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Obscura To Release “Illegimitation” Demos And Rarities Collection

Obscura will independently release a collection of ten demos, covers and more by the name of “Illegimitation” in March of next year. The group have launched a Kickstarter campaign for the release, while the track listing for it can be found below:

Obscura – ‘Illegimitation’ Demo” (2003):
01 – “…and all will come to an end
02 – “Crucified
03 – “Fear
04 – “Immanent Desaster

Obscura – ‘Cosmogenesis Preproduction’” (2006):

05 – “Incarnated
06 – “Open the Gates
07 – “Headworm

Obscura – ‘Recording Session 2011′” (2011):

08 – “Flesh and the Power it Holds” (Death cover)
09 – “Piece of Time” (Atheist cover)
10 – “How Could I” (Cynic cover)

Band vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer offered the following on the release:

“This will be a independent release so we can give our fans the opportunity to participate in the project and offer special packages such as a livelong free entry to all Obscura shows, limited edition items, face to face lessons with our members, and tour used gear from the band!”

Asking Alexandria, Blessthefall and Chelsea Grin will be touring throughout Europe and the UK together early next year. Here’s how the dates shape up:

01/10 Dublin, IRE – The Academy
01/12 Glasgow, UK – ABC
01/13 Newcastle, UK – Academy
01/14 Manchester, UK – Ritz
01/15 Leeds, UK – Met Uni
01/16 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
01/17 Norwich, UK – Waterfront
01/19 Cardiff, UK – Solus
01/20 Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
01/21 London, UK – The Forum
01/22 Bristol, UK – Academy
01/23 Portsmouth, UK – Pyramids
01/25 Paris, FRA – Divan du Monde
01/26 Brussels, BEL – Box / AB
01/27 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
01/28 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
01/29 Hamburg, GER – Markethalle
01/30 Copenhagen, DEN – Amanger Bio
01/31 Garda, SWE – Brew House
02/01 Stockholm, SWE – Klubben
02/03 Berlin, GER – C-Club
02/04 Chemnitz, GER – AJZ
02/05 Numburg, GER – Hirsch
02/06 Prague, CZE – Lucerna Music Bar
02/08 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
02/09 Vienna, AUT – Arena
02/10 Milan, ITA – Tunnel Club
02/11 Zurich, SWI – Complex
02/12 Stuttgart, GER – Die Rohre
02/13 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp
02/15 Esch Sur Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
02/16 Strasbourg, FRA – Laiterie
02/17 Lyon, FRA – Ninkasi Kao
02/18 Saint Ave, FRA – Echonova

Machine Head will be touring the U.S. early next year. The group look to be joined by Suicide Silence, Darkest Hour and Rise To Remain on the trek, the following dates for which have slipped out thus far:

02/06 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
02/08 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
02/18 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield

Ulcerate Sign With Relapse

New Zealand based outfit Ulcerate have inked a deal with Relapse Records. The following press release was issued on their signing:

Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of New Zealand progressive death metallers ULCERATE.

ULCERATE (Paul Kelland: Bass/vocals, Michael Hoggard: Guitars, William Cleverdon: Guitars, and Jamie Saint Merat: Drums) formed in 2000 and has previously released three full-length albums. The band’s latest album, The Destroyers of All, was released earlier this year and received international critical acclaim for its blend of ambitious songwriting and unorthodox extremity. ULCERATE will enter the studio next fall to begin recording their Relapse debut.

ULCERATE’s Jamie Saint Merat commented on the signing and the band’s upcoming tour dates: “Working with Relapse is a very logical next step for us, and we’re really looking forward to the partnership. Their presence of quality releases regardless of genre, overarching aesthetic and attention to detail is something that we find very natural to align with, as well as being fans of the label’s releases well before the band was even started.

In terms of what’s next for the Ulcerate, 2012 will be a big year for us – in February we’re touring Europe for 23 dates with our good friends in Svart Crown, followed up by MDF X and accompanying side-shows in the US in May, New Zealand shows in December (2011) and January, and a tentative return to Australia mid-year. We’ll also begin work on album number 4…”.”

Gojira Reportedly Sign With Roadrunner Records, New Album Producer Revealed

Gojira have tapped producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Avenged Sevenfold) to co-produce the sessions for their new album (presumably alongside band frontman Joe Duplantier.) Metal Sucks recently got wind of a since-pulled Facebook posting from the NYC recording studio (Spin Recording Studios) where the band are tracking the outing.

Most interestingly the post mentioned that the album would see a release through Roadrunner Records. Whether or not this applies to North American or European territories was not revealed.

