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Metal News for February 22, 2007

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17 news articles posted on this day.

Ion Dissonance Tour Dates, New Album Details

Montreal-based quintet ION DISSONANCE are getting ready to record their 3rd album and follow-up to the ABACUS Release "Solace" that left reviewers raving in 2005. ION DISSONANCE's new album is going to be entitled "Minus The Herd" and will be recorded with Zeuss. Singer Kevin McCaughey says of the album: "This is by far some of the best stuff we have ever written. There are some changes in direction with this new release, but I definitely think the die hard Ion followers will still be into the new stuff. I guess the only word to describe this new album would have to be brutal. Just straight and plain heaviness."

ION DISSONANCE will be hitting the road in the United States with Arsis and Beneath The Massacre with a stop at the California Metal Fest. They will also be touring Europe with Dead To Fall and Through The Eyes Of The Dead in May. "As for the upcoming tour dates I have to say that I, myself and the rest of the band are really looking forward to heading out with our good friends in Beneath the Massacre for their first strand of US shows. I have never been out to the west coast and I am really excited about it. We have also just confirmed our first ever European tour with our good friends in Dead to Fall and Through The Eyes Of The Dead. We are all really excited about this, and I can't wait to hit the road with these new songs once the recording process is finished."

Here are the currently confirmed Ion Dissonance tour dates: More...

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New Suicidal Tendencies Album Planned

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' official web site has been updated with the following message:

"February 18 is the Chinese New Year. This is the year of the 'Boar.' Hopefully it will also be a great year for 'Cycos.'

"The band is off tomorrow to Australia to do the first shows since Mike Muir's last back surgery. Everyone is quite excited and we like to thank all the Aussies for their emails and support...even the ones that were mad the band wasn't playing near them. This will be the first time back to Australia and many years and it's always a favorite spot. The band will also be starting an Australian Suicidal Records and is getting the street team going too. If you are from Australia or New Zealand you can email Lorenzo (Lorenzo.Meroni@eu.sony.com) from the European street team, or Stigfamilia@aol.com. The band got added to this festival late, but is happy that a show could be added in Melbourne (which the festival missed) and gets to do a club date in Perth the night before the Perth festival. This should be quite a blast and W.A. will be off the hook for a Cyco weekend. Hopefully this festival will be a great re introduction to SUICIDAL for the people down under and the band will be back later with a full-on headlining tour and dates in New Zealand too.

"In April the band will be going to France to do some festivals and some headlining dates. Since the dates were first announced we've been getting bombed with emails about touring etc. There's a lot of interesting dates being discussed and some not so interesting, lol. A lot will depend on how these dates go. Then the band can safely make further commitments and plan the release schedule.

"There's several projects the band has been working on and most a couple will be completed after the band returns from Australia. Yes the live DVD from the Olympic will be released this year. Yes, a new ST CD will be released....and there's several more projects that will be released by Suicidal Records in the next two years. So thanks again for all your support and patience. The band is looking forward to going Cyco worldwide. Hope to see you there. We know the Aussies will kick it off right!"

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Chris Cornell Cites Reasons For Leaving Audioslave

Launch Radio Networks reports: Former AUDIOSLAVE frontman Chris Cornell told RollingStone.com on Friday (February 16) that he wasn't getting along particularly well with the other members of the band during the latter stages of their time together, saying, "Getting along as people is one thing. Getting along as a group of people that can work together in a band situation...We weren't particularly getting along well, no. Bands work in a way where everyone at some point has to have a similar idea of how you do things...Three albums into it, it started to seem like our interests weren't as conjoined anymore."

Cornell admitted that he hadn't spoken to the rest of the band in a few months, and that they heard about his departure from the group on Thursday (February 15), the same day he announced it publicly.

The singer said in a statement that "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences" led him to leave AUDIOSLAVE after three studio albums, although his departure had been rumored since last summer.

Cornell will release his second solo album, titled "Carry On", on May 1.

The other members of AUDIOSLAVE — guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk — recently announced that their previous band, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, will reunite to perform at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in April.

