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Metal News for May 1, 2007

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22 news articles posted on this day.

Will Haven Drop Off Skinlab Tour, Post New Video

Will Haven have dropped off Skinlab's upcoming "Face of Aggression" tour. Ankla will now be direct support on the tour and Pain Principle has been added to the entire tour. Tour dates now without Will Haven are as follows:

May 4th in Reno, NV @ Stoney's
May 5th in Sacramento, CA @ The Kennel Club
May 8th in Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
May 9th in Topeka, KS @ Static Bar
May 10th in Lincoln, NB @ Knickerbockers
May 11th in Minneapolis, MN @ The Rock
May 12th in Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Metalfest
May 14th in Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 15th in Columbus, OH @ TBA
May 16th in Chicago, IL @ Pearl Room
May 17th in Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
May 18th in Detroit, MI @ Hapro's
May 19th in Peoria, IL @ TBA
May 20th in Wichita, KS @ Flashbacks
May 21st in Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown
May 22nd in San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
May 23rd in Lubbock, TX @ TBA
May 24th in Farmington, NM @ Gator's
May 25th in Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
May 30th in Tacoma, WA @ Hell's Kitchen
June 1st in Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
June 2nd in Portland, OR @ TBA
June 3rd in Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro

In more promising Will Haven news, the band has posted a new track titled "Helena" from their new album 'Hierophant' on their MySpace page. The album will be released on June 19th.

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More Drowning Pool, Diecast US Tour Dates

Drowning Pool have announced several new dates with Diecast, tour schedule is as follows:

May 11th in Evansville, WI @ Level 8
May 12th in Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
May 13th in Rockford, IL @ Elixur Night Club
May 15th in Omaha, NB @ Sokol Underground
May 16th in Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
May 18th in Boise, ID @ The Big Easy
May 19th in Couer D'Alene, ID @ The Grail Event Center
May 20th in Calgary, AB @ Back Alley
May 22nd in Edmonton, AB @ Jet Nightclub
May 23rd in Saskatoon, SK @ Roxy
May 25th in Regina, SK @ The Drink
May 26th in Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
June 1st in Jacksonville, NC @ Holligans
June 2nd in Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
June 3rd in Boonsboro, MD @ Stingers
June 8th in Lincoln, NB @ Lancaster Event Center
June 9th in Kansas City, MO @ Liberty Memorial Park

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HellYeah Deny Reports Of New Bassist

Hellyeah have denied yesterdays report of the addition of former Damageplan bassist Bob "Zilla" Kakaha to their line-up. The band parted ways with original bassist Jerry Montano in mid-late April.

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Harlots Parts With Corrosive Recordings

Ohio metal/hardcore band Harlots has parted ways with Corrosive Recordings, the label that released Harlots' last album and was scheduled to release the band's upcoming full-length, "Betrayer." An explanation behind the move has yet to be disclosed, with the group stating only that "a new label is in the works." The new effort is currently being mastered by Joe Lauver in Indianapolis and is tentatively slated for a September release.

Meanwhile, Harlots will be dropping off many of their one-off May shows, but will join up with Paria and With Deads Hands Rising for some June tour dates.

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Gojira Interviewd By Randy Blythe, Video Available

French metal titans GOJIRA singer/guitarist Joe Duplantier and drummer Mario Duplantier were recently interviewed by Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe for a special segment on Metal Injection, during the two bands' time on tour along with Trivium and Machine Head. Metal Injection has posted the interview here, available in two parts along with a music video and live footage. Some excerpts from the interview:

On the French metal scene:
"There is a huge scene in France. A lot of really great bands. You have a problem when you are a French band, it's to...cross the border. But we have a lot of really good bands, like Trepalium. It's one of my favorites. It's a French band, really powerful. There are a lot of bands, like Scarve. There are too many [bands] to mention. They are all good friends and some of them are very good friends of Gojira, like Trepalium and Manimal...and after that, you have dozens of great, great bands, like Claw, Dagoba...they all have their own personality."

On opening up the recent tour:
"It's very exciting, because you have to play for 25 [minutes] or half an hour, and it's a totally different story because you don't really have time to show the whole thing, like the message and the atmosphere and the pictures on the wall that we use to project the feeling."

On the GOJIRA's focus on whales:
"The music we're playing, we try to sound as big as possible and as heavy as possible. We like when it's big and very, very heavy and a whale is very, very heavy...We like to sound like the whale. And yet, it's so beautiful. When it moves, it's like it's flying. It's a poetic vision...It's poetry. Another thing is that whales are very intelligent, they have a very important brain matter, like us but they don't do wars, they don't build cities or drive cars, they don't go to McDonald's and most of the time, animals have very small brain matter...but the whales, they have this incredible brain matter and they behave sometimes in a way we don't understand. The thing is, I think we have to learn from the whales, and we kill them. The album is kind of a tribute to these Earthlings that are so beautiful."

