Metal News for March 25, 2008
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British band Raging Speedhorn is calling it quits after roughly ten years together. Here's a statement from the band:
"I'm a little sad to say that after this year, 2008, Raging Speedhorn will be no more. Some of our old friends knew this already but a while ago we decided that after 10 years it is time to move on and do something else, create something new.
"10 years feels like a really long time and we all feel absolutely blessed to have been part of this band. We have travelled the world playing Speedhorn songs, we've toured the US, Japan and Europe numerous times and played just about every shit hole there is to play in our beloved UK!
"With our last record, we really felt like there was nothing left to do. We feel like 'Before the Sea Was Built' is an apt way to sign off.
"The memories of my 10 years in Raging Speedhorn will stay with me forever. They have been both the happiest and most desperate times of my life. Although I'm sure not one of us would change a second of it.
"We've all come a long way from being 19 years old and living in Corby. And now it's time to make the next transistion and move on to pastures new. I'm sure plenty of new projects will arise involving one or two of us.
"We'll be playing our final ever UK shows sometime in the autumn. Thank you for listening."
Knut has lined up a few European dates for next month. Here are the confirmed tour dates:
04/22 Saint-Jean de Vedas (Languedoc-Roussillon) @ Secret Place
04/23 St-Lys/Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées @ Terre Blanque
04/24 Bilbao/Barakaldo, Vizcaya @ Edaska
04/25 Barroselas, Viana do Castelo @ Open Air
04/26 Madrid, Madrid @ Pub Lullaby
Ringworm will play a few shows this weekend in the Midwest. Here are the gig dates:
3/28 Mokena, IL @ The Soundlab w/ Blood In Blood Out, more
3/29 Evansville, IN @ Club 1123 w/ Pulling Teeth, more
3/30 Romeo, MI @ Static Age w/ King Of All Monsters, more
Southern California-based black metallers LAKE OF BLOOD have inked a deal with Milkweed Records. The band recently finished recording its debut, "Heed the Primal Calling", which features four songs of "epic black metal, recommended to fans of DRUDKH, EMPEROR, IMMORTAL, and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM," according to a press release. The CD was recorded in Southern California and mixed at Sky Blue Studios, and tells the story of "returning to primal, more natural state of being."
"Heed the Primal Calling" will be released early summer 2008. The band will embark on a small, West Coast tour with Portland, Oregon black metallers LEECH.
"Heed the Primal Calling" track listing:
01. Nameless I Arise
02. Heed the Primal Calling
03. The Darkest Path
04. Lake of Blood
You can listen to all four tracks at the band's MySpace page.
Arizona based metal band RISING PAIN have updated their MySpace page to include their new video, for the track "The Essence Of Decay." Check out the clip here.
The band are expected to release their second full-length album later this year.
SOUL EMBRACED, the Little Rock, Arkansas-based band featuring ex-EVANESCENCE drummer William "Rocky" Gray, has posted a new song, entitled "A Curtain Of Deceit," on the group's MySpace page. The track comes off SOUL EMBRACED's first studio album since 2003, "Dead Alive", due on April 29 through Solid State Records. The CD was produced by Barry Poynter (LIVING SACRIFICE, ZAO) and was mixed by HATE ETERNAL/former MORBID ANGEL guitarist Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, SIX FEET UNDER, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD).
"Dead Alive" track listing:
01. To End It All
02. Breaking Point
03. A Curtain Of Deceit
04. The Devil's Reflection
05. Everything Reminds Me Of You
06. Le Fin Absolue Du Monde
08. Into Darkness
09. Judas I've Become
10. Blood Stained Nevada
11. Kill This
12. In Memory
13. Dead Alive
"Monolithe III", the third full-length album from the French doom metal band MONOLITHE, which was previously scheduled for a March 2008 release, has been delayed.
Guitarist Sylvain Bégot commented: "I, on behalf of the whole band, would like to apologize and thank the numerous people who showed impatience and anxiety toward the band's current hiatus. But the record we're making is very special and strange, so it makes things complicated to do. Be sure that the album will be released this year and will, of course, keep its promises!"
