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For David Draiman, his safe place has now become a hazardous zone.
Draiman is one of several heavy metal artists who say their lives and careers will be dramatically altered by the death of Arlington-raised guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was fatally shot onstage at a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub Wednesday night.
"The stage is an environment where you tend to feel safe," said Draiman, lead singer for Chicago-based metal band Disturbed, whose last album, "Believe," sold 1.5 million copies.
"There are always guys jumping on and off of it, stage-diving, and prior to this incident, I welcomed it," he said. "But I don't know who might be running up there with a gun now. I'm sure there are people who hate me, too. Everyone's at risk now."
Until Wednesday, rock bands had not been affected by this type of violence. Even fans of Pantera, Abbott's former group, rioted at a 1995 show at Dallas' Fair Park Coliseum, ripping up parts of the floor, setting the boards on fire and then tossing them at the stage.
But Abbott's death shows how vulnerable a band member can be.
"To be honest, we're completely scared to go on stage now," says Mercedes Lander, a member of Canadian metal band Kittie. "That's all that people we know have been talking about -- just how frightening it is that something like this can happen, especially in the metal community, which is so tight-knit.
"How do you get back onstage knowing in the back of your mind that something like this happened -- and can happen again?"
Mercedes' sister, Morgan, a guitarist in Kittie, said the band played about a month ago at Alrosa Villa, the Columbus club where Abbott's latest group, Damageplan, was on stage Wednesday night.
"We've been playing that place for years," she said. "And, even though it didn't cross our minds at the time, it's scary because a lot of places are like that, where people can just jump onstage. It's not that uncommon for someone to just jump up there -- but they've always jumped off."
Read the full article at Star-Telegram.
Despite last week's announcement to the contrary, Canadian metal band Kittie will NOT be performing at the Machine party at the Snitch nightclub in New York City on Tuesday, December 7, according to a posting on the group's web site.
Kittie recently completed several months' worth of touring in support of their latest album, "Until the End", which released in July through Artemis Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Oracle" was recorded during the month of March at Longview Farm Studios in Massachusetts and was produced by Steve Thompson (Korn, Anthrax).
Canadian metal band Kittie have uploaded four video clips from their "Metal Movement Tour" to their official web site.
The files are Apple Quicktime Movies, and you will need a Quicktime player to view the files. To save the movies to your hard drive, you must put your mouse over the link to the file, right-click the link and select "Save Target As..." from the menu. It will then download the file to your computer for you to keep and watch when you please. Download them at the links below:
Kittie are currently touring in support of their latest album, "Until the End", which released in July through Artemis Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Oracle" was recorded during the month of March at Longview Farm Studios in Massachusetts and was produced by Steve Thompson (Korn, Anthrax).
The Western Courier's "The Edge" recently spoke with Kittie frontwoman Morgan Lander about the band's "Metal Movement Tour", its origins, and the current state of heavy metal. Several excerpts from the interview follow:
Edge: You guys are on the "Metal Movement" tour right now with Otep and Crisis. How did the idea for this tour come about?
Morgan Lander: "It was an idea we had to put together a package tour with two other female-fronted heavy metal bands. It's not really to make a statement or anything like that, it's just something that I don't think has ever been done before. I don't think there's been a tour that has had all female-fronted heavy metal bands. Most of the local bands on the bill are (female-fronted) as well.
"It seems to be working out really, really well. It's a great opportunity to come out and see some bands that you haven't seen before. If you're curious about women in heavy metal bands, you might be pleasantly surprised. It's not so much a statement as it is just to make people realize that there's so much equality in what we do."More...
Read the full article at Western Courier.
I recently attended the Kittie, Otep and Crisis show in Philadelphia on October 10th, 2004. I was supposed to have a photo pass but due to circumstances out of my control that didn't happen, so I apologize to all for not having any pictures to share with you. Anyway, here's my report of the night: More...
An article about Kittie has been written for Cleveland.com:
There are certain things to expect when one attends a Kittie show. Devil horn-tossing. Crushing doses of heavy metal action. An abundance of black leather and tattoos.
And, at least at one summer show, an impromptu picnic?
"They didn't have any power the last time we arrived here," vocalist-guitarist Morgan Lander explains via phone from a stop in Buffalo, the site of this unplanned shindig. "We made the best of the situation - we went out and bought a bunch of meat and got a grill and had a barbecue.
"All the fans that unfortunately came to the show - but couldn't get to see it because of the power situation - ended up hanging out with us at a barbecue. The beer was free-flowing, and the meat was cooking, and it was a lot of fun."
