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Metal News for June 15, 2005

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14 news articles posted on this day.

Otep Begin Working On New Material

OTEP frontwoman Otep Shamaya has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"I am very pleased to announce that we have turned the cog and are in early developmental stages of writing our next album ... We will be recording our next opus sometime this fall. I am proud and honored to have this opportunity and extend my thanks and appreciation to our label [Capitol Records] for their continued belief in me and the music we create.

"As for summer touring, Gigantour is still a possibility ... But regardless, we will be ravaging the savage summer — somehow, some way ... and with new material to massacre the masses with."

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Ill Nino Cd Date Pushed Back Further

Ill Nino's upcoming new album "One Nation Underground" has been bumped back to a September 27th release date through Roadrunner.

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Symphony X Drop Off Gigantour After Toronto Date

Progressive metallers SYMPHONY X have issued the following update via their official web site:

"Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but there are two items that need to be made public, which we have just been informed of (or we'd have announced it much sooner).

"Number one: 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.

"Number two: We've just been informed that there will not be any second stage bands appearing at the San Diego or Boston dates, due to either space or curfew issues. Therefore, SYMPHONY X won't be appearing at those dates either.

"Our apologies to those who'll be affected by these items; we have no control over these issues, and have done our best to inform you as soon as we got the info ourselves."

Gigantour is a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. Other main-stage acts include FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE. Also scheduled to appear on the second stage are DRY KILL LOGIC, BOBAFLEX and LIFE OF AGONY.

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Metallica Signed Guitar For Charity Auction

A guitar specially made and signed by the members of METALLICA will be auctioned on July 2 as part of the the Hollister Independence Rally, a motorcycle event which takes place in Hollister, California. All the money raised through the auction will go to the Help Save the Cancer Kids Foundation.

The nonprofit foundation raises money to directly affect families of children with cancer by helping with car payments, buying laptops, or simply putting food on the table.

For more information, visit www.hollisterrally.com.

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Reformed Reverend Seek New Frontman

The surviving members of DAVID WAYNE'S METAL CHURCH, the band formed by late METAL CHURCH frontman David Wayne, have issued the following press release:

"On May 10th, 2005 we lost a true brother and close friend, Reverend David Wayne. As many already know, David was returning to the metal scene with us, the band members of REVEREND, labeled as DAVID WAYNE'S METAL CHURCH (DWMC). His sole goal was to try and get metal to be METAL again, at the same time drawing attention towards our return.

"When a bandmate dies, the remaining members have to make a decision; continue on with the same beliefs, values, and direction, or stop playing together and pursue other projects. In our case, David left us specific instructions. After a period of mourning and in David Wayne's honor, we will follow through with the 'Godfather of Metal''s wishes.

"As of the date of this press release, DAVID WAYNE'S METAL CHURCH no longer exists; however, in the pursuit of true heavy metal we are announcing the reformation of REVEREND!


Davey Lee - Guitar
Nacho Vara - Guitar
Jesse Vara - Drums
Brendon Kyle - Bass

"We are working on our older material plus the new collaborated songs with lyrics by David Wayne and are in search of a lead vocalist. We are not seeking a replacement for David Wayne, but a vocalist who wants metal to be metal and carry on the tradition and give justice to the lyrics and music of REVEREND!

"Interested persons should send an 8x10 Photo, resume, and a CD of his/her vocal abilities to: Reverend, 404 Riverside Drive, Pipe Creek TX 78063."

