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Metal News for April 3, 2008

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33 news articles posted on this day.

Iron Steel Hits The Radio, Plans Tour

IRON STEEL's debut EP, "Devil May Care," is a hit on college and metal radio. IRON STEEL has debuted at #35 with a bullet on the FMQB charts, #3 Most Added at FMQB and #6 Most Added at CMJ Loud Rock.

Adds at Music Choice and Sirius Radio will bring IRON STEEL's music to the whole country. Among the key stations that have come on board early are WAAF-Boston, MA; WSOU-South Orange, NJ; WRIF-Detroit, MI; KFAI-Minneapolis, MN; KDLD-Los Angeles, CA; WPBZ-W Palm Beach, FL; KNON-Dallas, TX; KROX & DMX-Austin, TX; WORT & WJJO-Madison, WI and WRUW & WCSB -Cleveland, OH.

"The only reason we are going on tour is to kick the asses of programmers that haven't played "Attack" yet," says guitarist/vocalist Fran Strine. Bassist, David Ellefson (F5, former Megadeth bassist), adds "Fran probably shouldn't have broken the tour news, but dammit, some people need to be scared into submission!"

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Circle of Dead Children To Record New Album

Pittsburgh’s CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN have posted the following update:

“After over two years of hiatus, we are now making plans to record our sixth album, Psalm of the Grand Destroyer. CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN will be heading into Mr. Smalls Studios in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in June to record the new tracks. Mixing and mastering will be handled at Visceral Sound, Bethesda, Maryland by Scott Hull. Psalm of the Grand Destroyer will be released this Fall on Willowtip Records.”

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Goat Semen Prepares Debut Album

After years of personal and line-up problems, Peru's GOAT SEMEN are in preparation for their debut full length studio album for From Beyond Productions / Displeased Records. The band will enter the studio to record a promo with the newly written and rehearsed tracks later this month, with the actual studio album to be recorded right after summer 2008.

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Oh, Sleeper's Van Burglarized in Cleveland

Oh, Sleeper were the victims of some thievery while on tour in Cleveland, Ohio. Here's the official word from bassist Lucas Starr:

"Well, we've been back on the road for two days now. Things were going awesome. We got to Cleveland, Ohio tonight to start the Artery Tour tomorrow night. We decided to find a movie theater to see the new Keven Spacey movie, 21.

"After the movie was over, we went out to our van and the driver side door's lock was busted. All of our personal belongings were stolen from us. All of the laptops, cell phones, phone chargers, ipods, ipod transmitter, books, money, cameras, backpacks, cash box, all of the band's money, briefcases, jackets, our GPS, and many other belongings were taken from us. It's very unfortunate, and very discouraging.

"As of now, we plan on continuing the tour. If anything changes, we'll let you know first-hand. Please keep us in your prayers, and pray that I will have mercy if I ever find the dude who stole our stuff."

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Candlemass Announce More US Tour Dates

Swedish doom metal merchants, CANDLEMASS, are preparing to embark on their first US tour in 17 years. This is will also mark the bands first time performing in the States with vocalist and Texas native Robert Lowe, also of SOLITUDE AETURNUS fame. Bassist and founding member Leif Edling could barley contain his excitment when asked about finally returning to North America:

”Last time we were over was in 1991 and that’s way too long! We wanna make this tour a very special event for all our fans in the States and all new American fans of doom and metal too. It will be great to meet up and hang out, and play all the classic C-mass songs for you guys plus some new ones of course. We’ve been waiting 17 years for this so make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to catch the Kings of Doom in your hometown! See ya soon in a city near you!”

Here are the confirmed Candlemass tour dates with Daylight Dies as support:

05/19 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
05/20 BB King Blues Club – New York City, NY
05/22 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
05/23 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
05/24 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
05/25 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/28 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
05/29 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
05/30 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
05/31 The Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
06/01 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA
06/03 Brickhouse – Phoenix, AZ
06/04 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
06/05 Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
06/06 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
06/07 Ridglea Theater – Fort Worth, TX
06/08 The Muse – Nashville, TN

CANDLEMASS' new album, "King of the Grey Islands", was released June 22 of 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album is the first to feature vocalist Robert Lowe (SOLITUDE AETURNUS), a welcome replacement to former frontman Messiah Marcolin.

