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Metal News for February 26, 2007

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25 news articles posted on this day.

New England Metal and Hardcore Fest Lineup

The lineup has been announced for this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The event will be headlined by black metal act Dimmu Borgir and feature performances from Bury Your Dead, Kylesa, The Devil Wears Prada, 100 Demons, Nora, The Human Abstract, Death Before Dishonor, Dead Hearts, Unearth, Shai Hulud and many more.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival take place at the Palladium, located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Mass.

The full lineup is as follows (in no particular order): More...

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Saxon Reschedule Cancelled Tour Dates

British heavy metal legends SAXON have announced the rescheduled U.K./Irish tour dates. As reported yesterday, SAXON was forced to postpone its previously announced British and Irish trek because singer Biff Byford was suffering from "a throat infection and bad case of flu," according to a statement posted on the band's official web site. The new dates are as follows:

May 14 - UK - Manchester Academy 2
May 15 - UK - London Astoria
May 16 - UK - Nottingham Rock City
May 17 - IRL - Dublin Temple Bar Music Centre
May 19 - SCO - Glasgow Garage
May 20 - UK - Wolverhampton Civic Hall
May 21 - UK - Cardiff Coal Exchange
May 23 - UK - Belfast Spring And Airbrake

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Manowar Announces Tour Date In Moscow, Russia

MANOWAR has confirmed to play in Moscow, Russia this upcoming spring. MANOWAR will perform on Saturday April 07, 2007 at the "DS Luzhniki " venue in Moscow. Here are their currently scheduled tour dates:

Mar 14th, 2007 Zlín Czech Republic Sportovní Hala Novesta
Mar 15th, 2007 Pardubice Czech Republic Cez Aréna
Mar 16th, 2007 Plzen Czech Republic Hala Lokomotiva
Mar 22nd, 2007 Berlin Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle
Mar 23rd, 2007 München Germany Olympiahalle
Mar 24th, 2007 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
Mar 27th, 2007 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
Mar 28th, 2007 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena
Mar 30th, 2007 Nürnberg Germany Arena
Mar 31st, 2007 Stuttgart Germany Schleyerhalle
April 4th, 2007 Athens Greece Hellenikon Fencing Olympic Complex
April 7th, 2007 Moscow Russia DS Luzhniki

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Transcending Mortality Lose Bassist

TRANSCENDING MORTALITY are now seeking a new bass player after now-former bassist Chris Griffin departed the band. Here is the statement from the band:

"In some unfortunate news bassist Chris Griffin has left Transcending Mortality. Corey Eves, who played bass for the band from 2004-2005 will be filling in for our upcoming gigs.

We are looking for a permanent replacement so if you're interested please email us on tmortality@yahoo.com.au"

You can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.

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KSE to Shoot Video For "The Arms Of Sorrow"

Killswitch Engage is to shoot a video for their new single, "The Arms of Sorrow, " in March.

As previously reported, the band is touring North America as part of the No Fear tour. Filling in for a recovering [from back surgery] guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz on their North American tour, is ex-Damage Plan vocalist Patrick Lachman.

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More Details On Tool Tour Postponement

Launch Radio Networks reports: TOOL drummer Danny Carey apparently injured himself while lifting something at home, according to sources close to the band. Carey tore his bicep last week, requiring surgery and forcing the group to postpone its North American tour, which was scheduled to begin on March 15 in Las Vegas. Carey went under the knife last Wednesday (February 21), and Launch understands that doctors will examine him this week to determine just how much time he'll need to recuperate.

TOOL may run into trouble rescheduling its tour for later this spring, as many of the arenas it was booked into are on hold for either hockey or basketball playoffs at that time.

A representative for the band said TOOL is asking fans to be patient and hold onto their tickets, although refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Once Carey has recovered, the group plans to keep touring worldwide through June of 2008.

The group is still scheduled to perform at the 2007 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, held between June 14 and June 17 in Manchester, Tennessee.

