Metal News for March 26, 2007
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Finnish 2006 Eurovision Song Contest winners Lordi were recently interviewed by Chad Bower of About: Heavy Metal on everything from their expectations for their up-coming U.S. tour to their album The Arockalypse and their stage performance and costume, and their plans for a follow-up album, to the band's "horror and rock restaurant" in the Arctic Circle. Some excerpts from the interview follow:
Chad Bowar: Lordi are hugely successful in Finland, and have done very well in Europe as a whole. What are you plans and expectations for the United States?
Mr. Lordi: Plans and expectations can be two different things! The plan is to tour there and see how it goes and see how the audience will react to us and our music and the whole package. Our expectations are to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Everybody in the band is optimistic about everything, but on the other hand you have to be realistic at the same time. We are hoping we’ll be a huge major act there, but we have our feet firmly on the ground. We’ll see what happens.
Chad Bowar: It must have been an amazing experience to have 600 million people watching you win Eurovision, and then be welcomed home by the President of your country.
Mr. Lordi: We’ve been doing this for a while, and we’ve been doing our own thing against the mainstream. Any critic in Europe will say that we’re just about the image, it’s just a gimmick. But that’s not true. We’re 100 percent honest in what we do. With Eurovision, we didn’t think we would win. We thought we could win, but we didn’t think that kind of miracle would happen. To suddenly go from being a marginal heavy metal band dressed up as monsters to national heroes overnight has its pros and cons. It’s nice to get recognized and be treated well by important people in your own country. Orf course that feels good. But then again Eurovision is something no rock band should do if they want to keep a shred of credibility. But we won and still did our own thing. It was nice we won. We got all sorts of good stuff because of that. One thing leads to another.
Chad Bower: Will U.S. audiences be seeing your full light and pyro show on this tour?
Mr. Lordi: If it were up to me, I would say yes, but we are newcomers and nobody knows us over there and we don’t have the budget to bring over the whole show. We want to bring as much as we can. This is our first album there. Hopefully everything goes well and then we’ll be able to bring the full production. Thanks to the internet we already have a small but loyal fan base in the U.S. that have been there since our first single. Those guys have seen the DVDs and videos and have watched You Tube to see our shows in Europe. But they know they won’t see that full show the first time we go there. But there is one thing for certain: we’ll look prettier than any other band.
Chad Bower: Speaking of that, how long does it take you to get in and out of the costumes?
Mr. Lordi: For me it takes around three hours for the face. I have to glue all the prosthetic pieces on my face and hide the edges of the pieces. The costume takes 10 to 15 minutes to put on. The rest of the band can get into their costumes and characters a lot faster. It takes them anywhere from a half hour to an hour and a half. Then after the concert it takes me an hour and a half because I have to get all the latex and glue out of my hair and beard before I go to sleep.
Read the full article at Lordi Interview.
Swedish metallers RAM have added an additional date to their upcoming German "mini-tour".
The band's upcoming dates include:
4 - Climax in Ludwigshafen, Germany
5 - Kofferfabrik in Furth, Germany
6 - Die Halle in Frankfurt, Germany
7 - Raz in Datteln, Germany
8 - K4E Festival, Headbangers Ballroom in Hamburg, Germany
Earlier this year Ram announced, "We are hard at work with our next yet untitled album. The songs are coming along well and the album is set for a release later in 2007."
More updates as details surface.
The Finnish hard rockin' and turbo lovin' quintet AMORAL has completed the recording of its third album, entitled "Reptile Ride". The CD will be released by Spikefarm Records on August 15, 2007.
"Reptile Ride" was produced, recorded and mixed by Janne Saksa at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland. The track listing is as follows:
01. Leave Your Dead Behind
03. Hang Me High
05. Few and Far Between
06. Snake Skin Saddle
07. D-Drop Bop
08. Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Fun
The album's opening track, "Leave Your Dead Behind", will be released as an Internet-only single this summer. A video for the song is also in the works.
For the bonus track for both the Japanese version of the album and the Internet single, the band recorded a cover of Swedish pop star PANDORA's song "The Naked Sun". For those familiar with this contemporary classic, expect... well, expect something different.
SHADOWS FALL's video for the band's new single, "Redemption", has been posted online at this location. Tomorrow, SHADOWS FALL will be the featured band on MTV2's "The Drop", found at this location. In addition, "Redemption" — directed by Zach Merck (BLUE OCTOBER, HINDER, CONVERGE) — will be seen on an upcoming installment of Fuse's Friday night metalfest, "Uranium".
