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Metal News for June 26, 2008

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20 news articles posted on this day.

The Modern Age Slavery Signs To Napalm Records

Italian deathcore band The Modern Age Slavery has joined the Napalm Records' ranks. "The band skilfully blends rage, overwhelming energy and just the right amount of aggression into a highly explosive mix of death metal and hardcore," says the label. The band's new album will be released in fall/winter and will be embellished by graphic artist Meran Karanitant (Hatebreed, Six Feet Under...).

In the meantimes, you can check out some of TheModern Age Slavery's material on their MySpace page.

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Staind Signs With Roadrunner Records In UK

Kerrang is reporting that Staind has inked a deal with Roadrunner Records, presumably for the UK or Eurpean markets only, as "The Illusion of Progress" is set for an August 19 release via Atlantic Records in North America.

The Massachusetts-based band will release their new studio album, "The Illusion Of Progress," through Roadrunner on September 8.

Staind will support label mates Nickelback on their September arena tour. Those tour dates are as follows:

September 12 Belfast, Odyssey
September 13 Dublin Rds, Simmonscourt
September 15 Manchester, MEN
September 16 Sheffield, Arena
September 18 Birmingham, NEC
September 19 London, O2 Arena
September 21 London, Wembley Arena

Tickets are on sale now from aloud.com.

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Of The First Born Son Call It Quits

Kitchener based Of The First Born Son have decided to disband. The group has scheduled a farewell performance in July 25th, 2008 at The Gig in Kitchener, Ontario.

"Yes everyone, its true! We are packing it in and saying goodnight," said frontman Jamie Schoch in a statement. "I never thought I'd be writing this but unfortunately I am. We all had a great time while it lasted and we want to thank everyone for the never ending love and support, anyone who bought some merch, came up and talked to any of us, told a friend about us, came to a show or even told us how much we sucked! We don't take any of it for granted and we will remember those times forever. Come out to our final show, as it will be your one final chance to come out and party with us and maybe throw a fist or two in the pit!"

Of The First Born Son were rising stars within the Ontario hardcore and metal scene. The group's self-titled debut album was released by Year of the Sun Records and saw them open for Emmure, Arise and Ruin, Legeia, Endwell, Farewell to Freeway and A Perfect Murder, while the songs "Paper Caskets" and "Playing Dodgeball with a Shotgun" were chosen as GarageBand.com's Metal Track of the Day earning them monstrous downloads in the online world.

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Kiss, Ramones Members Guest w/ Pearl Jam In NYC

Billboard.com reports: Pearl Jam gave a nod to its classic rock influences last night (June 25) in New York, drafting Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley and Ramones bassist C.J. Ramone for guest appearances during the second of a two-night stand at Madison Square Garden.

Frehley turned up to play lead guitar on Kiss' "Black Diamond," which was mostly sung by drummer Matt Cameron, with guitarist Mike McCready, an admitted Frehley obsessive, handling the first verse.

As he'd done the night before, Ramone thundered through his former band's "I Believe in Miracles" with Pearl Jam. Frontman Eddie Vedder also saluted his guitar tech, Ricky Ramone, who had long worked for the late Johnny Ramone before joining Pearl Jam.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Mondo Generator To Tour Australia For First Time

After spending the early nineties as bass player in Kyuss and the early years of this decade alongside Josh Homme in Queens Of The Stone Age, Nick Oliveri is finally bringing his own band The Mondo Generator to Australia for the first time to play three shows in August.

Originally formed by Oliveri and former Kyuss band mates Brant Bjork and Josh Homme in 1997, The Mondo Generator was initially intended to be a side project. The group's classic "Cocaine Rodeo" album was recorded that same year, but shelved until it was released to in 2000. The Mondo Generator returned with "A Drug Problem That Never Existed" in 2003 and then last year unleased their third full length "Dead Planet."

Following mainstream success with Queens of the Stone Age that included top ten albums and a Triple J Hottest 100 number one position here in Australia, Oliveri split with his Queens Of The Stone Age collaborator Josh Homme after an Australian tour in 2004.

On the eve of the release of "Dead Planet," Oliveri declared "Mondo Generator is not a side-project anymore, I used to do Mondo every now and then on spare time and now it's my first choice. All other bands I play in have become my side-project, so in other words my mistress has now become my wife."

Recorded by producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, System Of A Down) at Dave Grohl's Studio 606, "Dead Planet" was praised by critics across the world and left no doubt in many of their minds where the danger in the sounds of earlier Queens Of The Stone Age albums had gone. Speaking on the album Oliveri states "It's a rock n' roll record played by a rock n' roll band."

Australia now gets the chance to experience that rock n roll band live for the first time when Nick Oliveri brings The Mondo Generator to Australia: More...

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Hexen Finalizes Tracklisting And Release Date

Los Angeles thrashers Hexen have finalized the tracklisting and release date for their upcoming album "State of Insurgency". The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Blast Radius
2. Gas Chamber
3. Past Life
4. Knee Deep In The Dead
5. Chaos Aggressor
6. Bedlam Walls
7. The Serpent
8. No More Color
9. Mutiny And Betrayal
10. Seditions In Peacetime
11. Desolate Horizons
12. State Of Insurgency
13. Outro

OSM Records have set a date of August 5th 2008 for the US release and August 8th, 2008 for Worldwide release for the album. The cover art was done by Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth etc) and can be viewed below. More...

