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Metal News for February 14, 2006

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16 news articles posted on this day.

Darkthrone Enters Norwegian Singles Chart

According to Rockdetector.com, DARKTHRONE — probably the most uncompromising of the veteran Norwegian black metal bands — have sensationally entered the national singles charts in Norway. The group's "Too Old, Too Cold" EP debuted at No. 11 this week.

"Too Old, Too Cold" features a cover version of SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES' "Love In A Void" and the original "High On Cold War", featuring Grutle Kjellson from ENSLAVED on guest vocals.

DARKTHRONE will release their new album, "The Cult Is Alive" on February 27 via Peaceville. The album will be available on CD, special-edition CD featuring the band's first-ever promo video (for "Too Old, Too Cold") and on limited-edition shark grey vinyl. More...

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Megadeth Announce New Bassist

MEGADETH have announced the addition of former BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/WHITE LION bassist James Lomenzo to the group's ranks. Lomenzo joins the band as the replacement for James MacDonough, who was officially dismissed from the group on February 10, 2006.

"I want to thank Jimmy for everything and wish him the best in his future endeavors," MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine said in a statement. "He is knowledgable and a good enough bassist to run his own outfit, and I look forward to what he does musically."

Mustaine added, "It was recommeded I check out James Lomenzo by a friend, because I was uncertain which direction I wanted to take with the bassist prior to starting the next record, and everything just clicked."

Lomenzo will perform with MEGADETH at their next scheduled live appearance, which is set for March 16 at the Desert Rock 2006 festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Black Messiah Enter Studio

German black metallers BLACK MESSIAH will enter the studio these days to record the successor to „Oath of a Warrior“, entitled „Of Myths & Legends“. It will seamlessly follow the predecessor but according to the band the new album will be more aggressive yet more melodic. Release is scheduled for summer 2006. BLACK MESSIAH is confirmed to appear on these festivals in 2006: RAGNARÖK, ULTIMA RATIO, DONG OPEN AIR & NOCTURNAL EMPIRE FESTIVAL. More shows and a tour are under discussion.

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Sonata Arctica Certified Gold

"Reckoning Night", the latest album from the Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA, has been certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 15,000 copies. SONATA ARCTICA had previously achieved the same feat with their third album, "Winterheart's Guild".

SONATA ARCTICA's fourth studio album, "Reckoning Night", was released in 2004 via Nuclear Blast Records. A live SONATA ARCTICA DVD/CD, entitled "For the Sake of Revenge", is scheduled for release on March 31, 2006.

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Kittie Plan Extensive US Tour

America will get its first taste of female metal band Kittie's new lineup as the band hits the road this spring in support of its latest material, which was released in the form of a downloadable EP entitled "Never Again" on February 7 through Rock Ridge Music.

"After a year hiatus we are more than ready to begin this tour in April and show the world what we have been up to and prove we are stronger and more focused than ever," said vocalist/guitarist Morgan Lander. "This tour will rock!"

The Never Again Tour will give audiences their first glimpse at the band with new bassist Trish Doan and guitarist Tara Macleod joining Kittie mainstays Morgan Lander (guitar/vocals) and Mercedes Lander (drums).

"Never Again" features Kittie's most mature work to date, with the band throwing out all preconceived notions and writing from the heart.

"Never Again" will be available everywhere digital tracks are sold. iTunes will offer an exclusive 4-track version of the EP which includes bonus track "Everything That Could Have Been."

Kittie has sold more than a million records since the release of its debut, "Spit," 2000, which was followed by 2001's "Oracle" and 2004's "Until the End," with several EPs in between.

Between wrapping up a tour in late 2004 and beginning work on new songs, the Lander sisters kept busy by finally bringing their dream of creating a clothing company into fruition. Poisoned Black was launched in September 2005.

Direct support on the Never Again Tour will be provided by a variety of bands playing in different regions. Some of the bands slated to play are Seemless, Five Bolt Main, Twelve Tribes, Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Agony Scene, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Byzantine, Dead To Fall, Donnybrook, Calico System, Burning Armada, Job for a Cowboy, Naos Project, Jacknife, and On Broken Wings.

"With great bands and our most talented line-up to date, the Never Again tour will be amazing," said Lander.

Tour dates are as follow: More...

