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Metal News for April 18, 2006

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20 news articles posted on this day.

John 5 Leaves Loser To Focus On Rob Zombie

Island Records made the decision to drop the band LOSER when founding member John 5 (ex-MARILYN MANSON) opted to leave the group and maintain his position as the guitarist for ROB ZOMBIE. "Being the founding member of LOSER, my decision to leave was not an easy one," said John 5 in a press release. "I've been juggling two careers both with LOSER and ROB ZOMBIE for over one year now. I found it impossible to be in two places at once."

With the success of ROB ZOMBIE's "Educated Horses" 2006 tour and the new dates added to the trek, it became impossible for John 5 to promote LOSER properly. In discussions with Island, John 5 suggested bringing in a replacement guitarist for LOSER's live shows. Island Records was in opposition to the suggestion as that is not "what they had signed on for." Consequently, Island Records chose to drop the act. "I understand the decision from the label but feel it could have worked out for everyone involved," John 5 said. "I wish Joe, Glen and Charles all the success they deserve. They are amazing guys and deserve their shot."

There is currently no word on when — or if — LOSER's already completed debut album will be released.

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Konkhra Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Guitarist/vocalist Anders Lundemark of the Danish extreme metallers KONKHRA has issued the following update on the band's current activities:

"Well, I thought it was about time I told everybody what has and hasn't been brewing in our camp the last months. Johnny [Nielsen, drums] left the band — he has to take care of family and doesn't feel has what it takes anymore.

"We havent really been talking to anyone yet and I'd like to take this time invite anybody who's a drummer to get in touch and get some of the new songs sent mp3 to run an audition over. If you can groove and play blast beat 16th notes 240 bpm that should be sufficient. I'd also like to get someone with a firm internal clock and preferably capable of recording to a click. If you on top of this, are dedicated to extreme metal and get sick to the stomach when you hear the singalong girly choruses that has infested extreme metal these days then we are definately closing in.

"OK, that it.We have 6-7-8 songs ready now and I think we could be ready for recording within a month with the right guy behind the kit."

KONKHRA released their latest CD, "Reality Check", in May 2003 through Code666 Records. The album was recorded at Lundemark's own Starstruck Studio and was the group's first since their split with longtime label Diehard Records.

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The Gathering Cancel First Month of European Tour

The End Records has confirmed that Dutch rock band THE GATHERING have had to cancel the first month of their European "Homelands" tour due to an illness. Singer Anneke van Giersbergen is said to be suffering from an obstinate bronchial and sinus infection, which has taken a turn for the worse over the past few days. In a statement, the group said, "The band very much regrets having to take this step, but Anneke's health will have to come first."

Because of the severity of the illness, the band is forced to cancel all shows in Europe and the Netherlands scheduled between April 19 and May 28. "We are consulting with promoters to try to reschedule the concerts to later this year so that tickets would remain valid," the band's management said in a statement.

THE GATHERING's latest album, "Home", was released today (April 18) in North America (via The End Records) and over the weekend in Europe via the band's own label, Psychonaut Records.

THE GATHERING will resume touring in June.

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Immune Ready Debut Album "1/f", Streaming Online

Immune's debut album '1/f' will be released on the 15th of May on Gizeh Recordings. In the run up to the release date, the album will be available to preview on MySpace - at a rate of 3 tracks a week, commencing the 17th April (yesterday).

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Dark New Day To Release Acoustic EP

DARK NEW DAY, the band featuring Clint Lowery (ex-SEVENDUST) on guitar, Brett Hestla (ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) on vocals, Will Hunt (ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) on drums, Clint's brother Corey Lowery (ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) on bass, and Troy McLawhorn (ex-DOUBLE DRIVE) on guitar, will release an acoustic EP called "Black Porch". The disc will include two brand new songs in addition to two tracks from the band's 2005 debut album, "Twelve Year Silence". No release date has been set for the EP, but it will arrive sometime this summer. DARK NEW DAY have also begun working on their second full-length album, with plans to alternate between the studio and the road over the next few months.

Commented Clint Lowery: "I'm leaving for Atlanta Tuesday night [April 18] to meet with Troy and Corey and go over all the music we've been writing over the past few months. Needless to say, there's about 10 million ideas to go through. Corey's a ninja on ProTools, so we don't need to an engineer to record anything because Corey can do it. Awesome having that tool to use in our own camp. Corey's also producing a few Atlanta bands right now on the off time. We really want to team up and produce bands one day. Really try to give some bands a fair chance to get something recorded that will really represent what they are as a band.

