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Metal News for July 1, 2007

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22 news articles posted on this day.

Kill Hannah To Open For VR And Alice In Chains

Chicago-based rock act KILL HANNAH has secured the opening slot on the upcoming VELVET REVOLVER / ALICE IN CHAINS U.S. The dates are as follows:

Aug. 05 - Baltimore, MD @ Pimlico Race Course
Aug. 06 - Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort
Aug. 08 - Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip Campground
Aug. 11 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Aug. 12 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
Aug. 16 - Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 17 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 18 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
Aug. 20 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Aug. 21 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 23 - Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 24 - Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
Aug. 25 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel Casino
Aug. 27 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 28 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

KILL HANNAH was formed in 1994 by singer-songwriter Mat Devine. Between 1996 and 2003, the band self-released eight LPs, singles and EPs independently.

KILL HANNAH recorded its Atlantic Records debut, "For Never & Ever", in Los Angeles in the winter of 2003 with producer Sean Beavan (NO DOUBT, MARILYN MANSON, NINE INCH NAILS) and mixer Tim Palmer (U2, THE CURE, TEARS FOR FEARS, H.I.M.). The band released its second album, "Until There's Nothing Left of Us", on August 1, 2006.

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Hellyeah's Download Set Available To Watch Online

Professionally filmed video footage of HELLYEAH's June 9, 2007 performance at the Download festival at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England has been posted at YouTube:

"Hellyeah": Video
"Matter of Time": Video
"Goddamn": Video
"Stone Cold Crazy" (QUEEN cover): Video
"Alcohaulin' Ass": Video
"You Wouldn't Know": Video

High-quality photos of HELLYEAH's June 5, 2007 performance at the Pavilion in Corpus Christi, Texas have been posted online at Tomorrow's Productions web site.

HELLYEAH is touring in support of its self-titled debut album, which has sold 116,000 copies in the United States since its April 10 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

HELLYEAH's first official live performance took place on May 20 at Rams Head Live in Baltimore.

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Kamelot's New Album Makes Greek And Japanese Chart

A posting on KAMELOT's official website states that the band's new album, "Ghost Opera", has hit #13 on the Japanese International Charts and #34 on the country's National Charts. The album also hit #13 on Greece's International Top 20 Charts.

Here are the band's upcoming tour dates:

* w/ LEAVES' EYES
** w/ FIREWIND

July 7 - Firenze, Italy - Evolution Festival
July 15 - Kvinesdal, Norway - Kvinesdal Rock Festival
Aug. 17 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx *
Aug. 18 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance Theatre *
Aug. 19 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill *
Aug. 22 - Montreal, QC - Medley *
Aug. 23 - Quebec City, QC - L'Imperial *
Aug. 24 - Toronto, ON - Opera House *
Aug. 25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s *
Aug. 27 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room *
Aug. 28 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4 *
Aug. 30 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre *
Sept. 1 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre *
Sept. 2 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club *
Sept. 7 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit *
Sept. 8 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater *
Sept. 9 - Houston, TX - Meridian *
Sept. 28 - London, UK - Mean Fiddler
Sept. 29 - Hardenberg, Holland - Podium
Sept. 30 - Heerhugowaard, Holland - Waerdse Tempel
Oct. 2 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
Oct. 3 - Bordeaux, France - Rock School Barbey
Oct. 10 - Tokyo, Japan - Shibuya O-East **
Oct. 11 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro **
Oct. 12 - Nagoya, Japan - Bottom Line **
Oct. 14 - Yokohama, Japan - Blitz **

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Watch Scorpions Perform "We'll Burn The Sky"

Fan-filmed video footage of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS performing their classic track "We'll Burn the Sky" on May 12, 2007 in La Nucia (Alicante), Spain has been posted at YouTube.

SCORPIONS' video for the song "Humanity" has been posted at YouTube.

A 10-minute video clip of SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine and guitarist Rudolf Schenker answering questions at a Paris press conference for their new album, "Humanity - Hour 1", has been posted at this location.

