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Metal News for February 27, 2004

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9 news articles posted on this day.

Shadows Fall Checks In With Studio Update

SHADOWS FALL frontman Brian Fair has posted the following message on the band's official message board:

What up everyone,

"Been a busy week songwriting wise. I hit Planet Z on Saturday [Feb. 21] to lay down some rough vocal ideas over the demos that the band recorded last week. For live demos the sound quality is unreal. [Producer] Zeus has stepped up Planet Z in a serious way. The new songs are coming out amazing. Everyone in the band is really [psyched] on the new shit. Sound-wise these songs are covering a lot of ground. Some tunes are totally brutal heavy, heavier that anything we have done in the past, some have a real rock n roll vibe and some are just all out thrash fests. And this is only the beginning. New ideas are popping up constantly."

"We should be debuting a few new tunes at the headlining shows we are planning for April. We are still waiting for final confirmation but the lineup for the short tour looks to be killer. It is only a short run of shows in the PA, NY and MA area. Right after the show we will be heading in the studio to begin work on the album itself."

"In other news, 'The Art Of Balance' is still doing amazingly!! We have sound scanned over 90,000 copies which for an underground metal band on an independent label is awesome. We really want to push this record over the 100,000 mark to prove to the industry what it is already realizing, that the underground is taking over and people are demanding quality music. Help us push this record over the 100K mark by telling your friends to pick that shit up and to all of those with burned copies go grab the real shit and hook us up!!! hahahaha. But seriously, thank you all so much for making this record such a success. We are gonna come right back with another record that we think will push our sound even further."

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James Hetfield Speaks About Presidio Material

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield gave a short phone interview to Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM Wednesday (Feb. 25). Asked to comment on the recent reports that some of the material written and recorded in 2001 shortly before he went into rehab might end up on an upcoming soundtrack, James said,

"We don't know about that soundtrack thing just yet. But there are quite a few songs that didn't make it onto 'St. Anger' that… Presidio [a rented barrack at the San Francisco army base] was a place that we were recording in in San Francisco before the Headquarters was built and before I went into rehab. So there was probably... I don't know… 15 songs or something that didn't quite make it onto 'St. Anger' — maybe more. And those things. We've got 'em. They're cool — they're not finished, but they'll appear sometime somewhere, there'll be a right time for those. But for us, 'St. Anger' is doing really pretty darn good, and it's hard to not keep writing, so it would be tough to go back and redo some of that stuff or get it in the shape to put it out. That would remind me of, like, 'Load' and 'Re-Load' — working backwards. But there's just so much good vibe going on now, there's no use in kind of turning around. So those things will appear in their form some way or another."

As previously reported, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has stated in a recent interview that the music recorded during the Presidio sessions "is very different" to the material that ended up on last year's "St. Anger", with the songs containing "much more melody" and being closer in style to 1991's "Black Album" than the band's most recent release.

With regards to who might open for METALLICA on their upcoming North American tour, Hetfield said, "[We] don't know yet. We don't know. We've got GODSMACK out for the first bit. And we'll see how that goes, see who's available. We don't yet. So it will be a surprise."

Download Scoop's interview with James Hetfield in two parts at this location.

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Lacuna Coil Cancel Euro Dates And More Confirmed

LACUNA COIL have cancelled the following European tour dates:

April 16 - Orzinuovi (BS) @ Buddha
April 17 - Este (PD) @ Sottosopra
April 24 - Cesena (IT) @ Vidia
May 01 - Milano (IT) @ Rolling Stone
May 28-31- Leipzig, Germany @ Wave Gotik Treffen Festival
May 29-30- Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Gelsenkirchen Amphitheater (Rock Hard Festival)
July 16-18- St. Goarshausen, Germany @ Zillo Festival

No reason was given for the cancellations on the band's official site, Lacunacoil.it. The band will be heading out on the road with P.O.D. and BLINDSIDE in North America come May. The tour will kick off on May 1st in Denver, CO. Here are the first batch of confirmed dates: More...

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Download Godsmack's Acoustic ''Running Blind''

The new acoustic GODSMACK single, "Running Blind", has been made available for download in MP3 format at this location.

"Running Blind" comes off the group's all-acoustic EP, "The Other Side", due on March 16 through Republic/Universal Records. The set was originally intended to drop last fall, but the band decided to postpone its release "because 'Faceless' still has legs and we didn't want to interrupt the momentum," singer Sully Erna recently told MTV.com. "['The Other Side'] will keep GODSMACK in the public eye while we take some time off to write the fourth record." GODSMACK begin a tour with METALLICA on March 2 in Phoenix.

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Deicide Video For "Scars Of The Crucifix" Online

DEICIDE's video for the title track to their new album, "Scars of the Crucifix", has been posted online for viewing at the Earache Records web site. Check it out here.

As previously reported, the "Scars of the Crucifix" clip was shot in Nottingham, U.K. by acclaimed director Pete Bridgewater (THE HAUNTED, DECEMBER). It marks the first time in DEICIDE's 15-year-existence that they have filmed a promotional video for one of their songs.

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Lullacry In The Studio

Finland's LULLACRY have posted the following recording update at their official website:

"Lullacry has been busy this week! Some new material has been recorded at the Astia Studios, Lappeenranta, Finland with Mr. Anssi Kippo. You can definitely expect some kick ass rockin´ heavy metal to be released within this year as a single or EP. The Music is produced by A. Kippo and Sami Vauhkonen and will be mixed at the Finnvox Studios by Mikko Karmila. You can also expect to see some pictures from the recording sessions soon. ROK!!!”

Also, Lullacry will do their first-ever tour of North America with NIGHTWISH, which is set to take place in late August/ early September 2004. A three-week-tour will include 14 shows all over North-America.

Lullacry’s upcoming studio album "Killer" will feature the following tracks: More...

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Confirmed Headbangers Ball Tour Dates

DROWNING POOL’s official website has posted dates for the upcoming Headbanger’s Ball Tour, which also features HATEBREED, DAMAGEPLAN, SOIL and UNEARTH.

Confirmed dates include:


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NEMHF 2004 Acts Confirmed

The New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 2004 will take place April 30th and May 1st at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Friday individual day tickets are $30. Saturday individual day tickets are $35. Two-day passes are $60. A special internet-only pre-sale is going on now at tickets.com . Regular sale starts today, February 27 at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

The show will once again take place on the two stages in the Palladium. This year there will once again be a film crew recording every second of action on the stage and behind the scenes for a live DVD. Record labels, vendors, and record distributors will set up shop in the balcony of the upstairs room.

The following acts have been confirmed to headline on Friday night: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD, GOD FORBID, EVERYTIME I DIE.

The Saturday night headliners include: ICED EARTH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, ZAO, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH.

Other acts confirmed to appear include: More...

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The Gathering Show To Be Broadcasted Online

THE GATHERING’s upcoming semi- acoustic show at Paradiso, Amsterdam on March 2nd will be broadcasted live on the internet by Fabchannel (the streaming video portal of Paradiso Amsterdam).

In other news, The Gathering will compose music to the Amsterdam film academy graduation film The Quite One by Danyael Sugawara. The Japanese film is about an 18 year-old boy Kiyoshi who lives in total isolation from the outside world in his parent's kitchen. Nobody else but his little sister Nozomi can get in contact with Kiyoshi. Through the internet he speaks to other teenagers about his interests; drumming, sex, games, movies, life and...death. The story deals with the phenomenon Hikikomori: Japanese teenagers isolating themselves from the outside world and locking themselves in their room with no other contact than the worldwide internet.

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