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Metal News for May 6, 2009

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25 news articles posted on this day.

Cage Announces Extra European Tour Dates

San Diego metallers Cage have announced the following extra European tour dates:

5/7 - Hamburg, Germany - Ballroom
5/8 - Uelsen, Germany - UJT
5/9 - Datteln - Metal Mercenaries Fest
5/10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Die Halle
5/12 - Crailsheim, Germany - Die Eiche
5/13 - Regensburg, Germany - Gloria
5/14 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice.
5/15 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Randal
5/16 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Tancirna
5/17 - Torun, Poland - Trabant
5/19 - Gent, Belgium - The Frontline
5/20 - Antwerpen, Belgium - De Rots
5/21 - Oberhausen, Germany - Helvete
5/22 - Kerkrade,Netherlands - Rocktempel
5/23 - Uster, Switzerland - Elements Of Rock

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Darker Half Parts with Drummer Ben Martino

Long serving Darker Half drummer Ben “Benaul” Martino has decided to take a break from music for an idefinate period and played his last show with the band on May 1st in Sydney, Australia.

The band commented: "Ben has been a great friend and asset to the band and has shared many good times with the guys and his playing on the new album 'Duality' is nothing short of first class. Everyone in and around the band wishes Ben the best for the future. This will though in no way stop the momentum of the band be assured as a new line up will be unveiled very very soon and more shows announced to coincide with this."

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Skindred Announce US Headlining Tour

In addition to their previously announced headline dates of the United Kingdom, Skindred has now announced a series of US dates for the month of May and June. The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:

20-May Tallahassee, FL Floyds
21-May Goose Creek, SC The Dive
22-May Johnston City, TN Capones
23-May Huntington, WA Club V
24-May Detroit, MI New York, NY
25-May London, ON John Labatt
26-May Toronto, ON Ricoh Coliseum
27-May Montreal, QC Bell Centre
29-May Monkton, NB Monkton Coliseum
30-May Haliofax, NS Halifax Arena
1-Jun Quebec, QC Agora
2-Jun Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
3-Jun Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
11-Jun Evansville, IN Woodys
12-Jun Madison, WI The Annex
13-Jun Chicago, IL Subterranean
14-Jun Green Bay, WI Riverside Ballroom
25-Jun Orlando, FL HOB
26-Jun Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution

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Pelican Prepares for Tour with Isis and Tombs

Southern Lord Recording artists Pelican will be hitting the road in support of their new EP “Ephemeral” during the months of May and June. The “Ephemeral” EP features brand new Pelican recordings and will be released exclusively on vinyl by Southern Lord during the first week of June. The band will have “tour only” CD copies of “Ephemeral” for sale at the shows.

Pelican will be direct support to Isis for these dates with opening support from Tombs. Pelican will be playing songs from the new EP as well as debuting new material that will be recorded for a forthcoming full length on Southern Lord.

Here are the Pelican tour dates with Isis and Tombs More...

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Within The Ruins Parts With Singer and Bassist

Though nothing official has been announced thus far, Massachusetts metal outfit Within The Ruins (Victory Records) has reportedly parted ways with singer Jon Grande and bassist Madison Roseberry. Grande has apparently been replaced by Tim Goergen, most recently of She Is A Liar.

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Mind Key Readies Sophomore Album

Frontiers Records has announced the return of the Italian prog metal band MIND KEY with the release of the band’s second studio album entitled “Pulse for a Graveheart” on July 3rd in Europe, August 11th in the USA with a Japanese release to follow on King Records.

The band began the recording of the second album “Pulse for a Graveheart,” simplifying their songwriting and giving the chance to Fierro to showcase his immense vocal potential which can be described as a powerful mix of Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale and Jorn Lande. The album was later mixed and mastered by none other than Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra, Krokus, Place Vendome etc.) to ensure the best sounding quality. According to guitarist Emanuele Colella “We knew from the beginning that Dennis was the right choice! Since the first communication together a perfect synergy was built. He could understand our need and desire to combine a modern melodic metal sound with our progressive roots and an heavier edge. He could totally deliver what we and the music needed, he’s just great.”

