Metal News for March 12, 2008
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Vanmakt has released the title and tracklisting of their upcoming album. Here's what the band had to say:
"Well, as you might now we have been rehearsing new songs for a forthcoming album as well as letting our new guitarist find his place in the Vanmakt camp. We r really looking forward to record a new album since we now have a lineup that is strong and honest as well as we now know how Vanmakt wants to sound. So heres a little info regarding the next album, more info regarding the release will come when it is settled.
"14 new songs has been written and pre-recorded, but only 3 with vocals at the moment. Heres some working titles, we will decide 8-9 songs to record for the album that will be entiteled "Ad Luciferi Regnum" wich means in a rough translation "To the Kingdom of Lucifer".
1: The Second Key *
2: Brethren Of Lucifer *
3: Gathering Beneath The Moor *
4: Id XIII Inferni
5: Re-Incarnating Hatred
6: Jesus & The Harlot
7: The Ascension *
8: A Funeral Written In Blood *
9: Ad Luciferi Regnum *
10: Celestial Mist
12: Euphoric Delusions
13: Endless Myth, Infectious Halo
The new songs are faster since we enjoy to play fast music, their even more melodic but at the same time more brutal and rough, you will hear for yourselves soon enough, now we have to rehearse and see wich songs that sounds the best together and if we have to do any changes, but the songs with * is already choosen for the new album and will undergo a strict listening session with all the members so that we can decide if everything is as we want it to be.
"Thats it for now, be sure to listen to our promo-recording of "Brethren Of Lucifer" wich you can find at our myspace page (www.myspace.com/Vanmakt).
Picture The End are out with the video to their new single "Let's Get Metal," from the Melbourne, Australia metal band's debut album "They Swarmed Like Locusts," out now on Stomp. You can watch the video on MySpace or below. More...
After a consistent run of tours in support of their last album, Ohio's Harlots will be taking some time off from the road. Drummer Jeff Lohrber comments:
"When you get involved in heavy touring of any kind, it can really strain the friendships within and outside of the band. Through the course of recording and touring for 'Betrayer' we've went through so many challenges where most bands would have given up. So now, it's time to get back to real life for a few months and recoup. Christian will be finishing school this Spring, Eric has been working on a new project with ex-members of Kenoma and Rune for a while now, Josh just got a house with his girlfriend and will be busting his face skating when the warm weather comes, and I will be working on a new band as well."
The band does however expect to resume touring in late-June/July.
Meanwhile, Harlots is currently hard at work on their second album for Lifeforce Records. The group has demoed roughly fourteen songs thus far, with plans to write more. Lohrber adds, "This will be the first time that we've gotten to do a follow-up release with a label, and we're going to take advantage of the opportunity and go completely overboard!"
Parkway Drive, Have Heart, Antagonist, and Break Even will tour Australia together in June. Here are the latest tour dates:
06/05 Adelaide @ Thebarton Theatre
06/06 Melbourne @ Billboard
06/07 Melbourne @ Billboard
06/08 Perth @ Metro City (afteroon show)
06/08 Perth @ Capitol
06/12 Byron Bay @ High School
06/13 Brisbane @ RNA Showgrounds
06/14 Sydney @ Roundhouse
The latest Lollapalooza rumor has Rage Against the Machine and Wilco added to the bill alongside the already-rumored Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. C3 Presents, the Austin, TX-based company behind Lollapalooza, refuses to confirm or deny any rumors. The official line-up will not be announced until next month.
The Classic Struggle has cancelled a few shows following an injury to vocalist Tim Zlinksky, who recently shattered his wrist. Zlinsky has surgery earlier this week to "rebuild his wrist with a metal plate and some screws." The band comments:
"To make sure the surgery went well and everything in his wrist is adjusting well, we have to be back home for a follow-up appointment. As a result, we have to cancel the dates March 23rd - 27th. We deeply appologize to everyone in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Minnesota who was looking forward to seeing us on those dates. We absolutely hate canceling shows, but we must in order to make sure that we are able to continue with the rest of our scheduled shows this spring/summer. We'll be on the road for the remainder of this year in support of our second full length due out this summer and promise to make it up to you. Sorry again and see you on the road."
Boston, Massachusetts metallers, Ravage, post the following update on their Myspace page:
"The 'Damn Nation' album’s mastering is finally all done. It seems like it’s taken forever and a day...but that day has passed and it’s almost time to rock!"
