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J. Bennett of Decibel magazine recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Decibel: A few years ago, you didn't want to play shows with ROTTING CHRIST and DISSECTION. Do you have a standing policy about playing with certain types of bands?
Mustaine: It's not necessarily a policy — I just follow my heart. Before, I used to follow my head, but my heart is closer to my gut. When I saw certain things I didn't agree with, I'd turn my head the other way before. I've never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he's cool, because he's not. When I was 15, I got into witchcraft and black magic, so I've known for over 30 years the power of the dark side, and it took me forever to break those chains. There's no cool way to sing about Satan — you look like a punk. For example, you know MERCYFUL FATE is one of my favorite musical groups, but the lyrics, to me, I can't get behind them. I don't mean to shame them — it's just not my bag. As far as me playing with bands like that, I started thinking, "You know what, Dave? You're a headliner. If you don't wanna play with people that make you uncomfortable, you don't have to." Especially if they're singing about the confessed enemy of someone you believe in… I mean, what idiot gets onstage with their confessed enemy? That'd be like two hip-hop guys who wanna kill each other going out together.
Decibel: King Diamond is definitely an actual Satanist, but Satanism is kind of a put-on for a lot of these other bands.
Mustaine: You think it's a put-on.
Decibel: Yeah, definitely.
Mustaine: You say that stuff, it's real. Words are real. Remember, I was into the one who was into the black side — you weren't. Were you?
Decibel: No, but why should that make a difference?
Mustaine: To say you're a confessed Satanist? I'm not intimidated by them, because I know they're just as misguided as I was at one time. But this is something that's a spiritual war and it doesn't have any place in a MEGADETH interview. A lot of people don't really care about what I believe — they just wanna hear what I play, and I'm fine with that. As far as the situation overseas you're alluding to, as a headliner who's sold as many records as I've sold and played in front of as many tens of millions of people as I've played to over my life — and this is the sunset of my career, where I get to enjoy the remaining years of my life — I don't wanna waste that. The promoter kicked them off and I was furious. It was like, "Well, why'd you put them on in the first place? Now that they're on, don't kick them off. We'll step down; we'll play another night." I'm not ever gonna kick a band off the bill if it's something I don't agree with. If I know about it ahead of time and I agree to it and change my mind, well, that's kind of chickenshit, isn't it?
Decibel: My point was that I think some of these bands are full of shit — that you shouldn't be as concerned about their beliefs, because for some of them, it's an act. And even real Satanists don't spend very much time hating God.
Mustaine: Well, the only other band I had a problem with was from overseas and the singer was a convicted double-murderer [referring to DISSECTION] and they'd been put on the show in Israel. Prior to that, I'd made a couple of things clear to my agent: I don't want tits and ass on my t-shirts, because I think that's kind of juvenile, and as far as the Satanic stuff, I've been there, done that and I found it kind of wanting. You can be so much heavier with stuff like a nuclear bomb than a pentagram. I mean, what's scarier: VX gas or an upside-down cross? So when the information was related to me that they'd been put on the bill, I said, "You know what? We can't play this show." And they'd kicked them off. But I was like, "Oh, my god, why did you do that?" Because that just makes me look like a fanatic and it doesn't really show the love that I have in my heart these days that I'd like to be able to share with these musicians. And this is really a fitting climax to anyone's career, because what do I have left to gain, my friend? A Grammy and getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Everyone thinks it's great to gets your hands stuck in cement in front of Guitar Center [on Sunset Boulevard in L.A.], but those are the things I'm looking for. I've got everything else I want: I've got a beautiful wife and kids — I've got a new puppy, for Chrissakes — everything in my life is looking up. I'm going to Hawaii next month to work on my tan for the next tour and see if I don't turn into a piece of flash paper. Whenever I go to the beach, it smells like pork rinds because I start to burn instantly.
The first date has been released for the upcoming North American tour featuring ROTTING CHRIST, IN AETERNUM, and RESUSCITATOR:
June 7 - Toronto, ON @ Fun Haus
Greek death metal legends SEPTIC FLESH will reunite for one-off performance at the Metal Healing Festival, set to take place July 20-22 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The running order is as follows: More...
ROTTING CHRIST mainman Sakis Tolis has told MetalZone.gr that the group's previously announced live album will finally see the light of day before the end of 2007 on Season of Mist. The pioneers of the Greek metal scene put on two special two-hour shows featuring songs covering their entire catalog. These live concerts were held on February 3-4, 2006 at Blive Music House in Larissa, Greece and were the only shows to be recorded for the upcoming CD. The gigs marked the band's 18 years in the metal scene and fans from around the world were in attendance. The band also played a very special concert consisting exclusively of material from their first three albums "Passage to Arcturo" (1989), "Thy mighty Contract" (1992) and "Non Serviam" (1994) on January 14, 2006 at An Club in Athens, Greece.
In other news, Tolis also told MetalZone that the band will return to their home country after their extensive European tour beginning in a few days, to play a couple of shows that will be recorded for an upcoming DVD. More information will be made available soon.
Here are Rotting Christ's current tour dates: More...
