Metal News for March 29, 2006
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23 news articles posted on this day.
Chicago's Yakuza has posted a live video on the band's MySpace page for "Back To The Mountain." The 9-minute epic, album-closing track is taken from the recently released 'Samsara,' a record that has been receiving praise from metal and mainstream press alike. Justin Baron (Pelican, High on Fire) of Redworks Films shot the video live in late 2005 at the Double Door in Chicago. Baron is also previously responsible for the video to "Chicago Typewriter" off Yakuza's 2002's album 'Way of the Dead.'
Currently on tour with 3 across the US, Yakuza will team up with both Deadbird and Ringworm for runs through the country in April. More dates are being booked for summer touring plans, and will be announced upon confirmation.
YAKUZA on tour: More...
Avenged Sevenfold were reportedly locked away in the studio over the weekend recording a song with producer, Terry Date. You can expect the new track to surface this summer.
As previously reported, A7x are co-headlining a North American tour with Coheed and Cambria with support by Head Automatica and Eighteen Visions (one or the other). They are also going to be playing a number or dates and festivals alongside Metallica and Guns N Roses this summer. Here are the confirmed tour dates:
June 3 GER, Nurburgring, Rock Am Ring Festival, Main Stage
June 4 GER, Bavaria Nurnburg, Rock Im Park Festival, Main Stage
June 6 GER, Berlin Waldebuhne, Main Support to Metallica
June 8 HOL, Arnhem Gelredome, Main Support to Metallica
June 10 ENG, Donington Park, Download Festival, Main Stage
June 11 IRE, Dublin RDS, Download Festival, Main Stage
June 13 CZE, Prague Sazka Arena, Main Support to Guns N' Roses
June 15 AUT, Nickelsdorf (nr Vienna) Novarock, Main Stage
June 17 ITA, San Marino Imola, Heineken Festival, Main Stage
June 20 FRA, Paris Palais Omnisport de Bercy, Main Support to Guns N' Roses
June 24 BEL, Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting, Main Stage
June 26 SWE, Stockholm
Globen, Main Support to Guns N' Roses
Here are the previously announced North American Tour Dates with Coheed and Cambria: More...
Ex-members of Syracuse hardcore band The Funeral have started a new band called My Way. The hardcore group has posted three demo tracks here. Meanwhile, catch them live at two upcoming shows:
4/2 Syracuse, NY @ Wescott Community Center
4/27 Oswego, NY @ The Oswego KoC
Jade Tree Records has announced yet another addition to its ever growing roster; Toronto, Ontario's very own Fucked Up. Fucked Up will release its first full-length for Jade Tree, entitled Hidden World, in early Fall, with a preemptive single arriving in mid-Summer.
Fucked Up have been honing their brand of vicious hardcore for roughly five years. Hailed as the "Second coming of hardcore" by Maximum Rock and Roll, not much is known about the origin of Fucked Up, but their reputation as a stalwart outfit in the hardcore/punk community has transformed Fucked Up into an enigmatic and essentially unconventional institution.
The band, (consisting of Damian Abraham- vocals, Josh Zucker- guitar, Jonah Falco- drums, Sandy Miranda- bass, Michael Haliechuk- guitar) doesn't have a website, and their Myspace page was set up by a fan. Fucked Up's prolific discography includes 10 7"s, along with 3 12"s and a CD compilation of their many singles on Deranged Records. Fucked Up have also been praised in print by the likes of Punk Planet, Maximum Rock and Roll, Vice, Eye/Canada, Now/Canada, Razorcake, Chart, Under The Volcano and Thrasher.
The band has shunned full-length releases in favor of two-song singles, championed anarchism and far-left art movements within their music, and even been accused of mind control and fascism by some of their detractors. Illegible liner notes, being attacked onstage during live performances, self-releasing records with 17 minute long title tracks; it's all in a day's work for the convoluted world of Fucked Up.
Fucked Up's abrupt, confrontational brand of hardcore has been compared to the likes of Poison Idea, Negative Approach, The Cro-Mags and even Black Flag. Fucked Up's live element points all signs clearly in the same direction, with lead singer Damian Abraham often beating himself to a bloody pulp during the band's set. The band has shared the stage with The Gossip, D4, Hardskin, Terror, Bane and Comeback Kid, has completed two East Coast tours, one West Coast tour, and one European tour. (Though lead singer Damian Abraham chose to stay at home during the European tour, stating, "The prospect of sitting in a van with those dudes driving through some breakaway former Soviet republic made me sick to my stomach.") Fucked Up (complete with their lead singer) will also convene on a UK tour in mid-April, to promote the release of their latest single, Triumph of Life, on Vice Records UK.
