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Metal News for April 16, 2006

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16 news articles posted on this day.

Necrophobic Post New Song Samples Online

Audio samples of the new NECROPHOBIC tracks "I Strike with Wrath" and "The Crossing" have been posted online at this location. Both songs come off the Swedish death metallers' fifth album, "Hrimthursum", due on May 22 via Regain Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Bloodhymns" was recorded at the House of Voodoo Studio with engineers Anders Bentell and Fredrik Folkare (guitarist and producer of UNLEASHED) and was mastered at Tailor Maid Production in Stockholm with Peter In de Betou.

"Hrimthursum" (a word taken from the old Norse mythology which means "The Frost Giants") will feature the following track listing:

01. The Slaughter of Baby Jesus
02. Blinded vy Light, Enlightened by Darkness
03. I Strike with Wrath
04. Age of Chaos
05. Bloodshed Eyes
06. The Crossing
07. Eternal Winter
08. Death Immaculate
09. Sitra Ahra
10. Serpents (Beneath the Forest of the Dead)
11. Black Hate
12. Hrimthursum

Check out the "Hrimthursum" cover artwork at this location.

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Queensryche, Poison, Lacuna Coil Chart In Top 30

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime II" has sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 14 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. This is more than half of the total sales tally registered by the band's last studio album, 2003's "Tribe", which sold 20,000 copies in the first week and has shifted less than 75,000 units so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, the band's 1999 effort, "Q2K", opened with sales of 28,000 and has sold 150,000 copies to date.

QUEENSRŸCHE's top-selling album by far is 1990's "Empire", which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original "Operation: Mindcrime" release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994's "Promised Land" reached the same plateau in December 1994.

In other chart news, LACUNA COIL's "Karmacode" shifted just under 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 28 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. The band's 2002 album "Comalies" has sold more than 230,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A representative for the group's record label, Century Media, recently told Billboard magazine that the album has sold 500,000 units worldwide.

LACUNA COIL will be on the cover of at least a half-dozen metal magazines this spring. In addition, an April appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and a segment of "The Mix" on ABC News are slated, according to Billboard.

Another notable debut on this week's chart is POISON's 18-track collection, "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock", which commemorates POISON's 20th anniversary and the band's career tally of more than 25 million albums and DVDs sold around the world. The album, which packs the group's biggest hits and fan favorites, opens with nearly 40,000 copies to debut at No. 17 on next week's chart.

POISON's "Greatest Hits 1986-1996" collection, which was originally released in November 1996, was officially certified double-platinum in November 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of two million copies in the United States.

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending April 9, 2006, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest thousand, except numbers under 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

QUEENSRŸCHE – "Operation: Mindcrime II": 44,000 (#14)
POISON – "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock": 40,000 (#17)
LACUNA COIL – "Karmacode": 34,000 (#28)
DEAD TO FALL - "The Phoenix Throne": 4,000
PANTERA – "3 Vulgar Videos From Hell" DVD: 1,700
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT – "The Village Lanterne": 1,500
CALIBAN – "Undying Darkness": 1,700
EVERGREY - "Monday Morning Apocalypse": 1,400
KATATONIA - "The Great Cold Distance": 1,100
VENOM – Metal Black": 1,100
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET – "21st Century Killing Machine": 100
TERROR 2000 - "Terror For Sale": 100

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Devildriver, Bury Your Dead Tour Dates

Tour Dates for the upcoming Devildriver, Bury Your Dead, and Remembering Never tour have been announced. If Hope Dies and Artimus Pyledriver will also be part of the package. Here are the tour dates:

