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Metal News for April 25, 2005

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10 news articles posted on this day.

Iranian Heavy Metal Album Is a "Big Success"

AKI is reporting that Iranian heavy metal band KOHT MIAN has released its first album in Tehran to great success. The instrumental album, entitled "Eksir", has proved very popular with young Iranians who queued up outside local stores to buy a copy of the new release. Dancing and singing to Western music in the Islamic republic is punishable by flagellation and CDs featuring only music, without lyrics, often do not require authorization to be published.

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Gorefest Frontman Breaks Foot, Soldier On

Guitarist Frank Harthoorn of the reunited Dutch metallers GOREFEST has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Thank you, everybody who attended our try-out gig in the fair city of Goes, you all made it a night we'll remember for a long time! JC [Jan Chris de Koeijer, bass/vocals] certainly will, since he did the show on a broken foot! Yes, the blond one, in a frustrated fit of rage over some severe backpains he was having a couple of days ago, unknowingly broke his foot when he slammed it into a wall. Nice going, dude! This doesn't mean we're pulling out of the next couple of shows, of course. Being the trooper he is, JC will be on stage sporting a walking cast. Just don't expect him to pull any David Lee Rothian antics, OK?

"Anyway, it truly was an awesome night. Heads were banging, the metal was flowing, and much beer was being drunk. Girls were creaming their panties, and grown men were weeping. Well, maybe not, but I think I can safely say that a fun time was had by all. And we're just starting!"

As previously reported, GOREFEST recently inked a multi-album deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band are currently writing songs for what will reportedly be "a very heavy new album." A late 2005 release is expected.

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More New Cancer Album Details Revealed

Reformed U.K. death metallers CANCER have completed work on their new studio album, "Spirit In Flames", due on June 20 via Copro Records. The group's first full-length studio album (fifth overall) since 1995's "Black Faith" was recorded over a three-week period at Philia studios in Henley on Thames, England and is said to be "a very heavy album. . . the darkest [the band] have done thus far."

"Spirit In Flames" track listing:

01. Insides Out
02. Mindless Reactions
03. Spirit In Flames
04. Hellhouse
05. Solar Prophecy
06. Devils Playground
07. Fistula
08. Seance
09. Ouija

A launch party for the CD will take place at the London Deathfest on June 18, with a full European tour to follow.

CANCER released an EP, "Corporation$", last May through Copro. Included on the effort was the group's cover version of the CELTIC FROST classic "Dethroned Emperor".

CANCER's current lineup includes drummer Carl Stokes, vocalist/guitarist John Walker, bassist Adam Richardson, and guitarist Dave Leitch (PULVERISED). Leitch replaced Rob Engvikson last summer after Rob left the group to focus on his long-running ASATRU project (which has since been renamed DANELAW).

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Fordirelifesake Return With New Lineup

Fordirelifesake have apparently survived the departure of two members, as they are now back in action. Guitarist and founding member Brian Southall left the band (to join Boys Night Out) last August, followed by bassist Ryan Podlubny (who now plays guitar for The Fullblast), and the situation didn't look too promising for the group. However, former bassist Dave Wisbiski has rejoined the group, in addition to guitarist Terry Peake, and the band is currently working on new material. Moreover, they're gearing up for some local shows in May, with plans to tour more extensively later this year. In related news, a twelve-song collection of hard to find and out of print Fordirelifesake tracks, entitled "A Daydream Disaster," will be released by Thorp Records on July 26th.

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In Flames Moved To Main Stage of Ozzfest 2005

It appears that, according to Ozzfest.com's bands page, In Flames have been moved from the second stage to the main stage now. While one mystery slot remains on the second stage and main stage, Velvet Revolver is expected to be that main stage "mystery band" from August 23rd to September 4th.

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The Flotsam And Jetsam Public Drama Continues

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM singer Eric A.K. and bassist Jason Ward have continued their war of words on the band's official message board, with Eric asking Ward to "put the crack pipe down long enough" to give him a call, and Ward responding that he has done nothing to "deserve this kind of disrespect" from A.K.

In a post dated April 22, A.K. responded to Ward's previous online posting in which Jason slammed Eric for "being such a colossal prick" and not attending a band rehearsal in "almost eight years," stating simply, "Hey, Jason, put the crack pipe down long enough to come up with a thaught [sic] and it's an inteligent one. You have my phone number." Ward, in turn, responded with the following missive, dated April 23: More...

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Panic Cell To Open For Testament In London

Hotly tipped British metallers PANIC CELL have been added as opening band to the forthcoming TESTAMENT reunion show at London's Koko on May 8. Also on the bill are SUSPERIA, DEMOLITION and DIVINE EMPIRE.

Tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.uk, seetickets.com or direct from the promoter (cheapest option!). E-mail lee@noisescape.co.uk for further information.

Doors for this event are 18:30 and not the previously advertised 19:00. This is an age 14 show.

PANIC CELL released their debut album, "Bitter Part of Me", last year through Casket Music. Production duties were handled by Dave Chang (EARTHTONE9, JOHNNY TRUANT, ORANGE GOBLIN, LINEA 77). The group's sound has been described as "BLACK LABEL SOCIETY fronted by Phil Anselmo."

For more information, visit www.paniccell.com.

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ex-Pitchshifter, Iron Monkey Members Join Forces

TAKEN BY WOLVES, the new British black metal formed late last year by founding PITCHSHIFTER member Stuart Toolin and ex-IRON MONKEY guitarist Steve Watson, will be making their live debut as the support band for INSISION on Saturday, June 25 at Nottingham's Rock City (in the basement). Completing the group's current lineup is CREATED WITH KNIVES instigator Stumpy. Demo and video material has already been completed and the band are currently seeking a record deal.

For more information, contact tbw@stumpyonline.co.uk.

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System of a Down To Do Guerilla Club Tour

With the release of 'Mezmerize,' Disc One of the 2-disc set "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" (American Recordings/Columbia Records) confirmed for May 17, System of a Down kick off a whirlwind 10-city guerilla club tour tonight in San Francisco at the Fillmore. Denver on April 27 at the Odgen Theatre, Dallas on April 29 at The Granada and the Music Hall in Austin on April 30 have also been announced; San Francisco and Austin, the only two shows that have gone on sale, were sold out as fast as transactions could take place. Additional cities and venues and all other pertinent details will be announced immediately prior to the actual dates via the band's website (www.systemofadown.com). The tour will be "An Evening with System of a Down," and will be the band's first North American tour since 2002. The shows will be scaled-back, basic and raw, with the focus put squarely on the music and energy.

"We wanted to play shows in the kind of small venues that we used to before we were signed, before our first album came out," said guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian. "We want to create an environment that is just one big party, not the band on stage separated from our fans in the audience. We're very excited about making this happen."

System of a Down is expected to debut some of the new songs from "Mezmerize/Hypnotize," including the first single, "B.Y.O.B." already a Top 10 single at rock radio, and "Cigaro," the track that leaked over the internet. They will also play favorites from their three previous Platinum-certified albums, "Toxicity," "Steal This Album!" and "System of a
Down."

The guerrilla club tour follows last night¹s System's "Soul's 2005" sold-out benefit concert held at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles that commemorated the Armenian Genocide.

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Sebastian Bach's Guitarist Fills In On Deicide

Guitarist Ralph Santolla (Sebastian Bach) will join Deicide for their upcoming US tour, which kicks off at the end of May. He replaces Jack Owen, who has returned to Cannibal Corpse duties.

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