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EXMORTUS Frontman Quits

Guitarist/vocalist Balmore Lemus has left Los Angeles-based neo-classical death purveyors EXMORTUS "for personal reasons." The band states, "right now Conan [Gonzalez; lead guitar, backing vocals] will be jumping to vocals while maintaining his lead guitar duties but we still need another killer guitarist." Interested parties can contact the group via the EXMORTUS MySpace ...

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RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA, SACRED STEEL Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA and SACRED STEEL have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Rock Hard festival, set to take place May 21-23, 2010 at the Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ACCEPT ARTILLERY BLOODBATH BULLDOZER CRASHDIET EVILE EXHORDER KATATONIA KEEP OF KALESSIN ...

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CRYSTAL EYES: 'We Are Still Alive'

Swedish metallers CRYSTAL EYES have issued the following update: "We've been getting a lot of questions lately about the status of CRYSTAL EYES so here it is: We're still alive and somewhere in the middle of the songwriting process for the seventh album. It's far too early to talk about release dates but since the ...

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ENFORCER: 'Diamonds' Cover Unveiled

Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER have revealed the cover art for their new album, "Diamonds", due to be released in Europe by Earache Records on May 24 and the rest of the world by Heavy Artillery Records on May 25. Commented ENFORCER singer Olof Wikstrand: "'Diamonds' in some way refers to that we're seeing things in ...

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CRASHDIET Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

Swedish glam rockers CRASHDIET have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Rock Hard festival, set to take place May 21-23, 2010 at the Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): ACCEPT ARTILLERY BLOODBATH BULLDOZER CRASHDIET EVILE EXHORDER KATATONIA KEEP OF KALESSIN KREATOR NECROS CHRISTOS NEVERMORE ...

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ENFORCER: New Song Available For Streaming

Swedish heavy metal powerhouse ENFORCER will release its sophomore album, "Diamonds", on May 24 in Europe via Earache Records and one day later in the rest of the world through Heavy Artillery Records. The track "Midnight Vice" from the forthcoming CD is available for streaming at this location. According to a press release, ...

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ENFORCER Signs European Deal With EARACHE RECORDS

Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER have inked a European deal with Earache Records. The band's new album, "Diamonds", is scheduled for release in Europe on May 24 and in the rest of the world a day later via Heavy Artillery Records. Commented ENFORCER singer Olof Wikstrand: "After the great success of 'Into The Night', we now ...

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AT WAR: 'Make Your Move' Video Released

"Make Your Move", the new video from reunited Virginia thrash metal legends AT WAR, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's first album in 20 years, "Infidel", which was released in August 2009 via Heavy Artillery Records. The CD's stunning cover artwork comes courtesy of legendary illustrator and photographer Claudio Bergamin and ...

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ACCEPT, EXHORDER Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

ACCEPT and EXHORDER have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Rock Hard festival, set to take place May 21-23, 2010 at the Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ACCEPT ARTILLERY BLOODBATH BULLDOZER EVILE EXHORDER KATATONIA KEEP OF KALESSIN KREATOR NECROS CHRISTOS NEVERMORE ORPHANED LAND SABATON SONATA ARCTICA ...

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KEEP OF KALESSIN Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

Norway's KEEP OF KALESSIN has been confirmed for this year's installment of the Rock Hard festival, set to take place May 21-23, 2010 at the Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ARTILLERY BLOODBATH BULLDOZER EVILE KATATONIA KEEP OF KALESSIN KREATOR NECROS CHRISTOS NEVERMORE ORPHANED LAND SABATON SONATA ARCTICA THE ...

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ARTILLERY: New Tour Dates Announced

Danish thrash metal veterans ARTILLERY have scheduled the following dates: Feb. 20 - Oostende Festival - Ostendfest, Belgium Mar. 27 - Ramfest - Albertslund, Denmark April 09 - Slagelse Musikhus - Slagelse, Denmark Apr. 10 - Kansas City - Odense, Denmark Apr. 16 - Loppen - Copenhagen, Denmark May 07 - Walpurgis Metal Days - ...

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Black Future - VEKTOR

The band logo and intriguing cover art immediately bring to mind VOIVOD, as do some of the deeply pondered futuristic/science-fiction lyrics and the occasional nods to otherworldly musical angularity. But more than anything else, VEKTOR's "Black Future" is simply a progressive thrash metal album whose arrangements are intricate, yet rarely verbose. In other words, equal ...

