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Metal News for May 26, 2007

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21 news articles posted on this day.

Lion's Share Post New E-Card Online

An e-card for LION'S SHARE's long-awaited comeback album, Emotional Coma, can be accessed at this location.

Emotional Coma is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS), Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION). More...

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Leaves' Eyes Announce Free Show For Germany

LEAVES' EYES will play a free open air show in their home town of Stuttgart, Germany on July 25th. The show will kick off the Henkersfest, which runs from July 26th to 29th at Wilhelmsplatz in the heart of the city. More show details will be revealed as the date gets closer.

Leaves' Eyes tour schedule is now as follows. All shows are with Kamelot unless otherwise noted:

9 - Cordoba, Spain at Viruta Rock Festival **

25 - Stuttgart, Germany at Henkersfest (free show) **

17 - West Springfield, VA at Jaxx
18 - Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance Theatre
19 - New York, NY at B.B. Kings Blues Club
20 - Hartford, CT at Webster Theatre **
21 - Bedford, NH at Mark’s Place **
22 - Montreal, QUE at Medley
23 - Quebec City, QC at L'Imperial
24 - Toronto, ON at Opera House
25 - Cleveland, OH at Peabody’s
26 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock **
27 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room
28 - St.Paul, MN at Station 4
29 - Cedar Falls, IA at Reverb **
30 - Denver, CO at Bluebird Theatre

1 - Santa Ana, CA at Galaxy Theatre
2 - Los Angeles, CA at Key Club
4 - Tempe, AZ at The Clubhouse
5 - Albuquerque, NM at Launch Pad
6 - Austin, TX at Emo's **
7 - San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit
8 - Ft. Worth, TX at Ridglea Theatre
9 - Houston, TX at The Meridian

** Leaves' Eyes headline shows, no Kamelot

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Trouble Drummer To Launch Solo EP In Early June

TROUBLE drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson will launch his debut RETRO GRAVE EP, and new web site this Tuesday, June 5. The self-titled EP, "Retro Grave" is Olson's first solo project that will include five tracks with all instruments and vocals recorded by Olson. The song "Kid Ignoble", originally recorded for the "Retro Grave" EP, has been pulled so that Chuck Robinson (TROUBLE bassist) can tweak it with Olson and release it on Olson's debut full-length, titled "Again", to be released in early 2008.

Jeff "Oly" Olson is currently on tour with TROUBLE in Europe for their "2007 Simple Mind Condition Tour" which will include the closing night at the three-day Sweden Rock Festival on June 9, opening for MOTÖRHEAD and SCORPIONS.

Previews of the "Retro Grave" EP are available at www.myspace.com/retrograve. The EP will be available to purchase when the web site and EP launch on Tuesday, June 5 at RetroGraveMusic.com.

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After Forever To Film Dutch Gig For Promo Clip

AFTER FOREVER's June 15, 2007 concert at Bibelot in Dordrecht, Holland will be filmed for the "Discord" promotional video, to be used primarily for the American market, as well as for an upcoming DVD/video release. No further details are currently available.

AFTER FOREVER will embark on a North American tour in October.

AFTER FOREVER's video for its new single, "Energize Me", has been posted online at YouTube.com. The clip was shot in February in Amsterdam, Holland. The "Energize Me" single was released on March 23, featuring the songs "Energize Me" (radio edit), "Energize Me" (album version), "Sweet Enclosure" (non-album track). More...

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Clawfinger Reveal 'Life Will Kill You' Artwork

The artwork for CLAWFINGER's upcoming album, "Life Will Kill You", has been posted at this location. Due on July 27 via Nuclear Blast Records, the Swedish rap/metal combo's new CD will contain the following track listing:

01. The Price You Pay
02. Life Will Kill You
03. Prisoners
04. Final Stand
05. None The Wiser
06. Little Baby
07. The Cure & The Poison
08. Where Can We Go From Here
09. It's Your Life
10. Falling
11. Carnivore More...

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King Diamond Announce Czech Dates

KING DIAMOND has added two shows in the Czech Republic to his current itinerary. His schedule is now shaping up as follows:

Oct. 17 - Voxhall - Aarhus, Denmark
Oct. 19 - KB - Malmö, Sweden
Oct. 20 - Amager Bio - Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct. 29 - Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden
Oct. 31 - Arenan - Gothenborg, Sweden
Nov. 02 - Metal Massacre III - Linköping, Sweden
Nov. 03 - Betong Screamfest - Oslo, Norway
Nov. 06 - Stodola Club - Warsaw, Poland
Nov. 07 - Club Studio - Krakow, Poland
Nov. 09 - Retro Music Hall - Prague, Czech Republic
Nov. 10 - Masters Of Rock Cafe - Zlin, Czech Republic
Nov. 21 - Alcatrazz - Milan, Italy More...

