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Metal News for March 6, 2011

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20 news articles posted on this day.

Wretched Announces New Tour Dates

Wretched has revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of the United States. Other acts set to appear include Son Of Aurelius and Last Chance To Reason. You can view the full list of dates, citites and venues below:

03/15 Nashville, TN – The End
03/16 Alma, AR – Swad Shop
03/18 Tulsa, OK – Reverb
03/19 Houston, TX – BFE Rock Club
03/20 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
03/22 Amarillo, TX – Ebgb’s
03/23 Gallup, NM – Juggernaut
03/24 Tempe, AZ – Big Fish Pub
03/25 Lancaster, CA – Bamboo Music Lounge
03/26 Oakland, CA – The New Parish
03/27 Fresno, CA – Bell Tower
03/28 Santa Cruz, CA – The Blue Lagoon
03/30 Portland, OR – Branx
03/31 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/02 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Vegas
04/03 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
04/05 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
04/06 Des Moines, IA – House Of Bricks
04/07 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
04/08 Chicago, IL – TBA
04/09 La Crosse, WI – Warehouse
04/10 Portage, IN – Camelot Hall
04/12 Sandusky, OH – Underground
04/13 Trenton, NJ – Championships
04/14 Brookfield, CT – The Room

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The Chariot To Release 3-CD Box Set

Solid State records has announced that it will be re-releasing The Chariot‘s three studio albums "Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead & Nothing Is Bleeding," "The Fiancee" and "Wars And Rumors Of Wars" as a 3-CD 30 song set. The as-yet untitled collection is currently planned for a May 17, 2011 release date through Solid State Records. The tracklistings for the albums can be viewed below: More...

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Darkest Hour Posts Touring Footage Online

American metalcore act Darkest Hour has posted some behind the scenes footage from its current tour online. The band released its new album, titled "The Human Romance," on February 22, 2011 through E1 Entertainment. You can view the tour clip in the player below:

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Vanisher Posts New Music Video Online

Vanisher has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "The Architect" and can be viewed in the player below.

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Conducting From The Grave Uploads Video Trailer

Conducting From The Grave has posted a new trailer online to promote its forthcoming new music video for the track "Her Poisoned Tongues." You can view the trailer below:

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The Haunted Posts New Album Trailer Online

Swedish metal outfit The Haunted has posted a two and a half minute trailer online for their forthcoming new studio album, "Unseen." You can check it out below. The record will be released in Europe on March 21st and in North America on March 22nd. More...

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Wolf Reveals New Album Artwork

Swedish heavy metal group Wolf has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming studio album, "Legion Of Bastards." You can check it out at the bottom of this page. The album will be released in Europe by April 25th and in North America on April 26th and features the following tracklisting:

Vicious Companions
Skull Crusher
Full Moon Possession
Jekyll & Hyde
Absinthe
Tales From The Crypt
Nocturnal Rites
Road To Hell
False Preacher
Hope To Die
K-141 Kursk More...

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Alice Cooper To Appear On The Tonight Show

According to the Late Night TV Page, shock rock icon Alice Cooper will be appearing on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on March 18th. The Tonight Show airs on NBC TV at 11:35 EST; check local listings for details. Alice Cooper recently completed work on his new studio album, "Welcome II My Nightmare," the sequel to his massively successful 1975 album, "Welcome To My Nightmare."

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Death To Music Posts New Free Compilation Online

Death To Music and Industrialized Metal zine bring you a brand new installment of the long-running "F**k 'Em All" series. Featuring 9 bands, this is a round-up of some of the best of underground industrial metal scene. The compilation features The Bombs Of Enduring Freedom's new track "Stand Up Now" (see video below) and many more. You can download the compilation for free right here.

The Bombs Of Enduiring Freedom will be bringing you their new EP, "Molotov," shortly. In the mean time, here is their new video presentation:

"Molotov" is off the band's last EP, "Bomb The Bank," which is also available for free download here.

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Enslaved Wins Spellmann Award

Norwegian extreme metal outfit Enslaved picked up the Spellmann Award for Best Metal Album of 2010 yesterday (Macrh 5th) for their most recent studio release, "Axioma Ethica Odini," which was released last year through Indie Recordings. The award is the Norwegian equivilant to the Grammys and Enslaved thought off tough competition to earn it, beating Shining, Solefald and former Emperor frontman, Ihsahn to scoop the prize.

