Metal News for February 26, 2005
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GORGOROTH frontman Gaahl was sentenced to 14 months in prison for beating a 41-year-old man and threatening to drink his blood. The 29-year-old, whose real name has not been revealed by the Norwegian media, was charged with a crime that carries a maximum penalty of nine years in prison.
The black metal vocalist was sentenced to one year and two months in jail by the Gulating court of appeals on Tuesday (Feb. 22), according to TV2. The original 18-month sentence, which was handed down last May, was reduced by four months while the amount in damages Gaahl is required to pay to the victim was increased from 100,000 NOK (approximately $16,000) to 190,000 NOK (approximately $30,400).
Last year, the district court concluded that Gaahl's use of violence was severe enough for him to be charged with aggravated assault. The court of appeals agreed with the disctrict court's findings, but still chose to reduce the 29-year-old's sentence. The victim, whose identity has not been revealed by the Norwegian media, explained that he went to an after-hours party in February 2002 at the invitation of Gaahl's brother and ended up engaging in a verbal disagreement with Gaahl. However, he denied that he physically attacked Gaahl, as has been claimed by the defendant. More...
Former MARDUK singer Legion (a.k.a. Erik Hagsted) recently spoke to Garry Sharpe-Young of Rockdetector.com about his departure from the Swedish black metal outfit and his new project REBELANGELS, which also features ex-MARDUK bassist B. War. Some excerpts from the interview follow:
Rockdetector.com: It seems strange to fans you left MARDUK when the band was achieving a lot of success. Why did you go?
Legion: "I decided for real that I wouldn't go on much longer in 2001. I really felt like we were not on the same page anymore and I felt stuck screaming vocal patterns instead of having an instrument to get better at.
"Me, Fred and B. War also felt really frustrated that with the success the band structure changed to everything being hush hush. We didn't get any sales statement or anything. If we asked about it we got a 'Well, urrm... I don't know you know the distributors take so long to get back errr... hmmm' and all of a sudden it was obviously not a team effort anymore.
"To add some spice to it I saw that Morgan [Håkansson, guitar] was cutting back on the mechanical royalty side too. I got statement from STIM (the Swedish composers agency) with my work being diminished from 33% to 25% of the songs that we did together. I mean, I totally think that Morgan should have something extra out of how hard this guy actually broke his back to keep the machine going, but when you left your crew starving and snap at them, 'Well, then get a fucking job,' and at the same time flashes money like a high-roller and not even share any info on how the sales are going and still expect everyone to work like it is a team effort, it's like wanting to eat the cake and still keep it, if you ask me.
"But the real reason why I got so pissed that I really wanted out was all the shit-talking though. Morgan dissed the crap out of me when B. War was with him and vise versa when we spent time, like we were not talking to each other."
Rockdetector.com: So what caused the final split? More...
Insense bass player Magnus R. Ruud has decided to quit the band. In the bands' own words:
Just like Head has quit Korn to pursue his love for Christianity, Magnus has shockingly quit Insense to pursue his love for studying and getting a 9 to 5 job in a suit and tie. Who knew?!? How disappointing!
Nevertheless, Insense is now on the lookout for a new bassist! If you think you have what it takes, and could make Insense a better band, send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!!!!!! Please tell us a little bit about yourself, what bands you have played in, what type of music you like, what we can benefit from your company and enclose a recent picture of yourself. Looks are important. We are first and foremost a boy band! If you have any music recorded mail it along as well. Anyone and everyone will be considered. Please don’t waste any time, as we are in a hurry to move on with life. We are looking forward to hearing from you! Rest assured, we will still play all the set gigs!
The upcoming gig's Insense has planned are: More...
You can get a taste of El Caco's new album by downloading the new single "Someone New" from Black Balloon Records' site. The new album "The Search", is scheduled for release in Europe on the 18th of April.
Here are the upcoming El Caco tour dates: More...