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Hoods Prepare To Record New Album

California's Hoods are set to enter the studio to begin tracking their new full-length, "The King Is Dead." The band will begin recording on June 24th and the album will hit streets on October 21st via Eulogy Recordings. Meanwhile, the group has lined up the following tour dates:

7/23 New Orleans LA @ Cypress Hall
7/24 Miami FL @ The Alle
7/25 Orlando FL @ The Back Booth
7/26 Tallahassee FL @ Big Daddy's
7/29 Spartanburg SC @ Ground Zero
7/30 Raleigh NC @ TBA
7/31 Fredericksburg VA @ KC's
8/3 Albany NY @Shelter Skate Park
8/4 Bucksport ME @ The Kave

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Arsis To Record New EP In July

Arsis will enter the studio in late-July to record a new EP. The EP will be titled "A Diamond For Disease" and will feature the title track (clocking in at over 12 minutes in length) in addition to a cover of Alice Cooper's "Roses On White Lace." The EP will tentatively be available on October 25th.

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Cantrell: 'You Can't Replace A Guy Like Layne'

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently spoke to MTV.com about his upcoming solo album, which he expects to complete by the fall.

"I've spent the last year and a half in writing mode, compiling a lot of material, writing with a lot of different people," Cantrell told MTV.com. "I've worked with some great songwriters, and I've just been stockpiling my warheads, so to speak, until it's time to do a record. And it's getting pretty close to that time. I've been just gearing up for the next phase of my career, whether that's my third solo record or, of course, there's a possibility it may be a new band as well. I'm just sussing that out for myself. CARDBOARD VAMPYRES [the 'covers' band featuring Cantrell and ex-THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy], is something we do for a blast."

Cantrell's been working with several high-profile musicians, including METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Wyse, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION drummer Stephen Perkins, ALICE IN CHAINS' Sean Kinney and Mike Inez, producer Marti Frederiksen (MICK JAGGER, AEROSMITH) and FAITH NO MORE's Mike Bordin, who played drums on Cantrell's most recent disc, 2002's "Degradation Trip". More...

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ex-Hirax Project Change Name To Weapon 13

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, the new band featuring former HIRAX members Gary Monardo (bass), Johnny Tabares (drums, HIRAX's "Raging Violence" album), and Bob Savage (guitar, HIRAX's 1984 demo), along with ex-WARGOD singer Robbie Perkins, have changed their name to WEAPON 13 to avoid confusion with similarly named acts. The group have just completed writing songs for a new three-song demo, to be released in late July/early August. The band will enter the studio on July 6. Tentative songtitles are: "Monster Reborn", "Empty" and "The Bleeding Never Stops".

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Avenged Sevenfold's "City of Evil" Debuts at #30

AVENGED SEVENFOLD's "City of Evil" has sold 32,974 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 30 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart.

The group's third album, "City of Evil" (Warner Bros.) is the follow-up to 2003's "Waking the Fallen" (Hopeless Records), which has shifted 172,253 units to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD are scheduled to take part in this summer's Vans Warped Tour beginning on June 18 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Lacuna Coil Album Update

Lacuna Coil have confirmed that their next album will not be out until late this year or early next year. Also, Lacuna Coil is not planning to start touring the U.S. until work on the album is completed. They have only played one new song live for their European audiences in Italy, France, Germany, and Britain to date.

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Dimmu Borgir Album Update

Dimmu Borgir have released the following reguarding their upcoming album, summer tour plans, etc.:

"Finally there’s an official update on this site to let you guys in on what the Hell is happening at the moment and whatever else that we might be conspiring behind closed doors. We suspect most of you guys, our hardcore fanbase at least, wonder what’s up our sleeve next, understandably so. There seems to have been quite a lot of “confusion” lately, rumors back and forth, about this and that and whatnot, since the lack of information has been pretty evident the last couple of months. Perhaps we are partly to blame for that, one reason being that we simply might do this on purpose since we don’t necessarily like the perception of being everybody’s news center at all times to keep people updated on loads of unimportant shit, so-called everyday stuff. It might look as if we don’t care, and it’s true, we don’t, unless there’s some specific and important shit to discuss, like now.

