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Metal News for April 2, 2004

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11 news articles posted on this day.

Haste And Calico System Tour

Haste and Calico System will be touring together briefly in late-May and early-June. Here's the latest:

5/20 St. Louis MO @ Creepy Crawl
5/22 Burlington IA @ Port of Burlington
5/23 Chicago IL @ Bottom Lounge
5/27 Little Rock AR @ Vino's

dates w/ 1208, The Black Halos: More...

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Fear Factory: Archetype Is The Best We Can Offer

FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera has told MorningNewsOnline.com that, contrary to popular belief, the songwriting process for the group's new album, "Archetype", did not have a more relaxed atmosphere now that the tensions toward former guitarist Dino Cazares, who was a major songwriting contributor, have been removed.

"I wouldn't say the songwriting process was much different than in the past," Herrera said. "We all worked on the songs together this time, though. Christian [Olde Wolbers, guitars] and I write the songs, and we get into each other's head. Songwriting is what we do."

"I wouldn't say it was any less stressful because there's always stress when you're writing and coming up with new stuff. There's stress no matter what job you have. Being on tour is much easier for me."

With regards to the suggestion that the lyrics on "Archetype" have a more personal approach than in the past, Herrera said,

"People are saying, 'It's more personal.' To me, all of our music has been personal. This is the album we've always wanted to make, however. This is the best FEAR FACTORY has to offer. It's new, but we've wanted to go back and recapture what we think FEAR FACTORY is all about."

FEAR FACTORY's new album, "Archetype", is scheduled for release on April 20 through Liquid 8 Records (parent company of D3 Entertainment). The follow-up to 2001's critically panned "Digimortal" was recorded at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles with engineer Ken Marshall (SKINNY PUPPY) and was mixed in Vancouver with Greg Reely (MACHINE HEAD, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEVILDRIVER). The video for "Cyberwaste" was shot in early February in Perth, Australia and was premiered last weekend on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball".

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Savatage Singer's New Band Finish Work On Album

Damond Jiniya, the singer from Savatage, has completed his solo project, The Neglected. The band features members of "Lover of Sin"and "Diet of Worms". The music can be described as True Metal, musically in the vein of Judas Preist and early Metallica, but still with a unique sound of it's own. The Neglected is currently seeking representation. The record has an expected world-wide release of Fall 2004. You can check out some mp3 samples here.

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New W.A.S.P. Ecard For 'The Neon God - Part 1'

There's a new W.A.S.P. e-card dealing with the upcoming album 'The Neon God - Part 1', out 1.9.04! You can check it out here.

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Flaw Sophomore Album Details, Tour Dates

FLAW have set a May 4 release date through Republic/Universal Records for their sophomore album, "Endangered Species". The follow-up to 2001's "Through The Eyes" features twelve new tracks, including "Endangered Species", "Medicate", "Wait For Me", "Many Faces", "All The Worst", "Final Cry", "Worlds Divide", "Turn The Tables", "Not Enough", "You've Changed", "Decide", and the first single, "Recognize".

Originally a five-member band, FLAW are now a four-piece made up of: Chris Volz (vocals), Ryan Jurhs (bass, vocals), Lance Arny (guitars), and newest member Micah Havertape (drums).

"We're much better as a four-piece," commented Jurhs. "The band's much tighter, it's much easier to work that way, and we can really pull things off live. I think that's because of the individuals in the band — through all the trials, struggles and tribulations that this band has gone through, we're still here, we always will be, and our focus has never changed."

FLAW recently wrapped up tour dates with SEVENDUST and LIFE OF AGONY and are currently on tour with ILL NINO. You can hear some of the band's new material at one of their upcoming dates: More...

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Lividity Working On Material For Fourth Album

U.S. cult porn grinders LIVIDITY are composing material for their fourth album, which they hope to begin recording later in the year. "Writing is going very well for the follow up to 2002's '...'Til Only The Sick Remain'," the band write in a newsletter. "The new material is more aggressive and malicious then anything we have ever done to date ." Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Raped For Rent", "Deviant Pleasures", "Used, Abused, and Left For Dead", "Bound In Skin" and "A Exhibition in Carnage".

In other news, LIVIDITY's debut album, "Fetish for the Sick", will be reissued with bonus live tracks from the group's 2003 European tour. Also included will be a new layout and packaging courtesy of Steve from Comatose Music.

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Judas Priest Expected To Re-Sign With Sony

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has "unofficially" confirmed that the band have re-signed with Sony Music for their much-anticipated reunion album, tentatively due before the end of the year. Asked during an interview on the Phoenix radio station KDKB Tuesday (March 30) if PRIEST was back on the Columbia label (subsidiary of Sony), Halford said, "Kinda, sorta. There's gotta be, like, this official press release thing, but I think we're gonna end up back with the family that we started out with. That'll be a great way to kind of put the movie together — you know, the final scene is we're back with the label again. So yeah, it's a good feeling to be in that place."

With regards to JUDAS PRIEST's new album, Halford said, "[the rest of the band are] working over there [at an English studio]. I'm gonna be joining them next and doing the vocals for the record. The whole music is written. It sounds great. We're very excited. All the great things you expect from PRIEST will be on this record. It's the classic moments… We're not trying to be clever. We're being who we are."

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Video Clips Of Kittie In The Studio

HeavyMetalSource.com has uploaded six video clips of KITTIE in the studio mixing their third full-length album, "Until the End".

As previously reported, "Until the End" was recorded and mixed with producer Steve Thompson (METALLICA, KORN, SIMPLE PLAN, GUNS N' ROSES) and engineer Ian Hatton (BONHAM, LUXX) at Longview Farm Studios in Massachusetts. The album is scheduled for a summer release on Artemis Records. It will be KITTIE's long-awaited follow up to "Oracle", released in 2001.

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Preview Blaze's 'Ten Seconds' Online

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have uploaded a 45-second audio clip (Real Audio) of another new track, entitled "Ten Seconds", at their official web site.

"Ten Seconds" comes off the group's third album, "Blood and Belief" (view cover here), due in Europe on April 26 through SPV Records.

BLAZE utilized the services of former PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld during the recording sessions for follow-up to 2002's "Tenth Dimension", which took place at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire with producer Andy Sneap. Also recording with the group was bassist Wayne Banks (SABBAT, MESSIAH'S KISS), who has fulfilled most of last year's touring commitments with the band following the departure of Rob Naylor last April.

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The Ring To Release Debut Album In June

THE RING, the Swedish band featuring former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren and ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel, will release their debut album, "Tales From Midgard", on June 7 through Italy's Scarlet Records.

The first part of a trilogy based on the fantastic story of Tolkien's first part of "Lord of the Rings", "Tales From Midgard" will feature "magnificent" cover artwork by JP Fournier (EDGUY, AVANTASIA, IMMORTAL, DRAGONFORCE).

According to an official press release, "the members of THE RING set out to interpret the great trilogy with their songs and vision, producing and mixing the whole work themselves. With a sense of Dio-era-SABBATH soundscape epic, and their own inherent gift for melody, THE RING have created a soundtrack for the imagination that is fired by a reading of Tolkien's work on long winter nights, when the fires crackle and stories are summoned for the telling. When Elder days are close once more, and there is a whisper of magic on the air, when one dares to believe."

"Tales From Midgard" will be released in Japan through King Records.

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Gotcha Suckaz - April Fools!

We hope you enjoyed the April Fools gags yesterday. We sure did, and the comments were even more entertaining in some cases. Things got a little carried away by the end of the day, but CorrosiveMind and I made up after the bleeding stopped. We’re no Infernal Combustion, but we all like to have a little fun with our true passion – metal – too.

If you happened to bite and thought the stories were real, then we apologize. Each story had many clues to tip your off that they were fake. I'd call you gullable, but spellcheck is telling me it's not in the dictionary...

If you missed the stories, you can still read them all here. (Note the date on each story, however.)

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming of Real MetalTM news.

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