Metal News for January 22, 2007
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The April 2007 issue of Guitar World will feature a lengthy article about the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner, as well as transcriptions and videos of Death songs. The feature story is written by GW executive editor Christopher Scapelliti, who interviewed some of those who were closest to Chuck and knew him best, including his mother, Jane Schuldiner, and Death/Control Denied drummer Richard Christy, who was Chuck’s closest friend.
The feature covers Chuck’s life and music from its happy beginning to its untimely end. Jane talks about Chuck’s childhood and gives a revealing look at his difficulty overcoming the death of his brother Frank. (“He never really came to terms with it. He always missed Frank.”) Metal writer and former Combat Records publicist Don Kaye tells the previously untold story about the label signing Death to their first record contract. (“Steve Sinclair said to me, ‘Somewhere in the credits, I’m gonna put, “This record is Don Kaye’s folly.” ’ ”) And both Jane and Richard reveal Chuck’s struggles to complete the second Control Denied album during the last months of his life. (“He drove himself unmercifully that last year,” says Jane. “We worried so much about him and begged him to rest.”) The article is generously illustrated with previously unpublishe d private photos of Chuck that were kindly provided by Jane.
The April 2007 issue will also feature a complete guitar and bass transcription of the Death song “Pull the Plug.” In addition, the included CD-ROM (newsstand only) will include the guitar and bass transcription for the Death track “The Philosopher” as well as live videos for both songs taken from the 2001 Death DVD Live in L.A. (Death & Raw).
The April 2007 Guitar World will also feature tributes to other fallen guitar heroes, including Dimebag Darrell, Randy Rhoades, Stevie Ray Vaughan and former Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman. The issue goes on sale at newsstands everywhere February 13, 2007.
ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY will begin filming the first video from their forthcoming new record Open Fire this past weekend. The video, for the track "Words of the Dying Man", will be shot in their hometown of Richmond, VA with local creative collective Day By Day (LAMB OF GOD, MUNICIPAL WASTE). The filming begins today and will last throughout the weekend in a “houseparty” setting. ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY drummer Bryan Cox says of the video shoot: “It’ll be nothing too fancy or cerebral because, well, that's not what we do. The goal for this thing is have something entertaining and fun to watch. If any of you want to join us and participate, be at 800 North 22nd street at noon on Saturday (tomorrow). We'll have a keg.”
Open Fire is set for a March 6th North American release date (March 12th internationally) and will be the first ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY record to feature new vocalist Kyle Thomas (ex- EXHORDER / FLOODGATE).
Additionally, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY’s entire back catalog is now available digitally exclusively via ITunes.
Death metal stalwarts IMMOLATION have wrapped up the recording process for their new full-length album, Shadows In The Light, which is set for an April release via Century Media. The effort was recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios with producer Paul Orofino. Shadows In The Light features the following tracks:
'Hate's Plague', 'Passion Kill', 'World Agony', 'Tarnished', 'The Weight Of Devotion', 'Breathing The Dark',
'Deliverer Of Evil', 'Shadows In The Light', 'Lying With Demons', 'Whispering Death'.
Robert Vigna (guitars) further describes the new album: "It's aggressive, emotional and haunting. The disc delivers all of Immolation's attributes, as it's catchy as hell, very direct and to the point. The album devastates on all levels, from blasting madness and militant charges to sorrow-filled doom and depression. It is a very complete record with soulful solos, thunderous raging drums and vocals that lash right out at you!"
HARAKIRI has parted ways with vocalist, Matt Reese. Guitarist Chris Morrison has issued the following statement:
"It's a sad day for Harakiri... founding member/vocalist, Matt Reese, has left Harakiri after 10 years. He's left on good terms, and we're all still great friends and always will be. We're really bummed though, because not only is he a dear friend, Matt is one of death metal's best lyricists and vocalists. He never took an easy approach to writing by telling tales of gore or other things commonly associated with death metal. His vocal delivery and lyrical wit was perfect for what Harakiri is all about. We are honored that he recorded two albums, a CDep, and a few demos with us. As far as Harakiri's future... the four of us will to continue on. We have the music for approximately 8 songs completed for our new full-length album. We plan to finish writing, secure a new vocalist, record the album, and get back to playing a few shows. So, we are looking for a new vocalist/lyricist... we are not your typical death metal band; therefore, we are not looking for a typical death metal vocalist/lyricist. Candidates must be at least 21, preferably at least a bit older. One must be able to show us some samples of lyrical writing style. One must be able to be in Indianapolis for practice up to a few times a month. Other things we're looking for can be discussed later. If interested, email us here."
