Metal News for February 24, 2008
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15 news articles posted on this day.
According to Australia's Herald Sun, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne are expected to be guests at next month's Grand Prix in Melbourne.
The self-professed Prince of Darkness will play Rod Laver Arena on the Saturday of the GP, and is said to be planning a trip to the track, as well as the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge on the 89th floor of Eureka Tower.
Sunrise Music correspondent Molly Meldrum conducted an interview with Ozzy Osbourne during the recent U.S. leg of the singer's "Black Rain" tour. The full and uncut 45-minute chat can be viewed below.
OZZY OSBOURNE's latest CD, "Black Rain", was certified gold on December 14, 2007 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies in the United States.
"Black Rain" was reissued on November 20 as a "Special Limited-Edition Tour Package" featuring a bonus CD of live tracks and B-sides. The bonus CD includes the following cuts:
01. I Don't Wanna Stop (live)
02. Not Going Away (live)
03. Here For You (live)
05. Can't Save You
06. Love To Hate
"Black Rain" debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart, with first-week sales of 152,000 copies. More...
Sacramento, California hardcore band Trash Talk will enter Electrical Audio recording studios on March 16th to record a new full-length with producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Neurosis). Interestingly, Trash Talk is going to release the album themselves in July, without the aid of a record label. According to the band, "we have decided to self release our upcoming LP (TTC 001). We would like to thank Tre, Jake, Nicole, Andy, Rich and everyone at Deathwish/Malfunction for everything they have done for us and their continuous support of our band."
Anew Revolution, a new project featuring former members of Slaves On Dope and Unloco, are set to release their new album "Rise." The album will hit store shelves on April 15th via Koch. Produced by Mudrock, who has also done production duties for Avenged Sevenfold and Godsmack, the tracklist for "Rise" is as follows:
01 - Done
02 - N.M.E.
03 - Generations
04 - Rise
05 - Saddest Song
06 - California Burning
07 - True Faith (New Order cover)
08 - Let Go
09 - Beautiful
10 - Intro/Beautiful
11 - Love To Hate
If you haven't heard of Anew Revolution before, check out their MySpace at this location.
The former members of defunct band Spineshank are once again on the hunt for a new singer. They are not, however, looking for a vocalist for Spineshank itself, but for someone to front their new project, for which no name has yet been released. The guys are looking for someone with both screaming and clean singing capabilities, and have listed vocal influences they admire and would emulate as Mike Patton, Trent Reznor, Phil Anselmo, Rob Flynn and Daryl Palumbo. If you have what it takes and you're interested in trying out, you can get some more information by contacting this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Uprising Records recently announced the signing of Southern California's Katsumoto. Merging the ferocity of early era Darkest Hour with melodic Maidon-esque hooks – Katsumoto have built a solid reputation in Southern California for their super charged live performances, appealing to both rock n roll, and metal fans alike.
Recently featured on Myspace metal, the group received over 400,000 plays in one day for their demo track "I Reap You Sow."
Looking to further expose this local sensation to a national audience, Uprising immediately sent Katsumoto (Brian Yoo - vocals, guitar; Johnny Hirth - guitar; Matt Simmerman - bass, vocals; and Brandon Brown - drums, vocals) to work with Dave Swanson (Horse The Band, Saosin) where they are currently tracking their debut album, "Burn EM Down, Wipe Em' Out."
Fans of rock 'n' roll, heavy sing-alongs, and in your face metal, should catch Katsumoto on their upcoming North American tour, and look for their debut album this Spring.
Germany's death/grinders DEPRESSION have two new split releases available: first of all the DEPRESSION / PAGANIZER split-CD, which features ten new studio tracks from DEPRESSION (including the BENEDICTION cover 'Artefacted Irreligion') and ten PAGANIZER tracks. Furthermore there's a videoclip from both bands on the enhanced CD. The other release is a split 7" EP with INHUMATE, featuring three new DEPRESSION tracks (including a cover of NAPALM DEATH's 'Mentally Murdered') as well as two INHUMATE tracks. A limited edition in coloured vinyl is also available. For ordering information contact email@example.com or check out www.depression-grind.de.
