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Metal News for April 16, 2007

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Ozzy's "Black Rain" Details, Ozzfest Ticket Promo

Featuring Ozzy Osbourne's first new studio material in six years, his latest album entitled "Black Rain" is due out May 22 on Epic Records. OZZY co-produced the album with Kevin Churko and recorded it with his touring band: Zakk Wylde (guitar), Mike Bordin (drums) and Blasko (bass). OZZY says that he felt a new freedom while recording the album at his home studio in Los Angeles. The result: songs that are not only hard-hitting but adventurously arranged and sonically fresh. Explains OZZY, "It's a well-put together album. I think it's evident that it hasn't been just slapped out and put down. I took my time on the album and Zakk [Wylde] plays some amazing stuff as always." OZZY feels BLACK RAIN is the true follow-up to his classic No More Tears, the 1991 album that also challenged the expectations of what an OZZY OSBOURNE album should sound like.

Some of the songs on BLACK RAIN are ominous in their emotional tone--they examine a world teeming with greed, war, deception, bad drugs ("11 Silver," about crystal meth) and environmental havoc. OZZY also zooms in on the overriding sense of fear and dread that define our times--perpetrated, he feels, by news programs that make "entertainment" out of terrible news events.

Says OZZY: "I just thought there's so much fucking bad news, the only way I can release it is to put it in a song." On the other hand, the new track "Civilize The Universe" offers a sense of hope, as OZZY sings: "I'm alive/Watching better turn to worse/One more time/Try to civilize the universe."

OZZY will support BLACK RAIN with a world tour beginning in Moscow on May 27 which continues through July 6. Then starting July 12 in Seattle, he'll headline the 12th annual OZZFEST tour throughout America.

The pioneer and trendsetter has pulled the plug on ticket prices in America and given the power back to the fans, calling this summer's OZZFEST "FreeFest." That's right, this year's OZZFEST is entirely free for fans, an unprecedented move for an artist and tour of this stature.

On that note, look out for specially marked copies of "Black Rain" will be available at participating retailers on May 22. Fans will use the code found in the CD's packaging when they log onto ozzfest.com to redeem two tickets. This code will enable OZZY fans to go to livenation.com ozzfest and have the first chance at OZZFEST tickets beginning Friday, June 8, at 9:00 PM (ET) and prior to June 12 when tickets will be available to the general public--exactly one month before the first OZZFEST 2007 show in Seattle at the White River Amphitheatre.

OZZY is being honored in May on VH-1's "Rock Honors" telecast. He will perform three songs on the broadcast including a track from BLACK RAIN. Premiering on Thursday, May 24 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, "VH1 Rock Honors," will be taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 12.

You can log onto ozzy.com to hear samples of tracks from the album or check out the first single "I Don't Wanna Stop" on Ozzy's MySpace page.

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Just For Fun

A Guide To Being "Scene"

One of the few humor sites I read, Drivl.com, has an excellent guide on how to be "scene" that I think our readers can appreciate. And by appreciate, I mean make fun of. Here's a short excerpt:

"First and foremost, your AIM/MSN screen name should be some rad song title and/or lyric. Remember, the more x's you have in it, the more scene you are."

"Next, go buy yourself some girl's jeans. Face it, the tighter your jeans are, the more scene you will be, and the more the hardcore kids will hate you for it. Try on a pair of jeans and find that you're a perfect woman's 2? Buy a woman's 0 and suck it in."

Read the full article at Drivl.com.

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Billy Club Sandwich Returns From Hiatus

After a lengthy hiatus NYHC heavyweights Billy Club Sandwich are back in action. Their first show will be the Superbowl of Hardcore in Brooklyn, NY on May 19 with All Out War, Darkside NYC, Full Blown Chaos, and fucking Cold As Life. You can check out some of their material or get more info on their MySpace page.

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Velvet Revolver To Drop GNR Songs From Concerts

The Rock Radio reports that Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash told Chilean magazine Rock & Pop this week that while the band is still playing songs from Guns N' Roses and Stone Temple Pilots during its current run of South American shows, it plans to drop those numbers from its set list later this year. Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum were all in G N' R, while singer Scott Weiland previously fronted STP. Velvet Revolver will likely abandon playing tunes from those bands as it incorporates new material from its upcoming Libertad album into the live show.

