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Metal News for June 24, 2006

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23 news articles posted on this day.

Ozzy Announces Three More Ozzfest Performances

Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he will headline the Monster Energy second stage on three additional Ozzfest dates. Along with his previously announced dates, his full list of second stage appearances is now as follows:

4 - Albuquerque, NM's Journal Pavilion
8 - San Bernardino, CA's Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen
11 - San Antonio, TX at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
18 - Pittsburgh, PA at the Post Gazette Pavilion
22 - East Troy, WI at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre
27 - Buffalo, NY at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

For a complete list of Ozzfest 2006 dates, starting next Thursday, June 29th in Seattle, WA, click here.

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Grave Digger Confirm European Dates With Therion

Grave Digger have confirmed dates for their co-headlining European tour with Therion at the start of 2007. They are as follows:

17 - Essen, Germany at Weststadthalle
18 - Strasbourg, France at La Laiterie
19 - Lichtenfels, Germany at Stadthalle
20 - Antwerpen, Belgium at Hof Ter Loo
21 - London, UK at Mean Fiddler
23 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmartre
24 - Lyon, France at Ninkaso Kao
25 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz 2
26 - Madrid, Spain at La Riveria
27 - Bilbao, Spain at Santana 27
28 - Toulouse, France at SDF Ramonville
29 - Milano, Italy at Alcatrazz
31 - Lubljana, Slovenia at VPK Mediapark

1 - Zagreb, Croatia at Boogaloo
2 - Salzburg, Austria at Rockhouse
3 - Vienna, Austria at Planet Music
4 - Budapest, Hungary at Petofi Hall
5 - Belgrad, Serbia at SKC
7 - Stuttgart, Germany at Longhorn
8 - Langen, Germany at Stadthalle
9 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
10 - Glauchau, Germany at Alte Spinnerei
11 - Munich, Germany at New Backstage
12 - Prague, Czech Republic at Avalon
13 - Krakow, Poland at Club 38
14 - Warszawa, Poland at Proxima
15 - Berlin, Germany at Columbia Club

Benedictum was originally announced as the support band for the tour but this has yet to be confirmed.

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The Assailant To Enter Studio This Month

Seattle-based grindcore/hardcore act THE ASSAILANT will enter Red Room Recording Studios in their hometown on June 29 with producer Ben Verellen to record their first full-length album, slated for an August release on Rome Plow Records. A five-week U.S. tour with labelmates ELPHABA will follow in late summer/early fall.

You can check out a track from THE ASSAILANT's recently released seven-inch single on Init Records at this location.

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The Meads of Asphodel To Issue New Mini-CD In July

British black metallers THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL are releasing their new mini CD through UK label Firestorm, in mid-July 2006. Titled In The Name Of God, a press release says that the album is "lyrically woven around the slaughterhouse nature of Human cruelty and cancerous existence upon a world rotting in blood letting and religious oblivion. In The Name Of God features the following tracks: 'Psalm 364', 'My Beautiful Genocide', 'A Baptism In The Warm Piss Of Slaughtered Children', 'The Man Who Killed For God', 'March Towards Annihilation', 'Hell On Earth' / 'Blood Runs Red (DISCHARGE covers), 'Aborted Stygian Foetus', The album also features Alan Davey (HAWKWIND) on bass and Mirai (SIGH) keyboards.

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The Gates of Slumber Release 'God Wills It' 12" EP

Indiana-based doomsters THE GATES OF SLUMBER have created their own record label, Slumbering Souls Records, and are on the verge of issuing their very first release, the "God Wills It" 12" EP. The single will contain the epic "true doom" 21-minute passage "God Wills It", which will also appear on the group's next album, "Suffer No Guilt", to be released on Sweden's I Hate Records in July. Included on the B-side of the "God Wills It" EP will be the track "The Cloaked Figure", which was recorded during the sessions for the group's first album, "The Awakening", but was never released; "Stitched Back from Deth" which appears on the group's acclaimed "Sabbath Witch" demo; and "Broken On The Wheel", which was recorded live at last year's Templars Of Doom festival in Indianapolis, IN. The 12" will be available next week through the group's message board.

"Suffer No Guilt" is described as "a 75-minute true doom masterpiece" and can be ordered from the I Hate Records web site.

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Vader Make Changes To UK Tour Schedule

According to the official Vader website, the band has decided to make some small changes to the UK leg of the Blitzkrieg 4 tour schedule. They will now play Soundhous in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1st and the Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland on November 2nd. In addition, the band have confirmed a show at Rock Bottom in Thessaloniki, Greece on December 8th.

