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Metal News for May 6, 2003

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Marz Needs Schooling

Rap metal artist Marz has left the Elementree label, for unknown reasons. The immediate result is that he won’t be involved with this year’s US Ozzfest tour, as previously announced. The fate of the new Marz album, ‘Guerilla Pimpin’’, also remains open to speculation. Ironically, this was produced by Jonathan Davis of Korn, who owns Elementree.

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Ascension Of The Watchers

Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell has changed the name of his side project from The Watchers to Ascension Of The Watchers. The reason? Apparently, it fits the imagery, music and lyrics of the band better than the original name. The band also includes keyboard player John Bechdel.

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Antropomorfia To Release Album on May 20

Necromance Records will release Antropomorfia's debut album, Engendro on May 20th. The band, described as "old school, brutal death metal" is currently lining up tour dates.

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Malignance To Release Debut This Month

Italy's newest black metal band, Malignance, will release their debut album later this month. The album, entitled, Regina Umbrae Mortis will be out on Black Tears of Death.

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Divercia Pick Up New Drummer

Divercia have picked up a new drummer. They have tapped Voilent Solution's Petri Eklund to hammer the skins for them.

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Darkest Hour Tour Dates

Most of the dates for the upcoming Darkest Hour tour have been confirmed. The group will be on tour for the next several weeks, including stints with The Haunted, Shai Hulud, Curl Up And Die, Minus, and Taken. Dates from June 1st through June 23rd will be sponsored by Sweetbread Entertainment, who will be filming a movie at the shows. Here's the latest schedule:
dates w/ The Haunted, Shai Hulud More...

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Shadows Fall Update

Having completed their US tour in support of The Art Of Balance, Shadows Fall are now in Europe where they just performed at this years Kerrang! Weekender festival.

Shadows Fall will now continue with some European dates, opening for Soilwork and Children of Bodom. They will return to the US in mid-May for the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Then it's back to England for a spot at the Download Festival at Donington Park aside Irom Maiden, Hatebreed, Arch Enemy and more, as well as the Metal Hammer UK Awards party, where the band are nominated for Best Underground Act and Best Album. After that Shadows Fall will be on the Ozzfest tour all Summer. More...

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Metallica Corporate Egos Gone Mad?

The following article was originally published in the April 30 edition of the San Francisco Bay Guardian:

"We all know Metallica take copyright violations as seriously as they do their love of Raider Nation, but Napster's archenemies are going to have to start picking and choosing their court battles more carefully or risk turning everyone against them. Metallica's latest brush with the world of cease and desist is actually pretty hair-brained. It seems June 10 is the launch date for their longtime-coming eighth studio album, 'St. Anger' (Elektra). So the boys, allegedly, thought a fine way to hype the disc and generate free radio publicity in the weeks leading to the hallowed day would be for rock stations to decree the month of May 'Maytallica.'

"But having the privilege to use such a high-larious audience grabber doesn't come without its restrictions. The San Leandro boys don't want their brilliant idea abused. And who can blame them, as Rocktober turns into AC/December and Van Halen Three-peats morphs into, um, Van Halen Four-peats..... More...

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Blind Guardian Set Tracks for Live Album

Blind Guardian have finalized the track listing for their upcoming live album, simply entitled "Live", due on May 26. The two-disc collection contains 22 songs recorded last year on the band's world tour.

The complete track listing for "Live" is as follows: More...

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Napalm Death: "Noise for Music's Sake" Revealed

Earache Records, in collaboration with Napalm Death, have finalized the track listing for "Noise For Music's Sake", the forthcoming 2-CD Napalm Death package, due to hit stores in June in the UK/Europe (July in the U.S.). Disc One features all of Napalm Death's greatest "hits", from early classics "Scum" and "Suffer The Children", to later crushers "Diatribes" and "Breed To Breathe". Disc Two features a massive collection of bonus tracks, demos, live recordings, and other rare and unreleased material from throughout the band's career. Highlights include a live cover of Godflech's "Avalanche Master Song", two unreleased mixes of tracks from "Fear, Emptiness...Despair", rare tracks from the "Pathological" and "North Atlantic Noise Attack" compilations, and three live tracks dating back to the mid-80's, handpicked by Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury from his own personal collection — one having been recorded on a hand-held recorder by Embury himself in '86 before he was in the band!

The complete track listing for "Noise For Music's Sake" is as follows: More...

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Vader to Play Show In Israel

Veteran Polish death metallers Vader will play a one-off show at the Hangar 24 in Rishon Lezion (near Tel-Aviv), Israel on June 4. Support at the gig will come from Azazel and Shworchtse Chaye.

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Centinex Finalize Track list for New CD

Sweden's Centinex have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming album, "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos", tentatively due in October through Candlelight Records.

"Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos" will be recorded and mixed at Black Lounge Studios between June 23 and July 20 for an October release through Candlelight Records. Nine tracks will be featured on the CD, including an instrumental piece written and performed by Peter Pettersson from Swedish goth/industrial act Arcana. The artwork for the album will be done by Per Gustafson (Cult of Luna), while the layout will, once again, be handled by Timo "The Eyeless" Ketola.

The complete track listing for "Decadence - Prophecies Of Cosmic Chaos" is as follows: More...

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Kreator Unveil Cover Art for Live DVD/CD

German thrashers Kreator have posted the cover artwork for their forthcoming double DVD and CD, "Live Kreation (Revisioned Glory)" . Check them out (both courtesy of Andreas Marshall): DVD, CD. Band mainman Mille Petrozza spent three full months editing and mixing the material, which is scheduled to surface in the U.S. on July 1. A video clip for the song "Phobia", taken from the forthcoming DVD, will be serviced to various video outlets shortly.

The DVD, which was mixed in 5.1 Sound, will also include "tons of behind-the-scenes material from the "Violent Revolution" tour, plus a detailed history part that contains all the official video clips from 1987 to 2001," according to the group's official web site. The Deluxe Edition containing the DVD and the CD Version will come as a four-CD/DVD Box. For the vinyl lovers, there will be a limited four-LP Box, containing a large-size-format version of the 32-page booklet.

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Fans of Heavy Music: More Violent?

The following article was originally published in today's edition of the New York Post:

Tipper Gore was right — nasty music can mess with a kid's head.

So say psychologists who studied the effect that violent lyrics can have on thoughts and feelings.

Male and female college students who listened to "Jerk-Off" by Tool, Cypress Hill's "Shoot 'Em Up" and other angry tunes were more likely to report feelings of hostility and aggression than after listening to more benign songs by the same artists.

Even humorous violent songs, like Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue", increased the hostility level, making the students more likely to interpret ambiguous words like "stick" aggressively.

In short, the study, published in the May issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, contradicts the popular "catharsis" theory that violent music helps listeners vent their own aggressive feelings.

"Content matters," the study's lead researcher, Iowa State professor Craig A. Anderson, told The Post. More...

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