Unholy To Re-Issue "The Second Ring Of Power" With Bonus DVD

Peaceville Records will be reissuing “The Second Ring of Power” by Finnish doom act Unholy on October 17th, 2011. The new version includes a bonus DVD featuring the band live in Finland from a 1994 performance. The cover artwork and pre-order information is available here. The track listing is as follows:

CD Disc 1
1. The Second Ring of Power
2. Languish for Bliss
3. Lady Babylon
4. Neverending Day
5. Dreamside
6. Procession of Black Doom
7. Covetous Glance
8. Air
9. Serious Personality Disturbance and Deep Anxiety

DVD Disc 2
1. Intro
2. The Second Ring of Power
3. Languish for Bliss
4. Gray Blow
5. Air
6. Lady Babylon
7. Dreamside
8. Covetous Glance
9. Time has Gone

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Out Of The Dark Tour Video Trailer Posted Featuring Tristania, Van Canto, Xandria, Amberian Dawn and Serenity

A video trailer for the upcoming “Out of the Dark” Tour featuring Tristania, Van Canto, Xandria, Amberian Dawn and Serenity can be seen below.

More coverage of the tour was previously reported by Metal Underground here and here.

Confirmed “Out of the Dark” Tour dates:

30.09.2011 Karlsruhe, Germany -Substage
01.10.2011 Prague, Czech Republic – Abaton
02.10.2011 Budapest, Hungary – Club 202
04.10.2011 Milan, Italy, Alcatraz
05.10.2011 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
06.10.2011 Paris, France – Le Bataclan
07.10.2011 Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat
08.10.2011 Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob (without Xandria)
09.10.2011 London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
11.10.2011 Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
12.10.2011 Munich, Germany – Backstage
13.10.2011 Neu-Isenburg, Germany – Hugenottenhalle
14.10.2011 Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
15.10.2011 Dortmund, Germany – FZW

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Messenger Reveals More "See You In Hell" Album Details

German act Messenger will be releasing the band’s second album “See You In Hell” on September 9th, 2011 through Massacre Records. The album will be available as limited digipak with two bonus tracks as well as a regular CD for a special price.

Rolf Munkes (Majesty, Razorback) has produced, mixed, and mastered the album at Empire Studio, while Frank Kettenhofen is responsible for the cover artwork (available for viewing here).

The “See You In Hell” track listing is as follows:

1. Flames Of Revenge (01:05)
2. See You In Hell (04:34)
3. Make It Right (04:15)
4. The Prophecy (04:31)
5. Sign Of The Evil Master (08:05) (Digipak Bonus Track)
6. Alien Autopsy (05:09)
7. Final Thunder (05:46)
8. Falconlord (07:55)
9. The Dragonships (05:40)
10. Lindisfarne (05:23)
11. Valkyries (06:49)
12. Land Of The Brave (06:32)
13. Dr. Stein (04:32)
14. Tod Dem DJ (04:39) (Digipak Bonus Track)

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Alice Cooper Announces New Guitarist Orianthi

Alice Cooper posted the following announcement about the replacement for guitarist Damon Johnson:

“Alice Cooper announced today that eminent guitar prodigy Orianthi will join his band, replacing departing guitarist Damon Johnson, for the next leg of his 2011 ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ world tour starting September 22,2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Currently in progress, the tour hits ninety plus cities, covering five continents, including Europe and North America twice over.

“At the young age of 26, Orianthi has already experienced what most aspiring musicians only dream of. She’s opened for her hero, Steve Vai; backed Carrie Underwood; traded solos with Carlos Santana; shared the stage with the King of Pop (Michael Jackson) and accompanied Alice during his live performance of “School’s Out” on the 2010 season finale of American Idol.

“‘It’s very difficult to find someone to match the talents of Damon Johnson,’ commented Cooper, ‘but not only did we find someone who is more than up to the challenge…she also looks WAY better.’

