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Metal News for February 7, 2004

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7 news articles posted on this day.

Cold Replaces Guitiarist, Early Recordings Online

COLD have announced the addition of guitarist Eddie Rendini (ex-DARWIN'S WAITING ROOM) to the group's ranks. Rendini joins the band as the replacement for Terry Balsamo, who recently left COLD to hook up with EVANESCENCE.

"I just wanted to thank everyone for this amazing welcome into an amazing family!" Eddie said in a statement posted on COLD's official message board. "Destiny has a funny way of working itself out… and it was just meant to be that I would be writing and performing with these brilliant musicians. So, I would just like to take this opportunity to let you all know that I will do the very best that I can to not let you guys down.. and thanks for the very warm extended welcome. With every page that is turned.. there is a new one that follows.. And the story does not end here! Scooter, Kelly, Jeremy, Sam and I… we're gonna blow this shit up! Thanks again!"

As previously reported, EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee announced last month that Balsamo had officially replaced Ben Moody — who left EVANESCENCE in October — adding that Balsamo had elected to quit COLD because he was unhappy over frontman Scooter Ward's recent trips to a rehabilitation facility. She subsequently apologized to COLD, stating in an online posting, "It was not my place to make any statements about the status of COLD — COLD is not my band. I've never claimed to be perfect, and I'm not too proud to admit when I'm wrong. To the band: Sorry guys, I didn't mean to hurt anything for you. I'm new at this and I still sometimes forget that the world is listening."

In other news, an early COLD recording, made while the band were still calling themselves GRUNDIG, has been made available for download at this location. The six-song recording, dubbed "Live At Furies", was reportedly made during the "heavy grunge era" and bears little resemblance to the band that released last year's critically acclaimed "Year of the Spider" CD.

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Evergreen Terrace Launch Online Player

Eulogy Recordings' EVERGREEN TERRACE are release an album of covers. Scheduled for release February 17th, "Writer's Block" will include covers of great songs orignally by NOFX, Operation Ivy, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, and many more. EVERGREEN TERRACE has launched an online player featuring streaming versions of their Smashing Pumpkins and NOFX covers.

The player can be accessed here.

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Rag Men Put Music Player Online

Featuring past and present members of such well known hardcore acts as MADBALL, HATEBREED, EARTH CRISIS, MERAUDER, and SKARHEAD, RAG MEN have launched an online player In preparation for their self-titled debut album, to be released by Eulogy Recordings February 17th. The player streams two songs that prove this supergroup will devastate all in their path.

Check out the RAG MEN player here.

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Lords Ready 'House That Lords Built' EP

Louisville, Kentucky's LORDS are readying their debut CDEP "House That Lords Built" for release by Initial Records on April 20th, 2004. Featuring members of Louisville's THE NATIONAL ACROBAT and other local luminaries such as BROTHERS OF CONQUEST, SLOW SUICIDE, IRINA, and RED SUN, LORDS have quickly made a name for themselves, playing a music style that might be described as BLACK FLAG meets KARP with early IRON MAIDEN guitar runs sprinkled throughout; hints of old RYE COALITION and INK & DAGGER can also be found if you look hard enough.

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Jesse Leach Joins Killswitch Engage On New CD

Former Killswitch Engage/Current Seemless vocalist Jesse David Leach is expected to sing back-up vocals on one of the tracks from Killswitch Engage's upcoming, as-yet untitled new album. Killswitch Engage are currently hard at work on the effort, which is presently slated for a tentative a May 11th release date through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam.

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Ex-Machine Head and Pitchshifter Cover St. Anger

Former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader has teamed up with ex-PITCHSHIFTER/current DOHENY frontman J.S. Clayden to record a cover version of METALLICA's "St. Anger". The recording is expected to appear on a Cleopatra Records compilation, due later in the year.

Says J.S. "I've known Logan for a while and it was a no-brainer to ask him to join me on guitar for the track. We rocked it out in a few days and I'm really happy with the result. I'm sure the purist out there will freak because this version is mangled with breakbeats and drum and bass elements, but I think the end result is respectful of the original with an interesting spin. Although DOHENY is my new baby, I am still doing 'PITCHSHIFTER'-style mixes in my spare time for projects that sound fun like this one."

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The Haunted Recording New Album

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED will enter Studio Fredman in Gothenburg on February 23 to begin recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due late summer through an as-yet-undetermined label.

The group, who were recently rejoined by original vocalist Peter Dolving (MARY BEATS JANE, THE PETER DOLVING BAND) following the departure of Marco Aro, recorded a pre-production tape of four new songs last month for shopping purposes. A three-song CD containing the tracks "Almost Alive", "99" and "Burnt To A Shell" is currently being used to procure a new record deal for the group.

THE HAUNTED, who are expected to spend five weeks in the studio recording and mixing their new album, fulfilled their contractual obligations to Earache Records with the release of 2003's "One Kill Wonder".

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