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Formed: 1999
From: Boston, MA, United States
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Slipknot Report From Vancouver, BC

In support of their new album "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses," Slipknot did a trans-Canada tour, touching down some of the bigger Canadian cities. I attended the last date (January 16) of the tour at the PNE Forum in Vancouver, BC. I arrived an hour before the doors opened and there was already a long line up of dedicated Slipknot fans, a few of them with masks, waiting in the cold and rain. No offense to anyone under 19, but all-ages shows are annoying because they generally attract teenyboppers and angry kids out to prove how cool they think they are even though they came with their parents. But I was glad to see the crowd wasn't as bad as some other concerts I've been to. However, there was this little boy of about 2-3 years of age, who wore a mask and an oversized Slipknot shirt that went down to his knees. I guess Slipknot appeals to audiences of all ages. More...

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Killswitch Engage: "Canada Loves Their Metal"

Killswitch Engage have posted this message on their official website:

Canada sure loves their metal and is slowly becoming our home away from home. The Slipknot guys have been treating us great so far, Unearth continues to be the coolest dudes around, and the shows have been awesome. Big thanks to the Toronto fans for being so supportive to us when we needed them the most. We love you all...and we'll see you all in HELL!!

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Killswitch Engage Singer Sat Out Toronto Show

Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones was forced to sit out the band's performance in Toronto on Sunday (01/09) due to a "blown-out" throat (as guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz put it in a public announcement before their set). Trevor Phipps from support act Unearth joined Killswitch Engage on stage for a few songs, despite having little knowledge of the lyrics. Two fans who apparently knew the songs were also pulled from the crowd to help out in the vocal department, with one managing to sing the entire song "When Darkness Falls". But after four tracks, and a tired Phipps, the band called it a night.

Killswitch Engage's set list for the Toronto show on January 9 (without singer Howard Jones!):

01. The End Of Heartache
02. Life To Lifeless
03. When Darkness Falls
04. My Last Serenade

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Killswitch Engage Post Re-Mastered Soilborn Online

An mp3 of Killswitch Engage's "Soilborn", which is taken from the forthcoming reworked version of their self-titled debut, is now available online for download here. The remixed and remastered edition will arrive in stores through Ferret on January 11th.

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KsE Bassist Misses Show Due To Family Illness

Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D'Antonio sat out last night's (Jan. 05) show at the Northstar Bar in Philadelphia due to an illness in the family.

KsE merch-man Wayne will be handled the bass duties. Wayne is also a fellow alum of the Berklee College of Music with Adam and Joel.

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"Eye For An Eye" DVD Tracklisting Revealed

Century Media Records will release the DVD compilation "Eye for an Eye – The New Breed Of Hardcore & Metal" (view cover) on February 21st, 2005 in Europe.

Name it the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal, Metalcore, Emocore, Screamo, Mathcore or whatever – this is just a collection of modern bands that share their true love to Hardcore or Metal music. And it's simply a collection of some of the best music videos that came out during the past two years, you might not see on every music TV channel.

Check out www.eyeforaneye.info for a video trailer, an interview with God Forbid, greetings from Unearth, releaseparty dates and a competition.

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Metal Strikes Back in 2004

An article has been posted on FMQB.com listing the heavy metal moments of 2004, from the formation of new bands to the new releases of older bands. An excerpt from the article:

2004 will definitely be thought of as a year when Metal made an official "come back" in the commercial world. This is not to say that Metal ever went away, but like any genre, it ebbs and flows, and this year brought a tidal wave of good music. The beginning of the year was dominated by strong releases from Iced Earth, Damageplan, the re-united Fear Factory and Dave Grohl's Probot project, which featured Grohl backing up singers like Lemmy from Motorhead and King Diamond.

Read the full article at FMQB.com.

