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Metal News for March 12, 2006

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Metallica To Spend Six Months Writing

RollingStone.com is reporting that METALLICA have hunkered down in a San Francisco studio, breaking ground on their ninth studio disc, with producer Rick Rubin (SYSTEM OF A DOWN, AUDIOSLAVE, SLAYER). After opening two shows for the ROLLING STONES last November, 'TALLICA got the itch to stitch together a new album. "We've been writing, jamming, hanging for about two months," drummer Lars Ulrich tells RollingStone.com. "Right now it's me, James [Hetfield] and Rob [Trujillo] — Kirk [Hammett] shows up once in a while." On their last album, "St. Anger", the band wrote and recorded simultaneously; this time, they'll first spend about six months composing brain-rattling riffs and mining recordings of pre-show jams from the "St. Anger" tour for material. The boys are currently booking some one-off summer dates to break the monotony. "Japan, South Africa, Bumfuck — we'll play anywhere," says Lars. "I'll draw the line at bar mitzvahs, but backyard keggers for sure."

As previously reported, sources close to METALLICA recently told Launch that the band will not play any U.S. shows this summer, despite speculation that the group would either headline Ozzfest or mount their own stadium tour. While METALLICA are playing three concerts in South Africa later this month and have a string of European festival appearances lined up for June, their schedule has been empty for the rest of the summer, leading to rumors of some sort of U.S. jaunt. However, the sources say that the band will enter the studio in July with producer Rick Rubin to begin recording its ninth studio album.

METALLICA will make its South African debut on March 18, March 21 and March 25 as part of a massive music festival called the Coca-Cola Colab Mix.

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Rob Zombie's "Foxy, Foxy" Video Posted Online

ROB ZOMBIE's video for his new single, "Foxy, Foxy", has been posted online. The clip, which was shot last month in Los Angeles, saw Zombie re-teaming with "The Devil's Rejects" cinematographer Phil Parmet. Parmet has also worked on LED ZEPPELIN's "The Song Remains the Same" and FRANK ZAPPA's "Baby Snakes".

ROB ZOMBIE will perform "Foxy, Foxy" on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Wednesday, March 15. The track comes off the singer's new album, "Educated Horses", which is scheduled for release on March 28 via Geffen Records. The follow-up to 2001's "The Sinister Urge" was recorded at Los Angeles' Chop Shop Studios with co-producer Scott Humphrey, who had previously worked with Rob on the platinum hits "Hellbilly Deluxe" and "The Sinister Urge". Other musicians contributing to the CD include Josh Freese (A PERFECT CIRCLE, VANDALS) and Tommy Lee (MÖTLEY CRÜE).

Zombie is now gearing up for the "Educated Horses Tour". The tour is scheduled to start March 17 in Jacksonville, Florida and hit 27 cities before concluding five weeks later in Mesa, Arizona. Joining Rob on this tour will be guitarist John 5 (ex-MARILYN MANSON), longtime bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and drummer Tommy Clufetos (ex-ALICE COOPER, TED NUGENT). Support acts on the tour will be LACUNA COIL and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE.

The singer took five years off between studio albums while he wrote and directed his first two movies, the 2003 horror hit "House of 1000 Corpses" and its sequel, 2005's "The Devil's Rejects".

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Tool Announce "10,000 Days" Track Listing

TOOL have announced the final track listing of their new album, "10,000 Days", due on May 2 via Volcano. The 77-minute, 11-song prog-metal odyssey, which is said to be "packed with plenty of eight minute-plus twisted riff-a-thons, odd-tempo polyrhythms and the band's trademark, eerie interludes" (according to Kerrang! magazine), is the follow-up to 2001's "Lateralus", which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 2.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"10,000 Days" track listing:

01. Vicarious
02. Jambi
03. Wings For Marie (Pt 1)
04. 10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)
05. The Pot
06. Lipan Conjuring
07. Lost Keys (Blame Hofmann)
08. Rosetta Stoned
09. Intension
10. Right In Two
11. Viginti Tres

As previously reported, TOOL will play their first U.S. show since late 2002 when it headlines the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 30 in Indio, Calif. No other U.S. dates have been confirmed.

