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Metal News for March 2, 2007

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27 news articles posted on this day.

Gorgasm Part Ways With Bassist/Vocalist

Chicago based brutal death metallers GORGASM have posted the following update:

“Longtime bassist/vocalist Paul Garcia has left GORGASM due to personal reasons. No more will be said about that matter, so please don’t waste your time asking us about it. We wish Paul success with his band NECROPSY and in everything else that he gets involved in musically.

Paul’s replacement will be announced soon, as well as the official statement about our signing with a new record label and new album release date.”

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New Megadeth Song Online

You can check out a new song from MEGADETH entitled “Sleepwalker,” off their upcoming new album United Abominations, online here.

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Woods of Ypres Post Rough Mixes of New Material

Ontario-based black metallers WOODS OF YPRES have updated their MySpace page to include a rough mix of their track “Your Ontario Town Is A Burial Ground” as well as updated mixes of the tracks “The Northern Cold” and “Iron Grudge” from their upcoming new album. Check out all the tracks here.

Earlier this month the WOODS OF YPRES also reported that their new album, “Woods 3,” is almost complete, with an intended release date set for Spring.

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Marilyn Manson Releases European Tour Dates

MARILYN MANSON has announced the following European tour dates:

May 26 - Landsgraaf, NET @ Pinkpop
May 28 - Milan, ITA @ Palasharp
May 29 - Firenze, ITA @ Palasport
May 31 - Toulon, FRA @ Zenith Toulon
June 2 - Lorca, SPA @ Lorca Rock Festival
June 4 - Lyon, FRA @ Halle Tony Garnier
June 5 - Paris, FRA @ Bercy
June 9 - Donington, UK @ Download Festival
June 11 - Luxembourg, LUX @ Rockhal
June 13 - Prague, CZE @ Veletrzni Palace
June 15 - Interlaken, SWI @ Greenfield Festival
June 16 - Nickelsdorf, AUT @ Nova Rock
June 17 - Chemnitz, GER @ Woodstage Festival
June 20 - Ljubljana, SLO @ Hala Tivoli 2
June 22 - Neuhausen, GER @ Southside Festival
June 23 - Scheebel, GER @ Hurricane Festival
June 24 - Berlin, GER @ Zita Rock Festival
June 26 - Dortmund, GER @ Westfallenhalle
June 28 - Werchter, BEL @ Rock Werchter
June 29 - Belfort, FRA @ Eurockeennes
July 1 - Bucharest, ROM @ B’estival

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Dragonforce Confirm XFire Live Chat For March 16th

XFire, the superb online game tracker, and DRAGONFORCE, the UK power metallers, are teaming up for a live chat on March 16th at 7 PM. Head to Xfire to sign up for the chat here. You could win one of fifteen DragonForce prize packs including: an autographed copy of DragonForce's latest CD, Inhuman Rampage, a limited edition poster, and a DragonForce patch. Right now you can download a free MP3 of 'Through The Fire And Flames' here.

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With Passion To Film Music Video

Sacramento-based WITH PASSION are set to hit the road with fellow tech-metallers ISCARIOT and ARCHITECT, conducting a comprehensive US tour. With plans to follow up in May with full support of VITAL REMAINS and LIGHT THIS CITY, the band are making calculated strides to bring their upcoming album, What We See When We Shut Our Eyes, to a broader audiences.

On Sunday, March 4th, With Passion will be filming live material for a music video of their first single, 'Pale Horses Ride'. Planned as dark and evocative, the shoot will capture the band’s live performance coupled with a horror themed storyline that is sure to accentuate the eerie sentiment of the song.

What We See When We Shut Our Eyes is due out on May 8th. Details on a release date for the video will be announced soon.

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Lordi Announce North American Tour Dates

Finland's monster rock 'n' roll extravaganza and winner of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest LORDI has announced its first ever North American tour dates in support of the band's critically acclaimed album, "The Arockalypse". "The Arockalypse" will see a March 20 North American release via The End Records.

