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Metal News for March 29, 2004

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13 news articles posted on this day.

Manatark To Support Mayhem On European Tour

The premium Black metal act from Estonia MANATARK have issued the following update:

"Incredible, unbelievable, but well-deserved and true - Manatark is confirmed as a support act for the legendary Mayhem on their European Tour 2004! Together with DEFILED (Japan) we three will travel 13 countries and give 17 concerts, after that Manatark will be replaced by CADAVER INC. for the rest of the tour. This is a phenomenal step forward for us, and a definite breakthrough! For this great news we are in debt to our own hard work, our label Metal Age Productions."

Upcoming Mayhem/Manatark dates include: More...

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Bloodbath Announce Luneup Additions

In a recent announcement from guitarist Blakkheim (also Katatonia, Diabolical Masquerade), Swedish Death metal superband BLOODBATH have enlisted the talents of HYPOCRISY legend Peter Tägtgren to replace the departed Mike Åkerfeldt (Opeth) and WITCHERY drummer Martin "Axe" Axenrot. Here's Blakkheim's statement:

"Here are the official announcements directly from the boiling brew of blood you've been waiting for. The dark grave of ex-vocalist Mike Åkerfeldt has now got a new inhabitant that needs no further introduction - Peter Tägtgren! Furthermore, after analyzing a wide range of drummers, we handpicked Martin "Axe" Axenrot! Widely known for helluva fiercly beats in bands such as Witchery, Satanic Slaughter, Nepehenzy Chaos Order. We're currently in the heat of fire composing the last material to the album and will soon deliver some titles. Until then, let the blood run red.”

Bloodbath are completed by Katatonia/October Tide bassist Jonas Renske and jack-of-all-trades guitarist Dan Swano.

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Satyricon Recruit Former Emperor For US Tour

In the wake of SATYRICON drummer Kjetil "Frost" Haraldstad not being allowed into the country because of VISA problems and a criminal past, ex-EMPEROR drummer Trym will be joining the band on their forthcoming US trek with MORBID ANGEL, SUFFOCATION and PREMONITIONS OF WAR.

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Ancient Ceremony Vs The Catholic Church

The Catholic church's lawsuit against ANCIENT CEREMONY founder/vocalist Chris Anderle over a series of "blasphemous" photos posted on the German Black metal band's web site has been given a new court date: May 26 at Landgericht Trier. Lawyers for both parties are currently working towards a possible out-of-court settlement.

The band are said to be "rather pissed off with this soap opera", and are concentrating on finishing up their new mini CD, "P.uritan's B.lasphemy C.all (Ruf-Mord)" . The highly controversial album, which is being observed by the German censorship authorities even before its release, is tentatively scheduled for release in June on Irond Records. A full-scale European tour will follow.

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New Release And MP3 From Black Cross

Black Cross' 'Widows Bloody Widows' ties up the loose ends left hanging from their days as Black Widows and includes all their limited edition vinyl releases as well. This deluxe packaged disc contains 14 songs in total. You can check out an MP3 for the song 'It Gets Dark So Early'.

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New Killswitch And In Flames Tour Dates

A few more tour dates have been confirmed for the upcoming Killswitch Engage, In Flames, and As I Lay Dying tour for this spring. The dates are as follows:

May 3 - Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargos
May 4 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
May 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
May 6 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's Sauget
May 7 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
May 8 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 10 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
May 11 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
May 12 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
May 13 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
May 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG
May 15 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
May 16 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House
May 18 - Austin, TX @ The Back Room
May 19 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian
May 20 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 22 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
May 25 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 29 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
June 1 - New York, NY @ Roseland

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Kittie Issues Studio Update

With just three weeks to make an album, KITTIE, producer Steve Thompson, and engineer Ian Hatton retreated to Longview Farm Studios to record an album with a live in-your-face feel.