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Breaker Reunites with Original Vocalist

Legendary Cleveland metallers BREAKER have reunited with original lead vocalist Jim Hamar.

The group, which released the underground classic "Get Tough!" album on Auburn Records in 1987, will perform at this year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, scheduled to take place June 26-28 in Balingen, Germany. The band will share the stage with JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE, SAXON, ICED EARTH and others. BREAKER will also be one of the feature bands at the festival's club warm-up show with FIREWIND and FORBIDDEN.

This will be BREAKER's third trip to Germany, a country where the band still enjoys a sizeable underground following. The group has performed at major festivals like Wacken Open Air and Headbangers Open Air in recent years.

Prior to the Bang Your Head!!! appearance, BREAKER will play a special "warm-up" concert at the Jigsaw Saloon in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, June 14. Special guests are the MANIMALS.

Formed in 1982, BREAKER quickly became one of the top-drawing original metal bands in Cleveland and was the leader of the city's internationally renowned '80s metal scene.

BREAKER's current lineup is as follows:

Jim Hamar (vocals)
Don Depew (guitar)
Michael Klein (guitar)
Nick Giannakos (guitar)
Brook Hodges (bass)
Mark Klein (drums)

A new CD will be released to support the live appearances.

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Pig Destroyer Announce DC and Japan Tour Dates

PIG DESTROYER has announced some upcoming live performances.

The band will first perform a local Washington, DC show on April 11th at the Black Cat along with label-mates MISERY INDEX as well as MAGRUDERGRIND and THE WAYWARD. Tickets are on sale now at this location.

Pig Destroyer will then head to Japan in early May for Extreme The Dojo 20 as headlined by the reunited AT THE GATES. Also on the tour are labelmates THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. A listing of live dates can be found below with more tour plans to be announced shortly.

Pig Destroyer has also recently launched a mobile store (here) where US cellular phone users can purchase ring tones and wallpaper. More...

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Morning Post New Song Clip Online

Dutch female-fronted metal band MORNING has posted a clip of a new song, "Fading vs. Waiting", on their MySpace page. The track comes off the group's upcoming sophomore album, "Moments of Truth", due later in the year via an as-yet-undetermined label. The follow-up to 2005's "Hour of Joy" (Black Lotus Records) was produced by Gail Liebling (GAIL OF GOD), who has previously worked with such bands as CALLENISH CIRCLE, CRUACHAN (as a producer), FEAR FACTORY and SYMPHONY X (as a sound engineer).

MORNING last fall announced the addition of drummer Jim van de Kerkhof (UPLIFTED, MORTON BLACK) to the group's ranks.

For more information, visit www.morning.nl.

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Stream Embrace The End's Entire New Album Online

Sacramento, California's EMBRACE THE END have returned with their sophomore album, "Ley Lines", which was produced by Zach Ohren (AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS) with artwork courtesy of Paul Romano (MASTODON, TRIVIUM). Once

"Ley Lines" is set for an April 15 release and the entire album can now be streamed at the band's new e-card.

With a sound inspired by both metal and hardcore alike, EMBRACE THE END proves to be uncompromising in aggression and unmatched in their sound. Using a deft fusion of scathing blast beats amid a torrent of seismic breakdowns their musicianship is supreme and devastating.

The group will join up with HEAVEN SHALL BURN and THE GHOST INSIDE for a nationwide trek this month, which will lead them immediately into a run with ANIMOSITY, FIRST BLOOD and FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS. More...

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Guitarist Gazz Murdock Quits Waylander

Guitarist Gazz Murdock of the Irish folk metal band WAYLANDER has released the following statement:

"After over four years of playing with WAYLANDER, I feel it is time for me to leave."

"It's been an honour being part of the Northern Irish metal scene and I am proud to have worked on the upcoming album, 'Honour Amongst Chaos'."

"For the past few years I have considered the rest of WAYLANDER not just as bandmates but as friends and there is no love lost between me and the band. However, I have been playing in WAYLANDER since I was just sixteen and now I am ready for a new challenge, to work with new people and to fulfill my musical ambitions."

"You'll be hearing a lot more from me soon!"

