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Metal News for April 7, 2006

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Living For The Metal: John Sheldon Of Ekotren

Cape Coral, Florida has spawned the radio friendly hardcore/metal outfit called Ekotren. Formed in 2000, the lineup consists of Guitarist Keith Finnell, Bassist Sean Fiene, DJ/Keyboardist Steve Chin, Eric Pottle on drums and standout Vocalist John Sheldon. They seem poised to make a serious run up the ladder in the music busness and appear to take what they do very seriously for such a young group of individuals. I had some time recently to ask John Sheldon some questions that I felt would help their audience get to know them a bit better. More...

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The Acacia Strain Sets Release Date

THE ACACIA STRAIN, will release 'The Dead Walk' on June 13, 2006, through Prosthetic Records. The record was recorded with Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) in December, 2005, and features extensive artwork handled by Paul Romano (Mastodon). You can view an updated take on the artwork here. The album will feature the tracks "4 x 4," "Angry Mob Justice," and "Whoa! Shut It Down," which were played live recently on the string of dates alongside Darkest Hour and Himsa in February and March. In the meantime, fans can check out two demo versions of songs from 'The Dead Walk' on the band's MySpace page.

“There are so many people today who are afraid to take their own stance. So many people just float through life with no meaning. They have no opinions of their own, nothing is theirs,” says vocalist Vincent Bennett. “Yet at the same time, there are so many people who are so self-righteous, it’s sickening. 'The Dead Walk' focuses on that.”

Next up, The Acacia Strain will be playing at the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival alongside several Prosthetic labelmates. Following that, the band will head back out on the road in May with The Red Chord and The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, and follow that up with a tour alongside Soilent Green in June.

THE ACACIA STRAIN on the road
4/08 Hamden, MA - Hamden Elks Lodge
4/23 Chicopee, MA - Cabot St. Pub
4/29 Worcester, MA - Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
5/11 Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall

More dates to come

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John5 Updates On Loser Project

MTV.com reports: "Since joining Marilyn Manson in 1999, John 5 has been one of the pioneering spirits of modern metal guitar. He recently co-wrote and played on songs for Rob Zombie's new album, Educated Horses, and he's currently on the road with Zombie. But there's another, less caustic side to the tattooed, white-haired guitarist, and he's letting that side shine through with his new band, Loser."

"If Marilyn Manson are a carnal congregation of all things dark and depraved, Loser are more a celebration of the young and unjaded. The band's debut album, Just Like You (June 6), interweaves John's pointed riffs with triumphant radio rock and infectious power pop. Some Manson and Zombie fans will surely be thrown by the psychedelic-tinged rock of "Disposable Sunshine," the Cheap Trick-style power pop of "Without You (Inside Out)" and the jangly balladry of the first single, "Nobody Knows." But John 5 — who has worked with k.d. lang, Avril Lavigne and Fefe Dobson — is happy to explore the poppier elements of his new band."

"I like to play metal, but sometimes it's like doing the same thing over and over," he explained. "It's good to have a little bit more variety, like eating different foods. And even if they're surprised, I hope people will like the band and recognize that hey, it's not metal, but these are really good songs."

John 5 started working on Loser in 2004, soon after he left Manson. He hooked up with producer/songwriter Bob Marlette — with whom he worked on Two's Voyeurs, his collaboration with Rob Halford, in 1997 — and quickly penned a batch of new tunes. Then he began looking for bandmates. Marlette found ex-Jibe singer Joe Grah during a trip to Texas to check out a band that had been recommended to him. "As it turned out, they weren't that great and the singer wasn't that great, but Joe was in the band that played after them, and he was incredible," John said.

Grah was flown to Los Angeles to audition and was hired on the spot. To celebrate, the guitarist and his new singer went to see A Perfect Circle in concert. There, they ran into their future bassist, Charles Lee. "He knew of me and said, 'Hey, I play bass and I sing,' so we auditioned him and he was great," recalled John. "We were like, 'Man, this is way too easy.' "

Finding a drummer proved to be a little harder. After going through a handful of players, Grah recommended someone he knew back in Texas, Glendon Crane, who instantly clicked with the rest of the musicians.

They named themselves Loser as both an affirmation of John 5's past and as a gesture to anyone who's ever felt awkward or left out. "I was from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, which is kind of an upper-class area, and I was always that rock kid," John explained. "I started playing guitar at age 7. I always had a rock shirt on, and I had that tattoo early on. I looked like a loser because everyone around me was wearing Polo and Brooks Brothers. But now if you go into a club wearing Polo, you're called a loser. So I think everyone can relate to that name, and the album title, Just Like You, sums it up."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Video Interview Of Strapping Young Lad On 4QRadio

4QRadio.com has posted a video interview with Devin Townsend from Strapping Young Lad. Head over to 4qradio.com to watch.

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Stone Sour Finish Recording New Album

STONE SOUR, the band featuring SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, have completed the recording process for their sophomore album, tentatively titled "Come What May", at a Los Angeles studio with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER). "16 tracks were recorded and we're in the process of picking just how many will go on the album," guitarist Josh Rand writes on the band's web site. "We're hoping for a late summer release. We are so excited for you to hear this! From songs like '30/30-150', to 'Zzyzx Road', it's much more diverse and mature than the first record. Sonically, it's amazing!

"We are currently working on the U.S. tour schedule, and new merch. We will keep you posted as more info comes in.

