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Metal News for March 20, 2007

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21 news articles posted on this day.

Dimmu Borgir, Devildriver, Unearth Tour Dates

As announced, Kataklysm, Devildriver, Unearth and Dimmu Borgir will be teaming up to tour the US this spring. Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows:

April 20- Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
April 21- Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
April 22- Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
April 23- Montreal, QU @ Metropolis
April 24- Quebec City, QU @ Theater Capitol
April 26 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theater
April 27- Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 28- Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 29- Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
April 30- Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
May 2- Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 4- St Paul, MN @ The Myth
May 5- Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings
May 7- Calgary, AB @ Macewan Hall
May 8- Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
May 10- Seattle, WA @ The Fenix
May 11- Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
May 12- Portland, OR @ Roseland
May 13- San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
May 15- Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Air
May 16- Las vegas, NV @ House of Blues
May 17- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 18- Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
May 19- San Diego, CA @ Soma
May 21- Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
May 22- Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont
May 23- St Louis, MO @ Pop's
May 25- Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
May 26- Houston, TX @ Club V
May 27- San Antonio, TX @ Graham Central Station
May 29- Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 30- Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues

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Killchain Signs To Maintain Records

Maintain Records has announced the signing of death metal band KILLCHAIN from Slovakia. Their debut album, "One More Victim," will be in stores till summer this year and continues a great death metal tradition. The label compares "One More Victim" with Vader's "De Profundis." You can check out "Nobody Is Safe" from the label's MySpace page.

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Holyhell's "Apocalypse" Single Release Date

HOLYHELL, the stunning female-fronted newcomer band from Magic Circle Music, is preparing to take the world by storm with their debut single "Apocalypse". The single will be available in stores in Germany, Austria, Switzerland on March 23rd and will also be sold at the venues during the band's guest appearance on the current 'Demons, Dragons and Warriors' tour as well as via the band's website on March 21, and other online platforms.

"Apocalypse" will feature the stomping title track, other soon to be classics such as "Last Vision" and "Resurrection" and a live rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera", featuring a duet with MANOWAR vocalist Eric Adams. It also contains enhanced bonus video material including an electronic press kit and a video of "The Phantom of the Opera", filmed live at their Masters of Rock Festival appearance in 2005 in the Czech Republic.

The band has just completed a successful tour through the Czech Republic as special guest on the "Demons, Dragons and Warriors Tour" with MANOWAR and RHAPSODY OF FIRE. The fans' reaction towards this new diamond in the metal world has been nothing but fantastic. Don't miss this band.

For more info please see the brand new E-Card at holyhell.com.

Remaining tour dates on the Demons, Dragons and Wariors Tour with Manowar, Holyhell and Rhapsody of Fire are as follows:

22.03.2007 Germany Berlin - Max Schmeling Halle
23.03.2007 Germany Munich - Olympiahalle
24.03.2007 Germany Frankfurt - Festhalle
27.03.2007 Germany Dortmund - Westfalenhalle
28.03.2007 Germany Hamburg - Color Line Arena
30.03.2007 Germany Nuremberg - Arena Nürnberger Versicherung
31.03.2007 Germany Stuttgart - Schleyerhalle
04.04.2007 Greece Athens - Olympic Fencing Center
07.04.2007 Russia Moscow - DS Luzhniki

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Atrocity To Start Working On New Full Length

Reunited Torrington, Connecticut-based thrash/hardcore act ATROCITY (not to be confused with the German band) have signed with Open Grave Records for a brand new full-length album, due out late 2007/early 2008. Earlier this year Open Grave Records released ATROCITY's "Contaminated", which featured alternative recordings from the original, "Infected" sessions back in 1990.

Formed in early 1985 by Rob Wedda (vocals), Rich Flint (bass), Scott Reynolds (guitar) and Jeff White (drums), ATROCITY had pushed out three demos ("Toxic Death", "Ravaged by Disease", "Mangled") and a self-financed seven-inch EP, entitled "Hatred Birth", by 1989. They soon caught the attention of U.K.-based Metalcore Records, a subsidiary of Plastichead Distribution, whom they ultimately signed with.

