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Metal News for June 2, 2008

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Metalunderground.com Code Clean Up

I wouldn't bill this as a "new design" per se, but I've been cleaning up a lot of old code (remember, this site is over seven years old, and a lot of the code running it shows its age, unfortunately) in the past few weeks and am currently pushing these changes to the live site. Please pardon any issues you experience in the next couple of days. I should have them ironed out fairly quickly, as a lot of the issues I am already seeing just do not show up on my staged testing server.

The good news is that these updates should make adding some new features easier, as the old code base was really hindering progress in some ways. I'll have more frequent site updates over the next couple of weeks as things progress.

Thanks again for your patience while we clean up around here.

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Down To Nothing And 50 Lions To Release Split CD

Having toured Australia together in August 2007, Richmond, VA’s Down To Nothing and Byron Bay’s 50 Lions formed a strong friendship resulting in joining forces once again for this split release. Featuring six brand new songs (three from each band) exclusive to this release, the split showcases some of both bands best work to date. The split will be available on both CD and vinyl formats and available on June 7 through Resist Records in Australia and 6131 in the USA / Europe. A track from both bands is up on their Myspace pages, Down To Nothing and 50 Lions. 50 Lions are currently touring throughout Europe with Meltdown and Bitter End (check their MySpace for dates) before returning home to join Blacklisted on their Australian Tour.

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Arsis Parts with Drummer Darren Cesca

Lead guitarist/vocalist James Malone offers this band update:

“Although we had a great run over the past year and a half with drummer Darren Cesca [whose work is featured on the band’s latest album, 'We Are The Nightmare'], we have decided to stop working with him in ARSIS. The reasoning behind this decision is simply differences in personalities and an overall difference in direction. Darren is an amazing musician and we harbor no ill feelings towards him. We wish him all the best. We are most excited to announce that Alex Tomlin, a long time friend of ours and an outstanding drummer, will be replacing Darren. His first shows with us will be on the ‘In Thrash We Trust’ tour starting this Wednesday. Come out and support ARSIS and the new addition to our line-up!”

In related band news, the animated version of the ARSIS video for “We Are The Nightmare” will soon debut on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball. Stay tuned for the air dates.

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Leaves' Eyes Announces New Concerts and US Tour

LEAVES' EYES has announced a new show in Holland. Furthermore, the band will headline this year's Wacken Open Air Party Stage with their special "Viking Ship" show, with the whole stage being transferred into a giant Viking ship. Finally, the band also embarks on a full US tour this fall.

Meanwhile, the band is busy to put final touches on the upcoming "En Saga I Belgia" double live DVD, which captures their headlining gig at Metal Female Voices V Festival.

Here are the latest Leaves' Eyes tour dates: More...

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Thou Plans Full U.S. Tour

Black doom/sludge band THOU is going on an extensive US tour this summer. Here are the latest tour dates:

June 04 Athens, GA @ Flicker (263 W. Washington St. 30601) w/ Nacionale
June 05 Durham, NC @ Bull City Headquarters (723 N. Mangum St. 27701) 7PM w/ From the Depths, Chiarascuro, Revolutionary Youth, and Man Will Destroy Himself
June 06 Richmond, VA @ Artist Underground Cafe (1600 Monument Ave. 23220) 7PM w/ Mammoth Grinder, Cough, and Onion
June 07 Washington DC @ The Light House (14th & Buchanan NW) 2PM w/ Salome, The Flash Attacks, and Starve
June 07 Ashburn, VA @ The Taylor House (42685 Waxpool Rd. 20148) 8PM w/ Pygmy Lush and Tideland
June 08 Providence, RI @ The Thunderdome (email here for the directions) 9PM w/ Creosote, Disaster Strikes, and Dead Times
June 09 Allston, MA @ Myke's Sister's House (email mykecameron@gmail.com for directions) w/ Luau
June 10 Somersworth, NH @ Jer's Place (144 Long Hill Rd.) w/ Luau, L'antietam, and Transistor Transistor
June 11 Falmouth, ME @ The Bike Barn (547 Blackstrap Rd.) 5PM w/ Luau, Eld, and Dylan Bredeau
June 12 Portsmouth, NH @ a bakery w/ and Vaast
June 13 Brattleboro, VT @ The Tinderbox (17 Elliot St.) 8PM w/ Luau and a screening of The Grateful Undead (a DIY zombie punk movie)
June 14 New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (156 Rivington St.) 3PM matinee w/ Backstabbers, Inc., Vermefug, and Luau.
June 14 Williamsburg, NY @ Supreme Trading (213 N8 between Driggs and Roebling) 9PM w/ Empire, Disystema, Villains, and Atakke
June 15 Philadelphia, PA @ Disgraceland 6:30PM - Dave Scattered (1716 S.6th St. on the corner of 6th St. and Watkins St.) w/ The Estranged, Red Dons, and Love City
June 16 Columbus, OH @ The Legion of Doom (1579 Indianola Ave. 43201) 9PM w/ Locusta and Deadsea
June 17 Dayton, OH @ The Dirt Collective 6:30PM - Adam (937 270 9298) w/ Dripfeeder
June 18 Minneapolis, MN @ The Cube (1834 15th Avenue S.) 7PM w/ Cockskar, MDOC, Sloven
June 19 Madison, WI @ The Tomb (2310 Pennsylvania Ave.) 8PM w/ Black September and SFN
June 20 Chicago, IL @ Hot Jams Records (4814 S. Pulaski Ave.) 6PM w/ Against Empire, Riotous, La Armada, and Black September
June 21 Milwaukee, WI @ The Borg Ward (823 W. National Ave. 53204) 7PM w/ Black September and People Again
June 22 Lawrence, KS @ The Haunted Kitchen (1900 Louisiana St. 6604) 11PM w/ Samothrace and Stull
June 23 Denver, CO @ Panther Country (3810 Jason St.) w/ Catheter
June 24 Boise, Idaho @ The Myrtle Morgue (210 W. Myrtle St. 83702) 6PM
June 24 Boise, Idaho @ The Bouquet (1010 Main St. 83702) 9PM w/ Maladie and Teenage Kicks
June 25 Spokane, WA @ The Blvd. (333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.) 6PM w/ Doom Lit Sky, Behold, and Merrick Diaries

The rest of the shows from the Cascadian forests of the great Northwest to the tropical bayous of the gulf coast south with LEECH: More...

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Burning Human Announces Albany Show

Burning Human, the group featuring Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner, have announced a show in Albany, New York at Valentine's on July 19th. The show will be 18 years and over and doors open at 6:30 PM. The Final Sleep, Crimson Mask and Ruination will also be on the bill.

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Municipal Waste To DJ At Download Festival

Earache Records has posted the following message:

"For you lucky metalheads who are going to this years Download Festival in the UK, you'll now be getting even more of a treat! As if seeing modern thrashers MUNICIPAL WASTE playing wasn't enough for you, the band will now also be doing an exclusive DJ set the same night!

Municipal Waste will be appearing as special guest DJs with TotalRock's Talita TwoShoes on Sunday, June 15th from 10:30 PM through to 1:30 AM UK time in the Duracell Powerhouse. These guys sure know how to party and will be playing a wide selection of their favourite songs throughout the night, so get down to the Duracell tent on Sunday night, join in the fun and lay waste to Donington!

If you're unfortunate enough to miss this years Download Festival, you can still catch Municipal Waste's DJ set live from midnight until 1:30 AM online with TotalRock Radio at www.totalrock.com

Download Festival takes place from Friday, June 13th to Sunday, June 15th. For the full festival lineup or to purchase tickets, head to www.downloadfestival.co.uk ."

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Volbeat Will Not Tour The U.K. With Stuck Mojo

Danish metal act Volbeat have posted the following message:

"Last week it was announced on various websites that VOLBEAT were to tour the UK with STUCK MOJO in October 2008.

"These UK dates will not include VOLBEAT. VOLBEAT were never asked to play the UK with STUCK MOJO and the dates were announced without our consent.

