Metal News for February 19, 2004
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11 news articles posted on this day.
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER have given 2 member updates from their recent tour of Japan:
"We could not have prepared for how amazing the trip to Japan was. The entire week from start to finish was a riot. We drank, ate some cow tongue (well, I did), thrashed, puked, took the bullet train, met Shadow and Vomit Remnants, browsed the chloroform porn, hit bellies with Slags, and ate McDonalds everyday. The fans were absolutely amazing, and taught us all that blast beats are the universal language." - Trevor
"It was definitely a little bittersweet to come home after touring Japan. The people are as amazingly unique and pissed as the country they live in. We all thank them for showing their most sincere appreciation for metal. Your energy, conviction, and love for world music has given us all a renewed thirst. Thank you for your inspiration!" - Brian
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER video for "Contagion" will be airing Sunday, February 22 at 1:11 pm PST/EST on Fuel TV's new show SPLIT. Check your local listing for cable/satellite channel.
According to K-Rock, a radio station based out of New York, Nine Inch Nails will be headlining Lollapoloza 2004. A D.J. on the station made the announcement yesterday February 18th. When more information is announced we will post it here.
Swedish experimental extreme metal band MESHUGGAH have parted ways with bassist Gustaf Hielm and have replaced him with Dick Löwgren (ex-IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY).
"I'm saddened that they don't want me in there anymore but this is the second time I'm asked to leave so I can handle it by now," Gustaf said in a statement. "And most important, I'm still playing! That will never go away."
"As for MESHUGGAH, I'm glad I got to be in what I consider THE metal band and I wish them and their new bass player the best of luck. "
"And you, the fans and listeners... I don't think there are words enough to explain my gratitude towards you. And even if there were there isn't a monitor big enough to justify the font size I'd like to use for my THANK YOU!!! You single-handedly turned seven years of my life into some of the most exciting ones and I will never forget it! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you and THANK YOU!!!"
As previously reported, MESHUGGAH have entered the studio to begin recording their much-anticipated new EP, tentatively due late spring through Fractured Transmitter Records (the label formed by MUSHROOMHEAD vocalist Jason Mann). The one-song disc, which will reportedly clock in at over 20 minutes, is being recorded at the Swedish studio jointly owned by MESHUGGAH and long-running rap-metal act CLAWFINGER.
MESHUGGAH have fulfilled their contractual obligations to Nuclear Blast Records and are currently weighing their label options before recording their next full-length album. The group's last release was the highly acclaimed 2002 effort, "Nothing".
Massachusetts-based metallers UNEARTH have been officially added to the forthcoming "Headbangers Ball Tour II", featuring HATEBREED, DAMAGEPLAN and DROWNING POOL.
"Touring with HATEBREED, the most credible, hard working hardcore/metal band around today is something we have wanted to do since this band's inception," UNEARTH write on their web site. "As a lot of you know, DAMAGEPLAN is the new band featuring Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrel of PANTERA. For me personally it is a dream come true to tour with those guys. PANTERA helped mold heavy music into what it is today and it is a complete honor to hit the road with those dudes."
"Even though our next CD does not come out until June 29th, we just had to take this tour. We want to personally thank [HATEBREED singer] Jamey Jasta for all his help."
"We will be playing a ton of new material on the tour to give everyone a sense of what this record will sound like."
"So far the studio sessions are going great and the best is yet to come. Drums are being recorded as you read this, next will be the guitars, bass and then vocals. Rad stuff ahead."
Armsbendback just finished recording a cover of "Don't Stand So Close To Me" for an upcoming Police tribute record that will be released sometime soon on Militia Group. There are a bunch of new compilations coming out that htey're on too, namely an upcoming AMP magazine comp, Trustkill Records' "Blood Sweat & Ten Years" and a new Helltrack Records comp for animal rights. (more info on the Helltrack compilation)
The new video for "The Arms of Automation," our first single off The Waiting Room, is complete and will be posted in the next few days. Also, two BRAND NEW songs will be posted on our site this weekend. The new material is a vast progression for us as a band. We're excited so that means you should be too. Keep checking our site and take care.
New tour dates with Big Collapse are listed below and additional dates for March and April to be announced soon: More...
