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Metal News for February 6, 2008

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29 news articles posted on this day.

Mia Hope Signs To Forgotten Empire Records

Forgotten Empire Records have signed hardcore/grind band Mia Hope. The label will be releasing their new EP in the near future.

In related news, Forgotten Empire also signed indie/rock giants Slacks. Slacks have released material on Translation loss records and will be releasing their new yet untitled album in 2008.

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APC Guitarist Talks About His Work with GNR

The Pulse of Radio reports that ASHES DIVIDE, the new project fronted by A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel, has launched its own YouTube channel at this location. An initial group of interviews between Howerdel and MTV personality Matt Pinfield has been posted at the site. In the exchanges, Howerdel discusses his musical upbringing, recording with A PERFECT CIRCLE, the assembly of the ASHES DIVIDE touring band and the inspiration behind some of the project's songs.

One little-known fact about Howerdel is that before forming A PERFECT CIRCLE with TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan in 2000, he spent several years working on the still-unreleased GUNS N' ROSES album, "Chinese Democracy". Howerdel told The Pulse of Radio what he contributed to the record. "I came in there initially to program some guitar sounds, and then wound up hitting it off with Axl (Rose, GUNS frontman), and then my job kind of migrated into the computer guy. I don't know what you would call me exactly. I kind of was there all night with Axl as he would work. The band came in during the day with a producer and would work most of the day, and then I would come in ten o'clock at night, say goodbye to those guys, Axl would show up later on, and then we'd do our thing all night and then do it the next day."

ASHES DIVIDE's debut album, "Keep Telling Myself It's All Right", is due out on April 8. The first single is called "The Stone". Howerdel sings and plays guitar, bass and keyboard on the album, which also features A PERFECT CIRCLE's Josh Freese on drums and Maynard James Keenan's 11-year-old son Devo on cello.

ASHES DIVIDE has yet to announce tour plans or a live lineup. More...

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Deadbird and Burned Up Bled Dry Split 7" Planned

At A Loss Recordings has announced a split seven inch release between the two Arkansas veterans Deadbird and Burned Up Bled Dry. All tracks will be exclusive to this split release. Deadbird will contribute one new song and Burned Up Bled Dry will contribute four or five new tracks.

This release will either be a precursor, simultaneous, or the aftermath of Deadbird's upcoming full length, "Twilight Ritual," depending on when the finished cover work arrives.

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Roadkill Announce More Tour Dates

After the succesfull tour in December as support from Vengeance, ROADKILL is ready for the second leg of their promotion-tour to support the "Dark Side" EP.

February kicks off on the 15th with the "Metal Battle Zuid Holland" in the Baroeg, Rotterdam. ROADKILL has been selected to participate in this great national contest. This show is followed by a series of shows with VENGEANCE yet again.

ROADKILL have also announced two shows with the American guitar hero JOE STUMP in Harderwijk and Nieuw - Vossemeer.

During this February/March leg of the tour, ROADKILL will play classics from their earlier albums, songs from the new EP "Dark Side," but also brand new songs which are not recorded yet and never been played live.

Here are the latest Roadkill tour dates:

15 feb. Baroeg ROTTERDAM (Metal Battle Zuid Holland)
17 feb. Estrado HARDERWIJK (supporting Vengeance and Special Guest Joe Stump)
22 feb. De Pul UDEN (supporting Vengeance)
23 feb. Het Kasteel ALPHEN A/D RIJN (supporting Vengeance)
01 mrt 't Wagenhuis NIEUW VOSSEMEER (supporting Joe Stump)
09 mrt Plein 79 DEN BOSCH (supporting Vengeance)

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Deranged Announce More Festival Appearances

Swedish death metal masters DERANGED have scheduled the following dates:


