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Metal News for March 18, 2005

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22 news articles posted on this day.

Place Of Skulls To Play Doom Shall Rise Festival

Their retirement short-lived, Place of Skulls have announced that they will be playing this year’s Doom Shall Rise Festival on April 16, 2005 in Göppingen, Germany . They will be touring with Pale Divine and Rising Dust.

The line-up for this tour will be Victor Griffin, Dennis Cornelius, and Tim Tomaselli.

For additional Place of Skulls tour dates, please see their website.

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The Mighty Nimbus Announce New Vocalist

The Mighty Nimbus have named Al "The Yeti" Petrovic of Canada`s Mister Bones as their new singer. He is replacing Dan Soren (ex-Sixty Watt Shaman), who left the band last year due to personal issues.

The Mighty Nimbus are planning on recording their second album this July, as well as releasing a five song EP, consisting of live tracks and covers, in December.

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Isis Tour Update

Boston based doomsters ISIS have posted the following update:

We hit the road on Friday, March 11, for a short string of US dates, and we hope you can make it out to a show or two. These will be our LAST shows in the US for some time, so if you wanna catch us live and you live any where near any of the upcoming dates, now is the time. In addition to being our last US shows for some time, we will also mention that we are playing some older material on this tour... not Red Sea or Mosquito Control old, but at least a few tracks from both Celestial and Oceanic, so if you`ve been missing the "old" us once again, now is the time.

After this brief tour, ISIS will be embarking on an European tour with JESU. For a complete list of live dates, visit the band's official website.

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YOB Hit The Studio

YOB enter the Dogwood Studio today, Friday, March 18, 2005, to begin work on their fourth album, The Unreal Never Lived. The follow up to 2004’s The Illusion of Motion has the following tracklist:

Quantum Mystic
Grasping Air
The Mental Tyrant

The album is due out in late summer/early fall on Metal Blade Records, with artwork by Aaron Edge (Grievous). The band will be previewing some of these songs live.

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Testament Announce Reunion Tour Dates

Testament have announced upcoming reunion tour dates that will see the band venture on a 10-date trek of Europe in May. The tour will feature vocalist Chuck Billy, founding guitarist Eric Peterson, original guitar player Alex Skolnick and original bassist Greg Christian (Havochate). As for the drum-kit spot, it will be either previous Testament drummer Johnny Tempesta (Helmet, ex-Rob Zombie) or original drummer Louie Clemente.

Here are the confirmed dates:

May 06 Eindhoven, NETH - De Effenaar
May 07 Hellendorn, NETH - Dynamo
May 08 London, UK - Koko
May 09 Paris, FRA - La Locomotive
May 10 Esch, LUX - Alsette
May 11 Milan, ITA - Rolling Stone
May 12 Innsbrook, AUT - Hafen
May 13 Lichtenfels, GER - Stadthalle
May 14 Dieburg, GER - Live Arena
May 15 Gavere, BEL - Racing

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Sirenia Sign With Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast has announced the signing of Sirenia.

Having been a staple in the gothic/metal/rock scene for years, the Norwegian band founded in early 2001 by former Tristania mastermind Marten Veland have released two successful albums to date ("At Sixes and Sevens" and "An Elixir for Existence") and recently toured Europe with Tiamat, Pain and Theatre of Tragedy.

Sirenia guitarist Morten Veland comments: "Sirenia are proud to have teamed up with Nuclear Blast. Together we will keep up the flame, and bring out the best music we could possibly offer for many years to come!"

Currently, the three main members of Sirenia - Morten Veland (guitars, growls), Henriette Bordvik (voices) and Jonathan Perez (drums, percussion) - are working on new material for their debüt on Nuclear Blast, as they write on their website:

The last couple of months have been spent on creating new songs alongside our touring-activity. We have tons of ideas to pick from and will most likely spend the next few months on perfecting the best of this material. All the songs are meant for our next full-lenght album that most likely will be out in the beginning of next year.


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Gotthard Finish Shooting Video For "Lift 'U' Up"

The new Gotthard video for the first single, "Lift 'U' Up," is finished and will be aired in April on European TV-Music-Stations. First pictures of the video-shooting are online on the official Gotthard website and more pictures will be added within the next days.