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LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has refuted Internet reports that his recently leaked hardcore sex video was the work of the same hacker as the one responsible for hacking Paris Hilton's T-Mobile Sidekick.
"If you look on Paris' thing, I don't use T-Mobile," Durst told MTV News. "No, no, [my listing in her Sidekick] is just old, years old. Somebody that was repairing my computer was smart enough to go through anything he could [and found the movie]. What can I say? I'm not proud of it.
"Everyone, probably everyone in this building, has done something similar to what I did, and nobody cares about it," he added. "But if you're high-profile, or on someone's radar ... then it matters. What happens to me happens to me, and I have to live with it and go on."
Durst said he's been contacted by at least one company seeking his cooperation in selling the video.
"When those things happen to people, there are companies that approach you, say, 'Hey, man, you wanna make some money off this? People are gonna see it anyway,' " Durst explained. "I said, 'Absolutely not, I don't wanna make any money of this. This is ridiculous.' So when you see [celebrity sex tapes] out there with big company names on them, you can know people gave them permission to release it."
David Hans Schmidt, a Phoenix-based publicist who has represented celebrities in the selling of nude photos in the past, said the thieves contacted him in September and he's been negotiating with them and Durst's agents ever since.
"I was close to turning something illegal into something legal and then these hackers reneged and went out and put the tape on World Wide Web along with my home telephone number," Schmidt said. "Now we're gonna get 'em. Government agencies are meeting with me this weekend."
Ken Serrano and Chris Jordan of New Jersey's Asbury Park Press have issued the following report:
He told the 14-year-old Sayreville girl he was "T-Rex" and he liked to impersonate the guitarist for the heavy metal band they both liked, STATIC-X, authorities said.
But the 39-year-old man accused of meeting the girl through the Internet, driving from Pennsylvania and sexually assaulting her in an Old Bridge shopping center in January was no impersonator, police said.
Tod Rex Salvador, who goes by the stage name Tripp Eisen, a guitarist for STATIC-X, was apprehended Thursday in Orange County, Calif. by two detectives from New Jersey, authorities said.
Salvador, of Burbank, Calif., was charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, luring to entice a minor through the Internet and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 30 years in prison on the kidnapping charge alone. More...
UK metal/hardcore band ISOR are currently writing their next album. Entitled "The Zebra Theory," the effort will likely be completed by July. No word yet on a record label, but you can check them out here.
The Red Chord's new track "Antman" is now available online, you can find it here. The song will appear on the groups forthcoming new album "Clients", which is set for a May 17th release date through Metal Blade.
AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE have posted the video for "Loyalty" online. "Loyalty" comes from The Feeding, the new album from American Head Charge, which is in stores now:
CHIMAIRA will be doing a headlining tour this April with TRIVIUM the dates are as follows:
April 19 - Toledo, OH @ Headliner's
April 20 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
April 21 - Buffalo, NY @ The Buffalo Icon
April 22 - Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
April 23 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 24 - Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
April 25 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Downtown
April 26 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
DREAM THEATER have finished recording the follow-up to 2003's "Train of Thought", tentatively due in May/June via EastWest. "I just literally came from the very last session tonight — we just finished the album tonight, we start mixing it on Monday," DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy revealed during a live appearance Friday night (Feb. 25) on the "Friday Night Rocks" show on New York's Q104.3 FM. "We'll be delivering it to the label a couple of weeks after that. I think it's gonna be out in May. I mean, the tour starts in June, so hopefully the record will be on the shelves before then.
"What's it like? It's awesome. It's a little bit of everything — it's really a mixed bag. It's like classic DREAM THEATER where it's got some long songs, some short songs, some heavy songs…"
As previously reported, DREAM THEATER's "Live At Budokan" two-DVD set was recently certified platinum.
Released last October, "Live At Budokan" documents DREAM THEATER's April 26, 2004 show at Tokyo's Budokan Hall. Disc 1 of the two-DVD set has the complete live concert. Disc 2 is packed with special features including a Japanese tour documentary, the drum solo from Osaka, tours of Guitar World and Keyboard World by John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess, the tour opening video and a multiangle version of "Instrumedley".
