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Mortal Love - To Take Indefinite Hiatus

Norwegian gothic metal outfit Mortal Love have decided to go on indefinite break after being around for over 10 years and having released 3 studio albums.

The band explained as follows: "After over 10 years together as a band, Mortal Love have decided to take a break - indefinitely.

That means no new music will be released, and no concerts or touring will take place in the foreseeable future. The break might be permamanent - or not. We don't know. All we know is that our passion for creating music through Mortal Love is not where it should be at the moment.

There are many reasons for this, the most important being time restraints due to other engagements in our private lives. We are all still the best of friends, and this decision has been mutual on all parts. This was an extremely difficult decision to make, most of all because we knew so many of you would be disappointed and let down. We can assure you that countless hours of thinking this through and weighing our options went into making this decision.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us and stood by us over the years. Our families, friends, partners in crime and bands we've played with.

Most of all we would like to thank YOU. For your love and undying support, words of encouragement and inspiration to make Mortal Love what it is. But most of all we thank you for making Mortal Love a part of your life. Because of you, Mortal Love will live on - and for that we are eternally grateful.

We will maintain our Facebook page and our Twitter account with sporadic updates. All of us will continue with other music projects, and news of them will be published through the aforementioned channels and on our website.

We would like to repeat again how much your support has meant to us - more than you can EVER imagine. Our lives have been better because of you, and from the very bottom of our hearts we thank you. Maybe we'll see you again - who knows."


Band profile: Mortal Love
Posted: 10.07.2011 by mpdeimos | Comments (5)

Mezarkabul - New Song Online

"Wasteland", a brand-new track from Turkish thrash/heavy metal band Mezarkabul (aka Pentagram) has been made available for free download over here. The new single can also be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

"Wasteland" is the band's first recording with new singer Gökalp Ergen, who replaced long-time vocalist Murat Ilkan last year.


Band profile: Mezarkabul
Posted: 10.07.2011 by JD | Comments (5)

Arsames - To Release Cover EP

Iranian thrash/death metal band Arsames will release an cover EP, entitled Persian Death Metal Tribute to Warriors Of Metal, later this summer.

The band will cover some songs of the bands that have influenced them the most, such as Kreator ("Phobia"), Sepultura ("Roots Bloody Roots"), Carcass ("Polarized") and Amon Amarth ("The Pursuit of Vikings").

A video teaser for the upcoming release can be found over at this location.

Commented the band's booking manager, Mohsen Fayyazi: "I was watching that they did the best. I'm sure that the album will attract the attention of fans."


Band profile: Arsames
Posted: 10.07.2011 by JD | Comments (0)

Shadowside - Album Sampler Online

Inner Monster Out, the new upcoming album from Brazilian power metallers Shadowside will be released later this month through SHP Records.

You can check out audio samples of all tracks set to appear on the album using the ReverbNation TuneWidget (click on the "Songs" tab).

The CD was produced, mixed and mastered at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden by Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity etc).


Band profile: Shadowside
Posted: 10.07.2011 by Cynic Metalhead | Comments (0)

Shape Of Despair - New Vocalist Announced

Finnish funeral doomsters Shape Of Despair have tapped Throes Of Dawn vocalist Henri Koivula as the replacement of Pasi Koskinen (Ajattara, ex-Amorphis, Mannhai) who left the band in late 2010.

The band issued the following announcement: "Just before this year, Shape Of Despair and Pasi Koskinen parted ways. We got very few close persons in mind who could fit inside the band's chemistry and share the same passion for our music.

Welcome to our newest member Henri Koivula. Henri is known from his other band Throes Of Dawn which released the magnificent The Great Fleet Of Echoes album last year."


Band profile: Shape Of Despair
Posted: 10.07.2011 by Abattoir | Comments (7)

U.D.O. - Supporting Acts On Euro Tour Announced

Germany's heavy metal veterans U.D.O. are taking their Rev-Raptor Tour throughout Europe later this autumn. The band's latest effort Rev-Raptor was released in May through AFM Records.

Sister Sin, Kobra And The Lotus and Sister are the confirmed support acts on the tour.

Check out the list below to see which bands will share the stage with U.D.O. in your town during the tour.


Band profile: U.D.O.
Event: U.D.O.: Rev-Raptor Tour
Posted: 10.07.2011 by RcK | Comments (2)

Svartsot - New Song And Album Teaser Online

"Farsoten Kom", a brand-new track from Danish folk metal band Svartsot has been made available for streaming over at Soundcloud.

"Farsoten Kom" comes off the band's upcoming new album, entitled Maledictus Eris, which will be released in July/August through Napalm Records. More album details were previously reported over here.

A two-minute album teaser is available for streaming in the YouTube clip below.


Band profile: Svartsot
Posted: 10.07.2011 by Justicelust | Comments (1)

Pain Of Salvation - The Road Salt II Tour Dates

Pain Of Salvation have announced the dates for the upcoming European Road Salt II Tour taking place in October.

