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Metal News for February 29, 2008

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58 news articles posted on this day.

Withered Offers Recording Update On New Album

Atlanta’s WITHERED has entered the studio to record the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, "Folie Circulaire," with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness, Black Tusk), which is tentatively scheduled for a summer release. “Everything is going very well,” guitarist Mike Thompson says. “Phillip has a great ear and a great vision for this album. I think it will likely exceed our expectations. Phillip has really gotten a grasp of how we want the record to sound and done a great job of getting in our heads. We were able to transform The Jam Room into our own little world. We’ve been sleeping on the floor and have completely lost track of time. There are no windows or clocks. The focus has been incredible.”

“We chose to work with Phillip because we’ve known him for a long time and his crusty background with Damad and Kylesa is something we really wanted to incorporate into the record,” Thompson elaborates. “A full tilt death or black metal production would have been the wrong direction. Phillip is also a big fan of black and death metalm which gives him a unique perspective that we can trust.” An image of the band and Cope can be viewed here.

"Folie Circulaire" is the follow-up to 2005’s critically-acclaimed "Memento Mori," and will be the band’s Prosthetic Records debut. Tentatively scheduled for a May release, more information will be available shortly. An unnamed demo song from "Folie Circulaire," along with previous material, is available on WITHERED’s official MySpace page.

Here are the latest WITHERED tour dates:

3/14 Nashville, TN – The End
3/15 Fayetteville, AR - The Dart Room
3/17 Denver, CO - The Kingdom of Doom
3/18 Salt Lake City, UT - Kamikaze's (Metal Night)
3/19 San Fracisco, CA - Annie's Social Club
3/20 Los Angeles, CA - The Relax Bar (with The Funeral Pyre)
3/21 San Marcos, CA - The Jumping Turtle
3/22 Tempe, AZ - The Stray Cat
3/23 Juarez, Mexico - The Cave Club
3/24 Metarie, LA - High Ground Venue
3/25 Austin, TX - Red 7
3/26 Houston, TX - Java Jazz
3/28 Baton Rouge, LA – The Darkroom

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Queensryche and Dokken Rock Atlantic City

In the 1980's, when metal ruled MTV and the radio airwaves, two of the greats from the era are the legendary Queensryche and Dokken. When the news of this pairing for a 2008 tour was released, fans made sure they purchased their tickets early. They did not want to miss what was sure to be an evening that evoked long-lost memories and truly great music. There were many surprises in store on this tour--even more that usual.

Queensryche is known for their social awareness, and being artists who do more than write music about it, they take action and get their fans involved too.

During their Mindcrime I and II tour in 2006 they partnered with Buell motorcycles and VH1 to raise money for the Save the Music foundation, fans donated and got to ride along with vocalist Geoff Tate and guitarist Mike Stone from one venue to the next on their one of a kind custom motorcycles Eric Buell designed especially for Stone and Tate.

I do not have the exact tally of the funds raised for Save the Music Foundation, but I understand it to be in excess of $80,000.

Mike Stone told me both he and Geoff Tate are very passionate about music programs remaining in the schools and that it offers children a chance to grow and develop creatively. It is in fact one the reasons Stone is a musician today. Seeing Queensryche live is proof positive that the world and our children stand to lose too much that can be derived from music programs, so they must be kept going, period. More...

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Suicide Silence Most Making Of New Video Online

Metal Injection has just posted an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of SUICIDE SILENCE's new video 'Bludgeoned To Death'.

During the segment, the band is also interviewed discussing a wide variety of topics including the band's popularity on MySpace, debuting on the Billboard charts, dealing with poor reviews in magazines and drinking with UNEARTH and DARKEST HOUR.

The interview/video can be viewed at this location.

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Engel Complete Work On Two New Music Videos

Swedish industrial metallers ENGEL have completed work on the promo videos for the songs 'Casket Closing' and 'Next Closed Door'. After a storming set at the prestigious Get In The Ring event in London, the band flew to Belgrade, Serbia the next morning to start filming the two videos.

Produced by Ivan Colic and Josip Colic at CODE (TYPE O NEGATIVE, DEATHSTARS, SYMPHONY X, MOONSPELL), and Rock The Nation, the band are very pleased with the outcome.

Says guitarist Niclas Engelin: “We got to Serbia/Belgrade in the afternoon, tired from the day before gigging in London so we weren’t quiet up for a video shoot, let alone two! But as soon as we meet up with Stanimir and the crew from Rock The Nation it felt like we were really beginning to fire it up. The scripts they’d written were hand in hand with the lyrics/music for Casket Closing and Next Closed Door." More...

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Dead To Fall Release Tour Dates

DEAD TO FALL will team up with ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS and SEA OF TREACHERY for the following upcoming tour dates:

April 2 - Buffalo, MN @ The Vault (DTF/AGATG only)
April 3 - Fargo, ND @ Red Raven Espresso Parlor
April 4 - Duluth, MN @ Peace Church
April 5 - Wausau, WI @ The Labor Temple
April 6 - Lacrosse, WI @ The Warehouse
April 7 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
April 8 - Joplin, MO @ The Foundry
April 9 - Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
April 10 - Tulsa, OK @ Pinkeye
April 11 - Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9
April 12 - Pensacola, FL @ The Red Door

with IMPENDING DOOM:
April 13 - Ocala, FL @ The Capitol
April 14 - Cocoa, FL @ The Anvil
April 15 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
April 17 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
April 18 - Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
April 19 - Columbia, SC @ T.B.A.
April 20 - Greensboro, NC @ Remix VIP
April 21 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Steppin Out
April 22 - Annapolis, MD @ Knights of Columbus
April 23 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
April 24 - Muncy, PA @ The Ritz
April 25 - Utica, NY @ Skate-A-Rama w/ Born of Osiris
April 26 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal And Hardcore Fest
April 28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ T.B.A.
April 29 - Kent, OH @ The Green Room
April 30 - Troy, OH @ Staunton Grange Hall
May 1 - Bloomington, IN @ Rhino’s
May 2 - Evansville, IN @ Booney Junes
May 3 - Rockford, IL @ Rock Box

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Minsk Announce Spring Tour Dates

Chicago/Peoria, IL quartet MINSK has announced a spring tour in support of its "The Ritual Fires of Abandonment" album. The band will begin this two-week run of dates on March 18 in Columbus, OH, working their way to meet up with Atlanta’s ZOROASTER in Wilmington, NC. From there, the two groups will tour together through much of the Southeast.

MINSK has announced plans for the vinyl release of its "Out Of A Center Which Is Neither Dead Nor Alive" album. This double vinyl set is expected to see a spring release through Original Sound Recordings.

