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Metal News for March 17, 2008

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25 news articles posted on this day.

In Flames Posts Making Of "The Mirror's Truth"

In Flames has posted a behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "The Mirror's Truth" video on the band's MySpace page. Check it out at www.myspace.com/inflames. The video was filmed in January at an abandoned factory site in Skellefteå, Sweden with the Swedish company Popcore.

"The MIrror's Truth" is taken off the upcoming In Flames album, "A Sense of Purpose," due out April 1st (April 7th in most of Europe). The follow-up to 2006's "Come Clarity" was recorded at the band's own IF Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden and was mixed by Toby Wright (Metallica, Slayer).

In Flames will be answering your questions on Wednesday, March 19th at 13:00 at Dagens Nyheter web site (Swedish newspaper).

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Dark Tranquillity Changes Russia/Ukraine Tour

There has been a slight change in the dates for Dark Tranquillity's upcoming Russia / Ukraine tour. The updated schedule is as follows:

Apr. 23 St Petersburg - Port
Apr. 24 Moscow - Tochka
Apr. 25 Krasnodar - Premera
Apr. 26 Kiev (Ukraine) - Nau

In other news, Dark Tranquillity have will headline the Dong Open Air festival, which is set to take place in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany on July 18th. The festival features Morgana Lefay, Sabaton, Primordial, and many more. For more information, visit www.dongopenair.de. More...

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Those Who Bring The Torture Signs w/ Pulverised

Pulverised Records has announced the new addition of Swedish Deathgrind merchants THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE into the Pulverised roster. Known for their filthy appetite for Impetigo, Grave, Carcass, they are now back from the slime with their second album entitled "Tank Gasmask Ammo" and an expected summer 2008 release. More details to be announced soon.

In the meantime, you can check out some of Those Who Bring The Torture's material on their MySpace page.

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General Surgery Working On New Album, Festivals

Malpractitioners GENERAL SURGERY have sent out the following update:

"First off, thanks to Raul who set up our very successful mini-tour of Spain last November. Also many thanks to all the bands we played with and all the people who came out to the shows, can’t wait to play in Spain again. Cheers!

"We played at the Grindfest 08 in Portugal recently and it was a complete success. Hope to come back soon and do it again!

"Speaking of shows, we’re confirmed for this years installment of the Party San festival in Bad Berka, Germany. More info at their website.

"In other news, song writing for the next album is progressing steadily. We’ve got about half of the album written and rehearsed, and a few more songs that are still developing. Looking to write even more material during the spring, and hopefully we can hit the studio in the summertime.

"As for now, it’s too early to say how the new album will sound, but so far the new songs leans a bit more towards the classic Swedish DM sound than pure grindcore. Maybe that will change as we progress with more new songs,we’ll just have to wait and see!"

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Gross Misconduct Signs Canadian Distribution Deal

Vancouver-based death/thrash band Gross Misconduct has signed a Canada-wide distribution deal with PHD Canada Distributing.

The deal will see Gross Misconduct's debut album, The Process of Indoctrination, available in major retail outlets across the country, including HMV, A&B Sound, Archambault, CD Plus and Sunrise Records.

"Getting this deal done represents achieving one of our primary goals for our debut album," said Gross Misconduct's vocalist/guitarist David London. "We're looking forward to working with PHD to ensure that people can access our music no matter where they're located in Canada."

The deal culminates what has been an extremely productive 10 months since Gross Misconduct released its debut album in May 2007.

Since that time, the band has shared the stage with Amon Amarth, Martyr, Neuraxis, Thine Eyes Bleed and Infernal Majesty, on top of playing the Vancouver stop of the Vans Warped Tour in July, 2007.

"We are preparing to tour across Canada this summer with some of the biggest names in the Canadian metal scene," adds drummer John Kurucz. "The details are being finalized, but we're pumped to share the stage with some of Canada's best metal bands and play in as many cities as we possibly can."

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Los Angeles Murderfest 2008 Lineup Finalized

The running order for this year's Los Angeles Murderfest has been announced. The event will take place in April at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA. Here's the entire lineup and schedule:

Friday, April 18th

FRONT STAGE
Black Sheep Wall 7:45 - 8:15
The Unborn 8:45 - 9:15
The Funeral Pyre 9:45 - 10:15

MAIN STAGE
Genghis Tron 8:15 - 8:45
Baroness 9:15 - 9:45
The Red Chord 10:15 - 10:45
Converge 11:00 - ??:??

