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Metal News for February 14, 2005

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16 news articles posted on this day.

Dimebag's 'Final' Interview In Guitar World

Guitar World magazine has published what it claims is "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's final interview, conducted by Joshua Gropp on December 1, 2004, on DAMAGEPLAN's tour bus outside the Phoenix in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Gropp is a 22-year-old jazz-guitar student at Humber College in Toronto and is also a guitar teacher. He interviewed Dime for the school newspaper, The Humber College Et Cetera.

Gropp's interview appears in Guitar World's "Guitar Legends #79" special collectors' issue, featuring Dimebag on the cover. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

Gropp: In the past you've said that a person is influenced by everything you see and hear, whether you know it or not. Youd dad had a studio while you were growing up, where he recorded a lot of local blues artists. Do you think that music influenced you as well?

Dimebag: "Yeah, it definitely influenced me. I mean, everything gets in there one way or another, you know? I don't know if it came from my dad's studio or from listening to my mom's eight-track LYNYRD SKYNYRD tapes back in the day before I even knew what VAN HALEN was or BLACK SABBATH or KISS. There's a shitload of kick-ass blues players around here in Texas, and we go out a lot and check these guys out. And it's going to get in there, you know? It's not 150 percent pure metal for me my whole life, you know? I love rock and roll, I love the blues, I love KING'S X, MERLE HAGGARD, DAVID ALLEN COE, you name it. A lot people that are in bands think you have to preach against every other kind of music in the world to be 'hardcore,' but that, to me, is just Hitler bullshit. Go ahead and keep you fucking ears closed, you closed-minded fucks, I'm gonna be jamming. There are so many different things that music can do to you besides beat you between the fucking eyes, you know? Of course, that's the favorite feeling, and you've got to have your favorite thing, but give me a goddamn break! Have some variety in the fucking shit, you know?"

Gropp: It seems that, with bands like DAMAGEPLAN, SHADOWS FALL, CHILDREN OF BODOM and others, guitar soloing is becoming more popular again.

Dimebag: "I think it's getting a little bit more like that. For a while, people were like, 'Fuck guitar solos — they're boring,' but I never bought into any of that shit. And all the people that it was coming from were those dudes that play the seven-string guitars that could only play the top four strings. So I think everyone that's into guitar playing has been screaming out for the last couple of years and now you see more dudes doing solos, or at least short little bits. But I'm not into the short bit thing — it almost seems like you're putting it in there to say, 'Look, I could do it if I wanted to.' But that ain't the truth — either you can fucking rip it or you can't. I mean, what if Zakk Wylde put out a record and it had only two little short solo snippets? Dude, you would know that that ain't right. You didn't get the whole meal deal!"

Gropp: What advice would you give someone just starting out in the business?

Dimebag: "Well, if you're just trying to make it and get rich in this business, just go ahead and hang it up right now. Between the record companies being the way they are and the fact that people can just download one song instead of buying a whole album, it's hard to make a good living nowadays. But if you want to do it because you fucking love it, then go for it — that's why we're still doing it, because we love it.

"When I was a kid, I thought it was fucking Ace Frehley with the fucking smoking guitar, partying, fucking hell-raising all the time, non-stop. But once we got a record deal, I found out how much work was involved. You've got to be really mentally set to take it on if you're going to jump into the whole full-blown rig. You might be able to make some money and have some gold or platinum records, but people just don't pay for music the way they used to, and it's harder to make a good living in this business."

For more information on Guitar World's "Guitar Legends" special collectors' issue, go to GuitarWorld.com.

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As I Lay Dying, Throwdown, All That Remains Tour

Most of the schedule has been set for the upcoming As I Lay Dying, Throwdown, and All That Remains tour. Here are the dates:

3/24 San Luis Obispo CA @ Trinity Hall
3/25 Lancaster CA @ Mr. Q's Billiards
3/26 Fresno CA @ Big Game Studios
3/27 Orangevale CA @ The Boardwalk
3/28 Portland OR @ Meow Meow
3/29 Vancouver CA @ Richard's On Richards
4/6 Thunder Bay CA @ Warp 9

dates w/ Winter Solstice
4/8 London CA @ The Embassy Hotel
4/9 Ottawa CA @ Babylon
4/10 Montreal CA @ El Salon
4/12 Latham NY @ Saratoga Winners
4/15 Louisville KY @ Headliners Music Hall
4/16 Huntington WV @ HYAMP
4/17 Richmond VA @ Alley Katz
4/20 Farmingdale NY @ The Downtown
4/21 S. Burlington VT @ Higher Ground
4/23 Lancaster PA @ Chameleon Club
4/24 Erie PA @ Forward Hall
4/25 Grand Rapids MI @ The Intersection

