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Metal News for March 14, 2005

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15 news articles posted on this day.

xDeathstarx, Suffocate Faster, A Dying Memory Tour

xDeathstarx, Suffocate Faster, and A Dying Memory will be touring the West Coast together later this month. Here are the tour dates:

3/20 Anaheim CA @ Chain Reaction
3/21 N. Hollywood CA @ Studio 5
3/22 Bakersfield CA @ The Gate
3/23 Sacramento CA @ West Coast Worldwide
3/24 Twin Falls ID @ Phat Eddies
3/25 Salt Lake City UT @ The Fight Coliseum
3/27 Lake Havasu City AZ @ Havasu Underground
3/28 Phoenix AZ @ Phix Gallery
3/29 Las Vegas NV @ La Posta de Acapulco

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Original Anthrax Singer Announces New Band Lineup

Original ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin has joined forces with the progressive power metal twin guitar attack of Kurt James (DR. MASTERMIND, ex-STEELER, DRIVER) and Beau Simpson (ex-FAIL FOR FUN). The thunderous rhythm section is powered by the double bass drumming fury of Mikey Neil (CAGE) and menacing bassist Mike Giordano (CAGE).

The band is set to headline the second stage at the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest on Saturday, May 28 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Four brand new power metal songs have been penned — "Angry World", "Die to Live", "Back from Hell" and "Afterlife" — to be included on Neil Turbin's upcoming sophomore album, "Diary of a Metal Thrashing Madman", tentatively due late 2005.

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Slipknot Guitarist On Grammy Awards

The following excerpts were taken from an article from BostonHerald.com of Slipknot guitarist Mick Thompson speaking about the band's Grammy nominations:

Grammy nominations are starting to become old hat for Slipknot but winning one would be more of a novelty than a true honor for guitarist Mick Thompson.

"It would be something to sit on top of my television and joke about,'' said Thompson, also known as Number 7. "But I wouldn't be any cooler today than I was before I won a Grammy. Winning a Grammy doesn't validate our existence.''

"Obviously, we wear masks and the stage show is crazy but when it comes right down to it, it's about the music,'' Thompson explained. "Plus we know how to write a song. It's one thing to play but another thing to write a memorable song that makes you want to listen to it again.''

It's the songs that have ultimately set Slipknot apart from its peers - and likely caught the ears of the Grammy folks. "Slipknot: Vol. 3'' is a perfect balance of speed, power and finesse. There's classic speedcore thrash ("The Blister Exists,'' "Pulse of the Maggots''), catchy metal anthems (the radio hit "Duality,'' "Before I Forget'') and soul-searching acoustic ballads ("Vermillion Pt. 2,'' "Danger - Keep Away'').

"There's nothing else like it. It's very unique,'' Thompson said. "We didn't sound like anything that was out there and we just did our own thing and it worked for us. And it was about honesty.''

Touring the world has taken its toll - physically and mentally - but in the end, the hectic stage show is the band's therapy.

"When it's time to go onstage and play, we definitely function as a unit. Especially with that many people,'' he said. "No matter what we happen to be doing that day or how anyone is feeling, we always manage to bring it together no matter what and focus. At least for the show.''

As for the Grammys, Thompson skipped it at the last minute and wasn't in the crowd when his band lost out in the metal category to Motorhead.

"Last I checked, they were a rock 'n' roll band,'' Thompson said, laughing. "I guess it would be cool to win, but unless your label is the biggest in the world, it's all very corporate. If we ever should have won, this would be the time.''

Read the full article at BostonHerald.com.

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Infernal Method Reform, Prepare New Release

After a brief hiatus (during which two members of the band joined and then left Aussie power metallers DUNGEON), Australia's INFERNAL METHOD have reformed and will shortly release their long-awaited new studio album.

INFERNAL METHOD split up last July, citing "ongoing straining of relations between us regarding musical direction, general management and so forth," according to guitarist Peter Michael Peric.

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Faust Joins Aborym

Former EMPEROR and current SCUM drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun has officially joined Italy's ABORYM as a a full-time member. "I am gonna go to Rome at the end of April to record the fourth album of these cyber black metallers," Faust said in a statement. "I am very excited to hear the result since this is the first time that ABORYM will combine acoustic, organic drums with the electronic beats they have used so far. Should be interesting I think."

In other news, Faust has joined the Norwegian "punk noisers" BOMBEROS, featuring former MAYHEM singer Maniac. "This is a nice break off to the metal music I normally play," Faust said. "The plan is not to conquer the world but rather just play music, do some gigs and fuck around a little."

SCUM, an all-new project featuring Faust, Samoth (ZYKLON, ex-EMPEROR), Happy Tom (TURBONEGRO), Casey Chaos (AMEN) and Cosmocrator (MINDGRINDER), recently recorded their debut album at Crystal Canyon Studio (TURBONEGRO, WE, EUROBOY) in Norway. Although no label or album title has been finalized, provisional songtitles include "Gospels for the Sick", "The Truth Will Be Sold" and "Hate the Sane".

