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Metal News for April 1, 2014

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Dave Mustaine Seeking Film Role As Jesus Christ

Variety reports that none other than Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is in talks with Canadian film production company Stoney Lake Entertainment, allegedly over a future appearance in a planned “Left Behind” franchise sequel.

Metalunderground.com contacted a spokesman at Tradecraft, Megadeth’s current label distributed through Universal. “He’s gunning for the role of Jesus Christ,” the spokesman confirmed of Mustaine, 52.

Tyndale House published the best-selling literary series “Left Behind” from 1995 through 2007. The political conspiracy thrillers depicted a chaotic Biblical End Times scenario in which the prophesied Antichrist rises to power and tyranny, ruling all who remain on Earth following the Rapture. More...

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Leonardo DiCaprio To Appear At Meshuggah Concert

When a mash-up video titled “Meshuggah Face of Wall Street” hit the internet more than a
month ago, it quickly became a YouTube sensation. The video depicted Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jordan Belfort, in his most recent movie, Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street, in a scene where he was giving a metal-inspiringly unorthodoxed speech to his company in the film. This scene involved DiCaprio making faces very reminiscent of the signature face of Jens Kidman, singer of Meshuggah, when performing on stage. So the video of this scene is synchronously played while Meshuggah’s “Rational Gaze” audio is dubbed over.

Fans quickly went to share this video online everywhere. It was such a craze that it even spurred up a petition for Leonardo DiCaprio to make an appearance at any Meshuggah show. After much doubtfully hope, and 10 million signatures later, it seems that the petition has caught the attention of DiCaprio, or at least his representatives.

DiCaprio’s management has just announced during a public press release that he has agreed to appear during the final stop in New York of Meshuggah’s recently announced summer North American tour celebrating their 25th anniversary.

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Varg Vikernes To Boycott New Mayhem Album

Burzum mastermind and noted recluse Kristian "Varg" Vikernes has allegedly made a troubling discovery regarding Mayhem’s upcoming album “Esoteric Warfare,” and is not a happy camper.

“It contains a hidden Christian message,” states the noted Norwegian black metaller, 41. “I knew there was something off about that damned song the second I heard it, and now I know why.”

The new song to which Vikernes refers is titled “Psywar,” which Mayhem premiered through Decibel Magazine in February. More...

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Possible Savatage Reunion At PPUSA 2014 Rumored

Tampa alternative news source Creative Loafing has reported that a Savatage reunion might be in the works for the fifteenth installment of ProgPower USA this year at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Jon Oliva's Pain is set to headline the event on Saturday, September 13, 2014 performing the classic Savatage album "Streets" in its entirety, however, sources close to Savatage/T.S.O. guitarist Chris Caffery have revealed that he has recently made travel arrangements to appear at the event.

Additional sources have confirmed plane flights and hotel accommodations for Atlanta were also booked drummer Jeff Plate and bassist Johnny Lee Middleton. If the rumors are true, this would be mark a reunion of the "Poets & Madman" studio lineup.

When asked for a comment, Jon Oliva sent an email response stating the following: "Its not fucking happening. I'm tired of these rumors popping up every time I do a gig where I play a Savatage song. The rumors are bullshit."

Despite the response, Caffery posted the following status on Facebook: "Something amazing is in the works...cannot speak about it yet, but trust me - you will know it when you hear it."

Metal Underground.com attempted to confirm the rumors with ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston, who replied: "Look, Jon does what Jon does. He can play whatever the hell he wants, but I have absolutely no knowledge of any reunion, so just stop it."

The rumored reports remain unconfirmed by any official source. As for ProgPower USA, the sold out event takes place from Wednesday, September 10th through Saturday, September 13th. The main festival (Friday-Saturday), will feature: More...

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Iron Maiden To Re-Record First Two Albums

Iron Maiden came out of studio hibernation to announce that the band will finally re-record the first two albums "Iron Maiden" (1980) and "Killers" (1981) with Bruce Dickinson on vocals, citing "fan demand" as the reason. The announcement comes as the band is set to unleash its follow up to the 2010 album "The Final Frontier" which will be entitled "Powerslave II."

