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Metal News for January 30, 2006

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Possessed Frontman Guests On Kult Ov Azazel Album

Floridian black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have issued the following update:

"Writing for the fourth release has begun. We have also summoned the immortal Jeff Becerra [ex-POSSESSED frontman] from the abyss to co-write and record guest vocals for a new track on the yet-untitled album. Also an exclusive track of POSSESSED's 'Holy Hell' will appear on this release with Jeff back at the helm on vocals. We're also pleased to announce that Crush Until Madness Records has retained the exclusive license to release 'The World, The Flesh & The Devil' on 12" vinyl with gatefold layout and poster."

KULT OV AZAZEL's third album, "The World, The Flesh & The Devil", was released in June 2005 via Arctic/Crash Music Inc. The CD was recorded and engineered by Shawn Ohtani, and was mastered by Erik Rutan at Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida.

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100 Demons Part With Singer, Cancel Tour

100 Demons have been forced to cancel their upcoming European tour with Cast Aside due to the departure of vocalist Pete Morcey. The split was amicable and the result of a "variety of personal and professional differences." Original 100 Demons vocalist Bruce Lepage, who sang on the band's "In The Eyes Of The Lord" release, has subsequently rejoined the band. The group will now focus on writing a new album, which should be available later this year via Deathwish Inc.

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Nerve Gas Tragedy Writing New Album

Nerve Gas Tragedy are currently writing material for their second album. The group, which features former members of All Out War, will record the effort this spring at Big Blue Meenie Studios in New Jersey. According to the band, who released their last album with Spook City Records, "We are considering a few options as far as labels go and we hope to have that figured out very soon, though we are still waiting a little while longer to make sure we consider all of our options." Meanwhile, the group has lined up a handful of tour dates:

2/3 Middletown, NY @ Molly McGwire's
2/4 Wallingford, CT @ Wallingford American Legion
2/17 Bethlehem, PA @ The Globe
2/18 Altoona, PA @ The Lions Den
2/25 Fest Utica, NY @ Utica Days
3/3 Amityville, NY @ Village Pub South
3/4 Troy, NY @ The Hudson Duster
3/18 Westfield, MA @ The Italian Club
4/5 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Club Crannel
4/8 Oswego, NY @ Knights Of Columbus
4/22 Ellerslie, MD @ Ellerslie Tavern
5/20 Bucksport, ME @ The Kave
5/21 Albany, NY @ Valentine's
6/4 Adams, MA @ Adams Aggressive Music Festival

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Harm Finish Recording Debut Album, Seek CD Artwork

Norwegian thrashers HARM have finished recording their debut album, entitled "Devil". According to a press relase, "HARM is one of the most talked about underground bands in the Norwegian underground scene and their debut album is highly anticipated by large numbers of fans. 'Devil' will be released by Sublife Productions in April, and both label and band is announcing a 'search' for cover artwork for the album.

"The band is looking for a cover image/artwork that will fit with the title 'Devil' but is not looking for any necro satanic artwork, but thats of course up to the contributors to decide how they want to interpret the album title.

"If you are an artist interested in submitting [your] design/artwork to be considered for this album, then please email us either the artwork or a link to: info@sublifeproductions.com."

Sublife Productions isthe newly formed production company started by Kjetil Nordhus (GREEN CARNATION, TRAIL OF TEARS) and Tchort (a.k.a. Terje Vik Schei; CARPATHIAN FOREST, GREEN CARNATION, BLOOD RED THRONE).

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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Sign to The End Records

The End Records has announced the signing of San Francisco act SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM.

The band – who have already released two studio albums (2001's "Grand Opening and Closing" and 2004's "Of Natural History"), one live album (2003's "Live") and a DVD in 2005 — are currently working on new material and plan to release a new album on the label in the near future.

About the signing, The End Records owner Andreas Katsambas said in a statement: "SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM have my utmost respect and admiration. Visionary and exceptional on every level — musically, lyrically and visually — they are a groundbreaking band and fit perfectly with our unique and eclectic roster. They will no doubt shake things up in today's music scene. We're excited to be part of their extraordinary journey!"

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Anthrax Joey Belladonna Audio Interview Online

TalkingMetal.com has posted an all Anthrax episode of their “Talking Metal” podcast. The show features a 7-minute interview co-host John Ostronomy conducted with classic Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna. Interview topics include the current Anthrax tour, the Slave to the Metal Foundation, and former KISS drummer, the late Eric Carr. Hosts Mark Strigl and Ostronomy are also joined by Strigl’s Music News correspondent, Eric Bohnenstiel, who discusses his first-hand knowledge concerning the early European success of bands like Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, and Exodus in the mid 1980s. A video ID from Joey Belladonna, photos including a shot from an Anthrax soundcheck, and the 30-minute podcast can be downloaded at this location. iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at this location.

