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Metal News for June 23, 2008

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22 news articles posted on this day.

Apocalyptica Adds More US Tour Dates

Apocalyptica has added the following North American dates to their itinerary:

August 5th in Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
August 6th in Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
August 7th in Little Rock, AR @ Village Theatre
August 8th in Beaumont, TX @ Antone’s
August 9th in Dallas, TX @ Ozzfest
September 13th in Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Center
September 15th in Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
September 16th in Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
September 18th in Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
September 19th in Des Monies, IA @ People’s Court
September 21st in Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre
September 23rd in London, ON @ Music Hall
September 24th in Ottawa, ON @ Capitol Music Hall
September 25th in Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 26th in New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
September 27th in Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
September 28th in Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
September 29th in Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
October 1st in Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
October 2nd in Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
October 3rd in St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
October 4th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

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Forever In Terror Cancels Tours

Forever In Terror (Metal Blade Records) singer Chris Bianchi has been diagnosed with a severe kidney infection, forcing the band to cancel their summer tours (including a trek with Hell Within). Here's a statement from the band:

"On Thursday morning Chris woke up in California with severe pains in his side as well as a raging fever. We had to take him to the hospital in Oakland, California (of all places) to get checked out. Hardly being able to walk, running a fever of 103 and dehydrated, he had to be checked out. After waiting 5 hours to get checked, he found out he has a severe kidney infection.

"We continued to play two following shows just instrumental allowing him a few days to rest. He still was not any better. Yesterday came to the point where he had to catch a plane back home and get to a hospital as well as solid rest to get well.

"Forever In Terror will be still jamming for you at as many shows as possible to keep rocking while still instrumental. However the rest of all summer tour dates as of now are being cancelled.

"We truly wish him well and he will be back on his feet soon. With the mixture of sickness, exhaustion, and shitty gas prices we will be only doing some small tour runs, weekend warrior dates until the new album comes out."

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NIN Posts Live Rehearsal Video For "1,000,000"

Nine Inch Nails has posted a live rehearsal video of the song "1,000,000," (the second song) from "The Slip." You can watch the video online here.

As previously reported, Nine Inch Nails' retail version of "The Slip" CD/DVD digipak will now be limited to 250,000 copies worldwide, but will remain free for download indefinitely from theslip.nin.com.

"The Slip" will be released in stores on the following dates:

CD Street Date (US & Canada): July 22, 2008
CD Street Date (UK & Europe): July 21, 2008
Vinyl Street Date (US & Canada): August 5, 2008
Vinyl Street Date (UK & Europe): August 4, 2008
Japan and Australia release info is TBA. More...

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"The Story Of... Motley Crue" Premiere In Toronto

"The Story Of... Motley Crue" premieres Tuesday, June 24 @ 9pm & midnight ET on MuchMoreMusic in Canada to coincide with the release of "Saints of Los Angeles" - 11 years to the day the band released their last studio album with the original line-up (1997's "Generation Swine").

Here's the show description:

"They've courted controversy for close to 3 decades and now the world's most notorious rock band is back for another round. The Story Of… Motley Crue tracks the group from the gutters of the Sunset Strip, to pioneers of glam and hair metal into self-made dirty-filthy millionaires with over 50 million albums sold. Motley's career careened downhill when the music business moved on without their genre and while they became known more for making headlines for their Hollywood hook-ups rather than for their music and while each member spiralled into his own personal hell of addiction, abuse and arrests. Miraculously Motley survived the car crashes, the changing industry, their own volatile relationships and the overindulgences in drugs, booze and girls, girls, girls. Now they are back and better than ever in 2008 with their own touring festival and first studio album with the original line-up in over 10 years 'Saints of Los Angeles.' This show boasts an exclusive new interview with the band at Motley Crue's private rehearsal space in LA granted only to MuchMoreMusic, rare commentary by Neil Strauss, author of the best-selling biography 'The Dirt' and archived moments that will make you want to wash your hands."

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New Bumblefoot Album, "Abnormal," On Presale Now

"Abnormal," the long awaited 16 track follow up to Bumblefoot’s 2005 release, "Normal," is now available for presale at Bald Freak Music. With a sound described as "The Sex Pistols meets Queen, with innovative guitar and a Zappa-esque twist" there is something for all fans old and new.

An autographed CD can also be purchased with a portion of proceeds going to support Multiple Sclerosis research.

In addition, a radio-friendly and an instrumental version of the album will be made available for purchase on iTunes and other digital stores on July 1st. For the diehard fan that thought they had everything Bumblefoot, there is a limited edition "Fan Pack" that contains the following items:

  • CD copy of ABNORMAL autographed by Bumblefoot.
  • 8.5"x11" photo autographed by Bumblefoot (choice of 3)
  • Limited edition Bumblefoot replica mini guitar (choice of 3)

  • Bumblefoot ABNORMAL guitar pick (choice of 3 gauges)
  • Exclusive "Making of ABNORMAL" DVD-R
  • Bumblefoot ABNORMAL stickers

Visit the Bumblefoot store at baldfreakmusic.com for further information.

