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Metal News for May 23, 2006

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17 news articles posted on this day.

Chevelle Forced To Drop Off Eight Tour Dates

Chevelle have been forced to pull out of the first eight dates of their forthcoming tour with Nickelback and Hoobastank after bassist Dean Bernardini sustained an injury to his left hand. The canceled dates run from the tour's June 30 opener in Cincinnati though a July 26 stop set for Columbia, Maryland. The trek is scheduled to wrap up September 16 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Open Grave Records Signs Two New Bands

Open Grave Records has recently signed two new bands. First up is Victorville, California's Clouds Turned Black. Formed in 2002, the band has been active playing shows all over Southern California, sharing the stage with bands like Curl Up and Die, Bury Your Dead, Scars of Tomorrow, Beauty to Ashes and countless others. Things didn't really take off until 2005 when the group decided to make music a lifestyle instead of a hobby. With new passion Clouds Turned Black was able to deliver their most mature release to date. You can check out some sample tracks can be found on Clouds Turned Black's MySpace page.

Clouds Turned Black is currently in the process of writing new material for their debut full-length album due late fall 2006 on Open Grave Records.

Chicago, IL based The Everscathed was also just signed to Open Grave records late last week. The Everscathed is made up by Bill Frickenstein (Formally of Enmortem) on vocals and bass, Brice Dalzell (Formally of Corpsevomit) on guitar and vocals, and Tim Frickenstein (Formally of Enmortem) rounding things out on drums. THE EVERSCATHED are no strangers to the death metal scene with all members being involved in various projects since the mid 1990's, and having release numerous demos under the name Enmortem. In early 2003 the band was put on hiatus due to injuries to both Brice and a little later on Bill. The Everscathed are back in 2006 and ready to release their most brutal and relentless recording, "Razors of Unrest". "Razors of Unrest" will see a late summer release on Open Grave Records. Some sample tracks can be downloaded and listened to on The Everscathed's myspace page.

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Cannibal Corpse Talk About Not Headlining SOTU

MTV.com talked to Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster about not being the headlining band on Sounds of the Underground and how that is a good thing.

"It's the first time we've ever been able to do a festival tour in the United States, and we've had very few opportunities to do tours where we weren't the headliner," Webster explained. "I don't know if a lot of bigger bands didn't want to take a band like us on the road with them or what, but ... this is the first time in 10 years we're doing something with bands that are more popular than us."

He said the Brooklyn, New York, band's thrilled to be part of Sounds, because he feels the gig's going to expose Cannibal Corpse to thousands of metal fans who've been too timid to check them out.

"We really feel like we haven't ever had the chance to play to an audience that is not mostly our own," he said. "We've done lots and lots of headlining tours, but very few opening tours, and never an opening tour of this size. We're in the middle of this package, and so, if an average Cannibal Corpse headlining show's in the hundreds of people and the average Sounds show's going to be in the thousands of people, we're obviously meeting a lot more people each night than we would on our own headlining run.

"I can't wait to see what people think," he continued. "If there's certain people who don't like what we do, and they're forced to watch us anyway, that's always kind of entertaining too. When we toured with the Misfits and Anthrax, there was always a handful of people out there going, 'What the f--- is this sh--?' We're very confident and proud of what we do, so we don't care if some people react negatively to it. If anything it makes us laugh. Some of these fans could be interested in us, if they have a chance to see us and get to know what we're like live."

In late March, Cannibal Corpse released Kill, their 10th studio LP. The album debuted at #170 on the Billboard albums chart, selling more than 6,000 copies in its first week. It was the second time in the band's career that one of its albums breached the mostly pop-friendly list; in 1996, Vile opened at #151, with more than 6,100 copies sold. And it's all due to the fans, Webster said.

"We don't have a huge following, but we have a strong following of dedicated fans," he said. "That's the difference between us and a lot of bands that kind of come and go. We have a dedicated fanbase that has been with us for a long, long time. Whereas I think a lot of bands that are more popular than us [are] kind of fleeting. They're popular for a couple of years, and [their] fans ... move on to the next big thing. We've had a slow and steady career."

After SOTU, Cannibal Corpse plan to launch a U.S. headlining run — the kickoff will most likely take place in early November. Webster said next month the band will film a clip for "Death Walking Terror." Well, probably. When you're in Cannibal Corpse, selecting the right song can be tricky.