“Pulse for a Graveheart” also features some guest musicians appearing such as Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper), who plays a keyboard solo on “Citizen of Greed”, Reb Beach (Whitesnake, Winger) on “Now Until Forever” and Tom Englund from Evergrey, dueting with Elio Fierro on “Graveheart.” Mind Key’s line-up now includes: Aurelio Fierro on vocals, Emanuele Colella on guitars, Dario De Cicco on keyboards and Andrea Stipa on drums.

“Pulse for a Graveheart” introduces to the fans a completely re-designed band, with a mature attitude and astonishing songwriting. “I hope the new record will give Mind Key the chance to get rid of the label of 'prog metal band in the style of....' and bring us to a different status. We aim to be a Metal band - still staying true to our diverse influences ranging from progressive to hard and melodic rock – but with a personal and trademark sound” concludes Andrea Stipa.

The final tracklisting includes: "Sunset Highway," "The Seventh Seal," "Citizen of Greed," "Crusted Memories," "Dead Fame Hunter," "Ventotene (The Island)" "Graveheart," "Eye Of A Stranger," "Now Until Forever," and "A New Generation."

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Mastodon Eying "Crack The Skye" Movie

Gary Graff of Billboard.com reports: A film adaptation of Mastodon’s latest album, "Crack the Skye", is well within the realm of possibility — albeit not in production yet.

Drummer and lyricist Brann Dailor tells Billboard.com that the heavy rocking Atlanta quartet sat down with a film director, who he declines to name, and "wrote out a screenplay that reads from song to song. We didn't storyboard it, but we wrote a screenplay." Three different directors, he adds, have expressed interest in taking on the project.

"That'd be killer if it actually happens," Dailor says. "That's something that's cool about making concept records, that opportunity for more to be done, artistically. If you just had an album with a bunch of songs that didn't have anything to do with each other and there was no common thread, that aspect of the art wouldn't be there. But with ('Crack the Skye'), we have that possibility."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Ava Inferi Posts New Song Online

Portugal metal band, AVA INFERI, has posted a new song, "Colours of the Dark," at this location. The song comes off their upcoming third album, "Blood of Bacchus," which will be released on May 25th.

Guitarist Rune comments on the song, "It's perhaps one of the most immediately mellow tracks on there, but its depth and multilayers of misery have certainly an angelic approach that we all like to share with you. We believe this track to be somewhat representative of our dynamics and our organism as a whole. Blessed be! As there is a light at the end of each song, there is darkness to be fought and overcome to be able to get there. Now, please 'Join Us...'" More...

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Arch Enemy Mexican Show Postponed

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott commented on Latin America tour and postponed Mexico show at Circo Volador on May 8th:

"We’ve had an amazing run of show down here in South America. We’ve played Venezuela and Colombia for the first time with Arch Enemy and it’s been really killer playing for the fans there, these people live and breathe Metal... It’s inspiring.

"Also returning to Brazil and Argentina again has been great, the fans in this part of the world are so intense, they’re almost louder than the PA…it’s so much fun!

"Tonight we play Santiago, Chile - I'm sure it'll be a blast, we always have a good time playing here. And as things have turned out, it will unfortunately be the last show on this Latin American tour...

"Sadly, we've had to cut the tour short, the May 8 Mexico D.F show has been postponed due to the flu chaos and the restrictions that have been put on shows in Mexico D.F over the next days/weeks. We are obviously not happy about this – but it is out of our hands. We are looking at quickly re-scheduling the show and return to Mexico in August. The 2,500 tickets for the sold-out Mexico D.F show are valid for the new date - so hold on to them."

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Wolf Announces U.K. Tour

Swedish traditional heavy metal group Wolf has announced a string of tour dates in Great Britain which will take place in October. The tour is in support of the bands latest studio album, "Ravenous" which is available now from Century Media Records.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 9 - London, UK - Underworld
October 10 - Leeds, UK - Rios
October 11 - Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks
October 13 - Newcastle, UK - Trillians
October 14 - Manchester, UK - Moho
October 15 - Nottingham, UK - Rock city
October 16 - Dudley, UK - Jb's

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Orange Goblin Posts Album Update

British doom metal group Orange Goblin has posted an update on their anticipated new studio album. The message reads as follows: "Song writing for the next Orange Goblin album is ongoing but looks very promising with the skeletons of four or five new songs already in place. Two rough working titles for the new songs so far include ‘Red Tide Rising’ and ‘The Bishop’s Wolf’.

