Metal News for February 19, 2008
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Montreal based death metal quartet Synastry recently signed with Year of the Sun Records for the release of their upcoming debut album "Blind Eyes Bleed." The band has scheduled a May 13th, 2008 release date through Year of the Sun Records with a supporting Canadian tour to follow.
"All of us in Synastry are eager and thrilled that Blind Eyes Bleed will be issued through Canada's own Year of the Sun Records. We are confident that Year of the Sun and Synastry's union is one of the most logical steps in Synastry's evolution," commented Synastry frontman Jimmy Anastasopoulos. "As we join the family of quality bands already on Year of the Sun's roster, we will be able to bring Synastry's live show to many more cities and constant and intensive touring will be our top priority so our fans will get to see us up close and personal."
Synastry has quickly risen through the ranks of the Canadian death metal scene. The band's non-stop work ethic has earned them spots opening for heavyweights like Rotting Christ, Forever In Terror, and 3 Mile Scream while the group's online presence has made them the #1 ranked unsigned band in MySpace's Death Metal category.
"Montreal has always been a breeding ground for innovative metal bands and we're very excited to be working with a band like Synastry" said label founder Chris Benn. "When you look at the landscape of bands out there, it's always exciting when your ears get a taste of something unique. Synastry brings that to the table."
Synastry's debut album, "Blind Eyes Bleed" was produced and engineered by Slaves on Dope guitarist Kevin Jardine and features guest appearances by The Agonist's frontwoman Alissa White Gluz and former Arch Enemy founding vocalist Johan Liiva.
Synastry is currently streaming tracks from forthcoming debut album on their MySpace page.
Chicago-based experimental black metallers NACHTMYSTIUM have issued the following update:
"We've received info today from the promoters for the SMF Metal Festival at The Kathedral on April 19th has been canceled. Not sure what the whole story is, and it doesn't really matter, bottom line is the whole fest is off for now and we will not be performing in Canada that night. Sorry to anyone looking forward to the gig!"
"We will be in Canada in June on our North American tour for Assassins!" More...
Although Canuck metallers MEATLOCKER SEVEN disbanded in June 2006, their band members have remained active.
Guitarist Mike Selman has launched a new project called UNLEASH THE ARCHERS (pictured). Song samples can be heard at their MySpace page.
Meanwhile Steve Migliarese plays bass in stoner metal band RUN LIKE HELL. Bram Harvey (vocals) and Death Metal Dave Krull (drums) are in a melodic thrash band called A LETHAL DOSE OF BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA.
Finnish crust/grind metal act ARRESTUM have announced they will release a new self-titled EP as part of a new 'Sliding Scale' download series through Canada's Moshpit Tragedy Records. The five-song release will soon be available from www.moshpit-tragedy.com complete with a printable sleeve for as much or as little as each visitor chooses and is even being offered for free to those without a paypal account. An audio sample of the song 'No Rest' (which features a guest vocal appearance by Matti of Hangover Overdose) is available at www.myspace.com/mptrecords.
Arrestum is Powerviolence Man: drums, Mr. Muscle: bass, Fat & Slow Front: vocals, Bastard Son of Satan: guitar. More...
Spinner.com reports that Australian hard rock icons AC/DC are getting closer to ending an eight-year drought of new music. "God, I'm ready," bassist Cliff Williams, who was in L.A. to participate at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, tells Spinner.com. To that end, the group will hit the studio March 1.
Almost as long as the wait for new music is the band's absence from the stage. Tour plans, however, aren't as firm. "If we go out again or when we go out again," Williams said. "You just never know. We've been around a long time, so we're going to get together and get in the studio and I fully expect we will [tour.]. I don't mean to be so negative about that. [When] the last tour ended in early '01, you'd see kids on their dads' shoulders. And these kids were like 10, 12 years old. It will be tremendous to see that again. And it's very cool — younger kids getting into older music."
Swedish death metal band STARTERHEAD has posted the song "The Last Words" on its MySpace profile. The track comes off the group's forthcoming album, titled "Undergrounding", which was produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA). ANATA's Conny Pettersson performs drums on the CD.
The band is currently looking for a record label to release "Undergrounding".
Formed in 2002, STARTERHEAD released its full-length debut, "Inside", in April 2006 through Indark Music.
Brutal death metal band TERRORDROME from Thessaloniki, Greece has announced the details of its upcoming European tour. The trek will kick off this week and will see the group sharing the stage with Swedish death metal masters DERANGED for the German, Austrian and Dutch dates, while the UK shows will be headlined by rising German brutal death metal fiends DEFEATED SANITY.
The details are as follows:
Feb. 23 - AUT Hallein Freysitz Bar *
Feb. 24 - POL Legnica Centrum Kultury *
Feb. 26 - GER Wermelskirchen AJZ Bahndamm **
Feb. 27 - AUT Bad Mittendorf Take Five Club **
Feb. 28 - GER Munich Orangehouse **
Feb. 29 - SWI Burgdorf Kulturkeller **
Mar. 01 - GER Berlin K17 **
Mar. 02 - HOL Tilburg Little Devil **
Mar. 04 - UK Southend-on-Sea Chinnery's ***
Mar. 05 - UK Poole Mr C's ***
Mar. 06 - UK Leeds Joseph's Wells ***
Mar. 07 - UK London Bar Monsta ***
Mar. 08 - GER Regensburg Alte Maltze
* with DROWNED CHILD
** with DERANGED and DROWNED CHILD
*** with DEFEATED SANITY More...
More dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, DIVINE HERESY, and FIREWIND:
May 11 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
May 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 17 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
May 19 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 30 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Finland’s APOCALYPTICA appear to be planning an upcoming U.S. tour. The following are the first dates to be released:
April 27 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 12 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
"Light The Fire", the new album by Florida metalcore band EKOTREN, was released today (February 19) in North America via Blind Prophecy Records. The first single, "Tranquilized", has been tearing across the airwaves, earning titles as Most Added Band on FMQB and #4 on CMJ's Loud Rock charts.