Upcoming DREAM THEATER shows:
Jun. 10 - Sweden Rock Festival - Sölvesborg, SWE
Jun. 11 - Arrow Rock Festival - Lichtenvoorde, NETH
Jun. 12 - Buchholz Footballstadium - Zurich, SWI
Jun. 18 - Loca Rock Festival - Murcia, SPA
Jun. 26 - Graspop Festival - Dessel, BEL
In the Forum section of their official website, Finnish power metal giants Stratovarius have offered their fans the chance to vote for their favorite Stratovarius songs as part of their "ideal setlist". The announcement also reads that the results are "sure to influence the choice of material for the upcoming Stratovarius world tour." Fans may submit up to 18 songs.
To vote for your Stratovarius dream setlist, go here (you must register as a user before you can vote).
Judas Priest have posted the following Japanese tour dates on their official website:
May 08 Pacifico - Yokohama
May 10 Shimin Kaikan - Nagoya
May 11 Koseinkin Kaikan - Kanazawa
May 13 Yubin Chokin Hall - Hiroshima
May 14 Zepp - Fukuoka
May 16 Castle Hall - Osaka
May 18 Budokan - Tokyo
For complete up-to-date tour listings, go here.
Mystic Prophecy have recruited former Primal Fear drummer Klaus Sperling to replace the departed Dennis Eckdahl. The band also announce that guitarist Markus Pohl (Symphorce), who played the last live shows beside guitarist Gus G. (Firewind), has become a member of the band as well. A posting on their official website reads: "Both members are crazy about playing the upcoming shows in April/May with Freedom Call. The whole band is also engaged in writing new songs for the next album which will be released in March 2006."
According to a posting on their official website, Sweden's Carnal Forge are working on material for their next album. The posting reads: "We are working on new material and we have plenty of new songs now... and it will be more... It's only 5 that we have worked on with vocals, but then there is at least 10 more or so... kinda lost track..."
Stratovarius/Saxon drummer Jörg Michael has posted this message on his official website:
this is Jörg Michael speaking!
Wow, a lot of time passed by since I posted the last statement here and so there is a lot of things to tell.
Probably you guys have heard about the tragic accident of last weekend when Biff's house burnt down in the north of France. It's very hard to cope with a tragedy like this but on this way I like to send best supporting regards over to Biff and his family and hope they will recover soon! Good news are that nobody got hurt, that is the the most important thing I suppose! Let´s cross our fingers that Biff's life is going back to normal as fast as possible!
Hot news since a couple of weeks is the reunification of Stratovarius. Yes, this is very big news in my life and especially the fact that Timo Tolkki is doing much better, and is able to work again. We are working on the new material, of course I am very excited about what will come of it! At this point I'd like to explain that Stratovarius means something very special to me. I have been together with these guys now for about 10 years. We started really at the bottom and lived a dream together, seeing the band growing and also developing the relationships. I wouldn't lie if I say that we all became friends in this band. We have a saying in German that you need 11 friends to be successful with a football team, but I would say it is very hard even to meet 11 friends in a lifetime.
