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Metal News for April 18, 2008

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37 news articles posted on this day.

American Me, Stray From The Path Tour

American Me and Stray From The Path will kick off a three-week tour next month. Here are the latest tour dates:

dates w/ Iwrestledabearonce
5/23 Dallas, TX @ Fat Daddy's (Fatty Fest)
5/24 Shreveport, LA @ Harlequin Alley
5/25 Tupelo, MS @ TBA
5/26 Madison, AL @ Ovation Arts Center
5/27 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G - 375
5/28 Valdosta, GA @ TBA
5/29 Myrtle Beach, SC @ Wimpy's
5/30 Jacksonville, NC @ HP Imports
5/31 Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
6/1 Annapolis, MD @ Knights of Columbus
6/2 Philadelphia, PA @ Siren Records
6/3 Utica, NY @ Skate A Rama
6/4 Queensbury, NY @ West Glens Falls Firehouse

6/5 Scio, NY @ Club Bloomers
6/6 Danville, VA @ Plan B
6/7 Greensboro, NC @ Club Remix
6/8 Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
6/9 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit w/ Words In Red
6/10 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum w/ Words In Red
6/11 Homestead, FL @ Lifepointe Church w/ Words In Red
6/12 Titusville, FL @ Rusty's Skatepark w/ Words In Red
6/13 Pensacola, FL @ The Red Door w/ Words In Red

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Om Plans Canadaian, EU and Japanese Shows

OM will be playing select tour dates in May crossing the globe. These dates will feature new sticksman: Emil Amos.

May 17 2008 - Festival International de Musique Actuelle Victoriaville, Quebec
May 29 2008 - De Kreun / Theater Antigone, Kortrijk
May 30 2008 - Parc del Forum, Barcelona
Jun 4 2008 - Shibuya O Nest, Tokyo
Jun 5 2008 - Huck Finn, Nagoya
Jun 6 2008 - Fandango, Osaka
Jun 8 2008 - Z-1, Niigata
Jun 10 2008 - Shibuya O Nest, Tokyo

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Haste The Day Name Producer For New Album

Haste The Day have tapped Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, The Agony Scene) to produce their new album which they will begin recording in Indianapolis, IN next week. The effort is expected out later this year.

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Slayer To Re-Release Vinyl Effort

Available now through Nuclear Blast mailorder is SLAYER's "Live Undead"/"Haunting The Chapel" combo (from 1985 and 1984, respectively) as a numbered new edition in blue splatter vinyl. The vinyl reissue is limited to 500 pieces.

The track listing is as follows:

Side A - Live Undead:

01. Black Magic
02. Die By The Sword
03. Captor Of Sin
04. The Antichrist
05. Evil Has No Boundaries
06. Show No Mercy
07. Aggressive Perfector

Side B - Haunting The Chapel EP:

01. Chemical Warfare
02. Captor Of Sin
03. Haunting The Chapel
04. Aggressive Perfector

For more information, click here.

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Venom Post Audio Samples Of New Material Online

British black metal pioneers VENOM have posted streaming audio samples of eight songs from their forthcoming album, "Hell". Click here to check out the following tracks:

* Hell
* Straight to Hell
* Stab U in the Back
* The Power & The Glory
* USA for Satan
* Evil Perfection
* Hand of God
* Dirge

According to a posting on the band's web site, the CD — which will be released in May via Universal — is "packed with 13 brand new malevolent tracks from the masters of black metal," including "Armageddon" and "Kill the Music".

VENOM will perform at the Hellfest (June 20-22) in Clisson, France. More shows will be announced soon.

A brand new VENOM band photo can be viewed at this location.

VENOM last year parted ways with guitarist Mykvs (a.k.a. Mike Hickey; ex-CARCASS, CATHEDRAL). "Personal unavoidable commitments in the U.S. have forced Mykvs to announce that he cannot commit 100% to VENOM's schedule," the band previously wrote in a statement. A new guitarist by the name of Rage has been drafted in to replace Mykvs.

With regards to the direction of the band's next album, VENOM frontman Cronos previously said, "VENOM will be even darker and heavier for the next release. The new song ideas that Antton and I have been composing over the last year will be exactly what the 'legions' expect from us, and will really test the abilities of the band members. There's going to be a lot of blood spilled making the next album. This band belongs to the fans and I'm going to stay true to the spirit of VENOM no matter what sacrifices have to be made."

