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Metal News for March 21, 2005

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25 news articles posted on this day.

First Confirmed 'States Turn Blue to Gray' Dates

The first confirmed dates for the upcoming 'States Turn Blue to Gray' tour featuring MACHINE HEAD, DEVILDRIVER, THE HAUNTED and IT DIES TODAY are trickling in. They are as follows:

May 6 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
May 7 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
May 14 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 19 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
May 25 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
May 26 - Ybor City, FL @ The Masquerade

In other news, MACHINE HEAD have confirmed the following other dates: More...

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Found Dead Hanging Change Name

Found Dead Hanging have now regrouped following a long hiatus. As such, the band has now changed their name to Ghost Of The Saltwater Machines and are currently finishing up material for a new full-length, in addition to their long-awaited split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Meanwhile, the group now has two new members in Shaun Purcell and Jason Bush, both of WordAsAVirus. According to frontman Keith Allen, "After a long time of being away, we are very excited to continue on where FDH left off... the new lineup is better than ever and we hope to see everyone again real soon."

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Guns N Roses Dismiss 'Leaked' Track As Fake

Guns n' Roses have dismissed a supposedly new track leaked online as being a fake. It's called 'Twat' and can be heard at sp1at.com.

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Solid Ground Sign To Dead Serious Recordings

Swiss hardcore band Solid Ground have joined the Dead Serious Recordings roster. The band's debut full-length, entitled "Get Used To It," will be available this spring.

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Drowningman Signed With Thorp Records

Drowningman have officially signed with Thorp Records. The band will release a new full-length entitled "Don't Push Us When We're Hot" in August, followed by an EP in mid-2006. Here's a quote from frontman Simon Brody:

"We have finally amassed an arsenal of new anthems for the emotionally challenged. Although scared of police, lawyers, record contracts and people that wear sweat pants in public, we have decided that according to the 'dude code,' Andy and the folks at Thorp Records were the people to bring you our upcoming full-length 'Don't Push Us When We're Hot.' Official release date will be slated for sometime in August but the band will have copies available on tour by late June. Drowningman will then follow up with an EP (which will be recorded concurrently with the LP) early next year."

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New Pain Video For "Bye/Die" Posted Online

The new Pain music video for the song "Bye/Die" is online. Check it out here. (RealPlayer is required).

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Ignitor Confirmed For Monterrey Metal Fest

The 2005 edition of the Monterrey Metal Fest is to be held on Saturday, May 28th at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The latest act confirmed for the festival is Ignitor.

Acts confirmed for the festival now include: Danzig, Ignitor, Jag Panzer, Lupara, Motorhead, MSG, Shadowkeep, Neil Turbin (ex-Anthrax), Warcry.

More acts will be announced soon.

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Zakk Wylde's Crybaby Wah Now Available

The highly anticipated Zakk Wylde signature Wylde Crybaby wah is now available from ZakkWylde.com. Click the to be one of the first to have this slammin' new pedal in your guitar rig.

This pedal was designed by Zakk and the crew at Dunlop, and is the exact pedal that Zakk is using on the 2005 Mafia and Ozzfest tours. If you're yearning for that face melting tone of BLS and Zakk Wylde, this is the wah pedal for you!”

A photo of the pedal can be seen at http://www.zakkwylde.com/nwwd/features/wyldewah2.jpg.

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New Helix Line-up Hits West Canada

The following update has been posted on the official Helix website:

Over 630 rabid Helix fans turned out last night (at Hot Stix in London, ON) to rock on with the new line-up of the band. Thanks to the "Helix Army” we sold out the joint. It was our first time playing since last fall and we were all itchin’ to get at it, as they say. Some of the new songs in the set include 'You’re A Woman Now', 'Billy Oxygen', and 'Kiss Yer Ass Goodbye'. Brian Doerner (drums) kicked ass and I fell on my ass (twice!) during our 90 minute set. I have the walnut-sized lump on my right elbow to prove it. Watch out Alberta-by the time we get there in April we’re gonna be tearin’ it up! We now have new tour shirts and posters designed for our upcoming April tour of Alberta. Once again the shirts have been designed and pressed up by D.N.A. silkscreening in Kitchener, Ontario. D.N.A. has won awards not only for their designs but also for their quality shirts. The posters were put together by Sylvain Vallee, who also helped design the Rockin’ In My Outer Space CD cover.

