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Metal News for April 25, 2006

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Wolverine Part with Keyboardist

Sweden's WOLVERINE have parted ways with keyboardist Andreas "Bagge" Baglien. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"It's with great sadness we have to announce that Bagge has left the band. Bagge has played with us since 1998 and he is like a brother to all of us so this is by far the toughest decision we've ever had to make within the band. However, it became clear after playing with Per Henriksson for the last few months (he stepped in to replace Bagge temporarily while Bagge was away for work for a few months) that we needed to bring him in full-time in order for the band to truly blossom again. I'm sure Bagge is the first to tell you that his contribution to the band during the last year or so hasn't been what it used to be. I won't go into any more detail on the matter since Bagge will post a message on our messageboard shortly announcing his departure and feelings regarding the whole thing.

"The entire band wishes Bagge all the best in the future. He is a truly talented musician and his ability to write great and interesting music is enormous. We also want to thank him for all 8 amazing years. We've been through a lot and it's been a blast! Thank you! At the same time, we would like to welcome Per Henriksson to the band. He's been playing with us for a few months now and everything has worked out amazingly well. We've done two gigs with him already and we had the best of times. He is a great player and and equally great guy. Info on him will be posted as soon as possible so you can dig into his past. Once again, welcome Per!"

As previously reported, Candlelight Records has set a June 26 release date for the new album WOLVERINE, entitled "Still".

"Still" was recorded in part at Spacelab studio in Tönisvorst, Germany. The follow-up to 2003's "Cold Light of Monday" was produced by Oliver Philipps, Christian "Moschus" Moos and WOLVERINE and was mixed at the end of August.

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Proud Promotions Brings Heavy Metal To China

Proud Promotions of Hong Kong has announced that they will be releasing music compilations of several genres — including heavy metal — into Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. These releases will be part of an approved cultural exchange program that Proud Promotions has arranged with the Chinese government.

As part of their initial campaign, Proud Promotions will be sending compilation CDs in English representing pop, rock, country and metal music to both government-run and independent radio in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China.

For this venture, Proud Promotions will be placing liner notes in Mandarin with the CDs to assist program directors in promoting the bands. Each CD will also contain audio announcements in both Mandarin and English on the CDs before each song, stating the song's title and the name of the band performing the song along with a short history of the act.

SALEM'S WYCH, known for being one of the initial '80s bands to usher in the thrash and power metal music movement, have been chosen by Proud Promotions to be the first metal band to be placed on their compilation CD, which is set for release in May of 2006. Proud Promotions will also be working with retailers in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China to bring rock band t-shirts, CDs and pop culture items to market, branded in both English and Mandarin.

Bands interested in being included on future Proud Promotions compilation CDs can write to: hongkongproudpromotions@yahoo.com (attention: Hung Park).

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Gorerotted To Support Obituary, Cryptopsy In UK

U.K. extreme metal lunatics GOREROTTED have been confirmed as main support for both the CRYPTOPSY and OBITUARY U.K. tours.

Commented vocalist Ben: "Yeah, we're really looking forward to getting back on the road, our last show was in October 2005 so we're all fired up and restless! Along with SEPULTURA and ANTHRAX, OBITUARY are one of the bands that got me into death metal when I was like 12 or something so it's gonna be an honour to share the stage with those fellas, and CRYPTOPSY are probably the best death metal band going right now so who else better could we hope to tour with!? Can't fuckin wait! See you all soon, motherfuckers gonna be drinkin till we're stinkin innit!"

OBITUARY / GOREROTTED / GOJIRA - UK Tour 2006:

Jun. 11 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK
Jun. 12 - TBC - UK
Jun. 13 - Soundhaus - Glasgow, SCO

CRYPTOPSY / GOREROTTED / SHE SAID DESTROY / SYLOSIS - UK and Ireland Tour 2006:

Aug. 12 - Ghostfest (Cockpit) - Leeds, UK
Aug. 13 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
Aug. 14 - Roadkill 350 - Liverpool, UK
Aug. 15 - An Cruiscin Lan - Cork, IRE
Aug. 16 - Temple Bar Music Veneu - Dublin, IRE
Aug. 17 - Barfly - Glasgow, SCO
Aug. 18 - Edwards No 8 - Birmingham, UK
Aug. 19 - Underworld - London, UK
Aug. 20 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, UK

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Dio Ready "Holy Diver: Live," and More Plans

Billboard.com reports that Ronnie James Dio, has issued a new concert album that focuses on one of his classic works, "Holy Diver: Live." The performance will also arrive on DVD May 30 via Eagle Rock.

After coming to prominence fronting Rainbow and replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, the singer formed his own outfit, Dio. "Holy Diver," his 1983 solo debut, is still held in high regard by headbangers worldwide.