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Children Of Bodom's Blooddrunk Tops Finnish Charts

Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have topped the album chart in their home country with their latest release, "Blooddrunk". The video for the CD's title track, which was produced by Katapult Filmproduktion, can be viewed below. The clip was shot in the former Nazi barracks in Krampnitz in the vicinity of Berlin, Germany, where the Russian army was stationed before the German reunion.

"Blooddrunk" was certified gold in Finland (for sales in excess of 15,000 copies) on pre-sales alone — before it was even officially released — a first for the band.

The CD was released in North America on April 15 via Spinefarm/Fontana International.

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Deadlock Writing New Album

Deadlock has started writing material for their next release. According to the band, "you know, that it's pretty hard to write bad songs like we do, so we have to take a break in playing shows and back out of stages for a while, except for a few exclusive festival appearances."

The group will enter the studio in early-August and the album will be available in November via Lifeforce Records, with whom they recently extended their contract with. The new album is tentatively set for a November release.

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Iced Earth Confirmed for Spain's Metalway Festival

ICED EARTH have been confirmed to appear at the 2008 Metalway Festival in Zaragoza, Spain on July 12. Iron Maiden and Slayer are also scheduled to appear. For more information on the festival, check out the fest's site.

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Gorod Prepares New Album

GOROD is currently working on it's follow-up album to 2006's "Leading Vision," which should be ready for release in early 2009. Six songs have been written so far, and the band claims that the new album "will be an evolution of the process that began with Leading Vision."

GOROD has posted a video on their myspace page that previews a new song from the upcoming album. A music video for the song "Here Die Your Gods" is in production and should be released some time this summer.

The band hopes to tour extensively in support of the new release in 2009. If you are interested in helping to book/promote the tour, please send an email to pascal.baseprod@wanadoo.fr. More...

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RATM and NIN Confirmed For Lollapalooza 2008

Apparently Sun-Times reported Jim DeRogatis leaked this year’s Lollapalooza lineup. As previously rumored, Rage Against The Machine and Nine Inch Nails are, in fact, in the lineup.

Even though there's not one other noteworthy heavy band (correct me if I'm wrong) on the list, the full lineup of this year's Lollapalooza is as follows: More...

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All In Signs With Blood and Ink Records

Blood & Ink Records has announced the signing of Alabama's ALL IN. All In has been tearing up the Southern hardcore scene for a few years now and released their debut album in 2006 on Hand Of Hope Records. They are about finished with their sophomore album that will be release by Blood & Ink this Summer.

In the meantime, you can check out some of ALL IN's material on their MySpace page.

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New Destroy The Runner Song, "Isabella's," Online

Destroy The Runner have posted a new song online called "Isabella's." Swing by their MySpace or Purevolume pages to check it out. Their new album "I, Lucifer" was released on April 15th.

You can also check out the new Destroy The Runner e-card for "I, Lucifer." It's got some music from their upcoming album, the latest news and tour dates as well as buddy icons, banners and more.

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Sever Your Ties Signs To Solid State Records

Solid State Records has announced the signing of Christian metalcore band Sever Your Ties. The San Diego-based band has been in the studio recording their debut album, "Safety In The Sea," that is available in stores and online July 8th. You can hear their new song, "Voice Like A Nova," at the band's MySpace page.

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Opeth Film Video For "Porcelain Heart"

OPETH recently filmed a promotional video to an edit of the song 'Porcelain Heart'. The clip was directed by Lasse Hoile (PORCUPINE TREE) and shot in Vaxholm/Sweden at the marvellous Bogesund castle, built in the 1640's. The edit was done by Jens Bogren and Mikael Åkerfeldt.

Mikael comments: "I think the video came out great! The location and the castle was beyond gorgeous, even though it was cold and empty in there and...yeah, a little scary too. Lasse and his team as well as the actors did a great job! The clip is very gothic looking which I think is the perfect imagery for the song and for Opeth overall I suppose. Really enjoyed filming that one actually!"

