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Metal News for February 25, 2007

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Slayer and Unearth Devastate Washington, DC

On Tuesday, February 20, I had the chance to attend the second of two sold-out shows by Slayer and Unearth at Washington, DC's 9:30 club. The 9:30 club is one of the best in the area, attracting the best bands and touring packages short of ones that fill sports arenas. Holding over 1300 people, this club is jam-packed for sold out shows, and Slayer always seems to fill it up, if not sell it out completely. I went into the show excited to see both bands, as I enjoy them both immensely. Yet, I was at the same time a little skeptical - first of the pairing: Unearth's melodic metalcore with Slayer. Slayer's fans are notoriously brutal on openers, so would Unearth hold up under that sort of pressure? Second, I was worried that Slayer might not live up to their God Hates Us All tour, which was penomenal, especially after seeing how rough they were live on Jimmy Kimmel recently. By the end of the night, all of my doubts would be laid to rest, however. More...

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Blacklisted Complete New EP

BLACKLISTED have completed their anticipated "Peace On Earth, War On Stage" EP. Recorded with Kurt Ballou @ Godcity Studios, "Peace On Earth War On Stage" is comprised of four groundbreaking musical wars, showcasing the intense musical progression, poetic prowess, and raw sonic power that is today's BLACKLISTED. A release date, pre-ordering information, etc, will be announced soon.

Here are some upcoming BLACKLISTED dates:

2/23: Orlando, FL @ Island Oasis
2/24: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Sonny's Stardust Lounge
2/25: Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy's
2/26: Atlanta, GA @ The Shop
2/27: Memphis, TN @ Rally Point
2/28: Nashville, TN @ The Anchor
3/1: Cincinnati, OH @ The Clubhouse
3/2: Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
3/3: Huntington, WV @ HYAMP
3/4: Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space w/ Counting the Days, Steel Nation, Get a Grip, Get Big
3/17: Philadelphia, PA @ The Church w/ Shipwreck, Have Heart, Brain Dead, Pulling Teeth, Know The Score
3/23: Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz - United Blood Fest w/ Bracewar, Shipwreck, Have Heart and more
4/2: Toms River, NJ @ Log Cabin w/ Rise and Fall, Iron Age, Justice, The Mongoloids

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Converge World Tour Dates, DVD Reissue Out Now

After being out of press for a LONG time, CONVERGE "The Long Road Home" DVD is now available once again. The DVD is now a Double DVD set and comes packaged in a standard amary case, but includes all of the same classic CONVERGE footage from the previous verision. You can order it in the Deathwish Estore.

Here are the latest world tour date from Converge: More...

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Korn's Unplugged Performance Streaming Online

Korn's MTV Unplugged performance is now available at MTV.com. The performance will air on MTV beginning on March 2nd with the album hitting stores on March 6th. Guests include members of THE CURE as well as EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee.

Singer Jonathan Davis told Launch Radio Networks that one of the most challenging aspects of the show was figuring out which KORN songs would work well in that style. "It was hard," he said. "It's like, we had to pick the songs that we thought were good acoustic. We tried a lot of songs out. Some weren't great, some were great. We have a lot of albums, so we had to pick songs off each album. It was difficult, but not that bad. We all chose songs that we wanted to do. We tried 'em, if they worked, good, and it ended up being in the set list."

The band will make its first appearance ever on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Thursday, March 1.

As previously reported, KORN is currently recording its eighth studio album and plans to release it this summer. Veteran rock drummer Terry Bozzio is filling in for original KORN drummer David Silveria, who is taking a hiatus from the group.

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Into Eternity Shoots New Video

INTO ETERNITY are currently gearing up for the inaugural Metal For The Masses tour, which will be co-headlined by Swedish titans THE HAUNTED and DARK TRANQUILLITY, with SCAR SYMMETRY rounding out the stellar bill. The month-long trek kicks off on March 19 and marks the group’s second U.S. run with new members Steve Bolognese (ex-BEYOND THE EMBRACE) on drums and Justin Bender on guitars.

INTO ETERNITY just shot a new conceptual video for the track "Timeless Winter" with up-and-coming director Don Thompson, and its stunning imagery is sure to help it stand apart from the pack. Expect a spring premiere.

Tim Roth (guitars, vocals) checks in with the following report: "We are back to the snow and cold in our hometown again. The DESTRUCTION tour just ended in LA and the weather was perfect, so it was hard to leave. Thanks again to Schmier and DESTRUCTION for the friendship and overall great time! Also, we would like to send a huge thank you to all of our fans who came and supported the tour and drove hundreds of miles to see us. You all rule! More...

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Ace Frehley Lives

Legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley (music) wants you to know that he isn't dead, despite recent rumors to the contrary.

"I don't know how this ridiculous rumor got started," Frehley said in a press release that describes the singer as having dictated the statement while eating his "daily allotment of wheat germ, preparing to jump back on his treadmill." Various websites had erroneously reported Frehley, who is working on a new solo album, had committed suicide, according to his publicist.

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Ill Nino Finishing New Album, Plan UK Tour

After 3 months working on their upcoming album, "Enigma," Ill Nino are currently putting the final touches on it. The album will be out mid-June on Cement Shoes/Universal. Next week the band is shooting the video to their first single, which will be released in March along with an MP3 of the song.

In touring news, Ill Nino will be co-headining 14 shows in the UK-IRELAND starting April 8-23 with Drowning Pool. The band commented "We can't wait, we havent toured with DP for almost 3 years...it's been too long." A string of dates in support of the new album covering the U.S., Europe, South America, Mexico, Australia, and Asia are currently being booked in support of "Enigma."

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