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Metal News for February 1, 2006

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Dimmu Borgir's Stormblast Ecard Online

You can now check out Dimmu Borgir's new Stormblåst Ecard. As an interlude between Death Cult Armageddon and the forthcoming album (which will be released in late 2006), DIMMU BORGIR decided to re-release their second album Stormblåst. But it turned out not to be an effortless re-release. The band fully re-recorded the album for this occasion! With Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) back at the helm as producer and MAYHEM’s Hellhammer on drums (Nick Barker departed in January 2005), the band sought to enhance a pristine dimension to the album and they have undeniably done so! The re-recorded edition of Stormblåst is far more forceful and ominous than the original. Stormblåst hits the streets on February 7th, 2006.

As previously reported, Dimmu Borgir's "Death Cult Armageddon" recently scanned 101,418 units to date in the United States. Released on September 9th, 2003 and debuting on the Billboard Top 200 at number 169, "Death Cult Armageddon" received multiple "Best Metal Album of the Year" accolades and had two songs featured in the trailer for the highly successful Hellboy movie.

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Watch Waterdown's "My Hopelessness And Me" Video

The German hardcore sextet Waterdown are out with the video to their latest single "My Hopelessness And Me" from their new album "All Riot." You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music. You can hear more of their music through the media player on the band's official home page.

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M.S.I. To Embark On Australian Tour

M.S.I. are embarking on a tour of Australia's East Coast. On Saturday the fourth of February M.S.I. will be playing at The Marquee in Camperdown. M.S.I., who play what they describe as 'doom-riddled caveman death/slam', feature Chalky (ex-vocalist for Psycroptic) on drums and back-ups and Peppe (new vocalist for Psycroptic) on bass and back-ups. M.S.I. will be supported by the obscene grind stylings of Ebolie, fellow Tasmanian Mephistopheles (who are playing their first ever interstate shows) and Sydney's own Beyond Terror Beyond Grace. Beyond Terror will open up the show, followed by Ebolie, Mephistopheles and finally M.S.I. Entry is $11 and doors open at 8pm.

More details should be forthcoming on M.S.I.'s Tasmanian Invasion tour of 2006.

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Staind Returns To The Road

If you missed Staind during the Fall Brawl Tour, they are heading back on the road for a series of live dates in support of their latest album, 'CHAPTER V.' The guys will be treking across the country w/ Theory of a Deadman and Loser till February 19th in Minneapolis. In the meantime, you can view an interview and some live Staind action with the following links:

WINDOWS - Low, Med, High
QUICKTIME - Low, Med, High

Staind is also set to perform on February 11th, when they will be the headline act for pre- and post-race concert festivities at the 28th annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Staind's Aaron Lewis will sing the National Anthem prior to the Budweiser Shootout, and the band will perform a free concert for ticket holders at the conclusion of the all-star race. To order tickets, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit racetickets.com. For event information, visit

STAIND - 2006 WINTER TOUR w/ Theory of a Deadman and Loser: More...

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Nike To Release Limited Iron Maiden Shoe?

According to a posting at Hypebeast, Nike are set to release a strictly limited IRON MAIDEN shoe. Included in the article are a number of images that seems to dispel any notion this may be an early April Fool's joke.

According to people at Niketalk, only 24 pairs of the Nike SB "Iron Maiden" Dunk high shoes will be made. The Dunk will feature a clear swoosh to show off the IRON MAIDEN artwork as well as the words "Iron Maiden" embroidered onto the heel of the shoe.

You can check out pictures of the shoe at MaidenFans.com.

As previously reported, Iron Maiden's DVD release DEATH ON THE ROAD is set for 6th February 2006 through EMI Records. This will initially be available as a limited edition special digipack.

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New Himsa and The Acacia Strain eCard

A new eCard is online to spread the word about Prosthetic Records label-mates Himsa and The Acacia Strain hitting the road for Darkest Hour's "Undoing Ruin 2006 Tour" alongside A Life Once Lost and Dead To Fall. Spanning 38 dates across the United States, the tour will begin February 17.

Himsa will embark on several headlining shows along the way to support the Feb. 7 release of Hail Horror before meeting up with the "Undoing Ruin" lineup in Latham, NY to kick the tour off. Hail Horror, the follow up to the critically-acclaimed Courting Tragedy And Disaster, has already been labeled as one of 2006's most anticipated releases by Decibel magazine, and sees the band heading in a thrashier direction while maintaining a commitment to tirelessly touring behind this album, maintaining their reputation as seasoned road warriors. The band will later head back to Europe to follow up its successful run of the continent with 3 Inches of Blood in December 2005.