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Society 1 Employs Adult Star Regan Reese

Society 1 was paid a visit last week by the popular adult actress Regan Reese. Regan stopped by NRG Recording Studios while drummer Sik Ric was recording drum tracks for the upcoming "Sadist Messiah." Regan is no stranger to the studio environment, as she graduated from Musicians Institute Of Technology in Los Angeles to become a recording engineer. While in the studio, Regan assisted producer Wade Norton by running Pro Tools topless. She did such a great job Wade actually asked her back to assist throughout the tracking of the drums.

"Regan actually assists Wade and runs the Pro-Tools when we track. She doesn't just sit around with her boobs out. She is actually put to work while her boobs hang out. I am so into it. We are so metal that we have topless engineers. I love this band. If anyone ever wonders why I keep going it's because I can do things like this. If given the chance wouldn't you?"

Producer, Wade Norton, had the following to say in regards to working with Matt Zane. "To quote Otter in Animal House. 'Boon, I anticipate a deeply religious experience.'"

Regan and Matt first began working together about a year ago on the set of Matt’s highly popular series "Tatooed and Tight" released through Evolution Distribution. It was there that Matt talked to Regan about her going to school for recording and invited her to come down to the studio when Society 1 started recording.

You can check out exclusive footage of Regan Reese tracking "Saddist Messiah" at The Gauntlet. More...

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Live Lamb Of God Listener Call-In Show Announced

A live call-in show has been announced with Lamb Of God on Sirus satellite radio's Hard Attack:

Monday, June 30th @ 3:30 - 4:30pm ET / 12:30 - 1:30pm PT

Repeat Broadcasts:
Thursday, July 3rd @ 7 - 8pm ET / 4 - 5pm PT
Friday, July 4th @ 12 - 1pm ET / 9 - 10am PT
Saturday, July 5th @ 3 - 4pm ET / 12 - 1pm PT
Sunday, July 6th @ 6 - 7pm ET / 3 - 4pm PT

Tune in to hear Lamb of God discuss their new DVD, "Walk With Me In Hell" (out July 1st), and debut some of the fan-submitted remixes of songs off their latest metallic offering, "Sacrament, Deluxe Producer Edition."

The toll-free number to call in on will be released shortly.

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Contraband Candy On Genghis Tron, Nachtmystium

Contraband Candy went to Bristol in May and caught up with one of this year’s more unusual tour combinations – metal experimentalists Genghis Tron and up and coming "psychedelic black metallers" Nachtmystium.

Rene Ackermann spoke to Genghis Tron about their dark, visceral music as well as their bizarre longing for a tour bus like Dillinger Escape Plan, car crashes, and establishing their place in the Metal World without a drummer.

Chicago’s Nachtmystium talked about their new, highly acclaimed album, "Assassins: Black Meddle Part1," plus why this odd tour pairing is working for them and on being recognised by a famous Chicago Heavy Metal Burger joint.

The video interview includes clips of both bands playing live on the tour. You can watch the interview here or below. More...

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Whitechapel To Premiere New Video on MySpace

Tennessee’s WHITECHAPEL recently shot a video for title track off of "This is Exile" with director David Brodsky of MyGoodEye (All That Remains, Hate Eternal, The Black Dahlia Murder, Soilent Green), which will receive its worldwide premiere via MySpace Metal on Wednesday June 18.

"This is Exile" marks the band's Metal Blade debut and will be available everywhere July 8, 2008. Until then fans will be able to check out the band live on the very brutal Summer Slaughter 2008 tour alongside label mates The Black Dahlia Murder.

Here is the "This is Exile" track listing:

1. Father of Lies
2. This Is Exile
3. Possession
4. To All That Are Dead
5. Exalt
6. Somatically Incorrect
7. Death Becomes Him
8. Daemon (The Procreated)
9. Eternal Refuge
10. Of Legions
11. Messiahbolical

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Impending Doom, Mychildren Mybride Mini-Tour

Impending Doom, Mychildren Mybride, and Underneath The Gun will team up for a few West Coast shows in August. Here are the latest tour dates:

8/8 Petaluma, CA @ The Phoenix Theater
8/9 Camas, WA @ Tom Fest
8/10 Ashland, OR @ The Revolution
8/11 Modesto, CA @ The Rock
8/12 Victorville, CA @ Karma
8/13 Lancaster, CA @ Veterans Hall

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Eden's Curse Recording Sophomore Album

Eden's Curse is currently in the recording studio working on the follow up to their well-received debut record. Production duties will once again be handled by Dennis Ward.

