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Metal News for June 19, 2008

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27 news articles posted on this day.

Apiary Changes Name to Early Graves

Northern California's Apiary have changed their name to EARLY GRAVES and will be releasing a brand new album titled "We: The Guillotine" via Ironclad Recordings on August 19th, 2008. Two new tracks off the band's upcoming release have been posted to the band's new MySpace page.

Here's what guitarist and founding member Chris Brock had to say about the name change:

"We changed the name from Apiary to Early Graves for a pretty simple reason. The songs we had created on the road under the former name had nothing to do with the original Apiary and we needed a new name that was a better fit, and more relevant to who we are. We wanted a name that meant burning your wick at both ends. It also didn't hurt that there was no original members left and we didn't want to be that band." More...

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Breed Part Ways With Singer Maurice Adams

Norwegian metallers, Breed, issue the following update regarding the departure of their singer Maurice Adams:

"After much consideration Breed have decided to part ways with singer Maurice Adams. There is no secret that the band have struggled this past year and things have more or less been status quo, due to loss of drummers and difficulties within the band."

"The most difficult part to handle is the constant disagreements and differences in views on how things should be done." More...

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Purported New Guns N' Roses Tracks Hit The Web

Billbaord.com reports: Nine purported "mastered, finished" tracks from Guns N' Roses' 14-years-in-the-making album "Chinese Democracy" were leaked online yesterday, June 18, by the Web site Antiquiet.com, prompting a quick cease-and-desist from the band's handlers and the removal of the links.

Six of the songs have already leaked in one unfinished form or another, including "Better," "The Blues," the title track, "Madagascar," "IRS," and "There Was a Time." These newer versions appear to be much further along on the path toward completion, and feature new touches like organ and tambourine on "IRS" and a beefed-up chorus with multi-tracked vocals on "Madagascar."

The three previously unheard songs are "Rhiad and the Bedouins," "If the World" and a track whose title is unknown.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Brimstone's Debut Album To Be Reissued

Swedish death-growling classic power metal band Brimstone will have their debut album, "Carving a Crimson Career" (1998), reissued by Metal Mind Productions. Brimstone came up with a thrilling combination of classic metal in the likes of Hammerfall and brutal death metal growls instead of the regular high-pitched vocals. This alone made "Carving a Crimson Career" a truly unique release, showing that not all have been said when it comes to classic metal.

This exclusive reissue in a new digipak edition will be available on July 7, 2008 in Europe and September 2, 2008 in USA (via MVD). The album is digitally remastered using a 24-Bit process on golden disc, limited to 2000 numerated copies.

Here is Brimstone's "Carving A Crimson Career" (remastered) tracklisting:

1. Breaking The Waves
2. Pagan Sons
3. Autumn
4. Carving A Crimson Career
5. King of My Kind
6. Tunes of Thunder
7. Heavy Metal Kid
8. Welcome To The Night

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Chimaira Plans 10th Anniversary Show

Chimaira will celebrate their 10th anniversary as a band by playing a special show at Peabody's Down Under in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio on July 12, 2008. The band will "play a unique blend of songs from the first 10 years of our career."

"We feel so blessed to be able to say we have been a band for 10 years and we can't thank you guys and gals enough," the band stated in a blog posting.

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Iced Earth Confirms Sept Release Date For Album

ICED EARTH has confirmed the release dates for their forthcoming full-length studio album, "The Crucible of Man - Something Wicked Part II" to be released on the Steamhammer/SPV record labels on the following dates:

  • Germany, Austria, Switzerland: September 5, 2008
  • United Kingdom and Europe: September 8, 2008
  • USA and Canada: September 9, 2008

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2 Sides 2 Die Lines Up Baltimore Shows

Grunge metal band 2 Sides 2 Die has lined up a couple of shows in Baltimore in July:

July 12th 2008 @ The Brass Monkey
Tickets are $7 (Must be 18+)

July 20th 2008 @ Fletchers Night Club
Tickets are $8 (All Ages)

2 Sides 2 Die recenlty self-released their debut full-length album, "Doom and Gloom," in May.

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Dismal Tide Calls it Quits

Having recenlty changed their name from Dahlgren Prophecy, the Frederick, Maryland band Dismal Tide has decided to call it quits. Here's a statement from the band:

