Metal News for February 14, 2004
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Former NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell and drummer Tommy Sickles have announced the formation of COLDWHITECHRIST with bassist Jerry Montano (DEADLIGHTS, DANZIG).
Tom Maxwell explains, "After Ozzfest, Tommy and I decided to start a project with our longtime friends Jerry and Chad Gray (MUDVAYNE). We began recording demos with Drew Mazurek (LINKIN PARK, GWAR, NOTHINGFACE), and cataloging between 15 to 20 songs in about a four-month period, with our intention being to create some of the most brutally heavy, physically exhausting and emotionally turbulent music we could.
"So when we (NOTHINGFACE) were FINALLY out of our deal with TVT, Sickles and me decided that COLDWHITECHRIST was were we truly wanted to be. This new music represents everything we live and believe in…. absolute honesty and dedication to our roots! Unfortunately with Chad's obligations with MUDVAYNE, our search for the ultimate front man/singer is officially now underway.
"I really would love to find the birth child of Maynard James Keynan and Phil Anselmo. Someone with an original vision that can not only can belt out the harshest screams but can also sing the most amazing melodies over the heaviest music we've ever written. Once our last ingredient is in place something very dangerous will have been born.
All vocal audition demos should be sent to COLDWHITECHRIST management at:
MOREY MANAGEMENT GROUP
9255 Sunset Blvd. Ste. 600
Los Angeles, CA 90069
In related news, former NOTHINGFACE bassist Bill Gaal has issued a statement announcing the formation of his new project, PERFECT ENEMY, which also features ex-NOTHINGFACE vocalist Matt Holt. Gaal's statement reads as follows:
"After spending the last six months writing music for my side project PERFECT ENEMY, it became obvious that these songs were going to be extremely different than what I had been writing previously in NOTHINGFACE. These songs were exploring a more melodic and complex side of my writing that may not have been appropriate for a NOTHINGFACE album and I found that my roots in bands like JAWBOX and SHUDDER TO THINK were beginning to come to the surface of my writing. It was probably some of the most honest and exciting music I had ever written! I sent these new songs to Matt and he immediately got it. We have always shared a love for the old Washington D.C. music scene and the idea of finishing off these songs together was really exciting for both of us.
"Matt and I are in the process of putting together the last few members of PERFECT ENEMY as I write this. Fans should expect a band that is musically very diverse, melodic and heavy. I will be playing guitar and singing, Mattwill be singing and playing some guitar, with another guitar player, bass player and drummer to be announced soon.
STEREO BLACK (formerly NEW BLACK), the new band fronted by former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, will make their live debut on Monday, March 8 at The Whisky A Go Go (8901 Sunset Boulevard) in West Hollywood, California.
As previously reported, STEREO BLACK (photo) reportedly sees Logan returning to his heavier roots, and at the same time, incorporating what he has learned from his early days as a guitarist to present. The group, whose lineup is completed by Lucas Banker (guitar), Clyde Shorey (guitar), Jason Evigan (bass, backing vocals) and Christopher Antonopoulis (drums), recently finished mixing a demo in Amsterdam with beatmaster extraordinaire JUNKIE XL and are currently shopping around for a record deal.
STEREO BLACK currently have a total of 13 tracks under their belt, according to a posting on Logan's official web site.
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"Prophecy" is scheduled for release on March 30 through Roadrunner Records. The album (view cover here) was produced by mainman Max Cavalera at The Saltmine Studio Oasis in Mesa, Arizona and was mixed by Terry Date (DEFTONES, PANTERA) at Studio X in Seattle, Washington.
SOULFLY shot a video for "Prophecy" late last month at a location seven hours outside of Phoenix. Guesting in the clip is former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, who played on four cuts on the forthcoming SOULFLY CD: "Prophecy", "Execution Style", "Defeat U" and "Mars". The remaining songs were handled by bassist Bobby Burns (ex-PRIMER 55 guitarist).
This week Metal Injection will have live footage of God Forbid. They will be playing 3 songs, including "Antihero" off their new album. Also, on the show will be the Brooklyn area bands Grail, Vext and Human Decline. Metal Injection is available for viewing 24/7 via their new webstream. Simply go to www.metalinjection.net/tv/ to watch the show live online.
Justin Collins, drummer of Bloodjinn drummer, has decided to leave the group for personal reasons. Collins will play his final show with the band on February 28th at Ace's Basement in Greensboro, NC. Here's a statement from Collins:
"This is the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life, but walking away from Bloodjinn is just something I have to do at this time. I am approaching my 30th birthday and my body and mind cannot handle touring anymore and I do not want to hold Bloodjinn back from fulfilling the goals the band has set. I've gone back to school to get my teaching degree as well. I'm also getting married to my beautiful fiancee Meghan in August and it is just time for me to embrace my new life. I've made tons of friends and I have had so much fun at all of the shows, and on all of the tours for the past 8 years. I have also learned a lot from playing music. One of the things I have learned is that you should cherish every moment of your youth. My only advice is to not take being in bands so seriously that you ruin friendships or burn bridges. Your relationships with people are more important in the long run than any record is worth. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the past 8 years and what you all have given me. Thank you very much and much love."
Bloodjinn is currently auditioning drummers. If you want to give it a shot, email the band here. Otherwise, the group is working on new material and has recorded five new songs thus far. Look for a new album to hit streets this fall, possibly preceded by an EP.
More bands have been confirmed for the upcoming Metal Mania festival. The festival is scheduled to take place on March 13th in Spodek (Katowice) Poland. Here are all of the confirmed bands:
Soulfly, Moonspell, TSA, Morbid Angel, Michael Schenker Group, Lacuna Coil, Vital Remains, Decapitated, Krisun, Hedfirst, Luna And Noctum, Atrophia Red Sun, Tenebrosus, Bright Ophidia, and 11 TBA.