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Metal News for March 7, 2004

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11 news articles posted on this day.

Slumlords Sign To Perfect Victim Records

Perfect Victim Records has announced the addition of Baltimore's SLUMLORDS to the label's family of bands. Featuring Jeff (BREAKDOWN) on vocals, as well as members of DAY OF MOURNING, COMIN' CORRECT, WAKE UP COLD, NEXT STEP UP, STOUT, and more, SLUMLORDS are no strangers to the hardcore scene. Bringing their own down-to-Earth mix of hardcore and street punk to their fans, the SLUMLORDS' have consistently sold out of their 2003 demo and are ready to take things to the next level. Their 16 song self-titled debut full length will be released in early May of 2004 by Perfect Victim.

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The Crown Split Up

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN have officially split up. The following is drummer Janne Saarenpää's statement on the matter:

"We give up. Today, the 7th of March 2004, we, the dudes of THE CROWN, have decided to call it quits.

"I'm sure every member in the band can still come up with 10 reasons for continuing and 10 reasons for giving up, but after some heavy consideration we have decided to finally find out what life is like without playing in THE CROWN.
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Metallica Post Live "Dyers Eve" Online

live version of METALLICA's "Dyer's Eve", recorded during the group's March 5 appearance at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, has been posted online in MP3 format at this location (file size: approx. 6.3 MB).

As previously reported, METALLICA's airing of "Dyer's Eve" in Los Angeles marked the first time the band have ever played the "…And Justice For All" track in its entirety (note: the band did not perform the song at the second Forum show on March 6).

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Slipknot Post New Look Pictures Online

SLIPKNOT have unveiled their brand-new look in a new ad to promote the group's upcoming album and tour. Check it out here.

As previously reported, SLIPKNOT will release the track "Duality" as the first single from their as-yet-untitled new CD, due out on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The song will impact radio stations on May 4. The band will make the first song off their forthcoming album available for download via their official web site, www.slipknot1.com, on March 30. The group are currently preparing to hit the road as part of the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour, beginning March 30 in Orlando, Florida. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the five-week trek, which wraps up May 4 in Denver.

EDIT: Message on HeadTrip reads "DUE TO LEGAL ISSUES, THE NEW MASKS PICTURE HAS BEEN TAKEN DOWN"

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New Lamb Of God Song Posted Online

A 33-second audio clip of a brand-new LAMB OF GOD tune has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. The clip comes off a recently completed self-produced pre-production demo for the follow-up to last year's "As the Palaces Burn", tentatively due in late 2004/early 2005 through Epic Records.

As previously reported, LAMB OF GOD have secured a second-stage slot at this year's Ozzfest, set to kick off July 10 in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Possible Slipknot Track Listing Rumored

Slipknot have chosen the track "Duality" as the first single from their upcoming new album. The song will impact at radio on May 04th while the as-yet untitled new album will follow, arriving in stores through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam on May 25th. In other news, what is rumored to be the tentative list of tracks set to show up on the bands upcoming new album has been floating around the net as of late, it is as follows:
"Before I Forget"
"Vermillion"
"The Blister"
"Exists"
"Scream"
"Prelude"
"Opium Of The People"
"Three Nil"
"Welcome"
"Paradox"
"Triggers Yearn"
"Need To Learn"
"The Pessimist"
"Holes Hide"
"These"
"Duality"
"Manic Half"

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Cold And Sevendust Tour Dates

Initial dates have been released for Sevendust's forthcoming trek with Cold, they include:
April 08th Rochester, NY - Harro East
April 09th Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
April 10th Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
April 12th Portland, ME - State Theatre
April 13th Dewey Beach, DE - Ruddertowne Bay Center
April 14th Baltimore, MD - Thunderdome
April 18th McAllen, TX - La Villa Real Special Events Center
May 01st Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargo

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New Nirvana Book To Be Released April 1st

The much-anticipated new book "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects" will be published on April 1 St. via Martin's Press. Dubbed "the ultimate NIRVANA fan book," "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects" was written and compiled by independent filmmaker Kurt St. Thomas and rock radio veteran Troy Smith. In "Nirvana, the Chosen Rejects", a wealth of sources, including the authors' personal interviews with Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, were used to reconstruct NIRVANA's meteoric rise and the subsequent fall of their troubled lead singer. The result is a front-row perspective of the musical influences that helped nurture NIRVANA's seminal sound, the stories about the creation of their albums, and the ideas that shaped their songs. "Nirvana, The Chosen Rejects" also contains a comprehensive discography and an A-Z listing of every NIRVANA song officially released.

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Dave Mustaine Addresses Line-Up Rumors

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has once again addressed the possibility of a reunion of the "Rust In Peace" lineup. Writing to the band's official forum, Mustaine said,

"One question that keeps coming up that I have already answered, but still remains, is the reunion."

"People, it is not going to happen. Especially after seeing claims that I am unfair and inconsiderate. Who gives a fuck about why it isn't happening, it just isn't. And to tell people personal shit about 'what' happened or to say things like this about each other (note – I didn't say shit) only solidifies my decision. 'What happens on the mile, stays on the mile.'"

"It just makes me nauseous to see someone pouring out their guts over something that is as unlikely to happen as that."

"Remember, [drummer Nick] Menza was ready to go, and like I said, I was unable to accommodate the others. The reasons don't matter. And as respectfully as I can say this, it is not anyone else's business but the people I talked to. And . . . they know the number to my management if they reconsider."

"Now, please drop it."

"I have found some players that I believe in, and am assembling a group to play with me. No one questioned my choices when I picked anyone else in the past. I think I know what I'm doing. And if ya don't like it, well there's always that big super-group that all the ex-members were trying to form. Hahahahahaha!"

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News On Forthcoming Annihilator Album

Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have set a May 24 European release date through Germany's AFM Records for their new album, "All For You". A five-song EP, entitled "The One", will surface on April 26, and will include two bonus video clips.

"All For You" marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist Joe Comeau last June. The album also features a return appearance by drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai) following the departure of Randy Black (Primal Fear) in early October.

Commented mainman Jeff Waters in a recent online posting: "[The song 'Weapon X'] is probably the most brutal ANNIHILATOR song ever written. I honestly would compare it to 'Battery' by Metallica — and I would never ever try to compare something I did with a classic tune like that unless I could back I up. Dave, Mike and I can!

The song 'All For You' will probably be the single as it is one of those darn tootin' tunes that you will hear once and not be able to forget the chorus!"

With regards to the songwriting process for the new album, Waters said, "I demoed 18 songs [using a drum machine]. Weeded out the weakest ones and then got Dave/Mike to do their stuff over the 11 I picked. It was [actually] 12, but one was noticeably weak — could [have] made it on any other CD, but not this one."

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Into Eternity Part Ways With Bassist

According to a posting on their website, Canadian progressive metal heroes INTO ETERNITY have parted ways with bassist Scott Krall. The posting reads as follows:

"Into Eternity regretfully announces the departure of long time bass player Scott Krall. The band hopes to begin holding auditions soon. The remaining four members vow to continue on with already pre-planned tours and shows. Thanks for all the support in this difficult time. The new album (Buried In Oblivion) has finally been released (by Century Media), so we have been doing a ton of press. These are the most interviews that we have ever done in our entire career! We also have exciting news about a hometown CD release show. We've decided to have two separate shows. One will be a drinking show and one will be a special All Ages show for our younger metal fans!!! Here are the dates:
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