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Metal News for March 16, 2008

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26 news articles posted on this day.

Helheim Post New Song Online For Download

Norwegian black/viking metal band HELHEIM have issued the following update:

"The release date for Helheim's upcoming album, Kasokult, has changed release date for Norway - the album will now be April 21st everywhere."

"To remedy this, we will release more free previews than earlier intended. We start with giving you a good start of the week with the Kaoskult version of 'Northern Forces' (click here to download)."

Some other new song titles on Kaoskult include: 'Det Norrøne Alter', 'Element', 'Altered Through Ages, Constant In Time', 'Symboler Bakover Og Framover'. More...

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Obituary Announce Opening Acts For US Tour

OBITUARY, DYING FETUS, ORIGIN and THY WILL BE DONE will team up for a U.S. tour in May. Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 09 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
May 10 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
May 11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Steppin Out
May 12 - New York, NY @ BB Kings
May 13 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
May 14 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
May 16 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 17 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
May 18 - Stroudsburg, PA @ Penn Monster Factory
May 19 - Huntington, WV @ Monkey Bar
May 20 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
May 21 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 22 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
May 23 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

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Marc Rizzo Interviewed By Crusher Magazine

Ryan Ogle recently conducted an extensive interview with Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy guitarist Marc Rizzo for CrusherMagazine.com. They cover Rizzo's solo project, flammenco influences, Soulfly, and The Cavalera Conspiracy. Here's an excerpt from the interview:

Ryan Ogle: You’re also part of what is arguably one the most anticipated metal band ever, Cavalera Conspiracy.

Marc Rizzo: That’s another great project. That’s a funny story too; I was on tour with Flaw and had to jump off the tour early and fly out to LA from Michigan because we were starting the record. It was just kind of a last minute thing. To be in the studio with Max and Igor…Damn, it was like a dream come true for me. It was so weird, because I was such a huge fan of Sepultura and grew up listening to them and playing their songs in cover bands. To be in the studio with Igor and Max and to be a part of the writing process; it was unbelievable. It definitely sounds like old Sepultura – Arise, Chaos A.D – but it’s got its own vibe to it. It’s hard to say. When you hear it, you’re gonna say "Okay, this is Igor and Max." But it has its own vibe too.

Read the full article at Crushermagazine.com.

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Goliath Release New Album, Planning Tour

Indiana horror-rockers Goliath recently released their new self-titled album "Goliath." The CD is already available at major online retail outlets and is slowly bleeding into the stores across the world via Rockstar Records/Super D Distribution. Goliath videos have been topping the MySpace video charts staying in the top 4 slots and receiving 20 to 50 thousand hits a day in the first week the space was created.

Goliath plan a fall tour after the CD is fully released to radio and all media.

You can check out some of Goliath's songs on their MySpace page.

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Believer Issue Studio Update On New Album

Guitarist/vocalist Kurt Bachman of the reactivated late '80s/early '90s technical-thrash metal band BELIEVER has posted the following message on the group's MySpace page:

"I'm happy to report that the work [on the new BELIEVER album] is flowing nicely. We really can't wait to start mixing, but we have some finishing musical touches to put down first. The plan is to start vocals very soon and hopefully crush through those. We need to put some minor guitar parts in also and some other 'interesting' things. Very few have heard the songs, but we've been getting amazing positive feedback from those who have-both longtime BELIEVER fans and some who have only heard bits and pieces from our past. Thanks again to all of you who have been keeping the buzz alive by posting the vids and tunes on your MySpace and web pages and introducing others to our stuff!"

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Wolf Post Cover of Mercyful Fate Classic Online

Swedish metallers WOLF have issued the following update:

"As many of you know, and many of you DON'T know, WOLF did a cover of MERCYFUL FATE's 'A Dangerous Meeting' on the 2002 release 'Black Wings'. We thought we'd share that with those off you that missed out, so we 'gave' the song to the WOLF UK MySpace site. We're fans of metal, good metal that is, and there's no doubt about the impact MERCYFUL FATE have had on WOLF, so we did a cover of 'em to show our appreciation. Getting the (devilish) blessing from several MERCYFUL FATE members for that version made us believe in metal even more!"

