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Metal News for December 29, 2008

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Severed Posts Live Video of "A Better Way" Online

Brooklyn, New York death metal band, Severed, have posted a live video of their song "A Better Way" online. Watch it at this location.

The video was taken at The Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY on 12/21/08.

The band's current line up is as follows:

Christian Geraldino - Vocals
Justin Whang - Guitars
Greg Geraci - Guitars
John Wiley - Bass
Jorge Sosa - Drums More...

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Dark Moor Replace Bassist Dani Fernandez

Spainish metallers, Dark Moor, have parted ways with bassist Dani Fernandez. Dark Moor have replaced him with bassist Mario García.

Dani Fernandez has issued the following personal statement about his departure:

"I will try to go straigh to the point in this statement. After thinking about this a lot, I took this tough decision that my time in Dark Moor ends here. In the last few months my head was not with Dark Moor and this situation could have been damaging for the band and for my personal relation with Alfred, Enrik and Roberto in a near future, therefore after some conversations with the guys I have made this decision, which I think is the right thing to do." More...

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Soundwave 2009 Festival Side Shows Revealed

Almost as highly anticipated as the Soundwave line-up proper, the "Sidewaves" side shows allow people the opportunity to see their favorite bands twice while they're in the country - as long as you live in Sydney or Melbourne.

Tickets for all side shows go on sale on Tuesday, January 6th.

The Sidewaves for 2009 will be:

New Found Glory / Hellogoodbye / Say Anything / Ace Enders (The Early November)

Tuesday, February 24th — Manning Bar, Sydney (licensed all ages)
Tickets from Ticketek (132 849), the venue (9563 6000) and Utopia Records.

Wednesday, February 25th — Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Tickets from the venue (9427 9198) and Missing Link Records.

Anberlin / Chiodos / Silverstein / Finch

Wednesday, February 25th — UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney (licensed all ages)
Tickets from Ticketek (132 849) and Utopia Records.

Thursday, February 26th — The Palace, Melbourne (18+)
Tickets from Ticketek (132 849) and Missing Link Records.

Devildriver / Lacuna Coil / 36 Crazyfists / All That Remains

Wednesday, February 25th - The Forum, Sydney (licensed all ages)
Tickets from Moshtix and Ticketek (132 849).

Poison The Well / Every Time I Die / Evergreen Terrace

Wednesday, February 25th - The Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Tickets from OzTix.

Goldfinger / Valencia / Riverboat Gamblers

Thursday, February 26th - The Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Tickets from OzTix. Tickets for the previously re-scheduled Corner Hotel show remain valid for this show.

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Crystal Viper Announces New Gutiarist

Polish female fronted metallers, Crystal Viper, have issued the following update:

"Our live guitarist - Rafal 'Guras' Gorny - had to leave CRYSTAL VIPER due to his day job. We of course remain friends, and Guras will always be part of the CRYSTAL VIPER family. Thank you for everything, brother!"

"We also want to announce, that CRYSTAL VIPER has new official guitarist, who filled the slot after Rafal 'Guras.' His name is Mateusz 'Gajdek' Gajdzik (and you may also know his other band, WITCHKING)." More...

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Chuck Billy Performs w/ Christmas Metal Symphony

Videos of Chuck Billy’s performance with a Christmas metal symphony in Tilburg, NL have been posted online. You can watch performances of Testament classics "Return To Serenity" and "Souls Of Black" below.
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Gwen Stacy Announces New Vocalist

Gwen Stacy has found a replacement for departed singer Bob Oakley. Now joining the band is Once Nothing guitar player Geoff Jenkins. The band had the following to say:

"Our friend Geoff Jenkins will be taking over vocal duties for Gwen Stacy. He is coming to us from our very very good friends in Once Nothing. He had been playing guitar for them for about the last thow years. Before that he was the front man of a band and has been looking for an opportunity to do vocals again.

"We are very excited about this transition....we hope you guys will be as happy with it as we are. We understand we've been through alot of changes this year and how it can be disheartening, but please believe it has all been for the best. As your friends we ask you please do not be discouraged, because we will be stronger than ever in the new year. We also have a little surprised planned for early next year that will give you all a chance to hear what Geoff can do."

