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Metal News for May 20, 2009

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27 news articles posted on this day.


Skumlove Talks Music, Porn, And More

L.A. industrial band Skumlove is currently recording their new album "Church of the New Perversion" and has premiered a song from the album titled "Anti-American Idol" at the Metalunderground MySpace page. The group has also recently embarked on a U.S. tour alongside Static-X and Seventh Void. After the
Great Falls stop of the tour front man Skum and bassist DB spoke with me about the new album and their touring plans. More...

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God Dethroned To Play "Historical" Show

God Dethroned have released the following statement regarding an upcoming show to be played in Sarajevo:

"It's June 28th, 1914. Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary and his wife visit Sarajevo, capital of the Austro-Hungarian province Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A member of The Black Hand assassinates them there when visiting a hospital. This action led to a chain of events triggering World War I.

Exactly 95 years later, GOD DETHRONED will play Sarajevo promoting their album 'Passiondale' (based on World War I). Leading the concept further beyond the story on the album.

A whole tour on the Balkans is based around it, being the start of a massive World tour in 2009."

Storming the Balkans Tour 2009:

+ Fleshgod Apocalypse
+ Sacramental Blood
June 25 - Inmusic Festival - Zagreb - Croatia
June 26 - Channel Zero - Lubljana - Slovenia
June 27 - SKC - Belgrade - Serbia
June 28 - Kino Bosna - Sarajevo - Bosnia Herzegovina
June 29 - Blue Box - Sofia - Bulgaria
June 30 - 8 Ball Club - Thessaloniki - Greece
July 1 - Havana - Skopje - Macedonia
July 3 - Fabrica Club - Bucharest - Romania
July 4 - Uj Vigado - Debrecen - Hungary
July 5 - Blue Monday Club - Oradea - Romania

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Goatwhore Release Track Off New Album

American Black metallers GOATWHORE have just released the first single from their upcoming new album "Carving Out The Eyes Of God". The track, "Apocalyptic Havoc", is the first song from the album and sets the tone for the entire sequence of 10 punk-flavored songs. The songs can be streamed online on the band's Myspace.

GOATWHORE headed back to St. Petersburg, FL to record with producer Erik Rutan at Manna Studios with mastering being handled by Alan Douches of West West Side.

Carving Out the Eyes of God' will be available in Europe on June 19th / June 22nd and in the US on June 23rd. More...

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Metal Blade Records Sign Richard Christy's Project

Metal Blade Records announced the signing of CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED today, and issue the following statement on their website:

"Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Richard Christy's new project, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED! This newly formed outfit features some of the most talented musicians in metal. Their collective experience is colossal and their musical pedigrees speak louder than any verbal or written praise.

Founder Richard Christy comments: "To be a part of the Metal Blade family is such an honor. I've been a fan of the label since I was an eleven year old kid ordering Metal Massacre cassettes through the mail. It's so amazing to be label mates with some of my all time favorite metal bands like AMON AMARTH, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, CANNIBAL CORPSE and LIZZY BORDEN, just to name a few! Brian Slagel is a true metal legend and I'm honored to be a part of his label. I'm beyond excited to get back into the studio and make some crushing Heavy Metal with my friends!"

Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel adds: "We are very happy to welcome Richard Christy and his band Charred Walls of the Damned to the Metal Blade Family. In addition to his duties on the Howard Stern show, Richard has had a great career in metal. He has put together a really great new band with some of metal's most talented artists and we can't wait to have everyone hear it."

In the Spring of 2009, Richard Christy, former drummer for Death and Iced Earth, finished writing the music for a new project. The music for album began to take shape roughly two years ago, after several years of Richard being on a musical hiatus. And though Richard is mostly known for his drumming prowess, he has also actively played guitar since 1992. The project would come to be named CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED.