Due on April 3, SHADOWS FALL's new album, "Threads of Life", was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER). "Redemption" is already lighting a fire at radio, reaching #1 at Metal Radio on the Mediaguide Metal Specialty Tracks while also scoring major play at Active Rock.
SHADOWS FALL is currently on the road as part of the annual Jägermeister Music Tour. The multi-artist bill sees the critically acclaimed metal outfit sharing the stage with STONE SOUR and LACUNA COIL.
DIECAST recently completed a captivating new video for the track "Nothing I Could Say", with acclaimed directors Ian McFarland (SICK OF IT ALL) and Mike Pecci. A 30-second teaser for the clip has just been posted on the Century Media YouTube page, which can be accessed at this location. Look for the full-length version of the clip to make its way online next week. More...
MANOWAR's new video, 'Die For Metal' has been posted online here. The track is pulled off of the band's new album, Gods Of War, which will officially be released April 3rd in North America via Magic Circle Music.
The album features the following tracks: 'Overture To The Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors', 'The Ascension', 'King Of Kings', 'Army Of The Dead, Part I', 'Sleipnir', 'Loki God Of Fire', 'Blood Brothers', 'Overture To Odin', 'The Blood Of Odin', 'The Sons Of Odin', 'Glory Majesty Unity', 'Gods Of War', 'Army Of The Dead, Part II', 'Odin', 'Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors'. Bonus Track: 'Die For Metal'.
Gods Of War is Manowar’s first entry in a cycle of concept albums; each a tribute to a different war god. Opening with the epic piece 'Overture To The Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors', the tone is set for an album beyond anything Manowar has done before. This album honors Odin - almighty father of the Norse gods - and details the history and exploits of this storied character. His power and wisdom were unmatched among the gods and he is paid tribute with human sacrifice on the battlefield, as heard in the song 'The Sons Of Odin', the stomping title track 'Gods Of War' and the storytelling 'The Blood Of Odin'. More...
Terror drummer Nick Jett recently started his own record label, New View Records. The label's debut release will be an EP from Oxnard, California hardcore band Vendetta. The EP will be available in May. In the meantime, you can check out two songs from the effort here.
In addition to My Chemical Romance, Placebo, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Saosin, The Bled and Mindless Self Indulgence are rumored to be confirmed for Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution Tour. Details on the tour will be announced shortly.
TMZ reports that VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland and his wife allegedly trashed a Burbank hotel room during a rampage last weekend, and now the hotel is pressing charges against the Weilands for the damage they caused.
Sources tell TMZ.com that Weiland and his wife Mary ripped alarm clocks and phones from their sockets and threw them, made "dents and gauges" in the walls, and that there was even blood found on some of the linens afterward.
The trouble allegedly started when Mary arrived at the hotel Saturday, whereupon the couple got into "a huge argument" witnessed by their two young children, who had to be taken away by Weiland's assistant. Weiland himself then left, leaving behind Mary, who could be heard throwing things in the room, according to TMZ.com. The police were called, and the hotel is pressing charges for the damage caused. There's no word whether either Weiland or his wife were injured in the spat.
Weiland pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges against Mary in December 2001 and was sentenced to probation and forced to pay a fine.
More dates have been released for SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM’s upcoming Spring North American tour:
May 24 - Petaluma, CA @ The Phoenix Theater
May 25 - Portland, OR @ The Aladdin Theater
May 26 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
May 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Stinking Lizaveta
May 30 - Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub w/ Stinking Lizaveta
June 3 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East w/ Stinking Lizaveta
June 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ North Star w/ Stinking Lizaveta
June 8 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
June 14 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
Norwegian cult doom band FUNERAL has posted its video for the track "This Barren Skin" at YouTube. The clip was directed by Marcel Lelienhof and was edited by Christian Hvatum.
"This Barren Skin" comes off the band's latest album, "From These Wounds", which was released in December via Tabu Recordings in Norway (the rest of Europe received the CD on January 29). The limited-edition digipack version of the album comes with a bonus track, "Breathing Through You".
FUNERAL's founding member/guitarist Christian Loos was found dead in his flat on October 28, 2006. He was 31 years old. The group's original bassist, Einar Frederiksen, died in 2002. More...
A brand new SALEM track, entitled "Once upon a Lifetime", has been made available for download at this location. The song comes off the long-running Israeli death metallers' upcoming album, "Necessary Evil", due later in the year via France's Season of Mist. According to the band, the new material is "modern, dark, highly unique" and "heavier" than their previous efforts. The follow-up to 2005's "Strings Attached", which may or may not be released as a double album, will include a 27-minute piece entitled "Once Upon a Lifetime Parts I - V". Check out the album artwork at this location. More...
