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Metal News for May 14, 2007

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32 news articles posted on this day.

Shiven Records Updates On Gorgasm, etc.

Luke from Shiven Records has posted the following update on their bands:

"Things are running full force. Gorgasm, Ekser, and Arbiter of Conceit are all in pre-production for new full lengths which will see release dates by the end of summer/early fall. And I can say that all of the new material from these guys is absolutely punishing. Definitely going to be must have records for any fan of heavy music. Gorgasm is going to be playing a few shows in the upcoming months most notably the Deathfeast Open Air festival in Germany and the Central Illinois Metal fest. In Germany you will see Gorgasm pulverize the stage along the likes of NAPALM DEATH, IMMOLATION, ABORTED, and many other completely punishing metal acts. In Illinois, Matt Bishop has put together a lineup that is goddamned near unstoppable. Gorgasm will be sharing the stage with VITAL REMAINS, IMPETIGO, MORTICIAN, SEVERED SAVIOR, and tons more so show up early, leave late, and support these guys."

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Goat The Head Signs To Tabu Recordings

Tabu Recordings has signed 'primal caveman' death metal act, GOAT THE HEAD. Hailing from the muddy areas surrounding the river Nidelva in the Norwegian wilderness, GOAT THE HEAD are a barbaric four-piece that strip 'raw' of its arcaic meaning. Musically brutal, uncouth and coarse in appearance, the Trondheim-based band embodies nature at its worse.

Their penchant for keeping it "simple and organic" also reflects in their live shows that are peppered with nudity and primitive rituals.

Featuring Per Spjøtvold (ATROX) on vocals, Ketil Sæther (LUMSK) on guitar, Snorre A. Hovdal on bass and Kenneth Kapstad (ANIMAL ALPHA, ex-GÅTE) on drums, GOAT THE HEAD are getting ready to record their debut for TABU RECORDINGS (release in autumn this year).

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Tenhi To Embark On First German Tour In 5 Years

For the first time after a hiatus of roughly five years, TENHI are about to enter German stages again, as they are going to perform a few choice concerts in September. Germany's own NEUN WELTEN, who are going to complement each performance with their mystical Nature Folk, will support the Finnish band.

The current tour dates areas follows:

06/09/07 D - Berlin - Maschinenhaus (http://www.kesselhaus-berlin.de)
07/09/07 D - Nuremberg - Diskothek Loop (http://www.loopclub.de)
08/09/07 D - Zwischenwelten Festival - Koblenz (http://www.zwischenwelten.net/)
09/09/07 D - Leipzig - Moritzbastei (http://www.moritzbastei.de)

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Rare Pre-Korn L.A.P.D. Band Video Online

A rare performance video of the pre-KORN band L.A.P.D. (short for LOVE AND PEACE DUDE) has been posted online at YouTube.

According to Amazon.com, L.A.P.D. consisted of "where-is-he-now vocalist Richard Morales and current KORN members James 'Munky' Shaffer, Reginald 'Fieldy' Arvizu, and David Silveria (contrary to popular belief, Brian 'Head' Welch wasn't an official member). So it's essential listening for anyone who loves KORN. Does it sound anything like KORN, you may ask? Hell no. L.A.P.D. aren't exactly original, and listening to this album is like a time-warp, back to the late '80s/early '90s. They combine all the obvious influences such as RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and FAITH NO MORE, and throw in a little bit of old-school METALLICA for good measure." More...

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Maniac's Skitliv To Join Gallhammer On Tour

Artists SKITLIV, the band headed by former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac, is set to join Japanese all-girl band GALLHAMMER, for a short, 4-date tour in the autumn. Already confirmed is a gig in Denmark on the 2nd October, when the bands will play Loppen in Copenhagen.

The doom black metal band was formed by Maniac in 2006 following a sabbatical from the music business which enabled the frequently controversial front man to take stock of which direction he wanted to head musically. Aside from Maniac on vocals and guitars, the band includes Ingvar on guitars, Peter on bass and Canadian drummer Trish. Un-mastered tracks from the band can be heard on the official SKITLIV MySpace page.

