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13th Planet Records, the label helmed by Al Jourgensen of Ministry, has released a free digital EP for fans. Included in the download are unreleased songs, remixes, and videos from Ministry, Revolting cocks, Prong, Burton C. Bell’s Ascension of The Watchers, False Icons, and Stayte. The download is available here.
The track list is as follows:
1. Ministry – “Lielieslies (Known Unknown Lies Mix)”
2. Revolting Cocks – “Keys To The City (Barstow Bathroom Floor Mix)”
3. Prong – “3rd Option (Hold on Tight Mix)”
4. False Icons – “Trasform (Trance-formation Mix)”
5. Stayte – “Coming Apart”
6. Ministry – Adios Puta Madres Trailer (video)
7. Ascension of The Watchers (featuring Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory) – Residual Presence (video)
Prong has announced that their live show in Munich on June 1st has changed venues. The new venue will be Backstage Werk and tickets can be purchased here.
With music from their past album "Songs of Lust and Corrosion" on the Award winning Horror Porn DVD "Grub Girl" and the B style horror movie Intermedio, members of Skumlove will be in attendance at the Fangoria Weekend of Horror Convention in Los Angeles, California on April 17-19, 2009. Skumlove will be there alongside Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry, Danzig) for signing sessions at the Schecter Guitar Research booth.
Skumlove’s new album, “The Church of The New Perversion,” was recently recorded and co written with Tommy Victor and will be released on Misfortune Records later this year.
The Fangoria Weekend of Horror Convention takes place:
LA Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA
Here are Skumlove's upcoming tour dates:
May 10, 2009 - Billings, Montana
May 11, 2009 - Great Fall, Montana w/ Static X, Seventh Void, My Evolution
May 14, 2009 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin w/ Static X, Seventh Void, My Evolution
May 16, 2009 - Fargo, North Dakota
May 17, 2009 - Denver, Colorado
May 28, 2009 - Hollywood, California
Prong has announced that they will be embarking on a "Worst of the Worst" tour across Europe in May and June of 2009. The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Industrial act Skumlove has posted a new video of studio footage with Tommy Victor (Prong, Revolting Cocks) and Tony Campos (Static-X) as guests. Tommy Victor co-wrote the song and helped out on guitars while Tony Campos came in to play bass. You can check out the video below. The new album officially titled "The Church of Sin" is expected to be out this spring via Misfortune Records. More...
Ministry mainman Al Jourgenson recently spoke with Artisan News about his role with 13th Planet Records, producing new albums, the end of Ministry and much more. A few excerpts from the chat is as follows:
"I mean yeah, it's torturous because look, that's the whole thing I hate about live and that's the whole thing I hate about being in a band because you spend all your time obsessing and focusing on one thing and it takes up two years of your life. Every release there's months of press, a year in the studio, six months or eight months of touring and the next thing you know you're still on Ministry and you have to do another one and it's two years later. God it's so boring."
Jourgensen also talked about settling into his role as producer for bands like Revolting Cocks and Prong, who both are under the umbrella of Al's 13th Planet Records.
"That's why I'm so over this. This is done! I have so many other projects. I can't wait until I start twirling buttons on a Prong record or twirling buttons on a Cocks record. I hate the fact that you made us come here and talk to you. I hate you for this because this is a waste of my time. I'd rather be in the studio working with people I know and love and doing really progressive stuff."
So what did Al hate most about touring? More...
Read the full article at ArtisanNews.
NOISE WITHIN is the name of the new Los Angeles-based project featuring singer Boris Bouma (EPIDEMIC), bass player John "Tumor" Fahnestock (SNOT, AMEN, LO-PRO), guitarist Aaron Slipp (PRONG) and drummer Tommy Sickles (NOTHINGFACE). Four of the band's tracks — "Opportunity", "Privilege", "In the Room" and "829" — are currently available for streaming on the NOISE WITHIN MySpace page.
Bouma had just entered Billboard at 34 and was touring with his band EPIDEMIC. Fahnestock had toured the world as a founding member of SNOT and later AMEN, and was now doing the same with LO-PRO. However, when a widespread panic hit the recording industry, Elektra and Geffen Records left both their bands homeless.
Having lived through the death of Lynn Strait, singer from SNOT, and the loss of two recording contracts, John took a break from music and started a T-shirt business, 313 Merch.
Boris, having moved to Hollywood from his native Holland across the Atlantic to chase his dreams, devoted himself to drugs.
