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Metal News for January 26, 2006

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20 news articles posted on this day.

Dimmu Borgir Album Breaks 100,000 Mark In USA

DIMMU BORGIR have officially sold over 100,000 units of "Death Cult Armageddon" in the United States. Nuclear Blast comments in an announcement: "Scanning 101,418 units to date, Nuclear Blast USA is honored to have participated in such a successful and creative album such as Death Cult Armageddon".

Continuously representing the orchestral quality of Black Metal, classical arrangements have been an essential piece in their unique sound from the start. To make Death Cult Armageddon even more authentic, portions of the album were recorded in the company of the Philharmonic Orchestra Prague, consisting of 46 classically trained musicians. The effort was produced by Fredrik Nordström at the Swedish Fredman Studios (In Flames, HammerFall).

Released on September 9th, 2003 and debuting on the Billboard Top 200 at number 169, "Death Cult Armageddon" received multiple "Best Metal Album of the Year" accolades and had two songs featured in the trailer for the highly successful Hellboy movie. Their video for "Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse" was voted the 4th "BEST METAL OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM" by fans.

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Landmine Marathon Sign To Level Plane Records

Landmine Marathon have officially joined the Level Plane Records roster. Formed in December of 2004, the Phoenix, AZ group features past and present members of Suicide Nation, Osama Bin Sars, and Bullyrag. The group is expected to release a new full-length this summer. In the interim, you can check out some of their material here.

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Rob Zombie's "Educated Horses" Tracklisting

ROB ZOMBIE have set the tentative track listing for his new album, entitled "Educated Horses". The follow-up to 2001's "The Sinister Urge" was recorded at Los Angeles' Chop Shop Studios with co-producer Scott Humphrey and will include 11 tracks — including an acoustic number called "Death of It All", "Seventeen Year Locusts" and the album's first single, "Foxy, Foxy". A March 28 release via Geffen Records is expected.

"Educated Horses" track listing:

01. Sawdust in the Blood
02. American Witch
03. Foxy, Foxy
04. Seventeen Year Locust
05. The Scorpion Sleeps
06. 100 Ways
07. Let It All Bleed Out
08. Death of it All
09. Ride
10. The Devil's Rejects
11. Lords of Salem

"We were just very inspired this time," Zombie told MTV.com. "It's amazing how different things can be when you work with people who are excited and energetic and just so into it, that they just really inspire you to create things."

ZOMBIE's upcoming tour with LACUNA COIL and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will be his first outing since last summer's Ozzfest, where he headlined the second stage with a band that also included former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5, drummer Tommy Clufetos and bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson.

"Before Ozzfest, I didn't have any plans to tour again at all. I was sort of sick of it, truthfully. Everything with my last band started to turn ugly and it wasn't that fun," he explained to MTV.com. "With the new band, I just had such a good time that really, as corny as it sounds, it seemed like the old days — we're having a band, we're playing and it's just fun. Once being in a band turns stressful, you go, 'What the f--- am I doing?' It was really fun, and we came off the tour and started making a record and it just clicked. The record ... we were like, 'These are the best songs ever. It would be stupid not to finish it.' "

ROB ZOMBIE tour dates w/ LACUNA COIL, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: More...

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Anthrax Announce UK Tour Dates

Anthrax have now announced the full schedule for their British tour. The dates are as follows:

April 8 - Sheffield Corporation
April 9- Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
April 10 - London Astoria
April 11 - Nottingham Rock City
April 12 - Glasgow ABC

Anthrax's Charlie Benante recently became a first time father and now has a daughter. Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall) filled in for a few shows while Charlie left the tour to be with his family.

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War Of Ages and Hell Within US Tour Dates

Dates have been announced for the upcoming War Of Ages and Hell Within tour. Here are the tour dates:

2/3 Portland, MI @ American Legion Hall post 129
2/4 Clarksville, IN @ The Warehouse
2/5 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
2/6 Jefferson City, SD @ Jefferson Community Church
2/8 Ogden, UT @ Club Boomva
2/9 Reno, NV @ Reno VFW
2/10 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ No Innocent Victim, Deathstar
2/11 Redlands, CA @ Oasis w/ No Innocent Victim
2/12 San Diego, CA @ Adams Hall w/ No Innocent Victim
2/14 Austin, TX @ Redrum
2/15 Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club
2/16 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
2/17 Nashville, TN @ TBA
2/18 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
2/21 Clearwater, FL @ 688 Skatepark
2/22 Lakeview, FL @ Mad Hatters
2/24 Dover, DE @ The Venue w/ Your Eyes My Dreams
2/25 Annapolis, MD @ RTBC
2/26 Williamsburg, VA @ Jamestown Campsite

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Ex-Kittie Guitarist Joins Day Of Contempt

Guitarist Lisa Marx (ex-Kittie/Scars Of Tomorrow) has officially joined Day Of Contempt.

