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Metal News for March 19, 2008

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Elysia Schedule Co-Headline Tour With The Warriors

Ferret Music's Californian based death-core outfit ELYSIA has announced that they will be co-headlining a March/April tour with THE WARRIORS, with support from THE GHOST INSIDE and STRAY FROM THE PATH.

A tour with The Warriors is fitting given the origin of Elysia’s name, which in Roman mythology means the final resting place for soldiers.

The band is ready to get on the road, especially on this tour, tells vocals Zak Vargas, “We have heard from a ton of bands and friends that they think we’d all be really compatible. We really like The Warriors and Stray From the Path, and have toured with The Ghost Inside before and had a great time.” More...

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Darkest Hour To Play The Phillipines

Washington, D.C. metallers DARKEST HOUR will make their debut live performance in the Phillipines on April 26th at
Amoranto Stadium as part of the Pulp Summer Slam 2008, in Quezon City.

As previously reported, Darkest Hour will be taking part in the Suicidal Final Tour 2008 along side the all mighty AT THE GATES.

At The Gates' Suicidal Final Tour 2008 dates are as follows:

10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
11 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
12 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley
13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
14 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
15 - Sauget, IL – Pop's
17 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
18 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
21 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
23 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
24 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
25 - San Francisco, CA- The Fillmore
26 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
27 - Hollywood, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre

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Skeletonwitch Post New Live Video Online

Athens, Ohio-based SKELETONWITCH have issued the following update:

"Cheers and beers everyone!!! We recently returned from a couple of frosty months of touring. First with THE RED CHORD and JOB FOR A COWBOY, and recently with ARSIS. Thanks to everyone who came out to the shows!!! We had a killer time!!"

"We’re currently gearing up for our U.S. tour in April with HATE ETERNAL, SOILENT GREEN, and TOXIC HOLOCAUST. We cannot fucking wait!! Immediately following that tour we will be devastating Europe with HATE ETERNAL and CEPHALIC CARNAGE in May and June! Dates for both of these tours are on our MySpace page."

"We posted a new live video of 'Upon Wings of Black' from our recent tour with Arsis. Please check it out here."

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Mike Portnoy Schedules More In-Store Appearances

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has scheduled the following in-store appearances:

Monday, May 12 - 2pm
Ellis Drum Shop
524 Snelling Ave North
St Paul, MN 55104

Friday, May 16 - 2pm
Columbus Pro Percussion
5052 N High St
Columbus OH, 43214

Sunday, May 18 - 2pm
Daddy's Junky Music
1770 Central Ave.
Colonie (Albany), NY

Tuesday, May 20 - 2pm
Daddy's Junky Music
165 Mass Ave.
Boston, MA

Sunday, June 1 - 2pm
Seminole Music
10720 74th Ave
Seminole, FL 33773 More...

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Cephalic Carnage Announce European Tour Dates

Denver avant-grinders CEPHALIC CARNAGE have announced a number of upcoming festival appearances as well as a Spring European tour.

CEPHALIC CARNAGE will first take part in the Dawn of Destruction Festival this weekend in Calgary, AB alongside WATAIN, AVERSE SEFIRA, DIVINITY, and more. Following, CEPHALIC CARNAGE will perform an exclusive “doom” set as part of the annual Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands on April 17th.

CEPHALIC CARNAGE will then embark on a month-long European tour in May with HATE ETERNAL and SKELETONWITCH. This tour will also include DEADBORN in the mainland and CEPHALIC label-mates MAN MUST DIE in the U.K. A complete listing of CEPHALIC CARNAGE tour dates can be found online here with more to be announced soon.

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Turmoil To Release New Album In June

Philadelphia hardcore/metal band TURMOIL will release its new album, "The International Language of..." on June 24 via Eulogy Recordings. Tracking for the band's first LP since 1999's "The Process Of" took place at Skylight Studios in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, with Vince Ratti (THE MINOR TIMES, A LIFE ONCE LOST) engineering. The effort will likely consist of roughly twelve tracks clocking in at over 40 minutes of music.

