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Metal News for February 5, 2008

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26 news articles posted on this day.

Bury Your Dead, The Warriors, Emmure Tour Dates

Victory Records labelmates Bury Your Dead, The Warriors, Emmure, and With Blood Comes Cleansing will hit the road together in early-March for some touring. Here are the latest tour dates:

3/4 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Factory
3/5 Joplin, MO @ The Foundry
3/7 Mishawaka, IN @ Mishawaka VFW
3/8 Rockford, IL @ The Rock Box
3/9 Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
3/10 Pittsburgh, PA @ The School
3/11 Albany, NY @ Valentine's
3/14 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
3/15 Wilmington, DE @ Harmony Grange
3/16 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
3/18 Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
3/20 Ocala, FL @ The Capitol
3/21 Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar
3/22 Jacksonville, FL @ Fuel Coffeehouse
3/23 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue

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Hewhocorrupts Replaces Singer

Chicago, Illinois' Hewhocorrupts has officially announced the departure of frontman Tommy Camaro. According to the band, "We would like to thank Mr. Camaro all his dedication and perseverance through his tenure with the corporation. We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors." Replacing Camaro is Toney Vast-Binder of 7000 Dying Rats. Vast-Binder will make his live debut with the band on February 6th at the Empty Bottle in Chicago.

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Dendura Signs With Killzone Records

KillZone Records, a notable indie label that specializes in metal music, has signed Dendura, the female-fronted, Egyptian-inspired, progressive metal band with belly dancers, to a one-album deal on their label. Nightmare Records will also distribute "New Life," Dendura’s self-released, debut album.

“Dendura is a perfect fit for KillZone because they stand out from the norm in terms of talent, ability and marketability,” said Stuart Banks, president of KillZone Records. “They present an unforgettable approach to progressive metal that builds and weaves dark themes with the allure of sensual mystery. Their music calls from a past that touches both the primal and inquisitive nature of our souls. They combine powerful, heavy music that drives like the shifting sands, carrying vocals like rising smoke and invoking the ghosts of a land and time long passed, but never forgotten.”

KillZone Records is a strong indie label for metal and extreme music bands. The company plans to release the next Dendura album later this year and the band is currently discussing the project with a Grammy-winning producer.

Although Dendura is currently hibernating while they write the new album and a film score, 2007 was a big year for the band. They played high-profile concerts including a show with Edguy who did some 2007 dates in Germany with Aerosmith.

In addition, "Symphony," a track from "New Life," appeared on the US ProgPower 2007 compilation given to the 50,000 people who attended the sold-out, national festival in Atlanta. In their hometown of Grand Rapids, MI, they joined bands including Fuel, Silverchair and Finger Eleven on the WGRD Bootleg charity compilation to benefit a local non-profit group. Dendura contributed a special, acoustic version of their popular song "I Have a Gun".

Dendura’s metal version of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" is also the theme song for the Comedy Central cartoon "Monsters Ballz." The band also licensed music for an upcoming sci-fi series and a TV pilot.

You can get more information on Dendura and listen to some of their music on the band's MySpace page.

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Behemoth Shoots New Video

Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH are set to make their much anticipated return to North America this spring on "The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2" as direct support to DIMMU BORGIR. The month-long trek, which kicks off on April 2, also features KEEP OF KALESSIN in the support slot and marks BEHEMOTH's third stateside run in support of "The Apostasy".

Commented BEHEMOTH vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski: "We've always been big DIMMU fans, plus I've known the guys since early '90s and we've remained friends ever since. Silenoz (DIMMU BORGIR guitarist) and I have been thinking about putting together this package for a long time now. The idea was to create the most lethal bill and bring evil back to States! For BEHEMOTH it's gonna be the last tour of North American for 'The Apostasy' touring cycle. I'm stoked. I'm more than sure that fans will totally dig this package. We've got some surprises ready for this event, so hopefully you are all ready for it."

He added, "We just finished shooting a video for another song from 'The Apostasy'. Picking 'At The Left Hand Ov God' as our next single seemed to be a natural choice. We wanted to do something new and refreshing. This is the most epic clip we've ever done. Darek Szczepanski from Group 13, a company based in Wroclaw, Poland, was in charge for the production. We had 20 people working for us for two days, 15 hours straight. Sit tight and get ready for something huge and disturbing!"

