Metal News for March 13, 2007
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EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has issued the following update:
"I'd like to take a moment here and welcome back Tom Hunting to EXODUS' drum throne. It was always understood that when and if Tom was ever ready to resume his drumming duties for the band, his seat would be waiting. Paul [Bostaph] always knew this, and was the first to say it upon joining the band. Paul and Tom have always been good friends and we, as a band, cannot thank Paul enough for his services on 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' and all the subsequent tours he did to support that album. We had a great time and kicked many asses along the way. Paul has given this reunion his whole-hearted endorsement with no mixed blessings and is happy to see Tom back in the fold. Now, some band out there may just become the luckiest bunch of suckers in the world, because one hell of a drum is on the market! We wish Paul all the best, and he will always be a member of the extended EXODUS family. More...
Chicago based brutal death metallers GORGASM have announced their signing to Shiven Records for the release of their upcoming new album. You can read more about that online here.
Dutch/Norwegian goth metal band IMPERIA (photo) has posted its new song "Raped by the Devil" to the group's MySpace page. The track comes off the band's sophomore album, "Queen of Light" (cover), due on March 23 via Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2004's "The Ancient Dance of Qetesh" contains 13 tracks and is "heavier and more varied" than its predecessor, according to a press release. "There are fast and powerful metal songs, slow ballads, heavy songs as well as a lot of serious guitar leads and oriental keyboards. It is a diverse album with crystal clear sound!" The album will be released in two versions: as a regular CD in a jewel-case and as a limited-edition digipak. The digipak version will feature a "making of 'Queen of Light'" video documentary as a bonus.
While none of the bands performing - other than headliner OZZY OSBOURNE - have been announced, the routing for Ozzfest 2007 has been made public. Ozzfest will stop in the following 24 US cities:
July 12 - White River Amphitheatre - Seattle, WA
July 14 - The Gorge - George, WA
July 17 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Sacramento, CA
July 19 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
July 21 - Hyundai Pavilion - Devore, CA
July 24 - Cricket Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
July 26 - Journal Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
July 28 - Coors Amphitheatre - Denver, CO
July 30 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Kansas City, MO
August 2 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - San Antonio, TX
August 4 - Smirnoff Music Center - Dallas, TX
August 6 - UMB Bank Pavilion - St. Louis, MO
August 8 - Germain Amphitheatre - Columbus, OH
August 10 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
August 12 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre - East Troy, WI
August 14 - Verizon Wireless Music Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
August 16 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
August 18 - New England Dodge Music Theatre - Hartford, CT
August 20 - Tweeter Center - Boston, MA
August 22 - Tweeter Center - Philadelphia, PA
August 24 - Post Gazette Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA
August 26 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
August 28 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, NC
August 30 - Sound Advice Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
LiveDaily.com reports: Weeks of speculation and drama came to an end last night (3/12) when former Van Halen members Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar were the only representatives from the band to attend its ceremonial induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Of the five acts inducted this year--Van Halen, R.E.M., Patti Smith, Grand Master Flash and The Ronettes--VH had generated the most pre-induction buzz because of the band members' turbulent history, conflicting reports about who among them would attend, and whether or not any of them would perform during the event.
"I can't tell you how much I wish everyone was here tonight," Hagar said during his acceptance speech. Original Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, whom Hagar replaced in the mid-'80s, was a no-show, as were brothers Alex Van Halen (drums) and Eddie Van Halen (guitar). Eddie, the group's chief musician, announced last week that he would enter a rehab facility for undisclosed reasons, which presumably prevented him from attending.
"First off, I'd like to say god bless you to Edward Van Halen," Anthony said during his remarks. "I wish you were here, buddy. He couldn't be here tonight. He's home gettin' some help. I love you, man."
"I think Eddie's gonna come out the other side a better person, and maybe we'll get our buddy back," Hagar added. "This is ... it's just hard for Mike and I to stand up here and do this, but you couldn't have kept me from here with a shotgun. I'm honored to be here."
Following their acceptance speech and a Van Halen-tribute performance by Velvet Revolver, Hagar and Anthony joined the house band--led by Paul Shaffer--for a rendition of the Hagar-era Van Halen hit "Why Can't This Be Love."
