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Metal News for April 9, 2008

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20 news articles posted on this day.

Soul Embraced Cancels Shows Due To Injury

Christian metal band Soul Embraced has cancelled their April 10th - 17th tour due to a wrist injury sustained by guitarist Rocky Gray. According to the band, "We will make up the shows as soon as we can. The injury is not serious but will need time to heal. Once again we are very sorry and look forward to seeing you all soon."

The affected tour dates are as follows:

April 10 - Tulsa, OK - The Pinkeye
April 11 - Okmulgee, OK - The Aim
April 12 - Wichita, KS - Eagles Lodge
April 13 - Plano, TX - Rock Steady
April 16 - San Antonio, TX - The Underground
April 17 - Mission, TX - Smokin Aces

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Reign Supreme, Colin Of Arabia, Letdown Tour Dates

Reign Supreme, Colin Of Arabia, and Letdown have lined up a handful of July tour dates. Here are the latest tour dates:

7/11 Cleveland, OH @ Now Thats Class
7/12 Muncie, IN @ Launching Pad
7/13 Peoria, IL @ Creve Couer Comm. Center
7/14 Hutchinson, KS @ McGraws
7/15 Denver, CO @ Underground
7/16 Harrisville, UT @ Cabin
7/17 Twin Falls, ID @ American Legion Hall
7/18 Tacoma, WA @ Viaduct
7/19 Spokane, WA @ Empyrean
7/20 Portland, OR @ Backspace
7/21 Orangevale, CA @ VFW Hall
7/22 San Francisco, CA @ Balazo Gallery
7/23 Tijuana, MX @ Kimbara Cafe

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New Audio Interview with Jon Schaffer Online

IcedEarth.com caught up with Jon Schaffer last week for a wide-ranging interview lasting 37 minutes which is available as a free mp3 download (35 MB) here. To download the interview, use your mouse to right-click on the link above, and then select, "Download Linked File."

Topics include: Where the track from the new single, "I Walk Alone" fits into the Something Wicked saga; The decision for choosing the three songs from Framing Armageddon that were re-recored with Matt Barlow on the new single; Ongoing booking plans beyond those already announced for 2008; A possible USO tour in Afganastan and Iraq; Setlist plans for Chicago Powerfest on May 2; Jon’s new signature pickup, "The Ice Bucker" created by Jim Wagner of WCR Guitar Pickups; Technial talk and advice about acheiving guitar tone; Jon’s guitar picks of choice and how they affect guitar tone, Jon’s new private studio, "Soaring Eagle Sound"; and Impressions on the new Century Media box-set, "Slave to the Dark."

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Life In Your Way Announce Plans To Disband

Connecticut's Life In Your Way has announced plans to disband after nearly ten years together and albums with Solid State Records and Indianola Records. Here's a statement from the group:

"It has become apparent to us that ending now on a good note would be the best way to go out for Life In Your Way. Of course there are specific reasons why it is a good time to end the over nine years of music, touring, band member changes, hundreds of different merchandise designs, passions and frustrations of being in a band for that long. There is no reason to get into each one; they are just the obvious if you know the life of musicians in this kind of scene.

"We've loved every minute of it! Some or our biggest joys in life has come from being in this group. Meeting people all around the country and world, getting to know some of our favorite bands and building relationships that outlast a band or a genre. This has been the biggest blessing. The music we've been able to write, producers we've been amazed with and record labels that have believed in us has been a dream come true. We hope our music will live on for people, having a strong grasp on fans and new fans to come. Without music the world would be entirely boring and even more self-destructive. All in all, LIYW has in no way been a waste of time for any of its members!

"We are still looking and waiting for where each one of us may go off to. There has been talk about doing another band with most of the members. It is a definite that we will all be involved in music for the rest of our lives. You can be on the look out for where each one of us might put our time into musically.

"The band is not over this moment. LIYW is coming up on a full US tour with Burden of a Day, Means, For Today and In Fear And Faith. This tour will definitely be the last for most of the country. It will be doing a small tour to Cornerstone in IL. Either way, the last will be local, in Connecticut. We will have some of our favorite bands play (our best friends in music). We'd ask for all to come out, young and old. We will be pulling out old material, songs from all three records. This grand finale will happen in late June to July. Come and catch the last show near you. Thanks."

