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From: Brandon, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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Mesopotamian metal masters MELECHESH have cancelled their participation in the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. Replacing them on the bill will be Austrian black/death metal titans BELPHEGOR.
The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
May 30, 2008:
May 31, 2008:
Two more international acts as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.
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
Polish death metal veterans VADER have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
May 31, 2008:
VADER released its new DVD, "And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw", in Europe on October 15 via Metal Mind Productions. The group's third DVD, which is being made available in North America today (November 20) via MVD, features footage from the band's February 12, 2007 concert at Stodola Club in Warsaw, documenting the final stop of the group's tour in support of their latest album, "Impressions in Blood". The show was filmed with seven cameras and includes a guest appearance by Orion, a member of two other great Polish metal acts: VESANIA and BEHEMOTH. The DVD also includes: a fully animated menu, band bio, discography, interview with frontman Peter, the brand new video clip "Sword of the Witcher" (taken from the forthcoming RPG game "The Witcher"), desktop images, photo gallery, weblinks, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. "…And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw" DVD is also available in a special DVD+CD limited swing case edition! The artwork and layout of the DVD was created by the Brazilian artist Marcelo HVC, who has previously worked with GORGOROTH, LORD BELIAL and NECROPHAGIA.
Another guest musician has been confirmed for the Canadian Tribute to DEATH: Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY, DEICIDE, Death, etc.). More guests to be announced soon.
As previously reported, Canadian Death tribute band SYMBOLIC will play a tribute show for Death founder Chuck Schuldiner on December 12th at the Theatre Imperial in Quebec City, QC.
Symbolic share the stage with Bobby Koelble (Symbolic album), Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin (The Sound Of Perseverance album) and Daniel Mongrain (MARTYR).
Tickets are on sale on Billetech. There are also be limited V.I.P tickets available. This will allow people to enter the show 30 minutes before doors open, have a meet and greet with the band, free posters of the show and more.
All the profits will be divided between Schuldiner’s foundation for cancer research and a local foundation.
In other benefit news: Two more Tribute Shows are scheduled for December 6th and December 15th (in Italy and Massachusetts).
Finland's FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
May 31, 2008:
A nine-minute video interview with FINNTROLL frontman Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth) conducted by The Dude Von Doom can be viewed below.
FINNTROLL's fifth album, "Ur Jordens Djup", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 91. The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, is the group's first release with Lillmåns following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) in January 2006. Like FINNTROLL's original singer, Katla Mathias, Lillmåns is reportedly Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue. More...
An e-card has been launched to promote OBITUARY's upcoming European tour, featuring streaming audio from the recent studio release Executioner's Return.
Check it out at this location.
As previously reported, Obituary have been confirmed for the 2008 edition of Germany's Party.San Open Air festival which is scheduled for August 7th - 9th in Bad Berka.
Acts confirmed for next year's event include: Obituary, LIVIDITY, ENDSTILLE, DEADBORN, DEFLORATION, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, SKYFORGER, KAMPFAR, INSISION.
NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has tapped James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) and Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE) to play guest solos on his upcoming solo album, which is tentatively due in early 2008. Dane has written about eight tracks with former SOILWORK guitarist-turned-producer Peter Wichers and has also collaborated with ex-HIMSA guitarist Matt Wicklund on a few songs. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "August", "Obey" (described by Dane as "one of my favorite songs that Peter has penned — very heavy and Dirk's [SOILWORK's Dirk Verbeuren] drumming is amazing on this track") and "Messenger". Also included will be a "very metalized cover" of an old SISTERS OF MERCY song.
In a September 2006 interview with Metal-Rules.com, Dane stated about the upcoming solo CD, "I've been working on it for like the last year off and on, just writing songs with Peter Wichers, and at some point we'll finish them then go in the studio . . . It doesn't sound like NEVERMORE, and I think, you know, if it did, there wouldn't be much point in doing a side project. If it sounded like NEVERMORE I think it would be a little redundant . . . Of course it's metal! Kind of like metal-infused hard rock, I think. It's different and it's a chance for me to explore myself — explore myself in other ways! [laughs] Well, for me, and for Peter from SOILWORK as well, it was kind of a chance for us both to 'step outside the box,' because people expect a certain thing from both those bands and with this we don't have to fulfill any expectations. We can do whatever we want." More...
