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Metal News for February 23, 2005

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25 news articles posted on this day.

This Halo Burns Recording Demo

New Jersey's This Halo Burns are in the studio this week recording a new demo. The metal band features ex-members of One Dead Three Wounded and Bodies In The Gears Of The Apparatus among others. The demo recordings will eventually be available on their MySpace site.

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Palehorse Signs With Martyr Records

Connecticut hardcore band Palehorse have officially joined the Martyr Records roster. The label describes their sound as a "blend of old school NYHC meets modern day hardcore" that will appeal to fans of "Leeway and Death Threat." The group's debut EP, "Secrets Within Secrets" will be available in April. You can download a song from the EP here.

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36 Crazyfists Give Album Update

36 Crazyfists have offered up a short update on their upcoming new album which they have been writing new material for as of late, you can read it at www.36crazyfists.com.

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Bleeding Through Update On New Album, Tour Planned

Bleeding Through currently have five songs written for their upcoming new album "The Truth" which they will begin recording this spring with an as-yet unannounced producer. The album is expected out this fall via Trustkill. In other news, the band have plans to head overseas in June to play shows in Australia, New Zealand, The UK and Japan, more info will be revealed in the coming months.

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As I Lay Dying Choose New Album Title

As I Lay Dying have chosen "Shadows Are Security" as the title for their upcoming new album which they recently finished recording. The outing will see a June 14th release date through Metal Blade.

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All Shall Perish Parts Ways With Guitarist

San Francisco Bay Area "melodic hardcore death metal" band All Shall Perish have parted ways with guitarist Caysen Russo "due to differences," according to a posting on the group's web site. "We would like to thank him for the time he has spent with us and wish him the best. All shows will go on as scheduled."

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Candlemass Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited Swedish doom legends Candlessmass have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Mnemic For D'Addario's "Riff Of The Month"

On his recent trip to Los Angeles, California, Mnemic guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie stopped by D'Addario Strings, Mnemic's latest endorser, and taped an impromptu video segment for their "Riff of the Month" section. Check out the bludgeon riffola right here.

Mnemic will be teaming up with Soilwork and Hypocrisy for a U.S. tour beginning in early April. For a list of confirmed tour dates, click here.

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More Bands Confirmed For Up From The Ground Fest

Hypocrisy, Mnemic and Misery Index are the latest confirmations for the Up From The Ground festival, set to be held August 26-27 in Gemünden/Steinwiesen, Germany.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
Antichrist
Dark Age
Defleshed
Ektomorf
End of Green
Ensiferum
Fearer
Hatesphere
Heaven Shall Burn
Hypocrisy
Koldbrann
Misery Index
Mnemic
My Darkest Hate
Napalm Death
Path of Golconda
Primordial
Unleashed

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Anthrax Guitarist Pays Tribute To Author

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following statement with regards to the death of author Hunter S. Thompson, who committed suicide on February 20th:

"We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold." I can't think of a better opening line to a book. Especially when you were reading it at 17 in a small apartment in the middle of a NYC winter. Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" changed my life. It made me realize that there was more to books than my limited world of silver age Marvel Comics and vampires named Barlow. The man was legend. He lived life larger than I thought possible.

He is the most influential journalist in my lifetime. I was lucky enough to get my copy of "Fear And Loathing" signed. Here's what he wrote (exactly):

To Scott Ian,
Love Jesus, stay humble & lay off the fat young boys.
Good luck,
HST
Hunter
'Nuff said.

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Slipknot Promises "Unique" Tour Experience

Slipknot percussion Clown talks about their upcoming tour:

"We've been touring 11 months almost in a scaled-down production, so this tour coming up, we're bringing the hydraulics back out and we're going to be doing some film," percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan tells Billboard.com. "It's not going to be anything like the 'Iowa' set, which was crazy."

He adds, "Everybody who is coming to the shows will see something that we'll never do again and that we haven't done in the past, so every Slipknot tour is unique unto itself. And kids know that. This is a whole separate tour, video and different things that have never ever been, so it's going to be really unique and really cool."

One thing fans can look forward to this summer is the group's second DVD release. Crahan says he's spent the last four weeks reviewing footage recorded over the last year.

"I will tell you that it's not a concert," he offers. "It's a little bit of everything. It's a little bit of everybody." When asked if the band will be taping its upcoming tour, Crahan replies, "We always have someone filming us. If you're guilty, you'll be filmed."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Evermourn Stares Down Iron Maiden Blasphemy

Evermourn can endure hecklers. As an old-school headbanging band that shares bills with punk-scene purists, the Kansas City quintet weathers rude remarks and the odd projectile without comment. However, it does not suffer sacrilege. When an El Torreon audience member, likely a fan of hardcore-by-numbers headlining act Dry Kill Logic, greeted Evermourn's cover of "The Trooper" with "Iron Maiden sucks!" the band stopped the song cold.

