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Metal News for January 29, 2008

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32 news articles posted on this day.

Mikael Åkerfeldt On Illegal File-Sharing

UK's Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted an interview with Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt. Excerpts follow:

MH: Your label, Roadrunner, has been criticized for the number of reissues it releases, including your last album, "Ghost Reveries". Do you think that's fair?

Mikael: I think most labels do that today. The record industry is not doing that well; the companies are grasping at straws to try and make money, and perhaps that's the way to do it. I don't care how many reissues of our albums they put out — they could put out a thousand reissues and I couldn't care less, as long as the quality is good. You don't have to buy these things if you don't want to. Personally, I don't buy clothes and I don't go out drinking, I just buy records — so I don't have a problem with buying 20 different versions of my favorite album.

MH: "Ghost Reveries" was leaked via the Internet before its release in 2005. Does illegal file sharing piss you off?

Mikael: It does piss me off. The main problem for me is that the magic gets lost. When you're downloading, you don't have the artwork, you don't have anything but the tunes, and in bad quality. It bothers me, because the ideal situation for me would be to gather up 5,000 fans every day and give them the record and we could listen to it together, although that's not possible. My music is sacred to me, and I don't want it to be presented in any form other than the ones we have approved.

MH: Opeth's drummer Martin Lopez left the band in 2006 and guitarist Peter Lindgren followed a few months ago. Is the new lineup stable now?

Mikael: Well, you never know! But the overall vibe in the band now is really good. We've been hanging out getting to know each other, and it's good because everybody in the band just wants to play music. That's always been the most important thing with this band; I want everyone to be a musician, and fuck the other things. It's so easy to be carried away with this type of business. There's a lot of other things that are cool to do, but that shouldn't take away from the importance of the music, and if you don't have the music anymore, you're nothing. That was the problem with both Lopez and Peter; that's why they left. Because they probably didn't burn as much. It's not easy to be in a touring band like this one; it's tough. The guys in the band, they write and play music in their spare time, and there's no question about anything else.

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RATM Big Day Out Performance Turns Violent

According to Australia's Herald Sun, the Melbourne Big Day Out event featured two casualties, a crowd surge, and thousands of angry and confused fans last Monday night. An unconscious man had to be crowd-surfed to an ambulance, while another man fell from a marquee as crowds pushed forward to get as close to the stage as possible for the Rage Against The Machine performance.

Organizers were forced to interrupt the American headliners near the end of their set to appeal to the 45,000 fans to calm down. Revellers said they feared for their safety as the crowd surged towards the main stage, fans climbing every available vantage point for a better view. The organizers then rushed the band off-stage, ordering people to get down from the structures and trees before the band would be allowed to resume.

One man who was on top of a marquee fell and was rushed to hospital by ambulance officers, who put him in neck brace. The condition of the two injured people was unknown late last night. Cameron Oliver, am attendee, said he saw a lot of violence in the crowd. "In nine Big Day Outs and numerous other festivals, this is the most violent and least-policed I have been to," he said. "We had to pull back from the stage — so far back we couldn't even see because we were afraid for our safety. And I'm a six-foot bloke."

Read the full article at Herald Sun.

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To-Mera Post "Delusions" E-Card Online

Candlelight Records UK will issue TO-MERA's sophomore album, Delusions, on February 18th, 2008.

The album (artwork pictured, created by Eliran Kantor) will feature the following tracklisting: 'The Lie', 'Mirage', 'The Glory Of A New Day', 'Inside The Hourglass', 'A Sorrow To Kill', 'Asylum', 'Fallen From Grace', 'Temptation'.

Candlelight has made available a new E-card for the album. Check it out at this location.

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Stormspell Records Plans "Thrash Clash" Split CDs

Stormspell Records has announce plans for a series of split CDs entitled "Thrash Clash."

