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Black Label Society, Hatebreed and Butcher Babies have announced a new North American tour, here’s the confirmed dates:

12/28 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory [Spokane]
12/29 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
12/30 Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Community Theatre
12/31 Calgary, AB – Flames Central
01/02 Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre
01/03 Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre
01/04 Winnipeg, MB – The Burton Cummings Theatre
01/05 Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
01/07 London, ON – London Music Hall
01/08 Toronto, ON – Kool Haus (The Guvernment)
01/09 Montreal, QC – Le Métropolis de Montréal
01/10 Syracuse, NY – F SHED at The Market
01/12 Reading, PA – Reverb
01/13 Portland, ME – State Theatre, Portland, Maine
01/14 Hartford, CT – The Webster
01/16 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
01/17 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
01/18 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
01/20 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
01/21 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theater At the Midland
01/22 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium

Bloodbath Officially Reveal New Vocalist

After months of teases Bloodbath‘s new vocalist has been revealed to be Paradise Lost frontman Nick Holmes. The bands Jonas Renkse (also of Katatonia) said of Holmes‘ addition:

“Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in 1990, Nick Holmes has been one of my favourite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!”

Guitarist Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström also offered:

“Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic Lost Paradise, or the genre-defining Gothic and yet here we are decades later, fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it’s an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath‘s grand morbid funeral!”

Holmes fills the spot vacated by Opeth‘s Mikael Åkerfeldt. Bloodbath‘s first album with Holmes at the head has been titled “Grand Morbid Funeral” and is due in stores November 18th.

Meshuggah Debut “Do Not Look Down” Live From “The Ophidian Trek”

Meshuggah‘s live performance of “Do Not Look Down” as taken from their “The Ophidian Trek” live Blu-ray/DVD is now available. The below clip of that from the set debuted today at Drummagazine.com. Both “The Ophidian Trek” and a remastered version of “I” will be released September 30th through Nuclear Blast.
click here for the video…

Carcass Detail New EP “Surgical Remission”/”Surplus Steel”

Carcass have revealed what they have in store for fans on their new “Surgical Remission“/”Surplus Steel” EP that Nuclear Blast have due for a November 11th release. The outing will feature various odds and ends from their “Surgical Steel” cycle:

01 – “A Wraith In The Apparatus
02 – “Intensive Battery Brooding
03 – “Zochrot
04 – “Livestock Marketplace
05 – “1985 (Reprise)

A colored vinyl pressing is in the works with this fitting teaser image having been revealed:
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Fuck The Facts Stream New Song “L’impasse” From “Abandoned” EP

Fuck The Facts‘ “Abandoned” EP is slated to be released October 01st. The three-song affair shapes up as follows:

01 – “Endless Emptiness
02 – “Disabused
03 – “L’impasse

A stream of the third track, “L’impasse” is ready for you after the break. All three of the included tracks originally began life during the “Die Miserable” sessions. In addition to a digital release, the effort will be released on 100 limited edition cassettes, which you can pre-order here.

click here for the stream…

Megadeth To Release Five Early Albums On Picture Disc Vinyl In November

Megadeth will be releasing their first five major label albums on picture disc vinyl in the US on November 11th through UMe. Frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine oversaw the remastered mixes for the new pressings. Each album’s requisite cover art will appear as the image on the vinyl. Albums getting the treatment include:

Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?
So Far, So Good…So What!
Rust In Peace
Countdown To Extinction
Youthanasia

Pre-orders for all five are currently available at Amazon.

Down will trek through North America in December as part of a headlining run dubbed ‘The Punk Rock But Kinda Not Tour‘. Support on that run will come from Orange Goblin, Bl’ast! and King Parrot with the following dates booked:

12/01 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
12/03 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
12/05 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
12/06 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
12/07 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
12/08 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
12/10 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
12/11 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
12/13 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
12/14 Calgary, AB – Flames Central
12/15 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
12/17 Denver, Co – The Summit Music Hall
12/19 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
12/20 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
12/21 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live