Forming any type of band wasn't on the agenda, until the universe placed the two backstage at a NINE INCH NAILS show, where they both worked as roadies to finance their new careers. Not only had the paths that lead them there been similar, they shared a taste for music, "King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime" by FAITH NO MORE being one of their favorites.
Boris had been piling up material, and with the help of Aaron Slipp, who after being PRONG's touring guitarist now was a free agent, the first NOISE WITHIN demo's were made with a drum computer.
After a long search, a drummer was found in Tommy Sickles.
"We are doing this for our pleasure, at our convenience", the one-year sober Boris says. "In my previous bands music became a job, and the studio may as well have been a cubicle. NOISE WITHIN didn't meet through the classifieds or management, we're friends. Van-proof. I really long to smell these guys asses and feet."
About the dying industry, he raves. "I think it's awesome. Kids have been ripped off for years, and stealing music is a natural result. Everything changes, and labels that resist that will go under. In the end, music will survive. There will always be music."
"The last label I was on gave us half a million in advance — ridiculous. We ended up sculpting our music to the taste of marketing guys. NOISE WITHIN recorded a demo in six hours, for one-hundred and fifty bucks — old school."
If schedules allow it, NOISE WITHIN will play its first shows in 2008.
Saturday April 12th will see a special gig remembering with fondness Paul Raven, bassist from Killing Joke, Ministry Prong, etc who died in October of last year. The special line-up features three bands that all have a close association with Paul. None more so that Gundogs who feature Paul’s brother Dan on bass. Dan said of the event “'I hope that this show and the love that underpins its spirit, will be loud enough to reach Paul at the right hand of God. He would be proud to see so many of his great friends come together in this way.'
Also featured on the bill are October File who many will have seen on recent Killing Joke tours and Headcount who had their 2004 album, "Die Monkey Die," produced by Paul. Headcount singer Rob Moss said of Paul “What better way to remember Paul than an evening of floor to floor rock n roll. He'd have been first up there, kicking it up!” Steve Beatty of October File added " We shall endeavor to honor and salute Paul as best and as fitting as we can. We hope he is attending in spirit."
October File’s acclaimed new album, "Holy Armour From the Jaws of God," is available now from Candlelight Records.
Candlelight Records reports:
Saturday, April 12th will see a special gig remembering with fondness Paul Raven, bassist from KILLING JOKE, MINISTRY, PRONG, etc., who died in October of last year.
The special line-up features three bands that all have a close association with Paul.
None more so than GUNDOGS who feature Paul’s brother Dan on bass. Dan said of the event “I hope that this show and the love that underpins its spirit, will be loud enough to reach Paul at the right hand of God. He would be proud to see so many of his great friends come together in this way."
Also featuring on the bill are OCTOBER FILE who many will have seen on recent Killing Joke tours and HEADCOUNT who had their 2004 album Die Monkey Die produced by Paul.
Headcount singer Rob Moss said of Paul, “What better way to remember Paul than an evening of floor to floor rock n roll. He’d have been first up there, kicking it up!” Steve Beatty of October File added, "We shall endeavor to honour and salute Paul as best and as fitting as we can. We hope he is attending in spirit."
October File’s new album, Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God, is available now from Candlelight Records.
GURD, the Swiss band formed out of the ashes of the power-thrash metal legends POLTERGEIST, has scheduled the following dates:
Jan. 12 – Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7 (w/ PRONG)
Apr. 19 - Martigny, Switzerland @ Sunset Bar
Aug. 16 - Emlichheim, Germany @ Cat-Rock Festival
October File have issued the following statement regarding their withdrawal from the European tour in support of Prong:
"Due to illness and with deep regret and disappointment we have had to cancel our participation in the Prong tour. Steve our bassist contracted an ear infection over Christmas, which aggravated what was previously only very mild Tinnitus. Steve sought immediate treatment and advice during the Xmas break and we had hoped it would clear up in time for him to participate in the tour. After rehearsal on Sunday just prior to the tour his condition got much worse to the extend he was in severe pain."
"The doctors have advised him that he cannot until after seeing specialist advice and getting the correct ear protection continue to be exposed to loud noise. We had hoped Steve’s infection would clear up enough so that he could get proper protection fitted in time to do the tour but they cannot fit these plugs for him until his infection has cleared, which unfortunately for him his infection and severe Tinnitus is still on-going."
"We cannot express the disappointment we feel at this time, we were so looking forward to this tour and we know a lot of people were looking forward to seeing us. We can only hope Steve gets well enough to continue and we hope that soon we can announce new dates. We wish Prong the very best for the dates."
