Metal News for January 20, 2007
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Saliva will be doing a tour with Crossfade and opening for 3 Days Grace and Buckcherry on select dates. Tour dates are as follows:
January 23 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
January 25 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
January 30 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheatre
January 31 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
February 1 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
February 2 - Amarillo, TX Aztec Music Hall- Opening for Buckcherry & 3 Days Grace
February 3 - Lubbock, TX The Pavilion- Opening for Buckcherry & 3 Days Grace
February 6 - Waco, TX @ Graham Central Station
February 7 - Fayetteville, AR @ George's Majestic Lounge
February 9 - Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
February 11 - Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
February 13 - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
February 15 - Libertyville, IL @ Austin's
February 16 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
February 17 - Saint Paul, MN @ The Rock
February 20 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
February 21 - Traverse City, MI @ Streeter's
February 22 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
February 23 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
March 20 - Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd's Music Store
March 21 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
March 22 - Fort Walton Beach, FL @ The Swamp
March 23 - Huntsville, AL @ Sammy T's
March 24 - Little Rock, AR @ Clear Channel Metroplex
March 25 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
April 7 - Richmond, VA @ International Raceway
April 27 - Cherokee, NC @ Cherokee Ceremonial Grounds
April 28 - Zephyrhills, FL @ Festival Park
April 29 - Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
The Locust, Daughters, and Cattle Decapitation will be teaming up for a show on March 28th at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA. For more information visit: http://www.ticketweb.com/user/?region=xxx&query=search&interface=ticketweb&newhps=1&search=cattle+decapitation.
Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation has confirmed that this will indeed be a full tour. More details are expected to be released shortly.
Billboard has reported the following on Tom Morello's one man side project, The Nightwatchman, on Audioslave's current state of affairs, and on a possible Rage Against the Machine reunion:
Guitarist Tom Morello takes the mic for the first time on "One Man Revolution," his debut album as the Nightwatchman. Due April 24 via Epic, the 13-track set was produced by Brendan O'Brien and sports acoustic-based compositions that are a far cry from the heavy guitar rock Morello has purveyed in Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave.
The artist has been utilizing the Nightwatchman moniker for the past three years for performances, and has of late been hosting a Tuesday night residency at Los Angeles' Hotel Cafe. Among the guests that have dropped by recently are System Of A Down's Serj Tankian, Cypress Hill's Sen Dog and Perry Farrell.
Morello will tour this spring, including an appearance at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, in mid-March. But perhaps of most interest to hardcore fans are rumors that Rage Against The Machine may be reuniting for the first time in six-plus years to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this spring. More...
Pandaimonium Records have posted the following update:
Clan Of Xymox are still busy with their first ever DVD - release is scheduled for Fall 2007. But of course Ronny's creativity won't let you wait that you long and he's currently finishing the works on a new EP...so far we talk about a release in April 2007 and one brand new song called "On A Mission" plus a remix (that Ronny did himself) of "Be My Friend" and a coverversion of a very well known song. VERY well known song actually. And it'll come in two versions. Anyone who saw Ronny's guest apperiance at WGT 2006 with Pink Turns Blue might have an idea...
Elusive, the gothic rock project created by members of MORENDOES, TRISTANIA and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, will release their third album this year. Between their debut and their second album almost four years passed. Well, their fanbase will be pleased that ELUSIVE's third - yet untitled- album will be released on May 11th of this year. Perfectly suiting to their performance at Wave Gotik Treffen 2007.
This year's leading German gothic culture event Wave-Gotik-Treffen is set to take place May 25-28 in Leipzig. So far, the following bands are confirmed: More...
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has lined up the following dates in March:
Mar. 10 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Mar. 13 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Mar. 15 - N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
Mar. 17 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
Mar. 21 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
More dates will be announced soon.
A brand new STROMMOUSSHELD song titled 'Long Ago Gone', has been posted online here. The track comes off the band's upcoming full-length album, due out later this year.
