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Metal News for March 31, 2006

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Just For Fun

Two More Humorous Metal Videos

In light of my recent "Just for Fun" post about the Alf playing death metal video, metalunderground.com member WhyLordWhy has suggested a couple more humorous videos:

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Drowning Pool Texas Tour Dates

Drowning Pool is heading back on the road for some upcoming shows throughout Texas. They start it up on Tuesday, April 4th in Beaumont. Here are the tour dates:

4/4 - Cactus Canyon - Beaumont, TX
4/5 - Club Alazan - Waco, TX
4/6 - Hero's - Killeen, TX
4/7 - Scout Bar - Clear Lake, TX
4/8 - Alamodome - San Antonio, TX
4/22 - Lonestar Amphitheatre - Lubbock, TX

As previously reported, DROWNING POOL recruited former SOIL frontman Ryan McCombs late last year to replace their previous (second) vocalist, Jason "Gong" Jones (now in A.M. CONSPIRACY), who left the band in June 2005. The group are expected to enter the studio this spring to begin recording their third album, tentatively due later in the year.

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Cantrell, Anselmo Hook Up To Play "Walk" Live

MTV.com reports: Two weeks after joining the surviving members of Alice in Chains onstage at a tribute to Heart for VH1 Classic's "Decades Rock Live!," Phil Anselmo hooked up with Alice guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Avenged Sevenfold drummer the Rev and cover band Metal Skool to perform Pantera's "Walk" Monday night at Hollywood's Key Club. Cantrell also joined the band for Alice's "Man in the Box."

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Stench of Death Updates

Dutch death metal band Stench of Death just released their album "Retrospect" also on iTunes. Stench of Death is currently forming a package deal with several other bands from the Netherlands to start a mini tour within the Benelux Area. They have also started working on new album material which is planned for 2007.

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Azrael's Bane To Play for Metal Health IV

Texas metal act Azrael’s Bane has joined the line up for Texas Metal Health IV, a tribute to Metal Master David Wayne. The 4th annual benefit features Reverend, Azrael’s Bane, Ignitor, Ancient Cross, and Drifter. PICC Line Productions and TacomaScene.com present Texas Metal Health IV, A Tribute to Metal Master David Wayne, May 13th, 2006 at Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonia, Texas. PICC Line Productions is an officially recognized third party fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, who promotes music in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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All That Remains Announces New Album Title

All That Remains will dub the band's upcoming album 'The Fall of Ideals.' The Springfield, Mass.-based band is in the studio with Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) recording songs that will appear on the album, the follow-up to 2004's 'This Darkened Heart.' The record is scheduled for a July 11 release and will feature art from renowned artist Travis Smith (Opeth, Iced Earth). The band has set up an in-studio photo blog to keep fans up to date on the progress of the new record.

Coinciding with the release date, the band will make its first appearance on the illustrious Ozzfest tour throughout the United States in July and August. “You can’t be a metal band and not be psyched to be on Ozzfest," vocalist Phil Labonte said. The band will also again return overseas for the 2006 edition of Sounds of the Underground Europe, having toured the US for last year's edition of Sounds of the Underground.

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The Minor Times Writing New Album

Pennsylvania-based The Minor Times have commented on the progress of an upcoming album, the follow up to its Prosthetic debut 'Making Enemies.' The band commented to their mailing list members:

"Hello! You guessed it, we're still working on the record. Think of it as several months of foreplay. We want you to be nice and wet by the time the record comes out. Our first show back as The "new" Minor Times will be in our hometown (Lansdale, PA) on Friday May 12th at the VFW. New guitarist, new lights, and new songs. Visit http://www.theminortimes.com for full details. We're gonna do a few weekends throughout May and June by ourselves and with some friends (Engineer, The End of the Universe). Then we will hit the studio in July. This month, we will demo everything in our practice space and possibly post a song or two on http://www.myspace.com/theminortimes."

