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Metal News for March 13, 2005

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19 news articles posted on this day.

Axis of Justice Celebrates Farmworkers' Victory

Axis of Justice - Tom Morello (Audioslave) and Serj Tankian (System of a Down) - are proud to join in the celebration of the decisive victory that the farmworkers of Immokalee, Florida (the Coalition of Immokalee Workers - CIW) have just claimed. For more than four years, the CIW has been embroiled in a boycott of Taco Bell, the major purchaser of the organization's produce, demanding the end to sweatshops in the fields and the restoration of basic human rights in that workplace. In conjunction with unions, students, religious groups and other high-profile public figures, Axis of Justice participated in annual rallies and concerts at Taco Bell's SoCal headquarters to focus attention on this inhumane fast-food industry. Due to the boycott, Taco Bell has now been forced to take a role in helping to reform working conditions for Florida farmworkers.

"Today the Immokalee farmworkers struck a blow for dignity and human rights in the workplace and received the long overdue raise they have been fighting for," Morello commented. "This is a major victory for the workers and demonstrates that by standing up and standing together, we can overturn any injustice. By standing up and standing together, we can change the world."

Axis of Justice recently released "Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume I" on Axis of Justice/Serjical Strike/SONY Records. The CD/DVD was recorded in Los Angeles and features Tankian and Morello joined by a number of special guests including Flea, Maynard James Keenan and Pete Yorn. The "Axis of Justice Radio Network" can be heard the second and fourth Friday of every month at 7:00PM PT on KPFK/Los Angeles, 90.7FM, 98.7FM in Santa Barbara, online at www.kpfk.org, and on XM Satellite Radio's punk channel, "Fungus."

AXIS OF JUSTICE (http://www.axisofjustice.org/) is a non-profit organization formed by Morello and Tankian. Its purpose is to bring together musicians, fans of music, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice together. AXIS OF JUSTICE aims to build a bridge between fans of music around the world and local political organizations to effectively organize around issues of peace, human rights, and economic justice.

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Immolation To Support Deicide On Upcoming Tour

IMMOLATION will be touring as direct support to Deicide on their tour in late May/June. Immolation will be touring in support of their latest album, Harnessing Ruin, which features the recording debut of drummer Steve Shalaty, and the band’s most crushing yet clear production to date, compliments of longtime producer Paul Orofino. When asked about the tour and the release of the group's latest masterpiece, Harnessing Ruin, the band could hardly hide their enthusiasm.

"We are really excited about the release of Harnessing Ruin. It is the darkest, heaviest and most emotionally charged album we have ever done!! We are also really looking forward to the upcoming tour with Deicide. Together, along with Skinless, Misery Index, and With Passion, we are all going to crush the US and Canada!!! For us this will be our most extensive run through Canada, so we are really interested in checking out the mid western areas that we have not been able to hit in the past! Prepare for one of the most devastating tours of the year!"

Here's a list of confirmed tour dates so far: More...

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This Is Hell Finsish Recording EP

This Is Hell recently finished recording a six-song EP at Atomic Studios in Brooklyn, NY. The release will be available on May 16th via State Of Mind Recordings. Meanwhile, the band has lined up a handful of March tour dates. Here's the latest:

3/16 Punxsutawney PA @ Punxsutawney Community Center w/ Free For All, more
3/17 Erie PA @ Forward Hall w/ Outbreak, Names For Graves, Hank Jones
3/18 Kokomo IN @ Dk's Skatepark w/ See It Through, Hank Jones, more
3/19 Saint Louis MO @ American Czech Center w/ Blacklisted, Outbreak, more
3/20 Kansas City MO @ El Torreon w/ Alert Alert, Nervous Wreck
3/21 Indianapolis IN @ Bubba's Bowling Company w/ Outbreak, Blacklisted
3/22 Cleveland OH @ Chris Warped Records w/ Blacklisted, My Revenge, more
3/23 Johnstown PA @ Geistown Firehall / w/ Cancer Bats
3/24 Buffalo NY @ Sit & Spin Records w/ Cancer Bats, Devils Advocate
3/25 Fulton NY @ Fulton KOC w/ Cancer Bats, Verse, Have Heart
3/26 Salem MA @ Sputnix w/ Cancer Bats, Thieves And Assassins
3/27 Chicopee MA @ Cabot Street Pub w/ Cancer Bats, Shoot To Kill

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Boy Sets Fire, The Sleeping Mini Tour

Boy Sets Fire, The Sleeping, and A Wilhelm Scream will be hooking up for several April dates in New England. Here's the info:

4/21 Danbury CT @ The Empress
4/22 Portland ME @ The Station
4/23 Providence RI @ The Living Room
4/24 Farmingdale NY @ The Downtown

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Guitarist Leaves Vuist, Replacement Sought

After 3 years as the guitarist for the Dutch Death Thrashers VUIST, Erik Grinwis has decided to leave. Erik wants to fully concentrate on his other band Demalion. Planned recordings for a new CD will be on hold for now. The upcoming gigs will be done with Erik, but meanwhile VUIST will be searching for a new guitar player. If you have ambitions to become a member of VUIST, mail to vuisthorde@yahoo.com
More info about VUIST can be found on the band's official website.