MINSK tour dates are as follows:

March 18 - Columbus, OH - Café Bourbon Street
March 19 - Cincinnati, OH - Dirty Jack’s
March 20 - Johnson City, TN - The Hideaway

With ZOROASTER:

March 21 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
March 22 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
March 23 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
March 24 - Athens, GA - Tasty World
March 25 - Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic
March 26 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbit’s
March 27 - Winter Park, FL - The Haven
March 28 - Tampa, FL - The Brass Mug
March 29 - Savannah, GA - The Jinx
March 30 - Nashville, TN - The End
May 08 - Chicago, IL - Reggie’s Rock Club (with BATTLEFIELDS, AMENRA)

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Scale The Summit Offer Tour Update

Prosthetic Records issues the following press release:

An update from SCALE THE SUMMIT after the band's first night out on tour: "Last night was the first date of the tour. We played at Emo's in Austin, Texas. Bad ass club, good sound and we all played great. All around good show. Thanks again to Pack Of Wolves for having us, always great playing with them! We'll be back in SXSW in about a week for some more good shredding fun. On our way to Dallas for our day off. Little Rock on Saturday! Until next time..." More...

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Twisted Sister Announce Calgary Date

TWISTED SISTER has scheduled the following dates:

May 10 - [to be announced] - Bulgaria
Jun. 15 - Arrow Rock Festival - Nijmegen, Holland
Jul. 13 - Snatch Rock & Roll Lounge - Calgary, AB
Aug. 09 - [to be announced] - Finland
Aug. 15 - [to be announced] - Norway
Sep. 13 – [to be announced] - Milan, Italy

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Aeon Welcomes Back Former Drummer

Swedish metallers AEON have issued the following update:

"It feels like its time to make up our minds about our drummer situation. We have now decided to give Nils [Fjellström] a real second chance. We have been playing together with him for about seven weeks now since he got back home and he is showing a very strong will to make this happen.

"And what about his other bands?

"Yes, he is still playing drums in other bands and so on, but that was never the main reason we kicked him out in the first place. With some proper future planning and his strong will to make this work, we are sure it will.

"So horns up and lets welcome Nils back in the band."

AEON's latest CD, "Rise to Dominate" was released in the U.S. on September 4 via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2005's "Bleeding the False" (Unique Leader) was recorded at Empire Studio and contains "twelve tracks of technical death metal," according to a posting on the band's web site. The CD was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY) at Unisound Studios.

CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster previously stated about AEON: "AEON's musicianship is among the best in death metal, but their songwriting is what truly sets them apart. It's rare to find a death metal band that is simultaneously crushingly brutal and infectiously catchy. AEON is one of those rare bands!"

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Epica Give Update On Singer's Condition

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA check in with the following update:

"After having had a couple of weeks of rest we were very much hoping that Simone’s (Simons - vocals) situation would have improved already. Unfortunately the last MRSA test was still positive and also the infections still haven’t stopped completely. We have the feeling Simone’s health is improving but unfortunately not enough yet. We cannot risk the health of Simone and therefore, with pain in our hearts, we cannot come to Mexico and Colombia again. Also two of our three shows in the UK are cancelled for this reason. It’s still impossible for Simone to make long trips. As you can imagine we feel really bad about this, especially since our Mexican/Colombian tour was already postponed once before, but we also hope you understand and respect our decision on this. You all have our word that we will come back as soon as possible to make up for all this. Unfortunately at this moment we just can’t tell when this will be but we hope before the end of this year."

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Arsis Mainman Denies Rumours Of A Split

Surprised at the claim posted today on Lambgoat.com (“ARSIS is heavily rumored to have broken up”), founding member/guitarist/ lead vocalist James Malone responds:

"While is it true that we had to leave the EXODUS tour early to take care of some personal business at home, Arsis is NOT breaking up. We will be meeting up with SKELETONWITCH in Dallas this Sunday to resume the headlining portion of our tour. I sincerely apologize to any fans that came to see us in the cities that we were unable to play; I promise that we will make it up to you guys. Our new album, We Are The Nightmare, will be released April 15th through Nuclear Blast Records and we plan to be on tour all throughout the rest of the year. As of today, you can check out the title track from the new album on our MySpace page.”

Produced by Zeuss (AGNOSTIC FRONT, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE) at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts and mastered by Alan Douches (KATAKLYSM, UNEARTH, SHADOWS FALL), the track listing for We Are The Nightmare is as follows: 'We Are The Nightmare', 'Shattering The Spell', 'Sightless Wisdom', 'Servants To The Night', 'Failing Winds Of Hopeless Greed', 'Overthrown', 'Progressive Entrapment', 'A Feast For The Liar’s Tongue', 'My Oath To Madness', 'Failure’s Conquest'

We Are The Nightmare will be released with a bonus 45-minute DVD that includes the band’s time in the studio, off-stage antics, and some general “goofing around”.

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Hatesphere Announce New Tour Dates

Danish thrashers HATESPHERE have updated their tour itinerary. The band now have the following dates scheduled:

February
29 - Schützenhaus - Oelsnitz, Germany (with DISMEMBER, FALL OF SERENITY)

March
1 - East Club - Bischofswerda, Germany (with Dismember, Fall Of Serenity)
2 - K17 - Berlin, Germany (with Dismember, Fall Of Serenity)

April
25 - Club Teatria - Oulu, Finland
26 - Nosturi - Helsinki, Finland

May
2 - Kansas City - Odense, Denmark
3 - Punt Pop Festival - Wuustwezel, Belgium
8 - Train - Aarhus, Denmark
9 - Templet - Odense, Denmark
10 - Gimle - Roskilde, Denmark
16 - The Rock - Copenhagen, Denmark
17 - Forbrændingen - Albertslund, Denmark
23 - Toldkammeret - Helsingør, Denmark

June
28 - Metal GDL Festival - Grandola, Portugal

July
19 - Metal Mean Festival - Méan, Belgium

August
15 - Rocky Mountan Festival - Moenikirchen, Austria

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More Bands Added To Graspop Metal Meeting 2008

ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.

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KSE Announce Tour w/ Throwdown, PTW, The End

After wrapping up their successful, sold out winter tour, Killswitch Engage has just announced another spate of tour dates that will find the band hitting several Midwest locations as well as cutting a path all over Canada. The two-week tour, featuring Throwdown, Poison The Well and The End as support acts, kicks off on May 10 and runs through May 29.

Below are the tour dates and locations. Pre-sale for fan club members begins today. Pre-sale for all fans begins Monday, March 3rd at Noon EST. Regular on-sale tickets can be purchased beginning March 6.

