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Metal News for April 1, 2008

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Dimmu Borgir To Collaborate w/ Rapper Bushido

Having come to an agreement for using Dimmu Borgir's samples in his music, German rapper Bushido and Dimmu have set aside their differences and plan to collaborate on one or more tracks for a multi-track CD/digital single, tentatively planned to be released on "death-rapper" Necro's label, Psycho-Logical Records, this summer.

According to the rapper, the collaboration will be "as big or bigger than the original rap-metal collaborations of the 80s and early 90s," referring to such efforts such as the Aerosmith/Run DMC and Anthrax/Public Enemy collaborations. Bushido continued, "Merging of these genres - rap and black metal - has never been done before, and we're going to do it in KILLER style." "I've been a fan of Dimmu Borgir for a long time, so this opportunity to work with them rather than just sample some music is insane!"

Dimmu Borgir could not be reached for comment, but word of the collaboration has already sparked intense debate on their official forums, and metal forums around the Internet.

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Comcast Acquires BitTorrent for $53bn

Comcast acquires BitTorrent for $53bn
'Our cheapest option'
By Cade Metz in San Francisco

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Just hours after acquiring BitTorrent Incorporated for $53bn in cash and stock, Comcast has shutdown the tiny San Francisco company, assuring customers and shareholders that its doors will never reopen.

"There were two ways forward," said Comcast executive vice president David Cohen in a canned statement. "We could either reconfigure our network to treat BitTorrent like any other application or buy BitTorrent Inc. and do our best to destroy the entire protocol. At $53bn, destroying the protocol was the cheaper option.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine To Wrestle In The WWE

In a move that no-one could have expected, Megadeth frontman and founding member Dave Mustaine has been signed on a short term basis to wrestle for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Word has it that there's some bad blood between Dave Mustaine and WWE Superstar/ Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho. Apparantly it stems back to the friday at the Download Festival back in 2005. Alot of people who attended that day have claimed that Fozzy stole the show. Never one to be outdone, Mustaine apparantly told Jericho his band was "dated" and should watch Megadeth later that day to see how it's done. Sources say that after Megadeth's set, Chris Jericho congratulated the whole band on an enjoyable set which set Mustaine off on a rant about how Megadeth were gods and Jericho didn't even have the right to talk to him. They came close to trading blows but Jericho had to leave quickly to prepare for the ECW reunion show two days later in New York.

Rumours about the rivalry have been flying all over the internet since and now the metal world will have a conclusion. Dave Mustaine has been signed by Vince McMahon and co. to wrestle Chris Jericho for his Intercontinental championship at the upcoming pay per view Backlash at the end of the month.

This will not be the first time a celebrity has wrestled a high profile before. Dennis Rodman, Floyd Mayweather, Kevin Federline have all partaken in angles with major wrestlers and actor David Arquette even won the WCW World Heavyweight title in 2000. Don't be too surprised to see Mustaine walk out of Backlash with championship gold around his waist.

Megadeth have also had some exposure to the wrestling world when for a brief time in WCW, mainstay wrestler Bill Goldberg used their song "Crush 'Em" as his theme song aswell as appearing in the Megadeth video for the same song.

The match may actually go alot better than people expect. Chris Jericho is one of the best workers in WWE both on the mic and in the ring and Dave Mustaine is highly skilled in martial arts. It should make for an interesting confrentation. No word yet on how much Mustaine is being paid for the match but it's expected to be considerably less than Floyd Mayweather was recently paid.

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MetalUnderground.com User Buys Century Media

Infamous MetalUnderground.com user (and self proclaimed richest man in the universe) Lord Cashington announced yesterday that he had purchased Century Media records and was planning to promote the bands he enjoyed more and fire those he didn't like as much.

"Pip pip ladies and gentlemen! Yes it's true, I, the good Lord Cashington have indeed purchased one Century Media records. I fully intend to help promote the careers of those delightful fellows Napalm Death. I shall award a million pounds to an animal charity for every album they release so I do hope that the world will be seeing alot more them.

"I do however plan to have a jolly good sort out of our roster. I no longer intend for Century Media to be associated with those wretched little trolls In This Moment! I shall announce more changes as I see fit.

