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Metal News for February 15, 2007

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Manowar Announce European Tour Dates

With the upcoming Demons, Dragons and Warriors Tour MANOWAR is ready to bring true metal to your town and take you to Valhalla – the place of immortal warriors!

Mobilized with 7 trucks and 6 busses, MANOWAR's 100 strong army of warriors and crew will invade Europe with a storm of energy, devotion and power armed with more than 450,000 watts of lighting and 150,000 watts of sound equipment plus 40,000 watts of stage amplifiers. The three band touring package contains the Italian metal heroes RHAPSODY OF FIRE and the new female fronted super group HOLYHELL.

The performance itself will span the Manowar spectrum from classic songs to milestones like Warriors Of The World United and songs from the new and upcoming album "Gods Of War."

MANOWAR has decided to give away a free shirt to all fans who come to one of the shows and have travelled from another country. If you can identify yourself with your passport at one of the merchandise stands, you will receive this exclusive and special shirt, that will not be for sale anywhere. On top of this you will also receive another merchandise item for free.

Demons, Dragons and Warriors Tour 2007 (with Manowar, Rhapsody of Fire and Holyhell)

14.03.07 – CZ - Zlín - Sportovní Hala Novesta
15.03.07 – CZ - Pardubice - C(ez Aréna
16.03.07 – CZ - Plzen - Hala Lokomotiva
22.03.07 – GER - Berlin – Max Schmeling Halle
23.03.07 – GER - München – Olympiahalle
24.03.07 – GER - Frankfurt – Festhalle
27.03.07 – GER - Dortmund – Westfalenhalle
28.03.07 – GER - Hamburg – Color-Line-Arena
30.03.07 – GER - Nürnberg – Arena-Nürnberger-Versicherungen
31.03.07 – GER - Stuttgart – Hans-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
04.04.07 – GRE - Athens - Fencing Arena at Olympic Complex of Hellinicon

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Chris Cornell Splits Audioslave

Chris Cornell has split Audioslave, the band he formed with three former members of Rage Against The Machine, due to unspecified "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences," according to a statement.

"This is something I don't want to do anymore," Cornell tells Billboard.com of Audioslave. "There were problems from the very beginning and we dealt with them in a great way. We made three great records. We were a band that got along great, but we've also had our differences. My focus is definitely on doing my own music now.

Indeed, Cornell is quickly moving on to his second solo album, "Carry On," due May 1 via Suretone/Interscope. The 14-track set was produced by Steve Lillywhite and includes a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" (which Cornell has been known to play live) as well as "You Know My Name," the theme to the recent James Bond film "Casino Royale."

The album is Cornell's first solo affair since 1999's "Euphoria Morning." Among the other songs set to appear are the country-leaning "Finally Forever" and the harder-edged "Poison Eye" and "No Such Thing."

Cornell is already assembling a band and plans to tour "extensively" in support of "Carry On," and says Audioslave's 2005 trip to Cuba made him realize "there are a lot of people who would enjoy seeing me play 20 years of recorded music in any context."

Last month, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk announced they were reuniting with Rage vocalist Zack de la Rocha for what they are claiming to be a one-off performance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in late April in Indio, CA.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Wolfmother Are 1st Aussies In 25 Yrs To Win Grammy

Sydney's WOLFMOTHER are the first Aussie band in 25 years to win a Grammy Award. Wolfmother's 'Woman' beat out songs by Tool, System of a Down, Nine Inch Nails and Buckcherry to take home the 'Best Hard Rock Performance' category.

In a statement, the band says "A Grammy was the last thing on our minds today. We really thought that was reserved for the permanent residents of the U.S.A. We're honoured and we're overwhelmed. It's enormous!"

The last Australian band to win a Grammy Award was Men At Work 25 years ago.

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Will Haven Announce New Album Name

WILL HAVEN have announced "Heirophant" as the title to their new album. Tentatively set for a June release, Heirophant will be Will Haven's first studio release since 2001's critically acclaimed "Carpe Diem".

In other Will Haven news, the band will be headling a free show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA this coming Monday, February 19th. More info about this event can be found here.

Finally, Will Haven have announced plans for a headlining tour of the United Kingdom following their European run with DEFTONES. Set to kick off on April 12th, Will Haven will be supported by labelmates Ankla.

The complete Will Haven tour dates are as follows: More...