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Poisonblack Announce New Touring Keyboardist


POISONBLACK keyboardist Marco Sneck is currently on tour in Canada with his other band, KALMAH, and will be unable to join Poisonblack for their upcoming dates in Greece.

The band have announced that Veli-Matti Kananen will replace him for the dates.

The tour dates (with AMORPHIS) are as follows:

April
19 - Thessaloniki - Hydrogios, Greece
20 - Athens - Gagarin, Greece

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Gorgoroth Prepare For European Tour 2008

Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH have issued the following update:

"Gorgoroth will, along with CRADLE OF FILTH, MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH and ASRAI, tour Europe in December. Be prepared for some very special shows. Check back later for further updates."

Dates for the above mentioned tour include:

December
1 - London, England - Forum
2 - Paris, France - Bataclan
3 - Tilburg, Holland - 013
4 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Garage
6 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
7 - Bologna, Italy - Palanord
8 - Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
9 - Budapest, Hungary - Pecsa
11 - Dresden, Germany - Reithalle
12 - Weimar, Germany - CCN Weimarhalle
13 - Belgium - TBA (festival)
14 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
16 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
17 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
18 - Neu Isenburg, Germany - Hugenottenhalle
19 - Munchen, Germany - Backstage
20 - Osnabruck, Germany - Hyde Park

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Darkane Post Studio Video Diary Part 5 Online

Guitarist Christofer Malmström of the Swedish thrashers DARKANE has issued the following update from the recording sessions for the group's new studio album, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records:

"Welcome to the fifth video blog post. Thanks to you who have followed us so far!"

"This post differs a little from earlier posts since I got so tired of us being filmed in the same room over and over, so I decided to take our great camera guy Per out to show you what our hometown Helsingborg looks like."

"If you are a fan of DARKANE/ SOILWORK/ THE DEFACED/ TERROR 2000 or any other Helsingborg-based band you might enjoy seeing what the streets look like where we wandered around as teenagers dreaming of playing the big stages. So this is not an ordinary video blog post with us working in the studio. More studio footage will come up soon for sure. And... if you see anything in my car that is not metal... I can only blame my wife!" More...

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Withersoul To Open for Candlemass In Virginia

Virginia metallers, Withersoul, announce the following upcoming shows:

4/19 - Williamsburg, Virginia - William & Mary Metalfest w/ A LIFE ONCE LOST & Immortal Avenger
5/10 - Richmond, VA, Virginia - VMA gig with Behelmod @ Rocks
5/19 - Springfield, Virginia - Jaxx w/ CANDLEMASS, Daylight Dies, Twisted Tower Dire

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Ethereality Issue Album Update

New York progressive metallers, Ethereality, issue the following update on their MySpace page:

"Hello, everyone! We just wanted to update you on the progress of the new record."

"Artwork is underway and little by little we will feed bits and pieces of it as we move closer to release. The album sampler will be available within a month and a half, with a little artwork teaser to go along with it :). Once this is out we'll post the two tracks, entitled "Common Conception" and "I am the Masquerade", on our page for streaming and download."

"Stay tuned and keep checking our blogs! We're periodically posting blogs releasing a little more information on the album and its progress piecemeal." More...

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Stream Of Passion Post Another Demo Teaser Online

STREAM OF PASSION has posted another new demo teaser on the band's MySpace page.

As previously reported, STREAM OF PASSION has scheduled the following dates:

April 11 - Kasteel, - Alphen a/d Rijn, Holland
April 12 - Tournai ProgFest - Tournai, Belgium
April 13 - Spirit of 66 - Verviers, Belgium
April 18 - De Kade - Zaandaam, Holland
April 24 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Holland
April 25 - Fenix - Sittard, Holland

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Visceral Bleeding Begin Writing New Material

Swedish death metallers VISCERAL BLEEDING have issued the following update:

"After the tour last year with DEICIDE, we all felt that we needed a break from the band and because of that we only did a couple of shows during the rest of 2007. But now after a well-needed rest we have regained our strength and we've now started writing material for a fourth album. As of now, we only have a few riffs here and there but we have a well-formed plan for the next album and we're all very excited to start working on this. So that's that."

VISCERAL BLEEDING's third full-length album, "Absorbing the Disarray", was released last year via Neurotic Records.

