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Metal News for March 21, 2007

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30 news articles posted on this day.

Candiria Album Still Shelved

The May 2007 issue of Decibel magazine features an informative Candiria article. The piece details the "demise" of Candiria following their serious van accident in 2002.

Of particular interest to Candiria fans is the status of the group's final album, "Kiss The Lie." Candiria's record label, Type A Records, remains hesitant to release the album since Candiria drummer Kenneth Schalk is no longer in the band and the rest of the group refuses to tour without him. Type A president David Bendeth explained his position to Decibel: "Half the reason people loved this band was because they were great musicians who really came into their own playing live. Right now, I have the record and I am waiting to see what shakes out as far as trying to sell this to people without a band. That's about it. It will take some time to sort out, but it will come out eventually. Right now, there is no need to engage in speculation and report useless info."

For his part, frontman Carley Coma is optimistic. "I think the record will come out eventually. It's just going to take a lot of... patience," Coma tells Decibel. Meanwhile, Coma has since formed a new band with former Candiria touring guitarist Steve Fakelman, the details of which remain unclear.

Finally, since a jury awarded them $29 million during a lawsuit related to the van accident in April of 2005, Candiria is believed by many music fans to be comprised of multi-millionaires. In reality, Decibel states that the band hasn't yet received the money since the case is still in litigation.

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Watch Some Fucked Up SXSW Videos Online

The folks over at vbs.tv filmed some live videos at SXSW. They've posted a couple of live videos of Fucked Up from their show:

Vbs.tv will be posting more live videos every day this week as well.

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Zonaria Post New Live Video Online

Swedish death metallers Zonaria have posted a live video clip of the song 'The Last Endeavor' which will appear on their upcoming as-of-yet untitled debut effort through Pivotal Rockordings. Guitarist Emil Nyström has updated the band's MySpace page with the following message regarding the video:

'We are happy to announce that today we have posted a live video for the song 'The Last Endeavor'!! This video comes off our recent appearance at the Shadow Of Metal festival in our hometown of Umeå, Sweden. We know that a lot of fans will have a bit of a wait until the CD drops in September, but we hope that this awesome live clip will be able to tide people over for a bit until we post a few songs online during the summer! We got a lot of great feedback from the fans that came and listened to "Evolution Overdose" while it was up a few weeks ago and we can assure our fans that if you liked 'Evolution Overdose' you haven't heard the best, which is coming soon!"

Zonaria also recently have locked up a booking deal with Go Down Believing Booking and the band expects to hit the road in the fall on a tour in support of their as-of-yet untitled debut release, which will hit stores in September. More...

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Clawfinger Announce New Album Title

Frontman Zak Tell of the Swedish rap/metal combo CLAWFINGER has issued the following update on the writing/ recording sessions for the group's new studio album:

"Yes, we are absolutely terrible at updating our news/diary page, especially when we're in the middle of things but I'll have a go at it so that you at least get a vague idea of what is going on in our little studio bubble world! 13 demo tracks are finished, recorded and we've also done a second round on them adding final little 'demo' details and rearranging a few things here & there! For the last week and a half Bård [Torstensen, guitar] and mostly Jocke [Skog, keyboards] have been recording all the drum parts live with Henka [Johansson] and the little I've heard sounds fat and nice as fuck, I just hope we don't make the same mistake as with the last album, that is get so caught up with the importance of the drums that we forget to put some bottom and bass into the mix as well! (My personal opinion, in case anyone was wondering!) More...

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Marduk Announce Australian Tour Dates

Swedish black metallers MARDUK will embark on a headlining tour of Australia in August. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Aug. 13 - Perth, AUS @ Amplifier Bar
Aug. 16 - Adelaide, AUS @ Fowlers Live
Aug. 17 - Melbourne, AUS @ The Hi Fi Bar
Aug. 22 - Brisbane, AUS @ Club Phoenix
Aug. 24 - Sydney, AUS @ The Factory More...

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Grimfist Announce New Lineup

GRIMFIST guitarist Ole Walaunet of Norway's GRIMFIST has issued the following update:

"GRIMFIST welcomes Morten Muller on vocals and Birger Larsen on bass!! The guys are also members in DEAD TROOPER. We've been rehearsing in Oslo and are fired up and ready to fucking slay with this lineup!!! We're confident that these bastards are the right guys for the job, and will bring the band further to the next level."

