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UK’s godfathers of Grindcore, Napalm Death,have finished recording "Smear Campaign," their highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code. You can check out a streaming video preview of the album here.
Reporting on the Foel Studios recording sessions, vocalist Barney Greenway said, "We just spent a few weeks again in the studio in Wales where we recorded The Code..., which was obviously such a good experience that we decided to return. Whilst we were not trying to compete with Code..., or make the same album again, it has to be said that Smear Campaign sounds twice as immense. We didn’t fuck around getting the songs together but somehow Smear Campaign seems to come across as a more in-depth experience.
“It was very cool that Anneke from The Gathering offered to sing on the album. It’s really funny, because we never would have thought about having guest vocals before the The Code... but every vocalist worked well with the song they contributed to. Anneke´s style is clearly very different to that of, for example, Jello Biafra but what she does totally enhances the experience. It sounds pretty spooky.
“Lyrics: I guess people know about the album title now but to give a brief explanation the general thread is actually a question asking why exactly we need religion to give us a basis on how to run our lives. Can we not be trusted as human beings to make our own decisions? This applies in my eyes to everything from Christianity to Paganism to Satanism. Surely the world would be more peaceful without religious restrictions and all this false morality!”
Some song titles we can already reveal are: “Rabid Wolves (For Christ)”, “In Deference”, “Atheist Runt”, “When All Is Said and Done”, “Sink Fast, Let Go”, “Shattered Existence”, “Fatalist”, and “Call That An Option?” Set for release via Century Media Records, NAPALM DEATH’s Smear Campaign’s European release is slated for September 18 and September 19 in North America. Having completed the new album, NAPALM DEATH will be hitting some European summer festivals delivering a dose of utter violent grindcore intensity on stage!
Napalm Death tour dates:
29.06.2006 Masnou El Mansou (E) @ In The Beach
30.06.2006 Roitzschjora (D) @ With Full Force Festval www.withfullforce.de
01.07.2006 Vigo M Trento (I) @ Metalparty Festival
02.07.2006 Cuneo (I) @ Nuvolari Fest
03.07.2006 Roma (I) @ Forte Prenestino
05.07.2006 Porto Torres (I) @ Campo Sportivo
06.07.2006 Palermo (I) @ Bier Garten
07.07.2006 Cologne-BS (I) @ Grind Your Mother III
12.08.2006 Prague (CZ) @ Brutal Assault Festival
14.08.2006 Szczytno (PL) @ Hunterfestival
26.08.2006 Kavarna (PL) @ Thrash Til Death Festival
The 11th edition of the Brutal Assault festival is scheduled for August 10th - 12th in Svojsice U Prelouce (100 km east of Prague), Czech Republic.
Organizers have issued the following update:
This year’s event promises more impressive expansion and confirms that the organizers don’t intend to stagnate. On the contrary, from year to year, the festival’s program is more and more various and promises more and more foreign metal crowd-pullers for the fans of promiscuous extreme genres. Thanks to the participation of many first-rate metal bands, this event aspires to become a major metal festival in central Europe.
It’s difficult to say which band can be branded as the headliner because this year’s lineup offers up several giants of the metal genre.
Great attraction, especially for fans of atmospheric or symphonic black metal are Norwegians black metal gurus DIMMU BORGIR. In their case we can look for a frosty and dark concert experience.
The next exclusive guest comes from the USA. FEAR FACTORY, who were well known as a representatives of dehumanized cyber metal, but nowadays they come with a new actual face of the year 2006. More...
NAPALM DEATH frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"As you may have heard, we are back in Wales at Foel recording the next NAPALM album (this place is fast becoming our favourite place to record!). Really, this thing is sounding absolutely immense. If you liked 'The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code', you'll really love this one, I think. We absolutely busted our arses to get everything ready, and the rest of the band really pulled out the stops to make some great, grinding music, with Russ Russell working wonders once again to produce that NAPALM DEATH 'wall of sound'. I also have to mention Chris Fielding, the in-house engineer, who has also made a great contribution to the proceedings.
"I can give you some more titles right now (everything, including the ones you had before, are definite): 'Rabid Wolves (For Christ)', 'In Deference', 'Atheist Runt', 'When All Is Said and Done', 'Sink Fast, Let Go', and tons more. The lyrical debate is perhaps for later but, generally speaking, the album is (hopefully) a deep critique of religion and religious governance/restrictions from an atheist perspective. All jolly stuff, then. And the music: still fast and furious, raging riffs and a couple more SWANS-style tracks this time (like 'Morale'), only progressed a bit more with even more atmosphere and a more rounded melodic vocal performance (if I may say so myself).
"Anneke [van Giersbergen] from Dutch band THE GATHERING has offered up a few parts to a track, which I've yet to hear. But before some people recoil in horror about NAPALM going operatic rock or whatever, this was done for good effect and relevance to the track. It will work. It will rock. I'm sure. And we're grateful to Anneke (who is an awesome vocalist in her own right) in advance for giving it a stab.
"Studio events: Russ threw up in Chris Fiedling's car after a night on the sauce; Dave, the studio owner, decided to shovel the sewage out of the septic tank right in the middle of a vocal session (barf!) and, on a more serious note, I ran over a badger on the single-track road around here. Nothing I could do to avoid him, but mortified nevertheless.
"Oh, and Jeff Walker, ex-CARCASS, turned up in his capacity as master-ligger. We didn't let him sing this time though, and just poked fun at him really."
NAPALM DEATH's new album, tentatively tititled "Smear Campaign", is scheduled for release later in the year.
Commenting on recording material for the follow-up album to last year’s The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code, Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway said, "After working our arses off on new stuff for the last couple of months, we kind of slipped into the studio when noone was looking. This thing is already sounding totally immense - even better than Code..., from where I'm standing. It's fast and furious, as you'd expect, but we're also throwing a few curveballs in, in true ND tradition. Can't wait for everyone to hear it. Take it easy peeps." The band are currently recording at Foel Studios in Wales where they also recorded their last album.
Napalm Death toured North America earlier this year with Kreator, and in fall 2005 supporting Suffocation. Look for the new album to be released this fall with an extensive worldwide tour following.
FIREBIRD, the British band led by former CARCASS/NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer, will release their new album, "Hot Wings", in Europe in early July via Rise Above Records. The CD will be issued in Japan on May 31 through Victor Entertainment. The track listing for the effort is as follows
02. Good Times
03. Misty Morning
04. Play The Fool
05. Horse Drawn Man
07. Bow Bells
08. Flying Blind
09. I Wish You Well
10. Needle In The Groove
11. Last Days Of August (Japanese bonus track)
An American release date for the album has yet to be announced.
FIREBIRD's current recording lineup includes Bill Steer (vocals, guitar), Al Steer (bass) and Ludwig Witt (drums).
Upcoming FIREBIRD shows:
May 25 - Fred Zeppelins – Cork, IRE
May 26 - Fibber Magees - Dublin, IRE
May 27 - Katy Daly's - Belfast, IRE
May 28 - The Dunglow Bar - Derry, IRE
END OF LEVEL BOSS vocalist/guitarist H Armstrong will be playing bass for FIREBIRD on the Irish tour.
A posting on the official Cannibal Corpse reads:
"[Drummer] Paul [Mazurkiewicz] is sexy?
That is right, not only is the man sexy in the world of death metal, his scope of sexiness might ooze out into the real world too...Paul has been nominated for PETA's annual World's Sexiest Vegetarian competition. He is competing against Napalm Death's Barney Greenwat and Arch Enemy's Angela Gossow, but also Hollywood celebs such as Alicia Silverstone, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson. Even if you are not too supportive of PETA or of the vegetarian lifestyle, think about how ironic it would be to have the drummer from
Carnivore Corpse Cannibal Corpse as the world's sexiest vegetarian! That, plus the fact that the man is a lean mean sex machine and deserves to win."
