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Metal News for May 23, 2008

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25 news articles posted on this day.

Rock Giants Pay Tribute To Lemmy In Documentary

Billboard.com reports: The life and career of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in a new documentary, tentatively titled "Lemmy" and slated for release in 2009.

The film promises fans more access than ever before to Kilmister's life, and includes interviews with past and present bandmates and such peers/admirers as Slash, Dave Grohl, the Clash's Mick Jones, Alice Cooper, Steve Vai and wrestling superstar Triple H.

Directors/producers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski (both of whom have contributed to Billboard) are shooting the film on a combination of HD video and super 16 mm film. Other giants from the world of metal and hard rock will appear in the film as well, with details to be announced. "We haven't heard the word 'no' yet after any interview request," Olliver says.

"Shooting Lemmy is like filming dangerous wildlife. He never does what you expect him to do, and he never does anything you want him to do," Olliver says with a laugh. "A lot of the coolest shots are shots we had to wait for four or five shows to go by before we could get them."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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10 Years Debuts At No. 12 On Billboard Top 200

10 Years debuted at No. 12 with 27,981 copies of their new album "Division" sold. Iron Maiden’s "Somewhere Back in Time" holds the No. 59 slot with 10,995 copies sold and Dokken’s latest album, "Lightening Strikes Again" sold 4,943 copies to obtain the No. 133 slot on the chart.

Other notable rock acts in the Top 200 include:

No. 57 Def Leppard "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge" - 11,258
No. 91 Flyleaf "Flyleaf" - 8,075
No. 146 Avenged Sevenfold "Avenged Sevenfold" - 4,702
No. 149 Nine Inch Nails "Ghosts I-IV" - 4,675
No. 150 Apocalyptica "Worlds Collide" - 4,641
No. 151 P.O.D. "When Angels and Serpents Dance" - 4,633
No. 161 Five Finger Death Punch "Way of the Fist" - 4,411
No. 176 Sixx A.M. "Heroin Diaries Soundtrack" - 4,029
No. 177 Atreyu "Lead Sails Paper Anchor" - 3,989
No. 198 Godsmack "Good Times, Bad Times…" - 3,408

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Anata Issues Studio Update

Swedish death metal masters ANATA have posted an update from the studio on the recording process of their upcoming new album.

ANATA drummer CONNY PETTERSSON gives the final update regarding the recording of the drums in his studio diary:

"This was the final recording day. We started by changing the snare head and Jens tuned all the drums into perfection as every other day. I had two tracks left to do. I started with Greed conquers all; the first track written for this album. It's a fast killer track and also one of my favourites. It has a small part sometime after its first guitar solo, where the drums and guitars go a little crazy. We did several takes for this part and both Fredrik and I thought it sounded as it should. Jens still wanted me to play more and more and Fredrik said: "I think Conny have done 5 or 6 perfect takes now in a row, I can't hear what is wrong." But Jens is not satisfied with everything only being in time; he also wants the drums to sound right in a way we couldn't understand. Fredrik went nervous and walked out of the control room. And I struggled some more and suddenly Jens was happy. We have always believed that we were the worst perfectionists possible, and people would tell us; "No one will hear the difference anyway." But now it was the other way around."

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Buried Inside Working On New Album

Canada's Buried Inside is currently finishing up the writing process for their next Relapse Records release. The band recently issued the following update:

"Despite what may seem like complete inactivity, Buried Inside are not broken up. Not even close. The writing for the follow-up to Chronoclast is nearing completion and pre-production has been underway for the last couple of months. Arrangements are being ironed out for the upcoming recording, and barring any obstacles, a release date is expected for January 2009."

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Cloudscape's "Global Drama" Release Date Set

NIGHTMARE RECORDS has announced the release of CLOUDSCAPE's latest album, "Global Drama," August 19th, 2008 in North America. Cloudscape has inked a new deal with record label GOLDEN CORE / ROASTINGHOUSE RECORDS (ZYX) to release the new (third) album entitled “Global Drama” in Europe during mid August, as well.

An 8 minute sample containing parts from all songs from Global Drama has been uploaded here.

A new promotional video will also be filmed within the next coming months directed by Rainer Holmgren.

