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Veteran metal drummer Nick Barker, who has previously been a part of Cradle Of Filth, Testament, Dimmu Borgir, Exodus, Lock Up and Brujeria, will be joining British death metal veterans Benediction on their upcoming tour of South America which is scheduled to kick off in December. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Venues and cities are still coming through but this is what is shaping up so far. Our good friend, Nick Barker, will be on the drums for Benediction on this tour so it should be a full on holocaust!"
A new book entitled "The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition" has recently been released by editor Justin St. Vincent examining the connection between spirituality and metal music. The bands referenced in the book include Angelcorpse, Asva, Blackmass, Breed 77, Brujeria, Cannibal Corpse, Dawn Of Azazel, Enslaved, Enthroned, Evocation, Faith No More, Fantômas, Gorgoroth, Hatesphere, Metal Church, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, Pitchshifter, Purgatory, Requiem, Resurrection, Samael, Striborg, Tarot, Unleashed, and Vile.
The website for the book gave the following explanation on what it covers:
The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition provides an exciting exploration of how music powerfully impacts spirituality, and why spirituality influences music. Readers will discover sincere expressions of spiritual beliefs from the world of metal music. This portfolio includes an eclectic mix of musicians playing many forms of metal music; ambient metal, avant-garde death-metal, black metal, brutal metal, death metal, doom metal, experimental metal, funeral-doom, gothic metal, grindcore, heavy metal, industrial metal, melodic metal, power metal, progressive metal, psychedelic metal, Satanic metal, sludge metal, speed metal, symphonic metal, technical metal, thrash metal, and includes musicians from alternative-rock, avant-rock, and hardcore-punk bands. Metal Edition provides readers with an important introduction to metal music’s affinity with demonology, divination, magic, mysticism, Satanism, spiritualism, the occult, and witchcraft.
Extreme metallers Brujeria, whose current touring lineup includes Carcass frontman Jeff Walker (a.k.a. El Cynico) on bass, ex-Cradle Of Filth drummer Adrian Erdlandsson (a.k.a. El Podrido), and Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury (a.k.a. Hongo) on guitar, will embark on the "No Acceptan Imitaciones Tour 2008" in December.
The confirmed Brujeria tour dates are as follows:
11/28 - 3 Kings - Denver, CO
11/29 - House Of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
12/02 - Sunshine Theater - Albuqerque, NM
12/03 - Club 101 - El Paso, TX
12/04 - El Rey - McAllen, TX
12/05 - Riverside Multiplex - Victoria, TX
12/06 - Red 7 - Austin, TX
12/07 - Ridglea Theater - Dallas, TX
Rumor has it that Brujeria has been working on a new record to be released next year. The band's most recent studio album, 2000's "Brujerizmo," was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2000 Latin Grammy Awards, but ended up being its last recorded with the two original members, Asesino and Hongo Jr., who both left in 2004.
It took almost three years to arrive, but the new Mushroomhead DVD is almost here. The band will release “Volume 2,” the follow-up to 2005’s “Volume 1,” on October 28 on Filthy hands/Megaforce Records.
The disc features two and a half hours of content, including live footage from the three-year “Savior Sorrow” tour; music videos including “1200,” “Simple Survival” and the brand new video “Save Us”; video commentary and behind the scenes footage.
“Most bands release DVDs that don’t have anything but live or backstage footage,” says sampler Stitch. “Keeping the spirit of the old Pantera home videos, we always try to have more of the behind the scenes antics and drama that shows the human side of Mushroomhead and what goes on when we are not onstage. Everything about this home video is personal and we filmed and edited all of the content. If you own Volume 1 then Volume 2 will blow your f—ing mind.”
To support the DVD, Mushroomhead will hit the road with The Autumn Offering, XFactor1 and Human Factors Lab. Dates start October 3 in Findlay, Ohio and run through November 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After the tour, Mushroomhead will return to the studio to start recording their next album. The disc is scheduled for release in spring 2009.
