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Metal News for March 4, 2004

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11 news articles posted on this day.

Velvet Revolver Post Clip For "Slither" Online

VELVET REVOLVER fan site Velvet-Revolver.com has posted a 31-second studio clip of the band's first single, "Slither", in downloadable Windows Media format and also as a webstream.

"Slither" comes off VELVET REVOLVER's much-anticipated debut CD, "Contraband", due on May 18 through RCA Records.

As previously reported, "Contraband" will include twelve of the more than fifty tracks the band co-wrote before and after vocalist Scott Weiland (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) joined the lineup last spring. The CD was produced by Josh Abraham (LIMP BIZKIT, STAIND) and mixed by Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, WHITE ZOMBIE, LINKIN PARK, SLAYER, SEPULTURA). Mastering took place on December 19 in New York City.

"Contraband" track listing (in alphabetical order):

01. Big Machine
02. Do It For The Kids
03. Falling To Pieces
04. Headspace
05. Illegal Eye
06. Loving The Alien (Sometimes)
07. Set Me Free
08. Slither
09. Spectacle
10. Suckertrain Blues
11. Superhuman
12. You Got No Right

"Slither" will be delivered March 23 to U.S. rock radio outlets for airplay consideration.

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Former Primer 55, Dope Member's New Punk Band

NA$H, the punk-rock band fronted by Preston Nash (ex-DOPE, PRIMER 55, THE COLOR RED), have posted their track "Hello Little Dachshund" in full, high-streaming format at this location (Windows Media). An MP3 sample version of the track can be found at www.prestonnash.com
. "Hello Little Dachshund" comes off NA$H's upcoming CD, "Voted Album Of The Year", due later in 2004 through an as-yet-undisclosed label.

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Dark Tranquillity Studio Update

DARK TRANQUILLITY vocalist Mikael Stanne has posted the following studio report on the group's official web site:

"Just wanted to stop by and give you guys an update on what's going on in the studio:

"We are nearing the completion of this our seventh album. Anders [Jivarp, drums] has been true to form and blasted his way through the songs with surgical precision as usual. Michael [Niklasson] laid down some bass devastation the other day with furious gut-deforming lows and ear-denying highs as a result. Martin [Henriksson] and Niklas [Sundin] have shredded above and beyond the call of duty once more with the rhythm guitars and are ready to further cast their spells in the form of leads and solos this week. Martin [Brändström] is at the moment locked away at an undisclosed location brewing up potions of electronic wizardry, soon to be combined into a most volatile mix of metal."

"Myself, I have been shackled in the vocal booth for most of this week and I will remain there for a few more days. We couldn't be more satisfied with the way things are going and cannot wait to inflict our pain onto others."

"Things are looking dark, and we love it."

For some photos from the recording session at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, click here.

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North American Iced Earth Tour Will Go As Planned

ICED EARTH have confirmed that their headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada will proceed as originally planned. The tour begins on April 18 and runs for over a month. CHILDREN OF BODOM and EVERGREY will provide support. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Anthrax Officially Part With Bassist, Frank Bello

ANTHRAX manager Tim Dralle has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that bassist Frank Bello is no longer a member of ANTHRAX. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to internal reasons, Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) will be temporarily handling bass playing duties for ANTHRAX on their upcoming tours of Japan and Australia." More information will be made available soon.

As previously reported, ANTHRAX will be joined by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and SOILWORK on their upcoming headlining tour of Japan and Australia. The dates are as follows: More...

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Windir Officially Decides To Disband

Norwegian black metallers WINDIR have officially called it a day following the tragic death of the group's frontman Terje "Valfar" Bakken in January. The group's statement on the matter is as follows:

"The loss of our best friend and the founder of WINDIR have made these last months an extremely hard time. We have decided that WINDIR will not continue. Valfar created WINDIR, and we feel that WINDIR will not be WINDIR without him.

"After encouragement from Valfar's family, we have decided to release one last WINDIR CD. This will be a CD in honour of Valfar. It will be a 2-disc CD. The first CD will include new material, unreleased material, tribute songs from other bands and live tracks. The second CD will be a compilation of the great music made by Valfar. It will include tracks from the first demo 'Sognariket' to the last album 'Likferd'. Tabu Records will release the album in August/September 2004. We have decided that all income from this CD will go directly to Valfar's family.

"We also want to thank all friends, fans, bands, labels and magazines that have supported us in these difficult times. Information on future musical projects from WINDIR members will be announced later.

"The music of WINDIR is still alive!
"Hváll, Steingrim, Sture, Strom & Righ"

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Deicide And Superjoint Ritual Team Up For US Tour

DEICIDE will be hitting the road this spring with SUPERJOINT RITUAL. The tour kicks off April 6 in Louisville, Ky. CLUTCH will be joining the bill at select shows. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: More...

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Eyes To The Sky Signs To First Strike

Milwaukee, WI metalcore band Eyes To The Sky has signed with First Strike Records. The group features ex-members of Rain Of Ruin and current members of Cause For Revelation. Prior to their First Strike debut, look for the band to release a two-song MCD.

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The Crown, Crowned Unholy In Terror

The Crown has now completed the recording and mixing of their remake of 2002's "Crowned In Terror" album with original vocalist Johan Lindstrand. Recording took place at Bohus Sound Recordings and the album will also feature new bass tracks, sound replaced drums, and a complete remixing. The re-worked album will be called "Crowned Unholy" and will hit stores later this year via Metal Blade Records.

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All Out War, Misery Signals, Undying Gigs

All Out War and Misery Signals will be touring together briefly in early-April along with Undying. Here are the dates: More...

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Bassist Gives Cradle of Filth Studio Report

Cradle of Filth bassist Dave Pybus has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Hail. Now we are well into week two of the session and I went home this weekend for a two-day break while guitars were started on the tracks me and Adrian had laid down in the first week. The record is sounding great so far. Still working on a couple of arrangements but its only minor ideas. Guitars always make the songs sound so cool, keyboards even better. When the tracking starts to build up on each song and you turn up the speakers it gives you a buzz like no other. Something we just created out of our heads is now this huge monster ready to rip the face off anyone within ear shot. Great! Just the acoustic sound of Adrian's Tama drum kit is massive. Best I've ever heard to be honest.
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