Metal News for November 8, 2009
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Candlelight Records confirmed February 9 as the American release date for "Mechanize," the seventh studio album from Fear Factory. Mechanize features the highly reported reconciliation of vocalist Burton C. Bell with original guitarist Dino Cazares along with bassist Byron Stroud and journeyman drummer Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad). The anticipated album also welcomes back keyboardist/producer Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly).
The band is said to have gone back to the sounds of 1995’s "Demanufacture" and 1998’s "Obsolete" on "Mechanize."
“I didn’t want any of the soundscapes to sound natural,” says Bell. “I wanted them to be really mechanical because I wanted that aspect of Fear Factory to really shine again. I feel it kind of got dulled over and that’s the aspect that I really enjoyed a lot about Fear Factory. I was a huge fan of industrial music and still am. And you don’t hear much of that anymore these days.”
As work began on the album in early April, Bell, who resides in Pennsylvania, admitted he initially expected the years apart would leave him feeling awkward or uncomfortable. However, when Cazares picked him up at the airport his apprehensions melted like a block of ice on a hot electric motor. “After being with him a couple hours and talking to him everything was cool,” Bell says.” Three months later the duo had a fresh batch of new songs written and a more importantly a renewed confidence in their union.
“Our creative juices were really flowing the whole time,” says Cazares about the entire creative process. “All of a sudden we’d look at the clock and go, ‘Holy shit, it’s already 2:30 or 3 am.’ We just lost track of time because we were all bouncing ideas off each other really productively. We were adding touches right up until the final second to make the record as fresh as it could be.”
As time passed, the chance of a reunion between Bell and Cazares seemed less likely. Then in April, 2008, a full six years after they had last spoken, Bell, who at that time was touring with Ministry, ran into Cazares while in Los Angeles and the two reopened the lines of communication. “It just didn’t feel complete,” says Bell. “I realized that Dino and I were a real integral part of Fear Factory and we needed each other to make it work. Without the both of us it just lost that intensity.”
In the six years that have passed since the original Fear Factory splintered, lots of transformation has taken place. Bell has formed the gothic rock band Ascension of the Watchers, and Cazares has put out two Divine Heresy discs and toured extensively. Stroud and Hoglan have recorded and toured with Strapping Young Lad, Zimmer’s Hole and Dethklok. For Bell, the myriad of projects have only provided creative ideas and inspiration for Fear Factory. He notes, “in this day and age you gotta keep busy. You can’t just rely on one band; something we’ve all learned from time and years of experience. Not only is it good to support yourself, but it also keeps you going creatively.”
“This is definitely a different chapter for us and I think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done,” Cazares adds. “Obviously, Burton and I have grown up and we’ve pretty much perfected what we do. More importantly we’ve discovered why we so were good together in the first place. Our combination just works. All the ingredients and the elements that we had in the past, combined with what we’ve learned since being apart feels like putting on a new glove that still feels as good as an old glove.”
Hard rock wrestling superstar Chris Jericho is set to release Fozzy’s first ever live album, which was recorded in Brisbane on the band’s 2005 tour of Australia.
FOZZY, the band featuring WWE Wrestling Superstar Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo mastermind Rich "The Duke" Ward release their first ever live album "Remains Alive" as part of a special very limited edition "Survival Pack" as a lead up to their upcoming new album "Chasing the Grail" to be released via Riot Entertainment on January 26, 2010.
"Remains Alive" was recorded in Brisbane, Australia on the "Fozzy in Aussie" Tour in September 2005 and contains songs from all 3 previous Fozzy albums! "Remains Alive" is ONLY available in this limited edition "Survival Pack," strictly limited to 500 packs.
Inserted randomly in ONE pack is a ticket that will win the holder a New Black Epiphone Guitar – Signed by Rich Ward and Chris Jericho. Inserted randomly in 20 packs will be Gold Tickets that will win the holders a personal phone call from Chris Jericho.
Apart from the "Remains Alive" CD the pack also contains:
Fozzy Messenger Bag
Fozzy "We Are Huge Rock Stars T-Shirt"
Fozzy Lanyard w/ VIP Laminate (Access to meet the band at any Fozzy Show)
Fozzy All That Remains CD
Fozzy Guitar Picks
Fozzy Beer Cooler
Fozzy Badges x 2
Fozzy Dog Tags
Fozzy Metal Belt Buckle
Fozzy New Band Photo 8 x 10
& a Fozzy Metal Key Chain!
The "Remains Alive" CD and Survival Pack is only available online from Riot. These are extremely limited and are expected to go very quickly.
"Remains Alive" features the tracks:
1. Nameless Faceless
2. Don’t You Wish You Were Me
3. Daze Of The Weak
5. Crucify Yourself
6. End Of Days
7. Freewheel Burning
8. Eat The Rich
9. Feel The Burn
10. With The Fire
11. To Kill A Stranger
SUICIDE SILENCE has teamed up with Bloodydisgusting to present the worldwide exclusive debut of the band’s much anticipated new video for “Genocide.” The track can be found exclusively on the new SAW IV Soundtrack on Trustkill Records (in stores now) and features some dynamic live performance footage interwoven with some grizzly, striking clips from the hit movie.
