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Metal News for February 19, 2005

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Zeke To Support Motorhead and COC On Tour

ZEKE have announced a U.S. tour in support of their latest album, 'Til the Livin' End. ZEKE will team up with MOTORHEAD and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY for a string of dates that kick off on March 9th in Sayerville, NJ. The tour is expected to conclude on April 11th in Spokane, WA with additional dates pending.

On the topic of touring alongside MOTORHEAD, ZEKE guitarist / frontman Blind Marky Felchtone commented, "It's about f**king time!".

Here is the complete listing of ZEKE tour dates: More...

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Unsane Complete Recording Of New Album

UNSANE have completed work on their new album entitled Blood Run. The first full-length from the NYC noise rock kingpins (Chris Spencer: Vocals, Guitar, Dave Curran: Vocals, Bass, Vinny Signorelli: Drums) since 1998's Occupational Hazard, Blood Run is set to be released on April 26th 2005 via Relapse. The final track listing for Blood Run is "Backslide", "Release", "Killing Time", "Got It Down", "Make Them Prey", "Hammered Out", "D Train", "Anything", "Recovery", "Latch" and "Dead Weight".

UNSANE will perform live on April 26th at the Knitting Factory in New York City. The performance will double as the band's Blood Run record release party.

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Crematorium, The Red Death, Vehemence Tour

Crematorium, The Red Death, and Vehemence will be touring together in April and May. More dates will be announced, but the following have been confirmed:

4/14 Houston TX @ Fat Cat's
4/15 Baton Rouge LA @ The Darkroom
4/17 Orlando FL @ Backbooth
4/18 Atlanta GA @ Masquerade

dates w/ The Esoteric
4/28 Grand Rapids MI @ Ten Bells
4/29 Detroit MI @ I-Rock
4/30 Freeport IL @ Freeport Convention Center
5/1 Lincoln NE @ Royal Grove

5/3 Springfield MO @ The Rockwell
5/5 Dallas TX @ Dreamworld
5/6 Corpus Christi TX @ Equal Eyez
5/7 Austin TX @ Backroom
5/10 Lubbock TX @ Tokyo Joes
5/12 Denver CO @ Climax Lounge

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Testament To Do Reunion Tour in Europe

Testament lead vocalist Chuck Billy, and founding guitarist Eric Peterson have announced that original guitar player Alex Skolnick, original bassist Greg Christian, and drummer alum Johnny Tempesta, are joining them for a Reunion Tour in Europe, 7-15 May ONLY. The tour will last for 9 shows only.

Each of the other three musicians have other bands, projects, and recordings coming out, but they have all agreed to join forces with Chuck and Eric to blow out this limited reunion tour in May. Chuck Billy is quoted as saying: "I'm in music to enjoy it, and playing with my old band-mates after all these years will be killer!" Eric Peterson adds: "This reunion tour takes me back 20 years, the fans will freak seeing us together again!"

Agents, Tour Promoters, and Festival Organizers who wish to submit offers can contact Testament's manager : Phil (at) ThrillEntertainmentGroup.com.

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Beatallica Slapped With "Cease-And-Desist" Order

Beatallica, the Internet sensation who combine the work of The Beatles with the sound of early Metallica, have been slapped with a "cease-and-desist" order by The Beatles' music publisher over their "unlawful use" of the group's compositions "without authorization or license."

In the notice of willful copyright infringement, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, copyright owner and music publisher of "compositions written, individually and jointly, by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richard Starkey" claims that Beatallica's use of The Beatles' compositions "without the express authorization or license has caused and continues to cause substantial and irreparable injury amd is in direct violation of Sony/ATV's rights."

When Metallica frontman James Hetfield was asked last year by Kerrang! magazine if he's ever heard Beatallica, he replied, "Yeah. I heard that. That was amazing. Someone put a lot of thought and talent into that man!" Asked if he was being sarcastic, he said, "No, not at all. I heard it online. It was about a year ago, or more. It was pretty amazing. It was pretty well thought out so I'm glad there's people like that in the world to do that and it's very entertaining for us, for sure!"

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Vanishing Point Announce Album Release Date

Vanishing Point's new album, "Embrace the Silence," will be released worldwide 25 April through Dockyard 1 - the new German company/record label formed by Dirk Putzke (ex-Sanctuary/Noise Records), Christine Stephan (ex-Sanctuary/Noise Records) and Piet Sielck (Iron Savior).

"Embrace the Silence" will be available in Australia and New Zealand through Modern Invasion Music.

"We are happy to release this news to you thank everyone for their patience. It's been a trying time nevertheless we now see the light at the end of the tunnel and can't wait to get the new album out there.

