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Metal News for January 31, 2008

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45 news articles posted on this day.

Airbourne Announce US Tour Dates

AIRBOURNE have just moved from Australia to New Jersey, and on return from their sold out tour of the UK, the boys will be doing a select run of shows across the USA throughout February and March. Confirmed dates are listed below.

The band's debut album, Runnin' Wild, was released this week in the US, Canada and the UK.

21 - Urban - Salt Lake City, UT
23 - The Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA
26 - Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
27 - Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
29 - Bluebird – Denver, CO

1 - Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
4 - Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
5 - Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
6 - Pop’s Nightclub – Sauget (St. Louis), MO
9 - White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
10 - House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
11 - Lola’s – Ft. Worth, TX
12 - Scout Bar – Houston, TX
14 - Midnite Rodeo 3 – Abiline, TX
18 - State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
19 - Social – Orlando, FL
20 - Studio A – Miami, FL
21 - Fuel – Jacksonville, FL
23 - Poor House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC
25 - The Handlebar – Greenville, SC
26 - Recher Theatre – Baltimore, MD

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The Orchid's Curse Announce New Guitarist

Diminished Fifth Records has announced that Keith McLeod (ex-SHE KILLS) will be stepping in as the second guitarist in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Canada's ORCHID'S CURSE.

The band began as a five-piece and released its debut EP, "Goodbye is when the Casket Closes…" in September 2006. However since the release, guitarist Paul Slaunwhite has had to step down due to nerve damage in his hand and wrist. The group has continued onward as a four-piece for over a year but has finally found a more than adequate replacement in Keith.

ORCHID'S CURSE will perform with their new lineup on the "Heavy Music Spotlight" at the East Coast Music Awards this February and will share the stage with their new labelmates IRON GIANT. More...

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Council of the Fallen Post New Track Online

Florida-based death/black metallers COUNCIL OF THE FALLEN have issued the following update from guitarist Kevin Quirion:

"Just added a new demo song to our MySpace site called 'Conferring With Demons'. It will be appearing on our new album, An Examination Of Being, which we plan on recording and releasing this year."

"We are currently searching for a label and plan on worldwide touring and support of the album."

Council Of The Fallen lineup: Scott Patrick (bass - RESURRECTION), Steve Asheim (drums - DEICIDE), Santiago Dobles (leads - AGHORA), Kevin Quirion (guitars).

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Assassin Post First Official Video Online

Reformed German thrashers ASSASSIN have released their first official video. The clip features the band performing their track 'Assassin' on various tour dates from 2007 - 2007.

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The Ocean Seek Live Cello And/Or Viola Player

Berlin, Germany's THE OCEAN have issued the following update:

"We are looking for a long-term live cello player for upcoming tours in Europe and the US and possible future recording sessions."

"What we're looking for is a skilled musician with good intonation; someone who can read sheet music and has classical training but also the rock / metal background and understanding that is inevitable in order to enjoy long tours and life on the road - ideally, someone who can play both cello and viola and switch between these instruments."

"As much as we love acoustic instruments, our past experiences have taught us that in a live environment the only thing that works is an E-cello."

"If you're interested or know anyone who might be, please write an email to info@theoceancollective.com ."

The Ocean's latest release, Precambrian, is available now via Metal Blade Records.

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Torture Killer Cancel European Mini-Tour

Finland's TORTURE KILLER have issued the following update in regards to their previously announced European mini-tour:

"The booking agent called off the tour with BATTALION and REDRUM INC. we announced last week. We really wanted to do this and were ready to go. Obviously we are extemely disappointed. Live and learn."

The cancelled dates include:

21 - Berlin, DE - K17
24 – Amsterdam, NL – The Cave
25 – Köln, DE - Underground
27 - Wien, AT - Viper Room
29 - Esslingen, DE - Komma

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From Autumn To Ashes Find Fill-In Drummer

Earlier this week FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES drummer Jeff Gretz announced that he had broken bones in his foot in an accident, and would be forced to sit out the remainder of the band's European tour and Australian dates.

The group have since posted the following update:

"Australian fans need not worry... the band is still making it's way to the Soundwave Festival. The fill-in drummer for Jeff will be good friend Joe Zizzo of Victory Records' THE SLEEPING (www.myspace.com/thesleeping)."

"See ya there."

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Thanatoschizo Set To Release Fourth Album

Portugal's THANATOSCHIZO have have inked a deal for the release of their fourth album Zoom Code with My Kingdom Music (RAIN PAINT, CROWHEAD, DEINONYCHUS). The worldwide release date is set for March, 21 and the album will be available in Portuguese stores one week earlier through Recital Records.