TURMOIL guitarist Jeff Hydro recently penned a blog for the HardTimes.ca web site where he stated about the album's title, "'Go Fuck Yourself' is what we really wanted to call the new record, but we figured that it's going to be hard enough for Eulogy to get it into the stores it should be in, so we decided to lighten it up a bit, in our own way. So, the new record is gonna be called 'The International Language of 'Get Fucked', and in keeping with the title of the last full-length CD (i.e. 'The Process Of...'), this one will probably have 'The International Language Of....' on the outside of the CD and on the spine, and on the inside it'll have '...'Get Fucked'." More...

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Chaosfear Begin Recording New Album

Brazilians thrashers CHAOSFEAR have entered the studio to record their new album, entitled "Images of Disorder". The follow-up to "One Step Behind Anger" "will include 10 new songs and will be recorded with our original lineup," according to drummer Danilo Freitas.

For more pictures of the recording sessions, go to www.chaosfear.com.

"Images of Disorder" is scheduled for release in the fall/winter through Old School Metal Records.

CHAOSFEAR was recently rejoined by original guitarist Edu Boccomino.

After quitting SCARS, Boccomino was interested in joining up with his brother Fernando once again. "Everything happened so naturally because we have been friends for such a long time," CHAOSFEAR previously said in a statement. "We just had a quick talk and started playing again. The band is very excited to have the original lineup back together."

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Nightmare Metal Fest 2008 Finalizes Lineup

The Nightmare Metal Fest 2008 has finalized its lineup for this weekend's festival. Here are the details, bands and notes:

ORDER TICKETS ONLINE AT www.clubbourbonstreet.com

Lineup -
DISASTERPEACE - Featuring local legend WADE BLACK of Crimson Glory fame, plus Pete Blakk and Hal Patino of the classic King Diamond lineup

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Samael Comments On Tour With Amorphis

SAMAEL is proud to announce their first US tour in nearly five years in support of their latest “Solar Soul” release. As previously hinted at, the band will be making the trek with headliners/labelmates AMORPHIS as well as LEAVES EYES and VIRGIN BLACK. Co-founder, Xy, had this to say about SAMAEL’s return to US shores:

“We haven’t played in the US since our last tour for ‘Eternal’ back in 2003. It has been far too long and the wait is over! We are happy to announce we'll be back in September to present material from not one but two albums, namely ‘Reign Of Light’ and ‘Solar Soul,’ as well as songs off our other records. We're excited about this tour and are looking forward to connecting with our American audience once again!”

The complete tour schedule is as follows:
Sep. 27 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Sep. 28 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Sep. 29 - New York City, NY @ BB Kings
Sep. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
Oct. 01 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Oct. 02 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 03 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 04 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Oct. 05 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Oct. 06 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Oct. 07 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct. 09 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
Oct. 10 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct. 11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Oct. 13 - West Hollywood, Ca @ House of Blues
Oct. 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse
Oct. 16 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Oct. 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Oct. 18 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

Tickets will go on sale today exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 23, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.

SAMAEL's eighth album, "Solar Soul," was released in June 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records.

A video clip from the “Solar Soul” track “Slavocracy” can be viewed on YouTube or below. More...

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Divine Heresy, Sworn Enemy, FASSW Tour Dates

Divine Heresy, Sworn Enemy, From A Second Story Window, With Blood Comes Cleansing, and Dance Club Massacre will team up for a handful of April tour dates. Here are the latest tour dates:

4/19 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
4/20 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
4/21 Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
4/22 St. Louis, MO @ 2 Cents Plain
4/23 Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
4/24 Toledo, OH @ Headliners
4/26 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft (The Chance)
4/27 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
4/29 Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels
4/30 Rochester, NY @ The Club (Water Street Music Hall)

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Disturbed Post "Indestructible" Trailer Online

Chicago based hard rockers Disturbed have uploaded a new trailer for their forthcoming album "Indestructible". You can view it below:

The first single from the album, "Inside The Fire" will begin airing on radio stations as of next tuesday.

