Metal News for March 14, 2007
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Paris-based hard rock band PYRO has announced the addition of drummer Anthony Hayet (ex-GLADBOOBY, SISYPHUS, KASHMIR) to the group's ranks. The band — Stephane Collin (vocals), Bruno Pyro (guitar), Joel Pyro (guitar), Alexander Demetriou (bass) and Hayet — is currently rehearsing for tour dates in support of its new album, "Stab in the Back", due in April via Gofannon Records/Pervade Productions. Distribution will be handled by Socadisc. Gofannon/Pervade will also re-release PYRO's back catalog, including the "Velvet Glove" and "Breaking Point" albums and the "Stop the World" EP.
PRISTINA, the new band featuring former members of 100 DEMONS, A THOUSAND FALLING SKIES, INVOCATION OF NEHEK and DRY KILL LOGIC, has signed a deal with Spare Change Records. The group's debut album, "Boner Jams (The Harpooned Heart)", will be released this spring. Rough mixes of three songs can be found at the band's MySpace page.
Commented vocalist Brendan K. Duff (formerly of 100 DEMONS): "Basically we cannot stand the mediocre hair-and-pants bands that somehow pass for metal or metalcore, or what have you these days. We identify with older greats like BLOODLET, STARKWEATHER, RORSCHACH, TODAY IS THE DAY and DEADGUY. We're definatly not for everyone, but fans of the aforementioned bands finally have an alternative to the garbage that these current bands are forcing down our throats."
"Boner Jams (The Harpooned Heart)" track listing:
01. Lady Baphomet
02. Vicodin Song
03. Fucking Destroyer
04. Trenches And Dogfaces
05. Lilith's Severed Head
07. The Rat.The Pig.The Spider
08. Day Of Days
BESIEGED have announced that Mattie Montgomery has taken over vocal duties for the band following the departure of their previous singer a few weeks ago. Formerly of the band EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, Montgomery has already begun recording vocal tracks for the band's debut album, Atlantis, due out in June.
BESIEGED are still currently seeking a guitarist to fill the remaining vacancy in their line-up. Those interested can reach the band via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists Noted Artist KRIS VERWIMP, whose extraordinary illustrations bring to life a fantasy world of proud warriors and wondrous beasts, has once again produced the cover artwork for the forthcoming release from Epic Pagan Metallers CROM.
Walter (CROM) Grosse commented "Kris is a long time friend, and we have a history of collaboration, so he was the obvious choice to produce the artwork, capturing so perfectly as it does the atmosphere created by the songs themselves."
The album, entitled “Vengeance”, is in the very final stages of completion and includes SERAPH (drums) and V. SANTURA (some additional guitars & additional choirs) of German Black Metallers DARK FORTRESS in the line up, plus a guest appearance by DAGON, vocalist from UK Black Metallers HEATHEN DEITY, performing a spoken intro on one of the tracks. Labels are currently being sought. Two tracks from the “Vengeance” album can be heard on the band website at www.croms-revenge.de.
CROM is himself a former guitarist with DARK FORTRESS and also has a Black Metal side project with DARK FORTRESS vocalist AZATHOTH. The band, SINDECADE, released an MCD entitled “Terrorcrowned” in 2006, a track from which can be heard here.
The CROM artwork can be seen here along with more examples of VERWIMP's work and designs for album covers.
