Metal News for February 9, 2007
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20 news articles posted on this day.
Critics have leveled some heavy charges against Ozzfest after the announcement of a free Ozzfest this summer. The problems began when founder Ozzy Osbourne described the festivals previous financial problems as due to "artists demanding more and more money for summer tours" and the ensuing rumour that the event actually charged new acts in the vicinity of $75,000 for a slot on the tour in previous years (this has actually been confirmed by a number of bands to be 75-80k and only applies to non-headlining second stage acts -ed).
Established music publication CMJ argues that the event will force artists to depend entirely on already venue-taxed merch sales to cover their costs:
In fact, whereas Ozzfest allegedly required an investment from these up-and-coming acts, they now simply require that the bands agree to play for merch money.
Furthermore, while the festival now allows band's to perform in the same city even the same day as the festival, the article describes this as a "crafty manipulation" arguing that no one will pay for a show after a free performance takes place the same day.
Catalyst News Network goes even further, accusing the organizers of "sucking the lifeblood from young artists" and concludes that "Art is truly being used to promote corporate profits -- while the artists, once again get screwed. "
It should be noted that very few details on the financial arrangements of the festival have been announced, but these allegations, if true, could pose very real problems for artists aiming for a position in summer's festival tours.
Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR have pushed up the North American release date of their new album, "In Sorte Diaboli" (via Nuclear Blast Records), to April 24 from the previously announced May 8. The CD will now arrive in Europe on April 30 (April 27 in Germany).
"In Sorte Diaboli" was recorded and mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producers Fredrik Nordström and Patrik J. Sten.
Silenoz previously told Revolver magazine that the songwriting and recording process for the group's long-anticipated follow-up to 2003's "Death Cult Armageddon" involved none of the intensive pre-production of their last two discs, no demos, and no gallinvanting around with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. "It's definitely going to sound way more epic and bigger than we thought, because Mustis [keyboards] has also contributed with his keyboard ideas," said Silenoz. "I have to admit that some of the keyboard things on 'Death Cult Armageddon' sound better on the demo version than [their symphony versions] on the album. I probably shouldn't say that, but it's true."
This will be DIMMU's first "concept album," a story set in always-epic Medieval Europe that also serves as a treatise on the modern-day political and social abuses of organized religion. "There's this dude that works as a priest's assistant, and after a while he just discovers that he has nothing to do with Christianity," said Silenoz of the storyline, which he conceived in full before even a note of music was composed. "He just sort of has this awakening and realizes that he has different abilities and different powers and is leaning more to the dark side."
DIMMU BORGIR's current recording lineup is as follows:
Shagrath - Vocals
Silenoz - Guitars
Galder - Guitars
Vortex - Bass
Mustis - Keys
Hellhammer - Drums
Animosity has an extremely busy 2007. The band will head to Mexico for the end of March to perform as part of the Monterrey Hardcore Festival, followed by a short rush of dates heading out to Massachusetts where the band will record their upcoming full length entitled "Animal". The album is scheduled to be recorded at Godcity Studios with engineer Kurt Ballou (Converge). Following the recording, comes the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival which will kick off the bands first headlining tour ever which has been dubbed "BRUTALITOUR" with support from As Blood Runs Black, The Faceless, and Beneath The Massacre. Almost immediately after Brutalitour, Animosity will team up with Converge for a six week European tour.
In the meantime check out these local shows:
2/16 Bakersfield, CA Jerry’s Pizza
2/17 Petaluma, CA The Phoenix Theater w/ First Blood, Alcatraz and On a Warpath
2/24 San Francisco, CA Potero Del Sol Park Free show w/ Trainwreck Riders and more!
After a few days off in Denver due to van trouble, From a Second Story Window is ready to get back on the road. This next leg of the tour will have FASSW sharing the stage with Heavy Heavy Low Low and the Cancer Bats for a few weeks, some dates will also include The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, See your Next Tuesday, as well as Nights Like These, Unearth, and The Devil Wears Prada.
“We would like to say thanks to everyone in Denver for being amazing while we are having our woes worked on and making this time off productive in so many ways. Please check your local show provider for information, or our My Space or website. We are looking forward to the coming shows and expect to see all our friends across the country coming out to bro-down and get awesome with us. We are already writing for the new record as well so expect some more news on that as it develops... other than that its pretty much same-ol-same-ol for us in FASSW camp... good times, good friends, good shows and the gift of playing music nightly. Thanks to everyone who came and supported us on the Number 12 dates, we had such an amazing time and leaving that tour broke our hearts into a million pieces. However, for those of you who missed us please plan on seeing us in April all across the US with August Burns Red... From our hearts to yours THANKS FOR HANGING WITH US AND DIGGING OUR MUSIC.”