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Satan's Host Sign With Moribund Cult Records

Long-running Colorado metal band SATAN'S HOST, whose classic 1986 debut, "Metal from Hell", featured lead vocals by JAG PANZER's Harry Conklin, has inked a deal with Moribund Cult Records. "We are working very hard and intensely on new material, [and are] due to enter into the studio Flatline Audio [in Denver] in October 2007," the group said in a statement. "There will be reissues from our muzikal archives that are to be under the Moribund Cult in due time."

On the subject of their new label home, the band said, "We are very honored to be part of the Cult. Odin and his evil staff as well the satanic hordes/bands have been really enlightening to us. SATAN'S HOST has worked for an opportunity like this for well over twenty years. We believe that this unholy alliance is of the truisum in satanic metal from hell...666"


Patrick Evil - Guitar (7 Strings of Sin)
Eli Elixir - Lyrical Voice of Lucifer
Derek Daracne - Abysmal Bass
Pete 3 Wicked - Drums of Satan!!!

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Cortez Sign With Buzzville Records

Allston, Massachusetts-based band CORTEZ has inked a deal with Buzzville Records for the release of its debut album, "Thunder in a Forgotten Town".

Formed in 2006 from the ashes of several of Boston's stoner rock and punk n' roll institutions, including FAST ACTIN' FUSES, SIN CITY CHAINSAW, and Portland, Maine's SUPERSOUL CHALLENGER, CORTEZ has taken everything good from their old bands and made them bigger, louder, and heavier than ever before.

With influences ranging from the proto-metal fuzz of CACTUS and DEEP PURPLE to sludge-masters the MELVINS and speed-weed monsters HIGH ON FIRE, this is band that's done its homework, and its sound stretches back through the decades, a timeless throb of heavy metal thunder and endless, rolling grooves.

"Thunder in a Forgotten Town" was recorded in December of 2006 at New Alliance Studios, the same house of horrors that spawned seminal releases from blister-rock champs like ROADSAW, CRACKTORCH, SCISSORFIGHT, THROTTLEROD, and countless others.

For more information, visit their Myspace page.

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Freya Film 'Suffer Not One' Video

FREYA, the Syracuse, New York-based band featuring former EARTH CRISIS members Karl Buechner (vocals) and Erick Edwards (guitar), has announced the addition of guitarist Jeddie Gentile and bassist Mike LaGrow to the group's ranks.

In other news, FREYA has filmed a video for its track "Suffer Not One" with director Rich Stahle. The clip is a performance video shot in two separate sections — outdoors in a old roofless garage and in the band's rehearsal studio. The song is currently available for streaming at FREYA's MySpace page. Check out photos from the "Suffer Not One" video shoot at this location. More...

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Down Below To Support Type O Negative In Germany

German gothic rockers DOWN BELOW will support TYPE O NEGATIVE on the following dates:

Jun. 04 - Docks - Hamburg, GER
Jun. 15 - Columbiahalle - Berlin, GER

DOWN BELOW's new album, "Sinfony 23", will be released on June 29 via Universal Music. Check out audio samples at this location.


Neo-Scope - Voice
Carter - Guitars
Convex - Bass
Mr. Mahony - Drums

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Commander Post Live Video Of New Song Online

German death metal act COMMANDER has posted a live video of the new track "Vengeful Angel" at YouTube. The song is expected to appear on the band's the forthcoming album, "The Enemies We Create", due later in the year.

COMMANDER will support BEHEMOTH on the following dates:

May 27 - Zagreb (CRO) – Mocvara
May 28 - Sarajevo (BiH) - SA Club

COMMANDER released its acclaimed debut album, "World's Destructive Domination", last year via Bad Land Records/Point Music.

For more information, visit their Myspace page.

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See Red Post New EP Tracks Available For Streaming

Four tracks from rising U.K. melodic metal band SEE RED's forthcoming "Rise" EP are now available for streaming at the band's MySpace page. The EP will be released in early July on the Sinister Chimp label.

