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Metal News for April 25, 2008

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36 news articles posted on this day.

The Gates Of Slumber Begins Shooting New Video

Indianapolis, IN doom metal masters THE GATES OF SLUMBER issue the following update:

Here are released photo stills for the video of the song "Trapped In The Web" that was visually recorded by Andy Reale (THROWDOWN, IMPENDING DOOM) on April 13th.

"Trapped In The Web" is the lead track off of The Gates Of Slumber's newest album "Conqueror," which will
be released on May 27th in North America via Profound Lore and in the EU and UK via I Hate Records.

You can hear the song "Trapped In The Web" on the band's MySpace page. More...

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Eternal Tears Of Sorrow Begins Writing New Album

Guitarist Jarmo Puolakanaho of the reactivated Finnish melodic extreme metal band ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW has issued the following update:

"It's already April. Weird how fast time flies. It's fourteen years since ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW was officially formed when recording 'The Seven Goddesses of Frost' promo/demo tape. Even though a lot of things have happened us during these fourteen years, the core of the band — the songwriting process — is and feels the same."

"The songwriting process for our sixth album is doing well and we're expecting the album to come out in the first quarter of the year 2009. Stay tuned for more news!"

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Sycronomica Seeks New Bassist and Drummer

German black metallers SYCRONOMICA have announced via a message at their MySpace page (in German) that they have parted ways with drummer Michael Bayer and bassist Nick Kolar.

The band are currently looking for replacements. Interested parties can reach the band at sycronomica@web.de .

The lineup situation will not affect the band's scheduled live dates, which include:

May 2 - Tower - Bremen, Germany
May 3 - Metal Bash Open Air at Neu Wulmstorf/Hamburg - Hamburg, Germay
May 31 - Backstage Club - München, Bayern, Germany
June 27 - Waldschrat Open Air at bei Koblenz/Montabaur - Hessen, Germany
June 28 - Waldbrand Festival - Helmstedt, Niedersachsen, Germany
July 26 - Riedfest Open Air - Rohr bei Meiningen, Germany
October 18 - Rekwi Festival - Hof, Bayern, Germany

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Michael Schenker Group Announces Tour Dates

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG) has scheduled the following dates:

Jun. 21 - Bilbao, Spain - Kobetamendi - (Kobetasonic Festival)
Jul. 05 - Tuttlingen, Germany - Hornberger Sommer
Jul. 10 - Bad Arolsen, Germany - Magic Circle Festival
Aug. 25 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch
Aug. 27 - Nagoya, Japan - Diamond Hall
Aug. 28 - Tokyo, Japan - Nakano Sunplaza
Aug. 29 - Tokyo, Japan - Nakano Sunplaza

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP's lineup for the band's upcoming tour will be as follows:

Michael Schenker - Guitar
Gary Barden - Vocals
Chris Glen - Bass
Ted McKenna - Drums
Wayne Findlay – Guitar/Keyboards

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Waylander Signs With Listenable Records

Long-running Irish folk metal act WAYLANDER has inked a deal with Listenable Records.

Since the release of their last album, "The Light, The Dark And The Endless Knot", WAYLANDER has spent years bringing mosh pits to festivals across Europe such as Bloodstock, Pagan Nights and Ultimo Ratio. They have also spent this time finding and securing a powerful lineup with a passion to match their musical talents.

WAYLANDER's upcoming third album, entitled "Honour Amongst Chaos", is "more powerful and beautiful than ever, using a vast array of Irish folk instruments and armed with their passion for metal in its truest form," according to a press release. "Blending epic atmospheres and relentless brutality, 'Honour Amongst Chaos' reflects the heart and soul of pagan warriors worldwide."

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Royal Hunt Announces More Tour Dates

Denmark-based hard rockers ROYAL HUNT have lined up the following dates:

May 07 - Greece, Athens - Gagarin 205
May 09 - Greece, Thessaloniki - Kazan DB
May 10 - Romania, Bucharest - Club Fabrica
May 11 - Bulgaria, Sofia - 4km Party Center
May 12 - Hungary, Budapest - A38
May 13 - Switzerland, Pratteln - Z7
May 14 - Italy, Bologna - Nuovo Sottotetto
May 16 - Belgium, Vosselaar - Biebob
May 17 - Holland, Vassemeer - Borstrock Festival
May 18 - Holland, Weert - De Bosuil
May 19 - UK, London - Underworld
May 20 - Spain, Barcelona - Sala La Nau
May 22 - Poland, Warsaw - Progresja Music Club
May 24 - Russia, St. Petersburg - DL Lensoveta
May 25 - Russia, Moscow - Apelsin Club
Jun. 03 - Japan, Tokyo - Shibuya O-East
Jun. 04 - Japan, Osaka - Shinsaibashi Quattro
Jun. 06 - Sweden, Solvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
Jul. 16 - Denmark, Sønderborg - Mølleparken Open Air (w/ ALICE COOPER)
Jul. 25 - Portugal, Algarve - Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Estombar Festival
Aug. 06 - Denmark, Copenhagen - FB Hallen (w/ DEEP PURPLE)
Aug. 10 - Denmark, Odense - Arena Fyn (w/ DEEP PURPLE)

The special guest on ROYAL HUNT's European leg of the tour, from May 7 through May 19, will be GODIVA from Switzerland, fronted by Fernando Garcia (ex-lead singer of VICTORY).

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Odin's Court Signs With ProgRock Records

Lexington Park, Maryland-based progressive rock/metal band ODIN'S COURT has inked a deal with ProgRock Records. The group's new CD, entitled "Deathanity", is available for immediate order and will ship in mid-May 2008 and be available at your favorite brick and mortar retailer on July 15, 2008. Pre-sales are discounted $2 on the ProgRock Records site until the album starts shipping.

"Deathanity" displays why ODIN'S COURT is difficult to fit into a genre; ambience, dynamics, and soul are combined with complexity, groove, and energy in a song oriented structure, to create a unique, surreal landscape. Including a configuration similar to that of the classic PINK FLOYD album "Dark Side of the Moon", "Deathanity" utilizes saxophone and backing female vocalists, and includes a palate scattered with spoken vocal clips and vast ranging sound effects. Special guest vocalists include Tom Englund (EVERGREY) and Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA). More...

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Attacker Announces New Singer

New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have announced the addition of Walter Figueroa to the group's ranks. Figueroa is the former lead singer of SEVERED HAND (a band that features Sebastian Bach's son on drums) and he recently did a stint as vocalist for 1980s metal cover band SMELL THE GLOVE (which features SEVEN WITCHES and current JOEY BELLADONNA guitarist Jack Frost). Walter Figueroa has also been involved with hard rock band IMPRECARI and progressive rock/metal band PARADOX (New Jersey).

Walter Figueroa's influences include Geoff Tate, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, and Tony Harnell. These influences can clearly be heard in Figueroa's soaring, powerful voice.

ATTACKER states: "Walter came down and did a fantastic job on the material, so we knew we had to look no further. We had several people recommend Walter to us and they were right on the money. We are all looking forward to working on our new album and hitting the stage as soon as possible."

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Dreadnaught Announces New Drummer

Aussie metal giants Dreadnaught would like to announce that Matt Racovalis (Alarum, The Berzerker) will be joining the current line-up on drums. Matt has been a mainstay of the Australian metal scene for many years now, touring and recording with Alarum from 1992 to 2006 and brief stints with The Berzerker.

The band is booked to enter the studio on May 31, with producer Reggie Bowman to begin work on LP number 4. The as yet untitled record consists of the following tracks (in no particular order). Twist the Knife, The Push, Agony-Ecstasy, Save Your Life, Tattooed Tears, Ten X The Pain, Buried, (Instra)Mental, More Than One Way, and Collapse.

Following completion of the new record the band will be setting their sites on Europe, making the jaunt later in the year to commence talks with interested labels and promoters so the band can finally begin their long overdue assault on the Northern hemisphere.

For more information check out their website.

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Darkwater Posts New Video Online

"The Play - II," the new video from the Swedish metallers Darkwater, can be viewed at this location (or on YouTube here).

The track comes off the band's debut album, entitled "Calling The Earth To Witness", which was issued in Sweden on May 2007 via Ulterium Records. The album was mixed by Pelle Saether (Act, Skyfire) at Studio Underground and was mastered by Göran Finnberg (In Flames, The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity) at the Mastering Room. More...

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Drummer Dan Presland Joins The Ocularis Infernum

After a search lasting almost 12 months, Melbourne, Australia's grindcore death metallers, THE OCULARIS INFERNUM have announced that Dan Presland will be joining the band on drums.

