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Looking back, 2007 was an interesting year in metal. The year started off great for tours - here in the US and seemingly everywhere from the news we reported all year - and continued to offer strong showings throughout the entire year. However, we lost quite a number of brothers in metal in 2007. Despite that fact and the fact that there were few truly big releases in 2007, it still seemed to be a good year for metal as a whole - a year in which the underground got to shine through just a little more than usual.
That said, let's reflect on some of the things that made 2007 such a good year for heavy metal by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks from 2006. As in previous years, I've polled the entire staff here at Metalunderground.com about their favorite albums and performances of last year.
Here are the Metalunderground.com staff picks for the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2007, Best Metal DVD of 2007, Best Metal Newcomer of 2007, Best Live Act of 2007, and Most Anticipated Release for 2008. More...
Drummer Tomas Haake of the Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH recently spoke to Rock Sound magazine about the reasons for the cancellation of the band's planned November 2007 tour with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN.
"We really rushed the 'Nothing' album because we had to leave to go to Ozzfest, and in our eyes the production on that album really suffered," Haake admitted. "This time around, we really did not want anything like that to happen again. If it was three or four years ago, we probably would have done the DILLINGER tour then come back and continued with the album, but this time we felt we needed to remain focused and not disturb the evolution of the album so we could get the best results."
MESHUGGAH's new CD, "obZen", is scheduled for release in North American on March 11, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2005's "Catch Thirty Three" will contain nine songs and will have a running time of around 55 minutes.
In a recent interview with Decibel magazine, Haake stated about the new record, "The album is much more dense, while still being very clear and audible as far as drumparts and guitar riffs. Lyrically it's quite different from 'Catch Thirty Three', more diverse. There is, however, somewhat of a 'red line' or concept running through all of them."
"obZen" track listing:
02. Electric Red
06. This Spiteful Snake
07. Pineal Gland Optics
09. Dancers To A Discordant System
MESHUGGAH will support MINISTRY on the North American leg of "C U LaTouR" beginning on March 26 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Also appearing on the bill is HEMLOCK.
Drummer Tomas Haake of the Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH recently spoke to Decibel magazine about the group's forthcoming CD, "obZen", due in Germany on March 7, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records (with the U.S. release likely on March 11). The follow-up to 2005's "Catch Thirty Three" will contain nine songs and will have a running time of around 55 minutes.
Commented Haake: "The album is much more dense, while still being very clear and audible as far as drumparts and guitar riffs. Lyrically it's quite different from 'Catch Thirty Three', more diverse. There is, however, somewhat of a 'red line' or concept running through all of them." More...
Founded in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987, ranked #11 in the "Top 20 Rock/Metal Labels" and #41 in the "Top 50 Labels" charts by Hit Quarters in 2007, Nuclear Blast Records has extended its production and distribution deal with The Century Family, Inc. for the United States.
From his office in Germany, Nuclear Blast label owner and President Markus Staiger had this to say about the continued two-year contract renewal:
"We are very thrilled to continue our work with the Century Family. It is great that 2 metal companies can work together so close without any problems and fun to have such professional and nice people in the U.S. working for us! Be sure to expect a great year in 2008 for NUCLEAR BLAST and Century Media. NUCLEAR BLAST will release new titles from MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KATAKLYSM, KORPIKLAANI, THREAT SIGNAL, ALL SHALL PERSIH, DEATH ANGEL, HYPOCRISY, IMMORTAL, and EXODUS, as well as a stunning new album from TESTAMENT and AVANTASIA's third album The Scarecrow (featuring members of KISS, SCORPIONS, MAGNUM, Jorn Lande, and more), along with some IN FLAMES re-releases, too. Also, keep an eye out for our new U.S. signings - they are all young, fresh and brutal new acts with tremendous new albums. Among these is SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY who play brutal Florida Grind-Death Metal! Big thanks goes to the NB U.S.A. Team, Century Media, and our distributor Caroline/EMI. Special THANKS to our great metal fans!"
Since 2000, Nuclear Blast has maintained U.S. staff and operations in Los Angeles via a successful and long-running production and distribution deal with The Century Family, Inc., parent of Century Media Records. Century Media currently maintains a distribution deal with Caroline/EMI which it manages for Nuclear Blast under the arrangement.
