Metal News for March 24, 2008
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31 news articles posted on this day.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will join multi-Platinum act DISTURBED on tour starting late April. Along with the Disturbed dates,
there will be several special headlining club shows and radio festivals starting April 18th in Sayreville, NJ.
FFDP released their acclaimed album, THE WAY OF THE FIST, late last year and hit the road to headline the Guitar Hero II stage on the 2007 FAMILY VALUES TOUR. FFDP followed Family Values by joining Korn and HellYeah last fall, as well as FFDP’s first headlining club tour. The Spring tour dates with Disturbed will be a precursor to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM TOUR, which kicks off later this summer with Disturbed, Slipknot, Mastadon, Dragonforce and many others.
“The Bleeding,” Rate The Music’s #1 testing song in the country for the 4th week in a row, has climbed the Active Rock Charts, arriving at #8 this week. The track is the only one from a brand new band in the Top 10 and has been for 5 weeks. The video for the single, directed by Bradley Scott, can be seen on the band’s Myspace at www.myspace.com/ffdp. The video for “The Bleeding” was one of Headbangers Ball’s Top 20 videos of 2007, as voted on by the viewers. The band remains in the Top New Artist Charts at #6 this week and have sold nearly 100,000 records to date.
Here are the latest Five Finger Death Punch tour dates prior to the Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour: More...
Forgotten Empire Records labelmates Ninth Moon Black and Blackwaves are kicking off their west coast tour with Indian and Middian. Ninth Moon Black hail from Eugene Oregan and bring a unique blend of ambient music and psychotic disturbing visuals that have a distinctively dark mood, fitting of the North West.
Blackwaves are a creative force hailing from Germany, their music is a blend of straight up stoner rock, psychaedlic stuff, metal, or even goth.
In other news Ninth Moon Black's debut full length is being released today by Forgotten Empire. Copies will be available on tour as well as across various retailers and from the label directly.
The dates are as follows, visit their respective websites for more info:
Mar 25 2008: Samurai Duck w/ Indian and Middian ,Eugene, Oregon
Mar 26 2008: Monstros Pizza w/ Iron Fish and MADMOM ,Chico, California
Mar 27 2008: tba w/ Blackwaves Nevada City, California
Mar 28 2008: The Jury Room ,Santa Cruz, California
Mar 29 2008: The Stag w/ Der Spazm, Mister Vague and The Products ,Woodland, California
Mar 31 2008: tba w/ Blackwaves ,San Francisco, California
Apr 1 2008: Audies Olympic formerly Club Fred w/ Done For Good ,Fresno, California
Apr 2 2008: tba Los Angeles, California
Apr 3 2008: The Unknown Theater w/ ELEMENOPY ,Los Angeles, California
Apr 4 2008: Dayton’s Bar and Grill w/ Motherclimax ,Martinez, California
Apr 5 2008: Oak Street Speakeasy w/ Vanishing Kids and Blackwaves ,Eugene, Oregon
Recently Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose was the guest blogger on Headbanger’s Ball, he told the story about his encounter with the police near the scene of a gruesome murder. You can check it out in full here (an excerpt just won't do any good).
The Sevendust's new single, "Prodigal Son," follows: More...
Terror will shoot a video on March 25th for the song "Never Alone," from their forthcoming album. The group is looking for extras to participate:
"We need people from about 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. The more 'rugged' looking, the better; no baby-face dudes. They should wear a white undershirt or white thermal undershirt, and plain sneakers like Converse All-stars or Vans slip-ons."
The shoot will take place at the Holmesburg Prison on Torresdale Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. Interested parties should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first New England Deathfest will take place on August 8th, 9, and 10th at Club Hell & Jerky's in Providence, Rhode Island. The event will feature two stages with performances from over thirty bands. Two-day passes are available for $40 in advance, while one-day passes are $25. The following bands have been revealed thus far:
Circle Of Dead Children
Terminally Your Aborted Ghost
The Partisan Turbine
Crime In Stereo and Alternative Press have unveiled the video for Crime In Stereo's "Small Skeletal." The video for "Small Skeletal" showcases the band's emotional and intense live performance coupled with a storyline that'll tear at even the most hardened heartstrings. More information on television network debuts coming soon.
Crime In Stereo has been keeping very busy in support of "Is Dead," having just wrapped US tours with Comeback Kid and Poison The Well among others. After a quick break, the band will head back out again: first with A Day to Remember and Just Surrender in the US, then to Australia with Against Me, then over to the UK for the Big Cheese tour. Tour dates will be announced soon.