Upon completing the music for the album in 2009, Richard began to put together his dream band of musicians whom he considers to be some of the best in the world. Included in this musical collective is famed producer Jason Suecof. Suecof has produced and/or mixed some of the most prominent albums from metal's leading bands, including: Trivium, All That Remains, Bury Your Dead, August Burns Red, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, Daath, Chimaira, DevilDriver, God Forbid and many, many more. Richard and Jason have been friends for over ten years and wrote music together for years while Richard resided in Florida. On vocals for Charred Walls of the Damned will be none other than legendary metal vocalist, Tim "Ripper" Owens. Richard and Tim played together in Iced Earth from 2003 to 2004. Tim "Ripper" Owens' first and most well known gig was with metal legends, Judas Priest. He currently performs with Beyond Fear and Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force. On bass guitar for CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED will be one of metal's most heralded bassists, Steve Digiorgio. Richard and Steve played together in the bands Control Denied and Iced Earth. DiGiorgio has also performed with Death, Autopsy, Control Denied, Testament, Vintersorg, Iced Earth, and is a founding member of technical thrash pioneers, Sadus. He is widely renowned for his technical skills, and is one of the very few bass players in the metal scene who plays fretless bass.

Look for a full length album by CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED this fall, produced by Jason Suecof himself at his Orlando, FL based studio, Audiohammer Studios. More details, a myspace page, and music will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

Richard Christy - Drums
Jason Suecof - Guitar, Producer
Tim "Ripper" Owens - Vocals
Steve Digiorgio - Bass"

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Heavy Artillery Sign Sign Of The Jackal

The Heavy Artillery Records Myspace page issue the following statement today:

"Continuing to make their mark be known on the world of metal HEAVY ARTILLERY is pleased to announce the signing of Italy’s SIGN OF THE JACKAL. Fans of Enforcer, Cauldron, Ignitor, RAM, Gates of Slumber, Wolf and traditional heavy metal take note; when SIGN OF THE JACKAL come to fight for rock no prisoners will be taken!

Born in the frigid winter of 2007 in the Rovereto, Italy four friends were brought together by a mutual passion for classic heavy metal and horror movies. These four friends sought to create a band that paid homage to such 80’s metal legends as Warlock, Black Knight, Taist of Iron, Black Lace, Judas Priest and Lizzy Borden-that band became SIGN OF THE JACKAL. The core of the band was formed with Bob on rhythm/lead guitar, Sergio Mate on drums, Kill on bass and lead vocalist and front woman Laura on vocals. The bulk of gigs in their first year found SIGN OF THE JACKAL covering their favorite classic metal songs, opting to avoid the hits and instead keep things interesting with a set list full of rare b-sides and obscure album tracks. However, the band desired to write their own songs and have a fuller sound so in April 2008 rhythm guitarist Max was added to complete the line-up. With the line up complete, SIGN OF THE JACKAL quickly found their own sound, meshing together classic metal and horror influences to create a buzz for themselves amongst European underground metal fans. By Winter 2008 SIGN OF THE JACKAL’s debut two track demo, the aptly-named Haunted House Tapes, found its way across the Atlantic for American underground metal fans and ultimately to HEAVY ARTILLERY who proudly welcomes them to their roster of exclusive artists."

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Engineer Announces U.S. Tour Dates

ENGINEER has announced the following tour dates as part of their 2009 U.S. tour with Tides:

7/11 Rochester, NY @ tba
7/12 Morgantown, WV @ tba
7/13 Kent, OH @ tba
7/14 Ann Arbor, MI @ tba
7/15 Chicago, IL @ tba
7/16 Indiana @ tba
7/17 Kentucky @ tba
7/18 Tennessee @ tba
7/19 Charlotte, North Carolina @ tba
7/20 Richmond, VA @ tba
7/21 Washington, DC @ The Velvet Lounge
7/22 Baltimore, MD @ tba
7/23 New Jersey @ tba
7/24 Conneticut @ tba
7/25 Providence, RI @ tba
7/26 Boston, MA @ tba

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Judas Priest Announces Further Tour Dates

Heavy metal gods Judas Priest has announced some more shows for their upcoming tour of North America. The band will be giving fans a special treat this year as they perform their classic "British Steel" album in its entirety. Joining them on the tour will be Whitesnake along with Pop Evil on selected shows.