"Onto stage two of the process: mixing! This will be handled by Randy Staub (METALLICA, HATEBREED) starting on the 10th of this month." More...

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Nonpoint & Buckcherry Initial Tour Dates Released

Hot on the heels of their success with "Bullet with a Name", NONPOINT have announced their next single will be "Alive and Kicking", with a radio impact date of May 2. Check it out at this location.

NONPOINT have a series of headline dates and radio shows coming up, culminating with a hometown show that will be recorded and filmed for a live DVD and CD, to be released early fall.

As previously announced, NONPOINT will be hitting the road with BUCKCHERRY in May and June for a coast-to-coast tour. Initial dates are as follows:

May 12 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
May 13 - Killeen, TX @ Heroes
May 14 - Amarillo, TX @ Midnight Rodeo
May 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
May 19 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
May 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
Jun. 10 - Kansas City, MO @ TBA
Jun. 18 - Dallas, TX @ TBA

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Bullet For My Valentine Announce New Touring Plans

Trustkill Records, indie rock powerhouse label, have announced their first-ever package tour, to be called the Trustkill Takeover our. The North American trek, which will take place in May, will feature the U.K.'s hottest export BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE on headlining duty. The Wales-based band are currently wrapping up a successful U.S. run on the ROB ZOMBIE/LACUNA COIL tour. BULLET fever, which is in full swing through Europe, sees the band securing the honored spot of opening for GUNS N' ROSES and METALLICA on select European shows. Speaking on the upcoming Trustkill Takeover run, frontman Matt Tuck says, "I'm completely stoked on our first real headlining tour of the States. It's a real chance to show everyone what BULLET is made of." Appearing in the middle slot is the Detroit's WALLS OF JERICHO, who have just been confirmed for the second stage at this year's Ozzfest. Fronted by Candace Kucsulain and powered by the thrash-bred guitar team of Mike Hasty and Chris Rawson, WALLS OF JERICHO recently hunkered down in Cleveland with producer Ben Schigel (CHIMAIRA, ZAO, RINGWORM) to record their upcoming album, "With Devils Amongst Us All", to be released this summer. Candace Kucsulain confirmed that they will be perfoming four or five new songs from the upcoming album per night and Mike Hasty says of the new material, "It's definitely the most varied music we've ever written and it's a lot more anthemic whereas our older material was more about aggression than composition." More...

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Deftones Set A Fall Release Date For New Album

Launch Radio Networks reports: DEFTONES has set September 12 as the release date for its fifth album, the band's management has told Launch. No title has been revealed yet for the disc, which the band has been working on for the better part of two years. Drummer Abe Cunningham recently told Billboard.com that internal strife nearly broke DEFTONES apart during the making of the record, saying, "I don't want to sit here and complain because these things happen to everyone, but if there was a VH1 'Behind The Music' special on us, it would be the perfect episode."

The group originally began working on the project with legendary ALICE COOPER and PINK FLOYD producer Bob Ezrin, but replaced him with its regular producer, Terry Date.

The recording process was also halted while singer Chino Moreno toured with his side band, TEAM SLEEP.

DEFTONES are currently on the Taste Of Chaos tour with THRICE, ATREYU, STORY OF THE YEAR and others. The trek is in its final week and stops tomorrow night (Saturday, April 8) in Saskatoon, Canada.

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666 Degrees Of Metal: My Ruin Murders The Whisky

On Saturday, April 1st, with some serious heavy metal electricity in the air, I was in person to see a rather large bill of underground metal bands at The Whisky A Go Go here in Los Angeles. First up was Coalition Bear from Thousand Oaks, featuring Jake Goodrich on Vocals, Brett Leonard on Drums, Jack Howard on Guitars, Quinn Brentson on Bass and Aaron Collins on Keyboard. Citing influences ranging from Lamb of God, Misery Signals, Darkest Hour to Toad the Wet Sprocket, I found this act to be one that wasn't too original or too stimulating, yet somehow still captured some of my interest during their thirty minutes as the show opener. The vocalist, Goodrich, worked the crowd with some light-hearted jokes and flat out had the death growl down better than most that are trying to emulate the work of Randy Blythe. Remnants Of Solace is a song that has some cool moments, certainly the repetetive end lyric howl of "I will make you remember."
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Gorgoroth Finish Recording New Album

Gorgoroth are now finished recording their new album entitled "Ad Majorem Satanhas Gloriam". Next week (April 11th - 12th), bass player and songwriter King will take off to New York to do a pre-listening session and to give interviews. More details to come.

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Magna-Fi Post New Songs Online, Replace Guitarist

Ozzfest alumni, Magna-Fi has finished recording the new album "Versechoruskillme" and have posted three new songs and a B-side on their new MySpace page. You can also hear the whole album on the band's newly redesigned website.

The track listing of "Versechoruskillme" is:

WHO I AM
FALL FROM GRACE
YOU MISERABLE FAILURE
BREAKING UP
FAN THE FLAMES
WHEN I'M AWAKE
SOMEDAY
KISS IT AWAY
PRETTY F*ING IRONIC
DREAM DENIED DESTROYED
SAVE ME
WELL WELL

In related news, the band has parted ways with C.J. and found a replacement. Here's what Mike had to say about it: "Yep, my brother C.J. done left the band. I could say it was "musical differences" but that ain't it. We wish him well on whatever he chooses to do. Our new guitar player is Christian Brady, and you can hear what he's up to on the new album!"

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