Metal News for March 1, 2007
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18 news articles posted on this day.
My Dying Bride has posted an announcement online regarding the departure of bassist Adrian Jackson and drummer John Bennet:
"MY DYING BRIDE is sorry to have to say that on January 5, 2007 bassist Adrian Jackson left the band. He has pledged his future in and has made it quite clear there is no room in his plans for MY DYING BRIDE. We have parted in good faith and wish him luck with his new life out there. It has absolutely no effect on any of the gigs we have confirmed. We have already rehearsed his replacement to gig readiness and she is looking forward to playing for the first time in MY DYING BRIDE. More on his replacement, Lena, soon.
"Secondly we have had to replace long term stand in drummer / thunder truck / Uberlunatic John Bennet due to his work commitments. He is saddened by the fact he cannot drum for MY DYING BRIDE anymore as are we, but we understand that we all have to make a living and wish him luck too in his job.
"It's not all doom and gloom though as we have been rehearsing with excellent drummer Dan Mullins of THINE, BAL-SAGOTH and SERMON OF HYPOCRISY fame and again he too is now at gig readiness. MDB has a new fresh focused feel to it and we are looking forward to the shows with a vengeance."
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Fucked Up have announced some March dates leading up to a 6-show stay in Austin, TX for SXSW. The acclaimed and controversial band released Hidden World last year. Here are the tour dates:
February 28, 2006 Toronto, ON @ The Gladstone Hotel
March 2, 2006 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
March 3, 2006 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
March 12, 2006 Houston, TX @ Walter's on Washington
March 13, 2006 Fort Worth, TX @ Competition Music
March 14, 2006 Austin, TX @ Lamar Pedestrian Bridge
March 15, 2006 Austin, TX @ The Scoot Inn
March 15, 2006 Austin, TX @ Lambert's
March 16, 2006 Austin, TX @ The Vice Stage
March 16, 2006 Austin, TX @ The Trailor Space
March 17, 2006 Austin, TX @ Red 7
Sick Of It All has been forced to cancel the West Coast portion of their upcoming tour with Dropkick Murphys and The Aggrolites due to an injury. The band commented:
"Our singer Lou has had very bad back problems for the last week, and yesterday he had to be taken to the hospital because he couldn't move without being in a lot of pain. He was released a few hours later, but isn't in the kind of shape that would allow him to perform on stage. We're really sorry, but we can't make the trip out to California to start the tour with Dropkick Murphys."
"Our friends in Dropkick have been very cool and understanding, and although we're leaving them in a bind without the main support act they planned the tour with, they aren't canceling our spot just yet. We're going to take this day by day and see if we'll be able to meet up with the tour at some point, but it looks like we'll definitely miss the Western part of the Dropkick tour. If we can join the tour, the place and date will both depend on Lou's recovery time."
Sick of It All has been touring non-stop since the release of Death to Tyrants in 2006.
LORD has unveiled the cover of this year's forthcoming album, "Ascendence." The cover art may be viewed online here.
The cover art was created by Felipe Machado Franco with T-shirt art based on this design going into production in the next couple of months.
The band will also be hitting the live circuit again with an intimate show at the Palm Court Hotel in Wollongong on March 18, and a spot on the huge Overcranked Festival in Brisbane on March 24. More shows are in the final stages of being locked in around the middle of the year in support of the release of "Ascendence".
As recently announced, guitarist Mav Stevens left the band in December 2006 due to non band related personal reasons. LORD is continuing to audition replacement guitarists but as yet no decision has been made. For all upcoming gigs, LORD will be joined by Shane Linfoot, guitarist of rising Sydney melodic metal stars Transcending Mortality, until a permanent guitarist can be added.
Pre-production of "Ascendence" has commenced and the band expect a June release though Modern Invasion in Australia and New Zealand, with negotiations well underway for releases in other international territories.
