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Metal News for March 19, 2007

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Dream Theater Confirm First U.S. Summer Tour Date

Dream Theater have announced its first confirmed U.S. summer tour date at the Gibson Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, July 27th. No further details are available as yet.

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Prong Release Initial Tour Dates

PRONG have lined up the following North American tour dates for later this year:

June 28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
October 15 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
October 21 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian
October 23 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
October 24 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
October 25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 26 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
October 27 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
October 28 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
October 29 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
October 30 - Toronto, ON @ The Funhaus
October 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
November 1 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
November 2 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
November 3 - Cudahy, WI @ Vnuk’s Lounge
November 4 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
November 5 - Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
November 6 - Topeka, KS @ Static Bar
November 7 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
November 9 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
November 10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

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Tool Frontman Talks About Puscifer

In an interview with SuicideGirls.com Maynard James Keenan talks about his side project Puscifer:

SuicideGirls.com: Recently I've gotten to talk to Les Claypool and Mike Patton who have all these different bands that they do. They both pretty much told me that they're not even sure sometimes where the music they're creating will go. Are you the same way?

Keenan: I try to wear one hat at a time. I find that's the best way to do it. When I'm doing tours I'm doing tours. If I'm doing A PERFECT CIRCLE then I'm doing that. But PUSCIFER has been a little different because it is not just music. It's actually as much a clothing line as it is a band. I've been talking with different manufacturers so it's almost a brand at this point.

SuicideGirls.com: Was that always the intention?

Keenan: I think it's just the age that we're in. With the internet the way it is, music is now a soundtrack to some other activity. You can make a living selling songs but you make a better living playing them. If you're not going to play them you got to figure out what else to sell and I guess that comes down to t-shirts and key chains.

SuicideGirls.com: What was the inspiration for PUSCIFER?

Keenan: PUSCIFER has basically been my little baby and I just kept working on it. I was inspired by all these tunes on the radio like oldies, Motown stuff and hip-hop. Stuff that feels good. I approached PUSCIFER like that. I'm just trying to get stuff that I don't have to think too much about it. It's got a good groove. It makes you feel good and that's where I've been concentrating because I have all the introspective, torturous, painfully organized and arranged music that takes years to create and cuts really deep. But PUSCIFER does not do that. It's something that I want to have fun with and not worry about it being groundbreaking or changing the world.

SuicideGirls.com: Are you going to tour with PUSCIFER? More...

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Velvet Revolver Announce First 2007 US Tour Dates

The first two dates of Velvet Revolver's upcoming North American tour have been announced. They are:

May 7th in Seattle, WA @ Showbox
May 19th in Columbus, OH Rock On The Range - Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH

The band's new album, 'Libertad', is due out in June.

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Born From Pain Singer Leaves Band

Vocalist Che Snelting has officially left Dutch metalcore band Born From Pain after ten years with the group. Snelting has released the following statement:

"In the summer of '97 I bought a ticket for a rollercoaster ride called Born From Pain, and got more than I bargained for. Ever since the very first beginning I played so many shows, met even more great people and learned a lot about the world, music and especially me as a person. During the last year and a half however, I started struggling with my priorities and found out I wasn't into the band that much anymore as I was in our early career. This resulted in one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make in my life; me quitting Born From Pain. I found myself not being able to put energy into the band outside of the live shows, and later it became even harder and harder for me to get into the tour van to go to shows. I felt like I was lightly burnt out by a lot of things and especially Born From Pain. This led to me estranging from the band, to a certain extent, and I started thinking about a life without Born From Pain. The more I thought about it, the more I started to like the idea about having a regular life, a normal career and different hobbies without Born From Pain 'dictating' my life.

Like I said I had some great times with this band, but this is as far as I can take it. I have no more energy nor the will to push it any further than I have done up until this point. Me staying in the band would only keep the band behind, and that is not something I wish to happen to Born From Pain. Born From Pain has always been a band that pushed its limits and a band is only as strong as its weakest link. I will still be active in the music scene, but more on the background, like managing and advising bands. I will be playing music as well but that will be on a hobby basis. I'm happy the other guys decided to keep the machine rolling and that we're able to split in friendship. I'd like to thank everyone who supported me and Born From Pain throughout the years as well as GSR music, Metal Blade Records, Hollowman, M.A.D. and their entire staff for believing in this crazy thing that I helped create...Last but not least I wish Karl, Rob, Roel and Dom all the luck they deserve with Born From Pain in the future. The war is still on..."

