Metal News for February 23, 2008
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27 news articles posted on this day.
Black Tide will be live on KNAC.com on Monday, 2/25, at 1pm (PST). Listen or Watch them in the KNAC.com studio. The band will also be filming a video while they are in L.A. They are looking for metal fans to come down and be part of the shoot.
From their official site: "We are looking for ROCKERS, SKATERS, & METAL KIDS to converge on a house party thrown by BLACK TIDE this Sunday February 24th, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. There will be skating, thrashing & amazing times involved. Oh! And did I mention that this is going to be a Music Video Directed By Travis Kopach (Thursday, Panic! At The Disco) and will be featured on those music networks you are constantly glued too? Well my friend it is."
"So with that in mind we are looking for young hip BOYS & GIRLS 18-23YEARS OLD to bring this House Partying Music Video to life. So if you're out there reading this right now and feel that it totally fits you please submit your Headshots/Pictures/Myspace profile to BLACKTIDECASTING@GMAIL.COM. If you're chosen, you'll be paid $50, get a copy of the video, food, exposure and an utterly good time."
Otep Shamaya’s newest installment in her weekly blog on NONELOUDER brings with it more than entertaining twists of the mind and plays on words as you can note in her last post. This time around, she attacks head on The Grammy’s, Saudi Arabia and much more. Otep Shamaya has a weekly blog that can be viewed at www.NONELOUDER.com, a social network promoting all aspects of heavy music.
Read the full article at NoneLouder.com.
Eulogy Recordings has officially signed Years Spent Cold. The New Jersey hardcore/metal band will record their Eulogy debut at The Machine Shop (Lamb Of God) in Hoboken, NJ. The effort will feature roughly eleven tracks and is slated to hit streets in early-summer. You can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.
Uprising Records recently signed Southern California hardcore band Dear Life. This Southern California quintet's debut full-length album, "Framework," is currently set for a spring 2008 release. "Framework" is produced by Roger Camero (No Motiv, The Warriors) and Donny and Danny Phillips (ex-The Warriors) and mixed by Paul Miner (New Found Glory, Death By Stereo). Coupling melodic hooks with thunderous breakdowns, the effort delivers intricate progressive riffs with ferocity and technical precision.
Guitarist Vincent Apostol comments: "We are very excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with Uprising and look forward to releasing our debut record. It has been a long road and it is comforting to know that hard work really does pay off. We feel fortunate to be working with such genuine and committed people not only at the label, but in management, booking, and everyone else who continues to help us along the way. It's a big step in the right direction for us and we can't wait to see where it takes us next."
Look for the band on selective dates in March with Comeback Kid, as well as scattered appearances in late March and April, followed by full time touring starting in spring 2008.
JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing recently answered a number of fan questions via his official web site. A few excerpts follow:
Q: How are the Knucklebonz sculptures of you and Glenn Tipton (guitar) coming along? Have you seen the finished product, and do you approve? Are they from the same era as the Rob Halford figure ('80s)? Also is a "Nostradamus" tour with material exclusively from that album played in its entirety still planned? And then a separate "classic" PRIEST tour still planned?
Downing: "I have only seen Rob's statue in its finished state and it 's pretty cool. I am still looking forward to getting mine.
"We will soon be on tour playing songs that many people have been waiting for and also we will be including some tasters from 'Nostradamus'. If all goes well I think it would be pretty cool to do a tour later performing the whole concept album."
Q: How much do you rehearse before a tour? Do you determine the set list before the start of the rehearsals, or do you rehearse a number of songs and compose a set list out of those songs? As I understand (conclusions drawn from various interviews) you're about to play whole of (and nothing but) the new album on the upcoming summer tour. Are you going to perform a new tour with JUDAS PRIEST classics after the "Nostradamus" tour?
Downing: "We try not to over-rehearse so as to keep things fresh, we usually decide on the bulk of the songs before hand but if someone makes a suggestion we will give it a go. For the moment we are planning to tour with classics but with some 'Nostradamus', then possibly tour again playing the entire 'Nostradamus' spectacle."
Q: Do you feel that in the present information society, people require to have new information as soon as possible? With Internet you can present every single step taken forward in the progress of writing a new album. I get the impression that you (JUDAS PRIEST) go the other way: you reveal almost nothing about what's happening. Other bands present almost every step that they make, put new songs onto the web etc. I can't say that it's wrong to be very secret, but it's a contrast to the enormous possibility to present information.
