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Metal News for February 22, 2005

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19 news articles posted on this day.

Headline News

The Esoteric Lose Everything In Fire

Lawrence, KS band The Esoteric have lost all of their equipment, merchandise, cash and recording gear to an early morning fire at their studio and practice space. Here's a statement from the group:

"This morning around 3 AM, The Esoteric's home, studio and practice space went up in flames and burned to the ground, leaving three members of the band homeless without food or clothes and destroying all of the band's equipment, merchandise, cash box and recording gear. Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire. So far the cause of the blaze is unknown although Lawrence Fire Department Investigators suspect faulty electrical wiring. As of now, The Esoteric plan on continuing with all tour plans for March, April and May."

If you would like to donate money to the band, they are accepting donations via PayPal at info@the-esoteric.com.

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Municipal Waste East Coast Tour Dates

Municipal Waste will be touring the East Coast briefly, beginning later this week. Here are the tour dates:

2/24 Richmond VA @ Skateland Of Richmond w/ Asshole Parade, more
2/25 Philadelphia PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ RAMBO, Asshole Parade, more
2/26 Wilkinsburg PA @ Mr. Roboto Project w/ RAMBO, Asshole Parade, more
2/27 Louisville KY @ Keswick Democratic Club w/ Coliseum, Asshole Parade, more
2/28 Nashville TN @ The End w/ Asshole Parade, more
3/1 Athens GA @ Tight Pockets w/ Asshole Parade, more
3/2 Gainesville FL @ The Atlantic w/ Asshole Parade, more
3/3 Tampa FL @ The Skatepark of Tampa w/ Torche, more
3/4 Miami FL @ The Lemming Theatre w/ Torche, Hibernus Mortis
3/5 Daytona Beach FL @ Nicely's Tavern w/ Torche, Brain Damage
3/6 Savannah GA @ Shut Up and Skate w/ Kylesa, Baroness

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COB, Hammerfall To Headline Bloodstock 2005 Fests

BLOODSTOCK 2005 will comprise 2 separate festivals. The brand new outdoor show BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR ( B-O-A ) will take place on June 24th-25th 2005 at Catton Hall, in the Midlands, with the annual BLOODSTOCK05 – UK Metalfest taking place indoors at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on 2nd-3rd September 2005.

With the indoor festival now having reached capacity within the current location, the next logical step was to find an additional location, and the decision to go outdoors was an easy choice to make as the UK does not have an outdoor Euro-style Metal festival along the lines of Wacken, Bang Your Head and Summer Breeze (DE), Gods of Metal (ITA), Sweden Rock (SWE), Graspop (B), Dynamo (N) and so many more. The current choice of venue, Catton Hall, offers a fantastic location within a rural setting, centrally located within the UK for all areas to reach easily, and yes, camping will be provided. Our initial capacity is for up to 8,000 with further growth at the site to accommodate 20,000 within a few more years. More...

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Agnostic Front, Martyr AD, etc. Tour Dates

The first batch of dates for the upcoming Agnostic Front, Martyr AD, Love Is Red, and All Shall Perish tour has been announced. Teh tour dates are as follows:

4/13 Cohoes NY @ Saratoga Winners
4/14 Lancaster PA @ Chameleon
4/15 West Springfield VA @ Jaxx
4/16 Carrboro NC @ Cat's Cradle
4/17 Charlotte NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/20 Orlando FL @ Backbooth
4/22 St. Petersburg FL @ State Theatre
4/29 Dallas TX @ Trees
5/3 Los Angeles CA @ El Rey Theatre
5/4 San Francisco CA @ The Pound
5/7 Seattle WA @ Graceland

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Headline News

Korn Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch Leaves

Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, a founding member of Korn, has left the band and has rededicated his life to Christianity, according to the group's management.

"Korn has parted ways with guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch, who has chosen Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end," a statement from the band reads. "Korn respects Brian's wishes, and hopes he finds the happiness he's searching for."

The announcement puts to rest weeks of rumors that Welch was unhappy with Korn's direction. On February 8, he had apparently written a "letter of resignation" to the band's management. In the note, Welch detailed a long list of reasons for leaving the band, including increased moral objections to Korn's music and videos. In particular, he was upset by how he was portrayed in the clip for their cover of Cameo's "Word Up," off their recently released Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 album. In the video, Welch's face was superimposed on a dog patrolling a strip club.

"I can go up there and play those songs and those solos but ... I distanced myself from Korn for probably a year and a half, two years. I just wanted to fade away, it was crazy. I was so gone," Welch told Bakersfield, California, radio station KRAB on Sunday. "But I found my way out and I want to help anyone that wants to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had to go through the lows to appreciate the highs and it's not perfect but it's damn near."