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Insomnium To Enter The Studio In April

Finnish metal outfit Insomnium has announced that the band will be entering the studio next month to begin recording a new album. A message from the band reads as follows:

"The fifth Insomnium studio album is beginning to take shape. We had a three-day training and songwriting session last week and we can now say that we have about eight songs more or less ready. We are entering the studio in April so we should have enough time to finish everything. Some observers commented that the material sounds surprisingly ready taken that this was only the second training session for the new album...

"We also had a promo shoot with the legendary photographer Stefan de Batselier who has previously worked with some small American names like Johnny Cash and Metallica. Big thanks to Stefan for a nice afternoon!

"Also thanks to Jussi Ratilainen who is documenting the whole process!"

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AC/DC To Release Live Album/DVD

According to ACDC Zone, the Australian based hard rock legends will be releasing a new live DVD/CD on May 10th. The concert was filmed at the band's shows at the River Plate stadium in Beunos Aires, Argentina on December 2nd, 4th and 6th with an estimated audience of 65,000 people. The tracklisting for the live package is as follows:

Rock N' Roll Train
Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
Back in Black
Big Jack
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Shot Down in Flames
Thunderstruck
Black Ice
The Jack
Hells Bells
Shoot to Thrill
War Machine
Dog Eat Dog
You Shook Me All Night Long
T.N.T.
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock

Encore:
Highway to Hell
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

Bonus features
- The Fan, The Roadie, The Guitar Tech & The Meat
- AC/DC Tour Animation

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Ancient Frontman Converts To Christianity

Ancient frontman Zel (formerly Aphazel) has issued the following announcement about converting to Christianity and update about the band working on a new album:

"Dear Ancient fans around this crazy world, it has been a long time since we launched news from Ancient, and many of you have gotten the impression that the band laid off after the Night Visit tours.

"I do admit that there has been times I believed the band had come to an end, especially after lack of inspiration for creating new music, having members practically spread around the globe and a rather tough situation with people downloading all music instead of buying cds, all in all made it look very dark and unrealistic that the band could come back and keep making albums again, and somehow I’ve felt it all slowly fading away.

"I am glad though, to announce that Ancient is no longer dead and we are again working on a new album. It’s hard to guess when we can be ready for recording, but I believe the beginning of 2012 can be the time for entering the studio, which means we can be looking at a release for spring next year.

"The new material I have been working with is a bit different than the older albums of Ancient, it is after all 7 years since Night Visit and during the years I’ve been inspired by many various kinds of music, not just metal. But I believe our fans will easily recognize our known style also with the new album. It seems most of the tracks will be more melodic than the ones on Night Visit and some will also be more technical somehow, without going too far in that direction. I have a feeling this album will become something VERY special and will please our fans beyond expectations.

"On a more personal note I can announce that as of lately I am now a christian (yes, I know some of you will freak out when reading this, but hey, I am really basically the same old guy as before) and in some ways this will affect the works I will be doing with Ancient from now on.

"This does not mean you’re about to get a more soft music from us or any such, do not worry. I am still living in Greece, and if things goes as planned I will be able to settle down here for good in about a year or two. Learning the Greek language doesn’t happen over night exactly. Things and plans may change, you never know, but for the moment this is my plan. It is sometimes an uncomfortable situation with having the other band members in Italy (Dhilorz), USA (Luci) and the UK (Nick Barker) but we will manage it, we always did in the past. More...

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KISS Postpones Japanese Tour Dates

American hard rock legends KISS has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned tour of Japan, which was set to kick off in April. A message posted on Kissonline.com reads as follows:

"Due to unforeseen circumstances and an unavoidable situation, KISS's April tour of Japan will be postponed. Tickets will not go on sale on March 12th as previously announced. Once the new tour dates are confirmed, concert information will be posted on KISSOnline.com"

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Live Korn Video of "Alone I Break" Posted Online

Korn has premiered a new live video of "Alone I Break" on ARTISTdirect.com. The song, which originally appeared on the band's "Untouchables" album, was filmed live at the Music As A Weapon tour, which features Disturbed and Korn headlining with support from Sevendust and In This Moment. The Music As A Weapon tour runs into April, with the final dates going through Canada.

As previously reported, Korn is one of many bands confirmed to appear at Download Festival 2011 in the U.K. as well as Graspop 2011 in Belgium this year.

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Hackneyed Enters The Studio

Germany's Hackneyed has issued the following brief update about entering the studio to record the band's third full-length album:

"Hackneyed's back in the Weltraumstudios in Munich producing guitars for their III album about true love and flowers! Devin and Juan are hacking the shit out of the strings! Be prepared!"

