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Metal News for February 1, 2008

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30 news articles posted on this day.

Bloodbath Seeks Live Dates

Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH have issued the following update:

"Bloodbath are seeking promoters who are interested in booking the band. All serious offers will be taken under consideration. Contact the band at booking@bloodbath.biz (note: this email address is only for promoters and not a contact to Bloodbath. If you want Bloodbath to play in your area, then contact the local promoter and not us.)"

As previously reported, Bloodbath have recently reacquired the vocal talents of OPETH's Mikael Åkerfeldt on the band's new mini-CD, Unblessing Of Purity. More...

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Void Of Silence Reform and Sign With Code666

Rome, Italy-based doom metallers VOID OF SILENCE have reformed and inked a new deal with Code666. The band will release its brand new album in the spring, featuring a guest appearance by PRIMORDIAL singer Alan Nemtheanga. Code666 is also planning to re-release the group's long-out-of-print debut album, "Toward the Dusk", completely remixed with bonus tracks, as well as a limited-edition anthology box, containing the band's all four albums, bonus tracks, new artwork, poster and other exclusive material.

VOID OF SILENCE's "Human Antithesis" CD came out in 2004.

For more information, visit www.voidofsilence.com.

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Cosmosquad To Play Japan For First Time

Acclaimed Southern California metal fusioneers COSMOSQUAD, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (GLENN HUGHES, MOGG/WAY), bassist Christopher Maloney (DWEEZIL ZAPPA, HARDLINE), and drummer Shane Gaalaas (B'Z, DIESEL MACHINE), have announced their first-ever Japanese shows. The band will be playing a pair of double headers (showtime: 7pm and 9pm, respectively) in Osaka and Tokyo and also appear at the Musician's Institute in Tokyo (open to students only!).

Exact dates and venues are as follows:

March 12 - Live Square 2nd Line, Osaka, Japan
March 14 - Shibuya Duo Music Exchange, Tokyo, Japan
March 15 - Musician's Institute, Tokyo, Japan

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Axamenta Part Ways With Singer

Belgium's AXAMENTA, the former band of current EPICA bassist Yves Huts, has parted ways with longtime singer Peter Meynckens.

Commented Peter in a statement: "After more than nine and a half years, it has come to pass that I say goodbye to AXA. This has been a tough decision but alas it is a decision taken on doctor's orders. My heart is still with the guys and the music but my voice can't take anymore damage than it has taken over the years. It has been a great ride and I wish I could ride the cloud of AXA untill eternity. The gigs that are planned will go on with me as the singer."

AXAMENTA will take part in this weekend's Sandstorm festival, set to take place February 2 at Hal Hippodroom in Kuurne, Belgium. More...

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Prey Reveal New Album Title

Swedish metallers PREY have set "Knights of the Revolution" as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due this summer. More information will be made available soon.

PREY released its debut album, "The Hunter", in September 2005 via Mausoleum Records. Production duties on the effort were handled by Anders "Theo" Theander, who has previously worked with LAST TRIBE, PAIN OF SALVATION, CLOUDSCAPE and COURAGEOUS, among others. Sitting behind the kit during the recording sessions for "The Hunter" was drummer Patrick Johansson (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, W.A.S.P., STORMWIND). He was subsequently replaced by Robert Baeck.

PREY is:

Thomas Nystroem - Guitar and Vocals
Peter Baecke - Bass
Robban Bäck - Drums
Fredrik Plahn - Keyboards

For more information, visit www.prey-nation.com.

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Origin To Release 'Antithesis' In April

Kansas-based death metallers ORIGIN have set "Antithesis" (cover artwork) as the title of their new album, due on April 1 via Relapse Records. "Faster, heavier and decidedly more advanced than anyone could have ever envisioned metal becoming, 'Antithesis' is a modern-day death metal classic, which proves ORIGIN stand head and shoulders above their peers," states a press release.

Guitarist Jeremy Turner rejoined ORIGIN last summer and participated in the writing and recording sessions for the group's new CD. More...

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Therapy? Announce German Dates

Irish rockers THERAPY? have scheduled the following dates:

Feb. 11 - Stollwerck - Köln, Germany
Feb. 12 - Colos-saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
Feb. 13 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
Feb. 14 - Talschock - Chemnitz, Germany
Feb. 15 - Glad-house - Cottbus, Germany

THERAPY? recently inked a deal with Demolition Records. The band has begun the writing process for its twelfth studio album, which is scheduled for release at the end of 2008. The CD will be supported by an extensive touring campaign.

