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Metal News for April 24, 2006

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The Minor Times Give Recording Update

Pennsylvania’s The Minor Times offers this update on demoing new material and the recording schedule for the follow-up to the band's 2005 Prosthetic Records debut, 'Making Enemies':

"The demos are sounding pretty good considering that we recorded them in our practice space, which is basically a metal box. This is our practice space. If we feel okay with how they sound, perhaps we’ll add one to MySpace. Our first day of recording the new record is scheduled for Monday, July 10th. We will keep you updated on the progress. Hear some new stuff live throughout the next 2 months...Our first show since December is on May 12th, then we are doing a weekend tour with our friends in Engineer in June. A few other shows may pop up, we’ll keep you posted."

THE MINOR TIMES on tour
5/12 Lansdale, PA - Lansdale VFW

(Weekend Tour with Engineer)
6/09 Syracuse, New York - TBA
6/10 Doylestown, Pennsylvania - TBA
6/11 Rochester, New York - TBA

More tour dates are expected soon.

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Fight Paris Part With Singer

Fight Paris have parted ways with vocalist Kevin Phillips for undisclosed reasons. According to the band, "We are all still great friends and will have his back forever and wish him the best of luck in the future." Meanwhile, the group is currently in their hometown of Atlanta, GA writing new material for their next Trustkill Records release.

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A Dozen Furies Call It Quits

Texas metal/rock band A Dozen Furies have announced their break-up. Winner of MTV's "Battle for Ozzfest" two years ago, the group released an album with Sanctuary Records in 2005. The following statement has been issued:

"There really is no point in drawing this out longer than it needs to be, so I'll try and be quick and to the point. After two amazing short years, A Dozen Furies has called it a day. We could go on and on about all of the reasons why, but when it comes down to it, it's because we've grown apart. I guess a lot of the 'wrong' things fell into place at the 'right' time. I'm sure some might think we were a flash in the pan and now that our 15 seconds is over, we are quitting. Well, most of us have been doing this for close to 10 years and it's just time for some of us to move on. With that said, we would like to express our more sincere thanks to everyone who was with us at any point along the way. All of the fans we've made, friends we've met, bands we toured with, and industry people we've befriended amongst our travels, we'd like to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. All of you have helped us achieve in just 2 years something that most bands never get to experience in their entire careers. This will be something that none of us will ever forget, and we hope most of you who did run across our path won't forget as well.

Who knows what will happen with us after the split. Some of us will continue pursuing music, some will move on with the rest of our lives... To end it off, we are holding a farewell show at The Ridglea Metal & Hardcore Fest on Saturday, May 6th at The Ridglea Theatre in Ft. Worth, Texas. There are 3,000 bands playing, only the best of the best of course, so this will be a show you shant miss."

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Taste of Chaos, Masters of Chaos Photos Online

We've got new photos from the Taste of Chaos Tour and Masters of Chaos tour. The Taste of Chaos photos are coutesy of Scott Legato from the show in Dayton, Ohio featuring the Deftones, As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Story Of The Year, Thrice, dredg, Pelican, and Funeral For A Friend. The Masters of Chaos photos are courtesy of Gothique, from the show in Worchester, Massachussetts featuring Morbid Angel, Krisiun, Behemoth and Despised Icon.
You can check them both out in the photo gallery.

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Listen To Godsmack's Entire "IV" Album Online

AOL Music is now streaming Godsmack's latest album, "IV" in its entirety. "IV" will be released tomorrow, April 25, 2006, via Republic/Universal. The album’s first single is "Speak."

Here is the track listing for "IV":
01. Livin' In Sin
02. Speak
03. The Enemy
04. Shine Down
05. Hollow
06. No Rest For The Wicked
07. Bleeding Me
08. Voodoo Too
09. Temptation
10. Mama
11. One Rainy Day

As previously reported, Best Buy and Target will carry exlusive versions of the CD. Copies of the album purchased at Best Buy will include the bonus track "Safe And Sound". "IV" CDs purchased at Target will include the bonus track "I Thought".

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Macabre To Headline Central Illiois Metalfest

MACABRE have been announced as the headliners of the Central Illinois Metalfest, set to take place July 20-22 at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL, USA. Also scheduled to appear are ORIGIN, HUMAN ARTIFACTS and DOMINATION THROUGH IMPURITY, among many others.