Zoom Code was produced by Luis Barros (TARANTULA) and mastered by Tommy Newton (CONCEPTION, HELLOWEEN) and features guest appearances by Timb Harris (ESTRADASPHERE) and Zweizz (FLEURETY, ex-DODHEIMSGARD).

Tracklisting for the album is as follows: 'Thick 'n' Blurry', 'L.', 'Hereafter Path', '(Un)bearable Certainty', 'Pleasure Pursuit', 'The Shift', 'Last Of The Few', 'Pale Blue Perishes', 'Pervasive Healing', 'Nothing As It Seems', 'Awareness'.

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Keep Of Kalessin Offer Up Live Studio Streaming

Guitarist/main composer Obsidian C. from Norway's KEEP OF KALESSIN has issued the following update:

"Members can now log in and join KOK during the last frantic night of production. We were supposed to deliver the final mix for mastering today (January 31st) at 3 pm, however we decided to do some changes to the title track in the last minute."

"After a phone call with the mastering studio we were able to postpone the upload of the files until 7 am tomorrow morning."

"As we're moving close to the deadline, me and Rune (Stavnesli - producer) had only two hours of sleep last night and we're in way over our heads by doing these changes so late..."

"Join us as we struggle to get all the bits and pieces into place before delivering the final mix for mastering."

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The Prophecy To Hit The Road In March

British progressive doom metallers THE PROPHECY check in with the following update:

"The Prophecy are pleased to announce that they will once again be traveling out to the continent to play a string of shows. This next tour is promising to be particularly good with the first date of the tour seeing the band make a welcome return to the much loved Opblaaspop Festival in Sas Van Gent. The Prophecy will be performing with top Dutch band INCARNATE and as ever will be bringing the party to Sas Van Gent - guard your women and your beer!"

"The Prophecy then play Tilburg, Holland with NoFace record label mates CONQUEST OF STEEL. Your best chance to see the brothers Parkinson rocking out and a gig likely to be full of non stop metal madness." More...

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Omnium Gatherum Launch Tour Blog

Finland's OMNIUM GATHERUM have issued the following update:

"Greetings there, dear OG-enthusiastics and people who have been so unfortunate as to randomly wander to this blog! The purpose of this blog is to shed some light on what happens behind the scenes on Omnium Gatherum's voyage on The Great British Fiction Tour 2008 with DARK TRANQUILITY. We will try to write some stuff here as often as we can during this tour when we find an access to internet. So crazy stories, wild pictures and insane action is to be expected to find in this blog during the next one and a half weeks!" More...

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Dark New Day Issue Update

DARK NEW DAY, which features former members of CREED, SKRAPE, SEVENDUST, DOUBLEDRIVE, STEREOMUD and STUCK MOJO, have issued the following update:

"Just want to let everyone know we're working on a release date. We're still getting a few things organized (artwork, band pics, singles, remixes, etc). We get a little frustrated with the process too believe me. It'd be different if we had put out a record a year ago or for the matter two years ago. We do realize that it's frustrating for all of you who have been so patient with us. We're doing everything we can to speed this up. We want more than anything to get this damn thing out and we're real close. We want to wait til all the artwork's done to redo our MySpace page and official dnd site. We want it to be right. The second we get a release date we'll stream some new video stuff and put up a new song for all that have been waiting. We've been through alot to get to this point so if it takes just a bit longer to do it right then why not. Thanks so much for your support!"

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Sleep Terror Drop Off Maryland Deathfest 2008

SLEEP TERROR have, announced that they will no longer be performing at this year’s highly anticipated Maryland Deathfest, which will take place from May 23rd to 25th at the Sonar in Baltimore, MD:

“I regret to say that it just can’t happen. It’s just too long of ways for an opening 30 minute slot and I’m not even sure what the drummer situation was going to be. Dave McGraw expressed interest, but at the time he will be busy with CATTLE DECAPITATION and it would be too risky only getting a couple practices in just for one gig when we haven’t even rehearsed in nearly a year much less played a show."

"I am not really sure what future this project holds for being a live act anymore to be fully honest. There are too many layers, harmonies, and all kinds of craziness in the recordings for it to be justified as a live act with only 2 players. This has been the main thing that has affected my constant breakdowns and spiraled decisions and constant stress trying to make it work, especially in the last couple years. We’ll see. But for now.. no MD fest and no shows period anymore for awhile if not permanently. This may have to remain a recording project for obvious reasons. I apologize to any affected for the show cancellation. Luckily this is pretty good advance notice so no extreme harm done. Thanks for understanding." More...