As previously reported, BEHEMOTH will film its February 17, 2008 concert at La Locomotive in Paris, France for an upcoming DVD.

Commented Nergal: "I've been thinking about this DVD for a long time now. Our last release, 'Crush.Fukk.Create', seems to be pretty outdated. We've released two records in new lineup since then, we've toured the world few times and definitely grew as a band and developed our stage show. It's time for something fresh and exciting! We've managed to collect over 100 tapes documenting all the touring for our last two records. Some of the most insane footage was caught there. Fall/winter release on Regain Records is planned.”

BEHEMOTH recently inked new deals with Nuclear Blast Records (Europe) and Metal Blade Records (USA).

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Moonsorrow Announce EP Tracklisting

Finnish metallers MOONSORROW recently began recording a new EP called Tulimyrsky.

The EP is to be issued in late March, and will feature the following tracklisting: 'Tulimyrsky' (new song), 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' (METALLICA cover), 'Taistelu Pohjolasta' (from the Tämä Ikuinen Talvi demo), 'Hvergelmir' (from the Metsä demo), 'Back To North' (MERCILESS cover).

Moonsorrow are confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which takes place at Catton Hall in Derbyshire England, Friday, August 15th through Sunday, August 17th, 2008. This will be the band's only UK festival appearance of 2008.

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In Flames Bassist Gives Injury Update

IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers injured his knee badly prior to the band's January 27th date at B1 Maximum in Moscow, Russia and peformed the gig seated (photo at the left).

The band were all at the famous Red Square doing a photo shoot the morning of the Moscow show. Peter slipped on some ice, hurt his knee, and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Obviously in a lot of pain, he probably shouldn't have left the hospital.

This was the first time for In Flames in Russia, and not wanting to disappoint anyone Peter performed the show like a trooper.

Here is what Peter said about the injury:

"Hey. I'm fine now, but it truly sucked a few days ago.

What happened was that I slipped on some ice on the Red Square and dislocated my knee, hurt like a motherfucker to say the least.

I went to a Russian hospital to drain blood from the knee and to get an x-ray- where I also got support for the leg.

Then I took a lot of painkillers, and went to sleep for a few hours before the show, which I performed while sitting down. Weird, but doable.

When I got back home, the doctor told me to bend my knee as much as possible and move it but not put weight on it.

I should be fine in a few weeks/ a month or so, but I won't be lifting a lot of stuff in the nearest future....

I never thought that something could hurt that much though - I don't recommend it :) "

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Yakuza's "Black Market Liver" Music Video Online

Chicago's YAKUZA has posted a video for the track "Black Market Liver," which appears on the band's latest effort, "Transmutations." Directed by Sara Jean, the four-minute clip features video imagery, apt to YAKUZA’s unique sound, and can be seen on YouTube or below.

Also in YAZKUA news, the band is currently in the midst of booking tour dates to head down south for the South By Southwest music festival before heading up the West Coast and into Canada. A handful of dates have been confirmed already, and more will be available shortly. YAKUZA has been confirmed to share the stage this weekend at the House of Blues Chicago on labelmates All That Remains’ headlining run when it swoops through The Windy City.

Here are the latest YAKUZA tour dates: More...

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Fatalist Signs To Ibex Moon Records

Ibex Moon Records have announced the signing of FATALIST from Ventura, CA. FATALIST features members Wes Caley (ex-Exhumed, ex-Uphill Battle), Neil Burkdoll (ex-Stump, Dirty Dead), Tyler Castro and Art Hayes. They formed in the spring of 2006 and write music reminiscent of Entombed, Nihilist, Grave, Dismember and Unleashed. FATALIST's demo CD entitled "Loss" was self-released in November of 2007.
You can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.

John McEntee, Owner of Ibex Moon Records comments: "I was blown when I first heard this band. They have such a sincere heavy, catchy and aggressive death metal vibe. It reminded me of the first time I heard some of the classic Scandinavian death metal bands of the late 80's early 90's. I feel that FATALIST is a extremely promising band and will be a staple of the worldwide death metal scene. I'm proud to have them as a part of the Ibex Moon roster."

