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Metal News for June 4, 2005

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13 news articles posted on this day.

Head's 'Letter To Dimebag' Video Posted Online

A video of former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch's performing a tribute song to the late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, entitled "Letter to Dimebag", has been posted online at the Valley Bible Fellowship web site. You can watch it at this location (Quicktime). "It is written in guitar language, and I did it because [Dimebag] used to tell me we needed to put guitar solos in KORN," Welch explained. "So this song's for him, and to him. It's saying how much I miss him. Even though we weren't too close, his very friendly personality had a great impact on me!"

Welch is currently completing work on his solo CD, which is tentatively due later in the year. The as-yet-untitled effort may include another track which Welch has described as "a personal letter to 50 CENT from God."

"The Big Guy speaks through me a lot when I write, and I have a song for 50 CENT I wrote in the Holy Land. I feel like it's a personal letter to 50 from God, so I'm going to give it to him personally and see what his reaction is," Welch explained to MTV News. "If it's a positive reaction and he's willing to talk to me, then I'm not gonna release it, but if the reaction is not positive, I'm going to share it with the world."

Brian concluded, "This CD is full of heart-grabbing music, man! I can't wait to get it out!"

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Draconian Part With Rhythm Guitarist

Swedish gothic doom metal band DRACONIAN have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Due to other commitments and lack of time, rhythm guitarist Magnus Bergström a.k.a. Bergis, have taken a leave of absence for an indefinite period of time. Bergis has been the rhythm guitarist of DRACONIAN since October 1995. His fellow brothers and sister of The Draconian Horde wishes him the best of luck with his settlements. For replacement, a longtime friend of the band, Daniel Arvidsson a.k.a. Arvid, has stepped in to take his place as a full-time member of DRACONIAN. We welcome Arvid to our dark odyssey of doom.

"More line-up changes to follow: DRACONIAN are now looking for a new bass player. Unfortunately, Jesper Stolpe will soon leave the band for family commitments, but he will do his best to help us out as long he is able to. If you live nearby and are interested to fill his spot, don't hesitate to contact us at contact@draconian[dot]se."

DRACONIAN's sophomore album, "Arcane Rain Fell", was released in January 2005 through Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Where Lovers Mourn" was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and contains more than 60 minutes of music, including the 16-minute epic "Death, Come Near Me" (previously released on the 2002 demo "Dark Oceans We Cry").

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Zyklon Still Writing Thrid Album, "Disintegrate"

ZYKLON, the Norwegian band featuring former EMPEROR members Samoth (guitar) and Trym (drums), are continuing work on the songs for their third album, "Disintegrate", and will record "as soon as the band feels that the material is ready and perfect," according to the group's label, Candlelight Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Disintegrate", "Vile Ritual", "In Hindsight", "Subversive Faith", "Vulture" and "Wrenched".

The new material is said to follow more or less in the same footsteps as the critically acclaimed "Aeon" (2003), only more aggressive and intense.

ZYKLON have been confirmed for the Rockwave Festival on July 9 in Athens, Greece. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are SLAYER, TWISTED SISTER, ACCEPT, DIO, ANTHRAX and DISMEMBER, among others.

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Turisas In Songwriting Mode

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have posted the following update on their official web site:

"Things are moving along in the TURISAS camp. We have moved on to a more intensive songwriting phase: new material is shaping up and we are looking forward to start out recording the first demos of new songs this summer. Some really interesting and musically ambitious material I can tell you. Also a loose idea of a thematic entity for the album is being planned. The actual album recordings will hopefully take place around fall/winter if everything works out."

TURISAS' debut album, "Battle Metal", was released last July through Century Media Records. "Battle Metal" was produced by Terje Refsnes (TRISTANIA, MORGUL) at Sound Suite Studios in Marseiile, France, and "offers the most precious ingredients of epic viking metal, almost sounding like a mixture of bands such as IN EXTREMO, FALKENBACH, NIGHTWISH and FINNTROLL," according to an official press release.

