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Metal News for June 15, 2006

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12 news articles posted on this day.

Abigail Williams, Suicide Silence UK Tour Dates

Abigail Williams will tour the UK with Suicide Silence and Eternal Lord in October.

10/3 UK Oxford @ Zodiac
10/5 UK Peterborough @ Met lounge
10/6 UK Swindon @ Furnace
10/7 UK Leeds @ Joseph's Well
10/8 UK Glasgow, Scotland @ Cathouse
10/9 UK Edinburgh, Scotland @ Subway
10/11 UK Colchester @ The Twist
10/12 UK Worcester @ Evolution
10/13 UK Bournemouth @ Opera House
10/15 UK London @ Underworld

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AOL Radio Launches Power Metal Station

AOL Radio has added a Power Metal station to its lineup. The station will have plenty of Dragonforce, Iced Earth, Helloween, Kamelot, Stratovarius, and tons more. You can listen to the online radio station here.

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Yourlastbreath Plan Reunion Show

Yourlastbreath, who broke up in 2005 after releasing a CD with Twelve Gauge Records, will play a reunion show on July 16th. The show will take place at the Allen Theatre in South Gate, CA and will also feature Tiefighter and Lions, among others.

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1349 Part Ways With Founding Guitarist Tjalve

1349 guitarist and founding member Tjalve (real name: André Kvebek) has left the Norwegian black metal act after nine years and three studio albums to focus on his other bands PANTHEON I and SARKOM.

Commented Tjalve in a statement: "I will remember 1349 as the most diabolical, vicious and plague-ridden band ever to stride the Earth, and I'm proud to have been a part of it. I'm confident that they'll continue to plague mankind for ages!"

1349 announced earlier in the year that they were going to be utilizing the services of former NILE drummer Tony Laureano on their upcoming dates as regular skinsman Frost is busy with promoting SATYRICON's recently released "Now, Diabolical" CD.

1349 released their third studio album, "Hellfire", in the U.S. last October via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Studio Studio in Nyhagen, Norway, "Hellfire" was supported by a European tour with Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH.

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Dragonlord Cancel U.S. Tour

A management representative for DRAGONLORD — the San Francisco-based black metal band featuring Eric Peterson (guitar, vocals; TESTAMENT), Gian Pyres (guitar; ex-CRADLE OF FILTH), Derrick Ramirez (bass), Lyle Livingstone (keys) and Jon Allen (drums; SADUS, ex-TESTAMENT) — has issued the following statement:

"I have been informed that Gian Pyres, DRAGONLORD guitarist, has developed very bad tendonitis in his left hand. Accordingly, his doctor advises refraining from playing guitar for the immediate future for fear of more permanent damage. Therefore, he is not available for the scheduled DRAGONLORD tour and thus the DRAGONLORD tour must be postponed at this time. He apologizes for any and all inconveniences as does DRAGONLORD, and hopes that the tour can be rescheduled as soon as possible. At this time, due to the foregoing unforeseen problem, the DRAGONLORD tour from June 23, 2006 to July 8, 2006, is cancelled."

DRAGONLORD have been added to the upcoming Thrash Domination 2006 two-day mini-festival, set to take place on September 16-17 at Club Citta in Tokyo, Japan. Also scheduled to appear are VENOM, DEATH ANGEL, SODOM and ONSLAUGHT.

DRAGONLORD's sophomore album, "Black Wings of Destiny", was released in the U.S. in October 2005 via Escapi Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Rapture" (Spitfire Records) was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Killswitch Engage Cover Dio's "Holy Diver"

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's stunning cover of DIO's "Holy Diver" — which was one of several exclusive tracks that were made available on a special CD accompanying Kerrang!'s 25th anniversary issue (out on the stands May 31) — has been posted online at this location. Entitled "High Voltage", the 15-track disc was made up of classic rock and metal songs covered by contemporary bands, with 10 of the tracks recorded exclusively for the CD.

A brand new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE song, entitled "This Fire Burns", was recently included on the "WWE: Wreckless Intent" compilation, available now on Columbia Records. The collection — which features wrestlers' themes heard during the WWE's TV shows such as "SmackDown!", "RAW", "WrestleMania", and "Saturday Night's Main Event", as performed by today's top-selling aggro-rock and rap artists — also included new, exclusive material from SHADOWS FALL, ZEBRAHEAD, MOTÖRHEAD and more.

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Interview

Roundtable Discussion With I.R.A.T.E.

