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Metal News for May 4, 2005

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22 news articles posted on this day.

Debris Inc. Cancel East Coast Tour

DEBRIS INC., the new group featuring SAINT VITUS mainman Dave Chandler and ex-TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner, have been forced to postponed their previously announced East Coast tour dates between Lansing, MI (May 22) and Emissions in Youngstown, OH (May 29). "We hope that gas prices go down and that our U.S. label, Candelight, gives us a little support next time," the band write on their web site. "See ya in the fall."

DEBRIS INC.'s self-titled debut was released last month via Candlelight.

Already extremely active, DEBRIS INC. have toured the U.S. with labelmates ORANGE GOBLIN, have made appearances at Templars of Doom, Emissions of the Monolith and Milwaukee Metal festivals (with European sightings at the prestigious Wacken Open Air Festival). The band recently collaborated with Los Angeles-based CRISIS for a reworking of X's "Nausea".

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H.I.M. Tap Andy Wallace To Mix Next Album

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. have reportedly tapped Andy Wallace (KORN, LINKIN PARK, LIMP BIZKIT, SLAYER) to mix their brand-new album, tentatively due in the fall via Sire. The mixing sessions will take place in New York City beginning this week.

As previously reported, H.I.M. recorded the follow-up to 2003's "Love Metal" at Los Angeles' Paramour studios According to singer Ville Valo, the upcoming CD, which is being produced by Tim Palmer (who worked on the band's last album), will feature "really fast songs but with a melodic punky MISFITS feel to them."

H.I.M.'s forthcoming album will be preceded by a single release in August. Ville Valo and his cohorts have also lined up a handful of European and Japanese festival appearances during the summer.

H.I.M. and HMC (Helsinki Music Company) have reached an agreement to have all future H.I.M. albums released in Finland via the band's own Heartagram label. HMC is reportedly owned by Niko Nordström (former General Manager of BMG Finland) and Asko Kallonen (former A&R exec at BMG Finland). Kallonen has worked with H.I.M. since their first EP, "666 Ways to Love: Prologue".

H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo is expected to sing backing vocals on one or two songs on the forthcoming BLOODHOUND GANG album. No further information is currently available.

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Malevolent Creation, Origin, Animosity Tour Dates

Initial dates for this summer's Malevolent Creation, Origin, Animosity, and Divine Empire tour have been announced. Here are the current tour dates:

7/2 Ft. Lauderdale FL @ The Factory
7/3 St. Petersburg FL @ State Theatre
7/5 Orlando FL @ Backbooth
7/6 Jacksonville FL @ Thee Imperial
7/7 New Orleans LA @ TBA
7/8 Houston TX @ Fat Cat's
7/09 San Antonio TX @ The Sanctuary
7/10 Dallas TX @ Phoenix Music Complex
7/11 Oklahoma City OK @ Purgatory
7/12 Gallup NM @ Red Rock State Park Auditorium
7/13 Phoenix AZ @ Metal Devastation 2
7/14 Tijuana MX @ TBA
7/15 San Diego CA @ Brick By Brick
7/16 Corona CA @ Showcase Theatre
7/17 Los Angeles CA @ The Hanging Jury
7/19 San Francisco CA @ TBA
7/20 Sacramento CA @ TBA
7/21 Portland OR @ TBA
7/22 Seattle WA @ Studio Seven
7/23 Spokane WA @ Fat Tuesday
7/25 St. Paul MN @ The Lab
7/26 Davenport IA @ Quad City Live
7/27 Chicago IL @ TBA
7/28 Cleveland OH @ TBA
7/29 Dayton OH @ Elbo's BLOODFEST
7/30 Saginaw MI @ Jamestowne Hall
7/31 Buffalo NY @ TBA
8/1 Rochester NY @ TBA
8/2 Boston MA @ TBA
8/3 Long Island NY@ TBA
8/4 Middleton NY @ Club NY
8/5 Raleigh NC @ The Brewery
8/6 Atlanta GA @ TBA

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New From Autumn To Ashes Song Posted Online

From Autumn To Ashes' new track "Jack & Ginger" has made its way online and can be heard here. The song is taken from the groups brand new album "Abandon Your Friends", which is slated for a July 26th release date through Vagrant.

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Deftones To Release New Album In October

The Deftones are now planning an October release date through Maverick for their new album.