"All the best."

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Anthrax To Re-Release Classic Albums

Megaforce Records will re-release Anthrax's classic albums, "Fistful of Metal" and also "Armed And Dangerous" on one CD February 22, 2005.

Like Metallica and Megadeth, Anthrax was responsible for the emergence of speed and thrash metal; combining the speed and fury of hardcore with the guitars and vocals of heavy metal, they helped create a new sub-genre of heavy metal. Unlike Metallica, they had the good sense to temper their often serious music with a healthy dose of humor and realism.

Their first album, "Fistful of Metal," included original singer Neil Turbin and featured the now classic song, "Metal Thrashing Mad." It also introduced fans to this new brutal style of metal. Their second album, "Armed And Dangerous," saw singer Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello join the lineup. Belladonna helped take the band farther away from conventional metal cliches and was a catalyst in making Anthrax arguably become the leaders of speed metal.

Fans can now have these first two Anthrax albums in one package featuring new artwork and liner notes from the band. Anthrax is a band that has sold over 10 million records worldwide.

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Hatesphere Frontman Form New Band

Allhelluja is a new band born from a collaboration between Danish and Italian friends. On vocals Jacob Bredahl, frontman of the latest extreme metal explosion Hatesphere, in tour now with Kreator/Dark Tranquillity/Ektomorf and soon on the road again supporting the legendary kings of death metal Morbid Angel; on drums Stefano Longhi, from Scarlet Records, Hatesphere old label (now the band is with SPV). Allhelluja just finished the debut album "Inferno Museum," lyrically inspired by Derek Raymond's book "Dead Man Upright," a 'psycho-sex serialkiller' masterpiece. Mastered at the top Swedish studios Cutting Room (Rammstein, Backyard Babies, In Flames). "Inferno Museum" will feature 10 songs and the sound should be described as an explosive mix between Entombed, Motorhead and Kyuss. Dirty Rockin' Metal with a diabolical lyrical concept behind! The band is now considering offers from various labels. The album release is tentatively scheduled for May/June 2005. More news will follow.

If you want to write to the band: stefano@scarletrecords.it.

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Dark Angel Re-Union Video Available Online

A video from the Dark Angel re-union has been made available for viewing, via a website that hosts webcam performances http://www.studiocam.org. The clip is about 4 minutes long and contains Dark Angel performing “The Burning of Sodom.” This is the only known multi-camera live video performance of Dark Angel with guitarist Jim Durkin, vocalist Ron Rinehart, and guitarist Eric Meyer, joined drummer Al "Mayhem" Mendez and bassist Jeremy Peto (ex-Morgion) from the concert filmed at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana CA. on Sept 30th 2002, with Kreator/Destruction headlining the gig. Dark Angel tore into "Burning Of Sodom", the second song off Dark Angel's classic second album "Darkness Descends." You can watch the video at http://www.studiocam.org/dream/channel_MV.htm.

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Jag Panzer Added To Monterrey Metal Fest

Legendary American power metal band Jag Panzer and the new up and coming American death metal band Lupara have been confirmed as the latest acts to take part in the line-up of the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest to be held on Saturday May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Jag Panzer will be playing their 1st ever show in Mexico. They will make the trip south of the border in support of their latest cd "Casting The Stones" released via Century Media in October 2004.

Lupara is the new band fronted by guitarist Jeremy Wagner (Ex-Broken Hope) who will be releasing their new 3 song self titled EP in March 2005.

The festival line-up to date is the following, with more bands to be announced in the coming days: More...

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Enter To Win Killswitch Engage Contest

Valentine's Day just passed, and for all that experienced heartache on what the single population of America refer to us "the most dreaded" holiday, Killswitch Engage have the contest for you.

Roadrunner Records are giving away 50 Killswitch Engage boxes with Heart-shaped candy. Who needs Chiclets or Sour Powers when you have Killswitch Candy?

All you have to do is answer this question:
What is the full name of the new Killswitch single, "Rose of _______"?

To enter, click here.

Killswitch Engage is releasing "The End of Heartache: Special Edition" on 3/1 with new artwork, bonus tracks and music videos.

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New Behemoth, God Forbid Videos Posted Online

The latest videos from Behemoth and God Forbid have just been posted online. Click below to check them out.

Behemoth - "Conquer All" from the group's critically acclaimed new album Demigod.

God Forbid - "Gone Forever" the title track from the group's latest album shot by acclaimed director Zach Merck (12 Stones, Atreyu, Shadows Fall).