Belgian progressive metallers OCEANS OF SADNESS have inked a deal with Italy's Scarlet Records. The group's fourth album, "Mirror Palace", was produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, AMON AMARTH) at Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden and features 10 tracks, including a cover version of ALICE IN CHAINS' "Them Bones". Audio clips of the songs "Mirror Palace" and "Intoxicated", plus a full-length version of the track "Mould", are available at the band's MySpace page. An April release is expected.
OCEANS OF SADNESS' third full-length album, "Send In the Clowns", was releasedin 2005. The follow-up to 2002's "Laughing Tears * Crying Smile" was recorded at Midas Studio in Lokeren, Belgium with producer Tony De Block and was mastered by Attie Bauw (JUDAS PRIEST, GOREFEST, CHANNEL ZERO).
France's GORYPTIC have posted a new song, off their upcoming new album From Blast To Collapse, over at their official MySpace page for your listening pleasure.
THRESHOLD recently announced that guitarist Pete Morten (SOLILOQUY) has been named as the band's second guitarist for their forthcoming live shows, following the announcement that Nick Midson will be taking a break from the band.
The band have since announced the following live dates:
20 - Metalcamp Festival - Tolmin, Slovenia
21 - Earthshaker Festival - Kreuth, Germany
4 - Subtacto Progfest - Oslo, Norway
6 - Progpower Festival - Atlanta, GA More...
Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of death metal legends HATE ETERNAL to worldwide deal. The band is currently writing material for the follow-up to 2005's "I, Monarch", which is expected to be recorded at HATE ETERNAL mainman Erik Rutan's own Mana Recording Studios in June/July 2007.
Formed in 1997, HATE ETERNAL's goal has always been to challenge musical limitations and create new boundaries with no compromise; to obtain goals aimed at by many yet reached by only a select few; to create music that not only defies all clichés, but that creates a true sense of power, dissonance and consonance, heaviness and speed, melody and brutality, simply put horrific hymns. Guitarist Erik Rutan has crafted an impressive career by attaining that goal consistently for well over a decade with his legendary work in RIPPING CORPSE and MORBID ANGEL. Not to mention his other career as engineer/ producer for bands such as CANNIBAL CORPSE, SOILENT GREEN, SIX FEET UNDER, CELLADOR, VITAL REMAINS, PREMONITIONS OF WAR, GOATWHORE and INTO THE MOAT, just to name a few. More...
Greek death metal band MASS INFECTION has signed a record deal with the Austrian record label Black Edge Records. The group's first album, "Atonement for Iniquity", includes nine tracks and is scheduled for release in February. The track listing is as follows:
01. Act of War
03. Forced to Encryption
05. Penetrate the Odious
06. Impending Redemption
07. Eternal Oblivion
08. Atonement for Iniquity
09. Heritage More...
A brand new MAYHEM track, entitled "Anti", is available for download at this location. The song comes off the Norwegian black metallers' new album, "Ordo Ab Chao", tentatively due in April via Season of Mist. The CD will come in very exclusive packaging.
Commented guitarist Blasphemer (a.k.a. Rune Erickson): "The sound is raw and powerful, and listening to it, it reminds me of the 'Wolf's Lair Abyss' era, only more varied and more philosophical. The album also contains the most aggressive songs in the MAYHEM history as well as the most wicked and darkest."
The upcoming CD will mark MAYHEM's first release since 1993 with vocalist Attila Csihar back behind the microphone.