As previously reported, Maniac is also involved in TEAM ARMSTRONG, a side project loosely formed of various musicians from the Oslo scene who come together to play whatever kind of music they feel like playing, regardless of whether it is a genre they would normally be associated with. The band is due to play at Oslo’s legendary Elm Street Rock Café on May 1 and a rehearsal track has been uploaded onto TEAM ARMSTRONG’s MySpace page. Maniac has also just finished recording guitars and vocals for a track on the forthcoming album from Swedish band DEADWOOD.

Whilst this mini tour is likely to be the first opportunity many will have to see Maniac on stage again since 2004, it is also part of the much-anticipated first European tour by GALLHAMMER whose “The Dawn Of…” CD/DVD was recently released on Peaceville.

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Static-X Announced As Last Band For Ozzfest 2007

OZZFEST alumni Static X--touring in support of their just-released album Cannibal--are the last band to join the OZZFEST revolution by signing on for this year’s historic “Freefest.” They, along with Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Lordi, Behemoth, Mondo Generator, Nile, Ankla, Circus Diablo, The Showdown, 3 Inches of Blood, Daath, Chthonic and In This Moment, will give fans the rock experience of their lives at a price that’s hard to beat. As previously announced, the ticket price for this summer’s premiere touring concert festival is entirely free for fans.

The addition of Static X comes just in time for fans looking to log in for their free ticket codes to this year’s “Freefest.” Since Saturday, May 12 at 12 Noon (EASTERN TIME), ticket codes are distributed on ozzfest.com, livenation.com, monsterenergy.com, jagermusic.com and fye.com. These codes can be redeemed for tickets beginning June 12--exactly one month before the first OZZFEST 2007 show in Seattle. Fans will return to the site where they registered or www.livenation.com/ozzfest, enter their code and download two tickets to the show of their choice. Note: To ensure that everyone gets the chance for free tickets, there is a limit of two tickets per customer.

The 24-city earth-pounding 12th annual OZZFEST will launch July 12 in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Osbourne's "True Hollywood Story" To Air

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's family life will be the focus of the "True Hollywood Story" TV documentary series premiering this coming weekend on the E! Entertainment Television cable channel. A description of the program reads as follows: "['True Hollywood Story'] goes inside the life of the Emmy-winning family, the daughter who wants nothing to do with them, and the children who aren't even acknowledged. How did the ['The Osbournes' MTV] show change them?"

"True Hollywood Story: The Osbournes" air dates/times:

Saturday, May 19, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 20, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 27, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 1, 1:00 a.m.

"True Hollywood Story" originally started as a series of specials in 1996, but evolved into a weekly biographical documentary series.

Episodes are either one or two hours long, depending on the topic being covered. There have been more than 300 "True Hollywood Story" episodes.

The series was nominated for Emmy Awards in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

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Hear Paradise Lost's "In Requiem" Album Online

British founding fathers of Gothic Metal, PARADISE LOST, will release their highly anticipated new album “In Requiem” on May 21st, 2007. To get a full impression of this brilliant dark opus, you can stream the entire album from Friday, May 11th on at the band’s official MySpace page for a week.

You can also watch the band’s gloomy clip for “The Enemy,” filmed by acclaimed director Edward 209. In addition to that, PARADISE LOST will premier their completely redesigned website on May 11th - www.paradiselost.co.uk.

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Machine Head Frontman Gives Tour Update

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has issued the following update covering their tour with Heaven and Hell and Megadeth to "Get Thrashed":

"I write to you from the beautiful city of Cleveland, Ohio in the United States of muthafuckin' America. We have been out with the HEAVEN AND HELL and MEGADETH guys now for almost three weeks, and man, what can I say... it's pretty unbelievable. Huge dressing rooms, killer catering, every enormo-bottle of Grey Goose vodka the venue can muster up, huge stages, killer lights, killer monitors, killer sound... and, we're on tour with BLACK SABBATH and MEGADETH... life is fuckin' good man.