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Killswitch Engage, AILD, Soilwork To Tour Together

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will be hooking up with SOILWORK and AS I LAY DYING for their own string of dates this summer during days off from the Ozzfest tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

July 20 - State College, PA @ Crowbar
July 22 - Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall

As previously reported, other confirmed 'Off-fest' pairings are as follows:
IRON MAIDEN with MASTODON (Canadian dates)
SHADOWS FALL with a band to be announced

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Trivium Frontman Updates From European Tour

TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy has checked in from the road in the UK where the band is touring on the European edition of the "Roadrunner Roadrage" tour with fellow label mates 3 INCHES OF BLOOD and STILL REMAINS. Here's what he had to say:

Quick update from the lovely UK - Well, my lip is busted, my eye cut, and I've never felt better! Only the first 3 shows in of this Euro tour and holy fuck is it amazing. It's like everyone over here knows all the words, knows when to mosh, and is totally insane!
We are having the time of our lives on our sweet tour bus, playing on the huge Euro stages, and rockin out with some of the craziest mother fuckers out there.
This rules.

Here are all of the remaining dates for the European "Roadrunner Roadrage" tour featuring 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, TRIVIUM and STILL REMAINS:

May 7 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands @ Dynamo Festival
May 8 - Brussles, Belgium @ AB Club
May 10 - Leeds, United Kingdom @ Cockpit
May 11 - Nottingham, United Kingdom @ Rock City
May 12 - Stoke, United Kingdom @ Sugarmill
May 13 - Oxford, United Kingdom @ Zodiac
May 14 - Brighton, United Kingdom @ Concorde 2
May 15 - Colchester, United Kingdom @ Arts Centre
May 17 - Portsmouth, United Kingdom @ Wedgewood Rooms
May 18 - London, United Kingdom @ Garage / Mean Fiddler
May 19 - Paris, France @ La Boule Noir
May 21 - Bochum, Germany @ Riff
May 22 - Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
May 23 - Berlin, Germany @ Kato
May 24 - Warsaw, Poland @ Proxima
May 25 - Dresden, Germany @ Star Club
May 26 - Austria @ Aerodome Festival
May 28 - Milan, Italy @ Transalvania
May 29 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Abart Music Club
May 30 - Barcelona, Spain @ Razzamatazz 3
May 31 - Madrid, Spain @ Moby Dick
June 2 - Lyon, France @ Transbordeur
June 3 - Nürnburgring, Germany @ Rock Am Ring
June 4 - Nürnberg, Germany @ Rock Im Park
June 6 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
June 7 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
June 9 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg
June 10 - Nancy, France @ Azimuth 854

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Static-X Put Media Player With New Music Online

STATIC-X have released a media player to support their upcoming new album, "Start A War", which is out on June 14th through Warner Brothers Records. You can listen to the tracks "I'm The One", "Start A War", and "The Enemy" here.

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Photos From This Year's NEHMF Posted

The photos from the 7th annual New England Metal Festival are now posted. Go to the Gallery section to view them.

To read my live review, go here.

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Former Hades Dummer Joins Overkill

Former HADES drummer Ron Lipnicki will be joining OVERKILL on their upcoming European tour, which kicks off this Friday (May) in Vosselaar, Belgium. It is presently unclear if Lipnicki will be joining the band as the permanent replacement for Tim Mallare, who originally came into the group prior to the recording of 1993's "I Hear Black".

OVERKILL are continuing to tour in support of their "ReliXIV" album, available now on Eagle Rock/Spitfire Records.

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Children Of Bodom's World Tour Plans

The word is that Children of Bodom's huge world tour for "Are You Head Yet?" will start next Autumn in Japan. From Japan, the Hate Crew will proceed for the first time ever to Australia. After that, they'll apparently return to Europe. There are plans for a North American tour in 2006.

The band is currently in the studio working on their upcoming album entitled "Are You Dead Yet?" which will be released worldwide via Universal/Spinefarm on September 19th.

In other news, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is interested in having Children of Bodom on his Gigantour, which will take place in the USA at the end of August.

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Aven Aura Sound Samples Available

Aven Aura, a yet unsigned Canada-based metal band featuring former The Crown drummer Janne Saarenpää, have uploaded three brand-new sound samples taken from their upcoming full-length debut, "The Shadow of Idols." The samples are available at this location.

