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AUGURY Announces New Drummer

Canadian progressive death metal band AUGURY has announced the addition of drummer Antoine Baril to the group's ranks. The group says, "Originating from Quebec City area, Antoine got known with the excellent tribute to DEATH, SYMBOLIC, as well as MAG project, SIGNS OF FATE and many others. An accomplished mutli-instrumentalist and producer of several local ...

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THE EYES OF A TRAITOR To Support GOJIRA In U.K., Ireland

U.K.-based metallers THE EYES OF A TRAITOR have been confirmed as the main support on the upcoming GOJIRA U.K. tour beginning March 10 in Leeds. THE EYES OF A TRAITOR will release its full-length debut, "A Clear Perception", in North America on March 10 via Listenable Records. The track listing for the CD is as ...

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OBSCURA: 'Anticosmic Overload' Video Available

"Anticosmic Overload", the new video from German death metallers OBSCURA, can be viewed below. The clip was directed and filmed by OBSCURA's own Steffen Kummerer as well as Christoph Harrer as part of their final project in video design at the University of Deggendorf, Germany. The video was shot last November at the Metropolis Music ...

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SUFFOCATION, SUICIDE SILENCE, THE FACELESS, VOIVOD Confirmed For SUMMER BREEZE Festival

SUFFOCATION, SUICIDE SILENCE, THE FACELESS and VOIVOD have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 13-15, 2009 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: AMON AMARTH AMORPHIS BACKYARD BABIES BATTLELORE BEFORE THE DAWN BENEATH THE MASSACRE BLACK MESSIAH BORN FROM PAIN BRAINSTORM ...

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LIFE OF AGONY, DAATH, NECROPHAGIST Confirmed For Germany's SUMMER BREEZE Festival

DAATH, NECROPHAGIST and LIFE OF AGONY have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 13-15, 2009 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: AMON AMARTH AMORPHIS BACKYARD BABIES BATTLELORE BEFORE THE DAWN BENEATH THE MASSACRE BLACK MESSIAH BORN FROM PAIN BRAINSTORM CALLEJON ...

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SWASHBUCKLE, AUGURY Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST After Winning MySpace Band Contest

Montreal-based sympho/black/folk/power metal act BLACKGUARD (formerly PROFUGUS MORTIS), New Jersey's crazy pirate metal drunks SWASHBUCKLE and Canadian progressive death metallers AUGURY have been signed to Nuclear Blast Records after being selected as the winners of the label's "MySpace Band Contest." According to Nuclear Blast, there were around 3,000 artist submissions for the contest, which lasted ...

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OBSCURA: Another New Song Posted Online

German death metallers OBSCURA have posted another brand new track, "Cosmogenesis", on their MySpace page. The song is the title cut of the group's second full-length album, which will be released in the U.S. on February 17 via Relapse Records (March 2 internationally). The CD features guest appearances from Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC ...

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SLIPKNOT, DRAGONFORCE, SHADOWS FALL Members Signing For IBANEZ At NAMM

Members of DRAGONFORCE, SHADOWS FALL and SLIPKNOT will be signing autographs at the Ibanez Guitars booth at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which is being held January 15-18 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The Ibanez Guitars schedule is as follows (all appearances and times are subject to change): ...

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PENNY FOR THE OLD GUY Signs With BOMBWORKS RECORDS

Bombworks Records has announced the signing of PENNY FOR THE OLD GUY. The band will enter the studio in early 2009 to begin recording its first full-length, tentatively due in the summer. Like labelmates DEUS INVICTUS, PENNY FOR THE OLD GUY calls the greater Atlanta area in Georgia home. The metal band with the funny ...

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DEUS INVICTUS Signs With BOMBWORKS RECORDS

Bombworks Records has announced the signing of DEUS INVICTUS. The band will enter Red Room 104 Studios in January with Charles Clifton to record its first full-length — a concept album featuring over one hour of music — for a mid-2009 release. Hailing from the greater Atlanta area in Georgia, DEUS INVICTUS plays a unique ...

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COMMON GRAVE Completes Work On 'Embedded Coding'

German death metallers COMMON GRAVE have finished recording their second album, "Embedded Coding". Once again produced by Stefan Fimmers, the CD "is the next significant step in the band's development," according to a press release. "It offers matured and refined songwriting that is more complex and melodic but nevertheless destined to kill on stage. And ...

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THE EYES OF A TRAITOR: New Song Posted Online

U.K.-based metallers THE EYES OF A TRAITOR will release their full-length debut, "A Clear Perception", on February 2 via Listenable Records. The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Under Siege 02. Like Clockwork 03. With Different Eyes 04. Escape These Walls 05. Decorus 06. Misconceptions 07. Echoes 08. Hands of Time 09. ...