"We’ve posted a cover of the Iron Maiden song 'Be Quick Or Be Dead,' which we recorded during the 'Damn Nation' sessions. We will not be including this song on the CD, so we thought we’d throw it out there for now. Original songs will be posted when there is a label announcement and release date...along with more videos and blah blah. It won’t be long now."
More dates have been released for this year’s “Summer Slaughter Tour,” which will feature THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, KATAKLYSM, VADER, CRYPTOPSY, THE FACELESS, DESPISED ICON, ABORTED, BORN OF OSIRIS, PSYCROPTIC, and WHITECHAPEL:
June 20 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
June 21 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
June 22 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
June 24 - Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
June 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
June 26 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
June 27 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
June 28 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
June 29 - Richmond, VA @ The National
June 30 - Spartanburg, VA @ Ground Zero
July 1 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
July 2 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
July 4 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
July 5 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
July 6 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
July 8 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
July 9 - El Paso, TX @ Club 101
July 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
July 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
July 12 - Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
July 13 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
July 15 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
July 17 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
July 18 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
July 19 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
July 20 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy Concert House
July 21 - Logan, UT @ Club NVO
July 23 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes Ballroom
July 24 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
July 25 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
July 26 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
July 27 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
July 28 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Kerrang.com reports that Ozzfest 2008 is strongly rumored to be coming to the UK with a one-off show at London's 02 Arena on July 19.
OZZY OSBOURNE, who begins a series a South American tour on March 30 with KORN and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, looks set to headline the one-day extravaganza.
Although promoters and agents involved with the show are remaining tight-lipped, Kerrang.com believes that other bands in the running are KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ALICE IN CHAINS, SERJ TANKIAN, DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL.
As previously reported, the U.S. version of Ozzfest is rumored to be morphing into a two-day "destination festival" in Dallas. There has been no official word yet on what format Ozzfest will take or who will be on the bill.
The rumors come in the wake of this year's arrival of the metal-oriented Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour, which will play 30 North American amphitheaters during July and August, the time when Ozzfest is traditionally making its rounds.
Last year's Ozzfest offered free admission, with fans acquiring tickets mostly through sponsoring web sites. But the acts were not paid either, which resulted in a decidedly less than impressive main stage lineup. The Mayhem trek has already robbed Ozzfest of two potential main-stage heavyweights in DISTURBED and SLIPKNOT, with fan favorites DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON also taking part in the Mayhem tour.
OZZY OSBOURNE is likely to headline the U.S. Ozzfest as a solo act again, since his BLACK SABBATH bandmates are busy with their HEAVEN AND HELL offshoot.
The Mayhem tour is being co-produced by Kevin Lyman, who has the successful Warped and Taste of Chaos packages on his resume.
Roadrunner Records reports:
"...You have a trademark that you play a certain way. For some musicians, their whole life they spend developing this... it becomes a trademark thing. If it does remind people of Roots or Chaos AD, it should because it's me and him and our own path and our own instinct...There's definitely a resemblance." - Max Cavalera
In this, Part 3 of our 5 part interview with Max and Iggor answering your questions, we learn about how the songs on debut album Inflikted came together, and what we can expect from the ‘sound' of Cavalera Conspiracy, amongst other things.
Part 4, will also be available on March 14th.
Austrian extreme metallers BELPHEGOR have posted the title track of their forthcoming album, "Bondage Goat Zombie", on their MySpace page. A video for the song was recently filmed and will make its online premiere soon.
"Bondage Goat Zombie" is scheduled for release on April 15 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Andy Classen's Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany.
Commented the band: "The album features artwork in classic and disturbing BELPHEGOR style. Some of the nine brand new tracks will deal with the writings of the infamous Marquis de Sade. Sounds like the ultimate BELPHEGOR treatment? Expect supreme death/ black metal art." More...
ICED EARTH has issued the following update:
"Freddie Vidales from San Antonio, Texas has been selected to pound the pavement (and a few eardrums) on the road with ICED EARTH in 2008 as the band's new bass player. Prior to joining ICED EARTH, Freddie was the bassist and frontman for 10 years in his own band called INFUSION. Freddie has been influenced by bands such as IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH, DEATH, KING DIAMOND, and of course, ICED EARTH. You can hear and see Freddie covering tracks from a few of the bands above not only on bass, but also guitar at his personal MySpace page." More...
