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Metal News for February 14, 2008

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37 news articles posted on this day.

Nebula Begin Demoing New Material

Los Angeles-based power trio NEBULA have issued the following update: "Nebula spent a long day in the studio Monday recording demos. A total of ten new songs were recorded. We would like to thank Zeph, Ian, Kiki & Jordan at The Pass in Los Angeles, CA for all their hard work, and to Karen for making it happen. Check out our MySpace page for some pictures from the session."

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Venom Unleash "Hell" In May

The new album from UK black metal legends VENOM is called Hell and is set for release in May through Universal.

According to a band update, "packed with 13 brand new malevolent tracks from the masters of black metal, Venom are now preparing to unleash this thunderous sequel to their 2006 Metal Black album. With song titles such as: 'Armageddon', 'Straight To Hell', 'Hand Of God', 'USA For Satan', 'The Power & The Glory', 'Evil Perfection', 'Kill The Music' and the title track 'Hell'. The new album truly shows the power and intensity that is Venom, the trio of Cronos, Antton and Rage deliver the metal album of 2008."

For more info click here.

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Treponem Pal Ready New Album, "Weird Machine"

TREPONEM PAL release their new album 'Weird machine' to LISTENABLE records in Europe on the 24th of March.

With several cult albums critically and internationally acclaimed under its belt, a pioneer's career and various punchy collaborations (Young Gods, Nine Inch Nails, Prong, Ministry, Faith No More...), the Parisian precursor of groovy industrial-metal carbonizes the record industry with a new lp mixed with napalm. Recorded in Geneva, produced by David Weber and written by Marco Neves (vocals, development), Didier B. (keyboards, samplers), Polak (guitars) and the late Paul Raven (eminent bass player of Killing Joke, Godflesh, Pigface, Murder Inc ., Prong, Ministry), the ballistic missile plans to collide our boomers in April 2008.

Industrially toxic, metallic, electronic, ethnic, electric, psychedelic, hypnotic and always more eclectic, Treponem Pal signs with this noxious "Weird Machine" a proper declaration of war. A urban time bomb of a manifesto, pure weapon of massive destruction and distraction seriously dangerous and open minded. A sonic stream roller to check on stage during the European tour, already planned this year.

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Stream Kingdom of Sorrow's New Album Online

KINGDOM OF SORROW (featuring Jamey Jasta of HATEBREED and Kirk Windstein of DOWN, CROWBAR) is streaming their highly-anticipated full-length album now exclusively at their official MySpace page.

KINGDOM OF SORROW will release their debut album next Tuesday, February 19th in North America (February 25th internationally) via Relapse Records.

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Flesh Parade Offer Update On New Album

FLESH PARADE guitarist Rene Perez has posted the following update:

“Just wanted to update everyone on our progress. I know in the past not much has happened, but for the last 6 months we’ve been making every practice and getting shit done. We had a great practice last night and finished another new song. Things are going really well. We’ve booked some studio time for mid March and have a title for it. The CD will be called, ‘Dirty Sweet.’ We’ll be tracking the entire CD at Barron Studios in Houston, Texas. Also, swing by our page for some new pics and another practice recording with Scott on vocals. We’ll be documenting everything in the studio, so check back for more pics and videos too. We’re currently working on the new Grind Docs. Until then, keep grinding!”

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National Napalm Syndicate Complete New Recordings

Finnish thrash metallers NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE have issued the following update:

"The recordings of the new NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE album have been completed. The last vocal tracks were finished today. We got new metal!! There will be some surprises for the NNS fans!"

"12 new NNS tracks and some interesting cover songs on tape!"

"We will start the mixing and editing soon and after that we'll start looking for a new label to work with! Interested labels contact us through our myspace or our website."

"Here's some new song titles: 'Aching Hunger', 'Fist In The Air', 'According To You' and 'Dancing Days'." More...

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Sebastian Bach Announce European Tour Dates

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has scheduled the following dates:

June 05 - Sölvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock
June 06 - Tallinn, Estonia @ The Old Monastery Yard
June 07 - Tampere, Finland @ Pakkahoune
June 08 - Oulu, Finland @ Teatria

Bach recently released the first video from "Angel Down". The clip for "(Love Is) A Bitchslap", which was completed at Macabre studios in New Jersey, is "a live performance video, filmed at the sold-out Calgary Saddledome and Winnipeg MTS Centre shows," says Sebastian. "The video kicks ass and I can't wait for you all to see it!! The band is rockin' and we played to over 40,000 of you people those two nights, so on behalf of the band, thanks for letting us star in YOUR video, Calgary and Winnipeg!!" More...