"At this very moment we are laying the final touch on what is to be our third album, currently slated for a pan-European release in September. We look forward to returning to the UK in conjunction with this release."

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Ride For Dime To Be A Two Day Event

Ride For Dime will be held over two days this year on August 9th and 10th. This will be the fourth edition of the annual event. For more information please visit RideForDime.com.

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Guitar World's 2009 Buyer's Guide Playmate Covers

Guitar World magazine's 2009 Buyer's Guide is coming, featuring the three Playmate stars of the TV series "The Girls Next Door." You can check out the four different covers of the buy's guide below, as well as a behind the scenes video with the Playmates and outtake photos on GuitarWorld's site. More...

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Dream Theater Drummer Checks In

Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has posted the following message regarding the end of the Progressive Nation tour with Opeth, Between The Buried And Me and 3:

"Well, I guess all good things must come to an end...

"I am happy to report that the inaugural run of Progressive Nation has indeed been an undisputed success in every respect!

"The ticket sales were great all across the board, the fans all seemed to really enjoy themselves at all of the shows and all four bands had a great time playing together and hanging out everyday and night.

"It all went by so fast....I guess time really does fly when you're having fun!! More...

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Huron Signs To Rising Records

Rising Records has announced the signing of Plymouth, U.K. rockers Huron. The band will be recording their debut album in October 2008. In the meantime, you can check out some of their material on the band's MySpace page.

Here are planned tour Huron gigs, from the band's MySpace:

Jun 20 2008 8:00P - White Rabbit, Plymouth w/ VALIENT THORR
Jul 12 2008 7:00P - The Junction, Plymouth w/ Brace For A Fall
Jul 20 2008 2:00P - The Victoria Biker Pub Coalville, Midlands @ HARDDRIVE 08 FESTIVAL
Jul 31 2008 6:00P - The Charter Hall Okehampton
Aug 09 2008 8:00P - TBC Okehampton
Aug 16 2008 7:00P - The Junction w/ Armitage Skanks Plymouth
Aug 22 2008 8:00P - Marlboro Club, Ilfracombe w/ Heaven’s Basement
Nov 08 2008 7:30P - The Junction Plymouth w/ Masdevallia
Nov 28 2008 8:00P - The Marlboro Club, Ilfracombe w/ Sworn Amongst
Nov 29 2008 8:00P - The White Rabbit, Plymouth w/101% Pantera
Dec 13 2008 7:00P - The Junction, Plymouth w/ Syruss
Jan 31 2009 8:00P - The Junction, Plymouth w/ Salvation Failed
Feb 20 2009 8:00P - The White Rabbit, Plymouth w/ORANGE GOBLIN + Dethlehem
Mar 07 2009 8:00P - The Junction, Plymouth w/ Output
Apr 25 2009 8:00P - The Junction, Plymouth w/ Unforgiven
Jun 06 2009 8:00P - The Junction, Plymouth w/ Unforgiven

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Gama Bomb Posts European Tour Blog

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have posted the following blog via Myspace:

"We've returned. From our first European tour, from the wilds of central Europe, from the dead: Pick one. If you haven't paying attention, we'll try to sum it up for you. Two weeks, 11 shows, a bunch of interviews, a staggering amount of booze, over 5,000 kilometres travelled, God knows how much salted meat choked down, and some of the best, greatest, weirdest times of our 'career' (inverted commas are our own). We could prattle on about the amazing gigs (for amazing they were, boys and girls) and all the cool places we saw, but it's more interesting to write a big weird list of crap instead, isn't it?

Places we slept:
The world's smallest house (but a very nice one)
A post-apocalyptic warehouse in the former Eastern Bloc
A theatre company's commune
A clip-together motel
A kitchen floor
A kid's bed
A Berlin hideout
An old woman's basement
A narrow Amsterdam hotel (cheers E) More...

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Cavalera Conspiracy Bassist Sits Out Tour

Cavalera Conspiracy bassist Joe Duplantier will be unable to participate in the "Infliktour" this summer as the tour clashes with recording sessions of his main band Gojira. In his place will be Johnny Chow of Fireball Ministry.