In an interview with Smile, the premiere in flight magazine of Filipino airline Cebu Pacific, Dickinson stated (translated via Bing): "We have been really really busy behind the scenes, keeping this enormous project a secret. When we met to discuss whether the band wanted to do a new studio album as a unit, Steve suggested we try an idea we had floating around for a long while now - bring back the glory of 'Powerslave.' At the time, it was just a musical direction, but the more we wrote it appeared that the time was right to bring back Egypt as a central theme for the cover. The album itself is a the natural continuation of the style of that release. Nikko suggested we just call it 'Powerslave II' since it felt like that old magic was back. We asked Derrick [Riggs] for some cover ideas and he suggested we take the 'Final Frontier' idea - space - and combine it with the Egyptian theme. The result was sort of like the metal album for 'Stargate.'"

The track titles and release date for "Powerslave II" have not yet been announced, but the album cover can be seen below.

Bassist Steve Harris commented on re-recording the two classic first albums: "Fans have been telling us for years that they wanted to hear what it would have been like if Bruce sang on the first two albums. We kicked the tires on this recently and figured, if Di'Anno can tour for thirty years making money playing those songs live and re-recording them...we can just do the 'Manowar' thing and make 2014-2015 a really special time for the fans with three albums to look forward to. Really, we did this for the fans." More...

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Phil Anselmo Refuses To Explain Suspicious Tattoo

A minor scuffle broke out Monday night, March 31st, between veteran metal singer Philip H. Anselmo – of Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual fame – and Metalunderground.com staff in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The New Orleans native, 45, had recently launched a brief string of one-off solo performances [“close to home,” according to his Facebook page] with his backing band The Illegals. Metalunderground.com was on hand at Riverside Warehouse in Shreveport for Monday night’s show.

We arrived late to discover a perplexed and increasingly uncomfortable crowd. After some inquiry, bartender Tom Symkowski filled us in: More...

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Mayhem and Immortal added to 2014 Mayhem Festival

Mayhem and Immortal have been added to the just-announced lineup of this year's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. The additions are reportedly in response to complaints about the weak lineup announced just yesterday. An official announcement and updated tour poster are forthcoming.

Mayhem is celebrating 30 years as a band and the tour will be in support of the release of their upcoming new album, "Psywar."

"We're making this Mayhem festival our own. Skinny jeans will be soiled. Blood will be shed." tweeted Mayhem bassist Necrobutcher.

The Mayhem touring festival becomes the first time Immortal has done a regular tour in years, as they've opted to play primarily festival events recently.

The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival kicks of July 5th and will feature four stages and the following bands: Mayhem, Immortal, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Body Count Featuring ICE T, Miss May I, Emmure, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition, Veil Of Maya, Upon A Burning Body, Darkest Hour, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, King 810 and Erimha.

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Edguy's Sammet Admits "Space Police" Prank

Tobias Sammet, singer/songwriter for German power metal act Edguy, has revealed that his near six month twitter campaign for the band's new album "Space Police - Defenders of the Crown" was actually part of an elaborate April Fool's prank. By utilizing a marketing strategy filled with song clips, sarcasm and wit, Sammet was able to boost pre-sales for the band's album by 800%, most of which are angry fans desiring to obtain the album that they are doomed to despise.

Sammet revealed all on a Twitter post today: "APRIL FOOLS DAY...there is no 'SPACE POLICE'"

The new album is actually entitled "The Joke Is On You!" and is the follow up to the 2011 release "Age of the Joker," but will be a concept album about DC Comics' most famous villian. Sammet explained the marketing direction: "With 'Age,' I received a lot of flak from fans and press even though the album sold fairly well. I decided I would take a different approach. I brought in artists and label representatives and told them my vision. What we needed was to poke fun at the band's history and come up with a wildly inventive cartoon world set in space and then proclaim it to be the greatest power metal album of all time. It worked because pre-sales for what is now 'The Joke's On You' went through the roof - mostly because those fans with the most complaints were curious to prove me wrong."