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Royal Hunt Guitarist To Tour With Pain

Guitarist Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, HOUSE OF SHAKIRA) will once again be part of PAIN's touring lineup when the Swedish band hits the road later this month as the support act for NIGHTWISH.

IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers makes a guest appearance on two songs on PAIN's latest album, "Psalms of Extinction".

PAIN's video for the track "Zombie Slam" is available for viewing at this location. The clip was shot in February 2007 in Los Angeles by Ralf Strathmann. Ralf previously worked as a director for artists like CHILDREN OF BODOM, APOCALYPTICA and SOILWORK. He is also a photographer for such bands as H.I.M., AEROSMITH and BLINK 182, to name but a few. More...

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Municipal Waste Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Earache records issues the following press release:

"They say that there's no rest for the wicked and MUNICIPAL WASTE is as wicked as they come. As soon as they return from their European tour, it's right back on the road for the master thrashers. The band will be taking their brand of crossover thrash all across the south, including showcases at South By Southwest and a special performance at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in April."

"March
7 Volume 11 Raleigh, North Carolina
8 The Hideway Johnson City, Tennessee
10 Meridian Red Room Houston, Texas
11 Red 7 Austin, Texas
12 Red Blood Club Dallas, Texas
13 Emo's Annex - SXSW Austin, Texas
14 SXSW Austin, Texas
15 SXSW Austin, Texas
16 The Crossing San Antonio, Texas
18 Sluggo’s Pensecola, Florida
19 State Theater St Petersburg, Florida
20 Common Grounds Gainesville, Florida
21 The Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia

April 25-27
The Palladium
New England Meal & Hardcore Festival
Worcester, Mass.
(Stage time and date TBA).
Go to http://www.metalandhardcorefestival.com/ for more info."

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Thanatoschizo Post New Song Online

Portuguese avant-garde maniacs THANATOSCHIZO have posted a new song, entitled "L" on their MySpace page. The track, which comes off the group's forthcoming fourth album, "Zoom Code", features a guest appearance by Timb Harris of ESTRADASPHERE/SECRET CHIEFS 3.

"Zoom Code" was produced by Luis Barros (TARANTULA) and was mastered by Tommy Newton (CONCEPTION, HELLOWEEN) and features an additional guest appearance by Svein Egil Hatlevik (ZWEIZZ, FLEURETY, ex-DØDHEIMSGARD). A March 21 release via My Kingdom Music is expected (one week earlier in Portugal through Recital Records). More...

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Fu Manchu Announce New U.S. Dates

Southern California fuzz-rock quartet FU MANCHU has scheduled the following dates:

Feb 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's (Noise Pop)
Feb. 29 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Mar. 01 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Mar. 02 - Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
Mar. 04 - Boise, ID @ The Bouquet
Mar. 06 - Aspen, CO @ The Belly Up
Mar. 07 - Fort Collins, CO @ The Aggie Theatre
Mar. 08 - Denver, CO @ The Larimer Lounge
Mar. 11 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's
Mar. 12 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Mar. 13 - Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
Mar. 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Mar. 15 - Columbus, OH @ Ravari Room
Mar. 17 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
Mar. 18 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Mar. 20 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Club
Mar. 22 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox Laundrolounge
Mar. 23 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Mar. 24 - Charlotte, NC @ 314 N College St Camel Cigarettes Free Show
Mar. 25 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Mar. 27 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian
Mar. 28 - Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues -- Cambridge Room
Mar. 29 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Apr. 01 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
Apr. 02 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Sets
Apr. 04 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
Apr. 05 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour

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Elevator 22 Issue Studio Update

Canadian metallers, Elevator 22, issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"E22 have finished tracking drums this past weekend. Mike did a splendid job banging out the tracks. Currently we're tracking guitars and so far everything appears to be running on schedule."

"We'll keep you posted as things progress."