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Within Y Post New Song Online

A new WITHIN Y track, entitled "King Of Flies", has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the Swedish melodic death metal band's third album, "The Cult", which is scheduled for release on February 27 via the Gothenburg-based label Gain. The CD artwork was created by Niklas Sundin of DARK TRANQUILLITY and Cabin Fever Media.

"The Cult" track listing:

01. Deathtrip
02. 21
03. The Cult
04. Bittersweet Suicide
05. The Predictable End
06. My Fall
07. King Of Flies
08. Self Refinement
09. Strive
10. Facing Reality

WITHIN Y has scheduled a CD-release party on February 29 at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg, Sweden. Also appearing on the bill is LAETHORA.

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Onslaught Guitarist Alan Jordan Quits

Guitarist Alan Jordan of the reactivated British thrashers ONSLAUGHT has released the following statement:

"It is with immediate effect that I will no longer be a part of ONSLAUGHT. I had the best part of three very happy years with the band and recorded what I considered to be a great album and DVD, both of which I'm very proud to be a part of."

"Some internal circumstances within ONSLAUGHT changed and certain ideas were moving in a very different direction to what I envisaged."

"I have no long-term plans at this moment in time, but would like to thank all the fans across the globe that I have met and spent time with. Respect to you all." More...

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Terminal Function Sign To Willowtip Records

Willowtip Records has announced the signing of progressive metal band TERMINAL FUNCTION. The Swedish 4-piece are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut full length. The band comments, “We are really happy to be working with Willowtip and we’re looking forward to releasing ‘Measuring The Abstract’ in 2008.” The final tracklist will contain songs:

Spawn
Room 101
Dissolving Soul Fragments
The Brainshaped Mind
Tactile
Cloning Assembly
Auroral Display
Remote Views

“Measuring The Abstract” will be released in Spring 2008.

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Kaledon Reveal New Album Artist

Italian power metallers KALEDON have announced that Fabrizio Galliccia will design the new artwork for the band's upcoming Chapter 5: A New Era Begins album.

Kaledon's new album will be released in Europe around May/June 2008. New details for the rest of the world will follow soon.

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Antagonist Sign to Prosthetic Records

Prosthetic Records is pleased to announce the signing of Southern California metal band ANTAGONIST. Earning their keep in the local and national scene since 1998, and with two prior full-lengths to their credit, ANTAGONIST has already logged time hit the road with the likes of Light This City, The Faceless, Winds of Plague, Silent Civilian, and fellow SoCal metallers The Funeral Pyre, among others.

The band’s Prosthetic Records debut, set to be titled Exist, will be produced by Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, The Confession, Deftones), and is the follow-up to An Envy of Innocence, which saw a 2006 release via Dwell Records. Tentatively slated for a summer 2008 release, Exist will be recorded starting March 1. “We're very happy and excited to finally announce our signing with Prosthetic!” guitarist/vocalist Carlos Garcia says. “These guys have treated us like family since day one and they really believe in the music we're making. We're all very anxious to enter the studio and even more pumped to get out on the road and play all the new shit for everyone." In addition, the band has issued a video statement in reaction to the deal here. More...

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Om Cancel East Coast Shows

Om issue the following statement:

"Om is continuing forward with a new drummer and working on a new recording. Please check the band's website and Myspace page for updates."

"A live vinyl only LP "Om - Live at Jerusalem" will be forthcoming. This is Chris Hakius' final release with the group."

"I personally apologize to east coast fans who planned on coming out to the shows. Please know that Om will be back in your area later in 08." More...

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3 Announce Tour Dates With Chevelle

Woodstock, NY’s prog-rockers 3 are pleased to announce live performances with alternative rock trio Chevelle in March. 3 will be joining Chevelle on March 10, 11, and 12 for shows in North Carolina and Virginia.

