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Metal News for February 9, 2008

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Set Your Goals Prepares New DVD

Set Your Goals has issued an update regarding two DVDs projects:

"As most of you know, we had an original DVD edited back in the fall and winter of 2006. This DVD, titled 'Work In Progress,' compiled great documentary style band footage from that entire 2006 year and it was, what we felt to be, a perfect representation of each member of Set Your Goals. But due to a high amount of copyrighted song material we used to edit our footage to, our attorney and label both advised us against releasing the DVD. So ironically enough, 'Work In Progress' is indeed a work-in-progress and has yet to see an official release date. We are still hoping to gain clearance on the music we used in the feature, and hope to get this out in some way still (maybe an online download or stream of sorts) as we are all proud of how it turned out.

"So what about the new SYG DVD? Well, while we are still figuring out how to make 'Work In Progress' viewable to the public, we have been busy compiling footage for a newer, more updated DVD. We have owed our record label, Eulogy Recordings, a DVD for over 2 years now and they are very anxious (as are we) for us to fulfill our DVD agreement and move on to new projects pertaining to SYG. A deadline of April 2008 has been put on this new untitled DVD, and though we are working hard to meet that deadline, we do not want to release any video material prematurely. Even if it does not hit stores by April, we want to promise you all a release by the end of the year.

"We have slowly but surely been going through various film clips we gathered over 2007 to find the best of live songs, interviews, and most importantly, tour shenaniganary! We have been avoiding using any filler or boring video footage just to meet release deadlines. We want to make sure we are giving you all a product you will want to watch time and time again."

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Blast Off Metal Drumming Competition Announced

Grind Percussion has announced Blast Off, the fist drumming competition of it's kind, of which Metalunderground.com one of the many sponsors. Blast Off is a drum competition for metal drummers.

The event will take place on March 29th 2008 at 11:00am at:

Independent Records & Video
937 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80218

Any metal drummer that can get to Denver for the event can enter. There are plans to hold future competitions in other cities - Denver is just the first. The space and time is limited, so get your entry in.

Depending on your level of experience, you will be placed in one of 3 possible divisions:

1. Entry Level - someone who is not in or may be in a local band, but has never shared a stage with a National act.
2. Mid Level - any player who has played in a band that opened for a National act.
3. Top Level - any player who has been in a National or International act.

Each player will be given a total of 8 minutes. Your preparation and playing time is as you see fit, within the time limit. You can play an original song, solo or cover a song. You will have the open option to wear an ipod or other earphone device and may bring your his or her own bass pedals, sticks and seat.

The judging will be handled by John Merryman of Cephalic Carnage, who will also be doing a short introductory drum clinic, Eric Park of Devourment / Hyperion, and Jason Parrott of the Colorado native Skinned.

There are over $8,000.00 in prizes for the winners, guests and raffle winners. The top prize will include a new set of Axis Black Longboard A Bass Pedals with an XL Specialty Road Case. Other prizes will include items from Meinl, Trick, Local drum shops an more.

Many random prizes will also be given away and raffled off including:

Drum Gear
Signed Gear ( a signed sean reinert cymbal from the Cynic "Focus" recording!)
Local Drum & Tattoo certificates
DVD's / CD's
Books / Magazines

You can register here by filling out the short form and waiting for your acceptance email. You'll be notified as soon as possible on the registration results. If there are too many entries, the organizers will either move the venue or choose by lottery.

The event will also give visitors a chance to sit down and try out multiple different bass drum pedals. Courtesy of Rupps Drums, Denver Colorado.

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Buzznet Interviews Hate Eternal and TBDM

Buzznet has posted a new video interview with Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal, where he talks about the new album and his producing career. They've also interviewed John and Bart from The Black Dahlia Murder, who chat about life on the road and off it, and Swedish death metal over a big bag of beef jerky. More...

