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Metal News for February 3, 2004

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27 news articles posted on this day.

Best Of Rhapsody CD To Be Released

RHAPSODY's former label, Limb Music, is releasing a "Best Of..." of the band called "Tales From The Emerald Sword Saga". This compilation comprises selected songs from the "Legendady Tales" to the "Power Of The Dragonflame" full-length albums and the EP.

Album cover available here:

There will be available a Special Edition Box (with a different cover) with photo cards, video, poster and sticker. This version comes with the "Holy Thunderforce (Videoclip)" as a bonus track.

"Tales From The Emerald Sword Saga" tracklist: More...

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For My Pain Soon In Studio

FOR MY PAIN- the Finnish Gothic metal band featuring Tuomas Holopainen (NIGHTWISH) on keyboards, Altti Veteläinen (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on bass, Lauri Tuohimaa ( Emrbaze) on guitar, Olli-Pekka Törrö (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on guitar, Juha Kylmänen ( Reflexion) on vocals, and Petri Sankala (ex-ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW) on drums, will enter the studio in March to record a couple of new songs for an upcoming EP/single. A late spring release through Spinefarm Records is expected.

FOR MY PAIN have been nominated for a Femma Gala 2004 award in the "Listeners' Choice" category, competing with their debut album "Fallen" ( 2003). The award ceremony will be held on February 20 at Nosturi in Helsinki.

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Carnal Lust Find Singer

After long and intensive research, Carnal Lust has found a new singer - L. CHUCK D. The band is still searching for a bass player, however. Those interested should email carnal_lust@hotmail.com.

Carnal Lust will be on the next compilation released by DIAMOND PRODUCTIONS. This compilation will be available for the end of February, and it will be distributed by ADIPOCERE (France), GALY Records (Canada) and TWILIGHT VERTRIEB (Germany).

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40 Grit Call It Quits

Bay Area metallers 40 GRIT, who issued two full-length albums through the Metal Blade label (2000's "Heads" and 2003's "Nothing To Remember"), have sadly decided to call it a day.

The following is the group's official statement on the matter:

"Hey all, this is a day that I was hoping would never come. Last week we have decided that 40 GRIT will no longer be a band. It's been a very fun and cool road we have been on. 40 GRIT has been doing this for 7 years and to be honest we have little to show for it except for our fans and memories. We want to thank all the fans that have been with us since the beginning and all the new fans we have made over the years. The music biz has taken a toll on all of us in the band and it makes us sick to our stomach. There is so many bands with so much talent out there that will go without notice because of the way this industry is. Well, thanks for all the support."

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Vader Recording 'Spiritual Disease'

Polish death metallers VADER have commenced have commenced the recording process for their sixth full-length album, tentatively titled "Spiritual Disease". "[Drummer] Doc is currently working on his blasting parts at Hertz Studio, Bia³ystok," the band write on their web site. "The second part of the process will take place at PR Studio in Gdañsk. VADER is entering the studio on the 16th of February to record all the guitars and vocals."

As previously reported, the follow-up to 2002's "Revelations" is being produced by Piotr Lukaszewski and will mark the group's final release for Metal Blade under the terms of their present contract with the label. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are "Out Of A Deep" and "Lead Us!" A May/June release is expected.

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Burn In Silence Releasing New 3-Song EP

Burn In Silence will soon be releasing their debut 3 song EP entitled "Pure As Your First Day". The outing was produced by Unearth's Ken Susi and you can check out a track entitled "Primal Human Pain" from it online at here.

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Mike Portnoy In-Store Signing in Zürich Tomorrow

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy will be doing an in-store appearance / autograph session at the Jecklin Soundlab in Zürich TOMORROW (Wednesday, February 4th) from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Jecklin Soundlab, located at Rämistrasse 42, 8024 Zürich.
Here are all of DREAM THEATER's remaining European tour dates: More...

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Nightwish Sign Deals For Release of New Album

Finland's NIGHTWISH have signed deals with several labels for the release of their forthcoming album. The as-yet-untitled effort will be issued by Spinefarm/Universal Records in Finland, Brazil, Mexico and Chile, while in Europe it will be released via Nuclear Blast GmbH. Information about the North American release will be published later.