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Beneath the Massacre Check In From Europe

Montreal's BENEATH THE MASSACRE is currently on the road in Europe for the first time as part of a tour with MISERY INDEX, DESPISED ICON and ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY.

Commented frontman Elliot Desgagnes: "The tour is nothing short of amazing! The crowd reactions are overcoming our expectations. Touring with our bros in DESPISED ICON and MISERY INDEX is only making it even better. All the shows have so far been crazy. We really enjoy the European crowd; it almost feels like we're at home."

Upon completion of the current European trek, BENEATH THE MASSACRE will embark on a U.S. headlining tour, featuring support from SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY and BORN OF OSIRIS. More...

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Testament Update Tour Schedule

Legendary thrashers Testament have added more dates to their forthcoming tour

More to be added as they come in...


03/28/08 Sacramento, CA - Colonial Theater *new*
03/30/08 San Francisco, CA - The Independent (Laaz Rockit, Sadus)
04/05/08 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
04/06/08 New York, NY - BB Kings
04/10/08 Santa Ana, CA - The Coach House (Death Angel, Laaz Rockit)
04/11/08 Las Vegas, NV - The Canyon Club (Death Angel, Laaz Rockit)
04/12/08 Hollywood, CA - The Key Club (Death Angel, Laaz Rockit)
05/03/08 Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room / Chicago Powerfest
05/30/08 Cluj-Napoca, Romania - Maximum Rockfest
05/31/08 Belgrade, Serbia - Legacy Festival
06/05/08 Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
06/06/08 Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air Fest
06/07/08 Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
06/08/08 Thessaloniki, Greece - Hydrogios
06/20/08 Clisson, France - Hellfest
06/21/08 Istanbul, Turkey - Festival Valley
06/22/08 Prague, Czech Republic - Retro Music hall
06/23/08 Ostrava, Czech Republic - TBA
06/25/08 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *new*
06/26/08 Bergara, Spain - Jam *new*
06/27/08 Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Festival *new*
06/28/08 Bologna, Italy - Gods of Metal
06/29/08 Szczytno, Poland - Hunterfest *new*

[NOTE: All dates subject to change. Always check with the venue first.]

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White Lion Announce European Tour Dates

WHITE LION has announced the following European tour dates:

Jun. 08 - Sin City - Swansea, UK
Jun. 09 - The Yardbirds - Grimsby, UK
Jun. 10 - The Cluny - Newcastle, England
Jun. 12 - The Mean Fiddler - London, England
Jun. 14 - The Corporation - Sheffield, England
Jun. 15 - JB's - Dudley, UK
Jun. 26 - Elysee Montmartre - Paris, France
Jun. 27-28 - Bang Your Head!!! Festival - Balingen, Germany
Jul. 03 - Heineken - Madrid, Spain
Jul. 04 - [to be announced] - Spain
Jul. 05 - Capitol - Saniago, Spain
Jul. 06 - Apolo2 - Barcelona, Spain
Aug. 02 - Moserock Festival - Dalmose, Denmark

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Hate Eternal Announce European Tour Dates

Tampa, Florida-based death metallers HATE ETERNAL have announced the dates for their upcoming Fury And Flames European Tour 2008 (with CEPHALIC CARNAGE and SKELETONWITCH), which are as follows:

9 - Würzburg, Germany at AKW (+ DEADBORN)
10 - Leipzig, Germany at Conne Island (+ Deadborn)
11 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle (+ Deadborn)
13 - Prague, Czech Republic at Exit Chmelnice (+ Deadborn)
14 - Wien, Austria at Arena (+ Deadborn)
15 - Ljubljana, Slovenia at Gala Hala (+ Deadborn)
16 - München, Germany at Feierwerk (+ Deadborn)
17 - Verona, Italy at Lucille Club (+ Deadborn)
18 - Rome, Italy at Alpheus Club (+ Deadborn)
20 - Martigny, Switzerland at Les Caves du Manoir (+ Deadborn)
21 - Nantes, France at Le Ferrailleur
22 - Irun, Spain at Tunk
23 - Braga, Portugal at Junta Freguesia de Panoias
24 - Madrid, Spain at Ritmo & Compas
25 - Barcelona, Spain at Apolo 2
26 - Luynes/Marseille, France at Le Korigan
28 - Karlsruhe, Germany at Substage (+ Deadborn)
29 - Bochum, Germany at Matrix (+ Deadborn)
30 - Trier, Germany at Exhaus (+ Deadborn)
31 - Tilburg, Holland at 013 - Neurotic Death Fest (Hate Eternal, Cephalic Carnage only)

