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Metal News for March 13, 2003

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Darker Than Black Cage Songs

Massacre Records has posted a flash application in which you can listen to three Cage songs. Follow this link to listen to the following Cage songs from their upcoming cd "Darker Than Black" to be released on April 22, 2003 in Europe:

  • Philadelphia Experiment (click small monster on left)
  • Kill The Devil (click large monster in middle)
  • Eyes of Obsidian (click large warrior on right)

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Dark Tranquillity to Release Live DVD

The next release from Sweden's masters of metal, Dark Tranquility, will be a live DVD. The title of the DVD has been set as Staining Poland - Live In Krakow, and while there is no release date announced yet, the band is putting the finishing touches to it.

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Deicide, Behemoth, Amon Amarth US Dates

Polish black/death metal outfit Behemoth will be embarking on their first North American tour this week with Deicide and Amon Amarth. Also appearing on the dates will be Vehemence and Revenge. Here's the latest schedule: More...

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Quo Vadis Joined by Cryptopsy Guitarist

Quo Vadis will be supporting Anonymus album release parties on March 21st at Metropolis in Montreal and March 22nd at Kashmir in Quebec City. Guitarist Alex Auburn of Cryptopsy has been enlisted to help out for the two shows. As for their new album, the band say it’s about half done. The band has been in and out of Wild Studio since September recording various sessions. All drums are complete, guitars are 80% done. The band is currently working on vocals and the last details for guitars and bass. The album release is scheduled for late summer/early autumn

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Vital Remains Guitarist Gets Endorsement

Vital Remains guitarist Tony Lazaro has landed an endorsement deal with Yavcom Guitars. Lazaro's own signature series, called The Crucifire, is not yet available to order, but will be soon, according to the company's web site. Check out pictures of the guitar, which features a three-way laminate neck-thru with red inverted cross inlays, and maple wings, at this location. Vital Remains' new album, "Dechristianize", is slated for an April 22 release through Olympic/Century Media Records. All lead vocals on the CD were recorded by Deicide frontman Glen Benton

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Hate Eternal In Van Accident

Hate Eternal were involved in a van accident Saturday (March 8) afternoon in Wisconsin en route to a show on their headlining tour with Dying Fetus, Kataklysm, and Into Eternity. Hate Eternal's van slid on a patch of black ice on the highway and hit a tree, causing their trailer to swing around and impact the van. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, although there were other accidents on the same stretch of road that day. The accident totalled Hate Eternal's van. Frontman Erik Rutan sustained injuries, including whiplash and a cracked vertebrae. The other members of the band and the tour manager walked away without injuries. Rutan has been released from the hospital and will be returning home to Florida to recover. Erik made the following statement: "All the shows on this tour were great. We apologize to the fans and the promoters and we will be back as soon as possible to make up for this."

Any messages for Erik and Hate Eternal can be e-mailed to: usapr@earache.com

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Moroccan Court Grants Bail for Metalheads

A Moroccan court has freed on bail 11 heavy metal music enthusiasts controversially jailed for offences against morality and linked by the prosecution to a "Satanist" cult, according to Reuters.

Three others were refused bail.

Defense lawyer Mahfoud Billeh said on Wednesday the 11 were freed on Tuesday night by the Casablanca court pending hearing of appeals against sentences of between one and six months.

They were convicted on March 6 under laws covering distribution of written or visual material which "undermines good morals" and "making people listen, with bad intent, to songs which contravene good morals or incite debauchery."

The three refused bail were sentenced to a year in prison for "employing seductive methods with the aim of undermining the faith of a Muslim." More...

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Borknagar Prepare to Enter Studio

Norway's Borknagar will enter Toproom and Fagerborg Studios on March 14 with producer Borge Finstad (Mayhem, Solefald) to record the follow-up to "Empiricism", due at the end of the year through Century Media Records.

The band, who recently parted ways with gutarist Jens F. Ryland, will need about 4-6 months to complete the album "as we want to use the time needed to get the album as close to perfection as possible," according to Borknagar mastermind Oystein G. Brun.

Among the titles tentatively set to appear on the CD are the following: More...

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Callenish Circle Complete New CD

Dutch melodic death metallers Callenish Circle have completed work on their new album, "My Passion // Your Pain", producer Andy Classen at Stage One studio in Bühne, Germany. The follow-up to last year's "Flesh-Power-Dominion" is due on May 5 through Metal Blade Records.

