Metal News for March 26, 2006
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12 news articles posted on this day.
UNEARTH have entered a Seattle studio with producer Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES) to begin recording their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled LP — which hits stores August 8 via Metal Blade Records. Check out studio reports from guitarist Ken Susi at MetalBladeStore.com.
Regarding the bandd's decision to work with Date on the new CD, Susi recently told MTV.com, "We had other producers in mind, and we'd locked in a producer who's an amazing talent and shall remain nameless. But Terry stepped in at the right time and had the right things to tell us. He had dinner over my family's house, and we just sat around talking about music and life. He just seemed like he's laid-back enough to help us find what it is inside that needs to come out on tape, but he also has the type of stern attitude where he'll tell you if something's wrong."
When UNEARTH started writing the follow-up to 2004's "The Oncoming Storm", "we just wanted to simplify a little bit," Susi said. "We wanted to do what we normally do, as far as writing intricate riffs and really hard things to play — things that come together really well. But we wanted to strip everything down and have a more organic record — just a more natural feeling, with fewer triggers and more power and realness. We've always been a live band more than a recorded band, and I think we need to start transporting what we do live onto record."
While in Seattle, Susi said the band plans to record a cover of "It's Clobberin' Time", which will appear on an upcoming tribute to New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL.
JOTUNSPOR, the new band featuring GORGOROTH bassist King ov Hell and ex-GORGOROTH drummer Kvitrafn (also of SAHG, SIEGFADER), have uploaded a track entitled "Gleipnirs Smeder" to their MySpace.com page. The song is the title track of the group's upcoming debut album, tentatively due this spring via Coldspring Records in Europe and Candlelight Records in the U.S. The CD, which was recorded last year over a two-month period, contains "eight black metal tracks in honor of Nordic heritage," according to a press release. "JOTUNSPOR is NOT a liveband and can only be experienced on record," the press release continues. "JOTUNSPOR will prove itself as quality black metal and will best be experienced by the enlightened."
The first batch of confirmed dates for Pelican's upcoming US tour with Mono has been announced. Here are the latest dates:
5/9 New York, NY @ Avalon
5/10 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
5/11 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/13 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
5/14 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
5/15 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
5/17 Orlando, FL @ The Social
5/19 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
5/21 Houston, TX @ Walters
5/27 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
5/28 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
5/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
5/31 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
6/3 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room
Dayton, OH metal/hardcore outfit The Devil Wears Prada have officially signed with Rise Records. The group's upcoming full-length, featuring songs from their EP in addition to several new songs, will be available in July. In the meantime, you can download some of the band's existing material here.
The band had this to say on their MySpace blog about the signing and their upcoming album:
"Thanks to all the fans and people who have supported us. Good things are coming, including a full length CD due hopefully around july. All old EP songs will be on it, as well as a few new songs, plus a video from the video shoot march 31st. The CD will be distributed in FYE, hot topic, itunes, some best buys, as well as a few other online carriers. It is distributed through RISE records and victory records distribution. :)"
Cult New York metal band UNEARTHLY TRANCE have announced a spring tour with Lair of the Minotaur in support of their upcoming Relapse debut release, "The Trident."
The tour will begin on April 15 in Bowling Green, OH and make its way throughout the east coast before concluding on April 29. Prior to this tour, UNEARTHLY TRANCE will perform a handful of headlining shows and appear at the MacRock festival in Harrisonburg, VA with the likes of Municipal Waste, Baroness, Rosetta, The Dream is Dead and many more.
The trio has also unveiled an e-card for "The Trident" that features the tracks 'Permanent Ice' and 'Wake Up and Smell the Corpses'. The Trident will see its North American release on April 4 (April 10 Internationally).
A complete listing of UNEARTHLY TRANCE tour dates is as follows: More...
ZOMBI has issued an internet-only live EP culled from its recent SXSW performance. The EP, simply titled Live at SXSW was recorded at the Sony Connect 'Vice Kills Texas II' SXSW party on Thursday, March 16th and features 'Digitalis' (from their upcoming record Surface To Air), 'Orion' (from their debut album Cosmos) and an as-yet-unrecorded improvised track 'Infinity'. This EP is available now at this location, exclusively via the Connect website.
ZOMBI has also unveiled an e-card for Surface To Air that features the studio audio for 'Digitalis' and the track 'Legacy'. The Surface To Air e-card can be accessed at this location. Surface To Air was recorded, mixed and mastered by the band (Steve Moore: bass/synth, A.E. Paterra: drums) over a five month span at the duo's Nightmare City Mobile Studios and is expected to see a May 2 North American release date (June 5 internationally).
In support of Surface To Air, ZOMBI has announced plans to tour with ISIS this spring. The tour with ISIS will begin on March 28th and extend into May and also include dates with Dalek and These Arms Are Snakes. A complete listing of ZOMBI tour dates is as follows: More...