"Chris Adler (drums) and Willie Adler (guitars) are now back from a very successful and sold out clinic tour across Germany.
The band is currently hard at work on the upcoming DVD release. Although no official release or title has been announced, late spring 2008 is expected.
The band is also rumored to have begun working on new material. There are also multiple new messages from Chris at his number on TheLiveLine.com. The call is free and no membership is required. The number to call is: 866-944-5262 (if this is your first time calling, you can call repeatedly to hear each additional message)."
LACUNA COIL's Andrea Ferrero has issued the following update:
"I’ve been very busy with the works on the new Lacuna Coil album that has started taking shape. We feel like we’re on the right creative mood but we still wanna write a lot more material before we call it done."
Co- singer of the band Cristina Scabbia recently stated about the new album: "[the album] will leave you with your mouths open. We want to experiment, we want to try something completely different, something that will rock your faces more than ever while still being Lacuna Coil
SHADOWS FALL vocalist Brian Fair has checked in with the following update:
"What’s up everyone? We hope everyone had a nice Easter Weekend.
Now that we’re home from our crazy Australian – Asian tour, I wanted to share some stories with all of you. But before we get into that, I wanted to briefly touch on a subject.
Since returning home, we have been made aware of some rumours involving ourselves and our record label. Let me make this very clear ... we have no intention of splitting with our label. Atlantic Records and Roadrunner Worldwide have been amazing to us throughout the release of Threads Of Life and we look forward to continuing our working relationship with both on our next release. It appears that some people out there don’t know the difference between "rumours" and actual "news". Somehow we were linked to a blind news item that mentioned neither us or our label and a few people decided to assume it was us. Well, we all know what happens when you ASSume ...
And now that the serious stuff is through, onto the stupidity..
Check out this interview (below) we did with the (not so) upstanding folks at No Good TV." More...
As soon as the wheels of David Mcgraw’s flight touched down in San Diego where the drummer was en route to begin writing the next Cattle Decapitation album (due later this year), Axis Percussion added the infamous grind drummer to their elite roster. Not only is David an official Axis musician, the only drumming outlet for extreme drummers Sickdrummer.com conducted an interview with him for exclusive download in their PodCast section. Head over to http://www.sickdrummer.com or http://www.myspace.com/sickdrummersite to check out the exclusive PodCast with David Mcgraw.
Cattle Decapitation will also be doing some headlining show in March and April, dates are listed below:
04/05 Corona, CA The Showcase Theatre w/ Anal Blast
04/20 Hollywood, CA The Knitting Factory (Los Angeles Murderfest)
04/25 Bakersfield, CA Studio 99
05/30 Albuquerque, NM The Gathering of the Sick Festival
For more information on upcoming shows and additional Cattle Decapitation activities, visit the official Cattle Decapitation resources:
San Francisco’s melodic death metallers LIGHT THIS CITY have issued the first of four in-studio video updates, while the band is recording its fourth record, tentatively scheduled for a fall 2008 release via Prosthetic Records.
“We are now back home safely in the Bay Area from one of the most intense tours ever!” says drummer Ben Muray. “These two weeks with All That Remains and Chimaira across the US were amazing, and by far the biggest shows we have ever played. Thanks so much to all of the bands and people behind the scenes that made this tour such a success. There are tons of new pictures from the tour in the pictures section of our MySpace site. Go check those out and leave some comments!
“Now on to what you really want to hear: We have been in the studio in Oakland, CA with engineer Zack Ohren tracking the follow up to Facing the Thousand, which should see a release date in September. We couldn’t be more excited on how these new songs have turned out, and we are SURE that you guys will love them. We have posted our 1st of 4 studio journals on YouTube, so check it out by clicking here! Stay tuned for more info on the album as well as more video journals as the recording progresses.
“Lastly, we have added ‘Like Every Song’s Our Last’ onto the player on the MySpace page. Go give it some listens and thrash out in your room! We will be playing the song on the next tour, which will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!”
Here are the latest LIGHT THIS CITY tour dates prior to their previously announced tour with Death Angel, God Forbid and Soilent Green:
4/07 Redwood City, CA – The Oddstad Gallery (with The Swellers)
4/20 Bakersfield, CA – The Dome (with Dragonlord)
San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans DEATH ANGEL are pleased to announce their first full US tour since their initial split 18 years ago.
The band will embark on a co-headlining tour this May/June with GOD FORBID that will include SOILENT GREEN and LIGHT THIS CITY.