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Periphery To Record Album and Part Ways w/ Singer

Maryland based progressive metal band, Periphery, have issued the following update regarding their new album and the loss of their singer on their MySpace page:

"We have some good and bad news for all of you, first the good news: "

"WE ARE RECORDING AN ALBUM!!"

"We will be recording it ourselves and it will have 13 tracks which are (in no particular order):

The Walk
Letter Experiment
Insomnia
Far Out
Totla Mad
Not Enough Mana
Light
All New Materials
Zyglrox
Absolomb
Racecar
Ow my feelings
Project 15"

"We are aiming to have the album recorded by the end of the summer at the latest so that we can have a Fall or Winter 08 release! And we will be keeping you updated on the progress!" More...

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Atreyu To Play Festivals Without Vocalist

Unable to sing, vocalist Alex Varkatrzas will sit out Atreyu's upcoming appearances at the Indianapolis May Day Fest and El Paso's Balloon Fest this weekend. The band will still perform, however, with Marc McKnight (Bass) and Brandon Saller (Drums/Vocals) filling in on vocal duties.

Here is an explanation from Alex:

"ATREYU will perform both shows this weekend in Indianapolis and El Paso because the last thing we want to do is let our fans down. With apologies from me to the listeners of KLAQ and WRZX, I won't be able to be there. My voice is blown and my throat is swollen and I have sinusitis and a u.r. infection. I am so sorry. I feel like I owe more of an explanation, so here goes.

"We have been on tour at this point about 3 months. The last few weeks have been overseas in Australia, where we have been flying and playing shows everyday. I don't drink and take good care of myself but the weather/climate changing daily and constant strain on my voice has taken its toll. I saw a vocal doctor for the first time on the TOC tour because I was having a little swelling on and around my vocal chords. He examined me and saw no serious career threatening problems. However, I did have a part of my vocal chord that looked a little abnormal and inflamed and could eventually swell up more and give me problems. On top of EXTREME nasal congestion (I cant breathe thru my nose). If that swelling happens I was told to rest, in the mean time I got three cortisone shots and went back to rocking for several more weeks straight. I pushed and pushed myself every night and then we left for Australia. More...

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Warbringer Update And Video From Europe

Warbringer has posted a short update and video from the show in Portugal:

"Europe tour has been totally killer thus far, thanks to all the ragers who came out. In Italy now, more updates as they come!"

As previously reported, Warbringer will meet up with Gamma Bomb in early June to tour the U.K.

Here's a live video from their show in Portugal: More...

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Poison Drummer Exonerated Of Rape Charge

The following update has been posted at POISON drummer Rikki Rockett's MySpace page:

"Poison drummer Rikki Rockett was exonerated of a felony rape charge filed in Mississippi stemming from a September 23, 2007 incident in which a Neshoba County, Mississippi woman claimed that Rockett had forcibly raped her. Rockett was not in Mississippi during September 2007. The Neshoba County District Attorney refused to prosecute the case after determining that Rockett was not the person who committed the alleged rape. The charges carry a potential life sentence. Rockett said, "I want to sincerely thank my lawyers Barry Tarlow and Mi Kim for their commitment to my case and their terrific legal work that exonerated me of any wrongdoing."

The warrant, issued on December 18, 2007, sought the arrest and extradition of "Rockett, Rikki A" a/k/a "Minskosf, John" to Mississippi for "strong arm rape." News stories shortly disclosed the correct spelling of the name John Minskosf as "John Minskoff." Rockett has never used the Minskoff name. It is now believed that Minskoff used Rockett's name to convince the complaining witness to sleep with him. More...

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All That Remains Reveals New Album Title

All That Remains have revealed that "Overcome" will be the name given to their latest offering and is scheduled to be released late summer.

Frontman Phil Labonte has commented: "I'm really excited about this disc. It's a pretty different sound than our last one. It's shaping up to have a more biting tone. It's got tons of double bass, like twenty guitar solos and more hooks. It's a much darker record than 'The Fall of Ideals' and it's gonna reshape what people think when they think of ALL THAT REMAINS."

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Joe Perry Comments On Steve Tyler's Entry To Rehab

Famed Aerosmith guitarist has commented on lead singer Steve Tyler's entry to a rehab centre. Here's what he had to say: "I actually haven't talked to Steven in a while. We spend most of our time off the road split up — that's just how it goes."