May 10 – The Sound Academy – Toronto, ONT (On Sale 3/6)
May 11 – Elements Night Club – Kitchener, ONT (On Sale 3/7)
May 13 – Capitole du Quebec – Quebec City, QUE (On Sale 3/6)
May 14 – The Metropolis – Montreal, QUE (On Sale 3/6)
May 16 – The Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI (On Sale 3/7)
May 17 – Rock On The Range Festival – Columbus, OH (Radio show)
May 18 – Point Fest – St. Louis, MO (Radio show)
May 19 – The Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI (On Sale 3/8)
May 20 – Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA (On Sale 3/7)
May 22 – Community Auditorium – Thunder Bay, ONT (On Sale 3/8)
May 23 – Burton Cummings – Winnipeg, MAN (On Sale, 3/7)
May 24 – Odeon Events Centre – Saskatoon, SAS (On Sale, 3/8)
May 26 – Edmonton Events Center – Edmonton, AB (On Sale, 3/8)
May 27 – MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB (On Sale, 3/8)
May 29 – Croatian Cultural Center – Vancouver, BC (On Sale, 3/7)

For all pre-sale tickets and info, go to Artistarena.

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Evile To Open For Exodus in April

Earache Records issues the following press release:

Still tearing up venues around Europe opening for Megadeth, fast rising UK thrashers EVILE have announced a tour with Bay Area legends Exodus in April.

The band will play the following shows in Europe:

08.04.08 UK London - The Underworld
09.04.08 UK Leeds - Rio's
10.04.08 UK Ireland - Voodoo Lounge
11.04.08 UK Glasgow - Cathouse
12.04.08 UK Sheffield - Corporation
13.04.08 Netherlands Groningen - Versa
14.04.08 Netherlands Eindhoven - Dynamo Club
15.04.08 Belgium Vosselaar - Biebob
16.04.08 Germany Hannover - Musikzentrum
18.04.08 Germany Essen - Turock
19.04.08 Germany Saarbrucken - Roxy
20.04.08 Germany Munchen - Backstage

Joining the tour in the UK will be Earache labelmates Gama Bomb. More...

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Maylene and the Sons Of Disaster Line-Up Changes

Singer Dallas Taylor from Birmingham, Alabama-based act MAYLENE AND THE SONS OF DISASTER has issued the following update:

"We have some news to announce. Maylene has recently undergone a line-up change."

"Due to the rigors of the road Lee Turner (drums), Scott Collum (guitar) and Josh Williams (guitar) are no longer in the band. We remain good friends and wish them the best of luck and continued success."

"As for Maylene and the Sons of Disaster we are better than ever. We are excited to announce our new members: Chad Huff (guitar), Kelly Scott Nunn (guitar) and Matt Clark (drums)." More...

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Meliah Rage Still Seeking New Vocalist

Boston power metallers MELIAH RAGE are currently hard at work in the studio on their next release, tentatively due to hit stores this summer on Screaming Ferret Wreckords. The band are holed up at Red Devil Recording in Stoughton, MA with Rich Spillberg (former WARGASM guitarist) handling the production duties alongside Meliah Rage mainman Anthony Nichols.

"As some of you might know we recently parted ways with vocalist Paul Souza," says Nichols, "The only reason for the split is that Paul's schedule makes it difficult for him to tour. We are presently working on a new record and have plans for some summer 2008 touring. Anyone interesed in the position can contact us thru our MySpace page or via our website. If you have already sent an email feel free to try again as we might have missed a few in the shuffle." More...

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Amebix To Reissue Classic Thrash Album

Crust/thrash legends AMEBIX have announced they will reissue their classic 1987 album "Monolith" through Moshpit Tragedy Records as part of the label's sliding scale download series. The nine-song album will soon be available from www.moshpit-tragedy.com complete with a print-ready sleeve for as much or as little as each visitor chooses and will even being offered for free to those without a paypal account.

Rob "The Baron" Milller (AMEBIX vocalist/bassist) writes on his myspace page: "Just a note to let people know that Monolith will be available as a sliding scale download very soon through Moshpit Tragedy. This seems like a good way to re-release material, giving the user the choice of what or how much they want to pay, so kind of a trust thing really, lets see how that goes." More...

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Autumn Introduce New Vocalist

Metal Blade Records has issued the following AUTUMN update:

"Marjan Welman is the new singer of Autumn. She replaces Nienke de Jong, who recently announced her departure from the band."

"Within the Dutch rock scene Marjan is considered to be a promising talent with her warm voice and perfect timing. Her recent vocal contribution on the AYREON album '01011001' received outstanding reviews and shows a singer who stands her ground between a selection of highly acclaimed international vocalists."

Marjan will make her stage debut with Autumn at a number of major summer festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Metal Gothic Palace and Summer Breeze. She will be fully involved in the writing process of the follow up record to ?My New Time?. Marjan will also keep performing with Dutch band ELISTER. More...

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Ministry Write Song For Fans of Chicago Blackhawks

The resurging Chicago Blackhawks Hockey team has no bigger fan than Al Jourgensen, the "Mayor of Chicago's Underground," the godfather of the industrial music scene, and founder and lead singer of the legendary rock band Ministry. As the 2007/2008 Blackhawks team makes its push for the 2008 playoffs, its fans now have another great sports anthem, courtesy of Al and his co-conspirators in Ministry. "Keys To The City," a rock anthem sure to inspire Blackhawks fans worldwide, will debut on March 5, 2008. As part of the debut, 200 lucky fans of Ministry and the Blackhawks will win tickets to see the March 5 game.

Born in Cuba and having immigrated to the U.S. at the age of two, Jourgensen was raised in Colorado and Chicago, settling in the Windy City in the late 1970s. As a youth, Al would attend Chicago Blackhawks Hockey games watching from the upper balcony at the old Chicago Stadium. After founding the industrial metal rock band in 1980, and as the band gained popularity, Al graduated to season tickets in the main bowl. Living now in El Paso, TX, Al still gets back to Chicago from time to time to watch his beloved Blackhawks and is a worldwide evangelist for the team, often sporting his Blackhawks jersey on tour.

Last fall, as the buzz began to build around the new, young Blackhawks team, Jourgensen decided he wanted to add to the momentum. In his studios rehearsing for their farewell tour, Al picked up on a guitar riff that hadn't made his final album and started building what would become "Keys to the City," a sports rock anthem that he presented as a gift to the Wirtz family and the Chicago Blackhawks in December of 2007. The Blackhawks have since embraced the song as a great opportunity to reach out to a new generation of Blackhawks fans; a worthy companion to the team's official theme song, "Here Come The Hawks."

"The Chicago Blackhawks RULE!" said Al Jourgensen. "I am honored to be a part of the history and legend of one of hockey's Original Six. I hope 'Keys to The City' inspires some awesome fights on the ice."

