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Metal News for June 27, 2008

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24 news articles posted on this day.

Sebastian Bach Nixes Velvet Revolver Rumors

Billboard.com reports: Sebastian Bach has plenty of musical activity on his plate -- but joining Velvet Revolver is not part of the mix.

The former Skid Row singer, who was among the early names rumored to be taking Scott Weiland's place, told Billboard.com that his close friendship with Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose -- who sang on three tracks on Bach's 2007 solo album, "Angel Down" -- and a focus on his own music would making joining Velvet Revolver "awkward" at best.

But he did confirm that Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash did contact him "out of the blue ... to talk to me about working together, but it was not Velvet Revolver. It was a completely different project, and I can't tell you what it is 'cause it's mind-blowing, but I've been sworn to secrecy on that. But nothing's happening right now with me and him."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Drudgery Streams Entire New Album

Guelph, Ontario based hardcore/grind act Drudgery has streamed their entire debut album, "Rust," online at the band's MySpace page. The album will be released through Year of the Sun Records on July 15th, 2008.

"One of the ultimate goals for any band is for as many people to hear the music as possible, and in this day and age it's great how easy it is to be able to make your material so accessible to the listeners," says drummer Matt Connell. "We worked really hard on ‘Rust', from the writing stages, to the last stages of the recording process, and wound up making a disc that we feel delivers some pretty raw and adrenaline pumping grind. We're stoked for people to check it out."

Drudgery is the new project spearheaded by drummer Matt Connell (Fuck The Facts, Exhumed) and features ex-Dear Black Diary bassist Steve Ferraro on vocals. The group's debut EP was recorded at Frozen Solid Studios in Guelph, Ontario by Matt Connell.

Here is Drudgery's "Rust" track listing:

1. Sink Or Swim
2. Rad Cadaver
3. At All Cost
4. Stagnation
5. Bottom Feeder
6. Rust

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Spark Is A Diamond Van Breaks Down, Tour Cancelled

Spark Is A Diamond has had to cancel their remaining tour dates this month due to their van breaking down. Here's a statement from the band:

"Hello everyone. We are extremely sorry to inform you that we have to cancel the rest of our tour dates this month. We had engine failure in Indiana and were forced to leave the van. It is going to be over $2000 for parts and labor for a new engine. Unfortunately, we don't have the money for that right now so we had to rent a U-haul truck to get us and all of our gear back home safely.

"Due to this enormously large bill for the van engine, the $900 for the U-haul truck, and over $300 in gas we had to pay to get all of our gear home, we are in some financial trouble. If you could or would like to help us out at all, please do by buying a t-shirt, or even just by donating a dollar or two, or even pennies. Every little bit helps and we would greatly appreciate it.

Visit our webstore here: http://sparkisadiamond.bigcartel.com

Donations accepted via PayPal here: sparkisadiamond@gmail.com

"We can't thank you enough for all of the support you have already given us. It is why we are able to do what we do. Hope everyone is well and hope to see you all very soon.

"Also, if you want to see more of our mis-adventures via video blogging, visit here." More...

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I Scream Records Inks Distro Deal With ADA

I Scream Records has signed an exclusive North American distribution deal with Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA).

Recently relocating its American office from Los Angeles to New York City, independent label I Scream Records was formed in 1994 by Laurens Kusters. In the label's humble beginnings it was fueled by only a few thousand dollars and Laurens' passion and his belief in the lifestyle and the power of music. Eager to take the next step, Kusters is extremely excited about the opportunity to take his label and its roster of artists to the next level, recently inking a deal with distribution partner Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA).

Originally a European independent music company, I Scream Records released albums by hardcore and punk bands. Over the last 14 years, I Scream Records has grown into one of the leading European independent labels. I Scream Records has built an impressive catalogue with releases from bands like Madball, Ramallah, Inhuman, Agnostic Front, Discipline, Deathkiller, MOD, Vision, Slapshot, Guajiro, The Unseen, Stars & Stripes and Backfire and compilations such as The Worldwide Tribute To The Real Oi, to name a few. In early 2006 I Scream Records started its American operations and has since started to make it mark in the states as one of the most diverse independents. More...

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Gigan's Napalm Records Debut Release Updated

Gigan, the band of lead guitarist Eric Hersemann, recently signed to Napalm Records'. Eric's time in Hate Eternal has definitely left its mark. GIGAN plays technical and skull-splitting extreme metal, without losing sight of catchy melodies. Randy Piro (ex-Hate Eternal) and Danny Ryan complete the line-up.

"The Order of the False Eye" will be a US-only release and is scheduled for July 22. A European release date has yet to be announced.

