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Straight Line Stitch Premiere “Conversion” Music Video

Straight Line Stitch‘s new music video for their latest single “Conversion” has premiered online over at ARTISTdirect.com. The clip was shot with director Dale “Rage” Resteghini (Mudvayne, Trivium) and serves as the first single from the groups new album, “The Fight Of Our Lives“, which has been slated for a March 22nd release date through eOne Music.

DragonForce Announce New Vocalist

DragonForce have officially added vocalist Marc Hudson to their ranks. The following statement was issued on his addition:

“UK based metal heroes DragonForce have announced that their long search for a new vocalist is finally over. After entries from thousands of hopefuls across the globe, the shredmasters supreme welcome 23-year-old Marc Hudson to the band to fill the boots left by ZP Theart, who parted ways with the band in March of last year.

“I’m really excited about being a part of the DragonForce family,” said Hudson. “It’s always been my dream to dedicate my life to making music. I’m going to bring all the power and emotion I can to the songs, and help make the killer new record the fans have been waiting for!”

Born in Oxford England, Hudson was picked from the thousands of applications via a number of impressive video auditions and live performances, which left the rest of the band in no doubt that they’d found their man. Since the age of 16, Hudson has been building his vocal skills, gigging with bands in the UK underground scene, developing a powerful style with influences which include Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and Sebastian Bach.

Said founding member and guitarist Herman Li: “After almost a year of searching around the globe, it’s great to be able to finally tell our fans the good news. Marc‘s expressive and melodic vocals are sounding phenomenal on the new songs, adding another dimension to the DragonForce sound that I am sure all the fans will love.”

The band has been working on a new album since early 2010, recording in various studios in California, London and the South of France. The follow up to 2008’s hugely successful Ultra Beatdown album will be highly anticipated, with top 10 and top 20 chart positions all over the world and a Grammy Nomination in the United States setting the precedent. With Hudson brought into the fold, the band is enjoying an injection of enthusiasm and hunger that sees DRAGONFORCE prepared to return more focused and determined than ever before.

“Everyone in the band is extremely excited about how the new material is shaping up,” continued Li. “We haven’t felt this kind of energy in the band for a long time. We can’t wait to unleash the next DragonForce album later this year.”

The new album is expected to hit the shelves in September, with a full world tour to follow.”

Agnostic Front Film New Music Video

Agnostic Front have wrapped up filming a new music video for their track “That’s Life“. The song will appear on the groups new album “My Life My Way“, which is on course for a March 22nd North American release date through Nuclear Blast.

Chris Cornell Speaks On Looming Soundgarden Writing/Recording Sessions

Chris Cornell recently confirmed to Spin.com that Soundgarden will convene in a Seattle, WA area studio in about a week to focus on writing and recording new material. Cornell also revealed that producer Adam Kasper (Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age) has been tapped to helm the sessions for the outing. More insight on the groups current mindset can be found at the above-mentioned link.

Graveyard Reveal Track Listing For “Hisingen Blues”

Graveyard have revealed the track listing for their upcoming new album “Hisingen Blues“. It runs as follows:

01 – “Ain’t Fit To Live Here
02 – “No Good, Mr. Holden
03 – “Hisingen Blues
04 – “Uncomfortably Numb
05 – “Buying Truth (tack och förlåt)
06 – “Longing
07 – “Ungrateful Are The Dead
08 – “RSS
09 – “The Siren

The album was produced, mixed and recorded by Don Alsterberg (The (International) Noise Conspiracy) and will see an April 19th North American release date through Nuclear Blast. Speaking on the sessions for it, the group had the following to offer:

“We recorded the album in several different sessions. As much as possible, we tried to do live. All of it is 100% analog… and we’d like to take this opportunity to once and for all kill the argument that recording analog is ‘retro’ or that we’ve got a ‘retro’ sound. Analog recording is just one technique among many.

Just like you build a house using bricks, wood or whatever. Paint a picture using oil, acrylic or Photoshop. Our music sounds best recorded analog; other bands sound best using nothing but computers and a thousand filters. Analog recording brings warmth and an organic feeling to the music, that’s what we like. To us, ‘retro’ is often something negative, meaning an unimaginative repetition of what has been or just a carbon copy of something old.

We play timeless classic hard rock with a lot of blues and psychedelic influences among many others. And regarding analog being retro: Go through the history of rock and pick your best twenty albums. How many of them have been recorded on computers? Don’t mistake classic pieces of work for retro.”

In Fear And Faith Streaming Orchestral Rendition Of “The Road To Hell Is…”

In Fear And Faith have made an orchestral rendition of their track “The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions” available online below. The song features a guest appearance from Craig Owens of D.R.U.G.S. and will appear on the bands new 7 song EP, “Symphonies“, which will land in stores on May 03rd through Rise.

Obituary, Grave And Pathology To Tour Europe Together Shortly

Obituary, Grave and Pathology will unite for “The European Metal Chainsaw Massacre Tour” which kicks off later this month. Initial dates for the trek can be found below:

03/24 Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
03/25 Paris, FRA – Paris Extreme Fest
03/27 Cologne, GER – Werkstatt
03/29 Munich, GER – Backstage Hall
03/30 Bochum, GER – Matrix
03/31 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
04/02 Aarhus, DEN – Royal Metal Fest
04/07 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
04/13 Warsaw, POL – Prosgresja
04/14 Berlin, GER – K17
04/15 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
04/19 Bologna, ITA – Estragon
04/20 Montpellier, FRA – Secret Place
04/21 Lleida, SPA – Cotton Club
04/22 Valencia, SPA – Durango Rock Club
04/24 Santiago De Comostela, POR – Sala Capitol
04/25 Madrid, SPA – Sala Heineken
04/30 Tilburg, NET – Neurotic Deathfest

Firewind To Release “Embrace The Sun” Digital Single In March

Firewind will be issuing a digital single for their track “Embrace The Sun” through Century Media on March 15th. A video for the track itself will also be included with the single.

For now, a behind the scenes look at the making of the video, which was shot with director Patric Ullaeus (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir), can be found below. Meanwhile the band are teasing a “massive North American touring package” for the fall with an announcement to be made over the coming weeks.

Slayer Frontman On The Mend, Expected To Return To The Stage In Melbourne

Slayer frontman Tom Araya looks to be recovering from what, according to his wife, was a case of vertigo brought on by “extreme dehydration and lack of rest.” A statement from him newly released by the “Soundwave Festival” tour organizers reads as follows:

”Sorry I couldn’t make the Sydney festival show. I am feeling much better and look forward to performing in Melbourne”

As previously reported, Slayer were forced to miss the recent Sydney, Australia stop of the “Soundwave Festival” as a result of Araya being hospitalized for a then mystery ailment.