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Kruger Posts Two New Songs Online

After a rocking debut and aggro-belting album, "Built For Speed", the Swiss, whiskey-induced, metal hybrid KRUGER continued to make themselves known in 2005 with a massive, heavy and promising second piece mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom in a very Swedish (think "thick") kind of way. "Cattle Truck" has since been acclaimed by both critics and fans throughout Europe, and allowed KRUGER to share the stage with bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, Isis, Cult of Luna, Sleeppers, Gojira or Unsane, with whom they hold the comparison very decently. They even slaughtered the stage this year at the mythical Montreux Jazz festival.

Now in 2007, KRUGER delivers an epic and intense follow-up, "Redemption Through Looseness". Gloomy and dark, yet overwhelmingly powerful, this new 9-track album drowns the band’s acknowledged influences (Breach, Entombed, Tool, Neurosis) into an intense magma of shredding metallurgic charge, drilling vocal turpitudes and desperate, naked heaviness. Thematically stuck into out-of-subject considerations and cynical bottle stories, KRUGER drive faster and louder, crashing the post-hardcore clichés in their way.

Here is the tracklisting for Kruger's "Redemption Through Looseness":

1. Ammunition Matters
2. Queen of the Meadow
3. The Graveyard Party
4. Hummers vs Pedestrians
5. Holy Fire
6. Army of Lovers
7. War & Wine
8. The Cowboy Song
9. Crusaders

You can check out two new tracks on their MySpace page.

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3 Inches Of Blood Rayleigh Show Cancelled

The 3 Inches of Blood show in Rayleigh, Essex has been cancelled. The band states, "Apparently the powers that be in Rayleigh don't want us there. hopefully that date will be filled somewhere else."

3 Inches of Blood will be releasing their forthcoming album, "Fire Up the Blades" (view cover), via Roadrunner Records. The album was produced by Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison.

You can catch 3 Inches of Blood on tour now with Cradle of Filth and the 69 Eyes.

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Nodes of Ranvier Sign With Victory Records

Victory Records announces the signing of Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s Nodes of Ranvier. Band leader Jon Parker gets right to the point by saying, "This band has been through many ups and downs in its seven year existence. What started in a cramped room in my parents' basement has grown to international exposure. For a bunch of kids from South Dakota it has been quite a ride and we have achieved more than we ever originally imagined."

Nodes of Ranvier's last album for Facedown Records has sold over 15,000 copies since its late 2005 release. The band will be heading into the studio later this month to record their Victory Records debut to be released this July.

"We could not be any more excited about the opportunity to continue to do what we love with a label that understands what it means to have humble beginnings and achieve big dreams. This band will maintain its neck jerking pace and the material for our upcoming release will reflect our fluent ability to make music that drives this band forward. Nodes’ main objective will continue to be to exude the energy on tour, in our live performances and in our records that we have for the love of what we do," stated Parker.

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New Ensiferum Album Release Delayed

Ensiferum have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Due to contractual obligations, promotional deadlines and manufacturing delays, we have been forced to move the release of 'Victory Songs' to the 20th of April 2007!
This is very unfortunate, and we're very sorry about the delay, but there's not much that we or our record companies can do to make this album hit the stores any earlier. If we could, we certainly would because we know that all of you are eager to get a listen to the new songs!

"Despite this time-taking trouble, it's going to be one killer of an album and we hope that you will have the patience to wait just a little longer!

"Wishing you all the best,

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New Omnium Gatherum Song Posted Online

Omnium Gatherum have uploaded the song "Into Sea" on their Myspace site. The track comes from their forthcoming album, entitled "Stuck Here on Snakes Way," due out on April 2 via Candlelight Records. Check it out at myspace.com/omniumgatherum.

"Stuck Here on Snakes Way" tracklisting:
01. The Snake And The Way
02. Into Sea
03. Dysnomia
04. A-Part Of God
05. Undertaker
06. Bastard-O
07. The Third Flame
08. Just Signs
09. Truth
10. Drudgery
11. In Sane World
12. Spiritual

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Killswitch Engage To Be Featured On Rockline

Killswitch Engage will be featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn Monday night February 19, 2007 at 8:30 PT. For a station near you, and information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast, go to www.RocklineRadio.com

Killswitch Engage are headlining the No Fear Music Tour, also featuring DragonForce, Chimaira and He Is Legend, starting next week. Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Sanctity Interviewed On Metal Injection

METAL Injection, the video-on-demand site, recently had the chance to speak with Jared MacEachern and Jeremy London of Sanctity. The band discussed many topics, including being a young band signed to Roadrunner, their forthcoming LP, "Road to Bloodshed," their experiences on the road, and Dave Mustaine. To watch the entire interview, visit < href="http://www.metalinjection.tv">www.metalinjection.tv.