Rammstein Release Teasers For “Mein Land” Music Video

Rammstein have released about 8 million trailers for their upcoming “Mein Land” music video below. The full clip will debut online this coming Friday, November 11th, through You can either cheat and watch the various officially posted series of teasers after the jump or watch the compiled footage below.

A digital single for “Mein Land” will be issued on November 11th as well, with the iTunes version sporting more goodies than any of the others. The song will appear on the bands forthcoming greatest hits release, “Made In Germany 1995 – 2011“, which will see a December 06th North American release through Vagrant.

click here to watch all of the teasers…

Cattle Decapitation Confirm New Album Recording Plans

Cattle Decapitation have confirmed that they will enter the studio in January/February to begin recording their new album. The band will track the effort at Denver, CO’s Flatline Audio with producer/engineer Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Trivium) at the helm.

The group will also test out some of the new material at a number of shows on their way to the studio, you can find those dates below.

Meanwhile, guitarist Josh Elmore offered the following on the outing:

“As it comes down to the home stretch before recording, we have been focusing on getting the last two songs written as well as refining and tightening the tracks which are already completed. The overwhelming impression I get from this new batch of tunes is that they have benefitted greatly from a more streamlined approach to composition and song structure. A lot of these songs are very “to-the-point” with just enough embellishment to keep them dynamic, whilst avoiding sinking into some bells-and-whistles mire. Lean and mean.

There will be no forays in 8-string djentiness and none of us bought v-neck shirts or deck shoes to “modernize” our sound and look, respectively. Expect some riffy, ripping blackened deathgrind with nods to our past work and tastes of what’s to come. These songs are going to be a blast to play live and we are anxious to have these recorded and get on the road to play them for you.”

01/04 Phoenix, AZ – The Clubhouse
01/05 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
01/06 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater

Doomriders Touring Overseas With Kvelertak, Toxic Holocaust, Etc.

Doomriders are touring overseas with Kvelertak, Toxic Holocaust and The Secret. Dates include:

11/08 Bergen, NOR – Ole Bull Scene
11/09 Starvanger, NOR – Folken
11/10 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
11/11 Trondheim, NOR – Samfundet
11/12 Stockholm, SWE – Strand
11/14 Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia
11/15 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone
11/17 Gothenburg, SWE – Sticky Fingers

Ghost, Blood Ceremony, Etc. To Tour North American In Early 2012

Ghost, Blood Ceremony and Ancient VVisdom will tour North America together early next year under the banner of the “13 Dates Of Doom Tour“. Here’s where they will be playing:

01/18 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
01/19 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
01/20 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
01/21 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
01/22 Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
01/24 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
01/25 Minneapolis, MN – Station Four
01/27 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
01/28 Salt Lake City, UT – The Vertigo
01/30 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
01/31 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
02/01 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
02/02 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy

Slayer Take Amusing Shot At Glenn Danzig For His “Fun Fun Fun Fest” Antics

Slayer weren’t above taking a rather tasteful shot at Glenn Danzig‘s recent antics at the “Fun Fun Fun Fest“. The band, who also performed at the festival, saw fit to post pictures of French Onion soup on their Facebook with the following caption:

“Great show tonight @FunFunFunFest got everything we needed”

††† (Crosses) Members Speak On Their Origin And Future Plans

††† (aka Crosses) (Deftones, Far) recently shed some light on not only their origin, but their future plans. You can read an interview with the bands Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far) over at

An excerpt from the interview of Moreno talking about the bands future plans can be found below:

“I hate to sit here and tell everyone exactly how it’s going to roll out because it might change, but the idea is to keep putting out EPs and possibly compile everything and put them all on a record or a double record. Put it all together as one package and do a very limited special-edition so the people that really want it can get it.

We’re not interested in doing any major-label deal or getting in a van and touring across the country or anything like that. It’s more or less just putting out some music. I wouldn’t say we may never play [live]; we might, we may not, I don’t know. But if we do, I’m sure it would be a specialty type of thing. I think everything should be treated like specialty everything: limited, numbered packaging and if we are to do shows, specialty kind of things.

I think if we start to look at this as it’s a band and a full-on thing, I think it might take away from the specialness of how it came about and what it is. I think the best part about this, though, is everything you hear was generated by us: three people with nobody else’s opinion, money, favors or whatever. [To Lopez] Not to hype you up too much, it’s pretty awesome that you pretty much recorded every sound on there and mixed it.

There is no outside help as far as producers—I’m just not used to that. I’m used to always having a million people around like doing this and engineers. To me, that’s rad because I know that everything on there is untouched.”