Slash said that the old Guns and STP tracks are in the set for now because Velvet Revolver has never played South America before.

Libertad, Velvet Revolver's second album, has had its release pushed back from early June to later that month. The CD's tentative first single is called "She Builds Quick Machines."

Duff McKagan said in a recent interview with Kerrang! magazine that the group had a hard time starting work on Libertad after a vacation of several months. He explained, "It was really, really tough getting us back together into a place where our headspace was right to be able to start a new record. We were all pretty fragmented...It took us a while to get back to where we were feeling good, and we finally got that back last July and August."

Velvet Revolver will launch an 11-date U.S. trek on May 4th at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

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Watch Seemless Perform "Cast No Shadow" Online

There is another new live video of SEEMLESS available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. This clip is for the band’s track “Cast No Shadow” and was filmed in Syracuse NY at The Country Club during a show that also featured Century Media recording artists BRAND NEW SIN who are currently on tour with TYPE O NEGATIVE and CELTIC FROST.

SEEMLESS’ song “Cast No Shadow” is from the band’s critically acclaimed new album, "What Have We Become" (Equal Vision records) for which there is also a music video directed by Ramon Boutviseth available for viewing which was filmed in a dimly-lit Massachusetts carriage house which alternates between powerful performance footage of the band and a gripping narrative that portrays "inner struggle and the turmoil of weakness". SEEMLESS is currently on a North American tour with FU MANCHU throughout April and May.

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Agent Steel Announce European Tour Dates

AGENT STEEL will team up with VICIOUS RUMORS and AFTER ALL for the Alienigma European Tour 2007 beginning in early September. Dates are as follows:

Sep. 05 - Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
Sep. 06 - Weert, Netherlands - De Bosuil
Sep. 07 - Eeklo, Belgium - Meetjeslands Metalfest 4 (CC De Herbakker)
Sep. 08 - Noordwijk, Netherlands - Join
Sep. 09 - Rijssen, Netherlands - Lucky & Co. (w/ CANDLEMASS)
Sep. 13 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo & Compas
Sep. 14 - Palencia, Spain - Carabel
Sep. 15 - Bilbao, Spain - Santana 27
Sep. 16 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra
Sep. 18 - Treviso, Italy - New Age Club Roncade
Sep. 19 - Montegranaro (Fermo), Italy - Tana delle Tigri
Sep. 21 - Athens, Greece - [to be announced]
Sep. 22 - Thessaloniki, Greece - [to be announced]
Sep. 23 - Skopje, Macedonia – [to be announced]

AGENT STEEL recently completed work on its new album, "Alienigma", due later in the year via Mascot Records. The track listing is as follows:

01. Fashioned From Dust
02. Wash The Planet Clean
03. Hail To The Chief
04. Wormwod
05. Liberty Lying Bleeding
06. Hybridized
07. Tiamats Fall
08. WPD
09. Lamb To The Slaughter
10. Extinct

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Watch Live Vital Remains Video Online

Vocalist Damien Boynton of the Oregon-based death metallers DESOLATION is currently on the road with VITAL REMAINS as the group's lead singer for their European Icons of Evil tour. Filling on bass is Brian Hobbie of CATASTROPHIC.

The band's recent gig in Poland was filmed for a DVD, to be released later in the year.

A video clip of VITAL REMAINS performing in Stockholm, Sweden on April 9 has been posted online at YouTube.

VITAL REMAINS recently uploaded a new song, entitled "Hammer down the Nails", to its MySpace page. The track comes off "Icons of Evil", due in North America on April 24 via Century Media Records. Produced by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, GOATWHORE), "Icons of Evil" marks the group's second recording with Benton (DEICIDE) on vocals. Lazaro wrote the entire album and handled bass duties for its recording, while Suzuki once again tracked all the drums and lead guitar parts. The album's striking artwork can be viewed at this location. More...

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Still Remains Reveal 'The Serpent' Artwork

Michigan's STILL REMAINS has revealed the cover artwork for its second studio album, "The Serpent", due on Juy 10 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Steve Evetts (SEPULTURA, STORY OF THE YEAR, HE IS LEGEND, SAVES THE DAY). Check it out at this location.