Neil Burkdoll states, "We are really excited and happy to be working with Ibex Moon. With bands like Nominon, Funerus, and Incantation, how can you go wrong? John has been very supportive of us and we look forward to releasing a great album in 2008."

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Born From Pain Working On New Material

Dutch metallic hardcore heroes BORN FROM PAIN have issued the following update:

“We are currently laying low for a while writing new songs and preparing pre-production for studio dates in a while and an after summer release.

While writing, we are doing 10 days of France and Italy in April so come and check it out. We got a lot of tour stuff waiting in the pipeline to be confirmed. Also, we got a a lot of summer fests confirmed and a lot coming so keep your eyes peeled.

"Our singer Kevin [Otto] is currently fighting with his vocal cord infection and vocal cord troubles he used to have in END OF DAYS days. Our luck that we are writing a lot 'cos he needs rest vocal-wise at this point.

"We sincerely apologize to everybody at De Peppel in Zeist and everyone that bought tickets or was going to come to the show. It is the second time we had to cancel the show in De Peppel and we feel really bad about it, but there was no way that Kevin could do it. We promise to come back and make it up for real!"

BORN FROM PAIN's third album, "War", was released in 2006 through Metal Blade Records. The CD was produced by Tue Madsen (CATARACT, SICK OF IT ALL, KATAKLYSM, HIMSA, HATESPHERE) at Antfarm studio in Denmark and features guest appearances by Jan-Chris de Joeijer (GOREFEST), Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL) and HATESPHERE guitarist Peter "Pepe" Lyse Hansen.

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Wrong Cynic Booked For Wacken Open Air

Drummer Tim Batkin of the reactivated NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) outfit CYNIC (not to be confused with the reunited progressive metallers CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal) has released the following statement via the HellrideMusic.com forum:

"The German people have an enviable and just reputation for thoroughness and attention to detail, so it is very disappointing to report that during negotiations for CYNIC (UK) to play at Wacken [Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany] (including telephone conversations to and from England), that whilst they booked and promoted a British heavy metal band from Worcester, England, they (Thomas from Wacken Open Air) believed he had entered into contract with a thrash metal band from the U.S. Dear Thomas (ever the promoter professional), when he realised his error (well, in fact, he sent our team a link to Wikipedia of CYNIC U.S. and asked if that was us), and when receiving the negative response, binned us from the show.

"So, sorry, guys, we won't be playing. If anyone could suggest another venue, we would be all ears to come and play. In the meantime, and putting this distraction behind us, we will crack on with the album and get it out to you."

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Ministry Schedule U.K. Tour Dates

According to Metal Hammer, MINISTRY will play the following UK dates in May/June:

May 27 - London Kentish Town Forum
May 28 - Norwich Waterfont
May 29 - Manchester Academy
May 30 - Glasgow Academy
Jun. 01 - Bristol Academy
Jun. 02 - Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall

The valedictory line-up will include PRONG frontman Tommy Victor on guitar, alongside fellow guitarist Sin Quirin, as well as PRONG drummer Aaron Rossi, while various guest musicians will also be appearing.

There will, however, be one noticeable absence on the tour, that of long-term MINISTRY collaborator and former KILLING JOKE bassist Paul Raven, who passed away unexpectedly in October last year. "Dude," sighs mainman Al Jourgensen, "we were just going over some of the last tours and some of the concert footage, and I just tried to block it out of my mind. That fucking pirate dude. The thing I keep waiting for is he's such a lazy pothead, that fuck, is that he's not even dead, he's just so stoned he doesn't know he's alive, and he's too lazy to get up and get a fucking job."

Fans are no doubt hoping that MINISTRY will follow in the footsteps of costumed rockers KISS, and eventually go back on their word, but Al is adamant that such cliches are not for him.

"It isn't just KISS, it's everyone! No, dude. I'm going away. I'm a fucking recluse. I'd be happy moving to a trailer park in New Mexico as opposed to 'I really miss it I'm going broke'."

