Metal News for March 29, 2005
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20 news articles posted on this day.
Harlots drummer Jeff Lohrber has reportedly joined the Today Is The Day lineup. The group will spend the next few weeks rehearsing and preparing to record their next full-length, though the record label releasing the album has yet to be disclosed. Meanwhile, the TITD will be touring Iceland later this year, followed by a full U.S. tour.
The new Static-X album, Start A War, will be released on June 14th. The album is 48 minutes long and includes 13 new songs: The Enemy, I'm The One, Start A War, Pieces, Dirthouse, Skinnyman, Just In Case, Set It Off, I Want To F***ing Break It, Night Terrors, Otsego Amigo, My Damnation, Brainfog.
More details regarding the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse and Send More Paramedics split have been revealed. Titled "Tales Told By Dead Men," the release will be available on July 12th through Hell Bent Records. Here's the track listing:
01. Just Meat
02. God I Hope the Data is Lying
03. Breaking Off Fingers
04. Murder be a Lady Tonight
05. Tale Told by a Dead Man
Send More Paramedics
07. From The Void
08. Zombie versus Shark
10. Nothing Tastes Like This
11. This Is The Place of Wailing and The Gnashing of Teeth
Legendary death metallers OBITUARY will be playing with SLIPKNOT and SHADOWS FALL at the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Saturday, April 9.
OBITUARY were added to the bill as the replacement for LAMB OF GOD, who were banned from the church-owned venue in February because church leaders were offended by the group's previous name.
As previously reported, OBITUARY have finished recording and mixing their new CD for a tentative summer release via Roadrunner Records. The as-yet-untitled new album, which was self-produced by the band, with Mark Prator and Scott Burns engineering, will mark the group's first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back From the Dead".
According to a post on the KORN fan site KornWeb.cjb.net, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis revealed during an online chat Sunday (March 27) that he will once again be collaborating with rapper Lil Jon on an as-yet-untitled "crunk rock" song. Davis was said to be unsure if the track will end up on Lil Jon's next album or it will surface on an upcoming soundtrack. Jonathan also explained that he and Lil Jon have many things in common, including the fact that both artists have a 9-year-old son named Nathan.
KORN had previously collaborated with Lil Jon on a cover of PUBLIC ENEMY's "Fight the Power", but the rapper's contributions were subsequently replaced by those of XZIBIT ? allegedly due to an unspecified "record company" issue. The KORN/XZIBIT collaboration will surface on the soundtrack for "XXX: State of the Union", due April 19 via Jive.
As previously reported, the recording sessions for KORN's as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror" are scheduled to begin on April 11. A September release is expected.
Bassist extraordinaire Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his official web site:
"Coming up in a few days, I leave for a one-off show in Amsterdam (The Netherlands that is) with FATES WARNING. We're headlining the Headway Festival there on April 3rd. We've got Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) sitting in on drums for us this time. I'm really looking forward to it. We've played with Mike before when we did a song with him every night during our set on the 2003 DREAM THEATER /QUEENSRŸCHE / FATES WARNING tour. But this will be our first 90 minute set with him. It should be killer. I'm not sure who else is on the bill except for a band from the early '90s called LAST CRACK. Remember them?
"I've been home for about 2 weeks now since my last haul with FATES and ANTHRAX. Here's a (not so) brief synopsis: More...
Danish extreme metallers KONKHRA have parted ways with guitarist Kim Mathieson. No reason was given for Mathieson's departure.
KONKHRA recently announced via their official web site that they will be taking the "first break in [the band's] 16-year history" due to "personal reasons." The group were said to be shopping a new demo/CD, "Persistence", containing the tracks "Strung Up by the Neck", "Sandblasted Soul" and "Faith Unpurified Me".
KONKHRA's latest CD, "Reality Check", was released in May 2003 through Code666 Records. The album was recorded at KONKHRA frontman Anders Lundemark's own Starstruck Studio and was the group's first since their split with longtime label Diehard Records.
Contra, The Burning Room, and Myopia will be touring the Southwest this Spring. Here are the dates:
4/22 Hemet CA @ The Wheel House
4/23 Pomona CA @ Koo's
4/24 Tempe AZ @ TBA
4/25 Santa Fe NM @ TBA
4/26 El Paso TX @ The T Lounge
4/27 Odessa TX @ TBA
4/29 Houston TX @ Los Compadres
5/1 Dallas TX @ Fat Daddy's
5/4 Bakersfield CA @ The Gate
5/5 Sacramento CA @ TBA
5/7 Ventura CA @ The Underground
Symphony In Peril vocalist Shawn Jonas has quit the band. Here's a portion of a statement released by Jonas:
"After months of decision-making and prayer, I have decided to step down as the singer of Symphony In Peril. My life is very complicated with being a father, a husband, a band mate, and a full-time employee. I guess I am in a place in my life where it is time to settle down and focus on my family and career. I have been so blessed by the overwhelming support I have received since I have been back involved in music... Unlike other bands, during my departure we were on great terms and still are. There was no falling out or arguments over creative differences."
