Metal File: Hard & Heavy News On The Haunted, Iron Maiden, Mudvayne, Death Angel, Machine Head, Ministry & More

Metal File's Iann Robinson is out this week — on tour with his band, Puny Human — but the rock never sleeps, so on with the show:

Fans who preferred the Haunted's debut album over its two follow-ups have reason to rejoice, as the Swedish headbangers have announced that original singer Peter Dolving has rejoined the fold. Marco Aro split amicably from the band before Dolving was asked to return. Aro sang on this year's One Kill Wonder as well as 2000's The Haunted Made Me Do It. ... Next month Iron Maiden's pugilistic drummer, Michael "Nicko" McBrain, will appear in Hempstead District Court in New York to face third-degree assault charges. On Tuesday, a judge set a November 7 date for the case, which involves McBrain intentionally running his car into a parking-lot attendant before an Iron Maiden show in July. ...

Mudvayne are getting ready to release a live CD through their Web site. The disc was recorded during the Summer Sanitarium Tour, and a limited number will be autographed. The group, which is also finalizing plans for a commercial DVD release, will launch a tour October 10 in Hartford, Connecticut. Dates run through October 30. ... British doom-metal merchants My Dying Bride have pushed back the release date of their new album, the follow-up to 2001's The Dreadful Hours, to the beginning of next year. The record is going by the working title of The Thirteenth Hour. ... Machine Head recently shot a video for "Imperium," the first single from the Bay Area, California, band's forthcoming Through the Ashes of Empires. ...

Industrial-metal pioneers Ministry will enter the studio to record a follow-up to last year's punishing Animositisomina on November 1. The disc is due next summer. The bandmembers have also discussed recording a new album by their side project Revolting Cocks, whose last release, Linger Ficken' Good ..., came out in 1993. ... Michigan's reunited Walls of Jericho have completed work on All Hail the Dead, their first album since 2000's The Bound Feed the Gagged. The album includes a guest appearance from Give Up the Ghost frontman Wes Eisold. ... Massachusetts experimental metal group All That Remains are half done recording their next disc, This Darkened Heart, due in March. ...

Chimaira and Soilwork will be supported by Bleeding Through and As I Lay Dying throughout most of a U.S. tour that is expected to begin in late November and wrap up shortly before Christmas. Cannae will open the first handful of dates. ... New York's transplanted Bostonians in Anodyne are playing in Philadelphia October 14, kicking off a U.S. tour that'll wind down about a month later in Baltimore. ... Eighties hard rockers Ratt will kick off a 44-date tour on October 23 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Shows are scheduled through December 15 in Tucson, Arizona. ... Living Colour, who on Tuesday released their first album in a decade, Collideoscope, will kick off a tour October 14 in New York. Fourteen dates have been scheduled through November 28. ...

Toledo, Ohio, metalcore band Premonitions of War will begin recording their third album, Left in Kowloon, on Sunday in Tampa, Florida. The disc, due January 13, is named after a chaotic historical society that once thrived in the center of Hong Kong. ... Reunited San Francisco thrash titans Death Angel will enter the studio in early 2004 to start working on their fourth disc, the first in almost 14 years. The band got back together after playing a 2001 benefit show for Testament singer Chuck Billy, who has cancer. Death Angel will play shows in Concord and Santa Rosa, California, on October 24 and 25. ... Vomitory will head into a studio in Örebro, Sweden, in December to record their fifth album. Henrik Larsson will produce the disc, which is due in March. The band's progress was delayed because singer/bassist Erik Rundqvist had decided not to sing on the disc. Vomitory are seeking a replacement. Interested hurlers should contact band@vomitory.net. ...

Female Canadian metal band Kittie will debut new material on the upcoming Kiss of Infamy Tour, which also features Motograter and 40 Below Summer. The tour launches October 18 in Detroit and runs through December 1, but shows are only scheduled through October 31 in Chicago. ... Punk band Madcap have written 19 songs for their third album, Under Suspicion, and will enter the studio later this month. The disc, produced by Tedd Hutt, is due February 10. ... J.D. Kimball, the original singer for the '80s power-metal band Omen, died October 3 after a three-year fight with cancer. Kimball appeared on four of the band's releases: Battle Cry, Warning of Danger, Nightmares and The Curse. He left the band in 1987. ...

—compiled by Ryan J. Downey and Jon Wiederhorn