ATROCITY's first album, "Infected" (1990), is very raw and featured a very violent death metal/grind sound. The second album, "The Art of Death" (1992), saw a lineup change when Scott left the band and was replaced by Jesse Piechowski on guitar.

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Midnattsol Confirmed For Wave Gotik Treffen 2007

The German/ Norwegian sextet MIDNATTSOL have been official confirmed to play at the 2007 edition of the Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany. Festival details are still being sorted out, but AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL, PRIMORDIAL, KRYPTERIA, CREMATORY and HAGGARD are also due to perform.

Go to this location for details on the festival. More...

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Hear Dead Mens Dreams' "Stalked By The Dead"

A final mastered track from Orlando, Florida's Dead Mens Dreams entitled "Stalked By The Dead" has been posted online. You can listen to this track on Diabolus Music's MySpace page.

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Gates Of Slumber To Headline Doom Shall Rise Fest

Doom Shall Rise Festival will take place at the Chapel (a former U.S. Army church) in Göppingen, Germany on April 27th - 28th.

The latest acts confirmed for the festival include FORSAKEN (headlining Friday) and GATES OF SLUMBER (headlining Saturday).

The running order for the festival is as follows: More...

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Graveworm To Issue New Album Via Massacre Records

Gothic black metallers GRAVEWORM have issued the following update:

"The new album will be released in Europe on Massacre Records. The album was produced at the Stage One studio with Andy Classen (DISBELIEF, DEW-SCENTED). The new masterpiece will be released as limited edition digipack."

Massacre Records has set May 25th as the release date for the above mentioned album, entitled Collateral Defect. The album will feature the following tracklisting: 'Reflections', 'Bloodwork', 'Touch Of Hate', 'Suicide Code', 'The Day I Die', 'Fragile Side', 'I Need A Hero' 'Out Of Clouds', 'Scars Of Sorrow', 'Memories'.

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Vreid Post Song From Upcoming Album

Norwegian black metallers VREID have posted the track 'Under Isen', from their forthcoming new album, I Krig (At War). Check out the track at this location.

I Krig (At War) will be released via Indie Recordings on May 8th in Norway. European and US dates will follow soon. The album will feature the following tracklisting: 'Jarnbyrd', 'Under Isen', 'I Krig', 'Væpna Lengsel', 'Svart', 'Folkefiendar', 'Dei Daude Steig Av Grav', 'Fangegard', 'Millom Hav Og Fjell'.

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Cattle Decapitation Post Bonus Track Online

California-based grinders CATTLE DECAPITATION have issued the following update:

"Rare Cattle Decapitation bonus track added to our page!!!

We're about to head out on tour and to get everyone ready for the destruction, we've uploaded the bonus track from the Japanese version of Karma.Bloody.Karma!!! It's only available on the import version, but now we have it here for everyone to check out and add to their page!

The track is called 'World Full Of Idiots'... Check it out!!!"

The above mentioned song can be found here.

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Abominable Putridity Post New Songs Online

Russian brutal death metallers ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY have posted two new songs over at their official MySpace page for your listening pleasure.

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Infected Malignity Post New Song Online

Japanese death metallers INFECTED MALIGNITY have posted a new song entitled “Fictitious Follower” online over at their official MySpace page.

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Battlelore Post New Video Online, More Tour Dates

BATTLELORE has announced new tour dates and a new Video for "House Of Heroes." You can watch the video on YouTube (or below).