Go here to listen to a sound-teaser of "Lift 'U' Up."

Gotthard have also announced their first live dates of 2005:

Jun. 03 I-Tradate/Milano, Iron Fest
Jun. 04 CH-Basel, St. Jakobshalle
Jul. 02 D-Frankfurt, Sound Of Frankfurt
Jul. 03 D-München, Tollwood Festival
Jul. 22 D-Tuttlingen, Honberg Sommer
Aug. 12 D-Geiselwind, Bike Weekend
Aug. 13 CH-Laax, Fat Tire
Aug. 20 CH-Port/Biel, 777 Jahrfeier
Aug. 21 CH-Tufertschwil, Open Air
Sept. 20 D-Emden, Nordseehalle

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Machine Head Seeking Fans To Design Tour Flyer

Machine Head is heading off on a North American tour coming this May with DevilDriver, The Haunted and It Dies Today.

Tour name: States Turn Blue To Gray Tour.
Tour art: TBD...and this is where YOU come in.

Machine Head is looking for YOU to design the tour flyer for the States Turn Blue To Gray Tour, and in turn win one of the biggest grand prize packages they have ever had the pleasure of offering is up for grabs!

All submissions are required to use the provided official hi-res band logos found here, have a resolution of 300 DPI and a printed size of 8.5" x 11". Clarity is key, so make sure not to overcomplicate your design! When finished, send your submission via e-mail to flyercontest@machinehead1.com, and make sure you get it in by April 2nd. Any submissions received after April 2nd will not be considered.

Grand Prize: The entire Machine Head CD discography, autographed by the band assorted Machine Head knick-knacks (posters, stickers, etc.) Devildriver's self-titled debut CD, autographed by the band The entire Haunted CD discography, autographed by the band the entire It Dies Today CD discography, autographed by the band a $50 gift certificate to Hot Topic a one-year subscription to Decibel Magazine and All Access admission to the States Turn Blue To Gray stop closest to your hometown!

2nd Place: A copy of Machine Head's "Through the Ashes of Empires", a copy of Devildriver's self-titled debut, a copy of The Haunted's "rEVOLVEr" and a copy of It Dies Today's "Caitiff Choir".

3rd Place: A copy of Machine Head's "Through the Ashes of Empires".

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New Wednesday 13 Video Posted Online

Wednesday 13 video for "I Walked With A Zombie" has been posted online. Just follow the links:

QuickTime: high (30.3 MB) | med (13.3 MB) | low (7.12 MB)
Windows Media Video high | med | low

You can also check out the video and more tracks from the upcoming "Transylvania 90210" release online via the ecard.

"Transylvania 90210" in stores Wednesday the 13th of April.

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New Shadows Fall Video To Debut On MTV2

Shadows Fall's new video for "Inspiration On Demand," shot by acclaimed director Zach Merck (12 Stones, Atreyu), will make its MTV2 debut on Headbangers Ball debut this Saturday, March 19th.

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Deneb Finish Recording Album, Post MP3s

DENEB, a band from Poland which plays a mixture of the black and death metal has just recorded their premiere album entitled "A Path Without Destination". You can download three compositions in mp3 format from their website. The cost of the (self-released CDR) album is 5€ (euro) for Europe and 5$ for the rest of the world (p&p included). The band is still looking for a Record Label that would be interested in releasing this material.

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Hurry Up And Kill Yourself Loses Drummer

Orange County, CA band Hurry Up And Kill Yourself drummer Evan Sinclair has quit the band. According to Sinclair, "I will spare you all the details as to why I am leaving, except that it is entirely professional and my decision. Besides that all, thanks for listening and making this band a fun experience for me. I wouldn't have wanted the outcome of our music to turn out any other way."

The band will seemingly be looking for a replacement. For more information, send an email to jheston@uci.edu.

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Dimmu, Evergrey Confirmed For Gates Of Metal

Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed for Gates of Metal. The Norwegian band will play the big stage at this years festival. Sweden's Evergrey is also confirmed. Gates of Metal is held in Hultsfred, Sweden between the fifth and sixth of August.

