Pain Posts “Coming Home” Album Teasers

Swedish group Pain is gearing up to drop new album “Coming Home” on September 9th, which follows the 2011 full-length release “You Only Live Twice.”

Following his involvement with the Lindemann project alongside Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann, band mastermind Peter Tägtgren retreated to his Abyss Studios to focus on writing the industrial metal “Coming Home.”

Nuclear Blast will handle the album’s release, which features artwork by Stefan Heilemann (Epica, Lindemann, Indica). In anticipation of its official unveiling, the band has released two album trailers as well as a lyric video for “Black Knight Satellite.” Check ’em all out below.

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Protest The Hero Bassist Arif To Miss Upcoming Tour Dates

Protest The Hero has checked in with the following announcement about bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi missing upcoming tour dates:

“Arif has decided that the touring schedule we have signed up for to support Volition is more intense than what he is prepared to commit. He is actively involved with other projects at home and being a full time band member isn’t a practical thing.

“Though he has and will be missed out on the road with his brothers, everything was left on a positive note and we are open to his involvement down the road and only time will see how it all plays out.

“In the meantime, our longtime friend and tourmate Cam McLellan will be filling in on bass duties for the rest of the cycle. As an amazing musician, co-writer and producer of Volition, he is more than capable to pick off where Riffy left off.

“Don’t fret, Cam’s working on his giant happy smile and well placed high kicks during our set!”

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Katatonia Splits With Per “Sodomizer” Eriksson

Katatonia has issued the following announcement about splitting with guitar player Per Eriksson:

“It has been some time coming but guitarist Per ‘Sodomizer’ Eriksson and Katatonia have now mutually agreed to part ways. Per joined the band in 2010 as a live session player and after some substantial touring quickly became a steady fixture being heavily involved in the recording of Katatonia’s 2012 critically acclaimed studio album ‘Dead End Kings.’

“A difference in views on the band’s current operative as well as last year’s decision from Per to permanently live in Barcelona have made his involvement in the band too problematic, both for him and for the remaining band members.

“They part ways as good friends and on a related note, his position within the death metal super-group Bloodbath remains unchanged and he will soon join his fellow band members in the studio to record their 4th album to be released on Peaceville records this fall.

“Katatonia’s upcoming ‘Dethroned & Uncrowned’ Tour will go ahead as scheduled and will see none other than Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief, Wisdom of Crowds) as a special guest taking on guitar and vocal duties.”

May 8 BE – Biebob, Vosselaar
May 9 NL – P60, Amstelveen
May 10 DE – Christuskirche, Bochum
May 11 DE – Freiheiz, Munchen
May 12 DE – Passionkirche, Berlin
May 13 CH – Schuur, Lucerne
May 14 CH – Les Docks, Lausanne
May 15 FR – Divan du Monde, Paris
May 16 UK – Union Chapel, London
May 17 UK – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

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John Bush Performs Songs For “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance”

“Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,” the latest entry in the storied video game franchise, was released in North America last week.

On Sunday, February 17th, John Bush (Armored Saint) joined a host of other musicians to perform songs from the soundtrack at an official launch party at LA’s Universal CityWalk. Live footage from the concert, which was held at the Hard Rock Caf

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New Series "…And Justice For Art" Premieres On Pure Grain Audio

“…And Justice For Art” premiered today, July 11th, 2012 on and a new episode in the series is scheduled to be released weekly. The articles include in-depth research and exclusive interviews with musicians, designers and industry insiders about landmark cover artworks albums such as Death’s ‘Symbolic’, Sigh’s ‘In Somniphobia’, Cormorant’s ‘Dwellings’, Slayer’s ‘Reign in Blood’, Opeth “Heritage” and many more. To view the first article visit this location today. Check out the video teaser for the series below.

“…And Justice For Art” is the result of the tireless efforts from the series’ mastermind and frequent PureGrain writer Ramon Martos-Garcia, who is also known in the underground scene for his involvement with Third World Metal bands like Archaios, Divinis Invocat and the indie record label Dark Canvas Records. “In the past, there have been many attempts to tell stories about this subject “, says Ramon, “but never with this level of hindsight and detail. I think what will make this series different is that we are telling stories from different points of view and exploring these cover artworks from a human, psychological, artistic and historical perspective. I truly believe this will be something very unique and special and that everyone reading these articles will be learning and discovering new things about Contemporary Arts and Metal.”

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Black Sabbath Issues Statement On The Removal Of Bill Ward From Web Site Photos

In the ongoing saga of the reunion that was not to be, Black Sabbath has issued the following statement regarding the the removal of Bill Ward from the photos on the band’s official web site:

At the request of Bill Ward, through his attorney, so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current Black Sabbath lineup, we have temporarily removed Bill Ward’s images from the main pages of the official website. In accordance with Bill Ward’s attorney’s request, we are doing so for the duration of the forthcoming shows.

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