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Metal News for March 8, 2008

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21 news articles posted on this day.

Dying Fetus Part Ways With Guitarist Mike Kimball

DYING FETUS have posted the following update:

“Mike Kimball has resigned his position in DYING FETUS. Here is a statement from Mike: ‘This is easily the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make in my life. I have had moments where I felt that it might be time to part ways with DYING FETUS but didn’t want to accept it, out of love for performing as a musician, and of course being less than thrilled with the prospect of disappointing my band mates or the fans. Being in DYING FETUS has been an amazing experience, and I’m eternally grateful to the guys in the band (past and present), as well as all of our crew members, all the bands we have toured with, and most of all the fans for their support. Thank you all so much!’"

"We are now holding auditions, live or video. Tablature is available on dyingfetus.com under media. Learn the songs; ‘Praise the Lord,’ ‘Pissing in the Mainstream,’ and ‘Justifiable Homicide.’ Contact us here, serious inquiries only. Must have NO criminal record and valid passport. Send all videos to:"

"Dying Fetus
643 Widener Lane
Smyrna, DE 19977?

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Sybreed Added To Samael's European Tour

Switzerland's futuristic metal band SYBREED has been added to SAMAEL's upcoming tour of Europe with GOTHMINSTER. The dates are as follows:

April 12 - Waterfront - Rotterdam, Holland
April 13 - 013 - Tilburg, Holland
April 14 - Zeche Carl - Essen, Germany
April 15 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt, Germany
April 16 - Firlej - Wroclaw, Poland
April 17 - Loch Ness - Cracow, Poland
April 18 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
April 19 - Alte Spinnerei - Glauchau, Germany
April 20 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
April 22 - Centre Culturele - Eloyes, France
April 23 - Underworld - London, England
April 24 - Locomotive - Paris, France
April 25 - Kelder - Amersfoort, Holland
April 26 - Olympic - Nantes, France

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Caina Mastermind Working On New Album

One of the U.K.'s most promising extreme music prodigies, CAÏNA mastermind Andrew Curtis-Brignell, has issued the following update:

"Work on the next album continues apace — I'd estimate that I'm about 65% done. I can confidently say that it's easily going to be the best CAÏNA material to date, including the EPs that come out before it (not that they're shite, or anything though, haha)."

"Speaking of which, my track for the split with Portuegese kings of doom PROCESS OF GUILT is coming along nicely, although I'm late with it (sorry guys!). It's due out on 10" vinyl format through Major Label Industries very soon, and if you liked 'The Heart of the Master', then you'll hopefully like this, as it returns to some of the musical themes explored on that release, but ups the ante considerably. I'm currently mixing the main instrument tracks in preparation for the vocal recording, and hope to have it finished next week. PROCESS OF GUILT will be presenting you with a THIS EMPTY FLOW (cult '90s Finnish shoegaze act from the people who brought you THERGOTHON) cover on their side." More...

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Saxon Cancel Budapest Show

British heavy metal legends SAXON have issued the following update:

"Unfortunately the gig tomorrow (March 9) in Budapest [Hungary] is cancelled. We're waiting for a statement from the promoter and will post as soon as we have news."

Upcoming SAXON shows:

Apr. 23 - London, UK - St George Day, Shepherds Bush Empire
Apr. 30 - Tokyo, Japan - On Air East
May 01 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
May 02 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
May 05 - Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
May 06 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboard
May 07 - Sydney, Australia - The Forum
Jun. 06 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival 2008
Jul. 18 - Osterode, Germany - Rock Harz Festival

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Site Update

Full RSS Feeds Anyone?

Metalunderground.com has built up a solid subscriber list for its RSS news feed, and now I would like to hear from those users. When I originally set up the RSS feed and self-hosted it, I made it a partial feeds with only a blurb of each post due to bandwidth concerns. Now there's no reason to not post the full articles except for my concern about the overall length of the feed entries and daily digest emails.

I would like to hear if there is there any preference from our readership. Would you like full articles in the RSS feeds or to keep things as they are - partial articles with a link to click to Metalunderground.com to read the full article and comment on it?

