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Metal News for March 9, 2006

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21 news articles posted on this day.

Goblin Cock US Tour Dates

Goblin Cock will begin a short tour today as they work their way down to SXSW. Here are the tour dates:

3/7 San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Sleeping People
3/8 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland w/ Sleeping People
3/9 Fresno, CA @ The Belmont w/ Sleeping People
3/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Mezzanine w/ Sleeping People, Okay
3/11 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Santa Cruz Veteran's Host w/ Sleeping People
3/13 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room w/ Black Heart Procession, Sleeping People
3/15 Austin, TX @ ABSOLUTELY KOSHER SXSW SHOWCASE @ Habana Calle
3/17 Austin, TX @ Waterloo Records (In-Store, 4pm ) (AA)
3/18 Austin, TX @ Cedar Street Courtyard, 5pm - Invite-only party

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Year of Desolation Sign To Prosthetic Records

Indianapolis' YEAR OF DESOLATION has officially been signed to Los Angeles-based Prosthetic Records. Recording for the band's Prosthetic debut will take place July 9 - 27 with seasoned producer Jamie King (Through The Eyes of The Dead, Between The Buried And Me) at the Basement Studios. The self-titled record will subsequently be released through Prosthetic in early 2007.

"We're completely stoked about working with PROSTHETIC they have some great bands and we are happy to be a part of their family," guitarist John Hehman says. "We're excited as hell to put this record out on Prosthetic, because it's definitely the best Year of Desolation stuff to date! LONG LIVE THE SHRED!!"

Originally formed in 2001 and with one full-length and one EP already under its belt, YEAR OF DESOLATION brands its sound as "melodic thrash, with absolutely zero metalcore influence," combining elements of thrash, neo classical, European progressive metal and American death metal. The band has already written a handful of material for the upcoming album, and several rough demos are available on the band's MySpace page.

In the meantime, YEAR OF DESOLATION will head out on the road with The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, having already shared the stage with God Forbid, Unearth, Six Feet Under, Ion Dissonance, and Arsis, among a slew of other contemporary metal acts in the past.

YEAR OF DESOLATION on tour
3/25 Crawfordsville, IN - American Legion Post

(with The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza)
4/02 Louisville, KY - Bulldog Cafe
4/03 Kent, OH - Screwey Louie's
4/04 Rochester, NY - Montage Live
4/05 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
4/06 Melrose, MA - Melrose Masonic Hall
4/07 Middletown, NY - Molly McGuire's
4/08 Hamden, CT - Elks Lodge (early show at Chaosfest)
4/08 West Norriton, PA - Audubon YMCA
4/09 Baltimore, MD - Mojo Room and Lounge
4/10 Raleigh, NC - The Brewery
4/11 Johnson City, TN - The Hideaway

7/01 St-Hyacinthe, QC - Salle Le Louvre (Underground Attack Fest)

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Breaking News

Official Ozzfest 2006 Lineup Revealed

Here is the lineup for Ozzfest 2006 according to a posting on Ozzfest.com, a few hours prior to the previously announced 9 p.m. EST:

Main Stage:
Ozzy Osbourne
System of A Down
Disturbed
Hatebreed
Lacuna Coil

Second Stage:
Black Label Society
Atreyu
Unearth
Bleeding Through
Norma Jean
A Life Once Lost
Strapping Young Lad
The Red Chord
Full Blown Chaos
Walls of Jericho
All That Remains
Between The Buried and Me

A major mainstage act is also said to be announced on May 23rd. There's much speculation of this being Metallica, although their record label and the band have denied those rumors. The full press release posted on Ozzfest.com follows. More...

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Gamma Ray Add Single Midwest Stop To Tour

Hamburg-based GAMMA RAY featuring Kai Hansen from Helloween on lead vocals will make their only Midwest/mid-country appearance at the Rock Nightclub in Maplewood, Minnesota, on Friday, May 12, 2006. This performance will be the closing date of their first-ever US tour and the only performance that does not take place on either the east or the west coast. This will also be the band’s first-ever performance in Minnesota.

After weeks of negotiations, Nathan Block of the local independent SwordLord Productions finally secured an additional date with Gamma Ray’s agent and management after it was announced via the band’s website that only an extremely limited tour of the United States had been planned. Gamma Ray was only scheduled to play 5 dates in the United States: 3 on the east coast and 2 on the west with no stops in between.

