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Metal News for April 23, 2005

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Listen To H.I.M.'s Thrid Podcast Studio Report

The third new podcast report from Karri as she interviews Ville from the recording studio. You can download and listen to the MP3 interviews on your computer, iPod, other portable device or just burn them to a CD.

The latest report includes comments on:

  • Ville's favorite bands

  • Time in the studio

  • Feel of the new record

  • "The Stork"

  • Working together as a band

  • Collaborating with other bands

  • Cover songs

  • Ville locks himself in a room

  • Ville's lyrical mirror

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VH1's 'Most Metal Moments' Selling Disinformation

Tony Hicks of the Contra Costa Times has issued the following report:

VH1 is selling disinformation again in the name of being cute. This has become a real problem over there, where reaction over a few funny shows is turning the network into the obnoxious kid who won't stop popping off.

I'm writing about, of course, this awful "100 Most Metal Moments", which first showed its ugly head last year. At first, I was repulsed, angered ... and angered some more. I wanted someone at VH1 to pay for their stupidity and thoughtlessness in not only having no idea what metal was, but executing a show that, to some, would certainly be the authoritative voice on the subject. It's like giving Ashlee Simpson a part in a Janis Joplin bio film.

Once I calmed down, I realized this would go away. It wouldn't spread disinformation. VH1's addiction to cuteness, via second-rate celebrities popping off about things they don't understand, would take them in new directions. Or so I thought.

VH1 has decided to replay the show this month, which means that at any given time, a viewer has the chance to hear some so-called expert equate BON JOVI with the term "metal." Now I'm no Count Grishnackh, but in ninth grade I did ride all the way in the closed trunk of a Camaro (there was no room in the back seat) to see BLACK SABBATH at the Cow Palace.

Anyways, here's some of the VH1 tidbits a viewer can get brainwashed into believing are "metal" or even "most metal" if they're not careful: More...

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Arsis News And Tour Dates

Virginia's Arsis are now working on material for their next album. Guitarist James Malone and drummer Michael Van Dyne are once again writing the material and the band hopes to enter the studio this fall. Meanwhile, Malone is currently composing a 15-minute piece that will be used by Ballet Deviare in New York City. The material may also see release as a single. In related news, Willowtip Records will be releasing a special vinyl version of the "A Celebration Of Guilt" album this summer. The release will feature two extra tracks, "Painted Eyes" and "Veil Of Mourning Black," which were old demos re-recorded during sessions for "A Celebration Of Guilt." Finally, look for the group on tour with Light This City and Through The Eyes Of The Dead in June and early-July. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Krokus Frontman Records Queen Medley For Swiss TV

Swiss rockers KROKUS have posted the following message at their official website:

"Marc (Storace - vocals) just recorded a QUEEN Medley with his two singing friends Steve Lee (GOTTHARD) and GIGI MOTO for the next edition of Swiss TV SFDRS Benissimo Saturday prime-time show. The energy and excitement generated by all three singing together at the same time is simply outstanding! Don`t Miss It. Broadcasting date: May 7th 2005."

You can get more information on the Benissimo program here.

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Modern Life Is War To Tour Europe With Malkovich

After a succesfull tour with Converge, MODERN LIFE IS WAR is ready to go out on the road once more for a short European tour with partners in crime MALKOVICH. The tour will run from April 23 'till May 1, playing 3 exclusive U.K. dates (sponsored by the mighty Terrorizer), Krakfest Trier and the huge Groezrock fest in Belgium.

Addionally MODERN LIFE IS WAR are providing a glimpse of the new album “Witness” with the release of a brand new MP3 for the song “D.E.A.D.R.A.M.O.N.E.S”. Look for the album to hit stores worldwide June 7 through Reflections Records in Europe and Deathwish Inc. elsewhere.

The complete tour schedul of Modern Life Is War to this point is as follows: More...

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Eternal Grey Singer Guests On Classic Salem Remake

According to a posting on Israeli black metallers SALEM's website, ETERNAL GRAY singer Oren Balbus has contributed his vocals for the remake of the classic 'Old Wounds'. Balbus joins lead vocalists from ARALLU, BARTHOLOMEUS NIGHT, MOONSKIN, LEHAVOTH, MATRICIDE, SPAWN OF EVIL, SOLITARY and HANGMAN on the track. 'Old Wounds' will be included on Salem's upcoming album, Strings Attached, due out in North America in April via The End, and worldwide through Raven Music.

The album contains 11 songs from the band's past repertoire and one brand new song, all rearranged and performed with one of the most respected all-girl string quartets in Israel. The album includes twisted takes of: ‘Eyes To Match A Soul’, ‘Ha'ayara Bo'eret’, ‘Winter's Tear’, ‘Coming End Of Reason’, ‘Hourglass’, ‘A Moment Of Silence’, ‘Slave’, ‘Recall’, ‘Old Wounds’, ‘The Fading’, ‘Dying Embers’, one yet untitled new track (exclusive to this release) and a series of bonus tracks including ‘Old Wounds’. Also featured is Nir Nakav's take on one of the best known Jazz drum pieces of all time ‘The Drums Also Waltzes’, originally recorded by the legendary Max Roach in 1969 and more.

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