THE ACACIA STRAIN have posted the following update:
"Just checking in to give you all an update as to what we have going on over here... pass it on. :)
We are almost finished writing the new record, we have 2 more songs to go! We have been in the studio writing and getting ready to record for over 2 months and we can't wait to get in the studio and lay this stuff down. Looks like we are still shooting for a September release for the record.
We are going to Europe in July and August. We will be there from July 11th to August 4th. We will be touring with Annotations Of An Autopsy and Knights Of The Abyss.
We are looking forward to the tour and getting back over that way. It has been a long time! (For those in other countries we may not get to this time, we are working on it, promise.) Keep checking back for cities and dates!
June is still a go for a US tour. Bands, cities, etc. to be announced soon.
We are re-doing our MySpace and that will be up within the next couple of days. Thanks to Mike @ theMike Designs for helping us out with that. He rules!
In the meantime, our management put two songs on the player that you wanted to hear.
Check out: here.
Add as friends (very important), and take a listen to '4x4' and 'Passing The Pencil Test'.
You are all AWESOME. Thank you for the support, the health help, kind comments and messages. THUMBS UP!
See you soon."
BLACK DEATH drummer PHIL BULLARD passed away of colon cancer on February 6, 2008 at age 59. Bullard is survived by two daughters (Philicia and Earlicia), four grandchildren (Warren, Curstie, Curtis and Julian) and two sisters (Nicola Ammons and Roberta).
Black Death was a four piece heavy metal band from Cleveland, Ohio founded in 1977. The band consisted of lead vocalist/guitarist Siki Spacek, guitarist Greg Hicks, bassist Darrell Harris and Bullard on drums. They are considered to be the first all-black heavy metal band from the U.S. "A great guy who kept us all in line," comments guitarist Greg Hicks.
"There never would have been a Black Death without Phil. He had the fire. There was chemistry from the first time we played." Adds former Black Death manager Bob Surgent, "I am privileged to have known Phil as a friend and worked with him in Black Death. I know he's playing drums with HENDRIX. Tears run red."
Black Death had two songs featured on the 1983 Cleveland Metal compilation album and released one self-titled full length album and 7" on Auburn Records in 1984 before fading into obscurity in the late '80s. A double-CD reissue of their original album, with bonus tracks, is near completion and set to be released by Auburn Records this summer. "Phil and I worked very closely together back in the Black Death years," says Auburn Records president Bill Peters. "He was always a first class professional, a great drummer, hard worker and loyal friend. Phil was the person behind the scenes who kept the band together during both the good and bad times . He always looked at the bright side of things regardless of the challenges and circumstances we all faced. He never changed and had the same positive energy today with his new project. His smile and laugh will be missed."
Up until his illness forced him to stop playing late last year, Bullard was drumming for Cleveland metal band MANDRAKE, which features guitarist Mike Greene, former Black Death guitarist Greg Hicks on bass and guitarist/vocalist Tim Greene (ex-DESTINATION/NIGHTCRAWLER). The band plans on finding a new drummer and continuing in Bullard's honor. "I feel blessed to have played 3 years with such a great guy," says Mike Greene. "When Phil joined the band, it was all about the music. No drama. Just best friends and band mates."
Greene won a contest for a vacation to Montana last year and invited Bullard. "That trip really meant a lot to Phil," says Greene. "I am so glad I was able to do that for him before he left us. He told me he had not had a vacation away from home since his two war tours of 'Nam and that really did not count."
Greg Hicks adds, "Phil brought me on board in Mandrake to play bass with him towards the end. I had not played bass since the early 80s and was unsure at first but Phil felt strongly we would work good together. A straight shooter who did not want anyone to feel bad for him. Looking back I now know why he wanted me to play with him for the last time. I did not realize at the time. He covered up his illness from his closest friends and fought his battle courageously. He will definitely be missed". More...
According to SlayerSaves.com, California thrash metal veterans SLAYER have scheduled a date in Moscow, Russia on June 25. This will be SLAYER's second time ever playing in Russia after performing there back in 1998. SLAYER is also scheduled to perform in Tallinn, Estonia on July 1 as well as take part in this year's Monsters of Rock festival in Zaragoza, Spain later that same month.