To view the shirts head here.

Upcoming Helix live dates are as follows:

Apr. 06 - Calgary, AB at Shamrock Hotel Big Band Blues
Apr. 07 - Airdrie Airdrie at Twisters Lounge
Apr. 08 - Okotoks, AB at Okotoks Inn
Apr. 09 - Hanna, AB at The New National Hotel
Apr. 10 - Cochrane, AB at Texas Gate
Apr. 12 - Red Deer, AB at The Arlington
Apr. 13 - Brooks, AB at The Brooks Hotel *
Apr. 14 - Lethbridge, AB at Average Joe's Sports Bar
Apr. 15/16 - Edmonton, AB at Rattlesnakes
Jun. 11 - Sweden Rock Festival in Malmo, Sweden
Jul. 29 - Manitoba Summerfest in Winnipeg, MB

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Necrophagia Frontman Speaks About New Album

Necrophagia frontman Killjoy recently spoke to Unholiestgoddess from The Dirt about the group's upcoming album, "Harvest Ritual Vol. 1". An excerpt from the interview follows:

The Dirt: "Harvest Ritual Vol. 1" is finally coming after a long time in the making. You've always promised Necrophagia would continue to get sicker and more vile. Describe "Harvest Ritual".

Killjoy: "'Harvest Vol. 1' is a very creepy, heavy and diverse record for us. It continues taking our base sound way further into realms of utter horror, and it's easily our best release thus far. The songs are all very catchy without losing the extreme metal roots which we will always have, but it's definitely a whole new side that will continue to be taken further with each release in the future. There's a really vile song called 'Stitch Her Further' that Joey Jordison [SLIPKNOT] co-wrote. It's just sick!!!"

The Dirt: Rumor has it that Bill Mosely, who plays Chop Top in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre II" and Otis in Zombie's "House of 1000 Corpses" in involved. How has he contributed to this project?

Killjoy: "Bill is a very good friend. I met him a few years back and we hit it off. He portrays a morbid schitzo disc jockey introducing one of the songs called 'London (13 Demon Street)' and will also be in the video for the song as well. He's truly a very talented and great guy for sure."

The Dirt: Are there any elements of this new album that longtime Necrophagia fans might be surprised by?

Killjoy: "I think by now most know to expect the unexpected. We are audio horror — a horror/gore film in music medium. We follow no guidelines, no trends. There's a song called 'Akumu', which means 'Nightmare' in Japanese, and it's kind of like a morbid nursery rhyme/song with a layer of clean vocals, which is a first for Necrophagia for sure .. ha ha... but all in all it's a very heavy, dark and creepy record for sure .. very unique."

The Dirt: What kind of bloody, violent horrors do you have planned for the stage show during the tour?

Killjoy: "We're currently having the new stage props designed now for the 'Harvesting the Dead' 2005-06 Tour. We've got a lot of sick and disturbing images, but I really don't wanna give too much away in advance. We wanna do things in a very sick, twisted and gory way without becoming a parody ala GWAR. So there is a fine line between horrific and overkill. But we know what we're doing and it's gonna be depraved for sure!!!"

The Dirt: You've spent most of this year in the studio. Are you feeling claustrophobic? Are you excited about getting out on the road?

Killjoy: "Yeah, it has been a very looong process. We've never spent 10 months recording before so it's just really insane at this point. But we're done and it was very much worth it. The sacrifice was not in vain. We've come up with something very unique, which is a rarity these days. We will never lose our roots, only expand upon them without ever losing the true heaviness and sickness which is the core of our sound."

The Dirt: How long a tour do you have planned and what areas will it cover?

Killjoy: "We are still looking at different touring possibilities. We definitely wanna start in the USA this time so we are looking at that. We might tour with Dangzig but nothing is certain. Hopefully within the next month things will be more clear and then I'll update you for sure."