As previously reported, NIGHTWISH will be working with renowned director Antti Jokinen on the video clip for "Nemo", the first single off the upcoming CD. Jokinen has directed music videos for such international artists as CELINE DION, EMINEM and SHANIA TWAIN and is currently in Rome working as an assistant director on Renny Harlin's new film, "Exorcist: The Beginning". The album's second single, "I Wish I Had An Angel", is expected follow a later in the year.

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Gorgoroth's Risky Show...Pictures Online

A bunch of photos and video clips from GORGOROTH's controversial gig in Krakow, Poland last Sunday (Feb. 1) have been posted online at this and this location. Also available is an XviD file containing a report from the biggest Polish TV news magazine.

As previously reported, a prosecutor in Poland has launched an investigation into whether GORGOROTH's concert in Krakow breached the country's law protecting religion. The Norwegian band are suspected of having sent a hateful and offensive message with their performance, which was to have been filmed for a future DVD release.

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Rag Men, Blood For Blood Tour East Coast

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS), and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED), will be embarking on a European tour in late March. Prior to the European dates, RAG MEN will complete a short East Coast trek with BLOOD FOR BLOOD.

The dates are as follows: More...

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Shenoah EP For Download As MP3s

SHENOAH, the Cleveland-based band featuring former members of CHIMAIRA, ERASE THE GREY and RINGWORM, have made their entire EP, "Version 0.5", available for free download. Check it out here.

SHENOAH was founded in the spring of 2003 by former CHIMAIRA guitarist/co-founder Jason Hager. Named after Hager's step-daughter's middle name, which is Native-American for "white dove," SHENOAH "plan to make their mark and put a brand new scar on the face music as well as society itself," according to the group's official biography. "They have set their minds on creating something on their own terms without worrying if certain songs are too soft, too heavy or too electronic." "We are going to create music that naturally comes out of us, sounds that are an extension of us. When you hear SHENOAH, you're going to know that our music is real, sincere and 100% us," says Hager.

For more information, visit SHENOAH's official web site at this location.

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Zakk Wylde On Cover of Guitar Player Magazine

OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde graces the cover of Guitar Player magazine's March 2004 issue.

This cover is not only a landmark issue for Guitar Player magazine, but also a milestone for Zakk Wylde, both personally and professionally. "I have always wanted to be on the cover of Guitar Player magazine since I was a kid," explains Wylde. "Back in the day, they were the only guitar magazine. I saw all my heroes on the cover and I still own those magazines to this day. Guitar Player magazine always has the real-deal serious players on the cover. It is an honor for me to be considered a player of the same caliber as my heroes."

The Zakk Wylde cover was designed by award-winning Pentagram Design. Guitar Player magazine now touts a bold new look and appeal. "We needed to have the perfect cover for this transition. Zakk was the obvious choice for us," states Michael Molenda, Editor-in-Chief of Guitar Player magazine. "Zakk appeals to everyone. The youth love him for his style of music he plays and our core readers respect him for being the unbelievable technician that he is. He marries both sides perfectly."

This commemorative issue is available on newsstands February 3, 2004.

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MuDvAyNe Turn 8, Talk About New Album

On Sunday, MuDvAyNe celebrated 8 years of being a band. This date also marks the beginning of a new album. Chad sat down for a chat with Don Kaye from Launch Radio to tell you all about it and what it will sound like. Check out the interview in Real Audio or Wiindows Media formats.

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The Great Kat Take Top 10 Fastest Shredders Honor

Guitar One Magazine awarded The Great Kat the “Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All Time,” (April 2003) by Chris O’Byrne. Known for her lightning-fast Shred/Classical riffs, The Great Kat has been heralded worldwide as the only guitar/violin virtuoso updating Classical music and is the only female guitarist included on the Guitar One “Fastest Shredders” list.

Read the full article at The Great Kat.