US-based black/death metallers RESUSCITATOR have issued the following update:
"We apologize for the eternal delay on updating the website. News about the tour, members and recording will be posted very soon. As many of you already know, Resuscitator will be on tour with ROTTING CHRIST and IN AETERNUM during the May/June 2007 throughout the US, Canada and some parts of Mexico.
Dates for all these shows will be posted very soon on nebulaproductions.net any information or/or booking please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resuscitator is working with a new drummer which will be the one doing the new recording and also be the performing drummer during the tour. The new CD will go by the title, Land Of The Ancient Lords and the name of the label will be posted it soon along with the release date. Keep The Black Flame Burning High!"
Vader will appear on a few summer festivals. Some of them, such as Graspop Festival in Belgium, French Hellfest or German Wacken Open Air, have been already confirmed. More dates will follow soon.
Here's the full list to date:
Jun. 16 Schweinfurt, GER - Queens Of Metal Open Air
Jun. 22 Dessel, BEL - Graspop MM Festival
Jun. 23 Clisson, FR - Hellfest
Jul. 14 Spital am Semmering, A - Kaltenbach Open Air
Jul. 27 Eisenwahn, GER - Eisenwahn Open Air
Jul. 28 Namestovo, SK - Oravsky Rock Fest
Aug. 02 Hamburg, GER - Wacken Open Air Festival
Aug. 10 Bad Berka, GER - Party San
Aug. 11 Jaromer, CZ - Brutal Assault
Also in 2007, Vader are going to warm up their Polish maniacs, playing the second leg of Blitzkrieg 4 tour in such places as Bydgoszcz, Poznan, Zielona Góra, Wroclaw, Zabrze, Bielsko-Biala, Rzeszów, Radom, Bialystok, Elk and Olsztyn. The tour is scheduled to take place in September/ October. Rotting Christ (Greece) and Incantation (USA) have been announced as the special guests. More info will follow soon.
Due to bureaucratic problems with obtaining visas, the Rotting Christ's announced tour in the USA during November 2006 was postponed to May 2007. The tour dates will be posted as soon as they are announced.
As a teaser for ROTTING CHRIST's upcoming opus "Theogonia", out next January 22nd on Season of Mist, you can download one song, "Enuma Elish," here.
As previously reported, ROTTING CHRIST will embark on an extensive European tour in February 2007 beginning with the third edition of The Domination Tour. The band earlier in the year announced the addition of NIGHTFALL guitarist George Bokos as a full-time member of the group.
Here are all of Rotting Christ's currently confirmed tour dates: More...
Season of Mist has set a January 22, 2007 European release date for the new album from legendary Greek death metallers ROTTING CHRIST, entitled "Theogonia". The track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. The Sign of prime Creation
02. Keravnos Kivernitos
03. Enuma Elish
04. Gaia Tellus
05. Helios Hyperion
07. He, the Aethyr
08. Phobos' Synagogue
09. Rege Diabolicus
Malevolent Creation has completed the writing and pre production demos for 13 songs and will begin the recording of their 10th full length album "DOOMSDAY X" in the coming weeks of November.
"We're very happy with the direction the music has taken for this new album with song writing credit's by each of the band members, and each song having it's own identity but retaining the classic Malevolent Creation sound," The band said in its release. "It is truly amazing to have everyone writing for this album and bring's a lot of new idea's to the songs. Fear not, each song is extremely brutal and covers a lot of territory as far as extreme metal is concerned. We have definitely had some huge obstacles to overcome to get this album written, but we are finally satisfied with all the music and are anxious to start recording."
The album's recording and touring line up is:
Jon Rubin - guitars
Phil Fasciana - guitars
Dave Culross - drums
Jason Blachowicz - bass
Brett Hoffmann - vocals
Malevolent Creation has massive touring plans for 2007 already. Touring starts in Europe with "The Domination Tour 2007": More...
More tour dates have been added to the European Domination Tour 2007, featuring Rotting Christ, Malevolent Creation, Neuraxis, Carpathian Forest, Incantation and Harm. The following dates have been confirmed for the The Domination Tour 2007:
2/14 Berlin, GER @ Kato
2/15 Leipzig, GER @ Hellriser
2/16 Wien, AT @ Szene
2/17 Salzburg, AT @ Rockhaus
2/18 Innsbruck, AT @ Hafen
2/19 Plattern, CH @ Z7
2/20 Strasbourg, FR @ Laiterie
2/21 Paris, FR @ Locomotive
2/22 Eindhoven, HOL @ Effenaar
2/23 Vosselaar, BEL @ Biebob
2/24 Adelsheim, GER@ Live Factory
2/25 Brno, CZ @ Fledo
2/26 Bratislava, SK @ Randal
2/27 Este (PD), ITA @ Sottosopra Rock Club
2/28 Munchen, GER @ Metropolis
3/1 Osnabruck, GER @ N8
3/1 Groningen, HOL @ Vera
Mar. 03 - Essen, GER @ Turock
Mar. 04 - Rotterdam, HOL @ Baroeg
ROTTING CHRIST, CARPATHIAN FOREST, MALEVOLENT CREATION, INCANTATION and NEURAXIS have been confirmed for the 2007 edition of "The Domination Tour", set to kick off February 14. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
ROTTING CHRIST are working full speed, despite the burning Greek sun, on their upcoming studio album. The band is soon to hit the studio. Their full-length album will be the most atmospheric and fastest release to date.
