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Metal News for March 4, 2006

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Simon Says: Sharing The Love With Lofat's Lead Axe

I have been following Brickhouse Recording's, Lofat, a thrash metal act from Norfolk, Virginia for going on nine months now. Besides their inventive combination of old school metal meets new.They have featured in their talented lineup, Simon, an easy on the eyes female axe shredder. This babe can truly throw it down with the best of them, producing some of the most blunt force trauma-laden riffs I've heard from anyone in the past several years. I took this opportunity to get more of the skinny on the band and this true metal vixen. More...

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Lamb of God Drummer Comments On Slayer Tour

LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler has commented on the band's upcoming U.S. "Uholy Alliance Tour" with SLAYER, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM and THINE EYES BLEED.

LAMB OF GOD are currently at home in Richmond, Virginia recording their sophomore Epic CD with producer Machine (CLUTCH, KING CRIMSON) for an August release.

Commented Adler: "Since we took the time off to write our new record, several well known tour opportunities and offers did hit the table — many discussions occurred late last year, but at the time we were uncomfortable committing to the projected lineups. It's a tough line to walk weighing opportunity vs. what you consider the intention and integrity of the project. You have to know yourself and respect your audience or you will lose step very quickly. We are heavy metal band — we're not interested in trying to sell a record to everyone. We write 'ugly' music for 'ugly' people and we have no intentions of lightening things up for more appeal. If you know of us and don't like us now, you never will and we aren't missing you.

"When discussions began with SLAYER about a U.S. run together, we knew this needed to happen. We've done shows together in the U.K. and let me tell you, it is one of the most intense and brutal nights of music I have ever witnessed both on and off the stage. This will not be a normal heavy metal tour, this is roaming devastation. As a lifelong fan of heavy music, this is the show that I would want to see — this is the show that the fans deserve — this is the show that will raise the bar and this is the show that will not be forgotten."

LAMB OF GOD may introduce new material from their forthcoming album on the "Unholy Alliance Tour"

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New Type O Negative May Feature Anselmo, Danzig

Mick Stingley of KNAC.COM recently conducted an interview with TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

KNAC.COM: [On the upcoming DVD, "Symphony for the Devil (The World of Type O Negative)", due in the U.S. on March 14] Are you proud? Are you comfortable? Are you happy with the results?

Steele: "(pauses) Ah, you know, there is… there are some things in there that I feel should not, maybe, have been portrayed to the public. But everyone else in this band, we kind of like, voted on each other's behavior and stuff. And it was kind of known that, if everyone goes, 'That's funny, that's great! Leave it the fuck in! We don't care what YOU think!' then it stayed. There were things that Johnny did, and Kenny and Josh that they weren't really too happy about, but… 'Fuck you, we're gonna use it anyway!' So what's good for the goose is good for the gander."

KNAC.COM: I don't even know where to begin, but the concert footage… it was shot on the "October Rust" tour, or just after?

Steele: "This was shot in '99. Now I'm gonna have to back up and explain to you that when we started to formulate this video, with various footage, which, I would imagine was around 2000 or 2001, we were just gonna do a home, like a home-movie-type thing. And this footage from this show in Germany, from '99, was not even considered at the time. So it's really… it's a home movie with live footage. It's not live footage with outtakes. Simply because the video came to our attention right before we were actually gonna finalize the home video. We did some research and we found out that we could buy it; and it was 5.1 digital, and there were three cranes and twelve cameras and all this other stuff and we looked fairly, reasonably well-preserved at that time… so we said, 'All right, let's throw this in.' The entire concert was actually going to be a separate disc and then there was going to be this home movie. But then it got into cost-effectiveness of putting two or three discs into a package and all this other stuff. So we decided that, for people like me with ADD, to have a constant sensory assault, and to keep on cutting the footage and going to different things just to keep the average viewer's attention. Because I have no attention span anyway."

KNAC.COM: Well, I think that you guys have this incredible sense of humor, that Brooklyn sense of humor… I mean, you've talked about this. But I guess it gets misconstrued to a lot of people.

