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Metal News for June 2, 2006

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Hear Avenged Sevenfold Cover Pantera's "Walk"

Avenged Sevenfold has recorded and released a brand new, studio version of Pantera's "Walk," which you can stream from their MySpace page. The track is also available in this weeks Kerrang! magazine.

Avenged Sevenfold will be playing a number of European festivals and tour dates with Metallica and Guns N Roses before returning to the United States to play the main stage of Ozzfest beginning June 29 in Seattle, Washington.

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Satyricon Frontman Discusses Black Metal In U.S.

According to an article on MTV.com, Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven, the snarling frontman for Norwegian black-metallers Satyricon, says his band's forthcoming LP, Now, Diabolical, constitutes perhaps the darkest material he's ever had a hand in writing. But he doesn't say you've got to be a black-metal disciple to relish the record.

"These songs are very direct," he explained. "Instead of 12 or 13 themes per song, there are just a handful of themes that carry each song, because I wanted the album to have an extremely solid framework — something that was undeniable and unquestionable, something that was very insisting and full of authority. A way of achieving that is to concentrate on purifying the power of a few themes, as opposed to never letting one theme establish itself.

"I think too many metal bands sound like they play music for other musicians, that the song has no higher purpose or that they don't look for a special atmosphere or anything like that," he continued. "They just play and say, 'Look at me, I can shred.' It's very typical and it's really sad."

Still, Satyr said he has no idea what sort of response Now, Diabolical's going to receive when it lands in U.S. record stores on June 13. Satyricon's previous outing, Volcano, has sold a mere 15,000 copies since its release back in 2003. Six weeks ago, Now, Diabolical was released in Europe and is one of the fastest-selling records in their homeland.

But Europe isn't America, and according to Satyr, "Americans have a different understanding of extreme-metal music.

"It's kind of weird," he continued, "because death metal is a part of what I call extreme-metal music, and death metal has more to do with America than Europe, that's for sure. It seems like there is a lot of confusion as to who's, where it concerns black metal and death metal. Europeans pinpointed a long time ago who's black metal and what bands are important. The American kids don't seem to have the slightest clue about that, so you find yourself in a situation where a band that is not popular in Europe at all ... can do really well in America, while other bands that have very solid standings in Europe are not doing very well in America. It's hard to predict.

"If I was to go by the reception and the overall status of a band like Satyricon in Europe, I would say that [the record] is going to do extremely well in America. But given what I just explained, you never know."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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First Moonspell, Katatonia Tour Dates Revealed

MOONSPELL will be doing a North American headlining tour this October with KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES beginning around October 12. The first couple of tour dates have just been announced:

Oct. 22 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
Oct. 25 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House

More cities and dates will be announced soon.

MOONSPELL's latest CD, "Memorial", recently entered the Portuguese album chart at position No. 1. "Memorial" also entered the charts at Nr. 68 in Germany and Nr. 181 in France. The album was produced by Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING, SAMAEL) at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany.

MOONSPELL are expected to release a DVD, entitled "Lunar Still/13 Years of Doom", via Century Media later in the year.

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Cephalic Carnage Writing New Material

Cephalic Carnage is currently writing material for their next album. The group intends to record the effort in November and December, with a tentative release planned for May 2007 via Relapse Records.

Meanwhile, Cephalic Carnage has announced a replacement for bassist Jawsh Mullen, who left the group in February. Since Mullen's departure, Nick Schendzielos (also of Denver band AinMatter) has been "filling in quite well."

As previously reported, Flatline Audio, the recording studio owned by producer Dave Otero (CEPHALIC CARNAGE, SUMMON), was robbed earlier this year. Thousands of dollars in gear was taken, as well as hard drives containing week's worth of sessions and unfinished projects.

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The Number Twelve Looks Like You Tour Plans

New Jersey's The Number Twelve Looks Like You announced this week the full schedule for their "The Outta The Mist" headlining tour. The package includes dates with Heavy Heavy Low Low, The Jonbenet, Yakuza and Eyeball label-mates Signal To Noise running from late June in Buffalo through the end of July in Nashville. In August, there is rumor of a co-heading run Fear Before The March of Flames before heading back into the studio in the fall to begin working on their sophomore full-length for Eyeball Records due out in Spring 2007. More...