"Indestructible" will be the groups fourth major label effort, following on from 2000's "The Sickness", 2002's "Believe" and 2005's "Ten Thousand Fists".

Disturbed will team up with Slipknot, Machine Head and more this summer for the Rock Star Energy Mayhem tour. More...

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Motley Crue Management Dismiss "False Rumours"

Tenth Street Entertainment — which represents MÖTLEY CRÜE — has shot down as (at least partially) "blatantly false and completely unfounded" Internet rumors that CRÜE will headline a festival-type tour called "Cruefest", with support from several other artists from the Tenth Street management stable, including BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH, SIXX: A.M. and DROWNING POOL. According to Tenth Street, CRÜE's April 15 press conference/announcement in Los Angeles will relate to "a few" (but presumably not all) of the following artists:


All four members of CRÜE will be present at the April 15 press conference at a location yet to be determined for what the release hyped as "by far...one of the biggest music announcements of the year!!" The band is also launching a contest in which one grand prize winner from each major city in the country will be flown to Los Angeles to cover the announcement, complete with a chance to interview the band and have the interview broadcast live. Details can be found at the official CRÜE site.

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More Sevendust, Saliva Tour Dates Announced

Atlanta's SEVENDUST has announced the details of its spring tour, which will kick off on April 9 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. SALIVA, NEVERSET, and OVERSCENE will be on the tour for the first leg, which runs through May 3 in South Bend, Indiana. BLACK STONE CHERRY will join the trek May 4-17. The remaining dates will be announced on Friday.

SEVENDUST spring 2008 tour dates:

Apr. 09 - Port St. Lucie, FL - Mojo Room (no SALIVA)
Apr. 10 - Ft. Myers, FL - Ricochet (no SALIVA)
Apr. 12 - Panama City, FL - Club LaVela (no SALIVA)
Apr. 13 - Hattiesburg, MS - Remington’s
Apr. 15 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
Apr. 17 - Richmond, VA - The National
Apr. 18 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Apr. 19 - Hampton Beach, NH - Casino Ballroom
Apr. 20 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 23 - Jackson, TN - Carl Perkins Civic Center
Apr. 24 - Fort Wayne, IN - Piere’s
Apr. 25 - Sauget, IL - Pop’s
Apr. 26 - Little Rock, AR - Rock On The Range Festival
Apr. 28 - Wichita Falls, TX - Kay Yeager Coliseum
Apr. 29 - Lubbock, TX - The Pavilion
May 01 - Nashville, TN - City Hall
May 02 - Louisville, KY - Derby Outdoor Show
May 03 - South Bend, IN - Club Fever

SEVENDUST recently pulled out of its participation in this summer's inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour, indicating in a statement that it canceled its involvement "due to changes in (the group's) touring schedule." The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour, featuring headliners DISTURBED and SLIPKNOT, is scheduled to kick off on July 9 in Seattle and will hit 30 North American cities.

SEVENDUST will release its new album, "Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow", on April 1. The first single is called "Prodigal Son", while the disc features guest appearances from Chris Daughtry and members of ALTER BRIDGE.

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Headline News

Great White Manager Released From Prison

According to Eric Tucker from the Associated Press, the band manager whose pyrotechnics display sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people in 2003 walked out of prison Wednesday, free to return to his home state of Florida after serving less than half of his four-year sentence.

Daniel Biechele, 31, who tearfully apologized to victims' relatives before being sent to prison, kept quiet Wednesday as he left the state's minimum security prison. He got into his lawyer's car, ignoring questions from reporters across the street, and was driven away.

Biechele's lawyer, Thomas Briody, said in a statement that Biechele would not make any public statements "out of respect for those people most affected by the fire."

"He was a private citizen before this tragedy and he wishes to remain so," Briody said.

Briody has declined to discuss Biechele's future plans, but officials in Florida have confirmed that he would serve his parole there.

Biechele, the former tour manager for the 1980s rock group GREAT WHITE, pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter, admitting he did not have the required permit when he set off flashy pyrotechnics inside The Station nightclub in West Warwick on Feb. 20, 2003.

