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Metal News for May 31, 2005

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15 news articles posted on this day.

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Love Is Red Call It Quits

Following months of rumors and conflicting information, it appears that Love Is Red have indeed disbanded. As you may recall, the group parted ways with vocalist Hunter Weeks and bassist Jeff Yancey in late-February, but intended to regroup and carry on. Apparently that hasn't happened. Drummer Kyle Mims is now playing drums for Evergreen Terrace, while other members have moved to various parts of the country. Formed in 2000, Love Is Red has released material with Stillborn Records and Recorse Records, and had reportedly solidified a deal with Abacus Recordings.

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Dew Scented Post New Song Online

A brand-new DEW-SCENTED track, entitled "Rituals of Time", has been posted online at Dew-Scented.net and NuclearBlast.de.

"Rituals of Time" comes off the group's upcoming CD, "Issue VI", slated for release in Europe on June 20 and North America on July 12 via Nuclear Blast Records. The U.S. version of the album will include a bonus track, "The Torrent". Similarly, the Japanese edition of the CD, due on June 22, will feature the bonus cut "Full-Blown Revenge". A special limited-edition bloodred vinyl version of "Issue VI" will be released on June 24 via Beniihana Records (more info on www.beniihana-records.com).

The follow-up to 2003's "Impact", "Issue VI" (view cover here) was recorded at Stage One studios in Borgentreich, Germany with producer Andy Classen (CALLENISH CIRCLE, TANKARD, OCCULT). Classen, who produced the previous DEW-SCENTED albums "Inwards" (2002) and "Impact", "did an outstanding job once [again] and definitely managed to deliver his best production (for us, at least...) ever!" the band write on their web site.

Regarding their recent and upcoming live appearances, DEW-SCENTED write, "We had a great time over at Minneapolis Mayhem festival in the U.S. earlier this month. Thanks to everybody we met there...we look forward to seeing you back in November on the coast-to-coast North American tour (more details on this soon!). Actually, due to the commitment for the next U.S. tour, we had to again cancel our previously confirmed appearance on the IX Metal Forces Festival in November. Sorry about that...we will appear on the 2006 edition instead! Oh and yeah, of course, we are soon to confirm European touring for later 2005 as well. More details soon!" A complete listing of upcoming DEW-SCENTED shows can be found here.

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Metallica's 'Vault' Website To Cease Operation

METALLICA's official web site has been updated with the following message , 'We have some good news and bad news about the closure of the Metallicavault.com website.'

"First, the bad news: We're sorry to announce that, effective on June 6, 2005, the Metallica Vault (www.metallicavault.com) will cease operation."

"Since it started in June 2003 (with the release of 'St. Anger'), the Vault has been a unique haven for us (as well as you) to offer live shows from throughout METALLICA's history for download to anyone who had an access code (provided inside copies of the 'St. Anger' CD). In that time, 18 shows were posted, and over 250,000 fans checked out the site and over 20 million free downloads flowed through cyberspace."

"We opened the Vault in conjunction with our friends at Speakeasy, who were kind enough to provide the bandwidth and logistics. However, the expenses of hosting and maintaining the site for two years didn't quite add up to the returns they were hoping for — unfortunately, the Internet isn't free to those who make it possible."

"Now the good news: There will be an abbreviated version of the Vault that will live on through www.livemetallica.com in the form of monthly free downloads — each month we'll offer you a few songs that you may have seen there and some that you haven't. You will need to register again, but you won't need that pesky 'key.'"


"We'd like to thank everyone who supported the Vault during its run, Speakeasy, the labels (who let us post the shows without any hassles), and THE FANS, who not only supported the site by checking it out so much, but also helped by providing us with live shows from their own archives! You guys rule. But you knew that already."

"We hope that you all agree with us that the Vault was a positive experience for everyone involved. As always, feel free to let us know what you think — we know you ain't shy!"

"So be sure to get all your downloading from www.metallicavault.com before the site closes on June 6th!"

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Madball Seeking Extra's For Video Shoot

MADBALL Seek Extras For 'HeavensHell' Video - May 31, 2005

New York hardcore legends MADBALL will be shooting a video for the track "HeavensHell" with director Dale "Rage" Resteghini (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, MUDVAYNE, UNEARTH, AGNOSTIC FRONT, MISERY SIGNALS) at Kenny's Castaways in New York City on Saturday, June 4 and are seeking extras to appear in the clip. The filming will begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. Kenny's Castaways is located at 157 Bleecker Street in New York City.

