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Metal News for May 9, 2006

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15 news articles posted on this day.

The Nicaea Room Announce New Guitarist

Hold True Recording artists The Nicaea Room have filled the gap in their line up. Matt Bistany, formerly of the Haverhill, MA based metalcore band The Auburn System, has joined The Nicaea Room has a permanent replacement to the recently departed Chris Charest who left the band in early 2006 to pursue a sound recording career in California.

The Nicaea Room is already playing shows around the New England area and will be hitting the road in the late summer or fall months. They will also begin writing material for their debut full-length, tentatively to be released early 2007.

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Fate Thirteen and A Dying Dream Tour Dates

Fate Thirteen and A Dying Dream will be touring together this summer. Here are the tour dates:

6/24 Lancaster CA @ Cedar Centre
6/25 San Bernadino CA @ The Redrum Lounge
6/26 Las Vegas NV @ Rock N' Java
6/29 El Paso TX @ Chic's
6/30 San Antonio TX @ Funtown
7/1 San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
7/3 Dallas TX @ The TAC Room
7/4 Oklahoma City OK @ The Glasnost
7/6 Johnson City TN @ The Hideaway
7/8 Valdosta GA @ Vito's
7/9 Port Charlotte FL @ Hogbody's
7/15 Rutland VT @ Club Vertigo
7/16 Saratoga Springs NY @ VFW Post 420
7/20 Trenton OH @ The Fisherman's Club
7/27 Minneapolis MN @ The Toybox
7/28 Wichita KS @ Headway Park
7/29 Denver CO @ Sox Place
7/30 Midvale UT @ The Circuit
8/2 Portland OR @ Back 2 Back
8/5 Fresno CA @ The Belmont
8/6 Bakersfield CA @ Studio 99

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Lacuna Coil Announce Depeche Mode Cover As Single

Following on from the chart success of their latest single "Our Truth", LACUNA COIL are now set to unleash their second single to be taken from the critically acclaimed album "Karmacode". "Enjoy The Silence" is due to be released in the U.K. on Monday, June 26.

LACUNA COIL have created an intense and mesmerizing reworking of the classic DEPECHE MODE track and made it their own, with Marco Coti Zelati, the band's bassist, adding new arrangements and vocal parts to make it the perfect LACUNA COIL song.

Reporting in fresh from their sellout U.S. tour with ROB ZOMBIE, the band commented, "The tour is over and it couldnt have been better!!!! The reaction from the Zombie crowd has been amazing and we have won over a lot of new fans spreading the LACUNA COIL word wider. The reaction to our cover of 'Enjoy The Silence' has been so amazing that its going to be the next single that will be released in June. See you on the European festivals!"

"Enjoy The Silence" will be available in the following formats:

* "Enjoy The Silence – Vol. I" (CD Single Digipack + Poster)

01. Enjoy The Silence
02. To The Edge (live)
03. Fragile (live)
04. Enhanced video interview

* "Enjoy The Silence – Vol. II" (CD Single)

01. Enjoy The Silence
02. Virtual Environment (non-album bonus track)

* "Enjoy The Silence - Vol II" (7 Blue Coloured Vinyl)

01. Enjoy The Silence
02. Silence

LACUNA COIL will be tonight's featured artist on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", performing on the show's outdoor stage in front of hundreds of fans. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs at 12:05 a.m. on the ABC network, so be sure to tune in to witness LACUNA COIL's first live U.S. television performance.

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Axl Says "Chinese Democracy" Will Be Out This Fall

The Associated Press Reports that Axl Rose made a surprise radio appearance to proclaim that Guns N' Roses' 10-years-in-the-making album, "Chinese Democracy," album will finally hit stores this fall.

The comments Saturday on Eddie Trunk's syndicated radio show marked one of the first interviews Rose has given since his failed 2002 comeback tour, which was abruptly scrapped midway amid riots and canceled shows.

Rose's impromptu appearance came when former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, who was co-hosting the show, called Rose's cell phone and patched the call through the studio.

Quizzed on when the near-mythical album would come out, Rose said, "Sometime this fall or late fall." His band could be heard rehearsing in the background. "It will be out this year."

The four warm up dates at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom sold out in less than 3 minutes. Those tour dates are as follows:

May 12 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 14 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 15 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
May 17 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Final Robot Mosh Fest 4 Lineup Confirmed

The final lineup has been confirmed for Robot Mosh Fest 4, which takes place July 21st and 22nd at Skate Country in West Bend, WI. Presale tickets are currently available through the the festival's MySpace page. Advance tickets are $25 for a 2 day pass. $15 each day, day of.

