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Metal News for June 9, 2005

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God Forbid Gives Update From The Studio

GOD FORBID guitarist Doc Coyle has posted the following message on the band's official website:

"Hello friends,
G4B is almost done with the general tracking of IV:Constitution of Treason. We're finishing up the bass tracks, extra guitar stuff, and little bit of the ear candy that goes onto a record to give it some added spice in the next week, and than mixdown will take place with Eric Rachel throughout the majority of June. Not to blow smoke, but it sounds incredible thus far, and several people of the few that have heard it demand that it's our best work to date. I'm not going to argue with them, but I won't make any severe judgements until it's completely done. I can say that Byron has made some huge leaps in his vocal range and tone. Producer, Jason Suecoff, showed his quality in that regard. I think people will be suprised when they hear the growth in the vocals overall, where as we used more of triple vocal approach. Musically, it's a more refined and complex version of the traditional GOD FORBID sound, but offers several new twists and turns to the fold. I can't wait until it's all done so everyone out there can hear it. Since the album doesn't come out until September 20th, we don't expect to tour until late August or early September. We have booked several summer shows in the meantime to stay busy, and showcase some of the new material. Hope to see everyone on the road. Peace."

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3 Inches Of Blood Release New U.S. Tour Dates

3 INCHES OF BLOOD have lined up the following tour dates this month:

June 16 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
June 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
June 19 - Davenport, IA @ Quad City Live
June 21 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
June 22 - Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
June 23 - Denver, CO @ Rock Island
June 24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
June 26 - Tacoma, WA @ Hells Kitchen

More dates to be announced soon.

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Fear Factory Rehearsal Video Now Available Online

Video footage of a FEAR FACTORY rehearsal, taken during the recording sessions for the group's new album, "Transgression", has been posted online at this location.

FEAR FACTORY's "Transgression" is scheduled for release on August 23 via Trillion Records. Trillion is the new imprint from Liquid 8 Records and Entertainment founder and CEO, Mike Cattain, who has created Trillion as a home for FEAR FACTORY and new bands seeking a creative haven grounded in growth.

FEAR FACTORY entered Track Record Studios in North Hollywood, California on May 5 with producer Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN, SOULFLY) to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Archetype". In addition to Toby Wright, there will be a list of guest musicians collaborating on "Transgression", including bass player Billy Gould of FAITH NO MORE fame. Billy will contribute to two songs: "Echo of My Scream" and "Super Nova". Other working titles for "Transgression" include "New Promise" (co-written with Mark Morton of LAMB OF GOD), "Empire", "540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit" and the projected title track.

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Mudvayne's Lost And Found Is Certified Gold

MUDVAYNE's "Lost and Found" has been certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.

The follow-up to 2002's gold-certified "The End of All Things to Come", "Lost and Found" was recorded at The Plant studio in Sausalito, California with producer Dave Fortman (former UGLY KID JOE guitarist), who has previously worked with SUPERJOINT RITUAL and EVANESCENCE, among others.

"Lost and Found" sold 151,559 copies in the United States in its first week of release in mid-April to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart.

MUDVAYNE were recently confirmed as the "mystery band" on the main stage of Ozzfest. The tour kicks off on July 15 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

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Twisted Method Singer Leaves, Band Breaks Up

Mark S. Krzos of News-Press.com has issued the following report:

After just one CD, "Escape from Cape Coma", metal band TWISTED METHOD is no more.

Last week, Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett, the lead vocalist for the Cape Coral-based band that formed after members at Mariner High School, announced on its Web site that two members were leaving for other pursuits.

On Thursday (June 9), the band's manager Charlie Pennachio, confirmed that drummer Ben Goins and guitarist Andy Howard left the band.

"I'm floored," said Pennachio, adding that the split was not about creative differences. "They were building on something. They were ready to start work on a new record and they have a DVD with two new songs coming out later this summer." The DVD will be available through twistedmethod.com.

About a month ago, Howard (not to be confused with THE UNKNOWN's Andy Howard, the only other Lee band to be signed by a major label) announced that he couldn't be involved in the recording sessions in Chicago.

"He has twins and he needed to be with his family," Pennachio said.
Tribbett said being on the road and playing in sweaty nightclubs is not the way to raise children.

"The road beats you up, man," he said.

