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Metal News for April 4, 2005

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9 news articles posted on this day.

Unearth European Festival and Tour Dates

Unearth return to Europe to play some summer festival dates as well as selected club shows. The dates are listed:

6 03 Germany Rock Am Ring Open Air
6 04 Germany Rock Im Park Open Air
6 11 England Download

Club shows with Lamb of God, Every Time I Die and Caliban
6 05 Austria Vienna Arena
6 06 Italy, Bologna Tendra Estragon
6 07 Switzerland, Vavey The Rocking Star
6 08 Germany, Munich New Backstage
6 09 Holland, Tilburg 013
6 10 France, Paris Bataclan

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Premonitions Of War Drop Off Canadian Tour

Premonitions Of War have reportedly dropped off their current Canadian tour with Ion Dissonance and Despised Icon. This information hasn't officially been confirmed (read: call specific venues for confirmation), however, POW has been a no-show for dates thus far. At this point it appears that both illness and border-crossing issues are to blame.

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Second Annual Strhess Fest Tour Dates

Dates for the second annual Strhess Tour have been announced. Sponsored by artist Derek Hess and his company, Strhess Clothing, the trek features headliner Bleeding Through, with support from Zao, Darkest Hour, Martyr AD, and Fight Paris. Here are the dates:

7/8 Philadelphia PA @ The Trocadero
7/9 Worcester MA @ The Palladium
7/10 New York NY @ BB King's
7/11 Baltimore MD @ Ottobar
7/12 Pittsburgh PA @ Rex Theatre
7/13 Detroit MI @ St. Andrews Hall
7/14 Cleveland OH @ House Of Blues
7/15 Chicago IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
7/16 St. Louis MO @ Mississippi Nights
7/17 Omaha NE @ Sokol Underground
7/18 Denver CO @ Cervantes
7/20 Seattle WA @ El Corazon
7/21 Portland OR @ Meow Meow
7/22 San Francisco CA @ Pound SF
7/23 Los Angeles CA @ Avalon
7/24 Anaheim CA @ House Of Blues
7/25 San Diego CA @ Soma
7/26 Las Vegas NV @ Roadhouse Casino
7/27 Tempe AZ @ The Clubhouse
7/29 San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
8/1 Nashville TN @ Rocketown

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Sicks Deep Cancel Show Due To Van Trouble

Sicks Deep have been forced to cancel shows in the immediate future due to their van breaking down. The April 4 show was definitely cancelled, and the April 5 (Richmond, VA) and April 6 (Farmingdale, NY) shows could be affected depending on how quickly they can get it fixed or arrange for other transporation. Check your local venue for details.

In other news, Sicks Deep will open-up the NYC "Battle for Ozzfest Tour" date at Sin-e on April 19 in which A Dozen Furies, Manntis and Curse Your Name (Cynder) will also be performing.

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Former Alice In Chains Bassist Arrested

Seattle's KIROTV.com is reporting that former ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Starr was arrested in Seattle for vandalizing a car.

A man named Phillip told KIROTV.com that he spotted a man pulling the hood ornament off his car Sunday night.

He said he recognized the man as Michael Christopher Starr and called police. Starr was arrested Sunday night for "investigation of property destruction and theft."

Starr, 39, a founding member of ALICE IN CHAINS, has been in legal trouble before in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City. His past charges include DUI, reckless driving, and various drug charges.

Back in April 1994, Starr was sentenced to 30 days in the Houston jail for
misdemeanor drug possession. Starr was arrested at Houston's Intercontinental Airport while trying to check in for a flight to Los Angeles with a suitcase he had stolen from the baggage claim area. Authorities searched him and found he was carrying marijuana.

