Metal News for February 6, 2007
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17 news articles posted on this day.
High Impact Recordings and Metal Blade Records have announced the signing of Jacksonville’s own, Evergreen Terrace.
Since 1999, Evergreen Terrace has created their own brand of fast, powerful, heavy, and yet melodic hardcore. The band’s disregard for gimmicks and trends has allowed them to make music with true energy and passion. Evergreen Terrace’s diverse sound has allowed them to share the stage with bands like Norma Jean, Unearth, Every Time I Die, Hatebreed, Bane, and Gwar.
High Impact Recordings founder, Tim Lambesis comments, "Evergreen Terrace is a band that will soon get the recognition they've deserved for quite some time. They are a band that started before their genre blew up, and all the while they've maintained a distinct identity by combining the energy of punk and the syncopation of metal with a melody that is their own. In a genre that sometime goes over the top trying to be "heavy", Evergreen Terrace reminds us that energy and good song-writing should still be the bottom line."
Evergreen Terrace enthusiastically replies, "Now we can be a real band, thanks Metal Blade!!!"
"Metal Blade...Fuck Yeah." - Josh of Evergreen Terrace
"Very excited to work with such a hard working label that believes in what we are trying to accomplish as a band. It feels amazing to be a part of a roster with such a huge history in the underground and mainstream metal and hardcore scene." - Kyle of Evergreen Terrace
Evergreen Terrace will begin recording the follow-up to 2005’s Sincerity is an Easy Disguise in This Business, in February 2007 at Vision Sound in Florida.
According to Terrorizer. Ephel Duath’s next album, which will be released In 2008 after their remix album, is based on trying to give voice to how a dog sees the world. Front man Luciano George states in the article “I have no problem singing lyrics from the point of view of a dog; when I look into my dog’s eyes I know what he’s thinking.”
Ephel Duath will release a REMIX album of “Pain Necessary to Know” entitled “Pain Remixes the Known” in May.
French Heavy Metal web magazine heavylaw.com will host an exclusive prelistening of the whole Battlelore album "Evernight" on February 19, 2007. You can then listen to the complete album for 24 hours.
According to guitarist Jyri Vahvanen, "Evernight" "includes ten tracks of pure Tolkien metal with more bombastic and epic songs than before. And, as usual, there's going to be a limited edition digipack CD with bonus material."
Slipknot guitarist Mick Thompson has teamed up with veteran Florida-based extreme metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION to make a guest appearance on their tenth full-length album, "Doomsday X". Mick Thomson, guitarist for SLIPKNOT, also contributed a "ripping" guitar solo for the song "Deliver My Enemy".
3 Inches of Blood's tour van broke down in Chicago and the band won't be making it to Denver for tonight's show. Cradle of Filth and The 69 Eyes will perform as expected, and 3IOB is expected to rejoin the tour in Edmonton, on Thursday, February 8th.
Today marks the U.S. release of Apocalyptica’s new DVD, entitled The Life Burns Tour. The group, which hails from Finland and is comprised of four classically trained cellists plus a metal drummer, has achieved worldwide fame via their unique melding of epic metal with acoustic stringed instrumentation. The band initially gained notoriety in the U.S. with the 1997 album release “Plays Metallica By Four Cellos,” which sold over a million copies worldwide.
The new DVD is the band’s first release for Jive Records/Zomba Label Group, and it includes a 20-song complete live concert from Dusseldorf, Germany that features Apocalyptica’s original compositions as well as their re-imaginings of classic material by Metallica, Sepultura, and more, not to mention their version of Grieg’s well-loved piece “In The Hall Of The Mountain King.”
Also included on the disc is an Apocalyptica video collection showcasing the band’s ability to integrate vocalists into their music, including collaborations with Ville Valo (HIM), Lauri Ylonen (Rasmus), Matt Tuck (Bullet For My Valentine) and Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly). A short EPK shows the in-studio recording of the song Repressed featuring Tuck and Cavalera, each of whom give exclusive interviews about the making of the song and their love for the band.
This DVD will tide Apocalyptica fans over until the group drops their new full-length album later this year. Many metal and rock insiders believe the next release will herald the group’s breakthrough in this country from underground sensation to household name.
