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Metal News for February 4, 2005

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22 news articles posted on this day.

Icepick Announce First Live Show

ICEPICK, HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta's much-anticipated collaboration with SKARHEAD singer Lord Ezec, will make their live debut on February 27 at CBGBs in New York City. Fans who attend the gig should expect to hear four or five original songs as well as several HATEBREED and SKARHEAD covers.

The concert, a benefit for Pete Koller from SICK OF IT ALL, will also feature H20, MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD, KILL YOUR IDOLS, ENSIGN, INHUMAN and THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (featuring ex-CRO-MAGS frontman John Joseph and SICK OF IT ALL bassist Craig Setari).

ICEPICK's track "Born to Crush You" was featured on the "UFC Ultimate Beatdowns Vol. 1 Metal" compilation, released last August through Nitrus Records.

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Martyr A.D. and Dead To Fall Hit Europe

Dead To Fall and Martyr AD have lined up some European dates together for March, the schedule is as follows:

March 08th Hasselt, BEL - Muziek-O-Droom
March 10th Berlin, GER - Kato
March 11th Lichtenstein, GER - Jz Riot
March 12th Bochum, GER - Matrix
March 14th Trier, GER - Exhaus
March 15th Karlsruhe, GER - Gotec
March 16th Frankfurt, GER - O25
March 17th Munich, GER - Backstage
March 18th Will, CZE - Remise
March 19th Padova, ITA - Padova

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Watch A Perfect Circle's "Passive" Video Online

A Perfect Circle are out with the video to their new single 'Passive', which features clips from the upcoming Keanu Reeves thriller 'Constantine'. You can watch it online at their official website.

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Download And Listen To More Drowning Pool

Drowning Pool has posted an MP3 of the track "Think" for download on their "Audio" page. You can also check out the Drowning Pool e-card for the new single "Killin' Me," (where you can also download a free mp3 of another Drowning Pool track "Forget," but you can also enter to win a free X-Box).

Two upcoming are:

Saturday, the12th at the Gypsy Ballroom in Dallas, TX as part of the Dallas Music Festival.

Wednesday, the 23rd, along with Disturbed, Anthrax and Soil, the Pool will be performing at a benefit concert for The Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL.

Tickets are still available for both shows so check out Drowningpool.com for more details.

Last but certainly not least, as a special tribute to two fallen heroes, check out the late Dimebag Darrell's home video tribute to his friend Dave "Stage" Williams (produced by Dime for the 2002 Drowning Pool "Sinema" DVD - requires Windows Media Player).

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Buried Inside Begin Tour

Newly signed Relapse Records recording artists, BURIED INSIDE, are on tour now in support of their new album, Chronoclast, which hit stores in the U.S. on Tuesday, February 1st and will street on February 7th in Europe.

BURIED INSIDE's tour began on February 2nd in Cincinnati, OH. The band then teamed up with Athens, GA duo JUCIFER the following night in Chattanooga, TN. BURIED INSIDE will provide direct support for JUCIFER until March 19th in Spokane, WA. The Ottawa quintet will headline shows on off days throughout the duration of this tour.

Here are the tour dates: More...

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Sentenced Leaves Funeral Statement

Finland's Sentenced has posted the following message on their official website:

We’d better put this out in the open before you hear it somewhere else.
The title of the new album is ”The Funeral Album”, and with it we, SENTENCED, are coming to the end of our road. This album will be our last one.

The decision is mutual, thoroughly thought over and final.

Metaphorically speaking, this is a mass suicide of 5, and the new album is the kind of note we want to leave behind. One last time around for good-byes.

The decision was made during 2004. The reasons are many, and I don’t feel any need to go into details here. I will say however, that everyone will walk away as friends. In my eyes we are even not splitting up, but ending our recording career together. And there is major difference between those two. Our wish was always to go out with style and at the peak of our so called success. I think with ”The Funeral Album” we will do exactly that.

Once the album is released, there will be an undefined number of farewell shows. When, where and how many, those are questions that at this point remain open. Intense and long touring, however, will unfortunately not follow, and most of these shows will take place on festivals where we can reach as much people as possible at one time. At the moment it seems that all of these funeral shows will be in Europe.

If everything goes as planned, we will also make a live-DVD out of those last shows and include a lot of stuff from the past on it. Not to mention all the music-videos we have done during the years. The working title for the DVD is ”Buried Alive”.