A 30-minute audio interview with Klaus Meine, conducted by Nikos Mastorakis of Greece's Radio Gold 103.3, has been made available for download.. During the interview, Meine discusses the band's new album, "Humanity - Hour I", and addresses the possibility of the band retiring without releasing another studio CD. More...

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Video Of Megadeth In Israel Posted

Video footage of an interview/press conference with the members of MEGADETH, held earlier today (Sunday, July 1) in Tel Aviv, Israel, has been posted at YouTube.

MEGADETH will perform in Tel Aviv tomorrow (July 2). The show will mark the band's first appearance in Israel since June 2005 when the group's performance at the Metalist Festival was stopped after only four songs due to the crowd's rowdy behavior (see previous BLABBERMOUTH.NET stories: Story#1, Story#2).

According to Ynetnews.com, MEGADETH's June 22, 2005 concert was cut short after stage barricades fell into the audience. Police instructed the crowd to exit the grounds and ended the Metalist Festival earlier than scheduled. More...

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Poison Frontman's New Reailty Show Trailer Posted

five-minute trailer for POISON frontman Bret Michaels' upcoming "reality" TV show "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" — a 10-part reality series premiering in July on VH1 in which 25 single women vie to win Bret's heart — is available for viewing at YouTube. Video footage of the casting for "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" can be seen here. Included is one girl's tale of her brush with sex slavery. Another talks about a 10-person orgy she took part in. There's also a PTA member who can make her boobs move independently, and a tatted-up mom who goes into detail about what she calls her "midget fetish."

An extended cut of the "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" theme, "Go That Far", set to a montage of POISON frontman Bret Michaels' onstage antics, pieced together by Michaels himself, is available for viewing/listening at this location.

A new audio interview with Bret Michaels, conducted by Tori Thomas of 95.1 WZZO in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has been posted online in two parts at this location. Michaels talks about the band's current tour, his reality TV show, and he also chimed in on the pending lawsuit between MÖTLEY CRÜE and its management over bad career advice/reality TV shows. More...

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Rob Zombie Filming New Scenes For Halloween

According to Bloody-Disgusting.com, Rob Zombie has been hard at work filming new material for his remake of "Halloween", which is slated for release this summer. Saturday (June 30) ended seven straight days of grueling filming around the Los Angeles area, which included the addition of six new death sequences, which boast more violence and gore, and a brand new ending, which is said to be "quite gruesome."

Zombie's remake of "Halloween", which stars Malcolm McDowell of "A Clockwork Orange" as Dr. Loomis and "X-Men" mutant Tyler Mane as the adult version of Myers, opens on August 31.

Zombie's previous films were 2003's "House of 1000 Corpses" and 2005's "The Devil's Rejects".

The official web site for ROB ZOMBIE's "Halloween" has been launched at www.halloween-themovie.com.

Meanwhile, Zombie's first-ever live album is scheduled for release in August. The CD was recorded at several shows on last year's "Educated Horses" tour and will include a 36-page deluxe booklet of never-before-seen live pictures plus a DVD.

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Slayer's Christ Illusion Re-Issue Artwork Revealed

The cover artwork for the upcoming re-release of SLAYER's "Christ Illusion" album, has been posted at the SonyMusicStore. According to MTV.com, the limited-edition set — which is due on July 24 — will contain the previously unreleased cut "The Final Six", as well as an alternate version of "Black Serenade". The reissue marks the band's first collaboration with new label home Columbia Records; SLAYER left Warner Bros. when longtime producer Rick Rubin jumped ship to head Columbia back in May.

"This version of 'Black Serenade' is the version [guitarist] Jeff [Hanneman] originally wrote, and during the miscommunications of recording, it came out the way it did," guitarist Kerry King told MTV.com. "I like the original version better. And 'The Final Six' was a song that just wasn't finished in time for the record, because [frontman] Tom [Araya] had to head home for [gall-bladder] surgery."

"The Final Six", said King, "isn't going to sound out of place, because it was written for "Christ Illusion". So, it's just another song off of that album, and it's not separate at all. The track was recorded by the time "Christ Illusion" came out — we just had to have Tom sing on it."

