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Metallica - Exclusive Fan Club 30th Anniversary Shows

Metallica has scheduled a handful of 30th anniversary shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA in December only and exclusively for Metallica fan club members.

The band released the following statement: "Thirty years of Metallica... can you believe it? We think it's cause for a major celebration! You've been asking for a while now "just what the hell are you going to do to mark 30 years as a band?" closely followed by "why don't we have more exclusive shows for Fan Club members?"

We've heard you loud and clear and are beyond psyched to announce that the week of December 5, 2011 will be a full on Metallica week in the Bay Area, more specifically we will be playing four shows for Met Club members only at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10 to celebrate our 30th anniversary. These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica... fun for the entire family! Come to the Bay Area and spend the week with us to not only close out 2011 out with a bang, but to celebrate over three decades worth of craziness.

Participate in the entire week of festivities with special four pack tickets (one ticket for each of the four shows) and automatic entry into the contests for various other special events, available for the clever price of $19.81 (get it??). If you can't join us for the full week, we'll have individual show tickets too and as you can see we're going back to early '80's ticket pricing (but not the hair!)... single show tickets will be just $6.00 each. Both four packs and individual show tickets will be available for Fan Club members only through a reservation system and we do have to add facility fees, blah, blah. Clubbers can log in for all the details... we're taking reservations through August 8."

Metallica - 30th Anniversary Shows:

12/05/2011 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
12/07/2011 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
12/09/2011 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
12/10/2011 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore


Band profile: Metallica
Event: Metallica: Exclusive Met Club 30th Anniversary Shows
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (13)

Vibeke Stene - Ex-Tristania Singer Collaborates With Plutho

Former Tristania vocalist Vibeke Stene recently collaborated with the Norwegian electronic/pop outfit Plutho for the song "Queen of Broken Hearts". You can now check out the full song in which she participates below.

"Queen of Broken Hearts" comes off the band's recently released new album, entitled Bob, You Dont Wanna Go There!.


Band profile: Tristania
Posted: 30.07.2011 by SceneryOfLoss | Comments (14)

Goatwhore - Busy Recording New Album

New Orleans black/death metallers Goatwhore have entered Mana Recording Studios in in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan to record the follow-up to 2009's Carving Out The Eyes Of God.

Once the band wraps up the recording of the new record, they will immediately hit the road for headlining shows starting in Tampa. From there, they will join the Exhumed tour starting on October 26 in Gallup, New Mexico. Support on the trek will come from Cephalic Carnage and Havok. Dates were reported earlier over here.

Commented Goatwhore bassist James Harvey: "It has been a while since we toured with our friends in Exhumed and Cephalic Carnage. We are looking forward to having some chaos injected nights of wicked metal with them all."

He added: "Things are going great in the studio with Rutan. He's a master and definitely brings out the best in us!"


Band profile: Goatwhore
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (0)

Solution .45 - New Video Online

"Lethean Tears", the new video from Swedish melodic death metallers Solution .45 can now be watched below.

The video was directed by Markus Rytilahti from Ekman & Winroth film production.

Vocalist Christian Älvestam says the following about the clip: "This video is basically a visual wrap-up of everything we've done so far, as a band, since the start. Several shots featured come from footage filmed a long time prior to the video (material that will re-appear in their entirety, in the "the making of For Aeons Past"- clips that will follow, in time) and some of it was filmed exclusively, with the video in mind! Style-wise, we wanted to try to capture that naked old-school feeling that a lot of rock-videos and "behind the scenes"- documenteries used to capture so well back in the day.

Many videos of today I think lack that genuine feeling, being more just about green-screens, computer-animations and whatnot and not so much about trying to get the heart and soul of the band across! Personally, I've always been a sucker for the more raw and honest stuff, where you get the feeling of almost being a part of the band - where you get to experience all the different sides, regardless of its nature. For example, I've always loved videos like Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters", their two documentaries "1½ years in the life of Metallica" and the three Vulgar videos that Pantera put out. The stuff where you get to see and know the band, as they are, doing what they do! In short, this video is just us being who we are and whether you like it or not, you just have to deal with it! Enjoy!"

"Lethean Tears" comes off the band's debut album, entilted For Aeons Past, which was released in April last year through AFM Records.


Band profile: Solution .45
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (5)

Absu - New Album Details

Candlelight Records has confirmed October 4th as the North American release date for Absu's new album, titled Abzu.

The album is part two of a planned trilogy of recordings from the Dallas-based mythological occult metal band. Mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond, Solitude Aeturnus), the album features the original works of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Deströyer 666, Vader).

Recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas, Abzu finds drummer/vocalist Proscriptor and bassist/vocalist Ezezu sharing equal vocal duties and debuts the skills of new guitarist Vis Crom. Proscriptor comments: "Abzu is the first studio release to feature a co-vocalist alongside myself since our third album, The Third Storm of Cythraul. Ezezu's vocal presentation is beyond superlative and I am overly pleased with his execution and delivery. The songwriting undertakings were equally distributed between both Ezezu and Vis Crom and I must admit it brings an admirable multiplicity to the album as a whole. The last song on the album, "A Song For Ea," was composed in six movements, as it brought the entire band together as an equivalent songwriting team. Vis Crom has definitely proven to be Absu's most proficient guitarist in the history of the band."

Writing began on Abzu last autumn as Proscriptor notes: "This album has not only been the most challenging in Absu's discography, but the quickest paced - composition and arrangement wise. The current line-up is scattered all across the United States, so the album was physically written utilizing internet file sharing. We even rehearsed, at times, while communicating via cell phones. Lyrically, the album descends deeper into Enki's lower world as well Thelemic and Enochian Magic(k) Systems. My lyrical architecture is extremely convoluted, so I decided to create a generalized synopsis explaining the themes behind each song. I feel these are my best poems since 2001's Tara."

