Metal News for March 12, 2007
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Launch Radio Networks reports: Nickelback is releasing one more single from its 2005 album, 'All The Right Reasons', and it's "Side Of A Bullet", a song inspired by the death of Pantera/Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger told Launch about the first time he played the track for Dimebag's brother, drummer Vinnie Paul. "I called Vinnie, I wanted to get his blessing, and I play him the tune and I'm telling him that it's this very Pantera-inspired riff," Chad said. "He was into it. He was digging it over the phone, and then he says, 'You know what, dude? You gotta write one for Dime.' And I said, 'Well, I wasn't quite sure how to lead into this, but that's what the song's about, and I kind of want to get your blessing on it.'And he's like, 'Brother, of course you have my blessing.'"
"Side Of A Bullet" features a previously unheard guitar solo from Abbott that was edited together from outtakes off various Pantera albums.
The song was written shortly after Abbott was killed by a disturbed gunman during a December 8, 2004 Damageplan concert in Columbus, Ohio.
A live video of Nickelback performing "Side of a Bullet" — featuring a solo by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott played over the speakers and a large screen with video footage of Dimebag going through the whole song — has been posted online at YouTube.com.
Rob Zombie recently talked to MTV.com in depth about his "Halloween" remake. Here are some excerpts:
MTV: Talk about the plot of John Carpenter's 1978 classic versus the plot of your "re-imagining."
Zombie: The plot is so simple [in the original]; it's this young kid Michael Myers. We've changed it a bit — in the original, he kills his sister; then he's sent to Smith's Grove Sanitarium, which he later escapes from as an adult; comes home and starts randomly killing babysitters. Later, in sequels, they made [his back story] more significant — but in the first one, it's pretty random ... I've added a lot more to it, and I've tried to make everything he did be motivated and justified in some way, so it's never random killing for no reason. There's a reason for everything.
MTV: Most people hear "Rob Zombie's 'Halloween' " and assume it'll be the classic movie with tons more blood and gore. Is this accurate?
Zombie: No, not really; there's not tons more blood. I'm not really a fan of '80s slasher bloody movies. [They've] always bored me ... I like character-driven movies. [This] is really violent and really intense, but it's because you get swept up in the characters ... a bloodbath doesn't interest me.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Static-X have posted a third video featuring studio footage of the making of their upcoming album, 'Cannibal'. The album is due out April 30th. You can check out the video in Windows media format and Quicktime format.
If you missed the first two parts, you can check them out here:
The title track from the album, which hits stores on April 3rd, can be streamed here.
GOSPEL OF THE HORNS will commence a brief European tour on May 27th at the United Metal Maniacs festival in Bitterfeld, Germany. Invictus in conjunction with Metal Kommand touring will present the tour. So far the dates confirmed are:
Sunday May 27th - UMM
Friday June 1st Koblenz (w/OLD)
Saturday June 2nd Eindhoven
Friday June 15th London
The rest of the dates are currently being filled.
California-based, female-fronted progressive metallers ECHOES OF ETERNITY have posted their Olle Carlsson-directed video for the song "Voices in a Dream" on YouTube.com. The track, which was chosen by the fans via a poll conducted at the band's official MySpace page, comes off the group's debut album, "The Forgotten Goddess", which was released in the U.S. on February 20 via Nuclear Blast Records (February 2 in Germany). The CD was recorded over a six-month period in Venice, California at RavensWork Studios and produced, engineered, and mastered by Eric Ryan. More...
Danish Death Metallers Downlord, featuring ex-members of Bolt Thrower, Benediction, Iniquity, Daemon and Sacrificial, have ended their search for a new drummer with Morten Siersbaek (Spectral Mortuary, Exmortem). Morten will play on the follow-up (Tentatively due for early summer) to "Random Dictionary of the Damned", Downlord's recent full-length debut album, and will accompany the band on-stage for their U.S. tour in July. Downlord's vocalist, Dave Ingram, said this: "Morten is an exceptional drummer! Awesome! We're real pleased to have him onboard with us!".
Katatonia have announced that their live performance from last year's Summerbreeze open air festival in Germany will be released on May 28th as a double-disc live album/DVD titled "Live Consternation". The CD will be the audio tracks from the show, and the DVD will be the show itself, and is to include both 2.0 and 5.1 versions. Travis Smith was again in charge of designing the artwork, which will finalise the visual concept for "The Great COld Distance" phase.
