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X3N: new preproduction teaser available


X3N have uploaded a new preproduction sampler of their upcoming debut album 'Binary Sermons'. The album was originally supposed to be out by the end of 2009, but the release was delayed due to a financial setback. Additionally, another short preproduction clip is available on their Facebook page.

Listen to the sampler 'Stage I: BS+Frailty Sampler' on Myspace.
Listen to the clip 'Preproduction BS 2' on Facebook.

Volumes announce EP, lineup change


Volumes have announced their self titled debut EP 'Volumes', which will be released on March 1st. The band had originally planned to release an EP called 'The Concept of Dreaming' in December, but a while ago they indicated that there had been a change of plans. They have uploaded a new version of 'Wormholes' to their Myspace page, as well as a new song called 'Through The Trees'. A new version of 'Intake' is coming soon.

Volumes have also seen a lineup change: Daniel Braunstein, previously on guitars, has been replaced by Daniel Schwartz. He will still write music for the band, however, and he is now their producer and engineer.

Listen to 'Wormholes' and 'Through The Trees' on Myspace.
Read the announcement on Myspace.

Periphery: album art revealed, release date announced


Sumerian Records has announced that Periphery's debut album is to be released on April 20th. They have also revealed the album art, which can be viewed below. Periphery officially announced that they had recruited a new vocalist, Spencer Sotelo, only a few days ago, after rumours started to surface. A sampler for the new album is available on their Myspace page.

Listen to the album sampler on Myspace.
Read the announcement on

The Safety Fire: new interview available


Mirovia Magazine has published an interview with The Safety Fire, in which they discuss their EP 'Sections', their gear and the writing process.

Read the interview on
Read the announcement on Myspace.

Textures vocalist leaves the band


Textures have just announced that their vocalist Eric Kalsbeek has left the band to focus on his job and his family. He says:
"Dear fans & friends,

I decided to quit Textures. My life changed, priorities shifted. I can’t cope with the heavy touring and the time investment anymore. I need to focus on my job and family. I need to take a few steps back. I’ve had six beautiful years with the band, did loads of amazing shows, made tons of new friends and created some mind-blowing music. I’m going to miss the guys, and of course you, the fans. I know Textures will continue to conquer the world and give you all great, heavy and awesome music. I wish my successor all the best.
I will keep on making music, but something totally different, much more low-profile. Maybe we will meet again. Eric out”

The band embarked on tours through Russia and India only recently. They also indicate that they are currently auditioning a replacement and that the release date for their next album has been pushed back to the beginning of 2011.

Read the announcement on Myspace.

Cyclamen: interview available


Heavy Blog Is Heavy has published an interview with Hayato Imanishi of Cyclamen. In it, he discusses how he came up with the name "Cyclamen", the band's stylistic evolution, influences, lineup changes and recording.

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Ion Dissonance recording their new album


Ion Dissonance are currently on their third week in the studio collaborating with guitarist Antoine Lussier (who also produced Emmure's latest album) for the production of their new release.

According to their vocalist's own words the drum tracks have been completed and they're halfway through recording guitars.The band wanted to make sure everything was well polished before recording a single note.

Some fans have complained about Minus The Herd being too simplistic. In regards to this, he states that with this new effort, they tried to strike the perfect balance between simplicity and technicality, without being categorized in a single genre. Once this was achieved, they wanted to turn up a notch in terms of extremeness.

The album is expected to be released in early summer 2010.

Source: Facebook

Periphery: album sampler and short video update available


Periphery have posted a sampler for their as of yet untitled upcoming album on their Myspace page.

They have also posted a video announcement on Metal Injection. It seems that the rumours that began to surface yesterday are true - Periphery has a new vocalist, by the name of Spencer Sotelo. To hear him, listen to the sampler or check out his Myspace.

In the video, the band also discuss their touring plans. As we reported earlier, they will be embarking on a tour with Veil of Maya, Circle of Contempt and Animals As Leaders at the end of this month. After this, they are doing a short tour with God Forbid and Kittie. Dates are as follows:

March 3: The Opera House, Toronto, Ontario
March 4: Underworld, Montreal, Quebec
March 6: Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, New Jersey
March 7: Volume 11, Raleigh, North Carolina
March 9: Crocodile Rockodile, Allentown, Pennsylvania
March 10: V Club, Huntington, West Virginia
March 11: Mad Hatter, Covington, Kentucky

Listen to the sampler on Myspace.
Read / watch the announcement on Myspace.
Watch the announcement on Metal Injection.

Periphery: yet another vocalist change?


Rumours have started to surface about Periphery recruiting yet another new singer. The band's current vocalist is Chris Baretto. A thread on indicates that the rumours are indeed true, and that the name of the new singer was mentioned in a Myspace blog, which has since been deleted. Adam 'Nolly' Getgood, a close friend of the band, remarks that "it's a shame the news has leaked like this".

Confronted with this information, Misha Mansoor (AKA Bulb) has hinted that he might be leaving Periphery, although presumably this is an attempt to troll curious fans.

Please leave a comment if you have any more information.

The Arusha Accord announce UK tour


The Arusha Accord have announced a new UK headline tour in March. Support bands have not been announced yet. The dates for the tour are as follows:

March 17: Facebar, Reading
March 18: Upstairs @ Garage, London
March 19: Hamptons, Southampton
March 20: White Rabbit, Plymouth
March 22: The Croft, Bristol
March 23: Barfly, Cardiff
March 24: Academy 3, Birmingham
March 26: Cathouse, Glasgow
March 27: Rock City, Nottingham

Source: Myspace

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