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Formed: 2002
From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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The Absence Posts Second Studio Report

Florida's The Absence have posted the second in a series of video reports from their time recording "Enemy Unbound" in Erik Rutan's Mana Studios in St. Petersburg. The video clip can be viewed below.

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The Absence Posts Studio Recording Footage

Florida metallers The Absence have posted the first in a series of recording videos from their time working on "Enemy Unbound" in Erik Rutan's Mana Studios in St. Petersburg. The video clip can be viewed below.

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The Absence Prepares To Enter The Studio

Guitarist Patrick Pintavalle of Florida metallers The Absence has issued the following announcement about entering the recording studio:

"Yes its true. We are finally entering Mana Recording studios on Monday November 2nd. We will be tracking with Brian Elliot and Mixing duties will be handled by Jonas Kjellgren(Scar Symmetry,Carnal Forge). We are all very excited to get this record out and to begin touring again as soon as possible. We will also be posting studio Diaries right here on our myspace page and through youtube as well. Keep it Metal."

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The Absence Posts Guitar Finalists Video Clips

Florida metallers The Absence had previously announced that they are running a contest to let a fan make a guest guitar appearance on their upcoming album "Enemy Unbound." The band has posted several finalist guitar video clips online, which can be viewed below. More...

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The Absence Announces Fan Guitar Contest

Florida metallers The Absence have issued the following announcement about letting a fan play guitar on their upcoming album:

"What's up, Shredders!

"Anyone that knows The Absence knows we love our fans. Let's face it, you guys are why we do what we do. So whenever we get the chance we always like to show our gratitude any way we can.

"Since we know a ton of our fans are guitarists, this time around we thought it would be cool to give you a little piece of the action. So...while working on pre-production for our newest record 'Enemy Unbound' we left a section open for a guest guitar lead from one of you!

"The contest is pretty simple. Download the backing guitar riff at this location, come up with your coolest guitar lead over it, upload it to YouTube.com and we'll pick the winner!

"Runners up will receive goodies like autographed CDs, shirts and stickers!"

A video clip about the contest can also be viewed below. More...

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The Absence Goes into Studio, Needs Lead Guitarist

The Absence wants you to know that they're headed into the studio...finally. They were supposed to record this past March but were spending more time to make their songs sound as great as could be. They plan to hit the studio in early September. But they're offering a great contest for fans who can shred.

"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 that's pretty F'n cool."

We will keep you informed when the "rough details" have been smoothed out.

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The Absence To Play Three Shows With Amon Amarth

Florida metallers The Absence have issued the following announcement about replacing Lazarus A.D. on the final three shows of the Amon Amarth tour:

"Hey there kids, Amon Amarth is touring the U.S. and Lazuraus AD aparently can not play the last three dates of that tour and we have been asked to do those shows. We will be playing the Atlanta, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale shows. We hope to see you there head banging and thrashing your faces off!"

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The Governor's Ball Talks To Skeletonwitch

A new episode of The Governor’s Ball has been released. In this episode The Governor brings you a double-dose of American thrashiness, more Christmas metal, and a message for all those Governor worshippers out there.

The Governor talks thrash and manliness with guitarist Scott Hedrick, bassist Evan Linger, and vocalist Chance Garnette of Skeletonwitch. Also The Governor reunites with vocalist Jamie Stewart from The Absence to catch up on their ongoing road mightiness and their musical “maturity.”

Plus on "Some Sly Advice" Sly lets you know how to approach ladies in a mall without coming across as a stalker.

And, of course, The Governor unloads a selection of metal music for your headbanging pleasure.

Download the episode and subscribe to The Governor’s rss feed at www.thegovernorsball.com. You can also download this episode directly below:

The Governor’s Ball! The “Mighty” Metal and Comedy Show

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Ensiferum Bassist Checks In From Amon Amarth Tour

Ensiferum bassist Sami Hinkka has checked in with this latest road report:

"Damn I'm angry (with) myself, I was sleeping while we drove to San Francisco and I missed Alcatraz prison.

"We cant get our travel guitars to stay in tune. Damn. We change strings tomorrow and hopefully that will do the trick.

"Today's stage was very small, and we had to put drums behind me so I didn't have room to move at all. Gig was awesome! Special thanks to front row singers! Hottest show so far and of course there is no shower.

"During our gig it started to rain. C'mon! Rain in California?" More...

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Indianapolis Metal Fest II Cancelled

The second day of Indianapolis Metal Fest II has been cancelled. Here's a statement from show organizers:

"Due to issues entirely beyond our control, the Saturday show at 5100 W. 38th Street, Indianapolis has been cancelled. More details will be available on our website soon.

"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Make-up dates are being considered, and we are certain to file legal action against the parties responsible for this situation.

"Thanks to all who came out to the show on Friday night -- it was a GREAT crowd and the bands were amazing. Though we were unable to give you the show we wanted to give you due to problems and code violations within the venue, I think we all pulled together as best we could and made the Friday night show one hell of a good show.

"Special thanks to Morgan and Mercedes Lander from Kittie for being so exceptionally cool. Extra special thanks to Dino Cazares for invaluable advice and support during the show.

