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Metal News for March 11, 2003

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13 news articles posted on this day.

Dawn Commence Work On New Material

Dawn are working at full steam again: four years after their latest album, Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy). Dawn are working hard to finish their as of yet untitled new full length album, to be unleashed during the fall of 2003.

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Tidfall Confirm Studio Time

Studio time is booked by Tidfall for recording of the new album, here’s what the band has to say: "Entering Akkerhaugen Lydstudio at the end of march will be the culmination of almost a year of work writing the new material. Our focus on new song-writing routines + doing pre-productions of all songs has really paid off, and this is surely to be reflected in the new compositions! This time we'll plow a ditch right down to the pits of hell! During studio, we'll have ongoing reports published on our site http://www.tidfall.net. Regular updates on the progress will be available together with more detailed information on the songs. Song titles will be revealed and we'll have lots of pics to show you.“ More...

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Tribunal Records Announces New Signings

Tribunal Records has announced two new additions to their roster. For starters, instrumental tech metal band Canvas Solaris has signed with the label. According to the label, the Georgia band will appeal to fans of Cynic, Death, and Anacrusis. The group will be releasing a four-track MCD entitled "Spatial/Design" on June 3rd. Next, we have Widow, of Raleigh, North Carolina. Tribunal claims that the band plays traditional melodic metal (think Iron Maiden or Judas Priest) mixed with "the vibe of Children Of Bodom." Look for the group's Tribunal debut, entitled "Midnight Strikes," to hit streets later this year.

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Lamb of God Tour Dates

Prosthetic Records has revealed some dates (there should be more to come) for the upcoming Lamb Of God US tour. The group will be on the road supporting the May release of their new full-length, "As The Palaces Burn." Supporting LOG on the road will be Chimaira, Eighteen Visions, and Atreyu. Here's the latest schedule: More...

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Mayhem Strikes Fan's Skull WIth Sheep Skull

At Mayhem’s March 6th show in Bergen, Norway (487 km west of Olso), a flying sheep's head hit a concertgoer and fractured his skull.

The band was carving up a dead sheep as part of its stage act when the animal's head flew off lead singer Maniac's knife and struck Per Kristian Hagen, 25.

"My relationship to sheep is a bit ambivalent now. I like them, but not when they come flying through the air," Hagen told The Associated Press Monday from his hospital room. "I have a headache now." He is expected to recover.

Hagen, a Mayhem fan, filed involuntary assault and battery charges against the band. The charges carry a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

Mayhem member Rune Eriksen, whose stage name is Blasphemer, said the incident was unfortunate. "The whole thing was an accident, but maybe it would be an idea for another show," he said.

Eriksen promised Hagen a free ticket to the group's next performance.

Police detective Carl-Petter Leganger told the AP an investigation has started, but "nothing suggests this was a conscious act."

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Mike Harrison Does Vox for Psychotogen

Baltimore-based technical death metal band Psychotogen have recruited Mike Harrison (ex-Misery Index) to provide vocals and lyrics for the band's upcoming second release, "The Calculus of Evil". Psychotogen had previously planned on using Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato on the forthcoming CD, a plan which has since been abandoned.

Psychotogen will record "The Calculus of Evil" at IQ Studios with producer Ron Vento (Aurora Borealis) for a tentative mid-summer release through Crash Music.

In addition to singing on the upcoming album, Harrison will also perform vocals for the band's upcoming appearance at the three-day Maryland Death Fest in May.

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Solitude Aeturnus' Perez Interviewed

Solitude Aeturnus mastermind John Perez recently spoke to Electricbasement.com about the musical direction of the band's upcoming album, tentatively due at the end of the year.

"All of the songs are written," Perez revealed. "Now it's time to arrange them and scrutinize [them]. This is the painstaking process of re-writing and being honest with ourselves as to whether or not what we've done is any good or not. It'll take a little while but it's always worth it to be critical of your own work. The songs on this album will include some more traditional 'metal' elements more so than before. And more or less metal like later period Sabbath or something of that sort. Of course we have the traditional Solitude Aeturnus doom songs and some strange things as well. All in all it's going to be another record that I can personally listen to at home and enjoy the hell out of it." Read the entire interview at Electricbasement.com.

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Amaran Forced to Postpone UK Dates

Sweden's Amaran, who feature in their ranks ex-members of Mourning Sign, have postponed their previously announced four-date tour of the U.K with Amon Amarth and Solace Denied "due to matters out of our control," according to the band's official web site. The rescheduled dates will be announced soon.

Amaran are due to record their as-yet-untitled new album at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden between Apr. 7 and Apr. 27. 13 new songs have been completed for the CD and are being described by the band as "much heavier than the material on 'A World Depraved'." A late summer release through Listenable Records is expected.

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H.I.M. Pre-launch Show Pics Posted

Several photos of Finnish goth metallers H.I.M. performing a "pre-launch" show for their upcoming album, "Love Metal", on Saturday, March 8 at the Grosse Freiheit Club in Hamburg, Germany have been posted online at this location.

"Love Metal" is due on April 14 through BMG Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights" reportedly marks a return to a heavier sound for the group, who were criticized by some for pursuing an overly pop-flavored direction on their last effort. "Love Metal" was mixed by Tim Palmer at studios in Los Angeles and London and features 11 songs, including first single "Buried Alive by Love", the video to which was directed in December by Bam Margera of "Jackass" fame. A second video to a track called "Funeral of Hearts" was shot in Finland in January with director Stefan Lindfors.

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Destruction to Celebrate 20 Years in Austria

Veteran German thrashers Destruction will celebrate their 20-year-anniversary with a 70-minute headlining performance at the Vienna Metalfest. The event is scheduled to take place on Aug. 23 at the Open Air Arena in Vienna, Austria.

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Cult of Luna Embark On UK Tour

Swedish apocalyptic noisecore outfit Cult of Luna will embark on a U.K. tour beginning with tonight's show at The Casbah in Sheffield.

Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Flesh Made Sin to Support Dismember

Dutch thrashers Flesh Made Sin have been confirmed as the support act for Dismember and Callenish Circle on their upcoming Benelux tour in May.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 15 – Sneek, NETH @ Het Bolwerk
May 16 - Deventer, NETH @ Burgerweeshuis
May 17 – Zottegem, BEL @ Club Mundo
May 18 - Rotterdam, NETH @ Baroeg

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Relapse Contamination Tour 2003

On the heels of the inaugural Relapse Records Contamination Festival, the label has announced plans for the 'North American Contamination Tour 2003', a 22-city national tour comprised completely of acts on the label's burgeoning roster. The three week jaunt will be sponsored by Revolver Magazine and is scheduled to kick off May 2nd at the Hi Tone in Memphis, TN, running through May 23rd in Lansing, MI.

The tour will be headlined by the highly-touted Atlanta quartet Mastodon -- fresh off their first European tour and recent U.S. run with the Dillinger Escape Plan -- in support of their acclaimed album "Remission". Mastodon will be joined on the tour by Denver's Cephalic Carnage, who will have just completed a string of dates with Shadow's Fall and made an appearance as part of the Relapse Records 2003 SXSW showcase in Austin, TX.

Rounding out the tour will be Santa Barbara CA's Uphill Battle and Philadelphia instrumental trio -- and recent Relapse signees -- Dysrhythmia. The tour will be joined at select points by new Relapse signing The End as well as Dayton, Ohio's Rune. Dates are as follows: More...

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