“I am extremely grateful to John Finberg of First Row Talent out of LA and all of the management of Gamma Ray for allowing an extra date on this tour. There are many, many non-coast based fans that are going to be able to see this band now that otherwise could not have. This concert is going to be an amazing experience for many people – including myself!” says Nathan Block who is producing the show. Block’s company, SwordLord Productions has produced several first-time Minnesota appearances including Germany’s Blind Guardian and most recently Finland’s Sonata Arctica.

Co-producing the show is another independent Minnesota promoter – John McGovern of Mayhem Productions. Mayhem made headlines locally and in cyberspace with the crushing debut of Heathen Crusade in January, a showcase for many first-time European bands in Minnesota.

Special guests performing with Gamma Ray on 5/12 will be ION VEIN, Chicago’s power metal sensation and MILES BEYOND from Michigan. More bands and special events are planned and will be announced as they develop.

GAMMA RAY will be doing a meet-and-greet autograph session with fans following the Minnesota performance. Meet-and-greet sessions have been a trademark of every SwordLord Productions concert.

Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, March 11. Information about ticket locations, venue location and other information can be found by visiting MySpace.com/GammaRayMN or by emailing SwordLord2003@aol.com.

Here are all of Gamma Ray's scheduled tour dates and festivals: More...

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All That Remains Comments on SOTU Europe

Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS have been tapped to play this summer's Sounds of The Underground Europe 2006 tour. Heading back to Europe, the band will join metal and hardcore giants Chimaira, Madball, Unearth, Terror, and Manntis. "We're pretty pumped...we're excited for this tour," frontman Phil Labonte said. "Chimaira’s great, we played a month with them back in the States in August. They're really sweet, fun dudes. That’s what you want, especially when you're traveling to a foreign country: good, kind people always looking to have some fun."

Labonte also admits that Europe brings a different flair to the All That Remains live show. "The Euorpean crowds are a little different [from US crowds]," he continued. "The past two times we've been there, with Killswitch Engage and Trivim, the kids, on average, seem to get a little more excited about shows, so it's kind of refreshing."

All That Remains is currently recording the follow-up to 2004's 'This Darkened Heart' with Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) at Zing Studios, and the Sounds of the Underground Europe tour are set to be the first live dates for the band upon completion of recording.

ALL THAT REMAINS tour dates
(European Sounds of the Underground 2006)

5/10 Manchester, UK – Academy
5/11 Glasgow, UK – QMU
5/12 London, UK – FORM
5/13 Tillburg, Holland – Q13
5/14 Brussles, Belgium – AB Club
5/15 Dusseldorf, Germany – Stahlwerk
5/16 Hamburg, Germany – Markethalle
5/18 Stuttgart, Germany – Longhorn
5/19 Weisbald, Germany – Schlachthof
5/20 Munich, Germany – New Backstage
5/21 Vienna, Austria – Arena
5/22 Milan, Italy – Rolling Stone
5/23 Zurich, Switzerland – Roshoflager
5/24 Fri Borg, Switzerland – Fri Son

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Elvenking Frontman Offers Update On Leprechaun

ELVENKING/LEPRECHAUN frontman Damnagoras has posted the following message on the LEPRECHAUN web site:

"Many things have happened in these 2 years. I got back with ELVENKING and I had a very busy period preparing the new album, then recording it and now preparing the tour for 'The Winter Wake'. Many have asked me what it's going to happen with LEPRECHAUN... many have said that I was going to give up this project and even my LEPRECHAUN bandmates are asking me what it's gonna happen. Actually the situation hasn't changed a lot... I mean, I've been very busy but in the meantime I've tried to search for a good label with which I want to release the album. At the moment I haven't found the right deal, but I'm gonna try harder. I think that the songs written for this album are really strong and they're especially part of a particular period of my life and I really want to release them sooner or later. If I can't find a good deal at this stage, I think that I will start thinking of getting LEPRECHAUN into a studio anyway and record the full length. Then, with the entire album in hand it will be easier. Anyway this project will get a release sooner or later for many reasons: 1) many fans are asking for it, 2) I want to have these songs on an album 'cause I really think they're worth it, 2) and I owe this to my band mates too: Francesco, Whisperwind and Enrico who are still supporting me and really believe in this project!"

