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Metal News for March 6, 2008

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32 news articles posted on this day.

Machiavellian Signs With Year of the Sun Recs

Skelmersdale, England's death-thrash outfit Machiavellian recently signed with Year of the Sun Records for the release of their upcoming debut four-song EP, "The Impossibility of Death in the Minds of the Living." The album will see release through the label on April 29th. Machiavellian marks the first international signing by the Canadian label.

"We couldn't be more proud to be part of the Year of the Sun roster," says Machiavellian bassist Ant Hurlock. "For a band from a small town that no one had ever heard of we have come a long way. It's amazing to see that our hard work is finally being recognized and we can only hope we continue to receive recognition both from the EP and from our upcoming live shows. I can't wait to see what people think of the EP and what people make of us as a band."

Recorded at Foel Studios in Wales with producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Napalm Death, Raging Speedhorn), "The Impossibility of Death in the Minds of the Living" was mastered by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir). The group's eclectic sound fuses together all the sub-genres of metal, death and thrash with hints of doom and stoner rock. The band's explosive live show has earned them high profile opening slots for Job For A Cowboy, Misery Index, Dry Kill Logic, Sikth, Skinlab and Bring Me The Horizon.

"Machiavellian really points to the future of our label," stated label president Chris Benn. "It's not that we're just excited to branch out into the European market, but we're also excited to have been able to find such a promising band. We look forward to working with Machiavellian for a number of years to come and we feel that North American metal fans will find the same kind of appreciation of their brand of metal."

Machiavellian is currently previewing demo tracks from their upcoming new EP on their MySpace page.

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Baroness To Support Coheed and Cambria On Tour

Baroness will tour the whole U.S. in March and April. The first series of tour dates are with Young Widows, followed by more shows with Converge, The Red Chord, and Genghis Tron. Finally, Coheed and Cambria has tapped Baroness to support them on the road in May.

Here are the latest Baroness tour dates:

Baroness with Young Widows
03/19/08 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
03/20/08 Atlanta, GA United States @ Masquerade
03/21/08 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/22/08 Houston, TX United States @ Rudyards
03/23/08 Austin, TX @ Emo's
03/24/08 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
03/25/08 Tulsa, OK @ The Crush Lounge
03/26/08 St. Louis, MO United States @ 2 Cents Plain
03/27/08 Columbus, OH @ Ravari Room w/ Coliseum

Just Baroness
03/28/08 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
03/29/08 Kingston, NY @Backstage Studio Productions More...

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Mourning Beloveth Discuss Tour Cancellation

Irish doom metallers MOURNING BELOVETH have issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of their upcoming tour:

"Sorry, but Mourning Beloveth will not be able to do the tour for personal problems that have arisen within one of the members family. They had hoped that it wasn't as serious as previously thought but the worst news came through today and they cannot do the tour. The rest of the members have decided not to go ahead without the full band. Apologies to all the promoters/support bands and venues who have put a lot of work into the tour preparations. The tour is currently being rescheduled for October 2008."

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Unjust Part Ways With Keyboardist, Thom Tucker

After eight years of playing together, San Francisco Bay Area's UNJUST and keyboardist Thom Tucker have decided to part ways.

"Over the last few years we have constantly bumped heads on what direction to take the band, [so] it was time for me to leave," Thom said.

Tucker joined the band in 2001 and is featured on the band's last three albums: "Makeshift Grey", "Glow" and "To Lose a Name". UNJUST plans to move forward without keyboards on future recordings, with vocalist Paul Mendoza returning to the guitar. New tour dates supporting the band's latest release, "To Lose a Name", will be announced shortly.

Tucker has signed on to tour with Bay Area band FORTHMORNING for their upcoming Northwest tour in April, and is currently working on a new electronic project, NOSEBLEED ACADEMY, expected to launch later this year. More...

