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Metal News for March 12, 2005

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Soilent Green Release 'Confrontation" Tracklisting

Soilent Green have set "Confrontation" as the title for their upcoming full-length, which they finished recording earlier this year. Here's the final track listing for the effort:

Scarlet Sunrise
Leaves Of Three
A Scream Trapped Underwater
Forgive & Regret
12 oz. Prophet
Southern Spirit Suite
Pretty Smiles & Shattered Teeth
Liquor & Cigarettes
Theory Of Pride In Tragedy
Fingernails On A Chalkboard
Paper Cut
They Lie To Hide The Truth
Another Cheap Brand of Luck
This Glass House Of Broken Words
A Permanent Solution To A Temporary Problem

Look for the album to hit stores in June via Relapse Records.

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Bloodsimple Video and Tour Dates

Bloodsimple have made an uncut version of the video for their first single from their upcoming albm available on their Myspace site. The single is "Straight Hate" and the album is "A Cruel World". "A Cruel World" will be released March 29th.

Bloodsimple don’t want to be judged by the merits of their past, but they know that it’s probably going to happen. And they’re ready.

“People are going to be blindsided by this record, and I can say that with confidence—I think this is my greatest work,” says frontman Tim Williams, who along with guitarist Mike Kennedy, spawned bloodsimple from the ashes of their acclaimed metal-core outfit Vision Of Disorder. While VOD were visionaries on the heavy music front, bloodsimple offered the pair an opportunity to stretch their musical muscles, further expanding their hard-hitting dynamics from sheer aggression and amplified rage, to subtle soundscapes that stress their uninhibited extremes. More...

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Bleed the Dream CD Release Party

Bleed the Dream is having a cd release to celebrate the release of "Paradigm In Entropy", their new cd that will be coming out through Nuclear Blast. The release party is for anyone and is at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California on April 8th. Bands to play are, I.R.A.T.E, Stemm, Audkik, and Trust in Blood. Tickets are $12

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Evergrey To Hold CD Signing Session

CD Specialisten (Gothenburg, Sweden) is hosting an Evergrey CD signing session on Monday, March 14 at 6PM. Stop by and visit with the band who are promoting the release of their new Live CD "A Night to Remember".

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NME Guitarist Dead At 39

When Kurt Struebing died this week after his car fell through the open draw span of a bridge, it ended a life that friends said seemed to have been lived by two different people.

Nearly 20 years ago, he killed his mother and was sent to prison. Years later, he became a leading figure in heavy-metal music, a trusted friend and a doting father.

On Wednesday, Struebing, 39, drove his Volkswagen Jetta through two barriers on the Spokane Street Bridge as it opened to let a tug pass on the Duwamish Waterway. The Jetta plunged off the bridge and landed on the ground more than 50 feet below.

Police investigators and motorists who saw the crash were puzzled over why Struebing drove off the bridge.

Friends believe it was simply a horrible accident.

Struebing was involved in music for the past two decades, forming a band with some high school buddies in the mid-1980s. By 1986, their band, NME, had released three albums.

But in April of that year, Struebing, then 20, was accused of killing his adoptive mother, Darlee Struebing, with a hatchet and a pair of scissors. At the time, friends said, Struebing had been abusing drugs, and even prosecutors believed he was mentally unstable. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, although prosecutors sought a shorter sentence.

Released early from prison in 1994, it wasn't long before Struebing, a guitarist, began playing music again and the band, NME, reformed.

Critics call their music "black metal." Some music of that genre includes satanic imagery and mentions of the occult. Struebing's band, whose name is pronounced "enemy," had its own Web site at www.nme666.com.

But friends said the music was tongue-in-cheek. "It was just music," said Stephen Austin, who is producer for a heavy-metal program on a cable-access channel.

Bonner, who managed the band in recent years, said Struebing never liked to talk about his past. And for most of his friends, his past didn't matter.

Kriss Blazina, a bassist in the metal band End Theory, said whenever anyone who knew Struebing found out about his criminal record, they usually reacted in disbelief. The man most knew, Blazina said, was kind, generous and funny.

"At the drop of a hat, he'd help anyone out," he said.

Through his job at Reprographics, Struebing was always willing to produce fliers promoting other bands, particularly the ones just starting out.

"He was a very good graphic artist," Bonner said. "One of the best."

Though he practiced with his band every Monday, helped organize benefit concerts and played often himself, Struebing spent his spare time with his wife and son in their Federal Way home.

A photo of the wreckage can be viewed here.

Read the full article at Seattle PI.

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Strapping Young Lad Announce Vancouver In-Store

Strapping Young Lad will be making an in-store appearance at Scrape Records in Vancouver, BC at 5pm on March 22, the day of the release of their upcoming album, "Alien."