The record is scheduled for release in late October 2008. Tracks being recorded include "Angels & Demons," "Games People Play," "Just Like Judas," "Lost In Wonderland," "Lost Soul," "Man Against The World," "Masquerade Ball," "Prisoner Of The Past," "Raven's Revenge," "Ride The Storm," "Sail On," "Signs Of Your Life" and "West Wind Blows."

A video from the studio has been posted on YouTube and below. More...

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De Profundis Parts Ways With Drummer

British metallers, De Profundis, has parted ways with drummer Sterghios Moschos and have issued the following parting statement:

"We would like to thank Sterghios for all the hard work he has put into De Profundis. Following his move to Canterbury, it would no longer have been possible for Sterghios to rehearse and play shows with us frequently because of the distance involved. We wish Sterghios the best of luck in all his future endeavors."

"De Profundis are now seeking a new drummer. We are looking for a tight, creative player with solid double pedal skills, blasting ability and good compositional vision. Own kit and transport required. Studio and live experience preferred. Interested parties can contact us through our myspace page, website or directly via email at band(at)deprofundisdoom(dot)com."

"In the meanwhile, we will be continuing to work on new material for our second album, due to be recorded in January 2009. David Andrews has kindly agreed to perform with us live until we find a permanent drummer."

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Hollow Corp's Debut Album Gets N. American Release

Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the release of French metal band HOLLOW CORP.’s debut record, "Cloister of Radiance," throughout North America. Originally released in Europe last September through Swedish label Dental Records, the deal will make "Cloister of Radiance" available domestically for the first time on September 30. In the meantime, three tracks from the album are currently available on the HOLLOW CORP. MySpace page, as is the music video for the track "Thujon," "Cloister of Radiance"'s last track.

"We're feeling really honored joining such a great label like Prosthetic," HOLLOW CORP. frontman Stephane Azam says. "They have awesome bands and a vision of the music that corresponds with our own. Let us hope to cross the Atlantic soon! We also wish to thank Dental Records for their great job in Europe!"

"After a huge success in Europe, HOLLOW CORP. is ready to 'audioslave' the audience across the Atlantic," Dental Records label manager Omer Akay says. "We are very pleased to have found such a great partner in the US; with Prosthetic’s help, we will make HOLLOW CORP. a force to be reckoned with."

Nestled in the wine district of Alsace near the northeastern border of the band’s native country, France’s HOLLOW CORP. comes from humble beginnings as the band Coverage, founded in 1999. Taking up its current moniker in 2005, the band has all the while noisily - and masterfully - combined heavy metal’s raw intensity with a post-hardcore flair of dissonance and down-tempo sludge moments in the years since its inception. With the release of the band’s first album, "Cloister of Radiance," in the fall of 2007 throughout Europe on Sweden’s Dental Records, HOLLOW CORP. ultimately caught the eye of both European press outlets and of Los Angeles-based Prosthetic Records, positioning the label to release "Cloister of Radiance" this coming fall throughout North America.

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Halloween Splits With Guitarist

Detroit heavy metal band Halloween has parted ways with their guitar player and added in some new members. The band gave the following statement on their website:

Due to a difference in artistic vision, Halloween and Donny Allen have decided to part ways. Donny has been a staple in this band for over 16 years and we love him like a brother, he will always be family and we hope the best for him. Good luck Donny.

Mourning Sun/Night Creature guitarist extraordinaire Don Guerrier and Abandon axeslinger Shawn Moore have joined the band. After only one rehearsal with these two, we were blown away by how great it sounded, and we are very excited by the possibilities that are already starting to present themselves. We can't wait to get this new line up out for some shows, we know you will be just as blown away as we are.

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Liv Kristine Signs To Napalm For Solo Albums

Liv Kristine of Leaves' Eyes has signed to Napalm Records to release solo work. She gave the following statement about the deal:

"I am very happy and proud to announce that I just signed a contract for my next few solo albums with Napalm Records. My decision to take this step is easily explainable; I am very satisfied with the cooperation between Napalm Records and Leaves' Eyes so far. I appreciate the work of everybody working at Napalm Records and I have a good feeling about our past and future cooperation. Having both my solo project and Leaves' Eyes on one label makes it a lot easier for label, band, co-musicians and me to coordinate everything, especially when it comes to planning and organising tours, productions, promotion work etc. In the nearest future I will certainly pay a visit to beautiful Eisenerz and show Max a few ideas I've already been working on for my third solo album."

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New Eisbrecher Album Release Date Set

Eisbrecher has reached the final phase of production on the latest album. One and a half years after the release of "Antikörper," with the stage hit "Vergissmeinnicht," their third studio album is titled "Sünde." "Sünde" is set for an August, 22 release date via AFM records.