The reissue will also boast a bonus DVD called "Slayer on Tour '07". It will include the "Eyes of the Insane" video; a live rendition of the band's 1988 LP track "South of Heaven" that was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, on last year's "Unholy Alliance" run; and a behind-the-scenes, five-minute documentary-style montage of footage shot earlier this year when the band performed in Florida and Australia.

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Megadeth Have Too Many Tour Dates?

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:

"I just wanted to check in real qwik. We are back in Tel Aviv, and the band is in the best 'spirits' I have seen us all in for quite some time now.

"Glen [Drover, guitar] and Shawn [Drover, drums] are already disinfecting a few small square yards of sand to sunbathe all day tomorrow on, and I hear James [Lomenzo] holding court again behind me, as I witnessed last year with the mighty ANTHRAX and hisself in Japan. We are also very ecstatic with the way that the shows all went down this last leg in the UK and Europe.

"I am trying to determine which way the wind is blowing today (metaphorically speaking), and where we will tour next (we have so many dates that we are turning them down!!!), because we are sitting on a really great new record, and we are beside and supported by the best fans in the world.

"I have a list in my cell of all of the territories, and the excitement from the different countries, the promoters, the labels, and most importantly . . . you, our friends and fans from all around the globe.

"I can't wait to take the stage tomorrow night and finish what we started a couple years ago here in Israel. I hope that the young fan that broke his/her leg back then is better and will be at the show.

"Lastly, thanks to everyone that helped serve on this tour bringing this new record and fantastic line-up back to your faithful Droogies and so many countries that we have not had the luxury to play again for some time.

"I wish you were all here with me today; we would've had fun!!!"

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Rob Halford: "I'd Like To Do Some Extreme Metal"

Norway's Imhotep recently conducted an interview JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On when he felt it was the right time to come back to his roots:

"I think it was after we released the TWO record. We went on tour, and everything that I get involved with I give it a 1000%. You know, I stand by everything that I do, and to me it's not about commercial success or failure, it's just going through the whole process. And after I'd done the TWO release and the shows that we did in different places, I think that's when I fully understood that I just needed to get back to where I just got the most out of the music, and that's what I did after we did the final TWO shows — I just thought about what else was available. And there were other things that one could potentially get involved with. I still want to do some extreme forms of metal, like black/ death metal at some point in my career, since I'm a huge fan of that kind of music. But by then I'd already made my mind up to look for players that would help me put this 'Resurrection' release together."

On what Rob Halford would sound like singing extreme metal:

"I know that what I do as a metal singer, it's very strong for me to do this style of singing, firstly that I do with PRIEST, then what I do with HALFORD. But when think of death metal, I don't want to sing like most death metal singers. I don't know, it would be different."

On his duet with Bruce Dickinson on "Resurrection" on the track "The One You Love To Hate":

"Yeah! That was great. I was up in L.A. working with Roy Z on the 'Resurrection' album, and Bruce was in town. He stopped by the studio and we had some drinks and food together. We've known each other since MAIDEN and PRIEST began, and we're good mates. We just said, 'We've never really had the chance to do a song together!' Then Roy Z came in, and he said, 'What're you guys talking about?' We told him, and he said, 'Fuck, let's just do it, let's just put a song together!' So that's just basically how it happened — within a day we'd got 'The One You Love To Hate' written and the bulk of it came from Bruce, and then we kind of put the words and the melodies together. Then we went to the studio and made it all down. It only took about a day or two to complete. But it was a real bit of metal magic, that was! It's a really good song. I listened to it again last night for the first time in years. Really cool track!"

On the rumored project involving Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate, and Rob Halford:

"That never really got off the ground. That me and Bruce and Geoff from QUEENSRŸCHE were gonna put this band, this trio of singers together and go out and have one backing band, and then we would all do each other's songs, do our own songs, cover songs and just mix it all up. One of us would go out and sing a song, somebody else would come out and sing a song, and then we'd do duets or trios together, whatever. But we never left the launch pad, unfortunately, because we were all so busy and immersed in our separate worlds it just never became a reality! But I've never forgotten that and I still think that if there's an opportunity to do it. We should do it, you know, because it'll be really special and different."

