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Seraphim - Former Vocalist Passed Away

Pay Lee - vocalist of Taiwanese power metal band Seraphim between 2001 and 2004 - has passed away last weekend. She did not wake up from the narcosis of a minor heart surgery.

Comments the band: "Pay worked with Seraphim on three albums, from the beginning when the band formed, till the 3rd conceptual album Ai, she really did a great job and contributed her soul to the band!

We thank you for your amazing voice and your wonderful life goals! R.I.P. our best friend! You will always be on our mind and we won't forget you!"

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Source: seraphim-metal.com
Band profile: Seraphim
Posted: 03.08.2011 by SceneryOfLoss | Comments (8)


Avantasia - Wacken Show Live On German TV

On Saturday, August 6th, in front of more than 80,000 fans, Tobias Sammet and his Avantasia project will headline the last night of Wacken Open Air, the biggest heavy metal festival in the world.

Featuring guest stars such as Michael Kiske, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley, Kai Hansen and many more, the show will be broadcast live on German TV station "ZDFkultur" at 8:00 pm. This way all fans will have the chance to witness the only Avantasia show of the year, despite the event having been sold out for months.

After the Wacken performance Tobias will focus exclusively on his band Edguy once again. Edguy's new album Age Of The Joker will hit the stores on August 26th, followed by a world tour, kicking off in Sweden on September 23rd.

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Source: tobiassammet.com
Band profile: Avantasia
Event: Wacken Open Air 2011
Posted: 03.08.2011 by Angel_Lament | Comments (10)


Dream Theater - Announce North American Tour With Trivium

As hinted last month, progressive metal giants Dream Theater are touring North America later this year in support of the upcoming A Dramatic Turn of Events together with Roadrunner Records labelmates Trivium.

You can find the first batch of dates below (with more to be announced shortly).

Said Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci: "We are all very pumped about the release of A Dramatic Turn of Events this September, as well as the world tour we'll embark upon in support of the album. Our first leg will bring us throughout North America where we'll showcase songs from the new album along with tons of fan favorites and a brand new tour production unlike any other that we've done before. We're equally excited to have our friends in Trivium join us. It's sure to be an incredible tour. We're looking forward to seeing all of our friends on the road this fall!"

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Source: dreamtheater.net
Band profile: Dream Theater
Posted: 03.08.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (6)


Mourning Lenore - Announce New Line-Up

After the departure of guitarist/vocalist João Galrito earlier this year and bass player Joana Messias, Portuguese atmospheric doom metal band Mourning Lenore are proud to announce their new revamped line-up, reinforced by three new musicans.

The band now consists of Ricardo Matias (who also plays in Scaffold Bird) on guitars, André Vieira on vocals and, at last but not least, Fernando Matias, the band's producer, on bass.

The five doomsters are now preparing for a new season of gigs starting in the next fall. By that time, the band will also release a new song composed by the new line-up, a small appetizer for the successor of Loosely Bounded Infinities, released in September last year.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Mourning Lenore
Posted: 03.08.2011 by LocusHorrendus | Comments (0)


Alice Cooper - New Album Details

Welcome 2 My Nightmare, the highly anticipated new album of shock rock icon Alice Cooper will be released later this year through Universal Music Group.

Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin - who produced the original multi-platinum Welcome To My Nightmare album in 1975 - the record picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.

Explains Alice Cooper: "This is Alice's nightmare 35 years later. Bob and I created this character and we know how to write for him. I play the part but we're not writing for me, we're writing for Alice. We kept the first Nightmare album very personal to us, on this one we found more humor and we were more open. This was our world and we want to present it to the fans. The original album was my first solo album after all those huge hit records with the original band and now that nightmare is exposed, this one can be a little bit more open. The music crosses all sorts of boundaries; we went where the lyrics took us."

There is an array of collaborators on the new album, including original Alice Cooper members Denis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith reunited on three tracks; global pop superstar Ke$ha, who affectionately calls Alice "dad"; and legendary Alice and Lou Reed guitarist Steve Hunter, who is part of Alice's current touring band and featured prominently on the first Nightmare album.

Welcome 2 My Nightmare will be released first as a "fan pack" in conjunction with Future Publishing in September, with a conventional release following in October. The fan pack includes the album, a giant poster, a facepaint set, a metal badge, an Alice face mask and a 132-page magazine dedicated to all things Alice.

