Metal News for February 1, 2007
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19 news articles posted on this day.
Oakland's Annihilation Time has gone on hiatus. Here's a statement from the band:
"Terrible news people. AT will be dropping off of all upcoming shows including all the California dates for February as well as the European Tour in April, due to an untimely injury. The other day Graham severely broke 3 fingers on his left hand, an injury which will require surgery and months of recovery. We're sorry to let everyone down who was looking forward to seeing us play both over here and in Europe, but the thought of replacing Graham for those shows is simply unthinkable and downright ridiculous. Hopefully by summer we should be able to play again. Thanks for everyone who came out to the Hemlock the other night and raged. It was really a blast. Let's all hope Graham makes a full and speedy recovery."
1917 Records had originally planned to release Ruiner's debut full-length "No Apologies" this June. However, the label and band have come to a mutual and amicable agreement to part ways, citing personal reasons. Ruiner is now looking for a new label to release the album.
Solid Stat Records has officially signed the Canadian metal band Cry Of The Afflicted. Hailing from Kelowna, Canada this quintet will release their Solid State debut full-length this summer. Right now, you can listen to a demo from the upcoming album on their MySpace page.
They may not have made it to CMJ due to troubles with the authorities, but FUCKED UP has scheduled a couple of shows in March to satisfy those left with a longing for a taste of the Hidden World.
The first show will be in Philadelphia on March 2nd at the First Unitarian Church with Government Warning, Cold World, and YDI. Tickets are available online.
The New York show will be March 3rd at the Mercury Lounge and it will surely sell out.
Here are the planned Fucked Up tour dates:
02/03/2007 Peterborough, ON Canada @ Underdog
02/09/2007 Toronto, ON Canada @ Horseshoe Tavern
02/15/2007 Vancouver, BC Canada @ Croatian Cultural Centre
02/16/2007 Vancouver, BC Canada @ Pub 340
02/17/2007 Surrey, BC United States @ Cloverdale Seniors Centre
02/28/2007 Toronto, ON Canada @ The Gladstone Hotel
03/02/2007 Philadelphia, PA United States @ First Unitarian Church
03/03/2007 New York, NY United States @ Mercury Lounge
03/12/2007 Houston, TX United States @ Walter's on Washington
03/13/2007 Denton, TX United States @ J and J's Pizza
03/14/2007 Austin, TX United States @ Lamar Pedestrian Bridge
More shows will be announced soon and additional shows with short notice are always par for the course.
LINKIN PARK has issued the following update:
"Firstly, our new album has officially entered the 'mixing stage' of the process. We have put more into the new album than anything we have ever done before. After over a year of writing, recording, and setting unrealistic finish dates for the record (sorry about that!), we are in the home stretch. The new album is very exciting for the six of us, and we can't wait until everyone can hear it! When can you get your first taste? We are looking to release the first single in March.
"Some of you may think you have already heard some new music; not true. You have heard either 'Qwerty' or 'Announcement Service Public'Â… both tracks that came out of our recording process, but neither of which will be on the album. They are currently available on this year's LPU [fan club] CD. Go check out www.lpunderground.com.
"Also, get ready for LPTV. We are going to be releasing a series of Internet webisodes on www.linkinpark.com that will give a history of LINKIN PARK, as well as an inside look at the studio experience with the new album. LPU members will have access to extended footage on almost all of the LPTV episodes."
Misericordiam has posted 'Insomnia', a brand new song off their new EP that can be heard on the Twelve Gauge Myspace. Their new EP entitled Unanimity And The Cessation Of Hostility is due in April 2007 on Twelve Gauge Records followed by a few West Coast shows.
Unanimity And The Cessation Of Hostility EP was just recorded a few weeks ago at Lovejuice Labs in Riverside, California. This EP will be available in April but expect pre-orders for those of you who want your CD a few weeks early.
Dave Grohl’s FOO FIGHTERS will head into the studio in March to start recording their 7th album as a band. You can learn more as Jack Black sits down one on one with the former NIRVANA drummer in an exlcusive MySpace interview.
Earache Records newest signing, UK thrashers EVILE, will be live on TotalRock radio from 10.30am until 12noon UK time tomorrow (Friday, February 2nd). As previously reported, Evile are slated to enter the studio in mid 2007 to record their first Earache release.
Following two album playback events in New York and at Abbey Road in London, the track listing of the new Porcupine Tree album "Fear of a Blank Planet" has been revealed:
1. Fear of a Blank Planet (7.28)
2. My Ashes (5.07)
3. Anesthetize (17.42)
4. Sentimental (5.26)
5. Way Out of Here (7.37)
6. Sleep Together (7.28)
The album is set for April release through Roadrunner in Europe, Atlantic in the US, and WHD Entertainment in Japan. It's likely that both the stereo CD and 5.1 surround sound DVDA will be packaged together as standard.
