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Metal News for March 14, 2006

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Skinless Finish Recording, Announce Tracklisting

Skinless sent in the following update:

We have just finished recording and mixing our new album "Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead," and now it's off to Scott Hull at Visceral Sound for mastering. A release date of June 13 is set through Relapse Records. Orion at Relapse has a sick album cover and layout coming along.The track listing is as follows:

Overlord
A Unilateral Disgust
Deviation Will Not Be Tolerated
Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead
Spoils Of The Sycophant
Endvisioned
Execution Of Reason
Wicked World (Sabbath cover)

Full tour plans are in the works including a European tour in the fall with Malevolent Creation and Disgorge. More North American dates to come. Shows set in stone so far are:

4/28/06 The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
4/29/06 The Palladium, Worcester, MA (New England Metal and Hardcore Fest)
4/30/06 BB Kings, New York City, NY
5/20/06 Orange County Fair Grounds, Middletown, NY(Death In The Forest Fest)
5/27/05 Sonar, Baltimore, MD (Maryland Deathfest)
6/16/06 The Kave, Bucksport, ME
6/17/06 Saratoga Winners, Cohoes, NY (Skinless cd release show)

For more info about these shows go to the band's MySpace page

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Warped Tour 2006 Lineup and Dates Unveiled

While certainly not a metal tour, the 2006 Vans Warped Tour does feature a handful of relevant bands including Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, From Autumn To Ashes and headliners Helmet.

Billboard.com reports: The 2006 Vans Warped Tour will feature performances by AFI, Saves The Day, Against Me, Helmet, Less Than Jake, Say Anything, Senses Fail, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Academy Is, Underoath, the Living End and, as previously reported, Rise Against, Thursday, Motion City Soundtrack, From First To Last and NOFX.

The 12th edition of the tour will kick off June 15 in Columbia, Md., and run through Aug. 13 in Montreal. Tickets for some shows begin going on sale Wednesday (March 15). During this pre-sale, tickets will be sold for just over $20 (including a double-disc tour compilation CD); the ticket price will rise to about $25 afterward.

Among the other artists that will perform on at least a portion of the tour are the Buzzcocks, Anti-Flag, the Germs, Bouncing Souls, From Autumn To Ashes, Mute Math, Reggie & the Full Effect, Bullet For My Valentine, Silverstein and the Sounds.

The 2005 edition of the trek featured the Offspring, My Chemical Romance, Thrice and Hawthorne Heights, among others.

Here are the Vans Warped Tour 2006 dates: More...

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Saxon Barred From Dubai Due To "Crusader" Lyrics

According to 7Days.ae, British heavy metal legends SAXON will not be performing at this year's Dubai Desert Rock Festival — set to take place on March 16 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates — because one of their songs from the 1980s includes lyrics about freeing the Holy Land and spilling Muslim blood.

Concert organizers Centre Stage Management (CSM) said yesterday (March 12) that Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) had withdrawn permission for the band to perform on Thursday "without citing a specific reason."

However, CSM said that controversy created by the publication of the song's lyrics in local media had influenced the decision.

"Band members were immediately labelled in most Arabic newspapers as racists, Arab haters, who wanted to put all Muslims to the sword," Joann Shams, business development manager for CSM said.

No one from the DTCM was available for comment yesterday. Last week, a local Arab paper translated and published the lyrics to SAXON's 1984 song "Crusader" and said:

"The question here for the band and the organisers is what will SAXON do in Dubai's land and on Arabian sands? Are they going to make us, the Saracen heathens, taste their music just as if their guitars were swords made of steel."

"SAXON...calls for the mass extermination of Arabs," the article added. CSM said the band’s management was informed last night and that they expressed "shock" over the decision.