After leaving the stage, Hagar and Anthony faced the media in the pressroom. During a brief Q&A session, Hagar said he favors a Van Halen tour featuring himself, the Van Halen brothers, Anthony and Roth.
"If we all grew up--including me and Mike--[if] all of us can all grow up and all of us do it together, I'm down with that, anytime, anyplace, anywhere," he said. "But let's just hope that Eddie comes out the other side, you know, better than ever, and I think that'll make everything a lot easier."
Hagar added that, whether or not he tours with Van Halen again, he thinks the band should definitely mount a reunion tour with Roth.
If you missed the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony last night, you can catch it all on-demand exclusively on Spinner. You can watch the full show or pick a certain performance or speech in their archived coverage as well as backstage footage.
MTV.com also has a fairly concise but comprehensive writeup here.
Sun & Moon Records, a brand new record label/mailorder from Transylvania, Romania just released his two first CDs:
SM-001 Nocturnal Depression - "Soundtrack For A Suicide: Opus II" CD
French suicidal Black Metal recommended for fans of Forgotten Tomb, Shining and Xasthur. The CD comes in normal jewelcase. It contains a special hidden track "Let the self-destruction blossom!". You can watch video of Nocturnal Depression's "Nostalgia" here.
SM-002 Labirynth Of Abyss - "The Cult Of Turul Pride" CD
This is the first full length album from the first ever Transylvanian Black Metal band, originally released in 2004 only on tape limited to 333 copies. The band plays old school-type underground black metal with thrash metal influences and guitar solos. The CD comes in a normal jewelcase with a special rehearsal video as a bonus.
More info about the label, releases, etc. can be found here:
Ankla have been announced to support Hatebreed for a very special FREE SXSW showcase at Spiro’s in Austin, TX on Saturday March 17th. The show is being sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and is guaranteed to provide a brutal and unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day.
Polish death metallers DECAPITATED have commented on the recent cancellation of their European tour:
"We regret to inform that the Organic Hallucinosis European Tour ended as of March 7th due to extreme conditions that compromised the health and safety of all band and crew members. We are holding Rose Production responsible for making it impossible to continue, as they were not willing to repair the growing mechanical damages of the tour bus, nor were they able to provide a replacement vehicle. Also, the driver hired by Rose Production refused to travel further after the state of the bus had become clearly unsafe to drive. It was at that point that Decapitated and the other supporting bands had no other choice but to head home. We want to warn all the bands and labels - avoid Rose Productions! Not only did they fail to honor several important points in their contract with us, but even worse, they left us to rot in some of the poorest conditions we have ever seen on tour and would really like to prevent this from happening again to other people in the future. On the brighter side - to PHAZM, HATE, and our crew - we were glad to have you with us despite the unfortunate circumstances - the moments of laughter and complete mayhem will not be forgotten. To all the people who made it to the shows on the first half - thank you! Your support saved us once again. There were some really great turn outs at many of the venues and look forward to coming back soon. Any links to photos or footage would be greatly appreciated. Check back later for other Decapitated news and upcoming tour dates for summer and fall 2007."
Avenged Sevenfold is returning to Japan for this year’s Summersonic Festival. "Going to Japan last year was one of the most amazing times we have ever had on tour and we are absolutely psyched to get back over there and play for all you crazy fuckers again," the band commented in their newsletter.
Here are the first Avenged Sevenfold tour dates for 2007:
8/11 Osaka, JPN Maeshima
8/12 Tokyo, JPN Marine Stadium
Stinking Lizaveta are currently on a full tour of the U.S. During this tour, Stinking Lizaveta will be making a stop at SXSW, as part of Tone Deaf Touring Showcase. They'll then be heading over to Europe to tour with The Hidden Hand for months of April and May. Finally Stinking Lizaveta's "Scream of the Iron Iconoclast" will be released on April 23rd in North America on At A Loss Recordings.
You can download an MP3 of "Gravitas" from the upcoming album before it's out.
Here is the complete list of Stinking Lizaveta tour dates: More...
