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Metal News for March 23, 2006

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18 news articles posted on this day.

First Blood "Killafornia" Pre Orders and MP3s

First Blood's debut 11-song album entitled "Killafornia" hits the streets May 2, 2006, but if you order from the Trustkill Webstore you will get a FREE First Blood poster and sticker. You will also be entered to win the FIRST BLOOD SURVIVAL PACK, including First Blood camo shorts, zip-up hoody, and tee shirt (5 winners will be chosen randomly). You can pre-order the album online at trustkill.com now.

First Blood is currently on a full US tour with Comeback Kid, Ignite, and This Is Hell this Spring, and then also with Sick Of It All in May, an appearance at New England Metalfest, and then tours with The Red Chord and Bane.

You can check out MP3s from "Killafornia" here:

"First Blood" --> http://www.trustkill.com/artists/multimedia
"Conspiracy" --> http://www.myspace.com/trustkill

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Every Time I Die Set To Shoot Video, Seek Extras

Every Time I Die will be shooting a video for the song "The New Black" from their current release "Gutter Phenomenon" April 6th in the Los Angeles area. We need extras.

If you live in the LA area and are at least 18 years of age you will be submitted to the director as a possible extra.

All we need from you is a recent picture and a scanned copy of your drivers license emailed to etidvideo@aol.com along with your email address and phone number. We will not be accepting submissions via USPS/UPS/FedEx or anything other than email. We are looking for all types and ages.

If you are chosen, we wll contact you with all of the appropriate information (time/location etc.).

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Abigail Williams Signs To Candlelight Records

Arizona metal band Abigail Williams has officially signed a three-album deal with Candlelight Records. The group will enter the studio in May with James Murphy (of Death noteriety) at his new Florida-based production facility to begin recording their Candlelight debut, which will see the light of day later this year.

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Indecision Confirms Reunion Show

Indecision have commented on their forthcoming reunion show at Spirit in New York City on April 23rd at The Superbowl of Hardcore. They will be performing alongside Vision of Disorder, Crown of Thornz, Underdog and a slew of other bands. The group's one-time only performance will benefit the medical care of James McAuliffe. James suffers from Ewing's Sarcoma; a highly malignant form of cancer which is rare but most common in children and young adults. After undergoing diagnosis and treatment, he now stands within a bone marrow transplant of being cancer free.

"We are playing this show for a lot of reasons. First and foremost, we are doing this to help James McAuliffe with his medical costs. But, it will also be a fun way to give these songs and this band a proper send-off. These songs have meant so much to us over the years, it would be an honor to be able to play them one last time." – Tom Sheehan

Indecision, known for such influential albums as "Unorthodox" and "Most Precious Blood," will reform with Tom Sheehan on vocals, Justin Brannan and Rachel Rosen on guitars, and feature special guests Michael Macivor of Candiria on bass as well as Paul Klein on drums.

For more info on James Mcauliffe, including a way to donate to his medical treatment, please visit www.myspace.com/defeatcancer.

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Phaze I Sign With Scarlet Records

Phaze I, a new project from brothers-in-crime David & Frank Potvin (Lyzanxia) and long time friend Dirk Verbeuren (Scarve, Soilwork) signed a deal with Scarlet Records. The band just finished working on their debut album, mastered by Peter In De Betou (Rammstein, Marduk, etc.) at Tailor Made Studios and already described as the perfect mix of extremely powerful bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, At The Gates, Strapping Young Lad and, of course, Lyzanxia and Scarve. "Apocalyptic Metal" is the right definition for Phaze I's sonic holocaust. The album is expected to hit the streets on May 22nd. You can listen to the track "Stench of Their Flesh" on the band's MySpace page.

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Aurora Borealis To Release New CD On Nightsky

Aurora Borealis has stopped the search for an acceptable deal for the new album and have decided to release the album on Nightsky Productions. The CD is at press now and will be ready for an early April release. Anyone interested in pre orders should contact Aurora4dth@aol.com Pressing will be extremely limited. Album Features Tony Laureano (AngelCorpse, Nile, Dummu Borgir) on drums. You can view the cover art here. The album is entitled "Relinquish" and the songs span 37 minutes. The track listing is as follows:

1.) Myths of the Light
2.) Let The Games Begin
3.) Ravaged By Fire
4.) God Wills It
5.) The Red Flag
6.) River Through The Skies
7.) Tonight We Feast
8.) Black Snow

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Apocalyptica Sign With 20-20 Entertainment

Lars Brandle of Monsters and Critics is reporting that Finnish "cello rock" group APOCALYPTICA has signed a worldwide, multi-album recording deal with 20-20 Entertainment, Martin Dodd's New York-based joint venture with Sony BMG International.