EKOTREN is slated to shoot a video for "Tranquilized" with David Brodsky (My Good Eye), who has directed clips for some of the hottest up-and-coming names in metal, including STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, SUICIDE SILENCE, and THE RED CHORD. The video will be filmed on February 25, on a rare day off during the band's national tour with ILL NINO, in New Jersey and is tentatively set for a March premiere.
EKOTREN will be on tour with ILL NINO and DROID until March 2 and will celebrate its homecoming with a CD-release party on March 8 at Club Ricochet in Fort Myers, Florida.
New York metallers, From This Day, issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"We've got two new tunes up, "I lose again" and "Queen city burns". Check them out and tell us what you think!!! Tell your friends, relatives, ex's, tell their friends, just tell everyone!!!"
"We'd like to thank Doug White at Watchmen Studios for the awesome work he did on this EP. He truly keeps it real and if you don't believe me check out Fledgling Death (on our tops friends, and should be on yours) he's sick and like I said keeps it real." More...
DISFEAR, the Swedish "crust rock" outfit featuring former AT THE GATES/THE CROWN vocalist Tomas Lindberg and ex-ENTOMBED guitarist Ulf "Uffe" Cederlund, has announced a number of North American tour dates in support of its latest album, "Live the Storm". This headlining tour will begin on April 16 in New York and continue through the month of April. DISFEAR has also been confirmed for the New England Metal and Hardcore and Maryland Deathfest festivals.
"Live the Storm" was released on January 22 in North America (January 28 internationally) via Relapse Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Misanthropic Generation" was recorded with CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou at his Godcity Studios in Salem, MA and includes 10 all new songs from the band.
According to KISSonline.com, KISS will play at Stadhalle in Vienna, Austria on May 12. KISS Meet & Greet and Soundcheck Packages for this show will go on sale Wednesday at KISSonTour.com. Tickets for the Vienna show go on sale on February 22.
Upcoming KISS dates include:
16 - Melbourne, Australia - Ing F1 Grand Prix
18 - Brisbane, Australia - Entertainment Center
20 - Sydney, Australia - Acer Arena
22 - Wellington, New Zealand - ROCK2WTGN Festival
9 - Oberhausen, Germany - Arena
11 - München, Germany - Olympiahalle
12 - Vienna, Austria - Stadhalle
13 - Verona, Italy - Arena
15 - Belgrade, Serbia - USCE Stadium
16 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Akademik Stadium
18 - Athens, Greece - Terra Vibe
24 - Moscow, Russia - Olympissky
26 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Newarena
28 - Hartwell Arena - Helsinki, Finland
30 - Stockholm Stadium - Stockholm, Sweden
31 - Valhall - Oslo - Norway
1 - Koengen - Bergen, Norway
3 - Forum - Copenhagen, Denmark
4 - Hamburg, Germany - Color Line Arena
6 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena
9 - Berlin, Germany - Velodrom
10 - Mannheim, Germany - SAP-Arena
13 - Castle Donington, UK - Download Festival
15 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Arrow Festival
17 - Paris, France - Bercy
18 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle
21 - Bilbao, Spain - Kobetamendi
More shows to be announced soon.
The band checks in once again with another update straight from Grindstone Studios about the recording of their EARACHE debut, CITIZEN BRAIN (produced by Scott Atkins):
"If making amazing albums is a crime, we're going to be sent down for life when CITIZEN BRAIN gets released (slated for mid-May, fact fans). Drums are complete, as evidenced by Paul spending his days playing Hitman with a beer, and we're coming to the end of guitar tracking. Luke and Domo have been putting in long days, scrutinizing every riff and lick with Scott, and the results sound amazing. Philly is now getting into the thick of the vocal takes, too, and is packing in some seriously balls-to-the-wall screaming in late-night sessions. Unfortunately, he hasn't been spotted wearing sunglasses while doing takes like Glen Benton. A recent memo from EARACHE advised that 'more falsettos = better', and we're certainly going to deliver on that."
"Last week saw Tom Luchtenstein from MUTANT and Jamie from Resilience Records swing by the studio to deliver some hilariously brilliant backing vocals on a few tunes, only to callously leave us again like the Milk Tray man in the night. We got over it. We also got the first pencil roughs for CITIZEN BRAIN's album cover back from our man in New York, the brilliant Jeff Zornow. It looks amazing. If you see one picture of robot arms coming out of mouths this year, make this it." More...
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee police have arrested a 19-year-old man they believe was involved in the weekend armed robbery of BURY YOUR DEAD guitarist Eric Ellis, who had just played a show at The Rave.
The victim, 23, was sitting in a car about 12:30 a.m. Sunday when he was held up by five men, two with guns, according to Milwaukee police. He handed over a bag of jewelry, and the robbers fled the parking lot, near N. 24th St. and W. Wisconsin Ave.
