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Metal News for April 22, 2003

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19 news articles posted on this day.

Cropment's Back To Humanity Tour

Cropment's Back To Humanity Tour has been cut short slightly due to conflicting bands' touring schedules in teh same areas. Cropment will be supported by different local acts and mainly their pals Scalpell for the entire tour. Here are the final tour dates: More...

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Sepultura Post New MP3 For Download

Sepultura have posted an MP3 of new track ‘Mindwar’. This comes form new album ‘Roorback’, which is due for May release. The album will come with a bonus CD featuring the tracks from the recent ‘Revolusongs’ EP.

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Limpbizkit Scrap Recordings

Limpbizkit have decided to restart the recording process for their upcoming album, using new guitarist Mike Smith. Mainman Fred Durst hasn’t scrapped the recordings already in the can, but set them aside for future use. The band still hope to have the record in the shops by early July. And expect a change of title from the recently announced ‘The Search For Teddy Shroes’.

I only post this shit for laughs. These guys are so metal-wannabe and can't make up their mind about anything. I predict another band name change, five more album name changes and no release until 2005. It'd be all the better for everyone.

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The Human Condition

Wiley Arnett, former 13-year lead axeman of Sacred Reich (Metal Blade Records), has teamed up with the multifaceted singer and lyricist Patrick Flannery, frontman of the notorious shock metal band St. Madness (Nasty Prick Records), in a project aptly called The Human Condition. Joined by Scott Twitty (Bludgeon) and, new to the scene, Brian Webb, this project explores all facets of the human condition lyrically and musically, and lays them before you for a new renaissance in hard and powerful song writing, er something... You can download a couple of mp3s here.

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Setherial Near Completion of New Album

Setherial have almost finished working on their new studio album. The album is titled "Endtime Divine" and will see the light of day on June 2nd through Regain Records.

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Spiritus Mortis Endure Line up Change

There have been some recent line up changes for Spiritus Mortis. Their drummer, Veli-Matti Yli-Mäyry, has left the band because of musical differences and other commitments he had. No replacement has been anounced.

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Mystic Circle Set Studio time in May

Germany's Mystic Circle will enter the studio to start recording their new studio album on May 19th. The double album has the title "Open The Gates Of Hell" and will see the light of day before the end of the year through Massacre. After the release an extensive tour will follow.

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Immemorial Enter the Studio

Immemorial entered Selani Studios to record their new studio album. The temporary titled is "After Deny" and the album is being produced by Szymon Czech. It will be the debut for new members Karolina on vocals and Frost on bass, and is scheduled for a June release.

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Herod Sign with Lifeforce

Buffalo NY metal band Herod has officially signed with Lifeforce Records. Formed in late-2000, the group has previously released material on Too Damn Hype Records and features former members of such bands as Union, Dead To The World, and The Control. The band has already begun demoing new material expect to release their Lifeforce debut in November.

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Nattas Ink Deal with Agonia Records

Swedish Black/Thrashers Nattas have been signed to Agonia Records and will record their first full-lengther "At ease with the Beast" in Sunlight Studio with producer Tomas Skogsberg in May or June.

Nattas have also parted ways with longtime drummer Helvetet. The new line-up consists of: Mouth - vocals, Engine - bass, Darkwing - guitar and newcomer The Demonizer on the drums.

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Obidil Sign with On Parole Productions

Slovenian heavy metalers Obidil have signed to On Parole Productions, where they plan to release their debut "The Magic World" sometime in May. Obidil play heavy metal with many elements from classical music, fusion and progressive rock.

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Lord Belial Extend Angelgrinder Tour

Lord Belial will continue their Angelgrinder tour over Europe on the 10th of May. Support for this show is Satanic Slaughter and Avenger (support on first tour were Forlorn and our country mates Magus Noctum).

In other news, bassist Fille Carlsson left Satanic Slaughter and has already been replaced by Martin's (drums) brother, Simon Axenrot

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Behemoth Added to Metal Gods Tour

Poland's Behemoth have been added to the first three shows of the Metal Gods 2003 tour beginning April 25th in Chicago at the House Of Blues. Dates also include the 26th at the Agora Theater in Cleveland, OH and the 27th at Clutch Cargo¹s in Pontiac, MI. Behemoth joins the stellar lineup headlined by Halford, Testament, Immortal, Primal Fear, Carnal Forge and Pain Museum.

Behemoth will then head west to the Blackest of The Black tour featuring Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, Opeth, Nile and Lacuna Coil. Behemoth's Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond) continues to garner rave reviews, and it is not going to be long before this killing machine becomes one of the genre's leading forces.