"The Serpent" tentative track listing (in no particular order):

01. Anemia in Your Sheets
02. Stay Captive
03. Dancing with the Enemy
04. Avalanche
05. Maria
06. Dropped from the Cherry Tree
07. The Wax Walls of an Empty Room
08. An undesired Reunion
09. The Serpent
10. I Could Never be Your Lover
11. Eye of the Storm
12. Float like a Feather
13. What is Love?
14. The River Song
15. Sleepless Nights Alone

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Stream Six Feet Under's "Comandment" Online

SIX FEET UNDER's new album, "Commandment", is available for streaming in its entirety at AOL Music.

"Commandment" is scheduled for release tomorrow (Tuesday, April 17) via Metal Blade Records. A video was recently shot for the track "Ghosts of the Undead", which will be included on the effort. Click here to view the video teaser.

"Commandment" track listing:

01. Doomsday
02. Thou Shall Kill
03. Zombie Executioner
04. The Edge Of The Hatchet
05. Bled To Death
06. Resurrection Of The Rotten
07. As The Blade Turns
08. The Evil Eye
09. In A Vacant Grave
10. Ghosts Of The Undead

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Mnemic Announce More European Tour Dates

Danish modern metallers MNEMIC will embark on two headlining tours, covering mainly the United Kingdom and Portugal, later this summer.

Commented the band: "We are more than happy to announce that we will finally be playing Portugal for the first time in our career. Prepare yourself for some 'Blade Runner' metal, cold beers and some pale vikings! This summer is going to be packed, so see you all out there in Europe!"

MNEMIC headlining tour dates (except where otherwise noted):

May 12 - Moscow (RU) Point Club (Tochka)
May 16 - Copenhagen (DK) Loppen
May 17 - Aarhus (DK) Train
May 18 - Groningen (NL) Simplon
May 19 - Hameln (D) Jochnroll Skatefest
May 20 - Hamburg (D) Ballroom
May 21 - Berlin (D) Knaack
May 22 - Essen (D) Turock
May 23 - Stuttgart (D) Club Prag
May 24 - Muenchen (D) Feierwerk
May 25 - Erstfeld (CH) Transilvania Live
May 26 - Villach (AT) Volkshaus Landskron
May 27 - Lustenau (AT) Culture Factory
May 28 - Wien (AT) Arena
May 30 - Bratislava (SK) Randal
Jun. 02 - Jarny (FR) Plein Air De Rock 2007
Jun. 29 - Haderslev (DK) Kloften Fest
Jun. 30 - Pilzen (CZ) Basinfire Fest
Jul. 03 - Glasgow (UK) Cathouse
Jul. 04 - Leeds (UK) Rio's
Jul. 05 - Nottingham (UK) Rock City
Jul. 06 - Sheffield (UK) Corporation
Jul. 07 - Liverpool (UK) Academy 2
Jul. 08 - Wolverhampton (UK) Little Civic
Jul. 09 - London (UK) Underworld
Jul. 10 - Southamton (UK) Joiners
Jul. 13 - Aarhus (DK) Vestereng (supporting METALLICA)
Jul. 14 - Faro (PT) A.M. Faro
Jul. 15 - Castro Verde (PT) Sol Posto
Jul. 16 - Promotion (autograph sessions - FNAC stores)
Jul. 17 - Porto (Matosinhos) (PT) Blá Blá
Jul. 18 - Pombal (PT) A.D.A.C.
Jul. 19 - Lisboa (Moita) (PT) Freira Bar
Jul. 21 - Açores (PT) Coliseu Micaelense
Jul. 28 - Dieburg (D) Traffic Jam Festival

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Dying Fetus Premiere New Video

DYING FETUS has debuted the first video from their brand new album "War of Attrition", for the track "Homicidal Retribution", exclusively at www.singingfool.com.

The "Homicidal Retribution" video was lensed by director Frankie Nasso (MUDVAYNE, HATEBREED, ALL THAT REMAINS) and producer Kim Resteghini for Raging Nation Films (TRIVIUM, SHADOWS FALL, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, UNEARTH) at Philadelphia's historic Eastern State Penitentiary. The video's premise is that of an accused man spending a life-time in prison. Photos from the shoot can be viewed here. "Homicidal Retribution" can also be heard via the "War of Attrition" media player.

In other news, DYING FETUS has added more dates to their previously announced headlining tours in support of "War of Attrition". The first tour will be the band’s first return to Europe in two years and includes support from SKINLESS, CATTLE DECAPITATION and WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH for the "War of Attrition European Tour 2007". The second will be a three-week tour of Canada during June with a Northern U.S. run to immediately follow.