Norwegian black metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN have issued the following update:
"We're sorry to announce that due to circumstances out of our control Keep Of Kalessin is unable to play the Summer Breeze festival this year as previously announced. We wish the festival the best of luck and hopefully Keep Of Kalessin are able to play there next year. Keep Of Kalessin is confirmed for the Bjørnegildet Studentfestival in Oslo, Norway on february 15th. ENSLAVED, with whom Keep Of Kalessin is touring in May, will also play the same night. More info on http://gildet.realistforeningen.no/."
Upcoming Keep Of Kalessin live dates with MARDUK, ENSLAVED, MELECHESH, GOATWHORE and PANTHEON I on The Excess Of Evil European tour are as follows: More...
Swedish folk metallers are scheduled to release their new album, Solens Rötter on April 27th in Europe and on May 22nd in North America via Napalm Records. The album title translates in English to The Origin Of The Sun.
The album was recently described as "Hymn-like passages, traditional Nordic soundscapes, cold Black Metal, and Swedish lyrics come together to forge this latest masterpiece."
Tracks to appear on the release include: 'Kosmosaik', 'Naturens Mystär', 'Vad Aftonvindens Andning Viskar', 'Spirar och Gror', 'Strålar'.
More details to follow.
SONATA ARCTICA have named their forthcoming new album Unia. The album will be released on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band were recently confirmed to play the Kuusamo Ruka Open Air in Kuusamo, Finland on July 27th. Their Finnish tour schedule is now as follows: More...
On February 5th, 2007, Chimaira will premiere “Resurrection,” the new video off of their forthcoming release on Ferret Music. The next day, February 6th, 2007, Chimaira will launch the single for purchase. Fans can download/purchase the single through various web stores like Napster and iTunes. The full album will be released on March 6th, 2007.
The video for “Resurrection” was directed by Todd Bell. With the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts, Chimaira have combined forces with MMA fighter Mavrick.
Chimaira will hit the road on 2/21 with Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce, and He is Legend on the No Fear Tour. Tour dates are as follows: More...
Guitarist Todd Forkin has issued an extensive update regarding recent activity in the STARKWEATHER camp as the band prepares a new album and three-song EP:
"After playing a pretty cool show in Saratoga, NY we decided to bunker down and focus on the next album. Before playing Albany we had about seven brand new songs written and in varying states of cohesion. I've been recording our rehearsals and have been immersed in the details of this new batch of songs. My typical routine is to drive to Philly from Upstate NY on Saturday afternoon, rehearse from about 9 until 2 in the morning, and then drive home listening to Art Bell Coast to Coast while talking to myself. After sleeping a few hours on Sunday morning I'll get up and start sifting through the 2 or 3 hours of recordings, find the best takes/parts and dump them down onto my computer. Our new song count is now at 8 and the ridiculous working titles are Big Mama Jama, BTK, Gorguts Intro, Junkyard Jazz, The Nightmare Factory, Viking, Mr Vinny Swans, and a brand new one, called Drug Holiday, that we've been putting together.
It looks like Drug Holiday may be a Voivod 'Jack Luminous' type song clocking in at about 15 to 20 minutes. The thing draws on our strange mix of influences; everything from the criminally underrated Penn State, PA band T4 to early Prong (think "The Coliseum" from Primitive Origins) to Gorguts/Negativa (of course!) and even Pink Floyd. The Rosa rhythm section is really working overtime these days. If you've ever listened to the drumming of Terry Bozzio on "Black Light Syndrome" or spent time listening to anything by Confessor you'll get some idea of where Harry is at these days. Fucked up beats and tons of bizarre metal percussion shit for him to hammer away on. And if you missed Harry's trademark tom work from Into the Wire and Crossbearer get ready because it's back and it's breathtaking. And then there's Vince...with a new Ampeg bass rig he's a fucking monster. He intuitively knows when to go berserk and when to hold down the bottom end and the new album will be the first time that we backed off some of the guitars so the basswork could shine.
For every recording we think organically; natural drum sounds, minimal to no kick triggers, and a very raw but clean recording. We like to get all of the songs down in single continuous takes and with absolutely NO beat detective, autotuned vocals, or any other bullshit that makes most records sound the same these days. If you want to see what I'm talking about put your index and middle fingers on one your wrist on the side of your thumb and feel for your pulse. Count how many beats there are in a ten second period. After about 5 seconds do the same thing. I will guarantee you that there will be a few beat difference between the two. Music should flow and sway like a human heart. Beat correction is used so frequently now that I'm not sure people even know what a natural drumbeat sounds like anymore. Rant over. When the 3 song Ep finally comes out it will give some idea of where we're going but I already feel like I may finally be satisfied with one of our releases.
About the Ep... we're just waiting on some classical instruments to be added to a few of the songs and then we'll start the colossal undertaking of mixing the 50 or so tracks that make up each song. As soon as we have a decent mix I'll put up a small clip but I can already tell you that in it's completely unmixed state, it's already thicker, meaner, and more layered than anything we've ever done thanks to Oktopus from Dalek and his ridiculous energy, enthusiasm, and creativity."
The reformed lineup of the classic U.K. thrash outfit ONSLAUGHT was forced to halt its show in Thessaloniki, Greece on Saturday (January 27) due to an injury sustained to a stage-diver.
