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Metal News for May 31, 2006

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16 news articles posted on this day.

Shipwreck Signs With Deathwish Inc.

Massachusetts hardcore band Shipwreck has officially joined the Deathwish Inc. roster. The group released a self-titled 7" with Rumble Records in 2005. Prior to releasing their full-length debut, which they are currently writing, Shipwreck will release a limited addition 7". The release will be available through Deathwish this summer. For now, you can check out some of the band's material here. In related news, catch the group on tour with Palehorse and Bitter End in June. Here are the tour dates:

6/12 Columbia SC @ Club Rockaway
6/13 Orlando FL @ Will's Pub
6/14 Pinson AL @ The Old SHMA
6/15 Houston TX @ Walter's
6/16 Dallas TX @ The Red Blood Club
6/17 Albuquerque NM @ Omni Roots
6/18 Tuscon AZ @ The Gnarwell House
6/19 Las Vegas NV @ Leatherneck's
6/21 Hollywood CA @ The Knitting Factory
6/22 Pataluma CA @ The Phoenix Theatre
6/23 Orangevale CA @ VFW Post
6/25 Salt Lake City UT @ Wild Mushroom Pizza
6/26 Kansas City MO @ The Ice House
6/27 St. Louis MO @ The Lemp House
6/28 Willowbrook IL @ The Barn
6/29 Columbus OH @ Bernies
6/30 Brockton MA @ Tiger's Den

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Narziss Signs To Alveran Records

ALVERAN RECORDS has announced the signing of one of German metalcore outfit NARZISS.

NARZISS have played countless shows all over Europe and had numerous releases since their founding in 1999. Most of their records were released through their own label Circulation Records, including "Ebenbilder" (2000 Cdep / 2005 2CD rerelease), "Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt" (2002) and "Neue Welt" (2004).

Line-up changes have kept fresh influences mixing with band's sound. The current line-up is together since 2004 and consists of Alexander Bartsch (Vocals), Steven Kretschmar (Bass), Steffen Adolf (Drums), Johannes Müller (Guitar) und Sebastian Metzner (Guitar).

Here is what Johannes Müller (Guitar) has to say about the deal with ALVERAN RECORDS: "We are looking forward to what lies ahead of us and are proud to have one of the biggest and most important European HC-labels, that is constantly delivering top releases, watching out for us. None of us would have ever thought that it would be possible to get this far with Hardcore music with German lyrics. Thanks for believing in us and in the idea that got us this far in the first place and thanks to everybody who has brought us where we find ourselves right now. A BIG thank you goes out to our families and friends and to the labels that have supported and accompanied us through all these years."

You can excpect a European release of the new record called "Solang das Herz schlägt" on the 25th of August.

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xDeathstarx, Blood Stands Still, Anam Cara Tour

Initial dates for xDeathstarx's upcoming tour with Blood Stands Still and Anam Cara have been announced. The tour dates are as follows:

7/9 Lubbock, TX @ TBA
7/10 Houston, TX @ TBA
7/11 Baton Rouge, LA @ TBA
7/12 Nashville, TN @ The Anchor
7/13 Augusta, GA @ TBA
7/14 Jacksonville, FL @ New Covenant Ministries w/ Ruiner, Counting The Days
7/14 Ocala, FL @ TBA
7/16 North Port, FL @ North Port YMCA
7/17 TBA
7/18 Kernersville, NC @ Creation Skatepark
7/19 Virginia/West Virginia @ TBA
7/20 Annapolis, MD @ Knights of Columbus
7/21 Bucksport, ME @ The Kave
7/22 Marcy, NY @ First Assembly of God
7/23 Manheim, PA @ The Warehouse
7/24 Edinboro, PA @ The Hangout w/ War of Ages, Alove For Enemies
7/25 Ohio @ TBA
7/26 Indiana @ TBA
7/27 Macomb, IL @ Elk's Lodge
7/28 Bartlesville, OK @ The Wherehouse
7/29 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Glasnost
7/30 Kansas City, KS @ TBA
7/31 Nebraska, NE @ TBA

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Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Performs w/ AIC

A video clip of SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan performing the song "Down in a Hole" with ALICE IN CHAINS at the kick-off date of their first tour since 1996 in Los Angeles on May 18, 2006 has been posted online at this location.

