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Metal News for May 2, 2007

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24 news articles posted on this day.

Scelerata Signs To MTM Music

MTM Music has announced the signing of Brasilian Melodic Metal band SCELERATA. SCELERATA is a young and talented band from Brasil, now stepping into the scene with a very technical and powerful melodic metal debut album. Formed in 2003, they had no great interest in doing cover songs but immediately began writing their own songs. Heavy and also a bit progressive in style they wrote powerful metal tracks and began to elaborate them to sophisticated songs with high energy and beats that keep pushing forward.

Influenced by metal heroes like Helloween, Iron Maiden and Dream Theater, SCELERATA's songs represent the new era of modern and melodic but at the same time classic heavy metal music. Ambitious guitar work, fast and aggressive double bass parts and pretentious melodies supported by Carl Casagrandes brilliant voice.

Also live Scelerata already gained some respect while standing on same stages with giants like DEEP PURPLE and ANGRA. One of their biggest supporters Edu Falaschi, singer of ANGRA, is featured on Scelerata´s debut "Darkness And Light", singing the song "Spell Of Time" of that album.
Recorded in Brasil last year and mastered by Dennis Ward at House of Audio Studios, Germany, MTM MUSIC now releases this brilliant debut worldwide.

The tracklisting for "Darkness And Light" is as follows:
01. Land of the Sins
02. Holy Fire
03. Eminence
04. The Spell of Time
05. Ethereal Places
06. Endless
07. Darkness & Light
08. Spirits Looking For...
09. Wings to Fly
10. Adonai (Sacred Melodies)
11. Video Bonustrack "Eminence" + Making Of

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Dimmu Borgir Charts With "In Sorte Diaboli"

In Sorte Diaboli, DIMMU BORGIR's eighth studio album which was released last week on April 24th, has sold over 14,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan, securing the #2 slot on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and #43 slot on the Top 200 Albums chart, marking the highest charting album debut in Nuclear Blast USA's history.

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz checks in from Chicago on the band's current tour with Unearth, Devildriver, and Kataklysm to comment on this momentous achievement for Norwegian black metal:

"It seems like people haven't forgotten about us after all, so thank you! Hope to see you all on tour... and carry on buying the new record!"

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Veil Of Maya, An End To Flesh Tour Dates

Veil of Maya and An End To Flesh will be heading out together in May for a string of dates. If you can help with any of the TBA dates, you can email loftbooking@aol.com. Here is the schedule:

5/18 Niles, MI @ Skunk's Nest
5/19 Jackson, MI @ The Pitt
5/20 Dayton, OH @ The Waterfront
5/21 Wheeling, WV @ TBA
5/22 Jackson, VA @ TBA
5/23 Fredricksburg, VA @ TBA
5/24 Thomasville, NC @ The Soundvent
5/25 Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
5/26 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
5/27 Tupelo, MS @ TBA
5/28 Memphis, TN @ TBA
5/30 Herrin, IL @ Hitts Cafe
5/31 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
6/1 Lake Villa, IL @ Lake Villa VFW w/ Dead To Fall (no AETF)
6/2 Aledo, IL @ Futon Fest

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Helix Ink Deal With Sanctuary Records

Canuck rock legends HELIX have inked a new deal with Sanctuary Records. As previously reported, Helix' new CD, which will be released in July/August, will be called The Power Of Rock n’ Roll. It will be a combination of their recent Get Up! EP plus four brand new tracks: 'Fill Your Head With Rock', 'Nickels & Dimes', 'Livin’ Life Large' and 'Eat My Dust'.

As well as taking on the new CD, Sanctuary is also licensing seven CDs in their back catalogue: Breaking Loose, White Lace & Black Leather, B-Sides, Half-alive, Back for Another Taste, Rockin’ In My Outer Space, and Live! In Buffalo.

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Raintime Ink Deal With Bieler Bros. Records

Bieler Bros. Records reports:

"Bieler Bros. Records is proud to announce the signing of Italian progressive-metal band RAINTIME."

