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Metal News for June 12, 2007

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17 news articles posted on this day.

Watch Operator's "Soulcrusher" Video Online

The video and a movie-style trailer for Operator's latest album's title track "Soulcrusher," coming out at the end of June, has been posted online? The video was the brainchild of frontman Johnny Strong.

Warning: the above links contain some adult content (nudity and violence)

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Dream Theater Announces More European Dates

Eight more tour dates have been announced for Dream Theater's Choas In Motion World Tour, featuring special guests Symphony X:

Oct 2nd Warsaw, Poland - Torwar
Oct 11th Glasgow UK - Carling Academy
Oct 12th Manchester UK - Apollo
Oct 13th London UK - Wembley Arena
Oct 31st Winterthur, Switzerland - Eulachhalle
Nov 9th Wales UK - Newport Centre
Nov 10th Wolverhampton UK - Civic Hall
Nov 11th Blackburn King George's Hall

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'neath Post Teaser On MySpace

Brisbane progressive death metallers 'neath have put up a teaser from their upcoming album, "The Spiders Sleep," on their myspace. The album is set for release in Australia through Obsidian Records in August.

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Just For Fun

Air Guitar Championships Throughout The US

LiveDaily.com reports: It's time once again for air-guitar virtuosos to whip out their invisible axes and rock the house. The fifth annual US Air Guitar Championships competition is under way and traveling to cities from coast to coast.

Hopefuls have already competed in Washington, DC, and New York City, and the tour moves on to Boston tonight (6/8). The outing, MC'd by "Air Guitar Nation" documentary star and "To Air is Human" author Bjorn Turoque, will stop by major US markets through the end of this month. Details are listed below.

A panel of independent judges hand-picked by US Air Guitar will consider technical merit, stage presence and "airness" in critiquing the 60-second performances. All guitars must be invisible.

One winner from each city, three winners from an online competition and defending champ Hot Lixx Hulahan will move on to compete in the US Air Guitar Finals this August in New York City. In addition to winning $1,000, the chosen one will be sent to Oulu, Finland, in September to represent the USA in the Air Guitar World Championships.

The online portion of the competition, which is set to begin soon, will allow air guitarists all over the US to upload performance clips for a chance to compete in the US finals. Further details about how to enter are available at the US Air Guitar website.

Founded in 2003, the US Air Guitar Championships have grown from two competitions into a national tour that draws more fans and competitors every year, according to a press release.

"US Air Guitar is devoted to taking our nation's unofficial pastime out of the bedroom and putting it up on the world stage," the organization's mission statement declares. "In a time when US military and economic leadership faces unprecedented criticism around the world, it is our belief that air guitar represents one endeavor our country can dominate without controversy. US Air Guitar is here to make this possible."

Remaining US Air Guitar Championships tour dates are as follows: More...

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Modern Life Is War Completes New Album

Modern Life Is War has completed work on their forthcoming album, "Midnight In America," with indie-rock producer J. Robbins (Against Me!, Murder By Death).

The Iowa band will be touring this summer with He Is Legend and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster. They will be joined by House of Fools on the first half of the tour, and Paulson on the second.

Expect Modern Life Is War to be carrying a two-song sampler of "Midnight In America" on the road with them featuring the songs "Stagger Lee" and "The Motorcycle Boy Reigns" from the new album.

Midnight In America will be released on August 21st through Equal Vision Records.

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It Dies Today, Kittie, Silent Civilian Tour Dates

It Dies Today, Kittie, Silent Civilian, Blessed By A Broken Heart, and Bring Me The Horizon will hit the road together in August. The following tour dates have been confirmed so far:

8/11 New York, NY @ B.B. King's
8/12 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
8/14 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
8/15 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
8/16 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
8/17 Albany, NY @ Northern Lights Live
8/18 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
8/19 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
8/21 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
8/22 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8/24 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
8/25 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
8/26 Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
8/31 Bend, OR @ Midtown Ballroom

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Sinister Give Update On Past Year, New Album

Dutch death metal legends SINISTER have offered the following update regarding the band's activity over the past year:

"It has been more then a year since we took the time to write something personal again on this page. Not so strange, since we were extremely busy the last twelve months. We visited almost 30 countries this year for the promotion of Afterburner so you can probably imagine how busy it actually was.