In other news, several clips have surfaced of ALICE IN CHAINS performing in Europe on their current tour. Check them out below:

May 26, 2006 at Super Bock Super Rock festival in Lisbon, Portugal:

"Junkhead" (video)
"Would?" (video)

May 27, 2006 in Maracena (Granada), Spain:

"We Die Young" (video)
"Down in a Hole" (video)

As previously reported, ALICE IN CHAINS have announced four more U.S. dates for August, in addition to the band's previously announced performance at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota on August 11 and its headlining appearance at Locobazooka in Mansfield, Massachusetts on August 13. There's no word yet on whether the newly revealed August dates are part of a larger U.S. run. Singer William DuVall (of COMES WITH THE FALL) is handling vocals for the reunited band, which features guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney.

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Nightrage Part w/ Century Media, Seek New Label

Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic death metal band NIGHTRAGE have parted ways with Century Media Records and are currently seeking a new label home. "We are preparing new songs and we are really pleased with the outcome," NIGHTRAGE mainman Marios Iliopoulos writes on the group's web site. "We are planning to enter the studio in August."

NIGHTRAGE released their highly acclaimed second full-length album, "Descent Into Chaos", last year on Century Media.

In other news, NIGHTRAGE will be teaming up with VADER and BLOODTHORN for a Scandinavian tour in November. Tentative dates are as follows:

Nov. 11 – DEN @ TBA
Nov. 12 - DEN @ TBA
Nov. 13 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Musikens Hus
Nov. 14 - Oslo, NOR @ TBA
Nov. 15 - Kristiansand, NOR @ TBA
Nov. 16 - Bergen, NOR @ TBA
Nov. 17 - Trondheim, NOR @ Blaest
Nov. 18 - Orebro, SWE @ Satin
Nov. 19 - Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben
Nov. 20 - Gavle, SWE @ Monster
Nov. 21 - Umea, SWE @ Midnight
Nov. 22 - Oulu, FIN @ TBA
Nov. 23 - Jyvaskyla, FIN @ TBA
Nov. 24 - Helsinki, FIN @ TBA
Nov. 25 - Turku, FIN @ Klubi

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10 Years Line Up More Shows

Launch Radio Networks reports: 10 YEARS is lining up more headlining U.S. dates for the summer, with five shows in late June and early July tentatively confirmed and more to be announced shortly. The group will take SOIL and FAKTION out as support on the trek. 10 YEARS just completed its first-ever headlining jaunt in support of its 2005 debut album, "The Autumn Effect".

Singer Jesse Hasek told Launch that the band and its crew have found a new way to pass the time on tour when they're not traveling, playing or doing interviews. "Recently, a lot of the guys have gotten together to form a workout alliance," he said. "We all try to exercise and we found out the payoff to that is we feel a lot better, and we wake up not feeling like we've been hit by a train. We wake up and feel like we have energy for a change."

10 YEARS shot two new music videos last Monday (May 22) at the legendary Whisky A Go Go club in Los Angeles, for the band's current single, "Through The Iris", and the title track of "The Autumn Effect".

10 YEARS recently made an EP of four acoustic tracks available exclusively through the iTunes online music store. The digital EP includes unplugged versions of "Wasteland" and "Through The Iris".

Tentative 10 YEARS tour dates:

Jun. 20 - Beaumont, TX - Cactus Canyon
Jun. 21 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
Jun. 24 - Pensacola, FL - Seville Quarter
Jun. 25 - Tallahassee, FL - Floyd's
Jul. 02 - El Paso, TX - El Paso Country Coliseum (w/ PUDDLE OF MUDD)

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Ravage Begin Recording Second Album, "Damn Nation"

Boston, MA-based metallers RAVAGE have begun recording their second album, tentatively entitled "Damn Nation". The follow-up to "Spectral Rider" (2005, Karthago Records) will be produced by Peter Rutcho (VOMITRON, GRAVEHEART, BLISTERED EARTH, RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE) and will feature "at least 10 tracks of the scortching brand of high-energy melodic metal the band is known for," according to a press release. Cover art will be provided by Matt Andersen, who completed the cover for the band's successful "Curse Of Heaven" demo in 2003. The band has already completed the tracking of the drums and hopes to have the album completed by mid-summer.

"Damn Nation" tentative track listing:

01. Into the Shackles
02. Captive Of Sin
03. Damn Nation
04. Freedom Fighter
05. Rite Of The Night
06. The Nightmare's Hold
07. In Shattered Dreams
08. The End Of Tommorow
09. Reign Fall
10. On Through The Madness

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Negative Approach Reunion Show Planned

Seminal hardcore band Negative Approach, who broke up in 1983, will reportedly play a reunion show at Touch & Go's 25th Anniversary event on September 9th in Chicago, IL. The set will feature original members John Brannon and Chris "O.P." Moore in addition to Harold Richardson (Easy Action) and Ron Sakowski (ex-Laughing Hyenas, Easy Action).

