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Metal News for February 11, 2008

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31 news articles posted on this day.

Unearth To Tour In Support Of Upcoming DVD

Unearth are set to hit the road for a two week run of dates in support of their upcoming, first-ever, double disc DVD release "Alive from the Apocalypse" starting in Burlington, VT on March 27th. Supporting Unearth on this upcoming string of dates is fellow Massachusetts metalheads Bury Your Dead, Los Angeles' As Blood Runs Black, Madison, Alabama's My Children My Bride, and Texas metalers The Destro.

"We are hitting the road this spring for a short two week run to support the release of our new DVD "Alive from the Apocalypse." At the same time this will allow us to sit with some of the new songs we have been working on for our next record and really let the writing process breathe a bit. We are also playing some cities for the first time in two or more years and a couple others for the very first time in our career. We've put together a package we feel our fans will really dig with Bury Your Dead, As Blood Runs Black, My Children My Bride and The Destro. It's going to be good to get out there to support the DVD, blow off some steam and rage with friends and fans all at the same time" comments Trevor Phipps, vocalist of Unearth.

Here are the tour dates so far:

3/27 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
3/28 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
3/29 - Toledo, OH @ Headliners
3/30 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
3/31 - Des Moines, IA @ People's Court
4/1 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
4/2 - TBC
4/3 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
4/4 - TBC
4/5 - Cordova, TN @ Skatepark of Memphis
4/6 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
4/8 - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
4/9 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox Laundrolounge
4/10 - TBC

Unearth's "Alive from the Apocalypse" will be available everywhere March 18th, 2008!

Here is the complete track listing for "Alive from the Apocalypse": More...

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Sahg Ready New Album, "Sahg II"

Norway’s doom metal band Sahg, are set to unveil their latest masterpiece, the simply named “Sahg II,” on March 18 on Regain Records.

While the band’s 2006 debut, “Sahg I,” established the band as a force to be reckoned with in doom metal, “Sahg II” proves the band’s staying power. Taking inspiration from the forefathers of all things heavy – Black Sabbath – Sahg creates its own interpretation of retro, trippy, heavy music, based around memorable, ear-catching riffs.

“This album is definitely a big step forward for us, both musically and technically/sound-wise,” said guitarist/vocalist Olav Iversen. “The songs are more diverse on ‘Sahg II’ because we have allowed ourselves to think more freely and be more receptive to a wider range of inspiration. There are so many directions we want to explore with this band, and this is just what we had time for in this round.”

While the band focused on learning from past mistakes, the recording process itself turned out to be a bit of a challenge for Sahg, with the recording studio being torn to the ground by the landlord after recording just three songs. Undeterred, they used a tiny rehearsal room as a temporary studio while seeking out another location. They soon settled at Audiopilot Studio in their native town of Bergen, Norway, a studio by the ocean, full of vintage guitar amps, effects, tape machines, and a Fender Rhodes piano. It was the perfect summer setting for Sahg to record. And then the technical problems started.

“It really felt like being under some vicious spell,” Iversen said. “But, finally, we landed it, with a bunch of pretty intense recordings in our hands that are very much colored by the strife and frustration we were in. All the hardship turned into something good.” More...

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First Reign Signs With Milkweed Records

Canadian progressive melodic death metal band FIRST REIGN has signed with independent record label MILKWEED RECORDS. They will be releasing their debut "As the Dead Lead the Dead" shortly. The album features 6 songs, 30+ minutes of metal in the vein of fellow Canadians Into Eternity and metal pioneers Iron Maiden and Megadeth. You can check out some of their latest material on the band's MySpace page.

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Sanctity Part Ways With Frontman and Bassist

North Carolina thrashers SANCTITY have issued the following update:

"Yes, the rumors are true, Jared [MacEachern; vocals, rhythm guitar] and Derek [Anderson, bass] have left SANCTITY for personal reasons. Originally we were planning to announce the addition of Brian Stephenson (ex-ANNIHILATOR) on guitar during the SONATA ARCTICA tour, but things have changed in the last two months. Jared just had a beautiful baby girl in December and decided that being a good father was the most important thing and SANCTITY agrees. During this time Derek had a situation at home and came to a mutual decision to leave SANCTITY as well."