Crowned the 'Fastest feet in Australia' at the World's Fastest Drummer competition in 2006, Dan Presland is best known for his phenomenal drum skills with the much hyped progressive/extreme/melodic metallers, NE OBLIVISCARIS, who are set to record their debut full length album in the 2nd half of 2008.

Also known for his skills with progressive/tech death metallers, APHOTIC DAWN, Dan Presland is quickly becoming regarded as one of the leading extreme metal drummers to come out of Australia in years.

The Ocularis Infernum will now start working towards a return to the live scene and the recording of their long awaited debut album.

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Abysmalia Reveals New Album Details

Finland's Abysmalia, a project of Jouni Koskela, issues the following update on his MySpace page:

"Just thought to inform you (once again) about the recording process. 95% of the recordings are completed, still awaiting for some of the guest musicians to lay their expertise on some of the tracks. The artwork will be done by a very talented artist named Eliran Kantor, you can check his work here. The artwork and complete information will be announced later, but the tracklist for 'Portals to Psychotic Inertia' is as follows:

01. Peril
02. Shipwrecked on the Sea of Delusions
03. By a Sickening Reverie
04. The Mindscraping Multitude
05. Coma Recurring
06. Whispering Insomnia
07. The Sewage of Lies
08. The Naiad of the Dawn" More...

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Metallica To Pull a Trent Reznor?

Gigwise reports the following:

Metallica are considering whether to follow in the footsteps of Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails by self releasing material once their record contract expires.

The rock titans’ drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that he would hate to go the way of Madonna and U2 by signing lucrative contracts with Live Nation. Instead, he said the band would like to keep things in their own hands.

Asked about signing a ‘360 deal’ like Madonna, Ulrich said: "We've never sold ourselves that way. No disrespect. We want to be as free a player as possible. We've been observing Radiohead and Trent Reznor and in 27 years or however long it takes for the next record, we'll be looking forward to everything in terms of possibilities with the Internet." More...

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Meshuggah Plans In-Store Signings

Relapse Retail, Relapse Records’ public house of Metal, will be hosting free in-store signings with MESHUGGAH.

The MESHUGGAH signing will take place on Tuesday, April 29th. Signing will begin at 5:00 pm EST and there will be a raffle to win free tickets to the band’s show that evening at The Fillmore (TLA) along with MINISTRY. Additionally, patrons who purchase MESHUGGAH’s new album Obzen at the signing will also receive a free MESHUGGAH poster.

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Def Leppard Post New Album Micro Site Online

To coincide with the release of DEF LEPPARD's new album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge next week, the UK label have launched a new Sparkle Lounge microsite. TheSparkleLounge.com will give fans opportunities to listen to samples of the new album, watch the video for leadoff single 'Nine Lives', listen to samples of the new album, win Guitar Hero III prizes, watch a trailer for the bonus DVD (UK only), and more.

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16 Signs To Relapse Records

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Los Angeles, CA‘s 16. 16, returning with their original line-up of Cris Jerue – vocals, Tony Baumeister– bass, Bobby Ferry – guitar, and Jason Corley– drums, are currently working their Relapse debut and follow-up album to 2003’s Zoloft Smile.

16 commented on the signing: “We are more than excited about working with Relapse. Call it ecstatic if you will. Collectively we have been fans of the label since the inception of 16, and in fact, it's one of the only constants that exist between us in that we are always fans of something the label is releasing. Signing to Relapse is a dream come true for the band as a whole. Currently we are halfway through recording our Relapse debut and so far it is shaping up to be the definitive 16 album. We are channeling every ounce of our anger, anti-social conditioning, and songwriting skills we have developed over the years into this album. Upon its completion we will be touring the US and abroad extensively in support of it.”

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Pentagram Finish Work On New CD And DVD

Finland's Imperiumi.net reports:

"Highly acclaimed as true originators of the international underground extreme metal scene, PENTAGRAM from Chile produced two legendary demo tapes in the late 80's which functioned as the source of inspiration for many black/death metal cult acts to follow.

Germany's Cyclone Empire will finally release Under The Spell Of The Pentagram, a CD+DVD set featuring all known recordings on CD along with some infamous cool live-performances on DVD, in the middle of May."

