Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On Goldberg? Plus Superjoint Ritual, Dimmu Borgir, Exodus, Manowar And More

Howdy metallions, what’s up? Iann Robinson, back again. I guess the big news this week is all the stuff going down with Exodus. Now for those new to the scene, Exodus were part of the Bay Area thrash scene that exploded in the ’80s. Metal suffered a serious blow when original Exodus vocalist Paul Baloff died of a stroke in February of 2002. Well Exodus are back now and going strong. They’ve signed to Nuclear Blast Records and have finished up an album titled Tempos of the Damned, which will hit stores in February on the two-year anniversary of Paul’s death. The band is also planning to hit you with a DVD that traces the roots of Exodus, going back beyond the Bonded by Blood era.

It’s also a big weekend for us wrestling fans, as current WWE champion Triple H takes on Goldberg at this Sunday’s pay-per-view “Unforgiven.” It’s not exactly metal, but this will be a killer match, and if Goldberg loses he has to retire from wrestling forever, which would suck. Plus, you have Shane McMahon in a “Last Man Standing Match” with Kane — that’ll be trouble. It’s gonna be a killer card for everybody who loves wrestling like I do. Well that’s all for me, enjoy Metal File and I’ll see you at the shows.

Superjoint Ritual, Dimmu Borgir, Type O Negative, Morbid Angel and Cradle of Filth will headline the two-day New Jersey Metal and Hardcore Fest in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on November 14 and 15. Other confirmed acts are Nile, Nevermore, Children of Bodom, Hypocrisy, Strapping Young Lad, Deicide, Suffocation, Hate Eternal, Biohazard and Krisiun. Hundreds of other skull-crushing bands will play the event, which will take place at Asbury Park’s Convention Hall complex. Tickets are $40 for Friday, $45 for Saturday and $75 for both days. … Speaking of Nile, the acrobatic death metal band will embark on the Art of Noise II Tour on October 1 in Houston. Dates run through October 31 in Atlanta. Support acts will include Kreator, Vader, Amon Amarth and Goatwhore. The first Art of Noise Tour was last January, and featured Nile, Napalm Death and Strapping Young Lad. Nile’s latest album, In Their Darkened Shrines, came out in August 2002. …

Six Feet Under, Skinless, the Black Dahlia Murder and Behemoth with play the Un-Natural Born Killers Tour, which will launch October 16 in Tampa, Florida. Dates run through the end of November. Six Feet Under’s new album, Bringer of Blood, comes out September 23. … Meanwhile, the Black Dahlia Murder have run into more trouble. The band is now looking for a new vocalist. To expedite the search, Black Dahlia have put an instrumental MP3 for the song “Funeral Thirst” on their Web site. Hopefuls should go there, download the song and put their vocal stylings over it. …

Long Island screamo band Bayside will enter Phase Studios in College Park, Maryland, on October 7 to record their new album, Sirels and Condolences. Ex-Jawbox frontman J. Robbins will produce. After a month in the studio, Bayside will tour through the end of the year. The new album will be released early next year. … The fifth studio album by hardcore metal band Speedealer, titled Bleed, will come out November 25. The disc was recorded on June 10 and 11 at Top Hat studios in Austin, Texas, by ex-Butthole Surfers bassist J.D. Pinkus. The band will launch a tour on September 20 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dates run through September 28 in Springfield, Massachusetts. … December are reissuing their album Praying, Hoping, Nothing on October 7 through Porn King Matt Zane‘s Inzane Records. …

Brujeria‘s first show ever in the U.S. — which was supposed to take place at Allen’s Theatre in Southgate, California, on September 27 — has reportedly been scrapped. No reason was given for the cancellation. … Manowar are back in the studio recording a new album for release in 2004. … Seattle band Zeke are releasing a DVD called “Zeke You” to commemorate their 10-year anniversary. The DVD will hit stores November 18. …

Russ Herpich from the band Watch Me Burn is directing the video for Cattle Decapitation‘s “To Serve Man.” The clip is expected to surface in October. … Vehemence recently hit the studio to begin recording their next album, tentatively titled Helping the World to See. The band hopes to have the album in stores early next year. …

The recently reunited Cancer will release an EP titled Corporations in early November. … Former Nile members Chief Spires and John Ehlers have joined forces in a new band called Shaitan Mazar. … And again, it ain’t quite metal, but it’s close: the movie “Bubba Ho-Tep,” which stars Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis as delusional retirees who think they are Elvis and JFK, respectively, battling a mummy, will be released Friday in Portland, Oregon, and will then slowly open in theaters through the States. …

—compiled by Iann Robinson , Robert Mancini and Jon Wiederhorn