Darsombra will be taking part in this years Doom or be Doomed Festival in Baltimore, MD and have announced several tour dates in April around the festival. Here are the confirmed tour dates:
Thurs. Apr 12th Charlotte, NC @ Milestone w/Buzzard
Fri. Apr 13th Norfolk, VA @ The Boot w/Buzzard
Sat. Apr 14th Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (upstairs) w/ Zebulon Pike, etc. w/Buzzard
Sun. Apr 15th Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar - Doom or Be Doomed Fest w/Buzzard
Thurs. Apr 19th Atlanta, GA @ Lenny's w/ Light Pupil Dilate and Tualatin w/Music Hates You
Fri. Apr 20th Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge w/ Dumps w/Music Hates You
Sat. Apr 21st Wilmington, NC @ 42nd Street Tavern w/ Weedeater w/Music Hates You
California hardcore band Gather has called it quits. Here's a statement from singer Eva Genie:
"I'm very sad to announce that Gather is breaking up. Our guitarist Allan decided to leave the band for his own reasons. (He's still vegan, still straight edge, still down for the struggle.) Gather has been a sort of family, more than just some kids playing music together, and so it is impossible to simply replace a member; without any one of us, it's simply not Gather. We are going to play a last show or two with some of our best friends in Seven Generations, Socialized Crucifixion, and Risen, most likely during the second half of May. We want to have a Southern AND a Northern California date. Seven Gen. and Soc. Crux. are both important parts of the California radical vegan straight edge community. Risen is one of the few vegan straight edge bands holding it down in the Midwest. They've all been huge inspirations for us and really made us feel supported over the years.
I want to thank everyone who has supported us over the last three years or so. To anyone who has written to us, anyone who has told us that we've helped them go vegan or become active for animal/earth/humyn liberation, anyone who has asked us questions and debated with us, helped us or challenged us: thank you so much. I've learned a lot and have been inspired by every one of you. Also thanks to all the bands we've played with, everyone who helped us get a show, gave us a place to stay and food to eat. This punk/hardcore community would be nothing without you.
This is all pretty sudden for me; I imagined Gather would be playing shows and making music until I blew out my vocal chords (which I guess I almost have), and I'm sad that this isn't so. But either way, we all still believe in everything Gather stood for so we'll spread our message of Total Liberation through other means. Until this entire civilization is in ruins, the struggle continues."
French doomsters Blutch reveal their first proper North American release entitled "Materia" on April 23rd in North America on At A Loss Recordings. You can check out a sneak peek off the album here.
In related news, Blutch and Black Cobra will once again be touring the European continent together with Acid King as support. Here are the tour dates:
Weds. Apr 11th Southend, UK @ Chinnerys
Thurs. Apr 12th Milton Keynes, UK @ Walton Centre
Fri. Apr 13thLondon, UK @ Underworld London, UK
Sat. Apr 14th Swansey UK@ Sin City
Mon. Apr 16th Manchester, UK@ Star and Garter
all dates w/ Black Cobra, Blutch, and Acid King
Weds. Apr 18th Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
Thurs. Apr 19th Kopenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
Fri. Apr 20th Jena, Germany @ Rosenkeller
Sat. Apr 21st Tilburg Holland @ Roadburn Festival (No Blutch on this date)
Sun. Apr 22nd Luik, Belgium @ Les Caves de Cornillon
Mon. Apr 23rd Brussels, Belgium@ Magasin 4
Tues. Apr 24th Marseille/Luynes, France @ Le Korigan
Weds. Apr 25th Toulouse, France@ Vent du Soleil
Thurs. Apr 26th Strassbourg, France @ Molodoi
Fri. Apr 27th Gent Belgium@ Charlatan (as part of Delboy Fest)
Sat. Apr 28th Paris, France @ Le Gambetta
Following their current tour, The Autumn Offering vocalist Dennis Miller will reportedly be leaving the band on good terms to pursue other interests. At that time the group will begin accepting demo submissions and holding tryouts for the open position. Interested candidates should contact the band at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sworn Enemy will enter the studio in late-April to begin recording a new album for Abacus Recordings. The group will once again be working with As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis in addition to Life Of Agony's Joey Zee. According to Sworn Enemy frontman Sal Lococo, "This record is going to be a monster. We're very excited to be working with Tim again on this next one. Joe Zee is one of our favorite guitar players, and it's an honor to be working next to him."