"We had been asked to do the entire presentation of the album by an agent of ours in England," Dio tells Billboard.com. "It was at the Astoria Theater in London. It was a great show, and we wanted to capture it, because I don't think we'll ever do that again."

In addition to such Dio classics as the album's title track and "Rainbow in the Dark," such rarely played selections as Rainbow's "Tarot Woman" and "Gates of Babylon," as well as Sabbath's "Sign of the Southern Cross," were included.

Dio confirms rumors about collaborating once more with Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. "There's a box set that's going to be released, called 'Black Sabbath: The Dio Years.' The proposal was to write a couple of songs to be included," he says. "I have gotten together with Tony -- we worked together for about a week in England. It went very well."

Dio will dabble in a new medium in November when he stars in the long-awaited Tenacious D film "The Pick of Destiny." He reveals, "I got to play myself, which was not much of a stretch. It's a tried and true part of a young rebellious rock kid's life, in that his father hates the music that he likes. In the scene, [Jack Black's character] is 10 or 12. His father comes in and rails at him and slams the door. On the back of the door is a big poster of me. He starts singing to the poster: 'Dio, tell me what I should do?' And I come alive off the poster, sing a song and reply to him."

Dio will also begin work on a new studio album this summer. "I'd like to make it a quicker album -- our last album was more medium tempo," he says. "I always hear everybody gripe and moan about that, so I think we'll go for some fast ones this time. That's the plan, but knowing me, I'll probably end up in the doldrums, and you'll have a lot of slow things on it." The yet-to-be-titled set should arrive in early 2007.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Nevermore Bassist To Undergo Chron's Treatment

Nevermore bass player and one of the founding members Jim Sheppard will soon be undergoing a minor procedure for Chron’s Disease, a condition he’s managed for over 15 years. Precluding him from performing with the band during the first part of their upcoming tour with In Flames, Sheppard is expected to rejoin the band in Spokane, WA May 18. Filling in for Sheppard will be long-time friend James McDonough (ex-Megadeth).

Nevermore, who just wrapped up a series of dates with Arch Enemy, will be performing at several European summer festivals including Rock Hard, Sweden Rock and Wacken Open Air before supporting Disturbed across Europe this fall. After their touring activity the band will be taking time off to write the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed album This Godless Endeavor.

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Megadeth Guitarist Gives Recording Update

MEGADETH guitarist Glen Drover has posted the following message in the "Forums" section nof the band's official web site:

"We are now on day 7 of recording here in England and everything is going very well. Shawn [Drover] is recording a drum track as a write this letter to you, which will be his sixth track to complete. Last night I had completed two guitar tracks, which i am very happy with. Not only with my performance, but the guitar tone is awesome! As far as bass, James [Lomenzo] has completed five tracks, so we are all in good shape for sure. Aside from all of this, we are all enjoying the studio very much here in England and of course, recording the new MEGADETH album!"

MEGADETH are recording the follow-up to 2004's "The System Has Failed" with producer Jeff Balding. Recording is planned to continue over the next two weeks with director Michael Sarna (who directed the band's "Of Mice And Men" video) filming the process. Exclusive clips will be available to MEGADETH Fan Club members.

In a recent interview with About.com, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine stated about the upcoming CD, "We're going to take a different approach to this record. I'm not going to say any more than that. I know what we're capable of doing. 'The System Has Failed' was a great comeback record, and I think this is going to continue claiming new fans and reintroducing ourselves to some old fans who may have gone to listening to other music."

MEGADETH's last CD, "The System Has Failed", has sold more than 175,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group, who were most recently signed to Sanctuary Records, were joined by bassist James Lomenzo (ex-BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, WHITE LION) in February following the departure of James MacDonough (ex-ICED EARTH).

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Superjoint Ritual Is No More

In a recent interview with Live-Metal.net, SUPERJOINT RITUAL bassist Hank III discussed his new solo album, "Straight to Hell", and revealed that he is working on a new project with SUPERJOINT RITUAL/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo called ARSON ANTHEM. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

Live-Metal.net: What is going on with SUPERJOINT RITUAL?

Hank III: "SUPERJOINT is in the grave right now, because someone tried bossing the boss and you NEVER boss the boss. Now he had to learn the hard way, so Philip has laid that band to rest. It might come back. I seriously doubt it. But in the meantime, DOWN is working on their new record and getting ready to be touring here soon. I've got another side project with Philip. I'm playing drums and Philip's is playing guitar. Mike Williams from EYEHATEGOD is screamin' and it's called ARSON ANTHEM. So far we've got eight songs of it recorded. So we're still having fun and making music, just getting in there and jammin', man."
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Khold Is Put On Ice

Norwegian black metalers KHOLD have issued the following statement:

"We are sorry to announce that KHOLD has been put on ice for an undetermined length of time. The members of KHOLD feel they need a break to gather their thoughts about the future. The members will each have their own projects from this day on.