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Killswitch Engage Track-Listing For Re-Release CD

The track listing has been revealed for the upcoming remixed and remastered edition of Killswitch Engage's self-titled debut, it is as follows:
01 - "Temple From The Within"
02 - "Vide Infra"
03 - "Irreversal"
04 - "Rusted Embrace"
05 - "Prelude"
06 - "Soilborn"
07 - "Numb Sickened Eyes"
08 - "In The Unblind"
09 - "One Last Sunset"
10 - "Prelude" (1999 Demo Version)
11 - "Soilborn" (1999 Demo Version)
12 - "Vide Infra" (1999 Demo Version)
13 - "In The Unblind" (1999 Demo Version)
The album will arrive in stores through Ferret on January 11th

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3 Inches Of Blood Answers Fan Questions

More answers are in from 3 Inches Of Blood frontman Cam Pipes on the latest installment of answers from Ask the Artist. The latest questions answered are as follows:

Question: how in the name of all that is holy do you manage to hit those high notes, and do you have any special tricks for beginning vocalists?

Cam: I'm no expert in the matter because I've never taken vocal lessons. I just sing along to my favorite albums and attempt to do what they're doing. Gargling with cold water before a show helps me warm up.

Question: As a musician, starting out, what advice can you give about writing your own music and getting it heard?

Cam: Play shows in your home town fairly often for a while to build up your chops as a live band. Eventually you should aim for playing most of your shows out of town because ultimately it's the fans in other cities that will appreciate you more than your home town will.

For all of Cam's answers, click here.

3 Inches Of Blood's "Advance And Vanquish" in stores now - check out the Ecard to hear music and to win your own painted 3IOB jean jacket.

Killswitch Engage is the latest band for Ask the Artist. Submit your questions to Mike D here.

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All That Remains To Play With Danzig, Eyes Of Fire

All That Remains are playing a show with Danzig and Eyes of Fire at The Key Club in West Hollywood, CA on December 29th. They come on at 8PM.

Other upcoming All That Remains shows: More...

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Taste Of Chaos Internet Presale

Get tickets to the Taste of Chaos tour (starting in February 2005 with The Used, MCR, Senses Fail, Killswitch Engage and more) before they go on-sale to the less internet-minded masses out there. Go to Tasteofchaos.com and get your tickets now.

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More Info On Damageplan Nightclub Shooting

Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM has confirmed to Blabbermouth.net that Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul was uninjured in the shooting incident at a Columbus nightclub which resulted in the death of Paul's brother, Dimebag Darrell. According to Scoop, who attended the concert and briefly saw Vinnie following the incident, Paul was in a complete state of shock and expressed his desire to be with his brother right after the shooting occurred.

A friend of Scoop's, Kevin Minerd, who also attended the concert, told Blabbermouth.net that the gunman entered the stage from the left side and walked over to the right side where Dimebag was standing before grabbing the guitarist and pumping several bullets into him. Additional shots were fired, although it's presently unclear which other member of Damageplan, if any, was killed in the incident.

"A Columbus police officer, when he arrived, engaged the shooter, and the shooter is also dead, and if the officer hadn't acted when he did and how he did, we'd probably be looking at more dead, because this guy was actively shooting," Sergeant Brent Mull, public information officer, told MTV News.

"We have 200-plus patrons that we have sequestered inside three city buses," Sergeant Mull explained. "We are interviewing them one by one. The ones that were inside and witnessed this, ran for their lives and were in fear for their lives. They are victims too, and we want to take care of them."

As news of Dimebag's (born Darrell Lance Abbott in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1966) bizarre and tragic demise rippled through the metal community, the news was met with shock and sadness.

"I'm speechless," friend and Rob Zombie/Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson told MTV. "This is totally unreal. Dimebag is a fucking legend and this is total bullshit."

"This is insane and this is beyond travesty," Killswitch Engage frontman, and former Damageplan tour partner, Howard Jones said. "This is beyond anything I've ever heard. This shouldn't happen in or outside of the rock and metal community. He will be missed and mourned as a person, as a musician, and as a friend."

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, whose band has toured with Pantera and has featured Dimebag guest appearances on their albums, stated in a posting on Anthrax's web site, "I am devastated as I'm sure we all are. All I can convey at this moment are my condolences to Rita and Vinnie and the whole family. My heart is with you."

