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Metal News for March 23, 2007

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22 news articles posted on this day.

Symphony X Reveal New Album Title

SYMPHONY X have revealed that their new album will be entitled Paradise Lost and will be released in late June. In the meantime, the band has announced the following upcoming tour dates:

May 25 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
May 27 - San Juan, PR @ TBA
June 3 - Milano, ITA @ Gods of Metal Festival
June 7 - Solvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival

with SANCTITY and ECHOES OF ETERNITY:
July 12 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
July 16 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
July 17 - Quebec City, QC @ L’Imperial
July 18 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
July 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
July 21 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
July 22 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
July 23 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
July 24 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
July 27 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
July 28 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
July 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
July 30 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
July 31 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
August 1 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
August 3 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
August 4 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
August 5 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
August 8 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
August 10 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

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The Gathering Announce Headlining NYC Show

Before hitting the road with LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING have lined up a headlining show in New York City. The show will take place on May 15th at Rebel and support will come from TUB RING.

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Firewind Announce North American Tour Dates

Greek power metallers FIREWIND have lined up the following North American tour dates:

September 19 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 w/ Epica
September 20 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
September 21 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 22 - Toronto, ON @ Funhaus
September 23 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
September 24 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
September 26 - Quebec City, QC @ Salle Albert Rousseau w/ Sonata Arctica
September 27 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley w/ Sonata Arctica
September 29 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
September 30 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Sonata Arctica
October 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero w/ Sonata Arctica
October 3 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx w/ Sonata Arctica
October 5 - Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower USA

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Samadhi Welcomes New Guitarist

Samadhi post the following update on their myspace page:
"That's right all, Samadhi has found the guitar player of it's dreams! We would like to welcome Mike Iuzzolino to the band. Mike is an amazing guitar player, with all the drive and dedication that we were looking for. You can check out his page in our top friends list. Also, check out his music page. You'll have to find it on his top friends list. He's got some great stuff on there!

As you may notice, Mike is currently a resident of the great state of Arizona. He will be moving this way very soon, so we will not miss a beat.

You can see the new lineup at our next show, scheduled for May 19th on the main stage at Sonar!

Rock on and keep it METAL!
Jim
Samadhi"

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Opeth Frontman Updates On DVD and New Album

Mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has issued the following update on a new DVD and the new album:

"Just a quick note to fill you (if you care) in on what's cooking and stuff....like that.....

"Roundhouse/U.K. gig DVD: Well, the music is mixed and it sounds nothing less than awesome I must say. The film material is also edited and it looks great too! We went through a lot of fan interviews as well which was hilarious. Most of the interview material that was shot is going to be used, although there were severe audio problems with some and those can't be used for that reason. I was struck by how drunk all of you fuckers were... great!! I felt like partying myself watching it! All I can say is, it will be pretty good all in all... pretty fucking good indeed. Release date? Don't know right now, I guess late spring.

"Next OPETH LP: I'm writing and it's going quite well. I have around a dozen of song ideas. Some are downright evil sounding....a few BATHORY (evil era '83-'87) parts, some tech-death ones, some overblown prog ballad ones, one Nick Drake thing, one complete prog thing with triple harmony vocals, one evocative Middle Eastern psychedelic metal arrangement with falsetto vocals (not as wimpy sounding as you might think), one '70s SCORPIONS sounding bit (like 'Living and Dying' type of stuff), one's totally murky forest-ish sounding dark prog-rock with loud vocals that shifts between major and minor, one tedious ugly/pretty little hobbit sounding symf part with moogs over a classical guitar, some soundtrack-ish sounding ones etc...

"Yes, it's business as usual....

"I don't know when or where we'll record but I guess late this year. I want to make sure it....rocks....somewhat!"

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Twin Zero Prepare For Mini-Tour w/ Textures

Experimental rock/metal band Twin Zero cross the waters this weekend for their first shows in mainland Europe. The band will be supporting Textures for a handful of Dutch shows in support of their second album ‘The Tomb To Every Hope,’ which is out now.

Guitarist and founding member of the band Roo Gotto has just landed back in the UK after a six-week Canadian tour with his ‘other’ band Johnny Truant.

You can catch Twin Zero and Textures at the following shows:

MARCH
LEEUWARDEN (NL), Romein (23) /w Textures
LEIDEN (NL), LVC (24) /w Textures
ROOSENDAAL (NL), Eros Moshmetal Meeting (25) /w Textures

You can hear some of Twin Zero's material on their MySpace page.