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Operatika Taps Symphony X Bassist For Show

New Jersey power metal band Operatika have tapped Michael LePond of Symphony X for an upcoming live show. They have also announced that they are still searching for a full time bassist to join their ranks. The band issued the following statements on their website:

We are thrilled and honored to announce that bassist Michael LePond from Symphony X will appear on bass with Operatika at "The Chance" show on August 31st as support for Sonata Arctica.

Operatika is looking for a NEW BASSIST. If anyone is interested in trying out or if you know someone who would be interested please send us a message.

some requirements:
- must have transportation
- must be able to practice once or twice a week
- must have good gear, want to play lots of shows(local & out-of-state)

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Opeth Cancels Festival Shows

Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth has cancelled several festival appearances due to front man Mikael Akerfeldt becoming ill. The band issued the following statement on their website:

Due to Mikael contracting Varicella (Chicken Pox), the appearances this weekend, Peace & Love (Borlänge) 26th, Hove festival (Norway) 27th, Metal town (Gothenbourg) 28th, and Graspop Dessel (Belgium) 29th, have all been cancelled. We hope to have Mike on his feet again as soon as possible, and obviously apologize to all and any that had set out to see Opeth this weekend.

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Satyricon Steps In For Opeth At Two Shows

Norwegian black metal band Satyricon will be replacing Opeth at two upcoming shows. The band issued the following statement on their website:

We are in the middle of recording bass for the new record and it is sounding very powerful and everything is coming together nicely. Today we got a call from our agent asking us to step in for Opeth who has to cancel a a show tomorrow at Hovefestivalen in Norway and MetalTown in Gothenburg on Saturday. It seemed like an ideal break from the studio. It is a workload of another world to organize Satyricon's machinery on such extremely short notice, but somehow we have managed and we very much looking forward to be firing on all cylinders Friday at 20.00 at Hove and Saturday at 17.30 at MetalTown. It's going to be good to see you all!

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Ledyard Announces New Material

New York hard rock / metal band Ledyard, formed by Syracuse guitar legend Slider of the bands Godbelow and Brand New Sin, has announced they are recording three new tracks. The band issued the following statement on their MySpace page:

Well it's been a year since we have been in the studio so finally we have been able to find a little bit of time to get in there and record some new tunes! We have been very busy over the past year playing live and writing as much as possible. We know everyone will love what we will be creating in the studio and we are very excited to hear what you all think.

We are recording 3 new tunes the song titles are:

Ten Steps
Infidel
War of the Angels

This past weekend Johnny and I went in and started recording drums and rhythm guitar. We have all the drum tracks done and hopefully will have all the guitars and bass done by the beginning of next week.

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Balfor Posts New Song Online

Ukranian black metal horde Balfor are streaming online the song "Behold My Hate" from their upcoming album "Barbaric Blood". The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page.

Balfor issued the following statement about their upcoming album:

Balfor, whose style crosses the divides between Black, Death and Battle Metal, and who define their music as "Barbaric" Black Metal, continue to explore the theme of their country's dark barbaric past in the new album, which, according to vocalist and guitarist Thorgeir, represents a considerable step forward for the band. "As we started recording the new album, we realised that the material actually required a fuller sound than the three members alone could produce, so we drafted in Alex Brilliant (who really lives up to his name) to do some of the guitars here and there, and we have added keyboards. The preview track gives a good idea of what we are aiming for, and we are very happy with the way things are progressing with the album, and so far fans who have heard the preview track, seem to like the direction we are taking".

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Fission Streaming Two New Songs Online

Swedish metal band Fission, led by Borknagar frontman Andreas Hedlund (aka Vintersorg), has posted two new songs online from their upcoming album "Pain Parade". The songs "Pain Parade" and "Frequency Control (short version)" can be heard on the band's MySpace page.

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All Shall Perish Reveals New Album Title

Oakland extreme metal outfit ALL SHALL PERISH has set "Awaken The Dreamers" as the title of its new album, due later this year via Nuclear Blast Records.

The recording sessions for the follow-up to "he Price of Existence" once again took place at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren.

Capital Chaos has posted video footage of ALL SHALL PERISH performing a new song, to be included on the group's forthcoming album, on June 13, 2008 at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, California. You can watch the clip on YouTube or below. More...

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The Showdown Signs To Solid State Records

The Showdown recently signed to Solid State Records. Their new album, "Back Breaker," will be available in stores and online August 19th. The band was playing some new songs from their upcoming album live on their recent tour with Shadows Fall and will be posting some new songs online on their MySpace in the near future.

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Underoath Sets Release Date For New Album

"Lost In The Sound of Separation," Underoath's follow-up to 2006's "Define The Great Line," will be available in stores and online Setptember 2nd. More details and music from their upcoming release will be revealed in the near future. You can currently catch Underoath this summer on the Mayhem Festival.