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Drowning Pool Announce New Album Title

Drowning Pool have titled their new album 'Full Circle'. The disc will be released later this year via Eleven Seven Music. The band will kick off a 14-date co-headlining European run with Ill Nino in April. Drowning Pool's tour dates are as follows:

03/23/2007 08:00 PM - CLICKS, BATON ROUGE, Louisiana

UK dates w/ Ill Nino:
04/08/2007 07:00 PM - Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
04/09/2007 07:00 PM - Rock CIty, Nottingham
04/10/2007 07:00 PM - Academy, Newcastle
04/11/2007 07:00 PM - Cathouse, Cathouse
04/12/2007 07:00 PM - Moshulu, Aberdeen
04/14/2007 07:00 PM - Ambassador Theater, Dublin
04/15/2007 07:00 PM - Spring & Airbrake, Belfast
04/16/2007 07:00 PM - Academy, Liverpool
04/17/2007 07:00 PM - Rios, Leeds
04/18/2007 07:00 PM - Solus, Cardiff
04/20/2007 07:00 PM - Cresset, Peterborough
04/21/2007 07:00 PM - Corporation, Sheffield
04/22/2007 07:00 PM - Nexus, Shouthampton
04/23/2007 07:00 PM - Koko, London

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Forever Will Burn To Join Sepultura On Euro Tour

Witchdoctor Records has announced that South Africa's own Forever Will Burn has been tapped to provide support for legendary Brazillian metal act Sepultura on their upcoming European tour.

The Cape Town-based band most recently released their debut, Forever Will Burn and you can check out some music on their myspace page.

March 7, 2007 Tradgarn Club Gothenburg, Sweden
March 8, 2007 Musikzentrum Hannover, Germany
March 10, 2007 Rock Cafe Club Praha, Czech Republic
March 11, 2007 Substage Club Karlsruhe, Germany
March 13, 2007 Laloco Club Paris, France
March 14, 2007 Spirit of 66 Club Verviers, Belgium
March 15, 2007 Burgerweeshuis Club Deventer, Holland
March 16, 2007 Rockhal Each/Alzette, Luxembourg
March 17, 2007 Sporthalle Stadium Boblingen, Germany
March 18, 2007 Jailbreak Concert Berlin, Germany
March 19, 2007 Backstage Club Munich, Germany
March 20, 2007 Planet Music Club Wien, Austria
March 21, 2007 Salzahaus Club Winterthur, Switzerland
March 22, 2007 Deposito Giordani Club Pordenone, Italy
March 24, 2007 Metalmania Festival 2007 Katowice, Poland

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Haste The Day's New Song "Stitches" Online

Haste The Day's brand new album, "Pressure The Hinges," hits stores everywhere in less than a month on March 20th. You can now listen to a brand new song, "Stitches," from the album on their MySpace page.

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Far Beyond Driven To Enter Studio

Far Beyond Driven recently issued the following update:

"Well , we were supposed to start recording about a month ago and then found that not only our sound but our overall tightness was lacking so we spent the time practicing to a click instead and working on a new song. Charl has been working for the past week getting a drum sound he is happy with, it is sounding pretty decent, but we will only start putting down the tracks seriously after Mutherfudd."

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Will Haven Post Videos w/ New Singer Online

Sacramento metal band, Will Haven have posted three new videos featuring new singer, Jeff Jaworski (Red Tape). Filmed on Monday, February 19th at the bands free headline show at The Troubador in West Hollywood, the video captures the first live Will Haven performance since the departure of original vocalist Grady Avenell. You can check the afformentioned videos out at this location.

Speaking about playing the show with a new singer, Will Haven guitarist Jeff Irwin had the following to say:

"The Troubadour show was amazing! It was how I expected it to be as far as a Will Haven show, it was intense to say the least. Having Jaworski on stage with us was awesome, it didn't feel weird at all, it felt like Will Haven just how it always has been. Jeff brought alot of new energy to the stage and it made us play even harder. So after the show we knew we made the right decision about moving forward and keeping Willl Haven alive, the passion is very much still there and it shows when we play. I have to say our fans are the best in the world. For not playing in LA in over 4 years the turnout was amazing, and they didnt seem to mind there was a new face on stage, they were singing every word right with Jeff, it just shows our fans love Will Haven for all the right reasons, the music and the energy is brings. We are excited about the year to come!"