3 will be playing to support the February 18 re-release of 2007’s The End Is Begun. The audio CD will feature the 13 previously released explosive, mind boggling tracks as well as a bonus track; 3’s spin on the classic Pink Floyd song, “See Emily Play.” The bonus DVD will feature live performances of the songs “Monster”, “Bramfatura” and “Amaze Disgrace” (all songs from the band’s 2004 Metal Blade Records release, Wake Pig) from the Metal Blade 25th Anniversary show from Worcester, Massachusetts. Production videos of the songs “All that Remains” and “Alien Angel” will also be included on the bonus DVD.

3 on tour:

March 10 - Fayetteville, NC - Jesters
March 11 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
March 12 - Roanoke, VA - Cattle Annie’s

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Dark Funeral Makes Top Metal Concert List

Swedish black metal masters have issued a statement on the group’s inclusion on Bulgaria’s “Top Metal Concert” chart:

“Last year we co-headlined the "THRASH TIL DEATH 2007" in Kavarna, Bulgaria with Sepultura. It just came to our attention that the show reached the third place on the annual Top Metal Concert chart in Bulgaria. In first place came the Manowar gig, which also took place Kavarna. Iron Maiden’s show in Sofia came second.

"This was the first time we played Bulgaria, and it was a pleasure indeed. We are already looking forward to coming back, but that won't unfortunately be until we have a new album out, but when we do, be sure that we will be back!

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank Vesko and the local crew for their professionalism. And of course each and every one of you who came out to the show and made it to a night to remember. Hail METAL! See you next time!”

You can check out some fan-shot videos of the show on Youtube (#1, #2, #3) or embedded below.

As previously reported, three re-mastered releases from the Dark Funeral catalog - “The Secrets of the Black Arts,” “Vobiscum Satanas,” and “Diabolis Interium” – were reissued with bonus material last summer by Regain Records.

The reissues were followed by the fall release of Dark Funeral’s first-ever DVD set, “Attera Orbis Terrarum - Part 1,” also through Regain Records. The two-disc set consists of three complete, professionally-filmed live shows and rare bonus footage. The first show was filmed with seven cameras o March 12, 2005 in Katowic, Poland. The second was filmed the following March in Tilburg, The Netherlands with four cameras. The second disc starts off with a camera-shot show from March 2006 in Paris, followed by the video clip for "Atrum Regina" and previously unreleased amateur footage that chronicles Dark Funeral's entire career, including the very first, and now legendary, show in Oslo, Norway on May 4, 1994. The total combined running time for the two discs is nearly four hours. More...

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Exciter Post New Song Online

A new EXCITER track, entitled "Massacre Mountain", is available for streaming at this location. The song comes off the Canadian thrash metal pioneers' new album, "Thrash Speed Burn", due on February 22 via Massacre Records.

"Thrash Speed Burn" marks EXCITER's recorded debut with new singer Kenny "MetalMouth" Winter, who joined the band in October 2006.

The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Thrash Speed Burn
02. Demon's Gate
03. Evil Omen
04. Hangman
05. In Mortal Fear
06. Crucifixion
07. Betrayal
08. The Punisher
09. Massacre Mountain
10. Rot The Devil King

EXCITER's last CD is "New Testament - Coven of Re-Recorded Classics", a collection of reworked early songs which was released in June 2004 through Osmose Productions.

EXCITER's current lineup is:

John Ricci (Guitar)
Rik Charron (Drums)
Clammy (Bass)
Kenny Winter (Vocals)

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Ink Distribution Deal

Management of NWOBHM legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have issued the following update:

"The Management of Tygers of Pan Tang are delighted to announce that today we have signed contracts with Livewire and Cargo Records for the Worldwide distribution of the new album Animal Instinct. This means that all good music retail stores and online music stores will be promoting and selling the album from April 21st, which has been set as the launch date. We have agreed to start with the UK, Japan, USA and Europe, however there may be some countries that we launch the album to coincide with touring duties. We will keep you fully informed of this strategy so you are aware of availability. The pre-orders will be dispatched one week prior to the official release and we have negotiated 25 further copies for pre-sale to make the run a limited edition of 150. I still have a few copies left so place your order today. To give our loyal fans who have pre-ordered the album further value for money, we are having one of the shows in Italy filmed and I will be giving some edited footage away as part of the package. The footage will be pretty raw and the sound unmixed and with simple artwork, but it will be another great addition to the package. This will only be available on pre-orders.

