Metal News for February 25, 2006
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22 news articles posted on this day.
British Doom meisters MY DYING BRIDE spent the winter in writting mode for a new album, and have already booked the studio for April. Also some pictures from their latest concert were posted here.
In other news the band announce some new gigs:
June 24 Graspop Dessel Belgium
July 22 Metal Camp Tolmin Slovenia
August 17/22 Summer Breeze Germany (Exact date t.b.d.)
August 25/26 Hole In the Sky Bergen Norway (Exact date t.b.d.)
As the anticipation surrounding the release of the LACUNA COIL album, “Karmacode”, continues to build, Century Media has posted a stream of the disc’s stunning first single, “Our Truth,” to tide over the masses until “Karmacode” is released on April 3rd 2006. Go here to listen to it.
Lacuna Coil will officially release the “Our Truth” on March 6th 2006 on Century Media in Europe (UK March 13th 2006). The single will be available in different formats including the track ‘Without A Reason’ which is as exclusive to the single as the “Our Truth” radio-mix and the Jack Dangers remix. The accompanying video for "Our Truth" was directed by Fort Awesome, a brand-new directorial duo whose individual credits include Queens of the Stone Age, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Chevelle and more. More...
Shortly after having to cancel their European tour, reunited Dutch metallers GOREFEST have been confirmed as the ‘very special guest’ on BOLT THROWER's upcoming European tour beginning on April 6th in Edinburgh, Scotland. Check out the complete list of currently confirmed tour dates: More...
Canadian death metal outfit KATAKLYSM are scheduled to film a second video for the track 'To Reign Again' wich will utilise once again the services of acclaimed director Maurice Swinkel of Lowlife Media (who recently just finishing shooting an astonishing video for the track 'Crippled & Broken', which will shortly be released), the video will be filmed during the bands perfromances and touring activites at the No Mercy Festivals in April and will be released later in the year."
In related news, KATAKLYSM has hit position #63 on the German trend chart with their critically acclaimed new album 'In The Arms of Devastation'. The album was also the #1 most added album at U.S. radio on its debut last week.
SUNRISE, the Warsaw/ Poland based band who released their album "Traces To Nowhere" in 2004 on Lifeforce Records, decided to call it a day.
"Due to some band’s members’ life obligations it is hardly possible to keep the band going in the way it should be." explains singer Patryk Bugajski.
There will be one last show in Warsaw on April 23, 2006 and then the band is done for good.
Megadeth has teamed with Capitol Records/EMI Music Catalog Marketing to unleash Arsenal of Megadeth, a new comprehensive two-disc DVD collection available March 21. A visual career anthology containing 32 previously unreleased clips, Arsenal of Megadeth chronicles the rise and evolution of the band, providing fans with a heavy metal armory of music videos, interviews, home video shot by Megadeth’s own Dave Mustaine and hidden tracks. Clocking in at almost three hours, Arsenal of Megadeth’s track list was personally compiled by Mustaine, ensuring the ultimate head-hammering Megadeth experience. More...
Harlots will be touring in March and April. Here are the tour dates:
3/10 St. Albans WV @ The Brickhouse
3/11 Greenville OH @ American Legion
3/11 Tipp City OH @ Monroe Grange
3/14 Lakewood OH @ Hi Fi Club
3/15 Dayton OH @ The Night Owl
dates w/ See You Next Tuesday
3/16 Richmond IN @ Charlies
3/17 Waterloo IA @ The Fuck Factory
3/18 Joplin MO @ Cesspool Castle
3/19 Peoria IL @ East Peoria Legion Hall
dates w/ Dead Will Rise
3/24 Niles MI @ Skunks Nest
3/25 Bloomington IN @ Rhinos
3/26 Ft. Wayne IN @ 1624 N. Harrison
dates w/ Amora Savant
4/7 Terre Haute IN @ The Pheonix Venue
4/8 Clarksville IN @ Clarksville Community Center
4/9 Bloomington IL @ Dale Township Center
4/14 Traverse City MI @ American Legion Hall
4/15 Lake Villa IL @ Venetian Hall
4/16 Milwaukee WI @ 8th Note
4/17 Bloomington IN @ Brad's House
4/27 Cincinnati OH @ Sudsy Malones
4/28 Nashville TN @ TBA
4/29 Richmond/Lexington KY @ TBA
4/30 Dayton OH @ Edison's Venue
No Innocent Victim have lined up a brief Midwest tour. Here are teh gigs:
4/20 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Anchor Community Church w/ Inked In Blood, Hand To Hand
4/21 Lansing, MI @ The Lansing Underground w/ Inked In Blood, Hand To Hand
4/22 Dayton, OH @ Gathering Grounds w/ Jesus Wept, xLooking Forwardx
4/23 Arlington Heights, IL @ Knights of Columbus w/ Jesus Wept, xLooking Forwardx
Cloacal Kiss (ex-Sawtooth Grin) have officially signed with ArcLight Communications. The group is currently writing and recording for their full-length debut, titled "Easter." In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's previous material here.