1 - Cardiff, England at Barfly (+ MAN MUST DIE)
2 - Glasgow, Scotland at Barfly (+ Man Must Die)
4 - Dublin, Ireland at Whelans (+ Man Must Die)
5 - Sheffield, England at Corporation (+ Man Must Die)
6 - London, England at Underworld (+ Man Must Die)
7 - Aarschot, Belgium at JC de Klinker

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Negative Top Finnish Charts

Finnish rockers NEGATIVE check in with the following update:

"Negative's DVD (In The Eye Of The Hurricane) goes straight to the top of the official Finnish chart on the first week of it's release."

As previously reported, Negative will start the recording sessions for their fourth album with producer Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM) in February.

“We feel very confident about the new songs, and the mood inside the band is relaxed and relieved. We’re concentrating 100% on the new album now, and we’ll bring in the new guitarist on the gigs following the release of our new record. We’ll let you know more when we have something to tell you”, lead singer Jonne Aaron recently stated.

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Sepultura Announce South American Shows

SEPULTURA have updates their live itinerary to include the following dates:

23 - Fortaleza, Brazil at Arena

13 - Lima, Peru at Venue TBA
14 - Guayaquil, Equador at Venue TBA
15 - Quito, Equador at Venue TBA

Meanwhile, Sepultura's site has been updated with the following in regards to the upcoming solo release from guitarist ANDRES KISSER:

"Last weekend (January 27th) Andreas Kisser introduced to the press and guests his solo project Hubris, to be released this year.

In a mix of press conference, workshop and pocket show, Andreas and various musical guests played songs from Hubris and other covers."

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More Bands Announced For Rock AM Ring

DISTURBED, HIM, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and DANKO JONES are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals, set to take place June 6-7 in the German towns of Nürburgring and Nürnberg, respectively. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Agnostic Front And Hatebreed To Be In Horor Movie

According to Headbanger's Blog, "New York Blood" — the horror/gangster film executive-produced by HATEBREED and KINGDOM OF SORROW frontman Jamey Jasta and directed by Nick Oddo ("I Hate You", "Luscious Johnny: The Wrestler") — will debut on March 1 at the 2008 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. A DVD release will follow in April.

"New York Blood" stars AGNOSTIC FRONT guitarist Vinnie Stigma in his acting debut as a drug dealer and gangster who runs a New York whore house. The movie also features Marvin W. Schwartz ("I Hate You") and there are cameos by various members of the New York Hardcore community, including SHEER TERROR singer Paul Bearer.

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Motorhead Mainman Lemmy Speaks On Popularity

Classic Rock Revisited has issued an interview with MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister. An excerpt from the interview, conducted by Jeb Wright, follows...

Q: Motörhead has inspired bands like METALLICA and GUNS N' ROSES. Is it nice when they tip the hat to you and give you credit?

A: "It is nice when they acknowledge you. Metallica recorded four of our songs on the Garage album - that was a handy little paycheck. Motörhead never had a hit record in the States; we never even hit the Top 100."

Q: Does it bother you that Metallica went on to fame and fortune to a level Motörhead didn't?

A: "It is just the luck of the draw; it is just that simple. You have to be in the right place at the right time. We were too late for the first British Invasion and too early for the second one."

Q: You have become more popular as Lemmy in America than Motörhead.

A: "I'm grateful for what I've got; I'm not complaining. I think I have become popular because I don't let people down. The worst thing is to admire someone and then have them let you down; that's awful. You meet someone who you think is going to be excellent and they end up being a complete fucking asshole."

Read the full article at Classic Rock Revisited.

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More Rock Star Energy Tour Details Revealed

SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON will the main stage on the first Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival tour, set to kick off July 9th at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle. The tour will hit 30 cities in the US and Canada between early July and late August.

The tour will have two second stages - one featuring SEVENDUST, AIRBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, 36 CRAZYFISTS and the Jägermeister Battle of The Bands Winner. A second stage will feature MACHINE HEAD, BLACK TIDE, SUICIDE SILENCE, THE RED CHORD and WALLS OF JERICHO.

Official tour dates, cities and the tour’s Internet pre-sale will be announced in the coming weeks. Go to www.mayhemfest.com to keep up with details.

