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Metal News for February 25, 2005

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Cage To Headline Powerslave Show

San Diego, California heavy metal band CAGE will be headlining the Powerslave webzine (www.powerslave.com) metal night on Saturday, February 26, 2005 at the Jumping Turtle Bar & Grill in San Marcos, California (North San Diego County).

Support on the bill will come from San Diego bands Thunderhed, Striktnyne and Kill the Sound. The Jumping Turtle Bar & Grill is located at 1660 Capalina Road in San Marcos, California Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling Larry Huff at (760) 917-2319. For more information, visit the Jumping Turtle Bar & Grill website at: http://www.thejumpingturtle.com

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Nightwish Fall U.S. Tour Cancelled

According to a posting on the web site of the Jaxx nightclub in West Springfield, VA, Finland's Nightwish have cancelled their fall U.S. tour. The group were originally scheduled to tour the U.S. in April but ended up postponing those plans "due to commitments close to home on the part of vocalist Tarja Turunen," according to the group's U.S. record label, Roadrunner Records. No further information is currently available.

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Mastodon to Film Video

Mastodon have completed work on the second music video from their award-winning album, Leviathan.

The video, for the song "Blood and Thunder," was shot on location at the Star Bar in the band`s hometown of Atlanta, GA. Produced and directed by Jonathan Rej (Man or Astroman, Further Seems Forever, Stretch Armstrong) for Authority Films, the new Mastodon video is expected to be conceptual in nature, with a "top-secret" treatment and storyline that, "is far-and-away different than most any modern day music video". Mastodons "Blood and Thunder" is expected to make its world network premiere(s) imminently.

Currently in the midst of a headlining tour of Europe, Mastodon will launch their first U.S. headlining tour of 2005 on March 23 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA.

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Sonata Arctica Add Dates To North American Tour

Sonata Arctica have added new dates to their forthcoming North American tour starting in April. Their itinerary now includes: More...

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Shape Of Despair To Release New Album In Summer

On 29.03.2005 Shape of Despair, featuring singer Pasi Koskinen ( ex- AMORPHIS, AJATTARA) will enter Sundicoop Studios to record one new track called Sleeping Murder. The track will appear in the new, low priced self-titled CD which will be out this summer on Spikefarm/Spinefarm. Beside this track, the CD will include rare and unreleased tracks.

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Burst To Enter Studio In May

Burst will be in the studio in May and June recording a new album. Tracking will take place at Music-a-matic Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the record should hit stores in September via Relapse Records. Meanwhile, the band will touring Scandinavia briefly with Dillinger Escape Plan in April. Here are the tour dates:

4/6 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
4/7 Malmö, Sweden @ KB
4/8 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
4/9 Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben

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Watch All That Remains' New Video Online

All That Remains are out with the video to their new single 'This Darkened Heart', from the album 'This Darkened Heart'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.

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Just For Fun

Fred Durst Home Porn Leaked From Hacked Sidekick

Fred Durst has little to do with metal these days, but seeing how he is the whipping boy of nu-metal (Limp Bizkit are arguably not even that), this was too good a story to pass up:

Hackers claim to have broken into the T-Mobile Sidekick of Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, and stolen a risque video he had stored on it. The video, featuring Durst's trademark tattoos, voice, and a shot of his face, shows the singer videotaping himself having intercourse and receiving oral sex with an unidentified female.

Gossiplist.com supposedly obtained a link to the site where the video is posted for download, though it's only available to paid members.

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Reflux, OBW, FASSW, Ion Dissonance Summer Tour

Reflux, On Broken Wings, From A Second Story Window, and Ion Dissonance will be touring together in June and early-July. Here's the tentative routing:

6/3 Cleveland, OH
6/4 Detroit, MI
6/5 Chicago, IL
6/6 Omaha, NE
6/7 Denver, CO
6/8 Salt Lake City, UT
6/9 Boise, ID
6/10 Sacramento, CA
6/11 San Francisco, CA
6/12 Fresno, CA
6/13 Lancaster, CA
6/14 Ventura, CA
6/15 Hollywood, CA
6/16 San Diego, CA
6/17 Anaheim, CA
6/18 South Gate, CA
6/19 Corona, CA
6/20 Las Vegas, NV
6/21 Phoenix, AZ
6/22 Albuquerque, NM
6/23 Lubbock, TX
6/24 Wichita, KS
6/25 St. Louis, MO
6/26 Memphis, TN
6/27 Nashville, TN
6/28 Louisville, KY
6/29 Pittsburgh, PA
6/30 New York, NY
7/1 Long Island, NY
7/2 Springfield, MA

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Chris Jericho: Wrestling or Rock?

In an interview with Electricbasement.com's Ryan Ogle, superstar wrestler and FOZZY frontman CHRIS JERICHO responds to the hypothetical of having to choose between wreslting or his rock music career, "That’s an interesting question. I’ve been in wrestling for 16 years and I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought I would ever accomplish. It’s still a lot of fun for me, I still enjoy it. But once again, playing with band and seeing the band grow in leaps and bounds, to me, is very fresh and new and exciting. I’d like to take it as far as it go with the band, because I think we have a lot to offer. So who knows what will happen in the future. Music is a lot easier on my body than wrestling anyhow. So we’ll see what happens."

Fozzy has just released their third album, All That Remains, the first to include all original material.

Read the full article at Electric Basement.