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Five Finger Death Punch Hits The Road Again

The Pulse of Radio reports that FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH resumes its live schedule on Friday night (April 18) in Sayreville, New Jersey, performing for the first time since canceling a tour two months ago. The band had to pull off the road when singer Ivan Moody was diagnosed with a throat problem, but he told The Pulse of Radio that the time off was just what he needed. "The throat is fine," he said. "It's actually probably ten-fold of what it was towards the end there. I started developing calluses in the back of my throat, sat down and talked to a couple of doctors, and they gave me an ultimatum. They said, you know, you can keep going and possibly have nodes, or you can take a little bit of time away and prepare yourself for what's to come. In the long run, I think it's beneficial, I think we came out on top, so everything's cool."

The band recently announced the release of a brand new song called "Never Enough", which will be available as a free download to fans who have already bought or are now buying the band's debut album, "The Way of the Fist". In order to obtain the song, fans must go to fivefingerdeathpunch.com/bonus and insert the CD into their computers, after which the track can be accessed.

"The Way of the Fist" will be re-released on May 3 with "Never Enough" and two additional new tracks included.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will play some headlining shows next week before beginning a U.S. trek with DISTURBED on April 27 in Wichita, Kansas. The group will also appear on this summer's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour with DISTURBED and SLIPKNOT.

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival 2008

A posting on the official Download festival website has confirmed that six more bands have been announced. Legendary former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is one of the acts confirmed who has been away from the UK for many years. Aussie rockers Airbourne have been added to the bill aswell as have southern rock favourites Black Stone Cherry. Irish Indie band Ash are also announced as have Elliot Minor. Finally, drum and bass act Pendulum are scheduled to perform.

This year's lineup has been the most controversial one yet. Many fans in the UK have been complaining of its choice of headliners and other acts with more British metal festival goers deciding to attend foreign festivals than before. More...

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Papa Roach Reveal New Album Title

PAPA ROACH has set "Days of War, Nights of Love" as the title of its new album, tentatively due before the end of the year. Jay Baumgardner, veteran producer and head of NRG Studios, has been tapped to produce and mix the CD, which will be recorded later this spring. PAPA ROACH returns to its roots with Baumgardner, and is looking to duplicate the energy brought together for the band's debut album, "Infest", which remains the group's best-selling album to date with nearly 3.5 million copies sold.

PAPA ROACH recently permanently split with longtime drummer Dave Buckner, according to a message posted by frontman Jacoby Shaddix. The singer wrote, "We are going through a lot of changes right now...Change is good — it keeps things fresh. For y'all that don't know, we had to split with Dave, our drummer. It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. He's taking this time to get his life together. We are still friends and still talk on a regular basis. The road is a hard place to live, and if you are falling apart, it will destroy you. He will be missed."

Buckner first left the band while on tour last spring, entering rehab to deal with substance abuse issues. He returned over the summer, but exited again later in the year. Shaddix told The Pulse of Radio that going back on tour might not have been the best thing for the drummer. "Really, the road ain't a place to heal, you know what I'm saying?" he said. "It's like, the road is, if you're not healthy, it's not gonna make you any better, you know what I'm saying. And so, for him, he just had to just go step away from it again, you know, so...the show must go on."

UNWRITTEN LAW drummer Tony Palermo filled in for Buckner on tour, but it's not clear if he will become a fulltime member of PAPA ROACH.

Shaddix also indicated in his post that PAPA ROACH will head back to the Paramour Mansion in Los Angeles to begin writing its new album. The group wrote and recorded its last effort, 2006's "The Paramour Sessions", at the same location.

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Buckcherry Guitarist Discusses New Album, CRUEFest

The Pulse of Radio reports that BUCKCHERRY will hit the studio in two weeks to begin recording its fourth album and the follow-up to its million-selling 2006 comeback effort, "15". Once the new record is done, the band will jump onto "Crüe Fest," the summer-long package tour headlined by MÖTLEY CRÜE. BUCKCHERRY guitarist Keith Nelson told The Pulse of Radio why he's looking forward to the trek. "MÖTLEY CRÜE is really one of those bands that I think is so ahead of the curve," he said. "For us to be out on the road with them with this package I think is really cool because you're getting a lot of different rock bands. You're getting a band like us, which I don't think there's anything out there quite like us, and you're getting a band like PAPA ROACH, which I think is probably the best band of the early new millenium bands. Throw in TRAPT, who's great, who's had a lot of success, and the SIXX: A.M. guys, and it's just, it is a rock 'n' roll festival."

