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Metal News for April 14, 2008

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Incisor Signs To Saw Her Ghost Records

Saw Her Ghost Records has announced that they will be releasing the forthcoming six-song EP by Ann Arbor, Michigan’s INCISOR.

According to the label: "These three dudes play the thrashiest instrumental death metal you’ll ever hear. Fans of the Fucking Champs, Testament, and Carcass will love this."

The EP, entitled "Trendshitter," will feature five new tracks plus one re-recorded track from their self-released demo. The EP is in the final stages of mixing and will be mastered very soon.

You can check out some of Incisor's material from their three-song demo on their MySpace.

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Madball, Shai Hulud & M.O.D. Tour Dates Released

MADBALL, M.O.D., and SHAI HULUD will team up for the following tour dates next month:

May 7 - Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
May 8 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
May 9 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
May 10 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Miss Q’s
May 11 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Live
May 12 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 14 - Joplin, MO @ The Foundry Music Theatre
May 15 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

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Killing Joke To Do Reunion Tour, New Album

After numerous line-up changes throughout the years, all original KILLING JOKE members reunite for new album and world tour.

Drummer, Paul Ferguson, rejoins the line up for the first time since 1987 enabling a whole new generation of fans to see Killing Joke’s legendary original formation. Die hard fans have been waiting for this moment for two decades!

Bassist, Martin ‘Youth’ Glover also steps back into the live arena after a near 15 hiatus, having not played live with KILLING JOKE since 1994’s Pandemonium tour.

The tour will see KILLING JOKE take up a two night residency in most venues offering a different set on each evening. On the first night, they will play their first two albums in their entirety, 1980’s self-titled album followed by the album What’s This…For!. Their second performance in each city will treat fans to 1994’s Pandemonium and the Island Records singles of ’79 to ’80.

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Children Of Bodom's New Album Streamed Online

Children Of Bodom's entire new album "Blooddrunk" can be streamed online here. The outing will see a release tomorrow, April 15th through Spinefarm.

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Watch "Global Metal" Trailer Online

"Global Metal" is the followup to 2006's remarkable "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey." Metalhead/anthropologist Sam Dunn traveled the world to observe and document international metal culture. The film will be released in theaters later this year. The trailer is now available on YouTube (and embedded below, after the jump). More...

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Video of Mike Portnoy and Mike Akerfeldt, Part 3

Watch Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater and Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth discuss what kind of music influenced them as well as the elements of progressive rock, in this third segment of Mike & Mike. You can watch the video here.

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3 Inches of Blood On Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit"

Check out the clips below of 3 Inches of Blood's performance on the Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit". Watch "The Goatriders Hoarde" followed by "Trial of Champions." Fuel TV's live performance video player can be found here: www.fuel.tv/music. More...

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Unearth Frontman Issues Post-Tour Update

Unearth frontman Trevor Phipps has posted the following post-tour update to the band's MySpace blog:

"Thanks to everyone who made our recent "Alive from the Apocalypse" tour such a good time. Every show was a rager, all the fans brought the ruckus and every band were great dudes and fun to party with. Thanks to the fans, Bury Your Dead, As Blood Runs Black, My Children My Bride, The Destro, all the crew for their help and hard work and thanks to everyone involved in this tour for making it happen.

"This short time away from writing the next album gave us the platform to go out and have fun playing on tour again, support our new DVD and give a little taste of some new material to the fans. We are fired up as all hell and looking forward to finishing up writing this next album and getting it out there for all to hear by October. Without going into too much detail about the new tunes, it is harder hitting with more groove than any previous Unearth material. If you were in the crowd at one of our shows on this last tour, you got a glimpse of what to expect. Working with Derek Kerswill as our drummer for this album has given us the chance to let the songs grow as they should, the parts build up how they should and have the tunes hit as hard as they should. We are beyond amped about the new stuff and we look forward to giving everyone some new tunes to thrash to real fucking soon.

"till next time...

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Opiate For The Masses To Support Filter On Tour

OPIATE FOR THE MASSES will be supporting Filter on their upcoming tour.

The band recently signed a record deal with Century Media Records and has a new single headed to radio in support of their upcoming Century Media debut, "Manifesto." "Manifesto," recorded by two Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producers: Ulrich Wild (Slipknot, Deftones) and John Travis (Kid Rock, Buckcherry), is set for a July 8, 2008 release. "Manifesto" is a propulsive mix of sheer hard rock aggression, soaring melodies and electronic experimentation. A track that will be included on Manifesto, “Dead Underground,” originally appeared on the Saw III soundtrack and exposed the band to a whole new audience.

OPIATE FOR THE MASSES' lineup consists of Ron Underwood (vocals), Jim Kaufman (guitars, synths) and Seven Antonopoulos (drums) with newly added bassist, Anna K (Drain STH, Revolting Cocks).

