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Metal News for March 16, 2004

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Earache Signs Addiction

Addiction from Bologna (Italy) joined the Earache roster. The band has finished recording their new studio album "Break In Life" and are working now on a video. A release is expected before the summer.

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CKY Photos From London Show

CKY performed in concert at the Astoria in London on Friday (March 12). Check out pictures from RexFeatures.

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Rising Pain On Milwaukee Metalfest, Other Plans

Rising Pain has been confirmed for the annual MILWAUKEE METALFEST. They'll be leaving on a two week tour with Tucson's FEVERED DREAMS in late July heading towards Milwaukee. Exact dates and cities will be announced as soon as they are confirmed, so keep checking back.

Rising Pain has 3 shows lined up for April.

April 9th @ The Old Brickhouse, Phoenix, AZ as part of the Metal Devastation Fest ( two days of absolute metal!!)..
April 17th @ The Rock , Tucson, AZ Fevered Dreams CD Release show w/ Red Tear Memory, Flatline, Graves End and Toxic Reign
April 23rd @ Minder Binders, Tempe, AZ w/ Vehemence, Bloodhaven, Kilk and What Darj Creates.

The band is also planning to get into the studio to demo a couple of new songs, which they plan to post to their website.

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New Atrocity Single Out, Video Online

The new ATROCITY Single "Cold Black Days" in stores now, and the new ATROCITY Video "Cold Black Days" is online now.

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Ayreon Post Cover Artwork Online

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), have posted the cover artwork for the Limited Deluxe edition of their latest CD, Ayreon: The Human Equation here

"Ayreon: The Human Equation" is due in Europe on May 24 through InsideOut Music. The U.S. will receive the album one day later (May 25). Release dates for other countries will follow shortly. A single containing the radio edit of the song "Day Eleven: Love" plus the full album track "Day Two: Isolation" will precede the album.

In other news, AYREON have announced the "The Human Equation pre-release party" on Sunday, April 18, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Stairway to Heaven in Utrecht, the Netherlands. "There will be a special preview of the album, a showing 'Behind the Scenes' documentary from 'The Human Equation' bonus DVD," according to a post on AYREON's web site. "You can buy the single and all sorts of other stuff before it hits the stores and pre-order the album on the spot!"

Also on the Lucassen-related front, Arjen has agreed to perform "Valley of the Queens" (which originally appeared on AYREON's 1998 release, "Into the Electric Castle") once more with sisters Floor (AFTER FOREVER) and Irene Jansen (KARMA) live. This performance will be part of Floor Jansen's graduation project for the Rock Academy, as she will be the support act for AFTER FOREVER on April 17 at 013 in Tilburg.

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Grave Digger Post New Video

"Valhalla", the new video from the German Power metallers GRAVE DIGGER, is now available on the band's official page in Quicktime format. The clip was filmed in Pratteln (Switzerland), Barcelona (Spain), Lichtenfels (Germany) and Bochum (Germany) during GRAVE DIGGER's "Rheingold World Tour" in January.

In other news, GRAVE DIGGER plan to release a new album on 17th January 2005 via Nuclear Blast. A world tour will follow soon afterwards, starting in April 2005.

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Guest Musicians On New Angra Album

GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen and BLIND GUARDIAN's Hansi Kürsch are among the guests confirmed to appear on ANGRA's much-anticipated follow-up to 2001's "Rebirth", tentatively due this summer through SPV Records (NTS Records in France).

According to an official press release from NTS, the as-yet-untitled effort "is a conceptual one. It tells a very interesting [story] developed by guitar player Rafael Bittencourt. The writing is extremely well done and the lyrics of each song are tightly connected to the others." Other guests scheduled to appear on the CD include Brazilian musician Milton Nascimento, Douglas Las Casas and Silvia Goes.

As previously reported, much of the initial recording sessions for the new CD took place at Mosh Studios in São Paulo, Brazil under the guidance of producer Dennis Ward (SILENT FORCE, PINK CREAM 69). Ward had previously worked with the group on the acclaimed "Rebirth" album, which had achieved gold status in Brazil for sales in excess of 50,000 copies.

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Former Stratovarius Singer Blames Split On Alcohol

STRATOVARIUS' split with singer Timo Kotipelto was the result of years of alcohol abuse and non-communication, the vocalist has revealed in an interview with Holland's Lords of Metal. "It lies in the Finnish mentality not to openly talk about problems," Kotipelto said. "That is what ultimately ended STRATOVARIUS. For all those years we never spoke about our problems but kept them to ourselves, which allowed trouble to build up."

According to Kotipelto, problems first arose when STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki started drinking heavily during the "Destiny" tour. In the years that followed, the resentment between bandmembers intensified, made worse by Tolkki's insistence on keeping Kotipelto out of the creative process. "Everybody could see the split coming from miles away," the singer admitted.