Although containing trademark intensity and guitar riffs, "Keys to the City" is less a traditional Ministry song, but more a classic sports anthem in structure. Built around a drum/bass line that recalls Garry Glitter's "Rock n' Roll Pt 2," the song is a rallying cry for Blackhawk fans. Name checking the past Hawk greats like Hull, Mikita, Esposito and Savard, the song celebrates the resurgence of the Blackhawks and the quest to bring home the Stanley Cup to Chicago. It is already popular among the young Blackhawks players upon which the team is building its future championships.

Al Jourgensen will travel to Chicago for the March 5 debut of the song. After a day of media interviews supporting the song and Ministry's farewell tour, which comes to Chicago's House of Blues in early May, Jourgensen and his wife will be the guest of the Blackhawks at the game that night and will participate in game festivities. As part of the day's promotions, 200 fans of Ministry and the Blackhawks will get free tickets to the televised March 5 home game against the Anaheim Ducks. Details on how to win the tickets will be posted at ChicagoBlackhawks.com. "Keys to the City" will be available for download via iTunes, and as a link from ChicagoBlackhawks.com, starting March 5. Proceeds from the song will benefit the Blackhawks charities. To purchase tickets to the March 5 Blackhawks game, visit ChicagoBlackhawks.com.

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Hail of Bullets Issue New Studio Update

HAIL OF BULLETS, featuring former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin van Drunen and GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, have entered Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland to begin recording their debut album for a May release via Metal Blade Records. The band have issued the following studio update from Warby:

"As we're entering the final stages of recording our full length album for Metal Blade Records, we thought we'd share some choice footage of the proceedings. First up is a four-minute glimpse of yours truly beating the shit out of his drums. You can almost see that one crash break! The song I'm doing here is one of the more brutal ones (well, they all are, I guess), with some cool fills and stuff to spice up the umta-umta onslaught. I think I broke an average of 3-4 sticks per song during this session. The forests weep..." More...

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Kreator Post New DVD Trailer Online

Head to this location to check out a trailer for the new KREATOR DVD+CD At The
Pulse Of Kapitulation - Live In East Berlin 1990.

The DVD+CD will be released on Steamhammer/SPV on the following dates: Germany: March 28th, Europe: March 31st, USA/Canada: April 8th.

The final content of the package will be:

DVD - Live In East Berlin 199" - Re-Edit Version, 5.1 Mix by Andy Sneap: 'Some Pain Will Last', 'Extreme Aggression', 'Under The Guillotine', 'Toxic Trace', 'Bringer Of Torture', 'Pleasure To Kill', 'Flag Of Hate', Drum Solo, 'Terrible Certainty', 'Riot Of Violence', 'Love Us Or Hate Us', 'Behind The Mirror', 'Betrayer', 'Awakening Of The Gods', 'Tormentor'.

Plus documentary The Past And Now from Niels Folta, Kreator Horror Movie Hallucinative Comas – Director’s Cut - re-edit from original director Andreas Marshall featuring At The Pulse Of Kapitulation (new intro piece by Tim Schuldt and Mille Petrozza), People Of The Lie, Dr. Wagner Part 1, Twisted Urges, Dr. Wagner Part II, Coma Of Souls, Dr. Wagner Part III, Terror Zone; plus deleted scenes and bonus material.

Audio CD : 'Some Pain Will Last', 'Extreme Aggression', 'Under The Guillotine', 'Toxic Trace', 'Bringer Of Torture', 'Pleasure To Kill', 'Flag Of Hate', 'Terrible Certainty', 'Riot Of Violence', 'Love Us Or Hate Us', 'Behind the Mirror', 'Betrayer', 'Awakening Of The Gods', 'Tormentor'.

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Iron Maiden Announce More North American Dates

The following dates have now been announced for the North American leg of IRON MAIDEN's Somewhere Back In Time - World Tour '08:

March
14 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
16 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre

May
21 - San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless
22 - Houston, TX - Woodlands
25 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
26 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion
28 - Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion
30 - Los Angeles, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
31 - Los Angeles, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

June
2 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheatre
3 - Vancouver, BC - General Motors Place
5 - Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome
6 - Regina, SK - Brandt Center
8 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
9 - Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
11 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
12 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
14 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
15 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
17 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
18 - Quebec City, QC - Colisée Pepsi
20 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
21 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
22 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden More...

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Corporation 187 Post New Song Online

Swedish thrashers, Corporation 187, issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"'Question The Light' is now online for your listening pleasure!"

"The song is taken from our forthcoming album 'Newcomers Of Sin'. The cd will be released in march/april by Anticulture Records."

"Cheers!"

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Skindred Post New Single, "Trouble," Online

SKINDRED have made their new single, "TROUBLE", available for streaming online at this location. Voted by fans in an online poll as the song that should serve as the next single from "ROOTS ROCK RIOT", "TROUBLE" will impact radio across the US on April 22nd. "TROUBLE" serves as the second single from SKINDRED's brilliant, sophomore album, "ROOTS ROCK RIOT".

SKINDRED have signed on to support internationally acclaimed Gypsy-Punk band, GOGOL BORDELLO, on the "FORCES OF VICTORY TOUR 2008". Set to kick-off this Saturday in Philadelphia, PA, "FORCES OF VICTORY" will run until the end of April while traveling through North America, Europe and the United Kingdom.

"ROOTS ROCK RIOT" is in stores now through Bieler Bros. Records.

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Dragonwind Add Keyboardist

New York metallers, Dragonwind, issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"We have justed added our good friend Bear "G.B." Maxwell as our keyboard player. He has jammed with us a few times and everything is sounding awesome. Hopefully within the next few months we will be playing our first show with him. Currently we are working on new material that we plan to record in November '08. "

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Lecherous Nocturne To Start Recording in May

Lecherous Nocturne issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"Lecherous will start recording 'The Age Of Miracles Has Passed' in May at The Sound Lab Studio in Columbia SC. The new CD will be out on Unique Leader Records shortly there after. We are all very excited about the new material and cant wait to unleash it. We are also slowly getting our gear back, I want to thank again all the people that have sent us cash and put on benefit shows for us, we would be fucked without you guys!"

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Altair Issue Post Italy Tour Update

Swedish thrashers, Altair, issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"Altair are at the moment recovering from our little trip to Italy, before we start writing some new material. We had such a great fucking time in Italy, the Italian metal heads surely made us feel welcome. Big thanx goes out to the front row headbangers, the ice cold beers and the beautiful girls. A huge Thanx and Mutta rå goes to Enemynside for inviting us to their country (cant wait to play with them again this summer)!"

