Metal News for March 10, 2004
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13 news articles posted on this day.
CRADLE OF FILTH's bassist Dave Pybus has posted the following at the band's official wesite:
"I guess this report is turning into a weekly affair as things here in the studio are moving at a great pace. It's all top drama, for sure. Things go good, things go bad. Pretty stressful being here in the middle of it all. That's the name of the game though. If you can't stand the heat... erm... go to the pub! If you can't go to the pub... go to the toystore! Me, Martin and engineer Steve Carter took a quick break and drove to the Modellers Loft toystore which saw me spending near £300 on 'War Criminals of the 20th Century' Dolls. Amazing. I could have spent ten grand, easy!
Anyways, I'm sure you're not reading this for my personal interests, although the band this week has taken a turn in Paul and Martin revealing their innerselves by finally adding their members chambers to the website. They assured me to finish them by adding photos this week and watch for Dani's to be updated soon. Maybe I can get James to add his too.
Irish folk metal band CRUACHAN will be celebrating the launch of their fourth full-length album, "Pagan", with a one-off live date in Dublin on April 6 at The Voodoo Lounge. Support at the show will come from Celtic Legacy.
"Pagan" is scheduled for release on April 5 through Karmageddon Media. As previously reported, the album was recorded and mixed at Radio Na Life Studios in Dublin, Ireland with producer Al Cowen and is the follow-up to last year's "Folk-Lore". Cover artwork for the new album was created by John Howe, the leading JRR Tolkien illustrator and the conceptual artist from "The Lord of the Rings" movies. The band recorded a total of 15 songs, of which 13 will end up on the final album and the remaining songs will be used as bonus-material. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are Michael Collins", "The Gael", "The March to Cluain Tairbh", "Viking Slayer" and "1014 A.D."
OPETH main songwriter and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt recently spoke to MetalReview.com about the drummer Martin Lopez's anxiety attacks, which caused him to miss a few dates on the band's recent North American tour.
"We had to cancel a few shows and we feel very bad about that so we decided we were going to be very open with it," Mikael said. "[Martin] basically suffered panic attacks and anxiety attacks and severe depression from working too hard and touring so much. It got to the point where he called me up the day before the first scheduled Jordan gig saying that he couldn't go and he was just a wreck. So we took some rest before this gig and then the same thing happened when we went to Frankfurt where we had a connecting flight to Canada and he said he couldn't go, he had to go home and we had to support him with that. He went back home, we missed 3 gigs. Well, he missed them, we did the gigs anyway with our drum tech and Gene Hoglan [STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL]. He went to a psychologist and they did tests on him and it's actually some stuff in his blood that makes his heart beat faster and that's the reason why he's been depressed. Now he's getting medication and I think the biggest breakthrough for him was knowing what it was because he was literally going insane. And he was seriously thinking that maybe he'd have to leave the band and he was scared that we would fire him. But from Seattle, which was the first gig on this tour, he was back and I think he's happier now because he knows we've been doing this for such a long time and it's like a rejuvenation for him in a way to be back."
Mikael also commented on the recent online controversy surrounding DEVILDRIVER's addition to the OPETH North American tour over KATAKLYSM, who many people — including KATAKLYSM themselves — thought were a far better fit. "I like them," he said of DEVILDRIVER. "I've never heard them before, but like everybody I kind of had my mind made up about them before, but they were nothing like that. They're more of, I would say, a death metal band, and all the shit they're getting I think is pretty much uncalled for. People just slag them off because of Dez Fafara's past in COAL CHAMBER, and it's a shame and it's hard for them. At some gigs people are like 'Fuck Off' and 'You Guys Suck', and regardless if you don't like a band you just don't do that stuff at shows. I think they're great people and a tight, brutal band. KATAKLYSM, that thing I never got the offer for them to tour with us so I didn't know. All of sudden there are fights and stuff but I didn't know they were supposed to tour with us."
Power thrashers HYPNOTIC FACE are proud to announce that they have finally found a new record label after bankruptcy of Insanity Records. The new one is company Crazy Life Music Germany and under their label Shark Records will be released HF album The End Of Sanity in the end of May. Some MP3 files and video shots are already available at www.hypnoticface.com or www.crazylifemusic.de.