"Formed in 1999, Raintime consists of members Claudio Coassin (vocals), Michael Martina (guitar), Matteo Di Bon (guitar), Andrea Corona (keyboard) and is rounded out by the powerful rhythm section of Michele Colussi (bass) and Enrico Fabris (drums). Crafting their sound from a collection of different influences, Raintime are sure to please fans of IN FLAMES, CHILDREN OF BODOM, IRON MAIDEN and many others."

"The band is currently in Maniago, Italy putting the finishing touches on their upcoming release Flies And Lies. The album will be released through Bieler Bros. on August 7th." More...

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Job For A Cowboy Post New Songs Online

You can check out a media player featuring two new songs from Arizona-based deathcore act JOB FOR A COWBOY online here. The tracks come off the band’s upcoming new album, Genesis, which will be released on May 15 through Metal Blade Records.

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Alabama Thunderpussy Post Whitesnake Cover

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY have posted their cover of the WHITESNAKE classic, “In the Still of the Night,” exclusively via their MySpace page.

ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY fans who caught the band on their recent tour, probably witnessed ATP perfectly execute this rock standard in the live setting. This cover song is also featured as the bonus track on the Japanese pressing of ATP’s incredible new album, Open Fire.

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Caught In A Trap Line Up East Coast Dates

Queens, New York hardcore outfit CAUGHT IN A TRAP has lined up a number of gigs as it prepares for the release of its debut album, "Rats Get Fat". Show dates include separate bills with New York hardcore legends MADBALL, SUBZERO and MURPHY'S LAW.

CAUGHT IN A TRAP tour dates:

May 04 - Staten Island, NY - Dock Street (w/ MADBALL, SUBZERO, REASON ENOUGH)
May 10 - Brooklyn, NY - The Wreckroom
May 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Club Europa
May 18 - Boundbrook, NJ - The Rail (w/ MURPHY'S LAW)
Jun. 10 - New York, NY - The Pyramid
Jun. 16 - College Point, NY - TBA More...

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Slayer and Marilyn Manson Announce Tour Dates

SLAYER and MARILYN MANSON have announced that they will co-headline a North American major-market summer tour beginning on July 25 on the East Coast. Plans are for the tour to play some twenty-five cities and wrap up early September on the West Coast. So far the following dates have been leaked:

Aug. 05 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 31 - Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena

Plans are for the tour to play some twenty-five cities and wrap up early September on the West Coast. A full, confirmed schedule will be announced shortly.

MANSON and SLAYER will each play full sets, and two support bands, yet to be determined, will open all shows.

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Evile Begins Pre-Production For Debut Album

Fast-rising Yorkshire thrashers EVILE began the process of recording their debut album with producer Flemming Rasmussen at their Huddersfield rehearsal space over the past weekend. Under the watchful guidance of the famed METALLICA producer, the final 10 songs selected for the debut were intensively discussed, arranged and rehearsed. Some brand new tracks were aired, namely "Man against Machine" and "Burned Alive" among others. The full track listing will be announced shortly.

Guitarist Ol Drake had this to say about working with the great producer: "It was an amazing experience to meet such an important guy who played a huge part in the history and evolution of metal. Not only is he an awesome and down-to-earth guy, he really fucking knows what he's talking about. We all already have a great feeling about how the debut's going to turn out with his input alone!" More...

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Cristina Scabbia On Hottest Chicks In Metal Tour

The LACUNA COIL MySpace page has been updated with a video in which singer Cristina Scabbia discusses the band's forthcoming "The Hottest Chicks in Metal" U.S. tour. In the three-minute video Cristina talks about how the tour came together, the other bands on the bill (WITHIN TEMPTATION and THE GATHERING), and LACUNA COIL's setlist for their first U.S. headlining tour in support of "Karmacode". You can view the video at this location.