Welch plans on further explaining his decision to leave Korn this coming Sunday, when he'll address the congregation at the Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, California. And on February 28 he plans to leave for Israel.

The rest of the band are in the studio finishing the album which is due out in September.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Jacobs Dream To Release New Album In May

Jacobs Dream are on the verge of releasing our new album "Drama of the Ages" out on Metal Blade Records May 2nd 2005. The album will debut their new singer Chaz Bond. Aside from Chaz, the band is back to its original members.

March 4th will bring the band to the Alrosa Villa in Columbus Ohio, the site where Dimebag Darrel was killed along with 3 other innocent people and the shooter himself. This concert will be a benefit for the victims of that night. Effort is being made to make this a 2-day event to include Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th but the 4th is the only sure date so far. For more info about the Al Rosa Villa Memorial show check out their website www.alrosavilla.com.

Jacobs Dream will be appearing with Capitol Tragedy, Soulless, and many more.

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Brainstorm Announce Listening Parties For New CD

The release of the new, long awaited Brainstorm album “Liquid Monster” is drawing near. It will be in stores on April the 5th! But you have the possibility to check it out earlier at release parties in Germany, Austria and France. In addition to the listening session, there will be “Liquid Monster” competitions with killer prizes like limited shirts, limited radio singles, posters, etc!

At a few selected locations, members of Brainstorm will be in attendance for signing sessions and meet & greets!

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Sonata Arctica Confirm Finnish Festivals

Sonata Arctica have confirmed they will be playing two festival dates in Finland this summer. They are as follows:

June 10 - 11 at Sauna Open Air Metal Festival in Tampere
July 17 at Ilosaarirock in Joensuu

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Hammerfall Signing Tour, Media And Chart Update

Oscar Dronjak of Hammerfall has posted the following update on the band's official website:

A couple of items today. First off, we will be undertaking a signing tour in Sweden for the release of "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken", and it looks as follows:

March 4th Göteborg Åhléns, Nordstan 17:00
March 7th Uppsala Åhléns, Centrum 17:00
March 8th Stockholm Åhléns, Drottninggatan 17:30
March 9th Örebro Rocks Marieberg/Go-Carthallen 18:00

Please note that the Örebro event will NOT take place at the record store, but at Go-Carthallen, where we also will race a number of (un-?)lucky fans. See you there! :-)

Secondly, we made the radio show Trackslistan for the second time, on place 19 out of 20. This is a pretty cool thing considering not many people who listen to heavy metal listens to this programme, and the fact that Britney Spears' new single was also new for the week and ended up as #20.

"Blood Bound" is also scheduled for MTV Up North this week, and you can put your vote in at http://www.mtve.com/article.php?ArticleId=4753. We appreciate the support, and since this will mean more metal on TV, we all win! :-)

Incidentally, the song stayed in the Swedish charts a third week, now at pos. 15, making it the 5th, 12th and 15th most sold single in Sweden these weeks. Great news! Also, it ended up in the German charts, on our best position so far: #54. Swiss chart entry: 85. Not sure what to make of this, but the Hungarian chart also listed "Blood Bound", as #4. Other items on the chart included the Metallica and Iron Maiden documentary DVD's...

That's it for now, we will start rehearsing for the live shows next week, and Evergrey has been kind enough to lend us their positively gigantic rehearsal space. Thanks, guys!

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Hammerfall, Therion, Kataklysm To Play Metal Camp

Hammerfall, Therion and Kataklysm are among the bands confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Metal Camp festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Hammerfall
Therion
Kataklysm
Hatesphere
In Extremo
Graveworm
Suidakra
Sabaium
Gun Barrel
Thunderstorm
Arkenemy
Lost Dreams
Wotan
Eminenz
Excelsis
Sky's Shadow
Eeriness

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My Early Mustang Cancels Hanoi Rocks Tour

German alternative rockers My Early Mustang had to cancel their planned tour supporting sleaze rock legends Hanoi Rocks – in the last minute. One day before the scheduled start at Feb 22, singer Flo Kämmerling got diagnosed with an infection of his vocal chords that will sideline him for a while.

On their website, the band announced their frustration and regret the cancellation, but were unfortunately right in noting that there's nothing that can be done.

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Machine Head Voted Best Band Of Download 2004

Machine Head gets some high praise from abroad for their performance at the Donington last year. A news posting at the Download Festival website reads as follows:

Machine Head: Best Band of Download 2004

So say the online community!

Download message boarders have voted Machine Head the best band at Donington last year, for their main stage appearance on Sunday 6 June, in an online poll.

The hardcore metallers stole almost a third of the votes with Slipknot taking second place and Metallica coming third.

Other bands high up in the pecking order included Korn, Arch Enemy, Slayer and Linkin Park.

