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Ari Hest, headlining CWRU's Springfest, April 29. - WALTER  NOVAK
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  • Ari Hest, headlining CWRU's Springfest, April 29.
Akron-based Fractured Transmitter Records was forced to delay its first high-profile release of 2006 when its label's corporate parent, WEA (the music conglomerate comprising Warner Bros., Elektra, and Atlantic labels), objected to its title. Former Carcass frontman Jeff Walker had christened his all-star collection of metal-tinged covers of country classics Welcome to Carcass Cuntry.

"There's not much profanity on the record," says label owner Jason Popson. "But they want us to put a parental advisory sticker on the discs -- they don't want us to put it over the word, just to have it on the label. So we have to put stickers on 5,000 CDs by hand."

Originally set for a May 9 release, the disc will now be available Tuesday, May 23. (European distributors will release it May 8.)

Featuring country and blues songs by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, John Denver, and others, the album includes performances by HIM frontman Ville Valo, ex-Faith No More bassist Billy Gould, and other former members of Carcass. Underground illustrator Larry Welz (Cherry Comics) created the album art.

Fractured Transmitter's next regional release is the full-length debut of Asleep, a dynamic Youngstown rock band that's a favorite on the Akron and Cleveland scenes. Slated for August release, the disc was co-produced by Bill Korecky (Mushroomhead, Integrity) and Alter Boy Craig Martini.

· Kent instrumental soundscape artists the Six Parts Seven will drive to Seattle to record their fifth full album with Matt Bayles, the former Minus the Bear member and studio ace whose résumé includes work with such hard-hitters as Mastodon, Isis, and Norma Jean. It's not an obvious pairing, but guitarist Allen Karpinski says that the members are all big fans. "He's meticulous and smart in the crafting of his records," says Karpinski. "Fantastic drum sounds, great balance of instruments, etc. I expect Matt to bring new ears to the sessions. I think the final mix will be more aggressive, and the instruments will be a little louder and bolder, though the songs will still be their old bittersweet selves."

· Billy Morris, the former Warrant guitarist and Lava Room recording partner, is now co-hosting Native Noise, WMMS's local-music showcase. "He's a good tie to the local scene," says 'MMS Program Director Bo Matthews. "He brings a nice background, and you'll hear more diverse local music, from new artists to classic local bands." The show airs Sundays from 10 to midnight.

· Serial prank-caller Mike "Original Pranksta" Martini has secured rights to include his most infamous prank, the "Black Metal" call from Mushroomhead's M3 album, as part of his upcoming full-length Jerky Boys-style album.

· A new trailer is available online for Sin-Jim Smyth, the horror movie being scored by Cleveland instrument group Midnight Syndicate. Slated for late 2006 release, the movie features Roddy Piper and Korn's Jonathan Davis.

· Telarc, Cleveland's award-winning jazz-classical label, has signed Australian singer/songwriter/slide-guitar phenom Jeff Lang.

· Cleveland dance-label collective Toes in the Sand has a monthly internet show on Proton Radio, an underground dance-music website that presents 80 dance programs. Concentrating on progressive house and progressive breaks, host Deviant welcomes local DJs and guests like Dutch DJ Eelke Kleijn. Interested mixmasters can contact Toes via www.Toesrecordings.com. Listen at www.protonradio.com.

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