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Moonlyght Announce "Shining" Release Date

Quebec City's dark metallers MOONLYGHT will release their long-awaited sophomore album soon on March 25 via Mankind's Demise Records (with Galy distribution). According to a press release, "the ten-track monster called 'Shining' is the epitaph of MOONLYGHT, as the band calls it quits following the [December 2007] departure of Roby [guitarist/vocalist Sébastien Robitaille]. Their musical testament is a universal melodic metal masterpiece. Drawing influences from melodic death metal, progressive music and a twist of doom metal, 'Shining' will please almost every fan of melodic metal, from power to black metal." The pressing will be limited to 1,000 copies.

"Shining" was mastered by Peter in de Betou at Tailor Maid (DIMMU BORGIR, MESHUGGAH, DARK TRANQUILLITY) in Sweden.

MOONLYGHT re-released its first album, "Progressive Darkness" (originally issued in 2002 on the now-defunct Metal Disk Records), in 2004 via Sweden's Escapi Records.

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A Breath Before Surfacing Loses Guitarist

Tucson, Arizona death metal band A Breath Before Surfacing has officially parted ways with their guitarist, Jake. Here's a statement from the band:

"So as some of you have already figured out, Jake decided to leave the band. He's pretty much left because our upcoming tour schedule is going to be too grueling for him and his precious job. We don't harbor too many bad feelings towards Jake, except that ironically, his not wanting to tour is keeping us the rest of us from touring as well.

"We regret to announce that we have to cancel our March tour which was to start tomorrow in Vegas, but we were having enough problems trying to get this tour to happen, and now with Jake leaving we just need to take this time and start trying out new guitarists and get ready for our U.S. tour that begins this May. It's unfortunate as we were all very much looking forward to the March shows, and we want to apologize to everyone who booked us, all the bands we were set to play with, and all the fans that were excited to see us. We were excited to see you guys too.

"So with that said, anyone who thinks they have what it takes to play lead guitar in ABBS is welcome to send us a message. We are now (or shortly will become) a full time touring band so we need someone who wants to get out and live on the road as much as we do. Must be a cool person as well, talent doesn't mean shit to us if you're a douchebag. We need someone with years and years of experience who is preferably over 21, but not older than 25."

As previously reported, A Breath Before Surfacing recently signed to Mediaskare Records and the band' debut full-length, titled "Death Is Swallowed In Victory," produced by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish), will be available on May 27th.

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Life In Your Way, Burden of A Day Tour Dates

Life In Your Way, Burden of A Day, For Today, and Means have announced the first batch of dates for their spring U.S. tour. Here are the latest tour dates:

4/9 Erie, PA @ Hi-Way Hose
4/10 Kettering, OH @ The Attic
4/11 Dover, OH @ Rock Bottom
4/12 Lexington, KY @ Beaumont Y
4/14 Tulsa, OK @ The Pinkeye
4/16 Cheyenne, WY @ The Warehouse
4/17 Salt Lake, UT @ The Outer Rim
4/19 Tacoma, WA @ Viaduct
4/26 Bell, CA @ Bell Church

dates w/ In Fear & Faith
5/1 San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom
5/2 Bridge City, TX @ House of Rock
5/3 Ridgeland, MS @ Highland Colonly Baptist
5/4 Mobile, AL @ The Mug
5/6 Southport, FL @ Southport Community Center
5/7 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
5/8 Cocoa, FL @ The Anvil
5/9 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
5/11 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox Lounge
5/12 Lynchburg, VA @ Tree of Life
5/13 Linthicum, MD @ St. Christopher's Church
5/15 Clinton, NJ @ Aquifer Music Venue
5/16 Manchester, NH @ Rockos

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Dagoba Announce New Album Title

French metallers DAGOBA have issued the following update:

"After several months of intensive work all the songs [for the new DAGOBA album] are written, and one has just finalized the orchestrations and other electronic additions. We are very content and proud achieved work, and we will record once again with Tue Madsen, which affirmed us to want to make sound the monster as it should be, it is has to say VERY extremely!! The new album of DAGOBA will be called 'Face The Colossus', the artwork will be the work of a graphic originator of the video game 'God Of War'."