Dubbed the “In Thrash We Trust” tour, this will mark the band's first tour in support of their Killing Season record.
A visibly excited founding guitarist, Rob Cavestany, eagerly offered a few words about the event: “Death Angel is teaming up with God Forbid to hit the road and we couldn't be more stoked! In Thrash We Trust will be the first full blown tour of the states that Death Angel has done since the Act III tour in 1990 and we are gonna bring it! Also on the bill are Soilent Green and Light This City so you better prepare to get thrashed all night long! Can't wait to see you all very soon! ‘Killing Season’ has begun!!!” More...
TYPE O NEGATIVE, KINGDOM OF SORROW and SOIL will team up for several shows in early May. The details are as follows:
May 09 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
May 10 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
May 11 - The NorVa - Norfolk, VA
May 12 - The Loft - Poughkeepsie, NY (KINGDOM OF SORROW headline show)
May 13 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
May 14 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
VANMAKT's Gorgoth (a.k.a. Tais) has issued the following update on his Swedish gothic/doom metal project EERIE:
"EERIE will start the recording for our debut album, 'As The World Comes To An End', in July this year. We would start sooner but Im going to record in June with another band of mine, so we decided that it would be the best to wait and start in July so that I dont have to go away in the middle of the progress."
"The album will contain eight songs, and the full playing time is at the moment 65 minutes of music. This might change since we will work more with the intros and outros of the songs in the studio as well as some parts might be longer or shorter, this will be decided when Gadd has learned all the drumparts and were starting the pre-recording of the vocals. But I promise you an album that won't be shorter than 60 minutes." More...
FIREWIND check in with the following:
"The wait is over, Firewind’s new album The Premonition is finally available all across Europe throughout this weekend.
Supported by massive media acclaim and a stunning position at #6 in the official Greek Single charts for the album’s first single, 'Mercenary Man', Firewind are ready to reach a new level of success with The Premonition!!"
The band recently added some European summer festival dates:
26 - Bang Your Head (club pre-show) - Hechingen, Germany
27 - Grasspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
19 - Rockweekend - Kilafors, Sweden
25 - Lagoa Burning Live - Algarve, Portugal
As previously reported, Firewind's new album The Premonition will see a March 25th release in North America. More...
The Swedish death metal horde Facebreaker will do a brutal gig at Party San Open Air in August 9th. They are now searching for some interested venues that want to book Facebreaker the days before this gig.
If your interested in booking Facebreaker, just send a mail to Tais, either here on myspace or to: EPM(at)Vanmakt.com (Change the (at) to a @).
Facebreaker released their anticipated second album "Dead, Rotten An Hungry" through Pulverised Records earlier this year. The album was recorded at the Black Lounge (Zonaria, Scar Symmetry, Insision).
Here are the Facebreaker's tour dates that are already booked:
April 3 - Pub Anchor - Stockholm - Sweden
April 12 - Skylten - Linköping - Sweden
April 30 - Eldfesten - Köping - Sweden
Aug 9 - Party San - Bad Berka - Germany
Hermano has scheduled its sole US show for Saturday, March 29 at A1A in Lexington, Kentuckey.
With its members scattered across the country, one-off shows are virtually impossible for Hermano, and the band tours infrequently, making this show a truly special opportunity for fans to experience Hermano live.
Also appearing will be The Oxford Farm Report, Fabric, and Earle Grey featuring Steve Earle. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance through ticketfusion.com and $10 at the door.
Hermano’s "...Into the Exam Room," the third release from American heavy blues rockers Hermano, was released January 22 in North America via Regain Records. The group, which features musical heavyweights John Garcia (Kyuss/Unida), David Angstrom (Black Cat Bone/Supafuzz), Steve "Dandy" Brown (Dock Ellis/Orquesta del Desierto), Chris Leathers (Supafuzz), and Mike Callahan (Disengage/Earshot), went for a classic old-school escape-ism approach with "…Into the Exam Room." No messages, no hidden meanings – just pure heavy rock lined with beautiful harmonies and Garcia’s distinct yowl.
Formed in 1998 as a side project, Hermano has flourished for nearly a decade. The group’s writing sessions happen in its members’ respective cities, with ideas tossed into the song library by every member until the quintet sifts through and chooses the best.
Swedish metallers HELLTRAIN, who will issue their new album, Rock 'N' Roll Devil, in May, have issued the following update:
"The title track 'Rock 'N' Roll Devil' and a live interview with Helltrain was aired on Swedish Radio Norrbotten P4 on March 13th on their morning show."