OPIATE FOR THE MASSES created a solid buzz and diehard fanbase with their self-produced debut album, "The Spore," and its slew of major tours alongside the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, My Chemical Romance and Seether, among others. They were also a featured act on the inaugural Taste of Chaos tour. Their latest touring adventure will be with FILTER, beginning on May 20th in Atlanta, GA. They will play a total of 35 dates with Filter.

Here are the latest Opiate for the Masses tour dates with Filter: More...

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Frag A7X In Halo 3 On Xbox Live's Game With Fame

Avenged Sevenfold will play Xbox LIVE® members in Halo® 3 Tuesday, April 15, 2008 from 8:30-10:30 (EST), as part of Xbox's Game with Fame platform. Avenged Sevenfold have released four studio albums and a DVD showcasing some of their earlier live performances. They're currently headlining the Taste of Chaos 2008 tour and they'll take a break from their tour date on April 15 at the WaMu Theater in Seattle to play Halo 3 with Xbox LIVE members. All the login info is below:

Gamertags to add:

If you get a chance to play with Avenge Sevenfold, Xbox Game With Fame wants to hear about it! Send an e-mail to xlmail@microsoft.com with the subject: "GWF - Avenge Sevenfold" Be sure to include your Gamertag and home town.

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Anthrax To Open for Iron Maiden

Metal legends ANTHRAX have announced a short spring tour, kicking off with a warmup club show at Chicago’s Double Door on May 28th, 2008. The Chicago warm-up show will be the band’s first live performance with their new singer Dan Nelson. In addition to the band’s classic hits from their 25 year career, ANTHRAX will for the first time ever perform brand new material from their current writing sessions. After the warm-up show, ANTHRAX will then fly to Los Angeles and join Iron Maiden on their “Somewhere Back In Time” world tour. ANTHRAX is direct supporting Iron Maiden at the May 30th and 31st shows at Irvine, CA’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

ANTHRAX’s Charlie Benante says “Playing with Iron Maiden again is such a thrill for us! We can't wait to be a part of these two magical nights.” Guitarist Scott Ian adds, “It is an absolute honor to be asked to open the Irvine shows for the Kings of Metal Iron Maiden. Anthrax’s tours with Iron Maiden are my all time favorites. Up The Irons!!!” Lastly, bassist Frank Bello exclaims, “I saw them 2 weeks ago and sang every word. They’re better than ever!! I can't wait to play with them again!! Good times!!”

ANTHRAX is currently writing for their new album. This will be their first studio album since 2003’s “We’ve Come For You All,” and also their first album with Dan Nelson on vocals.

ANTHRAX Spring 2008 Tour Dates are as follows:
May 28 – Chicago – Double Door (warm-up show)
May 30 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (direct support to Iron Maiden)
May 31 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (direct support to Iron Maiden)

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More Details On Ozzy's Monsters Of Rock Festival

With 3 Inches of Blood just confirmed for Ozzy's Monsters Of Rock concert that is to take place July 26th we will be at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Shadows Fall has now confirmed their participation. The planned lineup currently includes the following bands:

Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest
Serj Tankian
Shadows Fall
Cavalera Conspiracy
3 Inches of Blood
Zimmers Hole
Dillinger Escape Plan

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Arise and Ruin, Epicurean Canadian Tour Dates

Epicurean and Arise and Ruin will kick off a Canadian tour this week. Here are the latest tour dates:

4/18 Guelph, ONT @ Club Vinyl
4/19 Quebec City, QC @ Bar Le Velvet
4/20 Charlottetown, PE @ Irish Society Hall
4/22 Fredericton, NBR @ The Kinsman Center
4/23 New Glasgow, NS @ North End Rec. Center
4/24 Halifax, NS @ The Pavilion
4/25 Halifax, NS @ Hell's Kitchen
4/26 Moncton, NBR @ The Manhattan Club
4/27 Coldbrook, NS @ Lions Hall
4/28 Montreal, QC @ Cafe I'inco
4/29 Ottawa, ONT @ Mavericks
4/30 Toronto, ONT @ The Kathedral

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Withered Completes Work on New Album

Atlanta’s WITHERED have completed work on the band’s forthcoming record, ‘Folie Circulaire,’ which will see a June 24 release through Prosthetic Records.

“Our new record is officially completed and we're very satisfied,” the band says. “Thanks to everyone involved, some very cool things have fallen into place for this release. Most of you are already aware of Barney Greenway's (Napalm Death) guest vocal appearance on "...The Fated Breath" and “Clamor Beneath." As always, his vocals are amazing and can't wait for everyone to hear them.

