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Metal News for May 17, 2008

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15 news articles posted on this day.

Transitional Readies "Nothing Real Nothing Absent"

Transitional is the new project of musician producer Kevin Laska (Novatron) and long time Justin K Broadrick and Kevin Martin collaborator Dave Cochrane (Jesu, Grey Machine,…). Their debut "Nothing Real Nothing Absent," offers a rich variety in their approach to sound combining crushing atmospheres through a mixture of electronic ambience, mangling bass lines and distorted epic layers of textured guitar.

While it's not exactly metal, it is heavy and sludgy in an experimental sense. You can check out some sound samples here.

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Watch The First Live Video from Underoath’s DVD

The first live video from Underoath's upcoming live CD/DVD, "Survive, Kaledioscope," is now online. The CD/DVD hits stores on May 27th but check out your first look at the DVD here on PureVolume.com.

As previously reported, Underoath just recently posted audio for "In Regards To Myself" from their live CD/DVD, "Survive, Kaleidoscope," on their MySpace page.

You can pre-order your copy of "Survive, Kaleidoscope" from Interpunk.com now and you will get a free poster with your purchase.

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No Assembly Required Posts New Video

Canadian hardcore band No Assembly Required shot music videos of the songs "I Hate" and "Pictures Of You" on May 3rd with director Justin McConnell. Both songs are from their most recent album "The Great Tribulation".

The video of 'I Hate" has been posted online and can be viewed on YouTube or below (after the jump). More...

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Lower Definition, Take The Crown, Emarose Tour

Lower Definition will hit the road next week with Emarosa, Take The Crown, and Dead & Divine. Here are the latest tour dates:

5/13 St. Louis, MO @ Club UR
5/15 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
5/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Avalon Theater
5/17 Orangevale, CA @ Club Retro
5/18 Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
5/20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Knitting Factory
5/21 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
5/22 San Diego, CA @ Soma
5/23 Victorville, CA @ Trilogy Theater
5/24 St. George, UT @ The Electric Theater
5/25 Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's
5/26 Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
5/27 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
5/28 El Paso, TX @ Chics
5/29 Dallas, TX @ The Door
5/30 San Antonio, TX @ The Crossing
5/31 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
6/1 McAllen, TX @ S. TX College
6/4 Panama City, FL @ Beamers
6/6 Jacksonville, FL @ Landshark Cafe
6/7 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/8 Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah
6/9 Wilmington, NC @ Lucky's Pub
6/11 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
6/15 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft @ The Chance
6/17 Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheelz
6/20 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
6/22 Dekalb, IL @ The House Cafe
6/23 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
6/25 Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes

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Enemy Soil's "Casualties Of Progress" EP Reissue

Northern Virginia's ENEMY SOIL will see the reissue of their "Casualties Of Progress" EP later this month via Relapse. This reissue of "Casualties Of Progress," which was previously released on vinyl only, has been remastered and features the original artwork with the addition of liner notes from ENEMY SOIL's Richard Johnson and AGOROPHOBIC NOSEBLEED's Jay Randall. The reissue also features rare bonus tracks including three previously unreleased ENEMY SOIL tracks as well as a cover of NAPALM DEATH's "Unchallenged Hate."

ENEMY SOIL's Johnson recently commented on the reissue: "Working on the reissue of the Casualties Of Progress 7" with Relapse brings back fond memories of all the support they put behind Enemy Soil in the 90s. And here it is finally back in print, on CD for the first time, with bonus tracks to boot. Even the original artwork graces the sleeve." "When I first heard the recording again after Scott Hull was finished with his remaster, I was taken aback at how youthful and primitive it sounded." Johnson adds; "Casualties of Progress is one of the records that Enemy Soil is most identified with, and I'm bloody chuffed that Enemy Soil fans that missed out on it the first time around, or want to hear it again in this new form, have a chance to do so, over a decade after the original release."

The Casualties Of Progress reissue will see a May 27th North American (June 2nd international) release date. Further information on this release, including pre-order options, can be found via the release page.

