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Metal News for February 12, 2008

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43 news articles posted on this day.

10th Annual NEMHF Details Revealed

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

This year’s show, presented by ESP, Randall, EMG, and exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, will take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., its home since its inception. Sumerian Records will sponsor the “Summer Slaughter Tour” second stage.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Saturday will be headlined by Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, and Behemoth. Ministry, Meshuggah, and Nevermore will close out the festival on Sunday night.

Other bands scheduled to perform include: A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Belay My Last, Born of Osiris, Braindrill, Classic Struggle, Cockpunch!, Cold World, Dead to Fall, Demiricous, Dillinger Escape Plan, Disfear, Eluveitie, Elysia, Embrace the End, Emmure, The End, Ensiferum, First Blood, From a Second Story Window, Full Blown Chaos, The Ghost Inside, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Hemlock, High on Fire, Impending Doom, Job for a Cowboy, Keep Of Kalessin, Kid Deposit Triumph, Ligeia, Mensrea, Monstrosity, Municipal Waste, On Broken Wings, Overkill, Recon, Red I Flight, Rhinoceros, Shai Halud, Shipwreck a.d., Since the Flood, Skeletonwitch, Sleeping Giant, Soilent Green, Sons of Azrael, Stick to Your Guns, Stray from the Path, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Trap Them, Turisas, Tyr, Unexpect, Unholy, Vanna, Veil of Maya, Vital Remains, Waking the Cadaver, Winds of Plague, Withered, and Xtyrantx.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. EST. The cost is $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass. Tickets available at all Strawberries / FYE Stores, by calling (800) 477-6849 or online at tickets.com.

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Vicious Rumors Announce New Singer

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have announced the addition of singer Ronnie Stixx (SHADOWKEEP, DIVINE RUINS) to the group's ranks. "Ronnie showed up and blew the band away with his powerful voice," stated guitarist Geoff Thorpe. "The first night he sang with us it was like he was in the band for years. It was amazing. Major worldwide touring is in the works. Our first show is March 29 at the Britannia Arms in Cupertino, California."

VICIOUS RUMORS is currently writing material for a new album that will be recorded later in the year at Trident studios in Pacheco, California with the production team of Geoff Thorpe and Juan Urteaga. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Murderball", "From Fear to Eternity" and "Over the Edge". More...

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Bloodbath Reveal Mini-CD Artwork and Track Listing

Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH will release its new four-song mini-CD, "Unblessing The Purity", on March 10 through Peaceville Records. According to the band, "The classic old-school-looking cover artwork was created by Dusty Peterson who won last year's competition. We'd like to congratulate Dusty and thank him for visualizing our art concept. We'd also like to thank all the other artists for taking their time and effort to submit their creations even though it didn't make it all the way. Look out for audio-preview teasers to be posted shortly."

BLOODBATH 2008 is:

Mikael Åkerfeldt - Vocals
Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström - Guitar
Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson - Guitar
Jonas Renkse - Bass
Martin "Axe" Axenrot – Drums More...

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Dawn of Retaliation Recording New Demo

Norwegian death metallers DAWN OF RETALIATION are in pre-production for their second demo. Three tracks have already been recorded for the follow-up to 2006's "A Plague Called Religion".

Go to their Myspace page to hear tracks from "A Plague Called Religion", and clips from the upcoming demo.

DAWN OF RETALIATION is:

Martin Handelman - Vocals
Jahn Olsen - Lead guitar
Kenneth Bassan - Guitar
Marius Pørschke - Drums

The band is currently seeking a bassist.

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Severed Crotch Post New Song Online

SEVERED CROTCH, which is said to be "one of Iceland's leading metal acts," has posted a new song, "Ecstasy in Death", on the group's MySpace page. This is the second new track that the band has made available following last year's EP "Soul Cremation".

SEVERED CROTCH was formed in Reykjavik four years ago, with most players being under 15 at the time. They soon started playing live and over the years have gained a reputation for their hard-hitting and intense live appearances that have made them a crowd favorite in the local scene. As the band evolved, they shed their traditional death metal roots for a more brutal and technical approach, garnering them a status today as a sheer technical metal beast and certainly one of Iceland's premier metal acts. As a natural choice, the band has opened up for several international acts in Iceland, including AMON AMARTH, SCARVE, URKRAFT, MERCENARY, ROTTING CHRIST, ZERO HOUR, FINNTROLL and, last but certainly not least, CANNIBAL CORPSE, where they played to approximately 600 screaming fans.

