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Metal News for April 29, 2008

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38 news articles posted on this day.

Bulletboys Signs With Chavis Records

Chavis Records issues the following message welcoming Bulletboys to their label:

CHAVIS RECORDS is thrilled to announce the signing of the BULLETBOYS to the label for their much anticipated new worldwide release. The band is currently in the studio finishing the final recordings before heading to the mixing and mastering phase. The project is being recorded at El Garaje Studios in Cape Coral, FL.

There is only a small handful of bands that stand out and define an era of music and few rise to the top of their field. BULLETBOYS talent, intensity and key musical abilities propelled them to the top of their field. BULLETBOYS has an undeniable groove and R&B vocal flair that continues to win over audiences worldwide. Having triumphed over yesteryear, flamboyant frontman Marq Torien has reinvented the band catapulting the BULLETBOYS to a new rock n roll force majeure that is fresh sounding and very relevant in today's music scene. The first single "Road To Nowhere" has already been released and is now airing at many rock stations across the U.S. More...

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Magician Signs Deal With Dockyard 1

After the Japanese release of its debut, "Tales of the Magician," in December, through the label Soundholic (Grave Digger, Dark Funeral, Marduk, Evergrey, Nocturnal Rites, etc), the Brazilian power metal band Magician inked a deal with the German label Dockyard 1, which will be responsible for the worldwide release of the album, which is scheduled for the end of June.

About the release the label stated in its website: "Do you remembert he feeling when a band called Angra was discovered years and years and years ago? Well, we know at least how it might have felt, becausew e just discovered Magician!”

Produced by Dirk Schlächter (Gamma Ray) and Arne Lakenmacher at HighGain Studios, they applied the final polish to this musical splendour. Be prepared for the brilliance of Tales of The Magician!"

When waiting for the album release the fans can check some samples in the band's MySpace page.

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Sandalinas To Enter Studio In August

SANDALINAS — the Spanish/Swedish band featuring Mats Rendlert (bass; DREAMLAND), Alvaro Svanerö (drums; LOCH VOSTOK), Jordi Sandalinas (guitar) and Rick Altzi (vocals; AT VANCE) — will enter Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden in August with producer Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND) to begin recording its third album. More information will be made available soon.

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Brainsic Prepares To Record New EP

Portland, Oregon-based death/thrash band BRAINSIC has booked time at Black Diamond studios to record its second EP. This will be the follow-up to the 2007 EP, which was laid down at Geomana Studio. It was met with very positive reviews, and even easily won the group an online contest for an independent contract, which the band apparently turned down due to the fact that it did not offer what the group needed.

BRAINSIC was formed in 2004 after guitarist/founder CJ was done with the BODYBAG reunioun show. "Dave and I wanted to start a project for years, but other commitments prevented it until the summer of 2004," says CJ. After a few early lineup changes, the band has been solid for the last two years with Jacob taking bass and vocal duties.

For more information, visit their MySpace page.

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Cloudscape Unveils "Global Drama" Artwork

Swedish melodic metallers CLOUDSCAPE have issued the following update:

"It's been a long wait for the announcement of release dates and info regarding the third CLOUDSCAPE album entitled 'Global Drama'. The original plan was to release the album during spring 2008, but, as you already know those plans took a different direction so, right here right now we can reveal that 'Global Drama' will be released during August/September 2008 but, you have to wait a very few more days to get the exact release dates and info and sneak peek(s). As soon as CLOUDSCAPE's management gives the green light, all info will be announced and this will only take a few more days. But, until then you can watch the fantastic album cover made by Mattias Norén."

12 songs were recorded for "Global Drama", which will be "the most varied and interesting album by CLOUDSCAPE so far," according to the band. "It contains a few really hard and raw metal songs and there will also be a few more atmospheric and dynamic songs progressively spiced."

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Machine Men To Support Dio In Oulu, Finland

Finnish melodic metal act MACHINE MEN will support DIO at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland on June 6.