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TTEOTD To Support Children of Bodom, Chimaira

South Carolina's death metal road warriors Through The Eyes of the Dead have been confirmed as support for Children of Bodom's upcoming North American tour. Also featuring Chimaira and God Forbid on select dates, Through The Eyes of The Dead will round out the tour's lineup on 18 of the 19 dates across the US, joining up on March 19.

This tour is the latest in a string of live dates and tours Through The Eyes of the Dead has been a part of since the release of the band's Prosthetic Records debut, Bloodlust. Having already trekked out on headlining and support tours alike since the album's October release, Through The Eyes of the Dead are a perfect example of hard work bringing success to a band. The band will be filming the debut video from Bloodlust in March, and in the meantime will continue its current tour with Ed Gein, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Animosity, and Despised Icon, including a stop at Los Angeles Murderfest on Feb. 19.


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Malaysia Favors Counseling Black Metal Followers

Malaysia's The Star Online has issued the following report:

It is impossible to get the authorities to ban black metal music even though it deviates from Islamic teachings as the teachings of one religion cannot be imposed on those of other faiths, according to the Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

"Muslims here co-exist with those of different beliefs and it is not right for us to ask the Government to ban black metal music as there are others who listen to it. We have to be sensitive," said director-general Datuk Mustafa Abdul Rahman.

"Other religious leaders would also want their followers to do good and listen to good things.

On Monday, the National Fatwa Council ruled that black metal culture was a deviation from Islamic teachings and those found practising it could be penalised under syariah law.

It said black metal culture was against syariat (Islamic principles) and could turn its followers into murtad (apostates).

Mustafa said black metal music was a source of concern for the department, noting that while it was just a genre of music, the culture often led its followers to worship Satan, rebel, kill and incite hatred.

Jakim, he added, believed that an effective way to deal with those practising the culture would be to educate them on its dangers and counsel them.

"We will have intensive counselling sessions with the followers, who we believe got hooked without fully understanding what it is all about and the consequences," he told a press conference yesterday.

"They are young and easily influenced. If they knew what they would end up doing as followers of the culture, they would not want to be a part of it."

Mustafa added that "several hundred" black metal followers had been arrested over the years and given counselling.

However, he was not aware if those counselled had been rearrested for taking part in black metal activities again.

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Scarve Prepare To Record New Album

French metallers SCARVE have posted the following message on their official web site:

"We're currently adding the last bones to the rough skeleton of what will eventually become SCARVE album #4! About eight brutally groovy and savagely fast tracks are nearly complete now, and we have another three of four on the way, so it all looks quite ravishing here in our snowed-in rehearsal space in the Northeast of beautiful France. Dirk [Verbeuren, drums; also in SOILWORK] and Guillaume [Bideau, vocals] will head to Sweden's Dug-Out Studio next week to start tracking the drums with good ole' Daniel Bergstrand [MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STUCK MOJO] at the helm. In the meantime, sassy dude Mattias Nilsson will help Sylvain [Coudret, lead guitar], Patrick [Martin, rhythm guitar] and Loïc [Colin, bass] to fine-tune the guitar and bass sounds which we're tracking at home this time. Vocals and mixing duties will be handled by Daniel sometime in June. Until then, we'll do our best to keep you posted right here with diaries, studio pictures, videos of us naked and other fun stuff!"

SCARVE's follow-up to 2004's "Irradiant" is tentatively later this fall via Listenable Records.

SCARVE's Dirk Verbeuren recently joined SOILWORK as a full-fledged member after having laid down the drum tracks for the group's latest album, "Stabbing the Drama", and touring with the group for the past couple of years.

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Gorgoroth Begin Recording Vocals For New Album

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have posted the following update on their official web site:

"Gaahl has now entered the studio in Bergen to record vocals for GORGOROTH's upcoming album, 'Ad Majorem Satanhas Gloriam'. The release date of the album is not decided yet, but it is expected to be released within few months.

"In other news, 'Procreating Satan', the opening track from [2003's] 'Twilight of the Idols', has been remixed by Zardonic (electronic artist and producer). Click here to listen to it."

GORGOROTH reportedly recorded several shows on their recent European tour with 1349 for an upcoming live album, entitled "True Norwegian Black Metal". Scheduled for a late autumn release in 2007, it will mark and celebrate GORGOROTH's 15-year anniversary.

GORGOROTH's new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", is tentatively scheduled for release later in the year via Sweden's Regain Records. The band were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the band's last three efforts: "Twilight of the Idols" (2003), "Incipit Satan" (2000) and "Destroyer" (1998).

GORGOROTH's first three albums - "Pentagram" (1994), "Antichrist" (1996) and "Under the Sign of Hell" (1997) - were re-released last year

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Eternal Tears of Sorrow New Album Details Revealed

Reactivated Finnish melodic extreme metal band ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW have announced the details of their fifth album, "Before the Bleeding Sun", due out in Finland on April 26 via Spinefarm Records.

