Metal News for February 24, 2006
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Dry Kill Logic out of New York City, New York has managed over the last half dozen years or so now to keep its majestic head above the rest of true metal's competition. They have always embraced many different styles of heavy music injected with some refreshing and much needed melody. In October of 2004, Dry Kill Logic unleashed their horror-themed second album, The Dead and Dreaming, which the band says is about "addressing self-reliance, courage and the pursuit of ambitious goals." The band is currently writing new material for their third album expected for release in early June of 2006. I had the awesome opportunity recently to interview one of metal's most talented drummers, Phil Arcuri of Dry Kill Logic. More...
MTV.com reports that the surviving members of Alice In Chains will be reuniting for a number of gigs this summer, and a possible North American tour, and are seeking a vocalist for those gigs and possibly for recording future material with the band either under their name or a new band name.
In the words of Jerry Cantrell, "There will be some Alice in Chains shows this year — that's a fact." There may even be a new record from the grunge rockers, who've been idle for close to 10 years. At this point, the guitarist said, all he can really say is that the band is active, and that the remaining members of Alice — himself, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney — will be taking the stage this summer to perform songs from the band's catalog.
"We're making it up as we go along," Cantrell explained. "It's what we always did in the past. We're writing the book as we live it. We feel confident that we will have a good time and that it's something that will live up to the same level. It's an exploratory thing, and we're just having fun with it. We'd like to go out and play for the people that supported us and love the music as much as we have all these years. We want to celebrate what we did and the memory of our friend."
Cantrell of course refers to Layne Staley, the late Alice In Chains frontman, who died in April 2002 from a mixture of heroin and cocaine at 34 years old.
"We have played with some [singers] who can actually bring it and add their own thing to it without being a Layne clone," Cantrell explained, adding that the three remaining Alice In Chains members will be meeting with several would-be Staley proxies in the coming months, to front the group at European festival gigs. Alice in Chains have been listed as one of the acts performing at Austria's NovaRock Festival in June, but the guitarist said nothing's been confirmed yet.
Kinney said the band hopes to play several North American dates this summer. Cantrell, Kinney and Inez started jamming together late last year, and the reunion will get into full swing March 10, when the reunited Alice in Chains perform at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as part of VH1 Classic's "Decades Rock Live" homage to Heart. Former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan, "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood, Rufus Wainwright and Gretchen Wilson are also set to appear. Cantrell promised a host of other special guests during the show, but he wouldn't give names.
The band will perform with Comes With the Fall frontman William DuVall — a member of Cantrell's touring band. DuVall could, theoretically, be part of the Alice in Chains fold come this summer. "We've done some rehearsing with Will and we're having a lot of fun with him," Cantrell said. "But we're still in the beginning stages where we're trying to figure out what we want to do. He could cut it, without a doubt — but we haven't made a final decision on that yet."
Kinney continued, "I don't see continuing as Alice and replacing somebody. ... We're not trying to replace Layne. We want to play these songs one more time, and if it seems like the right thing to do, it'll happen. I don't know how long it will go or where it will take us. It's kind of a tribute to Layne and our fans, the people who love these songs. It's not some 'I'm broke and I need the money' situation. We love playing together."
Kinney said Alice in Chains had been approached by the producers of "Rock Star" for the reality show's second season. They turned the offer down.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Detonation will be joining Nile and Yyrkoon on their upcoming European tour for select dates. Detonation's dates with Nile and Yrkoon are as follows:
May 10 - London, ENG @ Camden
May 12 - Germany @ Exhaus Trier
May 13 - Holland @ Plato Helmond
May 14 - France @ Antipod Rennes
May 15 - Paris, France @ La Locomotive
Black Label Society are strongly rumored to be signing a deal to Roadrunner Records. An official announcement and information is expected sometime soon.
Syracuse hardcore band Attitude will release their debut full-length with 1917 Records this spring. Formed in 2003, the group previously released a 7" with Specimen 32 Records. The new album, titled "We All Go Down Together," will hit streets on May 23rd. In the meantime, you can download two tracks from the effort:
Venom, often cited as a "forefather and inventor of black metal," has set the release date for their latest effort "Metal Black" for April 4th, 2006 on Sanctuary Records. The album sees original founding band member Cronos, together with longstanding members Antton and Mykvs, creating a new masterpiece of metal. With 14 brand new tracks, "Metal Black" is said to harken back to their earlier style on this upcoming release.