"Monolithe III" is scheduled to include contributions from the following musicians:
Sylvain Bégot: rhythm, bass & lead guitars, all devices
Benoît Blin (DEVIANZ): bass & lead guitars
Richard Loudin (DESPOND): vocals
Vindsval (BLUT AUS NORD): vocals
Marc Canlers (ANTHEMON): sound carving
Grand Rapids, Michigan's STILL REMAINS has released the following statement:
"Dear friends, fans, and family, this is a goodbye letter from us to you. We will be seeing most of you again I'm sure but not from on stage. We've decided to make this headlining tour our last as STILL REMAINS and Cornerstone Festival our last show. We want to thank all of the wonderful loving people we've met in the past few years for being there for us. It's been an amazing run but we are done for personal reasons. No, we don't hate each other or want to punch each other in the face. It's just time for us to move on to different things in our lives. Please come see us on our headlining tour and help us go out with a bang! We are extremely excited to see what the future holds for each and every one of us. So keep your eyes and ears open and God Bless!!!"
STILL REMAINS' sophomore CD for Roadrunner Records, "The Serpent," was released last August.
Southern California’s ANTAGONIST have confirmed two upcoming SoCal shows, the first being April 12 in Anaheim at Chain Reaction alongside the band’s friends in Suicide Silence and The Faceless. Next up, the ANTAGs will hit the road to meet up with Dragonlord and Prosthetic Records labelmates LIGHT THIS CITY up in Bakersfield at The Dome for 420 Fest, which will also feature a bunch of other bands.
In other news, ANTAGONIST continues posting video updates from inside the studio where the band has been holed up with producer Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, The Confession, Deftones), recording the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, Exist.
The follow-up to 2006’s An Envy of Innocence, Exist will tentatively see a release late this summer. More...
Guitarist/founder Stefania Ponzilacqua of technic death metal act ETERNAL TRAGEDY has contacted BW&BK with news that the forthcoming new album, entitled "Forever," is almost ready for release.
Produced by Stefano Tappari (CADAVERIA) and co-produced by Stefania, Forever features the following tracklisting: "Prisoners," "Crime Of The Soul," "Eternal Tragedy," "Forever," "Life Expression," "Outside Of Mercy," "Like A Stone," "Dictator."
The Download website has announced some more bands for this years festival. Metal and rock fans who have been previously disapointed and even angry will probably not find any comfort in the latest batch of acts confirmed for the festival. Bullet For My Valentine, Madina Lake, Fightstar, Seether and Biffy Clyro have been confirmed as the latest additions to the British festival.
The full line up so far is as follows:
The Offspring (headliners)
Lost Prophets (headliners)
Judas Priest (special guests)
A Day To Remember
Black Dahlia Murder
Bullet For My Valentine
Children Of Bodom
Coheed And Cambria
The Devil Wears Prada
Dillinger Escape Plan
Jimmy Eat World
Job For A Cowboy
Stay tuned for more updates on the event.
Getting bullied in school - it's every young student's worst nightmare, and the basis of "Waking the Demon," the next promo video and U.S. single from Bullet For My Valentine's sophomore album, "Scream Aim Fire" (Jive/Zomba). "Waking the Demon" is probably the hardest song on Bullet's album and has its roots in the band members' own experiences of getting beat up at school because they had long hair or because they were in a band.
According to Bullet For My Valentine's vocalist/lyricist Matt Tuck, "'Waking the Demon' is about finding someone's inner demon. Most of us in the band got pushed around in school so the song is about getting tormented, day in and day out for years, and then one day - 'snap!' - like that!"
The video for "Walking the Demon" was written and directed by Max Nichols (son of Academy Award-winning director Mike) and will breathe a visual life into Bullet's lyrics:
"There's just no limits to the boundaries you push
I've warned you but still you just f**k with my mind
There's no escape from this rage
That I feel
Nothing is real
Breathe for me, don't wake me from this slumber
Stay with me possession taking over."
Bullet For My Valentine is currently co-headlining the North American Taste of Chaos tour which kicked off on February 29. Remaining tour dates are as follows: More...
At A Loss Recordings is planning to release Minsk's "Out of A Center..." on LP before summer 2008. The original album was released on CD in 2005. You can expect a deluxe edition with different artwork, gatefold, double lp, and with a free digital download.
Minsk is currently on tour with Zoroaster. Here are the latest Minsk tour dates:
03/26/08 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
03/27/08 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
03/28/08 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
03/29/08 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
03/30/08 Nashville, TN @ The End
Century Media Records has announced the addition of TERROR to their roster, and will release the band’s third full-length, The Damned, The Shamed on June 10th. The album was produced by Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall) and is “sure to please the band’s diehard fanbase, while garnering a new legion of young maniacal supporters.”
Frontman Scott Vogel comments on the newly signed deal: “After a good run with Trustkill and several cool releases TERROR felt it was time for a fresh push and to attack from a whole new angle. We are very pleased to put out our next record with Century Media. We are lucky enough to travel and tour every corner of the earth and CM has a great worldwide presence. Plus, with a back catalogue of MERAUDER, SHADOWS FALL, and BEHEMOTH, we are in great company.”