I also saw some confusion about this on the Saxon web site and I would like to tell the things from my point of view. I hope it will clear all the fog away and give everybody an understanding about my situation! Stratovarius was in a big crisis at the beginning of last year, and I got a call out of the Saxon camp asking me to do their new record. That was a great honour for me and I packed my drum kit in the van, drove to England and auditioned 2 days and the boys liked what I was doing! Also we were talking about touring at that time. I already said at that point that I don't know what will happen with Stratovarius, but I promised Biff that I will be there for the whole Lionheart tour and we got a deal! For me it was an absolute great pleasure and almost a dream to play an album and a tour with one of my all time faves. The Saxon tour was an absolute blast for me, after starting the first shows in a kind of safe mood the whole band got more and more beserk so I really enjoyed every single second being on stage. I mean, playing masterpieces like Solid Ball of Rock, Motorcycle Man, Crusader, Dogs of War, 20.000 feet, etc., only to name a few... and I am not even mentioning the Lionheart stuff yet... made my evil little heart jump up and down and blew me away. Everybody knows the heart breaking skull cracking riff blasting guitars, solid pumping pounding iron bass with Nibbs going insane on stage, but I have to say one more thing: Biff on stage as a front man and singer is bloody fucking brilliant and asks for all my respect, bloody English... -:). This is no put honey around Biff's mouth or put my head into Biff's ass, this is my honest opinion! Also I haven't forgotten the metal maniacs visiting the shows who gave me great support all over Europe and a fantastic feel playing in Saxon, thank you very much for that. A that point I shouldn't forget big thanx for every single road crew member as everybody gave me support and all the help I needed to feel a part of the family since the first day. Very special thanx go to Django and Duce, both are supermen and probably the best drum technicians in the world!!! Muriel and Emile my friends who run the web page put a couple of photos of the tour on the site, check them out and enjoy them! And as everybody know the Lionheart tour didn´t end yet so I am still part of that! I think there will be still a lot of rockin' to do.
I'll watch out to see you all around!
Sweden's Bloodbath have posted this message on their official website:
Since this year's appearance at Wacken might not only be the first, but also the last gig for Bloodbath, we've decided it will be shot for a future dvd release. Through who and when it will be released has yet to be confirmed.
As was previously revealed in a posting on their website, Bloodbath recently parted ways with vocalist Peter Tägtgren because of "conflicting schedules". Bloodbath will be joined by returning frontman Mike Åkerfeldt (Opeth) for their upcoming performance at the Wacken Open Air festival on August 4 in Wacken, Germany.
Denmark's Force of Evil have posted the cover artwork for their upcoming second album, entitled "Black Empire", online here.
Force of Evil features vocalist Martin Steene (ex-Ironfire), guitarist Michael Denner (ex-Mercyful Fate), guitarist Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate), bassist Hal Patino (King Diamond), and drummer Bjarne Holm (Mercyful Fate).
"Black Empire" is scheduled to be released in Europe on March 21, and on March 29 in the U.S. through Escapi.
Metal Injection will soon have a whole special on the Subliminal Verses tour, featuring interviews with all three bands on the bill: Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall. They want fans to submit questions for the bands to answer. Go here to fill out the form.
For those of you who have been reading news that the debut Soulfly DVD - "The Song Remains Insane" - has been delayed, they are wrong...and right. Those reports are for the release of the DVD outside of the US, as they are the only areas affected. In the US, the DVD works damn fine, and will still be released this coming Tuesday, March 1st, as planned.
Diecast are currently destroying Europe alongside Agnostic Front and will return to the U.S. this April for a massive trek with Candiria and Death By Stereo. The group recently shot a video for "Rise and Oppose" with acclaimed director Kevin Leonard (Himsa, Terror, Walls of Jericho); look for it to make it network debut late next month.
Jeremy Wooden (bass) checks in with the following tour report:
What's up everyone, just checking in from the road in Europe. Our last trip in the states with Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Love is Red and The Autumn Offering was amazing. The responses were unbelievable and it was without a doubt the most successful tour we've ever been a part of. Sully and the Hatebreed crew took awesome care of us and we can't wait to hit the road with them again. We also got to meet our current tourmates Agnostic Front, who are like family to us now.
Our trip home from California after Hatebreed was interesting to say the least. The Hoods and Winter Solstice were great tourmates, but the tour definitely had its ups and downs. Salt Lake City was quite an event, as I'm sure you've all seen and heard. On a more positive note, Farmington, New Mexico was the single greatest show we've ever been a part of. The Hoods had me laughing nonstop throughout the tour and Winter Solstice taught me that even if you wear skin-tight jeans you can still be amazing people.
