Metal News for March 17, 2006
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I'm a little overdue on posting these, but we've finally got some photos from the Winter Fresh Snocore tour as well as American Motherload posted in the photo gallery. Check 'em out.
Portuguese avantgard maniacs THANATOSCHIZO have signed a deal with the Mexican label Divenia Records for the release of their first album, "Schizo Level", on the American continent. The CD, which garnered attention due to its combination of "schizoid black metal, saxs, trumpets and ethereal doom passages," will be issued through Divenia in May. The group are now rehearsing and writing material for their fourth album, with plans to enter the studio in November. A summer 2007 release is expected.
For more information, visit www.thanatoschizo.com.
Minneapolis metal/hardcore band Enola Grey has apparently solidified their line-up. The group recently added bass player Ken, who "was playing guitar in a couple of part time-ish bands when we poached him." Meanwhile, guitarist Tony Byron has also joined Enola Grey. Byron had been playing with Horror (formerly Devilinside), but the group has reportedly called it quits.
Arsis have completed writing for their new album. Arsis drummer Michael Van Dyne has posted the following update regarding the band's upcoming new album, the highly anticipated follow up to last year's "Celebration Of Guilt":
"Ok it's taken us a little bit longer than originally planned, but the writing for the next album is now 100% complete. I really think these are some of the best songs we've ever done by far, so it's better off that it's taken us a little extra time. I'm recording all the drum tracks at the end of the month (the 27-29th of March 2006) at Max Trax Studios in upstate New York, the same studio I recorded the drums at for the "Diamond For Disease" (US only) Mini CD. Jim [Malone] will probably be recording all the other tracks shortly after we get done with the Necrophagist tour. The album will be 9 songs - 8 brand new originals and a surprise cover."
Converge continue to write material for their next album. Recording will take place in May and June, though specifics have yet to be disclosed. According to the band, "We've done a lot of living and been through a great deal since the release of 'You Fail Me.' All of that will surely surface creatively and make for a truly intense album." Look for the new album to hit stores this fall via Epitaph Records. Meanwhile, Converge has announced a one-off show at which fans can expect to hear some of their new material. The show will take place on April 21st at Romans in Brockton, MA with Blacklisted and Rise And Fall.
CELTIC FROST have announced two months of North American tour dates supporting their forthcoming May 30th release, Monotheist. Commencing September 11th and running through November 11th, the extensive tour will reintroduce the band's mesmerizing live performance to their ravenous fanbase. Also scheduled are European festival performances throughout the summer. When asked what fans can expect from the tour and the new album, vocalist/guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer said, "CELTIC FROST are very proud to announce their most extensive tour ever of the North American continent. In anticipation of Century Media's May 30th, 2006, release of our darkest and heaviest manifest to date, the Monotheist album, we are preparing a collection of truly morbid old and new CELTIC FROST music. Join us at these special services of worship and be part of the reappearance of one the world's most fervent and passionate visions. We will be honored to welcome you."
The albums was co-produced by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Dimmu Borgir) and features guest vocal appearances from Lisa Middlehauve (Xandria), Satyr (Satyricon), and Ravn (1349).
While dates were previously released on Pollstar, this list is the most recent and contains a few dates than the previous list. Still, more dates are expected to be added to the North American Tour.
NORTH AMERICAN CELTIC FROST TOUR DATES: More...
Daughters have finally entered the studio to begin recording their next album. The band is currently at Mad Oak Recording Studios in Allston, MA with Andrew Schneider (Cave In, The Red Chord) tracking the effort. The album is tentatively slated for a July release through Hydra Head Records.
F5, the new Phoenix-based band featuring former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, ex-SICK SPEED vocalist Dale Steele, drummer David Small, and guitarists Steve Conley and John Davis, have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks:
Mar. 18 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Mogollon Brewery
Mar. 30 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
Apr. 21 - Houston, TX @ Forgettaboutit
May 05 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Corporate Show
May 08 - El Paso, TX @ The Stampede
F5's debut album, "A Drug for All Seasons", was released in North America in September via Cleopatra Records. The original version of "A Drug For All Seasons" is also available in Asia on JVC Victor Entertainment and in Europe on Mascot Records.
F5, whose sound is being described as guitar-heavy melodic hard rock, recorded the album last year at a Phoenix-area studio with producer Ryan Greene, who had previously worked with Ellefson in 1991 on the demos for MEGADETH's "Countdown to Extinction" album.