Steele: "It does, you know? Because we are so used to being sarcastic to each other, like even within this band. We have guests that come up on to the bus and they're horrified. 'How can you talk to each other like that?' And I'm like, 'You know what? Fuck you too!' (laughs) I've known these guys for over thirty years. I have five older sisters and I always wished that I had brothers, and God gave me these three brothers, Kenny, Josh and Johnny. But after thirty years of beating each other up and cheating on each other's girlfriends and playing hockey in the street and playing football, you know, fuckin' each other over and getting drunk and having great times — there's nothing to talk about!"

KNAC.COM: (laughs)

Steele: "There's NOTHING to talk about. Everybody has their own little corner of the tour bus, and that's it. So, you know… Brooklyn is a very sarcastic place. I like to think that I have a sense of humor and I like people with a sense of humor because one of the greatest feelings I get out of life is actually laughing at myself. Also I like laughing at other things, too; comedies, juvenile pranks and slapstick. Which of course, you saw much of that in the video. So that whole adolescent attitude really comes to the forefront with this DVD."

KNAC.COM: Jumping around again, "The Profit$ of Doom" — that was the working title for the last record, was it not?

Steele: "Yeah. I mean, I lie about everything, so you can't believe me. But it is the working title for right now. I don't have any titles for the songs, but I can say that the album sounds like a mixture of… let's just say… BLACK SABBATH, PINK FLOYD, THE BEATLES, DISCHARGE, THE CULT, THE CURE, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, PSYCHEDELIC FURS, DEVO and LAIBACH. So prepare to be confused."

KNAC.COM: Well… but I don't know. I feel… as a TYPE O NEGATIVE fan who has been following you guys since forever… I feel that, that description would suggest any of your records.

Steele: "It does actually, it's just that… the songs for this next album… you see it's really hard for me to be objective because I'm the songwriter. So, it's like, no mother ever thinks that her newborn baby is ugly. You know? And by that I mean it's hard for me to step outside and say what I think, but I will try. The songs are somewhat shorter, they're faster… I'm asking the other guys to actually do more of the vocals — not because I'm losing any nonexistent talent anyway — but the fact is that the other guys have really good voices and I think that they should be utilized. And, also, I've been making calls to see if people like Glenn Danzig or Phil Anselmo would want to do guest vocals or something."


Steele: "Because Johnny's very tight with Glenn, because he goes out (on tour) with DANZIG and hopefully, Glenn wouldn't have a problem with that. And (I'll try to) get a hold of Phil. And there's a female vocalist, her name is Jacqueline, she plays in this band called OTTO'S DAUGHTER from Germany, and she's got a really good voice. And some of the stuff that I've written, I believe might call for a feminine touch. So I've been speaking to her about possibly coming in and doing some vocals. But, you know… speaking of CARNIVORE… after this album is done and in the can, I just might be doing a real short CARNIVORE tour…"

KNAC.COM: You're kidding…

Steele: "… but not… with… uh… it's the original members, but it will be, like… somewhat… well-known… rock-and-rollers… that are going to be a part of this…"

KNAC.COM: Wow. Who?

Steele: "(pauses) That I can't mention right now. There's going to be down time… I don't know when this next (TYPE O) album is set to be released. I would imagine that if it's done by May 1st, the label really wants six months of “set-up” time… which I think is somewhat excessive; but when you change jobs, you know, there's a whole set of unwritten rules that nobody tell you, you just have to learn them by making a dick out of yourself. You know? And nobody tells you, like you're not supposed to piss in that toilet you supposed to shit in that toilet. Which is how jail was…"

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Himsas Hail Horror #1 On College Radio

HIMSA's "Hail Horror" has overtaken the #1 position at American metal radio, as measured by FMQB, a radio trade publication. Beating out fierce competition at both college and commercial metal radio, the success for "Hail Horror" comes at a perfect time when the band is receiving hoards of positive press both domestically and overseas, as well as logging video airplay for the single "Sleezevil" and partaking in the hugely successful "Undoing Ruin 2006" tour alongside DARKEST HOUR and Prosthetic Records labelmates THE ACACIA STRAIN. MTV2 will be re-airing the "Sleezevil" video on this weekend's edition of "Headbangers Ball," while HIMSA will continue touring the US through April 8 before heading back to Europe with DEATH BY STEREO and THE BANNER live appearances in April and May.