"It's crazy, we've been having a blast on this tour. Tony Iommi walks by, 'You enjoying the tour?'... Dio pops into the dressing room with expensive wine and talks sports... Vinny Appice gives you a few beers... Geezer cracks a joke at his assistant's expense... it's like being in some alternate universe.

"The HEAVEN AND HELL camp have been amazing, treating us really well, a lot of respect, lots of love from the crew. They've made us feel very welcome. Even when they're kinda mad at us for all of our drunken friends they still give us the benefit of the doubt. The other night after the Texas show, we had so many fuckin' people in our dressing room partying and raging that they literally had security form a line between our dressing room and theirs, because every time one of 'em would walk out of their dressing room, one of our dumbass friends would beeline toward them — zombie like — 'Rooooooooooonnnnnniie!... Bleargh!!' They're really cool about it though, their people said, 'Can you and all your drunk friends please just go to the green room and party?' We're like 'Uhh... okay.'

"You can't really blame our drunk-ass friends though, it's not often that you see Tony Iommi standing 20 feet away from you. I can totally relate, Christ, it took me a week and a half just to muster up the balls to say 'Hi.' I never get starstruck, I mean, I NEVER get starstruck, but man, I don't know what it is... I see Iommi and there's so many things I want to say, and then I think, 'Nooo... I don't want to say any of that!' I have to do it before the tour's over though, I'll kick myself for the rest of my life if I don't.

"And man... they sound un-fucking-believable too, 'Holy Diver'!!!! Dio's voice is unreal!!! The band sounds great, they've got a really loose feel to their songs, lots of jamming, extended parts; which I was surprised about, I assumed they'd be strict about staying true to the records but there's a lot of improv onstage, it's bad-ass to watch. More...

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Akercocke Comments On 'Antichrist' BBC Debate

Jason Mendonca to discuss Catholic church's outrage at new album

Akercocke’s latest album, ‘Antichrist’ has caught the attention of the US printing plant where the CD booklet is being manufactured. According to an Earache representative, the plant is refusing to print satanic material.

In other news, the British progressive black metallers have also caught the attention of Catholic Church in Northern Ireland.

The band’s label, Earache, were contacted by BBC Northern Ireland who want to host a debate with the band and some noted ecumenical spokespeople. To be broadcast on The Stephen Nolan show the BBC are sending a broadcast truck to Nottingham’s Rock City venue where mainman Jason Mendonca will join the debate after he leaves stage at 10.30.

Metal Hammer spoke to Jason:

Tell us about the US printing press saying they won’t print your CD booklet because it’s satanic. “That’s just ugly. That's censorship. No matter how you look at it it’s really ugly. And it smacks of fascism to me. I wonder what other works of art – we are art which ever way you look at it – is barred from the good people of the United States Of America. What else they’re obstructed from seeing in their so-called democracy. It’s thoroughly un-American and thoroughly undemocratic actually.”

What was it they were so offended by?

“I don’t know. I’ve had a thumb through the booklet and I can’t see anything that is overtly anti-Christian at all.”

Do you think it was over-sensitive self-censorship on behalf of the printing press?

“Someone sees the word ‘antichrist’ and amongst the ignorant masses you get some form of moral hysteria [laughs] it’s comical. I thought the US was the land of the free. To try and cast any negative light on a minority view point such as ours is surely against their much vaunted and beheld first amendment.”

Tell us about the media’s involvement:

“I think the album has caused a bit of a stir amongst certain circles in Northern Ireland, and the BBC got wind of this and have set up a debate between us and some people who I imagine are quite incensed by our mere existence. I won’t comment any more on that until I’ve spoken to the gentlemen.

Surely there’s satanic stuff all the time, why has this issue blown up around you guys this time?

