Metal News for February 15, 2004
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Former SLAYER/SYSTEMATIC drummer Paul Bostaph has officially joined TESTAMENT. The band, whose most recent drummer, Jon Allen (SADUS), reportedly left the group over an "extremely fragile and urgent family situation" involving the health of his 11-year-old daughter, are currently rehearsing with Bostaph for their upcoming live shows in March, including scheduled appearances at Florida's Sun N' Steel Festival (March 6-7) and New Jersey's March Metal Meltdown VI (March 12-13).
TESTAMENT are continuing work on the material for the follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering" and are reportedly planning on entering the studio in April/May to begin recording the album for a late 2004 release through Spitfire Records. The band will likely premier two brand-new songs during their festival appearances next month.
Bostaph is no stranger to the TESTAMENT camp, having played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return To The Apocalyptic City" (Megaforce/Atlantic). He subsequently spent nearly a decade in SLAYER, with whom he recorded four full-length albums (1994's "Divine Intervention", 1996's "Undisputed Attitude", 1998's "Diabolus In Musica" and 2001's "God Hates Us All") before leaving the group (for the second and final time) in December 2001.
Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta recently checked in with the following update:
"I have been getting a lot of emails about the Headbangers Ball tour. Yes, its true, yes its happening, yes it's gonna be one big party. Also on the bill are Damageplan & Drowning Pool. A 4th band will be announced this monday. I will be in the studio this Sunday finishing up The Autumn Offering album and then I am off to LA to be a part of the Ozzfest press conference so be on the lookout for that. The whole confirmed line up of Ozzfest will be announced then and let me say that this year looks to be one of the biggest & best Ozzfest's yet! We are confirmed on the tour and we're really looking forward to it! Thanx for checking out this site as always and check out www.hatebreed.com there should be some confirmed shows and newer news up there as well. - Jamey Jasta
Sweden's IN FLAMES will have their "Lunar Strain" debut (1994) and follow-up EP, "Subterranean" (1995), re-released through Regain Records on February 29. Both CDs have been digitally remastered and include a number of bonus tracks.
"Lunar Strain" reissue track listing:
01. Behind Space
02. Lunar Strain
05. Everlost (Part I)
06. Everlost (Part II)
08. In Flames
09. Upon an Oaken Throne
10. Clad in Shadows
11. In Flames (demo version)
12. Upon an Oaken Throne (demo version)
13. Acoustic Piece (unreleased)
14. Clad in Shadows (demo version)
"Subterranean" reissue track listing:
01. Stand Ablaze
06. Dead Eternity (feat. Jocke Gothberg)
07. The Inborn Lifeless (feat. Jocke Gothberg)
08. Murders in the Rue Morgue (IRON MAIDEN cover)
09. Eye of the Beholder (METALLICA cover)
IN FLAMES' new album, "Soundtrack To Your Escape", is due in North America on April 6 through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD will arrive in Europe one week earlier (March 29).
Here's from the official Sentenced site, Sentenced.org:
"Sentenced have announced plans to play a few European festivals during the summer, including Summer Breeze, which is set to take place August 19-12, 2004 in Abtsgmünd, Germany.
"We will throw in some brand-new stuff during our show this summer, because we don't want to play a 'best of Sentenced' kind of set this time around. That would be too boring," drummer Vesa Ranta said.
The band are currently writing and rehearsing the new material.
"We haven't worked on too many new songs yet as a band, but I know that Miika [Tenkula, guitarist], Sami [Lopakka, guitarist] and Ville [Laihiala, singer] have written lots of new material [on their own]. We are now rehearsing at a small studio and it's a very good place to build new songs.
"We are going to enter the studio next autumn, so I guess that the new album will arrive in the beginning of the next year. But it's up to record company of course...
"I guess it will take about two months to record the new album... It's a lot longer than it used to take during the old days when we used to record albums in a week... For example, it only took ten days to make [1993's] North From Here," Ranta laughed."
Floridian black metallers Kult Ov Azazel have set "The World, The Flesh & The Devil" as the title of their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Arctic Music. Songtitles set to appear on the follow-up to last year's "Oculus Infernum" include "An Eternity with Satan", "Compelled To Die", "And the Earth is Filled With Violence", "Blood, Death & Damnation" and "The Glorification of Evil". A rehearsal recording of the song "Compelled To Die" (without vocals) can be downloaded at this location.
In other news, Kult Ov Azazel have completed tracking drums and guitars for the song that will appear on their 7" split with Krieg. "We'll finish tracking bass and vocals in the next few weeks," the band write on their web site. More information will be made available soon.
Belgian death metallers Prejudice have been forced to drop off the upcoming "No Mercy Festivals" European tour following an apparent disagreement with their record company. "It's NOT the fault from us but our label Painkiller that we can't do this festival!" the band write on their web site. "Also Prejudice is not dealing anymore with Painkiller Records because of all the rip-offs he did with us! Painkiller = RIP OFF."
The "No Mercy Festivals 2004" tour, featuring Cannibal Corpse, Htpocrisy, Kataklysm, Carpathian Forest, Exhumed, Spawn Of Possession and Vomitory will kick off on March 30 in Osnabruck, Germany.
California-based doom metallers Morgion are the latest act to be confirmed for the Templars of Doom festival, set to take place Saturday, June 19th at Rehearsal Studios in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bnads confirmed are:
Place Of Skulls
While Heaven Wept
The Gates Of Slumber
Lair Of The Minotaur
Salt Of The Earth
More to be announced.
Kataklysm, Misery Index, Cannae and Through The Discipline will be teaming up for a tour dubbed "No More Serenity", and will be presented by Metal Maniacs. The tour will start on April 30th at the New England Hardcore And Metal Festival, with the other tour dates to be announced.
In related news, Kataklysm, Malevolent Creation and Dew-Scented have been confirmed for the Up From The Ground Open Air festival, set to be held August 27-28 in Gemünden/Steinwiesen, Germany.
Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza has issued a statement addressing the recent reports that he was asked to appear on the new MEGADETH album currently being worked on by Dave Mustaine. His statement reads as follows:
"To all my family, friends, fans, and E.T.s,
"Yes, I was ready to go to Arizona to track drums with Dave. But all things were put on hold when I got a call from management. They told me everything is on hold because of [bassist] Dave Ellefson's not reaching an agreement with the General (Mustaine) [about a reunion of the group's 'Rust In Peace' lineup]. Thus Dave put the whole thing off. I still wanted to play, [and] I stressed this to management and Dave! But in spite of that, they still denied me playing :( So all of you that are wondering why I'm not playing on it, that's pretty much it! I was ready to rock…
"I am very disappointed and let down. But I respect Dave's wishes and decision and that's that! There will be other records. I will always play drums and music. It's my life. I love it."
David Postman of The Seattle Times is reporting that former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic has decided against running for lieutenant governor, saying he wants to stay involved in progressive politics but "the whole thing about running a campaign and being a public servant isn't the way to do it."
Instead, Novoselic will concentrate on his work with Music for America, a group working to boost voter participation among young people.
Read the full article at Seattle Times.