"Before the Bleeding Sun" is the band's first album since their reunion that took place in 2005. The CD was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi and at Note-On Studios in Kuopio and will be mixed by Mikko Karmila at Finnvox Studios. It is also the first album featuring lead guitarist Risto Ruuth (also in SCYRON) and keyboardist Janne Tolsa (also in TAROT).

Commented the band: "The album is damn heavy but still more diverse and more melodic than any of our previous albums. The whole process has rarely been so easy and rewarding for us before, all the pieces really clicked together this time."

"Before the Bleeding Sun" track listing:

01. Sweet Lilith of My Dreams
02. Another Me
03. Red Dawn Rising
04. Upon the Moors
05. Sakura No Rei
06. Sinister Rain
07. Lost Rune of Thunder
08. Tar Still Flows
09. Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act I: Before the Bleeding Sun)

Guest vocalists: lead vocals by Jarmo Kylmänen (SCYRON) and Miriam "Sfinx" Renvåg (RAM-ZET). Backing vocals by Jarmo Kylmänen, Miriam Renvåg, Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA) and Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT). The cover art was conceived by Travis Smith.


Altti Veteläinen (vocals, bass)
Jarmo Puolakanaho (guitar)
Risto Ruuth (lead guitar)
Janne Tolsa (keyboards)
Petri Sankala (drums)

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Blood & Ink Records Signs The Gentleman Homicide

Blood & Ink Records has announced the signing of Amarillo, Texas metallic hardcore outfit THE GENTLEMAN HOMICIDE to their roster. Formed in early 2003, the band has already made a name for themselves with countless shows and a number of tours regionally and nationally. Most recently, THE GENTLEMAN HOMICIDE embarked alongside ED GEIN and REFLUX for tour stints.

THE GENTLEMAN HOMICIDE will be joining new labelmates ENLOW and BURDEN OF A DAY for the Blood & Ink Records Tour in March, with finalized tourdates to be announced shortly. The band is expected to record their debut full length for release later in 2006 as well.

In the meantime, demo tracks from THE GENTLEMAN HOMICIDE can be heard via the band's MySpace page.

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Black Metal Not Linked To Satanism, Say Fans

Malaysia's The Star Online has issued the following report:

Black metal, like any other type of music, is only a genre, said Joseph Prabagar, founder and director of record label Demonzend.

"As far as I know, there is no satanism or cults involved with black metal. I think the authorities should really define what 'black metal' means,” he said.

His reaction came after the National Fatwa Council said that black metal was a deviation from Islamic teachings and those found practising it could be penalised under syariah law.

Prabagar said many bands these days played not only black metal, but also thrash metal, death metal and heavy metal.

"There is a lot of overlapping. It can be very difficult to define what black metal really is.”

He explained that black metal usually had a very fast beat and darker lyrics.

"The term itself was actually taken from the band VENOM's album called 'Black Metal' in the 1980s. And in it, they actually poked fun at satanism. To link satanism and black metal, to me, is just absurd," said Prabagar.

Student Mohd Khairul Idzham, 25, who plays in a band said: "Music is like a knife. It's up to the person holding it to decide what he wants to do with it.

"It really depends on how you use it, but black metal music is just another genre of music."

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Deicide, Ignite, Cataract For Metalliga Open Air

DEICIDE, IGNITE and CATARACT are the latest confirmed bands for this year's Metalliga Open Air festival, set to take place June 16-17 in Dornbirn – Lustenau, Austria. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

BORN FROM PAIN (Netherlands)
CATARACT (Switzerland)
EXCRUCIATION (Switzerland)
L'ESTARD (Germany)
NEAERA (Germany)
TREMORS (Germany)
TYRANTS (Austria)
V8 WANKERS (Germany)
VENDETTA (Austria)

More confirmations will be announced soon.

The two-day ticket will cost €38 (camping included). Pre-sale starts in February.

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Judas Priest's Glenn Tipton To Release Two Albums

Glenn Tipton is best known as the co-lead guitarist and one of the main songwriters in the legendary

heavy metal band Judas Priest, but he has also stretched himself creatively as a solo artist. On March 7, 2006, Rhino Records will release a new version of Tipton's 1997 Atlantic Records album BAPTIZM OF FIRE (including two bonus tracks) as well as the Tipton, Enwistle and Powell album EDGE OF THE WORLD, which consists of previously unreleased recordings with the late Cozy Powell and John Entwistle that were laid down at the same time as BAPTIZM OF FIRE.

The songs on BAPTIZM OF FIRE include: "Hard Core," "Paint It Black," "Enter The Storm," "Fuel Me Up," "Extinct," "Baptizm Of Fire," "The Healer," "Cruise Control," "Kill Or Be Killed," "Voodoo Brother," "Left For Dead," and the previously unreleased bonus tracks "Himalaya" and "New Breed."