OBITUARY, LIVIDITY, ENDSTILLE, DEADBORN and DEFLORATION have been confirmed for next year's Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 7-9, 2008 in Bad Berka, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
On Saturday, December 8, Florida's iconic death metal band OBITUARY will make its return to New York, headlining the Brooklyn Xecution Festival 2007 at Club Europa in Greenpoint Brooklyn. The event is presented by mandatory New York heavy metal hangout Duff's Brooklyn and sponsored by Williamsburg's San Loco.
Supporting OBITUARY will be respected New York metalcore pioneers MERAUDER, Virginia's lethal, old-school thrashers AT WAR, brutal, black death blasphemers INCANTATION, technical grind-gore masters MALIGNANCY, and Michigan's black thrashers SAURON. Local support for the event features harsh, black/death merchants DIMENTIANON, old-school crossover pitbulls UNDIVIDED, crunchy, death metal hellhounds SHADOW OF DEMISE and old-school death metal, sci-fi reverends CYBER CHRIST. Doors open promptly at 5:00 p.m.
Europa is located at 98-104 Meserole Ave. (corner of Manhattan Ave. and Meserole Ave.) in Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY. Advance tickets can be purchased through www.ticketweb.com or directly at the Duff's Brooklyn located at North 3rd and Kent Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn starting this Friday, November 9 anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
SIX FEET UNDER drummer Greg Gall is currently writing/recording material with a new, yet to be named band. The guitarist spot has been filled by Brian Loyd (www.bloyd.net).
Gall comments: "The entire recording is being done at John and Donald Tardy's (OBITUARY) studio in Tampa. So far, pre-production is under way and has been a very stress free experience. We've really had the luxury of time on our side. It's given us the ability to focus and really put everything we have into each song. John and Donald's input has been priceless in engineering and producing the effort to this point. We're working to record 4 songs prior to filling the bassist and vocal positions, which we look to do around December or early January. Then we'll spend some time shopping for label interest.
This is going to be more than just a side project; it'll be something I think will really go a long way. We've spent a lot of time on this material and what Brian and I have written so far has me really looking forward to adding the remaining pieces of this band and the release of our inaugural CD."
OBITUARY guitarist Ralph Santolla (also ex-DEICIDE, DEATH, ICED EARTH) has issued the following update via his MySpace page:
"OK, first off — I don't know or do any picking excercises! I'm not into that stuff at all. To the people that keep asking 'how do you play arpeggios?' the temptation to post a video on YouTube of myself playing a bunch of arpeggios and saying 'thusly" is almost too strong to resist. It's a stupid question, not to insult anybody, but the answer is so obvious that it makes me almost burst into flames every time I read one of those emails. As with the fast picking stuff or anything else that I've ever played on guitar, I do this: I decide what notes I want to play, then I work on them, LISTENING to what it sounds like, until it sounds like I want it to. Sometimes it takes years. The point is, I don't know ANY secrets about playing guitar, and there's no fairy dust that you can sprinkle on your guitar (or yourself, if that's how you roll) to make you good or great. To master an instrument requires suffering. It is also a process, not something that can ever be finished. In other words, everyone working on it in the world is on the same continuum (?), just at different points along the way. So if you REALLY want to play great, there's only one way — work. It's like trying to take down a mountain with a toothbrush — you can never finish, just scrape a little more every day. That's what I do.
"Having said that, here's a small piece of advice that will instantly make you more musical, and bring out more of each person's unique sound immediately: When you play or practice (any instrument), start and end your phrases before and after the bar line, or the 'one.' Starting and ending phrases within the measure all the time sounds very amateurish, and is especially a bad habit of a lot of metal guitarists,. Try it, and don't spill your beer in the process, another rookie move."
Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have been confirmed for next year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 27-28, 2008 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
AGE OF EVIL
TRAMP'S WHITE LION
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE
According to Earache Records, veteran guitarist Ralph Santolla has rejoined DEICIDE and is currently hard at work recording his guitar parts for DEICIDE's 2008 release, "Till Death Do Us Part", at Morrisound Studios in Florida.
DEICIDE had previously parted ways with Ralph Santolla back in May of this year. Over the course of the following months, he would spend the summer touring with OBITUARY and pushing his talent as far as it could go. When he was asked to rejoin DEICIDE in time for the recording of "Till Death Do Us Part", Santolla came back to the fold as a man possessed and he had come back, literally better than ever before.