Shortly after the Chicago sessions, Goins met with Pennachio and announced that he too was leaving.

"He left the band for God," said an incredulous Pennachio. "I thought he was joking at first. I mean, I know he always had a Christian faith, but I guess now he's taking it to a more serious level."

Tribbett said TWISTED METHOD's in-your-face attitude and apparent hostility was mostly an act.

"We weren't the most polite band ... and I think he realized he just didn't want to deal with the road’s temptations anymore," Tribbett said.

Read the rest of the article at News-Press.com.

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Madball New Song For Download, Plus Album Details

New York hardcore legends MADBALL have finalized the track listing for their upcoming album, "Legacy", due on August 2 via Ferret Records. The band entered the studio last month with producer Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, THROWDOWN) to begin recording the CD, which vocalist Freddy Cricien has described as "our best material. It's still heavy, it's still in your face and talks about real life, but it also has groove and really heavy production."

MADBALL's current lineup includes Cricien, bassist Hoya, guitarist Mitts and drummer Rigg Ross.

"Legacy" (view cover here) track listing:

01. Adapt And Overcome
02. Heavenhell
03. Behind These Walls
04. Legacy
05. Timebomb
06. Darkest Days
07. The Crown
08. War And Hate
09. Until Then
10. Final Round
11. Damned
12. For My Enemies (mp3)
13. 100%
14. Hardcore Pride
15. H.C. United
16. Worldwide

A video for "Heavenhell" was shot with director Dale "Rage" Resteghini (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, MUDVAYNE, UNEARTH, AGNOSTIC FRONT, MISERY SIGNALS) on June 4 at Kenny's Castaways in New York City. It is expected to begin airing during the coming weeks.

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Meshuggah Crack Top 200 In US, Hit #12 In Sweden

Meshuggah's latest album, "Catch 33," has sold 6,954 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 170 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. In their homeland of Sweden, the extreme metallers went straight to #12.

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Behemoth Prepares For European Festivals

Fresh off a successful American tour alongside King Diamond, Nile and The Black Dahlia Murder, the Polish phenomenon known as Behemoth recently returned to Europe, where they'll play several major summer festivals in the coming weeks. They've already played one such gig: Poland's Mystic Festival, also featuring Iron Maiden, Nightwish and Kreator, which is the biggest annual metal event in their home country. According to front man Nergal, the festival turned out great despite some technical problems:

It was a real challenge. Both ideologically and stylistically, we were so different from all the other bands playing that day, though still we managed to show the band from a good side, I believe. Besides that, we had to cut our set from nine to seven songs in order to have a proper line check. We also faced lots of minor technical difficulties on stage, and moreover, the sun that day was merciless. I could see that the crowd was really tired of the heat, yet still they did great and gave us positive feedback. Mystic has a historical meaning for us (it's the biggest one we've played), so I want to thank all the fans that turned out that day. We will meet again soon. We’d also like to express our deepest appreciation and love to Michal Wardzala and Barbara Mikula from Mystic Prod. for giving us great opportunity to open for the best metal band ever! Keep up the great work, my friends!

Behemoth also just performed at Denmark's Feemetal Festival, and will play Sweden Rock - also featuring Motley Crue, Megadeth, Dio and many others - this weekend. The group's remaining European festivals are as follows:

Jun. 25 Graspop Festival, Belgium
Jun. 26 - Fury Fest, France
Jul. 1 - With Full Force, Germany
Aug. 17 - Summer Blast, Germany
Aug. 18 - Summer Breeze, Germany
Aug. 27 - A Hole In The Sky, Norway

Look for Behemoth to return to North America in the fall.

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A7x Salute Dimebag, Shun Metalcore On New Album

MTV.com reports:

Before Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Hot Topic made metalcore a semi-mainstream commodity, Huntington Beach, California, quintet Avenged Sevenfold were combining caustic riffs and hardcore howls with the type of tuneful vocal passages that would

"I never got to meet Dimebag, but he and Slash are my two greatest guitar heroes." — Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadowsbecome an identifying characteristic of the genre.

Avenged's 2001 debut, "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet," was a bracing, freewheeling introduction that paved the way for 2003's more focused and aggressive "Waking the Fallen." The album attracted extreme-metal and punk kids in equal measure and led to a major-label deal. As they entered the studio to work on their third LP, "City of Evil," Avenged Sevenfold seemed destined to ascend to the top of the metalcore heap. But now that's not going to happen.

