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Metal News for April 20, 2009

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18 news articles posted on this day.

Unleashing The Extreme Tour Date Changes

Due to factors out of Soundworks Touring's control, the NSW leg of the "Unleashing the Extreme" tour has been rescheduled. See below for amended dates and venues.

The "Unleashing The Extreme" Tour features three of Australia’s highest calibre metal bands: Psycroptic, The Amenta and Ruins. The tour will kick off in Perth, before winding its way through Queensland, ACT, NSW and Victoria. Here are the latest tour dates:

June 4th - Players Bar, Mandurah
June 5th - YMCA HQ, Leederville (AA)
June 6th - The Rosemount Hotel, Perth
June 11th - Brannigan’s, Gold Coast
June 12th - Rosie’s, Brisbane
June 13th - Sands Tavern, Maroochydoore
June 19th - The Basement, Canberra
June 20th - The Manning Bar, Sydney (Lic/AA)
June 21st - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
June 26th - The National Hotel, Geelong
June 27th - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
June 28th - TBC Melbourne (U18)

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Timo Tolkki Recreates "Dreamspace" Lineup

Timo Tolkki has announced that Jari Kainulainen has joined him, Tuomo Lassila and Antti Ikonen for the "Return to Dreamspace" album that is due out later in this fall. This makes the exact same line-up from the original Stratovarius album, "Dreamspace," which was released in 1994.

In related news, Timo Tolki will be performing with Fabio Lione in Rome on Friday, April 4. The club is called Palarockness and it is situated in Genzano di Roma.

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Rock of Love Tour Bus Reunion Recap

Riki Rachtman again hosted the Rock of Love tour reunion. After introducing each of the girls (even the ones eliminated after one episode) he says, “and Big John”, as if was the opening credits of Cheers with “and George Wendt as Norm”. After introducing Bret, Riki gives him a big hug and whispers, “Thanks for the gig man”. More...

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Grim Funeral Signs To Avantgarde Music

Avantagrde Music has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Grim Funeral:

"Having been literally blown by the blood chilling atmospheres of the debut opus "A Grim Funeral to the soul of this world" we couldn't resist and restrain to offer a contract for the future album to come.......... GRIM FUNERAL is now part of Avantgarde Music roster.

"More infos will come later in the year about when and what shall be his first outcome for our label. We look forward for another cold and grim milestone to follow that awesome debut on THR."

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Obscura Announces Additional Tour Dates

Germany’s Obscura have announced a couple of additions to their already in progress, first-ever North American tour. The band is currently touring in support of their recently released Relapse debut "Cosmogenesis"

The band's upcoming full tour schedule is as follows:

4/20 w/ Neuraxis - Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah Hamilton, Ontario
4/21 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Montreal, QC @ The Medley Canada, Quebec
4/22 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Ottawa, ON @ Babylon Canada, Ontario
4/23 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Quebec City, QC @ Le Capitole Canada, Quebec
4/24 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance USA, New York
4/25 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz USA, Virginia
4/26 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s Music Hall USA, North Carolina
4/27 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live USA, Florida
4/28 w/ Graves of Valor - Birmingham, AL @ The Nick Birmingham, Alabama
4/29 w/ Graves of Valor - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
4/30 w/ Graves of Valor - Nashville, TN @ The Muse Nashville, Tennessee

5/1 w/ Graves of Valor - Owensboro, KY @ The Brothers Owensboro, Kentucky
5/2 w/ Graves of Valor - Indianapolis, IN @ Zanies Too Indianapolis, Indiana
5/4 w/ Graves of Valor - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, Illinois
5/5 w/ Graves of Valor - Southgate, MI @ Modern Exchange Southgate, Michigan
5/6 w/ Graves of Valor - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Pirate’s Cove Cleveland, Ohio
5/7 w/ Graves of Valor - Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon Syracuse, New York
5/8 w/ Graves of Valor - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5/9 w/ Graves of Valor - Allentown, PA @ The Sterling Hotel Allentown, Pennsylvania
5/10 w/ Graves of Valor - Boston, MA @ The Church of Boston Boston, Massachusetts
5/12 w/ Graves of Valor - New York, NY @ Fontana’s New York, New York
5/13 w/ Graves of Valor - Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Baltimore, Maryland
5/14 w/ Graves of Valor - Philadelphia, PA @ Broad Street Ministry Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

8/8 BRUTAL ASSAULT FEST Czech Republic
8/13 PARANOID FEST Slovenia

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Enthroned Announces Belgium Tour Date Change

Black metal band Enthroned has issued the following update about a change in the May 23rd tour date in Belgium:

"We received the news this morning that due to some circumstences beyond the promoter's control, the date in Jumet (Belgium) will be replaced by Dolhain (Belgium)."