5000 tickets has been released, and foreign visitors can make their ticket reservation at the official festival website. The website is available in English.

For more information visit http://www.gatesofmetal.se.

Confirmed artists:
Children of Bodom
Grave Digger
Amon Amarth
Dream Evil
Nocturnal Rites
God Among Insects

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Mnemic To Be Featured On Danish Soundtrack

Danish modern thrash metallers Mnemic have been confirmed as the only metal band on the Danish original motion picture soundtrack "NordKraft". Other featured acts are the Raveonettes, Gasolin and Viva Vertigo. For more information, visit www.nordkraftfilmen.dk.

Mnemic have just played at Japan's Independence-D Festival in Tokyo. Watch out for a report in the next installement of the revamped Nuclear Blast magazine/mailorder catalogue, which can be ordered for free at this location.

Mnemic's North American tour with Soilwork and Hypocrisy is scheduled to kick off April 5 in Buffalo, NY. Click here for a list of tour dates.

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Nightwish Singer Goes Gold

Nightwish frontwoman Tarja Turunen was recently presented with a gold record for her first solo single, "Yhden Enkelin Unelma" ("One Angel's Dream"), which has shifted more than 5,000 copies in her native Finland (gold certification for albums is 15,000 copies). The single, which was released last December, entered the Finnish single chart at position No. 2 and ended up moving into the No. 1 slot later in the month. View a photo of Turunen with the award at this location.

In the wake of the tremendous success of her Christmas solo single in Finland, Turunen has agreed to embark on a Christmas concert tour in December 2005. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Dec. 01 - Savonlinna-Sali - Savonlinna, FIN
Dec. 03 - Kuusaa-Sali - Kuusankoski, FIN
Dec. 09 – Passionskirche - Berlin, GER
Dec. 15 – TBC - Romania

In other news, Tarja will be contributing lead and backing vocals in April to brother Timo Turunen's debut album, according to a posting on her official web site. Additionally, the site is currently accepting feedback from fans regarding her upcoming Christmas solo album, tentatively due in 2006. Click here to offer your comments.

According to a posting on their official website, Nightwish have also set up "a fancy new image gallery. If you have concert photos that you would like to share, send them to christian or jarmo @nightwish.com." Head here to view the gallery.

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Accept Guitarist Answers Rumors

Wolf Hoffmann, guitarist for the reunited metal veterans Accept, recently published the following statement:

Accept feel honoured to be able to relive 'the good old days' for their fans this summer at several festivals. But please understand that we will stick to the plan to reunite only this one time. We will go our separate ways after the last show #8211; as friends.

As for all the rumours floating around: We will not be touring after the summer – not even with Judas Priest, who we always admired very much.

Accept will play the following shows:

May 15 D Gelsenkrichen - Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 04 NL Burgum - Waldrock
Jun. 09 S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock
Jun. 12 I Milano - Gods Of Metal
Jun. 25 BE Dessel - Graspop
Jul. 08 GR Athen - Rockwave
Jul. 17 SF Helsinki - Tuska Festival
Jul. 29 JP Tokyo - Shibuya AX
Jul. 30 JP Tokyo - Shibuya AX
Jul. 31 JP Osaka - Namba Hatch
Aug. 02 JP Nagoya - Diamont Hall
Aug. 06 D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
Aug. 11 HUN Szidget - Szidget festival

A brand new photo of Accept's 2005 touring lineup (minus drummer Stefan Schwarzmann) has been posted online at here (left to right: Peter Baltes, Udo Dirkschneider, Wolf Hoffmann, Herman Frank). Rehearsals are scheduled for search and April in Hannover, Germany.

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In Flames Working On New Album

In Flames might be touring with Judas Priest and preparing to release a DVD at the end of May. But that does not keep them from already getting some tunes together for a new album.

As singer Anders Fridén told Nuclear Blast magazine, "nine or ten songs are written, and the drums will be recorded drums in two and a half weeks." As for the direction of the album, Fridén stated that "it will be more uptempo" and feature "more guitar harmonies". Most of the songs even have titles by now, but the frontman declined to name them, especially since he was still writing lyrics will travelling in support of Judas Priest. The tour ended on Monday, March 14 in Böblingen, Germany.