Notably, First Blood singer Carl Schwartz is filling in for Snelting during Born From Pain's current European tour with First Blood.

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Amon Amarth Posts “Cry of the Blackbirds" Video

Amon Amarth has posted the second music video, “Cry of the Blackbirds”, from their 2006 release With Oden on Our Side. “Cry of the Blackbirds” was directed by Bill Schacht for Aestheticom (www.aestheti.com).

You can watch “Cry of the Blackbirds” online here.

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Goatwhore Announces Headlining Dates and Euro Tour

Goatwhore will be hitting the road on March 23rd for a three week long run with 1349, Nachtmystium and Averse Sefira. They will follow the tour with two weeks of headlining dates before heading to Germany for their first ever European tour, “The Excess of Evil” with Marduk, Enslaved, Keep of Kalessin, Melechesh, and Pantheon I.

“We would like to send our thanks out to all the guys from God Forbid, Mnemic, Arsis, The Human Abstract, and Byzantine for making the January thru February "Chains Of Humanity" Tour a complete success!! A big thanks goes out to the guys in God Forbid for making the whole tour possible!! Hope to see you all on the road soon and in the meantime STAY SICK, STAY FUCK!!”

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Cellador Confirmed For ProgPower USA

Cellador has comfirned their appearance at this year’s ProgPower USA festival. Cellador will be performing at the ProgPower Showcase on Thursday October 4th at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA.

For tickets to the ProgPower Showcase visit ProgPowerUSA.com. Tickets are currently on sale.

ProgPower USA has garnered worldwide acclaim for not only the setting the standard for excellence in the U.S. underground metal scene, but for the rare moments over the years including the Savatage reunion (disguised as Weapons of Mass Destruction), Conception’s reunion show, Pain of Salvation’s all request set, Rob Rock & Timo Kotipelto assisting Edguy with Avantasia songs, Evergrey's 3 hour marathon set (including choir & string quartet) and last year’s all-star vocal ensemble performance of “Stars” led by Jorn Lande. Promoter Glenn Harveston adds, "This is the festival where the magic happens. I wouldn't be surprised if something special happens this year."

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Cannibal Corpse Checks In From The Road

Cannibal Corpse checks after completing the first two weeks of their European tour:

“Hey everybody, I just wanted to let you all know how our European tour is going so far. Today we're playing in Slovenia, which will be the 14th show of the tour, so this show marks the halfway point. So far all of the shows have gone really well, the audiences have been excellent night after night. We also were very happy to finally play in Romania and Bulgaria. It was our first time playing in either of those countries, but it certainly won't be the last. Both countries have great death metal scenes, and we hope to return there when we tour for our next album. The other countries we've been through so far have been: France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Serbia, which was last night. We've met a ton of cool people at every show, so I'd like to say hello and thanks to any of you who might be reading this. OK, sound check is going to start in a few minutes, so I'd better get going. Thanks again to all the fans who have come to the shows so far, see the rest of you soon!"

Cannibal Corpse just embarked on the second leg of their tour. Joining them are Disavowed and Mortem.

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Thick As Blood Tour Dates

Thick As Blood has lined up a brief spring tour to begin late this month. Here are the tour dates:

3/30 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
3/31 Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
4/1 Atlanta, GA @ MJQ
4/2 Fairhope, AL @ Living Waters
4/3 Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
4/4 Florence, AL @ The Rave Arcade
4/5 Clearwater, FL @ 688 skatepark
4/6 Lakeland, FL @ The Madhatte

As previously reported, the seven-piece straight edge hardcore band signed to Eulogy Recordings earlier this year and will release their debut full-length later this year.

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Metal Blade Records Announce 25th Anniversary Tour

Metal Blade Records has announced the 25th Anniversary Tour with Cannibal Corpse, The Red Chord, Job for a Cowboy and Psyopus. The 25th Anniversary tour begins April 27th in Baltimore, MD continuing through May 5th, and includes the Metal Blade Records 25th Aniiversary Party on Saturday April 28th at this year’s New England Metal Fest in Worcester.

