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Metal News for April 13, 2006

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19 news articles posted on this day.

All That Remains Reveal Artwork, Tracklisting

All That Remains has revealed the artwork and the track listing for the band's upcoming album, 'The Fall of Ideals.' Travis Smith (Opeth, Iced Earth, Soilwork) developed the record's artwork, and will hit store shelves July 11, 2006, while All That Remains will be in the midst of playing stages across the US as part of Ozzfest 2006. You can check out the artwork for 'The Fall of Ideals' here.

"I have been a fan of Travis' work for a while and I didn't even know it," vocalist Phil Labonte says. "His work with Soilwork and Sinai Beach really struck me, so the label put us in touch and we hit it off, which was really cool. We had gone through a bunch of ideas when he sent over the basics and beginning of what would become the cover. After a few back and forths with colors and placement stuff, we have come up with what I feel is a really striking piece of art. I hope it hits others as it did me."

'The Fall of Ideals' is the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2004's 'This Darkened Heart.' Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) is mixing the record, and manned the helm for production with Pete Wichers (ex-Soilwork) also lending a hand back in March at Zing Studios. Before heading across the country on Ozzfest 2006, All That Remains will head to Europe as part of the Sounds of the Underground 2006 European tour in May.

'The Fall of Ideals' tracklist
1) This Calling
2) Not Alone
3) It Dwells In Me
4) We Stand
5) Whispers (I Hear Your)
6) The Weak Willed
7) Six
8) Become The Catalyst
9) The Air That I Breathe
10) Empty Inside
11) Indictment

ALL THAT REMAINS tour dates are as follows: More...

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Sinister Begin Writing New Material

Despite the fact that their latest CD, "Afterburner", has only just been released through Nuclear Blast Records, reunited Dutch death metallers SINISTER have already commenced the songwriting process for their next album, tentatively titled "No Mercyful God".

SINISTER's current lineup consists of Aad Kloosterwaard, drummer and founder of the band, on vocals, Alex Paul on guitar, Paul Beltman (ex-JUDGEMENT DAY) on drums, and Bas van den Bogaard on bass.

The band, who re-signed with Nuclear Blast back in 2002 after a one-album stint with the now-defunct Hammerheart Records, issued their last studio album, "Savage or Grace", in 2003.

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The Haunted Frontman To Guest On New Sparzanza CD

THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving will be laying down backing vocals on the new album from Swedish hard rockers in SPARZANZA. Dolving will be singing on the track "Dead Rising", which will appear on SPARZANZA's third CD, "Banisher of the Light", tentatively due later in the year. Dolving had previously worked with SPARZANZA as the group's producer.

"Banisher of the Light" is being recorded at the Tigra Music studio with producer Rikard Löfgren. Löfgren, a former member of the death metal band DAWN OF DECAY and the goth act BAY LAUREL, also produced the band's second album, 2003's "Into The Sewers".

SPARZANZA is:

Fredrik "Fred Washburn" Weileby - Vocals
Johan "Joey DeJaneiro" Carlsson - Bass
Calle "City" Johannesson - Guitar
David "Demon Dave" Johannesson - Guitar
Anders "Evil" Åberg – Drums

Upcoming SPARZANZA shows:

May 10 - Paris, FRA @ TBA
May 11 - Strasbourg, FRA @ TBA

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Arkhon Infaustus Complete Pre-Production

French black metallers ARKHON INFAUSTUS have completed the pre-production for their fourth album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Osmose Productions. The nine-song pre-production recording was made at the Andromeda Studio under the watchful eye of Mathrien. The band will enter the studio in May to begin tracking the final album, which will be the follow-up to 2005's "Perdition Insanabilis". A limited-edition gatefold double EP will precede the album, featuring a song from the upcoming CD plus some extra material exclusive to the EP.

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Virgin Sin Sign To Universal Metal Productions

Virgin Sin have inked a new deal with Universal Metal Productions for the release of their latest effort, entitled Brotherhood of Freaks.

The album is set for release on June 6th (06.06.06), a "once in a lifetime day to release a metal CD," cites label president J. Hart. The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

1. Brotherhood of Freaks
2. Eat Your Enemies
3. Tarantula
4. Deep Red
5. Scars
6. Whoregasm
7. Eternal Nightmare
8. Sane Inside Insanity
9. Face the Blade
10. Skinned Alive

Virgin Sin, formed in 1983 by vocalist Dagon, are considered by many to be Sweden's first black metal band. The band eventually gravitated towards a thrashier sound, evident in their 1999 release, Make Em' Die Slowly.