"Well I shall bid you all adieu. I have a few more plans to come to fruition including my travelling festival CashScam and the merger of Century Media with Roadrunner. Tatty bye!" More...

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Sci-Fi Metal Fest 2008 Announced

The first annual Sci-Fi Metal Fest has been announced for this Memorial Day weekend in Hollywood, CA. The fesitval will feature a sci-fi theme and is expected to draw crowds up to 50,000, many dressed in costume of their favorite sci-fi characters. The festival will feature three stages of appropriately sci-fi and fantasy (a subgenre of sci-fi) themed bands.

The first stage, dubbed the Harry Potter Stage, will feature performances by Voldemort, Harry and the Potters, and The Cruciatus Curse. A more recent phenomenon, there are expected to be more Harry Potter-inspired bands in future editions of the festival.

On the Star Wars Stage, extreme metal beasts Vader, Zuckass, and Dagoba will perform, with special guests Jedi Mind Tricks and Anchorhead as well. Blackened death-thrash metal band Skeletonwitch has also been approached to open the Star Wars stage since announcing their upcoming Star Wars concept album.

The Lord Of The Rings Stage will, of course, be the main stage (one stage to rule them all). Headlining the stage will be none other than Blind Guardian, who are well known for their Tolkien-inspired songs. In direct support will be Battlelore and Cruachan. Sci-fi fans will also witness the likes of Aglarond (Mexico), Akallabêth (Sweden), Amon Amarth (Sweden), Almáriel (Russia), Amon Din (Serbia), Anarion (Australia), Arda (Austria), Avatar (Belgium), Azaghal (Finland), Azrael (Spain), Bal-Sagoth, Cirith Gorgor (Netherlands), Cirith Ungol (US), Dol Amroth (Greece), Gandalf, Izengard (India), Fangorn (Germany), Lórien, Mithril (Dominican Republic), Moria, Morgul, Sauron, and Shadowfax. Special guests Burzum will reprise their former name of Uruk-Hai to perform as well.

Gorgoroth were approached to co-headline the Lord of the Rings stage, but were not expected to be allowed into the country.

More details including ticketing information, venue, final lineup along with set times is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

On a side note, Trekkies were polled and revealed that they did not like metal music, but rather gravitate toward pop music or - in a large minority - porn music that they could imagine Captain Kirk "doing" his many mistresses to.

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New Bard Class Announced For World of Warcraft

Combining the best of Guitar Hero and World of Warcraft, a new class has been announced for WoW: The Bard. Here's an excerpt:

Armed with a trusty axe, killer riffs, and a ton of attitude, the guitar-wielding bard is the second hero class to be introduced in the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft. The bard excels both as a solo performer and as part of a solid group lineup, able to front in a number of roles as varied as his musical repertoire. The bard’s extensive Metal skill line grants the potent transformational ability "I Am Murloc," as well as direct damage effects like "Epic Solo" that will rock foes into oblivion while powerful Indie debuffs such as "Tape Jam" and "Shoegazer" keep them in check. If things heat up, the bard’s Punk tree can support the party with a wide range of abilities, such as "Nonconformity," which dispels fear, mind control, and similar effects, or "Mosh Pit," which briefly boosts the group’s movement speed while its members stay within range.

You can get more information about the new Bard class here.

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Thrash Of The Titans To Be Relaunched

Thrash metal fans the world over will be overjoyed to hear that the Thrash Of the Titans tour from the early 90s will be relaunched this summer with some of the biggest names in thrash on the bill. The event will be headlined by Slayer, who are rumoured to be premiering a brand new song at the event. Bay area gods Testament will also join the bill as will Exodus, Death Angel, reactivated British thrashers Onslaught and Hirax. The event has been expanded to six bands due to the rise in popularity of thrash metal being experienced at the moment. The credit for the relaunch of Thrash Of the Titans is being given to Testament frontman Chuck Billy.