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My Early Mustang To Play In Thailand

German Alternative rockers My Early Mustang begin to be recognised worldwide – as they were invited to play in Thailand. The band will be playing March 18th and March 19th at the Pattaya International Music Festival.

As the band posted on their website: "We don´t know the show time yet, but hopefully we'll see a bunch of you there in front of the 'World Box'!"

Jutamas Siriwan, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT): "The Festival will reflect the musical cooperation at the national and region level and at the same time will project the good images of Pattaya in terms of beautiful sceneries and being a world-class music festival city," she said.

The Pattaya International Music Festival 2005 is organized under the "No Boundary Music Exchange" theme that is aimed at displaying a borderless musical entertainment through the musical capabilities of various international and local stars who combine musical pleasure with understanding of variety of musical cultures.

This year the stage will be open air and carry the “Music Box” theme. It is located along the Beach Road and comprises of three parts -- "World Box" for international artists, "Love box" for Asean artists and "Peace Box" for Thai artists.

Artists for this year’s event are recruited by MTV from those who qualify as nominees of the MTV Asia Aid and those who make the top 10 in the Asian music styles, that are preferably compatible with Thai artists.

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Rob Halford Comments On Dimmu Borgir

Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford recently talked to Swedish newspaper "Expressen" about Black Metal heroes Dimmu Borgir, with whom he shared the stage during last year's Ozzfest.

The Metal legend commented:

They’re very good musicians, talented songwriters and performing well on stage – a great addition to the heavy metal-family. I was overwhelmed, they master a genre, which is very difficult to get right. Rob Halford confirms that a mutual respect was found between Judas Priest and Dimmu Borgir.

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Helltrain Shoot New Video

Swedish death rockers Helltrain have posted the following brief report:

Helltrain has been shooting a video for the song "Helltrain." The shooting took 2 days and the band is currently doing the editing together with the producers. Deadline is set for 16th of March. Make sure you check the Nuclear Blast and Helltrain websites to not miss out on the video.

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Slipknot To Release "Verses" Double Disc

On April 12th, Slipknot's "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" double disc special edition will street. What to expect from disc 2 of this release? The new bonus CD (with 2 new live tracks) totals 8 songs and is 41:22 in length. Of these 8 songs, none have ever been released on CD in the US.

Track listing is as follows:

1. "Don't Get Close"
2. "Scream"
3. "Vermilion" (Terry Date Mix)
4. "Danger - Keep Away" (Full-Length Version)
5. "The Blister Exists" (live)
6. "Three Nil" (live)
7. "Disasterpiece" (live)
8. "People = Shit" (live)

Slipknot is currently touring the US on Subliminal Verses tour.

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Into Eternity Excited To Tour With Stratovarius

Currently on tour with Amorphis in support of their 2004 release, "Buried In Oblivion," Canada’s Into Eternity have been added to Stratovarius’ fall tour package.

Vocalist/lead guitarist Tim Roth commented:

We are really excited to be touring with Stratovarius and see this as an ideal package. We will be playing in front of a completely new audience, one for which we haven’t had the opportunity to play. All of us have been Stratovarius fans for years. We are fans of Tolkki’s guitar playing, Kotipelto’s voice, and also of Jens Johansson (keyboards) ever since he played with Yngwie Malmsteen. We met Kotipelto at ProgPower USA V last year and we begged him to take Into Eternity on tour, and now it’s a reality.

For complete dates check here.

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Krisiun To Tour With Hate Eternal & Into Eternity

Brazilian purveyors of death Krisiun are teaming up with Florida's Hate Eternal and Into Eternity, Incantation, and All Shall Perish to ravage the U.S. this summer.

Drummer Max Kolesne offered his horns up to everyone:

It's great to be coming back to the U.S., especially touring with our brothers in Hate Eternal and Incantation. This tour is going to devastate! Posers will die and their women will cry when the death metal demons rise.

Krisiun will be supporting their new release "Bloodshed," which contains eight new tracks highlighting the kings of hyperspeed's diversity and musical development. The album also includes four rudimentary corpse-grinding tracks from their rare, cult, underground first release, the Unmerciful Order EP (1993).

Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Incantation, Into Eternity, All Shall Perish tour dates: More...

