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Metal News for May 10, 2006

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Veneficum to join Sothis For Southwest Tour

Chicago based Symphonic Black Metal band VENEFICUM will be joining SOTHIS for a four day series of shows dubbed the “TEXAS INVASION TOUR”.

Dates to feature both bands are:

May 29 - Dallas, TX @ Tomcat’s Deep Ellum
May 30 - Houston, TX @ Walter's
May 31 - Austin, TX @ Redrum
Jun. 01 - San Antonio, TX @ The Underground

Dates to feature VENEFICUM only (with local support)

Jun. 02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Glasnost
Jun. 03 – Tulsa, OK @ The Pinkeye

VENEFICUM will be featuring new vocalist Andras as part of current lineup with former vocalist G. Reymond who is now the permanent drummer. The band will also be showcasing new material to appear on the full length album follow up to Enigma Prognosis.

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Deicide Plan CD Release Show, Reveal Artwork

The cover artwork for the new DEICIDE album, "The Stench of Redemption", has been posted online at this location. The follow-up to 2004's "Scars of the Crucifix" was recorded at Morrisound in Tampa, Florida and marks the first recording with the new DEICIDE lineup following the departure of the Hoffman brothers. Joining frontman Glen Benton and drummer Steve Asheim in the new formation are guitarists Jack Owen (ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Ralph Santolla (ex-ICED EARTH, DEATH).

DEICIDE have confirmed an all-ages CD release show commemorating 06/06/06 (June 6) and the release of "The Stench of Redemption". The concert will take place at the Iliff Park Saloon in Aurora, Colorado, near Denver. The will also be embarking on a full U.S. tour beginning around September 20 and running through October 31. Plans also exis for DEICIDE to head over to Japan before the end of the year.

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Orange Sky To Tour w/ Yngwie Malmsteen Again

ORANGE SKY, the pride of the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, is announcing its second tour with legendary guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN for May 2006. Dates are scheduled in the United States and Canada. ORANGE SKY first toured with the Swedish six-string master in the winter of 2005.

"Upstairs", ORANGE SKY's acclaimed debut album, and the DVD "Live In Trinidad", are now available through Granite Records. The band members include lead vocalist/lead guitarist/songwriter Nigel Rojas, bass guitarist/vocalist Nicholas Rojas, rhythm guitarist Adam Murray and drummer/vocalist Obasi Springer. Nigel and Nicholas are brothers.

"We are so happy to be back. Being on tour with Yngwie is always an honor and people should expect to see us rocking harder than ever!" says Nigel Rojas.

The crowds on last winter's run of shows universally welcomed ORANGE SKY with open arms and embraced the band's dazzling blend of heavy metal, hard rock and pop with Caribbean touches.

Current ORANGE SKY tour dates with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN include: More...

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Unholy Alliance Tour Delayed, More Slayer News

The Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," featuring Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine Eyes Bleed, and originally slated to launch on 6.6.06 in San Diego, CA will now kick off on June 10 at the East Peoria Convention Center in Peoria, IL.

Postponed and rescheduled shows are:

San Diego, CA - originally June 6 at the Sports Arena, now rescheduled for July 20 at the Sports Arena
Las Vegas, NV - originally June 7 at The Orleans, now rescheduled for July 24 at The Orleans
Denver, CO - originally June 9 at the Fillmore Auditorium, now rescheduled for July 26 at the Fillmore Auditorium

In addition, two sold-out "warm up" dates - June 2 at New Oasis in Reno, NV, and June 3 at Senator Theatre in Chico, CA - will be rescheduled to take place following the Denver date at the end of July.

Tickets purchased for all postponed dates will be honored at the rescheduled concerts.

The postponement of the tour's start date is due to Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya's minor gallbladder surgery which successfully took place late last week. Araya is doing fine, recuperating at home.

With the tour's kick off now June 10, Six-Six-O-Six will still be a special day for Slayer fans. On that day, Slayer will release "Eternal Pyre," a limited edition EP that will preview "Cult," a brand-new song from the band's as yet untitled new album (due out July 25), a live version of "Dead Skin Mask" recorded at last year's Full Force Festival, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the new album, and, originally available only on 1995's now out-of-print "Live Intrusion" video, a 5-minute clip of the Slayer fan who carved the band's name into his forearm. "Eternal Pyre" will be available exclusively at all Hot Topic stores.

The members of Slayer - Araya, Kerry King/guitars, Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and drummer Dave Lombardo - are in the final stages of completing their new album, Slayer's first new studio album since Lombardo rejoined the band in 2003. The new album is being produced by Josh Abraham and executive produced by Rick Rubin and will be released on Slayer's long-time label, Rubin's American Recordings.

Titles for some of the album's new songs include "Cult," "Consfearcy," "Eyes of the Insane," and "Jihad." In a recent interview with MTV, Araya said about the new album, "It's fast - maybe faster than anything we've done before. No one's going to be disappointed. It's going to be brutal."

Confirmed tour dates for the "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted" are as follows: More...

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AIC Play "Rooster" On "Decades Rock Live!"