Check out the song at their Myspace page.

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King Crimson Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Progressive rock legends KING CRIMSON have announced the following U.S. tour dates for August:

August 6 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
August 7 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
August 8 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
August 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
August 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
August 14 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
August 15 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
August 16 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre

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Afgrund Release US Tour Dates

Seattle’s SKARP and Sweden’s AFGRUND will team up for the following tour dates:

May 17 - Madison, WI @ Nottingham Co-op
May 18 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward Art Collective
May 19 - Chicago, IL @ T.B.A.
May 20 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ 1624 N. Harrison St.
May 21 - Columbus, OH @ T.B.A.
May 22 - Baltimore, MD @ 1235 Burgundy St.

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Vital Remains Release More Tour Dates

VITAL REMAINS have announced the following dates for the second leg of their U.S. tour:

May 16 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
May 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Jigsaw
May 18 - Louisville, KY @ Mayhem In May Fest
May 21 - Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club
May 22 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
May 24 - Mission, TX @ Smoking Aces
May 25 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
May 26 - New Orleans, LA @ The Bar
May 27 - Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
May 28 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
May 29 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
June 1 - Sparatanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
June 3 - Huntington, WV @ Monkey Bar
June 5 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11

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Stream Blacklisted's Entire New Album Online

You can stream BLACKLISTED’s upcoming new album, "Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God," in its entirety online over at their official MySpace page. The album is set to be relased on April 1st via Deathwish Inc.

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Sun Descends To Release New Album In April

New York City thrashers SUN DESCENDS, who feature in their ranks former EXUMER vocalist Mem von Stein, will release their new album, "The Entropy Formula," in April via Khaosmaster Productions (Puerto Rico). The artwork will feature an illustration by Sean Taggart.

The first song from "The Entropy Formula" is available for streaming on SUN DESCENDS' MySpace page. The six-minute track "3 Corners of Hell" is the group's first new material to surface in the two years since the band's first full-length release in early 2006.

Commented Mem von Stein: "The music on SUN DESCENDS' new album is as relevant as the music on 'Possessed by Fire', which I recorded with EXUMER back in 1986. Let's just hope that the thrash frenzy of today won't be exploited as it was in the '80s, causing thrash metal to come to a creative full-stop. Otherwise I am amazed at the comeback thrash metal has made and I am very hopeful that the new SUN DESCENDS album will be received positively." More...

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Nevermore To Release "Voyager" DVD In The Fall

Seattle metallers NEVERMORE have set "The Year Of The Voyager" as the title of their upcoming DVD, due this fall via Century Media Records. The disc will contain footage of the band's October 11, 2006 concert at the Zeche club in Bochum, Germany.

Check out pictures from the DVD shoot at Metal-Experience.com.

The concert, which was originally slated to take place September 12, 2006 but had to be rescheduled after NEVERMORE vocalist Warrel Dane came down with an infection, featured the following setlist:

01. Final Product
02. My Acid Words
03. What Tomorrow Knows/Garden of Grey
04. Next In Line
05. Enemies of Reality
06. I, Voyager
07. The River Dragon Has Come
08. I Am The Dog
09. Dreaming Neon Black
10. Noumenon
11. Inside Four Walls
12. Politics of Ecstasy
13. Dead Heart In A Dead World
14. Matricide
15. The Learning
16. Sentient 6
17. Narcosynthesis
18. The Heart Collector
19. Born
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20. This Godless Endeavor More...

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Gaia Epicus Reveal "Damnation" Artwork

Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have revealed the cover artwork (by J.P Fournier) for their fourth album, "Damnation", tentatively due this summer. The CD features guest appearances by Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN, ex-HELLOWEEN) and Andreas Olsson (NARNIA, ROB ROCK, STORMWIND).