"Crüe Fest" will begin on July 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida and hit over 40 cities, closing out on August 31 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tickets go on sale Friday (April 18) or Saturday (April 19), depending on the market.

In addition to the CRÜE and BUCKCHERRY, the lineup will feature PAPA ROACH, TRAPT and CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx's side project, SIXX: A.M.

BUCKCHERRY has not yet announced a release date or title for its next album. The band released "15" just over two years ago, beginning a comeback that saw the band play 300 shows, sell over one million copies of the record, and earn five hit singles after being all but defunct five years ago.

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Benediction Release Tracklisting For New Album

Long-running UK extreme metallers BENEDICTION have revealed the tentative track listing for their new album, entitled "Killing Music". According to the band, "[these titles are] in no particular order and may not necessarily make the final album release as there are still more being recorded."

"Killing Music" tentative track listing:

01. Hells Gate
02. Cold, Deathless, Unrepentant
03. Killing Music
04. Dripping With Disgust
05. Dissembler
06. Rats In The Mask (Controlopolis)
07. Betrayer
08. Immaculate Facade
09. They Bleed
10. Frozen Heart
11. The Grey Man
12. As Her Skin Weeps
13. They Must Die Screaming
14. Seeing Through My Eyes (BROKEN BONES cover)
15. Largactyl (AMEBIX cover)

The album is due before the end of the year via Nuclear Blast Records is expected.

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Velvet Revolver To Audition Vocalists Via Internet

VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash has told Christa Titus of Billboard.com that the band is creating a web site to audition singers. The new site will help VELVET REVOLVER replace Scott Weiland, whose April 1 dismissal from the band continued the public feud between the ex-frontman and his former bandmates.

"The band is actually talking about actually building a Web site [and] doing some auditions via that, so that's been something that's developing at this point," Slash explains, noting that it should be happening "in the next month or so."

Read more at Billboard.com.

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Experience The New Metallica CD Before It's Done

METALLICA has set up a special web site to promote the group's forthcoming LP. "Mission Metallica" will go live in May and it promises to offer fans a chance to "experience the new album before it's done."

Check it out at www.missionmetallica.com.

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently announced that the group's follow-up to 2003's "St Anger" will be released this September.

The band has been recording the as-yet-untitled record in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin.

Speaking to IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson on the March 7 edition of Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, Ulrich said: "We're just finishing up a record, we've got six weeks left and it should be out in September, that's the idea right now."

He added: "I like what I've heard so far. I'm not one of the great sellers of 'the new record's the best thing we've ever done and it shits all over the last record and it's way heavier'. I'm not a great believer in all that horseshit."

"I like it and I'm one of METALLICA's harshest critics. So far it feels pretty good but there's still plenty of time to fuck it up, so let's see what happens."

Lars told Revolver magazine that the group's new material "is certainly a lot more dynamic and a lot more varied than the last couple of go-rounds," adding, "There's a lot of light and shade in these songs. There's heavy, fast, nutty stuff, and then there's some slowdowns and musical interludes." Ulrich also said that the album has more in common with some of the group's '80s releases than more recent offerings like "St. Anger" and "Load".

Ulrich wouldn't agree that the yet-to-be-titled disc is a full-blown return to the past, saying, "I hate to be that specific, because six months from now people are gonna go, 'What the fuck? Lars lied to us!' But it feels that way to me."

The drummer also revealed that producer Rick Rubin, working with the band for the first time, wanted METALLICA to use classic efforts like "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets" as "reference points" for its new songs.

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Shai Hulud Post New Track Online

Florida-based metalcore act SHAI HULUD have made the title track off its upcoming album, “Misanthropy Pure,” available for download at this location. The album will be released on May 27th via Metal Blade Records.

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Toxic Holocaust Added To At The Gates Tour

TOXIC HOLOCAUST have been added to the following dates of this Summer’s AT THE GATES, DARKEST HOUR, and MUNICIPAL WASTE tour:

July 9 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
July 10 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
July 11 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
July 12 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
July 13 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
July 14 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
July 15 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
July 17 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
July 18 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
July 19 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
July 21 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
July 23 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

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Coldworker Post Another New Song Online

COLDWORKER, the Örebro, Sweden-based "blasting" death metal band consisting of current and former/current members of such acts as NASUM, RELENTLESS, RUIN and PHOBOS, has posted another new track, entitled "Seizures", at this location. The song comes off COLDWORKER's sophomore album, "Rotting Paradise", due in the U.S. on May 13 via Relapse Records.

