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Metal News for May 27, 2006

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New Slayer 9/11 Song Could Cause Some Controversy

According to the World Entertainment News Network, SLAYER has sparked controversy with a new song about 9/11 from the terrorists' viewpoint.

The California foursome were fed up with other bands' American perspective of the attacks on New York and Washington D.C. in 2001, so they wrote their own unique version.

Guitarist/songwriter Jeff Hanneman has angered 9/11 victims' families with the extremist angled track "Jihad", which will feature on their new album.

Guitarist Kerry King says, "In America every band under the sun has written their 9/11 song. And that's why I didn't want to have any part of it, but this is really cool. It kind of has an 'Angel of Death' feel because it doesn't condemn anyone or say that anyone's right or wrong."

In related Slayer news, the National Day of Slayer (on 6.6.06) has gone International. The organizers of the "National day of SLAYER" have issued the following press release:

"In our pluralistic modern world, it seems like every group gets a holiday or month dedicated to its activities — except metalheads. Responding to the overbearing moralism of the American holiday for Christian prayer, two headbangers created a holiday of their own: the National Day of Slayer.

Little did they know that this holiday would become popular worldwide, prompting an outpouring of translations, dedications, and most of all, vows in over 20 countries to "Stay home from work, and listen to SLAYER instead." Even the SLAYER guys weighed in on Los Angeles' KNAC radio, saying the concept was hilarious and they wish they'd thought of it first. A groundswell of popularity is making this holiday a reality!

"We need a holiday to celebrate great metal music instead of going to a boring job," said JT, NDoS Director. "When National Day of Slayer was created, it was a protest against how SLAYER is ignored by the workaday world. Now, it's a phenomenon reaching the furthers corners of the globe."

This June 6, if you're a metalhead or just like the music of SLAYER, join us for an "INTERnational Day of Slayer" by putting off your normal responsibilities and enjoying an entire day of SLAYER. For too many years the vibrant culture of heavy metal music has been ignored, but now there's a holiday for metalheads... worldwide.

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Full Blown Chaos Cancel More Shows

New York-based hardcore/metal band FULL BLOWN CHAOS were forced to cancel their appearances in Bakersfield, Reno, Boise and Cleveland after the group's vocalist, Ray Mazzola, was taken ill. "Ray woke up with the same pain as he did when he first got bit by the black widow spider," the band write on their web site. "Just when he was getting better. This dude looked like death sitting in the back our van. He was definitely in no shape to play shows or be stuck in a van. So for Ray's heatlh we decided to just head home. 52 hours and about 3,000 miles later we finally got home. So Ray can rest up for our shows in June and Ozzfest."

FULL BLOWN CHAOS' new album, "Within the Grasp of Titans", is scheduled for release on July 25 via Stillborn. The band have also lined up some Ozzfest "off" dates with UNEARTH, THE RED CHORD, A LIFE ONCE LOST, WALLS OF JERICHO and ALL THAT REMAINS.

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Korn Joined By Fear Factory Guitarist?

According to a posting on KornTV.co.uk and various Internet reports, KORN have enlisted FEAR FACTORY guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers as the replacement for the recently departed Rob Patterson.

Rob, who was previously the guitarist for OTEP, joined KORN as the backup guitarist in July 2005, filling the slot left vacant by the departure of Brian "Head" Welch.

After KORN's first summer European show on Thursday (May 25) at the Super Bock Super Rock XL festival in Lisbon, Portgual, several fans claimed that they saw Olde Wolbers performing with the group at the concert.

FEAR FACTORY are not currently on tour and have no dates scheduled until the fall. However, it is not clear if Wolbers will only be joining KORN for the European leg of the "See You on the Other Side" world tour or if his tenure with the group will be extended to include the upcoming Family Values trek.

KORN's upcoming DVD, "Live On The Other Side", will receive a big screen premiere on June 19 at more than 100 theatres in 70 markets nationwide. Along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and music videos, the disc will feature excerpts from a private show the band played for contest winners and U.S. soldiers on a plane headed to New York from Europe.

The DVD will be in stores on June 20.

KORN will headline the Family Values tour this summer, which begins on July 27 in Virginia Beach. The main stage lineup also features DEFTONES, STONE SOUR, FLYLEAF and DIR EN GREY.

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Founding Rough Silk Guitarist Dies

Singer Ferdy Doernberg of the German epic/melodic metallers ROUGH SILK has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"Unfortunately I have some very sad news. Hilmer Staacke, the original guitar player of ROUGH SILK died yesterday He had asthma from birth and unfortunately didn't survive the last episode. I don't know any details yet. Ralf [Schwertner, ex-bassist] just called me and informed me about Hilmer's death.