In a statement by SAXON's management, the band said, "We are very disappointed that we can’t play to our fans in the Middle East. We are not and never have been a racist band. The lyrics of the song 'Crusader' have been taken totally out of context. Many of the songs we write are based on historical events e.g. 'Dallas 1 PM' (Kennedy's assassination), 'Conquistador' (The Conquest of South America), 'Crusader' (The 12th Century) — the songs are not intended to be taken as any form of propaganda, the song is a snapshot of an event in history, the lyrics are intended to give a flavour of what it must have been like in the army at the time. Saladin, the leader of the Saracens, was also a mighty warrior and his battles would make a good vehicle for a great metal song as well.

"The journalist who wrote about 'Crusader' was obviously trying to cause as much trouble as possible. We don't write lyrics to inside hatred or racism, we have fans all over the world of every colour and religion and music should be used to break down barriers and not to build them."

SAXON had been scheduled to arrive on Thursday morning (March 16) and perform alongside five other bands, including MEGADETH, at Desert Rock. More than 4,000 tickets have been sold so far and organisers expect 8,000 to turn up, according to 7Days.ae.

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10 Years Audio Interview And Performance Online

10 Years recently stopped by AOL studios in New York to talk about how they got started and their new-found success. The guys played an acoustic performance of their #1 alternative radio single, "Wasteland." Then as guest DJs, they served up a rockin' set that included music from Pantera and the Deftones. You can listen to the audio interview and segments here.

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Exmortem Working On New Material

Guitarist Martin "Sigtyr" Thim of the Danish death metallers Exmortem has posted the following message on the band's official website:

"It's been a long time since the last update again...and the thing is that there's not a hell lot to tell really. Morten [Siersbaek, drums] is in France at the moment and in the meantime me and Andreas [Schubert, guitar] continue working on new material. We are also working on a four-track rehearsal that should be done in a few weeks, but this will not be made official in any way! Andreas is involved in Lithium that have recorded a MCD and are looking for a label, they should have a site up soon... Simon [Petersen, vocals] has just finished a new album with Horned Almighty that should be out soon. In Illdisposed we are awaiting the release date on the new album, plus the touring schedule that follows...more on this as it [becomes] available!"

Exmortem's latest album, "Nihilistic Contentment", was released in January 2005 via Earache/Wicked World Records. The CD was recorded over a four-week period at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Hatesphere, Mnemic).

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The Acacia Strain Unveil Artwork For New Album

Massachusetts band, THE ACACIA STRAIN, have unveiled cover artwork for the forthcoming 'The Dead Walk' here. Paul Romano (Mastodon, Through The Eyes of the Dead) handled the album's artwork. The record has been confirmed for a June 2006 release through Prosthetic Records, with producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) returning to the fold after also producing 2004's '3750.' The band has already posted demo versions of two songs set to appear on the new album on the band's MySpace page. Meanwhile, The Acacia Strain is still out on the "Undoing Ruin 2006" tour alongside Darkest Hour, Himsa, A Life Once Lost, and Dead to Fall through Mar 30.

THE ACACIA STRAIN
(with Himsa, Darkest Hour, A Life Once Lost, Dead To Fall)
3/12 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
3/14 San Luis Obisbo, CA – Downtown Brew
3/15 Fresno, CA – The Belmont
3/16 San Francisco, CA – The Pound
3/17 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
3/18 Portland, OR – Rock N Roll Pizza
3/19 Seattle, WA – Showbox
3/20 Boise, ID – The Venue
3/22 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
3/23 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
3/24 St. Louis, MO – Creepy Crawl
3/25 West Dundee, IL - Clearwater Theatre
3/26 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
3/27 Pekin, IL – Planet X Rollerworld
3/28 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
3/29 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre
3/30 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder

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Dim Mak Set To Release Willowtip Debut

Dim Mak, featuring ex-members of Ripping Corpse, will release their Willowtip Records debut on April 23rd. Titled "Knives Of Ice," the effort will feature the following track listing:

01. Knives Of Ice
02. Seeing Crows In Silver
03. Great Worm Of Hell
04. Devil Finding Mirror
05. Incident At The Temple At Leng
06. Notorious Vectors Of Disease
07. Weakener
08. Windowpane
09. Perpetuating Corpses
10. Monolith

MP3s for "Seeing Crows In Silver" and "Incident At The Temple At Leng" can be downloaded here.