The idea is intended as a sort of stepping stone for young thrash metal bands to get their demo/EP professionally released and distributed. Each volume will consist of two bands, contributing 5-7 songs each. The split CDs will be high-quality silverpressed products, with 16-page stapled booklet with lyrics, info, pics, and graced with custom artwork by renowned artist Dimitar Nikolov. These hand-numbered releases will be strictly limited to 1000 copies each.

The first two volumes are in the works already, with a tentative release date of February 2008:

Vol.1: TAKING OVER vs PHANTOM WITCH
Vol.2: OPPRESSION vs DIAMOND PLATE

Artwork and more info to follow.

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Black Tide Announce Dates With All That Remains

Florida-based metallers BLACK TIDE have issued the following update:

"We are excited to announce we will be heading out on tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and CHIMAIRA beginning February 21st!"

"Check out our tour dates on the main page or click here for the official Black Tide website."

"We've got some more tour dates coming your way, so be sure to keep checking our page!"

The above mentioned dates include:

February
21 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
22 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
23 - Las Vegas, NV - Jillian's
25 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
26 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
28 - Dallas, TX - The Door
29 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit

March
1 - Houston, TX - Meridian
3 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
4 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
5 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
6 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
7 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom

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Kingston Falls Upload New Track Online

KINGSTON FALLS just uploaded a brand new song entitled ‘Too Hot for Cold Feet’ from their Facedown Records debut Armada On Mercury. The album, produced by Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada), will be out March 18. Hear the cut on MySpace page.

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Scorpions Schedule German Live Date

According to Scorpsnews.com, hard rock legends the SCORPIONS have scheduled a new live date in Germany on March 9th in Bremen at AWD Dome.

Davesontour.com spoke to Scorpions drummer James Kottak recently about future touring plans and he commented: "Our big plan for 2008, starting around May 1, is to play 60 to 70 shows in the United States."

The Scorpions recently released their new DVD, Live At Wacken Open Air 2006: A Night To Remember - A Journey Through Time, which marked the band's historic performance on August 3rd, 2006 when they reunited with former bandmates Uli Jon Roth (guitar), Michael Schenker (guitar) and Herman Rarebell (drums) on the True Metal Stage. More...

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Old Man Gloom Tour Plans Changed

Old Man Gloom, a project featuring members of Isis, Converge and Cave In, amongst others, have abolished their previously-announced touring plans. A statement from the band regarding this change follows: "Due to unforseen events in the gloom camp, our upcoming west coast SxSW tour will be postponed until further notice. We promise, it will happen at some point. whoops.
the institute"

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New Cavalera Conspiracy Tracks Online

Two new tracks from the Cavalera Conspiracy project have been posted online. Have a listen to "Inflikted" here and "Sanctuary" at this location. Both songs are taken from the groups upcoming Roadrunner debut album, "Inflikted", which will hit store shelves on the 25th of March via Roadrunner. The Cavalera Conspiracy features the Cavalera brothers, Max and Igor, of Sepultura fame, along with members of Soulfly and Gojira.

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Linkin Park Begin Working On 'Given Up' Video

LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington has posted the following message on his official web site:

"We are starting to shoot our new video for 'Given Up' and I think it's going to turn out really good. The band has decided to go with a live video and I think it's perfect for the song. We always do really big expensive videos and it's nice to take a break from that."

According to The Pulse of Radio, LINKIN PARK will offer fans attending its upcoming tour the chance to purchase a "Digital Souvenir Package" with their tickets, in which they will receive an audio download of the concert they attend, exclusive photos and a digital tour program. Co-frontman Mike Shinoda said in a recent conference call with reporters what makes the offering unique. "The best part about it, to me, is that our live mixer, our official mixer who mixes our show every night, you know, finishes his night with us, then goes back to his hotel or bus or backstage and mixes the show for you," he said. "It's intended to be played, you know, in your headphones and in your car, and it's done by our official guy." More...