According to a statement issued Monday (March 20) from Sony BMG, the band is to enter the studio later in the year to record their sixth album, which will feature new material with unidentified collaborations.

"We are immensely proud to sign APOCALYTICA," comments Maarten Steinkamp, president, Sony BMG Continental Europe and chairman/CEO of the company's German operations. "APOCALYPTICA are unique and we look forward to working with them and developing their success yet further."

In the statement, Steinkamp describes the decision to sign the act as "another example that shows how highly committed we are to working and breaking repertoire from all across Europe."

Since the release of their debut 1996 album "Plays Metallica by Four Cellos" on Finnish indie label Zen Garden, the band has sold roughly 2.5 million albums, Sony BMG says.

Until recently, the act was signed to Universal Music Germany. Their most recent album, "Apocalyptica" (Vertigo/Universal), its first set of original material, was released in Europe in early 2005.

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Alarum Post 'Velocity' Video Available Online

Aussie techsters ALARUM have delivered the first video from their Earache/Willowtip release Eventuality.

The clip, for the track 'Velocity', can be seen at this location.

Alarum, ARSIS and NEURAXIS will be teaming up with NECROPHAGIST, THINE EYES BLEED and CATTLE DECAPITATION for the Carving North America's Epitaph 2006 tour beginning in late April. More...

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Ex-Vio-lence Drummer "A Perfect Fit" In Defiance

Reunited Oakland, California thrashers DEFIANCE, best known for their seminal late '80s/early '90s Roadrunner releases "Void Terra Firma" and "Beyond Recognition", have posted the following message on their official blog:

"Yesterday [Saturday, March 18] we had our first rehearsal with our new drummer Mark Hernadez. Mark is veteran of the Bay Area metal scene. He has played with the likes of VIO-LENCE and TORQUE, among others. Mark totally hit it the ball out of the park! His style and his personality are a perfect fit for DEFIANCE. We are looking forward to recording a kick-ass album with him behind the drum kit. We also wanted to take this opportunity to thank James 'Flatline' Raymond for the time and work he invested into DEFIANCE. James is an awesome drummer and a really nice guy. He did a great job working with us over the last eight months. His departure had nothing to do with is playing or his attitude, it was simply an issue of conflicting schedules between DEFIANCE and his main band VENGINCE. We wish James and VENGINCE the best of luck! Maybe we will do a show together down the road?"

As previously reported, DEFIANCE recently inked a deal with Los Angeles-based Corporate Punishment Records. The group will enter Trident Studios in Concord, CA with producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, SKINLAB, VILE) this summer to begin work on their fourth album, tentatively due before the end of the year. Upon completion of the LP, the band is looking forward to playing selected shows and festivals. In addition to the new LP, Corporate Punishment Records will also release the band's first long-form DVD, "Decade(s) of Defiance", compiling hours of live performance, interview and archival footage chronicling their nearly 20 years of existence

Part of the so-called “second wave” of Bay Area thrash (which also included the likes of FORBIDDEN, VIO-LENCE, DEATH ANGEL, and TESTAMENT), DEFIANCE officially disbanded in 1993 after the departure of vocalist Steev Esquivel (who would go on to form SKINLAB, and later RE:IGNITION), while the remaining members, with the addition of vocalist Dave Godfrey White (HEATHEN), formed INNER THRESHOLD, which would also eventually disband.

In 2005, rumors of a reformed DEFIANCE sent waves of interest through the burgeoning thrash metal community, until it was finally confirmed that the band had in fact reunited and were at work on their first new material in over a decade.

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Disturbed Frontman Talks About "Land Of Confusion"

Launch Radio Networks reports: DISTURBED will shoot a video for its cover of the GENESIS hit "Land of Confusion" with Todd McFarlane directing. McFarlane, who also worked on the cover art for the band's latest album, "Ten Thousand Fists", has previously helmed clips for KORN and PEARL JAM. DISTURBED vocalist David Draiman told Launch what he likes about McFarlane's visual style. "It's very bitingly detailed, and very real," he said. "Todd habitually doesn't draw things that are overly pretty. He's really in touch with darker elements, he's really in touch with a lot of the attention to detail, even in the characters and the faces and the looks. He's got a very wide range of talent."