Soulfly will record a cover of the Marilyn Manson track "Beautiful People" for an upcoming Kerrang! magazine compilation.
The band is currently writing for a new studio album.
Shock rocker LIZZY BORDEN has revealed that the next full-length studio album from his namesake band will feature guest appearances by Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti and TRIVIUM guitarist Corey Beaulieu. According to Borden, Beaulieu was recruited to appear on the CD after Lizzy heard his work on TRIVIUM's latest album, "The Crusade", commenting that "the kid sure can play." BORDEN did not reveal the name of the new CD or the tracks that either musician will be playing on but did say that the album itself stands to be one of the band's heaviest efforts to date. No release date for the album has yet been set.
PORCUPINE TREE main man Steven Wilson has confirmed a one-off instore appearance and performance on April 16, the day new album ‘Fear Of A Blank Planet’ is released. He will be joined by touring guitarist/backing vocalist John Wesley.
Steven and John will do a short acoustic performance for just 100 lucky fans from 6pm at FOPP, 287 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BX. Entrance to the performance will be by special wristband only. Wristbands will be given out free from 9am on April 16 at the store on a first come, first served basis.
Steven and John will be signing autographs for everyone straight after the acoustic session.
Even if you miss the acoustic performance and signing, you can still catch the emotive rockers live at one of these dates and see them perform the album 'Fear Of A Blank Planet' in its entirety:
18th April - GLASGOW, ABC
19th April - NEWCASTLE, Academy
20th April - PRESTON, 53 Degrees
22nd April - NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
23rd April - WOLVERHAMPTON, Wulfren
24th April - BRISTOL, Academy
25th April - CAMBRIDGE, Junction
26th April - LONDON, Forum
Reunited Austrian black metallers ABIGOR have announced the following release dates for their new album, "Fractal Possesion":
Europe: May 2, 2007
USA: June 5, 2007
"Fractal Possession" track listing: More...
PARADISE LOST have been added as support to NIGHTWISH’s previously announced North American tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:
October 15 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
October 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
October 18 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
October 20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
October 21 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
October 23 - Toronto, ON @ The Docks
October 24 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under
October 26 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
October 27 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
October 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
October 31 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
November 1 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
November 2 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
November 4 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
November 6 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 7 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
November 8 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
November 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
November 11 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium
November 12 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
November 14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
November 15 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
November 17 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Following the release of their new full-length album "Narcimalion" on Hold True Recordings, Arlington, MA's own eccentric grind and noise band The Taste of Silver will be heading out for a month long tour of the United States. Select tour dates will be with Baltimore, MD based black-metal band Aphelion (ex-The Fall Line), and the tour routing is as follows:
6/13 - Lakewood, New Jersey @ Rancho Relaxo
6/14 - Baltimore, MD @ TBA w/ Aphelion
6/15 - Richmond, VA @ TBA w/ Aphelion
6/16 - Chapel Hill, NC @ TBA w/ Aphelion
6/17 - Columbia, SC @ TBA w/ Aphelion
6/18 - Atlanta, GA @ TBA w/ Aphelion
6/19 - Gainesville, FL @ TBA w/ Aphelion
6/20 - Alabama @ TBA w/ Aphelion
6/21 - Mississippi @ TBA w/ Aphelion
6/22 - Austin,TX @ TBA w/ Aphelion
6/23 - Dallas, TX @ TBA w/ Aphelion
6/24 - El Paso, TX @ TBA
6/25 - New Mexico @ TBA
6/26 - Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
6/27 - San Diego,CA @ TBA
6/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
6/29 - Santa Cruz, CA @ TBA
6/30 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA
7/1 - Sacramento, CA @ TBA
7/2 - Portland, OR @ TBA
7/3 - Seattle, WA @ TBA
7/4 - Spokane, WA @ TBA
7/5 - Missoula, MT @ TBA
7/6 - Billings, MT @ TBA
7/7 - Fargo, ND @ TBA
7/8 - Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
7/9 - Eau Claire, WI @ TBA
7/10 - Chicago, IL @ TBA
7/11 - Ft Wayne, IN @ TBA
7/12 - Columbus, OH @ TBA
7/13 - Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
7/14 - Providence, RI @ The Basement
All parties interested in booking dates for this tour can reach the band via email@example.com or on MySpace at myspace.com/thetasteofsilver.