TWISTED SISTER have updated their site to reveal more scheduled live dates.
The band's tour itinerary currently includes the following shows:
10 - Lovech, Bulgaria - Lovech Music Festival (free)
15 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Arrow Rock Festival
11 - Feria de Muestras, Zaragoza, Spain - Monsters Of Rock Festival
13 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Rock & Roll Lounge
9 - Tuuri, Finland - Miljoonarock Festival 2008
15 - Lillehammer, Norway - Metal Rock Festival
13 - Milan, Italy - Rock Of Ages - A September To Remember Festival
More dates to be announced.
Swedish death metallers SANCTIFICATION, featuring present/former members of GOD AMONG INSECTS, IN BATTLE and SOULDRAINER, have issued the following update:
"All the 9 songs for the album are done and the rehearsals are in full progress."
"We are trying to get the pieces together with (drummer) Tony (Laureano - DIMMU BORGIR, ex-NILE, ANGELCORPSE) now but it is not easy since he is on the road with Dimmu Borgir, and the time table can be a bit tight for rehearsals and so on."
"We do have a backup plan but Tony is our first choice so we hope that we will be able to solve this."
"More info soon."
New York hardcore legends SKARHEAD are returning for one-show in Tempe, Arizona on April 26, 2008. The band, which features Lord Ezec (a.k.a. Danny Diablo) and Puerto Rican Myke, will make its first live appearance since its last performance at 2006's Superbowl of Hardcore. The rest of the group's lineup will consist of Rigg Ross of MADBALL on drums, Danny Marianino of NORTH SIDE KINGS on guitar, Todd Hamilton of WARZONE on bass, and Brandon Crane of THE CO-DEFENDANTS on guitar. Also on the bill are NORTH SIDE KINGS, CEE KAY (LCN, STEREO MECHANICS, SHOT BLOCKERS), BRICKTOP, GEORGE MOSHINGTON, and CAROLINA CRACKER. The concert is open to everyone 21 and older and will take place at The Stray Cat, located at 2433 E. University Dr. Tempe, Arizona. The show is being presented by AMJ Concerts and is a Dirty Money Syndicate production.
Sweden's FISSION, led by BORKNAGAR/VINTERSORG frontman Andreas Hedlund (aka Vintersorg), have issued the a trailer for their forthcoming album Pain Parade, due to be released via Aphotic Records (view here).
Tracklisting for Pain Parade is as follows: "Chains," "Frequency Control," "Dear Frenzy!," "Pain Parade," "Machination (The Kallocain Protocol)," "Collision And Collapse," "Earthquaker" and "Mekanisk är Själen."
The album is curretnly being mixed at Ballerina Audio with Nils Johanson (Vintersorg, NAGLFAR, TME). More...
UK doom legends MY DYING BRIDE have entered the studio to begin recording their next album. Pre-production started last week and the band has since gone into full studio mode at Futureworks in Manchester, with Mags once again at the helm.
According to guitarist Andrew Craighan, there are no song or album titles yet, but the feel of the album is, in his words, "heading for empty and bleak with flashes of rage."
MY DYING BRIDE last year announced the addition of bassist Lena Abé and drummer Dan Mullins (THINE, BAL-SAGOTH, SERMON OF HYPOCRISY) to the group's ranks.
The band's ninth studio effort, "A Line of Deathless Kings", was released in October 2006 via Peaceville/Snapper Music.
NEMHAIN, featuring ex-CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Adrian Erlandsson and his wife Morrigan Hel, have issued the following update:
"As we write this from the cosy confines of Studio Fredman, the snow is relentlessly falling outside, threatening to stop us from ever leaving our Swedish hideaway …"
"We’ve just finished our first day of recording, and after getting the drum-kit set up, we’ve laid down the bass and drum tracks for Honey, and things are sounding pretty rockin’! We plan to record about 13 tracks over the 3 weeks that we’re here, which, at some point later in the year, will be unleashed to spread the infection far and wide!" More...
BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch has checked in with the following update:
"We will be attending the upcoming role-playing game convention in Münster, Germany (April 26th, 27th). The role-playing game convention is something like an Eldorado for fans of these kinds of games. And, because we are such game fans ourselves, it is a privilege to be able to introduce the song we have recorded for Sacred 2 - Fallen Angel (aptly named 'Sacred') to this like-minded crowd. Because for us the song shows a perfect mix of mystical pathos and orchestral bombast we are sure that the presentation of the song in combination with selected visual sequences from the game with be a highlight of the convention. See you there."