From A Second Story Window tour dates: More...
Richmond, Virginia's SOUTHERN VEIN has just now started to find its own footing in the underground heavy music scene and at this early stage appears to be one of those acts that clearly knows what it wants to do musically, easily heads above ninety-five percent of the upcoming competition that surround them. Formed in the winter of 2005, with a leaning toward Southern-rock and punk, they have found that kind of unique voice I believe, along with the proper nurturing, that could take them to incredible heights in the business. But as is anything in life, we all kow that only time will tell. I got some Q&A in with their lead vocalist, Brandon Malone. More...
Fleshcrawl is currently hard a work on the follow-up to their 2004 release “Made of Flesh”. The band had these comments about the new record:
“We are about to finish the last two songs of the new record. So far everybody is very pleased with the outcome and we are pretty sure this will become an awesome death metal hammer hitting you straight in your fuckin' face!
“The tentative title of the record is "Structures of Death". I think we will end up having 11 songs.
“Some titles confirmed are: Structures of Death, War of the Dead, Written in Blood, Nothing but Flesh Remains, A Spirit Dressed in Black. More titles to come soon...
“We will start recording at the end of April at studio Toninfusion.de, Ulm, Germany. The mix will take place in the beginning of June in Sweden (Studio Underground), whereas the mastering will kick off right after the mix. So far no release date has been set, but it will be announced shortly.
Expect another kick-ass cover artwork by Uwe Jarling!”
Cannibal Corpse has confirmed to play two shows in Reykjavik, Iceland:
Saturday 30th of June - Venue: Nasa, http://www.nasa.is - Age limit: 20
Sunday 1st of July - Venue: Nasa, http://www.nasa.is - All Ages
A video clip of Indianapolis-based death/thrash metal band Demiricous performing a new song in their rehearsal studio has been posted online. There is also a video interview with the members of Demiricous conducted by IndyStar.com online.
Last year, Demiricous announced the addition of drummer Dustin Boltjes to the group's ranks. The band is tentatively scheduled to enter the studio February 15 to begin recording its new album for a summer 2007 release.
Demiricous’ debut CD, "One (Hellbound)", was released in J anuary 2006 on Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded in June 2005 at Planet Z studios with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall).
New England hardcore powerhouse Since the Flood just released their newest full length, No Compromise, on Metal Blade Records. They have already made a dent in the scene through their brutal live show and intense instrumental assault, recently finishing up their first tour in over a year with Shai Hulud and 100 Demons. Their last one being a European run with Madball and Sworn Enemy, and they have shared stages on the road with such groups as All That Remains, Twelve Tribes, Full Blown Chaos and Bury Your Dead. Much more is planned for the band in the next few months, including an upcoming full US March tour.
Here are the Since the Flood tour dates with Madball and Death Before Dishonor:
2/18 Chicopee, MA Cabot St. Pub
2/21 Boston, MA The Roxy Underground
2/22 Bucksport, ME The Kave
2/23 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
2/24 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
2/25 Kingston, PA Backstage Enterprises
2/27 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar
2/28 Farmingdale, NY The Crazy Donkey
A brand new SIX FEET UNDER track, entitled "Doomsday", is available for download. The track appears on the group's new album, "Commandment", due April 17th from Metal Blade Records.
Here is the track listing for “Commandment”:
2. Thou Shall Kill
3. Zombie Executioner
4. The Edge of the Hatchet
5. Bled to Death
6. Resurrection of the Rotten
7. As the Blade Turns
8. The Evil Eye
9. In a Vacant Grave
10. Ghosts of the Undead
In a recent interview with Mark Carras of RockMyMonkey.com, SIX FEET UNDER bassist Terry Butler stated about the upcoming CD, "I would say, if I had to describe the new style, it would be 'Maximum Violence' meets 'Haunted'. . . I'm really psyched about it. I really liked it. We had a good writing experience. We wrote all the music in the studio and it just flowed through. It's pretty upbeat the whole time, but there's some really catchy, groovy riffs. I think SFU fans are going to like it a lot, especially some of the older, the people who've been around for a long time listening to us, it will satisfy them. The last couple records we've kind of, I don't want to say gotten off our style, but we've always tried to be a little bit different. We didn't want to always just put ten records that sounded like 'Haunted'. So we just kind of, I don't want to say experimented, but we just kind of messed around a little bit, certain styles, but I think this is kind of back to what our fans would expect."
An e-card for NIGHTRAGE's upcoming album "A New Disease is Born" is now online. NIGHTRAGE's "A New Disease Is Born" hits stores in GAS/SE on March 9 and the rest of Europe on March 12.
The band is also very happy to announce the addition of a new permanent second guitarist.