"All of Orange Goblin would also like to extend their sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Jon Blank, who died on Saturday May 2nd. Jon was the bassist in REZIN and more recently a member of WINO's touring band who recently played with Orange Goblin at the Roadburn festival in The Netherlands.”

In addition, the band has announced some more shows throughout Europe. The tour schedule is now as follows: More...

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The Gathering Streaming Entire New Album Online

The Gathering are currently streaming their entire new album "The West Pole" online here. The album is currently available in Europe and will be released in North America through Season of Mist on June 2nd.

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Demonical Streaming New Song Online

Swedish death metallers Demonical have issued the following update about streaming a new song on their MySpace page:

"That's right, we have uploaded our tribute to Deutschland - "Götter des Nordens" - for your pleasure.

"We do also have some new confirmed shows for September, namely:

16.09 2009 CZE - Prague - Exit Chmelnice
17.09 2009 GER - Oberhausen - Helvete - Deathevocation Fest

"Check our site for a full listing of all upcoming battles."

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Crash The System Signs To Frontiers Records

Frontiers Records has issued the following announcement about signing Crash the System:

"Frontiers Records is happy to announce the release of CRASH THE SYSTEM’s debut album entitled ‘The Crowning’ on July 3rd in Europe, August 11th in the USA with a Japanese release to follow.

"The CRASH THE SYSTEM - project came about as a collaboration between song-writer Sören Kronqvist (former Finnish 400 meter hurdle champion and songwriter for Michael Bormann, House of Lords and CC Rock between others) and drummer/producer Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye, The Murder of My Sweet) in the fall of 2008. The duo has known each other for a couple of years and they respect each other's work. Sören and Daniel decided to make a project together with songs they enjoyed writing. ‘The original plan was to make one song with Daniel and try to get that song out to a band or an artist. And, if it would turn out good we would do more together’ explains Sören. ‘The first song we did was All Because Of You and we both were really happy with how that song turned out. A few record companies also liked the song. We then recorded three more songs and got good response from them as well and that’s when Frontiers came into the picture’.

"Thanks to Daniel's extensive music background, good reputation, and connections in the music business he managed to bring in some of the top names in Sweden into the project. Guest vocalists on the project are: Göran Edman (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Brazen Abbot, etc), Mats Levén (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Infinite Mass, etc), Thomas Vikström (Ex-Talk Of The Town, Candlemass, etc) and Björn Jansson (Ex-Ride The Sky, Tears Of Anger, etc).

"Appearing on the album are also Johan Niemann (Mind's Eye, The Murder of My Sweet etc), Daniel Palmqvist (The Murder of My Sweet), and Manuel Lewys (Machinery, Elwood, etc) on guitars with additional keyboards by Andreas Lindahl and additional backing vocals by Angelica Rylin (The Murder of My Sweet). More...

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Darkest Hour Posts Live Austrian Video Online

Darkest Hour has posted a live video clip online of the song "Deliver Us," which the band performed in Austria on April 30th. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Kylesa Announces European Tour Dates

Kylesa has issued the following update about European tour dates:

"We're happy to announce some European dates to support our new album Static Tensions. Most of the shows will be with Torche. We are stoked to get back to Europe! There are a few more shows in the works so check back with us. We'll have the European vinyl press of Static Tensions available at these shows as well. See you soon!"

The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Ancient Issues Band Update

Norwegian black metal band Ancient has issued the following update about planning more tour dates:

"We are planning more touring soon. You all should use the 'Demand It' application on our page though, this thing is not just some useless box, it will push interest from promoters in booking us everywhere, in the US, Europe, wherever, so go ahead, you and your friends too, and make your requests ! ! !

"Soon to be available : new shirts and merchandise ! Keep checking the page…"

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Starring Janet Leigh Streaming New Song Online

Canada's Starring Janet Leigh are currently streaming the new song "Mistress" online at their MySpace page. The track is from the band's upcoming album "Spectrum," which will be released on May 12th through Ironclad Recordings.

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Baroness To Record New Album

Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about Baroness preparing to record a new studio album:

"Savannah, GA's BARONESS will head to Dallas, TX next week to begin work on a brand new full-length and follow-up to 2007's critically-acclaimed Red Album.