The tour schedule is now as follows:

29 - Murat Centre - Indianapolis, IN *

July 1 - The Family Arena - St. Charles, MO *
July 2 - Summerfest, Harley Davidson Stage - Milwaukee, WI *
July 3 - Taste Of Minnesota at Harriet Island - St. Paul, MN
July 5 - Chevrolet Theatre - Wallingford, CT (New Date)
July 7 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
July 8 - CMAC - Canandaigua, NY
July 9 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
July 11 - PNC Banks Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
July 12 - Nikon At Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
July 14 - Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre - Cleveland, OH *
July 15 - DTE Eneryg Music Theater - Clarkston, MI
July 17 - Moondance Jam 18 - Walker, MN *
July 18 - Rockfest/Chippewa Valley Music - Cadott, WI
July 19 - Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL
July 21 - PNC Pavilion (Riverbend Music) - Cincinnati, OH
July 22 - Nashville Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, TN
July 24 - Verizon Wireless Theatre - Houston, TX
July 25 - Freeman Coliseum - San Antonio, TX
July 26 - Concrete Street Amphitheatre - Corpus Christi, TX
July 29 - California Mid-State Fair - Paso Robles, CA *
July 31 - Sleep Train Pavilion - Concord, CA
August 1 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Marysville, CA
August 2 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Universal City, CA
August 4 - SDSU OPen Air Theatre - San Diego, CA
August 5 - Pacific Amphitheatre - Oc Fair - Costa Mesa, CA
August 7 - Dodge Theater - Phoenix, AZ
August 8 - Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV
August 10 Sandia casino - Albuquerque, NM
August 11 - Red Rock Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
August 13 - Nokia Live Theater - Grand Prairie, TX
August 15 - St Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Augustine, FL
August 16 - St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, FL
August 17 - Seminole Hard Rock Arena - Hollywood, FL *
August 19 - Germain Arena - Estero, FL *
August 20 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park - Alpharetta, GA
August 22 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD
August 23 - Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion - Gilford, NH (New Date)

(* no Pop Evil)

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Slayer Fans Petition President Barack Obama

The National Day Of SLAYER has apparently made an appeal to the Obama White House to acknowledge “the world's first metal holiday” in a public proclamation on June 6th.

In a press release, the organization emphasizes the significance of heavy metal as a cultural movement and “hopes that President Obama will privately listen to Slayer on June 6th like so many of his constituents”.

The IDoS Task Force has also drafted a hilarious resolution for Obama to employ in his acknowledgment of the Slayer-themed celebration and reportedly mailed a copy of Slayer's Reign In Blood to the White House to help expedite the process.

In the meantime, Slayer frontman Tom Araya made an appearance in an exclusive video posted today on the International Day Of Slayer homepage. He genially endorses the site's efforts on behalf of the band and gives a brief recap of their studio and touring agenda for the summer.

Read the full article at NationalDayOfSlayer.org.

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Vader Completes New Album "Necropolis"

Polish death metal legends Vader has revealed that they have completed work on their new studio album, "Necropolis." A message from frontman Peter Wiwczarek reads: "Monday, May 18th is the day, when the new album Necropolis was finished!!! The last act of the process was a flight to Aarhus in Denmark and my visit at AntFarm Studio. During next two days me and Tue were working on the character of new record and some details in the mix. Next days are Tue Madsen's solitary work in silence of His studio. The result is tremendous!!! New songs sound powerful and still mysterious. The cover art (created by Jacek Wisniewski) being so much different then previous works is so magical as well.

"The whole graphics fulfill the Music on the album. It will contain 11 songs, 33 minutes and 33 seconds of real breath of chaos. There are two bonus tracks on special edition, which are classics in metal, also big part of HQ footage from Vader charity show in Krakow, which was our help for Covan (Adrian Kowanek - former VADER singer) and his recovery after serious car accident.

"The third part of Gates To Necropolis- studio report will be available this week. More secrets about the recordings of guitars, bass or vocals shall be told. The last but not least, the fourth part of the report will be done in next two weeks. We will close up the guest in Necropolis session, also shots from AntFarm studio in Denmark. And we're looking forward to see you on the shows soon!"

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Alice Cooper Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Shock rock legend Alice Cooper has announced a headlining tour in the United Kingdom in the later part of this year. Supporting him on the trek will be Man-Raze.