The tracklisting is as follows:
03. Soil's Song
04. Had To (Leave)
05. Cold Ways
06. Right Into The Bliss
07. Ghost Of The Sun
SOiL guitarist Shaun Glass has teamed with vocalist Jermz (A Texas Funeral) and drummer James Knight (ex-The Blank Theory) to form a new band, Dirge. Audio from the band, which Glass has described as "total f--king extreme metal in a very modern trash style," will be available on MySpace shortly.
The new project will not affect SOiL who will launch the US edition of their "True Rock" tour in May.
Breaking Point guitarist Justin Rimer will hit the road with 12 Stones later this year due to the departure of Greg Trammell. Rimer also co-wrote and produced 12 Stones new album which is due out this summer.
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Marilyn Manson talks about his new album "Eat Me, Drink Me", which is tentatively set for a June release.
"Halfway though last year I was in such a black hole of depression," he says. "I couldn't make anything, I couldn't do anything. I lost hope." At the time, Manson's mother was diagnosed with a mental illness and, he says, "I got trapped in one of the classic rock and roll cliches of having people work for me rob me behind my back."
Manson says he was finally uplifted by a close friend's morbid gesture of devotion. "She picked up a butcher's knife and said, 'Here, you can stab me'" he says. "When someone was willing to drown with me, I really didn't want to drown anymore." This theme is depicted in the six-minute epic "If I Was Your Vampire", which Manson wrote on Christmas. "That song is the new 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'," says Manson. "It's the all-time gothic anthem."
The album's lyrics were written after last Halloween. That night, Manson presided over the opening of his Los Angeles art gallery. The next morning he left his home in the Valley and set up temporary digs at a studio-equipped house in the Hollywood Hills. "Suddenly," he says, "I felt liberated. I'd write a song, walk two doors down the hall and record it right then." Manson's lyrics, which were recorded over tracks crafted by Tim Skold (who joined Manson's band in 2002 as bassist), came quickly. "I was writing out of desperation and hope," he says. "The record came out in a rush-like an open wound-and I went with it."
Montreal, Quebec's Brief Respite has posted a new song from their forthcoming album "Uneveness" on their MySpace site. The song, "A Sign In Every Dream," is a short sample of what the band and the album promise to deliver in 2007.
The CD is due out on 22nd May 2007 on PRODISK (prodisk.ca) and it will be distributed across Canada by Fusion3, as well as all the best US mailorder and distros.
San Diego, California-based heavy metal band CAGE has finalized the track listing for its upcoming fourth album, entitled "Hell Destroyer", due in May via Destroy All Records Entertainment (distributed by BCD Music Group). The cover artwork was created, once again, by Marc Sasso, who worked on CAGE's third CD, "Darker Than Black", and who has also collaborated with HALFORD, DIO, MORBID ANGEL and ROB ROCK, among many others.
"Hell Destroyer" was recorded, engineered, produced and mixed at Richard Carr Studios in San Diego, California by Richard "The Guru" Carr and executive producers, CAGE vocalist Sean Peck and guitarist Dave Garcia. The CD was mastered by two-time Grammy-award winner Gavin Lurssen (GUNS N' ROSES, ALICE COOPER, MÖTLEY CRÜE, MOTÖRHEAD, ROB ZOMBIE) at Lurssen Mastering in Hollywood, California.
"Hell Destroyer" track listing:
01. Hell Destroyer
02. I Am The King
03. Christ Hammer
04. Born in Blood
05. Rise of The Beast
06. Bohemian Grove
07. From Death to Legend
08. Legion of Demons
09. Fall of The Angels
10. Fire and Metal
11. Beyond The Apocalypse
12. Metal Devil
13. King Diamond
Check out the title track at the band's official web site.
BURST has debuted the second video from their acclaimed Origo album, for the track “The Immateria”, exclusively at www.singingfool.com. The video was shot in Stockholm, Sweden with director Robinovich of Robinovich Productions. Still shots from the video shoot can be viewed here.
Poison The Well have released three new tracks from their upcoming album, "Versions," one song exclusively on a different site. You can check them out here:
The band is over in the UK right now, but will be headlining the US starting on release date, April 3rd, with a hometown show in Ft. Lauderdale.
Bulgarian Melodic/technical black metal band Demonism has signed to Candarian Demon Productions for a full length release and a possible split CD. The split CD planned is with fellow Bulgarian Black Metal band Ork, which will be demo material from the mid 90's by both bands.