Battlelore's latest tour dates are as follows:

27.04.2007 DE - Berlin / Darkside
28.04.2007 DE - Annaberg-Buchholz, Alte Brauerei
29.04.2007 CZ - Brno / Faval Club
30.04.2007 HU - Budapest / Petofi Hall Gothica Festival
01.05.2007 DE - Munich / Metropolis
02.05.2007 IT - tba
03.05.2007 IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
04.05.2007 Ch- Thun / Late Night (new)
05.05.2007 CH - Uster / Rock City
06.05.2007 DE - Illingen / Ellipse, Earthquaker Festival
07.05.2007 DE - Dortmund / Tarantula
08.05.2007 DE - Stuttgart / Universum
09.05.2007 DE - Marburg / KfZ
10.05.2007 NL - Eindhoven / Effenaar
11.05.2007 DE - Marksteft / Rockmania Festival
12.05.2007 DE - Lübeck / Treibsand
20.10.2007 BE - Wieze / Metal Female Voices Festival 5 More...

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Laaz Rockit Back Catalog To Be Reissued

OSM Records has set a May 14 release date for the reissue of LAAZ ROCKIT's "City's Gonna Burn." Originally released in 1984, "City's Gonna Burn" was remastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering. The artwork was updated by Mark DeVito of MetalBabies.com. The CD will be issued with bonus tracks.

Over the course of the next year, OSM Records plans to remaster and re-release LAAZ ROCKIT's back catalog all the way up 1989's "Annihilation Principle" LP.

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Hear Impetigo's "Trap Them And Kill Them" Remaster

"Trap Them And Kill Them" has been remastered for the upcoming re-issue of IMPETIGO's "Horror of the Zombies" album on Razorback Records. The track was remastered by Patrick Bruss and can be heard on the official Razorback myspace page.

Look for the CD to be out in late April, with extensive liner notes from Stevo and more.

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Dave Mustaine Talks About "Sleepwalker" Track

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke to KNAC.COM's Gnarly Charlie about the inspiration for the band's new song "Sleepwalker" from the upcoming CD, "United Abominations". "I was kind of getting bored with people taking snipes at me over the Internet," Mustaine explained. "I just thought it was really cowardly. It wasn't anybody famous; it was just constant stuff, especially one particular news site, in general. And I just thought, 'You know what? It would be really funny if I could go to sleep and just do astral planing and do a little ass-whooping and then wake up and not be held accountable for anything.' (laughs) You know it's kind of sad, because there are disorders where people do, like the Ambien sleepwalk. For me, a lot of it too, was some of the crime stuff that they do, you know, like the old mob movies, 'The Godfather' and stuff like that… I love '24', and I just watched this one thing where I went through every single season because I didn't even discover the series until last year and I watched the first four years all in a row, almost nonstop, with time to sleep and stuff a little food in my face. But, there was one scene where they were up on Mulholland and I just flashed back about these photographers that would say, 'Yeah, you're a model. Hey, here's my card. Let's go take pictures out in the woods.' Duh! You remember that one? He took her out in the woods and he killed her. It's so commonplace — we can identify with these tragedies and stuff like that, but when you think about how gullible a person is and the wickedness that some people have in their hearts when they take advantage of these people, it's like…first off, how could somebody be that naïve, and second off, where are the good guys that protect people from assholes like this?"

"United Abominations" is released on May 15, with the following tracklisting:

01. Sleepwalker
02. Washington Is Next!
03. Never Walk Alone
04. United Abominations
05. Gears Of War
06. Blessed Are The Dead
07. Play For Blood
08. A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) (feat. Cristina Scabbia)
09. Amerikhastan
10. You're Dead
11. Burnt Ice

You can check out the cover artwork here, and download "Sleepwalker" here.

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Harakiri Auditioning Singers

HARAKIRI has begun auditioning replacements for singer Matt Reese, who left the band in January. The group has issued the following update:

"The search for a new vocalist is on. We've started the audition process. We have some good candidates for sure. We're hoping to wrap this up fairly soon so if anyone out there, who hasn't contacted us already, is still interested in trying out get with us asap. Or if you inquired about it but we didn't get back to you, message us again. Things were getting hectic there for a second and I am afraid some emails may have been missed.