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10 Years Post New Single Online

10 YEARS's new single, "Beautiful", has been posted on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the Tennessee-based group's sophomore album, "Division", due on April 8.

10 YEARS began recording the new disc in June after spending more than a year writing the songs. Bassist Lewis Cosby told The Pulse of Radio that fans should expect a lot of changes from the band's 2005 debut, "The Autumn Effect". "I think this record really is so different from the last one," he said. "It's still 10 YEARS, people aren't gonna be like, 'Oh my God, you know, it's a totally different band.'But you couldn't take one song off this new album, I think, and put it on the last album and have people not go, 'That song feels out of place compared to the rest of the songs on 'The Autumn Effect'.'It just sounds like it would be from a totally different album, which was, you know, the goal." More...

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Mindless Self Indulgence To Release Digital Single

New York's electro-metal band MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE (MSI) will release a digital-only single "Mastermind" on February 12th, 2008.

From a posting on their official MySpace blog, it reads: "On February 12th, Mindless Self Indulgence will release a digital-only
single of the fan favorite "Mastermind". The single will be your first peek into completed studio material from the new record "If" (out April 29th via a licensing deal with THE END RECORDS) and contains artwork by Jhonen Vasquez.

You can see for yourself and hear a sample of the song now on MSI's MySpace page.

The band plans to tour extensively this year in support of the new album and has already been confirmed as co-headliner of the massive rock n' roll extravaganza Bamboozle being held on May 3rd and 4th, 2008 in New Jersey.

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Anthropia Complete Bass Tracks For New Album

French metal band ANTHROPIA recently entered ArtMusic studio in Nice and the group's own studio to begin recording its new album, entitled "The Chain Reaction".

Commented the band: "Julien [Negro] recorded last week the bass parts for 'The Chain Reaction'. He mainly used a Carvin six-string fretless, and a Conklin seven-string. Hugo [Lefebvre] and Yann [Mouhad] are now hard at work on the lead guitars. The album will be mixed by François Merle from the excellent French band MANIGANCE.

ADAGIO keyboardist Kevin Codfert will make a guest appearance on "The Chain Reaction". More...

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Misery Signals To Enter Studio This Week

Milwaukee, Wisconsin's metalcore act MISERY SIGNALS will enter the studio this week with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARKEST HOUR, SOILWORK) to begin recording its as-yet-untitled third full-length album, due later in the year via Ferret Music.

Commented bassist Kyle Johnson: "Devin has this awesome new set-up and new gear, so that's exciting. Recording with him is a good experience, and we intend on using him as producer as well. He always makes great contributions and suggestions to the songs, and he is really understanding about what kind of sound we are going for."

He continued, "Musically the songs are written, but lyrically we are still writing. Basically, we took both records and put them together, with a new sound mixed in as well. This will be a little more straightforward than the last two albums, and for the most part it's influenced by what we are into personally. It's definitely more something that has parts that you can hold onto and that are memorable." More...

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Disfear Reveal Touring Plans

DISFEAR, the Swedish "crust rock" outfit featuring former AT THE GATES/THE CROWN vocalist Tomas Lindberg and ex-ENTOMBED guitarist Ulf "Uffe" Cederlund, has issued the following update:

"We're kicking of 2008 with a short tour of Finland along with ROTTEN SOUND and it starts on the 21st of February. In mid-April we're heading back to the U.S. for a couple of weeks and that tour will hopefully include a date or two in Canada. We will also be back for Maryland Deathfest in late May. Keep a look out for more shows around that time. Unfortunately we will not make it to the West Soast this spring/summer like we were hoping to, but we're keeping our calendars open this fall. All things come to he, or she for that matter, who waits..."

DISFEAR's new album, "Live The Storm", was released on January 22 in North America (January 28 internationally) via Relapse Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Misanthropic Generation" was recorded with CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou at his Godcity Studios in Salem, MA and includes 10 all new songs from the band. More...