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The Acacia Strain Gear Up For Touring, Video Shoot

THE ACACIA STRAIN, has tacked on a three-week run with Soilent Green and Demiricous to the band's itinerary to support the June 13 release of The Dead Walk. Prior to that, the band will provide support for The Red Chord on a handful of dates in select markets. Upon completion of those shows, THE ACACIA STRAIN will meet up with director Dave Brodsky (All That Remains, Bury Your Dead) May 19 in the band's hometown of Springfield, Mass. to shoot footage for the video to "Angry Mob Justice," from The Dead Walk.

“There are so many people today who are afraid to take their own stance. So many people just float through life with no meaning," vocalist Vincent Bennett said about the new album. "They have no opinions of their own, nothing is theirs. Yet at the same time, there are so many people who are so self-righteous, it’s sickening. The Dead Walk focuses on that.”

Again produced by Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage), who was also responsible for THE ACACIA STRAIN's 2004 album 3750, The Dead Walk features extensive design and artwork from Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) alongside the band's bowel-shakingly heavy trademark sound. In the time since the band's last album, The Acacia Strain has dropped its provisional third guitar player, and in turn rotated in Seth Coleman and Kevin Boutot on bass and drums respectively, resulting in a sleeker, albeit more efficient band. “Seth and Kevin are two of the best things that happened to this band,” Bennett says. “I honestly wouldn’t want anyone else playing in this band. This is the most solid lineup we have ever had and I don’t plan on it ever changing.”

The Dead Walk will be released through Prosthetic Records on June 13, 2006 in North America and a day earlier in European territories. Exclusive pre-order packages are now available on ProstheticRecords.com for a limited time, while two new tracks, "Angry Mob Justice" and "Whoa! Shut It Down" are available on THE ACACIA STRAIN's MySpace page.

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Alice In Chains to make Massive Announcement

ALICE IN CHAINS will be making a "massive" announcement via their official web site, AliceInChains.com, on May 15 at around 4:00 p.m. PST. "It's so big that we can't even hint at what it's about but we can tell you that you'll be kicking yourself later if you don't stop by the site at around 4:00 p.m. PST on Monday," the band write in their newsletter.

ALICE IN CHAINS recently confirmed the five dates and cities for its U.S. mini-tour, beginning on May 18 in Los Angeles and ending on May 23 in New York City. The shows will all take place in either small clubs or theatres. Country music artist Shooter Jennings, son of country greats Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, will be opening for ALICE IN CHAINS on the first two dates on their upcoming U.S. club tour.

These gigs and a previously announced date at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August are the only announced North American shows for the reunited group so far, with European festival dates on tap for June and July.

As previously reported, ALICE IN CHAINS will be joined on vocals by COMES WITH THE FALL frontman William DuVall. However, surprise guest vocalists and musicians are expected to show up at each of the five U.S. dates.

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Morgana Lefay Drummer Leaves

Robin Engstrom, drummer of Sweish heavy metallers Morgana Lefay, has decided to leave the band, here is his statement:

"I made the hard decision to leave Morgana Lefay due to personal differences. I know this might come as a surprise to many, but I have thought about this for quite some time and I'm sorry for any inconveniences.

I'll try to make this statement as short as possible... I'd like to thank Charles and Tony for bringing me in back in -98 and I owe them both a great deal of gratitude for giving me the chance to experience so much, I can't ever repay You guys for that, nor can I thank You enough, thanx for all the fun times though!!!
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Amon Amarth Recording New Album

Swedish Viking Death Metal heroes Amon Amarth have started recording their sixth full-length album. This time around the band has entered Fascination Street studio (Opeth, Soilwork) in their home country of Sweden. Amon Amarth will record through June 14 with producer Jens Bogren.

There will be frequent updates with pictures from the recordings on their home page, so check often. The yet untitled album is scheduled for release mid to end of September.

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My Dying Bride In The Studio

U.K. doomsters MY DYING BRIDE have posted the following message on their official web site:

"We have been locked up in the studio since the beginning of April and are busy recording their new album. According to the band, at least five songs have already been recorded with more in the pipeline. No details on song or album titles are available, yet. John [Bennett], the drummer from The Prophesy, with whom the band have played live in the past year, is also behind the kit in the studio, filling in for regular My Dying Bride drummer Shaun Taylor-Steels (who is still having problems with his ankle after injuring it badly last year)."

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Sothis To Tour The Southwest In May

US symphonic black metallers, SOTHIS, have lined up dates in the Southwest for late May/early June. The tour dates are as follows:

May 27th - Phoenix, AZ @ Bulldogz
May 28th - Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
May 29th - Dallas, TX @ Tomcats Deep Ellum (w/Veneficum)
May 30th - Houston, TX @ Walter's (w/Veneficum)
May 31st - Austin, TX @ Redrum (w/Veneficum)
June 1st - San Antonio, TX @ The Underground (w/Veneficum)
June 2nd - TBA
June 3rd – TBA

In addition, the band will also support BEHEMOTH in Mexicali on July 27th. The venue for the Mexicali show is still to be determined.