Subverting expectations is nothing new for the Ontario, Canada-based quartet, which plays along with Otep and Crisis as part of the "Metal Movement Tour" tonight at the Odeon. More...
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
InsidePulse.com's Tom D'Errico and Gloomchen recently compiled a list of the top 10 female metal vocalists as part of the web site's "Opposing Elements" column. "Keeping with the theme of the column (Opposing Elements), we can't agree on everything," Tom writes. "So, while we each offered up three picks unopposed, we'll have to argue about the last four slots on the list."
Top 10 female metal singers, as selected by InsidePulse.com's Tom D'Errico and Gloomchen:
01. Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)
02. Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy)
03. Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering)
04. Tanja Lainio (Lullacry)
05. Anita Auglend (Sins of Thy Beloved)
06. Candace Kucsulain (Walls of Jericho)
07. Otep Shamaya (Otep)
08. Morgan Lander (Kittie)
09. Jonna Enckell (The Project Hate)
10. Amy Lee (Evanescence)
Canadian metal band Kittie will be teaming up with Otep and Crisis for the Metal Movement Tour beginning on September 27 in Farmingdale, NY.
Kittie were forced to cancel several dates on their North American headlining tour last month after the band's drummer, Mercedes Lander, was hospitalized due to severe dehydration and exhaustion.
The group are touring in support of their latest album, "Until the End," which released in July through Artemis Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Oracle" was recorded during the month of March at Longview Farm Studios in Massachusetts and was produced by Steve Thompson (Korn, Anthrax).
Upcoming Kittie tour dates: More...
Canadian metal quartet KITTIE have officially cancelled the remaining dates on their North American headlining tour. As reported yesterday, due to severe dehydration and exhaustion, KITTIE drummer Mercedes Lander was hospitalized on Wednesday (August 11) in Cleveland, Ohio, where the band were scheduled to perform that night. Mercedes' condition recurred earlier today (August 13), and as a result she is no longer fit to continue the tour. The tests in Cleveland were inconclusive; although Mercedes appeared to be recuperating, it is now clear that this is not the case. Mercedes is returning to Canada to undergo more extensive examinations to determine the exact nature of her illness. The remaining dates of the tour will be made up after Mercedes has fully recovered. "The band wishes to thank all of the fans for their love and support through the tour and now at this critical time," reads a posting on the group's web site. "Expect to see KITTIE back in full force and back on tour later this year."
The trailer for the forthcoming Get Thrashed documentary has been put online here. The documentary will include interviews by the following artists:
METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, EXODUS, GODSMACK, DISTURBED, SEVENDUST, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, DEATH ANGEL, SHADOWS FALL, MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, STONE SOUR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, LAMB OF GOD, VIO-LENCE, KREATOR, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, VOIVOD, CHIMAIRA, BIOHAZARD, FOZZY/WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, THE HAUNTED, D.R.I., SOILWORK, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HEATHEN, Brian Slagel, Jon & Marsha Zazula, authors Ian Christe (Sound of the Beast) and Steven Blush (American Hardcore), NY metal radio DJ Eddie Trunk, Rampage Radio's Ron Quintana and featuring the music of unsigned bands: EXIT TO ETERNITY, OSMIUM, CONCRETE COFFIN, VISCID, NOCTURNAL FEAR, KAOS, RESPONSE NEGATIVE, ULYSSES SIREN
Former Kittie members Fallon Bowman (guitar) and Talena Atfield (bass) will be collaborating on new material for Bowman's solo project Amphibious Assault, according to a posting on Fallon's web site. "I think it will be good," she writes. "I go through these times where riffs just happen. Other times, nothing. I'm sure every musician knows what I mean. I hope the plans we have work out." Amphibious Assault released their self-financed debut album, 'District 6', in May 2003.
Locobazooka 2004 is returning to the Fitchburg Municipal Airport this year for 2 full days of music lasting from September 25th through the 26th. Confirmed so far are the following artists:
...with more TBA.
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
KITTIE's video for their new single, "Into the Darkness", has been posted online at Launch.com.
The "Into the Darkness" clip was shot in late May with the husband-and-wife team of Greg Kaplan and Rafaela Monfradini (EVERY TIME I DIE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). The song comes off KITTIE's third album, "Until The End", due on July 27 through Artemis Records.
The follow-up to 2001's "Oracle" was recorded during the month of March at Longview Farm Studios in Massachusetts and was produced by Steve Thompson (KORN, ANTHRAX). Six of the album's tracks were written prior to last summer's U.S. tour, allowing the band to try them out live as they trekked across the country. Joining the KITTIE lineup as the permanent second guitarist is Lisa Marx, formerly of the Seattle hardcore band TO SEE YOU BROKEN.