Check out Cavalera Conspiracy live at the following dates: More...

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Bleeding Through Completes New Album

Orange County's Bleeding Through have completed work on their new album "Declaration." The album is expecting a release this August through Trustkill records and was produced by Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad fame.

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New Dark New Day Guitarist Checks In

Dark New Day's new guitarist Bradley "BC" Kochmit has posted the following statement:

"First and foremost, I just want to let everyone know how honored I am to be the new guitar player for DARK NEW DAY. I have so much respect for every member of this band (past and present) that it's very difficult to describe, but if I had to sum it all up in one word ... that word would be 'family.'

"All you DARK NEW DAY fans out there that don't know me can rest assured that I will do my damnedest to make this band every bit as amazing and ass-kicking as it was before I came into the picture. Those of you that DO know me and know what I'm all about are gonna be like a little kid on Christmas morning, for damn sure!"

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Burn It All Posts Audio Samples Online

Burn It All, the new band featuring Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera along with ex-Halford guitarist/ Damageplan vocalist Pat Lachman, have posted samples from their new demo online at their Myspace page. The band has recorded a four song demo, three of which are featured on the sampler.

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More Unholy Alliance Tour Dates Announced

More dates have surfaced for the European Unholy Alliance tour this autumn, featuring Slayer, Trivium and Mastodon.

Nov. 05 - Offenbach, GER - Stadthalle
Nov. 06 - Köln, GER - Palladium
Nov. 09 - Stuttgart, GER - Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
Nov. 10 - Winterthur, SWI - Eishalle Deutweg
Nov. 11 - Paris, FRA - Le Zenith
Nov. 16 - Wein, AUT - Gasometer
Nov. 18 - München, GER - Zenith
Nov. 19 - Berlin, GER - Columbiahalle
Nov. 29 - Moscow, RUS - B1 Maximum

Please note that the Moscow show may not be part of the Unholy Alliance tour as it is a rescheduled Slayer show.

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Believer Frontman Posts Studio Update

BELIEVER guitarist/vocalist Kurt Bachman has posted this latest studio report on the band's MySpace page:

"Hello again. As promised, I am trying to update you on our progress more often. We just had a very productive weekend in the studio and have tracked more vox. We have to add vox on one more track and then onto more instrumental nonsense, editing and finally mixing. Thanks for hanging in there so patiently. Many of you have been wondering what the new stuff will sound like. Will it sound like 'Extraction from Mortality', 'Sanity Obscure', 'Dimensions'? Well, we think you'll hear a splash of each, but we didn't set out to just rehash the old. That would be boring and offer nothing new for you to hear. With that said (and I will remind you again once the release date draws closer), if you don't expect a total rewrite of the past then we think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Thanks again to everyone who is helping to build the underground buzz. We can't thank you enough.

Take care and stay safe."

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Armored Saint Vocalist Interview Posted Online

An audio interview with Armored Saint/ Ex-Anthrax vocalist John Bush has been posted online. Check it out below. More...

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Nightwish Announces Chicago Show

Nightwish have added a show at the House Of Blues in Chicago, IL. The bands schedule is now shaping up as follows:

29 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
30 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA

1 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
2 - Sound Academy - Toronto, ON
4 - Agora Theater - Cleveland, OH
5 - Harpo's Concert Theatre - Detroit, MI
6 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
9 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
10 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR
12 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
13 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
14 - Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
16 - Palladium Ballroom - Dallas, TX
17 - La Zona Rosa - Austin, TX
19 - Meridian - Houston, TX
20 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
21 - Jannus Landing - St. Petersburg, FL
23 - Valarium - Knoxville, TN
24 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
26 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
27 - Nokia Theatre - New York, NY

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Blacklisted To Tour New Zealand

Blacklisted will tour New Zealand in July. Here are the tour dates:

07/16 Wellington @ The Valve Bar
07/17 Auckland @ The Whammy Bar
07/18 Hamilton @ Ward Lane
07/19 Auckland @ Ellen Melville Hall

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Bring Your Own Knife Releases EP For Free Download

Death To Music productions (anti-record label in action) has announced the release of the FREE 4-track EP from Bring Your Own Knife, a young Swedish band who keep up the tradition of their country's high-quality death metal, entitled "My Life's A Curse - How's Yours?".