"Cheers,
Bart"

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Deathwish Acquires Perfect Victim Records' Catalog

Deathwish Inc./Malfunction Records has officially purchased the Perfect Victim Records catalog. Here's the official word from Deathwish:

"Our old pal Mike from Stab & Kill/Perfect Victim, decided to cease operations of the label some time ago. Since then, some killer releases from Slumlords (members of Breakdown, Pulling Teeth), Forward To Death, S.O.S., and Blue Monday have been hiding on shelves and in boxes. Well, we are here to fix that. Deathwish has officially acquired the Perfect Victim Records existing catalog. Deathwish now carries all of these titles exclusively in the DW Estore. You can also find Perfect Victim titles in retail stores through our friends at Revelation Distribution. So yeah, Deathwish, Malfunction, and Perfect Victim are now one label family."

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At All Cost Seeks New Bassist

At All Cost (Century Media Records) is now looking to replace bass player Bobby Andrews, who has relocated elsewhere. The Austin, Texas band seeks someone 20-25 who is willing to tour consistently. Additionally, the band wants "no rockstars, no prima donnas, just real people with low expectations." Interested parties should contact the group at mailto:xatallcostx@hotmail.com. Auditions will be held within the next few weeks.

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Outbreak Plan South American Tour

Outbreak will embark upon their first-ever South American tour in March. Here are the latest tour dates:

03/07 Quito, Ecuador @ Fest
03/08 Bogata, Columbia @ TBA
03/09 Santhiago, Chile @ Sudamerica HC Fest
03/13 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ TBA
03/14 Peracicaba, Brazil @ Benjamin Rock Bar
03/15 Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Matriz
03/16 Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Positive Fest II

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Evergreen Terrace and Casey Jones Tour Dates

Evergreen Terrace, Secret Lives of the Freemasons, and Casey Jones will team up for a brief March tour. Here you go:

3/14 Ocala, FL @ The Capitol
3/15 Jacksonville, FL @ Fuel Coffeehouse
3/16 Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
3/17 Thomasville, NC @ The Sound Vent
3/18 Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
3/19 Wilmington, NC @ Lucky's Pub
3/20 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
3/21 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
3/22 Valdosta, GA @ Vito's Rock N Roll Pizza

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Voivod To Enter The Studio This Spring

Canada’s pioneering metal band VOIVOD will enter the studio this spring to record their final album using songs left behind by founding guitarist Denis ‘Piggy’ D’Amour who died in August 2005 from colon cancer

An official band statement reads: “There remain 13 songs that guitarist Denis D’Amour (Piggy) had written with the band before his death, yet to be recorded. Michel Langevin (Away) and Denis Belanger (Snake) will track the last songs this spring bringing all the past and present members together to participate in a homage to the guitar legend of Piggy and the legacy of 25 years of a brotherhood forged by exploring metal, rock and punk ethics with an other worldly premise.

"Jean-Yves Theriault (Blacky) and Eric Forrest (E Force) have eagerly agreed to contribute bass tracks along with current bass player Jason Newsted (Jasonic). The End Records and Nuclear Blast Europe will release this final record once completed.

"VOIVOD may play select shows after the release as a thank you to the fans and to bring closure to a great career."

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Stream Death Angel's "Killing Season" Online

DEATH ANGEL’s new album, “Killing Season”, can now be streamed in it’s entirety at the groups Myspace page. The stream will last from February 15th until the 22nd.

As previously reported, an e-card for "Killing Season" was also posted online. Due on February 26, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was recorded at Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH, VELVET REVOLVER, SHADOWS FALL and STONE SOUR, among other acts.

Here is Death Angel's "Killing Season" track listing:

01. Lord of Hate
02. Sonic Beatdown
03. Dethroned
04. Carnival Justice
05. Buried Alive
06. Soulless
07. The Noose
08. When Worlds Collide
09. God vs God
10. Steal the Crown
11. Resurrection Machine

DEATH ANGEL and FORBIDDEN will team up for two special shows — on February 28 and February 29 — at Slim's in San Francisco, California.

DEATH ANGEL's last CD, "The Art of Dying", was released in May 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. The group's first studio album since 1990's "Act III" was recorded at SF Soundworks studios in San Francisco, California with producer Brian Joseph Dobbs (VOIVOD, MANMADEGOD).

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Soulfly To Headline Vina Rock 2008

Vina Rock 2008 (www.vinarock.com/) is scheduled for May 1st - 3rd at Auditorio Municipal in Villarrobledo, Albacete, Spain.

SOULFLY will headline the final day of the festival (May 3rd).

Further details to be announced soon. More info at this location.