I'm writing you from Bilboa, Spain and the show is about to start and I don't want to miss Death Before Dishonor, so I'm going to wrap this up. We'll be back on tour soon in the U.S. with Candiria and Death by Stereo in April/May; then it's back to Europe in June with Napalm Death and Most Precious Blood. Our new record, "Tearing Down Your Blue Skies," is selling better than we ever imagined and we'd like to thank you all for your support. Without you we are nothing.
Click here to download their latest video for "Medieval."
A pre-production recording of a new Cryptopsy track, "Carrionshine," can be downloaded here and this is the group's first material released since the return of original vocalist Lord Worm. The track is scheduled to appear on the Canadian quintet's fifth album, which will be recorded over the summer. "Each song has a very unique identity and some of the material is a progression from what you've heard from Cryptopsy in the past," the band recently about the new compositions. "The album concept has a very distinct beginning and end."
Cryptopsy recently embarked on a headlining U.S. tour with Cattle Decapitation, Devilinside and The Autumn Offering and all dates are listed below.
Cryptopsy w/ Cattle Decapitation, The Autumn Offering tour dates (*with Devilinside): More...
Velvet Revolver has added more dates to their American tour with Hoobastank. Tour dates are as follows:
Apr. 12 San Diego, CA - Coors Amphitheatre
Apr. 13 Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
Apr. 15 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
Apr. 16 Anaheim, CA - Arrowhead Pond
Apr. 17 Reno, NV - Lawlor Events Center
Apr. 19 San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic
Apr. 21 Portland, OR - Rose Garden
Apr. 22 Everett, WA - Everett Arena
Apr. 23 Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
Apr. 25 Salt Lake City, UT - E Center
Apr. 26 Denver, CO - Magness Arena
Apr. 28 St. Paul, MN - Excel Energy Center
Apr. 29 Rockford, IL - Rockford MetroCentre
Apr. 30 Auburn Hills, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
May 02 Buffalo, NY - HSBC Center
May 03 Amherst, MA - Mullins Center
May 05 Raleigh, NC - Verizon Wireless
May 06 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi - Buys Amphitheatre
May 13 Scranton, PA - Montage Mountain
May 14 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
May 15 Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless
May 17 Cleveland, OH - Tower Amphitheatre
May 18 Pittsburgh, PA - Chevrolet Amphitheatre
May 20 Holmdel, NJ - PNC
May 21 Washington, DC - Merriweather Post
May 22 Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless
May 24 Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum
May 25 Miami, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre
As previously announced, Velvet Revolver will play the following Canadian dates with Three Days Grace and Hoobastank: More...
Bullygoat Records, the Warner Bros. label imprint headed up by Mudvayne singer Chad Gray, has launched its official web site.
Gray's first signing to Bullygoat is the New York-based Bloodsimple, the new project featuring Vision Of Disorder members Tim Williams (vocals) and Mike Kennedy (guitar), along with ex-Medication bassist Kyle Sanders and drummer Chris Hamilton, plus guitarist Nick Rowe (guitar).
Zeromancer bassist Kim Ljungs' side project, Ljungblut, proudly releases its first album, "The Other Side of All Things." The album is a limited 2cd-edition of 1000 numbered copies.
On Saturday February 26 there will be an instore signing session at Musikkverket, Tønsberg. Kim Ljung celebrates the release in his hometown. Be there between 12 - 14.
For more information, visit www.ljungblut.com.
German power metallers Primal Fear have revealed more songtitles that are set to appear on the group's upcoming CD, due in October. According to a posting on the group's web site, all of the guys are participating in the songwriting, and new tracks 'Signs of Our Time', 'Evil That Men Do', 'Higher Power' and 'Sound of Thunder' are now "ready for pre-production".
Other songtitles set to appear on the upcoming CD include 'The Immortal Ones', 'Mind of a Killer', 'Presumed Dead', 'Evil Spell' (said to be "the fastest Primal Fear track ever"), 'Rollercoaster', 'Seven Seals', and "a quiet, more atmospheric song" called 'Diabolus’.