You can now download this EP, and the "anti-label's" other FREE releases by sending a blank email to submit@deathtomusic.com to get login credentials for the free downloads.

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Jucifer Reveals New DVD Details

"Jucifer: Veterans Of Volums: Live With Eight Cameras" is a brand new, limited-edition DVD packed to the gills with great special features. It's available right now for $10 (plus postage) at JuciferDVD.com. You can view a trailer for the DVD at JuciferDVD.com. Here's what the DVD contains:

Featuring a full 35-minute Jucifer show shot with eight cameras and recorded digitally across 20 tracks of HUGE audio. The tracklist is:

1. She Tides the Deep
2. Queen B
3. In Combs
4. Lambs 1
5. Lambs 2
6. Good Provider
7. Antietam
8. Fall of the Bastille
9. Firefly
10. Pontius of Palia
11. Pinned in Glass
12. Hennin Hardine More...

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Disturbed Makes Online Concert History

Last week, something big happened at DeepRockDrive. As part of the Pepsi Free Concert Series, Deep Rock Drive hosted their first multi-platinum artist, DISTURBED. During this first of it’s kind event, some very interesting and exciting events came to pass.

DISTURBED fans were treated to a full concert performance in High Definition, full interactivity and no one standing in front of them, blocking their view. Every fan in attendance had a front row seat and a back stage pass.

Over 10,000 people showed up online to participate in the show. The technical team at Deep Rock Drive had expected that, too, since the initial batch of virtual tickets sold out quickly they had to add servers to their datacenter to handle extra capacity for more online fans.

“What blew us away completely what the unimaginable frenzy of interactivity that emerged during the show. It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, because we’ve built a a live experience that is truly fun. When you give passionate fans the tools to interact directly with an artist like DISTURBED, of course they’re going to use them. But in just over 60 minutes, they used them at a rate that astounded us in the best of ways…” – Jeff Henshaw- Deep Rock Drive

* Over 1,300,000 interactive events took place during the show.
* Fans shouted out their thoughts, in freeform text, over 350,000 times.
* Fans threw “Emotapplause” animations onto the display screen wrapping DISTURBED’s stage over 915,000 times. There were peaks of over 1,100 Emotapplause per second!
* When it came time to vote for an encore, over 5,000 people cast a vote in less than 10 seconds.
* It must be OK to be fashionably late, because over 2,000 people grabbed tickets and rushed the virtual doors halfway through the show!
* DeepRockDrive’s virtual venue filled with fans from 71 countries around the world. That’s over a third of all the countries that exist (this has happened at two shows now).

DISTURBED fans from around the world got an entirely new perspective on what a live concert can be like when fans get to interact with artists.

You can watch or download high definition samples from the show here and check out the latest upcoming Deep Rock Drive shows here.

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Turisas Announces UK Warm Up Show

Fresh from the Paganfest USA tour, Turisas themselves have confirmed the supporting slot for Dragonforce's upcoming UK and Ireland tour, starting in September 2008.

Warlord Nygård comments: "After our own European Tour and Paganfest USA this spring, we're happy to announce this one: we're joining up with Dragonforce on their UK tour and this something we're already hugely looking forward to. We are also extra excited about the shows in Ireland, which will be our first ones on the island that we've been unfortunate enough to miss out on previous tours. As you can imagine, Olli is sharpening his bow already as his one-man mission is about to reach its climax ... All in all, it's going to be a great package no-one should miss out on.

"See you at the summer festivals and latest in the autumn!"

The tour starts on September 26th in Manchester, and runs until October 13th where it wraps in Cork.

Also, the same combo will play a special warm-up show in Oxford.

Thu 25th Sep - UK, Oxford - Carling Academy
Phone Tickets: 0844 477 2000
Web Tickets: http://www.tctmusic.co.uk
All ages / Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

The full Turisas tour schedule shapes up as follows: More...

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