DAGOBA's video for the song "The Things Within" can be viewed below. The track comes off DAGOBA's sophomore album, "What Hell Is About…", which was released in February 2006 via Season of Mist. The follow-up to the group's self-titled debut was recorded at Antfarm studios in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, HATESPHERE, MNEMIC) and features a guest appearance on two songs by DIMMU BORGIR bassist/ARCTURUS frontman Simen Hestnaes (a.k.a. ICS Vortex, ex-BORKNAGAR, LAMENTED SOULS). More...

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Norman Bates Welcomes Second Guitarist

New Jersey death metallers, Norman Bates, issues the following update on their Myspace page:

"After nearly a year, Norman Bates has finally found a 2nd guitar player. We would love to welcome Jeff into the bates family. We are proud to say we are better than ever. Soon our upcoming EP "plaguebearer" is gonna drop and were also in the process of writing 3 more songs that will blow heads off."

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Soulfly Guitarist Marc Rizzo Announces Tour Dates

Soulfly & Cavalera Conspiracy guitarist Marc Rizzo has announced the following new tour dates:

3/08 - Fat Tuesday's - Fairfax, VA
3/20 - Teaneck, NJ - Mexicali Blues Cafe Supporting Tim Reynolds of Dave Mathews Band
3/29 - Lowell, MA - Lowell Brewery Exchange
3/30 - Halo, MA - Welfare Records
4/03 - Battle Creek, MI - Plant Rock
4/05 - Huntsville, OH - The Blue Cat
4/06 - Berwyn, IL - Tiger O'Stylies
4/08 - Green Bay, - WI Toxic
4/09 - Davenport, IA - River Music
4/11 - Sioux city, IA - Nutty's North
4/16 - Mulberry, KS - Foxtown City Limits
4/18 - Mesa, AZ - Cell Block
4/21 - Hollywood, CA - Roxy
4/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Vegas Supporting Joey Belladonna of Anthrax
4/23 - Billings, MT - FOE
4/24 - Denver, CO - 3 Kings Tavern
4/27 - Chicago, IL - Red Line Tap

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Hold True Benefit Concert To Be Broadcast Online

The previously reported Hold True Recordings and 91.5FM WUML benefit show takes place tonight. Hold True Recordings and WUML will be hosting a benefit show to collect food for the Operation: Military Kids Emergency Food Program. The show will have live on-air performances by HTR artists:

Beautiful Gorgeous
Dour Cursiva

They will be taking donations of non-perishable caned food at the station. The address is:

1 University Ave
Lowell, Massachusetts

You can also stream the benefit concert over the web on WUML.org.

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Circle II Circle Announce Brazilian Tour Dates

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band led by ex-SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens, will play four shows in Brazil in June:

June 12 - Curitiba/PR - Opera1
June 13 - Campinas/SP- Hammer Rock Bar
June 14 - Sao Paulo/SP - Hangar 110
June 15 - Rio de Janeiro/RJ- Bar do Tom

CIRCLE II CIRCLE will release its new album, "Delusions of Grandeur", on April 25 via AFM Records. The CD will be issued as a regular jewel case, a limited edition featuring bonus material, and on picture vinyl.

Check out the cover artwork at HeavyLaw.com.

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Eden A.D. Announce Puerto Rico Tour Dates

Brooklyn, New York-based metal band EDEN A.D. will return to Puerto Rico to headline the following two shows:

Mar. 14 - Baros - Caguas, PR
Mar. 15 - Ibens - Bayamon, PR

EDEN A.D.'s new full-length album, "Cycles of Relevance", is available now through www.sparechangerecords.com. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Cycle
02. Icarus Factor
03. Murder Ballad
04. Awaken
05. Lost Eden Chapter
06. Glass Eye Perception
07. Concrete Squire
08. Last Eden Chapter
09. Relevance

Check out audio samples at their Myspace page.

