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Metal News for April 8, 2008

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35 news articles posted on this day.

Kayo Dot Announces European Tour Dates

Kayo Dot will tour Europe in late-May and early-June. Here are the tour dates:

05/25 TBA, France w/ Gregor Samsa
05/26 Main d’Oeuvres Paris, France w/ Gregor Samsa
05/27 TBA, Switzerlandw/ Gregor Samsa
05/28 Treibhaus Luzerne, Switzerland w/ Gregor Samsa
05/29 Belvedere Namur, Belgium w/ Gregor Samsa
05/30 Dqliq Luxembourg w/ Gregor Samsa
05/31 Gleis 22 Munster, Germany w/ Gregor Samsa
06/01 TBA with Gregor Samsa TBA, Benelux w/ Gregor Samsa
06/02 Cassiopeia Berlin, Germany
06/03 Lades Kaelder Copenhagen, Denmark
06/04 Az Conni Dresden, Germany
06/05 Chateau Rouge Prague, CZ
06/06 Feierwerk Munich, Germany
06/07 Elfer Frankfurt, Germany
06/08 Worm Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Dead To Fall Call It Quits

DEAD TO FALL, the Chicago- and Minneapolis-based deathcore band, has officially split up.

Commented vocalist Jonathan Hunt: "DEAD TO FALL is no more. After nine years, it's time to say goodbye. There really isn't an easy way to say this, but the DEAD TO FALL machine broke beyond repair this last weekend. I guess the financial, personal, and emotional strains wore some of us down and caused a violent collapse."

"After a show in Wisconsin, Logan [Kelly, guitar] and Chad [M. Fjerstad, bass] quit this past weekend. I won't go into the whole 'behind-the-music-band-break-up' scenario, but it was a night filled with retarded actions and words. The rest of us don't want to go through yet another major lineup change and really are just ready for a new chapter in our lives."

"The Supermassive Fist tour with IMPENDING DOOM, ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS and SEA OF TREACHERY is continuing on without us. We have no idea if we are going to play a last show or not, but at this point there is nothing planned." More...

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Kiss Cancel Belgrade Concert

The following report is courtesy of Blic Online:

The agency Lupa, organizer of the concert, explained that the agent of the band KISS informed them about the concert cancellation, explaining that it was due to political situation, which reminded them of their previous stay in Belgrade, especially because of the forthcoming elections in Serbia.

“The members of the band regret to inform you that the concert has to be cancelled, but the situation in Serbia does not leave them much choice. However, they hope they will perform in Serbia on some other occasion,” it has been stated in organizers’ report. They also added that management of the popular American hard rock band did not explain the reasons, nor what exactly happened during their stay in Belgrade.

Ticket refunds will start for those who bought their tickets at Card Service and Eventim on Monday, April 7th, and for those who bought the tickets at Bilet Servis on April 14th. More...

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Jens Bogren to Mix and Master Bilocate's New Album

Following the success of BILOCATE's last release Dysphoria back in 2005, a new Chapter has begun with engineer Jens Bogren best recognized for his outstanding work with Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath, Amon Amarth, Symphony X, Paradise Lost and much more, the new Album is currently being mixed by Jens Bogren in Fascination Street Studio in Sweden.

Jens Bogren issues the following comment on Bilocate's Album:

"Bilocate takes the qualities from the best epic death metal bands and blend it with their very own middle eastern touch, and out comes one of the most interesting metal bands I've heard for a long time You can hear that they put effort and thought in to every note and every scream!" More...

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Finntroll Announce North American Tour Dates

FINNTROLL and WARBRINGER will team up for the following North American tour dates:

August 22 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
August 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
August 24 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
August 25 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
August 26 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
August 27 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
August 28 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
August 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under
August 30 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
August 31 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
September 1 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
September 2 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
September 3 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
September 4 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
September 6 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
September 7 - Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
September 8 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 9 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
September 10 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
September 11 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
September 12 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle

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Hurt Announce Spring Tour Dates

HURT will be venturing back out on tour. Catch them at the following:

May 2 - Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s
May 4 - Landson, SC @ Exchange Park
May 8 - Estero, FL @ Germain Arena
May 9 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Equestrian Center
May 10 - Orlando, FL @ Earth Day Birthday
May 11 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd’s Music Store
May 17 - Huntsville, AL @ Crossroads Cafe
May 18 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
May 19 - Lexington, KY @ AIA Entertainment Complex
May 20 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
May 21 - Michigan Center, MI @ Motorheads
May 22 - Dayton, OH @ The Foundry
May 23 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
May 24 - Frankfort, NY @ Herkimer County Fairgrounds

Tickets can be grabbed here.

