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Metal News for June 25, 2008

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27 news articles posted on this day.

Guillotine's New Album Mastered

Reunited Swedish thrash metal band Guillotine's new album, which is set for release in late 2008 via Pulverised Recordings, has now been mastered. The band regrouped late last year this year with their original line-up plus a second guitarist. Here's the update from the band:

"Hey, we just got the mastering back the other day - it sounds awesome! Finally, all parts concerning the recording of the album are done. We can't wait to let you all hear the new Guillotine stuff. We will be back shortly with a release date and more."

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Free Nuclear Blast Sampler Available For Download

To continue the commemoration of Nuclear Blast's 20 years of existence, Amazon.com brings everyone an exclusive free sampler that you will only be able to obtain at this location.

The sampler contains MP3s of the following songs:

1. Taking the World by Storm - Kataklysm 3:59
2. Chains of Power - Kataklysm 3:19
3. Blut Im Auge - Equilibrium 4:44
4. More Than Meets The Eye - Testament 4:33
5. The Formation of Damnation - Testament 5:09
6. We Are the Nightmare - Arsis 4:03
7. Shattering the Spell - Arsis 4:03
8. Bleed - Meshuggah 7:22
9. Riot Act - Exodus 3:37
10. The Atrocity Exhibition - Exodus 10:33 (Album Only)

Additionally, there are a number of Nuclear Blast Records titles available for purchase at a special discount price of $5.99 for the album as MP3s - only on iTUNES and Amazon until August 30, 2008. Here are the titles: More...

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Demon Hunter Sits Out Two Shows

Demon Hunter was unable to perform at The Norva in Norfolk, Virginia and Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina on June 24 and June 25, respectively. However, the shows were not cancelled and all of the support bands -- Living Sacrifice, Oh Sleeper, The Famine and Avent -- performed as scheduled.

Demon Hunter was forced to sit these two shows out as their singer, Ryan Clark, fell ill earlier in the week. His voice was gone and he had to rest and recuperate to get it back. Demon Hunter will resume the Stronger Than Hell Tour on Thursday, June 26 at Rockettown in Nashville, Tennessee.

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NIN Posts Live Rehearsal Video For "Echoplex"

The third of three planned Nine Inch Nails rehearsal videos from "The Slip" has been posted on PitchforkMedia.com. This video is for the song "Echoplex." More...

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Boris's "Statement" Video To See HBB Debut

Boris is currently on tour in the Americas, supporting their most breakout record, "Smile." This Saturday, June 28th, Boris' video for the track "Statement," the single for the Smile album, will premier on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, as hosted by Lamb of God. The show runs from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM on MTV2.

Recently, Guitar World's Metalkult.com posted live footage of the one-off NYC performance that includes four live tracks that show some of what can be expected from this tour.

Here are the latest Boris tour dates: More...

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Saints Never Surrender Posts New Song Online

Saints Never Surrender has posted a new song, "Protector," on their MySpace from their upcoming album, "Brutus." Although the official street date for the CD isn't until July 15th, you can preorder it right now from the Blood and Ink webstore.

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Hackneyed Releases Fourth Trailer For New Album

The fourth trailer for "Death Prevails," the full-length debut from south German death metal maniacs HACKNEYED, can be viewed on YouTube or below. The CD, which was produced by Roger Grüninger and mastered by Achim Köhler, is due on September 2nd via Nuclear Blast Records USA. Two more trailers will be made available before the CD release.

According to a press release, "These five youngsters are just as convincing as MORBID ANGEL must have been when they released their first album back in the day! Not only is the band already a bright star in the sky of extreme metal but is also the youngest band Nuclear Blast has signed ever since. Probably HACKNEYED are also the youngest death metal act on the planet as the average age of the band members is just 16 years (guitarist Devin being just 14 years old!), but already shredding and grooving as hell — mark these words!

"Being founded in early 2007 the band has already achieved to play an amount of successful shows as well as draw attention from several bigger bands and also of Achim Ostertag (organizer of Germany’s Summer Breeze festival and CEO of Silverdust Records) who presented the band to the deeply impressed Nuclear Blast staff that signed them right away!" More...

