Metal News for March 21, 2006
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The Michigan local metal scene has spawned one of the more compelling acts with Lansing's mosh inducing Under One. The group since inception has stayed true to the great metal that came before it . The band is fronted by Jeremiah Devil, one of underground metal's more entertaining personalities. Citing key influences like Black Sabbath, Crowbar, Demolition Hammer, Down, Disturbed and Helloween, I had a cool time stepping into the fire with Mr. Devil and picking at his skull to learn all I could about Under One. More...
Misery Signals has released more information regarding their new vocalist, Karl Schubach. Hailing from Saskatchewan, Canada, Schubach was a guitarist prior to joining the band and has never before fronted a group. Misery Signals bassist Kyle Johnson had the following to say regarding Schubach:
"He sent over an MP3 of him singing one of our songs and it floored us! From there we sent him a new song and he responded almost immediately and we loved what he did with the song."
Schubach will appear on the group's upcoming Warped Tour stint this summer, in addition to a headlining tour with Black My Heart, Too Pure To Die, and Burn In Silence in April. Meanwhile, Misery Signals will enter the studio with producer Ben Schigel (Ringworm, Chimaira) in May to begin recording their second full-length, which will hit stores this fall via Ferret Music.
Augury and Unexpect will tour Canada together in April. Here are the tour dates:
4/1 Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
4/4 Prince Albert, SK @ Muskoday Band Hall
4/5 Saskatoon, SK @ Walkes Nightclub
4/7 Vancouver, BC @ Columbia Club
4/8 Calgary, AB @ The Warehouse/Underground
4/9 Edmonton, AB @ The Mead Hall
4/13 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/14 Thunder Bay, ON @ Kilroys (Augery only)
4/15 Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda
4/16 Toronto, ON @ Lees Palace
4/17 London, ON @ The Embassy
4/18 Peterborough, ON @ The Red Dog
4/20 Rimouski, QC @ Bar le Cactus
4/21 Quebec, QC @ Agora du Cégep de Limoilou (Campus de Québec)
4/25 Fredericton, NB @ Bugaboo Creek
4/27 Moncton, NB @ Paramount
4/28 Saint-John, NB @ TBA
4/29 Halifax, NS @ Captain Elis
On August 29th, hurricane Katrina swept through the city of New Orleans, taking lives, property, and the hearts of many through its tremendous winds and deluge. Also lost in the storm was a once vibrant all ages scene that revolved around Cypress Hall in New Orleans’ largest suburb of Metairie. Now, almost seven months later, the original promoters return with a newer, better venue, aptly named The High Ground.
With the opening of The High Ground, New Orleans’ all ages scene returns to prominence with a first-rate venue offering quality sound, dynamic lighting, and a professional atmosphere. Catering to a vast array of music that varies from metal, punk, ska, rock, emo, and various sub-genres, The High Ground remains open to signed as well as unsigned bands. The venue has also been a breeding ground for local artists just beginning their careers in the music scene.
Signed bands who have frequented the establishment in the past include: Darkest Hour, The Know How, Dead to Fall, Soilent Green, Streetlight Manifesto, As Cities Burn, Curl Up and Die, Goatwhore, The Higher, Bedlight for Blue Eyes, Embrace Today, The Red Death, Cannae, Minus, The Street Dogs, Dr. Chud's X Ward, The Red Chord, Shattered Realm, Ramallah, Diecast, Hoods, Jacknife, The Banner, The Absence, The Black Dahlia Murder, Premonitions of War, Beyond All Reason, Bloodjinn, Houston Calls, Adelphi, Buried Inside, Action, The Unseen, Defiance, The Ghouls, and Voodoo Glow Skulls.
The venue remains dedicated to the massive recovery of Hurricane Katrina. They ask that booking agents and bands add this venue as a regular stop on their touring schedules; that labels and bands donate CDs, DVDs, posters, shirts, and other items to those who lost their entire music collection; and music supply companies donate equipment to those who lost their gear in the flooding and looting.
Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or myspace.com/thehighgroundvenue to schedule a date, donate items, or find out how you can help in the recovery of the New Orleans all ages scene.