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Converge Announce Reissue Details

Details regarding the reissue of Converge's "Petitioning The Empty Sky" and "When Forever Comes Crashing" albums have been announced. The albums have been remixed by Kurt Ballou, and remastered by Alan Douches. The reissues will also feature Aaron Turner's original artwork for the releases, some of which was not originally included due to technological limitations. Moreover, there will be additional tracks and enhanced video footage (on the CD version) from High Roller Studios. This Spring, Equal Vision Records will release the reissues in CD format, while Deathwish Inc. will release a limited 2xLP gatefold vinyl version. You can check out an MP3 from each album here.

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Epica Working on Score For Movie 'Joyride'

Epica, the Dutch group formed by ex-After Forever guitarist Mark Jansen, guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, are currently working on the score of a new Dutch movie called "Joyride", starring famous Dutch actors Georgina Verbaan and Tygo Gernandt.

The film, which is described as a 'psychological roadthriller,' is scheduled for a May release. More information (in Dutch) is available at www.joyridefilm.nl.

As previously reported, EPICA have set Consign to Oblivion as the title of their sophomore album, tentatively due in March/April via Transmission Records.

The follow-up to 2003's The Phantom Agony was mastered by Peter van T'riet at Soundfactory.

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Turmoil Reunion Show Details

Details regarding Turmoil's official "reunion" show have been confirmed. After considering The Trocadero and The Theatre Of Living Arts, Turmoil have chosen The First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia as the venue for the show, which will take place on April 15th. Tickets for the all-ages event will be $12. Advance tickets can be ordered at Spaceboy Music (409 South Street, Philadelphia) or by phone at 800.594.TIXX. Also performing at the show will be the following bands:

The Promise
All Else Failed
One Dead Three Wounded

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Still Remains Posts New Track For Download

After many months of waiting a new Still Remains track is available for download. The song 'White Walls' is off the forthcoming release entitled Of Love and Lunacy which is scheduled for release on the 5th of May through Roadrunner Records. The band is currently gearing up for the Roadrage tour which is scheduled to kick off on the 3rd of May. They have some dates prior to Roadrage and an extensive tour plan which will take place afterwards.

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As I Lay Dying Upcoming Trek Dates

Dates have been announced for As I Lay Dying's upcoming run with Throwdown and All That Remains, the schedule is as follows:

March 24th San Luis Obispo, CA - Trinity Hall
March 25th Lancaster, CA - Mr. Q's Billiards
March 26th Fresno, CA - Big Game Studios
March 27th Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
March 28th Portland, OR - Meow Meow
March 29th Vancouver, CA - Richard's On Richards
April 06th Thunder Bay, CA - Warp 9
April 08th London, CA - The Embassy Hotel
April 09th Ottawa, CA - Babylon
April 10th Montreal, CA - El Salon
April 12th Latham, NY - Saratoga Winners
April 15th Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
April 16th Huntington, WV - HYAMP
April 17th Richmond, VA - Alley Katz
April 20th Farmingdale, NY - The Downtown
April 21st S. Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
April 23rd Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
April 24th Erie, PA - Forward Hall
April 25th Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
Winter Solstice will also be joining the bill on all dates from April 06th through to April 25th

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Soulfly Update

Soulfly have once again tapped Terry Date (Deftones, dredg, White Zombie) to mix their forthcoming new album, which is tentatively expected out in August via Roadrunner. More on that can be found in a recent interview with band frontman Max Cavalera located here. As previously reported, Soulfly's live DVD effort "The Song Remains Insane" will hit stores on March 01st.

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Adema To Tour The Middle East

Adema have confirmed that they'll be touring the Middle East in April. They'll play shows in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Scorpions Lengthen Record Contract, DVD On The Way

German hard rockers Scorpions have lengthened their recording contract with Sony/BMG (German branch) and are reportedly finishing off a "best of" DVD, tentatively scheduled to be released in late spring/early summer. Additionally, the Scorpions are supposedly planning on putting out a new album release in the fall, although it is not yet known if the new CD will consist of brand new recordings or not.