After about a month in the studio, Mushroomhead will take a break to head out on tour with Brujeria, the ramshackle death metal band reputed to be composed of Mexican outlaws and murderers, but which is actually an underground supergroup that reportedly includes Carcass bassist Jeff Walker, Napalm death bassist Shane Embury (on guitar), Witchery guitarist Patrik Jensen and At the Gates drummer Adrian Erlandsson. Those dates kick off November 29 in Los Angeles and run through December 7 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Brazilian death-thrashers CLAUSTROFOBIA will share the stage with BRUJERIA for two South American gigs in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 7 and São Paulo, Brazil on December 8. Brazilian death metal icons KRISIUN will join them in Buenos Aires.
CLAUSTROFOBIA is closing a very active year marked by the release of its latest CD, "Fulminant", in North America on Caustic Rhythms/Prodisk. The group also completed its first European tour, playing 25 gigs in 5 countries, sharing the stage with VADER, CALIBAN and LEGION OF THE DAMNED, among others. They are currently working on the follow-up to "Fulminant" as well as preparing for a possible visit to North America sometime in late 2008.
Drummer Adrian Erlandsson (NEMHAIN, BRUJERIA) has posted this message on his MySpace page:
I am proud to announce that I have just completed the drums for the upcoming SAMSAS TRAUM record 'Heiliges Herz' and I will be joining them accompanying tours. I really like the music - these guys got a strange kind of humour. I agreed to the cooperation shortly after I listened to the first demo tracks.
Some of the new songs will already be presented live in September, along with old smash hits being performed for the first time every with real drums and a new lineup. 'I can't wait to play the tracks live' - SAMSAS TRAUM are eager to kill.
Meanwhile, the drum recordings for 'Heiliges Herz' were finished in a studio in London - skillfully supervised by Dan Turner."
"The result even impresses me. I can't believe that what's blasting out of the speakers is my own music", enthuses Alexander Kaschte, bandleader of SAMSAS TRAUM, suitably stunned. He adds: "I'm getting closer to the record I always wanted to make."
Long-running British metallers BENEDICTION have released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
"A lot of questions have been asked about [the status of BENEDICTION drummer] Nick Barker [formerly of DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH]. Yes, he is still BENEDICTION's drummer, and yes, he is helping TESTAMENT out on drums on their tour and album. This was discussed between us and it is no problem to either band. Put yourself in Nick's shoes — one of your favorite bands of all time asks you to use your drumming skills on their tour and write on their new album; it is a chance of a lifetime! It was talked about on both sides and Nick had our full blessing on this. On some of the festivals in Europe this year he will be playing sets for both bands on the same day! If you know Nick, then you will know that there is no problem with stamina! How many bands do various members of NAPALM [DEATH] play with on top of their own NAPALM DEATH thing? Frank Healy and Dave Hunt from BENEDICTION also play and record with other bands (ANAAL NATHRAKH, MISTRESS, CEREBRAL FIX). The loyalty within the band is also strong so we have no problems about these things happening. Nick could have left BENEDICTION if he wanted. We said we would understand if he wanted to join one the most legendary outfits in the world. He wanted to stay as a part of BENEDICTION. That speaks volumes. BENEDICTION is a unit, not a single person. Our live shows this year will let the music do the talking for us."
BENEDICTION's new album, "Killing Music", will be released later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records, with whom the band recently re-signed. The CD will mark the recording debut with the group of drummer Barker, who was most recently a member of BRUJERIA and who played with ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares in the short-lived DRIVEN BY SUFFERING (working name).
Mick Kenney (ANAAL NATHRAKH, MISTRESS, PROFESSOR FATE, EXPLODER) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, LOCK-UP, BRUJERIA) have set up their own record label, Feto Records, as an outlet to release their own music. The first two releases will be LOCK-UP's long-awaited "Live in Japan" album and Mick's EXPLODER debut. Further releases will include Mick's PROFESSOR FATE debut, featuring vocals from Kristoffer Garm Rygg (ARCTURUS, ULVER) and the next MISTRESS album, entitled "The Glory Bitches of Doghead".