THE HAUNTED's video for the song "The Drowning" has been posted online at this location. The track comes off the Swedish thrashers' dynamic new offering, "The Dead Eye", which sees the band effectively combine elements of their previous efforts while exploring new ideas to continuously challenge themselves. The new effort was recorded in Denmark at Antfarm Studios with renowned producer Tue Madsen (HIMSA, SICK OF IT ALL) and is being hailed as their most accomplished work yet.
In other news, you can check out a stream of THE HAUNTED's live appearance on the Swedish national radio channel P3 as part of their "Live Session" series at this location.
SONATA ARCTICA lead vocalist Tony Kakko and keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg will host a listening party for their new album, Unia, at Lit Lounge (93 Second Avenue - between 5th & 6th Streets) in New York City on Monday, April 2nd. Scheduled for North American release on May 22nd, Unia will be played in its entirety on the Main Floor between 8 and 11 p.m. A 21 & Over event, admission is FREE, and Vice TV will be on hand to interview fans in attendance. Tony & Henrik will also be Guest DJs at the club.
Checking in from his home base in Kemi, Finland is Tony Kakko:
"'Unia' means 'dreams' in our native tongue Finnish. I reckon we are not gonna have much time to sleep & dream 'cause we will be actually LIVING ours in NewYork City, USA! Can't wait! Finally, the fifth studio album we've worked our asses off for is ready and we could not be any happier with the result! The sound is so full and warm, heavy while being gentle... The production is so much bigger than on any other SONATA ARCTICA album with choir, strings, and all sorts of weird instruments, like the bouzouki [a stringed instrument with a pear-shaped body and very long neck], to mention one. The only fear I have is that all the people who listen to 'Unia' will not be able to pick up everything we've knitted in there, 'cause the whole album is so full of little details. This album will open and open and open up more and more with each listen - like a good novel or a movie - and really stand the thousand spins that people want to give the album. I've lived with this music for almost 2 years now and you'd think I'd be bored with it by now, knowing all the tiny details there, but no! This rollercoaster ride still gives me a rush! You'd need to be me to know how great it feels. So I've tested it for you. It's safe. Just sit back and enjoy! Henrik and myself will tour the world meeting you all, partying with ya all, walking you through 'unia.' North America, ready or now, here we come - and beware, 'cause I'm bringing Henkka with me... HAHA!"
Bullet for my Valentine have been chosen by the legends Metallica as a support act on both their European stadium dates in July 2007, including a historic show at the newly finished Wembley stadium.
The tour dates are:
5th July - Rotudenplatz in Vienna, Austria
8th July - Wembley Stadium
These will be the first live dates for B4MV since selling out their previous UK, US and European tours, shifting over 750,000 copies of debut album "The Poison" (including over 250,000 in the US alone), playing main stage at Download 06, touring with Metallica, Guns and Roses and Iron Maiden across Arenas and Stadiums worldwide, and recording album number 2 in El Paso, Texas, release date TBC.
Relapse Records has officially announced the signing of the Bay Area's Dekapitator.
Dekapitator is currently working on their Relapse debut, "The Storm Before The Calm," which is expected to see a summer release. Advance song titles include: "Toxic Sanctuary," "Run With the Pack," "Earthscorcher," and "Screams From the Holocaust."
Dekapitator's Hellfiend commented: "We're highly psyched about unleashing 'The Storm Before The Calm' through Relapse... Should be a total holocaust doss! We're looking forward to thrashing as much as we can this year, so bring your denim and your beer and let's fucken rage!"
Dekapitator have previously released a split 7” with Nunslaughter (1996) and debut album "We Will Destroy...You Will Obey" (1999) that was recorded with James Murphy (Death, Obituary).
The Architect (NL), featuring former Shai Hulud vocalist Geert van der Velde, has changed their name to Miscreants. "There was just too much confusion with US band Architect and UK band Architects around, right now. Plus, we really like the [new] name," states frontman van der Velde.
Meanwhile, Miscreants has also announced their signing to German metal/hardcore label Let It Burn Records. Here's a statement from the band:
"Let It Burn have been steadily dropping bombs of music into the European underground since 2000. They can be held accountable for terrorizing you with bands such as Fear My Thoughts, Bridge To Solace, or Scars of Tomorrow and now with our rambunctuous bunch as well. I am extremely pleased to work with Let It Burn Records. Chris (LIB) showed great interest in the band from the start. He is as excited about the band as we are and has given us great confidence. We aim to prove that his interest and Let It Burn's efforts to get us out there with this release are well deserved. Expect to see us out on the road all over the place with all sorts of bands, proudly flying the Let It Burn flag from our 'Ship of Fools' ( i.e. van)!"