Not that Al will be putting his feet up after the tour. A new REVOLTING COCKS record has just been completed, as has an entire score and soundtrack for a lesbian vampire horror movie called "Wicked Lake", with the soundtrack featuring OBITUARY, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY and PRONG, among others. There's also the not insignificant matter of MINISTRY's imminent, final-ever release, the covers album "Cover Up".

"Just to hear Tommy Victor do 'Space Truckin' [DEEP PURPLE] is worth the price of admission alone," says Al, "because he does all those high falsettos. 'It's A Wonderful World' came out great. Burton C. Bell [FEAR FACTORY] sings on 'Under My Thumb'. It's insane. We played 'Just Got Paid' to [ZZ TOP's] Billy Gibbons and he was like, 'This is waaayyy better than our version!' He's in love with it. We're getting approval from the whole council of elders. They're all like, 'Dude, this is amazing!'"

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Headline News

Living Sacrifice Resurface with Founding Members

Arkansas-based Christian death/thrash metallers LIVING SACRIFICE have returned.

The following message has been posted at the band's MySpace page:

"Living Sacrifice has returned. Founding members Bruce Fitzhugh (vocals / guitar) and Lance Garvin (drums) have reunited with Rocky Gray (lead guitar) and Arthur Green (bass).

"The band will be on tour this summer and we are already writing material for our brand new album, which will be released in 2008. We like and appreciate the fan pages but this is the OFFICIAL Living Sacrifice MySpace page.

"Stay tuned for updates."

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Arch Enemy Update Tour Schedule

ARCH ENEMY check in with the following update:

"Five more shows have been added to Arch Enemy’s Spring 2008 touring schedule. Headline shows in Taiwan, Korea, Holland, Belgium and France are now confirmed!

The 2008 'World Tyranny' touring schedule is now as follows below, with additional shows to be added very soon! Stay tuned for more updates and a US tour announcement!"

Tyrants Of The Rising Sun Japan tour 2008 (with support from SHADOWS FALL):

March
7 - Kawasaki, Japan at Club Citta
8 - Tokyo, Japan at Shinkiba Studio Coast
10 - Nagoya, Japan at Club Diamond Hall
11 - Osaka, Japan at Namba Hatch

See Arch Enemy's complete tour itinerary at this location.

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All Shall Perish Return To The Studio

After touring ten out of twelve months in 2007, ALL SHALL PERISH have retreated to their studio to write their follow-up album to The Price Of Existence set to be released worldwide on Nuclear Blast Records in 2008.

Guitarist Ben Orum comments on the progress of the new record:

“After touring Europe, Australia and the States we are finally back at home writing the new record. Fans of us, old and new alike, will not be let down by the insanity that we have been creating in our studio. We are trying a lot of new ideas, and they are coming out far more exciting than we ever envisioned. We are set to prove once again we are not some fly-by-night ‘Deathcore’ band.”

On a seperate note, ALL SHALL PERISH fill-in bassist and ex-SUFFOCATE bassist Bray Almini has put together a website dedicated to all of the quotes guitarist Chris Storey has said over the years, it can be viewed in its hilarity at www.itsstoreytime.com

Says Bray Almini about the site: “Chris is the funniest shredder virtuoso out there. Some of the things that come out of his mouth make me fall to the floor in laughter.. we decided to create www.itsstoreytime.com to keep a record of it all. Check it out.. you’ll love him.”

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Fair To Midland Announce Headlining Shows

Offdates for FAIR TO MIDLAND’s trip out with Serj Tankian include:

February 17 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
February 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
February 20 - Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
February 22 - Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium
February 24 - Nashville, TN @ Rock-e-town
February 26 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
February 27 - Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
February 29 - Lubbock, TX @ The Pavilion
March 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
March 5 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ San Luis Obispo Brew
March 6 - Fresno, CA @ The Exit
March 7 - Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk

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More Throwdown, Soilwork Dates Announced

More dates have been tacked on to the ongoing THROWDOWN, SOILWORK, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD tour:

February 29 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
March 1 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
March 2 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
March 3 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
March 4 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
March 5 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
March 7 - Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
March 8 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Firestone
March 9 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone
March 10 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
March 11 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
March 12 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
March 13 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
March 14 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
March 15 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
March 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
March 18 - New York, NY @ The Blender Theater
March 19 - Montreal, QC @ Le Studio
March 20 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
March 21 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
March 22 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
March 23 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
March 24 - Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
March 25 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
March 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
March 27 - Boise, ID @ The Big Easy
March 28 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
March 29 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
March 31 - Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
April 1 - Fresno, CA @ The Belmont
April 2 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
April 3 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

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Death Angel Post "Killing Season" E Card Online

An e-card for DEATH ANGEL new album, "Killing Season", can be accessed at this location. Due on February 26, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was recorded at Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH, VELVET REVOLVER, SHADOWS FALL and STONE SOUR, among other acts.

