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Metal News for April 16, 2005

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19 news articles posted on this day.

On Broken Wings, FASSW, Reflux Tour Dates

The tentative listing of tour dates for the ON BROKEN WINGS, FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW, REFLUX, & ION DISSONANCE tour have been revealed. Updates with venue information will be released as soon as they are made available. On Broken Wings will be playing new material from their new CD, "It's All a Long Goodbye," which hits stores on June 21, 2005.

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Endrah Announces New Singer

ENDRAH, the Brazil-based side-project of BIOHAZARD guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei, have recruited Ryan "Relentless" Raes to be the group's new vocalist. A message on the band's official web site reads as follows:

"Vocalists from all over the world sent us some awesome material. We would like to thank all of you for showing us that our work is admired and respect amongst different places and cultures. American Ryan 'Relentless' Raes from San Francisco, California is our new frontman. He has shown us that ENDRAH is the perfect scenery for his message. Now we are dedicated to the pre-production of our full-length album, and we can say that what is about to come is the full-on result of what we have always believed. Get ready for the 'damage'?"

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Helmet Announce European Tour Dates

HELMET have lined up the following European appearances during June:

Jun. 03 - Winterthur, SWI @ Salzhaus
Jun. 04 - Nurburgring, GER @ Rock am Ring
Jun. 05 - Bavaria, GER @ Rock im Park
Jun. 06 - Herford, GER @ X (w/ PAPA ROACH)
Jun. 07 - Hamburg, GER @ Docks (w/ PAPA ROACH)
Jun. 08 - Utrecht, NETH @ Tivoli
Jun. 10 - Dublin, IRE @ Simmondscourt (w/ SLIPKNOT)
Jun. 11 - Donington Park, UK @ Download Festival
Jun. 12 - Donington Park, UK @ Download Festival Snickers Stage
Jun. 14 - Copenhagen, DEN @ KB Halle (w/ SLIPKNOT, PAPA ROACH)
Jun. 18 - Eindhoven, NETH @ Fields of Rock Festival
Jun. 19 - Frauenfeld, SWI @ Open Air
Jun. 21 - Glasgow, SCO @ Barrowland (w/ PAPA ROACH)
Jun. 22 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun (w/ PAPA ROACH)
Jun. 23 - London, UK @ Astoria (w/ PAPA ROACH)
Jun. 24 - Dessel, BEL @ Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 25 - Oberhausen, GER @ Area 4 Festival

HELMET are continuing to tour in support of their new album, "Size Matters", which was released last October through Interscope Records. The CD was recorded by Ryan Boesch, Chris Holmes, and former NINE INCH NAILS keyboardist Charlie Clouser at Cello studios (formerly Western Recorders) in Hollywood as well as Charlie's personal studio, and was produced by mainman Page Hamilton, Clouser and Jay Baumgardner. Joining Hamilton in the reactivated seminal hard rock act are guitarist Chris Traynor, former WHITE ZOMBIE/TESTAMENT drummer John Tempesta and former ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello (who has since left the group to rejoin the reunited "classic" lineup of ANTHRAX).

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The Promise Announce Final Show

When they announced their impending break-up earlier this month, The Promise had not made a decision regarding a final show. The possibility existed that their final show would be at the Turmoil reunion event on April 15th. However, the group has now set their official final show for May 29th in Syracuse. The show will take place at Club Tundra along with Bane, Charge, Final Word, and Enough Is Enough. Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 7pm.

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YOB Lineup Spring Tour Dates

YOB have lined up a handful of spring tour dates. More shows will be announced soon, but hereare the confirmed tour dates:

dates w/ Graves At Sea
5/4 Eugene OR @ Samurai Duck
5/6 Medford OR @ Stix N Stones
5/7 San Francisco CA @ Elbo Room
5/9 Mesa AZ @ Hollywood Alley
5/10 Albuquerque NM @ Tiki Lounge

5/11 Denver CO @ Bender's
5/12 Lincoln NE @ Knickerbockers
5/13 Des Moines IA @ Hairy Mary
5/14 Oklahoma City OK T@ he Conservatory
5/15 Fayetteville AR @ 5 Squirrels
5/17 Cleveland OH @ Beachland

dates w/ Hidden Hand and Dove
5/18 Baltimore MD @ Talking Head
5/19 New York NY @ Rothko
5/20 Hartford CT @ Webster Underground
5/21 Boston MA @ Dee Dee's no Dove

5/22 Portland ME @ The Big Easy
5/25 Toronto ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
5/29 Youngstown OH @ Nyabinghi Emissions Festival
5/30 Chicago IL @ The Note
5/31 Milwaukee WI @ Vnuk's Lounge
6/1 Minneapolis MN 2 7th Street Entry
6/4 Seattle WA @ El Corrazon

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Amongst The Fallen Seeking New Drummer

Amongst The Fallen are now in search of a new drummer as Leo Mamede, their previous drummer, will be returning home to Brazil. Candidates must have experience, dedication, and be willing to relocate to the Daytona Beach, Florida area. Send an email to wethefallen@hotmail.com for more information.