"DARK NEW DAY will be getting together in May to write and demo some tracks. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!! DAMN IT!! I've said that all year. We've been working through some business with our label and getting a gameplan together over the last few weeks and I think we have one. We're not — pardon my French — 'fuckin' around' on this next record. Not that we did on the first one, but we've grown as a band and played enough live shows to really understand where we need to go as a band. I never usually talk about a record before it's done but I want to put the pressure on to do the best job we can for [the fans] and for ourselves."

Upcoming DARK NEW DAY shows:

May 06 - Jackson, MS - Coliseum Festival Grounds
May 19 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues

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Oath To Vanquish Sign With Grindethic Records

U.K.-based label Grindethic Records has announced the signing of Lebanese extreme metallers OATH TO VANQUISH. The group's debut album, "Applied Schizophrenic Science", was mastered by Colin Davis (VILE) at Imperial Mastering and is tentatively set for a June release.

According to a press release, OATH TO VANQUISH "regurgitate a vicious, bone-crushing and twisted concoction of brutal death garnished with gore/grind, whilst somehow managing to subtly blend in an evil melodic tinge, all added for good measure."

Commented guitarist/vocalist Elias van Quish: "The minions at Grindethic are some of the nicest, most dedicated people that are still in metal for all the right reasons — we are so excited that we have found such a partner to help unleash our sound and fury to a worldwide audience. Prepare to be vanquished!"

"Applied Schizophrenic Science" track listing:

01. Pear of Anguish
02. Dearly Beheaded
03. Funeral in F Sharp
04. Executive Onslaught
05. Toxic Bowel Manoeuvre
06. Sulphuric Semen
07. Symptoms of Accrued Transgression
08. Sorrow in Adornment
09. Coat-hanger Massacre

Rough audio samples from the upcoming album are available at www.oath-to-vanquish.com.

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Betrayed Sign With Equal Vision Records

Hardcore band Betrayed are confirmed to have signed with Equal Vision Records. Featuring former members of Champion and Carry On, the group has previously released material with Bridge Nine Records and Rivalry Records. In February the band finished recording their EVR debut in Salem, MA. The effort will feature roughly fourteen songs and is expected to hit streets early this summer.

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Hagar Won't Rejoin VH Until Eddie Goes To Rehab

Sammy Hagar spoke with Billboard.com about the chances of reuniting with Van Halen in the future. "There were some real problems in the band [on the reunion tour]," he said. "I have to tell you, there were nights I didn't know what song Eddie [Van Halen] was playing. There were times I wanted to kill that guy for what he was playing. I would have left that tour in the middle of it if it wasn't for the professional aspect. He's never going to see my ass again unless he goes and gets himself some help."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Undying Bite The Dust

North Carolina's Undying have officially broken up. During the past five years, the vegan outfit has released material with One Day Savior Recordings and Good Life Recordings. Here's a statement from the band:

"After playing the final show of our final tour on March 6th of the year 2006 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Undying has decided to part ways. As is always the case, we have our reasons for the break-up, some petty, some great, none of which we will go into here. Suffice to say that for the past eight years we have had the rare opportunity to travel the world, have more than a few interesting experiences, and make friends, too many to be counted here, who we will hold heart-close and dear for a lifetime and more. Our thanks and love truly, to each and every one.

And so, we dedicate these past eight years of our lives, all of the songs we have sung, to everyone who is fighting to save a tiny bit of this sad, ravaged world, to anyone, anywhere who longs to dance in the ashes of this last empire that has marched and herded us so close to collapse. In these days, when so much is denied us, in the shadow of a culture built upon ceaseless suffering, on relentless consumption, on the graves of all who oppose it, let us remember, that anything is possible. Long live the poets and the dreamers. Long live the armies of the heart, who so love the world, who have given so much to save her. Long live actions that speak loudly, words that inspire, words that incite, music that's a weapon. Long live.

Be kind, live well, go vegan."

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Dagoba Confirmed For Raismesfest

DAGOBA, whose successful European tour as opening act for IN FLAMES and SEPULTURA is nearing its end, has been confirmed for the ninth edition of the RAISMESFEST, set to take place in the park of "Le Château de la Princesse d'Arenberg", Raismes, France, on next September 9th and 10th. Other bands confirmed are ADAGIO, ANDROMEDA, EPICA, FREAK KITCHEN, GREEN CARNATION and WATCHA.

You can find more information on the festival on raismesfest.com.

Dagoba's currently confirmed tour dates are as follows: More...