“I don’t know. I think it’s extraordinary. I wonder if whether periodically, under the guise credibility and in the interest of maintaining viewer ratings, this is just an easy shot at trying to put some sort of tabloid angle on something which in essence is rather innocuous. I’m quite amused to be honest. Anyone who took the trouble to research Akercocke would actually know that we’ve stated openly in the past – ten years – that we’re anything but anti-Christian."

Do you think that’s the media conveniently ignoring the facts in favour of sensationalising what they see as being a great story?

“I’d be interested to see how this was engineered, who brought our work to the attention of the catholic church. I think previous works have been infinitely more inflammatory, the words this time are purely poetic and surreal, it doesn’t lambaste or criticise religion or anyone’s way of life or thinking at all, so [laughs] it’s pretty funny really.

Do you think the media have latched onto it because in their eyes, it’s a classic tale of good vs evil?

“I strongly suspect that. I’d be impressed if any rational arguments are put forward when this takes place. I hope there are some intelligent and tangible arguments put forth, but I fear all that we will be confronted with is the usual blind dogma that certain monotheistic religions perpetuate in their reign of fear over the masses.”

Are you nervous or worried about the debate?

“I don’t view this as a battle or that I’m setting out to have some moral or ethical victory over anyone. I’m just prepared to speak about what we’re about and perhaps shatter a few illusions that people have about anything that people may have associated with the ‘S’ word. I’m not there to participate as a shock jock and be perceived as the evil one, because as anyone who knows us knows, there’s nothing remotely evil about us.”

Do you think the BBC are banking on some theatre?

“I don’t know, but I hung up my ham acting hat a long time ago.”

With the publicity this is a win/win situation for you.

“Yeah, it’s great. There’s no such thing as bad publicity. Bring it on.”

The show will be broadcast on BBC1 Northern Ireland live (available on Sky and freeview), live on 16th May.

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The Network Post New Song Online

THE NETWORK have posted a new mp3 on their MySpace page of a new track, “Prison Letters,” featuring guest vocals by Guy Kozowyk (The Red Chord), Ryan McKenney (Trap Them, Backstabbers, Inc.) and Adam Dulong (Cannae).

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Omnium Gatherum Team Up With Caliban for Tour

Finnish modern death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM will join the Summer Blast Fest with CALIBAN and PAINSTRUCK. The dates are as follows:

June 06 - Bla-Bla - Porto, Portugal
June 07 - Culto Club - Almada, Portugal
June 08 - [to be announced - Spain
June 09 - Sala Caracol - Madrid, Spain
June 10 - Irun - Bilbao, Spain More...

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Testament Announce East Coast Tour Dates

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT have announced several East Coast dates July. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

Europe:
Jul. 06 - Mortegliano (Udine), Italy @ Festa in Tenda
Jul. 07 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands @Waldrock Festival

USA:
Jul. 13 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Jul. 14 - Sayreville, NJ @ Sounds Of The Underground
Jul. 15 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Jul. 16 - Southbridge, MA @ ADC Performance Center

Europe:
Jul. 19 - Rieden, Germany @ Earthshaker Fest

Asia:
Jul. 27 - Taipei, Taiwan - Formoz Fest
Jul. 28 - Incheon City, Korea - Pentaport Rock Fest

Europe:
Aug. 16 - Derbyshire, U.K. @ Bloodstock O.A. Fest
Aug. 17 - Oulu, Finland @ Jalometalli Festival
Aug. 18 - Notodden, Norway @ Metal Heart Fest
Aug. 19 - Gotenborg, Sweden @ TBC
Aug. 21 - Kolding, Denmark @ Godset
Aug. 22 - Antwerpen, Belgium @ Hof Ter Loo
Aug. 23 - Deventer, Holland @ Burgerweeshuis
Aug. 24 - Bergen, Norway @ Hole in the Sky - Bergen Metal Fest
Aug. 25 - Gemunden, Germany @ Up From The Ground Open Air Fest
Aug. 31 - Rimini, Italy @ Velvet
Sep. 01 - Palmaggio-Casserta, Italy @ Route to Hell Fest More...

