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Metal News for March 9, 2004

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Sonata Arctica Begin Recordings, Dates Confirmed

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have commenced the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2003's "Winterheart's Guild", due later in the year through Spinefarm Records.

In other news, SONATA ARCTICA drummer Tommy Portimo became the father of a "beautiful little baby girl" (46 cm, 2950 g) early in the morning on Saturday, March 6. "Both the child and the mother are doing well," according to a post on the band's web site. "The whole SONATA camp congratulates the parents and warmly welcomes the first newcomer of our 'extended family'!"

In live news, Sonata Arctica have confirmed the following festival appearances:
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Hatesphere Complete Third Album

Danish Death metallers HATESPHERE have finished the recording and mixing of their 3rd full-length, 'Ballet Of The Brute', due out in June. You can view the cover here

In related news, HATESPHERE are confirmed as openers on the upcoming MISERY INDEX, BORN FROM PAIN European tour set to begin in August. Exact dates are yet tba.

Back to the new album, 'Ballet of the Brute' will feature the following tracks:
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Former White Zombie, Strife Members Become Healer

HEALER, the new Los Angeles-based band featuring former WHITE ZOMBIE drummer Ivan de Prume and ex-STRIFE guitarist Andrew Kline, are currently in the recording studio finishing vocal tracks for their upcoming demo. The band plan to begin playing live shows in the Los Angeles area in April. Joining the duo in the group are violinist/Canada native Martin St-Pierre, bassist John McLaughlin (ex-NEW PAST LIFE), plus the group's latest additions, singers Scott "SVH" Von Heldt and Kate St-Pierre. The band's musical direction is described as "world music meets SEPULTURA, NINE INCH NAILS and MASSIVE ATTACK."

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Brides Of Destruction Song For Download

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, the new band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns, vocalist London LeGrand, and drummer Scot Coogan (ex-PAUL GILBERT, ONI LOGAN/ROWAN ROBERTSON, SINÉAD O'CONNOR), have posted a full-length MP3 of their current single, "Shut The Fuck Up", at this location.

"Shut The Fuck Up" is taken from the group's debut album, "Here Come The Brides", which comes out today through Sanctuary Records via Sixx's company 12-11 Productions. The band, who recently filmed a video for "Shut The Fuck Up" with director Paul Brown, will perform live during an in-store appearance at Tower Records in Los Angeles (Sunset Boulevard) Tuesday (March 9). A live performance on CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn" will take place on Monday, March 15, to be followed by a co-hosting stint on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" on Saturday, March 20 (rescheduled from March 6).

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Stratovarius' Timo Tolkki Vows To Carry On

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"After spending one week in countryside with my family, this is what I want to say:

"I have been shocked about the attack and the amount of ill will some people have directed to me. The festival in Spain was a very difficult thing to do after all those death threats. I got very drunk before the show and I also didn't feel that I received any support from the rest of the band. After the first song I left the stage because of the horrible sound and was waiting as they were fixing it. People were booing and started to throw things on stage. Then I returned and went to my mic and asked in English and Spanish 'What the fuck is going on?,' thus speaking aloud that sentence that I have had in mind since MissK joined the band and the amount of hatred this whole thing has generated. People started throwing things and 1 bottle hit me in the head. Once again it seems I am the bad guy and solely responsible for everything. Jens Johansson pissed on my leg in 'Forever'. I couldn't believe it to be true and he apologized later, which I accepted, once I understood why he did what he did.
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Atreyu Parts With Bassist

Atreyu have parted ways with bassist Chris Thomson and have replaced him with Marc McKnight, formerly of Nightfall. The official word from the band is as follows:

"Chris thomson is no longer a member of ATREYU, he has chosen to leave the band to pursue other interests. marc mcknight (previously of nightfall) will be filling his position on bass. we will all miss chris and appreciate everything he brought to the band... the following is a statment from him regarding the situation:
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Slipknot Set Album Title, Speak About CD As Well

SLIPKNOT have set "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" as the title of their long-awaited follow-up to 2001's "Iowa", due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The first track released will be "Pulse of the Maggots", which will be made available for download on the group's web site on March 30.

"It's got the feel of MINISTRY crossed with SLAYER," SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison told MTV.com. "It's heavier than fuck and it's really cool. Also, it's the first introduction to the shredder old-school guitar solos of Mick [Thompson] and Jim [Root]. Mick and Jim are two of the best guitar players I've ever heard, and I think it's cool that we never really showcased their talent at playing technical metal solos. But when you hear them play back-and-forth solos on that track, it's so insane that it kind of makes you laugh."

According to Jordison, SLIPKNOT chose the name "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" because it emphasizes the album's underlying theme of bonding and unification.

"I don't necessarily look at it as a negative or evil title," Jordison told MTV.com. "I just think there are so many internal thoughts and so much intensity within the lyrics that there are a lot of different meanings that can be pulled out of it. A lot of feelings went into the making of this record, and after digesting the whole thing you can really see that we're dealing a lot with getting back together and learning how to be a band again."

The album's first "official" single, "Duality", is being described as "the most experimental" single the band have ever released. "It's got one of the heaviest grooves we ever came up with," Jordison told MTV.com. "It's a dark song, but the chorus is very liberal as far as tones and things that we've never done before, and the things we've done with [singer] Corey [Taylor]'s voice are really wild."

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Slayer Enter Studio, Line-Up TV Appearances

SLAYER have entered the studio to begin recording their first album with the original lineup since 1990's "Seasons In the Abyss". A late 2004 release through American Recordings is expected.