The tour dates are as follows:

November 24 - Manchester, England - Apollo
November 25 - Glasgow, Scotland - Clyde Auditorium
November 27 - Newcastle, England - City Hall
November 28 - Sheffield, England - City Hall
November 29 - Swindon, England - Oasis
December 1 - Wolverhampton, England - Civic Hall
December 2 - Plymouth, England - Pavillions
December 4 - Nottingham, England - Royal Center
December 5 - Brighton, England - Brighton Center
December 6 - London, England - Hammersmith Apollo

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Lacuna Coil Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Italian gothic metal outfit Lacuna Coil has announced a string of headlining tour dates in the United States. A message from vocalist Cristina Scabbia reads: "My dear friends,

"I have VERY good news! We'll be back to the US soon with our own tour! The American Spellbound Tour will have some very special guests as well: KILL HANNAH, SEVENTH VOID and DOMMIN!!!

"I will see you ALL there!!!!!

"Rock on, always!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Rumors Surface About Title Of New Kiss Album

The Kiss fan site Kissonfire.com has reported the following information about the rumored title for the new Kiss album:

"As you all know, the new Kiss album will be released in September. There are a lot of rumours regarding the title of the album. One of the most common rumours seems to be that the title will be '360'. This is definitely not confirmed but it might be true."

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Daylight Dies Posts New Live Video Online

Daylight Dies has posted online a live video of their performance of the song "A Life Less Lived" in Rochester, New York. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Crocell Issues New Album Recording Update

Danish metallers Crocell have issued the following update about recording a new album:

"We have written seven new songs for the upcoming album, four of which can be heard in a prerecorded version on our Myspace profile. The songs combine fast and very groovy riffs but this time we also try to incorporate some more atmosphere and gloomy feeling in the music. The plan is that we will record 12-14 songs and take the 10 songs that we feel are the best and most suited for the record.

"The album will be recorded in September in Monorama Studio with Jacob 'Formanden' Olsen as the producer but so far no label has been found for the release. As previously announced we will play at the Devilstone Open Air Festival in Lithuania in July (alongside Sepultura, Keep of Kalessin, Sinister, etc.) and at this year's SPOT festival this weekend."

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Rise Against Posts "Hero Of War" Video Online

Rise Against have posted a video online for the track "Hero Of War," which comes from the album "Appeal to Reason." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Lazarus A.D. Streaming New (Old) Song Online

Lazarus A.D. are currently streaming online the song "Who I Really Am" from their debut album "The Onslaught," which was released in April of 2007. The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page.

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An Interview With The Members Of Lake Of Blood

Southern California black metallers Lake of Blood released their four song EP "Heed the Primal Calling" via Milkweed Records in the summer of 2008. The members of the band spoke with Metalunderground about the release and the other projects they are currently involved with. More...

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Trail Of Tears Streaming New Song Online

Norwegian metallers Trail of Tears have issued the following announcement about streaming a new song on their MySpace page:

"We are celebrating the newly designed Myspace page and brand new official website by posting yet another new song from the upcoming album! This time you will find the title track 'Bloodstained Endurance' in all its overwhelming fury!

"Enjoy and remember that 'Bloodstained Endurance' will be available worldwide in just over a week! Make sure you stop by your local beer supplier on your way to the record store, in order to enjoy the album with the right companionship!"

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Amon Amarth Streaming Live Song Online

Metal Blade Records has issued the following announcement about re-releasing the Amon Amarth album "The Avenger" and streaming an Amon Amarth live track on their MySpace page:

"After the successful re-issue of the Amon Amarth debut album Once Sent From The Golden Hall, it's time to release the second re-issue of the year. The second album in the discography of Amon Amarth is The Avenger and the 2-disc-deluxe re-issue is set for release on May 26th.

"The Avenger will be released as a digipak featuring two discs. Disc one features the entire The Avenger album remastered plus the bonus track, Thor Arise!

"Disc two features the live recording of the show Amon Amarth played on December 29, 2008 in Bochum, Germany where they played the album in its entirety. The order of songs is the same as on disc one (excluding 'Thor Arise'). Also featured are new liner notes by singer Johan Hegg.

"The Avenger track listing: More...