If you're totally clueless about what RSS is, here's a blurb from Feedburner (who hosts Metalunderground.com's feed now): More...

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Lair Of The Minotaur Post New Song Online

"Horde of Undead Vengeance", the new track from the Chicago-based doomsters LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR, is available for download at this location. The song comes off the group's new album, "War Metal Battle Master", due on March 25 via Southern Lord Records. The CD includes a 20-page booklet featuring art by Jeremy Mohler and graphic design by Seldon Hunt (NEUROSIS, KHANATE, JESU).

"War Metal Battle Master" track listing:

01. Horde of Undead Vengeance
02. War Metal Battle Master
03. When The Ice Giants Slayed All
04. Slaughter the Bestial Legion
05. Black Viper Barbarian Clan
06. Assassins of the Cursed Mist
07. Doomtrooper
08. Hades Unleashed More...

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Angel Blake Announce Swedish Date

ANGEL BLAKE, the Swedish band featuring former THE CROWN guitarist Marko Tervonen, has completed work on its second album at Tervonen's Studio MT (located three kilometers from Trollhättan, Sweden) for a late April release via Dynamic Arts Records. A single, entitled "Defenseless", will precede the album in the spring.

Tervonen has issued the following update:

"Me and Anders [Edlund, guitar] are going with ANGEL BLAKE's label Dynamic Arts Records to the Inferno metal fest/expo in Oslo, Norway next weekend. I'm really looking forward to this, meeting the press and discussing the new ANGEL BLAKE album over a few beers, it's gonna be fun!!! A pre-listening session on the festival is also on the schedule, cool stuff." More...

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Fission Reveal "Pain Parade" Track Listing

FISSION, the collaboration between BORKNAGAR/VINTERSORG frontman Andreas Hedlund (a.k.a. Vintersorg) and VINTERSORG live session drummer Benny "Hägge" Hägglund, has finalized the track listing for its second album, "Pain Parade", due later in the year via Aphotic Records. The CD was mixed at Ballerina Audio with Nils Johansson (VINTERSORG, NAGLFAR, TME). According to a press release, "Pain Parade" will contain "eight brilliant songs that mix the most of [what] metal has to offer."

"Pain Parade" track listing is as follows:

01. Chains
02. Frequency Control
03. Dear Frenzy!
04. Pain Parade
05. Machination (The Kallocain Protocol)
06. Collision and Collapse
07. Earthquaker
08. Mekanisk Är Själen More...

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Cue The Doves Signs To Feeling Faint Productions

Minneapolis progressive rock/hardcore outfit Cue The Doves has officially signed with Feeling Faint Productions. Formed in 2003, the group has previously released an EP with Dead Letter Records. The band's new full length, "Stabilizing Vitals," will be available through many retail outlets as of March 29th. You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Kingston Falls, Remove The Veil Tour Dates

Kingston Falls has lined up an April tour in support of their forthcoming Facedown Records debut release. The band will be joined by Remove The Veil and The Messenger. Here are the latest tour dates:

4/2 Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
4/3 Canoga Park, CA @ The Cobalt Cafe
4/4 Fresno, CA @ The Exit
4/5 Modesto, CA @ The Rock
4/6 Santa Cruz, CA @ The 418 Project
4/7 Klamath Falls, OR @ Klamath Falls VFW
4/8 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/9 Spokane, WA @ The Slaughterhouse
4/10 Lewiston, ID @ The Lewiston Community Center
4/11 Gillette, WY @ The RockPile
4/13 Hutchinson, KS @ Mcgraws
4/14 Okmulgee, OK @ The Aim Music Venue
4/15 Tulsa, OK @ The Pinkeye
4/16 Fayetteville, AR @ The Music Hall
4/17 Tupelo, MS @ The Link Center
4/18 Marietta, GA @ Swayze's
4/19 Pensacola, FL @ The Red Door
4/20 Cocoa, FL @ The Anvil
4/21 Tampa, FL @ The Transitions Art Gallery
4/22 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
4/24 Cleveland, GA @ The Pivot

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Helangar Ready Third Album, "kwin'test sense"

German avantgarde metal band Helangår will release their third album, "kwin’tes sens," on March 28, 2008. The band has released the full tracklisting and cover art. There is also an excerpt of one song and a philosophical background on the band's MySpace site. The CD will contain a very special poster-like 16 page folder and has a playing-time of 46 minutes.