Feb. 26 - Wermelskirchen, AJZ Bahndamm - Germany
Feb. 27 - Bad Mittendorf, Take Five - Austria
Feb. 28 - München, Titanic - Germany
Feb. 29 - Burgdorf, Kulturkeller - Switzerland
Mar. 01 - Berlin, K17 - Germany
Mar. 02 - Tilburg, Little Devil – Holland

Festival appearances:

May 01 - Fuck The Commerce Fest - Altes Lager, Germany
May 02 - Hardtaste Open Air Fest - Hassleben, Germany
May 23-25 - Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD (U.S.A.)
Jun. 12-14 - Death Fest Open Air - Hünxe (Germany)
Jul. 10-12 - Obscene Extreme - Trutnov (Czech Rep.)
Jul. 25-26 - Eisenwahn - Obersinn (Germany)
Sep. 12-13 - Tunes Of Death - Meckleburg (Germany)
Sep. 20 – Filthrock - Prenzlau (Germany)

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Testament Announce Russian Tour Dates

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have scheduled two dates in Russia in June:

June 01 - Moscow, Russia - Shadow Club
June 03 - Saint-Petersburgh, Russia - Port Club

In other news, fellow Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL, who were scheduled to perform with TESTAMENT on their Southern California/Las Vegas dates, have dropped off the bill. The following dates will go ahead with TESTAMENT and LAAZ ROCKIT:

April 10 - Santa Ana, CA - The Coach House
April 11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Canyon Club
April 12 - Hollywood, CA - The Key Club More...

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Merauder Reveal New Album Title and Artwork

ong-running New York-based metal/hardcore band MERAUDER will release its fourth studio album, "Gangsta", in the spring. Check out the cover artwork at this location.

A new MERAUDER song, entitled "Until", is available for streaming on the group's MySpace page.

Former MERAUDER guitarist Sob (real name: Javier Carpio) passed away in April 2006 at the age of 33. A founding member of the acclaimed New York-based metal/hardcore act, Sob played on all three of the band's albums — 1996's "Master Killer", 1999's "5 Deadly Venoms" and 2003's "Bluetality" — which were released through the Century Media label.

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Insision Announce Festival Dates

Swedish death metallers INSISION have lined up the following live dates:

2 - UG Fest 2008 - Orebro, Sweden

12 - 14 - Deathfest Open Air - Hünxe, Germany

7 - 8 - Party.San Open Air - Bad Berka, Germany More...

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Meshuggah Post New Song, "Bleed," Online

A new track, entitled "Bleed," from the upcoming MESHUGGAH album, obZen, has been posted on their Myspace page.

The track comes off the band's upcoming album, "obZen," to be released on March 7, 2008 in Europe and March 11, 2008 in North America.

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King's X Announce New Album Release Date For Japan

The Japanese release date for KING'S X' new album, Go Tell Somebody, has been announced - March 26th via Avalon. Inside Out Music will release the album shortly after in Europe and North America. Go Tell Somebody was produced by the legendary Michael Wagener's (METALLICA, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT) at WireWorld Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Impaled Bassist Speaks On Label Split

Metal Maniacs' Justin M. Norton recently conducted an interview with members of IMPALED (bassist/vocalist Ross Sewage, guitarist/vocalist Sean McGrath, guitarist/vocalist Jason Kocol) about the band's latest album, "The Last Gasp", their split with Century Media, signing to Willowtip, and their affection for medical terminology. The feature can be found in the February issue. Excerpts follow:

Metal Maniacs: Tell me about the switch from Century Media to Willowtip and how it affected the new album.

Ross Sewage: We got our asses dropped. It kind of happened to a lot of Century Media bands. They were cleaning house. We never really had that good of a relationship on either side. Just the one record…

Sean McGrath: We had like a three-album contract…

Ross Sewage: And of course some kids thought that meant we could force them to put out three albums but that's not how the music industry works. We were never even supposed to be on Century Media; we were supposed to be on Olympic. So we probably would have been dropped about a year earlier had that happened.

