Metal News for January 28, 2004
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Former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader has changed the name of his new band to STEREO BLACK from the previously announced NEW BLACK.
As previously reported, STEREO BLACK — whose lineup is completed by Lucas Banker (guitar), Clyde Shorey (guitar), Jason Evigan (bass, backing vocals) and Christopher Antonopoulis (drums) — reportedly sees Logan returning to his heavier roots, and at the same time, incorporating what he has learned from his early days as a guitarist to present. The group recently finished mixing a demo in Amsterdam with beatmaster extraordinaire JUNKIE XL and will soon begin shopping around for a record deal.
STEREO BLACK currently have a total of 13 tracks under their belt, according to a posting on Logan's official web site.
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The surviving members of the Norwegian black metal band WINDIR have issued a statement confirming reports that vocalist Terje "Valfar" Bakken was found dead on Saturday, January 17.
"Terje left his home Wednesday [January 14], when he did not return his family got worried and contacted the police. Saturday [January 17] our greatest fear was confirmed. Terje was found dead at Reppastølen in the Sogndal valley. It seemed as if Terje was on his way to the family cabin at Fagereggi. Due to the cold weather and deep snow the trip became much harder than Terje expected. When he realized that he would not be able to reach the cabin, he tried to make his way back down. Unfortunately he did not make it. Terje was found just above Reppastølen. Forensic evidence says that Terje died of hypothermia. This tragic accident has made these times extremely difficult for his family, band members and friends.
"Terje was buried at Stedje church Tuesday [January 27].
"We hope you will respect his memory and let Terje's closest mourn in peace.
"A great man has passed away, but his music lives forever.
"Hváll, Steingrim, Sture, Strom & Righ."
Reality Entertainment have announced that they have signed a worldwide deal with French metal icons, Lyzanxia, and will be releasing their new album, Mindcrimes on March 9th, 2004. Lyzanxia, who have been among those leading the metal resurgence in Europe, have already released the new album, Mindcrimes, in Southeast Asia and France, where it was met with the expected enthusiasm and acclaim by fans and media alike. Now, they will release it in the United States and the rest of Europe, where they are building a core base, receiving thousands of emails from new fans in the U.S. who have heard and seen the band online or have seen them in export press publications.
According to vocalist/founder David Potvin, "It was important to us that we waited to get with the right label in America before releasing this record. Reality understands the whole metal scene both in the U.S. and Europe and we are excited to be with them." Reality CEO Warren Croyle adds, "Although metal is not the only music we release on Reality, it is something that everyone involved with the label understands and appreciates. Lyzanxia is a genuine innovator in the metal genre and we plan to build it market by market in The States."
The band plan to follow the CDs U.S. release with a U.S. tour this summer.
In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Electricbasement.com, MAGNITUDE 9 visionary/guitarist ROB JOHNSON talks about the struggles for prog metal bands trying to put together a tour, "We use the example of Symphony X. They released four albums before they even toured. This is our third album. It takes a band without airplay a lot longer to gain a following. It would be stupid for us to try to tour now because it would be expensive. The reason why we don't tour is for that reason." He talks in-depth about the band's new album Decoding the Soul and much more.
Read the full article at Electric Basement.
- HIM performed in concert on January 19th in Milan, Italy. Check out pictures from WireImage.
- Iron Maiden performed at Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday (January 24) in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
Since announcing their impending break-up last February, Pennsylvania's All Else Failed has ultimately had a change of heart and will be releasing a new record later this year. Here's a portion of a statement from the band:
"We thought for a long time about packing it in. But what else would we do? We originally decided to start a new band, kill AEF and move on in a new direction, and for that matter we did. We started writing new songs and trying out drummers, not for AEF but this new project. That went on for a while, a long while, and then we decided that there was still some gas left in the tank."
The group will be in the studio next month recording roughly fifteen songs for a full-length, which will hit stores this summer via an unspecified label (their most recent label, Now Or Never Records, was recently purchased by Century Media Records).
Gosmack have updated their site with this short message:
New Music from GODSMACK Coming! Stay tuned for more details on new music from GODSMACK coming in March!!!!
UPDATE: Blabbermouth reports that GODSMACK's all-acoustic "The Other Side" EP finally will hit shelves March 16. The set originally was intended to drop last fall. "We haven't put it out yet because 'Faceless' still has legs and we didn't want to interrupt the momentum," singer Sully Erna told MTV.com. "['The Other Side'] will keep GODSMACK in the public eye while we take some time off to write the fourth record." GODSMACK begin a tour with METALLICA on March 2 in Phoenix.
Finnish metallers LULLACRY have updated their site with the following message:
'LULLACRY have been in the studio to rehearse the new material for the upcoming album "Killer" (working title). "We have made lots of new amazing songs and I must say they´re heavier, faster & more hellish heavyrock than ever. Here are some titles for you: Zero, Fire Within, The Stranger In You, The No. 1 Rebel, Close Your Eyes, Killing Time, King Of Pain, Fate, You Are The One. We´ll make something like 20-30 songs and choose the best ones and you can definitely wait next album to be the best LULLACRY album to this date", Says LULLACRY´s main songwriter Sami Vauhkonen.
Album will hit the stores in January 2005. Also you can wait some new material to be released within this year as a single or EP.'
LULLACRY will be going on their first ever US tour with NIGHTWISH in August.
Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have put the cover of their forthcoming live album, "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine", online. It can be viewed or downloaded here.
MORBID ANGEL's guitar wizard Trey Azagthoth is included in a list of 'The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists Of All Time' in the March 2004 issue of Guitar World magazine. Ranking at #55 on the star-studded list, Azagthoth is described as: "One of the most crazed characters to emerge from Florida's late-Eighties death metal scene... A frenzied player, he combines furious, angular power chords with ripping leads, but his songs never lack dynamics, since he often chugs through visceral, pick harmonic-tinted rhythms before lashing out with torrents of blinding noise." Among the other luminaries on the list are Tony Iommi, Eddie Van Halen, and Steve Vai. Congratulations to Trey!
Finnish Goth-metallers THE 69 EYES are currently in pre-production for the follow-up to 2002's "Paris Kills", tentatively due late summer/early fall.
THE 69 EYES' "best of" CD, "Framed In Blood - The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes", and the group's first-ever DVD, "Helsinki Vampires", were issued on the same day last September. "Framed In Blood - The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes" is a compilation CD featuring THE 69 EYES' "goth 'n' roll classics," while "Helsinki Vampires" includes a live performance filmed at Tavastia in Helsinki in November 2002 along with all of the band's promo video clips and other extra material.
Norway's Progressive/ Doom metal act GREEN CARNATION is turning away from the plan of making a MCD, instead the band already started making pre-production demos of new songs for a coming new full- length album which will be recorded from late August `04. A pre-production sample of one new song will be featured on the upcoming DVD which will be recorded in Poland in the end of January 2004.
The band featuring Tchort (a.k.a. Terje Vik Schei, ex-Emperor, Satyricon), are the latest band confirmed for this year's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 19-21, 2004 in Abtsgmünd, Germany.