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Cynic Posts New Song, Links To Pro-shot Live Footage  7-20-07

A brand new song from the reunited progressive metallers Cynic, entitled "Evolutionary Sleeper", has been made available for download at this location. The track was recorded live during the band's June 29, 2007 appearance at the Hovefestivalen in Arendal, Norway. Professionally filmed video footage of Cynic's concert at Hovefestivalen has been posted at the NRK P3 web site (choose "Fredag" [Friday] from the pull-down menu in the upper right-hand corner, then click on "Spill" below Cynic's name). 
Cynic's 1993 album Focus is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal.  

Lamb Of God Drummer Provides Update On Ozzfest, Sacrament DVD Part 2  7-20-07
Lamb Of God
drummer Chris Adler has issued the following update: 
"Here's a quick update on what's been happening around the Lamb Of God camp.  
"Following our spring tour with Gojira, Machine Head and Trivium, we headed over to Japan, Australia and New Zealand for a few weeks. Truly amazing part of the planet and I feel lucky to have had the chance to return. Incredible shows, totally insane signings and meet and greets, and real hospitality that make us all look forward to heading back.  
"Once home, we barely had enough time to catch up on our sleep before we flew back over the pond to begin a month across Western Europe. This trip included most of the European summer festivals, including shows and festivals in the beautiful Nordic countries. We had done a few of the festivals several years ago, but this time was beyond any expectations. The word of Lamb Of God has obviously spread! These were some of the biggest shows of our career (Download festival was around 75,000 people!!!).  
"It is an amazing and exhilarating feeling to perform in front of such incredible audiences. I, for one, am very thankful for the opportunity -- it is a dream realized and I will never forget it.  
"While there, we were invited to attend and perform at the Metal Hammer Awards -- going into it I didn't really know what to expect since we don't have anything similar over here, but basically it's like the Grammys for metal in the U.K. Red carpet and all. Good thing I had my camo shorts!  
"We arrived home just a few days ago and immediately went to work preparing for Ozzfest. We fly to Seattle in just a few days. Just this morning we loaded the semi and sent it on its way.  
"There's a million behind-the-scenes stories, bloopers and blunders to tell, and I promise they will see the light of day in part two of the Sacrament DVD, but for now, I gotta get some rest!  
"If you're able to, come say hi on Ozzfest. Help us and many of the bands continue to enlighten and push metal further than it's ever been. We plan on putting on our best show yet and what the hell -- even if you hate us -- we'll make sure you get you money's worth!!!"  
Ozzfest is scheduled to kick off on July 12 in Seattle, Washington. Tour dates including headlining "off" Ozzfest concert appearances and details can be found in the "Tour" section of Lamb Of God's web site.  