States Century Media CEO Oliver Withoeft:
"Nuclear Blast and Century Media are looking forward to an even closer cooperation in 2008. The new year will prove to be a decisive year for the music industry, and we will continue to be at the forefront of setting trends in Metal. Our customers will be pleased to learn that we will expand our offers beyond the traditional ways of selling music."
2007 has been a year of distinction for Nuclear Blast in both Europe and North America. In addition to hosting a celebratory 20 year anniversary festival in Stuttgart this past October in the presence of over 6,000 metal fans, various 2007 releases made extremely noteworthy entries onto the Billboard charts.
The 2008 edition of Italy's Gods Of Metal Festival (www.godsofmetal.it) will be taking place at the Arena Parco Nord in Bologna from June 27th - 29th.
The latest act confirmed for the festival, according to Groovebox.it, is Britain's CARCASS.
Acts on the bill currently include: IRON MAIDEN (headlining June 27th), JUDAS PRIEST (headlining June 29th), CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, AT THE GATES, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and ENSLAVED.
More bands will be announced soon.
According to VSWebzine.com, CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT are among the confirmed bands for next year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
AT THE GATES
BORN FROM PAIN
CULT OF LUNA
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MY DYING BRIDE
SICK OF IT ALL
THE OLD DEAD TREE
According to a posting on the Italian rock/metal webzine Groovebox.it, JUDAS PRIEST, MESHUGGAH and AT THE GATES are among the newly confirmed bands for the Gods of Metal festival, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 in Bologna, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
IRON MAIDEN (June 27 headliners)
JUDAS PRIEST (June 29 headliners)
AT THE GATES
More bands will be announced soon.
As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST has also been confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, which will be held June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming tour will include shows where the group's entire upcoming "Nostradamus" album (based on the legendary 16th century prophet Nostradamus) will be performed as well as concerts featuring the band's classic songs, singer Rob Halford revealed during a November 16, 2007 appearance on Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show.
Regarding the direction of the material and how whole concept for the "Nostradamus" record came about, Halford recently told PureGrainAudio.com, "It sounds absolutely fucking amazing and that's not me inflating it, it is genuinely spectacular. So we're still carrying on with that and it should be out sometime in 2008. The idea (for the record) came from our manager Bill Curbishley, because we were ready to go in and do another studio record, but Bill came to see us towards the end of the 'Angel of Retribution' tour, he came to Russia, we were playing Russia and we had lunch with him and he said, 'Look, I have this idea.' Bill manages THE WHO, you know, Pete and Roger, and Bill was behind the enormous success of 'Tommy' and he said, 'I just think that you know, maybe you should think about this possibility of doing a concept album and I've been thinking about this guy Nostradamus.' And as soon as he brought the name up, I'm like, I'm there, let's go, you don't have to say anything else. I knew something of him already like everybody does about the books that you read about him, or on the Internet or on TV, documentaries and I thought wow, this is absolutely brilliant so that's where it all came about from."
On the rumors that "Nostradamus" will be a double album, Halford said, "It is a rumor still. I mean, there is an enormous amount of material and you can only put so much on a single CD so you know, we're trying to tell the story of his life and we're trying to cover every significant moment of his life and I think you know, when we got it all recorded, that's when you're faced with the reality of how much time you got and how much a CD will afford you and the timing of it all. So we just ask everyone to bear with us and as we actually get into the mixing mode, we'll be able to be more definitive and tell everybody exactly what we've got, but we just want to make sure we tell his life story so we'll do whatever it takes to do that."
Sweden's MESHUGGAH will issue their new album, obZen, via Nuclear Blast Records on March 7th, 2008.
obZen tracklisting: 'Combustion', 'Electric Red', 'Bleed', 'Lethargica', 'ObZen', 'This Spiteful Snake', 'Pineal Gland Optics', 'Pravus', 'Dancers To A Discordant System'.