PRONG's video for the song "The Banishment" can be viewed here. The track comes off the group's latest CD, "Power of the Damager", which sold 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. According to a press release, the album "maintains the razor-sharp signature riffs band founder Tommy Victor has perfected over the last 20 years while harkening back to the rawness of PRONG's pioneering years as industrial metal's native son. Most notable is the record's in-your-face production, which came courtesy of Victor himself."
Joining Victor in the PRONG trio is bassist Monte Pittman, a PRONG veteran who does double-duty as tour guitarist for none other than MADONNA, and drummer Aaron Rossi.
"Power of the Damager" is PRONG's first release for MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records, a relationship that was kindled while Victor played with Jourgensen in MINISTRY. More...
AMEN frontman Casey Chaos has issued the following statement:
"Paul Raven [legendary bassist for such bands as MINISTRY, PRONG, SOCIETY 1, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH and MOB RESEARCH] was someone I looked up to as a child, for his music, his unique style, inspiration, and I was fortunate enough to call him one of my best friends over the last 10 years. If not for Paul Raven, AMEN would probably not even exist. Paul was the first person to put his money where is mouth was and produce the first AMEN album, and even take AMEN out on tour to open for KILLING JOKE in America in 2004.
"To commemorate Paul's life, AMEN will be dedicating our Halloween appearance at London's Underworld [tomorrow night] (Wednesday, October 31) and the remaining dates of our impromptu UK tour to him, in celebration of a punk legend. More...
Daniel Jon Raven has issued the following statement regarding the passing of his brother, legendary bassist Paul Raven (MINISTRY, PRONG, SOCIETY 1, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH, MOB RESEARCH):
"The expression 'one of a kind' has lost its value but my beautiful brother, Paul Vincent Raven, redefined it. He was a one-man army, as intelligent, funny, loving and singularly angry a man as I have ever known. His life was truly his own, from its beginning to this awful, tragic end. He was a born saint and an unbelievable asshole.
"This family's heart is bleeding and it will never stop. To know that we will never hear his voice and see his face again is a wound that nothing will heal.
"We would like to thank Paul's friends and comrades for their invaluable support at this impossible time."
Paul Raven was found dead on Saturday (October 20) in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border after suffering an apparent heart attack. Raven was in Geneva working with French recording artists TREPONEM PAL on their new release alongside drummer Ted Parsons (PRONG) and members of THE YOUNG GODS.
Born in Wolverhampton, UK on January 16, 1961, Paul Vincent Raven established himself with his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial act KILLING JOKE after he replaced the band's original bassist in 1982, recording and touring with the group throughout its most commercially successful period, performing on "Fire Dances", "Night Time" and "Brighter than a Thousand Suns". Throughout his extensive career, Raven participated in other collaborations, including PRONG, MURDER, INC., PIGFACE and GODFLESH. Most recently, Raven was nominated for a 2006 Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" for his work with MINISTRY's Al Jourgensen, with whom he had begun collaborating in late 2005 on the MINISTRY release "Rio Grande Blood". After a 2006 world tour with the group, Raven helped Jourgensen and PRONG's Tommy Victor pen the latest MINISTRY CD, "The Last Sucker", which is also the band's final studio release.
Ministry's bassist Paul Raven was found dead today [October 20th] in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border. Initial reports indicate Raven's passing was due to a heart attack. Raven (known also for his work with Killing Joke, Prong) was in Geneva working with French recording artists Treponem Pal on their new release, with Marco Neves, Ted Parsons (Prong) and members of The Young Gods.
Born in Wolverhampton UK on January 16, 1961, Paul Vincent Raven established himself with his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial group Killing Joke when, in 1982 he replaced the original bassist for the band, recording and touring with the group throughout its most commercially successful period, performing on Fire Dances, Night Time and Brighter than a Thousand Suns. Throughout his extensive career, Raven participated in other collaborations including Prong, Murder, Inc., Pigface, Godflesh. More...
UK hardcore act OCTOBER FILE has been confirmed as the support act for PRONG on their upcoming European tour in January.
For a complete list of currently confirmed dates, visit PRONG's official MySpace page.
The buzz surrounding LA thrashers Warbringer is simply astounding following a slew of high-profile shows alongside the legendary Exodus and overwhelmingly positive reactions to the group's self-released EP. Upon signing a worldwide deal with Century Media Records, the quintet entered the studio with acclaimed producer Bill Metoyer, who helped shape legendary albums from the likes of Slayer, D.R.I. and Sacred Reich, among a slew of others.