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Nevermore Set Album Title

Nevermore have set "This Godless Endeavor" as the title of their next studio album, tentatively due this summer via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Enemies of Reality" is being recorded at Backstage Studios in England with legendary producer Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Opeth) and marks the group's first recording with guitarist Steve Smyth (ex-Testament). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "This Godless Endeavor", "The Psalm of Lydia", "Killing Time for the Pretty Ones", "Sell My Heart for Stones", "Sentient 6 (The Learning Part 2)" and "Bittersweet Feast". In addition, the band are recording a cover of Ozzy's"Revelation (Mother Earth)", although it's presently unclear if the track will be included on the final album or if it will be set aside for use as a b-side or possible bonus cut. A "making of" video is also reportedly being shot during the album's recording sessions.

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Vader Nominated For Poland's Fryderyk Award

VADER's latest CD, "The Beast", has been nominated in the "Best Metal Album" category at the Fryderyk awards, which is one of the most prestigious music award shows in Poland.

In other news, VADER have achieved the following results in Polish Metal Hammer's annual readers' poll:

Band Of The Year - 2nd
Album Of The Year - 3rd (for "The Beast")
Musician Of The Year - 1st (for Peter)
Famous Person - 1st (for Peter)
Hit Of The Year - 2nd (for "Dark Transmission")

VADER will enter Hertz Studio in Bialystok in early July to record a brand new mini-CD under the working title of "The Art of War".

The CD will be produced by the Wieslawscy brothers and will contain "three extremely intense and fast cuts and one song in the vein of the band's typical style," according to a posting on the group's web site. "The Art of War" will also contain a special bonus video clip for the title track. "It's going to be something really new, unconventional and powerful, expect the unexpectable (the production itself has taken almost 5 months)!" reads a posting on the band's web site.

VADER fulfilled their contractual obligations to Metal Blade Records with the release of their most recent effort, "The Beast" (2004), and are currently negotiating with several labels about a new deal. An announcement regarding the group's new label home will be made soon.

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Marduk Drummer Suffers Broken Arm

Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have issued the following statement regarding the incident over the weekend that resulted in Emil suffering a broken arm and unable to embark on MARDUK's previously announced European tour:

"On Saturday night [February] 12th, our drummer Emil and a close friend to the band was attacked by a group of five immigrants. Emil was trying to protect this friend of ours when a dude with a baseball bat suddenly attacked him. When trying to defend himself from the severe beating he broke his left arm. Emil's friend got seriously maltreated and is now hospitalised. Emil is now in plaster and he's unable to play the drums for some months. This means that the upcoming tour with MARDUK (Emil's other band) gets postponed and the recording of our new album gets delayed for a while too. This really sucks since we've had the new material ready for some time now and we where just waiting for Emil to be done with the tour."

THE LEGION's debut album, "Unseen To Creation", was released in October 2003 through France's Listenable Records. The CD, which was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy Tägtgren, features "ten songs of complex and eclectic black/death metal, ranging in style from MORBID ANGEL to SETHERIAL". The cover art was done by Kris Verwimp, who has previously worked with MARDUK, ABSU, SATHANAS, and IMMORTAL, among others.

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BLS, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, KSE To Play Ozzfest 05?

Word has it that BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and ROB ZOMBIE have both secured slots on the 10-year-anniversary edition of Ozzfest, with Zakk Wylde's troupe slated to kick off the proceedings on the main stage. Meanwhile, ZOMBIE, MUDVAYNE and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are said to be in the mix for the smaller second stage, which is expected to feature more non-rotating slots this summer compared to the last couple of years.

As previously reported, IRON MAIDEN are set to co-headline the entire event with BLACK SABBATH, although recent reports indicate that OZZY OSBOURNE (with Zakk Wylde on guitar) may attempt to stage a solo performance at this year's festival. Also expected to perform on the main stage is the "Among the Living" lineup of ANTHRAX, which has already been confirmed for three European festivals this spring/summer (Holland's Dynamo Open Air on May 7, Sweden's Sweden Rock on June 9-11 and Italy's Gods of Metal on June 11-12) prior to their appearance at Ozzfest.

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Terror, Remembering Never, etc Tour Dates

Terror, Remembering Never, The Acacia Strain, and The Warriors will be hooking up for a run of tour dates in April. Here are the dates:

4/14 Austin TX @ Emo's
4/15 Dallas TX @ The Door
4/17 Kansas City MO @ El Torreon
4/18 St. Louis MO @ Creepy Crawl
4/19 East Peoria IL @ East Peoria Legion Hall
4/22 Erie PA @ Foward Hall
4/24 New York NY @ CBGBs

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Watch Children Of Bodom's New Video Online

Children Of Bodom are out with the video to their new single 'Trashed, Lost & Strungout'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.

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