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Metal News for May 12, 2007

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Rhinoceros Finishing New Album

Buffalo, New York's Rhinoceros is putting the final touches this week on their Seventh Dagger debut "Honor Among Thieves" due out in July. You can hear a new RHINOCEROS song on their MySpace page.

The band also has a number of tour dates listed, many with Represent: More...

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Poltergeist Signs To Burning Star Records

Athens Southern Metalers / Stoners POTERGEIST have inked a deal with Burning Star Records Their debut effort "Southwards" will be released in the near future. The album will feature really cool artwork by set (PARADISE LOST, CHRIS CAFFERY, NIGHTFALL) and guest drumming by Fotis Bernardo (SEPTIC FLESH, ex-NIGHTRAGE).

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Nomad Post New Song Available For Download

A brand new NOMAD track, entitled "The Slanderer", has been made available for download at this location. The song comes off the Polish death metallers' upcoming album, "The Independence of Observation Choice", which will be released at the end of May through Empire Records, attached to the new issue of Thrash 'em All magazine. "We are still looking for a label to release the album outside the territory of Poland," the band stated. "Again we'll co-operate with Tomasz 'Graal' Danilowicz who will prepare the front cover as well as the whole booklet, so you can expect something really good and demonic."

NOMAD features in its ranks former BEHEMOTH session guitarist Seth. The band's last CD, "Demonic Verses (Blessed Are Those Who Kill Jesus)", came out in 2004.

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Heed Post New Song Online

HEED, the new Swedish band featuring former LOST HORIZON members Daniel Heiman (vocals) and Fredrik Olsson (guitar), has posted a brand new track, entitled "Corona", on its MySpace page. The song comes off the group's recently completed four-song demo, which was recorded 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

HEED's debut album, "The Call", was released in Europe in June 2006 via Metal Heaven Records. Available in Japan since October 2005, "The Call" features a special guest appearance on backing vocals by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Göran Edman.

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Betzefer Announce German Tour Dates

Israeli metallers BETZEFER will be back on tour in Germany on June and will also play one show in Prague. The dates are as follows:

Jun. 07 - Munich (D) Feierwerk
Jun. 08 - Wachenroth (D) Suffering Life Open Air
Jun. 09 - Oberhausen (D) Druckluft
Jun. 10 - Frankfurt (D) 025
Jun. 11 - Hamburg (D) Logo
Jun. 12 - Kassel (D) Jugendzentrum Second Home
Jun. 13 - Prag (CZ) Futurum
Jun. 14 - Gleisdorf (AT) Kulturkeller
Jun. 15 - Stuttgart (D) Juha West
Jun. 16 - Cottbus (D) Gladhouse
Jun. 17 - Berlin (D) Lido More...

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Rekuiem Part Ways With Drummer

REKUIEM (formerly REQUIEM), the cult NWOBHM band that was at the very start of the British metal movement alongside such names as DIAMOND HEAD and WITCHFINDER GENERAL, has parted ways with drummer Karl Wilcox (DIAMOND HEAD). According to the group, "the band's plan to perform live shows later this year was proving difficult to envisage with Karl's other commitments, so the band now plan to carry on into this next realm with a new drummer."

In a statement, Karl explained: "Due to relocating back to New York, family committments, DIAMOND HEAD's upcoming heavy touring schedule, studio and teaching committments, I feel it would be better if I step down as drummer for REKUIEM. The band needs to be touring, getting the exposure it deserves, and not waiting for open dates in my calendar... I wish REKUIEM the very best for the future." More...

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Metalunderground.com Sponsors Forwardhead Tour

Metalunderground.com has signed on as a sponsor of local Parkville, Maryland alternative metal band Forwardhead’s release party concert and forthcoming worldwide tour.

Hard Volume recording artist Forwardhead, often compared to Tool both for their vocals and bass-heavy and sometimes spacey sound, recently released their debut full-length album "Pieces" on May 1, 2007.

The all-ages release party event will take place on May 26, 2007 at the Ram's Head Live in Baltimore, MD. Special guests for the event include Blind Rhetoric, Forgotten, Seventh Seal and Tommyhate. Forwardhead's new video for their first single, "Second Guess," will also be premiered at the show and every $15 ticket includes a free copy of the new release "Pieces," making this show one that fans of heavy music should not miss.

Hard Volume label owner Joe Natoli is vehement about the importance of the release party show on May 26: “This gig is our chance to show the naysayers that the only thing that truly matters is the music. It's an opportunity to prove that size is irrelevant, that the independent labels and musicians bring something to the table that's as good as (or better) than what the mainstream shoves down our throats every day.”