The Saw VI Soundtrack is in stores and online NOW featuring NEW and UNRELEASED music from Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, Shadows Falls, It Dies Today, Chimaira, Suicide Silence, Mushroomhead, Converge, Type O Negative, Memphis May Fire, and more.
You can also pick up the LIMITED EDITION Clear Saw Blade 12" Vinyl at MerchNow (w/ FREE 18" x 24" poster!) or at your local Hot Topic.
As was previously reported, solo metal act Autumns Eyes was scheduled to release a new album on Halloween this year. The new album release has been set back due to a broken radius bone in sole member Dan's right arm. The injury has pushed back the release of the new album to early 2010. The album title, artwork, and track listing are expected to be announced later this month.
A new Fear Factory track titled "Powershifter" has been posted online and can be heard below. The song comes off Fear Factory's upcoming album "Mechanized," which will be released on February 9th, 2010.
E-rock.gr has posted a four part video interview with Greek band Sorrowful Angels. The first part can be viewed below and the following three parts can be found after the jump.
Following on from last weeks article where we looked at Venom, a hugely influential band from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement, we're continuing the trend this week by looking at one of their fellow N.W.O.B.H.M. acts, Diamond Head. Diamond Head is considered in this day and age one of the most influential acts of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and have been championed by numerous big name bands such as Exodus, Megadeth and Metallica to name a few. Diamond Head was the hot tip at the time to follow Iron Maiden in becoming not just another band from the movement, but a major act themselves. Unfortunately, although signed to a major label, the band never got the success and fame many expected they would achieve. In some cases today they are a band heard in name only, many knowing of their existence but less are aware of the actual music with the exception of cover versions bigger acts have done.
The band was formed in 1976 in the town of Stourbridge in England's Midlands region and continued for several years to hunt for success. The group took their name from an album by Phil Manzanera, the former lead guitarist of Roxy Music. The band would often refuse to perform cover songs, eventually making the exception for the Black Sabbath classic, "Paranoid." Though they self-financed many demos and released them independently, they struggled to find record label interest, though they were able to attract the attention of popular rock and metal artists of the time and secure support slots with the likes of AC/DC and Iron Maiden.
The band released their first album, which is often reffered to as "Lightning To The Nations" (though it never officially had a title) in 1980 through their own record label, Happy Face Records and received much critical acclaim for the record. This led to the band signing to MCA Records the following year and releasing their next album, "Borrowed Time." The album hit the number 24 mark in the British album charts and enabled the band to venture on their own headlining tour of the United Kingdom.
Diamond Head suffered from several line up changes and break-ups over the years and today guitarist Brian Tatler remains the sole original member of the band. Since their most recent reformation in 2000, the band has released two studio albums with the new line-up entitled "All Will Be Revealed" and "What's In Your Head?" with plans to record another album well underway.
Diamond Head - "Am I Evil?"
Germany's Eternal Reign have announced they will be supporting Mob Rules for their "Radical Peace" record release show. Samples of Eternal Reign's music can be found at their official MySpace page. The details of the show are as follows:
11/27 Pumpwerk, Wilhelmshaven - Wilhelmshaven, Niedersachsen
Manowar have announced a string of German shows on their upcoming "Death To Infidels" world tour. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
1/16 Leipzig @ Haus Auensee
1/18 Fürth @ Stadthalle
1/19 Berlin @ Tempodrom
1/21 Ludwigshafen @ Friedrich-Ebert- Halle
1/22 Ludwigsburg @ Arena
1/23 Offenbach @ Stadthalle
1/25 Munich @ Zenith
1/28 Tilburg @ 013 (HOLLAND)
1/30 Hannover @ AWD Halle
1/31 Cologne @ Palladium
Hellametal has posted a new video interview online with vocalist Jeff Becerra of California death metallers Possessed. The video, which can be viewed below, was shot on November 1st, 2009 at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, California. More...
Finnish gothic metal band Unshine has posted a new music video online for the track "My King," which can be viewed below. The video was recorded during Unshine's performance at On The Rocks in Helsinki. Unshine have also announced they are currently writing new material for an upcoming album.
Vancouver metallers Tyrants Blood have announced they will be playing a show at the Biltmore Hotel, Vancouver BC Canada alongside Dayglo Abortions and Dead River Wasteland. The show is set to take place on December 11th. Samples of Tryants Blood's music can be found at the band's official MySpace page.
Italian metallers Slowmotion Apocalypse have updated their tour schedule with the following dates, including a release party for their new album "Mothra:"
11/14 Serravalle-San Marino San Marino
12/5 DEPOSITO GIORDANI - Mothra release party!!! Pordenone
12/17 Urban Club Perugia
Slowmotion Apocalypse has also posted a brief teaser trailer for "Mothra," which can be viewed below. More...
Just For Fun
For anyone who has ever wanted to partake in a concert mosh pit but wasn't sure how, below can be found an informative video on the fine art of moshing. Special thanks to California's Echoes of Fear for bringing this to our attention.