Upcoming MACHINE MEN shows:

Jun. 06 - Oulu, Finland - Club Teatria (w/ DIO)
Jul. 23 - Äänekoski, Finland - Keitelejazz
Aug. 02 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air

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Narnia Parts Ways With Singer

Swedish epic/melodic metallers NARNIA have issued the following update:

"We are sad to announce that Christian Liljegren has left NARNIA. Christian was NARNIA's singer for 12 years and he was also one of its founding members. The decision behind the split was a mutual agreement between Christian and the rest of the band. We understand that this comes as a surprise for most of you but we ask you for your understanding, prayers and support. We thank Christian for all the years we had together on the road, in the studio and for our friendship and we wish him the best for the future." More...

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Armored Saint To Play Mexico For The First Time

Los Angeles metal veterans ARMORED SAINT will play Mexico for the first time ever on May 31 at Circo Volador in Mexico City. Support at the gig will come from FUELED BY FIRE, STRIKEMASTER and VOLTAX.

The ARMORED SAINT show will kick off a great week for Mexican ANTHRAX fans who will be able to see two of the band's former vocalists perform on the same stage, though five days apart — ARMORED SAINT (featuring John Bush) on May 31 and Joey Belladonna (with his solo band BELLADONNA) on June 5 (also at Circo Volador).

ARMORED SAINT has been confirmed for this year's Rocklahoma festival, which will be held July 10-13, 2008 at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma. SAINT will play on Friday, July 11 on the main stage alongside KINGDOM COME, NIGHT RANGER, EXTREME and the original lineup of TRIUMPH.

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Negative Unleash Music Video For "Won't Let Go"

Finnish hard/glam rockers NEGATIVE have released their new video, for the track "Won't Let Go," lifted from their forthcoming new album, "Karma Killer," out in Finland on May 7th. Check out the clip here.

"Won't Let Go" is the first single from the new album, showcasing the band's natural progress: there are fresh elements in the mix, but the song still sounds like Negative.

The album was produced by Mikko Karmila who has previously worked with Finnish heavyweights NIGHTWISH and CHILDREN OF BODOM. The album will be released in Scandinavia on May 7th, releases for the rest of Europe and Japan will follow later in the spring. More...

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Distorted Post New Song, "A Soft Whisper," Online

Israeli metal band, Distorted, issues the following update on their MySpace page:

"We have uploaded another song from our new album 'Vocies From Within' that was released already in Europe and Israel and is being released in the USA today."

"The Song 'A Soft Whisper' is one of the most different songs from the rest of the album, in It's soft melodies and lyrics."

"Hope you'd like it!
Miri"

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Gory Blister Announces Italian Tour Dates

Long-running Italian technical death metallers GORY BLISTER have scheduled the following dates in their home country:

Jul 12 - Wall out festival - Cittadella - PD
Jul 19 - Rivalta in Rock 2008 - Rivalta Bormida - AL

GORY BLISTER recently completed work on its new album, "Graveyard of Angels", due later in the year via Mascot Records. The follow-up to 2006's "Skymorphosys" features a guest appearance on bass by Roby Gelly from ALLHELLUJA.

"Graveyard of Angels" project track listing is as follows:

01. The Hatch Opens
02. Void Made Flesh
03. All Vanishing Ruins
04. The Descent
05. emiT despalE
06. (The Slum Of The) Wretched Creatures
07. Shining Hades
08. Graveyard Of Angels

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Skinlab Schedules Honolulu In-Store Signing

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB have scheduled an in-store signing session at FYE-Sam Goody (1450 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 1049) in Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday, May 2 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The band will perform later that night at The Pipeline Café in Honolulul.

SKINLAB is scheduled to relase its new live album, "SkinnedAlive!", today (April 29) via BCD Music Group. The CD was recorded on June 3, 2007 at The Metro in Oakland, California.

A track from the LP, "Slave the Way", can be heard on the band's MySpace page. More...