"Despite having two members leave, SANCTITY continues instead of flaking out and dropping off a tour we were obligated to. Brian stepped up as our new vocalist and we have hometown friends Zach Jordan and Scott Smith (both in ABOVE THE MEANS) filling in on guitar and bass respectively."

"Perseverance is nothing new to SANCTITY, we've dealt with everything from gear being stolen, being stranded in Wisconsin, bus accidents and now this." More...

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Pristina Begin Preproduction For New Album

PRISTINA, the new band featuring former members of 100 DEMONS, A THOUSAND FALLING SKIES, INVOCATION OF NEHEK and DRY KILL LOGIC, has issued the following update:

"PRISTINA has been locked in the rehearsal space writing a follow-up to our debut 'Boner Jams '07'. The new stuff is just so far beyond anything we've written thus far and whether you like or hate us, the new shit is undeniably fucking kick-ass! We will be looking to record some point this year. Also, the long song (also known as 'The Drought') has not been recorded yet due to scheduling issues between Steve Austin and ourselves. We will be recording it with him when he returns home from tour with TODAY IS THE DAY. We may just do the whole full length with him if time allows, but that is still up in the air."

In other news, PRISTINA is looking for a new bassist and keyboardist/samplist. More information is available on the group's MySpace page.

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Dark Tranquillity Issue Post-UK Tour Update

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have issued the following updates:

"The British 'Fiction' tour is over, and we'd like to send our warmest greetings to the crew, audience and the guys in OMNIUM GATHERUM for making it an enjoyable and interesting trip. Photos and videos are beginning to surface on the usual sites, so do some searches to find."

"The last show of the tour, at the Barfly in London, was definitely the most exciting of the lot. Apart from the sold-out venue being packed with fans and friends from all over Europe, the blazing fire a mere two blocks away added a sense of urgency to the gig. Not knowing if the venue would have to be evacuated or — still worse — if we'd all go down like the Titanic orchestra if the flames would reach the nearby gas station, we played as if every note would be the last." More...

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Anathema Prepare Two New Albums

Britain's ANATHEMA has issued the following update:

"We have taken all of our recording equipment to a house in England where we have built a studio and begun the first of two records to be released this year. The recording has been going very well."

"This first record is a semi-acoustic recording of many of our most loved older tracks. This will be released on Peaceville Records. The working title is 'Temporary Peace'."

"The songs to be included on 'Temporary Peace' are:

01. Angelica
02. Leave No Trace
03. Inner Silence
04. One Last Goodbye
05. Are You There
06. Fragile Dreams
07. A Natural Disaster
08. Temporary Peace
09. Flying" More...

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Sanctification Prepare To Record New Album

SANCTIFICATION, the Swedish death metal band featuring current/former members of GOD AMONG INSECTS, IN BATTLE and SOULDRAINER, has recruited Tony Laureano (DIMMU BORGIR, ex-NILE, ANGELCORPSE) to lay down the drum tracks for its upcoming CD. The recording sessions will take place this spring at the Abyss Studios in Sweden. A summer/fall 2008 release via Pulverised Records is expected.

Commented the group: "Things are moving along just fine in the camp and we are at the moment waiting for Tony to give us some more solid info on when he has the time to record this album. He is going on tour with DIMMU BORGIR so the recording is being pushed forward a bit but it is OK with us, we still have a few tunes to write so no rush. We will start to reherse the new songs in a week or so and see if there is any need for changes or so." More...

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Negative Seek Rhythm Guitarist

Finnish rockers NEGATIVE check in with the following update:

"Negative is looking for a new rhythm guitar player. Everyone interested in the position, please email a sample of your playing (a link to an audio or video file), a photo and a short biography to negativeguitarist@negative.fi."

