Metal News for February 12, 2005
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A Perfect Murder are currently engaged in the pre-production process for their next Victory Records album. The band will enter Wild Studio in St-Zenon, Quebec on March 11th to record the album with guitarist and producer Pierre Remillard (Cryptopsy, The End).
A Scottish teenager convicted of killing his 14-year-old former girlfriend after drawing inspiration from paintings by Marilyn Manson was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison for her murder, according to Scotsman.com.
Jodi Jones (photo), 14, was stripped, tied up and savagely stabbed to death in woods near her home in Dalkeith, Midlothian, on June 30 2003.
Her death bore similarities to the gruesome "Black Dahlia" murder of 1940s Hollywood actress Elizabeth Short.
Marilyn Manson produced paintings depicting the "Black Dahlia" killing and Lord Nimmo Smith said he believed Luke Mitchell (photo), 16, carried the images in his head when he murdered Jodi.
The judge said he believed Mitchell "found evil attractive" and thought there might be a "perverted glamour in doing something wicked."
He said, "I do not feel able to ignore the fact that there was a degree of resemblance between the injuries inflicted on Jodi and those shown in the Marilyn Manson paintings of Elizabeth Short that we saw."
He said Mitchell's cannabis use may have contributed to him not being able to make the distinction between fantasy and reality which would have stopped a normal person carrying out the attack.
On January 21, a jury of eight women and seven men found Mitchell guilty of the murder charge 24 hours after beginning deliberations.
The 15 jurors also convicted Mitchell of supplying cannabis.
According to an article in the Finnish daily newspaper Iltalehti, STRATOVARIUS' record label is refusing to allow the group to release a newly recorded track featuring a sampled speech by Adolf Hitler.
The song, entitled "Hitler", was recently recorded by the group for inclusion on their next album. However, some of the executives at the German branch of the band's record label, Sanctuary, are objecting to the song's lyrical content and are threatening to pull the song from the album's final track listing.
"I won't give up on the song," Tolkki told Iltalehti. "This is a matter of principle.
"The German Interior Ministry has formed a branch dedicated to preventing youth from being exposed to the Nazi ideology. Our manager sent this special branch the lyrics to the song and the intro to be used in the beginning of the track [containing Hitler's speech]. It is up to them to judge if it is acceptable for release or not. If the Ministry sees this song as inappropriate, I will, of course, refrain from releasing it, and I will record a new version of the track that is acceptable. If, on the other hand, the song is found to be 'legal,' the record company should not have the right to limit my freedom of expression."
Tolkki says that he is certain the Ministry won't have anything against the song.
"It's as strongly against Hitler as a song can be," he claimed.
To prove this, Tolkki read the song's lyrics to the Iltalehti reporter. In the song, Hitler is described as a monster who spread fear across the world.
"These issues have to be discussed," Tolkki explained.
Tolkki said that he has been interested in Hitler-related literature for a long time.
"I have been interested in Hitler since I was a teenager," he said. "As far as I can tell, every child is innocent when born into this world. I'm interested in finding out what happens to turn an innocent child into a Hitler-type figure."
Tolkki said that he doesn't know yet how long it will take for the German Interior Ministry to make a decision regarding the song. However, he believes that it won't delay the making of the group's new album.
"This shouldn't affect that [the recording process for the new album]," he stated confidently. "I believe that we will get the clearance to release the song as it is. [This subject matter is something] that you must be able to talk about."
Aaron North of The Icarus Line and Buddyhead has left the band and joined Nine Inch Nails. He will be making his live debut performing on the industrial band's upcoming March tour of the UK.
North has stated that the new position was not the motivation for his departure from his former band. "I quit the band. I was over it. I did not quit the Icarus line to join Nine Inch Nails, I quit the Icarus line about a month before I started playing with NIN."
The Icarus Line released their previous record, and V2 debut, Penance Soir?e last year. Nine Inch Nails will be releasing With Teeth on May 3rd via Interscope.
