Metal News for March 2, 2008
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Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has posted a new song, entitled "You're Not Home Tonight", on the group's official blog. The track comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Our Long Road Home", due later in the year via an as-yet-undisclosed label.
TAPROOT's follow-up to 2005's "Blue-Sky Research" was reportedly produced by Tim Patalan and is the band's first album since parting with Atlantic Records in June 2006. They're also reportedly working on a DVD, but there's no word as to when that will see the light of day.
Bassist Phil Lipscomb previously stated about the new CD's title, "[it] is a unique and expressive tribute to our newly found collective freedom of creativity as a band, with no strings attached. It's a tribute to the casual and comfortable settings of being at home with friends and family — a place we love to be."
Dead To Fall, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Impending Doom, and Sea Of Treachery will team up for a spring tour. Here are the latest tour dates:
4/2 Buffalo, MN @ The Vault
4/3 Fargo, ND @ The Red Raven
4/4 Duluth, MN @ Peace Church
4/5 Wausau, WI @ The Labor Temple
4/6 Lacrosse, WI @ The Warehouse
4/7 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
4/8 Joplin, MO @ The Foundry
4/9 Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
4/10 Tulsa, OK @ The Pinkeye
4/11 Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9
4/12 Pensacola, FL @ The Red Door
4/13 Ocala, FL @ The Capitol
4/14 Cocoa, FL @ The Anvil
4/15 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
4/17 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
4/18 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
4/20 Greensboro, NC @ Remix VIP
4/21 Virginia Beach, VA @ Steppin' Out
4/22 Annapolis, MD @ Knights of Columbus
4/23 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
4/24 Muncy, PA @ The Ritz Theater
4/25 Utica, NY @ Skate-A-Rama
4/26 Worcester, MA @ Palladium (New England Metal Fest)
4/29 Kent, OH @ The Green Room
4/30 Troy, OH @ Staunton Grange
5/1 Bloomington, IN @ Rhino's
5/2 Evansville, IN @ Booney Junes
5/3 Rockford, IL @ The Rock Box
Battle Kommand Records will release GLORIA DIABOLI's "Gate to Sheol" on April 15th, 2008.
This band is the North American answer to true Satanic black metal acts such as WATAIN, OFERMOD, FUNERAL MIST, etc. The band performs a martial, orthodox form of black metal, fueled by ferocity and hellfire. Aggressive, ugly and well-recorded, this attack will yet again prove that Canada's ever-extreme Vancouver, BC-area black metal scene has spawned some of the ugliest metal of our time, and alongside countrymen BLASPHEMY, AXIS OF ADVANCE, WITCHES HAMMER, ALLFATHER, CONQUEROR, and REVENGE, Gloria Diaboli are now leaving their mark on this important regions history of violent and chaotic metal.
"Gate To Sheol" was mastered at Necromorbus Studio in Sweden (Watain, MALIGN, AVERSE SEFIRA, Ofermod, etc).
"Gate To Sheol" tracklisting:
1. The Kingdom of Filth And Decay
2. Above As It Is Below
3. Gloria Diaboli
4. Gate To Sheol
5. Liberation Unto He who Dwelleth in the Depths
6. Omega Throne
7. Oh, Great Deceiver
According to a BW&BK source, Aussie hard rock legends AC/DC landed in Vancouver, BC last night (March 1st) to commence work on their anxiously-awaited new album. The band's last album, 2000's Stiff Upper Lip, was recorded at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC with George Young (Angus and Malcolm Young's older brother) and engineered/mixed by Mike Fraser (METALLICA, AEROSMITH, VAN HALEN) - perhaps the team set to work on the band's new material?
SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian's video for the song "Money" can be viewed at this location.
Tankian recently added more headlining U.S. dates to his current tour schedule, which finds the vocalist alternating between his own shows and an opening stint for FOO FIGHTERS. Tankian's newest confirmed gigs will take him out west and into Canada during a two-week period in mid-March, before he heads overseas for a European trek that begins on April 1. FAIR TO MIDLAND will open for Tankian on the March dates. Tankian's run with FOO FIGHTERS started on February 18 in Worcester, Massachusetts and ends on March 6 in Los Angeles.