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Possessed To Play Mexico In March

eactivated California death metal pioneers POSSESSED have scheduled two dates in Mexico in March:

March 14 - Monterrey, MEX @ Ibex Rock Bar
March 15 - Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador

As has been the case with all of POSSESSED's recent appearances, the group's lineup for the Mexican shows will consist of sole original member Jeff Becerra (vocals) backed by members of California's SADISTIC INTENT.

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I-def-I To Play France In March

Following some extremely postive press across numerous European magazines in 2007, Manchester, UK-based melodic metal band I-DEF-I has announced its first show overseas.

The group has been invited to play the launch night party for French label Musik4one alongside local bands SHERKAN and LND at EMB Sannois near Paris on Friday, March 14.

I-DEF-I is currently demoing new material and will return to the road in March/April in support of current releases "In the Light of a New Day" and "Bloodlust Casualty". A hometown show on Saturday, April 19 at Manchester Club Academy is already confirmed. More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Finish New Album

US traditional/doom metal heroes THE GATES OF SLUMBER have completed work on thei forthcoming album Conqueror, to be released in North America on May 19th via Profound Lore Records (I Hate Records in Europe).

Conqueror was recorded with Sanford Parker (BIBLE OF THE DEVIL, LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR, NACHMYSTIUM) and features the following tracks: 'Trapped In The Web', 'Conqueror', 'Ice Worm', 'Eyes Of The Liar', 'Children Of Satan', 'To Kill And Be King', 'The Machine', 'Dark Valley Suite', 'Black River I', 'Lines Written With The Knowledge That I Must Die', 'Call Of The Black Gods' and 'Black River II'.

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Soilwork Part Ways With Guitarist Ola Frenning

A Nuclear Blast Records representative has confirmed that Swedish metallers SOILWORK have decided to part ways with guitarist Ola Frenning, citing Ola's resistance of the demands of life on the touring road, as the main reason.

Soilwork singer Björn "Speed" Strid stated: "It was a very difficult decision to make because Ola has been our friend and bandmate for a very long time."

Says Frenning, "After 10 years, seven albums and several world wide tours, we've realized that we have developed in different directions and have a different set of values, profession wise. The disagreements have reached their peak and it has become an untenable situation. The band's solution is that I part ways with them so that I won't be in the way for the future plans of Soilwork. However, since I'm not gonna be on the road (at least for a while), I will now be able to continue with my songwriting and producing at another level." More...

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Suffocation Reveal New Album Title

Gino Alache from RockumRadio.com conducted an interview with SUFFOCATION drummer Mike Smith on Monday, February 11. During the 19-minute chat, Smith revealed the working title of the next SUFFOCATION album: "Blood Oath". According to Mike, the CD will be recorded by June for a tentative August/September release.

Listen to the interview at this location. More...

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Meshuggah Post Another New Song Online

You can check out the title track to MESHUGGAH’s upcoming new album, obZen, over at their official MySpace page. The album is set to be released North America on March 11th through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Scorpions Announce More Tour Dates

Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS have scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 09 - Bremen, Germany - AWD Dome
Apr. 10 - Saint Petersburg, Russia - Ice Palace
Apr. 12 - Rostov On - Don, Russia - Palace Of Sports
Apr. 13 - Samara, Russia - MTL Arena
Apr. 14 - Kazan, Russia - Tatneft Arena
Apr. 16 - Novosibirsk, Russia - Sport Palace
Apr. 18 - Krasnoyarsk, Russia - Sport Palace
Apr. 20 - Vladivistok, Russia - Fesco Hall
Apr. 21 - Habarovsk, Russia - Platinum Arena
Apr. 22 - Komsomolsk On Amur, Russia - Sport Palace Metallurg
Apr. 23 - Novokuznetsk, Russia - Sport Palace
Apr. 24 - Ekaterinburg, Russia - Sport Palace
Apr. 25 - Moscow, Russia - Vasilyevskiy Spusk
Aug. 24 - Wolpertshausen - Germany - Air Field Hohenlohe
Aug. 31 - Goiânia, Brazil - Ginasio Goiania Arena
Sep. 04 - Manaus, Brazil - Arena Amadeu Teixeira

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Jucifer Reveal New Album Details

Athens, Georgia's JUCIFER has completed work on its brand new album "L'autrichienne". The follow-up to "If Thine Enemy Hunger" is scheduled for a March 18 North American release (March 24 internationally).

