Metal News for January 1, 2006
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13 news articles posted on this day.
Norman, Oklahoma based grindcore act Exitium have officially joined the Deepsend Records roster. Formed on September 11th of 2001, Exitium have one prior full-length release entitled "Mechanical Expressions of Purpose" on Compulsive Blasphemer Records. Already recorded and mastered, Exitium's sophomore effort "Outsourcing Morality" is to be relased on Deepsend sometime in the spring of 2006. Look for Exitium to be on the road supporting "Outsourcing..." immediately after the official release.
Unique Leader has announced yet another signing, this time in the form of UNMERCIFUL, an American death metal act featuring former members of ORIGIN and CANNIBAL CORPSE as well as touring guitarist Jeremy Turner. UNMERCIFUL has signed for a two album deal, the first of which will be unleashed in early 2006.
Middletown, NY band My Bitter End recently signed a deal with Uprising Records. The group has previously released material with Innerstrength Records. Meanwhile, they are recording a new full-length in North Carolina with Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me) and the effort should hit streets in summer 2006. You can hear some tracks of their past material on their myspace page.
INDORPHINE will be hitting the road with BOBAFLEX and THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT for a selection of dates all across the US, include a performance at NAMM.
January 2 - Louisville, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
January 6 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown Live
January 7 - Dallas, TX @ Galaxy
January 8 - Houston, TX @ The Engine Room
January 9 - Lubbock, TX @ Winchester Pavillion
January 10 - Odessa, TX @ The Roadhouse
January 11 - El Paso, TX @ House of Rock N' Roll
January 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
January 13 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
January 14 - Lake Forest, CA @ The Gypsy Lounge
INDORPHINE solo dates:
January 21 - Anaheim, CA @ NAMM
January 27 - Roswell, GA @ The Darkside
January 28 - Colombus, GA @ Sohos
An audio clip of a brand-new KITTIE track, entitled "Never Again", has been posted online at this location (Windows Media). The song is the title cut of the Canadian metal band's upcoming EP, which will be released digitally on February 7. More exclusive sneak preview clips of the tracks appearing on the EP will be available on the band's official MySpace.com page before the release date. A new 45-second clip will be available to preview on the official KITTIE MySpace.com page every two weeks until the EP is released.
Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown performed with ex-PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul for the first time since 2001 at last night's (Dec. 31) GASOLINE gig at Hot Rods and Hoggs in Arlington, Texas. Rex joined Vinnie and the rest of the reactivated southern rock covers band for renditions of the PANTERA classics "Walk" and "Cowboys from Hell". You can check out the pictures on Damegeplan.net. More photos can also be found at RideForDime.com.
GASOLINE's lineup had previously included late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and PUMPJACK vocalist Thurber T. Mingus. GASOLINE were expected to play a set of covers by such artists as TED NUGENT, THIN LIZZY and PAT TRAVERS. Also appearing on the bill were local cover band STRANGE BREW.
Evergreen Terrace, Parkway Drive, Carpathian, and The Getaway Plan will be heading to the outback in January. Here is the schedule:
1/04 Brisbane, AUS - The Depot
1/05 Byron Bay, AUS - Byron Bay High School
106 Brisbane, AUS - Lions Den Cafe
1/07 Sydney, AUS - The Gaelic Club
1/10 Phillip, AUS - The Green Room
1/11 Newcastle, AUS - The Cambridge Hotel
1/13 Adelaide, AUS - Fowler's Live
1/14 Somerville, AUS - Somerville Mechanics Hall
1/15 Richmond, AUS - The Corner Hotel
1/18 Leederville, AUS - HQ Skatepark
1/18 North Perth, AUS - The Rosemount Hotel
ANTHRAX members Frankie Bello (bass), Charlie Benante (drums) and Scott Ian (guitar) got together in Chicago (where Benante lives with his wife) in early December to jam on new material. According to Ian, rough "skeletons" of three new songs came out of these sessions, with the band scheduled to continue writing in early 2006.