Serj Tankian recently issued "Sky is Over" as the second single from his debut solo album, "Elect the Dead". Although Tankian doesn't say straight out what the song is about, he did tell The Pulse of Radio that it comes from both his childhood memories and his concerns about the planet. "I've always thought of the sky as, like, an open canvas," he said. "When I was a kid and I looked at the sky, I always remember being able to daydream, just looking at the sky, being creative, being able to design things. What would happen if we had no sky? Where would we be? Well, obviously, scientifically, without an atmosphere, we'd all be dead."
"Elect the Dead" made the "long list" of finalists for this year's Shortlist Prize, which is awarded to an album that has sold less than 500,000 copies. The winner will be announced in the spring.
"Elect the Dead" came out in late October and landed at Number Four on the Billboard album chart.
Canadian metal legends ANVIL - who are still reeling from their journey to the Sundance Film Festival where they celebrated the release of the documentary, Anvil! The True Story Of Anvil - have confirmed a new live show in Ottawa, Ontario at Mavericks on April 4th.
EPICA lead singer Simone Simons - who is infected with MRSA (also known as the hospital bacteria) - has issued the following update:
"I want to express my gratitude to the Epica fans who have been supporting me through this difficult period. I have received numerous emails and presents. They really give me strength! It means the world to me that you care about me.
Unfortunately I am still not healed from the infection yet. I am trying my best to get rid of it but it is a real pain in the ass. I have parted ways with antibiotics and am focussing on natural medicines. The antibiotics are the reason for my disease and I have had enough of it. Most important is still to rest a lot and to crank up my immune system.
Epica and me are very sad that the Mexican tour had to be cancelled again. We really want to come over but like many of you said it is better for me to go back on tour when I am totally healed.
Overall I am positive that I will overcome this and can't wait to get back on tour. I miss singing on stage and of course your energy.
Please be patient and I hope to see you all soon!"
As previously reported, WHITESNAKE are releasing their anxiously-anticipated new album, Good To Be Bad, through SPV / Steamhammer in Germany on April 18th, the rest of Europe on April 21st and North America on April 22nd. It will be available as a regular jewel case version and a bonus CD version featuring an extra disc in a cardboard sleeve, poster, photocard and sticker.
The entire album is streaming at this location.
The tracklist of Good To Be Bad is as follows:
Disc 1: 'Best Years', 'Can You Hear The Wind Blow', 'Call On Me', 'All I Want All I Need', 'Good To Be Bad', 'All For Love', 'Summer Rain', 'Lay Down Your Love', 'A Fool In Love', 'Got What You Need', '`Til The End Of Time'.
Bonus CD: 'Summer Rain' (acoustic version), 'All I Want All I Need' (radio edit), 'Take Me With You' (live version), 'Ready To Rock' (enhanced video).
Legendary frontman, David Coverdale comments on the album: “The new album contains all the elements I enjoy about Whitesnake, and more. I can hear moments that take me back to the bluesy, early years of the band all the way through the band's musical history to fully embrace the more electric aspects of where we are now, as a band. I'm thrilled with it and can hardly wait to unleash it on an unsuspecting public! If this is indeed the last Whitesnake studio record then I'm happy to finish like this. It was a labour of love making this record...a joy... and I'm still enjoying listening to it. Can't be bad!"
The 11 new songs, written by Coverdale and guitarist Doug Aldrich (who also co-produced the album with Coverdale and Michael McIntyre) provide a good balance of eight rocking tracks and three ballads. Coverdale feels it's the first 'real' Whitesnake album in almost 20 years, commenting “It's very butch. Very muscular..."
Springfield, Virginia thrashers, Apothys, issue the following studio update on their Myspace page:
"After waiting around for two weekends in the studio and being sick as hell with mild bronchitis, I really did not battle with boredom watching the guys nail out their tracks. I realized a few musical pieces I had not heard before. On the 24th of February, I finally got to start my vocals around 9:30pm. I was hoping I was ready for vocals and not be interrupted by phlegm fill fun. As if metal was my cure, I didn't have any problems with my vocal - matter of fact, it seems my vocals had progressed right there in the booth. I finished all my main vocals for all 3 tracks of the promo. This Sunday I have to fine tune some parts and add backing vocals. I really can't wait to show everyone Onslaught. We have been waiting for so long."