METAL BLADE RECORDS 25th Anniversary Tour dates:

4/27 Balitmore, MD Sonar
4/28 Worcester, MA Palladium 25th Anniversary Party at New England Metal Fest
4/29 New York, NY Irving Plaza w/ special guest Behemoth
4/30 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
5/01 Millwale, PA Mr. Small’s
5/03 Sauget, IL Pop’s
5/04 Louisville, KY Headliners
5/05 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero

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Corporate Punishment Forms Extreme Music Imprint

Corporate Punishment has joined forces with Ruins of Old Management’s James and Shelley McComas to form Diabolus Music, a new imprint specializing in extreme Metal and Hardcore.

The first releases from Diabolus Music/Corporate Punishment Records will be Waiting for the Flies, the Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore) produced national debut from Florida underground favorites Pain Principle (ex-Andrew WK), in stores May 15th, and a re-recorded version of Years of Fire's (ex-Chimaira, Ringworm, Ascension) Visceral Departure (originally released on Thorp Records), in stores in July.

Pain Principle has been added as support to the upcoming Skinlab/Will Haven tour, and have lined up the following dates:

Mar 23 The Trocadero - Philadelphia w/ Years of Fire, Bella Morte
May 11-12 Milwaukee Metalfest XIX - Waukesha Expo Center, Waukesha, WI
(Corporate Punishment/Diabolus 2nd stage with Years of Fire, Broken Teeth, 3 Mile Scream, Mastery, and more.)

Years of Fire have lined up the following dates:

May 22 Coconuts - Dayton, OH
Mar 23 The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA w/ Pain Principle, Bella Morte
Mar 24 The Underground - Sandusky, OH
Apr 20 The Sons of Italy - Torrington, CT w/ Everything’s Ruined
Apr 21 Club Europa - Brooklyn, NY w/ Everything’s Ruined
Apr 28 The Hangout - Edinboro, PA w/ Everything’s Ruined
Apr 29 The Billiards Club - Columbus, OH w/ Everything’s Ruined
May 11-12 Milwaukee Metalfest XIX - Waukesha Expo Center, Waukesha, WI
(Corporate Punishment/Diabolus 2nd stage with Pain Principle, Broken Teeth, 3 Mile Scream, Mastery, and more.)

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Defiance To Dedicate New Album To Late Guitarist

On March 3, DEFIANCE bass player Mike Kaufmann began recording bass tracks for the band's forthcoming album and first effort in over 13 years. The recording session comes more than three months after the loss of longtime guitar player Doug Harrington.

Commented Mike: "I knew it was my turn to start tracking and I think I needed time to reflect and think about the tragic loss of a dear friend, brother, and major contributor to DEFIANCE music. It took me a while before I could even start practicing the songs again but once I started, it wasn't long before I felt I was ready to get it done. Doug and I had several conversations about how he wanted me to play over certain guitar parts that he wrote and I kept that in mind throughout the entire session. It was almost surreal talking to him about the album and how he wanted it to sound and knowing that he wouldn't be around to hear the finished product.

"During the last two or three weeks of his life, we spent a lot of time talking about what he wanted and didn't want the album to sound like. One of his main concerns was that we stick to our roots and make sure this is a 'thrash metal' album.

"I think that we, as a band, feel that this will be our best recording ever and much of that has to do with Doug's contribution and hard work even though he knew the end was near. It's a given that this album will be entirely dedicated to Doug."

DEFIANCE's new CD is being recorded at Trident Studios in Concord, CA with producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, SKINLAB, VILE). Along with the new album, DEFIANCE is also working on putting together a DVD, tentatively titled "Decade(s) of Defiance", that will cronicle the band's entire career from 1985 to the present.

Part of the so-called "second wave" of Bay Area thrash (which also included the likes of FORBIDDEN, VIO-LENCE, HEATHEN, DEATH ANGEL, and TESTAMENT), DEFIANCE officially disbanded in 1993 after the departure of vocalist Steev Esquivel (who would go on to form SKINLAB, and later RE:IGNITION), while the remaining members, with the addition of vocalist Dave Godfrey White (HEATHEN), formed INNER THRESHOLD, which would also eventually disband.

In 2005, rumors of a reformed DEFIANCE sent waves of interest through the burgeoning thrash metal community until it was finally confirmed that the band had in fact reunited and were at work on their first new material in over a decade.

