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Metal News for February 10, 2007

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Zeni Geva To "Come Back To Life Soon"

Japanese prog-hardcore doom/grind band ZENI GEVA, led by singer and guitarist KK Null, has announced plans to reform. In an interview in the latest issue of Rock-A-Rolla magazine (web site), Null states that "ZENI GEVA will come back to life soon. Actually, we're planning to do a short tour in Europe in April and also U.K. in July, including Supersonic Festival in Birmingham."

ZENI GEVA was founded in Tokyo in 1987 and quickly found a dedicated fan base in the States. Their popularity in the west enabled ZENI GEVA to be one of the first Japanese Underground bands to tour the U.S. with bands like BRUTAL TRUTH, SLEEP, BASTRO, CRASH WORSHIP, DAZZLING KILLMEN, DON CABALLERO, EYEHATEGOD, MELVINS, NEUROSIS, PAIN TEENS, SHELLAC and more.

Legendary producer/musician Steve Albini (BIG BLACK, SHELLAC, NIRVANA) rates ZENI GEVA as one of his favourite bands. He highlights the band's wide range of influences for keeping the ZENI GEVA sound diverse and challanging. Steve also admires the way ZENI GEVA embraces the Japanese culture in its sound rather than trying to westernize it.

Subsequent ZENI GEVA tours have comprehensively covered Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, proving a fast emerging worldwide audience. ZENI GEVA also recorded twice for John Peel session on BBC.

ZENI GEVA has released 12 albums (five out of them produced by Steve Albini) on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles, Null's own label NUX Organization, Skin Graft, NEUROSIS' Neurot Recordings and more.

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Osbourne: Ozzfest "Nearly Destroyed Us" Last Year

Brad Kava of The Mercury News spoke to Ozzfest promoter Sharon Osbourne by phone on Tuesday (February 6) about the organizers' announcement that admission to the 25-city heavy metal tour will be free this summer. Sponsors will pick up the tab for the tickets, bands will not be paid to perform and expenses will be covered from sales of food, drinks and merchandise. It will be the first national tour ever to do so.

"We needed to change something and we didn't want to change the format," Osbourne said.

"We were putting offers to all these bands we wanted to tour with and they were coming back to us with exorbitant prices that would have meant we had to put the ticket prices up, which I won't do. With Ozzy's audience being younger, they can't afford any higher prices."

Gary Bongiovanni, analyst with Pollstar, the concert industry trade magazine, said: "I don't think this will become a new business model, but it is a great marketing tool for them."

"They want $300,000 plus to do an hour's work onstage," Sharon Osbourne said of some young bands. "I'm just not doing it. Last year nearly destroyed us, paying, paying, paying, and we just can't do it again."

Tickets would be paid for and distributed by sponsors, such as J?germeister, which will present acts at the second stage, located in amphitheater parking lots.

Osbourne, 54, said she plans to upgrade the festival's midway atmosphere, losing the tattoo parlors and cheesy carnival games and replacing them with interactive booths sponsored by technology and video game companies.

"There has to be another way to do it,'' she said. "If you get the sponsors that believe in you and you get new great cutting-edge bands that just want an audience, we'll give them the audience and we'll let everyone in free."

Last year, though, she said, the fees earned by bands, including about $325,000 a show for the group SYSTEM OF A DOWN, almost sank the festival.

"They're taking four years off, we paid them so much, and we're still working," she said. "I'm not doing that again."

Read the full article at The Mercury News.

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Toxik Reunite

Legendary New York progressive thrashers TOXIK are back. Following the recent re-release of their two albums, TOXIK has reunited and is currently rehearsing with the lineup consisting of:

Mike Sanders - Vocals
Josh Christian - Guitar
Brian Bonini - Bass
Lou Caldarola - Drums

The band's original drummer Tad Leger is not taking part in the reunion because he's very busy with other projects - as a guitarist.

Poland's Metal Mind Productions last month released the reissues of the classic TOXIK albums "World Circus" (1988) and "Think This" (1989). Both CDs came in a new digipack edition on golden discs, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology, and are limited to a hand-numbered 2,000 copies. Each title includes two bonus tracks.