"Damnation" projected track listing:

01. Damnation
02. Masters of the Sea
03. Firestorm
04. The Wizard's Return (instrumental)
05. You are a Liar!
06. Cyborgs from Hell
07. The Saviour (Will Come)
08. A Hero in All
09. Salvation is Here

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Watch Dead To Fall Live Performances Online

Minneapolis’ DEAD TO FALL have recently put up some live concert footage performing their tracks "Chum Fiesta" and "The Eternal Gates Of Hell" from their show in 2007 at Northern Lights in Albany, NY. You can view the band’s live videos at The Underground Video Television website.

Formed in 1999, DEAD TO FALL draws influences from Swedish metal, hardcore, death metal, and other genres, but is usually labeled a metalcore band. The band's first two albums have reached combined sales of 60,000 copies in the U.S. alone (according to publicity material released through Victory Records).

DEAD TO FALL's fourth album, "Are You Serious?," was released on February 19 via Victory Records.

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Nervecell's "Preaching Venom" Release Date Set

Dubai-based death/thrash metal act NERVECELL will release their highly anticipated new album "Preaching Venom" on April 1st, 2008 via Music Master in the Middle East and North Africa region.

"Preaching Venom" features PSYCROPTIC's David Haley (also of THE AMENTA, RUINS) on drums. Mixed at Hertz Studio (VADER, DECAPITATED, HATE) in Poland by Wieslawscy Bros. and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (SEPULTURA, SUFFOCATION, UNEARTH) in New Windsor, New York.

The CD artwork was created by Dennis Sibeijn (ABORTED, ALL SHALL PERISH, JOB FOR A COWBOY). You can check out the cover art here or embedded below.

NERVECELL uploaded 2 new songs from "Preaching Venom" entitled "Flesh & Memories" and "Vicious Circle of Bloodshed" on their MySpace page.

You can also watch studio footage for the making of "Preaching Venom" here.

Here is the "Preaching Venom" track listing: More...

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Atreyu To Release Games, Trailer For Re-Release

To celebrate the April 22nd release of "Lead Sails Paper Anchor 2.0" CDVU, Atreyu have launched their new “Falling Down” video game. Fans can play the new game at UGOplayer.com. The exciting new game consists of five mini-games, one for each of the guys in the band. Alex’s game slaughters “cute stuff” and leaves a bloody trail of teddy bear parts behind, Brandon takes a trip into hell in search of some ice cream, Dan tests your fast finger work, Marc goes “ghostbusting” with his bass and Travis grills up a remake of the arcade classic, Burger Time. The jam-packed game follows up the popular “Becoming The Bull” interactive game launched last fall.

"Lead Sails Paper Anchor 2.0" CDVU comes packed with new video profiles of the band, behind the scenes footage from the road, tons of never before seen photos, a digital booklet, and three new studio songs. You can check out the teaser for the album and its new content here.

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Reduced To Ash Posts New Demo Online

Upcoming Southern California melodic death metal band, Reduced To Ash, has released a five song demo via the Band's Myspace. Drummer Robert Dydo says,"These tracks encompass what we are about. It has fast brutal tracks as well as the slower melodic ones. The new song we brew up for the full length just get faster, sicker and more melodic. We're really excited to show the rest of the world what we got."

The band plans to hit Secondfloor recording Studios,located in fountain valley california, sometime around may and june to record their "yet to be titled" full length album. It is going to be engineered by Dave Willia and Self produced. The album has a scheduled release date of July 1st.