Could Audioslave's time be coming to an end? In a recent interview with Launch Radio Networks, Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello stated that he isn't certain about the future of Audioslave or Rage Against The Machine, but he does know he'll be focusing on his current solo-project Nightwatchman. Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has been in the studio recording for his own solo-project the last two months, while Bassist Tim Commerford and Drummer Brad Wilk have also been in the studio together recording some Bass/Drums only tracks.
Morello said that Cornell did not want to tour in support of Audioslave's third studio album, 'Revelations', which came out last Fall. He gave no indication of whether the band would record or tour again.
As previously reported, Audioslave members Tom Morello (guitar), Brad Wilk (drums), and Tim Commerford (bass) will be reuniting as Rage Against The Machine with Zack de la Rocha for this year's Coachella Festival on April 29th. Morello said he has not ruled out future Rage activities beyond the fest.
Sony Music's U.S. label group has reportedly inked a deal with producer/Def Jam founder Rick Rubin to serve as the company's "music czar," overseeing the creative development of artists on both Columbia and Epic Records. According to the New York Post, Rubin signed on for the gig about a month ago and it could be announced as soon as this week.
Furthermore, Rubin previously distributed his American Recordings imprint through Columbia, but he now has a distribution deal with Warner Music Group. That would potentially have to be renegotiated or even terminated with Rubin joining the Sony camp. Rubin is currently working with Linkin Park and Metallica, among others, on their upcoming new albums.
To coincide with a string of headlining dates in the US, UK and selected European territories, and as a preview of their forthcoming album "Versions," Poison The Well will release the album's opening track "Letter Thing" as a digital-only single
"Letter Thing" was recorded in Umea, Sweden, with the production team of Pelle Henricsson and Eskil Lovstro. The single will be available via iTunes and all other download platforms beginning March 13th.
Boston's HOSTILE TAKEOVER is one of the more legitimate contenders I've scouted recently to have a chance at moving out of its small hometown ranks and possibly onto a more promising future in the metal world. Its lineup features Ricardo Matos on vocals, Kevin Raposo on drums, Matthew Freeman on lead Guitar, Dustin LaRose on guitar and Serg on bass guitar. They cite Lamb Of God, Shadows Fall, Pantera and Unearth as their main musical influences and seem to have a strong grasp early on at what they want to achieve. I got some Q&A in with their bassist, Serg. More...
2/9 UPDATE: You can watch the Ozzfest 2007 Press Conference online now.
OZZY and SHARON OSBOURNE and tour producer LIVE NATION broke the news today at the Concert Industry Consortium in Los Angeles that their 12th annual hard rock spectacular--a 25-date extravaganza launching July 7 in Los Angeles--is pulling the plug on ticket prices and giving the power back to the fans calling this summer's OZZFEST "FreeFest." The other OZZFEST 2007 cities as of now are San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Kansas City, St Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, Charlotte, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Nashville. Note: a final confirmed list of cities and dates is forthcoming.
"For the last few years," says SHARON, "ticket prices have steadily climbed as artists demand more and more money for summer tours. We certainly want everybody to make money, however we also want the kids to be able to afford to come out and have an incredible experience. If we continued with the traditional touring festival model, we would have no choice but to raise ticket prices again this year."
Cited as "one of rock's biggest juggernauts" in the cover feature of Sunday's New York Times' "Arts and Leisure" section (6/25/06), OZZFEST and Live Nation will turn to sponsors to provide added support for the festival's new incarnation. This summer's OZZFEST will provide select sponsors with a unique opportunity to engage fans one-on-one utilizing one of music's best known brands.
"We're reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs," compares Sharon. "As a result, they found alternative ways of getting music. That's what's happening with summer touring in this country, it's out-pricing itself. We started this and we want to keep it and we want to make it bigger and bigger each year by getting bigger sponsors to be involved with the festival and underwriting the festival. That's what it's about."
"For the past 11 years, music fans have made OZZFEST the most successful and enduring rock music festival in the United States," said Jason Garner, Live Nation President of North American Concerts. "What better way to say 'Thank You' to the music fans who have made this possible than inviting them to attend OZZFEST for free."
To gain entry into the event, fans will go to www.ozzfest.com or www.livenation.com to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. More details regarding the process are forthcoming. More...