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Strapping Young Lad Announce European Tour Dates

Strapping Young Lad will be touring Europe this spring.

Tour dates:
Jun. 04 (NL) Bergum Waldrock Festival
Jun. 05 (UK) London Astoria
Jun. 07 (F) Paris Bataclan
Jun. 11 (I) Bologna Gods of Metal Festival

More dates will be announced.

SYL also will return for a complete European Tour in autumn of 2005.

Strapping Young Lad's new album "Alien" will be released next Monday, March 21st. A sample from the album, "Shitstorm," has been posted online here. In the meantime you can download the 7-piece making of: http://www.centurymedia.de/syl or watch a video message from Devin Townsend at this location.

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Shadows Fall To Appear On Lex & Terry Show

Shadows Fall has just been confirmed to appear on the nationally syndicated Lex & Terry morning show for this Monday, 8:30 AM (EST). Lex & Terry are not your typical morning show, it is not about "bits" and "parodies". It's just about two average guys, living your lifestyle, talking with listeners about their lives, hearing their stories and trying to solve their problems. It is about relationship advice, sports talk, crazy stunts, poking fun at the absurd and of course "boys just being boys." The complete list of Lex & Terry radio station affilliates is as follows...

Jacksonville, FLA.-Flagship Station - WFYV-"Rock 105"
Bryan - College Station, TX - KXCS - THE X, 103.9
Medford, OR - KZZE - 106.3 The Rock Station
Tallahassee, FL - WXSR - X 101.5
Baton Rouge, LA - KOOJ - Rock 93.7
Louisville, KY - WLRS - New Rock 105.1, The Walrus
Outer Banks North Carolina - WOBX - 98.1 / 98 X
Tampa, Fl - WHPT - 102.5, The Bone
Morgantown, WV - WCLG - 100.1 CLG
Corpus Christi, Texas - KRPX - 107.3, The X
Ft. Myers, Fla. - WRQC - Real Rock 92.5
Fargo, ND - KQWB - Q98
West Palm Beach, Fla. - Real Radio 94.3 WZZR / WCZR 101.7FM
Huntington, WV. - WRVC - The Planet 92.7
Biloxi, MS - WCPR-FM/97.9 CPR
Pensacola, FL / Mobile, AL - WTKX TK101
Springfield, MO - KZRQ-FM 104.1
Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC - WXNR 99.5
Panama City, FL - WYYX-FM "NEW ROCK 97X"
Tulsa, OK - KRTQ-FM ROCK 102.3
Gainesville, FL - WRUF-"Rock 104"
Chattanooga, TN - WRXR - ROCK 105
Savannah, GA - WFXH-"Rock 106.1"
Augusta, GA - WCHZ-"95 ROCK"
Virginia Beach, VA - WBVA-AM "1450 The Buzz"

Shadows Fall's “Inspiration On Demand” at Rock Radio now.

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Children Of Bodom Album Release Date Announced

The release date for the forthcoming Children of Bodom album has been postponed for a few more weeks. Spinefarm has now announced the release date to be September 21, 2005.

All Children of Bodom albums (including "Tokyo Warhearts") are to be re-released as picture vinyls by Back on Black Records, who also recently re-released Nightwish albums as double picture vinyls. However, the CoB vinyls won't be double vinyls like originally planned. Except, they will be just plain picture vinyls with the album cover on them.

In other news, Kylähullut, Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho's anything-but-serious punk rock side project, has just released a video for their song "Kääpiöt" (=Midgets) via their label's website. It's a simple animation video done by the band's singer Vesku Jokinen, who has done similar videos before for his main band Klamydia.

Children of Bodom are currently composing material for their upcoming album and rehearsing in the studio. Their EP "Trashed, Lost & Strungout" is in stores now.

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LOG Drummer On Publicity From L.A. Concert Ban

In an article posted on RelishNow, Lamb of God drummer, Chris Adler, describes his reactions to the publicity the band got from being banned from playing at an L.A. venue:

It didn't surprise Chris Adler, the drummer for Lamb of God, that the band was unceremoniously yanked from an April 9 gig at the Great Western Forum outside Los Angeles because of the band's name - and its former moniker, Burn the Priest.