Welcome 2 My Nightmare Fan Pack tracklist:

01. I Am Made Of You
02. Caffeine
03. The Nightmare Returns
04. A Runaway Train
05. Last Man On Earth
06. The Congregation
07. I'll Bite Your Face Off
08. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever
09. Ghouls Gone Wild
10. Something To Remember Me By
11. When Hell Comes Home
12. What Baby Wants
13. I Gotta Get Outta Here
14. The Underture

Exclusive fan pack bonus tracks:
15. Under The Bed
16. Poison (Live at Download Festival)

Welcome 2 My Nightmare Standard UK and international tracklist:

01. I Am Made Of You
02. Caffeine
03. The Nightmare Returns
04. A Runaway Train
05. Last Man On Earth
06. The Congregation
07. I'll Bite Your Face Off
08. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever
09. Ghouls Gone Wild
10. Something To Remember Me By

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Source: roadrunnerrecords.com
Band profile: Alice Cooper
Posted: 03.08.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (10)


Between The Buried And Me - N. American Tour With Animals As Leaders, Tesseract

Dates have now officially been announced for this year's Saints & Sinners Tour, which will feature Between The Buried And Me, Animals As Leaders and Tesseract.

Full dates for the trek can be found below.

Commented Between The Buried And Me guitarist Paul Waggoner: "It will be so exciting to get back out on the road and play some tunes for all our wonderful fans. Our anticipation for this tour is massive and I hope that sentiment is shared by all the metal geeks out there. The bill is loaded with some of the most forward-thinking, virtuosic musicians in the genre and the audience can expect to hear all 12 notes in every humanly audible octave many times during the course of the evening!"

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Source: theprp.com
Band profile: Between The Buried And Me
Event: Between the Buried and Me: Saints And Sinners Tour
Posted: 03.08.2011 by Thryce | Comments (14)


Eldritch - Ink Deal With Scarlet Records

Italian prog metallers Eldritch have signed a worldwide deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their eight studio album, Gaia's Legacy - a concept album on global warming based on Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth. The album will see the light of the day in late September 2011.

Gaia's Legacy will see Eldritch going back to their technical progressive roots, with lots of influences raging from thrash to a modern approach still in the band's distinctive style. Frontman Terence Holler wrote all the lyrics after a deep search of information on every kind of source for the last 3 years.

The album was produced by Marco Ribecai and Eugenio Simone at Syncropain Products Studio in Pisa, Italy, and mastered by Göran Finnberg (Opeth, In Flames, Evergrey, Dark Tranquillity) in Sweden. Firewind's Bob Katsionis, a long-time fan of the band, is credited as special guest keyboardist on the song "Like A Child".

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Eldritch
Posted: 03.08.2011 by BudDa | Comments (0)


Hatesphere - New Album Details

The Great Bludgeoning, the new upcoming album of Danish death/thrash metal act Hatesphere will be released on September 21st in Spain, Finland and Sweden, on September 23rd in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Benelux and Italy, on September 26th in the rest of Europe and on September 27th in the USA and Canada through Napalm Records.

The album is produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Sick Of It All, Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity) at the Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark. Cover artwork is done by Mircea Gabriel Eftemie, who has previously worked with Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad and Mnemic (where he also swings the guitar)... and also did the cover for Hatesphere's Ballet of the Brute.

Comments the band: "We have aimed the new album in a more old-school direction than its predecessor. With people this experienced joining the band it has been a very relaxed and enjoyable process to write the songs, and we have all agreed on the concept. More metal and everything that follows.

The cover, the title and the lyrics speaks for themselves. We are an angry-sounding metal band, and we have no intention of denying that. That's why the cover is more back-to-the-roots and the lyrics are again about aggressions, drinking and hate. The things that HateSphere has always been about. Expect brutality, melody and groove in just the right dose.

We have had one hell of a time writing and recording it, and we cant wait to present the album to all of you before long! Within a month or so, we will have the first song snippet and video ready for you - so keep your eyes and ears open."

The Great Bludgeoning tracklist:

01. The Killer
02. Venom
03. Smell Of Death
04. Decayer
05. The Wail Of My Threnode
06. Resurrect With A Vengeance
07. The Great Bludgeoning
08. Need To Kill
09. Devil In Your Own Hell

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Hatesphere
Posted: 03.08.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (1)


Satyricon - South American Tour Announced

Norwegian black metallers Satyricon have scheduled a string of live dates in Mexico, South and Central America. The tour will take place in late October/early November. Get the list of dates after the jump.

In late 2009, Satyricon announced that it was planning to take a break following the completion of the group's most recent headlining European tour. Satyricon vocalist Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven later told Terrorizer.com that the band's December 20, 2009 concert in London, England would mark the beginning of a new phase in the group's evolution.

"From then on, there are going to be a lot of changes in the Satyricon camp," he said. "After we take a long touring break and come back a couple of years later, certain people may not be with us any longer. Although we won't be doing anything overly dramatic, we'll be trying quite a few different things, which I think is going to be really good for Satyricon. The reason we're doing that is so we can continue to develop our sound. At the moment we are still enjoying what we do, but if that continues any longer it'll undoubtedly stagnate, so we need to ensure that doesn't happen. And moving in different musical directions is definitely a good way to go about it."