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Tony Naima To Release Album Of Dismember Covers

On May 8, Swedish singer/songwriter Tony Naima and his band the Bitters will release an album of Dismember covers simply called Dismember. The bizarre idea came together in February 2006 when, at a Dismember record-release party, Naima was asked to take the stage to perform interpretations of two of the band's songs. The gag went over so well that Naima, with full consent of the band, decided to record an entire record of covers. Selections from the disc can be heard at Tony Naima's MySpace page.

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Ion Dissonance Finish Third Album

Ion Dissonance have finished their third album, Minus the Herd, which is scheduled for release June 5. The Montreal band recorded the disc with producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Agnostic Front). "This is by far some of the best stuff we have ever written," singer Kevin McCaughey said in a statement. "There are some changes in direction with this new release, but I definitely think the die-hard Ion followers will still be into the new stuff. I guess the only word to describe this new album would have to be 'brutal.' Just plain heaviness."

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Mower Announce Headlining Tour Dates

Mower will hit the road for a brief headlining tour in April. The tour dates are as follows:

April 1st in Tacoma, WA @ The 54
April 2nd in Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
April 3rd in Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
April 4th in Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
April 6th in Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
April 7th in Denver, CO @ Benders
April 21st in San Diego, CA @ Canes
April 24th in Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues w/ Stone Sour, Shadows Fall

The band will begin a radio tour in May. Tour dates will be announced shortly.

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Tony Danza Tapdance Guitarist Forms New Label

Brad Thomson, guitarist for The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, has formed a new record label called Midgets With Machetes. Thomson has reached a tentative agreement with Uprising Records that will see his label's releases distributed through Uprising/RED. Thomson has issued the following statement:

"As I toured the country with Danza I've come across many talented, hard working bands that should by right already be signed but for one reason or another haven't gotten that opportunity. Over the last year I decided to actually do something about it and that something is Midgets With Machetes. Our good friends in My Bitter End had recently signed to Uprising when we toured with them last summer and they could not say enough about the great support that Uprising had already given them and what a great guy Sean Muttaqi was and as Danza looked for a new label home last year Uprising was one of the last remaining labels on a very short list. When we decided to sign to Black Market Activities I was very pleased with the decision but my conversations with Sean were very productive and I knew that I wanted to work with him in some capacity so I am pleased to now have that opportunity."

Midgets With Machetes has already announced the signing of Lawrence, Kansas metal and hardcore outfit The Cast Pattern to a multi-album deal. The band is currently preparing songs for their full-length debut, which will hit streets later this year.

Bands eager to submit demos can find contact information here.

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RunsFasterScared Signs with Forgotten Empire

Pueblo, Colorado's RunsFasterScared has inked a deal with North Carolina-based record label, Forgotten Empire Records. The band's latest full-length is tentatively scheduled for release via the label on April 24.

Here's a statement from the band: "We are extremely excited about what this means for us, and what we will be doing in the next couple of months...I mean, besides masturbating at home."

You can currently pre-order RunsFasterScared's upcoming full length at a reduced price on Forgotten Empire Records' website. The release date is April 24th, but if you pre-order you will recieve there album a few days before the actual release date.

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The Absence Completes Work On Sophomore Album

Tampa thrash outfit The Absence has finished tracking its new record, "Riders of the Plague". The CD, which features guest appearances by guitarists James Murphy (Death, Testament), Jonas Kjellgren and Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Santiago Dobles (Aghora) as well as guest vocals by Jonas Granvik (Without Grief, Edge of Sanity), is currently being mixed in Sweden at Black Lounge studios by Jonas KJellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge, Centinex).

More album details, including track listing and album art, will be revealed soon.

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The First Post Tour Announced

Lambgoat is sponsoring the "First Post Tour," which kicks off in June and features Year of Desolation, The Destro, Unholy, Apiary and Iscariot in rotating slots. The bands have fleshed out routing for the tour, but are looking for help with booking the dates. If you are interested in offering assistance, send an e-mail to thunderdomebooking@gmail.com.

YEAR OF DESOLATION is currently hard at work filling up the remaining spring and summer dates with constant touring plans in support of the band's well-received Prosthetic Records debut, 'Year of Desolation.' Produced by Jamie King (Through The Eyes of the Dead, Glass Casket), 'Year of Desolation' features in-depth design from renowned artist Paul Romano. Samples from the record can be heard on the YEAR OF DESOLATION MySpace site.

Here are the latest YEAR OF DESOLATION tour dates, including the "First Post Tour" dates: More...

