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The Absence Announce Winner Of Guitar Shred Off Contest
July 7, 2010
This just in from The Absence:

"We are proud to anounce the winner of the contest! We also would like to thank all the people who participated in the contest. There were a lot of great leads that we had to choose from and it was exciting to see all the different ideas people came up with. We hope to do something similar to this in the future." Patrick, The Absence

The winning solo can be seen on youtube as well as below.

Fans will hear the winning guitar solo in a song on The Absence's new album, 'Enemy Unbound', which is slated for an early Fall release date. Stay tuned for the exact date, album art, track listing and more details to be announced soon.

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Dark Tranquillity Announce North American Headliner
April 19, 2010
Swedish melodic metal pioneers, Dark Tranquillity, will make their much anticipated return to North America on May 11th as they prepare for a massive North American headlining tour with Threat Signal and Mutiny Within supporting. This promises to be the longest, career-spanning Dark Tranquillity set list yet, so diehard fans will not want to miss out. Be sure to visit now to stream new tracks from the band's latest album, 'We Are The Void', and to view their complete tour itinerary.

Mikael Stanne
(vocals) further describes his excitement over the headlining tour: "Oh Yes! As promised we are coming back to the States for a proper headlining run. We've been rehearsing like crazy to put together a set that will blow you away. It's been hard but we feel we have a good collection of songs that represents every aspect of the band and will please fans of both new and old material. Also, the mad genius Niklas (guitars) is hard at work creating amazing artwork and animation that will look incredible and add a new dimension to the show.

"This is without a doubt the biggest production weôve done in the States. We cannot wait to bring you the full Dark Tranquillity experience. We are also really happy to bring some really awesome bands with us this time around. Threat Signal and Mutiny Within are bands we've had our eyes on for quite a while and they will make sure you all will have one hell of a metal night. Cheers and see you all very soon."
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The Absence Post Studio Video Diary Pt. 2 Online
January 22, 2010
The Absence, have posted a new studio video diary online via their Myspace Blog. Documenting their time at the famed, Erik Rutan-owned Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tampa's melodic death metallers The Absence are hard at work on their third album, 'Enemy Unbound', which is due out later this year via Metal Blade.

Check out Pt. 2 below, and if you missed it, check out Pt. 1 at this location.
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The Absence Issue Album Update, Contest Info
May 20, 2009
Patrick Pintavalle, guitarist for Florida's modern melodic death thrash titans, The Absence, has issued the following update via the band's Official Myspace Blog:

"Hey there, As many of you know we are writing material for our up coming record. 'Enemy Unbound'. I just wanted to clear the air for everyone. We were suposed to record in March. The timing just wasn't right for us. We have been really looking at every song we have come up with very closely and trying to really make the songs as great as they can be. We have finally booked the studio time. We will be entering Mana Recording Studios once again. The date as of now is set for September 10th.

I stated earlier this year that we had some ideas to get the fans involved with the record. Well I guess its time to let the cat out of the bag. We have alot of fans that are guitar players. We thought it would be cool to let them show off the talents that they have. We are holding a contest for our fans to track a guest lead on our new record. We will be releasing the exact details on this contest next week. For now let me just give you the rough idea of the contest. There will be a demo track section to a song that we will be releasing via-Internet that the fans will be able to download. They will then have to post the lead they come up with on youtube. We will be judging all the leads based on Originality, Melody and Technical ability. If you ask me I think thats pretty F'n cool. I couldnt even imagine growing up and being able to track a guest lead on one of the records of the bands I listen to. Man, the internet is something special.

Anyway, Back to the record in progress. I have been busting my ass on protools for the last year. Staying up very late every night trying to really get these preproduction tracks together for us to analize. Dont get me wrong it still beats construction work. The thing that we are noticing the most is how different all the songs are from each other. There will be a song that has an "Old Man's Child" feel to it. Then a song that has a "Metallica (And justice for all)" feel to it. I cant wait until people hear this thing. It is truly going to be something special. We will keep you posted."

The Absence's forthcoming album, 'Enemy Unbound', is the follow up to 'Riders of The Plague', which was released in 2007 via Metal Blade Records.
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Goatwhore Announce New Album Title
April 26, 2009
New Orleans, LA's sons of American no-frills black metal, Goatwhore, have just announced that the title of their fourth full-length album, and second release under the Metal Blade banner, will be 'Carving Out the Eyes of God'. For the follow up to 2006's 'A Haunting Curse', Goatwhore headed back to St. Petersburg, FL to record with producer Erik Rutan at Manna Studios with mastering being handled by Alan Douches of West West Side.

Vocalist Ben Falgoust comments on the direction of the new album; “I don't really know how to explain this. I don't want to come off with the typical speech about how this record is our best yet and all of that. I will say that I am quite pleased how it has turned out and all parts relating to it. I feel every member put a great deal of effort into their part of the project. I even feel Erik Rutan busted his ass even more this time to make us feel that we didn't take any steps backwards in the recording and production of this release…I don't even really care what the critics say. I think the end result is basically coming up with something you have put a lot of work into and the satisfaction achieved in completing it. I will say that the new material is ripping metal and we still have that ‘Goatwhore' sound, whatever that may mean for each individual that enjoys or hates what we do. Just look at it as another step in the evolution of this band. Each person that hears it will have his or her own perception of it. Like it or not, we don't have a say in it. The only thing we can do is just keep writing the way we do and accept the criticism. Doesn't mean we are gonna listen to the criticism and change. Just give it an honest listen and if you dig it, awesome! If you don't, then pass it on to a friend or use it as a new drink coaster.”

