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Metal News for May 17, 2005

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Wicked Wisdom Fills Final Slot For Ozzfest 2005

Chris Harris of MTV.com has issued the following report:

In one of the most unusual summer-tour pairings in recent memory, the Ozzfest Web site announced Monday night that there will be one final act added to this year's second-stage lineup: actress Jada Pinkett Smith's rock group, WICKED WISDOM.

The addition of the Christian-leaning rock-and-soul hybrid to a summer touring package that boasts ferocious metal merchants like BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, SHADOWS FALL, MUDVAYNE, IN FLAMES and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER is unexpected, to say the least.

WICKED WISDOM is an EVANESCENSE-esque act that Pinkett Smith, the band's frontperson and the wife of actor/rapper Will Smith, has said is influenced by ANI DIFRANCO, PRINCE, TORI AMOS and SEVENDUST. The group also includes a guy named Pocket on guitar, another fellow named Rio on bass, keyboardist Cameron Graves and drummer Satnam Ramgotra. This summer's Ozzfest stint will mark WICKED WISDOM's first North American tour: The group primarily performs club gigs in and around Los Angeles, although it has opened for PAPA ROACH and was the support act for BRITNEY SPEARS' 2004 European tour.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Brutality Guitarist Dead

According to a post on the official BRUTALITY web site, guitarist Mausolus Arguelles Von Kiszka has died. No cause of death was disclosed, only that he "has made the journey to the other side."

As previously reported, BRUTALITY recently disbanded after Poland's Still Dead Productions "completely backed out of their end of the deal" to release the band's next album, according to a post on the group's web site. The band's final recording lineup was as follows:

Scott Reigel - Lead Vocals
Jeff Acres - Bass/Vocals
Mausolus Arguelles Von Kiszka - Vocals/Guitars
Demian Heftel - Lead Guitars
Jim Coker – Drums

A three-song demo was completed in June 2003 with the above lineup containing the songs "As Darkness Falls", "I Deny", and "Ashes and Snow". All three cuts, along with "Brutality" and "Gates of Thorn", were expected to be re-recorded for the album.

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Timo Kotipelto To Begin Writing New Material

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has posted the following message on his official web site:

"I am sorry that I haven't been updating the page lately. I've been busy/lazy...

"We [the band KOTIPELTO] will do only one gig this summer and that will be Sauna Open Air in Tampere, Finland June 10th.

"The European tour went well! We had lots of fun on/off the stage. I do hope to do the next tour in a couple of years.

"I will start composing some new material with Lauri [Porra; TUNNELVISION; bass] and Tuomas [Wäinölä; HEARTPLAY, NYLON BEAT; guitar) in the next few weeks. We shall see what will come out of those sessions."

KOTIPELTO's sophomore solo album, "Coldness", was released in Europe in April 2004 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting for the Dawn" was recorded by CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman at his Beyond Abilities Studios as well as by Tero Kostermaa at High and Loud's ELK Studios and Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, where the mixing (Mikko Karmila) and the mastering (Mika Jussila) also took place. Matthias Norén, who has previously worked with bands like INTO ETERNITY, LOST HORIZON and EVERGREY, designed the album's artwork.

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All That Remains To Film Sunday's Performance

All That Remains will be performing at The Second Annual Springfield Rock Fest this Sunday, May 22nd at the Hippodrome in Springfield, MA. Featuring 19 different local, regional and national metal and hardcore bands, All That Remains will be filmed in front of their hometown crowd for an upcoming live DVD release this fall. Following Sunday's show, the band will set out on the Sounds of the Underground tour, starting on June 25th in Lowell, MA.

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QOTSA Record Cover of 'Stone Cold Crazy'

Queens Of The Stone Age mainman Josh Homme has recorded a cover of Queens's 'Stone Cold Crazy' with Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider of QOTSA. This cover is expected to be included on an upcoming Queen tribute album, due out on Hollywood Records.

'Stone Cold Crazy' was previously covered by Metallica in the early 90's and included on an Electra Records collection.

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Sacred Reich To Release 3-Disc Set

Sacred Reich are to issue a three-disc set shortly through Metal Blade. This set will include the classic albums 'Ignorance' and 'Surf Nicaragua', plus a DVD of previously unseen footage.

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