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Temple Of Baal Sign To Agonia Records

French black metallers TEMPLE OF BAAL have inked a deal with Agonia Records. The group's third album, "Lightslaying Rituals", will be released before the end of the year.

According to a press release, "when it comes to French black metal, TEMPLE OF BAAL is often mentioned as an example of integrity and excellence. Formed in 1998, with two full-lengths ('Servants Of The Beast' and 'Traitors To Mankind') a load of split EPs, strong of a very good live reputation (the band has shared the stage with acts like DESTROYER 666, WATAIN or REVENGE), TEMPLE OF BAAL is one of the most respected bands of the French black metal scene. . . 'Lightslaying Rituals' [sees the group] blending occult black metal atmospheres, death metal aggression, intense guitar leads with the darkest aspects of spirituality."

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Abigail Williams Announce New Album Title

North American black metal band ABIGAIL WILLIAMS has set "In The Shadows Of A Thousands Suns" as the title of its new album, due this summer via Candlelight Records. The recording sessions have commenced in Notodden, Norway, with guest drummer Trym (EMPEROR, ZYKLON) laying down tracks at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio with engineer Thorbjørn Akkerhuagen (EMPEROR, ZYKLON, WINDIR). Once the drum tracks are complete, the rituals will continue in the American Southeast with producer James Murphy, at his own SafeHouse Production studio, for the remainder of the recording and mixdown.

A new pre-production demo, titled "Floods" has been posted on the ABIGAIL WILLIAMS MySpace page. The demo version of the song was recorded with Zach Gibson on drums, but the finished album cut will feature Trym.


ABIGAIL WILLIAMS released its debut EP, "Legend", via Candlelight Records last year.

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Children Of Bodom Enter Finnish Single Chart At #1

CHILDREN OF BODOM have debuted on Finland's Singles chart with their new single 'Blooddrunk'.

Children Of Bodom's new album, Blooddrunk, is now available for pre-order at JSR Direct until April 1st. The regular CD edition and CD / DVD Special Edition are both available, as well as special packages including a Blooddrunk shirt and/or instructional DVDs featuring frontman Alexi Laiho.

As previously reported, Spinefarm Records will issue a digipack version of Children Of Bodom's upcoming album, Blooddrunk, on April 9th featuring the complete album on CD, and a bonus DVD featuring the songs mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the 'Blooddrunk video, a Making Of segment, and a photogallery. In addition, the cover of Stan Jones' 'Ghost Riders In The Sky' will be featured as a bonus track on the CD. Complete details of the package are as follows:

CD: 'Hellhounds On My Trail', 'Blooddrunk', 'LoBodomy', 'One Day You Will Cry', 'Smile Pretty For The Devil', 'Tie My Rope', 'Done With Everything, Die For Nothing', 'Banned From Heaven', 'Roadkill Morning', Ghost Riders In The Sky'.

DVD: 'Blooddrunk' (video), Making Of 'Blooddrunk' Video, 'Hellhounds On My Trail' (5.1 surround), 'Blooddrunk' (5.1 surround), 'LoBodomy' (5.1 surround), 'One Day You Will Cry' (5.1 surround), 'Smile Pretty For The Devil' (5.1 surround), 'Tie My Rope' (5.1 surround), 'Done With Everything, Die For Nothing'(5.1 surround), 'Banned From Heaven' (5.1 surround), 'Roadkill Morning' (5.1 surround), Photo Gallery.

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Eddie Van Halen Back In Rehab?

According to Pr-inside.com, sources tell the National Enquirer the 53-year-old guitarist checked himself into a clinic near San Antonio, Texas, so he could detox for a week after a furious backstage bust-up in Florida with his 17-year-old son and bandmate Wolfgang.

An insider says, "It was the big what-if of the tour - whether Eddie could stay sober.