On what he thought of Tim "Ripper" Owens singing with JUDAS PRIEST:

"It was a combination of two things — like, fuck I wish I was doing that. And at the second time, I felt like, all this is brilliant, another JUDAS PRIEST record with a great singer. It was just two sets of feelings for me really. I like Tim's vocals very much. I think he's a great singer! . . . We've met twice or maybe more and he was a very nice guy. I don't understand this whole thing of current and past members of a band bashing each other. I believe respect is something very important and if you have problems with someone, keep them to yourself, you know? You don't need to spread it, to go on public. I've always respected every musician, and I think we, as human beings, should try to respect each other a bit more."

On the reaction from PRIEST fans to his announcement that he was gay:

"It was fantastic. Nobody really cared. I think in today's world, it's a lot easier to be accepted, although there is still a lot of bigotry and a lot of hate. You know, [directed] towards gay people, to different people of different colors, to different people of different religions; and I can't understand that there is still so much hate and resentment in the world. So when I made that statement about my homosexuality, I just think it was important as much as it was for me as a gay metal singer, but also to try and break down some more intolerance and prejudice against gay people. And of course, all my straight metalhead fans, like I said, they were just really supportive. They said, 'Rob we don't care what you are. To us you're the Metal God, you're a great metal singer, and that's all that matters' I was really happy for the reaction because it sent a strong message that the metal community is very accepting. That metalheads can come together at a concert from all different age groups, all different colours, all different religions, all different jobs, all different kinds of sexuality, and they can just come and have a great metal together! So I think I kind of exploded the myth about the metalheads not accepting like myself because that's not true. That was a great thing to do! I'm not an activist, or someone that holds the flag of the gay community, but I'm who I'm, and I think it's important to be open and to be honest, to not hide anymore, just to respect each other, really!"

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AC/DC Bassist Says Nothing Confirmed For New Album

Thomas S.Orwat Jr. of Glam-Metal.com recently conducted an interview with AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams about the Classic Rock Cares charity project, which also includes AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE) and Steve Luongo, who played in THE JOHN ENTWISTLE BAND. Proceeds from the tour will go to the John Entwistle Foundation, whose "primary mission is to help provide free music education and instruments for underprivileged children through the public library system." A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Glam-Metal.com: You have always kept a pretty low profile while on break from AC/DC, you must really believe in this charity to go out and tour in support of it.

Cliff: You know, why not, it's a great thing to do. It's all good. And we get to play and raise a little money for the charity. And that's great, I love that. But the main thing is that AC/DC has been off the charts for a little while and quite frankly when we get back together again, I want to know what end of a bass guitar I'm suppose to pick up first. I need to play and Brian needs to sing. What a great way to do it like this.

Glam-Metal.com: Have you ever consider putting out a solo CD during your down time?

Cliff: No, I toyed with that idea twenty years ago, but that's nothing that I want to do, not at all. I very happy with AC/DC, I've been with them for thirty years, that's very fulfilling for me and I love when we get together and play. This side project is also a lot of fun and I'm enjoying it and that's certainly enough for me.

Glam-Metal.com: You've established yourself as one of the most influential bass players in rock, you've played on releases that sold millions of CDs and are in one of the biggest rock bands ever. Is there anything else that you would still like to accomplish in your career that you haven't?

Cliff: Wow… I'm not chasing anything. I'm just enjoying playing and I'm happy that I still can. There's no goal that I'm aiming to achieve at all. I've been very fortunate in my career and I'm still really enjoying it. So I guess if there anything that I still want to do, it's doing what I do.

Glam-Metal.com: Being a huge fan of the "Highway To Hell" era of AC/DC, I need to ask this. What was that final tour like with Bon Scott and could you sense at that point that the band was going to exploded in popularity?

Cliff: I guess we started to get a smell of it, but prior to "Black In Black" exploding all over the planet, not really. You know that stuff kind of creeps up on you. You are just doing your day by day stuff and then you find out and all of a sudden bang. We kind of got a smell and then it just went nuts.

Glam-Metal.com: What is your favorite AC/DC record?

Cliff: I would have to say "Powerage". That was the first one that I played on and it has some great songs on it. It was very important record for me. And of course I like "Back in Black" a lot too.

