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Metal News for April 10, 2005

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19 news articles posted on this day.

Cattle Decapitation Cancel Tijuana Show

San Diego extreme metallers CATTLE DECAPITATION were forced to cancel their previously announced appearance in Tijuana, Mexico on Friday. In an April 8 post on the group's web site, the band write, "Our van broke down at the beginning of the CRYPTOPSY tour, and we had to ditch it in North Carolina and rent that stupid RV you may have seen us pulling up in recently. We're at a Pilot truck stop in New Mexico right now and are going to drive through the night to make it to the Anaheim gig at Chain Reaction. We're very sorry to those people that were going to come out to the show tonight. Sorry guys. Sorry Mario. We'll make it up with another show if that's OK. There's nothing we can do right now. We're over 900 miles away... We'll make it to Chain Reaction though."

CATTLE DECAPITATION's latest album, "Humanure", was recorded with producer Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, W.A.S.P., SIX FEET UNDER), and marks the recording debut with the group of drummer Michael Laughlin. The band parted ways with drummer David Astor in May of 2003 due to his inability to live up to the obligations of touring and regular necessities of the band.

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Velvet Revolver's 'Leno' Performance Posted Online

VELVET REVOLVER fan site Velvet-Revolver.com has uploaded video footage of the band performing their latest single, "Dirty Little Thing", on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Thursday (April 7). You can check it out here.

VELVET REVOLVER resume the Electric Wonderland tour on April 12 in Chula Vista, California, with dates booked through May 25.

VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum recently told Launch Radio Networks that VR will play 10 Ozzfest dates, commencing on August 16 in West Valley City, Utah. The last seven dates will be in lieu of IRON MAIDEN, which drops off the bill on August 20.

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Manowar "Hell On Earth IV" DVD Package Details

Manowar is proud to announce the upcoming release of their newest video, "Hell On Earth IV," which contains 2 video discs and 1 audio disc for a total of 4 1/2 hours of total viewing time.

More details on the availability to be confirmed soon, watch here!

Main disc:
- Highlights of the entire 2002 "Warriors Of The World" tour
- 1 hour and 30 minutes of main program
- 6 bonus songs equaling 30 minutes of additional material
- 11 full live songs
- Subtitles in 12 languages (Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish)
- 5.1 surround sound mix
- Private behind the scenes footage
- A true visual tribute to the fans
- Highlighting concerts in 35 cities throughout Europe
- Shot with 70 camera angles
- Commentary track with all band members
- Director Neil Johnson's commentary track
- Personal commentary track by Joey DeMaio
- New artwork by fantasy art legend Ken Kelly

Bonus disc:
- 1 hour of behind the scenes footage
- 1 hour of complete TV shows featuring Manowar (incl. TV-total, Olli Pocher, VIVA Comet and Popkomm Gala)
- Special commentary track featuring director Neil Johnson and Joey DeMaio
- Subtitles in 12 languages (Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish)
- 30 minute hidden easter egg with special commentary track by editor and director

Audio disc:
- Contains brand new audio track by Manowar (taken from their forthcoming album)

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Kataklysm Hold Album Cover Design Contest

Canadian death metallers Kataklysm are inviting their fans, artists and friends around the world to design the cover art for their next album. The band encourages everyone that has artistic skill and has an original vision to submit their work by e-mail at smdesign@videotron.ca.
The winning artwork will be selected by Kataklysm and the band's representatives at Nuclear Blast. The lucky contest winner will see his/her creation used as the cover of the group's next album as well as on all accompanying merchandise items, where it will be fully credited.

All you have to work with is the album's working title, which is "In the Arms of Devastation." The artwork can be submitted starting April 6 and the deadline for all submissions is August 1.

Kataklysm will be embarking on a European headlining tour beginning in late June. Support at all dates will come from Graveworm and Eminence.

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In Flames Studio Photos Posted Online

Ten pictures from the drum-recording sessions for the new In Flames album at the Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden have been posted online at the group's official web site. Check them out at this location. Also available on the site is a streaming video filmed during the drum soundcheck at Dug-Out on April 5. To watch the video you need to have Real Audio installed on your computer.

In Flames singer Anders Fridén told Nuclear Blast magazine that the upcoming album "will be more uptempo" and will feature "more guitar harmonies" than was the case with 2004's "Soundtrack to Your Escape."

In other news, In Flames will be supporting Iron Maiden in Gothenburg on July 9th, 2005.

As reported earlier, In Flames will be teaming up with Motley Crue in Finland for two shows.

