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Metal News for June 30, 2008

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26 news articles posted on this day.

Benediction Posts New Song Online

BENEDICTION have posted a new song, “Immaculate Façade,” over at their official MySpace page. The track comes off the group’s upcoming new album, “Killing Music,” which is due out on August 22nd via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Dimlight Signs With Emotion Art Music LTD

Emotion Art Music Ltd has announced the signing of Greek metal band Dimlight for their debut album, which will be released in end of January 2009. The band promises an assortment of of power symphonic goth metal tracks on their debut effort.

You can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.

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Red Sparowes Posts New Song Online

Los Angeles's RED SPAROWES have posted a new song, entitled "We Left The Apes To Rot, But Find The Fang Still Grows Within," on the band’s official Myspace page. The track comes from the group’s upcoming digital EP "Aphorisms," which was recorded by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Tool) and will be available for download in August via iTunes, Amazon and similar online retailers.

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Carcass Announces Second Canadian Show

Reunited UK grindcore/death metal legends CARCASS, along with special guests SUFFOCATION and ABORTED, will perform at Medley in Montreal, QC on Sunday, September 7th.

As previously reported, Carcass' only other announced North American dates are in New York City, NY at the Nokia Theatre on Saturday, September 6th and in Toronto, ON at The Opera House on Monday, September 8th.

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Burst Announces Tour Dates For Russia and Ukraine

Swedish metallers BURST have issued the following update:

"We're psyched beyond all sense to announce that the first Burst shows since forever and the first in the touring cycle for our coming album Lazarus Bird will take us to Russia and Ukraine."

"These countries have a tradition of loving heavy tunes, but have been long overlooked when bands plan their tours. We are thrilled and honored to get to go there." More...

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The Acacia Strain Posts New Song Online

Massachusetts heavy hitters THE ACACIA STRAIN have posted a brand new song, "Skynet," on the band’s official MySpace page to celebrate the launch of pre-orders for the band’s forthcoming album, "Continent," now available online in five different, exclusive packages here. The first 400 pre-orders will come with an autographed 11"x17" poster featuring album artwork by Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord, Trivium).

"Skynet" is the lead track from "Continent" and is slated to be shot for a music video shortly; more details on that will be available soon. "'Skynet' is a band favorite," vocalist Vincent Bennett says of the band's new track. "We figured we should debut some of our 'different' tracks so when people pick up the album they are totally confused."

Scheduled for an August 19 release through Prosthetic Records, "Continent" is THE ACACIA STRAIN’s fourth full-length release and again features artwork from Romano who also supplied artwork for the band’s 2006 release, "The Dead Walk," and audio production from Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, God Forbid). The band recently completed a successful headlining tour across America with support from All Shall Perish, The Warriors and Since The Flood, culminating in a hometown show this past weekend in Holyoke, Mass. which was filmed for an upcoming DVD release in the future. THE ACACIA STRAIN will take a few days off at home before departing again for Europe alongside Annotations of An Autopsy and Knights of the Abyss.

Here are the latest THE ACACIA STRAIN tour dates: More...

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Believer Issues Another Studio Update

Pennsylvania progressive thrashers, Believer, have issued the following studio update

"I just wanted to update everyone on the progress. The vox are complete, and the lead guitars are now being tracked. 'The Programmers' also have their nerdy little hands on the tunes. We are also talking with several labels about our new stuff and the progress on this front will help to determine a possible release date, so stay tuned. Once this craziness subsides, we will enter rehearsal mode and start working on the live show. I can't tell you how many shows we will play in the future, but when opportunity knocks, we will do our best to answer. We're pretty stoked about performing live and possibly getting the chance to support some of the incredible bands on the circuit today."

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Crowbar Gives Update On New Album

Crowbar guitarist Kirk Windstein has revealed that the band will be recording a new album, as previously reported, which will be released next year. The as-yet-untitled effort will coincide with their 20th anniversary.

In a post on the band's official site, Windstein writes: "Hey, rockers and rockettes. It's been a while since I made a post on here, but I feel it's time to let you know what's going on. I've got about eight songs' worth of riffs written so far and will be jamming with Tommy [Buckley, drums] and Pat [Patrick Bruders, bass] soon on these ideas. We will be putting out a new CD and tour[ing] endlessly on this thing."

"I literally want to play every country that's got electricity! Believe me, Crowbar is far from over. It will never die as long as I'm walking this Earth. So be prepared for the heaviest band in the world to destroy your senses very soon. As always, thanks to the legions of underground fans who have loyally supported us for the last 19 years. Year 20 will be the biggest yet." More...

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Harlots Working On New Album

Harlots is currently in pre-production mode for their next album. The group has prepared roughly sixteen new songs for the effort, which they expect to properly record this winter. Lifeforce Records will release the album in 2009. Here's an update from the band:

"For the past few months (actually, let's say a year or so) we've been demoing songs back and forth. So far we've done personal recording sessions via a lent digital 8-track from our good friend Kevin Schindel (Twelve Tribes, Mouth of the Architect), a recording session with former bassist and Basilica mastermind Ben S. Jacob, a recording session with As Eden Burns vocalist William Hesser while on tour in Houston TX, a recording session with Asrava guitarist Scott Lashay, and most recently a recording session with former Mouth of the Architect touring guitarist and guitarist of the band The Science Logic, Dan Wilburn. So far we're at about sixteen songs, and we're not quite finished."