"City of Evil" isn't metalcore, sharing little with extreme metal and nothing with hardcore. Instead, the band has written a jaw-droppingly schizophrenic, meandering and undeniably tuneful album that sounds like a collision of Metallica, Faith No More, CKY, Guns N' Roses and Queen.

"When we started working on this record, we said, 'You know what? None of our favorite bands are super extreme, they just write really good melodic songs that are still heavy,' " frontman M. Shadows said. "So we decided we didn't want to scream anymore. Instead, we wanted to make a rock record for the new ages — something with a lot of singing, textures and vocal harmonies, and we couldn't do any of that with all the screaming."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Mudvayne Announces Toronto And Vegas Tour Dates

Mudvayne has added the following shows to their upcoming tour:

Jul. 20 Toronto, ONT - Docks
Aug. 17 Las Vegas NV - House Of Blues

More off Ozzfest tour dates:

Jul. 16 Glenn Falls, NY - Glenn Falls Civic Center - Aggressive Music Festival
Jul. 28 Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - WNOR Radio Show
Aug. 03 Cleveland, OH - Tower City Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 Portland, OR - Columbia Meadows - Rockfest X
Aug. 21 San Diego, CA - Soma

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Chevelle Adds A Few More Summer Tour Dates

Chevelle has added a few more dates to their upcoming tour with Taproot and 30 Seconds to Mars. Tour dates so far:

Chevelle:
Jun. 11 Kansas City, MO - Liberty Memorial Park - KQRC presents
Jun. 30 Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest - Music Market Stage - WLZR presents
Jul. 08 Chicago, IL - NASCAR - Chicagoland Route 66 Raceway

With Taproot and 30 Seconds to Mars: More...

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Megadeth Adds Seattle Date To Gigantour

A Seattle show has been added to Megadeth's "Gigantour" for September 10 at the White River Amphitheatre.

Gigantour features Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore on the main stage, and Dry Kill Logic, Symphony X and Bobaflex on the Second Stage. Upcoming tour dates:

Jul 21 Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
Jul 22 Las Vegas, NV - Thomas and Mack
Jul 23 Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Amphitheatre
Jul 24 Los Angeles, CA - Verizon Wireless
Jul 26 Sacramento, CA - The Cove @ CalExpo
Jul 28 San Diego, CA - Open Air Theatre
Jul 29 Tucson, AZ - Casino Anselmo
Jul 30 Albuquerque, NM - Journal Amphitheatre
Aug 2 Dallas, TX - Nokia Live
Aug 3 Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater
Aug 5 Atlanta, GA - Gwinett
Aug 6 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Aug 7 West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amphitheater
Aug 8 Tampa, FL - St. Pete's Times Forum
Aug 10 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater
Aug 11 Ft. Wayne, IN - Coliseum Expo
Aug 12 Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center
Aug 13 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom Complex
Aug 14 Cleveland, OH - Tower City Amphitheatre
Aug 17 Pittsburgh, PA - Chevrolet Amphitheatre
Aug 19 Portland, ME - Civic Center
Aug 20 Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 21 Poughkeepsie, NY - Mid-Hudson Civic
Aug 23 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
Aug 24 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Banks Art Center
Aug 26 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
Aug 27 Reading, PA - Soverign Center
Aug 28 Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
Aug 30 Buffalo, NY - Darien Lakes Amphitheatre
Sept 2 Montreal, QU - Bell Centre
Sept 3 Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
Sept 10 Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheatre

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Twisted Sister To Release First DVDplus In July

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Twisted Sister, the legendary multi-platinum metal band, are teaming up to bring the ultimate combination of DVD and CD technology to metal fans everywhere. On June 28, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release "Twisted Sister's Live at Wacken The Reunion," on DVDplus. The revolutionary DVDplus format offers music fans a full-length DVD video program and a full-length audio CD on opposite sides of the same disc.

