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Metal News for March 23, 2008

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27 news articles posted on this day.

Exclusive Unearth DVD Clip on Music Choice

Between March 24 and March 30, Music Choice On Demand will be airing an exclusive video clip taken from Unearth’s new double-disc DVD, "Alive from the Apocalypse." Go to Music Choice on your cable on demand menu or visit MusicChoice.com online for more info.

As previously reported, "Alive From The Apocalypse" will be released in Australia on 3/15, US & Canada on 3/18, and the UK & Europe on 3/20. You can view the trailer on MySpace as well.

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Putrid Pile To Record New Album

Shaune Lacanne of PUTRID PILE has posted the following update:

“Hello everyone. Okay a lot of you have been asking when the new PUTRID PILE disc was going to be released. Well, I cant really say ‘when’ it’s going to be released right now, but I WILL be going into the studio to record the new disc sometime next month (APRIL)! The title of the new disc is going to be ‘House of Dementia’ and I’m very excited to get the songs recorded for this! I dont think the fans of PUTRID PILE will be disappointed at all! Some tentitive song titles will be, 'The Ingestion of Human-Kind,’ ‘Dead,’ and ‘Tales of a Necrophile.’ I believe this will be my heaviest work yet and I’m very anxious to get these songs to everyone. Thank you so much for your patience and I’ll be posting more blogs soon!

"P.S. Any labels interested in signing PUTRID PILE please get ahold of me here on MySpace to talk further or e-mail me at putridpile@tds.net.”

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V:28 Call It Quits

Norwegian industrial black metallers V:28 have issued the following update:

"There’s been a few questions and speculations lately regarding the future of V:28, wether we will continue or not, so we thought an official statement would be in its right place about now. Even though it has been a relatively tough decision to make, we’ve decided to call it a day. There’s a number of reasons for why we chose to disband at this point, but most important is that we have fulfilled the work we set out to do. It’s always been about the trilogy, and the content of the trilogy is the very essence of V:28. It would be wrong to continue under the name V:28. We have done our very best in every task, and seen from our point of view, we have succeeded in making a trilogy based upon the end of the world with a different and unique approach. The VioLution album is how we see the peak of our creative output, and it feels pointless walking the same path over again now that we’ve already reached the end of it. However, it’s important to stress the fact that V:28 will be fully operational throughout 2008, doing concerts, interviews and promotional work regarding our releases, and we will announce our resignation in good time." More...

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M.A.N Update Tour Schedule

M.A.N, the act featuring MNEMIC frontman Tony Jelencovich and members of TRANSPORT LEAGUE, have confirmed more tour dates in support of their second album "Peacenemy," which was released on March 14th in Europe thru Tiefdruck-Musik/Universal.

The band's itinerary is as follows:

31 - The Tube Club/Debaser - Stockholm, Sweden

1 - Logo - Hamburg, Germany
2 - Movie - Bielefeld, Germany
3 - Gaschessel - Biel/Bienne - Bern, Switzerland
4 - Pub de Manoir (TBC) - St. Maurice - Wallis, Germany
5 - Happy Day Club - Wolfenscheissen, Switzerland
26 - Pub Anchor - Stockholm, Sweden

3 - Tiefdruck Festiva - Hamburg, Germany
23 - Belsepub - Göteborg, Sweden

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Darkane Post Studio Video Diary Part 3 Online

Drummer Peter Wildoer of the Swedish thrashers DARKANE has issued the following update from the recording sessions for the group's new studio album, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records:

"So finally the third video blog is done! It features me recording some drum parts and I hope you like it. The next video will feature guitar recording and will be up in a week or so. As you understand, the videos take some time to edit and that's why they are a bit behind what's actually happening in the studio. Currently Jens [Broman] is recording vocals in the studio and he sounds killer! We've done three songs so far and I'm very happy with the result. Previously this week we recorded strings, horns and tuba for the intro ('Variations of an Eye Crush') and a song called 'Execution 44'. What can I say?! Sounds fantastic! Christofer [Malmström, guitar] has done great arrangements, as always, for the orchestra. It's an honour to be able to be a part of his amazing work. If you liked our past intros, then you'll like this one as well. Also, all rhythm guitars are done and so are the melody/extra guitars. The bass is almost done, three more songs to go. As I said, we're doing vocals now and are mixing that with recording solo guitars when Jens needs a rest. Christofer has done some solos and he's on fire! Klas [Ideberg, guitar] still hasn't started but will do so this coming week." More...