Some more KITTIE, 36 CRAZYFISTS, CANDIRIA, TWELVE TRIBES dates have been released, check them below. KITTIE's new album "Until The End" is set to hit stores on July 27th:
July 21 - Houston, TX @ The Engine Room
July 23 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
July 25 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
July 27 - Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade
July 28 - Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Cafe
July 31 - Washington D.C @ 9:30 Club
August 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
August 3 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
August 5 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
August 7 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
August 8 - Buffalo, NY @ The Continental
August 14 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
These dates tack onto the previously released dates, which are as follows:
July 16 - Lubbock, TX @ The Pavilion
July 17 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
July 18 - Austin, TX @ The Backroom
July 20 - McAllen, TX @ La Villa Real Special Events Center
July 24 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd's Music Store
July 29 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
July 30 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
HeavyMetalSource.com has uploaded six video clips of KITTIE in the studio mixing their third full-length album, "Until the End".
As previously reported, "Until the End" was recorded and mixed with producer Steve Thompson (METALLICA, KORN, SIMPLE PLAN, GUNS N' ROSES) and engineer Ian Hatton (BONHAM, LUXX) at Longview Farm Studios in Massachusetts. The album is scheduled for a summer release on Artemis Records. It will be KITTIE's long-awaited follow up to "Oracle", released in 2001.
With just three weeks to make an album, KITTIE, producer Steve Thompson, and engineer Ian Hatton retreated to Longview Farm Studios to record an album with a live in-your-face feel.
"Making this record was definitely a challenge because we had three weeks to record an album that should take two months, but nonetheless it has turned out amazing," said Thompson. "The basic tracks on this record were recorded onto two-inch analog tape. We then transferred those tracks onto protocols HD. We did very little digital editing. There were no click tracks used either."
The members of KITTIE embraced the opportunity to record live in the studio as a unit rather than the piecemeal recording process that many producers use. "I loved how we were all able to play all together everyday to record the songs," said bassist Jennifer Arroyo. "I've never been in a situation like that and I think it's the way to go because of the feel you get. I feel it translates onto the track you're recording when you are all in there together."
"It gave us a sense of accomplishment, rather than working with tons of puzzle pieces," said vocalist/guitarist Morgan Lander. "Also, doing things as naturally as possible, using as little digital editing as possible, gives it a raw, real vibe."
The band recorded on a near-12-hour-a-day schedule, taking advantage of all the space the studio offered. "We were able to put the amps on a stage," said Hatton. "That meant that we could quickly switch between guitar setups. We had Jennifer's bass rig set up in a hallway and we had an additional rig set up for distortion in the gym."
Added drummer Mercedes Lander: "Since we had a lot more space to work with, we used a lot of different room sounds to get what we want out of the recording."
KITTIE's "Until the End" will be released this summer on Artemis Records.
Canadian metal band KITTIE have been holed up in the isolation of Longview Farm Studios in Massachusetts for three weeks working on their third full-length album, "Until the End".
"The studio we are recording at is on a farm," said drummer Mercedes Lander. "At night you can hear the horses walking around in the stables, which are located directly underneath us."
Though lacking in nightlife, recording in a secluded area has enabled KITTIE to concentrate fully on the recording process with little distraction from the outside world.
"It's kind of interesting because we have nothing to do but focus on our music," Lander said. "Since we've been here we have left the premises maybe three times in three weeks."
The three-week recording period, though seemingly short for some bands, has been more than adequate for KITTIE to lay down the tracks. "This is the longest we have ever had to record, so there seems to be plenty of time to accomplish exactly what we need to do," said guitarist/vocalist Morgan Lander. "The atmosphere is really laid back, and they have made us all feel right at home here. There is a lot of history behind this place, so we were confident we could endure the horse flies for three weeks."
Bassist Jennifer Arroyo echoes Mercedes Lander's sentiments: "We can completely focus on our music and the smell of horse shit is completely charming!"
"Until the End" is scheduled for a summer release on Artemis Records.
LONDON, Ontario's Kittie has settled its lawsuit against Artemis Records and will spend the month of March recording its third release, titled 'Until the End.'
The band is recording at Longview Farm Studios with producer Steve Thompson (Metallica, Korn, Simple Plan, Guns n' Roses) and engineer Ian Hatton (Bonham, Luxx). "We are excited that the suit is over and done with," said guitarist/vocalist Morgan Lander. "The number one thing is the music and we are looking to make a great album!"
'Until the End' is tentative scheduled for a summer release. It will be Kittie's long-awaited follow up to Oracle, released in 2001.