Metal News for February 28, 2004
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12 news articles posted on this day.
Australia's DREADNAUGHT will enter the studio in late May with producer DW Norton (ALCHEMIST, FRANKENBOK, DAYSEND, EARTH) to record a new full-length album, tentatively due in August/September through Dark Carnival. According to a posting on the band's official web site, "this coming album represents a slight change in direction for dreadnaught to more classic rock feel (ala THIN LIZZY, AC/DC) from the more metal-crossover orientated 'Body.Blood.Skin.Mind', 'Idiosyncrasy', 'Down To Zero', and 'One Piece Missing' CDs. Lotsa loud guitars, lotsa grunt and lotsa Rock!"
FIREWIND, the Greek/American melodic metal band led by DREAM EVIL guitarist Gus G., have announced that vocalist Chity Somapala (ex-AVALON, FARO) has officially joined the group for their upcoming tours and next CD. "We find that Chity brings to the band the perfect combination of melody, passion and power," Gus writes on the band's web site. "We feel that with Chity's close proximity and his ability to give FIREWIND his full-time attention will bring FIREWIND to the next level.
"In regards to [previous singer] Stephen Fredrick, we wish to thank him for his tremendous performances on 'Between Heaven and Hell' and 'Burning Earth' and wish him nothing but the best in his future musical endeavors. For more info on Stephen's music go to www.stephenfredrick.com
"FIREWIND hopes to do a few selected tour dates in Europe and begin writing and recording our new release later in 2004."
A live video of CONSTRUCDEAD performing the track "The Saviour" at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden, on February 10 (as the support band for SOILWORK) has been posted online at this location. The show marked the group's first live appearance in the city with singer Peter Tuthill, who replaced previous vocalist Daniel Regefelt in December 2002. Also available for download is an MP3 of the track "Pinhook", off the group's forthcoming sophomore album, "Violadead", due on March 22 through Sound Pollution Records.
As previously reported, "Violadead" was recorded and mixed at Helsingborg's Queenstreet Recording with producer Richard Larsson and features a guest appearance by SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid and ex-SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta in the track "Bitter End". A limited-edition digipack version of the album will feature as a special bonus a demo recording of the track "Inhuman Condition".
CONSTRUCDEAD feature in their ranks TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius. "Violadead" is the follow-up to 2002's "Repent", which was released through Cold Records.
The band's next live appearance will take place on March 27 at Tanto in Stockholm, Sweden.
The U.K.'s ANATHEMA played a special acoustic gig with a string quartet last night at The Picket music club in Liverpool. The group played a few selected songs on acoustic guitars and pianos with a string quartet from the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, according to a post on the band's web site. The evening was a part of the "Save Our Culture" campaign for Liverpool's Quiggin's alternative shopping center.
In other news, ANATHEMA have confirmed three upcoming shows in Greece, as well as two festival gigs: More...
Finland's NIGHTWISH have posted more photos from the recording sessions for their new album, 'Once' , at their official web site. Check out the slide-show here.
As previously reported, 'Once' is due in June through Spinefarm/Universal Records in Finland and Nuclear Blast in continental Europe. A release date for the U.S. has yet to be confirmed. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Nemo" (first single/video), "I Wish I Had An Angel" (projected second single/video), "The Siren", "Higher Than Hope" and "Dark Chest Of Wonders".
NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has posted the following message on the band's official message board:
"We're doing a video for 'I, Voyager' within the next month, we just signed a new record deal [believed to be with Nuclear Blast Records], [and] we're working on a headline U.S. tour at the moment and we're writing a bunch of new tunes." With regards to which label the group are now signed to, Warrel said, "we will announce that when all the paperwork is processed."
NEVERMORE's most recent studio album, 2003's "Enemies Of Reality", marked the final album under the group's previous contract with Century Media Records. The band, who feature in their ranks former members of the popular '80s power metal act Sanctuary, were very vocal about their dissatisfaction with their previous label, whom Dane blamed for "cut[ting] [the] budget [for 'Enemies of Reality'] down to shit for because we wouldn't re-sign with them until after the album was done."
Just two weeks after announcing a hiatus, Jude The Obscure is apparently back in action. The group has subsequently revealed the departure of guitarist Chuck Leach, though the split was an amicable one. Jude The Obscure will spend the next few months recruiting a replacement for Leach, in addition to writing material for their next album. Otherwise, look for the band to tour extensively this summer.
The Black Dahlia Murder have revealed plans to shoot a video for "Funeral Thirst," from their latest album, "Unhallowed." The video will be directed by Jason Joseph, who also directed the band's "Contagion" video.
Cattle Decapitation are slated to begin recording their next full-length for Metal Blade Records this weekend. The group will enter the studio in Burbank, CA with producer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Six Feet Under), followed by a stint at Butthole Studios in San Diego. The new album is entitled "Humanure," and according to the band, "you will be upset, disturbed, disgusted and completely hooked by this material." Look for the album to hit stores on June 15th.
In his first interview in nearly 4 years, GRIP INC. vocalist GUS CHAMBERS spoke with Electricbasement.com Friday morning from Germany, recording segments for the POWER HOUR NET RADIO SHOW, which is World Premiering the band's new album, Incorporated , beginning March 1st. Chambers, whose bandmates include guitarist/keyboardist WALDEMAR SORYCHTA and drummer DAVE LOMBARDO, candidly explained why the band took nearly 5 years to issue a follow-up to Solidify , "To cut a long story short...the band, in 1999, nearly broke up. There were certain things as a musician that I needed to clarify with myself and Grip Inc. to go forward. There was a lot of fighting. Record sales were down. There was a lot of pressure from the record company to join a trend and being Grip Inc, we refused to do that."
Regarding the new album, he emphasizes the difference in the band's approach this time around. "We wanted to make this a special album. We wanted to make as cohesive album as possible...not relying on the speed of Dave [Lombardo] or the guitar wizardry of Waldemar [Soyrchta]. I personally wanted to make this album as a Grip Inc. album." While he thinks the first band's debut, The Power Of Inner Strength, was very much a group effort, the follow-ups, Nemesis and Solidify, became the "Dave and Waldemar show." While he admits they are "great albums," he felt the group "was capable of doing a lot more and delving into more diversity of styles and becoming more accessible as a band." Their latest, Incorporated, drops March 9th via SPV. Hear more of the interview on the Power Hour starting Monday, where it can be streamed on demand for free for 4 weeks.
Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"Hi there... Well, I have just got back to the U.K. and all I can say is it's cold! Must be getting used to the Los Angeles weather I guess. Anyway back to reality....
"We . . . are discussing plans at the moment to hopefully tour the United States in the summer as part of a co-headliner! All being well I will have some news on this for you soon there are just a few details to work out, it should all hopefully coincide with the release of the covers album. We may play a set that consists mainly of that album as well. It depends. Of course, there would be the classics....
"As for the future of this site, I am gonna be commissioning someone to design a brand new site in the next couple of months as I know this one has its problem but I will keep you guys informed."
The guitarist of the band Evil Adam from Jersey City, NJ, has left the band due to personal reasons. Also their bassist was also recently kicked out due to lack of communication with the rest of the band. Though there is hope for the future of the band, since the music is written by the singer Rene Rosa, live performances won't be seen til a new bassist and guitarist are found.