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Metal News for March 16, 2005

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27 news articles posted on this day.

Ozzy Osbourne Too Wild For Teenage Son

According to contactmusic.com, Ozzy Osbourne is too wild for even his teenage son, Jack.

The 56-year-old Black Sabbath frontman incurs the wrath of the 19-year-old, who is sick of listening to Ozzy's pounding heavy metal music.

Ozzy complains, "Jack's always f**king on at me to turn down the stereo.

"I still like my music loud. Jack will come in and go, 'Why do you have to listen to it so loud?' and I'm like, 'Excuse me I've been playing this s**t since before you were born."

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Rob Halford Praises U.S. Troops

Halford recently spoke with Stars and Stripes and offered words of encouragement for U.S. troops fighting the war on terrorism at home and abroad. Here are a few excerpts from the article:

“Right now, I have friends serving in Iraq, onboard the USS Stennis and in Guam, and the work they are doing is incredibly important, not only for America but the entire world. I fully support what they’re doing,” he said.

Halford, who cites San Diego as one of his favorite hangouts, said he became friends with many sailors and Marines from the nearby Navy bases and the sprawling Camp Pendleton.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in America and have several friends in the U.S. military all over the world,” said Halford.

GIs have always been big fans and supporters of Judas Priest and Halford’s three solo bands: Fight, Two and Halford.

“Everyone in the band supports all [the troops], and we sincerely wish them the best and a safe return home to their families,” he said.

Servicemembers in Europe and Japan will have a chance to catch the metal legends. Starting Wednesday, Judas Priest rolls through the United Kingdom for 11 shows.

From there, Priest will make stops in Holland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Italy, Portugal and will wrap up the European leg on April 17 with three dates in Spain. After a short break, the band heads to Japan and will play seven shows May 8-18. Plans are under way for a North American summer tour.

Read the full article at Stars and Stripes.

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Iron Maiden To Skip Last Seven Ozzfest Tour Dates

According to an online posting by Iron Maiden's webmaster, Maiden will play their final Ozzfest 2005 show on August 20 at the Hyundai Pavilion (at Glen Helen), just outside Los Angeles, California. The band will not take part in the last seven shows of the tour.

Ozzfest 2005 featuring Iron Maiden:

Jul. 15 Boston, MA - Tweeter Center
Jul. 17 Hartford, CT - Meadows
Jul. 19 Camden, NJ - Tweeter Waterfront
Jul. 21 Buffalo, NY - Darien Lakes
Jul. 23 Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette
Jul. 24 Washington, DC - Nissan
Jul. 26 New York, NY - PNC
Jul. 30 Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center
Jul. 31 Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 02 Columbus, OH - Germain Amphitheatre
Aug. 04 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 06 East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley
Aug. 07 Minneapolis, MN - Floatrite Park
Aug. 11 Seattle, WA - White River
Aug. 13 San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train
Aug. 16 Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Pavilion
Aug. 18 Phoenix, AZ - Cricket
Aug. 20 Los Angeles, CA - Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen

Ozzfest 2005 dates without Iron Maiden:

Aug. 23 Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
Aug. 25 Dallas, TX - Smirnoff
Aug. 27 Houston, TX - Cynthia J. Woods Pavilion
Aug. 28 San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 31 Nashville, TN - Starwood Amphitheatre
Sep. 02 Charlotte, NC - Verizon
Sep. 04 West Palm Beach - Sound Advice

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Raunchy Issues Recording Update

The following update was taken from the official Raunchy website:

Hello all good people out there. It´s been long time since we´ve been updating our website, but we just wanted to let you know that we´re still alive and very well. ;-) There has been a lot of questions concerning our next album and who will release our future material. Right now we cannot reveal anything but we are in contact with different people so stay tuned and don´t worry....

We have bought ourselves a nice MAC and so far we have recorded guitar and drums for two songs. It´s a slow process but within a month we expect to have several more songs recorded for a demo.