GOJIRA continues to support the band's latest release, 'From Mars To Sirius,' which saw an August 2006 release through Prosthetic Records in North America and a September 2005 release in Europe through Listenable. The band is currently back at home in France, having just completed a tour of the United Kingdom supporting Trivium.

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Insect Currently Recording Debut Album

INSECT are currently in the studio with their long-time partner in crime JB to record their debut full length on Caustic Rhythms. "DOMESTICATED BY (THE) DISEASE" is due out on 23rd October 2007.

The label states: "Insanity, paranoia, distress and torment... Dark to the core... Sharp as a knife... Insect's music is a perfect fusion of the darkest, creepiest and most violent moods and breaks."

Insect's soiled sounds will be distributed in Canada by Prodisk / FUSION III. The album will be available in the US through the best distributors and mail-orders.

Additional information as well as music, pictures and videos are available at the band's MySpace site.

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One Dead Three Wounded Leaves Label

Philadelphia's One Dead Three Wounded has left 1x1 Music, with whom they signed in late-2005. The group has issued the following statement:

"This announcement has been a long time in the making. We are excited to announce that we are leaving 1x1 Music. There's a long list of reasons why were moving on and I won't get into all of them, but trust is a huge issue. We've been working on some new music and it's coming out much better than we expected. We plan on recording some new songs in August. Interested parties should contact the band here."

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Imperia Post New Track, "Mirror," Online

A new MP3 called 'Mirror', from IMPERIA's latest album, Queen Of Light, has been added to their MySpace Profile.

In other news, Imperia is featured with the song 'Broken Wings' on a new double compilation CD called Gothic Spirits 5. This is a German release by ZYX Music and it features many known bands in the genre.

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Seasons Lost Begins Recording Debut Album

South Florida-based hard rockers SEASONS LOST have entered Scene Sound and Stage studio with co-producer Michael S. Kuzemchak (BLIND RAGE, THE WAY) to begin recording their debut album, tentatively titled "After the Storm". Mixing and mastering will be done at Studio 13 in Deerfield Beach, Florida by Jeremy Staska (POISON THE WELL, NEW FOUND GLORY, REMEMBERING NEVER, DEADSTAR ASSEMBLY, DIVINE EMPIRE, HELLWITCH). A mid-July release is expected.

For more information, visit their myspace page.

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Pentatonik Post New Song Online

Finnish metal band PENTATONIK's long career playing RAMMSTEIN-like material has come to an end. The group is now ready to make its mark with a new lineup and style that has evolved into something entirely faster, more aggressive and "in-your-face!" according to a press release. The song "Suurella Sydämellä", taken from the band's forthcoming EP, is now available for listening on the group's MySpace page.

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Neuraxis Announce More Tour Dates With Martyr

Montreal-based NEURAXIS has confirmed the final dates for its Canadian tour with MARTYR. The details are as follows:

May 17 - Thunder Bay, ON @ The Office
May 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
May 19 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Bassment
May 20 - Medecine Hat, AB @ Moose Lodge Social Room
May 22 - Calgary, AB @ The Underground
May 23 - Edmonton, AB @ The Mead Hall
May 24 - Prince George, BC @ Sound Entertainment
May 25 - Vancouver, BC @ Balmoral
May 26 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar Club
May 28 - Lethbridge, AB @ The Beverage Warehouse
May 30 - Regina, SK @ The Distrikt More...

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Dream Theater Release More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for DREAM THEATER’s Summer North American tour with REDEMPTION and INTO ETERNITY:

July 24 - San Diego, CA @ OAT
July 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theater
July 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
July 28 - Berkeley, CA @ Berkeley Community Theater
July 30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
July 31 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater
August 2 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater
August 3 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless
August 6 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
August 7 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
August 9 - Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
August 10 - Chicago, IL @ Rosemont Theater
August 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheater
August 13 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater
August 17 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Center
August 18 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
August 21 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavillion
August 24 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 25 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach

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Soulfly Post Demo Version Of New Song Online

SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera has posted a four-track demo recording of a new song, entitled "Inflikted (After the Slaughter)", at the band's official web site. The track will be available for preview and purchase from May 1 until June 1.

By allowing fans to hear his work as it is in progress, Max wants give his fans a better idea of how he writes, and he hopes to expand views of both writing and recording techniques. Max has used four-track demos to write out his songs for the last 20 years, and over the course of the recording period, the simple structures captured in these primitive outtakes eventually morph into the complex 48-track recording that eventually hits record shop shelves all over the globe. Often Max records these songs immediately as he is thinking of them, which was the case with this song. In fact, Max was so frantic to get this song to tape that he reversed the pickup on his pair headphones to have something to scream his vox into because he didn't have time to search out a microphone when the vision came to his mind — a technique which, in the end, seems to only add to the aggressiveness of the song.