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Ex-Veil of Maya Vocalist Joins Everest

Former Veil Of Maya singer Adam Clemens has joined Minneapolis' Everest as their new singer, solidifying their line-up after several months of searching for a replacement for Evan Nagan.

Their yet-to-be-titled full-length is due out this Spring/Summer, and the band has posted a studio/band update video. More...

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Helmet Announce More Tour Dates

US icons HELMET have announced a string of dates for North Carolina in June, which include:

15 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
16 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
17 - Charleston, SC - The Dive

More dates are expected to follow

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The Scourger To Support Arch Enemy In Helsinki

THE SCOURGER, the brute thrash metal force from Helsinki, Finland, will support ARCH ENEMY on April 13 at Tavastia in Helsinki.

THE SCOURGER's second full-length studio album, "Dark Invitation to Armageddon", was released in January (March in continental Europe via Cyclone Empire). Joe Petagno, the artist behind the MOTÖRHEAD logo and album art, designed the cover for the CD.

"Dark Invitation to Armageddon" was mixed by Pelle Saether at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden. Pelle's previous work includes, among others, such names as CARNAL FORGE and MILLENCOLLIN.

THE SCOURGER reissued its debut album, "Blind Date with Violence", in October 2006 across Europe via Germany's Cyclone Records. The bonus material on the CD was taken from "To the Slayground" EP, the "Maximum Intensity" single and the Tuska 2006 live performance. More...

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Aeturnus Dominion Part Ways With Grindhead Records

Australia metallers, Aeturnus Dominion, issue the following update on their MySpace page:

"Aeturnus Dominion will not be releasing Annihilation Process through Grindhead Records. This was an amicable decision, was something the band expected to happen and had already prepared for. We will fund the pressing ourselves and are currently in negotiations with a few distro labels."

"AD would like to thank everyone at GHR for all they have done for us up to this point."

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Lay Down Rotten Replaces Deranged at FTC Festival

Here is the latest update from FTC organizers:

"Here we go... we have a new Co-Headliner for Thursday on Fuck The Commerce XI. As you know, Deranged split up and cancelled the FTC-gig once again. But if the old stagers don't want to, we'll get new blood on the FTC-stage. We are glad to announce LAY DOWN ROTTEN for Thursday evening at Fuck The Commerce 2008. They have shown their ability to rule the moshpit with their new album "Reconquering The Pit“ and on tour with Dismember and will once again proove that at Fuck The Commerce."

Thursday: (estimated from 1pm on every hour, exact times to be anounced)

Friday: (estimated from 1pm on every hour, exact times to be anounced)

Saturday: (estimated from 1pm on every hour, exact times to be anounced)

Date: April 30th - May 03rd 2008

Location: Altes Lager, (14913 Altes Lager near Jüterbog, Germany)

Tickets: via ticketonline.de and all it's box-offices, www.f-t-c.de as well as at K17-presale-office and all K17-metal-concerts (Berlin, Pettenkoferstr. 17a); ATTENTION: presale via www.f-t-c.de has to be closed soon.

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Kreator Clear Up Tour Confusion

The following message has been posted by Kreator's official Myspace:

"For some reason, we are still getting a LOT of emails, comments, messages, etc. about Kreator and the canceled King Diamond tour.

"King Diamond had to cancel the whole tour because of health issues. Regardless of what any club website may say, Kreator are NOT doing ANY SHOWS in the USA as of right now! No off-dates, no one-off shows, no tours.... nothing.

"Instead, they are concentrating on writing the NEW ALBUM and will only be making a few festival appearances in Europe at the moment. Once they are done with the new album, THEN they will make their way back to the USA.

"Until that time, all of us here in the USA will just have to be patient.


"I hope this makes everything absolutely, positively clear because I would hate for a fan (or more) to show up at a club expecting Kreator to play and then get really disappointed."

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New Kalmah Album Pushed Back

According to a message at the website for Finland's KALMAH, the band's new album, For The Revolution, will now be released on April 23rd via Spikefarm Records. A previous release date of April 2nd had been announced.

The album was mastered at Cutting Room, Sweden.