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Human Fuse Call it Quits

Knoxville, Tennessee based metallers, Human Fuse, issue the following update regarding their recent split up on their MySpace page:

"Guys, first let me say that this is not a message I honestly thought I’d have to write; but, Human Fuse is officially done. After nearly 7 years Ben, Mitch, Joe and myself have decided to call it quits. Call it cliche but we’ll site "creative differences" as the primary reason. By no means does this mean there is any ill will among us. We’ve seen many bands come and go over the course of our "career" in the Knoxville music scene and it really does put things in perspective. By no means are the four of us going to leave the world of music, I’m very confident that you will see us all again. I feel I can speak for the rest of the guys when I say that I feel we’ve had a pretty good ride. "

"I’ll get a little sentimental for a minute. For me the guys in this band have been my brothers and you fans have been our family. We couldn’t have made it as far as we did or lasted as long as we did without you guys. I personally want to thank all of the bands we’ve shared the stage with and all of the venues we’ve played. A HUGE thanks goes out to Ajen our long-time roadie extraordinaire and to Klint, Andrew, Adam, Brandon, Chris, MiAH and everyone else who’s been a part of our family and helped us over the years."

"I’m sure the other guys will chime in when they get a chance but until then, Thanks everyone for your love and support and don’t run with scissors."

"Derek"

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Addiction Crew Announce New Album Release Date

Italy's ADDICTION CREW will release its long-awaited new album, "Lethal", on June 6 via Aural Music/SPV (June 4 in Japan via RB Records).

Following up the success of "Break in Life" (which spent three months on Japan's HMV Bestsellers Rock Chart), "Lethal" is scheduled as the top-priority release for RB Records Japan.

More aggressive and metal-oriented than its predecessor, "Lethal" was produced and mixed by ADDICTION CREW's guitar player Alex Guadagnoli and UK's up-and-coming producer James Dunkley (engineer for the likes of SABBAT, SOIL, BLAZE BAYLEY, AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE). More...

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Metallica Announce Romanian Show

METALLICA will perform at the Cotroceni Football Stadium in Bucharest, Romania on July 23.

The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

May 16 - Tucson, AZ - KFMA Day
May 28 - Chorzow, Poland - Slaski Stadium
May 30 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop
May 31 - Madrid, Spain - Electric Weekend
Jun. 03 - Prague, Czech Republic - Slavia Stadium
Jun. 05 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock In Rio Lisboa
Jun. 07 - Nürburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
Jun. 08 - Nürnberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
Jun. 13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
Jul. 16 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen
Jul. 18 - St. Petersburg, Russia - SKK Hall
Jul. 20 - Riga, Latvia - Skonto Stadium
Jul. 22 - Bologna, Italy - Parco Nord
Jul. 23 - Bucharest, Romania - Cotroceni
Jul. 25 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Vassil Levski Stadium
Aug. 14 - Arras, France - Grand d'Arras
Aug. 17 - Wil/Jonschwil, Switzerland - Degenaupark
Aug. 22 - Leeds, UK – Leeds
Aug. 24 - Reading, UK - Reading

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told England's Kerrang! magazine that the band will play songs from its upcoming new album this summer on at least one of its festival dates. Speaking about the band's recently announced headlining appearance at the UK's Reading and Leeds Festivals in late August, Ulrich said, "We're psyched to play some new songs. In fact, if we don't, then I give people permission to come and find me and slap me across the face! We're certainly planning on rolling out some of the new songs for the first time, but right now our focus is on finishing the record. As soon as that's out of the way, we'll be hitting the rehearsal room and getting to grips with playing these bastards live!"

METALLICA's yet-to-be-titled ninth studio album is tentatively due out in September. The band is said to be in the final stages of recording.

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Sanctity Post In Studio Footage Online

North Carolina thrashers SANCTITY — who are free agents after recently losing their deal with Roadrunner Records — are in the process of demoing new material with a view towards finding a new label home. Video footage from the current demo-recording sessions can be viewed below.

SANCTITY recently parted ways with Jared MacEachern (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Derek Anderson (bass) "for personal reasons." Brian Stephenson took care of the vocal duties during the band's recent tour with SONATA ARCTICA while Zach Jordan and Scott Smith (both in ABOVE THE MEANS) filled in on guitar and bass, respectively.

