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Metal News for February 13, 2005

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9 news articles posted on this day.

Seven Witches Guitarist Comments On Allentown Show

SEVEN WITCHES guitarist Jack Frost has issued a statement regarding the disastrous circumstances that led to the group's underage fans being evicted from the venue halfway through the group's live DVD shoot at Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA Saturday night (Feb. 12). His statement reads as follows:

"First of all, I just want to thank from the bottom of my heart, all of our true fans who have stuck with us since day one.

"I would like to explain what happened last night at our DVD taping. My good friend John from Vyagra Music is the one who backed up the entire project. Orginally he was going to have the shoot at The Freightyard in Allentown, PA. However, our former booking agent, Tammy Taylor, had an idea that Crocodile Rock would be a better location as her friend is the owner of the club. More...

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Undying Tour Schedule

Undying will be touring Europe extensively in March and April, first with Purified In Blood, then with Bridge To Solace.

16/03 Belgium Gent @ Frontline
17/03 Germany Osnabrück @ Bastard Club
18/03 Germany Berlin @ Kato
19/03 Germany Leipzig @ Conne Island

dates w/ Purified In Blood More...

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Swarm Of The Lotus Replace Drummer

Swarm Of The Lotus and drummer Jon-John have now parted ways. Jon-John will play his final show with the group on February 20th in Allentown, PA. Here's a statement from the band:

"It's a mutual and amicable split that we all agree is best for everyone's interest. This is something he feels he needs to do and we have something we feel we need to do and those are two different things. We wish him well and feel grateful for the time we've played together. As for the rest of us, we wish to continue."

Consequently, bassist Chris Csar, a drummer by trade, has moved to drums. Meanwhile, the band is close to announcing a new bassist.

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The Classic Struggle Signs With Ironclad Recs

South Carolina's The Classic Struggle have officially signed with Ironclad Recordings. The metal band will release their debut album this summer. You can download some of their demo material here.

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Two Early Overkill Albums To Be Reissued On One CD

Megaforce Records will re-release OVERKILL's two classic early albums, "Fuck You and Then Some" and "Feel the Fire", on one CD February 22, 2005. These albums not only showcase the early years of the band, but also represent some of the finest early thrash metal.

New York thrash quartet OVERKILL formed in the early 1980s and these releases feature the classic line-up formed by vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and guitarist Bobby Gustafson. After garnering a reputation for pounding speed and technique, OVERKILL became contemporaries of heavy hitters like METALLICA, TESTAMENT, and ANTHRAX.

1985's "Feel the Fire" is the full-length debut that made quite a splash within the heavy metal community. It possessed all the blistering riffs and complete abandonment fans would learn to expect from OVERKILL. With band classics like the title track and "Rotten to the Core", this release solidified a loyal fan base as the band expanded their sound. This classic original band lineup remains the fan's favorite and this album paved the way for OVERKILL, and ultimately helped define a generation of spastic and relentless metal. 1996's "Fuck You and Then Some" remains an unapologetic and in-your-face album that is a classic with thrash fans.

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Led Zeppelin Awarded Lifetime Achievement Grammy

While the Music Industry disrespects heavy metal by not televising the Grammies' metal cateogory, they showed one of the forefathers of metal, Led Zeppelin, a "whole lotta" belated love on Saturday, earning a lifetime achievement Grammy in recognition of a career that changed the face of rock 'n' roll.

Dean Goodman of Ruesters reported on the subject:

During their 12 years together, Led Zeppelin never won a Grammy, even though they were arguably the biggest band of the 1970s, a combo whose blues-based rock anthems resonate loudly to this day.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and keyboardist John Paul Jones showed up with the two children of late drummer John Bonham to receive crystal trophies. Singer Robert Plant, busy rehearsing for a tour, sent in a video message.

"It wouldn't have taken much just to pop over here and meet everybody, would it really?" Page asked Reuters.

For his part, the guitarist said he found the ceremony very emotional. From the stage, he blew a kiss to his old label boss, Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, and later chatted with soul guitarist Ike Turner, who jokingly exclaimed, "You're a grown man now!"

As for the belated recognition, Page bore no ill will, saying that Led Zeppelin's eclectic oeuvre -- with one album completely different from the next -- may have been too difficult for Grammy voters to comprehend.

In a separate interview, Jones said Led Zeppelin was too busy touring and recording to pay much attention to awards. But now, the recognition was "incredibly cool."

Bonham, whose alcohol-related death in 1980 at the age of 32 spelled the end of Led Zeppelin, was represented by children Jason and Zoe.

"It's totally overwhelming," said Zoe, who was five when he died. "The whole crazy thing about it is that it's a lifetime achievement award, and he's not here. The legend lives on."

Read the full article at WashingtonPost.com.

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Lamb Of God And Machine Head Tour Dates Released

We have the first dates of the nationwide MACHINE HEAD, LAMB OF GOD tour. Opening up for the select we have will be TWELVE TRIBES:

May 2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 3 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

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Mudvayne And Life Of Agony To Tour Us Together

A tour that has been under wraps for several weeks now, has finally been leaked on the net. The packaged tour of LIFE OF AGONY and MUDVAYNE, who will co-headline a full tour across North America, will be joined by AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE and BLOODSIMPLE. The latter who of course is signed to MUDVAYNE frontman Chad Gray's Bullygoat Records.

MUDVAYNE will release their album "Lost and Found" on April 12th.

LIFE OF AGONY will release "Broken Valley" sometime in May.

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE will release their new album "The Feeding" on February 15th.

BLOODSIMPLE will release their debut album, "A Cruel World", on March 29th.

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Helloween Part Ways With Drummer

German power metallers HELLOWEEN have amicably parted ways with drummer Stefan Schwarzmann. The former RUNNING WILD/U.D.O. drummer, who played the drums during the pumpkinheads' "Rabbit Don't Come Easy" world tour, will not be playing for the Hamburg-based band any longer. During the tour it became apparent to Stefan and to the rest of the members of HELLOWEEN that, although things were going extremely well on the human side of things, Stefan and the band did not entirely share the same views musically. Stefan decided to stay to help out the band during their pre-production for the new studio album until a replacement was found.

Dani Löble, highly acclaimed ex-drummer of RAWHEAD REXX, turned out to be the perfect man for HELLOWEEN. Dani, an exceptional talent known to many musical insiders, has already finished most of the drum recordings for HELLOWEEN's follow-up album to "Rabbit Don't Come Easy". HELLOWEEN fans can anticipate awe-inspiring loads of double-bass madness and the trademark HELLOWEEN style of songs and arrangements on their upcoming album

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