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Volbeat To Sit Out of In Flames European Tour

Danish metallers VOLBEAT have released the following statement:

"As you all could read on various websites, VOLBEAT were invited to be part of the IN FLAMES European tour this fall."

"It was a great honor to be asked to share stage with these guys. We are very thankful but in the last days we decided not to do this tour, 'cause of different terms/teasons which not benefits the band the right way."

"We know that is was a great opportunity, but we felt like we need to do it on our own and not on terms of other people. We need to promote the upcoming record in the best way for us right now. So don't be disappointed because we are working on our own tour for 2008 right now. You will get 100% VOLBEAT instead of 50%."

"Watch out for the dates and we hope to see and meet you all during the festival season."

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Norman Bates Seek Bassist

New Jersey technical death metallers, Norman Bates, issues the following update on their MySpace page:

"We need a new bass player! If you are really good at bass and live in the NJ area and have your own transportation and equipment we would love for to try our for bass. if you would like to try out just message/comment us."

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Psyopus Post New Song, "2," Online

New York grinders, Psyopus, have posted a song about simease twins entitled "2" on their MySpace page for your listening pleasure.

Psyopus tour dates with DANCE CLUB MASSACRE are as follows:

With THE CRINN:

5/2 The Penny Arcade - Charlotte, New York

With THE CRINN and EPICUREAN:

5/3 Ghouolardi’s - Lorain, Ohio
5/4 Flushing Masonic Temple - Flushing, Michigan
5/5 Von's (Vault 13) - Detroit, Michigan
5/6 The Static Age - Romeo, Michigan
5/7 Skelletones - Grand Rapids, Michigan
5/8 Rack N' Roll - Riverview, Michigan

With SONS OF AZRAEL and EPICUREAN:

5/9 The Underground - Sandusky, Ohio
5/10 Club W - Buffalo, NY

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Underoath Completes Recording of Sixth Album

Christian metalcore royalty Underoath have just finished the recording sessions for their forthcoming sixth studio album.

Co-produced by Killswitch Engage's Adam Dutkiewicz and As Cities Burn collaborator Matt Goldman, the untitled album is scheduled for release on September 1st. To check out footage of the band in the studio, check out this video.

The band will precede the album with a live Cd/Dvd effort entitled 'Survive, Kaleidoscope' on May 26th. More...

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Reciprocal Announces New Bassist

Southern California technical death metallers RECIPROCAL have issued the following update:

"RECIPROCAL is proud to announce that Jeff Hughhell (ex-BRAIN DRILL) will be performing alongside the band at our upcoming show at The Black Castle in Los Angeles on May 31 as well and providing bass tracks for our upcoming self-titled debut, due out on Unique Leader later this year."

The band will enter the studio in August 2008 with producer Michael Keene (THE FACELESS, BORN OF OSIRIS) to begin recording its full-length CD.

RECIPROCAL was formed in January 2007 when ex-GATEKEEPER vocalist Jacob Enfinger and former WILLOW WISP guitarist Andy McLeod joined forces with ex-CRUSHING SKULLS guitarist Alex Crescioni and former GRIMFIST drummer Dustin Perle.

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Nidrike Delays New Album

Swedish metallers, Nidrike, issues the following update on their MySpace page:

"During the summer we will write 6 songs that will be released on a MCD hopefully in the end of this year. At the moment we r discussing the release with 3 labels, and I hope to have a signed deal within a couple of weeks. But you never know what happens..."

"The album release has been postponed and I don't really know when it will be released by BPR, but it will be released during this year. So you just have to wait for it."

"Nidrike would like to send a Hail to Xastur at USBMS Europe for his support! The underground BM scene needs all the help it can get, and since Nidrike is against mayor labels, and so on we r actually glad to get help from Xastur and the USBMS Team!"

"More info will come when we have decided something.
//Gorgoth"

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Unleashed Posts New Album Samples For Download

Swedish Death metallers Unleashed will release their new full-length album, entitled "Hammer Battalion," via SPV Records on June 6 in Germany (June 9 in Rest of Europe and June 10 in USA/Canada).