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These Arms Are Snakes Set To Enter Studio

For the past several months These Arms Are Snakes have been holed up in their practice space writing material for their next Jade Tree Records release. In early-April the band will begin recording the effort with TAAS drummer Chris Common (Mouth of the Architect) producing and engineering. The band will also be recording material for an upcoming 7" with Suicide Squeeze Records.

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Hydrogyn's "Bombshell" Being Re-pressed

With Hydrogyn's new hit single '18 & Life' blasting airwaves across the US, Chavis Records / DA Records have received numerous inquiries from fans, radio stations, distributors and media on how to get their new cover track '18 & Life'. Starting in April, "Bombshell" will be released with the new track '18 & Life' replacing 'Back in Black'. The initial pressing of Bombshell, featuring the track 'Back in Black', is now considered a limited edition collector piece.

'18 & Life' gained high profile notoriety by rockers Skid Row whose debut was released in 1989 and produced by Michael Wagener.

This limited edition dubbed the 'Back In Black' version is still available, but in very short supply.

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Download Bloodfreak's "Goretits" MP3 Online

Razorback Records has posted another new sneak-peek BLOOD FREAK mp3 download. You can download "GORETITS" here.

The final track listing for BLOOD FREAK's "Live Fast, Die Young, And Leave a Flesh Eating-Corpse!" is as follows:

1. Butchermobile
2. Toxic Tomb
3. Bad Case Of Brain Rot
4. Carnage Castle
5. Gobble Up Your Guts Part 2: Revenge Of The Turkey Monster
6. Splatter Of The Highest Order
7. Mucouspewing Lungslasher
8. 30 ft. Arterial Spray
9. Full Moon Sacrifice
10. Last Grindhouse On 666th Street
11. The Flesh And Blood Show
12. Worm Face Executioner
13. Intermission
14. Axe Of Violence
15. Goretits
16. The Nameless Stench Of Forgotten Celluloid
17. The Slaughter Special
18. Psychosexual Burial Ground
19. Boarding House
20. Shriek Of The Mutilated
21. Doctor Bitch S.D.(Sexual Deviate)
22. The Screamatorium Drive-In
23. Right On!

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Moonsorrow Sign New Deal With Spikefarm Records

Finnish epic/pagan metallers MOONSORROW have signed a new two-album deal with Spikefarm Records. The group's fifth CD will be recorded during the summer at Tico Tico studios in Kemi, Finland and will be released before the end of 2006.

MOONSORROW's most recent EP, "Verisäkeet", was issued last year via Spikefarm.

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Hatebreed Add New Guitarist

Hatebreed have announced the addition of guitarist Frank "3 Gun" Novinec to their line-up. Novinec, a Cleveland native, has previously played with Terror, Ringworm, and Integrity. According to frontman Jamey Jasta, "We've decided to become a five piece again. Mainly because of the new album having a lot of parts that involve second guitar but also because me and Beattie started this band as a 5 piece and feel like it's an integral part of our sound and vision." Meanwhile, Hatebreed's Sean Martin had the following to say:

"Frank '3 Gun' Novinec has been an influential guitar player in the hardcore scene since the release of 'The Promise,' by Ringworm in 1993. His guitar playing/writing with Ringworm, as well as everything he did with Integrity helped to define the Cleveland sound. That sound had a direct impact on me as a guitar player, and as a fan, it got me through a lot of hard times and helped to define my playing today. I was lucky enough to meet 3 Gun while we were on tour with Motorhead, and playing a show in Cleveland. Since then, He's become one of my best friends, and it will be an honor to be sharing the stage with him."

