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Metal News for March 21, 2009

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19 news articles posted on this day.

Watch A Preview Of As I Lay Dying's DVD

In honor of AS I LAY DYING's upcoming DVD release This is Who We Are (out 4/14/09), Metal Blade has created a handful of exclusive clips and given them to different sites to offer fans a sneak peak of the upcoming DVD. Check out the very first clip viewable exclusively at BraveWords.com. More exclusive clips will be going up between now and April 14th.

Metal Blade is offering fans the chance to pre-order This is Who We Are at a special low rate before street date (4/14/09). Fans can also pre-order "This is Who We Are" as part of a bundle package that includes a Metal Blade Records Pirate logo t-shirt. In additional to this pre-order, the first 500 fans to order will receive an autographed booklet so be sure to place your order now. You can head over to Metal Blade's Online Store to view and purchase your copy of the DVD.

"This is Who We Are" is now also available for preorder in the official As I Lay Dying online store, which can be accessed at asilaydying.com or myspace.com/asilaydying. Available now for preorder are the 3 disc DVD set as well as a DVD package that includes an As I Lay Dying t-shirt and a "This Is Who We Are" 12.25” x 17.25” poster. "This Is Who We Are" will be released April 14, 2009.

With "This Is Who We Are," AS I LAY DYING steps into new territory by releasing their first ever DVD consisting of a 3DVD set produced and directed by Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse Centuries of Torment DVD) that provides viewers with live performances and a complete AS I LAY DYING audio/visual history.

As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis commented:

“It's hard to believe that we've been a band for as long as we have yet have never released an official DVD documenting our first 7 years. As a result, we've included so much content that you hardly have to like our music to be entertained. With that said, it feels good knowing how many diehard fans over the years have supported our band and their simple enjoyment of our music has given us the chance to see the world!”

Here's the breakdown of the DVD features once more:

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Adust Signs To Glasstone Records

ADUST have signed to Glasstone Records for the release of their upcoming mini-album, "Question The Illogical."

ADUST was born and bred in Birmingham in 2007 taking influences from many bands giving them a wider range to appeal to more people and continue to write and perform the music they all love.

ADUST’s new mini-album "Question The Illogical," has a Stone Sour meets Lamb Of God meets Metallica meets Heaven Shall Burn sound.

The band shot a music video for their track "Forevermore," which gained them great exposure with SCUZZ.COM and ROCKWORLD.TV, with the video going straight to the top of the 'VOTED BEST' chart! (and to date has remained there)

You can check out some of Adust's music on their MySpace page.

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Crematorium Announces West Coast Tour Dates

Long running death metal / hardcore stalwarts CREMATORIUM have just confirmed a handful of west coast dates. The shows include dates with BRUTAL TRUTH, as well as GOATWHORE and an appearance at the Los Angeles Murderfest. Here are the tour dates:

4/4 The Sets - Tempe, AZ w/ BRUTAL TRUTH
4/5 Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, CA w/ BRUTAL TRUTH
4/8 Knitting Factory - Hollywood, CA w/ GOATWHORE
4/9 Knitting Factory - Hollywood, CA (LA Murderfest 5.0)

CREMATORIUM is currently writing and demoing new material for an album that should surface around the end of the year. Vocalist Daniel Dismal had this to say about the shows and the new material: More...

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Chi Cheng's Condition Improving, Fundraiser Launch

Chi Cheng's mother has written a personal letter directly to her son's friends, fans and supporters. This will serve as a press release as it does offer news and updates on his condition. It also announces recent fundraising efforts launched to help aid in Chi Cheng's medical expenses and much needed therapy:

"This has been a difficult time since Chi was injured four months ago. He remains in a coma and is slowly waking up. The entire Cheng family would like to take this opportunity to extend our tremendous gratitude for the worldwide outpouring of prayers, love and support. You have opened your hearts and have been the blessings that have made our situation bearable. Your kind words, shared stories, doing the 'good deed of the day' (which I would love to start again), and most of all your prayers for Chi have kept us from feeling alone or helpless. There have been so many faces and names that would always show up when I could get to a computer. It was like going home to see you sharing and caring. More...

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Death To Music Releases Onirica, Fluid For Free

Anti-label Death To Music Production has released two new electro-industrial albums for free download: Onirica's "Exile" and Fluid's "Unavoidable Abuses." As usual, you need only to sign up for their newsletter to get the download codes.