“Also, the last song on the album is a cover song called ‘Into Armageddon’ by Necrophobic. If you're not already a fan of them, you need to be. They're in our top friends and some of the best black metal to ever come out of Sweden so check them out. Big thanks to them for being very cool about us recording their song and for writing it in the first place.

“The recording process was grueling but worth every 12 - 16 hour day. Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness, Black Tusk) and the guys at The Jam Room [in Columbia, S.C.) did a great job of keeping us focused and capturing our sound. It really shows on the record. Scott Hull (Visceral Sound, Pig Destroyer) also did a great job with the mastering and sequencing. It's relentless and we couldn't be happier. The artwork is also completed. The ‘Folie Circulaire’ cover art can be seen here. Paul Romano really delivered for us. It will feature a 12-page booklet and is full of fantastic imagery. It is all very symbolic of the lyrical content and overall feel of the record. We'll post more images as the release date approaches. Big thanks to Paul for being a great friend and supporter.”

Here is the Foliw Circulaire track listing:

1. To Embrace. . .
2. . . .The Fated Breath
3. Dichotomy Of Exile
4. Gnosis Unveils. . .
5. . . .The Forsaken Truth
6. Purification Of Ignorance
7. Drawn Black Drapes. . .
8. . . .Reveal The Essence Of Suffering
9. Clamor Beneath
10. Into Armageddon

Number of tracks - 10 (eight songs, two interludes)
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Cult of Luna Announce Tour Dates

Swedish art-rockers CULT OF LUNA have confirmed the following tour dates:

19 April 2008 Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 Popcentre, Roadburn Festival
03 May 2008 Huskvarna, Sweden - Popadelica Festival
17 June 2008 Berlin, Germany - Magnet
18 June 2008 Warsaw, Poland - Progesja
19 June 2008 Wroclaw, Poland - Firlej
20 June 2008 Chemnitz, Germany - AJZ Chemnitz
21 June 2008 Trier, Germany - The Ultimate Summerblast Festival
22 June 2008 Brittany, France - Hellfest
24 June 2008 M?nchen, Germany - Feierwerk e.V.
25 June 2008 Wien, Austria - Arena Vienna
26 June 2008 Prague, Czech Republic - RockCafe
27 June 2008 Marburg, Germany - KFZ
28 June 2008 Leeds, UK - Ghostfest
29 June 2008 Birmingham, UK - Carling Academy
30 June 2008 Brighton, UK - Brighton Barfly Club
01 July 2008 London, UK - SCALA
03 July 2008 Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
12 July 2008 Joensuu, Finland - Ilosaari Rock More...

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3 Inches of Blood Sign On To Monsters Of Rock Fest

3 Inches Of Blood have officially signed on for Ozzy Osbourne's "Monsters Of Rock Festival" which will take place at the McMahon Stadium in Calgary, AB on July 26th. More details on the festival are expected in the coming weeks.

Also, rumors have been floating around about Ozzfest as of late. One of which, suggests that Metallica and Ozzy will be headlining the bill. With the tour also rumored to be 2 seperate two-day festivals. It's expected that within one or two weeks there's going to be an official announcement about this years Ozzfest.

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Members of Snot, Nothingface & Prong Form New Band

NOISE WITHIN is the name of the new Los Angeles-based project featuring singer Boris Bouma (EPIDEMIC), bass player John "Tumor" Fahnestock (SNOT, AMEN, LO-PRO), guitarist Aaron Slipp (PRONG) and drummer Tommy Sickles (NOTHINGFACE). Four of the band's tracks — "Opportunity", "Privilege", "In the Room" and "829" — are currently available for streaming on the NOISE WITHIN MySpace page.

Bouma had just entered Billboard at 34 and was touring with his band EPIDEMIC. Fahnestock had toured the world as a founding member of SNOT and later AMEN, and was now doing the same with LO-PRO. However, when a widespread panic hit the recording industry, Elektra and Geffen Records left both their bands homeless.

Having lived through the death of Lynn Strait, singer from SNOT, and the loss of two recording contracts, John took a break from music and started a T-shirt business, 313 Merch.

Boris, having moved to Hollywood from his native Holland across the Atlantic to chase his dreams, devoted himself to drugs.

Forming any type of band wasn't on the agenda, until the universe placed the two backstage at a NINE INCH NAILS show, where they both worked as roadies to finance their new careers. Not only had the paths that lead them there been similar, they shared a taste for music, "King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime" by FAITH NO MORE being one of their favorites.

Boris had been piling up material, and with the help of Aaron Slipp, who after being PRONG's touring guitarist now was a free agent, the first NOISE WITHIN demo's were made with a drum computer.

After a long search, a drummer was found in Tommy Sickles.

