Metal News for February 5, 2006
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Cleveland, Ohio's MUSHROOMHEAD are scheduled to release their sixth studio album on June 6 via Filthy Hands/Megaforce. The album's projected first single, "Watch Me Go", is expected in May. A video preview for the new CD can be seen here.
MUSHROOMHEAD's follow-up to 2003's "XIII" (Republic/Universal) will mark the group's recording debut with singer Waylon, who replaced frontman J. Mann in 2004.
With regards to the upcoming CD, MUSHROOMHEAD drummer-producer Steve "Skinny" Felton told the Cleveland Scene in December, "It's all over the map. A lot of people who've heard it think of the first album, mixed with a little bit of 'XIII'. It's a harsh contrast between songs. There's some brutal, brutal, sick stuff, like old-school HATRIX or LAMB OF GOD. And with Waylon able to sing so well, there's some more melodic stuff going on. The one thing Waylon doesn't do that J. did is rap."
The disc will be mastered by Bill Korecky (INTEGRITY) at Mars Studios. Felton said the band plans to release versions of the disc with eight different covers, one designed by each member.
SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has issued the following update:
"As some of you may know, last week I had one of my longtime dreams come true when I was asked to fill in for Charlie Benante and ANTHRAX for the last two shows of their tour! Charlie and his wife Sandra were expecting their first child (initially due Feb. 14) and lo and behold, two weeks ago on the 18th her water broke!!!! Obviously Charlie was on the first plane back to Chicago... meanwhile giving me the phone call of a lifetime! 'Hey dude, can you do me a favor?' DUHHHHH!!! Does a bear shit in the woods?? So anyhow, at this point I was in San Diego on my way to Anaheim for the NAMM show... I talked with Scott (Ian) he gave me a setlist (most of which I'd been playing in my basement since 1987)... and then he and Frankie (Bello) came to Anaheim to get together for our one rehearsal! Talk about pressure! The next day I did my NAMM signings and then my wife and I hopped on a plane to San Francisco for the first show. I got to the gig literally 90 minutes prior to going on stage. Went and moved a few little things on Charlie's kit (I wanted to keep it as ANTHRAX as possible), warmed up, and it was showtime!! From the moment I heard the intro to 'Among the Living', I was literally shaking... Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, this was an OUTSIDE gig!!! 50 degrees in January! Whose brilliant idea was that?? But I was still shaking from my nerves... something that Frankie helped me calm by feeding me shots of Crown during the show!!
"So a few mistakes here and there, nothing TOO dramatic (thankfully), but we made it through, and it rocked!!! Everyone had a great time. It was also good to share the night in San Francisco with my good friends in GOD FORBID, SWORN ENEMY, and SOILENT GREEN!! They all definitely helped me with the moral support!!! And for all you SHAD DVD owners... our good friend 'Sweetdick' Willie Gee was also teching for ANTHRAX, and I always love giving him shit!!!! CRAP!!!! CRAP!!! (For those of you who don't know, go out and pick up a copy of our DVD 'The Art of Touring' on Century Media!!)
"So then we hopped on the bus… Jeez I really didn't think I was gonna be back in a bus THIS SOON!!!! And were off to Los Angeles. All of us had signings at NAMM on Saturday, I got to the gig around 5, checked over the kit, and was ready to go. I was a LOT more relaxed for this show considering we had already gotten one out of the way.... but just in case... Frankie still made sure with that bottle of Crown again!!! This time the show was amazing... the little mistakes I made the night before were gone, and we totally crushed it... sold out, 3000 people... so many of my friends there to route me on... Paul Bostaph, John Tempesta, my web guy Ray, Chad Lee, Roy Mayorga, Yael, Dino, and most importantly my own bandmate Paul Romanko!!
"So it was back to NAMM the next day... EXHAUSTED!!! I think I'm still recuperating! But it was an experience I will NEVER forget!!
"Okay, so on to the SHAD... As of late, we've been putting the finishing touches on 'Fallout from the War' (full details on this record coming soon) which will be released on Century Media in the spring sometime!! It's coming out awesome, and we're pretty psyched about it. We just went down to NYC to freeze our asses off at an OUTDOOR photo shoot with Bryan Helm for this record. On top of a rooftop in JANUARY 2 blocks from the East River!!! If we look like we're freezing — we were!!
"In other news, we have begun the writing process for the next full-length album for Atlantic Records and we have almost two songs completed... slow and steady wins the race!!! Next week we head back out to L.A. for the Grammys... Should be interesting... And then two weeks after that, we'll see you guys back out on the road... Well, at least the fine folks here on the East Coast!!!"
SHADOWS FALL with AGNOSTIC FRONT, STILL REMAINS and BYZANTINE:
Mar. 01 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
Mar. 02 - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI
Mar. 03 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
Mar. 04 - The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Mar. 05 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
Another brand-new SADUS track, entitled "Down", has been uploaded to to the group's official fan site, Valley Of Dry Bones. The song comes off SADUS's upcoming album, "Out for Blood", due on February 27 via Holland's Mascot Records.
The follow-up to 1997's "Elements of Anger", "Out for Blood" was recorded at Trident Studios in California with producer Børge Finstad (MAYHEM, BORKNAGAR, VINTERSORG, EXTOL), engineer Juan Urteaga and manager Rob Lewis. The album features a guest appearance on one track by TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy.
As previously reported, SADUS have been confirmed as one of the main-stage headliners (alongside OBITUARY) at this year's installment of the Northwest Death Fest, set to take place Sunday, May 28 at the Fenix Underground (109 S. Washington St.) in Seattle, Washington. Acts confirmed for the second stage include DEEDS OF FLESH and SEVERED SAVIOR. Tickets go on sale by February 10, and will be available through Ticketmaster and the Fenix box office. Prices: $25.00 advance, $30.00 day of show. Doors open at 10:00 a.m., show starts at 11:00 a.m. More information will be made available soon.
SADUS are tentatively planning on undertaking a European tour in April. Among the countries that are set to be covered on the trek are Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Austria, Swiss, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Garden Of Exile Records has announced that they will be releasing the vinyl version for Burst's latest masterpiece called "Origo." To make it even better; it will be a double gatefold LP containing their previous release "Prey on Life" as well. The release date is set for March 2006. The gatefold will cover the artwork from both releases, beautifully melted into each other.
The label went on to say "After the European CD release of Origo, followed by a very successful European tour with Opeth, their first headline tour in February, and the US CD release of Origo next week, this 2xLP on Garden of Exile is something we really cherish. Our gratitude goes out to the guys in Burst, who are beside great musicians awesome guys, and of course the Relapse staff for licensing this release to us."
Clear / White vinyl 33 copies;
White / Clear vinyl 67 copies;
Clear vinyl 125 copies;
White vinyl 175 copies;
180 grams heavyweight 300 copies;
Cryptopsy have announced a batch of Aussie tour dates in May. They are as follows:
04.05.06 - The Gaelic Club, Sydney
06.05.06 - Her Majesty's Bar, Brisbane
07.05.06 - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
07.05.06 - The Tote (Under 18's show), Melbourne
09.05.06 - Black Betty's, Perth
11.05.06 - Enigma Bar, Adelaide