"What the fuck did you just say?" guitarist Tim Long asked his suddenly shy antagonist, who glanced apprehensively at the band's mountainous, unsmiling singer, Derek Thompson. After this interruption, Evermourn performed in peace.

Though its members range in age from 18 to 20, Evermourn excels at a brand of British-influenced metal that dates back more than two decades. Long and J.P. Gaughan, the rare ponytailed teen guitarist who prefers heavy-rock string-shredding to sanitized blues, synchronize their ringing tones for the metal version of a perfectly pitched duet.

Originating as a punk-pop trio, the group recruited Gaughan when it started craving increasingly elaborate arrangements, then auditioned Thompson when Long's singing voice started to fade. Thompson's gruff delivery didn't replicate the operatic wails of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson or Judas Priest's Rob Halford, but high-octave howlers are hard to find these days.

"That was our dream," Long says, "but the type of people who want to sing like that are usually 35 years old, so that would be weird."

Although its members might feel strange about embracing a father-aged frontman, Evermourn has no problem reaching out to that demographic to build its fanbase. Last summer, the band went to Verizon Amphitheater to hand out demos at a Twisted Sister show and ended up fielding compliments from middle-aged mulletheads who had seen the band's set at America's Pub.

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Iron Maiden For August Dublin Show

Iron Maiden are to play a major concert in Dublin this summer. They will play the RDS Arena on 31 August with special guest Marilyn Manson.

Iron Maiden's first four seminal albums and their subsequent tours will be the theme for their new stage production and their set will feature a number of songs that the band have not played in many years.

Tickets for the Dublin concert, priced €65 and €70, go on sale this Saturday, 26 February, at 9am from outlets nationwide.

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QOTSA Postpone Tour Due To Homme's Lung Infection

Europe is losing out on some quality time with Queens Of The Stone Age. The band was forced to postpone the remainder of their Euro mini-tour after frontman Josh Homme became ill in his hotel room. Homme was initially told he had the flu, but — since that’s usually only a big deal for 80-year-olds and Michael Jackson — continued playing shows. Unfortunately he had been misdiagnosed, and soon discovered he had a serious lung infection after he began coughing up blood.

The band made a colourful statement on their website, explaining how seriously they take any postponement. "We’ve toured with everything from broken ankles to bruised livers, but simply weren’t prepared for this relentless attack of teeming bacteria," the message says. "Our fans know that we ain’t pussies and this is an obvious downer for everyone involved."

They also told all the unlucky Europeans with tickets to hold on to them for the moment, insisting that the band would return for a series of make-up dates. "And when we do, we’ll have something special for all of you with an un-ripped ticket," they write. "We ain’t in the habit of cancelling, and we don’t forget."

Currently, Homme is recovering in the U.S. Since there’s no indication of how long that might take, it’s up in the air whether his illness could affect the upcoming North American dates, which were scheduled to kick off March 15 in Texas. This leg of the tour also includes several Canadian stops.

One surefire way to hear the band, however, will be on their new disc, "Lullabies To Paralyze," due out March 22.

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Danzig Walks Off Into The Sunset

Chart Attack reports that Danzig may quit touring forever in the following article:

Say goodbye to Glenn Danzig. Currently on tour in support of his eighth studio effort, "Circle Of Snakes," and gearing up for the release of his second instrumental album "Black Aria II," this very well could be the last time you ever see the stocky crooner in your town.

And unlike the majority of aging rockers (looking at you, Ozzy), when Danzig says something, he sticks with it. Vowing to never play with The Misfits again (over a decade and still no reunion) and standing his ground despite many dust-ups — fights with various other rockers have become infamous — he has yet to go back on his word.

Not that he’s entirely committed to the idea of quitting yet. It’s still just a very strong feeling, but the fact that he’s talking about it is enough to make us blues-metal goons shake in our boots.

"I’m not really having fun [touring] anymore," he admits. "If I could magically appear onstage, do the show and then magically appear back home, I’d do it forever. You’re stuck on a bus and in some weird hotel for a month or two… it’s not the two hours onstage that are a drag, it’s the 22 hours between. But people only see the two hours so they have this idea of it. That’s not what it’s like."

Read the full article at Chart Attack.

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DVD Examines Motorhead Classic

Motorhead's notorious Ace of Spades will be the subject of an upcoming documentary.

The British metal act will be the focus of Eagle Entertainment's latest installment of its Classic Album DVD series. "Ace of Spades: Classic Album" is set for a March 22 release.

"Ace of Spades: Classic Album" features the 1980 lineup that recorded Ace of Spades talking about the recording process. In addition to appearances by band members Lemmy, Phil Taylor and Eddie Clark, the DVD talks with members of Metallica and Hawkwind.

