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Metal News for February 27, 2006

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Gorgoroth Guitarist Appeals Sex Assault Conviction

According to a posting on GORGOROTH's web site, the band's guitarist Infernus is appealing his conviction of aggravated sexual assault in connection with an alleged rape of a 29-year-old woman in Bergen, Norway in 2004.

Infernus (real name: Roger Tiegs) and a friend (whose identity has not been revealed by the Norwegian media) were found guilty of raping the woman last year. They were both sentenced to three years in prison. In early January, the court of appeals upheld Tiegs' friend's rape conviction, but found no evidence to support the rape charge against the GORGOROTH guitarist.

The actual charge Tiegs was convicted of is what is reffered to as "gross negligent rape," a provision introduced in 2000. In order for someone to be convicted of gross negligent rape, he would have to be seriously to blame for not understanding that the aggrieved person did not want intercourse. The maximum sentence for gross negligent rape is five years, but is being raised to eight years in more aggravated cases.

GORGOROTH's new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", is tentatively scheduled for release later in the year via Sweden's Regain Records. The band were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the band's last three efforts: "Twilight of the Idols" (2003), "Incipit Satan" (2000) and "Destroyer" (1998).

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Apocalyptica Music Featured In German Movie

According to a posting on the official APOCALYPTICA web site, the band's music will be featured in a German movie entitled "Die Mandantin", which is set to air on the ZDF network on March 13 at 8:15 p.m. CET. The film, which was directed by Marcus O. Rosenmüller, features a soundtrack consisting entirely of APOCALYPTICA compositions.

As previously reported, APOCALYPTICA have been confirmed for this year's Hurricane Festival, set to take place June 23-25 in Scheessel, Germany. Other acts scheduled to perform include MANU CHAO RADIO BEMBA SOUND SYSTEM, DONAVON FRANKENREITER, ADAM GREEN, HARD-FI, THE HIVES and SIGUR ROS.

Upcoming APOCALYPTICA shows:

May 25 - Eskisehir, TUR - 222 Park
May 26 - Ankara, TUR - Cankaya
May 27 - Izmir, TUR - Fuar
May 28 - Istanbul, TUR - Yeni Melek
May 30 - Skopje, MAC - Ice Hockey Arena
Jun. 23 - Le Mans, FRA - Hellfest Festival
Jun. 24 - Neuhausen Ob Eck, GER - Southside Festival
Jun. 25 - Scheessel, GER - Hurricane Festival

APOCALYPTICA's self-titled album was released in January 2005 via Universal. The CD includes a guest appearance by SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo on a song called "Betrayal/Forgiveness". The track, which is described by APOCALYPTICA's Perttu Kivilaakso as a "really fast, thrash metal-influenced song," marks the second time Lombardo has played on an APOCALYPTICA CD, having previously performed on 2003's "Reflections".

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I Killed The Prom Queen Confirm New Singer

Australia's I Killed The Prom Queen recently announced the addition of vocalist Ed Butcher. According to the band, "he has kindly relocated from his home in Swindon, UK to join IKTPQ, and we're extremely excited for you to hear his work on our new album." Butcher replaces singer Michael Crafter, whose acrimonious departure from the band was announced in late-January.

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Vehemence Are Back Together

Vehemence, who broke up in October, have decided to get back together following their "reunion" show this past weekend. The group has released the following statement:

"Well, we had our 'reunion' show last night, and it went over extremely well. Thanks to all that showed up. Nathan (vocals) also announced on stage that we are back together, and working on new material. This is true, however Vehemence is coming back on our own terms, without any label pressures. We will be doing very little touring if any, since we are pretty tied into our lives here in Phoenix. We also have other projects going on...

Mark, Andy, and Bjorn are currently working on a new band with Connor Woods (ex-Abigail Williams vocalist) and KC Bradham (guitar, ex-Brides of Chirst) - myspace.com/thesymmetryinchaos

Nathan also has his other project in the vein of extremely brutal death metal - myspace.com/hewhobindshimself

and John's band that will soon take over the world - myspace.com/cursedinblack

So to whoever gives a shit, thanks for supporting Vehemence. We hope to get some new tunes up for you to check out soon."

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Misery Signals Find New Singer

Misery Signals have found a replacement for singer Jesse Zaraska, who left the band in December. The new guy's name is Karl, though the group hasn't offered much more information than that. Here's a statement from the band:

"We still havent made the official press release about things, but we have solidified a new vocalist. His name is Karl, he is canadian and brutal. We have been working on material for our upcoming record for the last few months and things are coming along really well. We have begun doing demos of the new songs and we are all really excited about the way the songs are turning out. We have some really exciting tour news that we cant announce just yet, but rest assured it is awesome."