Janne recorded the drums for "The Shadow of Idols" last summer at Spectre Sound Studio in Canada. The recording continued with Steve laying down the guitar tracks and session bassist Connor Sharpe recording the bass in the fall of 2004. Chris recorded vocals in December and around the same time the long arduous search for a session keyboardist came to an end when Roxanne Constantin of Quo Vadis contacted Aven Aura. She recorded the keyboards in February 2005.

Aven Aura are currently in search for a bass player and a keyboard player. If you are interested and serious about joining the band, send an e-mail to band@avenaura.com.

For more information on Aven Aura, visit the official website.

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Per Wilberg Officially Joins Opeth

Sweden's Opeth has posted the following message on their official website:

Per Wiberg has now officially joined Opeth as a permanent member of the band. As most of you know he's been touring with Opeth since their "Damnation" record. Spiritual beggars fans should not despair as he will continue playing and recording with them.

The band is currently hard at work in Fascination street studios. 9 titles have been recorded and at this moment Hammond organs and Mellotrons are being put down to tape. The recording is being supervised and engineered by Jens Bogren and produced by the band. Some song titles have been confirmed and will be posted here soon.

Several North American journalists will visit the studio in mid May for interviews and exclusive listening sessions.

We will soon confirm a handful of Scandinavian and European dates. The band will do a smaller trek round the key cities in Europe in September. This will be the first tour in support of the new album which is supposed to be released in late August/early September. More tour dates to come....

Have you forgotten...sorry for taking so much time...but:
We will soon confirm the winner of the drawing contest too. There have been hundreds of pictures sent in and we thank you for these. The winner will get the task of drawing the band picture for the next Opeth Cd.

Record label??? Opeth have decided which label to sign to and the contracts are being done as you read. We will announce it here shortly!

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Dew-Scented Finish Shooting "Turn To Ash" Video

German thrashers Dew-Scented have posted the following message on their website:

Things are moving along quickly in the Dew-Scented camp for the release of "Issue VI," so let us give you some brief update:

We just returned from some shows with our Swedish friends and Death Metal originators Grave and those were a blast! Thanks to everybody who came out!

We also just finished shooting the first Dew-Scented video clip ever. We went for the new track 'Turn To Ash' and spent two intense days in Leipzig recording. A first raw version of the clip already looked really promising. Can't wait to get the final version!

As already announced: Nuclear Blast Records will be putting the new album out by June 20th in Europe and we are almost done with all details for an exclusive bonus DVD that will come along with the first pressing of the album. It will include the video clip as well as 17 (!) live-tracks recorded at diverse cool shows in Paris (La Locomotive), Strasbourg (La Laiterie), Ludwigsburg (Rockfabrik), Summer Breeze Festival as well as Wacken Festival throughout the last years but it also includes parts of a brand new show we captured last weekend in Ludwigshafen (Das Haus) at the "Metal Meeting XVII" festival in front of some 700 people. Pretty heavy stuff indeed!

We are currently of course also working on securing a good European tour around autumn, but nothing is fully decided yet. Right now, we will head out to the US to play at the Minneapolis Mayhem festival next weekend with Sadus, Usurper and many other bands but we can already promise you that we will be coming back for a full North American tour in November. More details about that soon...

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Dark Album Cover Artwork Posted Online

Swedish thrashers Darkane have posted the following message on their official web site:

Here is the "Layers of Lies" cover artwork [view cover here], made by Fredrik Ödman. The album will be released June 27th in Europe and July 12th in North America.

Darkane are taking a break from everything right now. Peter [Wildoer, drums] and Christofer [Malmström, guitar] were at the Nuclear Blast HQ in Germany last weekend to meet with some European press and let them hear the new record. The overall impression was very positive!

Right now Klas [Ideberg, guitar] is recording the third album with Terror 2000 and Christofer is recording his solo project Non-Human Level."