JUCIFER recorded "L'autrichienne" with former GLANDS bassist Andy Baker (MASERATI, MERCURY PROGRAM, MENDOZA LINE) at his Bakery studios. "L'autrichienne" is themed around the French Queen Marie Antoinette, who was executed by guillotine at the height of the French Revolution.

"L'autrichienne" track listing:

01. Blackpowder
02. Thermidor
03. To Earth
04. Deficit
05. Champ De Mars
06. Fall Of The Bastille
07. To The End
08. Armada
09. L'autrichienne
10. Behind Every Great Man
11. October
12. Birds Of A Feather
13. Traitors
14. The Law Of Suspects
15. Noyade
16. The Mountain
17. Window (Where The Sea Falls Forever)
18. Fleur De Lis
19. Procession A La Guillotine
20. Coma
21. The Assembly

"L'autrichienne"'s artwork can be previewed here.

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Thor Announce New West Coast Dates

Rock warrior THOR has scheduled the following dates:

March 05 - Vancouver, BC - The Railway
March 08 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's

Thor's new album, Into The Noise, hit streets on January 9th via Sudden Death Records in association with Fathom Records.

THOR's new album, "Into the Noise" was released on January 9 via Sudden Death Records in association with Fathom Records.

"'Into the Noise' is basically a concept album where the band goes on a journey to the center of the mind, of noise," said THOR. "They come across all these alternate characters and creatures like The Sound King. It's a quest. Like in the song 'Back For More', it's about coming back to rise up again and do battle again. Sometimes you have to retreat when you get overwhelmed or defeated, but then you regain your strength and go back in. So we're heading back 'Into the Noise.'"

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Ligeia Begin Work On New Album

Massachusetts-based band LIGEIA has begun work on its sophomore full-length album, "Bad News", with producer Ken Susi (UNEARTH). A spring/summer release via Ferret Music is expected. The band will also embark on a spring tour with such artists as THE MILES BETWEEN, CARNIFLEX, WITH BLOOD COMES CLEANSING, IT PREVAILS and UNHOLY.

Formed in 2004, LIGEIA features Keith Holuk (vocals), Ryan Ober (guitar), Brandon Whipple (bass) and Nick Neumeister (drums). The band's sound integrates post-hardcore melodies and metal grit.

LIGEIA has toured with such artists as HASTE THE DAY, SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS, MISERY SIGNALS, SINCE BY MAN, SCARLET, DEAD TO FALL, FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW and AUGUST BURNS RED.

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Maruta Seeking New Bass Player

Florida metallers, MARUTA, is currently in search of a new bassist. The band comments:

"We are looking for a serious musician with their own equipment, must drive, and have some serious motivation to play our kind of music. We have a couple tours coming up and a bass player with some sick distortion would be nice. Contact us if you are 100% interested in jamming. And if you think Job For A Cowboy is heavy, don't bother replying."

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Meldrum Reveal New Track Titles

MELDRUM, featuring ex-PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum, have issued the followng update:

"Hey all you crazy Meldrum heads!!!"

"The next CD is gonna be a killer!!! Some sneak peeks at some titles are... 'Insane Asylum', 'Desensitized', 'Insomniac', 'Brutal Instinct' and 'Lifer'... a few love songs to sink your teeth into and rip your face off!!!!"

"Before headin' back to the studio this year Gene and Michelle had the honour of attending the MESHUGGAH listening party for their CD due out on March 11th, 2008, obZen, it's a killer!!!! Make sure and pick one up… You can check out some photos from that and NAMM on www.myspace.com/meldrumrocks" More...

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Acariya Live on WRIU

The newest member to the Hold True family, Acariya, will be live on the air for 90.3 fm WRIU's "Metal Bed Time Story" on February 21st. The band will be talking about their upcoming CD, playing a few brand new tracks from it, and probably goofing off a little. The fun will start at approximately 9:30pm and run until midnight. If you can't tune in because you're out of range, you can tune in to the webcast here (WinAmp recommend for web-streaming).

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Slayer Wins Second Metal Grammy Award

Slayer took home the award for Best Metal Performance for their song "Final Six" at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles. The song off their latest album, Christ Illusion beat out tunes from Shadow's Fall, Machine Head, King Diamond and As I Lay Dying. Some of the metal award finalists actually walked the red carpet normally reserved for more mainstream celebrities.

Tom Araya took his place at the podium and thanked long-time producer Rick Rubin and the academy.