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Corporation 187 Post "My Sickness" Video Online

Sweden-based thrashers CORPORATION 187 have unveiled their video for the track 'My Sickness'. Check it out here

The band previously stated, "Anders Carlborg (Explosiv Film) and Errol Tanriverdi (ETmedia) directed and filmed our moves and violent features. We have uploaded some pics from the video shoot on our MySpace." More...

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STP Announce North American Tour Dates

According to Mitchell Peters from Billboard.biz, the reunited STONE TEMPLE PILOTS solidified their summer reunion tour plans last night (April 7) with a brief performance at the former estate of magician Harry Houdini, tucked away in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills.

The group's 30-minute set, its first since disbanding in 2002, featured modern rock radio staples such as 'Big Empty', 'Plush', 'Interstate Love Song' and 'Vasoline'. Frontman Scott Weiland didn't say much, but he made one thing clear to the hundreds of radio contest winners, celebrities and music industry onlookers: "We're back and we're going on tour this summer."

As previously reported, STP will embark on a full-fledged summer amphitheater tour of North America, beginning with the Rock on the Range festival on May 17 at Columbus, Ohio's Columbus Crew Stadium. Live Nation will produce many dates on the upcoming 65-date trek. The group's last tour in 2002 grossed nearly $1.3 million from 13 concerts that drew approximately 42,000 concertgoers, according to Billboard Boxscore. More...

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Opeth to Release New Album, "Watershed," in June

The new haunting, epic masterpiece from Opeth, "Watershed," comes out on June 3rd, 2008. The album, recorded in the band's home of Sweden and produced by frontman/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt and Jens Bogren, is the first to feature new guitarist Fredrik Akesson and drummer Martin Axenrot.

Also available on 06.03.08 is the Collector's Edition 2-disc CD/DVD set includes 3 bonus tracks, 5.1 audio mix of the entire album, extensive video content, and expanded artwork.

"Watershed" track listing is as follows:

1. Coil
2. Heir Apparent
3. The Lotus Eater
4. Burden
5. Porcelain Heart
6. Hessian Peel
7. Hex Omega

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Testament Post Title Track of New Album Online

A brand new TESTAMENT track, entitled "The Formation of Damnation", has been made available for download at this location. The song is the title cut of the veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers' new album, which is scheduled for release in North America on April 29 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor and can be seen at this location.

The band recorded "The Formation of Damnation" in part with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.

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The Sword To Support Metallica In Europe

According to a posting on THE SWORD's MySpace page, the Austin, TX-based quartet will open for METALLICA on the following European shows:

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
Jul. 27 - Istanbul, Turkey - Inonu Stadium

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Adagio Part Ways With Singer Gus Monsanto

Brazilian singer/guitarist/songwriter Gus Monsanto has parted ways with the French prog-metal band ADAGIO after four years of hard work, which included a successful album and a European tour.

"We parted ways friendly," Gus said. "It has been an overwhelming experience to fill David Readman's shoes and I will take with me the great people I met on the road, the friends I made during this period, the countries I have visited. The road stories and great music I made with Stephan, Franck, Eric and Kevin will not be forgotten. They will carry on as the archangels in black they are, we are metal commandos."

Gus' departure from ADAGIO will allow him to focus in other hard rock and heavy metal projects.

"There's a lot on my plate right now. June 8 will see the release of THE LIGHTSEEKERS CD, which is a really great French hard rock band I have been working with," Monsanto said. "I also have a spankin' new project called ZYON VEGA with fellow AQUARIA members Bruno Agra (drums), Fernando Giovanetti (bass) and Alberto Kury (keyboards), plus ATLANTIDA's guitarist, Alexandre Macedo, who's been pursuing this new chapter with me."

Samples of Gus' latest efforts are available at this location. More...