"-- Carrion Misery"
According to Metalzone.dk, Danish extreme metal band PANZERCHRIST has recruited Morten Løwe Sørensen (THE ARCANE ORDER, SUBMISSION, SLUGS) and a vocalist presently only known as "Johnny" to replace Reno Kiilerich (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, HATE ETERNAL) and Bo Summer (ILLDISPOSED), respectively. No further information is currently available.
PANZERCHRIST 2008 is:
Michael Enevoldsen: Guitar
Rasmus Henriksen: Guitar
Karina Bundgaard: Keyboards/Bass
Morten Løwe Sørensen: Drums More...
Norwegian metallers, Inquested, issue the following update on their Myspace page regarding their new album:
"Sorry to say that we still have some problems with the release. Our design needed tweaking before printing, but it is only a matter of time now. Not too much time though. Please be patient. We will change the songs in the player, check it out!"
Regain Records has confirmed an April 28th release date for Stockholm-based MACHINERY's new album, The Passing. The album was recorded in June 2007 at Black Lounge Studio together with Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY). According to a press release, "the new album can be described as an intense journey in epic and diverse metal. An album with great songs and an unique style that covers heavy, death, black and thrash! A perfect blend of what should truly appeal to every metalhead!"
According to Sean Hamilton from the Sundaymirror.co.uk,
Robert Plant has turned down an extra £100million fortune to take LED ZEPPELIN on a world tour. The rock legend wants to concentrate on his new partnership with US country singer ALISON KRAUSS... spelling the likely end of the famous band.
Led Zep fans had been longing for a tour announcement since last year - when the 1970s superstars reformed for a one-off show at London's O2 Arena.
Surviving members Plant, Robert Page and John Paul Jones were offered a guaranteed £100m each for a tour of North America and Europe after a million fans applied for O2 tickets.
But after extensive talks Led Zep - best known for the song 'Stairway To Heaven'- decided against the moneymaking opportunity.
Guitarist Jimmy Page, 64, was keen to do the tour this year and was backed by bass player John Paul, 62.
But singer Plant, 59 - already worth an estimated £70million - wants to concentrate on his new success with US country singer Krauss. The pair's duet album Raising Sand went to No 2 in America and Britain and they are starting their own tour in April.
A band source said: "Despite the enormous offer, the decision did not come down to money. They always said they would do the one-off show and then see how they felt."
Read the full article at the Sunday Mirror.
Minneapolis, Minnesota based metallers, Seventh Calling, issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"Hey all you metal heads! Here is an update for SEVENTH CALLING."
"We have now officially entered the studio and have begun recording for our sophmore album. We have had a few changes that have happened recently and we are very excited to bring you new SEVENTH CALLING."
"The follow up to our debut album 'MONUMENTS' is set to be titled FATE'S HAMMER'."
"The new album will feature new versions of 'Deliverance' and 'Fate's Hammer', the songs on our page."
"New artwork and a complete song listing will be up soon!" More...
Although they had hoped to take part in their scheduled tour with Comeback Kid and Crime In Stereo, Daggermouth has now officially dropped off the tour. The band explains:
"This week has been a rough one on everyone involved with Daggermouth to say the very least. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the rest of our upcoming tour dates. Between Nick taking some time off and a whole slew of personal and financial reasons that we have to take care of, we have no other choice. Thanks to everyone for continued love and support. We will see all of you again soon once Nick has fully recovered. Please go out and show support to Crime In Stereo and Comeback Kid, those shows will rule!"
Canuck hard rock legends HELIX are the latest act confirmed for the Javelina Harley Davidson Festival which is being held on July 11th and 12th in Boerne, TX. Confirmed acts also include: Y&T, KROKUS, SKID ROW, and L.A. GUNS. More acts will be announced soon.
"Of Sacrifice, Loss and Reward", the new single from the Finnish power metallers KIUAS, has entered the single chart in the band's home country at position No. 1. The track comes off the group's third album, "The New Dark Age", which is scheduled for release in Finland on March 5.
