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Metal News for May 21, 2005

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19 news articles posted on this day.

Black Label Society's 'Fire It Up' Video Online

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's video for their new single, "Fire It Up", has been posted online at M-Cylinder.com.

The follow-up to "Suicide Messiah", "Fire It Up" is the second single off the band's latest CD, "Mafia", available now on Artemis Records.

"Mafia" was was engineered by "1919 Eternal"/"The Blessed Hellride" knob-twister Eddie Mapp, and features Craig Nunenmacher on drums and James Lomenzo handling the bass duties.

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SOAD Frontman Working With Buckethead

According to RollingStone.com, SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian has been working on a CD for Buckethead, the masked, experimental funk guitarist best known for playing in the doomed incarnation of GUNS N' ROSES. Buckethead sent Serj a handful of instrumentals, which Serj has fleshed out with a variety of different vocalists, including the poet Saul Williams and a female neighbor who sings opera. No further information is currently available.

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Manntis To Support Otep On US Tour

Southern California quintet MANNTIS will embark on a nationwide U.S. tour along OTEP and DEVILINSIDE this June in support of "Sleep In Your Grave", their debut album. The group's new offering, produced by Cameron Webb (DANZIG, MOTÖRHEAD, SOCIAL DISTORTION), is set for a June 28 release via Century Media Records. Click here to download the song "Axe of Redemption" and look for a video for the track to make its Fuse and MTV2 debut this summer.

MANNTIS initially gained worldwide exposure via the hit MTV show "Battle for Ozzfest" and the recent "Battle for Ozzfest" U.S. tour. Their influences come from a diverse number of bands, ranging from MESHUGGAH and PANTERA to KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and ZAO, to name just a few, and their dynamic sound reflects the combination of these influences.


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Drowningman Near Completion of New Album

Drowningman will finish recording their new album for Thorp Records early next week. According to the band, "We are so excited about this record. We think you and your girlfriend will both really like it." Here's a track listing for the effort:

Major Disappointment Reporting for Duty
John Cougar Mellencamp is the White Devil
Drowningman Dance Party- Bring Your Own Bodybag
Yeah, You're Pretty But Do You Think You'll Really Get Away With It?
"Dear God, Life is Hell"
Dude Status; Revoked
The Last Honest Man Sells Out
White People Are Stupid
Tonight's Special: Still Beating Hearts
Luck, Love, Life Time Guarantees and Other Things Assholes Believe In

Entitled "Don't Push Us When We're Hot," the album will hit streets on August 23rd. In the meantime, catch the band on tour all over the U.S. with The Minor Times. Unfortunately, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, originally part of the tour, have now dropped off due to unforeseen circumstances. According to Simon Brody though, "In better news, especially for lonely male teenage goaters, XAnneBowmanX of Lambgoat fame will be joining the band as Merch Queen extrordinaire." Here are the upcomng tour dates: More...

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Enter To Win Autographed As I Lay Dying Guitar

Pre-order As I Lay Dying's upcoming album, "Shadows are Security," and you're automatically entered to win a guitar personally autographed by the members of the band. Also, be amongst the first to pre-order "Shadows are Security" and you'll get an As I Lay Dying poster and a Metal Blade sampler CD absolutely free. This offer is only availble while supplies last. You will receive one poster and one sampler CD per order. For more information, click here.

"Shadows are Security" hits stores June 14th.

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Edguy To Headline Deep Impact Festival

The 2005 edition of Germany’s Deep Impact festival is scheduled for July 30th at Kultfabrik in Munich.

Acts confirmed for the festival include: Edguy, Clawfinger, Subway to Sally, Eisbrecher, Crystal Ball and Shade.

For more information, including details for the festival after party, can be found at www.deep-impact-openair.de and at www.garagedeluxe.de.

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Omnium Gatherum Drummer To Give Drum Lessons

According to the official Omnium Gatherum website, drummer Jarmo Pikka is giving drum lessons. Anyone interested should contact him by e-mail at this address or phone (+358) 40 825 3755.

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Exodus Guitarist Comments On New Drummer

Exodus guitarist and mainman Gary Holt commented about the addition of drummer Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament, Forbidden) to the band's ranks, after Tom Hunting had to step down due to health reasons.

I just returned from our first rehearsal with Paul, and I have got to tell you that it was fuckin' awesome! Paul played four of the new songs for the first time and they were fantastic. He has simply the fastest feet I've ever had the pleasure of hearing and the shit he was throwing down was blazing! After all the problems of the past three or so months I can say with all honesty it was the first time I'd left my studio with a smile on my face in quite some time. We are all on the same page musically and ready to get this ball rolling and are fired up to get into the studio. I'll keep everyone updated on a regular basis and let you know what's going on.

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CoB To Release Deluxe Edition Of "Hatebreeder"

Nuclear Blast Records will release a deluxe edition of Children of Bodom's "Hatebreeder" on July 18th. In addition to the 9 tracks, the album will have an audio bonus track, the "Downfall" video and a screensaver.

Children of Bodom will again be featured on the next "Monsters of Metal" DVD compilation with one video (probably "Trashed, Lost & Strungout), which is supposed to be released in September.

In other Children of Bodom news, keyboardist Janne Wirman's side project, Warmen, will release a single, entitled "Somebody's Watching Me" on June 8th. The full-length yet-to-be-titled album is scheduled to be released in June as well.

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Taproot Announce Album Release Date

The guys in Taproot are gearing up to release their new album, "Blue Sky Research," on August 16th.