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Agathodaimon Seek New Drummer

German black/death/gothic metallers AGATHODAIMON are looking for reliable and skilled drummer.

Requirements are as follows:

* You should have band and live experience already
* You should be able to play with a click track/metronome
* You should have a professional attitude and dedication

No applications from outside of Germany will be considered.

Interested parties are invited to send more information and audio samples to management@agathodaimon.de. More...

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God Forbid Announce DVD Title

Last week GOD FORBID turned to their fans to help them come up with a title for their new DVD and the fans rose to the occasion with a barrage of submissions.

Doc Coyle (guitars, vocals) checks in to announce the winning submission:

“After a good deal of deliberation, the boys in God Forbid, with a little help from our A+R guy and manager, have picked a winner for the contest to name our upcoming DVD. And the winner is (drum roll please) David Cazares from Chino, CA with the title Beneath The Scars Of Glory And Progression. Congratulations go out to David. He made our jobs a lot easier. Maybe we'll have our fans name everything from now on.

I would like also like to announce our 2nd and 3rd place contestants: Alex Damske from Naperville, IL with Declaration Of Treachery and finally Heol Cennen from Llandeilo, UK with Constitution Of Touring. It was a close decision and I did not expect to get some many great responses.

I would personally like to thank everyone who participated. We definitely have some creative fans. Our decision came down to choosing something that was unique and dynamic, but also captured, in a statement, what this DVD really says about God Forbid. The concert and documentary featured on the DVD are positives forces in our band's movement from turbulence to continuous kinetic growth. It deserved a title that illustrated that with all the bad things that have happened to us, even more good things happened, and we look forward to an even brighter future. Thanks again to David Cazares, all who participated in the contest, and everyone who worked on the DVD.”

God Forbid will enter the studio early next month with longtime producer Eric Rachel (ATREYU, IN THIS MOMENT) at Trax East in NJ to record their new album. Be sure to stay tuned to www.myspace.com/god4bid for current news and studio reports.

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Eulogy Fest Announced In Florida

Eulogy Recordings and Hand of Hope Records will be holding a two-day festival at The Dogpund in Miami, Florida on March 15th and 16th. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks, but the following bands have been announced so far:

Turmoil
Hoods
Furious Styles
Wisdom In Chains
Die Young (TX)
Kids Like Us
Thick As Blood
Know The Score
Colin of Arabia
Fallen From The Sky
Kingdom

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Elvenking Violinist/Bassist Elyghen To Rejoin Band

Back in September, 2007, Italian metallers ELVENKING explained that Elyghen (violinist/keyboardist) had temporarily moved to Ireland for working reasons. They emphasized that he wasn't leaving the band permanently, and that Eleonora (the girl who had played the violin in the quartet that performed on Elvenking albums) would help the band out on live dates that Elyghen couldn't be present for.

The band have issued the following update:

"Elvenking will be playing in Verona (Italy) with Elyghen!" More...

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From Autumn To Ashes Drummer Breaks Foot

This past weekend From Autumn To Ashes drummer Jeff Gretz broke two bones in his foot. Gretz has issued the following statement:

"Last night of UK. Show goes great as all of the previous ones have. We've broken even on expenses with 3 weeks of tour left. This is great. Spirits are high. After the set the bus is loaded we're saying goodbye to Hundred Reasons and taking pictures. I'm walking in between the side of the bus and the club -- tight fit, it's dark – and an inconsistency in the sidewalk causes me to lose balance. I can't fall completely over, because I fall into the bus. I land on the ground straight down onto my ankle. I hear and feel a distinct crack. "Are you okay?". "No. No, I'm not." They help me up and usher me into the lower lounge of the bus. Not much ice in the club. Anthony, our tour manager, gets me some cubes wrapped in a napkin and I try to ice it down. No "visible" damage. Nothing feels out of place with some cursory pokes around the area. Feeling in the extremities, everything is moving. It's sore but not terrible. For now.