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Hear Shadows Fall's "Redemption" Single Online

SHADOWS FALL's new single, "Redemption", is available for streaming at threadsoflife2007.com (free e-mail sign-up required). The song is available for purchase at iTunes, beginning today (Tuesday, February 20). Later this month, "Redemption" will impact at metal outlets nationwide.

SHADOWS FALL will film a video for "Redemption" shortly with director Zach Merck (ATREYU, CONVERGE). The group recently wrapped up the mixing process with Zeuss (HATEBREED, UNEARTH). Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER) produced the disc in Los Angeles at Dave Grohl's Studio 606.

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Nightwish Plan Single w/ Yet-Named Vocalist

NIGHTWISH will release a new single, entitled "Eva", on May 30. "Eva" will be an Internet-only single release, all profits from which shall be donated to a charity that will be announced later. In Finland, the single will be available exclusively from NetAnttila.

"Eva" will feature the new NIGHTWISH vocalist, chosen from about 2,000 applicants. The singer's identity will be revealed simultaneously in a press statement and on the band's website, www.nightwish.com, on Wednesday, May 30. A radio promo of the Internet single will ship on the same day.

The sixth NIGHTWISH album will be released on September 26, preceded by a second, regular single release in August.

NIGHTWISH fired its original singer, Tarja Turunen, via an "open letter," which was given to the singer immediately following their final concert together, which took place on October 21, 2005 at the Hartwall arena in Helsinki, Finland. The Helsinki show was filmed and recorded for the "End of an Era" DVD and CD, which entered the German chart at a No. 3 and has been certified gold for sales in excess of 25,000 copies.

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Intronaut To Replace Jesu On First Week of Tour

Since Jesu is not in the country just yet, Goodfellow recording artists INTRONAUT have been asked to fill in for them on the the following dates of the ISIS tour, commencing today.

Here are those INTRONAUT tour dates:

2.22.07 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah (w/ ISIS, OXBOW)
2.23.07 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse (w/ ISIS, OXBOW)
2.24.07 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad (w/ ISIS, OXBOW)
2.26.07 Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory (w/ ISIS, TORCHE)
2.27.07 Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater (w/ ISIS, TORCHE)
2.28.07 Austin, TX @ Emo's (w/ ISIS, TORCHE)
3.01.07 Houston, TX @ Numbers (w/ ISIS, TORCHE)
One or two more shows may be added to this in the days to come.

As previously reported, when JESU does officially join the tour, INTRONAUT member Danny Walker will replace the band's regular drummer Ted Parsons for the remainderof the tour.

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Velvet Revolver Post Video Update

A brand-new VELVET REVOLVER "vlog" (videoblog) featuring footage of the band working in the recording studio on their upcoming second album, tentatively titled "Libertad", has been posted online at this location (Quicktime required).

The Norwegian web site of VELVET REVOLVER's record label is now listing June 4 as the international release date for the band's second album, "Libertad", which would make the North American arrival date June 5. The site previously listed a mid-May release date for the disc. The label has not yet announced any official release date for "Libertad".

VELVET REVOLVER has been recording "Libertad" since the beginning of 2007 in a Los Angeles studio.

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Children Of Bodom Ready To Record New Album

According to a posting on the CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes Of Bodom, frontman Alexi Laiho revealed at the Finnish Metal Expo this past weekend that the band will be going into the rehearsal room this week to begin working on material for its next album. If all goes well, the group will enter a Finnish studio following the summer festival season to begin recording the CD for a tentative early 2008 release.

CHILDREN OF BODOM was recently forced to cancel its appearance at the Desert Rock festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates after Laiho "tripped at a bowling alley" and hurt his shoulder, preventing him from playing guitar for six weeks.

CHILDREN OF BODOM's "Chaos Ridden Years - Stockholm Knockout Live" DVD was recently certified gold in Canada. The disc, which debuted at No. 20 on the Canadian chart (the band's highest-ever chart position in Canada), mainly focuses on the February 5, 2006 live concert in Stockholm, Sweden, featuring over 90 minutes of live excitement. Finalizing the material on this super-packed DVD are two interviews/documentary-type films about the band's past, present and future directed by Yka Jarvinen (Indie Films OY), a "making of the DVD," and photo gallery.