Blowupnihilist will be recording a new album this April. "Deconstructionism: The Most Sincere Form of Self Criticism," will be recorded once again at the Red Room in Seattle; who've recently had bands Mastodon, Mouth of the Architect, These Arms Are Snakes, and Shook Ones in their studio. Andrew Gormley (Playing Enemy, Rorschach, El Cerdo) will be producing, and a tour is being scheduled for this summer. More info and music from Blowupnihilist can be found on their MySpace page.
Los Angeles rockers MY RUIN have recently posted a new song on the band's MySpace page. The track "Nothing Is Sacred" is taken from the group's latest album, "Throat Full Of Heart", which was produced by Mick Murphy and Duane Burda and released through the band's own imprint label Rovena Recordings via Cargo Records UK.
In other news, MY RUIN has posted a fourth music video from the new album for the song "Slide You The Horn". The clip was filmed by two longtime fans and friends of the band — Tor Burrows and Ryan Cork of Acid Pie Productions — with footage shot at the Carling Academy in Birmingham, England on MY RUIN's January Tell Your God Tour. Also available is a live video for the song "Burn The Witch", which was filmed at the Whisky A-Go Go in February 2008. Both clips feature guitarist Mick Murphy, bassist Chris Lisee and new drummer Marcelo Palomino, who was vocalist Tairrie B's former bandmate years ago in MANHOLE/TURA SATANA. More...
Funeral Doom legends WORSHIP will be hitting the road later this year featuring members of BEYOND THE VOID for the "10 Years Of Worship Tour". More select performances are expected to be announced shortly. Dates include:
April 19 - Moscow, Russia @ Tochka (Moscow Doom Festival III)
May 31 - Brno, Czech Republic @ Yacht
June 7 - Spremberg, Germany @ Erebos e.V. (Sludge Noise Night V)
June 21 - Tokyo-Kouenji, Japan @ 20000V
June 22 - Tokyo-Asakusa, Japan @ Kurawood
September 20 - Oslo, Norway @ South Of Heaven
November 9 - Cologne, Germany @ MTC
You can check out a new song from VEIL OF MAYA entitled “We Bow In Its Aura” online over at the band’s official MySpace page. The track comes off their upcoming new album, The Common Man’s Collapse, which is set to be released on April 1st via Sumerian Records.
Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM will embark on a short tour of Japan in July. The dates are as follows:
July 05 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
July 06 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
July 07 - Nagoya, Japan - Diamond Hall
July 09 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch
July 10 - Hiroshima, Japan - Club Quattro
July 11 - Fukuoka, Japan - Drum Logos
Norway's BORKNAGAR has announced that Jens Ryland (guitar) and Erik Tiwaz (a.k.a. Tyr; bass) are back as permanent members of the band.
Jens Ryland was a longtime member of BORKNAGAR and contributed to "The Archaic Course", "Quintessence" and "Empiricism" albums before he quit in 2003 due to other priorities in life.
Erik Tiwaz joined the band in 2000 and participated on "Empiricism" as a regular member. In 2004 he quit the band due to personal reasons but contributed as a session musician to "Origin" in 2006.
Jens Ryland comments on his reunion with the band: "I'm happy to say I'm again joining the proud ranks of BORKNAGAR, but it also feels strange as I have never really cut the string entirely. It's funny how the world turns, and age has not worn out this crew at all, on the contrary the band seems relaxed, content and more than ready for new adventures." More...
M.A.N, the group formed out of the ashes of Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE (featuring former MNEMIC frontman Tony Jelencovich), will film a video for the song "?" during the band's March 31 concert at Debaser in Stockholm, Sweden
M.A.N has scheduled the following dates:
Mar. 31 - The Tube Club/Debaser - Stockholm, Sweden
Apr. 01 - Logo - Hamburg, Germany
Apr. 02 - Movie - Bielefeld, Germany
Apr. 03 - Gaschessel - Biel/Bienne - Bern, Switzerland
Apr. 04 - Pub de Manoir (TBC) - St. Maurice - Wallis, Germany
Apr. 05 - Happy Day Club - Wolfenscheissen, Switzerland
Apr. 26 - Pub Anchor - Stockholm, Sweden
May 03 - Tiefdruck Festiva - Hamburg, Germany
May 23 - Belsepub - Göteborg, Sweden
Detroit, Michigan death-thrashers NOCTURNAL FEAR have issued the following update:
"Necromodeus (Chas Schoals) from the Satanic beer metal band SUMMON (MI) has left the band and now is with NOCTURNAL FEAR (Detroit, MI). Necro has been with the band for one year, playing bass and backing vocals. We have written a ton of new music, recorded a demo six months ago, and are in the studio NOW!"
