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Metal News for April 20, 2006

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16 news articles posted on this day.

In The Face Of War Recording New Album

Indiana's In The Face Of War enter the studio this week to begin tracking a new full-length. Tentatively titled "We Make Our Own Luck," the effort will be available this summer via Doll House Recordings.

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Ihsahn New Album Listening Session

Candlelight Records USA with MP3.com have premiered a special listening session for the entire new album by Ihasn, "The Adversary", which is in stores now. If you have not yet picked it up and want to hear more tracks before you head out to your local shop bring your browser to this location for the special promotion.

"The Adversary" was released in the US on Tuesday, April 18.

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Slayer Comment On New Album

Slayer's Tom Araya had the following to say about their new album:

"I'm hoping that whenever it comes out, nothing major happens, it's like, 'I wonder what's going to happen this time around?' "

"This album is actually like a culmination of everything we've done. There's one song that I'm thinking will surprise everybody, because of the song itself. I'm not going to say why, because you have to keep that element of surprise, dude. Musically, it's going to blow everybody away. It's going to trip everyone out. It has all the elements of everything we've done. No one's going to be disappointed with this record. It's fast, heavy — maybe faster than anything we've done before. It's going to be brutal. It's what everyone expects from a Slayer record."

Araya said a track called "Eyes of the Insane," is perhaps the most political song on the album. The song was inspired by an article he'd read in an issue of Texas Monthly magazine. "The song's about the effects of war on some of these soldiers," he said. "This article — and it was a pretty trippy article — it really affected me. The entire magazine was devoted to soldiers of this new Iraq conflict that's going on. The effect that the war has had on some of these kids who're coming home and having a tough time dealing with what they've seen — I mean, some of these kids are traumatized and mentally destroyed by what they've seen. The magazine also ran an entire list of the soldiers from Texas who've died. It was several pages with pictures of these kids. It blew my mind."

Araya also had the following comment on the Unholy Alliance Tour: "For the heavier crowd, you're definitely going to get your money's worth [from this tour]"


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Belphegor Makes First Appearance in Romania

"Metalhead Romania" presents Belphegor, Friday, June 12 in Bucharest, Romania. It is the first time the Polish extreme-metal group plays for the Romanian fans. The band is included in the fourth edition of the Bucharest Metal Nights Festival, along with local legend bands like Taine and Psycho Symphony.

Opening acts confirmed include:

Interitus Dei
L.O.S.T.
Nexus

Ticket prices are around 10 euros and the venue is Old School Club. After Opera IX attended the third edition of the festival and almost 900 people came (sold-out event), Romanian metalheads prepare for another storming blast assured by "Metalhead Romania".

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Six Feet Under to Tour with Krisiun

Six Feet Under, Krisiun, Cattle Decapitation, Decapitated, and Abysmal Dawn will be teaming up for a North American tour later this year. The first confirmed dates are as follows:

September 12 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
October 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Skindred to Play Only Two Shows

Skindred has chosen to only do two US shows, one will be May 26 in Orlando at the House of Blues, the other will be May 27 at the Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale, both in Florida. Tickets are on sale now.

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Hear The Acacia Strain's "Angry Mob Justice"

Springfield, MA's THE ACACIA STRAIN, have unveiled a track from the forthcoming album 'The Dead Walk.' The record, scheduled for a June 13 release through Prosthetic Records, is the follow-up to 2004's crushingly heavy '3750.' Adam D. (Killswitch Engage) returned to man the helm for production of 'The Dead Walk,' and the record features chilling artwork from veteran artist Paul Romano (Mastodon, Through The Eyes of the Dead). The album's artwork can be found here.

The new track, "Angry Mob Justice," is also being pegged as the first track from 'The Dead Walk to receive the video treatment. Details surrounding the video shoot will be made available soon. In the meantime, the track can be found online here. On the touring front, THE ACACIA STRAIN will be playing a hometown show before appearing at the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA, while the band will also play a string of dates alongside The Red Chord in May before teaming up with Soilent Green to tear through the US in June.

THE ACACIA STRAIN on tour
4/23 Chicopee, MA - Cabot St. Pub
4/29 Worcester, MA - Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)

(with The Red Chord)
5/05 Auburn, NY - Auburn Public Theatre
5/11 Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
5/12 Memphis, TN - The Complex
5/13 Nashville, TN - Rocket Town
5/15 Greensboro, NC - Greene St. Club
5/16 Fredericksburg, VA - KC's
5/17 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft @ The Chance

Tour dates with Soilent Green coming soon

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Kylesa Finalize Spring Tour Dates

Savannah, GA sludge rockers Kylesa have finalized touring plans for the coming weeks. The band will be playing with Victims, Baroness, and other assorted bands along the way, including a collaboration with label mates Yakuza for the May 31 date of the "Decibel Presents Dysrhythmia, Yakuza, and Behold...The Arctopus" tour. The band is continuing to support 2005's well-received 'To Walk A Middle Course,' while also playing new songs with new drummers Jeff Porter and Carl McGinley. The drumming duo made their live debut with the band in April.

"Thanks to everyone who came out to check out our new lineup and the two drummer attack [last week]," the band posted on the official Kylesa website. "We're so stoked with this line up and are continuing to write new material. We're playing a bunch of new songs for these upcoming shows, so come check it out and let us know what you think."

On a related note, Kylesa guitarist Phillip Cope will play in a reunion, benefit show with his previous band, Damad, on May 6 at The Jinx in Savannah, GA.

Here are the latest KYLESA tour dates: More...

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Cattle Decapitation Announce New Drummer

Cattle Decapitation have found a replacement for departed drummer, Michael Laughlin. Joining the band as his permanent replacement is Tampa, Florida drummer J.R. "Kid Gnarly" Daniels, formerly of Unholy Ghost. Daniels will appear on tour with the band this summer.

The band recently added a second guitar player, Kevin "Fetus" Bernier of L.A.’s Watch Me Burn/Fetus Eaters/Deadfood/Vomitcore Records to the fold..

Cattle Decapitation's upcoming album is entitled "Karma.Bloody.Karma." It is about the "greatest natural disaster of all time," humanity, and revenge for its effect on this planet.The album is to features guest appearances by Joey Karam (The Locust) and John Wiese (Sunn 0)), Bastard Noise) and is produced by Billy Anderson (Swans, Mr. Bungle Melvins). "Karma.Bloody.Karma." should be available in summer of 2006.

Here's the "Karma.Bloody.Karma." track list: More...

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Gather Joins Catalyst Records' Roster

Gather has now joined up with Catalyst Records for a full-length CD scheduled to be released late Summer 2006. Gather is a vegan straight edge band from California that plays metal-influenced 90's style hardcore. Catalyst Records is now taking pre-orders for the Gather CD here.

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Headline News

XM Liquid Metal Is Back On Satellite Radio

On April 17th at midnight EDT, XM Liquid Metal resumed broadcasting on channel 42. This was part of 10 new channels by XM in a push to be the satellite radio provider with the highest amount of commercial-free music channels, since they are no longer able to claim 100% commercial free music. XMLM re-launched by playing a montage of angry callers and the first song was Slayer-Payback. Ward Cleaver returned to XMLM along with Boneyard DJs Manny and Coolguy.

The current line-up is as follows:

Ward Cleaver (Noon)
Manny (3-7 PM)
Coolguy (7 PM-Midnight)

You can read the official press release about all of the programming changes here.

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Temple of Brutality Schedule Dates With Chimaira

TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, the new band featuring former MEGADETH/current F5 bassist David Ellefson, ex-W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland, guitarist Peter Scheithauer (BELLADONNA, KILLING MACHINE) and vocalist Todd Barnes (13-A), will be joining the Jägermeister-sponsored CHIMAIRA/ARCH ENEMY/HATE ETERNAL tour between April 30 and May 6. The dates are as follows:

Apr. 30 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 03 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
May 04 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 05 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
May 06 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls

TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY's debut album, "Lethal Agenda", will be released on May 24 in Europe and Asia and June 27 in North America. More U.S. shows are planned for May-July as is a European tour for August/September. TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY will also perform at the Rock convention in Mexico City on August 19. A U.S. tour in October/November is also in the works.

TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY's music is said to follow a very aggressive direction in the vein of SLAYER and PANTERA.

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'SuperGroup' Premiere Date Moved Back

According to a posting on Sebastian Bach's (ex-SKID ROW; vocals) official web site, the premiere date of the new VH1 reality TV show, titled "SuperGroup" — featuring the band DAMNOCRACY consisting of Bach, Ted Nugent (guitar), Evan Seinfeld (BIOHAZARD; bass), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX; guitar), and Jason Bonham (BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER; drums) — has been moved to Sunday, May 21 at 10:00 p.m. from the previously announced May 5.

As previously announced, the DAMNOCRACY bandmembers spent 12 days in Vegas shooting "SuperGroup". Filming for the program commenced on February 22, with the premise being to lock several musicians in a house for 10 days and get them to write and record some new original music. In addition to the five musicians, star manager Doc McGhee (KISS) was in charge and was also living in the house for the duration of filming/recording. The all-star band also performed a headlining set at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas on March 5. An official DAMNOCRACY promotional photo has been posted online here.

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It Dies Today, Haste The Day, etc. Tour Dates

It Dies Today, Haste The Day, The Showdown, Chiodos, and Flee The Seen will be touring together in June. More dates will be announced, but here's the latest:

6/1 Syracuse, NY @ The Furnace
6/3 Orono, ME @ Ushuala
6/4 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
6/5 Providence, RI @ The Living Room
6/7 Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
6/8 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
6/13 State College, PA @ Crowbar
6/16 Toldeo, OH @ Headliners
6/17 Wilmore, KY @ Ichthus
6/21 Minneapolis, MN @ Ascot Room
6/25 Nashville, TN @ Rcktwn
6/26 Memphis, TN @ Skatepark of Memphis

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Harlots Sign with Corrosive Recordings

Harlots have officially joined the Corrosive Recordings roster. The group's second full-length, originally scheduled for release via Lovelost Records last November, will now be available through Corrosive this spring. Titled "This Is The Second Death," the effort was recorded from July 2004 through January 2005 by Nick Brough and guitarist Eric Dunn with mastering by Steve Austin (of Today Is The Day) and artwork by Will Goodyear (of Between The Buried And Me). Meanwhile, Harlots will also release a new full-length later this year. You can check out some of their new material here.

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The Dead Unknown To Disband Later This Year

The Dead Unknown have revealed intentions to disband later this year. Here's a statement from the band:

"After 6+ years, The Dead Unknown is coming to an end. It's difficult to sit here and expound upon what the end of this band will mean for our lives. In recent times, it has become very difficult for Poop and I to find people that share our level of passion and commitment for this band, which somewhat makes it feel as though the passion that kept us alive for so long has come full circle to kill us. We would much rather lay this to rest now, than ever watch it grow into something that we hate and view as a burden. I feel we've accomplished a lot over the last six years. When we started this band, it was the first band most of us had ever really been in, and in such, we experienced everything together. We may have been a tad naïve, but we had fun, and the thought of this band ever not being fun destroys me. Persistent black clouds, cancelled tours, cancelled shows that forced long drives on tours and many other setbacks never stopped us. In spite of every setback, we never gave up our integrity. We were unyielding in what we knew this band could be, and it's difficult to now watch it crumble before our eyes. We never gave this band anything less than one hundred percent of ourselves. When all is said and done, we did this OUR way. We never compromised and we never pandered to what could have gained us a particular audience. I hope that we were able to challenge at least a few people to look at their lives a bit differently, and I hope we'll be remembered fondly by those that truly understood what we were trying to accomplish every time we played a show or tortured ourselves in the studio. Putting the final nail in the coffin is the hardest thing we've ever done, but the time has clearly been drawn upon us. To everyone that has supported The Dead Unknown, thank you. From the bottom of our hearts. Thank you.

We have been able to reassemble what was by far our most solid lineup from the days of the "Hope's Last Breath" EP, and in the coming months, the five of us are going to sit down and have a good time writing and recording some new songs. Hopefully sometimes this fall, we'll have a final show and a final recording to put into people's hands at said show. More details will follow."

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