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Metal News for March 5, 2004

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13 news articles posted on this day.

Otep Added To Second Stage Of Ozzfest '04

According to the band's official site www.otep.com the band has been added to this years Ozzfest. They will be playing a rotating afternoon slot on the second stage.

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Projekt Revolution 2004 Tour Dates Announced

Linkin Park is heading out this summer for their third year of Projekt Revolution. Headlining this US tour with LP will be Korn, Snoop, and just added, The Used. The tour will kick off on July 23rd in Cincinnati, OH but the first round of presales for LP Underground members start next Monday, March 08. LP Underground, Linkin Park's official fan club, will be offering members the opportunity to buy some of the best seats in each of the venues before anyone else. To find out more about the LP Underground and how you can become a member, visit LPunderground.com.

Below is a listing of each stop on Projekt Revolution 2004. For the most up to date information on this tour, including additional cities and bands coming soon, visit LinkinPark.com. More...

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Blaze To Head Out On Massive Worldwide Tour

BLAZE , the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN /WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley , will set out on the road in support of the forthcoming release, "Blood & Belief", in April. The "Blood & Belief World Tour" will take in countries that the band have yet to play in and will comprise of several parts, seeing the band do over 150 shows this year. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: More...

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Supervillain Complete Self-Produced EP

SUPERVILLAIN has recently completed a five song self titled EP which was self produced, recorded and released entirely by the group. Tracks on the disc include the epic "War Torn" which pays tribute to the souls lost on 9/11. "Aggro-Phobic" is about dealing with the hate and rage that bubbles under the surface of people coping with life in the modern world and "100 LIVES" is a love song that travels the seas of time. You can visit their official website at http://www.musicrealms.com/supervillain.

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Gamma Ray To Headline Bloodstock 04

After their triumphant appearance at Bloodstock in 2002, GAMMA RAY return to headline the Friday night of 3rd September 2004. Creating an opening night of pure Metal Mayhem, Gamma Ray will be joined by the mighty SINERGY (including members of Children of Bodom) and from the UK, the oustanding, ILLUMINATUS who demand to be witnessed on a big stage! Anyone who has seen them on tour recently will realise why they are back this year.

The Friday night lineup will be:

GAMMA RAY - 3rd UK visit
THRESHOLD
SINERGY - Only their second visit to the UK
ILLUMINATUS - Highlight of Bloodstock 2003, Powerplay 9/10
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Other UK bands recently confirmed are Power Metal heroes INTENSE opening up the main stage on Saturday, with Doomsters THE PROPHECY , GUTWORM , Progressive HUMANITY and RITUAL OF HATE , nicely filling the Darwin Suite on Saturday.

Another 7 or 8 bands are expected to be added to the Bloodstock bill in the coming weeks/months.

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Ill Nino Launch 10-Date Tour

Pan-Latin nü metal band, ILL NIÑO , will soon launch a ten-date tour, where they’ll headline in cities across the U.S. Age limits and ticket prices vary for each show. View the band’s tour schedule for further details. Future performance dates include: More...

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Anthrax Drummer And Guitarist Comment On Bello

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and guitarist Scott Ian have issued separate statements confirming the departure of bassist Frank Bello.

Charlie Benante commented:

"Hey everyone in Anthraxland, I know things are getting out of control and I wanted to speak to our friends about this situation. The story is true — we have parted ways with Frankie. This was a difficult decision to make. We didn't want things to turn out this way, but they have. I can't get into "why" this happened, all I'll say is Anthrax were going one way and Frankie was going another.
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Evenescence and Default Live Photos

Evanescence and Default performed at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on February 27th and 28th. Check out pictures from RexFeatures (Feb 27 / Feb 28).

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Acheron Part Ways With Guitarist Michael Estes

Guitarist Michael Estes has left American Black Metal band ACHERON due to geographical distances. Estes, now living in Orlando, Florida, and the rest of the band, still located in Columbus, Ohio, are seperated by a thousand-mile gap. ACHERON have listed the temporary services of Stacey Connolly (LIFE IS LOST) but keep on looking for two new guitarists.

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Arch Enemy - Angela Falls Ill, Shows Canceled

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has issued the following message via Century Media:

“Hi everyone, some very bad news I'm afraid.... we are in Germany as you know, and after having had some really great shows in the last few weeks, Angela has fallen ill. We had to cancel the gig in Osnabruck last night - we were hoping that she would be better today but her throat has actually got worse, to the point where she can't even speak, let alone sing. I hate to have to say this, but it has now become obvious that we can't do Essen tonight or Antwerp on Friday either. We will meet up again in the U.K on Sunday and finish the tour there.

Our deepest apologies go out to our German and Belgian fans, especially those who had traveled long distances last night to see us in Osnabruck; hopefully those of you with tickets for tonight and tomorrow will see this before you start your journey. Tickets should be refundable from point of purchase, and we are talking to the promoters about trying to reschedule - just watch this space....

Have faith in metal... Michael Amott.”

In related news, Arch Enemy recently announced that they would continue their extensive tour in support of Anthems Of Rebellion with the following Japanese dates in June:

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Flowing Tears To Join The Gathering For Mini Tour

The German Gothic metallers FLOWING TEARS have issued the following update on their official website:

"We will join THE GATHERING for the German dates of their semi-acoustic tour in March. Expect some special nights with a set featuring both Flowing Tears classics, some songs we never played live before, and some brand new stuff - all of them dressed in a trippy semi acoustic shape. Considering that the upcoming album "Razorbliss" (due March 22nd through Century Media) is by far our most heavy one we did so far we think it´s a nice way to celebrate the "softer" side in Flowing tears during these shows for which we´ll be joined by our friend and 5th bandmember in the background David Buballa on keyboards."

Upcoming Flowing Tears live dates include: More...

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Vehemence To Debut New Material On Into The Pit

VEHEMENCE have issued the following update:

"We are gonna be in the KUPD (Phoenix) studios with Into The Pit host Marcus Meng on March 14th to debut some songs off our new CD, Helping The World To See! This will be the first time anywhere that these songs will be played! Expect to hear a few new tracks like ‘By Your Bedside’ and ‘Spirit Of The Soldier’. So be sure to tune in to KUPD 97.9 Into The Pit on Sunday March 14th at 9pm.”

As previously reported, Vehemence recently finished recordings for "Helping The World To See", due in stores on April 19 . The album was produced by Will Solares and Vehemence and engineered and mixed by Will Solares. The album was recorded at Open Primary Productions/DBD Studios, Maricopa, Arizona. Artwork will be delivered by Wes Benscoter.

Before the recordings the band parted ways with keyboardist Jason Keesecker. There are no plans for a replacement, although a session pianist was used for the recordings.

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Khold Set Release Dates For New Album

Norway's Black metal fiends KHOLD have set April 20 as a U.S. release date for their third full-length album "Morke Gravers Kammer". In Europe the album will be released five days earlier, on April 15 through Candlelight Records.

Recorded in Norway and completed following the band's 2003 European tour with Satyricon, "Morke Gravers Kammer" (meaning- The Gravediggers Dark Chamber) is an eclectic collection of fast and mid-tempo tracks that features the Oslo-based band's simple yet commanding take on the extreme style. The album features artwork by illustrious Norwegian photographer Marcel Leliënhof. He further directed the band's first video for album track "Dod".

Drummer/founder Sarke says, "the songs on this album are strong and the KHOLD trademark is there all the way. We have our own take on black metal. We offer something different within the genre and that can only be positive."

"Morke Gravers Kammer" tracklisting: More...

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