Sarke [drums] and Gard [guitar, vocals] will continue with their pre-KHOLD project, TULUS. They will enter studio and record their fourth album. Rinn [guitar] is about to build his own studio and will start producing other artists as well as continuing a previous project, SENSA ANIMA. Grimd is proud to announce that he will be an organ donor. In order to keep his organs in the best possible condition he will make sure they're drenched with alcohol most of the time.
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Live Photos From Masters Of Chaos Tour Posted

The following live photos are from the April 8th show at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Go to the Gallery Section to view them. Live report from the same show can be found here.

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Life Long Tragedy, Final Fight Sign To Deathwish

CA hardcore band Life Long Tragedy has signed to Deathwish Inc. Their approach is described as both musically melodic and brutal, fusing the heart of their influences (Unbroken, Modern Life Is War, etc) and the rage of contemporary hardcore (Terror, etc). Life Long Tragedy's previous full-length "Destined For Anything" was released in 2005.

Los Angeles hardcore band Final Fight have also inked a deal with Deathwish Inc. Final Fight's previous full-length from was "Under Attack," released via Straight On Records in 2005.

Both bands are currently writing for their upcoming full-length releases for Deathwish. As a precursor to these upcoming albums, Life Long Tragedy and Final Fight will team up for a Split 7"EP/Digital Download, to be released on Deathwish early this summer. Specifics for this split effort will be announced shortly.

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Metallica 'Creeping Death' Rehearsal Video Online

A video of METALLICA rehearsing their song "Creeping Death" prior to the band's concerts in South Africa in March has been posted online. Check it out in the Windows Media format: 300KB, 100KB.

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently told England's Kerrang! magazine that the band's new music has a more "old-school" sound than its controversial 2003 release, "St. Anger", according to Launch Radio Networks. He told the magazine that the group has gone back to an earlier method of songwriting, explaining, "Everything you hear on ('St. Anger') was given birth to in the studio. This time around we've each brought in ideas as we used to — as well as working on some jams we had from two summers ago — and James (Hetfield) and I are sorting through our CDs of riffs to put together stuff as we did back in the day."

Ulrich said the new material is "much more organic, more old-school. It certainly doesn't feel like 'St. Anger Part Two'."

The drummer still defended the band's eighth studio album, which drew criticism for its underproduced sound. "'St. Anger' was a statement, 55 minutes of brutality packed onto a CD, proving to ourselves that we still had the spark," he said. "'St. Anger' was fun but we don't need to make that album again."

Ulrich said that the band has six or seven songs nearly completed for its next release, which is due out in early 2007. The band is working with producer Rick Rubin after 15 years with Bob Rock behind the board.

METALLICA will play some European and Japanese festivals this summer.

Frontman James Hetfield will be honored at the second annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert on Friday, May 12 in Hollywood, California.

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Novembers Doom Seek Bassist

Novembers Doom post an update on their myspace regarding a search for a permanate bassist:

"Having used temporary bass players for years, we have now decided with the recording of the next CD, and a great deal of promotion that will follow it's release, it's time to fill the bass position with a permanent member. We're looking for not only a talented bassist, but a person whose schedule will allow for travel, and the ability to rearrange their personal life for the band, at times. The position requires a certain amount of sacrifice and dedication, with the biggest reward of playing the music you enjoy, and not for financial gain.

If you're interested, message us, or pass this info along to someone you think might be! We'll go over more details then.

Novembers Doom"

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Site Update

Testing New Layout On Reviews Pages

The new design template has been uploaded to the reviews pages. Please check them out and report any bugs to me via the contact form or comment here. Don't forget to include your operating system (Windows 2000, XP, Mac OS X, etc.) and web browser (Internet Explorer, Fire Fox, Safari, etc.) and version number.

If you like the site just how it is, then you should be happy that the overall look and feel has not changed much. The changes being made are largely behind the scenes with a little cleaner presentation, but I want to make sure they do not negatively impact our visitors/readers/fans in any way.

I appreciate all of the feedback we received when it was requested recently, and I hope you will all be happy with the new design when it is complete. As I mentioned previously, we are shooting for a May 1 launch of the new design across the entire site, which coincides with CSS Reboot.

Thanks for bearing with us in times of change and helping the changes go smoothly. Things should only be getting better around here!

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Dillinger Escape Plan, AFI Tour Dates

The first batch of dates for this summer's AFI, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Nightmare Of You tour have been announced. Here are the tour dates:

6/13 Montreal, CAN @ Le Medley
6/15 Toronto, CAN @ Kool Haus
6/20 Boston, MA MA @ Avalon
6/22 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
6/24 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
7/5 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
7/11 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium

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