The new GRIMFIST lineup will make its live debut on May 25 at Club Maiden in Oslo, Norway.

GRIMFIST's sophomore album, "10 Steps to Hell", was released in October 2005 via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Subsonic Society Studios (DISMEMBER, SUSPERIA) and mixed at Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, THE HAUNTED), "Ten Steps to Hell" is said to be a "riff assault. . . guitars and vocals both firmly presented in-your-face style wrapped around an intense rhythm that recalls what made the initial thrash genre so energetic."i'm

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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Release More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM’s upcoming Spring North American tour:

May 24 - Petaluma, CA @ The Phoenix Theater
May 25 - Portland, OR @ The Aladdin Theater
May 26 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
May 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Stinking Lizaveta
May 30 - Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub w/ Stinking Lizaveta
June 3 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East w/ Stinking Lizaveta
June 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ North Star w/ Stinking Lizaveta
June 8 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

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Ensiferum Post New Song Online

Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM has posted a new song, entitled "One More Magic Potion", to its MySpace page. The track comes off the group's third album, "Victory Songs", which is scheduled for release on April 20. Check out the cover artwork for the CD at this location. The CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki with producer Janne Joutsenniemi. A limited-edition version of the album will include an extra track, "Lady in Black", and a bonus DVD. A CD single, "One More Magic Potion", will precede the album.

ENSIFERUM last year entered the Music DVD chart in their home country at position No. 2 with their "10th Anniversary Live" (Spinefarm) effort. The disc was recorded at the band's 10th-anniversary celebration concert, which took place December 31, 2005 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

ENSIFERUM, who feature in their ranks NORTHER frontman Petri Lindroos, released an EP, entitled "Dragonheads", in February 2006 via Spinefarm.

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Study Says Child Prodigies Like Metal

In today's Independent, Jonathan Brown has written a fascinating article about a recent study showing that gifted kids listen more to metal than the more stereotypical genres of classical and jazz.

How Death Metal Is The Soundtrack Of Child Prodigies

Heavy metal has long been saddled with a reputation for attracting admirers more interested in decibels than Descartes. New research, however, promises to rescue the genre from the mosh pit of intellectual obscurity.

A study has revealed that death metal and thrash bands such as Slayer and Slipknot produce the music of choice for today's brightest youngsters.

A survey which was carried out among students at the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, a cohort drawn from the top 5 per cent of the nation's youngsters, drew praise for metal's "visceral brutality" with more than a third rating it among their favourite styles. Researchers admitted they were surprised to find that "intelligent" genres traditionally associated with the precociously bright, such as classical and jazz, were the least popular.

What they discovered instead was that youngsters liked to let off steam to hardcore sounds, particularly if it had an emotionally charged or overtly political message behind it. One respondent said: "You can't really jump your anger into the floor and listen to music at the same time with other types of music."

Stuart Cadwallader of the University of Warwick, which conducted the survey, said heavy metal was found to provide a form of "catharsis", particularly for those with low self-esteem.

They found the aggressive music a useful conduit for their frustrations and anger, according to the findings revealed at the British Psychological Society conference in York yesterday.

Mr Cadwallader said this intellectual elite often found themselves facing situations and issues not encountered by less able students.

"Perhaps the pressure associated with being gifted and talented can be temporarily forgotten with the aid of music," he said.

While other musical forms such as rock, pop and R&B were rated as the most popular, students said they felt particularly attracted to the "thrashiness" of heavy metal.

Answering questions in an online survey, one student said Systems of a Down's anti-war track, "Bring Your Own Bombs" particularly appealed. Another track, "Aenima" by Tool, was praised for its subject matter - "the stupidity of the celebrity culture".

Another praised "the visceral brutality offered by metal bands like Slipknot and Machine Head." The student added: "The cathartic release offered by heavy music played loud, either by my hi-fi or myself on guitar, is a wonderful thing when it's needed."

However, many of the students disagreed over what constituted a heavy metal fan andargued that they liked to pick and choose from different styles according tothe way they were feeling.

One student concluded: "As with most music, it depends heavily on the person's mood at the time. So while there probably is your 'average metalhead fan', there will also be a lot of other fans who just feel 'metalheady' every so often. Which I guess goes some way to justify my playlists being named 'emotions'."