"We are still recording the songs at the SH Studio," comments frontman Maels, "so we had to postpone the mixing session. Sometimes I believe this album will never be finished, still exchanging and rearranging single tracks to get only the best possible ones. As you see the 'Long Ago Gone' tune stepped us away from extreme metal styles we were playing previously."
MAGRUDERGRIND will release their new full length, Rehashed, on April 10th through Six Weeks Records. You can view the cover art for it here and you can check out an unmastered new track from it over at their official MySpace page.
Nebraska-based extreme power metallers CELLADOR have parted ways with bass player Val Rakhmanov.
"The split was in no way in bad terms," says guitarist Bill Hudson. "Val is still one of my best friends and I intend to help him in any way I can with his future projects. No shows will be cancelled, and we are already holding auditions in order to find a replacement. We'll have a temporary fill in for the upcoming dates, which will include a show with UNEARTH in our hometown followed by a two-week tour supporting ALL THAT REMAINS, which will begin on February 10. After we're back, we'll resume the auditions and hopefully will be able to announce a replacement for Val."
If you think you have what it takes to be the bassist in CELLADOR, visit www.cellador.com for more information.
Acclaimed Australian atmospheric/gothic/doom metal band THE ETERNAL has issued the following update:
"We would like to welcome James O'Toole as our new bass player. After quite a few months of working together we are pleased to have James officially onboard. James's song writing ability and great bass technique are an asset to the band and we look forward to introducing him to you on tour very shortly. Marty O'Shea has also returned on drums after a year's absence from the band. Most of you will know Marty from his great work on our last album, 'Sleep of Reason'.
"Guitarist Lincoln Bowen has taken an extended leave of absence due to the not-so-distant arrival of his second child. Terry Vainoras (CANYONAERO, INSOMNIUS DEI) will be taking his place for the foreseeable future. More...
Norwegian power metallers GAIA EPICUS have posted their video for the song "New Life" at this location (Windows Media). The clip features home video footage taken during the last year, including from the recording sessions for the group's new album, various live shows and from the band's visit to Minneapolis in August 2006. The track comes off GAIA EPICUS's third album, "Victory", which is scheduled for release on January 26 through the band's own label, Epicus Records. According to a posting on the group's web site, "Epicus Records has signed distribution deals with these companies so far: The End Records for North America; Icare Media for Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Metal Mundus for Poland; and LSP for The Netherlands and Belgium. This is where the albums will be available at first, but we are working on getting more distribution as soon as possible."
Three songs from "Victory" — "New Life", "Iron Curtain" and "Rise of the Empire" — are available for listening at Epicus Records' MySpace page. The cover art for "Victory" can be viewed at this location. The painting for the CD was created by J.P. Fournier, who was also responsible for the band's first album cover, "Satrap", in 2003. More...
CORNERSTONE, the Danish/British melodic metal band featuring YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-RAINBOW frontman Doogie White and ex-ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen, has lined up the following tour dates:
Apr. 13 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ The Rock
Apr. 16 - Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos Saal
Apr. 17 - Ludwigsburg, Germany @ Rockfabrik
Apr. 18 - Nürnberg, Germany @ Avalon's Dust
Apr. 20 - Dornbirn, Austria @ Conrad Sohm
Apr. 21 - Pirmassens, Germany @ Rockkneipe zur Schwemme
Apr. 22 - Verviers, Belgium @ Spirit Of 66
Apr. 23 - Bonn, Germany @ Klangstation
Apr. 25 - Hamburg, Germany @ Ballroom Hamburg
Apr. 26 - Foetz, Luxemburg @ Race One
Apr. 27 - Helmond, Netherlands @ Plato
Apr. 28 - Uster, Switzerland @ Rock City More...
M.A.N, the new band formed out of the ashes of Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE (featuring former MNEMIC frontman Tony Jelencovich), has signed a deal with the Gothenburg-based label Gain Records for the European release of the group's debut album, "Obey, Consume, Reject". The CD, which was originally issued in Sweden in March 2006, is expected to surface late March.