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Hold True Recordings Sends Update On Food Drive

Hold True Recordings has sent in the following post-drive update about the recent food drive they were involved with:

"Hold True Recordings (Bolton, MA) and 91.5fm WUML (Lowell, MA) held a very successful 'on-air' food drive featuring live performances by Beautiful Gorgeous, Dour Cursiva and Acariya. The event brought in a healthy amount of non-perishable caned food and toiletries for the Operation: Military Kids Emergency Food Program, which is housed at the Quinsigamond Village Community Center, in Worcester Ma. Dave Johnson, the director of the QVCC has informed HTR that the food program has taken some major hits over the past few months. Local stores and grocery chains have been opting to sell their dented and dinged caned food to Ocean State Job Lot rather than donate it as they had in the past. This of course means trouble for the families of deployed veterans, whose household income is disrupted from long deployments and re-deployments overseas, who now must depend on the programs 'on demand' food rations. With the projected price of food to increase beyond the rate of inflation from 2008-2010 HTR and WUML's efforts could not be more desperately needed."

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Agnostic Front Announce European Tour Dates

Agnostic Front will travel to Europe next month for a four-week tour. Here are those European tour dates:

10/04 Dordrecht, Netherlands @ Biebelot
11/04 Plymouth, Great Britain @ White Rabbit
12/04 Bolton, Great Britain @ City Invasion @ Soundhouse
13/04 London, Great Britain @ City Invasion @ Islingtom Academy
15/04 Istanbul, Turkey @ Studio Live
16/04 Sofia, Bulgaria @ Black Box
17/04 Belgrad, Serbia @ SKC
18/04 Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Orto Festival

dates w/ Do Or Die
19/04 Bruckneudorf, Austria @ Erbse
21/04 München, Germany @ Werk
21/04 Lindau, Germany @ Club Vauderville
22/04 Schweinfurt, Germany @ Alter Stadtbahnof
23/04 Prague, Czech Republic @ Abaton
24/04 Nitra, Slovakia @ Stara Pekaren
25/04 Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic @ Mir
26/04 Magdeburg, Germany @ Froxi Arena
27/04 Warszawa, Poland @ Proxima
28/04 Gdynia, Poland @ Ucho
29/04 Cottbus, Germany @ Gladhouse
30/04 Hameln, Germany @ Regenbogen
01/05 Yesselsteyn, Netherlands @ Jera On Air
02/05 Berlin, Germany @ SO 36
03/05 Aarlon, Belgium @ Nuits De L'Entrepôt
05/05 Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia
06/05 Paris, France @ La Loco
07/05 Cognac, France @ Les Abatoirs
08/05 Saint Nazaire, France @ VIP
09/05 Bochum, Germany @ Zwischenfall
10/05 Meerhout, Belgium @ Groezrock Festival
11/05 Passauer, Germany @ Passauer Pfingst Open Air

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-Itis Covers Motorhead's "Ace of Spades"

Colorado-based stoner metal band -Itis have posted their version of Ace of Spades by Motorhead which they have been closing their show with every night on their US tour. You can download or listen to the cover song here.

-Itis is currently out on tour promoting their first national release titled "Exit 420" on Hat Light Records. They are managed by former 24-7 Spyz/Shockhead/Crown 10 drummer Joel Maitoza who also managed Brick Bath on Crash Music.

For more information on the band, visit itisrocks.com as well as their MySpace page.

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August Burns Red Guitarist Injures Foot

August Burns Red guitarist JB Brubaker is currently hobbled with foot injury that may be a fracture. Brubaker explains:

"During Every Time I Die's last song at the House of Blues in Dallas, I went to do a 'sweet' stage dive but ended up jumping too far into the crowd, landing in the pit and coming down very hard on my right heel. I haven't been able to walk on it since and I've been hobbeling around on crutches for the time being. Unfortunately, my busted heel keeps me from running around and rocking out like I would like to when we play. I am getting x-rays on Monday and I will find out if it's officially fractured or not.

I wanted to thank everyone for putting up with me and my gimp foot for the past week and for having a good time during our set. I also want to apologize for not being able to go off 100% for you and I promise I'm doing what I can to get this foot of mine back in working order as soon as possible."