According to the group, "The album was recorded at four different location and mixed and mastered at a fifth. The drums were recorded over a couple of days at Soundlab Studios. The guitars (all digital this time) were recorded at Johan from THIS HAVEN's house, while the bass was recorded at my [drummer Anders Jakobson] house and the vocals in Coldworker Studios. After all that, Dan Swanö mixed and mastered everything at his own Unisound Studios."

"Rotting Paradise" (cover artwork) track listing:

01. Reversing the Order
02. Citizens of the Cyclopean Maze
03. Symptoms of Sickness
04. The Black Dog Syndrome
05. Comatose State
06. Paradox Lost
07. The Last Bitter Twist
08. Seizures
09. The Machine
10. I am the Doorway
11. Scare Tactics
12. Deliverance of the Rejected

The Japanese edition of the album will include a 13th track, a cover version of SEPULTURA's "Necromancer".

Two more songs were recorded during the sessions — "Cold World Paranoia" and "Identify with the Aggressor" — which will end up on a split 7" EP later in the year.

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Testament's New Album Streaming Online Now

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends TESTAMENT are currently streaming their entire new album, "The Formation of Damnation", on the band's MySpace page. The CD is scheduled for release in North America on April 29 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor and can be seen at this location.

The band recorded "The Formation of Damnation" in part with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.

TESTAMENT held a listening party for "The Formation of Damnation" this past Saturday night (April 12) at The Plush Lounge at The Key Club in Hollywood, California (prior to the band's sold-out show at The Key Club later that night). Check out photos from the party at DirtJunior.com. Among the attendees were Jim Durkin and Gene Hoglan from DARK ANGEL, Francine Boucher of ECHOES OF ETERNITY and Tim Yeung of DIVINE HERESY.

As previously reported, TESTAMENT will be the featured artist on MTV for an entire week later this spring as part of the channel's "52/52" campaign. Performances — including footage shot on April 2 on the Alcatraz Island (more commonly known simply as Alcatraz) and video material that was filmed at the April 6 concert at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City — along with interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage will air throughout the week.

MTV's "52/52" is a brand new way for the channel to give unprecedented exposure to unsigned artists, indie bands, and established acts on major labels in a completely new and innovative way. MTV handpicks one band/artist per week for the entire year and gives them the equivalent of roughly 11 hours of on-air commercial time per week on the channel.

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Slayer's High School Yearboiok For Auction On EBay

The 1983 yearboook from the South Gate High School in South Gate, California featuring some of the earliest pictures of SLAYER is being auctioned via eBay.

According to a posting on the auction page, "This is an extreme rarity. This is an annual/yearbook that features some of the earliest pictures from SLAYER. This yearbook is from South Gate High School in South Gate California where SLAYER got their first start and a slew of bands followed their path.

"This yearbook came out in 1983, so the pictures were probably taken around 1982, making this the pre-'Show No Mercy' era.

"There are a total of six pictures in this annual featuring SLAYER. All the original and current members of SLAYER are pictured here. Kerry King is using his original BC Rich Mockingbird guitar before he put tar (or whatever it was) to decorate it. The fourth picture shows Jeff Hanneman with a buzz haircut (he was the punk influence in the band).

"In this auction I [the seller] will also include a set of flyers from the era where SLAYER played around the South Gate area, and features more pictures from the band at this time."

The auction ends on April 26 at 21:55:04 PDT.

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Disturbed Frontman Calls Hillary Clinton Two-Faced

The German edition of Metal Hammer recently conducted a short interview with DISTURBED frontman David Draiman about the upcoming U.S. presidential elections. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Q: What do you think about the next presidential election in the USA?

Draiman: "This may be the first election in three that I will vote. My heart is with [Democratic presidential candidate Barack] Obama, but my political scientist head knows our country and, unfortunately, I think that the reality of the situation… and it's not necessarily so unfortunate because he is more intelligent, better educated, better speaking and certainly more of a warrior than President Bush ever was and ever will be — [Republican presidential candidate] John McCain. So my heart is with Obama, but my head is with McCain."

Q: How important do you consider a candidate like Barack Obama to be for the USA?

Draiman: "I think that this may be a necessary building block — this election. I think that seeing as much support as somebody like Obama as a black candidate running for president in a country that historically has had issues with the African-American people, and them having issues vice-versa, is a miraculous thing. And the charisma that he has and his propensity to unify people from all walks of life is a truly admirable and beautiful trait. And I think that that's kind of the person that we need to rectify our image on the world stage as well."

Q: What do you think are Barack Obama's chances of winning the election?

Draiman: "I'm rather skeptical as to whether or not Obama will actually win the presidency. I still hope for it, and to be perfectly honest with you, if it comes down to it and he does have the candidacy, he's getting my vote."

On Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton:

Draiman: "I think she's an embarrassment to herself and everything she represents. I think that she's a two-faced liar. I think that she talks out of one side and then talks out of the other, and she shifts with… whatever. She's a true politician. It's not about a cause to her — it's about getting what's for her. And I think that she would do nothing more than to piss off the rest of the world if she became president.

"I would have no problem with a woman as president — I have a problem with Hillary Clinton as president. I think the right woman could be great. She's not the right woman. She's not the right anything. She's just a liar. [Laughs]"

Watch the entire three-minute interview at this location.

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Site Update

Metalunderground.com Turns 7

Where do the years go? Metalunderground.com is yet another year older. We have now been supporting metal and the underground for over seven years. I started Metalunderground.com back in 2001. I had been working on it since 2000 and launched a beta version before embarking on a trip overseas to get married. Upon my return in mid-April, I launched the site officially and began posting news and continuing development.

Each year I've been amazed by the growth of the site and our readership, especially in light of the fact that this is not my full time job and there's so much more I want to do with the site, both in terms of features and promotion. A lot of people have helped Metalunderground.com grow to the point it's at today, but I have to say that this year we absolutely have the best, most well-rounded staff ever, and I am truly excited to see where we're headed in the coming years.

In the past year:

  • The site moved to a new web host and server

  • The comment spam issue was resolved (it only takes me two minutes a day to delete all the spam and you don't have to see it at all)

  • We've improved the amount and stability of our news coverage

  • We've got more quality interviews with bands

  • We've added a couple more photographers and

  • We are finally hitting our stride with the reviews section with the addition of numerous quality writers and reviewers, several from our very own community.

Since the site's inception, we've posted over 35,000 news posts and covered more than 6,000 bands that are in our database. We currently serve well over 500,000 page views per month to over 200,000 visitors.

Many thanks to all of our contributors and all of our readers, especially those who have made Metalunderground.com their primary place to get their metal news and those who contribute to civilized discussions on a regular basis. In addition, I want to thank all of the bands, labels and PR folks who have supported us over the years and the chaotic times when we were stretched thin.

Spread the word and let's make the next seven years even better!

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Salt The Wound Announce More Tour Dates

Salt The Wound has confirmed a round of spring tour dates. Here are the latest:

4/20 Albany, New York @ The Penny Arcade w/ The World We Knew

dates with The World We Knew, The Breathing Process
4/21 Bennington, VT @ Knapps Underground
4/22 Portland, ME @ The Station
4/23 Dover, NH @ Dover Brick House
4/24 Milford, CT @ Point Beach Club House
4/25 Albany, NY @ Valentines
4/26 Vestal, NY @ TBA

4/27 North Tonawanda, NY @ Steven Sikora Post w/ The World We Knew

dates with The World We Knew, The Classic Struggle
4/28 Cleveland, OH @ Pirates Cove
4/29 Pittsburgh, PA @ The School
4/30 Wheeling, WV @ Yesterdays Draught House
5/1 Columbus, OH @ the High Five Bar (early show)

5/2 Franklin, IN @ The Rooftop
5/3 Westland, MI @ Skateland West
5/4 Laporte, IN @ The Next Level
5/5 Kalamazoo, MI @ TBA
5/6 Detroit, MI @ The Modern Exchange
5/8 Granite City, IL @ mills skate park
5/9 Herrin, IL @ HITTS cafe
5/10 Owensboro, KY @ Owensboro BBQ Fest
5/11 Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
5/12 Mayfield, KY @ The Blue Building
5/14 Shawnee, OK @ Fusion Effect Skatepark
5/16 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
5/17 Austin, TX @ Red 7
5/18 San Angelo, TX @ The Alley Way
5/24 Tijuana, MEX @ Salon Fiesta
5/30 Westlake, CA @ Kung Fu Center

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AC/DC Recording New Album w/ Brendan O'Brien

Billboard.com reports: AC/DC is recording its first studio album in eight years with producer Brendan O'Brien. No release date has yet been announced for the Columbia project.

