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Metal News for May 29, 2007

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7 news articles posted on this day.

VBS.tv Posts Heavy Metal Baghdad Series Online

VBS.tv has posted a moving three-part series called Heavy Metal Baghdad. It is a story about a group of guys and what they have to go through in a war torn country to play in a band. The first segment was about sneaking into Iraq for the story, followed by the second segment which was about said metal band Acrassicauda, and what they have to go through living in Iraq as metal heads.

In the third installment, the band has united in Damascus, Syria and play a reunion concert. The VBS.tv staff went to the show, hung out with them, and then recorded a demo with the band.

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Project 86 Ready New Album, Plan Summer Tour

Tooth and Nail recording artists PROJECT 86 are now counting down the days to an extremely busy summer. Having just finished their sixth full-length album, Rival Factions which is slated for release on June 19th, the Orange County residents will spend the entire summer on the road playing to their fan base that is ten years strong, but sure to enlist many more along the way (dates below).

Project 86 will be heading to Chicago to join the Tooth and Nail Tour on June 5th alongside the likes of MxPx, Sullivan and The Classic Crime for a handful of dates. Then, Project 86 will headline their own tour with Showbread, Inhale/Exhale and Chasing Victory. Kicking off at Cincinnati's The Underground on June 16th, the Rival Factions tour will make its way as far east as Buffalo, NY, head south for two shows in North Carolina and then head back westward to close out the tour with a hometown show at Anaheim's House of Blues on July 6th.

From the Cure-ish swirl of "Old Wave" to the minor key stomp of "Death Before Dishonor" to the punk brashness of "Light 'Em Up", Rival Factions is an album that moves Project 86 out of the metal category and into mainstream rock. "This is the first album that we highlighted the keyboards," vocalist Andrew Schwab says. "Other than that, we haven't really evolved at all. We were always on the fringes of the different styles of rock. That afforded us the ability to evolve naturally into what we are. We have always existed in this space that doesn't sit with a particular genre or group, which wasn't necessarily intentional, but has been a blessing nonetheless."

Here are the planned Project 86 summer tour dates: More...

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Ledyard Completes 3-Song Demo

Ledyard, a new band formed by Syracuse guitar legend Slider who was a songwriter/founding member of the bands Godbelow and Brand New Sin, has completed their 3-song demo. The demo includes the tracks "Sky Burns Red", "Desperate Man" and "Suicide Sister." The band is currently playing gigs and shopping the demo for a label deal.

Ledyard is:

SLIDER- guitar/ founding member
JAMES Lyons- singer
CHRIS Pullatto- guitar
JOHNNY Palmer- drums
STEPHEN Russell-bass

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Ozzfest 2007 VIP Ticket Plan Revealed

It was announced months ago that tickets for this summer's Ozzfest would be free to fans, and that the longest-running heavy metal festival would subsist on corporate sponsorships and little else.

But obtaining those free tickets for one of the dates on this year's run — which kicks off July 12 in Auburn, Washington, and continues through August 30 in West Palm Beach, Florida — might just give some metal fans a migraine.

First, you have to send an e-mail requesting tickets, and then wait for a confirmation e-mail containing a link to the Web site of one of the tour's various sponsors. Next, you have to wait until June 12 before you can enter that code on some other Web site to redeem two tickets to whichever date you'd like to attend. It's a whole rigmarole that some fans — or, more specifically, those willing to drop some serious scratch — can avoid.

That's right, folks — while this summer's Live Nation-sponsored Ozzfest will be free to most, some will fork over upward of $1,000 to get in. As in years past, Ozzfest's organizers will offer fans a number of VIP ticket packages for purchase, which will ensure them a seat for all the headbangin' action.

The festival's "Party Like a Rockstar" package — which includes preferred pavilion seating, access to the second-stage VIP viewing platform behind the mixing boards, access to the general VIP area, a behind-the-scenes tour and a special host "to help you rock harder than you have ever rocked before" — returns this summer, and will set you back $300. There's also the "I'm Part of the Show" package, which costs $666 and includes all the same perks, in addition to a seat on the Ozzfest stage during Osbourne's concert-closing set.

There's also the "Platinum" package, which will be available by auction in the not-so-distant future. The starting bid will be $1,000 and will be limited to only 10 guests per show. This offer includes everything the "I'm Part of the Show" package does, and then some. Fans who win the auction will also get a personal meeting with Osbourne and his band, along with a certificate signed by Sharon Osbourne. The proceeds of these tickets will go to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

The festival's 12th annual installment boasts a bill including Ozzy Osbourne, 3 Inches Of Blood, Ankla, Behemoth, Chthonic, Circus Diablo, Daath, Hatebreed, In This Moment, Lamb of God, Lordi, Mondo Generator, Nile, Static-X and The Showdown.

The 24-city 12th annual OZZFEST will launch July 12 in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Gorgoroth Confirm Brazillian Tour Dates

Gorgoroth have confirmed a hand full of Brazillian tour dates for September:

Sep. 13 - Brazil Campinas/ SP Hammer Rock Bar
Sep. 14 - Brazil São Paulo/ SP Hangar 110
Sep. 15 - Brazil Belo Horizonte/ MG Lapa Multishow
Sep. 16 - Brazil Rio de Janeiro/ RJ t.b.a.
Sep. 17 - Brazil Porto Alegre/ RS Bar Opinião

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Nightwish Post Studio Video Clip Online

A video clip of Finnish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH in the studio with its new singer, 35-year-old Swede Anette Blyckert (a.k.a. Anette Olzon), has been posted online. The clip also features footage of the group taking part in a couple of different photo sessions, including one in Lithuania.

Two short audio samples of NIGHTWISH's new single, "Eva", have been posted online:

You can also check out Anette Blyckert's recordings with her previous band, ALYSON AVENUE, at their MySpace page.

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Ensiferum Update European Festival Schedule

ENSIFERUM have updated their European festival schedule. It is now as follows:

1 - Turku, Finland - Klubi
21-23 - Nummijärvi, Finland - Nummirock (New date)
29 - Tavastia, Helsinki - Tuska After Party (New date)

6 - Geiselwind, Germany - Geiselwind Festival
14 - Neukirchen, Germany - Dong Open Air
20 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metalcamp 2007

22 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Hellflame Festival (New date)

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