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Elevator 22 Finalize New Album Track Listing

Canadian metallers, Elevator 22, issue the following album update on their MySpace page:


"The album is finally done, but the mix you’ll hear on myspace is only a rough mix. We’ll be heading back to the studio to finish up the mixing very soon. There is no release date for the cd yet. "

"The track listing is as follows:

1. It Sent Me Screaming
2. Orthologous Pair
3. Bullet Belt Ballad
4. Thrashwhore
5. Parallel
6. Live To Die
7. Schizothemia
8. In Thirds" More...

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Kiss Announce Latvia Tour Date

KISS has added a Riga, Latvia concert date to its massive KISS Alive 35 World Tour. The band will perform in Latvia for the first time ever on May 22. Tickets for KISS' show at Arena Riga go on sale March 31.

Upcoming KISS shows:

May 09 - Oberhausen, Germany - Arena
May 11 - München, Germany - Olympiahalle
May 12 - Vienna, Austria - Stadhalle
May 13 - Verona, Italy - Arena
May 15 - Belgrade, Serbia - USCE Stadium
May 16 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Akademik Stadium
May 18 - Athens, Greece - Terra Vibe
May 22 - Riga, Latvia - Arena Riga
May 24 - Moscow, Russia - Olympissky
May 26 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Newarena
May 27 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwell Arena
May 28 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwell Arena
May 30 - Stockholm, Sweden - Stockholm Stadium
May 31 - Oslo, Norway - Valhall
June 01 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen
June 03 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Forum
June 04 - Hamburg, Germany - Color Line Arena
June 06 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena
June 09 - Berlin, Germany - Velodrom
June 10 - Mannheim, Germany - SAP-Arena
June 11 - Oberhausen, Germany - Arena
June 15 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Arrow Festival
June 17 - Paris, France - Bercy
June 18 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle
June 21 - Bilbao, Spain - Kobetamendi
June 23 - Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion
June 24 - Milan, Italy - Datch Forum
June 27-29 - De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium (Graspop Metal Meeting)

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Candiria Recruits Isis, DEP For Remix Album

Candiria has announced a handful of artists that will participate in their upcoming remix album, which will "include remixes by members of Candiria and other artists." The following have been revealed thus far:

Dillinger Escape Plan
Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia)
Kayo Dot
Tim Byrnes (Friendly Bears)
Navicon Torture Technologies

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Through The Eyes Of The Dead Loses Guitarist Again

Guitarist Richard Turbeville, who rejoined Through The Eyes Of The Dead in October, has apparently quit the group again. He will now focus on his other band, From Graves Of Valor. Turbeville had the following to say:

"It was nothing personal against any of those guys and I don’t hate them. I just have too many other things going on in my life right now that are more important to me. Plus musically, I feel that I fit in much better playing in Graves of Valor. Me and those dudes go way back and I feel like everything is more solid playing with them. Anyways, so that's what I chose to do."

Since dropping off the Throwdown and Soilwork tour earlier this month, it appears that Through The Eyes Of The Dead has also lost the services of recent recruit, drummer Lech, though nothing formal has been announced with regard to either him or Turbeville.

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Ministry Posts Tour Rehearsals Video Online

Ministry kicks off their C U LaTouR this Tuesday, March 25 and They filmed their rehearsals out at The Ranch near El Paso and posted a clip on YouTube, also embedded below.

Here are the latest tour date on the C U LaTouR, featuring Ministry, Meshuggah and Hemlock: More...

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Where Angels Fall Complete New Album

Where Angels Fall issue the following update on their new album on their MySpace page:


"We have a little update on the new album. The album was finished, mixed and ready to go to mastering, but in last minute we found our new bass player, Espen. He took some days to practice and then replaced the original bass tracks! Sounds great! :-)"

"What we plan to do now, is to print some promos exclusively for interested labels. So this is a good time to contacts us if you are interested in offering us a deal, a traditional record deal, a distribution deal, or a licensing deal."