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The Eternal Issue Album Update

Melbourne, Australia-based metallers THE ETERNAL have issued the following up[date:

"We have had a busy month and a half since our last update! Terry (Vainoras - guitar) and Mark (Kelson - guitar/vocals) spent the end of December and the first weeks of the new year tracking the mammoth amount of guitars that we have written for Kartika. So with a bunch of long days and sleepless nights we managed to get through everything with the ever so hard working engineer Ian Miller. Ian is from Adelaide and came down to Melbourne for a few weeks to help make this all become reality for us. Working with Ian on this album has been like having an extra member on board, he has been working amazing hours on this project and we think it would be hard to of made it to this point without him.

After the completion of electric guitars and on Ian's return to Adelaide, Mark slipped into Palm Studios, Melbourne for 16 days to Track bass/acoustic guitars and vocals with Endel Rivers who most of you know from our last album Sleep Of Reason. Endel has been working overseas for the last year and we were lucky enough to catch him on a brief return to Australia and even luckier to get some studio time with him! It was worth the efforts in the end and we are very happy with the results. Mark's vocal work is set to outshine his efforts on 'Sleep Of Reason'. Tracking all the main & backing vocals, Mark had his work cut out for him as there are much more backing vocals and harmonies this time around.

So what is next? All files from the Palm Studio sessions have gone to Ian Miller in Adelaide, so he can begin the huge task of editing and mixing Kartika. We also have a few additional guests jumping on board with Duncan Patterson (ION) adding mandolin to the track 'Kartika' and Russian singer Emily A. Saaen (Ion) adding some additional backing vocals.

Within the next few weeks we will begin the mixing process and aim to have it all in the bag by the end of March, we will keep you posted!"

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Porcupine Tree Announce Australian Shows

PORCUPINE TREE have confirmed their first ever live concerts in Australia in April:

25 - Melbourne, Australia - The Metro
26 - Sydney, Australia - The Enmore
27 - Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli

The Nil Recurring mini album, previously only available through the Porcupine TRee store and at the band's shows, will be given a full release on Peaceville Records on February 18th. The new edition will differ only in that it comes in a crystal case rather than a digipack. The mini-album (29 minutes of music) was written during Porcupine Tree's Fear Of A Blank Planet sessions, completed over the Summer of 2007, and is now presented as a cohesive, self-contained Porcupine Tree work in its own right.

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Alice Cooper Announces Melbourne Shows

ALICE COOPER is headed to New Zealand for a Rock Festival featuring fellow rockers KISS and OZZY OSBOURNE and is stopping over in Melbourne for two very special exclusive performances – his only in Australia for 2008 following his sell out national tour in July 2007.

The Palms at Crown is a very intimate theatre and provides fans an unprecedented opportunity to get up close to their idol. The limited capacity means that these shows will sell out in record time. There is no possibility of additional shows once the two concerts are sold out.

The timeless rocker whose hits include 'School's Out', 'Poison', 'Department Of Youth' and 'Only Women Bleed' is currently recording a new album.

His theatrical shows have become legendary and his influence on three generations of rock bands is his legacy. Alice broke through with his first bona fide hit I'm Eighteen in 1971. Alice Cooper has released 28 albums which have sold over 50 million copies world-wide.

His most recent album was Dirty Diamonds released in 2005 and he is currently recording a new album scheduled for release later in 2008. Cooper has also just released his autobiography, Golf Monster – A Rock and Roller's Twelve Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict which chronicles his incredible career and battle with alcoholism (which he successfully beat in 1985) and passion for the game of golf.
Alice Cooper has always defied convention. The triumphs and tribulations heard on Alice Cooper's albums continue to thrill millions all over the world to this day, with his name and image remaining an inextricable part of our language and culture, as familiar as they are enduring.

Tickets go on sale February 11 through Ticketek Ph 1300 795 012. An internet pre-sale will commence on February 7 for My Ticketek Members.


19 - The Palms At Crown - Melbourne
20 - The Palms At Crown - Melbourne

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BTBAM Frontman Launches Clothing Line

Between the Buried and Me vocalist Tommy Rogers and friend Jake Troth have announced a new clothing line. The official press release follows:

Music and fashion are a common partner, that's why it was a no-brainer for Tommy Rogers, vocalist for Between the Buried and Me (amongst other things), to join up with longtime friend and fellow artist/musician Jake Troth and develop their new artistic endeavor, Jacob Rogers. Jacob Rogers is a new apparel/music project that blends music and everyday fashion, with each clothing design having its own unique soundtrack. All Jacob Rogers apparel is very limited and each article comes with a free five-song Jacob Rogers EP.