In other Will Haven news, the band have announced a homecoming gig at The Blue Lamp in Sacramento, CA. This will be the bands only Sacramento show before hitting Europe with Deftones

March, 15 2007 at Blue Lamp
Sacramento, California
Cost : $9

Will Haven's new album "Hierophant" featuring production from Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and Shaun Lopez of Far/Revolution Smile is expected to see release this summer through Bieler Bros. Records.

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Singer Neil Turbin Talks About Anthrax Years

Marko Syrjälä and Jarno Huovila of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with former ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Metal-Rules.com: How did you end up joining ANTHRAX back in the day?

Neil Turbin: I put out an ad out in what was called Good Times magazine. After the issue was out for about 3 or 4 weeks, Scott [Ian] called me and asked if I would be interested in his band called ANTHRAX as they were looking for a singer for months and had just started to do some shows. I then proceeded to tell him that I was in a band called AMRA for a month at that point and only lasted a few months. This was back in early 1982. I saw an ad in Good Times magazine from a month previous and it turned out to be Scott and ANTHRAX. Scott sounded reluctant on the telephone. Scott and Danny Lilker came over to my house in Bayside, NY and we then proceeded to play demos and live tapes for each other. At the time out of necessity they were using Scott's brother Jason Rosenfeld who was 13 or 14 years old. Then I met with the other guys in the band at rehearsal: Greg Walls and Dave Weiss. Soon after that I met the ANTHRAX roadies, Scott Setari, Tom Beach and John Connelly, who were buddies of Dan Lilker and Scott. Greg told me years later how Scott had said that he didn't want me in the band in the first place, but Greg, Danny and Dave all voted me in. They told me they were looking for an experienced singer and I already had a history and had experience playing the NYC club circuit with numerous gigs at Max's Kansas City, Great Gildersleeves, CBGBs, etc. I had two weeks to learn all of ANTHRAX's material and play at Great Gildersleeves in September 1982. It was interesting material at the time which was a mixture of classic heavy metal, hard rock and some IRON MAIDEN riffs thrown together for those of you out there who might have early ANTHRAX demos you know what I'm talking about. It was very guitar riff-oriented, but not really tailored for the vocals. Since everything was more or less in the key of E and tuned to standard A440, which makes you sing in a much higher range than if you were tuned to E flat or dropped D as most metal bands are tuned to today.

Metal-Rules.com: Did you have any idea about the business side of things back then?

Neil Turbin: I was not fully acclimated into business yet and to be honest, I was very naive about the entire process. I was purely an artist for art's sake and out to create the best music I could dream up. I did not consult with attorneys, I was not prepared to fight with sharks, savages and bloodsuckers. I should have because that's who we were dealing with. There was no exit clause in our contract and I helped establish the brand during the time I was in the band. I never saw a penny for any merchandise that was ever sold during the two years while I was in the band. I once called Johnny Z and asked him for $200 and a tour jacket that he was giving away to everyone else in the band. He told me "No" on the $200 and asked me to pay for the tour jacket. I told him he could pay for the tour jacket himself out of all the money he'd been making from T-shirts and album sales or go find somebody else to sing for free. It was great, because that night we played Roseland and it was the one and only time I had my own hotel room and dressing room on the tour. It was cool because I had some people backstage that were actually nice and fun to be with like Richie Stotts from THE PLASMATICS. What happened after that was already set in stone.

Metal-Rules.com: Do you still get paid royalties from the songs you wrote for ANTHRAX?

