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Metal News for March 1, 2008

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Assailant Post Two New Songs Online

ASSAILANT, the Umeå, Sweden-based band featuring guitarist Oscar Norberg ("little brother" of Emil of PERSUADER/SAVAGE CIRCUS fame and Nils Norberg of NOCTURNAL RITES), has posted two songs from its sophomore album, "Wicked Dream", on the group's MySpace page. Check out the tracks "A Day Tomorrow" and "Wicked Dream" at this location.

Due on March 24 via Dockyard 1, the CD "is not only more mature than its predecessor but it shows a band that has clearly found its own path in metal, very melodic yet really hard, sprinkled with influences of rock, death metal and thrash," according to a press release. "Crown of the album is the ballad 'Eternal'."

ASSAILANT recently finished filming a video for the song "A Day Tomorrow" with Owe Lingvall of Village Road Film.

The band's debut album, "Nemesis Within", was released in 2006 via Dockyard 1.

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Ozzy Osbourne Slams Reality TV

Speaking exclusively with Sunday News from his Los Angeles mansion, Ozzy Osbourne, the star of the hit show "The Osbournes", said he'd grown to hate reality TV.

"I'm sick and tired of it," Ozzy said.

"I don't like being on the TV we learned that the hard way with having cameras on us 24 hours a day from "The Osbournes" show.

"It seems that every time I turn on the TV they've got another bunch of celebrities with cameras in their faces following them around for a new show and I can't stand it.

"The only good reality show I can think of now is taking a whole bunch of kids, a wild animal and a bucket of dogshit," he laughs. "That's what I think of the whole thing."

But despite his growing disgust with the star-struck brand of reality TV he pioneered with his wife Sharon and kids Jack and Kelly, Ozzy has again found himself in front of the cameras.

Jack Osbourne has been following his heavy metal father around for a documentary on the legendary rocker.

"I knew nothing about it and I turned around one day and he had a camera on me, so I thought, so be it," Ozzy said.

"My son's like me in that way. He'd rather be behind the camera than in front of it."

Read the entire article at www.stuff.co.nz.

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Details Revealed On Testament Re-Issue

On March 18th, Prosthetic Records will reissue TESTAMENT's First Strike Still Deadly. Originally issued in 2001 on Spitfire Records, the updated version features new artwork (pictured). The official press release reads as follows:

While revisiting the band’s first two albums, Testament, rather than remastering or reissuing, the classic pairing of Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson along with metal legends Steve DiGiorgio and John Tempesta re-recorded what the band calls ‘their own greatest hits’ collection from the era. With updated production values, Testament staples like 'Into The Pit', 'Over The Wall', the album’s pseudo title track, First Strike Still Deadly both offers longtime fans a welcome addition to the catalog and newcomers a fresh introduction to the classic sound of thrash legends… albeit a bit updated with a heavier sound, slicker production and crisper packaging.

Also, making an appearance on First Strike Still Deadly are two tracks featuring original vocalist - in the days when Testament was known as Legacy - Steve Souza (Exodus, Dublin Death Patrol) on 'Alone In The Dark' and 'Reign Of Terror', as well as artwork with increased imagery, as was intended to be used on the initial release of First Strike Still Deadly.

While others from the mid- to late-80s thrash scene may have compromised their sound, integrity, or both as years passed by, Testament can be proud to wave the flag for an uncompromising honesty over the years in keeping true to the cause. Only getting heavier, faster and more brutal as time passes - the exact things that make First Strike Still Deadly an essential listen for seasoned metalheads and the freshly initiated alike - Testament has solidified their place in metal history as one of the legends, last long beyond formation and still remaining fresh and engaging 20-some years after forming in the bustling Bay Area.

Following the Prosthetic reissues of the brutal Demonic and The Gathering, self-admittedly Billy’s favorite Testament release yet, earlier in 2008, the reissue of First Strike Still Deadly makes a perfect companion to the upcoming release of Testament’s first new studio album in almost a decade, The Formation Of Damnation, which will see an April release.

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Gruesome Stuff Relish Announce Philadelphia Show

Spain’s GRUESOME STUFF RELISH have announced the following U.S. dates so far for May:

May 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Tritone w/ Ex Dementia, Bitchslicer
May 25 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest VI)

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Kilpi To Release New Album In April

Finnish metallers KILPI will release their fourth studio album, "IV", on April 2 through the group's own label, Killbee Records. A new single, "Tuli, Vesi, Ilma Ja Maa" ("Fire, Water, Air And Earth"), has just been distributed to radio stations in Finland. It has also been made available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.

