Metal News for January 18, 2007
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TributeAlbums.com has announced the launch of the official "Chinese Hypocrisy" MySpace page. The MySpace page features an energetic medley of music from the new album "Chinese Hypocrisy - N' International Tribute to Guns N' Roses", TributeAlbums.com's most recent project. To help kick off the launch, the entire album is available for download for only $5.00 exclusively at MySpace. In addition, everyone who is added to "Chinese Hypocrisy"'s friends list will have access to exclusive updates, interviews, merchandise, and contests.
Much like its official GUNS N' ROSES counterpart, "Chinese Hypocrisy" features very few members of the original GUNS N' ROSES...No Slash. No Duff. No Izzy. No Sleepy, Dopey, or Doc. Not even Axl! Instead, it's lineup consists of a host of GN'R junkies from around the world, including members of QUIET RIOT (USA), IGNITE (USA), ALTARIA (Finland), DUST N' BONES (Hungary), HOLLYWOOD ROSE (Italy), EMERALD MONKEY (USA), and more!
"Chinese Hypocrisy - N' International Tribute to Guns N' Roses" track listing:
01. "Get In The Ring" - DUST N' BONES
02. "November Rain" - Alex Grossi, Zoli Teglas, Marko Pukkila
03. "Sweet Child O' Mine" - HOLLYWOOD ROSE (Italy)
04. "You Could Be Mine" - DUST N' BONES
05. "Dont Cry" - HOLLYWOOD ROSE (Hungary)
06. "Welcome to the Jungle" - EMERALD MONKEY
07. "Estranged" - DUST N' BONES
08. "Move to the City" - EMERALD MONKEY
09. "Mr. Brownstone" - HOLLYWOOD ROSE (Hungary)
10. "Paradise City" - DUST N' BONES
11. "Night Train" (live) - HOLLYWOOD ROSE (Canada)
More dates have been released for FINNTROLL's highly anticipated return to North America:
September 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 21 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 29 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
October 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
October 11 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
INCANTATION will return to Europe in February as part of the Domination Tour 2007 alongside MALEVOLENT CREATION, ROTTING CHRIST, NEURAXIS, MYSTIC CIRCLE, HARM and INACTIVE MESSIAH.
The Pennsylvania-based death metal band will also continue on with Rotting Christ, Malevolent Creation and Rotten Sound for another six dates following the end of the tour.
“We’re looking forward to a kick ass tour,” said Incantation guitarist and frontman John McEntee. “We’ve been friends with Malevolent Creation and Neuraxis for a long time and it will be great to tour with them.”
Incantation’s seventh album, Primordial Domination, was released last fall on Ibex Moon Records. The longstanding and influential band has kept a steady tour schedule since the release of the record, touring the U.S., South America and Europe.
In other news, McEntee has just finalized an endorsement deal with BC Rich guitars. “I have been using BC Rich guitars for over 20 years and am proud to be working with them,” he said. More...
Florida-based death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION have issued the following Doomsday X recording update:
"Dave (Culross) finished tracking the drums and arrived home this evening. They recorded 12 songs and Dave is very happy with the natural feel they achieved, without sounding overly mechanical.More...
Trustkill recording artists IT DIES TODAY have announced that they have parted ways with vocalist Nick Brooks.
Starting with the upcoming Papa Roach tour to begin next week, Jason Wood will take the microphone as a full-time member of the band.
Speaking on the departure, Brooks issued the following statement: More...
SLAYER, MASTODON, HATEBREED and NEUROSIS are confirmed for Hovefestivalen, a new five-day festival which is scheduled to take place June 25-29 on the island of Tromøy in Arendal, Norway. More acts are expected to announced soon. More info here ( in Norwegian).
Bassist Peter Theobalds has announced his departure from U.K. death metallers AKERCOCKE.
Commented Peter: "It's been possibly the most difficult decision in my life to make but after 10 years of the beast that AKERCOCKE has become, I have decided to pack up my four strings and hit the highway in search of new adventures. My reasons are many and varied but the principal factor has been that the original vibe that drove me to play has gone. The fun, the utter immersion of the music and friendship and the camaraderie has been slowly eroding for me, personally, over the last year or so.
"The AK has given me so many unforgettable moments and brought me into contact with some amazing human beings and situations and I shall sincerely miss all of those aspects. But my heart tells me its time to seek other ideals and situations…I will NOT be giving up music, however, and will continue to bash out some form of pseudo-metallic noise, until chronic rheumatoid arthritis turns my hands into claws or Alzheimer's finally puts paid to what little common sense I currently possess.