"The biggest FUCK YOU goes to Fucking Ryanair and their Fucking personal for breaking one of our guitars. We hope the one who did it gets anal raped and dies in pain!"

"Cheers!!!
Altair"

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Civilization One Cancel Dutch Tour Dates

German metallers, Civilization One, issue the following update regarding the cancellation of their Dutch tour on their Myspace page:

"CIVILIZATION ONE + EVIDENCE ONE Cancelation in NETHERLANDS! Read Below.."

"Statement from Evidence One for cancelling the "Hell Over Easter Tour 2008":"

"Hi everybody,
Sad, sad news: Due to a serious sudden hearing loss of our bassman Hutch, we decided to cancel all shows until Summer! Hutch runs the risk of losing his hearing completely, if he's gonna play. The situation indeed is serious. We hope to do the cancelled shows in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands next Fall. Keep your fingers crossed for our buddy!"

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Apiary Post New Song Online

Ironclad Recordings issues the following press release:

San Francisco, CA wrecking ball APIARY has put up a new pre production track entitled "Borrowed Teeth, Borrowed Claws" on their myspace page here. The track will be featured on their upcoming sophmore album, recorded by Steve Austin (Converge, Lamb Of God) in Nashville, Tenn. The album was recorded in early February and is currently being mixed. The song is the first to feature new singer Makh Daniels, guitarist Chris Brock, bassist Tyler Jensen and drummer Dan Sneddon.

Guitarist Chris Brock comments, "This is a rough demo of "Borrowed Teeth, Borrowed Claws" we did at our new bassist Tyler's house a little while ago. Its rough around the edges and not polished, but we think it rocks. Our new album sounds like the end of Robocop 2, only its Murphy taking 100 hits of Nuke and killing Cain, Lewis, OCP and the rest of Delta City. We are proud and cant wait for you all to hear it. Enjoy the demo!"

More info on the upcoming album title and future tour dates will be coming shortly.

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Burning Point Enter the Studio To Record New Album

Finnish melodic metallers BURNING POINT have entered Helgate Studios in their hometown of Oulu to begin recording their fourth album for a late 2008 release. "We are absolutely excited about the recordings and the future is looking awesome," the band says in a press release.

BURNING POINT's third album, "Burned Down the Enemy", was released last year via Metal Heaven Records. The mixing sessions for "Burned Down the Enemy" took place at the Tonebox studio in Oulu. Kari "Kakke" Vähäkuopus, who handled the mixing process for the previous albums, "Salvation by Fire" and "Feeding the Flames", once again helmed the sessions. The CD was mastered at Finnvox studios in Helsinki.

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Tacere Post New Demo Recordings Online

Finnish female-fronted diverse melodic metal band TACERE has uploaded four new songs to its MySpace page. Check out the tracks "The Storm of the Century", "Absolute Power", "Without My Soul" and "Let Go" at this location.

In other news, the group has issued the following update:

"TACERE has broken up with their Finnish record label Suomen Musiikki Oy/SM Records because of a lack of mutual interests and enthusiasm to take the band to a further level. And so TACERE is now 'on open waters,' so to say, and looking for a new main label (some of the international contracts are still valid if the band wishes so).

"The live line-up and atmosphere of TACERE has changed. TACERE now has a five-member live line-up and the debut performance of this line-up will be on the next gig (5th of March 2008) More...

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Olympos Mons Post "Frozen" Music Video Online

Finnish metallers OLYMPOS MONS have released their video for the song "Frozen". The clip, which was filmed in July 2007 with director Chris Marins, can be viewed here.

"Frozen" comes off OLYMPOS MONS' latest album, "Medievil", which was released last July via Scarlet Records. The CD was mixed by Janne Saksa at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. According to a press release, the album is "a big step forward compared to its predecessor, both technically and musically, as people can expect from a group of talented and experienced musicians as OLYMPOS MONS certainly are, with a particular mention for the extraordinary singer Ian E. Highhill." More...

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Voodoo Six To Tour With Tygers Of Pan Tang

NWOBHM legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have issued the following update:

"The Tygers Of Pan Tang are delighted to announce that VOODOO SIX will be our Special Guests on all the upcoming UK tour dates in April. The band will release there new album First Hit for Free on March 24th so it will be a great time to hear the new material live.

The album has received an 8/10 review in this months Classic Rock magazine and were our top chose for touring partners. We would like to thank Factory Agency for making this happen.

To give further value for money there will also be a local act booked directly by the venues making a three band bill. For all dates please check out the gigs page on www.tygersofpantang.com and for more information on Voodoo Six vist there website www.voodoosix.com .

Tickets are now on sale via the usual outlets, please contact the venues directly for more information."

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The Famine Announce New Album Release Date

New York metallers, The Famine, issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"The new song 'Stitched In Plastic' from 'The Raven And The Reaping' has been posted. Please enjoy! As the release date gets closer we will be posting more songs for you guys! 'The Raven And The Reaping' comes out May 27, 2008."

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Stigma Cancel UK Tour

Italian metallers, Stigma, issue the following update on their Myspace page:

"We regretfully announce that we will not be doing the March UK Tour with Trigger The Bloodshed and The Argent Dawn as originally planned."

"The main reason behind this choice is that two gigs have been cancelled and on short notice there wouldn't have been enough time to reschedule them. We were very excited about touring the UK and sharing the stage with awesome bands as Trigger's and The Argent Dawn but we can't afford the trip with those missing gigs. The tour will go on without us anyway so check the remaining shows and come to show your support!" More...

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Nidrike Post New Music From "Blodsarv" Online

Swedish black metal band, Nidrike, issue the following update:

"Greetings,"

"The mastering is now done, so I have uploaded "Hädangång", "Thy Will Be Done", "Vånda" & "Nidriket Del II (Fördärv)" to our Myspace site. Check it out here. The full time for the album is: 42.35Min"

"'Blodsarv' will be released as Tape by Daemonokratia Records beside the official Cd release by Black Plague Records. Were hoping on a release date within the next 2 months, so check our myspace for the latest news as we post it. The album will be available through us in Scandinavia for 80-100 Swedish kronors depending on where you live and how many copies you will order. I have no idea of what the tape will cost but I guess around 25-30 Swedish kronors."

"Thats it, enjoy our Nordic Hatred!
//Gorgoth & Nidrike"

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Sister Sin Wins Slot On Sweden Rock Festival 08

Swedish, female fronted band SISTER SIN won the Nordic Challenge Competition where over 2500 bands entered to compete for a slot on the Sweden Rock Festival.

Sister Sin recently released their very well recieved EP "Smash The Silence" During 2007 they toured with W.A.S.P. around Europe. You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace.