"Killing Season" track listing:

01. Lord of Hate
02. Sonic Beatdown
03. Dethroned
04. Carnival Justice
05. Buried Alive
06. Soulless
07. The Noose
08. When Worlds Collide
09. God vs God
10. Steal the Crown
11. Resurrection Machine

In the January 2008 issue of Decibel magazine, DEATH ANGEL vocalist Mark Osegueda explains how the group's collaboration with Raskulinecz came about. "We're friends with [Canadian rocker Danko Jones], and Nick was actually working on the new Danko record about to come out," says Mark. "We were already talking to different producers, and we'd heard Danko was working with this guy, and we were like, 'Wow, how'd you get that guy?' And Danko walked into the studio one day wearing his DEATH ANGEL hoodie, and Nick went, 'DEATH ANGEL!' and picked up a guitar and started playing the riffs to 'Seemingly Endless Time'. Danko e-mailed us the next day, and suggested we send down our demos to see if he was even interested. We did — Nick loved them, and the timing worked out; he had downtime and we needed to get into the studio within three weeks. All the pieces of the puzzle basically fell into place, and it's been magical."

Caustic Truths! recently conducted an audio interview with DEATH ANGEL vocalist Mark Osegueda. Click on the "Play" button below to listen to the chat.

A brand new DEATH ANGEL song, entitled "Sonic Beatdown", has been posted on the group's MySpace page.

DEATH ANGEL and FORBIDDEN will team up for two special shows — on February 28 and February 29 — at Slim's in San Francisco, California.

DEATH ANGEL's last CD, "The Art of Dying", was released in May 2004 through Nuclear Blast Records. The group's first studio album since 1990's "Act III" was recorded at SF Soundworks studios in San Francisco, California with producer Brian Joseph Dobbs (VOIVOD, MANMADEGOD).

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Metallica Confirm Russian Date

METALLICA will perform at the SKK Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia on July 18. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

May 28 - Chorzow, Poland - Slaski Stadium
May 30 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop
May 31 - Madrid, Spain - Electric Weekend
Jun. 03 - Prague, Czech Republic - Slavia Stadium
Jun. 05 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock In Rio Lisboa
Jun. 07 - Nürburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
Jun. 08 - Nürnberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
Jul. 16 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen
Jul. 18 - St. Petersburg, Russia - SKK Hall
Jul. 22 - Bologna, Italy - Parco Nord

MetClub, the official METALLICA fan club web site, last week sent the following e-mail to its members:

"Hopefully you all know by now, the boys will be heading back to Europe this summer... Just a friendly 'heads up' that a few more shows are coming your way as we're getting ready to announce dates on the second part of their summer vacation. Most of these shows will have pre-sales for Clubbers only, so keep watching MetClub for more details. As for you Americans who have been having a good moan, we'll have a little something for you next week. No more hints for now..."

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently spoke with Revolver magazine about the band's ninth studio album, which is expected out later this year and will be its first all-new effort since 2003's "St. Anger". Ulrich told the magazine that the group's new material "is certainly a lot more dynamic and a lot more varied than the last couple of go-rounds," adding, "There's a lot of light and shade in these songs. There's heavy, fast, nutty stuff, and then there's some slowdowns and musical interludes." Ulrich also said that the album has more in common with some of the group's '80s releases than more recent offerings like "St. Anger" and "Load".

Ulrich wouldn't agree that the yet-to-be-titled disc is a full-blown return to the past, saying, "I hate to be that specific, because six months from now people are gonna go, 'What the fuck? Lars lied to us!' But it feels that way to me."