"It is with a heavy heart that we offer the following news. After over two and a half years, Dismal Tide, or as many of you have known us Dahlgren Prophecy, has decided to call it quits. There is no ill will or animosity amongst us, we have just decided that it is time for everybody to move on. The conflicting schedules of everybody in the band have proven it difficult for us to dedicate the time and effort to this project that we feel it would truly deserve to accomplish what we originally set out to do. We will always look upon the past few years with fond memories, we've managed to play some amazing shows, meet some incredible bands, been lucky enough to have some of the best fans a band could hope for, and even managed to sneak a few free beers out of the deal. We'd like to thank all of you who have shown your support to us over the years, and we'll miss working with the people we've managed to work with in this project. Most of all, we'd like to send our love and respect to all the band members that we have worked with in the past, including Chris "Bingo" Wilson, Charles "Chuck" Johnson, and Tommy Mott.

"Look for new projects from all of us in the near future, you can currently catch Cliff Rehder in Solar Powered Sun Destroyer and look forward to hearing new material from Buddy Buel's old band Horror of Horrors. We leave you all with these words, fuck old women, kill your family, eat the dog, start suicide cults, engage in angry sex on a regular basis, huff the fumes from your piss and shit to get high, and take to heart all the other life's lessons that we have tried to instill in you through our music."

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Satyricon Finishes Tracking Drums And Guitars

Norwegian black metal legends SATYRICON have checked in with the following update:

"We've now completed the drums and the guitars for the new Satyricon album in Los Angeles! We have a new session beginning Monday, doing vocals, bass and and perhaps some brass too. Third week of July we're doing some keyboard/FX stuff before we go back to LA o mix the record. These are exciting times as we feel this is a milestone in the making. It won't help keeping expectations down, but we can't help it, it feels so incredibly strong! Dates are being confirmed and offers are coming in constantly as we speak and it looks like we will start touring the world mid November. We'll post a video from the recording of the drums over the weekend and in the meantime we might see some of you at Nummirock and Hellfest. Take care."

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Hallows Eve Posts New Song Online

Atlanta, Georgia thrashers, HALLOWS EVE, have released a 3rd song, "Army Of One," from their upcoming album, "The Neverending Sleep," on their MySpace page. The album will be released mid July.

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Stigma Announces European Tour

Italian deathcore specialists STIGMA will join UK death/grinders TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED (Metal Blade Records) for an extensive European tour this fall. French death metal act KRONOS will also be on the bill. The following tour dates are already confirmed:

10/20 - UK Exeter, The Hub
10/21 - UK Nottingham, Junktion 7
10/24 - UK Peterborough, The Park
10/25 - UK Margate, The Westcoast Bar
10/31 - Austria Wien, Escape
11/07 - France Lyon, Lyon's Hall
11/09 - France Brest, DeathFest II
11/13 - Belgium Ghent, Frontline
11/14 - Belgium St Niklaas, 'T Kompas
11/15 - Belgium Tournai, Masure 14

Other Stigma tour dates include:
6/15 - Italy, Alessandria, Lustando Festival
6/24 - Italy, Milano, Alcatraz (w/BLEEDING THROUGH, THROWDOWN, SLOWMOTION APOCALYPSE)
6/25 - Italy, Ravenna, Rockplanet (w/ BLEEDING THROUGH,36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN) More...

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Light Yourself On Fire Announces East Coast Tour

Tampa, Florida metallers, Light Yourself On Fire, have announced an east coast tour with Racebannon. Tour dates are as follows:

9/6 Washington, DC @ Velvet Lounge
9/7 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
9/8 Richmond, VA @ Nara Sushi
9/9 Wilmington, NC @ Soap Box
9/10 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
9/11 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
9/12 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
9/13 New Orleans, LA @ The Whirling Dervish
9/14 Austin, TX @ Red 7
9/15 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
9/16 Nashville, TN @ The End

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Unearth Begins Recording New Album

Unearth has entered the studio to begin recording their new album. Here's an update from the band:

"HEAVY METAL SHRED MAYHEM! NOW WITH 50% MORE GUITAR SOLOS!! If the new Unearth songs were laundry detergent then this is what it would say on the box," according to Buz. "Fortunately for all you metal maniacs, it's not laundry soap but a mind-blowing journey consisting of epic mosh and shred, so we had to call in the one man who could wrangle such a massive beast - Adam Dutkiewicz. We are very excited to be working with him again and between 40 oz. chugging and doing burn-outs in Ken's '82 Corvette, we are recording what will definitely be the best album of our career."