SXSW is just about upon us and as you already know, Jade Tree will have a number of artists performing. Here is a recap:
Thursday, March 15th at Lamberts
401 W 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Google Map
THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES 1AM
FUCKED UP 12AM
MICAH P. HINSON 11PM
YOUNG WIDOWS 9PM
PANDA & ANGEL 8PM
Here are a few other Jade Tree related shows that you should probably know about if you plan to be in Austin:
3/14 @ Lamar Pedestrian Bridge / Free Show 1AM
3/15 @ The Scoot Inn 1308 E. 4th Street (Brooklyn Vegan / AAM Party) 12PM
3/16 @ Scion Outdoor Stage 1106 E. 11th St (Vice Saves Texas) 5:45PM
3/16 @ The Trailor Space 2421 E. Cesar Chavez / Timmy Fest 8PM
3/17 @ Red Seven 611 E. 6th St (Chunklet Mess With Texas Party) 3:15PM
3/14 @ Beauty Bar 617 E. 7th Street (Gen Art SXSW Day Party) 2:30PM
3/15 On Woxy.com (Live SXSW session with Shiv) 11:30AM
3/16 @ Emo's Annex (Woxy / Noise Pop SXSW Day Party) 1:00PM
3/16 @ Pure Volume Outdoors (7th & Trinity) 5:00PM
3/17 @ Urban Outfitters In Store (2406 Guadalupe St) 4:00PM
PATHOGEN, DAYSEND, TERRORUST, DYSCORD & BLACK ASYLUM will be part of the east coast (of Australia) mini tour ‘Bring Back The Bloodshed” in March 2007. Here are the tour dates:
Wednesday March 28th @ Wyong Hotel, Wyong
PATHOGEN, TERRORUST, DYSCORD & BLACK ASYLUM
Doors 9pm, entry $8
Thursday March 29th @ Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
DAYSEND, TERRORUST, PATHOGEN & DYSCORD
Doors 7.30pm, entry $15
Friday March 30th @ The Empire Hotel, Sydney
DAYSEND, PATHOGEN, TERRORUST & DYSCORD
Doors 8pm, entry $15
Danish thrashers HATESPHERE have uploaded two new songs — "Let Them Hate" and "Floating" — to their MySpace page. The tracks come off the group's new album, "Serpent Smiles and Killer Eyes", due in Europe on April 30 (April 27 in Germany) via SPV Records. The CD was mixed by Tue Madsen at Antfarm studios in Århus, Denmark. According to the band, "We decided to focus more on getting a heavy crunchy sound this time, that would suit the somewhat slower songs on this album, and the guitars are crushing!!! 'Serpent Smiles and Killer Eyes' has taken us in a slightly different direction — of course, still with the main purpose of making your ears bleed, haha, but this time we went for a more mid-tempo approach to finetune our sonic attack." Check out the CD artwork at this location. More...
Heaven and Hell, the touring name for the current Dio-fronted incarnation of Black Sabbath, recorded their concert in Vancouver, BC on March 11 for inclusion on a live CD/DVD set that is due out in the fall. More information will be made available at a later date.
Overkill singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and Hades guitarist Dan Lorenzo joined forces in 2006 to form The Cursed, who are readying the release of their debut full-length, "Room Full of Sinners," on May 22nd , via Screaming Ferret.
Along with bassist Job the Raver and drummer Mike Cristi, the group spent much of the spring and summer of 2006 writing and rehearsing new material.
The video for "Evil, in the Bag" will be serviced to all online outlets, with MTV2's Headbanger's Ball having expressed positive feedback to multiple spins.
Songs from "Room Full of Sinners" include:
2. Evil, in the Bag
3. Breaking Her Down
4. Best of the Worst
5. Native Tongue
6. Serpentine Slither
7. All's Right
8. Leven Als God in Frankrijk
9. One Time
10. Queen of the Down
11. Generate Her
The band's lineup consists of:
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - vocals (from Overkill)
Dan Lorenzo - guitar (from Hades)
Mike Cristi - drums (from Non-Fiction)
Job the Raver - bass (from Murder 1)
The Used have announced three shows in Australia set to kick off late May. The band previously visited the continent and country in 2005 while on the Taste of Chaos tour, They are touring in support of their upcoming album, Lies for the Liars which is due out May 19th.
The promoters note that the band's previous foray to the country had them selling out 2000 tickets for in just five minutes, forcing the show to be moved to the larger Hordern Pavilion, where all 5500 tickets were snapped up in less than one hour. These shows will not be moved, and are expected to sell out quickly.
Tickets will be available via this page from noon AEDST Thursday 15 March to noon AEDST Friday 16 March.
The tour dates are as follows:
May 25, 2007 Brisbane, Australia The Arena
May 26, 2007 Melbourne, Australia Floor @ Festival Hall
May 27, 2007 Sydney, Australia Enmore Theatre
SYMPHONY X appear to be lining up a tour for this Summer with SANCTITY and ECHOES OF ETERNITY. The first dates to be released are as follows:
July 27 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
August 8 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
ALICE COOPER will be touring The UK towards the end of 2007. Confirmed dates are as follows:
6 - Sheffield - Hallam Arena
7 - Glasgow - SECC
9 - Newcastle - Metro Arena
10 - Birmingham - NEC
11 - Notthingham - Arena
13 - Brighton - Centre
14 - Bournemouth - BIC
16 - Cardiff - Arena
17 - Wembley
18 - Manchester - MEN
MOTÖRHEAD and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are scheduled to open the above listed shows.