"You can listen to the show whenever you feel like, just use the link below. Helltrain are on about 26:20 minutes into the show. You have to allow pop-up windows in your browser. You might have to select your preferable media player, just select either Real Player or Windows Media and klick the green "Spara" button."
Listen to "Rock 'N' Roll Devil" here.
"The Islander", the new single from Finnish/Swedish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH, will be released on May 21 and will include the following tracks:
01. The Islander
02. Escapist (instrumental version)
03. Meadows Of Heaven (orchestral version)
Additionally, it will include the videos for "The Islander" and "Bye Bye Beautiful".
Check out the "The Islander" single artwork at this location.
The video for "The Islander" was shot last autumn in Rovaniemi, Finland and was directed by Stobe Harju. The clip will premiere on April 14 at 7:00 p.m. (Finnish time) on MTV Finland's show "Spanking New".
Melbourne, Australia-based progressive power metallers EYEFEAR have issued the following update:
"As some of you may have already read on the Dockyard 1 website, our next album is being mixed and most likely mastered by Tommy Hansen. We are very happy to be working with such a talented guy and believe he'll give us the sound we are looking for on this next album. Sadly, this means we wont be working with Andy LaRocque [KING DIAMOND guitarist] who mixed the last two albums (and did a great job given the time he had) and was kind enough to play some solos on 'A World Full of Grey'. He has been great to work with and is an awesome guy and we hope to work with him again."
EYEFEAR's latets album, "A World Full of Grey", was released last June via Dockyard 1. The CD was recorded at keyboardist Sammy Giaccotto's studio Peak Time Productions in Melbourne, Australia and was mixed by Andy La Rocque at Los Angered Studios in Sweden.
Check out audio samples at the band's MySpace page.
Finland's OMNIUM GATHERUM issue the following update:
"Time has come for the fourth OG album recordings, as we´ve been more productive than ever and the new stuff have been written in a few months and this is really new way of acting for OG! Working title for the new album at the moment is Red Shift Mystery..."
"We've been also doing quite a lot of pre-production this time and this is also the new way for us. So, we´ll be afraid about what´s coming up with this next chapter - it might even become a good album!? The third new way of acting with this OG record is that the album will be done in three different studios; drums will be done at Sound Supreme studio, other recordings will be done at good ol´ local & loyal SouthEastSounds studio and mixing and mastering will be done in Örebro, Sweden at Unisound studio with the Dan the man Swanö! I already met Mr. Swanö this weekend and had a 'business-beer' with the man and everything seems really cool with this co-operation." More...
DOMINICI - featuring ex-DREAM THEATER vocalist Charlie Dominici - are gearing up for the release of their new album O3: A Trilogy - Part 3. The new song 'Enemies Of God' is currently streaming at this location.
Release dates for O3: A Trilogy - Part 3 are as follows:
Japan: March 26th
Germany, Austria, and Switzerland: April 18th
Europe: April 21st
North America: April 22nd
California metallers STEEL PROPHET — who were rejoined by vocalist Rick Mythiasin a year ago — have issued the following update:
"The band has finished all instrumental and vocal tracks for two songs. The songs are tentatively titled 'Transformation Staircase' and 'Trickery of the Scourge'. Sessions took place at Horacio's [Colmenares, guitar] studio in La Puente and the band was very pleased with the results."
"A preliminary mix of one of the songs will be made available on the band's MySpace site in the near future. The songs are similar in nature to material from 'The Goddess Principle' and 'Dark Hallucinations'. The band is also starting rehearsals for their appearance at the 2008 Swordbrothers Festival September 13th in Andernach, Germany. STEEL PROPHET is the headline act for the festival." More...
Canadian progressive death metallers AUGURY have issued the following update:
"We finally recorded the drum and rhythm guitar tracks for AUGURY's second album. Since he fulfilled this last crucial task for us, Etienne Gallo [the group's original drummer] sadly decided to leave the band. So while we complete the recording process, we will welcome applications from all drummers interested to take over the position. We also accept video recorded performances as auditions. Please contact us at the following address: email@example.com. We will contact selected candidates and we thank in advance everyone who will apply to play with us."
AUGURY's debut album, "Concealed", came out in 2004.
VADER, SEPTICFLESH, ZONARIA and GILLA BRUJA will team up for a European tour between October 17 and November 2. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
VADER will play an exclusive show in Egypt on April 11 at La Villa Club in Kair at. Support at the concert will come from local acts WORM and DARK PHILOSOPHY. The show will be organized by Music Gates agency.