First things first,

Festivals: We’re doing five (5) this year and five (5) only. You will find all confirmed live dates on this site. They got announced quite a while ago in the forum, but to avoid any more speculations (you’re all very good at that!) here we go again: June 4th – Waldrock (Holland), June 26th – Fury Fest (France), July 16th – Tuska (Finland), July 23rd – Zillo (Germany), August 6th – Gates of Metal (Sweden).

Drummers: We’ve decided, at least for the time being, not to invite a new drummer on a permanent basis. Tony Laureano will join us for all abovementioned festivals this summer, while Hellhammer has offered his services for the new full-length album.

Re-release of Stormblåst: We will have recording sessions in Abyss Studios with Peter “Jahhh!!” Tägtgren during the summer. Because of unexpected conflicting schedules, and with already booked studio time, we were suddenly forced to swiftly find a replacement for the drummer who originally agreed to do this recording with us. So we simply asked the closest one from home, Hellhammer, coincidently and luckily for us he was free to do that job as well! Tentative release date is sometime before this year is over. And yes, it’ll have extra material, prev. unreleased stuff, what’s the point of a re-release without? But more about the real reason why we chose to do this album all over again in it’s entirety later.

Next full-length album: Writing will begin Aug/Sep sometime, once everything else with festivals and re-recordings are out of the way. It’ll take the time it needs, so don’t expect any release sooner than 2nd half of 2006, at earliest. We have not yet decided who will be supervising/co-producing our next studio effort, but what we do know is that it’ll most likely be a full story/concept album. We feel it’s time to do something “else”, starting on scratch exploring fresh territory, challenge ourselves. More details on this as things develop.

On the side: Other bands/projects that will also in one way or another keep us occupied this year are:

CHROME DIVISION - Nekro Doomsday Rock ‘n Roll feat. Shag and Lex (KOVENANT).

INSIDIOUS DISEASE - Dark death metal feat. Silenoz, Jardar (Old Man’s Child) and Tony Laureano.

ARCTURUS – Vortex will be recording and touring with them later this year.

OLD MAN'S CHILD – Galder recently finished the new album, recorded and mixed in Fredman Studio.

Everything else is, as they say: Festivus for the rest of us – The pace has quickened!!!”

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Budgie To Tour UK Again

Veteran British band are heading out on a major UK tour later in the year. The dates are as follows:

September 14 - Sheffield Boardwalk
September 15 - Newcastle Trillians
September 16 - Edinburgh Bannermans
September 17 - Glasgow Renfrew Ferry
September 22 - Oxford Zodiac
September 23 - London Camden Underworld
September 24 - Brighton Concord II
September 29 - Liverpool Academy
September 30 - Bradford Rio's
October 1 - Ashton-Under-Lyne Witchwood
October 5 - Crewe Limelight
October 6 - Northampton Roadmender
October 7 - Stratford-Upon-Avon Cox's Yard
October 8 - Derby Flowerpot
October 12 - Wrexham Yales Central Station
October 13 - Bristol Bierkeller
October 14 - Cardiff Point
October 15 - Deal Astor Theatre
October 19 - Southsea South Parade Pier
October 21 - Poole Mr. Kyps
October 21 - Hastings Battle Memorial Hall
October ?? - Swindon Furnace
November 30 - Ilfracombe Phoenix
December 1 - Honiton Motel
December 9 - Nuneaton Queen's Hall
December 10 - Frome Cheese & Grain

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Paria Lose Vocalist, Analog Frontman Steps In

Vocalist Brian Craig has decided to leave Paria at the end of the summer to futher his education. Craig has been with the group for two years, appearing on both their EP and full-length, and will do one last (short) tour with the group at the end of July. States the group, "We want to thank him for all his contributions towards the band for the last two years and wish him the best with all future endeavors." Paul Pettit, formerly of Analog, will be filling in on the group's August tour on the East Coast. Anyone interested in trying out for the band should contact them at cynicsix@aol.com. Meanwhile, in addition to Paria's July run with Analog and August East Coast tour, the band will be touring Canada briefly with Ion Dissonance in September.

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