Once released, ROTTING CHRIST will hit the road to tour the globe.
Swedish death/black metallers IN AETERNUM will be embarking on a two-week U.S. co-headlining tour with ROTTING CHRIST beginning on November 16, 2006. Support on the trek will come from RESUSCITATOR. "The plan for the tour is to start on the East Coast and play most of the bigger cities to finish on the West Coast in early December," IN AETERNUM write on their web site.
"This tour will mark the first USA appearance for IN AETERNUM in more or less six years. The band has been promised to play a set of 60 minutes, so you better get prepared for a strong set of fucking classic armageddon metal of death!"
IN AETERNUM are currently writing material for their fifth album. The new songs are said to be "in the classic IN AETERNUM style. . .The rough solo parts sounds really cool, a bit like old-style MORBID ANGEL solos. The new guitar player Erik Kumpulainen is really giving his best while bending those insane tunes."
IN AETERNUM recently announced the addition of Kumpulainen and bassist Claes Ramberg to the group's ranks. The band's fourth album, "Dawn Of A New Aeon", was released last year via Agonia Records.
Legendary Greek death metallers ROTTING CHRIST will embark on an extensive European tour in February 2007 beginning with the third edition of The Domination Tour, featuring 5-6 bands and consisting of 21-24 dates (only in bigger venues). Headlining dates in Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, Poland, Eastern Europe (also Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus) and the Balkans will follow in the spring 2007.
ROTTING CHRIST are currently working on material for a new studio album — the group's first for the Season of Mist label. The band recently announced the addition of NIGHTFALL guitarist George Bokos as a full-time member of the group.
ROTTING CHRIST recently recorded their two live shows in Larissa, Greece for an upcoming live album. The pioneers of the Greek metal scene put on two special two-hour shows featuring songs covering their entire catalog. These live shows were held on February 3-4, 2006 at Blive Music House in Larissa, and were the only concerts to be recorded for the upcoming CD. The shows marked the band's 18 years in the metal scene and fans from around the world were in attendance. The band also played a very special concert consisting exclusively of material from their first three albums — "Passage To Arcturo" (1989), "Thy Mighty Contract" (1992) and "Non Serviam" (1994) - on January 14 at An Club in Athens, Greece.
ROTTING CHRIST's "Passage To Arcturo" and "Non Serviam" albums were reissued in January with bonus audio and video tracks via Season of Mist.
Greek metallers Rotting Christ recently anounced the dates from their Brazilian tour that will take place in May in the following territories:
Legendary Greek death metallers ROTTING CHRIST have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Dong Open Air festival, set to take place on July 14th & 15th at Dongberg in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany. Other bands on the bill are DRAGONLAND, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, GUN BARREL, SAVAGE CIRCUS, and many others.
ROTTING CHRIST performed two live shows on February 3-4 at Blive Music House in Larissa, Greece, which were recorded for their first live release. The pioneers of the Greek metal scene put on two special two-hour shows featuring songs covering their entire catalog. These live shows were the only concerts to be recorded for the upcoming CD. The shows marked the band's 18 years in the metal scene.
"Passage To Arcturo" (1989) and "Non Serviam" (1994), the band's first and third albums respectively, were reissued with bonus audio and video tracks on January 23rd.
Legendary Greek death metallers ROTTING CHRIST performed two live shows in the city of Larissa, Greece, which have been recorded for their first live release. The pioneers of the Greek metal scene put on two special two-hour shows featuring songs covering their entire catalog. These live shows were held on February 3-4 at Blive Music House in Larissa, and were the only concerts to be recorded for the upcoming CD. The shows mark the band's 18 years in the metal scene and fans from around the world are expected to attend.
The band also played a very special show consisting exclusively of material from their first three albums - "Passage To Arcturo" (1989), "Thy Mighty Contract" (1992) and "Non Serviam" (1994) - on January 14th, 2006 at An Club in Athens, Greece. A poster for the show can be viewed at this location.
"Passage To Arcturo" and "Non Serviam" have been reissued with bonus audio and video tracks on January 23rd.
Rotting Christ have announced two live shows in the city of Larissa, Greece which will be recorded and included in their first live release. The pioneers of the Greek metal scene will give two special two hour shows which will present songs from the whole of their catalog. These live shows held on February 3 and 4 at Blive Music House in Larissa, will be the only ones worldwide which will be recorded. With this live album Rotting Christ will celebrate their 18 years in the metal scene and fans from around the world are expected to attend.
The End Records has revealed January 24th, 2006 to be the release date for the re-issues of Rotting Christ's "Passage to Arcturo" and "Non Serviam." Both re-releases will feature bonus tracks and will be released via the new The End Records subdivision, Unrule Sounds.
"Passage to Arcturo" tracklisting: More...
Rotting Christ have brought in Nightfall guitarist George Bokos to replace Kostas, who left the band in July 2004. But, as yet, there's been no decision on whether this is a permanent situation.