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Metal News for June 8, 2009

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25 news articles posted on this day.


Chat with Aaron Weaver of Wolves in the ThroneRoom

Wolves in the Throne Room has only been around for six years, but has forced their way into the top of the black metal heap. Wolves released their third studio album "Black Cascade only a few weeks ago and has become very popular with established fans as well as new listeners. Before they test their metal at the European festivals, they stopped for a show in New Orleans where I was able to have a word with drummer Aaron Weaver. More...

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Oracle of the Void Disbands

Death/black metal band Oracle of the Void has broken up with only the following short message posted on their Myspace page:

“Oracle of the Void is officially over. Other band members have their own projects, check them out. Nothing more to add, other than thanks for listening.”

For those that wish to check out the new projects, you can find links to the band members' Myspace pages, and the matching bands on the band's MySpace page.

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Fall of Empyrean Writing New Material

Phoenix death metal band, Fall of Empyrean, has issued the following update:

"Hello friends! We just wanted to give you an update to let you know that we are working hard at writing new material. We already have two new songs down, that we are practicing, and have a few others that are being written. The two new songs are called 'No Absolution' and 'The Heart Corrodes,' and these are, by far, the most emotional songs we have ever written. And, that trend will continue for the rest of the songs we write for the next album, it will definitely be the most diverse and emotional album yet." More...

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Cryogen Issues Recording Update

Denver's Cryogen has issued the following recording update:

"Just wanted to fill everyone in on what's happening with us this summer. We've been bustin our asses for most of '09 working on a new 4-song demo that we're recording with Dave Otero starting Monday, June 15! These songs easily represent the most intense, technical material we've ever written, and we've been spending a ton of time trying to make everything as musical as possible. We guarantee this won't sound like math metal..." More...

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Shadows of Dawn Parts Ways With Guitarist

New Jersey thrash metal band, Shadows of Dawn, has parted ways with guitarist Robert "Vick" Vicari.

Lead vocalist/guitarist John "thrash" comments, "I regret to inform everyone that Robert 'Vick' Vicari has mutually parted ways with Shadows of Dawn. Shadows of Dawn is moving in a different direction (will be discussed this in another post) and Rob and the band decided collectively that it would be best if we parted ways. Rob is working on moving up in the world as a professional audio engineer and we wish him the best of luck in his career. In fact, when Shadows of Dawn records our next full-length album, Rob will certainly be involved in the audio production process. We will keep everyone posted regarding Rob's musical projects as well as his professional endeavors. Rob is a true talent on guitar and he was a very inspirational force in the recording and production of 'Of Death and Ruin.' We are all really good friends with Rob and we will continue to mention him and his projects in the future." More...

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Sunn O))) Announces Midwest Tour Dates

Sunn 0))) will be heading to the Midwest for the first time in some time. The tour lineup includes Attila Csihar (Invocations), Steve Moore (Trombone, and keys), Stephen O’Malley (Guitar), and Greg Anderson (Bass). Sunn 0))) will be touring with Eagle Twin. Here are the latest tour dates:

Thu 07/02/09 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Sun 07/05/09 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Mon 07/06/09 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium / Underground
Tue 07/07/09 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
Wed 07/08/09 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
Fri 07/10/09 Dekalb, IL House Cafe
Sat 07/11/09 Pontiac, MI Eagle Theater
Sun 07/12/09 Newport, KY Southgate House

West coast dates for August and East coast dates in September 2009 will be announced soon.

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Fallen Martyr Posts New Song Online

FALLEN MARTYR has uploaded another new song, “Reverse Metamorphosis,” off their new EP, “The Six Roots of True Will,” to their MySpace player. “The Six Roots of True Will” was released on June 5th and is available at any Fallen Martyr show as well as online starting June 9th.

On June 9th Fallen Martyr will be launching their online web store where you can order their EP, as well as merchandise online anytime.

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Korn Announces Prague, Vienna Show On Pay Per View

Korn has just announced that shows in Prague and Vienna will be the first two live pay-per-view events from their Escape From The Studio Tour.

Premium Members of Korn.com can sign up to watch these shows for free. Non-premium members can purchase each show for just $4.95. Everyone who signs up to watch a show will also be able to download an mp3 audio file of their show. You can sign up for the shows here.

You can sign up for a Korn Premium Membership on www.KoRn.com and get direct interactive access to the band through live Modblast chats and streaming Modcam video feeds. Check out live shows, get exclusive behind-the-scenes blogs, videos, photos, and more. Premium Members can also sign up now for special Meet and Greets with the band on their Escape from the Studio Tour.