SANCTITY's video for the song "Beloved Killer" was shot in Asheville, NC with director Ramon Boutviseth. The track comes off the "Road to Bloodshed" CD, which came out in April 2007. More...

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Swallow The Sun Announce Russian Tour Dates

Finnish doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN will play two shows in Russia this month:

April 18 - Orlandina, St. Petersburg, Russia
April 19 - Moscow Doom Fest Chapter III, Club Tochka, Moscow, Russia

SWALLOW THE SUN is currently writing material for its fourth album, tentatively titled "Plague of Butterflies". A late 2008 release is expected.

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Cage Announce More Tour Dates

San Diego power metallers CAGE have lined up the following dates for the coming months:

April
4 - Pharao Club - Bocholt, Germany
5 - Keep It True X Festival - Lauda Konigshofen, Germany
6 - 7er Club - Mannheim, Germany
10 - Garage-Deluxe Club - Munich, Germany
12 - Up The Hammers III Festival - Athens, Greece

May
14 - The Roxy - Hollywood, CA
15 - The Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, CA
17 - Tia Juana Tilly's Bar & Grill - Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
24 - Mexicali Metal Fest II - Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

June
16 - The Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, CA

July
3 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
4 - Cornerstone Festival - Bushnell, IL

August
8 - Kansas City Power Metal Fest - Kansas City, KS

More show and festival dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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Epica Singer Simone Simons Gives Health Update

EPICA vocalist Simone Simons has issued the following update:

"Hello to all of you,

One of the four tests was positive and we all decided that we shouldn’t take any risks regarding my health and that Amanda (Somerville) should replace me.

It is already a big improvement that only one of the test results is still positive, this means that the MRSA is almost out of my system!

Amanda Somerville, a great friend and member of the Epica team will replace me for the American tour with SYMPHONY X.

We chose Amanda because she is already familiar to the Epica fans. You can hear her on all our albums, singing backing vocals, on 'Seif al Din' and the' Obsessive Devotion' you can hear her speak, she is singing in the Epica choir and she was my vocal coach for all the albums.

We are happy that she is willing to fill in for me since she is already part of the band in a way.

Amanda has a great voice and a wonderful presence. I am sure you will love her long blond hair.

She will do a good job and I wish her and Epica good luck for this tour.

I will rest a bit more in the mean time and will come back soon with full force!

Love ya all, Simone."

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Resurrection Film "Buried Alive" Video

Tampa death metallers and former Nuclear Blast recording artists RESURRECTION, who had moderate success with their debut album "Embalmed Existence" (1993), will release their new album, "Mistaken for Dead", on May 30 via Massacre Records. The CD will be available as a limited-edition digipack (Europe only) with bonus material. The record will be handled in North America via Locomotive Records.

"Mistaken for Dead" contains nine songs and will be enhanced with a three-part DVD segment featuring footage on the making of the album, interviews, funny stuff, on-the-road material, live shots, and vintage footage. The album will also include a professionally shot video for the song "Buried Alive" which was filmed this past weekend in Tampa.

The CD is currently being mixed by Mark Lewis at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida. Mark's credits include TRIVIUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, CHIMAIRA and BURY YOUR DEAD, among others.

RESURRECTION's 2008 plans include a full European fall tour and hopefully a run in the States towards the end of summer.

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Velvet Revolver Drummer Matt Sorum Posts Update

Drummer Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES) has issued the following update:

"Hey Friends,

Want to give a very special thanks to our amazing crew, these are the guys and girl that work their asses off bouncing around on a tour bus then getting up after no sleep to set up all the gear, get the dressing rooms ready, food for the crew and band etc, etc. Hard working dedicated people who love the traveling rock n roll show. They are the foundation of Velvet Revolver. Love U guys!!!!

And as you all know by now it was our last show with Scott Weiland.

It was great to be in the UK and Europe playing for all you great fans. Thank you for your support as well as your passion. You people go crazy and we love it.

Took some pictures with my girl In Amsterdam before we left for the airport today. Feeling good about the future.

Going to get back to work right away on some new music and hope to have exciting news soon.

As for Scott I wish him well.

Stay Tuned!!!!!!

Love, Matt."