Harlots drummer/guitarist Jeff Lohrber will be filling in on drums for Shai Hulud during their summer tour.

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Trail Of Dead Launches Imprint Label

Billboard.com reports: ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is launching its own label, Richter Scale Records, in association with Justice Records, which is distributed by Fontana/Universal.

The band's next album is due in January 2009 and was co-produced by longtime collaborator Mike McCarthy and Chris "Frenchie" Smith. According to a spokesperson, Trail Of Dead was intent "on creating a more anthemic record" this time around.

Footage from the recording sessions can be found on Trail Of Dead's Web site.

The band left Interscope following its third album for the label, 2006's "So Divided," which has sold just 26,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Trail Of Dead's 2002 label debut, "Source Tags & Codes," has shifted 124,000.

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Sigh Comments On Fall U.S. Tour Plans

SIGH, who will embark on their first-ever North American headlining tour this September, has posted an update on their tour dates and what fans can expect from their live performance.

Frontman MIRAI KAWASHIMA says, "We've played several times in the U.S. before, but this is our first full U.S. tour and we're really looking forward to it! This is going to be a great opportunity for our fans to see a full SIGH set. As you know, we're are going out on the road with two great bands: ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. I'm a fan of both bands and excited to share the stage with them. Be sure to check out all the tour dates online as there have been a few changes and additions. We hope to see all the SIGH fans out on tour as this has been a long time coming. We're going to play the songs off Hangman's Hymn and there will be lots of older songs in our set list -- and of course some Venom covers! Come see us or you will regret it forever!"

In other news, SIGH's upcoming six-song tribute to legendary black metal band VENOM, titled "Sigh's Tribute to Venom," will feature the bass work of Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT)

Here is the "Sigh's Tribute to Venom" tracklisting:

Black Metal
Schizo
Die Hard
Countess Bathory
Teacher's Pet
Witching Hour

The new album is scheduled for release this fall on THE END RECORDS to coincide with SIGH's headlining tour of North America with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Sepsism Signs With Displeased Records

California grinding death metal band SEPSISM has signed with Displeased Records. With producer DeeDee (recorded with SLAYER, currently helping Rick Ruben with recording the new METALLICA album), the band will enter the studio within the next couple of weeks to produce another brachial pounding slab of brutality. Expect Sepsism's new full-length in late 2008.

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Putrid Pile's "House Of Dementia" Art Revealed

Sevared Records recently announced the signing of Wisconsin's brutal death metal band PUTRID PILE for their third full length CD coming in late Summer 2008. The album is titled "House Of Dementia" and the cover art by Tony Koehl has been revealed here.

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Interview

Interview With The Trenches

Hailing from Bozeman, Montana, metal hybrid band The Trenches has been serving up its fast and hard blend of thrash, black metal, and punk to all those lucky enough to catch them. They talked with me before opening for Hennes Siste Host at the Great Falls stop of the Hostferd tour about how their band started and where they are going now. More...

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Brainstorm Festival Details Announced

On November 21, 22 and 23, 2008 the first edition of the BRAINSTORM FESTIVAL will take place in Club Gigant in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.

The following bands are already booked for the festival:

Seventh Angel (UK)
Rebellion (D)
Eluveitie (CH)
Thy Majestie (ITA)
Seventh Avenue (D)
Mehida (FIN/S)
Morphia (NL)
Mena Brinno (USA)
World To Ashes (D)
Picture Of The Moon (NL)

Three more bands are to be announced. For more information, visit the festival's official site.

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Onslaught Reports From Bang Your Head Festival

UK thrash metal legends Onslaught have posted the following message:

"What another awesome weekend we've had in Germany at Bang Your Head!!! Festival... Huge crowd, great weather and 2 days of pure fuckin metal!!

"We hit the stage at just after midday on Saturday which was by far the heavier day of the two, with JUDAS PRIEST, SAXON, OBITUARY and TANKARD sharing the billing with us. More...

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Celine Dion Performs "Worst Ever Cover Song"

Celine Dion's rendition of the AC/DC song "You Shook Me All Night Long" was given the dubious honour of "worst ever cover song" in the Total Guitar magazine survey.

Editor Stephen Lawson said Dion's cover was "sacrilege."

The experts also judged the best cover versions, with Jimi Hendrix's performance of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" top of the list.

Dion, who performed "You Shook Me All Night Long" at a Las Vegas concert six years ago, never released the track as a single.

Westlife's 1999 version of the ballad "More Than Words" by Extreme was third in the list. More...

Read the full article at BBC News.

