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Metal News for June 17, 2005

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22 news articles posted on this day.

Ruffians Sign With OSM Records

RUFFIANS, the reunited power metal band that at one time featured in its ranks late VICIOUS RUMORS frontman Carl Albert, have signed a deal with Old School Metal Records (OSM Records). The group will release a double CD, "There & Back", featuring material spanning from 1984 to 2004, on August 1.

Commented RUFFIANS guitarist Craig Behrhorst: "It will be nice to have the '84 demo released. However not as produced, I feel some of the versions of these songs have a better feel than the EP versions since it was the first time we ever recorded them. There will also be a video track from the Bang Your Head Festival 2004 in Balingen, Germany. So you get some vintage RUFFIANS as well as some new. A 20-year span!"

Added Patrick Ramseier, CEO OSM Records: "We are very excited to have signed the RUFFIANS to OSM Records, 'Old-school' at its finest! You will get to hear some material that has never been released on CD."

"There & Back" tentative track listing: More...

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Nominon To Support Vital Remains In Europe

Swedish death metallers Nominon will be supporting Vital Remains on their European tour between September 11th and October 1st. The following countries will be visited by this extreme package; Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg and Holland. The exact dates will be available during the first weeks of July.

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Nightwish Reveals "Best Of" Tracklisting

Nightwish release "Highest Hopes - The Best Of Nightwish" 2-CDcollection next fall. Here is the confirmed tracklist of that collection:

Wish I Had An Angel
Stargazers
The Kinslayer
Ever Dream
Elvenpath
Bless The Child
Nemo
Sleeping Sun
Dead To The World
Over The Hills And Far Away
Deep Silent Complete
Sacrament Of Wilderness
Walking In The Air
Wishmaster
Dead Boy's Poem
High Hopes - Live

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All That Remains, The Red Chord To Visit Old Glory

Old Glory, the multi-channel retailer that includes a series of catalogs, the highly trafficked OldGlory.com website, and a consistently growing network of Old Glory retail stores, announced today that its Emerald Square Mall store will host special visits from the bands All That Remains and The Red Chord on Thursday June 23rd.

This event will kick off the Sounds of the Underground Tour which launches on June 25th in Lowell, MA. This international tour performs throughout the summer in the U.S. and Canada. Members of All That Remains and The Red Chord will make a personal appearance for two hours at Old Glory store to meet fans and sign autographs.

All That Remains is a Massachusetts-based quintet, writing and performing their own brand of heavy music which has taken them far and won them widespread acclaim. "This Darkened Heart," All That Remains' second album, is a dynamic testament to metal's ever-increasing diversity: acoustic passages and clean vocals intertwine with blast beats, screaming and all-out thrash assaults.

The Red Chord is a grind-hardcore band from the north shore of Massachusetts whose collective goal is to push the extremes of aggressive music and to combine the best aspects of the hardcore, death, grind and metal genres. "Clients," The Red Chord’s second album, doesn't pretend to be the least bit subtle. Combining the grindcore style of death metal with metalcore, Clients is a sledgehammmer of a CD—a nasty, harsh, truly unforgiving effort that goes for the jugular and makes no bones about it.

Also that day Old Glory will host an exciting in-store raffle loaded with prizes valued up to $1,000! Shop the Old Glory store at Emerald Square Mall starting Monday June 13th for your chance to be entered into the drawing. Grand Prize to include a pair of tickets for The Sounds of the Underground Tour, choice of an All That Remains or The Red Chord t-shirts, an autographed copy of each bands’ CD and a $50 gift certificate toward Old Glory music and entertainment merchandise. 53 additional prize packages will also be given away!

Old Glory is considered to be part of the “MTV” to “VH1” generation, target customers include members of the generation Y and generation X with the primary focus on marketing to high school & college age customers. Old Glory also attracts members of the baby boom generation due to our wide array of classic rock, retro apparel & memorabilia.