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Kataklysm Reveal Album Guests

KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono has issued the following update:

"Kataklysm just recently finished mixing their new album (Prevail) at Audio Hammer Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Jason Suecof. The album is going through a mastering process as we speak and should be wrapped up by the end of the week. In other words, fully complete and ready to kill!

The anticipated album will also feature guest solo appearances by Pat O'Brien (CANNIBAL CORPSE), Dave Linsk (OVERKILL) and producer and guitar shredder Jason Suecof himself! The band promises a monstrous album that will pummel you from start to finish. The album artwork and track list will be unleashed next Monday on the bands MySpace page and website. stay tuned!"

Prevail is scheduled for release via Nuclear Blast Records on May 23rd (Europe) and May 27th (North America, rest of world).

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Scuzz TV Interviews The Cavalera Brothers

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY were recently in the UK and SCUZZ TV caught up with them for a little chat about their new project together- their first since they parted ways in 1996. If you missed it on the channel, they have now loaded this into their website, and you can view it here.

Don't forget that debut single 'SANCTUARY' out digitally on Monday 3rd March and you can pre-order that here.

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Sanctus Post Rarities Online For Free Download

Defunct California death/black metal band SANCTUS has made a pair of rare recordings available for free download on its new discography site at SanctusMusic.com.

"Fateshifter", the band's swan song EP from 2003, and the group's original demo from 1998 (when the band was called PANTHEON) have been posted for download. Only 50 copies each the EP and the demo were ever made.

SANCTUS, whose only full-length release, "Aeon Sky", was released on Metal Blade Records in 2000, disbanded in 2004.

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Bloodbath Post Samples From New Album Online

Swedish death metal "supergroup" BLOODBATH have issued the following update:

"Peaceville has launched a mini-site for the release of Unblessing The Purity where you can hear exclusive audio previews from the 4 songs."

"The mini-CD is also now available for pre-order for only £4.99 (£4.25 outside of EU) plus shipping and handling. Note that the initial pressing will only be available from Peaceville's online store, so go get your copy now!"

"Pre-order Unblessing The Purity now!"

Unblessing The Purity will see a release exclusively through Peaceville on March 10th. More...

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Apothys Enter the Studio

Apothys issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"Apothys is heading down to Final Symphony Productions in Charlottesville, VA to record a three song promo on the 16th - 17th and 23rd - 24th . The promo name and track listing includes:"

"Onslaught"

"1. Deviatory
2. Cacophony Rising
3. Empyrean Unrest"

"We will be selling this at our shows and website for $3. The promo will be sent to record labels, magazines and webzines for review and recognition."

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Voodoo Six Post New Video Online

VOODOO SIX, the UK band formed by former DIRTY DEEDS bassist Tony Newton, has posted the video for its new single, "Faith". The clip, which was shot last month with director George Chin, can be viewed below.

VOODOO SIX played its first show of the year on January 19 at the Purple Turtle in Camden, London. It was the group's first gig with new guitarist Chris Jones, who joins Tony Newton on bass, Matt Pearce on guitar, Henry Rundell on vocals and Grav on drums.

VOODOO SIX's new album, "First Hit for Free", will be released on March 17. The CD was mixed by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, AEROSMITH, GUNS N' ROSES, METALLICA). The "Faith" single will precede the full-length album on March 3. More...

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Mustaine Claims Megadeth Grammy Snub Was Political

A five-minute interview Finland's Sub TV conducted with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine on February 4, 2008 prior to the band's Helsinki concert can be viewed below.

During the interview Mustaine was asked for his opinion on "heavy metal" becoming "mainstream" again after being "gone" for 10 years in the Nineties. "Certainly, I appreciate it, because being in a metal band that's becoming mainstream again is gonna have certain benefits for us," he replied. "But I don't even know if we fit in the metal category anymore, because I heard we were moved from the 'metal' category to the 'classic rock' category in the Grammys. I was like, 'What?' I mean, you look at who they nominated for the Grammys this year — one band on there has only sold 10,000 records [referring to KING DIAMOND — Ed.], and I don't understand how we didn't get nominated. It's disappointing and it makes you… When you look at the facts, you just get so much disdain for that, because you know that it's a political thing and that somebody somewhere has bitterness towards me or towards my band. There's just no way that a band that's as successful as we are, with a brand new record that entered in the Top 10 in the Billboard charts, wouldn't get nominated for a Grammy when another band's in there that, like I said, has only sold 10,000 records. But you know what?! It's OK, because I've been nominated for seven Grammys and never won, so, frankly, to me, it's an elusive thing — it doesn't really mean anything to me."