Tommy Rogers said, "The music and the clothing share the same thought process. They represent our feelings of simplicity and tastefulness."

See for yourself - check out music and designs here and spread the word.

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Crucifix Reveal Debut CD Tracklisting and Art

The brutal death metal band CRUCIFIX have announced the artwork, title and tracklist of the forthcoming and long awaited debut CD "Threnody of the Crucifix". The CD will be out on the French label Aural Offerings Records. The exact release date has however not been confirmed yet.

Here is the "Threnody of the Crucifix" track listing:

01. Threnody of the Crucifix
02. Descend in Blasphemy
03. Endless Infernum
04. Demonical Feast
05. Kingdom of Slaves
06. Where Angels Rot
07. Monarch of Chaos
08. Violence in the Flesh
09. The Cleansing Storm
10. Bloodrush
11. World of Sin
12. Behind the Veil of Illision

You can check out four songs from the CD on the bands MySpace page.

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Dismember Post Another New Song Online

Another new DISMEMBER track, entitled "Death Conquers All", has been posted on a special DISMEMBER MySpace page launched by Regain Records. The song comes off the Swedish death metallers' forthcoming self-titled album, due in Europe on February 18 via Regain. The CD was recorded at B.A.S. studios with producer Nico Elgstrand (MURDER SQUAD, KRUX, MERCILESS, ENTOMBED).

"Dismember" (cover artwork) track listing:

01. Death Conquers All
02. Europa Burns
03. Under A Bloodred Sky
04. The Hills Have Eyes
05. Legion
06. Tide Of Blood
07. Combat Fatigue
08. No Honor In Death
09. To End It All
10. Dark Depths
11. Black Sun

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New Nightrage Singer Speaks

Metalzone.gr conducted an interview with the new NIGHTRAGE frontman, Arizona-based singer Antony Hämäläinen (also in BURN YOUR HALO), prior to the band's January 26, 2008 concert at An Club in Athens, Greece.

Watch the 20-minute chat here.

You can check out audio samples of Antony Hämäläinen's vocals on the MySpace page of his other band, BURN YOUR HALO.

NIGHTRAGE's third album, "A New Disease Is Born", was released in April 2007. The CD was recorded at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, MERCENARY, FEAR MY THOUGHTS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN). More...

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Stream Avantasia's New Album Online

Next week, power metal titan Tobias Sammet digitally unveils the latest from AVANTASIA, a masterwork entitled The Scarecrow. The album features contributions from KISS' Eric Singer on drums and vocals, guest vocals from Amanda Somerville, Jorn Lande, the immortal ALICE COOPER, Roy Khan, Oliver Hartmann, Michael Kiske, and Bob Catley, plus guitar work from SCORPIONS axe-slayer Rudolf Schenker. This week, MP3.com is streaming the album in its entirety here.

You can bring Avantasia to your phone with an exclusive 'Lost In Space' ringtone - Text AVANTASIA to 66555 to get a 'Lost In Space Ringtone.

Download and share 'Shelter From The Rain' From Avantasia’s The Scarecrow here.

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Dead To This World Reveal Inferno Festival Line-Up

DEAD TO THIS WORLD - the speed/thrash/black metal project featuring former IMMORTAL bassist Iscariah - have revealed the following lineup that will take part in the band's upcoming appearance at the the Inferno Metal Festival, which is set to take place March 19-22, 2008 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Norway:

Iscariah - Guitars, Vocals
Arvid - Guitars
Thurzur - Bass
Kvitrafn - Drums

First Strike for Spiritual Renewance, the debut album from Dead To This World - is currently available for streaming in its entirety at MP3.com. More...

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Deranged Reveal Festival Itinerary for 2008

DERANGED have revealed their festival itinerary for the year. It reads as such:

* MARYLAND DEATH FEST (U.S.A.) - 23-25 May 2008
* DEATH FEST OPEN AIR (Germany) - 12-14 June 2008
* OBSCENE EXTREME FEST (Czech Rep.) - 10-12 July 2008
* EISENWAHN FEST (Germany) - 25-26 July 2008
* TUNES OF DEATH FEST (Germany) - 12-13 September 2008
* FILTHROCK FESTIVAL (Germany) - 20 September 2008

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Revengia Seeking Additional Guitarist

Swedish thrashers REVENGIA have decided to look for an additional guitarist. According to an update, "the band feels that we are limited with one guitar player and would like to have more twin leads, additional styles on solo etc. We will start looking in the Gothenburg area. Interest parties can email villspelamed@revengia.se. For more info www.revengia.se or www.myspace.com/revengia. More will follow in this matter!"