Primal Fear will record their next album in April/May at the House Of Music studio near Stuttgart, Germany. Producing the album will be the group's bassist, Mat Sinner, along with Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Halford, Hammerfall) . The mix will be done in May by Mike Frazer (Metallica, AC/DC, Slipknot, Aerosmith) at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada.
Check out Sleeping Dogs Lie, starring Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan. Sleeping Dogs Lie is an independent film that just won the grand jury award for best short film at the New York International Independent Film Festival. Sleeping Dogs Lie comes out this Monday, the 28th of February. Watch the trailer at www.sdlmovie.com.
Life of Agony's newest studio creation will finally arrive in stores this May. The new album entitled "Broken Valley" is Life of Agony's first studio effort in over eight years.
"Personally, I think it's the best album we've ever done," says LOA frontman Keith Caputo. "It's super-raw and aggro and has an energy all its own. It's amazing that we've been able to come together after all these years and make an album like this."
Life of Agony will also be heading out on the road in late March alongside Mudvayne for a series of dates.
"Broken Valley" Track Listing:
01. Love To Let You Down
02. Last Cigarette
03. Wicked Ways
04. Don't Bother
05. Strung Out
06. Junk Sick
07. The Calm That Disturbs You
08. No One Survives
10. The Day He Died
11. Broken Valley
12. Room 244
'Broken Valley' will arrive on stores shelves on May 31st through Epic Records.
Bloodsimple, the New York-based band featuring former members of Vision of Disorder, Downset and Medication, have launched a media player to support the release of their upcoming album, "A Cruel World". To listen to "Straight Hate", "Falling Backwards" and "Blood In Blood Out", click here.
"A Cruel World" is scheduled for release on March 29 through Mudvayne singer Chad Gray's Bullygoat label imprint (via Warner Bros.). The disc was recorded over the last several months in Vancouver B.C. with producer Garth Richardson, who has previously worked with Rage Against the Machine, Mudvayne, Slipknot and Chevelle. The album was mixed by Mike Fraser (Hatebreed). The first video from "A Cruel World" was shot in December in New York City.
Bloodsimple are currently on the Alliance of Defiance tour featuring Otep and American Head Charge, and will begin touring in April with Mudvayne, Life of Agony and American Head Charge.
Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall will will be the featured guests on the "Subliminal Verses Tour" special edition of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Monday, March 7. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.rocklineradio.com.
"The Subliminal Verses Tour", featuring Slipknot, Lamb of God and Shadows Fall, kicks off March 4 in Hartford, Connecticut.
Century Media recording artists Shadows Fall and the Haunted have secured slots at this year's Ozzfest. Shadows Fall are expected to appear on the main stage while the Haunted are said to be in the mix for the smaller second stage, which will apparently feature more non-rotating slots this summer compared to the last couple of years. Other acts believed to have been selected for the 10-year-anniversary edition of Ozzfest are Black Label Society, Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage and Mudvayne. Iron Maiden are strongly rumored to have nabbed the co-headlining slot alongside Black Sabbath, who will make a series of European live appearances in June/July prior to the Ozzfest U.S. kick-off. Also expected to perform on the main stage is the "Among the Living" lineup of Anthrax, who have yet to officially confirm their "reunion" plans despite having already been announced for four European festival appearances this spring/summer (Holland's Dynamo Open Air on May 7, Sweden's Sweden Rock on June 9-11, Italy's Gods of Metal on June 11-12 and France's Fury Fest on June 24-26).
Last year's Ozzfest was one of the heaviest in the tour's history, featuring Sabbath, a reunited Judas Priest, Slayer, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed and others.
Powerman 5000 has announced the following tour dates:
Mar. 22 Chico, CA - Senator Theatre
Mar. 23 Reno, NV - New Oasis
Mar. 24 Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Mar. 25 San Francisco, CA - The Pound
Mar. 26 Fresno, CA - Madera District Fair
Mar. 29 Santa Ana, CA - The Galaxy
Apr. 09 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour