Metal News for March 24, 2005
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23 news articles posted on this day.
Former Cradle Of Filth bassist Dave Pybus has helped start a new label. It's called SixSixSix Records. The first releases - both due at the end of May - will be 'In Absence Of Light' from symphonic black metalheads Draconian Order and 'Blood 'N' Roll' by Italian goths Bloody Mary.
Old school hardcore band Bold have reunited. The band released material with Revelation Records in the late-80s. The group will play several one-off shows (their first since 1989) and tentatively plan to write and record a new album. The following shows have been booked thus far:
4/16 Philadelphia PA @ The Church
4/17 New York NY @ CBGBs
The track listing for Bane's upcoming album has been released. The record, featuring artwork by bassist Pete Chilton (of Bane and Silent Drive), will hit stores May 17th via Equal Vision Records. Here's the final track listing:
01. Woulda Shoulda Coulda
02. Pot Committed
03. One For The Boys
04. Hoods Up
05. End With An Ellipsis
06. My Therapy
07. Don't Go
08. Wasted On The Young
09. What Keeps Us Here
10. Swan Song
Recently reformed metal band Gorefest has officially signed a multi-album deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Formed in 1989, the Netherlands outfit originally signed with the label in 1992, before moving to Steamhammer/SPV, then breaking up in 1999. The band is currently writing material for their next album, which should hit stores late this year. According to the group, "It is turning out to be a pretty amazing year for us, first of all getting back together again, and now getting back to the world's leading metal label!"
Fear Factory have begun pre-production on 15 new tracks for their next album. A release late this year is expected
Kittie have parted ways with both their guitarist Lisa Marx and their bassist Jennifer Arroyo. Frontwoman Morgan Lander posted a statement on the band's message board that reads as follows:
Alright, I know that what has happened with Lisa comes as a shock to all of you. It was a shock to all of us too. Things haven't been said in a press release up until this point with good reason however. Not only has Lisa decided to leave the band, but Jennifer has decided to leave too. I figured we should get this all out into the open while we still can. More...
Louisville, Kentucky's VENT, featuring former FLAWvocalist Chris Volz, have signed a recording contract with Rock Ridge Music, LLC. Rock Ridge Music was created by former major label executive Tom Derr, former Vice President of Marketing and Artist Development at Universal Records for over 7 years. He currently operates Rock Ridge Music in partnership with Chris Henderson, guitarist for THREE DOORS DOWN, and Jason Spiewak of Spiewak Clothing.
VENT are set to enter Louisville, Kentucky's Canyon Studios in May to record their debut effort for Rock Ridge Music, with Canyon owner Chris Cassetta assisting with production duties.
For various reasons, VENT will also be changing its name prior to the release of its debut album.
Boston's WAAF 107.3 FM has announced that surviving DAMAGEPLAN members Patrick Lachman, Vinnie Paul and Bob Zilla will attend the 2005 WAAF Indoor Beach Party on Saturday, April 9 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA. DAMAGEPLAN headlined the annual concert event in 2004 and has chosen to make one of their first public appearances since Dimebag's untimely death at the upcoming annual event.
The lineup for the 2005 WAAF Indoor Beach Party includes Zakk Wylde's BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SKINDRED and NONPOINT. Tickets are available through Tsongas Arena and Ticketmaster.
A history of friendship and support stands between Dimebag Darrell and the 2005 headliner, Zakk Wylde of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY.
Vinnie Paul had this to say: "DAMAGEPLAN had the opportunity to headline the WAAF Indoor Beach Party last year and it was a blast… Glad to see the tradition continue with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY.
"WAAF is a true rock radio station in every sense of the word and we really appreciate their support of PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN over the years. It will be an honor to be in attendance this year as WAAF and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY pay tribute to the baddest MF I ever knew, my brother Dimebag Darrell… Let's have some black tooths and keep on keeping on…Getcha pull!!!"
Zakk honors Darrell Abbott on the newly released BLACK LABEL SOCIETY album, "Mafia", in the form of the song "In this River". Wylde is also heard on the track "Soulbleed" on DAMAGEPLAN's 2004 album, "New Found Power".
Tragedy struck the music industry when a shooting occurred at the December 8, 2004 DAMAGEPLAN concert in Columbus, OH. Guitarist Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed, as were the band's head of security, Jeffrey "Mayhem" Thompson, an employee of the club, Erin Halk, and a member of the audience, Nathan Bray. Chris Paluska, a member of the band's management team who was serving as tour manager, was shot and put in critical but stable condition. John "Kat" Brooks, the band's drum tech, was also shot and wounded.
WAAF is offering a limited-edition t-shirt as a tribute to Dimebag Darrell. All proceeds from the sales of this piece will be donated to the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund. The fund covers bereavement and medical expenses for the victims and their families. The t-shirt may be purchased through www.waaf.com or at the April 9 WAAF Indoor Beach Party.
I had the chance to attend the Road Rage Tour 2005 when it made a blistering halt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The show took place at the Trocadero Theater's Balcony Bar, which holds about two, maybe three-hundred people at best. The show was insane, although no moshing was allowed due to the size of the place, it was still an amazing show. The pictures are now up in the gallery section of this page, click here to view them.
On another note, I have a show report which will be posted for this same show tomorrow. I also conducted an interview with all four bands (Trivium, 3 Inches of Blood, The Agony Scene and Still Remains) so check back in the very near future for that as well!
I had the honor to interview Tim Roth, the guitarist and songwriter of Into Eternity, on March 20th, 2005 before their show at BBkings in NYC. I conducted the interview in a small back stage dressing room. Overall, it was a fun interview with laughter, smiles, and agreement.
Some of my questions threw Roth off, but he answered them thoroughly with some added humor. More...
Sweden's In Flames has posted the following update on the band's official website:
12 songs have been written so far and we'e all extremely excited. Hopefully both old and new members of the IF-family will be pleased. Daniel will begin tracking drums in about 2 weeks and at the end of May we will have a new album finished. We'll keep you updated about what's going on in the studio.
As you know by now we're on Ozzfest this summer and it looks like a great bill this year with lots of METAL bands. Great to see that our friends in Soilwork, Haunted and Arch Enemy will be there with us to spread the Swedish sound. Can't wait to see you all in the dust and the heating sun.
Swedish black metallers Dark Funeral have dropped off the No Mercy Festivals European tour "due to disagreements with the crew from the booking agency," according to a spokesperson at the group's record label, Regain Records. It is not presently clear if a replacement act will be added to the remaining shows on the tour (which includes Six Feet Under, Nile, Disbelief, Dying Fetus, Cataract and Wykked Wytch).
Dark Funeral will enter Dug Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden on May 23 with producer Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad) to record their new album, due in late 2005 via Regain Records. The recording/mixing sessions for the follow-up to 2001's "Diabolis Interium" are expected to conclude on July 1. "We are currently in our most creative period since the split with MNW/No Fashion," the band write on their web site. "Lots of new songs are in process and you can be sure to expect the most devastating album from Dark Funeral ever!"
Duluth News Tribune reports that the grandmother of 16-year-old school shooter Jeff Weise, Shelda Lussier that reports about the boy being disturbed and a loner were not true, though he did suffer from depression. Weise lived with Shelda Lussier, the station reported.
"He did not do all of the things that they said. He didn't listen to heavy metal music," she said. "He was not kicked out of school. He was on a 'Homebound' program through his own choice."
Read the full article at Duluth News Tribune.
The classic "Among the Living" lineup of speed- and thrash-metal icons Anthrax have finally regrouped, meaning for the first time in 13 years, guitarists Scott Ian and Danny Spitz, vocalist Joey Belladonna, bassist Frankie Bello and drummer Charlie Benante will once again be making brutal music together.
On Thursday morning (March 24), the influential New York band released an official statement on the reunion, confirming weeks of Internet rumblings and metal-scene gossip. But Anthrax fans have been expecting some big news ever since the Ozzfest 2005 lineup was announced. Beginning March 15, the front page of the band's Web site has featured an ominous countdown clock that continues to tick away to April 1. Just what April Fools' Day would hold for Anthrax lovers, beyond a practical joke, was unclear.
According to the Anthrax statement, the band has scheduled a press conference for April 1 at 2 p.m. at the headquarters of Sirius Satellite Radio in New York City, to formally announce their reunion, kick off the "Spreading the Anthrax Weekend" on Sirius' Hard Attack channel and "make an important statement regarding the U.S. Government and the anthrax vaccine." The release says the group wants to raise public awareness about the dangers of the vaccine, as well as the newly legislated Project BioShield Act, which explicitly allows the Food and Drug Administration to approve drugs and vaccines that have not been fully tested during times of declared emergency.
While nothing has been confirmed yet, Anthrax have been discussing possible "new music releases," and are expected to make additional touring announcements as well. For now, Anthrax have confirmed that they'll be playing two shows at the House of Blues in Chicago, on April 30 and May 1, and will head to Europe for the Dynamo Open Air Festival in Hellendoorn, Netherlands, on May 7 and the Download Festival on June 11 at England's Donington Park.
The band will also appear at other European rock fests, including the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, which runs June 9 through June 11; the Gods of Metal Festival in Bologna, Italy, taking place on June 11 and 12; the Fury Fest in Le Mans, France, running June 24 through June 26; the Metal Camp Festival in Tolmin, Slovenia, also running June 24 through June 26; and With Full Force, which takes place July 1 through July 3 in Löbnitz, Germany.
Metal musicians congratulate Anthrax on their 20th anniversary:
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "Anthrax is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands as serious contenders in the world of metal."
Metallica's Kirk Hammett: "Anthrax's music matters. In the pantheon of modern metal, ANTHRAX are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands of the new generation."
Deftones' Abe Cunningham: "Anthrax plays a huge role in Stef and me meeting and starting to jam together; we met through a mutual friend who gave me my first copy of 'Among the Living'. Deftones started in 1988, but before that it was just the two of us in his mom's hot ass garage with the dryer on and the washing machine overflowing trying to make it through 'Indians' and 'Caught In A Mosh'. I would like to thank you guys for the inspiration, your precision, your tones, your dedication and for having the nut sacks to try shit that no one would. Happy 20th Anniversary!!! All the best."
Judas Priest's Rob Halford: "Everyone in Judas Priest congratulates our good friends from Anthrax for passing their 20th-year metal milestone. We have always been fans of the band and had the pleasure to do many shows together. Anthrax are true pioneers with their unique style, sound and heavy brand of metal. They have always and will continue to inspire and influence those around them within the metal world." More...
Metal band Geared4 are seeking advice over the claim that boy band G4 has stolen their name, making them the laughing stock among fans. Here are several excerpts from the article:
A Bishop's Stortford heavy metal musician is seeking legal advice claiming that X-Factor boy band group G4 stole the name of his band, which he helped form five years ago.
Glenn Abel, 27, says fans of his heavy metal band Geared4 which he says is known as G4 have been taking the mickey since the operatic singers came to the fore on the ITV talent show, and that his band has now become a target for ridicule.
Mr Abel, who is lead singer and bass player, said: "Many artists' names get abbreviated and what we're known as among our fan base is G4 and we've been using G4 in all our merchandise, all our correspondence and promotional material for about the last three years.
"Being a heavy metal band we have an image to protect. We're supposed to be hard men, look tough and everything.
"Playing on the heavy metal circuit we've just become the victims of ridicule because we're known as G4."
He added: "Since G4 have come on the scene we've basically had people taking the mickey out of us and it's harmed our prospects with regards to maintaining our fan base.
"Our main goal is to gain a record deal but at the moment we're struggling to maintain our fan base because we've become a laughing stock."
Mr Abel, of Beldams Lane, Bishop's Stortford, said fans were making jokes of Geared4, even though the music of the two bands is totally different.
He said: "I think that's actually caused us more harm. We play aggressive music. We're trying to get people onto our mailing list and people are taking the mickey out of us.
"Previously we had people biting our hands off to buy our CDs and join our mailing list, sign up for the newsletter, now all they want to do is make jokes."
After Geared4 saw G4 on the ITV show they contacted ITV which passed them on to the production company which put them on to the band's manager, Louis Walsh, and his company's solicitors.
Mr Abel said the solicitors had told him Geared4 "haven't got a leg to stand on" with their complaint and they had asked Geared4 to produce evidence to support their claims.
Geared4 are still seeking legal advice, Mr Abel said.
Read the full article at The Citizen.
German hard rockers Evidence One were chosen to support the upcoming German shows in July of none other than Alice Cooper.
Jun. 03 Freiburg - Messehalle (DE)
Jul. 15 Freiburg - Zelt-und Musikfestival (DE)
Jul. 16 Wuppertal - Unisporthalle (DE)
Jul. 19 Berlin - Columbiahalle (DE)
Jul. 22 Geiselwind - Earthshaker Fest 2005 (DE)
Jul. 23 Emsdetten - Emshalle (DE)
German crossover pioneers Such a Surge will release their new CD "Alpha" on April 4. To wet your appetite, the boys from Braunschweig have now uploaded their song 'Was jetzt?' at this location.
Sweden's Soilwork have announced plans to release a DVD to celebrate the group's 10-year anniversary. "We'll film some of the upcoming shows and add a lot of backstage/tour bus footage that we have collected through the years," vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid announced. "I think our dear bass player will get his own section..."
Before embarking on an US tour with Hypocrisy, Mnemic and Dark Tranquillity, singer Strid also recorded music for a project with Blind Guardian drummer Thomen Stauch, which he described as a cross between Alice in Chains and Rammstein.
Soilwork will be joining this year's Ozzfest. Tour dates are listed here.
As I walked into BB kings on March 20th 2005, I wasn’t prepared for the night of madness ahead of me. I see an almost empty room of fans sitting and talking while they wait for the opening act. I was at the front of the line for this show, but the line was short. By the time the first band started playing I looked around to notice if anyone else had come in, they had, but they didn’t feel like standing up front. I felt like I was at a small local club for my friend’s band. Also without a barrier the experience became more intimate. More...
Black Label Society's new album, "Mafia", is stil on the Billboard Top 200 chart at number 48 this week. The album has sold almost 21,000 copies in its second week and debuted the charts at number 15. All together, the album has sold over 63,000
Black Sabbath pals Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler are considering a double header tour later in the year featuring their othjer projects Iommi/Hughes and G/Z/R. Nothing is finalized as of yet.
Channel 4 in the UK recently did a segment highlighting how the counter-culture of being "straightedge" or "straightedging", and hardcore music, is spreading from America to the shores of Europe. Topics of conversation include drinking, sex, dancing, and much more. The 8-minute clip from the Richard and Judy show can be downloaded here.