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Edguy - New Video Online

"Robin Hood", the new video from German melodic metal band Edguy can now be watched below

Video director Oliver Sommer (Avantasia, Helloween) and the band decided to satirize the Errol Flynn film "The Adventures Of Robin Hood". The miniature epic was shot in the forest with a large number of additional actors, starring German TV comedian Bernhard Hoecker in two different leading roles.

Commented Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet: "When you decide to do things like that, of course, you have to be aware that you will most likely make a fool out of yourself. We had to wear tights and looked a bit like four idiots and one transvestite. But we have come to a point we don't care so much anymore. We feel like being in a luxury position where the record label gives us a lot of money to waste for really silly things like sneaking through the forest and looking like idiots.

The shooting was one of the funniest days in our career, and that means something. Although it was hard work — the rain, the mud, soaking wet tights, angry horses, carriage, a lot of travesty, sword fighting and hurting smile muscles. You gotta check it out!"

"Robin Hood" comes off the band's upcoming new album, entitled Age Of The Joker, which will be released in Europe on August 29 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The CD was recorded at Peppermint Park studio (Scorpions, Phil Collins) in Hannover.

Age Of The Joker tracklist:

01. Robin Hood
02. Nobody's Hero
03. Rock Of Cashel
04. Pandora's Box
05. Breathe
06. Two Out Of Seven
07. Faces In The Darkness
08. The Arcane Guild
09. Fire On The Downline
10. Behind The Gates To Midnight World
11. Every Night Without You

Limited-edition bonus disc:

01. God Fallen Silent
02. Aleister Crowley Memorial Boogie
03. Cum On Feel The Noize (Slade cover)
04. Standing In The Rain
05. Robin Hood (single version)
06. Two Out Of Seven (single version)


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Posted: 06.08.2011 by LonesomeRider | Comments (6)

Threshold - Former Singer Passed Away

Andrew "Mac" McDermott, the former lead singer of UK progressive metallers Threshold, reportedly passed away in England last Wednesday, August 3rd. He succumbed to kidney failure after spending four days in a coma. He was only 45 years old.

McDermott had "serious health problems" in the months leading up to his death, according to a June 2011 statement from the German melodic metal band PowerWorld, with whom McDermott recorded the 2010 album Human Parasite.

Commented Threshold guitarist Karl Groom: "Mac played a large part in the story of Threshold and appeared on five studio albums. He also sang on numerous fan club releases and live albums. Although I have not seen him since 2007 for the last video shoot in Leipzig, he still remains in our minds and there is a big sense of loss. I have spoken to and seen ex-members of the band over the last two days who are all very saddened by this turn of events. We remember Mac as being so vibrant and full of life, so find this news is hard to accept."

Added Threshold keyboard player Richard West: "Mac had such a big personality and one of the world's greatest rock voices, it's so very sad that we lost him so young. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."

Stated Ilker Ersin of PowerWorld: "A friend is gone! We are very sad about our big loss. We can't find the right words in this moment. Our sympathy and condolence goes to his family. The world lost a gently, nice, honest and warm-hearted person. We will miss him."

"I'm very sad about our big loss," PowerWorld bassist Ilker Ersin stated about his former bandmate's passing. "I can't find the right words in this moment."

McDermott performed in clubs in England and tried to establish a band there in his early years before he moved to Germany to join the band Sargant Fury. After three albums, the band dissolved and in 1998 McDermott joined Threshold as lead singer, replacing Damian Wilson.

Shortly after the release of Threshold's 2007 album Dead Reckoning, McDermott left the band, resulting in Wilson's return to the group.

McDermott's most recent musical project was Swamp Freaks, which "took some of the cool 'n' heavy from the '70s Led Zeppeling, Black Sabbath] and mashed it up with some '90s anarchy Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice In Chains] threw in some Red Hot Chili Peppers and a sprinkle of punk rock," according to the band's Facebook page.


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Posted: 06.08.2011 by aslanpeika | Comments (12)

Alexisonfire - Are Breaking Up

Big news in the "omfg ttly not metul, crucify him!!!" department where Canada-based post-hardcore act Alexisonfire has called it a day after being around for roughly ten years.

Frontman George Pettit has released the following final statement: "There is no good way to put it so I'm just going to say it. After 10 years, Alexisonfire has decided to part ways. I'm going to try to give you the facts about this as best I can.

Almost a year ago Dallas informed us that he would be leaving Alexis after we finished our Old Crows/Young Cardinals tour cycle. Trying to balance his life between touring with us and at the same time quelling the success of City and Colour was a task too difficult to continue managing. He informed us he wanted to focus his efforts on City and Colour.