Another message from the group reads: "Check out a video from the recording sessions of NGT's upcoming album (here). More videos will be posted in the coming weeks." More...

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Battleroar Hit The Studio

Greek epic metallers BATTLEROAR are in the recording studio with producer John Boulamakis, completing the recordings of their third album To Death And Beyond. Greek comic artist (Conan Greek edition) John Rubulias has been hired for the artwork. The album will see the light on April 24th. A limited digipak edition will be released including a bonus track and an exclusive embroidered patch. For more info visit www.battleroar.com.

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Twisted Sister Announce Live Date For Holland

TWISTED SISTER have lined up a date in Holland, at a venue to-be-announced on June 15th. More details to surface soon.

Currently, Twisted Sister have the following European tour dates (cities, venues tba) scheduled:

May
10 - Bulgaria

June
15 - Holland

August
9 - Finland
16 - Norway

September
13 - Milan, Italy More...

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Amoral Announce Finnish Live Dates

Finnish metallers AMORAL have issued the following update:

"We have some cool dates coming up in March - Lahti, Oulu, Helsinki and Kerava will feel the love, and some more dates might pop up in the near future. Don't miss the action, buy your ticket in advance from www.lippupalvelu.fi (Lahti, Oulu) and www.tiketti.fi (Helsinki)."

Amoral live dates now include:

March
1 - Lahti, Finland - Finlandiaklubi (w/ PROFANE OMEN)
8 - Oulu, Finland - Teatria (w/AMORPHIS)
15 - Helsinki, Finland - Curium Metal Club
22 - Kerava, Finland - Kerava Metal Fest

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Decrepit Birth Explain Tour Cancellation

DECREPIT BIRTH have posted the following update:

“Well, as mentioned in the title of the blog we are very disappointed to announce that we had to drop of the BDM tour due to road closures and bad weather in Wyoming. We really want to apologize to everyone who came out, or was going to come out to watch us play. We owe you all big time. We’re planning a bit of a makeup tour for the future so that you guys don’t miss out on our live set. We are very grateful to everyone on this tour package, bands and crew. Everyone treated us so well. We hope people understand that a combination of brutal weather, road closures, and the loss of heat in our piece of shit vehicle were the only reasons we decided to turn around. These elements rendered us into a position where we could not catch up with the rest of the tour. Our last night in Boise, Idaho was so awesome, but we didn’t have a clue that it was our last show of the tour. We want to thank all of our friends and fans for the best support ever, we promise to make this up. The shows we did enjoy on this tour kicked so much ass!!! This tour absolutely changed our lives, and despite the set backs, we had a killer time!”

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Origin Reveal New Album Details

Kansas-based death metallers ORIGIN have completed work on their upcoming new album, Antithesis (cover artwork). The album was engineered by Rob Rebeck at Chapman Studios, mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound, and features the following track listing:

01. The Aftermath
02. Algorithm
03. Consuming Misery
04. Wrath of Vishnu
05. Finite
06. The Appalling
07. Void
08. Ubiquitous
09. The Beyond Within
10. Antithesis

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Motley Crue Sign "Mega Deal" with Live Nation

Robin Leach reports on his blog "Vegas Luxe Life with Robin Leach" that MÖTLEY CRÜE — Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars — signed a $100-million-plus mega-deal last week to produce three albums and perform three world tours for the giant Live Nation entertainment conglomerate.

"We'll actually have been together for 37 years by the time it comes to an end," Vince told Leach.

Vince, who will go off next month on a solo tour of Canada, said that the first of the three long world tours starts this July. The new contract runs for the next 10 years and includes 169 concert dates on the first global journey.

CRÜE is well into the creation of its new studio album, which will be titled "The Dirt" and based on the band's 2001 memoir of the same name. Bassist Nikki Sixx wrote in a new online update, "10 songs done for the new CRÜE album so far, I'm very proud of the songs. I think we're onto some of the better songs we've had in years...Time will tell, of course. A couple of song titles on the CRÜE album are called 'A Scar On Hollywood Boulevard' and 'The Saints Of Los Angeles'... The chemistry in the studio as we're writing is unbelievable."

