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Threat Signal has posted the first in what will apparantly be a series of video diaries online chronicling the making of their new album. You can check it out below. This video focuses on guitarist Adam Weber recording the tracks for rhythm guitar. More...
Vocalist Jon Howard of Canadian melodic death metallers, Threat Signal, has issued the following recording update:
"Right now I'm sitting in my home studio comping/editing the rhythm guitar tracks we recently recorded... Raymond Hererra and B-Real where nice enough to get us into their studio (Temple Studios) in Chatsworth California to track the guitars for the album earlier in December. We tried many different amps and cabinets to get the most bad ass tone we could. We ended up using Diezel, VHT and Marshall heads, through Randal and Marshall cabs with 8 different mics. Jeremy Blair the Engineer at Temple Studios helped us out a TON with getting the perfect tone. That dude is the shit" More...
The second day of Indianapolis Metal Fest II has been cancelled. Here's a statement from show organizers:
"Due to issues entirely beyond our control, the Saturday show at 5100 W. 38th Street, Indianapolis has been cancelled. More details will be available on our website soon.
"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Make-up dates are being considered, and we are certain to file legal action against the parties responsible for this situation.
"Thanks to all who came out to the show on Friday night -- it was a GREAT crowd and the bands were amazing. Though we were unable to give you the show we wanted to give you due to problems and code violations within the venue, I think we all pulled together as best we could and made the Friday night show one hell of a good show.
"Special thanks to Morgan and Mercedes Lander from Kittie for being so exceptionally cool. Extra special thanks to Dino Cazares for invaluable advice and support during the show.
"A major announcement and statement will be made concerning this issue in a day or so."
Monolith Entertainment and the Indianapolis Metal Fest II have announced a change in venue for the two day event to be held September 26th and 27th, 2008. The festival, dubbed "the Midwest's fastest growing celebration of all things metal," will move to the Marquee Convention and Event Center located at 5100 W. 38th Street in Indianapolis, IN 46254.
The Festival was originally scheduled to be held at the Madame C.J. Walker Theatre but the organizers moved the event to the new venue to accommodate the comfort of additional fans to move inside in case of inclement weather.
Monolith Entertainment is working through all media outlets to inform all fans who have already purchased tickets that these tickets are remain valid at the new venue. All other details remain the same with regards to the show and ticket booking info.
The Indianapolis Metal Fest II is featuring acts from all over the world and from all genres of metal including: Dew-Scented, Kittie, Divine Heresy, Into Eternity, Arsis, Mustasch, Ekotren, Demiricous, Shadowside, The Absence, Woe of Tyrants, Psyopus, Wykked Wytch, Obszon Geschopf, Threat Signal, Green Jelly, Into Eternity, Daylight Dies, Bleed The Sky, Destrophy, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gates Of Slumber and more.
Metal band ARKAEA has joined KOCH Records' burgeoning hard rock/metal roster and will release its debut album on March 10, 2009. ARKAEA features Fear Factory drummer Raymond Herrera and guitar player Christian Olde Wolbers, along with Threat Signal singer Jon Howard.
Jon Howard comments, “With the recent signing of ARKAEA to KOCH, and a release date of our debut album approaching in 2009, I couldn't be more ecstatic! We've progressed so much as a band in the past year, molding our musical styles together. I feel we've created something very original that I can be proud of for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to see where this ride is headed.”
KOCH Records VP of Metal Scott Givens weighs in, "I’m really pleased to be working again with Raymond and Christian on such an amazing project and that they have chosen KOCH to be its home. I’ve no doubt that when the record is finished everyone who hears it will be as blown away as I was when I first heard the demos.”
The band has enlisted Threat Signal bass player, Pat Kavanaugh, and have just begun recording. Song titles include "Break The Silence," "Blackened Sky," "Beneath The Shades of Grey" and "Awakening.” The album is being recorded at Temple Studios in Chatsworth, California, owned by Raymond Herrera and will have Christian Olde Wolbers at the helm of production with engineer Jeremy Blair (Guns & Roses, Fear Factory).
You can sample music in store at ARKAEA’s newly-launched Ning social site where fans will also be able to interact and connect with the members of ARKAEA through the chatroom, live webcasts and forums.
Nuclear Blast USA Recording artist and death metal act Arsis is confirmed to appear at the Indianapolis Metal Fest II on September 26th and 27.
Arsis joins label mates Dew-Scented, Threat Signal, and Bleed the Sky for their first-ever appearance at what's being touted as the "fastest growing celebration of all things metal." In its second year, the Indianapolis Metal Fest is setting itself apart from other metal festivals by highlighting diverse bands from all metal genres.
2008 has proved to be busy and successful for the Virginia-based Arsis, which is arriving in Indianapolis fresh off their summer "Trash and Burn Tour" with Misery Signal, Darkest Hour, and Parkway Drive and will hit the road again in November on the "European MetalFest Tour" with Morbid Angel and Kataklysm through the end of the year. Arsis is performing and touring with material from their latest Nuclear Blast Release, "We are the Nightmare."
Joining Arsis, Dew-Scented, Threat Signal, and Bleed the Sky at the Indianapolis Metal Fest II will be national bands Kittie, Divine Heresy, Mustasch, The Absence, Ekotren, Woe of Tyrants, Demiricous, Shadowside (Brazil), Level-C, Wykked Wytch, Obszon Geschopf (France), Green Jelly, Into Eternity, Daylight Dies, Destrophy, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gates of Slumber, Gigan, Black Chapel, and a number of hand-picked artists and regional favorites.
The show will take place at Madame Walker Theater, located at 617 Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis. Two-day tickets are $30 in advance/$40 at the door. Tickets are available at indianapolismetalfest.com, www.myspace.com/indymetalfest or by phone at (888) 690-9875.
Tickets are also available locally at select retails locations listed below. More...
Following a successful 2007 debut, the Indianapolis Metal Fest is returning this September 26 and 27 to prove itself as the Midwest's premiere metal festival.
The festival includes an assortment of headliner-status and personally-chosen unsigned artists, including three bands that will be making their U.S. debuts. Bands already confirmed are: Dew Scented, Kittie, Divine Heresy, Mustasch, Daylight Dies, Bleed The Sky, Into Eternity, Ekotren, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gigan (ex-Hate Eternal), Psyopus, Level-C, Obszon Geschopf, Black Chapel, Demiricous, Gates of Slumber, Threat Signal, and The Absence. In all, the festival will host 60 bands over the two days. More...
Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have posted the second part of their "Demo Diary" video series.
THREAT SIGNAL recently teamed up with award-winning film director RT of 235 Films on April 10 for a video shoot for the song "A New Beginning." The track comes off the group's debut album, Under Reprisal, which was released in North America on August 22, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Canada's THREAT SIGNAL have posted this message on their official website:
"The video shoot for 'A New Beginning' was a blast. Big thanks to RT, Jordan Gross, and the whole crew at 235 Films. We expect the video to be hitting the airwaves by late May. Along with the release of the the video, we will be releasing 'The Making Of A New Beginning' in or around the same time. But for now you can take a sneak peak at the video shoot location.
In other news - we will be teaming up with THE HOLLY SPRINGS DISASTER for a run of dates on Canada's East Coast.
Also - the dates for The Spring Run 2008 have been kick ass so far. HAIL THE VILLAIN and ALPHA GALATE have been nothing short of great. Expect a video blog from us in the near future."
Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL will team up with award-winning film director RT of 235 Films on Thursday, April 10 for a video shoot for the song "A New Beginning". The track comes off the group's debut album, "Under Reprisal", which was released in North America on August 22, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.
THREAT SIGNAL recently uploaded a demo version of a new song, entitled "Beyond Recognition", on the group's MySpace page.
Drummer George Parfitt left THREAT SIGNAL last year in order to focus on his family life. He has since been replaced by Norm Killeen.
THREAT SIGNAL tour dates are as follows:
April 08 - The Foundation Nightclub - Barrie, ON
April 11 - The Salt Lounge - London, ON
April 12 - Casbah - Hamilton, ON
April 19 - St. Paul's United Church - Milton, ON
April 27 - L3 Nightclub - St. Catharines, ON
Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drums) are proud to announce the debut album of their new group, Arkaea. The band also features one of metal's hungriest young singers, Jon Howard (Threat Signal).