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Toxic Holocaust Posts Two New Songs Online

TOXIC HOLOCAUST has posted two new songs taken from their upcoming Relapse debut, "An Overdose Of Death..." These tracks, "Gravelord" and "War Is Hell," can be heard now via the band's MySpace page.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST has also posted additional in-studio footage shot while recording "An Overdose Of Death..." last month in Seattle. The second episode can now be viewed here or below.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST recorded "An Overdose Of Death..." with producer Jack Endino (HIGH ON FIRE, ZEKE, DWARVES) at Soundhouse Recording studios. "An Overdose Of Death..." is set for a September 2nd North American release date, September 8th internationally.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST will begin touring in support of "An Overdose Of Death..." this Summer as they join AT THE GATES on their reunion tour. This tour, which also includes DARKEST HOUR and MUNICIPAL WASTE, will kick-off on July 9th in New York City. TOXIC HOLOCAUST will also be playing a number of headlining shows on their way East to start to the tour. TOXIC HOLOCAUST will follow-up the AT THE GATES tour with an appearance at the Hole In The Sky Festival in Norway and a Fall tour with OVERKILL.

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Announces More Tour Dates

KINGDOM OF SORROW has announced more U.S. tour dates in support of their debut, self-titled album.

KINGDOM OF SORROW will be performing a number of shows throughout August as they join the Rockstar Mayhem Tour in the northeast, in addition to off-dates with SCUM OF THE EARTH in the mid-west. KINGDOM OF SORROW has also been confirmed for Ozzfest ’08 alongside OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOILENT GREEN, and more. This year’s Ozzfest will be a one day event set to take place on August 9th in Dallas, TX. A listing of confirmed KINGDOM OF SORROW tour dates can be found below with more to be announced shortly.

KINGDOM OF SORROW has also posted exclusive interview footage with members Jamey Jasta and Kirk Windstein and album producer Zeuss about the recording of the KINGDOM OF SORROW album. This candid footage can be viewed online now at this location and below.

Here are newly added KINGDOM OF SORROW tour dates: More...

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Some Insight Into Recent Metallica Review Debacle

Wired's Eliot Van Buskirk has summed up the recent Metallica review debacle and given some insight into the situation. Here's an excerpt:

"Agents of Metallica managed another internet debacle last week, caused this time by preposterous demands that journalists who attended a listening party for the upcoming Metallica album pull their subsequent reviews. Only one publication refused: The Quietus, which held out for nearly a week before complying with the request in order to protect its writer -- only to see the band ultimately overrule its managers' decision and begin linking to the formerly banned reviews.

"I spoke with The Quietus editor John Doran to get the lowdown on what, exactly, happened.

"The short version: While everything else about metal seems to be evolving, certain US-based heavy metal publicists didn't get the memo. And Metallica was as upset about the early reviews debacle as anyone else. (The band's website now includes links to the once-offending reviews.)"

Read the full article at Wired.com's Listening Post.

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Illnath Welcomes New Drummer

Danish metallers, Illnath, have issued the following update welcoming the young new drummer:

"Illnath has finally found a new drummer - we are proud to announce 19 year old Danni. Despite his young age, he has previously played with Fairytale Abuse and several non-metal projects. We are now looking forward to getting Danni involved in the vibe of Illnath and making new material, along with preparing for some live shows as soon as possible."

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To/Die/For Enters The Studio

To/Die/For have issued the following update on the progress of their new album:

"One of the newest TDF song is named 'JOHNNY THE VAMPIRE.'"

"It is parody about a gothic boy. Is it going to be on TDF..s next album? Who knows.let..s see."

"TDF will hit the studio 8-11 in July. Recording demos.In July you can hear some samples here at TDF myspace. Next album will include a cover song of course."

"It could be a song from the lords of the new church,or from Duran duran."

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Desert Destruction Fest Details Revealed

The Desert Destruction Fest will take place on July 5th at Kinari in Victorville, CA. Tickets are $17 at the door and doors open at 11:30am. The following bands are scheduled to perform:

Bury Your Dead
As Blood Runs Black
Blood Stands Still
Endwell
The Ghost Inside
Stray From The Path
Broadcast The Nightmare
From Carnage To Genocide
Mandalyns Bell

More bands are to be announced.

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Tard Signs To Comatose Music

Grinding spastic death metal from Canada featuring Mr. Nasty formerly of Abuse, Tard has signed to Comatose Music. Tard is fronted by Hilary Muff, who according to the releases is "quite possibly the most brutal female vocalist ever." The band's upcoming album is entitled, "Disgorging Guttural Regurgitations of Dismembered Disembowelment and Effluvious Visceral Entrail Secretions With a Side of Emaciated Malignant Lymphatic Putrescence, a Glass of Ensanguined Malodorous Discharge to Drink, and Coagulated Pustular Rectal Seepage for Dessert (With a Cherry on Top)"

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Paganizer's New Album Set For July Release

PAGANIZER's "Born to be Buried Alive" will be out on JULY 15 via Asphyxiate Recordings. They are currently seeking strong distributors in the UK/Europe, USA and SOUTH AMERICAS.

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Mass Infection Signs With Pathologically Explicit

Pathologically Explicit Recordings has announced the signing of Greek brutal death metal band Mass Infection. Their Pathologically Explict debut is expected out in the beginning of 2009, featuring amazing artwork by Grin.

In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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