The victim chased the robbers and caught up with them but was kicked, suffering a cut to his head.
Department spokesman Bobby Lindsey said the 19-year-old suspect was arrested Monday and remains in police custody. The case is expected to be referred to prosecutors Wednesday. Police continue to seek other suspects in the crime, Lindsey said. More...
PITCH BLACK FORECAST (formerly ABSENTEE), the new project featuring vocalist Jason "J" Popson (MUSHROOMHEAD, IN COLD BLOOD, Fractured Transmitter Records), drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DARK ANGEL, TESTAMENT), guitarist Robert Reinard (NDE) and bassist Craig Martini, will release its debut album, "Absentee" on May 6 via Fractured Transmitter. The CD was mixed with Bill Korecky at Mars Recording Studio and will feature artwork by Derek Hess and Stephen Kasner. The album also features a guest appearance by Human Furnace from RINGWORM.
"Absentee" track listing:
03. Wrapped In Plastic
07. Breathe Now
08. So Low
09. Desperation Angel
10. Creepy Crawl
11. Bad Reputation More...
Canadian tech-thrashers NEURAXIS will enter the studio February 19 with producer Jef Fortin (of fellow Canadians Anonymous) to record the band’s fifth studio album. The recording process will be done in late March and is scheduled to be mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, Shadows Fall), and will feature artwork from Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Art (Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira). The yet-untitled effort should see a July release through Prosthetic Records.
"We feel this album will be something monumental for NEURAXIS,” says guitarist Rob Milley. “With the new line-up and the energy we have created in the writing sessions, it’s something that is new and refreshing, yet still retains a lot of the essence of what NEURAXIS has built since day one."
The new album will be the first studio album featuring new vocalist Alex Leblanc and guitarist William Seghers, both having appeared on the recently released "Live Progression," via Galy Records. "Live Progression" is the live follow-up to NEURAXIS’ last studio album, 2005's "Trilateral Progression." More details, tour dates, and regular in-studio footage updates will be available shortly. The first web episode is online now on the band's MySpace page and features sneak previews of new songs, as well as commentary in both English and French Canadian on the new material.
Here are the latest NEURAXIS concerts planned:
4/11 Trois-Rivieres, QC – Le Stage
4/12 St-Hyacinthe, QBC – Bar Le Trash
4/26 Sudbury, ONT – The Serbian Centre (Sundbury Metalfest)
The Divining issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"With a new practice spot/studio at our finger tips, we have spent the last few months writing new material that we hope to demo and release by spring. We are planning to record 3 or 4 new tracks for this effort and make it available to everyone for free online."
"In late 2006, we had signed to New Jersey based indie label 1x1 Music, which included full US distribution through Universal/Fontana. After spending months in the studio with Eric Rachel at Traxx East and Mike Cassel at Labyrinth Sound in NJ, our band was dealt a devastating blow at the hands of 1x1 Music's owner. As it turned out, this individual had been stealing large sums of money from his own company, resulting in the freezing of the accounts needed to release and promote our completed record. The label would become defunct, leaving many careers in limbo. At this point, we're not sure what will become of that material." More...
Darksun have begun working on their new album, which will be released in September 2008.
Guitar and drum tracks have already been recorded, with bass and vocals to follow.
As with Darksun's last release, "El Lado Oscuro" ("The Dark Side"), there will be separate Spanish and English versions of the album.
Napalm Records issue the following update:
Swedish Gothic Doomers DRACONIAN have scheduled a special prelistening for their upcoming album Turning Season Within. In cooperation with MySpace Nordics, the ENTIRE ALBUM will be available online on the official DRACONIAN Myspace page from February 21, 24:00 Central European Time untill the official release of the album.
Turning Season Within will be released on:
SWE/GER/AUT/SUI: 29.2.2008, EUROPE: 3.3.2008,
Finland: 27.2.2008, USA/CAN: 4.3.2008
Having inked a deal with Napalm Records, German gothic rockers LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE return this year to record their follow-up to their Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts album.
The band will once again work with renowned producer John Fryer (HIM, NIN). The new album is expected out in April or May.
Expect a melancholic masterpiece full of surprises. More details to follow.
Iowa’s MODERN LIFE IS WAR have posted the following update:
“MODERN LIFE IS WAR will be doing one final tour from March 29th to April 26th. Our last show ever will be April 26th in Marshalltown, Iowa. There is no disaster or dramatic situation behind the break-up. All past and current members of the band are still good friends and there is no bad blood. We just feel like it’s the right time and would rather end things on our own terms than let our band become a ghost of what it was in the beginning or to be ripped apart by outside forces."
"Our first show was on April 20th, 2002 in Tyler’s parents basement. This makes our run as a band almost exactly six years. We want to send a huge thank you out to everyone who supported this band through thick and thin because you care about us as individuals, our music, our message or what we stand for as a band. We also want to thank all the people in the DIY/underground hardcore and punk scenes all over the country and world who work really hard and sacrifice a lot for little to no recognition or money because they love the music and message. I am really proud of all that we have accomplished but know that without the support of that community we would have never had a chance to tour and put out records for so many years. I don’t want to get sentimental and there is no short way of wrapping up all my feelings about this band and these last six years. Above all…I hope we have made some people feel less alone and motivated them to think for themselves, be themselves and take action. Punk rock changed our lives. I hope we contributed something to keep the whole thing going. We are leaving soon…but The future is unwritten…so start writing it. Tour dates will be posted soon. Come sweat and scream and say goodbye to MODERN LIFE IS WAR.”
