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Iced Earth guitarist/vocalist Jon Schaffer has commented on the recent wave of filesharing lawsuits launched by his bands record label Century Media Records. Among those targeted are illegal downloader’s of the groups 2011 release, “Dystopia“.

Speaking through the bands Facebook, he offered:

“It has come to my attention that Century Media is suing fans over illegal downloads of (among others) our latest album ‘Dystopia’. I felt it was important to clarify that we had no knowledge of this motion and were, sadly, not asked permission.

We all know the music industry is changing. We have been adapting to this model by embracing legal streaming services such as Spotify and by bringing our music to places we have never played before by touring our proverbial asses off.

As much as we respect that the labels are having a harder time selling music, we feel this is a misguided effort and want to make sure our fans know we would have not given our consent would we have been asked.”

A copy of one of the lawsuits in question can be found online over at Scribd.com.

Arch Enemy Premiere “Cruelty Without Beauty” Music Video

Arch Enemy‘s new music video for their song “Cruelty Without Beauty” is now available for viewing below. Band vocalist Angela Gossow had the following to say of the clip:

“I’m very pleased we got this video done for one of my favourite songs off the ‘Khaos Legions’ album. The video is quite raw and extreme as it reflects the lyrics very well I believe, dealing with a subject matter close to my heart – animal cruelty and vivisection.”

Deftones Confirm “Koi No Yokan” Track Listing

Following today’s premiere of a new song, the Deftones have now confirmed the finalized track listing for their new album “Koi No Yokan“. Due out November 13th, the effort will run as follows:

01 – “Poltergeist
02 – “Romantic Dreams
03 – “Leathers
04 – “Swerve City
05 – “Entombed
06 – “Graphic Nature
07 – “Tempest
08 – “Gauze
09 – “Rosemary
10 – “Goon Squad
11 – “What Happened To You?

It should be noted that the song “Poltergeist” was formerly known as “Roller Derby“—a track played live numerous times by the band throughout the year.

Converge‘s Jacob Bannon recently shared his thoughts with Pelecanus.net on the effects the internet and digital piracy have had on the music world. You can watch him speak at length about that below. The band are slated to release their new album “All We Love We Leave Behind” on October 09th via Epitaph Records.

Veil Of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Upon A Burning Body, Etc. Tour Announced

Veil Of Maya and The Acacia Strain will co-headline a new tour kicking off late this year. Upon A Burning Body, Volumes and Twitching Tongues will round out the bill with dates set to run as follows:

11/24 San Bernardino, CA – California Metalfest VI
11/25 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
11/26 Lancaster, CA – Cedar Center
11/27 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
11/29 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
11/30 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
12/01 Dallas, TX – Unsilent Night Festival
12/02 McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey Theater
12/04 Metairie, LA – The Cypress
12/05 Jacksonville, FL – Roc Bar
12/06 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
12/07 Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
12/08 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street
12/09 Springfield, VA – Empire
12/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Ironworks
12/12 Toledo, OH – The Omni
12/14 Chicago, IL – Mojoes
12/16 St. Paul, MN – Station 4

Down Rejoined Onstage By Former Bassist Rex Brown In Dallas, TX

Down were rejoined onstage in Dallas, TX by their former bassist Rex Brown this past Tuesday, September 18th. Brown took to the stage with the band for an encore performance of their classic tracks, “Stone The Crow” and “Bury Me In Smoke“. You can watch fan-filmed footage of the pairing below.

Brown left the band last summer with Pat Bruders stepping in as his replacement. Down‘s newest release, “Down IV Part I – The Purple EP“, arrived in stores yesterday, September 18th.

Deftones Debut New Song “Leathers”

@deftonesband While a day later than expected, the new Deftones track “Leathers” has been posted online as a free download via the bands official website, Deftones.com (and via the Soundcloud widget below.)

It comes from the groups forthcoming album “Koi No Yokan“, which is slated for a November 13th release date. As previously reported, the song “Tempest” is slated to serve as the first single from the album and will land online on October 09th.

3 Inches Of Blood To Track Dayglo Abortions Cover This Week

3 Inches Of Blood are slated to enter the studio later this week to record a Dayglo Abortions cover. The end result will appear on an upcoming tribute to the latter band being put together for a late 2012 release by Cruzar Media. The group will be tracking the cover with Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, Gwar) behind the boards.

Shadows Fall Bassist Paul Romanko To Miss Upcoming Tour

Shadows Fall bassist Paul Romanko will be missing the groups forthcoming tour with God Forbid and more. According to frontman Brian Fair: “…he had his 1st kid this month so he is staying home for awhile as he and his wife get settled in.” Romanko previously-missed some summer touring with the band earlier this year as a result of recovering from carpal tunnel surgery and the then impending birth.

Dark Day Sunday‘s Ed Lanouette filled in for him during that time. It was not made clear who will replace him on the aforementioned tour.

Bring Me The Horizon Start New Album Pre-Production

Things are progressing right along for Bring Me The Horizon‘s forthcoming new album. The band had the following to tweet about their progress earlier today (September 18th):

“We just met our producer and start preproduction for the new record today!”

The eventual release will be the bands first on their new label home, RCA Records.