Saturday, April 19th More...

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A Stained Glass Romance, TFTS Tour Dates

A Stained Glass Romance, Ghost Of A Fallen Age, and Tears From The Sky will team up for an April tour. Here are the latest tour dates:

4/8 Manchester, NH @ Rockos
4/9 Providence, RI @ The Jeep Shop
4/10 Richland, NJ @ Memories Lounge
4/11 Baltimore, MD @ St. Christophers
4/12 Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
4/13 Thomasville, NC @ The Soundvent
4/14 Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
4/15 Berea, TN @ Doo Wah Diddy
4/16 Adrian, MI @ La Cafe
4/17 Flint, MI @ Dunamis
4/18 Colombus, OH @ Bernie's Distillery
4/19 Charleroi, PA @ Club Octane
4/20 Stroudsburg, PA @ Penn Monster Factory
4/22 Wheeling, WV @ TBA
4/23 Hernando, MS @ TBA
4/24 Pensacole, FL @ TBA
4/25 Melbourne, FL @ The Melbourne Jaycees
4/26 Homestead, FL @ Life Pointe Church
4/27 Orlando, FL @ TBA
4/28 Columbia, SC @ TBA
4/29 Augusta, GA @ TBA
4/30 Jefferson City, TN @ TBA
5/1 Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe

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Perth Express Calls It Quits

German hardcore group Perth Express has broken up. Here's a statement from the band:

"In case you haven't heard the rumors yet, it is true we will split up. No bad blood at all, it's just that two of us will go abroad for an indefinite time and we we wouldn't feel comfortable with replacing anyone permanently. However there will be one final show in Eisenberg on the 22nd of March. Hope to see you there!"

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Provocation Signs To Mutilated Records

Mutilated Records recently announced the signing of the brutal German death metal band Provocation. Provocation claims influences from bands like Pyaemia, Disavowed, Guttural Secrete, Dying Fetus and more brutal acts. Expect their debut CD and some merchandise in Summer 2008.

In the meantime, you can check out some of they material on their MySpace.

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Liquido Post "Zoomcraft" E-Card Online

Nuclear Blast Records has posted a new E-card in support of LIQUIDO's new "Zoomcraft" album. Access the e-card at this location.

"Zoomcraft" is out via Nuclear Blast now. Complete details, sound samples, tour dates an more within the e-card.

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Loch Vostok Complete New Album

Sweden's LOCH VOSTOK have issued the following update:

"Folks, the new album is done. 9 cheezy songs, 9 cheezy pieces of intricate lyricism."

"Teddy (Möller - Vocals/Guitar) and Fredrik (Klingwall - Keyboards) spent weeks preparing the lyrical content by watching conspiracy theory themed documentaries, true or not, interresting it is, and now we're fucked beyond belief, wearing tin foil hats just in case the government wanna read our thoughts."

"For a little preview of a new song head over to our MySpace!"

"We'll be back in a few weeks announcing the release date and other juicy details!"

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Machine Head Confirm New Tour Dates

MACHINE HEAD have issued the following:

"Three new dates have been confirmed for Moscow on July 2nd, Germany's With Full Force festival on July 4th and Wacken Rocks Seaside Open Air on July 5th!"

"Head on over to the Tours page for details and ticket links."

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TNT Confirm New Tour Date

Norwegian rockers TNT have confirmed a new live date, on March 21st at Norway Rock Cafe in Oppdal.

Upcoming information for TNT:

April
- Some live dates
- Pre-production new album in Spain

May
- Some live dates in China
- Recording at Studio Studio

Stay tuned for updates.

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Unexpect Add More Dates To Nile Tour

Montreal's UNEXPECT, who are currently on the road with NILE, have posted an update online about the tour and new dates added:

"We're currently hitting the second week of the Nile tour and we're having a blast of a time with all the bands involved! The mood is really high, turnouts are excellent, the crowds are awesome and we get to hear great music each night!"

"Here are some details about shows that were added/modified:"

"The show in Albuquerque has been moved to the Compound and a show in Muncy, PA has been added, as well as two new Canadian dates in June."

Dates include:

March
18 - The Compound - Albuquerque, NM
31 - Ritz Theatre - Muncy, PA

June
25 - The Bohemian in Belleville - Belleville, ON
26 - Absinthe - Hamilton, ON More...