Neil Turbin: The answer is yes to "Fistful of Metal", but NO on the other albums with my songs on them. There are albums on Island, Universal and Sanctuary that have songs I've written on them, like "Deathrider", "Metal Thrashing Mad", "Panic", "Gung Ho" and "Armed and Dangerous" that I have never received any royalties on. ANTHRAX has re-recorded my songs several times and I have not seen DIME ONE!

Metal-Rules.com: Is it really true that you fired Dan Lilker back in the day?

Neil Turbin: No, not at all. No one gave me the keys to the kingdom, I wasn't in charge of ANTHRAX and never had that kind of decision-making power over the rest of the band. We were a band on a record label, so no, I didn't have that kind of control over the band. No one died and left me in charge. It was a band decision and not my personal decision. The label and management were behind the bands decision to replace Dan Lilker. There were four members in the band and the three other than myself could've outvoted me, if they wanted to. Scott called Dan Lilker and broke the news to him. Scott called me the same exact way. That was before they invented email. They just used me as a scapegoat after I was out of the band. If they wanted him so badly, why didn't they invite him back to rejoin the band when they had the chance?

Metal-Rules.com: What about Dan Spitz?

Neil Turbin: You mean Dan "THE DIVA" Spitz? Dan Spitz had this HUMONGOUS EGO, was highly opinionated, high maintenance and Napoleonic. He tried to jump on the bandwagon and blame me and say I had lead singer's syndrome, but anyone who has read his interviews can attest to the fact that Dan is the opposite of humble.I can remember a few times when we tried to write together, we once tried to write a theme song for a WWF wrestler named Sergeant Slaughter (CraZed Management's brilliant idea) and the parts he would come up with sounded like something a fan of VAN HALEN would come up with. It certainly didn't sound like ANTHRAX! We couldn't get it to work, so we abandoned it. When I showed him my guitar riff for the verse in "Death from Above" on my 1978 Gibson Explorer when he was over at my house, he claimed it for his own after he conveniently forgot to remember I wrote it. The reason I didn't write more music is because the guitar players in the band did not want to listen to or respect my musical ideas since they had their own strong opinions. Hence the then working environment and politics of the band. Dan was really a part-time band member of the band since he lived in Orangeburg, New York, a couple of hours away and he would infrequently come to band rehearsals that everyone else were at five nights a week. I went out of my way to try to get him into the band, to convince him because we needed a hot lead guitar player and thought his pentatonic scales were interesting at the time.

Read the full article at Metal-Rules.com.

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Velvet Revolver Guitarist: 'New CD Sounds Awesome'

VELVET REVOLVER has recorded cover versions of TALKING HEADS' "Psycho Killer" and ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA's "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" during the sessions for the group's sophomore album, "Libertad". It is not presently clear where the cover songs will end up, but drummer Matt Sorum reportedly said he hopes at least one of them makes the new CD because "they're both bitchin'."

In other news, VELVET REVOLVER has finished recording "Libertad" with producer Brendan O'Brien. "The last day in the studio was yesterday ....sniff.... sniff.... and now all that's left to do is finish mixing," guitarist Dave Kushner wrote on his web site. "I can't even express to u people how f%@$n' awesome it sounds!!!!! All the tracking is done. Just some last-minute vocals and finish mixing. It's gonna be a good one!"

A recent VELVET REVOLVER "vlog" (videoblog) featuring footage of the band working on "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.

The group is tentatively scheduled to visit South America in April with AEROSMITH, followed by a U.S. theatre tour in May.

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Eddie And Alex Van Halen Speak To Rolling Stone

A few weeks ago, Rolling Stone magazine's Brian Hiatt spoke to Eddie and Alex Van Halen about — among other things — the band's thoughts on being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the logistics of going onstage with VH members new and old to play the March 12 award show. Topics covered in the interview include:

* On what they though upon hearing that they'd been nominated
* On their plans for performing at the ceremony
* On ousting Michael Anthony and naming Wolfgang the band's new bassist; new material; tour news
* On the future of VAN HALEN

Listen to the interview at RollingStone.com.