Bassist Peter Iwers of In Flames has announced he will be holding several autograph sessions during the band's upcoming European tour. The currently confirmed dates for the signing sessions are as follows:
11/18 - Niederlenz, Switzerland Musik Produktiv Schweiz
11/19 - Milano, Italy Rock'n Roll Milano
12/8 - München, Germany Just Music München Hanauer Straße 91
12/9 - Bochum-Wattenscheid, Germany Beyer´s Music GmbH Kantstraße 26
12/11 - Stockholm - Sweden Musikbörsen Stockholm, Fridhemsplan
12/14 - Malmö - Sweden Musikbörsen Malmö
Dutch metallers Persistense (not a spelling error but a contraction of ‘to persist’ and ‘intense’) have announced vocalist Stefan will be making a live appearance on the Internet radio show Let There Be Rock on Tuesday, November 10th. The stream of the show can be found at this location.
Porcupine Tree has issued the following announcement about taking part in the legal fund charity LIFT:
"Porcupine Tree have donated an autographed set of promo CDs to help raise money for the New York-based legal charity, LIFT. The promos include: 1) Shallow promo single (January 2005 Lava/Atlantic Records) contains: Shallow (radio edit); So Called Friend (non-album track); Half-Light (non-album track) 2) Futile promo CD (July 2003 Lava Records) contains: Strip The Soul (edit); Orchidia (2003 band recording); Futile (May 2003 new recording); Drown With Me (Previously issued on In Absentia European edition bonus CD); Interview with Steven Wilson; Hatesong (Recorded live in Philadelphia, 26 Jul 2002); Blackest Eyes (live at XM radio); Death Whispered A Lullaby (Taken from Opeth "Damnation" CD); Steve Wilson Generic Station ID (0.09) 3) Porcupine Tree Sampler 2002.1 (July 2002 Lava promotional CD) - Number one in a series of three samplers based around material from the "In Absentia" album. This CD sent to radio only. Trains (4.25 edit)
"At the time of writing, there are three days left to place your bid. Visit the auction here. 100 % of the money raised in this auction goes to the charity. You can find out more about LIFT and what they do by visiting their website."
German power metallers Orden Ogan, who recently signed with AFM Records, have recorded a track titled "The Battle Of Waterloo" for "ReUnation - A Tribute To Running Wild." The tribute album is to be released on November 13, 2009 via Remedy Records. The track is now available for streaming at this location.
Throne of Malediction have previously announced they recorded an "anti-xmas" song titled "Black Friday" for an upcoming release through Misantrof Anti-Records. The track is now online and available for streaming at the official Throne of Malediction MySpace page.
Sweden's Netherbird has issued the following announcement about seeking a fan to play a guitar solo on an upcoming release:
"We have two releases coming up and for one of them there is a little spot where you (yes YOU) could join the ranks of Netherbird as the lead guitarist! So if you play the guitar or if you know a friend who has got the skills, read on! We will cover four tracks and one of these is the fantastic 'Nepenthe' by Sentenced. Are you a skilled lead guitarist with access to equipment to record a solo for this tune? Then dont be afraid to give this a go!
"Below is a player where you can hear the part of the tune and instructions on where to start playing you solo and where to end! You can also download the music as MP3. Record your lead and send it (or a link to a place where we can here it) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will listen to all contributions and the ones we like the most will be placed for a vote on netherbird.com and the one with the most votes will be included on the song. More...
In conjunction with the digital release of two new tracks from the split 7" "Friendship Adventure Music," Trigger Effect is doing a cross-Canada tour in with Priestess and Early Man.
Here are the tour dates:
November 18th // Quebec, QC // @ Chez Dagobert w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 19th // Montreal, QC // @ Le National Cabaret w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 20th // Ottawa, QC // @ Mavericks Bar w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 21st // Toronto, ON // @ Lee’s Palace w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 22nd // Hamilton, ON // @ Rok Bar w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 24th // Thunder Bay, ON // @ Black Pirates’ Pub w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 25th // Winnipeg, MB // @ Pyramid Cabaret w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 26th // Regina, SK // @ The Disrikt w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 27th // Calgary, AB // @ The Distillery w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 28th // Edmonton, AB // @ The Starlite Room w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
November 30th // Whistler, BC // @ Garibaldi Lift Company w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
December 1st // Victoria, BC // @ Sugar Nightclub w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
December 2nd // Nanaimo, BC // @ The Queens w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
December 3rd // Vancouver, BC // @ The Commodore Ballroom w/ PRIESTESS & EARLY MAN
Blood & Ink Records has announced the signing of DIVIDE THE SEA. Hailing from Greenville, South Carolina, these boys wear their Southern upbringing on their sleeves, "dishing out awesome groove-laden metalcore the way it’s done south of the Mason-Dixon."
Blood & Ink Records will be releasing the debut album from DIVIDE THE SEA, entitled "Man," on January 26th, 2010. The album will feature production and cover art by Zeb Love
In the meantime, check out DIVIDE THE SEA on Myspace.