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Bonded By Blood Announces West Coast Tour

"Thrash never rests" says BONDED BY BLOOD as they have just confirmed a string of late-August/early-September west coast dates with (ex-S.O.D. vocalist) Billy Milano's M.O.D. (Method of Destruction), thrashers-in-crime FUELED BY FIRE and NIHILIST.

The dates are as follows:

8/30 San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle - Burning Star Festival
8/31 Fresno, CA @ Audie's Olympic Club
9/1 San Francisco, CA @ Annie's Social Club
9/2 Oakland, CA @ The Metro
9/3 San Jose, CA @ Voodoo Lounge
9/4 Hollywood, CA @ The Knitting Factory w/ Agent Steel
9/5 Tempe, AZ @ The Sets

More date to be released soon.

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Interview

Interview With Recoil

Montana rockers Recoil bring their own spin on iconic rock and metal favorites from the 80’s and 90’s to the bars and festivals of the Great Falls area. Vocalist Preacher, bassist Justin "Darcwulf", guitarist Rod, and drummer "Drumboy" answered questions for me about how they started out, why they have chosen to do more covers than original material, and what they love about music just before a show at a local bar. More...

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Metallica Covers Iron Maiden For Kerrang Tribute

Metallica has revealed that they recorded a cover of Iron Maiden's "Remember Tomorrow," off the band's self-titled debut album. Here's the update from Metallica'a MySpace blog:

"We were honored to be asked to participate in Kerrang's exclusive 'Maiden Heaven' tribute album... one of those super cool Kerrang! CD's that you can only get when you buy the mag. In this case, the issue (1219) goes on sale in the UK on July 16 and for those of you somewhere else, you can pick it up online at http://www.kerrang.com.

"We picked 'Remember Tomorrow' from Iron Maiden's self titled first album... it was basically the blueprint for songs like 'Fade to Black' and 'Sanitarium' and when we were jamming our way thru most of our favorite early Maiden songs, this one stood out and also came together somewhat effortlessly... we had a blast recording it at HQ in the middle of all the insanity of the last two weeks of finishing the new album back in May. Some of our other favorite bands recorded their own versions of Maiden songs too... Machine Head, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed And Cambria, Dream Theater to name a few. There are more details in the current issue of Kerrang! or on their site... or check out the "official" press release here.

The complete Maiden Heaven tracklisting is as follows: More...

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Unexpect Announces European Tour Dates

Montreal's UNEXPECT, who just played at the inaugural HEAVY MTL festival held at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, has posted an update on how the show went, European tour dates and work on a new album.

"Thanks to everyone who gave us one of the most adrenaline-giving-overstimulating moment of our life at the Heavy MTL Fest in Montreal last Saturday! The whole day has been a major success and the 22,500 people present should be given an award for surviving such a punishment by Mr. Sun. North America now has its own powerful metal fest that should be an annual event from now on!

"...coming next is our headlining festival in St.Paul on June 28th! Flight of the Valkyries will be a real summer treat.

"We finally have some confirmed dates for our European tour in late 2008 with Sebkha-Chott! Some of those shows include a performance at Germany's Freak Parade with labelmates Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and legendary band Magma...and a prog festival in Algeria with Pain of Salvation. The rest of the schedule is under confirmation process and should be revealed over the next weeks.

"Composition for the new album is going pretty well and should satisfy all of you alien souls and kindred spirits of the unusual...Ok...now let's go for a stamp snack..."

You can view some photos of the band live at Heavy MTL Fest here.

Here are the latest UNEXPECT tour dates: More...

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Malstrom Welcomes New Guitarist

New York metallers, Malstrom, issue the following band update welcoming their new guitarist:

"After spending nearly the past 2 years on replacing and searching for new members, Malstrom is officially a five piece once again! In addition to still relatively new bassist Rob and new guitarist Matt, we welcome new guitarist Mike! This new lineup will be premiered at out first show back in NYC at none other than Ace of Clubs on Saturday, July 26th. Additionally, we are working on new songs like madmen and will be premiering new material on the 26th! More show dates are in the works, see you on the road!"

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New Genghis Tron Dates w/ The Faint, Video Footage

GENGHIS TRON will join Omaha, NE's THE FAINT for a number of shows on their upcoming headlining tour. GENGHIS TRON will meet up THE FAINT, along with JAGUAR LOVE, in Worcester, MA on August 20th. A listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.