"Making this record was definitely a challenge because we had three weeks to record an album that should take two months, but nonetheless it has turned out amazing," said Thompson. "The basic tracks on this record were recorded onto two-inch analog tape. We then transferred those tracks onto protocols HD. We did very little digital editing. There were no click tracks used either."

The members of KITTIE embraced the opportunity to record live in the studio as a unit rather than the piecemeal recording process that many producers use. "I loved how we were all able to play all together everyday to record the songs," said bassist Jennifer Arroyo. "I've never been in a situation like that and I think it's the way to go because of the feel you get. I feel it translates onto the track you're recording when you are all in there together."

"It gave us a sense of accomplishment, rather than working with tons of puzzle pieces," said vocalist/guitarist Morgan Lander. "Also, doing things as naturally as possible, using as little digital editing as possible, gives it a raw, real vibe."

The band recorded on a near-12-hour-a-day schedule, taking advantage of all the space the studio offered. "We were able to put the amps on a stage," said Hatton. "That meant that we could quickly switch between guitar setups. We had Jennifer's bass rig set up in a hallway and we had an additional rig set up for distortion in the gym."

Added drummer Mercedes Lander: "Since we had a lot more space to work with, we used a lot of different room sounds to get what we want out of the recording."

KITTIE's "Until the End" will be released this summer on Artemis Records.

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Sevendust Acoustic Cd Details, Tour Dates

SEVENDUST have finalized the track listing for their upcoming acoustic live live CD/DVD, "Southside Double-Wide Acoustic Live", due on May 4 through TVT Records.

Recorded and filmed at The Georgia Theater in Athens, GA, the set contains many of the band's greatest hits, including "Bitch", "Too Close To Hate", "Black", "Xmas Day", "Broken Down", and a cover of the NINE INCH NAILS/JOHNNY CASH classic "Hurt".

"It's just the lighter side of us and a really deeper side," singer Lajon Witherspoon said. “People weren’t used to us scaling it down and doing something like this. But our fans loved it."

The DVD side contains over two hours of live footage and tons of DVD extras. Filmed with eight cameras, it's the best SEVENDUST live show ever made available.

Each copy of "Southside Double-Wide Acoustic Live" will contain 20 collector postcards featuring live shots from the tour, a SEVENDUST branded guitar pick and a 24-page booklet filled with never before seen photos, notes from fans, set lists, tour advertisements and much more. The two-disc set is contained in a stunning cardboard casing surrounding a double jewel case.

"We're about to get out there again to promote our current album 'Seasons', but we wanted to release something new for our fans," Witherspoon said. "In our minds, 'Southside' is a companion piece to our latest album."

Beginning April 8th in Rochester, New York, SEVENDUST's "Seasons" tour will hit over 30 cities within seven weeks and will feature three opening acts: COLD, APARTMENT 26 and ATOMSHIP. SEVENDUST recently finished a vastly sold-out winter tour in support of the band’s fourth album, "Seasons". The band has recently added several dates to the tour, which currently runs through May 16.

"Southside Double-Wide Acoustic Live" CD track listing:

01. Trust
02. Seasons
03. Xmas Day
04. Beautiful
05. Follow
06. Skeleton Song
07. Disgrace
08. Hurt (Dedicated To Johnny Cash)
09. Angel's Son
10. Rumble Fish
11. Too Close To Hate
12. Black
13. Prayer
14. Bitch
15. Broken Down (bonus track, acoustic studio version)

SEVENDUST/COLD U.S tour dates:

Apr. 08 - Rochester, NY @ Harro East Ballroom
Apr. 09 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Apr. 10 - Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino
Apr. 12 - Portland, ME @ State Theater
Apr. 13 - Rehoboth Beach, DE @ Bay Center
Apr. 14 - Baltimore, MD @ Thunderdome
Apr. 16 - Amarillo, TX @ Aztec Music Hall
Apr. 17 - Spring, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Apr. 18 - McAllen, TX @ Villa Real
Apr. 19 - Austin, TX @ The Backroom
Apr. 20 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown Events Center
Apr. 22 - Pelham, AL @ Charter Communications Pavilion
Apr. 23 - Tallahassee, FL @ Late Night Library
Apr. 24 - Zephyr Hills, FL @ Zephyr Hills Festival Park
Apr. 25 - Orlando, FL @ Lee Vista Park
Apr. 28 -Syracuse, NY @ Action Center
Apr. 29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rock Jungle
Apr. 30 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
May 01 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
May 02 - Sylvania, OH @ Centennial Terrace
May 04 - Chicago Heights, IL @ Oasis One Sixty
May 05 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
May 07 - Cloquet, MN @ Cloquet Arena
May 08 - Appleton, WI @ Checkered Flag
May 09 - Springfield, IL @ Illnois State Fairgrounds
May 13 - Altoona, WI @ Altoona Sports Arena
May 14 - Merrill, WI @ Smith Center
May 15 - St. Joseph, MN @ Lighthouse Ballroom
May 16 - Fargo, ND @ Playmaker’s Pavilion

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Cradle of Filth Summer Festival Appearances

British black metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have announced the following dates during the summer:

Jun. 05 - Download Festival UK
Jun. 19 – Bergum, NETH @ Waldrock Festival
Jun. 25-57 - Dessel, BEL @ Graspop Festival
Jul. 15-17 – Arvika, SWE @ Arvikafestivalen
Jul. 16-18 – Joensuu, FIN @ Ilosaarirock

CRADLE OF FILTH are currently recording their Roadrunner Records debut, tentatively titled "Nymphetamine". The follow-up to last year's "Damnation and a Day" is being produced by ANTHRAX guitarist Rob Caggiano, who has previously worked with the group during the mixing stage for "Damnation…".

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Stereo Black Live Photos, Tour Dates, MP3 Online

Logan Mader's (STEREO BLACK, ex-MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY) official web site has uploaded several photos from STEREO BLACK's first gig at The Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood on March 8.

In other news, STEREO BLACK have announced two more live dates during the coming days. They are as follows:

Mar. 31 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (w/ TESLA)
Apr. 01 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go (w/ (HED)P.E.)

The group are currently shopping around for a record deal. A full-length MP3 of the track "No Sympathy" can currently be downloaded at this location.

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New Black Sabbath Single And Box Set Covers Online

BLACK SABBATH fan site Black-Sabbath.de has uploaded a photo scan of the new "Paranoid" / "Iron Man" single, released in conjunction with the group's much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)". The final "Black Box" art can be viewed at this location (courtesy of Black-Sabbath.com).

Due on April 27 through Rhino Records, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)" will feature remastered versions of the band's albums with Ozzy Osbourne behind the mike, as well as a live DVD with previously unseen footage. It will reportedly retail for $99.98.

BLACK SABBATH's Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Wednesday, March 31. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.rocklineradio.com.

You can already pre-order Black Sabbath's Black Box Set on Amazon.

Here's the complete track listing for good measure: More...

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Lacuna Coil Shooting New Video For 'Swamped'

LACUNA COIL has announced via their official site, Lacunacoil.it they are now in Sweden shooting a video for their next 'Comalies' single "Swamped." We'll have air dates / release dates in the near future. The band will be playing two more Italian dates before their U.S. touring runs kicks off in May. They are as follows:

April 2 - Cortemaggiore @ Fillmore
April 3 - Arezzo @ Storyville

Italian thrashers NODE will open both shows.

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Eulogy Owner Co-Founds Hand Of Hope Records

Eulogy Recordings owner John Wylie and Christopher Brown of Evergreen Terrace have recently formed a new record label called Hand Of Hope Records. And this past week the Miami-based label solidified an exclusive distribution deal with Victory Records. Here's what Victory's Tony Brummel says about the deal:

"John and I have known one another for many years and have always wanted to do something together. I always want passionate music people around me that have a gift for nurturing and finding new talent. John and Chris have that gift."

The label's debut release will be from Evergreen Terrace, which should hit stores in early-summer.

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