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Dragonforce Release Initial North American Dates

Initial dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE's upcoming North American tour:

April 28 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
April 29 - Montreal, QC @ Medley
Apr 30 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHF)
May 1 - New York, NY @ Avalon
May 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 4 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 5 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
May 6 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 8 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes

The band will be supported by PROTEST THE HERO (except for the Toronto and Montreal dates), SANCTITY, and a to be announced 4th act. However, only the three bands will be performing at the New York show.

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Bursts New Video To Be Shown On Headbangers Ball

BURST will see their video for "Where the Wave Broke," the lead-off track from the band's acclaimed new album Origo, make its North American premier on this weekend's edition of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball." "Headbanger's Ball" airs Saturdays from 10-12 PM EST on MTV2.

The video was shot on location in Stockholm, Sweden with the Harvest Light Production Co., headed up by Kim Peterson and Peter Reinholdsson. "Where The Wave Broke" is the first video from Origo and is the band's second overall. An e-card previewing Origo, which features the audio for "Where the Wave Broke" and "The Immateria," can be accessed here.

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Goatwhore Announce New Album Name and Tracks

New Orleans' black metallers GOATWHORE have announced that their 3rd full length release, and Metal Blade debut, will be titled A Haunting Curse. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on the album at Mana Studios with Erik Rutan, and it is expected to hit stores this September. The band also revealed the following three song titles from the upcoming release: "I Avenge Myself," "Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult," and "Bloodletting Upon the Cloven Hoof."

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Judas Priest To Release Vintage Concert Footage

JUDAS PRIEST had steadily been building a worldwide audience for eight long years when the 1982 album 'Screaming For Vengeance' exploded and became a smash commercial and critical hit. The mainstream had finally caught on and realized what die-hard fans had known all along: Nobody rocked harder or better than the British heavy metal quintet. The single ‘You've Got Another Thing Comin' was embraced by radio and the music video earned heavy rotation on MTV.

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will release the DVD 'Live Vengeance '82' on April 4, 2006. It was previously only available on DVD as a limited-edition bonus disc with the first pressings of Judas Priest's career-spanning box set 'Metalogy' in 2004. This performance, filmed during the arena-packing 'Screaming For Vengeance' world tour on December 12, 1982, at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee, was first released on home video in 1983 as 'Judas Priest - Live'. It had been out of print for many years before its brief inclusion as part of 'Metalogy'.

Vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing and bass guitarist Ian Hill lead JUDAS PRIEST through a fiery set comprised of classics from previous albums such as 'Sad Wings Of Destiny', 'Sin After Sin', 'Hell Bent For Leather', 'British Steel' and 'Point Of Entry' as well as the cream of 'Screaming For Vengeance'.

The 17 tracks on 'Live Vengeance '82' include: 'The Hellion/Electric Eye', 'Riding On The Wind', 'Heading Out To The Highway', 'Metal Gods', 'Bloodstone', 'Breaking The Law', 'Sinner', 'Desert Plains', 'The Ripper', 'Diamonds And Rust', 'Devil's Child', 'Screaming For Vengeance', 'You've Got Another Thing Comin',' 'Victim Of Changes', 'Living After Midnight', 'The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)' and 'Hell Bent For Leather'.

The 'Live Vengeance '82' audio is mastered in both stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes.

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Demiricous New Vid To Debut Touring Plans To Come

Metal Blade Recording artist DEMIRICOUS will see their video for the track 'Vagrant Idol' debut on Headbangers Ball this Saturday, March 4. The band released their debut “ONE” (produced by legendary producer Zeuss) in late January and holds the #4 spot on CMJ Loud Rock Chart for three weeks straight also #9 on FMQB's Metal Detector and # 4Media Guide Metal Specialty Chart. Nate of DEMIRICOUS quipped:

"We feel Metal Blade is the only label that can match how raw we want to come across as true metal musicians. Hopefully what we're about to create with Metal Blade crüe will be something millions of people can enjoy and go down in history as one of the rawest, most badass records."

Tom Araya of SLAYER is also expected to announce the band's Summer touring plans on the show.

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More Slayer News, Hitting Road On Unholy Alliance

It was too good to be true. Contrary to previous speculation, SLAYER will be hitting the road with LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON, CHILDREN OF BODOM, and THINE EYES BLEED for the Unholy Alliance Tour. The following is from an MTV.com article:

"Dubbed the Unholy Alliance Tour, the trek will make stops in most major cities, although the actual routing of the run is still being fleshed out. Either way King's anxious to hit the road again.