The show will be the first show of the 2007-2008 "Taking Back the Suffering" world tour, which will see the band tour North America, Canada, the Netherlands and several other countries. The tour is still being booked and tour dates will be announced at a future date.

Metalunderground.com founder Doug Gibson commented on the sponsorship arrangement, “Supporting local bands is one of the best ways to support underground metal and Hard Volume has a number of quality metal bands from our area on their roster. Furthermore, Forwardhead has the potential to break through with their debut release and one of the most rewarding parts of doing what I do is seeing underground bands ‘make it’ and become successful.”

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Apocalyptica Announce Album Details and Guests

In 2007, APOCALYPTICA will perform in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest Final on the May 12 as Special Guests (not in the actual competition). They will bring their trailblazing brand of metal to the show's final entertainment climax, blending old hits and previewing tracks from new album in an 8 minute medley. The 2007 final continues along the direction the 2006 winners Lordi had previously marked out, promising fantasy, fun and rock. Lordi will also naturally participate in the event, opening the whole ceremony themselves with a live performance.

APOCALYPTICA also release the live DVD 'The Life Burns Tour' on May the 14th across the UK, support Metallica on July 15th in Helsinki, and are building up to the release of the Jacob Hellner (Rammstein) produced next record, which is set for release in September (TBC). This much anticipated album will feature a whole host of incredible guest stars who are at the forefront of the hard rock/metal scene including Corey Taylor, Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Tomoyasu Hotei (superstar Japanese composer, whose credits include the Kill Bill soundtrack), Joseph Duplantier (Gojira), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and MANY more to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Crest of Darkness Announce Norwegian Dates

Norwegian black metallers CREST OF DARKNESS have scheduled the following dates:

Jun. 22 - Gjøvik, NOR - Gjøvik Gård
Aug. 18 - Søre Osen, NOR - Paviljongen
Oct. 12 -Oslo, NOR - Maiden

CREST OF DARKNESS will release its fifth full-length album, "Give Us the Power to Do Your Evil", on October 12 via My Kingdom Music. The CD was recorded with producer Giuseppe Orlando (NOVEMBRE) at the Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy. More...

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Roadkill Release New EP

Australian hard rockers ROADKILL (TYRANT vocalist Neil Steel's side project) have just released a three-track demo EP titled "More to Come", which is currently only available at the band's shows. "More to Come" features the songs "Get Outta My Way", "Hollywood" and "King Hit", all of which can be heard at ROADKILL's MySpace page.

ROADKILL's as-yet-untitled debut album will be released late August.

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Gut Release More Tour Dates

German grindcore legends GUT will team up with rapper GORETEX (ex-NON PHIXION) for a short tour following their appearance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest. The following dates have been released:

May 29 - Philadelpia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern w/ Total Fucking Destruction
June 1 - North Olmsted, OH @ Club Phoenix w/ Embalmer
June 2 - North Arlington, NJ @ Hartley’s w/ Waking The Cadaver
June 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Europa w/ Embalmer
June 4 - Cambridge, MA @ Cambridge Elks Lodge w/ Sexcrement
June 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Pontiac Grill w/ XXX Maniak, Waking The Cadaver
June 7 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards w/ Incantation

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Iced Earth Post 'Ten Thousand Strong' Sample

A 30-second audio sample of the ICED EARTH song "Ten Thousand Strong" has been posted online at this location (Real Media). The track comes off the group's upcoming EP, "Overture of the Wicked", has due on June 5 via SPV (one day earlier internationally). A video for the song will be filmed a video during the coming weeks, most likely in early June right around the band's appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival.

"Overture of the Wicked" track listing:

01. Ten Thousand Strong
02. Prophecy
03. Birth of the Wicked
04. The Coming Curse

Check out the cover artwork at IcedEarth.com. More...

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Bullet For My Valentine Announce Australian Dates

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE has lined up the following Australian dates:

Sep. 04 - Melbourne, AUS - Billboard
Sep. 06 - Sydney, AUS - UNSW Roundhouse
Sep. 07 - Brisbane, AUS - The Arena

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Unearth Part Ways With Drummer

Unearth issue the following update:

"Last night marked the end of the line for Mike Justian with Unearth. There are many reasons why we decided it was time to move on without him, but we are not in the business of airing dirty laundry. We will say that we grew apart as individuals and as musicians and the split will be best for both the band and Mike."

"In true Unearth fashion, we will continue on without skipping a beat. We are pleased and honored to say that Gene Hoglan of Strapping Young Lad is filling in for the rest of our tour with Dimmu Borgir, Devil Driver and Kataklysm. He will take the stage for the first time with us tonight in Vancouver, BC. Gene is an unreal musician and has learned a set in extremely short notice. We can not thank him enough for lending his skills to our band for this tour." More...

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