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Metal News for March 15, 2006

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Interview

Darkane Throws Down the Gauntlet

November 11, 2005 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ I had the priviledge of being one of the first to interview Darkane. My interview with Darkane was with Klas Ideberg, one of Darkane's amazing guitarists. Klas was very kind, eager, and appreciative of being able to do the interview with me. During the interview we talked Darkane's new album, "Layers of Lies", how Darkane came to be, and the theory that In Flames will never be able to play any of Darkane's songs.

After the interview, Klas was very kind to me and took me to get my "Expanding Senses" booklet signed by the whole band. Also, I was with one of my best friend's who loves Strapping Young Lad who Darkane was touring with, along with Fear Factory as the headliner. My friend had mentioned that it would be an amazing idea if Strapping Young Lad were to sign his bong and if we were to smoke with them, I mentioned this and a few hours later, my friend was living his dream, all thanks to this amazing Swede.

At this time, I'd like to also thank Strapping Young Lad for sharing their booze with me and direct everyone's attention to the following interview, enjoy! More...

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Abysmal Dawn Added to California Metalfest

Abysmal Dawn have sent the following update:

"Just a quick update on what's going on in the world of Abysmal Dawn. We're gearing up for the release of "From Ashes" which will be hitting stores on April 4th. We have a few shows planned around the release as well as a mini-tour with Asesino in June. More details on that as info comes in. We were recently added to the California Metalfest, which should be an amazing experience for sure. We feel honored to be playing alongside such great bands as Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrophagist and Arsis to name a few among many killer acts. Here's a list of shows we have lined up so far (more to come):

4/01 N. Hollywood, CA – Studio S
4/13 Jerry's – Bakersfield, CA (w/Full Blown Chaos, The Classic Struggle)
5/07 The Whisky A Go-Go – West Hollywood, CA (w/Goatwhore)
5/13 NOS Event Center – San Bernardino, CA (California Metalfest)
6/06 The Pound – San Francisco, CA (w/Asesino)
6/08 The Galaxy – Santa Ana, CA (w/Asesino)

You can download two tracks from their upcoming effort at the band's MySpace page.

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Stone Sour Studio Update, Photos Available

STONE SOUR, the band featuring SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, are still hard at work on their sophomore album with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER). The drum tracks by session drummer Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY, currently a touring member of SEPULTURA) are complete, according to the most recent studio report submitted by guitarist Josh Rand. "Jim and myself just finished up guitar tracks for the song 'Your God' today, so that makes 8 out of 17 rhythm guitar tracks done," Rand said. "[Bassist] Shawn has also started tracking this week and Corey plans on singing tonight."

You can check out photos from the studio at this location.

STONE SOUR drummer Joel Ekman was forced to sit out the recording sessions for the group's new album in order to spend time with his nine-year-old son, who was diagnosed with Brain Stem Glioma (brain cancer) last fall.

STONE SOUR's new album will follow up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother".

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Iron Fire Frontman Explains Delay Between Albums

Vocalist Martin Steene of the Danish power metallers IRON FIRE (also in FORCE OF EVIL) has issued a statement regarding the lengthy lengthy between the release of the band's last album, 2001's "On the Edge", and their brand-new CD, "Revenge", due on March 24 via Napalm Records.

Commented Steene: "The time has come for a new metal crusade, a new album a new web site and a stronger IRON FIRE then ever.

"It's been one hell of a struggle to get IRON FIRE back in the ring and I am really proud of having this new album out and have beaten all odds. One thing is for sure five years between albums is not our style and that will never happen again, but hopefully it's been worth the wait.

"The last five years have been a rollecoster ride of emotions to the point of insanity, and yes, there have been times where I all most barred my dream in frustration and despair. But lucky for me and for those who like IRON FIRE metal I never did and for that I can only thank our fans and my band brothers.

"As you can see there a no original members left in the line up today except for me, and the reason for that will only be a guess, times change and ambition and talent draws in different durations but no matter what this album is also a victory for those old members and school friends I started this band with long ago, and I only wish them the best of luck with there new bands and for the future.

"Enough said, now its time to put the past behind and for a new battle and I hope all you brothers and sisters of true metal will fight by our side once again."

IRON FIRE, who feature in their ranks singer Martin Steene (FORCE OF EVIL), recently inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band's third album, "Revenge", was produced by Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, TNT, HATESPHERE) and features cover art by Eric Philippe (RHAPSODY, LUCA TURILLI). An audio sample of the track "Wings of Rage" can be downloaded at this location.

IRON FIRE issued two full-length albums through the Sanctuary/Noise label: 2000's "Thunderstorm" and 2001's "On the Edge".