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Cult Of Luna Post New "Finland" Track Online

An edit Of the Track 'Finland' From the new Cult Of Luna Album 'Somewhere Along The Highway' has been posted on the Earache Records Myspace page.

Slated for an April 24th release date via Earache Records, the initial tracking took place over seven days in a wooden octagon barn surrounded by "Blair Witch" scenery close to the bands hometown of Umea in Northern Sweden.

"Somewhere Along The Highway" contains 7 tracks:

  • Marching To The Heartbeats

  • Finland

  • Back To Chapel Town

  • And With Her Came The Birds

  • Thirtyfour

  • Dim

  • Dark City, Dead Man

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W.A.S.P. Drummer Leaves Band

W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland has announced his departure from the band on their official forum:

"I appreciate the kind words and I am sorry if some of you are sad about my departure. Out of respect to the band and the upcoming tour, I didn't send out a press release about this, as I didn't want to cause possible worry to you good people.

"I just got in from a long weekend and my ass is kicked, so I'll keep this short and to the point.
Without going into detail that would most likely get turned into something negative, let me give a Reader's Digest version of what's up.

"In mid-January, Blackie and I had a phone conversation that resulted in our parting. It wasn't shitty, ugly, or disrespectful in any way. It was two old and dear friends being honest with each other. After 16 years as friends and bandmates, one thing you learn is how to be honest with each other.

"So the bottom line is, I will not be part of the upcoming tour, and I'm not sure who the drummer will be as its really none of my business. If it's the guy that they were going to use before I came back, he is excellent. I don't know him but I have heard his work on [guitarist] Darrell's solo stuff and I think he's great. Keep in mind Im just guessing from the other side of the country. lol

"I will be posting more details about this and my upcoming plans on my site www.stethowland.com this week."

The entire statement can be read at this location.

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Ministry, Helloween To Headline Gates Of Metal

Ministry and Helloween have been confirmed as the headliners of the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Ministry
Helloween
Amorphis
Savage Circus
Lumsk
Thryfing

Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with 5,000 tickets scheduled to be released on February 16, priced at 666 SEK!

For more information (in Swedish), visit www.gatesofmetal.se.

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Motorhead To Play With The Foo Fighters

Motörhead have just been confirmed to play a gigantic concert featuring the Foo Fighters on June 17th, 2006 at Hyde Park in London, England. No other than Dave Grohl himself asked his pal Lemmy to join in and Motörhead agreed immediately. The line up is the following:

Foo Fighters
Motörhead
Queens Of The Stone Age

Furthermore these shows are confirmed already:

Mar. 07 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 09 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 10 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 11 Las Vegas, CA - House of Blues

Motörhead will be playing some summer festivals in Europe between June 1st, 2006 and August 15th. A US Tour will follow September / November this year and Motörhead will start a headlining European tour after that. More news TBA.

Motörhead are currently in the studios working on their new album.

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Moonspell Reveal "Memorial" Cover & Tracklisting

Moonspell have posted a sample of the "Memorial" cover online. Check it out at this location. Moonspell are now finising the artwork for the booklet and for both editions of the DVD. The cover was chosen among countless projects because it symbolizes the deep nature of the band (South, blood, lunar side) and it is a strong and simple image just like the music contained on the record. The band went for red as the main colour because of the strong blood element present on the album.

"Memorial" will be released on April 24th in Europe and on April 25th in the USA. There will be two editions: one in a luxury digipack with a bonus unreleased song, the other on jewel-case.

"Memorial" final tracklisting:

In Memoriam
Finisterra
Memento Mori
Sons of Earth
Blood Tells
Upon the Blood of Men
At the Image of Pain
Sanguine
Proliferation
Once It Was Ours!
Mare Nostrum
Luna
Best Forgotten

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Judas Priest, Scorpions To Play Royal Albert Hall

Judas Priest will be appearing at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England on 31st March 2006 (the only show they will be playing this year). This is a special performance in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust Charity and is a tribute to Tommy Vance (UK's Friday Rock Show). Also appearing will be special guests: The Scorpions and Ian Gillan & Friends. Opening the show will be an unknown band called 'Boned,' who Tommy Vance was a great supporter of. Tickets go on sale on 14th February, 2006 (www.royalalberthall.com).