5/8 San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
5/9 West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey
5/10 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
5/11 Modesto, CA @ Fat Cats
5/12 Reno, NV @ New Oasis
5/13 Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
5/14 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
5/16 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
5/17 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Sports Cafe
5/18 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
5/19 Houston, TX @ Meridian
5/20 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
5/21 Dallas, TX @ Galaxy Club
5/22 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
5/23 Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
5/24 Sauget, IL @ Pops
5/25 Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
5/26 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
5/27 Cleveland, Oh @ Agora Theatre
5/28 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
5/29 Toronto, CANADA @ Opera House
5/30 Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
5/31 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
6/1 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
6/2 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

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Mendeed Sign To Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records has officially signed Scotland's Mendeed. According to the label, "The Glasgow based youngsters play a stunning mixture out of thrash Metal, hardcore and maidenesque guitar solos and already gained high popularity in their home country England, opening for acts like Anthrax, Cradle Of Filth, Slipknot, Trivium, Bleeding Through, and Shadow's Fall." The band's Nuclear Blast debut, "This War Will Last Forever," was produced by Mark Daghorn (Raging Speedhorn) and will hit stores in June.

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Terror Announce New Members, Tour and Release

Terror have posted a lengthy update regarding touring, upcoming releases, and the addition of a new guitar player. Here you go:

"We just returned from our first tour of Mexico... it was pretty insane to say the least. The shows were out of control, kids were out of there minds, and we saw some out of this world outside of the shows. I never thought in my life I'd see a car in the parking lot after a Terror show selling bootleg Terror shits out of a trunk, but it happened. Nick was happy to take a bunch from the dude as our cut.

Coming up on the touring front we have Saturday night at the New England Metal Fest, April 29th. After that we are off to Brazil for four shows with our friends Born From Pain. Then directly to the UK and Europe for the Sounds of the Underground tour there with the one and only Madball (also Unearth and Chimira). Back to the USA for a three week run with Death Before Dishonor and lastly the whole US and Canada on Sounds of the Underground with As I Lay Dying, Gwar, Cannibal Corpse, Black Dahlia Murder and many more. We will also hit Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico when the new record is out. We cant wait to get back on the road.

July 4th is the day our new record 'Always The Hard Way' hits the streets. It's 14 new tracks, recorded at Planet Z and features guest spots from Eddie Sutton of Leeway, Aaron The Knuckles from Death Threat, and Murs & Mr. Dibbs for any of you hip hop heads. We can't wait to get this out so everyone can hear it. Trustkill is putting it out in the US, Roadrunner in Europe, UK, Japan, and Austraila, Lockin' Out will be doing the vinyl for North America and Reflections for Europe.

May 30th, Trustkill releases our first ever DVD, 'The Living Proof.' It has a full set from London with a new song, studio stuff, a bunch of funny bullshitting, interviews and lots of show footage from around the world. It's all completed and it came out amazing, so check it out. The DVD also comes with some cool extra packaging and a coupon for money savings on the new CD.

Lastly, we want to let everone know Terror has had some member changes over the last few months. Today we have finally again solidified the Terror line up and it is no doubt the strongest to date. Scott, Nick and Doug have been holding it down now for years. Our new bass player is Jonathan Buske who has played with The Promise, Rag Men, and Another Victim, and we now also have Martin Stewart as our second guitarist. He is curently in one of our favorite bands, Donnybrook! and also sings for LION.

Life is good and Terror is set up for alot of fun times for the rest of this year. See you all soon on the road."

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More Unholy Alliance Tour Dates Conifirmed

More dates have been confirmed for the Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour - Preaching to the Perverted," which will kick off on 6.6.06 in San Diego, CA (see entire itinerary below). The seven-week trek boasts what has got to be the genre's coolest line-up - joining Slayer will be Lamb of God, Mastodon and Children of Bodom (who will rotate the second and third slots), and Thine Eyes Bleed who will open the
shows.

Here is the updated itinerary for the "Unholy Alliance Tour - Preaching to the Perverted": More...

