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Metal News for April 19, 2009

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20 news articles posted on this day.

Rage Against The Machine To Record Again?

Killyourstereo.com reports that although guitarist Tom Morello has repeatedly turned down numerous offers to record again with Rage Against the Machine, rumours abound that the reunited political rap-rock giants will enter the studio in the near future to record their first album since 2000's "Renegades."

The band has not revealed a release date, nor confirmed if their longtime label Epic Records will handle the new album. Since reuniting in 2007, Rage Against the Machine has been touring and playing festivals almost non-stop. Vocalist Zach de la Rocha even found time to release a self-titled EP with former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore under the name One Day as a Lion.

Morello has also been sowing his creative seeds with his own solo project, The Nightwatchman, and according to him, that's all he needs. "[The Nightwatchman is] my principal musical focus, as I see it, for the remainder of my life. From the earliest days of playing open mic nights at coffee houses, it was apparent to me that this music was as important to me as any music I've ever been involved in. It really encapsulates everything I want to do as an artist," he says.

Right now, the band have no plans to tour or play any more live shows, although Morello noted that he doesn't "see any reason to not play more shows."

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Dawn of Retribution Announces New Bassist

Dawn of Retribution has announced that they will be entering the studio in late May to begin tracking their debut full length album, set to be titled "The Plan To End Humanity."

The band commented: "We think this album will have something for everyone on it. The thrashers will get their fill, as will the death metal fans. The more intricate and melodic tastes in music, whether metal or not, will also have something they can enjoy on the release we hope. We’ve pretty much taken as many styles of metal as we can, and some non-metal, and mashed them together to create something pretty original and interesting."

The band has also announced that after a lengthy search for a bass player, Ben Jackson has come on board will debut on their upcoming release.

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Download Equality's "Keinod" MCD For Free

Hardcore/metal band Equality has posted their "Kleinod" MCD online for free download. You can download the 4-song MCD here (in a RAR file).

You can also order it on CD from Shark Men Records for 2 euros plus shipping (1,45 euros in Germany). Send an email to info[at]sharkmenrecords[dot]com or myspace message.

You can also check out some of Equality's material on their MySpace page.

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7th Reign Announces New Album Details

Canadian metallers 7th Reign have issued the following update about their upcoming album:

"7th REIGN has announced the title of their sophomore album, FALLEN EMPIRES is currently in post production with the layout being done by graphic designer Hugues Laflamme

"The Album can be bought through a pre-sale at the band’s official updated website.

"Fallen Empires is a stunning example of the roots of Metal, mixed with Classical Orchestration and a Theatrical Sound. The theme of the album is based on the corruption of major corporations, the sin of mankind and the search for the truth in this confused and mislead world. For too long we have been the Servants of the Lost. It is time that the Empires Fall!! Also, don’t miss 7th REIGN as they play their debut gig on June 4th at the Kathedral in Toronto with HIBRIA"

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Interview

An Interview with Lars Chriss of Lion's Share

With the recent release of "Dark Hours" in late March, Swedish melodic metalers Lion's Share recently set out on their headlined Swedish tour. Guitarist Lars Chriss spoke with Metal Underground about the new album and the tour. More...

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Stream Unanimated's Entire New Album Online

Swedish melodic death metal band, UNANIMATED, has posted their new album, "In The Light Of Darkness," is available for streaming in its entirely on their MySpace page. The album will be released in April or May on REGAIN RECORDS

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Gojira Post New Music Online

French death metal band, Gojira, has added the following four songs to their MySpace page:
"Esoteric Surgery," "Flying Whales," "World To Come," and "Escape (Metallica cover)."

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Kingdom Announces More US Tour Dates

Philly metal band, Kingdom, has announced the following tour dates:

04/18 - Trailer Space Records - Austin, TX
04/18 - The Broken Neck - Austin, TX
04/19 - Walters On Washington - Houston, TX
04/20 - Banks Street Bar - New Orleans, LA
04/21 - Sluggos - Pensacola, FL Battle!
04/22 - The Kickstand - Gainesville, FL
04/23 - Rockstarz Music Venue - Ft Myers, FL
04/24 - Goo - Miami, FL
04/25 - Transitions Art Gallery - Tampa, FL
04/27 - Wells St. Warehouse -Atlanta, GA
04/28 - Anarchtica - Chattanooga, TN
04/29 - The Coup - Clarksville, TN More...

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Thick as Blood Announces US Tour Dates

Miami's Thick as Blood has announced the following tour dates:

04/18 - The Blacktop - Bell Gardens, CA w/Lionheart
04/20 - Badlands Music Venue - Scottsdale, AZ
04/21 - Telo's House - Albequerque, NM
04/24 - Cactus Jacks - Belton, MT
04/26 - Eagles Club - Lake Station, IN
04/27 - The Hayloft - Mt. Clemens, MI
04/29 - Blue Violet Cafe - Rochester, PA
04/30 - The Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY w/Sworn Enemy
05/01 - Harmony Grange - Wilmington, DE w/Sworn Enemy
05/02 - KC's - Fredricksburg, VA w/Sworn Enemy
05/03 - Club Rain - Greensboro, NC w/Sworn Enemy
05/05 - Weekends - Charleston, SC w/Sworn Enemy
05/06 - The Warehouse Venue - Chattanooga, TN w/Sworn Enemy
05/07 - The Orpheum - Tampa, FL w/Sworn Enemy
05/09 - American Legion - Pensacola, FL w/Sworn Enemy
05/10 - Gallery 13 - Columbus, GA w/Sworn Enemy
05/12 - 516 Soundstage - Shreveport, LA w/Sworn Enemy
05/13 - TBA - New Orleans, LA w/Sworn Enemy

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Orphaned Land Posts Studio Video Update Online

Israeli metal band, Orphaned Land, has issued a video studio update online at this location. The band is currently in the studio recording their latest effort, "ORwarriOr," which will be mixed by producer Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Opeth).

The album is expected to be released on Century Media Records in early Autumn.

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Old Man's Child Issues More New Album Details

Old Man's Child has posted the cover artwork and first t-shirt design for the upcoming album "Slaves of the World" here. The band also issued the following statement about the new album:

"Nearly four years after the release of Vermin, Old Man's Child is back with a scathing, highly-anticipated new album, Slaves of the World, set for release on May 19 via Century Media Records. The band’s seventh studio album was recorded in Fredman Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden with the acclaimed Fredrik Nordström (Opeth, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir) at the helm. All instruments were recorded by Galder with the exception of drums, which were manned by Peter Wildoer (Darkane)."

The track listing for the album will be as follows: More...

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Nemesea Issues Band Update

Dutch alternative/metal band Nemesea has issued the following update about working on new material:

"So, here we are again....! It might seem like we're really busy doing nothing. Just sitting in ther sun all day. The weather is really nice you know?

"But..... reality is: We are working our ass off here! You better believe it! Even though we've only announced just one show (Heeg July 11th), we've got some things up our sleeve. Just to make you curious, a live performance and surround sound are involved. So stay tuned... A part from that we are working on some new cool tunes for you guys and gals out there.

"Our NEM-team is still growing by the way, so if you'd like to help us to promote Nemesea on the internet, hop on board! Thanks!

"In a few weeks our webshop will be totally secure so, if you were hesitating to buy something, you can do so soon. And last but not least: HJ's guitar is up for sale. You wanna buy? :-) Click here."

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Veterans Concerned About Music As A Weapon IV Tour

The Green Bay Press Gazette has reported the following story about Veterans raising concerns over the last stop of the Music as a Weapon IV tour:

Veterans say a festival that could include tobacco sampling, a tattoo parlor and heavy metal music doesn't belong near the Brown County Veterans Memorial on Armed Forces Drive.