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Igor Cavalera's "Mixhell" Announces U.S. Dates

MIXHELL — the DJ/hip hop/electro project featuring former SEPULTURA drummer Igor "Iggor" Cavalera and his wife Laima Leyton — has scheduled the following U.S. dates:

Feb. 09 - Echo Franki Chan and My Gay Husband, Los Angeles, California (w/ Data)
Feb. 11 - Franki Chan's Party, Los Angeles, California
Feb. 12 - Vice Party, Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb. 14 - Hiro Ballroom New York, New York (w/ Moby)
Feb. 15 - Click @ Fluid Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar. 13 - AM Only SXSW showcase at Beauty Bar Texas
Mar. 13 - SXSW - VICE Scion Metal Show at Stubbs Texas
Mar. 13 - Vice SXSW showcase at Vice Texas
Mar. 15 - Vice Scion Dance Show at Stubbs Texas
Mar. 15 - Vice Late Late Night Party Texas

Igor Cavalera left SEPULTURA in June 2006 due to "artistic differences." He has since been replaced by Jean Dolabella (ex-UDORA). Igor's departure from SEPULTURA came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from the group's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006). Filling in on drums during the band's spring 2006 European tour with IN FLAMES was Roy Mayorga, who played with Igor's brother Max in SOULFLY for several years in the late '90s and again in 2001-2003.

Igor is the second Cavalera to leave SEPULTURA. In 1996, Max Cavalera exited the group after the rest of the band fired Max's wife Gloria as SEPULTURA's manager.

Igor and Max Cavalera are currently collaborating on a new project called CAVALERA CONSPIRACY. The group's debut album, "Inflikted", will be released in March via Roadrunner Records.

Video footage of MIXHELL performing in Londrina, PR, Brazil on September 15, 2007 can be viewed below. More...

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Ozzfest 2008 Rumours Begin To Surface

Bands for the limited run dates which will make up OZZFEST 2008 have started to surface. Like 2007, a shortened tour is expected, with rumored artists for this year’s lineup possibly featuring the likes of:


…more rumors TBA

It’s presently unclear whether the ‘freefest’ model will be adopted for this year or whether or not Ozzy will ship out by his lonesome or be joined by his fellow Birmingham compatriots for another BLACK SABBATH run.

Press from October of last year points to the likelihood of the former, rather than another reunion. The aging rocker was quoted as saying, “as far as I know” when quizzed over his headlining the summer roadshow. Regarding Sabbath he simply stated, “I’m the last person to be told anything. I’d love to do another [Black] Sabbath album. There are a bunch of things written. But the problem I’m having is it’s got to be at least on the same level as when we departed. If it’s not, then what’s the point in doing it?”

OZZFEST 2007 featured the following criterion:

1. Tickets/Entrance was free
2. Ozzy Osbourne headlined (…and debuted new music from Black Rain)
3. It was a 25-date haul that kicked off in LA on July 7

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Strife Planning Concerts

Inactive California metal/hardcore outfit Strife will reportedly play three shows in May, including their first Toronto show in eleven years. Here are two of the shows planned so far:

5/10 Montreal, Canada @ L'Inco
5/11 Toronto, Canada @ Kathedral w/ To The Lions

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Don The Reader Finishes Recording Debut Album

Don The Reader recently finished recording their debut full-length. Titled "Humanesque," the effort was recorded at Trax East studios with Eric Rachel (Every Time I Die) and will be available this summer via Deathcote Records.

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Cursed Planning Canadian Tour Dates

Cursed is in the process of lining up a handful of Canadian tour dates. Here are the latest:

03/14 Sarnia ON @ TBA
03/15 St. Catherines ON @ TBA
03/16 Brampton ON @ TBA
03/22 Toronto ON @ Lee's Palace w/ Career Suicide, more
03/23 Oakville ON @ TBA
03/28 Hamilton ON @ The Casbah w/ Taken
03/29 Guelph ON @ TBA
03/30 Toronto @ Sonic Boom Records(in-store, 4pm)
04/04 Ottawa ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
04/05 Montreal QC @ the BlackDot
04/06 Peterborough ON @ TBA
04/11 Brantford ON @ TBA
04/12 London ON @ Wippet Lounge
04/13 Kitchener ON @ Crazy Legs' House

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Eluveitie Streaming Entire New Album Online

Pagan metal masters, ELUVEITIE, have made their entire NUCLEAR BLAST debut, “Salania,” available for streaming on the bands Myspace page. The stream comes courtesy of Myspace Metal and will last until February 15th.