Glam-Metal.com: There are a lot of rumors about AC/DC putting out a new CD and touring in 2008. Is there any truth to that?

Cliff: Nothing is set in concrete at all. I hear these rumors too. But when Malcolm and Angus [Young] are ready and they got all the stuff together, they will call us and we'll get together and get it done. We never plan a head that far, except for when the guys are happy with what they have, then that's when it rolls. And that can happen anytime. We've been doing this a long time, and it's OK to take a break. But any rumors that you heard are just that.

Glam-Metal.com: When do you get that call, how long does it take to record the new material?

Cliff: When we get together they have almost everything mapped out. At that point it's just playing it and if we can add anything, we do.

Read the entire interview at Glam-Metal.com.

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Michael Schenker Group Cancel Some Tour Dates

According to the web site of the Granada Theatre in Dallas, Texas, tonight's (July 1) MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP concert at the venue has been cancelled. However, despite rumors to the contrary, the band's current U.S. tour has not been called off and will continue as planned.

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP is performing timeless classics from all stages of Michael's illustrious career, including SCORPIONS, UFO and MSG, to commemorate his "Tales of Rock 'n' Roll", which is out now. Support on all dates comes from San Francisco-based guitar virtuoso Doug Doppler, signed to Steve Vai's Favored Nations label.

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP's current touring lineup is as follows:

Michael Schenker (guitar)
Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards)
Jari Tiura (vocals)
Bodo Schopf (drums)
Frank Rummler (bass)

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP released "Tales of Rock 'n' Roll", a special CD to celebrate the band's 25-year anniversary, on August 1, 2006 via Locomotive Records. The CD contains Michael Schenker's signature riffage on new cuts featuring an all-star assembly of singers who have recorded with Schenker over the past quarter-century: Graham Bonnet, Gary Barden, Robin McAuley, Kelly Keeling, Leif Sundin, Chris Logan and Michael's most recent vocalist, Jari Tiura. UFO's Pete Way chips in with bass for this special occasion and RACER X vocalist Jeff Martin is behind the kit.

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Ex-CoF Drummer Performs On New Samsas Traum

Drummer Adrian Erlandsson (NEMHAIN, BRUJERIA) has posted this message on his MySpace page:

"Dear friends,

I am proud to announce that I have just completed the drums for the upcoming SAMSAS TRAUM record 'Heiliges Herz' and I will be joining them accompanying tours. I really like the music - these guys got a strange kind of humour. I agreed to the cooperation shortly after I listened to the first demo tracks.

Some of the new songs will already be presented live in September, along with old smash hits being performed for the first time every with real drums and a new lineup. 'I can't wait to play the tracks live' - SAMSAS TRAUM are eager to kill.

Meanwhile, the drum recordings for 'Heiliges Herz' were finished in a studio in London - skillfully supervised by Dan Turner."

"The result even impresses me. I can't believe that what's blasting out of the speakers is my own music", enthuses Alexander Kaschte, bandleader of SAMSAS TRAUM, suitably stunned. He adds: "I'm getting closer to the record I always wanted to make."

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Sebastian Bach Reports From The Road

Vocalist Sebastian Bach (ex-SKID ROW) has posted this brief message on his official website:

"Having a blast in Auckland, New Zealand! First night we got here, turns out the band HELLYEAH is in town! We all went to the show and they tore the fucking house down!! It was great catching up with my old buds Vinnie Paul, Kat, Sterling, and meet the rest of the band, the incredible singer Chad Grey, Greg, Maxwell, and Bobzilla! [photo]"

Here are Bach's upcoming live dates:

July 3 - Christchurch, New Zealand - Westpac Arena
July 7 - Florence, Italy - Rosignano Solvay Evolution Festival
July 9 - Barcelona, Spain - Bikini
July 10 - Madrid, Spain - Macumba
July 11 - Granada, Spain - Atarfe-Centro Cultural Elvira
July 13 - Kvinesdal, Norway - Kvinesdal Rockfestival
July 14 - Istanbul, Turkey - Masstival

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Soulfly Confirm European Summer Dates

Soulfly are to tour Europe this summer with the following dates confirmed so far...