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Episode 13 Recording New Album

Turkish black metal band Episode 13 have started recording their new album "PITCH BLACK" at Raven Studios (Ankara). The band will be in the studio for 2 weeks and more details will be posted during the recording session. The new album is scheduled to a release at early summer by Raven Records. Some song titles include "War", "Torture Bleeding", and "Self Destruction." The complete track list will be announced soon.

You can check out some of Episode 13's material on their MySpace page.

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The Acacia Strain Added To Hatebreed Tour

THE ACACIA STRAIN has been added to Hatebreed's upcoming US tour alongside God Forbid, Evergreen Terrace and Terror. This comes hot off the heels of THE ACACIA STRAIN also securing a direct support slot for Hatebreed's forthcoming "Destroy Everything Tour" of the United Kingdom. In the meantime, THE ACACIA STRAIN will play a few regional headlining shows as well as two dates with Necro, DJ Starscream and Freddy Madball in the northeast.

Continuing to support the band's latest release, 'The Dead Walk,' THE ACACIA STRAIN has already toured heavily with the likes of Soilent Green, Caliban and labelmates LIGHT THIS CITY and THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD. The album's debut video, for the track "Angry Mob Justice," will be re-aired this weekend on MTV2's Headbangers Ball - check local listings for time and channel. The video, directed by Dave Brodsky (Helmet, God Forbid, Goatwhore) and My Good Eye, is also available on YouTube.com.

Here are the latest THE ACACIA STRAIN tour dates: More...

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As I Lay Dying In The Studio

As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis has posted the following update from the studio:

"It's been a while since our last update. We're in the studio finishing up drums today. With the exception of a computer crash, Jordan was able to finish the drums in just over three days of tracking. Soon we'll be going to my house and starting guitars, bass, and vocals.

"We've also scheduled a short tour to start after we're done with the record. The dates are:
Sat. May 05 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls w/ more band TBA
Sun. May 06 East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands for Bamboozle Festival w/ Linkin Park, KSE & many more...
Mon. May 07 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon w/ Haste the Day & more
Tue. May 08 OFF
Wed. May 09 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club w/ August Burns Red & more
Thu. May 10 Winston-Salem, @ NC Ziggys w/ Evergreen Terrace, August Burns Red & more
Fri. May 11 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero w/ Evergreen Terrace, August Burns Red & more
Sat. May 12 Orlando, FL @ Cornerstone Festival w/ Underoath & many more...
Sun. May 13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room w/ August Burns Red & more
Mon. May 14 OFF
Tue. May 15 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerdae w/ Underoath
Wed. May 16 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerdae w/ Underoath

"I can't wait to get back out on the road and see all of you!"

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Soilwork Frontman Checks In With Studio Update

Soilwork vocalist, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, has checked in with the following update on the band's web site:

"What up people?

"As you can see on the photos [photo 1, photo 2, photo 3, photo 4, photo 5, photo 6], we're riffing like we're obsessed in the studio..
The guitarsound kicks ass...

"I have started my 2 weeks of decadence, getting drunk and write lyrics..that's usually how i do it and it usually works just fine. I have some finished songtitles, thought i might as well share them with ya.. We have 'Your Beloved Scapegoat,' 'Light Discovering Darkness,' 'The Snare Broken' and 'The Pittsburgh Syndrome' so far...
Hmm, curious to see the reactions on that last songtitle....
Stay tune for more info..."

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Nile Mainman: "We're Too Heavy For Ozzfest"

Nile frontman Karl Sanders has commented on Nile's involvement on this summers Ozzfest along with Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb of God, Lordi, Hatebreed and others.

Karl Sanders stated "Been getting a lot of messages about Ozzfest, and the general concensus is, we are either giving a good reason for metalheads to go to the show, or we're going someplace we don't belong because we're 'too heavy for Ozzfest.'

"Well, here's how I see it: There is a brief scene in 'Saving Private Ryan', during the opening sequence on the Normandy Beach, where just for a few seconds the camera moves to a viewpoint of a German machine-gunner — looking over his machine-gun sights down onto the beach — who is laying waste to countless U.S. soldiers as the doors open up to their boats and they are all just helpless and vulnerable, in the water and struggling onto the beach, exposed to devastating machine gunfire — and from this vantage point, one can not help but get the feeling, if only for a moment, of what it must feel like to be that machine gunner, with so many helpless targets right in your sights to mow down at will. Of course, for that machine-gunner, you also feel that, however awesome it must be for those priceless few moments of godly slaughter, it will inevitably be short-lived, because he is soon to be roasted alive in his bunker as soon as Tom Hanks and friends make it up the hill. But for those few moments of unimpeded opportunity to mow down wave after wave of helpless targets, it had to be utterly godly.