"It's...most of all (I'd like to thank) Rick Rubin, who has been with us, been there for us, for the past twenty-three years, twenty-four years, so thank you. My wife, my two kids, Sandra, Errol and Tommy. They're here with me. Of course our manager who has been with us for a good twenty years now. Well, thank you very much. Thank the academy. Thank you."

Araya also talked backstage that perhaps with two Grammys they could be considered unearthed from the underground.

"This is awesome. I guess we're part of the industry now, above ground. None of those tunnel diggings anymore. No, this is our second win actually. It's kind of exciting. We've been fortunate to have been around this long with no radio play. We've gotten support from satellite radio recently, MTV gave us minimal support, but it's all on word of mouth and people liking what we do and passing it on to their friends. We owe a lot of our success to our fans. The industry is great, but the fans are the ones that take the time to look you up to see what you're doing, wait for the record to come out and buy it so..."

Slayer won for "Eyes Of The Insane" last year (2007), and have two other nominations to their credit. More...

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Europe Confirm New Live Dates

Swedish rockers EUROPE have updated their live itinerary. The band now have the following dates scheduled:

April 19 - Extremusika 2008 en Recinto Hipico de Caceres - Caceres, Spain
August 8 - Cloetta Center - Linkoping, Sweden (with DEEP PURPLE)
August 9 - Oja Slottsruin - Ystad, Sweden (with Deep Purple)

Europe's latest album, "Secret Society," is available via Sanctuary.

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Architects Singer Receives Death Threats

Architects frontman Sam Carter has received death threats from irate Bring Me The Horizon fans after uploading a video featuring a staged fight between himself and BMTH vocalist Oli Sykes. The video was filmed at an all-day event in Karlsruhe, Germany and shows Carter "kicking the shit" out of Sykes. The clip - which was uploaded onto YouTube - has been viewed almost 15,000 times.

"We're mates with the guys and were sharing a bus for the whole two week tour!" Carter tells K!. "The fact that people believed it was real is just so ridiculous! We filmed the fight about three times and even added in comedy punch noises and yet kids were still sending us over-the-top hate mail!"

"All-day events can get boring very fast so we conjured up the first idiotic thing we could think of and made it as unbelievable as possible," laughs Sykes. "Sam was getting death threats from kids off MySpace and at the same time getting praised for laying me out! We're sorry if anyone was upset by this although I'm sure most people reading this probably like the thought of me getting a punch in the face!"

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Impious Reveal New Album Working Title

Sweden's IMPIOUS check in with the following update:

"Unfortunately the festival in Belgium on April 5th has been cancelled. No further info has been given to us. This means there will be no shows in the Benelux region that weekend. We are very sorry for that. A lot of people, especially from Belgium have been writing to us and letting us know they looked forward to seeing the show. We hope you people will get a new chance after this summer. Or you will simply have to take a short trip to Holland in February/March."

"We also wanna thank all the people who supported us in Osnabrück the other weekend! We didn't expect much, but you proved to be a very cool crowd indeed!!!"

"In other news, the new songs are taking shape and we even have a working title for the album. Are you ready? We're probably gonna call it Numbers. Why? Well, we don't feel like explaining ourselves right now. And besides, it might change 10 times by the time the album is out." More...

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Two More Bands Announced For Download 2008

Following yesterday's announcement of Disturbed, Incubus, Alter Bridge and In Flames we have another two bands have been announced.

And they are K! Relentless Energry Drink Tour 2008 headliners Coheed & Cambria and the mighty Children Of Bodom!

For Coheed & Cambria it will be a chance to exorcise the demons from their appearance at Download 2006, a period when the band was close to falling apart.

"We were one man down," explains bassist Michael Todd. "Our drummer didn't make it over, so we were playing with our drum tech as a replacement and it was less than cosy onstage. It was kind of a bum-out as it was one of the biggest shows that we have ever played. "Donington is one of those festivals that if you have a good spot on the bill, you've made it!" he adds. "It's going to be awesome."

"We've wanted to play Download for years," explains Children Of Bodom bassist Henkka SeppÑlÑ. "I can't wait to see Judas Priest. They're a band everybody has to see!"

The Kerrang!-sponsored Download festival will be headlined by: Kiss, The Offspring and Lostprophets

Other bands on the bill include: Alter Bridge, Children Of Bodom, Coheed & Cambria, Disturbed, HIM, In Flames, Incubus, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Rise Against,

The Download festival takes place the weekend of June 13 to June 15. Tickets 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 will be 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.