DECAPITATED drummer Witold "Vitek" Kieltyka sadly passed away at the age of 23 on November 2, 2007 after succumbing to head injuries sustained in a bad van accident in Russia. The band have posted this message on their MySpace page:
"For the people who are sending messages and friend requests:
Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to each and every person due to the overwhelming response followed by the tragic events of last October. The friends and families of Covan (vocals) and Vitek will do their best in keeping you up to date with news on DECAPITATED and everything pertaining to the Vitek and Covan Charity Fund. The auction and tribute shirts have been temporarily delayed - but they are still in the works and should be up and running in the near future.
We are also waiting on a statement from Covan's family about his current condition. As far as we know, he is stable and on his way to a full recovery. We have high hopes for the future.
Thanks again to everyone for your amazing show of support. It really means the world to us. Please check back for updates."
Belgian metallers OCEANS OF SADNESS have posted this bulletin on their MySpace page:
"We're extremely proud to announce that the one and only Johan Liiva (former ARCH ENEMY, HEARSE, KDF) will be doing guest vocals on the song 'In The End' from the upcoming fifth th album 'The Arrogance Of Ignorance'.
We think that Johan has one of the most characteristic voices in Metal music EVER and we all worship the work he's already done (the 'Burning Bridges' album of ARCH ENEMY was a big influence for us all)!
Goddamn, what a great way to start the weekend!"
CIRCUS DIABLO frontman Billy Morrison has posted this message on his website:
"The weekend is here yet again. Last week Dave and I were both in Las Vegas (although on different missions!) but today we have an all-new CFR to look forward to - live tonight on Indie 103.1FM at 6PM PST. A few exciting things happening in FreddyLand, not least the five shows in May. As you can see, artwork is getting done, tee shirts are being printed, and we are looking forward to rocking the 'The month of MAYhem'!!
Also, the album 'Curtain Call' has been released, which features four American Idol finalists doing three songs each. Ryan Starr performs three songs on the album that I wrote and played on, so check that out. I did the songs a couple of years ago so its cool that they finally saw the light of day. The rest of the week has been a lot of behind the scenes stuff, and a bunch of meetings, so as and when things come to fruition I will let you all know. Some cool stuff in the blender at this time, so I am pretty excited. For now - Adios, Amigos!!"
PAIN touring guitarist Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, HOUSE OF SHAKIRA), who is currently on the road with the band supporting NIGHTWISH in Europe, has checked in with this message:
"We had to cancel the gig tonight in Leipzig while some crazy assholes kicked Peter (Tägtgren), Johan (Husgafvel) and David (Wallin) down when they where on their way home from a local bar yesterday. They just came from behind so there was nothing they could do. I was in the bus watching a movie so I am totally okay, besides the fact that we had to cancel. I feel really shitty to cancel but there was no way we could play today. I hope we will be able to be on stage tomorrow but I am not sure. But the guys are in a good mood and are working on recovering. Today we will sleep in a hotel and I'll try to make our heroes feel a little bit better."
Here are the remaining dates on the band's tour with NIGHTWISH:
Feb. 24 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle
Feb. 25 - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
Feb. 27 - Bamberg, Germany - Jako Arena
Feb. 28 - Wien, Austria - Gasometer
Feb. 29 - Zürich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion
Mar. 3 - Milano, Italy - Palalido
Mar. 4 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Tivoli Hall
Mar. 5 - Budapest, Hungary - JRC Ice Hall
Mar. 8 - Athens, Greece - Olympic Fencing Arena
Mar. 17 - Hamburg, Germany - Color Line Arena
Mar. 18 - Hannover, Germany - AWD Hall
Mar. 19 - Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle 2
Mar. 21 - Amsterdam, Holland - HMH Music Hall (Sold Out)
Mar. 22 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Rockhal
Mar. 23 - Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto Arena
Mar. 25 - London, UK - Astoria (Sold Out)
Mar. 26 - London, UK - Astoria
Mar. 27 - London, UK - Astoria (Sold Out)
Mar. 29 - Birmingham, UK - Carling Academy
Mar. 30 - Newcastle, UK - Carling Academy
Mar. 31 - Glasgow, Scotland - ABC1
Apr. 2 - Belfast, Ireland - Mandela Hall
Apr. 3 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
Apr. 4 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
Apr. 6 - Paris, France - Zenith (Sold Out)
Apr. 7 - Strasbourg, France - Zenith
Apr. 10 - Lyon, France - Halle Tony Garnier
Apr. 11 - Marseille, France - Dome
Apr. 12 - Toulouse, France - Zenith
Apr. 14 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 1