Travis Ryan Chews Up And Spits Out Blabbermouth Posters  7-20-07

JoeWho from Wormwood Chronicles webzine recently conducted an interview with Cattle Decapitation lead singer Travis Ryan. A few excerpts from the chat follow: 
Wormwood Chronicles: It's been well documented that you guys protest the meat industry. I was wondering, have you converted a lot of your fans over to being vegetarians? 
Travis Ryan: Yes, a surprising amount actually, because of the lyrics and everything. See, we've never preached, it's like the lyrics do that themselves, you know? Plus nobody wants to be told what to do. So the best means is just through simple suggestion. I get pissed when I see people like stupid Blabbermouth posters, or whatever, saying shit like, "I don't need these vegan asshole fags shoving this shit down my throat." We never once preached anything, you know? There's a few little things in the lyrics that are very blatant, but the blatancy is usually for pure comedic value... for me, at least. I always thought old punk lyrics were so stupid because, it was just like, "Fuck the government!", you know what I mean? There's no substance there, there's no thought, or art really at all. 
Wormwood Chronicles: Are you currently involved with any new organizations that you'd like to make people aware of? 
Travis Ryan: Not necessarily... Well, actually, we might do one or two benefit compilations. The other guys wanted to look for more animal rights oriented groups, and I suggested these organizations that help prevent horses from being put to sleep because,they broke a leg at the race tracks and shit like that. I mean, in one week at a San Diego race track alone, it's something like five horses in seven days that they put to sleep. That's fuckin' ridiculous, there is no reason for that. Just anything that deals with the human involvement of the earth, ecology, or animals... we stand behind anything that breaks those chains. 
Wormwood Chronicles: This might be kind of a silly question, but, anyway... I've seen you guys live before, and I notice you have a very unorthodox vocal technique. When you sing live, you're always sticking your tongue out! Would you care to explain your unusual approach? 
Travis Ryan: Um, well, I think some people think that I do it just for looks, but it's totally functional. It's like this air pocket that I somehow create in my mouth that allows me to hit these really ridiculous highs. They're kind of like ghost highs that don't really exist. It's working off the amplification and actually the highs that are on the EQ and stuff, you know? It's just this little thing I developed from playing live because, in the studio I never did that stuff until like the last album or something... about four years ago is when I started doing it. I also try to emulate that old Carcass sound of highs and lows together. It actually developed from trying to do that. (Chuckles) But it ended up being a totally different purpose and sound. 
Wormwood Chronicles: Do you ever have people come up to you and ask, "Hey, when you perform live, is that a cow tongue?!" 
Travis Ryan: Yeah, or "Is that an inward technique?" It's like, "Shut up!" That shit doesn't work. Doing that inward thing creates one sound, that's it. You can't do anything with it. That's stupid! 
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As I Lay Dying Guitarist Diagnosed With Diahrrea Of The Mouth  7-20-07
Blasting-Zone.com recently conducted an in-depth interview with As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa. Several excerpts follow: 
Blasting-Zone.com: Overall, how would you describe the songwriting and recording process for (the forthcoming) An Ocean Between Us?  
Nick: "It's almost done. We're in the final stages of mixing and mastering, so it's cool. The writing and recording process for this album... I feel was incredibly satisfying. With Shadows Are Security, I was still trying to find my place in the band and we didn't know what was next for the band. We only had a small amount of time to write that album, so a lot of it was just (guitarist) Phil (Sgrosso's) riffs and arranging everything. I didn't have that much input for that album even though I was there for most of it. I guess I added things where I could, more specifically with my lead guitar playing. On this album, we all had a complete understanding on how each member approached music. We all had a clear direction on what we wanted. I think we all left our mark on this record together. I just think it's the most complete album that we've done as a band. We recorded it with (Killswitch Engage guitarist) Adam D. He flew out to San Diego and just hung out there for a month and a half, which is about half a month longer than what he had planned… And that was really good, too because we approached this album as meticulously as we could. We already had everything written and recorded. As far as pre-production, we had the entire album written and were kind of in a place where we were like, 'I wonder how much Adam can actually add to this, because we're all pretty happy with it now…' When he came in, he helped us with things….but he didn't really change the structure of any of the songs… What he really added was the discipline of performance that he got out of all of us (laughs). When we would think something was great, he would think it sucked. I think Adam left his mark on this record by helping us sound like a really legitimate band."  
Blasting-Zone.com: All things considered, do you feel this is the group's heaviest and most brutal effort? 
Nick: "Yeah, I would say so. It's really intense and it's very fast. It's not as mid-tempo as our last one. Even though our last one was pretty fast, I think this one is a lot faster. In fact, we're gonna have to practice these songs pretty hard before playing them standing up, ya know? When you're in the studio struggling to play a riff, you're sitting down doing it, so standing up is a whole other story (laughs). It's good though, because I think we really pushed ourselves." 
Blasting-Zone.com: In hindsight, how would you describe your experiences touring as part of Ozzfest? 
Nick: "Ozzfest was amazing. That's one of my favorite tours that we did. It was an awesome opportunity for us to play to gigantic amounts of people. That was the first time that we consistently played for crowds of two or three thousand. On the personal side, it was incredibly fun because there were so many bands on the second stage that we were friends with…every day was like this huge summer camp where we just hung out with our friends. Then, at the end of the night when you're starting to wind down, you're like '…dude, let's go watch Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath…' It was the coolest thing that's ever happened to me. It's stressful and you've got like five minutes for a change over, so it can be looked at as a very miserable and stressful tour, but I just remember the good things about it." 
Blasting-Zone.com: All things considered, do you feel As I Lay Dying is a Christian metal band? It seems the group gets lumped into the genre without necessarily displaying a lot of the atypical characteristics…  
Nick: "Yeah, we do. It's hard because a lot of the bands that are vocal about being Christian bands tend to cater to a very Christian audience…by pretty much playing every Christian festival under the sun and only playing with other Christian bands. All of us in the band are Christian dudes and we're vocal about it and I think our lifestyles and our lyrics reflect that. But at the same time, we also tend to opt to play in the normal music scene because that's what we love doing. I think it's just easier to give yourself that label and succeed in a Christian market than it is to do what every other band does and play in the real world. At the end of the day, we're just a band, but if you really get into it… we're vocal about what we believe in, I guess. Everyone has their own beliefs, but you don't necessarily label someone that type of band just because they believe that. I would say we're just a straight-up metal band that just happens to believe in all these things. I don't care about being lumped into a category. It seems like the harder you try to disprove something, the more you just kinda get thrown into it. We just focus on writing and recorded albums that we're stoked about and then just touring off of them. We leave the menial stuff to whoever feels like handling it." 
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Fire-walk With Raven  7-20-07

Legendary British/American heavy metal trio Raven has set Walk Through Fire as the tentative title of its new album. The band is scheduled to return to the studio on July 9 to resume recording the CD, which is expected in late 2007/early 2008.    
Raven last year recorded four new tracks -- "Against The Grain", "Running Around In Circles", "Breaking You Down" and "Necessary Evil" -- at Assembly Line Studios with Kevin 131 (Project: Failing Flesh, Deceased, Dysrythmia, Garden Of Shadows) engineering and mixing. 
When asked by a fan on the band's message board if the songs laid down during the Assembly Line session will be re-recorded for the upcoming CD, frontman John Gallagher said, "They are more than good enough to go on the album. We may tweak the mix a little but it's not really needed -- they sound that good. Actually, I had half of "Against The Grain" when we did the last album and finished it up a lot later. The production is clear -- uncluttered and powerful. Very straightforward... kinda [like] Life's A Bitch with better drum sounds maybe." 
Raven's last studio album, One For All, was released in 1999 via Massacre Records. 
Raven has been confirmed for The Monsters Ball, set to take place Friday, October 12 at The Rock Room of the Sterling hotel in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Saturday, October 13 at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey. Also scheduled to appear are Hallows Eve, Seventh Calling, and fellow British metallers Overdrive (performing their first U.S. shows ever). Raven will also perform at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio on September 15 as part of the Metal On Metal 25th Anniversary Concert, also featuring Anvil, Piledriver, and Destructor
Raven is one of the confirmed bands for the Hard Rock Hell festival, set to take place from November 9-11 at Butlins in Minehead, UK (Somerset).  

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