M.A.N recently began making pre-production demos of the material that will appear on the group's upcoming second album. This is the first recording featuring the band's new members, Andreas Engberg (drums), Robert Hakemo (bass; RELEVANT FEW, ex-ENGEL, GARDENIAN, KEROZENE, GOOSEFLESH) and newly recruited guitar maestro RobGuz.
Commented Jelencovich: "These new songs are the softest and most melodic songs we have ever written. Listening to the new outcome just feels like hearing angels singing while sitting on beautiful pink clouds. The lyrics has also gotten into another level; the songs deal with love, flowers and ...just happy things."
"Obey, Consume, Reject" was recorded and mixed at Grand Recordings in Gothenburg, Sweden by Svein Jensen. The mastering took place at the Mastering Room by Göran Finnberg.
Belphegor have posted the video for the song entitled "Bluhtsturm Erotika" on their Myspace page.
Through the medium of blogging, Haunted frontman Peter Dolving has become an unlikely subject of intense scrutiny, with many of his innermost thoughts and opinions frequenting the site’s news stories and chat bulletins quicker than most people shit after a night at a Curry House. Crossfire’s metallic veteran Ryan Bird recently caught up with the front man to discuss life as Blabbermouth’s most outspoken and accidental resident…
Hello. How are you, sir?
-Pretty god damned good, though I'm sorer than a whore’s ass! I started working out again a couple of weeks ago; new trainer, new regime. Harsh but good as gold.
Where in the world can we find you today?
-Farting around in my house in the woods outside Gothenburg. I spent the morning eating cookies with my kids at their school.
What does a typical day in the world of Peter Dolving entail – both on and off the road?
-At home: Laundry, vacuum cleaning, picking up toys and listening to the neverending rantings of two little Dolvings, who incidentally make me pale in comparison. And I train, sleep and eat. Chop wood, you know - I have a life pretty much.
-On tour: Sleep, get a massage, read, watch movies and try to not get involved with groupies or drugs.
You seem to have attracted a lot of attention with regards to your personal blog lately – particularly via Blabbermouth. Why do you think people focus so intently on your views when there are so many other artists out there with a similar thought log?
-Maybe ‘cause I'm so damned handsome? I’m fucked if I know. I should do a survey - I'm sure that would get the appreciation with the nose pickers cruising Blabbermouth.
Do you find it quite flattering or just plain amusing that people choose to single you out in such a way?
-I think it's mostly fodder for my weak ego. Otherwise I probably wouldn't keep doing it. As far as I know anyone so apt to talk and write about his emotions like myself have issues, big fucking slabs of the shit and yes, this is part of me dealing with it. But again, I think I'd probably still do it if I was a fairly balanced dude. There's some greater sense of pathos that just enjoy starting shit with assholes who deserve being fucked with. I have to bite my lip not to get into shit sitting at a diner sometimes. Basically - sexists, homophobes, racist, and outright oppressive powertripper fascism pisses me off. What am I supposed to do? Shut up because it's the cool thing to do? Fuck that. I live now. I don't have another life to do things in.
Read the full article at Caught in the Crossfire.
RAGE have announced one live date for Belarus and two shows for Russia with the LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA. According to the band "the setlist will include both old Lingua Mortis/XIII material and new material from the Speak Of The Dead album, and songs from Victor's last solo release."
The band's Lingua Mortis tour schedule is as follows:
20 - Illingen, Germany at New Years Rock
1 - Hannover, Germany at Faust Festival
24 - Minsk, Belarus at Concert Hall Minsk (NEW DATE)
26 - St. Petersburg, Russia at Palace of Culture Lensovet (NEW DATE)
27 - Moscow, Russia at Palace of Culture Gorbunova (NEW DATE)
16 - Kleinwenkheim, Germany at Queens Of Metal Open Air
7 - Osterode, Germany at Rock Harz Open Air
12 - Vizovice, Czech Republic at Masters of Rock Festival
14 - Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany at Headbangers Open Air
22 - Xanthi, Greece EVL Festival
2 - Wacken, Germany at Wacken Open Air
4 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Metal Dayz
25 - Andernach, Germany at JUZ Festival
Two dates in Germany have been added to MOB RULES' European tour schedule. An additional support show on the UFO tour has been announced for March 2nd in Bad Sulzungen, and on March 10th Mob Rules will do a headline show in Münster.