"Thrash never really went away." he explains, "it just kinda... fizzled. It's so cool to see that it's being given the recognition it deserves in these modern times. It makes me kinda sad to see these bands like My Chemical Romance and The Used being given so praise and adulation and being the representitive of rock for kids these days. But it brightens my day considerably to see young kids at our shows. It makes me even happier when they're wearing a shirt of another thrash outfit from our time. Recently I thought to myself, 'Hell, why not do something to REALLY show the kids how it's done!?'" So I called up Kerry (King, Slayer guitarist) and spoke to him about the old times and the Thrash of the Titans tour back in the day and brought up the idea of doing it again. He called Gary (Holt, Exodus guitarist) who was so excited about the prospect of a huge thrash tour, that he called the boys in Death Angel and it just kinda snowballed from there."

Hirax frontman Katon De Pena posted a brief message via his personal myspace saying: "Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Hirax, Death Angel and Onslaught.... you ain't seen nothing yet! Bring your A game for these pits!"

Dates are expected to be released next week and it's been rumoured there may be one or two surprises in store at the event.

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High on Fire Take Acoustic Turn

High on Fire recently announced they intend to go acoustic on the upcoming Gigantour, where they’ll trek across North America alongside Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, In Flames and Megadeth.

“We just wanted to try something a bit different,” explains bassist Jeff Matz. "Either it works or it doesn’t, but it’s definitely an awesome avenue for us to expand as musicians.”

Known for playing intense live shows of punishing force, High on Fire decided to turn it down a notch from the crunchy riffs and ear-drum ripping solos, but insist they can still capture their signature intensity unplugged.

The tune "Waste of Tiamat," from High on Fire’s latest release “Death Is This Communion,” incorporates flamenco-ish acoustic picking, courtesy of Matz, so it really isn’t a huge leap for the Oakland-based trio. "Khanrad's Wall," also from the band’s latest album, is centralized around a tambour, twelve-string acoustic guitars, and gentle tom-tom drums.

“Lately, I’ve been getting into Middle Eastern music, traditional Iranian folk music and traditional Turkish music,” Matz added. “It’s opened my eyes up to a lot of different musical possibilities.”

And while they won’t be performing an acoustic show on every stop on Gigantour’s 30-day romp across North America, a handful of lucky cities – the band declined to specify which dates – will get to experience the acoustic performance first hand.

“It’s definitely engaged my brain a lot more," Matz said of the new set. "It’s been a challenge that made me step up and improve my musicianship a lot.”

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Dan Nelson Fired From Anthrax, Necro Steps In

The new singer of Anthrax Dan Nelson has been fired and self proclaimed "Death rapper" Necro has taken the job.

Anthrax guitarist/ founding member Scott Ian has posted the following message on his website:

"Hey guys, got some big news for ya. You've no doubt all been aware of what a long task it was for us to find a new singer after Joey left. We announced a few months ago that we had recruited former Devilsize and Me, My Enemy singer Dan Nelson to handle vocal duties. Well things really weren't working out. He said some things, I said some things and shit got way out of hand between us. I won't say what was said out of respect but Dan is no longer a part of Anthrax. He had his chance but he decided to be a dick, not a dude about things.

"Fear not though because our job of finding a replacement for Dan took alot shorter than expected. I got a call from Necro asking if I wanted to collaborate on another song with him and this time bring the other guys. We jammed for a bit on a new song of his and then he wanted to jam on some Anthrax tunes. We went through Bring The Noize and I'm The Man and then halfway through Deathrider I just put my guitar down and said 'Dude! Want a job?' To the pleasure of myself, Charlie, Frankie and Rob, he accepted. He's coming into the studio with us next week to record some new tracks. Make him feel welcome in the Anthrax camp!"

Necro himself has also issued a statement:

"So I'm in Anthrax now. I ain't gonna post no long ass blurb about how honoured I am blah blah blah but I will say this, when you cross the most brutal rapper on the planet with the fathers of the blastbeat, some mad songs are gonna get done! Keep checkin' this space and both our websites for more news."

Necro and Scott Ian previously worked on the song "Evil Rules" together for Necro's latest album "Death Rap". The new Anthrax album is expecting a September release.

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Nine Inch Nails Signs Record Deal w/ Roadrunner

In a very surprising twist, a spokesman for Roadrunner Records has released a statement to the press early this morning announcing that they have inked a deal with industrial rock giants Nine Inch Nails, which, following suit of Radiohead, independently released "Ghosts I-IV" through label The Null Corporation after splitting with major label Interscope Records, ending an 18 year long association.