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Rock Against Diabetes Tickets Go On Sale May 1

Tickets for the Rock Against Diabetes go on sale May 1st. This is no ordinary event as only 180 people get to see the event in person, while the rest of the world can purchase tickets to watch it via the Internet broadcast. The money raised will go to the R.A.D. beneficiaries: BC Children's Hospital and the University Of Toronto - Faculty of Medicine, both of whom founder Darrin Buchanan found to be great support for diabetes. Buchanan recently lost his leg to Type II Diabetes and is on the path to fight the disease by educating all people for a worldwide solution.

In order to reach a larger audience, and put on a memorable show, it was decided to partner with Deep Rock Drive to beam this “first of its kind” musical and charity event to a worldwide audience in HD broadband Internet. Tickets will be available when you sign up for a free account at deeprockdrive.com. There will be a limited amount of VIP tickets to view the show live at the sound stages of Deep Rock Drive. Tickets will be $9.99 for the entire day of broadcast and each ticket buyer can invite 5 friends free to watch.

Auctions are being held on RockAgainstDiabetes.org. The proceeds of the auction will go 100% to funding the wicked online concert in Vegas August 23rd, and help R.A.D. with its initiative to create a fully interactive, worldwide online diabetic nutritional resource.

The concert line-up is still being dialed in. The Metal Main stage will be announced shortly - the Rock Stage has the following artists: Cliff Morrison & The Lizard Sun Band (son of Jim Morrison), Y&T, Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and LA Guns w/ Tracii Guns. More bands will be announced as they are finalized.

For more information about ROCK AGAINST DIABETES and their initiatives to fight diabetes please visit RockAgainstDiabetes.org and help support a worthy cause. You can purchase tickets to the online event here starting May 1. More...

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Warrant's Webmaster Posts Tour Info Update

WARRANT's Webmaster Noel has issued the following message:

"Hey Warrant fans!

This is Noel the web guy. In hopes to make things easier on everyone, I wanted to give you an update for all the questions you've been submitting.

I talked to Jerry (Dixon) the other day and the booking agent has been sending him completely new sets of summer tour dates every week, yet they are not finalized. They don't want to release the dates until they are 100% final so as not to confuse fans in cities that get bumped. So, I'm sorry to say but as of right now, I have NO tour news for you. Jerry and Erik (Turner) will send them to me the moment they get them and I will in turn update this page. Please continue to check back and understand that we're just as anxious as you are.

Several bands have been writing in asking about getting an opening slot. Please contact the booking agents or venues for that info.

I will be at Rocklahoma taking fan photos and video clips for the MySpace page. I'm also working on getting a hand full of things to give away. If you plan to go, and want to know what I look like so you can find me, hit me up on my page.

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Guillotine Gives Recording Update

Reunited Swedish thrashers GUILLOTINE, featuring Nils Eriksson (bass) and Fredrik Mannberg (rhythm guitar) of NOCTURNAL RITES, check in with the following recording update:

"Hey all - it's about time we gave you a clue as to how things are progressing in the studio!

Good news is that we have finished the basics; drums, bass and rythm guitars, almost all vocals and have only some lead chops to handle before we can start mixing this baby!

We'll shortly be announcing album title, possible street date and whatever else info we might have!

Talk more soon!"

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Obituary Reveals U.S. Tour Dates

OBITUARY and UNLEASHED (with support from CARNIFEX) will play the following US dates in September/October:

September
16 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
17 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
18 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
19 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
20 - San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
22 - Mexicali, MX - The Metro
24 - West Hollywood, CA - House of BLues
25 - San Francisco, CA - Slims (+ POSSESSED)
26 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
27 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
28 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
30 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater

October
1 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
2 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
3 - Mokena, IL - PEarl Room
4 - Cleveland, OH - Peabodys Down Under
5 - New York, NY - BB King Blues Club & Grill
7 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
8 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
10 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
11 - Baltimore, MD - RamsHead Live
12 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
13 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
14 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm

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Cult Of Luna Guitarist Explains Album Artwork

The following press release has been announced:

CULT OF LUNA founder and guitarist Johannes Persson gives fans a major treat as he gives them a taste of what is in store for them on the band's fifth full-length release, "Eternal Kingdom".

"The world of the 'Eternal Kingdom' is harsh and hostile and that was something we felt was needed to express through the music. The turn to a harder and heavier sound was also very welcomed on our side after two albums of exploring atmospheric and meditative music."

