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Veteran heavy metal musician Joe Comeau (ANNIHILATOR, OVERKILL, LIEGE LORD, RAMROD, TAD MOROSE) has won the "Ask Donald Trump" contest on The Trump Blog where he got an opportunity to ask the billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump a question and have it personally answered.
According to The Trump Blog, Joe Comeau lists his previous occupations as "Banker, limo/taxi driver, travel agent, food services worker, construction, retail sales, online sales . . . should I continue?"
Currently, Joe is an international recording artist who has recorded eight studio albums, played on various other recordings and has toured extensively throughout the world. His main genre is heavy metal.
"It is in my blood and it fuels that which I do," Joe says, "always has and always will!"
But music is not the only thing that motivates him. He has always been interested and excited about investing, finance and the real estate markets. He has been studying investing for a few years now and is definitely "amped up to be studying at Trump University!"
"It just goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover," Joe says. "Keep your mind open. Think about this . . . the next time you are in line at the store, the heavy metal musician standing next to you might just end up being your next business partner!"
Comeau is currently working on material for the next album from the Swedish metal band TAD MOROSE, whom he joined in March 2006. He is also "finishing up post-mixing and editing a new EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER live CD release from New York in 1978," which is due out for Christmas.
According to the official ANNIHILATOR website the band's latest album, Metal, will finally be released in North America on January 15th, 2008. More details regarding the release will be issued soon.
As previously reported, Annihilator are currently on the road in Europe supporting ICED EARTH. remaining dates on the tour are as follows:
19 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
21 - Malmö, Sweden - Kulturbolaget
22 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
23 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
25 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tirol
26 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpenhuset
28 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
30 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
1 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Club 013
2 - Antwerpen, Belgiium - Hof Ter Lo
There have been 3 recent changes to the Iced Earth European Fall 2007 tour itinerary. New dates and/or venues for Spain on October 12 and October 13. Also, a date in Paris, France has been added for October 31.
The band also recently confirmed that their very special supporting guests on the European tour will be none other than Annihilator. After that leg of the tour concludes, then it's onto the UK where Iced Earth will support the legendary Heaven and Hell.
Here are the latest Iced Earth tour dates: More...
SHATTER MESSIAH, featuring ex-NEVERMORE/ex-ANNIHILATOR guitarist Curran Murphy, have announced that the release date of their new album God Burns Like Flesh will be October 29th through Dockyard 1.
In conjunction with the release, Shatter Messiah will be premiering a new song off of God Burns Like Flesh today, Monday October 1st.
The band plans to post one new full length song (and a number of preview clips) off the album each week at www.myspace.com/shattermessiah, to be heard in streaming audio.
God Burns Like Flesh (cover art on the left) tracklist is as follows: 'Idolater', 'God Burns Like Flesh', 'Pathway', 'Stripped Of Faith', 'Dirge Of The Christ', 'Buried In Black', 'This Is The Day', 'Tomorrow Immortal'.
Finnish folk metal warriors TURISAS have been added to ICED EARTH's forthcoming European tour. Also scheduled to appear are Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR. The dates are as follows:
Oct. 08 - Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
Oct. 09 - München, Germany - Backstage Werk
Oct. 10 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Oct. 12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Razzmatazz 1
Oct. 13 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Oct. 15 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Konzertfabrik Z7
Oct. 16 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Oct. 17 - Wien, Austria - Planet Music
Oct. 18 - Brno, Czech Republic - Fleda
Oct. 19 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
Oct. 21 - Malmö, Sweden - Kulturbolaget
Oct. 22 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Oct. 23 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
Oct. 25 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tirol
Oct. 26 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpenhuset
Oct. 28 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Oct. 30 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
Nov. 01 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Club 013
Nov. 02 - Antwerpen, Belgiium - Hof Ter Lo
TURISAS recently unleashed its video for "Rasputin", a cover version of the old BONEY M disco classic every fan should already recognize from the band's live shows.