Vader's complete 2006 tour schedule is as follows:

24 - W. Hollywood, CA at Knitting Factory
25 - San Francisco, CA at The Pound
26 - Boise, ID at Imparts
27 - Spokane, WA at Fat Tuesdays Concert Hall
28 - Portland, OR at Rock'n' Roll P.
30 - Seattle, WA at Studio Seven (no Graveworm)
* Kataklysm Headlines
** Vader / Kataklysm only

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Dragonforce Guitarists In Guitar Hero Showdown

The following message has been posted at the official Dragonforce website:

"Head over to UGO for a one-of-a-kind showcase pitting DragonForce guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman against UGO's video game editors for a friendly joust through the wildly popular video game Guitar Hero. Click here to watch the games, the 'Through The Fire And Flames' video, and an exclusive interview with DragonForce guitarists Herman and Sam.

Then click here to view some great live pics from their recent NYC show and to read their rave review of the band's new album, Inhuman Rampage - the first A review in UGO's history!"

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The Haunted Complete New Album, Post Studio Video

The Haunted have finished recording their as-yet-untitled new album. Singer Peter Dolving has issued the following update:

"Oh, the power of the internet and wireless computers. I'm currently sitting on the john writing this report thinking about all you good folks out there, while my kids are watching cartoons in the living room. We just finished a new album and I gotta say, I'm proud as fuck. It's bigger, better, madder and thicker. Hell, that's the weird part with the album business - how the hell to describe what you've just done. Anyway, it rocks. Big time. Really. Per (drums) told me at rehearsals a couple of days ago, ‘If I died tomorrow I couldn't be more satisfied so if people don't like it, fuck them.’ I couldn't agree more. We started writing around Ozzfest last year, bouncing around ideas, recording anything that came to mind without the old ‘more or less metal’-filter, and pretty much knew that we were sick of the whole 900 bpm-chugga-chugga-AAARRRGGGGH-PUKE-end. We wanted to do something we'd just touched upon with our previous four albums. This album is simply more diverse, dynamic and HEAVY AS FUCK. Bands like TROUBLE, AUTOPSY, GANX, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, KING CRIMSON and early METALLICA have all really had a great influence on us as a band, and I think this album really draws a lot in color from those artists.

We just completed the recording process and are now putting the artwork together with Manne Andreasson, a bearded wierdo and dear friend or ours. Working with Tue Madsen's been great. The dude is down-to-earth man, and working with someone who's got his shit together like that is a joy. Anders spent six weeks in Denmark getting guitars down while working with Per and Jonas and then helping me out while I was doing vocals. Before we started recording, he was telling us he didn't want to do ANY solos on this record, but in the end we got him to do four really cool pieces. I think we've managed to find an immense sound: the drums are clearer, heavier and less processed, and we've even got acoustic guitars, congas, strings and loads of weird noise manipulations going on. As far as the vocals go, I honestly didn't know I could even sing some of the stuff. I was nervous as fuck when I got down to Tue's studio, and felt like a complete rookie: ‘Shit, how the hell am I going to live up to this.’ Turns out all I had to do was keep running my miles and warm up like when we're on tour. You can look forward to an album we're proud as fuck of, and we're looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as we head out for tour. It'll be ugly as ever, I'm sure. Stay sick.”

A video clip from the studio can be found here

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Iron Fire is In Writing Mode

Vocalist Martin Steene of the Danish power metallers IRON FIRE (also in FORCE OF EVIL) has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"We have been laying pretty low on the live performance side since we came home from touring with DEMON and SEVEN WITCHES, and there is a reason for it. We have decided to concentrate fully on writing new material to the next IRON FIRE album and have been locked away in the rehearsal room for months now. The songs are almost done and we will start pre-production within a few weeks. And what can you expect? Well, we will continue the path of 'Revenge' — the no-bullshit metal that we do. There will be songs going in different directions this time but nothing drastic — just a little reggae and samba. Just kidding :) Don't worry it will be full-blown warrior metal to the bone.

"If everything goes as planed (which it never does in this band), we will enter the studio in September. Maybe we will do one show in Copenhagen later this year if it doesn't [conflict] with recording. And yes, I know we haven't been playing Denmark for a while, but we will do all we can to make up for it after the release of our next album sometime early next year." More...

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Adagio Announce French Tour

French progressive metallers ADAGIO have lined up the following dates during the coming months:

Jun. 29 - Paris, FRA @ Elysée Montmartre
Jul. 06 - Tours, FRA @ Maison de l'Etudiant
Jul. 07 - Bellegarde, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 09 - Paris, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 10 - Raismes, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 11 - Le Havre, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 14 - Nantes, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 15 - Poitiers, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 16 - Bilbao, SPA @ TBA
Sep. 18 - Montpellier, FRA @ TBA
Sep. 19 - Salon, FRA @ TBA

ADAGIO's June 29 concert in Paris will be filmed for an upcoming DVD. Opening guests MISANTHROPE will play a one-hour show, and ADAGIO's set will be 90 minutes.