For a list of upcoming dates, click here.

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More Bands Added To Finland's Tuska Open Air

The 2007 Tuska Open Air Festival is scheduled for June 29th - July st at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. ISIS, MISERY INDEX, THUNDERSTONE, TURISAS, PROFANE OMEN are the latest acts confirmed.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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Marilyn Manson Post New Song and Artwork Online

The cover artwork for the new MARILYN MANSON album, "Eat Me, Drink Me", is available for viewing at this location.

"Eat Me, Drink Me" is scheduled for release on June 5. The first single from the CD, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides The Hand)", is expected to arrive at radio stations this week and will be accompanied by a video shot in 3D. The clip is said to be an excerpt from a larger project that Manson is filming with "Titanic" director James Cameron, although that collaboration has yet to be officially confirmed.

A brand new MARILYN MANSON song, entitled "If I Was Your Vampire", has been made available for streaming on the band's official MySpace page.

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After Forever Announce North American Tour Dates

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER will embark on a North American tour in October. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Oct. 07 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
Oct. 09 - Houston, TX @ The Meridian (supporting SONATA ARCTICA)
Oct. 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit (supporting FINNTROLL)
Oct. 12 - Cedar Falls, IA @ The Reverb
Oct. 13 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct. 14 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room (supporting OVERKILL)
Oct. 15 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
Oct. 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Oct. 17 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Oct. 18 - Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
Oct. 19 - Bedford, NH @ Marks Place
Oct. 20 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Oct. 21 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (supporting OVERKILL)

Tickers for Oct. 7, Oct. 12-13, Oct. 15-20 all go on sale today (April 16) through EnterTheVault.com exclusively until May 4, at which point they all go on sale through normal ticketing systems. Tickets for Oct. 9-10, Oct. 14 and Oct. 20 are all on sale already through EnterTheVault.com and all normal ticketing systems.

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Behemoth Complete Work on "The Apostasy"

Polish extreme metal titans BEHEMOTH make their much-anticipated return to North America on April 26th to perform five special shows. This trek includes an appearance at the renowned New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and two rare headlining shows in addition to performances alongside such acclaimed acts as Cannibal Corpse, Dimmu Borgir and Unearth, among others. The band will then return to the U.S. this summer on Ozzfest 2007 having landed the direct support, non-rotating slot right before second stage headliners Hatebreed. See below for their complete touring itinerary.

BEHEMOTH recently completed work on their most ambitious and epic offering yet, The Apostasy, which was recorded in the band's hometown of Gdansk with Nergal (vocals, guitars) and longtime sound engineer Malta in the producers' chairs. The effort was mixed with the acclaimed Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, SYL) at Dugout Studios in Sweden and mastered by Bjorn Engelmann (Rammstein). The highly anticipated offering is set for a July release.

Check out this link to view the latest video installment from The Apostasy recordings. More...

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Finntroll Unleash New Album, Post New Track Online

With renewed vigor and a fiery new frontman, Finnish cult icons FINNTROLL crawl up from their clammy cavern clutching their fifth full-length Ur Jordens Djup, which is set for an April 24th release (Century Media Records).

After many nights of drunken debauchery at Sonic Pump studios, where they certainly overstayed their welcome, Finntroll are proud to bring you another fine example of their trademark blackened pagan folk metal. The Trolls have posted the new track, 'Korpens Saga', on their official Myspace page; look for a video for the track in the coming weeks. More...

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Total Devastation Launches New Album Diary

Finland's TOTAL DEVASTATION has started writing material for its fourth album, which the group expects to begin recording later in the year. The band has launched an "album diary" documenting the entire process at this location.

In other news, TOTAL DEVASTATION has posted a previously unreleased track from the "Reclusion" sessions, entitled "Deprecate", at this location.

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Cephalic Carnage Unveil New Music and Tour Dates

CEPHALIC CARNAGE has unveiled the first new track, 'Endless Cycle Of Violence', from their upcoming new full-length album Xenosapien via their MySpace and PureVolume pages. 'Endless Cycle Of Violence', the album's lead-off track, will also be the first video from the record.