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Hate Eternal Post “Bringer of Storms” Video Online

You can check out HATE ETERNAL’s new video for the song “Bringer of Storms” online here. The track comes off the band’s upcoming new album, Fury And Flames, which is set to be released on February 19th via Metal Blade Records. More...

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Clutch Release More Tour Dates

CLUTCH have lined up more headlining U.S. tour dates for April and May. You can check out the latest online over at their official MySpace page.

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Midnattsol Announce More "Nordlys" Release Dates

MIDNATTSOL, the German-Norwegian band featuring vocalist Carmen Elise Espenaes (the younger sister of LEAVES' EYES singer Liv Kristine), will release its second album, entitled "Nordlys" (translated: Northern Light), via Napalm Records on the following dates:

Mar. 26 - Finland
Mar. 28 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden
Mar. 31 - Rest of Europe
Apr. 01 - USA/Canada

The CD was mixed by Tue Madsen and was mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland with Mika Jusilla. More...

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Reciprocal Seek New Bassist Again

Southern California technical death metallers RECIPROCAL have issued the following update:

"For reasons undisclosed, bassist Brent Glover decided to leave the band so once again we are in need of a bassist. All interested can contact RECIPROCAL through MySpace or email reciprocalhate@yahoo.com. All applicants must live in the Southern California region or be willing to relocate, and have the passion and drive to do what it takes to get somewhere in the extreme metal genre."

The band will enter the studio in August 2008 with producer Michael Keene (THE FACELESS, BORN OF OSIRIS) to begin recording its full-length debut, tentatively due in early 2009 via Unique Leader Records.

RECIPROCAL was formed in January 2007 when ex-GATEKEEPER vocalist Jacob Enfinger and former WILLOW WISP guitarist Andy McLeod joined forces with ex-CRUSHING SKULLS guitarist Alex Crescioni and former GRIMFIST drummer Dustin Perle.

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Dismember Launch European Tour Diary

Long-running Swedish death metallers DISMEMBER have just kicked off their Europa Burns tour alongside HATESPHERE, FALL OF SERENITY and LAY DOWN ROTTEN. The band has also launched a tour diary via the web site of the German edition of Metal Hammer magazine, with the first entry covering the the catastrophic beginning of the tour, including a missing tour bus, missing pedals, broken wireless and similar mishaps. The first diary (including photos) is available in English, German.

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Within Temptation Announce Tour Dates

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION have issued the following update:

"After playing in many different countries last year, South America was one of the continents we weren't able to visit. Fortunately, the time has come and we can finally announce a South American tour! We can't wait to meet all our loyal fans who've supported us over the years but were never able to see us play live. We hope to see you there!"

The dates are as follows:

Apr. 03 - Mexico, Circo Volador, Mexico
Apr. 04 - Monterrey, Cafe Iguana, Mexico
Apr. 05 - Guadalajara, Teatro Cavaret, Mexico
Apr. 08 - Bogota, Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombia
Apr. 09 - Manizales, Teatro Fundadores, Colombia
Apr. 11 - Santiago, Teatro Capoulican, Chile
Apr. 12 - Buenos Aires, Teatro Flores, Argentina
Apr. 13 - Sao Bernardo Do Campo, Espaco Lux, Brasil

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Hate Shooting Video For "Threnody"

Hate will soon start working on a video for the song 'Threnody,' which will be released at the end of March. The material will be directed by Maciej D--browski, and the production will be realized in collaboration with people from Rochstar - one of the biggest independent production houses in commercial Polish TV. The storyboard for the video-clip is about a person living on the edge of two worlds, real and transcendental one. He is confronted with individuals from the other side and finds himself in a trap. The picture will contain symbolical references linked to the themes from the recently released album "Morphosis."

Hate's latest album, "Morphosis," was released via Listenable Records on February 4, 2008.

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Demonical Announce More Dates

DEMONICAL, the new Swedish death metal band featuring past and present members from CENTINEX, GRAVE, REGURGITATE, INTERMENT, AMARAN, WORLD BELOW and DELLAMORTE, has scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 08 - POL - Katowice - Metalmania Festival
Apr. 04 - SWE - Stockholm - Tantogården (w/ NECROPHOBIC)
May 09 - SWE - Västerås - Taj Mahal (w/ TRAUMA MORALIS, FACIAL ABUSE)
Jul. 18 - GER - Pössneck - Hells Pleasure Festival
Sep. 12 - GER - Krugsdorf bei Pasewalk - Tunes of Death Festival

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Cerebral Bore Signs to Rundown Records

In assocociation with GRIND ETHIC, Rundown Records have announced the signing of Glaswegian purveryors of grind CEREBRAL BORE. The higly prestigous grind machines are releasing their demo "The Dead Flesh Architect" available from early 2007.

