Metal News for February 12, 2009
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27 news articles posted on this day.
The GIGAN show originally scheduled for Sunday, February 15 in Houston, TX has been cancelled. The band, who was currently on tour with Cattle Decapitation, had some equipment and personal items stolen while in another city and had to cancel the remaining dates on their tour.
American heavy metal act Black Label Society has announced that they will be releasing a greatest hits CD/DVD package on April 21st. The collection is entitled "Skullage" and will feature some unreleased material on both the CD and the DVD. More details will be revealed nearer the release date.
A video has surfaced of a recent Motley Crue concert in San Diego, California where bassist Nikki Sixx responded with furious anger to a female fan who had been accused of throwing a water bottle at him while he was on stage. You can check out the clip below. More...
Former Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna has lined up a string of tour dates beginning next week. You can check out the band at the following shows:
19 - El Paso, Texas - Club 101 (with BEYOND FEAR)
21 - Chihuahua, Mexico - Arena Chihuahua (with Beyond Fear)
21 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - La Respuesta
27 - Rochester, New York - Montage Music Hall
4 - Southbridge, Massachusetts - JAGFest at The Artist Development Complex
CHIMAIRA vocalist Mark Hunter recently spoke with MetalSucks about the band's new album "The Infection," set to be released April 21st via Ferret Music. Hunter spoke about the meaning of the album title, what the music sounds like and how it's different from the band's past material, the viral campaign surrounding the new website spread-the-infection.com, the band's morale, and a slew of other topics. An excerpt from the interview follows:
MetalSucks: Your new album is called The Infection. Who or what is infected?
Hunter: The title has a couple of meanings. Globally, we feel the album is very catchy and "infectious." Personally, it reflects a period in my life where I felt I was "infected" with way too much negativity. Yes, even I have my limits. Lastly, it's a great name to do fun marketing things with. We can have fun with our fans anticipating the release. We are just as excited as they are, that's for sure.
MetalSucks: Whereas with some bands you could take pretty much any ten songs from their discography and shuffle them around, each Chimaira album seems distinct from the last; while it always sounds like Chimaira, there's a very tangible evolution in sound from record to record, so that, say, a song from the self-titled album would seem completely out of place on The Impossibility of Reason. Do you feel like this evolution has continued on The Infection? And, if so, how?
Hunter: Without question this album is a departure from Resurrection. Certain bands have a way of putting out albums that are very familiar sounding to their previous. It's like hip-hop, you know what you are going to get. That's fine, and there is nothing wrong with that. We are not one of those bands. We like to raise the bar and challenge ourselves to think outside of the box all the time. We've never been limited as to where we draw influence from. We are six guys who have way different musical tastes and Chimaira's sound is a derivative of that.
I guess noticeable differences on this album would be the tempo. Without giving too much away, we have slowed down a bit. There are moments on this album that are speedy blast beat fun, but there are also moments where it's so slow you feel like you are drowning in quicksand and LaMarca is sitting on top of you. Now THAT's heavy.
MetalSucks: Has this musical evolution over the years been deliberate? Do you guys approach each album with a distinct vision - e.g., "This time we wanna make really long songs," "This time we want the music to be a little more melodic," whatever?
Hunter: Besides the obvious of trying to top our previous efforts, we don't really approach our albums with any specific goal. I can't imagine being in a band where dudes walk in and go "hey man, let's make our heaviest, yet most melodic album to date." That mentality is about as stale as the artists that say it. We don't know what is going to come out until it's done. Plain and simple.
MetalSucks: After working with Jason Suecof on Resurrection, why did the band decide to reunite with producer Ben Schigel for this album?
Hunter: It started with me watching our DVD, The Dehumanizing Process. I got nostalgic and wanted to work with him again. I brought up the idea of working with him again and no one disagreed. He knows the band so well and has been recording us in various bands for half of our lives. It was good to break away and gain new experience working with Jason Suecof, but, home is where the heart is I guess.
Read the full article at MetalSucks.net.
All That Remains are currently touring across Europe in support of their latest album, "Overcome" which has sold over 120,000 copies in America since it's release. Frontman Phil LaBonte has checked in with the following message:
"It's been a while since we've been overseas and I wasn't sure what to expect, but many shows have been sold-out and we're hearing similar things about the rest of the tour. We were really excited to play Gothenburg. There are so many bands from there that were so influential to us and lots of other bands who are from our area. I mean, right now I'm on tour with The Haunted! That band has had such a huge impact on the sound of All That Remains over the years. We're also really excited for our first trip to Australia - good times all in all!"
Devildriver frontman Dez Fafara recently checked in with an update on the new album. During his message he revealed the title of the record. His post reads as follows:
"DevilDriver is currently recording in LA with Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head) and things are going great. I've done five tracks on vocals and Mike (Spreitzer - guitar) and Jeff (Kendrick - guitar) are finishing overdubs and solos. We are recording 15 tracks and we've stepped it up big time for this one. The album is called 'Pray For Villians' and will be out this summer. We know you will love it. We can't wait for everyone to hear the songs."