The band will be touring in support for their upcoming new album, Road Salt Two, tentatively scheduled for a September release.

Read more to check out the dates.


Band profile: Pain Of Salvation
Event: Pain Of Salvation: The Road Salt II Tour
Posted: 10.07.2011 by K†ulu | Comments (10)

Megadeth - New Album Title Announced

Dave Mustaine has announced that the forthcoming Megadeth album will be called 13.

In a pre-show interview backstage at the Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, UK, Mustaine said of the new record, "I started playing guitar at 13 and this is our 13th record and I was born on the 13th. As soon as I said I was going to call it 13, I started noticing 13 everywhere."

The CD was recorded at Mustaine's own California studio, Vic's Garage, and produced by Johnny K, who's worked with Machine Head, Disturbed and many other bands. Artist John Lorenzi, who designed the group's last two releases, United Abominations and Endgame, as well as their Warchest boxed set, will be doing the artwork once again.


Band profile: Megadeth
Posted: 09.07.2011 by RcK | Comments (25)

Symphony X - First European Tour Dates Announced

Symphony X would like to announce the first dates of the upcoming European Tour in support of Iconoclast, which has been released two weeks ago world wide. The first dates are listed below. More dates will follow.


Band profile: Symphony X
Event: Symphony X: Iconoclast European Tour
Posted: 09.07.2011 by RcK | Comments (13)

Opeth - Free Webcast Of Sonisphere Show

Opeth's live set at the Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, UK this Sunday, July 10th will be streamed live at Roadrunner UK.

The webcast will begin at approximately 5:50pm GMT. Click here to watch it.

As previously reported yesterday, Slipknot are pretty much doing the same thing. Tune in at this location around 9:00pm GMT to catch Slipknot's headlining set.


Band profile: Opeth
Event: Sonisphere Festival
Posted: 08.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (13)

Moonspell - New Album Update

Moonspell vocalist Fernando Ribeiro has posted a lengthy update on the whereabouts of the band on Facebook. Here's the important bit you might be interested in:

"The new album proceeds and we will do a second pre-production with Benny Ricther in late July and Mike will record drums for these songs, most likely in Germany. The rest of the album will be tracked bys us and Tue Madsen during the month of August. Once the music is done, we will be able to give a better insight into this new concept and way of making things. Until then we count the days until we are able to match our big words with one of the most exciting collection of songs we ever worked in as composers."

Ribeiro previously revealed that the new Moonspell album's initials are A.N. and that it will tentatively surface in early 2012 through an as-yet-undetermined record label.


Band profile: Moonspell
Posted: 08.07.2011 by Thryce | Comments (10)

Dying Fetus - Cover EP Teaser Online

Previews of all tracks set to appear on History Repeats..., the new upcoming cover EP by US tech-death grinders Dying Fetus, can now be heard in the YouTube-video below.

The Bolt Thrower cover can still be streamed in full on Facebook, while the Napalm Death cover is still available for streaming in full over at MetalHammer.

History Repeats... will be released on July 19th through FYE stores and Relapse mailorders. More album details was previously reported over here.


Band profile: Dying Fetus
Posted: 08.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (0)

Pig Destroyer - New Drummer Announced

Looks like Virginia-based grindcore act Pig Destroyer have a new drummer: none other than Adam Jarvis (known from Misery Index, Criminal Element).

Jarvis will be replacing long-time drummer Brian Harvey, whose departure from the band has yet to be explained.

Pig Destroyer are still working on their as-yet-untitled mythical new record, which will probably see a release somewhere in 2012.


Band profile: Pig Destroyer
Posted: 08.07.2011 by Kriegsphilosoph | Comments (2)

Arsis - Debut Album To Be Re-Released

After originally being released in the spring of 2004, Willowtip Records is proud to announce the reissuing of the "classic" debut album from Arsis, A Celebration Of Guilt.

The album will be remastered, include two bonus tracks not found on the original pressing, have expanded artwork, and will be packaged within a slipcase. The album will be released on August 9th, 2011.

A Celebration Of Guilt received tremendous critical acclaim upon its release. hailed it as "one of the best metal albums of our time. A Celebration Of Guilt stands to take its place in the canon of history as one of the best metal albums ever made, period." More recently it was named Number 49 on The Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of the Decade list by Decibel Magazine. Arsis have since gone on to release three more full-length albums and have toured the world numerous times.

A Celebration Of Guilt tracklist:

01. The Face Of My Innocence
02. Maddening Disdain
03. Seven Whispers Fell Silent
04. Return
05. Worship Depraved
06. Carnal Ways To Recreate The Heart
07. Dust And Guilt
08. Elegant And Perverse
09. The Sadistic Motives Behind Bereavement Letters
10. Looking To Nothing
11. Wholly Night
12. Painted Eyes (Bonus Track)
13. Veil Of Mourning Black (Bonus Track)


Band profile: Arsis
Posted: 08.07.2011 by Bigpaul | Comments (6)