HORSE THE BAND have posted the following lengthy update:
“Hey we posted all the confirmed dates for EARTH TOUR, self-booked, three-month, four-continent, 40-country tour of the world. Here is the full routing, which includes places we’re planning on playing but don’t have confirmed shows in yet. And there is more news after all these dates!!!"
"3/02/2008 - Anaheim, USA @ Chain Reaction
3/03/2008 - OFF
3/04/2008 - OFF
3/05/2008 - Sydney, Australia @ The Metro
3/06/2008 - Melbourne, Australia @ Rare Records
3/07/2008 - Melbourne, Australia @ Gershwin Room (18+)
3/08/2008 - Adelaide, Australia @ Nighttrain
3/09/2008 - Brisbane, Australia @ Club 299 (Under 18)
3/09/2008 - Brisbane, Australia @ Club 299 (18+)
3/10/2008 - Hamilton, New Zealand @ Yellow Submarine
3/11/2008 - Wellington, New Zealand @ Valve (18+)
3/12/2008 - Auckland, New Zealand @ Transmission Room
3/13/2008 - OFF
3/14/2008 - Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan @ Redbomp
3/15/2008 - Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, Japan @ Era
3/16/2008 - Shinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan @ Sunhall
3/17/2008 - Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan @ Eggman
3/18/2008 - OFF
3/19/2008 - Seoul, South Korea @ Live Club SSAM
3/20/2008 - OFF
3/21/2008 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong @ Pier Pressure
3/22/2008 - OFF
3/23/2008 - Bangkok, Thailand @ Bangrak Bar
3/24/2008 - Shanghai, China @ TBA
3/25/2008 - Nanjing, China @ TBA
3/26/2008 - Nanchang, China @ TBA
3/27/2008 - Wuhan, China @ TBA
3/28/2008 - Beijing, China @ MAO Livehouse
3/29/2008 - Singapore City, Singapore @ Home Club
3/30/2008 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ MCPA Hall
3/31/2008 - OFF
4/01/2008 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates @ TBA
4/02/2008 - OFF
4/03/2008 - Ankara, Turkey @ Tunali Golge
4/04/2008 - Istanbul, Turkey @ TBA
4/05/2008 - Eskisehir, Turkey @ Eskisehir Hayal
4/06/2008 - OFF
4/07/2008 - Tel Aviv, Israel @ Patiphone
4/08/2008 - Haifa, Israel @ City Hall
4/09/2008 - OFF
4/10/2008 - Frankfurt, Germany @ O 25
4/11/2008 - Romagnano Sesia, Italy @ Le Piccole Eine
4/12/2008 - Bologna, Italy @ Sottotetto Club
4/13/2008 - Rome, Italy @ Traffic
4/14/2008 - Lasko, Slovenia @ SMOCL
4/15/2008 - Enns, Austria @ Club Hort
4/16/2008 - Dornbirn, Austria @ Schlachthaus
4/17/2008 - Zagreb, Croatia @ KSET
4/18/2008 - Belgrade, Serbia @ SKC
4/19/2008 - Macedonia @ TBA
4/20/2008 - Thessaloniki, Greece @ Street Attack
4/21/2008 - Greece @ TBA
4/22/2008 - Craiova, Romania @ Pistons & Art
4/23/2008 - Cluj, Romania @ Irish & Music Pub
4/24/2008 - Illichivsk, Ukraine @ Golden Lion
4/25/2008 - Ukraine @ TBA
4/26/2008 - Kiev, Ukraine @ DK Himvolokno -ZVEROVISION-
4/27/2008 - Minsk, Belarus @ TBA
4/28/2008 - Kosice, Slovakia @ TBA
4/29/2008 - Budapest, Hungary @ TBA
4/30/2008 - Wien, Austria @ Arena
5/01/2008 - Warsaw, Poland @ TBA
5/02/2008 - Riga, Latvia @ Melna Piektdiena
5/03/2008 - Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi
5/04/2008 - Jyvaskyla, Finland @ Lutakko
5/05/2008 - OFF
5/06/2008 - Sweden @ TBA
5/07/2008 - Oslo, Norway @ Garage
5/08/2008 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Stengade 30
5/09/2008 - Germany @ TBA
5/10/2008 - Meerhout, Belgium @ GROEZROCK
5/11/2008 - Plymouth, United Kingdom @ White Rabbit
5/12/2008 - London, United Kingdom @ Underworld
5/13/2008 - Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom @ Sugarmill
5/14/2008 - Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Ivory Blacks
5/15/2008 - Sheffield, United Kingdom @ Corporation
5/16/2008 - Yeovil, United Kingdom @ The Orange Box
5/17/2008 - Portugal @ TBA
5/18/2008 - Paris, France @ La Scene Bastille
5/19/2008 - Bordeaux, France @ L’Heretic
5/20/2008 - Bilbao, Spain @ Santana 27
5/21/2008 - France @ TBA
5/22/2008 - Switzerland @ TBA
5/23/2008 - Trier, Germany @ Ex-Haus
5/24/2008 - Bochum, Germany @ Matrix
5/25/2008 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Jubez
5/26/2008 - Germany @ TBA
5/27/2008 - Berlin, Germany @ Cassiopeia
5/28/2008 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Winston
5/29/2008 - Moscow, Russia @ TBA
5/30/2008 - OFF
5/31/2008 - St. Petersburg, Russia @ TBA
6/01/2008 - Dublin, Ireland @ Eamon Dorans
6/02/2008 - Galway, Ireland @ TBA
6/03/2008 - Belfast, United Kingdom @ TBA
6/04/2008 - New York City, USA @ TBA
6/05/2008 - Washington DC, USA @ TBA
6/06/2008 - New Jersey, USA @ TBA
6/07/2008 - Las Vegas, USA @ TBA" More...