The complete track listing for "My Passion // Your Pain" is as follows (in no particular order): More...

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The Crown Cancel Glasgow Gig

Swedish thrashers The Crown, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have been forced to cancel their gig in Glasgow "due to a mix-up in communication between the U.K. agent and the U.K. venues," according to an official statement from Metal Blade Records. "As it turns out the Glasgow show was on Monday (not on Tuesday as the agent was told) and the Cardiff gig on Tuesday. The distance Vosselaar-Glasgow is too big a distance to travel in just one night."

The Crown will enter Gotheburg's Studio Fredman on May 5 for the recording and mixing of the follow-up to 2002's "Crowned In Terror", tentatively due in early September through Metal Blade Records

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The Haunted, Mastodon Team Up for Tour

The Haunted, Mastodon and Hatesphere will team up for a European tour in April.

The Haunted are reportedly in talks with Converge about teaming up for a co-headlining tour of the U.S. later in the year. Exact dates and venues will be announced soon.

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Blind Guardian Announce Fest Play list

Blind Guardian have announced their set list for the inaugural installment of the Blind Guardian Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 13-14 at BGS Open Air Arena in Coburg/Bamberg, Germany.

As previously reported, Blind Guardian will headline the festival on both evenings with two different sets, which were chosen by the fans via the group's official web site.

Blind Guardian will play the following songs at the Blind Guardian Open Air festival (note: the first five songs on the list will be played both nights): More...

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True Metal Assault Southern California Tour

Desert Rock Promotions has announced the True Metal Assault Southern California mini-tour featuring two of the best and hard hitting heavy metal bands currently performing on the live circuit: Noise / Sanctuary Records artists Seven Witches and Massacre Records artists Cage.

New Jersey based heavy metal supergroup Seven Witches is the brainchild of guitarist Jack Frost (Ex-Savatage / Metalium) and includes bassist Joey Vera (Engine / Fates Warning / Armored Saint), vocalist James Rivera (Ex-Destiny's End / Helstar) and drummer Brian Craig (Ex-Destiny's End). Seven Witches is currently tearing up the East Coast of the United States on tour with progressive-power metal band Symphony X. Seven Witches is supporting their upcoming new CD "Passage To The Other Side" scheduled for release on April 9, 2003 in the USA through Noise / Sanctuary Records.

San Diego, California based internationally acclaimed heavy metal band Cage is the metallic institution straight out of Southern California. Cage will be hitting the road to support their larger than life upcoming CD "Darker Than Black", which will be released on April 22, 2003 through Massacre Records.

"Darker Than Black" just recently was voted #1 CD on the respected and influential German Heavy Oder Was magazine Soundcheck album charts (March 2003) in addition to being selected album of the month with a perfect score of 12/12, beating out other well known up and coming / established bands such as Dream Evil, Evergrey, Overkill, Anthrax, The Haunted, Shadows Fall and about 70 others.

The following are the dates for the TRUE METAL ASSAULT California Mini-Tour:

Thursday April 17, 2003 - The Galaxy - Santa Ana, California
Friday April 18, 2003 - Brick by Brick - San Diego, California (special guests Chaotic Order & Wither)
Saturday April 19, 2003 - Paladinos - Reseda, California (special guests Wither)

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Jagermeister's Brand New Sin

Brand New Sin is now officially a Jagermeister sponsored band. After finishing up on the Saliva tour, the several Kittie dates, and three weeks with Clutch, Brand New Sin have been making a sporadic run of the South and Midwest with a string of headling gigs. Here's the rest of the Brand New Sin touring schedule: More...

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All Else Failed Last Show

All Else Failed played what was called their "last show" this past weekend outside of Philadelphia. The venue was packed with hundreds of insane fans literally tearing the place apart and giving AEF the respect that they deserve. At one point there was a naked stage diving incedent. Don't worry there were 12 people filming it so your bound to see it show up somewhere soon. The band will continue to finish their final release as All Else Failed for Now Or Never, along with the planned DVD with some of the most stomach-chruning footage you'll ever see. The band will then continue to make music, evolving in a new direction and under a different name. Chris from The Dillinger Escape Plan is slated to drum on thier last studio album as All Else Failed tenatively titled "This Never Happened", which is scheduled to begin recording within weeks.

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