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SOILWORK To Tour North America With DEATH ANGEL, AUGURY, MUTINY WITHIN, SWASHBUCKLE

Godfathers of Swedish modern metal SOILWORK will embark on a North American headlining tour this summer with San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends DEATH ANGEL. Joining them will be Quebec's tech-death masters AUGURY, Roadrunner Records recording artists MUTINY WITHIN, and pirate-themed thrashers SWASHBUCKLE. Commented SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid: "We are stoked to tour with ...

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VENGEFUL Announces New Bassist

Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based band VENGEFUL has announced the addition of bassist Dominic "Forest" Lapointe (ATHERETIC, BARF, QUO VADIS, AUGURY) to the group's ranks. The band states, "We just wrote our first song together and things are sounding a bit more chaotic as we never had a bass player in the room while putting new stuff ...

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OBSCURA Guitarist Says 80% Of New Album Is Already Written

Guitarist Christian Muenzner of the German extreme technical death metal act OBSCURA has issued the following update: "The tour is going great so far! Being halfway through now, we must say that we are overhelmed by the reactions of our American fans. It's a great pleasure to play for such dedicated groups of people every ...

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Free Online NUCLEAR BLAST Sampler

Nuclear Blast and Amazon.com have teamed up to provide metalheads everywhere with the "Sinister Spring Sampler" featuring the following eleven bands and tracks from the label's all-star roster: * EXODUS - "The Hammer And Life" (demo) * ELUVEITIE - "Thousandfold" * ARSIS - "Beyond Forlorn" * ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY - "Cryogenica" * MNEMIC - ...

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AUGURY Parts Ways With Bassist

Montreal progressive death metal act AUGURY gas issued the following update: "After eight years of collaboration, we are sad to announce that we had to part ways with our bass player Dominic 'Forest' Lapointe. We keep in mind his outstanding musical input and volcanic stage presence, and thank him for helping to shape the sound ...

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BLINDED BY FAITH Preparing To Enter Studio

Québec City, Quebec, Canada-based metallers BLINDED BY FAITH are preparing to enter the studio to record three new songs ("The Pace Of The Race", "Dead End" and "Drastic Medicine"), to be used to procure a new record deal. During the process, the band will work with Antoine Baril (ex-AUGURY drummer), Yannick St-Amand (DESPISED ICON, BENEATH ...

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OBSCURA: 'Retribution' Reissued With Bonus Tracks

"Retribution", the debut album from German death metallers OBSCURA, will be reissued on February 16 via Relapse Records. The 2006 CD has been remastered and repackaged with three bonus tracks. OBSCURA is currently out on the 2010 Bonecrusher Fest with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, NECROPHOBIC, and more. This European tour will ...

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THE AMENTA Begins Work On New Material

Sydney, Australia's extreme metal unit THE AMENTA has issued the following update: "2009 was the busiest year yet for THE AMENTA. The band undertook our first ever European tour in the beginning of the year with DEICIDE, SAMAEL, VADER, DEVIAN and ORDER OF ENNEAD. Crowds, venues and bands were great and we returned home in ...

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AUGURY Guitarist Begins Work On New HUMANOID Album

AUGURY guitarist Mathieu Marcotte has issued the following update on his instrumental solo project HUMANOID: I've been working on some new compositions in the last two years, and finally started the pre-production process for the second HUMANOID album. "There's gonna be some cool surprises on this one since i wanna involve more guests and try ...

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ABIGAIL WILLIAMS: West Coast Dates Announced

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS will play several shows on the West Coast in June. The detaisl are as follows: Jun. 01 - The Rock - Tucson, AZ Jun. 02 - U.B.'s - Mesa, AZ Jun. 03 - Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA Jun. 04 - The Crossing - Palmdale, CA Jun. 05 - Stramler ...

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HATESPHERE Parts Ways With Drummer, Pulls Out Of HYPOCRISY Tour

Drummer Dennis Buhl has quit Danish thrashers HATESPHERE due to "severe back problems." As a result, the band has been forced to cancel its participation in the upcoming HYPOCRISY European tour. HATESPHERE has recruited former MERCENARY drummer Mike Park (pictured below) to play on the band's upcoming U.S. tour with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, OBSCURA ...