"I'm in L.A. at the moment and ironically playing four shows with Hilmer's favorite guitar player, Warren DeMartini from RATT. I'm shocked at the moment and really don't know what to write. Hilmer, Ralf and I went to school together and founded ROUGH SILK. Hilmer leaves his wife and his four-year-old daughter behind.

"I'll be back in Germany on Monday and write some more news then."

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New Stone Sour Album Release Date Moved Up

A Roadrunner Records representative has confirmed that the release date of the new STONE SOUR album, "Come What(ever) May" (cover), has been moved forward to August 1 from the previously announced August 22. The CD was recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER) and marks the group's first effort since the departure of drummer Joel Ekman. Ekman has since been replaced by Roy Mayorga, who had previously played with SOULFLY in addition to recently completing a European tour with SEPULTURA.

STONE SOUR recently shot a video for "30/30-150" in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown (MÖTLEY CRÜE, OTEP). A second clip — for the track "Through Glass" — is expected to be lensed during the coming weeks. You can watch a clip of the band working in the studio here, with a rough cut of new track "Reborn" used as the soundtrack.

STONE SOUR's new album will follow up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother".

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Guns N Roses U.K. Tour Announced

According to Classic Rock magazine, GUNS N' ROSES will play the following U.K. dates in July:

Jul. 18 - Sheffield, Hallam FM Arena
Jul. 19 - Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
Jul. 21 - Glasgow, Secc
Jul. 23 - Manchester, MEN Arena
Jul. 25 - Birmingham, NEC
Jul. 27 - Nottingham Arena
Jul. 30 - London, Wembley Arena

Tickets will reportedly go on sale June 2.

As previously reported, GUNS N' ROSES looks likely to return for more U.S. shows this autumn, possibly starting in September, according to a press release. Following the band's recent four-night stand in New York City, their first live shows since late 2002, singer Axl Rose said, "We've just finished our four shows in NY and had an amazing time. NY 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."

The group, which features no original members from its classic lineup other than Axl, began a run of European festival shows today (Thursday, May 25).

Axl Rose has been saying that the band's long-delayed new album, "Chinese Democracy", will be out later this year.

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Ghoulunatics Begin Recording New Album

Montreal deathcore act GHOULUNATICS have issued the following update:

"We're headed out to Wild Studios to work with acclaimed producer and good friend Pierre Remillard (CRYPTOPSY, A PERFECT MURDER, etc.) (Thursday, May 25). This time around Pierre will be involved in the project from A to Z as he will be recording, mixing and mastering this one. The whole band is ready to go and we can't wait to lay down these 10 new tracks for our fifth studio album.

"This CD will be a special one and is dedicated to our Francophone fans here in the province of Quebec and all over who have supported GHOULUNATICS by coming to our shows, buying our CD's and merch, writing us and just being the best fans a band could have! Sounds a bit cheesy you might say, but it's the truth and we're proud to say it. If you've ever been to a show here in the province of Quebec, you know what I'm talking about! So get ready all you crazy lunatics, this album will be 100% in French!!

"The album will be called 'Cryogenie', and will be available in August via Galy Records in Canada and via Enragé Productions in France. We'll be touring Quebec for 9 days straight starting August 31 with French hardcore outfit TAGADA JONES and we should be heading back to Europe to tour with them for two weeks in November.

"GHOULUNATICS will only be playing four shows before September, two of those as part of a two-day festival with DISFEAR and MISERY INDEX among others.

"The band is currently seeking to secure Canadian show dates until December."

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Jourgensen Planning The Last Ministry Album

Billboard.com reports: Ministry's days are numbered, according to group leader Al Jourgensen.

Jourgensen, who has led the group and its numerous side projects since 1981, says that after Ministry finishes its current MasterBaTour, he plans to go right back into the studio for what he says will be "the last Ministry album." And, he promises, this is no cheap ploy to get attention for the band.

"I've got other things to do," Jourgensen explains. "I just started a label (13th Planet Records), and I want to sign some bands and really build it up like I did with WaxTrax in the '80s, not just a vanity label. I think it's time -- and I'll be leaving on the top of my game instead of hanging on too long and doing crappy Aerosmith and Rolling Stones albums 30 years later."

Jourgensen, who lives near Waco, Texas, says that like its two predecessors -- 2004's "Houses of the Mole" and this year's "Rio Grande Blood" -- the final Ministry album will be politically minded blast at the administration of President George W. Bush.

"It's a trilogy," Jourgensen says. "The next one's going to be called 'The Last Sucker,' and it's also about this corrupt administration. That seems to be my muse; everyone seems to think I write real shitty music when a Democrat's in office. So we'll do that one, and then me and George Bush go riding off hand-in-hand, into the sunset."

