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Metal News for March 2, 2006

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16 news articles posted on this day.

Trail of Tears To Enter The Studio In June

Norway's TRAIL OF TEARS will enter Soundsuite Studio in Marseille, France on June 25 with producer Terje Refsnes to start recording their as-yet-untitled fifth album. The band expect to spend six weeks tracking the effort for a late 2006 release via Napalm Records.

Commented vocalist Ronny Thorsen: "It will be a bigger-sounding album, for sure more orchestrated and symphonic. We are extremely satisfied with the pre-productions we have done and have strong faith in the material! We are also looking forward to work with Terje Refsnes again for the first time since 2002's 'A New Dimension of Might' album."

TRAIL OF TEARS's latest album, "Free Fall Into Fear", is available now on Napalm Records. The follow-up to "A New Dimension of Might" was recorded at Dub Studio with producer Endre Kirkesola (GREEN CARNATION, BLOOD RED THRONE).

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Benton Hates Hoffman Brothers "More Than Anything"

J. Bennett of Decibel magazine (web site) recently conducted an interview with DEICIDE frontman Glen Benton. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Decibel: Has it been weird writing songs without the Hoffman brothers [Eric and Brian, former DEICIDE guitarists]?

Benton: "It's been the fucking greatest thing in the world. Those two are a couple of idiots, man. I hate Eric and Brian Hoffman more than anything in this world, and I will not rest until I put shit straight with the fans. Up 'til now, everybody thinks I kicked them out of the band, but nobody kicked anybody out. They quit on their own, and I wanna set the record straight in regard to those two fuckin' pricks."

Decibel: What happened exactly?

Benton: "It's real simple: Eric Hoffman has a fucking steroid problem, and he's bi-polar. Brian married some young broad who's running his life for him. What initially happened is that when our publishing deal ended with Roadrunner, and our new deal started with Earache, we put them on notice that our publishing was no longer gonan be split four ways — it's gonna be based on who writes what. That's the industry standard. Brian writes one song for the album, Eric writes two songs and they wanna get paid for all the songs Steve [Asheim, drums] wrote. That's not fuckin' fair. And I wrote all the lyrics, so I'm entitled to 50% of the publishing. Why should I give those two money? They've been losing thousands of dollars for me and Steve for ten years now. If it was one of those things where they showed up and did their jobs, we wouldn't have a fucking problem. That's why the deal we signed [with Roadrunner] in '90 was set up like that. Back then, everybody wrote and contributed and it was a fuckin' group effort. But now me and Steve are the Lennon and McCartney of the band, doing all the writing, and those two wanna get paid for our hard work. Fuck that."

Decibel: So they quit?

Benton: "When they got their first publishing checks and didn't get paid for all the songs me and Steve wrote, they fucking quit. And now we gotta deal with Eric threatening Steve, driving to his house and screaming outside his window at 10:30 at night, making threatening phone calls, talking shit on Blabbermouth about Steve's dad dying, and all this other bullshit. Eric knows better than to come over here, though — he knows I shoot first and ask questions later."

Decibel: Didn't he get busted for steroids?

Benton: Yeah, Eric got busted, and when it happened, he put the drugs in his brother's bag and then his brother got busted. [Laughs]"

Decibel: Amazing.

Benton: "Yeah, they're real nice guys. We're in the process of suing them right now — for slander and everything else, dude. They're going around telling people I'm addicted to methamphetamine. You know what? Who hasn't experimented with a few things in their life? Big deal. So what if I experimented? They did, too! But, look, I don't even drink anymore, man. I mean, I'll have a Heineken every once in a while, but I was drinking a bottle of Jack Daniel's every night before I went onstage and another bottle while I was playing. That starts catching up with you real quick, and I started going blind in my right eye. So after a nice scare at the doctor's office about four years ago, I stopped."

Decibel: Aren't the Hoffmans suing you for the rights to the band name?

Benton: "They can't do a goddamned thing to me, dude. I own the fucking name. They went behind my back and filed on my trademark, so I'm in the process of suing them to get their names off it. And I will win. They abandoned their jobs, and now they wanna come back. Well, there's no coming back, man. Sorry. It's a better band now because they're gone. They're just a couple of losers, and they rode on me and Steve's coattails for all these years."

Decibel's entire interview with Glen Benton can be found in the magazine's April 2006 issue, available on the newsstands right now.