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Mayhem Confirmed For Gates of Metal Festival

Norwegian legends MAYHEM have been confirmed for the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

AMORPHIS
DISMEMBER
HAMMERFALL
HELLOWEEN
LUMSK
MACHINE MEN
MAYHEM
MINISTRY
NAGLFAR
NARNIA
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
RED HARVEST
SAVAGE CIRCUS
THRYFING

Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with a total of 5,000 tickets available, priced at 666 SEK.

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On Paths of Torment Seek New Vocalist

Connecticut metal powerhouse, On Paths of Torment, are currently in search of a new singer after vocalist Lou Tanuis recently departed to join Invocation of Nehek. The split was mutual and the band and Lou remain on great terms. This is what On Paths of Torment are searching for:

"We are looking for a highly charismatic and energetic vocalist whose voice is capable of doing justice to all our current recorded material, and whose stage presence demands attention. A strong singing voice and good sense of pitch, while not required, will definitely have a place in some of the new material we are writing. Above all, we're looking for someone with character, a positive attitude, and a strong desire to meet new people and have a good time."

If you think you have what it takes to fulfill these requirements, and live in the Connecticut area or are willing to relocate, please contact the band at onpathsoftorment@yahoo.com or through their Myspace site.

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Insense To Embark On Six-Week Euro Tour

Insense will start a 6-week European tour at the end of the month. A few more dates will be added. The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:

APR 27 2006: Oslo, Norway - Last Train
APR 28 2006: Hjørring, Denmark - Sysseltinget - (+ By Night)
APR 29 2006: Roskilde, Denmark - Obscene
APR 30 2006: Goleniow, Poland - Jaskinia
MAY 01 2006: Gizycko, Poland - G11
MAY 02 2006: Valga, Estonia - Rock Club
MAY 03 2006: Riga, Latvia - Club Depo
MAY 04 2006: Tallin, Estonia - Rockstar's
MAY 05 2006: Liepaja, Latvia - Fontaine Palace
MAY 06 2006: Cesis, Latvia - tbc
MAY 07 2006: Warsaw, Poland - Progresija
MAY 08 2006: Szczecin, Poland - Kontrasty
MAY 10 2006: Berlin, Germany - K17
MAY 11 2006: Katowice, Poland - Kamennia Pub
MAY 12 2006: Zittau, Germany - Café Emil
MAY 13 2006: Uherské Hradiste, Czech Republic - Club Mir
MAY 14 2006: Cologne, Germany - All Area
MAY 17 2006: Enschede, Netherlands - Café Rocks
MAY 18 2006: Hardenberg, Netherlands - Ojeensee
MAY 19 2006: Leper, Belgium - Vort'n Vis - (+ 37 Stabwoundz)
MAY 20 2006: Helmond, Netherlands - Plato
MAY 21 2006: Coventry, England - The Jailhouse
MAY 23 2006: Harrogate, England - Cardinal Sins
MAY 26 2006: Kettering, England - The Sawyers
MAY 27 2006: Aberdeen, Scotland - The Moorings
MAY 28 2006: Glasgow, Scotland - Vox & The Vale
MAY 29 2006: Wakefield, England - The Snooty Fox Live
MAY 30 2006: Ipswich, England - The Railroad
JUN 01 2006: York, England - The Jailhouse
JUN 02 2006: Rushden, England - The Attic
JUN 03 2006: Antwerp, Belgium - tbc
JUN 04 2006: Kerkrade, Netherlands - Het MuziekCafé, Whitsuncorefest - (+ Angel Crew)
JUN 06 2006: Mechelen, Belgium - PaNique d'O
JUN 08 2006: Copehagen, Denmark - The Rock - (+Trendkill)
JUN 10 2006: Oslo, Norway - Sub Scene - (All Ages)

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Lowdown Finish Recording New Album

Black Balloon artist Lowdown have just finished recording their upcoming album with Zet from Ram-Zet in his Space Valley Studios. In the first week of May they go to Dug-Out Productions in Sweden where Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, El Caco etc) will take care of the mix. Expected street date for the new album is September.

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One Man Army Breaks Up

One Man Army, a relatively new band featuring former Fury Of Five frontman James Ismean, have called it quits. According to Ismean, "Three members have left the band. I apologize to all the fans and clubs. This was unexpected. I do have a new band in the works. The devil can't hold me down. I wish I could give an answer to why this happened. But there isn't one. Please don't hold this against me, but I will be back."

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The Vows Set to Release Debut EP

Several months ago a new hardcore band called The Vows signed with Indecision Records. Based in Seattle, the group features John Pettibone (Himsa, Undertow), Rob Moran (Unbroken, Some Girls), Ryan Murphy (Undertow, Ensign), Aram Arslanian (Champion), and Chris Williams (Champion). The band's debut EP will hit streets this spring. You can download a song from the effort here.