The recently released artwork of "Eternal Kingdom" also has a deep connection to the music contained within.

"The artwork is inspired by old woodcuts and it is definitely the right way of maintain and amplify the harshness of the 'Eternal Kingdom'. With the Man/Owl king in the middle, it is a perfect visual representation of how the album is going to sound."

Cult Of Luna's new album "Eternal Kingdon" will be release on June 16th in Europe and July 8th in North America.

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Saxon Added To Download Festival

Legendary British heavy metal act Saxon have been booked to perform at the UK's Download Festival at Donington Park, Leicestershire which will be held between the 13th and 15th of June. More bands are expected to be announced soon.

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Benediction Complete Recording Of New Album

British extremists BENEDICTION have posted this bulletin on their MySpace pahe:

"Well, that's it. We've recorded everything and now we have to let go of it. It is in the more than capable hands of the producer, Mick 'ginger c**t' Kenney of ANAAL NATHRAKH infamy. If you can imagine the crispness of the grind bastard album with the ferocity of ANAAL NATHRAKH on a disc then you will get the idea of what is to come. A lot of beer, football, hospitals, pubs, curries, kebabs, kitkats and crisps went into the making of 'Killing Music'! Thanks to everyone who popped in on the recording sessions to give support and drink our free beer! We look forward to hearing the finished product once Mick has weaved his ginger magic on our baby." More...

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Korpiklaani Speaks On The Paganfest Tour

Korpiklaani have posted the following message via their official website:

"After this great Paganfest tour we like to thank all fans who filled the venues with their enthusiasm. It was heartwarming to see how many of you showed up to see us all!

This tour was a great enjoyment for us, being together with all these cool friends from all these brilliant bands was an absolute highlight. We had a great time and lot of fun together. So thanks to all bands, also the local supporting bands, technicians, organization and of course to you... the audience!

We wish the other Paganfest bands very happy touring in the USA!" More...

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Belladonna Announces More Shows

Ex-ANTHRAX vocalist Joey Belladonna has added more shows to his "Never Look Back" 2008 tour. Here are the confirmed dates:

Apr. 25 - Houston, TX - Acadia Bar
Apr. 26 - San Antonio, TX - Rosedale
Apr. 27 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
Apr. 29 - Tulsa, OK - The Otherside Event Center
Apr. 30 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
May 1 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 2 - Myrtle Beach, SC - Sound Garden
May 3 - Trenton, NJ - Championship Sports Bar And Grill
May 5 - Minneapolis, MN - The Triple Rock Social Club
May 6 - Green Bay, WI - Club Toxic
May 7 - Aurora, IL - Doug's Place
May 8 - Milwaukee, WI - Vnuk's
May 9 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
May 10 - Parma, OH - Jigsaw Saloon
May 11 - Chillicothe, OH - Cardo's
May 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Europa Night Club
May 16 - Manchester, NH - Mark's Showplace
May 17 - Yonkers, NY - The Haunt
May 18 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
May 19 - Toronto, ON - The Big Bop Concert Hall
May 20 - London, ON - TBA
May 21 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
May 22 - Kingston, ON - Time To Laugh
May 25 - Halifax, NS - Marquee Club
May 26 - Moncton, NB - Manhattan Club
June 5 - Mexico City, Mexico - Hard Rock Live
June 6 - Monterrey, Mexico - Ibex Bar
June 7 - Mochis, Mexico - Auditorio Benito Juarez
June 8 - Guerrero, Mexico - Centro de Espectaculos Chaparral
June 12 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Manifesto Bar
June 13 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - El Teatrito
June 14 - Santiago, Chile - Galpon Victor Jara
June 15 - Rosario, Argentina - El Sotano
June 19 - Wantagh, NY - Mulcahy's
June 20 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Club Cranell
June 21 - Hartford, CT - TBA
June 23 - Raleigh, NC - The Brewery
June 25 - Mufreesboro, NC - Zakks
June 26 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
June 28 - Staten Island, NY - L'Amour
July 19 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
Sept. 19 - Glasgow, Scotland - The Ferry
Sept. 20 - Grimsby South, UK - Yardbirds Rock Club
Sept. 24 - Dudley, Midlands, UK - Dudley JB's
Sept. 26 - London, UK - Astoria 2
Oct. 2 - Oslo, Norway - Smuget
Oct. 3 - Lillehammer, Norway - Bingo
Oct. 4 - Jevnaker, Norway - Jevnaker

