Metal News for February 7, 2006
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Former A Long Winter vocalist Dave Stahl has officially joined The Concubine. The group will soon record a promo track with Stahl at Clay Creek Studios in Newark, DE with Nick Rotundo (Boy Sets Fire) at the helm. Meanwhile, Stahl is currently preparing vocals and lyrics for the group's upcoming full-length, which will be out later this year through Corrosive Recordings.
DREAM THEATER's 20th Anniversary Tour will conclude with a final leg of Central and North America. All shows are "An Evening With" (No opening act, two sets with an intermission). The final and complete itinerary is as follows:
Feb 24 - San Juan, Puerto Rico @ Coliseo de Puerto Rico (new venue)
Feb 26 - Bogota, Colombia @ Palacio De Deportes
Mar 01 - Guadalajara, Mexico @ Diana Theater
Mar 02 - Mexico City, Mexico @ National Auditorium
Mar 03 - Monterrey, Mexico @ Plaza De Toros Monumental
Mar 06 - Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theater
Mar 07 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Mar 09 - Anaheim, CA @ The Grove NEW!
Mar 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theater
Mar 11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Mar 13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
Mar 14 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
Mar 17 - Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
Mar 18 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
Mar 19 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
Mar 22 - Toronto, ONT @ Massey Hall
Mar 23 - Montreal QUE @ Metropolis
Mar 24 - Quebec City, QUE @ Le Colisee
Mar 26 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theater
Mar 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
Mar 29 - Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater (formerly Oakdale Theater)
Mar 30 - Boston, MA @ The Orpheum
Apr 01 - New York City @ Radio City Music Hall*
DREAM THEATER's very last show of the band's 20th Anniversary Tour 2005/2006 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 1 will be recorded and filmed for an upcoming 20th anniversary DVD and CD release. To hear the radio ad, click here (mp3, 1.4 MB).
DREAM THEATER are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Octavarium", which came out in June 2005.
Norwegian extreme metallers ENSLAVED are putting the finishing touches on their new album, "Ruun", tentatively due on May 8 via Tabu. "The final mixes are being made at this very moment in Propeller Studio in Oslo," the group write on their web site. "The band produces the album themselves, with Mike Hartung as leader of the pack. Mastering will take place in Sweden immedeatly after the mix is finished. Later in February the band will make not one, but two videos from 'Ruun'."
Commented guitarist Arve Isdal: "We're very happy with the result, and the feedback from the few chosen ones who had a sneak listening has been awesome! The songs needs time to get into, but we hope you will take that time. Keep it up, loonies!"
According to a posting on ENSLAVED's web site, the band are "confirmed for more festivals. The guys especially looks foreward to play on the Øyafestivalen in Oslo, Norway the 8th or 10th of August. It's a big outdoor festival and one of the bigger events in Norway during the summer. Apart from that, this weekend the band will play two shows in Tromsø, Norway during the By:Larm festival and an exclusive unplugged session live on Norwegian radio. No amps, no drums, just pure acoustic music."
The recordings for the follow-up to the band's Norwegian Grammy- and Alarm award-winning album "Isa" (2004) began in early January at Amper Studio in Oslo, Norway. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Path of Vanir" and "Essence", both of which the band are planning on shooting videos for.
ENSLAVED will be teaming up with KHOLD and VREID for a European tour in the fall. More information will be made available soon.
The official DISTURBED message board has been shut down by the administrators, allegedly because the group's frontman, David Draiman, grew increasingly tired of the persistent criticism levelled at him over his seemingly contradictory statements regarding the band's possible appearance at this year's Ozzfest.
Speaking to Jolene of Seattle's 99.9 KISW on January 7, Draiman said of the band's upcoming touring plans, "It looks like at this point that we are confirmed for Ozzfest this summer, so that should be a good thing. It's looking like that's what's gonna happen, so…" The actual audio of the 10-minute interview featuring this quote is available online (The quote appears around the 9:25 mark).
In an interview with Jeff Kerby of KNAC.COM conducted on January 30, Draiman was asked if there was any truth to the Internet reports that he had been quoted as saying that DISTURBED were confirmed for this year's Ozzfest.
"They're garbage," he replied. "I haven't said anything to anybody. I'm not saying it isn't happening, but I haven't gotten any official confirmation myself. Some radio station in Seattle decided to speculate or something. Every radio station interview that I've done at the station though has been with the whole band, and they've heard me every single time, and I've never said anything like that. We're in talks with them, but nothing has been solidified."