LORDI's "monster invasion" will launch on April 20 in Anaheim, California at House of Blues and wrap with a two-night stint at the Bamboozle music festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 5 and 6.

On the topic of touring North America for the first time, frontman Mr. Lordi says, "I'm really anxious to see how the audiences are gonna react to us. From our point of view touring the States is like 'coming home.' I know it sounds weird for a Finnish band to say that but we are often described as the 'most American band' in Finland. You see all of our influences — mostly musically and visually, come from the States, so we'e keeping our fingers crossed."

Since winning Eurovision (the song contest that previously was a springboard for mainstream artists such as ABBA and CELINE DION) by its highest score ever, LORDI's popularity has grown to gargantuan heights, with the band conquering numerous European charts and a six-week sold out tour of Europe. The band's latest album, "The Arockalypse" has been certified triple platinum in Finland and is now also among the Top 60 best-selling Finnish albums ever. In addition to gracing the cover of dozens of Finnish publications, news features on LORDI's groundbreaking Eurovision win appeared outside of Finland in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian and Spin. More...

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Man Must Die Sign to Relapse Records

Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing Glasgow, Scotland’s MAN MUST DIE.

MAN MUST DIE (Joe McGlynn – vocals, Alan McFarland – guitars, John Lee – drums, and Danny McNab – bass), the first U.K.-based band to be signed to the label, are currently putting the finishing touches on their Relapse debut The Human Condition which is expected to see its release in early summer. The band recorded The Human Condition with producer Jean Francois Dagenais (MISERY INDEX, KATKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION) at Studio Victor and JFD Studios in Canada.

“I don’t think words could describe how delighted we are to be apart of the Relapse family,” McFarland comments, “growing up listening to Relapse artists and dreaming of one day being on the roster, and here we are. I fully believe that Relapse is the perfect match for MMD.” On The Human Condition, McFarland also states: “These 11 new tracks represent what we are about now. Our song writing has gotten stronger and we feel the songs on this CD are without a doubt the best MMD have created to date.” More...

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Dying Fetus Film New Video

DYING FETUS recently shot the first music video, for the track “Homicidal Retribution”, from their upcoming new album War of Attrition. The video was lensed by director Frankie Nasso (MUDVAYNE, HATEBREED, ALL THAT REMAINS) and producer Kim Resteghini for Raging Nation Films (TRIVIUM, SHADOWS FALL, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, UNEARTH) at Philadelphia’s historic Eastern State Penitentiary. The video’s premise will be that of an accused man spending a life-time in prison. Photos from the shoot can be viewed here. The “Homicidal Retribution” video is expected to see its world-premier sometime in March.

Additionally, DYING FETUS has launched a media player for War of Attrition featuring “Homicidal Retribution” as well as the track “Fate of the Condemned” at this location.

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Delian League Post Update and Song Online

Delian League have posted the song "Lost in Sin" from their 2005 debut album entitled "Truth in Chaos" on their Myspace page.

In addition the band has provided the following update:

"We've been getting a lot of questions about what's been going on with the band so its time to update everybody.

We took a small hiatus last year while Shane (bassist) & Joe (drummer) got busy with their other bands. That extra time was needed for everyone and we wound up making our practice studio a million times better plus it gave us some room for big life changes.

Later towards the end of 2006 we started back up with our regular practice schedule to get our momentum back and began writing new material for our next album. Eight songs are completed and we're going to continue to write more until we have around fifteen tracks. Then we'll record the best ten. There's still a lot of work to be done but in the meantime we threw up another track, Lost in Sin, on our page and we'll check in more often to let everyone know what we're up to.

Thanks to all of you who have supported us so much and we're confident that these new songs are WAY better than anything we have on our debut album, Truth in Chaos."

