Metal News for February 14, 2007
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15 news articles posted on this day.
LaunchDaily.com reports: Chevelle's new album, Vena Sera, is the first to feature bassist Dean Bernardini, who replaced Joe Loeffler last year. Joe is the brother of Chevelle singer/guitarist Pete Loeffler and drummer Sam Loeffler, and his exit was not exactly on good terms. Although the band has settled its business issues with Joe, Pete Loeffler told us that their personal relationship is still on the outs: "Awkward is an understatement for the family life now. As far as get-togethers, holidays, nothing's settled there yet. Christmas was pretty weird, to say the least. But that's life. People need to treat people with respect, and if there's respect, then there's always resolution. There's not a lot of that right now, and basically that's the next hurdle."
Chevelle has set April 3rd as the release date for Vena Sera. The CD's first single, "Well Enough Alone," arrived at radio stations on Monday, January 29th.
Sam Loeffler told Harddrive Radio that at least one of the songs on the new album, "Safer Waters," was inspired by the situation with Joe.
New bassist Dean Bernardini is also the Loefflers' brother-in-law, having married their youngest sister Natalie.
Chevelle will hit the road as openers for Evanescence, beginning on March 16th in Fresno, California.
Germany's upcomers WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH are currently at DAILY HERO studios (Final Prayer, Make It Count!) in Berlin to record 10 tracks for their Lifeforce Records debut album entitled "Transmetropolitan" which will be released worldwide in September.
The band have posted a studio diary with photos and videos that you can view online.
WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH is also confirmed for a European tour with DYING FETUS, SKINLESS and CATTLE DECAPITATION starting in May, first confirmed dates you can find below.
War From A Harlots Mouth tour dates: More...
Massachusetts' ALL THAT REMAINS, now out on its first ever North American headlining tour sponsored by Hot Topic, has announced that the band will film its Feb. 25 performance at Philadelphia's Theatre of the Living Arts for inclusion on the band's forthcoming DVD release. Tentatively scheduled for release later this year, ALL THAT REMAINS has been compiling footage for inclusion since the band's 2004 release, 'This Darkened Heart.'
Currently supporting the band's latest album, 'The Fall of Ideals,' ALL THAT REMAINS has already toured Europe twice for the record and will return at the end of March with Textures and Misery Signals, in addition to appearing on Ozzfest 2006 and touring Stateside with DragonForce and Killswitch Engage among others. The band's latest video, for the track "The Air That I Breathe," recently hit #1 on Music Choice's Videos On Demand programming, in addition to seeing exposure on MTV2's Headbangers Ball. The video can be seen online here.
Here are the current ALL THAT REMAINS tour dates: More...
KITTIE regret to announce that their show scheduled for tonight with Walls of Jericho and 36 Crazyfists at Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA has been cancelled due to the severe weather in the Northeast USA. The snow and ice has caused immeasurable problems in transportation that is preventing the band from getting to the area. The ladies send their apologies to Allentown fans and will attempt to get back to the area as soon as possible.
A definitive statement will be issued tomorrow concerning their ability to get to their 2/15 Jacksonville, NC show.
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU will be featured on season 2 of the Fuel TV series "DRIVE: Notes From The Underground." The show features professional skateboarder Mike Vallely and documents his travels across the country in his quest to promote positive attitudes toward the sport. It's one of the few skateboarding shows left on television with any class or dignity and we are honored to have yet another one of our most exemplary bands be a part of this great series.
Look for the new season to begin later this year, only on Fuel TV.
For more information on the DRIVE program, visit driveskateboarding.com.
Progressive hardcore band Life In Your Way's Solid State debut, "Waking Giants," hits stores everywhere in less than a month on March 6th. They have posted a new song from that album, "Reach The End," on their MySpace page.
Kylesa shot the first video from their new album “Time Will Fuse Its Worth” yesterday. The video is for the track “Hollow Severer”, shot with acclaimed director David Brodsky (Gwar, Strapping Young Lad, The Red Chord) and crew at MyGoodEye in New York.
Kylesa is currently finishing up a tour with The Hidden Hand, and will be hitting the road once again on March 17th for a month-long tour with Genghis Tron.
Chicago's YAKUZA have begun demoing new material in the band's hometown at Semifour Studios for the band's forthcoming new album, tentatively titled 'Transmutations' and scheduled for a late 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. Sanford Parker (Pelican, Minsk, Rwake), who made a guest appearance on the band's last release, 'Samsara,' will be handling production duties when the band begins recording Feb. 28.
"This time it's all about variety, each song has its own personality with the album covering a much broader spectrum," frontman Bruce Lamont said. "The extremes are really drastic: super schizoid-brutal to almost reflective and minimal. Just like with 'Samsara,' we're looking at this album as a whole. I don't want to say the album will be an 'experience' per-se because that sounds too hippie-ish, but it's gonna be one of those things that you have to listen to start to finish."
YAKUZA has been also been added to the Chicago date of the upcoming tour featuring Genghis Tron and labelmates KYLESA at the Beat Kitchen and the band will be previewing new material at the show.
YAKUZA on tour:
4/08 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (with Genghis Tron, Kylesa)
SKULLHOG have posted a teaser of a new track entitled “Dead Stare” over at their official MySpace page. The track comes off their upcoming split with REGURGITATE.