"Every one of our songs has some kind of violent or dark imagery in it, but we have to look for songs that are a little less graphic," he said. "We only have a couple of songs on each record where the lyrics aren't more or less R-rated for violence. We have to carefully choose what songs we do videos for, because otherwise it won't make it passed the censors. The song 'Murder Worship,' I think all of us would have liked to have done a video for that. But there's no way, with the decapitated heads and all."

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Bloodsimple Drummer Confirms Departure

Drummer Chris Hamilton has confirmed in a posting on his MySpace.com page that he is no longer a member of BLOODSIMPLE. A replacement for Hamilton has not yet been announced.

BLOODSIMPLE feature in their ranks former members of VISION OF DISORDER and MEDICATION. The group's debut album, "A Cruel World", was released in March 2005 on MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray's Bullygoat label imprint (via Warner Bros.). The CD was recorded in Vancouver B.C. with producer Garth Richardson, who has previously worked with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, MUDVAYNE, SLIPKNOT and CHEVELLE. The album was mixed by Mike Fraser (HATEBREED).

BLOODSIMPLE are planning on entering the studio later this summer to begin work on their sophomore release, tentatively due late 2006/early 2007.

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Krisiun, Decapitated, Cattle Decapitation Tour

Six Feet Under, Krisiun, Decapitated, Cattle Decapitation, and Abysmal Dawn will be touring together this fall. The following tour dates have been confirmed thus far:

9/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
9/13 St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
9/15 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
9/16 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
9/21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Key Club
9/22 Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
9/23 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
9/25 Portland, OR @ Rock N Roll Pizza
9/26 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/29 Ogden, UT @ Club Boom VA
9/30 Aurora, CO @ Iliff Park Saloon
10/01 Omaha, NE @ The Rock
10/03 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
10/06 Somerville, MA @ Goodtimes Emporium
10/07 Manchester, NH @ Mark's Place
10/08 New York, NY @ BB King's

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To/Die/For Announce New Album Title

Finnish goth-metallers TO/DIE/FOR have set "Wounds Wide Open" as the title of their their fifth album, tentatively due in October. The follow-up to 2005's "IV" was recorded by Samu Oittinen at Fantom Studios and by Jari-Jukka Nippala at Sonic Image, and will now be sent to Sweden's Abyss Studios where it will be mixed by Peter Tägtgren (DIMMU BORGIR, CELTIC FROST). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Wicked Circle", "Guilt Ridden State", "Quiet Room" and "Liquid Lies".

TO/DIE/FOR recently parted ways with guitarist Mika "Alli" Ahtiainen and have replaced him with returning axeman Joonas "Jope" Koto.

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Burn In Silence Post New Song Online

Prosthetic Records' BURN IN SILENCE (featuring members of GORATORY) have uploaded their brand new single over at their MySpace page.

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Cerberus Post New Songs Online

Los Angeles melodic thrash/death metallers CERBERUS have released two tracks off their upcoming What Have We Become? EP over at their MySpace page. The EP is slated for a July 15th release through Hell and Death Records.

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Interview

Making It To The Top: Level-C's Misty Everson

Many that watched Level-C on the MTV cable produced Battle For Ozzfest may recall seeing this female metal group out of Cleveland, Ohio make it all the way to the top ten out of nearly eight hundred bands in the entire competition. When I discovered them on Myspace and saw that they did indeed have a unique sound and hard rocking image, I expected that they would be signed by a label sooner rather than later. And sure enough, they have been recently signed to Crash Music Incorporated for a two album deal. In light of this, I had some of my new questions answered by the band's drummer, Misty Everson. More...

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Blind Guardian Announce North American Tour

Lead vocalist Hansi Kürsch checks in about the new album, the new songs, and the upcoming tour:

"As you all most probably know, we have finished the album some days ago and started doing some first shows already. With this album, I think, we have widened the range of the BLIND GUARDIAN universe more than we have ever done before. In terms of quality, we had a very good feeling during the whole recording session. Some of the new songs will be presented on the road when we will start touring. Everything and everyone is in pretty good shape. All preparations for the fall tour are on schedule and the interest in tickets for the tour is really high. One more time, we would like to thank you for your patience and can't wait to hear and see your reaction to the new songs. As soon as there are some download samples, we will let you know. Your endurance will be rewarded."