Massachusetts' The Acacia Strain will be a part of the tour fresh out of recording tracks with veteran producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) for the upcoming album The Dead Walk. A release date for the record has not been determined, but The Acacia Strain will nonetheless head out on the road with a handful of new live-worthy tracks, hand in hand with the same win-them-one-by-one mentality the band has built its base upon.

"Undoing Ruin 2006 Tour" (with Darkest Hour, Himsa, A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, Dead To Fall): More...

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Misery Index Tour Dates

Misery Index have confirmed a host of tour dates, including stops in Puerto Rico and Japan. Here's are the confirmed tour dates:

3/3 Catano, Puerto Rico @ Sopranos
3/4 Quebradillas, Puerto Rico @ Galeon del Pirata

3/11 Tokyo, Japan @ Yutsuya Outbreak w/ Neuraxis, Woundeep
3/12 Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya Cyclone w/ Neuraxis, Woundeep

5/13 New York, NY @ CBGB w/ Disfear, Phobia, more
5/14 Providence, RI Giza w/ Disfear, Phobia, more
5/15 Wallingford, CT @ American Legion Hall w/ Disfear, Phobia, more
5/16 Buffalo, NY @ Polish Library w/ Disfear, Phobia, more
5/17 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Disfear, Phobia, more
5/20 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock w/ Disfear, Phobia, more
5/23 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre w/ Disfear, Phobia, more
5/24 Columbus, OH @ High Five w/ Disfear, Phobia, more
5/29 Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel w/ Disfear, Phobia, more
5/31 Toronto, ON @ Lees Palace w/ Disfear, Phobia, more
6/1 Sherbrooke, QC @ Théâtre Granada w/ Disfear, Phobia, more
6/2 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda w/ Necrophagist, Arsis, more
6/3 Quebec City, QC @ Campus Charlesbourg w/ Necrophagist, Arsis, more

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Original Faction Zero Lineup Reunites

New Jersey hardcore band FACTION ZERO have reunited with their original lineup to "set the record straight in 2006," according to a press release.

Formed in 1993 from a spawn of many different hardcore acts such as SUBZERO, 25 TA LIFE, SON OF SKAM, PUNKINUCLE and DERANGED, FACTION ZERO have played all over New York City/North Jersey and have released two seven-inch singles in 1995 on Division Records and two CDs — 1997's "Liberation" and 2002's "War Stories". Word on the street is the band are shaking off the rust and plan to write a brand new album, tentatively due late summer.

FACTION ZERO current lineup:

Chris D'Alessandro - Guitar
Bryan Essing - Drums
Dave Urban - Guitar
Rob Yadimarco - Vocals
Jason Kalfin – Bass

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Scarlet Survive Van Wreck

The band members of Scarlet were in an auto accident recently. Below is a brief account of their accident - since writing this they hopped a greyhound for a few hundred miles, bought a new van, drove it back to get their gear and caught back up with their tour and will continue on missing no further dates.

"Hello everyone: Yesterday, being Wednesday January 25, 2006, we were involved in a terrible van wreck. We were driving as normal as can be when all of a sudden, the rear left wheel of our van decided to take a vacation. Our van drifted violently from side to side, it scraped the middle guardrail and then shot all the way to the outside edge of the southbound highway, and then finally made a huge horseshoe movement all the way from there, to the inside edge of the northbound highway. Our vacated tire followed us in flames. We did not flip the van because our trailer was kind enough to snap off and take all the flipping duties upon itself.

As we exited the van, we walked 30 feet to where our trailer rested. There, our eyes were greeted by a fine definition of irony. Amongst the two wrecked machines, and the little brush fires our flaming wheel started, a few copies of our new record littered the grass. "This was always meant to fall apart" was everywhere, and we all could not help but laugh.

As all the events began to calm down, we ultimately were able to receive a ride to our destination that night and went on with the show. Our thanks go entirely to the great bunch of guys that is the Esoteric and their incredible tour manager Mean Dean. We owe them big time. We also wanted to whole heartedly thank the fine people of Kansas City, MO that came out to show, kindly gave us donations, and overall gave us a few hours to forget what had just happened to us.

Right now we are stranded in Lawrence, MO awaiting our new transportation. We hope to continue the tour, hopefully by the Reno date. We apologize for the shows we will miss, but assure you all that they will still be, without a doubt, amazing shows. We are working diligently to return. We are all still alive."

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Manticora To Record Two New Albums

Danish power metallers MANTICORA will enter Jailhouse studios in Horsens, Denmark on April 7 to begin recording two new full-length albums with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, TNT, PRETTY MAIDS, FATE). More information about the month-long session will be made available soon.