While there will inevitably be naysayers who doubt the decision, DEICIDE drummer Steve Asheim insists that Ralph Santolla's return will only strengthen the maniacal musical landscape that DEICIDE is known for. "Ralph is really reaching towards the very depths of his abilities to come up with something completely fresh and challenging," he said.
Even those outside of the band have given nothing but positive feedback on Ralph Santolla's progress during the recording sessions. "Jim Morris came and told me that Ralph has been coming up with some of the greatest metal riffs and licks that he's ever heard;" said Asheim. "Ralph's really pushing his abilities to the limit, coming up with things that he's never been able to do before."
However, Ralph Santolla himself has issued a statement almost immediately after this was announced claiming:
"I am not, and never was, rejoining DEICIDE," Ralph told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "I have no idea why anyone would put out the statement I just read on Blabbermouth.
"I agreed to play on the new [DEICIDE] CD for two reasons: first, I owe one more album on the contract I signed, and I want to be absolutely free from Earache as soon as possible. Secondly, Steve Asheim [DEICIDE drummer] is my good friend and a great musician, I love his music. I gave my best in the studio because his music deserves it, and because that is the way I work.
"When things fell apart with DEICIDE, I was fortunate enough to land in OBITUARY. I am totally happy being in this band in every way, and the only regret I have is that this good fortune came at the expense of Big Al [Allen West, ex-OBITUARY guitarist] having some pretty serious problems." More...
Frontman John Tardy from Tampa-based death metal legends OBITUARY has issued the following update:
"We have a lot going on right now! It took me a while to recover from that US Tour, so I have a lot to get you caught up on! First, we set up some shows in New York and New Jersey in December. I am looking forward to a nice trip up north in December and playing a couple of sick shows. It should be a good time and we hope to see you all out there.
Second, we are trying to get a video shot for 'Evil Ways'. I am not sure what it is going to be like yet, but we are trying to get something going. I will give you all a heads up when we start shooting and have a full video shoot report!
Europe! January is getting closer and closer and those dates have all been confirmed. We have a lot of shows planned all over the place so make sure to check out the tour dates to see where we will be."
Richmond, Virginia natives ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY have just headed over to Europe after finishing a month stint on the road with OBITUARY.
The band are excited for the opportunity to bring their southern metal sound to Europe with support from FIREWIND.
Drummer Bryan Cox has this to say: "We couldn’t be more excited to be returning to Europe and the UK for these shows and it’s truly an honor to be doing it with a band as amazing as Firebird. After having been out for a month with Obituary in the states, we’re feeling really good playing every night and we’re ready to stomp our way across the motherland and deafen as many people as is humanly possible! Come out and see us!"
Alabama Thunderpussy will be hitting Europe up from Iceland to Germany and everywhere in between, make sure to catch their powerful live show when it comes to your town!!! More...
OBITUARY will team up with MERAUDER for a few shows in December 2007.
Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Dec. 07 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
Dec. 08 - Brooklyn, NY @ Club Europa
Dec. 09 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
OBITUARY have tapped comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher to helm the group's new video for the song "Evil Ways". "We're shooting in Florida, and I'm going to take this far further than just a bunch of assholes on stage playing their guitars," says Fisher. "They want to go dark, go mean, and take this all to the horror movie level. There's going to be cameos from a ton of death metal guys also."
"Evil Ways" is the lead single from OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was released in North America on August 28 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered in June at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's last record, "Frozen in Time".
OBITUARY will team up with long-running German thrashers HOLY MOSES for a European tour in January 2008. Also appearing on the bill are Swedish metallers AVATAR.
Just days before this high-voltage metal event takes off, one of the sponsors of the Indy Metal Fest backed out of the deal. Indie label Chavis Records (home to Sonic X and Quiet Riot), who has offered a hand in sponsoring the event since April, has failed to mandatory fees and has left presenting sponsor Blind Prophecy Records to pick up their bill. Now that Chavis has been knocked off the event, the stage at Birdie's Live will no longer be called the Chavis Records Stage, but will rather take on Blind Prophecy's name instead.