ADAGIO's July 6 performance in Tours will be exclusive showcase, with the audience limited to just 200. Opening the show will be Matthias Eklundh of FREAK KITCHEN, who will play some amazing tunes from his solo albums. A signing session will follow the concert. More...

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Valume Nob Announce New Member

VALUME NOB, the Louisiana-based band featuring CROWBAR/DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein on bass, have issued the following update:

"VALUME NOB has been taking this time since we have returned from the U.K. to prepare our new member Sammy Molina for picking up the four-string. Sammy is as tight as they come. Kirk is not out of the band, but with DOWN being busy, we deciced to bring another man on board. When Kirk can make VALUME NOB duty,... we will move Sammy to second guitar, as he is a shredder on the six-string as well. We are moving right along with his progress, and we were recently asked to headline The Bayou Underground Metal Fest, a festival here in New Orleans on August 5th at The Howlin Wolf. Hope to see you all there!!!" More...

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Anal Cunt is Rejoined By Drummer Nate Linehan

ANAL CUNT have been rejoined by drummer Nate Linehan following the recent departure of John Gillis, according to a posting on frontman Seth Putnam's web site. Also back in the fold is axeman Josh Martin, who replaced John Kozik last month.

As previously reported, Putnam will be traveling to Russia at the end of this month to play a week's worth of shows with band call ANAL NOSOROG, performing nothing but ANAL CUNT songs.

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Nocturnal Breed Post New Song Online

A brand new NOCTURNAL BREED track, entitled "Fields of Rot", has been posted online on the band's MySpace page. The song is the title cut of the Norwegian metallers' upcoming album, due later in the year via an as-yet-undetermined label. More...

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Grave Post New Song Online

An edited version of a brand new GRAVE song, entitled "Burn", is available for streaming at this location. The track comes off the legendary Swedish metallers' new album, "As Rapture Comes", due on July 25 via Century Media Records (one day earlier internationally).

Commented vocalist/guitarist Ola Lindgren: "The new album is finally completed. Nine tracks which can only be described as the most aggressive, evil and brutal stuff we have ever created both sound and song-wise. The album was recorded by ourselves at Studio Soulless and the final mix was made in the Abyss Studio with Peter Tägtgren. This one takes GRAVE into a new dimension while still staying true to our legacy of brutal, heavy death metal." More...

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Sheavy Announce European Tour Dates

St. John's, Newfoundland "stoner" rockers SHEAVY have announced the following European tour dates:

Jul. 11 - London, UK - Underworld
Jul. 12 - Schwerin, GER - DR. K
Jul. 13 - Berlin, GER - Red Rooster
Jul. 14 - Hamburg, GER - Headbangers Open Air
Jul. 15 - Erfurt, GER - Stoned from the Underground
Jul. 19 - Uster, SWI -Rock City
Jul. 20 - Aalst, Belgium - Negasonic
Jul. 21 - Altenburg, GER - Kanonenhaus
Jul. 22 - Bernsdorf, GER - E-Lite-Festival

SHEAVY recently announced the addition of guitarist Tommy Boland to the group's ranks. The band's latest album, "Republic?", is available in Europe via Rise Above Records. The "Sheavy at the Masonic Temple" live DVD was filmed on May 10, 2005 at the Masonic Temple Ballroom in St. John's.

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Nightrage Sign With Lifeforce Records

Swedish/Greek melodic death metal outfit NIGHTRAGE have inked a deal with Lifeforce Records.

Commented Lifeforce Records president Stefan Luedicke: "I'm very happy about the signing of NIGHTRAGE, a band I've been a fan of since their first release, 'Sweet Vengeance', on Century Media, but I'm sure their Lifeforce Records debut will easily kill their previous releases."

Marios Ilipoulos, NIGHTRAGE guitarist/songwriter, said: "We are proud about the signing with Lifeforce Records, this is really exciting for us and we feel that we will continue deliver our craft through a really nice partner like Lifeforce Records, who are into the music we are doing and together we can achieve really great things." More...

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Firewind Post New Song Online

A brand new FIREWIND track, entitled "Falling to Pieces", has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the Greek melodic metallers' album, "Allegiance", due on July 24 via Century Media Records (July 10 in Greece). A video for for "Falling to Pieces" was recently filmed with acclaimed Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (LACUNA COIL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR). The clip was shot at the Revolver Ranch in Sweden and on the streets of New York City.