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First Ozzfest 2005 Dates Revealed

Some Ozzfest 2005 dates have been confirmed while others are still rumoured.

The confirmed dates so far:
July. 31 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Music Center
Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Ampitheater
Aug. 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion

Subject to change:
Aug. 4 - Tinley Park, IL @ Tweeter Center
Aug. 6 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre

Confirmed bands for Ozzfest 2005: More...

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Throwdown Complete New Album, 'Vendetta'

Throwdown have finished recording and mixing their next album for Trustkill Records. Entitled "Vendetta," the album was recorded by Zeuss and will hit stores on July 12th. The track listing is as follows:

01. We Will Rise
02. Speak The Truth
03. Vendetta
04. Burn
05. Discipline
06. To Live Is To Sacrifice
07. Give My Life
08. The World Behind
09. Shut You Down
10. Annihilation (N.W.D.)
11. This Is Where It Ends

According to the band, "It's a lot more pissed than Haymaker and it's a lot more diverse too. The fast parts are faster, the breakdowns are more crushing, and the guitars, drums and especially vocals are a lot more dynamic than anything we've ever done. Every one from Madball fans to Pantera and Slayer fans can get into it."

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Head Responds To Davis' 'False Crusade' Remark

Former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has defended himself against accusations by KORN singer Jonathan Davis that he has embarked on a "false crusade" by leaving the band to focus on Christianity. In an e-mail sent to MTV News, Welch said he still loves his KORN brethren, but that he was beginning to bristle at those who doubt the sincerity of his transformation.

"Sorry Jonathan, my 'false crusade' was not the reason I left KORN, it was what saved my life," Welch wrote. "I still love those guys to death, but if anybody trashes God, I am human and will defend Him and myself by any means necessary."

Welch's solo CD is close to being completed, and he added that he's just finished one instrumental track called "A Letter to Dimebag", which he wrote in tribute to the late guitar legend.

"It's a guitar-solo instrumental," he explained, according to MTV News. "I wrote it for Dimebag because he always used to tell Munky and I to put guitar solos in KORN's music."

Another track which may or may not get released is — as Welch described it — "a personal letter to 50 CENT from God."

"The Big Guy speaks through me a lot when I write, and I have a song for 50 CENT I wrote in the Holy Land. I feel like it's a personal letter to 50 from God, so I'm going to give it to him personally and see what his reaction is," Welch wrote to MTV News. "If it's a positive reaction and he's willing to talk to me, then I'm not gonna release it, but if the reaction is not positive, I'm going to share it with the world."

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Epica Posts "The Last Crusade" Sample MP3

Epica has posted a sound sample of the song "The Last Crusade", from their upcoming album "Consign To Oblivion", on mp3 format. Click here to download it .

"Consign To Oblivion" will be released April 21.

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Mortiis Finishes New Video, Work On Live DVD

Mortiis recently finished the video for the upcoming single "Decadent & Desperate" and should probably surprise a few people (again). Mortiis says, "I think some of the things going on in there will be new to a lot of people, coming from us, and it was very new to me to, and I'm excited as well as a bit anxious about."

"Decadent & Desperate" will be released in April, to coincide with the UK tour, and will be released in various formats (more details soon) and contains remixes made by Mortiis, a brand new song titled "Underdog" and obviously the title track.

In other news, Mortiis is currently working on the live DVD.

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Brainstorm Cancels Bochum Release Party

There has been a slight change to Brainstorm's “Liquid Monster” Release Party calendar. Unfortunately, the party scheduled for April 1 at the Matrix in Bochum has been cancelled due to a major restructuring of the club’s musical program, and no replacement date will be set. All other dates remain unaffected by this change.

"Liquid Monster" will be available everywhere April 4.

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Nightwish, Dark Tranquillity To Play Italian Fest

Nightwish, Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Entombed and Dark Lunacy have been confirmed for Italy's Evolution Festival, set to take place July 16 at Campo Sportivo - Toscolano Maderno in Brescia. Nightwish's performance at Evolution will mark their only appearance in Italy this summer, while Orphaned Land will be making their Italian debut at the festival.

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Biomechanical To Play American Debut

BIOMECHANICAL play their debut gig on American soil in Austin, TEXAS on Thursday 17th March 2005. Biomechanical has been invited by Metal Hammer Magazine in UK to play at the 'Metal Hammer Night of British Steel' during the South By South West festival. South By South West is an acclaimed industry event that happens annually in Austin Texas showcasing different styles and bands to thousands of Music Industry and Media types as well as the general public also.

Metal Hammer is showcasing the new British Metal scene with the following bands:
Raging Speedhorn,Viking Skull, BIOMECHANICAL,PDHM and Panic Cell

The details for the night are: More...

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Coroner To Re-Form?

Attempts are being made to persuade famed Swiss technical metal band Coroner to re-form for a festival in Chicago. This is due to happen at the end of the year, and is being partially organised by producer Neil Kernon.

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Lacuna Coil To Play Download Festival

Lacuna Coil have announced their involved with this year's Download Festival, which happens at Donington. The Italians say they'll be appearing on June 12, the last of the three days.

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