"The New Dark Age" track listing:
01. The Decaying Doctrine
03. Kiuas War Anthem
04. The New Dark Age
05. To Excel and Ascend
06. Black Rose Withered
07. After the Storm
08. Of Sacrifice, Loss and Reward
09. The Summoning
10. The Wanderer's Lamentation
Bonus track for Japan release:
11. Towards the Hidden Sanctum
According to the band, "The cover art is the product of the visionary artist/musician Niklas Sundin (Cabin Fever Media). The picture is an original drawing in the style of reneissance woodcut illustrations, and portrays the members of KIUAS as the four — or in this case five — horsemen of the Apocalypse with a dismal landscape that combines ancient and modern times."
A video for the song 'Conqueror' was shot on February 18 with Owe Lingvall of Village Road Film.
KIUAS' second full-length album, "Reformation", was released in May 2006.
Ilja Jalkanen - Vocals
Mikko Salovaara - Guitars
Markku Näreneva - Drums
Atte Tanskanen - Keyboard
Teemu Tuominen – Bass
March 3 sees the anticipated vinyl release of "Ill Innocence", the latest album by Japan's queens of blackened punk, GALLHAMMER. The LP will come as a double-vinyl gatefold release to a strictly limited edition. Order now from www.peaceville.com, or alternatively the LPs will be available from the band IF you are planning to come to their gigs in the UK and Norway.
Although GALLHAMMER had been known primarily as a black metal/punk act, the album is impressively diverse, showing their implementation of many influences and moods from both metal and non-metal genres. The themes are based around isolation, oppression, a world without colour, with Vivian describing the imagery like "Delirium - as being in a midday nightmare under the scorching sunshine"; all wrapped in a poetic disparity. "Ill Innocence" also features recordings of the tracks "Speed of Blood" and "At the Onset of the Age of Despair" as previewed in demo form on "The Dawn of…" The CD release of the album was met with great critical acclaim, particularly in the UK, with the band even given the honour of coverstars in Zero Tolerance, Terrorizer and Organ magazines.
GALLHAMMER will embark on a tour of the UK in March to coincide with the LP release, ending with a trip to Norway to appear at the prestigious Inferno festival, where the band headlines the Garage stage.
March 12 - London - Water Rats, Kings Cross - UK
March 13 - Leeds Rios - UK
March 14 - Cardiff - Barfly - UK
March 15 - Birmingham - Barfly - UK
March 16 - Liverpool - Barfly - UK
March 17 - York - Fibbers - UK
March 18 - Glasgow - Barfly - UK
March 19 - Oslo - Inferno Festival - Garage - Norway
Look out for GALLHAMMER's forthcoming DVD release in the form of "Ruin of a Church", capturing the band live and in scintillating form at Colchester Arts Centre, a stunning venue on the site of a deconsecrated church, on their 2007 European tour. The DVD includes additional footage from the tour, plus promo videos, gallery, and an intriguing video interview with the band. The audio mix and production has been executed by Justin Broadrick (NAPALM DEATH, GODFLESH, JESU).
German power metallers HUMAN FORTRESS will release their third album, "Eternal Empire", on April 25 via Massacre Records. The first pressing will be available as a limited-edition double CD featuring a bonus disc containing two bonus tracks, a video clip, outtakes, pictures and much more.
"Eternal Empire" track listing:
02. Borders Of Insanity
03. The Wizard
04. The Raven
05. When Love And Hate Collide
06. Under The Spell
07. Lions Den
08. Circle Of Flames
09. Falling Leaves
HUMAN FORTRESS' last CD, "Defenders of the Crown", came out in 2003. The band has since parted ways with singer Jioti Parcharidis and drummer Apostolos "Laki" Zaios and has replaced them with Carsten Frank and Arndt Krone, respectively.
Video footage of "Talking Metal On Fuse" hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy jamming with Bay Area thrashers EXODUS in New York on a cover of METALLICA's "Seek and Destroy" can be viewed below (courtesy of "craigcefola"). The clip aired on last night's episode of "Talking Metal On Fuse", which brings the number-one heavy metal/hard rock podcast on iTunes to television. Hosted by Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy — the ultimate metal geeks and hard rock aficionados — the program provides a unique perspective and insider's view into the world of metal and hard rock music. Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak, who is known for his work with HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH, TESTAMENT and his own outfit PAINMUSEUM, scored and recorded the music theme for "Talking Metal on Fuse", which airs regularly on Friday nights at midnight EST/9:00 p.m. PST. More...