Sean McGrath: Olympic went out of business a year after we signed the contract and a couple of bands stayed on Century Media.

Metal Maniacs: Did you actively go looking for a new label or did Willowtip come to you?

Ross Sewage: The man who had gotten us signed at Century Media and who subsequently left two weeks after we got signed recommended us to Willowtip and let them know we were in the market for a label. There was talk with some different labels but Willowtip definitely came out on top as someone who was willing to put up with us which is important. In fairness to Century Media we're not an easy band to work with…we micromanage.

Sean McGrath: We tend to do a lot of stuff ourselves which some labels don't like.

Metal Maniacs: Did Century Media not like your cover art?

Ross Sewage: They didn't like a lot of our interviews. They said we were too dry because we never laugh and have a good time.

Metal Maniacs: For better or worse you get saddled with the CARCASS comparison.

Ross Sewage: We like our medical terminology. We're attracted to that kind of expression because we were all kids when [CARCASS] came out and were like, "This is fucking cool." I like looking through books about forensics, too. We owe them a great debt of gratitude for imagery and making death metal that actually rocked a lot of time. They were tongue-in-cheek and we are tongue-sticking-right-out-of-the-mouth-making-a-raspberry.

Metal Maniacs: Are you happy with the new album?

Sean McGrath: Nope.

Ross Sewage: No, it's terrible. Awful. It's the worst thing ever recorded in history. If fans see it at a record store, steal it. Steal from the record store and then pay us what you would have spent. If you send the money to us you aren't going to Hell.

The February issue of Metal Maniacs is on sale now.

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KISS Members Talk About Download Appearance

KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have comented on the band's co-headlining appearance at this year's Download festival, se to take place at Castle Donington, UK the weekend of June 13-15.

Said Simmons: "For 35 years, we have prided ourselves in our opening: YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST, THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD. We are throwing down the gauntlet. Let those who are faint of heart, take heed. We will take no prisoners."

Added Stanley: "I've always prided myself in living up to and beyond the legend. I can tell you we are ready to seize the moment and add to that legend. We remain KISS to our souls, and that truth will be deafeningly clear this June."

Download festival billing is shaping up as follows:

KISS (headliner)
LOSTPROPHETS (headliner)
THE OFFSPRING (headliner)

Tickets for Download 2008 will go on sale on February 8 at 9:00 a.m. Prices are as follows: a full weekend ticket: £130, standard camping: £20, camper van: £40, family zone camping: £20, lockers: £11, parking £10 in advance or £15 on the day. There will be a variety of ticket packages available to buy, including the RIP packages (a VIP package) from £315.

For Club or VIP Experience packages, please call 020 7009 3484 to discuss your requirements.

Disabled customers can call 0121 767 9729 to discuss accessibility arrangements. Please note, disabled customers will be provided with one free ticket for their helper, where required. Should additional helper tickets be required, please call the disabled access ticket line on 0121 767 9729 or email access@downloadfestival.co.uk

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Iron Maiden Drummer Checks In

IRON MAIDEN fan site MaidenNorway.com has posted a new diary entry from MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain. Read it at this location.

IRON MAIDEN's Somewhere Back In Time - World Tour '08 trek revisits the band's incredible history by focusing almost entirely on the '80s in both choice of songs played and the stage set, which is based around the legendary Egyptian production of the 1984-85 Powerslave tour. This is arguably be the most elaborate and spectacular show the band have ever presented, and includes some key elements of their Somewhere In Time tour of 1986/7, such as the Cyborg Eddie.

MAIDEN's "Live After Death" DVD has just been released in North American. The set is the legendary recording of IRON MAIDEN's four-night stand at Long Beach Arena, California, in 1984.

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Textures Confirm New Album Title and Tracklisting

After the tremendously successful album Drawing Circles, Dutch metallers TEXTURES are back with their third album for Listenable, "pushing down the barriers of musical conformity with its unique sophisticated metal style," according to a press release. The Dutch band now reveals the title and tracklisting of their forthcoming release which will be called Silhouettes due to be released on April 21st.