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Shai Hulud Set To Release New Album

Shai Hulud are finally back with their new album (and Metal Blade Records debut) "Misanthropy Pure." Recorded at Silver Bullet Media in Connecticut and mixed by Eric Rachel at Trax East, "Misanthropy Pure," the band's first offering in over five years, Shai Hulud kicks it old school, according to founding member Matt Fox. "It's faster, slower, more metal, less metal, more rock, more progressive, and less progressive than anything we've ever done."

Musically, the album combines hardcore, thrash, punk and metal, and siphons influence from diverse sources, ranging from Metallica to Burn to Testament to Dead Kennedy's to Circle Jerks. "We were influenced by Youth of Today and Testament from day one," Fox says proudly of the days before the term "metalcore" even existed. He admits they up the ante, refusing to adhere to trends or to cash in on some musical renaissance. "It's like that movie Deep Blue Sea," Fox says. "The tagline on the DVD box is 'Bigger. Faster. Smarter. Meaner.' That's how this record is. Is it the best thing we've ever done? I don't know. We'll leave that to those who listen."

"Misanthropy Pure" was written and recorded by Matt Fox (guitars), Matt Fletcher (bass), Matt Mazzali (vocals), and Andrew Gormley (drums).

Here is the track listing for "Misanthropy Pure": More...

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David Ellefson Comments On Dimebag Tribute

As previously reported, SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner, current F5/former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, ex-JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH and current Beyond Fear/Yngwie Malmsteen singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and DAITRIBE guitarist Tristan "1690" Grigsby have joined forces to record a song for the upcoming tribute album to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Entitled "Leave It Alone", the track features solos by special guests Nick Bowcott (ex-GRIM REAPER) and fan Brian Cashmore. It was recorded and mixed in Chicago at Farview Recording by Jason Walsh, with additional tracks recorded at Saltmine studios in Phoenix, Arizona and Galahad Studios in Cleveland Ohio.

David Ellefson states "Ironically, it led to a really cool metal jam we did for Rockhouse at WNAMM this past year, a gig which brought in our friend "Ripper" to really tear it up on vox. "Leave It Alone" is not only a cool song but it was also the beginning of a great working relationship with me and Jason Bittner doing clinics, jams, and so forth.

"Leave It Alone" will be released to radio in April and will be made available for download exclusively via iTunes. All proceeds from the song will go to the Little Kids Rock school program.

An audio sample of the track is available at this location.

Little Kids Rock believes that all children in our public schools deserve music education as music education is a transforming force in children's lives. Dimebag had the same philosophy with always sharing his passion and love of music to the world inspiring kids to pick up a guitar.

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Gruesome Stuff Relish Post New Song Online

You can check out a new song from Spain’s GRUESOME STUFF RELISH entitled “The Dead Will Walk The Earth” online here. The track comes off the band’s recently released new album for Razorback Records, Horror Rises From The Tomb, and features guest vocals from IMPETIGO’s Stevo.

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Pain Of Salvation's Frontman Checks In

Vocalist Daniel Gildenlöw of Sweden's PAIN OF SALVATION has issued the following update:

"We are putting together a nice DVD for you, with some nice bonus material for those who crave it. Problem right now is we haven't decided on the title yet, but we have a bunch of good ones to choose from. 'Sub Par', 'Briefly Described', 'Insert Random Word-Joke Containing the Word 'LIVE', 'Not A Concept' and 'Want Your Name Here?' are just a few of them. We'll see what comes down when we have shaken it long enough."

"Most of you know that Léo Margarit from France is the new drummer of the band. We are rehearsing new material now and learning to know each other musically as well as personally — and he is also in the process of moving to Sweden." More...

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Nikki Sixx Gives Update On New Motley Crue Album

Motley Crue Bassist Nikki Sixx has issued the following blog:

"I fucking love this new MÖTLEY CRÜE album. Tommy's kickin' ass, Vince sounds insane and Mars is shredding on guitars. It doesn't feel like one song is better or worse than any other. It feels so good to be excited about something you've worked on so hard... I'm so excited for you all to hear it."

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