Unleashed have announced the following on their search for a temporary replacement for drummer Anders, who had been hospitalized due to a lung-collapse:
"We have now found a temporary replacement for Anders for the Metal Mania festival in Poland.
An excellent drummer named Jonas Tyskhagen willjoin us on the trip toPoland for some deadly metal on Saturday the 4th of March.
Unleashed have waited a long time to finallycome backto Poland........you'd better believe we are ready to bang heads !!!"
Just For Fun
With all the rumors going around about the bands on Ozzfest, Antimusic.com thought it would be fun to look at some of the latest rumors:
Guns N' Roses - We now know that Axl and company are making the rounds at European festivals this Spring but will they headline Ozzfest? It could happen but then again they could easily sellout the same venues on their own and keep all the cash instead of sharing with Sharon.
AC/DC - Given that Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, two bands that do well on their own, have done the tour in the past it's not too crazy to think of AC/DC heading the fest but again they might be better off on their own.
Korn - Since they aren't drawing like they used to on their own this might make be a good fit.
Alice in Chains - Judas Priest used Ozzfest for their comeback but a Layne-less AIC might not attract enough $$ for Sharon.
System of a Down - Given how much they love greedy capitalist like Sharon, who knows?
Body Count - Ice T supposedly told a radio DJ that they are doing it. Would be kind of cool to have a credible rap rock band on the tour for a change.
Tool - would be cool but they are supposed to have some conflicting summer gigs already in the can.
Metallica - management killed this rumor. Maybe they will team up with Guns N Roses again and do stadiums? Hey we can start rumors too, just look at the next section!
Since rumors are so fun, we're gonna start our own. Sharon wants to expand Ozzfest's reach and wants to sell as many tickets as possible so what about these bookings? Backstreet Boys, 50 Cent and Britney Spears. Think it's a stretch? Sharon did put Crazy Town on the main stage one year and let's not forget about Linkin Park and Adema.
German powerhouse quintet Maroon have just completed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and will release the follow-up to their 2004 sophomore album, "When Worlds Collide," on April 18th. The band added a whole new dimension and depth to the watered down metalcore scene and quickly became one of Europe’s most crushing live acts.
Andre Moraweck (vocals) describes the band’s excitement over the new deal:
“Hey everybody, greetings from the snow mountains here in Germany. We’ve just returned from a massive four-week European tour with the almighty Obituary, and we’re happy to announce that we finally completed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. We are very excited to release our new album, 'When Worlds Collide,' and this effort is the next logical step for us as a band. It’s definitely our most aggressive offering yet. We hope that all the fans in the U.S. join the army of darkness and make this album’s campaign a great one.
“This album is just plain brutal and features more classic metal influences. The disc also features guest appearances by Barney Greenway (vocals) of Napalm Death, Roger Merit (vocals) of Agnostic Front and Mikkel Sandager (vocals) of Mercenary. Our main goal this summer is to extensively tour the U.S., so keep an eye out for the new album and upcoming shows in your area. We hope to see you all very soon.”
A new Maroon track, entitled "Wake Up in Hell," has been posted at mp3.centurymedia.com/maroon/whenworldscollide/maroon_wakeupinhell.mp3.
Rammstein have set March 3rd as the release date of "Mann Gegen Mann," the third single off their latest album, "Rosenrot." "Mann Gegen Mann" is available in a limited digi pack edition and contains, next to the original Rammstein version, a live video track of "Ich Will" (recorded at Reise, Reise Tour 2005), as well as remixes.
1. "Mann gegen Mann" (3:52)
2. "Mann gegen Mann" - Popular Music Mix by Vince Clarke (4:06)
3. "Mann gegen Mann" - Musensohn Remix by Sven Helbig (3:14)
4. "Ich Will" - Live (Video) at Festival de Nimes (4:07)
The "Mann Gegen Mann" flash card can be found at this location.