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Equinox Welcomes Back Lead Guitarist

Orlando, Florida metallers, Equinox, post the following update on their myspace page:

"EQUINOX would like to welcome the return of Kelly McLauchlin (Pessimist, Unholy Ghost, Diabolic) on lead guitars. Kelly rejoins the band as they prepare new material for the next full length album."

"Thus far the band has several new tracks which can best be described as the most intense, technical, and aggressive songwriting to date. Preparing for a follow up to 2006's release of the critically acclaimed "The Immortal Kind" released through METALBOLIC RECORDS. Although the band is gearing up for the next studio album, and a return to the stage, EQUINOX are now shopping for a new label. Rest assured faithful friends, this material is simply to alive to be kept in the darkness much longer!"

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Job For A Cowboy Post 'Embedded' Video Online

Fast-rising extreme metal unit JOB FOR A COWBOY is set to unveil its long-awaited debut album, entitled "Genesis". The hotly-anticipated release will drop in North America this coming Tuesday, May 15 via Metal Blade Records. The album will see a May 18 release in Germany, Austria and Sweden and a European street date of May 21.

JOB FOR A COWBOY (JFAC) blends stunning musicianship and cutting-edge song craft to create the absolute embodiment of modern day extreme music. The Glendale, AZ band, known for their intense songs, explosive live performances and forward thinking vision, recorded "Genesis" at Blue Light Audio Media in Phoenix, AZ with producer Cory Spotts. The album was mixed by Andy Sneap (OPETH, ENTOMBED, MEGADETH). More...

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Behemoth Post New Video Online

Polish extreme metal titans BEHEMOTH have posted a new video clip on their official YouTube page, which documents their latest photo session. The group just completed five special North American shows, that included an appearance at the renowned New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, two rare headlining shows in addition to performances alongside such acclaimed acts as Cannibal Corpse and Dimmu Borgir, among others.

BEHEMOTH will return to the U.S. this summer on Ozzfest 2007 having landed the direct support, non-rotating slot right before second stage headliners Hatebreed. See below for their complete touring itinerary and their much-anticipated new album, The Apostasy, is set for a July 17th release. More...

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Reflections Spins Off Monumentum Records Imprint

Hardcore/punk label Reflections Records has formed a heavy music imprint dubbed Momentum Records. The labels states in their release:

"Whether it's classic rock / metal, dark blues/folk, black metal or whatever you can think of with a connection to the shadowside of life, we love it! That's why we decided to give ourselves an outlet to actually work with these kinda bands as well."

"With Monumentum Records we want to give talented artists the opportunity to promote music that may not particularly fit in with the punk or hardcore scene, but in our opinion, deserves to be heard."

The label's first releases will be from NIHILL, BURNING SAVIOURS and BLACK ANVIL.

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Engel Sign With Steamhammer/SPV

Steamhammer/SPV has announced the worldwide signing of ENGEL, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based quintet featuring guitarists Marcus Sunesson (ex-THE CROWN) and Niclas Engelin (PASSENGER, ex-GARDENIAN, IN FLAMES), drummer Mojjo (RELEVANT FEW, DRACENA), vocalist Mangan Klavborn, and bassist Michael Håkansson (ex-EVERGREY).

Already touted as one of the "Best Unsigned Bands 2006" by the readers of Metal Hammer U.K. and crowned winners of Rock Hard Germany's "Demo Contest" 2006, ENGEL is set to take the metal world by storm. Hailing from Sweden's famous breeding ground for riffs and groundbreaking bands — Gothenburg — the members of ENGEL have years of combined experience and a uniquely mesmerizing heavy-as-hell melodic sound to take over the world's metallic hearts and minds. More...