Co-owner of The Station nightclub, Michael Derderian, 46, went to prison in September 2006 was recently granted an early release from prison by the state parole board, but will not be freed until October 2009 after serving more than three years of his four-year sentence. Derderian became eligible for parole this month after completing one-third of his sentence, but faced an uphill battle to get released after discipline problems in prison and pleas to keep him behind bars.

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SOiL Frontman Posts Acoustic Song Online

SOiL frontman AJ Calaviler, has issued this extremely brief update:

"I just wanted to let everyone know that I just put up a new song. It's called 'Do You Believe', give it a listen!"

Check out 'Do You Believe' at AJ's MySpace page.

AJ's site has a segement which features the following message: "Welcome to my "Solo Acoustic" site.

I needed a place for my own personal songs so I started this website up. This music is all acoustic and I would like to share it with you all. The pictures you see are from my main band Soil. I have been in Soil since November 2004. We are currently working on our next album for 2008. The songs are coming along great and we are all very excited about it!

Project DIESEL MACHINE is still in progress, not really sure when we'll actually have the time to finish it all. I'll let you know.

I have been working on my acoustic album but it is of course taking a back seat to the Soil record at this time. Keep checking back from time to time and I'll try to update things when I can."

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Today Is The Day, Jucifer European Tour Dates

Today Is The Day, Jucifer, Complete Failure, and Four Question Marks will tour Europe together this spring. Here are the tour dates:

05/16 Parkhof Alkmaar - Holland
05/17 TBA - Holland
05/18 La Maroquinerie Paris - France
05/18 La Maroquinerie Paris - France
05/19 The Corporation Sheffield - UK
05/20 Ivory Blacks Glasgow - UK
05/21 Bar Academy Birmingham - UK
05/22 White Rabbit Plymouth - UK
05/23 Clwb ifor bach Cardiff - UK
05/24 The Underworld London - UK
05/25 Magasin 4 Bruxelles - Belgium
05/26 La Zone Liège - Belgium
05/27 Topf Erfurt - Germany
05/28 Marx Hamburg - Germany
05/29 The Rock Copenhagen - Denmark
05/30 Siesta Festival Hässleholm - Sweden
05/31 Club Maiden Oslo - Norway
06/01 Musikens Hus Gothenburg - Sweden
06/02 Debaser Slussen Stockholm - Sweden
06/03 K17 Berlin - Germany
06/04 Progresja Club Warsaw - Poland
06/05 Firlej Wroclaw - Poland
06/06 Rock Cafe Prague - Czech Republic
06/07 Kozel Pub Zilina - Slovakia
06/08 Corvinteto Budapest - Hungary
06/10 PMK Innsbruck - Austria
06/11 Circolo Magnolia Milano - Italy
06/12 Init Roma - Italy
06/13 Rock Planet Ravenna - Italy
06/14 Le Korigan Luynes / Marseille - France
06/14 The Dawn @ Le Korigan Luynes/Marseille - France
06/15 Salamandra Barcelona - Spain
06/16 Ritmo & Compas Madrid - Spain
06/17 Tba Lisbon - Portugal
06/18 Metalpoint Porto - Portugal
06/19 Tunk Irun - Spain
06/20 La Nef Angouleme - France
06/21 The Hellfest Clisson/Nantes - France

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Original Judas Priest Singer To Pen Autobiography

Original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins will release his autobiography, titled "Dawn Of The Metal Gods: My Life In Judas Priest And Heavy Metal", before Christmas via Iron Pages.

Check out the book's front and back cover at this location.