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ASG To Tour w/ The Sword, Torche and Tarantula AS

Wrightsville Beach, NC’s ASG will hit the road with The Sword (who recently opened for Early Man and Priestess on their national tour), Torche (ex-Floor) and Tarantula AD (playing select dates) on a tour that will take them through the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest portions of the US. Here are the tour dates:

3/29/2006 @ Skate Park of Tampa - Tampa, FL (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
3/30/2006 @ Thee Imperial - Jacksonville, FL (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
3/31/2006 @ Back Booth - Orlando, FL (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/1/2006 @ The Jinx - Savannah, GA (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/2/2006 @ The Milestone - Charlotte, NC (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/3/2006 @ The Soapbox - Wilmington, NC (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/5/2006 @ Warehouse Next Door - Washington, DC (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/6/2006 @ The Khybar - Philadelphia, PA (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/7/2006 @ Pianos - New York City, NY (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/8/2006 @ Living Room - Providence, RI (Torche, The Sword, Tarantula AD)
4/11/2006 @ Buffalo Icon - Buffalo, NY (Torche, The Sword)
4/12/2006 @ The High Five - Columbus, OH (Torche, The Sword)
4/13/2006 @ The Temple Club - Lansing, MI (Torche, The Sword)
4/14/2006 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL (Torche, The Sword)
4/15/2006 @ The O'Aces Center Stage - Farmington, MO (Torche, The Sword)
4/16/2006 @ Hi Tone - Memphis, TN (Torche, The Sword)
4/18/2006 @ Walters On Washington - Houston, TX (Torche, The Sword)
4/19/2006 @ Sanctuary - San Antonio, TX (Torche, The Sword)
4/20/2006 @ Emo's - Austin, TX (Torche, The Sword)

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More Bands Confirmed For Damnation Festival

UK HARDCORE legends STAMPIN' GROUND, no-frills bastards MURDER ONE and black metallers THE AXIS OF PERDITION will bolster the British contingent ripping up DAMNATION FESTIVAL 2006 this October 15, in Manchester.

They will be joined by three of the UK’s finest rising acts; muscle-bound groove metallers HEAD-ON, extreme metalcore from London in the shape of KINGSIZE BLUES and exciting thrash upstarts EVILE.

"Damnation has the reputation of being THE alternative UK metal festival," says Head-On frontman Mark Logan, "so when we were asked to play it was an absolute no-brainer.

"We are pretty damn stoked about playing and you can be sure we will be bringing the meat, the beer, the suplexes, the beards and the fucking RIFFS. Roll on October!"

The Kingsize Blues boys are full of promise too: "Damnation festival, HELL YEAH! - Thats the shit we're talking about.
"A homegrown festival for pure homegrown talent ... and Kingsize Blues like it homegrown!

"Grab a fuckin beer, roll yourself a joint and get your jubblies out, we're gonna eat the fucking place alive!"

Having persisted for over a decade, Stampin' Ground's aggressive, no-nonsense metal has earned them a loyal following and a reputation for packing one of the most explosive live shows around.

They'll join a Jagermeister sponsored stage already boasting metal warriors BIOMECHANICAL and zombie crew SEND MORE PARAMEDICS; as will Murder One, a dirty, raucous blast of satisfyingly unpleasant noise featuring the vocal talents of Raging Speedhorn’s returning Damnation veteran John Loughlin.

Catering for those with a more extreme palette, The Axis of Perdition are the first band announced for the Terrorizer stage.

The confirmation of the self-proclaimed "British cinematic industrial black metal" horde is a huge coup for the festival and an exciting opportunity for fans and newcomers alike to catch a rare experience.