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Tom Araya: "I'm Not Too Old To Listen To Slayer"

Chad Painter of The Other Paper recently conducted an interview with SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On being insprired to write "Eyes of the Insane", a song about an American soldier stationed in Iraq who kills himself following a nervous breakdown, after reading an article about the soldier in Texas Monthly:

"It disturbed me. It was something that was obviously on my mind. That night, I woke up in the middle of the night and started writing that song. When we got together the next day, I had to say something.

"When there's a subject like that that captures my heart, I really need to tell people. And I have a right to tell people. The song tells you everything. If you want, you can research it and get involved. Mental cases in the military are swept under the rug. War is not pretty, and soldiers can go psychotic. A lot of soldiers commit suicide - either before they get home or as soon as they get home. They knew he was having problems, and they left him alone for four or five days, which was long enough to kill himself. It's just so wrong. I felt strongly about it, and I wrote about it. You make your own opinion."

On the band's longevity:

"There was a point when we didn't release an album in three years. That's enough time for new kids to grow up and discover the band. We've given the scene a few years to gain an audience."

On whether metal is something you grow out of when you get older:

"At my age, I'm not too old to listen to SLAYER. People half my age are calling themselves old men already. Music is music. It doesn't matter how old you are, you should be able to appreciate it. You don't need to head-bang or mosh, but you can enjoy metal without doing that. It's all in your head."

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Possessed European Tour Is Not Confirmed

Long-running California-based extreme metallers SADISTIC INTENT have commented on the reports that they will be touring Europe in July/August with a revamped version of San Francisco Bay Area metal legends POSSESSED - consisting of original frontman Jeff Becerra backed by members of SADISTIC INTENT. The following statement from SADISTIC INTENT was sent to blabbermouth.net:

"Apparently some one decided to make a flyer of the possible tour with POSSESSED (featuring original frontman Jeff Becerra backed by SADISTIC INTENT), SADISTIC INTENT, MORTEM, and PENTACLE. Although the tour is currently in a preliminary phase, we have not confirmed. After the word got out, we have received much e-mail from people in different countries with very positive feedback and we are grateful. However, we are not responsible for the premature tour announcement and if things don't go as planned, it is possible we will not be able to do this tour. As soon as we find out more information, we will make an official announcement. Nevertheless, thanks to all of you who have shown your support, it certainly is appreciated."

A limited-edition POSSESSED seven-inch single on multi-colored vinyl was released last year on Boneless Records in association with B.A.D.M./N.Y.D.M. Entitled "Ashes from Hell", the first 100 copies of the single came with a collector's pick.

Formed in the early '80s, POSSESSED released "Seven Churches" via Combat Records in 1985. They would follow with "Beyond the Gates" and the five-song EP "The Eyes of Horror" before disbanding several years later. A best of was released, "Victims of Death", in 1993.

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Behold...The Arctopus Update On Side Projects

Guitarists Mike Lerner and Colin Marston appeared in the holiday issue of Guitar One Magazine and are play and sans-drums version of Alcoholocaust on the cd-rom that comes with the current issue.

Drummer Charlie Zeleny is going to Japan from February 4-12 to play duo with Jordan Rudess, keyboardist of Dream Theater. They are going to be playing Rudess Morgenstein Project and Rhythm of Time tunes with the whole thing being sponsored by Roland. He also completely finished tracking the Blotted Science drum parts for the "Machinations of Dementia" album with Ron Jarzombek of Spastic Ink, Gordian Knot and Watchtower and Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse. The album should come out sometime in 2007.

Colin's new recording studio, Menegroth, the Thousand Caves (thethousandcaves.com) is now up and running in New York City.

Colin has just completed work on a new album from his project Byla, with Dysrhythmia guitarist Kevin Hufnagel, ex-Swans vocalist Jarboe, and Crom-Tech / Orthrelm guitarist Mick Barr. It is due out in the fall.

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Destroy Destroy Destroy Bookiung March Tour

Destroy Destroy Destroy is hitting the road on a self-booked tour this March. Dates will be added to the Dx3 My Space page as they are confirmed.