To order a copy of LEPRECHAUN's demo CD, "The Ultimate Dance", visit www.leprechaun.it.

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Bridge To Solace Recording New Album

Bridge To Solace are currently recording their second full-length at Parkplatz Studio in Budapest. Titled "Where Nightmares And Dreams Unite," the effort will be available this summer via GSR Music.

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Terror and Ringworm March Tour Dates

Terror and Ringworm have announced a hanfuld shows taking place later this month. Here you go:

3/11 Revere, MA @ Club Lido w/ Underdog, Righteous Jams
3/12 Levittown, NY @ Club Ritual w/ The Red Dream, more
3/13 Huntington, WV @ HYAMP
3/14 Ft. Wright, KY @ Lookout Heights Civic Club
3/15 Evansville, IN @ Club 1123
3/16 Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
3/17 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
3/18 Flagstaff, AZ @ Lo-Fi Cafe
3/19 Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre w/ Donnybrook, more

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Metallica To Induct Sabbath Into Hall Of Fame

Metallica have posted the following message on their official website:

"So there we are, hanging out at HQ getting ready for our first visit to South Africa, and a call comes in wondering if we can leave a few days early and stop by New York to induct a bunch of guys from Birmingham, England (they're called Black Sabbath, you might've heard of them) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It took us all of 3/4 of a second to say 'fuck yeah!!'
Black Sabbath wrote the book on heavy music, and like many other snot-nosed kids, we read it religiously over and over again. For all of us in Metallica, Black Sabbath are a major influence not only on our music, but on our lives, and as you can imagine, we're psyched to join Bill, Geezer, Ozzy, and Tony for the induction ceremony on Monday, March 13.

"Not only will we be inducting Sabbath, we are going to make a humble attempt at playing some of their songs live in front of the gathered masses, including, most humbling of all, the four members of the band themselves.

"If you want to check it out, VH-1 will be there with their cameras. For show times look here." More...

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Video Interview With Dez Fafara Posted Online

FaceCulture met singer/lyricist Dez Fafara of DevilDriver just before their gig at the Melkweg in Amsterdam. They discussed the new album, "The Fury Of Our Maker," Johnny Cash, the music he grew up to, his previous band Coal Chamber, suicide, children, lyrics, touring, singing, writing, humans and more. Check out the video interview at FaceCulture.

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Insomnium To Record New Album

Finnish metallers Insomnium are about to invade the the Fantom studio in the beginning of April to record a new album. Some crystal clear and yet brutal sounds are to be expected since Fantom is the name behind some of the best albums ever produced in Finland. The songs which are to be recorded include such dreary titles as “At the Gates of Sleep”, “The Mortal Share”, “Drawn to Black” and “The Killjoy.” The new material is clearly more aggressive, punchy and tighter than the previous album but the melancholic mood, wistful melodies, doomish passages and progressive twists are still present. “For sure this is going to be our greatest effort so far,” tells vocalist/bassist Niilo Sevänen. “This will be a very versatile album and each song will be full of nuances. There is fury and there is sorrow. Scandinavian melodic death metal at its finest!” Insomnium’s third album will be released in autumn 2006 by Candlelight Records.

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In Flames To Tour U.S. Again In May

In Flames will be back in the US on a headling tour in May in support of their latest album, "Come Clarity." Support will come from Throwdown, Nevermore and Evergrey. Tour dates will be announced as soon as they get confirmed.

In other news, In Flames are also confirmed for three festivals so far: Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany (June 2-4) and the Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium (June 25).

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Revolver Magazine Sold?

According to BrandRepublic.com, U.K. magazine giant Future Publishing has paid £2.3 million (approximately $4 million) to buy U.S. heavy metal magazine Revolver, which has a circulation of around 200,000, from Harris Publications.

Revolver and its web site will join the six titles in Future U.S.'s music portfolio, including Guitar World and Future Music.

It was launched in 2000 and now generates gross profits of $500,000 on turnover of $3.7 million.

Greg Ingham, chief executive of Future, said: "Revolver is a natural fit with our U.S. music titles and will benefit from being part of a larger music portfolio. There is also strong editorial crossover with our UK music titles Metal Hammer and Classic Rock, both of which are seeing good circulation growth at present."