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Sounds Of The Underground DVD Info Revealed

Last year marked the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour, which saw 17 of the best and most brutal metal acts around traverse the U.S. and Canada in what proved to be a very successful alternative to the more commercial Ozzfest. The tour hit the parking lot of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on July 2nd, 2005, and with it came almost 5000 fans. Metal bands like A Life Once Once Lost and Strapping Young Lad hammered out their sets alongside hardcore acts like Madball and Throwdown in the sweltering 95+ degree midday heat. As the sun began to set, stalwarts like Chimaira, Poison the Well and From Autumn to Ashes played well into the darkness. All of the passion and power of that day is captured in Sounds of the Underground Live: Vol. 1, which will hit streets on June 20th.

DRT Entertainment will be releasing the DVD which documents the day's festivities, complete with performances from 16 of the 17 artists who participated in the tour. Along with over 90 minutes of performance footage, the DVD also features vignettes on every band on the tour, along with a host of hilarious 'guest interview' segments from members of GWAR, Every Time I Die and Throwdown. The DVD was filmed by Doug Spangenberg of Highroller Studios (Lamb of God's Killadelphia).

Featuring live performances from:

All That Remains
DevilDriver
A Life Once Lost
Madball
High on Fire
Strapping Young Lad
Throwdown
Norma Jean
Every Time I Die
Gwar
Chimaira
Unearth
Clutch
Poison the Well
From Autumn to Ashes
Lamb of God

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The Red Chord Tour Dates

The Red Chord have confirmed plans for a two-week headlining tour in May. Notably, a few of the dates will feature Shai Hulud. Commented The Red Chord vocalist Guy Kozowyk: "The Red Chord played our Fused Together CD release show with Shai Hulud years ago. I've been a fan ever since. It's an honor to have them on this run." Here are the tour dates:

dates w/ Ed Gein, First Blood
5/4 Burlington, VT @ Club 242
5/5 Auburn, NY @ Auburn Public Theatre w/ The Acacia Strain
5/6 Cromwell, CT @ Cromwell Knights of Columbus w/ Doomriders
5/7 Worcester, MA @ The QVCC (16 Greenwood Street) w/ Doomriders
5/8 Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship
5/9 TBA
5/10 TBA w/ The Acacia Strain

dates w/ The Acacia Strain
5/11 Louisville, KY @ Headliners w/ Ed Gein
5/12 Memphis, TN @ The Complex w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
5/13 Nashville, TN @ Rocket Town w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
5/14 TBA w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
5/15 Greensboro, NC @ Green Street Club w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
5/16 Fredricksburg, VA @ KC's w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
5/17 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Shai Hulud, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza

5/18 Levittown, NY @ Club Ritual (The Red Chord only)

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Fear Factory, Suffocation, Hypocrisy Tour Dates

Dates have been solidified for Fear Factory's headlining tour with Suffocation, Hypocrisy, and Decapitated. Here are the confirmed tour dates:

10/26 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
10/27 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
10/28 Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
10/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
10/30 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
11/1 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/2 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/3 St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
11/4 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
11/6 Fayetteville, NC @ Jeeters Pub
11/7 West Springfield, VA @ JAXX
11/8 New York, NY @ BB Kings Blues Club
11/10 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/11 Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
11/12 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
11/13 Montreal, QC @ Canada Medly
11/14 Toronto, ON @ Canada The Opera House
11/17 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/18 Poughkeepsie, @ NY The Chance
11/19 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
11/22 South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
11/24 Detroit, MI @ Harpos
11/25 Chicago, IL @ Metro

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Dead Weight Signs with Double Or Nothing Records

Formed as a side project by members of Miami hardcore luminaries All Hell Breaks Loose in 2004 by vocalist Alex and guitarist Chad, Dead Weight set out to with the simple objective of proving that music still takes precedence over an image or a gimmick. Drawing on influences ranging from Buried Alive to Converge and Crowbar, Dead Weight plays a punishing, raw blend of heavy hardcore in a way not often found in today's hardcore scene. After recording a tremendously popular demo and playing many high profile shows, Dead Weight has arrived with their debut full length CD "We've Seen Better Days."

Recorded at Southern Noise studios in Miami, Florida by Jonathan Nunez (Torche, Donnybrook, Kids Like Us), "We've Seen Better Days" will hit stores on June 6th, 2006 on Double or Nothing Records. Artwork for the release was handled by Deadhorse Inc (Evergreen Terrace, On Broken Wings, Bury Your Dead).

The track "Parasite" has also been posted on the all new Double or Nothing website as a small taste of thing to come. Expect more tracks to surface in the coming weeks and news of summer touring as well.