Napalm Recording artist TYR have announce European tour dates and festival appearances beginning this month:
24.03. PL - Katowice / Metal Mania Festival
28.03. DE - Berlin / Darkside
30.03. AT - Vienna / Escape
31.03. DE - Lichtenfels / Stadthalle - Ragnarök Festival 4
01.04. DE - Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik & Moonsorrow
02.04. DE - Essen / Turock & Ensiferum
04.06. DE - Hamburg / Marx
12.07. CZ - Vizovice / Masters of Rock Festival
13.07. AT - Spital am Semmering, Kaltenbach Open Air Festival
03.08. DE - Wacken / Wacken Open Air Festival
26.01. DE - Osnabrück / N8 Winternoise Festival
With their upcoming third offering, Trinity, the Austro-American sextet VISIONS OF ATLANTIS "takes Symphonic Metal to a new level as majestically powerful Metal songs complete with heavy guitars and unrelenting drumming meet emotional ballads and romantic soundscapes. The distinctive epic string arrangements compliment the multi-faceted compositions, superbly crowned by fantastic soprano vocals and the equally strong singing talents of the male counterpart. By masterfully merging their classic roots with powerful modern elements, VOA deliver an album that is not only mystic and heavy, but also insightful and bombastic."
Here are some song samples from "Trinity":
- At The Back Of Beyond
- The Secret
- Nothing Left
- Passing Dead End
- My Dark Side Home
- The Poem
- Wing-shaped Heart
- Return To You
- Through My Eyes
- Flow This Desert
- Seven Seas
"Trinity" is due out in April 2007.
As previously reported, the band will be touring the US in September with Epica.
Dates have been released for MAYHEM’s “final” tour of the United States:
July 17 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
July 18 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
July 20 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
July 22 - Chicago, IL @ Joe’s
July 23 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
July 24 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
BATTLELORE will be heading out on tour in Europe beginning next month. Here are the tour dates:
28.04.2007 DE - Annaberg-Buchholz, Alte Brauerei
29.04.2007 CZ - Brno / Faval Club
30.04.2007 HU - Budapest / Petofi Hall Gothica Festival
01.05.2007 DE - Munich / Metropolis
03.05.2007 IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
05.05.2007 CH - Uster / Rock City
06.05.2007 DE - Illingen / Illipse
08.05.2007 DE - Stuttgart / Universum
09.05.2007 DE - Marburg / KfZ
10.05.2007 NL - Eindhoven / Effenaar
11.05.2007 DE - Marksteft / Rockmania Festival
12.05.2007 DE - Lübeck / Treibsand
20.10.2007 BE - Wieze / Metal Female Voices Festival 5
The clips were filmed from the SOUL GRINDING FESTIVAL 7 in February and from a more recent show at Fismes. More...
When an event has been around for 13 years, it's usually time to shake things up. And while Ozzfest chose to do that by going free, the Vans Warped tour opted to piece together one of its most diverse rosters to date. While not a metal tour, it does feature a hand full of heavier metalcore and screamo bands, most notably Norma Jean, As I Lay Dying, Funeral For A Friend, Haste The Day, Parkway Drive, and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster.
The tour, which will kick off June 28 at Chula Vista, California's Coors Amphitheater, is currently slated to play 45 shows through an August 25 date in Los Angeles with a lineup that includes Coheed and Cambria, Bad Religion, New Found Glory, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Cute Is What We Aim For, Bayside and Canadian rapper K-os.
Among the other groups that will be on the road with Warped all summer are Amber Pacific, Circa Survive, Tiger Army, Escape the Fate, Hot Rod Circuit, Big D and the Kids Table, Paramore, Gallows, the Matches, the Fabulous Rudies, Meg and Dia, All Time Low, Bleed the Dream, the Unseen, Spill Canvas, Evaline, Bless the Fall, Boys Like Girls, My American Heart, Vincent Black Shadow, Throw the Fight and Pepper.