NO RETURN's video for the song "Don't Judge Me" can be downloaded at VS-webzine.com. The clip was directed by Julien Metternich (THE OLD DEAD TREE, KAIZEN, DAYLIGHT DIES) and features actress Renata Bellmonbo in the main role.
"Don't Judge Me" comes off the French thrashers' most recent, self-titled CD, which was released in January via Season of Mist.
Germany's DEADSOIL have completed work on their new album, "Sacrifice", due on May 26 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and on May 29 in the rest of Europe via Lifeforce Records. The follow-up to 2004's "The Venom Divine" was recorded in January at Principal Studios (CALIBAN, WATERDOWN) in Senden by Vincent Sorg, mixed by KATAKLYSM's Jean-Francois Dagenais and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, Tenafly, NJ.
Commented DEADSOIL guitarist Boris Pracht: "Finally it's about time to release the result of over one year of hard work, lots of sweat and long rehearsal room nights. We are very proud of what has turned into our new full length called 'Sacrifice' and we can't await to see this record to be put out! It's hard to compare it to our last effort, 'The Venom Divine', because a lot has changed. It became more aggressive and more metal than ever before. So i think all our hard work and heartblood was really woth it... this is our sacrifice!"
"Sacrifice" track listing:
02. Cross The Great Divide
03. The Day I Die
04. These Stings
06. Forget Everything
10. Ultimate Domination
11. True Belief
Upcoming DEADSOIL shows:
Mar. 25 – Mons, BEL @ Waux Hall, Maximum Hardcore Fest
Mar. 31 - Hagen, GER @ Kultopia, Headshot Festival
Apr. 06 - Essen, GER @ Turock
Apr. 08 - Kaiseresch, GER @ Musicbox
Apr. 30 - Roitzschjora, GER @ With Full Force Festival
Aug. 04 - Leisnig, GER @ Sucks'N'Summer Festival
German thrash metallers DELIRIOUS will support FEAR FACTORY on their German tour dates:
25.03. Berlin, Columbiahall
26.03. Cologne, Live music hall
27.03. Hamburg, Markthalle
show starts at 7:30 PM
In other news, DELIRIOUS have lined up the following dates this year: More...
5 BILLION DEAD are now auditioning for a new guitarist in light of Alex Vieira joining the Boston band Cannae and touring with them for the past 6 months. "5 BILLION DEAD would like to wish their former guitarist Alex Vieira good luck for the future" the band said in a statement. "5 BILLION DEAD were waiting patiently for Alex, but 5BD could wait no longer."
The band were auditioning for a second guitarist back in November, stating "Alex V. remains a full time member of the band, and this is in no way an attempt to replace him, 5BD are simply seeking to add another dimension to thier already crushing sound."
Mortiis has scheduled two shows in the band’s native Norway to warm up for their upcoming UK tour.
Mortiis will play Det Akademiske Kvarter in Bergen on March 31 and Garage in Oslo on April 10. Mortiis will headline both shows. The band will also play later this month at Club Epsilon, Borås, Sweden, and again in Asker, Norway, following the completion of the UK tour.
Mortiis’ UK tour with Gothminister and Deadfilmstar begins on April 19 in Nottingham, UK (see dates below), to coincide with the deluxe re-mastered reissues of the early works “Født til A Herske,’ “Crypt of the Wizard,” and “The Stargate.”
Tour dates are as follow:
03/24/06 Fri. Club Epsilon, Borås, Sweden
03/31/06 Fri. Det Akademiske Kvarter, Bergen, Norway
04/10/06 Mon. Garage, Oslo, Norway
04/19/06 Wed. Rock City, Nottingham, UK
04/20/06 Thu. Bierkeller, Bristol, UK
04/21/06 Fri. Cathouse, Glasgow, Scotland
04/22/06 Sat. Rios, Bradford, UK
04/23/06 Sun. Agincourt Rock Venue, Camberly, UK
04/24/06 Mon. TJ’s, Newport, UK
04/25/06 Tue. Barfly, Liverpool, UK
04/27/06 Thu. Waterfront, Norwich, UK
04/28/06 Fri. Corporation, Sheffield, UK
04/29/06 Sat. Underworld, London, UK
04/30/06 Sun. Satans Hollow, Manchester, UK
05/12/06 Fri. Club 3, Asker, Norway
Bay Area thrash revivalists Light This City are currently in the studio recording the follow-up to 2005's 'Remains of the Gods,' a record that received rave reviews in metal press, and landed as #27 on Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles' "Brave Picks 2005 - Top 66" year-end list.