If you have been following the release of this four-track recording closely, you have probably already noticed that Max has decided to change the working title of the song from "After the Slaughter" to "Inflikted (After the Slaughter)". In the weeks and months to come, it is likely that this song and all of its counterparts that will eventually make it on to the next SOULFLY album at the end of the year will go through many more changes — both in name and composition — and for this album, Max wants his fans to be along for the ride. More...

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Fallon Announce 'Fist Of Power' Tour Dates

Northern California's underground metal pioneers FALLON have been confirmed to support BROKEN TEETH (featuring Jason McMaster of DANGEROUS TOYS) as part of FALLON's "Fist of Power Tour" May 10 at The Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, IA. Des Moines' own ON A PALE PALE HORSE is also on the bill.

The "Fist of Power Tour" includes a stop at this year's Milwaukee Metalfest May 11-12 in Waukesha, WI. Headliners for this year's festival include DEICIDE, GOD FORBID, DRAGONLORD, SKINLAB and VICIOUS RUMORS.

FALLON's "Fist of Power Tour" (first-leg dates):

May 04 - On The Y - Sacramento, CA
May 07 - Club Vegas - Salt Lake City, UT
May 08 - Eck's - Lakewood, CO (w/ HAVOK, BRAINHAMMER)
May 10 - The Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA (w/ BROKEN TEETH, ON A PALE HORSE)
May 11-12 - Milwaukee Metalfest - Waukesha, WI

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System Of A Down Not Returning Any Time Soon

SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian plans to release his first solo album this fall, while the rest of his bandmates are also working on individual projects. But as for when SYSTEM itself will get back together, Tankian says it's not really on anyone's radar. "I don't know," he said. "That's the truth. I mean, we've taken an indefinite hiatus and we just said, you know, when we're all ready to come back and take time from our own things and do something together we will, if and when we want to. And it's been left at that."

Tankian plans to issue his debut solo album, titled "Elect The Dead", this fall. The vocalist told Billboard.com that he played most of the instruments himself, but had help from SYSTEM drummer John Dolmayan, former GUNS N' ROSES and PRIMUS drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia and others. More...

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Wargasm Post DVD Teaser Online

A 40-second "teaser" video for WARGASM's upcoming DVD has been posted online at this location. The disc is expected to contain footage recorded at Boston's thrash pioneers' special reunion show on Sept. 18, 2004 at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, MA. Due later in the year, the DVD will also feature a documentary about the band, complete with vintage live material and other candid footage of the group.

WARGASM split up in 1995 after issuing their third full-length album, "Suicide Notes", through the Transmission label.

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Heed Complete Work On New Demo

HEED, the new Swedish band featuring former LOST HORIZON members Daniel Heiman (vocals) and Fredrik Olsson (guitar), has just completed work on a new four-song demo at Studiomega with Christian Silver and Johan Örhnborg at the helm. The tracks that were laid down are as follows:

01. Corona
02. Remembered
03. Running from the Shadows
04. Faith and Blood More...

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Immolation Post 'World Agony' Video Online

IMMOLATION's video for the song "World Agony" has been posted at YouTube. The track comes off the long-running New York-based death metal band's seventh release, "Shadows in the Light", due on May 8 via via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios with producer Paul Orofino.

Returning with the same lineup as their previous release, "Harnessing Ruin", dubbed "the most skull-crushing of their entire necro-rompin' career" by Revolver magazine, the group finds itself uncharacteristically stable, allowing for chemistry not present in their formative years. Founding members Ross Dolan (vocals, bass) and Robert Vigna (guitar) join Bill Taylor (guitar) and Steve Shalaty (drums) to form the group's most consistently punishing lineup yet. More...

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The Defaced Post New Songs Online

THE DEFACED, the Swedish band featuring DARKANE/TERROR 2000 guitarist Klas Ideberg, has uploaded three new songs on its MySpace page. Check out the full-length version of "Blood of Emeralds" and snippets of "Remaining Eternal" and "Flame to Life" at this location. Also available are photos from a shoot that took place a couple of weeks ago.

"Blood of Emeralds", "Remaining Eternal" and "Flame to Life" come off THE DEFACED's third album, "Anomaly", due later in the year via an as-yet-undetermined label.

Regarding the new album's direction, the group previously wrote, "To summarize, I guess you could say that we didn't want to care about what others would say when they heard the final product. We wrote songs as they came along with all the ingredients you would expect from THE DEFACED. 'Anomaly' is more diverse, more dynamic… has more grooves, more energy, more melodies, more aggression…just more of everything. A natural progression from 'Karma in Black'. 'Anomaly' has a range from mellow to fast pounding songs. But hey: Fear not, it's all THE DEFACED." More...