Here is the tracklisting of Helangar's "kwin'test sense":

01. ...
02. Was ble!bt
03. Nichts
04. L’amour du mensonge
05. ...
06. Dolly worries
07. Spiritual Amputation
08. ...

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Saints of the Underground Ready Debut Album

Saints of the Underground, featuring multi-platinum musicians Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) on drums and Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper) on lead guitar recruiting Jani Lane (Ex-Warrant) on vocals and Robbie Crane (Ratt) on bass, are preapring their debut album, "Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner," for an April 22nd release.

The Saints of the Underground formed in 2006, starting out as four guys playing cover tunes and having a good time, but over time the chemistry between them grew. The band naturally evolved into a creative partnership and new songs emerged. The band entered into Blotzer's Studio (for drums & bass), diamondrecordingstudio.com, and Kelli's studio (for guitar & vocals) capturing an array of original material. The result is their debut CD, "Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner," written and produced by Jani, Bobby, and Keri; mixed by legendary Producer/Engineer Andy Johns, who has worked with greats such as the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

"Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner" will be released April 22nd on Warrior Records, distributed via Universal Music Group Distribution.

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The Ocean Announce North American Tour Dates

Germany’s THE OCEAN have announced the following North American tour dates:

May 21 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room w/ Catamenia
May 22 - St Catharines, ON @ L3 Nightclub
May 23 - Montreal, QC @ Lambi

with Kylesa, Lair of the Minotaur, Withered:
May 24 - Boston, MA @ Church of Boston
May 25 - Wallingford, CT @ Cherry Street Station
May 26 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
May 27 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
May 28 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
May 29 - Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
May 30 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
May 31 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

with Kylesa, Lair of the Minotaur:
June 1 - Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
June 2 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
June 3 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar

with Lair of the Minotaur:
June 4 - Metairie, LA @ The High Ground

with The Destro, Lair of the Minotaur
June 5 - Houston, TX @ T.B.A.
June 6 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
June 7 - Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
June 8 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom

with Lair of the Minotaur:
June 10 - El Paso, TX @ Chic’s
June 11 - Farmington, NM @ Gator’s

with Lair of the Minotaur, Intronaut
June 12 - Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
June 13 - Fresno, CA @ Audie’s Olympic
June 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Annie’s Social Club
June 15 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
June 16 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brew
June 17 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory

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Gorgoroth Confirm First Ukraine Show At MHM Fest

GORGOROTH will play their first ever concert in Ukraine Wednesday, August 6th, at MHM Fest in Morskoe. AGNOSTIC FRONT is also on the bill. For more info on the fest visit the festival's website.

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Poison, Dokken, Sebastian Bach To Team Up For Tour

It has been revealed that POISON, SEBASTIAN BACH and DOKKEN will team up for a U.S. tour this summer. POISON will headline the trek, with SEBASTIAN BACH and DOKKEN rotating the opening slot. So far only one date is available: Saturday, August 23 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California.

POISON will perform at the Rock2Wgtn music festival, which is scheduled to take place March 22-23 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Also scheduled to appear are WHITESNAKE, ALICE COOPER, OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS and LORDI.

POISON's album of cover songs, "Poison'd!", sold 21,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release in June 2007 to debut at position No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD presents the band's first new studio recordings since 2002's "Hollyweird". Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, "Poison'd" packs 13 explosive tracks, including new recordings of DAVID BOWIE's "Suffragette City", THE CARS' "You're Just What I Needed", THE ROMANTICS' "What I Like About You", SWEET's "Little Willy", THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND's "Can't You See" and THE ROLLING STONES' "Dead Flowers". Some of POISON's best previously recorded covers are also featured on "Poison'd", including KISS' "Rock and Roll All Nite", GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's "We're An American Band" and LOGGINS AND MESSINA's "Your Mama Don't Dance".