After that SENTENCED is no more.

And: THIS IS IT. There will not be a re-union, come-back, or any other pathetic and soap-operish circus that seems to be in fashion these days. SENTENCED will rest in peace.

We will make the most out of the band’s last year, and hope you will all join us.

See you on the last run.
/Lopakka & SENTENCED

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Otep Bassist Has Bass Stolen

Otep bassist, eViL J had his fretless bass stolen at the bands gig in Idaho the other night, the following is taken from the official OTEP message board:

"PLEASE HELP!

evil j's fretless bass was stolen at last night's show in Idaho.

this is the bass he plays 'my confession' on.

he is hoping that we can help him locate his instrument and see that it
gets returned to him soon.

PLEASE keep your eyes and ears open for anything being offered on ebay or any other similar site selling used musical instruments.

the bass is a 4 string Carvin fretless bass, 13 years old, brown Koa wood body, no fret markings on the fretboard. he'd modified several items on the bass, so it is unique and should be easy to recognize.

if you were at the show and saw anything suspicious or have any information about the whereabouts of evil j's bass, please contact me
IMMEDIATELY.

message me thru the message board or email me at ossian@otepsaves.com

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT and hopefully, the expeditious return of an important piece of evil j's arsenal. "

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Slash & Duff Answer Velvet Revolver Fan Questions

Slash and Duff McKagan from Velvet Revolver took time out from their hectic UK tour to answer Kerrang.com readers' questions about the new band, playing live, GN'R t-shirts at their gigs and the worst job they've ever had... Watch the video here.

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Shadows Fall Posts Damageplan Footage Online

Shadows Fall has posted a live footage of them and Damageplan performing Pantera's "Walk." The video was taken on from last date of the Devastation Across the Nation Tour in Albany, NY on December 5th. Check it out here.

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ex-Snot, Amen Guitarist Joins Sevendust

Former Snot/Amen guitarist Sonny Mayo has joined Sevendust. He replaces Clint Lowery, who left at the end of the year to start his own band, Dark New Day.

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Fear Factory Frontman's Side Project To Release EP

Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell is finally to release an EP called 'Iconoclast' from his side project Ascension Of The Watchers. Initially, this will only be available on vinyl through the band's official website. Apart from Bell, the only other member of the Watchers is former Killing Joke/Prong keyboard player John Bechdel.

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Nightrage Set Release and New Line Up

Nightrage are putting the finishing touches on the follow up their debut album, "Sweet Vengence". Their sophomore release is entitled "Discent into Chaos" and is set for a April 5th release. The album has guest appearances on keyboards by Dream Evil's Fredrik Nordrstrom and vocals by Dark Tranquility's Mikael Stranne on the track, "Frozen".

Nightrage have also reassembled their line up by adding drummer Fotis Bernardo to replace Per M. Jensen, and bassist Henric Carlsson to replace Brice Leclercq.

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New Children of Bodom EP

Children of Bodom will release an EP entitled, "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" on February 22 nd. The EP features two new tracks (title cut and “Knuckleduster”), two covers (Alice Cooper and Andrew WK), a video for the title track and a CD-ROM enhanced video of the band taking the viewer on a tour around their hometown of Helsinki , Finland. Recorded once again by Anssi Kippo at Finnvox Studios, it is the first official recording to feature new guitarist Rope Latvala (ex-Stone). They are currently hard at work writing songs for their next full-length album.

Alexi Laiho (vocals, guitars) was also just named “Future Legend” in Guitar World's coveted Readers' Poll and will also appear on the cover alongside Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde on their March issue. Look for the video for the EP's title track to make its debut on Headbangers Ball and Uranium late next month.

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Vote For Megadeth's Greatest Hits

Megadeth are asking fans to vote the songs they want included on the band's 'Greatest Hits' compilation, due out later this year. To get involved, go to the forum section at www.megadeth.com.

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Rotting Christ To Play Day of Darkness Metal Fest

Greek metal crew Rotting Christ are to play the Day Of Darkness Metal Festival, at Ballylinan, Co Laois, Ireland, on July 9. It'll be the band's first show in Ireland. Also on the bill are Mourning Beloveth, Celtic Legacy, Waylander and Primal Dawn.

