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Metal News for February 23, 2004

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16 news articles posted on this day.

Insomnium Confirm US Release Date For New Album

Candlelight Records has confirmed May 4th as the US release date for the new album from Finland's Melodic Death metallers INSOMNIUM. "Since The Day It All Came Down" is the second full-length album from the band.

Recorded at Media Works Studios and mastered at Finnvox Studios, Since The Day It All Came Down contains the same solid songwriting, impeccable musicianship and inventiveness that made the band's 2002 debut, In The Halls Of Awaiting, a success. Vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevanen comments, "This album contains music that is maybe more difficult to define. The foundation is still the melodic Scandinavian death metal, but there are very different kind of moods on the album. Progressive shades have taken a larger part in the new sound. This is a heavier and gloomier album than the first one, and surely more challenging."

"Since The Day It All Came Down" has the following tracklisting: More...

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Queensryche Live Dates

QUEENSRYCHE will be touring US and Europe again this April and June. This is their second time on the road after the release of last year's "Tribe". Vocalist Pamela Moore (aka Sister Mary from the classic 1988 album "Operation: Mindcrime") will be joining the guys for the gigs in US.

Currently confirmed dates on Queensryche’s upcoming tour include:
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In Flames Confirm Live Dates

IN FLAMES have added more dates to their European tour schedule in support of their forthcoming album "Soundtrack To Your Escape", due out through Nuclear Blast on March 29th.

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Lamb Of God Video Primier On HBB On March 7th

LAMB OF GOD will be co-hosting the March 7th Headbangers Ball on MTV2. The band will premier the video for "As the Palaces Burn," the title track from their current album.

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Addiction Crew Sign With Earache Records

Addiction Crew, the Italian band formerly known as Addiction, have inked a worldwide deal with Earache Records. The group's new album, "Break In Life", will be released before the summer.

Addiction Crew, who were recently joined by two new members (Marta Innox on vocals/emcee and Ale Lera on drums & grooves), are currently filming a video for the track "What About". More information will be available soon via the band's official web site: www.addictionplaza.com.

Addiction's debut album, 2001's "Doubt The Dosage", included a guest appearance by Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera on the track "Inside".

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Opeth DVD Contest

A contest to win a copy of Opeth's DVD Lamentations is now up at thedarkesthours.com. All you have to do is click "contests" then "current contests" and fill out the questionaire. One entry per person. Contest ends March 7th
*Psst- Knowing the city of Toronto, Canada may help you out...

In other news, Opeth will be playing both heavy and soft songs on their upcoming tour of Australia in March. Here are all of their Australian dates:

March 23- Adelaide @ Heaven (All ages)
March 24- Sydney @ Enmore Theatre (All ages)
March 25- Brisbane @ The Arena (18+)
March 26- Melbourne @ The Corner (18+)
March 27- Melbourne @ The Corner (18+)
March 28- Melbourne @ The Corner (U18 afternoon matinee show)

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Crossfade To Release Debut In April

Crossfade, the Swedish band featuring vocalist Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Street Talk, Kharma, Madison), are scheduled to release their debut album, "White on Blue", on April 5 through MTM Music.

Joining Edman in the new group are Per Lindvall on drums, Sven Lindvall on bass, Lars Hallbäck on guitars, and Richard Stenström on keyboards. The CD was recorded at Eller Studio and was mixed by Ronny Lahti (Europe, Roxette) at the Megaphone facility. Mastering was done by Björn Engelman at the Cutting Room.

"White on Blue" track listing:

01. The Day The Music Died
02. Did You Really
03. Vanity Fair
04. Flying
05. A Deeper Shade Of Love
06. Thorns Of Life
07. Loving Eyes
08. Time
09. Don't Really Matter
10. You

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Vader Headlines Deathfest

Vader will be headlining 'the Deathfest', which will be taking place at the University of London's Student Union on June 19th. 2 more support acts as well as more information is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Other acts also confirmed are:

Cancer
Torment
Caducity
Canturions Ghost

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Metallica Land Distribution Deal For Documentary

Metallica's much-anticipated documentary, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" has been picked up for U.S. theatrical distribution by IFC Films, according to Zap2it.com.

The film, which is owned by Metallica, was directed and produced by acclaimed documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.

The filmmakers and the band agreed to pursue an unusual way of managing the release of the movie, opting for a more unconventional approach in which Metallica will oversee and pay for all of the marketing costs. As part of the deal, IFC plans to match Metallica's P & A (prints and advertising) funds and partner in the endeavor. More...

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Anathema Live On The Rock Aslyum Tonight

Tonight, February 23rd, the Maniacs Rock Asylum (www.maniacradio.freeservers.com) brings you British doom metallers Anathema on Chicago's 88.1 FM WCRX. They will talk about their new album, their US touring plans and more! The show will be from 9 PM CST(10 PM EST, 7 PM PST) and last till midnight, and can also be heard live over the internet while streaming at http://www.wcrx.net.