"Hammer Battalion" [cover preview] tracklisting (not final order):

01. The Greatest Of All Lies (Mp3)
02. Long Before Winter's Call (Mp3)
03. Your Children Will Burn (Mp3)
04. Hammer Battalion (Mp3)
05. This Day Belongs To Me (Mp3)
06. Marching Off To War
07. Entering The Hall Of The Slain
08. Black Horizon
09. Carved In Stone
10. Warriors Of Midgard
11. Midsummer Solstice
12. Home Of The Brave
13. I Want You Dead

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PanzerChrist Announces New Line Up

Denmark's PanzerChrist have announced a new line up:

Panzergeneral Enevoldsen: Bass
J Pump: Vocals
Rasmus Henriksen: Guitars
Lasse Bak: Guitars
Morten Løwe - Drums
Karina Bundgaard: Keyboards

They have also issued the following update on their MySpace page:

"We are also announcing that we are chaging from being a studio only band, to become a live band too. When we play live, and when the next cd is ready is still very TBA."

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Arch Enemy Singer Posts European Tour Wrap Up

ARCH ENEMY singer Angela Gossow checks in with the following:

"Hello everybody!

We all got home safely!

The European tour has been a great success, we played to more than 15,000 fans in these two weeks! I hope the 4 week US run will double this :-)

A new tour report will go up soon at MetalKult.com!

Also, my forum / discussionboard at www.angelagossow.com is back online! We had a bug, so everybody needs to register again - sorry! Go to www.angelagossow.com/community and sign up!

More news later, got lots of stuff to do and sort out!

Love, Angela."

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Pitch Black Forecast Delays New Album, "Absentee"

Cleveland's Pitch Black Forecast issue the following update:

"Due to circumstances beyond the band's control, Pitch Black Forecast's new album 'Absentee' will not hit stores until May 20th. The original release was scheduled for May 6th. The bands label Fractured Transmitter will however be selling the disc online as soon as it arrives back from the plant. The band will also have copies available at their CD release party May 10th at Peabody's in Cleveland, Ohio."

"Absentee" the new album from Cleveland's Pitch Black Forecast features guest appearances from Randall Blythe (Lamb Of God) and Human Furnace (Ringworm).

Hear a new track, "Dialtone" from the album at the Pitch Black Forecast MySpace page."

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Ethereal Collapse Posts New Song Online

Pennsylvania metallers, Ethereal Collapse, issues the following update on their MySpace page:

"We have a new song on our Myspace entitled 'Discovering the Absolute.' Since this is merely promotional right now, we've made it available for download. Also, the streaming quality is significantly lower, so download the song and behold its true soundscape. If it doesn't work for some reason, be patient; I will upload it to some other website. Probably Purevolume."

"-Ryan of EC"

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Gama Bomb Issues Tour Report

Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have posted a tour report regarding their recent UK tour with thrash legends EXODUS and fast-rising UK thrashers EVILE.

This is what GAMA BOMB had to say about playing up and down the UK to riotous reception night after night, with two of the greatest thrash bands around today:

"The G-Bizzers have just returned from our UK tour with Exodus and Evile, and what a week it's been...kicking off in London, we had one of the best receptions we've ever had and were thrilled to play the Underworld, which has always been something of an ambition of ours. Leeds the next night was an even better set, and those who assembled really made us feel welcome, which was cool. Dublin was possibly the most surprising night by a mile: expecting a decent reception and some friendly back-slapping, we were astonished by how well we went down. We managed to sell more tees than we even had in London, which was great. We definitely owe them Dublin thrashers more gigs like that one."

Read GAMA BOMB's full tour report here. More...

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Turisas To Support Dragonforce In The U.K.

Century Media Records reports:

With a phenomenal start to 2008 after the second headlining UK tour as well as their first European headlining run with labelmates NORTHER, TURISAS have confirmed that they will once again be gracing UK shores after having been confirmed as main support on the fall tour with DRAGONFORCE.