"All music is complete, but there was a snag in the session... Warginder, singer of NOCTURNAL FEAR, was released from his duties on vocals, and Necromodeus has taken his rank as head commander on vocals and bass!"
"Three more songs to do on vocals and this masterpiece of death-thrash will be complete. The new album is titled 'Code of Violence' and will be released on none other than Moribund Records." More...
Washington DC based metallers, Darkest Hour, issue the following update:
"Darkest Hour is stoked to announce we will be headed to Central and South America this spring.
Not to mention the recently announced show in the Philippines! Here is the schedule, if you live near any of these shows then GET IN THE PIT!"
Darkest Hour's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
April 26: Quezon City @ Amoranto Stadium
May 23: Mexico City @ The Hard Rock
May 24: Monterey @ Cafe Iguana
June 7: Quito City @ TBA
June 8: Bogata @ TBA
PHARAOH, the American heavy metal band featuring vocalist Tim Aymar (CONTROL DENIED), has made available a second song from its upcoming album, entitled "Be Gone". The song "Telepath" is now available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. Drummer Chris Black explains, "'Telepath' is about the erosion of human intelligence on a mass scale. There are other songs on the album relating to the general deterioration of human life, but this one has an almost psychological perspective. It's very sinister, and I guess that will happen when Tim and I collaborate on lyrics!"
Cruz del Sur Music has set an April 24 release date for "Be Gone", and the album may be pre-ordered now from Cruz del Sur or its North American distributor, The End Records. More...
Finnish band EMBRAZE, which features in its ranks FOR MY PAIN guitarist Lauri Tuohimaa, has issued the following update:
"Small break is now behind us and we have started to work on new songs. There are five raw versions at the moment and I might say that they sound new and fresh EMBRAZE."
"Vibe has not been the best possible this winter, and to be honest, the end has never been as close as it has been this year… But after today’s rehearsal it feels really good and continuation is definitely to be expected. All the shit will be erupted together into music: the work name of the new album is 'Hekla', which should tell what kind of eruption is coming."
"At the moment we are working on new songs and recording demos. We are taking our time to work on the material during spring and summer."
THE BEREAVED vocalist Travis Neal has posted this message on the band's MySpace page:
Sorry for the time away. I have been back in the US getting everything in order to get back out to Sweden in July for some PR for the new record 'Daylight Deception' due out this summer from VIC records. Everything has kinda been in limbo with the video still being edited and the record in the mixing process. Everything seems to be moving nicely but it just has it's time it has to take. As you are all dying to hear this new record so are we!
I just received a mix of 'Alter The image' today from Tobhias that he received from Dan Swanö. The mix sounds amazing!! We have a feeling you are all gonna love this record! Hopefully I will get a finished mix soon so I can post it up for all of your ears!
We have been starting to throw around ideas for some new material as well. I have been sent stuff and have been talking with the band two to three times a week so we are all on the same page. The new stuff sounds amazing as well. So far all the members in the band are putting together ideas and songs so with all of our own influence and background the music is sounding great!
Like I said I will be back in Sweden in July, We are planning some CD release parties as well as some shows in Orebro, Gothenburg and Stockholm. So hopefully we will be able to reach all of you there and see and hang with you all. I'm really looking forward to the trip back and hanging with all the incredible people I met when I was there again! We possibly have some things in the works for a US tour this year but nothing is written in stone yet so I will not speak of it until I have the solid plan! But it is definitely something to look forward to for THE BEREAVED and for our US fan base.
Well I guess that's all for now, keep checking for updates and news as it comes. Once again we love you all and can't thank you enough for your ongoing support!!! WE'LL SEE YA ALL VERY SOON!!!"
Long-running Florida-based death metallers MONSTROSITY have tapped bassist Ben Kuzay for their upcoming tours. MONSTROSITY will also have former bassist Kelly Conlon make a special guest appearance during the band's show in Boston on Thursday, March 27. Kelly will sit in on a couple of tracks off 1999's "In Dark Purity".