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More Bands Confirmed For Fury Fest

Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Slipknot, Slayer To Play Hultsfred

Slipknot and Slayer have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Hultsfred Festival, set to take place June 16-18 in Hultsfred, Sweden. Also scheduled to perform are the Haunted, System of a Down and Marilyn Manson. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Slipknot
Slayer
System of a Down
The Haunted
Marilyn Manson
The Hives
The Ark
Le Tigre
The Donnas
Looptroop
Moneybrother
Ani Difranco
The Hidden Cameras
Flogging Molly
Son Kite
Ana International Penetrator
Johan Netz
Jason Ringenberg
Hans Appelqvist
Convoj
Johnossi

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Death Angel Cancels Waldrock Festival Appearance

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers Death Angel have cancelled their previously announced appearance at the 2005 installment of the Waldrock Festival, set to take place on June 4 in Burgum, Netherlands. No reason was given for the cancellation. Currently scheduled to perform at the festival are Dimmu Borgir, Black Label Society, Accept and the latest confirmations, Dio and Soilwork. Tickets go on sale March 1.

For more information, visit www.waldrock.nl.

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Entire New Judas Priest Album Is Available Online

JUDAS PRIEST's entire new album, "Angel of Retribution", is available for streaming at VH1.com.

Singer Rob Halford's first album with the band in 15 years, "Angel of Retribution" was produced by Roy Z, who has previously worked on solo albums from Halford and IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson. The set will be bundled with a concert DVD shot in a bullring in Valencia, Spain.

Epic will celebrate the reunion of the "Painkiller"-era JUDAS PRIEST lineup by issuing a DualDisc (a two-sided disc made up of a CD player side and a DVD player side) for the "Angel of Retribution" title.

"Angel of Retribution" is scheduled for release on March 1.

As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST's performance at the Sweden Rock festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden, recorded in June 2004, will be broadcast on the "P3 Live" radio show on Thursday, March 3 beginning at 9:00 p.m. CET.

To listen to the streamed concert, go to the "P3 Live" web site and click "Webbradio" and choose P3.

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Watch Terror's 'Overcome' Video Online

Terror are out with the video to their new single 'Overcome'. You can watch it online at their official label web site, Trustkill.com.

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Gutworm Bassist Departs

Gutworm have parted with bassist Carl Davis. However, this is said to be amicable, with Davis helping to find his own replacement: former Freebase man Liam Durrant.

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Nightclub Owners Face A New Accusation

Rhode Island state prosecutors have charged the owners of The Station nightclub with installing a second flammable substance at the club which went up in flames two years ago during a Great White concert, killing 100 people and injuring 200 others. In court briefs submitted on Friday (February 18), prosecutors contend Jeffrey and Michael Derderian put in a material called Celotex SoundStop in the West Warwick club, despite the fact there were visible warnings on the product about its flammability, according to The Providence Journal.

Read the full article at The Boston Globe.

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Nevermore Video Clip From Studio Posted Online

A short video clip of Nevermore in the studio recording their new album has been posted online at producer Andy Sneap's official web site. Download the 6.7 MB Quicktime file at this location.

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 Sneap's Backstage Studios in England 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 Osbourne's "Revelation (Mother Earth)", although it's presently unclear if the Ozzy 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.

As previously reported, due to overwhelming demand, the group's critically acclaimed "Enemies of Reality" album was remixed by Sneap and will be repackaged with altered cover artwork, two promotional video clips (the title track and "I, Voyager") and a live video of the title track performed at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival last summer.

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Sex Positions European Tour Dates

Sex Positions will be touring Europe in March and early-April. Here are the tour dates:

11/03 Münster (GER), Baracke
12/03 Hasselt (B), Musik-O-Drome
13/03 Bremen (GER), Wehrschloss
14/03 Hamburg (GER), Hafenklang
15/03 Oslo (NOR), Barongsai
16/03 Linköping (SWE), Skylten
17/03 Göteborg (SWE), Meeths Unga Salonga
18/03 Forst (GER), Buntes Haus
19/03 TBA
20/03 Wien (A), Arena – Mosh Fest
21/03 Brno (CZ), Club Yacht
22/03 Berlin (GER), Wild At Heart
23/03 Würzburg (GER), Immerhin
24/03 Dornbirn (A), Cafe Schlachthaus
25/03 TBA
26/03 Arnhem (NL), Musis Sacrum – Arnhem Hardcore Meeting
27/03 London(UK), The Borderline
28/03 Nottingham (UK), The Permanent
29/03 Birmingham (UK), The Royal George
30/03 Norwich (UK), Ferry Boat Inn
31/03 Glasgow (UK), Bloc
01/04 Swindon (UK), The Victoria
02/04 Brighton (UK), The Engine Rooms
03/04 Bristol (UK), The Croft
04/04 Gent (B), Frontline
05/04 Saarbrücken (GER), Garage
06/04 München (GER), Sunny Red
07/04 Amsterdam (NL), JC Volta
08/04 Utrecht(NL), ACU
09/04 Zwolle (NL), TBA
10/04 Paris (F), TBA

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