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PSYCHOTIC WALTZ – European tour with NEVERMORE and SYMPHONY X

After announcing the return of singer Buddy Lackey (aka Devon Graves), the reunited classic line-up of San Diego progressive metallers PSYCHOTIC WALTZ have updated their touring itinerary. Unfortunately for North American fans, the extensive tour, supported by NEVERMORE and SYMPHONY X, features only European dates:

Tour dates are as follows:

February
25 – – Stuttgart, Germany – LKA Longhorn
26 – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
27 – Antwerp, Belgium – Hof Ter Loo
28 – Paris, France – Elysee Montmartre

March
1 – Toulouse, France – Phare
3 – Barcelona, Spain – Apollo
4 – Lyon, France – Transbordeur
5 – Florence, Italy – Viper
6 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
7 – Milan, Italy – Magazzini Generali
8 – Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg – Kulturfabrik
10 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Cvetlicarna
11 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
12 – Wien, Austria – Gasometer
13 – Würzburg, Germany – Posthalle
14 – Bad Arolsen, Germany – Outback
16 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
17 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
8 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall
19 – Tilburg, The Netherlands – O13
20 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Melkweg

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WITHERED – Band featured on PROSTHETIC TV

WITHERED‘s new album “Dualitas”, is scheduled for release on October 26 via Prosthetic Records. The band third album (second for Prosthetic Records), was recorded by KYLESA‘s Phillip Cope at the Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina.

“Dualitas” track listing:

01. Extinguished With The Weary
02. Residue In The Void
03. Seek the Shrouded
04. Interlude
05. From Shadows
06. The Progenitor’s Grasp
07. Aethereal Breath
08. Outro

Now, Prosthetic TV has uploaded an interview with Mike Thompson, singer/guitarist of WITHERED. The chat was shot outside of the label’s South By Southwest Showcase in Austin, Texas this past March and the live footage is taken from performances during the festival. Check out the video below.

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HATE – ‘Erebos’ track list and artwork unveiled

Polish metallers HATE have completed work on their new album “Erebos”. The album is due for November 2010 in Europe via Listenable Records. The CD, which will be made available in North America in January 2011 as an “extended version” featuring bonus live material, was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with producers Slawek andWojtek Wieslawski (DECAPITATEDVADER).

“Erebos”, which comes from ancient Greek and means literally “deep darkness” or shadow, will contain ten new songs, which are said to be a fusion of blackened death metal, industrial and ambient sounds, deathcore and heavy metal.

“Erebos” track listing:

01. Genesis
02. Lux Aeterna
03. Erebos
04. Quintessence Of Higher Suffering
05. Trinity Moons
06. Hero Cults
07. Transsubstance
08. Hexagony
09. Wrists
10. Luminous Horizon

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AMORPHIS – Band begins recording new album

Finnish metallers AMORPHIS have entered Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki to begin recording their tenth studio album, to be released in early 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.

On September 17, AMORPHIS celebrated its 20th anniversary by releasing a special retrospective, “Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years”, featuring newly re-recorded versions of the songs from the band’s first three albums (1992’s “Karelian Isthmus”, 1994’s “Tales From The Thousand Lakes” and 1996’s “Elegy”) with slightly different arrangements, better audio quality and featuring the band’s current lineup.AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen told Petri Silas of Finland’s Soundimagazine in early June that he was especially happy with how “My Kantele” and “Song Of The Troubled One” turned out. The collection also includes such gems as “Vulgar Necrolatry” and the band’s cover ofTHE DOORS‘ “Light My Fire”. The latter song was previously recorded by the band and was included on the reissue of the “Tales from the Thousand Lakes” LP, but the new collection features an all-new version that was tracked in early 2010.

“Skyforger”, the latest album from AMORPHIS, was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 15,000 copies. (Note: The sales requirement for albums to reach gold status in Finland was recently lowered to 10,000, but because “Skyforger” was released before this change took effect, the old rules still apply.) The bandmembers were presented with their gold plaques on July 6 at a release party for their first-ever live DVD, “Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes”, at Cinema Andorra in Helsinki.

“Skyforger” was honored in the “Metal Album Of The Year” category at this year’s Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy equivalent).

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KING’S X – Sayreville footage available

Groundzero TV has uploaded video footage of KING’S X performing the song “Over My Head” on September 25, 2010 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. You can now watch the clip below.

International music critics and rock gourmets agree: KING’S X is among the most unusual acts in the history of rock music. Their technical skills are above reproach, and their creativity has impressed fans and media alike. Next to RUSH, there is currently no other rock trio capable of producing such a dense and at the same time transparent sound. The much-anticipated double CD/DVD set, “Live Love in London”, showcases prime examples of KING’S X‘s incredible live show of classic groove rock featuring great melodies with vocal harmonies, driving rhythms and tough guitars. The album is set for an October 26 release through InsideOut Music and will be available as a deluxe DVD+2CD edition in a special embossed package, as well as a 2CD set. A standard DVD-only version will also be available exclusively through CMDistro.com.