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Tony Iommi's Guitar Tech Launches Tour Diary

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi's technician Mike Clement has posted the first installment in the HEAVEN AND HELL tour diary at Iommi's official message board.

Mike first started keeping a diary for Iommi.com back in 2005 and his bits of backstage gossip and humorous tales from the road kept everyone entertained. Expect more of the same this time around. He will also be keeping a photo diary as things progress. An excerpt from Mike Clement's first entry follows:

"Before starting the log proper, it is perhaps time to remember a couple of old friends who will not be around to see this new chapter in Tony's career. First up is Alan 'Fluff' Freeman. If you don’t know his name or recognise the nickname, look him up online. His contribution to the making of SABBATH in the early days in the U.K. was immeasurable. In an era when the airtime dedicated to anything other than bubble-gum pop was miniscule, he tirelessly made sure that 'Paranoid' was given as many plays as was possible and continued to support the band over the years in the face of institutional ambivalence. Second up is Richard Willis who died suddenly on Feb 5th. Richard was a sound man (in all senses), well known around the West Midlands and far beyond. He engineered a number of sessions at Tone Hall Mk1 for Tony and also Toni Marie Iommi. More recently, in his capacity as Sales Manager at SSE Audio, the major U.K. sound company, he moved heaven and earth to help me get all our road cases manufactured or refurbished in an astonishingly short time given how busy the SSE casing and fabrication departments are. A good friend to Tony and myself…..he will be missed. More...

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Samael Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

Swiss metal experimentalists SAMAEL have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's eighth album, "Solar Soul", is scheduled for release on June 1. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Solar Soul", "Promised Land", "Slavocracy", "Western Ground" and "On the Rise".

Commented vocalist Vorph: "We're thrilled to enter this new collaboration with an album we believe to be our greatest achievement to date. We know Nuclear Blast is providing a solid ground that will enable us to build something worth your attention. For us, it feels like the time is now!"

To check out the new SAMAEL song "Slavocracy", taken from the upcoming CD, go to this location.

As previously reported, Century Media Records will shortly release a SAMAEL anthology, entitled "Aeonics - An Anthology", to coincide with the band's 20th anniversary. A collection of 19 songs spanning SAMAEL's entire Century Media catalog, the CD comes in a black slipcase with a 24-page booklet, containing pictures and lyrics. SAMAEL supervised the entire project and frontman Vorph wrote liner notes to each song.

"Aeonics - An Anthology" track listing:

01. Exodus
02. Black Trip
03. Rebellion
04. Baphomet's Throne
05. Telepath
06. Together
07. Supra Karma
08. Jupiterian Vibe
09. Rain
10. The Cross
11. After The Sepulture
12. On Earth
13. Moonskine
14. Worship Him
15. Ceremony Of Opposites
16. Blood Ritual
17. Into The Pentagram
18. Koh-I-Noor
19. Reading Mind

SAMAEL's September 29, 2006 show in Lausanne was broadcast live via the Internet. You can watch the concert online at this location (courtesy of Metal Videos).

SAMAEL's last release was the "On Earth" single, featuring the album version of the title cut, plus various remixes, along with a cover of DEPECHE MODE's "I Feel You", a video for "Telepath" and a live recording of the track "On Earth", recorded in Paris, France. The band's "Reign of Light" full-length CD was released in North America in February 2005 via Nuclear Blast Records. SAMAEL's Vorph and Xy issued an album from their "Era One" project — originally recorded and delivered to Century Media in the summer of 2002 but re-arranged and remixed in the fall of 2005 — in January 2006. "Era One" consists of 10 tracks of electronic music composed and performed by Xy with lyrics and vocals by Vorph.

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American Head Charge DVD Trailer, Album Samples

A trailer for the upcoming AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE DVD, titled "Can't Stop the Machine", has been posted on the band's MySpace page. Also available at the same location are a couple of audio tracks from the accompanying CD.