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New Absu Material To Be Released On Split 7"

Speed N' Spikes is a series of five limited edition split 7" releases from ten of the best underground thrash metal bands today. Volume two features all new and exclusive material from RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER and the first new material from ABSU in nearly 10 years. This split 7" will be available May 20th and includes the RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER track "Brainwasher C. 1655" and ABSU tracks "To The Gallows" and "Thrashstorms," which can be heard now on each band's respective MySpace pages (MySpace.com/RumpelstiltskinGrinder and MySpace.com/Absu). You can get more information on the split, including pre-order options, on the release page.

Issue one of the series featured recent Relapse signees TOXIC HOLOCAUST and Rochester's BLUDWULF and has completely sold out since its release in January. Future editions will feature new and exclusive material from ABIGAIL, EARLY MAN, NEKROMANTHEON, RAMMER, AVENGER OF BLOOD, and WITCHAVEN. Each edition will be on colored wax and strictly limited to 1,000, never to be repressed again. The Speed N' Spikes series also features collectible original artwork from Relapse's Timothy Leo and Mike Wohlberg of The Fat Kid Illustration, with each volume making up a portion of a comic strip. Further release information for each edition will be made available at Relapse.com shortly.

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Callejon Signs To Nuclear Blast Records

German hardcore / screamo band Callejon has signed with Nuclear Blast.

The band has posted the following statement about the signing: "Sweat, blood, fuel, traffic jams, sleepless nights, endlessly many phone calls, mails, offers and meetings, contracts in English, German and whatever…to finally find THE label that we want work with in our future. How that came? Three suitcases full of money, five brand new Porsches (white with red tires) inclusive a faked driving license? The rights for all Michaela Schaffrath movies? Definitely not. To be honest, in Nuclear Blast we have found more than just a label. It has been a feeling to visit some old friends who understand you without a word. We are very much looking forward to our album release and, of course, to many more great evenings together with these guys and some drinks. Cheers to an exciting future!"

Callejon has posted five of their songs online, which can be heard here.

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Hammerfall Vocalist Wins Swedish TV Competition

Joacim Cans, vocalist of power metal band Hammerfall, recently won the Swedish TV show Körslaget (Clash Of The Choirs). Joacim staged and conducted the songs "Living On A Prayer", "O Fortuna", and "You Shook Me All Night Long".

Hammerfall also recently replaced their guitarist Stefan Elmgren, who left the in early April to focus on his new career as a pilot, with Pontus Norgren of the band Talisman.

Hammerfall will be playing June 21st at Montreal's metal festival, Heavy MTL.

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Led Zeppelin To Perform In Toronto In August?

Rumours are circulating that Led Zeppelin will be coming to Canada in August to perform four concerts at the world famous Skydome/Rogers Centre. Although no other details have been revealed, there is apparantly no plans for a full North American tour.

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Solium XI Posts New Song Online

Finnish black metallers, Solium XI, have posted the tenth track, "Anointed With Red Water," from their album, "Litanies Unto Adversary" to their MySpace page.

Track listing for "Litanies Unto Adversary" is as follows:

1. Tides that strike the shores ov Omega
2. Unlocking ov the eonic gates
3. Strenghtening through thousand flames
4. Queen ov the moonthrone
5. Antagonisti
6. Dweller ov the abyss
7. Gardens ov creation ablaze
8. Chaosatanik proclamation
9. Mirror Hell
10. Anointed with red water
11. Transcending the kosmos

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Arch Enemy Vocalist Checks In From The Road

ARCH ENEMY vocalist Angela Gossow has posted this message on her MySpace page:

"The 'Bloodshred' tour is kicking so much butt! Shows are packed, all the bands are super nice and dead on - and meeting you out there is a real treat! If its outside the venue or at the Fanclub meet 'n' greets - you guys and gals are truly wonderful! Happy faces all around! Big grins are so very metal! Just look at us: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4

"More pics in the Fanclub gallery! I have also joined in at the Fanclub forum and we will be setting up live chats soon! Looking forward to the rest of the shows and upcoming meet 'n' greets!!! I hope our New York fans outside the venue enjoyed the two huge Pizzas I brought out for the hungry lot!"