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Former Blood Feast Drummer Launches Annunaki

LAMENT, the New Jersey thrash metal band featuring ex-BLOOD FEAST member Kevin Kuzma, disbanded earlier this year after parting ways with female vocalist Linda Alexander. The remaining members (Kevin Kuzma - drums; John Blicharz - guitar; Karl Odenwalder - bass) have recruited vocalist Tony Stanziano, and the band's sound shifted towards a blackened death metal sound while maintaining the thrash metal influence.

Along with the lineup change and the new direction, the band has officially changed its name to ANNUNAKI. "The new no-boundries, heavier, and more brutal/technical sound gave the band a new identity," says the band. "With so much contrast between then and now, a name change was necessary." ANNUNAKI are currently in the writing stages and will be recording their debut album, "Throne of the Annunaki", at Trax East Studios this September. The album is due out on Militia Records this October.

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Metal, Hardcore Bands Confirmed for Reading Fest

A host of hardcore and metal acts have been confirmed for the Reading and Leeds Festivals this summer in the UK. The event will take place on August 25th, 26th, and 27th. Performing along with such large acts as Pearl Jam, Franz Ferdinand, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and Artic Monkeys will be:

Killswitch Engage
Bullet For My Valentine
Sick Of It All
Rise Against
Boy Sets Fire
Bleeding Through
Municipal Waste
The Bled

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TTEOTD Announce One-Off Shows During SOTU 2006

Through the Eyes of the Dead have announced some one-off shows they'll be playing with As I Lay Dying, The Black Dahlia Murder, Terror, and Evergreen Terrace in between Sounds of the Underground 2006 tour dates. In the meantime, TTEOTD is taking some well-deserved time off before hitting the road with Terror prior to heading out on SotU.

Through the Eyes of the Dead tour dates: More...

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Viking's Classic "Man Of Straw" To Be Re-Released

Lost and Found Records USA has announced official licensed CD reissue of the extremely rare speed/thrash metal classic, VIKING's "Man of Straw." Originally released in 1989 on Metal Blade Records, this fully licensed CD release will be fully remastered, and contain rare and never-before-heard bonus tracks.

Founded in the spring of 1986 in Los Angeles, VIKING released two full length albums on the Metal Blade label, with "Man of Straw" being the second and final release after disbanding in 1990. "Man of Straw" has been hailed as one of the most rare and hard to find speed/thrash metal albums by collectors. Release date is set for late June/early July 2006.

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Anal Cunt Part With Guitarist and Drummer

ANAL CUNT have parted ways with guitarist John Kozik and drummer John Gillis. Replacing Kozik will be returning axeman Josh Martin, while the band are currently looking for a new drummer.

In other news, ANAL CUNT frontman Seth Putnam will be traveling to Russia in July to play a week's worth of shows with band call ANAL NOSOROG, performing nothing but ANAL CUNT songs.

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Trivium Begin Mixing New Album

TRIVIUM bassist Paolo Gregoletto has posted the following update on the band's web site:

"Paolo here, just giving you an update before we head out early tomorrow for tour. We have finished tracking all of 'The Crusade', 15 songs total. Mixing has already begun and should be done in the next few weeks! We are incredibly excited with what we have accomplished in the studio. There will be much more info about the new album in the next few weeks, so now about the summer touring...

"We are kicking things off in Germany this weekend!!! It's great to get back overseas and play a load of festivals with incredible lineups. Hopefully everyone can get out and support us at all the shows, let the beer and metal flow!

"This goes out to all our friends in Australia and New Zealand who have been patiently waiting for us to come down and play shows for you. Thank you for all the messages you have sent to us, we get hundreds and hundreds a week. There is a good chance we will be down in early 2007, once we confirm them we will let you know! We aren't a band that likes to play a few shows, we will make sure we hit both coasts and play as many shows as we can. Thanks for spreading the word about us!!!! See you soon!!"

"The Crusade" was recorded primarily at AudioHammer Studio in Orlando, Florida. The band's guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy is co-producing the disc with AudioHammer owner and previous collaborator Jason Suecof. Songs include "Ignition", "Contempt Breeds Contamination", "And Sadness Will Sear", "Vengeance", "To the Rats" and "Contemporary Plague". "There's one acoustic song, a SKID ROW/MÖTLEY CRÜE-sounding song, a DEF LEPPARD, Southern-rock metal song and then 11 ridiculously technical thrash songs," Heafy had previously said. "It's a solo insanity CD, but in a good way."