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Onslaught To Enter Studio In July

Reformed classic British thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT will enter the studio the first week of July to begin recording their new album, "Killing Peace", tentatively due in September via an as-yet-undetermined label. The band's current lineup includes Sy Keeler (vocals), Nige Rockett (guitars), Steve Grice (drums), James Hinder (bass) and the group's latest addition, guitarist Alan Jordan (ex-MIRROR MIRROR, FRANKENSTEIN).

ONSLAUGHT recorded three albums in the late 1980s - including the underrated "In Search of Sanity" (1989, Polydor), featuring ex-GRIM REAPER frontman Steve Grimmett - before calling it a day.

ONSLAUGHT have been confirmed for the Brutal Assault festival, set to take place August 10 12 at Svojsice U Prelouce (100 km east of Prague) in the Czech Republic. Also scheduled to appear are AMORPHIS, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, DIMMU BORGIR, GOREFEST, MAYHEM, and SICK OF IT ALL, among others.

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Anvil Chorus To Play Reunion Show, Release Album

Legendary Bay Area metal band ANVIL CHORUS will be playing a one-off gig at the Rampage Radio 24th anniversary show on April 21, 2006 at Annie's Social Club in San Francisco. The group's lineup will consist of the following:

Thaen Rasmussen - Guitar
Aaron Zimpel - Bass, Lead Vocals
Joe Bennett - Drums
Phil Bennett - Keyboards
Carlos Hernandez - Guitar

In other news, ANVIL CHORUS are currently recording the album that never happened in the mid-'80s. Gere Fennelly has bowed out on keyboards, but drummer Joe Bennett's brother Phil has stepped in and is said to be "a great keyboardist." Doug Piercy (ex-HEATHEN) is still in the fold for the album and future shows, but is unable to attend the Rampage show. Filling in for Piercy is Carlos Hernandez of BLACK SUN.

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Guns N' Roses Announce Tour Dates

Guns N' Roses have announced two tour dates before they head to Europe. They are as follows:

May 15 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 17 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Tickets for both shows will go on sale April 21st at 10 a.m. for $63.

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Origin Announce Summer Tour

Origin will be touring this summer and have announced the following confirmed dates:

July 19 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
July 20 - Fayetteville, AR @ The Dart Room
July 21 - St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
July 22 - Urbana, IL @ The Canopy (Central Illinois Metalfest)
July 23 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
July 24 - Moorhead, MN @ All Star Bowl
July 26 - Tacoma, WA @ Hell's Kitchen
July 27 - Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
July 28 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound w/ Severed Savior
July 30 - Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
July 31 - Tijuana, MEX @ The Voodoo House
August 1 - Glendale, AZ @ Bulldogs
August 2 - El Paso, TX @ Chic's
August 4 - Dallas, TX @ Darkside Lounge
August 6 - Beaumont, TX @ Vortex
August 7 - Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
August 9 - Miami, FL @ Churchhill's
August 10 - Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
August 12 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
August 13 - Danville, VA @ Plan B
August 14 - Richmond, VA @ Nanci Raygun
August 15 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar Tavern
August 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber Pass
August 19 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East w/ Internal Suffering
August 20 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards
August 21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose Lodge w/ Commit Suicide, Circle of Dead Children
August 23 - Cincinnnati, OH @ Top Cat's
August 25 - Chicago, IL @ Nite Cap w/ Jungle Rot
August 26 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bucketworks

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More Vital Remains Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for the upcoming "Decades of Death" tour. "Decades of Death" tour features Vital Remains as the headliner and the U.S. tour features Incantation, Sin of Angels, and Dawn of Azazel as support. Dates are as follows:

May 30 - Virginia Beach, VA @ The Peppermint Beach Club
May 31 - Wilmington, NC @ Lucky's Pub
June 1 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
June 2 - Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
June 3 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
June 4 - Orlando, FL @ The Back Booth
June 5 - New Orleans, LA @ Howlin Wolf
June 6 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
June 7 - McAllen, TX @ Club Onyx
June 9 - Austin, TX @ Backroom
June 10 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Zero's
June 11 - El Paso, TX @ Chics
June 12 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
June 13 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
June 14 - Aurora, CO @ Illiff Park Saloon
June 16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
June 17 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
June 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
June 21 - Allentown, PA @ Sterling Hotel

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Lizzy Borden to Tour with W.A.S.P.

