Metal News for February 8, 2005
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This year's New England Metal And Hardcore Festival will take place April 22-24 and will feature none other than Bleeding Through, Throwdown, Walls Of Jericho, Terror, Most Precious Blood, It Dies Today, amongst others. Get the full list here
Throwdown have now begun recording their upcoming new album "Vendetta" with producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed) at the helm. The effort is expected out in July via Trustkill.
The Associated Press is reporting that a man charged with injuring two women when he dived off the stage at a heavy metal concert said he never realized someone in the crowd could be hurt.
Joseph Seink wept Monday (Feb. 7) while testifying in his trial on two counts of felonious assault. Authorities say two 28-year-old Cleveland women each suffered a cracked neck vertebra but no serious spinal damage when the 195-pound Seink landed on them last June 4 at Scene Pavilion downtown. More...
NIGHTWISH's U.S. record label, Roadrunner, has issued a statement confirming that the group's previously announced U.S. headlining tour has been postponed until the fall. The statement reads as follows:
"Finnish band NIGHTWISH, due to tour the U.S. in April of 2005, have pushed the outing back several months. The band deeply regret the postponement, and maintain it is due to commitments close to home on the part of vocalist, Tarja Turunen. 'Nemo', the upcoming single off their Roadrunner debut, 'Once' (also the first single from the soundtrack of the upcoming Sony Screengems film, 'The Cave'), goes for adds at radio on April 4th."
So far, NIGHTWISH's April 25 show at B.B. King's in New York City has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 6, according to the venue's web site. All tickets from the Apr. 25 date will be honored on Sept. 6.
Dutch brutal death metal band ARSEBREED, who feature in their ranks members of PYAEMIA, DISAVOWED and MANGLED, have inked a deal with Neurotic Records. The group's first, as-yet-untitled album will be recorded after the summer for a late 2005 release. "Expect a dose of well-thought-out heavy grinding death metal with explosive dual vocal attacks following up on each other rapidly," reads a press release from Neurotic.
"Even though this band is formed around people who all have their own other bands this band is not to be seen as just another side-project, and therefore there will definitely be shows to support their upcoming album when the time is right."
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has confirmed to MTV.com that he has spoken to PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul about the possibility of Vinnie playing with ANTHRAX at a February 23 benefit in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom. "We're just hoping it happens," Ian said. "There would be nothing better than getting Vinnie up on the drum kit and jamming with us. That would just be incredible."
Following PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's murder in December, some wondered whether his brother Paul would ever be able to perform in concert again. However, Ian told MTV.com that's not likely to happen. "I don't think that would be possible with him. It's in his blood. The last thing in the world he would do, or that Dime would ever want, would be for him to not drum anymore. That would be insane." More...
ALICE IN CHAINS members Sean Kinney (drums), Jerry Cantrell (guitar) and Mike Inez (bass), along with DAMAGEPLAN singer Pat Lachman, will take the stage of Seattle's Premier club on February 18 as part of a benefit concert to aid the victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami distaster.
"When something like this happens, you want to help," Kinney told RollingStone.com. "I called people up here in the Northwest to see who was available, and Jerry and Mike were the first guys I called."
The show will be Kinney, Cantrell and Inez's first together in nine years — as well as their first without lead singer Layne Stanley, who died from a drug overdose in 2002. "Obviously we all needed to take some time and all deal with the situation of the band and Layne's death," said Cantrell.
The three thought Lachman, who lost a bandmate himself in December when guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was fatally shot in an Ohio nightclub, was a natural choice to join them. "I've known Pat through the PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN guys for years," Cantrell explained. "We were all down in Dallas to support the family, and we actually played a couple of ALICE songs at Dime's memorial, so it made sense."
For the benefit, the reunited group will perform material from the ALICE IN CHAINS catalog, and recording new music remains a possibility. "We're just starting with the gig, and we'll see what happens," Cantrell said. "But we can't wait to get into the room together. I've done plenty of [projects] without Sean and Mike, and, as far as having that silent chemistry, nobody really compares.
"If the last couple of months have shown me anything," he continued, "it's that it's still a really dangerous world we live in. You have to put one foot in front of the other . . . and if you look too far down the trail, you'll fall on your face."
The first annual Australian Heavy Metal Music Awards took place on Friday, February 4 at the UC Bar, Canberra. Award winners were as follows:
Best Vocalist - Tim Grose (DUNGEON)
Best Guitarist - Aaron Bilbija (DAYSEND)
Best Bass Player - Mark Palfreyman (ALARUM)
Best Drummer - Matt Racovalis (ALARUM)
Best Keyboardist - Adam Agius (ALCHEMIST)
Best New Band - THE AMENTA
Best Album – "Eventuality" (ALARUM)
Best Video Clip – "First Contact" (ALCHEMIST)
Best Overall Band - ALARUM
The night also featured an hour-long set from Hall-of-Fame inductees and veteran Australian thrash metallers MORTAL SIN.
Living Sacrifice, who broke up almost two years ago, recently recorded three new songs for inclusion on their upcoming best-of release, "In Memoriam." According to Bruce Fitzhugh, "Doing these songs was a good excuse to get together with Rocky (Gray - guitarist) and Lance (Garvin - percussion) in the studio again. Plus I really felt like a release, like this would be better for fans if there was some new material." Solid State Records will release the effort in March.
Papa Roach are out with the video to their new single 'Scars', from the album 'Getting Away With Murder'. You can watch it online at Launch.com.