Afterward, TOOL will spend the first portion of the summer playing the European festival circuit, with dates on tap through July 9 at Finland's Turku Festival.

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To My Surprise Post New eCard Online

TO MY SURPRISE, the six-piece Iowa outfit featuring M. Shawn Crahan, better known as "Clown" in the seminal metal band SLIPKNOT, have released an e-card containing a new song entitled "Jump the Gun" at this location.

TO MY SURPRISE will be performing at this year's SXSW (South By Southwest) Festival in Austin, TX. The band will make their SXSW debut at Exodus on Thursday, March 16, at 7:45 p.m. Crahan commented, "I've always wanted to play SXSW, and as of this moment in the dream, it hasn't been a reality, so it's time to fall into the black hole headfirst."

The band, who are currently unsigned, will be heading to Europe in June to play the summer festivals, and hope to tour the U.S. in the fall.

TO MY SURPRISE's self-titled debut was produced at a Los Angeles studio by the legendary Rick Rubin (SLIPKNOT, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, AUDIOSLAVE, BEASTIE BOYS) and was issued in 2003 through Roadrunner Records.

SLIPKNOT capped off an amazing two years on February 8 by winning their first Grammy Award, in the category of "Best Metal Performance", for "Before I Forget" from 2004's "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)".

SLIPKNOT has been nominated in the "Best Metal Performance" category for six consecutive years, but never took home the Grammy until now.

The band went on hiatus at the end of 2005 after nearly 18 months on the road in support of "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)".

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Scott Weiland Slams Axl Rose

VELVET REVOLVER/ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland has slammed GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose for his comments in a recent press release where he claimed that in October of 2005, VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash visited Axl's house at 5:30 one morning and said he wanted to "end the war" with Rose. Rose alleged that Slash tore into his current bandmates in VELVET REVOLVER, calling singer Weiland a "fraud," saying that he "hates" drummer Matt Sorum and describing bassist Duff McKagan as "spineless."

The press release stated, "It would have been Axl's preference to resolve disputes with Slash and Duff in private...However, Axl could no longer sit quietly and allow the continuing dissemination of falsehoods and half-truths by his former bandmates."

Responding to Axl's comments, Weiland wrote in an open letter, "Get in the ring. Go to the gym, motherfucker, or if you prefer, get a new wig, motherfucker. I think I'll resist the urge to 'stoop' to your level. Oh shit, here it comes, you fat, botox-faced, wig-wearin' fuck! O.K., I feel better now.

"Don’t think for a second we don't know where those words came from. Your unoriginal, uncreative little mind — the same mind that had to rely on its bandmates to write melodies and lyrics. Who's the fraud now, bitch?

"Damn, I couldn't imagine people writing for me. How many albums have you put out, man, and how long did it take the current configuration of this so-called 'band' to make this album? How long? And without the only guys that validated the name.

"How dare you! Shame on you! How dare you call our bass player 'spineless?' We toured our album over a year and a half. How many shows have you played over the last ten years? Oh, that's right — you bailed out on your long-awaited comeback tour, leaving your remaining fans feeling, shall we say, a trifle miffed?! I won't even list what I've accomplished because I don't need to. What we're talking about here is a frightened little man who once thought he was king, but unfortunately this king without his court is nothing but a memory of the asshole he once was."

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Godsmack, Ugly Kid Joe Singer Form Another Animal

Roo TV has issued the following report:

GODSMACK are soon to be releasing their latest album, "IV", which easily demonstrates the band's growth as songwriters. But after an initial writing block from lead singer Sully Erna, the rhythm section of Shannon Larkin (drums), Robbie Merrill (bass) and Tony Rombola (guitar) spent countless hours in the studio writing and re-writing tunes for the album. But with close to 40 songs written and only so much space on GODSMACK's "IV", Shannon, Robbie and Tony have taken a few leftover songs and formed ANOTHER ANIMAL. Roo TV caught up with drummer Shannon Larkin to talk about ANOTHER ANIMAL and how the band was extremely productive while Sully was away.

