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Metal News for March 15, 2005

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More Download Fest Confirmations Announced

More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival, which takes place on 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.

New for the Main Stage on Saturday are Anthrax, Alter Bridge, and Bowling for Soup, while new for Sunday are Nightwish, and Killswitch Engage.

There's also new bands for the Snickers Stage, with the Bled added for Friday. Saturday has added Meshuggah, Unearth, and Every Time I Die, and Sunday has added DKT/MC5, Lacuna Coil, Caliban, and As I Lay Dying.

These join bands previously announced, including Feeder, Garbage, Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, System of a Down, Slipknot, Mortorhead, and more. Click here for the full day and stage listings (so far) - more bands will be added in the coming weeks.

Three-day tickets are on sale, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day. Click here to buy tickets.

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Slipknot Drummer Launches Label

Slipknot drummer M. Shawn Crahan, better-known as Clown or #6, has launched his own label, Big Orange Clown Records. The imprint falls under the Sanctuary Records umbrella; its first signing is Gizmachi, a metal quintet from upstate New York. The band will on May 3 release its debut album, "The Imbuing."

Clown's intense passion for finding new music and introducing it to bigger audiences is what led him to start the label. As its A&R head, he is open to signing artists of every genre.

"I'm always looking for that song -- whether it's classical, country, rap, hip-hop, hardcore, metal, whatever -- I'm looking for people who dig into their souls and they mean it," he tells Billboard.com. "If they do, I'm going to be involved, because they might write that song that will for one minute make the world take a second to think about it and maybe bring on change."

Clown went directly to Slipknot fans to solicit material, and he says thousands of submissions have poured in from around the world. And while artist-run labels don't have the best track record for success, Clown is confident that he knows talent when he sees it, along with what music fans do and don't like.

"I believe I have a Ph.D. [in this], and that's what all those people in the industry need to know, all those punk-ass A&R guys who sit there at their desks and tell me what they think," he says. "I tour eight or nine months a year talking to the kids, listening to the kids, watching them boo or applaud the openers."

Clown has certainly taken Gizmachi under his wing. Having befriended vocalist Sean Kane at a concert a few years ago, the two kept in touch, with Clown giving the band pointers to help it develop its sound and presentation. He produced "The Imbuing" and directed the video for the first single, "The Answer."

Gizmachi plays metal that is at times old-school, thrash and progressive, with Kane alternately singing and screaming the lyrics. Asked how Clown helped shape the album, Kane says, "He took our music and he didn't change it. He added all the great elements of the Clown to it and turned it into something different."

Gizmachi also secured the opening slot on six dates during Slipknot's current Subliminal Verses tour, which includes Shadows Fall and Lamb Of God. Although he wants to work closely with his acts and do more producing/directing, there is no guarantee that he will be involved with everyone to that degree: Gizmachi lucked into the tour because of timing, and also because Slipknot gave its approval. The label's artists "have to prove [themselves], and that's what I expect with anyone," he says. "I'm here because of nothing but sacrifice."

In other Slipknot news, Clown is filming the tour for footage to be included on the band's next DVD. The group is also re-releasing its album "Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)" on April 12 as a double-disc set. The new edition sports alternate versions of tracks like "Danger -- Keep Away" and live renditions of "The Blister Exists," "Three Nil," "Disasterpiece" and "People=S***."

"I'm proud of the way 'Subliminal' came out," he says. "I wouldn't change it for the world. I wouldn't put anything on it that's not on it ... but I'm just also pleased that the fans can get the [other songs that were scattered on different releases]. We just want to give our kids everything they need to be happy, because it's all about them."

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In Aeternum Threatened With Lawsuit By Mel Gibson

Swedish death/black metallers IN AETERNUM and their record label, Agonia Records, have been threatened with a lawsuit by the attorneys representing actor/director Mel Gibson. Apparently, the picture used as the cover artwork for the group's "No Salvation" mini-CD was the property of the motion picture "The Passion of the Christ" — the controversial film directed by Gibson. As a result, Agonia Records and IN AETERNUM have been forced to withdraw the "No Salvation" MCD from all stores to avoid being the subject of a possible lawsuit.

