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Metal News for January 29, 2005

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19 news articles posted on this day.

Nile Studio Update

Nile is hard at work on their much anticipated new album, Annihilation of the Wicked, due for a late Spring, 2005 release date via Relapse.

On the topic of the recording of the forthcoming album, Sanders states: "We finished the guitar, bass vocal and additional instrument tracking at the soundlab in Columbia, SC with Neil Kernon and Bob Moore . It was an utterly grueling session, with every single day of those 2 1/2 weeks being a 14-16 hour working frenzy. The next phase will be to start mixing at Rax Trax in Chicago. We have 10 days scheduled there with Neil Kernon mixing/ producing.

Based on what we have heard from the recordings so far, this is easily our strongest work yet. There are 10 songs as well as 2 reasonably short intro/instrumentals, with total album time weighing in at a pre-mix length of 65 minutes. We are seriously intense about these new songs, and can't wait for people to hear them. Be prepared to be crushed"

NILE will kick off a European headlining tour on March 8th in London, England. Support on the Terrorizer Magazine sponsored tour will be provided by labelmates DYING FETUS and NECROPHAGIST.

Nile's current touring schedul is as follows:

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Codeseven Announce Tour Schedule

Codeseven have announced details regarding their upcoming East/South tour. Here's the schedule:

dates w/ Alexisonfire, Emanuel, The Black Maria
2/28 Syracuse NY @ The Furnace
3/1 Cambridge MA @ Middle East
3/3 Farmingdale NY @ Downtown
3/4 Montclair NJ @ Bloomfield Ave Cafe
3/5 Danbury CT @ Empress Ballroom
3/5 Farmingdale NY @ Downtown
3/6 New York NY @ Continental
3/9 Baltimore MD @ The Ottobar
3/10 Latham NY @ Saratoga Winners

dates w/ Murder By Death
3/12 Lexington KY @ The Beaumont YMCA
3/13 Nashville TN @ Exit/In
3/14 Birmingham AL @ Bomb Shelter
3/15 Lake Charles LA @ Shaky Grounds Coffee House
3/16 Little Rock AR @ Vino's

3/19 Austin TX @ Take Action Showcase SXSW

dates w/ The Snake The Cross The Crown, Decibully
3/20 Houston TX @ Walters On Washington
3/21 New Orleans LA @ The Parish
3/23 Gainesville FL @ Common Grounds
3/24 Orlando FL @ Wills Pub
3/27 Jacksonville FL @ Jack Rabbit's

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Straight On Records Signs Final Fight

Los Angeles hardcore band Final Fight have signed with Straight On Records. The group's debut album will be available this summer. For now, you can check out some of their demo material here.

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The Deadly Sign w/ Pluto Records, Post MP3s

Pluto Records have officially signed The Deadly. The Philadelphia band, featuring John Hodges and John Pushnik of Turmoil, has previously released an EP with Hawthorne Street Records. They recently finished their new full-length, "The Wolves Are Here Again," which will hit streets on March 29th. Check out two new (unmastered) tracks here.

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Neaera Complete New Album

Germany's Neaera have finished recording their debut album for Metal Blade Records. Produced by Andy Claassen at Stage One Studio in Germany, the album will feature the following track listing:

01. The World Devourers
02. Broken Spine
03. Anthem Of Despair
04. Walls Instead Of Bridges
05. Where Submission Reigns
06. From Grief...
07. ...To Oblivion
08. Hibernating Reason
09. Definition Of Love
10. Save The Drowning Child
11. Beyond The Gates
12. No Coming Home
13. The Last Silence

Entitled "The Rising Tide Of Oblivion," the effort will be available on April 5th.

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Between The Buried And Me Find Bassist

Between The Buried And Me have announced the addition of Erie, PA bassist Dan Briggs to their lineup. Briggs replaces Kevin Falk, who left the group a few weeks ago.

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Nehemiah and The Final Burden West Coast Tour

Nehemiah and The Final Burden will be touring the West Coast briefly in mid-March. Here are the dates:

3/11 Lake Havasu AZ @ Havasu Underground
3/12 Phoenix AZ @ The Phix
3/14 North Hollywood CA @ Studio S
3/15 Cafe Long Beach CA @ Koo's
3/16 Corona CA @ Showcase Theatre
3/17 Marina CA @ VFW Hall

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Machetazo Ready New Album, Post MP3 Online

Razorback Records will be releasing the upcoming brand new MACHETAZO "Sinfonias del Terror Ciego" CD in February. The album has been completed and now work on the artwork/layout is in the final stages. You can check out the mp3 for the song "Sacrificio (para el ídolo tu muerte para ellos tu sangre)".