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Useless Wooden Toys Singer Stabbed To Death

It has been revealed that Christopher A. Johnson, lead singer of hardcore thrashers Useless Wooden Toys, was stabbed to death last saturday (21st June) at a house party. The police have arrested one Brian P. White for the attack. It is believed that the two men were involved in a fist fight after Brian White touched a womans behind, after which White reportedly came outside the house and stabbed Johnson to death.

Read the full article at Indiana Daily Student.

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Hirax Reveals Live CD/DVD Tracklisting

Thrash metal veterans Hirax have posted the following message:

On September 21st, 2007, Hirax had it's first live show in Lörrach at Metal Forces Nights. This event was one of our best events taken place at Altes Wasserwerk ever.

Thanks to Selfmadegod Records, which will release this DVD, and Bomber and the Crew from Vision4 who have filmed both shows - you have now the chance to see the KIT show (KIT IX on November 3rd, 2007 in Lauda) and the Metal Forces Nights show on DVD.

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Chimaira Plans Cleveland Signing Session

Chimaira has announced that they will have a signing session on July 12th at 1pm, the same day as their 10th anniversary show at Peabodies Down Under later that night. For the signing session, Matt, Jim, and Rob will be signing autographs and hanging out at the Sam Ash Music Store in Cleveland. Here are the details:

Sam Ash Music Store
5700 Mayfield Rd
Cleveland, OH 44124-2918
Phone: (440) 446-0850

There will be ticket giveaways for the 10th anniversary show and guitar giveaways. Matt and Rob's signature series ESP's will also be on display and for sale.

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Hybrid Reveals New Album Art and Tracklisting

HYBRID, formed during 2004 in Madrid, is an avant-garde extreme metal band that mix brutal death metal, black metal, doom, crust, grindcore and even latin, bossa nova and crazy free jazz.

"The 8th Plague" is the band's much anticipated debut full length and features eight songs linked by an apocalyptic conceptual thread that represents human self destruction told through the stages of an insect's metamorphosis.

Here is the tracklisting for "The 8th Plague":

I Ovum: alienation
01- Hundred Years Ocean
02- Soul Prolapse
03- Sleep Of The Defeated
II Larva: narcotization
04- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
05- Sun Burnt
III Chrysallis: transformation
IV Imago: obliteration
07- The Omega Swarm
08- Ashes Of Babylon

Mastered by Alan Douches (Suffocation, Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan) "The 8th Plague" will be unleashed on 08/08/08 and is essential listening for fans of Cephalic Carnage, Meshuggah, Textures and Ion Dissonance.

The artwork, which can be viewed here, is courtesy of Seldon Hunt (Neurosis, Isis, Melvins).

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J&T Music Promotion Putting On Battle Of The Bands

J&T Music Promotion and PE Music Industry will hold the first of many battles starting in August at Charlotte's Underground in Charlotte, NC.

Here is the schedule:

August 22nd Rock/ Southern Rock/ Alternative. Round 1 of 3
September 5th Metal/ Black metal/ Death Metal. Round 1 of 3
September 12th Rock/ Southern Rock/ Alternative. Round 2 of 3
September 19th Metal/ Black metal/ Death Metal. Round 2of 3
Round 3 of 3 and final round TBA.

All shows will be judged on ticket sales, creative writing, stage appearances and crowd response for each band. There will be 3 rounds. Each winner from the first 3 rounds will play the 4th and final round.

There is a $20.00 entry fee per band. Entry fee must be tuned in before any band will be put on a date! Bands will have a 25min. time slot. Each band has a chance to win free studio time, cash and more. Only one band can win so put the word out and good luck to all.

More information, including how to enter, can be found here.

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Master Planning Return To UK In Early 2009

Death metal band MASTER is currently booking dates for a UK tour in early 2009. UK booking agent Owen Duffy of PHP Events says they can't wait to return to the country.

"Due to time constraints, MASTER were only able to play two shows on their last visit to the UK," says Owen.

"Despite the fact that they faced a travel nightmare, with the airline designating their equipment as a terrorist threat and leaving their instruments in mainland Europe, MASTER really enjoyed their time here, especially the reaction they received from the British fans. The band are eager to get back over here for a full tour with a kickass support package, national advertising, press and promotional support. These are going to be some unforgettable shows featuring a truly legendary death metal band."

Support on the tour will be provided by CASTROFATE (USA), FERAL (SWE) and NIGHTMARE VISIONS (UK) providing a mix of death, thrash and black metal.

Local promoters and venue managers interested in booking a show should contact Owen Duffy at punyhumanpromo@gmail.com.

Master's most recent album, "Slaves to Society," was released in 2007 to rave reactions from both fans and the metal press.

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