When asked if the band had any words of advice to other up and coming bands on how they can get signed to a major label, they said "Practice...practice...practice...practice, and never stop. We just played show after show after show. Get your name out there. Let people see you, let people hear you, and you never know. The right person may be at the right show."

"The year before we got signed we played, like, 194 shows, as an unsigned band, which is like four or five shows a week. It was ridiculous for a while. We played as much as we could. I think that's really the key. And playing shows...there's only so much stage work you can do while at practice, but really playing out is what gets the bands; you get used to the crowd responses. 20 to 2000 people. 20 people is more intimidating than 2000 people because you really have to impress those 20 people. And, we got used to that."

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Children Of Bodom Featured In Bohse Onkelz DVD

Children of Bodom will appear on the new Böhse Onkelz 4-DVD box set, with a live version "Everytime I Die." The video was shot at Lausitzring, Germany in 2005 at the Farewell Festival of Böhse Onkez.

In other Bodom news, Inferno Magazine and Megamania will be releasing a DVD of guitarist Roope Latvala's former band, Stone. The DVD, entitled "Get Stoned, Stay Stoned" includes three concerts, an interview from 2007, four music videos, a discography and a picture gallery, in addition to old and rare material. The release date has been set for February 21st, 2007, but will be availble in advance at the Finnish Metal Expo (which takes place February 16-17 in Helsinki, Finland).

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Agnostic Front Australian Tour Dates

Agnostic Front will be touring Autralia in April 2007. Here are the tour dates:

Sat April 21 @ Club Phoenix, Brisbane
Sun April 22 @ Annandale Hotel, Sydney
Mon April 23 @ Jamison Inn, Canberra Lic / All ages
Wed April 25 @ Enigma Bar, Adelaide Lic / All ages
Thur April 26 @ Arthouse, Melbourne
Fri April 27 @ Arthouse, Melbourne

The band just recenlty wrapped up a mini-tour with Madball in the US.

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Manowar To Perform During Fight Night

On Friday, February 16th at 20:15h, for the first time ever in their history, German TV station PRO7 will transmit a live boxing event called FIGHT NIGHT hosted by famous German presenter Stefan Raab assisted by charming German boxing world champion Regina Halmich.

There’s no better act than MANOWAR to participate in this warrior event with their concentrated charge of sheer metal power!

Watch MANOWAR perform their new soon-to-be-a-classic anthem “DIE FOR METAL” from their forthcoming new masterpiece album “Gods Of War”. Be prepared to be run over by this massive piece of metal at-its-best!

The song will be available for download in advance exclusively at musicload.de, PRO7’s downloadshop and manowar.com from 16.02.2007 on.

3 WBA and WBO fights will take place that night , so don’t miss MANOWAR shatter the ring!

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Alabama Thunderpussy Announce US Tour Dates

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY has announced its first U.S. tour in support of their forthcoming album, Open Fire.

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY will kick off the three week tour on March 8 in Raleigh, NC. This tour will include the band’s fifth SXSW performance at the annual Relapse Records SXSW Showcase in Austin, TX on March 15 at Room 710. A complete listing of ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY tour dates can be found below, with more to be announced soon.

Additionally, ATP recently completed work on their first video from Open Fire. The video, for the track "Words of the Dying Man", was shot in their hometown of Richmond, VA with local creative collective Day By Day (LAMB OF GOD, MUNICIPAL WASTE). The "Words of the Dying Man" video is scheduled to make it's international debut in late February.

Preview tracks off of Open Fire, which is set for a March 6 North American release date (March 12 internationally), can be heard via the band’s official MySpace page, and PureVolume page.

Here are the latest ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY Tour Dates:

March 8 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
March 9 Fayetteville, NC The Rock Shop
March 10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
March 12 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music
March 13 Shreveport, LA 516 Soundstage
March 14 San Antonio, TX Rockbottom
March 15 Austin, TX Room 710 (as part of the Relapse Records SXSW Showcase)
March 16 Dallas, TX The Galaxy Club
March 17 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
March 18 Birmingham, AL The Nick
March 19 Gainesville, FL 1982 Bar
March 20 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
March 21 Savannah, GA The Jinx
March 22 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
March 23 Johnson City, TN The Hideaway
March 24 Charlottesville, VA Outback Lodge

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