As previously reported, Meshugga have been tapped to support MINISTRY on a string of US dates next April/May, which include:
15 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
18 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
1 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
2 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
More dates have been announced for MINISTRY’s farewell “C U LaTouR” tour with MESHUGGAH and HEMLOCK:
March 28 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
March 29 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
March 30 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
April 1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 2 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
April 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
April 7 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
April 8 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
April 9 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
April 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
April 12 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
April 15 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
April 17 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium
April 18 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
April 19 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
April 22 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
April 23 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
April 24 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
April 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
April 26 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 27 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Fillmore Theatre
May 1 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 2 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 3 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
May 4 - Toronto, ON @ Koolhaus
May 6 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
May 7 - Detroit, MI @ Emerald Theatre
May 8 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH have set "obZen" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2005's "Catch Thirty Three" will contain nine songs and will have a running time of around 55 minutes.
Commented drummer Tomas Haake: "We've finished the recording a couple weeks back! It sounds really good and we're super-excited about the new stuff!"
Haake told Revolver magazine at the end of last year that MESHUGGAH would be returning on its next album to the pummeling double bass drums and angular riffage that defined their early material to sculpt what they say will be their most savage, eclectic offering yet. "We've got some fast, intense songs and hectic, heavy stuff that draws from all the things we've done in the past," Haake said at the time. "It's so great to actually be playing drums again."
A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.
The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:
01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...
To put their fans at ease, Meshuggah have made the following announcement on ther website (which is back up)
"We regrettably have to inform you that we have been forced to pull out of the November Euro tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan. There are several reasons for this. The main one being the fact that the album recording has taken longer than what was originally planned.
As an effect of that - NB has moved the album release to Jan/Feb of 2008.
In light of this we choose to not do a tour that could compromise the outcome of the album as well as possibly delaying the release even more.
Our intention was to have the album out in November and then do this as the first tour in direct support of the release. With this “album-promotional” aspect of the tour gone, we feel that we should instead focus on the most important thing at hand - the album!
We realize that this is a big disappointment to everyone who didn't have the opportunity to catch us on the European tour last summer but we will be back in 2008 touring the new album. Tourdates will be posted shortly!
Our apologies to the other bands on the bill and to all who already bought their tickets as well as those who were about to do so. The tickets are, of course, refundable.
Trouble has been brewing with Meshuggah since the contract renewal with Nuclear Blast. In recent months their website fell into serious disrepair, and is now offline, and their MySpace stopped being maintained as well. Rumors flew that there were issues with the band until they announced an upcoming album and tour with Dillinger Escape Plan this fall.
Much to severe disappointment and now fear for many fans, the following statement was posted by Dillinger Escape Plan:
"Due to circumstances not in our control, and I'll leave it up to the other band on the tour to explain this one, The Dillinger Escape Plan/Meshuggah European tour in November WILL NOT be happening. If you bought tickets, contact whoever you bought them from for a refund. Again, if I started to comment on this right now it would probably not be good, so I'll leave it up to them to do the explaining. We were looking forward to this more than any of you can imagine and we are just as disappointed as anyone. HOWEVER, we ARE in the process of confirming a new great tour during the same time period, most likely in the same cities, and will announce it shortly. Stay tuned."
A breakup or other serious conditions cannot be confirmed for Meshuggah at this time, and there has been no further word on the album release. More to come as we get it.
Live 4 Metal are reporting that due to unforeseen circumstances, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and MESHUGGAH November UK tour is now cancelled.
No more info is available at the moment.
In related news, and as previously reported, A LIFE ONCE LOST will hit the road alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan for a planned three week trek that will launch on October 4th in Cleveland, OH.
Tour dates include:
4 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
5 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
6 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
7 - Saint Paul, MN - Station 4
8 - Papillion, NE - The Rock
9 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
14 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
17 - Spring, TX - Java Jazz
20 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
21 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
23 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
24 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
25 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
Los Angeles’ “extravagant gothic/metal/carnival/rock” act STOLEN BABIES will be making their European debut this November supporting the previously announced tour featuring MESHUGGAH and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. Confirmed tour dates can be found online here.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN were recently joined by STOLEN BABIES drummer Gil Sharone, following the departure of drummer Chris Pennie for COHEED AND CAMBRIA. It’s not presently clear if Sharone will be drumming on DILLINGER’s upcoming headlining U.S. tour as well
Swedish experimental metallers MESHUGGAH will hit the road together with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN in mid-November.