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Zao Announces Only Live Show Of The Year

Zao has issued the following announcement about the only live show they have scheduled this year:

"MAYBE the only show of 2009. at least, the only one we have locked in.

"Friday July 24, 2009 Mr Smalls Funhouse, Pittsburgh, PA

"All ages, $10.00, 7pm doors, 8 pm show start

"ZAO with To Speak Of Wolves, Kamikabe, and Drugdealer"

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The Absence Goes into Studio, Needs Lead Guitarist

The Absence wants you to know that they're headed into the studio...finally. They were supposed to record this past March but were spending more time to make their songs sound as great as could be. They plan to hit the studio in early September. But they're offering a great contest for fans who can shred.

"I stated earlier this year that we had some Ideas to get the fans involved with the record. Well I guess its time to let the cat out of the bag. We have alot of fans that are guitar players. We thought it would be cool to let them show off the talents that they have. We are holding a contest for our fans to track a guest lead on our new record. We will be releasing the exact details on this contest next week. For now let me just give you the rough Idea of the contest. There will be a demo track section to a song that we will be releasing via-Internet that the fans will be able to download. They will then have to post the lead they come up with on youtube. We will be judging all the leads based on Originality, Melody and Technical ability. If you ask me I think that's pretty F'n cool."

We will keep you informed when the "rough details" have been smoothed out.

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Living Sacrafice Headed to Studio

The guys in Living Sacrifice are back together again, and are recording. A release from Solid State says:

"Living Sacrifice are back. After the band's dissolution in 2003, former and current members of the legendary Living Sacrifice went on to join P.O.D. and Evanescence. But now after the band's reunion in 2008, they are in Little Rock, AR with producer Jeremiah Scott recording their first album since 2002's "Conceived in Fire." They will be posting regular updates from the studio at http://www.twitter.com/livingsac and are looking at a fall release for the finished product."

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Goatwhore's Album Now Available for Pre-Order

Goatwhore's upcoming new album, Carving Out The Eyes Of God, is now up as a signed pre-order on the Metal Blade Store. The cost is $12, and is scheduled for release on June 23rd.

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Coliseum Touring with Russian Circles

Louisville, KY’s Coliseum has announced a string of tour dates alongside Russian Circles in mid-June. This tour will kick-off in Atlanta, GA on June 15th moving towards the mid-west, concluding in Omaha on the 21st. They are also releasing a new 7" EP titled "True Quiet / Last Wave." Parts of this album you can hear on their Myspace. A complete listing of tour dates will come after the jump.


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Megadeth Completes New Album

In a recent message from the studio, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine announced that the band has completed work on their new studio album. The message reads as follows:

"I'm at the studio right now, Vic's Garage, and we are done! We're just right now finishing the last couple of notes on the new record, and Andy (Sneap, producer)'s getting ready to pack his bags and head up to Los Angeles tomorrow to get ready to fly back home on Thursday. Man, this has been a long, grueling, enduring process but it's been so worth it, and I'm so excited. I'm more excited about this record then I've been in any record since back in the 1980s. I would say, probably since, well definitely since Rust In Peace there's nothing that's excited me this much - maybe Countdown (To Extinction), but this is just absolutely insane."

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Ozzy Documentary "Wreckage Of My Past" Revealed

Ozzy Osbourne may be coming to the big screen. "Wreckage Of My Past" is an intimate documentary that delves deep into the life of music icon Ozzy Osbourne. A sober Ozzy has reached a point of clarity as he looks back on a lifetime of unparalleled success, misdiagnosed disease, unrelenting fear and a recurring dependency on drugs and alcohol. This is a film about reconciling the past and looking toward the future. "Wreckage Of My Past" is expected to hit theatres in 2010.

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Interview with Abriosis

Formed no more than two years ago, local death/prog metal act Abriosis began their story with only two members in the band: guitarist Taylor Lipton and singer Chris Mathis. They later released a self-titled EP and recruited drummer Robin Iwasiw and bassist Daniel Maidana. On a sunny Vancouver afternoon, I met up with the guys of Abriosis on Taylor's porch to ask them a few questions about the band. Here is how it went down: More...

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