The news came via a Web post from Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti, who said his own band's album is being delayed due to O'Brien engineer Billy Bowers' work with AC/DC. Bowers is producing the Supersuckers' as-yet-untitled disc.

"[Bowers] wants to make some last-minute tweaks and, well, he can't right now," Spaghetti wrote. "He's been detained by a little Australian band called, uh, AC/DC."

AC/DC is expected to tour in support of the album, with tour dates to be announced.

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Liferuiner, Dr. Acula Tour Dates

Liferuiner and Dr. Acula will team up for a May/June tour. Here are the latest tour dates:

5/16 Warren, MI @ The Ritz
5/17 South Bend, IN @ RPMP
5/18 Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe
5/20 Buffalo, MN @ The Vault
5/22 Omaha, NE @ The Rock
5/24 Tulsa, OK @ The Crush Lounge
5/25 Shawnee, OK @ Fusion Affect
5/26 Wichita Falls, TX @ VFW Post 8878
5/27 Granbury, TX @ Crusins
5/28 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
5/31 Mobile, AL @ The Sound Room
6/2 Boca Raton, FL @ Murphy's Downtown
6/3 Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
6/4 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
6/5 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
6/6 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
6/7 Jacksonville, FL @ HP Imports
6/8 Falmouth, VA @ St. Clair Brooks Park
6/9 Charleroi, PA @ Club Octane
6/10 Muncy, PA @ The Ritz
6/11 Erie, PA @ Perry Hi-Way
6/12 Oswego, NY @ Knights Of Columbus
6/13 Rochester, NY @ The Penny Arcade
6/16 Amherst, MA @ Mercy House
6/18 Pittston, PA @ Italian Club
6/19 Pompton Lakes, NJ @ The Mainstage
6/20 East Stroudsburg, PA @ Penn Monster Factory

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Death Before Dishonor European Tour Dates

Death Before Dishonor will tour Europe this summer. The following tour dates have been announced so far, with more to come:

27/06 Herne – Pressure Festival (Germany)
29/06 Szczytno – Hunter Festival (Poland)
04/07 Ulm – Beteigeuze (Germany)
05/07 Zlotow – Festival (Poland)
06/07 Roitzschjora – With Full Force (Germany)
07/07 Siegen – Vortex (Germany)
08/07 Ingolstadt – Paradox (Germany)
10/07 Hamburg – Hafenklang (Germany)
11/07 Hengelo – Innocent (Netherlands)
12/07 Karlsruhe – New Noise Festival (Germany)
17/07 London – Underworld (Great Britain)

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The Red Shore Bassist Charged Over Bus Crash

The Sydney Morning Herald has issued the following report regarding Australian metalcore/death metal outfit THE RED SHORE:

Police have charged the bass player of a band in relation to a crash that killed two of his mates last year.

Geelong heavy metal band Red Shore were on tour when their van veered off the Pacific Highway, went down an embankment and smashed into a tree near Coffs Harbour just after 7am on December 19.

They were on their way to a gig in Sydney after performing at a Brisbane club the previous night.

Lead singer Damien Morris died at the crash site and roadie Andy Milner died later in hospital. Three other men also suffered serious injuries.

NSW police this week interviewed bass player Jamie Hope, who was driving the van, and other band members. They also met the dead men's families.

A NSW police spokesman confirmed that Hope had been charged on summons with negligent driving causing death and three counts of negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm. He will face court on August 4.

The charges come as the band prepares for its first tour since the tragedy.

The band will play 24 shows across the country - including Coffs Harbour - from May 22, with Hope filling Morris' place as lead singer.

