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Metal News for January 28, 2009

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28 news articles posted on this day.

Ahab Recording New Album

Aquatic themed German metal band Ahab has issued the following statement about recording a new album:

"Ahoi fellow seamen, our drummer Cornelius just entered the studio today to record the first drum-takes for our second album. There will be seven songs on it: the story's about the wreckage of the Essex.

"JUST IN TIME OUR NEW LIMITED MERCH ARRIVED. Guitarist Christian Hector designed a new Hoodie for you. It's strictly limited to 30 and won't be reprinted! There will also be 30 shirts with the same design. (see the design in our myspace-gallery: Shirts) We'll put up the items on EBAY (for a fix and fair price) later this (or next) week. So be quick! As I said before: The Hoodies won't be reprinted!!! The items can be purchased worldwide via paypal. We'll keep you informed! This was The Captain speaking"

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Clutch Posts New Song "King Of Arizona" Online

Weathermaker Music, the record label formed by hard rock band Clutch, is currently streaming the Clutch track "King of Arizona" on their MySpace page.

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Mike Patton To Perform At Coachella

Billboard.com reports: Contrary to rumors that Faith No More will reform to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April, the group's frontman Mike Patton will perform at the event in tandem with beatboxer Rahzel.

Patton and Rahzel have worked on an album-length collaboration that has yet to see official release, but Rahzel appeared on Patton's 2006 self-titled album as Peeping Tom, and the two acts also guested on Bjork's 2007 album "Medulla."

Faith No More split in 1998 after touring in support of the previous year's "Album of the Year."

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War From A Harlots Mouth Reveals New Album Details

War From A Harlots Mouth has revealed some details and their thoughts on their forthcoming second album, "In Shoals."

"In Shoals is our second full length record and we spent a lot of time with thinking about how we wanted it to sound like and what kind of spirit we wanted for it.

"We decided to record everything all natural this time, so there are no drum triggers or direct signals. We don't wanted a lifeless Metal production, we wanted something original and alive... and we got what we wanted in the end.

"With our new singer Nico (former THE OCEAN singer) we found a perfect match to the sound we were going for. He covers so much more ranges than the stereotype low grunts and high pitched screams, which was really important to us. Lyrically he and Simon teamed up to get the best out of their vision. More...

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My America Shortens Name, Reveals Tour Dates

MY AMERICA IS WATCHING TIGERS DIE will now be known simply as MY AMERICA. The change comes after the loss of singer David Rushman last fall and the decision by the band to carry on as a three-piece. The band has a new MySpace address, myspace.com/myamericatheband, to coincide with the name change.

They've also announced further dates for their upcoming tour. If you can help fill any remaining TBA* dates, contact the band via MySpace or email myamericathebandATgmail.com.

Here are the latest MY AMERICA tour dates. Select dates with North, Syrens and Ringbearer. More...

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Fan Dies At Iowa Slipknot Concert

Slipknot's concert in their home state of Iowa on Sunday was marred by tragedy when a fan died after suffering a heart attack. Cory Nickels, 29, suffered a cardiac arrest shortly after alerting emergency service officials to the fact he was feeling unwell.

The fan was transported by ambulance to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police have launched an investigation into the matter. Autopsy results have yet to be released.

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Suffocation Announces Headlining Tour

New York death metal legends Suffocation has announced a headlining tour of North American to celebrate the bands twentieth anniversary and forthcoming new album, "Blood Oath." Drummer Mike Smith comments: "We are looking forward to this upcoming tour and playing with all the bands involved. It will be the first run on our 20 year celebration in the genre! We thank all our friends and fans in advance for their participation in the upcoming ‘Blood Oath’ sessions across the world. We look forward to the mayhem it will create!"

The tour dates are as follows:

March (with Whitechapel, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya)
11 - Long Island, NY - Crazy Donkey
14 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
15 - Virginia Beach, VA - Masonic Temple
16 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
17 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
20 - Lafayetta, LA - Grant Street Hall
21 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre (+ Carcass, Suicide Silence)
22 - Corpus Christi, TX - House of Rock
24 - El Paso, TX - Chic's
26 - Palmdale, CA - The Crossing
27 - Phoenix, AZ - The Marquee Theatre

March (with Whitechapel, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya, Psycroptic)
28 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove (California Metal Fest)
29 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
30 - Modesto, CA - Modesto Virtual

April (with Whitechapel, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya, Psycroptic)
2 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
3 - Lubbock, TX - Tequila Jungle
11 - Madison, WI - The Loft
17 - Worcester, MA - New England Metalfest
18 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock

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Slayer Posts Rockstar Mayhem Tour Announcement

Slayer's Tom Araya and Kerry King have posted a video announcement of their participation in this year's Rockstar Mayhem touring festival. Also mentioned is that Slayer will re-enter the studio in February to finish up their new album for a July release. You can check out the video below. More...