It has been a fantastic time for the band over the last six months and we hope you the fans (the reason for the bands existence) have enjoyed the progression and have felt very much part of it. It was always the aim to get you close to the band and have your voices heard.

Thank you for your fantastic support and enthusiasm so far, long may it continue."

As previously announced, Tygers Of Pan Tang are set to embark on a string of European dates beginning tomorrow. Dates are as follows:

February
2 - Crook AFC - Durham, UK
9 - Leeds Rios - Leeds, UK
16 - An Club - Athens, Greece
22 - Spring & Airbrake - Belfast, Northern Ireland
23 - The Nerve Centre - Londonderry, Northern Ireland
29 - Intake Mansfield - Mansfield, UK

March
6 - The Underworld - London, UK
14 - Riffs Blackpool - Blackpool, UK
21 - Newcastle Carling Academy 2 - Newcastle, Northeast, UK

April
10 - Auditorium F.L.O.G - Florence, IT
11 - Music Drome - Milan, IT
12 - Lucille Rock N Roll House - Verona, IT
13 - Sottotetto Sound Club - Bologna, IT
18 - The Gasworks - Bradford, UK
19 - The White Rabbit - Plymouth, UK

May
31 - Cliveaid - Birmingham, UK

September
6 - Rock Of Ages Festival, The Palace - Tamworth, UK

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Soilwork Gearing Up For Tour

Swedish heavyweight titans SOILWORK will be returning to North America as direct support to THROWDOWN this February/March.

Joining them on what has been dubbed “The Scum Of The Earth” tour are THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and WAR OF AGES. These billboard charting Swedes have been touring tirelessly (aside from a little holiday gluttony) since the release of Sworn To A Great Divide last October. The band shows no signs of letting up and vows to tour even more throughout 2008.

Vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid recently offered this message to all the fans and soon to be converts:

“What up everyone!? Soilwork has risen once again from all the Xmas/New Year's decadence (including too much Swedish herring, amber ales and what not). We’re ready to strike North America once again together with THROWDOWN, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and WAR OF AGES. It's going to be a long tour and as you can see by the tour schedule, it will cover a lot of cities. We’ll see all of you out there: long time fans, the newly converted, doubters etc. No matter who you are, prepare to be hit by the Swedish bulldozer! Also, watch out for the next video being worked on at the moment for the title track ‘Sworn To A Great Divide’!”

Confirmed dates:

February
29 - The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA

March
1 - Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ
2 - Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM (Soilwork Only)
3 - The Door - Dallas, TX
4 - The White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
5 - Meridian - Houston, TX
7 - State Theater - Tampa, FL
8 - Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
9 - The Club (at Firestone) - Orlando, FL
10 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
11 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
12 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA
13 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
14 - Crocodile Rock Cafe - Allentown, PA
15 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
16 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
17 - The Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY (Soilwork Only)
18 - The Blender Theater (at Gramercy) - New York, NY
19 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC - CANADA
20 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
21 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
22 - Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, IL
23 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
24 - Reverb - Cedar Falls, IA
25 - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO
26 - Avalon Theatre - Salt Lake City, UT
27 - The Big Easy - Boise, ID
28 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
29 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
31 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA

April
1 - The Belmont - Fresno, CA
2 - House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
3 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV

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Skid Row Announce Tour Dates

SKID ROW have added more dates to their upcoming North American tour. The band's updated itinerary is as follows:

February
23 - Victoria, TX - Riverside Convention Center
24 - Austin, TX - Rock City Ice House
28 - Calgary, AB - Snatch Rock N Roll Lounge
29 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Center

March
1 - Couer'D Alene, ID - The Grail
2 - Victoria, BC - Element Nightclub
28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
29 - Factoryville, PA - Trailside Inn

April
26 - Leesburg, FL - Leesburg Bike Fest

July
11 - Boerne, TX - Javelina Harley Davidson Festival

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Firewind Post New Song Online

Greek melodic metal sensation FIREWIND will release "The Premonition", the follow-up to its 2006 acclaimed CD "Allegiance", on March 24 via Century Media Records. A track from the album, "Mercenary Man", can now be streamed on the band's MySpace page.

"The Premonition" track listing:

01. Into The Fire
02. Head Up High
03. Mercenary Man
04. Angels Forgive Me
05. Remembered
06. My Loneliness
07. Circle Of Life
08. The Silent Code
09. Maniac
10. Life Foreclosed More...