Upcoming guests:
Devildriver 3/01
Cannibal Corpse 3/08
Hypocrisy 3/15
Entombed 3/22
Six Feet Under 4/26

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Summary/Misc

Lite/Nu-Metal Deals @ Best Buy

Best Buy has a few deals on some (lite)nu-metal stuff this week, but nothing incredible (both in-store and online; online orders have in-store pickup option or free shipping):

  • Tantric "After We Go" - $11.99
  • Puddle Of Mudd "Life On Display" - $9.99
  • Limp Bizkit "Results May Vary" - $9.99

You can get another $5 off the latter two if you purchase Interplay's Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II for Xbox or Playstation 2.

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1349 Set U.S. Release Date For New Album

1349, the Norwegian black metal band featuring SATYRICON drummer Frost, have set a May 4 U.S. release date through Candlelight Records for their second full-length album, "Beyond the Apocalypse".

Recorded, mixed and produced at Studio Nyhagen in Norway, the follow-up to last year's "Liberation" was produced by the band, with engineering assistance by Kjartan Hesthagen and Dr. Davidsen.

Formed in 1997, 1349 — named for the year the plague hit Norway in the 14th Century — found immediate cult status with the recording and later release of their self-titled mini-album in 2001. Word of mouth spread like wildfire regarding the band's cold and aggressive musical offering, and Frost, who initially joined the group as a session musician, would later ask to become a permanent member. Vocalist Ravn, guitarists Tjalve and Archaon, and bassist Seidemann agreed and 1349 would become complete. The band signed to Candlelight Records in late 2002.

Here's the "Beyond the Apocalypse" track listing: More...

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Atomizer, Impiety, Witchmaster To Tour Europe

ATOMIZER, IMPIETY and WITCHMASTER will be teaming up for a European tour beginning on September 9 and concluding on September 25. In addition, "there is a grand chance that we will join IMPIETY in South America for 10 shows prior to this, but negotiations are still underway, so time will reveal all!" ATOMIZER write on their web site. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

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The Haunted Enter Studio Today

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED are set to enter Studio Fredman in Gothenburg today (February 23) to begin recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due late summer through an as-yet-undetermined label. "We have reserved about 5½ weeks for the recording, and we'll mix the album later on," bassist Jonas Björler writes on the band's web site.

The group, who were recently rejoined by original vocalist Peter Dolving (MARY BEATS JANE, THE PETER DOLVING BAND) following the departure of Marco Aro, recorded a pre-production tape of four new songs last month for shopping purposes. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Almost Alive", "99", "Who Will Decide" and "Burnt To A Shell".

THE HAUNTED, who are expected to spend five weeks in the studio recording and mixing their new album, fulfilled their contractual obligations to Earache Records with the release of 2003's "One Kill Wonder".

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Killswitch's Adam D Posts V-Day Vid For The Ladies

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz has posted a video message from Backstage Studios in Ripley, Yorkshire, England, where he is currently mixing the group's new album, "The End of Heartache", with Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, SKINLAB). Check it out here. Additional studio photos can be viewed at this location.

As previously reported, "The End of Heartache" is scheduled for release on May 11 through Roadrunner Records.

The follow-up to 2002's "Alive or Just Breathing" was produced by guitarist Dutkiewicz and is set to feature the following tracks, among others:

01. Bid Farewell
02. World Ablaze
03. When Darkness Falls
04. Rose of Sharyn
05. Declaration
06. Take This Oath
07. The End Of Heartache
08. Break the Bonds

"The End of Heartache", the group's first full-length release with vocalist Howard Jones and drummer Justin Foley, will feature cover artwork designed by the band's bass player, Mike D'Antonio.

D'Antonio is no stranger to album cover design as he has taken on the task for the previous KILLSWITCH ENGAGE albums as well as for several other up and coming like-minded bands such as SHADOWS FALL and UNEARTH.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will hit the road as headliners in early May and can be expected to tour relentlessly behind "The End Of Heartache" in 2004.

"Alive or Just Breathing" has sold nearly 100,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Lollipop Lust Kill Lose Drummer

Drummer Chris Tesch (a.k.a Knits) has once again left Toledo, Ohio's LOLLIPOP LUST KILL. "The band will still remain writing another album, and there's talk of one final reunion show," Tesch said in an e-mail sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Thanks for all the support and a big FUCK YOU! to Artemis Records. That is a label bands go to die."

As previously reported, LOLLIPOP LUST KILL were recently joined by guitarist Brian Tilse and bassist J.J. from Rob Halford's post-JUDAS PRIEST outfit FIGHT. The band, who released their second album, "My So Called Knife", in 2002, are currently unsigned, having parted ways with Artemis last year.

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