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Gama Bomb Kicks Off European Tour

The following press release has been announced:

Brace yourselves thrashers - Ireland's very own GAMA BOMB have embarked on their first ever tour of Europe.

After recently completing a successful UK tour with EXODUS and EVILE, GAMA BOMB have headed out to Europe to further their Thrash assault, before returning to the UK to finish what they started.

Catch GAMA BOMB live near you at the following shows:


May 17 - Zaandam, Netherlands - De Kade
May 18 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Willemeen
May 23 - Marne, Germany - Kino Capitol
May 24 - Rostock, Germany - Interclub
May 25 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
May 27 - Berlin, Germany - Amnesie
May 28 - Leipzig, Germany - TBC
May 29 - Hengelo, Netherlands - Metropool
May 30 - Ludwigsfelde, Germany - N.V.A. Club
May 31 - Bayreuth, Germany - Rosenau
June 8 - London, UK - Scala (w/ SABBAT)
June 9 - London, UK - Underworld *
June 10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Ivory Blacks *
June 11 - Edinburgh, UK - Studio 24 *
June 12 - Bristol, UK - The Croft *
June 13 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit *
June 14 - Milton Keynes, UK - The Pitz *
June 15 - Poole, UK - Mr C's * More...

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All That Remains Singer Posts Studio Update

All That Remains singer Phil Labonte has checked in with the following:

"We're in Florida workin' on a new RECORD!!! The guys got here on Wednesday and we started pre pro. It didn't take long for the stuff to come together. Jason is a great producer and he has had some really great ideas that we tried out and all most every time they worked out wonderfully. It's looking like it's gonna be 11 new songs. We have a cover in the works but I'm not gonna let the cat out of the bag yet. Don't worry it's a pretty sweet song and it's not some song from the 80's like every other band does. It's a great song that never really got the attention it deserved. So yeah, 11 new ATR originals. Lots of em are kinda short. Which I like cause I have ADD so bad it's crazy. Some stuff is very different from anything we've done before. That makes me pretty happy. We don't wanna be the band that puts out the same disc two or three times in a row. There's some pretty rockin' stuff, some heavy stuff, LOTS of solos, and LOTS N LOTS of double bass. We like to keep Jason feeling like he's more of a marathon runner than playing the drums. So yeah, long n short of it the disc is coming together. Late August or early September it should be in stores n on iTunes. Get into it!"

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Slayer Announces "Unholy Alliance: Chapter III"

According to fansite SlayerSaves.com, Slayer is planning to head back to Europe in the Autumn to unleash the "Unholy Alliance: Chapter III" tour. Already confirmed for the tour are Trivium and Mastodon, who have been part of the previous two European Unholy Alliance tours. The only date confirmed thus far is in Switzerland on November 10. Excpect an official announcement and further dates to follow.

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1000 Hertz To Tour w/ Agnostic Front, Ignite, DBS

1000 Hertz will be touring with Agnostic Front, Ignite, and Death By Stereo on an off throughout the summer, starting this month. Here are the latest 1000 Hertz tour dates:

May 24th - Dot To Dot Festival, nottingham/bristol (details tba)
May 25th - Dot To Dot Festival, bristol/nottingham (details tba)

Ignite + Death Before Dishonor + Burn The 8 Track + 1000 Hertz May Tour:
May 26th - White Rabbit, Plymouth
May 27th - Trillians, Newcastle
May 28th - King Tuts, Glasgow
May 30th - Underworld, London

Death By Stereo + 1000 Hertz July Tour:
July 13th - The Croft, Bristol
July 14th - White Rabbit, Plymouth (also with H20)
July 15th - Cavern, Exeter
July 16th - Barfly, Cardiff
July 17th - Underworld, London (also with H20 + Death Before Dishonor)

Agnostic Front + 1000 Hertz August Tour:
August 9th - University, Luton
August 10th - Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
August 11th - Met Lounge, Peterborough
August 12th - Underworld, London

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