"Cheers from the angels!"

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Whitechapel Announce New Album Title

Knoxville, Tennessee-based death/grind metallers WHITECHAPEL have issued the following update:

"As you may know we've currently been in the studio working hard recording our Metal Blade Records debut album. While we're doing this we figured we could fill you all in on some information about the record."

"The title of the record will be 'This Is Exile'. This title may be familiar to some of you as we had been playing the title track live on our last tour giving you a taste of the material to come." More...

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In Flames Announce Stockholm, Sweden Show

IN FLAMES have issued the following update

"In Flames have confirmed a VERY Special headline show in Sweden, at Gröna Lund in Stockholm. The date for this is May 29th and the time is 8:00pm. For more info please check this location."

The band's summer schedule is now as follows:

29 - Gröna Lund - Stockholm, Sweden

7 - Rock Am Ring - Nurburgring, Germany
8 - Rock Im Park - Nürnberg, Germany
13 - Greenfields - Interlaken, Switzerland
14 - Nova Rock - Nickelsdorf, Austria
15 - Download Festival - Leicestershire, UK
20 - Hellfest - Clisson, France
21 - Nummi Rock - Kauhajoki, Finland
26 - Peace & Love - Borlänge, Sweden
27 - Hove Festival - Tromøy, Norway
28- Metal Town - Gothenburg, Sweden
29 - Graspop - Dessel, Belgium

4 - Metal Camp - Tolmin, Slovenia
5 - With Full Force - Löbnitz, Germany
12 - Evolution Festival - Milan, Italy
18 - Rockperry Festival - Vaasa, Finland

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Dark New Day Post New Song Online

DARK NEW DAY — the band featuring Clint Lowery (guitar; ex-KORN touring member, SEVENDUST) Troy McLawhorn (guitar; EVANESCENCE, ex-DOUBLE DRIVE), Clint's brother Corey Lowery (bass; ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) Brett Hestla (vocals; ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) and Will Hunt (drums; EVANESCENCE, ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) — has posted a new song, entitled "Goodbye", on the group's MySpace page. The track is set to appear on DARK NEW DAY's long-awaited second album, due later in the year.

In other news, DARK NEW DAY drummer Will Hunt has shot down reports that the group has called it quits following an apparent disagreement with the band's record label, Warner Bros., over the new album's release. "We are not broken up!" he writes on the band's MySpace blog. "DARK NEW DAY will continue as long as we want it too, and as long as people like you share the passion of this music we make! Thank you all again so much for the love! Good things coming very soon, stay tuned." More...

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Kalmah Unveil "For The Revolution" Artwork

Finnish metallers KALMAH have unveiled the cover artwork of their fifth full-length album, "For the Revolution", due on April 2 via Spikefarm Records. The artwork was designed by former SENTENCED drummer Vesa Ranta, who was also responsible for the artwork of KALMAH's previous album, "The Black Waltz".

"For the Revolution" was recorded at Tico Tico studio in Kemi, Finland with producer Ahti Kortelainen and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Sweden. More...

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Monstrosity Announce US Headlining Tour Dates

MONSTROSITY have announced a headline tour with support coming from GRAVE, ABYSMAL DAWN, and STRONG INTENTION. There is some confusion, however, as Grave announced the same dates as 20th Anniversary headline shows with Monstrosity as support. Stay tuned for clarification.

In any case dates are as follows:

8 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
9 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero (with OBITUARY and DYING FETUS)
10 - Tampa, FL - Brass Mug
11 - Orlando, FL - The Haven
13 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
14 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
15 - Milwuakee, WI - Vnuks
16 - Lansing, MI - Macs
17 - South Bend, IN - Elvas
20 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
22 - Cleveland, OH - Jigsaw
23 - Allentown, PA - Sterling
26 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
30 - Providence, RI - Club Hell

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Nightmare To Play North Africa For The First Time

French power metallers NIGHTMARE will make their Morroco live debut on June 22 as part of the Casa Gateways Festival 2008 in Casablanca. More information will be made available soon.

