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Metal News for January 28, 2006

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13 news articles posted on this day.

Enforsaken Post New Music Online

Arlington Heights, Illinois-based death metallers ENFORSAKEN have posted three songs from their upcoming album, "Sinner's Intuition", on their MySpace.com page. Check out the tracks "Witness to the Fall", "Blacklist Assassin" and "Words in Red" at this location.

The follow-up to 2004's "Forever Endeavor" (Olympic/Century Media) "Sinner's Intuition" is scheduled for release on March 7 via Crash Music Inc.. The CD recording sessions took place at Studio One in Racine, Wisconsin with engineer/owner Chris Djuricic and assistant Aaron Brigman. The album was mastered at The Bolier Room Studios in Chicago, IL with Collin Jordan.

"Sinner's Intuition" track listing:

01. Witness to the Fall
02. Words in Red
03. The Slain
04. Halo of Ruin
05. Enemy Angel
06. Sever the Ties
07. Blacklist Assassin
08. The Course to Oblivion

"Sinner's Intuition" will feature back-up vocals from Swedish multi-instrumentalist/producer Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH, PAN THY MONIUM).

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Pain of Salvation Posts Band Update

PAIN OF SALVATION frontman Daniel Gildenlöw has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"As some of you might have heard or read already, I am all busy writing music and lyrics. I am completely wound up from all the ideas and different angles and approaches running though me and/or presenting themselves to me at the moment, and I can't wait to share it all with our fans.

"We have finally come to the point where we have regular rehearsals every week. For so long we have been playing with in-ear monitor systems and I have been so happy about that and did not miss amplifiers a bit. Now, when presenting new music to the rest of the band, I felt it would probably be wiser to have amplifiers and a PA again, to hear the sounds more separated and true in all frequencies. And you know what, when I cranked that amp up and felt the lower frequencies pound and work on my chest, I found myself with a big stupid smile on my face. It was like, after driving a Honda Civic for two years, stepping into a Mustang Shelby and rev the engine. That raw power just sends you off on a little trip, all reason aside. That first day of rehearsals, I promise you, there was not one single band in Sweden that were louder than us. And man, we rocked. More...

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Devils Island Drummer Leaves

Brooklyn thrash metal band, Devils Island, post an update on myspace regarding the loss of their Drummer:

"Greets ladies and germs, the time has come upon us to lose a founding and integral member of our band, our drummer Anthony DiSpigna. Just played his last show with us, which we thank him for, he rolled the drums like a maniac. This is where YOU come in. We need a skinbasher, fast. Our new demo is coming out soon, and we have a few gigs aligned. We need a drummer people, and if you are one, or you know one, and you like our shit, contact us. Thanx a lot. Drink, and keep it METAL!

In other news, Devils Island is busy recording a new demo which will be released in the comming months. You can hear their old demo, which was released in 2004, on their myspace page.

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Frightmare Completes "Bringing Back the Bloodshed"

Frightmare's "Bringing Back the Bloodshed" is complete and mastered. The album should be out in a month or so and Neil is finishing up on the layout. Here's the final track list:

1. Intro
2. Angela
3. Friday the 13th part 2
4. Barbecutioner
5. They Were Warned
6. By Sword, By Pick, By Axe, Bye Bye
7. Terry Hawkins Arise
8. Slayride
9. The Island of Humongous
10.The Blood Runs in Rivers
11. Bringing Back the Bloodshed
12. Leatherface

You can download an MP3 of the track "Angela" from the album. Neil comments, "This one is called "ANGELA" and it's about everybody's favorite transvestite camper killer from Sleepaway Camp! I hope you all dig it!"

Frightmare were the first band confirmed for the Maryland Death Fest 2006, scheduled to take place May 27th and 28th, but decided to pull out of the festival.

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Thee Plague of Gentlemen Sign With Listenable

Belgian doomsters THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN have inked a deal with France's Listenable Records. The group's second full-length album, "SerpentCult", is scheduled for release later in the year.

In other news, THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN will appear as themselves in the upcoming Herman Brusselmans film "Ex Drummer". The band will also have a song on the movie's soundtrack. "Ex Drummer" is expected to receive a theatrical release in Belgium and The Netherlands in December 2006.

THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN's debut album, "Primula Pestis", was released in early 2005 via I Hate Records.

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Single Bullet Theory Post New Song Online

Single Bullet Theory posts an update on their myspace about posting a new song from their upcomming album:
"Hello everyone,
We have decided to upload another "near" complete mix from the new album. The song is called "My Own Worst Enemy".
We have been getting a fantastic response to the "Sea of Inequity" track that we posted last week. So here is another teaser.
I think you'll all agree that this is without a doubt, SBT with its best foot forward.
Please post your comments on this track."

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Matamoros Form From Anodyne, Lickgoldensky, etc.

Late last year Mike Hill (Anodyne) and Jamie Getz (Lickgoldensky) began playing together. Now, rounded out by Hot Cross drummer Greg Drudy and christened Matamoros, the group has recorded some new material (see below). The band continues to solidify new material in preparation for some shows.

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Voivod's Away Talks About Piggy And New Material

MTV.com spoke to Voivod drummer Michael "Away" Langevin about the band's new material left behind by Denis "Piggy" D'Amour:

Back in August, just days before Denis "Piggy" D'Amour succumbed to advanced colon cancer, Voivod drummer Michael "Away" Langevin said he awoke one morning to a ringing phone. It was D'Amour, and he wanted Langevin to stop into the Montreal hospital where he was being treated. D'Amour said he wanted the drummer to come as soon as he possibly could.

"He told me, 'You have to come [to the hospital] right now. I have something to tell you,' " Away recalled. "I went, and he told me that the doctor informed him he had days to live. He said he really wanted to fulfill his contract with the End Records," Voivod's label home, "and then he instructed me to grab his laptop and started telling me where to find these files."

The files contained what Away described as "four albums' worth" of lead, rhythm and solo guitar tracks D'Amour had recorded prior to checking himself into the hospital the previous spring. While Voivod — rounded out by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and singer Denis "Snake" Belanger — had spent more than two years working on fresh material together, none of it was recorded with state-of-the-art equipment in a professional studio. The music on D'Amour's laptop was.

A couple of hours after Away's bedside visit to D'Amour, "Piggy's mind started to wander, and I was asking him questions about the [computer files] and he had no idea what I was talking about. It's almost like he woke up and felt his brain was going and realized he needed to tell me [about the tracks] as soon as possible. He slipped into a coma a day or two later, so this album came very close to not existing."

"Close" is an understatement. But the good news is the album — which the band worked on with producer Glen Robinson (Gwar, Annihilator) by writing and recording around Piggy's guitar parts — is done. Away says he feels the yet-untitled effort's a fitting homage to his fallen bandmate. "It's quite a miracle that this music will live on," he said.

The disc, to be released this spring, will feature 10 tracks, with working titles like "Red My Mind," "The Getaway," "Polaroids," "After All" and "No Angel." Voivod plan to return to the studio in the fall to record another 13 tracks for an album Away said will surface in 2007.

"I'm proud of this album in the sense that it would have been a disaster that Piggy's music would go unheard," the drummer said. "Now it will be released, which is a miracle. I am proud that we were able to gather our spirits enough to actually finish off his work."

Voivod have no immediate touring plans, Away said. That's because it's been too hard for the band to discuss the topic. "We decided to concentrate on finishing this album and think about the live aspect of it later," he said. "Right now it's difficult for us to think about touring without Piggy being onstage with us. I think we'll have to eventually sit down and really discuss it, but it was hard enough to go into the studio and finish the album without him.

"Piggy was a founding member and has been there with us all the way through. I have been jamming with him since '79, so it's really hard to picture a tour without him. ... We'd have to find a replacement that Piggy would be proud of."

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Release Date For New Sodom Album Announced

Long-running German thrashers SODOM will release their new, self-titled album on April 21 via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's "M-16" has already been recorded and is currently being mixed at a studio in Germany. In April the band will also undertake an East European tour, covering countries like Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, including an April 20 appearance at the Hall Of Metal Festival at Jahrhunderthalle in Breslau, Poland. Summer festival appearances are possible, to be followed by more extensive touring in the fall/winter.