As previously reported, SLAYER have been named "Best Band" in Revolver magazine's 2004 Readers' Poll, and will be featured on the cover of the issue that hits stands March 30. They share the cover with Bam Margera, the star of MTV's hit show "Viva La Bam", which was named "Best TV Show" in the Revolver Readers' Poll. SLAYER and Margera recently met at Margera's home in Pennsylvania to shoot the magazine cover and perform SLAYER-style for an upcoming episode of MTV's "Viva La Bam". "Viva La Bam" will return to Sunday nights on MTV at the end of April.

Look out for SLAYER on the season finale of Discovery Channel's "Monster Garage" on April 19. Watch as SLAYER perform in the junkyard, in front of the boxing toyotas turned dueling robots.

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Killswitch Engage, In Flames To Co-Headline Tour

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and IN FLAMES will be teaming up for a co-headlining North American tour beginning on May 3 in the Midwest. The month-long run will tentatively wrap up on June 4 on the East Coast. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

In other KILLSWITCH ENGAGE-related news, the group recently became the first in metal's "new" generation of bands to scan over 100,000 copies. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the band reached this milestone recently with their debut Roadrunner release, "Alive Or Just Breathing".

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are set to release their highly anticipated third album, "The End of Heartache", on May 11 through Roadrunner Records. The band will debut their new material in a live setting as one of the headliners at the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival on Friday, April 30.

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Summary/Misc

Audiograbber Is Now Freeware!

Upon expiration of the author's contract with Xing, he has decided to make Audiograbber freeware. This is the program I actually paid for an and have been using for years to rip my CDs and create mp3s (through free DLL plugins also linked from the Audiograbber page). Using the LAME DLL, you can rip very small, but high-quality variable bitrate MP3s. If you are not looking for an entire music management system, but merely to rip CDs and burn mp3s, Audiograbber will do the job well.

I just wanted to share that with you all, since I feel the program was worth the $15 or $20 I paid for it, and now it's free.

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Slash on Guns N Roses Reunion

The Glasgow Daily Record reports quized Slash about a possible Guns N' Roses reunion with Axl Rose. "I haven't talked to him since I quit. I don't really see a reunion happening," the Velvet Revolver guitarist revealed. "The things that are keeping us apart are so much tougher than money. He made some idle threats while we were touring and wouldn't go on stage unless we signed a piece of paper.We opted to go on stage and not let everybody down so we signed the piece of paper. I didn't want to be involved with the name if the band's not together anyway. Even to this day I still don't care. But now he's dragged it through the mud so much that even if he said, 'Look guys, I've been to therapy and I'm a better person now, let's get back together and do a show.' We'd all be like, we don't want to be in that band. 'None of us would have even bothered to think about taking the name."

Read the full article at Daily Record.

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Metallica, Godsmack Live Pics and Lars' Art

Metallica and Godsmack performed on Saturday (March 6) at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Check out pictures from WireImage (Metallica / Godsmack).

In related Metallica news, Lydia Adetunji of the Financial Times wrote a piece on Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his art collection, amongst other topics.

Read the full article at Financial Time.

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Katatonia Compilation Delayed

Swedish doomsters KATATONIA have posted the following update on their website:

"Due to a printing issue which has since been resolved, 'Brave Yester Days' will now be released in (North America) through Century Media on May 5th. It is already being sent out to stores throughout Europe and should be available shortly."

As previously reported, the two-disc compilation will feature all of Katatonia's previously out of print mini CDs in their entirety, plus sampler tracks from old full-lengths and one unreleased track. The double CD was designed by Agni Kaster in a digipack format together with a 16 page booklet. Their site says that "the artwork follows an incredible old worn yesterdays vibe and there are many old band pictures incorporated into the layout, as well credits and lyrics to all songs."

For those of you who want to see the band live, Katatonia will be performing at the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend II in Cleveland at the Odeon (June 2nd-5th).

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Iced Earth Confirmed For Bang Your Head 2004

This year's Bang Your Head Festival is set to take place on June 25th and 26th at the Messegelande in Balingen, Germany.

The latest act to be confirmed for the festival is ICED EARTH (second headlining act).

The current lineup of bands scheduled to perform at Bang Your Head 2004 includes: ICED EARTH, TESTAMENT, ALICE COOPER, ANTHRAX, QUEENSRYCHE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, PRIMAL FEAR, U.F.O., WHITE LION, MAGNUM, BLAZE, ANGEL, CAGE, MAJESTY, GOTTHARD, LILLIAN AXE, OMEN, DEATH ANGEL, KINGDOM COME, SHOK PARIS, RUFFIANS and BALLISTIC.

A warmup gig is to be held at Rockdisco WOM with Ruffians, Ballistic, Shok Paris and Death Angel.

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Trail Of Tears Announce Line-Up Changes

Norway's TRAIL OF TEARS have posted the following update on theit official website:

"We would like to inform that after contributing on the last two albums, Kjetil Nordhus of GREEN CARNATION is now officially a full time member of Trail of Tears!

We are thrilled to announce that Kjetil will be with us both on future recordings and tours. As a result of this and a general disagreement about future plans we are also announcing that Cathrine Paulsen has decided to leave the band. There is no more drama attached to this, we have simply different views about the future of the band.,

At the moment we are locked up in the studio and will spend the next two-three months making this the best album so far."

Trail Of Tears are scheduled to release a new studio album this summer through NapalmRecords.


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