BLIND GUARDIAN North American Tour dates:
11/08 Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
11/09 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
11/10 Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
11/11 Avalon - Los Angeles, CA
11/12 Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
11/14 TBA - Vancouver, B.C. CANADA
11/15 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/17 Avalon - Salt Lake City, UT
11/18 Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
11/20 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
11/21 House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
11/22 The Quest - Minneapolis, MN
11/24 Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
11/25 Harpo`s - Detroit, MI
11/26 Opera House - Toronto, ON CANADA
11/28 Salle Albert-Rousseau - Québec City, QC CANADA
11/29 The Medley - Montreal, QC CANADA
11/30 TBA - New York, NY
12/01 Palladium - Worcester, MA
12/02 TBA - Philadelphia, PA
12/04 9.30 Club - Washington, D.C.
12/05 TBA
12/07 House Of Blues - Orlando, FL
12/08 Roxy - Atlanta, GA
12/09 House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA
12/10 Meridian - Houston, TX
12/11 Backroom - Austin, TX

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Ozzy To Discuss Being Fired From Black Sabbath

According to Digital Spy, Ozzy Osbourne is among the celebrities that will speak candidly about being fired from high-profile jobs in a new TV series.

In "You Can't Fire Me, I'm Famous", former Mirror editor Piers Morgan — himself sacked after a photo scandal in 2004 — will interview famous faces about the real reasons for their departures.

Among those lined up are Ozzy Osbourne, who was ditched by his BLACK SABBATH bandmates; actress Martine McCutcheon, killed off in "EastEnders" in 1998; and Vinnie Jones, sacked for sinking his teeth into a journalist's nose.

The series begins Monday, June 5 on BBC One.

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Eisbrecher Sign With AFM Records

Munich, Germany-based band EISBRECHER, who are fronted by former MEGAHERZ singer Alexx Wesselsky, have inked a deal with AFM Records. The follow-up to the band's sensational 2004 debut will be released on October 6. It will be preceded by two single releases, "Leider" (July 14) and "Vergissmeinnicht" (August 25), which will hit the clubs in July.

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Guns N Roses Planning More U.S. Dates In September

Axl Rose had an all-star audience turn out for his GUNS N' ROSES New York shows last week, according to a press release. Famous faces in the crowd included Matthew Perry, Mickey Rourke, Drea De Matteo, Lenny Kravitz, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Fred Durst, Sebastian Bach, Ethan Hawke, Jay Z, Jimmy Fallon, Maxwell and Sean Penn. The final show at Hammerstein found the band joined by one time GUNS guitarist Izzy Stradlin on "Think About You", "Patience" and "Night Train", which also included an enthusiastic Kid Rock coming onstage to join the band.

Over the four nights, audiences were also treated to nearly half of the band's upcoming new album, "Chinese Democracy", with live performances of "Chinese Democracy", "Better", "There was a Time", "Madagascar", "IRS" and "The Blues".

The New York concerts were warm-up shows for the European leg of the band's forthcoming tour, which starts May 25 in Madrid at Juan Carlos Arena.

For the upcoming tour, GUNS N' ROSES are playing a mixture of headline Festival appearances including Rock In Rio in Portugal, Download at the U.K.'s famed Castle Donington, Rock Am Ring in Germany, Gods Of Metal in Italy, Novarock in Austria, Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, Roskilde in Denmark, A Heavy Day In The Park in Holland as well as their own headlining indoor shows in Madrid, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, Paris, Zurich, Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki, most of which have been instant sellouts.

Rose commented: "We've just finished our four shows in New York and had an amazing time. New York has always been special and it feels great to be doing this again particularly in front of so many friends. I am very excited about Europe and getting back over here in September."

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Audioslave Cancel European Tour

AUDIOSLAVE have cancelled their entire European tour scheduled for the summer, according to NME.com.

The U.S. rockers — who consists of former members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and SOUNDGARDEN — were due to play the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals in England in late August.

AUDIOSLAVE recently completed work on their third album, "Revelations", with producer Brendan O'Brien (BOB DYLAN, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS). The CD, which is expected to surface later in the year, contains what is "probably AUDIOSLAVE's most political song to date," according to guitarist Tom Morello. "The song deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the horrible way the administration has let down the people here," Morello explained to RollingStone.com.