The album is still set for an April 18th release, but the actual song titles are:

1. Mirthless Grin
2. Thieving Trickster
3. Defenders Of The Clown Prince Of Crime
4. Gotham's Finest
5. The Bat Must Be Destroyed
6. The Life And Times Of 'Dear Old Jack'
7. Martha Wayne Is A Whore
8. Born Of Red Hood
9. Harle(y)quin
10. The Only Good Bat Is A Dead One More...

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Gloryhammer Becomes Gloryhammer Of Steel

Due to copyright and trademark issues, the band formerly known as Gloryhammer has changed its name to Gloryhammer of Steel.

The band members consider this a great new start, reflecting the emboldened and increasingly grandiose direction that their music has taken. "The power of hoots will burn brighter than ever before," says bassist/songwriter James Cartwright. Keyboardist/songwriter Christopher Bowes adds, "The name Gloryhammer of Steel better represents the energy that has always been present in this band and its music."

With a new record company in Napalm Records, a new tour planned and a new album on the way, Gloryhammer of Steel will continue to explore musical fantasy worlds with the precision musicianship and unique symphonic concepts that their fans have come to expect and adore. Fresh on the heels of the band's first live album release, "Live In Dundee 2013 - The Dark Prophecy," a new name and renewed vigor ensure that Gloryhammer of Steel still holds the passion and power that have always been associated with the band's music. More...

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Tim Lambesis Escapes From Jail

Authorities from North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, CA have put out an all-points-bulletin on Tim Lambesis and two other inmates, who were reported to have escaped last night.

Lambesis, who was currently two months into a nine-year sentence for commissioning a murder for hire, went missing after a routine head count. He and the two other inmates, Jesus Ramos and Enrique Martinez, went unaccounted for after dinner and recreation yard time.

The two correctional officers who did the bunk check in the wing where the detainees were housed noticed that the metal toilet had been removed and used to break out the narrow window in Lambesis' unit. How the other two inmates escaped remains unclear at this time.

Authorities have set up road blocks on I-5 and 1-805 leading to the Mexican Border near the San Ysidro and San Diego crossings, where the trio may possibly be going. "Ramos and Martinez both have family in the Ensenada area just south of the border and various ties with the Mexican underworld," stated North County prison official John Bennett. "We have to make sure that we cover all bases in apprehending these men."

Police have also questioned members of Lambesis' heavy metal band As I Lay Dying, his ex-wife Meggan Murphy Lambesis and his family to see if possible contact has been made to them from the fugitive. Police also caution that the fugitives may be armed and dangerous. Further details will be provided when they become known.

Tim Lambesis in prison photo from March 2014

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Black Metal Festival To Hit Austin, TX

From the people who brought you Fun Fun Fun Festival comes BXBM (Black By Black Metal) festival. The 3-day, multi-venue festival will take place on May 1, 2015 on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas. Confirmed acts include Venom, Darkthrone, Kreator, Mayhem, Emperor, etc.

Graham Williams of Tranmission Entertainment, comments on booking the festival, "When I spoke with you regarding Fun Fun Fun 2013 (MU) I had mentioned almost securing Venom for the festival. I wasn't able to book them for FFF 2015, but secured a spot for May when they come through with Enthroned and Usurper. Then I found out Emperor and Mayhem were both available and all the cards started to come into place for making a festival. Austin doesn't have a true metal festival, especially black metal, and SXSW tends to ignore true black metal, so I thought, 'let's go for it!" More...

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Metallica Unveils Details Of New Album

Two weeks ago, Metallica leaked the first taste of the new material with the release of the demo track "Lords of Summer". Now the band has announced that the new album is complete and will be entitled "Hell Hath No Fury...." The album is tentatively set to drop on April 1, 2015 via its own Blackened Recordings with distribution through Warner Brothers Records.

Drummer Lars Ulrich commented: "When we played 'Lords of Summer' live for the first time, we felt re-energized - like it was 1983. James, Kirk and our bass player all felt as if the time was right to start anew. 'Death Magnetic' was just the start of the return back to the roots...but I promise that 'Hell Hath No fury..." will have a greater impact on fans than 'Master of Puppets.'"