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx offered the following: "Dime, I will never forget all the times you made us laugh. I'm so happy we got to spend the day together in London recently… We should all live our lives as full as you have. I will miss you, as will all of us... This is a sad day."

Rich Ward (Fozzy, Stuck Mojo): "Darrell was as nice as they come. During the times that I spent with him, I wondered why he played in such a heavy band. Not that he didn't have the ability to school all of us that dared to share a stage with him, but because he seemed like such a gentle and kind man. He had a great sense of humor and was someone that everyone in the room gravitated toward. He never carried himself like the big rock star that he really was, instead he came across humble and appreciative. I consider it a privilege to have known him, as he was one of the 'real' guys in the business and as Zakk [Wylde] would say, 'one of the boys'!"

Shaun Glass (Soil): "Today I am saddened to say I lost my friend and hero it sickens me that someone would take away a person that brought so much joy to so many people. Love ya, Double D."

Jon Dette (ex-Slayer, Testament): "My brother just called to tell me that Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage tonight. Words cannot express the sadness I'm feeling right now and my condolences go out to Vinnie Paul and the Abbott family for their loss. This is a huge tragedy for the music world."

Orange County, California-based sextet Bleed The Sky (recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records): "It's a sad day in heavy metal, Dimebag Darrell formerly of Pantera, was shot and killed while performing with Damageplan in Ohio. We would more than likely not be a band if it wasn't for him, and can't possibly imagine the pain that his brother and his family must be in. RIP, brother, heavy music will never be the same without you."

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Metalunderground's "Best Metal Album of The Year"

This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.

Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...

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Seemless To Have Debut Reissued

Seemless (ex-Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall) and Equal Vision Records have confirmed that Equal Vision will be releasing a remastered and repackaged version of Seemless' self-titled album, which was originally released via Losing Face Records. The album will hit stores on January 25th. You can download some of the group's material here.

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47th Grammy Nominees Announced

The 2005 Grammy Nominations are in, and Cradle Of Filth, Killswitch Engage, Nickelback, and Slipknot are all in the hunt. The Nominations for BEST HARD ROCK and METAL performances are as follows:

BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE:
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.) More...

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Vote For The Best Metal Videos Of 2004

MTV.com is currently running a poll for the "Best Metal Videos of 2004." Go here to vote and then tune into MTV2 for the premiere of Headbangers Ball Best of 2004 on Saturday December 25th at 10 p.m. EST to catch the winning videos.

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Killswitch Engage Contest

Killswitch Engage have arranged a special gig at a 300 person capacity venue, the Northstar Bar in Philadelphia, PA on January 5th. There are only two ways to get tickets:

1 - Listen to WYSP
or
2 - Enter here

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More News On Taste Of Chaos Tour

The Taste of Chaos tour, which features Killswitch Engage, along with the Used, Senses Fail and My Chemical Romance, begins February 18 in Orlando, FL and runs throughout North America.

Underoath will play the first batch of dates, beginning February 18 to March 16. Saosin will then take over and play the rest of the dates.

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All That Remains Joins Killswitch Engage On Tour

ALL THAT REMAINS, the Massachusetts-based act featuring former SHADOWS FALL vocalist Philip Labonte, have been confirmed to support KILLSWITCH ENGAGE in Europe beginning on January 19. Also on the bill are TWELVE TRIBES and JOHNNY TRUANT. The band will be shooting a video for the title-track of their latest record, "This Darkened Heart", on Tuesday, November 30 with director Dale Resteghini (SHADOWS FALL, GOD FORBID).

ALL THAT REMAINS' sophomore album, "This Darkened Heart", is available on Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Behind Silence and Solitude" was produced by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz.

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Date Set For Killswitch Engage Re-Release

Killswitch Engage will reissue their self-titled debut album on January 11th via Ferret. The new version will be remixed and remastered by guitarist Adam D and will include their original 4 song demo.

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