John Kevill (vocals) states: "So far the recording's gone very well. Everything is now tracked, and mixing is currently in full swing. Everyone's pretty happy with how it's shaping up, and we all feel it's a huge step up for us. Working with Bill has been awesome. It's been very laid back, and we've received a lot of good feedback and input from him. Counting bonus material and everything, we did a total of 14 tracks. The cover art is also looking pretty bad-ass. The whole thing will be done in a couple of weeks, and we can't wait to unleash it upon the masses."
While Warbringer has built a rabid local fan base playing with others in the LA thrash revival scene, they're set to join Exodus, Arsis and Goatwhore on a national tour in January. This tour will be preceded by a number of warm-up dates opening for Suffocation/Immolation and Prong throughout the CA area this month. Having already completed a West Coast tour with Daath, in addition to the several shows with Exodus, these young thrash warriors (4 out of the 5 aren't even of legal drinking age) are prepared to bring their definitive brand of violent combat thrash to audiences nationwide.
PRONG, who have just released their new album, Power Of The Damager, via 13th Planet Records, have scheduled a string of European tour dates in January, 2008.
Upcoming Prong dates currently include:
12 - Bakersfield, CA - Fish Lips
13 - San Marcos, CA - Jumping Turtle
14 - West Hollywood, CA - Whiskey-A-Go-Go
16 - Flagstaff, AR - Orpheum Theatre
17 - The Rock, AR - The Rock
18 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
19 - Ok City, OK - The Conservatory
20 - Austin, TX - Emo's Alternative Lounging
21 - Houston, TX - The Meridian
23 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
24 - Covington, KY - The Mad Hatter
25 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
26 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
27 - Bedford, NH - Mark's Showplace
28 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
29 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock Cafe
30 - Toronto, ON - Funhaus
31 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
1 - Detroit, MI - I-Rock
2 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
3 - Cudahy, WI - Vnuk's Lounge
4 - Maplewood, MN - The Rock
5 - Cedar Falls, IA - Reverb
6 - Topeka, KS - Static Bar
7 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
9 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
11 - Bend, OR - Domino Room
12 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat Music House and Lounge
17 - Coeur D'Alene, ID - The Grail
9 - London, England - Underworld
10 - Paris, France - Locomotive
11- Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Loo
12 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
13 - Milan, Italy - Transsilvania
15 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
16 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
17 - Stuttgart, Germany - Röhre
18 - Essen, Germany - Turock
19 - Hellendoorn, Germany - TBA
20 - Den Bosch, Germany - Willem 2
22 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
23 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Roxy
24 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
PRONG founder and mainman Tommy Victor will pay a visit to Vintage Vinyl in Fords, N.J., on October 2, the day of the release of his band's brand new album, "Power of the Damager".
Victor will be at the store from 7 p.m., signing copies of "Power of the Damager" and celebrating its release. Before heading to Vintage Vinyl, Victor will stop by the WSOU studios at 4 p.m. for an on-air interview.
Vintage Vinyl is located at 51 Lafayette Road in Fords, NJ.
Speaking exclusively to Metal Hammer UK, Ministry mainman Al JourgensenÂ’s 13th Planet Records has revealed that legendary crossover metal pioneers Prong are set to tour Europe this January in support of the bandÂ’s upcoming Â‘Power Of The DamagerÂ’ album, due for release on October 5th. The album, the follow-up to 2003Â’s Â‘Scorpio RisingÂ’, is the bandÂ’s first release on 13th Planet and their ninth since forming in 1986. "Tommy is En Fuego!" said Jourgensen. "I love this guy! We're like two grumpy been-there-done-that bastards, but when it comes to songwriting, performing, Tommy is the shit.Â” The dates are as follow:
09.01.2008 UK London Underworld
10.01.2008 F Paris Locomotive
11.01.2008 B Antwerp Hof Ter Loo
12.01.2008 CH Pratteln Z7
13.01.2008 I Milan Transsilvania
15.01.2008 D Munich Backstage
16.01.2008 A Graz Orpheum
17.01.2008 D Stuttgart Rohre
18.01.2008 D Essen Turock
19.01.2008 NL Hellendoorn Lantaarn
20.01.2008 NL Den Bosch Willem 2
22.01.2008 D Hamburg Markthalle
23.01.2008 D SaarbrÃ¼cken Roxy
24.01.2008 D Wiesbaden Schlachthof