The band's first show with their new vocalist will be on March 11th at Mad Planet in Milwaukee.

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Ex-Hoods Members Form Astraea

Marty Cole, ex-Hoods guitarist Marty Cole, and ex-Slick Shoes touring drummer Christian Pro, have formed, Astraea, a new heavy-yet-melodic band from Southern California. The currently unsigned band plans to record at Love Juice Labs in Riverside, CA later in March, but for now you can hear three demo tracks here.

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Goatwhore Recording New Album

GOATWHORE, the New Orleans-based band featuring vocalist L. Ben Falgoust II (SOILENT GREEN) and guitarist Sammy Duet (ACID BATH, CROWBAR), are recording their new album at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL) for a late spring/early summer release via Metal Blade Records. "We are confident this album will be a big step for this band and that it will surely tear your faces off," the band write. "We are prepared for plenty of touring, and can't wait to bring the plague to your town with HIGH ON FIRE and WATCH THEM DIE in April!!!"

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Ancient Rites' "Rubicon" Tracklisting Revealed

Season of Mist has release more informationon Belgian metallers ANCIENT RITES' upcoming album "Rubicon," available on May 15th. The album was recorded at the Spacelab Studio in Germany under the watchful eye of veteran ANCIENT RITES producers Oliver Phillips and Christian Moos. The track listing ha been announed as follows:

01. Crusade
02. Templar
03. Mithras
04. Thermopylae
05. Rubicon
06. Invictus
07. Ypres
08. Galilean
09. Cheruscan
10. Brabantia

Following the release, ANCIENT RITES will once again play live to spread their new music. Concerts all over Europe and the U.K. are currently being negotiated and arranged, so expect the band to be out there in full blast later in the year.

Two gigs currently on their schedule are:

29 Apr 06 Camden (UK) Purple Turtle, Infernal Damnation festival
06 May 06 Krefeld (DE) Kulturfabrik, Ultima Ratio 2 Festival

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New Twelfth Gate Songs Online, Listening Party

Two songs off the upcoming TWELFTH GATE "Threshold of Revelation" album, to be released on March 20th via our label, have been posted online. You can check them out on the band's MySpace page - as well as on the "Music" page on TWELFTH GATE's official website. The songs are "Critical Elements" and "Inner Core". Also available at both locations are two short clips of "Loyal" and "Come Alive", which will also appear on the new album.

Bassist Rob Such will be guest DJ with Chris Lotesto (Ion Vein) at the EXIT in Chicago on Sunday, March 26th, previewing some of the music that the bands will be performing two weeks later (April 7-8) at CHICAGO POWERFEST 2006. Also, in addition to the Powerfest preview, TWELFTH GATE will be playing the new album "Threshold of Revelation" in its entirety starting at 9pm.

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Ex-Glasseater Vocalist Forms High Five!

Former Glasseater vocalist Jason Calleiro has started a new band with ex-members of Miami hardcore band Stop This Fall and current members of Miami sludge group Consular. The new band has been named High Five! and according to Calleiro, "it will be really fast and really fun." High Five! expects to record new material and begin playing shows this spring.

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Scooter Ward Announces Cold's Demise

COLD have called it a day after the disappointing sales performance of the band's fourth album, "A Different Kind of Pain". Frontman Scooter Ward's official statement on the matter (as it appears on the band's message board) reads as follows:

"This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to write, but I've always been straight-up with y'all [the fans] and kept you informed.

"The week before our record was released, Jason Flom and Lee Trink (the two presidents of Lava and Atlantic) were fired. Those were the two people that we had faith would deliver this record like it should of been delivered.

"I'm not blaming Atlantic for what happened, because they did give us a chance to put these songs out and see what was to come. And a few people that tried to work it, COLD thanks them for their time and help.

"When you put a song out on the radio, it is what it is. It's a gamble on your life and your career and your hope. People just didn't react the way we had hoped they would.

"We appreciate all your hard work on trying to promote the record and we love all of you guys, but now I ask you to lay down your arms! The battle is over.

"Since we've gotten off tour in December, we haven't even talked to the label. Hell, I wouldn't even know who to call. But instead of having someone tell us that it's over, we choose to tell them instead. We bled on those tracks and the label just didn't see what they had. The industry today is too jaded and fake.

"Instead of being upset and bitter about this, we reflect on what we did do. We got to touch people's lives for the better part of a decade. We got to experience things we only dreamed about all our lives and for that we are grateful. God, I love you guys so much! And I'm more worried about y'all than I am myself.

