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Ministry Post Fourth “Relapse” Studio Webisode

Ministry have posted a fourth installment of their behind the scenes look at the making of their upcoming reunion album “Relapse“. You can watch the footage below with the effort expected to arrive in late March:

Lamb Of God will be joined by Hatebreed on their newly-confirmed South American/Mexican shows this coming spring. Lacuna Coil will also join the bill on select dates of the trek, with dates available below.

Lamb Of God will be touring in support of their new album “Resolution“, which is due to land in stores on January 24th through Epic.

03/31 Sao Paulo, BRA – Espaco Lux (feat. Lacuna Coil)
04/01 Curitiba, BRA – Curitiba Master Hall (feat. Lacuna Coil)
04/02 Buenos Aires, ARG – Microestadio Malvinas Argentinas (feat. Lacuna Coil)
04/04 Santiago, CHL – Teatro Caupolican
04/06 Quito, ECU – Teatro Bolivar
04/07 Bogota, COL – Teatro Metropol
04/08 Caracas, VEN – CIEC Caracas
04/10 Mexico City, MEX – Jose Cuervo Salon

Ephel Duath Sign With Agonia Records

Ephel Duath have returned and signed a new recording deal with Agonia Records. The official press release on the signing can be found below:

“Formerly Italian, currently US based band EPHEL DUATH, known as a modern mixture of avant-garde metal and progressive rock with jazz-fusion and hardcore punk elements, has inked a worldwide deal with Agonia Records for the release of an EP and two full-length albums.

Under the leading role of talented guitarist and songwriter Davide Tiso, the machine of EPHEL DUATH is ready to send out a new musical impulse, with the artistic contribution of a new line-up of well-known special session musicians, soon to be announced.

The upcoming spring release EP is going to be recorded in January 2012 at Sharkbyte Studios (Machine Head, Exodus, High On Fire) in Oakland, California. Erik Rutan will do the mixing at his Mana Recording Studio (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, Agnostic Front) in St. Petersburg, Florida. Alan Douches will master the material at West West Side Music (Death, Swans, Mastodon, Converge, Baroness, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Clutch) in New York.

More news will follow shortly.”

Devin Townsend Once Again Writing For “Epicloud”

Devin Townsend has checked in via his Twitter with a brief update regarding his next album “Epicloud“. Here’s what he had to say:

“Things are good, been getting over a gross cold, started writing again for the next record, and getting ready for the Canadian tour on Weds. Kind of turned a corner with Epicloud and it’s starting to come into focus, I’ll keep you posted. Before tour I need to catch up on life…”

Ligeia Members Speak On Bands Recent Turmoil

Members of Ligeia‘s have taken to the bands Facebook in light of their recent implosion which causes them to miss a series of dates. First up was band frontman Keith Holuk, who had the following to say:

“hey guys Keith here, I just want to personally apologize to those who went to the recent Providence show, my drunken behavior was unaccusable and I feel absolutely horrible about everything, i seriously fucked up. I also want to apologize to anyone who came to see us in CT, NY, NH as well. As we did not make it to those shows because of me and to make it clear that my behavior is reason why we were unable to play those shows.

I know a lot of you are pissed off and i know this doesnt fix anything but i wanted everyone to know it’s all my fault. i obviously have major issues with alcohol abuse and it’s something i’m battling everyday. My apologies once again

Meanwhile, guitarist Ryan Ober offered:

“Hey everyone, Ryan here,

first of all I’d just like to apologize for not writing anything sooner but our frontmans actions have once again thrown me into a horrible spot in my life. I’ve basically been bouncing around Western Massachusetts (I live 5 hours away in PA) since the ordeal in Providence, tieing up the loose ends of this current hiatus making sure noone else feels like they’re about to get screwed along with the rest of us. So, with that being said, please understand that my main focus has been on finding a place to sleep and keep warm, not how I can get on Facebook or Lambgoat to TALK about a problem I’m too busy actually dealing with.

It really makes me/us sick to see the comments left by those who once loved our music years ago bashing us because they are under the impression (and rightfully so) that WE, as a WHOLE, don’t take this seriously and don’t care about our fans due to our singers all-too-often showcase of that sort of behavior. Let me make this perfectly clear: THAT IS NOT THE CASE! I have devoted the last year of my life solely to rebuilding Ligeia.