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Crimson Glory Reunite

After 16 years, CRIMSON GLORY members Jon Drenning, Jeff Lords and Ben Jackson have reunited with their original singer Midnight. The band has plans to release remasters of their old albums as well as a DVD to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

The debut album of CRIMSON GLORY will be expanded, remastered and have a new title. Crimson Glory's "Lost Reflections," will not only feature new artwork, new and previously unseen band photos, lyrics and new liner notes, but also the added bonus of the previously unreleased songs "Love me - kill me" and "Dream Dancer," (originally only found on the Par cassette release of the album and some hard to find singles), a new video for the song "Lost Refection" and a band interview about the first CD.

Apart from the debut, an upgraded version of the band's defining masterpiece "Transcendence" will be released. Subtitled "Transcendence : Renovatio," the album will feature new cover art, unpublished band photos, lyrics and new liner notes, new mastering, demo versions of two songs as bonuses, a new video for the song "Painted Skies" and a band interview about the second CD.

There are plans for a DVD with the tentative title "Phantoms of the Opera." Also planned are "Astronomica" redux - newly recorded - with Midnight at the helm, a collection with many rare and previously unreleased songs and finally the band's brand new album in mid 2007.

You can visit Crimson Glory's MySpace page to hear some of their material.

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Brooklyn Metalfest - All Day Underground Festival

The first annual BROOKLYN METALFEST, an all day festival showcasing some of the area best underground Metal acts will take place on Saturday June 24 a the Hook in Brooklyn, NY. The doors open at 2pm and the first band hits the stage at 2:30 PM. Admission will be $10 and there will be a Free BBQ out in the club’s yard.

The show will be sponsored in part by SAMSON TECHNOLOGIES and HARTKE AMPS.

Bands Scheduled to perform:

MAGUS BEAST
TWILIGHT ODYSSEY
CONSTRICTED
FINSTER BABY
DEVILS ISLAND
EXIT TO ETERNITY
EUPHORIA
FROM DARKNESS COME
SILENT INDUSTRY
SPEED ASSAULT
BURN ME DOWN
8 WEEKS DEAD
and more TBA.

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Hammerfall is In Writing Mode

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on his official blog:

"We have now spent the past three days locked in a small room, going over the seven finished songs for the new album. Compared to the first rehearsal in preparation of 'Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken', this was a fucking breeze! Back then, after the first day, everybody thought, 'This sounds absolutely terrible, what the hell is going to happen when we enter the studio? Chaos?' And I'm not talking about the music, more the performance, but because of that, also the songs themselves. Personally, it had a lot to do with the fact that I was very unsure of my playing ability due to the motorcycle accident I had had the previous year. Anyway, we sounded absolutely horrible then, and we all expected a repeat of that this time around. And I believe that to be a reason for everyone being more prepared than perhaps ever before. Whatever the cause, by the end of yesterday's session, the seven songs all sounded remarkably well-played, and I got a pretty good overlook of the material.

"My initial feelings regarding the songs proved to be correct, as these three days left me with a very positive attitude towards the material! Granted, Joacim [Cans, vocals] didn't join us for more than a quick peek, he never does for the first rehearsal before a recording. There isn't much point for him to be there, as we spend a lot of time going over the details of the music, which usually leads to long passages where he just sits on his chair doing nothing. But my philosophy is that the songs have to be strong even without the vocals, because when they come into play a good track usually becomes great."

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Anathema Post New Song Available For Download

British metallers ANATHEMA have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Here we present a brand new ANATHEMA song called 'Everything'. It has been recorded and mixed by the band, independent of any record company.

"We decided to give this song directly to the public as soon as it was finished, as a thank you to all those people who have kept faith with ANATHEMA and what we are doing.

"ANATHEMA presently has no record deal. For this reason, we have included a Donate Option, where you can help the band by donating a small amount to the process of recording this new record. In return, we will present more songs for you to download over the coming weeks and months. These versions will be exclusive and not available anywhere else.

"Here is an opportunity for people to support a band directly, instead of filling the pockets of anonymous businessmen.

"The sentiment of this song is one of hope. Of truth. We are very proud of it. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed creating it."

Download the new ANATHEMA song "Everything" at this location.

"Everything" is one of three songs ANATHEMA recorded at Les Smith's Sewerside studios to be released on the Internet in time for the band's U.K. tour with H.I.M. Other tracks laid down during the sessions are "One Day" and "Angels Walk Among Us".

ANATHEMA are currently unsigned as a result of having been dropped by BMG/Zomba after their previous label, Music For Nations, was folded into parent company Zomba Records Group (the world's largest independent music group).

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