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Down Are Back On The Road

Down are back on their feet and all of the remaining shows on. Down has played the last 2 shows at WINNIPEG, and SAULT ST. MARIE. Here are the remaining dates.

Down with Heaven and Hell:

3/22/2007 TORONTO, ON AIR CANADA CENTRE
3/24/2007 LONDON, ON JOHN LABATT CENTRE
3/26/2007 MONTREAL, PQ BELL CENTRE
3/27/2007 QUEBEC CITY, PQ COLISEE PEPSI ARENA
3/28/2007 OTTAWA, ON CIVIC CENTRE

Down headlining tour dates:

3/30/2007 WORCESTER, MA PALLADIUM
3/31/2007 NY, NY ROSELAND
4/01/2007 PHILADELPHIA, PA ELECTRIC FACTORY
4/02/2007 WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 CLUB

As previously reported, the band and primarily Phil Anselmo had caught strep throat and were forced to cancel a number of shows on the Canadian tour in support of Heaven and Hell.

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Putrefied Resurface and Resign w/ Sevared Records

After 2 years of silence, Sevared Records has announced that Holland's Brutal Death Masters Putrefied are re-signed with the label, and are going into the studio in April 2007 to record 9 new tracks. The album is being recorded over 4 days at Excess studio in Holland. The cover art and layout will be handled by Joel (Pyaemia, Arsebreed). Expect the new Putrefied album to be out later this year.

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Nine Post E-card Online

There's an e-card for the Swedish hardcore metallers Nine online here. The mini-site contains sound clips of all the songs from their brand new album "It's Your Funeral", which was released on March 7th, 2007.

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The Bled Return To The Studio

The Bled, have entered the studio this week to begin recording their follow-up to their 2005 breakout disc, Found In The Flood. The band is working with producer Brian McTernan (Hot Water Music, Snapcase) at his Baltimore studio, Salad Days. A summer release on Vagrant is planned for the as yet untitled disc.

“We demoed eleven songs and are in the early stages of taking those apart and putting them back together again. Hopefully we’ll be writing a couple more before tracking starts next week,” comments guitarist Jeremy Talley. “Everything is going really well and Brian (McTernan) has been treat to work with. The new songs feel like the better parts of our first two records, mixed with some new ideas and surprises.”

The Bled's Pass The Flask, their debut release compiled with 11 additional tracks, was reissued on Vagrant Records. The original version of Pass The Flask has become a hard-to-find item and the band has previously been unable to sell the disc at their shows. This new version also features some of the bands earliest recordings along with a few more recent original and unreleased tracks.

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Static-X To Talks About "Cannibal" And Tour

LiveDaily.com reports: Static-X lead-singer/guitarist Wayne Static is a true believer in giving fans what they want. So, during the initial tour dates behind his band's forthcoming album, "Cannibal," he and his band are playing only four new songs.

"We try to play a little bit off of every record," Static told LiveDaily. "I feel very strongly about that. That's why people come back to see us. We never forget the first stuff that we did. I think the bands that have the long touring careers are the ones that cover their whole career.

"People want to hear the old stuff, too. There are people who don't like our new stuff. There are people who only like our first album ['Wisconsin Death Trip']. If we play four or five songs off the first album, they'll always pay you $25 to come see us, so I'm fine with that. Like, 'Whatever you want. I don't care. Just keep going to shows,'" he added with a laugh.

Regardless, Static-X--which also includes guitarist Koichi Fukuda, drummer Nick Oshiro and bassist Tony Campos--will celebrate the release of "Cannibal" April 3. After a year and a half of sitting at home, Static-X will hit the road for an 11-week jaunt March 30. Details about the confirmed shows are listed below. Static said more dates will be announced at the group's MySpace page as they are confirmed.

"We're going to play everywhere," he said. "We've only been releasing dates just before they go on sale, just in case we need to make any adjustments to the schedule."

Static co-produced "Cannibal" with John Travis (Sugar Ray, Kid Rock), who also engineered and mixed.

"I've co-produced everything, whether my name has been on there or not," Static said. "It's always my baby. I'm the main songwriter. I always make sure I'm very, very involved in every step. This time, I decided to step up and make sure I was there for every minute of the recording process, and really get involved to the maximum degree."

"Cannibal" marks Fukuda's return to guitar. An original member of Static-X, Fukuda left the band then returned to write keyboard parts for 2005's "Start a War."

"We brought Kiochi in just because we thought it would be fun and I hadn't talked to him in a long time back then," Static said. "He was just on board to do some of the keyboards, and it turned out we needed a guitar player before the record was even done and he rejoined the band."

Fukuda's presence in the band for "Cannibal" opened the door for Static-X to feature guitar solos, which are prominent on the album.

"That was his main contribution," Static said. "I wanted to do it for years and years. You really have to have an amazing guitar player these days if you're going to put solos on your record. They have to be over the top."

Static explained "Cannibal" carries the feel of material found early in the band's 13-year career.

"It definitely harkens back to the older material in the simplicity and the heaviness of it and the vocal styling in a lot of ways. But it's definitely not a rehash of anything. It's definitely pushed in new directions. I really wanted to make this more of a metal record, more of a guitar record," Static said.

Static-X tour dates with Otep as support are as follows:

March 30 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy
March 31 - Las Vegas, NV - Desert Breeze Skate Park
April 1 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
April 3 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto
April 4 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
April 5 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
April 6 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
April 7 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's
April 9 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
April 10 - Abilene, TX - Cowboys
April 11 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
April 13 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
April 14 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street
April 15 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
April 17 - Tallahassee, FL - Floyd's
April 18 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
April 20 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
April 21 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
April 22 - North Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
April 24 - Columbia, SC - Headliner's
April 25 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
April 27 - Norfolk, VA - Norva
April 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
April 29 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
May 1 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
May 2 - New Haven, CT - Toad's
May 4 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
May 5 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
May 11 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
May 24 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave Bar

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Deftones Schedule US Tour Dates

Deftones will headline a nationwide US tour this summer after wrapping their international outing.

The Grammy-winning band will kick off domestic dates May 11 in Mesa, AZ, and so far have gigs booked through June, including two-nighters in Albuquerque, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. More shows will be announced soon, according to the group's website. Japanese hard-rockers Dir En Grey and Seattle trio The Fall of Troy, which has a new album due May 1, will open the shows.

Having already made their way through Mexico, South America, Japan and Australia this year, the Deftones are currently playing several countries in Europe. They had to postpone three UK performances this week because frontman Chino Moreno was suffering from an ear-and-throat infection, according to the group's website. Those dates have already been rescheduled for late April.

Last October, the Deftones issued their fifth studio album, "Saturday Night Wrist," which was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction) and former Far guitarist Shaun Lopez. The second single from the record, "Mein," is streaming at the band's MySpace page.

Here are the Deftones US tour dates with Dir En Grey and The Fall of Troy: More...

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"Year Zero" Not NIN's 1st Attempt At Concept Album

Launch Radio Networks reports: NINE INCH NAILS' upcoming album, "Year Zero", is reportedly the first of two concept records about a future religious dictatorship taking over the U.S. amid signs that the apocalypse is near. But this isn't bandleader Trent Reznor's first attempt at telling a story through music. Reznor told Launch that he originally intended the group's 2005 release, "With Teeth", to be a conceptual piece as well. "I'd come up with this kind of elaborate storyline, and the record was gonna be a concept record that had a number of pretentious elements to it," he said. "I was gonna talk about multi-layered reality and waking up in a dream you can't wake up out of, and eventually finding acceptance after you go through this period of trying to fight it. It was all kind of a big analogy for me getting sober."

"Year Zero" is scheduled for release on April 17.

NINE INCH NAILS has posted the video for "Survivalism", the first single from "Year Zero", on YouTube. The clip was first revealed on computer USB drives left behind after the band's recent show in London. Fans also spotted letters in the video that, when spelled out, led to yet another in the series of web sites connected to the album's concept, thewaterturnedtoblood.net.

According to The NIN Hotline, a complete list of the web sites relating to the album can be found at ninwiki.com.

Reznor recently told England's Kerrang! Radio that he's already in talks about a film version of "Year Zero".

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Type O Negative Debuts At #27 On Billboard Chart

Type O Negative's new album 'Dead Again' has made its Billboard Top 200 debut at No. 27 selling 22,000 copies. Korn's 'Unplugged' album is down to No. 27 and Sevendust fell to No. 47 with 16,000 copies of 'Alpha' sold.

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Lacuna Coil Announce Unplugged Tour Dates

Lacuna Coil will be performing several unplugged dates at various music stores around the US. These acoustic performance dates are:

March 24th in Kenosha, WI @ Music Center of Kenosha
April 3rd in Enfield, CT @ Falcetti's Music
April 7th in Trenton, NJ @ Russo Music
April 10th in Olney, MD @ Rocketeria
April 12th in Mesa, AZ @ Milano Music
April 22nd in San Diego, CA @ Guitar Trader
April 25th in Santa Monica, CA @ West LA Music
April 26th in Tucson, AZ @ Guitars Etc.
April 27th in Albuquerque, NM @ Grandma's Music
April 28th in Longmount, CO @ Guitars Etc.
May 2nd in Omaha, NE @ Dietze Music

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Stream Machine Head's "The Blackening" Online

For this week only, you can stream the entire forthcoming Machine Head album "The Blackening" on Roadrunner Australia's MySpace page.

In other news, Machine Head frontman Robert Flynn has issued the following update about the first video and single off "The Blackening" as well as a reissue of "Burn My Eyes":

"Gotta couple of new developments going on in the camp. We have decided that we will not be releasing the video for 'Now I Lay Thee Down' as the first video off of 'The Blackening', the main reasoning being that we want to come out with a harder track for the first video. We came out with 'Davidian' off 'Burn My Eyes', we came with 'Ten Ton Hammer' off 'The More Things Change', we came with 'Imperium' off 'Through the Ashes of Empires'... and we feel we need to come out swinging with 'The Blackening'. It felt weird coming with a more melodic track as the first video, so us and Roadrunner spoke and thankfully they agreed, so we will be shooting another video. We would LOVE to shoot a proper video for the opening track 'Clenching the Fists of Dissent, but we are completely conundrummed about how to shorten our 10-minute-and-34-second megalithic opener down to 5 minutes without having to remove entire sections at a time, or worse, edit them down to 20 second pieces (but hey, any suggestions are welcome). So, our most likely candidate is 'Aesthetics of Hate', and we may shoot it as early as this week. It's unfortunate that we won't have a video to coincide with the release, especially since in Europe the video market is much stronger than in America, but if that's the only hiccup we encounter for this album's release, then we're WAY ahead of the 'hiccups' we had with the last one.

"Super stoked to be going out on the HEAVEN AND HELL tour in America; for those of you living under a rock, that's BLACK SABBATH with the mighty Ronnie James Dio on vocals, who recorded some of the best songs in all of metal. MEGADETH is also on the bill which is fuckin' killer, those two bands are the reason there's a MACHINE HEAD, and we are honored to be a part of it. This is gonna be all about paying homage to The Masters.

"To the best of our knowledge, the 'Burn My Eyes' re-release that was supposed to have coincided with the 25th anniversary of Roadrunner Records back in 2005 and was then re-scheduled to be released in October 2006, has been back-burnered. And as far as we're concerned, that's a good thing. This is the year of 'The Blackening', and the time frame to re-release it has passed, not to mention that the idea of re-releasing a 13-year old album that we already celebrated with two anniversary shows (three years ago) makes zero sense to us. We were never excited about reissuing it to begin with, as it was just gonna have a bunch of b-sides, and wouldn't have been nearly as cool some of the other re-issues that had DVDs and all sorts of cool shit... so, as much as some of you may be bummed, know that it's better this way.

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Ex-Tristania Vocalist Denies Nightwish Rumors

Norwegian singer Vibeke Stene (ex-TRISTANIA) has shot down reports that she has joined NIGHTWISH as the replacement for Tarja Turunen.

Yesterday, Finland's biggest tabloid, Ilta-Sanomat, published the rumors that Stene accepted the job as new vocalist for the Finnish symphonic metal band.

However, according to Stene, "That is not true. I would not want to sing for NIGHTWISH," she told the Norwegian newspaper VG.

Stene believes that it might not be a coincidence that the rumors have surfaced around the time of the release of the new TRISTANIA album.

According to Vibeke, TRISTINIA's record label asked her a year ago if it was OK for them to put out the rumor that she was going to take over the singer slot in NIGHTWISH. This was in order to generate interest in TRISTANIA, which Stene quit three weeks ago "due to personal reasons."

However, "I said no," says Stene.

The only public information about the new vocalist that has come out of the NIGHTWISH camp so far has been offered by the group's manager, Ewo Pohjola (a.k.a. Ewo Rytkönen) of King Foo Entertainment. "She is getting along very well with the guys," he said. "She is very talented, clever and sweet."

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Breaking News

Initial Bands Confirmed For Ozzfest 2007

Lamb of God and Lordi will perform on the main stage with Ozzy Osbourne, while Hatebreed will headline OZZFEST 2007's reliably down and dirty second stage with Mondo Generator, Ankla, Circus Diablo, Nile and The Showdown. These are only the first artists who have stepped forward to be part of this ground-breaking touring extravaganza, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks for the main and second stages.

The 24-city OZZFEST will now launch July 12 in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. The tour was originally announced to start July 7 in Southern California but had to be moved to accommodate the extension of OZZY's European tour. OZZFEST 2007 will also hit Seattle, WA, George, WA, Sacramento, CA, Mountain View, CA, Devore, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Denver, CO, Kansas City, MO, Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, St. Louis, MO, Columbus, OH, Tinley Park, IL, East Troy, WI, Indianapolis, IN, Holmdel, NJ, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Detroit, MI, Charlotte, NC and West Palm Beach, FL. More...

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Ex-Tristania Singer To Join Nightwish?

Norwegian singer, Vibeke Stene, who up till recently fronted Tristania, is hotly tipped as the new singer for Nightwish.

A journalist who revealed the rumored identity of NIGHTWISH's new singer in the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, explained the decision to run the story to Norway's Dagbladet:

"The name Vibeke Stene first appeared a year ago, but so many vocalists have been mentioned that I didn't give it much thought," he said. "We decided to run the story after I talked to Frank Stroebele [manager for WITHIN TEMPTATION and ANASTACIA], who is one of Europe's biggest managers. He was pretty sure that this is true. I think Vibeke is a good choice. She knows the band since the time TRISTANIA and NIGHTWISH toured together."

This latest development raises eyebrows in the TRISTANIA camp.

"If that's the case, it's pretty surprising," says TRISTANIA's male vocalist Østen Bergøy.

When Vibeke - who, like the rest of TRISTANIA, hails from Norway - recently announced her departure from the band due to "personal reasons," there was no mention of her joining NIGHTWISH.

"No, she didn't say anything about it," claims Bergøy. "Now I'm as curious as you to find out..."

"If she gets the job and does it well, she will be one of the most high-profile singers in the metal scene," believes Asbjørn Slettemark, who hosts the Norwegian metal show "Pyro". "Kerrang! and Metal Hammer magazines will throw themselves over her, print huge posters and do everything in their power to make her an icon of the same caliber as Amy Lee of EVANESCENCE and Cristina Scabbia of LACUNA COIL."

The only public information about the new vocalist that has come out of the NIGHTWISH camp so far has been offered by the group's manager, Ewo Pohjola (a.k.a. Ewo Rytkönen) of King Foo Entertainment. "She is getting along very well with the guys," he said. "She is very talented, clever and sweet."

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Underoath To Headline "Dirty South Tour"

Underoath will headline the "Dirty South Tour" which also includes Norma Jean and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. As I Lay Dying are slated for two Atlanta dates as well. Tour dates include:

May 13th in Jacksonville, FL @ Plush
May 14th in Columbia, SC @ Headliners Music Hall
May 15th in Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade w/ As I Lay Dying
May 16th in Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade w/ As I Lay Dying
May 17th in Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
May 19th in Nashville, TN @ Rockettown
May 20th in Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
May 21st in New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 23rd in Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

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Lamb of God Drummer Confirms Ozzfest Appearance

LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler has issued the following update via the band's official fan club, the Congregation:

"Sitting in my hotel room on a day off in Montreal. What a lame rock star thing to say. Let's start again. Last night we played Guelph, Ontario. Possibly the hottest show we have ever played. They oversold and overpacked the venue and even though it was 10 degrees outside, it had to be 110 in the club. It seriously felt like a sauna. Everyone was drenched in sweat — headbanger soup. While disgusting, it was awesome at the same time. So much energy and aggression, I love that shit. I fell off my drums at the end of the set — I gave it my all and that felt great.