Commented IN AETERNUM: "IN AETERNUM appologizes for any problems we may have caused by using the picture from the motion picture 'The Passion of the Christ'. We did not intend to interfere with any copyright laws and was not aware of the fact that it belonged to that particular motion picture. Apologies to Mel Gibson and Icon Productions."

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Ozzfest Is Top Grossing Touring Fest of All Time

Billboard.com is reporting that Ozzfest is the top-grossing touring festival of all time, and, outside of the Vans Warped tour, is the longest-lived. Since 1996, Ozzfest has grossed $172 million and drawn 4.2 million fans to about 240 shows, according to producers Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE).

Jane Holman, general manager of CCE's touring division and producer of Ozzfest, is high on this year's lineup. "It was a real coup to get IRON MAIDEN this year," she told Billboard.com. "To have IRON MAIDEN playing with BLACK SABBATH is incredible. Heads will explode."

Osbourne admits the tour has grown beyond his wildest expectations. "It’s grown so fucking quickly, I can’t begin to tell you," he told Billboard.com.

He says the tour only got off the ground after his wife/manager Sharon "asked Lollapalooza if we could get a spot on their tour, and they said there’s no room, I don't know if it was me in particular or for that kind of music. And Sharon got pissed and said, 'fuck them, we’ll do our own thing."

Tickets will range from $35 on the lawn to $85 for gold circle. "We really, really try so hard to keep the costs down," says Sharon. "We’re not one of these that say, 'We've got great bands, we can really yank the ticket prices and squeeze Joe Public.' We try to bring the best talent for the best prices. I wish a beer cost the same as it did 10 years ago, too."

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Anthrax Confirm Reunion Of Classic Lineup

MTV.com is reporting that they have received confirmation that ANTHRAX's classic "Among the Living" lineup — guitarists Scott Ian and Dan Spitz, vocalist Joey Belladonna, bassist Frank Bello, and drummer Charlie Benante — has reunited. However, despite persistent reports that the band would be taking part in this year's Ozzfest, no plans for a North American tour were announced at press time.

ANTHRAX's "Among the Living" lineup has scheduled the following dates:

Apr. 30 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 01 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 07 – Hellendoorn, NETH @ Dynamo Open Air
Jun. 09-11 – Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock
Jun. 11-12 – Bologna, ITA @ Gods of Metal
Jun. 11 - Donington Park, UK @ Download
Jun. 24-26 – Le Mans, FRA @ Fury Fest
Jun. 24-16 – Tolmin, SLO @ Metal Camp
Jul. 1-3 - Löbnitz (near Leipzig), GER @ With Full Force

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Calico System To Enter Studio

Calico System will enter New Jersey's Big Blue Meenie Studios on March 25th to begin tracking their new album, "They Live." The effort will hit stores this summer through Eulogy Recordings.

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Burnt By The Sun Seeking Vocalist

Burnt By The Sun have now begun looking for a new vocalist. As such the band has posted four vocal-less MP3s online for interested candidates to sing along to. The tracks can be downloaded here:

http://www.burntbythesun.com/tracks/180.mp3
http://www.burntbythesun.com/tracks/dracula.mp3
http://www.burntbythesun.com/tracks/rev101.mp3
http://www.burntbythesun.com/tracks/forlani.mp3

Once complete, tracks can be emailed to burntbythesun@optonline.net, or sent (via CD) to:

BBTS
50 Crescent Street
Keansburg, NJ
07734

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Dream Theater "Octavarium" Album Details Revealed

DREAM THEATER have completed work on their eighth full-length studio album, entitled "Octavarium", tentatively set for release through Atlantic Records on June 7. The track listing is as follows:

01. The Root of All Evil
02. The Answer Lies Within
03. These Walls
04. I Walk Beside You
05. Panic Attack
06. Never Enough
07. Sacrificed Sons
08. Octavarium

DREAM THEATER began writing and recording their latest album last November at the Hit Factory studios in New York City. The follow-up to 2003's "Train of Thought" will hold the distinction of being the very last album ever recorded at the world-famous recording facility.

DREAM THEATER's 2005/2006 world tour will kick off on June 10 in Sweden with a leg of European festivals and select headlining shows which will then be followed by a North American leg throughout July/August as part of a "package" tour with several other bands. More information will be made available soon.