Their complete schedule is as follows:
10 - Oldenburg, Germany at Amadeus
23 - Bremen, Germany at Aladin *
26 - Hamburg, Germany at Headbangers Ballroom *
March (with UFO)
1 - Hamburg, Germany at Fabrik
2 - Bad Sulzungen, Germany at KW70 (NW DATE)
3 - Worpswede, Germany at Music Hall
4 - Berlin, Germany at Columbia Club
5 - Hannover, Germany at Musikzentrum
10 - Münster, Germany at Sputnikhalle (NEW DATE) **
13 - Copenhagen, denmark at Pumpe Huset
14 - Malmö, Sweden at KB
16 - Götheburg, Swedend at Tradgar´n
17 - Stockholm, Sweden at The Arena
* with MASTERPLAN
**one-off headline show
Through trenchant seas, the seasoned crew on the ship NAGLFAR deliver their fifth and most accomplished slab of melodic black metal yet, Harvest. Perfectly fusing the raw energy of their earlier works with the inspired and cutting melodicism of 2005's Pariah, Harvest marks the raucous return of one of the genre?s most celebrated acts, and sees these five Swedes set their sights on sinister shores previously uncharted. The highly anticipated effort is set for a March 12th release.
Without sacrificing their trademark ferocity, NAGLFAR delve deeper into songwriting mode on Harvest, crafting nine brilliantly orchestrated tracks that stick harder than cement. Newest member Morgan Lie (bass) and Mattias Grahn (drums) provide the backdrop for the sharp, anguished screams of Kristoffer Olivius (vocals), who injects the release with an even more diverse array of vocal venom than that found on Pariah, his singing debut. NAGLFAR have created another masterpiece and find themselves the lone champion of all that is dark, technical, and unholy.
Official Harvest Track Listing: 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 09. Harvest
A limited edition of Harvest will also be available, which includes a bonus DVD with four professionally recorded live clips from the Party.San Festival 2006, a video for the Pariah track The Perpetual Horrors and an interview with Olivius. The cover artwork was handled by the acclaimed Travis Smith (Opeth, Nevermore) and can be viewed by clicking the link below. http://www.naglfar.net/enter_harvest.jpg
NAGLFAR will kick off the albums touring cycle in Japan this week with labelmates Celtic Frost and Satyricon. A video for the track The Darkest Road will be filmed by Roger Johansson (Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity) shortly after the band returns from Japan and an MP3 of the song will be posted online later this month.
Long-running Italian metallers WHITE SKULL have finally confirmed that they have parted ways with singer Gus Gabarrò. Replacing Gabarrò in the group's current lineup is female vocalist Elisa "Over" De Palma.
WHITE SKULL released its latest album, "The Ring of the Ancients", last October via Dragonheart Records. The follow-up to 2004's "The XIII Skull" was recorded at Remaster Studio in Vicenza and is said to be a concept album about Celtic history and culture.
"The Ring of the Ancients" is WHITE SKULL's first album for Dragonheart following the group's split with Frontiers Records.
Underground Symphony recently released a WHITE SKULL double CD containing the Spanish version of "The Dark Age", called "La Era Oscura", which was previously available only in South America, plus a collection of unreleased and rare material, recorded during 1995-2005.