The director of the video "Mann Gegen Mann" is Swedish video director Jonas Akerlund, who once had his international breakthrough with the video for Prodigy's "Smack my Bitch up." "Mann gegen Mann" was shot in Berlin on October 8th 2005.
Nearly three years removed from their last studio album, the Deftones have finally finished recording the follow-up. Drummer Abe Cunningham tells Billboard.com this is a good sign of how far the band has come through its struggles and internal acrimony, which nearly resulted in a breakup.
"I don't want to sit here and complain because these things happen to everyone," Cunningham says, "but if there was a VH1 'Behind the Music' special on us, it would be the perfect episode with divorces and all kinds of crap. It was just lack of communication. Thankfully, we've been reattaching our limbs."
While sessions started in earnest two years ago for the new project, which, depending on who you ask, could be released in early to late spring (Cunningham) or this summer (Maverick), it wasn't until earlier this year that the Deftones completed recording their fifth album. In describing the new material, which still needs to be mixed, Cunningham looks back for a point of reference.
"Actually, if you look at our last record, I refer to it as 'Dark Days' because that's basically what it was," Cunningham says of 2003's self-titled effort. "It's kind of an incomplete record from my viewpoint. I think it's a good record [with] a lot of good songs but the new album, from start to finish, is a very complete record and has all of the extremes that we like. I'd say it's kind of hard."
While Cunningham says Internet rumors of the effort being called "Saturday Night Wrist" were premature, he wouldn't completely rule out the title. Among the many tracks being considered is "Beware of the Water," which the band may drop into its headlining set on the Taste of Chaos tour.
Up next for the Deftones is an extended European run in the spring, with an anticipated headlining Stateside jaunt this summer. For now, the band is just enjoying its Taste of Chaos experience as it reclaims its concert legs. "We've been off for quite a while and this is our way to just ease back into it," Cunningham says. "And it's going really well. It's all good."
It's been two years since Jonny Santos left Spineshank, and the singer says he has no regrets about the move. He's starting from scratch with his newest project, Silent Civilian. The band is on the road through the end of the month with Nothingface, and on April 18 its debut offering, Rebirth of the Temple, will hit the streets. Santos says he couldn't be doing better these days.
"I think I made the best record I've made in my entire life, to be honest with you," he said from the back of Silent Civilian's RV. "This was the first time I didn't have anyone telling me, 'Oh, we need a single. Oh, we need this. Oh, we need that. We have to keep the songs under three minutes and 30 seconds.' It's a very dynamic record — it's brutal and passionate. I'm in the band now that I've always wanted to be in."
Spineshank had run their course for Santos. "I wasn't having fun anymore," he said. "I didn't feel like I was making the music I wanted to make, and I wasn't happy with the way our relationships were going as individuals. Spineshank did what it was going to do, and I don't regret one day of being in that band. It was just done. We were nominated for a Grammy, and I wanted to go out on a high note."
While he left the remaining members of Spineshank behind to pick up the pieces — they've since recruited Brandon Espinoza to replace Santos and will soon rename the group — Silent Civilian are in fifth gear. The band recently shot a video for the album's title track with director Scott Culver (Yellowcard, Mikoto) at Santos' childhood home — the singer hosted a barbecue in the backyard and invited all of his friends down to throw 'em back. Static-X's Wayne Static, former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader and Soulfly's Roy Mayorga all make cameos in the clip.
Santos says there are big things in the works for the summer. Nothing is set in stone yet, but he'd like to see Silent Civilian added to this summer's Sounds of the Underground run, which will feature As I Lay Dying, Trivium, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder and Cannibal Corpse, among others.
As for Silent Civilian's debut, the band recorded 15 tracks, 13 of which will make the final list. One of the leftovers, he says, was a cover of Slayer's "War Ensemble," which will appear on a forthcoming, yet-untitled tribute to the band due in stores June 6. Other songs include "Funeral," "Lies in the House of Shame," "Live Again," "Force Fed" and "Falling Down," which was inspired by the Michael Douglas flick and, Santos said, "is like the most brutal thrash song ever, dude — it just f---ing kicks your ass for four minutes straight."