A replacement vocalist will be announced in the very near future.
New Jersey progressive death metal band Divinity Destroyed releases Eden in Ashes through Screaming Ferret Wreckords. Though the album was released before, it can now be purchased in stores worldwide.
The label has two songs, Sweet Heresy and Borealis, from this disc available to download.
to download Sweet Heresy click here and here for Borealis
On Sunday March 20th I went to BBkings to interview Into Eternity and take photos at the show. Check out the photos here
Danish metalheads Illdisposed have decided to dispense with the services of guitarist Lasse Bak, due to 'too many bad experiences' with him on their recent tour. The band, who've no plans to replace the guitarist, will play their last show with Bak in Copenhagen on March 31.
Trivium are out with the video to their new single 'Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr', from the album 'Ascendancy'. You can watch it online at their official website, Trivium.org.
CURSED has added last-minute tour dates over NYC, Long Island and MA in addition to the already scheduled Richmond, VA show later today.
Tuesday, March 29th - Richmond, VA @ The Hollywood Grill
Wendesday, March 30th @ NorthSix (basement), NYC w/ Disassociate, The Exelar Reservoir
Thursday, March 31st @ Village Pub South - Long Island, NY
Friday, April 1st @ Romans - Brockton, MA
These shows (for now) wrap up the most recent leg of nonstop touring the band has endured since the beginning of the year.
Judas Priest and Queensryche will be joining forces this year for an arena tour. Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate confirmed the rumor last week during his appearance on the syndicated radio program Rockline. During the interview Tate stated that the tour is expected to last eight weeks and will cover mostly outdoor arenas.
Here are the leaked dates:
May 31 Minneapolis, MN - TBA
Jun. 10 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun. 19 Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion
Dave Mustaine from Megadeth had this to say about the band's Greatest Hits album:
I wanted to clear up recurring questions about the Greatest Hits record.
1) It is supposed to come out this summer, in June, they say.
2) It will have 17 songs on it.
3) There will be a special edition of it with bonuses.
4) The songs are based on being EMI Publishing songs NOT Capitol or Sanctuary songs. This Greatest Hits record is being made by EMI; not Capitol.
5) The songs are songs YOU voted for.
6) 'Kill the King' and 'Dread and the Fugitive Mind' were on 'Capitol Punishment' and since 'Capitol Punishment' is out of print. I (with a capital frigging 'I') wanted 'Kill the King' on there. That was MY vote! 'Dread' may appear on a Sanctuary record, but it belongs to Capitol too.
7) 'Mechanix' is not 'The Four Horsemen'; 'The Four Horsemen' is 'Mechanix'. Get over it. Buy a calendar, learn to count, have a coke and a smile, and ST*U
8) 'Kick the Chair' was not possible for business reasons that you just don’t need to know. Saying, 'this is no good because 'Kick the Chair' is not on it,' is quite revealing of one's ignorance.
9) Since this is finished, we are now focusing on the DVD.
Virgin Black's lead guitarist, Samantha Escarbe, has issued the following update:
I realise there has been a period of silence. For those of you who have lovingly complained, thank you for the promptings as we have been living a schedule which assures that time slips past all too easily.
We are still deeply entrenched in the whole process of recording. Due to the complexity of the next release, it does not embody the standard formula (ie. write all the material, record all the material, mix etc). The requirements are different, hence the process has been very different and indeed very challenging. I can tell you that it will involve more musicians than any previous recording and that it is a piece which deeply rouses my emotions. For those of you who yearn to overindulge, I promise a delectable banquet.
Admittedly it is taking longer than originally anticipated, but we're doing our best to keep as close to the schedule as possible.
Vader is currently preparing for the upcoming, very hard touring season. On the 4th of April starts US trip along with Kreator and Pro-Pain which ends with 5 headlining shows. A few days later Vader will be invading Mexico and South America. After 2 months of American destruction the band will play a few single shows in Germany and Belgium and five battles in the UK. Then Vader is going to record a brand new MCD (Hertz Studio), right before their tour along with Rotting Christ and Anorexia Nervosa under the name of "Blitzkrieg 3" (September). The next US tour will come right after September's invasion, containing about 30 dates along with Decapitated and two other bands. Japanese Isles & other Asia's territories will be attacked in December.
Upcoming Vader tour dates: More...
On April 20th, Killswitch Engage will be performing on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. The band will be playing "The End Of Heartache."
Killswitch Engage is currently on the Taste of Chaos tour with the Used and My Chemical Romance.
Dates are slowly leaking out for the Sounds of the Undergroud Tour that will feature Lamb of God, Clutch, Poison The Well, Opeth, Unearth, From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, DevilDriver, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost and more.
Here are some of the unconfirmed initial dates for the tour:
June 25 Lowell, MA - Paul E. Tsongas Arena
June 30 Winston-Salem, NC - Dixie Classic Fairgrounds
July 01 Toronto, ON - The Docks
July 02 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
July 05 Cleveland, OH - The Scene Pavilion
July 09 Sauget, IL - Pop's Lot
July 13 Orlando, FL - Tinker Field