Here are the upcoming DREAM THEATER tour dates: More...

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Subzero Recording New Full-Length Record

Subzero have been in the studio as of late recording a new full-length. Tracking has been taking place at Brooklyn's Purple Light Studios and the album is titled "The Suffering Of Man." Stillborn Records will release the effort on June 29th.

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Petition for Metallica To Fire Bob Rock

An online petition has been started by Metallica fans encouraging Metallica to drop their producer Bob Rock, as many think he has badly influenced and tampered with Metallica's musical style. The petition presupposes that Metallica album quality has continually gone down since the release of 'Metallica' (The Black Album) in 1991 and hit an all-time low with the release of 2003's 'St. Anger'. The the online anti-Bob Rock petition has almost 16,000 signatures at the time of this posting.

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The Mass Plan Tour

THE MASS will be supporting THE FUCKING CHAMPS throughout the Southwest in early April in support of City Of Dis. City Of Dis is available now, online in the Crucial Blast webstore, as well as through record stores and online sellers everywhere. The CD has been getting killer reviews. The band was just featured in the East Bay Express, and keep an eye out for a feature on THE MASS in an upcoming issue of Metal Maniacs. See the tour dates below: More...

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Drowning Pool Getting Ready For April Tour

Drowning Pool is gearing up to head back out on the road in late April and the new video for "Killin' Me" should be available real soon. The upcoming tour dates are expected to be announced soon.

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More All Shall Perish Tour Dates

All Shall Perish shall tour with Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Incantation, and Into Eternity. Also, All Shall Perish will be doing a tour with Agnostic Front, Love is Red, Martyr AD. Dates are as follows:

Agnostic Front/Love is Red/MartyrAd/All Shall Remain:
4/14 Chamaleon – Lancaster, PA
4/15 Captain Tees – Harrisonburg, VA
4/16 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
4/17 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
4/18 New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC
4/19 Thee Imperial – Jacksonville, FL
4/20 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
4/21 Factory – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4/22 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
4/23 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/24 Beta Bar – Tallahassee, FL
4/25 Engine Room – Houston, TX
4/26 Emo’s Alternative Lounging – Austin, TX
4/27 Equal Eyes Live – Corpus Christi, TX
4/28 Sanctuary – San Antonio, TX
4/29 Trees – Dallas, TX
4/30 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
5/1 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
5/2 Showcase Theatre – Corona, CA
5/3 El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
5/4 The Pound at Pier 96 – San Francisco, CA
5/5 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
5/6 Meow Meow – Portland, OR
5/7 Graceland – Seattle, WA
5/8 Mesa Luna – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
5/10 Warehouse – Calgary, AL – CANADA
5/11 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AL – CANADA
5/12 Riddel Center – Regina, SK – CANADA
5/13 Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA

Hate Eternal/Into Eternity/Incatation/Kirisun/All Shall Perish:
6/16 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
6/17 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY
6/18 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
6/19 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
6/21 Kaehmir – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
6/22 Café Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
6/23 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA
6/24 El Mocambo – Toronto, ON – CANADA
6/25 Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
6/26 B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York City, NY
6/30 Ranch Bowl – Omaha, NE
7/12 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
7/13 The Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
7/14 The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
7/15 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
7/16 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM

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Trivium Album to Hit Stores

Trivum's debut album, "Ascendency", is in stores today and the band has posted an ecard with a video for the song, "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr". The ecard can be found at www.trivium.org.

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Breaking News

Official Ozzfest 2005 Dates And Lineup Revealed

It's big. It's bad. And it's back for more. Got a problem with that?

Ozzfest — the king of festivals — triumphantly returns this summer to celebrate its hard-earned 10th anniversary with the staggering line-up of BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, ROB ZOMBIE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The summer's premier concert festival — which has propelled many of today’s rock bands to superstardom while paying close attention to its discerning fans — will roll out July 15 in Boston and visit 26 cities by the time it reaches West Palm Beach on September 4. The Hot Topic Second Stage will be headlined by ZOMBIE and feature a preview of rock's rising stars, including AS I LAY DYING, MASTODON, THE HAUNTED, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BURY YOUR DEAD, SOILWORK, TRIVIUM, IT DIES TODAY, A DOZEN FURIES and more.