Xenosapien was recorded by the band and long-time producer/engineer Dave Otero at their studio in Denver, CO and is set for a May 29th North American release date via Relapse Records (May 28th internationally). The album’s artwork, designed by Orion Landau, is pictured. Xenosapien’s complete track listing is as follows: 'Endless Cycle Of Violence', 'Divination & Volition', 'Molting', 'Touched By An Angel', 'Vaporized', 'Heptarchy', 'G.lobal O.verhaul D.evice', 'Let Them So Long As They Fear', 'The Omega Point', 'Megacosm Of The Aquaphobics' and 'Ov Vicissitude'. More...

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Pulling Teeth Sign To Deathwish Inc.

Baltimore's Pulling Teeth has officially signed with Deathwish Inc. Featuring former members of Slumlords and Desperate Measures, among others, the hardcore/metal band released an album with Chainsaw Safety Records late last year. Additionally, the group recently released a split with Frightener via A389 Records. Look for their Deathwish debut to surface later this year. In the meantime, you can check them out here.

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Autumn Tears "Final" Album Available

AUTUMN TEARS new album, The Hallowing, is out now via Dark Symphonies and features the following tracks: 'Dies Irae', 'Keep Me Here', 'Spirit', 'A Joyless Occasion', 'Thrush And Wake', 'Yearning For The Tide', 'The Funeral Bazaar', 'Canticle', 'The Last King Falls', 'The Hallowing'.

According to a press release, "after a decade evolving, the band has finally shed its shell of neoclassical, darkwave and gothic sound, in place of a more traditional classical and chamber music style. Drawing influences from such masters as Bach, Brahms, Hayden, Mahler and a host of others, Autumn Tears boasts rich and diverse musical arrangements based on music theory. In place of the usual keyboards and samples, The Hallowing employs fully live, authentic classical instrumentation including a live string section, woodwinds, oboe, french horn and haunting, operatic vocals. As this will be the last Autumn Tears album, it will be strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Due to the extensive recording budget and the limited number of CDs being manufactured, the price for this album will be $10. For sound samples visit www.myspace.com/thetrueautumntears." More...

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Within Temptation Confirmed For Artmania Festival

Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band WITHIN TEMPTATION has been confirmed for the Artmania Festival, set to take place June 15-17 in Sibiu, Romania. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

WITHIN TEMPTATION
ANATHEMA
MY DYING BRIDE
THE GATHERING
HAGGARD
TAROT

Check out a poster for the event at Metalfan.ro.

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My Shameful Part Ways With Drummer

MY SHAMEFUL, the doom/death metal band with Finnish, German and American members, has parted ways with drummer Mark Napier. Replacing him in the group's lineup is Jürgen Fröhling of NEOCOSMIC. Jürgen's first gig with MY SHAMEFUL will take place at the Doom Shall Rise festival on April 27-28 the Chapel in Göppingen, Germany.

Originating as a two-person studio project in Finland (1999), MY SHAMEFUL has so far recorded three demos and three albums. The demos were recorded with Sami Rautio and Harri Jussila as participating members, and the albums with Sami Rautio as the only member. The band is currently based in Bavaria, Germany.

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Winds Complete Work On 'Prominence And Demise'

WINDS, the Norwegian band consisting of Lars E. Si (Eikind), Carl August Tidemann, Jan Axel von Blomberg (Hellhammer) and Andy Winter, has completed the mixing of its fourth recording, said to be an epic masterpiece entitled "Prominence and Demise". The album was recorded over the past three years and was mixed at Hipposonic Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia. Helming the sessions was engineer Shaun Thingvold, who has previously worked with such bands as FEAR FACTORY, PARADISE LOST, LAMB OF GOD, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND.

The follow-up to 2004's "The Imaginary Direction of Time", "Prominence and Demise" features guest appearances by Dan Swanö, Agnete M. Kirkevaag, Lars A. Nedland and Oystein Moe, along with a classical string ensemble from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Graphic designer Travis Smith has completed the cover layout for the CD. A tentative fall release via The End Records is expected.

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Skylark Set Japanese Release Date For New Album

Italian symphonic metallers SKYLARK will see their new album, Divine Gates Part 3: The Last Gate, released in Japan through Soundholic on May 23rd.

The album features the following tracklisting: 'Intro', 'The Scream', 'Soul Of The Warrior', 'Dying Inside', 'Hurricane', 'Believe In Love', 'All Is Wrong', 'Time', 'The Heaven Church', 'A Story Not To Tell', 'Mt. Fuji' (2006 version)

A release via the band's renewed deal with Italian label Underground Symphony will be announced soon.