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New Candlemass Album In The Works

Candlemass have recorded 4 new songs with producer Andy Sneap. The recording took place in the new Polar studios last weekend and the band say that they are very happy with the result.

“The songs are pretty much in the same vein as the stuff on the reunion album, maybe a bit darker” says bassist/songwriter Leif Edling. Next session will be in May. The new Candlemass album is scheduled for a release in october 2006 on Nuclear Blast Records.

On feb 7 Candlemass received a Swedish Grammy award for best hardrock/metal. The band is very proud, and it means that Candlemass finally have got the recognition they deserve in their homecountry of Sweden. It only took 20 years...

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Maryland Deathfest IV Running Order Released

The organizers of the Maryland Deathfest have issued the following update:

Greetings everyone. As already stated, ENGORGED and BURNT BY THE SUN have cancelled their appearance at MDF. The replacements for these 2 bands are CATTLE DECAPITATION (California) and ALARUM (Australia).

Now that the replacements have been announced, the running order for each day has been posted. Doors open at 11:50 AM and bands start at 12:20 PM. Stay tuned for more information regarding the MDF pre-fest show. More...

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Criminal Announce New Bassist

Anglo-Chilean thrashers CRIMINAL have announced Staff Glover as their new bass player, following the departure of original member Juan "Kato" Cueto. Glover had already stepped in during CRIMINAL's 2004 European tour with SIX FEET UNDER.

"It's a pity things didn’t work out with Kato, but his heart was obviously somewhere else," comments singer/guitarist Anton Reisenegger. "After recording 'Sicario' we did three shows in the U.K. with CHIMAIRA, which all went great, and everybody was very optimistic regarding CRIMINAL, but unfortunately Kato decided to return to Chile. It was a bad case of homesickness. It's great to have Staff in the band though," the frontman continues. "He’s a very solid player and a long-time friend of the band. We already had a great laugh on the SIX FEET UNDER tour. He's got this dark sense of humor which fits us perfectly. We are all in high spirits about our future as a band. Let's hope this line-up lasts for a bit longer!"

In other news, the readers of Terrorizer magazine voted CRIMINAL's latest output "Sicario" as the ninth best album of 2005.

CRIMINAL have lined up the following festival shows for the summer so far:

Jul. 22 - Urbach, GER - Zabbaduschder Festival
Aug. 25 - Gemünden, GER - Up From The Ground Festival

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Entombed Delay New Album, Plan EP For June

Sweden's ENTOMBED have announced that the release of their forthcoming album, "Serpent Saints", which was originally scheduled for June 6 (06.06.06), has been delayed until September 18. Instead, the band will be releasing an EP, entitled "When In Sodom", on June 6. The band say: "There were so many great songs to chose from and this is a great way give the fans what they want - more ENTOMBED!"

Both the album and EP are being recorded at Soundland Studio in Upplands Väsby, Sweden (just north of central Stockholm) and will be released through the band's very own Threeman Records.

Here are all the band's upcoming live dates:

Mar. 17 - Örebro, Sweden - Klubb Idiot
Mar. 18 - Växjö, Sweden - Folkets Park
Mar. 25 - Hjo, Sweden - Bakfickan
Mar. 31 - Huskvarna, Sweden - FP
Apr. 1 - Göteborg, Sweden - Sticky
Apr. 8 - Zurich, Switzerland - Festival
Apr. 16 - Chaulnes, France - Killerfest
Apr. 28 - Oslo, Norway - Rockboat
Apr. 29 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Kings Of Metal Underground
May 5 - Borås, Sweden - Heavy Fidelity
May 10 - Barcelona, Spain - KGB
May 11 - Bilbao, Spain - Santana 27
May 12 - Madrid, Spain - Copernico
May 13 - Malaga, Spain - Sala Vivero
May 26 - Norrköping, Sweden - Mogwai
June 10 - St. Leonard Am Forst, Austria - Devil Days
June 24 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
June 29 - Meztúr, Hungary - Wan2festival
July 16 - Illosaari, Norway - Festival

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Chimaria, Madball, Unearth, Terror On Euro SOTU

CHIMAIRA, MADBALL, UNEARTH, TERROR, ALL THAT REMAINS and MANNTIS will be teaming up for the European edition of the Sounds of the Underground tour, set to kick off May 10 in Manchester, England. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