Additionally, live footage from GENGHIS TRON's recent performance in Paris, France as part of the Noise Festival can now be viewed online. Festival sponsors Noise Magazine have posted footage here and additional multi-camera footage can be viewed here.

GENGHIS TRON has also recently premiered their first music video from their acclaimed "Board Up The House" album, for "Things Don't Look Good." The video was lensed by producer / director Ravi Zupa for Parts and Labor Union and can be viewed now at this location.

Here are the latest GENGHIS TRON tour dates: More...

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Random Conflict Signs To Glasstone Records

Glasstone Records has announced the signing of brutal hardcore band Random Conflict. The UK established five-piece from Birmingham formed in 2006 with the desire to write passionate yet aggresive music. Since taking to the live circuit, Random Conflict has headlined tours with support from Elias Last Day, Many Things Untold, Brutality Will Prevail, A Fallen Regret (on their tour of Belgium) and Salvatore Leone, with tours alongside heavyweights Shaped By Fate and Eternal Lord coming up.

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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SWWAATS Announces New Members

SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY has announced the addition of drummer Pete Lamb, bassist Matt Simpson and samplist Jen Muse to their full-time lineup. Mike Petrak and Jesse Jolly have decided to pursue their other musical endeavors full time. Guitarist Ian Sturgill comments:

"We greatly appreciate the hard work that Mike and Jesse have done for S.W.W.A.A.T.S. over the past year. S.W.W.A.A.T.S. is now at the point where we will need full time soldiers with no other commitments. Our touring schedule is going to be brutal, and we needed 100% of everyone's time. Pete, Matt and Jen have busted ass to show us that they're in this for the win, have killer chops, and we're very much looking forward to kicking your brains in through your ear holes together. Welcome to the force!"

Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY) has completed drum tracking with producer James Murphy for the full-length debut LP, "The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry." Guitar and bass tracking is set to begin in the beginning of July.

The first installment of the S.W.W.A.A.T.S. studio videography should be available next week via grindingtheapparatus.net, metalinjection.net, and YouTube.

To hear tracks from S.W.W.A.A.T.S.'s previous Demo EP recording "Subhuman Empire", visit their MySpace page.

S.W.W.A.A.T.S. features former members of BODIES IN THE GEARS OF THE APPARATUS and DEHUMANIZED.

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Heathen Welcomes back Drummer Darren Minter

San Francisco Bay metallers, Heathen, issued the following update on their MySpace page:

"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 will be the next live appearance for the band. More tour plans will be announced in the coming weeks."

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Incinerate Issues Studio Update

INCINERATE gives this report on their upcoming sophomore release "Anatomize":

"We thought we would give you an update on our upcoming album. We just finished recording vocals this past weekend and mixing started today. The production is being handled at Flat Line Audio by Dave Otero (known for his work with Cephalic Carnage). We should have some new tunes up on our myspace page in a few weeks."

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Kampfar Issues Recording Update

Norwegian pagan folklore black metal band, Kampfar, has issued the following update about their upcoming album:

"We are in the final week of recording. The album title is ready and will be announced very soon! It's planned to be released late summer."

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Harmony Announces Track Listing for New EP

The Swedish melodic metal band Harmony will release their new EP "End of my road" through Ulterium Records on August 11th. The EP will contain three songs from their upcoming album "Chapter II: Aftermath," coming this fall, as well as two exclusive tracks for this release.

Tthe tracklisting for "End of my road" is as follows:

1. End of my road [single version]
2. Prevail
3. Alone [exclusive track]
4. Enter the sacred [exclusive track]
5. Rain

The title track "End of My Road" as well as the EP artwork can be found on the band's MySpace profile.

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AC/DC's New Album Set For August Release?

Sony BMG has confirmed by way of a contest announcement that AC/DC's new album is set for an August 2008 release.

Sony is giving one lucky fan the chance to win a prized copy of this seminal record plus a copy of every album in the band's back catalogue (subject to availability). Five runners-up will also receive a copy of the new album too. The contest runs from now until Setpember 1, 2008, which means you'll have to wait for the new album past its release if you've won. You can get more details and sign up here.