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Flyleaf To Host "T-Minus Rock," More Tour Dates

Flyleaf will be hosting MTV2's "T-Minus Rock" the entire week of April 24th. T-Minus Rock airs Mon-Thu at 11am ET. You can watch the show then vote for your favorite videos on MTV2's Rock Countdown and find out who made the top 10 every Saturday at 7pm ET on MTV2.

Flyleaf also appeared and performed yesterday (Wednesday April 12th) on FUSE's "Daily Download."

Flyleaf is touring with several bands such as Revelation Theory, Mercy Fall (first half) and Dropping Daylight (latter half). Here are the remaining tour dates: More...

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Avenged Sevenfold Want Out Of 'Teeny Magazines'

MTV.com reports: M. Shadows wants to set the record straight so there's no confusion: Avenged Sevenfold are a heavy metal band.

The platinum-grilled frontman said that although topping the "TRL" countdown drove sales of the band's 2005 album, City of Evil, past the 560,000-sold mark, he wants to make sure "the perception of Avenged Sevenfold doesn't get twisted in the wrong light."

"When you go to our live show, it's a full-on heavy metal show, and we don't need — I mean, no offense to 10-year-old and 11-year-old little girls, [but] they're not going to understand the experience," he said.

The clip for the first single, "Bat Country," spent more than a week as the "TRL" audience's top pick. "We want our shows to be respectable heavy metal shows. We're a rock and roll band, and we want kids to know that."

So when it came time to release the record's second single, the band went with the more acerbic "Beast and the Harlot" to separate the wheat from the chafe.

"With 'Beast and the Harlot,' we wanted kids to know that this record isn't driven towards 'TRL,' " Shadows said. "It's a rock record. This is what Avenged Sevenfold is about. It's not a radio-driven band. This next single's more for the fans, more for the kids that get the record, and get the whole record — not just the poppy chorus and the Hunter S. Thompson thing, and that's all we care about this band for. The quicker you can get rid of those people, the better. I think going with 'Beast' was more of us trying to solidify our career and not throw it down the drain by being in a bunch of teeny magazines. We don't belong there. That kind of scared us a bit, and I think it's smart to push back and deliver a real rock single next."

Avenged, who launched a 26-date co-headlining tour with Coheed and Cambria on Friday night in Poughkeepsie, New York, will look to augment their metal cred this summer with a little help from Metallica and Guns N' Roses.

On opening for Metallica and Guns N' Roses, M. Shadows commented: "I'm not nervous at all [about opening for both bands]. I feel we're the ones that are going to come up and take those bands' place when they're not doing it anymore. I'm so confident with our live show that I think it's going to be great. I don't expect all those fans to be like, 'Oh my God! We love this.' I know what happens when you open for bands like this. If you open for a band like Slayer, everyone's going to chant 'Slayer, Slayer' during your set."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Fair To Midland Sign With Serjical Strike Records

Dallas-based quintet FAIR TO MIDLAND have just inked a deal with Serjical Strike Records, the label headed by SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian. The band that had been touted by Music Connection as one of the top 100 unsigned bands of 2005 can no longer carry that distinction in 2006, as they embark on their new journey of becoming heralded as one of the top signed bands for years to come.

Founded by members Andrew Sudderth (vocals) and Cliff Campbell (guitars) and later solidified by Brett Stowers (drums), Jon Dicken (bass) and Matt Langley (keyboards), FAIR TO MIDLAND has been working diligently with a D.I.Y. ethic that has generated "inter.funda.stifle", their independently recorded and distributed album that has kept them consistently touring throughout the United States in support of it.

With a sound that has been described as a "mutant offspring of RUSH, PINK FLOYD, DREAM THEATER, THE MARS VOLTA, GARY NUMAN and PANTERA," FAIR TO MIDLAND have crafted a live show that is as invigorating as it is enlightening by fusing visceral energy and amazing musicianship that has gripped all that have seen them play, including Tankian.

After hearing "inter.funda.stifle", Tankian was anxious to see the band perform and had the opportunity to do so this past January at Sunset Strip hotspot The Roxy Theater in Hollywood, followed by a second show two nights later in Malibu. It was seeing the live show that had him itching to be involved with the band through his label Serjical Strike as well as offering to executive produce FAIR TO MIDLAND's next studio offering.

"They are one of the best live unsigned bands I have ever seen," said Tankian. "Their songs are moody and dynamic, not dependent on one catchy beat or emotion to present their art."

Currently writing new songs for a future release on Serjical Strike Records, FAIR TO MIDLAND also have a few shows slated in their native state of Texas and into neighboring Oklahoma throughout April and May. Their performance at the Granada Theater in Dallas on May 12 is an unofficial celebration for the signing and will definitely be one that is not easily forgotten.