ALICE IN CHAINS members Sean Kinney (drums) and Jerry Cantrell (guitar) spoke to MTV.com about their upcoming "reunion" concert at Seattle's Premier club on February 18 as part of a benefit concert to aid the victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami distaster. Kinney and Jerry Cantrell will be joined at the gig by ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez and DAMAGEPLAN singer Pat Lachman.
"We all saw what happened with the tsunamis in Southeast Asia. It was such an overwhelming tragedy," Kinney said. "So I called Jerry and Mike and they realized that we could really help some people out. So they were totally into it." "We'd been talking about doing something like this for a couple of years now, but we've never been able to work it out," Cantrell said. "I mean, we haven't been in a room together. But when Sean called and said he wanted to do a benefit, we were like, 'It sounds perfect.' And this was the right time to do it."
Regarding their decision to ask Lachman to fll the void left by frontman Layne Staley, who died of a drug overdose in 2002, Cantrell said that he had known the guys in PANTERA for a long time, so when former PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed onstage while performing with his new group, DAMAGEPLAN, "we were on a plane down to Texas the next day to lend our support," he recalled. "Myself, Mike and Pat were asked to play a couple of songs at Dime's memorial. And for Pat to do that so soon after losing his friend, it was amazing.
"It's been a couple of years now since Layne's been gone, and we know what it's like to lose somebody, so we were there to lend our support just like they were there for us," he continued. "So when the idea for this benefit came up — something positive — we knew Pat would be the perfect person to ask."
As to whether fans might see a new version of ALICE IN CHAINS hitting the studio eventually, "We're taking it on a step-by-step basis," Cantrell said. "We're excited to get together and throw down. Who can say what is going to happen in the future? I've been fortunate enough to have had success in this business and to play with people you admire. But it's not quite as cool as playing with these guys. It's a chemistry thing. It's unwritten. And it's bigger than all of us; it's a larger power."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
In a brand new interview with the Classic Rock magazine (view cover here), Ozzy Osbourne spoke about the success of "The Osbournes" and the impact his newfound status as a TV star has had on the way he is perceived by his longtime fans.
"When 'The Osbournes' took off, I thought, 'Man, I've probably shattered eight million dreams in one fucking airing,'" he said. "I've had people I've admired over the years. I've built up a mental picture of them, and then when I've met them it's been a bit of a letdown. So yes, it did cross my mind a lot, the fact I've disappointed people. And if I have, I'm sorry. At the end of the day, with 'The Osbournes', I fucking hated it. I only really noticed how big-time I had become when the music industry began to invite me to posh functions. All these executives kept on wanting to meet me for some reason. Again, I don't like it. My wife's more of a socialite.
"Look, man, this is how it happened. 'The Osbournes' took off, then my son got hooked on heroin, my daughter got strung out on pills, I ended up back on the p*ss, and my wife got cancer of the colon.
"For all the money we have, the way we live, the cars we drive, the first-class travel we take...I would gladly give it all up just to be simple old Ozzy again."
On Monday the second single of the new album "Apocalyptica" will be released. "Wie Weit" introduces three versions of the "Apocalyptica"-track "Quutamo": The French version features Manu of Dolly, the English and German versions feature Marta Jandová of Germany's alternative-hipsters Die Happy. Moreover, on this Saturday Apocalyptica and Marta will take part in the German "Bundesvision-Contest" presenting Baden Württemberg with "Wie Weit". So the single "Wie Weit" might enter the shops as the best German song of this contest - performed by a Finnish band.
NEW SINGLE: WIE WEIT
In February Apocalyptica supports the Europe-tour of Rammstein covering livedates in Germany, France and many other countries. Rammstein will release their new single "Keine Lust" on February 28th and you should be sure to get a glance on the extraordinary video. One can honestly say, that the band lost quite some of its fitness and gained quite some weight for this video... The band members' new body proportions are obviously the result of hard make-up work, but the result looks astonishingly realistic.
Here is the current list of Apocalyptica tour dates (note European date format of day / month) More...