As previously reported, MADBALL recently inked a deal with Ferret Records. The band entered the studio earlier in the month with producer Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, THROWDOWN) to begin recording their new album, "Legacy", tentatively due on August 2.

MADBALL's current lineup includes vocalist Freddy Cricien, bassist Hoya, guitarist Mitts and drummer Rigg Ross.

Regarding the new MADBALL material, Cricien had previously said, "To the fans, personally I feel like it's our best material. It's still heavy, it's still in your face and talks about real life, but it also has groove and really heavy production."

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Dark Tranquillity's "The New Build" Photos Posted

Dark Tranquillity has posted some screenshots from "The New Build" video, which was shot by
director Roger Johansson. Check them out at the official Dark Tranquillity website. The full video clip will be up in a few weeks.

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Exodus To Enter The Studio

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

Just letting everyone know we are hitting the studio June 4th and all systems are go! In only nine rehearsals, Paul [Bostaph, Ex-Slayer, Forbidden] has all the songs down and everything is crushing! We are recording at Trident studios in Pacheco, California, and the record will then be mixed by the man himself, Andy Sneap. I'm fired up and ready to get started! The riffs are crazy heavy, Paul's feet are 'a flying' (yeah, I know, last time I mentioned Paul's feet it turned into a big 'this guy's feet are the fastest' sort of thing. Yes, I have heard the other guys mentioned, and yes, they are fast as fuck. Forgive me for being a bit excited!) and I will post updates from the studio on a regular basis. It's pretty remarkable that we are hitting the studio in such a short time after Tom's [Hunting] illness (he's feeling better, by the way), but right now I don't feel there is anything that can stop us. You have no idea what you are in for with this new record.

Exodus' as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2004's "Tempo of the Damned" will mark the band's first release with new singer Rob Dukes. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD is "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" (working title), which Holt has described as "one of the fastest Exodus songs of all time."

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Amorphis Work Hard On New Album

Finnish rockers Amorphis are intensively rehearsing and writing new songs for their upcoming album at the moment. On July 1st, the band will enter the Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to start the recording process. Producers will be Nino Laurenne (Thunderstone) for instruments and Marco Hietala (Nightwish) for vocals. Mikko Karmila, who already worked for Stratovarius, Nightwish, Edguy, Lullacry) and many others, will take care of the mixing afterwards.

"The new Amorphis material will be heavier than ever", the band explains. "There will be an epic theme thru the album, influenced by Finnish tradition."

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Greek Church Seeks Ban On Slipknot Show

Newsday.com reports that Greece's Orthodox Church urged concert organizers Monday to cancel a planned show by Slipknot because of the group's violent lyrics and references to the devil.

The band from Des Moines, Iowa, were performing Monday night at the open-air Lykavitos theater. Concert organizers could not be reached for comment.

Slipknot's song "I Am Hated," includes the lyrics: "The whole world is my enemy -- and I'm a walking target / Two times the devil with all the significance / Dragged and raped for the love of a mob / I can't stay -- because I can't be stopped."

The church, citing a local press report, said in a statement: "The members of the band have a shocking appearance, wearing black uniforms and masks that look like skulls."

The statement added: "Public institutions must do their duty and protect Greek citizens, especially people, from any public event that promotes Satanism."

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40 Below Summer Replace Drummer

40 Below Summer have parted ways with their drummer Carlos Aguilar and have since lined up a new replacement. Band bassist Hector "Hook" Graziani recently commented on the matter here.