"We are doing this for our pleasure, at our convenience", the one-year sober Boris says. "In my previous bands music became a job, and the studio may as well have been a cubicle. NOISE WITHIN didn't meet through the classifieds or management, we're friends. Van-proof. I really long to smell these guys asses and feet."

About the dying industry, he raves. "I think it's awesome. Kids have been ripped off for years, and stealing music is a natural result. Everything changes, and labels that resist that will go under. In the end, music will survive. There will always be music."

"The last label I was on gave us half a million in advance — ridiculous. We ended up sculpting our music to the taste of marketing guys. NOISE WITHIN recorded a demo in six hours, for one-hundred and fifty bucks — old school."

If schedules allow it, NOISE WITHIN will play its first shows in 2008.

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Watch Motley Crue's Webcast Here On April 15

Mötley Crüe will be sharing a "very special" (also described as "colossal") announcement with the world on Tuesday, April 15th in Los Angeles at 4 PM Pacific/7 PM Eastern.

The below countdown timer will be updated when the countdown expires and we'll also have a live video stream of the announcement right here (on the article details page). Stay tuned. More...

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Bullet For My Valentine Cancel Tour Dates

According to Kerrang.com, Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE have cancelled the remaining shows on their current North American tour in order to fly home to support their bassist/backing vocalist Jason "Jay" James whose daughter has been hospitalized.

"Jay had a call [Friday] night about his little girl," BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE guitarist/vocalist Matt Tuck told BLABBERMOUTH.NET in an exclusive interview this past Saturday (April 12). "She's very, very ill — she's in the hospital. I'm not gonna go into too much detail 'cause that's obviously his personal stuff — but she's very ill and he had to fly home straight away, which obviously is the correct thing to do, and he wants to be there by her bedside and hopefully she's gonna pull through. He didn't have any choice — he had to go home — and that was totally fine with us."

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE played an abbreviated set in San Jose on Saturday and Sacramento on Sunday with the band's guitar tech Kevin filling in for James.


April 15 - WaMu Center, Seattle, WA
April 17 - PNE, Vancouver, BC
April 19 - Stampede Corral, Calgary, AB
April 21 - Brand Center, Regina, SK
April 22 - Northlands AgriCom, Edmonton, AB

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will take a couple of weeks off before embarking on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in early May.

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The Berzerker Working On New Material

Australian grind deviants THE BERZERKER have commenced work on their fifth album, tentatively due later in the year. A two-and-a-half-minute video clip featuring footage of some of the early recording sessions can be viewed below.

THE BERZERKER has so far released four full-length albums: "The Berzerker" (2000), "Dissimulate" (2002), "World of Lies" (2005) and "Animosity" (2007), all through Earache Records. During the early part of their career as a live act, band members were identified only as The Vocalist, The Guitarist, The Bassist and The Drummer, distinguishable on stage only by the intricate monster masks they wore. However, the group has since abandoned this concept.

A DVD documentary, "The Principles and Practices of The Berzerker" (2004), includes several hours of live concert footage, as well as the first public images of the band members without their monster masks.

Most of the band's music videos have been banned from broadcast for reasons such as the possible epileptic fit-inducing imagery contained in the video "Forever", and the horrific imagery of "Reality". The latter features graphic images of cadavers and body parts, along with appearances from the band themselves.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/theberzerker.

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Italy's Arthemis signs to Scarlet Records

Scarlet Records has announced the signing of Italy's ARTHEMIS, a band which combines the darker side of hard rock with prog/power influences and a modern touch of top-quality heavy/thrash metal. The group's new album, "Black Society", is due in July. A video clip for the song "Angels in Black" will be made available to coincide with the album release.

Since the group's inception in 1994, ARTHEMIS has released four well-received albums and has played shows with such celebrated names such as SLAYER, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, HAMMERFALL, WITHIN TEMPTATION and CRADLE OF FILTH, among others.

For more information, visit www.arthemisweb.com.

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Unrest Schedule 20th Anniversary Reunion Shows

Celebrating their twentieth anniversary, German metal band UNREST have several reunion shows planned. Here are their latest 20th anniversary reunion dates:

08.05.2008 Ballroom - Hamburg
26.09.2008 Muddy - Bremen
03.10.2008 Matrix (Rockpalast) - Bochum
04.10.2008 Z7 Konzertfabrik - Pratteln (CH)

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Set Your Goals, Hit The Lights Tour Dates

Set Your Goals, Hit The Lights, and I Am The Avalanche will play a handful of shows together in May. Here are the latest tour dates:

5/17 Allston, MA @ The ICC
5/18 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
5/19 DeKalb, IL @ House Cafe
5/21 Saint George, UT @ Electric Theatre
5/22 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's Pizza & Pub
5/23 Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
5/24 Pomona, CA @ Glass House
5/25 San Diego, CA @ SOMA

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