Band mastermind Warlord comments: "This video is pretty far from what you'd expect from a TURISAS video — or any metal video for that matter! The idea to the video is just as wild as the cover song itself: a battle metal band covering a '70s disco hit. Just as the song, it is a crossover of the '70s kitsch attached to the BONEY M track, but performed by us as we do it. Director Vesa-Matti Vainio and the whole crew did a great job on this one, and to me this is a good pick for our first video ever. I assure you, there are plenty of ideas on epic spectacles to be looked into later."
TURISAS' version of "Rasputin" will be released as a single on the following dates:
Germany: Friday, September 21, 2007.
UK / France: Monday, September 24, 2007.
Spain: Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
Finland: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The CD single will also include the band's classic tune "Battle Metal". The strictly limited picture 7" vinyl version will feature "The Court of Jarisleif" as the B-side.
SHATTER MESSIAH guitarist/founder Curran Murphy (ex-NEVERMORE / ex-ANNIHILATOR) has issued the following update:
Here is the super late August update for the Smiley Sound Studio. Busy month this time out had Kelly Conlon from DEATH in here tracking bass guitars for the new band FIRES OF BABYLON featuring my good friend Lou St. Paul of WINTERSBANE fame, and my very best friend Robert "BOBS" Falzano on drums. I should be getting the vocal tracks back from Florida to go into mix mode and finish this album up and deliver it in October! Kelly hammered the tracks for 10 songs out in two days and we had three days left over for drinking and Boone Dock Saints (I'll have a coke). WOOHOO!!!!.
DRAGONWYCK came in and have been tracking their second E.P. of six songs here for the last two weeks and man o man is it sounding great(smiley dare I say?). Mike finished drums in two days, Tony got all of his rhythm guitars quadruple tracked in two days and Nick is writing and playing some amazingly melodic and heavy bass lines. So we should be able to get them wrapped up in a few more days of tracking and go to mix here in September.
I also had Chris from THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY MUSICIANS come in with his fellas and book time for the day after Christmas (what can I say I love to work) for six songs as well!!!! This should be a fun session because these guys are appropriately named for sure!
And now down to brass tacks! On a personal note I spent the last three weeks frantically tracking, re-writing and re-recording the new Shatter Messiah album God Burns Like Flesh. All of the guys threw down with the most amazing effort I have seen from any band I have ever played in, it was awesome! I spent the last two days (about 32 hours straight with no breaks) on mixing and sending the files to Germany for master and artwork details as well. Talk about down to the fucking wire! Had to meet that label deadline baby to make for a good release time for this new record!!! Now it is all up to the fine people at Dockyard 1 to put this monster out and move some units baby!
I literally was recording guitar Solo's at 7a.m. the day of delivery, back against the wall, and having Wags throw down vocals while I am doing emails with our manager and my artwork guy AND the record label WOO HOO! Damn damn damn, I look back on it and just laugh at how I get myself into these adventures and then also remind myself I wouldn't change a fucking thing about it! Love this job and I love this game!"
Curran /SHATTER MESSIAH
This message has been posted on ANNIHILATOR's official website:
"Jeff (Waters) tells us that he is talking with Riot (their Australian label) about possibly coming there in late September. Apparently there is a deadline for Australia and some other territories to come on board by next week. We will have news here first, if this happens!"
In addition, some pre-tour rehearsal video footage of ANNIHILATOR drummer Alex Landenburg practicing the band's track "Set The World On Fire" has been posted on YouTube. More...
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!
Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu has checked in after returning from touring with Lamb of God. Here's what he had to say:
"We’ve been home for a couple days getting our shit together before heading off to Ireland to start our European and UK headlining The Crusade World Tour 2007 along with very special guests and thrash kings Annihilator with our friends Gojira and Sanctity.