Meanwhile Aad found the time to become a daddy some months ago, so Alex (who has a 3 year daughter running around) is not the only one in the band anymore who likes to talk about diapers and duplo, haha!

About the new album; Alex wrote on this moment 3 complete songs with a total running time of 22 minutes!!! Yes, the new songs are longer then the stuff we did before. One of them is even longer then 10 minutes. Musically it will follow the direction of Afterburner, which means fast catchy blastbeats combined with slow atmospheric melodic parts.

Unfortunately, we haven't got any time yet to practice them as a band. However, we will take it slower on the concerts the next few months to work on this situation. Our goal is to make a demo this summer with 4 tracks so we can get an idea how they will sound on the album.

Also a word to our Mexican fans; this August we will visit your beautiful country to do some shows. Mexico City has been confirmed and hopefully we can add 2 more gigs. It has been 4 years since our last visit so it would be great to see you guys and girls again."

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Six Announce New Album w/ Guests From Static-X

Huntington Beach, CA's SiX have announced the release of their new album “Between The War and the Warning.” The album, which features guest appearances by Mike Clark from Suicidal Tendencies and bassist Tony Campos from Static-X, will be released independently through the group’s own 1605 Records.

"Tony and Mike were a blessing to this project. After rocking out to one of our rough demos he got from a mutual friend, Mike wanted to meet us. That meeting turned into partying in Hermosa Beach over Tecates and Tequilla. By the end of the night he and his homie destroyed his coffee table, moshing to 'The Day I Died.' He came into the studio and just man-handled the guitar. I've never seen a guy rip like that so effortlessly," says frontman Lauren Boquette. "Tony and I go way back to my days in Drown. We knew he was a monster on the bass and when it came time to track bass parts, I sent him 'The Day I Died' and 'Warning' knowing they would be right up his alley. He came in and within 2 hours the bass lines were on fire, he killed it." More...

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Gene Hoglan Sends In Large Update

The Atomic Clock himself updated with a lengthy blog post on his myspace page:

"Howdy folks. Well, where to start? There's just too much stuff going on at the moment to remember, let alone catalogue in any sort of abridged manner, so I'll just dive in chronologically I suppose...

"I'm here in Vancouver, mainly to complete the editing of my forthcoming dvd, "The Atomic Clock". Wow, original title, eh? If I had just concentrated on double-bass on it, I might have called it "Evil is A Foot", but since I do way more than just metal drumming on it, I figured "The Atomic Clock" just fits. And, I am still shooting for a July release, available at first on my websites.

"Let me tell ya, it's coming out great! I'm really psyched! It's gonna clock in at about 2 hours, and hopefully they're gonna be an entertaining 2 hours for all. Upon it's completion, I'll have a more detailed blurb about it. Say, haven't ya heard that one before?

"I'm also up here completing the mix for the MECHANISM album, who will be featured heavily on said "The Atomic Clock" dvd. That is coming out righteous, as well. I'm super-pumped for this one. I'll say this a million times, but this is probably my craziest drum album to date. As of yet, we have no finished product to share with anyone, and I'm pretty glad about that fact. Hopefully it'll drop like a bomb. Or at least a well-placed M-80. More...

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Yakuza Sets Release Date For "Transmutations"

Chicago's YAKUZA have confirmed the release date for the band's recently completed full-length, 'Transmutations,' due out August 7 through Prosthetic Records. A listening party will take in the band's hometown July 31 at The Liar's Club, details will be confirmed shortly.

"Exploration, experimentation, riding the line between the familiar and the foreign; the essential elements for YAKUZA have already been established,” frontman Bruce Lamont says about the band's sound. “We are not interested in creating music that’s not easily definable. Our roots are firmly planted in metal - yes, but like life, the sounds here are not cut and dry. At times this record can be uplifting, cruel, celebratory and just downright fuckin’ mean."