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Strapping Young Lad Post New Song Online

You can check out a new STRAPPING YOUNG LAD song here. The track comes off their upcoming new album, The New Black, which will be released on July 11th through Century Media.

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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Announce Shows

SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM have announced the following upcoming shows:

July 6 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
July 7 - Oakland, CA @ The Metro
July 8 - Oakland, CA @ The Metro

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Heaven Shall Burn Complete New Album

Heaven Shall Burn have finished work on their upcoming album. According to the band, "we're totally satisfied with the result." The effort is titled "Deaf To Our Prayers" and will hit stores on August 28th through Century Media Records.

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Lacuna Coil Video Of Acoustic Performance Online

According to a posting at EmptySpiral.net, LACUNA COIL appeared on the premier Italian radio show "Radio Deejay" on Wednesday (May 31). In addition to being interviewed, the band performed a short acoustic set, which included the songs "Within Me" and "Closer". You can view a video of the interview (in Italian) and the acoustic version of "Within Me" on the "Radio Deejay" site.

LACUNA COIL recently hit the state of the art Music Choice studios in New York City to record a live version of their hit single "Our Truth", which will be accessible throughout the month of June on Music Choice On-Demand, the most-popular free video-on-demand music service available in millions of digital cable homes nationwide with access to on-demand programming from Music Choice. Vocalists Andrea Ferrero and Cristina Scabbia also sat down with Music Choice for an in-depth interview that will be featured on a future episode of "Rock Show", available only on Music Choice On-Demand and its free broadband/high-speed Internet music service for cable-modem subscribers.

LACUNA COIL just wrapped up a massive six-week, sold-out U.S. tour as direct support to ROB ZOMBIE, which will lead them into a main stage slot at this year's Ozzfest. Their latest album, "Karmacode", had a phenomenal first week at retail, moving an impressive 34,000 units via Nielsen SoundScan and securing the No. 28 spot on The Billboard 200 chart. It has since sold a total of 88,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Municipal Waste East Coast Tour Dates

Municipal Waste have lined up a handful of July tour dates. Here are the latest tour dates:

7/8 Pittsburgh, PA @ Oakland Cafe
7/9 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
7/10 Syracuse, NY @ Wescott Community Center
7/11 Boston, MA @ Elks Lodge
7/12 Providence, RI @ TBA
7/13 Wallingford, CT @ Wallingford American Legion
7/14 Brooklyn, NY @ North Six
7/15 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
7/17 Columbia, MD @ Sounds of the Underground

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Headline News

Original Pentagram Member Loses Battle w/ Cancer

Vincent McAllister, the guitarist and a founding member of seminal American Doom Metal band PENTAGRAM, has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 51.

McAllister played guitar in the classic '70s PENTAGRAM lineup that also included vocalist Bobby Liebling, bassist Greg Mayne and drummer Geof O'Keefe. His recorded works can be heard throughout the various PENTAGRAM collections.

McAllister was highly respected as a guitarist and person amongst his peers. McAllister had spent the past few years working on material in his home studio and planning to return to playing again with former PENTAGRAM members O'Keefe and Mayne.

You can find more news on Vincent McAllister on bedemon.com.

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Twelve Tribes Enter The Studio

Twelve Tribes have begun recording their next album with producer Andreas Magnusson (Scarlet, Bury Your Dead) in Richmond, VA. The band will spend the new few weeks tracking the album, then head to Trax East in New Jersey to mix the album with Eric Rachel. The album's name will be announced shortly, and the effort will hit stores this fall through Ferret Music.

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Purified In Blood Sign With Abacus Recordings

Abacus Recordings has announced the signing of Purified In Blood and will be releasing their new album, Reaper Of Souls, in the U.S. on June 27th. Hailed by many as the most exciting act to emerge from Norway since Turbonegro, Purified In Blood combines blazing riffs and solos with controversially political lyrics. One might say that the band's innovative concept of "metal with a message" is something akin to Emperor meets Earth Crisis.

Boasting six members with a dual lead vocalist and twin guitar attack, Purified In Blood has become known for its high energy live performances. In fact, the band won Norway's national underground music contest for unsigned bands (ZOOM) in 2004, and more recently, the award for "Best Live Act" at Norway's prestigious Alarm Awards 2006.

The band has already completed two U.S. tours in support of the 2003 EP, Last Leaves of a Poisoned Tree, on New Eden Records, and regularly tour Scandinavia and Europe.