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Keep of Kalessin Post New Video Online

Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN have posted their video for the song "Crown of the Kings" at their official web site (right-click and "Save As"): Quicktime, Windows Media. The clip, which was shot by Christian Falch of GammaGlimt, reportedly consists of footage from over 30 shows throughout Europe in 2006. A new video for "Winged Watcher" will also be filmed during the last week of May. This clip will be shot in the unique environment at the wastelands of Røros, known from UNESSO's World Heritage List.

KEEP OF KALESSIN's "Excess of Evil" European tour — which was also scheduled to feature MARDUK, ENSLAVED, GOATWHORE, MELECHESH and PANTHEON I — was recently cancelled.

KEEP OF KALESSIN performed a one-time, unique show with the duo MONOLITHIC on September 1 at the Trondheim Jazzfestival. The performance was previously described as "a concert where extreme metal meets jazz at an insanely high tempo."

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Torture Killer To Enter Studio In November

Finland's TORTURE KILLER will enter the studios in November to start recording a follow-up to their 2006 album "Swarm!"

"After the basic tracking done in Finland we will move to Hit Factory [in] Miami, where Chris [Barnes, SIX FEET UNDER/TORTURE KILLER vocalist] will start laying down the vocal tracks and hopefully the CD will be finished by the end of the year for an early 2008 release," the band writes in a press release.

"Things are moving along nicely and we are confident that we will have decent death metal album on our hands. The new songs are sounding great; all the 'Swarm!' elements are there and we think we've taken another step ahead with our approach on death metal, some really haunting guitar licks combined with a groove and more attacking style, hopefully we can catch all this energy the right way and I'm sure people are definitely going to enjoy this one." More...

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Onslaught Push Back Live DVD To June

British thrash metal legends ONSLAUGHT will release their first live DVD, "Live Polish Assault 2007", in Europe on June 11 via Metal Mind Productions (June 19 in the U.S.). The disc will contain more than an hour of veritable thrash mayhem filmed during the band's gig on February 12, 2007 at the Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland. The DVD will also include an interview with guitarist Nige Rockett and vocalist Sy Keeler, bonus live video footage from the band's gigs in Japan and Holland, as also bonus audio tracks from the gig at Bristol Colston Hall in 1987 (featuring ONSLAUGHT's very first live performance of "Let There Be Rock")! More...

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Runemagick Reveal New Album Title, Track Listing

Swedish "dark death metal" act RUNEMAGICK has set "Dawn of the End" as the title of its new album. "The tracks are mixed and ready for final mastering," according to a posting on the band's web site. "There is no release date yet but in 2007 for sure, and the label will as usual be Aftermath Music (Norway). Titles to be included: 'Dawn of the End', 'Voyage to Desolation', 'Chthonic Temple Smoke', 'Retaliation', 'Volcano Throne', 'The Circle', 'Magus of Fire' and 'Sabbatum Ad Infinitum'."

RUNEMAGICK's current lineup is:

Nicklas Rudolfsson - Guitars, Vocals
Emma Karlsson - Bass
Daniel "Mojjo" Moilanen – drums

RUNEMAGICK's latest album, "Invocation of Magick", was issued in 2006. A split CD with OCEAN CHIEF, entitled "The Northern Lights", came out earlier this year.

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Ayreon Complete Demos

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen's webmaster has issued the following update:

"Arjen just finished recording the demos for his seventh Ayreon album. As previously reported, Arjen went through a difficult time last winter. Since then he's been doing a lot better. He discovered that music truly is the best medicine and also drew inspiration from the many encouraging e-mails, letters, and postcards he received from his fans.

Though Arjen initially planned to release a single album, the plan - as always - changed as the composing progressed. Like The Human Equation and Into The Electric Castle, the new Ayreon will be a double album featuring 15 tracks with a combined length of nearly 100 minutes.

Arjen and Ayreon-veteran Ed Warby (GOREFEST - pictured) will enter the studio next month to record drums together with producer Gordon Groothedde.

Arjen is currently checking the availability of vocalists and instrumentalists to see who can be scheduled to appear. A number of vocalists have already responded enthusiastically. Arjen has a long wish-list, and it promises to be quite a puzzle to figure out who will be singing where and what.