We are steadily progressing on the writing of the songs for the new album (musically that is). We pretty much finished up another new one yesterday. We're anxious to get all this done and hit the studio and play some shows.

Anyway, we're alive and trying to push this forward as fast as we can. Once a vocalist is decided upon we'll throw up a demo track probably."

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Neuraxis Announce New Vocalist

Montreal based NEURAXIS have announced that vocalist Alex Leblanc (ATHERETIC, POINT BLANK RAGE) has joined as permanent member of the band. The band comments:

"After completing the European Domination tour, we knew Alex was the right man for the job. His vocals were crushing, and he displayed a very intense energy both onstage and offstage. We look forward to Alex contributing to the writing of our next album."

NEURAXIS has confirmed they will be touring Canada in May with MARTYR. The following dates have been confirmed:

Mar. 24 - L'Epiphanie, QC @ Epiphanie Metal Fest (w/MARTYR)
Apr. 06 - Quebec, QC @ L'Imperial (w/ MARTYR)
Apr. 27 - Ottawa, QC @ Babylon (w/GHOULUNATICS)

May 17 - Thunder Bay, ON @ The Office (w/ MARTYR)
May 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo (w/ MARTYR)
May 22 - Calgary, AB @ The Underground (w/ MARTYR)
May 23 - Edmonton, AB @ The Mead Hall (w/ MARTYR)
May 24 - Prince George, BC @ The Moose Hall (w/MARTYR)
May 25 - Vancouver, BC @ Balmoral (w/ MARTYR)
May 26 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar Club (w/ MARTYR)

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Interview

American Hardcore: Rackman and Blush Interviewed

American Hardcore captures the history of hardcore punk from Los Angeles through Washington D.C. and NYC, circa 1981-1986, based on the book of the same name by writer Steven Blush. Paul Rachman's documentary is a strong-willed outcry, which set a politically minded foundation for a lot of later bands.

Interviews with legends such as Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat), Henry Rollins of Black Flag, and H.R. (Bad Brain's fuel-injected dreadlock front-man) infect this DVD with power of such magnitude that you are transported into the sentiment of the time. The movie subtly points out the numbified herd mentality of the general populous, which gives the viewer a much needed kick in the arse when comparing the Reagan administration with the political state of today. Hardcore's aggression was a unified force-it didn't matter if you were a hoodlum, vegan, or straight-edge-at shows there was a sense of unity.

Edward Colver contributes a cornucopia of photos, keeping the movie true to the scene. The DVD also features live footage of Minor Threat, D.O.A, and the Circle Jerks.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Paul Rackman and Steven Blush and talk to them about the newly released American Hardcore DVD; I am grateful to bring this exclusive Q&A to longtime hardcore fans. More...

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Hellwitch's "Syzygial Miscreancy" To Be Resissued

Open Grave Records has announced that HELLWITCH's classic album "Syzygial Miscreancy" will be part of the Open Grave Records Underground Reissues series along with the already announced "Pictures of Heaven" from CRUCIFER and "Vomiting The Trinity - The Exterminance Discography" from EXTERMINANCE.

The original "Syzygial Miscreancy" was released in 1990 via Wild Rags Records, and was recorded at legendary Morrisound Studios with veteran producer Scott Burns.

The reissue will consist of the original 7 tracks:

01. The Ascent
02. Nosferatu
03. Viral Ehogence
04. Sentient Transmography
05. Mordirivial Dissemination
06. Pyrophoric Seizure
07. Purveyor Of Fear

A fall release is expected.

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Chaosfear Announce Release Date, Post Cover Art

Brazilian thrashers CHAOSFEAR will re-release their "One Step Behind Anger" CD internationally with bonus tracks on May 28 via OSM Records.

"We are extremely psyched about this release. CHAOSFEAR delivers old-school Brazilian thrash the way it is meant to be delivered," says Patrick Ramseier, CEO of OSM Records.

You can check out the "One Step Behind Anger" cover art here.

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