The Helsinki show marked MEGADETH's live debut with new guitarist Chris Broderick (ex-JAG PANZER, NEVERMORE).

The third installment of the U.S. Gigantour — the acclaimed traveling heavy music festival launched in 2005 by Mustaine — will launch April 12 in Denver, CO with headliner MEGADETH, Swedish metal band IN FLAMES, Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM, Arizona's modern extreme JOB FOR A COWBOY and Oakland, CA heavy power trio HIGH ON FIRE all confirmed. The 29-date trek will criss-cross North America and wraps May 22 in Phoenix, AZ.

Sub TV interview: More...

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Electric Wizard Pull Out Of Roadburn Festival

British doom veterans ELECTRIC WIZARD have been forced to cancel their previously announced appearance at the Roadburn festival — which will take place April 17-20 at 013 in Tilburg, the Netherlands — due to a "family" matter. They have since been replace by WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, who will perform a one-off show at Roadburn 2008.

Commented ELECTRIC WIZARD's Justin Oborn: "We regret to announce that ELECTRIC WIZARD will not be able to perform at Roadburn festival this year. Unfortunately due to an unforeseen and unavoidable situation, of a personal nature — which we had no idea would arise when we agreed to play last August — it has now become impossible for us to be at Roadburn. This cancellation is not something that we want to do and we wish to apologise to all our fans and all at Roadburn, especially Walter, and we hope that this awesome festival will be the huge success it deserves to be. We will be rescheduling our performance for September 12th, 2008 again at the 013 venue."

ELECTRIC WIZARD's sixth full-length studio album, "Witchcult Today", was released in November via Rise Above Records. Recorded and produced by Liam Watson (WHITE STRIPES, DATSUNS) at London's legendary Toerag studios, initial CD copies came in foil gatefold LP replica, with a double vinyl version foil sleeve also available.

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In Flames Release First Single on Swedish Radio

According to the latest news on In Flames’ official website, "The Mirror's Truth," the first single off their upcoming album “A Sense of Purpose,” will premiere tonight on Swedish radio station P3 at 23:07 CET.

If you’re too far away from Scandinavia to catch the right frequency, you can listen online at Sveriges Radio P3. When you get to the site, simply click on “Lyssna på Webradio,” meaning “listen to web radio.”

“A Sense of Purpose” is set for release in Canada and the U.S. on Apr. 1.

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Sonata Arctica Plays The Warehouse

Currently trekking across North America on a 15-date tour, Sonata Arctica made a pit stop Monday night at The Warehouse in Calgary, AB. Kicking off the show was homegrown progressive/death hybrid Nebucadnezzer. Barely in their 20s, but playing the local circuit for over three years, the quartet did a fabulous job of warming up an already enthusiastic crowd. Performing local favourites like “Leviathan,” as well as tunes from their soon to be released independent album “Affliction,” Nebucadnezzer proved that the opening slot can be just as audibly intense as the rest. With talent beyond their years, Nebucadnezzer showed up with what seemed like no other plan than to slay. More...

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Amorphis Announce More Finnish Dates

Finnish metallers AMORPHIS have issued the following update:

"On Thursday, June 26, AMORPHIS will play an open-air concert in Helsinki’s Kaisaniemi Park together with NIGHTWISH and EPICA. Although the show will be a warm-up to the ensuing three-day Tuska festival, it is not part of the festival itself and Tuska tickets will not be valid for this event. The ticket sale starts on Monday, March 3. AMORPHIS will also perform at Sauna Open Air in Tampere, Finland, June 6-8. Tickets for this festival will go on sale on February 19."

Upcoming AMORPHIS shows:

Mar. 05 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
Mar. 06 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, Finland
Mar. 07 - Puijonsarvi - Kuopio, Finland
Mar. 08 - Club Teatria - Oulu, Finland
Mar. 15 - Areena - Joensuu, Finland
Apr. 19 - Thessaloniki - Hydrogios, Greece
Apr. 20 - Athens - Gagarin, Greece
May 05 - Geiseinkirchen, Germany - Rock Hard Festival
May 30 - Zagreb, Hungary - Zagreb Metal Fest
May 31 - Belgrade, Serbia - Legacy Festival
Jun. 6-8 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air
Jun. 26 - Helsinki, Finland - Kaisaniemi Park
Sep. 26-27 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage (ProgPower USA IX)

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Tyrant's Blood To Release New MCD

Invictus Productions will release the upcoming MCD (and possibly a full length album sometime later in 2008) from Canada's TYRANT'S BLOOD. The band features members from BLASPHEMY, WITCHES HAMMER and INFERNAL MAJESTY. The TYRANT'S BLOOD sound can best be described as a mix of classic 80s Death / Thrash along the lines of old SADUS with hints of MORBID ANGEL, POSSESSED, DESTRUCTION for good measure. The 5 song EP "Prophecy" has already been recorded and is due for release soon.