Massachusetts' IT WILL END IN PURE HORROR have lined up the following upcoming shows:
February 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tritone
February 10 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Live Music Hall
February 11 - Somerville, MA @ The Skybar
Febraury 18 - Fall River, MA @ Fall River PAL
February 23 - Somerville, MA @ The Skybar
March 3 - Boston, MA @ Mass Art
March 31 - Quincy, MA @ DeeDee's Lounge
April 9 - Cambridge, MA @ Charlie's Kitchen
April 16 - Somerville, MA @ The Skybar
April 20 - Allston, MA @ O'Briens Pub
May 20 - Cambridge, MA @ Cambridge Elks Lodge w/ Extreme Noise Terror
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have lined up a number of live dates during the coming months, including a San Francisco show with TESTAMENT and RUFFIANS at The Independant on January 27. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows (venue details to be announced):
Jan. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independant
Feb. 23 - Santa Rosa, CA @ [to be announced]
Feb. 24 - Alameda, CA @ [to be announced]
Mar. 08 - San Antonio, TX @ [to be announced]
Mar. 09 - Corpus Christi, TX @ [to be announced]
Mar. 10 - Houston, TX @ [to be announced]
Mar. 15 - Palmetto, FL @ [to be announced]
Mar. 16 - Tampa, FL @ [to be announced]
Mar. 17 - Cayey, Puerto Rico @ [to be announced]
Mar. 21 - Detroit, MI @ [to be announced]
Mar. 22 - Ohio @ [to be announced]
Mar. 23 - Ohio @ [to be announced]
Mar. 24 - Ohio @ [to be announced]
Apr. 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ [to be announced]
Apr. 13 - San Diego, CA @ [to be announced]
Apr. 14 - Las Vegas, NV @ [to be announced]
Apr. 16 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 17 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 18 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 19 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 20 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Professionally shot video footage of SAVATAGE performing the song "Dead Winter Dead" at the Dynamo Open Air festival in Eindhoven, Holland in 1996 has been posted online at YouTube.com. The clip originally aired on the German music video channel VIVA TV on the metal show "Metalla". More...
An e-card for MANOWAR's tenth full-length album, "Gods of War", has been made available at this location. The e-card contains the new album cover art, background information, new band pictures, dates for fan release parties, news about the "Virtual Release Party," an announcement for the participation in the "Royal Artist Club," and cool downloads.
"Gods of War" is scheduled for release on February 23 in Germany (February 26 for the rest of Europe and April 3 for the USA/Canada).
You can check out some new demo tracks from California's SYSTEMATIC INFANTICIDE over at their official MySpace page.
Pennsylvania's AGE OF PLAGUE have posted two new songs over at their official MySpace page. The tracks come off their upcoming new album, Stab.Fuck.Eat.Kill.
JOB FOR A COWBOY and DESPISED ICON will be teaming up for the following tour dates:
February 28 - Springfield, MO @ Outlander
March 1 - Cedar Lake, IN @ K of C
March 2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Lawrenceville Moose
March 3 - London, ON @ Call The Office
March 4 - Hamilton, ON @ Underground
March 5 - Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
March 6 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavricks
March 7 - Montreal, QC @ Club Lambi
March 8 - Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Tremplin
March 9 - Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Cafe Rock Le Stage
March 10 - Quebec City, QC @ Anti
March 11 - Rimouski, QC @ Petit Pavillion
March 14 - Charlottetown, PE @ The Arts Guild
March 15 - Halifax, NS @ The Pavillion (early show)
March 15 - Halilfax, NS @ The Attic (late show)
BLAZE, the band fronted by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, has lined up the following dates:
Mar. 24 - Katowice, POL @ Metalmania Festival
Apr. 13 - Barcelona, SPA @ Razzmatazz 2
Apr. 27 - Reichenbach, GER @ Die Halle H2O
May 12 - Tamworth, UK @ The Palace
Dec. 15 - Dudley, UK @ JB's (Big Bash) More...
Canadian metal band KITTIE has uploaded three new tracks — "Everything That Could Have Been", "Breathe" and "Last Goodbye" — to its MySpace page. All three cuts come off the group's new album, "Funeral for Yesterday", due on February 20, 2007 via KITTIE's record label, X of Infamy.
A trailer for the DVD that will be available as a companion disc with "Funeral for Yesterday" has been posted online at YouTube.com.
Inferno Festival organizers have issued the following update:
"Like last year, there will be a kick-off party in Trondheim, Norway. ALLFADER and OLM will play live. During the evening we will announce the full Inferno lineup and we are giving away one Inferno Festival three-day pass and some other goodies. The event will take place at Kafe Larssen. Doors open at 22.00 with the first band going on at approx. 23.00. Tickets cost 80 NOK and it's an 18 year age limit. More information can be found here."
The 2007 Inferno Festival (www.infernofestival.net) is scheduled for April 5th - 7th at Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway. The festival lineup is as follows: ANAAL NATHRAKH, DARK FUNERAL, DØDHEIMSGARD (DHG), IMMORTAL, PRIMORDIAL.
The running order has been confirmed for this year's highly anticipated Maryland Deathfest V, which will take place on May 26th and 27th at Sonar in Baltimore, MD. The running order is as follows: More...