There's been so much drama going on lately in relation to I.R.A.T.E. (Infinite Rebellion Against The Establishment) from Los Angeles, who have recently concluded their 30 date Project Independent Tour, that I wanted to take a different route and have some fun with the bandmates and their manager, Jeff Totten of Celestial Entertainment, by conducting a basic follow-up with them. The very first Project Independent release "Brothers of The Same Struggle", for which I have written a review on here at the almighty metalunderground.com, is currently available at your local Tower Records music store. Fans of Century Media may also order through their catalog. More...

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Just For Fun

'Metalocalypse' Cartoon Featuring Metallica

METALLICA's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett — along with members of ARCH ENEMY and NEVERMORE — have lent their voices to the cartoon series "Death Clock Metalocalypse". Check out the show teaser at this location.

Brendon Small, known for the series "Home Movies", co-created "Death Clock Metalocalypse" about a Norwegian heavy metal band called DEATHKLOK. Although they rock to the top of the charts with gusto, they are also incredibly stupid and leave a path of destruction and mayhem behind wherever they tour. The new series will premiere in August on on Adult Swim, the adult-oriented television programming block on Cartoon Network.

METALLICA had previously lent their voices to such animated shows as "The Simpsons" and "Dave the Barbarian".

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Dropbox, Bloodsimple Members Form Saint Caine

Former DROPBOX members John Kosco (guitar, vocals) and Joey Wilkinson (guitar) have joined forces with ex-BLOODSIMPLE/DOWNSET drummer Chris Hamilton and bassist John Eville in a new band called SAINT CAINE. The group are currently working on their debut album, to be released in late 2006/early 2007. "It's going to be difficult for us to decide what stays and goes on this record," the band said in a statement

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Nocturnal Breed Part With Painkiller Records

Norwegian metallers NOCTURNAL BREED have posted the following message on their official web site:

"We have decided to leave Painkiller Records because of major communication problems and the fact that they have broken the contract we had with them. Therefore we are now in the process of finding a new label. Also, the recording for the new album is complete and only the mix is left."

NOCTURNAL BREED are scheduled to release their follow-up to "The Tools of the Trade" (Holycaust Records), entitled "Code of Conduct", in September.

"Code of Conduct" projected track listing (in no particular order):

01. Code of Conduct
02. Fields of Rot
03. Man-Skinner
04. The Dead
05. In Sickness and in Hell
06. Behind the Front
07. Scything Harrow
08. Too Damned to Conquer
09. Iron Bitch
10. Wicked, Vicious, Violent
11. Metal Church

NOCTURNAL BREED recently announced the addition of guitarist A.E. Rattlehead (COCKROACH CLAN, CREST OF DARKNESS, HAMMERHEART) to the group's ranks. Rattlehead joins the band as the replacement for T. Thrawn (real name: Tom Kvålsvoll), who left the group last summer due to "internal conflicts."

NOCTURNAL BREED last year released a five-disc box set, entitled "The Remasters", through Painkiller Records. Limited to 1,000 copies, the set includes all of their previous releases, plus bonus tracks and demo recordings.

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Slayer's Final Cover Art For "Christ Illusion"

The "final" cover artwork for SLAYER's new album, "Christ Illusion" — complete with the band's logo and album title — has been posted online. You can check it out here or here. Larry Carroll, who did the cover artwork for SLAYER's "Reign in Blood", "South of Heaven", and "Seasons In the Abyss" album, painted this original piece for the "Christ Illusion" cover. Working only from the song titles and early lyrics, Carroll has produced a classic SLAYER masterpiece — a portrait of the Christ whose forearms have been chopped off, standing in an ocean of blood surrounded by floating, decapitated heads. Carroll created the painting on a 4-by-4-foot slab of wood using a combination of mediums. SLAYER guitarist Kerry King already has placed dibs on ownership of the original wooden canvas.

"Christ Illusion," due out August 8, 2006, is Slayer's first new studio album since 2001, and the first recorded by the band's original line-up - Kerry King/guitars; Tom Araya/bass, vocals; Jeff Hanneman/guitars; Dave Lombardo/drums - since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss." "Christ Illusion" was produced by Josh Abraham and executive produced by Rick Rubin, and will be released on Slayer's long-time label, Rubin's American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records.

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Across Five Aprils Tour Dates

Across Five Aprils are set to hit the road for a month of dates in the East, Midwest, and Canada. Here are the latest tour dates:

6/14 Daytona Beach, FL @ TBA
6/15 Hinesville, GA @ Little Ricky's
6/16 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
6/17 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/18 Warner Robbins, GA @ The Moonbeam
6/19 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
6/20 Summerville, SC @ The Mason Lodge More...

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