SOTHIS has had an incredible year garnering much attention in the metal world. In addition to the "#1 Demo" honors, the band was also named "the next big black metal band" by Brave Words with a demo rating of 9.5 out of 10.

The bands' 4-track demo is available as a limited edition digipak through the band's website. The demo is also available for complete download through the site, or through the band's MySpace page.

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Great White Tour Manager Faces Families

The Associated Press reports: Watching her severely burned daughter go through 35 operations over two months before doctors took the young woman off life support was "a journey of hell," Ann Gruttadauria told a Providence, R.I., court today (May 8) as a sentencing hearing began for a man she holds responsible.

Her 33-year-old daughter had gone to the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., for a Great White concert on Feb. 20, 2003. The band had just started its first set when tour manager Daniel Biechele set off a pyrotechnics display that sparked the state's deadliest fire. Pamela Gruttadauria was its 100th victim.

About 30 people planned to read statements in court today and tomorrow, and a representative from the attorney general's office planned to read prepared remarks from others.

Biechele, 29, pleaded guilty in February to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter and faces up to 10 years in prison. Before the judge sentences him, though, Biechele is hearing from the victims' relatives. Biechele now lives in Florida and works at a flooring company while taking accounting classes at night, his lawyers said in a recent court filing. He has written personal letters of apology to the victims' families. The attorney general's office is seeking the maximum sentence under Biechele's plea deal, saying he acted callously and recklessly. Biechele's lawyers are asking for community service rather than jail time, saying he never intended to harm anyone and could not have known about the foam on the club's walls.

Criminal charges are still pending against the club's owners, brothers Jeffrey and Michael Derderian. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Vader Working On Their "Fastest" Album Ever

For the last two weeks, Polish death metallers VADER have been working at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland, recording their new album, tentatively titled "Impressions In Blood". The bandmamebers have issued the following comments regarding the process thus far:

Piotr Wiwczarek (guitar, vocals): "14 day of recordings at Hertz Studio in Bialystok. We've prepared 11 tracks and a bonus track which will be featured on the Asian version of the album. All the drum parts have been already completed and...what can I say? You should expect about 45 minutes of total carnage! The fastest VADER's stuff ever, even a little bit faster than 'Litany' album!!! Currently we are working on guitar sound and kicking off a pretty arduous, but probably the most interesting part of the process, I mean arranging our new songs and album as a whole. Impressions are going to be very bloody!!!"

Daray (drums) summed up his work: "The band entered the studio on 24th of [April]. First two days we spent on preparing everything, soundcheck and so on. Then I started recording my drum tracks which all in all took me 10 days... It's going to be the fastest album I've ever recorded, you will hear there a lot of blastbeats and fast double pedal drumming. This time for the recording I used OSCA 5B drumsticks, TAMA Starclassic drumkit with Ludwig 'Black Beauty' snare drum, Alchemy Professional cymbals, Aquarian Response II pads on toms and Hi-Energy on snare, Roland RT-7K triggers, D-DRUM module and finally, my current favourite thing — AXIS X-Longboards pedals which helped me to achieve a staggering level of speed."

The recording session will last until May 24, after which VADER will team up with DESTRUCTION and KATAKLYSM for a tour in America. Simuntaneously producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawscy will take care of mixes and mastering. The complete new album, featuring artwork/ design of Greek artist Seth (ROTTING CHRIST, PARADISE LOST) should be ready in the middle of July. "Impressions In Blood" will be released through Regain Records on September 4. On September 17, the band will kick off a huge European tour which will run through December 20.

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Modern Life Is War To Re-Issue Debut

Deathwish Inc. has announced plans to re-issue Modern Life Is War's "My Love, My Way" album. The release will feature new packaging, bonus tracks, and complete remastering. Look for the effort to surface this summer.

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Gadget Confirmed For Hellfest (France) and More

Sweden's GADGET have been confirmed for the first Hellfest Open Air, set to take place June 23-25 in Clisson, France. GADGET will appear on the Hard N Heavy-sponsored stage on Saturday, June 24. For full lineup and running order, go to www.Hellfest.Fr.

GADGET has also been added to the 2006 edition of Germany's long-running F*ck the Commerce Festival. F*ck the Commerce will take place May 25-27.

GADGET recently unveiled a three-song e-card for it's new record The Funeral March. The Funeral March is in stores now.

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