KILPI will embark on a tour of Finland this month beginning on March 12 in Levi. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Mar. 12 - Levi Hulluporo Areena, Kittilä, Finland
Mar. 13 - Onnela, Rovaniemi, Finland
Mar. 14 - Umpitunneli, Tornio, Finland
Mar. 15 - Ylläsjärvi Taiga, Ylläs, Finland
Apr. 04 - Hellä, Tampere, Finland
Apr. 05 - Private Party, Helsinki, Finland
Apr. 11 - Klubi, Turku, Finland
Apr. 12 - Hotelli Kantri, Anjalankoski, Finland
Apr. 18 - Ravintola Totem, Lappeenranta, Finland
Apr. 19 - Woodoo, Imatra, Finland
Apr. 25 - Night Life, Äänekoski, Finland
Apr. 26 - Hot Rod & Rock Show, Pirkkahalli Tampere, Finland
Apr. 30 - Viihderavintola Konsta, Kaustinen, Finland
May 17 - Bar Maksim, Salo, Finland
May 28 - On The Rocks, Helsinki, Finland
May 29 - Henrys Pub, Kuopio, Finland
May 30 - Ravintola Balls, Kajaani, Finland
May 31 - Music Club Jeppis, Pietarsaari, Finland
Jun. 14 - Old Texas, Kaarina, Finland

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More Bands Announced For New England Deathfest

DYING FETUS, ATROCIOUS ABNORMALITY, DETERIORATION and INHUMAN DISSILIENCY are among the newlyconfirmed bands for the first annual New England Deathfest, set to take place August 9-10 at the Jeep Shop (206 Chalkstone Avenue) in Providence, Rhode Island.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

ABNORMALITY
ATROCIOUS ABNORMALITY
COMPOSTED
DETERIORATION
DYING FETUS
DYSENTERY
GOREALITY
INHUMAN DISSILIENCY
LEUKORRHEA
MALIGNANCY
MORTAL DECAY
MUCOPUS
PARASITIC EXTIRPATION
PROTEUS
PYREXIA
SEXCREMENT
SIKFUK
STRAPPADO
TENTACLES
TERMINALLY YOUR ABORTED GHOST
THE PARTISAN TURBINE

The NEDF was created to showcase a gamut of brutal bands from all over the New England area alongside a lethal lineup of groups from all over the U.S.

There will be two-day advance passes available for $35, and one-day advance passes will be $20. These prices will be effective until one month before the festival (July 9), and payment will be available through PayPal and money order. Prices at the door for two-day passes will be $40, and one-day passes at the door will be $25. Tickets will be on sale shortly.

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Another Finnish Metal Band To Enter Eurovision

Finnish metallers TERÄSBETONI have been selected to represent Finland in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. TERÄSBETONI won the Finnish national selection with the song "Missä miehet ratsastaa" and will represent the country in the semifinal of the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest on May 20 in Belgrade, Serbia. The band scored a runaway victory in the super-final of the Finnish national final on Saturday, March 1. They picked up 38.9% of the votes, outstripping their nearest rival KARI TAPIO, who scored 33.9%, according to Kainuun Sanomat.

A video of TERÄSBETONI performing "Missä miehet ratsastaa" (which was composed by the band's vocalist/bassist, Jarkko Ahola) on Finnish TV can be viewed below.

TERÄSBETONI's new album, entitled "Myrskyntuoja", is is scheduled for release on March 19 via Warner Music Finland. The CD was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, APOCALYPTICA, THE 69 EYES), who previously worked with TERÄSBETONI on the group's last album, the gold-certified (in Finland) "Vaadimme metallia", which came out in 2006.

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Nebula To Release "BBC Sessions" In June

Los Angeles-based power trio NEBULA have issued the following update:

"The BBC Sessions have been scheduled for a June release by Sweet Nothing / Cargo in Europe only. No word on a US release as yet. A new video for 'Wired' from the record Apollo has been posted on our YouTube page and also on our Myspace profile... or just watch it below:" More...

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Devildriver Frontman Posts Message On Live Line

The Live Line has been updated with a new message from DEVILDRIVER singer Dez Fafara. The Live Line is being dubbed "Your Ultimate Entertainment Resource" as fans hear messages from artists, athletes, and entertainers.

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Cage Announce More Tour Dates

San Diego, California's CAGE have confirmed the following festival / concert tour dates in the USA; Mexico and Europe:

March
7 - Soma - San Diego, California
8 - Racers Sports Bar - Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
14 - Hellstorm Metal Music Festival - Tempe, Arizona
21 - Nightmare Metal Fest - New Port Richey, Florida
22 - Boricua Metal Fest III - Cayey, Puerto Rico
28 - The Rainbow Lounge - Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
29 - Nido de Aguilas - Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico

April
4 - Pharao Club - Bocholt, Germany
5 - Keep It True X Festival - Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany
6 - 7er Club - Mannheim, Germany
10 - Garage Deluxe Club - Munich, Germany
12 - Up The Hammers III Festival - Athens, Greece

May
16 - The Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, California
17 - Tia Juana Bar & Grill - Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
24 - Mexicali Metal Fest II - Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

June
16 - The Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, California

July
4 - Cornerstone Festival - Bushnell, Illinois

More USA and international tour dates will be announced shortly.

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Memory Garden Announce New Bassist

Swedish doom metallers MEMORY GARDEN have issued the following update:

"We have decided that Johan Fredrikson will be the new bass player in Memory Garden. Johan did a hell of a job at the Swordbrothers Festival in Germany and we have continued rehearsing with him after that. Now we want to take the opportunity to welcome Johan to the Garden camp! Will be a blast mate!"

