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Metal News for April 6, 2006

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17 news articles posted on this day.

Blanco Diablo Ready Debut Album

BLANCO DIABLO releases their debut album, Paper Poison Revolution, through Rock Ridge Music on April 25, 2006. BLANCO DIABLO has scheduled a special performance to celebrate the release of their album at the Double Door Inn in Charlotte, NC on Friday, April 28. "Fix Me Again," the lead single from this collection of 12 tracks, made its exclusive online debut on WindowsMedia.com as part of the Rock Ridge Music GHIDRAH program. This debut served as the online music world's introduction to the band and their unique blend of blues-drenched soul.

Driven by the relentless propulsion of guitarist/singer Jamie Ray's catchy riffs, this North Carolina based trio is rewriting the rock and roll rule book, defining a genre in their own terms. Ray proclaims, "We don't adhere to any formulas, we trust our instincts, and we take pride in cutting our own musical path despite the current musical trends. We've got the best seasoned firewood for a new generation of rock n' rollers looking for heat!!!"

Having had the privilege of performing with such national acts as Brides of Destruction, Rose Hill Drive and Gary Hoey, BLANCO DIABLO has established themselves as a band with a distinct style and abiding love for music. The band is committed to life on the road, and has already brought their rousing, full-of-swagger live show to the Southeast, NYC and the UK.

TOUR DATES
Fri 3/31 Charleston, SC Cumberland's (w. Monsters of Japan)
Sun 4/9 Charleston, SC The Kickin' Horse Saloon (Heritage Bike Week)
Mon 4/10 Charleston, SC The Kickin' Horse Saloon (Heritage Bike Week)
Tues 4/11 Charleston, SC The Kickin' Horse Saloon (Heritage Bike Week)
Tues 4/18 Morristown, TN Downtown
Thurs 4/27 Mt. Pleasant, SC The Village Tavern
Fri 4/28 Charlotte, NC Double Door Inn (Record Release Show)
Wed 5/10 Atlanta, GA 10 High Club

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Daath Signs To Roadrunner Records

Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of Atlanta-based extreme metal band, DAATH.

DAATH (pronounced like "Goth," but with a "D") were signed by longtime Roadrunner A&R man Monte Conner. Says Conner: "DAATH fuses elements of cutting-edge death and black metal with expansive orchestral and electronic themes. I haven't signed a death metal band since the early 90's, when that whole scene reached a serious saturation and then stagnation point. But I never stopped following that genre and when DAATH came along, I finally heard a new band who injected originality, excitement and fresh ideas back into that style of music."

The band, featuring Sean Farber (vocals), Michael Kameron (synth, backing vocals), Eyal Levi (guitar), Emil Werstler (guitar), Jeremy Creamer (bass), and Matt Ellis (drums), were brought to Conner's attention via colleague and friend, former Disincarnate/Obituary/Death/Testament guitarist-turned-producer, James Murphy, who took the band into the studio last year to co-produce and mix ten songs.

“The DAATH song-writing team of Eyal Levi and his co-conspirator, composer/lyricist Michael Kameron, are on top of their game,” says Murphy. “After completing the work on these songs, I knew I had something innovative and genre-bending on my hands. These guys have something extra, something special... not your run-of-the-mill death metal formula, but something ‘beyond’ that transcends the norms for the genre. I can’t wait for the world to hear this band and hopefully feel the same renewed enthusiasm for extreme metal as a true art form that I now feel.”

According to Kameron, "DAATH means 'hidden knowledge' in Hebrew and represents the tragic struggle between the instincts and the intellect, the doorway to the abyss of the unconscious mind." Adds Levi, "We explore a vast array of emotional landscapes, at times aggressively exhilarating and at others inwardly reflective." Continues Levi, "Since the beginning we've believed that Roadrunner was the most appropriate label for DAATH. They are the torch bearers for the metal world and we are proud to be joining their family."

DAATH will re-enter the studio with Murphy in May to record five more songs to round out the pool of tracks they will chose from to unleash as their forthcoming Roadrunner debut album, "The Hinderers" - due out this Fall. Besides the title track, some other songs set to appear include "Festival Mass Soulform,"Ovum," "Above Lucium" and "Who Will Take The Blame." Murphy makes a guest appearance on the album as well as former Chimaira/Dying Fetus drummer, Kevin Talley, who tracked drums on two songs.

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Interview

Four Strings And Beer Bong Rips With ECH Of D.O.C

Clearly not an easy metal act to put a label on, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Dawn Of Correction
has been on a recent warpath throughout the true metal underground. I find myself more and more entertained by their rare brand of full-throttle, kick you in your teeth heavy music, and I got the chance recently to get some questions in with their highly adept bassist, ECH. More...