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Avatar To Support Megadeth In Sweden

Swedish metallers AVATAR have been confirmed as the main support for MEGADETH on February 6 at Arenan in Stockholm. Also appearing on the bill is EVILE.

In other news, AVATAR will perform at 2008's South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 14 in Austin, Texas.

AVATAR recently posted the third AvatarTV episode from the band's European tour with OBITUARY and HOLY MOSES on the group's YouTube channel. Watch it here. More...

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Chris Barnes Quits Torture Killer

Legendary death metal vocalist Chris Barnes (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) has officially parted ways with the Finish death metal band TORTURE KILLER, who took their name from a SIX FEET UNDER song back when they were a SFU and OBITUARY cover band.

"I am no longer involved with, or a member of, the band TORTURE KILLER," says Barnes in a statement. "The split is mutual; it was just time for me to move forward. I wish the band well in all future plans and musical endeavors."

TORTURE KILLER has scheduled a string of Europen tour dates featuring Juri Sallinen on vocals. "Sallinen appeared on our 2005 split 7" (Woodcut Records) and has helped us doing random live shows in our home country since 2004 so for us things are like they've been for years now and together we've molded into a properly working live band which we now want to represent to audiences," the group said in a statement. More...

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Sentiment Part Ways With Bassist

SENTIMENT, the Finnish band featuring former SILENT VOICES vocalist Michael Henneken, has issued the following update:

"At the moment we are still looking for suitable label(s) and management. We are also rehearsing like hell but unfortunately we will not have any live performances before we have the album out so that there is something to promote.

"We also have a lineup change — the duties of the bass player will be taken over by Janne Laaksonen (KILPI, THE ROCK CITY BAND, KINGS OF BALLADS). He is a firm musician, a great bass player and first of all, a great character with a wonderful sense of humour. The decision was made due to the sheer impossibility of rehearsing with Ville, since he lives in Austria. We wish all the best to Ville and he will always be our friend and bro. We will take new promotional pics as soon as we hit 2008 and all the partying will be done." More...

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Assailant To Release 'Wicked Dream' In March

ASSAILANT, the Umeå, Sweden-based band featuring guitarist Oscar Norberg ("little brother" of Emil of PERSUADER/SAVAGE CIRCUS fame and Nils Norberg of NOCTURNAL RITES), has set "Wicked Dream" as the title of its sophomore album, due on March 21 via Dockyard 1. According to a press release, the new CD "is not only more mature than its predecessor but it shows a band that has clearly found its own path in metal, very melodic yet really hard, sprinkled with influences of rock, death metal and thrash. Crown of the album is the ballad 'Eternal'."

ASSAILANT was previously scheduled to film a video for one of the new CD cuts with Ove Lingvall of Village Road Film.

The band's debut album, "Nemesis Within", was released in 2006 via Dockyard 1.

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Coldworker Announce Swedish Date

COLDWORKER, the Örebro, Sweden-based "blasting" death metal band consisting of current and former/current members of such acts as NASUM, RELENTLESS, RUIN and PHOBOS, will support VOLTURYON (formerly CONTORTION) at the latter band's release party in Borlänge, Sweden on February 8 at The Rock House.

COLDWORKER recently completed work on the follow-up to its debut album, "The Contaminated Void". The self-produced effort, entitled "Rotting Paradise", was mixed and mastered at Unisound studios with Dan Swanö (OPETH, KATATONIA, DISSECTION). More...

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New Dates Added To Pagan Fest Tour

A few more dates have been added to the Pagan Fest Tour, which features Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr and Eluveitie.

New dates are as follows:

May 09 San Francisco, CA - Fat City
May 13 Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad
May 21 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock

Confirmed tour dates: More...

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Mustaine Apologizes To Dean Staff & Owners

Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine, has posted the following message on the band's official forum:


"This is to Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, Dean VMNT, or any other Dean model, the staff, distributors, players and the owner of Dean guitars.

"It has come to my attention that a off-color joke that I said at last year's NAMM, which I said this year's too, has offended some of you.

"For that I am truly sorry, and Dean Guitars and the other endorsers are much classier than I behaved that day, and I regret possibly embarrassing the company. Not everyone watching was an adult or needed to hear the word that I said.