In other news, MANTICORA have announced that they have parted ways with guitarist Stefan Johansson. "Stefan jumped in on guitar right before our European tour with ANGRA/EDENBRIDGE, and he played with us on all our gigs in 2005," the band write on their web site. "We had a lot of fun, and Stefan did a great job. However, we've found out during the writing-stages of the new material, that his writing style just didn't fit to MANTICORA. So, we've decided to ask Martin Arendal once again to rejoin us for the recording of lead guitars on the new album(s). Thanks to Stefan for your time in MANTICORA — we wish you the best of luck!!!!"

MANTICORA's fourth CD, "8 Deadly Sins", is available now on Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Hyperion" (Scarlet Records) was recorded at Jailhouse and features artwork by Mattias Norén.

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Full Blown Chaos Prepare To Record New Album

Full Blown Chaos are set to begin recording a new album. The group will enter New Jersey's Trax East studios in February to record the effort, which will be tracked by Eric Rachel, and mixed by Zeuss. The album is expected to hit stores early this summer via Stillborn Records.

In related news, Full Blown Chaos will be touring the United States with Exodus and The Classic Struggle in April and May. The tour dates were just posted in this article.

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Members Of Italian Satanic Cult Sentenced

Reuters is reporting that five Satanic cult members received heavy prison sentences on Tuesday for killing the singer of their amateur heavy metal band and two other women in brutal ritual murders that shocked Italy.

Nicola Sapone, one of the leaders of the Beasts of Satan heavy metal cult, was sentenced to life behind bars for the double homicide in 1998 of singer Fabio Tollis and his girlfriend Chiara Marino.

The group had apparently believed that Marino, who was stabbed to death under a full moon, was the personification of the Virgin Mary. She was 19.

Tollis, 16, took a fatal hammer blow to the head after trying to prevent her murder.

Sapone covered Tollis's mouth with a chestnut husk to silence him and also slit his throat in what Italian media called "an orgy" of bloodletting. The band pushed the dead bodies into a pit and urinated on them.

Four other followers of the band received sentences of between 24 and 26 years.

The convictions were the latest for members and followers of Beasts of Satan, and followed the high-profile conviction of band leader Andrea Volpe, who received a lighter, 30-year sentence after leading authorities to the bodies and confessing to the killings.

Band members were also convicted for murdering Volpe's ex-girlfriend Mariangela Pezzotta in 2004. She was shot in the mouth and her body mutilated.

The Satanic killings sparked fears in Italy of a spread of devil cults, and the Vatican last year started a course for Roman Catholic priests on Satanism and exorcism in response to what the Church said was a worrying interest in the occult, particularly among the young.

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Rwake Signs To Relapse Records

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Arkansas sludge kingpins Rwake.

Rwake (Gravy – guitar, Jeff – drums, C.T. – vocals, Reid – Bass, B. – moog/samples/vocals, Kiffin – guitar) are currently in the midst of writing for what will become their third album and Relapse debut. Vocalist C.T. comments on the process, "The writing is going really well. I can tell just from how things are coming to together so far that this is going to be our best record yet. Speaking as someone on the inside looking out, I can see where we have matured with the songwriting and lyrics. It’s going to be heavy man." Early song titles include "The Lure of Light", "The Finality", "Fire and Flight" and "The Cosmos Inverted."

When asked how it feels to sign to Relapse, C.T. continues, "F*ckin A Man. This is something we've always wanted to do, represent Relapse. Being on Relapse has kinda been a goal since we started Rwake. It's going to drive us to work even harder to match all the stuff they are going to do for us."

Rwake have previously released two full-length albums on Retribute Records and At A Loss Recordings respectively.

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Dry Kill Logic Writing New Material

Dry Kill Logic are writing material for their new album. "The writing is officially underway for the new album! We've got 4 songs pretty much written, and about another 3 or 4 that are being put together as we speak" remarked Cliff. "Its coming along well, and we are excited for you guys to hear it."

Dry Kill Logic are planning to return to Europe to tour in the New Level of Aggression II tour in the spring:

March 30th - London Underworld, UK
March 31 - Bristol Bier Keller, UK
April 1 - Milton Keynes Pitz, UK
April 2 - Bournemouth, UK
April 3 - Wolverhampton, UK
April 5 - Bremen, DE
April 6 - Essen, DE
April 7 - Hamburg, DE
April 8 - Saarbrucken, DE
April 9 - Koln, DE
April 11 - Norwich, UK
April 12 - Keighley, UK
April 13 - Glasgow Barfly, UK
April 14 - Northampton, UK
April 15 - Southampton, UK

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Nightclub Fire Victims' Families React To Plea

The Associated Press has issued the following report:

Family members of those killed in a deadly nightclub fire nearly three years ago reacted with anger and dismay Tuesday to news that the man who started the blaze had cut a deal to spend no more than a decade in jail.

Daniel Biechele, 29, was tour manager of the heavy metal band GREAT WHITE when he lit a pyrotechnics display inside The Station nightclub in West Warwick on Feb. 20, 2003, sparking a fire that consumed the building and killed 100 people, including eight who lived or worked in Connecticut.

Under the terms of the deal, he will plead guilty to half the 200 involuntary manslaughter counts he faced. Each count carried a maximum 30 years in prison.

"It's a mere slap on the wrist. My son is dead and so are 99 others," said Eileen DiBonaventura, whose 18-year-old son, Albert, died in the fire.

DiBonaventura sat silently in the rear of the courtroom and tightly clasped her hands as Superior Court Judge Francis Darigan announced a plea agreement that he said "meets the ends of justice" and spares the victims' families from what he said would be a lengthy and costly trial.

She met for about 45 minutes with prosecutors immediately after the hearing, and emerged to tell reporters she was disgusted by the deal.

Some of the victims' families said they would have preferred a lengthy trial so they could hear all the evidence in the case.

John Richmond said he believes a trial is the best chance to get answers about what happened to his daughter, Kelly Vieira, 40, who was killed in the blaze.

"There's so many questions to be answered, and answers to be given. If this thing went to trial and it went six months, I'd be there every day listening," Richmond said. "I know it's an expensive process, but you're talking about the lives of 100 people."
Richmond said he wants to know whether a bouncer obstructed an exit, and wants to view the entire videotape taken by a TV camera that shows the flames spreading.

He said he still doesn't understand how fire inspectors failed to notice the flammable soundproofing foam that coated the club's walls and fed the flames.

Richmond said he still plans to attend the trials of club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, who are also each charged with 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter. They are accused of installing flammable foam in violation of the state fire code.

Rosanna Fontaine, whose 22-year-old son Mark was killed in the fire, said she had been expecting a deal.

"It's hard today," she said. "I don't think we hold out much hope that anyone really is going to be held accountable."

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Metallica's Official Sundance Video, Photos Online

METALLICA's official web site has been updated with photos and a video clip of the band's performance at a private party for the film "The Darwin Awards" following the movie's Sundance Film Festival premiere on Wednesday, January 25 at Harry O's on Main Street in Park City, Utah. You can check it out at Metallica.com. The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Ecstasy Of Gold (intro)
02. Creeping Death
03. For Whom The Bell Tolls
04. Wherever I May Roam
05. Fuel
06. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
07. Sad But True
08. Fade To Black
09. Master Of Puppets
10. One
11. Enter Sandman
12. Last Caress
13. Battery
14. Seek & Destroy

"The Darwin Awards" stars Joseph Fiennes and Winona Ryder and is described as "a twisted comedy about people accidentally killed in idiotic ways." METALLICA themselves appear in a scene that includes footage shot at a November 22, 2004 concert in Salt Lake City, Utah (the band apparently had to perform "Sad But True" three times for the film crew). Lukas Haas plays a drunken fan who attempts to sneak into the show, with tragic results (based on a 1998 urban legend).

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Exodus, Full Blown Chaos US Tour Dates

Exodus, Full Blown Chaos, and The Classic Struggle will be touring the U.S. together in April and May. Here are the tour dates:

4/15 Concord, CA @ Burbon St.
4/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Key Club
4/17 Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
4/19 Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
4/20 Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
4/21 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
4/22 Houston, TX @ Engine Room
4/24 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
4/25 Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade
4/26 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/27 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
4/28 Poughkepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/29 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
4/30 New York, NY @ B.B. Kings
5/1 Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
5/2 Montreal, QUE @ Medley
5/3 Toronto, ONT @ Lee's Place
5/4 Rochester, NH @ Penny Arcade
5/5 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
5/6 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
5/7 Niles, MI @ White House
5/8 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/9 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
5/10 Chicago, IL @ Joe's on Weed St.
5/11 Lansing, MI @ Temple Club
5/12 Columbia Heights, MN @ Star Central
5/13 Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
5/14 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
5/16 Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
5/17 Portland, OR @ Rock'n'Roll Pizza
5/18 Orangevalle, CA @ The Boardwalk
5/19 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound

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Hot Cross New Album Update

Hot Cross have released a statement regarding plans for their upcoming Level Plane Records release:

"We are currently holed away writing and re-writing songs for our next full-length. We have booked recording time at Godcity for the last week of April and hope to emerge with a brand new record. A tentative release for the new album is late summer/early fall. A working title for the record is Risk Revival and it looks like it will feature 11 - 12 songs. Once the album drops, we will be hitting the road hard and touring all of the US in support. We hope to log one full US tour in September and then hopefully another full US tour in November to finish off the year."

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