"Would like to thank everyone who came out to see the Lamb of God tour, we had a blast! The guys in LOG treated us great and were super cool guys to tour with , they killed it every night! It was a great pleasure to be back on the road with our good friends in Machine Head we had many nights of drinking with those guys and can’t wait to tour with them again, hopefully very soon! Our last day of the tour was in Ft. Lauderdale and besides an amazing show it was also Phil’s birthday so we went out with a bash!! (happy bday phil). The dudes in Gojira were awesome and looking forward to seeing them again in a few days overseas for another few weeks of metal mayhem.
"We are really stoked to be coming back over and playing for all over fans overseas. Everyone in Ireland and the Uk will be getting our biggest stage show we have done to date so you are in for a treat. If you haven’t picked up a ticket yet def do before they are all gone ‘cause it will def be a killer show.
"We will be playing a lot of songs from all the records so it will be a good mix for everyone to enjoy!
"I would also like give a big shout out to our message board and Myspace regulars admins’s, mod’s we do read as much of your mail as we can and appreciate all the comments, pictures, videos of some of you have created covering our music as a band or just jamming on a Dean, fan art – its all fucking great and keep it coming we love it and thanks to everyone who has came out to the shows and has picked up The Crusade; we appreciate your support and love you for everything! ‘cant wait to bring the metal to your town and have a great night of thrashing out.
"See you soon and Thanks again!! Corey"
Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu has remarked on his guest appearance on ‘Metal’ the new Annihilator album:
"Being invited to participate with Jeff as a guest guitarist on ANNIHILATOR's upcoming release 'Metal' was truly a great thing. Not only was it my first 'guest appearance,' which was cool, but to be asked by Jeff Waters and a band that I respect so much and love like ANNIHILATOR makes for some great fucking memories. Jeff is a FANTASTIC guitarist, and to be able to play and create alongside him for the amount of time I did was great. I feel honored to be a part of it; it is such a great CD with lots of amazing people and great players on it. Anyone who is a true fan of 'Metal' really should check it out — if not, then you can burn in HELL with Alice, haha."
Annihilator will be Trivium's special guests on their major European tour in June.
French band Gojira & new Roadrunner signing Sanctity will be joining special guest Annihilator as support on Trivium's upcoming tour, sponsored by Metal Hammer & Total Guitar. The headline tour will see Trivium play 44 shows in two months in 17 countries across Europe.
Please note the following:
* Gojira will appear on all Irish and UK dates (no mainland European dates)
* Sanctity will appear on all UK and mainland European dates (no Irish dates, due to US commitments)
Tickets are on sale now from all usual box offices and ticket agents including www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.livenation.co.uk .With tickets selling like hot cakes, the tour is set to be the band’s third consecutively sold out headline tour here. UK dates are as follows:
Sun 8th Apr – Dublin Ambassador LAST FEW TICKETS
Mon 9th Apr – Dublin Ambassador
Wed 11th Apr – Bradford St Georges Hall
Thu 12th Apr – Manchester Apollo
Fri 13th Apr – Glasgow Academy LAST FEW TICKETS
Sat 14th Apr – Newcastle City Hall
Sun 15th Apr – Liverpool University
Tue 17th Apr – Nottingham Rock City LAST FEW TICKETS
Wed 18th Apr – Cambridge Corn Exchange LAST FEW TICKETS
Thu 19th Apr – Portsmouth Guild Hall LAST FEW TICKETS
Fri 20th Apr – Plymouth Pavilions LAST FEW TICKETS
Sun 22nd Apr – Newport Centre
Mon 23rd Apr – Wolves Civic Hall
Tue 24th Apr – Ipswich Regent
Wed 25th Apr – London Hammersmith Apollo
Trivium shortly embark on a 6-week US tour with Lamb Of God, Machine Head, and Gojira, following their recent headline dates & the Big Day Out tour in Japan & Australia. Next single The Rising is set for digital release on April 2, for which the band are planning to film a video shortly.
New label mates Sanctity release debut album Road To Bloodshed on April 9. The North Carolina metal band have already been featured as a hot band to watch out for this year in Metal Hammer, Rocksound, and Total Guitar magazines. You can check out their video for demo track Zeppo shot in an abandoned 1930’s prison online.