"It's been 18 months since we've toured in the States," he explained. "People are going to be chomping at the bit to see us again. Our initial thought [with Unholy Alliance] was to go up against Ozzfest, because I think that tour's getting a little bit tired and I think people are tired of going out and getting sunburned for hours every summer. Every place we play is going to be indoors, with a good-sized lineup. We're certainly not going to try to make Ozzfest go away. We're just trying to offer an alternative."

According to Rick Sales, SLAYER's manager of 18 years, the idea's to make the Unholy Alliance Tour an annual event "with the best bands out there." During the fall of 2004, SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, MASTODON and HATEBREED toured Europe under the Unholy Alliance tag. Sales also wants to take the tour global and said following its U.S. run, the Alliance will return to Europe, followed by stints in Japan and Australia — although, he noted the lineups would be different on each leg.

"I think we're in a different spot than Ozzfest," Sales continued. "This is more extreme and it's not involving any sort of 'radio bands.' It's a no-compromise lineup, the best of the breed. We think this is a great live event and that the tour will become bigger than the lineup. I think Ozzfest has proven that."

SLAYER, who Sales said declined an Ozzfest 2006 invite, will deliver an hour-plus set to close out each night of the Unholy Alliance; THINE EYES BLEED will open on all dates, followed by BODOM and MASTODON (who'll be rotating slots) and then LAMB OF GOD. King said SLAYER will debut some new material from the stage.

On Tuesday SLAYER entered a Los Angeles studio, where they started recording the 11 songs that'll comprise their yet-untitled album. Rick Rubin (JAY-Z, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) will executive-produce the disc, while Josh Abraham (VELVET REVOLVER, STAIND) will turn the knobs. One of the songs has an official title ("Cult"), but all of them, King promised, will be devastatingly grim.

"There are definitely things you can't write about in SLAYER, and there are definitely things people expect you to write about," he said. "Everybody expects war, Satanism or anti-religious stuff — and this record's chock-full of that."

The LP, which the band hopes to finish in time for a late June release, will be the first to feature original drummer Dave Lombardo in more than 15 years. Their last outing together was 1990's Seasons in the Abyss.

"[Drummer] Paul [Bostaph], who we did God Hates Us All with, kind of had an elbow problem, and now he's with EXODUS," King said. "When Paul left us ... it was brought to our attention that Dave was available. And we figured if anybody should be doing this, it should be him."

Most of the 11 songs SLAYER will record were written more than two years ago, the guitarist said. "We're hoping to do it old-school and record everything in like four weeks," he added. "We're ready. This is probably the most ready we've been since Seasons. We've been spinning our wheels in rehearsals, just waiting for the green light on this thing. Now that we've got it, we're ready to go.

"It's definitely going to be a riff-fest," King continued. "There's riffs all over the place. As much time as we've had to work on it, there better be riffs on it. I think anybody who likes SLAYER, musically, is going to love it."

While Sales said SLAYER's studio LP probably won't be in stores by June 6, he says the band will release a digital download, EP or something else to coincide with the tour launch.

On Saturday, MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" will feature an exclusive interview with bassist Tom Araya regarding the forthcoming album and the Unholy Alliance run."

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Silent Civilian Comment On Nothingface/Crossbreed

Silent Civilian frontman/guitarist Jonny Santos has issued a statement regarding the Nothingface/Crossbreed situation that took place on the bands tour together, here's what he had to say:
?Regardless of any differences some bands may have with Nothingface, I would like to say this... We have been on this tour since day one, and Nothingface has treated us like family. Being in a band and touring for the better part of the last 8 years, I have learned that there are certain guidelines and rules that apply when you are a support act. Knowing this, any band on a tour like this should follow these guidelines. That?s just how it is. If you don?t play ball, not only is it not cool, but you could find yourself being kicked off of a tour. With that said, we have had the best time on this tour and feel that we have life long friends in the Nothingface family/band/crew. There were difficulties between certain bands on this tour that could not be rectified, and it was very unfortunate. None of us wanted to see that happen. But... from a 3rd party that was a witness to everything that happened, I would like to say that we feel Nothingface are some of the most awesome guys I/we have ever had the pleasure of touring with, and we are sad that the tour is coming to an end. If ever asked to tour with them again, I would not hesitate to accept their offer."