Downing: "Yes, maybe a lot of bands think that doing it that way they get more exposure but I prefer to do it the old way because I remember the excitement that I had when rushing to the store to buy a record that I had been waiting so eagerly for and playing it for the first time. It was such a rush, by giving people updates nearly every day somehow takes the excitement away for me. Also just making the record takes us more hours in the day than we have."
Read the full article at kkdowning.net.
Midnight Rider's new three-track 12 inch EP will be released on March 1st via Rock Saviour Records. Their music is described as "Old style hard rock deluxe, for fans of 70s Black Sabbath and early Judas Priest."
Stinking Lizaveta and Weedeater will tour Europe in March and April. The tour dates are as follows:
March 19th - Bristol, United Kingdom @ The Croft
March 20th - Manchester, United Kingdom @ Star and Garter,
March 21st - Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Ivory Black
March 22nd - Leeds, United Kingdom @ The Fenton
March 23rd - London, United Kingdom @ Underworld
March 24th - Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Clwb lfor Bach
March 25th - Den Helder, Belgium @ Bliksem
March 26th - Liege, Belgium @ La zone
March 27th - Kortrijk, Belgium @ The Pit's,
March 28th - Entropot, Brugge Belgium
March 29th - Tilburg, Holland @ 013
March 30th - Goes, Holland @ Beest
April 1st - Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
April 3rd - Jena, Germany @ Rosenkeller,
April 4th - Bischofswerda, Germany @ East Club
April 5th - Berlin, Germany @ Red Rooster
April 7th - Innsbruck, Austria @ PMK
April 8th - Vienna, Austria @ Arena
April 13th - Hoogeveen, Holland @ Deadlock
Matt and Jon from Shadows Fall will be doing a few in store appearances while in Australia at Billy Hyde Music stores. Visit billyhydemusic.com.au for times, contests and other specifics. The dates are in-store appearances will take place on the dates below:
Sat 23rd Feb - 2pm - Fortitude Valley
Sun 24th Feb - 2pm - Parramatta
Tue 26th Feb - 2pm - Camperdown
Fri 29th Feb - 2pm - Blackburn
Sat 1st Mar - 2pm - Adelaide
Hate Eternal issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"'Fury Within' was just uploaded to our myspace, check it out! We'll be back on the road soon!"
"Tour w/ Soilent Green, Skeletonwitch:
04/10 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
04/11 Dallas, TX The Door
04/12 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
04/13 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
04/16 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
04/18 Louisville, KY Uncle Pleasants
04/19 Detroit, MI I Rock
04/26 Worcester, MA The Palladium New England Hardcore & Metal Fest
04/28 New York, NY BB King's
04/29 Springfield, VA Jaxx
04/30 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall" More...
Guitarist Henrik "Heinz" Jacobsen of the Danish death metal band KOLDBORN has issued the following update:
"A few things are going on in the band —we decided to let Morten [Løwe Sørensen] go and get original drummer Rasmus [Salskov] back again. It only took a few rehearsals before we had the first new song nailed — super-cool to have such an awesome band to write with again! We also recruited former HATESPHERE bassist Mikael [Ehlert Hansen] so basically it's the best lineup we could imagine — both musically and personally."
"We are currently writing songs for the follow-up to 'The Uncanny Valley', and so far the songs turned out really really heavy and intense." More...
HATRED, the band featuring Tim Clayborne (PAINMUSEUM) and Joe Joblonski (INHUMAN VOID), will shoot a live video on February 29 at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia. The footage will be used in the special features section of the band's new album, "Burning Paradise", due on May 29. The follow-up to 2000's "The Offering" (Demolition Records; Hell House Entertainment/I.V. Productions) is being recorded with Ron Vento at Night Sky Studios in Waldorf, Maryland. Dave Lozano, formerly of the Texas thrash band DEVASTATION, was behind the kit for some of the material and James Dell of Rochester, New York will take care of the drum duties for some of the other songs that are yet to be tracked. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Hear Them Scratching," "Evil" and "Weak and Wounded."
PAINMUSEUM — which features in its ranks Clayborne alongside "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH, TESTAMENT), Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH) and Steve Digiorgio (SADUS, TESTAMENT) — has released two CDs this far — "Metal for Life" (2004) and "The Right to Remain Violent" (2006). Jablonski also released an album with BLACKMASS, "Conquering Legions of Astaroth," in 2005 via Grim Nocturnal Records.
For more information on HATRED, visit the band's MySpace page.