Century Media recording artists Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy) and Barney Greenway (Napalm Death) have been nominated for PETA’s (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) sexiest vegetarian of 2006. Interviewed in 2005 for the PETA website, vocalist Barney Greenway and Napalm Death will be the first band to lend their image to PETA’s new anti-vivisection campaign, “Save #99,” more info here. Calling vivisection, “the ultimate act of disrespect” Barney was honored that the band was chosen to pioneer this campaign.
There are actually a fair number of hardcore and metal artists listed, and you can view the list and/or vote here.
Napalm Death, who recently wrapped up their North American co-headlining tour with Kreator, will enter Foel Studios (Wales, England) next month to record the follow up to 2005’s The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code.
A Trailer featuring action from the upcoming Earache-branded high-octane death and destruction PlayStation 2 racing game "Earache Extreme Metal Racing" is now showing online at earacheextrememetalracing.com.
EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING will feature ten evil Earache bands as racing teams burning a lot more than rubber as they race and pulverise the opposition's vehicles through Purgatory and other hellish wastelands, all to an exclusively Earache-label death and extreme metal soundtrack.
Along with themed tracks from the combatants on the starting grid there'll also be over 50 extreme metal Earache classics making up the soundtrack of the game from such luminaries as Napalm Death, At The Gates, Cathedral, The Haunted, Hate Eternal, Ultraviolence, Cult Of Luna, Beecher, Urkraft, Anata, Mistress, Severe Torture and many others, including rare tracks on bonus levels throughout the game.
Earache Extreme Metal racing is due for release on PS2, PSP and PC on 7th July 2006.
Checking in from Canada on the Enemy Of God II tour (Kreator, NAPALM DEATH, A Perfect Murder, and The Undying), NAPALM DEATH vocalist Barney Greenway said, "The tour with Kreator has been really great for us so far, and in many places even better than we expected. In truth, I don't think Napalm has ever really been a 'flavor of the month' band, but what has been good is that even Kreator's more traditional thrash fans that might not really care for Napalm, have been taken back by our intensity and have said they will check out our albums. It's been good and if we haven't seen you yet, we'll see you soon.”
NAPALM DEATH will be touring North America with Kreator through the end of March. After the tour’s completion the band will continue working on tracks for the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed album, The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code.
NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"We have been out on the road now for about 10 shows with KREATOR. Everything's going well. Canada was a blast, for sure, and we are looking forward to the next couple of shows up there, which are on Tuesday and Wednesday. We had a cool show in Lawrence, Kansas at the Botleneck yesterday, but, man, they gotta sort that smell out. Even my onstage gas emmisions couldn't disguise it... Phew!!! But yeah, here in Denver on a Friday night, so hopefully should be fun. Our friends from CEPHALIC CARNAGE will be heading down, so it's going to be cool to see those guys as I had fun with them on the BRUJERIA tour I did just recently.
"But anyways, we got three more weeks on this tour before we had back to the U.K. to start rehearsing or the new NAPALM album. We have a ton of riffs and it's shaping up good. No signs of letting up on the intensity at all."
NAPALM DEATH are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code" (Century Media), which was recorded at Foel Studios with producer Russ Russell and features guest appearances by Jello Biafra (ex-DEAD KENNEDYS), Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Jeff Walker (ex-CARCASS). The band are scheduled to enter the studio in May to begin recording the follow-up effort, tentatively titled "Smear Campaign". A late 2006/early 2007 release is expected.
Birmingham’s NAPALM DEATH will be embarking on North America’s ‘The Enemy Of God II’ Tour in late February with Kreator. Vocalist for the band Barney Greenway had this to say, “Hello everyone, looks like we’re coming back to North America to make a load of noise again. The Code Is Red… was such a well-received album, and we’re disappointed that this is only the first time that we’re getting to a lot of places, but we try our best, you know. What are the shows going to be like? Well, we will totally go for it, as ever, and hopefully you’ll all enjoy. It’ll be chaotic, spasmodic and hopefully a beautiful thing. There should be quite a bit of The Code… stuff in there as well."