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The Red Chord Finish Recording Album, Plan To Tour

The Red Chord have finished tracking their debut album for Metal Blade Records. Mastering will take place next week with Alan Douches at West West Side. Artwork is being handled by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Nasum) and the record will hit stores on May 17th. Here's what The Red Chord's Guy Kozowyk says about the effort:

"We're extremely excited to see how everyone is going to react to the Clients disc. We'll be putting up a new track in the upcoming weeks and possibly recording a video for the track 'Lay the Tarp' sometime in Feb/March. It's a very different album than Fused Together in Revolving Doors. I personally think it's a lot heavier and angrier, but we'll let you judge for yourself. Thanks to Zeuss for pushing us in the studio and extra special thanks to Nate from Premonitions of War/Dead Water Drowning for coming out and doing some guest vocals."

Meanwhile, the band has lined up the following shows:

2/27 Chicopee MA @ Cabot Street w/ Every Single Nerve, more
2/28 Dover NH @ The Aviary w/ the Taste of Silver, more
3/3 Middletown NY @ Club NY w/ Ed Gein
3/4 Allentown PA @ TBA
3/5 Fredericksburg VA @ KCs w/ Ed Gein. On Broken Wings, more
3/6 Port Jefferson NY @ Club Vegas w/ Ed Gein, more
3/11 Tokyo, Japan @ TBA w/ Bury Your Dead, Bowling for Soup, more

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Corrosion Of Conformity To Tour With Motorhead

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will be resurfacing to tour this March and April as support to none other than the almighty MOTORHEAD.

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Amorphis Cancel Mexican Tour In Its Entirety

Finland's AMORPHIS have been forced to cancel previously announced Mexican tour due to circumstances beyond their control, according to a posting on the group's web site. AMORPHIS are currently trying to reschedule the affected dates. More information will be made available soon.

AMORPHIS recently the addition of singer Tomi Joutsen (NEVERGREEN) to the group's ranks. The band made their first appearance with their new frontman on Jan. 8 in Helsinki as part of a benefit concert for the victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.

Joutsen joins AMORPHIS as the replacement for longtime AMORPHIS singer Pasi Koskinen, who left the band in August. Pasi's last live appearance with the band took place at the Kontu Rock festival on August 21.

AMORPHIS will be embarking on a U.S. tour beginning on March 2 in Phoenix. Support at all shows will come from BEYOND THE EMBRACE, INTO ETERNITY and SINGLE BULLET THEORY. A complete list of currently confirmed dates can be found at this location.

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Black Label Society's New Single Debuts At No. 1

Black Label Society's new single, "Suicide Messiah", is No. 1 most added at both Active and Mainstream Rock formats. This week's adds include monster rock stations WRIF/Detroit, MI and KUPD/Phoenix, AZ. Many stations added the single early, including the huge WAAF/Boston, MA and KISW/Seattle, WA.

The video for "Suicide Messiah" is currently wrapping production and will be serviced to video outlets in early February. "Suicide Messiah" is the first single from the new Black Label Society album, "Mafia", due out on Artemis Records on March 8.

In other Black Label Society news, Zakk Wylde and company just performed to a sold-out crowd at Los Angeles' House Of Blues. A nationwide tour is scheduled to kick off on March 10 in Tempe, Arizona.

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Cradle Of Filth Collaborate With King Diamond

Cradle Of Filth's cover of Cliff Richard's 1976 hit "Devil Woman", featuring a special guest appearance by King Diamond, has been made available as a Real Audio stream at this location.

Cradle Of Filth's version of "Devil Woman" will be included on the group's new CD, "Nymphetamine: Special Edition", due on March 1 via Roadrunner Records. The collection will feature two all-new tracks ("Prey" and "Soft White Throat"), covers of Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley", Bathory's "Bestial Lust" and "Devil Woman", two previously unreleased tracks, all-new and expanded artwork and the video for "Nymphetamine".

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Guns N Roses Catalog To Generate $100 Million

According an article in the U.K.'s The Times, Sanctuary Music Group said that it expected to generate about £50 million (approx. $94 million) from exploiting Guns N Roses hits through film soundtracks, cover versions and their use in advertisements. Sanctuary announced earlier in the week that it had acquired the publishing rights to Guns N Roses' back catalogue in a deal believed to be worth £10 million (approx. $19 million).

Deke Arlon, Sanctuary's head of publishing, said: "After The Beatles and Queen, there doesn't come much bigger in the rock canon than Guns N Roses. We spent years trying to find the right deal and we are delighted with acquiring a slice of rock history."

The notoriously unpredictable Axl Rose signed with Sanctuary after months of negotiations through his lawyers. Although rival publishers are believed to have offered more, Rose felt more comfortable with Sanctuary's business plan.

Sanctuary has also secured the rights to "Chinese Democracy", the new Guns N Roses album and all future Rose material. However, the album has no release date 12 years after work began. The effort has cost other labels £6 million (approx. $11 million) and seen off eight producers.

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Darkane Release Date Set For New Album

Nuclear Blast Records has set a June 27 European release date for the new CD from Swedish thrashers Darkane, entitled "Layers of Lies". Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Secondary Effect", "Fading Dimensions", "Organic Canvas", "The Creation Insane" and the projected title track. A video for "Secondary Effect" will be filmed during the coming weeks.