The drummer also revealed that producer Rick Rubin, working with the band for the first time, wanted METALLICA to use classic efforts like "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets" as "reference points" for its new songs.

There's no word yet on an exact release date for the new METALLICA CD, although a late summer release is likely.

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Drowning Pool Singer Featured On D.E.M. Demos

Long-defunct Indiana band D.E.M. (DEUS EX MACHINA), which existed between the years 1994 and 1997, has posted some of its early demo recordings featuring former SOIL and current DROWNING POOL vocalist Ryan McCombs. Check them out at this location.

After the members of SOIL heard Ryan with D.E.M. on a compilation disc from California called "Rock 'n Roll Myths" (released by Wild Rags Records), they sought him out in Indiana and asked him to join the group.

DROWNING POOL has been on the road in support of its third album, "Full Circle", which marks the recording debut of McCombs.

DROWNING POOL lost its first singer, Dave Williams, to heart disease in 2002, and parted with a second vocalist and a record label while attempting its first comeback two years later.

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More Bands Confirmed For 2008 Download Fest

According to numerous website posts, KISS have been confirmed as the third headliners of the three day event to be held at the prestigious Donington Park in England, alongside The Offspring and Lost Prophets. Also newly confirmed to perform are Motorhead and Rise Against. Judas Priest and H.I.M. are also scheduled to play. It's believed that H.I.M. will schedule the second stage but which day is yet to be announced.

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Soil Video Interview Posted Online

Lacey Conner, villainess co-star of VH1's hit TV show "Rock of Love" featuring POISON's Bret Michaels, conducted an interview with SOIL members Tim King and Adam Zadel at the Dean Guitars booth at this year's winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show, which was held January 17-20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Watch the three-minute clip below.

SOIL recently amicably parted ways with guitarist Shaun Glass due to "personal differences." The band will not seek a replacement guitarist but will remain a four-piece, with vocalist AJ Cavalier filling in on some of the guitar duties.

SOIL's latest CD, "True Self", was released in May 2006 via DRT Entertainment. The follow-up to 2004's "Redefine" was recorded and mixed at Bomb Shelter studios in Los Angeles, California with producer Ulrich Wild (STATIC-X, TAPROOT).

Following his departure from SOIL, Shaun will focus all his efforts on DIRGE, the new extreme metal project which he formed with THE DOOMSDAY SOCIAL drummer James Knight (ex-THE BLANK THEORY, CHACOPA) and A TEXAS FUNERAL vocalist Jermz.

According to Shaun, who previously played bass in the 1990s death metal act BROKEN HOPE, DIRGE's musical direction is "total fucking extreme metal in a very modern thrash style." More...

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Cavalera Conspiracy Reveal Album Artwork

The cover artwork of "Inflikted", the debut album from THE CAVALERA CONSPIRACY — the new project featuring SEPULTURA founding members Max (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) alongside vocalist Joe Duplantier (bass) of the French progressive death metallers GOJIRA and SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo — has been posted online at this location. (Note: The previously circulated "artwork" for this album was used on the promotional CD only and was never intended for the finished product.)

"Inflikted" will be released in North America on March 25, 2008 via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally). Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) makes a cameo bass appearance on one track. Another song is a collaboration between Max, Joe and Richie Cavalera (INCITE) on vocals.

This long-anticipated reunion between the Cavalera brothers is something fans across the globe have been waiting for since SEPULTURA's last gig at Brixton Academy in December 1996. Hailing from Belo Horizonte in central Brazil, SEPULTURA gained a legendary reputation as the one of the most highly regarded and successful death/thrash metal bands of all time, with two gold albums under their belts both in the UK and the USA — "Chaos A.D." (1994) and "Roots" (1996).

"When Igor and I met at the 10th annual D-Low Memorial Show [in 2006] and got the instruments in our hands, it was like we had never been separated. The metal was flowing in our veins," Max previously said. "It was the same in the studio."

Recording took place this past July at Undercity Studios in Los Angeles, with rising production star Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist). Among the 11 songs set to appear are "Inflikted", "Bloodbrawl", "Terrorize" (formerly "Holy Poison"), "The Doom of All Fires", "Ultra-Violent" and " Sanctuary". A b-side cover of the POSSESSED death/thrash classic "The Exorcist" was also recorded.

