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Metal News for April 4, 2004

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17 news articles posted on this day.

Lacuna Coil And Dimmu Borgir To Do Off-Fest Dates?

According to an interview conducted by Pivotalrage.com with BLEEDING THROUGH's vocalist (Brandon), it seems that DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL are set to play some Off-fest (dates during Ozzfest when Ozzfest is not being played) dates together this summer. Here's the Q & A:

"PR: Are there going to be any off dates with any other bands from Ozzfest?"

"Brandon: Yeah we will either be doing off dates with SLAYER or DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL. If it works out our way it will be with SLAYER because we fit more with that crowd then a black metal crowd. But either way it’s going to be crazy."

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Glitched Studio Update

Last week after bassist Elias Longoria placed the finishing touches on his tracks for the upcoming debut CD by NorCal Alternative Metal Band GlitChed, The Wonder Twins - aka guitarists Dave Thornhill and Jason Pate - went into Girth Sound Studios and laid down the guitar tracks for the first five tracks of ten total all original songs. Among those are crowd pleasers such as Drown, Irrelevant, Human Pinata and Nothing Left and well as So Far Down, Drama, Rising, Ponder, One Day and a brand new song that remains as yet untitled.

"Sometimes I like to leave a little spontenaity in the studio." Said lead vocalist Vyan. "Most of our songs are basically hyper-rehearsed, but having one song still left open to last minute ideas and inspiration can be both nerve racking and fun. Being in the moment, especially if it's the moment when a lyric finally clicks can perfectly defines the emotion your expressing and can really help to capture a vocal that is fresh and on the edge. It's very tough to capture that moment again once it's gone".

As soon as the remaining guitar tracks are completed over the next couple of weeks, recording of lead and backing vocals by Vyan, Jason and drummer/producer Mark Allen should follow in early April, pushed back from the original mid-March timeline. Release of the completed CD on the brand new independant label Resonance Records remains on target for this Summer. "I can't wait until it's all done and we can finally get the disc out there" Vyan continues " it seems like it's been forever, but I also understand that it all needs to be done right, and being hasty and haphazard isn't our style. Our fans deserve better - they deserve the best! They've been extremely patient".

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Godsmack To Headline Tour With Ill Nino, Dropbox

Taking a break between legs of the Metallica tour, Godsmack kicks off a sold-out headline tour of their own with Ill Nino and Dropbox. Godsmack's recent release of THE OTHER SIDE, their acoustic
record, debuted last week at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Dropbox, which is frontman Sully Erna's first signing to his new Universal imprint Realign Records, and opens all dates, is also featured on the new album with performance and co-writing credits for the song "Touche." Godsmack heads back out with Metallica, April 20 in Uniondale, NY.

Godsmack loyalists who download THE OTHER SIDE from iTunes, Napster and BuyMusic will receive Dropbox's 'Wishbone' as a bonus track. This digital value-add is the first such offer - bundling an album with a track that is already available for sale - for Universal Motown Records Group (UMRG).

Dropbox came together after Erna introduced Lee Richards, Godsmack's original guitarist, to frontman John Kosco, and they detonate April 13 with their self-titled debut, an explosive album of sprawling melodic rock delivered by a band with a deep reverence for the classics.

The Godsmack tour dates are as follows: More...

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Mad Dragzter Replace Drummer, Announce Tour Dates

Brazilian thrash metal band, MAD DRAGZTER have found a new drummer, Eric Claros, to replace Evandro Jr., who quit the band due to musical differences. Eric is working hard with the band for the "Strong Mind Tour". In addition, The first Mad Dragzter video clip "Break Down" is under production and is expected to be released sometime soon. You can check out an mp3 of their track 'Unknown' here.

The band has also just embarked on the "Strong Mind Tour" - here are the tour dates: More...

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Kataklysm, Misery Index, Cannae, etc Tour Dates

Metal bands Kataklysm, Misery Index, Cannae, and Through The Discipline will be touring the U.S. throughout the month of May. Here's the schedule: More...

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Ex-Forever Is Forgotten Singer Joins New Band

Justin Cota, most recently of Forever Is Forgotten, has now joined Wisconsin's The Dead Romance on vocals. The group will release their debut EP via Feeling Faint Productions in late-summer. Meanwhile, look for the band on tour this summer with Life In Your Way.

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Watch Doro's Live Video Of 'All We Are'

Doro is out with a live video to 'All We Are', which you can view here on Launch.com.