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Shai Hulud, Remembering Never European Tour Dates

Dates for this summer's Shai Hulud, Remembering Never, and Parkway Drive European tour have been released. Here are the tour dates so far:

24/08 Germany Leipzig Conne Island Fest
25/08 Germany Gießen Muk
26/08 Switzerland Gränichen Open Air Gränichen
27/08 Belgium Ieper Ieper Fest
29/08 UK Manchester Music Box
30/08 UK Aberdeen Moshulu
31/08 UK Liverpool Roadkill
02/09 UK London Underworld
03/09 France Paris Batofar
04/09 Germany Trier Exhaus
05/09 Holland Tilburg 0.13
06/09 Germany Hamburg Molotow
08/09 Sweden Linköping Dead Fest
10/09 Germany Berlin Magnet
12/09 Hungary Budapest Süss Fel Nap
13/09 Austria Vienna Arena
14/09 Italy Ravena Rock Planet
15/09 Italy Milano Transilvania Live
17/09 Germany Karlsruhe Stadtmitte
18/09 Germany Bochum Matrix

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Rumored Line-up for Euro Unholy Alliance Tour

The rumored lineup for the European edition of the Unholy Alliance Tour, set to take place this fall, is as follows:

SLAYER
IN FLAMES
CHILDREN OF BODOM
LAMB OF GOD
THINE EYES BLEED

At this time, there has been no confirmation on the billing from any of the acts that are rumored to be involved in the tour.

Nuclear Blast Records had previously announced that their recent signing, the up-and-coming U.K. band MENDEED, will take part in the European version of the Unholy Alliance Tour. However, this has not been officially confirmed by the SLAYER camp.

In related Slayer news, a 10 sec snippet of a new SLAYER track, entitled "Cult", is available at the band's official web site. It also says that you can hear "Cult" on slayer.net and itunes on 06/06/06 @ 6:06AM.

You can already pre-order the Cult CD-single on Amazon.com.

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With Honor to Release Collection of Early Material

To promote their upcoming European tour with Ignite, With Honor will release a collection of early material, including their self-titled EP, their "Heart Means Everything" album, and their split with The Distance. The release will be called "The Journey" and features remastering from Bill Henderson. Burning Season Records will release the CD.

With Honor parted with vocalist Todd Mackey earlier this year and Kevin White "Whitey"(former Sick of it All tech/current Scream Out vocalist) has been handling vocal duties for the band's live performances.

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Judas Priest Talk About Making Of "Nostradamus"

JUDAS PRIEST have revealed more details about their upcoming first conceptual album, which is based upon the life and predictions of the 16th century French prophet Nostradamus. In a May 24, 2006 appearance on the "Rockline" syndicated radio show, PRIEST frontman Rob Halford and guitarist Glenn Tipton spoke about the songwriting process for the CD and their touring plans, which are expected to include a performance of the entire album from beginning to end at each show on the trek. A couple of excerpts from the "Rockline" appearance follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):

On the songwriting process for "Nostradamus":

Tipton: "We've been considering a concept album for quite a while now, and our manager actually brought up the subject of Nostradamus, which we're all interested in. There's so many moods. The actual album is based upon his life as opposed to his predictions and things like that. It's all about his life, which is really interesting — full of incident and drama. We all felt very strongly there were so many moods there to tackle that it would make a great subject matter for a concept album."

Halford: "It's gonna be great, because, as Glenn was saying, he's [Nostradamus] a very mysterious character. We're gonna convey that kind of atmosphere in the music. Glenn, K.K. [Downing, guitar] and myself have already been writing back in England, and the early roots of 'Nostradamus' — they just sound incredible. We are doing some things differently. It will be a metal/rock opera-type production, so it will be strong. It will be everything you love about PRIEST. We're looking forward to it."

Tipton: "We're well on the way [in the songwriting department]. We've got a large portion of it completed on the writing side. I can safely say it's probably the most unique thing we've done. We've got an abundance of material, and we'll paste it all together and we'll shortly go into the studio and begin putting it all down."