Upcoming SLAYER shows:
June 25 - Club B1 Maximum - Moscow, Russia
June 27 - Topfest - Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Slovakia
June 28 - Gods of Metal - Bologna, Italy
June 29 - Tuska Festival - Helsinki, Finland
July 01 – [to be announced] - Tallinn, Estonia
July 03 - Arvikafestivalen - Arvika, Sweden
July 04 - Roskilde Festival - Roskilde, Denmark
July 05 - Waldrock - Bergum, Netherlands
July 09 - Lisboa, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock
July 11 - Via De La Plata Festival - Mérida, Spain
July 12 - Monsters of Rock - Zaragoza, Spain
REDEMPTION, the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING, has issued the following update:
"We are in the finishing touches of the video edit for our upcoming DVD, and in finalizing distribution terms with InsideOut. We're putting together some great bonus materials for it, including a performance of us with our friends in PAGAN'S MIND, a video montage of our tour with DREAM THEATER, and some other goodies. We've also selected a winning entry from our contest where YOU, our fans and friends, pick the name of our DVD. The name is great, and we'll announce it as soon as the 'ink is dry' on our deal with InsideOut."
"I'm pleased to announce that Greg Hosharian, the immensely talented keyboard player who joined us last year for our tour with DREAM THEATER, has joined us full-time. He will be playing keyboards along with me on our next CD, and will be touring, recording and writing with us in the future."
"Lastly, those of you in Southern California on March 15th may be interested in seeing Chris [Quirarte] at his drum clinic at Timbo's drum shop."
Finnish doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN have issued the following update:
"First of all, we want to thank everyone for making year 2007 such an amazing year for SWALLOW THE SUN. We played almost 100 gigs supporting the album Hope, including two European tours, our first North American tour and a mini-tour in Spain and Portugal. We had an honour to play huge festivals outside Finland, such as Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze, With Full Force and Metal Heart Festival. We also shot two videos, for 'Don't Fall Asleep' and 'Doomed To Walk The Earth'."
"'Hope' got some good positions in yearly readers' and critics' polls, including the third position in Best Metal Album series in Soundi magazine critics' poll. We were voted also in many other music magazine's readers' polls for the best band and album of 2007, with the charts consisting mainly of mainstream artists in Finland. We won the 'Mättöfemma' category in Femmagaala awards in Finland." More...
LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT — the instrumental progressive rock/metal project featuring DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy (drums), John Petrucci (guitar) and Jordan Rudess (keyboards) alongside progressive rock icon Tony Levin (bass) of KING CRIMSON and PETER GABRIEL fame — will embark on a short "10th Anniversary Reunion Tour" in June. Confirmed dates are as follows:
June 21 - Bethlehem, PA - NEARfest
June 23 - New York City - BB King's
June 25 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
June 27 - Downey, CA - Downey Theater
June 28 - San Francisco, CA - Bay Area Rock Fest
Belgian melodic death metallers HERFST posted the following message on their official website:
"After countless hours of debate, HERFST has decided to stop cooperating with our vocalist Arne [Vandenhoeck]. This decision will come as a shock to most of you, but we figured that his voice was no longer the genre we are looking for and the direction we're heading. We have been good friends ever since we first hooked up so many years ago, so it has been one tough decision to make. We have been through good and hard times together but we decided it was time to move on. Arne will not be a part of our (recorded) "N e c r o t i c a" album but he will make some guest appearances on there, and he will play a couple of farewell shows in the appropriate manner. We would like to express our vast gratitude to his significant share in our uprising, and will eternally be bonded, as friends and musicians. We wish him all the best in his (promising) new projects and will definitively be following his further activities in the scene."
Arne's personal statement is as follows:
"Yeah, the die has cast... it feels strange and uncomfortable waking up as ex-singer of Herfst, after 5 years of dedication and passion. The news came as a shock, but... when you lack the necessary respect and confidence in your work, well, going on is not an option anymore. I regret the fact that I can't do my thing on Necrotica, since I had been looking forward to it as much as the other guys. BUT I respect their decision and will help the band when needed, as this is not a personal issue, but a musical one! I lost 'my' band, but gained a lot of experiences, friends and friendship that will last thanks to the band. I will do the upcoming gigs and will enjoy them as never before! and after that... new adventures will lay on my path of persistence."