German hardcore/metal band SOULGATE'S DAWN has inked a deal with Burning Season Records. The group's second full-length album, "Deathtrap to Escape", will be released on March 20. The CD was recorded this winter at the Rape of Harmonies Studios. A song from the upcoming album, entitled "Goodbye", will soon be available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
A new NAGLFAR track, entitled "The Darkest Road", has been posted online at this location (check streaming music player). The song comes off the Swedish black metal band's new album, "Harvest", which is scheduled for release through Century Media Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: Friday, February 23
France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, rest of Europe: Monday, February 26
Finland, Sweden, Hungary: Wednesday, February 28
North America: Tuesday, March 6
U.K.: Monday, March 12
A trailer for "Harvest" has been posted online at this location.
According to a press release, "Harvest" combines NAGLFAR's "original sound with the massive thrust of later years. True to the Swedish formula of bringing the harsh bleakness of the black style together with the technical prowess and high-speed assault of death metal, NAGLFAR have created another masterpiece of their genre." More...
Launching an omnious campaign for In Sorte Diaboli - their first studio album in four years scheduled for North American release on April 24th - Norwegian melodic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have announced their headlining return to the western hemisphere. Beginning on Friday, April 20th in Cleveland, Ohio and supported by Unearth from Massachusetts, California's Devildriver, and Canada's Kataklysm, DIMMU BORGIR's foreboding Wagnerian majesty will be unleashed in all major cities in the U.S. and Canada. Additional dates will be announced.
Songwriter/guitarist Silenoz writes in from Norway to comment on the tour: "It's been too long... The wait is over - FINALLY! It is with great anticipation we look forward to start, for once, a World Tour on North American soil! We're excited to have Unearth, Devildriver and Kataklysm on this diabolic ride and can't wait to meet all our loyal fans and friends old and new once again. Come join us in The Invaluable Darkness!" More...
After hitting only their 3 year mark as a band and having just released a new record, Amora Savant is going to call it quits. Their last show is going to be on Saturday, April 21st in Menomonee Falls, WI. They will be playing with their friends Veil of Maya, Harlots, The Serpent Son, Carnivale and By Strangulation. No further information on the band's split is currently available.
There an interesting article online about Lebanese bands and the discussion of censorship within the country. Here are some excepts:
Heavy metal music has come in for harassment and censorship over in Lebanon at various times over the years because of its alleged satanic links. (Similar moves against heavy metal and its fans have been seen in Egypt and Morocco).
Moe Hamzeh, leader and founder in 1992 of the Beirut-based rock group "The Kordz" described to Burkhalter the clampdown on metal music in the 1990s. After the singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994, a young man in Beirut also killed himself and the authorities claimed he had been influenced to do so by Cobain.
Cyrille Najjar, a co-founder in 1996 of the "gothic" group "The Arcane" recalls how some of his friends were put in prison and beaten up. Burkhalter found that Garo Gdanian, the leader of the Death Metal group "Weeping Willow" did not seem to care too much about censorship. "At the same time his band practises quite a lot of self-censorship - a strategy that is not unknown in the Lebanese metal scene." Some albums of metal music are still on a black list.
Xardas, a 24-year-old Lebanese from Tripoli whose real name is Osman Arabi, suffered a striking case of music censorship in June 2006. Xardas is a composer and producer of a genre of electronic music known as "dark ambient". In April 2006 he released an album entitled "Acid Vomit. Human Genocide" on the US record label Autumn Wind Productions.
When the US record label sent 150 of the CDs to Xardas they were seized by General Security on the grounds that they were "satanic" and "offensive to people's morals". Xardas was summoned by the headquarters of General Security, and had to sign a paper promising he would not send or receive any packages containing "dark, harsh or weird" music. He was warned that if he broke his promise he would be arrested and jailed without trial.
Read the full article at Ya Libnan.
Lifeforce recording artists HELL WITHIN have completed their new record “Shadows Of Vanity.” The album was tracked with longtime producer John Ellis and diligently mixed by Mark Lewis of Audio Hammer Studios (TRIVIUM, BURY YOUR DEAD, GOD FORBID) and will be mastered by Tom Morris @ Morrisound. “Shadows of Vanity” is set to street May 18th (G/A/S, SE), May 21st (Europe). The album will also see acclaimed graphic designer and artist Paul Romano (MASTODON, TRIVIUM, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD) handling the art for “Shadows of Vanity!”
Tony Zimmerman from HELL WITHIN had this to say about the completion of their new record:
“Long time no speak. Well, here is what’s been going on with Hell Within. The new Hell Within album “Shadows of Vanity” is done being recorded and mixed. We can’t wait for everyone to hear it. The album sounds amazing and we are very proud of it. Now all that’s left is for it to be mastered. That will be done by the beginning of Feb 07 and the art work will be done in Feb 07 as well. We’re shooting for a mid May 07 release for the album, so in May get to the stores and buy it! The other thing we have going on is a tour with our good friends The Autumn Offering and our soon to be friends Autumn Black. The Tour will start 3/1 and take us until the end of the month. It will cover the East Coast and go over to TX then up the middle of the country. To get all the details go to our shows page, there are more dates being added every day. Everyone get your asses out to see us when we rape and pillage your town.”