The Rock Radio reports:
There's been little news out of the VELVET REVOLVER camp lately regarding a new singer for the band, although auditions have reportedly been ongoing.
Bassist Duff McKagan told us this week that the group has been a little frustrated with the submissions they've gotten and even wondered if they would ever find the right guy.
But McKagan also said that things have recently taken a positive turn: "In the last, I would say, about eight weeks, we got three guys in that were all really good - like, far and above, more fitting than the rest. So I can say this much: we're headed in a very positive direction, and you might be hearing something soon."
Read the full article at The Rock Radio.
Motorhead's godly frontman Lemmy will be appearing in the forthcoming new video game Guitar Hero:Metallica. "It's great to be in 'Guitar Hero' with all these famous people and I'm really pleased to be in it with Metallica," Lemmy said, "but [frontman] James [Hetfield] is still taller than me."
The tracklisting for the game is as follows:
All Nightmare Long
Fade To Black
Fight Fire With Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hit The Lights
Master of Puppets
Mercyful Fate (Medley)
No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
Seek And Destroy
The Memory Remains
The Shortest Straw
The Thing That Should Not Be
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Wherever I May Roam
Other artists: More...
Montana based metal band Throne of Malediction just recently finished recording their first EP and are preparing for an upcoming full length album. The band's husband and wife duo Eric and Jessica answered a series of questions about their upcoming releases and how living in Montana has shaped their music. More...
Prog metal veterans Dream Theater are currently wrapping up work on their tenth studio album. The band commenced work on the as-yet untitled album—their second for Roadrunner Records, following up 2007's Systematic Chaos—in October of last year.
Drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci are once again producing the CD, while engineer Paul Northfield will mix the record. Roadrunner plans to release the album in early summer upon which the band will immediately embark on a world tour to support it.
Enthroned has issued the following statement about their recent show in Moscow:
"The band would like to thanx all the Russian devotees who showed up to the Black Mass ritual in Moscow this last week end! Its been ages that we enjoyed to play for such a crowd in such conditions. May the grace of our Dark Father be with you all!
"Also, last but not least, the people behind this ritual: Arma Diaboli productions and their crew, Pseudogod, Teitanfyre, Blackwinged and Orthodox 666."
DragonForce has issued the following statement about a competition for a poster framed and signed by the band:
"We’ve got a great new DragonForce poster for you - choose your design, add your personalisation, then order online – it’s easy.
"Plus you can add the date of a live show from this leg of the European tour to your favourite poster – a really unique souvenir of the show!
"And what’s more you can enter a competition to win a signed version of your poster. The band will looking at all posters ordered up to the 10th March 2008 and the person that submits the funniest, weirdest, or most original personalisation will receive a framed version of their poster, signed by the band members…
"So go on, Click here and design your own poster now!!!"
The 2009 Play It Loud Festival in Italy will occur on September 26th at an undetermined location. The organizers for the festival have announced that New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Angel Witch will be headlining the festival. Other confirmed bands include Grim Reaper, Tysondog, and Sacred Steel.
Canadian metal band Rusted Dawn has announced a string of upcoming tour dates. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
2/26 - Fredericton, NB - The Capital Bar
2/27 - Montreal, PQ - Katacombes (with Inepsy, Bastardator)
2/28 - St. Hyacinthe, PQ - Bar Le Trash (with Ab Irato, Survivors Will Be Shot Again)
3/2 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee's (with Aggressor)
3/3 - Hamilton, ON - Club Absinthe (with Aggressor, Fog Of Leprosy)
3/4 - Niagara Falls, ON - The Victoria Inn (with Aggressor)
3/5 - Ottawa, ON - The New Bayou
3/6 - Montreal, PQ - The Playhouse (with Survivors Will Be Shot Again)
3/7 - Quebec City, PQ - Bar Le Kameleon (with Striver, Skin Slicer)
War From A Harlot's Mouth has issued the following update about their upcoming album:
"It's time to update you with more details for our new record "in shoals". first of all we got the cover art up and a new myspace layout with bits from the whole artwork as well. we wanted a more gloomy artwork this time, since the last one was really bright and shiny and the songs on "in shoals" are all gloomier, musically and lyrically, than our old material. we asked kluze to do it...he's a guy from belgium and we were familiar with the artworks he was doing for amenra in the past. he did an amazing job and the result works perfectly with the spirit and content of the record.
"the first pressing of the cd will be released as a limited edition digipak and we got something special for the vinyl release, too...but more on that later. check out the whole tracklist first: More...