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Dokken Announce Off Date Shows

DOKKEN have announced two off-date shows during their spot on POISON's Live, Raw & Uncut Summer Tour 2008. The lineup also includes Sebastian Bach. Here are the confirmed dates:

* off-date

July 3 - Salt Lake City, UT - Energy Solutions Arena
July 5 - Greeley, CO - Greeley Stampede
July 8 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center
July 9 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
July 11 - Walker, MN - Moondance Jam 17
July 12 - Madison, WI - Willow Island
July 13 - Columbus, OH - Schottstein Center
July 15 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center Arena
July 17 - Cadott, WI - Rockfest
July 18 - Morton, MN - Jackpot Junction Casino
July 19 - Rockford, IL - Metrocentre
July 19 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend *
July 20 - Pikeville, KY - Eastern KY Expo Centre
July 22 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
July 23 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 25 - Kinder, LA - Coushatta Casino
July 26 - Pelham, AB - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 27 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre
July 29 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
July 30 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach
July 31 - Washington DC - Nissan Pavilion
Aug. 1 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock *
Aug. 2 - Greenville, WI - Greenville Lions Park
Aug. 3 - Chicago, IL - FMB Pavilion
Aug. 5 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest
Aug. 7 - Boston, MA - Bank Of America Pavilion
Aug. 8 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Pavilion
Aug. 9 - Detroit, MI - Freedom Hill
Aug. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion
Aug. 12 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 13 - Richmond, VA - Innsbrook Pavilion
Aug. 14 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
Aug. 15 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 16 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 17 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 22 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl
Aug. 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
Aug. 24 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
Aug. 27 - Lancaster, CA - Antelope Valley Fair
Aug. 28 - Pala, CA - Pala Casino
Aug. 29 - Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor
Aug. 30 - Salem, OR - Oregon State Fair
Aug. 31 - Vancouver, BC - Boulevard Casino
Sept. 4 - Blackfoot, ID - Eastern Idaho State Fair
Sept. 5 - Grand Junction, CO - Rock Jam
Sept. 6 - Denver, CO - Coors Amphitheatre
Sept. 7 - Hutchinson, KS - Kansas State Fair

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Stam1na Announce Tour Dates

Finnish metallers STAM1NA have confirmed tour dates in support of their third album Raja, which is out now via Sakara Records. Dates include:

April
18 - Savonlinna, Finland - OKL-liikuntahalli
19 - Helsinki, Finland - Virgin Oil Co.
25 - Kouvola, Finland - House Of Rock
27 - Berlin, Germany - Knaack
30 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia

May
2 - Jyväskylä, Finland - Viihdekeskus
3 - Tampere, Finland - YO-talo
22 - Helsinki, Finland - On The Rocks
23 - Lahti, Finland - Night Life
24 - Juva, Finland - Hotelli Juva

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Headline News

Therion Members Depart For Their Own Projects

Swedish metallers THERION have issued the following update:

"Today we have an announcement that will come as a shock to all of you. The four permanent members of the band have had some discussions and it is clear that we have different goals and visions for the future. Therefore it is best for the band, our selves as individuals and for the fans that we go separate ways now when there is still plenty of time before the next Therion album and World Tour. This means that Christofer will continue with Therion and the others will perform their music in other projects and bands.

We're all still friends, no one is disappointed and there's still some work we have left to do together in terms of editing of materials we have recorded for future DVD's.

Best regards to all of you and thank you so much for the wonderful support you have given the band during the time we have played together."

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Interview

Interview With Sick of It All's Lou Koller

New York hardcore band, Sick of It All was formed by brothers Lou Koller (vocals) and Pete Koller (guitar), Sick Armand Majidi (drums) and Rich Capriano (bass) in 1986. Hailing from Queens, New York, Sick of It All was formed alongside New York hardcore bands Straight Ahead, and Rest In Pieces, which both featured Majidi and current Sick of It All bass player Craig Setari. Majidi joined up with the Koller brothers and Rich Capriano to record the Sick of It All demo in 1986, after original bass player Mark McNielly and drummer David Lamb left. The band began to play Sunday afternoon matinees at legendary venue CBGB's, and soon after released a self-titled 7" on Revelation Records, which was later re-issued on the tenth anniversary of its release, in 1997.

Sick of It All is now touring off their latest release, "Death to Tyrants."

Roya Butler and Hannah Wagner sat down with frontman Lou Koller at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, to talk about "Death to Tyrants," touring, and their upcoming DVD. More...

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