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Camp Freddy Confirms Weiland As Core Member

Former THE CULT touring bassist and current CAMP FREDDY guitarist Billy Morrison has confirmed in an online posting that VELVET REVOLVER/ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland has joined the Los Angeles-based "jam" group CAMP FREDDY as a "core member." "The band operates with a huge rotating guest line up, but we have always had a core group of five people — the current incarnation being myself, Donovan [Leitch, vocals; the son of 1960s U.K. folk-rock icon Donovan], Dave [Navarro, guitar; ex-JANE'S ADDICTION/RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS], Matt [Sorum, drums; VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES], and Chris [Chaney, bass; ex-JANE's ADDICTION]," Morrison writes. "And now Scott has joined that team. He will be at all the shows possible, and is part of our decision making process, sharing his ideas with us, and ours with him. Scott completely understands the fun, no stress angle of our shows, the possibilities that are out there for CAMP FREDDY, and is a welcome addition to the FREDDY family. As with all of us, it does NOT mean anything for VELVET REVOLVER. We all carry on with our day jobs outside of FREDDY. All it means is that when CAMP FREDDY do anything, Scott will now be involved if his schedule permits."

CAMP FREDDY have been in and out of the recording studio over the past couple of years recording what is expected to eventually be released as the band's debut album. Among the cuts that are set to appear on the effort are a version of Marc Bolan's "20th Century Boy" (featuring CAMP FREDDY's own Donovan Leitch on vocals, and Steve Jones from THE SEX PISTOLS on lead guitar) and THIN LIZZY's "Jailbreak" (featuring ex-ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell on vocals and Billy Duffy [ex-THE CULT] on lead guitar). Other guest musicians include RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith and singer Macy Gray.

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Plague Bringer Signs To Seventh Rule Recordings

Seventh Rule Recordings is thrilled to officially welcome Chicago's Plague Bringer to the roster. Plague Bringer is a duo from Chicago whose music is an assault of programmed bulldozer blast beats, de-tuned stabbing guitars and savage animalistic vocals, yielding a relentless blend of spastic electronic carnage.

Plague Bringer was started in December 2002 by Greg Ratajczak, an accomplished sound engineer and guitar player who has played in and or worked with numerous indie rock bands in recent years, most notably with Modest Mouse on their Epic Records debut, The Moon and Antarctica. Greg initially sought out long-time friend and gifted writer Josh Rosenthal to contribute lyrically. Josh eventually became the killer lead vocals and the duo has been bringing the plague ever since.

Plague Bringer has played countless shows in the mid-west with the likes of; Psyopus, Misery Index, The Black Dahlia Murder, Internal Bleeding, The End, Mutilated, Putrid Pile, Hewhocorrupts, Indian, and The Locust, and toured with Bodies In The Gears Of The Apparatus in August of 2004, and with Harlots in the winter of 2005.

In the summer of 2005, the band completed work on their self-produced debut full-length album, As the Ghosts Collect the Corpses Rest which was mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer/Agoraphobic Nosebleed). Seventh Rule Recordings is planning for a May/June release date for the record.

You can listen to songs from the soon to be release album right now here.

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Comeback Kid Singer Departs

Recent rumors surrounding the departure of Comeback Kid vocalist Scott Wade have been confirmed. Wade has issued the following statement:

"Life is full of hard decisions, but only a few of them are as big as this and absolutely life changing. I was faced with one of these decisions. The kind of decision that keeps you up nights, tossing and turning, leaving your stomach in knots. I have decided to leave Comeback Kid. This band has been my life for the past 4 years, and I was a roadie for another band prior to that. I really don't know, or have anything else in my life. Saying I'm not 'scared' about my future would be a complete lie. I just got to a point where being on the road for 10 months had become hard, and pushing to be home more became a conflicting agenda. Some would like to see this band go as far as it possibly can, and I was an anchor holding this back. I just wanted to play something honest, make some friends and see the world and I got to do that, and I am forever grateful for my experiences. I wish the rest of the guys the best of luck in the world. Saying 'Goodbye' the other night was absolutely heartbreaking. These guys are my family, and my life is forever changed, thanks to their talent and friendship. Thank you to everyone who came out, showed me love, and screamed back words once scribbled out in a bedroom. I am forever indebted to you."

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NIN Taps Bauhaus, TV On The Radio For Tour

Jonathan Cohen of Billboard.com reports: Nine Inch Nails has drafted goth legends Bauhaus and its new Interscope labelmate TV On The Radio for its summer North American tour. The trek will begin May 27 in Ridgefield, Wash., and will feature 13 subsequent shows with TV On The Radio. Bauhaus will continue as the opening act through the outing's July 8 conclusion in Mountain View, California, in tandem with another group to be announced.

Beforehand, NIN will complete a run of smaller North American markets on a tour that continues on to Greenville, S.C., tomorrow (March 16). As previously reported, the Trent Reznor-led group will also play Miami's Global Gathering Festival on Saturday and the Sasquatch Festival in George, Wash., on May 26.

The group is out in support of its 2005 comeback album, "With Teeth," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 904,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

On April 4, Interscope will issue an EP for new single "Every Day Is Exactly the Same," featuring remixes from Interpol's Carlos D, Photek, El-P, Richard X and the DFA.

As for Bauhaus, which reunited for the 2005 Coachella festival and has been on the road consistently ever since, the group's only post-NIN date at present is an appearance at Germany's M'era Luna Festival, to be held Aug. 12-13.

Here are Nine Inch Nails' summer tour dates: More...

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