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Yngwie Malmsteen Announce More European Tour Dates

Legendary Swedish guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN has scheduled the following dates:

June 27 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
June 28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head!!!
June 29 - Bologna, Italy - Gods Of Metal
July 07 - Oxford, UK - Carling Academy
July 08 - Bristol, UK - Carling Academy
July 09 - Glasgow, UK - Carling Academy
July 10 - Birmingham, UK - Carling Academy
July 11 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
July 12 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 2
July 13 - Sheffield, UK - Carling Academy
July 14 - Newcastle, UK - Carling Academy
July 16 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Trädgårn
July 17 - Stockholm, Sweden - Berns
July 19 - Vaasa, Finland - Rockperry Festival

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Bloody Sign To Tour Balkans and Eastern Europe

French black/death metallers BLOODY SIGN will tour the Balkans and Eastern Europe this month alongside AGONIZE.

Commented BLOODY SIGN guitarist Kalevi Uibo: "We're very proud to announce that we'll tour in April in the Balkanic area/ Eastern Europe, some of the most brutal audiences in all of Europe. We toured there three years ago, and we have such great memories from the gigs and from the metal maniacs over there. We cannot wait to go back and play our guts out every night. The tour will cross countries like Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Turkey and many more, and we'll destroy the stages with our great friends from the Bosnian band AGONIZE."

John McEntee (INCANTATION) from BLOODY SIGN's record label Ibex Moon Records commented: "BLOODY SIGN has been establishing themselves as one of the premier death metal acts in the worldwide underground scene. They have transcended all the metal trends and have been keeping the cult of death metal alive. I have played many shows with them, and BLOODY SIGN live are a force to be reckoned with." More...

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Inhuman Add Second Guitarist

Brooklyn, New York's INHUMAN, the hardcore band featuring AGNOSTIC FRONT members Joseph James and Steve Gallo, has announced the addition of second guitarist Nick Angileri. According to the group, "Nick was our drummer from 1995 to 1998 and filled in on drums live many times over the years, as well as recording the drums for the 'Black Reign' CD/EP sessions in 2001. Nick's first show was on April 5 at the sold-out Black N' Blue Bowl in Brooklyn, NY."

INHUMAN's latest album, "Last Rites", was released in October 2007. The CD was recorded last year at The Wild Arctic studio by Dean Baltulonis, who has worked with SICK OF IT ALL, MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD and MADBALL.

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Novembers Doom To Play Belgium With Nightingale

Singer Paul Kuhr of Chicago's NOVEMBERS DOOM has issued the following update:

"On July 5th, 2008 at the Biebob Club in Vosselaar, Belgium, NOVEMBERS DOOM returns to perform, and this time we're bringing along our good friend Dan Swanö and his band NIGHTINGALE!"

"We're extremely excited about this show and are proud to give the fans in the Benelux area the opportunity to see NIGHTINGALE live. Dan has mentioned to me he has not performed in Belgium in 17 years, last with EDGE OF SANITY and he himself cannot wait to return once again!"

"This is going to be a huge night. We realize there are options one week after Graspop, with other shows in the area at the same time, but no one has a more unique opportunity for the evening, and we would suggest you buy your tickets for the show early. They might not last long for this one!" More...

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Threat Signal To Film "A New Beginning" Video

Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL will team up with award-winning film director RT of 235 Films on Thursday, April 10 for a video shoot for the song "A New Beginning". The track comes off the group's debut album, "Under Reprisal", which was released in North America on August 22, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.

THREAT SIGNAL recently uploaded a demo version of a new song, entitled "Beyond Recognition", on the group's MySpace page.

Drummer George Parfitt left THREAT SIGNAL last year in order to focus on his family life. He has since been replaced by Norm Killeen.

THREAT SIGNAL tour dates are as follows:

April 08 - The Foundation Nightclub - Barrie, ON
April 11 - The Salt Lounge - London, ON
April 12 - Casbah - Hamilton, ON
April 19 - St. Paul's United Church - Milton, ON
April 27 - L3 Nightclub - St. Catharines, ON

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Brain Drill Nulify Break Up Rumors

Although reported to have split up earlier this year, California's BRAIN DRILL have issued the following:

"Yo, Dudes, we are trying out new drummers!!"

