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Metal News for June 24, 2008

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21 news articles posted on this day.

Scars On Broadway Announces Initial Euro Dates

Scars On Broadway has announced initial dates of their European headline tour this September. Here are their latest European tour dates, including the previously announced club shows:

6/27/08: Cologne - Luxor- On-Sale Now
6/28/08: Berlin - Kato- On-Sale Now
7/03/08: Paris - La Maroquinerie- On-Sale Now
7/04/08: London - Underworld- On-Sale Now
9/02/08: Milan - Rolling Stone- On-Sale Now
9/04/08: Vienna - Arena- On-Sale Now
9/06/08-Copenhagen- Pumpehuset- Pre-sale 6/25 I On-sale 6/26
9/08/08: Stockholm - Debaser Medis- Pre-Sale 6/24 I On-Sale 6/25
9/09/08: Oslo - Rockefeller- On-Sale 6/21
9/14/08: Brussels - AB Box- On-Sale Now
9/15/08- Amsterdam- Melkweg Max- Pre-sale 6/24 I On-sale 6/25

Finally, here's a video teaser for "They Say": More...

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Ari Koivunen's "Becoming" Debuts At #1

Ari Koivunen's second album, "Becoming," entered the Finnish Album Chart in the number 1 spot. In addition, the album has already received Gold-status for selling more than 15,000 copies in Finland.

In related news, guitarist Luca Gargano has decided to depart from the Ari Koivunen band. He has posted the following statements to his myspace blog (in English) and in the forum of arikoivunen.fi (in Finnish). Here is the English version:

"I'm sad to announce that I no longer play with Ari Koivunen. This was entirely my own decision, and I just wanted to go on with my own career. So there was no fight, no argue, no musical differences and no one fired anyone. I just wanted to quit now when the new album was ready and released and the band had a short break to settle things for the future.

"We're still best friends with Ari, Erkka, Erkki, Mauro and Vili, but now it's time for me to go on and put together the band I've always dreamed of. What it's going to be... You'll find out in the near future, I promise."

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At The Gates Announces Swedish Shows

At The Gates' The reunion summer schedule is coming to an end and the band has added a few Swedish tour dates to their schedule in September. Here are the new shows:

Sept. 03, Kulturbolaget- Malmö, Sweden
Sept. 05, Göteborg - Trädgår'n
Sept. 06, Stockholm - Debaser Medis

Support is to be announced at a later date.

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Memphis May Fire Seeking New Singer

Dallas, Texas band Memphis May Fire (Trustkill Records) is actively looking for a new singer to replace vocalist Chase Ryan, who has decided to leave the band. According to the group, "Chase is about to have a child, and has revaluated his priorities. There are no hard feelings and we wish him the best of luck."

Here's the official word on auditioning for the open spot:

"We will be holding open auditions through MySpace. We have posted an instrumental version of one of our new songs 'Decade.' If you think you have what it takes, then go ahead and download the track and lay down some vocals. When you have completed the track, you can send the finals version of the song to memphismayfire@gmail.com. We are excited to hear what you all have to offer. We have recorded our new record all ready with Casey Bates (Chiodos, Portugal The Man). All we need is to record the vocals and the new record will be ready."

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Watch NIN's Rehearsal Video For "Letting You"

Nine Inch Nails has posted a second live rehearsal video from "The Slip." This video is for the song "Letting You." You can watch the video online via PitchforkMedia.com or below. More...

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Revolution Renaissance Signs Asian Record Deal

Revolution Renaissance has signed a four-album deal with JVC Victor in Japan for the territories of Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Mongolia, Indonesia, East Timor, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma and Singapore. JVC Victor has released all Stratovarius records in Japan since 1992.
The negotiations for the other territories are still in progress while the band is getting ready to enter the studio in September to record their new album for an early 2009 release.

Additionally, preliminary dates for a South American tour that is being booked have been released. The band intends to return to play more shows to South/Central/North America after the new album has been released and after its European and Asian tour dates.

