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Metal News for January 31, 2004

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Van Halen Playing Super Bowl Half-Time?

I recently read KNAC.com's site and found this article to be relatively important, as Van Halen are an amazing band, and I really hope this happens. This, if it happens, will beat out Shania and the other crap artist's they tend to play during the Half-Time show...

The article is as follows:

Van Halen To Reunite At Super Bowl? Sammy Confirmed To Be In Houston

"Journalism is based in fact. Irresponsible journalism is based on rumor. Fuck it! Call me irresponsible. The Super Bowl people are promising us a surprise act during halftime. They're not going to tell us who it is, so with a pinch of fact in my pocket, I'm going to try my hand at simple deduction.

Short and sweet, Sammy Hagar is confirmed to be in Houston for this weekend's Super Bowl festivities. Is he a party rover or the party host? Where are the rest of the guys? At NAMM a few weeks back Michael Anthony confirmed that the guys had in fact met and things were "going well." How well?

Do with this what you will but this would be damned sweet to see these guys back in the spotlight and more importantly making music once again. Face it Roth fans, it ain't gonna happen with Dave.

At the risk of sticking to the set at halftime for the "surprise" only to see Shania Twain "belting out" her latest Mutt Lange creation or seeing Beyonce in dreads and leather chaps, I think I'll stick close to the chip bowl to see what could be. Is the rock back?"

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Mustaine Hints Strongly At Megadeth's Return

Even before singer Dave Mustaine spoke of a reunion recently, it wasn't hard to imagine Megadeth regrouping. After all of the recent speculation, Mustaine has posted an audio clip, complete with new music teaser and a message from Mustaine regarding the band's return. He talks about returning to the classic sound and that the only official news will come from the Megadeth site. Click here to go directly to the teaser.

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Amoral Post 'Solvent' Sample MP3 Online

AMORAL, the Finnish melodic death metal band featuring MOONSORROW bassist Ville Sorvali, have posted an MP3 sample of a track called "Solvent" at this location. "Solvent" comes off the group's forthcoming debut album, "Wound Creations", due on May 17 through Rage of Achilles Records.

"Wound Creations" was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studios in Helsinki.

Upcoming AMORAL shows: More...

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Enemy Is Us Demo Track Posted Online

ENEMY IS US, the Swedish death/thrash metal band featuring former DARKANE/current SEETHINGS singer Lawrence Mackrory on bass/vocals, have signed a deal with Finland's Rising Realm Records. The group will enter the studio in April to record their as-yet-untitled debut album, tentatively due late summer. Cover artwork will be conceived by Spoon Graphics.

ENEMY IS US, whose sound is being described as "a furious and modern mix of melodic death/thrash in the vein of AT THE GATES and IN FLAMES, have posted a demo song, entitled "Kneedeep In Blood" at the Rising Realm web site.

Check it out:

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Italy's Rising Moon Sign To Rising Realm

Italian death metallers RISING MOON have signed a two-album deal with Finland's Rising Realm Records.

The group will enter Outer Sound Studios (NOVEMBRE, STORMLORD, THY MAJESTIE) in June/July to record their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album, tentatively due in the fall. 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."

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Goatwhore Drummer Departs, Seeking Replacement

US black metallers GOATWHORE have posted the following message on their official website:

"A small update for all that actually check up on the news. Our drummer Zak Nolan has left the band. Nothing really crazy about his departure just some internal differences with touring and decisions as to what we all wanted out of the band. He is an excellent drummer and we wish the very best for him in his future endeavors. We are currently getting help from a close friend, Justin Perez (SKINKRAWL [www.skinkrawl.com] and DEMISE), to fill in for the time being. He will be helping us out in Japan from February 2 - 6 with the Extreme The Dojo Volume 9 dates with DARK FUNERAL and ZYKLON After we return home from Japan we will be looking for a solid permanent replacement. If you or someone you know wishes to audition please contact us at BenFalgoust@aol.com. We will then arrange a time for you to come here for auditions. Serious inquiries only. Don't waste our time or yours! Must be able to play everything as played on the albums and handle an extensive touring schedule.

