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Metal News for April 23, 2006

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13 news articles posted on this day.

TTEOTD Finish Shooting Video, More Touring Plans

South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD just recently shot the first video from its Prosthetic Records debut, "Bloodlust," on April 11 with director Jonathan Covert (Nine Inch Nails, Mortiis). The band was in downtown Los Angeles to shoot footage for the track "Two Inches From A Main Artery," the band's debut video. Look for it on video outlets soon.

Fresh off dates alongside Children of Bodom, God Forbid, and Chimaira, the band has also been tapped for an April/May tour alongside A Life Once Lost, Cephalic Carnage, and Scarlet. Shortly thereafter, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will keep the ball rolling and embark on the previously announced 2006 edition Sounds of the Underground tour throughout the US and Canada.

Meanwhile, the band offers this update on its official website:

“A Life Once Lost, Scarlet, Cephalic Carnage & Through The Eyes Of The Dead will be hanging at MAGNOLIA THUNDERPUSSY in Columbus, OH before their show on April 23rd.

The Magnolia Metal BYOB Pizza Party Sunday, 4/23 at 2:00 PM We supply the pizza and the metal...you bring the beer and the attitude! *Hang out with members of A Life Once Lost, Cephalic Carnage, Through The Eyes Of The Dead and Scarlet! *Fight with them over the last slice of Papa John's Pizza! *Get them to sign a poster or a CD that you can pick up on sale! *Win tickets from PromoWest Productions to the concert that evening at The Basement

Magnolia Thunderpussy 1155 North High Street, Columbus OH (Between Short North & South Campus) 421.1512 / sales@thunderpussy.com Hours: Mon-Sat 10-9 / Sun 12-6

-Justin”

You can check out the A Life Once Lost / Cephalic Carnage / Through The Eyes of the Dead / Scarlet e-card online here.

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Pelican Issue Update, Still Writing New Material

Pelican have posted a lengthy update regarding the latest band developments:

"Been meaning to post a new update to let you all know what's up since getting back from tour two weeks ago, but life gets pretty hectic when it only happens in small blocks between tours. Anyway, I'm here to set the record straight as quickly and clearly as possible.

Speaking of time off between tours - Larry didn't hardly have any! As I stated a little bit ago Lair of the Minotaur are currently on tour and need your support. I went out to their Washington D.C. date and they were phenomenal. Anyone missing out on this metal behemoth are out of their minds or simply don't enjoy banging their head as much as the next guy/girl/etc. More...

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Misery Index, FASSW, Animosity Tour Dates

Dates have been solidified for this summer's Misery Index, Cattle Decapitation, and From A Second Story Window tour. Support will also include Animosity and Job For A Cowboy. Here are the tour dates:

6/10 Fredericksburg, VA @ KC's
6/11 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
6/12 Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
6/13 Revere, MA @ Club Lido
6/14 Hamden, CT @ Hamden Elks Lodge
6/17 Kent, OH @ Screwy Louie's
6/20 Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
6/21 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Glastnost
6/23 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
6/24 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
6/25 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Ballroom
6/26 El Paso, TX @ Chic's Bar
6/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation
6/28 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
6/29 Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey A Go-Go
6/30 Ventura, CA @ Alpine
7/1 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's Pizza
7/2 Fresno, CA @ The Belmont
7/3 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
7/5 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
7/6 Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
7/7 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
7/8 Boise, ID @ The Venue
7/10 Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
7/11 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
7/12 Papillion, NE @ The Rock
7/13 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
7/14 Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
7/15 Southgate, MI @ The Modern Exchange
7/17 Binghamton, NY @ Club Escape
7/18 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
7/19 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
7/20 Centerreach, NY @ Centerreach VFW
7/22 West Bend, IN @ Skate Country (Robot Mosh Fest)

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Light This City Issue Update

Light This City have issued the following update on its official website:

“Big update! We spent the month of March in the studio recording our next full length for Prosthetic Records. We entered Castle Ultimate Studios once again with producer Zack Ohren. Things have come out amazingly and we couldn’t be more excited to get this album out sometime in August/September and play these new songs live! Expect Remains of the Gods but faster, more melodic, more intricate, and heavier at the same time. There are pictures from the studio up in a blog at our MySpace site. Head on over to www.myspace.com/lightthiscity to check those out. Thanks to Roadie Joe for the pictures. More details about the new album will come shortly…

In other news, we are playing two amazing festivals coming up…We will be shredding on Sunday April 30th at the 2006 New England Hardcore and Metal Festival in Worcester, MA alongside the almighty Dragonforce, as well as the 1st annual California Metal Festival. We will be playing Sunday, May 14th (the second day) of the CMF along with Suffocation, Darkest Hour, Animosity, All Shall Perish and more! If you live in CA or MA try to make it out to those shows, and check out our shows page for info on ordering tickets.