"BARONESS will be working with the Grammy-nominated producer / engineer John Congleton (EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, THE POLYPHONIC SPREE, THE ROOTS, BUDDY MILES, BLACK MOUNTAIN) on the band's second full-length. The still untitled album is expected to see a fall 2009 release date."

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In Mourning Signs To Pulverised Records

Touted as one of the Swedish metal scene's most promising new comers, Pulverised has announced the signing of melancholic metallers IN MOURNING for a two-album deal. The band has commenced work on their still-untitled second album and will once again enter Black Lounge Studio (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge, Steel Attack etc) with producer/engineer Jonas Kjellgren.

IN MOURNING’s 2008 debut, "Shrouded Divine," earned critical acclaim worldwide with its heart-wrenching melodic passages entwined with progressive elements and death metal aggression.

Comments label manager Roy: “When I came across their debut album, I really loved what I heard and knew that we had to have IN MOURNING on our roster as not many bands of this particular genre could fascinate me the way IN MOURNING did. It was perfect timing when I found out that the band was just about to enter the studio to record their follow-up to Shrouded Divine. I quickly struck a deal with them and the rest is history. We are very excited to have them on our roster and cannot wait to hear the new album.”

Adds the band: “Signing to Pulverised feels like a good ‘next step’ for the band and will hopefully bring our music to a broader audience. We are very pleased that Pulverised has given us this opportunity, and we think this will be a good collaboration. We're currently focusing hard on rehearsing and finishing up the material for our new album.”

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

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Download New Dream Theater MP3 For Free

Roadrunner Records has posted an MP3 of Dream Theater's "A Rite Of Passage," the first track from Dream Theater's upcoming album "Black Clouds & Silver Linings," for free download (free signup required). "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" hits stores on June 23, 2009.

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Wolves In The Throne Room Adds More Tour Dates

More dates have been added to WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM's headlining North American tour, which begins next week. The most recent shows added include Boise, Salt Lake City, Buffalo, Wilkes-Barre, New Orleans and Austin. The band will be showcasing new material from their acclaimed Black Cascade release. The band will be joined by Thrones, A Storm of Light, Krallice and more for much of the tour, make a stop at the Baltimore Deathfest (co-headlining the 3-day event alongside Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death, Absu, Mayhem, Marduk and more), and even kicking off the tour with a show with Opeth and Enslaved.

Here are the latest WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM headlining North American tour dates: More...

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Great White Singer Cannot Escape Memories of Fire

Great White singer Jack Russell has told Dave Wedge of BostonHerald.com that he is still haunted by the Feb. 20, 2003, inferno at The Station in Warwick, Rhode Island. He's also reeling from a failed relationship and a raging substance-abuse problem.

"I'm a drug addict and an alcoholic, and I've been fighting those demons every day," Russell said. "I have this self-destruct button and I don't know where it comes from. I've talked to many, many therapists. It's a battle."

Russell and his band mates have tried to move beyond the horrific fire, but it's a burden they cannot escape. The singer has been criticized since the blaze for continuing to make music, getting a face-lift and not donating enough money to survivors.

"There's always someone out there that blames me because I'm the face of Great White," Russell said. "And I'm OK with that. We've tried to handle it as sympathetically as possible. But we've received literally thousands of e-mails from around the world telling us to keep going. I didn't realize how much positive influence I had on people's lives." More...

Read the full article at Boston Herald.

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Equinox Seeks Second Guitarist

Orlando metal band, Equinox, has issued the following update on their MySpace page:

"Equinox is looking for a 2nd guitarist for recording and live gigs. Must have good equipment and attitude. We prefer someone who lives in Orlando or at least Central Florida. This is not a rhythm guitar spot, we are looking for another lead guitarist, so chops are important. To get an audition, send a message with your telephone number and the best time to call. Only serious inquiries please!"

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Tim "Ripper" Owens Posts New Song Online

Tim "Ripper" Owens has posted a song from his forthcoming debut solo album, "Play My Game" online. You can check out the song, "The Cover Up" by heading to his official Myspace page. The song features guitar work from Nevermore's Jeff Loomis as well as Megadeth bass player James Lomenzo. "Play My Game" will be released in North America on May 19th and will be available all over Europe by May 18th.

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