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Snippets Of New As I Lay Dying Album, Now Online

30 second snippets of all tracks from As I Lay Dying's new album "Shadows Are Security" are now available for listening to online here. The album will see a June 14th release date through Metal Blade

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Live Recording of Throwdown's New Track Posted

A live recording of Throwdown performing their new track "Speak The Truth" in Japan has been posted online, check it out here. The song will appear on the bands new album "Vendetta", which is set for a June 28th release date through Trustkill

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Beyond The Embrace Pull Out of M.O.D., Crisis Tour

New Bedford, Massachusetts-based sextet Beyond The Embrace have dropped off of the M.O.D./Crisis tour this June "due to bandmember personal issues," according to an official press release. "We apologize to all of our fans that were planning to come and support us at the shows. We'll be back out hopefully to the West Coast/Midwest before the year is over. We'll definitely be out on tour with Therion in September for the East Coast and Canadian leg of the tour."

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Ion Dissonance Announce Tour, New Album

Ion Dissonance have finished recording their second album, "Solace", and have set a September release for the album. "Solace" was recorded by Pierre Remillard (The End, Kirisun, Cryptopsy). Ion Dissonance have also announced their summer tour dates, they are as follows:

6/2 Middletown, NY - Club NY
6/3 Lincoln Park, MI - Floyd's Bar
6/4 Grand Rapids, MI - Ten Bells Nightclub
6/5 Round Lake, IL - Rock And Rack
6/7 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
6/8 Midvale, UT - The Circut
6/9 Boise ID - The Venue
6/10 San Fransisco, CA - The Pound
6/11 Roseville, CA - The Underground
6/12 Bakersfield, CA - Montgomery World Plaza
6/13 Lancaster CA - El Dorado
6/14 Ventura CA - Ventura Missionary Church
6/15 Hollywood CA - Whisky a GoGo
6/16 San Diego CA - Epicenter
6/17 Anaheim CA - Chain Reaction
6/18 South Gate CA - Allen Theatre
6/19 Las Vegas, NV - Roadhouse Casino
6/21 Phoenix AZ - Neckbeards
6/22 Santa Fe, NM - Warehouse 21
6/23 Lubbock TX - Tokyo Joes
6/24 Wichita KS - Eagles Lodge N
6/25 St. Louis, MO - Creepy Crawl
6/26 Louisville KY - Headliners
6/27 Nashville TN - The Muse
6/28 Memphis TN - The Complex
6/29 Florence AL - Muscle Shoals Music Hall
6/30 Birmingham AL - Cave 9
7/1 Baton Rouge LA - The Darkroom
7/2 Panama City Beach, FL - Springfield Community Center
7/3 Tallahassee, FL - The Beta Bar
7/5 Clearwater, FL - 688 Skatepark
7/6 Pompano Beach, FL - Pompano Indoor Skatepark
7/7 Orlando FL - Backbooth
7/8 Myrtle Beach, SC - The Social
7/9 Charlotte NC - Brew Ha Ha's
7/10 Fredericksburg, VA - KC's

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Swarm of the Lotus Announce New Album, Tour

Swarm of the Lotus have schedueld their new album, "Sirens of Silence", for July 12th. "Sirens of Silence" was recorded by Kurt Ballou (Converge), and mastered by Allan Douches (Burnt by the Sun, A Life Once Lost). Swarm of the Lotus have also annouced tour dates, they are as follows:

6/8 Baltimore, MD - Talking Head

With Psyopus, Ion Dissonance, All Shall Perish and Strong Intention:
7/29 Detroit, MI - The Shelter
8/4 ST Paul, MN' - Station 4
8/6 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground
8/8 Santa Fe, NM - Warehouse 21
8/11 Corpus Chrsiti, TX - The Ballroom
8/13 Houston, TX - Fat Cats
8/14 New Orleans, LA - Dixie Tavern
8/15 Tallahassee, FL - Big Daddys
8/17 Orlando, FL - Backbooth
8/18 Myrtle Beach , SC - The Social
8/19 Charlotte,NC - Milestone