POWERMAN 5000 has lined up the following tour dates:
Mar. 09 - Traverse City, MI - Streeters
Mar. 10 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shope
Mar. 11 - Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
Mar. 12 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
Mar. 14 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
Mar. 15 - Pitt, PA - Rex Theater
Mar. 16 - Reading, PA - The Silo
Mar. 17 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Mar. 18 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Mar. 20 - W. Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Mar. 21 - Levittown, NY - Ritual
Mar. 22 - West Lebanon, NH - Club Electra
Mar. 23 - Worcester, MA - Lucky Dog
Mar. 24 - Bedford, NH - Mark's Place
Mar. 25 - Southbridge, MA - Artists Development Complex
Mar. 26 - Portland, ME - The Station
Mar. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Whisky a Go Go
STRESS FACTOR 9, the band featuring ex-ANNIHILATOR members Randy Rampage (vocals) and Ray Hartmann (drums), has uploaded a video on YouTube for the song "Pig Farm Willy" to commemorate the start of the Pickton Pig Farm serial murder trial in Vancouver, Canada. Rampage is writing a biography of the alleged killer, Robert William "Willie" Pickton. Watch the clip at this location.
Robert William "Willie" Pickton (born 1950) is a pig farmer from the city of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada who has been charged with the first-degree murders of twenty-six women, and is implicated in the murders of up to five more, many of them prostitutes from the Downtown Eastside district of the city of Vancouver.
STRESS FACTOR 9's debut 12-song CD, "BrainWarp MindSpin", was produced and mixed by Shaun Thingvold (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, FEAR FACTORY, LAMB OF GOD), at Greenhouse studios in Vancouver. The CD is available at www.stressfactor9.com.
Upcoming STRESS FACTOR 9 shows:
Jan. 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Whiskey Dix
Jan. 26 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx (w/ OVERKILL)
Jan. 27 - Gales Ferry, CT @ Rayas Festival More...
Originally from Hong Kong, Herman Li has forged himself a reputation as one of metal’s fastest and most flamboyant performers in recent times. His band – the multi-national but British based Dragonforce – have also been making huge waves around the world.
A whirlwind combination of speed, power and epic melodies, the band has fast become one of the UK’s leading metallic exports; while their Roadrunner Records debut ‘Inhuman Rampage’ has achieved Silver status for sales of over 60,000 on home soil alone.
Fresh from the band’s biggest and most successful British tour to date, Herman took a few minutes out with Ryan Bird for this rapid-fire Q&A session. Buckle up.
Read the full article at Caught in the Crossfire.
LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.
More details as they become available.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and Dean Guitars have announced a new guitar line called the "Vehement: VMNT" (Photo#1, Photo#2), and unveiled the new instruments today (January 19) at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention in Anaheim, CA. (A live video feed of Dave Mustaine taking part in a signing session at the Dean Guitars booth at NAMM is available at this location.) Mustaine and Dean Guitars joined forces late last year and are working closely on the specifications of the guitar line.
"The whole process has been surreal," said Mustaine. "It's been dream-like, but is more real than any dream I've ever had. They understand what a guitarist expects out of his gear, and we share a vision, a loyalty and an understanding of guitars. Working with Dean has been one of the greatest thrills for me as a musician."
Commenting on his new Dean guitar, Mustaine said, "We designed this thing… the last couple of hours. [Laughs] It feels like that. Dean [Dean Guitars founder Dean B. Zelinsky] I talked a little bit over a month and a half ago. And we just went into the shop and started bulding this [guitar] right away. We wanted to make it play better than any of the other guitars I had, so we took a lot the old guitars that had really good things about them, and we added it all together, and this is the end result."
When asked why he chose Dean over other guitar companies, Mustaine said, "Because they understand the value of Dave Mustaine and MEGADETH. And it's mutual. I know that this is the right place for me to finish out my career, endorsing their products, and having my guitars made by Dean."
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.
MACHINE MEN's video for its new single, "No Talk without the Giant", has been posted online at this location (Windows Media, 13 MB). The song is taken from the Finnish melodic metal act's upcoming album, "Circus of Fools", due in February via Century Media Records. The exact release dates are as follows:
Finland: Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux: Friday, February 16, 2007
U.K. / France / Spain / Denmark / Norway : Monday, February 19, 2007
Sweden / Hungary: Wednesday, February 21, 2007.