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Abbath to Guest on New Dimmu Borgir Album

Immortal leader Abbath will be adding his vocals to two tracks on the new Dimmu Borgir record which is due out in September through Nuclear Blast. On of the songs is called 'Humanity Perverse', which features the Prague Orchestra String Section.

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Obey the Flame Festival Update

The Obey The Flame Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 24 at Salle De L'X and Sunday, May 25 at Les Foufounes Electriques in Montreal, PQ.

The Saturday Warm Up Show features the following lineup: Horfixion (With Patrice Hamelin from Martyr), 5 Line Legacy, Last Breath, Celestial Dawn, Blacken plus more TBA.

The Sunday show will have three stages and feature the following acts: More...

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The End Artists Combine Forces for Tour

The End Records artists Agalloch, Antimatter and Virgin Black are joining forces for a West Coast tour. This is the first tour for Agalloch and the first US performances for both Antimatter and Virgin Black. Exclusive merchandise plus the upcoming releases for Antimatter and Virgin Black and an exclusive tour 7" by Agalloch will be available at the shows.

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Arch Enemy to Support Iron Maiden

Arch Enemy are proud to confirm that they will play two gigs with Iron Maiden in Oslo this July and some high profile Summer festivals.

The dates are: May 31 - Download Festival (http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/) - Donington Park, UK, July 2 and 3 - Spektrum (supporting Iron Maiden) - Oslo, Norway, July 5 - Graspop Festival - Desselt, Belgium, July 13 - Tuska Open Air - Helsinki, Finland and August 2 - Gates Of Metal Festival - Hultsfred, Sweden.

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Gossow to never talk about personal life again

Arch Enemy frontwoman Angela Gossow has responded to speculation about how she landed the gig in the band following the recent revelation that she has been involved in a romantic relationship with Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott for the past three years.

Writing on the group's official message board, Angela said, "it is NOT easy being a woman. I am glad I NEVER had groupies. Otherwise they all would open their mouths now and talk shit. Weird, but I never heard any of [Arch Enemy bassist] Sharlee's friends talk disrespectful about him, spreading some gossip. Seems to be a man's thing.

"OK, we both [Mike and I] will NEVER talk about anything personal again. That wasn't a good idea.

"And no, I didn't get the job due to this [being involved in a relationship with Mike] — I almost lost the gig in AE because of this."

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Lamb of God Concert Review

Sorry for the lack of news yesterday, but after a long day's work, I stopped at home briefly before hitting the road again to go see Atreyu, Eighteen Visions, Chimaira and Lamb of God play in Springfield, VA. So let me give you a brief review of the show.

I got there just in time to see St. Diablo wrap up their set. Next up was Atreyu, who's album I have listened to only a few times. They sounded good and played more of their fast stuff - I recalled them to be a slower-paced band because of some of the drawn-out jams on their latest album. But I enjoyed their show an unique sound a lot. Following Atreyu was Eighteen Visions. I first liked them for their grooves and fat riffs, but quickly tired of their vocals, and the singer's mic being pushed too loud only made matter worse. Fortunately he let the crowd sing about a third of his vocals.

I was looking forward to seeing Chimaira again (last saw them open for Slayer over a year ago), but they were unable to make it because they were involved in a bus accident the night before. Everyone is ok, BTW. So Lamb of God took the stage. I was getting kind of tired by now anyway. But let me step back and preface my comments on Lamb of God's performance.

I wanted to see this concert for the variety in the lineup - I liked what I'd heard of Atreyu; I like Chimaira and wanted to hear some new material from their upcoming album; and I had heard good things about Eighteen Visions - but I was really interested to see and hear what Lamb of God was like live. It is always great to experience local and up and coming bands, but that enjoyment absolutely pales in comparison to the exhilaration of an experienced headlining band who commands the stage and crowd with their perfomance. And that is exactly what Lamb of God did.

From the warmup and opening notes, and finally the shoe flying in the mosh pit mid-way through their opening song, I knew I this is what I drove an hour and a half (120 mile round trip) through post-rush hour traffic on DC's beltway on a Monday night for. It was well worth it. "That's what I'm talking about," I commented to my friend after the first song. Lamb of God is one of those bands who actually sounds BETTER live than on a studio recording. Their raw energy and style was made to be played live and they played with the precision and poise of a band who's been playing for a long time (despite having only a couple of releases). They pummeled the crowd with an hour-long set of their best songs, mostly from New American Gospel, with a Burn the Priest classic and a couple of new songs from the upcoming As The Palaces Burn. Lamb of God was not one of my favorite bands going into this show, but their performance is certainly one of the most memorable and I am now, more than ever, eagerly awaiting their new album. Their performance also served to remind me that I need to get out and do this shit more often!

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