Below is a list of songs to learn for the auditions:

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New Drowning Pool Singer Speaks

It’s bad enough having to tackle that sophomore curse when following a successful debut, such as Drowning Pool did with 2001’s Sinner. But making this one different from the norm is the fact that the Texas band’s second album will also feature their second singer in Jason “Gong” Jones, who replaced the late Dave Williams.

But now that his ranks in the band are official, the new Drowning Pool singer opened up and shared his thoughts on the new album, “To me, it seems more diverse. I mean, the first album was great, don't get me wrong. But this is, you know, those guys have been through a bunch of shit in the past, what, two years, or a year since Dave's passing, however long it's been, and it's gonna be a different, it's a lot more raw. The riffs, the production, yeah. It's not gonna be one of those smooth, metal boy-band-sounding albums, that's for damn sure."

Jones previous music experiences included working on a project with former Snot/(hed)P.E. guitarist Sonny Mayo, and auditioning for the singer spot in Sepultura a few years back.

The new album is titled Desensitized and comes out April 20th through Wind-up Records. The first single is “Step Up,” which also appears on The Punisher movie soundtrack, and is already getting spins on radio.

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Ill Nino, 40BS, and Flaw To Tour In March

Ill Nino, 40 Below Summer, and Flaw will be going out on tour together in March, dates are expected soon. Check back, they'll be put here when they're available.

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Crisis Finishing New Album, Tour Dates

Crisis are in the studio finnishing up their new album, "Like Sheep Led To Slaughter" with producer Billy Anderson. Expect a May release thru The End Records. In the meantime, you can catch Crisis live on these dates: More...

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Neoblast Records Makes Distribution Deals

Neoblast Records have signed an exclusive license agreement with Japan’s World Chaos Productions for the release of TVANGESTE’s FireStorm album. FireStorm will be available in Canada on March 22nd. This symphonic black metal production features guest appearances from the Baltic Symphony Orchestra and the Prussian Chamber Choir.

In related news, Neoblast Records has announced the signing of a distribution agreement with Twilight Vertrieb for the distribution of Neoblast Records' products in Germany.

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Big Iron's 'Falling Down' To Get World Release

The new album from "the bastard sons of Texas bred southern metal", Big Iron, entitled 'Falling Down,' was released on December 1st in Canada and on January 13th in the US through Neoblast Records. The album will be released in Europe, South America and Australia on May 1st, 2004.

This winter BIG IRON will play some gigs around Texas with Helloween and they are planning to make a tour across North America either.

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In Flames Working On Video For "The Quiet Place"

In Flames are in the midst of putting together a video for their track "The Quiet Place". The song will serve as the first single from their forthcoming new album "Soundtrack To Your Escape" which will see a North American release through Nuclear Blast on April 06th.

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Cannibal Corpse In-Store Signing In Philly

Cannibal Corpse will be doing an in-store singing at the RELAPSE Retail Store in Philadelphia. The date is set for March 7th, at 4:00 p.m. EST. The address for the RELAPSE Store is 608 South 4th, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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SJR, Slipknot, First Confirmations of Ozzfest 2004

According to a source close to the band, SUPERJOINT RITUAL is confirmed for this years OZZFEST. Also, according to numerous reports, HATEBREED and SLIPKNOT have been confirmed to "Co-Headline" the second stage. Fans that have talked to Jamey Jasta directly have been told they will be playing, and will be playing before SLIPKNOT. This news was also posted in a forum on HATEBREED's official site by the admin. No official words as of yet, keep checking back for more information!

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Slipknot and Dog Fashion Disco Do Jager Tour

According to the forum on Dog Fashion Disco's site. Their manager posted that Dog Fashion Disco and Slipknot will be playing this years JAGERMEISTER TOUR. For now this is just a posting, once it's confirmed it WILL be posted here. Keep checking back for updates...

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