Italy: Friday, February 23, 2007
Vocalist Antony recently had the following to say about the "No Talk without the Giant" video shoot: "The other guys woke up 3:00 a.m. on Sunday morning — I didn't sleep at all 'cos I was on the road with some Satanic Christmas band. I sat two hours in a train and the guys drove 300km from our hellish hometown Suolahti to Helsinki. The shooting place was a really big and old train hall — really cool and cruel place. I think my neck is broken 'cos we banged our heads about 10 hours and we really hope you'll enjoy the video."
MARILYN MANSON has set "Eat Me, Drink Me" as the title of his new solo album, according to a posting on his official web site. The shock-rocker is currently putting the finishing touches on the CD, which is tentatively due this spring. A world tour will follow.
In an October 2005 interview with MTV.com, Manson described the music that he was working on for the follow-up to 2003's "The Golden Age of Grotesque" as the "most guitar-driven" and "most original that I've heard created. This record has a very unpleasant attitude toward itself, and I expect it to be — without sounding like someone who says this every time they make a record — something above and beyond and different — sonically, emotionally — than anything I've done."
According to a posting on DREAM THEATER's official web site, SYMPHONY X, ANATHEMA, PORCUPINE TREE, SADIST and DGM have also been confirmed to appear at this year's Gods of Metal festival, which will take place in two separate installments at Idroscalo in Milan, Italy. The first part of the festival will be held on June 2-3 and will feature the following artists (with more to be confirmed):
HEAVEN AND HELL
The second installment of Gods of Metal will take place June 30 and will feature OZZY OSBOURNE (headliner), MEGADETH and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, among others.
There will be eight bands performing each day (a total of 24 artists over the three days). Tickets go on sale January 26.
Finnish folk-influenced melodic death metal band ENSIFERUM has posted the following message on its official web site:
"For the last [few] years, Meiju Enho [synths] has been constantly balancing between the band, school and work and now we are granting her a little breather, so she can complete her schooling. That means that ENSIFERUM will be playing the [upcoming] concerts with Emmi Silvennoinen, the synth player from the band EXSECRATUS." More...
Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal outfit AFTER FOREVER will release its new, self-titled album on April 20 via Nuclear Blast Records.
According to an article on the Dutch web site Metalfan.nl, the song "Discord" will feature the Prague Symphonic Orchestra, while vocalist Doro Pesch can be heard dueting with AFTER FOREVER frontwoman Floor Jansen in the track "Who I Am". ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters makes an appearance in the song "De-Energized".
"After Forever" tentative track listing:
04. Energize Me
05. Equally Destructive
06. Withering Time
08. Cry With A Smile
10. Who I Am
12. Empty Memories
NINE INCH NAILS will embark on a Japanese tour in May. The dates are as follows:
May 18 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
May 20 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
May 22 - Nagoya, Japan - Zepp
May 23 - Osaka, Japan - Zepp
May 24 - Osaka, Japan - Zepp
According to a posting on the web site of New York City's Radio City Music Hall, HEAVEN AND HELL — the new band featuring legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) alongside original BLACK SABBATH members Iommi and Geezer Butler, plus drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH) — will perform at the venue on March 30. Tickets are expected to be priced between $54.00 and $74.00 and go on sale Friday, January 26 at 10:00 a.m. This concert will apparently feature no openers and will see HEAVEN AND HELL playing an extra-long set. No further U.S. dates are planned until August/September.
The Finns have received over 2,000 demos, all hoping to win the vocalist position in the band.
A posting on the band's official site reads:
"The auditions for the new vocalist have ended, with more than 2,000 demos sent to us (yesterday, Jan. 15, we received 120 demos!). A big thanks to everybody! So please don't send anymore demos, since now we need to concentrate on finishing the album recordings.
"The new vocalist will be announced at the end of May, together with the release of a new single."
The band are looking to replace former vocalist Tarja Turunen since her ousting last year.
Adelaides I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN have posted a film clip for the track "Say Goodbye" from the album "Music For The Recently Departed" which will be released in the UK on the 5th of February through Golf Records. You can check it out here.