After a barrage of criticism was levelled at Draiman on the group's official message board for his seemingly contradictory statements regarding the band's participation in Ozzfest, the singer posted the following message before the board was completely shut down:
"When an apology is warranted, I am the first to offer one. But not in this case. I do not appreciate the idiocy of people criticizing what I am supposed to have said. I am not going to defend myself any more than I already have, as there should be no need to. I have half a mind to do away with this board completely, because instead of being a place where we can joyfully interact with the fans it has become a haven for the holier than thou. People who actually have the audacity to think that they have a right to say how we should conduct ourselves or even the wording that we may choose. The door is open to you too, if you do not approve or want to leave.
"I hope that you are proud of youself for once again distancing the band from its one means of limited interaction with its fans. You make me really feel welcome here. And what are we arguing about anyway? Whether or not I remember saying something a certain way? I already said I don't remember, nor does the rest of the band who have been present at these radio interviews, remember saying it, and already explained how sound bites are created and how editing of radio interviews are done, and even admitted to saying something like 'It looks like we are' [confirmed for Ozzfest]. So fucking what? Nothing is good enough for you, short of prostrating myself and apologizing for something that doesn't even have anything to do with you? Fuck off. Mission accomplished on alienating me from my own band's board. Time for a sabbatical. Fight amongst yourselves over nothing. I'll concentrate on the shows, and doing what I love most, not being sucked into this pathetic bullshit. Enjoy."
Maryland's A Warm Gun, fresh off their split with Magrudergrind just finished recording a new album at UltraSound Studios in Baltimore. Producing the effort is Chris Camden (Liars Academy, Medic, Magrudergrind, Daybreak). The album, entitled "Panic In The Face Of Time" will feature twelve songs and is slated for a spring release through Germany's YellowDog Records (Nasum, World Burns To Death, Disclose, Diallo).
Miami's All Hell Breaks Loose have decided to reunite for a show. All Hell Breaks Loose disbanded in late-2004 after the untimely passing of their dummer Joe Lamadrid. Filling in on drums will be Brian of Dead Weight, a project that features Alex and Chad of All Hell Breaks Loose.
Here are the show's complete details:
April, 8 at the Polish American Club
1250 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33101
All Hell Breaks Loose, Dance Floor Justice (CD Release on Double or Nothing Records; ex Where Fear and Weapons Meet/Destro), Dead Weight (ex All Hell BReaks Loose/24 Hours to Live), Know The Score, one more TBA.
Italian Death Metal legends HORRID who were formed back in '92 and released various demos, EP's a mini CD and one album during their career, have inked a deal with XTREEM MUSIC for the release of their second album "Rising From The Hidden Spheres".
Recorded in Denmark at Starstruck Studios with Anders Lundemark (KONKHRA) as producer, the album includes 8 songs in the usual tradition of the band since their inception (Swedish Death Metal). The release date is scheduled for March 15th. You can check out an advance mp3 song of the album on the label section of XTREEM MUSIC.
"Rising From The Hidden Spheres" includes the following songs:
1. Nothing Lives Forever
2. Rising From The Hidden Spheres
3. From Here To Eternity
4. Come To Me
5. Feeling Hate
6. Redemption And Lies
7. Harmonic Devastation
Black My Heart, Too Pure To Die, Burn In Silence, and Cassius will be touring together in March and April. More dates will be announced, but here's the latest:
3/12 Lake Station, IN @ Eagles Club
3/15 Ogden, UT @ Club Boom Va
3/17 Reno, NV @ VFW Hall
3/18 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
3/21 Ventura, CA @ Alpine
3/22 Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre
3/25 Lancaster, CA @ Cedar Centre
3/27 Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound
4/1 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
4/3 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
4/8 Milwaukee, WI @ Chaosfest
4/11 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
4/14 Clearwater, FL @ 688 Skatepark
4/15 Miami, FL or West Palm Beach, FL
4/16 Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
4/21 Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint
4/22 Fredericksburg, VA @ KC's
4/25 Long Island, NY @ Club Ritual
4/29 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Connecticut-based death metal band What Weapons Bring War are currently booking a tour for late April and early May. If you can help out with booking the unconfirmed dates, contact the band at whatweaponsbringwar AT yahoo.com.