Fan-filmed video footage of Finnish metallers NORTHER performing the song "Self-Righteous Fuck" at this year's Finnish Metal Expo, which took place this past weekend in Helsinki, Finland, can be viewed here.
NORTHER's new album, "N" will be released through Century Media Records on the following dates:
Feb. 22 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, BeNeLux
Feb. 25 - UK, France, Denmark, Greece, Norway
Feb. 26 - Spain, Portugal
Feb. 29 - Sweden, Hungary
The CD was recorded and produced by longtime partner Anssi Kippo (CHILDREN OF BODOM) at Astia Studios and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (DARK TRANQUILLITY, ARCH ENEMY, IN FLAMES) at Studio Fredman in Sweden.\ More...
A brand new ORIGIN track, entitled "The Aftermath", has been posted on the group's MySpace page. The track comes off the Kansas-based death metallers' new album, "Antithesis" (cover artwork), due in North America on April 1 via Relapse Records.
The follow-up to 2005's "Echoes of Decimation" brings what is widely considered to be the band's strongest lineup back together:
Paul Ryan - Guitar, Vocals
Jeremy Turner - Guitars, Vocals
James Lee - Vocals
Mike Flores - Bass, Vocals
John Longstreth - Drums More...
Arclight Communications recently signed an exclusive distribution deal with Lumberjack Mordam, which means their current releases and any future ones will be available in indie stores/retailers worldwide.
Two of Arclight's releases are now out of print. ARC002-2 will be FREE with every order until they are completely gone and they only have a few copies of ARC003-7.
Finally, the label has two new releases scheduled for May 2008, which are Antilles' "Beholder/Destroyer" (ARC007-2 ) and the Indomitable Iron Sloth's "Life, Liberty" (ARC008-2). Preorders and some extra goodies will be up for sale once the discs are in hand, which should be right around a month before they are in stores.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian has told MTV.com that SCARS ON BROADWAY — the band he formed with SYSTEM's drummer, John Dolmayan, soon after the Serj Tankian-fronted act went on an indefinite hiatus back in 2006 — is not a side project.
"There's no talk of SYSTEM doing anything," Malakian told MTV.com. "We're not planning on doing anything. If anyone's holding their breath for a SYSTEM record, they're going to turn blue and pass out. It's a long ways away, if it ever even happens. We don't even talk about it — none of us. This is my band right now."
"I should be finished with vocals in the next couple of weeks," he said of his band's forthcoming self-titled album, which he doesn't expect in stores until after the summer. "All we have to do after that is mix the record. I've been in the studio for months now, and we had 15 songs when we first hit the studio in September. We tracked those 15 songs, and then I had, like, maybe five or six songs I felt I really needed to get off my chest. So I took the band back to my house where we were rehearsing, and in a matter of a month, we had those songs written, and we headed back into the studio in late November and tracked those additional songs."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE have issued the following update:
"Want to be a part of an upcoming CANNIBAL CORPSE DVD? We're documenting the history of the band and are looking for any pictures or videos you may have of the band past or present onstage or offstage. Do you know of any good footage that exists? Let us know.
"Do you have a CANNIBAL tattoo? We want to include you. Do you have any artwork inspired by their songs? Send it in. Whatever you may have that you think would help tell the CANNIBAL story... send it snail mail or email hi-red Jpegs or uncompressed Quicktimes or Mini DV tapes. The deadline is March 1, 2008. Thanks for your help!
"Send materials snail mail to:
CANNIBAL CORPSE DVD
Metal Blade Records Inc.
2828 Cochran St. Ste 302
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Testament has revealed the cover artwork and track listing of their forthcoming album, "The Formation of Damnation", due in North America on April 29 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band recorded the effort in part with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.
"The Formation of Damnation" track listing:
01. For The Glory Of
02. More Than Meets The Eye
03. The Evil Has Landed
04. Formation Of Damnation
05. Dangers of The Faithless
06. The Persecuted Won't Forget
08. Killing Season
11. Leave Me Forever
"The album is very traditional-sounding," guitarist Eric Peterson recently told Decibel magazine. "The ideology of what we're doing is like 'The Legacy' . But the musicianship's a lot better, so it's like 'The Gathering' . As most bands record their first, second and third albums, they're developing, developing, developing… until they've got their sound. Then they get worse. As a rule, you get good when you're starving and start slipping as soon as you're eating well. We never really made it to the big time. But, then again, we didn't fail. Because we've always been on that borderline, we've never had to make the kinds of compromises that end up killing so many bands. As we see it, we're better off doing what we do best, especially since things seem to have turned full circle. Kids even have long hair again."
TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.
Bostaph, who was a member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, had previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City". He also toured with TESTAMENT in 2006.