Into Eternity guitarist Tim Roth has checked in with the following udate on the band's official website:
"It's been quite a while since we have had an update. We have all been taking it easy and recharging our batteries. The songwriting is still going on as we speak. I can say it's the first time where we have had more material then we actually need. The new songs are quite challenging and there are a lot of cool musical interludes in every song it seems. Of course there are still heavy riffing, but I think it will be more of a musical sounding album.
"Stu Block flies back to Regina at the end of the month and the lyric / vocal melody writing will start up. I know Stu has already started his lyrics and I have as well. We are anxious to get started with that.
"Everybody knows that our touring drummer Adam has quit. We were hoping to have him on the album and keep this lineup, but some things are not to be. We wish Adam the best in his future.There have been a lot of drummers sending emails etc. and we thank everybody for the support. Hopefully we will have news soon with what is going on. Our plan is to start practicing in March and hopefully play some shows in April/May. After that the band will head into the studio for album number 4!
"keep it Metal!
Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures Sam turns his academic eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal. His mission: to try and figure out why metal music is consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned, even while the tribe that loves it stubbornly holds its ground - spreading the word, keeping the faith, and adopting the styles and attitudes that go way beyond the music.
Sam visits heavy metal landmarks as far flung as L.A.'s Sunset Strip, the dirty streets of Birmingham and the dark forests of Norway. Along the way, the two sides of Sam Dunn - curious anthropologist and rabid fan - collide, as Sam explores metal's obsession with sexuality, religion, violence and death, meets his heroes and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Part social document, part celebration of a misunderstood art form, this documentary is the first of its kind: a chance for metal fans to speak out and a window into a culture that's far more complex than it appears.
The film stars Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Arch Enemy, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Geddy Lee (Rush), Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and others.
The film is written and directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen and is distributed by Seville Pictures.
The film opened in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Quebec City yesterday (Feb. 24) and will open in the U.S., UK, Germany, Australia, Scandinavia, Brazil, Japan, Poland and Belgium in early March.
For more information, visit www.metalhistory.com.
US TV network VH1 is bringing together some of the biggest names in heavy metal to star in a new reality show.
Supergroup will bring together Ted Nugent, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) and Jason Bonham (Bonham, UFO) to create a new band.
The rockers will live together for two weeks in Las Vegas, Nevada and film seven episodes for the show.
VH1 executive Michael Herschorn says, "What I liked about SuperGroup was that is combined elements that have worked so well for us (before), with an organic music idea."
The musicians will endure boot-camp style training from iconic rock manager Doc McGhee, in preparation for a concert at Las Vegas nightclub Rain.
SuperGroup began filming Wednesday (Feb. 22) and will premiere 18 May.
The new band members have not committed to staying together beyond the filming of the show, but plans to record a single are being discussed
VOIVOD have set "Katorz" as the title of their forthcoming album, due out late spring on The End Records in North America and Nuclear Blast Records in Europe. "Katorz" has been the working title for the new CD since at least the spring of 2005, according to previously published reports.
VOIVOD, who just finished mixing the album with producer Glen Robinson (ANNIHILATOR, TEA PARTY, GWAR) at Multisons studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, are now mastering the album in New York.
The follow-up to 2003's "Voivod" is the first album in the band's 20-plus-year career that did not feature founding guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour working alongside his bandmembers in the studio. D'Amour died August 26, 2005 in a Montreal hospital from complications of advanced colon cancer.
In order to record "Katorz", drummer Michael "Away" Langevin, singer Denis "Snake" Belanger and bassist Jason "Jasonic" Newsted utilized all of the guitar parts that Piggy had recorded for the record on his laptop with ProTools before his death.
Artwork and a full track-listing for the album will be released in the coming weeks.
MTV.com reports: While there's been no official word from Axl's camp, recent weeks have seen the biggest swirl of activity around the band since it played a few dates (and cancelled some more) late in 2002. Some authentic-sounding leaked tracks, a couple of surprise public appearances from Axl, an impromptu album listening party in New York and several "confirmed" summer festival dates — including one accompanied by an official statement from the band's management — have set the rumor mill into overdrive yet again.
Last week, three songs said to be from the Chinese Democracy sessions leaked online: "There Was a Time," "The Blues" and "I.R.S.," the latter being the same cut that surfaced more than two years ago on New York radio station Q104.3, compliments of former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza. A rough, minute-and-20-second excerpt of a fourth track called "Better" has also emerged.