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Dark Funeral Forced To Cancel Polish Shows

The following messages have been posted on the official Dark Funeral website:

"We are sorry to inform that DARK FUNERAL, NAGLFAR, AMORAL & ASMODEUS gigs in Lódz and Katowice have been cancelled. Massive Music would like to apologize for all inconveniences caused to Dragon Productions and the bands. The cancellation is beyond our control, we are entirely helpless in the face of the present political situation in Poland. "
Mariusz Kmiolek/Massive Music POLAND

"We understand this has really nothing to do with Dark Funeral alone as a band, but by a musical scene the Polish Catholics obviously wish to forbid. To us this is just another proof of the hypocrisy that lies behind organised religions. They happily promote tolerance, yet, as soon as they see something they dislike, they are fast as a shark to call for censorship. The thing is, reactions like this will most certainly give the opposite result, it always does! We would however like to apologize for all inconveniences this has and will cause our Polish fans, but this is unfortunately beyond our control"
Dark Funeral

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Marduk Announce European Tour Dates

Marduk have announced the preliminary dates for the upcoming European tour. The band had to postpone the tour from March to May to complete their upcoming DVD. Confirmed tour dates for the European tour so far are:

May 04 Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
May 05 Jena, Germany - F Haus
May 06 Brussel, Belgium - Ten Wijingaert
May 07 Rotterdam, Holland - Nighttown
May 08 France - TBA
May 09 Saint Nazaire, France - Vip
May 10 Switzerland - TBA
May 11 Austria - TBA
May 12 Milano, Italy - Live Club
May 13 Ravenna, Italy - Rock Planet
May 14 Czech Republic - TBA
May 15 Munchen, Germany - Backstage
May 16 Dresden, Germany
May 17 Ludwigsburg, Germay - Rockfabrik
May 18 Germany - TBA
May 19 Sweden - TBA
May 20 Sweden - TBA
May 26 TBA
May 27 Finland - TBA
May 28 Finland - TBA

Other upcoming Marduk tour dates:

Mar. 17 Larissa, Greece - B Live
Mar. 18 Thessaloniki, Freece - Mylos Xilourgio
Mar. 23 Sweden/Finland - Metallbåten
Apr. 01 Osnabruck, Germany - Tomahawk Festival
Apr. 13-15 Oslo, Norway - Inferno Festival

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In Flames' "Come Clarity" Chart Positions Revealed

Chart positions for In Flames' latest effort, "Come Clarity," has been revealed:

European charts:
Germany #6
Norway #16
Austria #27
Denmark #52

UK charts:
Top 200 Artist Albums #67
Top 50 Independent Albums #7
Rock & Metal Top 40 #2

In Flames is currently touring North America on their Come Clarity tour with Trivium, Devildriver and Zao.

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Dark Tranquillity Prepares For North American Tour

Dark Tranquillity vocalist Mikael Stanne has posted the following message on the band's official website:

"The packing is done! We are heading back to the states! Six lowlife degenerates here from the foggiest, snowiest and coldest Gothenburg are coming over the Atlantic to bring the metal! Touring with the ever amazing Opeth and the one and only Devin Townsend will be a rare treat for sure as well as Devildriver later on.

"We have been plotting and scheming about our ever elusive setlist for some time and we believe we have something very special for you all, both for the support dates and especially for the headline shows! Can´t wait to bring you guys the full-on Dark Tranquillity experience. Be prepared!"

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A7x, Co & Ca Team Up For U.S. Tour

Avenged Sevenfold and Coheed and Cambria are hitting the road together for a 31-date US co-headlining tour.

A7x guitarist Synyster Gates comments on the odd pairing of the two bands:

"We're the same kind of band," he reasoned. "You either love us or hate us, so we definitely have that in common. And we believe there will be a crossover there between both our fans. It's not the same genre of music, but the same kids listen to us and them. You know, anything can completely flop and some things can work out perfectly. We're big fans of their music, and I think, from what we hear, they're into us. So, it just felt right. We'll have to see what happens."

The trek was originally conceived as a triple threat: Avenged, Coheed and H.I.M. all sharing the rotating co-headlining bill. But that plan "just didn't work out," Gates said without further elaboration. There's no word yet on who'll be recruited to warm up the crowds on this forthcoming Avenged/ Coheed trek. Gates said the bands are considering going with a comedian or a circus act of some kind as the opener for all of the tour's dates, "because we don't want another band that sounds like us [on the bill]," which, the guitarist added, is "impossible these days."

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