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The Murdered Finishes Writing New Album

Atlanta, Georgia metal band The Murdered has completed the writing process for their new album. The group is in the process of selecting a studio to record the effort. Tribunal Records comments on the new material:

"We are very excited for these Georgia boys to unleash their next masterpiece upon you all. From the working demos we have heard expect the usual breakneck pace as heard on 'And The Maggots Shall Inherit The Earth,' but with a more mature approach to their songwriting. Get pumped and prepare to start the circle!"

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Los Angeles Murderfest 2008 Taking Shape

This year's Los Angeles Murderfest will take place on April 18th, 19th, and 20th at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA. The event will feature two stages and although headliners have yet to be announced, the following acts are slated to perform:

Vital Remains
Converge
The Red Chord
Today Is The Day
Baroness
Impaled
Trap Them
Anal Blast
Monstrosity
Magrudergrind
Terminally Your Aborted Ghost
Extreme Noise Terror
Ghoul
Massacre
Repulsion
Waco Jesus
Cardiac Arrest

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This Is Hell Announce UK Tour Dates

This Is Hell will tour the UK in April with Dead Swans. Here are the latest tour dates:

04/18 Cardiff, UK @ The Barfly
04/19 Birmingham, UK @ The Barfly
04/20 Liverpool, UK @ The Barfly
04/21 Aberdeen, UK @ The Barfly
04/22 Glasgow, UK @ The Barfly
04/23 York, UK @ The Barfly
04/25 Brighton, UK @ The Barfly
04/26 London, UK @ The Barfly

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Sacred Dawn Signs To Nightmare Records

Nightmare Records has announced the signing of Sacred Dawn, one of Chicago, Illinois' premiere power/prog metal bands.

“We’re very excited about our partnership with this talented band, I’m happy to announce their addition to the Nightmare family of artists,” remarked Lance King, owner of Nightmare.

“All of us with Sacred Dawn would like to thank Nightmare for this opportunity to join a very talented and remarkable family of artists,” said Lothar Keller, lead guitarist and lead vocalist of Sacred Dawn, speaking on behalf of Joey Vega on bass guitar, Brad Sabbath on drums and Johnny Vitale on guitar and backing vocals. More...

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Metallica Schedule Norwegian Tour Dates

METALLICA will perform a concert at an old fortress (Koengen) in Bergen, Norway on July 16. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

May 28 - Chorzow, Poland - Slaski Stadium
May 30 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop
May 31 - Madrid, Spain - Electric Weekend
Jun. 03 - Prague, Czech Republic - Slavia Stadium
Jun. 05 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock In Rio Lisboa
Jun. 07 - Nürburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
Jun. 08 - Nürnberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
Jul. 16 – Bergen, Norway - Koengen

MetClub, the official METALLICA fan club web site, yesterday sent the following e-mail to its members:

"Hopefully you all know by now, the boys will be heading back to Europe this summer... Just a friendly 'heads up' that a few more shows are coming your way as we're getting ready to announce dates on the second part of their summer vacation. Most of these shows will have pre-sales for Clubbers only, so keep watching MetClub for more details. As for you Americans who have been having a good moan, we'll have a little something for you next week. No more hints for now..."

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently spoke with Revolver magazine about the band's ninth studio album, which is expected out later this year and will be its first all-new effort since 2003's "St. Anger". Ulrich told the magazine that the group's new material "is certainly a lot more dynamic and a lot more varied than the last couple of go-rounds," adding, "There's a lot of light and shade in these songs. There's heavy, fast, nutty stuff, and then there's some slowdowns and musical interludes." Ulrich also said that the album has more in common with some of the group's '80s releases than more recent offerings like "St. Anger" and "Load".

Ulrich wouldn't agree that the yet-to-be-titled disc is a full-blown return to the past, saying, "I hate to be that specific, because six months from now people are gonna go, 'What the fuck? Lars lied to us!' But it feels that way to me."

The drummer also revealed that producer Rick Rubin, working with the band for the first time, wanted METALLICA to use classic efforts like "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets" as "reference points" for its new songs.

There's no word yet on an exact release date for the new METALLICA CD, although a summer release is likely.