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

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Horse The Band Splits with Koch Records

Horse The Band has parted ways with Koch Records following a slightly tumultuous three-year relationship.

In 2005, Horse The Band signed a deal with Koch imprint Combat Records. However, when the person running Combat became ill shortly thereafter, the imprint was shelved, and its artists were dropped. Since Horse The Band had been somewhat profitable though, the group was moved over to the Koch Records roster. Since then, Koch's support for the band has reportedly been inconsistent and at times, problematic.

For the past year, Koch has been pursuing the sale of the remaining options on Horse The Band's contract. However, following renewed pressure from the band in recent months, Koch has finally released the group from its contractual obligations. Keyboardist Erik Engstrom likened the development to "putting a whale back into the sea."

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Kunvuk Parts Ways With Drummer, Seeks Replacement

Australian-based technical groove metal band Kunvuk has parted ways with drummer Felipe Cordoba and is currently seeking a replacement.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of Felipe Cordoba from Kunvuk. He was unable to continue in the band due to his family commitments and his desire to follow a career in film. We wish him all the best for the future.

"So now we need a new drummer! All applicants can contact us via our website or through our myspace page. We will be holding rehearsals soon and relish the challenge of bringing you a larger, uglier and more insane version of Kunvuk in the coming months. Stay focused.”

Kunvuk recently been announced to perform at this year’s Sydney Dime Show which is held each year to celebrate the late great metal guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was tragically killed on stage in 2004. For more information visit www.kunvuk.com and myspace.com/sydneydimeshow.

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Scars On Broadway Announces N. American Tour

Scars on Broadway, the collaboration between guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan - best known for their Grammy-winning, multi-Platinum success in System of a Down - has announced that they will headline their first North American tour, performing in some two dozen cities during October and November. The tour is in support of Scars On Broadway's self-titled debut album due out July 29 (Interscope). Tour cities are listed below; dates and venues will be announced shortly.

In addition, the band has shot the first Scars on Broadway music video for the track "They Say," which is set to premiere this Friday, June 27 on Yahoo!'s home page and Yahoo!'s music front page. The video, shot in Los Angeles earlier this month, was directed by Paul Minor (Muse, Queens of the Stone Age) and incorporates performance footage cut with an evocative potpourri of startling images from our world's culture - occurrences in nature, war, natural and man-made disasters, animals in the wild, human interaction, weather phenomenon, and so on.

With more details coming soon, here are the confirmed tour cities for Scars on Broadway's upcoming North American tour: More...

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Interview

Interview with Travis Neal of The Bereaved

The past year or two have been anything but smooth for Swedish melodeath-metallers The Bereaved. Their old label, Black Lotus, dissolved, leaving them unsigned without a label to release the follow-up to 2004's "Darkened Silhouette." On top of that, the band went through a number of line-up changes. However, 2008 seems to smile on the group as The Bereaved solidify the line-up with new recruits prepared to unleash their upcoming album, "Daylight Deception," due out this fall via Vic Records. Joining the rank is their new American vocalist, Travis Neal, who took some time to answer a few questions. More...

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Blackest Of The Black 2008 Tour Dates Revealed

Initial tour dates have now been announced for Danzig's "Blackest Of The Black" tour. As previously reported the "Blackest of the Black" tour will feature Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, Skeletonwitch, Winds Of Plague and Moonspell. The initial tour dates are as follows:

OCT 9 Thur. FT. LAUDERDALE, FL. REVOLUTION
OCT 10 Fri. ORLANDO, FL. HARD ROCK LIVE
OCT 11 Sat. ATLANTA, GA. TABERNACLE
OCT 13 Mon. RICHMOND, VA. TOADS PLACE
OCT 14 Tues. PHILADELPHIA, PA. ELECTRIC FACTORY
OCT 15 Wed. NYC, N.Y. ROSELAND
OCT 17 Fri. WORCESTER, MA. PALLADIUM
OCT 18 Sat. MONTREAL, QC METROPOLIS
OCT 19 Sun. TORONTO, ONT. SOUND ACADEMY
OCT 21 Tues. MILWAUKEE, WI. THE RAVE
OCT 22 Wed. MINNEAPLOIS, MN. MYTH
OCT 24 Fri. DETROIT, MI. FILLMORE THEATRE
OCT 25 Sat. CHICAGO, ILL. CONGRESS THEATRE
OCT 26 Sun. ST. LOUIS, MO. PAGEANT
OCT 28 Tues. HOUSTON, TX. HOUSE OF BLUES
OCT 30 Thur. DALLAS, TX. PALLADIUM
OCT 31 Fri. KANSAS CITY, KS. UPTOWN
NOV 1 Sat. DENVER, CO. FILLMORE THEATRE
NOV 3 Mon. LAS VEGAS, NV. THE JOINT
NOV 4 Tues. TBA
NOV 5 Wed. LOS ANGELES, CALIF. GIBSON AMPHITHEATER
NOV 7 Fri. PORTLAND, OR. ROSELAND
NOV 8 Sat. SEATTLE, WA. SHOWBOX at MARKET
NOV 10 Mon. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. THE WARFIELD

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