Here are all of Macabre's confirmed Tour Dates so far: More...

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Deathkiller Post Demo Online For Download

Deathkiller, featuring former members of Hatebreed and Most Precious Blood, have posted their new three song demo for download and streaming on their MySpace page.

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Twelfth Gate Get New Singer

TWELFTH GATE's vocalist Scott Huffman recently announced he has decided to quit the band. Replacing him in the group is Brent "Red" Erickson.

Commented bassist Rob Such: "This may come as a surprise to some, but it's actually something that Scott's been hinting at for well over a year now... Both for creative differences and reasons outside the band. At the time, even though we weren't sure whether or not our latest album ("Threshold of Revelation") would be his last, we made the decision to go ahead as planned... Mainly because we had a great album on our hands, and it deserved to be heard the way it was... With Scott singing on it. Then as suspected, once the album was finished at the end of last summer, Scott confirmed his decision to leave the band. However, he did make a commitment to the band and the new album until we found a new singer... To avoid any gap where the band did not have a singer at all. That definitely made everything much less stressful, but we still decided to start looking soon afterwards because we knew that it could potentially take a long time before we found someone we were happy with.

"Of course, with the release of the new album being pushed back to early 2006, the timing couldn't have been worse... But it happens, so we just dealt with it. Also, even before we started looking, we made the decision that our new singer needed to be someone with a different style, but whose voice would also fit the direction that the band was going in. Scott's got an absolutely AMAZING voice, and we knew that trying to find someone who sings in a similar style would just be futile... Not to mention that chapter of TWELFTH GATE had officially come to a close.

"Fortunately, we got lucky fairly quick, and found someone [Red] who fit us both musically and on a personal level. Red came highly recommended through a close friend of the band, and everything began to progress quite well after only a few rehearsals together. The only 'final test' was how well we would all perform together live... So as a recommendation from Scott, he thought it would be a good idea to debut Red at the Chicago Powerfest, and then make our final decision. We agreed...and needless to say, after our performance at the Powerfest we decided Red was the man for the job... Though we really already knew it even prior to the fest.

"Personally, even though I'm excited about what the future holds for TWELFTH GATE, I'm still a bit sad to see Scott go. Scott and I are very close friends, and have been ever since I joined the pre-SYRIS version of SPIRIT WEB back in 1995. And now, after over 10 years of being in bands together, our musical paths are going in separate directions... Although, at least we're fortunate enough to have this happen while we're still all good friends, and everyone's truly happy about the transition.

"All of the guys in TWELFTH GATE and I would like to wish Scott the very best and much success with his new project, MINDWARP CHAMBER. I know it's going to kick ass and I can't wait to hear it!"

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Nicodemus Announce UK Tour Dates

Portland based progressive metallers, NICODEMUS, are very pleased to announce that they will tour the UK for the first time in their career this July. Support act for dates will be Manchester, England based goth metal band LIQUID SKY. Confirmed dates are as follows:

July 16 Stoke-On-Trent @ The Glebe
July 18 Queensferry @ The Pentre Club
July 21 Gloucester TBA
July 22 Hertford TBA
July 23 Aylesbury @ The White Swan
July 27 Croydon, Surrey @ The Cartoon Club
July 28 Hull @ The White Room
July 29 Mansfield @ Town Mill

More dates will be announced as they are confirmed. Band leader, Christopher Morris, is thrilled that the band will finally tour overseas. "It feels great to finally get the opportunity to tour England and to do it along side a great band like Liquid Sky. We have had tremendous support from our British fans since our debut album almost 6 years ago. To play for them now, as well as gain exposure to new fans, is a dream come true for us. Being British myself, there is also a great sense of pride in this homecoming."

As previously reported, Nicodemus recently unveiled the web premiere of their new long form conceptual video for the track "Next In Nocturne". The video is now available at the band's site or at their MySpace page. Nicodemus released their third album titled "Vanity Is A Virtue" through the Greek based Sonic Age Records in June of 2005. The album, which received a review 5/5 review and was deemed a "masterpiece" by Gothic Beauty Magazine, decidedly owes more to the progressive sound than previous Nicodemus releases, 2000's "Tales of the Lovelorn and Necromantic"(Dark Throne Music) and 2003's "The Supernatural Omnibus" (Dark Symphonies), which saw the band focusing on a goth/black metal based sound with progressive elements.

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