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Randy Rhoads Documentary "80 Percent Done"

Director Peter Margolis of Dakota Pictures has told Knoxville's Metro Pulse that he is "about 80 percent done shooting" his much-anticipated Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT) documentary film. "But the first 80 percent took as long as it's going to take for the last 20 percent," Margolis explained. "It's the same as if you've ever built a house. Pouring the concrete and putting up the walls is easy. It's the finishing touches, the final stuff, that takes forever....I work, too. I'm doing the film because it's something I want to do, but I can't ignore my career. I'm doing it around my schedule, so at times it's slow going. Realistically, it'll be summertime before I finish all the interviews, then trimming it, adding pictures and music.”

In 2005, Margolis, a veteran TV producer, director, and production manager who's worked, in varying capacities, on "NewsRadio", "Just Shoot Me!", and "The Larry Sanders Show", was working on a televised awards show in Los Angeles. He sat down for lunch with a camera operator he'd worked with several times but only knew casually. The operator told Margolis he was from Burbank, and Margolis told him he'd taken guitar lessons there from Rhoads in 1978 and '79.

"In the middle of L.A., where there are 5,000 camera operators, I was talking to the one guy who was Randy's guitar tech when he was in QUIET RIOT," Margolis says. The camera operator introduced Margolis to Lori Hollen, who had been president of the QUIET RIOT fan club when she was a teenager. A few weeks after Margolis met Hollen, he was pitching a documentary film to Randy's mother, Delores Rhoads, in her living room in Burbank.

"She'd been approached by writers, directors, filmmakers, and repeatedly said no," Margolis says. "She felt like it had to be someone who knew him. Anybody else couldn't understand what he was about and who he was."

Margolis and his crew started filming on March 19, 2007, when hundreds of fans gathered at Rhoads' grave in San Bernardino, Calif., to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his death. Since then, Margolis has filmed almost 80 interviews, with Rhoads' family and friends and people who worked with him. The list of names includes Kelli Garni, the original bassist in QUIET RIOT; Carlos Cavazo, the guitarist in the "Metal Health" line-up of QUIET RIOT; Sarzo and his brother Robert, who was considered as a replacement for Rhoads in Ozzy's band; Jodi Raskin, Rhoads' girlfriend at the time of his death; Grover Jackson, whose company made Rhoads' signature guitars; Randy's brother Kelle, who's wearing the silver "RR" ring Rhoads had on when he died; and MOUNTAIN guitarist and '70s legend Leslie West, one of Rhoads' idols.

Margolis says he has a distribution deal lined up, but he also plans to shop the as-yet-untitled documentary at film festivals when it's done. More...

Read the full article at Metro Pulse.

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Queensryche Frontman Speaks On Movie Role

Sandy Tomcho of the Times Herald-Record recently conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE lead singer Geoff Tate. The question-and-answer session follows:

Times Herald-Record: Are you guys having a contest bringing fans up onstage to sing with you?

Tate: Yeah. Different radio stations are getting involved and they're holding sort of pre-contests, and there'll be three contestants and then those three will show up at our show and they'll each come onstage after Don Dokken leaves the stage. The winner gets to sing later on in our encore set with one of the cover songs.

Times Herald-Record: Some people might not know the band, but they definitely know the song "Silent Lucidity". Does that ever get old for you, or are you still very thankful for that song?

Tate: Oh no, no. It's never old for us. Every now and then we get an "Oh, you guys are still around?" Yup, we sure are. We're very proud of it. That song was a song that really connected with a lot of people, and it had a lot of record company money behind it and a lot of promotional money. Back then it was like $6,000 or $10,000 a station to put your song on the radio, and EMI, at the time, just had a lot of money to throw out and really pushed that song. That was the beauty of radio then.

Times Herald-Record: I read a review somewhere suggesting that the next time "Jesus Christ Superstar" comes around, you should be considered for the role of Judas based on what you did on your cover album, "Take Cover". What do you think about that?

Tate: It's a nice compliment. Yeah, I think I'd probably consider doing that. I love singing and I love Broadway-style musicals and presentations and I think if the right role happened along, I think I'd probably take something like that, yeah.

I just got my first movie role and I start shooting in April, which is gonna be really fun for me because I've never done anything like this before. I got a role as a villain, a character named Alder Grayson, and the name of the movie is called "House of Eternity". My part is four weeks.