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Former A DOZEN FURIES, WITHERED DREAMS Members Join Forces In THE FUNERAL PROCESSION

THE FUNERAL PROCESSION, the Dallas, Texas-based progressive/experimental metal band featuring former members of A DOZEN FURIES, PROPHECY and WITHERED DREAMS, is seeking a singer and keyboardist. The group cites its influences as OPETH, MY DYING BRIDE, BEHEMOTH, NECROPHAGIST, ANATHEMA, ANTIMATTER, SOLITUDE AETURNUS, EMPEROR, MORBID ANGEL, PORCUPINE TREE, ISIS and DREAM THEATER. THE FUNERAL PROCESSION is: ...

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OBSCURA: New Song Posted Online

German death metallers OBSCURA have posted a brand new track, "Anticosmic Overload", on their MySpace page. The song comes off the group's second full-length album, "Cosmogenesis" due in February 2009 via Relapse Records. The CD features guest appearances from Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK, BLOTTED SCIENCE) and Tymon Kruidenier (CYNIC, EXIVIOUS). "The new ...

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BENEATH THE MASSACRE Lands On 'Top New Artist Albums' Chart

"Dystopia", the new album from the Montreal death metal quartet BENEATH THE MASSACRE, sold nearly 1,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at position No. 22 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing ...

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ORIGIN, SKINLESS, OBSCURA, MAN MUST DIE, ANTIGAMA To Team Up For European Tour

ORIGIN, SKINLESS, OBSCURA, MAN MUST DIE, and ANTIGAMA will join forces for the first-ever European edition of the legendary Relapse Records Contamination Tour. The trek will bring extremity as only Relapse Records can provide to Europe in an extensive four-week run. ORIGIN recently issued its new full-length album, "Antithesis", to worldwide acclaim! Infamous New York ...

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EPHEL DUATH: New Song Available For Streaming

A new EPHEL DUATH track entitled "Guardian" is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the Italian avant-garde metallers' fourth studio album, "Through My Dog's Eyes", which is scheduled for release on January 26, 2009 through Earache Records. Check out the cover artwork by Seldon Hunt below. EPHEL ...

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EPHEL DUATH: 'Through My Dog's Eyes' Artwork Unveiled

Italian avant-garde metallers EPHEL DUATH will release their fourth studio album, "Through My Dog's Eyes", on January 26, 2009 through Earache Records. Check out the cover artwork by Seldon Hunt below. EPHEL DUATH has never been one to take the traditional approach to creating music and their latest effort takes this outlook even further. "Through ...

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Reactivated NOCTURNUS Performs In Rotterdam; Video Available

Fan-filmed video footage of the reactivated long-defunct late '80s/early '90s American progressive death metal band NOCTURNUS performing on October 17, 2008 at the Baroeg in Rotterdam, Holland can be viewed below (clips uploaded by YouTube user "letthemetalflow"). Former MORBID ANGEL and NOCTURNUS drummer/vocalist Mike Browning issued a statement in August regarding what was being billed ...

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OBSCURA: New Album Title, Guest Appearances Revealed

German death metallers OBSCURA have set "Cosmogenesis" as the title of their second full-length album, due in early 2009 via Relapse Records. The CD features guest appearances from Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK, BLOTTED SCIENCE) and Tymon Kruidenier (CYNIC, EXIVIOUS). "The new album sounds very intense and brutal", the band says in a statement. OBSCURA ...

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EPHEL DUATH's New Album Written From Dog's Perspective

Italian avant-garde metallers EPHEL DUATH will release their fourth studio album, "Through My Dog's Eyes", on January 26, 2009 through Earache Records. EPHEL DUATH has never been one to take the traditional approach to creating music and their latest effort takes this outlook even further. "Through My Dog's Eyes" is based on a bizarre concept ...

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DAATH Apologizes For Tampa Cancellation

Georgia's DAATH was forced to cancel its appearance Saturday night (September 13) 13 at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, Florida alongside CARCASS, SUFFOCATION, NECROPHAGIST and others. The band says, "We want to extend an apology to all our fans who didn't get a chance to see us in Tampa [Saturday] night. There were factors beyond ...

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OBSCURA Signs With RELAPSE RECORDS

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Munich, Germany-based death metallers OBSCURA. The band is currently recording its second full-length album with producer V. Santura (DARK FORTRESS) at The Crypt Studios for an early 2009 release. Commented OBSCURA guitarist/vocalist Steffan Kummerer: "We are very happy to have found in Relapse a strong partner for the ...

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CARCASS: Photos From North American Tour Kick-Off Available

ReturnToThePit.com has posted several hundred photos from the first show of CARCASS' North American tour, which kicked off last night (Friday, September 5) at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Included are pictures of the following artists: (Note: One of the tour's scheduled support acts, ABORTED, was apparently a no-show at last night's concert.) 1349 (102 ...

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INTO ETERNITY Films 'Time Immemorial' Video

Canadian progressive metal titans INTO ETERNITY are in the midst of an extremely successful run as part of Summer Slaughter Canada, which also features NECROPHAGIST, DYING FETUS, BENEATH THE MASSACRE and WHITECHAPEL. This trek marked the kick off of their worldwide touring cycle for their much anticipated fifth full-length "The Incurable Tragedy", which is slated ...

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