Upcoming In Flames support dates include:

Jun. 07 Icehall in Helsinki, Finland (Monsters Of The Millennium with Mötley Crüe)
Jun. 08 Ellysee Arena in Turku, Finland (Rock In Turku with Mötley Crüe)
Jul. 09 Venue TBA in Gothenburg, Sweden (with Iron Maiden)

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Oscar Dronjak Posts Hammerfall Update

Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

Sorry for not updating for a while, we have been busy preparing for the start of the tour. But more on that later, first things first. Chart entries: Our new album have been extremely well-recieved all over Europe, as we are still in the charts for the fourth week in both Austria and Germany, as well as the first week in Italy and the second in Switzerland. But the most surprising news comes from Sweden. "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" managed to stay in the top 10 for four weeks, a record for us. Three straight 4's and a 9, unbelievable! Thank you everyone all over the world who has bought our albums, you are the greatest fans anywhere! You never disappoint us, and I sincerely hope we never will you.

As our webmaster wrote in the news yesterday, the show in Pratteln on April 21st is now sold out, and an extra show will take place on the 20th. So, if you missed getting tickets to the previously announced gig, don't worry; You'll get another chance to catch the band live the day before. Thus, the following show has been added to the tour: April 20th at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland.

The rehearsals have been going very well, I think you'll find somewhat of a different band on stage this year. Not any less energetic — probably even more! :-) — but more focused and tighter than ever. Incidentally, the Helsinki show tomorrow marks the first Hammerfall gig in twenty (20!) months, incredible as that sounds. It's safe to say that we are psyched and excited like never before.

Before signing off, I would like to take the opportunity to thank some people for the single greatest weekend of my entire life. A friend of mine and I flew over to Los Angeles to go to WrestleMania 21. We were invited by Mikkey Dee, who would perform live at the event with his band Motorhead and who knows I am a huge wrestling fan. We were in heaven, shaking hands and taking pictures with a lot of wrestlers we have only seen on TV before. Just hanging backstage at the biggest PPV of the year, taking everything in, is an inerasable memory!

Thank you, Mikkey, for taking great care of us and making sure everything went well, thank you Lemmy and Phil for not having a problem with us tagging along, and thank you Chris Jericho, Triple H, William Regal and the entire WWE for letting us come to the aftershow party and providing us with an experience I shall cherish for as long as I live. If anyone ever ruled, it's all of you.

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Primal Fear Announces Festival Appearances

German metal commando Primal Fear have announced the following shows at some festivals all over Europe:

May 29 Poland – Kattowitz – Mystic Festival – Silesia Stadion
Jun. 26 Belgium – Dessel – Graspop Open Air
Jul. 15 Finland – Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
Jul. 23 Germany – Geiselwind – Earthshaker Open Air
Aug. 13 Spain – Granada – Metal Mania Open Air
Aug. 26 Spain – Barcelona – Ripollet / Campo der futbol

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Disbelief & The Duskfall To Open For Slayer

Deathcore behemoths Disbelief and Swedish Melodic Death virtuosi the Duskfall will open two Austrian shows for the mighty Slayer. The dates are as follows:

Jun. 28 Innsbruck, Hafen
Jun. 29 Vienna, Arena

Both bands have also been confirmed for the Metal Camp Open Air which takes place from June 24th to 26th in Tolmin, Slovenia.

Disbelief recently released their new album "66 Sick" which earned the great response all over Europe, the Duskfall will show up with a new album called "Lifetime Supply Of Guilt" on September 19th.

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Nightrage Release New Album, MP3 Available

The Swedish melodic death metal masters Nightrage have returned with a new and dynamic yet devastating offering, "Descent Into Chaos," that is sure to help propel them into the genre’s elite status. With a more dedicated lineup intact, the group worked closer together to create a more focused and intense album sure to please the old-school death metal fans while also catching the attention of an entire new audience.

The main songwriters, Marios Iliopoulos (guitars) and ex-At The Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg (Lock Up, The Great Deceiver, Disfear, ex-The Crown), prove that there is no limitation to their abilities and clearly have raised the bar for their peers a bit higher with this release.

Iliopoulos checks in with his thoughts on the new album and how the band has progressed:

I feel that with the new album we managed to capture all the right elements that categorize the Nightrage sound, the really intense rhythm guitars mixed with the smooth 80's lead guitar work and the super tight drums along with the sheer intensity from Tomas Lindberg vocals. He did an awesome job on the vocals, which in contrast with the music make the album sound even heavier.

The new album has a rawer sound, a more in your face kind of production and there are less clean vocals. We tried to be more aggressive and at the same time not loose the melodic approach of the band. Patrik J. Sten handled the whole production and mixing of the album and as a result the material is more brutal and in your face. I think that on this album we are more focused and we tried to write simpler songs in order to have heavier and stronger results.