Dates for the second leg of CLUTCH’s upcoming U.S. tour, this time with THE BELLRAYS and BACKYARD TIRE FIRE:
May 11 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 13 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 15 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
May 17 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 18 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
May 19 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
May 21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
May 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
May 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
May 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
May 26 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
SIRENIA, the Norwegian/Danish gothic metal band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, has posted its video for the song "The Other Side" at YouTube.com. The clip was helmed by the renowed Serbian production company I-Code (DEATHSTARS, HAMMERFALL, BLIND GUARDIAN, SCAR SYMMETRY), which previously worked with the group on the "My Mind's Eye" video. More...
EDGUY appear to be returning to North America later this year for a tour with INTO ETERNITY. Initial dates to be released are as follows:
September 11 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
September 12 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 14 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
September 15 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance 6 Crannell St.
September 16 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 19 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
September 20 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
September 21 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 23 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
September 24 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
September 27 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
September 28 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
October 6 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
October 8 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
The openers have been announced for MAYHEM’s previously announced New York City show which will take place on July 23rd at the B.B. King Blues Club. Also performing will be TODAY IS THE DAY, NACHTMYSTIUM, MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT, and WITHERED. It is being billed as part of their “final U.S. tour.” For more information on the show, you can check the venue website here.
Chicago's Dance Club Massacre has officially signed with Black Market Activities. Brought to the attention of BMA by label alumni, Psyopus, Dance Club Massacre plays noisy, experimental grindcore with elements of thrash, punk and indie rock. The group recently finished remixing and remastering their record "Feast of the Blood Monsterswith" with engineer Eric Butkus (Tower of Rome) to be reissued early this summer. You can catch them on the road on these dates:
3/16 Niles, MI @ Skunk's Nest
3/17 Southgate, MI @ The Modern Exchange
3/18 Lakewood, OH @ Hi Fi Concert Club
3/19 Muncy, PA @ Ritz Theatre
3/20 Little Falles, NJ @ Little Falls Masonic Temple
3/21 Baltimore, MD @ Lo Fi Social Club
3/22 Wyano, PA @ The Garage
3/23 Trenton, OH @ Fishermans Club
3/24 Anderson, IN @ Anderson Armory
4/15 Lake Station, IN @ Eagles
4/20 Roseville, MI @ Myspace Internet Cafe
4/21 Huber Heights, OH @ Unicorn Fest 180 Skatepark
5/5 Westland, MI @ Skateland (Bledfest)
DESPISED ICON have posted a new song entitled “In The Arms Of Perdition” online over at their official MySpace page for your listening pleasure.
DON CABALLERO has announced a handful of U.S. and Japanese tour dates for April in support of their recent release World Class Listening Problem.
The band’s U.S. dates will consist of a select number of East Coast and Midwest shows that will be filled in over the coming weeks. Immediately following, DON CABALLERO will head to Japan for the first time. DON CAB’s Damon Che comments on the upcoming live appearances: “Enjoy seeing traveling bands while you still can eat steak and laugh at Al Gore."
Additionally, this Thursday (March 15) DON CABALLERO will be among the performers at the 2007 Relapse Records SXSW Showcase show held in Austin, TX at Room 710.
03/15/07 Room 710 Austin, TX
United States -- Relapse Records Showcase
04/12/07 Johnny Brendas Philadelphia, PA United States
04/13/07 Rock n Roll Hotel Washington, DC United States
04/14/07 Lunt Basement at Haverford College
Haverford, PA United States
04/24/07 Club Quattro Osaka, Japan
04/25/07 Club Quattro Nagoya, Japan
04/27/07 Club Quattro Shibuya, Japan
More dates will be announced shortly.
