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Metal News for February 15, 2008

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24 news articles posted on this day.

Paint It Black Post "We Will Not" Online

PAINT IT BLACK have posted their new song "We Will Not" to their MySpace page for streaming.

PAINT IT BLACK'S "New Lexicon" will be released on February 19th and is now available from the Jade Tree estore. The digital version of the album will be available from iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, and a host of other digital music services.

"New Lexicon" will be available on vinyl through Rivalry Records.

Reflections Records will be releasing the album throughout Europe and Daymare Recordings will be releasing the album in Japan.

Here is the complete tracklisting:

1. The Ledge
2. Four Deadly Venoms
3. We Will Not
4. Past Tense, Future Perfect MP3
5. Missionary Position
6. White Kids Dying of Hunger
7. Gravity Wins
8. Dead Precedents
9. The Beekeeper
10. Check Yr Math
11. So Much for Honour Among Thieves
12. New Folk Song
13. Saccharine
14. Severance
15. Shell Game Redux

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Six Cancel Tour Dates After Drummer's Arrest

Huntington Beach, CA’s SIX have been forced to cancel all their upcoming tour dates after drummer Nate Bowers was arrested in Portland, OR last week while back home visiting family. Bowers had allegedly assaulted the singer of a local emo band.

SIX recently released their new album Between The War and the Warning, which features guest appearances by Mike Clark from SUICIDAL TENDANCIES and bassist Tony Campos from STATIC-X, through the group’s own 1605 Records.

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Immortal To Play Russia

Norwegian black metal legends IMMORTAL check in with the following update:

"Mighty hails..."

"It's less than one month left until we meet our Immortal hordes Down Under, and in addition to the shows, we have scheduled signing sessions in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. See you all there!"

"In August, we will finally see our Immortal hordes in Russia for the first time. The dates will be St. Petersburg (August 29th) and Moscow (August 30th). It's still a while, but we're finally coming, and we're looking forward to these shows!"

"In November, we will headline this year's Screamfest in Norway. We will play the Chateau Neuf in Oslo, on Friday November 7th. See you then!"

"The battle rages on!"

"Abbath, Horgh, Apollyon, Demonaz." More...

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Dio Schedule UK Dates In May

DIO, fronted by the legendary RONNIE JAMES DIO (HEAVEN AND HELL, BLACK SABBATH), have lined up two dates in the UK in May.

The dates are:

May
27 - Carling Academy - Birmingham, England
28 - Astoria - London, England

Get tickets for the dates at SeeTickets.com. More...

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Arch Enemy Announce New Tour Dates

After delivering one of 2007’s most celebrated metal albums with Rise Of The Tyrant and subsequently promoting it live on the The Black Crusade and Black Tyranny Tours in Europe, Australia and the US respectively with MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY now confirm some further intense shows, see below for the exact dates.

March (Tyrants Of The Rising Sun Japan Tour 2008 with SHADOWS FALL)
7 - Kawasaki, Japan - Club Citta
8 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
10 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Diamond Hall
11 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch

March
13 - Taipei, Taiwan - National Army Auditorium
15 - Seoul, Korea - SFA Hall More...

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Bury Your Dead Post New Song Online

A new BURY YOUR DEAD track, entitled "Sympathy Orchestra", has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The song comes off the band's upcoming self-titled album, due on March 18 via Victory Records.

Never ones to dwell on the past, Boston natives BURY YOUR DEAD are forging ahead to the future with new vocalist Myke Terry (formerly of CASSIUS) in tow. The band recently returned to Florida's Audiohammer Studios, the exact facility where their previous release, "Beauty and the Breakdown", was recorded. BURY YOUR DEAD also brought back producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, GOD FORBID), continuing with the theme of tradition. BURY YOUR DEAD drummer Mark Castillo previously stated, "All I have to say is the new BURY YOUR DEAD isn't what people are going to expect. You really have to hear this."

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Taken Announce March Canadian Reunion Shows

After breaking up in late 2004, the melodic hardcore band TAKEN has confirmed some reunion shows in March of 2008 in celebration of the release of a B-sides collection through Goodfellow Records.

"This Is Forever: A Taken B-Sides Collection" will see a domestic release via Goodfellow on March 25 while Falling Leaves Records will release the collection in Japan. This release features the band's original 1998 demo, their seven-inch and various unreleased and live material.

"It is strange after a few years that while TAKEN was a very small blip on most people's musical radars, the interest still remained for the band," says vocalist Ray Harkins. "The passion that people have shown me and the rest of the band is something that we could have never imagined." More...

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Endwell, Damnation A.D. No Longer on Victory

Yesterday, some people out there noticed that Endwell, Damnation A.D., and All Out War were no longer listed on Victory Records' website as active bands, but rather Victory "alumni." Today, Endwell issued a statement expressing surprise at this development, stating that they found out about it via the Internet.