Nikki Sixx will be featured on a new Fuse TV program called "Live through This" which documents music stars that have made a comeback. The show will air on Thursday, February 21 at 10 p.m.

The Pulse of Radio reported last month that the rumored tour by Sixx's other band, SIXX: A.M., is starting to take shape. The MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist and his new act will likely hit the road in late April and early May for a run through 10 or 12 major U.S. markets. No word yet on exact dates or venues.

Sixx wrote and recorded the album with longtime friends James Michael and D.J. Ashba and has resisted the idea of turning the project into an actual band. But Sixx told The Pulse of Radio that may all be changing. "It seems that people have been able to really feel that it's a band, they really feel that it's something that they can get behind and they can go, 'You know, I really support these guys in what they're doing,'" he said. "It's interesting 'cause we never planned on playing live together, and then we played live together, and that went off so well that I think we accidentally started a band."

Rumors initially surfaced that SIXX: A.M. would tour in February, although Sixx shot down those reports. The project has only played live once so far, last fall at a Utah radio festival.

The SIXX: A.M. album serves as the "soundtrack" to Sixx's recently published book, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star".

Twenty-five percent of Sixx's royalties from "The Heroin Diaries" goes to Running Wild In The Night, a charity he established in conjunction with Covenant House to rescue homeless and runaway youth from the streets.

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Dark Tranquility Issue Post U.K. Tour Update

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have issued the following updates:

"The British 'Fiction' tour is over, and we'd like to send our warmest greetings to the crew, audience and the guys in OMNIUM GATHERUM for making it an enjoyable and interesting trip. Photos and videos are beginning to surface on the usual sites, so do some searches to find.

"The last show of the tour, at the Barfly in London, was definitely the most exciting of the lot. Apart from the sold-out venue being packed with fans and friends from all over Europe, the blazing fire a mere two blocks away added a sense of urgency to the gig. Not knowing if the venue would have to be evacuated or — still worse — if we'd all go down like the Titanic orchestra if the flames would reach the nearby gas station, we played as if every note would be the last."

In other news, DARK TRANQUILLTY was honored in the "Metal" category at Sweden's annual Manifestgalan awards, which recognizes fantastic music and musicians from independent record labels. DARK TRANQUILLTY received the award for its latest album, "Fiction", which was released in April 2007 via Century Media Records. The CD was mixed by Tue Madsen (HIMSA, THE HAUNTED) and "encompasses all of the elements on which the band built their career: thought-provoking lyrics, shredding guitar work, captivating melodies and sheer brutality," according to a press release.

DARK TRANQUILLITY's "Haven" (2000) and "Projector" (1999) albums were reissued in Japan last month to coincide with the group's Japanese tour. Both albums feature lengthy liner notes by vocalist Mikael Stanne detailing the songwriting and recording process as well as the inner working of the band at the time of creating the songs. In addition, "Projector" features the extra track "Exposure" — previously unreleased in Japan — and "Haven" is graced with "Cornered" as a bonus song.

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More Bands Confirmed For Download 2008

According to Kerrang.com, ALTER BRIDGE, DISTURBED, IN FLAMES and INCUBUS have been added to the bill of this year's Download festival, set to take place the weekend of June 13-15 at Castle Donington, UK.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

KISS (headliner)
LOSTPROPHETS (headliner)
THE OFFSPRING (headliner)
JUDAS PRIEST
MOTÖRHEAD
RISE AGAINST
HIM
ALTER BRIDGE
DISTURBED
IN FLAMES
INCUBUS

"On behalf of ALTER BRIDGE, I'd like to say that it is a huge honour to share the stage with so many great bands at the Download festival," Myles Kennedy from the band told Kerrang.com. "But, even more importantly, we look forward to re-connecting with old and new fans alike. The Download festival is always one of the highlights of our year."

