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Metal News for March 1, 2004

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10 news articles posted on this day.

GliTCHeD Recording, Complete Drum & Bass Tracks

Recording for the Debut CD by Northern California Alternate Metal Band GliTCHeD proceeded on scheduled during February. Initial scratch tracks, intended to lock-in the bass and drums were recorded at Mark Allen's Girth Sound Studios.

Tracks for ten all original songs were laid down, with some bass corrections for Elias Longoria planned over the next week or so. Then in early March, Jason Pate and Dave Thornhill will be coming into the studio to lay down the guitars. "We expect to use as many as 6 total guitar tracks [to thicken up the sound], which will leave about 9 tracks for [lead and backing] vocals" said drummer/producer Allen.

Recording of the vocal tracks with singer Vyan should begin in Mid-March and some early mixes available soon afterward. The release of the full length CD by GliTCHeD remains scheduled for Summer 2004 thru the bands own Independant Label - tentatively named Resonance Records.

Click Here for Studio Pics.

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Abloom News and New MP3 (Today Only!)

ABLOOM, discovered by Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down who is currently acting as part manager/ part producer for the group, is looking to sign a deal soon and plans to be on the road by spring/summer. In the meantime, ABLOOM has been in the studio with Shavo recording a nonstop slew of demos and has already sampled a few songs online. One track, “What You Came For” can currently be heard on the bands official site www.abloommusic.com. On January 2nd, the band previewed 2 songs on their website for just 24 hours. They eventually surrendered to demand and added “What You Came For” as a permanent fixture to the site. This track along with the appropriately titled, “January 2nd” created such a stir, that the band will be posting one more song Monday, March 1st for another 24 hours. Look for “After That Quiet” at www.abloommusic.com or click here.

You can see ABLOOM live if you are in the LA area:

March 5th @ The Roxy with Ghostride (http://www.ghostrideband.com) and The Apex Theory
March 6th @ The Showcase Theatre with Ghostride and Syx

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Savatage Unites To Headline ProgPower V

Current and former members of Savatage will unite for one night only to headline ProgPower V this September in Atlanta.

The festival, which will be held September 17 and 18 at Earthlink Live, will feature Jon Oliva, Zak Stevens, Chris Caffery, and Steve "Dr. Kill Drums" Wacholz performing a set from Savatage's entire discography in an exclusive performance. In addition to the full set, fans can expect a sneak preview of Jon Oliva's "Tage Mahal."

"I'm really excited about this show," said Stevens. "The last time I did a full show with these guys was at the PopComm Festival in Germany 1999. I've been waiting for the right time for us to get together. That time has come and where better than the ProgPower festival?" More...

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Candlelight Teams With Tabu In North America

Candlelight today confirms the North American license for all Tabu Recordings titles. The new partnership will see the US and Canadian release of all new and reissued catalog titles from the growing Norwegian record label through Candlelight's stateside operation.

The first scheduled release will be the new album from Norway's Susperia. Titled Unlimited, the record is already receiving substantial response throughout Europe. Unlimited is the third album from the band formed by former Dimmu Borgir drummer Tjodalv. The band previously recorded for Nuclear Blast.

Formed in 2003, Tabu Records is owned by Tuba Records - Scandinavia's fastest growing independent distributor. The label's first release was the popular Infernal Gathering compilation featuring selections from Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Zyklon, Opeth, Entombed, and Soilwork among others. Tabu followed the release with worldwide signings of acclaimed cult band Einherjer, folk metal band Lumsk and Susperia.

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Kittie Settle Lawsuit With Artemis, Start On 3rd

LONDON, Ontario's Kittie has settled its lawsuit against Artemis Records and will spend the month of March recording its third release, titled 'Until the End.'

The band is recording at Longview Farm Studios with producer Steve Thompson (Metallica, Korn, Simple Plan, Guns n' Roses) and engineer Ian Hatton (Bonham, Luxx). "We are excited that the suit is over and done with," said guitarist/vocalist Morgan Lander. "The number one thing is the music and we are looking to make a great album!"

'Until the End' is tentative scheduled for a summer release. It will be Kittie's long-awaited follow up to Oracle, released in 2001.

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Timo Tolkki Assaulted In Spain

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki was assaulted in the center of Granada, Spain on Sunday (Feb. 29) as he was taking a walk, Finland's Sonera Plaza is reporting. According to STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, who witnessed the attack, the alleged attacker was extremely agitated and had "a Hispanic looking appearance". During the assault, the attacker shouted "Tolkki." He was armed with what seemed to be a box cutter.

Tolkki was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to emergency care. He had two stab wounds on his left arm and a facial contusion. His wounds were cleaned and bandaged and he was released from hospital care.

Anybody with any information about the attacker is being asked to contact the police.

Tolkki commented that he is "shocked and horrified" by what happened. "Apparently this guy had been stalking me. The bastard attacked me from behind," Tolkki said. "I can take anything, but that was such a cowardly act, you know. He got me with the knife twice and punched me in the face. Then he ran away. The whole thing lasted just seconds. Now I am thinking that this might be the end of my career. I do not want to end up like John Lennon. I don't know if I want to continue STRATOVARIUS anymore".

When asked if he thinks that the attack has something to do with the resent changes in STRATOVARIUS lineup and the death threats he has received, Tolkki commented: "Of course I feel there is a connection to that. Why would anybody attack me like that otherwise? What possible other motive this guy could have had than that? I think he tried to kill me, but this time I was lucky".

STRATOVARIUS performed on Saturday night as a headliner of Piorno Rock Festival in Granada, Spain.

A photo of Timo Tolkki taken on Sunday after he was treated for his wounds can be viewed here

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The Agony Scene Searching For Drummer

The Agony Scene have announced that they are currently looking for a new drummer. More info can be found on their official website, www.theagonyscene.com.

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DJ Spooky To Combine Metallica & Jay-Z Albums

The METALLICA fan site Inter Sandman has posted the following update:

"Some of you may know [rapper] JAY-Z released an album in 2003 called The Black Album. And we all know METALLICA's eponymous 1991 album was quickly dubbed 'The Black Album'.

"DJ Spooky is taking both Black Albums and creating JAY-Z vs. METALLICA. We don't know if this is an upcoming album or what it is... but you can listen to a preview here (MP3, file size approx. 7 MB)."

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Online Metal Awards Winners Announced

With over 2000 votes this year, the winners of the 2003 Online Metal Awards have been announced, and are as follows: More...

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Zebulon Complete Work On Sophomore Album

ZEBULON, the Swedish band featuring former members of early '90s death metal act DESULTORY, have completed work on their sophomore full-length album, "Troubled Ground", due this spring through People Like You Records.

The follow-up to 2001's "Volume One" was recorded and mixed at Stockholm's Sunlight Studios with veteran producer Tomas Skogsberg (ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER, BACKYARD BABIES).

Here's the "Troubled Ground" track listing: More...

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