"Layers of Lies" track listing:

01. Amnesia of the Wildoerian Apocalypse
02. Secondary Effects
03. Organic Canvas
04. Fading Dimensions
05. Layers of Lies
06. Godforsaken Universe
07. Klastrophobic Hibernation
08. Vision of Degradation
09. Contaminated
10. Maelstrom Crisis
11. Decadent Messiah
12. The Creation Insane

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Gotthard Tracklist Revealed, Video Clip Posted

Veteran Swiss hard rockers Gotthard have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Lipservice," due in Europe on June 6:

01. All We Are
02. Dream On
03. Lift 'U' Up
04. Everything I Want
05. Cupid's Arrow
06. I Wonder
07. I'm Alive
08. I've Seen An Angel Cry
09. Stay For The Night
10. Anytime Anywhere
11. Said And Done
12. The Other Side Of Me
13. Nothing Left At All
14. And Then Goodbye
+ video clip for "Lift 'U' Up"

Gotthard will debut songs from "Lipservice" live at several club shows in May. In addition, the group will perform their single 'Lift 'U' Up' on the show "Benissimo" (SF1, Switzerland) on Saturday, May 5. The program starts 8:05 p.m. and will be repeated on Sunday, May 8 at 12:50 a.m. and on Wednesday, May 11 at 1:45 p.m. The program will also feature a special Queen medley recorded by Gotthard singer Steve Lee along with Gigi Moto and Marc Storace (Krokus).

The complete video for "Lift 'U' Up" can be viewed for free at Bluewin. The Real Player stream can be found at this location.

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Anthrax Reunion Photos Posted Online

Exclusive photos from Anthrax's rehearsal sessions for their upcoming "reunion" tour have been posted online at RandallAmplifiers.com.

In a recent interview with Australia's The Metal Forge, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello spoke about his decision to leave the group last year and his eventual return in time for the reunion tour.

"For both of us, it wasn't a healthy situation. We just had differences of opinions, honestly, and just needed to separate for a while. That's as honest as I can be with that. We just needed space to tell you truth and that's really what happened with it. Well, we both needed to make a change. It was a mutual agreement. We just needed to separate for a while. It was smart to do that."

Asked if his departure was caused by the usual musical differences and personality issues, Bello said, "A little of both. Personality. Musical. Stuff like that. It was mostly business. I hate the business of music. I love music but I hate the business. It takes the life out of it — too much business. You have to play the game but when it gets to be too much, it's not good.

"I went to go jam with Helmet for a while and that was great. I did that and then I got a call about this reunion thing and it felt right. It was as easy as that. I believe that when my gut tells me to do something, I go with it, and that's what it was telling me. So it's the right thing to do at the right time."

Read the entire interview at this location.

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Church Arsonist Blames Burzum Singer

A devoted follower of a Scandinavian band notorious for its heavy metal anti-Christian music burnt down a majestic Moonee Ponds church in a multimillion-dollar arson attack.

Novak Majstorovic had drunken visions of the 107-year-old Ascot Vale Uniting Church being responsible for society's problems with law, ethics and morality.

Majstorovic, 19, admitted his passion for the band Burzum, whose lead singer was allegedly involved in burning down numerous Norwegian churches in the 1990s, helped create a heavy metal ideological imagery based on good and evil.

"It can be explained through any real meanings, you know, but using God and Satan is just like a... it's an image," he told police after his arrest.

Victorian arson squad detectives treated Majstorovic as a suspect after investigations revealed his interest in Burzum and "black metal" music and culture.

Police learnt the band's lead singer Varg Vikernes, now in jail for murder, was commonly referred to as a Satanist, but was regarded more as deeply anti-Christian and anti-Semitic.

Majstorovic yesterday appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to plead guilty to arson and burglary from the fire in Maribyrnong Road, Moonee Ponds, on August 29, 2004.

In a summary tendered to the court, the church, widely used by its local community, was described as majestic and ornate. Its irreplaceable pipe organ and historic records were destroyed in the fire.

Majstorovic, who had drunk half a bottle of bourbon, had earlier left a party, telling guests he was going to burn the church. After entering, he lit Bibles, scrap paper, books and flags near the pulpit and left.

Asked days later by Detective Sergeant Andrew Kerr if he considered the elderly who had cried over the church or what it had stood for, Majstorovic replied: "It was what it stood for, but it's... it's just an object, you know. It's just a building. Faith lies with the individual."

Pressed by Sergeant Kerr about it being sacred and a "heart and soul of things", he said that the church "doesn't like people to cling to any sort of idols here on earth".

Majstorovic said that because he was drunk and near a church he thought he would act on an ideological belief the church was responsible for society's problems.