VITAL REMAINS and MONSTROSITY "Icons Of The Apocalypse" tour dates are as follows:
Mar. 26 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
Mar. 27 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East
Mar. 28 - Buffalo, NY @ Michalina's
Mar. 29 - Kenosha, WI @ UW Parkside (MONSTROSITY only w/ MACABRE)
Mar. 30 - Superior, WI @ Tyomies (MONSTROSITY only)
Mar. 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Jigsaw
Apr. 01 - Bowling Green, OH @ Howards Club H
Apr. 02 - Lansing, MI @ Macs
Apr. 03 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuks
Apr. 04 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
Apr. 05 - South Bend, IN @ Elvas
Apr. 06 - Indianapolis, IN @ Zanies Too
Apr. 07 - Nashville,TN @ The Muse
Apr. 08 - Iowa City, IA @ The Picador
Apr. 09 - Tulsa, OK @ Otherside
Apr. 10 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Apr. 11 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Apr. 12 - Ogden, UT @ Kamikazes
Apr. 13 - Portland, OR @ Rock n Roll Pizza
Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
Apr. 15 - Petaluma,CA @ Phoenix Theater
Apr. 16 - Reno, NV @ Island Oasis
Apr. 17 - Modesto, CA @ Fat Cats
Apr. 18 - Fresno, CA @ Exit
Apr. 19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory (LA Murderfest)
Apr. 20 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
Apr. 21 - Albuquerque,NM @ The Compound
Apr. 22 - El Paso, TX @ Chics
Apr. 23 - Austin,TX @ Red 7
Apr. 24 - Versailles, Kentucky @Skyborne Studios
Apr. 25 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Apr. 26 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium (New England Metal and HC Fest)
Apr. 27 - Yonkers, NY @ The Haunt
MONSTROSITY with GRAVE, ABYSMAL DAWN, STRONG INTENTION:
May 08 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 09 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero (with OBITUARY, DYING FETUS)
May 10 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
May 11 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
May 12 - New Orleans, LA @ The Bar
May 13 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
May 14 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
May 15 - Milwuakee, WI @ TBA
May 16 - South Bend, IN @ Elvas
May 17 - Lansing, MI @ Macs
May 18 - Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
May 19 - Iowa City, IA @ Picador
May 20 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies
May 22 - Cleveland, OH @ Jigsaw
May 23 - Allentown, PA @ Sterling
May 24 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
May 25 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Steppin Out
May 26 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
May 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 30 - Providence, RI @ Club Hell
May 31 - Albany, NY @ Upper Deck
MTV.com has issued the following report from Chris Harris:
During VELVET REVOLVER's show on Thursday night in Glasgow, Scotland, frontman Scott Weiland - who finished another stint in rehab just before the start of the band's European tour - made a rather peculiar and unexpected announcement, one that stirred considerable debate among VR fans all weekend.
According to several media and fan accounts, Weiland told the sold-out crowd that they were "watching something special ... the last tour by Velvet Revolver." At least one account of the evening's proceedings suggests Weiland's revelation was news to the rest of the band; the tour concludes on April 1st in the Netherlands.
"[Guitarist] Slash, [bassist] Duff [McKagan], [drummer] Matt [Sorum] and [guitarist] Dave [Kushner] all looked at each other. ...They sang 'Fall To Pieces,' [and] then Scott goes over to the side of the stage and argues with the sound guy," one eyewitness reported on a forum devoted to the group. "After a couple of songs, he threw his [microphone] down and walked off. After a long wait, Duff came out with the band and sang the start of 'It's So Easy'. Scott shows up about half way through, sang really half-assed, then [was] gone again."
There is yet to be a response to the statements made by MTV from the bands website or management but drummer Matt Sorum had this to say on his blog:
"[We] had a little band turmoil on stage, as you probably all could tell," he wrote. "Being in a band is a lot like being in a relationship. Sometimes, you just don't get along. I guess there has been more turmoil lately, with the cancellations and all. It has been frustrating; I am not going to lie. My career and life in rock and roll has come with its ups and downs. Unfortunately, some people in this business don't realize how great of a life they have. Touring the world, meeting great people, and fans all over the world - and just playing music for a living. I feel truly blessed. But sometimes the road can be draining for some.
"Being away from home and family does grind on you sometimes," Sorum continued. "Personally, I love this sh-- and sometimes can't believe I am so lucky to still be doing what I do for a living. Everybody could see who was unhappy [at the Glasgow show], but all I can say is let's keep the rock alive, people. In this life, you just pick up and keep moving. And don't ever let anybody stand in your way."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
New Jersey melodic metallers, Skies Devoured, issue the following update on their MySpace page:
"If you haven’t noticed yet, the newly-recorded tracks that were intended for the EP are up on the player. Now, the entire "former EP" is available for your listening pleasure--from "Untitled" to "Beyond the Frozen Gates". Unfortunately, we are not using these tracks for an EP. Instead, we’re releasing the six tracks as a 2008 Demo."