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Manngard Enter The Studio

Norwegian extreme metallers MANNGARD entered Lydriket studios on March 15 to begin recording their as-yet-untitled sophomore album.

Commented the band: In the years that have passed since we originally released 'Circling Buzzards', we've all been busy in the metal field, it not necessarily keeping MANNGARD in the public eye at all times."

Vocalist Olav Iversen has seen major exposure and massive gigging activity with his doom outfit SAHG, also featuring members of AUDREY HORNE and GORGOROTH. Guitarist Olav Kristiseter has made his Norwegian debut as a novelist with "Blodlenka" (The Bloodchain), a morbid tale of Norwegian backwood monstrosity, largely based on the lyrical themes from "Circling Buzzards", as well as appearing on the JAZKAMER album "Metal Music Machine", alongside Ivar Bj?rnson and Iver Sandoy. Drummer Iver Sandoy has seen his services being utilized by ENSLAVED (the "Terje Vigen" movie project), more JAZKAMER recordings and gigs around Europe, and he is now also drumming for TRINACRIA, the new band featuring (among others) Ivar Bjornson, Grutle Kjellson and Arve "Ice Dale" Isdal of ENSLAVED.

While staying busy with other projects, MANNGARD has kept writing new material and fine-tuning it in rehearsals. Their considerable collective energy is now focused on the recording of the new MANNGARD album, which promises to be even more massive, twisted and evil than the debut.

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Scars Of Tomorrow Breaking Up

Orange County, California hardcore/metal outfit Scars Of Tomorrow has announced plans to call it quits following a spring tour of the West Coast. Formed in 1999, the band has released multiple albums with both Victory Records and Thorp Records. Frontman Mike Milford has issued the following statement:

"In 1999 I joined this band without even knowing the amazing things that would happen to me over the last few years .We have had so many ups and downs throughout the years but one thing I can say for sure is that these days have been some of the greatest things in life I have ever been able to experience. We have had the opportunity to play with some of the greatest bands around and thank every single person that has helped us out since the beginning. I want to give a big thank you to Alex and his dudes in Atreyu for helping us get signed and bringing us on the raddest tour ever. You have been a huge help and inspiration to SOT and I am forever in debt to you. I also want to say thanks to Brandan BT you’ve always showed me the way and how to fight and never give up at this and I thank you for that. We have also had the opportunity to grow up in a exploding scene at the same time as Atreyu, 18 visions, Throwdown, Bleeding Through, Adamantium, and was always honored sharing the stage with these bands.

I want to thank every member this band has ever had. I could go on forever about each and every one of you about how greatly you have affected my life but its something id rather save for in person. Im going to love you all forever.

In September 05 the band was hit with a hard blow and the remaining original members of the band besides myself left and were ready to start the rest of there lives. I fully respected there decision but I didn’t feel that the chapter of Scars Of Tomorrow was finished yet. In 2 weeks time I had new people on the road with me and my good friends in Bury Your Dead let us stay on the tour even though the band was dealt such a huge blow. Since then I was able to make the band strong again with the help of Joey, Cuzzi, Kevin, and Justin . In this time we have toured with bands such as Soulfly, Hatebreed, 36 Crazy Fists, and have traveled to Europe 2 times with amazing shows each time. Im never going to be able to thank people enough for staying strong with the band and standing by our side throughout everything.

I also want to say thank you to Tony and everyone at Victory for standing behind the band 200 percent. They saw hope where others doubted and we released another record with them called 'The Failure In Drowning.' The response of the new material was very gratifying and I'm excited of the future this new lineup has. We believe though the time of SOT is finished and are going to be moving on to a new endeavor. The current lineup of SOT are all on the same page, but we want to start something fresh and new and will re-emerge in the near future.

If you want to see Scars for the last time we have lined up a bunch of west coast shows in April and will be doing our final show on may 5th at the Showcase Theatre. See you all soon and thanks for your everything."

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100 Demons To Record New Album This Summer

Connecticut hardcore/metal band 100 Demons continues to write material for their next release. The band will enter the studio this summer to record their third full-length, which will be released via an as-of-yet announced label.

Meanwhile, the 100 Demons has posted another new song on their MySpace page. Titled "Who's Next," the track was recorded at Massachusetts' Planet Z Studios in late-2006.