"So we are in our third week of recording and we are currently tracking vocals and lead guitars," drummer Ben Murray says. "Everything is coming along great and the songs are sounding epic! Expect 'Remains of the Gods,' but more brutal, yet more intricate and melodic at the same time. We are extremely excited about hearing the finished product and playing these songs live when the album is released in August or September."
Returning producer Zack Ohren (Animosity, All Shall Perish) is with the band at Castle Ultimate Studios in Emeryville, CA for recording, while Mario Garza (Hell Within, He Is Legend) of Robot Plague will be handling artwork again, having already crafted the art for 'Remains of the Gods.' Meanwhile, The Black Dahlia Murder vocalist Trevor Strnad will make a guest vocal appearance on one of the forthcoming songs.
Light This City will also make an appearance at the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Sunday, April 30 alongside labelmates Byzantine, Cannae, Through The Eyes of the Dead, The Acacia Strain, and Wolf. The band will also appear at the First Annual California Metalfest in San Bernadino with labelmates Reflux.
LIGHT THIS CITY on the road:
4/01 Redwood City, CA - The PCC
4/30 Worcester, MA - The Palladium (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
5/13 San Bernadino, CA - NOS Events Center (California Metalfest)
SPAWN OF POSSESSION recently finished their sophomore album, to be entitled "Noctambulant." As of now two new mp3's, belonging to this album, have been revealed here. The songs are called "Lash by Lash" and "By A Thousand Deaths Fulfilled." The latter contains a guest contribution by Robbe K (ARSEBREED/DISAVOWED) on vocals. Other guest contributions on "Noctambulant" include guest vocals by Dusty Boisjolie (SEVERED SAVIOR) as well as a guest guitar solo by Pat O'Brien (CANNIBAL CORPSE).
SAURON have been released from their contract with Neurotic Records in an amicable fashion, and have now signed to Carnal Records. The band had the following to say, "We parted in good ways with our former label Neurotic Records. Since our musikk evolved more in darker ways, we now found our place on an underground black metal label. Again we signed for one album and it will be recorded this year. No title is set yet."
BURST's new video for "Where the Wave Broke," the lead-off track from the band's acclaimed new album Origo, is available for download now via the Relapse Records website at this location.
The video was shot on location in Stockholm, Sweden with the Harvest Light Production Co. and saw it's North American premier during the March 4th airing of MTV2's 'Headbanger's Ball.' "Where The Wave Broke" is the first video from Origo and is the band's second overall. An e-card previewing Origo, which features the audio for "Where the Wave Broke" and "The Immateria," can be accessed here.
LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR and UNEARTHLY TRANCE will be teaming up this April for an East Coast tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:
April 17 - Washington, DC @ DC 9 w/ Drugs Of Faith
April 18 - Richmond, VA @ McCormack's
April 19 - Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head
April 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber w/ Rumplestilskin Grinder
April 21 - Hamden, CT @ Hamden Plains United Church
April 22 - New York, NY @ Ace of Clubs w/ Grief
April 23 - Boston, MA @ Middle East w/ Watchmaker
April 24 - Providence, RI @ AS220
April 25 - Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase
April 27 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
April 28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
Maryland's DOG FASHION DISCO have released another new track, "Silent Film," off their upcoming new album Adultery over at their MySpace page for your listening pleasure.
