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Metal News for January 28, 2005

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Killer Who Cited Metallica Lyrics Executed

A Texas death row inmate who chanted the chorus to METALLICA's "No Remorse" after fatally shooting a man in the head in Corpus Christi and robbing him of $13 twenty years ago was executed Tuesday (Jan. 25), according to The Associated Press.

The execution came after the U.S. Supreme Court refused on a narrow 5-4 vote to block Troy Kunkle's execution.

Kunkle was contrite as he looked toward the daughter and son-in-law of his victim, Stephen Horton, and sought their forgiveness.

"I would like to ask you to forgive me," he said. "I made a mistake and I am sorry for what I did. All I can do is ask you to forgive me."

Kunkle then turned his head toward an adjacent window in the death house and expressed love to witnesses he selected to watch him die, including his mother and his wife.

"I love you and I will see all of you in heaven," he said. "I love you very much. Praise Jesus."

Kunkle recited the Lord's Prayer and then indicated to the warden he had finished. In the seconds before the lethal drugs began taking effect, he repeatedly mouthed "I love you" to his friends and relatives. He exhaled slightly and gasped before he slipped into unconsciousness. Eight minutes later, at 8:12 p.m. CST, he was pronounced dead.

"Shame to Texas," his wife, Christa Heber, said as she watched him die.

Kunkle, 38, spent more than half of his life on death row for the death of Horton, 31, who was fatally shot and robbed of $13. Twice last year, Kunkle was spared from the Texas death chamber by court rulings on the day he was scheduled to die. The most recent halt came Nov. 18, when the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the execution about 40 minutes after Kunkle could have been strapped to the death chamber gurney for injection.

The 1984 shooting gained notoriety with disclosures that Kunkle quoted lyrics from METALLICA's song "No Remorse", from the album "Kill 'em All" ("Another day, another death, another sorrow, another breath") after Horton was gunned down. Prosecutors also remembered him at one point during his trial playing an air guitar in the courtroom as lawyers discussed whether the METALLICA song could be admitted into evidence.

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After Forever Name New Album

The following message has been posted on After Forever's official website regarding their upcoming album:

At the end of February the recordings of the fourth album of After Forever will start! After Forever will record the drums, bass guitar and the guitars in the Excess Studio in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) again.
The vocals, classical stuff and the mix will be done in the Gate Studio of Sascha Peath and Miro in Wolfsburg, Germany.

The writing proces has just finished and we are very happy about the results again! The songs are more compact, fresh, catchy and again; typically After Forever. In melodic aspect, the album will be more simular to Decipher.
For more specific updates about the music: check our forum!!!!!!

It will not become a concept album just like Invisible Circles. The songs have several subjects, some about your imagined life when you dream, some about the reality of this world.
The title will be REMAGINE.

Remagine means you can reflect on life and you imagine in. Both ingredients are there in the lyrics and in the music. The word is a combination between Reflection and Imagination.

The album will be released in September 2005!!!
We would love to see you on some of the summer festivals we are now planning to do to introduce some of the new songs there!!!

Keep checking www.afterforever.com about the progress of the recordings. After Forever will write a studio report every week when the recordings have started!!!

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New Paradise Lost Video Available Online

Paradise Lost has posted the video for their first single, from the new album "Forever After," here. The video is only available for the weekend.

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New Kamelot Video To Feature Dimmu Borgir Singer

According to Kamelot's official website, Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, Lacuna Coil, In Flames) of Revolver Films has completed filming a second video from the band's forthcoming album, "The Black Halo". The video for "March Of Mephisto" will feature a special appearance by Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagrath.

The first video done with Ullaeus, "The Haunting", was shot in Göthenburg, Sweden, earlier this month. The video includes an appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons. Check out the photos from the shoot here.

Kamelot's new album, "The Black Halo", is scheduled to be released on March 15 through SPV Records.

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Into Eternity Lauch Revamped Website

Canadian progressive death metallers Into Eternity have launched their newly revamped official website here. Guitarist/vocalist Tim Roth sends this message to fans worldwide:

Hello Everyone! Into Eternity has a new website address! Our friend Marlies Wobben just finished designing it after weeks of hard work. The official site is now www.Into Eternity.net. For now we still have the same message board where fans can get answers to questions directly from the band or check out the latest Into Eternity guitar tabs. More info will be added shortly.

Adam (drums) and Stu (vocals) arrive in Regina in a few weeks to finish rehearsing for our U.S. tour with Amorphis. After the tour wraps up in early April, we will continue on with some Western Canadian dates, to be announced soon.

Our new lineup's first official gig will be on Feb. 25th in our hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan. It will be held at The State with openers Cessate and Stillseed. Hopefully we will see everyone on the road very soon and thanks for all the support and keep it metal!