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Interview

Circling The Pit With South Gate

There aren't many truly exciting things going on in the heavy music world today. Most of the older juggarnaut metal acts like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are too worn out and out of touch with what's truly relevant anymore to peak any interest with their latest offerings. And when Nu-metal legends like Korn flatout decide to release a disco album it forces one to stand in a dark corner alone wondering what the hell is happening to your scene. I was recently turned on to Detroit, Michigan's South Gate, and I am very much blown away by their machine gun rattling form of heavy metal. I went directly to their platoon leader, lead vocalist, Ness, to find out more about the battle they wage. More...

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Cattle Decapitation Announce Album, Seek Member

Cattle Decapitation are currently seeking a new drummer, if interested go to the following link: http://www.smnnews.com/board/showthread.php?t=114401. Also, the band has posted the following update:

"Cattle Decapitation is happy to announce "Karma.Bloody.Karma." as the title of the next record. NO, there is not any religious significance of the title. NO, the name does not imply that we're "crazy vegans" trying to push our lifestyle onto people (as a lot of gabbing internet idiots like to pigeonhole us as). It is simply about the "greatest natural disaster of all time," humanity, and revenge for its effect on this planet. This will be the most nihilistic, pessimistic and hateful record we've ever done lyrically, and musically you can expect, what one of our friends has said perfectly about it, a very "schitzophrenic" release! Imagine the Caninus split material, just longer in every way. Features guest appearances by Joey Karam(The Locust) and John Wiese(Sunn 0)), Bastard Noise). Produced by Billy Anderson(Swans, Mr. Bungle Melvins). Available June/July 2006!

Here's the goddamn track list:
1. Intro
2. Unintelligent Design
3. Success Is…(Hanging By the Neck)
4. One Thousand Times Decapitation
5. The Carcass Derrick
6. Total Gore
7. Bereavement
8. Suspended In Coprolite
9. Alone At The Landfill
10. Karma.Bloody.Karma.
11. The New Dawn
12. Of Human Pride & Flatulence"

"We have a new addition to Cattle Decapitation. A new second guitar player by the name of Kevin "Fetus" Bernier of L.A.’s Watch Me Burn/Fetus Eaters/Deadfood/Vomitcore Records. He's been an amazing friend of ours since the beginning and we're very excited to start playing live with him. We'll try our hardest to have him ready for the Necrophagist tour!"

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Sikth Announce Tracklisting for Album

Tracklisting for Skith's upcoming album, "Death of Dead Day", is as follows:

1. Bland Streem Bloom
2. Flogging the Horses
3. Way Beyond the Fond Old River
4. Summer Rain
5. In This Light
6. Sanguine Seas of Bigotry
7. When the Moments Gone
9. Part of the Friction
10. Where do We Fall?
11. Another Sinking Ship
12. As the Earth Spins Around

"Death of a Dead Day" was produced by members of Sikth and mixed by Matt LaPlant at Bieler Bros. Studio in Pompano Beach, Florida. "Death of a Dead Day" will be released June 6th with the first 10,000 copies containing an autographed poster and limited edition artwork.

Skith's first single from "Death of a Dead Day" is "Bland Street Bloom" and has been on the bands myspace page, http://www.myspace.com/sikth. A video is scheduled for the coming weeks and Skith are also scheduled to do a headlining tour before playing the Download Festival.

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Dissection to Release Limited Edition Single

Dissection will release the single, "Starless Aeon", as a CD limited to 1,000 copies and only available to North America through The End Records' mail-order website. Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Starless Aeon (Album Version)
2. Xeper-I-Set (Album Version)
3. Starless Aeon (Instrumental Version)
4. Bonus Video: Starless Aeon (Original Edit)

Singer/guitarist, Jon Nödtveidt, had the following to say about the video accompanying the single: “For the making of the video to "Starless Aeon", the first song from "ReinKaos" to become visual, Dissection explore a special filming technique, shooting scenes backwards, with the band literally having to perform their music and sing the lyrics backwards. The filmed sequences have then ultimately been reversed again, with an original backwards sequence playing forwards in sync with the album version of the song. The visual result appears rather sick and disturbing, and like the rest of the video, very dark.”

The video will debut on MP3.com Monday, April 10th.

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Poostew, Japanische Kampfhorspiele Split Release

The split collaboration of Poostew and Japanische Kampfhörspiele will finally see the light of the day on May 15th. The CD comes as limited silver printed black cardboard digipack. You can preorder a special EP pack, including buttons and stickers here.

You can already check out one Poostew track from the Split in Silent Stagnation's media section.

As previously reported, the complete tracklisting for the Split EP is as follows: More...