Silhouettes tracklisting: 'Old Days Born Anew', 'The Sun's Architect', 'Awake', 'Laments Of An Icarus', 'One Eye For A Thousand', 'State Of Disobedience', 'Storm Warning', 'Messengers', 'To Erase A Lifetime'.

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Democide Replace Ventflow At Malefice Show

The following has been posted by young metallers Democide via their Myspace:

"Due to Lee being in hospital, hope you get well soon brother, we are joing the bill with some HEAVY AS FUCK BANDS pushing RISING FROM DEATH up for us to open!

This could be our last gig due to having a few problems within the band so come along from the start and show us what you're made of!!!

Doors open at 7.15 and we're on at 7.40! £5 entry!

Just incase you don't know are the names of all the bands playing!





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Deicide Reveal "Till Death Do Us Part" Artwork

Earache Records has revealed the cover artwork for DEICIDE's forthcoming album, "Till Death Do Us Part", tentatively due in April.

DEICIDE bassist/vocalist Glen Benton entered the doors of Morrisound studios in Tampa last December to record vocals for the CD.

Glen's greater focus and concentration has allowed him to record his vocals on songs like "Not As Long As We Both Shall Live" and "Till Death Do us Part" with greater ease than ever before. "We're rolling through the shit quickly," he said. "I've got a lot more power in my diaphragm and can do whole paragraphs (of lyrics) at a time."

The songs, however, have proved challenging enough that a even a rejuvenated Glen Benton would have to push himself to the very limit. "The lyrics are a lot faster," he explained. "I had to revamp my vocal stylings to do this...try different techniques."

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Skullhog To Release Split With Regurgitate

SKULLHOG (formerly BILE) have posted the following update:

“Regurgitated Semen Records is waiting for the covers to arrive and shit will finally be released. Expect an aural beating of unmatched brutality. REGURGITATE go for the throat with 3 whirlwind-blasts of bloodpslattered carnage and nihilism while SKULLHOG clobbers and drags themselves through 3 heinous and primitive rituals of blunt object mutilation.

Oh yeah, the equally long awaited SKULLHOG / COFFINS split 7? will see the light of day through No Escape Records in about a month from now, so keep your pants on.”

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Dead Eyes Post New Song Online

DEAD EYES, hailing from Greensboro, NC, has posted a new track, titled "Trials", on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the group's recently released debut split CD with ANYTHING ON FIRE (featuring members of GLASS CASKET and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME) on Forsaken Recordings. The effort was produced by a handful of engineers, including Kyle Rakes (guitarist of BLOODJINN), Bill Snow (SNAPCASE, BLOODJINN), Drew Fulk (MY HERO IS ME, ADVENT) and Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT).

DEAD EYES will hit the road in March in support of BLOODJINN as well as A STAINED GLASS ROMANCE on the "AYOOOOO Tour".

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Acheron Post New Demo Online

Ohio-based black/death metal band ACHERON has issued the following update:

"The infamous Satanic black/death metal band ACHERON has recently finished up their new 2008 demo. Band members Vincent Crowley and Kyle Severn decided it would be an interesting idea to create a MySpace page just for the new demo. This will let the fans get to hear the new material and be able to comment on what they think of it.

"There are three songs featured on the new demo:

01. Power And Might
02. Godless? (We Are Gods!)
03. Rise Of Rebellion

"These songs will be re-recorded for the next ACHERON album, which will be entitled 'The Final Conflict'. So check out the new ACHERON page and join their 'friends' list. Comments are always welcomed! And interested record labels can contact the band there also."

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Fate Post New Song Online

Head over to FATE's MySpace page to check out "Your Creed is Greed", the first track available from the band's upcoming Metal Blade debut, "Vultures".