Manowar has finally announced the full track listing for "Gods of War":
1. OVERTURE TO THE HYMN OF THE IMMORTAL WARRIORS
2. THE ASCENSION
3. KING OF KINGS
4. ARMY OF THE DEAD, PART I
6. LOKI GOD OF FIRE
7. BLOOD BROTHERS
8. OVERTURE TO ODIN
9. THE BLOOD OF ODIN
10. THE SONS OF ODIN
11. GLORY MAJESTY UNITY
12. GODS OF WAR
13. ARMY OF THE DEAD, PART II
15. HYMN OF THE IMMORTAL WARRIORS
16. DIE FOR METAL
As previously reported, an e-card for "Gods of War" has been made available at this location. The e-card contains the new album cover art, background information, new band pictures, dates for fan release parties, news about the "Virtual Release Party," an announcement for the participation in the "Royal Artist Club," and cool downloads.
The release schedule for "Gods of War" is as follows:
Germany - February 23, 2007
Rest of Europe, excl. France - February 26, 2007
France - March 5, 2007
USA/Canada - April 3, 2007
Scar Symmetry has issued a brief update regarding their forthcoming album for Nuclear Blast Records:
"At the moment we're in the midst of writing material for our third album, set to be recorded at the end of the summer. So far we have like 10 songs in the works and there are more set to be written in the near future. Hopefully we'll have around 15-20 songs to choose from, in time for the recording."
Drummer Marshall Kilpatric, formerly of Today Is The Day, and most recently of The Esoteric, has officially joined Black Light Burns, an alternative outfit fronted by Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit fame. The band also features Danny Lohner (A Perfect Circle). You can check out the group on their MySpace page. The Esoteric officially announced Kilpatric's departure in early-January. Kilpatric has issued the following statement:
"I have officially joined Black Light Burns. For anyone not in the know, it is rounded out by Wes Borland, Danny Lohner, and Nick Annis. I am very excited and eager to begin a new chapter amongst artists who I consider innately talented and highly accomplished. I feel as though I finally have found a group comprised of artisans in a dying age where integrity, initiative, and risk are taken for granted and traded for instant gratification and comfort. I cannot wait for everyone to hear, see, and experience what is in store with us. For everyone who has stood by me and been there along the way for all of the obstacles and difficulty, thank you."
Black Light Burns will release their debut album 'Cruel Melody' on May 22nd.
German metal/experimental band The Ocean (Metal Blade Records) is currently in search of a new guitarist "due to member's inability to cope with heavy touring schedules." Candidates should have experience, a willingness to tour extensively and rehearse in Berlin. and a broad musical background. Interested parties should send an email to email@example.com.
Lifeforce has announced the signing of one of Germany's most exciting hardcore acts to their ever growing roster, THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT.
The band was formed from the remains of perished underground acts PAINT THE TOWN RED (Join the Teamplayer / Thorp Records) and FLYSWATTER (Eat the Beat / Roadrunner) in early 2006. Their unique version of melodic hardcore delivers a perfect balance of heavy guitar riffing, blaring screams, shouts and excellent singing vocals. Their songs are filled with creative melodic lead-guitars and vary from faster-paced tracks with heavy breakdowns to catchy mid-tempo-style tunes. THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT manage to strengthen this setup with great songwriting skills.
The band commented on their signing to Lifeforce Records: "We are more than happy that we are given the chance to work with an amazing record label that is able to push this band to the next level. Signing to Lifeforce Records reinforces us that all the hard work and dedication was not in vain. We also feel honored to now be a part of such an incredible roster of both, promising new and well established bands from all over the world. We are so much looking forward to releasing our debut album “Decisions” in September.”
In August 2006 the band released their debut EP entitled “Munich Angst” on Engineer Records which is about to be re-released through BASTARDIZED RECORDINGS in April 2007. The same month and label will give birth to THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT’s second release: “Munich Valor”. The new EP has been written and recorded in only 6 weeks. Both EPs will be released in a limited 2xCD-packaging.
September 2007 will see the release of THE BLACKOUT ARGUMENT's first full length and Lifeforce Records debut "Decisions". The songs were recorded at Suiseidl Studios in Munich and mixed and mastered by K. Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studios. The album has guest-appearances by Geert van der Velde (ex-Shai Hulud / The Architect), Byron Davis (God Forbid) and Benni Buss (Flowing Tears). The artwork was once again created by Justin Kamerer (Angry Blue).
Marilyn Manson has almost finished work on his next album, "Eat Me, Drink Me," which is due out this spring, according to Interscope Records. His group will launch a world tour to coincide with the album's release, details for which have not yet been announced.