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Metal News for June 14, 2005

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24 news articles posted on this day.

Himsa Replaces Guitarist

Guitarist Matt Wicklund and Himsa have parted ways. Reasons for the move haven't been disclosed, but former member Sammi Curr has now rejoined the band. Curr was with the group for several years leading up to their 2003 album, Courting Tragedy And Disaster. Look for Curr on the road with Himsa during their Dirty Black Summer tour, which kicked off in Sacramento.

Tour Dates with The Agony Scene, Scars Of Tomorrow (select dates), Full Blown Chaos (select dates), the Esoteric: More...

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Shai Hulud To Tour Australia, New Zealand

Shai Hulud will be touring New Zealand and Australia in August. Dates have not been confirmed, but this will indeed be Shai Hulud, with Geert back on vocals. According to the band, "Shai Hulud is not permanently reforming. Truth is, we always wanted to visit and play NZ and Australia. I mean, who wouldn't? As we are all on good terms, we agreed it would be a shame not to play Hulud's songs together in a place that has consistently shown us massive love and support."

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Thrice Set New Album Title

Thrice have set "Vheissu" as the title to their new album which will see a release later this year through Island.

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Obituary, Napalm Death And Dead To Fall Tour Dates

Dead To Fall will be touring with Napalm Death and Obituary this fall, here's the dates so far:
September 01st Springfield, VA - Jaxx
September 02nd Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
September 03rd Worcester, MA - Palladium
September 04th Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
September 06th New York, NY - BB Kings
September 07th Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
September 10th Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
September 13th Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
September 14th Milwaukee, WI - Eagle's Club
September 17th St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
September 18th Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution

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Metal Hammer Award Winners Announced

The following are the award winners at last night's Metal Hammer awards ceremoney:

Best Live Band: SLIPKNOT
Best International Band: THE USED
Best Underground Band: MESHUGGAH/MASTODON
Best Metal Record Label: Roadrunner
Incoming Award For Best Newcomer: NIGHTWISH
Best Video: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE 'Helena'
Riff Lord Award: Zakk Wylde
Shredder Award: Herman Li, DRAGONFORCE
Best Metal Band: ANTHRAX
Best album: JUDAS PRIEST 'Angel Of Retribution'
Icon Award: Ville Valo
The Spirit Of Hammer: BLACK SABBATH
The Golden God Award: Lemmy

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First Bands Officially Announced For Hellfest 2005

The first official listing of confirmed bands for this year's Hellfest, taking place August 19th to the 21st in Trenton, NJ, has been announced. They are as follows:


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Grimfist Sets Title For Upcoming Album

Norway's Grimfist have set "10 Steps to Hell" as the title of their forthcoming album, tentatively due later in the year.

The CD was recorded at SubSonic Society with engineer Lars Klokkerhaug (Enslaved, Darkthrone, Red Harvest), mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mastered at Tailor Maid Production in Stockholm. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Separation of My Soul", "Unborn", "The Power", "Reap the Fire", "Tools of the Trade", "Fight or Die", "Breed Apart", "Ashes of the Gods", "Touched by a Shadow of Evil", and "On the Wings of a Demon".

"This album will be a crushing, grimmer release with bigger contrasts and variations, but all in true Grimfist style!!" the band writes on their web site.

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Evildoer To Release Debut Album In Aug/Sept

Evildoer will release their debut album, entitled "Terror Audio" (view cover) through Scarlet Records in August/September. The album was recorded in Berno Studio, Sweden (The Haunted, Deranged).

The band is currently rehearsing for their first live performance at Tivoli Rock, Kristianstad together with bands like Dark Tranquillity, Pain, Hammerfall and more.

For more information on Evildoer, visit their official website.

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Primal Fear Finish Mastering New Album

German power metallers Primal Fear have posted the following message on their official web site:

The mastering [of the new album "Seven Seals"] is done with our longtime collaborator Achim Köhler at Indiscreet Mastering and Björn Engelmann at the Cutting Room in Sweden. Those few who could listen to the album at the Nuclear Blast office are excited, very surpised about the music, our different attitude and tell us about the best production and songs we've ever recorded. Nice and ... that the fans will love it. Nuclear Blast will prepare a special listening section on their page, where you will find sound samples very soon! Head of Promotion Markus wrote this nice mail earlier today: "There are good albums, there are bad albums .... but this album is impossible. On October 24th is the day of PF's milestone — 10 songs, 10 direct hits, 10 out of 10 points!" ... Thanks, brother!

It's still a long time till the release and a lot of work. We finished the fantastic and different artwork with Martin Häussler today plus an insane and outstanding booklet with Katja Piolka. She's responsible for the new photo session, too! We're working on the most elaborate Primal Fear packaging ever with our friend Michael Langbein at Nuclear Blast. The CD will include 10 tracks and of course, there will be a limited edition of the album will include two brand-new high quality bonus tracks plus the video clip for 'Seven Seals'. Mat is close to finish his book project "The Chronicles", which will be released early next year. More details on this huge project soon!