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OBSCURA To Release 'Cosmogenesis' Tablature Book

German death metallers OBSCURA will release an official guitar tablature book for their latest album, "Cosmogenesis", on January 5. The 145-page book contains the full tablature for all rhythm and lead guitar tracks on the album, expanded album artwork, track-by-track commentary and an introduction from the band, as well as a digital download of "Cosmogenesis" ...

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NECRONOMICON To Headline Toronto's UNHOLY STEELE METAL FEST

Quebec, Canada's black/death metal trio NECRONOMICON will headline the Unholy Steele Metal Fest, set to take place December 19 at The Poor Alex (772A Dundas St. West) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Also scheduled to appear are PANZERFAUST and WETWORK. More bands will be announced soon. "The Time is Now", the new video from NECRONOMICON, can ...

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AUGURY Drummer Quits

Drummer Antoine Baril has announced his departure from the Montreal progressive death metal act AUGURY. He says, "Some personal and professional reasons made multiple touring impossible for me at the moment." He adds, "I wish all the best for AUGURY because those wonderful guys are making incredibly good music. I will never forget those memorable ...

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ABIGAIL WILLIAMS: 'Shadow' Deluxe Edition To Include Bonus Disc

Candlelight Records will release two limited edition versions of ABIGAIL WILLIAMS' popular debut album, "In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns". Due on January 12, the special formats will kick off the band's first tour of 2010, their fifth in support of the LP. The deluxe edition will feature a bonus disc containing five previously ...

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VADER: 'Necropolis' First-Week Sales Revealed

"Necropolis", the new album from Polish death metal veterans VADER, sold around 1,130 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Note: Internet/digital sales **ARE** included in the SoundScan totals.) The CD landed at position No. 19 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the ...

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VADER: Tilburg Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of VADER's September 28, 2009 performance at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands can be viewed below (courtesy of "letthedeathmetalflow"). VADER's new album, "Necropolis", was released in North America on September 22. The CD was recorded at Hertz studios in Bialystok, Poland with the Wieslawski Bros.. Tue Madsen, who previously worked with such ...

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VADER: 'Never Say My Name' Video Released

"Never Say My Name", the new video from Polish extreme metallers VADER, can be viewed below. Inspired by Patrick Graham's bestselling book "L'Évangile Selon Satan" (translation: "The Gospel According to Satan"), the clip tells an alternate story of the death of a messiah who curses humanity before his death on the cross and chooses life ...

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Fragmentary Evidence - AUGURY

"Fragmentary Evidence" is 55 minutes of progressive death metal from a band that assuredly put a lot of blood, sweat, and quite possibly tears into this long-awaited follow-up to 2004's "Concealed". More than just a dazzling display of technical expertise, Montreal's AUGURY craft compositions of unbridled aggression around which is wrapped genre-expanding detours and memorable ...

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GOD DETHRONED: 'Poison Fog' Video Available

Dutch melodic death metal band GOD DETHRONED recently filmed a video for the track "Poison Fog", which is described as "one of the most lyrically intense songs" from the group's latest CD, "Passiondale". The clip, which was directed by Maurice Swinkels, can be viewed below. "Passiondale" was released in April as a limited double digipack ...

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NECRONOMICON Preparing To Announce Label Home

Quebec's black/death metal trio NECRONOMICON has issued the following update: "NECRONOMICON will announce in a matter of days which with label the [band's new album] 'Return Of The Witch' will be released. After three months of talking and negotiation with different labels, the band agreed with a very well-established and professional label just today. Also, ...

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THE AMENTA Parts Ways With Vocalist, Bassist; Replacements Announced

Sydney, Australia's extreme metal unit THE AMENTA has parted ways with vocalist Jarrod Krafczyk and bassist Dale Harrison. The two have been replaced by Cain Cressall (MALIGNANT MONSTER) and Dan Quinlan (PAIN DIVISION), respectively. THE AMENTA will showcase its new lineup at the Against The Grain festival (September 19), and a series of Australian shows ...

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AUGURY: More Canadian Tour Dates Announced

Montreal progressive death metal quartet AUGURY has confirmed a number of new tour dates in Canada in support of its first new album in five years, "Fragmentary Evidence". The CD was released internationally on Nuclear Blast and has been licensed for release at home in Canada through Goodfellow/Sonic Unyon. The band played a very successful ...

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