Tour founder Kevin Lyman said he had plenty of options to choose from when putting together the roster. "We received over 4,000 submissions, so in booking the tour this year I felt that a diverse lineup was in order," he said in a press release announcing the dates. "The tour has always been a place to explore and discover new music. This year's lineup has old school, emo, punk, screamo, hip-hop, more ska than you have seen in a long time and everything in between. If you're open-minded, this will be a great show."
Members of the online Warped community will get their annual shot at Internet presale tickets starting April 1, where they'll be offered a ticket and a copy of the Warped Tour double-disc compilation for $19.99.
Among the other acts scheduled to play select dates are: A Static Lullaby, the Actual, Agent Orange, Alesana, Alkaline Trio, the Almost, Anberlin, As Cities Burn, As I Lay Dying, the Automatic, Biffy Clyro, the Briefs, the Briggs, Buck O Nine, Cinematic Sunrise, the Confession, the Dear and Departed, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Envy on the Coast, the Fall of Troy, Family Force 5, Fishbone, Flogging Molly, the Fold, Funeral for a Friend, the Graduate, Haste the Day, Hawthorne Heights, Human Abstract, I Am Ghost, Madina Lake, Mayday Parade, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, New Year's Day, Norma Jean, Parkway Drive, Pennywise, Pistolita, Play Radio Play, POS, Poison the Well, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Set Your Goals, So They Say, the Starting Line, Straylight Run, Supernova, the Toasters, Underoath, the Used, Valencia, The Vandals and Yellowcard.
More bands and dates are expected to be added in coming months.
Vans Warped Tour 2007 dates, according to the tour's spokesperson, are as follows: More...
Severus have posted two new songs on their myspace page, "A Thin Line Between Lust and Rape" and "Swimmin' With The Fishes, See."
The reunited CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, has abandoned plans to utilize the services of AGHORA's Santiago Dobles for its upcoming tour. According to the band, "due to the commitment required for the reunion, it was mutually agreed that another guitar player would be better suited." A new guitarist has already been found and will be announced in the next couple of weeks. The rest of the group's lineup will consist of Paul Masvidal (vocals, guitar), Sean Reinert (drums, keys), Tony Teegarden (vocals, keyboards) and Chris Kringel (bass).
Kringel, who replaces Sean Malone (who can't participate in the reunion because of teaching and work commitments) in CYNIC's reunion lineup, has been involved with the band since the pre-"Focus" days and toured with the band in Europe in support of the CD. He also played bass on the classic and much-sought-after PORTAL demos and toured the U.K. with Paul and Sean's AEON SPOKE project. Teegarden also previously toured with CYNIC in support of "Focus". More...
GODSMACK has lined up the following tour dates:
May 05 - Tom Lee Park (Beale St. Music Fest.) - Memphis, TN
May 06 - Saenger Theater - Mobile, AL
May 08 - Moran Theater - Jacksonville, FL
May 09 - North Charleston PAC - North Charleston, SC
May 11 - Tampa Bay PAC - Tampa, FL
May 12 - Pompano Beach Amp., Pompano Beach, FL
May 13 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
May 15 - Fox Theater - Atlanta, GA
May 16 - Ovens Auditorium - Charlotte, NC
May 22 - Tower Theater - Upper Darby (Philly), PA
Jun. 01 - State Theatre - Detroit, MI
GODSMACK is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "IV" (Four), which came out last year.
GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkin, guitarist Tony Rombola and bassist Robbie Merrill's side project, called ANOTHER ANIMAL, is tentatively scheduled to release its debut disc later in 2007.
With only three weeks till the release of STATIC-X’s album on April 3, the band wants to give their fans another taste of “Cannibal”. ‘Destroyer’ is the second track off of the new album with the raw heavy sound that Wayne Static wanted to bring this time. “I focused on stripping away the excess as much as possible to write short, simple, catchy songs,” Static says. This back-to-basics style for “Cannibal” has a lot to do with Wayne taking over most of the producer duties. Static teamed with producer/engineer John Travis (Kid Rock, Buckcherry) to help create the new sound. “I had a vision for this record, which is why I wanted to produce it myself,” Static says.