"A lot of the concepts of my ideologies and stuff would, sort of, stem from heavy metal, from the imagery of heavy metal, from the metaphors that heavy metal uses with the, like, Christian sort of metaphors of good and evil and such," he said.

Magistrate Lisa Hannan bailed Majstorovic, of Hoppers Crossing, to appear in the County Court on August 23.

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Fear Factory Set Upcoming Album Title

Fear Factory have set "Transgression" as the title of their next studio album, tentatively due August 23 via Trillion Records. Trillion is the new imprint from Liquid 8 Records And Entertainment founder and CEO, Mike Cattain, who has created Trillion as a home for Fear Factory and new bands seeking a creative haven grounded in growth.

Fear Factory will enter Track Record Studios in North Hollywood, California on May 5 with producer Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn, Soulfly) to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Archetype". "We are all very, very excited about the collaboration with Toby," says singer Burton C. Bell. In addition to Toby Wright, there will be a list of guest musicians collaborating on "Transgression", including bass player Billy Gould of Faith No More fame. Burton explains, "Billy brings a different vibe to the music the way his bass lines move around the beat and drive the songs with a unique element." Billy will contribute to two songs: "Echo Of My Scream" and "Super Nova". Other working titles for "Transgression" include "New Promise" (co-written with Mark Morton of Lamb Of God), "Empire", "540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit" and the projected title track.

"It's really cool to be writing a new record," says Burton. "We are all feeling very positive and it's moving quickly since we have overcome some major obstacles. Now we can work on a fucking great album. 2005 is the year of 'Transgression' for Fear Factory!"

You can get a preview of what's to come on "Transgression" when you play the new game "Rainbow Six Lockdown", which features a track from "Transgression" entitled "Lockdown", as well as scores created by Fear Factory throughout the menus. Apart from contributing music to "Rainbow Six Lockdown", drummer Raymond Herrera's production company, 3volution Productions, has produced the soundtrack to the Tom Clancy "Rainbow Six Lockdown" game, which will include Fear Factory tracks and many other songs from various bands, to be released on Calvin/Trillion Records on August 3.

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American Head Charge To Play Download Festival

American Head Charge have been confirmed to play this year’s Download Festival on the Snickers Stage on Saturday June 11. It will be the band’s first Uk performance since the tragic death of guitarist Bryan Ottoson on April 19.

Ottoson was found dead in his tour bus bunk on 19 April from a suspected prescription drug overdose, but an autopsy has yet to be carried out. The band are currently completing the remaining dates on their US tour with Mudvayne and have recruited Black Flood Diesel’s Benji Helberg to fill in on temporary guitar duties. Helberg previously played in the AHC side-project F.O.R., but it’s not yet known whether he’ll be appearing with the band at Download.

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Epoch of Unlight and Recourse Tour Dates

Tennessee black/thrash act EPOCH OF UNLIGHT are hitting the road mid-May in support of their latest offering, "The Continuum Hypothesis" (The End). Support for the 15-date trek comes from This Dark Reign recording artist RECOURSE. Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 19 - Bob's – Norfolk, VA
May 20 - John J's – Fayetteville, NC
May 21 - Martin Street Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
May 22 - The Mile Stone – Charlotte, SC
May 23 - Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
May 24 - Swayzie's Venue – Marietta, GA (w/ LILITU)
May 26 - The Complex – Memphis, TN
May 27 - Cheers Lounge - South Bend, IN
May 28 - Albies Bar – Utica, NY
May 29 - The Buffalo Icon – Buffalo, NY
Jun. 01 - Molly Bloom's II – Amityville, NY
Jun. 02 - Jaxx – Springfiled, VA
Jun. 04 - CC22 – Seaford, DE

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NEHMF 2005 Live Report

It’s that time of year again- birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, the city’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is bombarded with numerous metal parties. And, of course, the local businesses in Worcester, MA hand out flyers that read “Dear metalheads (!!!), if you’re wondering where to get drunk tonight, come to our pub”.

It’s the New England Metal Fest weekend, which was held on April 22-24 and welcomed fans from all corners of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and even UK. Probably the biggest and best festival on this side of the Atlantic. At least this year’s. I was giddy with excitement about this event since January and I lived to share my observations and opinions. More...

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