While frontman Chris Cornell previously told RollingStone.com that "Revelations" is going "into more of a soul/R&B direction," Morello wanted to clarify. "First of all, it's a big, hard rock record," he told RollingStone.com. "While it's kicking your ass, you can shake your ass to it at the same time. It's a rock record with a funky bottom."

Working with producer Brendan O'Brien, Morello says he went beyond his usual electric guitar setup, picking up vintage axes and amplifiers to meld the band's rock with what Cornell called his new "Seventies funk and R&B-flavor vocals." "Chris has never sung better then on this record," Morello assured. "It's got a bit of the blue-eyed soul singer going on. It's basically like LED ZEPPELIN meets EARTH, WIND AND FIRE."

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Mercenary Set Release Date, Announce Bass Player

Denmark’s MERCENARY, having just wrapped up mixing their August 22 release, The Hours That Remain, with producer Jacob Hansen (Maroon, Hatesphere), who worked with the band on 11 Dreams, have finalized its tracklisting. Clocking in at just over one hour, vocalist Mikkel Sandager commented on the album, “We made what we feel is the most powerful album in the band’s history. Both the writing and the recording processes have really made us a stronger band as we faced quite a few challenges along the way. We can’t wait for people to check out the new stuff, and look forward to playing it all live.” The Hours That Remain will be packaged with beautiful artwork by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth).

Additionally MERCENARY have welcomed bass player René Pedersen, an active performer from Denmark’s Transparent, as their new bass player. Pedersen’s live debut will be this weekend at The Sägfestival in Greding, Germany. Speaking for the band Sandager said, “We are confident that René fits the bill perfectly, both as a musician and as a person. We have been rehearsing with him through the last month, and he is really kicking ass!” This will also be fan’s first opportunity to witness material from The Hours That Remain live. The band will then appear at Germany’s Rock Hard Festival, June 2, before joining King Diamond’s spring tour, complete dates here. MERCENARY have also been confirmed for September’s ProgPower USA VII and ProgPower Europe.

The Hours That Remain will contain the following tracks:

1. Redefine Me
2. Year Of The Plague
3. My World Is Ending
4. This Eternal Instant
5. Lost Reality
6. Soul Decision
7. Simplicity Demand
8. Obscure Indiscretion
9. My Secret Window
10. The Hours That Remain

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Lamb of God Select First Single From "Sacrament"

LAMB OF GOD have reportedly selected the track "Redneck" as the first single from their upcoming album, "Sacrament". Plans exist for the band to film a video for the song with director Bill Fishman (EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, GOOD CHARLOTTE).

LAMB OF GOD began recording "Sacrament" on April 3 in New York with producer Machine (BLOODSIMPLE, WHITE ZOMBIE), who also helmed the group's 2004 effort, "Ashes of the Wake".

In a recent interview with MTV.com, LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton had the following to say about the upcoming CD, "The music's influenced by what the five of us are listening to, what we're writing about, the context in which we're writing, our lives and our experiences," he explained. "We made a deliberate effort not to be so politically motivated this time. We still care about and think about those things, but at this point, creatively, we wanted to step out of that for a moment, and address some other things. So the lyrics are more introspective and more personal, and I think just about anybody will relate to them. Not everybody pays attention to the war or politics."

"Sacrament" is scheduled for an August 22 release through Epic Records.

As previously reported, Mark Morton and LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler will be joining Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, the directors behind the critically acclaimed Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" documentary that focuses on the history of heavy metal music, to sign copies of the "Headbanger's Journey" DVD at F.Y.E in New York City (1290 Avenue of the Americas) on Tuesday, May 23 at 12:00 p.m.

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Diamond Head To Release "It's Electric" Live Album

Prior to the release of their upcoming live DVD, DIAMOND HEAD will issue a new live album, entitled "It's Electric", through Secret Records on June 26. The album was recorded at London's Astoria theatre on November 4, 2005, and features a mixture of classic tracks and new material. It is the second DIAMOND HEAD album to feature singer Nick Tart, who made his debut on 2005's critically acclaimed album "All Will Be Revealed". The full track listing for "It's Electric" is as follows:

01. Am I Evil (intro)
02. It's Electric
03. Give It To Me
04. The Prince
05. Mine All Mine
06. Lightning To The Nations
07. Fallen Angel
08. To The Devil His Due
09. Alimony
10. I Can't Help Myself
11. Sucking My Love
12. Streets Of Gold
13. Helpless
14. Am I Evil
15. In The Heat Of The Night More...

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