Rather than deal in speculation, Lambgoat contacted Victory owner Tony Brummel this morning for comment. Brummel had the following to say:

"There is no drama here. Bands and labels go in opposite directions all of the time.

Endwell and I are totally cool and they knew about this last week. They are young guys and understandably a bit shocked still and emotional. They know that I will help them in any way that I can in the future. Who knows, we might even end up working together again.

Damnation has simply not been an active band. I have known these guys forever and we all knew it was a risk to release an 'old-school' band. The album is brilliant but unfortunately there is not the right amount of respect (sales wise) for many of the 'older' bands. This goes for Damnation, AF, Sick of It All etc.

There is nothing to read into this. I am really tired of people reading into things when there is nothing to read into. A band being released is not necessarily a negative thing. We did not sell a great number of albums for either band. It gives them a chance to explore other opportunities."

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Elvenking Announce More Tour Dates

Italian folk metallers ELVENKING have scheduled the following tour dates:

Mar. 01 - Mozzate, Italy - Motorock AS (w/ OVERTURES)
Apr. 19 - Prato, Italy - Siddharta
Jun. 20 - Moraro, Italy - Morarock 2008 (w/ VISION DIVINE)
Sep. 26 - Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA IX

ELVENKING's new album, "The Scythe", was released in Europe in September 2007 via AFM Records.

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36 Crazyfists Set Release Date For New Album

Alaska-based rockers 36 Crazyfists have announced a May 27 release date for their forthcoming album The Tide And Its Takers. The record, originally slated for release on April 29, marks 36 Crazyfists’ Ferret Music debut. The Tide And Its Takers is produced by guitarist Steve Holt and mixed by the venerable and prolific Andy Sneap (Testament, Machine Head, Chimaira).

36 Crazyfists were just in Alaska filming the music video for the album’s first single, “We Gave It Hell.” The band tapped Director Soren (Behemoth, Unearth, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster) for the video.

The band is also gearing up for the upcoming “Bound By The Road” tour with DevilDriver, which kicks off February 27 in Modesto. The tour also features Napalm Death, Walls of Jericho and Invitro. More...

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SPV and Wacken Records Announce Joint Venture

A joint venture of a very special kind promises to bring a fresh breeze to the German metal scene: SPV, the record imprint from Hanover, and Wacken Records have announced their cooperation in the marketing, promotion and worldwide distribution sectors. At the same time, Wacken Records (formerly trading under the name of Armageddon Music) will be incorporated into the SPV system, while remaining an independent company which will benefit from the international contacts and longstanding experience of its new partner. With the support of Wacken Records, SPV will in turn gain access to a wider forum and increase its focus on discovering, supporting and promoting newcomer acts.

SPV is among the most important rock and metal labels worldwide, with top acts such as Whitesnake, Motörhead, Saxon, Iced Earth, Helloween and Type O Negative on its roster. Wacken Records will bring Rose Tattoo, Victory, Onkel Tom Angelripper and Holy Moses, among others, and the extremely promising newcomers Suidakra and Forever Slave into the cooperation. The label also runs the Metaltix merchandising company and the tour promoters, ICS, who are responsible not only for the Wacken Open Air festival, but also for the Wacken Road Show and the Metal Battle tour concept. In this light, Olly Hahn, International Product Manager at SPV in the metal/rock sector, expects a fruitful cooperation which many newcomer acts, alongside the established artists, will benefit from: “This cooperation contract is our reaction to the shifts that have taken place in the market, focussing the strengths of SPV and Wacken Records, in association with Metaltix and ICS. Our cooperation will produce new marketing structures for young bands to break into the world of heavy metal.”

Wacken Records label boss, Thomas Jensen, is also looking forward to the cooperation: “The aim of the Wacken Open Air festival, alongside ICS with its Wacken Road Show and the Metal Battle concept, has always been to bring metal music to the world. This is why we are permanently looking for strong cooperation partners for our label. In SPV, we have found a company with a great wealth of experience and willingness to try unconventional paths, which complements Wacken Records perfectly. This joint venture will consolidate the continuation and emphasis of our strengths.”

Here is the latest release schedule for Wacken Records:

07.04. Forever Slave "Tales For Bad Girls" CD
28.04. Suidakra "13 Years Of Celtic Wartunes" DVD + CD
28.04. Torture Squad "Hellbound" CD
26.05. Mennen "Planet Black" CD
26.05. Hangar "The Reason Of Your Conviction" CD
23.06. Mambo Kurt "The Orgel Has Landed - Live In Wacken" DVD

Although expect the new studio album by thrash legends Holy Moses and a re-release/LP box set from Rose Tattoo`s "Blood Brothers."