The memorable GENESIS video for "Land of Confusion" used eerie puppets in a political satire that poked fun at figures such as Ronald Reagan.

McFarlane told MTV.com that the DISTURBED version will show "a big view of the corporate world and how...the world is run by one giant thing, which is driven by greed and lust." The video is expected to be ready in June.

McFarlane is perhaps best known as the creator of the Spawn comics and toys. His McFarlane Toys has created action figures of comic characters, movie monsters, and musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Slash and Angus Young.

DISTURBED is slated to appear on the main stage of this summer's Ozzfest, which begins on July 1 in San Francisco.

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Audio Interview With Former Exodus Bassist Online

Audio Interview With Former Exodus Bassist Michael Butler Online

TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 50 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. This jam-packed anniversary special contains interviews hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy conducted with AMERICAN HEARTBREAK/ex-EXODUS bassist Michael Butler, Keavin Wiggins of antiMusic.com, and voice-over artist Gary. Topics include Butler's "Rock and Roll Geek Show" podcast, Adam Curry, Gibson musical instruments, GUNS N' ROSES, Ozzfest, BLACK SABBATH, and METALLICA. The show also contains music from the Podsafe Music Network by artists including AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, LACUNA COIL, and HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTARS. The 50-minute podcast can be downloaded at this location. iTunes users can also subscribe to "Talking Metal" for free at this location.

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At All Cost and The Jonbenet Tour Dates

At All Cost and The Jonbenet will be hitting the road together this spring. Here are the tour dates:

4/8 Ogden, UT @ Club Boom VA
4/9 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
4/11 Wichita, KS @ Headway Skatepark
4/12 Papillion, NE @ The Rock
4/13 Jefferson, SD @ Jefferson Community Center
4/14 Altoona, IA @ Moose Lodge
4/15 Moline, IL @ Cara's Studio
4/17 Mt. Clemens, MI @ Hayloft Liquor Stand
4/19 Atlanta, GA @ Under the Couch
4/21 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
4/22 West Palm Beach, FL @ Ray's Downtown
4/23 Jacksonville, FL @ The Imperial
4/25 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox Laundro-Lounge
4/26 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz
5/2 Milton, PA @ The Warehouse
5/3 Indianapolis, IN @ United States of Mind
5/4 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl

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Fire Fest 2006 (Las Vegas) Info

Fire Fest 2006 will take place on July 25th in Las Vegas, NV at the Fort Cheyenne Events Center. The following bands have been confirmed thus far (more will be announced):

See You Next Tuesday
The Concubine
Knife the Glitter
We Were Gentlemen
School Girl Knife Fight
Orangeburg Massacre
Pencil Lead Syringe
Annabel Lee Murders
Paris in Arms
Flood Tide

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Grand Magus Part Ways With Drummer

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, who feature in their ranks current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have parted ways with drummer Fredrik "Trisse" Liefvendahl. "His replacement will be announced when the time is right," the band write in a statement. "Trisse has been in GRAND MAGUS for eight years and will always be a part of the band's legacy. We wish him all the best for the future.

"GRAND MAGUS will now start writing new material. Expect more news very soon."

GRAND MAGUS' third album, "Wolf's Return", is available now on Candlelight Records (via a licensing deal with Rise Above). The band recorded the CD in Stockholm with producer/engineer Oneman.

GRAND MAGUS's sophomore album, "Monument", was issued in the U.S. in 2003 through The Music Cartel.

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Desolation Added To Deicide and Vital Remains Tour

Oregon-based death metalers DESOLATION have been added to the West Coast featuring DEICIDE, VITAL REMAINS and CREMATORIUM.

DESOLATION recently completed a U.S. trek with DEICIDE, GOATWHORE, JUNGLE ROT and CATTLE DECAPITATION, and will also be apearing at the Northwest Death Fest on May 28 with OBITUARY, SADUS, DEEDS OF FLESH, SEVERED SAVIOR and more.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/desolation666.

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Therapy?'s New Single To Be Available For Download

According to THERAPY?'s official website, the first release, 'Rain Hits Concrete', from their forthcoming album, One Cure Fits All, will be issued as a download EP single on April 10th and will feature three exclusive (non album) songs plus downloadable artwork. The track listing is as follows: ‘Rain Hits Concrete’, ‘Crazy Cocaine Eyes’, ‘Hard Work Hope’, ‘Play On’.