"We are honored and are looking forward to sharing the stage with so many bands we respect and admire, and playing to one of the most rabid crowds in existence," stated DISTURBED's David Draiman.

IN FLAMES frontman Anders Fridén was equally excited: "We are really happy to play Download again!" he told Kerrang.com. "We played 2006 and that was an amazing show, such a great day. We are really looking forward to doing it again."

Tickets for Download 2008 are on sale now. Prices are as follows: a full weekend ticket: £130, standard camping: £20, camper van: £40, family zone camping: £20, lockers: £11, parking £10 in advance or £15 on the day. There are a variety of ticket packages available to buy, including the RIP packages (a VIP package) from £315.

For Club or VIP Experience packages, please call 020 7009 3484 to discuss your requirements.

Disabled customers can call 0121 767 9729 to discuss accessibility arrangements. Please note, disabled customers will be provided with one free ticket for their helper, where required. Should additional helper tickets be required, please call the disabled access ticket line on 0121 767 9729 or email access@downloadfestival.co.uk

For more details, visit www.downloadfestival.co.uk.

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Cattle Decapitation Begin Writing New Material

California-based grind metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION have commence writing their next album due in late 2008. This will be the first recording with new drummer David Mcgraw (ex-SLEEP TERROR) who joined Cattle Decapitation in fall of 2007. Upcoming Cattle Decapitation live dates include:

March
7- Ventura, CA - Mais Cafe
8- Berkely, CA - The 924 Gilman Project

April
5- Corona, CA - Showcase Theatre w/ Anal Blast(A.B.’s farewell show!)
20- Hollywood, CA - The Knitting Factory
25- Bakersfield, CA - TBA
26- Lancaster, CA - Schooners

May
31 – Gathering Of The Sick Festival - Albuquerque, NM

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Folly Calls It Quits

New Jersey metalcore band Folly has officially announced plans to disband. Formed in 1997, the group released two full-lengths with Triple Crown Records. Prior to breaking up, Folly will play several final shows - most likely in the NJ-NY-CT region - in addition to recording some new tracks to be released online. A lengthy statement regarding the group's decision can be found here, though this excerpt is fairly illustrative:

"After a little more that a decade, we've decided to formally resign from the music industry. Whereas obviously we would like to have an impossibly absurd reason or scenario causing the end of this run, say 'Anthony moving to Lebanon to competitively knit table cloths' or 'Arben pursuing his lust for bartering lion pelts and hyena hides.' We simply just want to move on with our lives for a variety of personal reasons. It's supposedly a very cliché reason for a band to break up, to go these separate ways. Yet, it is as definitive and undesigning as the message in said Journey song: Someday love will find us, break these chains that bind us! Sadly, this band is no longer our raison d'être. We have other avenues to venture... other pages to turn."

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Maroon Announce Euro Tour Dates w/ Chimaira

Having just returned from a tour with Bring Me The Horizon, Architects and Blessed By A Broken Heart, Germain metalcore band Maroon have announced the next set of European tour dates. Maroon will be touring with Chimaira and The Sorrow on the following dates:

MAROON w/ Chimaira & The Sorrow
11.03. (NL) Amsterdam - Melkweg
12.03. (D) Hamburg - Markthalle
13.03. (DK) Aarhus - Train
14.03. (D) Berlin - SO36
15.03. (PL) Warsaw - Progresja
16.03. (CZ) Prague - Rock Café
18.03. (D) Munich - Backstage
19.03. (A) Vienna - Arna
20.03. (SLO) Ljubljana - Media Park
21.03. (I) Bologna - Estragon
22.03. (A) Innsbruck - Hafen
23.03. (D) Frankfurt - Batschkapp
24.03. (CH) Pratteln - Z7
26.03. (F) Marseille - Escape Julien
27.03. (E) Barcelona - Salamandra
28.03. (E) Madrid - Copornica
29.03. (E) Vigo - A
30.03. (E) Irun - Tunk
01.04. (D) Saarbruecken - Roxy
02.04. (F) Paris - La Locomotive
03.04. (UK) Norwich - Waterfront
04.04. (UK) Sheffield - Corporation
05.04. (UK) Glasgow - Yvory Black
06.04. (UK) Bristol - Bierkeller
08.04. (UK) Nottingham - Rock City
09.04. (UK) London - Carling Academy
10.04. (D) Essen - Zeche Carl

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Nidrike Post Two New Songs Online

Nidrike has posted two new tracks from the upcoming album "Blodsarv" their MySpace page. The titles are "Då Solen Svartnar" and "Your Satan, My Saviour." The band are currently working to get the layout for "Bloodsarv" finished and then will send it off to print.

As previously reported, teh final track listing for "Bloodsarv" is as follows: More...

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Tugnut Calls It Quits

Canadian experimental metal band Tugnut have called it quits after 6 years together. The band, who were signed to Acerbic Noise Development, have cancelled all upcoming tour dates. Here is the message posted to the band and label's MySpace pages: More...

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Gama Bomb Issue Studio Update

Gama Bomb issue the following studio update:

"How do, thrash farmers,"

"The G-Max lads are now one week into the recording of our Earache debut Citizen Brain at Grindstone Studios in deepest, darkest Suffolk with Scott "Cliffhanger 2" Atkins, and what a week it's been. Three days of tracking drums saw Paul nail every song down and left him literally letting off some steam (a la Commando's Captain Bennett) as he sweated off the pounds in the live room. We're currently editing the resulting tracks and preparing to lay down rhythm guitars. Evil ones." More...

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Dark Fortress Post Another New Song Online

Another new DARK FORTRESS song entitled "No Longer Human" has been posted on the MySpace page of the group's drummer, Seraph. The track "Edge of Night" is still available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. Both cuts come off the German black metal outfit's fifth full-length album, "Eidolon", which will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: February 22
UK, France, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Rest Of Europe: February 25
Spain, Portugal: February 26
Finland, Sweden, Hungary: February 29

According to a press release, "Eidolon" is the band's first effort with new vocalist Morean, who is also responsible for the intricate lyrical concept.

In its nine chapters the album describes the initiation, dehumanization and unearthly rebirth of a transcending soul by mirror magic and astral projection.

An "Eidolon" is a Greek concept of an astral double of a living being or a "mirror." The concept describes a magic mirror ritual as while a person is in a trance, the surface of the mirror is used as a gate to enter a new dimension. Three songs each form the album's three chapters:

"Eidolon" track listing (50:17):

The first three songs describe the calling of beings from the other dimension, seen from three different angles:

01. The Silver Gate (6:50)
02. Cohorror (5:37)
03. Baphomet (6:24) *

The second part is the initiation, when the astral soul is dehumanized and torn away from his earthly ties.

04. The Unflesh (5:08)
05. Analepsy (6:01)
06. Edge of Night (3:57)

The third part is the rebirth „on the other side of the mirror“.

07. No Longer Human (5:36)
08. Catacrusis (4:34)
09. Antiversum (7:22)

* Featuring guest vocals by Tom Gabriel Fischer (CELTIC FROST)

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Lordi Post Movie Press Conference Online

A 13-minute video clip containing footage from the LORDI press conference for the band's new horror film, "Dark Floors", the official world premiere of the movie and the LORDI concert that followed can be viewed below.

"Dark Floors" premiered at Oulu Energia Areena in Finland on February 6. The home of Kärpät, a Finnish national hockey league team, hosted an audience of 5,000 people who also saw LORDI's show. With its image as the film-friendly town up north, Oulu is the perfect choice for the premiere: "Dark Floors" was shot there last summer.

The Finnish national premiere for the film took place this past Friday (February 8).

Solar Films produced "Dark Floors" in cooperation with the Northern Film and Media Foundation POEM and the North Finland Film Commission (NFFC).