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Symphony X Gives Studio Update

New Jersey progressive metallers SYMPHONY X, who are working on their new album, Paradise Lost, have had their website updated with the following update from their webmaster:

"Spoke to both MJR (Michael James Romeo, guitar) and Russ (Allen, singer) for a while today, and things are moving right along! MJR is finishing up a few solos and tightening up some of the orchestral/choral parts, and the CD will be sent off to be mixed in early March.

Jens Bogren (Fascination Street Studios) will be doing the honors, and the mixing should be done by the end of March. A potential release date as well as other info like the tracklisting and such will be available once the CD is mixed, so stay tuned for more info on that.

That's it for now, more info as it becomes available!"

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Dream Theater Swap Spots at Gods Of Metal Fest

Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater fame posted the following message on their myspace [blog]:

"Dream Theater have respectfully offered to swap positions on the bill for Italy's Gods Of Metal festival and offer our closing slot to Heaven and Hell.... We will both play equal set lengths, but out of our respect for the Black Sabbath legacy, we thought it was appropriate that Heaven and Hell close the show. "

Dream Theater recently launched an official myspace page, which is still undergoing construction. The songs posted on the page include Panic Attack, I Walk Beside You, Pull Me Under, and The Spirit Carries On.

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Lord Belial Post New Music Online

Swedish black metallers LORD BELIAL have updated their MySpace page to include two new tracks from their upcoming Revelation album. Check out the tracks 'Unspoken Veneration' and 'Vile Intervention' at this location.

Revelation will be released this year through Regain Records. More details to follow.

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Headline News

Van Halen Tour Postponed Indefinitely

According to Pollstar.com, the VAN HALEN tour that was never officially announced is now officially postponed indefinitely. The rumored tour took on an air of reality after a trade magazine announced that original singer David Lee Roth was about to sign on the dotted line, and that was soon followed by a press release via Eddie Van Halen's spokeswoman-slash-girlfriend. Unfortunately, the worldwide frenzy of a VH reunion was too good to be true, at least for the present day. However, there was a lot of paper getting inked and Pollstar states that a tour announcement might not have been far off.

Sources also tell Denver's Rocky Mountain News that VAN HALEN's performance at next month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony may also be in jeopardy too.

A few days ago, RollingStone.com uploaded the first official photo of the new VAN HALEN lineup, featuring the group's new bassist Wolfgang Van Halen (son of VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen).

In an exclusive interview with RollingStone.com, VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth stated about his first post-reunion jam with Eddie, "Eddie and I wrote the songs, every note, every syllable, as if we invented a language that only we can speak. It was an easy, natural thing… When you speak a language that you both created, it's natural to go, 'I know you.' So it was very easy. There wasn't any stumble at all. I just showed up, and twenty minutes later, it was the usual, 'How's the wife, how's the kids, let's play.' When you're born to do that language, you speak it naturally. I never forgot it."

On how rehearsals are going, Roth said, "The chemistry is combustible. There's an explosive sound there that is, I think, perhaps... unless you were there, which most folks weren't, than you may have forgotten. This is really sophisticated, smart stuff. Everybody's at the top of their game in terms of... it's not just intangible things. My voice is arguably better than it was when I left the band back when. I love what I do, perhaps for some different reasons now than I did, more so than I did. It's a privilege to do what I do for a living."

VAN HALEN will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on March 12 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

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KSE Kick Off Tour w/ Pat Lachman Filling In

Killswitch Engage kicked off their headlining slot on the inaugural No Fear Music Tour last night to a sold out crowd at Philadelphia's Electric Factory. The band has with them Pat Lachman, known as the voice of Damageplan as well as for his guitar work with Halford and Diesel Machine, filling in for injured guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. Dutkiewicz underwent emergency back surgery last month during Killswitch Engage's European leg and will spend the next few months recuperating. He plans to rejoin his bandmates later this spring.

