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Metal News for June 16, 2006

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19 news articles posted on this day.

The Acacia Strain Replace Bassist

The Acacia Strain have posted the following update on their MySpace page:

"As you may or may not have heard, Seth and The Acacia Strain have parted ways. Everything was done in good taste and it was a pretty clean break. We have a new bass player! His name is Jack and he is ready to get down. So if you see him at a show say "what up" and make him feel at home!"

The Acacia Strain are currently on tour with Soilent Green and Demiricous. The remaining tour dates are as follows: More...

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Displeased Rep Comments On Sadus Reissues

Ron Veltkamp of Displeased Records has issued the following statement regarding the label's plans to reissue some of SADUS' early classics — "Illusions/Chemical Exposure" (1988), "Swallowed in Black" (1990) and "A Vision of Misery" (1992) — in a remastered form, featuring bonus material, lyrics and biography:

"Just like to set the record straight. The reason for reissuing the first three SADUS albums was not to rip off the band. We like the band and find that their albums deserve to be available and not only for $ 30-50 on eBay. We licensed them officially from Roadrunner and we pay them of course. What their duty is to do with that money is not up to us. The contract RR has with SADUS is the obligation RR has. Since we're not aware of the contents of the contract (only RR and SADUS do) we cannot predict what part will end up with the band. According to Steve's [DiGiorgio, SADUS bassist] comment, we assume it's not much, if anything. No, we don't like that either. When we deal directly with a band, we always pay the band their royalties, but with a license deal, we're not the ones that deal with the band. So don't blame us.

"We would like to make these three albums the final versions, ones that the band, the fans and us are proud of. If you decide not to buy these albums because the band might not get paid for it, we understand the reason, but doubt it will have any positive effect on anyone."

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Danko Jones Undergoes Emergency Eye Surgery

DANKO JONES' frontman/namesake was scheduled to play at NXNE in Toronto on June 8, 2006. After a routine visit to the doctor he was advised that he needed immediate eye surgery, as he had a retinal detachment in his right eye. Surgery was successful, and Danko is recovering well. "We do not foresee the surgery or recovery affecting any future dates so everything currently scheduled is good to go," reads a posting on the band's web site.

DANKO JONES' latest CD, "Sleep is the Enemy", was released in the U.S. last month via Razor & Tie. The album was produced and engineered by Matt DeMatteo at Record High Productions in Toronto and was mixed by Vic Florencia at Phase One Studios in Toronto. Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York (Ted's previous work includes GREEN DAY's "American Idiot" and R.E.M.'s "Around The Sun").

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Onslaught Sign With Candlelight Records

Reformed classic British thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT has signed a deal with Candlelight Records for the release of their long-awaited fourth album, "Killing Peace". The band are scheduled to enter the studio the first week of July with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY, EXODUS) to begin recording the effort for an October 23 release. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Destroyer of Worlds", "Pain", "Tested to Destruction", "Burn", "Shock and Awe", "Prayer for the Dead", "Twisted Jesus", and "Killing Peace". The band's current lineup includes Sy Keeler (vocals), Nige Rockett (guitars), Steve Grice (drums), James Hinder (bass) and the group's latest addition, guitarist Alan Jordan (ex-MIRROR MIRROR, FRANKENSTEIN).

ONSLAUGHT recorded three albums in the late 1980s — including the underrated "In Search of Sanity" (1989, Polydor), featuring ex-GRIM REAPER frontman Steve Grimmett — before calling it a day.

Upcoming ONSLAUGHT shows:

Jun. 17 - Lorca Rock - Lorca, SPA
Aug. 05 - Monsters of Rock - BUL
Aug. 12 - Brutal Assault Festival - CZR
Sep. 16-17 - Thrash Domination - Tokyo, JPN
Sep. 30 - Bloodstock - Derby, UK

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Corey Taylor On Alcoholism and Attempted Suicide

An insightful article at MTV.com looks at Corey Taylor's fight with alcoholism and attempted suicide between Stone Sour's releases. Here are some excerpts:

"I tried to jump off the balcony of the eighth floor of the Hyatt on Sunset [Boulevard] on November 14, 2003," Taylor explained. "Somehow she [his wife] stopped me. It wasn't the first time I tried to kill myself, either."

Back then, Taylor was a full-blown alcoholic. He drank from the moment he woke up to the second he blacked out, and while he says drinking didn't impair his ability to write, play and perform, it destroyed almost everything else in his life.

Stone Sour's new album, Come What(ever) May, which is due in August, is stocked with ruminations about Taylor's drinking days and confessions about his road to recovery. In "Socio," he sings, "Fear is in my heart/ Just when I stop, it starts/ And I can never live this way," and in the piano-washed "Zzyzx Rd," he softly croons, "I'm falling asleep and I can't see straight/ My muscles feel like a melee, body is curled in a U-shape."