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Fall Of Serenity Complete New Album

Fall Of Serenity have completed work on their Lifeforce Records debut, "Bloodred Salvation." The effort recorded and produced at Rape Of Harmonies Studios by Ralf Müller and Patrick W. Engel (Heaven Shall Burn) and mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at his Hansen Studios (Raunchy). Additionally, artwork was handled by Killustrations (Carnal Forge) and the album features a guest appearance by Dew-Scented's Leif Jensen. Here's the final track listing:

01. Blood Starts Running (Intro)
02. Out Of The Clouds
03. A Piece Of You
04. Dead Eyes
05. Bloodred Salvation (Instrumental)
06. Raise Your Remorse
07. As I Watch
08. Overflowing Senses
09. Swallowed Lies
10. Twin Curse

The album will hit stores on May 12th in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, May 15th in the rest of Europe, and June 27th in the United States.

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Evergrey Announce First Live Show In Russia

Evergrey will be performing their first live show in Russia at Club Apelsin on June 17th. For more information, visit www.apelsinclub.ru.

Evergrey will be embarking on a U.S. tour this spring with In Flames, Nevermore and Throwdown. Dates are as follows: More...

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Cryptopsy Announce New U.S. Tour Dates

Cryptopsy have announced some new tour dates scheduled in the US in May:

May 17 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
May 18 San Francisco, CA - The Pound at Pier 96
May 19 Orangeville, CA - The Boardwalk
May 20 San Marcos, CA - Jumping Turtle
May 21 Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Jun. 02 Sommerville, MA - Goodtime Emporium
Jun. 03 Bedford, NH - Mark’s Place

Cryptopsy's video for "The Pestilence That Walketh in Darkness (Psalm 91:5-8)" will premier on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" on Saturday, April 1. Filmed in a swamp, the video features acolytes receiving the infamous worm-communion from Lord Worm’s chalice. The video is also available online at the Century Media website.

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Arch Enemy Confirm Performances In Mexico

Arch Enemy have confirmed their first ever live performances in Mexico.

Guitarist Michael Amott comments: "Finally we are coming! We are super excited about this - looking forward to some METAL MADNESS...Mexico style!"

The dates are:

May 08 Monterrey, Mexico - Café Iguana
May 09 Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador

Arch Enemy will be embarking on co-headlining tour with Chimaira in April. The tour also features Nevermore, God Forbid and Hate Eternal. Dates are as follows: More...

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Marduk Announce Mexican Tour Dates

Marduk have announced a row of Mexican dates to their spring tour. Dates are as follows:

May 25 Puebla, MEX - La Ciricua Bar
May 26 Monterrey, MEX - T.B.C
May 27 San Luis Potosi, MEX - Huerta Del STIC
May 28 Mexico City, MEX - Circo Volador

Marduk have announced that they will be appearing the Nummirock Heavy Metal Festival in Finland on June 23-25. For more information, visit the Nummirock website. More...

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New Motley Crue Will See Light In 2007

Motley Crue is expected to head into the studio this June and July for the follow-up to 2005's compilation "Red, White and Crue." The eighties metal legends have been at work with rock producer Bob Rock, who produced the group’s 1989 album, "Dr. Feelgood," and have a month of rehearsals scheduled to prepare.

“We need a month to get all the songs together and demo them, because there are lots and lots of ideas floating around," said singer Vince Neil to Rolling Stone.

Adding that the Crue, who have not had a significant hit studio record in seventeen years are determined that the new material will prove the band is more than a nostalgia act.

"We don't plan on going away any time soon," he says. "We're having a great time."

As reported by Rolling Stone, the Crue are also discussing a month of European dates this summer in support of the Rolling Stones' massive A Bigger Bang tour. The band then may head out on their own for a tour before reconvening to release the new album sometime in early 2007.

Meanwhile, with David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club) out of the picture, a new director is being sought out to direct the film based on the Crue’s 2001 biography "The Dirt."

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Unearth Unveil New Album Title and Theme

Unearth have officially titled their upcoming Metal Blade Records release "III: In The Eyes Of Fire." The announcement comes coupled with the following statement:

"'III-In the Eyes of Fire' is our angriest, darkest, fastest and heaviest record to date. The title is a reflection of a couple different things for us. For starters it puts us in the place of our current worldly events. Last record we wrote about things brewing all around us in politics, environmental issues and war, but this record deals with the effects of those very things and the consequences we are all dealing with right now and will continue to deal with until changes are made. We are in our nations most critical point since the 60's and more importantly devastation looms in the near future if we continue to make mistake after mistake with unjust wars and environmental disregard. The title also represents the personal struggles we all face day to day and our constant battles to overcome adversity. We cannot fucking wait to show people what we have in store with this record."