"All we can say for now is we lost our old drummer not by choice. But read this news update and hit us up if you would like to try out. Or you can send us a video or mp3 of you playing 'Apocalyptic Feasting' as a tryout video/audio file."

"I would mostly appreciate it more if it was a video though. You can post it on YouTube or just send it to us. hope to hear from you guys soon!"

Brain Drill update: Northern CA technical death metal outfit Brain Drill will be carrying on despite all the recent rumors of break ups. The band is currently looking for a new drummer and more information will be made available shortly for those interested in trying out for the spot in one of the most talked about technical death metal bands of 2008."

Stay tuned for further updates.

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Harkonin Post New Demo Recording Online

HARKONIN, the St. Louis, Missouri-based "blackened war metal" act featuring former EULOGY drummer Clayton Gore, has uploaded a new song entitled "Chaos Anthem" to the group's MySpace page. The demo recording is a sample of the new material the band is working on for the group's as-yet untitled new album, to be released in early 2009 via Battlegod Productions.

Commented Gore: "The song was recorded in our home studio using an electronic drum kit, so it's far from a final product."

He added: "We have been getting quite a few questions about our status since the February release of our album 'Ghanima' on Battlegod. People seem to be confused that Battlegod is reissuing our 2006 effort rather than new material initially, so we wanted to share something from our pre-production demos with everyone.

"We are absolutely still active! We plan to enter the studio later this year to begin recording. We already have seven songs complete. This is just to give everyone a little taste of what we're up to."

Battlegod Productions recently signed a North American distribution agreement with Century Media. The label is distributed elsewhere in the world via Twilight-Vertrieb.

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Axel Rudi Pell To Release New Album In October

German guitarist AXEL RUDI PELL has issued the following update:

"Just would like to let you know that we will enter the studio on April 20th to start recording the next CD. I completed the writing process for all songs and I'm very proud to tell you, that the next record will be awesome! It will feature 10 songs, runs approximately 60 minutes and has NO intro... hahaha...! Also there will be NO cover version on it. I'll keep you updated with some more info and photos during the next coupla months."

AXEL RUDI PELL's new album will be released by SPV in Germany on October 24 and in the rest of Europe on October 27. Release dates for other territories will be confirmed very soon.

Catch the band live at the Rock Of Ages and Wacken Open Air festivals during the summer. A headlining tour is planned for January 2009.

Stated Axel: "We tried to play some dates in the fall, but everybody seems to be on the road, so we decided to play our own tour a bit later."

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Incantation Schedule New York Show

Pennsylvania-based death metallers INCANTATION will play L'Amour in Staten Island, New York on June 7 as part of the "Forsaken Throne of Golgotha" tour featuring songs only from the band's first three albums.

INCANTATION's guitarist John McEntee comments: "We are looking forward to returning to play NY after our successful gig back in March in Brooklyn. It will be great to play L'Amour especially with the L'Amour's legacy and the big part they have done for the NY metal scene over the years. It will be great to play for all our NY/NJ supporters again and we look forward to another kick-ass show.”

Also scheduled to appear is HOD from San Antonio, Texas. The group features vocalist Beer Reebs (ex-PILLCRUSHER, RANCID VAT), Bjorn Haga (ex-NECROVORE, THORNSPAWN) on guitar, Carl "Lord Necron" Snyder (ex-THORNSPAWN) on guitar, Dirty Derick Rivers (GG ALLIN) on bass and Dennis Sanders (ex-EXCULCERATE) on drums. More...

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Immortal Dominion To Work With Pantera Producer

With extreme metal being one of the more "theatrical sounding" types of rock music out there, it's a bit puzzling why more of these types of bands don't pop up in movie soundtracks.

But perhaps the tide is changing, as evidenced by the presence of IMMORTAL DOMINION throughout the movie "Teeth". After the band's distributor, Fist Music/Hapi Skratch Entertainment, hooked them up with the filmmakers, IMMORTAL DOMINION was asked to contribute a total of five songs to the soundtrack. The film won a juror's award for best actress at the Sundance Film Festival, and was then purchased by Lionsgate/The Weinstein Company.

The film was released nationwide in February via Roadside Attractions (and will be released on DVD on May 6, via Dimension Extreme), and has created a buzz around IMMORTAL DOMINION, on the strength of the instantly memorable song "Sold My Soul". More...