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Rare 'Ride The Lightning' Vinyl Sold For Over $2K

A limited-edition vinyl copy of METALLICA's "Ride the Lightning" LP, featuring the band's logo in red, was recently sold on eBay for a whopping $2,247! The LP was apparently one of only 500 copies that were pressed up in 1989 by the band's European record label, Phonogram/Vertigo, and features an individual numbering sticker. You can view the auction page here.

Commented the seller: "I bought this record from a friend who owned a record shop back in early '90s when I lived in Germany.It was unused and all new when I bought it, but I don't think it came shrinkwrapped. I have only played it a couple of times, and besides that it has been in my vinyl shelfs for 16 years or something now! The sleeve shows signs of age, but it's nothing major. Anyway, I think it will be a long time untill you will see this one for sale on eBay again!!"

For more information on this rare promotional item, visit metallipromo.com (see record listing number 42).

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Black Sabbath 'Greatest Hits 1970-1978' Cover Art

The cover artwork for BLACK SABBATH's upcoming "best of" collection, entitled "Greatest Hits 1970-1978", has been posted online. Due on March 14 from Rhino, the CD was executive produced by Sharon Osbourne and contains 16 monster hits from the original BLACK SABBATH, with over 80 minutes of remastered musical mayhem. Liner notes were written by BLABBERMOUTH.NET contributor and esteemed metal journalist Don "Fang" Kaye.

"Greatest Hits 1970-1978" track listing:
01. Black Sabbath
02. N.I.B.
03. The Wizard
04. War Pigs
05. Paranoid
06. Iron Man
07. Sweet Leaf
08. Children Of The Grave
09. Changes
10. Snowblind
11. Supernaut
12. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
13. Hole In The Sky
14. Rock 'N' Roll Doctor
15. Never Say Die
16. Dirty Women

BLACK SABBATH will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month. The 21st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on March 13 in New York at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Artists are eligible to be inducted into the Rock Hall after at least 25 years have passed since their first record was released.

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Kampfar Complete Work On New Album

Norwegian old-school black metallers KAMPFAR have completed work on their third full-length album, "Kvass", due later in the year via Napalm Records. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Lyktemenn
02. Til Siste Mann
03. Ravenheart
04. Ildverden
05. Hat Og Avind
06. Gaman Av Dr?mmer

KAMPFAR's second full-length album, "Fra underverdenen" ("From the underworld") was released in 1999 via Hammerheart Records.

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Acerbic Noise Development Signs Two Bands

Acerbic Noise Development has signed two new bands to their roster. For their 3rd and 4th release is Verse & Radiation - "Along the Celestial Ruins" and Ganon – "In The Dead Of Sleep". Release dates set for late March/Early April.

In other label news, Hematovore is featured in the BUZZ section of Guitar Player Magazine (April Issue).

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Zyklon Mixing New Album "Disintegrate"

Norwegian metallers Zyklon entered Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, earlier this week to finish mixing the band's forthcoming album, Disintegrate. The album was recorded at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio in Norway. The disc will surface May 16 and feature at least the following confirmed tracks "Wrenched", "Cold Grave", "Disintegrate", "In Hindsight", "Skinned and Endangered", "Vulture", "Subversive Faith", "Underdog", "Ways of the World", and "Vile Ritual". On March 14 the band will release its first-ever live DVD, "Storm Detonation Live."

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Thumbscrew Sign With Imagine It Records

Imagine It Records have announced the signing of Houston, TX chaos machines Thumbscrew. Thumbscrew was formed in 2003, and released their debut full length "All Is Quiet" in 2005 via Counterintelligence Recordings.

They will begin recording their Imagine It debut, a 3-4 song EP this week at Orphic Studios in Austin, Texas with Josh Wardrip and plan a late May release date. "The new material is much heavier and pissed off then our older stuff." says their singer Daniel. "Herb (Imagine It) has really took us under his wing and made us feel right at home, making us very comfortable. I'm sure good things will come from this friendship as well as our partnership."

After recording, Thumbscrew will do a stint of shows on the Six Feet Under, Sworn Enemy, Animosity, Job For A Cowboy tour. Here are the dates Thumbscrew are playing:

w/ Six Feet Under, Sworn Enemy, Animosity, Job For A Cowboy
Mar 17 2006 @ Java Jazz Houston, TX
Mar 18 2006 @ Phoenix Music Complex Dallas, TX
Mar 19 2006 @ The Ballroom Corpus Christi, TX
Mar 20 2006 @ The White Rabbit San Antonio, TX

After that, they will then begin booking their summer tour. Here are the tentative tour dates. Send an email to booking@thumbscrew1.com to help setup a show. More...