Lair of the Minotaur will be heading out west this March, with a stop at the Murderfest (w/ Repulsion, Obituary, Atheist, Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer + more) in LA along the way. Here are the tour dates:
3/13/2007 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle w/ Plague Bringer, Salt of the Earth
3/14/2007 Dekalb, IL Otto’s w/ Nachtmystium
3/15/2007 Iowa City, IA the Picador w/ Terraseethe
3/16/2007 Lawrence, KS Gaslight Tavern w/ Samothrace
3/17/2007 Aurora, CO Hubba’s w/ Anal Cunt, Kill the Client
3/18/2007 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge w/ Anal Cunt, Kill the Client
3/20/2007 Seattle, WA Comet Tavern w/ Book of Black Earth
3/21/2007 Portland, OR Someday Lounge w/ Book of Black Earth
3/22/2007 San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern w/ Book of Black Earth
3/24/2007 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory
-Murderfest- w/ Obituary, Repulsion, Atheist, Deceased + more
3/26/2007 San Diego, CA Zombie Lounge w/ Book of Black Earth
3/27/2007 Phoenix, AZ One Place
3/30/2007 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory w/ Secanat, Dwell Within
3/31/2007 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music w/ Shitfire, Powerbastard
The band is also planning a June ‘07 European tour with the Capricorns (members of Orange Goblin & Iron Monkey). Lair of the Minotaur are currently working on material for their 3rd full length on Southern Lord Records and plan to hit the studio this summer.
Brazilian Thrash Metal band SCARS are working full tilt in the composition of new songs for their upcoming album, with and expected release date for the second half of 2007. In the meantime, the band has decided to make available the entire album, "THE NETHER HELL" (2005), for download at their website. The package includes the full CD, 4 bonus tracks and complete artwork (all by Gustave Doré) for printout. The free Download starts March 1st and ends March 31st.
Sweden's VANMAKT are a black metal band that, that like so many coming up from the underground scene today around them, have found the newest form from the past decade or so now of this great metal sub-genre, to be wholly over-produced, synth'd out to the max and just plain watered down by the likes of big time acts such as Cradle of Filth. They have recently signed on with Singapore's Pulverised Records and are scheduled soon to release their debut album entitled: ”Vredskapta Mörkersagor”. And any black metal fan that is worth their salt needs to at least hear what these guys are up to, for I truly believe this band and many others off the greatly respected Pulverised label are going to set a new standard in the sound of pure evil for many years to come. I got some new Q&A in with their unholy menace on the four strings, Vladr. More...
Launch Radio Networks reports: KORN has recruited guitarist Clint Lowery, formerly of SEVENDUST and more recently with DARK NEW DAY, as the band's touring guitarist for 2007. The group had previously enlisted ex-OTEP axeman Rob Patterson for most of its live dates last year, but guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer said it was time to make a change. "There were some things I was just unhappy with, and I wanted to try to get somebody in that I was comfortable sharing the stage with," he said. "I've always been a SEVENDUST fan, and I was thinking it would be great, if Clint Lowery wasn't doing anything, if he'd be interested in touring with KORN. I called him up, I ran it by him, and I'm real excited. There's been a lot of skepticism about this, but once people see this guy play and sing, all the worry will diminish."
Lowery is the second replacement for original KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, who left the band two years ago to devote his life to Christianity.
Lowery will make his debut with KORN tomorrow (Thursday, March 1) when the band makes its first appearance ever on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".
KORN's recently taped "Unplugged" performance will premiere on MTV this Friday (March 2), with a CD arriving on March 6. Guests include members of THE CURE as well as EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee. The show is now streaming online at MTV's web site.
KORN is currently recording its eighth studio album and plans to release it this summer. Veteran rock drummer Terry Bozzio is filling in for original KORN drummer David Silveria, who is taking a hiatus from the group.
Launch Radio Networks reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello will play several solo shows as the NIGHTWATCHMAN this spring to promote his debut album, "One Man Revolution". One of his performances, at the Coachella festival, will be in conjunction with a headlining appearance by the reunited RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Among his other stops will be the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and a workers'rally in Chicago. Morello said in a statement, "I'm excited to be playing NIGHTWATCHMAN shows in front of festival crowds as well as union rallies. I'd also like to invite all members of the Audioslave Fan Club (Audiophiles) to my solo shows free of charge as a thank you and to express my appreciation."
The guitarist and singer will also tape an appearance on Tavis Smiley's PBS talk show on March 5.
"One Man Revolution" comes out on April 24. More dates and a full NIGHTWATCHMAN tour are expected to be announced shortly.
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - The Parish (South by Southwest)
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church
Apr. 13 - Chicago, IL - Lake Forest College
Apr. 14 - Chicago, IL - Immokalee Workers Rally
Apr. 28 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
May 04 - Claremont, CA - Bridges Auditorium at Pamona College
Jun. 16 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
MTV.com reports: For three years, little was heard from the band, beyond unconfirmed reports that Steele had died. The delay, Steele explained, was partly fueled by the bandmembers' escalating ages and personal responsibilities. According to Steele, "Life happened," and sometimes life can make being in a rock band damn near impossible.