“Orianthi will join world-renowned guitarist Steve Hunter (toured and recorded with Cooper and Lou Reed) and Tommy Henriksen (co-wrote and played on Cooper’s upcoming release); drummer Glen Sobel and Alice’s longtime bassist Chuck Garric round out the band.

“‘I’m super excited to go on tour with Alice,” said Orianthi. “It’s a huge honor to be able to get on stage and jam with an icon.’

“Orianthi will debut with the band for a performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Friday September 9, 2011 on NBC.”

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Eliminator Posts New Cover of Slayer’s "Altar of Sacrifice/Jesus Saves" Online

After releasing a cover of Slayer’s “Angel of Death” to high praises, New Jersey’s ELIMINATOR has upped the ante with a double SLAYER cover of “Altar of Sacrifice” and “Jesus Saves.” Check out the video/song:

This cover comes as the band prepares to release their follow up to the highly acclaimed debut album, “Breaking the Wheel.” The new album, “The One They Were Waiting For,” is set to be released next week.

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Dragonsclaw Finish Recording Debut LP "Prophecy"

Australian metal act Dragonsclaw announced the completion of their debut album, “Prophecy.” The full announcement reads:

“Dragonsclaw have recently completed recording for their debut album, “Prophecy”, which is being produced by Stu Marshall (Paindivision, Empires of Eden, Ex-Dungeon). The album contains 10 solid tracks of indomitable metal and features a very special guest vocal performances by Blaze Bayley who’s legacy includes Wolfsbane & British metal legends Iron Maiden, and Alessandro Del Vecchio of Edge Of Forever, Eden’s Curse, Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice, James LaBrie. Original artwork for the album was designed by Maggotmaster.

“‘Prophecy’ will be released in late 2011 and is sure to claw the ears of the most discerning power metal aficionados.

“Vocalist Giles Lavery has the following to say regarding the bands debut : ‘We have worked really hard on putting together the best collection of songs, scraping anything that wasn’t up to our highest standards; infact we wrote and recorded one track we felt very strongly about in the final days of recording … totally crazy but thats what it takes to have the best record we can! The melody and song-writing has gotten a little bit lost these days in modern metal, we are hoping to re-introduce that while maintaining the crushing power that only heavy metal can provide , basically everything we grew up with and loved about the genre is here on display. I cannot wait for people to hear this material and to perform it live once we hit the road! Might I also add that working with Blaze Bayley is a dream come true, being a massive Maiden/Blaze fan I am truly honoured!’

“Guitarist Ben Thomas had this to add: ‘For me its been a long time coming, but I feel the wait is worth it. Also noteworthy is the lyrical contributions from Corey Wyer from the band “The Cursing Stone.’

Dragonsclaw are:

Ben Thomas – Guitars
Giles Lavery – Vocals
Ray Martens – Keyboards
Aaron Thomas – Bass Guitars & Orchestration

Dragonsclaw are currently looking for a full time drummer.”


In studio videos of the band can be seen below:

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Absu Announces New Tour Dates In Support Of "Abzu"

In support of the release of the upcoming new album “Abzu,” Dallas, Texas-based mythological occult metal act Absu will embark upon a four-show upper East Coast U.S. live exhibition this November invading Richmond, Brooklyn, Reading, and Boston. Support for this special trek will hail from Philadelphia black thrash derelicts Infernal Stronghold.

Following the short tour, Absu will also take part in Montreal’s Messe des Morts festival, performing as one of the event’s main acts which also includes Inquisition, Glorior Belli, Forteresse, and more.

“Abzu” is set for North American release on October 4th. The album artwork and comments from the band about the release can be found here.

Absu’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

9/10/2011 An Club – Athens, Greece
10/22/2011 007 Rock Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/29/2011 Aurora Infernalis Festival – Driel, Netherlands
11/10/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/11/2011 Club Europa – Brooklyn, NY
11/12/2011 Reverb – Reading, PA
11/13/2011 TBA – Boston, MA
11/26/2011 Messe des Morts Festival – Montreal, QC

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