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Guillotine Post Recording Update

GUILLOTINE, the reunited Swedish thrash metal band featuring Nils Eriksson (bass) and Fredrik Mannberg (rhythm guitar) of NOCTURNAL RITES, has issued the following update:

"So — Fredrik has finished about seven songs of guitar now [for the new GUILLOTINE album]...and everything sounds awesome! We are so psyched about the new songs. The material feels really diverse and aggressive. The album will be awesome, no doubt. We will be starting to record bass during next week and hopefully move into vocal recordings by the weekend. That's when the fun starts. Fredrik's voice sounds amazing. I don't understand how he sings better now after 10 years of NOT singing."

GUILLOTINE recently posted two newly recorded demo tracks — "War" and "Blood Money" — on its MySpace page.

The band's debut album, "Under the Guillotine", was released in 1997.

In a 1998 interview with Chronicles of Chaos, Eriksson stated about GUILLOTINE, "GUILLOTINE plays music that is much more back to basics and rawer than NOCTURNAL RITES. It is so different. I feel that both bands are so far apart from what style and sound they deliver. It really isn't a task to be a part of both outfits. Making music is what I do and being in both bands keeps me busy. And when I'm busy, I'm one happy musician."

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New King Diamond Video Available

The new video for the title track to King Diamond's latest album "Give Me Your Soul... Please" is now available to watch on YouTube, Myspace and right here on MetalUnderground! Check out the video below.

The video was previously exclusive to Headbangers Blog but is now available to be viewed by non American residents via YouTube and more.

King Diamond had to cancel a huge U.S. tour with Kreator and Leaves Eyes due to a herniated disc. There are currently no plans in place to make up for those dates. More...

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Death Tribute To Air On French Canadian Television

The French-Canadian TV channel Télé-Québec will present a special report on the benefit concert to honor late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, which took place on December 12, 2007 at the Theatre Imperial in Quebec City, QC, Canada. "Méchant Contraste" producer Marc Bergeron and his team followed the production process of the concert, which which featured the local DEATH cover band SYMBOLIC alongside guest musicians Bobby Koelble (guitarist on DEATH's "Symbolic" album), Shannon Hamm (guitarist on DEATH's "The Sound of Perseverance" album), Scott Clendenin (bass on DEATH's "The Sound of Perseverance" album), Daniel Mongrain (MARTYR), Marc-André Gingras (QUO VADIS), Jonathan Lee (THE AUTUMN OFFERING, ex-ACHERON; ex-DEATH drum roadie for Richard Christy on "The Sound of Perseverance" tour), and Nick Barker (ex-DIMMU BORGIR/CRADLE OF FILTH drummer). The report will focus on the different steps that were taken by the event's organizers while putting the show together, the building of the stage and behind-the-scenes footage. As well, there will be interviews with Antoine Baril, Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin, Bobby Koelble and Alexis Robitaille.

The program will air on Monday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcasted again on Wednesday, March 5 at 1:00 a.m., Friday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 at midnight.

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Lacuna Coil Singer Appears On Italian Television

According to Emptyspiral.net, on Thursday, February 28th, LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia took part in the Festival Di Sanremo on live TV. Sanremo is dubbed 'the Festival of Italian music' and features commercial and pop musicians presenting unreleased songs, competing in the last week of February for the number one spot, and it's the most followed music show in Italy. Cristina was a guest of singer L'Aura, representing with her the benefit project REZOPHONIC, a super-group whose goal is to raise funds to open water-wells in Africa. A video of the performance, with a few side-notes in Italian, can be seen below: More...

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Darkthrone Complete Four New Songs For Next Album

Nocturno Culto from Norwegian black metal legends DARKTHRONE has issued the following update:

"Darkthrone has completed four new songs for the new album, and will record a couple of new ones in a couple of weeks. Ah, and I have to tell you about the new box set from Darkthrone, Frostland Tapes. It really came along better than I hoped, it's nice actually. Three discs, containing all demos, including Land Of Frost of course. Rare original rehearsal tape, Goatlord, plus live from Denmark, drum solo by Fenriz (!) and so on. We can now, simultaneously grabbing our balls, say that after this box, we have no more 'rare' stuff to offer. Frostland Tapes is all of our early history. It's the right timing for it as well actually, since some clever fella has started Gylve Records to release a demo, to put it mildly, the man himself is not very pleased of this shit."

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It Prevails, Farewell To Freeway, Means Tour Dates

It Prevails, Farewell To Freeway, Means, and The World We Knew will spend the month of May touring together. Here are the tour dates:

5/2 Warren, MI @ The Ritz
5/3 Tinley Park, IL @ Mojoes Rock House
5/4 Buffalo, MN @ The Vault
5/5 Mankato, MN @ Whats Up Lounge
5/6 Rapid City, SD @ Imperial Inn
5/7 Fort Collins, CO @ Hodis Halfnote
5/8 Ogden, UT @ The Dungeon
5/9 Reno, NV @ Open Ground Skate Park
5/10 Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
5/11 Westlake Village, CA @ Kung Foo Corner
5/12 Anahiem, CA @ Chain Reaction
5/13 Phoenix, AZ @ The Cell Block
5/14 Albuquergue, NM @ The Compound
5/15 Seminole, TX @ Tower Youth
5/16 San Antonio, TX @ The Underground
5/17 Houston, TX @ Fuel Cafe
5/18 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Dark Room
5/19 Mobile, AL @ City Church Of Mobile
5/20 Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art/Skatepark of Tampa
5/21 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
5/22 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
5/23 Thomasville, NC @ The Soundvent
5/24 Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
5/25 Knoxville, TN @ Karns Recreation Center
5/26 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
5/27 Hernando, MS @ Higher Ground
5/28 Springfield, MO @ Billiards
5/29 Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge

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Iced Earth Announce European Festival Dates

US power metal legends ICED EARTH have announced the first confirmed dates for the European summer festivals with more dates to be confirmed shortly.