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Corey Taylor Turns Linguist For Slipknot Fans

contactmusic.com reports:

Slipknot frontman, Corey Taylor, cares so much about making his fans all over the world happy, he learns as many languages as possible so he can interact with the audience wherever he's performing.

The wild "Duality" rocker is aware most bands simply expect their international fans to understand English, but he is determined to go the extra mile to get his message across and make audience members feel special.

He says, "It shows them that you care enough and you're not just some p**ck American band who assumes they understand what you're saying.

"You can actually interact with them and see their faces light up. When you can make these kids' day, week, life... it's gold!

"It makes me feel good that I'm doing my job and I'm doing it right. I want you to understand me so I learn your language."

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Barcode Announce Album Release Date

Hardcore German metal band Barcode will release their fourth album, "Showdown," July 26. Tracks include "Shots Out," "Rise to Dignity" and "Fanatics."

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Dissection Working On Third Album

Swedish death-metal band Dissection are in Stockholm working on their third album with frontman Jon Nödtveidt's brother Emil and Skinny Kangur. The disc will be the band's first since 1995's "Storm of the Light's Bane." The group's momentum was thwarted in 1998 when Nödtveidt was sentenced to eight years in prison for participating in the murder of an Algerian man.

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Mistress To Release Debut Album

Mistress, a grindcore band from Birmingham, England, will release their debut, "In Disgust We Trust," June 28. Tracks include "Happily Ever Disaster," "Fucking Fuck" and "Alcahole."

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Sinai Beach Guitarist Leaves Band

Southern California hardcore brutes Sinai Beach are down a guitarist. Mike "the Bear" Risinger has left the band. His statement has been posted on the official Sinai Beach website:

Hey everybody. Well, the time has come for me to leave the band. I feel like my work is done and it is time to move on. I have sat on this for a while now, and it is time to let go. Sometimes in life you just know when you're done, know what I mean? I have accomplished a lot. These last 3 years have been great. I got to see the world, make tons of friends, and record, in my opinion, the heaviest record that I and the guys have ever made. This band is in for some serious touring and a lot of work coming up, and to be honest it is a commitment I am not suited for. Let it be known that me and the guys are on the best of terms and they will eternally be my brothers.

I'm still going to write some heavy crap and maybe even do another non-touring band in the future. There are other avenues in music outside of playing/performing that I am going to explore as well. I'm very stoked to announce I am going to be joining up with Ryan Downey and the Superhero management team. Those of you who know me know I am not done with music, ever. Period. God bless all of you and keep it heavy!

Love, Mike Risinger - "The Bear"

The band is currently seeking a replacement. Anyone interested in the position, go here for more information.

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Venom Working On New Album

British black-metal progenitors Venom are in the studio working on the follow-up to 2000's "Resurrection" and have posted the new track "Antechrist" on their Web site. The band — bassist and singer Cronos, guitarist Mykus and drummer Antton — recently struck a deal with Sanctuary Records to release the group's early back catalog.

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Kirk Hammett Contributes To Santana Album

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has contributed guitar work to Carlos Santana's "All That I Am," due September 13. As with his past two records, the disc will pair Santana with contemporary artists, but Hammett will likely be the only metal performer. Other acts on the record include Michelle Branch, Mary J. Blige, Big Boi, Black Eyed Peas, Los Lonely Boys, Sean Paul and Robert Randolph.

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Opeth Officially Sign To Roadrunner Records

OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has now officially confirmed to MTV.com that the band have finalized a deal with New York's Roadrunner Records, bolstering an imposing roster that already includes KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SLIPKNOT, OBITUARY and CRADLE OF FILTH.

Åkerfeldt disclosed several details about the band's forthcoming, self-produced opus. The follow-up to 2003's acoustic masterpiece, "Damnation", and OPETH's first disc in years without producer Steve Wilson, the album will include "Ghost of Tradition", "The Baying of the Hounds" and "Isolation Years".

"Musically, 'Damnation' was an experiment for us," Åkerfeldt told MTV.com. "It also helped us to develop our sound. So this time around, you can say the overall record is going to be heavy-sounding. There's also a couple of songs that are more in the style of 'Damnation', so to speak. We also have a new member in the band, our keyboard player, Per Wiberg. So we have some vintage keyboards this time around on the heavy material as well. Overall, this one is heavy."

Åkerfeldt said OPETH will finish the record before month's end and expect to release it as early as late August. He also said they'll play some new material this summer as part of the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour.

"We've never done anything like [a festival tour] before, but this is a new thing, so we're excited," he said. "It's a good chance to reach out to people who've never heard from us. I'm also looking forward to seeing STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and CLUTCH perform. Many of the bands on the tour I've never heard of."

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Aeternus Close To Signing w/ Dark Essence Records

Norwegian "dark metallers" AETERNUS are on the verge of signing in a new deal with the Bergen, Norway-based Dark Essence Records. The group recently spent time at Grieghallen Studios in Norway recording their new album, "Hexaeon", for a tentative fall release. "We still gotta mix it and master it so we're not even done yet in the studio," mainman Ares writes on the group's web site. "It happens!"

The follow-up to 2003's "A Darker Monument" is once again being produced by Eirik "Pytten" Hundvin, who has previously worked with ENSLAVED and MÖRK GRYNING, among others.

AETERNUS recently acquired a new session guitarist by the name of Dreggen. According to Ares, "Dreggen . . . is doing great, learning our songs so he'll be ready for live gigs and so forth in the near future."

With regards to possible touring, Ares writes, "Nothing is planned just yet as we can't make a priority on this at this stage. AETERNUS has just gotten themselves a place to practice so we need time in any case to get our shit together. We're pretty rusty...as a band... so..!!!"

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