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Metal News for April 22, 2005

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17 news articles posted on this day.

My Dying Bride Announce Box Set Release Date

British goth metal legends My Dying Bride will unleash a box set, "Anti-Diluvian Chronicles," on May 23. The three-disc package will feature tracks from each of the band's 10 albums, as well as new remixes of "The Wreckage of My Flesh," "My Wine in Silence" and "The Raven and the Rose."

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Porcupine Tree To Tour w/ ex-King Crimson Members

It could be said that Porcupine Tree owe a large chunk of their fanbase to Opeth, and vice versa. Steven Wilson, frontman and production bon vivant behind the grandiose British progressive rockers, has produced Opeth's last three records — 2001's "Blackwater Park," 2002's "Deliverance" and 2003's "Damnation." But associations aside, "People either like the music or they don't — so they must be liking it," Wilson said.

"I think we've both kind of benefited from [the connection], although that was never the intention," he continued. "We just worked together because we had great admiration for each other's bands. I have to say, it's been great seeing a lot more young metal kids at the shows, digging what we're doing."

Alas, extensive touring and his commitment to Porcupine Tree have prevented Wilson from helming the new Opeth LP, which the band started working on last month. Porcupine Tree — whose new disc, "Deadwing," drops May 3 — will hit the road May 13 in Washington, D.C., for an all-encompassing U.S. tour. In a nod to the band's roots, the two former guitarists from long-running prog-rock titans King Crimson will be splitting the opening slot: Adrian Belew will open the East Coast gigs, while Robert Fripp will cover the West.

"Deadwing" will be released in three formats: a generic stereo mix, a DVD-Audio disc with a surround mix, and a special edition combining the two with a 72-page hardback book. The album is based on a script Wilson wrote several years ago. "I like hanging an album on one particular subject," he said. "It's important that every record have some sort of thematic unity." The story focuses on a man who "arrives at a point in his life fate never intended" and involves the "unraveling of the situation, to get him back to where he should have been." It's a surreal "ghost story," said Wilson, and "the idea's ultimately that this album will form a kind of companion with [the] feature film."

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Mustaine Considers New Additions To Gigantour

Lead shredder and singer Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is considering several new additions for an upcoming North American tour; including Diecast, Dry Kill Logic, Otep, Overkill, Pain of Salvation, Taproot, and Symphony X.

Megadeth's "Gigantour" is set to begin in late July with Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Dillinger Escape Plan will join the tour late, according to Mustaine's forum announcement, and the slot is as-of-yet still open. "There are still many more bands to review, and now I am waiting for their music to be sent."

The band also reports a possible Australia visit. Mustaine said, "It may not be with any of the current line-up of other bands, but at least we are starting the preliminary footwork."

A website for the tour -- named after a 1960's cartoon "Gigantor" -- will be launched next month. This six-week trek will likely be the band's final tour under the Megadeth name.

The thrash metal band were founded in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.

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New Iron Maiden Figures On The Way

NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) will be releasing the Iron Maiden "Somewhere in Time" and "Piece of Mind" Eddie action figures late May. "Boasting a very large put-together three-piece diorama base, the 'Piece of Mind' Eddie will feature a ball jointed neck and torso and chains." Check out photos of the "Piece of Mind" Eddie action figure: Photo#1, Photo#2, Photo#3, Photo#4.

With regards to the "Somewhere in Time" Eddie action figure, a posting on the NECA web site states: "Heavy Metal fans everywhere got excited when we announced our line of Iron Maiden collectibles, and here is our first 7" scale action figure to start off the line. Equipped with an arsenal of futuristic weaponry, this cyborg Eddie is based on the album artwork for Iron Maiden's 1986 release 'Somewhere In Time'. Sculpted by Kyle Windrix and painted by Ed Repka, this action figure comes with a collapsible diorama base, three removable guns, alternate left hand, and is fully posable, featuring ball jointed hips and neck." Check out pictures of the "Somewhere in Time" Eddie action figure: Photo#1, Photo#2, Photo#3.

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Into Eternity Posts Mexico and Ohio Festival News

Canadian progressive death metal artists has posted the following message on their official website:

April 21, 2005 - México and Ohio festival news
All of us in Into Eternity are extremely blown away to be chosen to play the main stage of the Monterrey Metal Fest II!. It is our first time playing in México and we get to play at such a great festival! I think I am more excited to meet all the legendary bands we are playing along side with. Jag Panzer, Metal Church, Hammerfall and Motorhead are all class act bands. We plan to make the most of this opportunity and give 110% onstage!

We are also happy to play Dwell In Darkness II Festival in Dayton, Ohio on June 11th, along with Extol, Incantation, Bobaflex, Dog Fashion Disco and many more (presented by SMNnews.com)!

See you on the there & keep it metal!!
TIM

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AHC Issue Statement On Bryan Ottoson's Death

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE have issued their first statement to the press following the death of guitarist Bryan Ottoson on April 19 in North Charleston, SC. The group's statement reads as follows:

"The music world has lost a great guitarist and an even greater person with the death of our dear friend Bryan Ottoson.

"Bryan was a vital member of our group and a key songwriter on 'The Feeding'. It is our intention to honor his memory by re-joining MUDVAYNE, one of Bryan's favorite bands, on their current tour. Words cannot convey the depth of our sadness, but we want our fans to be able to hear the music Bryan loved so much. He'd be pissed if we didn't continue on. We will return on the Lubbock, TX date on April 29th."

Bryan's surviving brother, Chad Ottoson, added: "The Ottoson family firmly stands behind AHC's decision to carry on in Bryan's name."

A public memorial service for Bryan is forthcoming. More information will be made available soon.

As previously reported, Ottoson died from overdosing on prescription drugs, according to MTV.com. Police said that a bottle containing "numerous amounts of prescription medicine" was found in the 27-year-old Ottoson's bunk after his body was discovered before a show in North Charleston, South Carolina. Ottoson's bandmates told police that they had last seen the guitarist alive at 4:00 a.m. as the band was departing Jessup, Maryland for South Carolina, and that he had consumed large amounts of alcohol at a Jessup bar the prior evening.

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Hear Two New DevilDriver Tracks Online

Two new DevilDriver tracks are available to check out from the band's upcoming sophomore release, The Fury Of Maker's Hand. You can stream "End Of The Line" and download "Hold Back The Day" (as an mp3) in Roadrunner Records' MUSIC section now.

Devildriver will be embarkingon a tour with Machine Head and It Dies Today in May, and the Sounds Of The Underground tour this summer.

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Devin Townsend Band To Enter Studio In August

Canadian madman Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad) has booked off half of August and all of September to record the new Devin Townsend Band album. It is tentatively called "Sychestra" (changed from from the previously announced "Human"). The Devin Townsend Band DVD will likely be released as a bonus disc with the album and not independently. Like in 2003, Devin thinks that the two records will artistically complement as well as contradict one another.

In related news, Strapping Young Ladbassist Byron Stroud will be back with Fear Factory for the Gigantour in the USA, featuring Megadeth, Dream Theater, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Meanwhile, Will Campagna has returned as Strapping Young Lad's keyboard player and will be joining them on the upcoming Sounds of the Underground tour beginning in late June. This tour is different in that it starts in the morning and the bands are separated into three tiers, rotating order within each tier for each performance. SYL are in Tier 2 and are scheduled to play somewhere between 3 and 6 p.m. each date. Somewhere between Tier 2 and 3, there will be a special "half-time show" performance by GWAR.

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Evergrey Bassist Completes Project Hate Tracks

The Project Hate, the Swedish band featuring Jörgen Sandström of Entombed/Grave fame on lead vocals, have finished recording their new album with producer Dan Swanö at several studios in Örebro, Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden. Assisting them during the recording sessions was Evergrey bassist Michael Håkansson, who completed his tracks at his studio in Gothenburg before the entire recording was shipped off to Swanö to be mixed and mastered.

Writing to Evergrey's official web site, Håkansson said, "I have now finished my work on the upcoming The Project Hate album and it turned out awesome!!! The album in now done for mixing by Dan Swanö. I was asked to join for the album and everyone seem very, very happy with my work and I´m really proud myself. Keep your eyes open for a killer album!!!"

The Project Hate's follow-up to 2003's "Hate, Dominate, Congregate, Eliminate" will be released later in the year via Threeman Recordings.