The tension within the band was largely to blame for the group's decision not to support the "Elements Pt. 2" album with a tour and to take a break instead. "Well, we sure managed to do that," Kotipelto added rather cynically.

The alcohol abuse of various bandmembers contributed to the explosive situation within STRATOVARIUS. Concerts where Timo Tolkki would be drunk onstage, such as the recent Piorno Rock appearance in Spain, complicated matters. The fistfight that eventually ended the co-operation between Tolki and Kotipelto was shrouded in an alcoholic haze. "I do not remember anything of that night," Kotipelto said. After the disastrous performance at Piorno Rock, guitarist Timo Tolkki is contemplating abandoning the remaining festival dates that were booked by the old lineup. "I personally would not mind if those concerts got cancelled," Kotipelto concluded.

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Taken To Release Final EP, Then Disband

Southern California's Taken will soon be disbanding after six years together. During that time, the band has released two EPs and a full-length. According to Taken, the decision has been made as a result of band members' focus shifting from the group to other endeavors. This spring, the band will enter the studio to record a final EP, which Goodfellow Records will be releasing in July. Notably, original drummer Troy Born will be returning for the group's final EP and shows. In addition to the two following shows at Koos Cafe, Taken will play a few last shows, two in SoCal, and one in Southern Ontario.

3/21 Long Beach CA @ Koos Cafe w/ Cursed, Breather Resist, more
4/10 Long Beach CA @ Koos Cafe w/ Hot Cross, Lickgoldensky, more

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3 Inches Of Blood Entering Studio Soon

3 Inches Of Blood will be entering the studio in April to record their Roadrunner Records debut. The band will be working with producer Neil Kernon (Exhumed, Judas Priest).

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New Band Forms From Ashes Of Five Pointe O

Former Five Pointe O vocalist Daniel Struble and guitarist Sharon Grzelinski have resurfaced in a new band dubbed The Renaissance. An official website for the band will soon be laucnehd at www.therenaissancerock.com.

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American Head Charge Trying To Leave Label

American Head Charge are rumored to be in the process of leaving their label American/Island/Def Jam with intentions to put out their long-delayed new album through an as-yet unannounced label later this year. The group are expected to hit the studio to begin recording it in the near future.

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The Darkness ask for 1.8 Million To Play Show

Ok people, I know along with myself, almost anyone who reads this site HATES The Darkness. I found this next post on Blabbermouth, I found it very very funny. This band is so horrible and some how they're popular as hell, and some how they have ego's the size of Metallica's already. Anyone who asks for a million dollars to play a show should be shot! Stop being greedy and just play already you crappy ass band! Now, I know no one cares about this next post, but as I found it funny I'm sure most of you will as well. The article reads as follows:

THE DARKNESS have asked for a massive £1million fee (approx. $1.8 million) to play this year's Glastonbury Festival, according to NME.com.

The figure is a far cry from the £75 (approx. $136) they were paid to play their Friday morning opening set last year.

Today festival organizer Michael Eavis told the Daily Mirror: "It's incredible how much things change in a year."

"When we booked them last year they were just a pub band no-one had heard of. We paid them £75 but they were thrilled to be given the opportunity."

Since THE DARKNESS' appearance at the festival last year, the group's debut album, "Permission To Land", has sold 1.2 million copies in the U.K. alone. In addition, the CD has achieved gold status in the U.S. for sales in excess of 500,000 copies.

A source close to THE DARKNESS told the Daily Mirror: "To play Glastonbury this year, they'd want £1million. The way they see it, they'd worked long and hard to get where they are and feel entitled to make the most of their success."

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HavocHate Recording With New Singer

HavocHate has entered the studio to begin recording its second album, which will feature the vocals of new frontman Tim Bouchee. Bouchee was brought into the fold last year after the departure of vocalist Jon Mallek, and made his live debut with the band when they played several shows with Overkill in September.

"The guy has such an amazing voice," said guitarist Freddy Ordine. "He can do it all, from scream to sing. Our writing styles are a perfect fit and Tim has brought so much to the table."

"Having a wide range of vocal abilities, we were able to take HavocHate's music to new levels," Bouchee said. "The band's sound has evolved from pure thrash to wide ranging melodic metal that all listeners will enjoy. The heavy sound is still as brutal as ever but now has a twist of melody and memorable hooks."

Added Ordine: "Tim sings some of the most killer melodies and hooks we have ever written. Mario and I are pushing the dual guitar envelope further than ever, harmonizing eight-finger tap patterns and just ripping it up all over the place. Ovie and Dave are like one big wrecking ball of rhythm."

HavocHate will debut some of its new material when it plays at March Metal Meltdown at the Cricket Club in Irvington, N.J., on Friday, March 12.

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Stillborn Signs The Risk Taken

Stillborn Records has signed The Risk Taken. You can download "My Last Midnight" here.

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