The event, powered by Blind Prophecy Records, is slated to cram two venues with over a dozen prime metal acts, including Obituary, Alabama Thunderpussy, Daath, and Blind Prophecy's very own Years of Fire and Pain Principle.
On Saturday, September 22, Indianapolis Metal Fest will blast off in the KOC Grand Ballroom (all ages) and across the street at Birdie's Live (21 and up). Official band time slots will be posted in the coming weeks at indianapolismetalfest.com. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day-of-show.
Double stage metal show -- 9/22/07 - 12 p.m. - Indianapolis, IN
Here is the current band roster:
Obituary (all ages)
Full Blown Chaos
Temple of Brutality (ft Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.)
Beneath the Sky
Years of Fire
And many more.
Visit www.indianapolismetalfest.com for a complete listing
Greg Burk of the Los Angeles Times reports that five heavy-metal concerts scheduled at House of Blues clubs on Walt Disney Co. property in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida have been hastily shifted to other venues or canceled recently, according to House of Blues web site calendars.
A Sept. 7 show featuring MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN and SANCTITY, booked two months earlier, was moved on two days' notice from the House of Blues in Anaheim's Downtown Disney entertainment complex to the Glass House in Pomona. Thursday's concert with CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THE RED CHORD and THE ABSENCE, originally slated for the Anaheim House of Blues, was moved to the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana. A Sept. 26 Anaheim House of Blues concert featuring OBITUARY, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, FULL BLOWN CHAOS and HEMLOCK has been canceled outright.
At the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla., on Disney World property, a Sept. 17 concert of the MACHINE HEAD lineup has been moved to Club Firestone in downtown Orlando. The same action has been taken with the Oct. 11 CANNIBAL CORPSE package.
Asked about the scheduling changes, John Vlautin, vice president of communications for Live Nation (formerly Clear Channel), the concert-promotion organization that owns the nationwide House of Blues chain, issued a statement Thursday that said only: "House of Blues offers a range of entertainment to match the audience at our venues. It was determined that the mix of entertainment at our two Disney locations should be different from our other venues."
Vlautin declined to comment on why metal bands have been singled out after years of similar bookings or whether other metal events already scheduled, including SUFFOCATION, EDGUY and STATIC-X, will be affected.
Rob Doughty, communications vice president for Disneyland Resorts, declined to comment, referring inquiries to Vlautin. Paul McGuigan, concert promoter at the Anaheim House of Blues, also declined to comment through a club spokeswoman.
The Walt Disney Co., through Vlautin, issued a short statement Thursday that included no specifics about the shifts of the metal concerts: "In consultation with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the House of Blues will provide a mix of entertainment for guests visiting Disney Resorts."
OBITUARY vocalist John Tardy has posted this brief message on the band's official website:
"We made it to Miami for the first show! I love it down here and tonight's show should be sick! This is our only show in Florida so I hope to see you all tonight!"
Here are the band's upcoming tour dates (w/ ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, FULL BLOWN CHAOS and HEMLOCK):
Sept. 8 - Miami, FL - Studio A
Sept. 10 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
Sept. 11 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Sept. 12 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill
Sept. 13 - Toronto, ON - Funhaus
Sept. 15 - Southbridge, MA - ADC Performance Center
Sept. 16 - Williamsville, NY - Club Infinity (New York Fright Fest 4)
Sept. 19 - Mt. Clemens, MI - Emerald Theatre
Sept. 20 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
Sept. 21 - Maplewood, MN - The Rock
Sept. 22 - Indianapolis, IN - KOC Grand Ballroom (Indianapolis Metalfest)
Sept. 24 - Denver, CO - Aztlan Theatre
Sept. 26 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Sept. 28 - Concord, CA - Bourbon Street
Sept. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Knitting Factory
Oct. 3 - Austin, TX - Emos
Oct. 4 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
Oct. 5 - Houston, TX - Meridian
Oct. 6 - New Orleans, LA - The Hangar
Dave Fonseca of MetalReview.com recently conducted an interview with OBITUARY frontman John Tardy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
MetalReview.com: Was there ever any point during that three or four year time period where you weren't making music, and especially when you came back and made "Frozen In Time" and Roadrunner just dropped the ball that you thought maybe you weren't going to do this stuff anymore?