SODOM will release their "Lords of Depravity - Part I" DVD in the U.S. on February 21 via SPV. The first of two double-DVD sets contains the SODOM history from 1982 to 1995 plus live footage from concerts in Sofia and at the With Full Force, Wacken Open Air and Rock Hard festivals.

In related news, SODOM frontman Thomas "Angelripper" Such's ONKEL TOM project will be on tour between March 2 and March 11. Support at the shows will come from VENDETTA and RUNAMOK. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

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Doomriders Recruit Ex-Cave In Drummer

Drummer Chris Bevalaqua has amicably left Doomriders and has subsequently been replaced by former Cave In drummer, JR Connors. Here's a statement from the band:

"We have our ups and we have our downs. So let's start with the downs first.....Bev unfortunately had to leave the band. It's an amicable split and we are very sorry to see him go but we wish him all the best in his pursuits. Ladies and Gentlemen of the west coast will surely see him skating, surfing, drinking coffee, and walking around aimlessly looking for wireless Internet on a regular basis. Watch out. Bev's coming. We are very happy however to announce that the man who will be filling Bev's shoes is none other than JR Connors of Cave In fame. He's only been back from Berlin for two weeks and we already snatched him up much to the chagrin of his lovely wife. He's a MANIAC. He's learning our songs and doing a damn fine job of it I might add. We are very proud to welcome JR to the band and are positive he will up the ante quite a bit. Oh and his name is actually John. John Connors... like in terminator. How fucking cool is that?"

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If Hope Dies, Still Remains, Demiricous Tour Dates

If Hope Dies, Still Remains, Nodes Of Ranvier, and Demiricous will be touring much of the U.S. together this spring. Here the tour dates that have been confirmed so far:

3/22 Grand Rapids, MI @ Skelltones
3/23 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
3/24 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
3/25 Lemont, IL @ Stage 83
3/26 Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
3/27 Iowa City, IA @ Gabes Oasis
3/28 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
3/29 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
3/30 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
3/31 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
4/1 Boise, ID @ The Venue
4/2 Spokane, WA @ Fat Tuesdays Concert Hall
4/3 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
4/4 Portland, OR @ Rock'n'Roll Pizza
4/5 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
4/6 Orangevalle, CA @ the Boardwalk
4/7 Corona, CA @ The Showcase
4/8 San Diego, CA @ Soma
4/9 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey
4/11 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
4/12 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
4/13 Lubbock, TX @ Winchester Pavillion
4/14 Dallas, TX @ The Door
4/15 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
4/16 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
4/17 Little Rock, AR @ Vino's
4/18 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
4/19 Memphis, TN @ Hi-tone
4/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/23 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
4/24 Columbia, SC @ Headliners
4/25 Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah at Tremont
4/26 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
5/4 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
5/9 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under

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Testament Taps Sadus Drummer For Upcoming Shows

Sitting behind the drums for some of the upcoming shows will be SADUS drummer Jon Allen, who will be filling in for original TESTAMENT drummer Louie Clemente while Louie is busy taking care of other matters. However, both guitarist Alex Skolnick and bassist Greg Christian have signed on for the forthcoming dates, TESTAMENT's manager - Phil Arnold of the Thrill Entertainment Group - told blabbermouth. "We'll do more shows this year, some with Louie some with Johnny Tempesta [HELMET, ex-ROB ZOMBIE, EXODUS]," Arnold said.

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Darkthrone's "The Cult Is Alive" Cover Art Online

The cover artwork for DARKTHRONE's upcoming album, "The Cult Is Alive", has been posted online. Due on February 27 via Peaceville, the album will be available on CD, special-edition CD featuring the band's first-ever promo video (for "Too Old, Too Cold") and on limited-edition shark grey vinyl. A single, "Too Old, Too Cold", was made available this past Monday (Jan. 23) as a CD-single and a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl single on polar white vinyl.

Peaceville Records recently released a special edition boxset of DARKTHRONE's "Preparing for War" anthology (originally issued in 2001), which covers more rare tracks and includes a DVD of rare interview and live footage. The "Preparing for War" special edition boxset features two CDs and a DVD and comes in a clam box, complete with poster and booklet containing an in-depth interview with the band, conducted by U.K. journalist James Hinchliffe.

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