The preliminary South American tour dates are:

3.12 Manaus (BR)
4.12 Caracas (VEN)
5.12 Lima (PERU)
6.12 Santiago (CHILE)
10.12 Buenos Aires (AR)
11.12 Porto Alegre (BR)
12.12 Curitiba (BR)
13.12 São Paulo (BR)
14.12 Rio de Janeiro (BR)
17.12 Belo Horizonte (BR)
19.12 Brasilia (BR)
20.12 Fortaleza (BR)
21.12 Recife (BR)

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Alice Cooper Posts New Track Online

Rock legend Alice Cooper has posted a brand new track entitled "Vengeance Is Mine" online at his official Myspace account. "Vengeance Is Mine" comes from Alice Cooper's forthcoming new album "Along Came A Spider" which will be released on July 29th.

He will also be embarking on a huge world tour with the following dates confirmed thus far:

July
6 - Kavarna, Bulgaria - Kaliakra Stadium
9 - Pratelln, Switzerland - Z7
10 - Bad Arolsen, Germany - Magic Circle Festival
11 - Kvinesdal, Norway - Norway Rock Festival
13 - Osnabruck, Germany - Halle Gartlage
16 - Soenderborg, Denmark - Moelleparken
18 - Omskoldsvik, Sweden - Sweedbank Arena
19 - Kilafors, Sweden - Rock Weekend
21 - Kaliningrad, Russia - Baltiskij Stadium
24 - London, England - British Motor Show Music Festival
25 - Southampton, England - Guildhall
31 - Redmond, Oregon - Deschutes County Fair

August
1 - Kalispell, Montana - Raceway Park
2 - Great Falls, Montana - State Fair
3 - Sturgis, South Dakota - Buffalo Chip
5 - Bismarck, North Dakota - Civic Center Arena
7 - St. Louis, Missouri - The Pageant
8 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The Riverside
9 - Sparta, Wisconsin Fort McCoy Army Base
10 - Sioux City, Iowa - Orpheum Theatre
12 - Casper, Wyoming - Events Center
15 - Imperial, Nebraska - Chase County Fair
16 - Council Bluffs, Iowa - Harrah's Stir Cover
17 - Duluth, Minnesota - Fortune Bay Resort Casino
19 - Hammond, Indiana - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
21 - Bloomington, Illinois - The Theatre at US Cellular Coliseum
22 - Indianapolis, Indiana - White River State Park
23 - Florence, Indiana - Belterra Resort & Casino
24 - Columbus, Ohio - LC Pavilion
27 - Detroit, Michigan - State Fair
28 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Waterfest Concert Series

September
5, 6, 7 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Orleans Hotel & Casino
12 - Hutchinson, Kansas - State Fair
18 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Centre for the Performing Arts
19 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Centre for the Performing Arts
20 - Vernon, British Columbia - Multiplex
21 - Kamloops, British Columbia - Interior Savings Center
23 - Prince George, British Columbia - Canada Centre
24 - Grand Prairie, Alberta - Crystal Centre
26 - Red Deer, Alberta - Centrium Arena
27 - Edmonton, Alberta - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
28 - Lethbridge, Alberta - Enmax Centre
29 - Calgary, Alberta - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

October
1 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Conexus Arts Centre
2 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - TCU Place
4 - Thunder Bay, Ontario - Auditorium
6 - Hamilton, Ontario - Hamilton Place
7 - Barrie, Ontario - Molson Centre
8 - Oshawa, Ontario - General Motors Centre
10 - London, Ontario - Centennial Hall
11 - Ottawa, Ontario - Civic Centre
14 - Kitchener, Ontario - Centre In The Square
15 - Montreal, Quebec - St Denis Theatre
17 - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Metro Centre
18 - Saint John, New Brunswick - Harbour Station
19 - Moncton, New Brunswick - Coliseum
21 - St John's, Newfoundland - Mile One Stadium
22 - Cornerbrook, Newfoundland - Pepsi Centre
26 - Schenectady, New York - Proctor's Theater
31 - Mashantucket, Connecticut - MGM Grand at Foxwoods

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Soulfly Posts New Song, "Unleash," Online

Roadrunner Records reports:

"Here is it SOULFLY fans... what you've been waiting for. Listen to 'Unleash', the first track off Soulfly's new album Conquer, out July 29th. The brutal track features guest vocalist, Dave Peters of THROWDOWN and is sure to knock you on your ass. Click here to listen."