SEE RED's last EP, "Scars Across Your Soul", received positive reviews around the world, with Powerplay magazine predicting that "SEE RED will have a big future."

In other news, SEE RED vocalist/guitarist Rich Davenport has been invited to perform an acoustic set at the second Philip Lynott Statue Anniversary Show in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, August 18. Rich will be playing as part of a duo with TEMPLE DOGS vocalist/guitarist Dave Rowley.

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Pain Link Completes Work On New EP

Northern Kentucky thrash metallers PAIN LINK have just finished recording a new four-song video-enhanced EP, titled "Uncivil Servant". The band has scheduled a June 23 CD-release show at The Mad Hatter in Covington, Kentucky. The disc will also be available at CDBaby.com, at the band's web site, and at their live shows.

The cover artwork for "Uncivil Servant" has been posted online at this location

You can check out a track from the upcoming release at the band's MySpace page. A video trailer for the release show can be seen here. More...

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When The Deadbolt Breaks, Negative Reaction Split

Spare Change Records will release a split with When The Deadbolt Breaks and Negative Reaction. The album will feature four songs per band and a Black Sabbath cover with members of both bands combined. PsycheDOOMelic Records is co-releasing the album and handling European distribution. The effort will see an August 21st release.

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Ozzy and Zakk Wylde Talk About "Black Rain"

"Talking Metal"'s coverage of the 2007 edition of "VH1 Rock Honors" continues with exclusive video podcasts featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde.

Both videos can be downloaded at this location and the entire 15-minute audio version of the Ozzy Osbourne interview can be heard on "Talking Metal" episode #147.

The four-minute Ozzy episode includes excerpts from the 15-minute interview hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with Ozzy in Las Vegas on May 11. Topics include the Moscow Music Peace Festival, BLACK SABBATH, Ozzfest, THE BEATLES, and Jack Osbourne. The Zakk Wylde episode, entitled "The Making of the Zakk Wylde Interview" marks Wylde's directorial debut on "Talking Metal". In this two-minute comedy skit, Wylde casts someone else to portray him in an interview about music and women.

Also appearing in this "making-of" segment are host John Ostronomy and ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez, who acted as one of the cameramen.

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First Ever Abducted Metal Fest Details Announced

The first ever Abducted Metal and Horror Festival has been announced, and will be held at the Arena in Brisbane on the 21st of July, with doors opening at 5pm. Twenty bands, including some of the best coming out of Australia right now, will play across three stages, and the festival will also feature horror cinema, gothic dance and the launch of the new DVDzine 'Up-Skirt'. Tickets are available from the Arena, Oztix, Skinny, and Rocking Horse, and more information on the festival can be found at this location. The line-up for the festival is as follows:

Blood Duster,
Mortal Sin,
Pod People,
Fuck... I'm Dead,
Kill for Satan,
Double Dragon,
Five Star Prison Cell,
The Day Everything Became Nothing,
Anger in Motion,
The Death,
State of Integrity, and

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3IoB Talk About New Album, Black Metal Influences

TheNewsTribune.com reports: Most of the members of the metal band 3 Inches of Blood have moved back to their home turf in Vancouver, B.C., after spending time in Tacoma last year writing songs for their new CD “Fire Up the Blades.”

That album – which will reportedly be a lot lighter on Dungeons & Dragons imagery than 2004’s “Advance and Vanquish” – is due from Roadrunner Records next month. And Saturday’s performances at Hell’s Kitchen will be a homecoming of sorts, with lots more to celebrate, including a gig on this summer’s Ozzfest tour.

So we caught up with screamer Jamie Hooper to get the skinny.

You hooked up with Joey Jordison from Slipknot for this album.

Yep, he produced it. I think it turned out pretty well. It was a really cool collaboration. It was pretty mellow to work with him. It basically involved a lot of PBR consumption and lots of hangin’ out talkin’ about black metal.

Was there a lot of that black metal influence?

It wasn’t so much that things are sounding black metal, but it’s definitely (had) an influence. I think the songs are a little more intense. They’re a little faster. They’re a little darker, just like lyrically and whatnot.

But we’ve still got a couple of the rock ’n roll songs, dealing with topics such as drinking beer and that sort of thing. There’s still a few party songs in there.

But not as many orcs?

Yeah, not as many orcs; a little more “Mad Max,” apocalyptic doom scenario. (There’s) a couple of songs dealing with Canadian native mythology and that sort of thing.