"As of now, we are working on brand new songs so we can play them live for you all. =) These songs are intended for an album of some sort. As far as the theme of the songs go, we are still dwelling in the realm of dark emotion, betrayal, and various other epic themes. There will also be melody...lots of it!"
"Stay tuned...stay METAL!!"
REVOLTING is the name of a new band from Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, RIBSPREADER) which is dedicated to the absolute worship of late '80s death metal (CARNAGE, IMPETIGO) and horror/gore films from the 1980s. "With today's modern horror sucking beyond redemption and death metal being plagued by rap, emo, and fake boring 'brutality,' Rogga felt it was time to do a truly PURE and ugly, rotting, putrid death metal band for the love of it and to get back to the basics of what all of this madness is about anyway!" according to a press release.
Kam Lee (MASSACRE, DENIAL FIEND) is set to share the vocals along with Rogga Johansson (RIBSPREADER, PAGANIZER) for the band REVOLTING. Side by side, juxtapositionally, The Tyrant and the Revolting One shall bring an onslaught of terror and sheer horrid vocal mayhem to the scene with their contrast and different forms of style. They are coming together and blending their unique vocal techniques along with their all-out shared admiration of '80s horror and "true" death metal as the band REVOLTING.
Teaming up with Razorback Records, the label known for its obsession with old-school metal and horror, REVOLTING chose its name "to reflect the gross, nasty, gory, and insane horror films from the '80s such as 'Street Trash', 'The Blob', 'Redneck Zombies', and other mutant gross-out fests that make life worth living," according to a press release.
The spirit of IMPETIGO is alive and well, and REVOLTING is looking to keep the gory tradition going with the release of their debut album, "Dreadful Pleasures", sometime in 2008 on Razorback Records.
Commented Kam Lee: "Plans to do BEWARE are still to unfold, and I'm looking forwards to my involvement with Stevo, Billy Nocera, and the fiends of GRUESOME STUFF RELISH with that band as well. The guys in GRUESOME STUFF RELISH have just released a great 'new' album on Razorback Records called 'Horror Rises From The Tomb' and are gearing up to do some U.S. shows and tours in support of their new release, Stevo is involved with getting his band CONVULSIONS off the ground, and I'm just as actively involved with DENIAL FIEND. However, the offer to be a part of REVOLTING was just too good of an offer to back away from. Rogga is a supererb musician with just the right knowledge and just enough derranged and disturbed conditioning to do this with, and plus the lyrical approuch and horror theme is right up my dark alley! I would have been an idiot to say no to this!"
Black Ships will tour Canada in April. Here are the current tour dates:
12/04 London @ Call the Offi ce w/ Cursed
13/04 Kitchener, ON @ The Sweat Lounge w/ Cursed
22/04 Trois-Rivieres, QC @ TBA w/ Lords
23/04 Quebec City, QC @ D'Agobert w/ Lords
24/04 Fredericton, NB @ Nicky Zee’s w/ Lords
25/04 Charlottown, PEI @ (early) 555 Queen St. N. w/ Lords
25/04 Charlottown, PEI @ Baba's (late) w/ Lords
26/04 Halifax, NS @ the Pavilion (early) w/ Lords
26/04 Halifax, NS @ Gus' Pub (late) w/ Lords
27/04 Sackville, NS @ Uncle Larry's w/ Lords
28/04 Moncton, NB @ TBA w/ Lords
29/04 Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar le Magog w/ Lords
01/05 Montreal, QC @ Black Dot w/ Lords
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Icepick, Kingdom Of Sorrow) has checked in with the following update:
"A lot of people have been writing me asking me about my solo dates and upcoming shows with both of my bands Hatebreed and Kingdom Of Sorrow. I've been getting a lot of questions and inquiries about booking. First, I'd like to thank everyone for interest and second I'd like to answer some of the questions. Hopefully this helps, see you all on the road!
1. What is the JASTA solo show all about?
Basically I perform songs from all three of my bands, as well as some covers, vote @ www.jameyjasta.com. I jam with a bunch of cool dudes from the band PHANTOMS. We play small bars, clubs and halls. Most of the time on really short notice in places you wouldn't think you'd hear some of these songs played live. This is just a fun way for me to play in places that I haven't played in years and I get to play cities and venues that it is hard to play with Hatebreed. I will eventually put out a solo record, maybe Halloween time of '08? But Hatebreed will always be my #1 priority and we will have our DVD coming out soon as well as a live album and a covers CD THIS YEAR! Later this year we will get back to writing our new album as well.
2. How can I book a JASTA solo show?
My old pal Tim Borror at The Agency Group books my solo shows. Please do not bother him unless you are a serious promoter and have promoted successful shows in the past. Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org."