The Sweden Rock Festival 2008 will be headlined by Judas Priest, Def Lepard and Poison.

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Royal Hunt To Re-Release Entire Back Catalogue

Dutch metallers ROYAL HUNT have issued the following update:

"Our entire back catalogue will be re-released this spring. All albums (Land Of Broken Hearts, Clown In The Mirror, Moving Target, 1996, Paradox, Closing The Chapter, Fear, The Mission, Eyewitness, Paper Blood) has been re-mastered by André Andersen and Jan Eliasson at Audio Planet Mastering and completed with bonus tracks (except for live albums)."

Further details to follow.

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Daylight Dies Announce Album Release Date

The members of the North Carolina-based DAYLIGHT DIES are readying themselves for a busy spring with their upcoming tour alongside CANDLEMASS and release of their third album, "Lost to the Living". The tour, set to kick off May 19, finds the band in direct support to the Swedish metal legends and represents their second national tour since signing with Candlelight Records in late 2005. The cross-country tour wraps up two weeks prior to the anticipated June 24 album release date.

In the final mixing process at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA), "Lost to the Living" features nine new songs from the cherished doom metal band. Working with Travis Smith (OPETH, SOILWORK, KATATONIA) for the album’s packaging, it promises to be another fan and critic favorite.

Track listing as of press time (not confirmed running order) is:

01. Cathedral
02. Descending
03. A Subtle Violence
04. And a Slow Surrender
05. Last Alone
06. Woke Up Lost
07. The Morning Light
08. At a Loss
09. A Portrait in White

"Everyone is taking a little time to catch their breath after working hard on bringing 'Lost to the Living' to life," says DAYLIGHT DIES drummer Jesse Haff. "We've continued to refine the music up until the last minute it was recorded and we all feel confident this is the strongest album we've made. As stated previously, the material is a mix of beautiful melancholic leads and harsh dissonant rhythms; despair driven hooks and the overall dark atmosphere you've come to expect from us. After an exhausting recording process, the one thing on all of our minds is the upcoming tour. We can't wait."

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Flotsam And Jetsam Albums To Be Re-Released

Poland's Metal Mind Productions will re-release three albums from Arizona metallers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM — "When The Storm Comes Down" (1990), "Cuatro" (1992) and "Drift" (1995) — on March 17 in Europe (June 10 in the U.S. via MVD). Each remastered limited-edition digipack title (limited to 2,000 copies) will be made available on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology.

"When The Storm Comes Down" bonus track:

01. Interview from the single "The Master Sleeps"

"Cuatro" bonus tracks:

01. Date With Hate
02. Wading Through The Darkness (radio edit)
03. Wading Through The Darkness (industrial mix)
04. Cradle Me Now (edit version)
05. Wading Through The Darkness (video)

"Drift" bonus tracks:

01. Destructive Signs (Radio Edit)
02. Fairies Wear Boots
03. Smoked Out (Radio Edit)

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's march 8 concert at the Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland will be filmed for an upcoming DVD, due later in the year.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's classic debut, "Doomsday for the Deceiver", was reissued as a "Special Edition" by Metal Blade Records on October 31, 2006. The original album was produced by Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and is the group's sole release to feature Newsted before he joined METALLICA as the replacement for Cliff Burton.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's latest album, "Dreams of Death", is available now on Crash Music, Inc. The CD was engineered by Tom Giatron and produced by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and Tom Giatron at Genesis Studios in Phoenix. Travis Smith did the cover art.

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Grave Digger Confirmed For Screamfest

German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER have been confirmed for this year's Screamfest, set to take place November 7-8 on three different stages in Oslo, Norway. Eight more bands will be announced soon. Screamfest will also host the first-ever Norwegian Metal Awards. "On Saturday, November 8, we will celebrate our hard rock and metal musicians and show them respect and appreciation through an award given by both the people and a capable jury," the organizers write in a press release.

The Screamfest festival billing is shaping up as follows:

IMMORTAL
BORKNAGAR
KEEP OF KALESSIN
HATE
GRAVE DIGGER

Tickets go on sale on March 1.

GRAVE DIGGER's latest album, "Liberty or Death", entered the German Media Control chart in January 2007 at position No. 30. This is the second highest chart entry in GRAVE DIGGER's history.

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The Carrier Signs To Deathwish Inc

Official press release:

The Carrier are one of Boston's newest and most interesting hardcore bands. Their brand of powerful melodic hardcore is the next chapter of evolution in their genre. Emoting with a goose-bump inducing fervor unlike any other band out there today.

In the summer of 2007, The Carrier released their debut 7"EP on the Words Of War label. This amazing three song 7"EP caught the attention of the hardcore community worldwide, paving the way for the band to tour throughout the year. In late 2007, The Carrier teamed up with Rock Vegas Records (COA, Roses Never Fade) to release their first proper album titled "One Year Later". With this album The Carrier truly shined, pushing their approach to new heights, and solidifying their standing as one of the best melodic hardcore bands to surface in ages.

The Carrier will release their new 7"EP, "No Love Can Save Me" on Deathwish Inc. soon. Recorded by Jay Maas The Getaway Group, the release cries out with impassioned vocals and towering guitar melodies that sway and swell before crashing forth with explosive energy. Showing the band at their most emotionally charged, while also hinting at the creative greatness that is looming on their horizon. Pre-ordering info, Audio Player, and release date for The Carrier "No Love Can Save Me" 7"EP will be posted shortly. More...

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The Funeral Pyre Finish New Album

The Funeral Pyre has finished tracking their new full-length for Prosthetic Records. The material is now being sent to Erik Rutan in Florida for mixing. According to the band, "We're happy with the way it has come out thus far, as we hope you will be too."

Here is the final track listing:

Thieves
Black Earth
The Gathering Bones
Wounds
These Ties That Bind
Arches Of Existence
When The Light Ends
Devourer
Ghost Walker

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Kaledon Reveal New Album Tracklisting

Italy's KALEDON will hit Outer Sound studios on March 10 with producer Giuseppe Orlando to begin recording their new album, "Legend Of The Forgotten Reign Chapter 5: A New Era Begins", tentatively scheduled for release in Europe in May/June through Hellion Records. Here is the complete track listing:

01. A New Man
02. A Wounded Friend
03. Mozul
04. Undeads Again
05. The End Of The Green Power
06. A Flash In The Sky
07. Great Mighty Light (instrumental)
08. The Greatest Heart
09. The God Beyond The Man
10. Return To Kaledon

The Japanese version will include bonus material.