JESUS CHRYSLER SUPERSKUNK, the German thrash band featuring drummer Sven Vormann (ex-DESTRUCTION), vocalist Thomas Rosenmerkel (EPHEMERA'S PARTY, ex-DESTRUCTION), guitarist Michael Gerstlauer (DRYROT, ex-HATE SQUAD), guitarist Andreas "Lützel" Lützelschwab (ROCKWELL) and bassist Bernhard "Erna" Matt (NECRONOMICON, EPHEMERA'S PARTY), have completed work on their debut album, "... The Loudest No!" The group are still searching for a competent business partner to distribute the record.
Reunited female hard rockers VIXEN and U.K. legends GIRLSCHOOL will be teaming up for a small co-headline tour of the U.K. before VIXEN head to Sweden to play this year's Sweden Rock Festival.
Kicking off on June 3 at The Mean Fiddler in London, these shows will continue the promotion of GIRLSCHOOL's first-ever live DVD, "Girlschool Live at the Garage", and their 2004 album, "Believe", while introducing material from VIXEN's as-yet-untitled new album, which should be released in May. Support at all dates will come from U.K. rockers DANTE FOX.
Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Jun. 03 - The Mean Fiddler - London, UK
Jun. 04 - The Tack Venue - Cannock, UK
Jun. 07 - Stourbridge Rock Café - Stourbridge, UK
Jun. 08 - The Kingswood Tavern - Nuneaton, UK
Five of Cleveland's top metal bands performed a concert on Monday, February 7 to benefit college radio station WJCU. The bands performing are: SOULLESS (Cleveland's undisputed death metal kings!), DESTRUCTOR ('80s power/thrash metal underground legends), ABDULLAH (stoner Doom Metal), AMPS II ELEVEN (MOTÖRHEAD meets the MC5 - revved-up rust belt rumble) and BLACK TRINITY (unholy Norwegian-style black metal). The concert will take place at Cleveland's newest club, the House of Blues. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to WJCU to help fund a recently approved power increase.
Cleveland is fortunate enough to be home to four powerful college radio stations - WJCU (John Carroll University), WCSB (Cleveland State University), WRUW (Case Western Reserve University) and WBWC (Baldwin Wallace College). The stations all work together to offer a steady weekly dose of heavy metal programming both online and to the Northeast Ohio listening audience. Cleveland's college radio scene is well-known throughout the music industry as being the best in the country.
High On Fire have completed work on the first music video for their new album, "Blessed Black Wings." The video is for the track "Devilution" and was filmed in San Francisco, CA with director Gary Smithson (Tomahawk, Goatwhore). Stills from the video shoot can be viewed here.
Anterrabae and Folly will be hitting the road together in early-March for a few weeks of touring. Here are the dates:
3/5 Wichita Falls TX @ The Brickhouse
3/6 Dallas TX @ The Red Blood Club
3/8 Odessa TX @ Earl's II
3/9 El Paso TX @ Surge's
3/10 Prescott AZ @ TBA
dates w/ Odd Project, Dreams Of Reality
3/11 Yuma CA @ American Legion Hall
3/12 Lake Havasu AZ @ Havasu Underground
3/13 Corona CA @ Showcase Theatre
3/14 South Gate, CA @ The Allen Theatre
3/15 Los Angelas CA @ Knitting Factory
3/16 Ventura CA @ American Legion Hall
3/17 Bakersfield CA @ The Gate
3/18 Lancaster CA @ El Dorado w/ Nodes of Ranvier, The Esoteric, more
3/19 Roseville CA @ The Underground
3/20 Portland OR @ Davy Jones' Locker
3/21 Seattle WA @ Studio Seven
3/23 Salt Lake City UT @ The Circuit
3/26 Minneapolis MN @ the Whole
3/28 FT. Wayne IN @ TBA
3/29 Detroit MI @ Alvin's
3/30 Cleveland @ TBA
3/31 Akron Ohio @ Orange Street
4/1 Buffalo NY @ TBA
4/2 Pittsburgh PA @ TBA
4/3 Poughkeepsie NY @ Club Crannel w/ My Bitter End