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MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge On AOL Music

"MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge" is now available for streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. The low priced, double-disc came out in stores on April 11, 2006 via Roadrunner Records. The double CD contains more than 2 1/2 hours of music. Disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.

Here is the full track listing: More...

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Shadowkeep Frontman Laying Down Vocals For New CD

Vocalist Richie Wicks of the U.K. power metallers SHADOWKEEP is currently in the studio laying down tracks for the band's as-yet-untitled third album, tentatively due later in the year.

"The sessions have been phenomenal!" stated Richie, "Richard West [keyboard player with U.K.'s THRESHOLD and renowned vocal engineering specialist] has been a real force getting the best out of my voice, but it's been the music that's been the true inspiration. I thought I was happy with what I did on the TYGERS OF PAN TANG's 'Noises' (the band's swansong 2004 album 'Noises from the Cathouse') but this band has been a vocal revelation for me. I am hitting notes I never thought existed! The rest of the guys have been present most days pitching in ideas and generally laying on the support too which is cool! They're all arguing over who's gonna get the 'producer's' badge but it's clear that's going to be me (laughs)."

When asked how the new sound of SHADOWKEEP is coming along as the songs start to approach the final stages of production, Wicks replied, "Well, that would be telling! Suffice it to say that in my opinion it is simply awesome. Those involved in the recording so far have commented on major changes in the sound for the better. I don't want to comment on my own vocals, I'd rather leave that to others, but the songs are so strong and the concept theme is so hooky I can't imagine us having any trouble promoting this album. Our fans are going to love it cos we're writing it with them in mind, not us!"

So it is a concept album then? "Did I say that? Oops, well maybe it is and maybe it isn't." Any songtitles? "Well, you know about 'Ten Shades Of Black' already cos we have a version on the ProgPower 2006 CD, but the rest will be released before the end of the month."

The band hope to complete all the vocals and harmonies by Easter. More information willl be made available soon.

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Rotting Christ Announce Brazilian Tour

Greek metallers Rotting Christ recently anounced the dates from their Brazilian tour that will take place in May in the following territories:

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Marduk Reveal DVD Details

Swedish blasphemers MARDUK have posted the following update:

"Marduk are now putting the final touches on the layout for the upcoming DVD and are also finished the mixing of it. The title has been set for 'Blood Puke Salvation'. The DVD will contain over one and a half hour of live material filmed in Tilburg, Holland and Antwerpen, Belgium during December 2004. What so far also have been confirmed is that the promo videos for 'Throne Of Rats', 'Steel Inferno' and 'The Hangman Of Prague' will also be included as well as a tremendous photo gallery, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and a section entitled 'Deathmarch' with exclusive hand-filmed live material from over 20 cities from the 'Deathmarch' tour. Release date is still to be set, but it will most likely be out by the end of May. Apart from that we can also mention that Morgan [Håkansson, guitar] and Mortuus [vocals] are currently demoing new material for the next full-length album."

Marduk recently issued a live album, entitled "Warschau". Limited to 10,000 copies on CD worldwide, the album was also scheduled to be released as a limited-edition double LP and double picture disc (each limited to 500 copies).

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Hammerslag Kickoff Show Planned This Summer

There will be a Hammerslag kick off on July 22 in Tønsberg, Norway following the Slottsfjellfestival. Satyricon, Enslaved and Seigmen are playing at the Slottsfjellfestival, also in Tønsberg. Myrkskog, Nidingr and Framferd will play the Hammerslag kickoff later that evening, after the Slottsfjellfestival has ended.

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Hammerfall Write A World Soccer Championship Song

HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans has teamed up with former Helloween and current Masterplan drummer Uli Kusch to write a song for the upcoming soccer world championship. Entitled "Glorious," the song will feature Swedish singer Mikeyla as the main vocalist, with special guest appearances by Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Tobias Sammet (EDGUY), Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN) and Oscar Dronjak (HAMMERFALL). The production is taking place in Sweden April 24-25. More...

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Dragonforce Nominated For Album of the Year

Herman Li - 2005 Metal Hammer Golden God Award Winner of the Dimebag Darrell Best Young Shredder Award - and his band DragonForce have been nominated yet again. This time, Dragonforce is up for Best UK Band and their album INHUMAN RAMPAGE is up for Album Of The Year for 2006. The band will be playing at the awards show in June which will be broadcast on national TV in the UK.

The critically acclaimed INHUMAN RAMPAGE will be out in the US on 6/20/06 via Roadrunner Records.

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