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Fear Before The March Of Flames, Hot Cross Tour

Fear Before The March Of Flames, Hot Cross, 65 Days of Static and This Will Destroy You are heading out together for a full US tour this summer. Here are the tour dates:

7/18 Allston, MA @ ICC Performance Hall
7/19 Washington, DC @ The Rock & Roll Hotel
7/20 Brooklyn, NY @ Europa Club
7/21 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
7/22 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
7/23 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/24 Orlando, FL @ The Social
7/26 Houston, TX @ Meridian Red Room
7/27 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
7/28 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
7/29 Dallas, TX @ The Door
7/31 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse Music Venue
8/1 West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
8/2 San Diego, CA @ Soma
8/4 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
8/5 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
8/6 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
8/7 Boise, ID @ The Venue
8/8 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater

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Thirteen More Bands Added To Download Festival

Thirteen more bands have now been announced for the UK's Download Festival. The Download 2007 line-up is now as follows:

Friday 8 June

Main Stage:
My Chemical Romance
Velvet Revolver
Zico Chain

2nd Stage:
Enter Shikari
Porcupine Tree
From Autumn To Ashes
Ill Nino

3rd Stage:
Suicidal Tendencies
Hayseed Dixie
Job For A Cowboy
The Hedrons
The Higher
I Was A Cub Scout
This Et Al
Drive By Argument

Saturday 9 June

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Megadeth To Do Signing Session Before CT H&H Show

Megadeth will be meeting their fans and signing copies of their latest CD, United Abominations, on May 15th at the Spin Street Stage located in the Shops at Mohegan Sun Concourse. Event begins at 4:30 PM before the sold-out Heaven & Hell show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Please note that due to the short time frame of the event and the huge numbers of fans expected, the band will only be signing copies of their new CD.
For more details, contact Spin Street at 860-862-7664.

Mohegan Sun Hotel Casino & Entertainment
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
Uncasville, CT 06382

Spin Street

Retail Shops @ Mohegan Sun

Space C-118

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.

Uncasville, CT 06382

Phone: 860-862-7664

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Sanctity Announce New Album Listening Party

An exclusive listening party for SANCTITY's new album, Road To Bloodshed, will take place on May 3rd at Cafe Chaos in Montreal, Quebec. The event will be hosted by DJ Neo and will begin at 9:00pm. Fans should note that the band WILL NOT be in attendance, as they are currently on tour in Europe with TRIVIUM and ANNIHILATOR. For more information go to this location or call 514-844-1301.

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New Fightstar US Tour Dates

Fightstar will join Funeral for a Friend, Emanuel and Alexisonfire for a North American tour in June. Tour dates are as follows:

June 12th in New York City, NY @ The Knitting Factory
June 15th in St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
June 16th in Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
June 18th in Milvale, PA @ Mr.Smalls
June 19th in Boise, ID @ The Venue
June 20th in Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
June 21st in Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
June 22nd in Orangeville, CA @ The Boardwalk
June 24th in San Diego, CA @ Soma
June 26th in West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour

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Courtney Love To Sell Kurt Cobain's Belongings

Courtney Love told AOL Music that she plans to sell most of Kurt Cobain's belongings.

"My daughter doesn't need to inherit a giant ... bag full of flannel ... shirts," says Love, former frontwoman of the rock band Hole. "A sweater, a guitar and the lyrics to `(Smells Like) Teen Spirit' ? that's what my daughter gets. And the rest of it we'll just ... sell." "Everyone's been positive and behind me on it," she says. "We'll make a lot of money and give a bunch of it to charity." "I still wear his pajamas to bed. How am I ever going to go form another relationship in my lifetime wearing Kurt's pajamas?"

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Sonic Syndicate Post 'Denied' Video Online

SONIC SYNDICATE's video for the song "Denied" has been posted at YouTube. The clip was directed by Patric Ullaeus from the Revolver Film Company AB (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL). The track comes off the Swedish metallers' forthcoming album "Only Inhuman", due on May 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Black Lounge Studios in Avesta, Sweden with producer Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY guitarist). The track listing is as follows:

01. Aftermath
02. Blue Eyed Fiend
03. Psychic Suicide
04. Double Agent
05. Enclave
06. Denied
07. Callous
08. Only Inhuman
09. All About Us
10. Unkown Entity
11. Flashback

Check out the cover artwork at this location. More...