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The Wage Of Sin Breaks Up

Earlier this month The Wage Of Sin announced intentions to break up after 4 1/2 years together. During that time, the group released two albums with Immigrant Sun Records. Here's an excerpt of a statement by the band:

"After 4 1/2 years of being in The Wage of Sin, I can honestly say I have made some truly great and unforgettable memories and friends. And while I wouldn't give up the time I spent in this band for anything, at this point it does not make sense for us to keep the band going any longer. The girls have become very busy with their other bands: Rachel full time w/ Most Precious Blood, Vanessa w/ Infidel (formerly Rebel Alliance), and Laura w/ All for Nothing. Laura is also currently getting her Masters and working part-time, Vanessa is working, and I am currently working and traveling as a TV producer. Needless to say this has left us with very little time to dedicate to The Wage of Sin... We have been lucky to have shared some wonderful experiences and are happy about the things we have accomplished together- releasing two CDs, touring the US and Europe, having a video on Headbangers Ball and Much Music, and most importantly having built friendships with the people we have met along the way. But being that we have all committed to touring with other bands or working for the rest of the year, we feel we would just be dragging on if we continued to go out this rate of trying to squeeze in shows on those rare occasions when our four worlds happen to collide and allow us to do so... There are no bad feelings between us- we just all have our hearts in different places and support each other in each of our endeavors. Since we cannot give this band our full attention any longer, it's time to end it while we are still smiling."

The group will be three final shows in May:

5/13 Harrisonburg VA @ Captain Tees w/ Hoods, Donnybrook, more
5/14 Lexington KY @ Beaumont YMCA w/ Sink Of Swim, more
5/21 New York NY @ ABC No Rio w/ Locked In A Vacancy

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Adema Update From The Middle East

Adema has sent an update from teh Middle East, where they are currently playing:

"Hey everybody, hello again from th middle east...today we got to play at Camp Arifjan right outside of Kuwait City....the facility here is very modern and alot different from most camps over here...the troops have a pool, Subway, Baskin Robbins, Nathan's Hot Dog and a store that looks like a Wal-Mart...it doesn't mean that it's any easier...at the camp they take care of tons of stuff but mostly all the trucking of supplies...We were lucky enough to meet Col. Brick T. Miller commander of all the forces in Kuwait...Col. Miller presented to us an award for coming over here and let us know how much they appreciated us coming over here...it got up to 120 degrees today, thats like being a roast in a crockpot...we were also in our first sandstorm, if you want to know what that is like take a blowdryer point it toward you face and throw some sand in there...good times...the show was great and the soldiers rocked it....it is so cool to try out our new music on these guys and girls and everybody is having a great time...tomorrow we go to Iraq and we will let you know how it is..."

thanks again

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The Autumn Offering Seeking Guitarist

The Autumn Offering are in desperate need of a new guitarist. Candidates must have previous experience, professional gear, singing experience, a willingness to tour consistently, and be willing to relocate to Central Florida for practice and songwriting. Interested parties should send an email to taoguitar@mindspring.com or call Dennis at 386-689-5537.

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Blind Guardian Part Ways With Drummer

German power metallers Blind Guardian have parted ways with longtime drummer Thomen Stauch. Frontman Hansi Kürsch's official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"No news is good news. This obviously is bad news. After walking along the same musical paths for about 20 years and after several long, open and honest discussions between the four band members, we have all (including Thomen) come to the same conclusion that it is now best for Thomen to leave the band.

"Since we developed different musical and personal directions for quite a while now, it turned out to be more and more difficult to find acceptable and suitable solutions for everyone in the band. Such circumstances would have eventually caused severe internal problems. Therefore, to avoid any damage to our close relationship this difficult step is essential. In terms of creativity or progression neither one of us would like to hold the other one back. Due to that fact the split seems to be a sad, but reasonable solution. We wish Thomen all the best for the future and hope to come up with more positive news in the near future.

"…and day shall come again"

In a separate statement of his own, Stauch emphasized that the split was amicable and offered his gratitude to his former Blind Guardian colleagues:

"As you may have read in Hansi's statement, I am no longer the drummer of Blind Guardian. From now on we are going our separate ways, at least musically. I must admit it is quite a sad, but necessary decision in order for us to remain friends.

"I stand fully behind Hansi's declaration, so I will keep my statement as short as possible, and wish Blind Guardian all the best for the future, hoping that they find another drummer without any hassle.

"I would also like to use this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who stood by us through all those years, especially our fans. You are the best!!! I hope to see you again soon!

"A big thank you to my old colleagues, Hansi, Andre and Marcus, for all the amazing times we've shared."

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