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Metal News for January 28, 2008

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Omnium Gatherum To Enter Studio In March

Finland's OMNIUM GATHERUM have issued the following update:

"OMNIUM GATHERUM will begin to record the fourth magnum opus extravaganza in March and this time the album will be done in three different studios; recordings will be done at Sound Supreme Studios by Janne Saksa and at SouthEastSounds by Teemu Aalto and the mixing and mastering will be done at legendary Unisound Studio at Örebro, Sweden by Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, ex-EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH, etc.) who's produced the albums for OPETH, KATATONIA and DISSECTION, for example. So, we could say that we're really enthusiastic about this, surprise! First time the album composing process have been really easy task and this pure fresh spirit can really be heard from the songs. The next level have been entered, so beware folks — autumn 2008 will be time for THE OG INVASION!"

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Year Of Desolation Have Nine New Songs Written

Indiana-based thrashers YEAR OF DESOLATION have issued the following update:

"We've been hard at work over the last few months writing a new record, and we've got about nine songs done and they are all expansive on our past works. The melodies are more melodious, the thrash is more hightop, and of course the death metal is still brutal! We're working on getting some touring lined up and hopefully be in the studio sometime late this year.

As far as the video for 'Suffer Thy Nemesis' goes, we're still going through 'red tape' to get it aired on some television channels that you might all be familiar with. But if worst comes to worst, we'll be releasing it on YouTube and MySpace shortly... stay tuned!" More...

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Photos Of Nightwish In China Available Online

BW&BK has posted photos of Finnish metallers Nightwish on their tour in China. Photos are available at this location.

Nightwish are currently on tour in Australia, followed by a European and North American tour. A complete list of tour dates can be found here.

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Aeon Issue Update

Sweden's AEON have posted the following update:

"We have been working really hard on finding a temporary or permanent solution to our drummer situation. There are some interesting drummers out there that we have been talking to but we have not come to any conclusions just yet."

"And speaking of drummers, we have straightened a few things out with Nils [Fjellström; drums] under the last month. He contacted us and wanted to sort a couple of things out regarding to his earlier behaviors. He is very aware of the damage he caused us and he is just sorry for how things turned out. I believe there where some personal / private issues involved that caused him to get all burned / stressed out and that eventually made him to act the way he did. We are still very disappointed in how things where handled by him, but since Nils is a very good friend of ours, we just can't stay mad at him forever." More...

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Swedish Metal Awards Winners Announced

The Swedish Metal Awards were held at the Grand Hotel in Falkenberg, Sweden on January 26, 2008. Over 58,000 fans voted via the Swedish Metal Awards web site.

The winners are as follows:

Hard-rock: Hardcore Superstar - Dreamin' In A Casket
Death Metal: Arch Enemy - Rise Of The Tyrant
Heavy/Power Metal: Sabaton - Metalizer
Glam/Sleaze: Crashdiet - Unattractive Revolution
Punk/Hardcore: Dia Psalma - Djupa Skogen
Metal: Pain - Psalms Of Extinction
Alternative Metal: Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
Best Newcomers: Sonic Syndicate
Best Live Act: Europe
Best Foreign Hard-rock: Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
Best Foreign Metal: Machine Head - The Blackening
Best Foreign Live Act: W.A.S.P.

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Arsis Announce 'We Are The Nightmare' Release Date

Virginia's ARSIS will release its new album, "We Are The Nightmare", on April 15 via Nuclear Blast Records. Produced by Zeuss (AGNOSTIC FRONT, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE) at Planet Z Studios in Massachussetts and mastered by Alan Douches (KATAKLYSM, UNEARTH, SHADOWS FALL), the CD will feature the following track listing:

01. We Are The Nightmare
02. Shattering The Spell
03. Sightless Wisdom
04. Servants To The Night
05. Failing Winds Of Hopeless Greed
06. Overthrown
07. Progressive Entrapment
08. A Feast For The Liar's Tongue
09. My Oath To Madness
10. Failure's Conquest More...