LOCK-UP's "Live in Japan" CD was recorded at Club Quattro in Nagoya, Japan on June 28, 2002 and features the following lineup:
Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH) - Bass
Jesse Pintado (TERRORIZER, ex-NAPALM DEATH) - Guitars
Thomas Lindberg (ex-AT THE GATES, THE CROWN) - Vocals
Nick Barker (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH) - Drums
Former DIMMU BORGIR / CRADLE OF FILTH and current BENEDICTION drummer Nick Barker joined FEAR FACTORY on stage as a special guest for one song during the band's headlining appearance at the Manchester Academy 2 in England on Sunday, April 9. Barker reportedly performed "Martyr" with the band in what marked the first time FEAR FACTORY have ever had a guest drummer at one of their gigs.
BENEDICTION have set "Killing Music" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in June/July via Nuclear Blast Records (with whom the band recently re-signed). The CD will mark the recording debut with the group of Barker, who was most recently a member of BRUJERIA and who played with ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares in the short-lived DRIVEN BY SUFFERING (working name) project. Following the album's release, the band will be appearing at festivals worldwide over the summer, followed by a full-blown "No Reunion Needed" world tour starting in September.
BENEDICTION have been confirmed as one of the headliners of the 2006 edition of the Fuck the Commerce festival, set to take place May 25-27 at MZA (Mehrzweckhalle) in Luckau, Germany.
Asesino will be coming to BB King's Blues Club in New York City on July 31st. Asesino feature Tony Campos of Static-X/Brujeria and Dino Cazares of Brujeria/ex-Fear Factory.
ASESINO, the death metal/grindcore project featuring ex-FEAR FACTORY/BRUJERIA guitarist Dino Cazares and STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos (on bass/vocals), entered Undercity Studios in Los Angeles on January 10 to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's "Corridos De Muerte", tentatively due this summer. The yet "Untitled", Album is being produced by Cazares with Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY) engineering. 13 tracks of "pure hatred, death and perverted sickness" are being recorded for the effort, which will feature the following lineup:
Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY, BRUJERIA) - Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Tony Campos (STATIC-X) - Vocals/Bass
Emlio Marquez (SADISTIC INTENT) - Drums
Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) - Lead Guitar
Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY) will be cotributing sound design to the CD.
In other news, Dino Cazares will be signing for Ibanez guitars at the NAMM convention on Friday, January 20 at the Anaihem Convention Center in Anaheim, California beginning at 1:00 p.m. Also appearing will be Jason Bittner (drums) and Paul Romanko (bass) of SHADOWS FALL and Mike D'Antonio (bass) of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Ibanez will also be displaying a prototype RG eight-string guitar similiar to the ones that MESHUGGAH and Dino use.
Tony Campos will be signing for Fernandez guitars at the NAMM convention on Saturday, January 21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim California beginning at 2:00pm
And ElectroVoice With Static-X At 3:00pm.
Roadrunner Records is running a contest where the winner will receive a pair of tickets to Roadrunner United Live, which is set to take place December 15th at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square in NYC. Click here to enter.
The show will feature a RR United 'house band' comprised of Joey Jordison (Slipknot) - drums, Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) - lead guitar, Dino Cazares (ex- Fear Factory, Brujeria) - rhythm guitar, and Adam Duce (Machine Head) - bass and is shaping up to be a defining event in Hard Rock history.
Special guests, including past and present Roadrunner artists and other metal icons, will join the band onstage to play 20 classic Roadrunner tunes along with a few choice cuts from The All Star Sessions .
