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Metal News for April 20, 2005

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20 news articles posted on this day.

Headline News

AHC Guitarist Died of Prescription Drug Overdose

MTV.com is reporting that the cause of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE guitarist Bryan Ottoson's death has been determined to be the result of a prescription-drug overdose, according to North Charleston, South Carolina police records. The 27-year-old musician's body was discovered Tuesday (April 19) in a sleeping bunk on the band's tour bus in North Charleston, where the group was set to play at the Plex club. Police found a pill bottle containing "numerous amounts of prescription medicine" in Ottoson's bed.

Members of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE told police they last saw Ottoson alive at around 4 a.m. on the morning of April 18, just as the band was departing Jessup, Maryland, for North Charleston. Ottoson had consumed "a large amount of alcohol at a bar" in Jessup that evening, according to police documents.

Police were called to the scene at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening; by that time, Ottoson was dead. Bassist Chad Hanks (known to fans by his stage name, Mr. H.C. Banks III) and guitarist Karma Cheema told police that Ottoson was a "heavy sleeper, and it was not uncommon for him to sleep late before a concert."

The report also claims police were told that Ottoson had been "consuming unknown prescription medications."

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Response Negative Call It Quits

RESPONSE NEGATIVE, the Florida-based death/thrash metal act featuring former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson, have officially called it a day. "Lack of professionalism and drive from within the band and a lack of label interest prompted the split," according to Gustafson. Look for Bobby and former RESPONSE NEGATIVE frontman Nick Barlow to launch a new project during the coming months.

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Geezer Butler Audio Samples Posted Online

Audio samples of five tracks from Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler's upcoming solo album, "Ohmwork", have been posted at his official website .

"Ohmwork" is scheduled for release on May 10 via Sanctuary Records.

Butler's first album in eight years, "Ohmwork" is the bassist's third solo band release. His first project under the GZR banner was 1995's "Plastic Planet" while 1997's "Black Science" was credited to Geezer. Guitarist Pedro Howse has worked on all three albums, while vocalist Clark Brown performed on "Black Science". The group's latest addition is drummer Chad Smith (not the Red Hot Chilli Peppers man).

GZR touring plans are being put together for fall 2005.

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Symphorce Working On New Album "Godspeed"

Symphorce are in the middle of the songwriting process for their upcoming album "Godspeed". The album will be recorded in the House of Music studios together with producer Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra). The cover artwork will be done by Hjules (Annihilator, Grave Digger). There will be a limited first edition including a free bonus DVD (full live recording, backstage material, etc.) with a running time of 50 minutes. The album release is to be expected in September followed by a European tour in November.

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Disbelief Featured In Metal Hammer's Meet & Greet

Disbelief will be the first band featured in the new Metal Hammer Forum section "Meet & Greet."

Starting at April 20th, fans will have the chance to ask questions to the band which will be answered later by the bandmembers themself. The "Meet & Greet"-Section will be opened for at least two weeks. In this period everybody is invited to ask the band whatever you always wanted to know about them. After the two weeks have passed the section will be closed for public and only the bandmembers will be able to login to reply the questions.

Please note that a (free!) forum registration is required to ask questions, and make sure to read the "Meet & Greet" regulations at this link!

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Amorphis Returns To Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast is very proud to announce that Finnish rockers Amorphis are now officially signed to the label!

This is what guitar player Esa Holopainen states about the "home-coming":

Last year was quite difficult for Amorphis, we went through another line-up change as we decided that it’s better if Mr. Koskinen leaves the band. We had problems with trying to promote our "Far From The Sun" album as we were working with partners who rather enjoyed nice cappucinos than would actually work.

Anyway, finding a new vocalist was tough, it was more difficult than we actually would have imagined. We actually thought about doing instrumental album when one of Mr. Koivusaari’s friend told about their singer Tomi who is really talented and would fit us. The day he came over we were all proved that Tomi Joutsen is next Amorphis singer. We went through 'Against Widows', 'Alone' and few other songs including 'Sign From The North Side', which is from our debut album. This is the song we also do live again!

Beside changing vocalist we changed management and sat down think about how to continue from here. We allready composed songs for forthcoming album and started to work with vocals. We thought about different options and all agreed that it’s better if we stuck with basics and go back to were we once started. We have been really good friends with Nuclear Blast dudes for over ten years and I remember talking with Markus at Summer Breeze festival over a year ago and he told that we should come back.

During the past years we have became really cynic with labels most of because 95% of all talk is bullshit and they give you promises that they can’t keep. We knew that we could always call up the NB guys with whatever matter and we knew how they work. Plus which is the most important thing that these guys are true fans of the music what they put out. I guess the honesty for the music what you release pays you back which has been the case for the Nuclear Blast's success.

So, we are now ofiicially signed back to Nuclear Blast and I have to say that it feels really good and is a great relief. And for the people who wonder how Amorphis sounds today: It’s EPIC, HEAVY and MELODIC with a mixture of GROWLING VOCALS!!!

Shine on,
Esa & Amorphis

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Candlemass Impress European Metal Mags Big Time

This reunion will go down in Doom Metal history: The new album by reactivated legends Candlemass won "Album Of The Month" at several big metal magazines in Europe.

The album - simply titled "Candlemass" - reached #1 at the monthly polls of

Metal Hammer/Germany
Rock Hard/Germany
Heavy, Oder Was?!/Germany
Sweden Rock Magazine/Sweden
Metal Heart/Germany
Rock Hard/France
Hard Rock/France (one of several 'Albums Of The Month')
Metal Hammer/Hungary
Metal Hammer/Greece

and #2 in Aardschok / Holland

Candlemass will be featured on the covers of:

Metal Heart/Germany
Heavy Oder Was!?/Germany
Legacy/Germany
Scream/Norway
Metal Hammer/Italy
Hell Awaits/Spain
Zero Tolerance/ England

Watch out for "Candlemass" on May 2.

Upcoming Candlemass shows:

June 5 Iron Fest Tradate/Milan (Italy)
June 11 Sweden Rock Festival Sölvesborg (Swe)
June 24/25 Bang Your Head Balingen (Germany)
Aug 04 Wacken Festival (Germany)
Aug 26 Gorbunova Moscow (Russia)

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Dry Kill Logic Replace Bassist & Candiria On Tour

Starting 5/1 and running through 6/18, Dry Kill Logic will be replacing Candiria as direct support on the upcoming Jagermeister-sponsored DrowningPool tour. Their first date is in Myrtle Beach at the House of Blues.

It seems Dry Kill Logic has also parted ways with bassist Danny Horboychuk. Here'sis Cliff's statement on that:

"And for the record, we have parted ways with Danny Horboychuk and are THRILLED to announce the addition of Casey Mahoney to the DKL family! Casey spent years in NY- based Downpore; aside from being a dominating bass player he is a tremendous guy, and we are looking forward to bringing him on the road with us to experience first-hand the power and debauchery of DKL on tour! Make sure you all take a minute and say hi to Casey at the shows".

Here are the tour dates: More...

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Soulfly's "Root Bloody Roots" Live Video Online

Soulfly recently released their debut DVD, "The Song Remains Insane" and the video of Soufly playing "Roots Bloody Roots" live (as taken from the DVD) is available at the following links:

QuickTime (high) 28.1 MB
QuickTime (med) 16.0 MB
QuickTime (low) 7.06 MB

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Jagermeister Sponsors Sounds of the Underground

Known for working with some of the heaviest bands in metal music, Jagermeister Liqueur is very pleased to announce its sponsorship of this summer's Sounds of the Underground Tour. This new tour, produced by House of Blues in partnership with the Sounds of the Underground LLC, brings together some of the world's most hard-hitting and uncompromising metal and hard-core acts ever. Sounds of the Underground begins on June 25th in Lowell, Massachusetts and continues through July 31st in Denver, Colorado.

Look for the Jagermeister Lounge, a state-of-the-art inflatable lounge equipped with air-conditioning.* Did we just say air-conditioning? Yes, that's right! Air-conditioning! This lounge was created specifically for Sounds of the Underground and will definitely be a hit when the temperature rises. Stop by for some Jager giveaways!** Meet the world-famous Jagerettes! And check this out: each day the Jagermeister Lounge will host band signings. Come chill out with Jagermeister and meet members of Clutch, Chimaira, GWAR, DevilDriver, Unearth, Every Time I Die, All That Remains, Full Blown Chaos, and more.

A longtime sponsor of up-and-coming bands as well as some of hard rock's heaviest acts, Jagermeister is pumped to be a part of Sounds of the Underground. "When we saw some of the acts on this Tour, we knew we had to be a part of it," says Lee Einsidler, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc., the importers of Jagermeister Liqueur. "The Sounds of the Underground Tour brings together some of music's hardest acts in a Tour that really caters to fans, and Jagermeister needs to be there, too."