Halford: "It's great. We're stoked. I can hear the songs in my head right now. It's gonna be incredible. The thing about Nostradamus is that, as difficult as it will be [to write a concept album based on his life], and it's a joy to face that challenge, it's a little easier in some sense [than writing a regular album], because you've got your plot. You've got your whole thing there laid out for you — you've got this real living, breathing person, who's now dead. But you've got the whole story of his life. And you just explore that and you try and find a way to kind of bring that about in a musical presentation. So the writing process is still the much the same. The three of us get together in a room, and we're talking about each particular moment in Nostradamus' life and we're trying to fit in the moods and emotions to those particular chapters."

"It's more about his life, because everybody knows him more about his prophecies. He's never really gone out of the news in hundreds and hundreds of years, and there are some that believe in his prophecies and some that don't. His life was a difficult life. He went through a lot of rough times. He was a brilliant doctor of medicine — he partly cured the great plague of Europe, he was able to save thousands of people, but couldn't save his wife and kids, which is tragic. And he was chased all over the country by the Roman Catholic Church. There's a ton of stories that you can really investigate musically."

On touring plans:

Halford: "Well, as ever, when 'Nostradamus' is completed, we're gonna go out and tour with that. It will be kind of unique, because we're intending and hoping that we'll be able to perform the complete 'Nostradamus' piece from front to back, which is something that PRIEST has never done. We were saying earlier today to our friends at VH1 that we're always looking for some new adventures and this will be one of them. So when we do go out with 'Nostradamus', that's what you'll experience — you'll have the whole recording from front to end. So it'll be that, and I dare say after that there'll be some more PRIEST touring covering all of our extensive back catalog of songs."

Tipton: "We wanna go out next time and do a completely different set, 'cause there's so many songs that people want us to play, and obviously there's only so much time we can play on stage. So we've got really a great setlist — potential setlist. We're going back to the real early days to draw songs from there. So we've got a lot of interesting projects ready to go."

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Nerve Gas Tragedy, The Red Death NE Tour Dates

Nerve Gas Tragedy, The Red Death, My Bitter End, and This Moment will tour the Northeast together in August. Here are the dates:

8/18 Connecticut @ TBA
8/19 Westfield, MA @ Italian Club
8/20 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards (Red Death, My Bitter End only)
8/21 Lancaster, PA @ American Legion
8/22 Baltimore, MD @ TBA
8/23 Rustburg, VA @ American Legend Choppers
8/24 Virginia Beach, VA @ The Peppermint Beach Club
8/25 Washington DC @ TBA
8/26 Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
8/27 Elmira, NY @ The Amp

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Virgin Steele To Release New Album In September

Long-running New York power metallers VIRGIN STEELE have posted the following message on their official web site:

"The new VIRGIN STEELE album is almost finished. Mixing commenced several weeks ago, and David [DeFeis, vocals] is nearly finished with all the tracks. He should have the mixing wrapped up within a week or two, and then he needs a few days more for mastering. All looks quite promising for an early September release. We will keep you informed.

"In related news, David and Edward [Pursino, guitar] flew over to Germany last week for a listening session for the new album, with all the key German magazines, and the reaction was extremely positive."

VIRGIN STEELE's last studio release, "Book of Burning", came out in 2002.

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Ex-Great White Tour Manager Can Work From Prison

The Associated Press has issued the following report:

Former GREAT WHITE tour manager who was sentenced to prison for igniting a deadly nightclub fire should be allowed to work for a nonprofit agency while serving his time, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Daniel Biechele pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick and was sentenced earlier this month to four years in a minimum security prison.

His lawyers said Tuesday that he had been offered a job in the finance department of The Arc of Northern Rhode Island, a nonprofit agency that provides services to people with disabilities.

Biechele had no prior criminal record, and Superior Court Judge Francis J. Darigan Jr. ruled Tuesday that he should be eligible for a work-release program.

Prisoners in the work-release system generally work during the day and return to a minimum-security prison at night. Biechele's position would still require approval from the state Department of Corrections.

Read the full article at TheState.com.

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Lordi Fans Demand Apology

2006 Eurovision winners Lordi have about 15,000 of their fans demanding an appology from one of the French television hosts of the contest. The fans have all signed an internet petition at www.ipetitions.com

Alegedly, the French tv host said "Finland has been participating in the Eurovision contest for the past 44 years and has never won. They're certainly not gonna win with this", after Lordi's May 20 show. Another host said "It's fresh, it's light, it's sober. I didn't picture the Finns like this. They'll be at the Vincennes zoo in the fall."

Lordi ended up winning Eurovision with a record number of points and both remarks have greatly angered Lordi fans. And so they are demanding an apology. To sign the petition, go here ( in French only, scroll to the bottom of the page).

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