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Chris Cornell Delays Solo Album Release

Launch Radio Networks reports: Former AUDIOSLAVE and SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell's second solo album, "Carry On", has had its release date pushed back from May 1 to June 5. No explanation was given for the delay. Cornell began working on the disc last fall after the release of AUDIOSLAVE's third album, "Revelations". News of the solo project fueled rumors of a split with AUDIOSLAVE, with Cornell officially leaving the band last month due to "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences." The 14-track effort will feature "You Know My Name", Cornell's theme for the latest James Bond film, "Casino Royale", as well as a cover of MICHAEL JACKSON's "Billie Jean".

Cornell has also contributed a song to the soundtrack of the movie "Bug" and told Launch a little about the movie. "It's based on a play, but it's sort of, it's also an extremely edgy film," he said. "It's an indie film, it's kind of the opposite of the Bond movie in that sense. But an extremely entertaining and powerful movie. I'm not gonna bother trying to describe it 'cause I couldn't help but give it away. But it's definitely a movie to go see, it's extremely intense."

"Bug", which stars Ashley Judd and was helmed by "Exorcist" director William Friedkin, is due in theatres on May 25. The soundtrack also includes songs from VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland and SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian.

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Engineer Announces Tour With Tides, Album Update

Engineer (Black Market Activities) and Tides (Level Plane/Teenage Disco Bloodbath Records) are booking a tour in April. If you think you can help with any of the shows, please contact Engineer001@hotmail.com and make it happen.

Engineer is in the home stretch of their recording process. All of the instruments on the record are finished and they begin tracking vocals tomorrow. Here's a statement from the band:

"Our new album, 'The Dregs' is almost completed. We'll be in the studio for the remainder of the month finishing vocals, mixing, and mastering. Jocko (More Sound Studios) has been amazing to work with again, and we couldn't be happier with the way things have turned out thus far. He's been on par with our vision for this record every step of the way. And it's nothing short of our best work to date."

ENGINEER Tour w/ Tides:

4/05 LaCrosse, WI The Joint
4/10 Nashville, TN The Muse
4/13 Lemoyne, PA Championship
4/15 Syracuse, NY Westcott Community Center

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Neaera To Film Hometown Show For DVD

On Saturday, May 19 th, Neaera are going to play a show in their hometown Münster, Germany. This show will be exclusively filmed and made into a bonus live DVD for their next, yet untitled, record which is due to be released in late 2007.

“The show is going to take place in the Triptychon. Considering the experience of the last show we played there in 2006, we are positive to have picked the right spot. We are glad to announce that we will be supported by our friends of THE DESTINY PROGRAM (a.k.a. DESTINY) and Münster’s very own WILLSCHREY.

You can purchase your tickets IMMEDIATELY for 8 Euros (plus fee) on www.eventim.de, www.kartenhaus.de and at every CTS booking office.

“We are very optimistic about the show and we can’t wait to raise the roof with you guys once again! No shitty barriers, just you, us and the raw, unleashed energy of loud Metal music and a raging, boiling pit! Come and join the carnage!”

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The Ocean Announces New Album Details

The Ocean has been working day and night on their upcoming album, which is slated for a Summer/Fall 2007 release. The new album will be a conceptual double-CD with one full-length CD and a second mini-CD. The full-length disc will explore calmer but deeper and darker waters, while the mini-CD will revisit a style similar to the band’s 2005 release “Aeolian”. More details about the album concept coming soon…

In April, drums, bass and guitars will be recorded at the legendary Studio 57 in Finland with engineer/co-producer Jonas Olsson. Vocals and all orchestral instruments will be recorded at Oceanland in Berlin. The Ocean’s Robin Staps will join Jonas behind the board.

The Ocean is still auditioning guitar players. If you are interested, check out the bands website for more details.

The Ocean is also hoping to lock down their first U.S. tour which has been tentatively scheduled for July. More details regarding the tour will be available soon.

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Lizzy Borden Launches Trailer For Reissue

Lizzy Borden has posted an exclusive trailer for their upcoming CD/DVD reissue “Master of Disguise”. You can watch the trailer here and pre-order your copy of “Master of Disguise” online here.

