs - proof of a new Accept decade, brutal and melodic at the same time- in a classical style, but with a modern sound.


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Posted: 07.04.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (3)

Ov Hell - Full Album Stream Available

Ov Hell's debut full length, The Underworld Regime, is now streaming courtesy of Go here to check it out in its entirety.

The album will be released on April 13th in North America by Prosthetic Records via an agreement with Indie Recordings. Prosthetic will be releasing The Underworld Regime on CD and a 12" LP picture disc, limited to 666 copies.

An e-card is available at this location.

The album was recorded at Earshot Studio with producer Herbrand Larsen and mastered at Living Room Studios by Espen Berg. Ov Hell is the black metal "super group" collaboration between Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir and King from Gorgoroth, featuring guest appearances from Frost of Satyricon, Ice Dale of Enslaved and Teloch of God Seed.


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Posted: 06.04.2010 by Thryce | Comments (13)

Diamond Head - Announce Irish Dates

NWOBHM legends Diamond Head have confirmed a number of tour dates in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The dates coincide with both the Metal Forces Festival and Hard Rock Hell in November/December 2010. Here are the confirmed dates:

11/18 - An Cruiscin Lan - Cork, Ireland
11/19 - Fibber McGee's Rock Bar - Dublin, Ireland
11/20 - The Spring & Airbrake - Belfast, Northern Ireland
11/21 - The Spirit Store - Dundalk, Ireland
11/27 - Metal Forces Festival - Lorrach, Germany

12/03 - Hard Rock Hell Festival - Pontins, Prestatyn, North Wales


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Posted: 06.04.2010 by Fastolphbolger | Comments (0)

Týr - N. American Live Dates

Týr have announced a handful of live dates on North American territory. On the first four dates, Týr will be supporting Amon Amarth who have extended their North American trek with Eluveitie.

Amon Amarth, Týr and Holy Grail:

4/26/10 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
4/27/10 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
4/28/10 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls
4/29/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theater Of The Living Arts

Týr headlining dates:

4/30/10 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky D's
5/01/10 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
5/02/10 - Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
5/04/10 - Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
5/05/10 - Detroit, MI @ TBA
5/06/10 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's


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Posted: 06.04.2010 by Thanntos | Comments (8)

Daylight Dies - Album Update

Daylight Dies have issued the following update regarding the new album:

"We have continued the steady march towards what will eventually become the fourth Daylight Dies album and are planning to begin pre-production in North Carolina in June. This means piecing together all the fragments of material we've exchanged amongst ourselves and refining them into polished demos which will aid in recording the album.

Since we now live in various areas of the country (North Carolina, California and New York), we felt it was especially important to hone the music together prior to the final recording. While a vague personality of the album has begun to take shape, there is still much more to write."


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Posted: 06.04.2010 by Paladin | Comments (3)