"To the girl that the joke was on, I can't really say that I was sorry the first time, because she called legendary guitarist and fellow Dean endorser Leslie West by another name, and said she was a classical pianist.

"I, of course was crude and insulted her and wasn't thinking about the fact that we are all family here - even if she did say that. I can say that I am sorry now that I said it.

"I brought it up again at NAMM when asked if this year was better than last, and I brought it back up in an attempt to be funny and forget the fact that I'm having some personal matters.

"So Elliot, Dean, Josh, David, and all of the Dean staff, Dean distributors, Dean fans, and anyone watching or that was in the line that day, I am sorry for my bad attitude, its just I was struggling with my private stuff (its not like I haven't had a lot to deal with - but that's no excuse) and it would have remained private if I didn't love my relationship with my guitar company, and feel the need to take responsibility for my actions.

"Anyway, I am off for the airport - really sad - but I know you will make me happy as soon as the first lights go off!

"My love to Justis (Happy Birthday on (January) 11 - 16 years old... Jeez, where'd the time go?) and Electra (who just turned 10 and is going to be on the Animal Planet channel with her new show) and to all of my Droogies everywhere.

"Now let's unleash this fury!


"Dave Mustaine"

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Iron Maiden Live After Death Club Dates Announced

The following message has been posted on the official Iron Maiden web site:

If you're in the UK and fancy a night out this weekend, check out the following rock nights, where you can check out the new Live After Death DVD (out Monday!) and hopefully get your hands on a a few freebies.

Fri 01 - Newcastle, Legends (from 9.00pm)
Fri 01 - Sheffield, The Drop @ The Corporation (9.30pm)
Sat 02 - Birmingham, The Academy (from 9.30pm)
Sat 02 - Nottingham, Rock City (from 9.00pm)
Sat 02 - Manchester, Jilly's (from 9.00pm)
Sat 02 - Liverpool, Krazy House (from 9.00pm)
Sat 02 - Glasgow, The Cathouse (from 10.30pm)
Sat 02 - London, Decadence & Disorder @ Sin (from 10.00pm)

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Leaves' Eyes Confirm Mandragora's Fest Appearance

Leaves' Eyes have announced they will be performing at the Mandragora’s Fest in Mexico City on March 1st. The band will perform their live debut with Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir) on drums and Alla Fedynitch (Eyes of Eden) on bass.

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Gigantour CD/DVD Details Revealed

The second coming of Megadeth's acclaimed traveling metal festival Gigantour arrives on both DVD and CD April 22 via Image Entertainment. Conceived in 2005 by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Gigantour resurrects metal's focus on stellar musicianship.

The Gigantour DVD and CD follow Image Entertainment's fall 2006 release of the debut Gigantour CD and DVD, which featured performances by Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Anthrax (CD only), Nevermore, Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex.

Gigantour 2 features over an hour of performances by iconic and influential heavy metal pioneers Megadeth, along with Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, The Smashup, and Into Eternity. Recorded in DTS 5.1 surround sound, the DVD version also features a behind the scenes look at the 2006 tour, while both the DVD and CD offer a hidden bonus track--Megadeth's "Peace Sells."

The release of the Gigantour 2 DVD and CD coincides with this year's Earth Day--perfect, really, since MUSTAINE has said, with a laugh, about Gigantour's mission of emphasizing true musicianship and virtuosity: " I think that in a small way, we are cleaning up the environment of crappy bands."

Meanwhile, in February Megadeth heads to Europe--where recently announced new guitarist Chris Broderick (Nevermore, Jag Panzer) will make his debut with the band alongside Mustaine, drummer Shawn Drover, and bassist James Lomenzo, before returning for this year's Gigantour.

The 29-date North American trek kicks off April 12 at The Fillmore in Denver and criss-crosses the U.S. and Canada until its May 22 finale at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Phoenix . Joining Megadeth on this year's tour are Scandinavian death metal band In Flames, Finland's Children of Bodom, Arizona's modern extreme Job for a Cowboy, and Oakland, CA heavy power trio High on Fire.

The DVD and CD tracklisting: More...

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Korpiklaani Added To Metal Camp 2008

Korpiklaani have been confirmed for this year’s Metal Camp Festival set to take place July 3rd to 9th in Tolmin, Slovenia.

Other bands to appear include Behemoth, In Flames, Rage, Soilwork, Apocalyptica, Ministry, Kataklysm and Wintersun.

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