ICED EARTH mainman JON SCHAFFER is excited to have "ICED EARTH come back to Europe with Matt Barlow back in the fold. We will deliver a set that will crush European audiences and send the statement to our fans that the band is firing on all cylinders and ready to take on the world in 2008/2009."

More dates will be announced on icedearth.com as they become available.

20.06.2008 FIELDS OF ROCK HOLLAND HEADLINE
21.06.2008 HELLFEST FRANCE MAINSTAGE / CO HEADLINE
27.06.2008 BANG YOUR HEAD GERMANY SPECIAL GUEST
28.06.2008 GRASPOP BELGIUM MAINSTAGE
29.06.2008 GODS OF METAL ITALY SPECIAL GUEST
05.07.2008 METAL CAMP SLOVENIA HEADLINE
16.08.2008 BLOODSTOCK UK SPECIAL GUEST

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Gojira Post Studio Video Update Online

GOJIRA have posted a short video update showing the band hard at work in their practicing room writing the band 's new album to be
released in Winter 2008.

As previously reported, GOJIRA are putting the finishing touches on their new material which they plan to include on their new much-anticipated full-length offering. The as-yet-untitled new CD will be recorded between April and June and will be released through the French label Monslip/Warner in France and Listenable Records and various licensors in other parts of the world. The band will immediately embark on a series of major tours in Europe and throughout the U.S. right after the release. More...

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I Defy Calling It Quits, Plan Farewell Concert

German melodic hardcore band I Defy is breaking up after nearly ten years together. Here's a statement from the band:

"We had great and unforgettable moments and many, many great shows in the last nine years. But due to personal priorities and responsibilities we feel that it is unable for us and unfair and unprofessional to the rest of the world to maintain a band status while not actively pushing this band as is necessary.

"We would like to thank all the people who in one way or another took interest in our music and helped us along the way, supported us while playing and putting out our records. Many thanks to Reflections Records without whom we would have never started this band, Muttis Booking for booking and also Andy at Thorp Records. Last but not least - the kids!

"As we are all involved in other projects (They Want A Flughafen, Guts N' Glory) we will be around in one way or another. Stay in touch and watch out for new band-projects!

"We will play a farewell show in Hannover at Mephisto on the 30th of April with Society's Parasites and Short Fuse. Make sure to make this an unforgetable event!"

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Across Tundras Seeks New Bassist

Denver, Colorado's Across Tundras is currently in search of a new bass player. Here's the official word from the band:

"Across Tundras is seeking a professional and motivated badass bass player with skills and nice gear. Have to be cool with tour three months a year. We have a lot of stuff in the works and going on right now (a new album out in a week), so you must be able to jump right in and start rocking right away. We are just a three piece, so having a strong presence and big sound is a must."

Interested parties should contact the band at gotannergo@yahoo.com.

As previously reported, Across Tundras will head out on a six week tour of the US starting in mid-March.

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Crime In Stereo Plan UK Tour Dates

Crime In Stereo will headline a UK tour in May with support from The Don Ramos Players. Here are the tour dates:

05/16 Leeds, UK @ Joseph's Well
05/17 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
05/18 Glasgow, UK @ Ivory Blacks
05/19 Newcastle, UK @ Trillians
05/20 Exeter, UK @ Cavern Club
05/21 Kingston, UK @ The Peel
05/22 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
05/23 London, UK @ Garage
05/24 Newport, UK @ Le Pub

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Sulphur To Enter The Studio Late This Summer

SULPHUR are now close to finishing all the song material for the next album. At the moment they are preparing to record pre productions of all new songs. You can reportedly expect a pretty different album this time, including more synths and samples, much heavier, intense guitars and a more powerful production. Sulphr expects to hit the studios late this summer or early autum. The recording session will be done at Conclave Media studios with Bjørnar Nilsen as the producer, the same which the band recorded the Cursed Madness album in.

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Evergrey Reveal New Album Title

EVERGREY singer/guitarist Tom S. Englund has issued the following update:

"After a couple of turbulent weeks we have now finally mastered our album. When we listened to the finished product for the first time we all agreed that we were beyond satisfied with the result and can’t wait for you to hear it! We have also decided to post video teasers for you to enjoy, there will be a new 'trailer' every month up until we release the damn thing and oh, the title for it is TORN!"

"Complete tracklisting will be presented here as soon as we have decided what songs will end up on special editions and/or bonus tracks for singles etc. Other than that I am glad to read that all of you seem to love our new Evergrey 'EY' logo. It will look pretty cool on a shirt that’s for sure." More...