Under the knowledge Dallas with leaving, we completed the Dogs Blood EP and toured Europe, Australia and Canada. Our last show in St. Catharines, Ontario on December 19, 2010 was poised to be the last ever Alexisonfire concert with a line-up as we knew it. In the meantime, the rest of us discussed the future of the band. After much deliberation, we decided to continue and attempt the difficult task of replacing Dallas, but time got the best of us. Over the last six months we all dealt with a litany of personal issues, which pulled us further and further from Alexisonfire.

In addition to that, Wade was recently asked to join another band and he felt it was an opportunity he would like to pursue.

Replacing one guitar player/singer/writer was something we thought was possible, but replacing two would run the serious risk of perverting the legacy of what we had achieved. So we all took a good hard swallow and decided to end it so it would never get old and ugly.

Was the break-up amicable? Not really. Was it necessary? Probably. Regardless, the members of this band are my family and I wish them nothing but good fortune.

As for myself, Jordan and Christopher, the future is largely unwritten. I would say this is my retirement from the business of playing music but that feels too much like famous last words. Keep your ear to the ground. There could be any number of possibilities for new projects from the remaining members of Alexis.

We have talked about doing several special releases around our 10-year anniversary and also doing a final run of shows in Canada as a farewell tour. Everying is still in the planning stages. We will release details as they come to us.

In closing I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the fans of Alexisonfire around the world. I'm forever grateful to anyone who has ever taken any interest in what we did. You were the coal that stoked our engines. You have given us a spectacular decade, rich with experience and joy. I love you all.


Posted: 06.08.2011 by Thryce | Comments (12)

Mastodon - New Album Tracklist Revealed

Atlanta progressive metallers Mastodon will release their new upcoming album, The Hunter, on September 27th through Reprise Records. The band now revealed the tracklist for the forthcoming effort.

The Hunter was recorded at Doppler Studios in Atlanta with producer Mike Elizondo. Drum tracks were previously completed in Los Angeles at the legendary Sound City Studios (the place where Nirvana's Nevermind was recorded).

A brand-new track, called "Black Tongue" is still available for streaming at this location. The new single "Curl Of The Burl" will make its online debut on August 16th. More info on the limited edition can be found here.


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Posted: 06.08.2011 by K†ulu | Comments (13)

Textures - New Song Online

"Singularity", a brand-new track from Dutch progressive metallers Textures has been made available for streaming over at the band's Facebook page (A Facebook "like" is required. Then again it's Textures, what's not to like.)

"Singularity" comes off the band's upcoming new album, entitled Dualism, which is scheduled for release in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia on the 23th of September and in North America on the 27th of September via Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


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Posted: 06.08.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (3)

Fallujah - Set To Release New Album

San Francisco Bay Area progressive death metal outfit Fallujah are set to release their upcoming album, entitled The Harvest Wombs, on November 22nd through Unique Leader Records.

In a press release The Harvest Wombs is described as "the apex of nearly two years of musical and ideological progression the band has hoped to achieve. Hailing from the musically and aesthetically vibrant San Francisco Bay Area, the band is finally prepared to make this release the quintessence of their sound."

Recorded by Sam Pura at Panda Studios and mixed/mastered by Logan Bennet, The Harvest Wombs "is the largest leap forward for a band quickly developing and refining the sound of atmospheric death metal. Expect something fresh, complex, and thought-provoking."


Posted: 06.08.2011 by Thryce | Comments (5)

Nile - Previously Unreleased Material Due In October

Goomba Music has obtained the rights to Nile's Worship The Animal (1994 - The Lost Recordings) which contains thirty five minutes of unreleased music. It will be released worldwide on October 11, 2011.

Worship The Animal features the original line-up that recorded the Nile albums, Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka and Black Seeds of Vengeance (being Karl Sanders on guitars/ vocals, Chief Spires on bass/vocals and Pete Hammoura on drums/vocals). It contains pre Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka recorded material.

Worship the Animal (1994 - The Lost Recordings) will be available for digitally and as a collector's edition Digipak.


Band profile: Nile
Posted: 06.08.2011 by Table ov Black | Comments (15)

Man Must Die - New Demo Song Online

"Hiding In Plain SIght", a brand-new song from British technical death metallers Man Must Die can now be heard in the YouTube-video below.

"Hiding In Plain Sight" is a demo/pre-production song, which will be re-recorded for the band's upcoming fourth album.


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Posted: 05.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (3)

Alcest - New Album Due Later This Year

In an interview with Romanian webzine Carta De Nisip, Alcest frontman Neige announces the title for its third album, Les Voyages De L'âme (Trans: The Soul's Journey), due out later this year through Prophecy Productions.


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Posted: 05.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (20)

Nine Covens - Sign To Candlelight Records

Posted by Candlelight Records on Facebook.

"Featuring current and ex-members of some of the key extreme bands from the last decade, Nine Covens came together to explore the darker, more brooding aspects of Black Metal and in doing so have created a virulent, belligerent and passionate account of the weakness that exists in humanity.