"Massive, massive respect to all those people that have been so unbelievably supportive and encouraging: my family, the fans, the crews, the bands and other random maniacs that have been there for me all the way. I'd love to do a 'thank you' list but it would just be so long and I'd inevitably forget someone and get branded a total cunt (again), so I'll just say that I raise a glass to all of your honour!" More...
Berkeley, California-based progressive death metallers Tholus have inked a deal with Code666's death metal imprint Goregorecords. The group's debut album, "Constant", is scheduled for a spring release.
Commented drummer/vocalist Dave Murray: "By the time this is released, the drum parts will be two years old. And the vocals a year old!... Wow. Unfortunately, the mix has taken forever because we chose to mix at a low volume preserving the dynamics and fusion elements of the record. I was ignorant to the fact that once we mastered the record that the set balances change in a non-limited mix, and thus we/I have had to really dissect the mix and compensate for the mastering. But I feel the end result will be satisfactory."
Dave Murray - Drums, Vocals, Throat
Wally Scharold - Rhythm Guitar
Rob Pumpelly - Rhythm Guitar
Aaron "Disemboweler" Ortiz - Vocals
Sami Di – Bass
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/tholus1.
Australian progressive thrash metal band, Darker Half, have posted two new songs on their Myspace page. The two songs come off their latest EP and are entitled "Heads are Gonna Roll" and "Invasion."
Nile have changed webmasters, and the new webmaster posted the following greeting on the new website:
It's an unique honour for me to introduce myself as a new webmaster, and to anounce the new version of the Catacombs. For now you can taste the new look of this site... Updates and treasures are being prepaired, and soon we will bring some fresh meat for the beasts.
If there are any questions or things related with this site, I'm here for you, don't hesitate to email me...
And finally, best regards to Steve - the former webmaster - your creation was a good source of contents to start my work with, resulting in this version of the site. Salutes!"
- Michal "Xaay" Loranc
Misery Speaks issued the following update after getting back off tour:
We are back from our tour with Caliban, HSB, Neaera, Deadlock, As we fight and fire in the attic....and we can say it´s been a fuckin´ blast!!!!!!! Thanks to everyone who came out so early and supported us and made us have the time of our lives!!!!!
Capharnaum greeted online visitors with the following message:
Welcome to the NEW Official web site of CAPHARNAUM! After recording our new album "Fractured" at Audiohammer, we were picked up by Willowtip Records, and the Debut full length album "Fractured" will be realeased to the world on February 17!!
"Fractured" was recorded at our own guitarist's (Jason Suecof) studio, Audiohammer (Jason recently recorded Monstrosity, & Trivium), and contains 8 tracks. We've heard people say the new album is extremely well written, catchy, while displaying unparelled musicianship, & technicality. Eh... fuck that shit, it sounds Brutal as Fuck!!! If you just can't wait until the release date, and want to hear a track, click here to have a small taste.
CIRCLE II CIRCLE and SAVAGE CIRCUS are joining forces for a European trek in April.
Dates for the tour, also featuring support from TOMORROW'S EVE, include:
7 - Flensburg, Germany at Roxy
8 - Osnabrück, Germany at Bastard Club
9 - Adelsheim, Germany at Life Factory
10 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
11 - Villach, Austria at Volkshaus Landskron
12 - Wörgl, Austria at Komma
13 - Lyon, France at Venue TBC
14 - Barcelona, Spain at Venue TBC
15 - Madrid, Spain at Venue TBC
16 - Paris, France at La Locomotive
17 - Hamburg, Germany at Headbangers Ballroom
18 - Bochum, Germany at Matrix
19 - Den Bosch, Netherlands at W 2
20 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands at De Boerderij
21 - Aalst, Belgium at Pestpop Festival
Toronto's LIFERUINER have officially joined the Tribunal Records family. Their debut album, No Saints, which was produced/recorded by Antoinne Lussier (of Ion Dissonance/Century Media Records) will hit the streets April 10th.
For more information about the band, their ongoing US tour and preview tracks from the album on the band's MySapce page.