"It wasn't really productive for GODSMACK, but for Tony, Robbie and me, it was very productive, 'cause we found each other's niche in songwriting," Larkin explained. "In fact, so much so that even after Sully had… We had like 30 something songs, including Sully's songs and the songs that the band wrote together — it was 38 songs or something ridiculous like that. A bunch of music — a bunch of really good music. And you can only have so many songs on a record. So we had all this leftover music that we think is kick-ass. So we started this other band — me, Tony and Robbie — it's called ANOTHER ANIMAL."

Larkin went on to discuss adding his old bandmate from UGLY KID JOE, lead singer Whit Crane, and where he thought the music would be going with ANOTHER ANIMAL.

"So anyway, we called the band ANOTHER ANIMAL and got Whit Crane — he's my buddy from UGLY KID JOE — to sing," he said. "And he's awesome. The music is… it's like… There's definitely some [BLACK] SABBATH [influences], but with like [touches of] 'Angel Dust' FAITH NO MORE-era."

Although Larkin insisted ANOTHER ANIMAL was a side project from GODSMACK, the band does plan on getting in the studio to make a record in 2006. But with the GODSMACK tour certainly on the horizon, it seems ANOTHER ANIMAL might not make it to the stage until GODSMACK takes a break from the road.

You can watch Roo TV's video interview with Shannon Larkin at this location.

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Ion Vein Part With Label

Chicago-based prog/power metallers ION VEIN have parted ways with the U.K.'s Now and Then Records. The groups's mainman Chris Lotesto commented, "What could have been a very promising relationship ending up being nothing more than a complete joke! We still have no idea what happened with our last album, 'Reigning Memories', as the label would never divulge ANY information to us and then dropped off the face of the earth. I guess they are out of the business from what second-hand information I can gather but the last thing we expected was for them to turn out to be yet another useless piece of music business shit. Oh well…"

ION VEIN have begun recording their third album at Rax Trax Studios in Chicago, with producer Neil Kernon once again manning the helm. Lotesto said, "We are very happy to be working with Neil again. Things are absolutely crushing so far! We have finally come into our own with a much heavier, in-your-face sound that we hope will finally shed all the comparisons and classifications. We will be searching for a new label home once the recording is complete so there is no timeframe at this point for a release date."

You can catch ION VEIN opening for LOUDNESS on March 22 at Joe's in Chicago and also at Chicago Powerfest on April 7-8 at Mr. Kelley’s in Chicago Heights, Illinois along with MORGANA LEFAY, NOCTURNAL RITES, ELDRITCH, BIOMECHANICAL, AGENT STEEL, TWELFTH GATE, GRACEPOINT, MIRROR BLACK and WITHERING SOUL.

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New Isole Samples Available For Download

Audio samples of the new ISOLE tracks "The Beyond" and "Beyond the Black II" have been made available for download at the group's official web site. Both songs will be included on the Swedish doom metal quartet's upcoming 7" vinyl release, "The Beyond", due on March 13 via I Hate Records. The single marks the group's first recording with new drummer Jonas Lindstrom, who is also a member of the death metal quartet WITHERED BEAUTY and black metal quintet UNDIVINE. The single's title cut, "The Beyond", is described in a press release as "a relatively up-tempo scorcher of a song" while "Beyond the Black II" is said to be "a really slow piece of mournful epic doom." Despite borrowing its title from the debut album track, "Beyond the Black II" doesn't have much in common with its namesake, being much slower and with only some parts recognizable from its name predecessor.

ISOLE are currently recording their as-yet-untitled second album at their own Studio Apocalypse. The CD, which is expected to have a slightly rawer and heavier sound (both production- and music-wise) than the band's 2005 debut, "Forevermore", is expected to be completed by the end of March for a tentative June release.

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