Lastly, we are out of basically all our merch, but we are getting some new designs soon, so be patient! Expect some new items in our store in the next few weeks. Until next time…"

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Kylesa Performing New Material Live, Still Writing

Kylesa have issued the following update on the band's official website:

“The Jacksonville and Savannah shows went really well. Thanks to everyone who came out to check out our new lineup and the two drummer attack. We're so stoked with this line up and are continuing to write new material. We're playing a bunch of new songs for these upcoming shows so come check it out and let us know what you think. Our new website should be up hopefully by next week. We'll have some new shirts up soon and we'll have new video footage soon as well.”

Kylesa have upcoming tour dates with Victims and Baroness among others. Here are the confirmed tour dates: More...

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Opeth Don't Know If Lopez (Drums) Is Coming Back

Helen Barradell of Australia's X-Press Online recently conducted an interview with OPETH mainman Mikael Akerfeldt. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On the band's early years:

"I guess it gets more romantic in retrospect, almost like we actually had a good time. Of course we did have a good time but there's also been some very, very rough times for this band. You know, after the two first records we almost spilt up because half the band left. Nobody really cared for OPETH until we did 'Blackwater Park', which is our fifth record, and after that we weren't doing anything really. We weren't pulling people, we weren't selling records, I was the poorest man on the planet... not really, but for heavy metal, at least. But it was a rough ride and I feel like we are quite fortunate to be where we are today and I'm also quite proud of myself that we kept going, writing songs instead of working in a factory or something."

On the current status of the band's drummer Martin Lopez:

"Lopez is not on this tour, he's back home and he's not been playing with us. He's been sick for quite some time. He's had some panic attacks which have been plaguing us for a couple of tours and we've had to cancel them. I don't really know what it is. We get all these kind of things - they're saying it's a blood disorder on one hand and he's had some pains in his back and depression. It got to a point where he couldn't play anymore. He got so skinny and he couldn't play. Basically we just agreed that it wasn't working out. He had to get home and get well you know? And he's been away ever since, almost nine months."

On whether the fame game might be something Lopez finds a little to heavy to handle:

"Well, I don't know... it might be. He is a very social guy but he's not one of those guys who goes out looking for the fans and trying to...you know? He doesn't like that whole thing around him, he basically stays on the bus. It's got to a point now that he's been away for such a long time that we don't know what is going to happen. We don't know if he's ever coming back."

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Dio Collaborating w/ Iommi On New Sabbath Material

Legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio has flown to the U.K. to write a couple of tracks with BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi for a forthcoming box set, tentatively titled "Black Sabbath - The Dio Years". The box set will reportedly contain all the BLACK SABBATH albums with Ronnie in fully remastered form with these couple of tracks added as a special bonus. No further information is currently available.

Dio recorded a total of three studio albums with BLACK SABBATH - 1980's "Heaven and Hell", 1981's "Mob Rules" and 1992's "Dehumanizer" - in addition to appearing on the classic live album "Live Evil" in 1983.

Eagle Rock Entertainment has set an April 18 North American release date for DIO's "Holy Diver Live" CD (one day earlier internationally). Captured live in 2005 in front of a sold-out London crowd, "Holy Diver Live" features the classic "Holy Diver" album in its entirety, from start to finish, recorded live for the very first time. It also includes, among others, "Heaven & Hell", "Sign of the Southern Cross" and "Mob Rules" from vocalist Ronnie James Dio's BLACK SABBATH days, "Tarot Woman", "Man on the Silver Mountain" and "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll" from the RAINBOW era and "We Rock" from his solo career.

DIO's follow-up to 2004's "Master of the Moon" is expected before the end of the year.

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Marduk Announce DVD Title, Working On New Material

Swedish black metallers MARDUK have posted the following message on their official web site:

"MARDUK are now putting the final touches on the layout for the upcoming DVD and are also finished the mixing of it. The title has been set for 'Blood Puke Salvation'. The DVD will contain over one and a half hour of live material filmed in Tilburg, Holland and Antwerpen, Belgium during December 2004. What so far also have been confirmed is that the promo videos for 'Throne Of Rats', 'Steel Inferno' and 'The Hangman Of Prague' will also be included as well as a tremendous photo gallery, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and a section entitled 'Deathmarch' with exclusive hand-filmed live material from over 20 cities from the 'Deathmarch' tour. Release date is still to be set, but it will most likely be out by the end of May. Apart from that we can also mention that Morgan [H?kansson, guitar] and Mortuus [vocals] are currently demoing new material for the next full-length album."

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Arcturus Bassist Hurt In Accident

According to a posting on ARCTURUS' web site, the band's bassist Hugh James Mingay recently "had an accident and a vertebrae has been affected. He's going to be well, but has to rest for several weeks. If he can't play the forthcoming three live shows in Norway, the shows will not be cancelled, as someone has been found to play the bass on the three gigs."

So-called "manufacturing issues" have caused the postponement of the ARCTURUS DVD, entitled "Shipwrecked in Oslo" (Season of Mist), to May 22 from the previously announced April 24. The disc contains footage of the band's September 24, 2005 appearance at the Sonic Solstice Festival at Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway.