John Tardy: No. There wasn't ever that feeling. Before we took that extended break there we really had planned to take a three or four month break from music. Then it wound up being six months, then it wound up being a year, and then it wound up being two years. Roadrunner wasn't coming our way with anything, as normal. They certainly weren't any help with anything. It wasn't like we were having our phones ringing off the hook with people trying to get us to do things. There was really nothing coming our way and individually we all got busy doing different things. It just seemed to make more sense at the time. Some of us were still involved with music like Donald drumming for ANDREW W.K., and some of us were just busy doing other things. It was just a fast six years that went by. It wasn't like we weren't talking, we'd still get together and this and that, but we just didn't feel inspired to do anything. And we just finally got together because somebody asked us if we wanted to do a show, so we decided to start jamming a little bit. All it took was that one practice to start learning some old songs again. And because we had not played together in so long and everybody just had so many ideas that "Frozen In Time" came together absolutely in a blink of an eye. That's carried over to the new album as well, because we have just so much stuff stockpiled from the six years off. The songs just came together effortlessly as far as the music is concerned.
MetalReview.com: It must be hard to get attention when you're on a label like Roadrunner that has huge acts on its roster like NICKELBACK, SLIPKNOT, and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Is it nice to finally be a priority again on Candlelight?
John Tardy: It is. And that's one of the main reasons we signed with Candlelight — because we would be such a priority for them. I do not understand what Roadrunner's deal is. For such a huge label for them to just shut down and focus on one band when that band starts doing good is just ridiculous.
MetalReview.com: One more Roadrunner question and then I'll put that baby to bed.
John Tardy: No, that's O.K. If you're running a label and you sign a band and you make a commitment to help them further themselves, you can't just start ignoring them when one of your other bands starts selling more records, and leave the other band hanging there. And, I don't care if that's what you're going to do, but if you are going to do that, at least tell me to go elsewhere where I'd be better off. We'd question them and be like, "Hey we're ready to do this new album if you don't want to do it and don't want to take the time we'll go elsewhere," and they'd say, "Oh no, we're gonna do it, we're gonna push it," and promise this and promise that, and then the album comes out and they just totally leave you hanging. That's what makes it worse than anything. So, if you're gonna try and be this quote unquote big record label, then do your job. Nobody expects them to spend as much on one of their small bands as they do on NICKELBACK per se, but at the same time if you have that small band that you signed, that you have a contract with, and you agreed to; you owe them a minimum amount of effort. Don't just leave them hangin'. It's just not fair.
MetalReview.com: That was a label I grew up with a lot of faith in. A lot of my favorite bands were on Roadrunner. Is there any point you can track where they started to lose faith in metal and start going for the bigger acts?
John Tardy: With us it started slowly after "Cause of Death". "The End Complete" wasn't bad, but really since then, and with stuff like "Back From the Dead", it's been a steady decline in effort on their part. I'd be the first one to sit here and say, "Hey that album sucked," but we were steadily giving them a quality product as far as OBITUARY and our music is concerned. I mean, you don't read about our albums where people are saying 'this album sucks' and this and that. It really seems to me that after "The End Complete" or during "The End Complete" is really where the effort ended on their part, as far as I'm concerned.
MetalReview.com: "Slowly We Rot" came out in 1989 and you guys have been together since 1985. Death metal has changed a lot since then. Do you have any interest in the new stuff or do you just listen to "Show No Mercy" and "Morbid Tales" and call it a day.
John Tardy: Wow, have you been reading some of my interviews? [laughs] I think a lot of the reason this band gets along so well is that we're all kind of stuck in the past, we're all kind of stuck in a rut. We all kind of look and act the same way we always have. We don't really change that much. And musically that's true too. When I listen to music, whether it is metal or not, it is usually all older stuff. I'm not sure why, I guess when I get bored of them. I'll find something newer. Until then, my "Hell Awaits" record is still gonna get played.
MetalReview.com: Do you like the new CELTIC FROST record; are you into it?
John Tardy: Uhhhhh, it's a better effort for the most part and it's got a couple of good songs on there, but there's still just something a little weird about it. It's definitely a lot better than the last couple of things they've done, that's for sure.
MetalReview.com: I'd like to see you guys tour together, that'd be fun.
John Tardy: We just played a festival with them. And it was kinda neat because DESTRUCTION's dressing room was on one side of us, and CELTIC FROST's dressing room was on the other side of us. So, that was kind of cool.