You can check out some of the group's material here.

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Rock City Morgue Record w/ White Zombie Guitarist

Rock City Morgue Record 11 New Songs With Ex-White Zombie Guitarist

ROCK CITY MORGUE, the New Orleans, Louisiana-based band featuring former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult and ex-MAN SCOUTS OF AMERICA frontman Rik Slave, have finished recording 11 new songs with former WHITE ZOMBIE guitarist J. Yuenger at the controls in his studio in New Orleans. "This is just a demo for a full-length CD, due out later this year," the group write on their web site.

ROCK CITY MORGUE's debut album, "Dead Man's Song", was produced by J. Yuenger and Daniel Rey, and was released last year via Nocturnal Records.

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Fall of Serenity Explain Tour Cancellation

German death metallers FALL OF SERENITY have issued the following statement explaining their decision to drop off the European tour with HATE ETERNAL, SPAWN OF POSSESSION and SHADOWSLAND:

"So we are not on tour with the cool people of HATE ETERNAL, SPAWN OF POSSESSION and SHADOWSLAND anymore. We were forced to do this decision together with our label and our management, because there went a lot of things just badly wrong. To put it together, the organisation and management of this tour messed up our intended goal to do promotion for our new album 'Bloodred Salvation'. It was almost impossible. So it is a decision that is better for our band. We know that Metallysee [booking agency] is a good partner concerning tours, but in this case something doesn't fit together in the right way. Maybe because some other booking agency set up this tour.

"We feel very sorry to disappoint you guys who wanted to see FALL OF SERENITY on this tour. Take the next chance please. To make it clear, there is nothing wrong with our band.

"If you wanna see the other bands on this tour, PLEASE make sure that you travel to the right place, venue or even the right city. Get as much information as you can get about the show you want to visit. Otherwise it's possible that you will stand in front of closed doors.

"We wanna thank the guys of HATE ETERNAL, SPAWN OF POSSESSION, SHADOWSLAND, Ritchie (sound engineer), Math (busdriver), the people who came to the shows and the local promoters who did their best for sure. Unfortunately, we can't thank other people involved."

"Bloodred Salvation", which includes a guest appearances by Leif Jensen of DEW-SCENTED, was recorded and produced at the Rape Of Harmonies Studios by Ralf Müller and Patrick W. Engel (HEAVEN SHALL BURN, NARZISS, etc.) and mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at his Hansen Studios (MERCENARY, RAUNCHY, COMMUNIC, etc.). "Bloodred Salvation"'s artwork was created by Killustrations (DEW-SCENTED, CARNAL FORGE, AMON AMARTH).

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Necrophagist Cancels Canadian Tour Dates

The Canadian portion of Necrophagist's current tour has been cancelled. The band's passports were recently stolen, rendering them unable to cross the border. The following shows, with support from Arsis, Alarum, Ion Dissonance, Animosity, and Job For A Cowboy have been cancelled:

06/06 Ottawa, ON Canada @ Mavericks
06/07 Quebec City, QC Canada @ L'Anti
06/08 Tornoto, ON Canada @ The Marquee
06/09 Hamilton, ON Canada @ The Underground
06/10 St-Haycinthe, QC Canada @ Salle Le Louvre

The missed shows will likely be rescheduled for the end of July.

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Slayer Album Cover Art, Track List Revealed

Warner Music Germany has uploaded what appears to be the cover artwork for the new SLAYER album, tentatively due on July 25 via American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records. You can check it out at this location (or here).

SLAYER's still-untitled follow-up to "God Hates Us All" is the group's first new album with their four original members since 1990's "Seasons in the Abyss". In a recent interview with MTV, SLAYER frontman Tom Araya said about the new album, "It's fast — maybe faster than anything we've done before. No one's going to be disappointed. It's going to be brutal."

The following songtitles are expected to appear on the new SLAYER CD (NOTE: This information has not yet been confirmed by the band or their record label):

01. Cult
02. Consfearacy
03. Flesh Storm
04. Jihad
05. Eyes of the Insane
06. Black Serenade
07. Supremist
08. Skeleton Christ
09. Catatonic
10. Final Six
11. Catalyst

As previously reported, a 10 sec snippet of a new SLAYER track, entitled "Cult", is available at the band's official web site. It also says that you can hear "Cult" on slayer.net and itunes on 06/06/06 @ 6:06AM.

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