Here are some previously confirmed shows:
Feb 25 2006 8:00P - Almost Home Cafe West Islip, NY
Mar 16 2006 7:00P - The Webster Underground Hartford, CT
Mar 24 2006 8:00P - The Moosup VFW Moosup, CT
Here are the dates they are currently booking:
*Apr 29 2006 Baltimore, MD
*Apr 30 2006 Philadelphia, PA
May 2 2006 8:00P Spingfield , VA
May 3 2006 8:00P anywhere , NC
May 4 2006 Anywhere, SC
*May 5 2006 Warner Robins, GA
May 6 2006 ANYWHERE, TN
May 7 2006 ANYWHERE, KY
May 8 2006 Cincinati, OH
May 9 2006 PITTSBURG, PA
May 10 2006 LANCASTER OR WILKES BARRE, PA
* Confirmed dates
German thrashers KREATOR shot a video for their song "Enemy of God" on February 6 in Berlin. The clip was directed by Jörn Heitmann, known for his work with RAMMSTEIN ("Keine Lust") and THE RASMUS. More information about Heitmann's work can be found at www.katapultfilm.de.
"Enemy of God" is the title track of KREATOR's latest album, available now on SPV Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Violent Revolution" was recorded and mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE). ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott makes a guest appearance on lead guitar on the track "Murder Fantasies".
KREATOR will be embarking on the "Enemy of God II" North American tour with NAPALM DEATH beginning in late February.
A full-length MP3 of a new IMAGIKA song, entitled "Forever Darkened", has been made available for download at this location (6.1 MB). The track comes off the San Francisco power/thrash metallers' new CD, "My Bloodied Wings", tentatively due late spring/early summer. The follow-up to last year's "Devils on Both Sides" was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California and was mixed at Los Angered Recording in Gothenburg, Sweden with Andy LaRocque of KING DIAMOND fame.
"My Bloodied Wings" track listing:
01. The Tongue of Nyx
02. Hunter's Moon
03. Second Coming
04. Throw the Horns
05. Heart of Icarus
07. The Darkest of All Secrets
09. One More Day
10. Forever Darkened
11. My Bloodied Wings
IMAGIKA released "Devils on Both Sides" in the U.S. via Mausoleum Records. The End is handling distribution for the release. The album was issued in most European territories last March.
METALLICA have posted the following message on their official web site:
"We had such a great time when we did this back in the day in '95, which was . . . eh, like we had planned for '06, a year dedicated to nothing but writing and recording . . . Oh well how the best laid plans can change. So when we were asked, we figured why not do it again!!! Escape from the studio once more and spend our summer vacation hanging out at the coolest live music festivals on the planet.
"Here's what we have so far:
Jun. 03 - Nurburgring, GER - Rock Am Ring Festival
Jun. 04 - Nurnberg, GER - Rock Im Park Festival
Jun. 08 - Arnhem, NETH - Gelredome
Jun. 10 - Donington, UK - Download Festival
Jun. 11 - Dublin, IRE - Download Festival
"Please understand that we're making this up as we go along. We wanna keep you as in the loop as possible, but this shit is literally happening as we are typing, so please watch this space for more info as we get it regarding support acts, potential additional dates, change of something or other not expected as these VERY words are being typed, etc."
I dropped in on Krell performing at The Joint in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 4th with some high expectations. I have been listening to this band's music on MySpace now for several weeks prior to doing this review and let me just say it was a night I won't soon forget. More...
FURIA recently spent four days at the Florida rehearsal facilities in Agen, France, to prepare for their upcoming live shows.
The guys dealt with the sound balance and the general quality of the live sound, their stage attitude according to songs, atmospheres and image projections on the stage screens, but they also worked on a new way to broadcast images on stage. Last but not least, they worked on close collaboration with their light and sound engineers to develop new ideas and make sure your eyes and ears will be totally blown away next time you see the band live.
Here are Furia's upcoming live dates:
25 Feb 06 Talange (57) (FR) MJC
03 Mar 06 Dijon (FR) La Vapeur (finale régionale pour les Eurockéenes de Belfort)
10 Mar 06 Nyon (CH) Usine à Gaz - Parox Rock Festival
29 Apr 06 Chalons En Champagne (FR) TBA
06 May 06 Bezak - Région de Besançon (FR) TBA
27 May 06 Luzy (FR) TBA (+ OT AZOY + Burning Heads + Blizzar B + Pause)
17 Jun 06 Poitiers (FR) TBA (+ Misanthrope)
Reunited Atlanta-based rap-metal pioneers STUCK MOJO have changed the projected title of their new album to "Southern Born Killers" from the previously announced "The Art of Tension". The band have started tracking the drums for the CD at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K. with producer Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS). "As of today, there are 13 tracks that we are going to record," stated guitarist Rich Ward (also in FOZZY). "One or two may still not make the final cut, as Bonz [rapper/frontman] and I haven't finalized the vocals on those tracks. When those vocals are completed, it will then become obvious whether they will make the cut or not." Joining Ward and Bonz in STUCK MOJO's current lineup are FOZZY/DUKE bassist Sean Delson an the band's latest addition, drummer Eric Sanders.