"I go to bed, I'm gonna sleep this off. No such luck. It feels like someone is holding my foot in the mouth of hell itself. I retire to the the TV lounge. I watch a movie. This thing hurts. I take off my shoe, my foot looks like someone inflated it with a bike pump. Everyone that comes into the TV lounge says the same thing, "Holy shit!" Really, that's exactly what everyone says. OK, I'm not sleeping at this point, No ibuprofen, no ice on hand. I'm toughing this one out, there's a lot of DVD's here, I'm gonna watch 'em!

"Noon. Still up. Now this thing REALLY hurts. I can't even really WALK on it at all, or put weight on it. It's bigger than ever. Hospital time. Let's try out this free healthcare thing. I take a cab over to the Chelsey Royal Infirmary. I tell them I'm a Yank, they ask my name, my address, my wife's name and phone number. That's it. Not one signature. Nothing. No paperwork. They take me right back to X-ray, immediately sit me down with a doctor who explains I have broken two bones in my foot, will have to wear a cast (and use crutches) for 6-8 weeks and can under no circumstances try to play drums in the cast, which I was already contemplating doing. They charge me 10 pounds for a CD with my X-rays to take back to NY to have my doctor there determine when to actually remove the cast. But other than that, in- out- no questions- no problems. Frightningly efficient.

"That's it. The band finds a fill-in (Fran will be drumming and singing for two shows then the fill in is flying to Paris to finish out the tour. This fill-in is Graham Griffith from the band Flood of Red from Glasgow). I'm probably out for the Australia tour, actually most definitely unless a miracle happens and they take the cast off after 4 weeks, Brazil is cancelled. I can still go to Japan. I don't envy them in the least. The only positive thing about this happening to me is I don't have to deal with the headache of organizing that fill-in shit.

"But I have to go home, it's surreal. You come over as a gang, and there I am alone, at midnight, sitting in an honest to god ghost town of an airport (noone around, nothing open, can't check in and just be done with it until 5:00am and then my flight leaves at 8:20 am – no sleep for 48 hours at that point. ) 6 hour flight home. Then customs. Airports are NOT set up for people on crutches. Some nice people from British Airways do help get me priority screening for bagchecks and security purposes. By the time I land, get through customs, get a cab and get home it's around 2:00 pm New York Time (which would translate to 7pm london time, which means i've been up for 62 hours straight).

"Now the question is what do I do? I'm scared. I haven't held a "real" job in years. And I don't count waiting tables (which I haven't even done in over a year) as a real job, that's like a anthropological circus sideshow of the human psyche. I never counted that as a job, that was a "social experiment." I can't play drums, I can't practice. I can write! But even that is limited to what I have at my disposal in the apartment ( I don't like writing on guitar and all the keyboards are in the space which I can't drag from Brooklyn to Harlem for the obvious reasons.) On top of all that, we live on the 4th floor. I can't maneuver these crutches anyway, let alone up and down our treacherous stairs that I have taken near-miss spills down when I'm HEALTHY. I will probably spend the next 2 months, obsessively journaling ridiculous thoughts, reading, plotting, sceheming, and becoming bitter.

"I wish the guys the best of luck and wish I was there to finish the mission. If you're going to the shows keep in mind that they're figuring all this out as they go along and instead of canceling the shows are trying to give the best they can. In the meantime, I'm ready to come back and kick shit harder than before when I'm better."

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Trustkill Responds to Hopesfall Accusations

Trustkill Records has responded to recent comments made by Hopesfall regarding the label. As you may recall, as part of their recent break-up announcement, Hopesfall drummer Jason Trabue stated that "I hate Trustkill and its owner. Hahahaha. He's not the reason we broke up but I (we) do hate him."

Soon thereafter, Trabue was interviewed by Ryan's Rock Show and claimed, among other things, that Trustkill left Hopesfall $20,000 in debt.

