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Metal News for April 21, 2008

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31 news articles posted on this day.

Bleed The Sky Shooting New Video For "Sullivan"

Oklahoma City's Bleed The Sky will be shooting a video this weekend in their hometown for the song "Sullivan" with director David Brodsky (Gwar, The Red Chord) and his crew at MyGoodEye. The song comes off Bleed The Sky's upcoming album, "Murder The Dance," due out this summer through Nuclear Blast Records.

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Eyes Set To Kill Post New Video Online

Female-fronted melodic metalcore band Eyes Set To Kill have released the video for their latest single "Reach" on YouTube (also embedded below, after the jump). The band is currently on tour with the Circus of Democracy tour headlined by Otep and also featuring Anew Revolution and Creature Feature. Here are the remaining tour dates:

Apr 21 West Springfield, MA @ Jaxx
Apr 22 Virginia Beach, VA @ Steppin Out
Apr 23 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Apr 25 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
Apr 26 Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's
Apr 28 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Apr 29 Gainseville, FL @ Backstage Lounge
May 1 San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
May 2 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
May 3 Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
May 4 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's
May 9 Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's
May 10 W. Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey
May 13 Reno, NV @ Club Underground
May 16 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 17 Spokane, WA @ The Big Easy Concert Hall
May 18 Boise, ID @ The Big Easy Concert Hall More...

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Frailty Debut Album Released By Solitude Prod.

Solitude Productions has released the debut album of the first Latvian doom/death band Frailty. "Lost Lifeless Lights" - rigid, bright and technical music in the vein of European doom death metal school (My Dying Bride, Anathema, Mourning Beloveth), with dark metal influences, which makes the band’s sound very original and fresh.

The first 200 copies of the album contain Bonus DVD with performance at “Shadow Doom Fest” in "Shade" Club in Moscow.

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Graves of Valor Signs To Relapse Records

Relapse Records has announced the signing of South Carolina's GRAVES OF VALOR. The band is currently touring and their latest tour dates are as follows:

April 22 Wilmington, NC Lucky's Pub w/ THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD
April 29 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero w/ BEHEMOTH
May 9 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero w/ DYING FETUS, ORIGIN
May 10 Charlotte, NC Manifest
May 17 Wilmington, NC Lucky's Pub

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Assassin Acquires New Bassist

Reformed German thrashers ASSASSIN have announced the addition of Michael Hambloch on bass guitar, who takes over from the departed Ufo Walters. Stated the band, "Michael will take over Ufo Walter's place and has already started rehearsal of our classic tracks to get fit and ready for our South America tour in June! Big thanks to Ufo for all his help and support in the last years. In fact, Ufo recommended Michael... Ufo will always be a part of the Assassin family!"

Stay tuned for confirmed dates on Assassin's South American tour.

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Kataklysm Announces Canadian Tour Dates

Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have confirmed the following record-launch shows in their home country for their new album, "Prevail":

June 06 - The Opera House - Toronto, ONT (with MARTYR)
June 07 - Le Medley - Montreal, QUE (with MARTYR, AUGURY)
June 08 - L'imperial - Quebec City, QUE (with MARTYR, UNEXPECT)

A brand new KATAKLYSM track, "The Chains of Power," from "Prevail," has been posted on the group's new and improved MySpace page.

Comments KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono: "The meaning behind the track 'The Chains of Power' is essential. It's a song the band wrote to give gratitude and strength to all the courageous soldiers who fight for our freedom. It doesn't matter if you are for or against certain wars, nor the bullshit politics that are associated with these topics." More...

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Merauder To Enter The Studio In June

New York-based metal/hardcore band MERAUDER will be entering Big Blue Meenie recording studio on June 10th. Big Blue Meenie Originally built in 1981 as Quantum Sound, have had an array of artists record in their studio of all genres like RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, INXS, P.O.D., EVANESCENCE, and CREED.

Merauder has also enlisted Bobby Blood (CREMATORIUM, FIRST BLOOD) as their new drummer.

Merauder will be on tour in Europe throughout July and playing the Dour Open Air Festival in Belgium and Zwarte Cross Open Air Festival Lichtenvoorde Holland. Full tour schedule to be announced shortly.

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Terror Syndrome Reveals New Album Track Listing

TERROR SYNDROME drummer Ryan van Poederooyen (THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND) has issued the following update:

"The album has been officially completed. 100% done!!! We were thinking of giving the album a title name but we've decided to release it as a self titled release. Greg Reely (DEVIL DRIVER, SYL, MISERY SIGNALS, FEAR FACTORY) has finished Mastering the entire album. Greg did an amazing job in my opinion and we're all happy with the results. Devin Townsend's mixes kick 'uber' ass and Greg's mastering job sounds amazing. We're extremely happy with the end result of how the album sounds and we hope you all feel the same way when it's released! I'll be getting the mastered album in a few days, which means you all should be hearing some album quality Terror Syndrome MP3's on our My Space page later this week or early next week at the latest."

"The official track order for the record is : 'Stupidity For All', 'Thrill Pill', 'When God Was Sober', 'For Your Amusement', 'Riot Of Red' (featuring Christofer Malmstrom), 'Motionless', 'Revolving Horror', 'Rusty Trombone' (featuring Alex Skolnick and Trevor Dunn), 'My Next Victim', 'One Crime Closer to Hell', 'Disposable Empire' (featuring Byron Stroud), 'Spinning Backwards' (featuring Devin Townsend and Michael Manring)."

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Defeated Sanity Releases More Tour Dates

German brutal death metallers DEFEATED SANITY have lined up the following upcoming U.S. tour dates:

MUCOPUS, SEXCREMENT, COPREMESIS:
May 20 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott w/ Dysentery
May 21 - New York, NY @ Midway w/ Malignancy
May 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Manhattan Room

May 24 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest VI)

DISMAL LAPSE, DIVARICATE, MUCUS MEMBRANE:
May 29 - Las Vegas, NV @ T.B.A. w/ Guttural Secrete
May 30 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound (Gathering of the Sick)
May 31 - El Paso, TX @ Chics
June 1 - Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation
June 2 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA *
June 3 - Corona, CA @ The Showcase Theater *
June 4 – Ventura/San Jose, CA @ tbc w/ Inherit Disease*
June 5 – Petaluma/Santa Cruz, CA @ T.B.A. *
June 6 - Sacramento, CA @ T.B.A.
June 7 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ Inherit Disease

* = no DISMAL LAPSE

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Skinless Announce Upcoming Tour Dates

SKINLESS have lined up the following upcoming shows:

April 25 - Gloversville, NY @ The Upperdeck (Sick Shit Fest)
April 25 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights (Super Jam 2008)
May 16 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft w/ Vital Remains
May 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Jigsaw w/ Vital Remains
May 18 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants (Mayhem In May)
August 10 - Providence, RI @ Club Hell & Jerky’s (New England Deathfest)

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Taproot Announces Flint Concert

Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has issued the following update:

"TAPROOT is getting back in gear and playing some live shows. Phil [Lipscomb, bass] flew back to MI last week and the band has started rehearsing for their upcoming shows. The first show we can announce is May 24th we'll be at one of our favorite places to play, The Machine Shop in Flint, MI, which has become our adopted hometown."

"To purchase advance tickets for concerts at The Machine Shop you can go to the club itself, Paradise Express on Dort Hwy. Flint, Busted Knuckle Underground Clothing, 5880 State St., Saginaw or just simply go to www.etix.com and you can print tickets on your printer. It is very simple and is less costly than other ticket sales companies."

"We have a couple more shows we'll be announcing in the next few days, so stay tuned! We can't wait to get back out and play in front of our fans!"

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Monstrosity Cancels Headlining Tour

Long-running Florida-based death metallers MONSTROSITY have issued the following update:

"Due to a number of reasons, we are cancelling our headline tour starting in May. There's been issues with some of the shows, and our direct support GRAVE dropped off, so instead of just throwing something together were just going to cancel and start fresh. We've been having a great run with VITAL REMAINS but it's just not the same as headlining and we want to bring our show to you guys the way it should be. We will finish out the VITAL REMAINS tour so come out and see it if you get the chance."

Upcoming MONSTROSITY shows:

April 21 - The Compound - Albuquerque, NM
April 22 - Chics - El Paso, TX
April 23 - Red Seven - Austin, TX
April 24 - The Bulldog Cafe - Fairdale, KY
April 25 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
April 26 - Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Fest)
April 27 - The Haunt - Yonkers, NY

MONSTROSITY recently announced the addition of touring bassist Ben Kuza.

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Nicolas Cage's Son Introduces Dimmu Borgir

Actor Nicolas Cage's 17-year-old son Weston Cage introduced DIMMU BORGIR at The Grove in Anaheim, California on April 16. Video of the opening can be found on TMZ.com. Images of the show can be found here.

DIMMU BORGIR are currently on a headlining tour in North America alongside Behemoth and Keep of Kalessin.

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Cavalera Conspiracy Announce U.S. Support Acts

Cavalera Conspiracy have announced that the full touring lineup for their run of North America will be as follows: CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THROWDOWN, BURY YOUR DEAD and INCITE. The band plan to announce tour dates at the end of the week.

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Opeth Streaming "The Lotus Eater" Track Online

OPETH are currently streaming the new track 'The Lotus Eater' from the band's forthcoming album Watershed at this location.

Watershed is due out on June 3rd. The tracklisting is as follows:

'Coil', 'Heir Apparent', 'The Lotus Eater', 'Burden', 'Porcelain Heart', 'Hessian Peel', 'Hex Omega'.

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Guns N' Roses "Negotiating" To Release New Album

Billboard.com reports: With a new management team in place, Guns N' Roses is "in negotiations" for the release of its decade-in-the-making album "Chinese Democracy," according to a post on the band's Web site.

The message did not elaborate on what the discussions concern, or offer an approximate release date for "Chinese Democracy," which was last on Interscope's release schedule in March 2007.

In other GNR news, guitarist Robin Finck has left the Axl Rose-led band to return to Nine Inch Nails, and will tour with the latter act this summer.

"Robin's plans caught everyone in Guns, as well as our fans, a bit off-guard," the band says. "Neither we nor management, etc., know any more in this regard and we prefer not to speculate or offer opinions at this time."

"When we begin to put tour plans together, we'll see where things are," the post continues. "Until then, Robin's touring with NIN and we're working with management on our game plans."

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Metallica Working On Vocals For New Album

The following report is courtesy of Rolling Stone:

METALLICA didn’t perform an impromptu parking lot set as some had hoped they would Saturday during the first annual Record Store Day, yet cheers rang out, tears fell and metal reigned during an epic six-hour marathon of autograph-signing, chatting and pictures.

Ending a grubby, shivering, boozy three-day parking lot camp-out for 400 fans, Rasputin Music and DVDs in Mountain View, CA near San Jose opened its doors at 10:30 a.m. to give away hundreds of RSD commemorative posters, T-shirts, and CDs. Songs from Master Of Puppets, Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning played. Metallica’s founding members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and 2003 addition on bass Robert Trujillo arrived individually by black towncar at 2 p.m. to commune with the black-clad throng, assembled from as far away as Australia and Japan. The screaming, bird-flipping hordes chased each car into Rasputin’s loading area, and surrounded the strip-mall building, awaiting a chance to asked their idols about American tour dates (“September,” said Hetfield) and vocals on the new album (“I’m working on ‘em,” Hetfield promised). Others asked when they could hear the first new Metallica album in five years, produced by Rick Rubin (“This fall,” said Trujillo).

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Sepultura Give Fans Chance To Be Part Of New Album

Sepultura have posted the following message via their Myspace account:

"(Via Myspace) Send us a phrase, through comment or message to this profile, about "A Clockwork Orange", (book by Anthony Burgess, film by Stanley Kubrick) and we'll pick one to write a song inspired on it. We'll give credits to the winner on the album and one exclusive CD and one DVD."

Send your suggestions to the official Sepultura Myspace here.

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Dio-Era Black Sabbath Box Set Due In July

Black-sabbath.com webmaster Joe Seigler has issued the following update:

"When Black Box was released in 2004, one of the things not mentioned then was "what about remastering all the other Sabbath albums?" Well, today (part of) that has been announced. First off, I must state that this is NOT called Black Box II. That's my own name. This is called The Rules of Hell.

I have already asked a few questions of Band management regarding this box set, when I get some answers, I'll report back. What I've asked is this:

- Is this a new remastering session, or is it the same sessions that produced the versions used on the DIO Years?
- Anything in the way of extras, or is it just the albums like it was in Black Box?
- Will there be Geezer (or Ronnie as the case may be) approved lyrics again like there were in Black Box?
- Will the albums be made available on their own, or only as part of this box set?

Again, I do not know the answers to these questions - yet. When I find out, I'll report back. This is very cool, as the Dio era albums need an upgrade. I'm hopeful about the extras, because there are more tracks sitting around than what were on the actual albums, so hopefully some of that stuff can be released, too. Here is the official text regarding this set:

HEAVEN & HELL will be supporting the release of The Rules Of Hell a five-CD boxed set available on July 22nd from Rhino Records which features re-mastered versions of all four Dio-era Black Sabbath albums (Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules, Live Evil and Dehumanizer) in a deluxe package with new liner notes.

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Anthrax Demoing New Songs

ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante spoke with the Twin Peaks Archive about a number of topics recently. When asked about the future, Benante responded: "Well, we’re demo-ing songs for a new record. We have a new singer in place, we’re really excited about this third stage of our career. I could’ve just packed it in and said ‘I’m done with this’, but we still have this drive, I still have this hunger. And I still have this catalogue of music that needs to be heard. We’re gonna hopefully put it out this year. We just wanna make it right, because with a new singer it’s gonna be under the microscope. I would say it’s gonna be a little more in the older direction that we were going into, and I would say it’s going to be more into a new direction. I hear elements of the old and I hear elements of new. We’re thinking of working with this guy Joe Barresi, who worked on the last TOOL record. I’m doing a lot of stuff in my place in Chicago, which is kinda like Anthrax central."

Check out the full interview at Twin Peaks

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Onslaught Announce More Summer Tour Dates

Legendary reactivated UK thrashers ONSLAUGHT have updated their summer tour itinerary with the following dates:

May
1 - Club 2 - Tudor, Baia Mare, Romania
2 - Club Rolland - Garos Cluj, Romania
3 - Live Metal Club - Bucharest, Romania
4 - Hristo Botev Community Center - Sofia, Bulgaria
5 - Open Theater - Komotini, Germany
8 - Metalbox Club - Timisoara, Romania
9 - Castro Club - Skopje, Macedonia
10 - Avalon Club - Budapest, Hungary

June
21 - Queens Of Metal Festival - Kleinwenkheim, Germany
28 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany

July
8 - Metalcamp Festival, Tolmin, Slovenia
27 - Lagoa, Burning Live Festival - Estombar, Portugal

August 1
4 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbuhl, Germany

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Devilish Impressions To Support Satyricon

After successful European tour alongside BEHEMOTH, appearance at Wacken Road Show alongside OVERKILL, SAMAEL, ENSLAVED & TRISTANIA as well as UK / Scotland / Ireland tour with DISMEMBER, the band will be soon heading for their first tour ever in Poland ('Rebel Angels Tour') followed by an exclusive gig in Kiev with SATYRICON on the 18th of May. DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS will held main support slot while the gig will be opened by Nokturnal Mortum.

Devilish Impressions has been touring in support of their latest album, "Diabolicanos Act III: Armageddon."

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Dimebag Tribute Song Released, Audio Available

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner, former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, ex-JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH and current BEYOND FEAR/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and DAITRIBE guitarist Tristan "1690" Grigsby have joined forces to record a song for the upcoming tribute album to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Entitled "Leave It Alone", the track features solos by special guests Nick Bowcott (ex-GRIM REAPER) and fan Brian Cashmore. It was recorded and mixed in Chicago at Farview Recording by Jason Walsh, with additional tracks recorded at Saltmine studios in Phoenix, Arizona and Galahad in Cleveland.

The track is being streamed in full at this location.

"Leave It Alone" will be released to radio on May 6 and will be made available for download exclusively via iTunes. All proceeds from the song will go to the Little Kids Rock school program.

Little Kids Rock believes that all children in our public schools deserve music education as music education is a transforming force in children's lives. Dimebag had the same philosophy with always sharing his passion and love of music to the world inspiring kids to pick up a guitar.

Commented Owens: "It was a lot of fun to help write and record this tune with some great musicians and friends, and it goes to a great cause! So I would love for the fans to get off their asses and buy this tune for charity and not just a charity... it's Dime's charity. For once, don't download it for free!"

Added Ellefson: "Ironically, [the recording of the song] led to a really cool metal jam we did for Rockhouse at NAMM this year, a gig which brought in our friend Ripper to really tear it up on vocals. 'Leave It Alone' is not only a cool song but it was also the beginning of a great working relationship with me and Jason Bittner, doing clinics, jams, and so forth."

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The Metal Masters Tour Dates and Bands Announced

After weeks of speculation, Live Nation has finally confirmed a killer package that is bound to go down as the heavy metal event of 2008 — JUDAS PRIEST, HEAVEN AND HELL, MOTÖRHEAD and TESTAMENT will be touring together for the first time.

Dubbed "The Metal Masters Tour", the fifteen-date U.S. trek kicks off August 6 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning this weekend at www.livenation.com.

JUDAS PRIEST will be supporting their epic concept album, "Nostradamus", arriving June 17 via Epic Records, which tells the tale of the renowned 16th century prophet. A few tracks from "Nostradamus" will make their in-concert debut on "The Metal Masters Tour", but the majority of PRIEST's set list will include some of metal's all-time classics, as well as fan favorites that span the quintet's entire career. Without a doubt, this will be one of PRIEST's most powerful sets ever.

HEAVEN AND HELL will be supporting the release of "The Rules Of Hell", a five-CD boxed set available July 22 from Rhino Records, which features re-mastered versions of all four Dio-era BLACK SABBATH albums ("Heaven and Hell", "Mob Rules", "Live Evil" and "Dehumanizer") in a deluxe package with new liner notes.

Perennial road rats MOTÖRHEAD will be offering a blistering barnstormer of a set spanning more than three decades of molar-rattling biker metal. A new studio album — the 20th of their storied career — is currently being recorded at their old pal Dave Grohl's studio with an August release date targeted. Frontman Lemmy, named by the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper as "the nation's greatest living Englishman," blairs out, "Here it comes everybody, the test of your Metalness in 2008 and the years to come! Come one come all and be abused!"

Rounding out the line-up will be legendary thrash metal titans TESTAMENT, whose new album, "The Formation of Damnation", (April 29) displays TESTAMENT as the quintessential modern heavy metal band, whose experience and accumulated skill allows them to attack with reserves of anger, energy and finesse that make them more powerful than ever. Lead singer Chuck Billy says, "Uniting these bands is the heavy metal event of generations. We are so proud to be a part of it."

Although all four bands may represent different subgenres of heavy metal, all four have one thing in common – they have stuck to their stylistic guns through thick and thin, and have remained true to the metal form. And soon, band and fan will be united as one on "The Metal Masters Tour".

"As ever, we look forward to screaming out loud with our metal maniac fans when we hit the road," enthuses PRIEST singer Rob Halford. "Thank you once again for your devotion and support. The PRIEST is back!"

This tour will be limited to fifteen very special engagements, and Citi cardmembers will have pre-sale access to tickets through Citi's Private Pass Program, available to all Citi cardmembers at www.privatepass.citi.com.

Metal maniacs seeking the ultimate concert experience can access unique VIP ticket and fan experience packages that offer premium seats, meet & greets, pre-concert parties and more brought to you by the bands' official websites. VIP packages for the first events will be on sale by 10 a.m eastern time on Friday, April 25. Also, not all VIP packages are the same, so be sure to pick the right one that suits you best.

According to LiveNation.com, the following dates have been confirmed for the trek:

Aug. 06 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Aug. 07 - Nissan Pavilion - Bristow, VA
Aug. 09 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 10 - Nikon at Jones Beach - Wantagh, NY
Aug. 13 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
Aug. 16 - Post Gazette Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 18 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
Aug. 19 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL
Aug. 22 - Superpages.com Amphitheatre - Dallas, TX
Aug. 23 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX
Aug. 24 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - San Antonio, TX
Aug. 27 - Journal Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 28 - Cricket Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 30 - Glen Helen Pavilion - San Bernardino, CA
Aug. 31 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA

The following "The Metal Masters Tour" dates are being listed on JUDAS PRIEST's "Tunewidget", but are not part of the official Live Nation press release:

Aug. 15 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
Sep. 01 - Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas, NV

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Satyricon Release Details About New EP

Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON have issued the following update:

"Our new EP which comes as a seven-inch gatefold vinyl single including a five-track CD is now on its way. This will be the only physical version of the EP and the packaging is truly one of a kind! The track listing is as follows:

01. My Skin Is Cold (exclusive)
02. Live Through Me (re-mastered, original version only released as bonus song on the LP edition of "Volcano")
03. Existential Fear-Quetions (re-mastered, original version only released as bonus song on the LP edition of "Volcano")
04. Repined Bastard Nation (live and turbocharged from the Gjallarhorn show at Sentrum Scene, Oslo, November 2006)
05. Mother North (live from the Gjallarhorn show at Sentrum Scene, Oslo, November 2006)

"The EP will be relased via Roadrunner Records worldwide, except Norway, where SATYRICON's new partner, Indie Recordings, will release it. The release date is June 2 for all countries and will also be released digitally via iTunes and other outlets who sells music digitally."

Fan-filmed video footage of SATYRICON performing the song "My Skin Is Cold" at the Inferno metal festival, whick took place March 19-22, 2008 in Oslo, Norway can be viewed at this location.

SATYRICON is currently writing material for a new full-length album, tentatively due in the fall.

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Crucifier Signs With Ibex Moon Records

Greek thrash metallers CRUCIFIER have inked a deal with Ibex Moon Records, the label run by INCANTATION mainman John McEntee.

According to a press release, CRUCIFIER has been playing '80s- and early '90s-influenced thrash for over a decade in the vein of RAZOR, SACRIFICE, DARK ANGEL, BLOOD FEAST and many more.

Commented John McEntee: "It's great to be working with the guys in CRUCIFIER. They have a fast aggressive vibe that is reminiscent of the great underground thrash bands of the '80s. It's killer to see these guys keeping the true metal feeling alive. Prepare for a devastating thrash metal assault."

CRUCIFIER guitarist Nik stated: "We are pleased to announce that we have signed to Ibex Moon Records from USA and we're very satisfied to work with such cool people and hope that all goes well and of course make some great albums too."

Ibex Moon Records will re-release CRUCIFIER's second full-length CD, "Cursed Cross", with totally new packaging, remastered and with bonus tracks, later this year.

Look out for a new thrash metal assault by CRUCIFIER in 2009.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/crucifiergreece.

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Interview

Sick of It All Guitar Tech Mei-ling Interviewed

While catching up with Sick of It All in Philadelphia, we got the chance to meet Mei-ling Koller, Sick of It All guitar tech, a powerful woman in a male dominated profession. We snatched her away from the mayhem backstage, and found a quiet spot in the in the First Unitarian Church to talk. We explored her journey, from how she started to what it takes to be a female in such a ballsy profession. Being in such a tough profession is trying at times, but Mei-ling Koller has the inner and outward strength, and the fortitude, to excel. More...

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Shook Ones Record New Material

Seattle hardcore band Shook Ones were in the studio last weekend recording material for two upcoming split releases. The group tracked six new songs, four of which will appear on a split with End Of A Year for Runner Up Records. The remaining two tracks will be used for a split with Hour Of The Wolf, to be released by No Idea Records. According to the group, "They're getting mixed at the end of the month, and depending on the wishes of our respective labels, perhaps we'll give you a taste then."

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IXXI Signs with Candlelight Records

Swedish black metallers IXXI have inked a deal with Candlelight Records.

IXXI was formed early 2006, in Stockholm. Some pre-recordings where made and in July 2006 the band entered Endarker Studio to record the first self-titled album. In October a video for the track "Ancient Spirits Are" was recorded. In June 2007, almost a year after the recording of the self-titled album, it was finally released by Total Holocaust Records. The very same month, June 2007, IXXI entered Endarker studio once again to record the second opus "Assorted Armament". Selin left the band prior to the recording and was replaced by Smoker but did make a guest appearance on the track "Armageddon Nobility". The CD was released in December 2007 by Sigilla Malae.

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Seventh Seal Announces New Drummer

Baltimore-area metal band Seventh Seal has announced Jim Martin as their new drummer. Commenting on the drummer situation, Justin posted the following:

"We've had our eye on him for quite some time, he absolutely WAILS on the kit! You will not believe it when you see him live!! Thanks to EVERYONE that came and tried out, there were a lot of really cool guys that we met along the way. We've been auditioning for quite some time as you all know, we didn't want to rush our decision. Bringing in a new person is like adding a brother to your family and since you can pick and choose instead of just being born into a family with no option, you gotta make sure you pick the right one!!! We also would like to give a HUUUUUUGE thanks to Mark Mathias for filling in all this time on the kit for our live shows and our last studio trek. Now he can finally get back to whooping people's asses behind the scenes for Seventh Seal!! :) Mark, as you all may or may not know, has done all the drums on all 3 Seventh Seal albums as well as a ton of management stuff for the band. When we lost our old drummer he jumped in without question until we found the new one so we could continue the bands progression without having to wait. So again, THANKS MARK!!!!! Come check out our last two shows with Mark on drums at Angels and Ramshead this week, it's going to be INSANE!!!! Then be sure to come check out our first show with JIM "I PREFER PLASTIC ON MY BURGER" MARTIN at Dakota's in Chambersburg on April 26th, it's going to be off the walls in that place!"

Seventh Seal is planning to tour extensively this year, including a small tour into New England beginning the last week of May and into June. The band is finalizing dates for that run and will be announcing the dates for their "As Lives Of One" fall tour, which will see them hit the entire east coast during the month of October.

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Nevea Tears Looking For New Singer

Los Angeles band Nevea Tears has officially detailed the line-up changes they've made during the past several months. Most importantly, the group is now actively seeking for a new vocalist. Here's a statement from the band:

"A lot of you have been wondering what the status of Nevea Tears has been in the last half a year or so. Many of you have seen us live during this time and have an idea what has been going on, but we have not made any official announcements. Immediately following our release of 'Run with the Hunted,' our second full-length under Eulogy Recordings, John (vocalist), Dom (bassist), and Stephen (drummer) all decided for personal reasons to part ways with the band. This was a heavy blow and all three of them will be dearly missed. This left the band with original members, Greg (guitarist and vocalist) and Jeff (guitarist and electronics), who decided the band should NOT end here. Approaching our November US Tour supporting this record release, Nevea Tears acquired temporary members Alex Reyes (vocalist), Aaron Wymore (bassist), and Matt Marquez (drummer) in hopes of continuing the band's career. Everything went well with the tour and the following shows. Matt became our permanent drummer and Alex and Aaron continued to help us out. Recently, Alex has moved to permanent bassist, and Nevea Tears IS currently looking for a new vocalist. In the meantime, Alex is still fronting the band and Aaron is still playing bass. Nevea Tears has big plans for their future and have already begun writing new music for the future. That said; if you are interested in trying out for the position of vocalist for Nevea Tears or know someone that would be perfect for our band, please contact us for more information. Serious inquiries only, please. Contact neveatears@yahoo.com or hit us up at www.neveatears.com if you are interested.

"Once again, we like to thank all the fans, old and new who continue to support us. Like always, we will continue to write, play shows, and hopefully be touring really soon! Please feel free to comment and talk to us."

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