Commented Mariusz Kmiolek of the Polish booking agency Massive Music: "That will be definitely an exciting outing, VADER have never played in Egypt and frankly speaking, we feel almost like pioneers trying to put up a death metal flag on a 'no-man's-land.' We have some doubts (concerning safety and gig's organization) but hopefully the organizers of the show will do the best to make this show an unforgettable experience both for the fans and the band. We are going to play a great concert for a great audience and be back home safe and sound."
Two weeks before the Egypt concert, VADER will embark on a tour of South America, playing 10 shows with MARDUK in such countries as Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.
Classic metal reissue label Lost and Found Records USA has signed a license deal with Razar Ice Records to reissue two rarities from the TOKYO BLADE catalog. In spring of 2008, the albums "Warrior of the Rising Sun" and "Blackhearts and Jaded Spades" will be available on CD, both remastered and with rare bonus material never before available on CD.
"Warrior of the Rising Sun" was originally released in 1985 as a best-of compilation, with tracks from the "Midnight Rendezvous", "Madame Guillotine" EP, and "Night of the Blade" releases. Originally pressed on vinyl and cassette, this will be the first time being offered on CD format. This two CD release will offer the rare pre-TOKYO BLADE KILLER demos from 1981.
"Blackhearts and Jaded Spades" also released in 1985 has been a highly sought after release on CD for collectors worldwide. As bonus material, this reissue will contain the "Cave Sessions" demos, and the 12" "Undercover Honeymoon" release. More...
Grindcore legends REPULSION have been added as direct support on select dates of AT THE GATES’ Summer tour. Also performing will be DARKEST HOUR and MUNICIPAL WASTE. Dates are as follows:
July 25 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
July 26 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
July 27 - Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
BURY YOUR DEAD have posted the lyrics of all the songs on their new self-titled album on their MySpace page. The album, out now on Victory Records, is the first to feature new vocalist Myke Terry (ex-CASSIUS). Here is the complete track listing:
01. Sympathy Orchestra
02. Disposably Yours
03. Fever Dream
04. Infidels Hymn
05. Angel With A Dirty Face
06. Hands To Hide The Shame
08. A Devils Ransom
09. Dust To Dust
10. Fools Gold
11. Year One
PAIN have posted this message on their blog:
"We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a very important part of PAIN. Jens (Ingolf). He's the guy that makes it all possible. He does everything from tuning, building the stage set, he is our secret keyboard, percussion and backing vocals dude. He's our fluffer, prostitute, and 'lilla gubben'. He makes all of our beds every night and makes sure we are in them by noon the day after. He was the first person to walk on the moon and has a double PHD in acting and world languages. He wears medium sized underwear and is from Dalarna. To you he's MR Ingolf and to us he's MS Bitch, our little 'poppsnöre', our all beloved black sheep. We love you dude!
In a couple of minutes we're leaving country #11 for country #13. Sorry... 12. Tonight's show was really cool. We are not worthy. We also have a guest from Sweden riding in our bus with us for a week. Who do you think it is? Suggestions are welcome." More...
DEVILDRIVER have added shows in Wales, Germany, France, Holland, Estonia and Russia to their European tour. It now stands as follows:
22 - Wrexham, Wales - Central Station **
23 - Birmingham, England - Academy
24 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
25 - Manchester, England - Academy
26 - London, England - Brixton Academy
28 - Colgne, Germany - Die Werkstatt **
29 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo **
30 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Rockhal Club **
1 - Hellendoorn, Holland - Dauwpop Festival **
3 - Tallin, Estonia - Club Hollywoood **
5 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Orlandina **
6 - Moscow, Russia - Tochka **
** new dates
GOD FORBID have issued the following update:
"God Forbid will be taking some time from the studio to do a couple shows next month. First off, we will be playing in our hometown of New Brunswick, NJ for the first time in nearly a decade. The show will take place at The Court Tavern which is also the location of the first ever show we played (before we were called God Forbid). Keep in mind this show is 21 and up, and the room only holds about 200 people, and there are no pre-sale tickets. First come, first serve. We hope to see a lot of old faces. We also be playing this year's New England Metal Fest which is familiar ground for the band, and we look forward to playing with our good friends in Meshuggah and Nevermore. Good times for all!"
11 - New Brunswick, NJ - The Court Tavern (21 and up)
27 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metal Fest)
God Forbid are currently preparing for a US tour with DEATH ANGEL SOILENT GREEN and LIGHT THIS CITY starting in May. Below are the confirmed dates: More...