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that an insider from Albert Music, AC/DC's long-time Australian record company, has revealed there is plenty of excitement building about a possible new album from the band.
"We're very hopeful," he said, "but at this stage there's nothing official."
AC/DC's New York management is yet to confirm rumors that the band will soon begin recording another album in the U.S. "They work on their own time frame," said the Sydney source.
"When they make a record, it's because they want to."
The band itself is now international, with members scattered across the globe. Malcolm and Angus Young divide their time between Britain and Australia (with Angus also spending time in the Netherlands because he has a Dutch wife). Singer Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams are based in the U.S., while drummer Phil Rudd lives in New Zealand.
"They can all get together pretty quickly though," the source said.
Williams told Spinner.com last month that AC/DC will enter the studio March 1 to begin recording its first new album in eight years. The web site caught up with Williams at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles, where he said, "God I'm ready."
As for touring, however, Williams was less sure about the group's intentions. He explained, "If we go out again or when we go out again, you just never know. We've been around a long time, so we're going to get together and get in the studio and I fully expect we will (tour). I don't mean to be so negative about that."
AC/DC recently re-opened its official web site for business, although the site dismissed rumors that the band was playing some secret European shows this winter.
Reports surfaced earlier in January that AC/DC was nearly finished recording its next album, but a spokesperson for the band's Australian label, Albert Records, denied the story.
AC/DC's last all-new set, "Stiff Upper Lip", came out in 2000.
PHOBIA, MAGRUDERGRIND, and SKARP will team up for the following tour dates:
May 26 - DC/Baltimore, MD @ The Memorial Day Massacre Fest II
May 27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Belvederes Bar
May 28 - Athens, OH @ The Union
May 29 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The DAAC
May 30 - Chicago, IL @ T.B.A.
May 31 - Indianapolis, IN @ Harrison Center For The Arts
June 1 - Lexington, KY @ T.B.A.
June 2 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
June 3 - Richmond, VA @ Nara
June 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
June 5 - Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
June 6 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory (tap bar)
TERROR SYNDROME's webmaster has issued the following update:
"Here's what's coming....
The new Terror Syndrome video is being worked on and we should have it for your viewing pleasure very soon. This video will have more studio footage but this time of Dave, Mike and Denton laying down their respective tracks and footage during the Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD)mixing sessions. It'll be cool. I'll keep you posted.
Keep supporting the guys in TS, they fucking love you!!!"
IN THIS MOMENT have issued the following announcement:
"Monster Energy is bringing us out to play in Austin, Texas!
Saturday, March 15th
Red 7 - Patio Stage
611 E. 7th Street - Austin, TX 78701
Get there by 3:00pm to check out our management brothers AT ALL COST. We play right after, just before Jamey Jasta."
DEATH ANGEL will hit the road with GOD FORBID in the US starting in May. Two dates have been confirmed as follows:
31 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
7 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
As previously reported, Death Angel will join forces with MERCENARY, DEMOLITION and EXTREMA for a European tour in April. Confirmed dates for the trek include:
2 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
3 - Osnabrück, Germany - N8
4 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Baroeg
5 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo Club
6 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
7 - Lindau, Germany - VaudeVille
9 - Budapest, Hungary - A38 Ship
10 - Wien, Austria - Planet
11 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
12 - Piacenza, Italy - Fillmore
13 - Rome, Italy - Alpheus
15 - London, England - The Underworld
16 - Nottingham, England - Junction7
17 - Glasgow, Scotland - Ivory Blacks
18 - Wolverhampton, England - Civic
19 - Essen, Germany - Turock
20 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser
22 - Copenhagen - The Rock (no Mercenary)
23 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
24 - Berlin, Germany - K17
25 - Adelsheim, Germany - Livefactory
26 - Nürnberg, Germany - K4 (no Mercenary)