May 10 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
May 11 - Glasgow, UK @ QMU
May 12 - London, UK @ Forum
May 13 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013
May 14 - Brussels, BEL @ AB Club
May 15 - Dusseldorf, GER @ Stahlwerk
May 16 - Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
May 18 - Stuttgart, GER @ Longhorn
May 19 - Weisbald, GER @ Schlachthof
May 20 - Munich, GER @ New Backstage
May 21 - Vienna, AUT @ Arena
May 22 - Milan, ITA @ Rolling Stone
May 23 - Zurich, SWI @ Roshoflager
May 24 - Friborg, SWI @ Fri-Son

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Nominion's New Album To Be Distributed In US

Sweden's NOMINON have posted this message on their official website:

"For all the NOMINON fans in (the) USA, we can now announce that the latest album 'Recremation' will be licensed 'over there' via our brothers of death; Necroharmonic Productions. This release will be distributed by Deathgasm Records. We are working on the final details right now, but be sure that we will definitely give you something extra with the CD, not necessarily any bonus tracks or so.... We'll see whatever will come as bonus together with the album? The most important thing is that 'Recremation' finally will be licensed and get a proper distribution in the States as well."

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Jungle Rot Finish Recording New Album

Wisconsin-based death metallers JUNGLE ROT have finished recording their new album, "War Zone", tentatively due in June via Crash Music Inc. "Can't wait to hear this album mixed and mastered!" the band write on their web site. "Chris Djuricic is doing a great production job! Should be a JUNGLE ROT classic! The next couple days of studio time will be spent mixing the album. After that we'll have it mastered and shipped to the label, ready to be pressed."

"War Zone" track listing (in no particular order):

01. Ready For War
02. Victims Of Violence
03. Cut In Two
04. Killing Spree
05. Strong Shall Survive
06. Ambushed
07. Fight For Life
08. Decapitated
09. They Gave Their Lives
10. Territoriality
11. Savage Rites

JUNGLE ROT will be embarking on a European tour beginning on March 31 in Leeuwarden, Holland. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Mar. 31 - Leeuwarden, NETH @ MC Schaaf
Apr. 01 - Kopenhagen, DEN @ The Rock
Apr. 02 - Gothenberg, SWE @ Kreta
Apr. 03 - Linköping, SWE @ Skylten
Apr. 04 - Aarhus, DEN @ Musikcafeen
Apr. 06 - Rotterdam, NETH @ Baroeg
Apr. 07 - Gent, BEL @ Frontline
Apr. 08 - Hamburg, GER @ Headbangers Ballroom
Apr. 09 - Flensburg, GER @ Rox Music Hall
Apr. 11 - Graz, AUT @ Explosiv
Apr. 12 - Vienna, AUT @ Movimento
Apr. 13 - Innsbruck, AUT @ Hafen
Apr. 14 - ITA @ TBA
Apr. 15 - ITA @ TBA
Apr. 16 - ITA @ TBA
Apr. 18 - Barcelona, SPA @ Mephisto (w/ IMPALED NAZARENE)
Apr. 19 - Madrid, SPA @ Ritmo & Compas
Apr. 20 - Irun, SPA @ Tunk (w/ IMPALED NAZARENE)
Apr. 22 - Arnhem, NETH @ Willemeen (Op Volle Snoeren Festival)
Apr. 23 - GER @ TBA
Apr. 24 - GER @ TBA
Apr. 25 - Wermelskirchen, GER @ AZ Bahndamm (w/ IMPALED NAZARENE)
Apr. 26 - Karlsruhe, GER @ Katakombe (w/ IMPALED NAZARENE)
Apr. 27 - Zittau, GER @ Cafe Emil
Apr. 28 - Berlin, GER @ K 17
Apr. 29 - Giebelstadt, GER @ I Park Klingholz Sporthalle
Apr. 30 - Halle, GER @ Rockstation

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Interview

Tripping At The Brain With TKO Of Mindrought

Hardcore progressive metal outift, Mindrought, currently one of Detroit, Michigan's best kept heavy music secret's has weathered many storms to remain a dominant force in the underground metal scene. Whether I'm listening to Mindrought's unrelenting Drama Machine or the mosh-inducing I See The End, I've found it quite easy to get quickly caught up in this band's crushing sonic approach. I went head up with this talented act's lead guitar player, TKO, and discovered so much more. More...

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