Over eight years have passed since AC/DC last released "Stiff Upper Lip." The band has not set an official title or release date for their long-awaited new album, but the band is aiming for mid to late 2008 release. The follow-up to "Stiff Upper Lip" was produced by Brendan O'Brien (The Offspring, Rage Against The Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Audioslave and Velvet Revolver) and recorded at a studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The new album will also be AC/DC's first for Sony BMG's Epic Records label, which reissued the band's back catalog a few years ago. Once the recording sessions for their new album are completed, rumor has it AC/DC will embark on a "farewell" tour later in the year, meaning that they could be breaking up or retiring for good. The band last did a full scale tour in 2001, but toured again briefly in 2003 before disappearing.

It was previously reported that AC/DC will sell their new album exclusively through Wal-Mart Inc. There has been no new information released on that matter to date, however.

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Motley Crue Wants Out Of MTV Movie Deal

Billboard.com reports that Motley Crue is frustrated that a long-awaited movie about their lives is going nowhere. The band first announced in 2006 they had reached a deal with MTV Films/Paramount to start producing a biopic based on their best-selling autobiography, "The Dirt," which was co-written with Neil Strauss.

But the band is now looking for new partners, bassist/lyricist Nikki Sixx told Reuters. "We're trying to get them (MTV) out of the way to make this movie that should have been made a long time ago," he said.

"MTV has become bogged down in its own way. It's a channel that used to be hip and has now actually become unhip. We signed with them because we believed they were right, but they haven't come to the table," he said. "We need to find the right partner. They are not the right partner."

Paramount Pictures and MTV Films, both units of media conglomerate Viacom Inc, declined comment.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Society 1 Seeks Second Guitar Player

Industrial metal band Society 1 is seeking a second guitar player to complete its current line up which consists of Matt "The Lord" Zane (Vocals), Dirt (Bass), Atron (Guitar) and Sik Rick (Drums). Society 1 is currently in the studio recording its 5th studio album due out in 2009 at NRG Studio's with producer Wade Norton.

"As things have progressed in the studio, it has become apparent that we are going to need a second guitar player. This album focuses more on the guitar and less on electronics. We wanted to be able to reproduce that sound live and even though we were going to wait until the album is complete, a couple of appearances have been booked to promote our new iTunes release 'Live And Raw.' So we need someone sooner than later." says Zane. More...

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Symphovania Releases New Music Video Online

Jordanian power metal band SYMPHOVANIA has released the official music video for "Flying High," from the upcoming album, "A Knight Ride To Silencia."

The video was shot at the SAE Amman Institute, directed and edited by Jacknife Productions (George Durzi bass guitarist of SYMPHOVANIA), with Lele Alami behind the camera and video conversion.

You can view the video on Facebook.com.

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Sever Your Ties Posts New Song, "Drifting," Online

A new song from Sever Your Ties called "Drifting" is up now on their MySpace page. The song is off their upcoming album, "Safety In The Sea," which is available in stores and online July 8. However, you can pre-order the album now at Smartpunk and get a free t-shirt, while supplies last.

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The Binary Code Signs to Uprising Records

Midgets With Machetes/Uprising Records is proud to announce the signing of New Jersey Progressive Metal band the Binary Code. The label plans to release their debut album in the spring of 2009.

In addition to the signing The Binary Code has also been picked up for exclusive representation by the Elite Touring Group and will hit the road for short run with their new label mates The Cast Pattern in the fall.

A new song, entitled "The Story," has been posted on their MySpace page. More...

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Watch Live Seether Videos Online On Blue Room

You can watch Seether's recorded performance of "Rise Above This," "Fake It" and more here on AT&T Blue Room.

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Red I Flight, I See Stars Tour Dates

Red I Flight and I See Stars hit the road together this week for some touring. Here are the latest tour dates:

6/24 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
6/25 Tama, IA @ Tama VFW Hall
6/26 Tulsa, OK @ Crush Lounge
6/27 Lewisville, TX @ Fat Daddy's
6/28 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz (feat. Novista)
6/29 Pearland, TX @ The Drink Station (feat. Novista)
6/30 Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
7/1 Anniston, AL @ Model City Records
7/2 Marietta, GA @ Swayzes
7/3 Durham, NC @ Marvell Entertainment Center
7/5 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
7/6 Millville, NJ @ Jonseys 3rd Floor
7/7 Ronokoma, NY @ Traxx
7/8 Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
7/9 Grand River, OH @ Stage 1 Live
7/10 Toledo, OH @ Club Bijou

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