METAL  NEWS  2011

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  • METAL  BIBLE  NEWS!
    It's been a long wait and lots of hard work, but this Spring/Summer the Metal Bible will finally be released in English, Spanish and German! The release date for the English version is May the 1st 2011. It will also be released in Spanish and German in Summer 2011. More info can be found at www.themetalbible.com



  • LEVITICUS  30  YEARS  ANNIVERSARY  GIG!
    Classic Swedish metallers Leviticus reunites again! They will celebrate their 30 years anniversary, by giving a concert at Valhall in Skövde, Swedenon Saturday, May 7, 2011. Tickets will be released in late March, more information will follow. Original vocalist Håkan Andersson will sing on the gig¨as well as Peo Pettersson so this will really be something extra for all Leviticus fans!The line-up on the gig will be:

    Peo Pettersson – Vocals
    Håkan Andersson – Bass and vocals
    Kjell Andersson – Drums
    Niklas Edberger – Keyboards
    Björn Stigsson – Guitar

    For more information about this one-time-event visit the brand new website www.leviticus.nu



  • DIVINEFIRES new album Eye Of The Storm will be released late March 2011 in Japan and in April for the rest of the world. The band is now fronted by two vocalists Christian Liljegren (GOLDEN RESURRECTION) & German Pascual (NARNIA) and both vocalists have fronted the melodic neoclassical metal band NARNIA. Together with guitarist and composer JANI STEFANOVIC, DIVINEFIRE are complete and will deliver an exploding metal album called Eye of the Storm. For more info visit http://www.myspace.com/divinefireofficial



  • TOURNIQUET  NEWS
    Classic Thrash band Tourniquet are finally working with a new album! They will hit the studio in late April 2011. This time the band will be working with legendary English producer Neil Kernon. Neil has either produced, recorded, mixed, or engineered a staggering amount of cool music from classic metal (Queensryche, Dokken, Judas Priest, Autograph) to death metal (Nile, Cannibal Corpse) to progressive music (Nevermore, Magma) to hair metal (Britny Fox) to Christian bands like Petra, to classic bands like Kansas, to platinum selling albums like Hall and Oates "Private Eyes". www.tourniquet.net



  • Progressive Thrash band BELIEVER'S brand new concept album TRANSHUMAN will be released worldwide April 12th on Metal Blade.For more info and a single from the upcoming album visit http://www.believerband.com/



  • Sweden Rock Magazine, the leading metal magazine in the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) did a 2-part special article about Christian Metal with a total of 17 pages! The wellwritten articles were published in the December and January issues and contained lots of interviews and historyabout the most important events in Christian Metal. Really cool articles with lots of interesting read that surely will open the eyes of many.



  • Talking about Sweden, the big metal festival Sweden Rock Festival will feature STRYPER this year! On this festival that every year gather ca 35 000 metalheads they will share stage with bands like HELLOWEEN, WHITESNAKE, JUDAS PRIEST, OZZY OSBOURNE, ICED EARTH,ROB ZOMBIE, SAXON, ACCEPT, CRASHDIET, MORBID ANGEL, EVERGREY, QUEENSRYCHE, ACCEPT, RHAPSODY OF FIRE and many more! The festival takes place8-11 Jun 2011 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.



  • X-SINNER is working hard to complete their new album Goin Out With A Bang. Look for release later this year. http://www.x-sinner.org/



  • Classic hardrockers JERUSALEM's new album She is going well in Sweden and became the best selling album in Ginza, the leading online/postorder store!www.jerusalem.se



  • Doom metal band PLACE OF SKULLS will see their 2005 EP “Love Through Blood” reissued in April by Outlaw Recordings. The new reissue will be limited to 1,000 copies, and released in a Digi-pak. It contains the 4 original studio recordings, as well 2 all new live recordings.The band also has a brand new album out titled As A Dog Returns. For more info about this quality Doom Metal band checkouthttp://placeofskulls.com/



  • German Power Metal band SEVENTH AVENUE has now started recording a new album http://www.seventh-avenue.de/



  • Melodic Metal band STRYPER will tour Europe and Mexico in May/June 2011! For more info checkout http://www.stryper.com/Tour/Dates/dates.htmStryper brand new album The Covering is also going well and gets great reviews. The album is a cover album that also contains one new Stryper track called God.Michael Sweet says that the band is looking to release a new album with own material in the veins of the new tune God, hopefully sometime during 2012.