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Black Stone Cherry To Enter The Studio On Monday

The following is a message from Black Stone Cherry posted via their official Myspace account:

"Hello fine friends out there!!
It's been a while since we've posted on here, as we've been so busy in pre-production for our 2nd album! We locked ourselves in our practice house in Kentucky and didn't come out until we had the songs we thought you ALL would love! And let us tell ya..you're gonna love 'em!!
Starting this Monday, we'll be at the beautiful Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN recording our 2nd album with ourselves, Richard Young, and Bob Marlette producing it! We're so excited and can't wait to for you to hear some new music..as well as to release a brand new album hopefully later in the summer this year!! So keep your eyes open and your ears alert for news and video clips we'll be uploading straight from Blackbird Studio! We want YOU to feel just as much a part of this album as anyone..since you are the most important in the whole scheme of things!!
So get ready for up to the minute updates from us and let us say..it's gonna be good to be back after a while!
Much love to you all!!
BLACK STONE CHERRY"

Black Stone Cherry will be the opening act for Def Leppard and Whitesnake on their co-headlining UK tour this spring.

Black Stone Cherry have been receiving alot of positive feedback from their self titles debut album which featured the songs "Hell and High Water" and "Lonely Train". The latter of which was featured in the THQ game, "WWE Smackdown VS Raw 2007".

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Absolution Reveal New Album Cover and Tracklisting

LA based thrashers, Absolution, issue the following update regarding their new album entitled, "The Revelation Diaries":

"The CD will be available for purchase via paypal on Myspace on March 27!!!"

"We will be having a CD release show on March 26 at Safari Sams with Fueled By Fire and M.O.D., where we will be selling it for $10."

"Downloads will be available in the next couple of days...as will lots of new merch. 'The Revelation Diaries" will be available through numerous online sites such as iTunes, DigStation, Amazon.com, garageband.com and many more. We are also working on various national and international distribution deals...but we haven't finalized that so we can tell you that :)" More...

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Watch Kotipelto Perform "Serenity" Online

"Serenity", the new video from KOTIPELTO, the band led by STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, can be viewed here. The performance footage in the clip was shot in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 29, 2007.

KOTIPELTO's third album, "Serenity", entered the Finnish national chart at position No. 8. Released in Europe via AFM Records, the CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and was mixed by Mikko Karmila. The album's first single, "Sleep Well", entered the Finnish chart at No. 5. The track is also included in the Finnish movie "Vares 2", which had its premiere in January 2007. "The song is a main theme and can be heard when the credits are scrolling at the end of the movie," said the band's leader, Timo Kotipelto. "The music video include[s] clips from the movie. Some of the actors who are playing the characters on these clips are my personal friends and are very well known in Finland." More...

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Rage Post Two New Videos Online

Shortly before Christmas, German power metallers RAGE shot two video clips from their new album, "Carved in Stone", for the songs "Lord of the Flies" and "Open My Grave". According to the band, "while 'Lord of the Flies' is a dark and occult clip with a lot of actors and guests (like singer Jen Majura), 'Open My Grave' presents more the musicians of the band on their instruments. The location was a very old basement cavity from the beginning of the 18th century, which is located under a whorehouse! You can imagine, that the boys had a couple of guests while their stay. The clips were produced by Katja Piolka, who had RAGE in front of her lenses already before."

Watch both videos below.

An orchestral version of the RAGE song "Lord of the Flies", which also appears on the German group's new album, "Carved in Stone", will be featured in the new computer game Windchaser, due in May. According to the band, the new version of the track features "a bombastic arrangement and a great number of top-class guest musicians. With a well-rehearsed, classic team, the Lingua Mortis Orcherstra from Minsk, which [previously made an appearance] on [RAGE's] 'Speak of the Dead' album, and which supported RAGE at various gigs, this special orchestra version of 'Lord of the Flies' sounds like [it is being] played by a 50-member-strong rock band with classic instruments! The recordings took place in January 2008 at the Inspector Studio in Minsk (Belarus), homeland of guitarist Victor Smolski, who is responsible for arrangement and mix of the song." More...

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Novembers Doom To Film New Video For "Rain"

Chicago's NOVEMBERS DOOM will film a video for the song "Rain", taken from the band's latest CD, "The Novella Reservoir", on Sunday, March 9.

Commented singer Paul Kuhr: "This is something we have been talking about doing since recording the CD, and we finally have things ready to do so. We have chosen a specific style and look to this video, which should should be visually interesting to watch. We'll make this available to see on the web soon after editing is complete, and it will also be included on the upcoming DVD 'The Novella Vosselaar: Live in Belgium' later in the year."

NOVEMBERS DOOM has confirmed its appearance at this year's Graspop Metal Meeting on June 27-29, 2008 at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

Said Kuhr: "This is an absolute honor to be invited to perform, as this is one of the largest music festivals in Europe (quite possibly the world.) Last year's attendance was just over 120,000 people. The opportunity for us is simply amazing, and we're looking forward to playing in Belgium once again, being a part of this stunning lineup!"

In other news, The End Records will reissue two of the earlier albums from the band this spring, both with new artwork, remastered and with bonus tracks. The LPs being reissued are: the 1995 debut "Amid its Hallowed Mirth" and 1999's sophomore effort "Of Sculptured Ivy and Stone Flowers". Also scheduled for release in 2008 is the reissue of 2000's "The Knowing".