A video clip of ALICE IN CHAINS performing the song "Rooster" with COMES WITH THE FALL frontman William DuVall and Ann and from HEART on March 10, 2006 at the taping of the VH1 Classic series "Decades Rock Live!" has been posted online at YouTube.com.

ALICE IN CHAINS played five songs on as part of a "Decades Rock Live!" tribute to HEART. The episode officially premiered on May 5 but the final 90-minute program only included two songs from AIC ("Would?" and "Rooster").

Former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo sang two songs with the group (Would? [video] and "Them Bones"), while DuVall performed another two in addition to dueting with Ann Wilson on "Rooster".

ALICE IN CHAINS recently confirmed the five dates and cities for its U.S. mini-tour, beginning on May 18 in Los Angeles and ending on May 23 in New York City. The shows will all take place in either small clubs or theatres.

These gigs and a previously announced date at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August are the only announced North American shows for the reunited group so far, with European festival dates on tap for June and July.

As previously reported, ALICE IN CHAINS will be joined on vocals by DuVall. However, surprise guest vocalists and musicians are expected to show up at each of the five U.S. dates.

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Blinded Colony Check In From The Studio

Sweden based metal act BLINDED COLONY have recently updated their website from the studio. Here is what vocalist Johan Schuster had to say about the recording process:

"So, this is the first entry for this studio-diary. This is the place where we'll write a little about what's going on in the studio (minus the inappropriate dirty details hehe)! As you can see, we also post studio-videos and try to translate our ugly Swedish as best as we can into English, for all of you non-Swedes out there. We're pretty much done with all drum tracks now, and so far it sounds fucking killer! We've changed some kick drum rhythms in some old songs that sounded pretty lame, slow, and boring to make it groove more and sound more interesting. Such things can really make a song three times better! Or perhaps four!"

"Some sad news is that Staffan pretty much fucked up his ear at the last gig, so now he rests from noise as much as he can. Therefore, I will play the drums for the remaining tracks. I'm actually a drummer so I hope not to disappoint you haha! I've played the drums in other groups with Staffan handling the bass some years ago. But that's another story! Staffan will be back in action soon, so there is nothing to worry about!"

"I'll be in the studio all day pounding on drums. Take care, and be sure to look out for more studio updates."

Video and photos from the recording sessions can all be found at the band's official website and the band's MySpace page.

BLINDED COLONY entered Soundpalace studios in April in their hometown of Karlshamn Sweden for the recording process of their forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled record, which is due out in the fall through Pivotal Rockordings and will be released worldwide. The album comes as the follow-up to 2003's DIVINE which was also recorded in SoundPalace and released through Italy's Scarlet Records.

In other news, BLINDED COLONY have locked up several gigs and with many more to be announced. The confirmed tour dates so far are:

May 12 Linköping, Sweden @ Folkets Hus
May 26 Kristianstad, Sweden @ Nöjes Magazinet (w/ Deathstars, Locomotive Breath)
May 27 Köping, Sweden @ Smedjan (Dead-Generation Festival)
June 28 Roskilde, Denmark @ Obscene, Roskilde, Denmark (Scream Festival Vol. 2) w/ BY NIGHT and THE PSYKE PROJECT
July: 16-17 Karlshamn, Sweden @ Bellevue Parken Äggstockfestivalen
July 18 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Lades Kaelder (w/ The Psyke Project)
October 13 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Belsepub (w/ Sonic Syndicate))

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Years Of Fire Signs To Thorp Records

Thorp Records has announced the signing of Cleveland metal destroyers Years Of Fire. Formed by Jason Hager (co-founder and ex-guitarist for Chimaira) and also featuring ex-members of Ringworm (Ben Hollowell) and Ascension (Chris Wood), Years Of Fire is honed with the fires of strong experience in metal songwriting. According to the press release, "Years Of Fire embodies the spirit of true American metal and will appeal to fans of Chimaira, God Forbid, Lamb Of God, and Slayer." Their Thorp Records debut, "Visceral Departure" is due in stores August 8th. You can download an MP3 for "In The Eyes Of God" now.

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Tool Charts At #1, Plans "Vicarious" DVD Single

Tool's "10,000 Days" topped the Billboard 200 chart, selling more than double than the latest from Pearl Jam album. The Tool Dissectional/Volcano set gave the band a career-best sales week, moving 564,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to put it at No. 1. "10,000 Days" also takes over the lead from Godsmack's "IV" (Universal) on the Top Rock Albums chart.

Tool's last album, "Lateralus," also opened at No. 1 on the big chart in 2001 with sales of 555,000 units. It has sold more than 2.3 million to date.

Tool is planning to promote "Vicarious," the seven-minute first single from its new album, "10,000 Days," with a DVD single in the coming weeks. The group previously issued singles in this format for its tracks "Schism" and "Parabola."

After completing a round of American dates later this month and ensuing tours of Europe and Japan, the band will return to the States in the fall.