Having gigged heavily in the UK scene this young band have showed their dedication through ferocious live shows across the world, including the USA and Ireland, with forthcoming tours in Ireland and USA.

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Unexpect Post End Of Tour Update

Montreal-based classical/black metal act UNEXPECT have posted an end of tour update online.

The posting reads: "After one month of intense touring, the North American Tour with Trail of Tears is approaching its end. It is with sadness that we parted ways with our Norwegian friends with whom we've had a lot of great moments in the past few weeks! May the holy Jack Daniels himself shine on you my friends... Big cheers goes to ECHOES OF ETERNITY too who unfortunately had to leave earlier on the tour for causes of sickness. Thanks to everyone who showed up all across the US, Mexico and Canada! There's still a few shows left which we'll be headlining, so hide your dogs and stare at the sun for too long with devilish glee... we're coming for you...

Yet another tour has been added to our list of activities for 2008! September shall see us touring with Japanese experimental metal act SIGH and the band ZIMMERS HOLE, featuring members of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and FEAR FACTORY. Fun fun fun.

We'll also be headlining a "female fronted metal" festival called Flight Of The Valkyrie in St.Paul on June 28th! I don'treally know what's a "female" but it sounds quite interesting. Here's the link to their website... www.femalemetalfest.com .

Seems like nominations are on our side those days around... we've just been nominated at the MIMI 2008 in these categories :

International – Artist with the greatest international potential
Broadcast – Artist who will benefit most from a media campaign
National – Artist who will benefit most from Quebec or Canadian tour support
Discovery – Best new artist of the year
Studio Ready – Artist that will benefit most from additional studio support
Unsigned – Artist that produced the best demo of the year
Best Song – Given to the songwriter of the best song of the year

Finally, anyone interested in booking us for additional shows in Europe for our tour being organized at the end of 2008 should contact this email: booking@ammd.net - Cheers!"

The band will be out on the road with a month long opening slot on NILE's spring tour. All dates are below.

In other news, the live performance of 'Summoning Scenes' from the FOX's Fearless Music TV will be airing
this Saturday February 16th at 12:30 AM on Fox 5 in NYC. Please check out the time and channel listing at www.fearlessmusic.tv/channels.html
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Max Cavalera Slams Killswitch Engage

The February 2008 issue of Sweden's Close-Up features an interview with SEPULTURA founding members Max and Igor Cavalera, who are currently collaborating in CAVALERA CONSPIRACY. An excerpt from the chat follows (quotes taken from the interview's original English-language transcript).

Igor, when did you lose interest in metal and why?

"Actually, by playing," says the drummer. "First too much touring and then losing the passion for playing. Plus the scene… I can't remember one amazing band. To be completely honest with you, I still today don't know one new band, metal band, that I like. Maybe I would listened to it and find some things here and there interesting."

"I went to see LAMB OF GOD in that States and they were alright, but KILLSWITCH ENGAGE opened and it was the gayest show I've ever seen," says Max Cavalera. "I was like, I'm not part of this scene, it's fucking gay.' They were acting like they were U2 and I was like, 'Hmm….' The attitude was so ridiculous. I don't know these guys, they're on my label [Roadrunner] and all, but it was completely disappointing and gay. Like really lame, such a lame band live, everything about the whole attitude. LAMB OF GOD came out and destroyed them and I don't even like LAMB OF GOD that much, but they were so much better coming after KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. I was like, 'If that's what the scene is about, hey fuck it, it ain't got nothing to do with me."

"Actually, I must say something," says Igor. "The last metal album that I bought was JUSTICE. You know JUSTICE?"

JUSTICE?

"Yeah, it's a dance band."

It's a dance band?

"From Paris."

Okay.

"Their stuff, in my opinion, is so metal. I can put that 'cause they are. For me they are like metal in their own way. Distorted, heavy, but still they make music for the dance floor for people to dance to it. So I have to say… Plus the visual is so metal. For me they're like a revival of BLACK SABBATH in a whole different way. They even use the cross, you know. You should check them out."

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Iron Maiden DVD Enters Charts At Number One

In a massive update, IRON MAIDEN's official website reports:

Iron Maiden's year has got off to a roaring start with the February 4th release of the band's long-awaited DVD Live After Death smashing straight into the UK music DVD charts at #1, not only outpacing its nearest competitor by three to one, but outselling the rest of the Top 6 combined!