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Testament To Re-Issue Albums On Vinyl

Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament has announced that they will be re-releasing 1997's "Demonic" and 1999's "The Gathering" on gatefold double vinyl on February 3rd. Both albums will be limited to one thousand copies of each and a hundred will be on special coloured vinyl. "Demonic" will have a hundred editions of the album printed on red vinyl, while "The Gathering" will have a hundred printed on gold.

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Mantic Ritual Posts "One By One" Video Online

American thrash metal act Mantic Ritual has posted their new music video online for the song, "One By One." You can check it out below. The song comes from their forthcoming debut album, "Executioner" which will be released on February 27th via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

British metal festival Bloodstock Open Air has announced that Municipal Waste, Enslaved and Million Dollar Reload have been added to the bill. The festival takes place from August 14th-16th at the Catton Hall in Derbyshire.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Candlemass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Municipal Waste
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun
Sabaton

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Megadeth Frontman Posts Another Studio Update

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has posted another message from the studio where the band are currently recording their new studio album. It reads as follows:

"Droogies!

"Is the race on or what?

"I think that James and Chris are trying to make me look bad. I mean, having to leave the studio over and over to participate in the lives of my wife, kids, and my own insane self is hard enough, let alone having two nitro fueled, metal madmen, trying to record everything I lay down, as good and as fast as even I can. So much for being an old metal maverick, like myself! Sheeeesh! More...

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Date Set For This Is Hardcore Fest 2009

Philadephia's annual This is Hardcore Fest has been set for August 14, 15, and 16th this year. Bands will be announced soon.

Last year's event featured bands such as Terror, Comeback Kid, Blacklisted, Paint It Black, Death Before Dishonor and many others.

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Agathodaimon Announces German Tour Dates

German black metal band AGATHODAIMON has announced a number of German live dates. Here are the latest dates:

20.2. Mainz, Kulturcafé
28.2. Winternachtstraum-Festival
21.3. Köln, Underground (feat. Catamenia, Agrypnie + supports)*
22.3. Essen, Zeche Carl (feat. Catamenia, Agrypnie + supports)*
28.3. Stuttgart, Club Zentral

Agathodaimon announced Chris "Ashtrael" Bonner as their new vocalist late last year.

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New Despise Song Posted Online

Lacerated Enemy Records has posted the first preview DESPISE track, entitled "Blind To All Reason," taken from their 2009 promo. This is just a pre-mastered version, so the final rapidshare link to the whole promo will be posted as soon as the band finish the mastering. In the meantime, you can check out "Blind To All Reason" here.

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Thunder Calls It A Day

British rock legends Thunder has posted the following message online:

"As we enter Thunder's 20th anniversary year, we've found ourselves becoming increasingly busy with our various activities outside of the band, and we've come to the conclusion that there are simply not enough hours in the day to fit it all in. Having discussed it at length, we've decided that this is a fitting time for us to hitch up our wagons and ride into the sunset. We've therefore decided to give you advance notice that we intend to cease all recording and touring activity, as of the summer of 2009.

"In practical terms, this means that we will cease to be a band as of the summer, but until then it will be more or less business as usual. The 2008 Xmas Show CDs will be released as promised, and the previously announced shows in Europe (February) and Japan (April) will go ahead as planned. We will use these shows, as well as any festival slots we can secure, to make the most of the time left, and say our goodbyes to you.

"With that in mind, despite only touring a couple of months ago, we couldn't make our exit without saying goodbye to UK fans, so we've arranged a final UK tour, which will take place in early July. The dates are as follows:- More...

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Norma Jean Announces U.S. Tour

NORMA JEAN has announced another U.S. tour for the near future. Touring with the band will be band SILVERSTEIN and BLESS THE FALL. Although no solid tour dates have been released yet, there is promise that the band will announce sure dates soon.

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Northern Kings To Release Michael Jackson Cover

"Rethroned", the second album from NORTHERN KINGS will be re-released in Japan on February 25 via Warner Music Japan. The Japanese version of the CD will include a bonus track — a cover of MICHAEL JACKSON's "They Don't Care About Us".

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Bad Brains Finishes Documentary Production

BAD BRAINS has announced that it is in the final stages of production for its acclaimed documentary. No release date has been set yet.

