Monthly Archives December 2013

TMD’s Battle Of Unsigned Death Metal Contest: Winner Announced!

TMD Rocks!

It’s time TMD announces the 5 bands that received the highest point totals among the online judges. Thanks again to all the participants in the first ‘Battle of Unsigned Death Metal’ online contest!

Judging for the final round was based on live performance video.


2nd round – Scoring for VIDEO OF LIVE PERFORMANCE (1-10) is based on 3 separate criteria:

1. Production Quality
2. Band Image
3. Public Response (page views/comments)

The overall top scoring band of both combined Semi and Final rounds is crowned winner of the online contest and receives a 3 month publicity deal with THE METAL DEN (Value $2,250). 2nd place wins 1 month of unlimited press releases and 1 interview published at TMD’s acclaimed site. 3rd place wins 2 weeks of unlimited press releases...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND – Plans New Ziltoid The Omniscient Album


DEVIN TOWNSEND outlined his next few months of activity via his Twitter last night with the following block of tweets:

“So since Epicloud, there’s been lots of activity, tours and projects, Retinal, Casualties etc really a lot to digest for myself and audience I went so hard with dTP that in a way, I began to just put in the time to promote myself. In a sense, you become a parody of yourself So I took some time to finish casualties and get my shit straight. Lots of band discussion, new jamspot, gear, everything overhauled…

And I began writing for z2 about 6 months ago. Between all the ideas, there’s close to 70 songs...

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VADER – New Album Details


Polish death metal vets VADER has announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, “Tibi Et Igni” sometime this Spring, with an April or May date most likely. This will be their first album since, “Welcome To the Morbid Reich,” which was released in the Summer of 2011. A message from the band reads as follows:

“2013 is over. This year was for us very active and successful indeed. We were touring twice in Europe, we visited Brazil and took part in many great festivals in summer season. We also came back to US with amazing tour after three years of silence. 2013 was a year crowning our last album Welcome To The Morbid Reich. It is time for NEW quality and challenges! NEW album – Tibi Et Igni – is in progress in fiery crucible of Hertz Studio...

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SKELETONWITCH – Issues Year End Message To Fans


SKELETONWITCH dropped the new album “Serpents Unleashed” earlier this year, and the band is currently gearing up to hit the ground running in 2014 with tour dates in the US, Europe, and Australia. Skeletonwitch issued the following brief year-end message to fans:

“Thanks for an amazing year guys and gals! We couldn’t do any of it without all your continued support. 2014 is already looking like its going to be a wild rock’n’roll party. See you all soon! Upcoming tour dates at our website here.”

You can catch the band live on these upcoming dates:

1/9/14 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
1/11/14 Indianapolis, IN – Beale Street Live Indy
1/17/14 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues *
1/18/14 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red *
1/20/14 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live *
1/21/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blu...

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THE METAL DEN – Battle Of Unsigned Bands Online Contest Schedule In 2014


In 2014, 6 Battle of Unsigned Band online contests will be held at TMD! There is NO FEE to enter for a chance to win a publicity deal worth THOUSANDS!!!



Registration for the first contest of 2014, Battle of Power Metal, begins on January 1, 2014! An official announcement will be made on this date.


TMD Battle of Bands Schedule:

(Power, Groove, Thrash, Progressive, Death, Industrial)

Battle of Power Metal – Jan 1st deadline Feb 15th

Battle of Groove Metal – April 1st – deadline April 15th

Battle of Thrash Metal – June 1st – deadline June 15th

Battle of Prog Metal – August 1st – deadline August 15th

Battle of Death Metal – October 1st – deadline October 15th

Battle of Industrial Metal – December 1st – deadline December 15


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VICIOUS RUMORS – Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise


70,000 Tons of Metal has confirmed U.S. power metal veterans VICIOUS RUMORS and three more bands for the upcoming festival at sea.

German classical metal act Haggard, the recently revived Austrian grindcore act Pungent Stench and Dutch death thrashers Izegrim will join the party.

The cruise will set sail on January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 – with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico. For more information, including booking your trip – head on over to

Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Leaves’ Eyes
Orphaned Land
Rising Storm
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
The Haunted

Source: The Gauntlet

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ICED EARTH – Streaming New Album Online


ICED EARTH will release new album “Plagues of Babylon” on January 6th (EU/World) and January 21st (North America) via Century Media Records.

Now the band has issued the following update about streaming “Plagues of Babylon” online:

“Hello friends, our new album ‘Plagues of Babylon’ is streaming on Spotify in 55 markets around the world!

“Follow us on Spotify, check out the album (and it’s many amazing physical and digital configurations which you can already pre-order) and come see us on the road!”

The track listing for the album is:

1. Plagues of Babylon
2. Democide
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
5. Resistance
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
8. Cthulhu
9. Peacemaker
10. Parasite
11. Spirit of the Times
12. Highwayman

Source: metalunderground

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DORO – Posts Winter Tour 2013 Video Diary


German metal queen DORO has posted a video diary from her Winter Tour 2013, shot in Saarbrücken and Nuremberg, filmed and edited by Ronald Matthes. Watch HERE.

On May 2nd and 3rd, 2014, Doro will celebrate her 30 Years – Strong & Proud Anniversary with two special shows in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany.

Says Doro: “The first night will be classic with an orchestra – as the fans got to know and love it 10 years ago through the Classic Diamonds Tour. The second night will be a full power rock show with all highlights from 30 years of Doreo and several special guests, who accompanied me in the course of my career.”


A special two day ticket (including limited Doro Anniversary shirt) is now available via here.

The Relexa-Hotel at Düsseldorf Airport is partner ...

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BEHEMOTH – To Headline Metal Alliance Tour 2014


Organizers of the Metal Alliance Tour have released the artwork (seen above) for the 2014 edition of the trek, which has prompted a slew of speculation regarding this year’s lineup.

Among the names being thrown about for the tour are Amon Amarth, Cradle of Filth, Behemoth, Arch Enemy, Devildriver, Baroness, Goatwhore, Battlecross, and Revocation.


While some of those bands may or may not participate, it’s believed ‘with extreme confidence’ that Behemoth will be the featured act on the 2014 Metal Alliance Tour.

Reportedly, the official lineup will be announced on January 13.

Source: Lambgoat

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TMD’s ‘Battle Of Unsigned Death’ Online Contest: Top 10 Announced!

TMD Rocks!

It’s time TMD announces the 10 bands that received the highest point totals among the online judges in the first round of voting. Thanks again to all the participants in the first ‘Battle of Unsigned Death Metal’ online contest! Good luck to the TOP 10 in the final round on December 31st!!

Judging for the Semi-Final round was based on the most current studio recording and the finals are based on video of live performance. Here is the basic breakdown on exactly how the scoring process works:

1st round (Semi-Finals)- Scoring for STUDIO RECORDING (1-10 point scale) is based on 3 separate criteria:

1. Production Quality
2. Musicianship
3. Songwriting


2nd round (Finals) – Scoring for VIDEO OF LIVE PERFORMANCE (1-10) is based on 3 separate criteria:

1. Production Quality

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