Reunited seminal grindcore / extreme metal outfit BRUTAL TRUTH will head to Japan next week to headline the “Extreme The Dojo Tour V.17.” This tour follows the band’s recent successful U.K. headlining run and will kick off on Monday, March 5th in Osaka, Japan with support from Poland’s VADER.
BRUTAL TRUTH will also be performing a select number of U.S. tour dates as headliners at both the Los Angeles Murderfest and Maryland Deathfest. The LA Murderfest will take place the weekend of March 25th and 26th and also includes ATHEIST, REPULSION, OBITUARY and more. The Maryland Deathfest will occur the weekend of May 26th and 27th and includes appearances from CYNIC, REGURGITATE, ORIGIN, F*CK THE FACTS, and others. A complete listing of tour dates and festival information can be found in the tour section.
BRUTAL TRUTH has recently seen the reissue of their heralded 1997 masterpiece Sounds of the Animal Kingdom. The re-mastered and repackaged version comes complete with the preceding Kill Trend Suicide mini-CD (1996), bonus video footage in the form of the band’s 'Dead Smart' video, extensive and exhaustive liner notes from the band, and a forward from Choosing Death author Albert Mudrian.
Gutworm have issued the following update via the AntiCulture Records website:
We're happy to announce that our long awaited second album, Disfigured Narcissus will be recorded at Priory Recording Studios during March / April and will be released this September. I know what you're thinking... "about bloody time!" We're not lazy, we just didn't want to rush it! This will be new bassist Glen Pywell's debut recording with us after several months hard work, both in the practice room and on the road. Greg Chandler (Esoteric) will be producing once again so expect a killer result!! Oh yeah, dont forget about us at this year's Hellfest along with our label-mates Slit & Interlock. Bands confirmed so far include Korn, Machine Head, Lamb Of God, Cannibal Corpse, Megadeth, Napalm Death plus MANY more!! Check out the official Hellfest website at www.hellfest.fr or the Myspace page. We'll be playing 2 other shows while in France, but we'll talk about those another time. Thats it for now but keep your eyes peeled, there's loadsa GW news coming up in the next couple of months.
See ya - Mr Minney
Dream Theater confirmed today that they'll be playing UK's Download 2007. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy can't wait: "Fuck yeah! It's about time!!! I am absolutely stoked for Dream Theater to finally play Download... In a career already filled with so many personal achievements and dreams having been realized, somehow an invitation to play Download or Donington has always eluded us thus far... After all our hard work for the past 21 years and having made so many fans and friends in the U.K., it's nice to finally get the invitation! This gig will come within the first month of a world tour that will last well into 2008 for us, but I can already predict this will be one of the highlights of the year for us..."
Other confirmed acts include Devil Driver, DragonForce, Evanescence, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Korn, Linkin Park, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Shadows Fall, and Slayer.
Visit the Download 2007 web site for more details.
As you may or may not have heard, "Lost Souls in Endless Time" is a glorious bonus track found on the special edition CD/DVD of DragonForce's Inhuman Rampage, which is in stores now, and also features a hilarious behind-the-scenes mini-documentary, and a live performance from the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2006.
However, should you be crazy enough to resist these visual delights in exchange for just the bonus track, we wanted to make sure you knew that it is now available for individual download from iTunes.
Fort Worth, Texas metal act Fist Full of War have signed a deal with Baptism Under Fire Records. The band features former members of She Killed Poetry and Black Belt Jones. You can check out a few songs at the band's MySpace page.
Boston-based hardcore band Ramallah has dropped off their tour with Since The Flood and Seventh Star, and may ultimately disband, going on what they term to be an "indefinite hiatus." Here's a statement from the band:
"Due to the ever changing lineup, the drama that continually surrounds and follows the band, and Rob's personal issues keeping him from being able to tour, we have dropped off this upcoming stint with Since The Flood and Seventh Star. Our apologies to everyone that had anything to do with this tour, from booking and promoting shows to just planning to come see us. Please still go see STF and SS, as they will still be doing the tour, and both are great bands. We will not be booking any more shows, and as of now there are no plans for a new record. Thanks to everyone that has supported us in any way."
German death metal band Blackest Dawn is going to record its first full length record "Fear Of The Apocalypse" between March 19 and 28 at Headquarter Studio Berlin with Micha from Anticops. The mix and master will be done by Jacob Bredahl (Hatesphere, Barcode). You can check out a pre-production song on their MySpace page. The band is still looking for a label.
