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Guitarist Bill Hudson of the Nebraska-based power metallers CELLADOR has issued the following update:
Alright, we've been getting tons of e-mails asking us whether the tour with KING DIAMOND, KREATOR and LEAVES' EYES is entirely cancelled or only the King is out of it.
"My honest answer as of right now is: I DON'T KNOW.
"I talked to our booking agent (John Finberg at First Row Talent, the guy who put the tour together) yesterday and he told me he's been working on a 'plan B' for three days and nobody more than him wanted this tour to happen. I can tell he's really bummed about it.
"It's almost funny, but ever since that happened, it seems like some of the bands are having problems. LEAVES' EYES has just parted ways with two members and we're having some problems I'd rather not talk about just yet. But what I CAN say is that we were supposed to be at the studio right now and the recordings were postponed.
"Now, another question we've been getting is: 'Is the January/February tour cancelled?' I do have an answer for that: NO, IT'S NOT.
"We will not cancel any shows on that tour. It starts on January 15th in Charlotte, NC and ends on February 10th in Houston, TX. About March 22nd - May 7th, please just sit tight. We'll announce something real soon. I really don't know what, but there will be something!" More...
Guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of the German thrashers KREATOR has issued the following statement:
"First of all, We are very disapointed that our tour [with KING DIAMOND] in March/April is not going to happen! We were really looking forward to see all our North American fans again and were preparing a killer show for you! But I must also say that right now the most important thing is King Diamond's health. I want to see the King playing shows and producing albums for many years to come in good shape and so all I can say in the name of the whole band at this point is: Get well soon, King, and all the strength and best wishes from Germany! All hail to the King!"
More information about KREATOR's future plans will become available in the next few days.
San Diego's AS I LAY DYING has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
CHILDREN OF BODOM
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
German thrash legends KREATOR have lined up a headlining show on March 31st at Jaxx in Springfield, VA. Also performing will be LEAVES’ EYES and CELLADOR. The band’s March 29th show at Jaxx with KING DIAMOND has sold out.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.
The festival will be headlined next year by IRON MAIDEN. The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.
Veteran German thrashers KREATOR have cancelled their previously announced December 15 concert at Hristo Botev Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria.
According to a posting on the band's official web site, the show was called off due to circumstances beyond [the group's] control. KREATOR hopes to come to Bulgaria at a later date."
Tampa-based power metallers KAMELOT are the latest act confirmed for the 2008 edition of the Wacken Open Air, which is scheduled for July 31st - August 2nd, in Wacken, Germany. This will be an exclusive German Festival appearance for 2008.
Acts on the Wacken bill now include headliners IRON MAIDEN, CARCASS (reunion show), AT THE GATES (reunion show), AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY (Best Of Show), DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, HATEBREED, KAMELOT, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.
In other Kamelot news, the band are busy working on a special edition live CD, new songwriting and also preparing for the upcoming Headliner European tour and eventual North American Tour for 2008. Kamelot released it's blockbuster CD Ghost Opera in June 2007 on SPV/Steamhammer. The album charted in the following countries:
Norway - #25
Sweden - #29
Finland - #35
USA - #48 (indie charts)
The Netherlands - #51
Germany - #61
France - #83
Switzerland - #88
Greece - #23 (foreign albums)
Japan - #13 (international albums)
United Kingdom - #24 (rock & metal charts)
Revolution-Music.dk conducted an interview with KREATOR mainman Mille Petrozza at last weekend's Aalborg Metal Festival in Denmark. Download the nine-minute audio file here
Watch KREATOR's performance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which took place in early August in Wacken, Germany: More...
Swedish punk 'n' roll masters THE BONES have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
IRON MAIDEN (headliners)
CHILDREN OF BODOM
THE BONES recently posted another track from their upcoming album, "Burnout Boulevard", which will hit stores on October 22. You can listen to "Mighty Touchdown" at the group's MySpace page.