“There’s also the small matter of the follow-up to The Code…, which we are each working on in our own little corners of the world. I have a few songs ready to go lyrically but nothing concrete to share with you right at this moment unfortunately. I’ve been thinking about the general theme of the album a lot and what I’d like to project in this age of being dragged down paths of religious oppression is the spirit of free-thinking. I mean, believe what you want to believe if it makes you happy, but I still don’t believe that mass governance via religious theories is wise, especially when the world is so fragile. The whole idea, just for example, of stickering school textbooks that try to explain the scientifically proven evolution of mankind with stickers that say ‘this is not necessarily the truth’ is entirely counter-productive. Anyway… we hope to hit the studio mid-May for a late-year release. See you all soon stateside. Peace, love, equality."
Napalm Death and Kreator will be touring together in late-February and March with A Perfect Murder and Undying. They have added a few more dates recently. Here are the latest tour dates:
2/21 NorandeRoyun-Norande, QUE @ Petit theatre du Vieux
2/22 Montreal, QUE @ Medley
2/23 Quebec City, QUE @ L'Imperial
2/24 Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
2/25 Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
2/26 New York City, NY @ BB Kings Blues Club
2/27 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's down Under
2/28 Mokana, IL @ The Pearl Room
3/1 Columbia Heights, MN @ Star central
3/2 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
3/3 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
3/4 Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
3/7 Edmonton, AB @ Aggie Theater
3/8 Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
3/10 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/11 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
3/12 Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
3/13 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound at Pier 96
3/14 Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
3/15 Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
3/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
3/17 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
3/18 Albuquerque, AZ @ Launch Pad
3/19 San Antonio, TX @ Sanctuary
3/21 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
3/22 Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade
3/23 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/24 Charlotte,NC @ Tremont Music Hall
3/25 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
3/26 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Just For Fun
Every family has its Holiday Traditions, from the holy to the secular, the materialistic to the generous and everything in between. Screaming through the Holiday Season Century Media artists prepare for eating, drinking and making merry!
IMPALED - Ross Sewage
“Ah, the dead of winter... my favorite time of year! Well, first I join my family and we start the burning of the Cruel Log. It burns for eight magical days... or for however long we keep pouring the oil from a dead baby seal's fat onto it. Then we take the kids and get a photo of them sitting on Satan's lap at the Church of Satan in San Francisco. We all ask for the coming year to deliver revenge upon our enemies. One of my favorite moments is decorating the XXX-Mess tree with ornamental dongs, dildos, and effigies of Jenna Jameson. Finally we tuck the kids away, and by kids, I mean me. The next day I get up to receive the presents Satan brought for me because I've been naughty all year. YAY!! A new scalpel and bonesaw! For New Year's... I get drunk. Big surprise.”More...
Canada’s UNRESTRAINED! Magazine has named Opeth’s "Ghost Reveries" as the #1 Album of 2005 in their year-end issue that will be on stands December15th, 2005.
The full Top 20 of 2005 (as chosen by the staff) is as follows:
UNRESTRAINED! TOP 20 OF 2005
1. Opeth - Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner)
2. Nevermore – This Godless Endeavour (Century Media)
3. Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness (Metal Blade)
4. Clutch - Robot Hive/Exodus (DRT)
5. Lurker Of Chalice – Lurker Of Chalice (Southern Lord/Total Holocaust)
6. Deathspell Omega – Kenose (N.E.D./Ajna Offensive)
7. Corrosion Of Conformity - In The Arms Of God (Sanctuary)
8. Hypocrisy – Virus (Nuclear Blast)
9. Strapping Young Lad – Alien (Century Media)
10. Between The Buried And Me – Alaska (Victory)
11. Dark Tranquillity - Character (Century Media)
12. Ulver – The Blood Inside (The End)
13. Napalm Death - The Code Is Red... Long Live The Code (Century Media)
14. Rammstein - Rosenrot (Universal)
15. Torche – Torche (Robotic Empire)
16. Green Carnation – The Quiet Offspring (The End Records)
17. Leaves’ Eyes – Vinland Saga (Napalm)
18. Jesu - Jesu (Hydra Head)
19. Slough Feg – Atavism (Cruz Del Sur)
20. Red Knife Lottery – So Much Drama (Uprising)
For more information, visit www.unrestrainedmag.com.