The film — set in an American hospital with a British cast, including Ronald Pickup — has a conventional, spine-curling horror plot. It follows the story of a small group of people including an autistic girl - played by 12-year-old Briton Skye Bennett — inexplicably trapped in a suddenly deserted hospital. More...

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BFMV, A7X And Atreyu To Tour Australia

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and ATREYU will team up for a six-show Australian tour in May. The dates are as follows:

May 06 - Riverstage Brisbane (All Ages)
May 07 - Hordern Pavilion Sydney (All Ages)
May 08 - Thebarton Theatre Adelaide (All Ages)
May 10 - Festival Hall Melbourne (All Ages)
May 11 - Metro City Perth (Under 18's)
May 12 - May Metro City Perth (18+)

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m.

The new BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE album, "Scream Aim Fire", sold 53,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart. BULLET's first-week sales total is only eight thousand copies less than that of this week's chart-topper, ALICIA KEYS, whose No. 1 album is said to be among the the lowest-selling in modern chart history.

"Scream Aim Fire", has achieved the following first-week chart positions:

Japan: #1
Germany: #3
Australia: #4
USA: #4
United Kingdom: #5

A No. 4 debut might be sweet for BULLET singer Matt Tuck, who told The Pulse of Radio that making the disc was a difficult process. "Yeah, totally, every day for the last eight months, prior to it getting actually mixed and mastered and finished, it was like just a never-ending struggle every day, really," he said. "But, you know, it's definitely worth the work."

The CD follows up the group's acclaimed 2006 full-length debut, "The Poison", which has sold more than 375,000 copies in the U.S.

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will join AVENGED SEVENFOLD and ATREYU on this winter's Taste of Chaos tour beginning on February 29 in Denver.

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Benediction Announce Benefit Show

Birmingham, UK-based death metal legends BENEDICTION have announced via their MySpace page that they will play a benefit concert in rememberence of Ian "Wolfie" Smith at Scruffy Murphy's in Birmingham on February 17th.

Tickets for the show are £5.00 with all proceeds go to the Birmingham Childrens Hospital. Tickets are strictly limited to 200 and 100 have been sold so be quick. it is an all day gig so lots of other local bands will be performing as well.

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JFAC To Re-Issue Album On Picture Disc

Glendale, AZ extreme metal powerhouse JOB FOR A COWBOY's Genesis album will receive a release on picture disc on April 18 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy), April 21st (rest of Europe).

The release will be part of the Metal Blade Vinyl Fan Edition series, which means the edition is strictly limited to 500 copies only.

Job For A Cowboy recently announced both North American and United Kingdom tours alongside thrash metal legends MEGADETH in support of the Genesis album.

The band has been handpicked by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine to support his band as part of both the UK and North American Gigantour 2008 tours.

Job For A Cowboy is set to kick off 2008 in grand fashion as it brings its devastating live show to new and larger audiences alongside one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time in Megadeth. Job For A Cowboy will provide direct support to Megadeth on the UK Gigantour run, set to launch February 17th in Norwich, UK. The week long trek will conclude with a February 24th performance at London's Brixton Academy.

Job For A Cowboy will then join Megadeth, Swedish metal titans IN FLAMES, Finnish thrashers CHILDREN OF BODOM and Oakland, CA power trio HIGH ON FIRE as part of the North American Gigantour, set to launch April 12th in Denver, CO.

On the topic of touring as part of Gigantour, Job For A Cowboy guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju comments, “It is an honor to be selected as part of such a great tour. Bands like High on Fire, Children of Bodom, In Flames and Megadeth are all respected in their own genres and every band has something great to offer. Every band is going to put on a show. Every band will eat you alive. Get your popcorn ready!”

A full listing of upcoming JFAC live performances follows this message.

In addition to Bhadriraju, Job For A Cowboy features vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarist Bobby Thompson, bassist Brent Riggs and drummer Jon "The Charn" Rice. More...