Unlike the DualDisc format, which is marketed as an enhanced audio CD, DVDplus uses the full capacity of the disc to give consumers a double dose of entertainment. The unique mastering techniques of DVDplus can include up to two hours of video on the DVD side, plus a full-length CD program. Packaged in a jewel box, the disc has magenta printing on one side and a clear coat scratch-resistant finish on the other, making it easier to identify its content than the DualDisc. It is also backwards compatible with all CD and DVD players. List price for "Live at Wacken The Reunion" will be $19.98.

"We've been in the DVD business for a long time, and believe that DVDplus truly offers the consumer the best of both worlds: a full-length DVD video program and a full-length CD audio program," said Mike Carden, Eagle Rock Entertainment Executive Vice President and President of North American Operations. "Given our long relationship with Twisted Sister on our Spitfire label, this is the perfect combination of their talent and our desire to expand into promising new formats."

Twisted Sister vocalist Dee Snider and manager Phil Carson became early proponents of DVDplus technology, which was developed by acclaimed record producer and engineer Dieter Dierks. Dierks is best known for his work with Twisted Sister and Scorpions, and is also CEO of DVDplus International, headquartered in Germany.

"I first heard about DVDplus when Dieter Dierks, a German record producer pal of mine, came to New York and showed me this astonishing technology," says Snider. "I saw a massive potential that is particularly important to record companies. DVDplus is a way for them to give the consumer a package that includes everything they could ever want from their favorite artist."

"DVDplus is exactly what the industry needs," says Carson, who is also President of the North American Division of DVDplus. "It gives the consumer extra value and serves as a deterrent to downloading." More...

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Slipknot Do One-Off Show, No Tour

It's bad news for Slipknot fans hoping that the band would tour U.S. clubs in late summer. The Las Vegas House of Blues has confirmed that Slipknot will be playing there on August 21, leading to some speculation over whether that gig would be part of a tour. But a spokesperson for the band says it's simply a one-off performance. At this point, the only other U.S. show on Slipknot's itinerary is a single Ozzfest appearance on August 20 in San Bernardino.

In related news, Slipknot have once again delayed the release of their upcoming, as yet untitled DVD to October 11th via Roadrunner.

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Watch Brand New Sin's 'Black And Blue' Video

Brand New Sin are out with the video to their new single 'Black And Blue', from the album 'Recipe For Disaster'. You can watch it online at MTV.com.

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Womb Raiders Ready New Release

Womb Raiders' full length "Torn From The Womb" set to come back from the presses at the end of Jjune.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Bloody Soaked Visions
2. Sick Needs
3. Hellwhore
4. Grave Slave
5. Hail
6. Why did you make me rape you?
7. Shut up Cunt
8. Womb of Doom
9. Cannot Escape

Over 33 mins of brutal gore/death metal.

Womb Raiders will be playing with exhumed aug 28th at brick by brick in San Diego CA.

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Video For the Acacia Strain Track, 3750

The Acacia Strain's video for their track "3750" has been made available online, you can find it in Quicktime format here

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Chimaira To Film Video For New Single

Chimaira will be filming a video for their track "Nothing Remains" later this month, it is expected to be completed and ready for viewing in mid to late July. The bands self-titled new album will hit stores on August 09th through Roadrunner.

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Ravage Complete Work On 'Spectral Rider'

Boston, MA-based metallers Ravage have completed the mixing of their debut full-length album, "Spectral Rider", and the mastering process will commence shortly.

Ravage singer Alec "Al Ravage" Firicano described the album as a mixture of "Painkiller"-era Judas Priest, "Number of the Beast"-era Iron Maiden, '80s DIO and '80s Metallica. "It's an eclectic yet traditional mix," he said.

"Spectral Rider" track listing:

01. Turn the Screw
02. Spectral Rider
03. The Wicked Way
04. The Masque of Black Death
05. Incantation of the Necromancer
06. Wake the Dead
07. Ravage Part 1: Damage
08. Wyvern
09. The Wasteland
10. Bring Down the Hellhammer
11. The King Forgotten
12. Curse of Heaven (Bonus Track)

The album will be released in late August 2005. A label announcement, sound clips, cover art, and specific release dates are forthcoming.

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Arch Enemy Get Touring Guitarist

Arch Enemy will have a new guitarist in their line-up when they hit the road. He's Gus G., of Firewind fame. He temporarily replaces Christopher Amott, who's taking time out for his studies. The latter, though, is on the band's new album 'Doomsday Machine', which is released at the end of July.

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