A "teaser" look at the band working in the studio can be viewed on their MySpace page. Additional looks at the recording of the album, including fly-on-the-wall video footage, riffs and excerpts of new music will be made available in the coming weeks.

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Poisonblack Studio Video Now Available

Finnish gothic metal band Poisonblack has posted the first in a series of videos detailing their time in the studio recording their upcoming album "A Dead Heavy Day". The video can be viewed below. More...

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IWrestledABearOnce Signs To Century Media

Louisiana based "easy listening grindcore" band IWRESTLEDABEARONCE has inked a deal with Century Media records. The video for the song "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon" can be viewed on the band's MySpace Page. The band issued the following statement about their new record deal:

"SO WE SOLD OUT! HOORAY!! :D

"but seriously... thank you to each and every person who has listened to our stuff, bought something, come to a show, posted a banner/bulletin on myspace... ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. WE LOVE YOU FOR IT AND SINCERELY APPRECIATE IT! We have all been working hard in various bands since we were young as hell to get to this point, and we couldn't be happier fo seriousssss! :D

"The tentative plan is to write in July, tour in August/September [dates coming soon!] and then write more and record the album at the end of 2008! That would put us on track for a full-length album release in April of 2009.. mmmm mmmmmmm!"

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Mustasch Parts Ways With Guitarist

Swedish metal band Mustasch has parted ways with their guitarist of ten years. The band issued the following statement on their website:

After ten years as guitarist in Mustasch Hannes Hansson decides to leave the band. His last concert will be in Gothenburg, 25th of June at Liseberg. "It's been a fantastic period of ten years with the band, but now the band has grown so much with touring all over the world. It takes too much from my family and other things in life which I now want to put all my priority to", Hannes comments. Hannes Hansson leaving the band will not mean any changes in tourplans and Mustasch will keep on with a temporary replacer.

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Sixth Amon Amarth Studio Video Available

Viking metal band Amon Amarth has posted the sixth installment of their studio update videos online. The videos chronicle the bands time in the studio recording their upcoming seventh album. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Gigan Inks Deal With Napalm Records

Florida based psychadelic thrashers Gigan have signed a multi-album deal with Napalm Records. Their upcoming album "The Order of the False Eye" is set to be released on June 22nd.

The band issued the following statement on their MySpace page:

The Gigan "musical experience" consists not only of agressive-intelligent speed, cosmic soundscapes and abstract technicality, but also a visual feast as well. Magick influenced psychedelia is undoubtably a lyrical focus in addition to songs inspired by misanthropy and the supernatural. Gigan is a band that will always be dedicated to imagination and creative expression...The evolution of Gigan will certainly be a legend in the making.....and now that a multi-album, worldwide deal has been signed with Napalm Records, anything is possible...

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Tombs Signs To Relapse Records

Relapse Records has announced the signing of Brooklyn, New York's Tombs. Tombs (Mike Hill – guitar / vocals, Justin Ennis – drums, Carson Daniel James – bass) is currently writing the follow-up album to their self-titled EP (Black Box Recordings / Level Plane). Tombs will record their new full-length and Relapse debut this August, which will see an early 2009 release. Audio samples taken from TOMBS self-titled release, as well as demo material from their forthcoming full-length, can be heard now via the band’s MySpace page.

Additionally, Tombs has announced a number of European tour dates for this Fall. These dates will include a performance at the Trainspotting Fest in Germany alongside Capsule, Ultra Dolphins, Pulling Teeth, and more.

Here are the latest Tombs tour dates:

July 12 Brooklyn, NY Death By Audio (w/ BLOODY PANDA, WETNURSE)
September 5 Schweinfurt, Germany Trainspotting Fest
September 8 London, UK The Old Blue Last
September 10 Newport, UK Le Pub
September 12 Leeds, UK The Fenton
September 13 Edinburgh, UK Henry’s Cellar Bar
September 14 Bradford, UK 1 in 12

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Ozzfest Will Return As A Travelling Event In 2009

Sharon Osbourne was recently promoting the season of "America's Got Talent" on the "Opie And Anthony Show", during the phone call, she confirmed that Ozzfest 2009 will be a travelling festival once again, unlike this years which will be held solely in Dallas, Texas. You can hear the phone call at this location.