Ryan's Rock Show has since conducted an interview with Trustkill president Josh Grabelle, during which Grabelle responded:

"[Trabue] does not speak a shred of truth... I heard those guys got into some pretty hardcore drugs... and they are just miserable."

You can decide for yourself. Both the Hopesfall and Grabelle interviews can be heard here.

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Maniac's Skitliv To Release Special Edition MCD

SKITLIV, the band formed and fronted by former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac, and featuring SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth on guitars, is releasing two special editions on the UK Label Cold Spring. The CD version, due out at the end of February, comprises two studio tracks; one a special mix of “Slow Pain Coming” exclusive to Cold Spring, and the other, a version of “Amfetamin”, with guest vocals by current MAYHEM and SUNN0))) front man Attila, and includes bonus tracks from the band’s recent live performance at the Camden Underworld, London. Following later will be a limited 12” etched edition.

The release illustrates the subtle shift away from the narrow confines of Black Metal that Maniac has taken recently, expanding into the realms of the Doom/Noise genre whilst still maintaining his original roots. His cooperation with Current 93’s David Tibet and Andrew Liles is also highlighted in the intro to the live performance that was recorded by the two musicians especially for SKITLIV. The Tibet/Liles recording used for live performances differs from the version that they recorded as an intro for the “Kristiansen and Kvarforth Swim In The Sea of Equilibrium While Waiting…” MCD that was recently released by the band for their European tour.

Maniac commented “Justin of Cold Spring has been a friend for a long time now, and we have always talked about doing a one-off project together, but you know how it goes, you tend to get side-tracked by other things, or the time is not right for one or the other. Then he came up with the idea of the etched vinyl that was something that really appealed to everyone involved. It also came at the right moment in terms of us all having a free window at the same time, so we were able to re-record and re-mix a couple of tracks especially for him in between recording the MCD and preparing for the tour”.

You can check out a song from the MCD on the band’s MySpace page.

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Dark Intentions Posts Two New Songs Online

The Dutch hardcore/thrash metal band Dark Intentions has just posted two brand-new samples from their upcoming album. You can check out the songs "Suffer Severe " and "Untouched" on the band's MySpace page.

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Kiss To Tour Europe In May/June

According to a posting on KISS' official web site, the group's guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley confirmed last night (January 28) that KISS will tour Europe this May and June. They will play arena and stadium shows.

Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported last month that KISS is strongly rumored to be planning a headlining concert May 30 at Stockholm Stadion, an outdoor 30,000-seater arena. Although Swedish promoter EMA Telstar has reportedly reserved the date as an option for KISS to play at the Stadion, the show has **NOT** been confirmed as yet, however, and should be treated as a rumor only. More...

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New Pain Album Tentatively Due In September

PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren has issued the following update:

"We wanna thank everybody that voted for PAIN on the Swedish Metal Awards and made our album the 'Best Metal Album Of The Year' 2007."

"I'm working on the new [PAIN CD] and it will see the light in September 2008, with a lot of bonus from the shows we did in 2007."

"Michael Bohlin [PAIN guitarist] will sit out the NIGHTWISH tour because of work, but he will be back for the festivals. Niclas [Engelin] from ENGEL will help us out on this one." More...

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Nightwish Post Backstage Video Blog Online

A new NIGHTWISH video has appeared on YouTube featuring behind-the-scenes footage of techs and the band throughout their Scandinavian tour (including shots of their children, the tour bus catching on fire and other mundane scenes of life on the road!). The self-shot video can be viewed here. More...

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McQueen Confirm Two Belgian Festival Dates

UK all female act McQUEEN have confirmed two festival appearances for Belgium. On August 9th they will play the Roadkill Festival in Adegem and on September 5th they will play the Wardin Rock Festival in Wardin.

Audio samples from McQueen's latest album, Break The Silence, can be found at the band's official MySpace page.