“Master of Disguise” Metal Blade 25th anniversary Series reissue in stores March 6, 2007.

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Unearth Track Featured on Aqua Teen Hunger Force

UNEARTH will have a brand new track entitled "The Chosen" featured on the forthcoming soundtrack for the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" movie, which will see an April 10th release date through Williams Street/ADA. The film itself is scheduled to open in theaters on April 13th.

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Autumn Signs To Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of rising gothic metal band from the Netherlands, AUTUMN. AUTUMN stands out in their overcrowded genre of female-fronted bands by infusing their music with a groove not present in other bands in the genre.

Guitarist Jens van der Valk comments: “We're delighted to have the opportunity to work with Metal Blade in securing a strong position at the front lines of female fronted gothic metal/rock, both for Autumn and Metal Blade. After having worked with major labels Sony and Universal for our previous CD's, we're convinced the right move for us is to team up with a record label that has its feet firmly planted in the heavier scene, while retaining power and flexibility in an ever changing musical environment. We couldn't have wished for a better partner and we're confident that, with Metal Blade's renowned commitment and power to strike, we'll go far with this relationship! On a personal note: it sort of feels like coming home, since I've been affiliated with Metal Blade in the past, during my years in God Dethroned. That's been an experience that has remained my benchmark for a healthy business relationship and I can't wait to pick up where we left off and get this show on the road!”

AUTUMN recently completed recording their third album “My New Time”. Produced by Arno Krabman at Graveland studio, the album is currently being mixed by Jochem Jacobs at Split Second Sound Studio. Having worked with Arno and Jochem, it’s obvious the sound of the album will be powerful, transparent and heavy!

“We've laid down 11 tracks at Graveland Studio with producer Arno Krabman behind the dials. These are some of the most diverse, groovy and powerful Autumn songs to date. Needless to say, we're thrilled with the results so far! The new line-up has outdone itself and has seen the Autumn collective improve in all possible areas. This combined with Arno 's attention to detail and Jochem's mixing skills should result in an album that'll raise some eyebrows!”

You can check out exclusive video studio reports only on Autumn’s website. You can watch the latest video here or check out some of their material on their MySpace page.

AUTUMN is:
Nienke de Jong – vocals
Jerome Vrielink – bass
Jan Munnik – keyboards
Jan Grijpstra – drums
Mats van der Valk – guitar & backing vocals
Jens van der Valk – guitar & backing vocals

“My New Time” will be released in May via Metal Blade Records. Full track listing, exact release date and the cover artwork will be revealed soon.

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Intronaut Added To Additional Shows On Isis Tour

Goodfellow recording artists INTRONAUT have been added to some additional dates on the current ISIS US tour. The band will now continue on the tour until the March 10th show in Richmond, VA. All shows are listed below.

INTRONAUT w/ ISIS
Mar 02 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Mar 03 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Lounge
Mar 05 Orlando, FL @ The Social
Mar 06 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
Mar 08 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
Mar 09 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Mar 10 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz

Intronaut was originally brought on to the tour to replace Jesu for initial dates since they were delayed entry to the country.

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Flyleaf Announce More Headlining Tour Dates

Flyleaf have announced more tour dates in their headlining tour with opening bands, Skillet and Fair to Midland, beginning March 25th. Resident Hero and labelmates, Dropping Daylight, will also join them on some dates.