Darkane's last studio album, "Expanding Senses", was released in 2002 via Nuclear Blast.

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Thyrane Part Ways With Guitarist

Finland's Thyrane have parted ways with guitarist Avather for "personal reasons." A replacement guitarist has yet to be announced.

Thyrane, who last summer announced the addition of session drummer Kristonic (a.k.a. T. Kristian, Yearning, Saattue, Carcase INC.) to the group's ranks, released their third full-length effort, "Hypnotic", in 2003 through Century Media Records. The album, which was released in Finland through Spikefarm Records, was mixed at SundiCoop Studios and mastered at Finnvox Studios

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New Fozzy Video Posted Online

Fozzy's video for the track "Enemy" has been posted online at Launch.com. The clip was filmed in San Diego, CA last month with director/British filmmaker Paul Hough.

Regarding he making of the video, Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo) recently wrote, "The concept of the video was written by British filmmaker Paul Hough, who also directed the video. I have to give it up for Paul. He has the perfect demented writing style to put him on the map of horror movie royalty. There are a lot of cool shots and plot devices used in the video but, in the interest of time, I won't detail all of them. Here's the Reader's Digest version of the story:

"Guy with one leg crawls up multiple flights of stairs, catches his wife in the stairwell with another dude, keeps climbing until he gets on the roof where the band is playing and crawls over to the edge. He looks over and then throws himself off to his death. It's the feel good story of the year. Trust me, I fought hard to keep the handicapped from killing themselves in my video. In the end they did agree to film two different endings to appease me, but we all know what's going to happen. Phone rigs, 'Hey Rich, MTV loves the amputee suicide ending, so we're gonna go with that one.'

"How a band can go from wearing spandex and wigs to killing off the handicapped in two short years makes me wonder if there is hope for humanity. I am well aware of the fact that there is a special place in hell for those of us who f@#k with the handicapped. I only hope that when I leave this Earth, that there is a Post-It note at the Pearly Gates reminding interested parties that I thought it was a bad idea.

"On the upside, the video is going to be a work of art and filming it was mucho (that's Spanish) fun. All the scenes involving the band were shot on the roof of a building in downtown San Diego. Those of you who have never been to San Diego should drop what you're doing and go NOW! It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and even the ridiculous cost of living is well worth it; even if just for the weather. So, obviously, hanging out all day on top of a skyscraper, overlooking the ocean in the beautiful southern California sunshine made a great day even better. In addition, the cast and crew were complete professionals and a pleasure to work with making it one of the best video/film shoots that I have ever been a part of."

"Enemy" is the first single off the group's third album, "All That Remains", available now on SPV Records. The CD was produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Charlie Mars, Ingram Hill) and features guest performances by guitar legends Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), and Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge). Gold-record-selling rap artist Bone Crusher also makes a special guest appearance on the record.

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Black Sabbath To Tour Europe And North America

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that Black Sabbath will be back in action this summer. Singer-bassist Glenn Hughes, who's finishing up a new album with Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, said that Ozzy Osbourne and company will hit both Europe and North America this year, and that he might also be on the bill. "They are doing the, the festival run in Europe, and I believe — if I'm not shooting my foot off here — that they will be playing Ozzfest," he said. "And there's a rumor that Tony and I will be, with our new project, on that same bill, but I can't say that's gonna happen — but you never know."

Black Sabbath has already signed on to play Denmark's Roskilde (pronounced Ross-kill-dee) Festival, one of the largest annual music events in Europe. Roskilde, in its 34th year, will take place June 30 through July 3. Last year's festival drew 75,000 fans to hear 150 bands performing on six stages.

Other groups slated to play this year's Roskilde Festival include Green Day and Audioslave.

Osbourne is preparing for the March 22 release of "Prince of Darkness", a four-CD box set of material from throughout his career, as well as some newly recorded cover songs.

Besides the project with Iommi, which should be out this summer, Hughes has a solo album called "Soul Mover" that's due next month. It features Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and ex-Janes's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro.

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For With Full Force Festival

Gorgoroth have been confirmed for the With Full Force Festival on July 2nd. Also note confirmed March dates in Belgium, France and Holland:

11.02.2005 - Oslo, Norway.
12.02.2005 - Hamar, Norway.
26.03.2005 - Antw., Belgium.
27.03.2005 - Paris, France.
28.03.2005 - Tilburg, Holland.
02.07.2005 - With Full Force.

In other news the drum tracks are complete for the upcoming album "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam". Project development forges forward steadily.

While Seasons of Mist will no be releasing the new album, they will be releasing the reissues of Gorgoroth classics "Pentagram", "Antichrist", and "Under The Sign Of Hell". Remastered and Repackaged in Deluxe Digipak, these albums previously available as imports document Gorgoroth's formative years. Scheduled release dates are slated for February 17th.

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