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Watch Live Video of Atreyu In LA On AOL Music

AOL Music has a streaming video of Atreyu recorded live in February from the El Rey Theater in LA. You can check out the video here.

Atreyu's latest album "A Death-Grip on Yesterday" was just released on March 28 and the band are preparing for their headlining slot on Ozzfest's second stage this summer.

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Edguy, Stratovarius and Rage Confirmed For BOA

Bloodstock Open Air has announced three headliners: Edguy, Stratovarius and Rage

Edguy will return to the UK to headline the Friday night (July 14, 2006) of Bloodstock Open Air with their full European Headline show.

"After gaining fantastic reviews from their recent tour with Dragonforce, we felt it only right that the freshest most exciting band to emerge from Germany in the last decade (Powerplay – issue 74 March), offer their disappointed UK fans the chance to see the full show as performed across Europe. Expect a few rockets tonight!"

STRATOVARIUS will be jetting in fresh from their Rockperry festival show in Finland the night before to offer their UK fans their only appearance here in 2006 on July 15. So for those of you who missed out on their London show last November, then now's your chance to catch their full European headline set.

Rage will be making a rare UK appearance on Friday 14th July, making this night one of the most Metal nights Bloodstock has ever seen.

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Sunn 0))) Tour Dates

Sunn 0))) have lined up a handful of May tour dates. Here are the latest tour dates:

5/18 Boston, MA @ Middle East (downstairs) w/ Grief & Sin of Angels
5/20 Victoriaville, Quebec @ FIMAV w/ Haino Keiji
5/22 Toronto, Ontario @ Music Gallery
5/23 Grand Rapids, IL @ Institute of Contemporary Arts

dates w/ Boris
5/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Walker Art Center
5/26 Chicago, IL @ Logan Square w/ Kevin Drumm
5/27 Columbus, OH @ Walker Center
5/28 Youngstown, OH @ Emissions From the Monolith
5/29 New York, NY @ Avalon

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Nailboard, Plakk Release "Roostevaba #1"

Nailboard Records has been working with Estonian magazine Pläkk to compile a free CD titled “Roostevaba #1” (Stainless #1) is being distributed with the latest issue (#8) of Pläkk, featuring 15 tracks by 14 bands, both Estonian as well as foreign. Pläkk is the only Estonian music magazine published in the Estonian language; it is available from every newsstand as well as the bigger store chains all over Estonia. There are altogether seven Nailboard artists on the CD: Echosilence, Loits, Manatark, Must Missa, Nitrous, Taak and Tharaphita.

Tracklist:
Tharaphita "Sorceress"
Taak "Õiglane Jaak"
Swallow the Sun "Descending Winters"
Codeon "Fatal Collision 2004"
EchoSilence "Information Intoxication"
Manatark "Sirens Calling"
The Scourger "The Oath and the Lie"
Cause For Effect "Pulsar and Pluto"
Cause For Effect "Rytmist"
Nihilistikrypt "I Hate Everything"
Must Missa "You filthy pig"
Loits "Aeg Ärgata"
Nitrous "Dominant Force"
Northern Discipline "The One"
Third Descent "Commemorate the 6th army"

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Remembering Alice In Chains' Layne Staley

Launch Radio Networks reports: ALICE IN CHAINS vocalist Layne Staley died four years ago today (April 5), at the end of a long and tragic descent into heroin addiction that ultimately sidelined his career and his band after three studio albums, an acoustic live disc and two EPs. The 34-year-old singer had all but disappeared from public view during the last few years of his life. His body was not found in his Seattle home until April 20, 2002, two weeks after the date on which it was ultimately determined that he died.

Staley was born in Kirkland, Washington on August 22, 1967 and began playing drums at the age of 12. He soon switched to singing and met guitarist Jerry Cantrell in 1987. The pair formed ALICE IN CHAINS, which started out as a glam band but eventually became one of Seattle's biggest "grunge" exports.

Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney recently reunited to appear at a taping of the VH1 Classic series "Decades Rock Live!" and plan to tour this summer with guest vocalists on the mic. Inez told Launch that the surviving members of the band still feel Staley's presence onstage with them. "He's in our hearts and we're carrying him with us every place we're gonna be playing this year," he said. "If anything we've got an angel looking out for us, you know, and of course, he's crazy."