San Diego melodic hardcore band Underminded has signed to Uprising Records. Underminded released their debut in 2004 with Kung Fu Records. According to Uprising, the band is "known for their maelstrom of metal infused hardcore anthems, intelligent lyrics and punk rock ethic." Underminded's new album, titled "eleven:eleven," was recorded by Paul Miner (Thrice, Death By Stereo) and will hit streets this summer. You can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.
Melodic Death metallers, Sol Asunder, have posted a new song, entitled "Redeemer," off their new album, "Horribly Human", on their myspace page.
MARDUK and DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS have announced "Sword In The East Tour 2007" dates. At Moscow's show Devilish Impressions will play with MARDUK, DARK FUNERAL and BELPHEGOR.
The MARDUK, DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS tour dates are as follows:
04.04.07 - Minsk (Belarus) "Arena"
05.04.07 - Kiev (Ukraine) "DK Svjatoshin"
08.04.07 - St-Petersburg (Russia) "Orlandina"
10.04.07 - Krasnodar (Russia) "Orbita"
11.04.07 - Rostov-on-Don (Russia) "Podzemka"
13.04.07 - Rjazan (Russia) "Planetary"
14.04.07 - Moscow (Russia) "Tochka" * with MARDUK, DARK FUNERAL, BELPHEGOR
"We've previously informed that on that tour we will be supported by S.Winter on drums (Aeternus; ex-Gehenna, ex-Forlorn) but due to unpredictable circumstances, namely visas problem, we've had to change the line-up again. It is official now that the drums will be taken over by Cloud of Polish technical death metal bands - Sceptic and Thy Disease" (Quazarre)
Devilish Impressions finally got their page on myspace.com, which you can check out here.
Bestiar will premiere their newest material, "Inferno Invert," in April on Mad Lion records. The CD will be released also as a limited digi-pack with some bonuses enclosed. This album contains 10 tracks and was recorded at Metal Sound Studio in Swiebodzin with Wojciech "Poland" Cenajek's whole production & mastering. In 'Demonity' you can hear voices of Tina Francesco & Anna Volantzky (Monastery). The cover was made by Krzysztof Gibas.
ACROSS TUNDRAS have just announced a mini tour of select locations across the Midwest and West Coast US with Battlefields later this month. The Colorado act will hit several states with Battlefields after intoxicating several crowds in their home state of Colorado.
Across Tundras are still in support of their Crucial Blast epic "Dark Songs Of The Prairie" which Decibel described as "vast expanses of guitar crunch that owe as much to the wide open spaces of Morricone soundtrack vistas as Neurosis’ San Francisco bonfires and the mind-expanding buzz of Crazy Horse."
Here are the tour dates:
3/24/2007 Denver CO - Monkey Mania
3/29/2007 Denver CO - 15th St Tavern
4/01/2007 Pueblo CO - Sports Garden
4/02/2007 Las Cruces NM - The Bean w/ Battlefields
4/03/2007 Mesa AZ - The Space w/ Battlefields
4/04/2007 Tucson AZ - The Living Room w/ Battlefields
4/05/2007 San Diego CA - Scolari's Office w/ Battlefields
4/06/2007 Hollywood CA - The Knitting Factory w/ Battlefields
4/07/2007 San Fransisco CA - Thee Parkside w/ Battlefields
4/08/2007 Portland OR - Ground Kontrol w/ Battlefields
4/09/2007 Seattle WA - Funhouse w/ Battlefields, Abodox, The Hedonist
Swiss outfit Knut has solidified its line-up in the wake of the departure of guitarist Jeremy Tavernier several months ago. First the group added a guitarist named Tim. Now, most recently, a friend of Tim's by the name of Christian has also joined the band. Here's a comment from the band:
"We found a hard-working dude willing to take the chance. His name is Christian, he's an old friend of Tim's and he seems to be working out fine. He's got his own gear, he's got a sound and can play fast. Plus he's alarmingly mellow and will be a father for a second time this summer. So it looks like we're a functioning band again, a goddamn five-piece ready to shred - live and hopefully on record before Bush gets kicked out of office..."