When asked if he knew why Tyler had gone to rehab he responded: "I'm not sure, but I hope he's doing OK."

Perry himself is still recovering from knee surgery.

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Testament Announces Australian Tour

Bay Area legends Testament have announced that they will be heading Down Under in September for an Australian tour. The following dates are confirmed thus far:

Sep. 25 - The Arena – Brisbane, AUS
Sep. 26 - The Hi-Fi - Melbourne, AUS
Sep. 27 - The Metro - Sydney, AUS

Keep checking for more dates and information.

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Lacuna Coil Working On First DVD

Century Media Records reports:

Italian goth-metal icons LACUNA COIL have started work on a DVD project which is tentatively scheduled to be released later this year.

The DVD will be a retrospective of all things from the band’s Karmacode album cycle. It will be including promotional videos, spectacularly remixed pro-shot festival appearances, behind-the-scenes travel documentaries and home videos - and a few other fan-friendly surprises!

This will be the first “official” Lacuna Coil DVD release.

Fans take note: For more details on the fan-friendly surprises be sure to visit http://www.lacunacoil.it regularly for information!

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Within Chaos Announces More Tour Dates

KOCH Records recording artist Within Chaos has announced new U.S. tour dates in support of the band's latest album, "Virulent." Within Chaos was recenlty confirmed to perform on the Dimebag stage at this year's Ozzfest concert on August 9th, 2008 in Dallas, TX. Additionally, the band is confirmed as one of the headliners for the upcoming Dallas/Ft. Worth Metal Massacre at the Ridglea Theater on July 12th.

Within Chaos inked a worldwide, four-album deal with KOCH Records last summer. The group's debut CD, "Virulent," was mixed and mastered by Ben Schigel and was released on October 23, 2007.

The latest Within Chaos' tour dates are as follows:

June 6 Tyler, TX Click June 15 Murfreesboro, NC Zakk's
June 7 Baton Rouge, LA Clicks June 17 Virginia Beach, VA Gils
June 9 Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar June 20 Huntington, WV Paradox Rift
June 10 Columbus, GA SOHO June 25 Parma, OH Jigsaw
June 12 Charleston, SC Oasis June 28 Sandusky, OH The Underground
June 13 Fayetteville, NC Jesters June 29 Creve Coeur, IL Tops & Tails
June 14 Raleigh, NC Volume 11

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Children Of Bodom Bassist Posts Gigantour Report

CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith has posted this message from Gigantour 2008:

"Yo yo yo,

"We are here in Arizona! It rains and it is like 60 degrees! Sweet.

"Tomorrow flying home, and of course it sounds sleazy, but it is kind a sad, such funny and good people on this tour. And the whole package has pulled many people each night, which is amazing.

"The other night in San Diego was bad for us though. During 'In Your Face' our light console went down. So we played in almost complete darkness. Haha, that was weird, and difficult of course. And the rest of the show we got lights, but just basic bright ones and nothing moving pretty much. It felt like playing in Youth Club's Christmas party. But luckily the crowd didn't seem to care. We were just laughing and had good times.

Last days some of us caught Bronchitis, again, so it's rough now! But as said, tonight is the last night!"

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The Berzerker Announces U.K. Tour Dates

THE BERZERKER have announced these new UK tour dates:

June 25 - Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK - The Attic at Sawyers
June 26 - Nottingham, UK - Junktion 7
June 27 - Newport, Wales - TJ's
June 28 - Plymouth, UK - The White Rabbit
June 29 - Leeds, UK - Ghostfest
June 30 - Glasgow, Scotland - Ivory Blacks
July 1 - Nuneaton, UK - Queens Hall
July 2 - London, UK - The Underworld

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Otep Posts "Crooked Spoons" Video Online

Otep have posted the new video to their latest single "Crooked Spoons" online. CHeck it out below.

Band leader Otep Shamaya has spoken about what the song means to her: “The video is an exposition of the American way in all of its beautiful contradictions: sex, violence, solidarity, betrayal, lust, power, religion. I was reading Nietzsche when I was writing the early lyrics for this song, and was captured by his ideas on the world being “the will to power” and how humanity has a natural appetite for destruction. I find this song to be seductive, erotic, dangerous, and provocative. It’s one of my favorites.” More...