"Southern Born Killers" projected track listing (in no particular order):
01. I'm Back
02. Southern Born Killers
03. Metal Is Dead
04. Born For This Moment
06. The Sky Is Falling
07. That's When I Burn
08. The Fear Is All Around Me
09. Open Season
10. In My Mind
13. Rhythm and Bullshit
Polish death metal band Decapitated will be releasing their new album "Organic Hallucinosis' on Feb 13th. Fans who purchase the CD or Dual Disc through UK Independent retail stores can claim a FREE copy of an exclusive rare Live CD taken from the Earache Xmas Party December 20th 2004 - a show featuring former singer Sauron.
Here are the full details on the free live album:
Nottingham, UK- Rescue Rooms
20 December 2004
1) The Fury
2) Three Dimensional Defect
3) Lying and Weak
4) Winds Of Creation
8) Sensual Sickness
9) Spheres Of Madness
10) Mother War
ANATHEMA mastermind Daniel Cavanagh will undertake a solo and acoustic Norwegian tour in March 2006. His set will feature mainly Anathema classics past and present, plus various cover versions. The shows will be stripped down, featuring Danny with just a guitar a keyboard/piano in the most imtimate possible setting. The dates are as follows:
Mar. 16 - Bergen, NOR @ Garage
Mar. 17 - Trondheim, NOR @ Kafe Larssen
Mar. 18 - Oslo, NOR @ Tut og Kjør
ANATHEMA's previously announced U.K./Irish tour as the support act for H.I.M. — originally scheduled for January — has been postponed until April. More...
Finnish Black metallers Azaghal will enter the studio to record their 6th album, their follow up to "Codex Antitheus".
Nargath comments: "The studio is booked, we will start recording in 2 weeks. We are using the same studio as last time, but we are going for a bit dirtier and rawer sounds/production this time. The working title for the album is "Luciferin Valo" ("The Light of Lucifer") but that might still change.
The album will feature 9-11 tracks, depending on how they turn out and which combination makes the best whole.
Song titles include "Verta ja Tuhkaa" ("Blood and Ashes"), "Teen Paholaisen Työtä" ("I do the Devils work"), "Kuolonkäärme" ("The Death Serpent"), "Tuhoaja" ("Destroyer") and "Ilmestyskirjan Ratsastajat" ("Riders of the Apocalypse") amongst others.
The material is more midtempo based than on the last album and hmm dare I say, catchier, than on Codex."
In other news, Nargath's project Wyrd inked a deal with Avantgarde Music.
Swedish Vikings Amon Amarth have posted the following updates on their website:
"We are very happy to announce that finally a Swedish show has been confirmed. We've been asked to play a show in Örebro march 11th and we look forward doing some damage on home ground! More info about venue and support acts will be announced soon!
During the past four weeks we’ve been working on new material for our upcoming album. In an unusual fashion – well, for us anyway – we’ve been working virtually every day of January to write new material. If everything goes to plan, we will enter the studio in May to record the new album. The release date is however not set yet."
According to the Finnish tabloid Iltalehti ( from Feb 3, 2006) the release of the “End Of An Era” –live DVD is in danger to be postponed due to some unexpected problems in contracts. Riku Pääkkönen, the chief executive of Spinefarm ( the record label of Nightwish), tells that Tarja’s manager and husband Marcelo Cabuli has demanded that Spinefarm, Nightwish and the management staff sign a contract that no one of them is allowed to discuss anything about Tarja or Marcelo, or anything related to them, without the written permission from Marcelo.
This kind of contract would practically prevent the publishing of the Nightwish –book this spring as well. “We really found the proposal to be strange and soon realized that this kind of a paper cannot be signed. You can’t make contracts like this” says Riku Pääkkönen in Iltalehti arcticle.
There would be a 250 000 Euros fine for breaking the contract. The concert in Hartwall-Arena is about to be released on a DVD and as a live-album. In order for this to happen, an agreement from all the parties is needed and because of this unfortunate string of events, it seems hard to get one member to sign.
Worst case scenario, Finnish fans will have to order their copy of the DVD from outside the Scandinavia.
“Maybe one could see this as another example how the fans are treated..” says Tuomas in Iltalehti article.