Read the full article at TheNewsTribune.com.

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Paint It Black Prepares New Album

Paint It Black is currently finishing up the writing process for their next album. The effort will be co-produced J. Robbins and Oktopus. Here's a statement from the band:

"This is a really exciting time for us here at Paint It Black HQ. We've been hard at work polishing up the new songs for our next album, and we finally have all the logistics mapped out. This album will be co-produced by J. Robbins and Oktopus (aka Alap Momin). The initial tracking with be done in Baltimore at the Magpie Cage by Mr. Robbins, who in addition to recording/producing our last album, 'Paradise,' and being the founding member and primary songwriter of Jawbox, has numerous production credits to his name, including the soon-to-be-released new Modern Life is War album, the Black Cross full-length, and emo-pop masterpeices such as Braid, Jets to Brazil, and Promise Ring. We have a long-standing relationship with J. both as friend and colleague and are thrilled to be working with him again.

We're especially excited to be joining forces with Oktopus, who for the uninititated, is the genius behind the apocalyptic wall-of-sound that is Dalek (Ipecac Recordings). As a producer/engineer, he's pioneered an innovative sound in independent music, forging a unique synthesis of sounds that is equal parts Swans, Public Enemy, My Bloody Valentine, and Sonic Youth. After putting initial tracks to tape in Baltimore, we'll relocate to DeadVerse Studions in Northern NJ for overdubs, sonic tinkering, conceptual overhauling, low-end theory, and mixing.

For those of you who are getting worried that this is sounding too wierd or experimental, rest assured that the backbone of this album is still straight-ahead Hardcore Punk, equally inspired by Minor Threat, Poison Idea, Black Flag, Ignition, Embrace, Naked Raygun, with lyrics inspired by both political frustration and personal and redemption. The songs are still short and to the point. We just feel that Hardcore is always at risk of getting stale and aesthetically rigid, and feel a responsibilty to keep pushing it into new territory. We can't wait to get started."

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Sleep Terror Parts With Singer and Drummer

Sleep Terror has announced the departure of both singer Tim Richardson and drummer Dave McGraw. According to Sleep Terror founder Luke Jaeger, "Tim has declined vocal duties due to relocation issues, and Dave is no longer playing to standards and performing as cleanly as expected."

Jaeger continues, "This is currently resuming as a solo project once again, possibly a recording one for the time being until capable live members fill the ranks. And yes, Sleep Terror is still signed to Blackmarket Activities and only the best is to come."

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Heaven And Hell, Megadeth Live Video Online

Video footage of HEAVEN AND HELL and MEGADETH performing on May 12 at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan have been posted online. You can check it out on YouTube.

Rhino has officially set August 28 as the release date for the HEAVEN AND HELL "Live from Radio City Music Hall" DVD and two-CD set. As the title implies, both the DVD and CD packages will include HEAVEN AND HELL's (the band featuring BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio, and drummer Vinny Appice) performance on March 30, 2007 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Several full-length video clips of HEAVEN AND HELL performing on March 13 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada have been posted online at YouTube.com.

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All That Remains Confirm Mexican Tour Dates

ALL THAT REMAINS have confirmed a set of dates upon which the band will make its first appearance in Mexico. Prior to the band departing for a European trek, including an appearance at Wacken: Open Air in August, ALL THAT REMAINS will play four shows in Mexico after touring through Canada with Protest The Hero, as well as appear on a Sounds of the Underground date in New Jersey.

"Ok, we need a new van," says frontman Phil Labonte. "This time it's the fuel pump and the main seal. Bend and Spokane, we will be back. I'm sorry we had to cancel these shows and we have already started to plan the late summer/early fall dates. Look for ATR to be back in September/October. Again, we are as bummed as you guys. Now for some good news: ATR is wicked pumped to announce we are going to be hitting Mexico for the first time! So get ready Mexico...ATR is going to tear that place apart! GET INTO IT!!!"

ALL THAT REMAINS is continuing to support the band's latest album, 'The Fall of Ideals,' which saw a July 2006 release through Prosthetic Records. Recorded with Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork), the record has spawned two videos (available here) and will lead to the band's first DVD, featuring a live headlining show, videos, interviews and behind the scenes footage. Details on the release of the ALL THAT REMAINS DVD will be available shortly.

Here are the latest ALL THAT REMAINS tour dates: More...

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