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Metal News for January 31, 2005

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21 news articles posted on this day.

Razer Make New Song Available For Download

RAZER, the Phoenix, Arizona-based group featuring ex-WARDOG and current MARTY FRIEDMAN bassist/vocalist Chris Catero, ex-WARDOG members Paul Sullivan (guitar) and Eric Bongiorno (drums), and ex-LTO guitarist Jeromy Graves, have made the song "Superpaun" from their soon-to-be-completed EP available for download. The song was mixed by Ralph Patlan, who had recently remixed the entire MEGADETH catalog with Dave Mustaine. Patlan will be mixing the rest of the still untitled EP mid-to-late February.

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It Dies Today Tag Teams With God Forbid

It Dies Today have confirmed a tour God Forbid, and special guests Caliban and Full Blown Chaos. The tour will run through the whole month of April into beginning of May and will hit New England Metalfest. In other news, IDT will be recording a cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence" next week for.... no reason. Just for fun, because they can. Maybe you'll hear it soon, stay tuned.

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Bane Complete New Album, "The Note"

Bane have finished recording and mixing their new full-length. Entitled "The Note," the album was finished up this weekend at Salad Days studio with Brian McTernan. According to the band, "We listened to the mixes [on January 29] and everything sounds amazing. we are beyond excited for this thing to come out." Once the record is mastered, the group expects to have an MP3 online. They will also be playing much of the new material during their upcoming tour with Comeback Kid, etc. The album is slated for release through Equal Vision Records on May 17th.

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Blacklisted Join Deathwish Inc. Roster

Philadelphia's Blacklisted have been added to the official Deathwish Inc. lineup. No surprise here, as the band recently appeared on a Deathwish split with First Blood. The group will next release a CD entitled "We're Unstoppable," which will feature their "Our Youth Is Wasted" material (originally released by Stillborn Records), in addition to their demo recordings. The effort will hit stores in April.

Here are their upcoming tour dates: More...

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Slipknot's Clown Admits Concern Over Crazed Fans

Known for their extreme live shows and equally extreme fans, Beat magazine asked Slipknot co-founder and percussionist Shawn Crahan (aka Clown) how the death of Dimebag Darrell Abbott has affected him and if he has ever been scared. "I'd be a liar if I didn't say I was concerned every day of my life, but I was concerned before that happened," he responded. "What am I supposed to do, quit? I represent them; I'm here to help them. Hopefully someone like myself can prevent something like that ever happening. Hopefully our fans want to talk, hopefully they want to work it out, hopefully they reach out. You have to understand that we live in a very severe world, okay, I wonder if people think about that when they think about Dimebag, I wonder if they think about how brutal this world is to people we don't even know. But because famous people and other people are victims, everyone does stop and pay attention a little bit."

Read the full article at Beat Magazine.

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Supergroup Changes Name To Dark New Day

The new "supergroup" featuring Brett Hestla (ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) on vocals, Will Hunt (ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) on drums, Clint Lowery (ex-SEVENDUST) on guitar, Clint's brother Corey Lowery (ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) on bass, and Troy McLawhorn (ex-DOUBLE DRIVE) on guitar has changed its name to DARK NEW DAY from the previously announced DARK BLUE. No reason was given for the name change.

DARK NEW DAY are currently mixing their debut album with producer/mixer Ben Grosse, who has previously worked with FILTER, FUEL, SEVENDUST and ALTER BRIDGE. A June release via Warner Bros. Records is expected.

As previously reported, DARK NEW DAY will make their live debut on Saturday, February 19 at Wills Pub in Orlando, Florida. All proceeds from the gig, which will also feature a one-off reunion by SKRAPE, will go to the family of Sam Verrella, the owner of ARS studio, who he sadly passed away on December 31, leaving his wife and newborn son behind.

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Korn Commence Work On New Album With TLC Producer

KORN have commenced work on their new studio album with producer Dallas Austin, who has previously worked with TLC, MADONNA and MICHAEL JACKSON, among others. "The writing is going really good, we have wrote [sic] at least five songs already," KORN frontman Jonathan Davis said in a Jan. 28 online posting. "It's really tight, heavy, headbangin' shit.

"We are now working with Dallas Austin, he is one bad-ass producer - one of the best we have ever worked with. We are doin' some crazy, heavy, trippy shit with him.

"This album is gonna be slammin'.

KORN's last release, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" (Immortal/Epic), featuring highlights from the first 10 years of the band's recording career, was certified gold in December by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.

In addition to KORN's biggest songs, "Greatest Hits" also includes two brand-new covers - a remake of CAMEO's "Word Up" and a medley of PINK FLOYD's "Another Brick In The Wall, Parts 1, 2, & 3".

KORN are also planning on releasing a live DVD featuring footage mainly from last summer's Projekt Revolution Tour.

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Underwater Moon Renamed To Ominous Sky

Doom metal act UnderWater Moon from Greece change name and attitude. The new name of the band is and will be: Ominous Sky.

The scheduled release under Secret Port Records will soon face the light of the day as a 7" EP vinyl and as a mini CD. The 7" EP will feature the following songs: 'Twilight Flowers... Turn To Dust', '...And Demons Hurt My Silence'. The mini CD will feature the following tracks: 'Twilight Flowers... Turn To Dust', '...And Demons Hurt My Silence', '...And Demons Hurt My Silence' (a little different version added here as a bonus track). More to come soon.