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Reznor Says Radiohead Offering Was Insincere

Ars Technica reports: Major musicians are exploring the market potential for directly interacting with their fans and releasing music independently. Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead both made headlines recently for experimenting with Internet-based releases, but NIN frontman Trent Reznor has just called Radiohead's effort "insincere."

"I think the way [Radiohead] parlayed it into a marketing gimmick has certainly been shrewd," Reznor said when speaking to Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Michael Atkin. "But if you look at what they did, though, it was very much a bait and switch to get you to pay for a MySpace-quality stream as a way to promote a very traditional record sale."

Reznor is referring to Radiohead's release of "In Rainbows" as lossy 160kbps (max) MP3 downloads, which many would argue are sub-par when compared to DRM-free offerings from Amazon and iTunes Store (both of which offer 256kbps DRM-free music). Furthermore, Radiohead's album is also no longer offered as a digital download, as the band openly stated that they were still going to rely on traditional labels and distribution channels for the rest of In Rainbows' sales.

"There's nothing wrong with that," Reznor continued, "but I don't see that as a big revolution [that] they're kinda getting credit for." In addition to the quality of Radiohead's MP3s, NIN's frontman also took issue with the band's omission of artwork and altogether not taking care of the fans. "To me that feels insincere. It relies upon the fact that it was quote-unquote 'first,' and it takes the headlines with it."

As previously reported, Nine Inch Nails 36-track instrumental album "Ghosts I-IV" had a total of 781,917 transactions in its first week of release online, which includes free and paid downloads as well as orders for the physical copy, resulting in $1,619,420 USD. The 2,500 copies of the ultra deluxe edition of the album, which sold for $300, sold out in three days.

Read the full article at Ars Technica.

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Sinister Announce Retrospective Album

Sinister and Gorgiastic Records have announce the upcoming release of SINISTER's "The Blood Past" CD featuring a complete collection of all the early, long-time out-of-print band material released during the 1990-1992 period.

This release will include their 2 EP's from 1990, the 1990 and 1991 demos, the split EP with MONASTERY from 1991 plus special bonus tracks. The release will be packed with a comprehensive booklet including all the ep's and demo covers, tons of pics, liner notes, recordings info and more!. Expect a masterful cover artwork by none other than cult underground artist Chris Moyen (INCANTATION, BLASPHEMY, VITAL REMAINS, MORTICIAN, SARCOFAGO, etc) that is sure to capture the true essence of the early band stages and then translate into artwork.

You can download an advance MP3 of the track "Putrefying Remains" here.

As previously reported, Dutch death metallers SINISTER will release their new album, "The Silent Howling", on September 26 via Massacre Records. The album will be recorded in May at Soundlodge Studio in Germany.

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Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza Totals Van

Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza wrecked their van last week while touring in Texas. The group remains on tour but is currently seeking monetary donations. The following statement has been issued:

"After we played Lewisville, TX Thursday night we were involved in an accident with a minivan and it left us without a tour van. We just got the van for this tour and we are still making payments. We left the van in a graveyard in Lewisville and a great friend 'Lina Dykes' from Plano, TX was so kind to tag along with us and let us tour in her van. So the wreck has not stopped us deilvering the charttopping hits. Hahaha. Any donations are much, much appreciated. Please donate through Paypal using ttdtebooking@gmail.com."

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Her Name Is Calla Readies "The Heritage"

The soon-to-be Leeds, UK based 4-piece released their well-received debut single "A Moment of Clarity" on Gizeh back in October 2007 alongside a string of dates with Beggars Banquet new-boys iLiKETRAiNS. The band centers around a core of 4 in Thom Corah, Michael Love, Tom Morris and Adam Weikert but is often expanded for live shows to include David Dhonau(Cello) and Sophie Barnes of The Rosie Taylor Project (Trumpet). This recording features the string section of The Monroe Transfer on "New England."

"The Heritage" is Her Name is Calla’s second release for Gizeh and it is a much darker and harrowing affair. Self-recorded and produced by the band it appears to open up a deeper and more turbulent mind-set. The fury spewed forth throughout the closing stages of live-favourite "New England" - complete with a quite epic string section - pulls this mini-album to its loudest and heaviest moment. There is even room for a hidden-track in "Long Distance Runner," an old song dug from the ground to again see the light of day.