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Metal of Honor - NOCTURNAL FEAR

Tanks rumble over decaying bodies, gasmasks are donned as soldiers carry their wounded in one arm and M-16 in the other, marching through plumes of smoke on a battlefield halfway around the world. Following closely behind is an armored personnel carrier that pulls a flatbed on which the members of Michigan's NOCTURNAL FEAR play filthy, ...

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DANISH METAL AWARDS: Nominees Announced

According to Antenna, MESHUGGAH, MNEMIC, THE BURNING and ARTILLERY are among the acts who will perform at the next installment of the Danish Metal Awards, set to take place January 16, 2010 at Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark. The awards event will offer the attendees a chance to experience four Danish acts. Once the ...

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VEKTOR: Entire Album Available For Streaming

Phoenix, Arizona-based futuristic thrashers VEKTOR will release their full-length debut, "Black Future", on November 17 via Heavy Artillery Records. According to a press release, the CD "is a seventy-minute epic of diabolical space metal that stimulates the senses and challenges any preconceived limits to what a metal album can be. Welcome to the future; prepare ...

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IGNITOR: Footage From Austin In-Store Posted Online

Texas metal powerhouse IGNITOR has posted video footage of its recent record-release party and live in-store performance at Encore Records in Austin, Texas in support of the band's new album, "The Spider Queen". Watch the clip below. "The Spider Queen" was released by Heavy Artillery in the United States and Canada on October 13 (Cruz ...

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NEVERMORE Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

Seattle-based metallers NEVERMORE have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Rock Hard festival, set to take place May 21-23, 2010 at the Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ARTILLERY BLOODBATH BULLDOZER EVILE KATATONIA KREATOR NECROS CHRISTOS NEVERMORE ORPHANED LAND SABATON SONATA ARCTICA THE DEVIL'S BLOOD VIRGIN STEELE ...

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BLOODBATH, SONATA ARCTICA, VIRGIN STEELE Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD Festival

BLOODBATH, SONATA ARCTICA, VIRGIN STEELE, ORPHANED LAND and KATATONIA have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Rock Hard festival, set to take place May 21-23, 2010 at the Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ARTILLERY BLOODBATH BULLDOZER EVILE KATATONIA KREATOR NECROS CHRISTOS ORPHANED LAND SABATON SONATA ARCTICA ...

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Infidel - AT WAR

War, what is it good for? Lyrical inspiration for metal bands, that's what. Just ask AT WAR, what some might call the JUNGLE ROT of thrash metal. Sensing the time was right in this era of the old-is-new-again thrash resurgence, Virginia's AT WAR finally follows up its 1988 release "Retaliatory Strike" with a dandy called ...

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VEKTOR: 'Black Future' Release Date Announced

Phoenix, Arizona-based futuristic thrashers VEKTOR will release their full-length debut, "Black Future", on November 17 via Heavy Artillery Records. According to a press release, the CD "is a seventy-minute epic of diabolical space metal that stimulates the senses and challenges any preconceived limits to what a metal album can be. Welcome to the future; prepare ...

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SATYRICON, DARK FUNERAL, THE HAUNTED Confirmed For Denmark's AALBORG METAL FESTIVAL

SATYRICON, DARK FUNERAL and THE HAUNTED are among the confirmed bands for the Aalborg Metal Festival 2009, set to take place Novemebr 5-7 at Studenterhuset in Aalborg, Denmark. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ARTILLERY AS WE FIGHT BLODARV DARK FUNERAL ENDSTILLE ESSENSCE GOD DETHRONED HOLLENTHON METHONIA MNEMIC MUDSLIDE RAUNCHY SATYRICON THE BURNING ...

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AT WAR: New Video Interview Posted Online

The Virginia Metal Alliance conducted an interview with reunited Virginia thrash metal legends AT WAR on July 25, 2009 when the band performed at Alley Katz in Richmond. The nine-minute clip can be viewed below. AT WAR will release its first album in 20 years, entitled "Infidel", on August 18 via Heavy Artillery Records. The ...

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ARTILLERY: Danish Tour Dates Announced

Danish thrashers ARTILLERY have scheduled the following dates in their home country: Oct, 02 - Kansas City - Odense, Denmark Oct. 03 - Club Brutal - Aarhus, Denmark Oct. 16 - The Rock - Copenhagen, Denmark Oct. 24 - Banehuset - Sommersted, Denmark "10.000 Devils", the new video from ARTILLERY, can be viewed below. The ...

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