"The first year I was sober was probably the worst year of my life," Taylor continued. "My immune system was screwed. I completely isolated myself. I was weak all the time. I didn't know who I was. Sometimes you define yourself by your vices, and I was known as the partyer. I was the guy that was always ready to go out and do shots. And all of a sudden, I had to figure out who I was without that, and it took me a long time. I pushed my wife away for a while and was a really selfish, cold d---."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Slow Ticket Sales Caused WI Ozzfest Cancellation

Promoters have confirmed that slow ticket sales have caused Ozzfest to cancel its Twin Cities stop for the second year in a row, according to StarTribune.com.

The show, set for July 14 in Somerset, Wis., did not include fest founder and namesake OZZY OSBOURNE, who is performing only a handful of concerts this summer. SYSTEM OF A DOWN, DISTURBED and AVENGED SEVENFOLD were among the acts slated to appear at Float-Rite Park in Somerset.

Last year's show was canceled because Osbourne was ill.

Refunds are available at place of purchase.

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Conception To Release Live Album

Long-defunct Norwegian progressive metallers CONCEPTION, who reformed for an appearance at last year's ProgPower USA festival, have issued the following update via their official forum:

"We meant to [release] a DVD [containing footage filmed at the] ProgPowerUSA [festival] but there was some problems with some of the cameras so we decided not to go for the project this time. But we still have the soundtracks and we start working on a live CD these days. We hope to release it before the end of the year."

CONCEPTION feature in their ranks current KAMELOT vocalist Roy Khan and ex-ARK guitarist Tore Ostby. The band's ProgPower USA concert was their first performance since 1997.

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Intronaut Tour Schedule

Intronaut have lined up more summer tour dates. Here are the latest dates:

7/15 Austin, TX @ Room 710 w/ Lions Of Tsavo
7/16 Monroe, LA @ Fleur De Live w/ Rosetta, Day Without Dawn
7/17 Chattanooga, TN @ Ziggy's w/ Moscow Theater Siege More...

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Latest Silent Civilian, Drowning Pool Tour Dates

Silent Civilian, Drowning Pool, Twin Method, and Stereoside are touring the US this sumer. Here are the latest (remaining) tour dates:

6/16 - South Bend, IN - Club Fever
6/18 - Dallas, TX - Edgefest - (3:30 set time)
6/20 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
6/21 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's
6/22 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
6/23 - Denver, CO - Ecks Saloon
6/24 - Lincoln, NE - Knickerbocker's
6/25 - Topeka, KS - Static Bar
6/27 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
6/28 - Charlotte, NC - Amos
6/29 - Jacksonville, NC - Planet Rock
6/30 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
7/1 - Fayetville, NC - Jester's
7/3 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
7/6 - Boston, MA - Goodtime Emporium
7/7 - Manchester, NH - Mark's
7/8 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
7/9 - Orono, ME - Ushaia
7/11 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
7/12 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
7/13 - Baltimore, MD - Club Mate
7/14 - Rochester, NY - Water Street
7/15 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
7/16 - Pataskala, OH - Frontier Ranch (Juggalo Gathering)
7/22 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont

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Seether Lose Guitarist, Return To 3-Piece Band

MTV.com reports: Later this summer, Seether will take a break from recording to hit the road with Staind for a tour that Morgan said should run two months and start in August or September. Seether will split each of their sets into two halves: a batch of acoustic tracks and then a full-on, plugged-in finale.

"The original idea was to play twice in every city and play plugged in one night and acoustic the second night," he said. "It's a great dynamic that occurs. You know a song for years sometimes, or you're used to it in one form, and when you hear it acoustic, it almost seems more special. We love to play acoustic shows. The whole feeling of the show is different, the whole atmosphere is different, the way we approach the set. It's a fun way for us to diversify and not do the same thing every day."

When Seether do board the bus for this upcoming tour, they'll be doing so as a trio. On Wednesday, Patrick Callahan — the group's longtime touring guitarist, who was made a full-fledged member of the fold two years ago — "decided to part ways with the band." He played his final set with the group June 3 in Great Falls, Montana.

According to a posting on the band's MySpace page, "Seether has since decided not to replace [Callahan] at this time with another guitarist," and will instead "take it back to where it began and keep it running as a three-piece unit. If you have been to the shows over the past few weeks, you have noticed the change. We all think it is a positive one. We hope that the fans will understand and respect this issue without distorting it into a convoluted and nasty misunderstanding, as it wasn't. Seether wishes Pat all the best in his future endeavors."

The article discusses the previous tour, accoustic sets due to stomach flu and the upcoming accoustic record "One Cold Night," (scheduled to drop July 11) with Shaun Morgan in much more depth.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Himsa Releases Japanese Bonus Track As Free DL

The song "I Posession", a bonus track from the Japanese release of "Hail Horror," has been posted at the band's MySpace page for a limited time and is available for free download.