Featured songs on EDGE OF THE WORLD include: "Unknown Soldier," "Friendly Fire," "The Holy Man," "Never Say Die," "Resolution," "Searching," "Give Blood," "Crime Of Passion," "Walls Cave In," "Edge Of The World," and "Stronger Than The Drug."

Entwistle and Powell form the rhythm section on both BAPTIZM OF FIRE and EDGE OF THE WORLD. Keyboardist Don Airey, a highly respected metal veteran, is featured on both albums. Special guests on BAPTIZM OF FIRE include bass guitarists Billy Sheehan, Robert Trujillo, and C.J. DeVillar, and drummers Brooks Wackerman and Shannon Larkin.

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Abysmal Dawn Announce Permanent Bassist

Abysmal Dawn have sent the following announcement about their new bassist:

"ABYSMAL DAWN is very excited to announce that after two years of searching, we have finally happened upon a fulltime bass player in the form of Carlos Arriola (ex-Savagery). All those who witnessed his first show with us this weekend can attest that he was well worth the wait."

"For those of you who missed out, you can see him and his amazing wind milling and tapping skills in action on February 19th at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA. ABYSMAL DAWN will be performing alongside death metal legends Suffocation and brutal tech-death gods Decrepit Birth. All those interested in discount tickets may contact ABYSMAL DAWN directly at abysmaldawn@gmail.com."

"We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Mike Bear (Artisan) for all the hard work he put into ABYSMAL DAWN these past six months. He held down the bottom end until we found a fulltime member and helped greatly in the pre-production of "From Ashes." His tremendous technique can be heard on our upcoming debut (the before mentioned "From Ashes") scheduled for release on April 4th via Crash Music. Advanced tracks from the album maybe heard at www.myspace.com/abysmaldawn."

ABYSMAL DAWN, the Los Angeles-based extreme metal band featuring former members of RISE and INHUMAN VISIONS, recently signed to Crash Music, who will release their recently completed debut effort "From Ashes."

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Ex-40BS Bassist Quits Touring Due To Hearing Loss

Former 40 BELOW SUMMER bassist Hector "Hook" Graziani has been forced to leave his new band BLACK MARKET HERO after losing "a big percentage" of his hearing through years of rehearsing and performing. His official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"I never thought that this day would ever come, but what I'm about to say is one of the most hardest and most difficult things to do; so, I'll do it very short and sincerely...

"After thirteen years of non-stop playing, recording, performing music, touring and everything with it, I have to stop doing what I love doing the most... Why? Because I really never took care of my ears, I now have lost a big percentage of my hearing. I always took care and only thought about music, my bandmates, my fans and rock n' roll; but right now I have to take care of myself. So, I'm leaving my new band BLACK MARKET HERO. I wish my brothers in that band the best because they are the best and most dedicated muscians I've ever known. I also want to take this time to deeply thank 40 BELOW SUMMER (Max, Joey, Carlos and Jordan) for rescuing me, bringing me back to music and giving me the best years of my life. Also part of those amazing years have been made possible because of all the dedicated, loyal and undying supportive fans — you all know who you are and you are all the best! I also want to thank all the bands I shared the stage with... the tours, the backstage and onstage moments, as well as all those crazy Jager nights, will always live in my heart.

"To my family, gracias de todo corazon. Thanks for always supporting and accepting my absence all these years.

"To all my fellow muscians, please protect your ears don't wait until it's too late to do so.

"ROCK N' ROLL will always live in me and I will alway live in ROCK N' ROLL."

40 Below Summer played their final show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on September 17th with all of the bands original members. It was filmed for a DVD to be sold at a later date. The remaining members of the band, frontman Max Illidge, guitarist Joe D'Amico and bassist Hector Graziani, continued on together under the moniker of Black Market Hero.

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More Poison The Well, The Fall of Troy Tour Dates

More tour dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring POISON THE WELL, HORSE THE BAND, THE FALL OF TROY, and CRITERIA:

March 15 - Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
March 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
March 18 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
March 21 - Pomona, CA @ Glass House
March 22 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
March 23 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
March 24 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
March 25 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
March 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theatre
March 27 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
March 29 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
March 30 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's Oasis
March 31 - Sauget, MO @ Pop's
April 1 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
April 2 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 4 - Detriot, MI @ Majestic Theatre
April 5 - London, ON @ Call The Office
April 6 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
April 7 - Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
April 8 - Quebec City, QC @ Anti Sk8 Parc
April 10 - Boston, MA @ Axis
April 11 - Levittown, NY @ Ritual
April 12 - Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions
April 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
April 14 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
April 15 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
April 18 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
April 19 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
April 21 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
April 22 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
April 24 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
April 25 - San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary

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