"Descent Into Chaos" is now available. Click here to download the track "Begin Nothing."

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Brand New Sin Announce New Tour Dates

The Syracuse-based hard rock quintet Brand New Sin will head out on a string of Northeastern dates with ‘80s legends Faster Pussycat from April 19th to April 24th, leading into two shows alongside Grammy Award-winning rock icons Motorhead. The group recently wrapped up highly successful strings of dates alongside Motorhead, Corrosion of Conformity and Life of Agony in support of their highly anticipated new full-length album "Recipe For Disaster," now set for a May 31st release.

Brand New Sin recently shot a video for the track “Black And Blue” with acclaimed director Dale Resteghini (Dillinger Escape Plan, Hatebreed).

Joe Altier (vocals) checks in with the following tour report:

We are home safe and sound, trying to stop the ringing in our ears and most importantly giving our livers a rest. The Motorhead tour was everything we expected and more. We wanna thank Motorhead, C.O.C, Zeke and all their crews for making it memorable and at times real fucking fuzzy. We also thank all the old diehard sinners for showing their faces again and for not forgetting us and we welcome all the new converts and look forward to seeing you all again real soon. A big thanks also goes out to our brothers in Life Of Agony for hooking us up with a few shows on our way home, and of course we must give a shout out to our fans in Flint and Detroit.

We have a string of dates coming up on the East Coast from April 19th to the 24th and then join back up with the Motorhead tour on May 4th and 5th. Look for our new video for ‘Black And Blue’ to make its Headbangers Ball and Uranium debuts next month and we will be announcing our summer plans real soon. Don't forget our new full-length album, Recipe For Disaster, will drop on May 30th for everyone across the pond in Europe and May 31st for all you here in the U.S. In the meantime, you can check out our Black And Blue EP, featuring the title track (our first single) along with three exclusive new cuts. This is available through our website and at all of our live shows. If you see me sitting in a random bar in Syracuse, hit me up because I will have a few of them in my back pocket. See all of you real soon.

Just when you thought you've heard it all, Brand New Sin returns with an aggressive, blue-collar American hard rock album sure to create a buzz that will transcend genres. Click here to hear the full-length version of “Black And Blue.”

Brand New Sin with Faster Pussycat tour dates:

Apr. 19 House Of Rock - Baltimore, MD
Apr. 20 Dragonfly - Harrison PA
Apr. 21 Staircase - Pittston PA
Apr. 22 Continental - New York NY
Apr. 23 Dingbatz - Jersey City NJ
Apr. 24 Crazy Donkey - Long Island NY

Brand New Sin with Motorhead tour dates:

May 04 Hampton Beach Casino - Hampton Beach NH
May 05 BB King's - New York NY

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Strapping Young Lad's "Love?" Video Posted Online

Canadian extremists Strapping Young Lad kicked off a massive headlining tour last week with The Agony Scene, Misery Signals and Reflux in the support slots. The trek will make a stop at the legendary New England Metal and Hardcore Fest on April 23rd, where the band will also be signing at the Metal Maniacs booth between 1 and 2PM. This tour also marks the first time the group have ever played any of their new material live, and expect nothing less than an aggressive, highly energetic set.

The group’s new video for the track “Love?” shot by acclaimed director Joe Lynch (Devildriver, Kataklysm) was just posted online; click here link below to check it out.

The clip made its MTV2 debut on Headbangers Ball this past weekend. SYL are now on the verge of a major genre-defying breakthrough with Alien, their highly anticipated fourth studio album. Their critically acclaimed new offering is now available and it is quickly going to redefine the meaning of extreme. Look for them on the cover of the new issue of Metal Maniacs, which is on stands now.

Strapping Young Lad with The Agony Scene, Misery Signals, & Reflux tour dates: More...

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Firewind To Tour Europe

After the release of their brilliant album "Forged By Fire" in January 2005 and a great show with their labelmates Nevermore in London / UK in March 2005, Firewind going on tour in Germany, Swiss and Sweden.

Firewind are support of the Swedish powermetal heroes Hammerfall on their Icebreaker Festivals and play next to Thunderstorm and Lordi:

Apr. 21 (CH) Pratteln Z7
Apr. 22 (D) Filderstadt Filharmonie
Apr. 23 (D) Lichtenfels Stadthalle Lichtenfels
Apr. 24 (D) Oberhausen Turbinenhalle
Apr. 30 (S) Göteborg Scandinavium Arena (with Hammerfall, Pretty Maids & Lordi)

Greek fans are lucky to watch the band Firewind around the wellknown guitar wizard Gus G. on their headliner shows before the festivals take place:

Apr. 15 (GR) Athen An Club
Apr. 16 (GR) Thessaloniki Mylos
Apr. 17 (GR) Larissa B-Live

Another festival with Firewind in Germany:

Jul. 23 (D) Trier Fabric Rock festival (with Rage and Freedom Call)

Gus G. will be on the Musikmesse Frankfurt, Germany, (from April 7th to 9th 2005) and visit the ESP booth on Saturday, April 9th at 13.00 CET to show people his new signature model. He would be happy about some chit chat, will do interviews and give the fans of guitar music tips and autographs.