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Down Bassist Checks In

DOWN bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA) has posted this message on the band's MySpace page:

"Hello all DOWN fans, lifers and powers of the riff united,

Just wanted to drop a quick 'thank you' to every single one of you who came out for our 'Evening With Down' tours here in the States. Every single night, you fckr's were over the top. Amazing. We're off to the other side of the globe starting in Moscow to spread the fck'n word. 2008 is far from over and we ain't done with you yet.

Thanx again, you guys are incredible. See ya very soon."

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Korpiklaani To Play First Ever Romanian Show

Finland's KORPIKLAANI have issued the following update:

"Dear friends,

We are happy to announce that we will move our asses to two countries we have never been before. We will play on Rock 'n Lasi Open Air in Romania (May 24th) and at Lagoa Burning Live Festival in Portugal (July 27th).

Soon we will join the other (great) bands for the big European Paganfest Tour. The Paganfest at Masters Of Rock Café (April 13th), Zlin (Czech Republic) is already sold out.

Would be cool to meet all of you (again)!"

Korpiklaani

Pagafest Europe features ENSIFERUM (headliner), KORPIKLAANI, MOONSORROW, TYR and ELUVEITIE. Dates are as follows:

April
2 - Bremen, Germany - Tivoli
3 - Tilburg, Holland - O13
4 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Loo
5 - Essen, Germany - Funbox Amalie
6 - London, UK - Koko
7 - Leeds, UK - Rios
8 - Dudley, UK - JBs
9 - Paris, France - Locomotive
10 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
11 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
12 - Wien, Austria - Planet Music
13 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock Cafe (SOLD OUT)
14 - Budapest, Hungary - Petoefi Hall
15 - Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
16 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
17 - Berlin, Germany - SO 36
18 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
19 - München, Germany - Backstage
20 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
21 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
22 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp

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Helion Announce Lineup Changes

Finnish melodic metallers HELION have issued the following update:

"We regret to announce that as of this day, Kimmo Korhonen [guitar] is no longer a part of HELION camp. There were many reasons to this decision, and the band takes full responsibility of this action. Our apologies to Kimmo, we expect to hear great things from you.
"This takes us onward to a dependent decision we have simultaneously made, which is to continue operating as a five-member unit from now on. Simo [Autio, vocals] will take over the guitar duties, and vocal work will be (on some degree) shared between Simo and Jaakko [Kunnas, guitar].

"On the brighter side of life, demo song recordings are in progress. Drum tracks for the five songs are done, so arrangements are pretty much done. Keyboard work will definitely benefit loads from some new stuff Lauri [Heikkinen, keyboards] has acquired lately. Guitars are next to be punched in, as soon as the flu season loosens its grip on the band.

"Some more confirmed titles to tease your appetite: 'Dreamcatcher', 'Tell No Tales', 'Ghost of Winter'… and working titles 'Flight of the Phoenix' and 'Up We Go'.

"We’re working in our Dungeon again, and a quick mix/master session is planned to be ordered from studio later on."

HELION's new lineup:

Simo Autio - Vocals and Guitar
Jaakko Kunnas - Vocals and Guitar
Lauri Heikkinen - Keyboards
Ville Kankaanpää - Bass
Leo Kunnas - Drums

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Alestorm Launch Tour Diary

Scotland's ALESTORM has launched a tour diary for its upcoming UK dates as the support act for Finland's TURISAS. Regular updates will be available at this location.

ALESTORM released its debut album, "Captain Morgan's Revenge", in January through Napalm Records.

According to a press release, the quartet "plays Scottish 'pirate metal,' by their own definition, and musically resembles the great battle metal bands such as KORPIKLAANI or TURISAS, albeit with a unique touch and Scottish instrumentation."

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More Bands Announced For The Electric Festival

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, WITHIN TEMPTATION, SOILWORK and QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed for the Electric Festival, set to take place May 30-31 at John Lennon Auditorium in Getafe, Spain.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Friday, May 30:

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
IGGY POP
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY
SERJ TANKIAN
NOTHINK

Saturday, May 31:

METALLICA
WITHIN TEMPTATION
MACHINE HEAD
SOILWORK
QUEENSRŸCHE

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Sixx:AM Postpone Tour Until The Summer

SIXX: A.M., the new band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, will postpone its spring tour "due to unforeseen circumstances and will most likely hit the road in the summer of 2008," according to a statement released by the group.

SIXX: A.M. recently let fans vote at VoteSixxAM.com on which cities the group should play in. Those votes have now been counted and will be instrumental in determining which markets the band visits in the future.

Sixx wrote and recorded an album under the name SIXX: A.M. with longtime friends James Michael and D.J. Ashba and has resisted the idea of turning the project into an actual band. But Sixx told The Pulse of Radio that may all be changing. "It seems that people have been able to really feel that it's a band, they really feel that it's something that they can get behind and they can go, 'You know, I really support these guys in what they're doing,'" he said. "It's interesting 'cause we never planned on playing live together, and then we played live together, and that went off so well that I think we accidentally started a band."

Rumors initially surfaced that SIXX: A.M. would tour in February, although Sixx shot down those reports. The project has only played live once so far, last fall at a Utah radio festival.

The SIXX: A.M. album serves as the "soundtrack" to Sixx's recently published book, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star".

Twenty-five percent of Sixx's royalties from "The Heroin Diaries" goes to Running Wild In The Night, a charity he established in conjunction with Covenant House to rescue homeless and runaway youth from the streets.

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Opeth Mainman Speaks On Mellotronen Performance

Swedish metallers OPETH will perform on the 21st anniversary Schizoid Boat March 8-9, 2008 in honor of Mellotronen's birthday. The party will take place over 40 hours on the largest ferry on the Baltic Sea, the Silja Symphony, a 204-meter luxury cruiser equipped with sauna and swimming pool facilities, cabins complete with showers, a shopping galleria, 8-10 bars and restaurants, and apart from the fantastic lineup of bands, there will also be an international music convention in the conference area, which is over 1000 square meters.

The ferry will be leaving at 17:00 on Saturday, March 8, and will be returning to Stockholm 09:30 on Monday, March 10, with a seven-and-half-hour stop in Helsinki, during which a mini film festival will be held on the boat by Klubb Super 8 (for those wishing to remain onboard).

Commented OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt: "We rehearsed today. Did a cool jazzy re-arrangement of an ol' 'classic.' Gonna be fun! Playing a new song as well. Actually it's my favourite to play in the bunch we're doing that night. We'll play in a big-ass galleria. That will be a first, and probably a last too. We need your support, even though it's a warm up gig in many ways, I can't wait and we'll be 'cocked and loaded.' There's so much else going on… Nathalie, who sings on our new record 'Watershed', will be there performing original songs with Axe and Mendez among others. Emma Nordenstam will be there. Club Super 8 will be there…. great! They specialize in forgotten artifacts from the Swedish underground film scene. Lots of B-movies, soft porn, thrillers and all sorts of stuff! Lovely! Many of my friends are coming, Steven Wilson is coming (not playing…I think). I think it's going to be like a two day party of gigantic measures. I can't wait! Hope you can come too guys! Seriously!" More...