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Abazagorath, Krieg, Demoncy, Grindelvaald, Niroth

US Legions Demoncy, Krieg, and Abazagorath will be playing at The Verge in London on Thrusday the 1st of April 2004. Support comes from UK black metallers Grindelvaald and Niroth

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Slipknot On Soundtrack To New Video Game

A brand new Slipknot track, titled "Dont Get Close", will be featured in an upcoming video game. The game, details of which are currently being kept under wraps, is scheduled for release in April through Activision Games. A slightly reworked version of the song is expected to appear on the band's follow-up to 2001's "Iowa", due this summer through Roadrunner Records.

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Downpour Shows, MP3 Samples

DOWNPOUR have announced two shows for this month at the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA. They are as follows:

February 09- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (with MUSHROOMHEAD, DOPE, 40 BELOW SUMMER)
February 21- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade.

You can hear or download their latest tracks "Pools of Red" and "Out of Nowhere" here as well.

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More Metallica Second-Leg Tour Dates

Some more METALLICA second-leg dates are being revealed. Here's all the confirmed dates (WI, MO, NE, OK dates are all up at Pollstar.com now): More...

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Damageplan Song Samples on VH1.com

VH1.com has put all the tracks on the upcoming DAMAGEPLAN album, "New Found Power", online for streaming. You can find and listen to them all here.

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Hammerfall Singer Joacim Cans To Shoot Video

Hammerfall frontman Joacim Cans new solo release titled " Beyond The Gate" will release a video late February, the video clip will be for the track "Red Light". Director for the clip will be Joacim's longtime friend Roger Johansson, who is known for his outstanding work with Hammerfall, In Flames, and Soilwork, among others. The theme for the video will be revealed soon.

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Gorgoroth Preparing Live DVD

Gorgoroth are preparing a live DVD which will be released next year. It will be recorded in Poland / Krakow and you can look forward to an amazing live show, unique bonus material and interviews. "We have a big thing going on in Poland this month-DVD production, with lots of pyro, gallons of blood, live crucifixion, nude models used and abused in the name of satan" says Infernus.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Hard At Work

The Dillinger Escape Plan have been hard at work on new material for their upcoming new album which they plan to begin recording imminently. Tentative track titles include: "Troy", "Panasonic Youth", "Bipolar Bear", Apollos Creed", "Universal Beauty" and "Sunshine The Werewolf".

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Necrophagia's 'Goblins Be Thine'

Red Stream, Inc. will release the upcoming Necrophagia mini CD titled "Goblins Be Thine" on Friday Febuary 13th, 2004. Iscariah was qouted as saying, "We are extremley glad to be working with Red Stream on this release they do great and have always given Necrophagia a freshly dug grave {aka home}. Fug also commented on the release, "Goblins Be Thine is a very dark and moody release, it's something to hold our undead legions oner until we unearth the next full length, "Harvest Ritual" next fall"

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Mourning Beloveth Begin Work On Third Album

The Irish Doom/Death act MOURNING BELOVETH are working on new material for their third album, to be recorded at some point this year. The album will feature a 17 minute epic track.

The band will also do a tour in April with WHILE HEAVEN WEPT and PANTHEIST. Appearances include the Doom Shall Rise Festival (Germany) and the Belgian Doom Night Festival. Upcoming live dates include: More...

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Morgion End Absence With A New Album

MORGION have ended their five year absence with a new record deal with Dark Symphonies and a forthcoming record, "Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth", due out on April 27th. Formed in 1990, the CA based Doom metallers released two acclaimed albums on the Relapse label with "Among Majestic Ruin" (1996) and "Solinari" (1999). 2003 saw the band tour Europe with Mourning Beloveth and The Prophecy.

"Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth" was recorded at Donner & Blitzen Studios with producer Mathias Schneeberger (Solinari).

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Grave Officially Replace Drummer

GRAVE have officially replaced drummer Cristofer Barkensjö with Pelle Ekegren from Stockholm- based Death metal act COERCION. Ekegren performed with Grave during their 2002 European Tour in support of their last album "Back From The Grave". The band report that Pelle “will also be involved in the process of writing and recording the new album. We are currently working on material and plans are to record this spring and hopefully have a release this fall.”

Meanwhile, Century Media have released a GRAVE box set featuring six of the bands albums on heavy 180g picture disc vinyl in gatefold sleeves. The set, which is limited to 2,000 copies will also include a 12- page booklet and 16 bonus tracks. The albums featured in the set include:
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