"That's why we are doing Ozzfest. We will be the first real death metal band to ever play Ozzfest, and the chance to lay waste to thousands and thousands of mall metal posers is just too once-in-a-lifetime to pass up.

"In the words of Ross Dolan, 'Metal will take place.'

"I could care less about how much incredible exposure it will be to play Ozzfest; I am just thrilled at the possibility of metal carnage on a mass scale. Those venues will look like Omaha Beach when we are done."

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Through The Eyes Of The Dead Confirm Vocalist

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD have confirmed the addition of vocalist Nate Johnson (Premonitions of War) to the band's ranks following the departure of former vocalist Anthony Gunnells. Johnson will enter Mana Studios with producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel) April 23 to wrap up vocal recordings for the upcoming album 'Malice,' the follow-up to 2005's full-length debut, 'Bloodlust.' Tracklist information and artwork will be available shortly, while 'Malice' is currently eyeing a late summer release through Prosthetic Records.

"We are extremely happy to have Nate on board with us as the new vocalist and front man for TTEOTD," said guitarist Justin Longshore. "There's no doubt in my mind that Nate will deliver on 'Malice' as well as on tour. We'd like to thank everyone for their submissions that they sent us. There are some really killer vocalists out there and it was definitely a tough decision. Thanks to all of the fans for all of the support in this situation."

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will depart for a European tour alongside Dead To Fall and Ion Dissonance in early May, meeting up with Dying Fetus and Skinless a few times along the way upon completion of recording 'Malice.'

Here are the latest THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD tour dates: More...

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Cristina Scabbia Interviewed About Megadeth Video

Lacuna Coil vocalist and one of the hottest singers around made a guest appearance with Megadeth.

A video has been uploaded to LACUNA COIL's MySpace profile in which singer Cristina Scabbia talks about the video shoot for MEGADETH's new version of the song "A Tout Le Monde", now retitled "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)", which took place March 8-9 in Los Angeles.

"A Tout Le Monde", which originally appeared on the 1994 CD "Youthanasia", has created controversy because the song was cited in an online post by Dawson College killer Kimveer Gill as one of his favorites before his Montreal shooting spree last September. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine contends that he wanted to give the song a second shot at success, as the original video for it had been banned by MTV, and most radio stations followed suit.

Commented Cristina: "[Dave Mustaine] actually asked me to be part of this duet, and I was really surprised about it because 'A Tout Le Monde' is a song that I've always loved. It was a big surprise for me to get this invitation ? I was really honored to be part of it. And seriously, when I heard the final result, I was awesomely surprised 'cause I think that the two voices are fitting incredibly. I think that the version of 'A Tout le Monde' 2007 has a stronger attitude. If the original version was for the mellow mood, this one is way more rock, way more powerful. I totally love it. I was surprised myself, and I think that a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised.

"I tracked the entire song because we weren't really sure what we had to do, so we just wanted to be totally sure, so we recorded all the parts that Dave sung with some improvisation with it, double vocals. We basically made anything possible, so they could pick up whatever they wanted to."

You can watch the video on MySpace or below. More...

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Throwdown Studio Update

Throwdown has been in the studio for nearly a month tracking their new album, "Venom & Tears." Drums and bass have been completed thus far, while guitars are currently being finalized. Here's the official word from bassist Matt Mentley:

"It has been a very challenging album to record, but it's also been a lot of fun. Stuff is sounding sweet. I don't think I am gonna say much more about the way it sounds. Everyone always says it's the fastest, heaviest, most brutal thing they have ever done, but I am just gonna say that it's sweet. When it gets put all over the Internet you can download it and decide for yourself what it sounds like."

The effort is being produced by Mudrock (Avenged Sevenfold) and will hit stores this summer via Trustkill Records.

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1917 Records Signs War Hungry and I Rise

1917 Records has officially announced the signing of two bands, War Hungry and I Rise.

War Hungry is a hardcore band from Wilkes-Barre, PA. The group previously appeared on a split with Cold World for Six Feet Under Records. You can download one of their songs here.

Meanwhile, Worcester, MA outfit I Rise features ex-members of Youth Attack. The band will record a new 7" in April in preparation for their summer tour with Down To Nothing, Verse, and Allegiance. Their entire demo is available for download here.

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