The EP will be available for download at the band's website and from iTunes (all territories), Napster (all territories), EUK (Woolworths/Tesco), Carma, Music Net (HMV/Virgin) plus Eagle Records and Pinnacle Distribution.

As previously reported, One Cure Fits All is set to be released on April 24th and will feature the following track listing: 'Sprung', 'Deluded Son', 'Into The Light', 'Lose It All', 'Dopamine Seratonin Adrenaline', 'Unconsoled', 'Our White Noise', 'Private Nobody', 'Rain Hits Concrete', 'Fear Of God', 'Heart Beat Hits', 'Walk Through Darkness'.

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Cephalic Carnage's Recording Studio Robbed

Flatline Audio, the recording studio owned by producer Dave Otero (CEPHALIC CARNAGE, SUMMON), was robbed this past weekend. Thousands of dollars in gear was taken, as well as hard drives containing week's worth of sessions and unfinished projects. The owner is offering a $500 reward for any information that leads to the recovery of the stolen hard drives. If you have any information, please contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 with reference to case number 200613523, or dave@hellionstudios.com.

For more information, visit www.hellionstudios.com.

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Complete Lineup Confirmed For NEMHF 2006

The full lineup for the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which is sponsored this year by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, has been confirmed.

The three-day festival at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, will feature headliners Lacuna Coil, Black Dahlia Murder, and Between the Buried and Me on Friday, April 28. Arch Enemy, Chimaira, and Exodus will headline Saturday, April 29. Headliners for Sunday, April 30 are Gamma Ray and DragonForce.

UK-based DragonForce will be making its first-ever American appearance at the festival. Italy's Lacuna Coil and Sweden's Arch Enemy will be making return appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, after stellar performances at the 2003 and 2002 editions of the festival.

"It's fantastic to be a part of what is quite possibly the best U.S. metal fest around!" said Arch Enemy guitarist Mike Amott. "This is our third time playing the New England Metal and Hardcore fest and it's always a pleasure. It's held in a great venue with great fans."

"It is an honor for us to be one of this year's headliners at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival," said vocalist Andrea Ferro. "We are more than ready for it. We can't wait."

Bands confirmed for Friday (listed alphabetically) are: A Life Once Lost, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Between The Buried And Me, Black Dahlia Murder, Cephalic Carnage, Dead To Fall, Demiricous, Ed Gein, From A Second Story Window, Haste The Day, If Hope Dies, Lacuna Coil, Ligeia, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, Ringworm, Scarlet, Still Remains, Suicide Silence, The Absence, Thine Eyes Bleed and Through The Eyes Of The Dead.

Saturday's bands include 100 Demons, Arch Enemy, At All Cost, Caliban, Chimaira, Colin Of Arabia, Cryptopsy, Damnation AD, Death Threat, Embrace The End, Exodus, First Blood, Full Blown Chaos, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Into The Moat, Ion Dissonance, Overcast, Ramallah, Remembering Never, Righteous Jams, Scars Of Tomorrow, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Spitfire, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, Terror, The Acacia Strain, The Classic Struggle, The JonBenet, and Turmoil.

Sunday's lineup is: A Love End Suicide, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Born Victim, Bronx Casket Company, Burn In Silence, Byzantine, Cannae, Cellador, Doom Raider, DragonForce, Folly, Gamma Ray, Goat Horn, Hypersolid, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Light This City, Losa, Mercury Switch, On Broken Wings, Phoenix Morning, Protest The Hero, Sanctity, The Miles Between, Torn Asunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xdeathstarx, and xlooking forwardx.

Talent is subject to change.

The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Prosthetic Records, 2nd Stage sponsor; Revolver Magazine, exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program; Facedown Records, sponsor of street marketing efforts; FUSE TV; Mazur PR; The Syndicate; and many others.

Vendors this year include Century Media/Nuclear Blast, Deepsend Records, ESP Guitars/Krank Amps, Eulogy Recordings/Hand Of Hope Records, Facedown Records, Fuse TV/Uranium, Lifeforce Records, Metal Blade Records, Oak Knoll Productions, Prosthetic Records, Red Rocket Records, Relapse Records, Revolver Magazine, Stillborn Records/Hatewear Inc., Trustkill Records, Victory Records, and others.

Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets are available now at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849. There is re-entry at this all-day event until 6 p.m. each day.

The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Visit the festival website at metalandhardcorefestival.com or myspace.com/metalandhardcorefestival.

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