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Headline News

Warrior Soul Drummer Murdered

According to BBC News, two men and a woman from Essex have been charged with the murder of former Warrior Soul drummer Mark Evans, whose burnt body was found in a wheelie bin in an east London car park last week. Evans, 48, from Dagenham, was strangled and transported in a wheelie bin to Electric Parade, Ilford. Anthony Aldis, 38, of Goodmayes, Steven Fullerton, 28, of Gants Hill, and Leanne Terry, 26, of Seven Kings, have all been charged with his murder. All three were scheduled to appear at Waltham Forest magistrates court on Saturday (January 29). They also face charges of perverting the course of justice. A member of the public discovered the burning body on Wednesday morning (26th) after finding his garden fence on fire. Anyone wishing to send a card for Mark's family in London can do so at this address (cards will be forwarded to the family):

Johnny Ricco
Attn: Mark Evans
P.O Box 129
Radio City Station
New York, NY
10101-0129, USA

Evans appeared on the following Warrior Soul albums: "Drugs, God & The New Republic" (1991), "Salutations From The Ghetto Nation" (1992) and "Chill Pill" (1993).

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Hateframe Sign With Rising Realm Records

Hateframe, the new Finnish thrash metal band, featuring drummer Tonmi Lillman (ex-To/Die/For, Sinergy), guitarist Joonas Koto (Malpractice, ex-To/Die/For) and bassist Make Kanki (ex-To/Die/For), have signed with Rising Realm Records. Hateframe's debut full-length "Sign of Demise" will be issued in Spring/Summer 2005. This 10-song effort presents nostalgic "old-school thrash" in the vein of Slayer, Kreator and The Haunted.

The album is aggressive and fast. A homage to music you don't hear much nowadays, a modern interpretation of eighties thrash.

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Behemoth, BLS, Savoy Brown Added To Sweden Rock

The Swedenrock festival has confirmed three bands more to the bill of 2005: Behemoth, Black Label Society and Savoy Brown feat. Kim Simmons. The festival will held on the 9th - 11th of June in Solvesborg, Sweden.

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Thunderstone Reveal Album Details

Thunderstone recently revealed some facts about their upcoming album, called "Tools Of Destruction". The release date is April 18th for Europe, dates for USA and Japan will be announced soon.

The tracklist is as follows:

Tool Of The Devil
Without Wings
Liquid Of The Kings
I Will Come Again
Welcome To The Real
The Last Song
Another Time
Feed The Fire
Weight Of The World
Land Of Innocence

The digipack version will include two bonus tracks/videos. The Japanese edition will contain a cover of the Dio classic "Rainbow In The Dark" as a bonus track.

On March 29th, a limited edition single for "Tool Of The Devil" will be released, and it will include the title track, a special edit of "I Will Come Again and "Tool Of The Devil (Dance Of The Devil Mix)".

In other news, Thunderstone has shot a video for the upcoming single track 'Tool of the Devil'. Check out some pictures from the shoot here.

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Candlemass To Play Inferno Festival

Doom veterans Candlemass are part of the bill at this year's Inferno Festival, set to be held March 24-26 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo. Candlemass will play the "Rockefeller" venue on Friday, March 25 as the headliner.

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Meshuggah Finish Mixing And Mastering

Swedish experimental extreme metallers Meshuggah have finished mixing and mastering their new album, "Catch 33", for an April 11 release. The follow-up to 2002's "Nothing" is being described as one continuous 47-minute song divided into 13 parts and is said to be "musically the opposite" of the group's 2004 EP, "I".

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Omnium Gatherum Set US Release Date

Nuclear Blast Records has set a March 22 U.S. release date for the sophomore album from Finnish death metallers Omnium Gatherum, entitled "Years in Waste." Japan will receive the album sometime in the coming months via the Marquee Avalon label. The album is already available in Europe since Nov 8.

The Japanese version of "Years In Waste" will include demo versions of the songs "No Moon & No Queen" and "It's A Long Night".

The follow-up to 2003's "Spirits and August Light" was recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne and engineer Teemu Aalto and was released in Europe in early November.

In other news, Omnium Gatherum recently finished recording cover versions of Megadeth's "Hangar 18" and Death's "Suicide Machine" at the Woodbine Garden Studio for use as bonus tracks on upcoming releases.

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