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Metal News for May 18, 2005

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Horror Show Call It Quits

Philadelphia's Horror Show have officially called it quits. During their existence, the group had released two 7" EPs with Deathwish Inc., but has been effectively inactive since their vocalist went to jail in late-2002. The band's final show will take place on May 29th at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. Doors open at 3:30pm and the show will also feature Guns Up!, Colin Of Arabia, and True If Destroyed.

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Stretch Arm Strong Reveal Tracklisting

Stretch Arm Strong are currently in the studio recording their first album for We Put Out Records. Titled "Free At Last," the album's track listing has been announced and is as follows:

To The End
Faces
Hearts on Fire
This Time
A Time For Peace
Landslide
When All Else Fails
The Sound of Names Dropping
Every Last Minute
The Hardest Part
(This May Be In Fact) As Good as it Gets

Look for the effort to hit stores on September 13th.

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Milwaukee's Robot Mosh Fest 3 Details Revealed

Details regarding Robot Mosh Fest 3 have been announced. The event will take place on Saturday, July 30th at the Old Orchard Inn in Milwaukee, WI. The show starts at 5pm and admission is $12. The following bands are slated to perform:

All Shall Perish
Amora Savant
Analog
Die Alone
Ion Dissonance
Nehemiah
Paria
Premonitions of War
Psyopus
Silo
Strong Intention
Swarm of the Lotus
Wings of Scarlet

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As Hope Dies Splits Up Again

California's As Hope Dies have announced that they'll be calling it quits again, this time for good. The group originally broke up during the summer of 2003, then reformed last summer. Their final show will take place on May 23rd at the Showcase Theatre in Corona, CA with Dead To Fall.

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NIN's Reznor Compares Split w/ Manager To Divorce

The Associated Press is reporting that NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor told a jury on Tuesday (May 17) that firing his longtime manager after the finances of his band deteriorated was "like a divorce."

Testifying on his 40th birthday in a civil case he brought against John Malm, the singer said he was left with little choice when he realized that the finances he had ignored for 15 years were in disarray.

"The last place I wanted to end up was sitting here right now," Reznor said from the witness stand in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. "This is like a divorce."

Under questioning by Malm's lawyer, Alan Hirth, Reznor admitted that he wrote a letter in the 1990s in which he said Malm would be his manager "until he chooses not to do so."

Reznor testified Monday that he had as little as $400,000 in cash in 2003 after hundreds of thousands a dollars annually were lost on unnecessary expenses.

Reznor also contends that Malm duped him into signing a contract that allowed the former manager to collect 20 percent of the singer's gross earnings rather than net earnings. He's seeking unspecified damages.

Hirth elicited through his questioning of Reznor that the singer was actively involved in many of the band's business dealings but sometimes chose not to read contracts and financial information before signing documents.

NINE INCH NAILS' latest single, "The Hand That Feeds", is No. 2 on Billboard's Top 20 list of modern rock tracks.

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Ozzy Describes Midget Abuse as "Spinal Tap" Moment

Guitar World magazine asked several rockers "What's your most 'Spinal Tap' moment?" Ozzy Osbourne remembered when he lost his patience with the midget Black Sabbath hired for a tour. "He showed up late, he drank....It got to me after awhile," Osbourne explained. "So, one night, when he wanted to get on the tour bus, I threw him in the luggage compartment. Somebody grabbed me and said: 'What you're doing is not only illegal but it's inhumane.' I lost it. I yelled: 'He's my [bleeping] midget and I'll [bleeping] do what I want with him.' There was a silence and then a small voice emerged from the luggage compartment: 'He's right: I'm his midget and he can do what he wants with me.'" Read what Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, and Pete Townshend of The Who had to say in the full article.

Read the full article at New York Daily.

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Hear Audioslave's 'Out of Exile' Album Online

Audioslave fans may now hear the band's new album, 'Out Of Exile', in its entirety at their Mypace site. 'Out of Exile' is the band's second effort and will be released on May 23.

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Rammstein Confirmed For Sweden's Metaltown Fest

Rammstein just confirmed their performance July 30th 2005 at Metaltown Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Other bands set to perform at the festival include Hammerfall, Dark Tranquillity, Apocalyptica, Nine and Beseech. Ticket sale starts May 18 2005. For more information, visit www.metaltown.se.

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SVT To Broadcast Iron Maiden Live In Gothenburg

Sweden’s National TV Broadcaster, SVT, have signed an agreement to film and broadcast Iron Maiden Live at their sold out show at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg on July 9th. This makes history as the first time any artist has had their show broadcast in full, nationwide in Sweden since Live Aid back in 1985. The show is also being broadcast by National TV broadcaster YLE in Finland.

SVT will be broadcasting the show live directly on SVT2 from the Ullevi Stadium while in Finland, YLE, will be broadcasting with a one hour delay.

The Ullevi Stadium show promises to be the showcase of the bands upcoming European Tour as the Stadium will be rammed with 55,000 Maiden fans who were lucky enough to get tickets in the rush that saw the show completely sell out within two and a half hours of going on sale last November following 75,000 ticket applications!! After Bruce Springsteen this is the second fastest sellout of a stadium show in Sweden ever. Similar reactions have happened in both Norway with 17000 tickets and Finland with 22000 tickets, both selling out in incredibly quick time.

Says Steve Harris,'We've always enjoyed massive support from our Swedish fans and in many ways it's like a home match for us in the welcome we always receive . The band always love playing there and we are looking to put on a spectacular show for everyone there and all the fans who will be watching at home. It's a fantastic way to finish the European tour thanks to SVT and we're working with them to make sure this will be a great moment of TV history for both of us.'