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Nevermore Pull Out of Metal and Hardcore Festival

Seattle metallers NEVERMORE have announced that they will not be unable to perform at this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set to take place the weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. According to guitarist Jeff Loomis, the band has been unable to find a suitable replacement for guitarist Chris Broderick — who recently left NEVERMORE's touring lineup to join MEGADETH — and does not wish to perform as a four-piece. Loomis states, "We have tried to work as a four-piece band, but were unable to reach the real NEVERMORE sound, especially in a live setting, which is what our fans could expect from us. We really feel sorry about this, as we know that our fans were waiting to see us at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. We hope to see you all soon."

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, the largest and most successful metal festival in the United States.

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Belladonna Announces More Tour Dates

Former ANTHRAX singer JOEY BELLADONNA has added some more dates to his upcoming tour schedule including shows in the Canadian Maritimes and Brazil. Belladonna's tour schedule is now shaping up as follows (* = new dates):

April
4 - The Lighthouse - Imperial, PA
5 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
6 - The Blue Note - Cincinnati, OH
8 - The Riot Room On Broadway - Kansas City, MO
9 - Kings Tavern - Denver, CO
11 - Roadhouse - Apple Valley, CA
12 - Tremors - Riverside, CA
13 - The Museum Club - Flagstaff, AZ
14 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
15 - The Jumping Turtle - San Marco, CA
18 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
19 - Element Niteclub - Victoria, BC
20 - The Cobalt - Vancouver, BC
22 - Club Vegas - Salt Lake City, UT
23 - Big City Night Club - Farmington, NM
24 - The Rock Star Sports Bar - Fort Worth, TX
25 - Acadia Bar - Houston, TX
26 - Rosedale - San Antonio, TX
27 - The Conservatory - Oaklahoma City, OK
28 - Outland Ballroom - Springfield, MO
29 - The Otherside Event Center - Tulsa, OK
30 - The Muse - Nashville, TN

May
1 - Jaxx Springfield, VA
2 - Sound Garden - Myrtle Beach, SC
3 - Championship Sports Bar And Grill - Trenton, NJ
5 - The Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
6 - Club Toxic - Green Bay, WI
7 - Doug’s Place - Aurora, IL
8 - Vnuks - Milwaukee, WI
9 - Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, IL
10 - Jigsaw Saloon - Parma, OH
11 - Cardo's - Chillicothe, OH
13 - Europa Night Club - Brooklyn, NY
16 - Mark's Showplace - Manchester, NH
17 - The Haunt - Yonkers, NY
18 - The Casbah - Hamilton, ON
19 - The Big Bop Concert Hall - Toronto, ON
20 - TBA - London, ON
21 - Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
22 - Time To Laugh - Kingston, ON
25 - tba - Halifax, NS *
26 - tba - Moncton, NB *

June
5 - Hard Rock Live - Mexico City, Mexico
6 - Ibex Bar - Monterrey, MX
7 - Auditorio Benito Juarez - Mochis, MX
8 - Centro de Espectaculos Chaparral - Guerrero, Mexico *
12 - Manifesto Bar - Sao Paulo, Brazil *
13 - El Teatrito - Buenos Aires, AR
14 - Galpon Victor Jara - Santiago, Chile
19 - Mulcahy's - Wantagh, NY
20 - Club Cranell - Poughkeepsie, NY
21 - tba - Hartford, CT
23 - The Brewery - Raleigh, NC
25 - Zakks - Mufreesboro, NC *
26 - Amos Southend - Charlotte, NC *
28 - L'Amour - Staten Island, NY

July
19 - Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ

September
19 - The Ferry - Glasgow, Scotland
20 - Yardbirds Rock Club - Grimsby South, England
24 - Dudley JB's - Dudley, Midlands, England
26 - Astoria 2 - London, England

October
2 - Smuget - Oslo, NO
3 - Bingo - Lillehammer, NO
4 - Jevnaker - Jevnaker, NO

Belladonna recently has announced the addition of SEVEN WITCHES / ex-SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost to his touring band. He has issued the following statement:

"I am happy to have Jack in the family and to have someone of his caliber on board. He is a great guitarist/musician and it is an honor to play with him. I cannot wait to hit the road and play for all the fans."