Warlord Nygard had the following to say on the forthcoming tour: “We just made it back from a very successful European tour which included an impressive 13 dates in the UK. We were really surprised how amazing the turnout was, with many of the UK shows selling out, considering we had only played one of the cities before. The crowds were crazy and now we're extremely pleased that we're able to come back in autumn to do it all over again. We’re joining up with Dragonforce on their UK tour and this something we're already hugely looking forward to. We are also extra excited about the shows in Ireland, which will be our first ones on the island that we've been unfortunate enough to miss out on previous tours. As you can imagine, Olli is sharpening his bow already as his one-man mission is about to reach its climax ... All in all, it's going to be a great package no-one should miss out on. Right now we’re just about to head out on a voyage to begin our assault on the US as part of the Paganfest .. so we’ll either see you at the summer festivals or in the autumn.” More...

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Zifir Posts New Promo Song Online

Turkish black metal band Zifir has release a promo recording from their new recording sessions on the band's MySpace page. Zifir began work on their second album in February 2008 with the addition of Nursuz on drums.

Zifir's debut album, "You Must Come With Us" was released on Poem Productions in 2007 with the following tracklisting:

1. Interrior
2. Honour
3. My Greatest Weapon
4. Final Solution Of The ( k )
5. Circus
6. Ashab - I Mesheme
7. The Day
8. Emic Suicide
9. 4
10. itiraf

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Dallas Ozzfest To Feature Metallica and Ozzy

Blabbermouth.net is reporting that this summer's Ozzfest will consist of two separate two-day (Saturday/Sunday) events — one of which will be held in Dallas — in late July/early August, with OZZY OSBOURNE headlining one day and METALLICA the other.

Reactivated Texas thrash/speed metallers RIGOR MORTIS have now announced via their MySpace page that they are confirmed for Ozzfest 2008 in Dallas on Saturday, August 9. METALLICA will apparently close out the show this night.

RIGOR MORTIS will perform with its original lineup consisting of Bruce Corbitt (TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE), Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, BLOHOLE), Casey Orr (GWAR, MITRA, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, BLOHOLE), and Harden Harrison (MITRA, PERVIS, SPEEDEALER).

The Ozzfest reports come in the wake of this year's arrival of the metal-oriented Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour, which will play 30 North American amphitheaters during July and August, the time when Ozzfest is traditionally making its rounds.

Last year's Ozzfest offered free admission, with fans acquiring tickets mostly through sponsoring web sites. But the acts were not paid either, which resulted in a decidedly less than impressive main stage lineup. The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour trek has already robbed Ozzfest of two potential main-stage heavyweights in DISTURBED and SLIPKNOT, with fan favorites DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON also taking part in the Mayhem tour.

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Torche Announces US Tour with Boris

Torche has announced date for their upcoming summer tour with Boris. The tour dates are as follows:

6/24 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
6/25 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
6/27 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
6/28 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
6/29 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
7/1 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
7/2 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
7/3 Orlando, FL @ The Social
7/5 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
7/6 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
7/8 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
7/9 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
7/10 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
7/11 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
7/12 Montreal, Quebec @ La Sala Rosa
7/13 Ottawa, Ontario @ Barrymore
7/14 Toronto, Ontario @ Lee's Palace
7/15 Buffalo, NY @ Tralf
7/16 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
7/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
7/18 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
7/19 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
7/22 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
7/23 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
7/25 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
7/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
7/29 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's

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Endstille Headlining Fear Dark Festival 2008

Endstille (D) will be headlining the Fear Dark Festival 2008 on June 1 in Stuttgart, Germany with Eluveitie (CH) as a co-headliner. Other bands that are playing include Thy Majestie (ITA), Slechtvalk (NL) and Finsterforst (D). More information can be found on www.lka-longhorn.de.