Apr. 15 - Bilbao, Spain - Santana 27
Apr. 16 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Apr. 18 - Porto, Portugal - Coliseum
Apr. 19 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseum
WALLS OF JERICHO have posted the following update:
“We can honestly say that it is a huge disappointment on our end. This has been a tour that we have been extremely excited about and looking forward to for several months and to back out was very tough for us. However our label (Trustkill Records) has decided to pull tour support funding for this tour as they feel finishing our next record is the number one priority. Our management and label both feel that we need to be writing our new record in preparation for a spring recording and with this tour we just don’t have enough time to accomplish all things. With that said the decision has been handed down and we are forced to cancel. However, this will ensure a summer/late summer release for our new as yet untitled full-length record which we have been working very hard on as of late and should turn out to be nothing short of incredible. The extra time devoted to this record is going to pay off big time and we should be able to come out with a record we can truely be proud of and excited about. We would like to apologize to all the bands on this tour for pulling out so late and we would like to also apologize to all the people who were looking forward to seeing us in the next few weeks.”
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME have lined up the following upcoming headling tour dates with GIANT and LYE BY MISTAKE:
March 30 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
March 31 - T.B.A.
April 1 - Montreal, ON @ Le Studio
April 2 - Ottowa, ON @ T.B.A.
April 3 - Toronto ON @ Reverb
April 4 - Guelp, ON @ Vinyl
April 5 - London, ON @ Salt Lounge
April 7 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
April 8 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
April 9 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
April 10 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
April 11 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
POWERMAN 5000 has issued the following update:
"We will be performing on March 8th in San Antonio, TX at the Freeman Coliseum. We will be headlining the night as part of an awesome tattoo festival. Hope to see ya there!!"
POWERMAN 5000 last year parted ways with guitarists Johnny Heatley and Terry Corso and replaced them with Evan Rodaniche and Dave Pino.
The band's latest album, "Destroy What You Enjoy", was produced by Mudrock (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, GODSMACK), who also co-produced POWERMAN 5000's major label debut, "Mega!! Kung Fu Radio". The CD was recorded at the Hobby Shop in Eagle Rock, CA and was mixed by Dave Schiffman (AUDIOSLAVE, JOHNNY CASH, SYSTEM OF A DOWN).
DEFTONES will enter a Sacramento, California studio at the end of March with producer Terry Date (SOUNDGARDEN, PANTERA) and engineer Scott Olson (DEFTONES, UNEARTH) to begin recording its sixth studio album, "Eros", tentatively due before the end of the year. Frontman Chino Moreno recently told UK magazine Kerrang! that the songwriting for the CD is coming along much faster than it has in the past. Moreno said, "We've certainly taken our time on the last few records but this one has happened very quickly. We got off tour and took a month off. Then we went into the studio and wrote a lot of music very quickly...The most important thing we had to do was to break our habits and change the way we've done things for the last few years."
Moreno explained that the band took much longer to come up with material in the past because "everyone was working separately. We would record our parts and then email them out without actually seeing each other...This time, we were all together and that really helped."
The band's last CD, "Saturday Night Wrist", came out in October 2006 and its creation nearly resulted in the band's demise. But Moreno said, "Our working relationship is better than it's ever been before. As a result, everything has improved -- our friendships and our lives. We're all really happy now."
As for the direction of the new record, Moreno hinted, "The songs are definitely weird...there's a lot of atmosphere and a lot of soundscaping."
San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD were forced to cancel their scheduled Seattle concert Saturday night (February 23) on the "More Balls, More Volume, More Strength" tour after frontman Robb Flynn came down with "a severe bronchial infection." Flynn's condition, unfortunately, calls into question the status of tonight's performance in Portland, which may also get called off.
For more information, visit the band's official web site.
MACHINE HEAD garnered the first Grammy nomination of its career for "Aesthetics of Hate", a monstrous track from the critically hailed album "The Blackening", released in March 2007. The song was nominated for "Best Metal Performance" (SLAYER eventually won the award for "The Final Six").