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Metal News for February 13, 2004

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17 news articles posted on this day.

Hatebreed, Damageplan, Drowning Pool On HBB

HATEBREED, DAMAGEPLAN and DROWNING POOL will be teaming up for the second installment of the "Headbanger's Ball" tour beginning in late March, according to an audio message from DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul distributed in the group's latest newsletter. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon

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GoatWhore Video To Premier On Uranium This Week

Black/death metallers GOATWHORE will have their new video for "Blood Guilt Eucharist" aired this Monday, February 16th on FUSE Tv's Uranium.

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Machine Head To Re-Sign With RoadRunner Records

MACHINE HEAD are on the verge of signing a new deal with the U.S. branch of Roadrunner Records, sources close to the band and label have informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET.

The San Francisco Bay Area-based quartet, whose latest CD, "Through The Ashes of Empires", was issued in most territories around the world in October, released four studio albums and one live set through Roadrunner in North America before splitting with the label in 2002. They subsequently re-signed with Roadrunner in Europe, where they continued to command impressive record sales and concert attendances despite a significant market downturn.

"Through The Ashes of Empires", widely hailed as MACHINE HEAD's finest offering since their classic 1994 debut, "Burn My Eyes", is tentatively scheduled to receive a U.S. release through Roadrunner this spring. A full-scale North American tour — the band's first since 2002 — will coincide with the release.

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Caligula Signs To United Edge Records

Cleveland, Ohio band Caligula has officially signed with United Edge Records. The group will enter Mars Studio in Cleveland this spring to record an EP. In the interim, click here to listen to one of the tracks from their demo.

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Undying Seek Guitarist and Bassist

Not only is Undying still looking for a new bassist, but they are now recruiting a guitarist too as Eric Wheeling has departed the group (as expected). The North Carolina outfit is seeking someone who is vegan and willing to tour. Send an email here for more information.

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Age Of Ruin Nearly Finished 'The Tides Of Tragedy'

Age Of Ruin has nearly completed work on their debut full-length for Eulogy Recordings. The album is entitled "The Tides Of Tragedy," and it should be available on May 11th. The release will mark the debut of new singer, Ben Swan, formerly of Baltimore's Samadhi.

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Proposed Settlement To Lawsuit Against Music Clubs

In short, there is a [proposed] settlement in a class action lawsuit against Columbia House and BMG music clubs for fixing their regular prices at a higher rate (above even MSRP). The "settlement" entails giving current members CDs at much discounted prices (and no S&H). Here's some legalese about it and links to the settlement forms: More...

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Guitars4Kids Auction Papa Roach Schecter Diamond

Guitars4kids has announced their second eBay Auction of guitars, that will raise money to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital.

This guitar, which is no longer produced, is autographed on the body by ALL four members of PAPA ROACH: Jacoby (vocals), Tobin (bass), Dave (drums) and Jerry (guitar). This rare Schecter Diamond Series guitar features the band's infamous 'Roach' logo on the body and the 12th fret inlay and is armed with Seymour Duncan humbuckers.

You can find this guitar auction at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3704320657

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Metallica Plan To Release 'Presidio' Material

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has revealed that plans exist for the band to release some of the material written and recorded in 2001 shortly before he went into rehab. Speaking to Sweden's Close-Up magazine for its February 2004 issue, Hetfield said, "There's tons of stuff left over from the Presidio [a rented barrack at the San Francisco army base] session. There's a soundtrack that we've been offered and some of that stuff might end up there."

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has previously stated that the music recorded during the Presidio sessions "is very different" to the material that ended up on last year's "St. Anger", with the songs containing "much more melody" and being closer in style to 1991's "Black Album" than the band's most recent release.

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Ozzy Claims 'Godlike Genius' award

OZZY OSBOURNE has claimed the 'GODLIKE GENIUS' award at today's NME AWARDS in London. Daughter KELLY OSBOURNE was on hand to collect the honor, while the stricken star, who was too ill to make the ceremony at Hammersmith Palais, filmed an acceptance speech.

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Slipknot Want To Emulate Van Gogh

Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Joey Jordison spoke with Blender magazine about progress on the group's forthcoming album. "We're trying to go where we've never gone before," Jordison said. "If you don't take risks, the possiblity of failure is greater. Van Gogh never did the same painting twice." Taylor added, "Yeah! And he cut off his ear only once. We're trying to cut off our ear on this record!"