Aug. 9 - Sziget in Budapest, Hungary
Aug. 10 - Brutal Assault in in Jaromer, Czech Republic
Aug. 11 - Picture On in Wallern im Burgenland, Austria
Aug. 12 - Event Center in Hohenems, Austria
Aug. 16 - Pukkelpop in Hasselt, Belgium
Aug. 17 - Salento Summer Festival in Vernole, Italy
Aug. 18 - Summer Breeze in Dinkelsbühl, Germany
Aug. 20 - Backstage in München, Germany
Aug. 21 - Kulturfabrik Kofmehl in Solothurn, Switzerland
Aug. 22 - Schüür in Lucerne, Switzerland
Aug. 25 - Huntenpop Festival in the Netherlands
Aug. 26 - Melkweg in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Katatonia performs at Tuska Open Air clips online

Clips of Katatonia's appearance at Finland's Tuska Open Air festival Friday night have be posted. They cover the band's single "My Twin", and singer Jonas Renske's favorite, "Consternation". what the videos lack in quality, they make up for in making you wish you would have seen this show. More...

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P.O.D. Singer To Become A Father

The following message has been posted on P.O.D.s official Myspace blogs:

"What up Family?

I know I don't get around to it as much as I would like but I wanted
to write in to just say hello and wish everyone the best. We've been
crazy busy trying to finish up the record and everything else that
comes with it. I'm actually at home now getting ready for the birth
of my SON and hanging out with the family since San Diego is extra
Lovely this time of year.

I pray blessings on all of your lives and that you all would have a
wonderful and safe Summer. I'll keep in touch as much as I can until
the record comes out to keep everyone up to speed. I know the crew
has got it all under control.

I also wanted to tell you about Blindside's new EP that just dropped.
Show your LOVE for our boys from Sweden. It's awesome as always.
Check out their website and download it.

Also the new Bad Brains album just came out. It's raw and punk rock
as ever. No changing for those guys just staying true hardcore.
Definitely something for the true fans. Anyway, much LOVE to you and
I can't wait to get on the road again and hang. Stay True. You know
the drill! Love you guys..................Sonny"

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Primal Fear Members Comment On New Album

PRIMAL FEAR have posted this message on their official website:

"Sorry for not getting back here earlier, but we worked hard to finalize all parts for the new album and preparing for our first show in a long time. We really can't wait for tomorrow to share the stage with MOTÖRHEAD others and have Henny (Wolter - guitar) back with us! Frontiers Records have finally set the release date of 'New Religion' [view cover] for Europe on September 21."

Individual band members have commented on the new album:

Ralf Scheepers (vocals): "We have worked for four weeks at the House Of Music studio, where we recorded most of the PRIMAL FEAR stuff in the past. We had magic moments - of course one was as Simone Simons (EPICA) was joining us. As four weeks were not enough time for the recordings, we continued with full power in different studios in our area. Mat (Sinner) worked with Matz Ulmer on the orchestra parts. Achim and Mat worked on Stefan's guitar parts and last not least, I'm very happy, that my very own little studio has proved to be good enough to record lead and backing vocals. Despite the fact that we have lost some important time in the main studio (due to problems we don't want to discuss in public), working at home was very relaxed and surrounded by a cool atmosphere. At last Henny Wolter recorded some guitars and our good friend Magnus Karlsson played two incredible lead guitar parts! 'New Religion' is definitely the start of a new chapter in the history of PRIMAL FEAR. The fact we've signed with a new record company and bringing back our good friend Henny into the band sets more energy free than the launch of a rocket. The band is in the best mood since many, many years! Can't believe that? Listen to the album!"

Randy Black (drums): "Once again I think we've pushed the boundaries with our latest PRIMAL FEAR CD 'New Religion'. The song writing is more diverse than ever even including an instrumental. Ralf seems to out do himself with each new CD. Starting with the ripping vocals of 'Sign Of Fear' to the fine yet powerful performances on 'Fighting The Darkness' and 'The Man I Don't Know'. I'm sure PRIMAL FEAR fans and critics alike will be blown away by his performance! Working with Mat Sinner and Charlie Bauerfeind producing again was inspirational for me as the three of us work very well together coming up with the right drum parts to fit the songs. Mat and Stefan, together with returning guitar slinger Henny Wolter have also kept the level very high with their performances. The overall sound on this CD is more brutal (in the most positive way) largely due to the mix of Ronald Prent. He managed to get what we wanted plus put his own stamp on the sound for a result that in my opinion is the overall best sounding PRIMAL FEAR CD to date! Looking forward to performing these new songs live for the fans later this year!"

