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Metal News for June 17, 2003

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Daily Reviews

Metal Reviews has 11 new reviews this week:

  • Agent Steel - Order Of The Illuminati
  • Amorphis - Far From The Sun
  • Cannibal Corpse - The Bleeding
  • Cryptic Wintermoon - A Coming Storm
  • Defender - They Came Over the High Pass
  • L.A. Guns - Waking The Dead
  • Marilyn Manson - The Golden Age of Grotesque
  • Metallica - St. Anger
  • Throcult - Soldiers Of A Blackened War
  • Twisted Tower Dire - Crest OfThe Martyrs
  • Virgin Black - Elegant ... And Dying

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Ancient Ceremony Forced Out of Summer Breeze

Church and city government have forbidden the performance of Ancient Ceremony at Summerbreeze Open Air (one of Europe's biggest Metal festivals) because of the band's Satanic and blasphemous attitude. Promoters were pressured by being told the whole event was cancelled if the band was allowed to play so that the organizers had no other chance than taking them from the billing.

And you thought things like this only happened in the US...

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Soilwork Find Drummer

Soilwork have brought in former Ebony Tears drummer Richard Evansand to replace the recently departed Henry Ranta. The new look band start an American tour with In Flames and Chimaira at the end of June.

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Static-X Guitarist With New Band

Koichi Fukuda, former guitarist with Static-X, is back on the scene with a new five-piece called Revolve. The band already have MP3s posted on their website, at www.revolvemusic.com.

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Unida Borrow Slipknot Bassist

Unida are to tour the US later this month. And the stoner crew, fronted by former Kyuss man John Garcia, have brought in Slipknot bassist Paul Gray to help them out, in purely a temporary arrangement.

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Eclipse Signs Five Foot Thick

Eclipse Records (best known for it’s work with Mushroomhead and Disarray) is proud to announce it’s latest signing, FIVE FOOT THICK from Spokane, WA. Their unique style of loud rock / metal, combined with one of the most explosive live performances around has put them on the map as the biggest local band to break out of the northwest region in quite some time. The band is already in regular rotation on KHTQ (Rock 94.5- Spokane) as well as many college stations throughout the region and they have had appearances on many extreme motocross / snowmobile videos such as Diamonds In The Ruff, Flying Metal 2, and It Is What It Is. In 2002 they were picked as the headlining band for the Unleash the Freaks tour making a big impression among countless motosport icons and companies such as Seth Enslow, Ryan Capes, SCS Racing and others. The band landed regional opening spots on the 2001 & 2002 Jagermeister Music Tour and is still endorsed by Jagermeister and their Jagermusic imprint.

Eclipse will be re-releasing the band's entire existing catalog as well as a new version of "Blood Puddle" which will be re-mastered and possibly feature additional material. The albums are expected to hit streets sometime in Fall, 2003.

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Zyklon Make London Premeire

(Press Release) Zyklon premiered material from their forthcoming album, Aeon, at London's famed Camden Underworld on June 6. The performance, which also included a set from labelmates Myrkskog, was preceeded by an advance listening session of Aeon for select media, including Kerrang!, Terrorizer, Rocksound, Powerplay, Total Rock as well as Germany's Legacy, Metal Hammer, Metal Heart, America's Metal Maniacs and Canada's Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. The premiere also attracted the attention of metal notables - Dimmu Borgir's Nicolas Barker, Cathedral's Lee Dorian, Napalm Death's Shane Embry and Cradle of Filth's Adrian Erlandsson.

Aeon, set for worldwide release in early September, is starting to catch early fan and media attention as expectations for the album are already high. More...

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The PB Army Do Compilations, Tour

The PB ARMY has been invited to appear on several compilations, including "Cock and Roll II" (due out later this year from renowned rock journalist Sleazegrinder) and a Black Sabbath "post-1980" compilation / book being released by noted scribe David Lee Wilson. For the latter, the 'Army tackled 'Born Again' classic "Disturbing the Priest."

The band is playing regional shows this summer and setting up a monthlong tour for September -- some dates will be with fellow drunken hessians Leadfoot. Writing for the second album, tentatively titled "Spine For the Snapback," continues -- songs slated for that spring '04 release include: Trouble In the Woodshed, Viva Los Alamos, Spinning In Circles, Disaster Man, Moderation, and A Hole In The New Leaf.

Here are some of the set tour dates so far: More...

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Norma Jean Return To Tour US

Having just completed their European tour, Norma Jean are now back in the US destroying venue after venue through the rest of the Summer, then it's time to work on a new album. Here are the summer US dates: More...

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