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Mercenary, Cynic, Machine Men Confirmed For Wacken

Mercenary, Cynic and Machine Men have recently been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air Festival, which takes place July 31 to August 2 in Wacken, Germany.

Other bands set to perform at the festival:

3 Inches lf Blood
As I Lay Dying
At the Gates
Autumn
Avantasia
Axel Rudi Pell
Axxis
Before the Dawn
Carcass
Children of Bodom
Corvus Corax
Crematory
Destructor
Dream of an Opium Eater
Enemy of the Sun
Ensiferum
Excremetory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Girugamesh
Gorerotted
Gorgoroth
Grave
Hatebreed
Headhunter
Iron Maiden
Kamelot
Killswitch Engage
Kreator
Krypteria
Lord Belial
Lordi
Nifelheim
Nightwish
Obituary
Opeth
Powerwolf
Primordial
Psycho Punch
Sabaton
Saltatio Mortis
Soilwork
Sonata Arctica
The Bones
Van Canto
Warbringer
Watain

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Unleashed, Gorefest & Gorgoroth To Play Inferno

Unleashed, Gorefest and Gorgoroth have been added to the Inferno Metal Festival set to take place in Oslo, Norway on March 19-22.

Gaahl of Gorgoroth will be speaking at the Inferno Music Conference. This is a tandem event with Inferno Festival during the daytime hours.

Other bands confirmed for the festival include Behemoth, Tristania, Cult of Luna, Satyricon, 1349, Overkill and Destruction.

For more information, visit www.infernofestival.net

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The Red Chord Update Tour Itinerary

THE RED CHORD have announced to last minute off dates In Toledo, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during their current tour alongside SKELETONWITCH and JOB FOR A COWBOY. The updated itinerary is as follows:

January
24 - Fresno, CA – The Exit
25 - Reno, NV – Club Underground
26 - Bend, OR - Domino Room @ Midtown
27 - Spokane, WA – Big Easy Concert House
28 - Boise, ID – The Venue
29 - Salt Lake City, UT – Avalon Theater
31 - Sioux Falls, SD – Nutty’s North

February
1 - Iowa City, IA – The Picador
2 - Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
4 - Grand Rapids, MI – Skelletones
5 - Toledo, OH - Frankie's (w/ Skeletonwitch)
6 - Lemoyne, PA – Champion Ship
7 - Dayton, OH – The Attic Club
8 - Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
9 - Joplin, MO – The Foundry
10 - Oklahoma City, OK – Bricktown Ballroom
12 - Pittsburgh, PA - The School

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Benediction Reveal Song Titles For New Album

Birmingham, UK-based death metal legends BENEDICTION check in with the following update:

"The album is coming along nicely. Here's a few song titles... as you can see, the subject matter of these songs are all nice and lovely sounding and about flowers in springtime and cooking!!! Or maybe not."

Track titles include: 'Killing Music', 'Dripping With Disgust', 'Rats In The Mask (Controlopolis)', 'They Bleed', 'I Am The Betrayer', 'Dissembler'.

The band continue, "More to come as we finish them off."

"At the moment there will be a mini-tour of the Balkans in June and a full European tour in September and October to promote the Killing Music album with a few festival shows in between."

"Specific dates will follow shortly. Thanks for your patience, we are getting there now!!"

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Aura Noir Issue Studio Update

AURA NOIR bassist/vocalist Apollyon has issued the following update:

"Yes, it's still studio action in my basement. It turns out we have so much material that we're going to release an EP or whatever first; probably a couple of months from now, and then the full length after summer, which probably means September."

"Anyway we're obviously anxious to release the shite, hoping to death it will sound necro enough. It's of course fucked that it's taking so long and it's all my fault because I've spent too much time building the studio. But at least now it's up and running, so no more excuses.The next thing you'll hear from us is hopefully metal! A couple of song titles include: 'Hades Rise', 'The Stalker' and 'Brazilian Death'."