No release date has been set."

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Queensryche Update Tour Schedule

QUEENSRŸCHE has updated their 2007 tour schedule with the addition of a few more dates. It is now as follows:

May
23 - Desert Diamond Casino - Sahuarita, AZ
24 - Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, NM
25 - Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
26 - 4th And B in San Diego, CA
27 - House of Blues in Anaheim, CA
31 - Kosei-Nenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan

June
1 - Kosei-Nenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan
3 - Zepp in Nagoya, Japan
5 - NHK Hall in Osaka, Japan
23 - Secret House Vineyard in Veneta, OR
28 - Harrah's Casino in Kansas City, MO
29 - Myth in Maplewood, MN
30 - House Of Blues in Chicago, IL

July
3 - House Of Blues in Cleveland, OH
14 - Sunken Garden Amphitheatre in San Antonio, TX (Harley In The Park Fest)

August
16 - Metal Heart Festival - Notodden, Norway
18 - La Riviera - Marid, Spain

November (with THIN LIZZY)
22 - Leicester, UK - De Montfort Hall
23 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
24 - IpswichvRegent
26 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Concert Hall
27 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
28 - Cardiff, UK - St David's Hall
30 - Glasgow, UK - Academy

December (with Thin Lizzy)
1 - Aberdeen, UK - Music Hall
2 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
4 - Sheffield, UK - City Hall
5 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
6 - Liverpool, UK - University
8 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
9 - Southampton, UK - Guildhall
10 - Exeter, UK - University
12 - Folkestone, UK - Leas Cliff
13 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo

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Samael Announce Tour Dates

Swiss metal experimentalists SAMAEL have lined up the following tour dates:

Jun. 23 - Rock Sound Festival - Huttwil (Switzerland)
Jun. 30 - Soul of Metal - Hargelsberg (Austria)
Jul. 06 - Battle of Metal - Geiselwind (Germany)
Jul. 07 - Hunterfest - Szcjytno (Poland)
Jul. 14 - Cine-Teatro de Corroios - Lisbon (Portugal)
Jul. 15 - Covent de S.Francisco - Coimbra (Portugal)
Aug. 03 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken (Germany)

SAMAEL shot a video for the song "Slavocracy" last week in Germany.

In other news, a new SAMAEL download single is now available at the Nuclear Blast Shop. It contains three songs: "Valkyries' New Ride", "Slavocracy" and an instrumental version of "Slavocracy".

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Wehrwolfe Post New Songs Online

Two new songs from from Charlotte, North Carolina-based death metallers WEHRWOLFE — "Firing Squad" and "Way of the Gun" — have been made available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. Like the previously released track "Lightning War", the new cuts come off the group's upcoming album, "Return to Tyranny", which features the band's new lineup:

Devon - Vocals and Bass
Chuck Brummond - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Art Taylor - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Chris "Mordrid" Hathcock - Drums

"Return to Tyranny" will be released later in the year via Magick Records. More...

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Hirax Guitarist Dave Watson Joins Resistance

Los Angeles thrashers, Resistance, issue the following recording updates on their Myspace page:

"We are pleased to announce the addition of Dave Watson, former Hirax guitarist to the lineup. Dave has tracked several solos for Patents of Control and will be performing live with the band this summer."

"Tracking for Patents of Control has finished at Desert Moon, and Paul and Matt have returned from Chicago where Neil Kernon is perfoming the final album mix. Look for the album to be out on Lion Music soon!"

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17 More Bands Confirmed For Download Fest

Seventeen more bands have been confirmed for the UK's Download Festival including: Silverstein, My Alamo, Fastway, Cat The Dog, Damone, Voodoo Six, Priestess, In This Moment, Fair To Midland, As I Lay Dying, Flood Of Red, Army Of Freshman, Lost Alone, Eliot Minor, Cynic, Panic Cell and Architects are the latest bands to be added to an impressive bill that will exceed 100 bands.