The yet-untitled film was directed by Mandy Stein and Ben Logan and traces the history of the band from their formation in Washington, D.C. in 1979 to the present day. In addition to tons of footage from the band’s vault, the movie includes interviews with all four members (vocalist HR, guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer and drummer Earl Hudson) and their manager Anthony Countey, as well as testimonials from Henry Rollins, ex-Minor Threat and Fugazi vocalist Ian MacKaye, ex-Minor Threat guitarist Lyle Preslar, ex-Cro Mags vocalist Jon Joseph and guitarist Harley Flanagan, Murphys Law guitarist Jimmy Gestapo and Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, who produced Bad Brains 2007 album Build a Nation.

In addition to giving birth to the hardcore movement with their song “Pay to Cum” and inspiring all of the aforementioned musicians in the process, the Bad Brains had a huge influence on a new breed of late ‘80 and early ’90s metal bands, including Living Colour, Faith No More, 24-7 Spyz and Fishbone. While the Bad Brains flick is currently in post-production, it will be ready for release in a Jamaican minute. More...

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Believer Reveals New Album Artwork For "Gabriel"

The album artwork for Believer's upcoming album "Gabriel" can be viewed on the Metal Blade MySpace Page. Metal Blade also issued the following update about the album:

"Pennsylvania based thrashers BELIEVER has just released the track listing and artwork for the highly anticipated release Gabriel, which will be the band's Cesspool Recordings /Metal Blade Records debut (Cesspool is Howard Jones' [Killswitch Engage] imprint label through Metal Blade). Gabriel will be available everywhere March 17th, 2009.

"The artwork for Gabriel was born from the talents of Michael Rosner (Roz) and Eye Level Studios. Working with Roz and the Eye Level team has been nothing short of amazing. The talent of these individuals is staggering and we found ourselves residing in the same crazy, pancake eating, warped dimension when it came to visual concepts. We tossed many ideas around with Roz but the main focus was to have the artwork compliment the music and vice-versa. Gabriel has been an artistic collaboration on many levels and the finished product truly highlights the incredible talents of Roz and the Eye Level team. We're not finished yet, so stay tuned for more Believer/Eye Level madness."

Gabriel track listing:

1. Medwton
2. A Moment In Prime
3. Stoned
4. Redshift
5. History Of Decline
6. The Need For Conflict
7. Focused Lethality
8. Shut Out The Sun
9. The Brave
10. Nonsense Mediated Decay

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Axamenta Breaks Up, Forming New Band

Belgian dark metal act Axamenta has issued the following statement about calling it a day:

"This would be a perfect opportunity to attempt an eloquent effort, which could sound something along the lines of: In the bleak wintersun of 2009 the shroud falls over the vague and dark contours of what once was Axamenta

"But as above pompous jabbering usually makes us cringe, let us stick to the cold scientific facts:

"AXAMENTA minus 1 SINGER minus BLACK METAL = NEW BAND + 2 NEW BANDMEMBERS + INTERESTING NEW STYLE + BOOZE + POWERTOOLS

"If BLACK METAL = NO BLING Then AXAMENTA = NEW BAND + BLING => NEW BAND = SOLID GOLDEN RIMS FOR OUR HUMMERZ => AXAMENTA = RIP

"An update with more information about the new band itself, the band name, logo, line-up, teaser and website are due Mid February."

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Skeletonwitch, Kylesa Team Up For Tour, SXSW

This spring, Ohio’s mighty SKELETONWITCH and Georgia lords (and lordess) of sludge KYLESA will embark on the hessian odyssey that is the “Southern Discomfort” tour, a co-headlining trek that – not counting performances by both bands at the Scion Rock Fest in Atlanta – kicks off March 13 in Charlotte, N.C. Included among Southern Discomfort’s destinations is a stop in Austin, Tex., where both bands will appear at South By Southwest (SXSW). Special guest Black Tusk will lend support nightly with their heavy metal punk ‘n’ roll mayhem.

SKELETONWITCH is currently hard at work on the follow-up to 2007’s much-acclaimed "Beyond the Permafrost." The new record is scheduled for a late 2009 release. Meanwhile, KYLESA’s new slab of psychedelic heft, “Static Tensions,” drops on March 17. A new song, “Said And Done,” is currently streaming at the band's MySpace page.

The latest Southern Discomfort tour dates are as follows: More...

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Razormaze To Play Live On WMUL's The Stress Factor

Boston's champions of thrash metal, RAZORMAZE, will be gracing the airwaves on January 29th from 6-9pm (Eastern) as they are interviewed and play a live set on the proclaimed "longest running metal show in the North-East," The Stress Factor on 91.5fm WUML (Lowell, MA). During the show RAZORMAZE will be unveiling some of their brand new material which is slated to appear on their upcoming album, "Dawn of the Shred." The upcoming album is expected out in the spring of this year on Hold True Recordings.