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Napalm Death To Headline LA Murderfest

Church of the 8th Day, the organizers behind the Los Angeles Murderfest, have announced NAPALM DEATH as the headliner for the Sunday show. The Los Angeles Murderfest Version 4.0 is set to take place April 18-20 at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California.

Warm-Up Show - Friday, April 18:

CONVERGE
THE RED CHORD
BARONESS
GENGHIS TRON
THE FUNERAL PYRE
THE UNBORN
BLACK SHEEP WALL

Saturday, April 19:

ENTOMBED
MASSACRE
REPULSION
VITAL REMAINS
MONSTROSITY
DEMIRICOUS
ANAL BLAST
IMPALED
MORGION
WACO JESUS
DENIAL FIEND
ABYSMAL DAWN
SCARECROW
MEAT SHITS
FOREVER IN TERROR
LETUM ASCENSUS
RISE
MICTLANTECUHTLI
WILLOW WISP
THE CAUTERIZED
ADDICTION KING
EPICEDIUM
FATALIST
ELEMENT
GRAVEHILL
DEMORALIZING SICKNESS

Sunday, April 20:

NAPALM DEATH
EXTREME NOISE TERROR
TODAY IS THE DAY
CATTLE DECAPITATION
GHOUL
TRAP THEM
STRONG INTENTION
AT ALL COST
COMPLETE FAILURE
MAGRUDERGRIND
TERMINALLY YOUR ABORTED GHOST
CARDIAC ARREST
IVEBEENSHOT
POPULATION REDUCTION
THE_NETWORK
CALL THE PARAMEDICS
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Korn Frontman Announces More European Shows

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has scheduled the following solo tour dates:

May 20 - Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
May 21 - Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
May 23 - Berns, Stockholm, Sweden
May 26 - Kulturbolaget, Malmö, Sweden
May 28 - Store Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun. 01 - Bataclan, Paris, France
Jun. 03 - Werk II, Leipzig, Germany
Jun. 04 - Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
Jun. 05 - Zeche, Bochum, Germany
Jun. 07 - Rock am Ring 2008, Nürburgring, Germany
Jun. 08 - Rock im Park 2008, Nürnberg, Germany
Jun. 11 - Fillmore, Cortemaggiore, Italy
Jun. 13 - Nova Rock Festival, Nickelsdorf, Austria
Jun. 15 - Download Festival 2008, Donington, UK
Jun. 16 - Union Chapel, London, UK
Jun. 18 - Academy, Oxford, UK
Jun. 19 - Sheffield, Leadmill, UK
Jun. 20 - Carling Academy, Liverpool, UK
Jun. 22 - Garage, Glasgow, UK
Jun. 23 - Spring and Airbrake, Belfast, UK
Jun. 25 - Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway

For his recent U.S. solo tour, Jonathan Davis drew from a wide variety of material, including a number of selections that Davis composed for the soundtrack of the movie "Queen of the Damned", along with obscure KORN tracks and selected cover tunes. Many of the songs had never been performed live before. Davis took out a five-piece band that included current KORN touring guitarist Shane Gibson and the band's touring keyboardist, Zac Baird.

Davis recorded a live CD/DVD at a private show for friends and family on November 8, 2007.

Jonathan Davis took part in a three-song acoustic performance on the "Kevin & Bean" morning show on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ on November 7, 2007. Watch some of the performance footage below. More...

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Metal Legends To Be On Bruce Dickinson Show

IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson will air a MAIDEN "tour special" during the March 7 edition of his weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show". The show will feature interviews with Steve Harris (IRON MAIDEN), Lars Ulrich (METALLICA), Ronnie James Dio and Kerry King (SLAYER), along with extracts from Bruce's own audio diary. Listen to the program live via the Internet between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. U.K. time at BBC.co.uk.

IRON MAIDEN has announced it is coming back for more major USA concerts this summer which will take it to a number of cities it has not played in many years along with a return to the Los Angeles area with two nights at the 16,000-capacity Verizon Amphitheatre on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31. Tickets for the majority of these shows will go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 1. A special pre-sale will be made available exclusively to members of the IRON MAIDEN fan club, who will also be eligible to enter to be "First to the stage barrier."

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Ill Nino Drummer Speaks On Artistic Freedom

ILL NINO will release its highly anticipated fourth full-length album, titled "Enigma", in Europe on April 7 via Cement Shoes/Soulfood Music.

"We have a tremendous amount of artistic freedom now," explains drummer Dave Chavarri of the band's new label home. "We're able to express ourselves without boundaries on 'Enigma'."

And that new-found freedom is evident from note one. "Enigma" is a much more natural-sounding album than any of its predecessors, with Latin rhythms and Spanish vocals snaking in and out of the more traditional numbers.

Starting with over 30 songs, the band took their time in choosing which tracks would make the final cut. "On past albums we spent about four months to record, mix and master. On 'Enigma' we spent almost seven months, as we wanted to make sure everything was the best that it could be," Chavarri notes.

After the music had been laid down, vocalist Cristian Machado set about penning the lyrics to bring the true identity of each piece.