The complete tracklist is: 'For The Revolution', 'Dead Man's Shadow', 'Holy Symphony Of War', 'Wings Of Blackening', 'Ready For Salvation', 'Towards The Sky', 'Outremer', 'Coward', 'Like A Slave'.

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Tom G. Fischer Leaves Celtic Frost

The Celtic Frost website has posted the following message:

"Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer has left Celtic Frost due to the irresolvable, severe erosion of the personal basis so urgently required to collaborate within a band so unique, volatile, and ambitious."

There are no further details at the moment but as soon as there are they will be posted.

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Hatebreed Signs To Koch Records For Live DVD, More

KOCH Records has entered into a new multi-tiered, worldwide deal with Hatebreed. As part of the new deal, KOCH Records will release a series of highly-anticipated future projects from the kings of hardcore metal, Connecticut's very own Hatebreed.

The first project under the new deal will be Hatebreed’s first-ever live DVD. The main DVD concert shoot took place at Harpo's in Detroit on Saturday, March 29th, 2008 in front of a packed, sold out crowd. Directed by Kevin Custer, the yet-to-be titled DVD will also feature a ollection of recent live shows from various tour stops in Germany, Philadelphia, New York City and New Haven, CT. The new DVD will see its release in late summer/early fall.

Jamey Jasta states, “The band and I had set out to find an aggressive, forward thinking marketing and creative team to release the first-ever Hatebreed live DVD experience, a live album, and a cool unique covers record project and teaming up with KOCH Records is a perfect fit.” Jasta explains “There are other important projects that we are planning to partner with KOCH Records to release. They are a smart company with a dedicated staff and I speak for the whole band when I say that KOCH just gets it and aren't afraid to take risks and work their asses off. We are excited to start working together.”

Scott Givens, VP of Metal, offers, “I’m thrilled to add HATEBREED & Jamey Jasta and his many endeavors/projects to the KOCH family. Jamey has been a leader his entire career and we are elated that he has chosen us to be his partner going forward.”

John Franck, SVP of Marketing comments “We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with Jamey Jasta and Hatebreed. The dedication and work-ethic Jasta brings to each and every one of his projects is what it’s all about. This deal has been a long-time coming and is a great fit for KOCH Records as we continue to expand our roster. Fans are going to be stoked when they see what we have in store for them; starting with this DVD which is going to hit ‘em over the head like a ten ton brick. ”

As previously reported, Jägermeister Music and Hatebreed have partnered up for the next installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour and will hit the road with good friends, Type O Negative for a co-headline bill with special guests, 3 Inches of Blood. The debauchery will kick off May 16 in Providence, RI. Having the opportunity to headline the Jägermeister Music Tour, like our friends from Slayer and Slipknot is a tremendous honor.” says frontman, Jamey Jasta. “Jägermeister has supported heavy music in so many different ways and they continue to bring together the best of the best in metal. The spring tour will be no different and co-headlining with our friends from Type O Negative makes it that much sweeter.”

Here are the JAGERMEISTER MUSIC TOUR DATES with Hatebreed and Type O Negative and 3 Inches of Blood: More...

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Amaseffer Sign With InsideOut Music

AMASEFFER, the "holy project" featuring guest appearances by Mats Levén (KRUX, ex-THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY) and Kobi Farhi (ORPHANED LAND), has inked a deal with InsideOut Music. The group's debut album, entitled "Slaves for Life" is the first in a trilogy about the history of the people of Israel as portrayed in the Old Testament.

Hanan Avramovich (guitars), Yuval Kramer (guitars) and Erez Yohanan (drums) offer a unique mixture of progressive metal and epic Middle East-influenced orchestral film score parts played by a full symphony orchestra. All lead vocals were sung by Levén.

The album was recorded and mixed by Markus Teske (VANDEN PLAS, ABYDOS) and the artwork was created by Mattias Norén (EVERGREY, KAMELOT, EPICA). More...

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Shakra Announce New Bassist

Swiss hard rockers SHAKRA have announced the addition of bassist Dominik Pfister to the group's ranks. Acording to the band, Dominik is "21 years old and lives in Allmendingen (in the Canton of Bern, just like the rest of the band). We are happy to announce that we found a very capable bassist and new bandmate in him! However, for the (already announced) upcoming gigs Oliver [Linder, previous bassist] will still be playing with us. Dominik's first concert will be announced in due time."