South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD is now seeking a vocalist. Currently in the studio with producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel) recording 'Malice,' the follow-up to the band's full-length debut on Prosthetic Records, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD is currently seeking a professional, dedicated vocalist willing to tour the world and able to relocate immediately.
The band has setup an e-mail address where serious inquiries can be sent. Please provide the band with vocal abilities, past experience and a link to an online sample of vocal recordings for consideration. Materials can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A brief update on the progress in the studio is available online here, featuring photos from the first few days of recording 'Malice.' Currently slated for a summer release through Prosthetic Records, the record will again feature artwork from Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) who also supplied the eerie visuals for 2005's 'Bloodlust.' Scheduled to complete recording later this month, Alan Douches (Unearth, Shadows Fall) will master the album while THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD gears up for the band's inaugural European tour later this spring.
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD tour dates follow: More...
For the first time, this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be streamed LIVE and without commercial interruption on Spinner/AOL Music. The show streams live tonight, Monday, March 13 at 8:30pm ET.
Beginning tomorrow, the entire ceremony will be cataloged and segmented, allowing music fans to customize their on-demand experience by cherry-picking individual performances and inductions. The catalog will contain exclusive interviews with the inductees, a look back at induction moments, and more.
Sweden's WOLF has posted a live clip recorded during the band's appearance at the Keep It True festival on November 4, 2006 at Sporthalle in Dittigheim, Germany. Watch a video of the song "Venom" from the group's 2002 release "Black Wings" at this location.
THE OLD DEAD TREE have completed writing several new songs. Ex-guitarist Nicolas Chevrollier was still involved on some of them, along with the current band members. New guitarist Gilles Moinet also contributes to put some new elements into THE OLD DEAD TREE's musical mix. More information will be coming soon.
On the endorsement side, guitarists Manuel Munoz and Gilles Moinet now use the Laboga "Mr Hector" guitar amplifiers and the "412 A & B" guitar cabinets. Vincent Danhier now plays the Mayones "Be-4" bass.
Greek black metallers NAER MATARON have signed with Season Of Mist, who will release the band's forthcoming album. Here's the band's comment:
"The last period was really victorious for NAER MATARON, we composed the harshest and most extreme music we ever had, for our new album. So, the next big step was taken, as we are now proud to announce our signing to Season of Mist. We are more strong and enthusiastic than ever before and feel that we are also supported henceforth in the same spirit. To this point, we wish to extend our salute to the hordes that supported our black metal war machine throughout the last 13 years and especially thank Michael & Season of Mist for giving us the chance to deliver what will be the most extreme and uncompromising work of NAER MATARON to date."
DEADLOCK's follow up to their 2005's release Earth.Revolt, entitled Wolves, is being released through Lifeforce Records on April 16th (Europe) and May 29th (North America). A video for the album cut 'Code Of Honor' is currently available online at this location.
Wolves tracklisting: 'World Domination', 'We Shall All Bleed', 'Code Of Honor', 'Losers' Ballet', 'Dark Cell', 'Crown Of Creation', 'End Begins', 'As Words To Bullets', 'Praeludium II', 'Bloodpact', 'To Where The Skies Are Blue'.
Wolves was produced by band's guitarist, Sebastian Reichl and mixed by Jacob Hansen (MERCENARY, NIGHTRAGE, HEAVEN SHALL BURN). More...
Sanctity's new single "Beneath the Machine" has been posted online in an e-card. Check it out here.
The new CD from Chicago-based British guitarist Andrew Bordoni called simply "Andrew Bordoni & Friends" will be released June 2007 and is currently only available for pre-order at andrewbordoniandfriends.com. The entirely instrumental album will feature guest appearances from some of today's best metal and rock guitarists including:
Michael Angelo Batio
Chris Caffery (Savatage, Doctor Butcher, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Kee Marcello (Ex- Europe - K2)
Dave Weiner (Steve Vai Band)
Lars Eric Mattsson
Matt Konfirst (Independent Artist)
Will Scarlett ( One of Andrew's 16 year old students! )
Ryan Richko (Independent Artist)
Featuring 12 songs ranging from soft rock to full on metal, anyone who loves guitar will find something they'll enjoy on this album.
"Andrew Bordoni & Friends" will be released independently and will be available at the following websites:
I-Tunes, Rhapsody, Napster and most major download websites.
The profits of the CD will go into supporting the "Beyond Music - Creative & Interactive Music School" created and founded by Andrew Bordoni.