"It's really about the deterioration of our planet and the policies that have contributed to the current situation of the world," Machado explains of the lyrical bent of "Enigma", "It's a story about destruction and consequence. Life and death. Elemental fury and spiritual awakening." And yet for all of its scathing indictments, the album is one of both anger and beauty. "Ultimately I think our message is a positive one. We promote self-awareness and individuality."

In addition to a new album, April also sees the band returning to the UK for a five-date tour. "We're finally coming back to Europe, all of us in ILL NINO cannot wait to get back and rock out. Visiting Europe and the UK is always an amazing Experience!!"

ILL NINO's UK dates:

April 26 - UK [to be announced]
April 27 - UK - London - Islington Acadamy
April 28 - UK - Wrexham - Central Station
April 29 - UK - Birmingham - Academy 2
April 30 - UK - Cheltenham - The Night Owl

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Mudvayne Release Behind The Scenes Of New Video

Behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot for MUDVAYNE's "Dull Boy" can be viewed below. "Dull Boy" is the only brand new song featured on MUDVAYNE's 2007 collection of fan-selected rarities, titled "By The People, For The People".

Although MUDVAYNE completed most of its new album last summer in New Orleans, the group will now do some additional work on the project this spring. There's still no official release date for the disc, but drummer Matt McDonough told The Pulse of Radio that he's really anxious for it to come out. "Yeah, it is kind of weird, you know, 'cause I want to share it and for me as an artist, you know, there's this sense of resolution," he said. "You know, I want to see it out there, and the fans' reception of our work is kind of that period at the end of the sentence. Now it's kind of like the sentence has been said, but no one's heard it yet. So it's an exercise in patience, that's for sure."

MUDVAYNE's fourth studio effort will follow up 2005's "Lost and Found".

The new recording work will take place after singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett finish touring with their other group, HELLYEAH.

MUDVAYNE was initially rumored as one of the big acts on this summer's Rockstar Mayhem tour, which is already confirmed to include DISTURBED and SLIPKNOT on the bill, but the band's tour plans are yet to be determined. More...

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Rob Zombie Begins Work On New Album

Rob Zombie has issued the following update;

"Well, yesterday I started work on my next full-length studio album. We wrote a ton of stuff on the last tour and are finally putting it down. I don't have a release date yet. I'll keep you all posted as things progress. That's it."

Rob Zombie called the record labels "dinosaurs waiting to die" in an interview in the March issue of Metal Edge magazine. Zombie said that the labels "all have a defeatist attitude. And that's why in another couple of years, they won't exist...They're just overpaid and lazy, and it's all crumbled around them. But the art is not going anywhere. You go out there, and there's more tours than ever, the shows are bigger than ever, the crowds are crazier than ever, the fans are younger than ever; there's no lack of demand for the music or the bands or anything. It's just that the record labels are these overstuffed, overpaid dinosaurs. They're gonna die. The music's not going anywhere."

Zombie said in a recent conference call that he's not sure what future music distribution will look like. "There's got to be something else you can do because CDs, we know that's done," he said. "That's just done. And a download is just not that exciting. There's something missing when you — you can't walk up to someone and go, 'Oh, can you autograph my download?' There's got to be something else that can then happen. I just don't know. I mean, we're certainly trying to figure out what it is, because I want to figure out something special for the next musical release, whatever it will be."

Zombie, who is also a feature film director, also told Metal Edge, "The problem with the record industry is that they've tried to emulate the film business. The film business is very much about the opening weekend...But with a record, it used to be that you'd work it." He added that with his recent concert CD, "Zombie Live", "They put it out there, they put, like, five minutes of work into it, and they're, like, 'We're done'...They say 'No one buys CDs,'so they don't bother to sell them."

Zombie recently confirmed last week that his next live-action feature film will be called "Tyrannosaurus Rex". Reportedly a biker flick and not about dinosaurs, the film is set for release on August 28, 2009. It will follow his hit 2007 remake of the horror classic "Halloween" and his upcoming animated film, "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto".

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Embrace The End Reveal New Album Details

Century Media has announced this press release:

EMBRACE THE END have returned with their sophomore album, "Ley Lines", which was produced by the acclaimed Zach Ohren (AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS) with artwork courtesy of Paul Romano (MASTODON, TRIVIUM). Once subjected to the apocalyptic abandon these Sacramento natives churn forth, it's clear they're going to be annihilating the audience and their contemporaries alike. "Ley Lines" is set for an April 15 release and the vicious new track "Denim On Denim Hate Crime" can now be streamed at the band's MySpace page and the page now features a new theme reflecting the album's cover art.

With a sound inspired by both metal and hardcore alike, EMBRACE THE END proves to be uncompromising in aggression and unmatched in their sound. Using a deft fusion of scathing blast beats amid a torrent of seismic breakdowns their musicianship is supreme and devastating. The group will join up with HEAVEN SHALL BURN and THE GHOST INSIDE for a nationwide trek this April, which will lead them immediately into a run with ANIMOSITY, FIRST BLOOD and FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS. Feel free to visit their MySpace page for their complete touring schedule.