ARCTURUS' current lineup includes DIMMU BORGIR bassist/vocalist Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS) on lead vocals. Hestnaes had previously performed vocals on three tracks and written the lyrics for one song on ARCTURUS' 1997 album, "La Masquerade Infernale".

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Interview

Breaking The Law With Gary Mader Of Outlaw Order

New Orleans, Louisiana's Outlaw Order is one of underground metal's most compelling side projects, spreading an almost more intensely anti-establishment message than the legendary Eyehategod itself, of which EHG bassist, Gary Mader, has swapped the four strings for six. Much like EHG, they have been working hard to pull themselves back up by the bootstraps since the Katrina Hurricane devastation nearly took NOLA out completely. They are planning to record a new album so they can do what they love the most, playing out live for their most loyal of fans. More...

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Interview

Taking It To The Extreme With John Paul Of Orcus

Underground metal has a new sensation in its midst and it comes in the form of Glendale, California's progressive black metal act, Orcus. This group freshly mixes in extreme metal influences ranging from Opeth, Cradle of Filth, Devil Driver to Amon Amarth. They are a band, beyond its mutant-like musicianship and songwriting prowess, that has been truly blessed with one of the stronger vocal talents in black metal that I've ever heard in the affable John Paul Fernandes. He and I shared some discussion recently, traversing further down that chilling road of musical darkness that is Orcus. More...

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"Lords Of Chaos" To Go Into Production In May

Aftenposten is reporting that "Lords of Chaos", a fiction film based on true events in the Norwegian black metal music scene in the early 1990s, will finally begin filming in Norway in May.

Developed by the San Diego film company ZU33, the project's screenplay was written by Hans Fjellestad, Ryan Page and Adam Parfrey. Fjellestad is set to direct.

The movie is based on the book "Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground", which documents some of the events that have occurred in black metal's history, including the murder of MAYHEM's Aasarth Oystein (better known as Euronymous) at the hands of BURZUM mastermind Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnackh).

"Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground" was originally published in 1998 by Feral House U.S. A second edition followed in 2003 which documents black metal activities since 1997.

Hans Fjellestad - who will make his feature film directorial debut with "Lords of Chaos" after two highly successful and critically acclaimed documentary films, "Moog" (2004, Plexifilm) and "Frontier Life" (2002, Third World Newsreel) -spoke to the German webzine BloodDawn.de last year about the upcoming film. A couple of excerpts from the question-and-answer session follow:

BloodDawn.de: So, what's your intention behind the movie? Will you enlighten the people about the scene and remove prejudices? Will you give a critical overview? Or even a warning?

Hans Fjellestad: "It is not my intention to moralize. In fact, the screenplay problematizes the characters and the black metal scene by exposing a subculture that is complicated and diverse. In our story, it will be impossible to write off the church burnings or murders, for example, as a simple result of rebellious teenage angst or some sort of superstitious satanic influence. The motivation and behavior of each character is different and complex. It's definitely more comfortable to essentialize violent and antisocial behaviors as a product of the 'monster,' the 'bad apple,' or the 'mentally deranged,' but I think we all understand that it's virtually never that simple. It's important to think about that. But ultimately I just want to tell a good story and create something visually unique."

BloodDawn.de: Which story will be developed in the movie? Will it be very close to "Lords of Chaos"? Will there be many explosions, tits, fast cars and cyborg-paratroopers? And, when will it end? The info on your page says that it will be mainly focused on Varg Vikernes and Euronymous.

Hans Fjellestad: "The timeline of the film is roughly 1991-1993. The book doesn't really have a 'story' in it per se. It's more of a scholarly investigation into the scene, and it often ventures off into territory we aren't all that interested in for the film's narrative. We used the book more as an encyclopedia and point of departure. In fact, some elements of the screenplay are quite fanciful. We certainly aren't proposing to produce a comprehensive or definitive film on black metal history. That wouldn't interest me at all."

Read the full article at BloodDawn.de.

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The Haunted Announce More Tour Dates

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED have lined up the following gigs during the coming months:

Jun. 23 - Hellfest - Clisson, FRA
Jun. 25 - Pressure Fest - Herne, GER
Jun. 30 - With Full Force - Leipzig, GER
Jul. 4-8 - Peace & Love Festival - Borlänge, SWE
Jul. 15 - Dour Festival - Dour, BEL
Aug. 11 - Tavastia - Helsinki, FIN
Aug. 12 - Pellavarock - Lammi, FIN
Aug. 17-19 - Summer Breeze Festival – Dinkelsbuehl, GER

THE HAUNTED are scheduled to enter Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark in May with producer Tue Madsen to begin recording their new album for a tentative late October release via Century Media Records. THE HAUNTED's Per Möller Jensen will record the drums at Puk Studios in Randers, Denmark during the first week of May. The vocals will probably be recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. The plan is to have everything mixed and mastered in June.

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