The village recently approved a permit for the Music as a Weapon event, set to take place 2-6 p.m. May 17 at the Resch Center before a Disturbed concert later that night. Organizers say the event won't happen near the memorial, which sits on the corner of South Oneida Street and Armed Forces Drive, but some vets are wary the scene will mock the memorial.

"That is sacred land to the veterans," World War II veteran Bob Young told the Village Board. "They don't like to see it abused." More...

Read the full article at Green Bay Press Gazette.

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Hostile Cell Recording New Material

Sweden's Hostile Cell have issued the following update about recording new material:

"New songs to be recorded.

"We'll be rehearsing "the River Runs Black" today and maybe one more song if we have time... The other one is called "ghost" I will pre-record some guitar for the song "Reborn" that we stuck last time. This is the most fun Ive had playing in any band and the best music I have ever contributed to. I hope this shit will blow YOU away people!!!"

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Thy Flesh Consumed Signs To Diminished Fifth

Canadian death metallers Thy Flesh Consumed have signed onto Diminished Fifth Records for the release of their upcoming album "Urepentant."

"We are not only honoured but we are excited to be working with a band as focused and committed as Thy Flesh Consumed" commented label owner, Josh Hogan. "They need little introduction in the underground metal world and we hope this release will shed even more light on their already impressive career." The band is equally excited to release Unrepentant on Diminished Fifth. "Carrying the torch and lighting the way for East Coast Metal, Josh and D5R make the unimaginable very very possible. I am proud to be part of this movement, it truly is history in the making." said vocalist Peter Mestre. The band's drummer Gerald Smith agrees that this is the right step for the band, "In my 15+ years of grinding out tunes, I've never experienced this level of dedication or enthusiasm from a record label. I really feel that Diminished Fifth Records takes direct interest in all things Thy Flesh Consumed and that we have a chance to achieve more than we've thought possible as a band."

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Rudra Streaming New Song "Amartasyaputra" Online

Singapore's Rudra are currently streaming online the track "Amartasyaputra," which is from their upcoming album "Brahmavidya: Transcendental I." The song can be heard in the media center at the Trinity Records website.

"Brahmavidya: Transcendental I" is set to be released in Europe on July 6th. A North American release date has not yet been announced.

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Transatlantic Re-Forms and Plans New Album

TransAtlantic, the progressive rock supergroup formed by Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) and Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), have reunited after a seven year hiatus to begin work on a brand new studio album.

The band began work on the album in early April in Nashville and is expected to have it released by year's end if all goes as planned.

TransAtlantic released two acclaimed studio albums in the early part of the century, 2000's SMPTe and 2001's Bridge Across Forever. After tours through the U.S. and Europe, the band parted ways for an indefinite hiatus around the same time that Morse left Spock's Beard to concentrate on his religion-based solo career.

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The Agonist Posts New Video Online

Canadian metal group The Agonist has posted their new music video online for the song, "…and Their Eulogies Sang Me To Sleep." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands latest album, "Lullabies For The Dormant Mind" which is out now. More...

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Threat Signal Announces Tour Dates

Threat Signal will be heading out on a short headlining tour this summer where they will be joined by The Agonist, Thy Will Be Done and Flatline. During the tour, the band will be playing new songs which will appear on a new studio album later this year.

The tour dates are as follows:

June 3 - Danbury, CT @ Billy Baloney
June 4 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
June 5 - W. Springfield, VA@ Jaxx
June 6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
June 7 - Allentown, PA @ The Sterling Hotel
June 8 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
June 9 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
June 11 - Nashville, TN @ Peabody’s
June 12 - Orland Park, IL @ Mojoe’s
June 13 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s

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Affliction Coverage Of Golden Gods Posted Online

Affliction Clothing's web channel Affliction Vision streamed live video from the black carpet at the first annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which was held on April 7th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. It was hosted by Ozzy Osbourne/ex-Rob Zombie bassist Rob 'Blasko' Nicholson and included brief interviews with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and members of Slayer, Testament, Hatebreed and more. Watch video highlights below. More...

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