Hailing from Carmichael, California this five-piece band does not compromise the veracity of their music for anyone. Deeply influenced by all things extreme and thrashy, FATE has directed their intense admiration of metal into the focus needed to create music for a new generation of metalheads! Speed, ferocity, and the ability to write viciously energetic songs will surely set FATE apart from other acts as they prepare to take the metal world by storm with "Vultures".

FATE is currently gearing up to head out on the road with DANCE CLUB MASSACRE, CATALEPSY and BLIND WITNESS starting February 19 in Newport Beach, California.

"Vultures" is scheduled for release on April 29.

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Slayer Announces RockHard Helmet Line

Slayer has joined forces with O'Neal USA, one of the leading manufacturers of motorcycle and BMX accessories, to produce a limited edition of Slayer helmets that feature the band's distinguished and celebrated artwork. The helmets will launch under the name of RockHard, and will be sold at all Cycle Gear locations and at finer motorcycle dealerships worldwide . In addition, each helmet will be certified and numbered with its own Certificate of Authenticity. Slayer's RockHard Helmets go on sale on Monday, February 25 and once they're gone, they are gone.

Slayer's RockHard Helmets will be available in three unique shells: Full Face Street (retail from $349), Off Road Dirt ($249 to $269), and Half Shell (Harley style) ($159 to $179). Every helmet will be boxed in a custom-made container patterned after the Anvil road cases, which are used to transport band equipment while on tour. Each helmet passes the highest safety standards from around the world, certified standards in each country in which they are sold. These standards include DOT, SNELL, Australia, EU, Japan and ECE. Each helmet is produced with the finest materials and is made with the most comfortable liners for a perfect fit every ride.

"The RockHard Helmet line, and the Slayer helmet in particular, has generated a huge amount of buzz with our retail outlet buyers," said Jim O'Neal. "Personally, I'm very psyched about this product as it takes Slayer to another merch level."

RockHard Helmets is also producing limited edition helmets for AC/DC, KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Hustler in its current first "Tour" line up. With nearly 300 artists under contract with the RockHard project, what better way to launch the RockHard line than with the almighty metal icon, Slayer.

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Godhead Part Ways With Drummer

GODHEAD frontman Jason C. Miller has issued the following update:

"If you've been spending all your time reading political blogs, you might not know that we've just recently released our 'Unplugged' EP and that it's available on iTunes internationally, as well as Napster, Rhapsody, eMusic and Amazon.com.

"We did this ALL on our own with NO record label interference, so if you buy it, we'll actually SEE the money (for the first time in our career!).

"Also, we are wrapping up the writing of our new album and about to enter the studio to start recording it! We are anticipating a summer release and plan to be on tour for all of the second half of 2008, in the U.S. and Europe.

"Soon we'll be announcing the album title and also what label will be putting it out, so stay tuned. The album cover and CD booklet (yes we'll still have those) are being designed exclusively by Mister Sam Shearon. If you haven't seen his amazing work, check it out Here.

"On a more solemn note, after a year and a half with Glendon Crain on drums, we're parting ways. We wish him well and he wishes us the same, but it's time for us to move on due to musical differences. We'll be announcing his replacement soon.

"Speaking of the music, this new GODHEAD album is going to be chock-full of goodies for new and old-school fans alike. Besides just a full-length album, we also plan on including plenty of extras like remixes from many of your favorite remixers as well as acoustic versions of some of the songs (for all the new fans we made on the Jonathan Davis acoustic tour). We'll also be giving lots of video reports from the studio as well as having a live webcam broadcasting from the studio so that you can see and hear us recording the music as we lay it down, even the screw-ups! Be sure to log into Godhead.com or GODHEAD's MySpace page or GODHEAD's VampireFreaks page for details."

GODHEAD recently parted ways with Cement Shoes Records, the label that released the band's most recent CD, 2006's "The Shadow Line".