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All Ends To Film Three New Videos

Swedish hard rock band ALL ENDS, which features in its ranks Emma Gelotte (sister of IN FLAMES guitarist Björn Gelotte) and Tinna Karlsdotter on vocals, Fredrik Johansson (DIMENSION ZERO, IN FLAMES' "The Jester Race" album) and Peter Mårdklint (EMBRACED, TENEBRE) on guitar, along with Josef Skanås on drums, will travel to Berlin, Germany this week to film three new videos. More information will be made available soon.

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Overdrive Post Another New Song Online

Swedish '80s metallers OVERDRIVE have posted a new track, entitled "Bring Me To Submission", on their MySpace page. The song comes off the group's new album, "Let The Metal Do The Talking", which has just been released through Lion Music. The group's first LP in 24 years was mixed at Sound Palace Studios with producer Johan Blomström (BLINDED COLONY, CALM, KAPTAIN SUN). The band's two previous studio albums — "Metal Attack" (1983) and "Swords And Axes" (1984) — were re-issued by High Vaultage in 2003.

Commented the band: "[Johan Blomström] captured the good old '80s essence of the band, but still provided freshness and power to the production. Old fans won't be disappointed and hopefully we'll find a new generation of fans, too." More...

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Stigma Post New Song Online

Italian deathcore act STIGMA has posted its first single, entitled "I Am Dracula", on the group's official MySpace page. The track comes off STIGMA's debut album, "When Midnight Strikes!", which is scheduled for release through Florida's Pivotal Rockordings on March in the UK, March 25 in the U.S. and March 28 in the rest of Europe.

"When Midnight Strikes!" was recorded at Db Studios with producer Ettore Rigotti (DISARMONIA MUNDI) and was mixed and mastered by Alessandro Vanara (DISARMONIA MUNDI, SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE). The album features guest appearances from Tim Zlinsky (THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE), Alberto Zannier (SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE), Ivan Odorico (SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE), and Mike Lunacy (DARK LUNACY). More...

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Diablo Sign With Sakara Records

Finnish metallers DIABLO have inked a deal with Sakara Records, the label founded by the Finnish metal band MOKOMA. DIABLO will enter Fantom studio in Tampere at the end of January to begin recording its fifth album, "Icaros", for a May release.

"We have known the members of DIABLO for years and their hard-working attitude as well as their truly intense new material made the decision an easy one for the future co-operation," Tuomo Saikkonen of Sakara Records said in a statement.

According to Saikkonen, the record company's main goal for DIABLO is to help them establish an international fan base in addition to capitalizing on the band's hard work building a local following. More...

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Anagorisis Book Short Two Week Midwest Tour

Following the departure of vocalist, guitarist, and founding member Austin Lunn Louisville-based black/death metal band ANAGORISIS are hitting the road for two weeks in January/February in support of their debut album, Overton Trees. The album was recorded at Mana Studios (Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse) in Florida under the direction of Brian Elliot (Premonitions of War, The Absence) and released in November of 2007 on Shiven Records.

January 26 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Berlin Music Pub
January 27 - Dayton, OH @ The Night Owl
January 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bay View Post
January 29 - Muncie, IN @ The Launching Pad
January 30 - South Bend, IN @ Anchor Inn
January 31 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
February 1 - Evansville, IN @ TBA
February 2 - Jefferson City, TN @ Coffeez
February 5 - Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery
February 6 - New Bern, NC @ The Salty Dawg
February 7 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
February 8 - Richmond, VA @ Nara
February 9 - Salisbury, NC @ 315 Club
February 10 - Columbus, OH @ Legion of Doom

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Dysrhythmia Begin Writing New Album

Philadelphia’s DYSRHYTHMIA has issued the following update:

“All three of us have been very busy outside of DYSRHYTHMIA recently. Jeff has a new band called ZEVIOUS. Colin has another new band which features the amazing Mick Barr and is yet to be named, but they’ll be releasing something later this year that is sure to be intense. I just finished up recording my guitar tracks for the upcoming JARBOE solo album (which Colin is recording here at the Menegroth studio in Queens). I’ve also started recording a solo guitar record which will be entirely acoustic. I’m hoping to have this out sometime later in the year and also play some shows/tour as well."