Commented Atkins: "For some time now, I have wanted to write my own book about my amazing life in heavy metal. Finally that dream has come true; after befriending Neil Daniels — a freelance rock writer and heavy metal fan — during the writing of his book 'The Story Of Judas Priest: Defenders Of The Faith' (Omnibus Press), we have come up with some great ideas together. Of course there will be some great stories from my few years in PRIEST but also, loads of info on the Sixties music scene in Birmingham and the West Midlands. I knew bands like SLADE, TRAPEZE and THE BAND OF JOY. I saw CREAM live, befriended BUDGIE and supported ROD STEWART. Also, I was in a band called LION in the late '70s and we supported the SEX PISTOLS and THE STRANGLERS. I also have a solo career and have released five albums so far; my new CD is called 'Demon Deceiver'. It should make for an exciting read. There'll also be loads of photos from the early years of JUDAS PRIEST and pictures of ticket stubs, posters, memorabilia, etc."

The book's description reads as follows: "Al Atkins is the former lead singer and founder of the multi-million selling British metal band JUDAS PRIEST. But where and when did it all begin? More...

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God Forbid Complete Drums For New Album

God Forbid drummer Corey Pierce has posted the following message: “So everyone, I am finally done with the drum tracks for the new record. I have to say just how proud I am of what we have accomplished with this new material. I know that once you guys out there hear it, everyone will be feeling it. This is the best of the best. I love my band, our friends and fans that helped us get to this point and we think you will all be pleased to see where we are headed. I can’t wait to hear people’s reactions, so stay tuned to www.myspace.com/godforbid for news and video reports from the studio.”

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Ministry Guitarist Sin Quirin Interviewed

Guitarist and song writer extraordinaire; we had the opportunity to chat with Sin Quirin, metal guitarist for Ministry and the Revolting Cocks. With this being Ministry’s final album and tour, Sin sheds some light on his future plans as well as giving us an insight into his musical career. More...

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Fight Box Set, Halford DVD Details Announced

Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford have announced the release of two custom-designed digipaks with exclusive new DVD content for 2008.

Due May 26, "Into The Pit" is a four-disc collection from FIGHT which includes FIGHT's original recordings re-engineered for release: "War Of Words - Remixed and Remastered"; "Mutations - Remastered"; "A Small Deadly Space - Remixed and Remastered"; as well as a new DVD release "Live In Phoenix" featuring rare and unreleased FIGHT footage.

"Into The Pit" will debut in a numbered digipak edition, original Rob Halford autograph and 24-page booklet. Worldwide release begins May 26 at local and online retailers.

"Halford Live At Rock In Rio III", a 5.1 DVD, also includes HALFORD's debut recording, "Resurrection – Remastered", and is scheduled for release on September 23, 2008. 13 cameras are fixed on one of metal's most diverse bands of the decade as The Metal God delivers one of his best live performances in front of two-hundred thousand-plus Brazilians.

HALFORD's 2001 double-live CD "Live Insurrection" makes its debut in Blu-Ray Hi-Definition 5.1 Surround Audio September 23, 2008. "Live Insurrection – Remastered" Blu-Ray will feature a custom-designed digipak, original Rob Halford autograph and 20-page booklet including rare pictures and exclusive liner notes. "Live Insurrection" will dazzle Metal God music fans possessing the latest in 5.1 Blu-Ray technologies.

Visit iTunes.com — keywords Halford and Fight — www.HalfordMusic.com or dozens of international digital service providers for videos, MP3s, CD-quality FIGHT and HALFORD downloads.

U.S. iPhone consumers may customize FIGHT and HALFORD ringtones at iTunes beginning May 1, 2008.

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Akimbo Plans West Coast Tour

Akimbo will tour the West Coast in late-April. Several of the shows will also feature Turbonegro. Here are the tour dates:

Akimbo dates with Turbonegro:
4/21 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
4/22 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
4/23 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
4/24 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
4/25 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

4/26 Oakland, CA @ Warehouse w/ Triclops, The Pics
4/27 Arcata, CA @ The Alibi
4/28 Portland, OR @ East End
4/29 Bellingham, WA @ Hot Shotz w/ Cicadas

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New H.I.M. DVD Delayed

Finnish "love metallers" HIM have pushed back the release date of their new CD/DVD, "Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre", to April 29 from the previously announced April 1. The live portion of the DVD was recorded/filmed at the band's November 14-15, 2007 concerts at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. According to the HIM newsletter, "you'll go on stage and behind the scenes with Ville [Valo, HIM frontman] and the band as they give one of their most heartfelt shows to date. Also featured on the DVD, watch the journey of HIM's biggest fans as they go to Seattle to meet the band, see the heartagram photo gallery and watch as Ville recounts the journey that was 'Venus Doom'." "Digital Versatile Doom" also features a second disc, with the full live performance from The Orpheum Theater and a 16-page booklet of original art and images.

"Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre" track listing:

01. Passion's Killing Floor
02. (Rip Out) the Wings of a Butterfly
03. Buried Alive By Love
04. Wicked Game
05. The Kiss of Dawn
06. Vampire Heart
07. Poison Girl
08. Dead Lovers' Lane
09. Join Me in Death
10. It's All Tears
11. Sleepwalking Past Hope
12. Killing Loneliness
13. Soul On Fire
14. Your Sweet Six Six Six
15. Bleed Well
16. The Funeral of Hearts

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Coldworker Announce Release Date For New Album

Swedish death metal act Coldworker have announed that their new album will be released in North America on May 13th. They have also posted the following update.

The band recently issued the following in regards to the album:

"Finally we can bring you all the info about our upcoming second album, Rotting Paradise.


The album was recorded at four different location and mixed and mastered at a fifth. The drums were recorded over a couple of days at Soundlab Studios. The guitars (all digital this time) were recorded at Johan from This Haven's house, while the bass was recorded at my house and the vocals in Coldworker Studios. After all that, Dan Swanö mixed and mastered everything at his own Unisound Studios.

Tracklist (music/lyrics):

1. 'Reversing The Order' (Bertilsson)
2. 'Citizens Of The Cyclopean Maze' (Jakobson//Fornbrant)
3. 'Symptoms Of Sickness' (Bertilsson/Schröder//Pålsson)
4. 'The Black Dog Syndrome' (Pålsson)
5. 'Comatose State' (Bertilsson)
6. 'Paradox Lost' (Jakobson)
7. 'The Last Bitter Twist' (Schröder/Jakobsson//Fornbrant)
8. 'Seizures' (Bertilsson//Fornbrant)
9. 'The Machine' (Jakobson/Fornbrant//Jakobson)
10. 'I Am The Doorway' (Jakobson)
11. 'Scare Tactics' (Pålsson)
12. 'Deliverance Of The Rejected' (Jakobson//Fornbrant)

The Japanese album will include a 13th track, a cover version of SEPULTURA's 'Necromancer'.

Two more songs were recorded during the session ('Cold World Paranoia', 'Identify With The Aggressor') which will end up on a split 7" EP during the year. More info to come about that.


Orion Landau from Relapse has yet again graced our album with an AMAZING artwork. The picture (at the left) is the front of the CD, the rest you'll have to wait for but it's very disturbing images that all go along with the concept of Rotting Paradise. The CD will be a six-panel digipack with a 12-panel booklet. The album will also be released on vinyl in a gatefold cover with a slightly different front image."

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Shining Reveal New Album Title

Swedish black metallers SHINING will enter the studio on April 28 to begin recording their new album, "Tillbaka På Ruta Ett" (Back to Square One), for a late 2008 release via Osmose Productions. The LP will contain six songs and will feature "six different vocalists," according to a press release.

SHINING recently parted ways with bassist Phil A. Cirone and is currently seeking a replacement.

The band's latest album, "V - Halmstad", was released in North America on June 26, 2007 via Osmose USA/The End Records.

SHINING filmed its controversial February 3, 2007 concert at Diezel in Halmstad, Sweden for an upcoming DVD, entitled "Fy Fan För Livet!" In addition to the live footage, the disc will consist of a two-hour "road movie" and the promotional video for the new song "Låt Oss Ta Allt Från Varandra". SHINING's setlist spanned the band's entire career and the show featured guest appearances by members of MAYHEM and CARPATHIAN FOREST.

