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Metal News for February 27, 2005

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Machine Head To Embark On North American Tour

MACHINE HEAD will be embarking on a monster North American headlining tour this May in support of their current release, "Through the Ashes of Empires", as well as their upcoming live DVD. The month-long "States Turn Blue To Gray" tour will feature fellow Roadrunner Records artists DEVILDRIVER, Century Media recording artists THE HAUNTED and Trustkill recording artists IT DIES TODAY. Scheduled to set sail the first week of May, immediately following MACHINE HEAD's stint on a Midwest portion of LAMB OF GOD dates, the "States Turn Blue To Gray" tour will continue into the first week of June, hitting major markets throughout the United States and Canada. Specifics for all dates will be posted here at MachineHead1.com as they become available.

Here are MACHINE HEAD's confirmed upcoming dates with more dates TBA:

with THE DARKNESS, SEPULTURA, NERVECELL:
March 25 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Dubai Country Club

with LAMB OF GOD, TWELVE TRIBES (LOG headlines, MH direct support, TT opens):
May 2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 3 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 4 - TBA, PA @ TBA

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'Some Kind Of Monster' Named Best Documentary

METALLICA's acclaimed film "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" won the Best Documentary prize at the 2005 IFP Independent Spirit Awards, held earlier today (Feb. 26) in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica, California.

The Independent Spirit Awards honor films whose funding comes at least in part from sources outside of the major Hollywood studios.

Winners were chosen by the 9,000-member nonprofit Independent Feature Project/Los Angeles, which includes actors, directors, writers and other industry professionals.

Other films competing for the Best Documentary honors were "Bright Leaves", "Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed", "Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust" and "Tarnation".

"Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" documents the turbulent making of METALLICA's last album, "St. Anger". "Some Kind of Monster" also resulted in a book, "Metallica: This Monster Lives", written by co-director Joe Berlinger.

METALLICA are currently taking time off but hope to begin working on a new album later this year.

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Scott Ian Says Dimebag Memorial Show 'Amazing'

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"I'm on a short bus somewhere between Sao Paulo and Rio emailing El Brento [ANTHRAX webmaster]. This Blackberry gizmo is quite handy. Thanks technology!

"Last Wednesday night we played the benefit for Dime at the Aragon in Chicago. It was incredible. The audience was on another level even for Chicago. It was an amazing experience celebrating, yes, celebrating an amazing man's life. Everyone there was touched in some way by Dime in their life and the outpouring of love was electric. I wish we could've played for you all night. I was so charged up with emotion and adrenaline that it went by in a flash. The moment when Vinnie [Paul, PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer] got up behind the drums was the most emotional I have ever felt on stage. That experience will be burned in my mind. It was a serious moment and the crowd, no pun intended, rose up to a new level with us. My blood was on fire.

"Thank you so much for being a part of this. Your love keeps his memory alive. We flew to Brazil at 7 AM the next morning.

"Last night we played Sao Paulo to 5000 or so raging zombies who only wanted to be fed metal. They sing so loud here and not just the words. They sing the guitar solos as well! Sick. A great start to this tour. More soon."

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Gorgoroth Head To Norwegian Court Over Polish Gig

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH will head to Norwegian court (Bergen Tingrett) on March 2 in connection with a February 2004 incident when they were accused of "offending religious feelings" during a concert in Poland. The band were also suspected of breaching the Polish law on protection of animals by displaying the severed and impaled heads of sheep as part of their stage act.

A spokesperson for the public prosecutor in Krakow, southern Poland, said last year that they might ask for Norwegian help in questioning members of GORGOROTH in order to determine whether Article 196 of the Polish penal code (concerning offense to religious feelings) has been breached or not during the band's concert in Krakow on Feb. 1, 2004. The maximum penalty for breaching the article is five years in prison.