NIGHTMARE recently posted footage from the band's November 2007 French tour, 2006 European tour and various festival appearances on their YouTube channel. One of the clips can be viewed here.

NIGHTMARE released its new album, "Genetic Disorder", in North America on February 5. The CD, which came out in Europe on October 31 via Regain Records, was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producers Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd (IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY). More...

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Anthrax Post New Song Clip Online

An audio clip of a rehearsal/demo version of a brand new ANTHRAX song, entitled "Fight 'Em 'Till You Can't Fight No More," can be heard on the intro page to the band's official web site. ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian previously described the track as "straight-up 1988[-style thrash] through a 2007 filter."

In a December 2007 online chat, ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante stated about the group's new material, "It's hard nowadays to try and relive 1986. We were different in 1986. We can reach inside and pull out some of the old school and make ourselves make that music, but we don't. The song 'Fight 'Em 'Till You Can't' is as organic as it gets; it's not forced and it is like an old-school thrash song."

New photos of the group can be found at this location. More...

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Outlaw Order To Record Full-Length Album

OUTLAW ORDER, the New Orleans-based band featuring members of EYEHATEGOD, has issued the following update:

"After years of talking about it, we are finally getting into the studio to record the first full-length. We go in the studio March 29th, so we are hoping to have this in your hands by summer or fall at the latest."


Gary Mader (EYEHATEGOD, HAWG JAW) - Guitar
Mike Williams - Vocals (EYEHATEGOD, ARSON ANTHEM)
Justin Grisoli - Bass
Joey Lacaze (EYEHATEGOD, CLEARLIGHT) – Drums More...

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Pain Link Part Ways With Drummer

Northern Kentucky thrash metallers PAIN LINK have announced the departure of original drummer Dave Bauer. According to the band, "Dave joined PAIN LINK in 2002 and played countless shows, lived through the highs and lows of rock 'n' roll, and knocked out three CDs with us. Dave is a great friend and a great talent. His skills and camaraderie will certainly be missed. The band would like to wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors."

The group continues, "It's with much enthusiasm we'd like to announce the newest member of PAIN LINK. Kevin 'Karnage' Coyle is the new monster behind the kit. Kevin has been playing drums for many years and has played drums in several local bands. His playing is intense and will definitely add a new texture to our sound. Some of his influences are: Trym (ZYKLON, EMPEROR, ENSLAVED), Nicholas Barker (BENEDICTION, DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH), Martin Lopez (OPETH, AMON AMARTH), Reno H. Kiilerich (OLD MAN'S CHILD), Akira Jimbo, Tjodalv, Gerhard Storesund, Horgh, to name just a few. We're very excited to have Kevin on board and can't wait for everyone to hear the new lineup." More...

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Septicflesh Post New Songs Online

A brand new track from the reunited Greek demons SEPTICFLESH (now written as one word), entitled "Anubis", has been posted on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the group's new album, "Communion", which was released in Europe on March 17 (March 25 in the U.S.) via Season of Mist.

According to a press release, "Communion" "contains nine gates to unearthly dreams and nightmares. The 'rituals' of 'Communion' took place in the famous Studio Fredman in Sweden. The massive heavy guitar sound of the album is supported by a haunting triumphant orchestration that surpasses every past attempt of the band on that field. The classical arrangements are composed and directed by Chris Antoniou (guitar) and performed by the 80-piece full orchestra and 32-piece choir of philharmonic orchestra of Prague. As a result the music besides being brutal is also very 'visual,' like the soundtrack of an occult movie projected straight to your mind. Concerning the vocals, Seth is growling as a hellish beast in contrast with the melodic, yet intense and emotive vocals of Sotiris V. This album is definitely the more dark, brutal and at the same time avant-garde release of the band to date, crossing the borders of death and black metal. Yes, this album is not recommended to people resonating with holy ideals and bright emotions." More...