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NIN Filming Shows For Possible DVD Release

NINE INCH NAILS filmed their March 28 performance at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for a possible DVD release. The band are also planning on filming the March 30 concert at the El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas for the same purpose.

NINE INCH NAILS will be teaming up with U.K. gloom merchants BAUHAUS for their next tour, which is scheduled to kick off on May 26 in George, Washington, according to MTV.com. The first 14 dates of the tour will also feature TV ON THE RADIO, while PEACHES will open the latter half of the trek, which begins June 16 in Holmdel, New Jersey.

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Head-On Sign With Grind That Axe Records

London, U.K.-based "musclebound" metallers HEAD-ON have just inked a deal with Grind That Axe Records. They will be re-releasing their debut album, "XXL", with all-new artwork and packaging, and a new track listing, which will include two brand new songs, one of which will feature Rich Ward (STUCK MOJO, FOZZY) on guest vocals. Expect a U.K./USA/Japanese/German release sometime later in 2006.

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Mike Portnoy To Collaborate w/ Opeth's Akerfeldt?

Jakob Herrmann of Drummer's Digest recently conducted an interview with DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On whether the technical side of the band's music superior to the musical side:

Portnoy: "We try to have a balance. There's times when we know we want to write stuff that's very technical, and at that point it's dictated by our technical abilities. But then there's other times where we wanna cool it out and really concentrate on the song, and that's when we wanna put the technical side on the shelf and try to really concentrate on the songwriting. I think 'Octavarium' is a perfect example of that balance. There's a little bit of all of those things on the album."

On how the band's last album, "Octavarium", compares to the earlier ones:

Portnoy: "I wouldn't say it's a new direction, we've always kind of done what we do, which is a balance of progressive, heavy and kind of melodic, you know? We've always tried to have all of those elements, so I can't say the new album is a new direction. It's just the latest version of what DREAM THEATER does."

On the rumors about "Octavarium" contains connections and references to earlier albums:

Portnoy: "Not necessarily. 'Octavarium' is a concept album. It's got a lot of threads through it. Musically, visually, through the artwork and the layout, sonically in the production and the sound effects. It's a concept album where all the songs kind of relate to each other."

On the fact that he is a singing drummer:

Portnoy: "I've been doing that with DREAM THEATER now for about seven years. I sing backing vocals when we're in the studio as well. I actually find it easy. I don't consider myself a great singer, you know, but I think there's enough to give a good quality harmony to the song, which I think is important. If you listen to the guys in YES or whatever, they didn't have the greatest voices, but it's the blend that created the good harmony. And also with the vocals I write, I write them with more than one vocal in mind, usually for counter-point call-and-answer kind of thing. My vocal parts aren't always harmonies. Sometimes they're back trading lines back and forth."

On the rumors saying that he and Mikael Åkerfeldt, the mastermind behind Swedish metal act OPETH, are planning to do something together:

Portnoy: "Yeah, he's coming down tonight actually. Most of the guys are. I've been a fan of theirs for years, and we've become friends the last couple of years. He and I and Steven Wilson [of PORCUPINE TREE] have talked about doing something together. Hopefully some time soon we'll be able to coordinate our schedules and make it happen. I think me and Steven want to make it heavy, and I think Mikael wants to, uh, not be heavy. Because me and Steven want to do stuff that we can't do with PORCUPINE TREE and DREAM THEATER, and get to some really heavy stuff. And I think that Mikael wants to get away from the heavy stuff because he does that all the time with OPETH, so who knows. Maybe we'll meet somewhere in the middle. I think it'll be great. I mean, I've had great experiences collaborating with other people, especially people who are the kind of leaders of their bands. That was kind of what TRANSATLANTIC was about, since Neal Morse and Roine Stolt are kind of the leaders of their bands, you know. It was a great creative environment, and I think a similar chemistry would happen with Steven and Mikael."