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Manticora Post MP3 Samples and Artwork Online

Danish metallers MANTICORA have completed work on their forthcoming album, The Black Circus Part 2 (pictured - click left), with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN) at Jailhouse Studios in Horsens, Denmark. The tracklisting is as follows: 'When The Soulreapers Cry', 'Of Madness In Its Purity', 'Forever Carousel', 'Enchanted Mind', 'Wisdom', 'Help Me Like No One Can', 'Creator Of Failure', 'Keeper Of Time', 'The Twilight Shadow', 'The Vision', The Pain You Offer'.

To listen to MP3s from the album head to this location (go to Media section). More...

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Propagandhi Announce Midwest Tour Dates

Propagandhi will be touring the Midwest with support from Hiretsukan and GFK. Here are the tour dates:

5/24 Milwaukee, WI @ The Miramar Theatre w/ Get Rad
5/25 Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
5/26 Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter Club
5/27 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
5/28 Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
5/30 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
5/31 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
6/1 Souix Falls, SD @ Nutty's North
6/2 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
6/3 Fargo, ND @ House of Rock @ Playmakers

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Amora Savant Set To Play Final Show

Milwaukee's Amora Savant will play their final show next week after four years together. The show will feature both the group's original line-up in addition to the newest line-up that featured Jeff Lohrber of Harlots on drums and Tim Marshall from Veil Of Maya on bass. The event will also feature performances by Veil Of Maya, Carnivale, Harlots, Everest, The Serpent Son, and By Strangulation.

According to the group, "There is no bad blood between the members. Both John and Ross have already began a new project called Asrava with former Wings of Scarlet members. Andy has picked up with Volatile Recordings and is looking for artists."

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Job For A Cowboy Confirmed For Download, SOTU 2007

Fast-rising extreme metal unit JOB FOR A COWBOY has announced both North American and United Kingdom festival dates in support of their eagerly anticipated debut album, "GENESIS". The band, known for their punishing songs, explosive live performances and forward thinking vision, will release "GENESIS" on May 15 via Metal Blade Records.

JOB FOR A COWBOY will perform amongst the featured artists at England's massive Download Festival, set to take place June 8, 9 and 10. JFAC have been added to the three day festival amongst a hot list of artists that includes Lamb of God, Marilyn Manson, Motley Crue, Shadows Fall, Turbonegro, Velvet Revolver and Wolfmother. The Download Festival is a three day music fest held annually at the spiritual home of rock music in England: Donington Park (which hosted the Monsters of Rock Festivals between 1980 and 1996, and 2002's Ozzfest).

Furthermore, JOB FOR A COWBOY will perform live as part of the 2007 "Sounds of the Underground" tour, set to launch Friday, July 6 in Dallas, TX. The band joins the third installment of the cutting edge annual trek alongside Every Time I Die, Amon Amarth, Darkest Hour, Goatwhore, The Number Twelve Looks Like You and more.

JOB FOR A COWBOY, who toured the world in 2006 in support of their wildly-popular, self-financed "DOOM" EP, recorded "GENESIS" at Blue Light Audio Media in Phoenix, AZ with producer Cory Spotts. The album was mixed by the Grammy winning Andy Sneap (OPETH, ENTOMBED, MEGADETH). Anticipation for "GENESIS" is such that the band has already been named one of "Metal's Most Important Troops for 2007" by Metal Hammer, one of Total Guitar's "Hottest Guitar Bands of 2007", one of Alternative Press' 2007 "Bands You Need to Know" and one of Revolver's "Breakthrough Bands that will be Kicking Your Ass this Year".

On the topic of the new album, JOB FOR A COWBOY guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju comments, "Genesis is a record that we as a band needed to fulfill. We wrote an album that we wanted to play live well into the distant future. If there is one word to describe our new record, it is "aggressive". We want this album to have a certain effect on the listener. I am happy with what we have achieved, and I hope our fans appreciate it too."

Vocalist Jonny Davy states, "We wrote the material that became the "Doom" EP at a very young age and the sound of this upcoming record is a much different one than anything we've done before. We're anxious for its release and we hope everyone who hears it will enjoy."