JOEY BELLADONNA, former lead singer of the legendary group ANTHRAX from 1985-92 and 2005-06, has been featured on over 10 albums that have sold over 8 Million records worldwide.
During that time, Belladonna has shared the stage with IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, MEGADETH, KISS, OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK SABBATH, SLAYER, ALICE IN CHAINS, DIO, PUBLIC ENEMY, LIVING COLOR, PRIMUS, MOTLEY CRUE, BON JOVI, WHITESNAKE, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, EXODUS, HELLOWEEN, ROB ZOMBIE, JUDAS PRIEST and many others.
Also during this time Joey sang the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden and the Metro Dome in Minnesota for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. In 1988 he starred in the underground cult classic film, Pledge Night.
While Belladonna was with Anthrax, the band was nominated for three Grammy awards, appeared on the Fox sitcom Married with Children, and was voted #1 metal singer two years in a row by Metal Forces Magazine.
In the mid to late '90s, Joey Belladonna released his first two solo albums with great press and reviews from around the world. After his successful worldwide reunion tour with Anthrax in 2005-06, Joey is now onto his solo project. With a world tour for 2008 entitled Never Look Back, Joey has recruited a new powerhouse band and is currently working on a new Belladonna album to be released in the fall of 2008.
2 - Jack Rabbit Slims - Albany, NY
3 - Underworld Concert Club - Columbus, OH
4 - The Lighthouse - Imperial, PA
5 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
9 - Kings Tavern - Denver, CO
11 - Roadhouse - Apple Valley, CA
12 - Tremors - Riverside, CA
13 - The Museum Club - Flagstaff, AZ
14 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
16 - Fat Cat - Modesto, CA
18 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
23 - Big City Night Club - Farmington, NM
25 - Acadia Bar - Houston, TX
26 - Tiffanys Billiards - San Antonio, TX
1 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
More dates to be announced.
Former USURPER guitarist Rick Scythe has issued the following update on his NIGHTSHADE project:
"We just posted a 'new' song. It's actually not new at all, but the first song ever written and recorded for NightShade called, 'Eye Of The Crow' (listen here). Although this is still a bit of a rough-version, it will give you an idea of some of the other material which will be on the debut NightShade album (Majick Potion). Let us know if you dig it."
"Speaking of the new NightShade album, we have solicited our CD to a few labels and hopefully in the next couple months we will have something worked out. The idea is to release our debut album this year and then hit the road. We want to be pretty selective about shows. We are working on some ideas for a cool set design and really prefer quality over quantity, and obscurity over over-saturated 'hipster-ness'. We really hope to distance ourselves from the Hipster stranglehold that has it's grip on the music scene in general. We have no desire to try to make NightShade fit in with any particular scene." More...
Dark Intentions has been selected for the 2008 edition of the Dutch "Metal Battle" and will perform in the 1st round at Feb. 22, 2008 in the Little Devil in Tilburg.
As previously reported, the band recently revealed two brand new samples from their upcoming album, which you can check out on their MySpace page. The new tracks are entitled "Suffer Severe" and "Untouched."
The band is currently in the process of finding a record label to release the album. The album was recorded at the Artsound Studio in Belgium and produced and mixed by Stefan van Neerven (ex-Born From Pain). The mastering was done by Alan Douches of West West Side Music.
Clutch has lined up a spring tour with Kamchatka following their dates with Murder By Death and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. Here are the latest tour dates with Kamchatka:
4/9 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
4/10 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
4/12 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
4/14 Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre
4/15 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
4/17 Little Rock, AR @ The Village
4/18 Beaumont, TX @ Antone's
4/19 Houston, TX @ Meridian
4/20 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
4/22 New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
4/23 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
4/24 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
4/25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
4/26 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
4/28 Charleston, WV @ The Sound Factory
4/29 Nashville, TN @ City Hall
4/30 Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
5/1 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
5/2 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
5/3 Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's Pub
Still Remains, Gwen Stacy, and Secret and Whisper will tour together for three weeks this spring. Here are the tour dates:
3/26 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
3/27 Joplin, MO @ The Foundry
3/28 Dekalb, IL @ House Café
3/30 Madison, WI @ The Loft
3/31 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
4/1 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
4/2 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
4/3 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
4/4 Logan, UT @ NVO
4/5 Boise, ID @ The Venue
4/6 Spokane, WA @ The BLVD
4/7 Seattle, WA @ El Crazon
4/12 Phoenix, AZ @ The Brickhouse
4/13 Flagstaff, AZ @ Studio 111
4/15 Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Event Center
4/17 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
4/18 San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom
Down To Nothing and Sinking Ships will travel to Japan in April for some touring. Here are the tour dates:
04/04 Yokohama @ Club Lizard
04/05 Niigata @Club Junk Box Mini
04/06 Tochigi Ashikaga @North BBC
04/08 Tokyo Kichijoji @ Warp
04/09 Shizuoka Hamamatsu @ G-Side
04/10 Osaka Nanba @ Bears
04/11 Nagoya@ Zion
04/12 Chiba Kashiwa @ Drunkard's Studium
04/13 Tokyo Shinjuku @ Nine Spice
SANDALINAS, the Spanish/Swedish band featuring Mat Saint (bass; DREAMLAND), Alvaro Svanerö (drums; LOCH VOSTOK), Jordi Sandalinas (guitar) and Rick Altzi (vocals; AT VANCE), recently shot a video for the song "Never Seen Before" at the Fortress of Varberg in Varberg, Sweden. The clip will feature indoor and outdoor footage and will be available in within the next two weeks.