Roadrunner spokesman Joseph King enlightened us with the following report:
“As I’m sure fans of music everywhere are aware, Roadrunner is always trying to improve its catalog of musicians by bringing in the best artists in all genres of music. After the recent selling phenomenon of the independently released ‘Ghosts I-IV’, which sold out within days of being available, Roadrunner simply had to see if we could work something out with the collective genius that is Nine Inch Nails. As soon as we heard about the bands’ latest effort, we got in touch with Mr. Reznor, who was a lot more accommodating than I’ll admit we expected! Talks went back and forth, we gave Trent figures, he wanted to know if we wanted a solid band or would we allow him to continue using guest musicians on any future work, and so on and on. I understand that the details are still forthcoming, but I am permitted to divulge that it is thanks to the deal between NIN and Roadrunner that the band has very recently been reformed! Trent is giving the band a few months to learn the ‘Ghosts’ material before setting off on a North American tour to support the release, which will be followed by many more dates in many more locations. There is nothing planned yet for a follow-up, but we are very proud to say that it will be pushed on you incessantly by Roadrunner Records.”

No word has yet come from Trent Reznor on the specifics of the Roadrunner deal or the reasons for the move away from The Null Corporation back to a major label. It was only weeks ago that Reznor slammed Radiohead’s release of "In Rainbows," saying that to him it “feels insincere,” and that “…the way [Radiohead] parlayed it into a marketing gimmick has certainly been shrewd.” The dates for the Nine Inch Nails North American tour, as previously reported, are as follows: More...

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In Flames Bassist Loses Leg

In Flames bassist Peter Iwers lost the lower half of his left leg Monday night due to complications from a dislocated knee. Iwers was injured in late January after slipping on some ice at a photo shoot in the Red Square while on a mini-tour of Russia.

“I'm fine now, but it truly sucked a few days ago,” he explained shortly after the initial incident occurred. “I went to a Russian hospital to drain blood from the knee and to get an x-ray, where I also got support for the leg. Then I took a lot of painkillers.”

"Peter did injure himself pretty badly while in Russia. Peter slipped on some ice and hurt his knee badly and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Obviously in a lot of pain, he probably shouldn't have left the hospital,” an official statement from the band said.

It isn’t certain if complications arose as a result of the initial injury or if the infection was acquired in a Moscow hospital. Regardless, the show must go on.

“I should be fine in a few weeks – a month or so – but I won't be lifting a lot of stuff in the nearest future,” Iwers managed to jest in light of the situation. “It’s healing slowly and it’s healing as it should be. But it takes time. I never thought that something could hurt that much, though. I don't recommend it!”

Iwers completed the band’s mini-tour of Russia while playing seated in a chair on stage, and will complete the band’s scheduled 18-month tour – which includes 30 dates with Gigantour and a headlining stint in Europe – in a similar fashion.

“It’s still pretty painful, but I’ll be okay,” he assures.

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Devin Townsend Talks About Retreat From Performing

In a recent interview with an underground metal magazine out of Paraguay, Devin Townsend revealed his real reasons for disbanding Strapping young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band and vowing to no longer play music live. Townsend says that he planned to shave his head in an effort to not scare his children with his "skullet" (mullet with the top of his head being bald).

"I remember how I felt when Metallica cut their hair. Betrayed. Confused. They went on to make some of the worst music in their careers from that point on. I don't want to be a freak in the eyes of my kids and I don't want to be viewed as a sellout by my fans, so I have chosen to forego the performing aspect of music at least until I'm fully bald and have a legitimate excuse for how I look. In the meantime, you can expect more crazy videos of Ziltoid the Omniscient instead of seeing my face..."

Townsend announced his departure and dissolution of Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band, and his decision to continue on with solo music during a "Ziltoid the Omniscient press conference" early last year. The audience initially took the statement from Ziltoid as a joke and Devin had to reiterate it himself.

Devin's son is now nearly two years old.

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Lee and Rock To Settle Their Beef In The Octagon

In an obvious move to draw viewers to the rising sport, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) owner and president Dana White has announced that Tommy Lee and Kid Rock will settle their beef once and for all in the Octagon in a free televised event on Spike TV. The fight is to take place this Wednesday, April 2 in Broomfield, CO as part of Spike TV's UFC Fight night, which preceeds the kick-off of a new season of the MMA reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.