MALFEITOR, the Italian black metal band featuring bassist/vocalist M. Fabban (ABORYM), has issued the following update:
"After eight months of partnership with the session bass player Nighthorn and M. Fabban's decision to take care of vocals only, MALFEITOR announce the new lineup."
Commented M. Fabban: "I've decided to dedicate myself to vocals only for this project due to several accidents that obliged me to avoid heavy duty stuff with my right hand. I will continue as a bassist only with ABORYM."
The statement adds: "MALFEITOR wish to thank Nighthorn sincerely for all the gigs played together and for friendship and professionality shown in everything regarding this project. Respect and support go to his bands, HOUR OF PENANCE above all." More...
Dutch metallers WARMASTER have posted a new song, entitled "Psychological Suffering," on their MySpace page. The track comes off their long-awaited debut CD, "First War", due on March 24 via Dutch Metal Records.
"First War" was recorded and mixed at A.M. Studio (INFINITED HATE, FUNERAL WINDS, DARK REMAINS) and was mastered by Robbe K. According to a press release, WARMASTER "has created an album which takes death metal back to basics, yet agressive music and is determined to conquer the metal scene!"
The tracklisting for "First War" is as follows:
01. Testimony From The Grave
02. Unleashing Devilment
03. Silent Scream
04. Against Heavy Odds
05. Psychological Suffering
06. In Cold Blood
Boston, Massachusetts power metallers, Ravage, issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"RAVAGE VIDEO NOW ON YOUTUBE... ALSO Pictures from last night Thanks to all the great bands that played last night... though the sound was not the best, the fury was there and the show was a lot of fun."
"Pictures are up courtesy of the Reverend and ReturnToThePit.com"
"You can view them here"
"ALSO, the video for our cover of Judas Priest's "Nightcrawler" (directed by legendary film maker Johnny "Kubrick Brasscomb" Koziol) is now online... this is not the exact audio that will be on the CD (we are using a different mix of the song) but check out the video clip here" More...
Reunited French industrial metal pioneers TREPONEM PAL (named after the bacteria that causes syphilis) will play a special concert at the Ballroom in Hamburg, Germany on Friday, April 4.
TREPONEM PAL will release its new album, "Weird Machine", on March 24 via Listenable Records. Recorded in Geneva, produced by David Weber and written by Marco Neves (vocals, development), Didier B. (keyboards, samplers), Polak (guitars) and the late Paul Raven (eminent bass player of KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH, PIGFACE, MURDER INC., PRONG, MINISTRY), the CD is described as a "pure weapon of massive destruction and distraction seriously dangerous and open-minded." More...
Finnish symphonic power metallers EXCALION have issued the following update:
"EXCALION is now reahearsing new material and looking for a new record deal as the old one ended succesfully with Sound Riot Records. The band is really enthusiastic for the new songs and can't wait to share them with you!"
EXCALION filmed a video for the song "Wingman" in June 2007 with director Harri Pääkkönen. Watch the clip here.
"Wingman" comes off the group's latest album, "Waterlines", which came out in the U.S. on April 24, 2007 via Ryko Distribution. The follow-up to 2005's "Primal Exhale" was recorded and mixed at Watercastle studio by Arttu Sarvanne.
The band previously stated about the new CD, "The new songs are very mature both musically and lyrically. The whole band has improved a lot since their debut album in 2005 and the vocals of Jarmo Paakkonen are more impressive than ever. The actual music is fully rich in the songwriting and playing; it isn't prog or power metal anymore; there are strong influences of Euro melodic metal and U.S. hard rock. We could say the band found their 'own sound' for now!" More...
BODY OF SCARS, the new Phoenix, Arizona-based band featuring JAG PANZER drummer Rikard Stjernquist and former 40 GRIT vocalist/guitarist James Santiago, has posted new music online. The demo versions of the new songs "Miracle of Life" and "All or Nothing" — which are expected to appear on the group's second release — have been posted on the band's MySpace page.
BODY OF SCARS has more than 40 song ideas in the works and most are ready to be recorded with the help of a label. As the band states, "We just wanted you guys to get a taste of what the second CD will be like and hope you will like it."
Formed in August 2006, BODY OF SCARS' current lineup is completed by lead guitarist Randy Davis (MOTIVE) and Brian Shoemake on bass.
Swedish metal band, CIPHER SYSTEM, have uploaded the instrumental demo version of a new song on their MySpace page.
