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Metal News for March 17, 2005

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Cancer To Enter Studio This Weekend

Reformed U.K. death metallers CANCER will enter Philia studios in Henley on Thames, England on March 20 to begin recording their new album, entitled "Spirit In Flames". The group's first full-length studio album (fifth overall) since "Black Faith" in 1995 is tentatively scheduled for a June release via Copro Records.

According to a posting on the group's web site, "Spirit In Flames" will be "a very heavy album, and the darkest they have done thus far." Commented drummer Carl Stokes: "We are looking forward to making people's trousers flap."

A launch party for the CD will take place at the London Deathfest on June 18, with a full European tour to follow.

CANCER released an EP, "Corporation$", last May through Copro. Included on the effort was the group's cover version of the CELTIC FROST classic "Dethroned Emperor".

CANCER's current lineup includes Stokes, vocalist/guitarist John Walker, bassist Adam Richardson, and guitarist Dave Leitch (PULVERISED). Leitch replaced Rob Engvikson last summer after Rob left the group to focus on his long-running ASATRU project (which has since been renamed DANELAW).

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Saxon Postpone US Tour Until November

British heavy metal legends SAXON have postponed their previously announced May U.S. tour until November 2005. No reason was given for the postponement.

SAXON recently postponed their previously announced March European tour as a result of the band's frontman Biff Byford suffering a major loss when his house in the Normandie area of France burned down. According to a statement from the band's management, Biff, his wife and their children got out of the house at the very last minute and nobody was hurt. The European tour dates have since been rescheduled for September/October.

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Blood Retch Singer's Suicide Stuns Fans, Family

Gareth Bonetto, who goes by the stage name of Eddie Richards, was found hanged at home in Nantgarw on Monday, March 14. Police are investigating his death as a suspected suicide but have confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances.

Bonetto was the singer-songwriter of BLOOD RETCH (web site). The band had built up a steady following over the last three years and were discussing a tour of the United States and a recording contract.

The band's lead guitarist Lee Jones said the he "was an amazing singer and songwriter who had so much energy and zest for life that we can't believe he's gone."

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Desole Sign With Abacus Recordings

Phoenix, AZ-based DESOLE have inked a deal with Abacus Recordings. A six-piece who are said to "utilize three guitars to create brilliant riffs that while infectiously catchy also provide depth and layers of melodies," self-released an EP, "Melodies In Transit", in September 2004, recorded by Corry Spotts (THE FORMAT, GREELEY ESTATES), which sold completely out after just three months. Having already shared the stage with acts such as SILVERSTEIN, SAOSIN, A STATIC LULLABY and more, DESOLE is preparing to hit the road everywhere, including a stop at this year's Cornerstone Festival, to push their new brand of rock to as many people as possible.

You can download three tracks from their recent EP at their PureVolume.com site.

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Extol To Tour UK With God Forbid

Extol will be touring the UK with God Forbid from March 19th through the 26th. The tour will be promoting their new album The Blueprint Dives.

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Ozzy Osbourne Re-Signs With Epic Records

Billboard reports that Ozzy Osbourne has re-signed with Epic Records and is working on material for his next studio release. "Ozzy's writing now, and there'll be something out at the beginning of next year," his wife/manager Sharon revealed. As previously reported, the label will on Tuesday (March 22) release the four-disc Osbourne boxed set, 'Prince of Darkness'.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Watch Kamelot's 'The Haunting' Video Online

Kamelot's video for the track 'The Haunting' has been posted online at the band's official website. You can watch it online here.

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Walk The Line Sign With Round Two Records

Syracuse hardcore band Walk The Line have now signed with Round Two Records. The band will record a full-length in April which will consist of 10-12 songs. Look for the album to hit streets in May.

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Evergrey, Mastodon On Gods Of Metal 2005 Fest

Gods Of Metal 2005 is scheduled for June 11th - 12th at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.

According to all-about-chaos.net, the latest acts confirmed for the festival are EVERGREY and MASTODON. Acts confirmed for the festival now include:

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Turbonegro to Release New Album

Norway`s Turbonegro will release their new album, Party Animals, throughout Europe on May 9. Party Animals is the follow-up to 2003`s Scandinavian Leather, and is produced by Steve McDonald, known for his work with The White Stripes, Beck, and Redd Cross.

"We`ve got 11 hits, all of them beautifully negative switchblade serenades," says guitarist Euroboy.

Bassist Happy Tom says, "It`s like the best bits of The Rolling Stones mixed with the best bits of Black Flag, but composed by Shostakovich, Stalin`s in-house composer."

Songs to appear on the album include "City of Satan," "Wasted Again," and "Blow Me (Like the Wind)."

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Heathen Releases New Song Online

A two-minute rough sample of a brand new Heathen track with "scratch" vocals has been posted online at this location (.WMA file, 2.5 MB).

The as-yet-untitled cut comes from the reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers' new three-song demo, the recordings for which commenced this past January.

The band, who are currently unsigned, released their latest CD, "Recovered", independently last spring. The effort featured covers of songs from Queen, Thin Lizzy, Tygers of Pan Tang and Sweet Savage, as well as an original track, "In Memory of…" (written and dedicated to former band member Randy Laird and White's brother Jeffrey).

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Inked In Blood Sign To Facedown Records

Oregon's Inked In Blood have officially signed with Facedown Records. The group has previously released material with Facedown imprint, Strike First Records, and will release their debut full-length this fall. The album will be recorded this summer at an undisclosed studio. In the meantime, you can hear one of their new songs via their ecard here.

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Curse Your Name Revamp Linup For Tour

MTV's reality show Battle For Ozzfest runner's up CURSE YOUR NAME (formerly CYNDER) have re-enlisted founding member JJ Moore on lead guitar, and brought former HEARTSCARVED drummer Mike Lawrence on board as their keyboardist and backing vox. CYN embarks on the nationwide 29-day Battle For Ozzfest Tour 2005, beginning on Saturday, March 26, at Avalon in Los Angeles, and ending in Richmond, VA on April 23.

The Battle For Ozzfest Tour featuring A DOZEN FURIES, Curse Your Name and MANNTIS will play the following tour dates: More...

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Beatallica: Lars Went Out of His Way To Help

Michael Tierney of METALLICA/BEATLES cover band BEATALLICA spoke to MTV.com about receiving help from METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich in their dispute with the Sony Corporation over BEATALLICA's "unlawful use" of the group's compositions "without authorization or license."

"Both of us want this to officially be over," Tierney told MTV.com. "Our legal team, with the help of Lars and his lawyers, have been in contact with the Sony folks and we're in the process of making sure everything's square."

Tierney, 35, an occupational therapist by day, said he was pleasantly surprised when Ulrich called him a few weeks ago. "METALLICA have been following what we've been up to for the past year and they've talked about us in a few magazine interviews and I got word three weeks ago that Lars wanted to contact us to talk," said Tierney. "He called me at home and we had several conversations about it and he said what he'd be willing to do for moral support and also as far as being more active in the situation. What really impressed me was that he was calling from his vacation with his family in Colorado. Nobody of his stature needs to take time out from their vacation to do that."

"The Internet is a swamp of piracy, so you send out cease-and-desist letters all the time," METALLICA lawyer Peter Paterno said. "Someone at Sony probably saw this site and sent out a letter and once they realized what was on it they decided it was not something worth picking a fight over. They got that this is different from someone selling BEATLES CDs and not paying royalties."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Team Sleep To Finally Release Album In May

Team Sleep will finally have their self-titled, debut album released on May 10. The record, featuring Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, has been delayed on several occasions.

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