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The Number Twelve Looks Like You To Release DVD

The following is an official press release:

It took one band, six cameras, five hundred fans and master producer Casey Bates (Chiodos, Foxy Shazam, Fear Before The March of Flames) to capture one of the most historic live performances of The Number Twelve Looks Like You's career.

Shot on location at a sold-out School of Rock show on December 15th, 2007 in South Hackensack, New Jersey, Here At The End of All Things captures the chaotic and adrenaline infused live show that has made The Number Twelve Looks Like You so important to their fans, and to heavy music in general. The final show of a 75 day tour, the band tore through their eclectic set as though it were the last day on earth and the worst fate the universe could imagine was lingering outside the sold out venue doors. Fans have been debating the genesis of the strange extraterrestrial themes and quixotic radio broadcasts featured at the show and how they would be incorporated into the final dvd. When asked for some insight, Jase Korman lead singer for the band simply said, "We've been touring endlessly for years, but we still haven't played for everyone, so this DVD is a great way to reach every man, woman, and child in the United States of America. If you are a fan of 1996's Independance Day starring Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, you will fall in love with Here At the End of All Things."

This latest release from Eyeball Records not only features an entire live show from one of the heaviest and most well respected grind-core art-metal bands in music today, but also includes bonus material, music videos, an intimate sit down with the band, and a special second disc capturing the night's audio, as well as bonus remixes courtesy of Jesse Cannon and more. The staff of Eyeball Records actually attempted to add CGI monsters, spaceships and an exploding White House to the final DVD performance but the furthest they got was a crudely drawn UFO on a notepad next to one of their computers. "None of us have ANY idea how to create CGI aliens... " said a sullen Eyeball employee, "Will Smith would be appalled."

Available for the first time on June 17th, "Here At The End of All Things" is another in a series of releases from a band whose relentless touring and hardcore work ethic prove time and again that they are in it for the long haul. The Number Twelve Looks Like You has toured with bands Thursday, GWAR, Minus The Bear, Every Time I Die, Shadows Fall, and others. Their video for "Grandfather" from 2007's Mongrel, landed the band on national TV when MTV2's legendary Head Banger's Ball picked the video up for rotation.

"Here At The End of All Things" track listing:

Audio CD
1. Jay Walking Backwards (6:51)
2. Don't Get Blood On My Prada Shoes (2:23)
3. The Weekly Wars (4:48)
4. Texas Dolly (3:40)
5. The Proud Parents Convention Held In The ER (3:31)
6. Grandfather (4:39)
7. Texas Dolly - J. Kale Gilgore Tribute (3:02)
8. Weekly Wars - Endor Remix (4:45)
9. Imagination Express - Jesse Cannon Remix (4:53)

DVD
Full Concert
Interview
"Grandfather" Music Video
"Like A Cat" Music Video

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Soil Announces Poughkeepsie Show

Chicago based hard rockers SOiL have announced a show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York on May 8th. The adress is below.

The Chance
6 Crannel Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

SOiL departed with long time guitarist Shaun Glass not too long ago but have since decided that they will continue as a four-piece with vocalist AJ Cavalier filling in guitar duties. They are expected to record a new album this year.

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Testament Announces Judas Priest Off Date

TESTAMENT will perform a show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY on August 8 as on off date on the summer long JUDAS PRIEST tour. More dates are expected shortly.

August 8 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

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Wolves In The Throne Room Drops Off Boris Tour

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have posted the following update:

“Due to personal reason we will no longer be touring with BORIS this summer. BORIS and TORCHE are still scheduled to tour the whole US June -August.”