Guitarist Kirk Hammett added: "One of the things I wanted to do on this new album is return to the glory of the guitar solo. There is one with a four minute solo and I am so proud of the band for finally taking this all back to where it started. It definitely feels reborn!"

Vocalist/Guitarist James Hetfield commented: "'Hell Hath No Fury' is the dawn of a new era for Metallica. We went back to a dark place and resurrected some old friends of ours. I made strides to get that rough edge back on my vocals and it really made a big difference in the direction of the album."

The bass player stated: "The new album is going to slay everyone. I am so excited to be part of this. Cliff would be proud!"

The track list for "Hell Hath No Fury..." is:

1. The Fire Lord
2. Black Death
3. Lords of Summer (Demo Streaming Here)
4. Trapped With No Escape
5. Hell Hath No Fury...
6. The Unforgiven IV
7. Sanity Harvest
8. Heroes Never Come Home
9. He Who Should Not Be Named...Dies
10. Battery (2014 Version)
11. Unto the Ages of Ages (Witchfynde Cover) (Bonus Track) More...

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Dragonland Splits With Vocalist Heidgert

Sweden's Dragonland announced on its Official Facebook Page that vocalist Jonas Heidgert has left the band after 15 years. Heidgert was named vocalist for Destiny back in January 2013.

The announcement reads: "It is with mixed feelings that we now announce that our vocalist Jonas Heidgert has decided to end his 15-year long position in Dragonland and move on to other musical projects.

"We wish Jonas the best of luck with his new endeavours, and we will all of course remain the best of friends outside of the band.

"You might ask yourself now: 'Who will be the new vocalist of Dragonland'? We have spent weeks deliberating, holding auditions and reviewing jaw-dropping submissions from a host of incredibly talented and famous singers of both genders from all around the globe.

"However, we feel that a mighty voice like Jonas’ cannot simply be replaced. Just as Olof’s guitars and Elias’ keyboards forge the signature sound of Dragonland, so does Jonas’ vocals, and to bring in another singer would simply taint the legacy of such an iconic performer.

"Thus we hereby announce that WE WILL NOT HIRE A NEW VOCALIST. Dragonland will continue as a purely INSTRUMENTAL band, with a state-of-the-art, previously unheard of new keyboard-oriented sound as the melodic core of our compositions. This decision also ushers in a new era of instrument-centric live performances, which will be unleashed upon the world with our first live show of 2014, at the PPM Fest in Belgium on April 20.

"This news will surely come as a shock to many of you, but we assure you that Dragonland is stronger than ever before, and we promise you nothing less than a mind-blowing sonic monster of a new album when the time comes.

"All hail Jonas Heidgert. All hail keyboard solos. ALL HAIL DRAGONLAND!!!" More...

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K.K. Downing Breaks Retirement, Re-Joins Priest

Just days after Rob Halford declared the new Judas Priest album done, former guitarist K.K. Downing has announced that he has come out of retirement to re-join the band, nearly four years to the day that he initially left (April 20, 2011).

Downing indicated that "boredom was a big contributing factor" to his decision. He also revealed that all along "I was involved in the writing and recording process of the new album." The band indicated that in the spirit of Iron Maiden (when Adrian Smith rejoined in 1999), they would remain a three piece with Richie Faulkner remaining on board.

Guitarist Glenn Tipton added: "I cannot tell you how elated I was when Ken called me to express his desire to rejoin the mighty Priest. We worked together for so long and have been through so much it seemed like a family was torn apart when he left. Even though I understood his decision to leave, I still felt a gap in the band. Now we are stronger than ever. We haven't decided whether we will do a live tour again, but Ken is all for it if we do."

The band is expected to reveal the first information about the new release soon. More...

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Nightwish's Holopainen To Pen Children's Books

Nightwish have issued a quick update that mastermind and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen will again be taking some time away from the band to focus on a new endeavor. In light of the upcoming release of "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck," Holopainen will also be penning and releasing an official collection of children's books, filled with both short stories and full-length epic poems. The singer's noteworthy pairing with illustrator Don Rosa has been extended to these books, as well, and will feature prominent displays of Rosa's illustrations. More...

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