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Maroon Issues Tour Message

Maroon are now on tour for more than 2 weeks and they want to let you all know how things are going:

Downset and Demean are really cool and nice people and it’s great fun to travel all over Europe with them. Most of the shows we played so far were really good and we’ve already been to a lot of real cool places. We’re in France right now and we’re looking forward to two more weeks in France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Holland before we’ll return to our homeland on March 21st for a show in Bremen and some more shows in Germany, Switzerland and Austria the following week! Hope to see all of you there! Check our website from time to time for more news. When we’re back home we will post some pictures from the tour as soon as possible! Stay true! See you on the road!
Tom & Maroon

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Lemming Project Guitarist Dies

Michael Schmale, guitarist and main songwriter of the German death metal band Lemming Project, died on Thursday, February 17th at the age of 33. Lemming Project initially formed in 1986 and eventually signed to Noise Records for the release of the two albums "Extinction" and "Hate And Despise", the latter of which was licensed and released by Century Media in the USA. For messages to the ex-band members, you can contact former Lemming Project bassist Thomas Jäschke at: tom-bianca@t-online.de.

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Arch Enemy Enter The Studio

Arch Enemy is in the studio recording their follow up to 2003's "Anthems Of Rebellion". Check out the reports and pics from the studio on http://www.archenemy.net.

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Green Carnation Searching For Wacken 2002 Videos

Green Carnation is searching for video footage from their Wacken 2002 show. The show was filmed by a TV crew, but this material was not made available for the band. Green Carnation 15th anniversary is coming up this year and the band is preparing a special release to celebrate this and hopes to collect some live footage from this special show at Wacken 2002 where the whole Light of Day, Day of Darkness album was performed. Please email tchort@online.no if you have some footage in your possession.

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Crisis Seeking Replacement Drummer

Crisis is currently seeking a replacement drummer. They are asking you to send either a audio or video recording of you playing the first 4 songs off "Like Sheep Led To Slaughter" to: CRISIS c/o The End Records. 331 Rio Grande St. 58, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 USA. You will be required to locate to the L.A. area at your own expense.

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Dry Kill Logic Resume Touring, To Headline As Well

Dry Kill Logic are back on the road with Otep, American Head Charge and Bloodsimple after missing a few dates due to a death in the family of a band member. They have also announced their own headlining tour after this string of shows comes to and end. Here are all of Dry Kill Logic's upcoming tour dates: More...

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Ozzy Osbourne Admits To Going Under The Knife

BostonHerald.com reports:

Ozzy Osbourne has 'fessed up to going under the knife. The Ozzfest frontman and MTV reality pere has admitted to getting a nose job and a face lift after being positively inspired by all of the very fine work that currently passes for wife Sharon's face. "It boosted my confidence to no end,'' the geriatric rocker told the British mag, Reveal. "I've had a face job and a new nose.'' Rumors were being bandied about that Ozzy had indeed gone the way of Sharon after his 56-year-old face began to look relatively smooth and youthful. In the past, though, Ozzie just attributed his fresh-faced dew to giving up alcohol and drugs. Right. And finally swearing off all that stage make-up probably didn't hurt, either....

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Dark Tranquillity Album Back On Swedish Charts

Dark Tranquillity has posted the following message on their official website:

Seems like the recent Swedish gigs got us some new fans, as "Character" now is back in the national chart at position #37. In the metal chart, the album is enjoying its seventh week, currently residing at #5.

The band will embark on a U.S. tour with Soilwork, Hypocrisy and Mnemic next month. Tour dates can be found here.

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Ozzy's Box Set And Free Ozzfest Ticket Offer

The 10th anniversary of Ozzfest hits this summer. Pre-order Ozzy's Prince Of Darkness box set online here and you'll also get a coupon good toward one free ticket to Ozzfest with purchase of an Ozzfest 2005 ticket. (Buy one, get one offer good on general admission tickets only - more details coming to OzzyNet.com.)

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Shadows Fall Announces Off-Dates In Slipknot Tour

Shadows Fall have added a few off-dates in the Slipknot tour.

Mar. 17 Spartanburg, SC w/ Stretch Arm Strong
Mar. 21 Jacksonville, FL w/ The Bled
Mar. 24 Birmingham, AL w/ The Bled, Catchfire
Mar. 27Little Rock, AR w/ VORE, Epoch of Light
Apr. 02 Lubbock, TX
Apr. 14 Boise, ID w/ Lamb of God, From Autumn to Ashes, Palehorse

More dates will be added soon.

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Offensive CoF T-shirt Wearer Told To Grow Up

Dale Wilson, of Northfields, Norwich, was arrested last month for wearing an offensive Cradle of Filth t-shirt. (Read story here.) Several excerpts from a news article on EDP24 website:

Judge Roderick Newton described Wilson's action as “wholly unacceptable” adding: “It simply won't do, wearing a T-shirt which would be offensive to anyone regardless of whether or not they are religious.

“But I can see you have learnt your lesson and will take an extremely unusual course of action by discharging you. Don't do it again – you must grow up.”

Wilson, who has previous convictions including drug and dishonesty offences, was ordered to pay £150 costs.

The judge ordered the destruction of the T-shirt and knife.

Read the full article at EDP24.

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