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System Of A Down's Mesmerize Tracklisting Revealed

System Of A Down have revealed details of their ambitious new albums, reports NME. "Mezmerize / Hypnotize" will be released in two instalments over six months, with the first half, "Mezmerize", out on May 16 through American Recordings / Columbia.

Both albums were produced by Rick Rubin along with guitarist Daron Malkian, who explained the reasons behind putting out a double set: “When we started recording, we were focussed on making every song the best it could be, to really give a thousand percent to every single track.

“Doing a two-album set never entered into our thought process. But when we looked at all the songs we had and arbitrarily tried to choose ‘the best’ 14for one album, we realised that they all connected with each other. We didn’t chase this idea, it chased us.”

The tracklisting for "Mezmerize" is:

01. "Intro (Soldier Side)"
02. "B.Y.O.B."
03. "Revenga"
04. "Cigaro"
05. "Radio / Video"
06. "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song"
07. "Violent Pornography"
08. "Question!"
09. "Sad Statue"
10. "Old School Hollywood"
11. "Lost In Hollywood"

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Agoraphobic Nosebleed Discography Update

Agoraphobic Nosebleed's discography will finally be available this summer. Tentatively entitled "Bestial Machinery: The Collected ANb Discography Volume 1," the release will include their "30 song 7" / demo," out of print vinyl splits with Cattle Press, Laceration, and Enemy Soil, in addition to a host unreleased material. Artwork is being handled by Florian Bertmer, who did the artwork for the ANb and Converge split. Look for the discography to hit stores on July 19th via Relapse Records.

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xLooking Forwardx Signs To Facedown Records

Maryland's xLooking Forwardx have officially signed with Facedown Records for the release of their next album. The group has previously put out material with DFF Records and Blood And Ink Records. This August they will enter Trax East studios to record the as-of-yet untitled album, which should hit streets in November.

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Ex-Bodies In The Gears Band Formed

Former members of Bodies In The Gears Of The Apparatus have started a new band and are currently writing new material. Additionally, the outfit is looking for a vocalist to complete their lineup. Candidates should reside in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area and willing to tour. Send email to Terraformer88@juno.com for more information.

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Watch Lamb Of God's "'Something To Die For" Video

Lamb Of God are out with the video to their new single 'Now You've Got Something To Die For'. The video follows the band on tour through live performance, backstage, and the various road adventures. You can watch it online at Blastro.com.

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Sculptured Continues Writing New Material

Sculptured is continuing to write music for their third as of yet untitled full-length album. The new material is a large step ahead from Apollo Ends and will continue to push the boundaries of Metal harmony. The music is being written using four-tone matrix systems that provide the foundational guitar riffs and harmonies. This is "death metal for brave new ears." Due to Anderson's continued work with Agalloch, there is no estimation for when this album will be recorded or released.

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Green Carnation Working On Tour Schedule

Green Carnation are currently working hard to get confirmed a number of shows to promote the album "The Quiet Offspring". Singer Kjetil Nordhus can reveal there has been negotiations with promoters "all over the world", and are desperate to go public with some of the dates very soon. "The planning and negotiations have taken a lot of time, but it seems like the first dates are about to be confirmed by all parts within the next couple of days. We are working on a mini-tour in Europe, festivals on two different continents, and another mini-tour in a much warmer place than Norway" The Norwegians have again been blessed with rave reviews on their new record, from all over the world, and the band are increasingly actively looking for a management or booking agency to help dealing with the growing interest from promoters. "This is something which we have been wanting for a while, but we haven't got the right offer yet. The interest from people! wanting to do gigs with us has been big lately, and to have someone working for us, so we could concentrate on making music, would be a great thing," he says, and adds that interested parties (management, booking, promoters) can contact him: kjetil@greencarnation.no "We are really looking forward to that, and we're spending some days next weekend on the rehearsal room, to be fully prepared to impress," Kjetil Nordhus says.

Green Carnation has also been confirmed as co-headliners on ProgPower Europe 2005, in Baarlo, Holland. They will play on Saturday October 1st, and this is the 2nd time the band visits the festival, Progpower.com revealing that they invited Green Carnation back after the "fantastic concert" in 2003. More...

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