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Metal News for January 30, 2005

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7 news articles posted on this day.

Otep To Headline Ozzfest 2005?

I stumbled upon this article via Google that mentions Otep headlining this year's Ozzfest (likely referring to headlining the second stage) as well as an interview with frontwoman Otep Shamaya. Here's a bit from the interview:

AE: Is this your first band ever?
O: This is my first band. I tooled around with musicians, but I was never formally trained. Equipment, timing, different time signatures, I didn’t know any of that stuff. I sat with musicians, learned a little bit by osmosis. It’s a completely different mental process from writing.
When I started the band I found a manager and I brought my books over, my journals and all my illustrations in this big pile. “This is what I want, I want to turn this into music”. And he looked at me and said “OK, let’s try it, let’s find some musicians.”

What we do is a little different, it’s not just your typical metal show. It’s not hair metal or glam or anything of that nature. It’s sort of a dissident cabaret, its theater and in the highest respect to someone like Antonin Artaud. It’s delivering the experience of the topic of the song versus just singing about it, we actually live every moment of the song onstage. Without fire or any sort of theatrics or anything. It’s all through the act of performance.

AE: How did Capitol [Records] find you guys?
O: We were doing local shows around LA and the buzz started and all of a sudden we start noticing suits in the corners watching us and on their phones and their little Blackberries. A friend of ours was our manager at the time and he started coming over and saying “Hey they want to showcase you.” It was a bunch of major labels which was really bizarre, because I never thought we’d get that.

(Be warned that the interview is on a lesbian/bisexual site focused on women in entertainment and the media. And yes, I really did find it via Google...not part of my everyday reading ;-)

Read the full article at Afterellen.com.

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Novembers Doom Complete New Video

Chicago doomsters NOVEMBERS DOOM have finished filming a video for the title track of their upcoming CD, "The Pale Haunt Departure". The clip "was filmed on Sunday, January 23, and the production company, Autumn's End Entertainment has helped us capture an amazing piece of film, that is a perfect companion to the song," the band write on their web site.

A brand new NOVEMBERS DOOM track, entitled "Swallowed by the Moon", has been made available for download at this location.

"Swallowed by the Moon" comes off "The Pale Haunt Departure", due on March 8 via The End Records.

The follow-up to 2002's "To Welcome The Fade", "The Pale Haunt Departure" was mixed by Swedish producer/musician Dan Swanö (BLOODBATH, EDGE OF SANITY, NIGHTINGALE) and was mastered by James Murphy (DEATH, OBITUARY, TESTAMENT). Cover artwork was designed by Attila Kis of Demateria.

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Unreleased El Caco Track Featured On Compilation

El Caco's previously unreleased track "Disguised Naive" taken from the "Solid Rest" sessions is featured on the upcoming compilation "Burn The Street volume 4". The compilation will be released by German label Daredevil Records on the 28th of March, and also includes tracks from Mastodon, Entombed, Alabama Thunderpussy and others.

Here are the upcoming El Caco gigs:

MAR 19 2005 Andenes, Norway- Rock Mot Rus w/Entombed + Stonegard
APR 02 2005 Trondheim, Norway- Samfundet w/Backstreet Girls
APR 08 2005 Oslo, Norway- John Dee
APR 30 2005 Hemsedal, Norway Burton snowboard competition

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Dwelling of Duels - Video Games Rocked Out

Every month for over a year Mike Thrall has put together a friendly video gaming competition called Dwelling of Duels (DoD) in which people submit their own arrangements of video game themes. The arrangements are usually metal oriented. Other times it is a jazz or piano piece. every month there is a theme, usually a type of game or a series. This month's theme was Metroid.

This month received the most submissions to DoD. 23 songs were submitted totaling over 2hours of music. One song was a 22 minute progressive epic.

"I think if you're ever going to start listening, this month is the month to be impressed by," says Thrall

Voting and discussion is currently held on the Minibosses’, a popular video game cover band, message board.

Thrall explains that its more about improvement of an individuals own skills than who wins, "Its a great competition, everyone has fun in it and you get a lot of comments on your music."

For this month's duel click here
for more information on DoD click here

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New Divine Empire Song For Download

DIVINE EMPIRE, the Florida-based death metal band featuring bassist/vocalist Jason Blachowicz (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION), have posted a brand new track, entitled "Storm of Hatred", at this location.

"Storm of Hatred" comes off the group's fourth album, "Method of Execution", due in May via Olympic Recordings.

The follow-up to 2003's "Nostradamus", "Method of Execution" was recorded late last year at Studio 13 and is said to be "a more varied and melodic" effort than its predecessor.

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Rising Moon Working On 'Digression' Video

Italian death metallers RISING MOON are currently working on a video for the song "Digression" off their fourth full-length album, "They Are As Us", due on February 8 via Crash Music Inc.

The follow-up to 2001's "...For The Remained Time", "They Are As Us" was recorded at Outer Sound Studios (NOVEMBRE, STORMLORD, THY MAJESTIE). RISING MOON are said to deliver "melodic form of death metal with touches of doom metal in the vein of MY DYING BRIDE and IN FLAMES." A full-length MP3 of the album cut "Cyborg Insane" can be downloaded at this location.

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Dark Tranquillity, Caliban To Play Summer Breeze

Dark Tranquillity and Caliban are the latest acts confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, set to be held August 18-20 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. The complete list of artists currently confirmed to appear at the festival is as follows:

Amon Amarth
Atrocity
Barcode
Behemoth
Born from Pain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Disbelief
Ektomorf
End of Green
Endstille
Final Breath
God Dethroned
Haggard
Impious
J.B.O.
Koroded
Korpiklaani
Krisiun
Lacrimas Profundere
Maroon
Nocte Obducta
Pink Cream 69
Schandmaul
Subway to Sally
Suidakra
Symphorce
The Bones
The Vision Bleak
Therion
Tristania

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