Kid Rock and Tommy Lee weren't too interested when Las Vegas entertainment maven Jeff Beacher offered them $1 million to settle their feud with a winner-take-all boxing match. They didn't even bite when he upped the pot to $5 million. But Spike TV and the UFC have reportedly offered the rockers 10 million dollars each for the one-off bout. The event is expected to garner massive ratings for Spike TV and introduce even more people to the world of MMA and UFC, and has been promoted to the main event of the evening.

UFC President Dana White commented: "You don't know how happy I am to finally get a public fight between these two on the air. We may not see any martial arts, but I think we will see a good old fashion down and dirty brawl, with both guys having so much pent up anger at each other. The sport has been growing, and is on the verge of an explosion, and this may just be the catalyst it needs."

The "fighters" (we use the term loosely) were given two week's notice for the fight, and the entire UFC organization has remained tight-lipped about the event until now.

Rock and Lee got into fisticuffs during the VMAs in Vegas last September, fighting over their mutual ex, Pamela Anderson.

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Patton, Owens and Newsted Record EP at SXSW

Like planets aligning once in a few hundred years, rock and metal icons Tim "Ripper" Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth), Jason Newsted (Voivod, Rock Star SuperNova, ex-Echobrain, ex-Metallica, ex-Flotsam and Jetsam), and Mike Patton (Mondo Cane, Crudo, Peeping Tom, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, ex-Faith No More) found themselves at the same place at the same time last month at the SXSW music and interactive convention in Austin, TX. The icing on the cake is that the trio ended up talking shop and recording together.

Patton joked about the situation: "I think we all needed another project to our names, because none of us is busy enough, you know? So we like formed a band for a day and recorded some new songs in a friends' studio. We all took turns on various instruments as the need arose, so needless to say between this and our schedules, no one will ever see us play live together."

The unnamed "band" reportedly recorded five songs - an EP's worth of material - but there's no word of what will become of them at this point. Rumor is that they could be released under Patton's label, Ipecac Records.

As previously reported, Tim "Ripper" Owens is participating in a contest with Sadie Rene's nightclub in North Canton, Ohio and Canton/Akron's Rock 106.9 to form Northeast Ohio's "ultimate band," in which Owens will be the lead singer. The contest will search for three instrumentalists to join him - a bass player, a guitar player and a drummer. Owens was also involved with a recent all-star line-up that created a memorial/tribute song to the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

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Metallica Announce Breakup

In a move that's sure to shock the metal community the world over, Metallica have called it a day. Apparantly, all the criticism they've been receiving from metal fans on the internet and beyond has finally struck a chord and the group have decided it's just not worth putting another album out.

Says drummer Lars Ulrich, "Whatever we do, it seems it's just not good enough for the elitist metal community. We tried experimenting with our music and became metal public enemy number one. We did a stint with an orchestra and were accused of being self indulgent (but hey, I guess it's a different story for Deep Purple and Kiss huh?). We even released a collection of covers from some really cool bands like Mercyful Fate and Discharge but that still wasn't good enough for everyone out there in metal land. Then when we finally decide to try and go back to our roots, people proclaim it as our worst album to date. The reason our new album has been taking so long was because we've been keeping close tabs on websites such as Blabbermouth to see what people are saying and already people are panning us. So we decided that no matter what we do, our best efforts just aren't worth it anymore. I don't know when metal became so facistic about what is and isn't metal but as of now, there isn't a Metallica. We're done. We would however like to thank our fans who were still loyal enough to stick with us, you made a long trip worthwhile."

None of the other members have made announcements regarding the split but it's believed that frontman James Hetfield will be busy working on a new project featuring Corrosion Of Conformity/ Down member Pepper Keenan. There also rumours that he and guitarist Kirk Hammet will revive their 80s side project Spastik Children. There have been no rumours on what any of the other members will embark on next.

Obviously this announcement comes with the news that all of the bands tour dates have been cancelled. There is no word yet on who will replace them at the Reading/ Leeds festivals and other festival shows.

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