Arkaea has just finished up preproduction and are scheduled to enter the studio to begin recording. This album promises to be as pummeling as anything the gold-selling team of Olde Wolbers and Herrera has ever written.
Olde Wolbers comments: "These songs were designed like the Fear Factory songs that Raymond and I always wrote. However, we've been able to push the boundaries and go out of that context, while remaining heavy."
"Christian and Ray have been writing together for many years, so the music does have a lot of Fear Factory elements," adds Howard. "However, we've been open to trying different things. It basically fuses what I have been doing vocally in Threat Signal with driving Fear Factory rhythms, along with some of our own experimentation. The idea behind the project is to be heavy, but maintain melody at the same time."
Howard has been a part of the Fear Factory family ever since Olde Wolbers served as producer for Threat Signal's debut, Under Reprisal. Given that connection, the chemistry was there the instant the band started playing together.
The band's yet untitled album is due out fall 2008 on KOCH Records and plans for touring are under way in support of the record.
It was reported last month that Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera had joined forces with former DAMAGEPLAN singer/HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman in a new project called BURN IT ALL. The band was reportedly shopping a four-song demo at the time. It is presently unclear what the formation of Arkaea means to the future of Burn It All.
Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL will team up with ALPHA GALATES and HAIL THE VILLAIN for a short run of Ontario dates. The details are as follows:
April 08 - The Foundation Nightclub - Barrie, ONT
April 11 - The Salt Lounge - London, ONT
April 12 - Casbah - Hamilton, ONT
April 19 – [to be announced] - Milton, ONT
April 27 - L3 Nightclub - St. Catharines, ONT
Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have issued the following update:
"We are pleased to announce guitarist Adam Weber as the final piece of the THREAT SIGNAL puzzle. The writing process with Adam has already begun, and we're all looking forward to recording and touring with him."
THREAT SIGNAL recently uploaded the demo version of a new song, entitled "Beyond Recognition", on the group's MySpace page.
Drummer George Parfitt left THREAT SIGNAL last year in order to focus on his family life. He has since been replaced by Norm Killeen.
Founded in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987, ranked #11 in the "Top 20 Rock/Metal Labels" and #41 in the "Top 50 Labels" charts by Hit Quarters in 2007, Nuclear Blast Records has extended its production and distribution deal with The Century Family, Inc. for the United States.
From his office in Germany, Nuclear Blast label owner and President Markus Staiger had this to say about the continued two-year contract renewal:
"We are very thrilled to continue our work with the Century Family. It is great that 2 metal companies can work together so close without any problems and fun to have such professional and nice people in the U.S. working for us! Be sure to expect a great year in 2008 for NUCLEAR BLAST and Century Media. NUCLEAR BLAST will release new titles from MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KATAKLYSM, KORPIKLAANI, THREAT SIGNAL, ALL SHALL PERSIH, DEATH ANGEL, HYPOCRISY, IMMORTAL, and EXODUS, as well as a stunning new album from TESTAMENT and AVANTASIA's third album The Scarecrow (featuring members of KISS, SCORPIONS, MAGNUM, Jorn Lande, and more), along with some IN FLAMES re-releases, too. Also, keep an eye out for our new U.S. signings - they are all young, fresh and brutal new acts with tremendous new albums. Among these is SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY who play brutal Florida Grind-Death Metal! Big thanks goes to the NB U.S.A. Team, Century Media, and our distributor Caroline/EMI. Special THANKS to our great metal fans!"
Since 2000, Nuclear Blast has maintained U.S. staff and operations in Los Angeles via a successful and long-running production and distribution deal with The Century Family, Inc., parent of Century Media Records. Century Media currently maintains a distribution deal with Caroline/EMI which it manages for Nuclear Blast under the arrangement.
States Century Media CEO Oliver Withoeft:
"Nuclear Blast and Century Media are looking forward to an even closer cooperation in 2008. The new year will prove to be a decisive year for the music industry, and we will continue to be at the forefront of setting trends in Metal. Our customers will be pleased to learn that we will expand our offers beyond the traditional ways of selling music."
