Metal News for February 10, 2004
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16 news articles posted on this day.
METALLICA's recent documentary "Some Kind of Monster" is being screened at several film festivals around the world. The documentary chronicles the bandmembers lives from the time they began work on their most recent album, St. Anger, to the first show of the 2003 tour, including personal scenes of the group in therapy, confronting former members Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted, and dealing with the demands of a newly clean and sober James Hetfield.
Judas Priest has been successful for 30 years and now plan to release a career-spanning, four-CD, 65-track box set 'Metalogy' scheduled for release on May 4, 2004, by Sony Music/Legacy Records. Judas Priest has sold over 20 million albums worldwide since their inception.
'Metalogy,' the first-ever Judas Priest box set, was assembled with the full participation of the band and it covers music recorded worldwide for the Gull, Sony Music/Columbia, CMC International, SPV, Atlantic and JVC labels between 1974 and 2002. Remastered hits, fan favorites, live rarities, B-sides and a previously unreleased demo are included. And as a bonus, the initial pressing of 'Metalogy' will include a live DVD of a complete concert filmed on December 12, 1982, at Mid South in Memphis, TN, on the 'Screaming for Vengeance' tour. This show was released on home video as 'Judas Priest Live' but it has been out of print for many years, and fans have often requested that it be reissued. This new DVD is mastered in pristine 5.1 Surround Sound for the ultimate Priest live concert experience.
The 7"x7" box is appropriately wrapped in leather and metal studs. The 7"x7" full color book features a full discography, biographical essay, timeline and numerous previously unpublished photos.
The CD track listing is as follows: More...
According to BLABBERMOUTH.net SLAYER are HIGHLY rumored to be playing a Main-Stage slot this year at OZZFEST. As previously reported, OZZY OSBOURNE will once again be headlining the annual traveling festival while SLIPKNOT and HATEBREED are said to be "all but confirmed" to co-headline the festival's second stage. Other bands rumored to be in the running for a slot at this year's Ozzfest include JUDAS PRIEST, DAMAGEPLAN and SUPERJOINT RITUAL. An official announcement regarding the exact lineup for the festival is expected to be made during the coming weeks.
Ex-LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland has posted the following message on the web site of his now-defunct post-LIMP BIZKIT band EAT THE DAY:
"I didn't think that I needed to say anything about this, but to be perfectly clear and to address many rumors I have heard, I have not, nor will I ever join the band EVANESCENCE. [NINE INCH NAILS bassist/guitarist/programmer] Danny Lohner and I worked with [EVANESCENCE singer] Amy Lee on the 'Underworld' soundtrack, talked about working with her sometime again in the future, and no plans of doing so as of right now. We are however in the first stages of doing some songs with Rob Zombie, and that looks like it's going to be good. So once again, I am not joining EVANESCENCE."
NOTHINGFACE has finally called it quits. The official press release regarding the disheartening matter is as follows:
"We regret to inform that after 10 years and 4 albums we, as a band, will no longer continue as NOTHINGFACE. We cannot begin to thank all our friends, family and most importantly our fans for their continued support through out the years.
It was a great 10-year run and we thank you all for the great memories! We could only hope that we gave you as much as you gave us.
Bill, Tom, Matt and Tommy"
Expect Matt Holt and Bill Ghaal to re-appear in the band PERFECT ENEMY.
Norwegian five piece SUSPERIA are set to release their eagerly awaited third album, 'Unlimited' , on 22nd March 2004 through Tabu Recordings (a Div of Tuba Records, Norway). The album was recorded over a period of two months during 2003 at Subsonic Society Studios in Oslo and Studio Fredman (At The Gates, Soilwork) in Gothenburg, Sweden with production duties being undertaken by the band.
'Unlimited' is the follow up to their ground breaking 'Vindication' album and delivers an agressive collection of tracks featuring 'Chemistry', 'The Coming Past', 'Situational Awareness', 'Devil May Care', 'Off The Grid', 'Years Of Infinity', 'Home Sweet Hell', 'Mind Apart', 'Beast By Design', 'Untouched'. The track 'Chemistry' has been chosen to be the first video from the album. The band are currently in talks with various production teams and work is due to commence shortly. The Norwegian metallers have also recorded a version of a well known song with a view to future release, details of which will be disclosed shortly.
Their live campaign launches with an appearance at one of Norways' premier rock events, the Infeno Festival in Oslo on Friday 9th April 2004, where the band will be sharing the bill with the likes of Zyklon and Enslaved. A Scandinavian and full European tour are currently in the pipeline, details of which will be anounced shortly.
US retailer Tower Records has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy filings for Tower and its privately held parent MTS Inc comes after loss-making Tower was unable to find a suitable buyer. Tower has stated it's been unable to cope with competition from digital downloading and file copying. MTS listed more than $100m of assets and $100m of debts. The company closed its UK stores last year, but still has international outlets in the US, Asia, Latin America and Israel.
Tower opened its first store in Sacramento in 1960 and sold record albums for just $1.98. Over forty years later stiff competition from retailers such as Wal-Mart, Virgin Megastores and Best Buy, coupled with high lease costs, drove it into heavy debt.