For more about Jagermeister and its music programs, visit
http://www.jager.com or http://www.jagermusic.com. For more about The Sounds of the Underground Tour, visit http://www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com.

* Must be 21 or older to enter the Jagermeister Lounge.

** Must be 21 or over to be eligible for prizes. Giveaways and sweepstakes prizes are subject to state and local laws and are not available in California and may not be available at other shows.

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More Soilent Green US Tour Dates Revealed

Relapse Records recording artists Soilent Green have announced tour dates for their summer U.S.head lining tour in support of their long-awaited new album, "Confrontation." The album is slated for a July 2005 release date via Relapse.

Soilent Green will hit the roadbeginning July 15th in Baltimore, MD at Fletcher's. The Metal Maniacs sponsored tour is expected to conclude on September 1st in Dayton, OH at Elbo's with additional dates pending. Support on the Soilent Green tour will be provided by A Perfect Murder, Into the Moat and Watch Them Die.

On the subject of touring, vocalist Ben Falgoust states:"We are all very eager to get on the road. This is our first full fledged US tour in almost three years, since the accidents. This will be the first time the current line-up has done acomplete US tour and we are all very excited for this. We will be touring in support of our new album, 'Confrontation,' and we are highly confident the fans will like the new material as we are very eager to bring the new material to the live setting. We will perform some oldersongs on this tour, but look forward to a majority of the set list to be from Confrontation. New songs such as "Leaves of Three", "A Scream Trapped Underwater", "12 oz. Prophet", "This Glass House Of Broken Words" are no-holds-barred, in-your-face,"bring-the-energy"type songs." On the subject of touring alongside A Perfect Murder, Into the Moat and Watch Them Die," Falgoust commented, "These are allnewand upcoming bands playing different types of extreme music. It will be good to cross genres."

"North American Confrontation 2005" Tour with Soilent Green, A Perfect Murder, Into the Moat and Watch Them Die: More...

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The Esoteric Tour Dates

The Esoteric will be hitting the road with Lovehatehero, Still Life Projector, and Secret Lives in May. Here are the tour dates:

5/10 Houston TX Club @ Fat Cat
5/12 San Antonio TX @ The Sanctuary
5/13 El Paso TX @ House Of Rock and Roll
5/14 Tempe AZ @ Big Fish Pub
5/16 Hollywood CA @ The Whisky
5/17 San Diego CA @ The Epicentre
5/18 Corona CA @ Showcase
5/19 San Francisco CA @ The Pound
5/20 Sacramento CA @ The Boardwalk
5/22 Tacoma WA @ Hell's Kitchen
5/23 Salt Lake City UT @ Lo-Fi
5/25 Lawrence KS @ The Bottleneck
5/26 Wichita KS The Game w/ Roses Are Red
5/29 Grand Rapids MI @ Ten Bells
5/31 Binghamton NY @ East Coast Terminal

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Champion Replace Drummer

Champion drummer Brandon has amicably left the band and will be heading back to Philadelphia to "settle down." Consequently, Jay of Blue Monday will be filling in during the band's upcoming European tour with Slapshot. Following the tour, former Champion drummer Todd Preboski will rejoin the group. In related news, Champion will begin writing their next album this summer.

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Site Update

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New Diecast Video To Debut On Headbangers Ball

Diecast's new video for "Rise and Oppose," shot by acclaimed director Kevin Leonard (Himsa, Terror, Walls of Jericho), will make its MTV2 debut on Headbangers Ball this Saturday, April 23rd. The video is not your typical HBB clip and it definitely shows the band being themselves. The track comes off the group's highly acclaimed new album Tearing Down Your Blue Skies, their first offering with vocalist Paul Stoddard.

The group will head out on a massive European tour with Napalm Death next month and look for them to make their much-anticipated return to the U.S. late this summer.

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Misery Signals Bummed About Classification

In an article on ChartAttack.com, Misery Signals guitarist, Ryan Morgan, explains why it sucks to be them:

Actually, Morgan is happy about this success, he’s just discouraged by how people classify his band.

“I shouldn’t be bummed,” he continues. “We’ve been very lucky in this band so far and we all [Morgan, bassist Kyle Johnson, singer Jesse Zaraska, guitarist Stuart Ross and drummer Branden Morgan] know that. I think I’m just bothered by the metalcore comparisons, even though that’s technically how I would categorize us. But there are so many lame bands associated with that genre.”

With thunderous bass lines, apocalyptic pacing and a vocal attack that would make The Haunted stand up and take notice, Misery Signals certainly are riding a very close line to metal with Of Malice. Factoring in that these boys are steadfast punk/hardcore kids, it’s no wonder the album has been stuck with the typical metalcore tag.

“We’re a little more interesting than that I’d hope,” grunts Morgan. “When you think of metal, there are a lot of the same simple tonalities and open chords. We want to be a bit more challenging than that. Our sound is debated amongst the band constantly. No one has a really defined answer for it, but we’re all hardcore/punk rock kids. We have that mentality, but stylistically we’re a metal band.”

Read the full article at Chart Attack.

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Mudvayne Debuts At #2 On Billboard Top 200

Mudvayne's latest album, 'Lost and Found', rocketed onto Billboard's Top 200 this week at No. 2, making it both the highest debut and highest charting album of the band's career. With sales of 152,000 units, the band almost doubled the first-week numbers of its previous release, 2002's The End of All Things To Come.

You can WATCH URANIUM AND WIN WITH MUDVAYNE - One Grand-prize winner will score a prize package consisting of a Sony Network Walkman digital music player and a copy of Lost And Found. Enter to win here. You can also WIN A GUITAR SIGNED BY MUDVAYNE. Check it out and enter to win here

In other news, the band is doing an in-store signing in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 1@ 4:30PM - Zia Records 4225 S. Eastern Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89119. Space is limited, see store for details.

And finally, Mudvayne has announced a few new tour dates for Japan and Australia: More...

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Mudvayne Bassist Explains Mystery Band Idea

Launch Radio Networks reports: When the lineup for this summer's Ozzfest was posted online last month, one main stage slot was left open for a "mystery band," with names like MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and DISTURBED all mentioned as possible candidates. That honor eventually went to MUDVAYNE, and bassist Ryan Martinie told Launch what he thought the whole "mystery band" hoopla was really about. "I think that was kind of, a little, uh, it was supposed to be incentive for people to buy, I think," he said. "At least I hope we were used for that reason, being that we were the mystery band, you know, didn't show who we were. So it was supposed to be an exciting thing for people to go, 'Oh, cool, MUDVAYNE's on the bill now, you know, there's another reason to go.' At least I hope that was the mindset anyway."

Ozzfest kicks off on July 15 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

MUDVAYNE's show on Tuesday night (April 19) in Charleston, South Carolina, was canceled when guitarist Bryan Ottoson of opening act AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE was found dead in his bunk on the AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE tour bus. At press time, there was no official word on the cause of death, nor any official statement from the band. The promoter posted a message online confirming the death and saying that the show would be rescheduled. There's no word on whether tonight's (Wednesday, April 20) date in Lake Buena Vista, Florida would be affected. LIFE OF AGONY and BLOODSIMPLE are also featured on the bill.

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Tim Ripper Owens Announce Side Project Drummer

Former JUDAS PRIEST/current ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens has recruited drummer Eric Elkins (ALL YOU FEAR) for his BEYOND FEAR side project. Elkins hooked up with the singer shortly after Owens' original choice, ICED EARTH/HALFORD's Bobby Jarzombek, was forced to withdraw from the project because he has "too many coals in the fire," according to Owens.

As previously reported, BLABBERMOUTH.NET recently had an opportunity to hear the BEYOND FEAR demo recordings, which boast a thick, heavy riffing style and extremely powerful vocals from Owens. Traces of JUDAS PRIEST, PANTERA and BLACK SABBATH are all present along with a healthy dose of double-bass drumming, which adds a modern edge to what is essentially a traditional metal approach.

Elkins and Owens will be joined on BEYOND FEAR's upcoming full-length debut by guitarist John Comprix (13 FACES, SPAWN). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "I Don't Need This", "And You Will Die", "It Is Me", "Telling Lies" and "The Faith". A tentative late 2005/early 2006 release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected.

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NWOBHM Anniversary Show At The Astoria

Diamond Head, Praying Mantis, Jaguar and Witchfynde will team up for a special New Wave Of British Heavy Metal anniversary show in London. It happens at the Astoria on November 4.

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