More dates have been announced for DEICIDE's forthcoming tour with SUPERJOINT RITUAL. The trek is currently shaping up as follows:
Apr. 06 - Monkey Bar Live - Huntington, WV
Apr. 07 - Annie's - Cincinnati, OH
Apr. 08 - Pop's - Sauget, IL
Apr. 09 - The Rockwell - Springfield, MO
Apr. 10 - Royal Grove - Lincoln, NE
Apr. 12 - Blue Note - Columbia, MO
Apr. 14 - Pierre's - Fort Wayne, IN
Apr. 15 - Copper Dragon Brewing Company - Carbondale, IL
Apr. 16 - Expo Garden Fairgrounds - Peoria, IL
Apr. 17 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Apr. 18 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Apr. 21 - Annex - Madison, WI
Apr. 27 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
Apr. 29 - Agora - Cleveland, OH
According to a few news-sites Hotwire and Skrape have both been dropped by RCA Records. This is not definate yet, however, more news will be posted when it becomes available!
3rd Strike have officially announced their disbandment. A short statement is available at www.3rdstrikeband.com. It reads simply:
"Sorry people, it's true, 3rd Strike has disbanded. Thanks to all the loyal fans for their support through the years. Keep your ears open for future projects."
Killswitch Engage have chosen the track "Rose Of Sharyn" as the first single from their upcoming new album "The End Of Heartache". A video will be shot for the track later this month. "The End Of Heartache" will be released through Roadrunner/Island/Def Jam on May 11th. In the meantime, the band will hit the road for a co-headlining North American trek with In Flames from May 03rd through till June 04th, followed by a European trek with Shadows Fall, Chimaira and God Forbid. Dates and venues for both outings are currently pending.
COLD frontman Scooter Ward has confirmed in an online posting that the band have parted ways with Geffen Records. "Geffen and COLD had a disagreement on how to promote our band," he wrote on the group's official message board. "They wouldn't do what we wanted, so we asked if they would let us go. We will be with another label soon. We are switching labels. I'm sure everyone here can understand. We need a label to be with us instead of holding us back. It's better for us and better for [the fans]. [The] SEVENDUST [tour] is still on and we will start our new record after the tour. I'm so thankful to those of you who stand beside us."
As previously reported, COLD recently announced the addition of guitarist Eddie Rendini (ex-DARWIN'S WAITING ROOM) to the group's ranks. Rendini joins the band as the replacement for Terry Balsamo, who left COLD to hook up with EVANESCENCE
Holland's FaceCulture recently spoke to SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray and percussionist Chris Fehn in the Jolly Carlton Hotel in Amsterdam for almost half an hour each. The first audio clips from their respective interviews can now be heard online at this location.
As reported here yesterday, SLIPKNOT have set "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses" as the title of their long-awaited follow-up to 2001's "Iowa", due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The first track released will be "Pulse of the Maggots", which will be made available for download on the group's web site on March 30. A performance video for the album's first "official" single, "Duality", will be shot later this month in the group's hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, with Mark Klasfeld and Tony of Vem and Tony.
Trustkill Records is currently taking pre-orders for the "New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2003", a three-hour DVD shot entirely on location at last year's festival, mixed in 5.1 surround sound. Watch a 30-second trailer here.
The "New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2003" DVD (view cover here) contains a 130+ minute feature comprising 17 bands, 26 full songs and 16 band interviews. Also included are 10 additional bands (one song each), motion menus, trailer, photos, and chapter selections. Featured acts include:
LAMB OF GOD
MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD
A LIFE ONCE LOST
BLOOD HAS BEEN SHED
FOUD DEAD HANGING
ON BROKEN WINGS
The "New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2003" DVD is due in stores everywhere March 23.
Portugal's MOONSPELL will film their appearance at the Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland on March 13 for a possible DVD. The band are also currently working on re-scheduling the Spanish dates and are planning a South/Central American tour that will include Mexico, Brazil and Chile. More information will be made available soon.
As previously reported, MOONSPELL have been confirmed to appear at Portugal's Rock In Rio - Lisbon festival on June 4. Also appearing at the festival are SEPULTURA, SLIPKNOT, GUNS N' ROSES and METALLICA.
The Italian Black/Symphonic Gothic fiends THEATRES DES VAMPIRES announce an European release for their new album, 'Nightbreed Of Macabria', in May through PlasticHead/Blackend.
The band have described their upcoming album in an online post: “The new CD by Theatres des Vampires is the most horchestral ever produced by the band. For this reason Theatres des Vampires used several musicians and vocalists to create the macabre and grottesque atmosphere, near the Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas" feeling. The new album will be a complete musical change of the band, that leaves definitively the black metal atmosphere and produces a Symphonic Gothic Horror album. The album will feature also a bonus track, the remixed version of ‘La Danse Macabre du Vampire’, already released in the 2002 Suicide Vampire album and today remixed in a brand new way.”
To get an idea of the band's sound, check out the discography section at the band's fan club page
'Nightbreed Of Macabria' will be released in North America in September through Candlelight. The album will feature the following tracks: More...