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Satyricon Turned Down Slot At This Year's Ozzfest

Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON turned down a slot at this year's Ozzfest, the group's frontman Satyr revealed in an interview conducted earlier today (April 5). Speaking to the Norwegian metal radio show "Tinitus" immediately following the group's performance on the P3 station in front of a live audience of about 100 people, Satyr said about the group's North American touring plans, "Since we're now probably not doing it anyways, I guess it's not a secret… We were offered Ozzfest 2006. And I must admit that I'm proud of that. Being offered Ozzfest is a big, big deal. . . The thing is that circumstances, you know… We should have done it, but there were just too many things that were… factors that were kind of telling me like, 'This is gonna be too problematic.' It's still not completely ruled out, but it's gonna be a little bit of a miracle if we do it. We've been offered a tour with SHADOWS FALL — a HATEBREED/SEPULTURA tour… One of my favorite bands is CELTIC FROST and they [will] tour two months — from September 'till mid-November — and we've been offered the 'special guest' slot for that tour in America, and that's really nice. The crazy thing about Europe now is like I feel that our agents have been working hard on our behalf to make sure that things happen, and now they are happening, whereas in America no one has been proactive on our behalf, but stuff has just been coming our way. So I guess we established some good things with [the last studio album] 'Volcano'."

Listen to "Tinitus"' entire interview with SATYRICON online at www.nrk.no/tinitus.

SATYRICON have just released a limited-edition single of their song "K.I.N.G" (mp3). Available exclusively on the Norwegian market, it contains an exclusive bonus track, entitled "Storm (of the Destroyer)", and will only be on sale up until the new SATYRICON album is released or until it is sold out. The video for "K.I.N.G" will was recently shot in London. The European release date (through Roadrunner Records) of SATYRICON's new album, "Now, Diabolical", has been moved forward to April 18, except in France where it remains April 24. The CD will receive a U.S. release on June 13 via Century Media Records. The American version will contain bonus audio and video material.

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No Guns N' Roses Reunion With Slash, Duff

A representative for GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose has shot down persistent rumors that former GNR members Slash, Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan are in talks with Rose about taking part in a "reunion" tour this summer. The rumors gained strength a couple of days ago when unconfirmed reports surfaced that Slash had picked up his gear from VELVET REVOLVER's rehearsal studios after allegedly announcing that he was leaving the band.

Rumors of trouble in the VELVET REVOLVER camp have been swirling around the group for the past few months, with several reports suggesting that much of the strife between Slash and the rest of the camp stems from Slash's wife Perla's alleged involvement in the band's business affairs. The situation allegedly came to a head last week after an attempt was made by attorneys to mediate in matters related to the lawsuits filed by Slash, Duff and Axl over the rights to the old GNR songs.

Slash and Duff, who left GNR in the 1990s and are joined in VELVET REVOLVER by ex-GNR drummer Matt Sorum and former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland, had filed suits in 2004 and 2005 seeking the rights to the early GNR material, accusing Rose of killing deals that would have put their songs in a half-dozen movies, including "Old School" and "Black Hawk Down". Rose filed a counterclaim last month asking a Federal Court to confirm his ownership of his "creative works" and defending his decision to choose when to license the music and to whom.

At press time, there has been no official comment from the VELVET REVOLVER camp regarding any of the rumors currently making the rounds. It is also not presently clear if VELVET REVOLVER will go ahead with their previously announced plans to enter the studio on April 10 to begin recording the follow-up to their double-platinum 2004 debut, "Contraband".

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Poison Frontman Fears Hitman

The following item was published in the April 2 edition of the New York Post's "Page Six" column:

"Is someone out to get POISON frontman Bret Michaels? On Thursday morning (March 30), the randy rocker was arriving at the Adam Corolla radio show in L.A. for a guest appearance when, as he was pulling into the parking lot on Wilshire and Fairfax, 'his Mercedes was hit with a bullet,' our source said. The window was shattered but Michaels was fine. Just five months ago, the back window of his tour bus was shot out in Springfield, Mass., while he was en route to a show. A rep for Michaels said, 'We're taking this seriously. We'd like to think it was random, but this is the second time this has happened in six months — both times at publicized events.'"

As previously reported, Michaels escaped serious injury after shots were fired at his tour bus on Nov. 21, 2005 in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The singer was in town to perform a rare, invitation-only acoustic show, when, prior to the show, shots were fired from a white Ford F-150 while Michaels was still on the tour bus, according to witnesses. Michaels was struck in the face by flying broken glass, but escaped serious injury. More information on that incident is available here.

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Neuraxis Announce New Touring Guitarist

Montreal based Neuraxis have announced the addition of new live guitarist Will Seghers (ex-Quo Vadis). The band comments: "Neuraxis wishes to thank everyone who showed interest in auditioning for the guitar position. It feels good to now have a guitarist that meets our standard of musicianship and can add a positive energy to the group." The band will embark on a US tour this April/May alongside Necrophagist, Arsis, Alarum, Cattle Decapitation, Thine Eyes Bleed."

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