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Steelheart Discusses On Death of John Fowler

STEELHEART frontman Miljenko "Mike" Matijevic has issued the following statement regarding the passing of the group's original drummer John Fowler:

"I am deeply sad to say my old friend and the original drummer of STEELHEART, John Fowler, has passed away on Friday March 21 at 11:00 p.m. from a brain aneurism. He will always be with us. We will 'Never Let You Go.'"

"John was a true musician, dedicated to his art. I can't remember a time that John didn't have music to fill his day."

"I am happy to have shared the stages throughout the world with him. Every night I would climb his crazy massive drum set to reach down into his world and slap his hand for a great show. It will always be with me."

'Rest in peace my friend; we all love you. Fly with the angels. We'll see you on the other side." More...

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Dissolution Post New Music Online

Canadian death thrashers, Dissolution, issues the following update on their MySpace page

"So instead of whording all of our new songs that we’re currently refining and learning how to play and finishing up arranging, we decided to share three of them with everyone in the form of a 3-song preproduction demo!"

"Check them out on our page (they should be the top three songs in our player), and force everyone in a 10-30 foot radius of your computer to listen to them (at gunpoint, on loop, over and over again, mixed in with ABBA’s greatest hits, you know, to change it up a bit)."


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Disdained Announce New Guitarist

Serbian death metallers DISDAINED have announced the addition of guitarist Leo Boshnjak to the group's ranks The band recently finished recording its debut album, "We All Reek", for a June release via Holland's Filthy Records. According to a press release, "these young guys from Serbia will blow you away with a mix of extreme death metal and grindcore."

DISDAINED released a live CD in 2007 featuring a recording of the band's concert at club Dvoriste in Novi Sad, Serbia.

For more information, visit their MySpace page.

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Ankla Announce New Vocalist

ANKLA, the Los Angeles-based band led by former PUYA guitarist Ramón Ortíz, has issued the following update:

"2008 has brought ANKLA an exciting new world of limitless possibilities. The writing and pre-production of the new album is taking place as we speak. This record will be a monster! The culmination of a lifelong musical quest!"

"This year has also brought some lineup changes which were destined to fullfill the universal plan for ANKLA. The first one we are ready to announce is our new singer Eddie Macias."

"Eddie is a former musical partner of Ramón; he was the original vocalist in an embryonic form of PUYA that played in Puerto Rico in the early Nineties and also bands like ONGO, SITH, and SONS OF YOU."

"The musical chemistry between Eddie and Ramon is undeniable as the upcoming album will prove."

"We'll keep you all posted as events keep unfolding."

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Epica Vocalist Sits Out of North American Tour

Dutch metallers Epica have announced the following statement on their website:

"The extra weeks of rest, as a result of the cancellation of most of this month's shows, have helped Simone a lot in recovering from her MRSA infection. Three out of the four aspects in her latest test already showed negative, which is a major step forward! Unfortunately this also means that one of these still showed positive. As optimistic as we may be about these final test results, we just cannot risk her health by having her go on tour this soon already."

"We have come a great way already and we must continue this way to overcome this. Therefore we have decided to ask our good friend Amanda Somerville to substitute Simone on our upcoming USA tour. As you all know, Amanda has been involved with Epica from the beginning as a vocal coach and can also be heard on every album as backing vocalist as well as part of our choir. We are very happy that Amanda is willing to help us out on this and we are most positive that these extra weeks of rest will give Simone enough time to fully recover from this infection so that she can join us on stage again during our Dutch club shows."

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Grave Announce More North American Shows

Death metal legends GRAVE are currently preparing for their 20th anniversary tour in May. Support will come from MONSTROSITY, ABYSMAL DAWN and STRONG INTENTION. Their upcoming album, Dominion VIII, will be released on May 19th via Regain.

Grave tour dates include:

8 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
9 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
10 - Tampa, FL - Brass Mug
11 - Orlando, FL - The Haven
13 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
14 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
15 - Milwuakee, WI - Vnuks
16 - Lansing, MI - Macs
17 - South Bend, IN - Elvas
20 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
22 - Cleveland, OH - Jigsaw
24 - Allentown, PA - The Sterling (no Monstrosity, Abysmal Dawn)
26 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
30 - Providence, RI - Club Hell
31 - Albany, NY - Upper Deck

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