Marios Iliopoulos commented about the addition: "We have some really great news, we found finally the guitarist that we were looking for, his name is Constantine and he is hailing from Greece/Athens, he is a really talented guitarist and he is willing to give everything for NIGHTRAGE, welcome to the NIGHTRAGE family Constantine."
NIGHTRAGE Live Dates:
12-02-07 PL – Warsaw @ Stodola Club w/ Vader, Solitude Aeternus, Onslaught
16-08-07 DE – Dinkelsbuehl @ Summerbreeze Festival/ Lifeforce Label Night w/ Deadlock, Fall Of Serenity, War From A Harlots Mouth
16-08-07 GR – Stauroupoli Xanthi @ Metal Healing Festival w/ The Haunted, Firewind, Ektomorf
Fresh off a string of support dates alongside label mates ALL THAT REMAINS, Bay Area thrashers LIGHT THIS CITY have just confirmed a support slot on an upcoming two-week tour with fellow California bands The Faceless and Antagonist. Having spent the bulk of late 2006 touring in support of the band's latest album, 'Facing The Thousand,' LIGHT THIS CITY will also appear at the second annual California Metalfest alongside Testament, Flotsam And Jetsam, Sadus and labelmates BENEATH THE MASSACRE and THE FUNERAL PYRE over the fest's two days. Details can be found online here.
LIGHT THIS CITY recently completed filming for the band's first music video with director Soren for the track "The Unwelcome Savior" in Los Angeles, Calif. after the band's final night supporting labelmates ALL THAT REMAINS at the end of January. "It was an amazing experience, and we felt honored to work with someone who has so much experience capturing the intensity of this style of music," the band commented via the LIGHT THIS CITY MySpace page. "What we saw of the video looked stunning, and we can't wait for it to make its online and television debut! Stay tuned in the next few weeks for a teaser trailer."
Here are the LIGHT THIS CITY tour dates: More...
Toronto's Mare has officially disbanded. The group released an EP with Hydra Head Records in 2004. Singer Tyler Semrick-Palmateer has released the following statement:
"We are officially done like dinner. We have been scheduled to write an album for a while now but nothing ever came of it. We (and I think that I speak for Caleb as well) have not been moved or inspired to write anything or put forth any real effort to maintain the Mare legacy. I'm sure that Caleb and I will be collaborating a bunch in the future as I feel that I have found a valuable peer, collaborator and source of inspiration in that tall drink of water. So look out for that.
So anyway, thanks for listening to our music. I'm pleased that some of you have derived a considerable amount of enjoyment from it. That's all we could have asked for. Occasionally we asked for beer tickets and we derived a considerable amount of enjoyment out of those.
Many thanks to everyone that has been in the band and to everyone that has supported us financially, TD Canada Trust, Hydra Head Industries, Dad and the rest of you."
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine posted the following message on the forums section of their official website:
"I will have an announcement to make concerning our upcoming tour dates and what follows after that. Have a great time speculating, and love and bruises to you all.
"[By the way], I hope to see a lot of old friends on the upcoming promo tour this month. It won't be long until the reviews [of the new MEGADETH album] start coming in, and I just want to say there will mixed opinions of some of the songs due to subject matter, but I look forward to your thoughts and opinions. I know you are some of the wisest fans in all of music, let alone metal."
Brisbane prog metallers Arcane are about to launch their new album Ashes. The launch is taking place on the 10th of February at CLUB PHOENIX (in Brisbane) and they will be supported by the likes of The Kidney Thieves, Sky Pi, 'neath and Never.
ANGER AS ART, the Los Angeles-based thrash metal band featuring Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR, BLOODLUST, PAGAN WAR MACHINE, DREAMS OF DAMNATION), will take part in a live on-air interview this Saturday, February 10 on kbeach.org (Cal State Long Beach) at 2:00 p.m. PST. The interview will be hosted by Eric Bryan (a.k.a. Beardo Von Beardington!).
Commented Gaines: "It's gonna be cool. Eric does a nice show... even though the station demands that they play an R.E.M. song in the middle of a metal show. Can you imagine some out of touch program director forcing 'Shiny Happy People' between 'Still I Hate', and 'Blood Of My Enemies'?"
ANGER AS ART is continuing to promote its new album, "Callous And Furor", available now on OSM Records. The band has also lined up several dates on the West Coast during February/March. "These are NOT tour dates," explained Gaines. "Rather they are dates in the region that we can do before the real touring starts later in the year. At this point, a tour is like a fish story — we can tell you about the big ones that got away. But we have some things in works. And the record is doing well. We are into our second pressing, and the reviews have been solid — nothing lower than 7 out of 10."
