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Metal News for April 22, 2006

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7 news articles posted on this day.

Anthrax's Gothenburg Concert Called Off

ANTHRAX's concert in Gothenburg, Sweden Wednesday night (April 19) lasted only a few minutes, according to a BLABBERMOUTH.NET source that was present at the gig. Halfway through the opening song, "Among the Living", the band's amplifiers, vocalist Joey Belladonna's microphone and the monitors all went dead and the band was forced to leave the stage. The crowd was told that there was a power problem, but was asked to stay put while it was being fixed. The house PA and speakers worked as per usual, seeing as music was played while an attempt was made to fix what appeared to be "a poweramp to the backline or something like that," according to another attendee.

More than an hour later, an announcement was made that the show had to be cancelled due to "severe electrical problems." The crowd remained very civil (possibly due to the bar being open) and was surprisingly patient, despite the almost 90-minute delay before the show got called off. No one threw beers or anything at the stage, but when the announcement was finally made by one of the hosts, it was done from behind curtains (obviously to avoid being pelted with beer bottles and other similar items). Several electricians were reportedly called to the venue Trädgårn, but were unable to locate the source of the problem. The opening band, BEYOND FEAR (featuring ex-JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens), performed their set without a glitch.

ANTHRAX played Sweden at last summer's Sweden Rock festival. Tonight's concert was the only stop in Sweden on the band’s current European tour and lots of people had travelled far to see the legendary thrash metal act. The audience was told to keep their tickets to get a refund. [Note: One ANTHRAX fan reportedly demonstrated his disappointment by undressing and exposing his penis.]

The following message has been posted at ANTHRAX's official web site:

"We regret to inform that tonight's gig at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden has been cancelled due to insufficient power at the venue. [Guitarist] Scott [Ian] adds, 'We are gutted. This has never happened to us ever. We tried everything to make it work but the power problem was impossible to fix. We haven't played here since 1990 and we were so looking forward to raging with our Goteborg friends. I promise we will be back!!!'"

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Thorp Records Signs I Defy

Thorp Records has officially signed German melodic hardcore band I Defy. The band has previously released material with Reflections Records and will release their Thorp debut on July 25th. A track from the upcoming album can be downloaded here.

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The Final Burden Finish New Album

The Final Burden have finished recording their Thorp Records debut, "Processor." The effort features nine songs and will hit stores on July 25th. In the meantime, you can download a track from the album here. The album was recorded at Stu Stu Studio in Redondo Beach, CA.

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Godsmack Working With Criss Angel

Billboard.com reports: Godsmack's Sully Erna and illusionist Criss Angel are working on a new trick. The two have taken the theme song from Angel's popular A&E series, "Mindfreak," and are reworking it for Angel's forthcoming Koch Records album. "The theme song was more electronic, more Ministry, and Criss wanted to make it more power and rock," Erna tells Billboard.

Erna has brought in guitar wiz Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) to play on the track and has plans to appear on "Mindfreak" during the new season, which debuts May 31.

Godsmack's new album, "IV," is due Tuesday (April 25) via Universal. First single "Speak" is No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart for a fifth week in a row.

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Century Media Artists Nominated At PETA2.com

Century Media recording artists Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy) and Barney Greenway (Napalm Death) have been nominated for PETA’s (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) sexiest vegetarian of 2006. Interviewed in 2005 for the PETA website, vocalist Barney Greenway and Napalm Death will be the first band to lend their image to PETA’s new anti-vivisection campaign, “Save #99,” more info here. Calling vivisection, “the ultimate act of disrespect” Barney was honored that the band was chosen to pioneer this campaign.

There are actually a fair number of hardcore and metal artists listed, and you can view the list and/or vote here.

Napalm Death, who recently wrapped up their North American co-headlining tour with Kreator, will enter Foel Studios (Wales, England) next month to record the follow up to 2005’s The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code.

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Interview

To The Core: Q&A With Gary Macey Of Mindrought

Downriver, Michigan's local metal fave Mindrought has been unleashing its own unique brand of thought-provoking metal music with their very own private label of some of the heaviest and hooky, guitar-driven mosh-inducers that issue a bold tongue in cheek delivery, thus putting more of an exclamation point on the subject they rant about. This is a very exciting unsigned band at this moment and one to keep your attention on for sure. They are in production currently of a new full-length album release. I had some questions on this intriguing and face crushing metal act answered in good spirits by the band's lead vocalist, Gary Macey. More...

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Bleed The Sky Announce Warmup Shows

Cristian Machado, lead vocalist for the bilingual Latino metal sextet Ill Niño, cites Orange County's BLEED THE SKY as one of his favorite bands and has hand-picked them to join the Jagermeister-sponsored "One Nation Undivided" spring tour. Set to launch on May 10th in New York City, the tour will conclude on June 10th in New Jersey. Also on the bill are God Forbid, Silent Civilian (featuring former Spineshank frontman Jonny Santos), and Eyes Of Fire.

BLEED THE SKY vocalist Noah Robinson has this to say about the upcoming 28-city trek: "We're all fans of Ill Niño. They're really one of our favorites, and getting to watch them every night, well, we'll be sure to take notes on their live show! [laughter]"

Guitarist Wayne Miller would also like to add the following: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, our tour dates in the Northwest this past week were re-routed due to this upcoming tour with Ill Niño. We had to cancel our shows in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Idaho Falls. We promise to make them up to all and we hope to be there again very soon. On the otherhand, we are very excited about going on the Jagermeister Presents Tour in May/June with such great bands as Ill Niño, God Forbid, Eyes of Fire, and our brothers in Silent Civilian. It will be an honor sharing the stage with them. We will be doing a short headlining run of warm-up dates with Silent Civilian and Eyes Of Fire on our way out to the Ill Niño tour."

The warm-up dates are as follows:

May 5th - Annex Lewis Bowl, Sioux City, IA
May 6th - Tops And Tails, Peoria, IL
May 7th - Clearwater Theater, West Dundee, IL
May 8th - Headliners, Toledo, OH
May 9th - Rockin Ricks, Limestone, NY

Confirmed dates for the "One Nation Undivided" tour thus far are:

5/10 The Avalon – New York, NY
5/11 The Axis – Boston, MA
5/12 The Norva – Norfolk, VA
5/13 Roxy Theatre – Atlanta, GA
5/14 House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
5/16 The State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
5/17 House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
5/18 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
5/19 The Backroom – Austin, TX
5/20 The Galaxy Club – Dallas, TX
5/21 Southbeach – Lubbock, TX
5/23 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
5/25 House Of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
5/26 The New Oasis - Reno, NV
5/28 Gothic Theater - Englewood, CO
6/01 Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL

In related news, you can read a recent interview with Noah Robinson here.

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