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Testament Pulls Out Of Seattle Shredfest

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have pulled out of the second annual Seattle Shredfest due to "scheduling conflicts."

"While [this is] disappointing to their Northwest fans, we wish them the best and hope to be able to reconnect with them at Seattle Shredfest '09," said the Seattle Shredfest organizers. "Seattle Shredfest '08 will be moving onward, and will announce the new headliner of the show within the next few days."

This year's Seattle Shredfest will take place Saturday, May 17 at Studio Seven in Seattle, Washington.

Pre-sale ticket refunds will be automatically supplied to those who purchased their tickets directly through SeattleShredfest.com. Refunds for tickets purchased anywhere else will be available at their point of purchase.

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Human Mincer Sign To Brutal Bands

Spain’s brutal death metal act HUMAN MINCER have just signed a contract with Brutal Bands. After the successful release of "Embryonized" and "Devoured Flesh" through Spain’s Xtreem Music, Human Mincer will unleash their third full length release "Degradation Paradox" mid-2008 through Brutal Bands. In January 2008, the band entered Sadman Studios, with mastering being done at West West Side Mastering (Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, Origin, etc).

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Machine Head Post Video Update

MACHINE HEAD have issued the following update:

"Fans from around the world answered the casting call to be a part of Machine Head's upcoming video for the song 'Halo', and it was a raging success! Directed by Mike Sloat (AESTHETICS OF HATE, IMPERIUM, DAYS TURN BLUE TO GRAY) and shot entirely in front of a green screen, the footage will all be digitally manipulated to mimic the style of the artwork from the packaging for Machine Head's new album The Blackening. With shooting set to wrap up in the next few days, you can plan on seeing the new video sometime in May! For photos from last Thursday's shoot and a sneak peek at what you can expect to see, head on over to the Photos page!"

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Dark Tranquillity Reveal New Headlining Tour Dates

Swedish melodic death metallers, Dark Tranquillity, announce another set of headline shows to take place after the Arch Enemy tour is as follows:

DARK TRANQUILLITY + Divine Heresy + Firewind + Local support (TBA)

May-31 Phoenix AZ Clubhouse
Jun-01 Las Vegas NV Jillian’s
Jun-02 Salt Lake City UT Avalon
Jun-03 Denver CO Marquis
Jun-05 Dallas TX The Door
Jun-06 Houston TX Meridian
Jun-07 San Antonio TX Scout Bar
Jun-09 Atlanta GA The Masquerade
Jun-10 Raleigh NC Lincoln Theater More...

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Royal Anguish Update On New Album and More

Royal Anguish has sent in an update on their recording progress and more:

"First and foremost, the recording process for our upcoming CD The Grand Deception is moving forward full steam. As many of your know, the original production of this CD saw recording start last summer. Unfortunately the recordings were not coming along as anticipated, so we made the decision to blow the whole thing up and start from scratch once we had resolved the issues that had hindered the original sessions.

"After reassessing our processes and songwriting, we "restarted" the process in December of 2007 with a new outlook, and we are happy to report that we have a large portion of the process complete. We are deep into the guitar and keyboard tracking and hope to have a few advance / rough versions up on the web for all to hear in the not too distant future. We are much happier with the path the CD has taken and we are very eager to get new tracks out to the masses so that we can officially start the newest chapter of RA’s existence."

The CD currently is slated to have 11 songs (plus an opening). The song titles are as follows:


"We also are proud to announce that MORPHIA’s frontman Jasper Pietersen will make a guest appearance on the title track of our CD. Jasper’s a great guy and we couldn’t be any happier finding a way to include him on this project. We have multiple other guest appearances lined up, but we’ll wait until we have the tracking done and in hand before making those official announcements.

"Lastly we'd like to give a shout out to our bassist Sean Tibbetts who once again will be out on the road with KAMELOT during the upcoming European tour. I think everyone (in both bands) is keeping their fingers crossed that Sean returns back without any injuries this time (last KAMELOT tour he blew his knee out during the first bar of the first song of the first show... yeeeouch!). Please check the KAMELOT website for tour dates and make sure to come out and show support!"

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Video Of STP Reunion Show Posted Online

Footage has surfaced of Stone Temple Pilots first show together in nearly eight years. You can watch the fan filmed clip of "Big Empty" below.