Utilizing producer and established multi-instrumentalist Sanford Parker (Rwake, Pelican, Minsk) for the recording of Transmutations, YAKUZA couldn’t be happier with the album’s end sound: “Sanford was great to work with,” Lamont says. “We really feel he has refined his craft over the past half a dozen recordings he's done. He’s known the band for a long time and helped with our last release, so he is already aware of our studio tendencies. With him the process felt almost effortless.”

YAKUZA began demoing new material on February 28 at Semifour Studios in the band's hometown. 'Transmutations' was produced by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Minsk, Rwake), who made a guest appearance on the band's last release, 'Samsara'.

Here are the currently schedule YAKUZA shows:

6/16 Blue Island, IL – Kelly’s Irish Pub
7/31 Chicago, IL – The Liar’s Club (Transmutations listening party)

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Lion's Share Confirmed For Magic Circle Festival

LION'S SHARE confirmed for Germany's MAGIC CIRCLE FESTIVAL with MANOWAR, GAMMA RAY etc on July 7 in Bad Arolsen, Germany.

The LION'S SHARE's video for the song "The Edge of the Razor" has been posted at YouTube.

The track, which features a guest solo from ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, comes off the Swedish melodic metal band's long-awaited comeback album, "Emotional Coma", due on June 15 via AFM Records. More...

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Exclusive Nile Single Available from Nuclear Blast

NILE's three-track single will be available for exclusive download at Nuclear Blast's European Music Shop on June 22nd.

The tracklisting for the single is as follows:

1. Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Water (2:57)
2. Laying Fire Upon Apep (Rehearsal Track) (3:32)
3. Drum Session Video Clip (16:50)

Engineered by Bob Moore and produced by Neil Kernon (Cannibal Corpse, Nevermore, Deicide), Ithyphallic, NILE's fifth studio album, will be released in North America on July 17th and in Europe on July 20th. NILE are confirmed artists for Ozzfest 2007's Second Stage and will be headlining off-date shows with Chthonic and Daath.

"Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Water" has been available for streaming exclusively at Ozzfest.com since June 6th. Fans are encouraged to register on the site and login to post their comments.

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Skeletonwitch Offers In-Studio Update

Cleveland-based thrashers SKELETONWITCH have offered up an in-studio update:

"Most shreddingly, we are in the studio recording our new record 'Beyond the Permafrost' at Karma Studios. Things are are moving along well and we're enjoying working with Cory Smoot (Gwar, Municipal Waste). The record is scheduled to be released in mid-September. We also have posted new dates for our upcoming tour with Withered. You can view the dates on our MySpace page and also in the July and August issues of Decibel magazine. Our drummer, Mullet Chad, did the art for the ad in decibel. You can check out more of his work at http://myspace.com/apocalypsenau. Also, we are happy to announce that a version of 'Beyond the Permafrost' from the 'Worship the Witch' EP will be on the upcoming Sounds of the Underground Tour Sampler CD. Fuck yeah!"

Currently recording with Cory Smoot for the bulk of June, SKELETONWITCH will hit the road with Withered in July, having just wrapped up a few weeks of touring with Weedeater in May. The band's debut full-length on Prosthetic Records will hit stores September 18. Keeping busy already this year, after signing with Prosthetic in February, SKELETONWITCH has already played with the likes of Goatwhore, Nachtmystium and Weedeater among others, as well as making the band's debut performance at this spring's New England Metal and Hardcore festival.

Here are the latest SKELETONWITCH tour dates: More...

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Hemlock To Embark On Jagermeister Warfest Tour

For many years Las Vegas, Nevada metal band Hemlock has been touring regionally and nationally on their own along with bands: Slayer, Hatebreed, Soulfly, Otep, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Disturbed, Chimaira, Drowning Pool, HedPE, Shadows Fall, Snot, Devildriver, Sepultura, Exodus, Sevendust, Arch Enemy and many more. Hemlock has done regional touring in the Southwest headlining shows and also toured across the entire U.S. several times now.