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Metallica Posts Further Studio Footage Online

Metallica have posted a brand new, three-minute video clip online, which further documents the bands recording of their brand new album "Death Magnetic." Check it out below.

"Death Magnetic" will be the first set of new material from Metallica since 2003's controversial release, "St. Anger." More...

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Bullet For My Valentine Announces More Euro Shows

Bullet For My Valentine have lined up some more tour dates in Europe this Autumn. Support on the trek will come from Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through and Black Tide. Tour dates so far include:

November 9 - Edinburgh, UK - Corn Exchange
November 11 - Plymouth, UK - Pavillions
November 12 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
November 15 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace
November 16 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
November 21 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle
November 22 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
November 24 - Freiborg, Switzerland - Fri-Son
November 25 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
November 26 - Vienna, Austria - Gassometer
November 28 - Weisbaden, Germany - Rhein-Main-Halle
November 29 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle

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Sirenia To Begin Recording New Album In July

Norwegian metal band, Sirenia, issue the following update:

"These days we are going through the final preparations for our next album. The songs are all finished and recordings will start in Juli. The album will be recorded in Sound Suite Studios, France and Stargoth Studios, Norway. The mixing and mastering will take place in Antfarm Studios, Denmark with Tue Madsen. We are really excited about this new album and can't wait to share the new song material with all of you. The album will be complete in September, expect release early next year. We will keep you posted."

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Godhead Announces New Album Title

Hard rockers Godhead have announced that their forthcoming new album will be entitled "At The Edge Of The World" and that the album will be released on October 7th by Driven Music Group. In addition to the twelve new songs, the disc will also feature four remixes.

You can catch the band live on the following dates:

Jun. 27 - Sunset Strip Music Festival (The Cat Club) - West Hollywood, CA

Aug. 02 - Club Red - Tempe, AZ

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Megadeth To Perform At MMA Event

Exciting news for fans of Mixed Martial Arts has been announced, namely that Megadeth will be performing at the inaugural "Affliction: Banned" event which will be taking place at The Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The event will be headlined with a bout between former UFC Champion Tim Sylvia and former PRIDE Champion Fedor Emelianenko, with the WAMMA Championship on the line.

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Displeased Records Readies Reissues

Displeased Records is readying a number or reissues for this year including:

Kill Division's third album including a full live gig from 2006 as a bonus. Bonus live tracks include:

Kill division
Cold being
Supreme forgery
In your room
Phantom palace
Unholy
Mesfeken
The festering
Until the sun appears More...

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Reznor Working On Cable Series Of "Year Zero"

Blabbermouth.net reports via The Pulse of Radio that NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor is working on a cable TV series based on his 2007 concept album, "Year Zero", according to a lengthy profile of Reznor in the Sunday edition of the New York Times. The article does not go into much detail about the project, except to say that Reznor is working on it with producer Lawrence Bender, who is Quentin Tarantino's partner and also produced the Oscar-winning Al Gore documentary "An Inconvenient Truth".

"Year Zero" takes place approximately 15 years in the future, with the U.S. a religious dictatorship and the world on the brink of environmental and social collapse. Reznor has indicated that he'd be interested in a film version of the story, and has also hinted at a recorded sequel at some point.

The rest of the Times interview, which took place at Reznor's home "on the outskirts of Beverly Hills," touches on his abandonment of the major label system, his recent online album releases, and his own struggle to reinvent himself in the age of music downloading.

At one point Reznor explains, "I don't agree that (music) should be free, but it is free, and you can either accept it or you can put your head in the sand." He also says he doesn't want to participate in the way music is marketed these days, adding, "I don't really want to be on the side of a bus or in a BlackBerry ad hawking some product that sucks just so I can get my record out."

Reznor hinted in the Times article that more free music, and possibly new software applications, will be coming soon.

NINE INCH NAILS will begin a North American trek on July 25 at British Columbia's Pemberton Festival.

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