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Angel Blake (ex-The Crown) Signs To Metal Blade

Angel Blake, featuring Marko Tervonen (formerly of The Crown), have officially signed with Metal Blade Records. Regarding the group's sound, Tervonen had this to say:

"Well, I do have a certain style in me that I can't get away from. If The Crown was more about speed and aggression, then Angel Blake is more about heavy melancholic songs. There's no blastbeats here. Over the years I have always enjoyed writing these songs that were kind of "different" from The Crown. Songs that were not within the typical death/thrash borders."

The band will enter the studio in May to record their Metal Blade debut. Song titles include "Lycanthrope", "Self-terminate", "Solitude, my friend", "Autumnal", and "Thousand Storms".

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Unearth To Shoot Video For 'Endless'

This Saturday Unearth will be shooting a video for the song "Endless," from their last album. Filming will take place at The Showcase in Corona, CA, with direction by Jerry Clubb (Six Feet Under) of Mental Suplex Productions.

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Watch Adema's 'Tornado' Video Online

Adema are out with the video to their new single 'Tornado', from their recently released 'Planets' album. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.

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Win Tickets To SoaD Secret Show, New Video Online

System will soon be playing a series of secret "Guerilla" shows in a few select cities, and Revolver mag has free pairs of tix for you to win.

If you win, your name will be on the guest list. You must arrive early to pick up your tickets and gain entry to the show. You will be notified by telephone as well as e-mail, so please make sure you submit an accurate, working telephone number.

You can enter NOW for the following shows at www.revolvermag.com.

April 24th - Los Angeles, CA. - SYSTEM OF A DOWN and KROQ-FM Present "Souls 2005" Benefit Concert. Winners for this show will be selected and notified on Friday 4/22/05.

April 27th - San Francisco - The Filmore

April 30th - Austin, Tx - The Austin Music Hall

Check revolvermag.com every day to see if your city has been added.

In other news, you can now get a sneak peek at SoaD's new video "B.Y.O.B." at the following links:
Real Video | QuickTime | Windows Media: 56k 300k 450k

MTV2's new video premiere campaign, "Unleashed," will premiere the new System of a Down video for B.Y.O.B. next Tuesday 4/26.

MTV will begin playing the video on Wednesday 4/27.

Be sure and tune in for your chance to see the FULL video first only at systemofadown.com on Monday, April 25.

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More Gorgoroth Fest Dates

Gorgoroth has confirmed a couple more concerts dates, totalling 4 upcoming shows for this summer so far:

14.05.2005 "C4" - Islikon, Switzerland
16.05.2005 "Hulen" - Bergen, Norway
02.07.2005 "With Full Force Festival" - Leipzig, Germany
13.08.2005 "Underworld" - London, UK

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Esquire: We Weren't Making Fun Of Dimebag's Death

Esquire magazine has issued a response to the criticism of its April 2005 issue in which writer Brian Frazer appeared to be poking fun at the murder of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. The last page of the magazine contained an article headlined "This Way Out" featuring a pyramid of "Recommended Daily of Vice." At the top was a section called "Use Sparingly" and in it was "Shooting ex-guitarists from PANTERA." A scan of the Esquire page in question can be found at this location.

In response to countless letters from Dimebag fans criticizing the article, Esquire has sent out the following form letter offering their explanation for the story:

"We're sorry you're offended by the 'This Way Out' page in the April issue of Esquire.

"We do want to point out, however, that the target of the offending joke was not Darrell Abbott. We feel nothing but sympathy for his friends, fans, and family. The target of the joke was the deranged man who shot him. His was a horrible and reprehensible act, as are many of the other 'vices' mentioned in the article."

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New Children Of Bodom Album Title Revealed

According to Scythes-of-Bodom.com, Children of Bodom's upcoming fifth album will be called "Are You Dead Yet" and is scheduled to be released September 21, 2005.

The band is currently in the studio recording the album. Drum tracks are already done and the guitars and bass are up next.

Frontman, Alexi Laiho, and keyboardist, Janne Wirman, appeared at the Finnish radio show Takahuone on YleX yesterday (Apr. 20) morning. They were interviewed about their experiences on the road.

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New Demons & Wizards Audio Sample Available

A one-minute, 45-second sample of a new DEMONS & WIZARDS track, entitled "The Gunslinger", is available for download at this location. "The Gunslinger" comes off the group's upcoming sophomore album, "Touched by the Crimson King", due on June 27 via SPV Records. The follow-up to the group's 2001 self-titled CD, "Touched by the Crimson King" (view cover here) will feature the following track listing: More...

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