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Exhorder To Re-Issue Albums In May

The following press release has been announced:

The 80’s and early 90’s metal scene was known for being overcrowded with thrash metal acts, one more repetitive than the other. But despite this generic flood, there were a few names back then that gave new meaning to the word “thrash”. One of them was the Louisiana-based EXHORDER, a band who had a massive impact on all of future thrash metal. The group released two classic albums – Slaughter In The Vatican and The Law, which to this day stand as the embodiment of sheer thrash power and aggression. While during their career they were rather overlooked, Exhorder resurfaced years later as a thrash metal legend, highly praised by heavy music enthusiasts for their two amazing albums. Rumors of a reunion still echo around the metal scene, but as always – nothing is certain.

Both Exhorder titles will be released by Metal Mind Productions on May 19th in Europe / July 8th in USA (via MVD). New digipak edition is limited to numerated 2000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc

Exhorder - Slaughter In The Vatican tracklist: 'Death In Vain', 'Homicide', 'Desecrator', 'Exhorder', 'The Tragic Period', 'Legions Of Death', 'Anal Lust', 'Slaughter In The Vatican'.

Exhorder - The Law tracklist: 'Soul Serch Me', 'Unforgiven', 'I Am The Cross', 'Un-Born Again', 'Into The Void', 'The Truth', 'The Law', 'Incontinence', '(Cadence Of) The Dirge'.

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Ex-Destruction Drummer Joins Abandoned

German thrashers ABANDONED have issued the following band news:

"Dear deaf people!

The Abandonettes have some good and bad news to deliver:

First the bad news: Konrad "Konny" Cartini, the original Abando-drummer, will lay down his drumsticks immediately due to sexual differences! Gone are the times of spontaneous stand-up comedy and delicate drumming that enriched each single live gig and our records... The reason for all this: Konny's gonna be a daddy for the second time! Seems like it's time for him to take care of his kids before they end up like him, haha! We'll miss you, brother!

But Abandoned wouldn't be Abandoned if we had no equivalent successor for the no longer vacant position (which indeed is the good news)!

We are proud to announce that Sven Vormann, drummer par excellence who played in DESTRUCTION and JESUS CHRYSLER SUPERSKUNK in the past, has just joined the Abandoned family!!!

Welcome aboard, brother!

We're looking forward to the first shows introducing the Abandoned Mk.II-Line Up on Headbanger's Open Air and many others to thrash your fuckin' socks off and to record our next album in true Abandoned fashion by the end of the year... yeah!

C ya in the pit!"

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Artillery To Release First DVD

Metal Mind Productions has announced the release of ARTILLERY's first DVD entitled One Foot In The Grave, The Other One In The Trash. The DVD features a fantastic gig the thrash veteran's of Artillery gave at Metalmania Festival 2008. According to a press release, "the outstanding guitar play of brothers Stützer, charismatic Carsten Nielsen's powerful drums and the uncompromising thrash energy of Søren Adamsen's voice ruthlessly hammered their way into the hearts of the headbangers assambled on that occasion. Artillery launched a veritable blitz, bombarding their fans with a skull-breaking selection of some of the best songs from their entire discography, including great thrash metal masterpieces like 'By Inheritence' and 'Khomaniac'."

There will also be a host of bonus material such as the video clips to "Allergic To Knwledge", "Missing Link" and "Terror Squad", interviews with band members Carsten Nielson and Morten Stutzer aswell as a seperate interview with Michael Stutzer and a bootleg video of the band performing "The Almighty." There will also be a limited edition version made available which will come with a bonus CD of songs from the Metalmania show.

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Mnemic Speaks On Opening For Metallica

Danish thrashers MNEMIC see their MySpace updated with the following:

Mnemic have been added to two dates on METALLICA's European summer tour: May 28th at Slaski Stadium in Chorzow, Poland and June 3rd at Slavia Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic.

Says guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie, "We are beyond thrilled and more than happy to be heading out with the mighty Metallica this summer! Again!

We are excitedly looking forward to this wonderful opportunity, that we have been given, and can't wait to blast some Mnemic waves for y'all. I can only say that we consider this event a true privilege specially to be invited by Lars and Metallica, and we can not be thankful enough!