Swedish black metal outfit Naglfar issued the following update:
It's been a hectic six months, and there were some last minute changes made in the tracklist, but now the new album is completely finished. HARVEST will see the light of day through Century Media Records on the 23rd of February this year. The final and official tracklist is as follows:
01. Into The Black
02. Breathe Through Me
03. The Mirrors Of My Soul
04. Odium Generis Humani
05. The Darkest Road
06. Way Of The Rope
07. Plutonium Reveries
08. Feeding Moloch
There will be a limited edition of the album released, containing a bonus-DVD including liveclips, the video for the track "The Perpetual Horrors" as well as an interview. The coverartwork for this album was made by Travis Smith and can be viewed by clicking HERE.
For the Japanese version of the album we've written an exclusive bonustrack called "Necrospiritus". And speaking of which, we're very pleased to announce that we'll be heading over to Japan in a few days together with Celtic Frost and Satyricon. Check the livedates for further info, and hope to see you there.
After returning home we'll start recording a video for the track "The Darkest Road" together with director Roger Johansson (Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames). More info about this later on.
Ohio's RIKETS has parted ways with Crash Music Inc. less than two months after the label announced the group's addition to its roster. According to the band, RIKETS is once again shopping for a new label home while preparing to enter the studio to record its new album. The CD, tentatively titled "All American Death Cult", will feature guest apprearances by Tom Gerard (who reportedly scored the movie "Lost Boys") on a cover of "Cry Little Sister" and Tom Maxwell of NOTHINGFACE/HELLYEAH fame.
RIKETS' latest album, "Anything for the Devil", was released via Corporate Punishment Records. The CD was produced by Ben Schigel (CHIMAIRA, SWITCHED) and mixed by Logan Mader (MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY, MEDICATION).
Audio samples of all 10 tracks that appear on Norwegian symphonic metal band TRISTANIA's new album, "Illumination", are available online at this location.
Due on January 22 via SPV, "Illumination" was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT, GRIP INC.). The track listing is as follows:
02. Sanguine Sky
03. Open Ground
04. The Ravens
05. Destination Departure
10. In the Wake (bonus)
11. Deadlands More...
Drummer Jens Maluschka has left Leipzig, Germany-based prog-death band DISILLUSION.
Commented Jens: "After six years of intensive work with DISILLUSION, it is time for a break. There are various reasons. I want to concentrate more on my private life, meaning I will become a father in June of this year. At that time I wish to focus on my family. So, the decision has been made to leave the band. Of course, my musical endeavours will continue — but I can't decide yet exactly in which from.
"I wish Andy and Rajk all the best for their future and lots of success with DISILLUSION."
Jens' final appearance with DISILLUSION will take place on April 13 at Scheddelspalter in Leipzig. A replacement drummer has not yet been announced.
DISILLUSION's latest album, "Gloria", was released in October via Metal Blade Records. It is the follow-up to the group's full-length debut, "Back to Times of Splendor", which came out in April 2004.
Swedish death metallers DISMEMBER will embark on a nine-date Polish tour in April. The trek, dubbed "Schorched Land Tour 2007", will also feature IPERYT, INFERNAL WAR and VEDONIST. The details are as follows:
Apr. 21 - Lodz (PL) Music Garden
Apr. 22 - Rzeszów (PL) Pod Palma
Apr. 23 - Kraków (PL) Loch Ness
Apr. 24 - Katowice (PL) Mega Club
Apr. 25 - Poznan (PL) Eskulap
Apr. 26 - Wroclaw (PL) Madness
Apr. 27 - Torun (PL) Od Nowa
Apr. 28 - Warszawa (PL) Progresja
Apr. 29 - Lublin (PL) Grafitti
DISMEMBER's latest album, "The God That Never Was", was released in February 2006 via Regain Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Where Ironcrosses Grow" was once again produced by drummer Fred Estby at Sami Studio in Stockholm. The group's current lineup is completed by Matti Kärki (vocals), David Blomqvist (guitar), Martin Persson (guitar) and newcomer Tobias Christiansson on bass.
Oakland, CA based avant-garde rockers SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM have posted the following updates:
"SGM has just finished making an incredibly beautiful and bizarre film to accompany "The Helpless Corpses Enactment" -- a song from the forthcoming record, with lyrics entirely from Finnegans Wake (James Joyce). With the help of countless people who gave their time and talents and resources, and with director Adam Feinstein and cinematographer Jeremiah Crowell at the helm (along with a volunteer crew of upwards of 30 people), we made what should have been a $100,000 film (yes....35mm film!) for a laughably small amount of money...in the mid-4-digits. We emptied pockets and dug deep into the endless wells of the debt machine to make this happen. we are, in fact, about $7,000 in the hole at the end of this unwieldy and exhilerating project. More...