Also on HIMSA's MySpace page now is a video for "The Destroyer" taped live at the Hail Horror record release show last march at the Showbox in Seattle. Directed by King Of Hearts Productions, the video shows the entire band plus some of their crew taking the stage dressed as Medieval knights and warriors.

Details on the band's West Coast tour will be announced shortly.

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Cephalotripsy Sign To Amputated Vein Records

San Diego based brutal death metallers CEPHALOTRIPSY have signed to Amputated Vein Records. Their debut full length entitled "Uterovaginal Insertion Of Extirpated Anomalies" will be out this Fall/Winter.

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Dimmu Borgir Land New Endorsement Deal

DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz just checked in to enlighten all the fans of Norwegian Black Metal with some news regarding the upcoming album and a brand new endorsement deal. "We're playing a few festivals this summer, so no vacation for us! We’re quite busy writing for the new album. Scheduled to start recording in October with Fredrik Nordström in Fredman Studios in Gothenburg, for a release early next year. I can also inform you that DIMMU BORGIR are proudly endorsed by ESP Guitars!" Drumming on the yet untitled work in progress will be Hellhammer of MAYHEM fame.

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In Flames Sell Almost 90K CDs and Prepare for SOTU

On the topic of the band heading up the "Sounds of the Underground" tour, IN FLAMES front man Anders Fridén states, "IN FLAMES are thrilled to return to North America for our third tour of 2006. We have heard a lot of good things about the Sounds of the Underground tour from friends who took part in last year's festival. We know that there will be a lot of good music and good partying. And we also look forward to some intense games of poker backstage."

IN FLAMES' "Come Clarity" is available now via Ferret Music. The album has shifted nearly 90,000 units in the few months since its release and debuted at # 58 on Billboard's Top 200 chart with first week sales of just under 24,000 copies. On the strength of the single "Take This Life", the album vaulted to the top of the college radio and commercial specialty Hard Rock charts in just its second week and subsequently led to the first U.S. commercial radio campaign in the band's storied history. A second single, for the album's title track, is expected to be issued this summer

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Dragonforce Video Now Streaming Online

DRAGONFORCE's 'Through The Fire And Flames' video is now available online at this location. Viewing the video will help to represent Metal in the Top Videos chart. Every view counts as a vote so don't delay. Also note that only the Internet Explorer browser can view the video.

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Machine Head Finishing Up Writing, Plan To Record

Machine Head plan to start recording new material in August, according to a post by drummer Dave McClain on the band's Web site. "A few more songs to go until the writing process is completed," he wrote. "The freedom and drive we have on this album is far exceeding what we were doing on [2003's Through the Ashes of Empires]. Being able to take our time without a deadline ... has been priceless. If I could describe the songs in one word it would have to be 'angry.' I guess when you're living in times like these, it's hard not to be pissed off, and the music and lyrics are definitely a product of the anger we're all feeling."

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Slayer's Unholy Alliance Setlist Revealed

The Slayer-headlined "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted" kicked off in Camden, NJ yesterday. Slayerized has revealed Slayer's setlist for the tour:

01. South of Heaven
02. Silent Scream
03. War Ensemble
04. Blood Red
05. Cult
06. Disciple
07. Mandatory Suicide
08. Seasons in the Abyss
09. Chemical Warfare
10. Dead Skin Mask
11. Hell Awaits
12. Raining Blood
13. Antichrist
14. Angel of Death

The Slayer's upcoming tour dates including the North American "Unholy Alliance Tour: Preaching to the Perverted," the European edition and some Europena and Asian festival tour dates are as follows: More...

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TDTE Loses Practice Space, Gear In Fire

Earlier this week, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza had their Tennessee practice space destroyed in a fire. The band estimates their losses at $15,000. You can view a photo of the aftermath here. The following statement has been issued:

"Last night our practice space burned down that also had 10-15 other bands rooms attached. If you ever wanted a Danza shirt, CD, whatever, definitely this is the time to buy. The june 30th Knoxville date is without a doubt still happening as well as is the July, Aug. and Sept. tour. We ain't letting this shit stop that, but it will definitely curb our writing for the next CD until we get new equipment as we lost about $15,000. If you are at any of the other bands' shows that also suffered this loss, definitely help in any way possible."

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God Dethroned Album Being Mixed

God Dethroned have titled their upcoming album "The Toxic Touch." The effort is currently being mixed by Joerg Uken and while mastering will be completed by the beginning of July. Artwork is once again being handled by Jacek Wisniewski and the album should hit stores in October via Metal Blade Records. These will be the song titles: Typhoid Mary, On Wings of Pestilence, Falling Down, Away From Emptiness, Hating Life, Bleeding Mirrors, Fail to Exist, Macabre World and 2014.

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