ANTHRAX will kick off a 13-date U.S. tour on January 6 in Baltimore, Maryland. Support at the shows will come from GOD FORBID, SWORN ENEMY and MANNTIS.
Commented Ian: "I'm itching to get back out on tour. The [JUDAS] PRIEST tour was great, but we were opening. Now we get to headline. More songs, more fun, more crushing, more beer, more insanity, more everything!!! This is the reason to get out of the house in freezing cold January. Come and get hot with us. This is the last run for a long time and you don't want to miss it."
ANTHRAX are expected to take a couple of months off following the U.S. tour so that Benante can spend time with his newborn child (which is due in February). A European headlining tour is tentatively planned for April 2006. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
Canadian metallers BLOODSHOTEYE have recorded their sophmore album entitled "An Unrelenting Assault" with producer JF DAGENAIS (KATAKLYSM, MISERY INDEX, MALEVOLENT CREATION), vocal production by D.RANDALL BLYTHE (LAMB OF GOD) and guest vocalist ALEX ERIAN (DESPISED ICON) on a track titled "The Last Laugh". It will be mastered early January with ALAN DOUCHE (GOD FORBID, SHADOWS FALL, UNEARTH) and will be released this spring on Canadian based label GALY RECORDS.
You can check out the new track "LOCK and LOAD" at their MySpace page. A tour is being booked for a couple weeks in March with CANNAE and 3 MILE SCREAM all over Ontario and Quebec.
Unearth have posted the following message at their official website:
"We will have a ton of news hitting in the coming weeks, but for now we just want to wish everyone a happy and safe New Year.
Thanks to everyone who made 2005 the best year for us yet. Things will only continue to rise in '06, we promise. A new record, huge tours and many other things are already locked in for the New Year, so stay tuned.
A new messageboard is on the way soon, so be patient. Until that gets up and running, you can go talk your smack on our myspace page www.myspace.com/unearth
Until next time..."
Obituary have posted the following message at their official website:
"First we would like to wish all of you a very happy New Year!!! We are really looking forward to 2006 and all the opportunities that face us. As you may or may not know we are no longer with our old record company and we have a lot of options for what we might want to do. One thing is for sure and that is we will have a new CD out sometime this year. We have been working on some new material and when we get done with our European Tour in January we are going to work hard on getting that completed.
Everything is set for our trip to Europe and we are all ready to go. I was just checking the weather and it looks like we will be freezing our asses off but, as my dad would say, "you got to do what you got to do"!!!! Record cold temperatures in some countries is not going to make things easy for us...I can even remember the last time I put a pair of long pants on??? Anyway, we look forward to seeing you all out at the shows and really need your support so please come out and see us!!!"
Dates for the European "Frozen In Time" tour with Samael and Maroon are as follows:
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message at the band's official website:
"I can’t believe it’s New Year’s already, and the touring is over! We have been on the road on and off since April, so it has been the usual hectic year. And now, the next chapter is about to be penned; The songs for the new album. Actually, I can’t wait to dive head first into the composing, some of the material written so far is very promising. More on this as the song writing progresses. We wish you a Happy New Year, may 2006 bring you all fortune and glory. Cheers!"
Bay Area revivalists LIGHT THIS CITY have been added to the lineup at February's LOS ANGELES MURDERFEST, joining label mates Crematorium and Through The Eyes of the Dead on the 50+ band, 3 day festival. Currently wrapping up regional touring across the Southwest, LIGHT THIS CITY is also continuing to write new material for the follow-up to the band's 2005 Prosthetic Records debut. Tentatively scheduled for a late 2006 release, the new album will be the predecessor to Remains of the Gods, an album that garnered praise for Light This City from the metal press, culminating in the record being named as #27 on Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles' "Top 66 of 2005" list.
Los Angeles Murderfest will be taking place at the Knitting Factory Feb. 17 - 19, with over 50 bands already confirmed. More information can be found at losangelesmurderfest.com.