SHAKRA released its sixth album, "Infected," in the U.S. on September 11, 2007 via Locomotive Records.

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For Today, Kingston Falls Tour Dates

For Today, Kingston Falls, and This Or The Apocalypse will be touring together in May/June. The first batch of tour dates released includes:

5/27 Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
5/28 Dewey, IL @ The Shed
5/31 Spencer, ID @ New Life Worship Center
6/1 Buffalo, MN @ The Vault
6/3 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
6/4 Bismarck, ND @ Light Club
6/5 Grand Rapids, MN @ Ground Floor
6/6 Alexandria, MN @ Club 1
6/7 Willmar, MN @ The Warehouse w/ xLooking Forwardx

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Animosity's "Teeth Grinder" Video Premiers On HBB

Animosity unleashes the video for the song “Teeth Grinder” for world premiere April 11 on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Blog. Following its blogosphere release, the video will make its television debut April 12 on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball.

Under the direction of skate video extraordinaire Richie Valdez (Job For A Cowboy, Every Time I Die), Animosity randomly explores San Francisco in typical Animosity fashion with its goofy antics and running-a-muck silliness. Vocalist Leo Miller didn’t use his parent’s, contemporary-art-lined house for “Teeth Grinder’s” filming like he did for “The Black Page.” The band instead took its shenanigans to the gritty streets, hilariously ravaging several cultural attributes that epitomize San Francisco.

Animosity first hit the scene in 2000, when most of the members were only 15 years old, with a blistering brand of death metal/hardcore that sought to defy stereotypes and spit in the face of the mainstream. Almost two years after their Black Market Activities debut, Animosity is back and poised to showcase their tremendous talent and growth with “Animal.”

You can catch Animosity on tour on the following dates: More...

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Periphery To Open For A Life Once Lost on US Tour

Maryland metallers, Periphery, issue the following update on their MySpace page:

"Hello ladies and gentlemen,"

"We will be supporting A Life Once Lost and Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza on a small portion of their tour later this month, please come out and show everyone what the fuck is up with Periphery! Buy t-shirts so we can do more tours, OOOHRAH!"

"Please note that while we will be at the New England Metal Hardcore Festival we will not be performing, we will however be selling t-shirts and giving away free production advice! SO COME THE FUCK OUT AND HANG OUT WITH YOUR WANG OUT! (we do not want to see your wang)."

"-Jake" More...

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Madball Replaces Drummer Rigg Ross

After six years with the band, drummer Rigg Ross has left Madball. According to the group, "We'd like to wish him all the best for the future, and he will have our love and respect forever."

To replace Ross, Madball has added Mackie Jayson (former Cro-Mags, Bad Brains) to their line-up. He will make his live debut with the band later this month.

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The Acacia Strain Confirms European Touring Plans

Massachusetts’ THE ACACIA STRAIN have confirmed a return trip to Europe with support from Annotations of An Autopsy and Knights of the Abyss, including a show with Converge, Inegrity and Coliseum in Germany. Heading across the pond in July and August, this marks the band’s first return after offering direct support to Hatebreed in April of 2007 and first set of tour dates after THE ACACIA STRAIN’s plans to headlining shows throughout the US on the Sun Your Bunz Summer Tour with support from All Shall Perish, The Warriors, Eternal Lord and Since The Flood.

“I can't even express in words how excited I am for this tour,” frontman Vincent Bennett says. “This is our first time in mainland Europe, so expect some culture shock on both ends. Annotations and Knights of The Abyss both bring devious amounts of heavy, so this should be a tour to contend with. See you in July!”

Meanwhile, THE ACACIA STRAIN will enter the studio April 13 with Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Municipal Waste) at Planet Z Studio to record "Continent," the follow-up to 2006’s "The Dead Walk." Again handling artwork will be Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord, Trivium), and one of the pre-production tracks from "Continent," entitled “Dr. Doom,” is available on the band’s MySpace page.

Here are the latest The Acacia Strain tour dates: More...

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