“In DYSRHYTHMIA news, we’re about a little more than halfway through writing the next record. Depending on long the last few songs take to write we could be back in the studio again by summer.”

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Devourment To Open for TBDM in Dallas

DEVOURMENT have been added to tomorrow night’s (Jan. 26th) THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER show in Dallas, TX at The Door. Also performing will be 3 INCHES OF BLOOD and HATE ETERNAL. DEVOURMENT replace DECREPIT BIRTH who have had to miss a number of stops on the tour due to drummer KC Howard being sick.

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Sigh and Zimmers Hole Announce More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the tour later this year featuring SIGH, ZIMMERS HOLE, and UNEXPECT:

September 6 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
September 7 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
September 8 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
September 9 - Tempe, CA @ The Clubhouse
September 10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
September 11 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
September 12 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
September 13 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
September 14 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
September 15 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 16 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 17 - Montreal, QC @ FouFounes
September 18 - Sudbury, ON @ Jubilee Centre
September 19 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
September 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 21 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
September 22 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4

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Ghoul Start Work On New Songs

Creepsylvanian splatterthrashers GHOUL have posted the following update:

“GHOUL has nearly completed recording two songs for the long awaited split 7? with favorites BRODY’S MILITIA! Along with our good friend the Swamp Hag, we recorded a brand new original called ‘Roadkill’ and a cover of the classic standard “Gloomy Sunday.” Look for it soon, Numbskulls!”

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Altaria Part Ways With Label and Bassist

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have issued the following update:

"ALTARIA has parted ways with record company Metal Heaven and is currently negotiating a new contract. Material for the fourth album, which earlier was scheduled to be released in 2007, is basically ready just waiting to be recorded and unleashed upon the world this year."

"In the aftermath of this split, bass player Marko Pukkila decided to quit. ALTARIA will not look for a replacement and the bass will as of now be handled by Marco Luponero who in his previous band TERRORWHEEL also held the position as bassist/vocalist. Rehearsals have shown that the band now is working better than ever as a solid and creative unit and the ALTARIA camp is very exited about everything going on in the 'History Of Times To Come'." More...

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Dismember Unveil New Album Artwork

The cover artwork of DISMEMBER's forthcoming self-titled album can be viewed at this location. Due in Europe on February 18, the CD was recorded at B.A.S. studios with producer Nico Elgstrand (MURDER SQUAD, KRUX, MERCILESS, ENTOMBED).

The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Death Conquers All
02. Europa Burns
03. Under A Bloodred Sky
04. The Hills Have Eyes
05. Legion
06. Tide Of Blood
07. Combat Fatigue
08. No Honor In Death
09. To End It All
10. Dark Depths
11. Black Sun

Regain Records has launched a special DISMEMBER MySpace page featuring a streaming version of the track "Europa Burns".

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Mercenary Post New Track Online and Reveal Artwork

Denmark metallers, Mercenary, issue the following press release:

Right on time with the release of their highly anticipated new album "Architect Of Lies", Danish metal outfit MERCENARY has been confirmed to share the stage with the mighty Megadeth in February/March 2008. See below for the exact dates.

"Architect Of Lies", the follow up to 2006's "The Hours That Remain" (which subsequently was awarded the Danish Metal Award in the category "Best Album") will be available on the following release dates:

DENMARK: Monday, March 17th, 2008
GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, BENELUX, ITALY: Friday, March 21st, 2008
UK, FRANCE, NORWAY, REST OF EUROPE: Monday, March 24th, 2008
SPAIN, PORTUGAL: Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
SWEDEN, FINLAND, HUNGARY: March 26th, 2008 More...

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Heaven And Hell Guitarist Working On New Riffs

Author/journalist Joel McIver interviewed Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN AND HELL) last week for Total Guitar magazine. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Total Guitar: Is it true that HEAVEN AND HELL are writing songs for a new studio album?

Iommi: Yes, we will be. I'm just putting some riff ideas together now. Then Ronnie [James Dio, vocals] will come over to my house and off we go. We're really looking forward to it, I'm interested to see what will come up. When we've got the basic ideas for the songs ready, we'll probably go over to L.A. and rehearse with the other guys.

Total Guitar: You've been asked about the possibility of a new HEAVEN AND HELL album since the project was announced two years ago. Have you just recently made the decision to record again then?

Iommi: Yes. We talked about it on the last part of the tour. In Japan I said to Ronnie, "Are you up for doing a new album, or what?" and everybody seems really keen to do it.

Total Guitar: Presumably this new album pushes any new recordings from the Ozzy Osbourne-led lineup of BLACK SABBATH further into the future?

Iommi: It does, yes. This project will be a lot quicker, because it makes sense to go into a HEAVEN AND HELL album soon after the tour — while it's still remembered, really.

Total Guitar: Ten years ago I bet you wouldn't have predicted that you'd now be recording a new album as HEAVEN AND HELL, right?

Iommi: No! You just never know. It's been like that for our whole lives, to be honest with you. We do things because they seem like a good idea at the time.

Visit www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk to buy the Total Guitar issue (TG175) containing the entire Tony Iommi interview.

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Headline News

Gruntruck Vocalist Succumbs To Diabetes

After a eight-year battle with diabetes, Benjamin Scott McMillan, legendary vocalist for GRUNTRUCK and SKIN YARD, died in his hometown of Seattle, Washington at age 47.

Complications from a related blood-clotting disease are said to have worsened his diabetic condition, which was severe.

The survivng members of GRUNTRUCK, as well as other Seattle rock luminaries, are planning an assortment of tributes and memorial projects in his name; details to follow.

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Mudvayne Hope For Summer Release For New Album

According to The Pulse of Radio, MUDVAYNE's touring and album plans for 2008 have yet to be nailed down. The band was initially rumored as one of the big acts on this summer's Rockstar Mayhem tour, which is already confirmed to include DISTURBED and SLIPKNOT on the bill. MUDVAYNE drummer Matt McDonough told The Pulse of Radio that he heard the same rumors but can't say precisely what MUDVAYNE plans to do. "We almost assuredly will be touring this summer, and we're investigating options of what's gonna happen," he said. "You know, as far as the Mayhem tour, you know, that would be a great situation for us. We're great friends with SLIPKNOT and I believe DISTURBED is on it. God, I'd love to tour with all my bros, my friends, but I think it's just another possibility."

As for the new MUDVAYNE album, McDonough is hoping for a summer release. The band completed most of the recording last summer in New Orleans, but is working on additional material.

MUDVAYNE's plans could also be complicated by the touring schedule of HELLYEAH, the group launched last year that features MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett.

HELLYEAH kicked off a new North American tour on Friday (January 25) and plays Tuesday night (January 29) in Charleston, South Carolina.

MUDVAYNE issued a collection of fan-selected rarities late last year titled "By The People, For The People". It sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at Number 51 on the Billboard album chart.

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Disturbed Exploring New Album Promotion

The Pulse of Radio reports that DISTURBED is looking at a late May release for its fourth studio album, titled "Indestructible". A single is likely to surface at radio stations sometime in March, although the song itself has yet to be finalized. The group is reportedly working on a number of promotional ideas to support the record. Singer David Draiman, a strong proponent of making music a purely digital product, told The Pulse of Radio that the band will nevertheless add a lot of extra features to the CD. "I definitely am all for any record companies being as aggressive as they can about moving towards just completely digital-based media," he said. "But we will continue to try and do things, and we're still going to do things this record cycle as well, to try and make it where there's a reason to buy it that's beyond what we're doing just musically."

DISTURBED is unofficially confirmed to be touring this summer on the Rockstar Mayhem tour, along with SLIPKNOT and a number of other yet-to-be-announced acts.

The group may also play some smaller shows in the spring, including a special overseas event.

Draiman recently said that "Indestructible" will be a heavier, angrier, more aggressive record than either 2005's "Ten Thousand Fists" or 2002's "Believe".

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Black Dahlia Murder Announce More Tour Dates

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER have lined up the following upcoming tour dates with ANIMOSITY and BRAINDRILL:

March 6 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s
March 7 - Lemoyne, PA @ Championship
March 8 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement
March 10 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
March 11 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
March 12 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox Laundrolounge
March 13 - Harrisonburg, VA @ Garibaldis
March 14 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
March 15 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Skelletones
March 16 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

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Led Zeppelin Won't Play Until At Least September

Billboard.com reports: Don’t expect to see LED ZEPPELIN on the road near you this summer. The current incarnation of the veteran rock act, which reunited for a triumphant Dec. 10 concert at London’s 02 Arena, has no plans to play live — until at least after September, says guitarist Jimmy Page.

Speaking in Tokyo today (Jan. 28), Page said, “The amount of work that we put into the 02, both for ourselves rehearsing and also for the staging of it, was probably what you’d put into a world tour anyway.”

He noted that ZEPPELIN vocalist Robert Plant “also has a parallel project running [with Alison Krauss], and he’s really busy with that project, certainly until September. So I can’t give you any news on anything at the moment.” Page and Krauss released their album “Raising Sand” on Rounder late last year and begin a world tour in Louisville on April 20.

Page admitted that the scale of media interest about LED ZEPPELIN’s O2 performance put the band under a certain amount of pressure during rehearsals, but insisted the LED ZEP chemistry was still there.

“We’d all agreed to take it very, very seriously and have a really good time at the same time,” Page said. “We worked out the songs we were going to play, and it was exhilarating, it was fantastic. Every week was a week to look forward to.”

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In Vain Working On New Material

Norwegian prog/death/black metallers IN VAIN have issued the following update:

"For the first half of this year In Vain will focus on writing new material.

Depending on how the song writing is progressing, we hope to enter the studio this summer to record a new album. Quite a few songs are already finished."

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Just For Fun

Zakk Wylde Takes Out Marshall Stack

In a hilarious video posted at YouTube, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist ZAKK WYLDE, takes out a Marshall amp mini-stack during an appearance at MusicStop in Halifax, NS

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Children Of Bodom Post New Song Online

CHILDREN OF BODOM have updated their MySpace page to stream a new track from their forthcoming album, Blooddrunk. Check out 'Banned From Heaven' at this location.

As previously reported, April 15th has been announced as the North American release date for Blooddrunk. The tracklist is as follows: 'Hellhounds On My Trail', 'Blooddrunk', 'LoBodomy', 'One Day You Will Cry', 'Smile Pretty For The Devil', 'Tie My Rope', 'Done With Everything, Die For Nothing', 'Banned From Heaven', 'Roadkill Morning'.

Blooddrunk was recorded and produced by Mikko Karmila, in Petrax and Finnvox Studios, Finland, during October, November and December 2007, except vocals recorded by Peter Tägtren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) and keyboards recorded by Janne Wirman in Petrax Studios, Finland, during October, November and December 2007.

Mixed at Finnvox by Mikko Karmila in November 2007, mastered at Finnvox by Mika Jussila in December 2007.

Spinefarm Records will issue Blooddrunk in Eurpe on April 7th and April 9th in Finland. There will also be a single, for the title track 'Blooddrunk', released on February 27th.

In support of Blooddrunk, Children Of Bodom will tour North America as one of the featured acts of Gigantour 2008. COB has been handpicked by Dave Mustaine to be a part of the 29 city trek, and will hit the road alongside MEGADETH, IN FLAMES, JOB FOR A COWBOY and HIGH ON FIRE beginning April 12th in Denver, CO.

Dates include: More...

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Judas Priest To Co-Headline Ozzfest 2008?

According to the The Metal Report, the two most anticipated summer tours for US hard rock and metal fans for 2008 are taking shape. From the creators of the Vans-Warped tour, we will see the debut of the Rockstar Mayhem tour, sponsored by Rockstar Energy drink which will compete against metal juggernaut, Ozzfest.

The Metal Report can confirm that SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, and 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH will in fact be apart of the Rockstar Mayhem tour line up.

As for Ozzfest, OZZY OSBOURNE stated he will headline each show with his solo band, featuring legendary guitarist ZAKK WYLDE. JUDAS PRIEST has been rumored to co-headline in 2008, however new rumors are now suggesting the band may tour with HEAVEN & HELL instead of Ozzfest. More news as it develops.

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Sherwoode/Blaencathra Plan Split CD

Nottingham black metal solo artists Aethelred (of Sherwoode) and Anacreon (Of Blaencathra) are currently working on a split release. It will contain twelve tracks in its entirety, five from each artist and two collaboration tracks. Work is close to completion and the full works should be ready by late spring of this year.

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Compression's "Battle Of The Ants" In Production

Compression's long-awaited upcoming album "Battle of the Ants" is going to production this week. The Baltimore experimental metal band will release "Battle of the Ants" later this year on Hard Volume Records.

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Korvus Frontman Guests On Everlasting Descent CD

Artists Sam Korvus, creator and front man of UK Black Metal band KORVUS, has made a guest appearance on “Opaque Liquid Soul”, the debut track from EVERLASTING DESCENT. Formed in 2006, EVERLASTING DESCENT is the side project of Elle Torry (WORMS OF SABNOCK, MEADS OF ASPHODEL) and Sander Wessels (THE WOUNDED). The track, “Opaque Liquid Soul” was originally recorded in December of that year, but due to location, Torry is UK based, while Wessels is based in Holland, and some technical difficulties, completion had to be delayed until recently. The track can be heard on Everlasting Descent's MySpace page.

In addition to providing the vocals, Korvus, who as well as being an artist, is also a producer specialising in extreme music, mixed and mastered the track and handled the drum programming. Unlike his own project KORVUS, which is one of the innovators in the current resurgence of UK Black Metal, EVERLASTING DESCENT play a unique blend of progressive Death Metal.

KORVUS’ debut album, “In the Name of Lucifer” was released in September 2007 on his own independent label, Korvus Productions. Commenting on why he chose to release and produce the album himself, as well as record all the instruments and vocals, Sam Korvus says: “Working as an independent artist creates a great advantage in that it allows me to have complete control over every aspect of my music, rather than trying to describe to someone else how I want it to sound. Production plays a huge role in creating the right atmosphere on any piece, so it is important for me to be in control of that side of the music, as well as the performance and composition. This is also one of the reasons I chose to set up my own label rather than sign my music away to someone else. I have heard too many cases of labels forcing their artists to compromise their music in a way that results in its losing the most important elements, and I am not willing to make that compromise”.

The band’s live line up is augmented by Liam Peaston on rhythm guitars, James Dickenson on bass, and Sam Curtis on drums. Tracks from KORVUS’ “In the Name of Lucifer” can be heard on the band’s official MySpace page.

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Isis Announce European Tour Dates

Isis will head to Europe in April for some touring with Jakob and The Austerity Program. The following tour dates have been confirmed so far:

04/15 Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich w/ Jakob
04/16 Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island w/ Jakob
04/17 Bielefeld @ Forum w/ Jakob, The Austerity Program
04/18 Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013 (Roadburn Fest)
04/20 Karlsruhe, Germany @ Substage w/ Jakob, The Austerity Program
04/22 Vienna, Austria @ Arena w/ Jakob, The Austerity Program
04/23 Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk w/ Jakob, The Austerity Program
04/25 Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte w/ Jakob, The Austerity Program
04/26 Lyon, France @ L'Epicerie Moderne w/ Jakob, The Austerity Program
04/27 Nancy, France @ L'Autre Canal w/ Jakob, The Austerity Program

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Severed Post New EP Samples Online

New York metallers, Severed, issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"I put up some extremely rough, unmixed clips from our upcoming EP, just to give you a taste of what we've been working on. Enjoy them now, before these guys decide that they don't like where I made the cuts"

"-Justin"

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