Here is Her Name Is Calla's "The Heritage" tracklisting:

1. Nylon
2. New England
3. Paying For Your Funeral
4. Wren
5. Motherfucker! It’s Alive and It’s Bleeding!
6. Rebirth

The EP will be available in CD and Limited Edition of 20 cassettes on June 9, 2008. This release is now available for pre-order through the Gizeh Online Store.

The lead track from the mini-album "Nylon" is now up on Myspace. More...

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Lion's Share Reveal More New Album Details

Swedish melodic metal masters LION'S SHARE have issued the following update:

"[LION'S SHARE's latest album] 'Emotional Coma' is now out in all planned territories. The release dates got a bit spread out (Europe - June 2007, Asia - November 2007, North America - January 2008, Russia - February 2008, South America - March 2008), but now we will focus 100% on recording the follow-up apart from some live shows we're doing in Europe during May. If everything goes as planned, we will mix the album end of June and release it in October."

"The reactions [to] 'Emotional Coma' were so overwhelming that we feel very confident to continue developing this style and direction on the next album. The sick life of Charles Manson is the foundation of the album lyric wise, but also deals with other happenings from that era. Many revolting and strange things happened in the shadow of the Cold War and the Vietnam War in the late '60s. Music-wise, the new songs are a bit more 'direct' and 'catchy' but still very 'metal.' The new songs are simply awesome and we are absolutely sure this will be our best album to date." More...

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M.A.N Announce More Tour Dates

M.A.N, the group formed out of the ashes of Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE (featuring former MNEMIC frontman Tony Jelencovich), has scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 20 - Ballroom/Henriksberg - Gothenburg, Sweden
Mar. 31 - Debaser - Stockholm, Sweden
Apr. 01 - Logo - Hamburg, Germany
Apr. 02 - Movie - Bielefeld, Germany
Apr. 03 - Gaschessel – Bern, Switzerland
Apr. 26 - Pub Anchor – Stockholm, Sweden
May 23 - Belsepub – Gothenburg, Sweden More...

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Iron Maiden Announces Western Canada Tour Dates

From on stage last night (Sunday, March 16) at a packed Air Canada Centre, Toronto, IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson announced a series of arena shows in Western Canada for their eagerly anticipated "Somewhere Back In Time - World Tour 08". With the tickets for Toronto having sold out months in advance, the band has revealed that it is returning to Canada this summer for further dates in the West in a number of cities it has not played for many years.

"Somewhere Back In Time - World Tour 08" Canada summer tour dates:

June 03 - Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC
June 05 - Saddledome, Calgary, AB
June 06 - Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
June 08 - Brandt Center, Regina, SK
June 09 - MTS Centre, Winnipeg, SK More...

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Draconian Announce Spanish Tour Dates

Swedish doom metal band DRACONIAN has scheduled the following dates in Spain:

April 04 – Barcelona, SPA - Salamandra 1
April 05 - Madrid, SPA - Ritmo y Compás

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Sludge Post New Songs Online For Streaming

SLUDGE, the Swiss extreme metal act featuring SAMAEL guitarist Makro, will make a total of six (out of the nine) tracks from their forthcoming album, "Lava", available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The first three tracks to be made available are "60 mm", "Carnivore" and "Lava", and can be heard on the band's MySpace page. A further three songs will be made available on Sunday, March 30.

SLUDGE will release "Lava" in April/May via Mighty Music.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. 60 MM
02. Idi Na Hui
03. Lava
04. Carnivore
05. Below (Litanies Of Satan)
06. Monolith
07. Machine
08. Inquisition
09. The End More...

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Chaos Divine Part Ways With Drummer

Drummer Chris Mitchell will play his last gig with Australian metallers CHAOS DIVINE on March 28 at The Railway Hotel, North Fremantle, Australia. According to the band, "It's a sad departure and he will be sorely missed, but unfortunately he could not continue with the job."

"It's been an amazing two years with the man, both in terms of his drumming abilities and in terms of the incredible gigs that we have played."

"We wish ya all the best for the future and we fucking hope to see you on stage again in the not-too-distant future."

"Here's to one of the most underrated drummers going around!" More...

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Obsidian Announce Dutch Tour Dates

Dutch death/thrash metal act OBSIDIAN has scheduled the following dates:

March 30 - Cave - Amsterdam, NETH
April 11 - The Little Devil - Tilburg, NETH

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