The band will be making their US debut this April/May on the upcoming “Pagan Fest USA” tour. The event will feature such genre leaders as ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and SUIDAKRA (on select dates). Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

04/25/08 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/26/08 Medley – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/27/08 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/28/08 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
04/29/08 Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
04/30/08 Harpos Concert Theater – Detroit, MI
05/01/08 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
05/02/08 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/03/08 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
05/05/08 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
05/06/08 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
05/07/08 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
05/08/08 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
05/09/08 Fat City – San Francisco, CA
05/10/08 The Vault 350 – Long Beach, CA
05/11/08 The Cell Block – Phoenix, AZ
05/12/08 Chic’s Bar & Billiards – El Paso, TX
05/13/08 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
05/14/08 Crush Lounge – Tulsa, OK
05/15/08 Ridglea Theater – Fort Worth, TX
05/16/08 The White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
05/17/08 Java Jazz – Houston, TX
05/19/08 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/20/08 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
05/21/08 Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA
05/22/08 BB Kings Blues Club – New York, NY

ELUVEITIE’s “Salania” will be released in Europe on February 15th and in North America on March 11th via NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS.

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Withered Offers Up Recording and Touring Update

Withered has sent the following update on their recording and touring efforts:

“We’re hard at work on the new album,” entitled ‘Folie Circulaire,’ says Atlanta’s WITHERED. “Preproduction has begun and we’re entering the studio on Feb. 23 with producer and friend Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness, Black Tusk). Some things worth mentioning: There will be a guest vocal appearance by Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway of Napalm Death and we’re recording a cover of Necrophobic’s ‘Into Armageddon.’ WITHERED is finally spreading the darkness to the West Coast and Southwest, too. And, we’re doing it solo! We’re bringing new merch as well. See all you west coast people in about a month!”

"Folie Circulaire" is the follow-up to 2005’s critically-acclaimed "Memento Mori," and will be the band’s Prosthetic Records debut. Tentatively scheduled for a May release, more information will be available shortly. An unnamed demo song from "Folie Circulaire," along with previous material, is available on WITHERED’s official MySpace page.

Here are the latest WITHERED tour dates:

3/14 Nashville, TN – The End (with Today Is The Day)
3/15 Fayetteville, AR – The Dart Room
3/17 Denver, CO – The Kingdom of Doom
3/18 Salt Lake City, UT – Kamikaze’s (part of Metal Night)
3/19 San Francisco, CA – Annie’s Social Club
3/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Relax Bar (with The Funeral Pyre)
3/21 San Marcos, CA – The Jumping Turtle
3/22 Tempe, AZ – The Stray Cat
3/23 Jaurez, Mexico – The Cave Club
3/24 Lubbock, TX – Whiskey Dix
3/25 Austin, TX – Red 7
3/26 Houston, TX – Java Jazz
3/28 Baton Rouge, LA – The Dark Room

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Sepultura Begin Writing New Album

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has issued the following update:

"We started the writing process for the Sepultura new album today in our studio in Sao Paulo. All the equipament was prepared yesterday by our crew and today we tried some ideas for songs. We will follow kind of the same steps we did in our last album, Dante XXI, but this time we will be inspired by the book A Clockwork Orange, first released in 1962 written by Anthony Burgess and it's a movie, a classic, made by Stanley Kubrik. We will write our soundtrack for this story and Burgess' life will be an inspiration also to write the music, lyrics and for the artwork. Today at the studio, really good ideas came up, the vibe is great and the songs are coming in a easy and brutal way."

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Rob Zombie Issues Film Update

Rob Zombie has issued the following update:

"Well, I am getting bombarded about this, so I thought I would address it all at once. First off, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto is my next film to be released. We are in the final stages of post-production now. So get ready it is fucking awesome. After that my next live action feature is called Tyrannosaurus Rex. I don't want to give away any details yet, but I will tell you that it has nothing to do with dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurus Rex will be produced by Dimension Films and is scheduled for release on August 28, 2009."

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