Mat Sinner (bass): "I never had such a exciting and positive feeling since the release of the first PRIMAL FEAR album in 1998. We never worked harder on an album before. Thank God, we had three great back ups like co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind, mixer Ronald Prent and longtime partner Achim Koehler, who helped us to sail around every dangerous cliff! Sincere compliments to the fantastic performance of all my bandmates. I recognized, that the smile is back on their faces again and we're ready to explode! The songs of 'New Religion' combine all the trademarks the fans want to hear from PRIMAL FEAR, plus there's still space for progression, creativity and evolution. It's the first time Ralf is singing a duet with a female singer and Simone's voice just fits incredible. Of course we needed the right song for this combination and 'Everytime It Rains' is the song. I've heard the album ten thousand times now and I still feel that Fighting The Darkness is the best sounding song, we've ever produced. The real metal songs like 'Sign Of Fear', 'Blood On Your Hands' or 'New Religion' sounding 100% like PRIMAL FEAR, but still different. I really love the vibe and that I feel a progress in our work, that there is still space for a new step into creativity. Even the fast, but very melodic tracks like 'Face The Emptiness' or 'The Curse Of Sharon' sounding fresh, new and exciting!"

Here is the complete track listing for "New Religion":

01. Sign Of Fear
02. Face The Emptiness
03. Everytime It Rains
04. New Religion
05. Fighting The Darkness:
a) Fighting The Darkness
b) The Darkness
c) Reprise
06. Blood On Your Hands
07. The Curse Of Sharon
08. Too Much Time
09. Psycho
10. World On Fire
11. The Man (That I Don't Know)

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Ravage Vocalist Talks About New Album

RAVAGE vocalist Al Ravage has posted this message on the band's MySpace page:

"Hello all,

So, I've been a bit lazy with the journal... mostly due to my not having a computer at this point, so this entry will include the goings since the last entry... which has included multiple sessions.

At this point we have all the drum issues squared away and the drums are sounding quite awesome. Definitely the best quality drums of any RAVAGE recording at any point... by far. The drums are even better sounding than the 'Curse Of Heaven' drums... which were a drum machine... so that takes care of a big headache for the band... our never being able to get a decent drum sound.

The vokills: So far the main vocals are done for 'Shattered Dreams', 'The Nightmare's Hold', 'Captive Of Sin', 'Rite Of The Night' and the cover of 'Be Quick or Be Dead' (IRON MAIDEN). There have been vocal harmonies galore and layer upon layer of vocals. I don't know how much will show up on the final mix, but this is by far the most singing I've ever done on a recording, so I've been busy. This album will probably have a very 'studio' sound and be somewhat polished, but I think the songs are high energy enough to ensure it won't be sterile sounding... it is us, after all... it will never sound too polished.

Some interesting crap from the studio... I had 'original Coors' for the first time the last time I was over there. Pete had a mini-fridge full of the stuff… and surprisingly it wasn't too bad. It goes down smooth like a rocky mountain stream... or a slightly thicker, grittier stream than that from which Coors light flows. It also comes in a hilarious yellow can which advertises it's 'extremely wide mouth' all over it, and tries to suggest that the beverage inside becomes more flavorful when imbued through this enlarged hole. Hilarious stuff.

As I was taking a little break in the middle of recording some harmonies in 'Captive', Brian Fair from SHADOWS FALL walked in to shoot a little shit with Pete. He apparently was packing up his stuff to go out on the Sounds Of The Underground tour and just had to tell everyone about this great bong hit he just had. Funny stuff.