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Monster Magnet Mainman ODs, Euro Tour Cancelled

MONSTER MAGNET have cancelled their European tour after the group's mainman, Dave Wyndorf, was hospitalized following a drug overdose.

"The battle with one's inner demons is the most personal fight any of us can undertake," said MONSTER MAGNET's manager, Steve Davis of Davis Entertainment Group. "The fight is at times a lonely, confusing journey. On the evening of February 27, Dave Wyndorf suffered a setback in his own fight and was hospitalized due to a drug overdose. His full recovery is expected. We ask that all those he has encountered over the years or simply affected by his music to take a moment to think good thoughts of and for him. With the grace of God and those who love him we are all confident that Dave will rebound from this set back and continue to play and make great rock and roll."

MONSTER MAGNET recently spent time at Sound City and Paramount recording studios in Los Angeles recording the follow-up to 2004's "Monolithic Baby", tentatively due this summer via SPV. The CD is being produced by friend and veteran MAGNET producer/mixer Matt Hyde ("Powertrip" and "God Says No"). Also planned for release are reissues of the band's classic albums "Tab" and "Spine of God", featuring new artwork and liner notes, as well as bonus tracks, as part of SPV's SuPerValue reissue series. A DVD is also in the planning for late 2006.

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Negativa Part With Bassist, Announce Replacement

NEGATIVA, the new Quebec, Canada-based metal band featuring former GORGUTS members Steeve Hurdle (guitar, vocals; also ex-PURULENCE) and Luc Lemay (guitar, vocals), along with Etienne Gallo (AUGURY) on drums, have parted ways with bassist Dominic Lapointe (QUO VADIS, AUGURY, ATHERETIC). "Dominic coudn't make it. He was too busy with his two other bands," Hurdle said. "So, from now on, Miguel Valade (ex-ION DISSONANCE) will fill the spot. He is a cool guy and he his a very good bass player! We want to enter studio in late April or May to record our debut demo...we will see if things will be ready!" Songtitles set to appear on the demo include "L'éloge de L'ombre", "Omniferium", "Taedium Vitae", "Rebellion" and "Chaos in Motion".

NEGATIVA are expected to release their debut CD on Great White North Records. The highly anticipated GORGUTS live album and live DVD will be released later this year, also by Great White North Records.

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Skylines Add New Guitarist

In the wake of the departure of short-term bassist Will Straughn, Blood & Ink Records' SKYLINES have moved Matt Moment back to bass from guitar and added former Tragedy Letters guitarist Dave Haygood to their lineup. Having played in various bands with members of SKYLINES since middle school, Haygood comes as a welcome and familiar addition to the group.

Haygood will make his debut with SKYLINES at their CD release show for the new album Identity, scheduled for March 4th at Coffee Talk in Ashland, VA. More information about the band and this show can be found on their MySpace page.

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War Of Ages and Bloody Sunday Tour Dates

War Of Ages and Bloody Sunday have lined up a few weeks of touring. Here are the tour dates:

3/18 Annapolis, MD @ RTBC
3/19 Altoona, PA @ Classic Attitudes
3/21 Grand Ledge, MI @ Oneida Church
3/22 Warsaw, IN @ All Events
3/23 Arlington Heights, IL @ Arlington Heights VFW
3/24 Joplin, MO @ The Bridge
3/25 Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge N
3/26 Jefferson, SD @Jefferrson Community Center
3/27 Scottsbluff, NE @ The Underground
3/28 Ogden, UT @ Club Boomva w/ Flee The Seen, Desole
3/29 Reno, NV @ Reno VFW
3/30 Roseville, CA @ The Underground
4/1 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse (Facedown Fest)
4/4 Tucson, AZ @ Skrappys
4/5 Odessa, TX @ Einstein's Revenge
4/6 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Glasnost
4/7 Tupelo, MS @ The Rockwell Center
4/8 Nashville, TN @ Rockettown
4/9 Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club

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Celtic Frost Plan North American Tour

Pollstar have posted more dates for CELTIC FROST's upcoming North American tour.