On top of all of this, I will be celebrating my birthday on the 3rd of June, the same day we will be sharing the stage.. .I truly couldnt have asked for a better birthday present than this one!

From the lads and yours truly, a big thank you to everyone involved in making this happen.

See you out there for some metal, cervezas and a sea of meat!

As for the Danish tour dates, no, its not a mistake, we are actually playing 2 shows in one day - now you know."

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The Autumn Offering and The Destro Tour Dates

The Autumn Offering, The Destro, and Straight Line Stitch will team up for a handful of May tour dates. The following shows have been announced so far:

5/9 Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
5/10 Bowling Green, OH @ Howard's Club
5/11 Sandusky, OH @ The Underground
5/15 Detroit, MI @ The Ritz
5/16 Cincinnati, OH @ The Blue Note
5/17 Rockford, IL @ LT's
5/18 Green Bay, WI @ Club Toxic
5/20 Peoria, IL @ Tops 'N Tails

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More Bands Confirmed For Magic Circle Festival

Michael Schenker Group (MSG), Beloved Enemy, Titanium Black, Mob Rules and Benedictum have been confirmed for the Magic Circle Festival 2008, set to take place July 9-12 in Bad Arolsen, Germany.

These bands are added to the already impressive list including Manowar, Alice Cooper, Brazen Abbot, Def Leppard, Doro, Holyhell, Ted Nugent, W.A.S.P., and Whitesnake.

Also, a third full day of music has been added to the Magic Circle Festival at no additional charge. "Magic Circle Music is all about value for the fans, and three nights at the original price is the best way we could think of to add to that value," says Magic Circle Music founder and MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.

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Contraband Candy Posts Inferno Festival Trailer

Contraband Candy is wrapping up production on their first-ever all-original-material festival special. To get you in the mood, they've released an action-packed trailer on ContrabandCandy.com (also embedded below/after the jump). The preview/trailer features interviews with King of Gorgoroth and Sahg, Nergal of Behemoth, Maniac, once of Mayhem and now with blackened doom-punks Skitliv, the outrageous and controversial Kvarforth of Shining and loads more. More...

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Annihilator's "In Command" To Be Re-Issued

According to a press release, "ANNIHILATOR's live LP - In Command (Live 1989-1990) - to this day remains an unforgettable musical experience, perfectly capturing the power and the energy of this unique thrash phenomenon. The period between 1989 and 1990 brought two of the group’s most praised and respected albums, both filled with unforgettable metal anthems. In Command will take you back to where it all started – to the birth of a thrash metal legend!!"

A new digipak edition of In Command (Live 1989-1990) will be released by Metal Mind Productions on May 19th in Europe and July 8th in North America (via MVD). The album digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc is limited to numerated 2000 copies.

Tracklist:

Live on November 11, 1989 at The Ritz, New York, NY:
'W.T.Y.D.', 'Wicked Mystic', 'Ligeia', 'Alison Hell', 'Word Salad'.

Live on November 2, 1990 at The Showroom, San Antonio, TX:
'W.T.Y.D.', 'The Fun Palace', 'Never, Neverland', 'I Am In Command', 'Stonewall', 'Road To Ruin', 'Sixes And Sevens', 'Alison Hell', 'Live Wire'.

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Elexorien Announces New Drummer Merlijn Poolman

Dutch battle metal act ELEXORIEN have issued the following update:

"Ladies and gentlemen, we got him!

We are proud to announce that our search for a new drummer has ended! The latest addition to the pack is known as Merlijn Poolman, who is also known for drumkit devastation in ABDUCTED, and for supplying artillery fire in WINTER SIEGE. Now that we are at full strength once more, the newly risen storm will be ravaging the stage again soon! Apart from fine-tuning the details of our current set, we will finally continue working on new material for our upcoming album."

Many hails,
Lainedil & Elexorien

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Judas Priest Announces In-Store Signing

On Friday, May 9th at 6 PM EST, JUDAS PRIEST legends
Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and KK Downing will be doing their first in-store signing in 25 years at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey. According to the store: "Be one of the first 500 people to pre-order Judas Priest's new double-CD, Nostradamus (regular or deluxe version), only at Vintage Vinyl, and you will receive a wristband that gets you access to this exclusive event. You will also receive a poster which you can get signed by Rob, Glenn and KK. The guys will only be signing one item per customer, no guitars please."

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