"A major announcement and statement will be made concerning this issue in a day or so."

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Indianapolis Metal Fest II Announces Venue Change

Monolith Entertainment and the Indianapolis Metal Fest II have announced a change in venue for the two day event to be held September 26th and 27th, 2008. The festival, dubbed "the Midwest's fastest growing celebration of all things metal," will move to the Marquee Convention and Event Center located at 5100 W. 38th Street in Indianapolis, IN 46254.

The Festival was originally scheduled to be held at the Madame C.J. Walker Theatre but the organizers moved the event to the new venue to accommodate the comfort of additional fans to move inside in case of inclement weather.

Monolith Entertainment is working through all media outlets to inform all fans who have already purchased tickets that these tickets are remain valid at the new venue. All other details remain the same with regards to the show and ticket booking info.

The Indianapolis Metal Fest II is featuring acts from all over the world and from all genres of metal including: Dew-Scented, Kittie, Divine Heresy, Into Eternity, Arsis, Mustasch, Ekotren, Demiricous, Shadowside, The Absence, Woe of Tyrants, Psyopus, Wykked Wytch, Obszon Geschopf, Threat Signal, Green Jelly, Into Eternity, Daylight Dies, Bleed The Sky, Destrophy, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gates Of Slumber and more.

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Arsis Added To Indianapolis Metalfest II Lineup

Nuclear Blast USA Recording artist and death metal act Arsis is confirmed to appear at the Indianapolis Metal Fest II on September 26th and 27.

Arsis joins label mates Dew-Scented, Threat Signal, and Bleed the Sky for their first-ever appearance at what's being touted as the "fastest growing celebration of all things metal." In its second year, the Indianapolis Metal Fest is setting itself apart from other metal festivals by highlighting diverse bands from all metal genres.

2008 has proved to be busy and successful for the Virginia-based Arsis, which is arriving in Indianapolis fresh off their summer "Trash and Burn Tour" with Misery Signal, Darkest Hour, and Parkway Drive and will hit the road again in November on the "European MetalFest Tour" with Morbid Angel and Kataklysm through the end of the year. Arsis is performing and touring with material from their latest Nuclear Blast Release, "We are the Nightmare."

Joining Arsis, Dew-Scented, Threat Signal, and Bleed the Sky at the Indianapolis Metal Fest II will be national bands Kittie, Divine Heresy, Mustasch, The Absence, Ekotren, Woe of Tyrants, Demiricous, Shadowside (Brazil), Level-C, Wykked Wytch, Obszon Geschopf (France), Green Jelly, Into Eternity, Daylight Dies, Destrophy, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gates of Slumber, Gigan, Black Chapel, and a number of hand-picked artists and regional favorites.

The show will take place at Madame Walker Theater, located at 617 Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis. Two-day tickets are $30 in advance/$40 at the door. Tickets are available at indianapolismetalfest.com, www.myspace.com/indymetalfest or by phone at (888) 690-9875.

Tickets are also available locally at select retails locations listed below. More...

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Belphegor Annouces Additional Tour Dates

Belphegor recently added 19 additional shows to their 2008 North American tour in support of their latest album, "Bondage Goat Zombie." Alonside Belphegor will be bands Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, and The Absence. The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Indianapolis Metal Fest Returns I September

Following a successful 2007 debut, the Indianapolis Metal Fest is returning this September 26 and 27 to prove itself as the Midwest's premiere metal festival.

The festival includes an assortment of headliner-status and personally-chosen unsigned artists, including three bands that will be making their U.S. debuts. Bands already confirmed are: Dew Scented, Kittie, Divine Heresy, Mustasch, Daylight Dies, Bleed The Sky, Into Eternity, Ekotren, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gigan (ex-Hate Eternal), Psyopus, Level-C, Obszon Geschopf, Black Chapel, Demiricous, Gates of Slumber, Threat Signal, and The Absence. In all, the festival will host 60 bands over the two days. More...

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Amon Amarth Announces More Tour Dates

Amon Amarth have announced more tour dates for their North American run. Support on the trek will come from Ensiferum, Belphegor and The Absence.

October 1 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
October 2 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon
October 3 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
October 4 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
October 5 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
October 6 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Culture Centre
October 8 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
October 9 - Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
October 10 - Regina, SK @ Ridell Centre
October 11 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
October 12 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
October 13 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
October 15 - Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
October 16 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
October 17 - Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Imperial
October 18 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
October 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
October 20 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
October 21 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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The "Fresh Meat Tour" Cancelled

The "Fresh Meat Tour," featuring The Absence, Epicurean, The Destro, and Rose Funeral has officially been cancelled. The Absence has released the following statement:

"First, let us say that we absolutely hate to cancel tours and shows. We love our fans and try so hard to make it to everyone that wants to see us. Alright, so here's the deal everyone... Yes, we have once again had to cancel a tour. BUT, We are quite sick of candy coating everything and making it seem like it's really our fault. First, Rose Funeral had to drop off due to some personal reasons, we wish them the best. As well as, Epicurean having to drop off. After all said and done, The Absence and The Destro decided it wouldn't be worth the 7-8 sometimes 10-12 hour drives between shows for very small amounts of money. These small amounts of money would not even cover gas to get to the next show. Everyone knows how high gas prices are at this time so we need not go into that any further.