The event starts at 6:30pm on Thursday June 23rd. Be sure to visit the Old Glory store at the Emerald Square Mall as well as www.OldGlory.com for more information.

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Subterranean Masquerade Revamps Website

In lieu to their upcoming release, "Suspended Animation Dreams" (out June 21st), Subterranean Masquerade revamped their website to reflect artwork based on the album. Check it out at www.submasq.com.

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Arch Enemy Reveals Album Title And Cover Art

Arch Enemy have completed work on their highly anticipated new album, "Doomsday Machine," set for a July 26th release. The disc’s striking cover art by acclaimed artist Joachim Luetke (Dimmu Borgir) has just been posted here.

Michael Amott (guitarist/songwriter) comments:

We are all extremely pleased with the artwork for the new album! I had a few ideas initially that I discussed with Joachim on the phone, and when he started sending over images, we were seriously blown away. When you work with creative people of this caliber, you just let them do what they do, so we just let him get on with it. He’s a very productive guy, very sharp. He expanded on the Doomsday Machine concept and took it to some really interesting (albeit very dark) places. It’s one of those great situations when the artwork totally works with the music. Simply awesome.

With their dynamic mixture of melody and aggression, Arch Enemy are poised to be this year’s Ozzfest breakthrough artist. They have a slew of high profile off-dates scheduled this summer with such acclaimed acts as Black Dahlia Murder, In Flames, The Haunted and Trivum, among others (see below for their complete summer touring schedule). With Doomsday Machine, the group delivers the album of their career and redefines the genre they helped to create.

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It Dies Today Complete Second Video

Buffalo, New York's IT DIES TODAY have completed the filming of their second video, "Severed Ties Yield Severed Head", with director Darren Doane. The group also just wrapped the latest in a constant string of great national tours including stints with MACHINE HEAD and DEVILDRIVER.

IT DIES TODAY's career has taken off like a rocket since the release of their debut, "The Caitiff Choir", a mere five months ago. Over 35,000 scanned copies later, the group has completed two headlining tours with support from TRIVIUM and TWELVE TRIBES. They have also supported such hardcore heavyweights as BLEEDING THROUGH and THROWDOWN.

IT DIES TODAY have been confirmed for the second stage at this year's Ozzfest beginning on July 15 in Mansfield, MA and continuining through the summer. Off-dates have also been scheduled with such acts as ARCH ENEMY, THE HAUNTED and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. A complete listing of currently confirmed tour dates can be found at trustkillshows.com.

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Shadows Fall To Guest On Rockline

Shadows Fall will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" on Monday, June 27th. The live show begins at 8:30PM PST / 11:30PM EST, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.RocklineRadio.com.

The group’s latest single for “Inspiration On Demand” exploded at commercial radio breaking into the top 30 on the R&R Active Rock chart. The video for the track has also been greatly embraced by Fuse, MTV2 and MTVU. Shadows Fall were also recently named one of VH1’s “Hear and Now: Five Massive Metal Mongers You Should Turn Up” and a “Band To Watch In 2005” by Stuff magazine. You can check out the video for "Inspiration on Demand" at this location.

Things are only just beginning to heat up for the group as they’re set to perform on the main stage at Ozzfest this summer, while joining Mudvayne and Rob Zombie for a few additional high profile shows. Shadows Fall also scheduled a slew of headlining off-dates with the likes of such acclaimed acts as Arch Enemy, In Flames, The Haunted and Trivium, among others in the support slots. The group recently completed a highly successful European trek, which included some major festival appearances as Download, Rock im Park, Rock am Ring that was all capped off with a scorching performance at the 3rd Annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards Ceremony.

The complete Shadows Fall summer touring schedule: More...