Circa Survive have posted a new song entitled "Act Appalled" on Purevolume.com. The song is from their upcoming full length debut, Juturna (out April 19th) and it is also featured on a limited edition 4-song tour EP only available at shows.
Here are Circa Survive's upcoming shows with Northstar, Lucero, and The Honorary Title: More...
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have been nominated for 'Live Act Of The Year' and 'Metal Album Of The Year' for the 2004 edition of the PLUG Independent Music Awards.
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will be closing out the night performing a full-set at this year's PLUG Awards ceremony, Wednesday February 9th at Webster Hall in New York City along with fellow nominees SAUL WILLIAMS, RJD2 + AESOP ROCK, TED LEO + THE PHARMACISTS.
Additionally DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are up for 'Metal Album Of The Year' for Miss Machine. Sharing the ballot are label-mates MASTODON (for Leviathan), ISIS, MELVINS / LUSTMORD, COMETS ON FIRE and many more.
CAGE has been confirmed to play at the Earthshaker Festival 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. MANOWAR will headline the festival and will also feature TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, RHAPSODY, GRAVE DIGGER, MASTERPLAN and many other bands.
Avenged Sevenfold have officially begun recording their upcoming Warner debut with producer Mudrock (Godsmack, Chimaira). You can read a short update on their progress over at www.avengedsevenfold.com.
As I Lay Dying are now plotting a June 14th release date through Metal Blade for their as-yet untitled new album which they have been hard at work on as of late.
NINE INCH NAILS have officially confirmed the first two east coast dates of their US tour:
May 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
May 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
This announcement follows the release of their Coachella Music Festival performance on May 1st in California.
Launch Radio Networks is reporting that SYSTEM OF A DOWN have confirmed an April 26 release date for "Mezmerize", the first half of their new double album set. The second CD, titled "Hypnotize", will be out sometime this fall. Meanwhile, the first single from "Mezmerize", called "B.Y.O.B.", is poised to arrive at rock radio on or around March 1.
The Armenian-American quartet has just wrapped up its headlining stint on Australia and New Zealand's Big Day Out festival and is heading home to Los Angeles to finish work on the new album.
The band is also one of many acts that have donated items to a second eBay auction sponsored by Waxploitation Records to raise money for genocide victims in the African nation of Sudan. Other artists that have contributed signed or rare items include DAVE MATTHEWS, DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, and BAD RELIGION. SYSTEM contributed to Waxploitation's first such auction last month, along with LIMP BIZKIT, KORN, 311, ROB ZOMBIE and others.
MUDVAYNE singer Chad Gray, who was known as Kud and later as Chüd, recently spoke to the Detroit Free Press about the group's current small club tour preceding the release of the group's third full-length studio recording, "Lost and Found".
"We wanted to go back to the small places, just kind of warm up for the headline runs. It's an opportunity for us to kind of go back to our roots and revisit what we came from," Gray said. For him, the advantages are obvious. "You can see the person that's by the back wall. In the stadium you can't see the person that's in the nosebleeds, you know what I mean?"
After signing with Epic, the bandmates toured and recorded for five straight years, and only recently took their first extended vacation from the business and each other.
"You see the big shiny tour bus pull up and you get off and (fans are) like, 'Dude, what's it like?' and I'm thinking, 'Invite 10 of your closest friends into your bedroom for four months.' That's being on the road. That's what it's like," Gray said.
"It's weird, it's hard. But it's cool too. I'm not going to sit here and cry about my life like it's all a bad thing, because it's a lot of fun, too. But it's the hardest job I've ever had, and I've done some pretty hard work in my life."
As previously reported, MUDVAYNE will shoot a video for their new single, "Happy?", on Monday, February 14 in the Los Angeles area with director Lex Halaby (CHIMAIRA, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE). The treatment for the clip is said to be a "special effects tribute to the power of nature."
"Happy?" is the first single from the group's new album, "Lost and Found", due on April 12 via No Name/Epic Records. The single is scheduled to go for radio adds on February 14.
The follow-up to 2002's gold-certified "The End of All Things to Come", "Lost and Found" was recorded at The Plant studio in Sausalito, California with producer Dave Fortman (former UGLY KID JOE guitarist), who has previously worked with SUPERJOINT RITUAL and EVANESCENCE, among others. Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Just" and "Pushing Through".
Suicide City (previously reportedly named "Rodek" back in January 2004), a five-piece featuring Biohazad pair Bill Graziadei and Danny Schuler and Kittie's Jennifer Arroyo, have posted two new tracks at their Myspace site. The songs, taken from their upcoming EP, are 'Undone' and 'Diluted'.
While The Black Dahlia Murder are now seven songs into the writing process for their upcoming new album "Miasma", the re-release of their "A Cold Blooded Epitaph" has seen some snags and as such has been delayed for the foreseeable future. More on that can be found over at www.theblackdahliamurder.com
UK doom band Ramesses are to release an EP called 'The Tomb' in the Spring. Produced by Billy Anderson, it will be on the Invada label. The band are to play a London show at the Purple Turtle in Camden on February 23, with Esoteric, Atavist and Obiat.
Lamb Of God will be issuing a DualDisc edition of their latest album "Ashes Of The Wake" through Epic on March 22nd. Aside from having the album itself presented in LPCM Stereo on the DVD side of the outing, the following video footage is also set to be included as bonus extras:
01 - "Meet The Band"
02 - "The Blair Shit Project"
03 - "New England Metalfest"
04 - "Laid To Rest"
05 - "Now You've Got Something To Die For"
In addition, the remixed and remastered edition of "Burn The Priest", the groups pre-Lamb Of God moniker effort, will also see a release on the same date.