Into Eternity's upcoming tour dates with Amorphis and Beyond the Embrace: More...

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New Judas Priest Album Lyrics Posted

German Rob Halford fan site RobHalford.de has posted the all of the lyrics for the new Judas Priest album, "Angel Of Retribution", here.

As previously reported, "Angel Of Retribution" will be available in a very limited deluxe edition, featuring a bonus DVD including a 40-minute documentary and 7 live tracks that were filmed during shows in Barcelona and Valencia, Spain in June 2004.

"Angel Of Retribution" will be unleashed on March 1 through Epic Records.

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Defleshed Post New MP3s Online

The Swedish thrash metal band Defleshed have posted three new mp3 files, taken from their upcoming album "Reclaim The Beast" at their official website. At the "media" section your will find one full track, "May The Flesh Be With You" and two samples.

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Pretty Maids To Support Hammerfall

When Hammerfall will playing their hometown Göteborg on April 30th, there will be support be a special guest: Pretty Maids. This is a one-off arrangement, other "Icebreaker Festival" dates will feature Lordi plus two other acts.

Confirmed dates are as follows:
Apr. 21 Z7 – Pratteln, SWI
Apr. 22 Filharmonie – Filderstadt, GER
Apr. 23 Stadthalle – Lichtenfels, GER
Apr. 24 Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, GER
Apr. 30 Scandinavium – Göteborg, SWE

Dronjak is currently travelling through Europe on a promotion tour together with singer Joacim Cans. As Oscar posted on the official website:

I write this in the plane from Milan. We woke up in Madrid this morning, and now we're heading to Athens. Things are going extremely well - everyone seem to share our sentiments regarding "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" — and it feels great to travel around Europe, talking to enthusiastic journalists about something you have worked so damn hard for for such damn long time!

In other news, Hammerfall are slated for an appearance at the Gods Of Metal Festival in Italy, taking place on June 11-12th. Other confirmed acts are Motley Crue, Accept, Iron Maiden and Slayer – as Oscar commented: "What was that you said? 1986 all over again?"

The new album "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" will be in stores March 7th. The clip for the first single "Blood Bound" has been posted on the website of the major Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. You can see pictures from the video here.

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In Flames Confirmed For Graspop Metal Meeting

Sweden's In Flames will be playing at the Graspop Metal Meeting which takes place in Dessel, Belgium on June 24-26. Among the other performers at the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival are: Accept, Grave Digger, Iron Maiden, Lacuna Coil, Dio and Nevermore. You can check out the festival website here.

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Secret Sphere Go Orchestra

Secret Sphere have finished the recording sessions for their new album "Heart & Anger”. For this, the guys had the pleasure to work with the Swedish drummer Daniel Flores, who recorded all the drums directly in Stockholm.

Secret Sphere closely collaborated with Orchestra director Luigi Cociglio and the classical musicians David Lombardi and Diana Tizzani – who introduced “The Secret Symphony Orchestra”, which is comprised of by several professional musicians (some of them from the famous 'Teatro alla Scala' in Milano). Luigi arranged and directed all the orchestral parts composed by the band, the orchestra recorded all the classical sections of the new album. A big choir from, Torino, Italy also contributed.

As the band commented: "It's impossible to describe the sensation of more than fifty elements playing on our songs. This one has been the most difficult album to conceive because of the complexity of the arrangements and the big number of people involved. But the result is outstanding!"

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Mastodon and Burning Bridges To Tour US

Mastodon and Burning Brides will be touring the US together in late-March and early-April. This comes after Mastodon's European headline tour with Dozer and Extol. The following dates have been confirmed:

3/23 New Orleans LA @ House of Blues
3/25 Austin, TX @ Emo's
3/28 Albuquerque NM @ Launch Pad
3/29 Phoenix AZ @ Mason Jar
3/31 San Diego CA @ Soma Side Stage
4/1 Pomona CA @ The Glass House
4/2 Los Angeles CA @ Troubadour
4/5 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
4/6 Orangevale CA @ The Boardwalk
4/8 Portland OR @ Dante's
4/9 Seattle WA @ El Corazon
4/11 Salt Lake City UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe

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Raunchy And Nuclear Blast Part Ways

Danish outfit Raunchy have now announced the termination of their relationship with Nuclear Blast Records, stating nothing more than "We would like to thank Nuclear Blast Records for their work regarding our two albums." Regarding their next move, the band states that "We are now looking forward to be working with another record company, who believes in Raunchy, and who has the right capacity, understanding, and musical dedication to take care of our music. If everything falls into place within the coming months, our third "baby" will see the light of day before Christmas or early spring next year."

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Nerve Gas Tragedy Set To Record EP

Nerve Gas Tragedy, featuring former members of All Out War, will be recording an EP this weekend. The effort should be available this May via Spook City Records. Meanwhile, the group has lined up a few Winter shows:

1/29 Collegeville PA @ Trappe YMCA
2/5 Albany NY @ SUNY
2/6 Kingston NY @ The Forum
2/20 Troy NY @ Hudson Duster
3/11 Bound Brook NJ @ Hamilton St. Cafe

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Diecast Clarifies 'Straight Edge' Show Incident

Diecast's own Jeremy Wooden checked in to tell everyone what really happened at the Utah club discussed earlier in a post about violent straight-edge kids being banned from the venue.

"First off DIECAST never condoned this press release. Not once did we feel threatened or endangered during our performance. The show was going well until the promoter got extremely unorganized and the band's set times started getting cut in half. Both local band played full sets, while the national acts (Winter Solstice, Hoods and us) were limited to 15 min. Once the crowd found out those bands could only play a few songs they started getting upset. Our set started off great and the hardcore kids were dancing and singing along. It appeared that the security have never worked this type of show before and once kids started coming on stage to sing along to "Disrepair" the security began to violently push them away from the stage."

"Tired of being repeatedly being pushed away, the kids retaliated on the security. This went back and forth through the remainder of the song and ended up getting way out of hand. It appears that having the kids singing along got misconstrued into them attacking Paul (vocals) and none of DIECAST were attacked or harmed during this performance. It was unfortunate that we only got to play two songs for the fans that came out to see us and we can't wait to come back to play a venue in Utah where the security knows how to handle this type of event."

"Due to this press release being issued and the unprofessional actions of promotor Bobby Baugh, DIECAST will never play another event for Solid Entertainment. We thank everyone that came out to support this tour and we will be back soon."

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Headline News

Bloodstained Dusk Frontman Dies In Car Crash

On the night of January 24, Anthony Patrick Panter (a.k.a. Daggeth), vocalist/guitarist of the Huntsville, AL-based black metal band BLOODSTAINED DUSK, was killed in a terrible car crash on his way home. He was 24 years of age.

BLOODSTAINED DUSK released two CDs on Baphomet Records: a reissue of their self-financed demo, "Thy Legions Reign Over Christendom", and the cult classic, "Dirge Of Death's Silence". They also released a number of self-financed cassette demos and appeared on numerous compilation albums. In 2003, they toured the U.S. as direct support for death metal legends MONSTROSITY. Their most recent release was 2004's "Continuance of Evil" on Black Flame Records.

A memorial for Panter was attended by his bandmates, family, friends, fans and members of acts such as FLESHTIZED, SPINECAST, CONVERGENCE FROM WITHIN, TEMPLE OF BLOOD and more.

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Danzig US Tour Dates Announced

GLENN DANZIG and his band DANZIG will kick off a month-long North American tour on February 18 in St. Louis, MO wrapping up in Anaheim, CA on March 15 (full itinerary below). The 19-date trek will feature Glenn Danzig/vocals, Tommy Victor/guitars, Jerry Montano/bass, and Johnny Kelly/drums, and is in support of Danzig's latest album, "Circle of Snakes," released in September 2004. Type O Negative's Kelly drummed for Danzig on previous European tours, but this will be his first full U.S. tour with the band.

"Circle of Snakes," Danzig's ninth album, features several cryptic tunes that are psychological in nature, tunes that allude to the struggle between the good and evil within us all, and is a return to the simplistic brutality of the group's 1988 self-titled debut. "Circle of Snakes" Is introspective and challenges the listener to bring a part of himself to it, to interpret its meaning. As Danzig said, "Life is a constant battle, surviving daily life and the battle within yourself."

In addition to the release of "Circle of Snakes" and the winter U.S. Tour dates, Danzig has completed "Black Aria II," the follow up to 1993's "Black Aria" which reached the #1 position on Billboard's Classical chart. "Black Aria II" focuses on Lilith, a mythical figure and Eve's predecessor as the first wife of Adam who has come to symbolize female independence and rebellion. It is said that Lilith was banished to the desert, had sex with demons, brought plagues to the Earth, and, taking on the form of a serpent, seduced Eve to eat the fateful apple. "Black Aria II" was produced by Danzig. An early summer 2005 release on Danzig's Evilive label is expected.

Danzig is also in the process of writing the screenplay for a film adaptation of "Gerouge," one of the comic book titles distributed by his Verotik publishing company; the film will mark his feature film directorial debut. "Gerouge" takes place in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th Century, and word is that it will be "full of zombies, snake rituals, and some of the most gruesome scenes ever put on film." Rainstorm Productions is producing the feature, no release date has been set.