Lizzy Borden have announced the following headlining shows along with a west coast tour with W.A.S.P.:

May 5 - Las Vegas, Nevada @ Empire Ballroom
May 6 - Lakewood, CO @ Ecks Salon
May 7 - Loveland, CO @ Shaffers White Buffalo

w/ W.A.S.P.:

May 19 - Sacramento, CA @ Kennel Club
May 21 - San Diego, CA @ Canes
May 22 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House
May 23 - El Paso, TX @ Stampede
May 24 Chihuahua, Mexico @ Club Private
May 26 - Arlington, TX @ Dreamworld Music Complex
May 27 - Houston, TX @ Forgetta Bout it
May 28 - Victoria, TX @ Riverside Convention
June 1 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
June 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
June 6 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre

Lizzy Borden has announced the addition of guitarist, Ira Black (Metal Church, Vicious Rumors).

"Ira came in, turned up and started shredding up the place, I can't wait for everyone to hear him play all the Borden songs. The rehearsals so far have been just crushing! He's just the new blood we've been dying for"

The band, however, have decided to go back to their classic line up of two guitarists, so they are still on the lookout for a second guitarist of equal abilities.

Any interested parties:

- MUST live in Los Angeles
- Must be a shredder with taste (Rhoads/Wylde)
- Must have stage presence and be a part of the Lizzy Borden Show.

Send us a link to your website so we may hear samples of your playing and see pictures. No snail mail please.


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Sikth Announce Album Release

Sikth have announced that the UK release for their new album, "Death of a Dead Day", will be June 26. This release follows the US release date, which is June 6th.

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Slayer Finish Recording New Album

For the most part, SLAYER — Tom Araya (bass, vocals), Kerry King (guitars), Jeff Hanneman (guitars), and Dave Lombardo (drums) — have finished recording tracks for their as-yet-untitled new album due out this fall, and will begin the mixing process this week. This album is the first new studio album since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss" that features the entire original SLAYER lineup (drummer Lombardo left the band in 1992 and rejoined in 2003). Rick Rubin, who helped solidify the much-emulated SLAYER sound beginning with their genre-defining 1986 classic "Reign In Blood", is executive-producing, and Josh Abraham (KORN, VELVET REVOLVER, ATREYU) is producing. Working songtitles include "Catalyst", "Cult", "Supremist", and "Consfearacy".

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Therion To Begin Touring In January 2007

THERION founder Christofer Johnsson has posted the following update at the band's official website, confirming his previously announced plans to have Therion back on the road in early 2007:

"Therion will go on tour again starting in end of January 2007.

I don't like when local promoters are announcing Therion shows before they are official. Before a contract has been signed, it is not to be considered an officially booked show. When the contracts are signed, you will see the date on this website.

I cannot post dates here that are uncertain because I have to take responsability for what I post. If the schedule change a million times, no one will trust in it in the end. Plus we will have hundreds of questions why we c'ancel' shows that have never been 100% booked in the first place.

So, if you hear about a Therion show somewhere else than on this page, it means something is (probably) going on there, but before you see dates on this page, nothing legal is signed."

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Interview

Determined For The Metal: Keith Finnell Of Ekotren

Founded in the Fall of 2000, Cape Coral, Florida's Ekotren are passionate young musicians that strive to put out a positive life message through their freshly offered melody-friendly songs. And while they certainly shoot more into the realm of Linkin Park's all out pop metal approach at times, this is a heavy music band that has loads of talent and so many years ahead to fully define itself , and it's really only the members themselves who know what is in store for the rest of us. I recently was able to shoot some questions at their guitarist, Keith Finnell. More...

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