  • Intense Millennium Records has recently signed DAVID BENSON for a multi album deal with classic reissues, re-mastered and expanded with new artwork and liner notes. The first of these classic reissues will bring you a newly re-mastered and expanded version of the out of print DAVID BENSON album entitled Purpose Of The Cross. The album will be released in limited edition of 1000 copies.This expanded version will be coming with three previously unreleased bonus tracks that have never before seen the light of day. In 2002 Mick Rowe of another famous Christian Metal band called TEMPEST would recruit DAVID BENSON to sing on what was to become a brand new TEMPEST album entitled Crushing The Dark Cathedral. Unfortunately after 3 tracks were written and completely recorded the album would never see the light of day and those three songs would be locked away never to be released to the general public until now. DAVID BENSON is also currently at work on a new doom album.For more info about David Benson and his characteristic Ozzy-influenced sound visithttp://www.myspace.com/bensondavid and www.intensemillennium.com



  • Classic Heavy Metal band DRIVER featuring Rob Rock and Roy Z will record a new album! The band will hit the studio in April 2011 and plan to release the albumin Fall 2011. The new CD will carry on in the tradition of the latest DRIVER CD, Sons Of Thunder, and feature brand new songs as well as a few re-workings of some classic demos. The CD will be released worldwide on King Records in Japan, Metal Heaven in Europe, and RockZilla in the USA.http://driverofficial.com



  • Progressive Doom Metal band VENI DOMINE is working on a new album. No release date set yet. More info to come...



  • Guitar shredder Joshua Perahia has chosen Terry Ilous (XYZ) as the new vocalist for the upcoming JOSHUA album Resurrection http://www.myspace.com/joshuaperahia



  • BRIDE first three albums Show No Mercy, Live To Die, Silence Is Madness have now been remastered and rereleased on Retroactive Records!



  • Symphonic Finnish Metal band HB has released a new album The Jesus Metal Explosion. If you liked their album Frozen Inside or a fan of Nightwishthis is definately something to check out. http://www.myspace.com/hbmetal



  • Heavy Metal band SAINT is about to rerelease their classic albums Time’s End and Too Late For Living www.saintsite.com



  • CROWNED WARRIOR is an up'n'coming power metal band www.reverbnation.com/crownedwarrior



  • Speed/Thrash band DELIVERANCE's 3rd album What A Joke is remastered and is about to be rereleased on Millenium Records http://www.intensemillennium.com/deliverance1.html



  • GODZFEST
    Godzfest is a really cool metal festival that will take place this Summer! It's an all day all age Christian metal festival that will feature over 20 bands including: DELIVERANCE, SACRED WARRIOR/ ROB ROCK, THE CRUCIFIED, ULTIMATUM, EVEN THE DOGS, HOPE FOR THE DYING, THE REX CARROL BAND, BLISSED, THE SACRIFICED, JACOBS DREAM, NEPHESH, AWAKE THE SUFFERING, RENT VEIL, DEAD MOONS GREY, MORRIOR INVICTUS, BRIM, COVERED IN SCARS, GRAVE ROBBER, SKYLINER, PHENEX RISING, FROM THIS FIRE, and more tba..

    Guest Speakers include PASTOR BOB BEEMAN, and KIRK MARTIN. The concert will take place on Sat August 20th 2011 at The Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto Florida. For more information checkout www.facebook.com/godzfest



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