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Weiland Discusses Velvet Revolver Tour

Having recently embarked on a massive arena tour of the United States, you can watch a preview, featuring remarks from Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, from The Associated Press.

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Cave In Prepare New Release With Hydrahead

Cave In have announced that they'll be releasing a new album with Hydra Head Records this summer. Titled "Perfect Pitch Black," the eight-song album will feature songs recorded in 2003 and 2004, with some "recent embellishments." According to the band, "whatever recorded versions of these tunes you may already be familiar with via the Internet, the actual disc that sees the light this summer will be news to your ears." Engineering and mixing the effort is Andrew Schneider, with the album expected to hit stores in August.

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Graveworm Cancels Rest Of Tour

Graveworm has posted the following message on their official website:

Rest of the Tour cancelled
Cause of health problems of our singer we were forced to quit the rest of the tour. We hope to come back to spain as soon as possible... sorry

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The Black Dahlia Murder Finish Mixing New Album

The Black Dahlia Murder just finished up mixing with Eric Rachel (Nora, Atreyu, Dillinger Escape Plan, Burnt By The Sun, Every Time I Die, God Forbid) and Andreas Magnusson (formerly of Scarlet) at Trax East in New Jersey and kicked off the King Diamond, Nile tour in Ft Lauderdale, FL. After the tour finishes up in the end of May the band will be home for about a month before heading out on Ozzfest to play the infamous second stage along side As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, It Dies Today, and many more. Their new album "Miasma" will hit streets on July 12th, 2005 just days before the start of Ozzfest in Boston, MA. Stay tuned for more information and tour updates from the band!

Here's track listing for Miasma:

1. Built for Sin
2. I'm Charming
3. Flies
4. Statutory Ape
5. A Vulgar Picture
6. Novelty Cross
7. Vice Campaign
8. Miscarriage
9. Spite Suicide
10. Miasma

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All Shall Perish Annouce Album Release Date

Oakland, California, technical metalcore outfit All Shall Perish will release their debut album, "Hate, Malice, Revenge," April 19.

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Devilyn Fires Bassist Cyprian

Polish death-metal band Devilyn fired bassist Cyprian because of creative and personal differences. "He did not bring in no ideas in creating new numbers," said frontman Bony in a broken-English press statement. "He was not on them you belong prepared." Bassist Cyprian has been replaced by Cyklon.

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Malady Inks Deal With Robotic Empire

Malady, which consists of former members of Pageninetynine and City of Caterpillar, have inked a deal with Robotic Empire. They'll be recording songs next month for an EP.

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Pageninetynine Remixed Entire Document #8 Session

Grindcore champs Pageninetynine have remixed the entire Document #8 session at Boston's Godcity Studio. Robotic Empire will re-release the seminal disc with expanded artwork this summer. The band's even working on a DVD, which has no release date yet.

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Arch Enemy Jumping Around The Studio

Swedish death-metal merchants Arch Enemy are in the studio with producer Rickard Bengtsson working on the follow-up to 2003's Anthems of Rebellion. "Maybe the fact that we're all jumping around the studio, headbanging, playing air guitar [and] drums is a good sign?" wrote guitarist Michael Amott (ex-Carcass) on the band's Web site. The still-untitled album's due late this year.

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SYL Show Melodic Side Balances Aggression

In an article on ZWire, Strapping Young Lad bassist Byron Stroud talks about the band's new album, "Alien." Here are some excerpts from the article:

As it turns out, "Alien" is an exercise in opposite dynamics. There are crushingly ferocious tracks such as "Imperial" and "Skeksis," but there are softer moments found on "Two Weeks" and "Thalamus" that show the quartet is capable of more than just destruction.

"When it came to this record, we thought about what defines Strapping in our eyes and in other people's eyes, and it was more than just being a brutal metal band," Stroud said.

He paused for a moment when asked what led to such a major change of pace in songwriting.