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Guitarist Jon Aaron Quits M.O.D.

Guitarist Jon Aaron has officially quit M.O.D. after completing the group's New Year's Eve shows in Texas. "I am absolutely honored to have played alongside Billy Milano, Scott Sargeant and Danny Burkhardt," Aaron said. "It was my time to move on."

In other news, Aaron's side project GRAVEYARD BBQ are scheduled to release their debut album, entitled "Greatest Hits", in March.

Jon Aaron is continuing to seek members for his new project, tentatively dubbed DILATE. According to Aaron, DILATE will be a group that "brings back substance, songwriting, and new sounds back to extreme heavy music." More information is available at JonAaron.net.

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Templars of Doom Festival News

Some exciting news for The Second Crusade of Templars Of Doom. IRON MAN (Brainticket Records) has confirmed to be apart of this celebration of DOOM that will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana this summer. July 8th and 9th to be exact.

As mentioned before, Templars Of Doom is an all Doom Metal festival that will take place in the Wasteland of the US known to all as Indianapolis IN.

Here is a complete list of bands that will be performing at this years event: More...

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Injury May Cancel Destruction's Fest Appearance

German thrashers DESTRUCTION's previously announced appearance at the Metal Forever Festival "is on hold because one of the band members got seriously injured!" No further details are currently available.

The Metal Forever Festival is scheduled to take place on February 19 at the Sporthalle in Böblingen, Germany. Among the scheduled performers at the tsunami relief benefit concert are SAXON, PRIMAL FEAR, HOLY MOSES, DOMAIN, CHINCHILLA and REBELLION.

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, announced yesterday that they cancelled their participation in the Metal Forever Festival due to the recent passing of their record label founder, AFM Records head honcho Andreas "Henner" Allendörfer.

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Therion Add More Dates To North American Tour

THERION have updated their official website with the confirmed dates for their upcoming North American tour.

Upcoming Therion dates now include: More...

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Black Label Society Announce More US Dates

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have confirmed more shows in support of their upcoming album, Mafia, due out on Artemis Records on March 8th. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Finnish Attack Tour To Feature Strarovarius

The reunited Finnish metallers STRATOVARIUS, complete with vocalist Tim Kotipelto, will launch their first North American tour in September. It is not planned to be the usual handful of dates, but a full-blown club tour, from Atlantic to Pacific.

FINNTROLL, the dark metal outfit who mix native humpa rhythms and Finnish-only lyrics into a death metal approach, will engage in their own tour, in September.

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Joey Belladonna To Play With Anthrax At Dynamo

Former vocalist Joey Belladonna will play with Anthrax when they play the Dynamo Festival in Hellendoom, Holland on May 7. Both he and current singer John Bush will perform with the band at this special show.

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Unearth To Re-Release "The Oncoming Storm"

Unearth will be reissuing their latest album "The Oncoming Storm" with two bonus tracks and the video for "Black Hearts Now Reign" through Metal Blade on March 08th.

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Skindred Shoot New Video For "Pressure"

Skindred recently shot a video for their current single "Pressure" in Los Angeles, CA with Vem of Vem And Tony (Killswitch Engage, Hoobastank) at the helm. Expect it to begin airing shortly.

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Vent (Ex-Flaw) Post Two More Songs Online

VENT, the band featuring former FLAW vocalist Chris Volz in their ranks, have posted up two new tunes online. The songs 'Broken Compass' and 'Breathing' can be downloaded here.

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Hydrogyn Release Comic-Inspired Single

In a true marriage of two popular arts, up-and-coming new age metal rock band HYDROGYN today released a new single called “Vesper’s Song,” inspired by a recently released graphic novel, “VESPERS,” written and illustrated by NOW Comics’ founder and author Tony Caputo.

The lyrics, written by husband-and-wife-pair Tony and Lisa Marie Caputo, tell the story of Vesper, the main character in the graphic novel, and her never-ending battle to escape the shadows of her dark past and realize her true spirit and identity.

“I immediately identified with Vesper,” said Hydrogyn lead singer Julie Westlake. “Like me, she is struggling to stay afloat in a cut-throat industry, coping with the pressures of stardom, show-business and sex appeal. It’s easy to lose yourself in that environment, which is a theme that both the graphic novel and the song explore.” More...

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Bloodbath Debut At Wacken Open Air

Bloodbath has posted a message on the band's official website:

The time has finally come for Bloodbath to invade the stage and debut as a live band. We have chosen this extraordinary moment to be fired off at THE european metal festival - Wacken Open air!

However, we're facing some changes in the band's line-up and will confirm the actual performing members asap, so please be patient for further announcements. Also, to be taken into account is that this gig will be worldwide exclusive for 2005 (and who knows... perhaps even beyond that!?), so this is your best shot to rush that stage and bang your heads with us!!! Details on exact date/playing time tba.

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Children Of Bodom Rehearsing Hard

The following update has been posted on Children of Bodom's official website:

Alexi is now better with his hand injury. Now he is able to play normally, and COB will now concentrate on putting the new stuff together. Studio, located in Helsinki is booked for several weeks in April and May, and recordings should be ready by the end of May!

Band is really excited that they are now able to play new stuff together, and that Alexi is recovered from his injury that occured in December!!!

Children of Bodom's "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" EP is set to be released on February 22.

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