Read the full article at Drummersdigest.com.

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Lyzanxia Complete Work On 'Unsu'

French metallers LYZANXIA have completed work on their third full-length album, entitled "Unsu". The follow-up to 2004's "Mindcrimes" was recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden by Fredrik Nordström and Patrick J. Sten. The mastering was done by Peter In De Betou at Tailor Maid Studio. The album has 12 tracks and the cover artwork was designed by Alain Tréhard. A September release is expected.

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Across Tundras Recording New Album

Across Tundras are currently recording their Crucial Blast Records debut. Tracking for the album is being done at the band's own studio, Headley Grange USA, while mastering will be handled by Scott Hull (of Pig Destroyer). The effort will consist of nine songs, including:

If God Cuts You Down
The Western Wind
Cosmic Retribution
Ode to George, parts 1 & 2
Dark Flower of the Prairie
Ramblin' Through Shadows
Amber Waves

Look for the full-length, titled "Dark Songs of the Prairie," to be available this summer.

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Hate Eternal Frontman on Drummer's Departure

In the wake of drummer Derek Roddy's departure from the band, Hate Eternal have recruited drummer Kevin Talley for their upcoming tour with Chimaira and Arch Enemy. Talley has previously done time in Chimaira and Dying Fetus, among many others. Hate Eternal's Erik Rutan has issued the following statement:

"First off, I want to say that Hate Eternal will not be cancelling any upcoming tour dates, period! We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone next week on the Chimaira/Arch Enemy tour as well as seeing you loyal sick maniacs in Europe who have been so patiently waiting to see us for over a year. At this point we would like to announce that Kevin Talley will be stepping up to the plate and filling in on drums for the upcoming US Chimaira/Arch Enemy tour. Kevin is an amazing talent that we very much look forward to touring with and we want to thank him sincerely for his help in fulfilling our committment.

Regarding Derek Roddy, he has left Hate Eternal with very little warning and I want to set the story straight. We wish to take the high road here so there will be no mud slinging and whining, just facts. Randy and I spoke to Derek this past weekend and he informed us that a situation in his life had arisen which might stop him from doing these tours and force him to leave the band. But if everything turned out ok, he would fulfill his obligation to the band and fulfill our touring committments. We did not hear from Derek since that conversation and the next thing we know, 48 hours later, I get a phone call from a friend stating about Derek's press release with him quitting the band in which we had no prior knowledge of, contradicting our conversation 2 days prior. I found out like everyone else did online!

Regarding the content of his press release, we have never stopped or restrained Derek from playing, recording or touring with any other projects (he has recorded multiple albums during the 6 years of Hate Eternal with Council of the Fallen, Aurora Borealis, Nile, plus doing drum clinics, his instructional videos and his new project with Alex Webster). So we found his statement quite a contradiction and shocking to say the least. I still have not spoken to Derek since this and have no idea where his head is at. No one has supported Derek more than Randy and I for the last 6 years and we have made many sacrifices for Derek to be a part of this band. Anyone and everyone in this buisness knows if you think you are going to make tons of cash playing metal, then you are in it for the wrong reasons, that is why we have been supportive in Derek making money with his other projects, clinics, DVDs, etc. We as a band have had financial setbacks with a van accident and being stranded in Canada forcing us to cancel many shows, but every other tour we have done has made financial gain, not a ton of cash, but in the green. What band has not had financial woes? Hate Eternal has helped Derek become a very well known drummer, sell DVD instructional videos, endorsements, etc. and make tons of fans of Derek's drumming. After 6 years of playing together we would have hoped that he would leave on better terms than he did, but life goes on. We wish Derek luck in his future endeavors."

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