“Live Love in London” is the first official DVD release by a band renowned for just such a transcendent rock show! The KING’S X trio of Ty Tabor (guitar, vocals), Dug Pinnick (bass, vocals) and Jerry Gaskill(drums, vocals) have spanned continents and decades together, honing their craft, welcoming their fans in to experience inspired performances that come from their hearts.

“Live Love in London” was shot in January of 2009 at the Electric Ballroom in London, U.K., because, as Tabor states, “London was the first place that accepted KING’S X. It has always been my favorite place to play.” Pinnick recalls, “We were touring the U.S., playing for very small crowds, then we went to London; it was the Marquee and it was sold out!” Gaskill agrees, “London was the first place to make me feel like we might actually be a valid band.”

KING’S X‘s 2008 album, “XV”, sold 4,450 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 145 on the Billboard 200 chart. This marked the first time in over a decade that the band had cracked the Top 200 in the first week of release.

KING’S X‘s “Gretchen Goes To London: Live At The Astoria 5.6.90”DVD was released in November 2008 via Molken Music. The set documents the historic show at the Astoria Theatre in 1990 and includes never-before-seen footage. The DVD was produced by Wally Farkas and has a running time of 64 minutes.

(Blabbermouth)

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CRYSTAL VIPER – ‘Greed is Blind’ New video is up!

“Greed Is Blind”, the new video from the Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, can be viewed below. The track comes off the band’s new album, “Legends”, which is scheduled for release on October 22 via AFM Records.

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CRADLE OF FILTH – “Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)” new video is up!

“Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)” is the new video from CRADLE OF FILTH and it can viewed below. The clip was directed by Dani Jacobs, who previously worked with CRADLE OF FILTH on the “Nymphetamine” video as well clips from PHIL COLLINSTHE CORRS and MOBY, among others.

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BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, IRON MAIDEN Members Recording New Armenian Charity Song

In 1989, BLACK SABBATH‘s Tony Iommi and DEEP PURPLE‘s Ian Gillan were just a few names in a long list of talent involved in the re-recording of the classic Deep Purple track ‘Smoke On The Water’. This song was re-recorded to raise money for those affected by the Leninakan earthquake that struck Armenia in 1988. In October of last year, both Iommi and Gillan travelled to Armenia to see how the funds raised had helped the local community. On their trip they visited a music school only to find it being run out of temporary accommodation, it was only location not to have been rebuilt 20 years after the earthquake had struck.

Next week Iommi and Gillan will be heading back into the studio, joined by keyboardist Jon Lord (ex-Deep Purple, WHITESNAKE) and drummer Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN) to record a new track to raise money to rebuild the Armenian music school. More information about the charity single ‘Out Of My Mind’ and behind the scenes photos will follow soon.

‘Smoke On The Water’ Rock Aid Armenia video can be viewed below:

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MONSTER MAGNET – Dave Wyndorf has launched his own record label

According to U.K.’s Rock SoundMONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf has launched his own record label dubbed Studio 13. Although the imprint will initially focus on releasing seven-inch singles and accompanying download cards featuring MONSTER MAGNET-related music, the label will eventually consider adding other artists to its roster.

Said Wyndorf:

“Right now it’s not about making tons of money; it’s making a cool little place where I can put out my music, in the land between demos and giant finished rock records, there is a cool area, an area where the ideas are fresh and mistakes are there but they are good mistakes. There is really something special about material that is fresh out of the head onto a tape machine and right out the door.”

Studio 13‘s first release — to be made available on the band’s forthcoming European tour — will be a reworked version of “Superjudge” — the title track of MONSTER MAGNET‘s 1993 album — and a song called “She Digs That Hole”, which Dave describes as a “demented psychedelic love song about a gypsy women who picks up girls for the band to fuck.”

Professionally filmed video footage of MONSTER MAGNET‘s August 21, 2010 performance at the Area 4 festival in Lüdinghausen, Germany can be viewed below.

MONSTER MAGNET will release its long-awaited new album, “Mastermind”, this October via Austria’s Napalm Records..

In celebration of the record’s impending release, the band has re-launched its web site: MonsterMagnet.net. Focused around the late October worldwide release of “Mastermind”, the re-launch also serves as the world premiere of the new album’s cover artwork, designed by Invisible Creature(WOLFMOTHERCHRIS CORNELLFOO FIGHTERS).

“Mastermind” track list:

01. Hallucination Bomb
02. Bored With Sorcery
03. Dig That Hole
04. Gods and Punks
05. The Titan Who Cried Like A Baby
06. Mastermind
07. 100 Million Miles
08. Perish In Fire
09. Time Machine
10. When The Planes Fall From The Sky
11. Ghost Story
12. All Outta Nothin’

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