In recent Killswitch Engage news, current single "My Curse" from the album As Daylight Dies hit #15 in the Active Rock format this week, and the video recently peaked at #1 on MTV2. The band, including Dutkiewicz, will be shooting a video for the follow up single, "The Arms of Sorrow," in March.

Dates for the inaugural No Fear Music Tour featuring Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Dragonforce and He Is Legend are as follows: More...

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Grey Skies Fallen Post Two Live Videos Online

Grey Skies Fallen have posted an update on their myspace page:

"We've uploaded two videos from our show on Feb. 16th. They're under the videos section of our site.

Check em out, and let us know what you think. We always love hearing feedback, be it good or bad."

The songs are "The Essence of Motion" and "Athena". More...

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Get Back Up Signs To Organized Crime Records

Buffalo, NY hardcore act Get Back Up have inked a deal with Organized Crime Records. The band will release their debut 7" in April with a full-length to follow later in the year.

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Forever Never To Support Stone Sour On UK Tour

FOREVER NEVER have been confirmed as the opening act on the U.K. leg of the STONE SOUR / FLYLEAF tour.

In other band news, frontman Renny Carroll is also featured as a guest on the new STUCK MOJO CD, "Southern Born Killers". The band are currently on a co-headline string of UK dates throughout February with FEI COMODO.

You can download an MP3 of the track "As I Lie" here.

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Halford Says Latest Priest Album Could Be A Double

JUDAS PRIEST is currently recording a concept album about the 16th Century French prophet Nostradamus. In a recent interview with Rockdetector's Garry Sharpe-Young, Rob Halford admitted the band's often perceived secrecy was sometimes intentional. "Look, I love the Internet as a tool for knowledge gathering and for its amazing marketing possibilities but sometimes you have to step back a bit and present something in a better way," he said. "Just because the Internet allows you to give everything instantly does not always make that the right choice. I believe that if you go along to see a concert by your favorite band, as a fan, you hunger for that anticipation — what are they going to play? What's the stage look like? All those things. It's the same with a new record for us. We've whetted the appetites by revealing the Nostradamus concept. That's a big deal for us, actually. I could give you song titles and intimate details of the story and each track but we don't want to ruin it for fans. Just remember the last time you bought a record that you had been wanting to get your hands on for months and that magical moment when you hear the first note. We'd like to bring some of that excitement back. Metal in particular thrives on that kind of fan-driven word of mouth. It worked very well for us with 'Screaming for Vengeance' and very much so with 'Painkiller'. Fans were talking to each down the pub and saying, 'You really need to hear this!' We had it back in the very early days too when we were playing every pub and club that would have us. It was word of mouth that generated that huge support from all over the country that the London media suddenly saw manifest itself at the Reading festival in 1975."

Rockdetector.com: OK, without giving too much away then, what clues can you tease us with for "Nostradamus"?

Haford: "Not a lot, except that it's absolutely massive in its scope. I mean, it really is a very big concept, even possibly a double album. We're all totally into the whole idea and researching the man's life has opened up so many possibilities. Right now Glenn [Tipton] and Ken [K.K. Downing] have all the music written but we have to construct all of that into a meaningful story. It's hugely ambitious but I know the fans will be blown away."

Rockdetector.com: With your enthusiasm to build the excitement for this record, it seems you embrace both old style promotional tactics and you are obviously very keyed into the present game with your website and this new round of HALFORD solo releases.

Halford: "You have to be. I'm only looking at what works. Of course you have to have a great product in the first place, which is why the HALFORD albums and this new crop of releases has had so much effort gone into them. I didn't just want to rehash the existing albums so there is a lot of attention to detail. I actually think the possibilities for music distribution in the future are going to be wonderful but of course the whole industry is in a very painful transitional stage right now. Music consumption is going up very fast, but CD sales are going down. More people are coming out to shows too, so the world wants music. The question for the labels is how they deliver it. Won't won't change is that JUDAS PRIEST will be out there delivering the goods on stage"

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