"Every night on this tour has been awesome. Every show but one has sold out, Mondays and Fridays alike. We are amazed every night. Very lucky bunch of guys we are to have such dedicated fans. More...

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Omnium Gatherum Announce New Album Listening Party

A listening party for OMNIUM GATHERUM's new album, "Stuck Here on Snakes Way", will be held in band's hometown of Kotka at the Yellowstone club during the "Yelloween Metal Party Weekend". The CD will be played in its entirety on Friday, March 23 at 21.30 and Saturday, March 24 at 21.30.

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Liminal Call It Quits

NJ metal band, Liminal, have decided to call it quits. An announcement on their myspace page explains further:

"Well, given that Carla and Jay have both left the band this week, that would be the end of things. since this is probably the last time I will log in here, I want to say thanks to the people who have listened to, played with, and helped us over the past 3-4 years.

In the meantime, I stand by the music we made, so please continue to enjoy it: it will probably be up for awhile. We still also have cds for $5.

Thanks again everyone. It's been fun, and maybe I'll talk to you again from another band page one day.

-John-"

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Division Post New Live Song Online

Division post an update on their myspace page:

"We just uploaded "The Prophecy (Greed)", live from the Nevermore show back in March of last year. Thanks go out to the in crowd recording wizard Bruce for capturing this song for us. It really came out great, and only took a little cleanup work from Mike. Bruce, the next beer's on me!

Life has been moving along briskly in Division land. We've been cranking out new songs at a pretty good clip, and are looking forward to heading into the studio at some point this year. We've got a lot of shows in the works, so keep checking back and listen for the new tunes we'll be debuting live."

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Severed Part Ways With Guitarist

Severed have posted the following update on their myspace page:

"Ok our boy Mike has decided to part ways to pursue his own musical efforts other than metal. We will be having a send off show with our boys in Eden AD sometime soon to say PEACE, which means we want YOU to be in our band... If you think you have what it takes to be in Severed - We want you.
Serious inquiries only PLEASE

We are looking for someone who is:
-18+
-Has a good guitar, head, cab
-Preferably a means of transportation
-Not a freeloader
-Has a job and can contribute to band expenses
-Willing to TOUR and hopefully take this band full time soon!
-Capable of writing and can contribute leads and solo riffs, breakdowns
-A metalhead
-Down to put up with Severed's shit and play shows!!

Respond by sending an e-mail SEVEREDmusic@yahoo.com More...

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Saxon Comments On Channel 4 Documentary

British heavy metal legends SAXON are taking part in a documentary series that U.K.'s Channel 4 will air in April. The idea for the series is for renowned promoter Harvey Goldsmith to return six acts to "big-time showbiz." His task with SAXON is to get the band a hit single in Britain.

Commented the band in a posting on their web site: "We saw the Channel 4 program. It's not too bad. At the beginning they put us down a lot, making the festival we are playing a bit small, but the billing was great — SODOM, WITHIN TEMPTATION, SAXON, KREATOR, MEGADETH, BLIND GUARDIAN and many more. Maybe Harvey and the Channel 4 lot have never heard of these bands. The film ends up as a success.

"Although they filmed the band for six months, there is very little of this in the film. The central character is obviously Harvey Goldsmith, and they must be investing a lot of money into their new boy. We feel that Kim, the director, and Claudine, who filmed most of the show, were making a great effort to capture the character of the band but we think they got too close to us and got pulled out on the editing. But actually Harvey's motives are to make the band sucessful in Britain, so although the band are taken down before being brought back up by Harvey, this is the central theme of the program, which is acceptable. Although the facts are being presented in a simplistic and manipulated way, we feel from being involved with Harvey we have done tons more promotion in Britain and we would like to thank all the people who also helped who are not on the film."

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Gospel Of The Horns "Realm of the Damned" Launch

Gospel Of The Horns has planned a few CD launch parties in Australia for their upcoming album "Realm Of The Damned". Here are the dates:

Friday April 6th @ The Tote Hotel, Melbourne with DESTRUKTOR & ORDER OF ORIAS
Saturday April 7th @ Club Phoenix, Brisbane with CARBON & THE DEAD, NEFARIA & DESPOTIC
Friday May 18th @ The Lizzard Lounge, Adelaide with RAVEN BLACK NIGHT, BLOOD MASON, INTENDED VICTIM & TREACHARY

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