We also want to thank the great audience at Studenterhuset, Aalborg for a great and powerful evening this past weekend. Also a big FUCK YEAH to:

- VOLBEAT (....always nice to play with you lads RESPECT !!)
- Jacob Bredahl/HateSphere (...for screaming his lungs out on "Drive")
- Mike, Kral and Martin/Mercenary (... for singing backing vocals on "Confusion Bay".
- Kenneth (...our handsome driver)
- Jesper "BIKER" Pingel (... roadie number 1 YEAH "fee kagemand")
- Lars Mayland (... our dedicated soundengineer)

Soon we will launch a new site and by that time we will also have our forum fixed. Next up will be gigs in Odense (DK) and Lyngby (DK) this coming weekend so we hope to see some carzy mutha´fuckers around. Stay tuned as we are going to give you updates on our situation.

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My Dying Bride To Release DVDs And 3 CD Box Set

My Dying Bride are finalising their second DVD longform and it's expected to be released in early Summer. The re-issue of their first DVD, "For Darkest Eyes," has been delayed until the Autumn to avoid recent confusion between this and the new opus. Focus now lies on the 3 CD box set, featuring two new mixes, which will be released in May.

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Recording Update From Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour has posted the following update on their official website:

DH has been buried in the studio for about two weeks now and we have gotten a hell of a lot done. All the basic structures for the songs are complete. There are now 9 songs on the record and 1 acoustic piece. And we can say already this is hands down the best darkest hour record ever. We cant wait to present these songs to you guys. Kris and Mike make their guitar solo debut, there is definitely more for the shredders this time. Expect shorter more thrash' compact songs, as well as some surprises. We have been keeping the Album title under warps but we will announce it soon. Lastly, the DH summer vacation is coming together so we will announce big plans for the summer as well as the release date for the new DH record soon. This week JH starts tracking the vocals and it all starts to make sense!

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Primal Fear Extend Contract With Nuclear Blast

Primal Fear has announced that they have extended our contract with Nuclear Blast for another five albums plus one DVD and one Live CD.

Primal Fear has collected around 20 songs and will decide which 12 songs will be recorded for the new - yet untitled - album. Charlie Bauerfeind will travel from Teneriffe to Germany in the beginning of April and the band will set up the gear and rock the House Of Music. The deal with Mike Frazer to mix the album is signed & sealed. The album will be mixed at the Warehouse Studio in mid-May. Primal Fear is in contact with some more open air festivals in Italy, Poland, Spain and Germany, plus shows in Russia and Japan.

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New Hammerfall Album #12 On German Charts

Hammerfall's latest output, "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken," entered the German at #12. With this achievement, the album surpassed it's predecessor ("Crimson Thunder"), which reached #13.

Sales in other European countries are equally impressive: "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" went to #4 in Sweden, #46 in the UK, #36 in Austria ("Crimson" did #65) and #39 in Switzerland ("Crimson" did #83).

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Arch Enemy Comments On Ozzfest Appearance

Swedish/German extreme metallers Arch Enemy have commented on their upcoming appearance at this year's Ozzfest, which is scheduled to kick off July 15 in Boston. Massachusetts. Arch Enemy will be performing on the second stage at the traveling festival alongside Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, A Dozen Furies, The Haunted, In Flames, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bury Your Dead, It Dies Today, Soilwork and Trivium.

Stated Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott: "We are very much looking forward to being a part of the legendary Ozzfest this year and spending the summer in the U.S....playing our brand of PURE FUCKING METAL and making new friends! Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden (and Arch Enemy!!!) on the same tour — now THAT is awesome...we are happy and honored to be a part of metal history!"

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Lamb Of God, Machine Head Tour Dates Announced

Machine Head will be joining Lamb of God and Twelve Tribes for the following dates:

May 02 Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
May 03 Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
May 04 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock

In other Machine Head news, the band will be embarking on a monster North American headlining tour this May in support of their current release, "Through the Ashes of Empires", as well as their upcoming live DVD. The month-long "States Turn Blue To Gray" tour will feature fellow Roadrunner Records artists Devildriver, Century Media recording artists The Haunted and Trustkill's It Dies Today. Scheduled to set sail the first week of May, immediately following Machine Head's stint on a Midwest portion of the Lamb of God tour, the "States Turn Blue To Gray" tour will continue into the first week of June, hitting major markets throughout the United States and Canada. Specifics for all dates will be posted at MachineHead1.com as they become available.