2007 has been a year of distinction for Nuclear Blast in both Europe and North America. In addition to hosting a celebratory 20 year anniversary festival in Stuttgart this past October in the presence of over 6,000 metal fans, various 2007 releases made extremely noteworthy entries onto the Billboard charts.
THREAT SIGNAL vocalist Jon Howard has issued the following update:
"I believe Threat Signal owes you an explanation regarding member changes.
This is what's been going on...
First, I would like to say, every former member of the band CHOSE to leave for their own personal reasons. And I am happy the way the band has turned out in the long run. We sound better than ever and we're having a great time together!
Early in the summer Kyle (McKnight - guitar) informed me that he no longer wanted to continue his career with the band. The main reason was touring, and not wanting to be away from home, even to play an hour away... we cancelled over 60 shows because of this. I was extremely disappointed. He then wanted me to post a statement saying he had given up on music, which I didn't post, because I don't believe it to be true.
I, on the other hand, will never turn my back on my passion, my friends, my fans, or myself. I started Threat Signal, and I will die with Threat Signal. I've recorded and produced every song we've ever done, wrote music, and written all lyrics and melodies, so I'm totally confident in moving forward with the band.
We have recently recruited a young shredder from Texas, Travis Montgomery. He's one of the best young players I've ever seen. Oh and he's also killer at guitar... His style fits in perfectly with what Threat Signal has created, and you will shit when you hear him play on the next album. You can see him in the tour blog videos. We are extremely excited about the new material we've been writing together, and I can't wait to release the next album. We are hoping to be in the studio by spring 2008.
So with all that said, I would like to thank everyone who has stuck with Threat Signal and supported us through the good and bad times. Life is a fucked up ride, but everything happens for a reason and we only get stronger."
Former THREAT SIGNAL drummer George Parfitt has teamed up with BYZANTINE bassist Michael "Skip" Cromer to form an as-yet-unnamed new band. The group, whose musical direction is said to be "very heavy, in the vein of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD," also features former CHILDREN OF TRAGEDY guitarist Andrew Wiens. The band is currently writing material for its debut album, which it hopes to release sometime in 2008.
Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have posted the third video blog documenting their fall 2007 "The Hard Harvest Tour". Watch the six-minute clip below.
Drummer George Parfitt recently left THREAT SIGNAL in order to focus on his family life. He has since been replaced by Norm Killeen.
As previously reported, THREAT SIGNAL frontman Jon Howard is collaborating with FEAR FACTORY members Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drums) on a brand new side project. The as-yet-unnamed group will occupy much of the trio's time while FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell focuses on his ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS project, which recently inked a deal with MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records.
Christian Olde Wolbers produced THREAT SIGNAL's debut album, "Under Reprisal", which was released in North America on August 22, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records. More...
A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.
The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:
01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...
Canadian extremists THREAT SIGNAL check in with the following band lineup news:
(Drummer) George (Parfitt) and Amanda married September 22nd, 2007 and are expecting early next year. With that said, George has left the band to focus 100% on his family. We all wish him the best of luck in the future!
We are really pleased to announce Norm Killeen as our new skin beater."
Ontario's Threat Signal (Nuclear Blast Records) continue to search for a new guitarist. Here's the official word from the band:
"A solid 6 string guitar god who will drop whatever life he currently has to tour, write, and record with us. Being in Threat Signal must be the single most important thing in your life or please don't apply. Must have professional gear, down pick like a maniac, clean criminal record, between 18 and 30 years of age, and willing to relocate if not local.
First download this package. It contains MP3s, and Guitar Pro files (tabs) of 2 songs. If you do not have Guitar Pro, you can get it here. Submit a video of yourself playing the 2 songs. Submit a short video of yourself playing your own written material. Links to the videos can be sent here. If the video needs to be mailed, contact us for info Also, submit a written short history of yourself as a guitarist."
As previously reported, Marco parted amicably with Threat Signal earlier in the year to focus on his own music and various studio work. Former Threat Signal guitarist Rich Howard filled in on some dates in the meantime.