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Landmine Marathon Recording New Album

Landmine Marathon entered the studio earlier this month to record a new album. The group is currently recording guitars at guitarist Ryan Butler's own Arcane Digital Recording in Chandler, Arizona. Titled "Rusted Eyes Awake," the effort will hit stores later this year via Level Plane Records.

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East Of The Wall Signs To Fogotten Empire Records

Fogotten Empire Records has announced that they will be releasing East Of The Wall's debut album. "Featuring members of Biclops, Day Without Dawn, East Of The Wall is one of the best progressive instrumental bands we have heard of," states the label.

More details about the release will be announced soon. In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Destruction Posts New Album Trailer Online

German thrash legends have posted a trailer for their upcoming album "D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N." online. You can check it out below.

The album is expected to be released on August 29th in Europe.

"D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N." track listing:

01. Devolution
02. Elevator To Hell
03. Vicious Circle - The 7 Seven Deadly Sins
04. Offenders Of The Throne
05. Last Desperate Scream
06. Urge (The Greed Of Gain)
07. The Violation Of Morality
08. Inner Indulgence
09. Odyssey Of Frustration
10. No One Shall Survive More...

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Stalingrad Readies Debut Album, Release Party

Stalingrad, the newest heavy metal band to hit the Toronto metal scene, is set to release their self-titled debut album on May 29th, featuring their first single, "State of Hypocrisy." "Filled with cutting edge lyrics and hair-raising music, Stalingrad can appeal to all senses," states the band.

In celebration, an album release party will be held at the Velvet Underground in Toronto on May 29, 2008 at 8pm, including an exclusive performance from Stalingrad. CDs and t-shirts will be available for sale at the venue.

In the meantime, you can check out some of Stalingrad's material on their MySpace page.

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The Metal Community Pays Tribute To Meldrum Leader

Black Label Society lead singer/ guitarist Zakk Wylde has posted the following message regarding the recent death of Meldrum leader Michelle Meldrum:

"I cannot believe this. Michelle was like a sister to me and all of the Black Label camp. I remember the first show that Meldrum played with us. The whole band was so great, but Michelle was the guitarist, so we talked shop all the time. She was loving and you could always talk to her about any problems you have, so caring.

God has a guitar-ripping angel in his house now.

God bless you, Michelle. You will be missed and thought of every time I set foot onstage." More...

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Cyptopsy Planning Canadian Tour

CRYPTOPSY have issued the following announcement:

"We are very excited to announce that our first headlining tour for The Unspoken King will be a cross Canada tour with ORIGIN and THE LAST FELONY this upcoming September. It will not only give us the opportunity to demonstrate the brutality in which the new Cryptopsy has been founded, but it will also give us the chance to silence the people who are adamantly opposed to our new sound. Throughout this tour we hope to enthrall fans when they hear their old favorites because they are just as brutal as before while gaining a far more energetic live performance.

"To all our fans and friends across Canada we cant wait to see you and to share the stage once again with the excellent band Origin and Montreal newest sensation The Last Felony it seem like good times are in order for September.

"Exact dates and cities will be announce later on."

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Sepultura Finishes Recording Drum Tracks

Sepultura bassist Paulo Xisto has posted the following message via Myspace:

"Just letting you know what's cooking in the studio: The machine Jean (Dolabella) has record 20 songs in two days and at the moment, we are ahead of our schedule. Later on today we will be listen to all material and move forward to the next step: guitars!"

The album is expected to drop in October.

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Metallica Allowing Fans To Pre-Order The New Album

METALLICA has issued the following update:

"Enough already...we've seen everything in this little preview of yours...let's get on with it! Okay, okay...on May 27th Mission: Metallica becomes our way to bring you in and share with you not only the writing and recording process that's been taking place in the last 18 months, but also what's ahead between now and when the record is in your hands. And instead of waiting and releasing some "making of the record" additional DVD in a bullshit deluxe package when the album comes out, we figured why not let you be part of it up front?

"Here's the deal...Mission: Metallica is your chance to be on the inside of the new album with fly on the wall video footage, riffs and excepts of the music, studio photos, cool contests, and some trips back in time to Lars' vault with live downloads and rare photos. You're going to be part of the experience over the next four months or so as we put the finishing touches on the album, including mixing, mastering, artwork, photo sessions, etc. More...

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