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Ozzy Reflects On Drug Use And Creativity

Launch Radio Networks reports: OZZY OSBOURNE will release his first album of all-new material in six years, titled "Black Rain", on May 22. When asked why there's been such a gap between studio projects, Osbourne told Launch that it took him a long time to realize he could write and record music while being completely clean and sober. "I used to get so frustrated with myself," he said. "I mean, I thought that you had to get loaded to make songs. I just thought drugs and alcohol are probably the major inspiration of making music, which I truly believed that because I'd never made a record without using it. And I thought it was that was making me creative."

"Black Rain" is Osbourne's first solo effort since 2001's "Down To Earth". The first single, called "I Don't Wanna Stop", arrived at radio two weeks ago.

Ozzy recorded "Black Rain" with the band that backed him on the 2006 Ozzfest tour, consisting of guitarist Zakk Wylde, drummer Mike Bordin and ex-ROB ZOMBIE bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson.

Ozzy will headline this summer's "free" Ozzfest, beginning on July 12 in Seattle.

Fans who purchase specially marked copies of "Black Rain" will have a first shot at scoring Ozzfest tickets. The CD's initial pressing will contain a code that allows the user to obtain two tickets through a special web site on June 8, four days before tickets become available to the general public.

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Phobia Post New Song Online

You can check out a new song from PHOBIA entitled “Bleed To The End,” off their upcoming split with TOXIC NARCOTIC, over at their official MySpace page.

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Spinal Tap Reunites To Save The Planet

Legendary fake rockers Spinal Tap will reunite for a performance in London this summer as part of a slate of Live Earth benefit concerts scheduled worldwide for July 7.

All three of the band's original members--actors Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer--will be on hand for the concert, which will also feature the likes of Madonna, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and another reunited blockbuster act, Genesis.

The trio will resurrect the roles they made famous in the 1984 mock-rockumentary, "This is Spinal Tap," to help the fight against global warming. Rob Reiner, who both directed the original film and portrayed documentary maker Marty DeBergi in the movie, will attend the event, according to press reports.

"They're not that environmentally conscious, but they've heard of global warming," Reiner told the Associated Press. "Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing--that if he just took his jacket off it would be cooler."

Reiner told the press agency that the band's performance would be preceded by a short film (directed by Reiner) that explains what the group has been up to in recent years. Nigel (Guest) has been raising miniature horses to race, but can't find jockeys small enough to ride them; David (McKean) is now a hip-hop producer who also runs a colonic clinic; and Derek (Shearer) is in rehab for addiction to the Internet.

The 15-minute film will also be shown at the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Wednesday (4/25). The opening gala will be hosted by Al Gore.

The Live Earth concerts will take place on seven continents on the same day, with profits going to environmental organizations including the Alliance for Climate Protection, the Climate Group and Stop Climate Chaos.

Besides the London show, which will take place in Wembley Stadium, Live Earth concerts are also planned for New Jersey, Sydney, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Shanghai. The lineups for each of the locations can be found at the event's website.

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Ministry's New Album Due In June

MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen has issued the following update:

"Half way done [with the new MINISTRY album, 'The Last Sucker']! Burton Bell [FEAR FACTORY] comes back to Hell Paso may 1st to finish up his vox on two trax he's on – 'End of Days Part I' and 'End of Days Part II'.

"Just got done with the title track — mixed and out the door ('The Last Sucker'). Bixby, my engineer, thinks it sounds like a biker anthem, except he's never ridden a motorcycle in his life.

"Angie [Al's wife] told me y'all seem to like 'Rio Grande Dub' and that's cool coz I think Clayton and JB did some kickass remixes on these songs. Can't wait for you to hear the rest of them. 'Great Satan' and 'Palestina' are my two favorite remixes.

"I should be done with the record by first week in June. Tommy Victor will come to 13th Planet Studios to mix the new PRONG album, so maybe it will be time for me, Tommy, Sin and Raven to set up one of those live chats we know and love so much....

