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Metal News for February 17, 2006

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10 news articles posted on this day.

Metallica Confirmed to Work with RIck Rubin

Rumors of Metallica's next album being produced have been confimed. Here's a statement from the band:

"We just wanted to let our friends know that we have been jamming, writing, just plain messing around and having fun in the studio for the last few weeks. Oh, and by the way, this up and coming producer guy named Rick something-or other, has been coming by the studio every now and again to listen to some of our new stuff and throw his two/three cents in. Since this Rick dude is new to all of this, we thought it would be a nice gesture to help break him into the music business by asking him to produce our next record. We're very happy he said yes! In other words, we are psyched to share with you that Rick Rubin is producing the next Metallica album! FUCK YEAH!"

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Skyclad & Paragon To Play Ragnarok Preshow

Skyclad and Paragon have been confirmed to co-headline the Fimbulvetr [="Winters of Winters' in Nose mythology] Preshow at this years' Ragnarok festival, which is set to take place on November 4th at the new Concert Hall in Perth, Scotland.

The aim of the gig is to provide a top quality night of metal, featuring five bands from the UK and abroad in a smaller, more intimate venue than that of the main day's festivities. The preshow will be taking place on November 3rd.

The event will be recorded for future inclusion on live DVD/CD.

For more information, visit www.ragnarokfestival.com.

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Cryptopsy Announce Toronto Meet And Greet

Cryptopsy will be holding an in-store meet and greet at Steven's Music Store in Toronto, ON on March 4 between 1 and 3pm.

Also, Cryptopsy drummer Flo Mounier will be conducting a Drum Clinic on March 6 at Long & McQuade in Mississauga, ON.

Cryptopsy are currently headlining “The Domination Tour 2006,” across Europe with Grave, Dew-Scented, Aborted and more. Tour dates are as follows: More...

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3 Inches Of Blood Writing New Material

3 Inches of Blood have posted the following update on the band's official website:

"The band are currently residing in the Pacific Northwest area writing new material for their next album. No scheduled release date has been set for the new record, but on March 18 the band will be playing a special one-night only performance at Hell's Kitchen in Tacoma, WA, so get yer asses down there."

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In Flames Announce Two Canadian In-Stores

In Flames have announced the following in-stores in Canada:

Feb 19 Montreal, QC at HMV at 3pm
Feb 21 Toronto, ONT at HMV at 5pm

In Flames' latest album, "Come Clarity," has sold 23.985 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 58 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart.

First-week chart positions for "Come Clarity":

Sweden: #1
Finland: #1
Germany: #6
Norway: #16
Japan: #17 (second week: #18)
Austria: #27
Canada: #27
Switzerland: #30
Denmark: #52
U.S.: #58
U.K.: #67
Spain: #80

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Dark Tranquillity Misses First Show Of Opeth Tour

Dark Tranquillity have posted the following message on their official website explaining why they missed the first show of the Opeth tour:

"As most of you have heard, we didn't play the 1st gig of the tour due to a missed flight in Paris. Due to foggy weather conditions, the plane from Gothenburg to Paris took off a bit later than scheduled. Despite the airline staff guaranteeing that they'd keep the connecting plane to Atlanta on hold and even arranging a special shuttle taking us to the gate as quickly as possible, we were met with a "too late, sorry" response when trying to check in.

"Our management checked all possible options for booking a new flight to allow us to make it to Raleigh in time, but ultimately we had no other choice than to wait for the next Paris-Atlanta flight 24 hours later.

"We're really sorry for the inconvenience caused, but hope that everyone understands that what happened was solely the fault of Delta Airlines and not the band, management or any promotor. We did our outmost to solve the problem, but unfortunately it couldn't be done."

Opeth and Dark Tranquillity tour dates: More...

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Unearth To Headline Second Stage Of Ozzfest 2006

Alternative Press recently spoke with Unearth guitarist Ken Susi about the recording of his band's new album and left the conversation with this exclusive piece of information: The Boston-based metal monsters will be headlining the second stage of this year's Ozzfest.

"We're playing something like third-to-last on the bill or something; yeah, we're basically headlining the second stage," reveals Susi.

Ozzfest organizers have not announced any other bands confirmed for the 2006 run, but Unearth aren't unfamiliar with the tour, having played its second stage in 2004.

Susi informed AP that the tour will again run from the beginning of July through the end of August as in years past, but offered no insight to any other bands confirmed for the trek.

Read the full article at Alternative Press.

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AILD, Gwar, In Flames, Trivium Confirmed For SOTU

According to MTV.com, As I Lay Dying, Gwar, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Terror, the Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot and Through the Eyes of the Dead are all confirmed to take part in the second Sounds of the Underground Tour.

The Sounds of the Underground organizers are taking a different approach to this summer's festival by keeping the number of bands on the bill down and extending the length of set times. Last year most bands got no more than 30 minutes to play.

While dates for the trek — including the official launch date — are still being worked out, SOTU will return to Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as cities in Texas, New England and western Canada. Tickets will go on sale in late March.

More bands will be announced in the coming weeks.

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MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge Details

MTV2 and Roadrunner Records have announced the release of the third installment in the successful series – MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL: THE REVENGE. The low priced, double-disc is due in stores on April 11, 2006.

On the heels of the Gold certification of the first installment, MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 1 and the success with MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 2, MTV2 and Roadrunner Records once again set out to gather the very best in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. The result is more than 2 1/2 hours of music on 2 CDs: disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.

In addition to the genre-defining anthems that represent the best of the show, there are enough rare and unreleased tracks to satisfy tastemaker metal fans as well. Packed with a total of 38 hard-charging tracks, this collection has 7 exclusive offerings. They include the Terry Date mix of Slipknot's "Before I Forget", and the live recording of Killswitch Engage's "A Bid Farewell", which both see their first CD release on this compilation. Other exclusives are brand new tracks from Hatebreed and Walls Of Jericho, both of which were written especially for this release (Hatebreed's lead vocalist, Jamey Jasta, is the host of the Headbangers Ball program on MTV2). A video for the Hatebreed track, entitled "To The Threshold", will air on video channels in March. A side project of Jasta's, Kingdom of Sorrow (which also includes members of Down, Crowbar and Seemless), also throws a brand new track into the ring. The compilation beat Dragonforce and 36 Crazyfists' record releases to the punch with fresh new tracks from these up-and-comers.

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Hard Volume Records Label Showcase Gig

Hard Volume Records is holding a label showcase concert at Baltimore's House of Rock on Friday, February 24, 2006. Bands featured and scheduled to play include Forwardhead, Durden, Crank and Seventh Seal. The show is for 18 and over and you can buy tickets for $5 in advance at hardvolume.com.

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