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Mustaine: Why I Won't Share A Stage With Satanists

J. Bennett of Decibel magazine recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Decibel: A few years ago, you didn't want to play shows with ROTTING CHRIST and DISSECTION. Do you have a standing policy about playing with certain types of bands?

Mustaine: It's not necessarily a policy — I just follow my heart. Before, I used to follow my head, but my heart is closer to my gut. When I saw certain things I didn't agree with, I'd turn my head the other way before. I've never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he's cool, because he's not. When I was 15, I got into witchcraft and black magic, so I've known for over 30 years the power of the dark side, and it took me forever to break those chains. There's no cool way to sing about Satan — you look like a punk. For example, you know MERCYFUL FATE is one of my favorite musical groups, but the lyrics, to me, I can't get behind them. I don't mean to shame them — it's just not my bag. As far as me playing with bands like that, I started thinking, "You know what, Dave? You're a headliner. If you don't wanna play with people that make you uncomfortable, you don't have to." Especially if they're singing about the confessed enemy of someone you believe in… I mean, what idiot gets onstage with their confessed enemy? That'd be like two hip-hop guys who wanna kill each other going out together.

Decibel: King Diamond is definitely an actual Satanist, but Satanism is kind of a put-on for a lot of these other bands.

Mustaine: You think it's a put-on.

Decibel: Yeah, definitely.

Mustaine: You say that stuff, it's real. Words are real. Remember, I was into the one who was into the black side — you weren't. Were you?

Decibel: No, but why should that make a difference?

Mustaine: To say you're a confessed Satanist? I'm not intimidated by them, because I know they're just as misguided as I was at one time. But this is something that's a spiritual war and it doesn't have any place in a MEGADETH interview. A lot of people don't really care about what I believe — they just wanna hear what I play, and I'm fine with that. As far as the situation overseas you're alluding to, as a headliner who's sold as many records as I've sold and played in front of as many tens of millions of people as I've played to over my life — and this is the sunset of my career, where I get to enjoy the remaining years of my life — I don't wanna waste that. The promoter kicked them off and I was furious. It was like, "Well, why'd you put them on in the first place? Now that they're on, don't kick them off. We'll step down; we'll play another night." I'm not ever gonna kick a band off the bill if it's something I don't agree with. If I know about it ahead of time and I agree to it and change my mind, well, that's kind of chickenshit, isn't it?

Decibel: My point was that I think some of these bands are full of shit — that you shouldn't be as concerned about their beliefs, because for some of them, it's an act. And even real Satanists don't spend very much time hating God.

Mustaine: Well, the only other band I had a problem with was from overseas and the singer was a convicted double-murderer [referring to DISSECTION] and they'd been put on the show in Israel. Prior to that, I'd made a couple of things clear to my agent: I don't want tits and ass on my t-shirts, because I think that's kind of juvenile, and as far as the Satanic stuff, I've been there, done that and I found it kind of wanting. You can be so much heavier with stuff like a nuclear bomb than a pentagram. I mean, what's scarier: VX gas or an upside-down cross? So when the information was related to me that they'd been put on the bill, I said, "You know what? We can't play this show." And they'd kicked them off. But I was like, "Oh, my god, why did you do that?" Because that just makes me look like a fanatic and it doesn't really show the love that I have in my heart these days that I'd like to be able to share with these musicians. And this is really a fitting climax to anyone's career, because what do I have left to gain, my friend? A Grammy and getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Everyone thinks it's great to gets your hands stuck in cement in front of Guitar Center [on Sunset Boulevard in L.A.], but those are the things I'm looking for. I've got everything else I want: I've got a beautiful wife and kids — I've got a new puppy, for Chrissakes — everything in my life is looking up. I'm going to Hawaii next month to work on my tan for the next tour and see if I don't turn into a piece of flash paper. Whenever I go to the beach, it smells like pork rinds because I start to burn instantly.

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