For the next shows, we designed a brand-new shirt for the summer festivals, which will be on sale at the Graspop festival in Belgium first.

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Exodus Completes Drum Tracks

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

Paul [Bostaph, ex-Slayer, Forbidden] completed all his drums tracks yesterday and I'm just blown away by what he can do behind the kit. One of the greatest I've ever had the pleasure of watching perform in my life. Just total mayhem on the drums, but so grooving at the same time!

That means I'm up next and I salivating at the thought of tracking guitars. I went down to the studio to set up my gear today and I have got to tell you, It's pure, unadulterated joy when you have put up a wall of sound like I did today. Plugged in a few different combinations of my Marshalls and Peavey xxx's and it was fucking crushing. We have tomorrow off but Sunday won't come soon enough for me.

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The Duskfall Album Tracklisting Revealed

Swedish Melodic Death/Thrash metallers The Duskfall have completed the works on their new album "Lifetime Supply Of Guilt" (view cover). The record was produced by Daniel Bergstrand at the Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden, and mastered at the Cutting Room in Solna, Sweden.

The album contains the following tracks:

01. Trust is Overrated
02. The Shallow End
03. Break the Pact
04. A Stubborn Soul
05. Shoot It In
06. Going Down Screaming
07. Hours are Wasted
08. Sympathy has Decreased
09. Downright Dreadful
10. Relive Your Fall

The album will be released on August 29.

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Cipher System Loses Bassist And Vocalist

Unfortunately Henric Carlsson (bass) as well as Daniel Schöldström (vocals) both left Swedish metal act Cipher System. The band released their Lifeforce Records debut “Central Tunnel 8” in November 2004, which received an amazing feedback from all over the world. Here you can find the official statement by the band:

Due to lack of inspiration and "fire" in the band, our friends Henric & Daniel have decided to quit! Henric will instead focus on his other band, Nightrage. We hold no grudge what so ever against their decision and we wish them all the best! Henric & Daniel concludes their
participation with Cipher System in a last gig at "Mälarrocken" July 1.

The band is currently trying out new people to fill the open positions.

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New Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Video On The Way

Germany's Die Apokalyptischen Reiter shot a video clip for the track "Die Sonne scheint" (= "The sun shines"), taken from the current album "Samurai." It will be offered to the TV stations at the end of June, so stay tuned.

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More Marduk European Tour Dates Announced

Marduk left the following message on the official Marduk website:

The Deathmarch proceeds, European tour dates just been presented in the tour section. South american tour dates will be made official the nearest week. Discussions are going on regarding Marduk apperances in places such as Turkey, Greece, Russia and Japan. As soon as we get more news it will be presented here.

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Carnal Forge Starts Recording Vocals For New Album

Carnal Forge bassist, Lars Lindén, has posted this message on the CF's official website:

We have started to record some vocals to some of the new tracks. Our rehearsal place is slowley forming into a studio... that is nice. So making demos is a lot easier now. Tomorrow [singer] Jens and I are going up to Sala to work on some more stuff with the other guys.

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Rammstein Working On New Album

Rammstein has posted the following message on their official website:

Good news: Rammstein are already working on a musical successor. From the production period of the last album, there are several songs, which did not find a place on "Reise, Reise" due to dramaturgical reasons but are now brought to light. During Rammstein's visit at a Berlin studio, more songs have been recorded; and today the mixing session of the new album starts, which is supposed to be released September this year. A title for the Reise further is not yet affirmed, we keep you posted!

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Lemmy Says Groupies Go For Fame, Not Rock

Veteran rocker Lemmy Kilmister has rubbished the notion that bands embark on an endless quest for groupies when they tour.

The Motorhead wildman insists that women really do throw themselves at musicians - but they do so to sleep with somebody famous, not because of their musical talents.

He says, "In all my years in rock 'n' roll, I have never heard one guy in a band ever say, 'Let's go and get some groupies.'

"It's just girls available to anyone famous - footballers, snooker players. And anyone who is good looking is going to get more than someone who is ugly. It's just the rules of the game."

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Iron Maiden To Release 2-CD Compilation July 12

Iron Maiden will release the career-spanning, two-CD compilation "The Essential Iron Maiden" through Sanctuary Records on July 12th.

"The Essential Iron Maiden" features something from all of the band’s studio albums, as well as sleeve notes from noted journalist Lonn Friend.

The songs on The Essential Iron Maiden are: More...

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No Gigantour 2nd Stage Bands At San Diego & Boston

There will not be any Gigantour second stage bands - Dry Kill Logic, Symphony X, Bobaflex - appearing at the San Diego or Boston dates, due to space and/or curfew issues.

In other related news, Toronto will be the last date of the Gigantour that Symphony X will be playing. They will not appear at the Seattle date, or any others that may be scheduled after September 3.

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System Of A Down Announce More Summer Tour Dates

More dates for System of a Down's first major U.S. tour in three years have been announced, kicking off a two-month trek in early August with special guests The Mars Volta and Bad Acid Trip to open the first leg. Tour dates announced so far:

Aug 04 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Arena
Aug 06 San Diego, CA - Sports Arena
Aug 08 Phoenix, AZ - America West Arena
Aug 11 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Aug 12 San Antonio, TX - SBC Arena
Aug 13 Houston, TX - Toyota Center
Aug 15 Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center
Aug 16 Orlando, FL - TD Waterhouse Centre
Aug 17 West Palm Beach, FL - Office Depot Center
Aug 29 Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Aug 30 Quebec City - Colisee Pepsi

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Manager Says Drowning Pool has New Singer Lined Up

DROWNING POOL have officially confirmed the departure of vocalist Jason "Gong" Jones less than two years after officially bringing him into the band (as first reported here yesterday). Jones apparently exited the group over the weekend, forcing the cancellation of a June 12 hometown show in Dallas, Texas. DROWNING POOL bassist Stevie Benton wrote in an online posting, "I'm sorry to all of you who were coming out to the Dallas show. It sucked to have to cancel on the hometown but it's for the best."

Manager Paul Bassman told Launch Radio Networks that while DROWNING POOL was "very proud" of the album the band made with Jones, 2004's "Desensitized", the relationship with the vocalist "just didn't work out." Bassman added that DROWNING POOL already has another frontman lined up, with the announcement of his name coming shortly.

Bassman said the new singer was "really good" and someone the band had wanted when they first set out to replace original vocalist Dave Williams nearly two years ago.

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QOTSA Frontman Gets Sentenced

Queens Of The Stone Age mainman Josh Homme pleaded no contest when he appeared in court, charged with assaulting Dwarves frontman Blag Dahlia at the Dragonfly Club in Los Angeles last November. He's been put on probation for 36 months, ordered to do community service with the Hollywood Beautification Team, enter a 60-day residential drug/alcohol rehabilitation programme, complete a level three anger-management class, foot all of Dahlia's legal and medical bills, and stay 100 yards away from the singer.

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Wayne Static Comments On Missed KC Show

Wayne Staic has send out an explanation and apology for missing most of their scheduled Kansas City show:

"Myself and the band sincerely apologize for not being able to play our full set Saturday at Rockfest in Kansas City. Honestly, I can't believe we actually made it onto the stage at all. We spent most of the night with a broken trailer at a truck stop. When it was clear that we would not make it in time for our scheduled performance, Crossfade was nice enough to switch set times with us and go on early. The radio station also did the best they could to push back all the set times so we could play. Ultimately, by the time our excellent crew got all the gear on stage we only had time to play four songs. As far as our scheduled signing, it is my understanding that we missed our time slot and could not get rescheduled. Our current tour schedule is booked through mid August, but this Fall I hope to get back to K.C. and make it up to everyone who spent their money to come see us."

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Site Update

Two New Giveaways!

Metalunderground.com has teamed up with Total Assault (sponsors of Sounds of the Underground Tour) to do a pair of giveaways. Read on for more information:

Static-X return on June 14th with Start A War, which reunites the band with their original guitar player Koichi Fukuda, and is by Wayne Static's own admission their attempt to recreate the magic that was felt on their fan favorite debut album, Wisconsin Death Trip. Joining them on the road will be 10 Years, out of Knoxville, TN, who will release their Republic/Universal debut, The Autumn Effect, this August.

To celebrate this tour, enter to win one of forty (40) signed Static-X lithograph and a 10 Years shirt. 10 Years will be joining Static-X on the road starting June 21st in Salt Lake City, with the tour winding on until August.

This giveaway ends July 7th, so enter now.

The second giveaway is from A Static Lullaby. A Static Lullaby recently released their sophomore effort, Faso Latido, and wrapped up a run on the Taste Of Chaos tour with The Used and My Chemical Romance. To celebrate the band’s release, you can enter to win a Sony Network Walkman Digital Music Player along with copies of the new album Faso Latido.

One (1) Grand Prize Winner Will Receive:

A Sony Network Walkman™ Digital Music Player
A copy of the new A Static Lullaby album Faso Latido

Ten (10) Runner-Ups Will Receive:
A copy of the new A Static Lullaby album Faso Latido

This giveaway is exclusive to Metalunderground.com (whereas the Static-X / 10 Years is open to other sites' registrants as well), so your chances of winning are very good!

This giveaway ends July 12th, so enter now.

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