"Falling to Pieces" was released as a single on June 13 in Greece. It includes an edited version of the title track, the non-album track "Demon Nights" and the BLACKFOOT cover "Teenage Idol" (previously unreleased). More...

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Oskorei Release Demo Online

OSKOREI, the San Francisco Bay Area metal band featuring Cody Souza — the 16-year-old son of former EXODUS frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza — on bass, have uploaded their three-song self-titled demo to their MySpace profile. Check out the tracks "Winds of War", "Gates to the Throne" and "Blood & Vengeance" at this location.

OSKOREI — which means "the furious horde" — was founded in 2003 by band leader Blake Peterson and his drummer Corey Lee. At the time they were 16- and 17-year-old high school students (respectively) from Walnut Creek. By 2005, the band had its sound and direction well in hand. More...

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Omnium Gatherum's New Demo Songs Available Online

Finnish death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have uploaded two new tracks to their MySpace profile. The songs — "A-part of God" and "Undertaker" — are taken from the group's latest promotional recording, which the band are currently using to procure a new record deal. The demo marks the first material recorded with brand new OMNIUM GATHERUM vocalist Jukka Pelkonen, who joined the group last month.

Jukka will make his live debut with OMNIUM GATHERUM on July 11 at the Tuska Open Air metal festival after-party at Gloria in Helsinki, Finland.

OMNIUM GATHERUM parted ways with Nuclear Blast Records last year. The band's latest album, "Years in Waste", was released in the U.S. in March 2005. The follow-up to 2003's "Spirits and August Light" was recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne and engineer Teemu Aalto.

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Soilwork Announce U.K., Turkish Dates

Swedish metallers SOILWORK have announced dates in the U.K. and Turkey in September. The details are as follows:

Sep. 17 - Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
Sep. 18 - Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood
Sep. 19 - Oxford, UK @ Zodiac
Sep. 20 - London, UK @ Mean Fiddler
Sep. 21 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Sep. 22 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
Sep. 23 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
Sep. 24 - Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
Sep. 25 - Leicester, UK @ Charlotte
Sep. 26 - Birmingham, UK @ Ac 2
Sep. 27 - Cardiff, UK @ Barfly
Sep. 28 - Exeter, UK @ Lemongrove
Sep. 30 - Ankara, TUR @ Saklikent
Oct. 01 - Istanbul, TUR @ Studyio Live

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Raven Finish Mixing New Songs

Long-running British metallers RAVEN have just completed mixing four new songs — "Against The Grain", "Running Around In Circles", "Breaking You Down" and "Necessary Evil" — at Assembly Line Studios with Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS) engineering and mixing. Kevin has issued the following statement about the project:

"We just finished mixing the four tunes that were tracked over the last few days. We were all excited after tracking that the tunes came out so well. Since this was our first time working together, these were great test sessions to see how everyone works and to see if the next record would be cut together. We were moving fast, but John [Gallagher, RAVEN bassist/vocalist], Mark [Gallagher, guitarist], and Joe [Hasselvander, drums] are all pros and have no problems doing things quickly and in few takes. I was super surprised at how fast John cuts his insane vocals. One takes, perfectly in tune, no pitch correction needed… and it sound likes RAVEN. When he does his high pitched vocals he moves about 6 or 7 feet away from the mike. I am sitting there thinking there is no way this is gonna sound like it is in your face. Somehow, it does and works perfect. Unreal. More...

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Dry Kill Logic Post Danzig Cover Online

DRY KILL LOGIC are gearing up for the release of their new EP, The Magellan Complex, which is due to hit the shelves on June 27th. Frontman Cliff Rigano has posted the following update at the band's official website:

"Hey everyone Cliff here, reporting from the studio in upstate New York where we're putting the final touches on the full length album! It came out great and we can't wait for you to hear it; more info to come soon!

But, 6/27 marks the release date of our new EP, The Magellan Complex, and we can't wait for you guys to check it out. In the meantime, we posted our cover of the DANZIG classic 'Dirty Black Summer' on our MySpace page for you to check out! Hope you all enjoy it!"

- C,P,J and B

Dry Kill Logic's next full length album will be released on September 19th.

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Beseech Post Live Video Clips Online

Two complete live songs from BESEECH's recently completed Summer Blast Tour in Portugal and Spain tour with TO/DIE/FOR have been posted online at the band's official web site. Check out the tracks "A Bittersweet Tragedy" and "Innerlane" — filmed at Hardclub in Porto — at this location.

BESEECH recently parted ways with Napalm Records. The band are already in discussions with other labels about a possible new record deal but will "take the time" they need to find a suitable new home, according to a press release.

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