Jesse Alford (vocals) states: "We are absolutely thrilled that this record is coming out on Century Media. The CM family has had out back for a few years now and after working our asses off by making the most boss album imaginable, it feels good. Century Media is a legendary label and we feel privileged to be a part of it. Working with Zach Ohren was the smartest choice we could have made and coupling that with the amazing artwork that Paul Romano created, is a record we can fully stand behind. Expect to see us everywhere in 2008 and we look forward to seeing you all soon."

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Hate Eternal Announce More Shows

More dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring HATE ETERNAL, SOILENT GREEN, SKELETONWITCH, and TOXIC HOLOCAUST:

April 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
April 11 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
April 12 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live w/ Mushroomhead
April 13 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
April 16 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
April 17 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
April 18 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
April 19 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
April 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
April 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar
April 23 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 24 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
April 25 - Buffalo, NY @ Showplace
April 26 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
April 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
April 28 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
April 29 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 30 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

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Dead To Fall Announce Tour Dates

DEAD TO FALL will team up with ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS and SEA OF TREACHERY for the following upcoming tour dates:

April 2 - Buffalo, MN @ The Vault (DTF/AGATG only)
April 3 - Fargo, ND @ Red Raven Espresso Parlor
April 4 - Duluth, MN @ Peace Church
April 5 - Wausau, WI @ The Labor Temple
April 6 - Lacrosse, WI @ The Warehouse
April 7 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
April 8 - Joplin, MO @ The Foundry
April 9 - Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
April 10 - Tulsa, OK @ Pinkeye
April 11 - Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9
April 12 - Pensacola, FL @ The Red Door

with IMPENDING DOOM:
April 13 - Ocala, FL @ The Capitol
April 14 - Cocoa, FL @ The Anvil
April 15 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
April 17 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
April 18 - Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
April 19 - Columbia, SC @ T.B.A.
April 20 - Greensboro, NC @ Remix VIP
April 21 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Steppin Out
April 22 - Annapolis, MD @ Knights of Columbus
April 23 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
April 24 - Muncy, PA @ The Ritz
April 25 - Utica, NY @ Skate-A-Rama w/ Born of Osiris
April 26 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal And Hardcore Fest
April 28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ T.B.A.
April 29 - Kent, OH @ The Green Room
April 30 - Troy, OH @ Staunton Grange Hall
May 1 - Bloomington, IN @ Rhino’s
May 2 - Evansville, IN @ Booney Junes
May 3 - Rockford, IL @ Rock Box

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Battlelore Launch Official Facebook Page

Finland's BATTLELORE have launched an official Facebook page, found at this location. Keyboardist Maria is moderating and updating the page regularly.

As previously reported, Battlelore's videos for 'House Of Heroes' and 'Storm Of The Blades' were recently featured in the Top 20 on the UK's VMX television.

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Apocalyptica Add More U.S. Dates

Finland's APOCALYPTICA have updated their North American tour schedule in support of their new album, Worlds Collide. It is currently as follows:


April
11 - House Of Blues - Las Vegas, Nevada
12 - House Of Blues - San Diego, California
14 - Roxy - Los Angeles, California
16 - Slim’s - San Francisco, California
17 - Roseland - Portland, Oregon
18 - El Corazon - Seattle, Washington
19 - Commodore - Vancouver, British Columbia
21 - In The Venue - Salt Lake City, Utah
22 - Gothic Theatre - Denver, Colorado
23 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, Missouri
24 - Pop’s - St. Louis, Illinois
26 - Fine Line - Minneapolis, Minnesota
27 - House Of Blues - Chicago, Illinois
28 - House Of Blues - Cleveland, Ohio
29 - Crofoot - Detroit, Michigan
30 - Phoenix - Toronto, Ontario

May
1 - Metropolis - Montreal, Quebec
2 - Paradise Club - Boston, Massachusetts
4 - Trocadero Theatre - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5 - Irving Plaza - New York, New York
7 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC, Washington DC
9 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, Georgia
10 - House Of Blues - New Orleans, Louisiana
11 - Warehouse Live - Houston, Texas
12 - House Of Blues - Dallas, Texas
14 - Sunshine Theatre - Alberquerque, New Mexico
15 - Marquee - Phoenix, Arizona

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Van Halen Reschedule North American Shows

According to Melodicrock.com, the first sign of VAN HALEN getting back to business after their recent "rest period" is a couple of rescheduled show dates - announced as follows. New dates announced for Charlottesville, Duluth, Manchester, and Hershey. The previously postponed shows in Charlottesville, VA and Duluth, GA have been rescheduled for:

Tuesday, March 11 - Charlottesville, VA at John Paul Jones Arena
Wednesday, March 19 - Duluth, GA at Gwinnett Arena

Note that those new dates for Charlottesville and Duluth collided with previously scheduled shows in Manchester, and Hershey. To make room for them, the Manchester and Hershey shows have been moved to April:

Wednesday, April 9 - Manchester, NH at Verizon Wireless Arena
Friday, April 11 - Hershey, PA at Giant Center

Van Halen's complete upcoming itinerary:

March
3 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
5 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena
7 - Raleigh, NC - RBC Center
9 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
11 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
13 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
19 - Duluth, GA - Gwinnett Arena
21 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena
24 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center
26 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
28 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
30 - Saint Louis, MO - Scottrade Center

April
1 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
3 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
5 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
7 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center
9 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
11 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center
19 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center

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