Read the full article at The Dirt.

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Excalion To Release New Album In May

Finnish symphonic power metallers Excalion will be releasing their brand new album,"Primal Exhale" (view cover), on May 17 through Sound Riot Records.

The music on "Primal Exhale" can be described as a blend of Nightwish and Stratovarius. It was recorded and mixed at Watercastle Studios and was mastered at The Digital Audio in U.K. (Royal Hunt, Ring of Fire, Last Tribe). The cover artwork was done by C.A. Interactive (Morifade, Axenstar, Supreme Majest).

"Primal Exhale" track listing:

01. Temptation Wasteland
02. A Moment In The Spotlight
03. Reality Bends
04. Dire Waters
05. Stage Of Lies
06. Heart & Home
07. Megalomania
08. My Legacy
09. Obsession To Prosper

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New Detonation Audio Samples Posted Online

Dutch melodic death metallers Detonation will be releasing their second album, "Portals To Uphobia" (view cover), on April 25 through Osmose Productions. The album will also be available in a limited edition digipak (1,000 copies only) featuring an exclusive multimedia section with video footage from the album recordings, extensive photo gallery, discography and more.

Check below for audio samples of some of the material appearing on the album.

Here is the track listing:

01. Into Sulphur I Descend (MP3 clip)
02. Portals To Uphobia (MP3 clip)
03. Structural Deceit
04. Chaos Banished (MP3 clip)
05. End Of Sight, End Of Fears
06. Lost Euphoria Part III
07. The Loss Of Motion Control
08. Solitude Reflected
09. Beyond The Margin
10. The Source To Delve (MP3 clip)

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God Dethroned Prepare For Upcoming Tour

Dutch death metallers God Dethroned have posted this message on their official website:

In order to keep all of you metalheads posted about what's going on in the lair of GD... let's drop a line!

Today we have our final rehearsal for the upcoming White Worm tour. So we've got one shot left to nail down some forgotten songs from previous albums and to work on our funky hip-haap moves (muhaha!) The new merchandise is also ready to hit the road! Some prints are very limited and will be sold exclusively on the next tour, so grab your chance! Well, we're ready to spread some bloody blasphemy the next couple of weeks, and we expect you to be there, banging off your balls & getting pretty drunk.

Cheerz!

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Bruce Dickinson Announce Album Tracklisting

Sanctuary Records have issued this press release regarding Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson's forthcoming new solo album, "Tyranny Of Souls", scheduled for release on May 24:

Bruce Dickinson is an artist who has influenced thousands of singers, musicians and fans alike in his outstanding role as the front man of legendary band Iron Maiden. He has achieved great success as a solo artist, and is also acclaimed as a Radio DJ, TV presenter, pilot, author and voice of modern music.

It has been seven years since Dickinson released his last solo album, "The Chemical Wedding," which received massive critical acclaim while exploring intriguing and dark themes. The intervening years have seen him make a highly successful return to Iron Maiden, with two huge albums and record breaking live shows and tours.

"Tyranny Of Souls," Bruce's new solo venture, sees him return once again to collaborate with guitarist/producer/writer Roy Z. The album's cover is adorned with a 15th century depiction of Hell by Hans Hemling and the music continues along this path to explore dark, apocalyptic themes. Delving into science, theology and of course, his love of flight, with thought provoking, intelligent and menacing lyrics that are sure to leave the listener's mind unsettled, "Tyranny Of Souls" is pure Dickinson. Heavy riff-laden songs and explosive virtuoso guitar work from Roy joined with the definitive Dickinson soaring vocals, makes this ground breaking album a tour de force of modern Metal. It was following on from the end of the last Maiden tour that Bruce saw an opportunity to work alongside Roy again.

Dickinson says, "With Maiden, once the band has finished up on the tours, we all tend to go our separate ways and do our own thing for a while until it's time to saddle up again for the next album. I knew I could seize the chance to work with Roy in between his work on the new Judas Priest album. We both work quickly together which I like and the recording is very organic so it came together quite easily. I'm very proud of it."