Due on April 3 via Nitrus Records, the "Can't Stop The Machine" DVD will feature a complete retrospective of the band's career, from the early days, signing to Rick Rubin's American Recordings, performing live on Ozzfest 2001, worldwide tours with SLIPKNOT, MUDVAYNE, STATIC-X, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the making of both "The War of Art" and "The Feeding". It will also include all of the band's videos and a special tribute to late guitarist Bryan Daniel Ottoson. The CD will feature live recordings, remixes, and other unreleased material. The complete track listing will be released in the coming weeks.

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE's sophomore album, "The Feeding", came out in February 2005.

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Powerman 5000 Frontman Directing Horror Movie

Fangoria.com paid a visit to the set of POWERMAN 5000 frontman-turned-director Spider's untitled horror production last week, and brought back juicy info and pics from the downtown Los Angeles shoot. On the abandoned second story of a particularly decrepit building just off 3rd and Main, Fangoria.com writer Sean Decker dodged rats and the grim detritus of squatters (including used hypodermic needles, giving the set an all-too-realistic flair) while speaking with the director. "We're shooting it like 'Cops' with a darker tone," the spiky-haired Spider — brother of another frontman-turned-director, Rob Zombie — told Fangoria.com. Having recently pitched the idea (which he developed with "30 Days of Night"'s Steve Niles) around town and received an enthusiastic response, Spider was encouraged to go one step further in order to secure a deal. "The best thing to do was to shoot a short scene on my own to prove that the concept can work, so here we are," he said.

Read the full article at Fangoria.com.

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Vital Remains' "Icons Of Evil" Artwork Available

The cover artwork for the new VITAL REMAINS album, "Icons of Evil", has been posted online at this location. Due on April 3, "Icons of Evil" was produced by the renowned Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, GOATWHORE). This offering marks the group's second recording with Glen Benton (DEICIDE) on vocals. Founder Tony Lazaro (guitars) wrote the entire album and handled bass duties for its recording, while Dave Suzuki once again tracked all the drums and lead guitar parts.

Here is the "Icons of Evil" track listing:

01. Where Is Your God Now
02. Icons of Evil
03. Scorned
04. Born To Rape The World
05. Reborn…The Upheaval of Nihility
06. Hammer Down The Nails
07. Shrapnel Embedded Flesh
08. 'Til Death
09. In Infamy
10. Disciples of Hell

Lazaro further describes the new effort: "A big thanks to Erik Rutan, who really worked us to near death in order to get us to deliver our best performances, which we think we did, without a doubt! We thought 'Dechristianize' was a tough album to record, but this effort proved us wrong. This album, hands down, sets the bar for death metal. We think our fans will soon agree without question that this is our 'Reign In Blood'."

Drawing from classic '80s metal bands such as VENOM, BATHORY, MERCYFUL FATE, MORBID ANGEL, DEICIDE and SLAYER, VITAL REMAINS based their survival through a DIY underground approach that earned them a rabid legion of fans. However, after four full-length releases the group's biggest break would come in 2003 as they signed to Century Media and released the genre-defying epic "Dechristianize". It was hailed by critics and fans alike as one of extreme metal's most accomplished and ambitious works yet that ever garnered mainstream acclaim. The album quickly elevated the band into the death metal elite and was supported by four full U.S. tours, further solidifying their status as one of the genre's hardest-working acts.

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VH1 Classic Poker Tournament Featuring Ace Frehley

GodTwo lucky UltimateBet free online poker players will challenge the likes of GODSMACK's Sully Erna, DAMAGEPLAN and PANTERA's Vinnie Paul and even ZZ TOP's Dusty Hill to a not-so-friendly game of poker during VH1 Classic Rock n' Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament. The televised debut in Las Vegas will premiere on VH1 Classic on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

As one of the event sponsors, UltimateBet.tv awarded two of its free online poker players with the opportunity to participate by registering online with their daily free roll to become a contender during the celebrity poker event.

"The cowboy from Hell is coming to town, winner takes all!" proclaimed DAMAGEPLAN and PANTERA's Vinnie Paul upon announcing his participation in the event.