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Krokus Taking "Artistic Break"

In a posting on their official website, Veteran Swiss rockers KROKUS have decided to take an "artistic break".

KROKUS' lineup consists of Marc Storace (vocals), Stefan Schwarzmann (drums), Tony Castell (bass), Mandy Meyer (guitar) and Dominique Fave (guitar).

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More Suffocation/ Napalm Death Dates Announced

SUFFOCATION and NAPALM DEATH have added some more shows to their upcoming European co-headlining tour with WARBRINGER in the support slot. Here are the confirmed dates:

May 8 - Dordrecht, Holland - Bibelot
May 9 - Zaandam, Holland - De Kade
May 10 - Berlin, Germany - SO36
May 11 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre (Rock Hard Festival)
May 12 - Hasselt, Belgium - Muziek-O-Droom
May 13 - Paris, France - La Locomotive
May 14 - Rennes, France - Antipode
May 15 - Biarritz, France - Atabel
May 16 - Durango, Spain - Plateruena
May 17 - Corroios, Spain - Cine Teatro de Corroios
May 18 - Madrid, Spain - Caracol
May 19 - Barcelona, Spain - Mephisto
May 20 - Six Fours Les Plages, France at Espace Anre Malraux
May 21 - Bulle, France - Ebullition
May 22 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
May 23 - Roncade/Treviso, Italy - New Age
May 24 - Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy - Rockplanet
May 25 - Luzern, Switzerland - Schüür
May 26 - Lindau, Switzerland - Club Vauderville
May 27 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Roxy/Garage
May 28 - Tilburg, Holland - 013 (Neurotic Death Fest)
May 29 - Stuttgart, Germany - tba
May 30 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Neurotic Death Fest
May 31 - Magdeburg, Germany - Froximum Arena
June 1 - Warsaw, Poland - Club Progresja
June 2 - Wroclaw, Poland - Club WZ
June 3 - Hannover, Germany - Musikzentrum Hannover
June 4 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
June 5 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
June 6 - Aalborg, Denmark - Studentehuset
June 7 - Hamburg, Germany - TBA

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Saxon Announce St. George's Day Contest

SAXON vocalist Biff Byford has posted this message on the band's official website:

"Hi all you lot,

Hope you all had a good year. Just like to explain the idea behind the set list concept. It should be SAXON songs with an English theme or connection, not British! There will be a prize for the most interesting set, 15 songs, you can explain the connection, if its not obvious give a short reason .e.g 'Battle Cry'... it's about the Battle of Culloden between the Scotts and English. The prize will be an exclusive guitar from DEAN with St. Georges cross art work, two tickets for a 2008 SAXON show, two t-shirts and a chance to visit the band at the studio or back stage. The contest is only through Metal Hammer UK so get thinking. Write your list to: saxon[at]futurenet.co.uk.

Live to rock!"

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In Flames Announce Summer Festival Dates

Swedish metallers IN FLAMES have confirmed and the following festivals this summer:

7 – Rock Am Ring – Nürburgring, Germany
8 – Rock Im Park – Nürnberg, Germany
13 – Greenfields – Interlaken, Switzerland
14 – Nova Rock – Pannonia Fields - Burgenland, Austria
20 – Hellfest – Clisson, France
21 – Nummi Rock – Finland
26 - Peace & Love – Borlänge, Sweden
27 – Hove Festival – Tromøy, Norway
28 – Metal Town – Gothenburg, Sweden

More festivals will be announced soon.

In Flames recently signed a record deal in North America with Koch Records, who will be releasing their new album, A Sense Of Purpose, in USA and Canada and the release date is set to April 1st.

A Sense Of Purpose artwork was created by Alex Pardee, for ZeroFriends (www.eyesuckink.com). Alex has also done the artwork for the first single 'The Mirror’s Truth'.

The release date from Nuclear Blast Records for Europe, and the rest of the World is set for April 4th.

