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Metal News for March 3, 2006

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8 news articles posted on this day.

Lamb of God To Release New Album In August

After headlining the Sounds of the Underground festival in June-August 2005, LAMB OF GOD bunkered down in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia to begin the writing process on the follow-up to the band's 2004's release "Ashes of the Wake".

"We've taken this process very seriously," notes drummer Chris Adler. "We have been spending 5 or 6 days a week and 6-8 hours a day writing. It's a very intense and productive process that has paid off in a very big way."

Following several months of writing, the band took a break in December 2005 to headline a successful European run.

"Initially we didn't want to do it because we thought it would interrupt the writing process and leave us, yet again, with less time than we wanted to write the album," says Adler. "In fact, this was the best thing we could have done. Not only were the shows bigger than we anticipated and extremely refreshing after being locked up in our smoky rehearsal hole — but it gave us an opportunity to step away from the material, let it sink in a bit, and return to attack it with a renewed vision and inspiration. This is something we've never had the luxury of doing and it has made a very positive difference.”

The band has tapped friend and producer of "Ashes of the Wake", Machine, to handle the production duties for the upcoming effort. Pre-production is scheduled to begin in Richmond on March 13.

"Everyone wants to know what the new material is like or have us compare it to something. It's tough to do because when your proud of something you want to say it's better than something else or that it's more of this or that. I don't want to do that — every LAMB OF GOD CD has been a snapshot in time, a puzzle that spelled out who we are as individual musicians and as a band. They each represent a certain amount of experience and ability – and without saying more, we have more of both of those than ever heading into this. We have continued to raise the bar for ourselves in every aspect of what we do, and we are expecting more of ourselves than ever heading into this. We're looking forward to tracking and releasing this intense and very heavy release."

The as-yet-untitled release is tentatively expected to be released though Epic Records in late August 2006. The band has also confirmed touring plans both before and after the release. These will be announced shortly.

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Eternal Tears of Sorrow Finish Mastering Album

Reactivated Finnish melodic extreme metal band ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW mastered their fifth album, "Before the Bleeding Sun", earlier today (March 2) at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

"What a ride this has been," the band write on their web site. "We started writing material for this album in late October 2004, that's 16 months ago. And now, we're finally here. The mastering sessions are taking place today, and the artwork for the album will be finished within a week, too. Still, you and we have to wait for eight more weeks. That's when the album comes out. But compared to the 16 months we've already spent on this album, 8 weeks is practically nothing, isn't it?"

As previously reported, "Before the Bleeding Sun" is tentatively scheduled for release April 26 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi and at Note-On Studios in Kuopio and marks the group's first release to feature lead guitarist Risto Ruuth (also in SCYRON) and keyboardist Janne Tolsa (also in TAROT).

Commented the band: "The album is damn heavy but still more diverse and more melodic than any of our previous albums. The whole process has rarely been so easy and rewarding for us before, all the pieces really clicked together this time."

"Before the Bleeding Sun" track listing:

01. Sweet Lilith of My Dreams
02. Another Me
03. Red Dawn Rising
04. Upon the Moors
05. Sakura No Rei
06. Sinister Rain
07. Lost Rune of Thunder
08. Tar Still Flows
09. Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act I: Before the Bleeding Sun)

Guest vocalists: Lead vocals by Jarmo Kylmänen (SCYRON) and Miriam "Sfinx" Renvåg (RAM-ZET). Backing vocals by Jarmo Kylmänen, Miriam Renvåg, Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA) and Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT).

ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW 2006:

Altti Veteläinen (vocals, bass)
Jarmo Puolakanaho (guitar)
Risto Ruuth (lead guitar)
Janne Tolsa (keyboards)
Petri Sankala (drums)

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Vader's Blitzkrieg Tour 4 Dates Announced

Massive Music has officially announced Polish dates and support acts of Vader's Blitzkrieg Tour 4. The band will be teaming up with sympho-black metal Vesania (Napalm Records), death metal bands Trauma (Unique Leader) and Azarath (Pagan Records). The tour schedule contains the following 11 gigs in Poland:

Sept. 17 Warszawa - Proxima
Sept. 18 Lublin - Graffiti
Sept. 19 Rzeszów - Akademia
Sept. 20 Kraków - Rotunda
Sept. 21 Katowice - Mega Club
Sept. 22 Opole - MOK
Sept. 23 Wroclaw - Madness
Sept. 24 Lódz - Dekompresja
Sept. 25 Szczecin - Slowianin
Sept. 26 Gdansk - Parlament
Sept. 27 Torun - Od Nowa

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Kataklysm's "Cripped & Broken" Video Posted Online

Canada's Kataklysm has posted the new video for "Crippled and Broken," taken from the latest effort "In the Arms of Devastation," online for download. Click here to check it out.

In other news, Kataklysm has entered the German top 100 charts (equivalent to Billboard) at position 76 and the US Billboard (Hard Rock) at position 16.

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Kalmah Enters Finnish Charts At No. 38

Kalmah's latest release, "The Black Waltz," has entered charts in their home country of Finland at number 28. The rest of the chart can be viewed at this location.

"The Black Waltz" was released on February 22nd via Spinefarm Records and features Poisonblack keyboardist, Marco Sneck.

"The Black Waltz" tracklisting:

1. Defeat
2. Bitter Metalli Side
3. Time Takes Us All
4. To the Gallows
5. Svieri Doroga
6. The Black Waltz
7. With Terminal Intensity
8. Man of the King
9. The Groan of Wind
10. Mindrust
11. One From The Stands

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Finntroll Drop Off No Mercy Tour

Finntroll, who recently parted ways with singer Tapio Wilska, have posted the following message on their official website explaining their No Mercy Tour (which features Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm and Legion of the Damned) cancellation:

"We are more than sorry to inform that we are forced to cancel the No Mercy - Tour. We are still searching for a new vocalist and we feel that it's only fair to the fans that next shows what Finntroll will do, will be with a new line-up, not with temporary replacements.

"We are at least as dissapointed as some of you for not being able to do the tour, but we'll hope that next opportunity to see you all along the road somewhere will happen really soon. Until then...Rot'n'Troll."

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Cryptopsy Wins Fave Metal Group At Indie Awards

Cryptopsy won Favorite Metal/Hardcore Artist/Group at the 6th Annual Independent Music Awards, which took place in Toronto, Ontario on March 1st and was hosted by the Trailer Park Boys.

Cryptopsy's "The Pestilence that Walketh in Darkness (Psalm 61:5-8)" video has been posted online. Check it out at the following links: low, high (Quicktime).

In other news, Drummer Flo Mounier will be holding drum clinics at the following locations in Ontario in March: More...

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Soilwork Summer Festivals, Disarmonia Mundi Update

Soilwork have announced the following summer festivals:

May 06 Haugesund, NO - Karmøygeddon Festival
Jun. 03 Gelsenkirchen, D - Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 09-11Donnington, UK - Download Festival
Jun. 15-17 Hultsfred, SE - Hultsfred Festival
Jul. 07 Gothenburg, SE - Metal Town
Jul. 07-09 Ruissalon Kansanpuistossa, FI - Ruisrock
Jul. 07-08 Borlänge, SE - Peace & Love
Aug. 03-05 Wacken, D - Wacken Open Air

Frontman, Bjorn "Speed" Strid, checks in with the following Disarmonia Mundi and Soilwork updates:

"Hi there!

"I'm in Studio Fredman right now, mixing the new Disarmonia Mundi album. Things are going good but hectic as usual..
Hopefully everything goes well and the album can be released sometime in april/may..

"Soilwork is getting ready to hit the road again after a pretty long break (probably needed). To tell you the truth, the inspiration is flowing right now and we've already pretty much completed 2 new Soilwork songs that just sounds killer. I gotta say it was unexpected to get this kind of inspiration after all that happened, or maybe that was just the reason why..? I have more faith in this band than ever..

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