Jeff Walker of Carcass will be releasing an album of country cover songs ranging from Johnny Cash to Hank Williams. For the album, entitled "Welcome to Carcass Cuntry", Walker has enlisted the help of friends from bands such as Napalm Death, Amorphis, Faith No More, The Hellacopters, and his own band, Carcass.
"Welcome to Carcass Cuntry" will be released late Februrary or late March 2006 through Transmitter Records.
Continuing the highly successful Metal For The Masses series, the Century Family unseals Metal For The Masses Volume Four, once again exclusive to Hot Topic locations nationwide. The 2-disc compilation contains 40 tracks totaling over 2 hours of music. The artwork for Volume Four incorporates the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to stunning effect and also depicts the album art for each featured artist within as well as additional artist and album information. Volume Four comes housed in a deluxe double Digipak and is available now at all Hot Topic locations nationwide.
Started in 2003, Metal For The Masses has become The Century Family's largest-selling compilation series, replacing the budget priced Identity series. The Metal For The Masses series is also one of Hot Topic's longest-running exclusive compilations. Selling well over 60,000 copies each, Metal For The Masses continues to disseminate the word of metal.
Disc One Includes Century Media Artists:
God Forbid, Manntis, Diecast, Brand New Sin, Agents Of Man, Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Behemoth, Old Man's Child, Naglfar, Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Eyes Of Fire, Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Watch Them Die, Napalm Death, Despised Icon and Immolation
Disc Two Includes:
Nuclear Blast Artists: Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork, In Flames, Meshuggah, Bleed The Sky, Darkane, Mnemic, Hypocrisy, Exodus and Cathedral
Liquor And Poker Music Artists: Fireball Ministry, Nebula, The Hellacopters, The Illuminati, The Black Halos, Crash Kelly, The Thieves, Scott Reeder, American Heartbreak and Backyard Babies
For their first gig ever, British cyber/black metal act ANAAL NATHRAKH will be headlining a show at The Underworld in London, on December 15 with KHOLD, TED MAUL and LEECH WOMAN as part of Terrorizer magazine's "A Cold Night In Hell 2006" festival. The band will also play the following day in Birmingham with RAMESSES and NARCOSIS at Edwards No. 8. The lineup of bands on this show was picked personally by ANAAL NATHRAKH. Both shows will have a full live lineup completed by Ventnor on guitar, Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, LOCK UP, WARHAMMER) on bass and Danny Herrera (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT) on drums. Tickets are available on www.ticketweb.co.uk.
More dates have been released for the upcoming KREATOR, NAPALM DEATH, A PERFECT MURDER, and UNDYING tour that will take place early next year:
February 21 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Petit Theatre
February 22 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
February 23 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
February 24 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
February 25 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
February 26 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 27 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
February 28 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
March 2 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
March 3 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
March 4 - Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
March 7 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
March 8 - Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse
March 10 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
March 11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
March 12 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
March 13 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
March 14 - Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
March 15 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
March 16 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
March 18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
March 19 - San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
March 21 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
March 24 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
March 25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Bleed The Sky are to tour the UK with Withered and Bridge Of Solace after finishing their US tour with My Ruin and European dates with Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Napalm Death, and Born From Pain. The tour dates are as follows: More...
Napalm Death bassist Shan e Embury has joined supergroup Insidious Disease. The band also includes Dimmu Borgir guitarist Silenoz, Jardar (guitarist with Old Man's Child) and Nile drummer Tony Laureano.