Their need to challenge these human failings and those of all enemies of reason have resulted in their debut album …On The Coming Of Darkness. A confrontation to the eternally weak and all who follow without question to reflect on themselves and consider an alternative."


Posted: 05.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

Glorior Belli - New Song Online

"Secret Ride To Rebellion", a brand-new track from French black metal duo Glorior Belli can now be streamed on Metal Blade Records' Facebook page.


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Posted: 04.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (1)

Sonata Arctica - New Live DVD Detailed

Finnish metal wolves Sonata Arctica are howling again - namely in the form of a new live DVD. Live In Finland showcases the full concert which was played on April 15th, 2011 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland.

Apart from timeless classics a la "Full Moon" or "Letter To Dana", various tracks of the current album The Days Of Grays have found their way into the setlist, thus on the DVD as well. This heady mixture of old and new compositions is supplemented by a bonus DVD on which four recorded tracks of the very own Sonata Arctica festival can be found that took place on August 8th, 2009 in Kemi.

Furthermore, the viewer can enjoy the music videos of "Don't Say A Word", "Paid In Full" and "Flag In The Ground" as well as a photo gallery and some making-ofs that document the DVD's creation. The enclosed bonus CD with eight audio recordings of the festival concert gives the final touch to this release.


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Posted: 04.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (25)

Cephalic Carnage - To Reissue Lucid Interval

US hydrogrinders Cephalic Carnage have stated they will reissue their third full-length album, Lucid Interval, with an exclusive as-yet-untitled bonus track.

The Lucid Interval reissue will be released on September 13 through Relapse Records.


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Posted: 04.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

Decapitated - Tour With Decrepit Birth, Fleshgod Apocalypse

Polish technical death metallers Decapitated will return to North America for an annihilating headlining run this fall sponsored by in support of their new album Carnival Is Forever. The album was released on July 12th and had the highest first week sales of the band's career with over 2,100 copies sold.

Decapitated guitarist Wacek "Vogg" Kiełtyka checks in about the upcoming 26 shows in the U.S., México, and Canada:

"I'm here to tell everybody that the tour starts the 30th of September and we will play the biggest cities through the 30th of October. This tour is together with death metal beasts Decrepit Birth, new death metal visionaries from Italy Fleshgod Apocalypse, and two new acts Rings Of Saturn and The Haarp Machine. It will be a great death metal party for sure!!! DO NOT MISS THIS!!!!!!!! On this tour we will play every song from the new album Carnival Is Forever together with old classics."

2011 Carnival Is Forever North America tour dates:

09/30/11 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
10/01/11 - Kingdom - Richmond, VA
10/02/11 - The Acheron - Atlanta, GA
10/03/11 - State Theater - St. Petersburg, FL
10/05/11 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
10/06/11 - TBA
10/07/11 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
10/08/11 - SOMA - San Diego, CA
10/09/11 - Foro Alicia - Mexico City, MÉXICO
10/10/11 - The Whisky - Hollywood, CA
10/11/11 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
10/12/11 - Branx - Portland, OR
10/14/11 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
10/15/11 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, B.C. - CANADA
10/16/11 - Republik - Calgary, AB - CANADA
10/17/11 - The Exchange - Regina, SK - CANADA
10/18/11 - Park Theater - Winnipeg, MB - CANADA
10/20/11 - Miramar Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
10/21/11 - Mojoe's - Joliet, IL
10/22/11 - Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
10/23/11 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
10/24/11 - Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
10/26/11 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC - CANADA
10/27/11 - Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
10/28/11 - The Reverb - Reading, PA
10/29/11 - Saints & Sinners Fest - Asbury Park, NJ
10/30/11 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA


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Event: Carnival Is Forever - North American Tour 2011
Posted: 03.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (9)

Throne Of Katarsis - New Album In October

Update by Candlelight Records on Facebook.

"October the 24th, a new Black Metal opus sees the darkness of the world. Cold, raw, and with the bizarre aura of an everlasting funeral, Throne Of Katarsis delivers their requiem in honor of the final darkness.

During three long nights the seven rites of this album was recorded. The séance was done in darkness and with poisoned minds, and with a dedication closer to a possession rather than anything else. All instruments and vocal were recorded live in the studio, in order to capture the aura the band creates during their convocations. A couple of guitar leads were added to the mix, and also church organ - recorded at nighttime at a local church during a highly blasphemic ceremony.

The band now consists of four individuals, while earlier being a demonic duo for seven years. The full line up is now: Infamroth (voice, guitar and church organ), Skinndød (guitar), Sanrabb (bass) and Vardalv (drums). The album title Ved Graven can be translated to "At the grave", and is by far the darkest material written by the band to this date. To complete the vision, Njard drew the cover art and Stein Sund assisted the mixing and mastering of the album. This is the band's third studio album, and continues the march towards the funeral."


Posted: 03.08.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (6)