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Boy Sets Fire Sets Dates For Farewell Tour

Boy Sets Fire has announced the dates for their farewell tour, which will hit Europe in mid-May. Here are the tour dates:

5/11 Wiesbaden D @ Schlachthof
5/12 Herten D @ T-Mobile Extreme Playgrounds
5/13 Amsterdam NL @ Melkweg
5/14 Nuernberg D @ Loewensaal
5/15 Vienna A @ Arena
5/16 Zurich CH @ Dynamo
5/17 Saarbruecken D @ Garage
5/18 Leipzig D @ Conne Island
5/19 Hamburg D @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich

The band is also working on one final U.S. show in Philadelphia.

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Hammet Talks About Eastern Vibe In New Album

METALLICA started recording its ninth studio LP in Los Angeles this week. According to the band's site, this is the first time METALLICA has recorded outside of the Bay Area since they spent "an eternity" at One on One Studios recording their 1991 self-titled release, popularly known as The Black Album.

In the latest issue of the METALLICA Club (the group's official fan club) members-only magazine "So What!", guitarist Kirk Hammett was asked if there are any common musical themes running through the 14 songs the band is recording for its new effort. "There is a really unusual theme that's working its way into the music," he replied. "I'm not really sure how to react to it. Maybe it's someone else trying to tell us that we should react to it, but a lot of the music has an eastern harmonic flair to it, a harmonic minor flair to it, and when I say harmonic minor, that could be construed as like eastern sounding or Middle Eastern sounding or maybe Arabic? I don't know if it's just the zeitgeist, a sign of the times, or maybe because like, you know, Middle Eastern culture is so prevalent, or maybe the negative things about Middle Eastern culture. Maybe artists are conscious, just want to shine light on the positive aspects of Middle Eastern culture, i.e. the music. But there's passages that sound, that use harmonic minor and dominant, and those sounds are distinctly Arabic sounding or Middle Eastern sounding, and you hear them in all the songs. At the less likely times, all of a sudden they'll turn a corner and there we are, smack, right dab there in Syria or Iraq, as far as culture is concerned. We're playing notes that were played, have been played for thousands of years, that aren't born in western culture, and it's just a trip to see. And maybe I'm the first to really vocalize it, but it's just there."

Unlike the troubled, turbulent sessions for the band's last album, 2003's "St. Anger", drummer Lars Ulrich told Launch that pre-production for the new effort had a whole different vibe. "It's frighteningly tame (laughs)," he said. "The four of us show up and we hang out and we have a great time, and there are no psychiatrists in sweaters, there are no film crews, it's very much like it used to be. It's pretty mellow around here. All that 'St. Anger' stuff seems like a movie (laughs)."

The group plans to work in the studio until early June, take a break for its European tour, then finish recording in August. As for whether METALLICA will release the new album in 2007, Ulrich said, "I'd like to try and get it out this year, I hope we can get it out this year. If it doesn't come out this year, then it will be out at the very beginning of next year."

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Sevendust Shoot Down Family Values Rumors

According to HardDrive Radio, Sevendust have shot down the rumors that they will be on this year's edition of the Family Values Tour 2007 with Korn, Evanescence, and Aiden. An official announcement about the complete tour lineup won't be made until March 24th.

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AM Conspiracy Signs To Corporate Punishment

Corporate Punishment is extremely proud to announce the signing of Florida's AM CONSPIRACY, the new project featuring former Drowning Pool vocalist Jason "Gong" Jones.

Their self-titled debut record, produced by Rae Dileo (Filter, Army of Anyone), will hit stores on July 17th.

Jason, who replaced late Drowning Pool vocalist Dave Williams for their hugely successful 2004 release Desensitized (which included the hit single "Step Up" which served as the theme for numerous major sports events and Marvel Film's The Punisher, and it's Gold certified soundtrack), left the band in 2005 after a year of touring in it's support.

Demo versions of "High" and "Absence" are available on the band's Myspace page.

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Watch a New The Autumn Offering Performance Video

There is a new live performance video of The Autumn Offering playing their track “The Bonds In Which We Bread” available for viewing on the Underground Video Television Website. The footage was taken at The Crock Rock in Allentown PA during the band’s tour with Mushroomhead.

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