Commented the group's vocalist, Sy Keeler: "While we encourage audience participation at our shows, you have all got to look out for one another. The fan was about to perform a backflip into the mass which was the pit when he slipped and mashed his head against the stage and knocked himself out, forcing us to halt proceedings for five minutes while he recieved medical attention. We really thought we'd witnessed a serious injury, but within minutes he was back on his feet. I must add that the pit crew/security were second to none with their work helping people stay safe; this was just an unfortunate accident. I am pleased to report he made a full recovery in time to witness NAPALM DEATH."
IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson aired "Twisted Jesus" from the new ONSLAUGHT album "Killing Peace" on his January 27 BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "Rock Show". You can listen to the program again online at this location (the song airs at just after two hours).
Here are some additional Onslaught tour dates:
February 12 - (PL) Warsaw, Stodola Club
February 18 - (NL) Thrash Til' Burg Fest, 013 Club Tilburg
March 03 - (UK) Killing Peace Album Launch Party Bristol, Yate
California death-grind band DISGORGE has issued the following update:
"Word's got around that we're calling it quits, or Ricky's [Myers, drums] quitting the band… Fortunately for our fans' peace of mind is that none of it's true…. There's things going on, but don't chat forum yourselves into nostalgia thinking the worst!!! What is true is that Ben [Marlin, bass] has undergone treatments for cancer, and will be finished early February if the chemo zaps that shit out of him completely. Ben has been pretty positive about the docs' speculations, and we as his bandmates and friends are crossing our fingers for his speedy recovery…. Ricky HAS moved to Texas and IS playing in SARCOLYTIC with IMAGES OF VIOLENCE vokillist and DISGORGE album cover artist JonZig, but [with] 16 years as the sole founding member of DISGORGE, he is not letting go of that title at all whatsoever! The rest of us have all been taking care of some personal expenses from previous tours and other monetary-related issues within each band member so we can continue to keep doing what we do best whilst keeping a roof over our heads, food in our guts, and maintaining vehicles to get around….. We do expect the next CD to be finished recording by late this year/ early next year…. So, with that said, be patient, fans, and friends. Material is coming at a slow pace, mostly because of certain personal situations abroad DISGORGE, but we assure you that once our personal routines in numerous aspects come into play, then so will fitting a full focused uninterrupted practice and writing schedule. Thank you for your concerns and indefinite patience and support!!!" More...
A new video interview with NAPALM DEATH frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway has been posted online at Metalhead.ro. The interview, which was conducted on Thursday, January 25 before the band's concert in Romania, features a 10-minute discussion about politics and religion. Also available at Metalhead.ro is a photo gallery from NAPALM DEATH's Bucharest show at Preoteasa Hall, which was attended by 800 people.
As previously reported, NAPALM DEATH members Mark "Barney" Greenway and Mitch Harris (guitar) laid down backing vocals for the song "Overcome" off the forthcoming album from Bulgaria's hardcore leaders LAST HOPE last Saturday (January 27) at Stain Studio in Sofia, Bulgaria. Right after the recordings were finished, the tapes were shipped off to Alex Azzali in Italy who is going to mix the entire album.
Barney has been forced to complete NAPALM DEATH's current European headlining tour on crutches after he severely hurt his ankle during an on-stage mishap on Wednesday, January 24 in Belgrade, Serbia.
These death metal pioneers from Tampa, Florida, pretty much defined the sound of this extreme genre of guttural vocals, down-tuned guitars, and a pulverising rhythm section.
What is death metal, you say? Well, the common characteristics are usually violent or dark lyrics which focus on death as a nihilistic metaphor, although lately, more philosophy-based lyrics seem to be becoming popular.
In English, what that means is you sing about death, dying and creative ways of achieving it.
The release of Cause of Death in 1990 is regarded as a defining album in the genre, and vocalist John Tardy is also credited as one of the first to use an abnormally low growl called grinding.
Roadrunner Records has recently re-released Obituary’s classic odes to death as remasters.
Cause of Death can’t be overlooked. If you’re a fan, have limited dough, then just get this remaster. If it’s not in your collection, and you really want to be able to say you have all the “great” albums this genre has ever seen, this needs to be in there.
Without this album and some other shining examples from the same period, there would be no Nile, no Cryptopsy, none of the super technical bands.
Read the full article at Malay Mail.
US-based black/death metallers RESUSCITATOR have issued the following update:
"We apologize for the eternal delay on updating the website. News about the tour, members and recording will be posted very soon. As many of you already know, Resuscitator will be on tour with ROTTING CHRIST and IN AETERNUM during the May/June 2007 throughout the US, Canada and some parts of Mexico.
Dates for all these shows will be posted very soon on nebulaproductions.net any information or/or booking please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resuscitator is working with a new drummer which will be the one doing the new recording and also be the performing drummer during the tour. The new CD will go by the title, Land Of The Ancient Lords and the name of the label will be posted it soon along with the release date. Keep The Black Flame Burning High!"