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Embrace the End Annouce Album Release, Tour Dates

Embrace the End have announced a June 28th release date and is playing a free show at the Troubadour in Hollywood with Manntis, Watch Them Die, Eyes of Fire. Embrace the End has also announced the beginning of their summer tour that will start on the West Coast, dates are as follows:

6/10 San Jose, CA - The Cave w/ Arsis, Through The Eyes Of The Dead
6/11 Roseville, CA - The Underground w/ On Broken Wings, Ion Dissonance
6/12 Lodi, CA - The Junkyard
6/13 Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk w/ Himsa, Scars Of Tomorrow
6/18 Los Angeles, CA - Hanging Jury
6/20 Bakersfield, CA - Jerry's Pizza
6/24 Tuscon, AZ - The Boardwalk
6/27 Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour w/ Manntis, Watch Them Die, Eyes Of Fire

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Disturbed Announce New Album and Tour

Disturbed's new album is set for a September release date, but is still untitled. They will shoot a video for a the single in July, both the single and the video will be released shortly after. Disturbed is also set for a late summer tour beginning August 6th in San Diego. Other announced dates are an August 10th radio show in Portland and the 65th annual Black Hills motorcycle rally in Sturgis on August 12th along with several other US/Canada dates.

Disturbed have set their European tour in Octorber and in November they will headline the Jagermeister Music Tour which will take the band into January 2006.

The third Music as a Weapon tour is schedueled to begin sometime in 2006.

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Veracitor's Pro-Bush Video Clip Posted Online

Virginia-based pro-Bush outfit VERACITOR have filmed a video for the controversial song "Warmongers of Discontent", which supports President Bush in the war on terror and the war in Iraq. The clip shows "scenes of soldiers fighting in Fallujah clearly in danger, but clearly dominating the battlefield," according to a press release. "It pays homage to the men and women serving in the war supporting their cause, while attacking those who unjustly criticize this war undermining our troops' efforts."

The "Warmongers of Discontent" video is available for download at this location.

VERACITOR was formed in 2003 as a power/thrash metal band with thought-provoking lyrics of a conservative nature. Topics range from the preservation of the Constitution, self-awareness and responsibility to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

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Headline News

Dimebag Shooting Video Released

NBC 4 has issued the following report:

A homemade video (slideshow) was released Friday (June 3) of a deadly nightclub shooting that occurred during a heavy metal concert last year.

The camera was positioned at the back right portion of the stage looking into the audience as Nathan Gale began shooting during the DAMAGEPLAN concert at Alrosa Villa on Dec. 8, 2004, NBC 4's Teresa Garcia reported.

The band had set up the camera before the show. The camera captured most of the five-minute shooting rampage. Gale shot and killed four people and injured three others before a Columbus police officer entered the building and killed him with one shotgun blast to the head.

DAMAGEPLAN began playing just after 10 p.m. About a minute later, a security guard runs off stage and within seconds, Gale can be seen on stage with a gun. He is pursued by the security guard, and the first shot is fired. More shots soon follow, and two men are hit.

One of those killed by Gale was renowned heavy metal guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

The crowd appears stunned, but many stay by the stage and watch.

"Call 911 somebody," one person can be heard yelling. "Somebody call 911."

Gale is still on stage. Some people try to jump on the stage to help those shot.

While one man tries to motion people away from the stage area, the chaos continues, Garcia reported.

"Get him, get him, go," one person said.

Five shots are then heard.

"He's gotta run out of ammo by now," another person said.

But Gale wasn't done.

"He reloaded man," someone said. "I know he did, dude. He reloaded. He reloaded. Get down dude, get down. No!"

After five minutes, Gale has a hostage gripped by the neck. By then, Officer James Niggemeyer had entered the back of the building. He then fired the shot that ended it all. The shot can be heard clearly on the tape.

Other officers immediately run in to assist. Niggemeyer also can be seen on stage, clearly shaken by what just occurred.

Some people in the club immediately approach him and thank him for what he did and pat him on the back.

"He had his gun to his head," one man said. "You had to do it."

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