"Tyranny Of Souls" track listing:

01. Mars Within (Intro)
02. Abduction
03. Soul Intruders
04. Kill Devil Hill
05. Navigate The Seas Of The Sun
06. River Of No Return
07. Power Of the Sun
08. Devil On A Hog
09. Believil
10. A Tyranny Of Souls

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Vader Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

Polish death metal kings Vader have parted ways with longtime drummer Doc. In a press release on their official website, band leader Peter had this to say:

We have been building "the Vader's Empire" together since '88... The success of our music was no doubt the success of Doc himself. Not just a talent is but the main point of being a part of a BAND, not only musical abilities but - first of all - devotion, utterance.... We had already such a problems before (Shambo, Simon..). Doc pretty hard tried to "fight" against his weaknesses, which were troubles for all of us. Finally he had not prevail over that battle... All in all he attempted. VADER today is not just a friendship anymore - it's our life with armies of man involved in music, releases and - first of all - fans waiting for shows or new albums... This is a high responsibility, not too many know about. If a person, even the most talented one, cannot stand it - has to leave... That was Doc's decision as well. "But the world keeps turnin'..." and the same is with VADER. We were and we will be!!!

For Doc, his girlfriend and newborn son we all wish good luck and wanna thank him for all those great years, in which we were touring across the world!!!

From now Daray has been officially confirmed as a new drummer of the band. Not really brand new, he has been playing with the band since one year and recorded the latest album "The Beast".

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Roadrunner Celebrates 25 Year With All-Stars Album

Roadrunner Records is in the process of putting together a groundbreaking record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. Tentatively titled "Roadrunner All-Stars", the full length release, a 'master-class' in hard rock, will contain original tracks that are collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars.

Four central musicians will be chosen to produce and write all the songs. Those chosen thus far are Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer is yet to be named. These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.

Musicians who have already recorded for this project are Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head), Marcelo Dias (ex-Soulfly), Dave McClain (Machine Head), Nadja Peulen (ex-Coal Chamber) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank). More...

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Heavenwood Part With Guitarist

Ricardo Dias, guitarist of the Portuguese gothic metal band HEAVENWOOD, has left the band. He has also left a side project called BEYOND THE LITANY where he was playing as a guest musician. Now he is doing another new and more rock oriented project in the vein of VELVET REVOLVER, PLACEBO or QUOTSA together with Luiz, drummer from SECRECY, Fitti (former HEAVENWOOD bass player) and Diogo Viera (who was in some Pop / Electronic bands). The project still has no name.

HEAVENWOOD was originally formed as a death metal band under the monicker Disgorged in 1992. They have so far released two full-length albums for the German label Massacre Records - "Diva" (1996) and "Swallow" (1998).

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Anaal Nathrakh BBC Broadcast Set For Tomorrow

UK black metallers ANAAL NATHRAKH have posted the following message:

Following the recent live session, the BBC will be taking the arguably irresponsible step of broadcasting Anaal Nathrakh playing as a full band from their Maida Vale studios. The show goes out on the evening of the 22nd of March at 1am UK time, and can also be heard through the BBC website both live and for a week or so after broadcast. 3 tracks were performed with, as mentioned, a full band lineup comprising the Anaal Nathrakh duo, Shane Embury ( NAPALM DEATH), Nick Barker ( ex- DIMMU BORGIR), Ventnor and Chemical Nova.

The recordings were described at the BBC studio as a 'grotesque abomination'. This is considered apposite by all involved.

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Hevein Sample Posted Online

Finland's HEVEIN have posted a sample from the group’s new single, ‘iOta’. Due for release on April 6th through Spinefarm Records, the sample of ‘iOta’ can be found here.

The single will also include the track ‘Worth Fighting For’. Hevein plan to release their debut album later this year.

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Gaia Epicus Bassist Killed In Car Crash

Less a musician on the scene! Yngve Hanssen, the bassist player of the Norwegian Power Metal band Gaia Epicus died in a car crash on 2nd March 2005, sad to know he died so young!! R.I.P.