It's been announced that a new DVD entitled Iron Maiden And The New Wave Of British Of Heavy Metal will be released on June 10th via MVD Entertainment. The documentary is described by its distributors as follows:
"Back in 1976, nobody really knew that there was an old wave of British Heavy Metal. But within two years of their formation, Iron Maiden had spearheaded what came to be abbreviated the NWOBHM, and as with punk the year before, a new generation of Rock musicians bought in a new wave of the genre - and in the process made loud, raw, heavy rock the global phenomenon it is today. For the first time this film investigates this New Wave - the bands, the records, the media and the series of unconnected events that led to this astonishing, durable and still hugely relevant form which is still heard today in virtually every rock record released. Focusing on Maiden and the other pivotal bands of the time, such as SAXON, SAMSON, PRAYING MANTIS, DIAMOND HEAD, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and many others, this DVD is the ultimate expose of a style that may not get as much press as punk, but is equally as relevant to the music of the second millennium. It features rare footage of all the main NWOBHM bands; Live and studio recordings of the pivotal tracks; Scarce news items and archive of the movement, from the time, as it unfolded around the UK; Seldom seen photographs, many from private collections. It also includes exclusive interviews with many of the major players, including, Iron Maiden's PAUL DIANNO and Dennis Stratton, Diamond Head's Brian Tatler, Tygers Of Pan Tang's Rob Weir, Samson's legendary drummer Thundersticks, Tino and Chris Troy from Praying Mantis, the current line-up of GIRLSCHOOL and many other high profile names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. There's also commentary, review and expertise from; Malcolm Dome [Kerrang, Classic Rock] Jerry Ewing [Metal Hammer, Classic Rock] Geoff Barton [staff writer at Sounds during the New Wave] Garry Bushell [Sounds journalist and champion of NWOBHM] Neil Kay [legendary metal DJ from the Soundhouse club] and British metal author and journalist, Joel McIver."
In addition to the documentary, there will also be extended interviews and a NWOBHM interactive challenge.
MACHINE HEAD mainman Robb Flynn has issued the following, very long, update:
"Just got back from Japan after our 'around the world in 15 days tour.' Really awesome experience over there in that part of the world, and for the first time, due to the more open schedule, we really got a chance to soak up the culture and check out some of the sights - something I rarely ever get to do, as most of the time it's straight to the venue, interviews, play show, on to next show. So having the extra time was awesome!
It's been three years since we played the second annual Desert Rock Festival, and the city [Dubai] has literally quadrupled in size... as such the attendance was also a lot higher this year. The show went really well, although humorously, after our fourth song ended and we had a break, I was given a stern warning by our tour manager that went something along the lines of 'stop swearing onstage, the secret police are on the way, and they'll arrest you if you swear again!' And he was fucking serious! I promptly stopped, though one or two bad words may have slipped out 'accidentally.' We were a little bummed that the KILLSWITCH's and the AS I LAY DYING's didn't stick around to hang out, or watch our show, especially since we hadn't seen each other in ages (they had to go shower back at the hotel... presumably together) but the KORN dudes hung out, watched the show, and we raged a bit after. Maybe it was because we've played there twice, but to our surprise, according to the promoters, Machine Head had the highest attendance of the day with over 12,000 people checking us out. Fuck yeah!! Thanks to Jackie and all at Center Stage Management!
Had the day off the next day and watched MUSE play from the side of the stage, and seriously, I was fucking BLOWN AWAY. I've been a big fan of this band for a few years now, but had never gotten a chance to see them, so I didn't really know what to expect, but MAN, I haven't been moved by a band like that in years. Adam [Duce, bass] was hanging out in front too, and was equally blown away, he had never even heard them, and it was a literal revelation for him. Start with 'Absolution'!
Next up was the satanic flight through the shithole airport of Amman, Jordan, where passport control officers and security alike must certainly suck cock on the side for extra cash. We eventually made it through to Israel and checked out the beach a bit before getting to the club. Show was sold out in advance and having never played in Tel Aviv, we didn't really know what to expect. Playing in a country that has been ravaged by war for the last 60 years, staying in a city that is less than 50 miles away from the Gaza Strip definitely adds a bit of an edge to any show, but man... what a fuckin' incredible experience. Quite literally one of the greatest shows and audiences we have ever played to, it was a near-religious experience. FUCK! People were feeling it so hard, sing-a-longs were unreal, 'Descend' made a very real connection with the audience, heavy energy... you could practically see it, it was so real. We basically played until we dropped, sweating every fucking thing we had out. We seriously felt more alive after this show than I think we ever have. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Israel. More...