Now signed to Chandlelight Records, Hemlock will be headlining the Jagermeister Warfest Tour along with bands, Total Chaos, Sixstitch and others. Here are the tour dates:

JUN/20/07 - LONG BEACH, CA @ THE VAULT
JUN/21/07 - SAN MARCOS, CA @ JUMPING TURTLE
JUN/22/07 - VICTORVILLE, CA @ TRILOGY THEATRE
JUN/23/07 - HOLLYWOOD, CA @ THE ROXY
JUN/24/07 - FRESNO, CA @ CROSSROAD
JUN/25/07 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ THEE PARKSIDE
JUN/26/07 - RENO, NV @ CLUB UNDERGROUND
JUN/27/07 - MEDFORD, OR @ MUSICHEAD
JUN/28/07 - EUGENE, OR @ WOW HALL
JUN/29/07 - PORTLAND, OR @ SATYRICON
JUN/30/07 - SEATTLE, WA @ STUDIO 7
JUL/01/07 - SPOKANE, WA @ BIG DIPPER
JUL/02/07 - SALT LAKE CITY,UT @ CLUB VEGAS
JUL/04/07 - WINDOW ROCK, AZ @ NAKAI HALL
JUL/05/07 - FLAGSTAFF, AZ @ STUDIO 111
JUL/06/07 - TEMPE, AZ @ MARQUEE
JUL/07/07 - LAS VEGAS, NV @ HOUSE OF BLUES
JUL/08/07 - CORONA, CA @ SHOWCASE THEATRE

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Leng Tch'e Loses Drummer

Leng Tch'e has announced the departure of drummer Svencho. A founding member of the band, Svencho has chosen to focus on his other band, Aborted, in addition to other musical projects. According to the group, "We thank him for the years invested in Leng Tch'e and wish him luck in his future endeavours. However, this will definitely not be the end of the band since we feel that 'Marasmus' is our strongest record to date and therefor we will continue on our path of mayhem and destruction."

The Belgian outfit is currently seeking a replacement. Interested parties should contact the band at nicolas@razorgrind.com.

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Evile Mixing New Album, "Enter The Grave"

According to EVILE’s official MySpace Blog, they have completed the recording process for their upcoming album, ‘Enter The Grave’ and are currently in the mixing stage. Along with a myriad of photos from their recording sessions with Flemming Rasmussen (METALLICA, MORBID ANGEL), EVILE’s 3rd and final recording update included a message for their fans:

“We're now in the mixing process of the album. All parts are now recorded to the best of our ability (sorry, it's the best we could do). we decided not to include a cowbell, or a triangle. Working with Flemming (Rasmussen) has been a unique and amazing experience. He's got the perfect vision and ability to make this album sound exactly how we all want it to. We hope all you Thrash fans enjoy this mass of noise we've created for you.”

Come into EVILE’s world and experience the recording of ‘Enter The Grave’ through their eyes on their MySpace. ‘Enter The Grave’ hits UK stores on August 27 and comes to US shores this fall.

EVILE will be joining fellow thrashers, MUNICIPAL WASTE and SSS for a summer UK tour. You can get the full list of tour dates and hear some of Evile's material on their MySpace page.

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Alarum Guitarist Leaves Band

Melbourne jazz metal band Alarum have lost their 12 year guitarist Scott Young, who left the band to pursue his solo projects and work with gothic metal outfit Darkest Dawn. In a recent interview, Young reflected on the decision to strike out on his own, saying:

It was an extremely difficult choice to make - these guys are like family to me, you know. But something simply had to give. I was stretching myself too thin, and I didn’t want to mess the guys around. I still believe in the band and their music, and wish them all the best. I’m very excited about pursuing my solo material, which I’ve had on the back burner for years - and in seeing what may come of Darkest Dawn.

Young performed his final gig with Alarum supporting Obituary at the Prince Of Wales in Melbourne on May 17 2007, to great support from loyal fans. Meanwhile, Darkest Dawn are currently mastering their debut album, "End Of Season". Recorded with Theron Rennison and set to hit store shelves in August, the album will be distributed in Australia by Riot Entertainment, and is currently being shopped to overseas labels. The news of Young's departure comes just months after drummer Matt Racovalis left the band and was replaced by Rob Brens.

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