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Flotsam And Jetsam DVD To Be Released In June

The following press release has been issued by Metal Mind:

Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the release of a new live DVD by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. The material entitled "Once In A Deathtime" consists of the show recorded at the 2008 edition of the Metalmania Festival.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is a Thrash Metal band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1983. Their debut album "Doomsday For The Deceiver" is still considered by many as a milestone in the history of the genre. The record released in 1986 propelled original bass player Jason Newstead to international superstardom as a member of METALLICA. Not to be outdone, Flotsam then followed up with what some consider to be the most important thrash record of all time, "No Place For Disgrace". Then it was onward and upward to MCA records for three albums that allowed the band to grow musically while never losing the integrity their fans had come to expect. After their contract was up at MCA, the first and most welcome home for the band, Metal Blade Records, invited FLOTSAM AND JETSAM to rejoin their roster and help carry the banner of true Metal tradition proudly through the dark days of the rise of Nu Metal. The records "High", and "Unnatural Selection" settled the nerves of those fans that wondered what direction the band might go in this new landscape. "My God", produced by the illustrious Bill Metoyer, was hailed as the best, heaviest effort of the band in many years. "Dreams Of Death" from 2005 is their ninth and so far last album.

"Once In A Deathtime" DVD features an extremely intense show the band gave at the Metalmania Festival 2008, offering metalheads everything FLOTSAM AND JETSAM came to be respected for: brutal non-conformist sound, a slaughter of powerful, furious and perfectly executed thrash riffs, as well as excellent song-writing. With a great selection of songs from their discography, also including such classic compositions as "Doomsday For The Deceiver", "No Place For Disgrace", or "I Live You Die", the band treated their fans to one hell of a ride at this genuine Thrash Metal feast! The DVD also includes an interview with Craig Neilsen and Ed Carlson, biography, discography, photo gallery, desktop images, web links, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.

The DVD will be available on June 16, 2008 (Europe only), also in a limited edition - including a CD with songs recorded at the Metalmania Festival!

Full details (tracklist, cover artwork) to follow soon!

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Opeth Posts "The Lotus Eater" Online For Download

Progressive metallers Opeth have posted the song "The Lotus Eater" online for free download at the Roadrunner records site. The track comes off the bands forthcoming album "Watershed."

The "Watershed" tracklisting is as follows: 'Coil', 'Heir Apparent', 'The Lotus Eater', 'Burden', 'Porcelain Heart', 'Hessian Peel', 'Hex Omega'.

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Ratt Planning European Tour

Los Angeles based rockers RATT check in with the following update:

"Thanks to all our killer ratt n' roll fans that came out last week to support the west coast run! We had two sellouts in LA and Anaheim and two near sellouts in Vegas and San Diego! So congrats to all our fans for making this all happen! 25 years of Ratt and Roll!!!! We hope you enjoyed the new set list and song selections WE DID! Next up we are heading over to the UK, Sweden and Spain for some shows in June. Stay tuned!!!"

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Scott Weiland Jailed For Eight Days

According to Undercover.com.au, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland (ex- VELVET REVOLVER), was sentenced on Monday (April 28) to eight days jail following his arrest for DUI in November last year. Weiland, who recently announced that he's rejoining his old group the Stone Temple Pilots, entered a no contest plea to his second DUI conviction in a Californian court. He was ordered to serve eight days jail, complete an alcohol education program for 18-months and pay fines of $2,000. The 40-year-old rocker must have served his jail term by May 28.

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Tesla Adds More European Shows

TESLA have updated their tour schedule. It is now as follows:

June
6 - Sweden Rock Festival - Sölvesborg, Sweden
7 - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
10 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
11 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, Germany
13 - Roxy - Saarbrücken, Germany (NEW DATE)
14 - Luxor - Köln, Germany (NEW DATE)
16 - JB's Club - Dudley, UK
17 - Rio's - Leeds, UK
19 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
21 - Kobeta Sonic Festival - Bilboa, Spain
22 - Oasis - Zaragoza, Spain
24 - Trabendo - Paris, France
25 - De Boerderij - Zoetermeer, Holland (NEW DATE)
27 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium

July
12 - South Texas Rockfest - Boerne, TX
13 - Rocklahoma - Pryor OK
19 - Waukesha County Fair - Waukesha, WI
20 - Chippewa Valley Rock Fest - Cadott WI

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