Day Of Contempt is on tour now with Avenged Sevenfold and CKY in support of their "The Will To Live" EP on Pulse/ Epitaph. Marx is featured in the current issue of Revolver magazine as part of their "sexiest women of metal" cover story.

Day Of Contempt has caused quite a stir since relocating from Australia to Orange County, California. The band has toured with The Used, Good Charlotte and Bleeding Through, played several dates on last year's "Warped Tour," as was featured on MSNBC's "Entertainment Hot List" TV show. They also supported Atreyu at their 2005 Los Angeles Halloween show.

More recently, Day Of Contempt has been in the process of writing new material for a full-length album to be released on an as-yet undetermined record label.

"The Will To Live" was produced by Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Linkin Park).

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Twisted Sister Video of NAMM Performance

A short video clip of TWISTED SISTER performing at the Pulse Lounge in the Hilton bar in Anaheim, California on Saturday, January 21 during an Epiphone party at the NAMM 2006 convention has been posted online at this location. TWISTED SISTER were reportedly joined for one song by POISON guitarist C.C. Deville.

As previously reported, TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, who wrote and starred in the fright flick "Strangeland", has joined the lineup of the next Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors convention, presented by Anchor Bay Entertainment, to be held in Chicago, IL, March 4-5, 2006. Snider will discuss his work with Fangoria TV, as well as his planned unrated "Strangeland" re-release and sequel.

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Overkill In Talks To Play Gigantour 2006

Greg Wilson of Doomsdaymusic.com recently conducted an interview with D.D. Verni of OVERKILL/THE BRONX CASKET CO. fame. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Doomsdaymusic.com: Now speaking of shows I know you guys [THE BRONX CASKET CO.] were supposed to have one in October but you basically had it taken away from you what happened?

Verni: "Oh, we were supposed to play with VAN HELSING'S CURSE. I guess the people who run the band — I guess you call it a band — and the management and people in there are total, total fuck-ups. So it just got… I mean, they wound up not doing the show. They canned us because they didn't want a support band on it at all. It was not anything toward us in particular, they just didn't want a support band at all, so I don't know how it got through a promoter and into advertising and radio ads and everything else before they decided that but one hand didn't know what the other hand was doing and it was just basically a total mess so that whole thing kinda fell apart for them and us."

Doomsdaymusic.com: I know OVERKILL is touring through the first part of next year, what are your plans after that? Do you plan on taking THE BRONX CASKET CO. out on the road?

Verni: "We're talking right now about doing some stuff in April over in Europe. If that happens or not, I don't know. Even for OVERKILL, when we finish in February or March, we'll probably start thinking about doing a new record... We've even been talking with [Dave] Mustaine [MEGADETH] a bunch lately about doing the Gigantour and being a part of that for the summer time, so if we end up doing that we'll have to stop our writing process, but otherwise it looks like OVERKILL will finish up in February and work on getting to writing. And THE BRONX CASKET CO. — that's right when we're thinking about doing some touring, but that shouldn't be a problem, because that's me and Blitz [vocals] writing the songs so I can always send him... I already have some stuff for the new album and I can always send him some material if I go out on the road. It's a pretty easy process with me and Blitz when it comes to doing OVERKILL records."

Read the full article at DoomsDayMusic.

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Napalm Death Frontman Talks About New Album

Birmingham’s NAPALM DEATH will be embarking on North America’s ‘The Enemy Of God II’ Tour in late February with Kreator. Vocalist for the band Barney Greenway had this to say, “Hello everyone, looks like we’re coming back to North America to make a load of noise again. The Code Is Red… was such a well-received album, and we’re disappointed that this is only the first time that we’re getting to a lot of places, but we try our best, you know. What are the shows going to be like? Well, we will totally go for it, as ever, and hopefully you’ll all enjoy. It’ll be chaotic, spasmodic and hopefully a beautiful thing. There should be quite a bit of The Code… stuff in there as well."

“There’s also the small matter of the follow-up to The Code…, which we are each working on in our own little corners of the world. I have a few songs ready to go lyrically but nothing concrete to share with you right at this moment unfortunately. I’ve been thinking about the general theme of the album a lot and what I’d like to project in this age of being dragged down paths of religious oppression is the spirit of free-thinking. I mean, believe what you want to believe if it makes you happy, but I still don’t believe that mass governance via religious theories is wise, especially when the world is so fragile. The whole idea, just for example, of stickering school textbooks that try to explain the scientifically proven evolution of mankind with stickers that say ‘this is not necessarily the truth’ is entirely counter-productive. Anyway… we hope to hit the studio mid-May for a late-year release. See you all soon stateside. Peace, love, equality."