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Salt The Wound and Rose Funeral Tour Dates

Salt The Wound and Rose Funeral will hit the road together again this month. Here are the latest tour dates:

2/16 Westland, MI @ Skateland West
2/17 Laporte, IN @ The Next Level
2/18 Eldorado, IL @ Eldorado Community Center
2/19 Pella, IA @ Memorial Building
2/20 Hutchinson, KS @ McGraws
2/21 Canon City, CO @ The Armory
2/22 Twin Falls, ID @ The Ranch (no Rose Funeral)
2/23 Red Bluffs, CA @ The Armory
2/24 Fresno, CA @ The Exit
2/25 Sacramento, CA TBA
2/26 Wildomar, CA @ Desert Rose Cafe
2/27 Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
2/28 Downey, CA @ The Epic Lounge
2/29 Tijuana, Mexico @ Kimbala
3/1 Mexicicali, Mexico @ El Jardin Del Selienco
3/2 Mesa, AZ @ the Cell Block

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Jucifer Finishes New Album, "L'autrichienne"

Jucifer has completed work on their brand new album, "L'autrichienne." "L'autrichienne," the follow-up to their Relapse Records debut "If Thine Enemy Hunger," is set to see a March 18th North American release date (March 24th internationally) via Relapse.

Jucifer recorded "L'autrichienne" with former Glands bassist Andy Baker at his Bakery Studios. "L'autrichienne" is themed around the French Queen Marie Antoinette, who was executed by guillotine at the height of the French Revolution. The album's complete 21-song track listing is: "Blackpowder", "Thermidor", "To Earth", Deficit", "Champ De Mars", "Fall Of The Bastille", "To The End", "Armada", "L'autrichienne", "Behind Every Great Man", "October", "Birds Of A Feather", "Traitors", "The Law Of Suspects", "Noyade", "The Mountain", "Window (Where The Sea Falls Forever) ", "Fleur De Lis", "Procession A La Guillotine", "Coma", and "The Assembly." L'autrichienne's artwork can be previewed here.

Additionally, Jucifer announced a number of tour dates making up the beginning of their North American tour for "L'autrichienne." The latest Jucifer tour dates can be found below, with more to be announced soon. More...

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Lake Of Blood Complete Debut, Post Tracks Online

Black metal band Lake Of Blood has completed their debut release "Heed The Primal Calling" hailing it as "A story told through four songs of incomprehensible blackness". Though the bad prefers the listener to find their own meaning within the lyrics,the album is comprised of four tracks loosely described as telling of a story about returning to primal, more natural state of being.

The track listing for "Heed The Primal Calling" is as follows:

1. Nameless I Arise
2.Heed The Primal Calling
3. The Darkest Path
4. Lake Of Blood

You can listen to all four tracks at the bands MySpace page.

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Ratt To Perform On "Rockline"

RATT will perform live and "plugged in" on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", hosted by Bob Coburn, on Monday, March 5 at 11:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. PST. Fans can talk live with RATT by calling 800-344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you or to listen to the show live via the Internet, go to www.rocklineradio.com.

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Vicious Art Bassist To Sit Out of Upcoming Shows

VICIOUS ART bassist/vocalist Jörgen Sandström (also of THE PROJECT HATE, ex-ENTOMBED, GRAVE) has been forced to miss the band's two gigs this weekend and will be temporarily replaced by the group's sound engineer Linus Nirbrant, who is also in the band THIS ENDING. Sandström will resume his bass/vocal duties in VICIOUS ART following these shows.

The affected dates are as follows:

Feb. 15 - The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark (w/ THORIUM)
Feb. 16 - Club Centurion @ Wishclub, Gothenburg, Sweden

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Soilent Green Reveal New Album Details

Southern sludge grind-metallers SOILENT GREEN will release their new album, "Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction", on April 15, 2008 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was helmed by Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, ex-MORBID ANGEL) at Mana Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida.

"Inevitable Collapse in the Presence of Conviction" (cover artwork) track listing:

01. Mental Acupuncture
02. Blessed In The Arms Of Servitude
03. In The Same Breath
04. Antioxidant
05. Lovesick
06. Rock Paper Scissors
07. Superstition Aimed At One's Skull
08. For Lack Of Perfect Words
09. When All Roads Lead To Rome
10. All This Good Intention Wasted In The Wake Of Apathy
11. A Pale Horse And The Story Of The End More...