Look for the Scorpions on tour in the U.K. with Judas Priest beginning on March 16 at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

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Hammerfall, Equilibrium Added To Wacken Open Air

Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...

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Megaherz To Film New Video

Megaherz, the veteran crossover industrial rockers from Munich, have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Not every fan has the chance to see Megaherz live on stage, but the band and label think that every fan should at least have the chance to see the band in action in a video. So, in the next few weeks, Megaherz will be filming one for their next single which will likely be released in March, together with the presentation of the video. It has not yet been revealed which song it will be for, but that there will be a video is a done deal."

Megaherz's fifth studio album, entitled "Megaherz - 5", was released in December via S.A.D. Music.

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Bloodbath Gain Endorsement Deal With ES Guitars

Bloodbath's official website has been updated with this message:

We're proud to announce that Anders 'Blakkheim' Nyström and Bloodbath have entered an exclusive endorsement deal with ES Guitars from Connecticut, USA. His choice of axe is a model called SS-88AN and was based on their line of "anti-corporate" hand crafted designs to serve as a tool of use and abuse on stage and in the studio. It's been 100% customised to Blakkheim's own preferences and exists only in a 1/1 edition. It's with great pleasure we present a series of pics on how this wikked beazt came alive... You may drool now!

You can check out the photos of the guitar here.

Bloodbath's newest album, "Nightmares Made Flesh", will be released in North America on March 8 through Century Media Records. The North American release will be an enhanced version with two bonus songs taken from a previously unreleased demo recording of the "Breeding Death" EP, as well as a different front cover, featuring artwork by Wes Benscoter.

Bloodbath will be making their live debut at the Wacken Open Air festival this coming August.

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Shroud Of Bereavement Live Report

Aah, imagine my delight when I found out Shroud Of Bereavement were playing at Dee Dee's in Quincy, MA on Jan. 28th. I first heard them a few months ago through samples posted on their website and have been waiting to catch them live ever since. This was a long awaited fresh breeze of doom as opposed to the hardcore- infested New England scene. Being primarily a doom metal fan, I was quite elated to attend the show.

I'd never heard or seen any of the supporting bands so I didn't know what to expect. Fortunately, the whole evening turned out to be very gratifying as all 4 bands pretty much encompassed the range of my musical tastes. More...

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Symphony X Writing New Material

The web site of New Jersey prog-metallers SYMPHONY X has been updated with the following message:

"They're working at a good pace on writing the new CD, they have parts of songs put together at this point that are equal to about half of the new CD, and have lots of ideas that they're working with. They're being very critical with this CD, wanting to kick it up a notch from 'The Odyssey' and make it the best stuff yet; thus far they're working with material from Michael Romeo [guitar], Michael Pinnella [keyboards] and Michael LePond [bass]. Mike sounded really intent on cranking out some excellent music; he's in 'the writing zone', and only good things come of it when he's in that mindset.

"When informed that some fans feared that Mike's comment in an earlier studio report about the new CD being 'darker' than 'The Odyssey' would result in Russ [Allen] doing death metal growls or the like, Mike said that wasn't going to happen.

"Also, 'the dungeon' (the band's studio) has recently been gutted and totally revamped and is at its best ever acoustically, which should help contribute to some excellent sound on the new CD."

SYMPHONY X's follow-up to 2002's "The Odyssey" is tentatively due later in the year via InsideOut Music.

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Velvet Revolver, Motorhead Honored At Grammies

VELVET REVOLVER and MOTÖRHEAD won prizes in early ceremonies at the 47th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 13). VELVET REVOLVER were honored with a Grammy in the Best Hard Rock Performance category (for "Slither"), where they beat out the likes of INCUBUS ("Megalomaniac"), METALLICA ("Some Kind of Monster"), NICKELBACK ("Feelin' Way Too Damn Good") and SLIPKNOT ("Duality"), Meanwhile, MOTÖRHEAD picked up a Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category for their cover of METALLICA's "Whiplash", shutting out CRADLE OF FILTH ("Nymphetamine"), HATEBREED ("Live For This"), KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ("The End of Heartache") and SLIPKNOT ("Vermilion").

As previously reported, Led Zeppelin was also awarded the lifetime acheivement award.

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