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Dark Arena Readies Debut Album For Release

Dark Arena's debut disc, titled Alien Factor will be released on May 26th at the Great Lakes Metal Fest at the Cleveland Agora in Cleveland, OH. Dark Arena is vocalist Juan Ricardo (Attaxe, Ritual), guitarists "Tall" Paul Konjicija (Antithesis, Ritual) and Dale Robertson (Roadie's Nightmare), keyboardist Rhiannon Wisniewski (Somnus), drummer Chris Stolle (Somnus), and bassist Brian Glodde (Antithesis, Rick Renstrom).

The cover art was created by Joseph Vargo at Monolith Graphics and can be seen here. More information, along with three full songs from the upcoming release can be heard at www.darkarena.cc.

Here is the track listing for "Alien Factor": More...

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ex-Morbid Angel Singer To Guest On The Allknowing

THE ALLKNOWING, the new Ohio-based band featuring former GRIP INC./HEATHEN bassist Jason Vie Brooks, will be entering Online studios on May 19 to begin recording their debut album. The self-produced effort (with the help of a local engineer) will be titled "Hours for the Taking" and will feature the following songtitles among others: "Forgive Nothing", "Haunting Memory", "I Am What You Made Me", "Be a Man", "Out", "Mine", "So Complicated", "Truth Be Known", and "Failure". The CD will also contain a cover of MOTÖRHEAD's "Ace of Spades", with a guest vocal spot from Jared Anderson (ex-MORBID ANGEL, HATE ETERNAL). The band hope to complete the CD by mid-July for a tentative fall release via an as-yet-undetermined label.

THE ALLKNOWING's lineup is completed by vocalist Billy Cox, drummer Sean Harford and guitarist John Lynn.

For more information, including audio samples, visit the band's official web site.

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Symphony X Bassist Diagnosed With Crohn's Disease

Progressive metallers SYMPHONY X have been forced to cancel their previously announced European festival appearances in June (Lorca Rock in Spain and Sweden Rock) due to "severe illness."

Commented SYMPHONY X bassist Michael LePond: "I have been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease (an inflammatory bowel disorder). This has caused an obstruction in my small intestine, making it impossible to digest solid foods. Currently, I am hospitalized where they can feed me through an I.V. unit supplemented with a liquid diet.

"But, there is some good news. The doctors tell me that with a surgical procedure, they will have me back to 100 percent in about six weeks, and although it is a chronic disease, this procedure will make it much easier to control its effects in the future.

"I want to thank the band, the crew, the fans and everyone else involved for your understanding and support during this tough time. You will all make my healing process much easier and I'll be back on the bass in no time."

All "get well" wishes for Mike can be sent to getwellmike@symphonyx.com. The messages will be printed out and sent to him until he's able to access the mailbox himself.

SYMPHONY X are currently working on the follow-up to 2002's "The Odyssey", tentatively due this fall. The band expect to return to the road shortly after the release of the new CD.

SYMPHONY X were one of the second-stage bands at last summer's Gigantour, a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. "Rarities and Demos", the first fan club CD from the SYMPHONY X fan club, Church of the Machine, was shipped out in July 2005 to fan club members. The CD includes demo material, rare unreleased material, and guitarist Michael James Romeo's interpretation of the "Star Wars" theme, done with over 15 guitar tracks.

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Rob Zombie Discusses Screen Projects

Rob Zombie told Launch Radio Networks that he's recently been approached to direct an episode for the second season of the Showtime series "Masters Of Horror", but that his touring commitments are getting in the way. "The timing couldn't get worse, you know," he said. "Now with touring, all the filming schedules keep coinciding with the touring schedules, so I don't know. I mean, I'm trying to fit it in, it's just really difficult. You can't exactly, like, break down for 30 days in the middle of your tour to go shoot a TV show."

Rob Zombie will launch another U.S. tour later this spring, billed as "American Witch Across America", with ANTHRAX along as support. Exact dates and cities for the trek will be announced soon. Zombie completed a North American run on Friday (May 5) in Grand Prairie, Texas, his first in support of his recently released "Educated Horses" album.

Zombie has one other announced date so far, in Las Vegas on May 26.

Zombie is also rumored to be joining GODSMACK on tour as a co-headliner this fall.

"Educated Horses", Zombie's third solo album, has sold 231,000 copies in the U.S. since being released on March 28.

"The Haunted World of Superbeasto", an animated film based on Zombie's El Superbeasto comic book character, will be out later this year. The rocker-turned-filmmaker is also working on the script for his third live-action feature.

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Unearth, All That Remains Canadian Tour Dates

Prior to playing Ozzfest, Unearth will headline a brief Canadian tour with support from All That Remains, The Red Chord, A Life Once Lost, Walls Of Jericho, and If Hope Dies. Here are the tour dates:

6/16 Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Imperial
6/17 Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
6/18 Sudbury, ON @ Frasier Auditorium
6/20 Winnipeg, MB @ Ramada
6/22 Regina, SK @ The Distrikt
6/23 Edmonton, AB @ Reds
6/24 Calgary, AB @ The Ballroom
6/26 Boise, ID @ Big Easy

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