More dates have been released for the upcoming North American tour featuring DARK TRANQUILLITY, THE HAUNTED, and INTO ETERNITY:
March 25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
March 29 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
April 2 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners
More tour dates, as well as another band, are expected to be released shortly.
Swiss metal group SYBREED has issued the following update:
"We just completed our two first shows of the year with our new drummer and it was a great success. Thus, we can officially announce the name of SYBREED's new official drummer Kevin! We are looking forward to introduce him to you all during our next shows. Now that we are again in full force, it will enable us to start working again on the last details of our new album."
SYBREED is currently working on the follow-up to its critically acclaimed debut, "Slave Design" (Reality Entertainment). A demo version of a new SYBREED track, entitled "Emma Zero", can be heard at this location. Other songtitles set to appear on the band's upcoming CD include "Neurodrive", "Permafrost" and "Technocracy".
Legendary German progressive thrash outfit MEKONG DELTA has recruited Leo Szpigiel (ANGEL DUST, CROWS, SCANNER, DUKE) to sing on its upcoming "comeback" album. MEKONG DELTA guitarist Peter Sjöberg (also known as Peter Lake from THEORY IN PRACTICE) recently finished recording the guitar parts for the CD, which is expected to include an adaptation of the classical piece "Allegro" from the 10th symphony by Dimitri Schostakovich. The final vocal arrangements are now being fine-tuned and next week the group will begin laying down the vocal tracks.
MEKONG DELTA's current lineup is completed by drummer Uli Kusch (ex-MASTERPLAN, HELLOWEEN).
Zardoz Music in 2005 released a two-CD, 22-song compilation, entitled "The Principle of Doubt", containing selections from various MEKONG DELTA albums.
OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has slammed the "new breed of idiot OPETH 'fans'" for questioning the abilities of the group's current drummer, Martin Axenrot (BLOODBATH, WITCHERY, NIFELHEIM), when compared to that of Axenrot's predecessor, Martin Lopez.
Lopez officially left OPETH in May 2006 after being plagued by illness and anxiety attacks, which forced him to miss several of the band's tours. Åkerfeldt stated at the time, "However sad I and the rest of the band feel in light of Lopez's departure, I want to thank him for his incredible work with OPETH and immense dedication to the band. We recorded some classic stuff together and he obviously had an enormous impact on our sound. I now feel very excited to hear the material of his own band. In the meantime, OPETH fans can rest assured that we'll continue jamming it out with Axe and we all have high expectations about our coming musical ventures."
Responding to a brand-new discussion on the band's forum regarding Axenrot's more "straightforward" playing technique compared to the "jazzy" style of his predecessor, Åkerfeldt wrote in a January 4, 2007 online posting, "Wow, looks like we got ourselves a new breed of idiot OPETH 'fans' on our tail, huh? Mindblowing guys...really!" He then added, "It makes me happy that you're all fans of Lopez cause he deserves the credit and don't forget I brought him in the band as well. Peter [Lindgren, guitar] didn't even want him to begin with and I said, 'Let's give this guy a chance' as I'd heard he had something. I fucking know the guy and have basically lived together with him for almost 10 years so don't come lamenting his leaving to me! What the fuck do you think I felt?
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.
Finnish extreme metallers IMPALED NAZARENE have issued the following update:
"'Latex Cult' (1996) and 'Rapture' (1998) albums have (finally) been remastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studio. Needless to say, sound quality improved 666% to say the least. Ritual, our house artist, has already worked on cover for 'Rapture' and soon we will do 'Latex Cult' cover with him as well. All covers and layouts etc. will be brand new. We also added some bonus shit on both albums:
"'Latex Cult' has four live tracks ('Total War - Winter War', 'Soul Rape', 'Punishment Is Absolute' and 'Mortification/Blood Red Razor Blade'), recorded at La Laiterie club in Strasbourg in 1996.
"'Rapture' has LP version bonus tracks (cover of SODOM's 'Burst Command 'Til War' and 'Nuclear Metal Retaliation') plus eight live tracks ('Transvestite' [TERVEET KÄDET cover], 'Motorpenis', 'Bashing In Heads', 'I Eat Pussy For Breakfast', 'Whore', 'Violence I Crave', 'Goat Perversion' and 'Hoath: Darbs Lucifero') taken from Strasbourg show as well.