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Meshuggah Enter Billboard Charts

MESHUGGAH's latest album, "obZen" has sold 11,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 59 on The Billboard 200 chart. This is substantially more than the 7,000 first-week total achieved by its predecessor, "Catch 33", which landed at No. 170 on The Billboard 200 chart back in June 2005.

An e-card for "obZen" can be accessed at this location.

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Motley Crue To Tour With Drowning Pool And More?

MÖTLEY CRÜE is rumored to be teaming up with several other acts from the Tenth Street Entertainment management stable — BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH and DROWNING POOL — for a U.S. tour that will kick off in early July. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the trek will go out under the moniker Cruefest — which is not to be confused with the association that organizes concerts at various locations around the world throughout the year to raise money for the various CRÜE-affiliated charities (including Skylar Neil Memorial Fund, Nikki Sixx's Running Wild in the Night foundation, Tommy Lee's charity of choice St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Mick Mars' charity Spondylitis Association of America).

CRÜE will officially announce its touring plans on April 15 in Los Angeles, according to a press release. All four members of the group will be present at a location yet to be determined for what the release hyped as "by far...one of the biggest music announcements of the year!!" The band is also launching a contest in which one grand prize winner from each major city in the country will be flown to Los Angeles to cover the announcement, complete with a chance to interview the band and have the interview broadcast live. Details can be found at the official CRÜE site.

The band is currently working on its ninth studio album and first featuring all four original members since 1997's "Generation Swine". Bassist Nikki Sixx said in an online posting, "Tommy's (Lee, drums) kickin' ass, Vince (Neil, vocals) sounds insane and (Mick) 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."

The album, titled "The Dirt" after the group's memoir of the same name, is tentatively due out on July 8.

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Dimmu Borgir Seek Fans For Video Shoot

The following announcement has been released courtesy of Metal Sanaz and Tod Junker at Junker Designs:

"We are filming a DIMMU BORGIR video April 14th and 15th here in LA. We are looking for fans and fans to be with your own armor; any and all styles welcome. Please send a photo with you in your armor / costume to junkerdesigns@yahoo.com.

Must be in the LA area or willing to travel. Food will be provided on set."

Thanks much,
Tod Junker / Metal Sanaz

If you would like more information on Junker Designs check out their myspace.

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Twisted Sister Guitarist Re-Records Song For Obama

Thanks to Wayne Parry of The Associated Press for the following:

Rocker Redoes Anthem for Barack Obama

Jay Jay French wants to rock. He also wants Barack.

So the TWISTED SISTER guitarist has re-recorded the heavy metal band's anthem, 'I Wanna Rock', which has become 'I Want Barack'.

French, a lifelong liberal Democrat whose mother campaigned for John F. Kennedy, said Barack Obama, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has energized a new generation of voters who previously felt left out of politics.

"He has excited so many people," said French, who founded Twisted Sister in 1973, in a telephone interview Tuesday. "He has given sincere hope to people who have been out of the arena for years."

French plays guitar on the track, which features Paulie Z., singer for the band Z02, on vocals and lead guitar. They call the band Jay Jay French and Friends and stress this isn't a Twisted Sister project because that band's members are split on the presidential candidates.

The Obama camp had no immediate comment on the song.

French said an accompanying video will soon be released on YouTube, and hopes the song will someday be played at rallies for Obama, where Stevie Wonder's 'Signed, Sealed And Delivered' now reigns.

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Original Steelheart Drummer Hospitalized

STEELHEART mainman Michael Matijevic has issued the following update:

"Dear friends, I am sad give out some bad news. My old friend and original drummer of SteelHeart (John Fowler) is in the hospital. He had a brain aneurysm and he is in a coma. The doctors say they don’t know if he is going to make it. I ask all of you if you can send him some love and positive energy to help him to come out of this traumatic situation."

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Dio To Headline Ride For Dime 4

Ride For Dime has announced RONNIE JAMES DIO as the headliner for the 4th annual Ride For Dime charity concert which benefits Little Kids Rock!