CRJ Productions, the promoters of CHICAGO POWERFEST, would like to announce that the 5th annual metal festival will take place on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at The Pearl Room in Mokena, IL. More...
Trivium have announced plans for a European tour with Annihilator. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
April 8th in Dublin, IRE @ Ambassador
April 9th in Dublin, IRE @ Ambassador
April 11th in Bradford, UK @ St Georges Hall
April 12th in Manchester, UK @ Apollo
April 13th in Glasgow, UK @ Academy
April 14th in Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
April 15th in Liverpool, UK @ University
April 17th in Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
April 18th in Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
April 19th in Portsmouth, UK @ Guild Hall
April 20th in Plymouth, UK @ Pavilions
April 22nd in Newport, UK @ Newport Centre
April 23rd in Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic Hall
April 24th in Ipswich, UK @ Regent
April 25th in London, UK @ Hammersmith in Apollo
April 28th in Paris, FRA @ Elysee Monmartre
April 29th in Brussels, BEL @ Ab
April 30th in Herford, GER @ Club X
May 1st in Amsterdam, NET @ Melkweg
May 2nd in Tilburg, NET @ O13
May 4th in Copenhagen, DEN @ Copenhagen Pumpehuset
May 5th in Oslo, NOR @ Oslo Rockefella
May 6th in Stockholm, SWE @ Stockholm Arena
May 8th in Helsinki, FIN @ Helsinki Nosturi
May 10th in Gothenburg, SWE @ Gothenburg Karen
May 11th in Hamburg, GER @ Grose Freiheit
May 12th in Berlin, GER @ Postbanhof
May 13th in Warsaw, POL @ Proxima
May 15th in Stuttgart, GER @ Longhorn Lka/messe C B
May 16th in Wiesbaden, GER @ Schlachthof
May 17th in Koln, GER @ Ewerk
May 19th in Dresden, GER @ Alter Schlachthof
May 20th in Munich, GER @ George Elser Halle
May 21st in Vienna, AUT @ Planet Music
May 22nd in Linz, AUT @ Posthoff
May 24th in Trevisto, ITA @ New Age
May 25th in Milan, ITA @ Rainbow
May 26th in Fribourg, SWI @ Fri-Son
May 27th in Zurich, SWI @ Rohstofflager
May 29th in Barcelona, SPA @ Slal Apolo
May 30th in Madrid, SPA @ Sala Heineken
June 1st in Bordeaux, FRA @ Barbey
June 2nd in Lyon, FRA @ Transbordeur
June 3rd Strasbourg, FRA @ Laiterie
Additional supporting acts are expected to be announced shortly.
Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have signed up with mega-tour agents The Agency Group.
Commented ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters: "ANNIHILATOR will be on the road extensively in 2007. This is a worldwide deal and London rep. Paul Ryan and I are working on starting April 2007 and plan on, at least, a year of touring for the new ANNIHILATOR CD. We will be touring with some pretty killer bands; many of my own personal favorites. We'll let you know who soon... and yes, this includes back to North America. Finally!"
ANNIHILATOR will be headlining Sweden Rock's 34000 Ton Metal cruise, which takes place October 6-7 on board of the third generation car ferry "Silja Festival". Also scheduled to appear are THE HAUNTED, TREAT, MORGANA LEFAY, GRAND MAGUS, PERSUADER, and BLOODBOUND, among others.
Jeff Waters has been missing from Annihilator's online forum for some time, an unusual occurence for the guitarist and founder of the band. After many queries about this oddity, the band's webmaster issued the following report:
"I spoke with Jeff last week. He has been absent from this forum (a rare thing for Jeff!) because of literally locking himself away in his studio for months, working furiously on the new Annihilator CD. He says that most of the CD has been recorded. However, he is also taking care of the business end first, ie: new record deal, setting up touring, etc. I am sure that he will return here as soon as he can and we will all be in for some excitement here! Hang in!"The follow-up to 2005's Schizo Deluxe CD will feature drummer Mike Mangini and Dave Padden, who will be the band's first guitarist to play rhythm guitar and sing on a record.