Confirmed "Circle of Snakes" tour dates are as follows: More...

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Download Festival To Be Extended To Three Days?

TotalRock reports that that this year's Download Festival at Donington MAY be run for three days. No official announcement has yet been made, but there is strong talk of the first day (June 10) having a more indie rock-oriented bill, with the second (June 11) being an Ozzfest day, headlined by Black Sabbath, and the third (June 12) featuring System Of A Down.

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Megadeth's Mustaine Reflects On Arm Injury

When guitarist Dave Mustaine's arm was left uncomfortably numb, it looked like the end of the road for the band. Not so, learns Neil McKay.

Megadeth star Dave Mustaine returns to Belfast next week, having beaten a freak injury that threatened to curtail his career as a heavy metal legend.

Doctors told Mustaine that he would never play the guitar again after he severely damaged nerves in his left arm. But two years on, Mustaine and Megadeth have a new album out, are back on tour, and, he maintains, playing better than ever.

It was in January 2003 that Mustaine's world was thrown into turmoil completely without warning.

He explains: "I slept on my arm, that's how simple it was, and when I woke up I had nerve damage to the [left] arm. It was crazy, I woke up and the arm was dead.

"I thought it was going to be OK, that the numbness would soon go away, but it took four months to get the feeling back in the arm.

"The doctor said that I would never be able to play guitar again and that I would be lucky if I got 80% use of my arm back.

"When he told me that it was a low moment, I tell you, I was very gloomy. For a second I thought, 'That sucks', then I realised that I wasn't going to settle for that. I've never been a quitter and I was going to make sure I beat this thing.

Read the full article at Belfast Telegraph.

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Vent (Ex-Flaw) Post New Song Online

Vent (ex-Flaw) have posted their new track "Wait In Line" online, you can find it in the audio section of their newly launched official website, www.ventspace.com.

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Obituary Will Begin Recording New Album Next Month

Legendary death metal band OBITUARY will enter Red Room studios in Tampa, Florida on February 17 to begin recording their new album, tentatively due this summer via Roadrunner Records.

The band's as-yet-untitled new CD will mark their first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back From the Dead".

In related news, OBITUARY guitarist Trevor Peres' side project, CATASTROPHIC, will be teaming up with ABSCESS and DIVINE EMPIRE for a European tour between April 24 and May 5 (including an appearance at Germany's Fuck the Commerce festival). CATASTROPHIC will be touring in support of their newly recorded sophomore album, "Apathy's Warm Embrace", tentatively due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label.

CATASTROPHIC, who are currently unsigned, released their debut album, "The Cleansing", in 2001 via Metal Blade Records.

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Eternal Tears Of Sorrow Reunite

Finnish gothic metallers ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have reunited. The band have signed a new record deal with Spinefarm Records.

The followup to their last album, A Virgin And A Whore (2001), will also feature two new members: guitarist Risto Ruuth (SCYRON) and keyboardist Janne Tolsa (TAROT). Rounding out the lineup is bassist/vocalist Altti Veteläinen, guitarist Jarmo Puolakanaho and drummer Petri Sankala.

Eternal Tears Of Sorrow are preparing new songs for their fifth album that will be recorded during this year. The title, song list and the release date of the album will be announced later. More info can be found at their website eternaltears.info.

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First Acts For Tuska Open Air Confirmed

The eighth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival which takes place at Kaisaniemi in Helsinki, Finland from July 15-17th. Reunited German metal legends ACCEPT will headline on the 17th.

Other confirmed acts include: TESTAMENT, CHILDREN OF BODOM, EVERGREY, NAGLFAR, SCARVE, FINNTROLL, ROTTEN SOUND, THUNDERSTONE, AJATTARA, TERASBETONI, TURMION KATILOT, DEATH CHAIN, PAIN CONFESSOR.

33,000 are expected to attend the event. Tickets for Tuska 2005 will go on sale later this spring through Lippupalvelu. For more information, grab a Finnish dictionary and head to tuska-festival.fi.

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Anaal Nathrakh To Play Set For The BBC

British Black metallers ANAAL NATHRAKH have psoted the following message:

"The BBC have again asked the band to perform a set, this time to be aired on the
Radio 1 Rock Show (broadcast date currently TBC).

To make the occasion particularly interesting, Anaal Nathrakh will, for the first time ever, be performing as a full band. Currently planned to flesh out the lineup are Nick Barker [ ex- DIMMU BORGIR] and Shane Embury [ NAPALM DEATH], although precise details remain to be seen.

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