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Metal News for March 20, 2004

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16 news articles posted on this day.

I.C.E. Sign With Crash Music

Maryland-based black metallers I.C.E. (IMPERIAL CRYSTALLINE ENTOMBMENT) have inked a four-album deal with Crash Music, Inc. The group will enter the studio later this month to record their debut album, tentatively due in the summer. I.C.E., consisting of Mammoth, Blisserred, IceSickKill and Bleak, have previously released a three-song mini-CD containing the tracks "Astral Frost Invocation", "Apocalyptic Blizzard Regime" and "Behold Thy Frozen Arctic Kingdom".

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Therion Tour Plans

THERION mainman Christofer Johnsson has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"As you can see in the tour section, we're now in the process of the scheduling of the next world tour. At the moment only the Latin American shows are booked and have a date. This part of the world is the only one were we will tour as a headline act though. We are at this moment looking what options there are for us to go together with other bands in Europe and USA/Canada. In Europe we could tour headline like the last two times, but we feel like we want to get on to something bigger. It's great to play only in front of our own fans, but it is also cool to have a bit of a challenge and play in front of crowds that only partly consist of people that know our albums. We're looking for some cool band that plays music we like and a band that we respect. At the moment we have a suggestion that I particularly like and hope is going to happen. If we can get that to happen it would be a total killer package for you guys in Europe — I'll be telling you as soon as we know (if it happens and then of course with which band it is, it's still a secret).

"In USA/Canada will still have some way to go before it would be a successful idea to play headline, so as this will be our first time over there we simply have to do the same work, as we once did in Europe many years ago and open up for other bigger bands. This is something we look forward a lot to though. THERION is a band that never had anything for free and the success we have always tastes better if we know that we have earned it by hard work and that we are a band that really deserves it.

"We also have a new drummer that's gonna do the touring with us. His name is Petter and he's a pretty unknown talent (except for those well initiated in the Stockholm music life) that used to play in a band called MASTER MASSIVE. We'll give you more news on this topic as time goes by."

Upcoming THERION shows: More...

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Saviour Machine Singer To Perform With Narnia

Eric Clayton, the vocalist of California-based SAVIOUR MACHINE, will be making a short guest appearance at NARNIA's concert in Fristad, Sweden on April 30. This will be Eric's first performance ever in Scandinavia.

As previously reported, NARNIA have set an April 26 release date through Massacre Records for their live DVD, "At Short Notice – Live In Germany". The footage for the disc was shot in early 2003 in Owen, Germany in front of 1,800 fans.

NARNIA have been confirmed to appear at this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

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A Day At The Park Festival Bands Revealed

On May 2nd, A Day At The Park Fest will be taking place at the Newburgh Skatepark in Newburgh, NY. The show will start at noon and include the following bands:

Dying Fetus
Burnt By The Sun
Bleeding Through
Most Precious Blood
All Out War
Terror
Throwdown
The Bled
Walls Of Jericho
Between The Buried And Me
Nora
Comeback Kid
The Red Chord
Name Taken
Salem

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Undying Gets Wings Of Scarlet Guitarist

Undying has now found a new guitarist in Parker Krieg, who will be leaving his current band Wings Of Scarlet in several weeks. Krieg will be replacing the recently departed Eric Wheeling and will move from Milwaukee to North Carolina to accept the gig. His last show with Wings Of Scarlet will take place on May 7th in Milwaukee, while his first show with Undying will be in Mexico City on May 14th. He will then tour Undying all summer before deciding if he should stay with them permanently.

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Jeff Pilson To Join Dio, Enter Studio In April

It's official - bassist JEFF PILSON will be reuniting with DIO to record the as-yet untitled album. The band will be entering the studio the middle of April, with a tentative June 2004 release date. Pilson is replacing long time basisst JIMMY BAIN, who has left to pursure other projects. Pilson, known for his work in DOKKEN, also appeared on the Strange Highways and Angry Machines Dio albums in the mid 90s. While appearing on the syndicated EDDIE TRUNK radio show Friday night, vocalist RONNIE JAMES DIO said the album would be a cross between Magica and Killing the Dragon with many fast songs. He also said that the Dio catalog will be remastered soon.

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Black Label Society Preview New Album Online

You can preview Black Label Society's 'Hangover Music Vol. VI' at Spitfire Records now.

The press releass states: "Hangover Music Vol. VI is an album that will change all preconceptions about ZAKK WYLDE AND BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. Hangover Music, Vol. VI is an 'emotionally fueled work of genius, mixed with brilliant piano concertos and guitar solo mastery that has become Zakk Wyldes signature.'"

The tracklisting for 'Hangover Music Vol. VI' is as follows: More...

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Scorpions Stream Entire 'Unbreakable' Album

German hard rockers the SCORPIONS have made available streams of all the tracks from their forthcoming studio album Unbreakable, due out May 3rd. Tracks include: New Generation, Love 'em Or Leave 'em, Deep And Dark, Borderline, Blood Too Hot, Maybe I Maybe You, Someday Is Now, My City My Town, Through My Eyes, Can You Feel It, This Time, She Said, Remember The Good Times. A World Tour begins April 17th in Hannover Germany. You can hear the tracks here.

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Turkey Vulture Records Seeks Bands For Compilation

Turkey Vulture Records is seeking bands for a compilation entitled "THE HARDER, THE BETTER:VOLUME SEVEN". Bands so far include:

THE HUMAN CONDITION (FEATURING WILEY ARNETT OF SACRED REICH)
DOOMSDAY DEVICE (EX-MEMBERS OF D.R.I.)
BORN NAKED (FEATURING "HERB" FROM PRIMUS)
NEW SOCIETY OF ANARCHISTS (TURKEY VULTURE RECORDS)
NO CLASS CITIZEN (TURKEY VULTURE RECORDS)
MARY'S CUNT (TURKEY VULTURE RECORDS)
DEATH BY TECHNOLOGY
BEYOND THERAPY
MIASMA
PLANET KILLSWITCH
ENOUGH ABOUT THE KING
ALERT ALERT
REMEMBER THE DAY
UNLEADED
EFFLUVIUM
J*A*N FEATURING U.D.S.S.R.