The show takes place Saturday, August 16th - venue location information has not yet been released. Also performing will be: HABIT OF FORCE, BLOOD OF THE SUN, HELL GOAT and PUMPJACK.

Ride For Dime (RFD) is an annual charity remembrance ride and concert event held in memory of Darrell Abbott, Jeff Thompson, Nathan Bray, and Erin Halk. It is in the spirit in which Darrell Abbott lived his life, his contributions and love for music that Ride For Dime was organized. Ride For Dime will continue to spread Darrell Abbott's caring, kindness, and generosity to others, by contributing to a cause he deeply believed in... music education programs for children. Proceeds from Ride For Dime are donated to the Little Kids Rock organization.

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Lamb Of God Frontman Joins Soilwork Onstage

SOILWORK have checked in with the following update:

"Randy Blythe from LAMB OF GOD made a special appearance on Wednesday night (March 12th) at the Norva in Norfolk, VA. Randy joined Soilwork on stage for the song 'Stabbing The Drama'.

Over 100 pictures from the east coast leg of the Scum Of The Earth tour are now online, including pictures from the Norva with Randy. Click here to view pictures from the tour. More photos will be posted in the coming days, keep checking back!" More...

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Detonation Make First Lineup Change in 10 Years

After playing together in the same line-up for over 10 years, Dutch melodic thrashers DETONATION are now making their first ever lineup change.

The band has welcomed Danny Tunker (Fuelblooded, The Saturnine) to the ranks to handle guitars. This automatically means that co-founder Koen Romeijn (Guitar/Vocals) will lay down his guitar within DETONATION, and that he will be focusing on the vocals only from this point on. The upcoming shows in March and April, Koen will still be doing double duties, but from May on all shows will be done as a 5-piece.

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Amorphis Plan North American Tour

AMORPHIS appear to be planning a North American tour later this year with LEAVES EYES, SAMAEL, and VIRGIN BLACK. The first date to be released is as follows:

September 29 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Jacknife Finishes Tracking New Album

Dallas, Texas-based band Jacknife have posted the following studio update:

"We’re finally done tracking the entire album! Its been 4 months in the studio with working with Sterling Winfield & Josh Robinson (Sky Line Studios), but well worth it each moment. We’re all extremely happy with this album. And we know you guys will love it too. We cant wait till you guys hear it!"

The follow-up to 2005's "Moment of Reckoning" is currently being mixed & mastered by Tim Kimsey (Pantera, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate).

Catch Jacknife on stage this Saturday (March 22) at Reno's Chop Shop in Dallas, Texas.

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Testament Adds Second Hollywood Show

Testament's April 12th show at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA has been sold out. So the band added a second show on April 13th, also at the Key Club.

Testament will be touring North America and Europe this spring/summer. You can catch the band at the upcoming dates:

Mar. 29 San Francisco, CA - The Independent (Laaz Rockit, Sadus)
Mar. 30 San Francisco, CA - The Independent (Laaz Rockit, Sadus)
Apr. 05 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 06 New York, NY - BB Kings
Apr. 10 San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House (Laaz Rockit)
Apr. 11 Las Vegas, NV - The Canyon Club (Laaz Rockit)
Apr. 12 Hollywood, CA - The Key Club (Laaz Rockit)
Apr. 13 Hollywood, CA - The Key Club (Laaz Rockit)
May 01 Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
May 02 Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s Downunder
May 03 Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room / Chicago Powerfest
May 15 Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
May 16 Vancouver, BC - Richard’s on Richard’s
May 17 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Jun. 05 Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 06 Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air Fest
Jun. 07 Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
Jun. 08 Thessaloniki, Greece - Hydrogios
Jun. 20 Clisson, France - Hellfest
Jun. 21 Istanbul, Turkey - Festival Valley
Jun. 25 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
Jun. 26 Bergara, Spain - Jam
Jun. 27 Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Festival
Jun. 28 Bologna, Italy - Gods of Metal
Jun. 29 Szczytno, Poland - Hunterfest
Sept. 19 Seoul, Korea - SFA

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