The group, who are accused of having offended religious feelings by displaying naked women, covered in blood and being crucified, also displayed sheep heads, severed and impaled, with the stage splashed with their blood. [Check out photos from the gig here]

"We are also looking into whether the law on protection of animals has been breached," the spokesperson, Miroslawa Kalinowska-Zajdak, said last February.

Kalinowska-Zajdak said the prosecutor was following up a complaint from the head of a local television station who rented a TV studio to GORGOROTH for the concert, recorded for a DVD.

The local television in Krakow, which complained about the performance, had acquired broadcasting rights for the show, Kalinowska-Zajdak said.

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Powderburn "Best Metal Band" In Austin, TX

The EDGE Magazine, the leading rock magazine in central Texas, recently released the results of their 2004 Reader’s Poll and heavy metal outfit POWDERBURN was recognized as Austin’s "Best Group", along with "Best Metal Band" in 2004. Artist are selected entirely by fans who submit ballots for artist in a variety of categories. Renowned for its "Live Music Capitol of the World" moniker, Austin has over 3,000 working bands. "There's some really amazing bands here in Austin, and to take Best Group out of all the genres is one of the greatest achievements I've ever been a part of", quips drummer Pat Swift.

In addition to these awards, the band also reaped individual honors, with Ken Lockman and Greg Enkler receiving "Best Male Singer" and "Best Bassist", respectively. "It’s a great thing to know that our fans and friends support us the way they do," notes Greg Enkler. For the 2nd year in a row, The EDGE Magazine’s readership have polled this Jagermeister-sponsored band as the premier metal artist in Austin. Adds vocalist/guitarist Ken Lockman, "it's an awesome feeling to know that people are enjoying what we're doing, it makes it worth all the hard work and struggles."

POWDERBURN will be putting its award-winning show on display next month when it headlines the metal showcase of the Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass Music Festival during SXSW week. The band also plans to hit the studio and cut a new demo this spring, alongside producer Scott Sargeant, former longtime guitarist for San Francisco-based SKINLAB. Although the studio material is earmarked for industry reps, fans can catch a glimpse of their new songs in upcoming shows.

For a complete list of The EDGE Magazine’s Reader’s Poll results, visit www.theedgemagazine.com and POWDERBURN’s official website at www.powderburn.net.

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First Audioslave US Tour Date Announced

The first AUDIOSLAVE date, of what seems to be a building US tour, has been announced. The gig is as follows (No support has been listed):

April 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory

AUDIOSLAVE have also announced some touring plans for 2005, with three dates in Britain already announced for the Summer. Those three gigs are below:

June 20 - London, England @ Brixton Academy
June 21 - London, England @ Brixton Academy
June 24 - Manchester, England @ M.E.N Arena

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Nine Inch Nails Confirm More US Tour Dates

NINE INCH NAILS have confirmed many new US dates, which add onto their already confirmed UK and West Coast dates, as well as the previously revealed Philadelphia dates:

April 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
April 28 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
April 30 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
May 3 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
May 4 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
May 6 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
May 7 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
May 9 - Toronto, ONT @ Koolhaus
May 10 - Toronto, ONT @ Koolhaus
May 12 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
May 13 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
May 15 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 16 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
May 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
May 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 22 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 24 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
May 25 - Austin, TX @ Stubbs Bar-B-Q
May 27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
May 28 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
May 30 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
May 31 - San Diego, CA @ Soma

Other dates include 3 west coast US dates and the 2 previously announced London gigs: More...

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Nile Bassist Vesano Leaves The Band

NILE have issued a statement on their official forum confirming the departure of bassist Jon Vesano. An official statement is expected shortly:

"Hello dearest Nile fans , I must now share some recent developments within the band.

Jon Vesano has left the band . He has decided that he will stay at his day job , which was not mutually compatable with Nile's Touring commitments. and work on his Dark Moon project on weekends/spare time.

Jon has emphasized that while he realizes the incredibly bad position his sudden decision puts the band , that there is absolutely nothing personal towards the other members of Nile involved in his decision , only that it is in his long term personal interest not give up his day job and lifestyle for the sake of the upcoming Nile tours. More...