Legendary extreme metal project BRUJERIA have announced their first string of live shows for 2006. El Hongo is now handling guitar for the band following the departure of ex-FEAR FACTORY axeman Dino Cazares. A new bass player and drummer will also be stepping in for the upcoming dates. The details are as follows:
Jan. 28-29 - Buenos Aries, ARG @ TBA
Jan. 31-Feb. 1 - Santiago, CHL @ TBA
Feb. 03 - Monterey, MEX @ TBA
Feb. 04 - Houston, TX @ The Engine Room
Feb. 08 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theater*
Feb. 09 - Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
Feb. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound*
Feb. 12 - Ventura, CA @ The Ventura Theater*
* w/ CATTLE DECAPITATION
Former Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares is currently working with ex-Nile drummer Tim Yeung on a new, as yet unnamed project. The duo are now looking for a suitable singer.
the year-long, multi-tiered celebration of Roadrunner Records' 25th Anniversary culminates on December 15 when the label will host a once-in-a-lifetime concert at the Nokia Theatre in New York City. The show will feature a ROADRUNNER UNITED "house band" comprised of Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT) on drums, Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) on lead guitar, Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY, BRUJERIA) on rhythm guitar, and Adam Duce (MACHINE HEAD) on bass, and is shaping up to be a defining event in hard rock history. Special guests, including past and present Roadrunner artists and other metal icons, will join the band onstage to play 20 classic Roadrunner tunes along with a few choice cuts from "The All Star Sessions". Tickets for the concert will be available in the coming weeks.
The label has been celebrating 25 years through the release of several 25th anniversary special editions of landmark Roadrunner records, including classic albums from MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, SEPULTURA, COAL CHAMBER, SOULFLY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and others.
October 11 marked the release of a groundbreaking album from ROADRUNNER UNITED, entitled "The All Star Sessions". Created as the ultimate celebration of the label's anniversary, the album features 55 artists from 45 different past/current Roadrunner bands playing 18 original songs written by four chosen captains. It is a true master-class in hard rock/metal that also includes a DVD with a full hour of behind-the-scenes footage on the recording of the album.
The DVD that accompanies the album was shot by Techtonic Rocket Society (CHIMAIRA's "The Dehumanizing Project" DVD) and captures all aspects of the recording of the album through interviews and in-studio footage. It films captains Jordison in Des Moines, IA, Robert Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) in San Francisco, Cazares in Los Angeles and Matt Heafy (TRIVIUM) in Florida. Along with interviews with all four captains, the DVD includes interviews with many of the album's featured artists, including Glen Benton (DEICIDE), King Diamond, Mike D'Antonio (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Dave Chavarri (ILL NINO), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Matt DeVries (CHIMAIRA), Logan Mader (ex-MACHINE HEAD), Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY) and many others.
ROADRUNNER UNITED's "The All-Star Sessions" features the first single "The End". Written by Cazares and featuring Heafy on vocals, the song is already catching fire at radio with adds at WBUZ in Nashville, WJJO in Madison, WBZX in Columbus, KILO in Colorado Springs, WIYY in Baltimore and more. Additionally the video for the song debuted on Fuse's "Metal Asylum" on Wednesday, October 12 along with an interview with Dez Fafara of DEVILDRIVER, Cristian Macado and Dave Chavarri from ILL NINO, Josh Silver from TYPE O NEGATIVE and Cazares. A performance of the Jordison-penned song "Tired & Lonely" which features Jordison on drums, Keith Caputo (LIFE OF AGONY) on vocals, Nadja Peulen (ex-COAL CHAMBER) on bass, Matt Baumbach (VISION OF DISORDER) and Acey Slade (MURDERDOLLS) on guitars and Omar Clavijo (ILL NINO) on keyboards will air on Fuse this Friday, October 14 and include an interview. MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" will premiere the video this weekend.
Roadrunner Records has advanced in the process of putting together the ground-breaking "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project.
Four central musicians have been chosen to produce and write all the songs. Previously announced were Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer has recently been selected - 19 year-old metal prodigy Matt Heafy will take the lead of the fourth team. His band, Trivium, has been called "the valedictorian(s) of the 2005 metal class" by Hit Parader Magazine. "It blew my mind to be asked to participate on this album and write a few tracks," says Heafy "It's an amazing honor to be able to record with artists that I used to emulate and listen to growing up." These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of Roadrunner artists to appear on each track.