"There was also a period there where we were in renegotiations with Roadrunner Records, and that kind of fell through," he offered. "I was in a psychiatric institute for a while, too, and I went through rehab [for cocaine, alcohol and 'Burger King']. As the band has gotten older, you have wives and kids and house payments and divorces and separations and all this other f---ing sh-- that goes on, so when we'd schedule rehearsals, they'd start revolving around, 'Well, can we find a babysitter?' It just becomes more and more complicated."
Steele said he was also grappling with the deaths of several people who were close to him, including his mother and late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. "It was like a slap in the face with a frozen hand," he said of his losses. And, of course, there was that brief stint at Riker's Island that kept him, um, tied up. (While Steele wouldn't discuss his incarceration in detail, he did say that he'd been arrested for "accidentally punching someone in the face 50 times.")
His mother's death, Steele said, was a major eye-opener for him, and it made him "realize my own mortality. That's why this forthcoming album has more of a punky, hardcore edge, because I'm pissed off at life 'cause I know I'm going to f---ing die. I just want to beat up the reaper." Still, the singer said, Dead Again — which is set for a March 13 release — is perhaps Type O's "least negative" work to date.
"I believe that this forthcoming album is more about revelation in one's life and dealing with frustration," he said. "It's about leaving the past behind and trying to move on — trying to grow up. I'm 45, but my motto has always been, 'Act your shoe size,' " which, for Steele, is 15.
Dead Again clocks in at more than 77 minutes and boasts 10 tracks, including "Tripping a Blind Man," "These Three Things" and "An Ode to Locksmiths." The most difficult part of making the record, Steele said, was coming up with the lyrical content.
"After writing almost 100 songs, I have to think of other subjects to write about," he said. "It's like, 'OK, women, fire, wolves, ghosts, Dracula, Frankenstein, swamp things — what the f--- else is there, you know?' It was hard to come up with subject matter."
The one song Steele struggled with the most was "Halloween in Heaven," which features Lycia's Tara VanFlower. The song, he said, was written for Dimebag but doesn't explicitly name the slain axeman. "Dimebag was a very close friend of Type O, but I didn't want to exploit his name because it was so soon after his death," Steele said. "I didn't want people to think I was making money off of this man's tragic death, but he's in a much better f---ing place, there's no doubt. It was out of love for him that this song was written."
The article also touches on the use of Rasputin on the cover and more details about the recording process.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
'Beneath the Machine' is the first cut from Sanctity's RR debut to receive the video treatment.
The band have also finalized the track listing for its new album, "Road to Bloodshed", due in. "Road to Bloodshed" track listing:
01. Beneath The Machine
02. Brotherhood Of Destruction
03. Road To Bloodshed
04. Laws Of Reason
05. Billy Seals
07. Beloved Killer
08. The Shape Of Things
10. The Rift Between
12. Once Again
Roadrunner A & R VP Monte Conner, the man responsible for signing acts such as Sepultura, Slipknot and Trivium had this to say about his discovery, "SANCTITY is straight-up, guitar-based, melodic heavy metal. I received a video of the band's song 'Zeppo', and besides showcasing the blazing fretwork of lead shredder Zeff, the main thing I got from the video was a sense of how of much a star the vocalist (Jared) really is. He knows how to command a stage and has an overwhelming presence. The minute I saw Jared in action, I knew I had to sign the band. Of equal importance, he's got an amazing vocal range and a fresh style compared to what's out there today."
Belgian melodic death metallers GARDEN OF DECAY have issued the following statement:
"After five years of blood, sweat and beers, and following the departure of our bass player and founding member Philippe Beck, we've decided to put GARDEN OF DECAY to rest. In fact, after our female singer Claude Remacle left the band, we decided to continue as a five-piece, but it was very clear that Philippe wasn't satisfied at all with new orientation. So we arranged a meeting some weeks ago with the last remaining four members, and officially decided that we're gonna split the band. We don't wanna turn into those bands who still play under a certain banner with only one or two (even none!) original members. GARDEN OF DECAY was Phil, Stephane, Nicolas, Claude and Quentin. There will be no farewell show, no release of the new stuff we've composed since May 2006 under the name GARDEN OF DECAY. But hey, music lovers never stop, so stay tuned for some news in the upcoming weeks, you will sure hear/read some great things about us. In fact, Stephane, Nicolas, Christophe (the second guitar player, who has joined the band late 2005) and Quentin still play together, and are currently composing some new heart-breaking, technical, athmospherical new tunes... The new band name, as well as the new band members, will be announced shortly, followed by some tour dates for mid-2007.