Here are all the confirmed dates thus far:

Sept. 12 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Sept. 13 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Sept. 14 - New York, NY - B.B. King's Blues Club
Sept. 15 - New York, NY - B.B. King's Blues Club
Sept. 16 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley
Sept. 18 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Sept. 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
Sept. 20 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Sept. 22 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Sept. 23 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Sept. 25 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Hotel
Sept. 27 - Calgary, AB - The Warehouse
Sept. 28 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
Sept. 30 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
Oct. 1 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Oct. 2 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Oct. 3 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Oct. 4 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
Oct. 6 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Oct. 7 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
Oct. 8 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct. 9 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Oct. 11 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
Oct. 12 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Oct. 13 - El Paso, TX - The Zone
Oct. 14 - San Antonio, TX - Sunset Station
Oct. 16 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
Oct. 17 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Oct. 19 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre
Oct. 20 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Oct. 21 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Oct. 23 - Tampa, FL - The Masquerade
Oct. 24 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
Oct. 25 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
Oct. 27 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Oct. 28 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
Oct. 29 - Fayetteville, NC - Jesters Pub
Oct. 31 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Nov. 2 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa

As previously reported, CELTIC FROST's new album, "Monotheist", is scheduled to be released in Europe on May 29 and on the following day, May 30, in North America through Century Media.

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Cancer Call It A Day Again

CANCER drummer Carl Stokes has posted this announcement on the band's official website:

"Due to the lack of commitment to the band from John Walker (vocals, guitar), CANCER is no more. Carl Stokes wishes to thank every one who has supported the band with its return, and say sorry to anyone who is disappointed with this decision. However Carl is working on another band called HAIL OF FIRE .

The band will feature ex-CANCER members Dave Leitch (lead guitar), Barry Savage (lead guitar), Ian Buchanan (bass), myself on the skins and newcomer Rob Lucas on vocals.

This band is more brutal than the last CANCER albums, although I am very proud of them. It's time to get back to the straight ahead ferocity.

More news as it develops."

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Hatebreed Film Video For "To The Threshold"

This past weekend Hatebreed shot a video for the new song "To The Threshold," which will appear on the upcoming Headbangers Ball "The Revenge" 2 Disc CD compilation for Roadrunner Records. The video was directed by Dale Restighini and "tells a story of young kid who uses music to escape the abuse of a man his mother is seeing."

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Helmet Sign To Warcon, Confirmed For Warped Tour

As one of the leading post-hardcore/punk labels in the industry today, WARCON Enterprises has announced that it has signed the forefathers of the genre themselves Helmet. Under the deal, Helmet will release a new album which is slated for early summer 2006 and has confirmed that they will headline this year's Warped Tour.

According to Page Hamilton, founder, songwriter and guitarist for Helmet, several of the album's songs have already been written and Wharton Tiers has been confirmed as the project's co-producer. Tiers recorded the band's first two releases 'Strap It On' and 'Meantime', which sold over a million copies and defined the brusque element of American's underground rock scene.

"Wharton was my only choice to co-produce this project with me," said Hamilton. "I want to get back to my roots with this release and what's really cool is that we are actually using the same tape machine that we recorded our first two albums with. The whole thing is also going to be done in all analog to give it that classic Helmet sound. We're very excited about it."

"I really like what Warcon stands for," he said. "In today's music climate, it's more intriguing to be involved in every aspect of the project. The structure of this deal makes me more of a partner rather than the traditionally signed artist / record deal approach, which for me personally has little value anymore."

Taking a six-year hiatus after releasing their fourth album 'Aftertaste', the band returned in 2004 to release 'Size Matters' and a "best of" CD but it's not until now that Hamilton has decided to go back to the organic sound that they are known for. The sound that actually sparked a new brand of metal that crossed all traditional music boundaries and paved the way for such bands as Chevelle, The Deftones, Silverchair and Norma Jean.

"The first song I ever learned to play on the guitar was a helmet song. I pretty much just tried to figure the songs out and that's how I learned to play basically. Helmet is a band that I have listened to for years and will always enjoy them because they have the sweetest riffs I have ever heard. I love to air drum to them in the car also! I wouldn't be the same without Helmet in my life," said Chris Day, guitarist for Norma Jean. Chi Cheng, bass player for the Deftones, says that he was also influenced by Helmet. "Every band should wish to aspire to the originality and genius of Helmet. An inspitation to fans and musicians-alike."

Helmet's first appearance under the Warcon label will be at this year's SXSW festival where they will perform with fellow label mates Opiate for the Masses, My American Heart, Street Drum Corps and Dir en Grey at the PETA documentary party and the WARCON showcase.

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