Of Machine Head's performance, fan reviewer Tom Prince reported: 'Sporting some of the all time favourites like Davidian, The Blood The Sweat The Tears and the new classic Imperuim, Machine Head certainly managed to silence the critics. To hear thousands in the crowd scream out the words, 'let freedom ring with a shotgun blast' during Davidian was a classic heavy metal moment. Today Machine Head were a band on top of the world, the crowd loved them and they loved the crowd back'

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Unleashed Confirmed For Metal Festivals

The worldwide success of Unleashed's still hot new album “Sworn Allegiance” once more proved the cult status of this legendary Death Metalheads. The short but intense tour with In Battle and Yattering and the two shows at the X-Mass Festivals this last December presented the four piece in over-the-top shape. Furthermore, Unleashed have now been confirmed for the following festivals:

May 13 - 15(D) Gelsenkirchen Rock Hard Festival
May 21 (S) Bengtsfors 2000 Decibel Festival
July 1 - 3 (D) Roitzschjora With Full Force
Aug. 26 - 27 (D) Gemünden/Main Up from the Ground

In other news, the band also got confirmed for the next edition of the X-Mass festival tour taking place December 2005. More information can be found here.

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The Haunted To Headline, Confirm Swedish Festival

After massive 1 ½ hour-sets on headline shows all over Scandinavia, Swedish Thrash-Maniacs The Haunted will now embark on a headlining UK tour Febuary 24th 2005. After this tour they will conquer continental Europe together with their labelmates Moonspell as well as headliners Cradle Of Filth.

Please note that the band will play selected headline shows on the off-days of the COF tour and afterwards as well, so feel free to check the "tourdates" for details. And even more to come…

In other touring news, The Haunted are confirmed to play Sweden's biggest festival, Hultsfred Festival.

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Death By Stereo To Lead Off Tour In Canada

Chart Attack reports on southern California quintet Death By Stereo, who have have just wrapped up work on their fourth full-length and are preparing to hit the road to showcase their new stuff. While few would fault them for wanting to get out and play right away, some may question their decision to start their tour in the cold of Canuckland. Guitarist Dan Palmer jokes that the band are crazy for booking the dates. Thankfully he's already come up with a solution to help fight off the cold.

"I think we're out of our minds to come up to Canada in February," says Palmer. "We'll have to figure out some ways to keep ourselves warm. Canadian beer will probably do the trick."

Fans can expect to hear a handful of new tracks off of the band's recently completed album, Death For Life, each night. Although no release date has been scheduled yet, Palmer thinks that Epitaph will release it in May. The recording session was Death By Stereo's first with new bassist Tyler Rebbe who some may be familiar with from his work with Pulley. According to Palmer, Rebbe has fit in perfectly with the group and helped make Death For Life recording experiences one of the best he's ever had. More...

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Sentenced To Play Some Final Last Shows

Sentenced will play some final live shows after the release of their very last studio album entitled “The Funeral Album” (due May 30th 2005). Besides the Sauna Open Air in Finland, the acclaimed Wacken Open Air and Rock Hard Festival 2005 just got confirmed. It will be the last signs of life as a band in Germany and take place in pitch-black darkness - a real treat for melancholics.

May 13 - 15 (D) Gelsenkirchen - Amphitheater, Rock Hard Festival
August 4 - 6 (D) Wacken - Wacken Open Air

More dates will follow.

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Hater To Finally Release Second Album

Hater, the '90s band featuring the Soundgarden pair of bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron, will finally have their second album released. Simply called 'The 2nd', it's due out through Burn Burn Records in late April. The record, which also features Mark Lanegan, former Monster Magnet guitarist John McBain and Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin, was originally due for release a decade ago.

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Cursed Announce East-US Tour Dates

Cursed will be touring in the East following their appearance at the SXSW Fest in Austin, TX. Here are the dates:

3/15 Pittsburgh PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
3/18 Austin TX @ The Back Room (SXSW)
3/19 Baton Rouge LA @ The Darkroom
3/21 Tampa FL @ Orpheum
3/22 Miami FL @ TBA
3/23 Orlando FL @ TBA
3/24 Jacksonville FL @ TBA
3/25 Savannah GA @ The Jinx
3/26 Atlanta GA @ Criminal Records
3/27 Winston-Salem NC @ TBA
3/28 Richmond VA @ TBA
3/29 Lemoyne PA @ The Championship
3/30 New York NY @ Knitting Factory
3/31 Springfield MA @ TBA
4/01 Providence RI @ TBA
4/02 Montreal QC @ La Sala Rossa

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Sinai Beach Prepare To Shoot Video

Sinai Beach will film their first video on Friday with director Derek Dale (Demon Hunter, Himsa). The video will be for the track, "Necessary Bloodshed," from the group's upcoming Victory Records debut.

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