Guitarist Sammy Duet had this to add; “Dark, heavy, evil. Erik Rutan did one hell of a job on it. If you don't like it… kiss my ass.”

Track listing to 'Carving Out the Eyes of God':
1. Apocalyptic Havoc
2. The All-Destroying
3. Carving Out the Eyes of God
4. Shadow of a Rising Knife
5. Provoking the Ritual of Death
6. In Legions, I Am Wars Of Wrath
7. Reckoning of the Soul Made Godless
8. This Passing into the Power of Demons
9. Razor Flesh Devoured
10. To Mourn and Forever Wander through Forgotten Doorways

'Carving Out the Eyes of God' will be available everywhere June 23rd, 2009.

Don't forget to catch Goatwhore live as they tour with label mates Amon Amarth and Lazarus AD and Prosthetic Records Skeletonwitch. The band will also be playing some shows in FL and LA, one of which will be with fellow NOLA act Crowbar, and will be hitting the road this fall with Obituary, Krisiun, The Berzerker, and Warbringer.

Goatwhore Tour Dates:
w/ Amon Amarth, Skeletonwitch, Lazarus A.D.:
04/22 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
04/23 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls
04/24 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
04/25 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
04/26 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
04/27 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
04/28 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
04/29 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11 Tavern

w/ Amon Amarth, Skeletonwitch, The Absence:
04/30 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
05/01 - Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
05/02 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room

05/03 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar
05/04 - Tallahassee, FL - Engine Room
05/29 - Lafayette, LA - Grant Street Music Hall (w/ Crowbar)
06/13 - Houma, LA - The City Club

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Jamie Stewart - Vocals
Patrick Pintavalle - Guitar
Peter Joseph - Guitar
Mike Leon - Bass
Justin Reynolds - Drums

"Testament for the 21st Century- The Absence stand bound to lead another thrash revolution!"

Tampa, FL area natives, The Absence, laid waste to an unsuspecting metal community with their debut Metal Blade album, From You Grave. After nearly two years of touring, the guys hit Mana Studios of Florida in February & March 2007 with Swedish producer Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge) to begin recording. The Absence’s sophomore album, Riders of the Plague, is full of the band’s brand of high flying guitar histrionics and melodies fans and critics alike have grown to love. Jamie Stewart’s vocals are more aggressive and punctuated than ever before and Justin Reynolds’ drumming is the perfect, tight backbone needed to hold together the band’s speedy melodic onslaught.

The Absence spent much of 2006 touring with the likes of Dead to Fall, Ion Dissonance, Vader, Kataklysm, Grave, Nuclear Assault, Destruction, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Entombed, Dismember, Vivisect, and more. Each stop on every tour earned them legions of new fans. They even completed their first headlining tour in late 2006.

Riders of the Plague boasts a slew of guest performances. You’ll hear their producer, Jonas Kjellgren, lay down some leads on “The Victorious Dead” and the “Outro”, as well as some vocals on the track “Merciless”. Fellow Scar Symmetry guitarist Per Nillson laid down some guitars for “The Murder” along with Santiago Dobles’ (Aghora) lead and banjo. James Murphy (Death, Testament) throws down some guest leads on “Awakening and the “Outro”. And Jonas Granvik (Without Grief, Edge of Sanity) helped out with vocals on “Merciless”. The band also did a cover of Testament’s “Into the Pit” with surgical precision. The cover of “Into the Pit” and the guest appearances add to the already tasteful and flavored melodic textures and tempos found all over Riders of the Plague.

In preparation for their new album Riders of the Plague, The Absence hit the road to be a part of the Summer Sacrilege Tour with Unmerciful, Sons of Azrael, and the mighty Vital Remains. The band then opened the Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Tour with label mates Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Red Chord, and Goatwhore September through October 2007.

In the Fall of 2001, long time friends Patrick Pintavalle and Jamie Stewart grew tired of the stagnancy of their previous efforts with various bands and the demise of the once powerful Tampa Bay metal scene. Initially, The Absence was started as a means to exercise their love for European styled metal, especially Scandinavian. This would result in the two working together both on guitar, writing riffs and melodies. By 2002 the band began the grueling process of getting a set together for their first show, which came in the fall of 2002, opening for Atlanta's MASTODON.

In the spring of 2003, Patrick and Jamie found themselves with a dilemma- inner conflict within the band and distaste for the direction they were headed. The two tried their hand at a new band with Patrick's long time friends Peter Joseph on guitar and Jeramie Kling on drums. The four practiced together a few times- writing a handful of really good songs but never really went anywhere with the time.

After a benefit performance with SIX FEET UNDER for metal guitar hero James Murphy, Patrick and Jamie finally decided to officially part ways with their drummer and second guitarist, which left them the task of finding new members. The two thought to ask Jeramie and Peter from their previous efforts to possibly join The Absence. When asked, the two responded with an almost immediate "hell yes!” Wasting no time, the four began immediately writing a slew of new songs and were picked up by Metal Blade Records in February of 2005.

The Absence recruited new drummer Justin Reynolds in early 2008 after the departure of Jeramie Kling.