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Profugus Mortis Post New Songs From Debut Online

French Canadian extreme folk metal band PROFUGUS MORTIS have uploaded the songs 'Majesty' and 'Vile' for streaming on their official MySpace page. They are taken from the band's debut album, ...So It Begins.

In other news, the band has updated their live schedule with shows in Quebec and Southern Ontario, including a May 14th date in Montreal with CATAMENIA and THE AGONIST. Their schedule is now as follows:

April
4 - Casbah - Hamilton, Ontario (with DESTROY WITHIN, WAKING THE FALLEN)
5 - Royal Canadian Legion - Oshawa, Ontario (with BLINDED BY FAITH)
29 - Imperial - Quebec City, Quebec (with KALMAH)

May
14 - Theatre Plaza - Montreal, Quebec (with CATAMENIA and THE AGONIST)

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Taproot Complete New Album

Bassist Phil Lipscomb of the Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has issued the following update:

"For those of you who have been reading our blog for the past year, you may remember a little comment I made back in March 2007 when we finally started working with our new producer and I joked you could expect our album in January 2008. Well, here we are February 2008 and you guys are still waiting patiently, right?... RIGHT?!?! Okay, maybe not so patiently, but things are moving forward."

"The album is officially complete, mixing and mastering are finished. From here we are shopping the album around to various labels and seeing what our best options are. As usual in the music business, things are taking longer than expected, but that's because we're trying to put out the best product we can." More...

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Testament Guitarist Announce Solo Tour Dates

ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, the experimental band led by TESTAMENT/ex-SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, has scheduled the following dates:

March 08 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Dr. Watson's Pub
March 09 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Club Cafe
March 10 - Charleston, West Virginia - Empty Glass
March 11 - Atlanta, Georgia - Apache Cafe
March 13 - New Orleans, Louisiana - Igor's Check Point Charlie
March 15 - Austin, Texas - The Ale House
March 17 - Dallas, Texas - Poor David's Pub
March 20 - Chicago, Illinois - Martyrs'
March 22 - Jamestown, New York - Mojo's
March 23 - Albany, New York - The Red Square

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Contrive Schedule Australian Dates

Melbourne, Australia-based metal trio CONTRIVE schedule the following dates:

Feb. 23 - The Cornish Arms Hotel - Brunswick, Melbourne
Mar. 13 - Miami Shark Bar - Gold Coast, Queensland
Mar. 14 – [to be announced] - Ipswich, Queensland
Mar. 15 - Inferno Fest - Fortitude Valley, Queensland

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Vile Finish Seven Songs For Next Album

Colin Davis of the Californian brutal death metallers VILE has posted the following message on the band's MySpace page:

"I have been getting a lot of e-mails asking when the next VILE album will be out. It's been 2.5 years and it's about time. We have typically released an album every three years. And by the time this new one actually comes out, it will probably be right on time!"

"The main reason that we take so much time is my fault. I like to go slow. I like to wait for the old ideas to go away and let them get replaced with new ones. If I go too fast, I am afraid that the albums could be too similar. This is a problem many bands have and I really don't want to get trapped that way. The music changes as life changes and waiting lets the albums each have their own identity and style." More...

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Tool To Start Writing New Album

TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan has told MTV.com that the band will soon be reconvening to start kicking around song ideas for the group's fifth studio album.

"We're going to start writing the new TOOL record right away," he said.

Keenan didn't say when he expected the band to start tracking the effort, when it might be ready for release or what it might sound like. But with TOOL's touring schedule wide open for the foreseeable future, he said it's time for the band to buckle down. He also elaborated on TOOL's creative process.

"The music always comes first," Keenan said. "We all get in a room, shut out all the extra noises from the other people and what goes on outside the room and just focus on the four of us, where we are that day. And then we just start making sounds." More...

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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