Commented the band: "We will start record vocals in a couple of weeks, Who the new vocalist is will be a secret until you can hear him on the tracks. Nine songs have been crafted for the new album so far, and we will hit Studio Fredman [in Gothenburg] later this year to make the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 'Central Tunnel Eight'," which came out in November 2004 through Lifeforce Records.
Currently unsigned, CIPHER SYSTEM is seeking a guitarist to complete the group's lineup.
German power metallers, CIVILIZATION ONE, the group featuring vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala (highly regarded for his work with AVALON, FIREWIND, FARO, MOONLIGHT AGONY and RED CIRCUIT), guitarist Christian Münzner (ex-NECROPHAGIST, MAJESTY) and bassist Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (MALADAPTIVE, ex-HEAVENLY) has scheduled the following dates:
Mar. 08 - Zum Quellenpark "Rock in der Scheune" - Bad Soden, Germany
Mar. 21 - Het Front - Overijssel, Vroomshoop, Netherlands
Mar. 22 - Titans of Power Festival - Nettetal-Kaldenkirchen / Germany
May 09 - Die Halle – Frankfurt, Germany
May 31 - Börsencrash Festival – Wuppertal, Germany
Jul. 18 - Dong Open Air - Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
Nov. 22 - Power of Metal Festival III - Multi Cult at Masperplatz – Paderborn, Germany More...
Australian metallers, LORD, will film a video for the song "Through the Fire" on March 1 at The Ox Tavern in Wollongong. Says the band, "This will not be a live show. Instead will be a group of us having some drinks and being stupid with the cameras. If you're in the area, come along and bring your LORD shirt!!!"
LORD's new album, "Ascendence", was released in August in Japan through Soundholic Records and in Australia via Modern Invasion Music.
Regarding what the album sounds like, LORD mainman Lord Tim previously said, "Any DUNGEON fans in the house? You won't be disappointed! If DUNGEON were to continue instead of disbanding in 2005, this is the album we would have made next (for all intents and purposes, LORD is DUNGEON: Mark II anyway). It's got all of the things you enjoyed about DUNGEON — fast songs, lots of big catchy choruses, solos galore, amazing drumming and heaps of diversity from song to song, since we're fans of all styles of metal."
TERMINALLY YOUR ABORTED GHOST have announced a wealth of tour dates, coupled with the announcement that they will be recording material for their upcoming full length that will be available this summer on Siege of Amida Records/Ferret Music.
Tour dates for April are as follows:
April 7 - Haverhill, MA @ Welfare Records
April 8 - Manchester, NH @ Rockos
April 9 - Brattleboro, VT @ The Tinderbox A
April 10 - Monroe, CT @ Skatetime
April 11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Gils
April 12 - Versailles, KY @ Skyborne Studio
April 13 - Fayetteville, AR @ TBA
April 14 - Tulsa, Oklahoma @ The Monolith
April 15 - Amarillo, TX @ War Legion Underground
April 16 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
April 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation
April 18 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Cheyenne Saloon
April 19 - Fresno, CA @ TBA
April 20 - Hollywood, CA @ The Knitting Factory (L. A. Murderfest)
April 21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Outer Rim
April 22 - Denver, CO @ The Kingdom of Doom
April 23 - Hutchinson, KS @ McGraws
April 24 - Joplin, MO @ The Cesspool Castle
The band will be posting a tour blog that will be updated after every show, or so.
SHE IS A LIAR has posted 2 new songs, “Embrace Damnation” and “A Judas Kiss,” on their MySpace page. The songs come off the band’s recently released self titled EP out now on Hunt Records.