"I'm most proud of the success of Ozzfest," says founder Sharon Osbourne. "Everyone said it would never happen and 10 years later we are still in business." In fact, 125 bands, 238 shows and over 4 million fans later, the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment is roaring louder than ever. History in the making, 2005 marks the first time metal legends BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN have toured together and also represents IRON MAIDEN's first Ozzfest appearance.

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson said, "This summer's MAIDEN touring is based on the recent 'Early Days' DVD and all the songs we do at Ozzfest will be from our first four albums — 'Iron Maiden', 'Killers', 'Number of the Beast' and 'Piece of Mind'. We will be bringing over our full European show, naturally including as special guest Eddie in various appropriate guises!! The stage sets, production and backdrops will recreate aspects of the shows on the tours around those albums — only bigger… much bigger!!! We don’t know if anyone has done anything like this before but we think it’s something the fans will really appreciate both in the choice of songs and in the production values."

Here are the Ozzfest tour dates: More...

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Swallow The Sun Post Preview Track From New Album

Finnish doomsters SWALLOW THE SUN have posted the following update:

"As you might have noticed, The Morning Never Came has been released in US by Olympic Recordings/Century Media. Contact your local dealer or the record companies to acquire your copy! You can also listen to the song 'Deadly Nightshade' from the album here.

We just visited Finnvox studios, where our new album was mastered by Minerva Pappi. She did an excellent job with it, as always, and we are really waiting for the release of the album in September. We'll inform you of the exact date when it's set. The release date for the single 'Forgive Her...' is 13.4.2005, and you can expect to see a video of the song 'Descending Winters' before the release of the album.

In other news, Mikko will be singing two gigs with Alghazanth, 24.3.2005 at Turku and 25.3.2005 at Kouvola.

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Inferno Festival Update

According to organisers, MANTAS and NECROPHAGIST have cancelled their shows at the Inferno Festival "due to health issues within the band and close family." Their replacements are NATTEFROST and HATESPHERE. The Inferno Festival is held March 24th-26th in the two room venue known as John Dee's and Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway. The bands alternate stages, between the balconied upstairs room (capable of holding a couple thousand people), to the smaller, downstairs John Dee, limited to a few hundred.

This year's lineup is as follows: More...

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Dimebag Darrell Memorial Stickers Available Online

'Dimebag' Darrell Tribute site DimebagForever.com currently has available “Dimebag Forever” stickers for purchase.

A posting at the site reads: “Each sticker is $0.50 USD each (S&H included), and you can order them in packs of 10 ($5 USD) or 20 ($10 USD). All proceeds go to benefit the Dimebag Memorial Fund. Be sure to send us pictures of the stickers in action and we will post them to the website!”

An image of the sticker can be seen here. To purchase go here.

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Slayer Confirm Second Dublin Gig

Ticketmaster Ireland have confirmed a second SLAYER date at the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin. Slayer will now play the venue on June 13th and 14th.

Upcoming Slayer dates include: More...

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Carpathian Forest Announce South American Tour

Norwegian black metallers CARPATHIAN FOREST and Tumba Productions have announced the second part of the Art of Provocation world tour 2005:

Jul. 14 – México City, MEX @ Circo Volador
Jul. 15 – Monterrey, MEX @ Café Iguana
Jul. 16 – San Luis Postosi, MEX@ La Huerta Del Stic
Jul. 17 – Bogota, COL @ TBA
Jul. 18 – TBA
Jul. 19 – Santiago, CHL @ TBA
Jul. 20 – Buenos Aires, ARG @ TBA
Jul. 21 – Porto Alegre/RS, BRA @ Bar Opinião
Jul. 22 – Belo Horizonte/MG, BRA @ Armazém 841
Jul. 23 – São Paulo/SP, BRA @ Ledslay
Jul. 24 – Brasília/DF, BRA @ Pirâmide Shows

CARPATHIAN FOREST recently returned to the studio to resume recording their new album, "Fuck You All!", for a May release via Season of Mist.

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