The origin of the leaks is unknown, and most Web sites have since pulled the files and links to the downloadable tracks to evade litigation.
GN'R's management, the Sanctuary Group, has not confirmed that the songs are indeed by Guns N' Roses, nor that they're from Democracy. Other alleged tracks from the album that have leaked in recent years include "Catcher in the Rye," "Riyadh and the Bedouins," "Silkworms" and the album's title track.
Guns N Roses have reportedly been confirmed for a number of festivals including Rock in Rio (May 27 in Lisbon, Portugal), Gods of Metal festival (June 3 and 4 in Italy); Rock am Ring (June 3 to 6 in Nurburgring, Germany), The NovaRock festival (June 15 to 17 in Austria), and Download Festival (June 9 to 11 in England).
Many other rumors have been flying about the band, which the article covers in greater detail. But overall, this is seen as an indicator that something is about to happen with GNR and "Chinese Democracy" finally.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
After one European tour and 2 weeks into their tour with Bleeding Through & Every Time I Die, Haste the Day have made Stephen Keech a permanent fixture in the band. Stephen replaces Jimmy Ryan as the lead singer for Haste the Day. Jimmy Ryan made his decision to depart the band known back late November of 2005. His decision to leave was strictly personal and was amicable.
Haste the Day became aware of Keech in early 2005 through his involvement in bands locally in Denver Colorado. When Jimmy Ryan’s decision to depart was made known internally, the search began and Keech’s name was one of the first to come up. After several discussions and much thought were put forth, Keech was asked to join the band for a 3 week European tour in January of 2006.
After two weeks of tour in the U.S. Haste the Day announced on stage in Denver Colorado, Keech’s permanent addition to the band.
Dutch death metal outfit Sinister have announced the tour dates for their upcoming European tour, set to take place basically in March/April. Here's a list of all confirmed dates so far:
07.04. LEIPZIG - Anker (DE)
08.04. MAGDEBURG - Factory (DE)
09.04. KIEL - Max (DE)
11.04. HAMBURG - Grunspan (DE)
12.04. KOLN - Alter Wartesaal am Hauptbahnhof (DE)
13.04. HANNOVER - Capitol (DE)
15.04. GOTHA STADTHALLE - (DE)
16.04. ASCHAFFENBURG - Colossaal (DE)
17.04. ZURICH - Rohstofflager (CH)
19.04. MAINZ - KUZ (DE)
20.04. NURNBERG - Hirsch (DE)
21.04. LUDWIGSBURG - Scala (DE)
22.04. ULM - Roxy (DE)
23.04. PIRMASENS - Quasimodo (DE)
25.04. BOCHUM - Christophkirche (DE)
26.04. WUPPERTAL - Musiktheater Rex (DE)
27.04. OSNABRUCK - Lurtherkirche (DE)
28.04. OSNABRUCK - Lurtherkirche (DE)
29.04. BREMEN - Schlachthof (DE)
30.04. BERLIN - Passionskirche (DE)
02.05. FULDA - Kulturzentrum Kreuz (DE)
03.05. FREIBURG - Jazzhaus (DE)
04.05. MUNCHEN - Backstage (DE)
12.05. MUNSTER - Jovel (Rockshow) (DE)
13.05. MARKTSTEFT BEI KITZINGEN - Benefizfestival (DE)
17.06. NICKELSDORF - Novarock (AT)
07.07. OSTERODE - Rock Harz Festival (DE)
08.07. MUHLHEIM/RUHR - Castle Rock Festival (DE)
13.07. KULMBACH - Plassenburg (DE)
14.07. JENA - F-Haus Open Air / Thuringentag (DE)
21.07. TUTTLINGEN - Honberg Sommer (DE)
22.07. KOLN - Amphi Festival (DE)
05.08. WACKEN - Wacken Open Air (DE)
SINISTER's current lineup consists of Aad Kloosterwaard, drummer and founder of the band, on vocals, Alex Paul on guitar, and Paul Beltman (ex-JUDGEMENT DAY) on drums. A session bass player will be added when the band hits the road again.
SINISTER entered Stage One studio in Germany on December 5 to record their new album, "Afterburner", for an early 2006 release through Nuclear Blast Records. The band, who re-signed with Nuclear Blast back in 2002 after a one-album stint with the now-defunct Hammerheart Records, issued their last studio album, "Savage or Grace", in 2003.