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Yakuza Announce Upcoming Album Details

Yakuza have announced details regarding their upcoming album, "Samsara." Recorded by Matt Bayles at Volume Studios in Chicago, the effort features guest appearances by pianist Jim Baker, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sanford Parker (ex-Buried At Sea), and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Here's the tentative track listing:

01. Cancer of Industry
02. Placostimous
03. Monkeytail
04. ::::lost signal:::::
05. Dishonor
06. 20 Bucks
07. Exterminator!
08. Just Say Know
09. Gloryhole
10. Back to the Mountain

The release date for the record hasn't yet been announced.

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Instilled Looking For New Vocalist

Atlanta hardcore band Instilled are currently looking for a new vocalist. Candidates must be over 18 years old and willing to tour consistently. The band already has tours booked and is currently in the process of writing a new full-length. Interested candidates should contact the band at xadamryanx@aol.com.

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Chimaira, Six Feet Under Release First Tour Dates

The first tour dates have been confirmed for the forthcoming tour featuring CHIMAIRA, SIX FEET UNDER, ALL THAT REMAINS and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD. They are as follows:

August 3 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
August 5 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
August 6 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
August 8 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre - 800
August 17 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

More dates to be announced soon.

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Devildriver's Video For "Hold Back The Day" Online

DEVILDRIVER's video for the track "Hold Back the Day" has been posted online at Roadrun.com.

"Hold Back the Day" comes off the group's upcoming sophomore album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" album, due on June 28 via Roadrunner Records.

The follow-up to DEVILDRIVER's 2002 critically-acclaimed self-titled debut, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" was produced by Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH) at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, TX and is "way heavier and much faster" than its predecessor, according to Fafara.

DEVILDRIVER is Fafara, Jon Miller (bass), John Boecklin (drums) and Jeff Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer on guitar.

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The Autumn Offering To Shoot New Video

The Autumn Offering have recruited director Dale "Rage" Resteghini (Mudvayne, Shadows Fall) to film the video for their track "Revelations". You can expect to see it begin airing in the coming weeks

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New Haste The Day Song Available Online

Haste The Day's new track "If I Could See" is now available online, check it out here. The song comes from the bands new album "When Everything Falls", which is due out through Solid State on June 28th. In other news, the band have begun to roll out dates for their upcoming tour with Still Remains, here's the schedule so far:

July 16th Fargo, ND - Billiard's
July 17th Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis
July 20th St. Louis, MO - Creepy Crawl
July 21st Kansas City, MO - El Torreon
July 22nd Fayetteville, AR - The Music Hall
July 23rd Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
July 24th Salt Lake City, UT - Lo-Fi Cafe
July 25th Denver, CO - Cervantes
July 29th Salinas, CA - Laguna Seca
July 30th Los Angeles, CA - Henry Ford Theatre (Feat. Good Riddance, Stretch Arm Strong, Kane Hodder)
July 31st Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse (Feat. Stretch Arm Strong, Kane Hodder)
August 02nd Memphis, TN - The Complex (Feat. Stretch Arm Strong, Kane Hodder)
August 08th Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern (Feat. Stretch Arm Strong, Kane Hodder)
August 09th Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Feat. Stretch Arm Strong, Kane Hodder)
August 12th St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre (Feat. Stretch Arm Strong, Kane Hodder)
August 17th Dallas, TX - Galaxy Club (Feat. Stretch Arm Strong, Kane Hodder)
August 19th Huntington, WV - HYAMP (Feat. Stretch Arm Strong, Kane Hodder)
August 26th College Park, MD - St. Andrews Church (Feat. Stretch Arm Strong, Kane Hodder)
More stops will be announced shortly.

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Mudvayne Pick "Forget to Remember" As Next Single

MUDVAYNE have selected "Forget to Remember" as the next single off their third album, "Lost and Found", available now on Epic Records. The single is expected to go for radio adds on June 28.

"Lost and Found" was recently certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.

The follow-up to 2002's gold-certified "The End of All Things to Come", "Lost and Found" was recorded at The Plant studio in Sausalito, California with producer Dave Fortman (former UGLY KID JOE guitarist), who has previously worked with SUPERJOINT RITUAL and EVANESCENCE, among others.