If you or someone you know is in an extreme band seeking worldwide exposure, visit turkeyvulturerecords.com for info on how to get on this upcoming compilation.

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Death's Videos Posts Online

Both of Death's official videos (for The Philosopher and Lack of Comprehension) are now available through EW. Check out the new downloads page on EmptyWords.org.

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God Forbid Post "Gone Forever" Video Online

Century Media have put up the video for GOD FORBID's 1st single, 'Better Days', off the bands new album "Gone Forever" online. You can view it here. (Real Player needed).

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James Hetfield Talks About Napster & Other Topics

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has told the Edmonton Journal that he's used to being the butt of jokes, one of the consequences of suing Napster and cosmetic companies with lines of "Metallica" perfumes or lipsticks. But Hetfield doesn't always laugh at them — such as Edmonton's METALLICUGH!, a trio who claimed that they were spurred to take on to challenge the San Francisco-based heavy metal giants as a reaction to METALLICA's endless stream of legal actions. As expected, the Canadian rockers received a cease-and-desist order from METALLICA's lawyer and quickly changed the name.

"You know what? We're just defending what's ours," said Hetfield. "People can laugh all they want."

Hetfield also said that he believes METALLICA was given a rough ride over their stance on Napster.

"The fact it was free was what was bothering us," he said. "We could care less if they're downloading, we want convenience. But we wanted to be asked if we wanted to be a part of it. For me, it was stealing and in my book, I was raised that stealing was not OK. We were defending what we thought was right. It was difficult because people were excited about the possibilities. We were, too, but we were fearful of them too — what did it mean to us and our careers? How were we going to feed our kids?

"You know, magazines like Rolling Stone or Forbes print lists of highest-grossing bands and we're always in there. But they never have a column of our expenditures, how much we pay in taxes and all the other stuff. It's really unfair that people think that because of the money you have, you should act differently — stealing is OK because you've got enough. I really don't understand that."

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Atrocity Reveal Tracklisting And Artwork

The German Gothic metallers ATROCITY have posted the cover of their new album, "Atlantis", at their official website. View the new album artwork here

Atlantis was produced by Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio.

The first single from "Atlantis", ‘Cold Black Days’, recently entered the German Alternative Chart at #17. The video for the single is currently in rotation on the Schattenreich Club TV DVD (also featuring Within Temptation, H.I.M., Oomph!, In Flames, Crematory and Battlelore) in 40 German clubs.

The single features different mixes of the title track, a cover of a DAS ICH track and the bonus track ‘Antediluvian World’. Also included is an atmospheric multimedia section designed with Atrocity's own Atlantis font and a screensaver.

Atrocity will play the With Full Force Open Air festival on July 4th. This will be the first time the band performs material from "Atlantis" live.

The band have also confirmed the tracklisting for the new album, due out on April 26th: More...

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Slayer, Cradle Of Filth On Download Festival 2004

The 2004 Download Festival is scheduled to take place in Donington, UK on June 5th and 6th, and in Glasgow, Scotland on June 2nd and 3rd.

The latest confirmations come from CRADLE OF FILTH and SLAYER.

The confirmed lineup for the festivals in shaping up to look like this:

June 2nd - Glasgow, Scotland: METALLICA, KORN, SLIPKNOT and H.I.M.

June 3rd - Glasgow, Scotland: LINKIN PARK, LOSTPROPHETS, IGGY & THE STOOGES, THE DISTILLERS and MACHINE HEAD.

June 5th - Donington, UK - Main Stage: LINKIN PARK, SUM 41, IGGY & THE STOOGES, THE HIVES, THE DISTILLERS, CRADLE OF FILTH and MONSTER MAGNET. Game On Stage: ELECTRIC SIX, SOIL, AKERCOCKE, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and MILLION DEAD.

June 6th - Donington, UK - Main Stage: METALLICA, KORN, SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, ILL NINO and GODSMACK. Game On Stage: H.I.M., BOWLING FOR SOUP, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, DAMAGEPLAN, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, LIFE OF AGONY and HATEBREED.

For more info visit the official website of the festival


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Symphony X Confirm Mexican Dates

The New Jersey based Progressive metallers SYMPHONY X have confirmed on their website that they will play México City, Mexico on May 29 at Circo Volador. A second show in México, tentatively scheduled for May 28, will be announced shortly.

As previously reported, Symphony X will be heading back out on tour in April for two weeks worth of dates with QUEENSRYCHE.

The dates are as follows: More...

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Ensiferum Post Artwork For New Single

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM have posted the cover artwork for their new single, "Tale of Revenge", at this location

"Tale of Revenge" comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Iron", due on April 19 through Spinefarm Records. In addition to the title cut, the "Tale of Revenge" single features ENSIFERUM's cover version of METALLICA's "Battery".

The follow-up to 2001's "Ensiferum", "Iron" was recorded last summer at Sweet Silence studios in Copenhagen, Denmark with producer Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA, ARTILLERY).

As previously announced, ENSIFERUM will be embarking on a European tour with FINNTROLL beginning on April 14 in London, England. The band hasn’t yet found a replacement member/members for singer/guitarist Jari. However a stand- in has been found for the European tour. Vocals and guitars are played by NORTHER’s Petri Lindroos.

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