Metal News for February 12, 2006
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6 news articles posted on this day.
Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON have posted the following message on their official web site:
"We wanted to update you from the studio, but there was no time and now we have finished the album, which is for sure the most important thing to all of us. The new album is scheduled for release Monday the 24th of April all over Europe via Sony/BMG in Norway and Roadrunner Records international in the rest of Europe. No American date is set yet, but it should not be too long after. . . Live dates are being set every day, mostly in Norway for the time being, but we obviously aim to hit the summer festivals in Europe hard. The first confirmed show is Oslo, Rockefeller 13th of May. but there will be many shows before that. We hope to reveal the album cover and have some music ready for you on this site next week already."
SATYRICON have been in Vancouver, Canada this month mixing their first new studio album since 2002 with Mike Frasier (METALLICA, AC/DC). Titled "Now, Diabolical", it will contain the following track listing: More...
Norway's MORTIIS has begun writing for a planned 2006 follow-up to "The Grudge". The legendary eccentric artist has been collaborating with well-known producer Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Frontline Assembly, Paradise Lost) and is currently demoing material.
"On the new songs, we are focusing more on what I think got a bit lost last time, which is songwriting and continuity," said Mortiis. "Last time I was trying to make a really angry and abusive record, and I wanted to do everything at the same time because I wanted all this noisy stuff to happen. The distorted noise, electronics, and samples are still there, but these songs are more focused and have a more coherent interaction between the programmed and the organic. They are definitely a lot more organic, and I am putting a lot of weight on guitars this time."
Some of the working song titles include: "The Ugly Truth", "Doppelganger", "Hard to Believe", "Zeitgeist", "Scolding the Burnt" and "Great Deceiver".
In other news, guitarist Åge Troite has replaced Åsmund Sveinunggard for live duties with MORTIIS. European and North American dates are being worked on at this time.
MEGADETH have parted ways with bassist James MacDonough. In a posting on the band's official forum, James wrote, "I just wanted to say thank you all so much for making me feel so welcome and thank you for all the awesome memories along the road. I will not be playing with MEGADETH any longer. I'm sure Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman] will post about it soon. Thanks again my metal brothers and sisters."
Could MacDonough's departure signal the return of MEGADETH's original bassist David Ellefson? In a a February 4, 2006 online posting on the band's web site, Mustaine wrote, "I said it before, [and] I'll say it again: I once was resentful, but now I am over the feuds with METALLICA, Ellefson, whomever. I have actually met with Ellefson one-on-one for dinner last year around [Christmas] to just clear the air and let him know I have no hard feelings and wanted to remain friends with him. We have talked on the phone numerous times since."
MEGADETH's next live appearance is scheduled for March 16 at the Desert Rock 2006 festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
According to Gerco Zwiers of the Blackfuel metal/hardcore e-zine, Holland's Dynamo Open Air festival, which was supposed to take place in Hellendoorn this year, has been cancelled. The reason for this cancellation is that the festival organizers are not allowed to put a temporary campsite on the festival area. Another reason is that there are not enough "big-name" artists available to book. Last year the festival was held in Hellendoorn for the first time and due to bad weather and the lack of huge names on the bill, only 5,000 tickets were sold.
The first Dynamo Open Air festival took place in 1986 in Eindhoven. In 1999 the festival moved its location outside of Eindhoven because of problems with the festival site. In the last few years, the festival has been plagued with problems, resulting in several cancellations, mostly related to the organizers' inability to comply with the environment law in the Netherlands while securing a suitable location for the event.
Austrian epic/atmospheric black metal band SUMMONING are tentatively scheduled to release their eighth album, "Oath Bound", on March 21 in Europe and April 25 in the U.S. via Napalm Records. The track listing for the effort is as follows: More...
February 02, 2006 – Ft. Wayne, IN
I started this evening with mixed emotions about the first group Wicked Wisdom, which Jada Pinkett Smith is the singer. Could actress/model actually produce worthwhile metal? The answer to that question is YES! Jada hit the stage with a fury that I did not think was possible from this pint-sized rocker. This band has seemed to have a hard time being accepted in the metal community but I highly disagree, I think they kicked ass! I really think it's great to see Jada following her dreams and producing the music that's near and dear to her heart. Despite all the negative feedback from the Metal World. More...