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Metal News for February 11, 2007

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Mushroomhead Announce US Tour Dates

Mushroomhead have announced the following tour dates:

March 2nd in Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
March 3rd in Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
March 4th in Madison, WI @ The Annex
March 5th in Springfield, MO @ Remmington's
March 6th in Topeka, KS @ The Static Bar
March 7th in Moore, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
March 8th in Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
March 9th in San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
March 10th in Houston, TX @ Meridian
March 11th in Ft. Worth, TX @ Texas Hellfest @ The Rockyard
March 13th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
March 14th in Orlando, FL @ The Social
March 16th in Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
March 17th in Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's Pub
March 18th in Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
March 19th in Townson, MD @ Recher Theater
March 23rd in Portland, ME @ The Station
March 25th in New York, NY @ Rebel

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Origin To Begin Writing More Material After Tour

Extreme-metal quintet Origin plan to begin writing material for their next album as soon as they've returned from their current European tour with Necrophagist and Misery Index. The jaunt wraps March 14 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Origin guitarist Paul Ryan said the band is "stoked about the material that we have now." He added: "As with all our CDs, we are trying to make the approach different than the last. We want to continue writing stuff that we find challenging as musicians as well as over-the-top in its approach." Expect the album to hit stores late this year.

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Metallica Finishing Pre-Production On New Album

Metallica, who haven't been heard from since announcing last year that they were working on a new album with super-producer Rick Rubin, expect to begin laying down finished tracks for the set next month.

"We are finishing up the last couple weeks of pre-production on the album and ... really ... seriously ... (drumroll) ... we're going to start recording on March 12th," reads a message posted Friday (2/9) at the band's website. "We're pretty f---in' psyched about it and pretty f---in' psyched to be sharing this experience with Rick."

The message goes on to say that, for the second summer in a row, the group will take a break from the studio to play some summer festivals.

"The plan right now is to head out in late June and hang out for a couple/three weeks," the message continued. "We might even do a certain festival that we've played 19 times in July that starts with a 'W,' maybe hit a certain band member's home turf ... blah, blah, blah. It's a start ...."

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Shadows Fall Reveal Tracklisting, First Single

Massachusetts-based metallers SHADOWS FALL will film a video for the new song "Redemption" shortly with director Zach Merck (ATREYU, CONVERGE). The track is the first single from band's upcoming album "Threads of Life", which will be out on April 3 through the band's new deal with Atlantic Records.

'Threads Of Life' was produced by Nick Raskulinecz who recently worked on Stone Sour's Grammy nominated 'Come What(ever) May) and mixed by Zeuss (HATEBREED, UNEARTH).

The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Redemption
02. Burning The Live
03. Stormwinds
04. Failure Of The Devout
05. Venomous
06. Another Lost Hero
07. Final Call
08. Dread Uprising
09. The Great Collapse
10. Just Another Nightmare
11. Forevermore

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Pain Signs To Roadrunner Records

Swedish Death metal legend Peter Tägtgren signs to Roadrunner for his PAIN alter ego.

Since Peter Tägtgren appeared on the music scene back in the early nineties he has been a most extraordinary artist and producer. Known as guitarist and front man of the hard working touring band Hypocrisy, he is also known for his work as a Producer. He has his own studio, Abyss, located in the Swedish outback outside the small town of Ludvika. Hailed by alternative press as "the Rick Rubin of Scandinavian Metal" he has produced Celtic Frost, Immortal, Destruction, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, and Marduk and others. As if this weren't enough for this true Renaissance man, Peter Tägtgren could be seen and heard, not only live, or on TV, but also in the movies. He has delivered scores and has been seen in cameo roles in many Swedish hit films, including Sleepwalker","Nolltolerans" and "Exit"."

Pain, his more industrial and catchy project, was signed to Universal (Stockholm Records) in 1999. The band has obtained great chart entries, substantial sales and gold disc awards. Music channels have found themselves plugging their videos which were more brutal than anything they'd rotated up to then. As well as touring the Nordic countries, Pain has been touring throughout Europe with In Flames, Tiamat, Atrocity, Theatre Of Tragedy amongst others.

Pain's Roadrunner debut, which is the artist's fifth album and the first signing to the Bonnier Amigo / Roadrunner A & R joint venture, will be released in April 2007. On the new album which is still untitled we find a sharper production, heavier guitars, massive string movements and even more in your face vocals. Actually, on this album there is more of everything.

Release date and quite a few exciting guests performing on the album will be announced shortly."Pain has been a huge success in the Nordic territories and also here and there in continental Europe, but now the time has come to feed the planet with the music of this extraordinary artist" says Jesper Thorsson, A & R, who brought the artist to the Roadrunner.

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Fu Manchu Post New Song Online

Southern California quartet FU MANCHU have posted a second song from their new album We Must Obey, "Knew It All Along," on their official MySpace page. On Tuesday (Feb. 13), the complete We Must Obey album will be posted at the same location, where it will be available for streaming until the album's Feb. 20 release date.

In other news, Century Media Records will issue a limited-edition clear vinyl version of We Must Obey on May 8. In conjunction with its release, Ampeg will give away a clear guitar – the Dan Armstrong Plexi model played by FU front man Scott Hill. One of the 2,000 copies of the We Must Obey clear vinyl will include a "golden ticket" with instructions on how to redeem the grand prize. More details on the clear vinyl (which can currently be preordered at CMDistro.com) / clear guitar contest are included in the new We Must Obey e-card now posted at www.centurymedia.com/fumanchu.

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Slayer Win First Grammy For "Eyes Of The Insane"

Slayer have been awarded their first-ever Grammy Award. The track, "Eyes of the Insane," from the band's most recent album, "Christ Illusion," took the Grammy in the category of Best Metal Performance. Fellow category nominees included Lamb of God, Mastodon, Ministry and Stone Sour.

This was Slayer's second Grammy nomination, the first being in 2002 for the track "Disciple" (from "God Hates Us All"), also in the Best Metal Performance category.

Slayer, currently headlining a North American tour, did not attend the Grammy's presentation, but vocalist/bassist Tom Araya had this to say about the win from his hotel room in Columbus, OH: " Jeff [Hanneman] and I put a lot into 'Eyes of the Insane' so we're thrilled that the Grammy voters took the time to listen to it, and then vote for it. We're out here on the road and we're all really, really happy."

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Modern Life Is War Signs w/ Equal Vision Records

Equal Vision Records has announced the signing of Iowa-based melodic hardcore band, Modern Life Is War.

"We chose to sign with Equal Vision for a couple reasons," explains vocalist Jeffrey Eaton. "Number One, because they can give us the support we need to keep touring year round. And number two, because the label is driven by music and not trends, images and marketing schemes like so many other prominent record labels."

Modern Life Is War are currently at home writing the follow-up to their 2005 album Witness, but will be taking a break in February to preview some new songs on the road with Ambitions and The Geeks. Following the tour, Modern Life Is War has studio time booked with legendary indie/punk producer J. Robbins (Against Me!, Texas Is The Reason, Jets To Brazil) to lay down tracks for the upcoming album, which will also be available on vinyl through Lifeline Records.

Here are the latest Modern Life Is War tour dates:

2/18 - Kansas City, MO @ The Anchor
2/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Lemp Arts Center
2/20 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
2/21 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Underground
2/22 - Dayton, OH @ The Water Front
2/23 - Mt. Clemens, MI @ Hayloft Liquor Stand
2/24 - Beloit, WI @ Beloit University

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