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Sevendust To Play Last Call With Carson Daly

Back from Australia, SEVENDUST will be performing on Last Call with Carson Daly this Tuesday, April 6th, before getting ready to kick off their tour with COLD.

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Dream Evil Update

Swedish Power metallers Dream Evil have finished working on their third album in three years. The album is titled "The Book Of Heavy Metal" and it is scheduled for May 31st release through Century Media. the album will be additionally released in a limited edition double-digipak version including a 60-minute long bonus DVD with live and behind-the-scenes making of footage.

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News On Hammerfall Singer Joacim Cans Solo Album

"Beyond The Gates" is the name of the forthcoming solo album by Hammerfall's singer Joacim Cans. It is scheduled for release on April 19 through Sanctuary Records.

The album was recorded between November 2003 and February 2004 at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, Frankie's Hideaway in the U.S. and House of Music Studios in Germany, and was mixed and mastered at Twilight Studios in Germany. The recording lineup on the CD was as follows: Cans (vocals), Mat Sinner (bass, SINNER), "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitars, ex-HALFORD, PAINMUSEUM), Stefan Elmgren (guitars, HAMMERFALL) and Mark Zonder (drums, FATES WARNING). The album track "Fields of Yesterday" can be downloaded in MP3 format here

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Carnal Forge Name New Album

Swedish thrashers CARNAL FORGE have set "Aren't You Dead Yet" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in June through Century Media (Europe and USA) and Soundholic (Japan). 12 songs were recorded and mixed at Studio Underground for the follow-up to last year's "The More You Suffer", with the new material being described by guitarist Jari Kuusisto as "[picking] up from where the last album stopped. The new songs are a little bit more aggressive, but all of you that liked our previous albums won't get disappointed."

The tracklisting for the album is as follows: More...

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Dismember To Record Live Show In Stockholm

Long-running Swedish Death metallers DISMEMBER will have their April 14 gig in Stockholm recorded for future broadcast via Sveriges Radio P3's "P3 Live" concert series. More information will be made available soon.

DISMEMBER's brand-new album, "Where Ironcrosses Grow", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on April 20 through Candlelight Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Hate Campaign" was recorded at Stockholm's Sami studio and features artwork by acclaimed artist Dan Seagrave (Entombed, Suffocation, Morbid Angel).

The band will also be releasing a double DVD, entitled "Live Blasphemies", through Escapi later in the year. The first disc will contain the group's live performance from May 27, 2003 at Klubben in Stockholm, while the second disc will feature a 90-minute documentary/home video spanning the group's entire career.

As previously reported, Dismember will perform their only North American show as part of the second BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend, on June 5.

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John 5 Talks About Departure From Manson

Former MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 has issued a statement attributing his departure from the group to his desire to "pursue other opportunities." The versatile guitarist/songwriter, also known for his work with KD Lang, David Lee Roth and Rob Halford, has just completed a 12-song instrumental solo album, "Vertigo", which is scheduled for release in the fall, and is said to be writing with several multi-platinum artists for their upcoming albums.

"I truly enjoyed my time with MANSON and have the greatest respect for the incredible fans," John said in the statement. "I am grateful to have contributed over two dozen songs to his projects. It was a great creative outlet for me at that point in my career. I've received so many calls from labels over the years about making a solo record, the timing is just perfect."

As previously reported, MARILYN MANSON is currently working on a best-of collection, due this fall on Interscope. Manson is also in the studio recording additional new material that could be included on the compilation. The as-yet-untitled collection will be padded with a DVD that will include Manson's entire video catalog, including the uncensored version of "s(AINT)", directed by actress Asia Argento.

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Manmadegod Singer Leaves

The Bay Area's MANMADE GOD, after getting their tour support pulled for last months SOiL tour, have now parted ways with their vocalist Pann. No other information is available at this time.

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Listen To Machine Head's Entire Album Online

Machine Head has posted an ecard with their entire 'Through The Ashes Of Empires' album (minus the new US-only track 'Seasons Wither') online for you to listen to. If you wrote them off after their previous release or just haven't heard this album, you owe it to yourself to give it a listen. You can listen here

Machine Head's 'Through The Ashes Of Empires' will be hitting stores in the US April 20 and is already available most everywhere else.

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Hope And Suicide Tour Dates

Hope And Suicide will be touring briefly in May. Here are the dates: More...

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Live Slipknot Pictures Posted Online

A bunch of photos of SLIPKNOT performing live at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida last Wednesday (March 31) have been posted online at this location (courtesy of Error 404 Media).

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