What did surprise Adler was the attention and publicity given to the story. Within a day of the announcement that Lamb of God was banned from playing the show with Slipknot, media outlets as far away as England and Germany - havens for metal bands - reported the ordeal, as did many U.S. newspapers.

"Publicity certainly wasn't the intent," said Adler earlier this week, back home in Richmond. "We were just sitting around thinking, 'Well, OK, we'll just deal with (being off the show),' and suddenly the story was everywhere."

The problem with Lamb of God playing the Forum arose when the venue's owners, Faithful Central Bible Church, took issue with Lamb's current and former names. Messages left for the church's general counsel, Marc Little, have not been returned, but Little told The Associated Press, "We do owe something to our congregants. A band formerly known as Burn the Priest caused us pause. We have to draw the line somewhere."

The band, Adler said, has had protesters at its shows before, but the members are a bit annoyed that the Forum folks never took the time to examine the band's music or lyrics.

"The mistake that was made here was that they jumped to a conclusion about our name. The other bands on the bill, their lyrics have far more offensive content," Adler said. It should also be noted that hard rockers Motley Crue, themselves a magnet for religious protestors - at least in the '80s - are scheduled to play at the Forum on Wednesday.

So far, no other venues on Lamb's Subliminal Verses tour with Slipknot and Shadows Fall have raised an issue about the band's name - something that Adler admits crossed his mind - but he's also well aware of what the future could hold.

"I understand that being a privately owned venue, (the Forum owners) have the right to do whatever they want. But as more venues become privately owned, it could get to the point where situations like this arise," Adler said. "Besides, we changed the name of the band (from Burn the Priest) on purpose because it didn't suit us anymore. When we were kind of young and dumb and starting out, it worked for the shock value, but then we grew into mature, professional musicians."

"It's really turned into something massive," Adler said, noting that originally the tour was discussed for large clubs, but once promoters started to gauge interest, some 10,000- to 20,000-seat arenas were booked. But for those who have seen Lamb live before, don't expect any drastic changes, despite the upgrade in venue.

"We're just a garage band based on the five of us," Adler said with a laugh. "In today's age with a lot of costumes and stuff, it's kind of refreshing to have us as part of the show ... we're probably bringing in a lot of people who might not have come to see Slipknot if they were the kind of music fans turned off by the masks and the gimmick."

Read the full article at RelishNow.

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COC Guitarist On Making Of New Album

Woody Weatherman, guitarist for Corrosion of Conformity, recently spoke with Quad-City Times Newspaper about the making of their album "In the Arms of God." Here are several excerpts from the article:

Corrosion of Conformity guitarist Woody Weatherman describes the making of his band’s stunningly pointed new album, “In the Arms of God,” the same way a 7-year-old might talk about a baby tooth.

“It just fell out,” he said from a tour stop in Connecticut.

The effortlessness that he and the rest of the decade-old North Carolina four-piece encountered when they convened to record their first album in five years was unexpected. All of the time away from the recording studio, coupled with a drastically changed world from the one they were living in when they made the last record gave lead singer Pepper Keenan more fire to play with.

“With Keenan, he’s coming from a different time and place. The world’s a different place. Everything’s a little scarier and I think a lot of these songs reflect that,” Weatherman said.

“That’s the true Corrosion of Conformity fashion,” Weatherman said. “We take giant leaps. If (our fans) weren’t expecting a surprise, they should have.”

Many of the songs initially came to be as ideas hatched at Weatherman’s farmstead. They were then recorded uninhibitedly at the crumbling practice space — the “dingy hole-in-the-wall with mold growing on the wall” — that Corrosion’s had since the 1980s.

“I’ve got a place out there that’s half a farm. I don’t have any llamas or anything. It’s a little ways out. For me, it’s in the country. It inspires everyone once in a while,” Weatherman said. “We recorded the entire record at our practice space. It was the first time we’ve ever done that. When people record demos and then record their album in a studio, a lot of times people will say, ‘I kind of like the demo tape version better.’

“We just kind of did that. It’s raw and it’s real. We used all the same equipment we use live. Those amps that we play with every night are the same amps that are on the record.“

Read the full article at Quad-City Times.

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