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Taproot And Chevelle To Team Up For US Tour

Taproot and Chevelle will be touring together throughout the summer, dates include:

July 08th Chicago, IL - Nascar
July 09th Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room/Mural Center
July 11th Detroit, MI - State Theatre
July 12th Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
July 14th Fort Wayne, IL - Piere's
July 15th Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
July 16th Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
July 18th Toledo, OH - Centennial Park
July 21st Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
July 22nd Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
July 23rd Atlantic City, NJ - House Of Blues
July 25th Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
July 26th Dewey Beach, DE - Bay Center
July 29th Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
July 30th Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
August 01st Portland, ME - State Theatre
August 02nd Boston, MA - The Roxy
August 05th Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
August 06th Atlanta, GA - 99X Radio Show
August 08th Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
August 09th Tampa, FL - Jannus Landing
August 11th Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnace
August 12th Columbus, OH - Germain Amphitheatre
August 14th Madison, WI - Willow Island
August 16th Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
August 17th Columbus, MO - Blue Note
August 18th St. Louis, MO - UMB Bank Pavilion
August 20th Las Vegas, NE - Aladdin
August 21st Tucson, AZ - Valencia Anselmo

There has been talk of Life Of Agony and 30 Seconds To Mars serving as support on select dates of the trek, though nothing official has been announced as of yet. Taproot will release their new album "Blue-Sky Research" to stores on August 16th via Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic.

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New Slayer Cd To Be Released In October?

Slayer are rumored to be eyeing a tentative October 11th release date through American/Warner for their as-yet untitled new album.

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Cradle Of Filth Lose Keyboardist

Cradle Of Filth have parted ways with keyboardist Martin Foul, an official statement on the matter is available over at www.cradleoffilth.com.

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Dope "American Apathy" E-Card Online Now

A DOPE e-card for their "American Apathy" album, featuring audio clips from the upcoming CD, can be accessed at this location.

"American Apathy" is scheduled for release on July 26. According to EdselDope.com, the track listing for the album is shaping up as follows:

01. Survive
02. No Way Out
03. People Are People
04. Die MF Die
05. Fuck Tha Police
06. Sick (Remix)
07. Bitch (Remix)
08. Failure
09. Fuck The World
10. Suck It
11. Always
12. Bastard
13. I Don't Give A Fuck About You
14. I'm Back

DOPE will reportedly embark on a U.S. tour with MUSHROOMHEAD beginning in late July. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

DOPE last year released their first official DVD. Entitled "The Videos", the disc contains 18 full-length videos spanning the band's entire career thus far. There are only 1,000 of these DVDs in print and they can only be purchased at the group's live shows and at IndieMerchStore.com.

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More on Velvet Revolver Fantastic Four Song

According to the Cleveland Scene, VELVET REVOLVER entered Lakewood, Ohio's Lava Room Recordings on May 16 to finish recording "Come On Come In", a track for the upcoming "Fantastic Four" soundtrack. The group got into town in the afternoon, and singer Scott Weiland and producer Doug Grean immediately hit the studio to finish vocals for the track. Lava Room partner and chief engineer Mike Brown engineered the session.

"It's a great track," says Brown. "It's pretty aggressive. Scott was really rippin'. He did a few megaphone parts, bringing some of the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS parts to the band. They were definitely professionals. Scott's really serious about what he does, a real perfectionist. They were very easy to work with. We had a good time."

While the newly sober Weiland was working, ex-Gunners Slash and Duff McKagan were hanging at Rockstar, the upstairs bar at Peabody's that's been visited in recent months by members of HOOBASTANK, THE USED, and SLIPKNOT. Former GNR guitarist Gilby Clarke was playing Peabody's that night, and Duff joined Clarke's band for sleazy renditions of GUNS' "It's So Easy" and the STOOGES' "I Wanna Be Your Dog". Slash then joined the band for a cover of THE BEATLES' "Helter Skelter", and Clark stepped back in for Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door".

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Video Footage From Audioslave's Cuban Show Online

Video footage from AUDIOSLAVE's performance in Havana, Cuba earlier in the month has been posted online at Yahoo! Music. Among the tracks available for viewing are "Be Yourself", "Your Time Has Come", "Cochise", "Set It Off", and "Like A Stone".

The first American rock group to perform in Cuba in 26 years, AUDIOSLAVE's concert in Havana was an honor guitarist Tom Morello's former band, politicos RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, always discussed, but never experienced as reality.

"There were many roadblocks to keep RAGE from playing Cuba, and some of them were generated by government bureaucracy, and some were generated by internal band conflict," Morello told the Associated Press.

"Having 70,000 people singing along to us on a Havana night was amazing," he said. "I saw people throwing messages onto the stage. I saw them mouth the same words time and time again: 'Thank you.'"

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