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Tankard Cancel New York Show

Germany’s TANKARD have cancelled their previously announced one-off U.S. show that was to take place on March 9th at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. No reason was given for the cancellation.

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Dragonlord Speak On European Tour Cancellation

DRAGONLORD, featuring TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson, have issued the following update:

"Last October 2007 our former label, Escapi Records, asked Dragonlord to be part of a European tour with label mates "TROUBLE. We showed interest and have been waiting ever since to have someone (i.e., booking agent, label, promoter) get back to us to confirm it and everything else that goes with booking an overseas tour. That never happened. No e-mails, no phone calls, nothing. To clear the air and to let our fans know, Dragonlord will regretfully not be a part of the upcoming European tour with Trouble."

As previously reported, Dragonlord will embark on a string of West Coast dates in April. Dates are as follows:

April
17 - Walnut Creek, CA - Betty's Rock Bar
18 - Apple Valley, CA - Angeles Roadhouse
19 - Riverside, CA - Tremors
20 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat

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Origin Announce European Shows

Kansas death metallers ORIGIN have announced the dates on their headlining tour throughout Europe with IMPALED and HOUR OF PENANCE.

The itinerary is as follows:

May
30 - Protzen, Germany - Protzen Open Air
31 - Tilburg, Holland - Neurotic Death Fest

June
2 - Durango, Spain - Platruena
4 - Barcelona, Spain - Mephisto Club
5 - Luynes, France - Marseille Le Kroigan
10 - München, Germany - Feierwerk
11 - Berlin, Germany - K17
13 - Hünxe, Germany - Death Fest Feast
17 - Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks
19 - Bristol, UK - Bierkeller
20 - London, UK - Underworld
21 - Trier, Germany - Summer Blast Fest
22 - Clisson, France - Hellfest

As previously reported, Origin have completed work on the follow-up to 2005’s Echoes of Decimation, entitled Antithesis. The album features the line-up of Paul Ryan (guitars/vocals), Jeremy Turner (guitars/vocals), James Lee (vocals), Mike Flores (bass/vocals) and John Longstreth (drums). Antithesis was engineered by Rob Rebeck at Chapman Studios, mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound.

Antithesis is set for release on April 1st in North America and April 7th internationally on Relapse Records, and will feature the following tracks: 'The Aftermath', 'Algorithm', 'Consuming Misery', 'Wrath Of Vishnu', 'Finite', 'The Appalling', 'Void', 'Ubiquitous', 'The Beyond Within' and 'Antithesis'.

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Children Of Bodom Announce Gigantour Off Dates

CHILDREN OF BODOM, featured on this year's North American run of the Gigantour, have announced two off-shows. On April 24th they will play The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA with IN FLAMES and A LIFE ONCE LOST, and on May 5th they will play a headline show at Mr. Smalls in Millvale, PA.

Children Of Bodom's tour schedule is currently as follows:

April (Gigantour - with MEGADETH, IN FLAMES, JOB FOR A COWBOY and HIGH ON FIRE)
12 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
13 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
15 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre
16 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Pavilion
17 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre
19 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Gardens
20 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
22 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
23 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
24 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory (off show)
25 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
26 - Baltimore, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
28 - Quebec City, QC - Pavilion De La Jeunesse
29 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
30 - Toronto, ON - Arrow Hall

May
1 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
3 - Detroit, MI - DTE Music Center
4 - Cleveland, OH - Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
5 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls (off show)
6 - Chicago, IL - Aragon
7 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
9 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
10 - Winnipeg, MB - Convention Center
11 - Saskatoon, SK - Prairieland Exhibition Hall
12 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center
14 - Calgary, AB - The Corral
16 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
17 - Salem, OR - Salem Armory
19 - San Jose, CA - Event Center @ San Jose State
20 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
21 - Los Angeles, CA - Long Beach Arena
22 - Phoenix, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre

June
6 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air
11 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
12 - Glasgow, Scotland - Carling Academy
13-15 - Donington, UK - Download Festival

July
18 - Vaasa, Finland - Rockperry

August
1 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air

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Killing Joke Original Lineup Reunites

The following press release has been announced:

Finally, after numerous line-up changes through the years, all original Killing Joke members reunite for new album and world tour.

Drummer Paul Ferguson rejoins the line up for the first time since 1987 enabling a whole new generation of fans to see Killing Joke's legendary original formation. Diehard fans have been waiting for this moment for two decades!

Bassist Martin 'Youth' Glover also steps back into the live arena after a near 15 year hiatus, having not played live with Killing Joke since 1994's Pandemonium tour.

The tour will see Killing Joke take up a two night residency in most venues offering a different set on each evening. On the first night, they will play their first two albums in their entirety, 1980's self-titled album followed by the album What's This…For!. Their second performance in each city will treat fans to 1994's Pandemonium and the Island Records singles of '79 to '80.

Once described by Ferguson as 'the sound of the earth vomiting', Killing Joke is anthemic and grandiose in it's evocation of nightmare visions. Taking a sarcastic jab at authority and perceived reality to a sonically charged mixture of post punk and metal, Killing Joke's heavy guitars and pounding tribal drums conjure a primitive atmosphere of doom, gloom and resistance.

Notorious for their use of inflammatory imagery, a backlash against a world they perceived as ever more materialistic, unjust and conservative, Killing Joke, railed against the establishment and created a unique sound from their very conception.

Ironically, in the current musical climate with it's obsession with rehashing eighties sounds, the '80s saw Killing Joke really pushing music forward, incorporating danceable elements with aggressive, grinding guitars and thumping drums. With elements of proto-techno rock, their post apocalyptic vision has inspired bands as diverse and influential as NIRVANA, MINISTRY, NINE INCH NAILS, FOO FIGHTERS, SOUNDGARDEN and GODFLESH. Killing Joke have always been and continue to be more than just a band.

Godfathers of post-punk, Killing Joke return with their eagerly anticipated new album to coincide with their world tour. Album release date TBC. More...

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Diamond Head Announce U.K. Shows

Diamond Head are to play Glasgow Barfly April 17, Manchester Academy III 18, Kettering Racecourse 19, Rochester Royal Functions Room 24, Colchester Twist 25, Mansfield Intake 26, Nottingham Rock City Basement May 1, Swansea Sin City 2, Nuneaton Queens Hall 3, York Junction 4

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