Abzu has benefited from the unity of the band despite limited face-to-face rehearsal time. In fact only two proper rehearsals were had; one preparing for the band's dates with Immortal earlier this year. The six-date showcase tour was the first live American dates for the band since their headline tour in June of 2009. Proscriptor confirms: "We rehearsed one week prior to the tour supporting Immortal and exactly one week after in preparation for the studio experience. I can honestly say this is the first time Absu has rehearsed for only one week, as an entire unit, before entering the studio."


Band profile: Absu
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (7)

Exhumed - N. American Tour With Goatwhore, Cephalic Carnage, Havok

US gore grinders Exhumed will embark on a North American tour later this year.

Support on the trek will come from other punishing bands such as Goatwhore, Cephalic Carnage and Havok. Catch all confirmed tour dates after the jump.


Band profile: Exhumed
Event: Exhumed + Cephalic Carnage + Havok
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

Mastodon - Limited Edition Cover Art Unveiled

As previously reported, Atlanta progressive metallers Mastodon will release their new upcoming album, The Hunter, this October through Reprise Records. The band now revealed the cover artwork for the limited edition package, as can be seen below.

The artwork was once again created by AJ Fosik, a wood carver who is also responsible for the backdrop the band uses live. As said, this marks the first time Mastodon has not used acclaimed artist Paul Romano, who was responsible for all of the group's previous artwork.


Band profile: Mastodon
Posted: 30.07.2011 by K†ulu | Comments (8)

Fleshgod Apocalypse - Another New Song Online

"The Egoism", a brand-new track by Italian brutal/symphonic death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse can now be streamed over at Nuclear Blast USA (in the player at your upper right).

The official music video for "The Violation", another new track from Fleshgod Apocalypse, can still be watched over at this location.

"The Egoism" and "The Violation" come off the band's upcoming album, entitled Agony, which is set to be released on August 9th in North America and on 19th in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Fleshgod Apocalypse
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

Immolation - US Tour With Jungle Rot, Gigan

US death metallers Jungle Rot just announced an October US tour, supporting death metal pioneers Immolation. The other support slot next will be taken by US grindcore/death metallers Gigan.

Read more to get a list of dates. Tickets for the shows can be purchased at EnterTheVault.


Band profile: Immolation
Event: Immolation: North American Tour 2011
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (2)

The Black Locust Project - New Band Of Former Theatre Of Tragedy Drummer

More than a year after Theatre Of Tragedy has called it quits, ex-drummer Hein Frode Hansen formed a new band called The Black Locust Project.

The line-up is completed by Kristian Sigland (The Crest) on vocals, guitars and bass and guitarist Marcus Granlien (To Cast A Shadow).

The band's sound will take a more progressive route than Theatre Of Tragedy, but still can be considered as Gothic. According to the band, The Black Locust Project is single minded in its mission to create music... sincere music, deeply grounded in our roots and hearts.

The Black Locust Project has already finished recorded their debut album and are currently in search for a label now. Two full-length tracks, called "We Remain Strangers" and "Wounded Sky", are available for streaming over at the band's Facebook page. Both songs feature background vocals of Nell SIgland (The Crest, ex-Theatre Of Tragedy).


Band profile: Theatre Of Tragedy
Posted: 30.07.2011 by mpdeimos | Comments (0)

Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy - New Video Online

"Skryj Hlavu Do Dlaní", the new video from Czech folk/doom metal band Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy can now be watched below.

The video was directed by Mejla Basel from Mejla Productions.

"Skryj Hlavu Do Dlaní" comes off the band's latest album, called Návaz, which was released earlier this year in January through Season Of Mist. More album details were previously reported over here.


Band profile: Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (0)

MaYaN - New Dutch And Belgian Live Shows

Mayan - the new project led by Epica vocalist/guitarist Mark Jansen, and featuring Epica band mates Isaac Delahaye (guitar) and Ariën van Weesenbeek (drums), Delain bassist Rob van der Loo, ex-After Forever keyboardist Jack Driessen and guitarist/vocalist Frank Schiphorst - has announced a handful of Dutch/Belgian live dates in autumn.

Get the dates after the jump. The band also announced to tour South America in November. The first shows (all in Brazil) have already been confirmed, with more dates to be announced soon.


Band profile: Epica
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Angel_Lament | Comments (1)

Thy Catafalque - Ink Deal With Season Of Mist

Season Of Mist is proud to announce the signing of avantgarde metal band Thy Catafalque.

The Hungarian duo has already released four albums of an ever-evolving, experimental, dark yet lush music.

Vocalist/guitarist Tamás Kátai issued the following statement: "A real honour it is to work with one of the finest labels of our scene and thus to share a roster with such massive and legendary names. It's an honest pleasure to represent Hungary here."


Band profile: Thy Catafalque
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (0)

Landmine Marathon - New Song Online

"Cutting Flesh And Bone", a brand-new song from US deathgrinders Landmine Marathon is being premiered over at Stereogum.

"Cutting Flesh And Bone" comes off the band's upcoming album Gallows, which is set to be released on September 27th through Prosthetic Records. More album details were previously reported here and here.


Band profile: Landmine Marathon
Posted: 30.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (0)

Vimaranes Metallvm Fest V - First Bands Announced

The first bands set to perform on Portuguese metal festival Vimaranes Metallvm Fest V have now been revealed. Get the names after the jump.

The festival takes place at Trovadores Do Cano in Guimarães on October 7th to 8th.


Event: Vimaranes Metallvm Fest V
Posted: 29.07.2011 by Panzerchrist | Comments (1)