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Cloven Hoof To Play Greece In September

Bassist Lee Payne of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends CLOVEN HOOF has issued the following update:

"Yes, it's official — the band would like to announce that they will be playing two shows in Greece this September. The first takes place on Friday, 26th of September in Athens at the Underworld club. CLOVEN HOOF will then be in Thessaloniki on Saturday, 27th of September at the Harley Bar."

"I am pleased to say the secret show we are playing in London will take place on Friday, 25th of April at the Bar Monsta, Camden. The full bill will be CLOVEN HOOF, DESOLATION and DARK FOREST."

"The secret show will take place as the official warm-up party night to the British Steel Festival III, [which is scheduled to take place] Saturday, 26th April 2008 at Camden Underworld. CLOVEN HOOF are doing this show as a thank you for the amazing reception the band got at the Purple Turtle show a while back. It will be an amazing night of British metal."

CLOVEN HOOF recently spent time in the studio re-recording 24 of their classic songs for a two-part "best-of" compilation, "The Definitive Part One" and "The Definitive Part Two". "The Definitive Part One" is available exclusively on the band's web site ahead of the album's official May 1 worldwide release date. It will be distributed by Universal.

Commented Lee Payne: "'The Definitive Part One' is CLOVEN HOOF striped to the bone playing live in the studio with minimum overdubs. We made a conscious effort to try to capture the live energy that the band have on stage. Because nothing was laboured over, the CD sounds fresh and dynamic. Because the band will be playing all over the world from June 2008 onwards, a best of album seems the perfect way to introduce new fans to the HOOF back catalogue. All the stage favourites are here and the fans helped choose the tracks on a web site pole 6 months ago."

"The last studio album, 'Eye Of The Sun', was perfect in the sense that the band played everything to click tracks and beat detectors to give that surgical tightness. For the first time CLOVEN HOOF had slick production, but it can loose raw energy that say 'The Opening Ritual' had. Nu metal producers like eliminating feel in order to quantise everything to get that machine like punch. Producers today believe metal is all about riffs being cut up and stacked by computers and drum machine, this makes it easy to sound heavy. But in truth that approach sounds over-processed and spiritless. 'The Definitive Part One' is pure HOOF, without drum machines or studio trickery, but the production is clear and captures an actual band performance raw and real. In fact, only the vocals and lead solos were overdubbed."

"Paul ONeil produced 'The Definitive Part One', and Jon Astley, who has worked with LED ZEPPELIN, THE WHO, JUDAS PRIEST, ERIC CLAPTON, THE ROLLING STONES, mastered it. We feel that he has at last captured the true CLOVEN HOOF sound for the first time."

"The Definitive Part One" track listing:

01. Inquisitor
02. Nova Battlestar
03. The Gates of Gehenna
04. Astral Rider
05. Kiss of Evil
06. Mutilator
07. Reach for the Sky
08. Road of Eagles
09. Return of the Passover
10. Laying Down the Law
11. Mistress of the Forest

Source: Blabbermouth

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