In a members only Q&A with the DIO fan messagae board ( http://dioboard.proboards4.com/index.cgi ), bassist JEFF PILSON talked about his experience with the leadership dynamic in DOKKEN and DIO, two bands he was a part of for several years, "Well Dokken is (at least when I was in the band) a leaderless democracy, which can be good and can be bad. The major trouble I tended to have with Don was when he tried to take control in situations he wasn't always that well equipped for. He often tried to make it FEEL like he was the leader, when in fact he really wasn't- and things would get very scattered. Now that's not saying Don doesn't have wonderful qualities, but the best work we did was usually when there wasn't the ego drama and people created and contributed in a freer way. With Ronnie, it's quite the opposite. No doubt he's the leader, but he never forced that feeling unless he had to. He maintains control while still allowing the individual to flourish. Sure he has his moments, like anyone, but I think he really enjoyed when the band would jam and it really felt like a band. Ronnie is absolutely the best band leader I've ever seen or been around..."
VELVET REVOLVER's--lead vocalist SCOTT WEILAND, guitarist SLASH, bassist DUFF McKAGAN, drummer MATT SORUM and guitarist DAVE KUSHNER--will release their debut album Contraband May 18 on RCA Records. Packed with songs like “Sucker Train Blues,” “Fall To Pieces,” “Super Human,” “You Got No Right” “Set Me Free,” “Headspace” and the first single “Slither,” the album was co-produced by the band and Josh Abraham. “Slither” is set to impact radio March 23.
“We’re all looking for a rebirth here,” explains Scott. “We’re looking to get back that same feeling we had when we all first started making music--the sense of doing it for the pure joy of making music. Along the way the whole idea that got us into this had been raped and sodomized. We were all in mourning of that and wondering if we could somehow get it back. As it turns out, the only way we could get it all back was to start it all new. Now we have that opportunity and it’s fucking amazing. This music is just vicious, very aggressive and it forces you to lace your boots up and sort of get ready for the fight.”More...
SLAYER, LIFE OF AGONY, DIMMU BORGIR and CHILDREN OF BODOM are the first acts confirmed for Dynamo Open Air, a one-day Dutch heavy metal festival scheduled to be held Saturday, June 5 in the Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Holland.
There will be a total of 14 bands appearing on two stages, "pretty much in the same set-up as in the year 2000 when Dynamo was held at the same location," according to a posting on the festival's official web site. Tickets are 50 euros. The gates will open at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and the first band goes on at 1:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.dynamo.nl.
Linkin Park, Korn, Snoop Dogg and two other artists to be confirmed at a later date will be teaming up for the third Projekt Revolution tour, according to Billboard.com. Projekt Revolution will play amphitheaters from late July into September.
Linkin Park's album "Meteora" (Warner Bros.) debuted last March at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 3.8 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Before Projekt Revolution, Linkin Park will play June 3 at the Glasgow Green Festival, June 5 at the U.K.'s Download Festival in Donington and June 9 at the Super Bock Super Rock Festival in Lisbon, Portugal.
Korn will be touring behind their latest Epic set, "Take a Look in the Mirror", which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 782,000 units, compared to sales of 1.4 million copies for its predecessor, 2002's "Untouchables". The group has 14 European shows on tap prior to Projekt Revolution, including a June 21 date with Metallica and appearances at Germany's Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park festivals.
Prosthetic Records has officially signed Swedish metal band, Wolf. The traditional metal (think Iron Maiden) band was formed in 1995 and has previously released two albums with No Fashion Records. The group's latest album, "Evil Star," will hit stores on April 27th in the U.S., followed by the release of the band's self-titled debut (2000) and "Black Wings" (2002). "Evil Star" was produced by Peter Tägtgren (of Hypocrisy) and will feature two bonus tracks not available on the Swedish version. The record's title track can be downloaded here in mp3 format.
North Carolina's Between The Buried And Me has officially added former Evelynn drummer Jason Roe to their lineup, effectively replacing the recently departed Mark Castillo. Additionally, Shane Blay (ex-Evelynn) and bassist Kevin Falk (This Day In Age) have joined the group. Blay replaces Nick Fletcher while Falk replaces Jason King, who recently left the band to focus on school. Meanwhile, BTBAM will begin touring full-time once again at the end of March. They're now being booked by Matt Pike at The Kenmore Agency, so send an email here you'd like to book them.