"Meanwhile back to work for me."

The song "Rio Grande Blood (Rio Grande Dubya Mix)", taken from MINISTRY's upcoming album of remixes, "Rio Grande Dub", has been made available for streaming at this location.

13th Planet Records will release MINISTRY's "Rio Grande Dub" in June. The album will feature remixes by Clayton Worbeck (REVOLTING COCKS, STAYTE) and John Bechdel (FEAR FACTORY, PRONG, MINISTRY, FALSE ICONS). Artwork for the CD was created by Lawton Outlaw.

As previously reported, FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell Tentatively due in September, "The Last Sucker" will be MINISTRY's final album, and like its two predecessors — 2004's "Houses of the Mole" and last year's "Rio Grande Blood" — it will be politically minded blast at the administration of President George W. Bush.

"It's a trilogy," Jourgensen told Billboard.com in May 2006. "The next one's going to be called 'The Last Sucker', and it's also about this corrupt administration. That seems to be my muse; everyone seems to think I write real shitty music when a Democrat's in office. So we'll do that one, and then me and George Bush go riding off hand-in-hand, into the sunset."

Regarding his decision to put MINISTRY to rest, Jourgensen said, "I've got other things to do. I just started a label (13th Planet Records), and I want to sign some bands and really build it up like I did with WaxTrax in the '80s, not just a vanity label. I think it's time — and I'll be leaving on the top of my game instead of hanging on too long and doing crappy AEROSMITH and ROLLING STONES albums 30 years later."

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Avenger Of Blood Signs To Heavy Artillery

Heavy Artillery are proud to announce the signing of Las Vegas metal merchants Avenger of Blood. Avenger of Blood have been busy making their mark on the metal underground since 2003 with relentless local and regional gigging as well as multiple appearances at Minneapolis Mayhem festival, Northwest Deathfest and a full U.S. tour with Godless Rising (ex-Vital Remains). While their scathing brand of thrash metal is often compared to such legendary bands as Kreator, Sodom, and Destruction at their finest; Avenger of Blood bring a sound that is unmistakably their own. Look for the release of Avenger of Blood’s Heavy Artillery debut album “The Death Brigade,” scheduled for release in September 2007 and featuring cover artwork by Joe “Motorhead” Petagno.

Avenger of Blood will also be showcased with three exclusive tracks on the much anticipated Speed Kills…Again! compilation from Heavy Artillery, scheduled for release on July 3rd. Eager to take their violent aural assault to the masses, Avenger of Blood will be supporting label mates Merciless Death during much of their “Evil Curse 2007” U.S. tour during August and September. Dates forthcoming.

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Papa Roach Drummer Checks Into Rehab

Launch Radio Networks reports: PAPA ROACH drummer Dave Buckner is not on the road with the band at the moment due to what a press release called "personal matters," and singer Jacoby Shaddix checked in to give Launch the straight story. "Dave, he went to rehab and went to go clean his act up 'cause he was out of his f***ing mind," Shaddix explained. "We were kind of tripping for a minute, but we were like, 'You know what? The best thing is for our friend to just get healthy, you know, get right.'My boy D-Boy's just gotta do a little soul-searching, you know? 'Cause I've been through that same s*** myself, and I've been down that road and that whole nine and it's like, you know, I know how miserable you could get."

Until Buckner returns in June, PAPA ROACH has recruited UNWRITTEN LAW drummer Tony Palermo to fill in. Shaddix told Launch how it felt to have someone different behind the kit. "It was really kind of like scary, 'cause I mean, you know, drummer, it's like every drummer's a little bit different, you know," he said. "But this guy came in and just, he's been ripping it every night. So it's been kind of interesting, it's been different, but it's been really fun."

PAPA ROACH is on the Door to Dorm Tour with HINDER and plays Tuesday night (May 1) at the University of South Carolina in Aiken.

Shaddix also said that following a trip to Europe in June, PAPA ROACH will go out with HINDER and BUCKCHERRY on a two-month U.S. tour beginning in July.

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