Guitarist Dean DeLeo has said that once the bands reunion tour has finished, they will hit the studio and begin working on a new album.

Lead singer Scott Weiland was last week sacked by the members of Velvet Revolver, citing erratic behaviour as a reason. More...

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Mushroomhead Announce Tour Dates

MUSHROOMHEAD has scheduled the following tour dates:

April 07 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
April 08 - E. Peoria, IL - Tops & Tails
April 09 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
April 10 - Oklahoma City, OK - Bricktown Ballroom
April 11 - Lewisville, TX - Fat Daddy's Sound Shack
April 12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
April 13 - Austin, TX - Red 7
April 15 - Tyler, TX - Click's
April 16 - Jackson, MS - Club Fire
April 17 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
April 18 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
April 19 - Fayetteville, NC - Jester's Pub
April 20 - Virginia Beach, VA - Peppermint Beach Club
April 21 - Richmond, VA - Alley Katz
April 23 - Huntington, WV - Monkey Bar
April 24 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
April 25 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
April 26 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock Cafe
April 27 - Kent, OH - The Barn (Barcode)
May 03 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
May 30 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
June 06 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
June 07 - Geneva, OH - The Cove Niteclub
June 28 - Stanton, MI - Moreland Motocross Park ("Carnival Of Chaos")

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Testament To Open For Judas Priest

After nearly three months of rampant rumours, Testament singer Chuck Billy announced onstage last night that his band will be opening for the upcoming Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell and Motorhead tour this August.

“We’ll be on first, and we’re only gonna have 30 minutes, so we won’t be doing any talking,” Billy said towards the end of the band’s set at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Midtown, New York. “We’re just gonna hit you hard — bam, bam, bam, bam — with everything we’ve got.”

On April 2, Pollstar prematurely posted (then removed) the first eight stops for the tour, which is reportedly slated to begin August 7 in Bristow, Virginia (additional dates below).

Aug. 07 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
Aug. 09 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 10 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 13 - Toronto, ON @ The Molson Amphitheatre
Aug. 15 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Aug. 16 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion
Aug. 18 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 19 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Testament’s will release their new studio album, The Formation of Damnation on April 29. The disc is the band’s first studio release since 1999’s The Gathering and marks the return of lead guitarist Alex Skolnick and bassist Greg Christian, as well as the debut of drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-Slayer, Exodus).

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Mustasch Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

The Wacken Open Air website has posted the following message online:

"Dear Metalheads, we are proud to confirm the swedish Mustasch as newest band in the W:O:A billing. Over the last years the band earned a lot of fame with their mixture of metal and hardrock. This year they will also perform in front of the W:O:A audience."

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In This Moment Post Pantera Cover For Download

IN THIS MOMENT have uploaded their cover of PANTERA's 'I'm Broken', to their official MySpace page and is available to download. The track will be up for one week and will be replaced by their version of the SLAYER classic 'Postmortem'.

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Cradle Of Filth Announce December Tour Dates

CRADLE OF FILTH has announced their end of year tour plans. The band has booked the following shows:

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

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Stuck Mojo Post Bonus Songs Online For Streaming

STUCK MOJO have posted three bonus tracks from the recording sesssions for their latest album, Southern Born Killers entitled "The Fear Is All Around Me", "Go" and "This Is How We Swing" online. You can check them out at their official myspace.

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Deftones Prepare To Enter Studio

DEFTONES will enter a Sacramento, California studio later this month with producer Terry Date (SOUNDGARDEN, PANTERA) and engineer Scott Olson (DEFTONES, UNEARTH) to begin recording the band's sixth studio album, "Eros", tentatively due before the end of the year.

Commented frontman Chino Moreno: "So these past few weeks have been just a little barbarous for us as we get closer to the actual recording part of this record. April 14th is our official start date. Our longtime producer Terry Date graced us with a short visit early last week to hear the songs and do some pre-production. Now it's pretty much crunch hour trying to stick with our plan to have everything written before we start tracking the drums. Hard for me to describe what this record will sound like. So far, it's shaping up to be our most unorthodox piece of work, not only sound-wise but the way a lot of the songs have come about. There is also some of that good old 'fuck you, I hope you die!' aggression I know a lot of you love and miss from us." More...

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