ANNIHILATOR will take a short break from recording their follow-up to 2005's Schizo Deluxe CD to play both Metalway Festivals in Spain on July 28th and 29th. Following news that drummer Mike Mangini will be playing on the new album fans at the band's official website have been asking who will be part of the band line-up for the gigs. Guitarist/founder Jeff Waters has issued the following update:
"Russ Bergquist is with us on bass, Mr. (Dave) Padden on vocals and guitar, drummer Ryan Ahoff (from Winnipeg, Canada) and some guy named Jeff Waters on guitar. It is one hell of a line-up."
Waters recently issued the following studio update:
"Dave Padden and I have been locked up in the studio for two weeks now working on guitars and vocals for the new one. He is going to be the first Annihilator guitarist to play rhythm guitar on an Annihilator CD, as well as sing. I guess that makes us a 4-piece band live then! I'm also going to sing some of the tracks I sang on previous records, like King Of The Kill, Refresh The Demon and others. METAL RULES!!!"
Seattle, Washngton-based black/thrash metal band IN MEMORIUM are currently seeking a keyboardist. More information is available on the band's MySpace page.
IN MEMORIUM's debut recording, "From Misery... Comes Darkness", was originally released independently in 2003 before was reissued last year via Moribund Records. The CD was recorded at Trillium Lane Studios under the watchful eye of engineer Curran Murphy (former NEVERMORE/ANNIHILATOR guitarist) and producer Todd Hooper.
A handful of SPV's artists will have their DVDs featured on the CONCERT On-Demand channel during the months of July and August. The schedule is as follows:
July 1 to July 31
SEPULTURA 'Live In Sao Paulo'
TYPE O NEGATIVE 'Symphony For the Devil: The World of Type O Negative'
SKINNY PUPPY 'The Greater Wrong of the Right Live'
THE MISSION 'Lighting the Candles'
LEGENDS OF ROCK: Uli Jon Roth, Jack Bruce, UFO Live at Castle Donnington
July 15 to August 15
ANNIHILATOR 'Ten Years In Hell'
SODOM 'Lords of Depravity'
CONCERT is available on Comcast (Music on Channel 1, then CONCERT), Adelphia (Free Choices on Channel 1, then Music, then CONCERT), Charter (More or Free Programs on Channel 999, then Music Unlimited, then CONCERT) and Cox (FreeZone, then Music, then CONCERT).
Swedish power metal outfit TAD MOROSE are proud to announce a new singer in their ranks: Joe Comeau (ex Annihilator / Liege Lord & ex Overkill guitarist).
Here a Joe´s comment: "What can I say? Obviously I am very honored to be the new vocalist for the great Tad Morose! I would first like to thank all the Tad guys for bringing me on board. Work has already begun on awesome new Tad Morose material and I am psyched as hell to move ahead on creating a killer new CD with these guys. I am also looking forward to our upcoming shows so I can meet all the Tad faithful and friends alike! Make sure you come and have a drink with us. See ya soon! Cheers, Joe Comeau."
TAD MOROSE´s last effort “Modus Vivendi” was released in 2003. The band will debut with him on stage at Gothenburg Metal Festival (Sweden) on April 30th and Karmoygeddon Festival (Norway) on May 6th.
The ANNIHILATOR video for 'Alison Hell' has been posted online at this location, but according to a post by guitarist Jeff Waters at the band's official website it is one of two versions that were made:
"The cool thing about this is that it is of the USA Only version of the video. There was a completey different version that is on the new Ten Years In Hell DVD, due out in February on SPV Records. The original version had too much of me wearing that Virgin Airlines shirt; a stupid move on my part, as I hadn't realized that it was also a label. Something that I am sure Roadrunner were not that happy about, understandably!
So the version on this site is the USA version. Cool."