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Finntroll Confirm Festival Gigs, Release Dates

The Finnish Folk/ Black metal force FINNTROLL have confirmed that they will perform at Piorno Rock in Spain on Feb 28th and Waldrock in The Netherlands on June 19th.

Finntroll have set release dates for their forthcoming EP and full-length CD. Both records were recorded and mixed at Sundicoop Studio, Savonlinna, Finland in November 2003 by Tuomo Valtonen, produced by keyboarder Trollhorn himself and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki (FIN).

Up first is the mini-CD Trollhammaren (meaning Trollhammer), due out on March 15th, which features the following tracklisting: ‘Trollhammaren’, ‘Hemkomst’, ‘Skog’, ‘Försvinn Du Som Lyser’, ‘Helvete’.

Nattfödd (meaning Nightborn), the new full length album, will be released on April 19th and features the following tracks: ‘Vindfärd / Människopesten’, ‘Eliytres’, ‘Fiskarens Fiende’, ‘Trollhammaren’, ‘Nattfödd’, ‘Ursvamp’, ‘Marknadsvisan’, ‘Det Iskalla Trollblod’, ‘Grottans Barn’, ‘Routas Vaggvisa’.

FINNTROLL will be on the road in Europe with ENSIFERUM and THE WAKE. Dates are as follows:
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The Gathering, Cannibal Corpse Cancel NYC Gigs

As previously reported, the legendary Brooklyn club L'Amour has closed its doors for good. The scheduled THE GATHERING and CANNIBAL CORPSE gigs have been cancelled.

The following statement has been issued in regards to the closure: “We hate to do this, but unfortunately the show with CANNIBAL CORPSE for Saturday, March 6th has been canceled. After 25 years, the owners of L'Amour have lost their lease and have been unable to successfully negotiate a new term.

All previously confirmed shows have been canceled, and the club is now officially closed for good. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."

Instead, THE GATHERING have added a second date in Toronto- for 3pm on Saturday, February 14th at Rockit.

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Atrocity's New Single Due In Mid-March

ATROCITY will release their ‘Cold Black Days’ single on March 15th. The track is taken from the band’s "Atlantis" album, due for release on April 26th. There will also be a video for ‘Cold Black Days’.

The single will feature different mixes of the title track, a cover of a DAS ICH track and the bonus track ‘Antediluvian World’. Also included is an atmospheric multimedia section designed with Atrocity's own Atlantis font and a screensaver.

Atrocity will play the With Full Force Open Air festival on July 4th. This will be the first time the band performs material from "Atlantis" in a live setting.

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Tuska Festival 2004 Lineup

The 2004 edition of Finland’s Tuska Festival will take place July 16th to 18th At Kaisaniemi in Helsinki. A NIGHTWISH act has just been confirmed.

So far, the lineup includes: DARK TRANQUILLITY, IMPALED NAZARENE, DARKWOODS MY BETROTHED, NIGHTWISH, SOILWORK, DEW-SCENTED, SINERGY, SONATA ARCTICA, DIABLO, SWALLOW THE SUN, TWILIGHTNING, MOKOMA, SUBURBAN TRIBE, MACHINE MEN, KILPI, KOTITEOLLISUUS and TIMO RAUTIAINEN/TRIO NISKALAUKAUS.

More acts to be added soon

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Death Angel's 'The Art Of Dying' Complete

The San Francisco based Thrash metallers DEATH ANGEL have completed recording the new album "The Art Of Dying" that will hit the stores on April 27, 2004. Guitarist Rob Cavestany has posted the following recording update at the band’s official website:

“Greetings boys and girls! So here is the official word on the new Death Angel album. We are done recording and are now on to mixing. You have no idea how excited we are to get this music out into the world and play the songs live on tour this year! Check back for tour dates because we are booking shows as we speak and will post them here as soon as they are confirmed."

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Lake Of Tears Enter The Studio

Swedish Gothic metallers LAKE OF TEARS will enter the studio today to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's "The Neonai", entitled "Black Brick Road". "The album cover will be done by the brilliant artist Kristian Wåhlin, who [has] painted all of the previous LAKE OF TEARS covers except Forever Autumn", according to a post on the band's web site. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Greymen", "Black Brick Road", "Making Evenings", "Crazyman" and "A Trip With The Moon".

LAKE OF TEARS have also scheduled the following summer 2004 European festival appearances:
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