Iron Maiden will be performing songs almost exclusively from their legendary first four albums which saw them become one of Rock and Metals biggest Icons, a position they have maintained consistently for 25 years

Manager Rod Smallwood explains, 'This European Tour will be the biggest we have ever done in terms of the number of fans we will play to so we want to make it very special. Following the theme of the very successful 'Early Days' DVD we are taking these first four albums and tours as the theme for the set list and for the Production of the show, which will be featuring some of the ideas incorporated in the early days of the band, particularly on The Beast on the Road Tour and the World Piece Tour. This is going to be huge and a unique treat for our fans... and anyone else!!!”

The broadcast will go out on SVT2 and is scheduled to start at 9.15pm. The show is to be broadcast in regular stereo but also in 5.1 Surround Sound allowing fans at home who can decode the signal to be able to feel as though they are right there in the stadium.

For more local information regarding the show go to www.svt.se and www.yle.fi.

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Metal Blade Records Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Metal Blade Records Europe are celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year. To celebrate this birthday, they have organized an event, called "METAL BLADE RRROOOAAARRR", with a few bands playing and lots of extras.

The METAL BLADE RRROOOAAARRR will be held on the 2nd of October, 2005 in the LKA (Longhorn) in Stuttgart. A nice day for a big party as the 3rd of October is a National holiday in Germany!

Bands set to perform:
- Amon Amarth
- Brainstorm
- Primordial
- Cataract
- opening act TBA

Every visitor will get a free CD. There will be special event merchandise for fair prices available at the venue. In between the bands there will be presentations and lotteries – lots of goodies will be raffled among the visitors.

Tickets for the RRROOOAAARRR are only available via www.metalblade.de – each ordered ticket will be accompanied by a free poster. Tickets are only 20,00 Euros. Go to www.metalblade.de and click on the banner for further details!

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Kataklysm Cancel Edinburgh Show, Add Glasgow Show

Canadian death metallers Kataklysm has posted the following message on their official website:

Just a quick update for our fans in Scotland...
Please note that this summer's show in Edinburgh has been cancelled. However we are pleased to announce that it will now be in GLASGOW on the 4th of July! Venue details coming soon...

In other Kataklysm news, the band has secured a new endorsement deal with DR strings. They will sponsor both J-F and Stephane.

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Candlemass Crack Swedish Top Ten

Candlesmass' brand-new self-titled album has entered the Swedish national album chart at position No. 7. The CD also came in at No. 5 on the Sweden chart (featuring only Swedish artists) and at No. 1 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart.

In Germany, "Candlemass" reached #96 – the first time, the band ever entered the Top 100 there. Quite impressive for a doom band, huh?

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Rage Frontman Leaves Hospital

Rage frontman Peter "Peavey" Wagner has posted an update on his condition after he was hit by a car on last week while he was riding his bicycle. The driver of the car reportedly didn't give Peavy right of way, resulting in injuries to Peavy's arm. Commented Peavy:

I'm back home now. They wanted to keep me longer in hospital, but I left on my own responsibility. The pain is OK now, and I had enough of just lying there.

I can only type with my left hand and it hurts a bit. My right elbow was fractured in my bike crash, and in a two-hour operation the doctors managed to fix all the bone parts. It was a bit complicated, and I have now more metal inside!! A few screws and stuff...

My left arm is also injured, but I can use it a bit. I have to keep the broken arm in this big heavy splint for the next 6-8 weeks, I have rehabilitation and physiotherapeutics to get it back to moving. I hope I'll be fine again by July. We try to do the show in Italy on 4th of June, maybe I can play some rudimentary bass. Besides this I can only stay home now and rest to get better.

I thank you all for your good wishes, this gives me a lot of energy I can use now!

I'll be all right and play for you again!!

Rage follow-up to 2003's "Soundchaser" is expected in early 2006.

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Fragments Of Unbecoming Update

Fragments of Unbecoming just finished the seventh song for our upcoming studio full length album, tentatively named "Sterling Black Icon," last week. Here are some of the confirmed song titles:

- Scythe Of Scarecrow
- Breathe In The Black To See
- Of The Darkest Dye
- Sterling Black Icon
- Stand The Tempest
- Live For The Moment - Stay ´Til The End

The band plans to enter the studio in late summer. Release date will hopefully be late 2005/early 2006. More info about the recording studio and the release date will follow as soon as possible.

Fragments of Unbecoming are still looking for the exclusive longtime frontman/vocalist who lives in Germany.

Sylphony Creations, Fragment of Unbecoming's small underground label, recently released two precious albums these days: the official debut full length album of the German "Morbid Melodic Death Metal" act Symbiontic entitled "Vaya" and the Re-Release version of the debut MCD of the German 4-piece death metal act Deadborn entitled "Decades Of Decapitation".
A brandnew Sylphony Creations homepage will be online very soon. So far, you can download track samples of both bands on their homepages:
Symbiontic: www.symbiontic.de
Deadborn: www.deadborn.de

Orders, interest in reviewing or interviewing the bands can be directed to label@sylphonycreations.com or sascha@fragmentsofunbecoming.com.

In other news, Fragments of Unbecoming, Symbiotic and Deadborn are featured with one track on the upcoming Joining Forces Three the Hard Way - Undergound Death-/Thrash-/Metalcore Sampler. For more info, visit www.joining-forces.de.vu.

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