The album will contain the following tracks: 'The Mirror’s Truth', 'Disconnected', 'Sleepless Again', 'Alias', 'I'm The Highway', 'Delight and Angers', 'Move Through Me', 'The Chosen Pessimist', 'Sober and Irrelevant', 'Condemned', 'Drenched In Fear', 'March To The Shore'.

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Sevendust To Support Ozzy Osbourne In Australia

SEVENDUST will open for OZZY OSBOURNE on a string of Australian dates in March, which include:

15 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
18 - Sydney, Australia - Acer Arena
20 - Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

As previously reported, Sevendust are set to release their seventh studio album, Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow, on April 1st.

Hope & Sorrow was produced by Sean Groove, Morgan Rose and John Connolly in Atlanta, GA at Tree Sounds Studios. The release will be their second on the band’s wholly owned record label, 7Bros. Records under Warner Music Group.

For the first time since Animosity (2001), the band has collaborated with outside artists. As the record gets finalized over the next few weeks, identities of the guest appearances will surface - Sevendust felt bringing in some outside friends added a healthy dynamic for the project. Additionally, the band has signed on new management and feels like is a fresh new beginning for 2008!

"It was a challenging and exciting to write. We've spent so much time with angst over our career that is was nice to in a good head space for a change while working on this project." - Morgan Rose, drums

"There was a really relaxed vibe in the studio this time around. I think Hope and Sorrow shows a different side of Sevendust. Heavy but yet still growing in a direction that explores a lot of different things musically for us. I'm excited about the album." - LaJon Witherspoon, vocals

Confirmed tracklisting: 'Inside', 'Enough', 'Hope', 'Scapegoat', 'Fear', 'The Past', 'Prodigal Son', 'Lifeless', 'Sorrow', 'Contradiction', 'Walk Away'.

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Vader Announce Anniversary Tour Changes

VADER's booking agent Massive Music has issued the following update:

"There are two minor changes in the schedule of the upcoming European tournee of VADER. On May 29 the tour will hit Slovenian Ljubljana at Gala Hala Metelkova, on May 31 Hungarian Budapest at Avalon. Due to some technical reasons we have been forced to cancel the show in Bulgaria but we will come back to this country as soon as possible! Vader starts off the tour on April 21 in Berlin, ends up on June 7 in Glauchau. The tour contains 45 shows. We are still looking for some locations in the south of France (for May the 15th) and in the south of Germany (May the 27th). During the upcoming tournee Vader promoting their upcoming anniversary release XXV (Regain Records) will be teaming up with re-activated mighty SEPTIC FLESH and new sensation DEVIAN. The opening act for most of the shows will be INACTIVE MESSIAH.

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Wolf Begin Writing New Material

Swedish thrashers WOLF have issued the following update:

"Writing for the new album is well on the way and we’re wrapping up the final things for a summer recording. We’ll give you more details as things move along.

On February 22-24, we’ll be recording a cover tune in Toyas Studio Seven Sweden/Örebro for a special release by Century Media records and the song we’ve taken on might not be the most obvious choice for a workingclass heavy metal band like Wolf, but rest assured, we're very excited and very proud to get a chance to record this song. Which one it is – we cannot reveal at the time, but we will do so soon.

As many off you’ve seen when watching us onstage lately is that Tobias “Hammershark” Kellgren is not with us anymore. It was a mutual decision taken way back in august that Hammershark was to leave due to lack of time to tour and personal issues, and we can’t let that hold us back. But as you might have noticed, we haven’t exactly been sitting around doing nothing. Nop, we’ve borrowed IN SOLITUDE drummer Uno “Piranha” Bruniosson as live/session drummer for shows and upcoming February recording. We will wait with announcing a permanent drummer so we’re not making any speedy decisions to jeopardize Wolf's or Uno’s future carriers. We’re hard at work, harder than ever, and we goddamn love it! The wolf is loose and was last seen heading your way."

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