"Burnout Boulevard", the band's first album for Century Media Records, will be available as a CD and luxurious limited-edition digipak, including two bonus tracks, a video enhancement, poster and sticker. The CD was produced by lead guitarist Marcus "Boner" Petersson and recorded at the renowned MWC Studio in the band's hometown of Karlskrona, Sweden while the pre-production was done at Music-A-Matic Studios in Gothenburg (MILLENCOLLIN, THE HELLACOPTERS, THE NOMADS, D.A.D.).
"Burnout Boulevard" track listing:
01. Mighty Touchdown (3:52)
02. Flatline Fever (2:36)
03. She Hates Me (Yeah Yeah Yeah) (1:49)
04. Stuck In The Mud (2:57)
05. Not My Kind (1:42)
06. Straight Flush Ghetto (2:08)
07. Sealed With A Fist (2:28)
08. Dead Weight (2:14)
09. Ain't Life A Motherfucker (2:32)
10. Not Predictable (3:29)
11. Destination X (1:40)
12. Black Day Boogie (3:18)
13. Too Many Miles (3:25)
14. Fools Vacation (2:33)
15. Fit In My Skin (2:35)
THE BONES lineup:
Boner - Lead Guitar and Backup/Lead Vocals
Spooky Fred - Drums and Backup Vocals
Andi Nero - Bass and Backup Vocals
Beef Bonanza - Guitar and Lead Vocals
Connecticut-based hardcore/metal band HATEBREED has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
IRON MAIDEN (headliners)
CHILDREN OF BODOM
Liv Kristine and Alex Krull just returned from a Leaves' Eyes film shooting in Norway. Liv commented: "We travelled with our crew along the incredibly interesting and breath-taking west coast of Norway. Our journey started in Stavanger, my hometown. We filmed in sunny and rainy weather, which really shows the harsh climate of this region. We went through the fjords by boat and spent hours at the North Sea catching waves. We drove through the mountains, visited the old town of Stavanger, moreover, we did a lot of interviews, also with my family members. Most of the material will be presented on our up-coming DVD, however, it was also very important to gather nature shots for our special show at the Metal Female Voices Fest in Wieze, Belgium 20 October 2007. We would like the audience to see that we are very close to nature and that Norway is part of Leaves' Eyes. A warm thank you to hard-working Stefan Liebhauser (The Day After) and Gunnar Sauermann (Metal Hammer) who did a fantastic job, fixing this visually."
:eaves' Eyes has announced only a few more shows this year, with major touring (of the US) next year with King Diamond, Kreator and Cellador. The latest Leaves' Eyes tour dates follow: More...
The following message has been posted via Kreator's official Myspace site:
"Hi girls and boys! I'm sitting in a hotel room in Guadalajara/ Mexico and I'm still overwhelmed by the great response at our Mexican dates ! The shows were absolutely fantastic, great organization, nice local crews and last but not least an amazing audience at all three concerts! Hail to the Mexican Kreatorheads !!!!!! You fuckin rule!
It's also cool to see Hammerfall playing a great true metal set every night with Kotipelto opening the evening with high class heavy rock and even though, the styles of music couldn't be more different, the fans are open minded and cool with all three bands. This is what our music should be about! Unity among all metalfans!
I'm getting ready to go to the airport now to fly to Santiago de Chile. Can't wait to play tomorrow's show ! Kreator has had a very special connection with the Chilean metalheads from day one! We're expecting more then 4000 fans so be prepared for a night of total terror!!!!!!!!
One more thing: to all the fans that expressed their dissapointment about the fact what we're not coming to Brazil on this run.This time it didn't work out due to logistic reasons beyond our control! We'll definately play a huge brazilian tour after the new album, promise!!!
So until then, keep the spirit alive!
Brazil's Roadie Crew and Argentina's Jedbangers magazines recently collaborated on a very special story on SOULFLY/ex-SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera. In addition to arranging a lengthy interview with Max conducted by Thiago Sarkis and Fernando Ibáñez, the two publications invited several world-renowned musicians who witnessed and/or toured with Cavalera in the early years of his career to talk about his importance to the heavy metal scene and to reveal interesting stories about him and SEPULTURA. This ultimate tribute to the most important and influential South American metal musician and band ever is the cover story in the brand new issue of Roadie Crew (which is out on the newsstands right now) and will be a highlight in Jedbangers' next issue, which will be released in two weeks (featuring MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine on the cover).