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

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Sign Of The Southern Cross Signs To Season Of Mist

With devastating demos under their sleeves and college degrees finally out of the way and on their wall, the mountain metal quartet, The Sign Of The Sourther Cross, is poised and ready to take southern culture and its heavy heritage to the masses.

The band comments on this new alignment: "We're beyond excited to begin a long lasting and fruitful partnership with Season of Mist! It's a deep mark of pride to become part of a family which has brought along so many influential artists. Steeped in moonshine and almighty riffs, THE SIGN OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS' music breathes oil into your lungs while it elevates you up the Smokey Appalachia Mountains. As southern boys, we take pride in our past as we trudge on and strive to make our mark in the modern world. This effort is now strengthened by the hand of this heavy record label. We welcome all with the open arms of southern hospitality to this loud- ass, gut-bucket of American heavy metal!"

THE SIGN OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS "Of Mountains and Moonshine" is due out in October 2008. Look for the band on tour late summer, early autumn.

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Middle Class Rut and Burning Bridges To Tour

Middle Class Rut and Burning Bridges will be touring together this sumer. Here are the latest tour dates:

July 7 - Rudyard's - Houston, TX
July 8 - Red 7 - Austin, TX
July 9 - Club Dada - Dallas, TX
July 11 - The Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
July 12 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Wasted Club) - Las Vegas, NV
July 14 - The Vixen - Sparks, NV
July 16 - Dante’s - Portland, OR
July 17 - The Zombie Room - Spokane, WA
July 18 - King Cobra - Seattle, WA
July 24 - Safari Sam's - Los Angeles, CA

You can download an MP3 of Middle Class Rut's "All Walks Of Life," the featured track off their self-titled EP.

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Light Yourself On Fire's "Intimacy" Release Date

Seventh Rule Recordings announces September 16 as the release date for "Intimacy," the label debut by Light Yourself On Fire.

Hailing from Tampa, Florida, Light Yourself On Fire is fronted by Matt Coplon, vocalist for renowned hardcore band Reversal Of Man.

"Intimacy" was recorded and mixed by Mark Nikolich (Torche, Kylesa) and mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Nile). It will be available on CD and vinyl.

The tracklisting for "Intimacy" is as follows:

1. New Baby Girl
2. Love And Death
3. Five Blows
4. Intimacy
5. Montag
6. Haunts

The cover art for "Intimacy" comes courtesy of Steak Mtn. (Against Me!, Panthers). You can view the entire artwork here.

"Intimacy" is Light Yourself On Fire's second release. Its self-titled debut was released on CD by Kiss Of Death Records and on cassette by Robotic Empire.

The band will be touring throughout 2008, including a previously reported September tour with Racebannon.

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New Lamb Of God DVD Clips Posted Online

Footage from LAMB OF GOD’s upcoming double disc DVD, "Walk With Me In Hell," is currently available online on Headbanger's Blog:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Headbangersblog.com will be posting additional material from the DVD all week.

Fans craving even more footage from "Walk With Me In Hell" can tune into MTV2’s Headbangers Ball this Saturday night at 11PM for exclusive clips from the upcoming double disc DVD.

"Walk With Me In Hell" features all-access footage from the bus to the stage and everything in between, and like the band’s unrelenting music, never lets up. The "alk With Me In Hell" two DVD set features over five hours of incredible, all-access footage. Disc 1 contains the highly anticipated feature documentary "Walk With Me In Hell" and multiple live performance extras from across the globe on the Sacrament World Tour. Disc 2 includes the additional full-length feature "Making of Sacrament" plus LAMB OF GOD’s entire, uncut, brutal performance at the Download Festival 2007, where they performed in front of over 72,000 fans.

Drummer Chris Adler commented on the DVD: "We’ve been looking forward to sharing this for a long time, and the wait is finally over. The release of ‘Walk With Me in Hell’ is a proud moment for us, and we hope our friends and fans enjoy the ride!" More...

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Crawling Death Releases New Album, Posts Samples

Let Them Come Productions has released CRAWLING DEATH's new album, "New Murder Art." The album contains almost 30 minutes of pure death metal. You can listen to the samples on the band's MySpace page. The cost of the CD is 4 Euro + shipping. For more info, visit www.ltc.musicinside.pl.

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Battlelore Completes New Album

Battlelore has finished recording their latest album., which is being mixed by the legendary Dan Swanö.

The limited edition of the to-date-untitled album will include a bonus DVD that features the band's performance at the Female Voices Festival 2007. The album is set for release around September/October 2008 via Napalm Records.