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Shadows Fall Signs European Deal w/ Roadrunner

Roadrunner Records has now officially announced the signing of Massachusetts-based five-piece SHADOWS FALL for all territories excluding the U.S.

Mark Palmer, M.D. of Roadrunner Records U.K. stated: "SHADOWS FALL have been one of the standard-bearers for quality American metal for the past 4 years and it's an honor to have them as part of the Roadrunner family."

Likewise, SHADOWS FALL frontman Brian Fair was equally enthused by their new home. Speaking from Massachusetts, where the band are working on songs for their fifth studio album, he commented, "All of us in SHADOWS FALL are very excited to begin a working relationship with Roadrunner Records! The label has always represented the multiple sounds and styles of the metal genre and they have never been afraid to take a chance and support bands they believed in. From the roots of extreme metal with OBITUARY, DEICIDE and EXHORDER to the breakout success of bands like SLIPKNOT and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, Roadrunner has always been at the fore-front of the evolution of metal. We feel it will be a perfect fit to help spread the word about SHADOWS FALL around the globe. The time has come for total world domination."

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Voivod Signs European Deal With Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast Records has announced the signing of the legendary metal band VOIVOD for the European territory. The Canadian experimental metallers are currently putting the finishing touches on their much-anticipated new album with producer Glen Robinson (VOIVOD's "Nothingface", TEA PARTY, GWAR) at Multisons studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A late spring release is expected.

The follow-up to 2003's "Voivod" is the first album in the band's 20-plus-year career that will not feature founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour working alongside his bandmembers in the studio. D'Amour died August 26, 2005 in a Montreal hospital from complications of advanced colon cancer.

In order to record the album, singer Denis "Snake" Belanger, drummer Michael "Away" Langevin and bassist Jason "Jasonic" Newsted are utilizing all of the guitar parts that Piggy had recorded for the record on his laptop with ProTools before his death.

VOIVOD's as-yet-untitled new album will be released in North America on The End Records.

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"New American Gospel" To Be Remastered, Reissued

Prosthetic Records has announced a deluxe reissuing of LAMB OF GOD’s influential and highly-lauded debut album, "New American Gospel" on April 4, 2006.

Remastered and repackaged with four bonus tracks, exclusive liner notes from the band, and the video for the proven classic “Black Label,” alongside a re-imaging facelift from longtime band collaborator Ken Adams, LAMB OF GOD’s now famous debut album finally gets the treatment it deserves in 2006. The music on New American Gospel has quickly become both essential and classic metal material, having already helped to revitalize and re-inspire a once stale American metal scene and assist in usher in this decade’s New Wave of American Heavy Metal and forever leaving its mark on the worldwide metal scene.

This album Scheduled to tour throughout the summer of 2006 in support of a new album, never has there been a better time to unsheathe this long-deserved, updated take on a new American metal classic to the hordes of heavy music fans that have, since the release of New American Gospel half a decade ago, been inspired by the revolutionary and scene-leading band LAMB OF GOD has become today.

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Final Paul Samson Recordings To Surface

A brand new Paul Samson CD, consisting of recordings the leader and founder of the seminal NWOBHM act SAMSON was working on in the months prior to his death in 2002, will be issued this summer under the title "PS..." No further details are currently available.

In other news, Angel Air Records will be releasing a SAMSON retrospective CD on April 3. Entitled "Tomorrow and Yesterday", the album will include an extensive (4,000-word) biography, and a 20-page booklet, featuring many previously unseen pictures.

Samson passed away at his Norfolk, England home during the afternoon of Friday, August 9, 2002 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Paul was 49 years old.

SAMSON had previously featured in their ranks IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson, who sang on two of the group's albums (1980's "Head On" and 1981's "Shock Tactics"), before moving on to fame and fortune with his current outfit.

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Ex-Hate Eternal, Nile Drummer Has "Fastest Feet"

Former HATE ETERNAL/NILE drummer Tim Yeung came in first in the "Fastest Feet" category at the NAMM International Fastest Drummer Contest on Sunday, January 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Yeung, who recently formed a new extreme-metal project with ex-FEAR FACTORY/BRUJERIA guitarist Dino Cazares, beat the competition with 872 beats in one minute. Meanwhile, Reese Bridges from London, England placed first in the "Fastest Hands" category with 1,007 beats in 60 seconds. You can check out a picture of Yeung and Bridges at this past weekend's competition.

All contestants for both "Fastest Hands" and "Fastest Feet" competitions were scored on playing single strokes (no bounces, presses or buzz) for ONE MINUTE and recorded by the Drumometer. Grand prizes for this year’s contest included: Two Pearl drum sets, a year supply of ProMark drum sticks (with winner’s name), two sets of Meinl cymbals, Axis LongBoard "A" double pedal, 50 Remo drum heads, a year subscription to Drum! magazine and much more.