Satyricon - Mexico/South/Central America Tour:

Oct. 28 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
Oct. 29 - San Salvador, El Salvador - Jar Rock
Oct. 30 - San José, Costa Rica - Pepper's Club
Nov. 01 - Bogotá, Colombia - Teatro Metro
Nov. 03 - Santiago, Chile - TBA
Nov. 04 - Montevideo, Uruguay - La Trastienda Club
Nov. 05 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Flores
Nov. 06 - São Paulo, Brazil - Hangar 110

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Source: roadrunnerrecords.com
Band profile: Satyricon
Event: Satyricon
Posted: 03.08.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (3)


Sworn - New Song Online

"The Silver Asylum", a brand-new track from Norwegian black metallers Sworn can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

"The Silver Asylum" comes off the band's as-yet-untitled new album, tentatively due in late 2011/early 2012 via an as-yet-undetermined label.

Sworn previously stated about the material: "Earlier there's been a mix between very melodic/atmospheric tracks and straight forward almost thrash-like tracks on our albums. We do this because we have a passion for both styles, and love to incorporate them into the Sworn sound.

What we've done on this third album is to make each song represent our sound a lot more, with both melodic and hard-hitting parts, while still being unique in themselves. This defines us a lot more."

Other songtitles set to appear on the next Sworn album include "Corridors Of Dark Salvation", "The Keeper" and "Mot Stupet".

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Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Sworn
Posted: 03.08.2011 by BudDa | Comments (0)


Demon Hunter - Renews Deal With Solid State Records

Demon Hunter have renewed their partnership with Solid State Records and will enter the studio in late 2011 to record the new album for the label.

Each of the band's albums and other projects were released with Solid State Records. Both the band and label are proud to announce a deal that will see them continue to partner together.

"Solid State has always been an important part of Demon Hunter," said Demon Hunter singer, songwriter and co-founder Ryan Clark. "They helped market the band before we'd even started writing our first record and they continue to push the band further with each new album. From the very beginning, Solid State has allowed Demon Hunter to do things our own unique way and they've become a vital part of the band's existence. Re-signing was a no-brainer for us."

"I am elated to have the opportunity to continue to work with Demon Hunter," remarked Solid State/Tooth & Nail Records president and founder Brandon Ebel. "Demon Hunter is a core artist for the Solid State/Tooth & Nail family. Ryan Clark is an extraordinary songwriter, musician, artist and friend. We're looking forward to supporting Ryan and the Demon Hunter team on future projects and further developing the Demon Hunter brand worldwide."

"We're knee-deep in the writing process and the songs are sounding as intense as ever," Clark revealed. "We've always made an effort to stay true to our sound, but we like to push the boundaries of that blueprint with each release. These new songs have a lot of varying influences: from viking metal to classic thrash; grooving 90′s rock to stompy hardcore. Our goal, as it is with each record, is to blend these influences into one cohesive but unique Demon Hunter album."

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Source: indievisionmusic.com
Band profile: Demon Hunter
Posted: 03.08.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (1)


Skeletonwitch - New Song Online, Album Details Revealed

"The Infernal Resurrection", a brand-new track by US black/thrash metallers Skeletonwitch can now be streamed on the band's official album page, Forever Abomination. The cover artwork can be seen at the same location.

The album - Skeletonwitch's first with new drummer Dustin Boltjes (Demiricous) - will be issued in three formats: digital download; a six-panel, plastic-free digipak; and a triple-gatefold LP (which in turn will be available in several color variants).

The album was produced by Grammy-winner Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed) and the album's artwork is done by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Holy Grail, Cannabis Corpse), who also contributed the cover art for the band's 2009 release, Breathing The Fire.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Skeletonwitch
Posted: 03.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (12)


To Cast A Shadow - Part Ways With Vocalist

Posted June.23.2011 on the band's official MySpace and Facebook sites:

We are sorry to inform you all that Gunnhild is leaving To Cast A Shadow after our concert in Gjerdrum, Norway on the 24th of September. It is, however, very important for us to stress the fact that To Cast A Shadow will continue, and future shows have already been booked.

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Source: myspace.com
Posted: 03.08.2011 by dismaleuphony | Comments (6)


Hackneyed - Another New Song Online

"Holy Slapstick", a brand-new track from German death metallers Hackneyed can now be streamed on the band's Facebook (You'll have to "Like" the page to access the stream).

Another new track, entitled "Maculate Conception", can be found here.

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Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Hackneyed
Posted: 02.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (0)


Falkenbach - Sign With Prophecy Productions

Official press release

When talking about the origins of heathen Metal from Germany, one name invariably is mentioned: Falkenbach. Going for over twenty years, this project by Vratyas Vakyas is considered as a trailblazer and prime mover of a musical style that perfectly combines epic heroism and Germanic mythology, Norse-tinged folklore and metallic aggression - and all that far beyond the well-worn clichés of the so-called "Pagan Metal scene."

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Source: prophecy.cd
Band profile: Falkenbach
Posted: 02.08.2011 by Array | Comments (2)