Times Herald-Record: Do you have any plans to put out a new original album?

Tate: Actually, that's one of the reasons we're out touring right now. Course, the first is to promote the "Take Cover" album, and the second is to kind of get us up to speed for performance. We have a new album that we've written and we're in the recording stage now and we plan on hitting the recording studio in March when we get back. I'm not sure when it's gonna come out, but I'm sure we'll be done with it by July.

Times Herald-Record: You recently released a greatest hits album and a cover album and some of your concerts have featured actors and video. What can fans expect at the Chance [in Poughkeepsie on February 6]?

Tate: Well, we have a kind of interesting show. The stage looks kind of like an old vaudeville stage with curtains and gold trim and towers of lights. It looks like a combination of old and new technology, which is kind of fun for us, and there's no video on this particular tour. We chose to go with a focus-on-the-band approach because we're really playing a lot of our past history. We're playing something off each record and we're also focusing on a lot of songs that we haven't played in several years.

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Nazi Black Metal Show Sparks Concern

YLE News reports that an anti-racism non-governmental organization (NGO) in Tampere, Finland is urging foreigners to avoid downtown areas of the city on Friday evening (February 1). The Rasmus Network against Racism and Xenophobia says police have warned them of possible unrest surrounding a concert (poster) to be staged by four neo-Nazi bands.

The groups — DER STÜRMER (Greece), ABSURD (Germany), GOATMOON (Finland) and SATANIC WARMASTER (Finland) — are scheduled to play at a Tampere heavy metal rock club. According to the club's promoter, Toni Törrönen, the concert was sold out well in advance.

The tour is organized by the Pagan Front record label, which bills itself as "the Hammer of National Socialist Black Metal." The Greek band's website praises the Nazis, while former members of the German band are in prison for murder and neo-Nazi activities.

"Based on the information that we have received from various sources, one of which is the police, this concert is going to draw a large number of extremist right wing nationalists into the city," says Peter Kariuki, coordinator of the Rasmus Network's Tampere chapter.

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Cavalera Conspiracy Confirmed For Graspop

Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

The latest act confirmed CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.

Acts on board for the festival now include: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DEF LEPPARD, SAXON, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, OBITUARY, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID, MADBALL.

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Megadeth Mainman Speaks On Ex-Guitarist

Headbanger's Blog recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine. An excerpt from the chat is available below:

Headbangers Blog: When did you start seeing signs that (guitarist) Glen Drover might not be happy with what he was doing in the band?

Mustaine: "You know, out of respect for Glen, I’m not gonna really talk too much about that. He was having some stuff that he was dealing with, and we’re talking about someone who left for personal matters. He didn’t get into it, so why should I? I frankly don’t know what [made him want to leave] other than what he told me, which is he wanted to leave to be with his family. Now, Glen is the brother of our drummer, and out of just sheer stupidity you would talk shit about an exiting member when he’s got a sibling in your band, so I’ve got nothing to say. And even if I was mad a Glen, which I’m not, I wouldn’t say anything about it. Glen is a talented player, and he had given the thumbs up to Chris Broderick coming in, and [his brother] Shawn [Drover] is the one who even recommended Chris Broderick. So, I was really excited.

Glen was influenced a lot by Chris Poland, and we don’t play a lot of Megedeth from the Chris Poland era. Chris was totally influenced by Marty Friedman, who we play a lot of music from. It was the longest lineup, and for subsequent guitar players after Marty left, I tried to find people who sounded a little more like him than just kind of going in whatever direction I wanted to.

There was no real rhyme or reason between the choices of a player like Chris Poland, and then jumping to someone like a Jeff Young and then jumping to Marty Friedman. It wasn’t like I was advancing or progressing or following any kind of educational graph to get from Chris to Marty. The good thing now is every song is ready to go. Chris has been down here playing the songs with me. We play them in slow-mo, we film them on video cameras and we’re going over every single note – so much so that we even corrected things that bass and drums were doing wrong while we were doing rehearsal here prior to leaving for the tour. We got deep down in there and found a bunch of stuff that made it even tighter. I loved playing with Glen. This is a new chapter. I think we’ve taken it up a level. I appreciate Glen helping me find Chris. Now it’s time to move on."

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