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Metal News for March 30, 2006

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Agalloch Release Artwork and Tracklisting

Agalloch have released the tracklisting and artwork for their upcoming album, "Ashes Against the Grain". Track listing is as follows:

1. Limbs
2. Falling Snow
3. This White Mountain On Which You Will Die
4. Fire Above, Ice Below
5. Not Unlike The Waves
6. Our Fortress Is Burning... I
7. Our Fortress Is Burning... II - Bloodbirds
8. Our Fortress Is Burning... III - The Grain

Agalloch's guitarist/vocalist John Haughm said the following about the album: "The album sounds distinctively like Agalloch but heavier and with elements of pure black metal, folky Scandinavian prog, and a touch of post rock. I was heavily influenced by recordings like Thule's "Natt" album while writing "Limbs" and "Fire Above, Ice Below" and you can definitely hear that sort of brooding darkness in those songs. "Not Unlike The Waves" is easily the heaviest thing we've ever recorded; yet at its foundation it is a neo-folk song. There's also some up-tempo material like "Falling Snow" and moments of total ambience as well. This is definitely not an album that can be judged by one or two songs. Everything flows together as a dynamic whole and the red thread of the lyrics holds the album together."

"The lyrics this time unfold as an abstract and surreal folk tale. Although there is a framework of a concept, I wanted to create more of a dreamlike feeling with words than to merely "tell a story." My source of inspiration for the lyrics came from the surreal films of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Sergei Parajanov as well as Northern Folklore and myths, Siberian Vodka, and the crumbling world around us all."


"Ashes Against the Grain" will be released in standared and digipak formats. The digipak format will contain different artwork. There is a plan for a vinyl edition to be released a couple months after the cd.

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Nonpoint to do Headling Tour

Nonpoint have announced that will be doing a tour with The Revelation Theory, Burn Season, and Egypt Central in which Nonpoint will be headling. Nonpoint's headlining tour will take place before they begin touring with Buckcherry. Nonpoint's headlining tour dates are as follows:

April 24 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 25 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
April 26 - Chatanooga , TN @ Fathom
April 28 - Zephryhills, FL @ 98 Rock Livestock @ Festival Park
May 2 - Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
May 4 - Nashville, TN @ Exit Inn
May 5 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
May 6 - Jackson, MS @ Crawfish Bowl
May 7 - Knoxville, TN @ Blue Cats

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KCUF Prepare To Unleash Debut Album

KCUF, the new project of Crazy "White" Sean (Ex-GWAR roadie) and former Snot/Amen/Lo-Pro bassist John "Tumor" Fahnestock, will release their debut on February 21st via 313 Recordings/Corporate Punishment Records. The album titled 'Modern Primitive Punk' includes guest appearances from Shavo Odajian (System of a Down), Sid "DJ Starscream" Wilson (Skipknot) and James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn). Audio is available on from the band's MySpace page.

UPDATE: You can also check out the track "Bloodbath" (featuring Shavo of System of a Down on guitar and Tumor from Snot/Amen on Bass) on the Corporate Punishment Records Myspace page.

Sean says "KCUF was just a project I had in my head for a long time, and I hooked up with Tumor and T-Shirt (AKA Jeff Myers, also one a significant musical contributor to the record), and they helped bring it to life,”he says remembering how the project came together. “And from doing my Freakshow thing, I'd meet all the touring bands that come through Europe and a lot of them became friends, so I just asked them to be involved. A lot of people have called it a "side-project", or whatever, but it is what it is. It's just a record we made for fun, and asked some of our friends to come jam on."

The result is Modern Primitive Punk, a fiery punk-thrash explosion much more akin to the likes of DRI, SOD, and the Circle Jerks than the modern metal styles one would expect from such a collaboration.

According to Tumor, it comes as a result of growing up with a musically mixed background. " I can speak for myself that I really am not trying to appeal to any one genre. I grew up, and it’s safe to say the same for Sean, with both sides of the coin. I mean one minute I was headbanging to Judas Priest and the next I was worshipping bands like DRI, SOD or DEAD KENNEDYS."

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Sample Raise Hell's "City of the Damned" Album

You can now listen to samples online from the upcoming album "City of the Damned" from Sweden's Raise Hell. "City of the Damned" was recorded at Sheepvalley Productions in Stockholm and is due out on May 19, 2006 via Black Lodge Records.

RAISE HELL's third album, "Wicked Is My Game", was released in 2002 through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Losa Part w/ Metal Blade, Two Members, Cancel Tour

Losa have apparently been dropped by Metal Blade Records. Details haven't been revealed, but the group states the following: "Working with them was an enlightening experience, one [we] will not soon forget. You will be happy to know that they wish us 'good luck in our future endeavors,' which they hope are extremely successful. Other labels are already interested, so no worries."

Meanwhile, both drummer Dave Hall and guitarist Kory Koch have left the band for undisclosed reasons. The Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX outfit is now in search of replacements. Send an email to urista@losa.nu for more information. Losa has cancelled their April tours with Deadbird and Yakuza and their scheduled appearance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest is currently "up in the air." Regarding the future, the band has issued the statement:

"So what next? Well, for now it's back to the practice room to begin writing the next album. Tentative plans are to have the writing process done by early fall with recording to follow shortly thereafter. Once a drummer is secured Losa will return to the road, hopefully in about two months time. In the meantime, be on the lookout for a new site by Devastating Designs."

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COB, Chimaira and TTEOTD Rock The Recher Theater

On Tuesday, March 21 I decided to end my several month drought on seeing live shows and go out to see Through The Eyes of the Dead, Chimaira and Children of Bodom play at my new favorite venue, The Recher Theater, in Baltimore, MD. This single movie theater converted to a club/concert hall with a capacity of 700 was sold out and quite packed. The lineup looked good and I didn’t want to miss a chance to catch Through the Eyes of the Dead, who have breathed some much needed life into the largely stale genre of death metal. And ever since “The Impossibility of Reason” and their latest self-titled album, I will gladly see Chimaira any time they come to town. More...

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