ONIRICA's "Exile" sounds like Joe Meek after a marathon listening of noisy industrial music. This is a slight departure from the last Onirica release, but still with remnants of the former. This features the track "If To Smoke You Turn," as featured on last month's "F**K EM ALL; Vol 4" compilation. All music is by J. Aguila of Catalonia, Spain.

FLUID'a "Unavoidable Abuses" is a Death To Music first for multi-project musician Christophe Gilmore, the self-described aka "Post-Human Cyborg: subduxtion." The label describe this album as "Godflesh crossed with Tool and ambient soundscapes - 31st century black avant-garde music."

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Download Free Music at the NIN/JA Tour Site

The Nine Inch Nails/Janes Addiction (NIN/JA) 2009 tour site is now live at ninja2009.com and features a free download with exclusive, previously-unreleased music from Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, and Street Sweeper. You can also browse tour dates, photos, videos, and listen to streaming music.

Additionally, starting today you'll have the option to remix two Jane's Addiction tracks and one Street Sweeper track on remix.nin.com.

The NIN/JA 2009 tour with Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, and Street Sweeper begins May 8th in West Palm Beach, FL, and continues through North America this summer. Nine Inch Nails will then continue on with a series of dates across Europe and Asia during July and August.

Here are the latest Nine Inch Nails tour dates: More...

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Metallica Rocks SXSW As Volsung

Metallica Blog Magnetic has posted a firsthand account of Metallica's "secret" SXSW performance:

Metallica pulled out all the stops during their spectacular set at Austin's South by Southwest Festival. Metallica was a surprise guest; on SXSW's official schedule, they were listed as Volsung, a metal band from "Somewhere, Norway."

Droves of die-hard fans, catching wind of the rumors, lined up all day outside Stubb's, where Metallica 18-wheelers parked outside.

Just before 10pm — after sets by the Silversun Pickups and a bunch of dudes who played Metallica's "Fuel" on "Guitar Hero" — the stage lights dimmed, and the speakers began to rattle the famous instrumental intro. A steady cheer began to build through the capacity crowd (and outside Stubb's, too, where hundreds of badge-less Metallica fans watched from a nearby parking garage), growing with intensity with each orchestral swell. It eventually reached a full roar, and then, lo and behold, the music stopped and there they were — Metallica, in the flesh.

Shortly after the band took the stage, frontman James Hetfield shouted "Surprise!," sarcastically referring to the not-so-well-kept secret that the band would be performing at the Guitar Hero Metallica party, celebrating the launch of their version of the popular video game next week.

"We're a young band from Norway and we want to get signed," Metallica frontman James Hetfield told the audience at the heavy metal band's SXSW performance. "This is the best kept secret in rock and roll. We thought we'd come join you for your party." James Hetfield of Metallica told a sweaty crowd of 2,000 or so at Stubb's. "Is that all right?" The roar came back affirmative.

Read the full article at Metallica Blog Magnetic.

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Steven Wilson Discusses His Heavier Side

Until now, Steven Wilson has led a life of musical schizophrenia. Best known as the singer-guitarist-songwriter-producer of Porcupine Tree, a progressive metal band signed to Atlantic records, Wilson has multiple musical personalities -- and multiple bands to house them all. Bass Communion, for instance, is an outlet for Wilson’s love of textural ambient music. Blackfield, a collaboration with Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen, affords Wilson an opportunity to showcase his pop forte in a rock context. And No-Man, a long-running project with singer Tim Bowness, creates ambitious art-rock soundscapes.

As Wilson puts it, “Some days I wake up and want to make drone music. Some days I wake up and want to make pop music. Some days I wake up and want to make progressive music or heavy metal.”

The British musician has finally found a way to reconcile his disparate identities: a solo album. The just-released “Insurgentes” (K-Scope) showcases Wilson’s uncanny knack for crafting memorable hooks even as it serves as a portfolio for Wilson’s wide range of influences. With one conspicuous exception, that is. The death-metal riffage of recent Porcupine Tree records is notably absent. “I don’t know why that is, actually,” muses Wilson, before noting, “There are heavy moments and it’s a very dark and twisted record.” More...

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Lillian Axe Wants Fans To Pick Live Set List

Louisiana based hard rockers Lillian Axe have issued the following announcement about allowing fans to pick their upcoming live set lists:

"Attention all fans...Lillian Axe is requesting your 10 favorite classic Lillian Axe songs that you want to hear the band play live on their upcoming "Sad Day on Planet Earth World Tour." The results will be posted and Lillian Axe will play these songs live, along with songs from their soon to be released Blistering Records debut album "Sad Day on Planet Earth."

"Any fan that names all 10 winning songs will be entered into a contest to win an autographed copy of "Sad Day on Planet Earth."

"Email your 10 favorite Lillian Axe classics to contest@lillianaxe.com, along with the following info:

"Name: Address: Phone Number: Email Address: Age:

"All entries must be received by June 1, 2009."

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Mausoleum Guitarist Passes Away

Pennsylvania based death metallers Mausoleum have issued the following statement about the death of their guitarist Phillip Newbaker:

"NEWBAKER – Philip C. V, 38, Johnstown, died March 20, 2009, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Nov. 17, 1970, in Johnstown, son of Philip C. IV and Toni (Thomas) Newbaker. Preceded in death by mother and infant brother, Aaron R. Newbaker. Survived by father, Westmont; wife and friend since childhood, the former Cristi Gallo; children, Keira L. and Candra L., both at home; and sister, Karin L., and fiance, William Layton, Johnstown. Also survived by father-in-law, Gary Gallo, Johnstown; brother-in-law, Todd Gallo, and wife, Shelly, South Carolina; aunt, Wendy T., married to David Amigh, Vinco; great-aunt, Dorothy Beabes, Johnstown; nephew and nieces: Garrett, McKenzie and Madison Gallo, and Kaitlynn Newbaker-Layton; cousins: Josh, Jeremy and Jessica Amigh; and canine friend, Bal Zac.

"Philip will be sadly missed by numerous relatives and friends. He was an avid guitarist, who played with the bands, Necrotomie and Mausoleum. He was employed by the family business at the Johnstown Planing Mill and was currently employed as an instructor at the Hiram G. Andrews Center and also Penn Highlands Community College, where he was well-liked and admired by his colleagues and students, and his talents did not go unnoticed.

"Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, the Rev. Donna Hess. In lieu of flowers, family suggest memorial contributions to the scholarship fund being established for Philip's children."

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Hellrazor Posts Music Video For "The Pawn" Online

North Carolina thrashers Hellrazor have posted a new music video online for the song "The Pawn" from their debut album "In The Wild." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Elvenking Guitarist Breaks Shoulder Skiing

Italian metallers Elvenking have issued the following announcement about their guitarist breaking his shoulder in a skiing accident:

"We’re sorry to inform you that Saturday March 7th guitarist Aydan broke his shoulder in a ski accident. He’s been forced to undergo surgery in order to reduce the damages.

“I was skiing with some friends” reports Aydan “I don’t know exactly what happened but I lost my skis and jumped above, landing heavily with my shoulders and face on a block of ice hard as concrete. My shoulder was broken and I was operated on Thursday 12th. The doctors placed a metal plate fixed with 9 screws in order to maintain the bone. Pretty cool! Now I am finally back home but I still cannot move the arm. Obviously I am not able to play guitar at the moment, but I will do anything to be able to be back on stage as soon as possible”.

"Elvenking will use the services of guitarist Leonardo… replacing Aydan for the upcoming March live dates."

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Kamelot Announces First Concert Date of 2010

After Kamelot's sold-out Tilburg show on March 20th, the band is pleased to announce their return to The Netherlands on March 27th, 2010 at Tilburg 013 in support of their next CD release due early 2010. Tickets go on sale this Friday March 27, 2009 through Ticketmaster.nl.

Upcoming Kamelot tour dates: More...

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Megadeth Drummer Checks in from France

Megadeth drummer, Shawn Drover, has checked in with the following update from Paris:

"After 2 subsequent 15 plus hour drives, finally arriving here in Paris, France late in the day, the LAST thing I wanted to do was to go on any sight-seeing excursion - My brain is just too BBQ at the moment, so I opted to just slowly settle in and then go for a short walk (with Willie Gee, which is always entertaining for me, esp. if we stop to get any kind of food - those of you who know Willie, know exactly what I am talking about) Anyways, it was a nice afternoon, and as I write this, I am contemplating either going for another short walk, or just watching 30 Rock episodes until I fall into silent slumber - It's a toss-up, believe me.

"I have been reflecting on this current 'Priest Feast' European tour, and in all honesty, speaking for myself, this has been a career highlight for me on so many different levels. We all get along so well on this tour - Bands, crews, right down to the awesome catering, it has just been a very smooth tour for me. In my 5th year in Megs, at this point I have really seen and done alot of great things, though I constantly remind myself how lucky I am to be able to do what I was put on this planet to do, and not get jaded about it or take it for granted. The way the economy has been and knowing that old friends of mine are struggling in their respective fields, it does put thing's in perspective, believe me.