Later, the band posted the following:
"HERFST is looking for a new vocalist. We're not going to make it easy for the auditions, so here are without frills the requirements he/she must live up to:
- have a broad vocal range: well defined grunts and passionate screams. Clean vocals are a definite plus.
- self esteem but not self overestimation. Huge ego's are not welcome in this band.
- A penchant for dark, melodic extreme metal.
- a good stage presence (charisma, being able to work the crowd) is a must.
- Influences range from DISSECTION to EXTOL to OPETH to NEVERMORE"
Running twice a year for six years straight, this Spring Jägermeister Music Tour continues the momentum with a co-headlining bill featuring Hatebreed and Type O Negative. Support will come from the Canadian metallers 3 Inches of Blood.
Hatebreed have been touring non-stop in support of their 2006 release “Supremacy” and look forward to another up-close encounter with Jägermeister. “Having the opportunity to headline the Jägermeister Music Tour like our friends from Slayer and Slipknot is a tremendous honor.” says frontman, Jamey Jasta. “Jägermeister has supported heavy music in so many different ways and they continue to bring together the best of the best in metal. The Spring Tour will be no different and co-headlining with our friends from Type O Negative makes it that much sweeter.”
New Yorkers, Type O Negative hit the metal scene in 1991. Many of today’s rockers have acknowledged the measure of Type O Negative’s influence in their own work. The band is fired up to tour with their SPV Records debut, “Dead Again.”. Peter Steele of Type O Negative says, “We’ve always had serious respect for everything Jägermeister does in music and headlining their Tour has been a long-time goal of ours. It’s an even greater accomplishment to have a co-headlining band like Hatebreed along for the ride with us.”
“We thought long and hard before putting this tour together and feel these two bands are a perfect fit for the Spring Jägermeister Music Tour,” says Rick Zeiler, Director of Strategic Marketing for Jägermeister. “We’ve been doing this long enough to know who will work well on our Tour and feel the synergy is perfect. Get ready, metal fans -- this will definitely be one of the hardest tours we've ever done!”
The Tour will rock through June and each show will be rounded out with a local Jägermeister sponsored band. For about 25 bucks, fans will not only have the opportunity to experience a great show, but also have a chance to snag some great Jägermeister prizes and giveaways like JägerMusic compilation CD’s, as well as plenty of Jägermeister shirts, hats, and more. Other prizes provided by Tour sponsors include custom items from Schecter Guitars, Peavey Electronics, and JVC Mobile Entertainment.
Here are the latest Spring 2008 Jagermeister Music Tour dates: More...
A brand new WALLS OF JERICHO track, entitled "Addicted", has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the Detroit band's forthcoming EP, "Redemption", which will be released on April 29 via Trustkill Records. Produced by Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) at his Iowa home studio, the CD features "acoustic instruments, fleshed out arrangements, and Taylor's voice on several songs," including the aforementioned "Addicted".
"Redemption" track listing:
01. Ember Drive (feat. Corey Taylor)
02. My Last Stand (feat. Corey Taylor)
03. No Saving Me
04. House Of The Rising Sun
05. Addicted (feat. Corey Taylor) More...
From Autumn To Ashes is currently writing material for a new album. The group hopes to enter the studio this spring, with a late-2008 release planned.
Meanwhile, drummer Jeff Gretz continues to recover from the broken foot he suffered in January. His cast has been removed and according to the band, "he's ready to start building up to playing again." Unfortunately, guitarist Brian Deneeve's foot is now in a cast after he injured it during a live performance in Australia.
In related news, the band has launched a new website here.
Hydra Head Records will hold their SXSW showcase Friday, March 14th at Red 7 in Austin, Texas. The show starts at 7pm and the line-up is as follows:
Dutch riff masters of sludge/doom, Heavy Lord will be releasing their third album, "Chained To The World," and a limited edition 12" LP is planned as well.
The album was recorded, mixed and produced at Contribution of The Void Studio (known from such bands as Celestial Season, Motorpsycho, etc.). According to the band, compared to their previous record, "From Cosmos to Chaos," the music is more brutal and destructive and the presence of mature musical skills make the band one of the representatives of the genre.
The vinyl edition is strictly limited to 500 copies. Some copies will be sold via Solitude Productions mailorder and other on Heavy Lord shows.