"This month-long tour was eventually turned into a 13 day tour after shows and venues were cancelling left and right due to the fact that some booking agents can't do their jobs correctly and end up dealing with 15 year old promoters who are not yet experienced enough with putting on shows that include 4 national acts and have the show be a success. It just doesnt happen. No, we are not 'rockstars.' But we do expect our guaranteed amount of money and decent meals every show. We sometimes drive all night and play shows exhausted as hell to make sure all of our fans are happy. And when our fans are happy we know we've done our job and have no room to complain. But when we can't even afford to get to the first show and probably cant afford to make it home, there's a problem.

"We just can't stay quiet and say we had to drop off for reasons that aren't true. It's all the 'behind the scenes' politics that fans don't realize happen or see. Booking agents dropped the ball. Not the bands. Bottom line. We hope you all understand and still support us and the other bands that were supposed to be apart of this tour as well.

"So, we're sorry to all of you that wont be able to see us this time around but we promise you we'll be back around in the end of 2008 with a full US/Canadian tour."

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Infernaeon Announces New Line-Up

Florida based metal band INFERNAEON have announced the addition of several new members including Jeramie Kling formerly of The Absence. The bands front man Brian Werner had this to say, “After that last Pyrexia tour we had a cancer within the band that needed to be removed forcefully which threatened everything that this band is trying to accomplish. Our drummer at the time ended up getting the job with Malevolent Creation, so you can’t fault him for that. Sam and Brian just wanted to go in different directions and we wish them the best of luck. Seriously, we hope those guys find what they’re looking for. We have Chris Default from Divine Empire back in the band, who was an original member and wrote most of these songs anyways as well as Jeramie from The Absence who is straight up a seriously cool motherfucker and one of the best drummers I’ve heard in a while.”

The band also welcomes to the fold guitar player and long time friend Erick Leider to replace Sam Molina and Dave Stein on Keyboards.

“These guys are some of the most dedicated musicians I’ve worked with in a while. They take their trade seriously which makes working with them so much easier than before. I’ve known Erick for the better part of 10 years and when I asked him if he wanted to do this, he quit his job, cleaned out his bank account, left his woman and moved to the other side of the country to be a part of this. Not to mention Dave is Kevin’s brother so it’s cool to have some blood in the band.”

The band is currently on tour supporting their latest album, "A Symphony of Suffering," on Prosthetic Records. The band will be supporting Skinless and Vital Remains for the week and then finishing up with Fierce Allegiance on their way home to Florida.

“We have a shit load of touring coming up this summer and well into the fall. We can’t announce it yet until everything confirms, but we should be very active for the rest of the year. See you fuckers soon. We have a ton of new merch available at Indiemerch.com”

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The Absence Schedule Florida Tour Dates

Tampa, Florida-based melodic thrash metal band THE ABSENCE — which recently announced the addition of drummer Justin Reynolds to the group's ranks — has scheduled the following dates:

Apr. 03 - The AKA lounge - Orlando, Florida
Apr. 04 - Bourbon Street - New Port Richey, Florida
Apr. 05 - Churchill's - Miami, Florida

THE ABSENCE's cover of TESTAMENT's "Into the Pit" has been posted on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's sophomore CD, "Riders of the Plague", which was released on August 7, 2007 via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded at Mana Studios in Florida with Swedish producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, CARNAL FORGE). Mixing duties were handled by Jonas at his Black Lounge studios in Avesta, Sweden. The CD features guest appearances by guitarists James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT), Jonas Kjellgren, Per Nilsson (SCAR SYMMETRY) and Santiago Dobles (AGHORA) as well as guest vocals by Jonas Granvik (WITHOUT GRIEF, EDGE OF SANITY). More...

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The Absence Announce New Drummer

Tampa, Florida-based melodic thrash metal band THE ABSENCE has issued the following update:

"Well, a lot of people have written us asking how the drummer search is going. We had some good drummers show up to the audition on [February] 3rd. We video taped all of them and watched the videos. After all the auditions we found a guy who just nailed the songs very well and we have been rehearsing with him every week since. His name is Justin Reynolds. The kid is wicked good and keeps time very well without a click track. That is a quality you don't find often in a drummer."

"So now that the drummer search is over, get ready for THE ABSENCE to start touring again and bringing headbanging metal to your town! We are all excited and feel like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders. We can't wait to hit the road soon."

"Thanks to all the drummers who came out to the audition. We appreciate your efforts."

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The Absence Seek New Drummer

Tampa, Florida's THE ABSENCE have issued the following update:

"The Absence are currently holding open auditions for a new, full time drummer. Besides great playing ability, these other standard requirements apply:"

"Must be at least 18 years old.
Must be able to play to a metronome.
Must be able to learn and play our full catalog of songs.
Must be able to tour full-time ie: able to leave home, work, family for months at a time.
Must legally be able to travel outside the United States.
No excessive alcohol or drug problems.
Must NOT steal our van and trailer." More...

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