"Two of our albums, 'Nihil' and 'Latex Cult', have been taken under inspection by German government. They have a group called BPjM which, apparently, controls media and entertaiment industries. We got last October bunch of papers in German which stated that both our albums are under their review for being 'harmful to minors' or similar bunch of shit. We did send back our side of story and we were supposed to get verdict in two weeks after that. Instead, they keep sending same papers to us. Go fucking figure.
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.
The anticipation's been boiling for months and now it's finally here! Yahoo Music is proud to present the world premiere of Black Label Society's brand new video, "Blood Is Thicker Than Water."
Get ready to see the doom crew in a whole new light on this great video from BLS' recent release, Shot To Hell.
British doomsters MY DYING BRIDE have lined up the following dates:
Mar. 23 - Petofi Csornok - Budapest, HUN (Metalmania Festival)
Mar. 24 - Spodek - Katowice, POL (Metalmania Festival)
Apr. 21 - Pestpop Festival - Wieze, BEL
Jul. 14 - Artmania Festival - Sibiu, ROM
Aug. 11-12 - M'era Luna Festival - Hildesheim, GER
A "rare" 30-minute video of MY DYING BRIDE performing at the 1995 Dynamo Open Air festival in Eindhoven, Holland has been posted online at Metal Videos.
Guitarist Thomas Pioli (INCANTATION, HEMLOCK, OBLITERATION) has issued the following update:
"I have decided to reform CEREMONIUM along with original vocalist Oscar Matter, ideally to record another studio album, and then observe the way things take shape to possibly return to the world stage.
"The group have already recorded two full-length albums, a demo, 7" EP, promo CD, various compilation appearances and have a double discography disc titled 'Where Roses were Planted Thorns Grow' due out through Weird Truth Productions mid-February, most likely closer to March.
"We require a second guitarist, bassist and drummer whose influences include IMMOLATION, early INCANTATION, early PARADISE LOST, early MY DYING BRIDE, AUTOPSY, ENTOMBED, NIHILIST, CARNAGE, CREMATORY, EDGE OF SANITY and many more. Candidates should live in the New York / New Jersey area, able to rehearse once every week. To find out further info, please contact me @: firstname.lastname@example.org."
REDEMPTION, the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING, has been confirmed as the headliner of the Headway progressive rock and metal festival, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2007. The festival will be held over two days — April 7 and April 8 — at P60 in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
INTO ETERNITY (CAN)
LAST CRACK (USA)
LOCH VOSTOK (SWE)
SEVENTH WONDER (SWE)
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM (USA)
ZERO HOUR (USA)
Legendary New York death metallers SUFFOCATION have lined up the following European tour dates:
Mar. 29 - Paris, FRA @ Scene Bastille
Mar. 30 - Rijssen, NETH @ Lucky
Mar. 31 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Store Vega
Apr. 01 - Glauchau, GER @ Alte Spinnerei (No Mercy Festivals)
Apr. 02 - Prague, CZR @ Abaton (No Mercy Festivals)
Apr. 03 - Szczetin, POL @ Slowanin
Apr. 04 - Aalborg, DEN @ StudenteHuset
Apr. 06 - Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben
Apr. 07 - Gotenburg, SWE @ Musikens Hus
SUFFOCATION recently unveiled the group's first video, for the track "Abomination Reborn", from their self-titled album. The clip was shot in Brooklyn, NY with director Frankie Nasso (MUDVAYNE, HATEBREED, MISERY INDEX) and producers Dale Resteghini and Melissa Manousos of Raging Nations Films. Watch it online at YouTube.com. More...
After the tour through Spain and Portugal in late November (some pics from the tour can be seen at the website of Agathodaimon here), vocalist/guitarist Frank "Akaias" Nordmann revealed that he will leave the band due to personal reasons.
"This decision was not easy for him, but Frank has priorities other than music at the moment. Music means much to all of us, but it's not everything that counts in life, sometimes other things are more important, and we understand his decision fully. We collectively wish him all the best for his future plans and thank him for the great time we spent together in the rehearsal room, on stage and of course off stage as well", said guitarist Sathonys. More...
Complete date details for the upcoming Jägermeister Music Tour, featuring STONE SOUR, LACUNA COIL and SHADOWS FALL, have now been announced, and are as follows: More...