First round of dates for ANIMOSITY’s tour of the US have been released. Support acts and routing are as follows:
Animosity with First Blood, and For The Fallen Dreams
April 7 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
April 8 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA
April 9 - Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project
April 10 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
April 11 - Fresno, CA @ The Exit
April 12 - Palmdale, CA @ Palmdale Vets Hall
April 13 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
April 15 - El Paso, TX @ Chic’s Bar and Billards
April 16 - Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
April 17 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
April 18 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
April 19 - Lewisville, TX @ Fat Daddy’s Sound Shack
Animosity with THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD
April 20 - Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
April 21 - Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
April 22 - Wilmington, NC @ Lucky’s Pub
April 23 - Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s Music Alley
April 24 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
April 25 - Lemoyne, PA @ Champion Ship
April 26 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHCF)
April 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Animosity with EMBRACE THE END
April 29 - Toronto, ON @ Reverb
April 30 - Montreal, QC @ Club Lambi
May 1 - TBA
May 2 - Warren, MI @ The Ritz
May 3 - Cleveland, OH @ TBA
May 4 - Elgin, IL @ Savage Events Center
May 5 - Milwaukee, WI @ TBA
May 6 - St. Louis, MO @ 2 Cents Plain
May 7 - Joplin, MO @ The Foundry
May 8 - Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
May 9 - Denver, CO @ TBA
May 10 - Utah @ TBA
May 11 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
May 12 - Spokane, WA @ TBA
May 13 - Seattle, WA @ TBA
May 14 - Portland, OR @ TBA
Long Island post-hardcore act FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES has issued the following update:
"Due to reasons beyond our control, Qantas is not flying us to Australia today. In New York we got some snow, not enough that we think they should be shutting down an airport amount enough, but in there eyes it was. They have bumped us to another flight, but we will not make it in time [for the Sydney show on February 24]. Again, we're sorry, some personal things went down and our attention was required here. We will be in time for our club show with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL and DIVINE HERESY."
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES Australian tour dates (all shows part of the Soundwave Festival unless otherwise noted):
Feb. 26 - Sydney, NSW - The Forum *
Feb. 27 - Canberra, ACT - ANU Refectory *
Feb. 29 - Melbourne, VIC - Melbourne Showgrounds
Mar. 01 - Adelaide, SA - Boynthon Park
Mar. 03 - Perth, WA - Steel Blue Oval
* w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL, DIVINE HERESY
Formed in 2000, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES became known for their bruising live shows and for deftly marrying melody to the punishing, aggressive hardcore sound. The band released their first album, "Too Bad You're Beautiful", on Ferret in 2001 that went on to sell over 100,000 copies. The band signed to Vagrant in 2003 and released "The Fiction We Live" (over 150,000 sold), followed by "Abandon Your Friends".
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES' latest album, "Holding a Wolf by the Ears", sold almost 11,000 copies during its first week of release in April 2007 to land at position No. 73 on The Billboard 200 chart.
EXTREME NOISE TERROR and TRAP THEM will team up for the following upcoming tour dates:
April 10 - Victorville, CA @ Karma w/ Phobia, Strong Intention
April 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ One Place w/ Phobia, Strong Intention
April 12 - Tijuana, MEX @ Bar Aloha w/ Phobia, Strong Intention
April 13 - Fresno, CA @ Info Shop w/ Phobia, Attitude Adjustment, Strong Intention
April 14 - Sacramento, CA @ Silk Bar w/ Strong Intention
April 15 - Medford, CA @ T.B.A. w/ Strong Intention
April 16 - Seattle, WA @ Studio 7 w/ Sanctum, Strong Intention
April 17 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ Sanctum, Hellshock, Strong Intention
April 18 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street w/ Stormcrow, Strong Intention
April 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Annie’s Social Club w/ Strong Intention
April 20 - Los Angeles, CA @ LA Murder Fest
More dates have been released for THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN’s upcoming tour with THE BLED and HEAVY HEAVY LOW LOW:
April 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
April 8 - Reno, NV @ Club Underground
April 9 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
April 10 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
April 11 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
April 12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theatre
April 13 - Las Vegas, NV @ Canyon Club
April 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse Theater
April 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
April 17 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
April 18 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
April 19 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
April 20 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz/Warehouse Live
The official website of legendary singer Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN AND HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) has been updated with the following message:
"If you've been wondering what Ronnie is up to, wonder, no longer: After taking some well-deserved time off after last year's monster Heaven And Hell world tour, Ronnie will be heading off to the UK in March to begin writing the new Heaven and Hell record with the guys. Tony Iommi (guitar) will then travel to LA to reunite with Ronnie, Geezer (Butler - bass) and Vinny (Appice - drums) to continue working on the record during April and May. Then, Ronnie will take a break during the summer to play a few special up close and personal dates for the Dio fans. The dates are now coming together, so check the tour section for the latest info on concerts."
Upcoming Dio itinerary:
27 - Birmingham, UK – Academy (with GIRLSCHOOL)
28 - London, UK - Astoria (with Girlschool)
30 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
31 - Karmoy, Norway - Kopervik Festival
2 - Malmö, Sweden - KB Halle
3 - Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
4 - Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgarn
6 - Oulu, Finland - Teatria
7 - Lahti, Finland - Water & Rock Festival