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Don Dokken On Paying Hell In The Music Industry

DOKKEN frontman DON DOKKEN talked candidly with Electricbasement.com's Jeff Kerby on the financial rigors of the music industry, "Do you know what a CD costs to manufacture, shrink-wrap and take out the door? 50 cents. People in the industry want to know why fans are downloading songs for free—well, it’s because there is such a greedy profit margin. Why can’t it just be like a regular price like maybe $10.99? That would be a fair amount of money—about a buck a song. When you’re making discs for fifty cents and gouging everyone, then that’s what’s going to happen. It is Hell To Pay just like the title of our album. It’s judgment day folks and labels are dropping like flies."

He expands on the plight of bands, "...a lot of bands, and you’ve heard this on Behind the Music, they’ve made millions and then woke up one day like TLC, and they had nothing. It’s like, 'where is all the money?' It would be great if everyone had a lawyer and an accountant in their band so that everyone could watch the cookie jar and make sure that people keep their hands out of it, but if you’re going down the highway for ten hours to your next gig, and you have a home or a lot of other properties, someone is going to have to pay the electric bill, the gas bill and the phone bill. You just can’t do that type of thing if you happen to be in Spain. At some point you do have to hire someone to take care of your finances. That would be a business manager, and some are honest while others aren’t. It’s just so tempting though when they see money coming in to take just a little to see if it’s missed. If it isn’t, then maybe they do it again. They know that you’re on the road for eighteen months, so it’s really tempting."

He does admit to being happy with his current label, Sanctuary Records, in which they recently issued their 6th release with them, Hell To Pay, "Everybody is making money, and everyone is happy, so why leave? Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken."

Read the full article at Electric Basement.

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Beatallica.org Shut Down, More Sony Nastygrams

Beatallica.org shut down, more Sony nastygrams fly

David Dixon, "Webmaster of Puppets" for Beatles/Metallica parody-mashup act Beatallica, says:

Beatallica.org has been taken down by our ISP:

"Even though we have received your counter notice, we are required by law to disable access to the infringing material. However, we are going to restore that in 10 business days from the date we received the counter notice (February 24, 2005) unless required under the DMCA to do otherwise."

Andy Baio (waxy.org) and Matthew Haughey (music.metafilter.com) both still have Beatallica mp3's up on their sites. I've emailed them to get their okay on linking them up, as they'll likely be getting a ton of traffic (and possible Sony C&D's) as a result.

Also, I just received, via Certified Mail, a cease-and-desist letter of my own! It's directed at me personally, not the website or the band. It basically says the same things as the one our ISP got last Thursday, but also that I must *immediately*:

- cease exploiting Sony/ATV Compositions and all derivative works thereof;
- provide Sony/ATV with information regarding any and all audio and audio-visual product, merchandise and written material (electronic and otherwise), and any other product that incorporates or uses Sony/ATV Compositions yadda yadda
- provide Sony with an accounting of all sums received or earned in connection with the exploitation of the Sony/ATV Compositions... as well as the operation of the Sites
- compensate Sony/ATV in an amount to be discussed

The Beatallica message board is still open, and you can sign the online petition here (now up to nearly 3000 signatures).

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Korn To Remain a Four-Piece?

According internet reports, Korn have no plans to replace recently departed guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch. The band are said to be recording as a four-piece and will remain so for touring purposes later in the year.

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Listen To Nevermore's Remastered Ambivalent Stream

Nevermore 's remixed / remastered version of their song "Ambivalent" from the remixed / remastered version of the 'Enemies of Reality' album is now streaming online. You can check it out here.
You can check out the new artwork for the album here.
The new and improved 'Enemies of Reality' will be out in European stores on March 21. A North American date is still TBA.

Here are Nevermore 's confirmed upcoming shows:
March 18 - London, UK @ The Underworld (with FIREWIND)
March 26 - Thessaloniki, Greece @ Ydrogeios Club
June 24 - Germany @ Bang Your Head Feestival
June 26 - Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting

As previously reported, Nevermore are in the studio right now working on their next full-length LP 'This Godless Endeavor.' Among other original songs, the band plan to include a cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Revelation (Mother Earth)" on the album.
In other news, Vocalist Warrel Dane has checked via a phone call to Century Media. Here's what he had to say:
"Hello from the snowy hills of Derbyshire. The recording is going amazingly well! We already tracked three songs and it's sounding great! Heavy as fucking hell and we are very, very excited to be working with Andy [Sneap] again!"

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Ex-King's X, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot Form Band

King's X bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick and Whitesnake guitarist Reb Beach are working together on a side project, which also includes Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and Whitesnake keyboard player Timothy Drury. The band doesn't yet have a name, though, despite reports that it would be called Devil's Children. However, an album is likely later in the year.

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Adam Wakeman To Play Keyboards With Sabbath

Adam Wakeman is to be the keyboard player on Black Sabbath's Summer tour, which includes headlining the Download Festival at Donington on Ozzfest day - June 11. He's not the first member of the family to play with th band. His more famous father Rick, of Yes fame, guested on the 1973 album 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'.

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Beloved Members Disperse To Other Projects

After their recent breakup Beloved members have wasted no time forming and joining other bands. Josh Moore (vocalist) will continue playing with Classic Case who will be touring the west coast with He Is Legend and Project 86 in the coming weeks. Dusty Redmon (guitar) has joined Dead Poetic which also now claims Demon Hunter drummer Jesse Sprinkle. Joe Musten (drums), Johnny Smrdel (bass), and Matt Harrison (guitar) have formed a new band in the vein of Turmoil called Advent. They plan to record with Jamie King (BTBAM, Glass Casket) in March and release a 3 song CD.

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Obituary Interview, John Tardy Reveals Song Titles

Obituary front-man John Tardy recently spoke to Abrasiverock.com and he spoke about the details of the upcoming Obituary album. He also gave a few song titles as well, for the interview please click here.

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