Jourgensen has plenty to do on the road these days as well. Besides fronting Ministry, he's opening the shows -- which are booked into late July -- with one of his other bands, the Revolting Cocks, whose latest album, "Cocked and Loaded," came out March 7 and features guests such as ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander, the Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes and former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra. Jourgensen says that playing in both bands is rewarding -- but tiring.

"It sounded good on paper when I drew it up but, yeah, I'm feeling about 90 right now," he says with a laugh. "But it's cool. I can cut loose with the Cocks and then use the brain on the kind of focused agenda of Ministry, which is pretty much the same as anyone's dichotomous life."

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Winds Announce Guest Musicians On New CD

WINDS have announced the names of several musicians that will make guest appearances on their upcoming album. Those appearing are:

Agnete M. Kirkevaag (Madder Mortem, Frantic Bleep)
Lars A. Nedland (Borknagar, Solefald)
Øystein Moe (Ulver, Tritonus)

Andy Winter, piano player and main songwriter, comments: “These guys were selected by the four of us based on our deep admiration for their talents, and we are both honored and grateful that they chose (and found in time in their busy schedules) to participate in enhancing our new record with their presence.” WINDS is currently working on completing the remaining recording sessions for their fourth record, the follow-up to the well-received 2004 offering The Imaginary Direction Of Time. The upcoming album will be mixed and completed during late summer or early fall of 2006. The album will be released on THE END RECORDS sometime before the end of the year.

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Slayer Warm-up Shows Not To Be Rescheduled

SLAYER's previously announced sold-out "warm-up" dates — June 2 at New Oasis in Sparks, NV and June 3 at Senator Theatre in Chico, CA — will **NOT** be rescheduled to take place following the Denver date at the end of July, despite a previous announcement to the contrary. Scheduling conflicts are believed to be the reason behind this decision, which was triggered by the postponement of the tour's start date so as to allow SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya sufficient time to recover from a recent minor gall-bladder surgery.

As previously reported, Araya's two-hour May 5 procedure forced SLAYER to suspend the June 6 launch of this summer's Unholy Alliance Tour, which also features LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED. The trek will instead kick off June 15 in Camden, New Jersey, and run through July 26 in Denver.

SLAYER's still-untitled follow-up to "God Hates Us All", which was released on Sept. 11, 2001, is due July 25 via American Recordings. For the project, the group reteamed with longtime collaborator Rick Rubin to executive produce their first new album with their four original members since 1990's "Seasons in the Abyss".

SLAYER will preview their first album in five years with an EP exclusively available at Hot Topic stores. The album will include "Cult", the lone new song the band plans to play live on the upcoming Unholy Alliance Tour.

In related news, Kerry King recently spoke to Kerrang! Magazine about the new album and even the national day of Slayer. You can check out the complete interview here.

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McQueen Sign Worldwide Deal w/ Demolition Records

McQueen have signed a Worldwide deal with Demolition records to release their hotly anticipated debut album "Break the Silence" later this summer. Demolition Records have in recent years earned a reputation as one of the UKs leading independent rock labels with many older and larger rock acts opting to sign to them including the likes of Hanoi Rocks, Van Halens’ Dave Lee Roth and Twisted Sister.

Meanwhile Demolition have also cultivated a strong string of new acts led by Japanese scuzz rockers Electric Eel Shock who are starting to break worldwide. Now McQueen look primed to follow in their footsteps.

Their album "Break the Silence" was recorded in sections inbetween a healthy touring schedule that has spanned the last two and a half years .The album features a number of tracks mixed by Queens of the Stone Age/Tool producer “Evil” Joe Barressi who took time out to mix McQueen tracks inbetween Tool
duties.

McQueen will be supporting the release of their debut album with a heavy global touring schedule. You can check out some of their songs at their MySpace page.

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Suicide Silence Part With Drummer

Suicide Silence and drummer Josh Goddard have parted ways as a result of "differences between the band members." Alex Lopez, former guitarist of The Funeral Pyre, will be filling in on drums until further notice.

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Celtic Frost Announce New Touring Guitarist

The Emperors return! On the eve of next week’s European warm-up shows, prior to their June 3 Rock Hard Festival debut, Swiss metal pioneers CELTIC FROST have announced the addition of Norwegian guitar player Anders Odden to their touring line-up. Odden, who has played with Apoptygma Berzerk, Satyricon, Cadaver, and Mayhem, auditioned for the group in April, and returned to Zurich, Switzerland, CELTIC FROST's base, last week for dedicated tour rehearsals. A life-long CELTIC FROST devotee, Odden will be performing with the band for their summer festival performances ( full band itinerary here).

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Leaves' Eyes To Support Blind Guardian On US Tour

LEAVES' EYES will embark on an extensive tour through the USA and Canada together with BLIND GUARDIAN. The tour is scheduled for November and December of 2006.

Here are the current show dates, updates will follow soon:
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