Soulfly will release their sixth album "Conquer" on July 29th and will contain both a standard and deluxe version. The tracklisting for the special edition is as follows:

"Blood Fire War Hate," "Unleash," "Paranoia," "Warmageddon," "War Ghost," "Rough," "Fall Of Sycophants," 'Doom," 'Rot," "Touching The Void" "Soulfly VI," "Mypath," "Sailing On," "The Beautiful People." A bonus DVD will also be available featuring a 65 minute live show in Poland plus the music video for the "Dark Ages" song "Innerspirit."

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New Opiate For The Masses Video Premieres Online

Opiate For The Masses' video for the hit track "Burn You Down" debuts today, June 24, exclusively on Woozyfly.com.

The band’s much anticipated full-length album, "Manifesto" (their debut with Century Media), recorded by two Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producers: Ulrich Wild (Slipknot, Deftones) and John Travis (Kid Rock, Buckcherry), is set for a July 8, 2008 release.

Catch the band on tour now with FILTER and 10 YEARS. A new tour will also be announced soon.

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The 69 Eyes Releases Festival Appearances

The 69 Eyes have released the following summer festival dates:

06/08 - Open Air Festival Chayka, Kiev, Ukraine
06/14 - Myötätuulirock, Vantaa, Finland
06/20 - Himos Festival, Jämsä, Finland
06/21 - RMJ2008, Pori, Finland
06/28 - Peace & Love Festival, Borlänge, Sweden
07/05 - Ruisrock, Turku, Finland
07/06 - Simerock, Rovaniemi, Finland
07/10 - Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
07/12 - Hegyalja Festival, Tokaj-Rakamaz, Hungary
07/18 - Wanaja Festival, Hämeenlinna, Finland
07/19 - Rockperry, Vaasa, Finland
08/08 - Summer Darkness, Utrecht, NL
08/09 - Jyväskylä Rockfestival, Jyväskylä, Finland
08/23 - Finfest 2008, Bratislava, Slovakia

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Norma Jean Streams New Song Online

Norma Jean is now streaming a new song, "Robots 3 Humans 0," on their Myspace page. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming new album, "The Anti Mother," due out August 5th.

The band recently confirmed the track listing for "The Anti Mother" as well, which follows:

1. Vipers, Snakes, And Actors
2. Robots 3 Humans 0
3. Birth Of The Anti Mother
4. Self Employed Chemist
5. Death Of The Anti Mother
6. Surrender Your Sons
7. Murphy Was An Optimist
8. Opposite Of Left And Wrong
9. Discipline Your Daughters
10. And There Will Be A Swarm Of Hornets

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Bonnaroo A Success Despite No Sell-Out

Billboard.com reports: An ambitious lineup helped the seventh Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival overcome inflated gas prices and a more crowded North American festival scene to post attendance of more than 70,000. The festival ran June 12-15 on a 750-acre rural site about 60 miles south of Nashville.

That's shy of a Bonnaroo sellout of 80,000, but enough to please festival producers A.C. Entertainment and Superfly Presents. "Our sales are a little bit off, but not really what a lot of other people seem to be experiencing," says Ashley Capps, president of Knoxville, Tenn.-based A.C. Entertainment. "We feel very, very lucky."

Logistically, Bonnaroo ran smoothly, with intense heat countered by sporadic rain. Local law authorities reported fewer arrests and there were no deaths this year.

"It's becoming almost a cliche, but every year surpasses the last in some really tangible way," says Capps. "I don't want it to sound in any way like we're resting our laurels, but it really had all the characteristics of a finely tuned machine and it was thrilling to see that in action."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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DC4 Signs With Chavis Records

CHAVIS RECORDS has announced the signing of DC4, featuring Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, Odin), Rowan Robertson (Dio), Shawn Duncan (Odin), and Matt Duncan. "Explode," the latest effort from DC4, saw a very limited release by the band earlier this year and now with an all new package design, and new artwork on the inside, will see a full scale release later this year. "Explode" was produced by Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning).

Plans are in the works for DC4 to hit the road in support of "Explode" and additional details on the release date will soon be announced.

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Ex-Heathen Drummer Returns To The Band

Bay Area thrash veterans Heathen have posted the following update:

"HEATHEN is proud to announce the return of Darren Minter on drums!