"Lost and Found" sold 151,559 copies in the United States in its first week of release in mid-April to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart.

MUDVAYNE will be playing on the main stage of Ozzfest 2005. The tour kicks off on July 15 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

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Audioslave Electronic Press Kit For "Out of Exile"

An electronic press kit for Audioslave's sophomore album 'Out Of Exile' has been posted online. They talked about establishing their own identity after previously being with Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine. Touring after their first album allowed for them to gel as a band, according to Tom Morello. Singer Chris Cornell then explained their songwriting process. Watch the EPK at Sonix.de in 300k or 56k.

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Between The Buried And Me Finish Tracking Album

Between The Buried And Me have finished tracking their new album, "Alaska," with Jamie King in North Carolina. The band is now in Boston at Q-Division Studios with Matthew Ellard mixing the effort. You can check out a video of the band in the studio here. Look for the album to hit streets on September 6th through Victory Records.

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Shattered Realm Announce New Bassist

Following a lengthy search, Shattered Realm have finally found a new bassist. Jason Bailey (of Figure Four) has now joined the band. However, due to prior engagements, Bailey will not be able to join the band until after their upcoming tour with Ramallah et al. Band friend Fat Pat will be filling in. Meanwhile, look for the new Shattered Realm album to hit streets in October.

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Great White Loses Suit Against Former Manager

Great White vocalist Jack Russell has failed in a $10 million law suit he brought against the band's former manger Charrie Foglio. Russell claimed that public statements from Foglio, alleging he'd 'stolen' money from a fund set up to help the families of those who died in the fire at The Station Club during February 2003, undermined his reputation. However, a judge ruled that these comments were permissble, because they constituted a genuine concern.

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Opeth Reveal New Album Tracklisting, Cover Artwork

Opeth and Jens Bogren have now finished the recording and mixing of the latest opus "Ghost reveries" (view cover). The album will be mastered today (June 16th) at the Cutting room facilities in Stockholm. Total running time will be around 65 minutes. Full tracklisting is:

Ghost of perdition
The baying of the hounds
Beneath the mire
Atonement
Reverie/Harlequin forest
Hours of wealth
The grand conjuration
Isolation years

A release date has yet to be confirmed, but it's planned for late August/early September worldwide through Roadrunner records.

In other news, Opeth have confirmed that they will appear at the Metal Hammer festival/Spodek arena in Katowice/Poland on August 31. Oddly enough supporting Korn. Other bands on the bill includes Lacuna Coil and Fear Factory.

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Killswitch Engage Members To Guest On Rockline

Fresh from their rampage at this year's Download festival in the UK, Killswitch Engage drummer Justin and guitarist Joel will featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Monday, June 20. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out RocklineRadio.com.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Drive Record Company Crazy

Chart Attack reports that Corrosion of Conformity drove their record company crazy with their latest album, "In The Arms Of God." Several excerpts from the article:

"We drove the record company crazy with [it]," [guitarist/singer Pepper Keenan] admits. "It just didn't sound the way we wanted it to. We mastered the record three different times with three different people to get it right. The first guy compressed it to sound like a heavy metal album. We wanted it to feel like a jazz record. It needed those ups and downs. Once we heard it, we were like, 'No way. We're doing it again.'"

"We'd made a record that sounded so different compared to other bands. A lot of people forgot how to make classic-sounding records. Everything has to be on 10, raise it to the ceiling, that's not what we wanted. It's hard when there's this big dude who's done a million records and you're telling him that he's not got it right. He understood what we were trying to achieve though, 'cause we spent a lot of time trying to get the finer points in there."

"Hey, it worked and people get it," Keenan says with a confident smile. "Every time someone says to me, 'The drums sound like cannons!' I'm like, 'No shit, motherfucker, we didn't compress the drums!' We knew we were onto something."

Read the full article at Chart Attack.

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