"Wolf hates it when his dad drinks. He knew Eddie was drunk onstage that night, and was acting cold to him, which set Eddie off. Eddie went beserk and started yanking guitar cables from the pedal boards and throwing cigarettes around onstage.

"At the end of the concert, Eddie was so mad at Wolf, he punched the amp speaker, knocking it over." Van Halen enjoyed a stint in rehab last year (2007), which delayed plans for the comeback tour.

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Rose Tattoo Update Tour Schedule

Aussie hard rock legends ROSE TATTOO have issued the following brief update:

"Just check out the updated Tatts tour dates for 2008, including some Australian shows as well!"

Rose Tattoo now have the following live dates scheduled:

22 - Loxton Festival - Riverland, South Australia - Australia

9 - Crowne Plaza Hotel - Terrigal, Australia
10 - Theatre Royal - Lithgow, Australia
30 - Workers Club - Blacktown, Australia
31 - Workers Club - Revesby, Australia

7 - Rock am Ring - Nürburgring - Eifel, Germany
8 - Rock im Park - Nürnberg, Germany
9 - Backstage - München, Germany
10 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
11 - Colosaal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
13 - Novarock Festival - Nickelsdorf, Austria
15 - Download Festival - Donington Park, Great Britain
17 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
18 - Musikzentrum - Hannover, Germany
19 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
21 - Fields Of Rock - Biddinghuizen, Holland
22 - Hellfest - Le Mans, France
25 - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
26 - Circolo Degli Artisti - Rome, Italy
27 - Gods of Metal Festival - Bologna, Italy
29 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
30 - Trabendo - Paris, France

1 - Parkbühne - Leipzig, Germany
4 - Citadel - Berlin, Germany (with MOTÖRHEAD)
5 - Waldrock Festival - EX Leeuwarden, Holland
9 - Super Rock Festival - Lisbon, Portugal
11 - La Plata Festival - Merida Alberque Lel Prado, Spain
12 - Metalway Festival - Zaragoza, Spain More...

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Lanfear Issue Studio Report

German power metal act LANFEAR have posted the following update:

"The first part of our new studio report is now online! Slowly but surely the recording sessions come to an end, the cover artwork is in the works and as soon as we know a release date you'll find it out here."

"(Until then) have fun while reading!"

Lanfear entered Dreamscape Studios in February to complete the recordings for their still untitled, fifth album.

According to a press release, "The new tracks sound even more elaborated but also very organic and as always Lanfear will come up with some surprises... be prepared!"

Further updates to follow.

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Indian and Middian West-Coast Tour Dates

Indian and Middian will team up for a West Coast tour later this month. Here are the tour dates:

3/21 Portland, OR @ Berbati's Pan (March Into Darkness)
3/22 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/ Asunder, more
3/23 Portland, OR @ TBA
3/24 Portland, OR @ Tube
3/25 Eugene, OR @ Samurai Duck w/ Black Waves, more
3/26 Medford, OR @ Musichead w/ Ischemia
3/27 Oakland, CA @ Maxwell's
3/28 Los Angeles, CA @ Mountain Bar

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Grind Minded Introduce New Bassist

Netherlands-based old school death/grind band GRIND MINDED recently announced that they had parted ways with bass player Jasper Bolderdijk due to "musical differences".

The band has since issued the following update:

"Grindminded is pleased to announce the addition of bassist Gea Mulder to their lineup. Gea has been in bands such as MIRDYN and PHARMACORE."

"We are excited to have Gea as part of the Grindminded family." said guitarist Jerry Duinkerken.

"She's turning out to be an awesome bass player, she's learned much of our material already, and she will only make the band stronger," Duinkerken said.

The change came in response to news that former bassist Jasper Bolderjik was leaving the band earlier this year. Grindminded will be beginning to play out live with Mulder later this month, in support of their brand new full length album entitled Domestic Violence. Check out the band here.