Check out the new track from STATIC-X below:
The Atomic Clock/drummer extraordinare, Gene Hoglan, has issued the following update concerning his instructional DVD:
Well, as I said a couple of days ago, I finally finished filming that damned thing. We started on Tuesday, and I ended up needing a bit of Wednesday, cuz we couldn't get to everything as planned in one day. And of course, since I basically had no script and I just winged everything, now that shooting's over I remember a million things that I forgot to touch upon. Figures, isn't that always the way? Ah well, hopefully I can get to alot of them in 'post'.
I must admit, I'm not a real watcher of instructional DVD's/tapes. I've seen my share, in fact my favorite is PULSE, by Akira Jimbo, but even back in the day, I never watched them religiously. They all sorta seemed the same. Killer drumming, boring guy. Deen Castronovo injected a bit of life into his, which was very cool, and that's what I tried to do with mine. I don't envision mine to be one of those 'talking head/explaining wing-wang-flam-a-doodles', cuz I'm not very good at that. What I do envision for this to become is more of an 'instructo-doc'. Alot of me playing, as a matter-of-fact, I play about 8-9 songs on here, including a bunch from my brand new band, MECHANISM. I even get off the 'beaten metal track' a bit and play a couple of tunes from some of the non-metal projects I've done, plus a couple of 'solos'. That was trippy. Any of you out there ever seen me do a solo? Unless you lived in LA and were at that Dark Angel show at Fender's in Long Beach circa 1989, or at that 'power-outage' show in Regina, Saskatchewan in 2003, chances are you haven't seen me do a solo. I think there's a reason for that. I always figured, "Isn't the whole SET pretty much like a drum solo?" Hee hee. So, I took a shot, and fired a couple of 'solos' on there. Which is basically just me playing a couple of wacked-out beats that I've been working on. Anyway, I'm hoping after editing that it turns out to be more of a cool little documentary, more akin to that "Making of 'ALIEN'", than a stodgy old 'instructional vid'. One thing I've been fortunate to say over the years is that I've always heard, "Hey Gene, I'm not even a drummer, yet you're the only drummer I pay attention to", so I've tried to make something that everyone can enjoy, not just drummers (and chubby-chasin' women, of course!).
I decided to concentrate on showcasing my new band, MECHANISM, mainly cuz this is my DVD, funded by me and no companies, and I'll do what I want. MECHANISM DEFINITELY shows off tons of what I can do on the tubs. I've been explaining this band as an example of what is probably the craziest drumming I've done in my career, so why not introduce ourselves to people in a rather unorthodox way? My playing on it I suppose is reminiscent of my 'SYMBOLIC' era, with a ton more crazy time-signatures and heap-loads of blast beats. I like it alot, and I'm proud to showcase us in such a fashion. I figure, we'll be editing it for a month or two, and I'm kinda shooting for a June release. I'll be selling it directly to you thru my website, whatever version of 'GeneHoglan.com' that ISN'T owned by some guy in China, and I'm sure I'll be putting up links all over my Myspace account when that gets ready. Hell, I'll even sell it offa Myspace as well, if I can.
Now, as for the 'Gene-shirts', thank you all for your impatience with this matter. To paraphrase the mighty Homer, "I don't wanna say it's slack, but that was the slackiest pile o' slack that ever slacked". I know. I said they'd be ready 2 months ago, and they weren't. Totally my fault. That's why I'm glad I've just hired some people to work here at Gene Hoglan Industries who will actually get stuff done, unlike Gene Hoglan, Slacker Extraordinaire. And I get to just play drums. Oh, and Playstation.
Those I've hired are now tackling 'Task #3' for 2007, which is booking my World Clinic Tour. We're getting started on that as we speak, and I intend to start with about 35-40 dates in the US, then the same in Europe, then move on down to South America, Australia, then over to Japan and South Korea. But that's all later in the year, plenty of time for that. See? Spoken like a true slacker.
I guess that's aboot it for now. I'll keep you all posted in the coming weeks as things progress.
Take it easy,