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Metal News for April 3, 2006

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4 news articles posted on this day.

Abacus Recordings Signs Clifton

Salt Lake City metal band Clifton have reportedly signed a deal with Abacus Recordings. The band's debut, titled "We Never Change," is slated to hit stores on June 13th. In the meantime, you can check out some of their material here.

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Darkest Hour Brings Down Asbury Park, NJ

Friday night, March 31, 2006, I was sitting at home on my computer and on AIM. I hadn't planned on doing anything until out of nowhere, one of my friend's instant messages me, asks if I like Darkest Hour, "yes", I replied, so began my Friday night.

After running a few errands, my friend, his friend, and I headed towards Asbury Park to see Darkest Hour, A Life Once Lost, the Acacia Strain, and Himsa at Club Deep in Asbury Park, NJ. Now, this would be our first time to this venue and were told that it was right across from the legendary Stone Pony. When we got to the Stone Pony, we where relieved to find out we hadn't been misinformed. We walked in after paying at the door and I was surprised to see a pretty decent venue.

Club Deep consists of a decent size pit area, a bar in the back, and a divider separating the stage and pit area and the merchandise area. Also, in the merchandise area, there are a couple pool tables and the rest rooms. Club Deep is about the size of the Stone Pony which isn't very big, but isn't extremely small. Club Deep was just the right size for a good show.

Now, because of the errands we had to run, we showed up 20 minutes late and missed the Acacia Strain. We made it just as a Life Once Lost go on. A Life Once Lost was ok, not really my thing, sounded very hardcore influenced, and we enjoyed some of their songs. After them, Himsa went on; we aren't too big of Himsa fans because their drumming, in my opinion, overpowers the rest of the band. Also, I believe the drummer is too good for that band. After we sat down for Himsa, there's a little leather couch built into the divider to sit on, we stood back up for Darkest Hour.

Darkest Hour, the band we came to see, made the night worth the $12 spent to get in. Their vocalist was having trouble with his microphone in the beginning, but that was resolved after the first couple songs. Darkest Hour tore through songs from all three of their albums, including their single, "Convalescence", off their newest album, "Undoing Ruin", which I purchased along with a shirt after the show. Darkest Hour put on an amazing performance for their whole set. I found the guitar work to be exceptionally good. At the end of their set, their vocalist decided to stage dive, right into my arms. A much unexpected surprise! I bet he and I were both glad that I caught him!

That was the end of a Friday night that started as nothing besides me and my computer spending some quality time. Anyone who says AIM and computers are a waste of time and bad for you, I suggest you take a look at how this amazing night started.

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Evil Adam Post Live Video Online

Jersey City, NJ band Evil Adam have posted a live video of B-trade from their last show at NJCU's Black Box in Jersey City. You can watch the video here.

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Blinded Colony Sign with Pivotal Rockordings

Sweden based metal band BLINDED COLONY haveinked a deal with Pivotal Rockordings. The band will enter Sound Palace Studios later this month to begin the recording process of their sophomore effort. An album title has not been picked yet.

BLINDED COLONY was formed in 2000 by guitarists Johan Blomström, Tobias Olsson, and vocalist Niklas Svensson. In 2003, the band released their debut album, “Divine” through Italy’s Scarlet Records. The following year BLINDED COLONY parted ways with both Scarlet Records and vocalist Niklas Svensson. In 2005 Johan Schuster (SKÖRDA) took over vocal duties and the band cut a demo, which caught the attention of Pivotal Rockordings. The tracks “In Here” and “Aarons Sons” can be heard at the band’s website or on the band’s Myspace page[http://www.myspace.com/blindedcolony]. More information about the release will be made available in the near future.

The band has a hanful of appearances scheduled. They are as follows:

April 29 Olofström, Sweden @ Folkets Hus (w/ Hellfueled)
May 12 Linköping, Sweden @ Venue: TBA
May 26 Kristianstad, Sweden @ Venue: TBA (w/ Deathstars)
May 27 Köping, Sweden @ Smedjan (Dead-Generation Festival)

June 28 Roskilde, Denmark @ Obscene Obscene Eriksvej 40, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
(Scream Festival Vol. 2)
Price: Around 70 dkr / 10 euros.
Location: From Roskilde Train Station to venue

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