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My Darkest Hate Recruits New Bassist

German death metallers My Darkest Hate have issued the following announcement about finding a replacement guitarist:

"Good news - we found a new bassplayer! A warm welcome for Mister Roberto Palacios (Insanity, ex-Chinchilla). We are also confirmed for the Eisenwahn Festival in Obersinn (Bavaria) July, 25th 2009."

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The Answer Cancels Two US Tour Dates

The End Records has issued the following announcement about Irish rockers The Answer canceling two upcoming US tour dates:

"Irish rock band The Answer are forced to cancel their Los Angeles and New York City shows next week due to drummer James Heatley breaking his hand. The band has been touring with rock 'n' roll heavyweights AC/DC and were to hit Los Angeles and New York City for headlining club dates next week. The shows were April 29th in Los Angeles at The Troubadour and May 2nd at Don Hill's in New York City."

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Cradle Of Filth Cancels Tonights Minsk Show

Cradle of Filth has issued the following statement about canceling their Minsk tour date tonight:

"Due to incorrect travel permits Cradle Of Filth have been unable to get to Minsk in time to do the gig tonight.

"The band are extremely annoyed and frustrated that people have been disappointed and are trying to get the gig rescheduled.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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Cellout Signs To Nuerra Records

Sweden's Cellout has issued the following statement about inking a record deal with Nuerra Records for the release of their upcoming album:

"Nuerra Records signs Stockholm, Sweden band Cellout..!!

"Tracks for the first Cellout album have already been recorded and are now being mixed by producer/mixer Ulrich Wild (Pantera, Breaking Benjamin, Deftones etc) in Los Angeles, Ca. The record will be mastered by Adam Ayan (Foo Fighters, Linkin Park etc) at Gateway Mastering in Portland Maine.

"Although no official release date has been set, you can hear the first single "As I Fall", in our music player. I hope that you enjoy the track while waiting for the full length album. Thanks for your continued support..!"

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Kreator Announces Japanese Tour

German thrash metal legends Kreator has announced that they will be heading to Japan for a tour with several other thrash metal legends this September. Other bands booked to perform with Kreator are Testament, Heathen and Exodus.

The tour dates are as follows:

September 17 - Osaka, Japan at Big Cat with Testament
September 18 - Nagoya, Japan at Club Quattro with Exodus
September 19 - Kawasaki, Japan at Club Citta with Testament, Exodus, Heathen
September 20 - Kawasaki, Japan at Club Citta with Testament, Exodus, Heathen

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Body of Scars Posts New Song Online

BODY OF SCARS, the Phoenix, Arizona-based band featuring JAG PANZER drummer Rikard Stjernquist and former 40 GRIT vocalist/guitarist James Santiago, entered the studio this past June to begin recording its second album, tentatively due September 2009.

Commented guitarist Randy Davis: "We have been busy in the studio, we have posted a new song (full version) for everyone to hear what we've been up to. The song is called 'Snap Count'. The second offering (untitled) so far has 16 songs and is around 68 minutes long. We are very excited for the way it's turning out, some songs that we thought were B-sides or throwaways are turning into real monsters. We hope you enjoy what you hear. We also mixed 'Miracle Of Life' and re-recorded the ending solo. 'Snap Count' has a few guitar solos in it so enjoy!"

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Narcotic Self Begins Writing New Album

Nebraska thrashers, Narcotic Self, has issued the following update:

"Narcotic Self is currently writing and producing new music for the fourth coming record. (Still unofficially titled.) All members are going above and beyond- writing and creating for the most Brutal and Diverse NS record yet. A record that will push the genre in a new direction and profoundly put a splash in the metal community. We hope to have some teasers of the new record soon! So keep checking back with us."