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The Haunted Confirmed For Quart Festival 2009

The Haunted has been confirmed for the Quart Festival, which takes place on July 3, 2009 in Norway. Other bands on the bill that day include Korn, Chris Cornell, and Meshuggah among others. For more information, visist www.quart.no.

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Primal Fear's "16.6" Charts In Germany and More

"16.6 (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)", the new album from German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR, has entered the official chart in the band's home country in Germany at position No. 46. This marks the second highest chart entry in the history of PRIMAL FEAR.

The album also recently landed on the official chart in Sweden at No. 52 and entered the album charts in Japan on No. 28 in the week of release.

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Mastodon Posts "Oblivion" Video Trailer Online

American heavy metal group Mastodon has posted a trailer for their next music video, "Oblivion." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands highly acclaimed new album, "Crack The Skye" and will be the second video made to promote the album. More...

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The Gathering Streaming Three New Songs Online

The Gathering has issued the following statement about streaming three new songs online:

"Howdy guys! We thought it was time to boost our little myspace player with some more songs from The West Pole. The new songs will be No bird call, A constant run and Capital of nowhere. Enjoy the new tunes."

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Spinal Tap To Appear On Conan O'Brien Show

Spoof heavy metal outfit Spinal Tap has been confirmed for an appearance on the Conan O'Brien Show on June 15th. They will be performing on the show but no word has been given on what song(s) they will play yet. Spinal Tap will be releasing a new studio album entitled, "Back From The Dead" later this year.

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Within Temptation Vocalist And Guitarist Have Son

Within Temptation vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitar player Robert Westerholt have issued the following announcement about giving birth to a son:

"Two weeks ago he already did an attempt, but on Monday the 1st of June he made it and Sharon gave birth to Robin Aiden Westerholt.

"The name by which he will be called is Aiden. Aiden is a healthy little man of 2360 grams and 46 cm and was born after 32 weeks and 6 days. Both mother and son are doing well. Congratulating messages for Robert & Sharon can be send to AT management, address:

"AT Productions B.V., 1e Van der Kunstraat 286, 2521 AV The Hague, The Netherlands

"For a photo, check the WT website."

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Aerosmith Guitarist To Miss Select Tour Dates

Aerosmith has announced that guitarist Brad Whitford will be sitting out on some of the bands scheduled tour dates with ZZ Top this year as he is currently recovering from recent surgery. He will be replaced by former Green Day touring guitarist Bobby Schneck.

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Evile Posts Third Studio Video Online

Sheffield, England based thrash metal outfit Evile has posted the third in a series of video reports regarding the making of their second studio album. You can check it out below. The album is currently expected to be released in September through Earache Records. More...

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Headline News

Opiate For The Masses Breaks Up

Los Angeles, California based metal group Opiate For The Masses has announced that they have decided to call it a day. A message from the band reads:

"Opiate For The Masses has broken up!

"The members have decided to go separate ways and are individually pursuing new projects.

"We thank you all for all the support you've showed over the years. We had a blast hanging with you all on tour and thank you for all the good times!

"Jimmy (Kaufman, guitar) is producing bands and scoring movies in his studio in Hollywood, CA. Ronny (Underwood, vocals) is back in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ. Seven (Antonopoulos, drums) is currently playing with the German metal bands LEAVES EYES and ATROCITY, as well as performing drum clinics around the world. Anna K. (bass) is writing music for a yet undisclosed new project."

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Poison The Well Debuts New Song

Florida's Poison The Well have just premiered the first track off their new album "The Tropic Riot," entitled "Cinema," on their Myspace. They are offering a pre-order special that comes with a specially designed shirt. "The Tropic Riot" is scheduled to release July 7th. You can see a few upcoming tour dates after the jump.

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Suffocation Posts Live Video Of New Song Online

A video of New York death metal legends Suffocation performing a new song entitled, "Dismal Dream" has been posted online at MetalInjection.net. You can check it out below. The song will appear on the bands forthcoming new studio album, "Blood Oath" which is scheduled to be released on July 14th through Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Abysmal Dawn Post Behind The Scenes Tour Footage

Relapse Records band Abysmal Dawn has released their third video diary from the Relapse Contamination Tour, which you can see here.

The will also hit the road again next week for the massive “Conquer & Curse Tour 2009” alongside Goatwhore, Abigail Williams, Daath, and SWAATS. This nine-week North American tour will kick off on June 14th in western Pennsylvania. More...