Last year's sell out Damnation, marked by stunning performances from Raging Speedhorn, Entombed, Sikth and Gorerotted, was a shot in the arm for homegrown metal.

A remarkable top four finish in Terrorizer magazine's worldwide "Biggest Musical Event" poll followed, and in the aftermath Virtual Festivals declared: "The true face of underground UK metal has finally clawed its way onto the festival scene, leaving a wound that no amount of imported US and Euro talent can plaster over."

The second instalment of UK-focussed metal will again take place across two stages in Manchester's Jilly's Rockworld and Music Box.

The main stage will be sponsored by our new partners JAGERMEISTER, surely the most rock n roll drink on the planet; while TERRORIZER magazine will once again support the extreme stage.

Festival spokesman Gavin McInally added: “The bands on board so far are a pick of the best the UK has to offer and we are confident of adding more prestigious names.

“By the time tickets go on sale we expect to have announced an extreme and diverse bill of talent which won’t be matched in the UK scene.”

Tickets for Damnation Festival 2006 are priced £15 and will be on sale in April. For further information about the event, visit damnationfestival.co.uk or e-mail: enquiries@damnationfestival.co.uk

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Twelfth Gate Singer Unable To Perform At Powerfest

Due to uncontrollable circumstances, singer Scott Huffman will not be performing with TWELFTH GATE during their performance at the Chicago Powerfest - held on April 7th & 8th. Guest singer and close friend of the band, Brent "Red" Erickson, will be handling vocal duties for the show. The band apologizes to anyone who may be disappointed because of Scott's absence, but at the same time promises to deliver an aural assault that no TWELFTH GATE fan has ever seen before.

The songs "Critical Elements" and "Inner Core" from TWELFTH GATE's upcoming "Threshold of Revelation" album (due March 20) have been posted on the band's MySpace page. Also available at both locations are two short clips of "Loyal" and "Come Alive", which will also appear on the new album.

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Hear Sepultura's "Dante XXI" Online

You can log on to MP3.com for a chance to hear SEPULTURA's new album 'Dante XXI' before it hits stores this Tuesday, March 14th. The album will be available in streaming audio exclusively on MP3.com beginning Monday March 13th.

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Force Of Change Sign With Indecision Records

Southern Califonia straight edge hardcore band Force of Change has signed a deal with Indecision Records. The group will enter the studio in early-April to record their debut full-length, which should be available this summer. For now, you can check out some of their previous material here. Meanwhile, Force Of Change have the following upcoming shows:

3/18 Riverside, CA @ SOS w/ Betrayed
3/19 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Betrayed

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It Dies Today Prepare To Record New Album

It Dies Today have been holed up in their Buffalo, NY practice space as of late writing their next album. The group will enter the studio with Gggarth Richardson (Rise Against, Atreyu) next month to begin recording. The new album will hit stores on September 5th via Trustkill Records.

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(Lone) Wolf & Cub Post New Songs, Set To Tour

Hewhocorrupts Inc. metal act (Lone) Wolf & Cub has posted two songs from its debut CDEP, "May You Only See Sky" on its Myspace site. In addition, the EP is now available for pre-order via hewhocorruptsinc.com.

"May You Only See Sky" was recorded at Volume Studios (Pelican, Modern Life Is War, etc) by Sanford Parker and mastered by Nathan James at Jigsaw Sound. To further promote the release, the group will be touring the Midwest for a portion of March. Dates listed below:

3/16 Chicago, IL @ Schubas
3/19 Dubuque, IA @ The Busted Lift
3/20 Muscatine, IA @ Knights of Columbus
3/21 St. Louis, MO @ Lemp Arts Center
3/22 Canton, IL @ The Moose Lodge
3/23 New Buffalo, MI @ Performing Arts Center
3/24 Bay City, MI @ The Very Awesome Garage
3/25 Cincinnati, OH @ The Parkland Theatre
3/31 Dekalb, IL @ The House
4/22 Chicago, IL @ Metro w/ Kungfu Rick, Damnation AD

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