Notable progress has been made in Jordison's, Cazares' and Flynn's teams. Music has been laid down, but vocals have yet to be added. The vocalists for the tracks have not been confirmed as of yet. The artists that have contributed to the tracks recorded thus far are: More...
Former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares has quit BRUJERIA, the extreme metal project he co-founded 16 years ago.
According to Dino, he made the decision to leave the group in order to spend more time working on a new band he recently formed with ex-DIMMU BORGIR/CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Nick Barker. "Sometimes you have too many projects and one always suffers," Dino explained.
Although BRUJERIA's most recent touring lineup included Barker and bassist Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH), neither musician will continue to perform with the group, according to Cazares. It is not presently clear if singer John Lepe (a.k.a. Juan Brujo) — the band's sole remaining member — will attempt to carry on with BRUJERIA using replacement musicians.
Formed in 1989, BRUJERIA released four full-length albums through the Roadrunner label and boasted a revolving lineup of high-profile musicians, including former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould and FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera.
Despite his split with BRUJERIA, Cazares will continue his involvement with ASESINO, the BRUJERIA off-shoot project that also features in its ranks STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos on bass/vocals and SADISTIC INTENT drummer Emilio Marquez.
Dino's as-yet-unnamed collaboration with Barker recently recorded a two-song instrumental demo with producer James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) and is currently seeking a bassist and singer.
The official Brazilian Brujeria web site has posted a video of Brujeria singer Juan Brujo being interviewed by the Mexican TV show "Telehit." Download the video here.
Brujeria will play two shows in São Paulo, Brazil at Hangar 110 on August 5 and 6. Opening acts on August 5 will be Criminal, Subtera and Are You God? and on August 6 - Criminal, Confronto and Hutt.
Brujeria singer Juan Brujo was arrested for possession of an illegal weapon (machete) and illegal drugs following the band's performance in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday, July 17. Brujeria guitarist Dino Cazares (aka Asesino) sent this message to Blabbermouth.net regarding the incident:
"The venue [in Tijuana] hired police officers as security for the concert because of the reputation that Brujeria has. Just before we were about to hit the stage, the police stopped Brujo for his machete that he takes on stage, they pulled him aside and questioned him, asking him what it's for and why he was wearing the Mexican flag bandana on his face. They said he was desecrating the flag, which is a major offense in Mexico. They continued to search him and found a substantial amount of a controlled substance (marijuana). Asesino [aka Dino] tried to democratically intervene with the police but all he got was 'Shut the fuck up and get the fuck out of here.' Asesino went and got the promoter to try and reason with the police. After a few minutes of negotiations between the promoter and the police, a financial compromise was agreed to only allow Brujo to perform the show but still to be arrested immediately after the band's performance and taken to jail, where he spent three days negotiating his release. Finally, yet another financial compromise of thousands of dollars was agreed [upon] and all charges were dropped and he was released from jail in time for rehearsals with Brujeria for their upcoming show at the Ventura Theater on Saturday, July 24."
BRUJERIA were forced to perform without founding member Dino Cazares (a.k.a. Asesino, ex-FEAR FACTORY) on Saturday (July 3) in McAllen, Texas after Cazares was bitten on his leg by a brown recluse spider, causing a massive infection several days prior to the gig. "I was hospitalized for two days with antibiotics being pumped through my veins and a fever of 103, I was having nightmares and hallucinating and my leg swelled up with blisters... I should be better in a few days", says Dino.
BRUJERIA will make a sixth attempt to play their first Los Angeles show ever on Wednesday, July 14 at The Key in Hollywood, Ca. The prior five attempts were shut down by everything from the local church groups to the chief of police, according to a statement from the band. Special guests at the show will be NME, DEMISE and ALL SHALL PERISH.
BRUJERIA bassist Hongo (a.k.a. Shane Embury, NAPALM DEATH) reportedly played guitar during the McAllen show, with Fantasma (additional vocals) taking over on bass.