So far the best sounding songs are 'Captive' and the cover of 'Be Quick Or Be Dead' (the later of which probably won't make the album). But we haven't finished up some parts and we haven't tackled 'the big hits' yet... like 'Damn Nation', 'Freedom Fighter' and 'Shackles'... the next couple of weeks should be fun.

In other news... we have some more shows booked... details TBA... and... my Pet Demon and Tony the Metal Duke are moving into our practice space... let the madness... begin!

Happy birthday to drunken Jace Alfonso"

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Kittie Announce More U.S. Dates

Canada's KITTIE have added several more shows to their upcoming U.S. summer tour. Here are the confirmed dates:

July 6 - Columbus, MS - The Princess Theatre
July 7 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum
July 15 - McAllen, TX - Q94.5 The Rock Bandtango (Edinburg Baseball Stadium)
July 21 - Saginaw, MI - Z93 FM Altered Skin Revolution
Aug. 5 - Madison, WI - 94.1 WJJO Band Camp

Sweet Revenge Tour w/ It DIES TODAY, SILENT CIVILIAN, BRING ME THE HORIZON and BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART:

Aug. 10 - Orono, ME - Ultra Lounge
Aug. 11 - New York, NY - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
Aug. 12 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
Aug. 13 - Bedford, NH - Mark's Showplace
Aug. 14 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Aug. 15 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
Aug. 16 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Aug. 17 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights Live
Aug. 18 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
Aug. 19 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Aug. 21 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
Aug. 22 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Aug. 24 - Houston, TX - Java Jazz
Aug. 25 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Aug. 26 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
Aug. 27 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
Aug. 28 - Denver, CO - Cervanted Ballroom
Aug. 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Avalon
Aug. 31 - Bend, OR - Midtown Ballroom
Sept. 1 - Darrington, WA - Power Box Music Fest
Sept. 2 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Sept. 4 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Sept. 5 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Sept. 7 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
Sept. 8 - Santa Ana, CA - The Galaxy Theatre
Sept. 11 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
Sept. 12 - Cedar Falls, IA - The Reverb
Sept. 13 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
Sept. 14 - Traverse City, MI - Streeters
Sept. 15 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
Sept. 16 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's

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Obituary Vocalist Checks In, Some US Dates Changed

OBITUARY vocalist John Tardy has posted this message on the band's official website:

"We made it to Holland safely and had a great night off in Amsterdam last night. We are in Deventer today to rehearse and go over the set for the London show at the Camden Underworld July 5 and the Walrock Festival in Holland on July 7. We will be playing a couple of new songs!

I have great news for all of you who cannot wait for the August 28 release of 'Xecutioner's Return'. We have confirmed that we will be doing an iTunes exclusive release of 'Evil Ways', a new song off our 'Xecutioner's Return' CD. July 31, 2007 will be the release date for that!!!!!"

In other news, there have been some changes made to the band's upcoming U.S. tour. As well, most of the venues have been announced (see below). Here are the band's upcoming tour dates:

July 5 - London, UK - TPA
July 7 - Burgum, Holland - Waldrock Festival
Sept. 11 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Sept. 12 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill
Sept. 14 - Sayerville, NY - TBA
Sept. 15 - Southbridge, MA - ADC Performance Center
Sept. 16 - Williamsville, NY - Club Infinity (New York Fright Fest 4)
Sept. 19 - Mt. Clemens, MI - Emerald Theatre
Sept. 20 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Sept. 21 - Maplewood, MN - The Rock
Sept. 22 - Indianapolis, IN - KOC Grand Ballroom Metal Festival
Sept. 24 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
Sept. 26 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Sept. 28 - Las Vegas, NV - TBA
Sept. 29 - San Diego, CA - Jumping Turtle
Sept. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Knitting Factory
Oct. 2 - Phoenix, AZ - TBA
Oct. 4 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
Oct. 5 - Houston, TX - Meridian
Oct. 6 - New Orleans, LA - The Hanger

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New Powerman 5000 Album To Be Download Only?

POWERMAN 5000 recently stated that they would in fact be putting out a "new disc" sometime in 2007. The band have since posted this brief message on their MySpace page regarding the album:

"Should there even be an actual CD? Would it matter to anyone if the record was only available as a download? Just curious... what do ya think?"

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