According to Wikipedia, the Fortress of Varberg was built during 1287-1300 by count Jacob Nielsen as protection against his Danish King, who had declared him an outlaw after the murder of King Eric V of Denmark.
"Never Seen Before" comes off SANDALINAS' latest album, "Fly to the Sun", which was released in January via Metal Heaven. The CD features guest appearances by Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER) on keyboards, Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE) on guitar and Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND) on guitar. More...
According to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, KISS will play five Scandinavian/Nordic dates in late May/early June.
The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:
Mar. 16 - Melbourne, AUS - Ing F1 Grand Prix
Mar. 18 - Brisbane, AUS - Entertainment Center
Mar. 20 - Sydney, AUS - Acer Arena
Mar. 22 - Wellington, NZ - ROCK2WTGN Festival
May 09 - Oberhausen, GER - Arena
May 11 - München, GER - Olympiahalle
May 13 - Verona, ITA @ Arena
May 15 - Belgrade, SER @ USCE Stadium
May 16 - Sofia, BUL - Akademik Stadium
May 18 - Malakassa (Athens), GRE @ Terra Vibe Park
May 24 - Moscow, RUS @ Olympissky
May 26 - St. Petersburg, RUS @ Newarena
May 28 - Helsinki, FIN - [to be announced]
May 30 - Stockholm, SWE - Stadion
May 31 - Oslo, NOR - [to be announced]
Jun. 01 - Bergen, NOR - [to be announced]
Jun. 03 - Copenhagen, DEN - [to be announced]
Jun. 04 - Hamburg, GER @ Color Line Arena
Jun. 06 - Prague, CZR @ O2 Arena
Jun. 04 - Hamburg, GER - Colorline-Arena
Jun. 09 - Berlin, GER - Velodrom
Jun. 10 - Mannheim, GER - SAP-Arena
Jun. 13 - Castle Donington, UK @ Download Festival
Jun. 15 - Nijmegen, NETH @ Arrow Festival
Jun. 17 - Paris, FRA @ Bercy
Jun. 18 - Stuttgart, GER @ Schleyerhalle
Jun. 21 - Bilbao, ESP @ Kobetamendi
More shows will be announced soon.
STREAM OF PASSION are now confirmed to perform at De Kade in Zaandam, Holland on April 18th. Their schedule is now as follows:
12 - Tournai ProgFest - Tournai, Belgium
13 - Spirit of 66 - Verviers, Belgium
18 - De Kade - Zaandaam, Holland
24 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Holland
25 - Fenix - Sittard, Holland
Shows for Kasteel and Alphen a/d Rijn, both in Holland, are due to be confirmed soon.
Dallas Texas metallers, Withered Dreams, issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"We are Revamping Withered Dreams.
We are changing the sound and look of the band.
So with change comes new blood.
So Drummers, Singers, Keyboard players. WE NEED YOU!!!"
Must have good Technique
Must have good working knowledge of the drum set
Must be able to play the song"The Hopeless"
Must be able to practice at least twice a week
Reliable transportation" More...
Montreal's THE AGONIST have announced a new live date for their home town. They will play Cafe L'inconditionnel on April 19th. The band's schedule is now as follows:
February 23 - Cafe L'inconditionnel - Montreal, Quebec
April 19 - Cafe L'inconditionnel - Montreal, Quebec
May 14 - Plaza Theatre - Montreal, Quebec (with CATAMENIA and PROFUGUS MORTIS)
NILE have been forced to cancel their upcoming February 20th show in Santiago, Chile. They have issued the following statement:
"The promoter has, at the last minute, refused to pay the band as agreed. The band is VERY disappointed, and if there was ANY way to still put on the show, I assure you they would do it! It's just not possible for them to fly the whole band and their gear to and from Chile, play the show and handle all living expenses out of their personal bank accounts. We hope the opportunity comes again for Nile to play in Chile, as they were very excited about this show. Please understand that if there was any way for Nile to still do this show they would do it in a heartbeat. We all sincerely apologize to the fans who have patiently waited for Nile to come to their country." More...
Guitarist/vocalist Kurt Bachman of the reactivated late '80s/early '90s technical-thrash metal band BELIEVER has issued the following update:
"After some amp meltdowns and ruined guitar necks I am pleased to tell you that the rhythm guitar tracks [for the new BELIEVER album] are now complete!!! And they are HEAVY. We cannot wait for you to hear this stuff. Over the next few weeks, we will also be making some 'involved' decisions on when and how we are going to release our new material. Hopefully we will pass some info onto you in the near future.
"We have been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of positive support from our fans worldwide. No matter what others may say, the metal community is alive and well and we are truly honored to be a very small part. A great big 'thank you' goes out to those who continue to run BELIEVER fan sites and to the metal webzines for posting updates about the band and our progress."
BELIEVER's albums "Extraction from Mortality" (1989), "Sanity Obscure" (1990) and "Dimensions" (1993) were made available on November 5 via Poland's Metal Mind Productions in a new digipak edition on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology and limited to 2,000 numbered copies.
HAIL OF BULLETS, the new band featuring GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, THANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens, former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin Van Drunen and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, has entered Excess studios in Rotterdam, Holland to begin recording its debut album for a May release via Metal Blade Records.