The final track listing for GENESIS is as follows:

1. Bearing The Serpent's Lamb
2. Reduced to Mere Filth
3. Altered From Catechization
4. Upheaval
5. Embedded
6. Strings of Hypocrisy
7. Martyrdom Unsealed
8. Blasphemy
9. The Divine Falsehood
10. Coalescing Prophecy

The brand new JFAC song "Embedded", as well as a sneak peak at the GENESIS cover artwork can be found on the band's MySpace page. More...

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Manes Post Video Teaser For New Album Online

An "audiovisual zap-thru preview" video teaser with excerpts of songs taken from the upcoming MANES album How The World Came To An End has been posted on the band's official MySpace page.

How The World Came To An End is due out via Candlelight Records on May 7th. The tracklisting for the album is as follows: 'Deeprooted', 'Come To Pass', 'I Watch You Fall', 'A Cancer In Our Midst (Plague One)', 'Last Lights', 'Nobody Wants The Truth', 'My Journal Of The Plague Years (Fuckmensch Warmensch)', 'The Cure-All', 'Transmigrant', 'Son Of Night Brother Of Sleep'.

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Overlorde Post New Video Online

A video single for the OVERLORDE song 'Snow Giant' is now available for streaming. Go to www.overlorde.com or www.myspace.com/overlorde.

In other news, Overlorde have been confirmed to play the Brooklyn Metal Fest on June 23rd. It will be the band's first live show in two years. Go to this location for more information. More...

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Memory Garden Complete New Video

Guitarist Simon Johansson from Swedish doom metallers MEMORY GARDEN has issued the following update:

"Time flies and we feel it is time for some updates so you all know what is going on in Garden land! First off, the video shoot was amazing. We had two great nights together with Owe and all the guy's from Village Road film. It was a lot of hard work and our old bodies really got themselves a complete run-through. My god, the pain was unbelievable. Stefan (Berglund - vocals) had a rough time.... the video will probably speak for itself in his case. The video is currently being edited and will hopefully be done soon. I will look through my camera too see if we can get you some sneak peaks from the shooting."

"Now on to the new album! We a currently waiting for the last pieces of the Carnage Carnival cover. There are just a couple of small details that needs to be fixed and then it is finished. Release date will be set when we have all the pieces in our hands." More...

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August Burns Red Post "Truth of a Liar" Online

August Burns Red post the following update:

"Hey Everyone,
On June 19th our new album, "Messengers" will hit stores but we are so pumped about it that we want to give you a sneak peak of the album. Check out the first brand new song off our new album titled, "Truth Of A Liar!" Go to our Myspace page to check it out and tell us what you think!"

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Vragvold Complete New Demo

Norwegian black metallers VRAGVOLD have added a "taster" to their MySpace page made up of tracks from their forthcoming demo entitled "Krig Hat Pest Selvforakt" (War Hate Pestilence Self-Hatred), together with the full-length version of "Prophecy of the Fallen".

"Krig Hat Pest Selvforakt" will be the first release for the five-piece band, comprising Vrag on guitar; Svartravn (SVARTRAVN SORGTUNG) on bass and backing vocals; Vantro on vocals; AC (TYPHUS) on guitar and Askesorg on drums, and they are currently planning to look for a label. More...

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Watch Salem Perform with String Quartet

A live video of long-running Israeli death metallers SALEM performing the songs "Slave" and "Eyes to Match a Soul" with one of the most in-demand (all-girl) string quartets in Israel in front of 1,000 raging fans has been posted at YouTube. More...

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Queensryche Announce More U.S. Tour Dates

QUEENSRŸCHE has lined up the following dates:

May 03 - Desert Diamond - Tucson, AZ
May 24 - Sandia Casino - Albuquerque, NM
May 25 - Dodge Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
May 26 - 4th and B - San Diego, CA
May 27 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
May 31 - Kosei-Nenkin Hall - Tokyo, Japan
Jun. 01 - Kosei-Nenkin Hall - Tokyo, Japan
Jun. 03 - Zepp - Nagoya, Japan
Jun. 05 - NHK Hall - Osaka, Japan
Jun. 23 - Secret House Vineyard - Veneta, OR
Jun. 28 - Harrah's Casino - Kansas City, MO
Jun. 29 - Myth - Maplewood, MN
Jun. 30 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Jul. 03 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Jul. 14 - Sunken Garden Amp. - San Antonio, TX

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