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Sunn 0))) Summer European Festival Appearances

Sunn 0))) have a number of summer European festival appearances planned:

Jun 16 - SUNN O))) Sonar Festival, Barcelona
Jun 18 - SUNN O))) Meltdown Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (w/ Chrome Hoof)
Jul 14 - SUNN O))) SuperSonic Festival, Birmingham (w/ Om, Mogwai, Miasma, etc)
Jul 15 - SUNN O))) Dour Festival, Belgium (w/ Wilco, Merzbow, Wolf Eyes, etc)

More details such as lineup etc.. will be revealed soon! See you in the heat!

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Morello Dismisses Rumours Of New RATM Album

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE closed the Coachella Festival on Sunday night (April 29) with its first show in seven years (video), and has four more dates scheduled this summer on the Rock The Bells tour. But while guitarist Tom Morello told Launch that more touring is a possibility, don't hold your breath for a new RAGE album. "There are no plans to do that," he said. "That's a whole other ball of wax right there. Writing and recording albums is a whole different thing than getting back on the bike (laughs), you know, and playing these songs. But I think that the one thing about the RAGE catalog is that to me none of it feels dated. You know, it doesn't feel at all like a nostalgia show. It feels like these are songs that were born and bred to be played now."

Following the 20-minute sell-out of the July 28 Rock The Bells show at Randalls Island in New York City, a second New York date has been added on July 29th. RAGE will again appear, along with the WU-TANG CLAN, CYPRESS HILL and others. RAGE is also playing Rock The Bells dates in San Bernardino, California on August 11 and San Francisco on August 18.

Tickets for the July 29 Rock The Bells show go on sale Friday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. via Ticketmaster.

Morello will also be touring this spring and summer as his political folk alter ego, THE NIGHTWATCHMAN. His debut album, "One Man Revolution", arrived in stores last Tuesday (April 24).

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Cristina Scabbia Talks About Touring the US

LiveDaily.com reports: For Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia, it is not difficult to be a female hard-rock singer in a male-dominated world. She counts on professionalism and respect to earn fans.

"As long as you believe in yourself, you can always do it," said Scabbia, who shares vocal duties in the Milan, Italy-based band with male Andrea Ferro.

"I always thought if you give respect to people, you always get the same respect back. Of course, if you are expecting to be just the female in the band and then it's easy to make it just because of that---you are wrong. You're absolutely wrong. You have to be able to do your job. You have to be able to have balls. But I don't think it's a question of being a woman or a man. It's a question of having the right attitude."

Lacuna Coil, which currently is in the midst of the Jagermeister Music Tour with Stone Sour, is one of the few European hard-rock bands to cross the ocean and make a name for itself. It broke into the US market thanks to a 2004 spot on the Ozzfest tour supporting "Comalies" and a 2006 position opening for Rob Zombie. Scabbia chalks up her band's success to the fact that it is "offering something different from the other bands."

"Our music is not the typical music you listen to every day," she said. We always could care less about cliches and music. But we always try to be inspired by different things, and we created something that's absolutely different--we have two singers, a male and female, but we don't use the voices as the beauty and the beast. We have aggressive parts, but a lot of melody in the music. I think that made the difference. We're successful, too, probably because of the relationship with the fans, as well. We always like to interact with them, which we always thought was really important."

Other European hard rock bands haven't been so fortunate because of the high cost to bring a tour to the United States, she explained.

"There's an ocean in between, so it's really expensive to come here and to bring a lot of stuff, to have a decent [stage show], and it's a question of budget and a question of time, as well. If you want to tour properly in the US, you need a lot of time. It's not like you come here, play for a week and then it's done. You have to be able to touch every territory, touch different clubs--A clubs, B clubs, festivals, as well. It's basically a question of time, organization and budget."

After the Jagermeister tour wraps up, Lacuna Coil will begin a headlining tour in support of its latest album "Karmacode." The first single, "Our Truth," was featured on the soundtrack for the movie "Underworld: Evolution."

"Karmacode" closes with a cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence."

"It actually happened because we were thinking about covering a song especially for the live shows," Scabbia said. "We just wanted a very famous song that everybody could sing during shows. We tried different songs, but we just found out 'Enjoy the Silence' was absolutely perfect for our style, but it wasn't meant to be a [Lacuna Coil] single; it was just meant to be a famous song that people could sing during the show. But then people liked it so much that we had to release it as a single because people wanted it."

By the end of this year or the beginning of 2008, Lacuna Coil will return to the studio to record the follow-up to 2006's "Karmacode," which the band co-produced with Waldemar Sorychta. The group has begun penning new material, but it doesn't have complete songs.

"But we're collecting new ideas, keeping everything together and practicing a little bit," Scabbia said.

Here are the latest Lacuna Coil tour dates: More...

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