Internationally it has been a similar story with no.1's in Australia (gold first day), France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland and Germany, where the DVD also spectacularly crashed into the Top 10 Album chart due to such unprecedented high sales! Live After Death also entered the music DVD charts at #2 in Portugal, Norway and Ireland and Top 3 entries are expected from the USA and Canada later this week.

This news comes as Iron Maiden announce the addition of Dutch band WITHIN TEMPTATION to the bill of their previously announced July 5th show at Twickenham Stadium, the first time Iron Maiden have played a stadium gig on home turf as opposed to headlining the major festivals. This will be Maiden's only UK show this year.

Lead singer Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation adds: "Everyone in the band is a big Iron Maiden fan and the previous times we played with them have been an amazing experience. We are very honoured to play with Maiden in such an amazing stadium! It'll definitely be a night to remember!"

With USA's mighty AVENGED SEVENFOLD also appearing as "Special Guests" on the bill the Twickenham show is already proving to be the highlight of British rock fans' 2008 calendars.

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Marionette Signs To LIstenable Records

Gothenburg based melodic death metal act Marionette has signed with France's Listenable Records. Marionette's Listenable debut will come in late April 2008.

Marionette recently completed their last gig of 2007 supporting By Night at the legendary Gothenburg rock club Sticky Fingers. As previously announced, Marionette has recorded select tracking, as well as mix-and master with
Christian Silver at StudioMega (Sonic Syndicate, By Night, Lake Of Tears) in Varberg Sweden. Marionette also worked with producer Simon Exner and two-time Swedish Grammy award winner Åke Parmerud. Marionette made their 2008 live debut opening for Japanese rock band Girugamesh in Stockholm on January 31.

Marionette recently posted their entire "Terror Hearts" EP on their Myspace page. Studio videos, as well as a performance collage from the band's concert with Girugamesh, can be viewed on Marionette's official Youtube channel.

Marionette is:
Axel Widén Vocals
Aron Parmerud - Guitars
Johan Sporre - Guitars and Backing Vocals
Mikael Mendin - Bass
Linus Johansson - Keyboards/Synth,
Jimmy Olausson - Drums

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Single Bullet Theory Post Two Songs online

Philly based metallers, Single Bullet Theory, issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"We have uploaded two new songs into our player."

"Shades of things to come- Taken off our 2004 release "Behind eyes of hatred". The song features Matt Thompson from King Diamond on drums as well as a guest solo by James Murphy (testament, death)"

"The second song is:
Live Without Regret- Personal favorite of mine. I put more time into writing this piece then any other SBT song ever, This song comes off our newest release "On Broken Wings" and is available at all best buy locations."

"All the best,
Matt"

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Omen Singer To Appear On VH1 Reality Show

Singer Kevin Goocher of OMEN and PHANTOM-X has been invited to take part in a reality TV series that will air in March on VH1. The show is called "I Know My Kid's A Star" and is hosted by Danny Bonaduce. Kevin will be there in support of his pop-princess daughter Devon Goocher, who was chosen out of thousands of kids to be in the top 10 on the new series. Devon is aiming to be the next triple-threat child star.

For more information on the show or Devon Goocher, go to this location.

OMEN and PHANTOM-X will perform at Keep It True X (germany) and Up The Hammers (Greece) festivals in April 2008.

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Stone Temple Pilots To Headline Rock On The Range

As widely expected, the reunited STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have been confirmed as the headliners of the Rock on the Range festival, set to take place May 17-18 at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio. The band's participation in the event is expected to be officially announced tomorrow (February 12).

VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash recently confirmed to Billboard.com that VELVET singer Scott Weiland will reunite with his previous band, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, for a short series of shows this summer. Slash did not offer any other details and there has yet to be official word from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS themselves. Weiland broke the news last month at a benefit in Florida, telling the Miami Herald to watch out for an STP reunion in the months ahead. VELVET REVOLVER is touring now in support of last year's "Libertad" album and plans to begin work on its third record this spring.

Although STONE TEMPLE PILOTS broke up in 2002 under less than friendly circumstances, both Weiland and guitarist Dean DeLeo have said that the band members are all on good terms now. Weiland even told The Pulse of Radio he could envision making another STP album. "We were never a band that felt like we needed to lean too hard onto our muscle," he said. "We always felt like we had enough beauty and enough finesse in our music, you know, while we were together, that could carry us into a long career. So for us to make a record at an older age doesn't seem like a stretch, you know, 'cause we were never all about brawn."