Dx3 guitarist and producer, Jeremiah Scott , is hard at work with Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza getting through the pre-production for their new record that will be out later this year. With the help of Dx3 guitarist, Way, Jeremiah will begin recording the record with Tony Danza in mid April at his own Athem Productions, in Nashville.

Here are the DESTROY DESTROY DESTROY tour dates so far:

2/09 Nashville, TN Springwater w/ THE NETWORK, ARCHITECT and Inferi
3/02 Nashville, TN Rcktwn
3/03 Nicholsville, TN America’s Best Karate
3/04 Mansfield, OH CD Jungle
3/05 Southgate, MI Modern Exchange
3/09 St Louis, MO Underground
3/16 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory

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TTEOTD Plan European Tour w/ Dead To Fall

South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD have been confirmed for a European tour alongside Dead To Fall and Ion Dissonance throughout May later this year. Currently demoing material and rehearsing to enter the studio to record the band's new album, 'Malice,' the tour marks THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD's first time touring Europe since forming in 2003.

Having already supported the band's 2005 Prosthetic Records debut, 'Bloodlust,' most recently with appearances at Sounds of the Underground and on a fall headlining tour in 2006, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will enter Mana Studios with producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel) February 16 to lay down tracks for 'Malice,' currently slated for a tentative summer 2007 release. Alan Douches (Unearth, Shadows Fall) will handle mastering and Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) will return for artwork duties.

"The new material is coming along nicely," guitarist Justin Longshore said previously. "The songs are a lot more mature and the music is much faster, aggressive, and way more pissed off. I think fans are going to really love it. We are really pumped to work with Erik Rutan on 'Malice.' We've never worked with a producer and I don't think we could have chosen anyone better; we really admire the work he's done in Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal and also the engineering efforts he's produced for Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, and Premonitions of War, among others. After we hit the studio, we plan to dominate the world once again and tour throughout the year. We will be playing a lot of new places including Europe. 2007 is going to be an exciting year for TTEOTD."

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD tour dates follow: More...

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Architects Replace Frontman

Rising Brighton metallers ARCHITECTS will part ways with frontman Matt Johnson at the conclusion of their headline tour on February 3rd, 2007. He will be replaced by fellow Brightonian Sam Carter, formerly a drummer with hardcore crew Nervous Wreck and indie-punks This City.

Matt Johnson, who has fronted the band since its inception in late 2004, is departing the ranks for personal reasons on very amicable terms, and has issued the following statement via the bands website:

"The last three years in Architects have been absolutely amazing, some of the best times I've had in my life and I wouldn't change that for the world. I'd like to thank everyone for their support, it means more to me than any of you could ever imagine. I'm moving onto other things in my life and wish the band and Sam all the best for the future."

New vocalist Sam Carter, 18, has already made onstage appearances during the bands headline tour at Johnson's invitation; the two frontmen sharing the mic on the track 'The Darkest Tomb'.

But Sam will now be joining Architects full time as they enter the final stages of pre-production for their second album, the follow up to 2006's acclaimed 'Nightmares' debut. "I'm really excited about this year," says Sam; "I know the boys are looking forward to a fresh start, and Matt has been really supportive of me joining, which has helped a lot. I can't wait to record the new CD - it's gonna be incredible."

Architects will be heading into Outhouse Studios, Reading with producer John Mitchell (Enter Shikari, Funeral For A Friend) in mid-March to lay down thirteen, as yet untitled tracks for the highly anticipated new album, which is tentatively scheduled for release in June 2007.

Architects have also just unleashed their debut video. Created by Sitcom Soldiers (Devil Sold His Soul, Secondsmile, Circa Survive, A Wilhelm Scream), the video is for the track 'In The Desert', and is due to hit the national music channels this month.

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Palehorse Sign To Dead Serious In Europe

Dead Serious has signed Palehorse for a European deal. Palehorse's new album "Amongst The Flock" is due out in Europe on May 4, 2007. The album is produced by Jim Siegel (Dropkick Murphys, Blood For Blood), who makes every note and hit sound loud and full, giving us a record that is modern crossover at its best and heaviest.

You can download an MP3 of the new track "The 33rd Degree" here.

Palehorse will be announcing their upcoming European tour shortly.

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