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New Nebula Song Posted Online

"Fever Frey", the first single from NEBULA's new album "Apollo" (street date: Feb. 21), has been posted on the web site of the band's label, liquorandpokermusic.com.

"Apollo", the band's second full-length on Liquor and Poker and fourth overall, was produced by Daniel Rey (RAMONES, MISFITS, L7) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (THE MARS VOLTA, SONIC YOUTH, FRANZ FERDINAND). The release — NEBULA's first with new bassist Tom Davies — will also feature a live video of "Future Days" from the band’s recent Japanese trek.

Having already completed a national tour since finishing tracking "Apollo" along with several other high-profile gigs such as ESPN's X-Games and a CMJ showcase, NEBULA are looking to keep themselves on the road throughout 2006. An announcement is expected soon regarding their first tour in support of "Apollo".

Nebula was also recently featured on Century Media's "Metal For The Masses Volume 4."

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Classic Phil Anselmo Morbid Angel Video Online

A classic live video of the then-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo singing the MORBID ANGEL track "Day of Suffering" with the Floridian death metallers in early 2001 has been posted online at this location.

Anselmo underwent back surgery on Nov. 21, 2005 and is expected to spend the next few months recuperating at his home in Lousiana while continuing work on several musical projects, some of which may see the light of day later in the year.

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All Too Human's New Album Delayed

ALL TOO HUMAN's first album with Mythic Silence Records will be delayed due to work-related circumstance. You can expect to see "Juggernaut" surface sometime in early summer.

In related MSR news, the new label's first release of the year, "The Obscure Awakening" by Dawn Of Defiance, was released this week and can be ordered online now. The album is expected to show up in Tower Records shortly as well.

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Destruction Replace NA On Metal Crusaders Tour

Due to an urgent immediate family situation of one of it’s band members, NUCLEAR ASSAULT have been forced to drop off the Metal Crusaders tour. Their replacement is German legends DESTRUCTION.

As previously reported, the Metal Maniacs/BW&BK presented Metal Crusaders Tour 2006, featuring VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION, SPEED\KILL/HATE, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSENCE, will include the following dates:

May
26 - Montreal, QC at Le Medley
27 - Bedford, NH at Marks Place
28 - Boston, MA at The Middle East
29 - New York City, NY at The Knitting Factory
30 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx
31 - Vernon, NY at Nothing Fancy Cafe

June
1 - Cleveland, OH at The Agora Ballroom
2 - Detroit, MI at TNT
3 - Chicago, IL at Logan Square Auditorium
4 - St-Paul, MN at Station 4
5- Madison, WS at TBA
7 - Fayetteville, NC at Jesters Pub
10 - St-Petersburg, FL at State Theater
11 - Ft- Lauderdale, FL at Culture Room
12 - Tallahassee, FL at Beta Bar
14 - Houston, TX at The Ballroom/Wharehouse live
15 - Corpus Christi, TX at The Ballroom
16 - San Antonio, TX at The White Rabbit
17 - Arlington, TX at The Phoenix Music Complex
18 - Fayetteville, AR at The Dart Room
19 - Oklahoma City, OK at The Conservatory
20 - Denver, CO at Lliff Park Saloon
22 - Tempe, AZ at Clubhouse
23 - Corona, CA at Showcase Theater
24 - W. Hollywood, CA at Knitting Factory
25 - San Francisco, CA at The Pound
26 - Boise, ID at Imparts
27 - Spokane, WA at Fat Tuesdays Concert Hall
28 - Portland, OR at Rock'n' Roll Pizza
29 - Seattle, WA at Studio Seven

More dates coming soon.

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The Ghost Next Door Schedule CD-Release Show

THE GHOST NEXT DOOR, the new band featuring guitarist Gary Wendt (ex-SKINLAB, RELEASE, SACRILEGE B.C.) on guitar/vocals, will be playing a show at Blake's on Telegraph in Berkeley, California on Saturday, January 28 to celebrate the release of their first CD. In addition, the band will be posting their entire new album for free via their official MySpace.com page — half of the songs on February 1 and the other half the following day.

THE GHOST NEXT DOOR's current lineup is rounded out by Seanan Gridley on bass and Sean Haeberman on drums.

For more information, visit www.ghostnextdoor.com.

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The Funeral Orchestra Ink New Deal With Aftermath

Swedish doom metal band THE FUNERAL ORCHESTRA have inked a new deal with Aftermath Music for the release of their second album. Entitled "Necro Occult", the CD will be recorded in February/March and is tentatively scheduled for release on June 6, 2006.

THE FUNERAL ORCHESTRA's debut album, "Feeding the Abyss", was issued in 2003 via Aftermath Music/Eternal Dark Productions.

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