The last STP album, "Shangri-La-Dee-Da", came out in 2001. The band's initial success in the early and mid-'90s was derailed in the latter part of the decade by Weiland's well-documented drug problems and arrests.

Weiland, who entered rehab last week at an undisclosed location, has struggled with substance abuse problems for more than a decade, although he has reportedly been clean for nearly four years until now. Questions about his condition flared a few weeks ago when he missed a VELVET REVOLVER performance at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, claiming transportation problems.

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Dawn Of Azazel Part Ways With Drummer

New Zealand's DAWN OF AZAZEL have checked in with the following update:

"It is with no small amount of sadness that after three years playing together that we and Martin (Cavanagh) have come to a mutual agreement that it is best for us to part ways at this stage of our carrier. Together have had so many killer times on the road and on the piss, however we all felt that it was best for us to separate at this point. We would like to wish Martin all the best what ever the future holds, brutal hails mate!

Accordingly, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome to the fold Jeremy Suckling, formerly of Wellington's SCORIA. We have been jamming together for just under a month now and things are progressing exceptionally well, trust us you will not be disappointed! Our first performance will be on March 8th in Auckland, and we will be announcing several further dates very shortly, which shall be followed very closely by a taste of our next album. More will be announced very shortly!"

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Cradle Of Filth Launch YouTube Page

CRADLE OF FILTH have updated their official YouTube page with new video clips. Added to the existing catalogue are 'Babylon AD', 'No Time To Cry', 'Mannequin', 'The Promise Of Fever' and 'Her Ghost In The Fog'. Go to this location to check them out.

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White Lion Update European Tour Schedule

WHITE LION have updated their previously announced European tour schedule with four shows in Norway. It is now as follows:


June
8 - Sin City - Swansea, UK
9 - The Yardbirds - Grimsby, UK
10 - The Cluny - Newcastle, England
12 - The Mean Fiddler - London, England
14 - The Corporation - Sheffield, England
15 - JB's - Dudley, UK
18 - Smuget - Oslo, Norway **
19 - tb - Norway **
20 - 'Z' - Drammen, Norway **
21 - Florasamfunnshus - Floro, Norway **
26 - Elysee Montmartre - Paris, France
27-28 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany

July
3 - Heineken - Madrid, Spain
4 - Spain (tba)
5 - Capitol - Saniago, Spain
6 - Apolo2 - Barcelona, Spain

August
2 - Moserock Festival - Dalmose, Denmark

** new dates

The official Return Of The Pride press release is below:

"All the trademarks of the White Lion classic sound can be found again in the new album which offers a musical variety that covers the entire musical spectrum the band is well know for.

Return Of The Pride kicks off with 'Sangre de Cristo', a thunderous epic that ventures into lyrical and musical territories best heard, than described.'“Battle At Little Big Horn' is the album’s other soaring epic, a musical re-enactment of one of Native America’s most significant historical event’s: Custer’s Last Stand.

Hook laden rockers such as 'Dream', 'Live Your Life' and 'Finally See The Light' maintain a positive musical and lyrical vibe throughout the album, whereas 'Gonna Do It My Way' and 'Let Me Be Me' are the modern day 'Living On The Edge' songs of rebellion."

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Bonded By Blood Recording B Sides

Though the recording of their full-length Earache debut, Feed The Beast may be over, the work never stops for BONDED BY BLOOD. After a brief rest, the band went right back into the studio over the weekend to record some extra tracks that had developed over the course of their Feed The Beast sessions.

"We made these songs up in the studio while we were over in Sacramento;" recalls Bonded By Blood vocalist, Jose "Aladdin" Barrales. "We'd be sitting around playing video games and all of a sudden, these riffs and licks would come to us."

By the time that the band had grown more comfortable with the surplus of new material they'd quickly created, their time in the studio was already up. However, with persistence, the band got approval to hit the studio a 2nd time just to record the new extra tracks for inclusion elsewhere. "I know that these songs aren't going to be ready for Feed The Beast," says Aladdin, "but the important thing is that we recorded 'em while we still had the energy carrying over from the first session."

How are Bonded By Blood's latest creations turning out, you ask? Let Aladdin give you a brief description. "They're coming up really really good so far...definitely more political than most of our other stuff and sounds like a mix between NUCLEAR ASSAULT and TESTAMENT." "It really makes me want to move, too. If the new stuff makes me want to go skate so it's gotta be good."

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