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Impaled Nazarene Live Album News, Fest Cancelled

Impaled Nazarene celebrates 15 years with the release of "Death Comes in 26 Carefully Selected Pieces," the band's first official live album.

Recorded last December at Tavastia club in Helsinki, Finland, "DCI26CSP" features 26 songs from the bands catalogue, including songs from their 7” EPs.

The album was mixed (at Sonic Pump studio) by band's own soundman, Tapio Pennanen. Mika Jussila mastered the album at Finnvox studio.

Final tracklisting of "Death Comes in 26 Carefully Selected Pieces": More...

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Darkane Mixing New Album

Darkane guitarist Christofer Malmström has posted this recording update on the band's official website:

The Darkane album ("Layers Of Lies") is being mixed at the moment. This upcoming weekend we will record the cello and double bass for the intro and some other parts of the album and then we´ll finish the mix, mastering and send it all to Nuclear Blast for printing. The release date is still set to June 27. Last Sunday I was watching the filming of the side story to the video, "Secondary Effects." I think it will be great!

I'm also very excited right now because at this moment Ryan (van Poederooyen) is laying down the drum tracks to Non-Human Level in Vancouver. I know it will kick ass, but it's a pain that I can't be there and hear it for myself! Ryan will hopefully put up a video clip from the drumming session on his own website.

Something completely else: In October 2002 Peter (Wildoer) and I participated in a very cool project called "Seven Deadly Pieces - A Concert for Chamber Orchestra and Thrash Metal Band." We did a live show in Helsingborg which was recorded and will be released on DVD later this year. The author of the piece, Lale Larson, who's also a very good friend of me and Peter has put up a trailer on his website for download. The most brutal metal parts of the concert is not included in the trailer, but you will see some of Peter and myself in a new environment. You have to be open-minded so don't expect to see metal if you download it, but very strange and cool and well-arranged music! Check it out! I love it!

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Bruce Dickinson Announces Solo Album Release Date

According to MaidenFans.com, Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson has named "Tyranny Of Souls" the title of his long-awaited new solo album, scheduled to be released in Europe on May 23. A release date for the rest of the world has not yet been announced.

A scan of a report provided by U.K. magazine Classic Rock can be seen here.

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6 Bands Confirmed For France's Raisemesfest

Raismesfest announced that the following bands will be performing for the 8th edition of the festival (September 10 & 11, France):

Sonata Arctica
Anathema
Manigance
Dead Soul Tribe
Edenbridge
Anyone's Daughter

For more information, visit Festival de Raismes.

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Destruction Recording New Album

From a posting on the official Destruction website:

At the moment 'Our boys' are recording the new album "Inventor of evil" together with Peter Tätgtren, V.O. Pulver and their Live engineer Franky Winkelmann.

Three different Studio's in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden will be involved in the production-process!

The mix will be done by Mr. Tätgtren at the Abyss Studio´s in Sweden.

Release date for europe will be august 15th on the new label AFM records. In the rest of the world the new masterpiece will be released a little later this summer.

It looks like some surprise guest will be featured on the new album (like ex-guitarwizz Harry).

Nevertheless there will also be a new tune featuring many 'well-known' Metalsingers from all exiting styles, for a song that is dealing with more unity and tolerance in the 'szene'!

Rumours say that the famous 'butcher' will have an impressive return on the frontcover!

Please stay tuned for more news soon....

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Nile On Euro Tour, Plan US Tour With King Diamond

Relapse Records recording artists NILE are currently in the midst of a headlining European tour with support from label mates DYING FETUS. The tour kicked off with a blistering performance in London on March 8th with the UK portion of this tour concluding on March 12th in Brighton. Both bands will then join SIX FEET UNDER, DARK FUNERAL and others on March 14th in Essen, Germany through March 28th in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Immediately following, NILE will head out on a North American tour in support of their highly anticipated new album Annihilation Of The Wicked (streets May 24th in the US) with KING DIAMOND starting on April 14th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and concluding on May 21st in Tampa, FL.

A complete list of Nile tour dates follows: More...

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Slipknot Masks And Costumes To Be Sold This Summer

PulseoftheMaggots.com spoke with a representative of Morbid Industries, who have confirmed that SLIPKNOT haved signed a license agreement for the company to begin production of SLIPKNOT masks and costumes for fan purchase beginning summer 2005.

