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Metal News for February 20, 2007

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Will Haven Announces New Vocalist

Will Haven are sad to announce the departure of founding member, vocalist Grady Avenell. Grady will be returning home to focus his energy on his family. Will Haven guitarist Jeff Irwin had the following to say on the matter, "It was a very tough decision for Grady to make but of course, family comes first and we totally respect his decision. He is still a part of the band as far as helping write material for the new record, he just isn’t able to tour with us. We want to promote this record as much as we can which means a lot of touring, so we had to make the tough decision of moving forward with a new vocalist.”

Moving forward, the band is proud to welcome longtime friend and California punk/hardcore scene favorite Jeff Jaworski (previously of Roadrunner Records band RED TAPE) into the fold. . “We are very excited to have Jeff Jaworski in the band. He is an amazing frontman, with an equally amazing voice and is one of our closest friends. He has added so much to Will Haven in the short time he has been with us,” adds Irwin. Jaworski will bring his high-energy attack to the WILL HAVEN sound on their upcoming album, entitled HEIROPHANT, expected to be released this summer through Bieler Bros. Records. The effort is being produced by Chino Moreno (DEFTONES) and Shaun Lopez (FAR, THE REVOLUTION SMILE). The tracks — "Helena ", "Sheppard's Bush" and "Landing on Ice" among others— are heralded as "groundbreaking" by the band and "by far the best stuff we have ever done."

“Years back I got to fill-in for Mike on a 2 week tour, and became very intimate with the Will Haven sound,” says Jaworski. ”Grady is the man, and it's too bad he had to bow out of this, especially when the band is writing some of their best music ever!” He adds of his longtime connection to the Will Haven camp “Red Tape did our first tour with Will Haven back in 2001. We go even further back as friends though... back to the SOCK days! Whether as a fan, laying down vox on the WHVN track "Jaworski", or going out on tours with them... I've always felt like I was a part of this band. I'm pumped to get this great new music out to the fans & usher in a new era of Will Haven. I'm not likening this to Sammy Hagar joining Van Halen... think more like Brian Johnson joining AC/DC!”

The revitalized group is looking forward to the future. “ We are taking this as a new era of Will Haven and we are very excited about it,” says Irwin. “We are ready to take over the world!" . To that end, Will Haven hit the road with The Deftones in Europe in late March.

You can read a much longer "open letter to the fans" straight from the band here.

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Just For Fun

New York Times Liken House of Reps To Metalheads

The New York Times website Friday published an article by staff writers Jeff Zeley and Michael Luo about the recent rebuke that the House of Representatives sent to the White House condemning President Bush’s escalation plan.

The only problem was, the photograph that the Times website published prominently above the article was not of Congressmen debating Iraq– but instead of a group of grungy-looking heavy metal fans screaming at a ‘Slayer’ concert in the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan.

The photograph of the unruly concert-goers graced the Times’ website under the serious headline “A Divided House Denounces Plan for More Troops.”

The Times’ article, which was published at 10:04PM Eastern time and will appear in Saturday’s paper, reported that the debate in the House of Representatives “illustrated how the partisan divide over the war has deepened.” Perhaps so, but a quick check of C-SPAN assures The Daily Background that the US House of Representatives has not, in fact, devolved into a pack of bearded, long-haired, screaming ‘Slayer’ fans.

The photograph of the screaming heavy metal fans, taken by New York Times photographer Michael Falco on Thursday, was originally was meant to grace a music review which will also appear in the Saturday Times. (The Times had a mixed review of Slayer, calling it “completely unreasonable music” but also “impressive.”)

You can see a full-size screen shot of the Times' website here.

Read the full article at The Daily Background.

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Shadows Fall's "Threads of Life" Artwork Revealed

Blabbermouth revealed the artwork for ‘Threads Of Life’ the forthcoming Shadows Fall album, due to be released on April 2 in Europe and April 3 in North America. You can view the artwork here.

'Threads Of Life' was produced by Nick Raskulinecz who recently worked on Stone Sour's Grammy nominated 'Come What(ever) May) and mixed by Zeuss (HATEBREED, UNEARTH).

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Zakk Wylde Interview, Acoustic Performance Online

Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde gave a 44-minute audio interview and acoustic performance for Doug Podell of Detroit’s WFIF 101.1 FM earlier this month. The audio has been posted online for streaming (windows media).

Black Label Society are to support Ozzy Osbourne on his European tour, which will start off in Moscow on May 27th.

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Jamey Jasta Issues Hatebreed and Icepick Update

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta issued the following update:

"I am taping a 'Headbanger's Ball' episode [on Thursday, February 15] in New York City with my good friends in CONVERGE. This was always a goal of mine. I am really stoked to have them on. It's great it's finally happening!

"HATEBREED are working on an 'animated' video for 'Destroy Everything'. It's gonna be INSANE! We leave for the start of our world tour in ONE WEEK!

"I am almost done with the KINGDOM OF SORROW album [collaboration of Kirk Windstein of CROWBAR/DOWN fame] and we are going to announce our label soon! Hopefully this month!

"ICEPICK may actually do some shows later this year. Thanks everyone for the interest and support and to everyone who offered us such killer shows! We wish we could have played them but Ezec is in Cali and I have been swamped! More on that soon, we have new songs me and Frank have been writing some killer tracks and Nick from TERROR has contributed some tunes too! It's gonna blow 'Violent Epiphany' away!!!

"Brass City Tattoos' [and operated by guitarist Sean Martin of HATEBREED] next webisode will be ready any day now and you will meet one of our new artists Ethan who is now doing piercing and walk-ins. Come on down, we finally have some merch available in the shop too. We got BCT Gear, Hatewear and some CDs!"

You can still view Hatebreed’s video interview with 4QRadio.com, conducted during their recent U.K. tour.

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Limbonic Art Resurface

Symphonic black metal masters LIMBONIC ART have returned from the dead! On 06.06.06, the group's two members, Daemon and Morfeus, decided to recurrect the band and have written and recorded a new album. The band has re-signed with Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records, and the comeback CD, entitled "Legacy of Evil", is set for release this summer. According to a press release, "LIMBONIC ART strike back with full force, more intense and malevolent than ever. This is a well-crafted black metal massacre, with heart and soul!' More...

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Septic Flesh To Reunite For Metal Healing Festival

Greek death metal legends SEPTIC FLESH will reunite for one-off performance at the Metal Healing Festival, set to take place July 20-22 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The running order is as follows: More...

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