Grind Minded's Domestic Violence was released worldwide on December 24th on Open Grave Records.

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Torture Squad Announce European Tour Dates

International W:O:A Metal Battle 2007 winner Torture Squad will tour extensively throughout Europe beginning in April 2008. As the international winner of the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle, they will appear as special guests on many of the 2008 competitions as well as playing loads of single and festival shows.

Torture Squad's new record, “Hellbound,” will be released on Wacken Records on the 25th of April.

Here are the latest Torture Squad European tour dates: More...

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Time Has Come Sign To Regain Records

German math/grind/breakcore band TIME HAS COME has inked a deal with Regain Records. The group's new album, "White Fuzz", was recorded by Christoph Stepan at Little Big Ears Studio (Hamburg) and is scheduled for release on May/June 2008. You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Our Darkest Day Recording New EP

Our Darkest Day is currently in the recording studio with Ben Jon at Stillwork Recording Studios in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The new E.P will be titled "By The Time You See This, I'll Be Gone" and is due out on July 8th, 2008 On Redemptive Records.

Earlier this year the band announced the addition of Benjamin Jon to their roster on guitar. Jon replaced Matt Carney, who left the band in September.

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H.I.M. Reveal DVD Tracklisting

Finnish "love metallers" HIM have revealed the track listing for their new CD/DVD, "Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre", due on April 1 through Warner. The live portion of the DVD was recorded/filmed at the band's November 14-15, 2007 concerts at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. According to the HIM newsletter, "you'll go on stage and behind the scenes with Ville [Valo, HIM frontman] and the band as they give one of their most heartfelt shows to date. Also featured on the DVD, watch the journey of HIM's biggest fans as they go to Seattle to meet the band, see the heartagram photo gallery and watch as Ville recounts the journey that was 'Venus Doom'." "Digital Versatile Doom" also features a second disc, with the full live performance from The Orpheum Theater and a 16-page booklet of original art and images.

"Digital Versatile Doom: Live at the Orpheum Theatre" track listing:

01. Passion's Killing Floor
02. (Rip Out) the Wings of a Butterfly
03. Buried Alive By Love
04. Wicked Game
05. The Kiss of Dawn
06. Vampire Heart
07. Poison Girl
08. Dead Lovers' Lane
09. Join Me in Death
10. It's All Tears
11. Sleepwalking Past Hope
12. Killing Loneliness
13. Soul On Fire
14. Your Sweet Six Six Six
15. Bleed Well
16. The Funeral of Hearts

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Iron Maiden Warn Against Fake Tour Dates

IRON MAIDEN's official web site has been updated with the following message:

"Useful as it is, anyone who's ever submitted school work based on what they found on Wikipedia surely knows that it's not always entirely factual.

"In the case of IRON MAIDEN un-announced tour dates, it's very much a work of fiction!

"Remember folks, dates aren't official until they are announced right here on IronMaiden.com. You don't have long to wait — the second leg dates for North America will be published soon. But in the meantime, please don't pay attention to tour info on Wikipedia or any sites that have copied the same rumours cos I can tell you all that they're not correct and we'd hate for anyone to make concrete plans based on bad information."

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DDP To Do Mexico City Signing Session

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP) — the new band featuring TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy and former EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza — will take part in a signing session at the Rock Shop Insurgentes in Mexico City on Saturday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL is scheduled to perform at the Hard Rock Live in Mexico City on Sunday, March 9. The concert will also serve as a listening party for TESTAMENT's forthcoming album, "The Formation of Damnation", which is scheduled for release in North America on April 29 via Nuclear Blast Records.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's debut album, "DDP 4 Life", is available now on Godfodder Records.