"To end that chapter of our lives, we just wanna thank all the people who supported (and still support) us by buying our music, coming to our shows, and hanging out with us during the five past years... we had loads of fun with you guys! To remember what we were playing, just go on our MySpace page and leave your comments or insults in the form below.
"See you in hell, cheers!"
The first date has been released for the upcoming North American tour featuring ROTTING CHRIST, IN AETERNUM, and RESUSCITATOR:
June 7 - Toronto, ON @ Fun Haus
Polish death metallers BEHEMOTH have lined up the following North American tour dates:
April 26 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
April 27 - Worcest, MA @ The Palladium (NE Metalcore Fest)
April 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory w/ Dimmu Borgir, etc.
April 29 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza w/ Cannibal Corpse, etc.
April 30 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Century Media Records have announced Riverside, CA based metalcore act SUICIDE SILENCE as the newest addition to its worldwide family. The group will enter the studio in March with John Travis (Kid Rock, Static-X) to record their debut full-length, which is tentatively set for a summer release.
Mitch Lucker (vocals) further describes the band’s excitement over the new deal: “We’re very excited to join such a historic roster alongside so many great metal bands. The Century Media Family is extremely hard working and dedicated to supporting the goals we’ve set as a band. They have a solid understanding of the direction we’re looking to take this band and are just as much our friends as they are our record label at this point. Thank you to everyone who has been with us from the beginning and we can’t wait to get back on the road to support the release of our new record later this year. See you all soon.”
German metal band, Deadlock, have posted the following update on their myspace page:
"We uploaded a brand new track from our upcoming album "WOLVES", which will be released on 16th of April (EU) and 29th of May (USA).
Check our profile and listen to "CODE OF HONOR"!
Please feel free to add it to your MySpace Profile and spread the word! A video clip for this song will also be available, soon."
Industrial Goth enigma Mortiis is set to release a remix album titled 'Some Kind of Heroin', reworking material from 'The Grudge', on April 17 in Europe, via Earache Records.
Over a series of progressively more ambitious albums, Mortiis has morphed into a band unit that has become known for aggressive live shows and ambitious records, and has spawned two Top 50 UK singles.
In keeping with the rapidly developing nature of the music and the direction of the band, 'Some Kind of Heroin' offers diverse remix material including interpretations by a wide range of contemporaries, such as Zombie Girl, Gothminister, Implant, XP8, Mental Siege, PIG, The Kovenant, Velvet Acid Christ, Girls Under Glass, David Wallace, Kubrick, Funker Vogt, Flesh Field, Dope Stars and In the Nursery.
Mortiis states: "I´m really stoked we finally got to do a remix album and since it's been in process for quite some time now I'm happy to be able to finally release it. I've always been fascinated with taking songs and twisting them into something different, the ability to grab the elements you like and put them into a totally different environment. The flexibility of that really appeals to me.
I think the mixes all those guys did came out really cool, many of them vastly different from what would have come out of the studio if I had done them. It's cool to see what happens when you let other people inside your head, so to speak. I think the variety of mixers and sonic realms created here will appeal to a large variety of people."
Track listing for 'Some Kind of Heroin' is as follows:
01. Underdog (Zombie Girl Remix)
02. The Grudge (Gothminister mix)
03. Twist The Knife (The Gibbering mix by Implant)
04. Broken Skin feat. Stephan Groth (Septic Wound mix by XP8)
05. The Grudge (Mental Siege Mix)
06. Gibber (PIG Remix)
07. Way too Wicked (Rape, Dope and the American Way mix by The Kovenant)
08. Gibber (Lysergic Club Mix by Velvet Acid Christ)
09. The Worst in Me (Girls Under Glass Mix)
10. The Grudge (David Wallace Remix)
11. Broken Skin feat. Stephan Groth (Funker Vogt Remix)
12. The Grudge (Emotional Heresy by Kubrick)
13. Decadent & Desperate (Therafuck remix by Dope Stars)
14. Gibber (Gibbering Idiot)
15. Way too Wicked (Absinthium mix)
16. The Worst in Me (Extraction mix by In the Nursery)
Mortiis undertakes a European tour with Deathstars in April in support of 'Some Kind of Heroin', with dates as follows: More...