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Metal News for March 22, 2008

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11 news articles posted on this day.

Earache Thrash Pack Kicks Rock Band Players' Asses

Earache Records has issued the following statement on their recently released "Earache Thrash Pack" for the game "Rock Band:"

"It was warned that the newly-released EARACHE Thrash Pack for ROCK BAND would be the hardest tracks that the game had to offer and that was no lie.

"The ROCK BAND rockers community (http://www.rockband.com/rockers_home)has been absolutely THRASHED and SHREDDED to the bone in their many attempts to play the AT THE GATES classic, "Blinded By Fear" and THE HAUNTED's "D.O.A." Judging by the comments on the official ROCK BAND forums, however, out of all of the songs in the pack, EVILE's "Thrasher" seems to have given players their greatest challenge yet. Here's what some of the most hardcore ROCK BAND players in the world have to say about it:

"This satisfies my extreme metal wants for a long, long, long time. That time will be spent putting ointment on my blistered fingers due to Thrasher, no doubt." - Chief Stubbs

"Got my butt kicked in solo 2 of Thrasher." - JoshuaNeff

"Thrasher: DEAR FREAKING LORD! This song is so frikkin insane it's not even funny...When I saw the first solo I nearly crapped my pants." - Xerosnake90

"Thrasher's quick changes between beats are seriously challenging" - Contrapulator

"If you're the type who says that talk is cheap, then let these killer videos of all 3 songs show you what's got the ROCK BAND community buzzing: More...

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Abysmalia Issue Update

Finish progressive metal project, Abysmalia, issues the following update on their MySpace page:


"It’s been a while since I’ve updated the latest news about Abysmalia and the progression of the forthcoming album "Portals to Psychotic Inertia". As we speak, the rhythm guitars tracks are laid down and everything is slowly falling into place. The album will contain a total of seven songs plus the introduction track. Antti Jylhä is featured on the bass guitar tracks, and a small number of other guest artists will also be on display on the album, confirmation will follow in the near future as the recording process progresses. The release date will be somewhere in June-July, but there might be some changes into one direction or another."

"Stay put!"

"-Jouni K-

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Firewind Update European Summer Festival Schedule

FIREWIND have updated their European summer festival schedule. It is now as follows:

26 - Bang Your Head (club pre-show) - Hechingen, Germany
27 - Grasspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium

19 - Rockweekend - Kilafors, Sweden
25 - Lagoa Burning Live - Algarve, Portugal

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Amon Amarth Check In

AMON AMARTH, the Swedish metal band that has taken the world by storm with their brand of intense and melodic Viking influenced music, have checked in with the following update:

"Back from a two-week vacation we’ve continued working on new songs for our upcoming release. We have a hand full of great songs already, soon to be Amon Amarth classics, and we still have plenty of great song ideas. On March 27th we’re taking a break from the song writing, heading out to sea, raiding and pillaging (the bars) at the Sweden Rock Cruise."

Sweden Rock Cruise which sails from Stockholm (Sweden) to Turkku (Finland) and back on March 27th - 28th, to celebrate the 50th issue of Sweden Rock Magazine. Also on the bill are EDGUY, ARTILLERY, CRAZY LIXX, THRESHOLD and BONAFIDE. More...

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Drowning Pool Book "Know Your Enemy" Tour

DROWNING POOL's unstoppable work ethic continues as the band gears up to jump straight from their successful two-month touring stint with SALIVA to their headlining "Know Your Enemy" tour, named for their hit single "Enemy", which is just about to break into the Top 20 at Active Rock Radio. The tour will hit cities all across the U.S. from April 5 to May 18 with EGYPT CENTRAL and NONPOINT.

When asked if the fast pace ever tries their patience, singer Ryan McCombs says, "We like to keep it rolling… we just feed off the energy the crowds give us. Your body gets tired from all the traveling, but once you hit the stage, that adrenaline kicks in and there’s nothing else like it."

DROWNING POOL's "Know Your Enemy Tour" dates:

April 05 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre**
April 06 - Shreveport, LA - The Warehouse**
April 08 - Texarkana, AR - Shooters Sports Bar**
April 09 - Jackson, MS - Fire*
April 10 - Ft. Walton Beach, FL - The Swamp*
April 11 - Tallahassee, FL - Floyd’s Music Store*
April 12 - Goose Creek, SC - The Dive**
April 16 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Hardware Bar**
April 17 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues/Club Harlem Ballroom*
April 18 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance*
April 19 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights*
April 20 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre*
April 22 - Towson, MD - Recher Theatre*
April 24 - Chester, WV - Chuggers Pub**
April 25 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop**
April 26 - Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere's**
April 29 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep**
April 30 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre*


DROWNING POOL has been on the road in support of its third album, "Full Circle", which marks the recording debut of Ryan McCombs.

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Soul Embraced Announce Tour Dates

SOUL EMBRACED, the Little Rock, Arkansas-based band featuring ex-EVANESCENCE drummer William "Rocky" Gray, has scheduled the following dates:

April 10 - Tulsa, OK - The Pinkeye
April 11 - Okmulgee, OK - The Aim
April 12 - Wichita, KS - Eagles Lodge
April 13 - Plano, TX - Rock Steady
April 16 - San Antonio, TX - The Underground
April 17 - Mission, TX - Smokin Aces

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Circle II Circle Post New Song Online

"Fatal Warning," a new track from CIRCLE II CIRCLE — the band led by ex-SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens — is available for streaming at this location. The song comes off the group's new album, "Delusions of Grandeur", which is scheduled for release on April 25 via AFM Records. The CD will be issued as a regular jewel case, a limited edition featuring bonus material, and on picture vinyl.

"Delusions of Grandeur" (cover artwork) track listing:

01. Fatal Warning
02. Dead Of Dawn
03. Forever
04. Echoes
05. Waiting
06. Soul Breaker
07. Seclusion
08. So Many Reasons
09. Chase The Lies
10. Every Last Thing

Digipack bonus material:

11. Revelations (live video clip)
12. Stay (audio)

CIRCLE II CIRCLE will release a new four-track single on March 28 via AFM Records. Entitled "Every Last Thing", it will include a non-album and a live video clip.

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Psyopus Pull Out of Canadian Tour

Rochester, NY-based tech grindcore/hardcore outfit PSYOPUS has issued the following update:

"We at the PSYOPUS camp feel like real dousche bags but, we are sorry to explain to you that we are going to have to drop off of our Canadian dates with TODAY IS THE DAY, FUCK THE FACTS and COMPLETE FAILURE. Here's the story:"

"Back in January, PSYOPUS was kept from crossing the border for our small January tour. The reason started with the fact Arpmandude (Christopher Arp, guitar) has an attempted criminal mischief in the fourh conviction from 2001, and a violation of probation in 2002 where he served a month in jail. This was a flag warning for a bitch of a bitch of a bitch immigration woman who decided that Arpmandude was a 'risk to Canada.'" More...

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Headhunter Post "Silverskull Video Online

"Silverskull", the new video from HEADHUNTER, the reunited German band featuring DESTRUCTION frontman Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael, and guitarist Schmuddel (ex-TALON), can be viewed here. The track comes off the group's forthcoming comeback album, "Parasite of Society", which is scheduled for release on May 23 via AFM Records in Europe. The CD was mixed by Achim Köhler in Stuttgart, Germany.

Schmier previously stated about the album, "This record really made my day in difficult times and goes back to the roots of metal. My roots of music. I'm fuckin' honored that I had the chance again to play with my mates, Schmuddel and Jörg, after all those years." More...

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10 Years To Film "Beautiful" Video

Knoxville, Tennessee's 10 YEARS will film a video for the group's new single, "Beautiful", with director Paul Boyd (THE ROOTS, THE CULT). The song comes off the band's new album, "Division", which is scheduled for release on May 13 via Republic/Universal.

The new CD follows up the band's 2005 debut, "The Autumn Effect".

One tune on "Division", titled "Focus", was co-written with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guitarist Dean DeLeo.

10 YEARS has started to unveil its first tour dates in support "Division". According to the band's MySpace page, the group will play a single date in Nashville on March 19 before beginning a stretch of headlining shows and radio festivals on April 11 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Drummer Brian Vodinh told The Pulse of Radio it's a great feeling to be able to play new songs on the road. "The bottom line is the new stuff is just fun to play," he said. "It's upbeat and, you know, every band goes through the whole same thing: when you tour behind an album for however long, even if it's just a year, it's just refreshing to bring out new stuff and, you know, have a different vibe onstage. We're really confident in the new material and I'll tell you, we'd better be after the nightmare it was to get this album done."

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Edguy Announce North American Headlining Tour

German melodic metallers EDGUY will play three headlining shows as exclusive warm-up dates prior to their tour with KAMELOT. These dates will feature EDGUY alongside local acts and will serve as their only three headline dates this year.

The details are as follows:

Oct. 10 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Oct. 11 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Oct. 12 - Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda

These shows are on sale now exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 24, at which point they will be made available through normal ticketing systems. More...

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