"3 shows remain on this tour, and I will make the most of it. That I can assure you."

Here are Megadeth's upcming tour dates:

Mar. 21 Paris, France - Zenith de Paris
Mar. 22 Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
Mar. 23 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
Apr. 07 Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia

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Antagonist Acquires New Guitarist

Bay area thrashers Antagonist have issued the following update about acquiring a new guitar player:

"Hey everyone, time for another Antagonist update! We have a lot of stuff to talk about, so get ready...you ready? okay. here we go...

"First off, we'd like to say THANKS to everyone that came out to see us on these last few tours of the Northwestern and Southwestern United States! Special thanks goes out to our buddies in Last House on the Left for putting up with our childish bullshit on the road. Please check them out if you have a chance, they're on our top friends and they will rule your chonies!

"Now that we're back home, we have time to discuss a few very important things, the first one being the addition of a new member to the Antagonist family, our new guitarist and long time friend, Roland Leonard! He's filled in for the last few tours after the departure of our boy Matt Lopez, and he's done a FANTASTIC job. He was originally just a fill-in but he ended up pretty much blowing us away with his guitar playing ability AND his unique songwriting skills. And the fact that he's just a downright cutie pie doesn't hurt either! So next time you're at one of our shows, please welcome him with open arms, like Steve Perry would want it!

"Next on the agenda is our brand new online MERCH STORE!! We've been lagging it HARD on this end, but we've finally gotten around to building ourselves a sweet bigcartel merch empire (not really, but we have some shit for sale). The url for the merch store is Antagonist.bigcartel.com, and there will definitely be a sweet banner on our page that'll directly link you to the store. Right now there's only a few items for sale, including our new album EXIST, but there will be lots of other designs added as the days go by, so keep checking back! More...

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Legacy Uprising Announces New Band Members

Legacy Uprising announced last night on the Bill Peters Radio Show that Kelly Conlon (Ex-DEATH, MONSTROSITY) will be the bands bass player and that Curran Murphy (SHATTER MESSIAH, Ex-ANNIHILATOR & NEVERMORE) will be filling the role of Rhythm Guitarist.

The band also announced that the new line up will have it’s first live performance on Saturday April 4th at the Phantasy in Lakewood, Ohio along with Cleveland based hardcore band AT NO END. Legacy Uprising is currently in pre-production at Smiley Sound Studios in Akron for their upcoming debut album.

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Metallica Discusses Hall Of Fame Details

Metallica has issued the following update about their upcoming induction into the rock and roll hall of fame:

"The Hall of Fame induction is just a little over two weeks away and we thought that you just might be interested to know that our friend Flea from the Chili Peppers will be joining us doing the honors of inducting us to the Hall.

"As a refresher, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at Cleveland Public Hall on April 4, 2009, and will be televised live on Fuse and available on www.fuse.tv. The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were chosen by the 600 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation . . . and believe it or not your first recording must be 25 years old or more (how can that be?!?!).

"Our fellow inductees and their presenters are listed below: More...

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Contraband Candy Interviews Cannibal Corpse

Contraband Candy has posted a video interview with legendary death metal band Cannibal Corpse, who have sold more albums than any other death metal band ever.

Cannibal Corpse discusses the current death metal scene, their attitude to controversy, stuff about the latest album, their artwork policy, and what they like to do and listen to when they are not tearing up the world with their particularly vile, shock and awe metal assault.

You can check out the interview below. More...

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Chrome Division Checks In

Chrome Division, featuring Dimmu Borgir's Shagrath, has checked in with the following update:

"There's a lot of things happening in the Chrome-camp nowadays.

"First off, the live situation is brighter than ever. Two more festivals in Germany are confirmed. Details will follow later. Then the Underworld Club of London, England will most certainly get Chromed in a near future. Then there's rumours of a trip over to the U.S., more spesific Los Angeles, to show the Americans what Norwegian Doomsday Rock'n'Roll is all about.
It's then appropriate that all the guitarist in Chrome Division is newly sponsored by Peavey amps and cabs for the ultimate live sound.

"Further more, the band is busy at rehearsals making more smokin' Rock for the third release. Four songs are ready and the fumes of burning rubber is rising once again. Stay tuned."

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