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Metal News for May 2, 2009

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Velattore Finishing Debut Album, "Answers"

Valparaiso, Chile's metal scene has a new member, VELATTORE. The band is wrapping up their first LP, entitled "Answers." The album contains ten tracks recorded by Elías Martínez at Black Sun studios and mixed by Jorge "gato" Esteban at Miau studios (La Ley, Los Tres, Los Prisioneros).

You can get a preview of the new album on the band's MySpace page.

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The Embodiment Calls It Quits

Dutch metallers The Embodiment have issued the following statement about calling it a day:

"After almost 15 years of growing from nothing to what we are now, we decided yesterday that we are going to pull the plug on The Embodiment. Due to personal and musical changes, we are currently not able to continue with what we do. Maybe in the future we might meet again in some other possible way. Thanks to everyone who supported us in the past and now. We won't forget you."

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The New Black Announces Album Release Date

German band The New Black has issued the following update about the release date for their upcoming album:

"Dear Blackies and Blackettes!

"There's bunch of news this time, but let's announce the coolest one first: Our debut album "The New Black" will be released in the US on June 2nd! Canada will follow around that time, too. Can we get a 'Hell yeah!'?

"If the reactions over there are so full of sweet rock love as they were here... we can't wait! By the way: You can still download the single for free here or over at our friends at Gibson Guitars. And your buddies should know this, right?

"Probably equally cool is that we will play Germany's Serengeti Festival on June 27th - alongside Down and ... Anthrax!

"TNB loves Anthrax, baby! And who wouldn't? They wrote the book with songs like 'Among The Leimsen', 'Günt-Ho', 'Now It's Schwarz', 'Who Cares Weiss' and the always wonderful 'Didulfnikufesin'. If you listen closely to our album, you might even find... er, never mind, never mind. (Cough, cough.) That weekend will be a good one, and we're working on more festivals.

"Additional show news real quick:

"TNB were also confirmed for the Börsencrash Festival in Wuppertal, Germany on October 16th. Our show at Munich's Backstage on May 7th was postponed until July 3rd, when we will play with Tito & Tarantula."

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Video Interview With Tim "Ripper" Owens Available

Mulatschag TV has posted a video interview with Tim "Ripper" Owens (Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen) discussing his new solo album "Play My Game." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Rigor Mortis Guitarist To Undergo Neck Surgery

Texas death metallers Rigor Mortis have issued the following statement about guitarist Mike Scaccia undergoing emergency neck surgery:

"Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia will have emergency neck surgery this Monday morning at 6AM. Scaccia has been having problems with severe pains in his arms in recent years. It appeared it was always from medical conditions such as tendonitis from the many years of playing the intense and fast style of music that he plays. But a few days after his performance in Germany at “Keep It True 12” last weekend, Scaccia noticed his left arm went totally numb. So he went in to see his chiropractor, who noticed something seriously wrong in Scaccia’s neck. So he sent him for an immediate MRI. The results showed that Scaccia has a Cervical Herniated Disc in his lower neck and they told him that he could easily become paralyzed without immediate surgery.

"All of us in Rigor Mortis are hopeful that Mike will have a successful surgery and that he will be back playing his guitar very soon. The doctors have assured Mike that this surgery will make him a 10-times better guitar player. We will give an update sometime next week on how Mike is recovering. If you want to wish Mike luck with his surgery, he will be checking our Rigor Mortis Myspace page when he can. So feel free to leave him a message here."

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More Bands Confirmed For Summer Breeze Open Air

The Summer Breeze Open Air Festival 2009 will take place August 13 - 15 in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany. The latest bands to be confirmed for the festival are Evergreen Terrace, The Cumshots, and Excrementory Grindfuckers.

The other bands already confirmed for the festival include:

Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Backyard Babies, Battlelore, Before the Dawn, Beneath the Massacre, Brainstorm, Callejon, Cataract, Corvus Corux, Dagoba, Entombed, Epica, Equilibrium, Evocation, Firewind, Ghost Brigade, Grand Magus, Grave, Hate Eternal, The Haunted, Katatonia, Legion of the Damned, Misery Index, Narziss, One Way Mirror, Opeth, Powerwolf, Raunchy, Sacred Steel, Unhelig, Unsun, Vader, Volbeat, Vomitory, Vried, Waylander, Wintersun.

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Zao Streaming Entire New Album "Awake?" Online

Zao is currently streaming their entire upcoming album "Awake?" online at their MySpace page. The album will be released on May 5th through Ferret Music.

The "Awake?" Track Listing is as follows:

1. 1,000,000 Outstretched Arms Of Nothing
2. Entropica
3. The Eyes Behind The Throne
4. Human Cattle Masses Marching Forward
5. Romance Of The Southern Spirit
6. What Will You Find?
7. Awake?
8. Quiet Passenger Pt. 1
9. Reveal
10. Quiet Passenger Pt. 2/The World Caved In

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Sacrifice Streaming New Song Online

Canadian thrashers Sacrifice are currently streaming the new song "The Great Wall" online at their MySpace page. The track is from their upcoming album "Look for The Ones I Condemn," which does not have an official release date set yet but is slated for sometime in June.

The track listing for the album will be as follows:

1. We Will Prevail
2. The Ones I Condemn
3. Give Me Justice
4. The Great Wall
5. Tetragrammaton
6. Atrocity
7. Hiroshima
8. The Devil's Martyr
9. Ultimate Power Corrupts
10. Desolation Alive More...

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Forever It Shall Be Announces New Bassist

German melodic death metal band Forever It Shall Be has issued the following statement about a new bass player and a new album:

"It..s been quite some time since the last update, so here..s some news for you:

"I. We found a new bassplayer!! The name of this youngster is Alex Fiala and well, he fucking shreds! We are really looking forward to crush stages with him. Say "hello" to him :)

"II. New Album Claus is regenerating well, so we can start rehearsing with vocals in july. He will hit the studio to record vocals in september...after that the songs are being mixed & mastered, so we hopefully get the cd out in november/december. Sorry for the delay but sometimes things just get out of hand.

"We will be back on the stage by the end of august to present you new songs, a new shouter and a new bassplayer! Stay tuned!!"

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PaganFest New York Venue Changed

The upcoming PaganFest show in New York on Monday, May 4th has changed venues. The gig will be moved from The Irving Plaza to Blender Theatre at Gramercy. All tickets already purchased will be honored at new venue.

Paganfest America features Finnish headliners Korpiklaani, Ireland's Primordial, Finland's Moonsorrow, Canada's Blackguard and New Jersey pirate metallers Swashbuckle.

PaganFest American Part 2 tour dates are as follows: More...

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Hod Streaming "Harbinger of Death" Online

Texas metal band Hod is currently streaming the song "Harbinger of Death" online, which comes from their latest album "Serpent." The track can be heard here.

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Danzig Working On New Album

Danzig has issued the following update about working on new material:

"We can confirm that Simon Bisley has completed his final Illustration for the DANZIG Lyric Book. We have pictured it here & it is for the Danzig Song 'When Death Had No Name.' Will post an actual Release Date here once we have it.

"Meanwhile DANZIG has been in the Studio, hard at work, on the Next DANZIG Record. We know that both Johnny Kelly & Tommy Victor will be on most of theTracks.

"Although Johnny Kelly has been playing Live in DANZIG off & on since 2002, this will be the 1st time he has recorded with DANZIG. Tommy Victor, of course, played Guitars on 2004's Circle Of Snakes"

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