"Darren has been working hard with the band during the last few weeks doing pre-production for the upcoming HEATHEN album. The band hopes to finish recording in July for a release on Mascot Records later in the year.

"The Thrash Assault 3 Festival on October 11th [at Soundpark-Ost in Würzburg, Germany] will be the next live appearance for the band. More tour plans will be announced in the coming weeks."

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Cage Begin Writing New Album

San Diego metallers, Cage, have issued the following update about their progress to their follow up album to 2007's "Hell Destroyer":

"I will keep it short but first we are hard at work on the new record and hope to have it out around April 2009! That is right no 4 years later crap this time. We have a huge push going now after HELL DESTROYER and we are keeping up the momentum. I wont reveal too much but we hope to have audio and video blogs coming out as we go along. We are also working on 2 separate DVD's also if we ever get our footage from Mexico! A massive amount of merch will be available too including old album cover shirts, patches, hoodies, hats and posters, massive swag! There will also be a huge website upgrade coming on www.cageheavymetal.com."

"For now that is all, I have to go scream into the mic some more! Hails!"

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Staind Posts New Single Online

Staind have posted their new single "Believe" online which can be heard by visiting their official Myspace. The song comes off of the groups first album in three years, "The Illussion Of Progress" which will be released via Atlantic Records on August 19th.

The band will be touring with 3 Doors Down and Hinder this summer, followed by an international tour supporting Nickelback.

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Carcass Announces New York Show

Reformed extreme metal pioneers Carcass have announced that they will be performing at the Nokia Theatre in New York City on September 6th. Death metal legends Suffocation were originally billed as the support slot but have pulled out and in turn have been replaced by Necrophagist and Aborted. Expect more shows in North America to be announced soon.

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Carcass Announce Australian Tour Dates

Carcass, who reformed this year to perform at several metal festivals throughout Europe, have announced plans to tour down under for the first time in 15 years, thanks to Soundworks Touring. Carcass' current line-up includes Bill Steer (FIREBIRD) doing vocals and guitar, Jeff Walker (BRUJERIA) on vocals and bass, Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY) playing guitar and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY) behind the drums. The confirmed Australian tour dates are as follows, with tickets going on sale as of Thursday, 26th of June:

Oct 09 @ Capitol; Perth
Oct 10 @ HQ Complex; Adelaide
Oct 11 @ The Arena; Brisbane
Oct 12 @ The Metro Theatre; Sydney
Oct 13 @ Billboard; Melbourne

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Cradle Of Filth Frontman Checks In From The Studio

Cradle Of Filth frontman Dni Filth has posted the following studio report:

"Dear unrepentant children of the night,

Greeting once again from the verdant bowers of Ambergate, Derbyshire and the recording studio we call home sweet home and Sneapy Hollow.

Dani here once again to fill you in on everything filthy from the production of our new album, which, as it stands, still remains untitled! There are obviously a huge amount of possible candidates floating about, from the mildly ridiculous to the obviously mediocre, our favourites being The Lesser Known Adventures Of Gilles De Rais And The Squid People, Go-Go Gothic Binoculars, and Finger Tits amongst others, not one fully encapsulating the brutal musical scale of this record quite yet. Still, there a couple of weeks left to go, so who knows what will befall our ever-tentacular creation? More...

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Onslaught To Re-Issue Early Material On Vinyl

UK thrash metallers ONSLAUGHT have issued the following update:

"Due to popular demand, Back on Black records have recently released four Onslaught albums on vinyl (coloured) complete with gatefold sleeves.. The albums available are: Killing Peace (2007), Power From Hell (1985), The Force (1986) and one purely for the fans of the embryonic Onslaught, a collection of early hardcore punk demos from 1983 entitled Shadow Of Death. Time to dig out the decks folks."

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Scarlet Sins Announces New Tour Date

Toronto's SCARLET SINS will play The Coach And Horses in Windsor, Ontario on August 14th. Their live schedule is now as follows:

7/10 - Sarnia Bayfest - Sarnia, Ontario (supporting MÖTLEY CRÜE)
7/18 - The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario (all ages)
8/14 - The Coach And Horses - Windsor, Ontario
8/15 - The Embassy - London, Ontario

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