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Children Of Bodom Announce Down Under Shows

CHILDREN OF BODOM will tour Australia and New Zealand in June. Below are the confirmed dates:

June 20 - Brisbane, AUS @ The Arena Entertainment Complex (All Ages)
June 22 - Melbourne, AUS @ The Palace Theatre (formerly The Metro)
June 24 - Sydney, AUS @ The Enmore Theatre (All Ages)
June 26 - Auckland, NZ @ The Transmission Room (All Ages)
June 28 - Adelaide, AUS @ Fowler's Live (All Ages)
June 30 - Perth, AUS @ Capitol Theatre

Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 17.

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McQueen To Support Velvet Revolver In the UK

UK all-girl band MCQUEEN has been confirmed as the opening act for VELVET REVOLVER on three dates in March at the "personal request" of VR guitarist Slash, according to a press release. The details are as follows:

March 15 - Liverpool University
March 16 - Leeds University
March 17 - Manchester Apollo

MCQUEEN recently tapped legendary U.S. rock A&R executive/manager Tom Zutaut — the man who is said to have signed and launched the careers of GUNS N' ROSES, MÖTLEY CRÜE and TESLA, among others — to be a part of the global MCQUEEN management team, working alongside UK's Seven Webster of 7pm Management. More...

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Bang Tango Announce US Tour Dates

BANG TANGO will be hitting the road shortly. Confirmed dates are as follows:

14 - The Starline - Fresno, California
15 - Tremors - Riverside, California
25 - RPM’s - Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
26 - Webster Hall - Manhatten, New York
28 - The Haunt - Yonkers, New York (with BRITNY FOX)
29 - Trailside Inn - Factoryville, Pennsylvania (with SKID ROW)

18 - Bikelahoma - Pryer, Oklahoma
19 - Bikelahoma - Pryer, Oklahoma

13 - Rocklahoma - Pryer, Oklahoma

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Soilwork Drummer Checks In

SOILWORK drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who recently laid down the drum tracks on NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane's new solo album ("Praises To The War Machine"), has issued the following update:

"Right now I'm tearing up them drums with SOILWORK alongside THROWDOWN, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD and WAR OF AGES just about everywhere in the U.S. Yessireee, the Scum Of The Earth Tour is a heavy-ass package to say the least! If you wanna feel that metal fist crack your skull, better get your tickets now on the SOILWORK website or MySpace — be fast while supplies last!

"And now for something quite exclusive and fancy: [Here] you can discover the artwork for the upcoming Warrel Dane album 'Praises To The War Machine'! This groovy slab of metal is due out on April 28th in Europe and May 13th in the U.S. on Century Media, and you can listen to the song 'Messenger' (featuring a guest appearance by shredmeister Jeff Loomis of NEVERMORE) on Warrel Dane's MySpace page. More...

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Shadows Fall Check In From The Road

SHADOWS FALL have issued the following update:

"Just wanted to drop a line from this crazy tour we are doing in Australia, Korea, Japan and the Philippines.

The Soundwave shows in Australia were just incredible and we had so much fun playing. Thanks to everyone who came out and moshed it up!

Check out this awesome photo (click left) that Steve from the band Thursday took of us on stage in Sydney.

The show in Seoul Korea was pretty amazing and we'll have some photos to share soon. Thanks to Kevin Kim for making the trip amazing and big thanks to everyone who came out to the show.

Don't forget to pre-order your copy of the remixed and re-mastered Of One Blood. We are making a limited edition t-shirt for the album that is only available through this pre-sale. Once the record is out, the shirts will no longer be available. Click this link to order now."

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Velvet Revolver Drummer Matt Sorum Checks In

VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum has checked in with the following update:

"We just landed in Dubai. This place is so cool. And wild. Dubai is a long way from California. Have been flying over 24 hours after a stop in Frankfurt, Germany. Cannot wait to rock tomorrow. Play a big festival here with the MUSE. Then we head up to Dublin for two gigs, then over to England, Scotland finishing up in Belgium, Germany and Amsterdam. Scott (Weiland) is healthy and ready to rock. We are all ready to get back on stage and play for all you fine people. See you rockers soon."

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