Upcoming ANGER AS ART shows:
Feb. 17 - The Knitting Factory, Hollywood, CA (with DESTRUCTION)
Feb. 23 - The Cooler Lounge - Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 23 - Biacci's – Upland, CA
Mar. 24 - The Big Fish Pub - Tempe, AZ
Apr. 29 - The Bakersfield Dome - Bakersfield CA
Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater. A new studio album, Systematic Chaos is due in June. Dream Theater will hit the road in support of the album for a world tour, including major festival appearances in Europe.
Since their first studio release in 1989, this U.S. based five-piece has notched up record and DVD sales in excess of six million and headlined to audiences of 20,000. Having undertaken seven world tours across 42 different countries, Dream Theater has established a live reputation that has swept them to arena-status around the globe. They have appeared alongside acts such as Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Yes.
Recognized by peers and public alike for their advanced musical expertise, the band (Mike Portnoy, drums; John Petrucci, guitar; John Myung, bass; James LaBrie, vocals; Jordan Rudess, keyboards) has long held the ability to combine complex arrangements with unadulterated songwriting skills, the material often underpinned by riffs as heavy as anything in the Metallica repertoire.
"This album's got all of the elements we've become known for," reveals Portnoy. "The focus on musicianship, the skull-crushing riffs, the big progressive epics and the heart-wrenching melodies. We've got one of the strongest and most devoted fan bases in the world, and they should certainly be happy with the new material. By working closely with the label we hope to turn a great many new heads, too."
"Dream Theater and Roadrunner Records have led parallel careers on the cutting edge of metal for many years," say A&R men, Derek Oliver & Dante Bonutto, "We're thrilled to be working with a genuine market-leader, and when you add everything the guys bring to the table to the independent spirit and work ethic of the label, the results can only be exciting in the extreme!"
Prior to teaming up with Roadrunner, Dream Theater was signed to a seven-album deal with Warner Music Group worldwide. The deal commenced with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Images And Words (1992), a Gold-certified US release, and concluded, in equal style, with Octavarium (2005), a Top 40 Billboard outing. In August of last year the band issued Score, a live album/DVD (recorded at Radio City Music Hall in New York), which went straight to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard DVD charts, knocking Pink Floyd from the top!
By the following month, the five were holed up at Avatar Studios in New York, working on the new album with veteran engineer/ mixer Paul Northfield (Rush, Queensrÿche, Porcupine Tree). As usual, Portnoy and Petrucci chose to co-produce the project, which features seven compositions (one a 25-minute epic), and word on the grapevine is that the Dream Theater/Roadrunner alliance looks all set to kick off with a classic.
Systematic Chaos, Dream Theater's ninth studio release, arrives at a time when the band is casting a longer-than-ever shadow across the rock and metal landscape. Their influence is being acknowledged by an increasing number of contemporary, cutting-edge acts such as Stone Sour, Trivium, Shadows Fall, Opeth as their fan base continues to grow.
Touring plans will be announced shortly.
Guitarist Nick Catanese of Black Label Society has left the band’s current radio promotional acoustic tour due to “personal reasons.” Zakk Wylde is still going forward with the tour as well as the scheduled Hard Rock Café performances.
Rise And Fall and Iron Age will hit the road together in late-March for a three-week tour. Here are the tour dates:
3/24 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz (United Blood Fest)
3/25 Atlanta, GA @ MJQ/Drunken Unicorn
3/26 Daytona Beach, FL @ Nicely's Tavern w/ Trample, Jurassic Shark, more
3/28 Orlando, FL @ Island Oasis
3/30 Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space w/ Surroundings
4/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Phila Funk Live w/ War Hungry, Let Down, Steel Nation
4/3 New York, NY @ 538 Johnson w/ Justice
4/4 Cambridge, MA @ the Elks w/ Blacklisted, Death Before Dishonor, more
4/6 Montreal, QC @ L'inco w/ Justice
4/8 Romeo, MI @ Static Age
4/9 Chicago, IL @ TBA
4/10 Evansville, IN @ TBA
4/11 Kansas City, MO @ The Anchor
4/12 Denver, CO @ Sox Place
4/14 Santa Barbara, CA @ Casa La Raza
4/15 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
4/16 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Calico System, Stick To Your Guns, and Solidarity will tour out West later this month. Here are the tour dates:
2/21 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction (no STYG)
2/23 Victorville, CA @ Trilogy Theater
2/24 Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry's Pizza
2/25 Palmdale, CA @ Vets Hall
2/26 Las Vegas, NV @ University Theatre
2/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Metal Devastation
2/28 El Paso, TX @ Chic's Bar w/ Walls of Jericho
3/1 Lubbock, TX @ The Way
3/2 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
3/3 Houston, TX @ Java Jazz
3/4 Dallas, TX @ TBA
3/5 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory