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24.04Behemoth - Return To The Stage
 Agent Steel - New Song Online
 Crystal Viper - New Video Online
 Criminal - Begin Recording New Album
 Noctem - New Song Online
 Jon Oliva's Pain - Guitarist Matt LaPorte Passes Away
 Borknagar - I.C.S Vortex Announces Full Engagement With The Band
 Lanfear - New Album Title Revealed
22.04Kamelot - Roy Khan Leaves The Band, Seek Replacement (UPDATED)
 Trollfest - New Video Online
 Primal Fear - 15 Songs Written For New Album
 Twisted Tower Dire - New Song Online
 Rob Zombie - New Drummer Announced
21.04Nevermore - Jeff Loomis And Van Williams Leave The Band
 Shining - Part Ways With Guitarist
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Behemoth - Return To The Stage

As earlier reported, frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish death metal Behemoth was diagnosed with leukemia, and all tour dates had been cancelled. Two months after Nergal had been hospitalized a second time, the band is ready to hit the stage in Poland again in the course of the aptly titled "Phoenix Rising Tour", and abroad dates are to come.

Frontman Nergal comments:
"I'm proud to announce that we've just nailed these Polish leg of the tour! Fans from abroad, please be patient, Asia, Australia, Europe and US are under working. I'm beyond excited! I wanna see you all out there!"

The Polish Phoenix Rising tour dates read as follows:
08.10: Poznań, Eskulap

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Behemoth
Event: Behemoth: Phoenix Rising Tour 2011
Posted: 24.04.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (28)


Agent Steel - New Song Online

"Tomb Of Ra", a brand new song from Californian metallers Agent Steel , is available for streaming at the band's Myspace page.

The band added: "The song features lead vocalist Rick Mythiasin (Steel Prophet). It was recorded and engineered by Bill Metoyer and mixed and mastered by Bernie Versailles. Enjoy, spread the word... share it."

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Agent Steel
Posted: 24.04.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (10)


Crystal Viper - New Video Online

Official press release

Polish female fronted Traditional Heavy Metal act Crystal Viper, released the "one take no dubs" video to the song "Night Of The Sin". The song is taken from the last Crystal Viper studio album Legends - and this is a rare chance to hear it in its "live version", as the song was recorded without overdubs, and the recording was not mixed and mastered.


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Source: youtube.com
Band profile: Crystal Viper
Posted: 24.04.2011 by Bad English | Comments (5)


Criminal - Begin Recording New Album

Official press release

Yesterday thrash masters Criminal - originally formed in Chile and now based in the UK - entered bassist Dan Biggin's HVR Recording Studios in Suffolk, UK to record their seventh studio album, the first since the departure of guitarist / founding member Rodrigo Contreras and the subsequent addition of Basque guitar wizard Olmo Cascallar.

"The way we're approaching the drums this time around is to focus a lot on the set-up of the sounds before we record", explains drummer Zac O'Neil. "I think in the past we've been too quick to start tracking without thinking too much about the raw audio. I'm very keen to move in a different direction from the way that metal is going with sampled and edited drums, and go back to the way that metal used to be before all this electronic trickery. Hopefully we'll retain the dynamics and raw energy that just isn't present in many productions nowadays.

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Criminal
Posted: 24.04.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)


Noctem - New Song Online

"Invictus", a brand new song from Spanish metallers Noctem, is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.

"Invictus" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Oblivion, which will be released worldwide on June 13th through Rising Records.

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Noctem
Posted: 24.04.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)


Jon Oliva's Pain - Guitarist Matt LaPorte Passes Away

Official press release

It is with great heartache and sorrow that we relay the passing of our dear friend, band-mate, guitarist and brother Matthew LaPorte. Matt passed away in his home shortly after 6 pm on Wednesday. No information regarding his cause of death is currently available.

Matt was a brilliant guitar player on all levels. He understood that instrument better than almost anyone. His knowledge of music in general was just amazing. His contributions to JOP and every band he ever played with was also without measure. He was truly a one-guitar army when he needed to be and his solo performances on all the Jon Oliva's Pain cd's will forever send chills down our spines. A near 20- year history and friendship with one of the true greats has now ended and we are deeply saddened.

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Source: jonoliva.net
Band profile: Jon Oliva's Pain
Posted: 24.04.2011 by Nefarious | Comments (9)


Borknagar - I.C.S Vortex Announces Full Engagement With The Band

Official press release

I.C.S Vortex officially announce his return to Borknagar. To mark this grand cooperation between Vintersorg and I.C.S Vortex, Inferno is announcing that Borknagar will headline the 2012 edition with both vocalist on stage.

Over the past months, there has been a wide array of rumors and speculations about I.C.S Vortex' involvement with Borknagar, so now it's time for us to bring this out from the dungeons and into the plains of clarity: Vortex is back as a permanent member of Borknagar. Vortex will handle the bass as well as doing vocals together with Vintersorg.

Inferno festival also announces that Borknagar is confirmed to next years edition, doing a rare concert with both these renowned singers on stage. You will also find the band signing autographs at this years Inferno (Saturday at 20:00) I.C.S Vortex was re- introduced to Borknagar in 2010 after a 10 year break with his participation on Universal as guest vocalist, and also stepped up to help out the band on a tour of South- America that was later canceled. After this the rumors and speculations have been many, and here is the confirmation that so many have hoped for.

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Source: centurymedia.com
Band profile: Borknagar
Posted: 24.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (23)


Lanfear - New Album Title Revealed

German metallers Lanfear have confirmed This Harmonic Consonance as the title of their sixth album, due later this year.

The band added: "Correct! This is the title of our new album and in the meantime the mix more or less has been finished! First trailer online! As alwas you'll receive more news as soon as they exist."


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Source: lanfear.eu
Band profile: Lanfear
Posted: 24.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)


Kamelot - Roy Khan Leaves The Band, Seek Replacement (UPDATED)

Original news, published on 22.04.2011

Despite Kamelot themselves not announcing it, Roy Khan has issued a statement on his Myspace confirming the rumors of him leaving the band:

"Dear fans & friends,

There have been a lot of speculations around why I am not touring with Kamelot and I want to make a statement although it may not prevent further guessing as to what's actually going on. It is a fact however that I told the guys in the band already last fall (well after my burnout) that I was leaving the band. Naturally enough they were shocked (as was the label and everyone else working with Kamelot). In addition to risk of dropping ticket sales they wanted to give me time to think things over, and so I did. My decision still stands; It is finished.

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Source: kamelot.com
Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 22.04.2011 by Zhao | Comments (97)


Trollfest - New Video Online

"Die Verdammte Hungersnot", the new video from Norwegian metallers Trollfest, can be viewed at this location.

"Die Verdammte Hungersnot" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral, which will be released through NoiseArt Records on April 29th. More details about En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral were previously reported over here.


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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Trollfest
Posted: 22.04.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (0)


Primal Fear - 15 Songs Written For New Album

German metallers Primal Fear have issued the following update on their official website:

"Happy easter to everybody out there! Just a short Hello from the pre-production of the new Primal Fear album - We've written 15 songs so far and are thrilled and excited about the new stuff so far. But we can already promise to deliver a pure Primal Fear album with all the trademarks, heavy riffs and melodies our loyal fans want to hear, spiced with a splendid musical journey and ganished with two outstanding ballads. We will start with the drums recordings soon!

And now it's your time - the new PF album has no title so far - if you have any suggestion, write us! The best 3 options will receive a very special Primal Fear package! Cheers!"

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Source: primalfear.de
Band profile: Primal Fear
Posted: 22.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (4)


Twisted Tower Dire - New Song Online

"White Shadow", a brand new song from US metallers Twisted Tower Dire, is available for streaming at this location.

"White Shadow" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled Make It Dark, which will be released on May 3 via Cruz Del Sur Music.

Make It Dark cover art] tracklist:

01. Mystera
02. Snow Leopard
03. The Stone
04. Make It Dark
05. White Shadow
06. The Only Way
07. Torture Torture
08. Beyond The Gate

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Source: apochs.net
Posted: 22.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)


Rob Zombie - New Drummer Announced

Rob Zombie has officially recruited former Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish (real name: Kenneth Robert Wilson) as the replacement for departed sticksman Joey Jordison who left due to scheduling conflicts with his primary band, Slipknot.

Ginger Fish played his first show with Rob Zombie on February 6 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California. He remained behind the kit for all of Rob Zombie's US dates in February before Jordison who was in Europe performing with Murderdolls rejoined the group in time for Rob Zombie's UK headlining dates at the end of that same month.

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Source: robzombie.com
Band profile: Rob Zombie
Posted: 22.04.2011 by White Winter Sun | Comments (3)


Nevermore - Jeff Loomis And Van Williams Leave The Band

Guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have announced their departure from Seattle-based progressive thrashers Nevermore. The following announcement was posted on the band's Myspace page:

"In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams have decided to leave Nevermore. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time."

Loomis and Williams had been with Nevermore since the band's first album, the self-titled Nevermore from 1995. Nevermore recently announced that they would be cancelling their planned tour with Symphony X. No information regarding additional confirmed tour dates is known at this time.

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Nevermore
Posted: 21.04.2011 by Collin | Comments (82)


Shining - Part Ways With Guitarist

The following announcement was issued by Shining front man and founder Niklas Kvarforth on the band's Facbook page:

"Guitarist Fredric Gråby has left the ranks of Shining today because he no longer felt able to continue playing. Unfortunately this means that we have been forced to cancel our appearance at the Ragnarök Festival this month as there is not enough time for a new guitarist to learn the material.

We are also pleased to announce that Christian "Draug" Larsson, who has been playing bass with the band for some time on a temporary basis, has now has joined Shining as a permanent full-time member."

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Shining
Event: Ragnarök Festival
Posted: 21.04.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (3)


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