Here is what some of heavy metal's most renowned musicians have had to say about Max Cavalera and SEPULTURA:
Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD):
"Max Cavalera is a very important man. He with the rest of SEPULTURA were the first Brazilian band to play outside of Brazil, and gain a large, fanatical following. We met them in 1991 when we played together, and we soon realized they were arrogant sons of bitches same as we were! Since then we've played with Max, SEPULTURA, then SOULFLY, and with SEPULTURA featuring Derrick, the big lad. They always put on a great show, the fans go crazy, and they keep pushing the odds. Luck to them."
Vinnie Paul Abbott (HELLYEAH, ex-PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN):
"Max is metal! We had the pleasure of having both SEPUTURA and SOULFLY touring with PANTERA and every night they gave us a run for the money. Max writes intense lyrics and delivers them with conviction and passion. His riffs are crushing and he has always had a great metal guitar sound. In short, Max is a metal god and he lives and breathes it every day. He and his bands put Brazil on the heavy metal map and brought a new tribal feel to the scene. So, here's to Max: 'dente preto my brother!!!'"
Mille Petrozza (KREATOR):
"I've known Max since '85. He was my first penpal from Brazil. Back then his name was Max Possessed and his brother Igor drew a self-made SEPULTURA t-shirt for me. Max is still a good friend who hasn't changed a bit over the years. If we run into each other on festivals nowadays it's always cool and relaxed. Max is one of metal's most creative and down-to-earth characters. A living legend!"
Kelly Shaefer (ATHEIST, NEUROTICA, UNHEARD):
"Max Cavalera is a fucking living legend, easily one of the most influential characters to ever play metal. When we first met years ago during the recording of 'Beneath the Remains', I was fortunate enough to work with him on a tune called 'Stronger Than Hate'. I wrote some lyrics, and helped him with his pronunciations, etc., because at that point he was not speaking English nearly as well as he does today. When I first heard the finished product, I was blown away at the quality of the music of SEPULTURA: they had great riffs, massive drumming, and it was quite memorable. I think since then, he has influenced many, many bands, and many in today's metal scene owe him a great deal of gratitude. I have maximum respect for Max, and all his work including SOULFLY. I tip my metal hat to you Max, you're a bad-ass mutherfucker!!!"
L.G. Petrov (ENTOMBED):
"Max and SEPULTURA were the ones that opened the doors for many bands from South America, and they got the rest of the world's attention with their full on thrash metal! I love Max's aggressive and energetic vocals. Personally he is one of my favorite singers of all time."
David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL):
"I've always had good thoughts of Max. I'm not only a contemporary and a friend, but also a fan. From SEPULTURA's 'Morbid Vision' death metal days to the innovation of SOULFLY, Max forged a path that in my opinion has given tremendously to the world of music. His early successes helped introduce the world to many new Brazilian artists who may not have had the same opportunities previously. I've seen the 'drink 'till you drop' days of the early 1990s and now the balanced, spiritual plateau he has achieved today, and Max remains a true star. From myself and the rest of MORBID ANGEL: 'Obrigado meu Amigo'!"
The following message has been posted by Kreator's official Myspace account:
"UPCOMING SOUTH AMERICAN TREK WITH HAMMERFALL [CO-HEADLINING] AND KOTIPELTO AT SELECTED SHOWS:
SEPTEMBER 22 - CAFE IGUANA - MONTEREY, MEXICO
SEPTEMBER 23 - CORCO VOLADOR - MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
SEPTEMBER 27 - ESTADIO VICTOR JARA - SANTIAGO, CHILE
SEPTEMBER 29 - OBRAS - BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
SEPTEMBER 30 - DISCOTECA VOCE - LIMA, PERU
.... MORE SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!!"
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have scheduled the following South American tour dates:
Sep. 22 - Monterrey, Mexico - Cafe Iguana
Sep. 23 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corco Volador
Sep. 27 - Santiago, Chile - Estadio Victor Jara
Sep. 29 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Obras
Sep. 30 - Lima, Peru - Discoteca Voce
Also appearing at select shows are Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL (as co-headliners) and KOTIPELTO.