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Hail of Bullets Preparing To Enter Studio

HAIL OF BULLETS, the new band featuring GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, THANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens, former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin Van Drunen and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, will enter Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland in February to begin recording its debut album for a May release via Metal Blade Records.

Commented Ed Warby: "Yesterday we had our last band rehearsal before we enter the studio. Worked out some final arrangements and played the last two songs we wrote for the first time. One is the epic closer to the album (we'll have fun building this one up in the studio), and another is the proposed bonus track; a groovy beast of a tune that actually has a dual guitar solo in it. Martin couldn't attend, so we'll leave the vocal fine-tuning for the studio. I'm also working on a nice, moody intro for the album. Some strings, some bombs... it's turning out a lot cooler than I expected; God bless ProTools! Meanwhile our creative department is hard at work on putting together the artwork, it's starting to look very promising indeed."

"And finally we're close to securing a U.S. deal... more information will follow shortly."

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Skyfire Issue Studio Update

Swedish metallers, Skyfire, issue the following studio update on their Myspace page:

"Drums, rhythm guitars, keys, and something we can't yet reveal to you are done for 2 songs. 2 more songs will probably be finished by the end of this week! Unfortunately at this point it is too early to tell how many songs will be on the album because we have alot of material written and we are even doing some last minute writing in the studio."

"We'll try to get some pictures up soon! In the meantime, head over to our official forum and discuss all things Skyfire with your fellow Skyfire fans here."

"-Skyfire"

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From This Day To Tour China and Begin Recording EP

Buffalo, New York metallers, From This Day, issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"So we here at the FTD camp have been fairely busy with preparing for our upcoming tour, recording of our new EP yet to be named, and also with of course playing shows on a regular basis. So let's get into the update."

"As mentioned we do have a tour coming up in China for the second time!!! For those that have no idea with what's going on. We'll be leaving March 26th and the tour will last until April 13th. So come find us on the 26th and hang out!!! Also as some of you may know we have recorded the drums tracks for our 4 song EP coming out late Febuary. It doesn't have a name yet because....well we just don't want to tell you yet. So there. Remember good things come to those who wait. Once again we've gone with Doug White at Watchmen studios to record this beast. The date set for the studio is Febuary 11 and 12 and figure by the end of the month we should have something ready for all you kids." More...

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Fear My Thoughts To Enter Studio Next Month

German modern melodic death hopefuls FEAR MY THOUGHTS have issued the following update:

"It's a pleasure to announce that from now on, Rock The Nation agency, [which] also represents such great artists as WINTERSUN, SIX FEET UNDER, KATAKLYSM, THE VISION BLEAK and more, will be handling all future booking for FEAR MY THOUGHTS in Europe."

"On February 11 we'll enter the studio of our singer Martin [Fischer] to record our new album. It's the first time that we're recording an album on our own and we're a little bit excited. All songs are written and feel great and we can't wait to play them live for you. It will be a great mixture of progressive rock, smellin' rock 'n' roll and metal."

"In early March we're flying to Sweden to mix our album with Daniel Bergstrand in the Dug Out studios. So Sweden, beware — we're coming!!!" More...

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The Fifth Sun Are Hard At Work On New Album

Minnesota-based melodic death metallers THE FIFTH SUN, whose current recording lineup includes Swedish drummer Patrik J. Sten (PASSENGER, ex-KEROZENE, TRANSPORT LEAGUE), have issued the following update:

"We are hard at work on our new album. Thus far it appears to be much more thrashy and heavier than our previous efforts, while still retaining our old-school feel."

"Don't worry: [there is] none of the weak-ass, paint-by-the-numbers crap that 99% of the labels are putting out."

"We are entertaining offers we have received to play some shows this summer. Some very big, some less so."

THE FIFTH SUN's second album, "The Hunger to Survive", was released in 2005. The CD was recorded at Studio Fredman and is the follow-up to the group's debut album, 2001's "The Moment of Truth".

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