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Alex Skolnick Trio Announces Tour Dates

The Alex Skolnick Trio has announced a number of January 2009 tour dates. The confirmed dates are as follows:

01/09/09 New York, NY @ The Underscore
01/15/09 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
01/16/09 Anaheim, CA @ NAMM
01/17/09 Anaheim, CA @ NAMM
01/18/09 Anaheim, CA @ NAMM
01/19/09 Monterey, CA @ Monterey Live
01/20/09 Berkeley, CA @ Blakes
01/21/09 San Francisco, CA @ TBA

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Interview

Interview With Obscura Guitarist Christian Muenzer

The German death metal outfit Obscura has just recently finished recording their new album "Cosmogenesis" which will be released on February 17, 2009 through Relapse Records. Obscura's guitarist Christian Muenzner shared some insight with Metalunderground.com into the recording process for the new album and what's in store for the band in the future. More...

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Hypocrisy Issues Studio Update

Swedish metallers, Hypocrisy, have issued the following update from the studio:

"Michael came to the abyss the other day and between me and him we have 13 songs done, and horgh will come to studio beginning of Jan and crack the drums on it.."

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Just For Fun

Enter Kazoo Man

"Mister Tim" has posted a hilarious video of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" performed on kazoos. You can watch the video below (after the jump). More...

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Fejd Signs To Napalm Records

Swedish folk metal band Fejd has signed to Napalm Records. Since the beginning of the new century, the brothers Patrik and Niklas Rimmerfros have focused their work on the traditional music of their native country of Sweden. It comes as no surprise that Fejd play quaint and original Folk, while skilfully combining traditional and modern instruments. This leads to a lively blend of classic heavy metal and Northern melodies. The songs are crowned by poetic, yet sorrowful lyrics sung entirely in Swedish. The Napalm debut will be released in the spring of 2009.

The band comments:

"No label could be more 'right' for us, as we've reached a new chapter in Fejd's history. Napalm Records has a fine tradition of Folk-inspired acts and the enthusiasm needed to make this into something big and historic. Together Fejd & Napalm Records will take on the world by storm in 2009."

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Psyopus Announces Headlining Tour Dates

New York grinders, Psyopus, have announced the following headlining tour dates throughout russia, Canada, and the US:

1/7 Nizhniy Novgorod, RU - Wizard Club
1/8 Moscow, RU - Plan B club
1/9 Saint Petersburg, RU – Orlandao
1/15 Toronto, ON - The Wreck Room
1/16 Windsor, ON - Coach and Horses
1/17 Chicago, IL - The Beat Kitchen
1/18 Ottumwa, IA - Bridge View Center
1/19 Omaha, NE - Club Roxbury
1/20 Pueblo, CO - Phil's Radiator More...

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Nancy Grace Links Sevendust Song To Caylee Murder

Nancy Grace has somehow linked the Sevendust song "The Past" to the alleged murder of Caylee Anthony.

On her show recently, Grace hinted Sevendust might be indirectly responsible for murder. She was highlighting the song, "The Past," alleging that Casey Marie Anthony may have used the song as inspiration to allegedly murder her daughter Caylee Anthony in Orlando, Florida when the girl was reported missing on June 16 of this year.

A statement by the band was released and reads: "After hearing the news that our song 'The Past' was a topic of discussion on the Nancy Grace show yesterday, we would like to elaborate. The song was written as a song of hope. A song with positive message. to look back on your life and reflect and to feel good about getting through the rough times that everyone goes through, the roller coaster of life so to speak. We regret that we've been linked to the horrible subject involving the disappearance of little Caylee Anthony. Most of us have children and have been saddened by the story from the beginning. We pray for the safe return of this beautiful young child and wish her family strength."

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Lamb Of God Releases Another New Song Online

Lamb of God has released a new online widget, with a new song, entitled "Contractor." Lamb of God's upcoming album "Wrath" is due out on February 24, 2009. You can check out the new song on the player below. More...

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