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Anterior To Support Dying Fetus On U.K. Tour

Wales-based metallers ANTERIOR have been confirmed as the main support act for the UK leg of the upcoming DYING FETUS tour.

Confirmed dates for the trek, also featuring BURNING SKIES and TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED include:

June
23 - London, England at Underworld
24 - Plymouth, England at White Rabbit
25 - Glasgow, Scotland at Ivory Blacks
26 - Manchester, England at Music Box
27 - Peterborough, England at The Park

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Whitesnake Announce Australian Dates

WHITESNAKE have lined up a string of dates in Australia in late March, which include:

March
26 - The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia (18+)
28 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia (licensed all ages)
30 - Palace Theatre, Melbourne, Australia (18+)
31 - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia (licensed all ages)

Whitesnake are releasing their new album, Good To Be Bad, through SPV / Steamhammer in Germany on April 18th, rest of Europe on April 21st and North America on April 22nd.

The band's first studio album in a decade features 11 new Whitesnake songs which are guaranteed to take their place alongside their multi-million selling catalogue.

Legendary front man, David Coverdale, says, “The new album contains all the elements I enjoy about Whitesnake, and more. I can hear moments that take me back to the bluesy, early years of the band all the way through the band's musical history to fully embrace the more electric aspects of where we are now, as a band. I'm thrilled with it and can hardly wait to unleash it on an unsuspecting public! If this is indeed the last Whitesnake studio record then I'm happy to finish like this. It was a labour of love making this record...a joy... and I'm still enjoying listening to it. Can't be bad!"

The 11 new songs, written by Coverdale and guitarist Doug Aldrich (who also co-produced the album with Coverdale & Michael McIntyre) provide a good balance of eight rocking tracks and three ballads. Coverdale feels it's the first 'real' Whitesnake album in almost 20 years, commenting “It's very butch. Very muscular..."

Tracks: 'Call On Me', 'Can You Hear The Wind Blow', 'Best Years', 'All I Want All I Need', 'Good To Be Bad', 'All For Love', 'Summer Rain', 'Lay Down Your Love', 'A Fool In Love', 'Got What You Need', 'Til The End Of Time'.

With their blend of hard rock, soul, blues, and balladry plus a healthy dose of priapic posturing and good time fun, Whitesnake brings a welcome, positive energy to the current musical climate.

Additionally, Whitesnake will be taking to the road with Def Leppard, playing a series of co-headline shows across the UK, major festivals and headliner shows in summer of 2008. The internationally renowned, multi-platinum band will be featuring songs from David Coverdale’s colourful career including the hits (for the choir to join in with) and new material from Good To Be Bad.

This is an opportunity to experience the ultimate line-up and celebrate 30 years of Whitesnake, who are:- Doug Aldrich on guitar; Reb Beach on guitar; Timothy Drury on keyboards; Uriah Duffy on bass; Chris Frazier on drums and of course, the inimitable David Coverdale on vocals.

“I can’t wait to get back on stage – after being in the studio for most of 2007 I am most definitely ready to let off some steam. The front row should definitely be prepared!” says Coverdale.

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Thrice, Circa Survive, Pelican U.S. Tour Dates

Thrice will headline a U.S. tour this spring with support from Circa Survive and Pelican. Here are the tour dates so far:

4/16 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
4/18 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
4/19 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
4/21 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
4/22 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
4/23 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
4/25 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
4/26 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
4/27 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
4/29 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
4/30 St Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
5/2 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
5/3 Richmond, VA @ The National
5/4 East Rutherford, NJ @ The Bamboozle Festival
5/6 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
5/7 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
5/8 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Café
5/9 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
5/10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
5/12 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
5/13 Buffalo, NY @ Club Infinity
5/14 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
5/15 Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo's
5/16 Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/17 Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
5/20 Denver, CO @ Ogden
5/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
5/23 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
5/24 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
5/25 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/27 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/28 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/29 Hollywood, CA @ Avalon

Thrice is about mid-way into their short Canadian/U.S. tour with Say Anything.

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