Between preparing for the release of 'A Death-Grip on Yesterday' and announcing their headlining slot on Ozzfest's second stage, Orange County emo/metalcore band Atreyu sat down with Blender magazine. You can watch the two-part interview here.
Every now and then, I will see a band perform that I immediately detect has the musical X-Factor thing going on for it, in terms of potential to one day achieve serious commercial success. The un-signed Fall To Grace, while registering as a more straight ahead radio friendly heavy music outfit than say the high speed and brutal types in the metal underground that I typically appreciate, is certainly one of those bands, pulling a bit of its formula from million-selling predecessors: Godsmack and Alice In Chains.
Upon my first stumbling across their music profile on MySpace, I noticed FTG to be one of those rare acts that truly has the ability to flatout deliver memorable tunes. I was even sold more on their promise upon witnessing their live offering at The Joint here in Los Angeles on Friday, March 24th. John DiBattista, fronting on vocals and pulling double duty with some scorching lead guitar work, is a Rock N Roll superstar in the making. I would be a liar if I didn't just admit it. Of all the highly competent vocalists on the Hollywood scene right now, this guy owned the stage like he was born on it. The rest of the band isn't cheap liver either. With Silas Burke on guitar, Cary Kane on drums and a tatt'd down and mohawk sporting Christophe on bass, FTG worked its genius stroke while blasting from the dirty themed but refreshingly poignant Loss Of Love to the God Smack-influenced Depths Of Depravity and the Alice In Chains derived Hatred In Alibis. All this said, Fall To Grace's real triumph seems to be its ability to not fall victim to just being another big city cover band or one hit wonder, ultimately displaying a fierce and committed passion for creating its own distinct voice. The fact that they don't have a major label attached to them right now is one of the more confusing things to understand when trying to figure out the kooky deal makings of the record business. I know that extreme metal is always going to have to fight for this sort of thing.
A band like FTG that is as uncanny at breaking off possible radio chart toppers and being the next big thing for MTV, deserves not only to start getting some immediate recognition but also be preparing to perform in much larger venues in the immediate future. Let me say it didn't make this review anymore difficult for me when DiBattista made reference to his stunning other half, adult film actress, Angie Savage, who watched him from the bar. His brashness, swagger and obvious natural-born stage persona was all that more compelling for me at those moments. I am the kind of observer that when something is fully realized and achieving all that it set out to do when first forming as FTG has clearly done here, that no matter what the genre, Pop to Punk, you have to give credit when credit is due.
SEVENDUST will be teaming up with SOIL for a U.S. tour beginning on May 4 in Wisconsin. The two bands are also scheduled to perform at the House of Blues in Chicago on May 9. More cities and dates will be announced soon.
Massachusetts’ BEYOND THE EMBRACE have posted the following road report at their official website:
"Well this tour has been great but hard. It seems that when we left Massachusetts in February a cloud has been following us supplying us with freezing cold and snow straight across the country. We had a break in Texas but it's back. But as always we can deal. In some unfortunate news Shawn has had a death in the family so he had to fly home and we were forced to drop off a few shows: Myrtle Beach and Spartanburg and the Augusta, GA show was cancelled.
So, we apologize to anyone who was heading to those shows for us. Green Carnation however will still be performing so check them out. We'd like to thank Green Carnation for being some of the coolest people we've ever toured with. They're an amazing live band and outstanding guys. We will be performing at the last two shows of the tour: The Sidebar in Maryland, and Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia." More...
POWERMAN 5000 have inked a new record deal with DRT Entertainment. The band's recently completed new album, "Destroy What You Enjoy", was produced by Mudrock and is tentatively scheduled for release mid-July.
Commented frontman Spider One: "We produced and recorded [the new CD] alongside our old buddy Mudrock. He's the guy who co-produced 'Mega!! Kung Fu Radio' oh so many years ago. Recently he's had much success producing AVENGED SEVENFOLD and others. We couldn't be happier with these batch of tunes. . . I'm telling you, this is our best yet!!" More...
The following announcement has been posted at the official THERION website with regards to frontman Christoffer Johnsson's parting ways with DEMONOID, the death metal act also featuring Therion members Kristian Niemann (guitars) and Johan Niemann (bass):
"As a result of too little time, and as previously announced, also wanting to stop singing, Chris has withdrawn from Demonoid and the band have already found a replacement vocalist.
Chris wish them all the best and has offered the band his assistance in negotiating the band a new long term record deal.
There was always different opinions in what direction the band should go in terms of activity. Chris didn't want to play live, while the other guys didn't mind touring if there was time for it in between the Therion projects.
So, this means you will not only see a new Demonoid album (when they have time to record it), you will also most likely be able to see them live on stage some time in the future as well."