More dates have been released for the FEAR FACTORY, SUFFOCATION, HYPOCRISY, and DECAPITATED North American tour that will take place later this year:
October 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
November 4 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
November 7 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
More dates have been released for KAMELOT's North American tour set to take place later this year with EPICA:
September 15 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
September 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 24 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
September 25 - Quebec, QC @ Imperial
September 27 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
September 28 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
September 30 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
RAMMSTEIN's latest album, "Rosenrot", will receive its long-awaited U.S. release on March 28 via Universal Music. The CD, which was certified platinum in Germany for sales in excess of 200,000 copies within two weeks of release last October, topped the official album chart in Germany, Austria and Finland, and landed at No. 2 in Sweden and Denmark, No. 4 in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, No. 5 in France, No. 6 in Mexico, No. 11 in Italy and No. 29 in the U.K. In addition, "Rosenrot" achieved gold status in Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
RAMMSTEIN's track "Mein Teil" was nominated in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 48th annual Grammy Awards, which were held in Los Angeles in early February.
More dates have been added to this summer's Unholy Alliance Tour, featuring headliners SLAYER with support from LAMB OF GOD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, MASTODON and THINE EYES BLEED. The tour kicks off June 6 in San Diego, California at the Sports Arena. The dates are as follows:
Jun. 06 - San Diego, CA @ The Sports Arena
Jun. 07 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Jun. 09 - Denver, CO @ Th Fillmore
Jun. 12 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's Blue Moon
Jun. 13 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Jun. 15 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Jun. 16 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
Jun. 17 - Lowell, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena
Jun. 19 - Cincinatti, OH @ US Bank Arena
Jun. 23 - San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
Jun. 24 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Live
Jun. 30 - Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheater
Jul. 02 - Quebec, CANADA @ Centre de Foire
Jul. 03 - Montreal, CANADA @ The Bell Centre
Jul. 04 - Toronto, CANADA @ Molson Amph
Jul. 06 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
Jul. 07 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Auditorium
Jul. 09 - Winipeg, CANADA MTS Center
Jul. 11 - Edmondton, CANADA Shaw Conf. Center
Jul. 13 - Vancouver, CANADA Qwest Field Event Center
Jul. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Qwest Field Event Center
Jul. 15 - Spokane, WA @ The Star Theatre
Jul. 16 - Salem, OR @ Salem Armory
Jul. 21 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
Jul. 22 - Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
SLAYER's longtime manager Rick Sales had previously commented on the tour, "We want to make 'The Unholy Alliance' tour an annual global event, so we decided to be smart about the design from the beginning. We chose to book most of the tour's shows at indoor venues, as that allows the bands and the fans amenities like air conditioning and indoor bathrooms, as well as the very best stage lighting, production, and sound and less expensive concession prices. The few shows that will be played outside will be played at night in permanent facilities with our lighting, production, and so on. Everyone wins."
According to a posting on VADER's official web site, NIGHTRAGE and BLOODTHORN have been confirmed as the support acts for the Scandinavian leg (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland) of VADER's Blitzkrieg 4 tour, which is scheduled to kick off on November 11 and run through November 25. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
Candlelight Records recently released VADER's new EP, "The Art of War". This special mini-album contains six brand new songs ("Para Bellum!!!", "This Is The War", "Lead Us!!!", "Banners On The Wind", "What Colour Is Your Blood?", "Death In Silence") and was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland, with the Wieslawscy brothers at the helm. The MCD also features the band's new video clip (created by Arek Jurcan in 3D systems, well known from computer games) for the track "This Is The War".
VADER will headline the Metal Crusaders tour starting May 26 in Montreal. KATAKLYM, DESTRUCTION, SPEED\KILL/HATE, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSCENCE are also featured on the tour package. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Think Fast! Records has announced two new signings - Bullet Treament and Ambitions.
Bullet Treatment hails from Orange County, CA and features members of The Bronx and Suicidal Tendencies, among others. The group will release their debut full-length, titled "The Mistake," on August 8th. A track from the band's previously released Basement Records EP can be downloaded here.
Meanwhile, Connecticut's Ambitions features three members of With Honor (Jay Aust, Jeff Aust, John Ross) and two members of Shai Hulud (Matt Fox, Matt Fletcher). The band will enter the studio later this month to record a new EP entitled "Not Just Empty Words." According to Think Fast!, the release is "recommended for fans of melodic hardcore/punk like Shelter, With Honor, Turning Point, and Ignite." For now, you can download a song from Ambitions' demo here.