"We realized we had ideas for nice melodies," he said, laughing.

Read the full article at ZWire.

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Mudvayne Finds Success Playing Without Rules

Here are a few excerpts from an article from Reuters.com on Mudvayne playing without rules in what they do:

During a telephone conversation with Billboard, Mudvayne drummer Matt McDonough makes this pronouncement:

"I have to file my official disclaimer," he says. "At some point in this interview, and it's probably already happened, I have told you at least one lie."

McDonough's comment isn't as straightforward as it seems, and that's exactly his point.

"It's important to remember that there are no rules," he explains. "There is no right answer to a question in an interview. There's no right way to write a song. There's no rules for what we're doing. As an artist, I think it's exciting for us as a band to explore and to have the freedom to go into the space, to turn the lights on and to look around."

Indeed, the metal band prefers keeping things open-ended so people can draw their own conclusions about its music on its new Epic set, "Lost and Found," which was released April 12. (A CD/DVD DualDisc of the album was released simultaneously.) Even though such plain-spoken lyrics as "There's no voice in freedom" or "Turn off the radio/turn off the TV" seem to be direct mandates, McDonough and vocalist Chad Gray say that isn't the case.

"We don't want to tell people what anything's about, really. I think it takes something away from the listener," Gray says. "Like handing you a box wrapped up and telling you what's in it before you open it."

McDonough adds, "We have enough respect for our audience to give them the opportunity to think for themselves. We've never wanted to think of ourselves as being arrogant enough to know or to think that we could tell people what they should be thinking about or what they should assume songs are about. We leave it ambiguous."

Read the full article at Reuters.com.

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Martyr AD Break Up, Leave The Agnostic Front Tour

MARTYR AD has broken up, according to a post on the official AGNOSTIC FRONT site. The band says MARTYR AD dropped off their tour with Agnostic Front and broke up due to "band indifferences." Local bands will be added to the remaining AGNOSTIC FRONT dates to make up for MARTYR AD's cancelation of the tour.

In other news, AGNOSTIC FRONT has issued the following tour report:

"Two days ago on Wednesday, we headed out on the road again. the first show was a makeup show with MADBALL, MURDERERS ROW, and AFTER THE FALL in albany. We had a lot of friends come out to support us. Seeing so many familiar faces was a good way to start everything off. Both opening bands were really good, and MADBALL played great as usual. During our set, my brother Freddy came up to sing "so pure to me" with me. Yesterday was the first show of the actual tour in Lancaster, PA. Needless to say, everything got off to a chaotic start. We received news that our main support band for the tour, MARTYR AD, just broke up. Then on the way to the show we had van problems and [had to] stop to get it fixed [which] making us very late. We got to the venue only to hear that DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR's van had broken down and that they probably couldn't make it. But FIVE ACROSS THE EYES and ALL SHALL PERISH played and both had really good sets. The crowd was great for us and despite all the complications, it turned out to be a really great show."

Here are the remaining dates for AGNOSTIC FRONT's tour with DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR and ALL SHALL PERISH:

April 15 - Harrisonburg, VA @ Captain Tee's
April 16 - Carboro, NC @ Catts Cradle
April 17 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
April 18 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
April 19 - Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
April 20 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
April 21 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Factory
April 22 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
April 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
April 24 - Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
April 25 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
April 26 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
April 27 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Equal Eyes Live
April 28 - San Antonio, TX @ Sanctuary
April 29 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
April 30 - Alburquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
May 1 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
May 2 - Corona, CA @ Showcase
May 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
May 4 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
May 5 - Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
May 6 - Portland, OR @ Loveland
May 7 - Sseattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 8 - Vancouver, BC @ Mesa Luna
May 10 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse Night Club
May 11 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
May 12 - Regina, SA @ Riddell Center
May 13 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret

For a listing of AGNOSTIC FRONT's other upcoming dates, click here.

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In Flames Finish Shooting Video For F(r)iend

Sweden's IN FLAMES have finished filming a video for the track "F(r)iend" with director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN OF BODOM and LACUNA COIL, among others.

"F(r)iend" comes off the group's latest album, "Soundtrack to Your Escape", which was released in the U.S. in April 2004 via Nuclear Blast Records.

As previously reported, IN FLAMES are currently recording their new album at the Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden for a late 2005 release via Nuclear Blast. Singer Anders Fridén told Nuclear Blast magazine that the upcoming CD "will be more uptempo" and will feature "more guitar harmonies" than was the case with "Soundtrack to Your Escape".

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