3/24 NASHVILLE, TN @ Municipal Auditorium ("Acquire the Fire")
3/25 MEMPHIS, TN @ Newby's (Resident Hero Opens)
3/27 HOUSTON, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio (Resident Hero Opens)
3/28 BEAUMONT, TX @ Antones (Resident Hero Opens)
3/30 SAN ANTONIO, TX @ White Rabbit (Resident Hero Opens)
3/31 DALLAS, TX @ Reunion Arena ("Acquire the Fire")
4/01 NEW ORLEANS, LA @ House of Blues (Resident Hero Opens)
4/02 ATLANTA, GA @ The Masquerade (Resident Hero Opens)
4/04 COLUMBIA, SC @ Headliners Live (Resident Hero Opens)
4/05 JACKSONVILLE, NC @ Hooligans (Resident Hero Opens)
4/06 CHARLOTTE, NC @ Tremont Music Hall (Resident Hero Opens)
4/07 RICHMOND, VA @ Richmond Raceway Complex (WRXL Chilli Cookoff)
4/09 CHAMBERSBURG, PA @ Chambersburg High School (Dropping Daylight Opens)
4/10 PITTSBURGH, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre (Dropping Daylight Opens)
4/11 COLUMBUS, OH @ Newport Music Hall (Dropping Daylight Opens)
4/13 DETROIT, MI @ Ford Field (4:30PM- "Acquire the Fire") AND @ St. Andrew's Hall (Dropping Daylight Opens)
4/14 CINCINNATI, OH @ Bogart's (Dropping Daylight Opens)
4/15 CHICAGO, IL @ House of Blues (Dropping Daylight Opens)
4/17 MADISON, WI @ Barrymore Theatre (Dropping Daylight Opens)
4/20 MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ Trocaderos (Dropping Daylight Opens)
4/21 KANSAS CITY, MO @ Kemper Arena ("Acquire the Fire")
4/23 SAUGET, IL @ Pop's (Dropping Daylight Opens)
4/24 INDIANAPOLIS, IN @ University of Indy (Dropping Daylight Opens)
4/25 KNOXVILLE, TN @ Blue Cats (Dropping Daylight Opens)
4/27 JACKSONVILLE, FL @ Metropolitan Park (Radio Show)
4/28 ORLANDO, FL @ Tinker Field (Radio Show)
4/29 TAMPA, FL @ Raymond James Stadium (Radio Show)
4/30 PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL @ Mojo Room (Dropping Daylight Opens)

More headline dates in May and June will be announced soon. There is also a tour e-card online that you can check out.

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Fall of Empyrean Ready CD, Seek Label

FALL OF EMPYREAN's second full length CD, entitled "A Life Spent Dying", is scheduled for release in the summer 2007. The CD will be self-financed, but the plan is to find a label for support to promote, market, and distribute worldwide. The band just finished recording a three song promotional demo, for the full length. One of the songs, 'Vast But Desolate', can be heard at the band's MySpace page.

The tentative track list follows:

1. Vast But Desolate
2. The Air is Still
3. Lifeless in My Arms (acoustic instrumental)
4. A Long Silence
5. Veins Split Wide
6. Anhedonia (acoustic instrumental)
7. Breathe Deep the Cinders
8. Outro (instrumental)

FALL OF EMPYREAN's self-titled demo is available for download in its entirety for free from their website, as well as two songs each from their EP "Anhedonia" and first full length "A Darkness Remembered".

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Into The Moat Plan To Record Later This Year

Florida metallers Into the Moat would like you to know that, contrary to rumor, they're not disbanding. In fact, according to guitarist Kit Wray, the band hopes to record a new album later this year. Bassist Josh Thiel has once again left the group, to focus on school, but Into the Moat insist they're "not looking for a bass player. A longtime friend of ours will be lending his bass skills for this upcoming album. We are hard at work on our next album, The Campaign." The band said it would like to once again work with producer Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore).

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Seether Post Neil Young Cover Track Online

Seether have added a cover of the Neil Young track "Needles and Damage Done" to their MySpace player. The track was recorded during their appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly last year.

The band will begin pre-production for their third studio album shortly with a release expected in August.

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In This Moment Singer Talks About Injury

MTV.com reports: There's no denying Maria Brink's a babe. The full-bosomed, pouty-lipped, heavily inked blond frontwoman for Southern California metallers In This Moment sort of gets that, too. That's not to say she isn't a modest lass, of course. But she's reminded on an almost daily basis just how striking she is.