Korn bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu is releasing a memoir of his life. Korn released the following statement about the upcoming book:
"FROM KORN’S LEGENDARY BASSIST COMES A NO-HOLDS-BARRED LOOK AT THE EXTREME HIGHS AND DRUG-AND-BOOZE-FUELED LOWS OF THE BIGGEST HEAVY METAL BAND OF OUR ERA
"Music was in his bones. From the time he was an infant, Fieldy watched his dad’s band perform, and soon enough he found his own calling: the bass. After high school, with a guitar and little else, he left his small California town for the music scene in L.A. Before long, Fieldy, Brian “Head” Welch, James “Munky” Shaffer, drummer David Silveria, and Jonathan Davis would gel together and form a band with a completely new sound—Korn. What happened next was something Fieldy had always dreamed of but was totally unprepared for: Korn exploded, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and fronting the nu metal phenomenon. Fieldy was thrust into the fast-paced, hard-rocking spotlight. Korn began to tour incessantly, creating intense live shows fueled by wild offstage antics. Fieldy became a rock star, and he acted like one, notorious not only for his one-of-a-kind bass lines, but also for his hard-partying, womanizing, bad-boy ways. The more drugs he took, the more booze he drank, the worse he became: He was unfaithful, abusive, mean, and sometimes violent. More...
The organizers of the Download Festival in Britain have announced that Limp Bizkit and Trivium will now be performing at the event, in addition to Whitesnake and Def Leppard who were confirmed yesterday by Whitesnake themselves,
The lineup is now as follows:
I met up with Mårten Hagström, rhythm guitarist of Meshuggah, as he pushed away his half-eaten plate of lukewarm chicken caesar salad. Too sick to eat, he'd been running a high fever and snoozing all day (though you couldn't tell by his rock-solid performance later that night) but in true metal fashion he took time out to converse with a fan. In this interview, we talked about the danger of over-analyzing Meshuggah's songs, the pitfalls of playing extreme music live, and how a solo album might be in the works. More...
Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne has entered the studio to record his tenth studio album, which will be the follow up to 2007's "Black Rain." Producing the album will be Kevin Churko and recording will be taking place in Los Angeles. Ozzy has revealed that due to working on the album, the annual festival is currently on hold and there will be no Ozzfest 2009. More details will be revealed shortly.
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The organizers of this years Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium has announced some more bands for the festival in the form of Slipknot, Down, Exodus, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Motley Crue, Gojira, The Gathering, Buckcherry, Marilyn Manson, Jon Olivia's Pain, Pestilence and August Burns Red.
The lineup is now as follows:
Heaven And Hell
August Burns Red
Jon Olivia's Pain
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Nu-metal band Limp Bizkit is reuniting their original lineup to record a new album and tour worldwide. The original line-up of Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and DJ Lethal are back from an eight year hiatus. Fred Durst and Wes Borland said in a joint statement:
"We decided we were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other. Regardless of where our separate paths have taken us, we recognize there is a powerful and unique energy with this particular group of people we have not found anywhere else. This is why Limp Bizkit is back."
The guys will kick off a world tour in the Spring on the overseas festival circuit with headline shows sprinkled in throughout Eastern Europe and Europe, selected dates include, in late May, Russia, Ukraine, and the Baltic countries where Limp Bizkit has never played before despite huge demand, along with major festivals like Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany. More dates will be announced shortly. A new album, which would be the original group’s first full-length effort since 2000, is also planned.
Limp Bizkit’s first three albums have sold over 20 million copies in the U.S. alone, and another 13 million in the rest of the world.
THE END RECORDS has announced their 2009 South by Southwest Showcase, which will features EARLY MAN, TUB RING, JUNIUS, GOES CUBE, HULL, and THESE ARE THEY. Here's the show details:
Thursday, March 19th
The Ale House Pub
310 E. 6 Old Pecan Street
Austin, TX 78701
Dutch metallers After Forever, who officially announced their break up earlier this month, have issued the following announcement about the possibility of a farewell DVD or tour:
"As a band we have not yet decided what to do but fans have been asking for a farewell show, or even a tour or/and dvd. We are thinking over all options, will we do something, and if so; what? For us it's always good to know what you as After Forever fan want. Some very loyal fans has even made this petition, sign it if you want your voice to be heard."
RATT front man Stephen Pearcy has issued the following update about the band's upcoming album:
"Warren & Stephen have again started writing for the new RATT release. Holed up at De Martinis and various studios, as we hear it things are moving along great and the songs are sure to kick you in the ass!
"More newz as we get it.. Summer tour 2009 to follow!"
London thrashers Savage Messiah have issued the following statement about signing to Candlelight Records:
"We are very proud to announce that we have signed with Candlelight Records.
"This is a major step for the band and we are extremely excited to finish the new album and set a release date.
We would like to extend our thanks to Edward Christie and all the Candlelight Records staff. Lots of news and updates coming soon!"