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Crossbread Drops Off Nothingface Tour

Crossbreed have dropped off of their tour with Nothingface and Silent Civilian after taking issue with the way Nothingface was running the tour, a full statement, complete with extensive details, can be found here.

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Chimaira and Arch Enemy Co-Headlining Tour

Chimaira are planning to hit the road with Arch Enemy for a co-headlining run come April. Hate Eternal will also be on the bill, while Nevermore will play on the first leg of dates, after which God Forbid will replace them for the second half of the tour. A full schedule is expected later this week, in the meantime the following dates have slipped out:

April 03rd Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
April 05th Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
April 07th West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
April 08th Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
April 09th San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
April 12th Seattle, WA - El Corazon
April 13th Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
April 14th Spokane, WA - Big Easy
April 15th Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
April 16th Edmonton, AB - The Starline Room
April 18th Winnipeg, MB - Ramada Conference Centre
April 20th Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
April 21st Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
April 22nd Detroit, MI - Harpo's
April 24th Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
April 28th Montreal, QC - Le Medley
April 30th Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

At present, God Forbid look set to join the bill on April 13th. Furthermore, a local Jagermeister sponsored band will open up each show.

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The Black Dahlia Murder To Hit Europe

The Black Dahlia Murder will be heading back overseas this June for some festivals, here's the stops:
June 09th Hohenems, GER - Transmitter Festival
June 17th Trier, GER - Summer Blast Festival
June 23rd Le Mans, FRA - Hellfest
June 30th Roitzschjora, GER - With Full Force Open Air

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New Trivium Video For Dying In Your Arms

Trivium's new video for their track "Dying In Your Arms" can be seen online here.

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No Control By Bullet For My Valentine Video

A video of Bullet For My Valentine performing their track "No Control" live can be found here.

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Despised Icon To See Early Album Re-Issued

Century Media will reissue Despised Icon's "Consumed By Your Poison" on April 04th.

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More On Unearths New Album, Including A Cover

Unearth will be tracking a cover of Sick Of It All's "It's Clobberin' Time" for inclusion on the upcoming Sick Of It All tribute, which Walls Of Jericho will also be featured on. More on that and Unearth's upcoming new album, which is due out August 08th, can be found here.

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News On Head Automaticas New Effort

Head Automatica have completed tracking their new album "Popaganda" and in turn have posted their new song "Graduation Day" online here. The album itself is expected out late this spring/early this summer.

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Max Cavalera On Ozzfest Rumors

In a new interview with www.htnet.hr, Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera was asked about doing this years "Ozzfest" with Sepultura", an excerpt from the interview is as follows:

"I have to ask you about those rumors saying that you might be playing Ozzfest with Sepultura... Is there any truth in that?

Max Cavalera: Yeah, you know, there's a rumor. And... from my part, my attitude is the same ? I'll do it if it's the right way and the right reason.

And what could that reason be?

Max Cavalera: The Fans. They are the only ones who deserve that reunion ? not me, not Sepultura, just them. Because they made Sepultura an icon, a cult band around the world. So I would do it for them, if they want it hard enough, not for the money and not for any other reason."

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Tool Releases Name of New Album

According to a posting that was made on the bands official website www.toolband.com (and then subsequently removed), Tool's new album will be titled "10,000 Days". A May/June release date is currently expected for the effort.

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God Forbid's New Video Has Slipped Online

God Forbid's video for their track "To The Fallen Hero" has slipped out online and can be viewed here.

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Slayer Finally Enter Studio, Begin Laying Tracks

Slayer entered the studio this past Tuesday to begin recording their new album with producer Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Staind). The album, which is being executive produced by Rick Rubin (System Of A Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers), is expected to feature 11 songs, one of which will carry the title of "Cult". Furthermore, the band plan to launch a two month US run this June under the banner of the "Unholy Alliance Tour". Other bands featured on the bill include Mastodon, Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed. There are intentions to make the tour itself an annual run, for more on all of that and Slayer's new album, check here.

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New System of a Down Video Posted Online

System Of A Down's video for their track "Lonely Day" has premiered online, you can check it out at www.systemofadown.com. The band are expected to make a "big announcement" on Monday, with current rumors pointing to it being their involvement with this years "Ozzfest" run.

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