"There's definitely a lot of marriage proposals," she confided, before guitarist Chris Howorth, who runs the band's MySpace page, chimed in: "Every day, there's like five or six marriage proposals that come in, and all of her picture comments — there's about a 1,000 posts for each picture — they're all like, 'You're hot,' 'Will you marry me?,' 'You're hot.' It's retarded."

At the same time, though, In This Moment — which formed in 2005 and will release their debut full-length, Beautiful Tragedy, March 20 — realize that having an attractive face behind the microphone can't hurt in a male-dominated genre. Gorgeous singers have helped the likes of Lacuna Coil and Arch Enemy get noticed, both onstage and off. One thing In This Moment fans may not notice, though, is the gash that graces the bridge of Brink's nose in the video for the first single, "Prayers."

"I literally got my head split open during the shoot," she explained. "I have a big scar across my face. The [camera] dolly came a little close, and I was headbanging, and we just collided and my whole face split open. There was blood all over the place."

When the band's manager tried to call off the shoot, to let Brink recoup, she insisted In This Moment finish what they had started. "We just iced it and glued it shut," she said. "My hair's in my face for much of the video, to cover up the cut on my face." How much more metal does it get?

In This Moment are on tour with Kittie, Walls of Jericho, Dead to Fall and 36Crazyfists through March 24 in Warren, Michigan. After that, they'll head out with Lacuna Coil and Stolen Babies in May for a North American run that launches May 7 in Louisville, Kentucky. The trek's routing is still being finalized.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Velvet Revolver To Stand In For Van Halen

Van Halen--a band that has made more headlines over the past decade for its offstage drama than for its musical endeavors--is continuing that trend, this time for reportedly deciding to neither perform during, nor appear on stage to accept, its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

According to Launch Radio Networks, rockers Velvet Revolver will perform in Van Halen's place, and VR frontman Scott Weiland and guitarist Slash will speak on the band's behalf. The report indicated that it remains unknown whether any of Van Halen's past or present members will attend the event.

Former members--David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar andMichael Anthony--have hinted in recent weeks that they would likely be on hand, but uncertainty has reigned in the wake of the recent announcement that a summer 2007 Van Halen reunion tour that would have re-teamed Roth with founding members Eddie (guitar) and Alex (drums) Van Halen--along with Eddie's 15-year-old son, Wolfgang, filling in for Anthony--has been indefinitely postponed.

VH1 announced that it will carry the first-ever live broadcast of the induction ceremony, which will take place March 12 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The live program will air at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time on VH1 Classic and MHD (MTV Networks' high-definition music channel), and a two-hour highlight edition will premiere March 17 at 9 p.m., according to a press release.

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Machine Head Post E-Card For 'The Blackening'

Machine Head have recently posted an E-Card from their upcoming album, 'The Blackening' via the RoadRunner Records website. The songs featured include Halo, Aesthetics of Hate, and Now I Lay Thee Down.

The band also posted a new set of promotional photos that were taken in February.

"The Blackening" is due out on March 27. Machine Head is currently on tour with labelmates Trivium until April in support of Lamb of God.

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"Breakfast With Korn" To Be Streamed Online

The Kevin & Bean show on KROQ-FM will host “Breakfast with Korn” from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. PT on March 6, featuring several intimate performances and interviews conducted from a secret location. As the show airs in Los Angeles, the AT&T blue room music site will provide a live online stream to fans nationwide. If you miss it the first time, the two-hour show will re-run on blue room music for 24 hours, at which point interviews with the band will be archived.

And while listeners in the KROQ area will be able to hear the segment via radio, AT&T blue room music is the only place for anyone who didn’t win tickets from KROQ to watch it, as the station’s “Breakfast with” series is closed to the general public.