Upcoming Meshuggah dates include:
30 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metaltown
2 - Kristiansand, Norway - Quart Festival
7 - Bergum, Holland - Waldrock
8 - Salzhaus, Switzerland - Winthertur
10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Rock Café
12 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Exit Festival
14 - Venice, Italy - Frozen Rock Open Air
November (with The Dillinger Escape Plan)
13 - Essen, Germany - Zeche Carl
16 - Erfurt, Germany - Centrum
18 - Berlin, Germany - Kato
19 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
22 - München, Germany - New Backstage
Meshuggah are expected to release their new album before the end of the year, via Nuclear Blast. Stay tuned for updates.
CLAWFINGER frontman Zak Tell has posted a report from the band's appearance at the Nova Rock festival, which took place June 15-17 on the Pannonia Fields in Burgenland, the easternmost federal state of Austria (near Nickelsdorf and the Hungarian and Slovak borders). An excerpt follows:
"Jocke (Skog, keyboards) tried to say 'Hi' to the SLAYER guys from MESHUGGAH, as they had asked him to, but being the big American stars that they are, they (SLAYER) didn't really have time to listen to what us peasants had to say. They were too busy being the biggest stars of the evening. Too bad their show sucked ass! We stood in the crowd for about 15 minutes really trying to enjoy it, but in the end we simply realized that it was fucking boring. No show spirit worth mentioning, just big attitudes and no knowledge of how to communicate with the fans. Of course they get away with it because they're SLAYER, but it was still lame, if you ask me!"
On the topic of the new album's lyrical direction, frontman Zak Tell recently said, "Paedophilia, addiction, death, suicide bombers, self-esteem issues and misers are a few of the topics I've chosen to write about this time around. Not very uplifting stuff, I guess, but hey that's just me and it's not as if I actually plan it, it just happens, I promise! There are a few positive lyrics as well so it's not all gloom, doom and troubled thoughts. A majority of the tracks are though."
"Anyway, I guess there are a few different reasons as to why I chose to write about the stuff I do, the logical one being that the music we play is of a slightly aggressive nature and therefore inspires darker lyrics, although that's not entirely true as we also have softer and less serious songs and I sometimes also break free from the given formula. Most of the time I don't, though, out of fear of getting lost! The second reason is that it's simply my outlet for all the less pleasant things that go through my head. My everyday life is fairly normal and family-orientated so to get some sort of balance I use CLAWFINGER as my frustration ventilator or whatever you want to call it!"
Sweden's MESHUGGAH have updated the "Tour" page at their official website with the addition of the following European summer festival dates:
23 - Kauhajoki, Finland - Nummirock
29 - Borlänge, Sweden - Peace & Love
30 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metaltown
2 - Kristiansand, Norway - Quart Festival
7 - Bergum, Holland - Waldrock
8 - Salzhaus, Switzerland - Winthertur
12 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Exit Festival
14 - Venice, Italy - Frozen Rock Open Air More...
According to Revolver magazine, Meshuggah is nearly halfway through the writing process for their next album. Writing commenced in August and the band has completed (sans vocals) roughly four tracks. Meshuggah hopes to finish the album by March, with a May release planned. Comments drummer Tomas Haake, "We've got some fast, intense songs and hectic, heavy stuff that draws from all the things we've done in the past. It's so great to actually be playing drums again."
Meshuggah is currently writing a new album, which they hope to release in late-spring 2007. The group has issued the following update:
"Right now we are writing material for the new album. After the Nothing re-release, we more-or-less finished working on our studio, so know we're putting together a kind of demo to see where we are at material-wise and basically give the studio, the songs, and us a test-run, heh, heh. We are swimming in dark waters that constitute putting an album together and whatever we find beneath the surface is definitely gonna be... interesting. Suffice to say that we're in a weird but inspirational period right now. It's all gonna be about the writing during November. The demo recording is hopefully happening in December in-between the pinball tournaments here in the studio. Then we'll see where we're at, I guess. In hell, probably. We've got no working title or concrete cover ideas yet, but it's getting there. It's the slow process of coming to terms with the material we've got and hopefully understand what to make of it. The plan is to have the album out late Spring or - if things get fucked up - early Fall. Naturally, the touring will be planned around the album release, so we'll see when we get closer to completing the album."