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Sepultura Announce More Tour Dates

Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA have scheduled the following dates:

Feb. 23 - Fortaleza, Brazil - Arena
Mar. 13 - Lima, Peru – [to be announced]
Mar. 14 - Guayaquil, Equador - [to be announced]
Mar. 15 - Quito, Equador - [to be announced]
Mar. 22 - Guarulhos, São Paulo, Brazil - Centro Internacional de Eventos
Mar. 28 - Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil - SESC
May 01 - Villarrobledo, Albacete, Spain - Viña Rock Festival 2008

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Earth Crisis To Record New Album

MTV.com's "Metal File" recently spoke with EARTH CRISIS frontman Karl Buechner on the band's upcoming reunion tour with SWORN ENEMY, SHAI HULUD, TERROR, DOWN TO NOTHING and RECON, and he said the straightedge metalcore outfit will be recording new material. "We do plan on putting out a record," he confirmed. "We've got six songs so far, and hopefully, we'll record them this year. Hopefully, we'll be playing some of these news songs we've written [on the upcoming tour]." So how does the new stuff sound? "The best way to describe it is it's a mixture between [1995's] 'Destroying the Machines' and [1998's] 'Breed the Killers'," he said. "Stylistically, it's most like songs from those albums."

The new EARTH CRISIS effort will be in stores early next year, he added. More...

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Saxon Announce Australia and Japan Dates

British heavy metal legends SAXON have scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 07 - ESP Granada Atarfe Festival
Mar. 09 - HUN Budapest Rockfest
Apr. 23 - UK London Shepherd's Bush Empire
Apr. 30 - JP Tokyo O East
May 01 - JP Nagoya Club Quattro
May 02 - JP Osaka Club Quattro
May 05 - AUS Brisbane The Arena
May 06 - AUS Melbourne Billboard
May 07 - AUS Sydney The Forum
Jun. 28 - GER Balingen Bang Your Head Festival
Jun. 06 - SWE Sölvesborg Swedenrock Festival
Jul. 18 - GER Osterrode Rock Harz Festival

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Marionette Post New Songs Online

Gothenburg, Sweden-based metal sextet MARIONETTE has posted the songs "In Spite" and "Parasite", taken from the group's debut album, "Spite", on the band's MySpace page. Bassist Mikael Mendin says, "These two songs give people a pretty good taste of what they can expect on the album. But, of course, there are plenty more surprises on the [full-length CD]."

Due in late April via Listenable Records, "Spite" was recorded with producers Simon Exner and two-time Swedish Grammis award winner Åke Parmerud in Borås, Sweden. "Spite" was mixed and mastered by Christian Silver at Studio Mega (SONIC SYNDICATE, BY NIGHT) in Varberg, Sweden.

MARIONETTE made its 2008 live debut opening for Japanese rock band GIRUGAMESH in Stockholm on January 31. The group's final gig of 2007 was a support slot with BY NIGHT at the legendary Gothenburg rock club Sticky Fingers. More...

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Helheim Post New Song Online For Download

Norwegian black/viking metallers HELHEIM have made a new song, "Det Nørrøne Alter", available for download at this location. The track comes off the group's new album, entitled "Kaoskult", which is scheduled for release on March 17 in Norway and April 21 in the rest of the world via Dark Essence Records. Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Northern Forces", "Element", "Altered Through Ages, Constant In Time" and "Symboler Bakover Og Framover".

HELHEIM's fifth album, "The Journeys and Experiences of Death", was released in June 2006 via Dark Essence Records. The CD features guest appearances by ROOT vocalist Jiri Valter (a.k.a. Big Boss) on two songs and Marius Lynghjem from the Norwegian experimentalists CORVINE.

"The Journeys and Experiences of Death" was released as a double digipack featuring the unreleased "Helsviti" EP from 2001.

HELHEIM, VULTURE INDUSTRIES and DARK FORTRESS will team up for the Dark Essence Allegiance Tour 2008 in March.

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Manowar To Play Romania In July

According to Metalfan.ro, MANOWAR will play in Bucharest, Romania on July 7. More information will be made available soon.

MANOWAR will headline this year's Magic Circle Festival, set to take place July 9-12 in Bad Arolsen, Germany. This year's event will feature four days of metal, 20,000 free beers, 20,000 free copies of the new MANOWAR single and four custom-built choppers owned by MANOWAR members to be given away. Also scheduled to appear are HOLYHELL, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, MAJESTY and STORMWARRIOR.

MANOWAR is scheduled to perform on the Friday evening of the festival, where they will play "Battle Hymns", "Into Glory Ride" and "Hail To England". On the Saturday evening, the band will play "Sign Of The Hammer", "Fighting The World" and "Kings Of Metal". This set will also feature, for the first time, a rendition of "The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings)", which will feature the original choir and orchestral performance that has never been seen before. More...

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Abysmal Dawn Post New Songs Online

Los Angeles’ ABYSMAL DAWN have posted two new tracks off their forthcoming new album, Programmed To Consume, online at their official MySpace page for your listening pleasure.

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