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Powerman 5000 Add More Dates To Tour

Powerman 5000 has added more dates to their current tour. Tour dates are as follows:

Mar. 22 Senator Theater - Chico, CA
Mar. 23 New Oasis - Sparks, NV
Mar. 24 The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
Mar. 25 The Pound at Pier 96 - San Francisco, CA
Mar. 26 Madera District Fair - Madera, CA
Mar. 29 Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
Apr. 09 Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 15 Club 125 - Haverhill, MA
Apr. 16 Bombshelter Manchester, NH
Apr. 17 Club Lido - Revere, MA

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Chevelle Announces More Tour Dates

Chevelle has announced more tour dates to their tour, including an opening date for Velvet Revolver in Raleigh, NC. So far, the tour dates are as follows:

Mar. 17 Charleston, SC - Music Farm (WYBB presents)
Mar. 18 Winston-Salem, NC - Millenium Center
Apr. 08 Louisville, KY – Jillian's
Apr. 09 Athens, GA – The Ritz
Apr. 11 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Apr. 12 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Apr. 14 Hilton Head, SC – Monkey Business
Apr. 16 Columbia, SC – Headliners
Apr. 26 Little Rock, AR – CCE Metroplex
Apr. 27 Baton Rouge, LA – The Texas Music Hall
Apr. 28 Fayetteville, AR – University of Arkansas
Apr. 30 Richmond, VA – Classic Amphitheatre (WRXL Show)
May 01 Memphis, TN – Beale Street
May 05 Raleigh, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (supporting Velvet Revolver)

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Slipknot: "Verses" Is Their Best Album Yet

In a recent interview posted on CNN.com, members of Slipknot, namely Joey Jordison, Chris Fehn and Corey Taylor, talked about their music, their new album and the masks. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

How did you come up with the concept for this band?

COREY TAYLOR: Just looking at not only what was going on a local level but an international level and just kind of being disgusted. It was all flash and no filling. It was very plastic with no presence. The thing we wanted to do was make a statement. It occurred to us that if we remove ourselves from the equation and just presented a unified front, it would have a greater impact, a more artistic impact. It's really a physical manifestation of what the music is.

And what is the music?

JOEY JORDISON: Dark, very dark, but at the same time very moving and beautiful in its own way.

Why wear masks?

JORDISON: It shows we're a solid unit. All of us coming together for a purpose. The masks are a physical representation of how the music makes us feel.

It must make you feel bad. One mask looks like Leatherface from "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre."

TAYLOR: It's really easy to compare us to stuff like that, because we wear masks. But we don't write about horror movies, we don't go out of our way to act like a horror movie.

CHRIS FEHN: I think this band is made up of a mental sickness. When I joined the band, before and after practice, they'd be looking online at murder photos, death and bondage photos.

TAYLOR: We had issues.

What kind of issues?

TAYLOR: You don't have enough time, or tape. And you'd have to go get help afterward. All you have to really do is listen to our music.

Seriously, what is your problem?

TAYLOR: As far as our beefs go, you'd have to grow up in Des Moines, Iowa, and really deal with the things that we had to deal with. I don't want to get into my background because I already talked about it on albums so I don't want to rehash. But there are real beefs that we have, and it hasn't changed since day one why we do this.

JORDISON: I hate the cliche of it, but growing up is hard. For anyone. So there's that backdrop. You find something to grasp onto like music, and you try to get it going and be creative and you get put down, and get your fliers torn down.

Will you run out of stuff eventually to write about?

TAYLOR: Just when we stop talking about the past the present gives us enough stuff to be angry about for the rest of our lives. Just being in this band and seeing the way people interpret us is enough to frustrate even the most ardent artist.

How do you think you're interpreted?

TAYLOR: I think we're interpreted as a novelty, and that really bothers me because there is so much substance in this band. People get stuck on the aesthetic, and it's (expletive).

JORDISON: We're not an easily digestible band on the first listen.

Are you pleased with this album?

JORDISON: I think it's our best album yet. We will always be a metal band with aggro and high risk, but this album shows there's not just one Slipknot sound. We're capable of such range.

TAYLOR: "Iowa" was a very bleak, dark album. But this one you can hear colors, traces of reds and I think that shows how we've evolved as musicians. Plus, coming back together and working together was really a joy.

Read the full article at CNN.com.