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Hands Prepares for Upcoming Album Release

As the summer debut of Hands' first Facedown album "Creator" draws near the band has released the first single Hurricanes to stream on their . They also have a pre-order and it includes the CD, a shirt, and a limited edition poster for $9.99. The first 100 orders will receive the poster hand-signed by artist Dave Quiggle. Dave Quiggle is awesome; you'd be happy with his autograph.

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Black Label Society, Mudvayne Reveal Tour Dates

The tour dates for the previously announced, "Pedal To The Metal" tour have now been revealed. The trek features Black Label Society, Mudvayne, Dope, Suicide Silence and Bury Your Dead.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 24 - Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
July 25 - Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
July 28 - Reading, PA @ Sovereign Center
July 29 - Youngstown, OH @ Chevrolet Center
July 31 - Big Flatts, NY @ Tags Summer Stage
August 1 - Albany, NY @ Altamont Fairgrounds
August 4 - Fort Wayne, IN @ War Memorial Coliseum
August 5 - Battle Creek, MI @ Kellogg Arena
August 7 - Moline, IL @ I Wireless Center
August 8 - Rockford, IL @ Rockford Metro Center
August 9 - Madison, WI @ Willow Island
August 11 - Topeka, KS @ Landon Arena
August 12 - Mankato, MN @ Alltel Arena
August 14 - Omaha, NE @ Westfair Amphitheater
August 15 - Little Rock, AR @ NS River Water Park
August 16 - Wichita, KS @ KS Coliseum Lot
August 18 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
August 19 - Missoula, MT @ Ryan Creek Amphitheater
August 21 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
August 22 - Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
August 23 - Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds
August 25 - Eugene, OR @ Cubhert Amphitheater
August 26 - Reno, NV @ Events Center
August 28 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic Auditorium
August 29 - Bakersfield, CA @ Rabo Bank Arena
September 1 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
September 2 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheater
September 4 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
September 5 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Gardens
September 6 - Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheater
September 8 - Dallas, TX @ TBA
September 9 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater

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Tool Announces Summer Tour Dates

Progressive rock band Tool has announced a series of shows in North America for the summer period. No word yet on who will be supporting them. More tour dates are expected to be announced soon.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 18 - Denver, CO - The Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park
July 19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Energy Solutions
July 21 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Arena
July 22 - Rio Rancho, NM - Santa Ana Star Center
July 24 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
July 25 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theater at Grand Prairie
July 27 - Duluth, GA - Gwinnett Arena
July 29 - Charlotte, NC - Bojangle's Coliseum
July 30 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
August 1 - Jersey City, NJ - All Points West Festival
August 5 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheater
August 7 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion

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Alice In Chains Signs To EMI/Virgin Records

Legendary grunge band ALICE IN CHAINS has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with EMI's Virgin Records and are gearing up for the release of their first new studio album in more than 10 years. The band and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters) began recording last October at Studio 606 in Northridge, CA and recently finished mixing at Henson Studios in Hollywood. The highly anticipated album is scheduled for release this September.

Guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez reunited in 2005 at a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Indonesia. They began touring with new guitarist/vocalist William DuVall the following year.

"It's been a meaningful journey and a hell of a story," says Cantrell. "We're very excited to have a home at Virgin/EMI and are looking forward to writing new chapters in the book of Alice."

"We're in a good place," adds Kinney. "We've made a record that we're really proud of, we've got a team in place that's passionate about the music and we're excited for the fans to hear the new songs."

"Alice In Chains has had a big hand in the evolution of music and I still can't believe we get to work with them," says Rob Stevenson, President of Virgin Records. "This music is going to remind people what we've all been missing."

"There is a tremendous sense of excitement and dedication within EMI around the world as we head into this album release," Added Jeff Kempler, EMI's COO of New Music for North America and the UK,"Alice In Chains' place in rock history is undeniable and when people hear this remarkable new work it will be clear how timeless, potent and visionary this band is."

Alice In Chains was among the headliners at the recent Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH. Next up is a July 18 show with Kid Rock at Comerica Park in Detroit, to be followed by festival shows with Metallica overseas, including an August 1 date at Marlay Park in Dublin and an August 2 show at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth. Earlier this year, the quartet took a break from recording to perform a string of shows in Australia with Nine Inch Nails.

Over the course of their remarkable career, Alice In Chains has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 17 million albums worldwide and achieved 11 top 10 hit singles.

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Just For Fun

Bret Michaels Gets Laid Out By Stage Backdrop

Poison frontman Bret Michaels got laid out by a stage back drop at the 2009 Tony awards. You can watch the video below. More...

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