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Spitfire Prepare To Make Their Return

Spitfire are set to play their "comeback" show on February 28th at Club Live in Virginia Beach, VA. Also performing will be The Chariot, As Cities Burn, and Everything Falls Together. The group's current lineup includes original members Chris Raines, Matt Beck, and Jon Spencer (Scarlet), in addition to Dan Tulloh (Scarlet) and Scottie Henry (Norma Jean). Meanwhile, they hope to record some new material in the near future.

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The Fall Of Troy Signs With Equal Vision Records

Washington prog/hardcore outfit The Fall Of Troy has signed with Equal Vision Records. According to the band, they "are very excited to be part of such a respected and loyal record label." The group is currently in the studio with producer Barrett Jones (Foo Fighters, Melvins) recording 10-12 songs for a new full-length, which should hit streets this summer. In the meantime, you can check out some of their material here.

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Ozzy Fan Files Lawsuit Over 'Remastered' Classics

Anthony Wester said he hoped to hear remastered versions of OZZY OSBOURNE's "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman" albums.

Instead, he's a mad fan who says he and others were blindsided by a blizzard of deceitful acts by Sony Entertainment and Epic Records. In a lawsuit filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court, the Downstate man is demanding compensation for himself and anyone else who bought "remastered" versions of the Osbourne classics because the original drummer and bassist on the albums were replaced.

The CDs, released in 2002, were marketed as crisp updates of the originals, with no mention that the sounds of bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake were cut out and replaced by Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin. Loyal fans of Osbourne ridiculed the move, which came after Daisley and Kerslake filed lawsuits in a dispute over unpaid royalties from the original albums.

Fans claim there's "a noticeable difference" in the changed rhythm sections on the original and remastered albums, while Wester says the change "forever alter[ed] and stain[ed] the legacy" of the originals, as the new version "bears little relation to the original." More...

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Napalm Death's New Album and Tour

Napalm Death's new album, "The Code is Red....Long Live the Code", is set for an April 16th release date. Napalm Death will play two dates in Russia and one date in Poland in anticipation of the album.They are also set to play a number of festivals and are working on a US tour.

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Bury Your Dead Set For Ozzfest 2005?

Boston metalcore outfit BURY YOUR DEAD reportedly announced during their show in Rock Island, Illinois Friday night (Feb. 25) that they have secured a slot at this year's Ozzfest. The band, who are currently on the road with PREMONITIONS OF WAR, WALLS OF JERICHO and FULL BLOWN CHAOS, released their sophomore album, "Cover Your Tracks", last year via Victory Records.

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Shenoah Tour Dates and EP

Shenoah are to tour with Element Eighty, Triger Point, Media Lab, Contra, Allele, and Depswa. Shenoah's debut EP, "Bleeding the Red will out April 15th. Dates are as follows:

2/28 St. Charles, MO - Slackers CDs and Games IN-STORE PERFORMANCE. w/ ElementEighty
3/1 Springfield, MO - The Rockwell w/ Element Eighty
3/5 Oklahoma City, OK - The Green Door w/ Element Eighty
3/7 Houston, TX - Engine Room w/ Element Eighty
3/8 New Orleans, LA - The Howlin' Wolf w/ Element Eighty
3/12 Corpus Christi, TX - Equal Eyez w/ Element Eighty
3/13 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit w/ Element Eighty
4/2 San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick w/ Alelle, Depswa, Trigger Point, Media Lab
4/5 West Hollywood, CA - The Whisky w/ Allele, Trigger Point
4/15 Cleveland, Oh - Peabody's Down Under (Bleeding in the Red CD Release Party)
4/20 New York, NY - The Continental

Shenoah's EP, "Bleed the Red", was produced by Logan Mader from Machine Head and Soulfly.

All bands, except Depswa, are on Corporate Punishment records.

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