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Let It Die Tour Dates

Let It Die are set to embark upon a brief Northeast tour. Here are the dates:

3/25 Sarnia ON @ Trinity Night Club w/ Closed Casket Funeral, more
3/26 Burlington ON @ Mooseknuckles w/ Sons Of Azrael
3/28 Binghamton NY @ Club Ranelles w/ Arsis, The Red Death
3/29 Buffalo NY @ Broadway Joe's w/ Arsis, The Red Death, more
3/30 Lemoyne PA @ The Championship w/ Fight Night
3/31 Amityville NY @ Molly Blooms II w/ Fight Night
4/1 Brockton MA @ Romans w/ Fight Night
4/2 Naugatuck CT @ Eagles Club w/ Fight Night
4/3 Bound Brook NJ @ Hamilton St Cafe w/ Fight Night
4/4 Charleroi PA @ Charleroi VFW w/ Seventh Star, Bloody Sunday

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Bloodjinn Recording New Demo

Bloodjinn are currently tracking new demo material at The Basement Studios in North Carolina with Jamie King. Nothing has been disclosed however regarding the band's ultimate plans for the material.

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Every Time I Die Seeking Bassist

Nearing completion of the writing process for their new album, "Gutter Phenomenon," Every Time I Die are now looking for a bassist to replace Steven Micciche, who left the band early this year. Applicants must be ready to record, tour (roughly 10 months a year), be at least 21, and know how to play EID's songs. Furthmore, according to the band, they're looking for someone to "be a bass guitar player, not a guitar player who can use our bass." For additional information, contact the band at mailto:info@everytimeidie.com.

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Ominous Grief Post Three New Songs Online

The metal band Ominous Grief has uploaded 3 full songs from their forthcoming album to their official website. You can also grab the tracks directly at the following links:

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Impaled To Tour With Engorged, Lord Gore

Oakland, California’s IMPALED are preparing to tour in support of their Century Media debut Death After Life. Returning with razor-sharpened guitar riffs and heart-stoppingly heavy rhythms, the band has delivered their third limb-severing full-length album. To celebrate, IMPALED brings their theater-of-macabre operation to Southern California and Arizona for five shows in early April with Engorged and Lord Gore and also plans to play Baltimore, Maryland’s Death Festival in May. More dates to be announced.

Here are the tour dates: More...

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Soilwork List Fave Albums, Seek Side Project Name

Soilwork singer, Speed, has posted the following message on the band's official website:

Hi there peple!

I´m back home in good old Sweden now, the recording down in Germany went great!
There seem to be some worries that this album will be the final bash for Soilwork. HELL NO MAN, you ain´t seen nothing yet... Of course this is just a misunderstanding...

I have a little suggestion for all the postings in this corner... It think we should keep this corner as a frequently updated information source where people can ask questions and get answers. Don´t get me wrong here, i´m very happy to get greetings and compliments, they all make me and the band inspired, but i do think we should keep those to the guestbook.. I promise you i check out the guestbook daily so don´t worry! It´s gonna be a lot easier for me to answer more questions as well..
So let´s keep Speed´s corner as a forum for questions and news..
I hope you understand my point...

A ot of people ask for my favorie bands and inspirations, i´ll here try to give you a list of records that have in any way been inspirational:
1.Metallica-Kill em´all
2.Terrorizer-World Downfall
3. The Who-Who´s next
4.Judas Priest-Klling Machine
5.Strapping young lad-City
6.Dissection-Storm of the light´s bane
7. Seal-S/t
8.Whitesnake-1987
9.Rainbow-Rising
10.Soundtrack of our lives-Welcome to the instant freebase

Hey, stay tune for merchsection and Stabbing-video, we´re working on it...
I´ll talk to you soon... By the way, feel free to post suggestions for name on my sideproject with the B.Guardian drummer Thomen, we´re stucked...

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Otep to Tour with Slipknot

Otep is tour with Slipknot starting in April. Dates are as follows and can be reached at ticketmaster or either band's site. The first dates are as follows:

4/26 Resch Arena- Green Bay, WI
4/27 Prairie Capital Convention Center- Springfield, IL
4/29 Mid-American Center- Council Bluffs, IA
4/30 Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum- Madison, WI

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Bloodjinn, The Hostage Heart, Tour

Bloodjinn, The Hostage Heart, and Through The Discipline will be touring together for a couple of weeks. Here are the tour dates:

3/18 Colonial Heights VA @ Community Hall
3/19 Charleston SC @ American Legion
3/20 Charlotte NC @ The Milestone
3/21 Myrtle Beach SC @ The Social
3/22 Augusta GA @ Sector 7 G's
3/23 Jacksonville FL @ Thee Imperial
3/24 Naples FL @ Club Zero
3/25 Tampa FL @ Neptune's Lounge
3/26 Muscle Shoals AL @ Muscle Shoals Music Hall
3/27 Bristol TN @ Ireson's Pub
3/28 Nashville TN @ The Muse
3/29 Cincinnatti OH @ Sudsy Malones
3/30 Elizabethtown KY @ The Prithcard Community Center
3/31 Elyria OH @ The Spot w/ With Dead Hands Rising
4/1 Buffalo NY @ Extreme Wheels
4/2 TBA
4/3 Middletown NY @ Club NY

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El Caco's "The Search" Charts In Norway

El Caco's new album "The Search", released in Norway last week, entered the official Norwegian top 40 sales chart yesterday at number 22. This is the first chart entry ever for both the band and Black Balloon Records. The album will be released in the rest of Europe on the 18th of April.

Upcoming El Caco tour dates are as follows: More...

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Lullacry To Enter Studio In May To Complete Album

Lullacry will enter Astia Studio on May to finish the rest of the stuff for the upcoming fourth album. The album will hit the stores on early September. The first single "Stranger In You" with a KISS-cover "I Stole Your Love" will be out in the summer.

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Labyrinth, Angra Confirmed For Dream Theater Tour

Labyrinth and Angra have been confirmed as the support acts for Dream Theater on their upcoming Italian tour.

Tour dates:

Jun. 21 Fucecchio (Fi), Buca S.Andrea
Jun. 22 Ascoli Piceno, Piazza Del Popolo
Jun. 23 Stra (Ve), Villa Pisani

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Agent Steel Live DVD Tracklisting Revealed

The US speed metal band Agent Steel will release their first DVD called "Live at Dynamo Open Air" (view cover) through Scarlet Records on March 21.

The DVD tracklist is the following:

Live at Dynamo Open Air
1. Guyana Intro
2. Unstoppable Force
3. Rager
4. Illuminati is Machine
5. Ten Fists of Nations
6. Bleed for the Godz
7. Forever Black
8. Wash The Planet Clean (new song)
9. New Godz
10. Know Your Master
11: Agents of Steel

Bonus Selection:

Children of the Sun
Mad Locust Rising
Earth Under Lucifer
Avenger

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Rob Barrett Rejoins Cannibal Corpse

Cannibal Corpse has announced that Rob Barrett, who played guitar with the band between 1993 to 1997 and appeared on "The Bleeding" and "Vile" albums, will be rejoining the band for their performance at the Northwest Death Fest in Seattle on April 3rd.

Whether or not Rob will be staying with the band permanently after that show is still not certain.

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Stratovarius Checks In With Album Update

Taken from the official Stratovarius website:

After a lot of listening and editing, the basic structure of our 11th album is getting together slowly but surely. After the turbulence of the last year, none of us has known what to expect when going into the studio.

We have used the drums Jörg recorded alone at Soundtrack studio about a year ago. There was about 70 gigabytes of drums, so that took a while to listen to. And bit of tough decisions, and editing, cutting and pasting. New lyrics and vocal melodies have been written, and also some new songs.

Says Timo Tolkki: "I recorded all my rhythm guitars during one evening. God, my fingers still hurt!! There is a construction project going on under my studio. They are building a parking hall and are exploding huge bombs twice a day. Also there is lots of drilling. I am sure that this is the first time in the history of metal that an album has been recorded under circumstances like these."

It has indeed been very hard to record vocals and acoustic instruments. But we are finally getting there, slowly but surely. It's flowing and the feeling is really good. The vocals will for sure be finished before Timo Kotipelto's solo tour embarks. Then of course, the mixing... the mixing... the mixing. Stratovarius has never made a compromise when it comes to the sound and this time with TT in his own studio.. my God, anything under two months of mixing and we'll be lucky. Anyway we would like to thank you, the fans, for your patience and hope that you enjoy this progress report and some new pictures.

With very best greetings, STRATOVARIUS

The new band picture is at http://www.stratovarius.com/pictures/stratovarius-2005-photo-by-alex-kuehr-normal.jpg

The 2004/5 photo gallery is at http://www.stratovarius.com/pictures/2005/

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