DUBLIN DEATH PATROL's lineup is as follows:

Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Vocals
Steve "Zetro" Souza (LEGACY, EXODUS) - Vocals
Andy Billy (SACRED DOG, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Guitar
Greg Bustamante (RAMPAGE) - Guitar
Steve Robello (OUT OF CONTROL) - Guitar
Willy Langenhuizen (RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT) - Bass
John Souza - Bass
Danny Cunningham - Drums
Troy Luccketta (TESLA) - Drums
Eddie Billy - Bass

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Thunder To Appear At Charity Event

UK rockers THUNDER are set to appear alongside a host of acts and rock stars at the Childline Rocks charity show at Indigo2 in London, UK on March 13th, 2008. Hosted by radio legend Bob Harris, the bill also includes ROGER DALTREY, LULU, IAN PAICE, GLENN HUGHES, THE ZOMBIES, FISH, MARILLION, RUSS BALLARD, BRIAN BENNETT and more.

Thunder will perform a short set of their own music, and will form the backbone of the all star band in the second half of the show.

The band commented: "This will be a very special event, and the band don't want the ticket price to stop you being there, so a word has been had, and we've been given 100 (only 100) downstairs tickets to sell. This is a unique occasion, so a similarly unique ticketing situation has been decided upon...

You decide how much you pay for your ticket (subject to minimum pricing, this is a charity event after all). Yes, you read it right. You decide.

No booking fee, no postage, you just choose the price you want to pay (£25, £30 or £35), then whip out your plastic.

Click here for ticket info and options, but remember all the tickets are in the same place in the venue (downstairs - standing), you're just deciding how much you want to donate to ChildLine in order to attend.

It's going to be a great night, but if you want to go, please don't hang about, our tickets are on sale now, but this offer ends when the 100 tickets are gone, or at 9pm on the 12th of March, whichever is the sooner."

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VR's Scott Weiland Pleads Innocent In Drugs Case

According to Reuters, Scott Weiland pleaded innocent on Wednesday (March 5th) to driving under the influence of drugs, a charge stemming from his November arrest on a Los Angeles freeway onramp.

The 40-year-old singer for the band VELVET REVOLVER was not in court but entered his plea to the misdemeanor charge through a defense attorney.

Weiland is free on $40,000 bail and was due back in court for a pretrial hearing on April 4.

If convicted he faces up to one year in jail because he has a prior conviction for driving under the influence, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said.

Weiland, who first gained fame as lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots, was stopped by police on November 21 while driving onto the Hollywood Freeway. He was taken into custody after refusing to take a sobriety test.

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Hiems Near Completion Of New Album

Italian black metal cult HIEMS are nearing completion of their second album (and first for Moribund). Mainman Algol reports that he's "in the final steps for the album," and that it should be completed by the end of March. In other Hiems news, Moribund will also reissue this year the band's Cold Void Journey debut in a two-CD edition, which will include the band's three demos on the second disc. For more info visit their Myspace page.

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Engel To Issue Debut Album In North America

Gothenburg, Sweden-based metallers ENGEL, featuring IN FLAMES touring guitar replacement Niklas Englin (PASSENGER), Marcus Sunesson (guitar, ex-THE CROWN), Michael Håkansson (bass, ex-EVERGREY), Mangan Klavborn (vocals) and Mojjo (drums), are set to issue album "Absolute Design" in North America on May 20th.

As previously reported, Engel has completed work on the promo videos for the songs 'Casket Closing' and 'Next Closed Door'. After a storming set at the prestigious Get In The Ring event in London, the band flew to Belgrade, Serbia the next morning to start filming the two videos. More...

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Moonsorrow Delay New EP, "Tulimyrsky"

"Tulimyrsky" (Firestorm), the new EP from the Finnish folk/pagan metal band MOONSORROW, has had its release date (through Spinefarm Records) pushed back to April 30 from the previously announced March 26.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Tulimyrsky (new song)
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls (METALLICA cover)
03. Taistelu Pohjolasta (from the "Tämä Ikuinen Talvi" demo)
04. Hvergelmir (from the "Metsä" demo)
05. Back To North (MERCILESS cover)

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