"I know that some of you need our music like we do too. And I'll never quit writing songs for y'all. Sam [McCandless, drums] and I are going to start a new project. If God allows us to do this (which I have confidence that he will), you will hear songs again from us some day.

"We made it through a lot of hard times and a lot of bands dream of having a career that lasted as long as ours. We have never made a DVD, and that's the first thing I'm gonna work on. We have footage from the making of the first record until now.

"Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart for what you have given me and COLD. It's too hard to express in words how I feel about y'all, so I'm not even attempting that.

"I know a lot of people are gonna be mad and say that I gave up on them. But I didn't. This is just another bump in the road called life.

"Music has been the important thing to me since i was a lil' kid. I chose to make records instead of being with my family and my two lil' girls, so don't ever say that we gave up, please.

"Some might say we gave up becuase of the money. For some reason, people think we're rich rock stars who live in mansions and all that, but that is far away from the truth. We made enough to survive and we have no regrets.

"I hope that you understand our decision to bow out gracefully instead of being told that we can't do this anymore. I wanted to disappear and shut myself off from the world of music, but I can't do that. My world is music. All I have in my life now are these songs that we created and memories of our life as COLD.

"Thank you guys for being our family for the last 10 years. We love you all and please try to understand our decision."

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Cast Aside Lose Drummer

Drummer Rashod Jackson has reportedly quit Cast Aside to focus on "other projects," including Bracewar. The departure was amicable.

Cast Aside was slated for a European tour with 100 Demons, which was subsequently cancelled when then-100 Demons vocalist Pete Morcey left the band.

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Chaos Fest Lineup Revealed

Connecticut's Chaos Fest will take place on April 8th in Hamden at the Hamden Elks Lodge. Tickets will be $12. Here's the line-up:

The Acacia Strain
Agents Of Man
Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
Check Your Face
On Three
Signs Of Hope
Onomonopia
The World We Knew
Deadgirlsdiary
Margo
Shallow Water Grave
The Hica Legacy

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Fear My Thoughts Signs To Century Media

Century Media Records has announced the signing of German melodic death/metalcore outfit FEAR MY THOUGHTS.

"We're absolutely happy to announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.

This label has always hosted bands we love, from one of the very first CM releases of our local buddies in Poltergeist, or be it their current roster with great and influential bands like Nevermore, Napalm Death, Celtic Frost or The Haunted.

We're excited for the things to come, and grateful for having one of THE labels in the world as our partners in crime. Thanks for believing in us and thanks to all the people who brought us where we are today. BIG shout-outs to our wives and girlfriends, to our families, to our friends, to our former labels, and finally to all the people out there who like to crash the dancefloors (or their living rooms) while listening to FEAR MY THOUGHTS! Without you...you know the deal!" / FEAR MY THOUGHTS

With a recording history of already four full-length albums and tour slots on last year’s X-Mass Festivals, where FEAR MY THOUGHTS shared stage with legendary Hypocrisy, thrash titans Exodus and label mates Naglfar as well as touring with Caliban on the Spirit tour, this band has experience, energy and passion en masse to offer!

FEAR MY THOUGHTS will present their debut for Century Media Records later this year. More details will follow soon.

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Cryptopsy Update And Tour Plans

Currently finishing up their European dates with Grave, Dew-Scented, Aborted and more, these amazing Canadians will return to Canada March 4 to headline Toronto’s Vatikan in conjunction with Canadian Music Week. The band is in the running for Canada’s Favorite Independent Metal Group, voting results will be posted here March 1.

CRYPTOPSY are planning a summer North American tour to follow-up last year’s tour with Suffocation. Those who can’t wait, catch the band at The New England Metal & Hardcore Fest April 29 in Worcester, MA. A few East Coast shows with Exodus and Immolation are scheduled, as well as headlining appearances April 25 – April 30. Here are those tour dates:

04/25/2006 Saratoga Winners Cohose, NY w/Locals
04/26/2006 The OneSixNine Kingston, PA w/ Exodus, Immolation, Full Blown Chaos, The Classic Struggle
04/27/2006 Jaxx West Springfield, VA w/ Exodus, Immolation, Full Blown Chaos, The Classic Struggle
04/28/2006 Chance Theater Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Exodus, Immolation, Full Blown Chaos, The Classic Struggle
04/29/2006 The Palladium Worcester, MA w/ Exodus, Immolation, Full Blown Chaos, The Classic Struggle
04/30/2006 B.B. King Blues Club New York, NY

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