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Desaster Sign To Metal Blade

Germany's premier black thrashing artillery Desaster have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. Their next album "Angelwhore" will be released on CD format via Metal Blade. The vinyl version will be released via Iron Pegasus Records.

The band is currently in the songwriting stage. The release of their new neckbreaking bonecrusher is scheduled for August 2005.

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Reign of Erebus Frontman Steps Down

British Black metallers Reign of Erebus have posted the following:

After 8 years of fronting England's Reign of Erebus, founder member Cthonian has stepped down. The remaining members - Crucem, Xael and Ewchymlaen - support and understand his choice entirely. His decision comes during the final stages of preparing new material to record, in the interest of seeking a new label since the band left Blackend/PHD last September. Ewchymlaen (guitars) will perform the vocals for this forthcoming demo. Cthonian may yet carry on with music, possibly with a new project, but he believes he has done all he could for Reign of Erebus and his decision allows the band to find a vocalist more appropriate to the new material.

Crucem: "this hasn't come as much of a surprise to us, far too many musical differences were becoming more and more apparent, especially considering the new material that we are due to record, and we were soon to approach him about his future with the band. I respect his choice, there's no ill feeling whatsoever and we relish the thought of bringing in a new vocalist. However, we will not be looking for a direct carbon copy replacement. We think it is time to expand creatively with the vocals, something more diverse, but certainly very harsh, dark and twisted."

Contact the band at: crucem@reignoferebus.com

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Beatallica Are Back Online With Temporary Site

A temporary version of Beatallica.org is now back online. The band plan to relaunch the site in its entirety once the new song (and its 13 international versions) is all mixed. There's no exact date for this launch and release, as it depends on how quickly the producer/engineer can finish it.

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Origin Spring Tour Dates

Origin have lined up a handful of Spring dates. The tour dates are as folows:

4/21 St. Louis MO @ Hi-Point w/ Cephalic Carnage
4/22 Cincinnati OH @ Sudsy Malone?s w/ Cephalic Carnage
4/23 Harrisonburg VA @ Captain Tee's
4/24 Worcester MA @ Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Fest)
4/25 Wilkes Barre PA @ Cafe Metropolis w/ Dysrhythmia
4/26 New York NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Unsane, Dysrhythmia
4/27 Baltimore MD @ The Mojo w/ Antiaudio, Force Fed Flesh
4/28 Columbus OH @ High Fives
4/29 Chicago IL @Cafe Lura
4/30 Des Moines IA @ Hairy Mary's w/ Black Market Fetus
5/01 Lincoln NE @ Royal Grove

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Belphegor, Arkhon Infaustus, In Aeternum To Tour

BELPHEGOR (Austria), ARKHON INFAUSTUS (France) and IN AETERNUM (Sweden) will be teaming up for the "Goetreich - Fleshcult Europa Tour Pt. I" beginning in mid-April. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Apr. 14 - Schweinfurt, GER @ Stattbahnhof
Apr. 15 - Hamburg, GER @ Headbangers Ballroom
Apr. 16 - Leipzig, GER @ Hellraiser*
Apr. 17 - M?nster, GER @ Live Arena*
Apr. 18 - St Niklaas, BEL @ Starz Club*
Apr. 19 - M?nchen, GER @ Backstage Club*
Apr. 20 - Budapest, HUN @ Kultiplex*
Apr. 21 - Graz, AUT @ Explosiv*
Apr. 22 - Vienna, AUT @ Planet*
Apr. 23 - Innsbruck, AUT @ Hades im Hafen*
Apr. 24 - Ascoli, ITA @ Shining Club*
Apr. 25 - Milano, ITA @ Thunder Road
Apr. 27 - Z?rich, SWI @ Dynamo
Apr. 28 - Perpignan, FRA @ Crockmore
Apr. 29 - Luynes, FRA @ Korigan
Apr. 30 - Paris, FRA @ Nouveau Casino
May 01 - Hengelo, NETH @ Metropool
May 02 - Essen, GER @ Zeche Carl

* w/ ASMODEUS

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