Frost comments: "It is a great honor to be playing with Joey and such great musicians who have the same work ethic as me. I could not be happier to be a part of this band. After bouncing around from gig to gig, it is great to finally find a home. I cannot wait to get out on the road and perform and hit the studio to write and record with these guys."

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Cult Of Luna Complete New Album

CULT OF LUNA have posted a message up on their official website proclaiming the completion of the recording process for their new, as of yet untitled album scheduled for release later this year: "The recording of our new album is now finished and we have started the mixing process. Album title and release date are not yet confirmed but expect news

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Into Eternity Post New Album Demo Online

Canadian progressive death metallers, Into Eternity, issue the following update:

“Hello everyone,”

”Things are going great on our small headlining tour to the East coast, where we meet up with Epica and Symphony X. The Winnipeg show and the St.Paul gig were the 2 best so far, but we have met many cool people at all the venues. We had a blown tire on the RV already and customs held us for 3 hours at the border, while they put the RV in a parking garage and put us in a small, white brick waiting room. Our band can survive anything and we have made every show regardless. Nothing will stop this machine! The RV just made it to Des Moines yesterday and the highway was shut down due to a blizzard and car accidents! We were stuck on the interstate in a blizzard behind a mile of non moving traffic. Of course we still made the gig and had a cool show!” More...

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Soulfly's Marc Rizzo Announce More Solo Tour Dates

SOULFLY/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY guitarist Marc Rizzo has added some dates on his upcoming solo tour before going on with Cavalera Conspiracy.

The new dates are noted with a * below:

Apr. 03 - Battle Creek, MI - Plant Rock
Apr. 05 - Sidney, OH - The Sidney Theater *
Apr. 06 - Berwyn, IL - Tiger O'Stylies
Apr. 08 - Green Bay, WI – Club Toxic
Apr. 09 - Davenport, IA - River Music
Apr. 10 – Cedar Falls, IA – Reverb *
Apr. 11 - Sioux Falls, SD - Nutty's North *
Apr. 12 – Peoria, IL – Tails & Tops *
Apr. 14 – Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room *
Apr. 15 – Springfield, MO – The Outland Ballroom
Apr. 16 - Mulberry, KS - Foxtown City Limits
Apr. 18 – Witchita, KS – The Lizard Lounge *
Apr. 20 - Tempe, AZ – The Sets *
Apr. 21 - Hollywood, CA - Roxy
Apr. 22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Vegas (supporting JOEY BELLADONNA)
Apr. 23 - Billings, MT - FOE
Apr. 24 - Denver, CO - 3 Kings Tavern
Apr. 25 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbockers *
Apr. 27 - Chicago, IL - Red Line Tap
May 08 – New York, NY – Fat Baby *
May 15 – New York, NY – Fat Baby *

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Mike Patton's New Band Crudo To Play "Secret" Show

Mike Patton's new band, Crudo, is playing a top secret warm up show in San Francisco at Great American Music Hall on Thursday May 22nd. Tickets just went on sale a couple days ago. This will be the first ever appearance of the Mike Patton/Dan the Automator project. It is the warm up show for their appearance at the Sasquatch festival at the Gorge in Washington on May 24th.

There has been no word on when the record will be released as of yet.

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The Acacia Strain Posts Pre-Production Song

Massachusetts’ THE ACACIA STRAIN have posted a pre-production song entitled “Dr. Doom” from the band’s forthcoming record, "Continent," on the band’s MySpace page. Currently scheduled for release later this year, the band will head into the studio April 13 with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Municipal Waste) at Planet Z studio. Pre-production for ‘Continent’ has been completed and THE ACACIA STRAIN has again tapped artist Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord, Trivium), who handled the artwork for the band’s previous release, "The Dead Walk," which saw a June 2006 release via Prosthetic Records.

Having just played a handful of Canadian shows in March as well as completing a successful headlining tour with Despised Icon, Full Blown Chaos, and The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza in November and December of 2007, THE ACACIA STRAIN will again embark on a headlining tour this summer. Details, support bands and confirmed dates will be announced shortly. In addition, the band will play a hometown show April 26 in Worcester, Mass. as part of the 10th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

THE ACACIA STRAIN live:

4/26 Worcester, MA - The Palladium (New England Metalfest)

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