Zonda Books has posted this press release:
Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.
Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.
In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.
Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.
Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.
Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!
The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...
And that's just some of the "A"'s!
KING DIAMOND will be teaming up with KREATOR, LEAVES' EYES and CELLADOR for a 2008 North American tour. The complete itinerary for the tour is as follows:
22 - Ft lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
23 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
25 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
26 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
28 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Street Music Hall
29 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
30 - Philadelphia, PA - THe Trocadero More...
Frontman Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal pioneers KREATOR has issued the following update:
"The KREATOR / CELTIC FROST European tour is now history and I'm still overwhelmed by the impressions of the last few weeks. This tour was historical to us and it was an honour for the whole band to finally have toured with the mighty FROST again! We've had a great time with the boys and it felt like in the early days, just better! Also it was really cool to tour with LEGION OF THE DAMNED and WATAIN (sorry for the fucked up curfew situation in some places!) and got to meet Maurice and Eric and the rest of the guys - great fun! Looking forward to Greece, Serbia and, of course, the festivals in the summer, where we'll present the multimedia stageshow on the huge outdoor stages across Europe! Another U.S. tour is in the making and yes - we are working on new stuff! But for now I want to thank all the KREATOR-heads that came out to celebrate our sounds of terror with us! You people just fucking rule!!!!"
Sweden's WOLF has issued the following statement:
"WOLF are sorry to anounce that [we] have to cancel the dates with CELTIC FROST and KREATOR March 31 - April 3. Niklas Stålvind has got an infection on the vocal chords and must keep quiet for at least a few weeks to avoid serious damage to his voice. The band are looking forward to do the U.K. tour with THE HAUNTED April 25 – May 7. We were VERY much looking forward to the dates with these heroes of ours but Niklas' voice got worse and we had to drop out. We apologize to all fans, bands, promoters etc. that are affected."
WOLF recently announced plans to release its latest album, "The Black Flame", on vinyl. The Swedish underground label Blackcave Records, under license from Century Media, is putting out a limited edition of 500 copies through the Blackcave mailorder. The LP is signed and numbered by the band.
Celtic Frost have released the following statement in regards to an imposed curfew on their UK tour dates:
"While already on the road on the European leg of the "Monotheist" tour, we were informed of strict curfews to our co-headlining shows with Kreator in the UK. These curfews have been imposed locally and are not a stipulation by either Celtic Frost or Kreator. As a matter of fact, we oppose these curfews explicitly, and we have informed both our management and our concert agency accordingly. There is little we can do, however.
Celtic Frost and Kreator and the bands' representatives have spent months trying to assemble an appropriate and exciting touring package of four bands that cover a wide variety of contemporary metal. We loathe the fact that we are now finally back out on the road - in Celtic Frost's case, for the first time in some 17 years - and have to discover that the local booker and promoters in the UK impose curfews so unrealistically strict that it is impossible to put on the regular performances by all four bands on the bill as played everywhere else in Europe. Apparently, some of the UK venues book two events during certain nights, i.e., in this case our tour and another event. This will yield twice the profits for them in one night, but it also means that the first event, namely our tour, will have to clear the venue at an unreasonably early hour, as early as 9:30 or 10:00pm.
There appears to be no proper solution to this situation. Both headliners are categorically unwilling to cancel the performances of either our opening act or special guest, Watain and Legion Of The Damned, in order to play full headlining sets. Just like us, Watain and Legion of the Damned have travelled thousands of miles and gone through great expenses to play all of Europe. The local booker and promoters in the UK are equally unwilling to extend their ludicrous curfews, even for a mere 30 minutes. The alternative, so we are informed, would be a cancelled concert.
Having all four bands play at least a semblance of a set means that the duration of all sets will be severely restricted. In case of Celtic Frost and Kreator, this means sets of 60 minutes, in case of Watain and Legion of the Damned, sets of 20 minutes. This applies to the following shows: Glasgow, Bradford, Wolverhampton, Cardiff, and Nottingham. All bands involved believe that playing a set is better than cancelling any show. That we all are extremely frustrated, if not to say furious, about this situation is obvious."
The tour dates are as follows: More...