A brand new SICK OF IT ALL track, entitled "Take the Night Off", has been posted online at this location. The song comes off the group's ninth full-length album, "Death to Tyrants", due on April 18 via Abacus Recordings.
Regarding the sound of the new CD, which was engineered and mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, HEAVEN SHALL BURN), drummer Armand Majidi said, "We wanted this album to capture the excitement and energy of our live shows, which hasn't been captured in previous recordings. It's the tightest and most powerful sound we've ever put down." Also expect more fiery lyrical content on the new album, which addresses political, social and personal issues. Lou said, "If you talk to a lot of trendy bands and ask them about politics, they're up on what's going on in the world, but they choose not to address it, saying that they just want to play music. That's cool, but I write music about what I see. I can't look away." Armand, who also has a hand in writing lyrics, said, "There's a lot of anger towards the government on the new album, because everyone in the band shares the opinion that corporations are dictating foreign policy and only a handful of people in power are scrambling to get all the wealth without the welfare of the people in mind." Lou concurred, "In the current U.S. political agenda, it seems the people's voice is almost meaningless unless you threaten with radical action — things have gotten that bad."
SICK OF IT ALL will be teaming up with STRETCH ARMSTRONG and FIRST BLOOD for two weeks' worth of dates beginning on May 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Judas Priest have confirmed that their appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 31 will be their ONLY gig anywhere in the world during 2006. Priest will headline a bill that also features Scorpions, Ian Gillan And Friends and Boned. This is a Tommy Vance Tribute Night, with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
ROADRUNNER has signed Kentucky's heavy southern rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY. Their debut album is slated for summer release but you can whet your appetite with a pair of "honest & gritty, down-home, hard rocking monster tunes steeped in classic Southern rock influences" at roadrunnerrecords.com.
Blood & Ink Records has announced the addition of Since Remembered to their roster. Residing in Winston-Salem, NC and playing relentless, fast-paced, and catchy hardcore, Since Remembered are not exactly newcomers to the label as their lineup features ex-members of The Culprits, a former Blood & Ink band. The band recently finished recording their debut full-length, Coming Alive, at First Street Studio (As Cities Burn, Rookie Of The Year) in Cleveland, Tennessee, which is scheduled for release on June 20th via Blood & Ink Records.
For current show information and to hear songs from Coming Alive, visit Since Remembered on Myspace here.
SLAYER frontman Tom Araya will take part in an online chat on Monday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. at ESPGuitars.com.
The four original members of SLAYER — Araya, Kerry King (guitar), Jeff Hanneman (guitar), and Dave Lombardo (drums) — recently entered a Los Angeles-area studio to record what will be their first new studio album since 1990's "Seasons In The Abyss". Uber-producer Rick Rubin, who helped solidify the much-emulated SLAYER sound beginning with their genre-defining 1986 classic "Reign In Blood", has taken the helm as executive producer of the project. Working closely with Rubin will be Josh Abraham (KORN, VELVET REVOLVER, ATREYU) who will produce the album.
Jeff, Tom and Kerry have been writing songs for this new album since they wrapped their last North American tour in September 2004. Working songtitles include "Catalyst", "Cult", "Supremist", and "Consfearacy".
On June 6 in San Diego, CA, SLAYER will kick off a seven-week summer trek, "The Unholy Alliance Tour Preaching to the Perverted", also featuring LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON and CHILDREN OF BODOM (who will rotate the second and third slots), and THINE EYES BLEED who will open the shows.
Swedish technical death metal outfit SPAWN OF POSSESSION have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "Noctambulant", due this spring via Neurotic Records. The CD was recorded at Pama Studios in Kristianopel, Sweden with producer Magnus Sedenberg and contains 10 tracks, one being an instrumental intro, as well as several guest contributions, to be revealed later on.
Here is the "Noctambulant" track listing:
02. Lash by Lash
03. Solemn they Await
04. Render my Prey
05. Eve of Contempt
06. Sour Flow
07. By a Thousand Deaths Fulfilled
08. Dead & Grotesque
09. In My Own Greed
The album cover, created by Pär Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC), has been posted online at this location.
SPAWN OF POSSESSION's debut album, "Cabinet", was released in 2003.