You can also stream the event over the internet at www.WUML.org.

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DC4 Gives NAMM Wrap Up, Releases New Album

DC4 was in attendance at NAMM this year with members making several performances during the event. Friday guitarist Rowan Robertson showcased at the SPECTRAFLEX CABLES booth while vox/guitarist Jeff Duncan jammed with Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint) at the KRANK booth. Jeff also spent some time at the ESP GUITARS booth.

Saturday Jeff Duncan and Rowan Robertson tore up the KRANK booth with a shredfest performance. Jeff and Rowan locked an endorsement deal with TONE PRO GUITAR HARDWARE. Jeff also received exclusive endorsements by SFARZO STRINGS and MY STAR SOUND CABLES.

Drummer Shawn Duncan met with PROMARK STICKS and bassist Matt Duncan met with ERNIE BALL and MUSICMAN.

DC4 did several interviews during NAMM and caught the Racer X performance at the Hilton.

"Explode," the new release from DC4 hit the streets yesterday, January 27th. You can order a copy online here.

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Swashbuckle Signs to Nuclear Blast Records

NJ pirate metallers, Swashbuckle have announced that they have signed with Nuclear Blast Records. Swashbuckle 's signing came as a result of Swashbuckle winning the label's "MySpace Band Contest."

Nuclear Blast comments in a press release, "SWASHBUCKLE not only impressed us with their great crossover between thrash and punk — think of a mixture of EXODUS, ANTHRAX, S.O.D., SLAYER and RUNNING WILD — but also with their image." More...

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Opeth Announces U.S. Tour with Enslaved

Opeth will be embarking on a headlining run of North American shows soon and joining them on the trek will be Enslaved. The initial tour dates are as follows:

May 1 - Starland Ballroom - Sayerville, NJ
May 2 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
May 3 - Medley - Montreal, QUE
May 4 - Sound Academy - Toronto ON
May 5 - Mr. Smalls - Pittsburgh, PA
May 6 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
May 8 - Sokol Auditorium - Omaha, NE
May 9 - Fox Theater - Boulder, CO
May 11 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID
May 12 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
May 13 - Senator Theater - Chico, CA
May 14 - Regency Center at Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
May 15 - The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
May 16 - Avalon - Los Angeles, CA
May 17 - Rialto Theater - Tucson, AZ
May 19 - Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
May 20 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
May 21 - New Daisy Theater - Memphis, TN
May 22 - Bijou Theater - Knoxville, TN
May 23 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
May 24 - Clutch Cargo's - Detroit, MI
May 26 - Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center - New York, NY
May 27 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC

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Malefice Posts New Song, "Abandon Hope," Online

British metal band MALEFICE has uploaded the first song of their highly anticipated new album, "Dawn Of Reprisal" You can check out the song "Abandon Hope" on their MySpace page.

"Dawn Of Reprisal" features 10 hammering songs and was recorded and mixed by Dan Weller and Justin Hill (ex SikTh) at Fortress Studios London and Timeless Studios London, and mastered at 360 Mastering by Dick Beetham.

"Dawn Of Reprisal" arrives in stores on February 27th (D/A/CH/I), March 2nd (rest of Europe).

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Carcass Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Reunited U.K. melo-death/gore-grind legends, CARCASS, will return to the United States this March for the “Exhumed to Consume II” tour. The follow up to last years highly successful “Exhume to Consume” tour will feature SUICIDE SILENCE, SAMAEL, ARSIS and PSYCROPTIC plus a few special guests on select dates. Vocalist/bassist and all around optimistic person Jeff Walker commented:

"Well, I'm pleased to announce that CARCASS is gonna settle it's unresolved scores in the U.S.! There was some slight whimpers of discontent that we didn't hit some cities such as Chicago and Denver last time round - places that were always hot spots of enthusiasm for us. So we're coming back in March to finish off our unsettled business! We seemed to have had a profound influence on your economy and gas prices have gotten cheaper haha! That's doesn't mean we’re not gonna come through and provide some value for your buck with some old (and new) school friends and comrades such as SUFFOCATION, SAMAEL, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, EXODUS, SUICIDE SILENCE etc. - check out locally as for who is on the bill where! And hey, I couldn't think of anywhere better to be on my 40th birthday than the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico! We promise this will be the last time we darken your shores (I said that with my fingers crossed behind my back)!"

Here are the latest Carcass North American tour dates: More...

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