I have had zero income, no car, I live on a futon in someone elses 1 bedroom apartment… I have done EVERYTHING possible to make this bands comeback a reality. Before that for a good 7-8 years of this bands career I was constantly sacrificing my health, my credit, my future and relationships with family members/loved ones… I, as well as the other guys, care VERY much and take this very seriously.

Keith has certainly also sacrificed his life for this but I’m just here to make a few things clear for Eric Gross, Brandon Whipple and myself right now. None of us are happy about the current situation. At all. This has just gone on for FAR TOO LONG and there have been way too many blown “last chances” despite any warnings given. The 3 of us would be straight up foolish to go on working so hard at filling in the hole we’ve been struggling to climb out of as a band while our frontman continually digs deeper.

While this is NOT an official announcement of us breaking up we have UNFORTUNATELY been left with no choice but to cancel any upcoming shows/tours as to not waste more of your/our time and money. Things could be hashed out eventually, who knows. This is also not a request for anyones advice on what we should do. 98% of you dont know the first thing about being in a band full time for 7 years nor do you have ANY clue how many times this has happened to us before Providence, that was just the straw that broke the Camels back so please save the pointers.

This is just a message to shed some light on the situation and kind of let everyone know where we’re at. It is also a request that whether the band stays together and some members part ways or we split for good and everyone goes their own seperate way, please do not let one persons actions over the years ruin the rest of our names or haunt anyone in their future musical endeavors. I will keep you all posted from here but as of right now thats all I/we have. Sorry, again.”

P.O.D. Release New ‘Live’ Video For “On Fire”

P.O.D. drummer Wuv Bernardo has put together a live footage oriented video for the bands track “On Fire“. You can watch the clip, which features footage from the bands recent “Rock Allegiance Tour“, below.

Currently the band are in the studio tracking their new album for Razor & Tie with producer Howard Benson (3 Doors Down, My Chemical Romance).

Textures Announce Early 2012 European Tour With Sylosis

Textures have begun to firm up their early 2012 European touring plans, here’s how they shape up:

With Sylosis:

02/29 Koln, GER – Luxor
03/01 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
03/02 Romagnano Sesia, ITA – R’n’R Arena
03/03 Yverdon, SWI – ISC Amalgame
03/04 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
03/05 Vienna, AUT – Chelsea
03/07 Krakow, POL – Kwadrat
03/08 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
03/09 Berlin, GER – Magnet
03/10 Bochum, GER – Matrix
03/11 Tilburg, NET – 013

With support TBA:

03/28 Strasbourg, FRA – La Laiterie
03/29 Montpellier, FRA – Secret Place
03/30 Barcelona, SPA – Mephisto
03/31 Madrid, SPA – La Sale
04/01 Toulouse, FRA – Aero

Festival shows:

04/08 Schijndel, NET – Paaspop
06/30 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska
08/04 Vagos, POR – Vegos Open Air
08/11 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault

Whitechapel guitarist Zach Householder has posted a revised version of his cover of Slayer‘s “Bloodline“. The new version of the track features guest vocals from Jamie Hanks of I Declare War. Former Dirge Within guitarist Matt Szlachta also contributes leads to the track.

Carnal Forge Go On Hiatus

Carnal Forge have decided to go on hiatus, explaining their decision with the following statement:

“Since all the members have chosen to drop off Carnal Forge due to different reasons to work on new projects, CF will take a pause and the band will be put on ice for an unspecified time.

I don’t know if there will ever be another CF album or if we’ll play live again. I sure do hope so and will work for it, but only the future will tell. Thanks for all of the support through good times and bad times since 1997. See you out there some day somewhere somehow or see you all in hell!

All the best from all of us!!!
Lars Lindén
Västerås, Sweden, 11.11.21″

More details of what the band members are now focusing on can be found over at the groups Facebook.

CKY Guitarist Speaks On Bands Inner Tensions

Following up on his recent comment that the bands forthcoming Christmas show could be its last U.S. show; CKY guitarist Chad I Ginsburg tweeted the following message earlier today, November 25th:

“Everyone keeps asking. Fact is,I personally really wish CKY could continue making albums and touring. Deron does not want to continue w CKY.”