Commented Warby: "Today we had the first of three planned vocal days, and Herr van Drunen nailed five songs in as many hours. You should hear the man warm up, it's quite an experience... On many of these songs I'm hearing vocal lines for the first time, and it's fantastic stuff. The lyrics are already quite a vivid read, but hearing them screamed, growled and vomited is an entirely different thing! We mess around with little timing things afterwards, but mostly these are done in one or two whole takes. To wrap up a long day (we did drum-editing/cleaning in the morning), our engineer Chris cranked up the last song on the big-ass speakers (that you never use in the studio cause they make everything sound way too good), and we just sat there grinning like monkeys at the awesomeness pouring out. Life is good."
HAIL OF BULLETS' semi-legendary four-track promotional CD, which recently brought the band a deal with Metal Blade Records, was scheduled to be released on vinyl last month through Iron Pegasus Records from Germany. The limited-edition EP is being made available in two different versions from various mailorders and underground labels throughout Europe and the U.S.
HAIL OF BULLETS was formed in late 2006 through a mutual love for old-school death metal bands like AUTOPSY, BOLT THROWER, MASSACRE, CELTIC FROST and DEATH. In the summer of 2007, the band entered a Rotterdam studio to record a four-song promotional CD, which was mixed by the infamous death metal guru Dan Swanö in Sweden. Swanö stated upon the CD's completion: "If this promo doesn't get you guys a good record deal, I will eat my laptop!"
DIVINE HERESY — the new Los Angeles-based band featuring former FEAR FACTORY/current ASESINO guitarist Dino Cazares alongside drummer Tim Yeung (ex-VITAL REMAINS, HATE ETERNAL), vocalist Tommy Cummings (VEXT) and bassist Joe Payne (ex-NILE, DOMINATION THROUGH IMPURITY, LUST OF DECAY) — will take part in a signing session on Monday, February 25 at Utopia Records (233 Broadway) in Sydney, Australia.
DIVINE HERESY recently wrapped up a very successful three-week North American run alongside ALL THAT REMAINS and CHIMAIRA this week, which leads them directly into their first Australian trek, where the group will perform with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, AS I LAY DYING, INCUBUS and many more. The band will then proceed to headline a week of U.S. dates.
DIVINE HERESY will team up with ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and FIREWIND for a North American tour in May.
MOTÖRHEAD and DEATH ANGEL will team up for a one-off concert on June 24 at the Festhalle Rüegerholz in Frauenfeld, Switzerland.
MOTÖRHEAD entered the studio last month to begin recording the follow-up to 2006's "Kiss of Death". A late spring/early summer release is expected.
"Kiss of Death" entered the national album charts in the following countries: Germany: #4, Norway: #9, Sweden: #13, Austria: #20, Switzerland: #26, U.K.: #45, Denmark: #53. The CD was recorded at the Paramount studios in Los Angeles with Cameron Webb, who also worked with the group on 2004's "Inferno". The album includes guest appearances by POISON guitarist C.C. Deville and ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez.
Rockster.tv recently conducted an interview with MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee. It can be viewed below. More...
Boston-based hardcore/metal band BURY YOUR DEAD will release its new self-titled album on March 18 via Victory Records. The band recently returned to Florida's Audiohammer Studios, the exact facility where their previous release, "Beauty and the Breakdown", was recorded. BURY YOUR DEAD also brought back producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, GOD FORBID), continuing with the theme of tradition. BURY YOUR DEAD drummer Mark Castillo previously stated, "All I have to say is the new BURY YOUR DEAD isn't what people are going to expect. You really have to hear this."
"Bury Your Dead" track listing:
01. Sympathy Orchestra
02. Disposably Yours
03. Fever Dream
04. Infidels Hymn
05. Angel With A Dirty Face
06. Hands To Hide The Shame
08. A Devils Ransom
09. Dust To Dust
10. Fools Gold
11. Year One
The following dates have been released for the “Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival” tour, which is set to feature SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, MACHINE HEAD, MASTODON, DRAGONFORCE, SEVENDUST, THE RED CHORD, 36 CRAZYFISTS, SUICIDE SILENCE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, WALLS OF JERICHO, BLACK TIDE, and AIRBOURNE:
July 9 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
July 11 - Marysville, CA @Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 12 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 15 - Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
July 16 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
July 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
July 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
July 20 - Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
July 22 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 23 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
July 25 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Centre
July 26 - Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 27 - The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 29 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre at State Fairgrds.
July 30 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 1 - Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
August 2 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
August 3 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 6 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 8 - Toronto, ON @ The Molson Amphitheatre
August 9 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion
August 10 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 13 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center For The Perf. Arts
August 15 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 16 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
August 17 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
August 20 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 21 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
On April, 21st GAMMA RAY's new album, Land Of The Free II, will be released worldwide as a double-gatefold vinyl special edition. More details will be revealed soon.
The tracklist of Land Of The Free II is as follows: 'Into The Storm', 'From The Ashes', 'Rising Again', 'To Mother Earth', 'Rain', 'Leaving Hell', 'Empress', 'When The World', 'Opportunity', 'Real World', 'Hear Me Calling', 'Insurrection'.
Gamma Ray's live schedule is currently as follows:
12 - Milano, Italy - Evolution Festival
13 - Raismes, France - Raismes Fest 2008
An audio clip of CHILDREN OF BODOM covering CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL's 'Lookin' Out My Back Door', is available below. It is the b-side of the band's new single, 'Blooddrunk'. More...