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Arkona Posts New Video Online

The Russian pagan horde ARKONA has shot a video to promote their latest album, "Ot Serdca K Nebu." The video for "Pokrovy Nebesnogo Starca" featuresbattle scenes, grim warriors and an outstanding song that will take the hearts of pagan metal fans by storm. You can watch the video on YouTube or below, after the jump.

ARKONA's "Ot Serdca K Nebu" is due out on July 4, 2008 in Europe and July 29 in North America. More...

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Blinded By Anger Posts New Song Online

Carley Coma of Candiria/Hope Kills Fear fame has tracked a guest vocal spot on Blinded By Anger's new track "From The Ledge," from the band's first demo, which Carley also produced. The demo was was recorded at Sweetfire Studios in Brooklyn, NY.

You can check out "From The Ledge" and a couple of other songs from the demo on the band's MySpace page.

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Scars on Broadway Premieres "They Say" Video

Scars on Broadway's video for "They Say" is premiering today, Friday, June 27th on Yahoo!'s music front page, but you can also watch it below (after the jump).

The video, shot in Los Angeles earlier this month, was directed by Paul Minor (Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Funeral For A Friend) .

Scars On Broadway's debut, self-titled album will be released on July 29th via Interscope Records. More...

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Obscura Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

German death metallers OBSCURA are currently recording their new album with producer V. Santura (DARK FORTRESS) at The Crypt Studios in Germany.

OBSCURA bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-PESTILENCE) comments: "I just got back from Landschut, Germany, where we've finished most of the recordings for the new album. I'm very excited about the new OBSCURA material; it sounds extremely brutal and technical compared with PESTILENCE's 'Spheres' (1993). We are looking forward to play most of the new songs during the upcoming shows."

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Silentium Issues Studio Update

Finnish metallers, Silentium, have issued the following update:

"After a while of silence the band has retired to a studio in Central Finland. At this point the drums, the bass and most of the guitars have been recorded. Some of the vocals have been recorded as well, although Riina and Matti are due to return to the studio in July. The band has some major surprises reserved for their loyal fans, who have been more than patient in the wait for the new album. All the Silentians agree that the new material is the most impressive up to date! Prepare yourselves for a massive music experience. This fall, Silentium will be back, more powerful than ever!"

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SWWAATS Cancels Tour With Psyopus

Guitarist Ian Sturgill, of Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky, recently explained the cancellation of their upcoming tour with PSYOPUS, WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH and FUCK THE FACTS:

"Recording delays have stretched our scheduling far into August and there is no way that we'll be able to make this tour rehearsed and ready to kick ass. 'The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry' is our dominating obligation. The album must come first.

"We really regret missing this tour... amazing bands, amazing fans; we will be kicking ourselves in the dick once for each day of this tour that we couldn't perform on.

"The new lineup may be ready to perform live when the tour makes it's way through Florida in the beginning of September. We want to make damned sure that you people are getting your money's worth out of a S.W.W.A.A.T.S. show. We appreciate your understanding and continued support!"

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.com/SWWAATSTube.

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

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Kingston Falls Cancels Tour Dates

Kingston Falls has cancelled their upcoming tour dates (including a brief run with Take It Back!). Rumors suggest that several of the band's members have left the group, though nothing has been officially announced. Kingston Falls has instead issued the following:

"Kingston Falls recently went through a few changes forcing us to have to cancel the Take it Back! tour as well as Cornerstone Festival and Sonshine Festival. It literally kills the rest of Kingston Falls to have to cancel these dates coming up, but the only way to come back out on top is to do this and move forward with a fully functioning team! We are all really pumped and have some very exciting things coming up that we cannot wait to share with you guys! Thanks to everyone for their support over the last few years and we will see you a lot sooner than later!"

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Generichrist Signs To Pest Records

GENERICHRIST, the thrash/death metal band out of Tampa, Florida formely known as UNKNOWN CURE, will release their "Fuck Ritual" album on Pest Records out of Romania this August. The Pest release will feature six tracks, one of which will be exclusive to the Romanian release. For more info go to myspace.com/pestrecords or myspace.com/generichrist.

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Arch Enemy Drummer Schedules Drum Clinic in Japan

Arch Enemy drummer, Daniel Erlandsson, has scheduled his first-ever drum clinic at Summer Drum School in Japan. The event will take place August 24th at Shizuoka City Oh-igawa-cho Hall. (Summer Drum School is held August 22-25.)

Daniel comments: "Finally it has been confirmed that I will make my debut drum clinic appearance at Summer Drum School in Japan! This is an event held annually and for the 29th time in Japan. Over the years a great deal of international artists have performed here including Dennis Chambers, Ricky Lawson, Mike Mangini, and Chad Smith only to name a few."

