Metal News for February 21, 2006
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10 news articles posted on this day.
Bassist Martin has rejoined Polish death metallers DECAPITATED.
"After cleaning up mess in my personal life, military problems (army wanted to catch me, I almost got to the court with that) I'm back in the band," Martin writes in a statement. "I need fuckin metal more than anything else! By the way, all rumors concerning 'problems with label' were just rumors! See you guys on the road!"
Replacement bassist Richard Gulczynski joined on recenlty, just before Decapitated hit the United States on their stint on the Annihilation of the Wicked Tour alongside Nile.
DECAPITATED's new album, "Organic Halucinosis", was released earlier in the month on Earache Records. The follow-up to 2004's "The Negation" was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with producers Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski and features artwork and layout by Seth (ROTTING CHRIST, PARADISE LOST).
STONE SOUR, the band featuring SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, are hard at work on their sophomore album with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER). Guitarist Josh Rand has filed the following candid report from inside the studio:
"As we roll into week four of the recording process for the new album, a lot has happened...
"Starting off with a week of pre-production as [our producer] Nick pushed us to the brink and back, we fine-tuned the songs for the record. Now with eighteen tracks slated to be recorded we were ready to begin the drum tracks.
"[However,] two weeks into the recording of the drums Joel [Ekman] would have to leave the project and return home to his family. His nine-year-old son is very sick. He was diagnosed with Brain Stem Glioma (brain cancer) last fall. With the fate of the record now up in the air a decision had to be made: postpone the record or bring in someone to finish the drum tracks. So with Joel's blessing, Roy Mayorga [ex-SOULFLY, current SEPULTURA touring drummer] will finish the drum tracks as we move forward.
"On behalf of myself and the rest of STONE SOUR our prayers go out to the Ekmans."
STONE SOUR's new album will follow up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother".
Bodies In The Gears Of The Apparatus have begun writing material for their debut full-length. The group has completed two songs thus far. Meanwhile, BITGOTA will begin playing shows again in April, which will be followed by summer touring.
In December of last year, Bodies In The Gears Of The Apparatus was rejoined by former drummer Dom Lizzio, who left the band in October.
Sick Of It All, First Blood, and Stretch Arm Strong will be touring together in May. The following tour dates have been confirmed so far:
5/12 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/13 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
5/14 Phoenix, AZ @ The Brickhouse
5/15 Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's Neonopolis
5/17 Los Angeles, VA @ The Roxy
5/20 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
5/23 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
5/27 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
California's The Divine Romance recently signed with Harvest Earth Records. A new full-length from the band should be available this summer.
Just For Fun
Ozzy Osbourne fan site Ozzyhead.com has uploaded Ozzy's "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" TV commercial, which began airing in the UK earlier this month. You can download and watch it here.
Necrophagist, Ion Dissonance, Arsis, and Alarum will be touring Canada together in June. Here are the tour dates:
6/1 QUE @ TBA
6/2 Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
6/3 Quebec City, QUE @ Campus Charlesbourg
6/4 Jonquiere, QUE @ Cote Cour
6/5 Dolbeau, QUE @ Chevaliers Colomb
6/6 Ottawa, ONT @ Mavericks
6/7 ONT @ TBA
6/8 ONT @ TBA
6/9 Sudbury, ONT @ Serbian Hall
6/10 Rouyn-Noranda, QUE @ Petit Theatre
Ringworm, August Burns Red, Demiricous, and Ligeia will be touring together starting next week into mid-March. Here are the tour dates:
2/23 Chicopee, MA @ Cabbot Street
2/24 Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Ave. Cafe
2/25 Fredericksburg, VA @ KC's
2/27 Amityville, NY @ Village Pub South
2/28 Kingston, PA @ Backstage Enterprises
3/1 Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's Pub
3/2 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox Lounge
3/4 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7g
3/5 Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy's
3/6 Clearwater, FL @ 688 Skatepark
3/7 Jacksonville, FL @ Three Imperial
3/8 Winter Park, FL @ Island Oasis
3/10 Marietta, GA @ Swayze's
3/11 Columbus, OH @ Bernie's Distillery
All Out War, as of late together again after breaking up in mid-2004, are currently writing material for their fourth album. The Poughkeepsie, NY group currently features the following lineup:
Mike Score - vocals
Jim Antonelli - guitar
Erik Carrillo - bass
Jim Bremer - guitar
Lou Iuzzini - drums
No official word yet on a release date or record label, but the band is reportedly still under contract with Victory Records.
Meanwhile, All Out War will play The Groezrock Festival in Belgium on April 29th.
Several of the band members have been playing together in Nerve Gas Tragedy, who are currently writing material for their second album. Nerve Gas Tragedy are to record the effort this spring at Big Blue Meenie Studios in New Jersey. Nerve Gas Tragedy's debut album was released via Spook City Records.
Jorn Lande has been tapped to replace Nevermore as the Saturday night headliner at ProgPower USA VII. The singer, whose credits include Masterplan and ARK, will close the show with a unique set covering not only his solo career but songs from the various bands and projects over the course of his entire career.
"I hated to lose Nevermore, but I am ecstatic over being able to get one of the best voices in metal today," said Promoter Glenn Harveston. "After speaking with Jorn, I am convinced that this will be a once in a lifetime set that you won't see anywhere else in the world."
Added Lande: "It's an honor to play ProgPower USA this year. The festival is well known around the world for keeping progressive metal and hard rock alive. We will do our best to give you a few surprises and make it one of the most memorable sets in the history of the festival."
Nevermore was forced to pull out of ProgPower USA when the Disturbed/Nevermore European was postponed until September, conflicting with the festival date.
Evergrey - complete with a choir and string quartet - will headline the first night of the two-day festival, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta.
The rest of the lineup is German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden's Freak Kitchen, Finland's Thunderstone, Italy's Vision Divine, and Denmark's Mercenary.
The festival's annual pre-party will take place on Thursday, September 14 at The Vinyl Club inside of Earthlink Live and will feature performances by Theocracy, Circus Maximus, Leatherwolf, and Circle II Circle.
Tickets for ProgPower USA VII will go on sale Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. EST via all Ticketmaster outlets. Only 900 tickets will be made available to the public. Advance Gold Badges, which presently have a two-year wait list, are sold out. ProgPower USA has sold out more than four months in advance for the past four years. Last year's festival sold out in a record four days.
Tickets are for the pre-party are $20 and go on sale April 8 at 10 a.m. EST. There will only be 600 tickets available in advance.
ProgPower USA VII is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Evans Drumheads, D'Addario Strings, and Planet Wave Cables. Interested sponsors may contact ProgPower USA via progpowerusa.com.
Information is available on the website for parties interested in participating in the CD Showcase sampler or advertising in the official program.