"Inflikted" final track listing:

01. Inflikted
02. Sanctuary
03. Terrorize (formerly "Holy Poison")
04. Black Ark
05. Ultra-Violent
06. Hex
07. The Doom Of All Fires
08. Bloodbrawl
09. Nevertrust
10. Hearts Of Darkness
11. Must Kill

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The Agonist Singer Speaks On Songwriting

THE AGONIST vocalist Alissa White-Gluz has issued the following update in the wake of her invitation to the fans to submit song ideas for the band's next album:

"Hey everyone,

I just wanted to extend a huge thank you to everyone who wrote in and told me about what's on their mind. I was extremely touched that so many of you opened up completely and took the time to share personal thoughts with me. I got so many that it has taken me quite some time to read through them all, and I have chosen a few that I really think I can work with. I will be in contact with the minds behind those this week.

I specified that I did not want actual songs, just ideas, because when it comes down to it I need to sing my own words, but I still appreciate those of you who showed me your material!

So, once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, you really keep me going!"

-Alissa

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Skitliv Replace Om At Roadburn Festival

Organizers of the 13th Annual Roadburn Festival, taking place April 18th - 19th, at the 013 Club in Tilburg, The Netherlands, have announced that Norway's SKITLIV will be replacing OM as part of the David Tibet Curates Roadside 2008, scheduled on Sunday, April 20th.

The full line-up of artists playing tis event include: ÆTHENOR, BABY DEE, CURRENT 93, RICKIE LEE JONES and SKITLIV.

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Opeth Reveal New Album Title And More

The following press release has been announced:

New York, NY: "Swedish progressive metal titans Opeth, often credited as being forward thinkers who are a genre of one, are proud to announce Watershed as the title of their forthcoming album, due out on Roadrunner Records on June 2nd, 2008. The album, recorded in the band's native Sweden and produced by frontman/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt and Jens Bogren, is a masterwork that follows the time-honored Opeth tradition; its modern yet timeless, progressive yet paying homage to the sounds of classic rock.

Watershed is truly one of those special records that cycles through a variety of moods, speeds and textures, complete with lots of subtleties and nuances of sound. Because of its expansive scope, Watershed is destined to land the album atop many "Best Of" lists. Album opener 'Coil' is a gorgeous acoustic number, featuring local folk vocalist Nathalie Lorichs, while 'Heir Apparent' will knock listeners unconscious with its blunt force metal. Always one to defy the rules, Opeth posits sung vocals over artillery-like blast beats on 'The Lotus Eater', cementing their reputation as innovators and redefiners.

Watershed combines elements of modern metal, prog rock, free jazz and hints of European folk music, all of which come together for a seamless, unique collection of songs that will leave an indelible mark upon all who listen. Watershed is the first Opeth release to feature new guitarist Fredrik Akesson and drummer Martin Axenrot and is the band's second effort for Roadrunner Records. Watershed is the eagerly awaited follow up to 2005's critically acclaimed Ghost Reveries. The complete track listing is as follows: 'Coil', 'Heir Apparent', 'The Lotus Eater', 'Burden', 'Porcelain Heart', 'Hessian Peel' and 'Hex Omega'."

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Dream Theater Announce Opening Band Winners

Dream Theater has posted the following update regarding the competition to open for them on tour: "Well the response was simply overwhelming...within the first few days of the contest, there were over 500 entries! Although the initial rule was that only the first 20 bands from each country was eligible, in some cases up to 50 bands from each country were considered before making a decision."

"There were many factors involved in choosing the bands:
First and foremost was the music (in itself having many variables), but other deciding factors included having previous live experience, professionalism and presentation based on their website or myspace page, and even their taste in music represented by their list of influences or top friends (which helped indicate the type of audience they were trying to reach with their music)..."

"We wish the best of luck to all the bands that submitted entries and just because you weren't picked doesn't mean you weren't the best or most qualified...(perhaps your entry simply arrived 1 hour later than the last cutoff band)....so keep at it so we can open for you in 20 years!"

Here are the winners that will be sharing the stage with Dream Theater throughout South America: More...

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