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Amon Amarth Announces Bloodshed Over Bochum

Amon Amarth will be playing their first four albums in their entirety at four shows at Zeche in Bochum, Germany in December. The band will also be playing a best of mix from "Fate Of Norns," "With Oden On Our Side" and the new upcoming album.

Bloodshed Over Bochum shows are as follows:
Dec. 28 Once Sent from the Golden Hall
Dec. 29 The Avenger
Dec. 30 The Crusher
Dec. 31 Versus the World

The shows also include:
- Meet and greet with the band
- Special merchandise sold at each show
- New Year's Eve Party on December 31st

The band comments: "We've had plans of doing a smaller club show tour for quite some time now where we'd mainly play older songs, but that has been very hard to pull off. So when this idea was brought to us of re-visiting the 4 first full-length albums at Bochum in Germany, we were all up for it. This will be a once in a life time chance for us to play and our fans to experience all the old songs that we don't have room for in the setlist anymore, but are still too good to not play! Of course, we'll also play songs from the new upcoming album, as well as 'With Oden On Our Side' and 'Fate Of Norns.' Since these shows will be unique we thought we'd might as well record the shows too! We're thrilled over this event and look forward to the shows. It will be some hard work and preparation playing around 50-60 different songs in 4 days. Some songs we haven't played for a very, very long time and some we've never played live at all. But challenges are something that encourages us!"

Tickets for the four shows are available at this location.

In another news, Amon Amarth will be touring in North America again this fall. The tentative schedule is as follows: More...

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Dark Tranquillity Announces European Tour Dates

Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Century Media Records, Dark Tranquillity, Poisonblack (featuring ex-Sentenced frontman Ville Laihiala) and Fear My Thoughts team up for the Where Death is Most Alive European tour.

Tour dates are as follows:

Oct. 24 Berlin, Germany - Kato
Oct. 25 Hamburg, Germany - Grünspan
Oct. 26 Doordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot
Oct. 27 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
Oct. 28 Paris, France - Locomotive
Oct. 29 Lyon, France - Ninkasi kao
Nov. 01 Bologna, Italy - Estragon
Nov. 02 Rome, Italy - Alpheus
Nov. 04 Treviso, Italy - New Age
Nov. 05 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Gala Hala
Nov. 06 Vienna, Austria - Szene
Nov. 07 Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Nov. 08 Winterthur, Switzerland - Salzhaus
Nov. 09 Munich, Germany - Backstage
Nov. 10 Stuttgart, Germany - Röhre
Nov. 11 Cologne, Germany - Underground
Nov. 12 Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset

The October 31st show in Milan, Italy will be recorded for an upcoming Dark Tranquillity DVD.

For more info, visit the tour's official Myspace page.

Dark Tranquillity have confirmed their performances on the Close-Up Made Us Do It Tour, supported by Engel and Dead by April. Dates for this tour are:

Nov. 13 Oslo, Norway - John Dee
Nov. 14 Göteborg, Sweden - Brewhouse
Nov. 15 Skövde, Sweden - Valhall
Nov. 16 Stockholm, Sweden - Tyrol
Nov. 18 Östersund, Sweden - Hårdrocksklubben
Nov. 20 Linköping, Sweden - Platens
Nov. 21 Malmö, Sweden - KB
Nov. 22 Huskvarna, Sweden - Folkets Park

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New Dagobah Studio Update Online

You can now watch the third episode of the interviews conducted during the recording sessions of French metallers Dagoba's third album, "Face the Colossus." Drummer Franky Costanza and bassist Werther were previously interviewed. This time up, guitarist Izakar was interviewed.

In other news, Franky has just been hired by French metal legend NIGHTMARE to perform with them at Slovenia's Metal Camp. Franky is stepping in after drummer David Amore had to cancel his participation.
NIGHTMARE's set at Metal Camp is scheduled for July 7th at 17:00 on the Main Stage.

You can download an MP3 of the song "The Man You're Not" from Dagoba's "What Hell Is About" album.

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Trapped Under Ice's Van Burglarized In Italy

Baltimore, Maryland's Trapped Under Ice has reportedly had their van burglarized in Florence, Italy. Here's a statement being circulated on the band's behalf:

"Tour has been a great success but unfortunately today one of the vans was broken into in Florence. The two U.S. bands have lost passports, laptops, all clothes except what they were wearing, a lot of the merch, money, etc. Basically it's a pretty bad and messed up situation.

"They are going to try to get to an embassy/consulate in Germany tommorow but the intention is for the tour to continue so this is a plea - come out to the remaining shows and support these two bands. These are genuine hardcore kids in need of some help - support by getting your arse to a show and buy whatever merch they might have left."

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