The prize package, worth $2,500, included roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and ground transportation in Las Vegas, as well as $150 per day. The tournament was recorded in front of a live audience of 150 people in Vegas from October 31 to November 3.

Sully Erna, lead singer of GODSMACK, challenged tournament players to "Go ahead and try to SMACK me out of this tournament."

All cash winnings of the poker tournament will be donated to the charity of the tournament winner's choice. The 1st place winner will also win a trip to Aruba for next year's UltimateBet Poker Classic.

As players are knocked out of the tournament, they will enter a "Green Room" hosted by poker greats Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak. Interviews will be conducted, coaching sessions will be given by Phil Laak, and a heads up tournament will be played. The champion of the Green Room heads up tournament will win a Cruise to Alaska.

The televised event, hosted by poker legend Phil Helmuth, will include rock star poker celebrities Sully Erna, Vinnie Paul, Dusty Hill, Ace Frehley (ex-KISS), and Scott Ian (ANTHRAX).

Additional information about the VH1 Classic Rock n' Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament can be found at the UltimateBet web site.

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Money Behind Chris Cornell's Departure?

Sources tell The New York Post that Chris Cornell's move to quit Audioslave came down to money.

"Chris was unhappy with the financial arrangement within the group - he wrote all the music, yet the other three bandmates took an equal share in the multimillion-dollar publishing rights," a Cornell pal explained.

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Rage Against the Machine Add Shows w/ Wu-Tang Clan

As suspected, the Rage Against the Machine reunion will be more than a Coachella one-off. According to the Los Angeles Times, the band will team up with their pals in the Wu-Tang Clan for three Rock the Bells shows in addition to the April 29 closing-night headliner spot at Coachella, which marks their first show together in seven years. The Bells gigs will take place in New York on July 28; San Bernardino, California, on August 11; and San Francisco on August 18.

The lightning-fast Coachella sellout helped spur the addition of the shows, a source told the Times, though a Bells organizer promised that the four shows will be it for Rage in 2007

A 1997 Rage/Clan tour fell apart after only a handful of shows when internal disputes forced Wu-Tang off the road.

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Special Guests On Pain's New Album Revealed

Fronted by HYPOCRISY mastermind Peter Tägtgren, the fifth Pain album "Psalms of Extinction" will feature Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho, and Anders Iwers of In Flames who will be performing bass on a couple of tracks.

A video for the cut 'Zombie Slam' will be shot imminently.

Pain's Roadrunner debut, which is the artist's fifth album and the first signing to the Bonnier Amigo / Roadrunner A & R joint venture, will be released in April 2007.

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Interview with Matt Starkes of Over The Coals

British Columbia's OVER THE COALS formed initially back in the spring of 2004 in their hometown of Prince George, B.C., under the name of Burn Out West. Comprised of vocalist James McMurtrie, guitarist Matt Starkes, bassist Mark Moser and drummer Max Matthews, all having solid backgrounds in other local projects such as Disdain, Feedback and Fistfiller, they soon morphed into a much larger musical beast under the newly christened moniker: Over The Coals, thus starting to immediately cultivate their defining sound, a cross between Pantera and Corrosion of Conformity, with other old school metal influences that helped them create a genuinely distinct, ferocius and simply undeniable crushing style that would soon garner them much attention throughout their home scene within just their first set of gigs. The band is now arming itself with new material in ultimate preparation for its debut album and also plan on making it out to the west coast of the United States later this year to begin carving their name out on the rock world in this most legitimate of manners. I recently conducted some Q&A in with their guitarist, Matt Starkes to learn more.


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The Destro Sign To Ironclad Recordings

Ironclad Recordings have announced their latest signing, THE DESTRO from Dallas, Texas. This hard working, southern metal band is set to release their debut album "As the Coil Unwinds" on May 15 via Ironclad Recordings. You can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.

In related news, Ironclad recordings will be announcing a few new signings in the coming weeks.

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