"It has not been officially released yet, but the deal is done," the representative said. "SLIPKNOT has entered into a licensing agreement with Morbid Industries for the production of SLIPKNOT masks and costumes beginning summer 2005. Morbid displayed the prototypes of the masks at the Halloween & Party Show in Chicago last week.

"Morbid Industries specializes in high-end masks, props and decor. We have been in business for three years and this is our first license. As you can imagine, we are extremely excited about the chance to work with SLIPKNOT, helping the band bring the maggots something they have always wanted. An official release from SLIPKNOT is forthcoming. Info and pix will be up on the SLIPKNOT and Morbid web sites soon."

Tiy can check out a picture of the masks on display in Chicago.

For more information on Morbid Industries, visit their website.

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Official Ozzfest 2005 Details Could Come Next Week

MTV News has now confirmed that the Ozzfest 2005 press conference will NOT be held on Tuesday (March 15), contrary to a previous MTV announcement. A new statement on MTV.com reads as follows: "Scheduling conflicts have forced the cancellation of an Ozzfest 2005 press conference tentatively planned for Tuesday, according to a publicist for the perennial summer metal festival. Official details on the tour's dates and lineup could emerge as early as next week."

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Did Evanescences's Success Open Doors For Others?

Freelance writer Bryan Reesman has submitted the following report to GRAMMY.com:

If the multi-platinum success of EVANESCENCE proved to narrow-minded rock jocks that female-fronted metal bands were viable, a fresh wave of melodic European headbangers should cement that affirmation, with their distinct blend of heavy guitars, symphonic underpinnings and soaring female vocals. Thanks to the breakthrough of "Fallen", like-minded groups that court gothic and classical influences are starting to find success on American shores.

"For quite a number of years we've personally loved that sound and tried to champion it," declares Marco Barbieri, president of the Century Family of labels that includes Century Media and Nuclear Blast. "We initially liked the European, gothic-inspired stuff that came out of some of the doom and death metal bands of the early '90s. When women started joining these bands, they made it that much more exciting and compelling."

Their sounds are quite distinct. NIGHTWISH blends gothic brooding with intense guitars and classical bombast. Their recent album, "Once", features orchestra, choir and a Native American flute player. LACUNA COIL play gothic-tinged heavy rock that invokes a more aggressive Evanescence (and they have been around much longer). LEAVES' EYES, lead by former THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine, serve up dreamy, medieval-style metal. All of these bands employ lush keyboards and often contrast their beautiful female singing with harsh male growls normally reserved for death metal. That latter concept may not sound commercial, but EVANESCENCE may have paved the way for its acceptance through the male rap-metal exchanges of "Bring Me To Life".

Odin Thompson, label manager for Napalm Records USA and Moribund Records, sees a basic appeal for these groups — they write great music." These bands bring that heavy edge but inject it with melody and arrangements that have been long lost from rock and roll ," he asserts. "They also offer light to the normally dark world of heavy metal, which makes them special amongst their peers." Thompson believes this subgenre has the potential for tremendous commercial success at a major label level, something Napalm has strongly believed in for years with acts like SINS OF THY BELOVED, TRISTANIA and SIRENIA.

"I'm sure the majors are probably working on their own [groups]," surmises Barbieri. "I feared that a lot of manufactured, female-fronted bands would be coming out after the first EVANESCENCE single. Thankfully we've been spared that from the corporations, and it's being done the right way. Those that have been doing it [awhile] are gaining presence and profile."

The most obvious example of such visibility is Italy's LACUNA COIL, whose two-year-old album "Comalies" scanned more than 200,000 units domestically, cracking the Billboard Top 200 for several weeks last year after extensive grassroots development on radio, video play on Fuse and MTV2, and tours with P.O.D. and Ozzfest.

Read the full article at Grammy.com.

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Brick Bath Auditioning Bass Players

San Diego, CA-based thrash metal act BRICK BATH are currently auditioning bass players. The band want a full-time permanent member to join them for their new CD and U.S./European tour. BRICK BATH has had a fill-in replacement touring with them since original member Pete Stone left the band early last year. Commented the group's management, "We are only looking for someone who wants to be a part of the band and is able to tour a lot. We have had many bass players contact us who sound great and want to join the band, but none of them are able to stay on the road".

If you are interested in auditioning, please send an e-mail to JWMManagement@cs.com and send a photo, bio and a copy of your latest CD to:

JWM Management
306N West El Norte Parkway, #136
Escondido, CA 92026 USA

BRICK BATH have released two CDs in the U.S., Canada and Europe on Pavement/Crash Music, including "I Wont Live the Lie" and "Rebuilt". They are currently recording the third album, titled "American Currency", which is slated to be released in the U.S. in late July.

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NIN To Headline This Year's Voodoo Festival?