The album was released in the U.S. and Canada last November through Metal Blade Records. The effort was recorded with producer Frederik Nordstrom (In Flames, At The Gates).
ETERNAL LORD have been added to the twelve UK dates of "The Fall Of Ideals European Tour 2007" supporting All That Remains, Textures and Misery Signals. Here are the tour dates:
April 08 - (UK) Kingston, The Peel
April 09 - (UK) London, Carlington Academy
April 10 - (UK) Southampton, Nexus
April 11 - (UK) Oxford, Zodiac
April 12 - (UK) Newport, TJs
April 13 - (UK) Stoke On Trent, The Sugarmill
April 14 - (UK) Sheffield, Corporation
April 15 - (UK) Manchester, Music Box
April 16 - (UK) Glasgow, Classic Grand
April 17 - (UK) Aberdeen, Moshulu
April 18 - (UK) Middlesbrough, Teesside University
April 19 - (UK) Brighton, Concorde 2
Paul Kuhr, frontman for Chicago’s dark metal act NOVEMBERS DOOM, will be releasing a limited edition book of lyrics, titled The Wayfaring Chronicles (limited to 300 copies), to accompany the pre-order of their forthcoming album, The Novella Reservoir, out February 20th, 2007 on The End Records.
About the book of lyrics, Kuhr comments, “Having completed our 6th full length release, we have built a small, but solid group of fans, and for years in interviews, and through fan correspondence, the question of lyrics is always asked. After much thought, I decided to write a book, full of lyrical explanations of every song from all 6 of our CD's. The book is 84 pages, completely in full color, and is filled, not only with the lyrics, but photos from every era of the band, promo and live, many never before seen. I believe I've created something original, at least in this genre of metal, and it's a great insight to the bands lyrical content for the fans, and the curious alike. Lyrically, I've been praised, as well as criticized for my honesty, and now the absolute truth is spelled out, and will surely give the fans a much deeper look into Novembers Doom. I hope you enjoy it!”
The pre-order for the album/book is now available exclusively at The End Records’ mailorder site, The Omega. To pre-order, click here.
The split with THRONEUM and REVELATION OF DOOM is now done, and is expected to be released late February, 2007 on Pagan Records. The album is called "Total Regression!" and clocks in about 40 minutes, consisting of exclusive, all new cuts from both bands, as well as plenty of covers (Hellhammer, Blasphemy, Destruction, Morgoth to name a few...).
After numerous split releases and demos, Polish antichristian Thrash metallers BLOODTHIRST have signed to Pagan Records. The band will enter the Metalsound Studio in early March to begin recording their debut full lenght album "Let Him Die". Expect nine songs of violent, bone crushing, headbanging Thrash Metal in the vein of the 80's titans: Kreator ("Pleasure To Kill" period), Protector, Assassin... Some of the songs that will appear on the album: "Let Him Die", "Desecrate The Lie", "Crush The Bastard Nazarene", "Thrashing Madness", "Destroyer - Bringer Of Flames", "Winds Of Death", "Excommunion(Sacrifice For Hell)". The cover and layout art will be done by Klaudiusz Witczak (Throneum, Nun Slaughter, Anima Damnata). "Let Him Die" is expected to be released somewhere in the midle of 2007.
SATHANAS, will release its mini album "Flesh For The Devil", on February 24th, 2007 via Pagan Records. The track listing is as follows: "Invocation", "Possessed by Blasphemy", "Flesh for the Beast", "Reign of the Antichrist", "Nocturnal Hell" and "Unholy War". All songs are in the classic, raw Black/Death SATHANAS style. Cover art was handled by Chris Moyen and the lay out was done by Northgrove from Vulture Lord.
Swedish old school brutal death metal band, Torn Apart are the latest signing of Pathologically Explicit Recordings. Their currently unreleased MCD, "Craving Pale Flesh," has artwork by Par Olaffson and t-shirts in full colour with cover will be released. You can view the cover art and hear some tracks from their MCD on their MySpace page.