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Metal News for April 20, 2007

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Korn's Jonathan Davis A 'Guitar Hero' Convert

Launch Radio Networks reports: You would think a video game in which players use a guitar would have no appeal to a professional musician, but for KORN lead singer Jonathan Davis, that's just not the case. Davis told Launch he's become addicted to Guitar Hero, a video game that asks participants to play along in time to various rock tracks from the '70s through today. "I do love it," he said. "I think it's an awesome game, and it's so challenging once you start getting up to higher levels. Some of the s***'s harder than playing guitar."

KORN is currently recording its eighth studio album and plans to release it this summer.

The band will then headline the 2007 Family Values tour starting in mid-July in support of the album. EVANESCENCE, HELLYEAH, ATREYU, TRIVIUM and FLYLEAF are also on the bill.

Guitar Hero 2 for the Xbox 360 gaming system was released last week. The Playstation 2 version was released in November. The game features tracks from GUNS N' ROSES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, NIRVANA, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, WOLFMOTHER, ALICE IN CHAINS, FOO FIGHTERS, and many more.

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Black Vomit Records Readies 3-Way Split CD

Black Vomit Records will release Almighty Sathanas/Blasphemophager/Tyrants Blood 3 way split cd in June/July 2007. This release will be limited to 1000 copies. More details will be forthcoming.

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Nonpoint Added To Earthday Birthday, WWE Ads

Nonpoint have been added to the Real Rock 101's "Earthday Birthday" in Orlando. Also slated to appear on the bill are rock favorites Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Daughtry, Papa Roach and many more. Full details on the event can be found here.

In related Nonpoint news, the band's "Bullet With A Name" was recently selected to be featured in a series of promotional vignettes for the new "Stone Cold" Steve Austin movie "The Condemned". The vignette began airing earlier this week and is scheduled to run during all WWE programming over the next several weeks. Fans can get more information, as well view the vignette at this location.

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The Minor Times Offer Album Update

Pennsylvania's hardcore stalwarts THE MINOR TIMES have unveiled a preview of artwork from the band's forthcoming record, 'Summer of Wolves,' currently slated for a June 26 release through Prosthetic Records. The preview of the Mark Price-penned artwork can be seen here, while the album is currently available for pre-order here.

"There is a very small blurb on us in the new Alternative Press (#226). They feature our upcoming album in the “New Releases” section," the band stated. "But you should really pick it up for the article on the history of Botch. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if we’re 'peppered with breakdowns'."

In the meantime, THE MINOR TIMES has scheduled several regional shows and are working on setting up some touring plans in advance of the release of 'Summer of Wolves.' Details will be available shortly. THE MINOR TIMES has unveiled a brand new track, entitled "Casket City Lights," from the forthcoming record on the band's MySpace page.

Here are the latest THE MINOR TIMES tour dates:

5/04 Utica, NY – Skate-a-Rama (with Architect, Revisionist, Seagrave, Mammoth Hunter)
5/05 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Community Center (with Turmoil, Ed Gein, End of A Year)
5/18 Collegeville, PA – Perkiomen Township Firehall (with The Arrangement, Caspian, Beorn, Aunteater)
5/19 Doylestown, PA – Siren Records (with Engineer, Cosmonaut)

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All That Remains Confirm More Tour Dates

ALL THAT REMAINS, currently wrapping up a headlining run through Europe, has announced a slew of updated live shows back in North America. First, ALL THAT REMAINS will play a string of dates offering direct support to Bullet For My Valentine and headlining a few off dates before meeting up later in May with Protest The Hero.

Continuing to support last year's 'The Fall of Ideals,' the band has already logged a heavy dose of touring since the record's release, including previous runs through Europe, North American and an immensely successful headlining tour earlier this year.

ALL THAT REMAINS on tour: More...

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Tom Morello Talks About His Political Intent

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/ex-AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello recently answered a couple of questions for Salon.com:

Salon.com: Why did you make the decision to step away from AUDIOSLAVE and scale down to just voice and guitar?

Morello: With AUDIOSLAVE, if we sold a million records, we might be able to buy new sports cars. With THE NIGHTWATCHMAN [Morello's solo project], if we sell a thousand records, we might be able to overthrow the government. I say that kind of facetiously, but the message on this album is distilled in a way that I believe is more potent than it was with my other work. This is not music made for a mosh pit. It's music that's looking for zealots and trying to rattle the cages and bang the bushes and find martyrs and true believers and people that are not afraid to ring the White House with pitchforks and torches.

Salon.com: Four years ago we saw a lot of anti-Bush sentiment coming from musicians, but the end result was still disappointing. What can be done differently this time around to ensure the right people get elected?

Morello: I'm not interested in kicking voters in the ass. That's not been my great passion. I do not believe that progressive change comes from having the right person in the White House — though certainly a great deal of harm can come from having the wrong person in the White House. All progressive change, whether it was women getting the vote, desegregating the lunch counters, getting the eight-hour workday or the end of the apartheid, happened not as a result of having the right person in the White House, but because people whose names you did not read about stood up for their rights. That's how change happens. That's the kind of organizing that I hope for. If we keep heading down the path set by this administration, it's not going to be about getting voted out of office, it's not going to be about getting impeached — it's going to be about the White House going up in flames.

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Watch My Dying Bride Live Today

Tonight's (April 20th) MY DYING BRIDE concert at Paradiso in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will be streamed live on the web. Starting at 8 PM CET ( 2 PM EST) the Webcast will be available at FabChannel.

This webcast is free for everybody to watch.

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The Mistake Calls It Quits

California hardcore band The Mistake has broken up after roughly seven years together. Following a release with Prime Directive Records in 2003, the Mistake signed with Indecision Records, but line-up changes and lengthy spells of inactivity ensued, and aside from a split release with Carry The Casket in 2005, no new material surfaced.

The Mistake will play a final show at the ROC in Costa Mesa, CA, along with Carry The Casket, Pressure!, and Come And Get It.

Founding member Javier Van Huss (who will immediately start a new band with bandmates Dave and Mark) has issued the following statement:

"I think the final nail in the coffin was when my other band played at showcase, and as soon as I rolled up, some kid said 'hey, who are you going to talk shit on tonight?' You'd be surprised how many fucking times I heard that question. Might as well have said 'dance, monkey.' Bottom line is I'm just not that angry anymore. I've been the only original member of the mistake for a long time. I just dont feel like doing it anymore. sometimes playing shows was the best fucking feeling ever and other times it was downright embarrassing. I'm not saying that a new band will be more mainstream, and concerned with being 'popular,' because I know that I will never be that in my life. I just feel like it's time to express myself differently. This new band, no matter who plays with us in the future, will only be more brutal, faster, and more extreme.

"If you are reading this, and have ever been IN the mistake, come to the last show and jump on stage and play a song. Beev will be flying down. Bandcamp and Alex will both play drums at some point. I'd like for every song to be played with a different lineup. There will also be plenty of covers. All the other bands playing are not only our friends, but they are fucking amazing bands. All of them. Couldn't ask for anything more. Hope to see you there."

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Agoraphobic Nosebleed Releases New Material

Agoraphobic Nosebleed has recently released its first new material in almost three years as part of a limited edition split 7" with Kill The Client via Relapse Records.

This 7", limited to 1,000 copies, features three all-new tracks from both Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Kill The Client. The 7" features artwork from artist Florian Bertmer and is available in red/yellow or green/yellow starburst vinyl.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed is currently writing for a new full-length album as well as preparing for a number more of split releases and reissues. Up-to-date information on all of these releases and more will be made available via the band's official MySpace site.

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