According to a posting on The NIN Hotline, Ticketmaster has started announcements to sellers in the Louisiana area that NINE INCH NAILS are due to headline this year's Voodoo festival in New Orleans. The annual event, which tends to draw in a crowd of around 65,000 people, is scheduled to take place October 29-30.

NINE INCH NAILS's new album, "With Teeth", is slated for release in the U.S on May 3 (one day earlier internationally). The CD, which is said to be "more song-orientated" than 1999's "The Fragile", was recorded in part at Sound City Studio in Van Nuys, Ca., and features a guest appearance on drums by former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl. Mixing duties were handled by Alan Moulder (THE CURE, SMASHING PUMPKINS). Check out clips of "The Hand That Feeds" (first single) and "The Line Begins to Blur" at BandBuilder.com.

Trent Reznor and the new NINE INCH NAILS lineup ? guitarist Aaron North, bassist Jeordie White (A PERFECT CIRCLE, ex-MARILYN MANSON), keyboardist Allesandro Cortini and drummer Jerome Dillon ? will kick off a North American theater tour in April.

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Megadeth's Mustaine Previews Upcoming Tours

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine posted the following message in the forum of the band's official web site: "I am sad to say that I have cut my right hand open and won't be able to tour for a few months. Just kidding! Actually, I was putting air in my tires yesterday and the air hose had a piece of sheet metal sticking out of it, and I really have slashed my right hand little finger. It bled all the way to the airport, while I was running interference for John Leeder on his chopper, and was taking Z to the airport. I have stealth radar on my Merc and when we caravan with friends I usually go out in front so we can book it at 80ish mph."

"Anyway, here is the dish . . . when I went to see my agent Keith Sarkisian at William Morris Agency on Thursday, I had three things to talk about: the last and upcoming tour, my acting career, and my kids. I will start in reverse. More...

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Manowar Earthshaker Reunion and Fan Convention

Manowar has just revealed some of the incredible things that are scheduled to happen at the Earthshaker Fest 2005 Germany (July 23). Manowar will invite all of the original members from each lineup to join them on stage for a once in a lifetime event. Ross The Boss and original Manowar drummer Donnie Hamzik will perform and so will Rhino and David Shankle. Speaking of special guests the legendary actor Mr. Christopher Lee will narrate the original parts recorded by Orson Welles in the songs Dark Avenger and Defender live on stage with Manowar. The festival will be filmed in high definition with 30 cameras and recorded live in surround sound with Germany's best mobile recording truck. This will be Manowar's biggest production ever that will feature a 100 piece orchestra and a 100 piece choir.

MANOWAR’s Webring The Worldwide Web Warriors are proud to announce the First International Mega Manowar Fanconvention. This 3 days - event (starting July 21) will be organized during the Earthshaker Festival and will be held in the music hall which is located at the same area.

Much more information will follow, but a few of the very special activities will be:

  • An opening - ceremony, which will promise to become very special

  • Meet & Greets with Joey DeMaio, Eric Adams, Karl Logan, Scott Columbus, Donnie Hamzik, Ross the Boss, Rhino and David Shankle !!!!

  • Guitar - and Drum clinics with current and old bandmembers

  • Picture - / autograph sessions with current bandmembers, old bandmembers, special guests.

  • Seminars with special guests, like Ken Kelly,John Kalodner, Paul Clark, Jay Bergen, Dawk, Dan Lee, crew members, artists from Magic Circle Music bands.

  • Auction private items band, from their personal archive.

  • A Manowar Shop with very special merchandise

  • Interview sessions with current and old bandmembers

  • Many fan - activities

  • A cinema : the release of Hell on Earth part 4

ALL people with a 3 days fanconvention ticket will be able to see the soundcheck on Thursday.

Watch out : there will be plenty of room on the festival area, so there is no limit there to see Manowar’s show on Saturday, but the FANCONVENTION HAS LIMITED SPACE.

Ticket sales have started for both events ( festival / fanconvention ) and are for sale at earthshaker-fest.com.

More info can be found at www.webwarriors.tk

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Every New Day Tour Dates

Every New Day will be on the road consistently during the upcoming weeks. Here's the schedule:

3/25 Russel, MB
3/26 Regina, SK
3/27 Medicine Hat, AB
3/28 Edmonton, AB
3/29 Red Deer, AB
3/30 Calgary, AB
3/31 Kelowna, BC
4/1 Vancouver, BC
4/2 Vancouver Island
4/3 Vancouver Island
4/14 Odessa, TX @ Earls
4/15 Phoenix, AZ @ The Experiment
4/16 Yuma, AZ @ New Hope Church
4/19 Oceanside, CA
4/26 Twin Falls, ID @ Open Door Venue
4/28 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Darkside
5/2 Cedar Falls, IA @ Phoenix Arcade
5/6 Elizibethtown, KY @ Old Nolin RECC Building
5/9 Erie, PA @ The Hangout

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