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Project Steiger Slays Hollywood's Dragonfly Feb 28

This was definitely a night of explosive surprises that I didn't see walking into a barely filled, dankly lit lower-end club on my coveted Hollywood metal scene that I have been infamously covering now for the better part of three years. The opener was JOY BASU, the self-proclaimed man behind the "Mashups, Remixes and Originals with Live Guitars". He is extrememly well known around the globe already for the very fact that he is many top pop acts sit-in guitar player when they perform on TV and the such, household names like Jessica Simpson. He has performed on many well known national TV shows like The Late Show and so many countless others. He has a new album out called SinErgy which is essentially trance, house, techno, breakbeats, and a touch of industrial edge with good ole fashioned metal licks. He did not have a backup band on the stage with him this night, deciding to simply play his guitar over the top of a slew of well known radio hits pumped out the club's loudspeakers, with three hot as all hell chicks dancing nearby him that gyrated and thrusted their hips until my eyeballs literally popped out their own damn sockets. Two things right off the bat that I noticed about this kid: one, he can play the electric guitar extremely well. There were flashes of brilliance from him that had to be seen to be believed. Two, you just couldn't hear most of it with all the layers upon layers of effects he was using on top of the piped in drum and backing techno music tracks. I think he definitely needs to get serious about using a real live rock n roll band behind him and focus less on the techno and more on the metal. Period. Let me conclude that he's got enough stage presence for ten Hollywood axe strutters. And that says a lot cause most these types look like sexy women in makeup to begin with.

Next up was a performance by a man that really should need no introduction. But he does, because he's still pretty much making his way through the red tape of the business on the way to being crowned one of rock's brightest living guitar talents. The man is Ken Steiger. The band is PROJECT STEIGER. They flatout ripped everyone sitting in the audience a new asshole. I wish I could come up with a more delicate way to put things, I just can't. It literally took me two songs after the opening song 'KT Boundary Event' from his latest instrumental full-length album: Defiance, to realize that I was still on planet earth. His soaring and electrifying crush of one fist-pumping shred-off after the next, became almost too much to handle at one point for me. And the set actually started off with a sinister-like impromptu jam between Steiger and his band, spearheaded by the monster drumming assault of Duayne Howard. I knew as soon as Ken Steiger took the stage that something special was about to happen,the literal aura about him, and I thank the metal Gods for not letting me down. I can't even begin to put into words what was unleashed upon all of us in the crowd, for I'm still seriously trying to figure it out. I have seen the greats like SRV, Page, Wylde.. and so many more in live situations. And though it's been at the latter stages of all their careers, none of these guys struck the kind of lasting impression with me. It was almost like Ken Steiger stepped up last night into his own destiny finally. A destiny as a guitar great that he's been chasing like so many countless others, yet is hardly ever reached, since he first strapped on a guitar as a child. The man has literally taught guitar techniques and mentored dozens upon dozens of recognizable music industry names during his current ten year tenure at the prestigious Musicians (G.I.T.) Institute in Hollywood. Even Zakk Wylde himself knows the damage this man can bring to the six strings, a respect for another guitar virtuoso that cannot be denied. Credit needs to be given as well to Project Steiger as a unit on this night... for they truly came together and were one, something that doesn't happen even with the top name rock acts in the biz. I can't tell you how many times I've gone and paid for a show in the past where the drummer or bass player took a vacation on the stage. Steiger launched into 'Rockit' mid-way into the set and obviously it touched me in a profound manner, cause here I'm trying to pick my jaw up off the floor and I hear this guitar great say my nickname from the stage. That song shook me all night long.. and it still is. In closing on all of this, the band peformed some new tracks that even sound heavier than anything they've done before, so I cannot wait to hear what's to come from his next full-length offering that is expected to have several top name talents attached as guest performers. The fact remains that Eddie Van Halen doesn't want to go out and play right now for his fans at this point, a very sore spot being left of course with the very inhabitants of L.A.'s rock scene that put him and his soon to be inducted to the rock hall band at the top of the heap some nearly thirty years ago. Well, here's your answer right here. Get out and see Project Steiger. It will electrify you like no other rock performance going today.

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