I will not post the rest of their unfounded bullshit excuses (downloading music, etc). The real reasons are, as stated, competition - the fact that their prices were to high, coupled with the fact that they invested heavily in an online foray, which failed largely due to their high prices (and poor affiliate terms on top of it!). Tower has simply failed to change with the times and compete with the newcomers, which all face those "other issues", whatever effects they may have on business.
A new OCCULT song titled "Nocturnal Predator" has been put online here for listening. "Nocturnal Predator" comes off their forthcoming album, "Elegy For The Weak", which is due out March 8th through Karmageddon Records.
Swedish death metallers IMPIOUS have signed a deal with Metal Blade Records, and plan to enter the studio this summer to record their 4th album.
Metal Blade has this to say: "We saw the band live when they toured with NECROPHOBIC in early 2003 and they kicked MAJOR ASS! We see many shows each year, but this was one of the few moments we felt completely blown away. We didn't get into the albums they released before very much, but the pre-production with five brand new songs they sent us in late 2003 showed an explosion in songwriting and intensity. Much, no, MUCH better than all their previous stuff!"
Guitarist Valle Adzic of IMPIOUS has this to say: "We are very excited about signing to Metal Blade. To be on the same roster as some of the finest bands in the extreme metal industry just feels fucking awesome. Very few record labels have such a good reputation, such an amazing history, and such a bright future. We're definitely looking forward to be a part of all that."
A live video for MISERY SIGNALS is now up at fundamentalproductions.com. The footage is from from a show at the Chain Reaction in California this past summer. The video is on the site's 'videos page'.
MSN has Grammy Awards video clips from with Evanescence singer Amy Lee (among others) talking about their Grammy win backstage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Watch the clip here.
SLIPKNOT have set a May 25 release date through Roadrunner Records for their much-anticipated, as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Iowa".
The band are currently preparing to hit the road as part of the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour, beginning March 30 in Orlando, Florida. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the five-week trek, which wraps up May 4 in Denver. Tickets for the tour go on sale February 13. A variety of Jägermeister-sponsored bands will assume the fourth spot on the bill.
Commented drummer Joey Jordison, "We're back and it's been far too long. On the tour we are ready to get completely back to basics of delivering unbridled brutality your way. This is for the maggots that have stood by us...prepare!"
As previously reported, a brand new SLIPKNOT track, entitled "Don't Get Close", will be featured in an upcoming Activision videogame, tentatively due in April. A slightly reworked version of the song is expected to appear on the upcoming CD, which is currently being recorded with producer Rick Rubin (SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLAYER, AUDIOSLAVE).
The Swedish Death Metal Legend returns! "Where Ironcrosses Grow" is the title of DISMEMBER's long-awaited new album, to be released on March 8th through Karmageddon Media.
The follow-up to 2000's "Hate Campaign" was recorded at Stockholm's Sami studio and features artwork by acclaimed artist Dan Seagrave (Entombed, Suffocation, Morbid Angel).
"Where Ironcrosses Grow" complete tracklist: More...
KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy LaRocque will begin mixing the group's upcoming live album at the end of March at his Los Angered studio outside Gothenburg, Sweden. According to a posting on the band's web site, "no details are known at the moment such as album title, if it's going to be 2 CD etc. Andy [said] however that most of the song the band played on the USA tour will be on the album."
In a recent interview with Denmark's Metal Reference, frontman King Diamond discussed the recording process for the live CD:
"We wanted to have [the album] released earlier than this, but it seemed quite inappropriate as there was no tour to support 'Abigail 2', and we obviously have to conduct more shows than that if we want to select some of the better parts for a live release," he said. "But we definitely thought at that time that we would be able to release a live album".
Asked if the recordings will also be released on DVD, King said, "Oh, no. It's going to be a double live album, this one, and it was recorded on our last US tour, and we almost recorded all the shows for this purpose. A live DVD will probably surface later, and both my record labels Metal Blade and Massacre are interested in joining forces to release it. [The DVD] will however feature live material from our European tour, and this is likely to happen right after summertime 2004".
Arizona based Death metallers VEHEMENCE have finished recordings for their second longplayer "Helping The World To See". The album was produced by Will Solares and Vehemence and engineered and mixed by Will Solares. The album was recorded at Open Primary Productions/DBD Studios, Maricopa, Arizona. Artwork will be delivered by Wes Benscoter. "Helping The World To See" will be released on April 19th through Metal Blade.
On a bad note, right before the recordings the band parted ways with keyboardist Jason Keesecker. There are no plans for a replacement, although a session pianist was used for the recordings.
The new album features the following tracklisting: More...
Norwegian Black metal gods ANCIENT have completed the recordings for their upcoming sixth album "Night Visit", due out through Metal Blade on June 1st. The follow- up of the 2001 "Proxima Centauri" contains 10 new tracks, three written by Jesus Christ! and the remaining seven by Aphazel/Dhilorz & Grom, and includes some guest vocals from the band’s ex- singer Kaiaphas.
The band are currently in Gothenburg, Sweden at Studio Fredman (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames) mixing the album with Fredrik Nordstrom.
A video for the album’s title track, ‘Night Visit’, will be shot in late February in London, England.