Hackneyed also recently posted a video update online featuring information about the album's pre-production. You can check out the footage at this location.

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Vindicator Announces New Lineup

Vindicator has issued the following announcement about a new logo, new lineup, and new material:

"Vindicator would like to thank Tom Martin of Lich King for our revamped logo! We encourage all bands in need of a logo design and or adjustment to contact him. We are very excited about our new material and have entered the pre-production phase.

"Our line up has been filled by two very talented gentlemen. James J. LaRue (ex-White Wizzard/ex-Holy Grail) will be filling the lead guitar void and Mike Kurtz (Lick The Blade) will be shredding the bass, and I'll be taking over lead vocals (while still playing rhythm guitar), and Jesse will still be on drums... still being awesome.

"Vindicator is confirmed for: Slaughter By The Water 2, Thrashaggedon 3, and Warriors Of Metal Open Air 4. We'll be touring this year as well as playing some great local shows. We're also slated for a video shoot in Los Angeles, this summer.

"All things Vindicator can soon be found at Vindicator's Official Website. Check back often! Check our social networks often! Follow us on Twitter! Check the website often! Stay informed."

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E.N.T. Invites Fans To Remember Singer

Crust punk/grindcore legends Extreme Noise Terror has posted a message online giving some information regarding the funeral for the band's vocalist Phil Vane, who sadly passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 46. The message reads as follows:

"Phil's funeral will be held at Colney Woodland Burial Park, Norwich, Norfolk on Tuesday March 15th. Service is at 2pm, please arrive by 1:30pm. Family and all friends welcome. No flowers. Wake to be held in The York Tavern nearby. Please all punks come in full force.

"Sam, Jennie, Dean, Chris and all at Extreme Noise Terror."

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Sunday Old School: Girlschool

Nowadays, heavy metal fans are pretty used to seeing women in bands. Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation to name some of the most successful. But in the late 1970s and early 1980s, heavy metal was seen as dominated by white males and bands were accused of scaring away potential female fans by having a macho image and misogynistic lyrics. However, this perception was changed, or at least altered somewhat by four women from London who called themselves, Girlschool. The band was originally a covers outfit named, Painted Lady but eventually decided to begin writing original material, taking their new name from the B-side of the hit song, "Mull Of Kintyre" by Wings. They released their first single, "Take It All Away" in 1978 and received some radio play, as well as a strengthened sense of enthusiasm from the British metal underground. Not least of the people to take an interest in the group was Motorhead main man Lemmy, who offered Girlschool a supporting slot on their "Overkill" tour. After supporting Welsh rock favourites, Budgie, the band auditioned for, and received, a record deal with Bronze Records.

The band then recorded their debut album, "Demolition," which was released in 1980. The album was well timed, as several other British heavy metal bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Motorhead all released albums which were wildly successful and helped the fledgling New Wave Of British Heavy Metal explode in popularity. "Demolition" was successful in and of itself too, reaching number 28 in the British album charts and featured some of the band’s best known work and saw Girlschool becoming one of the most popular bands in the movement. Their popularity continued to grow when they teamed up with Motorhead for an EP entitled, "St. Valentine’s Day Massacre" under the collective pseudonym, Headgirl, which reached number five in the British charts and featured the hit single, “Please Don’t Touch.” The band soon got back to their own work and released the album, "Hit And Run" in 1981, which was even more successful than it’s predecessor, reaching number five in the charts and earned the group supporting slots with the likes of Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Rush. More...

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John Lydon Criticises Ozzy Osbourne

John Lydon, the frontman of Public Image Ltd. and former vocalist of iconic punk rock legends the Sex Pistols, has hit out against Ozzy Osbourne for what he perceives to be an endorsement of drug abuse. Speaking to the Sunday Mercury while promoting his new book, "Mr Rotten’s Scrap Book," Lydon stated:

"'Paranoid' was one of the world’s greatest ever singles, but since then, the rumours of biting pigeon heads really, really haven’t impressed me. Ozzy now acting like a senile delinquent is equally unimpressive. The sly innuendo of promoting drug abuse and catatonic stupidity offends me.

"I’m not one for banning drugs. Quite the opposite. But I understand how to use them, and they don’t use me.

"Ozzy is clearly a victim, and selling that loser lifestyle shit to other people equally victimises them.

"That’s a shame. Ozzy’s a working class man, like me, yet he allows that to happen. By acting like he does all the time, he implies that we’re all stupid, the working classes. But we’re not, you know. We’re not! We’re the proper Britain, us lot."

Read the full article at Sunday Mercury.

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