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Jonathan Davis Guests On New Song by The Changing

The Changing featuring Kalen Chase (formally of Korn's touring backing band) will be releasing the first single off their new record, "For Obvious Reasons," on April 20th. The song, entitled "Jerry Bruckheimer" will be available for streaming and download on the band's MySpace page at 6PM PST. Davis provided vocals for the track and is reportedly a great supporter of The Changing.

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Fallen Martyr Announces New EP Title

Fallen Martyr has announced the title of their upcoming EP as "The Six Roots Of True Will." Here's an explanation from Ryan himself:

"The first idea is "the six roots" which comes from buddhism. The belief is that everyone has six roots within them 3 of good and 3 of evil. The good being generosity, loving kindness and wisdom, the evil being hate, greed and delusion. And you have to accept all these parts of yourself and others before you can reach enlightenment. In the beginning of my story i believe that these parts have to battle for dominance inside me but come to realize that by accepting every part of me i can achieve my greatest potential.

"The Second idea is 'True will' which comes from the writing of Aleister Crowley, specifically the book of the law. According to him everyone has a true will which isnt necessarily something conscious, but ones calling or purpose in life. And it is realized not through any kind of divine aid but by ones own efforts and self discovery. Which is really what my whole story is about and what most closely describes the ideology that im trying to express. I also have subtly included some other words phrases or ideas from thelema and the book of the law into the lyrics (i.e. the great work, the new aeon, etc.) so it works on that level as well"

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Amon Amarth Announces Fall UK Tour Dates

Amon Amarth have announced a string of new UK tour dates in late October and early November. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

10/22 - Cardiff Solus
10/26 - Nottingham Rock City
10/27 - Norwich Waterfront
10/28 - Wolverhampton Wulfrun
10/29 - Northumbria Stage 2
10/31 - Manchester Academy 2

11/1 - London Koko

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Criminal Guitarist Endorsed By Fernandes Guitars

Anton Reisenegger, guitarist/vocalist for Anglo-Chilean thrash masters Criminal, has signed an exclusive endorsement deal with Fernandes Guitars. His weapons of choice are the Fernandes Monterey Deluxe and the Fernandes Vortex Deluxe.

“I am extremely excited and proud I was chosen by Fernandes Guitars to represent them. Fernandes guitars are beautifully crafted instruments, and the pick-up configuration on the Deluxe series leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. I can't wait to play these babies on stage!” comments Reisenegger.

“Criminal is an iconic band in the history of South American metal, world class thrash at it’s best. We are very proud to welcome them onboard,” adds Fernandes spokesperson Alfonso Pinzon.

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Absu Updates Summer Tour Dates

U.S. black metallers Absu have updated their summer tour schedule to reflect the following North American and European tour dates:

5/2 SWR Barroselas Metalfest XII Barroselas
5/7 Thunder Of Gods Open Air Dripping Springs, Texas
5/22 Maryland Deathfest VII - Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
5/30 Festung Open Air Friedersdorf / Bitterfeld

6/6 Jumping Turtle San Marcos, California
6/7 House of Blues W. Hollywood, California
6/8 Thee Parkside San Francisco, California
6/9 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
6/10 El Corazon Seattle, Washington
6/12 The Underground Calgary, Alberta
6/13 The Exchange Regina, Saskatchewan
6/14 Royal Albert Arms Winnipeg, Manitoba
6/15 Station 4 St. Paul, Minnesota
6/16 The Pearl Room Mokena, Illinois
6/17 Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio
6/18 Wreck Room Toronto, Ontario
6/19 Petit Campus Montreal, Quebec
6/20 Penny Arcade Rochester, New York
6/21 BB Kings Blues Club New York, New York
6/22 Jaxx W. Springfield, Virginia
6/23 Volume 11 Raleigh, North Carolina
6/24 The Muse Nashville, Tennessee
6/25 The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
6/26 The Garage St. Petersburg, Florida
6/27 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
6/29 Firewater Dallas, Texas

7/17 Hell’s Pleasure Metal Festival Pößneck
7/18 Kaltenbach Open Air Spital am Semmering
7/25 Stonehenge Festival Steenwijk

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