Hidden World, Fucked Up's first full-length release for Jade Tree, will be recorded at Signal to Noise Studios with Jon Drew (Brutal Knights, Career Suicide, Magneta Lane). The album marks a turning point for Fucked Up, transcending the boundaries of traditional hardcore with melody, aggression and expansive songwriting structures. Fucked Up taps into its collective influences, but in a hallenging way that's off the beaten path of current hardcore traditions. In a word, Fucked Up and Hidden World are dangerous in a time when hardcore has become predictable, stale and manufactured.
THE BERZERKER and Italy's seminal EPHEL DUATH are set to reap extreme carnage on DAMNATION FESTIVAL in Manchester come October 15th 2006. They'll be joined by MADMAN IS ABSOLUTE and MAN MUST DIE on the phenomenal Terrorizer Stage - and with AXIS OF PERDITION already confirmed, the line-up is shaping up to be the UK's finest bill of extreme metal noise in 2006.
Having shed their gruesome face masks, The Berzerker are ready to show Manchester just how serious they are - expect punishing noise as Luke Kenny and co. bring their "World of Lies" album to life in a death metal frenzy that'll guarantee a "last man standing" mindset in the Damnation moshpit.
Blending, somehow perfectly, both jazz and black metal, Ephel Duath have for years delighted Italian home crowds and European metal fans alike - their addition, a UK festival exclusive, highlights the wide variety of extreme noise that Damnation aims to forcefully inject into Manchester's music scene come October 15th 2006.
Guitarist Davide Tiso says the band "invite Manchester to join the asynchronous dance."
Madman Is Absolute, meanwhile, promise "Full on pit mayhem orchestrated by four angry Scotsmen - Manchester will be reduced to ruins!" - a sentiment echoed by fellow countrymen Man Must Die, who simply said "Let's make this one festival to remember. You want extreme, you got it!"
While Satan's favourites do the dirty deed downstairs, the Jagermeister stage of Jilly's Rockworld will play host to STAMPIN' GROUND, BIOMECHANICAL, SEND MORE PARAMEDICS and MURDER ONE, along with serious UK talent in the shape of muscle monsters HEAD-ON, thrashers EVILE and London lads KINGSIZE BLUES.
Festival spokesman, Gavin McInally, said: "The Bezerker, Ephel Duath, Stampin' Ground, Murder One, Biomechanical, Send More Paramedics and both headliners still to be announced... no self-respecting metaller can afford to miss this feast of extreme music!"
TICKETS for the second installment of UK-focused metal will go on sale APRIL 3rd, priced £15, and will be available from Ticketline, Seetickets, and direct from Jilly's Rockworld and Music Box. For further information about the event visit damnationfestival.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 5th, Satyricon will play a one hour live show on Norwegian national radio NRK P3 in front of a live audience of about 100 people ( that's all they can squeeze in there!). They are competition winners, members of the press and other guests. More information can be found here ( in Norwegian).
Satyr will answer the questions of the studio audience around 18.35 hrs local time and the concert will start at 18.55. To hear the transmission on the internet, simply log on to the P3 website click on "Nettradio" in the upper left column and a popup window will appear with a stream of the show. Another way is to click the "NETTRADIO" button in the green field below the top banner.
BESEECH have issued the following update:
It's been a while since the last news mail, but we are still alive!!!
Now Beseech has officially fullfilled their contract with Napalm Records. We now have the chance to look for a more supportive label, that can bring Beseech to another level. We are currently negotiating, but will take our time to make sure we make the right decision.
There haven't been that many gigs lately, but we are working on some tours later this year, so be patient. Some countries we are looking into are Turkey, Portugal, Germany/Benelux, Mexico and USA.
According to the official homepage, SUBWAY TO SALLY, Germany's most successful "medieval" rock/metal band, have thanked all fans for a fantastic Christmas-tour back in 2005. Right now Eric Fish, Frau Schmit and the rest of the band are preparing themselves for the forthcoming “Nackt” Tour, set to take place in April 2006, and added some additional show due to high ticket sales! Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Christie Eliezer of Billboard.com reports: Pete Wells, slide guitarist and one of the founders of Australian power blues band Rose Tattoo, died in a Sydney hospital early yesterday morning (March 27). He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002 and had spent the last five weeks in the hospital. According to friends, he was due to turn 60 this year.
Wells emerged in 1966 playing bass in the Brisbane blues band Head. He moved to Sydney and joined heavy metal band Buffalo. The band's "Volcanic Rock" was the first Australian metal album to go gold; the act also scored an overseas deal with Vertigo.
In 1976 he switched to slide guitar, formed the seminal Rose Tattoo and went on to hire lead singer Angry Anderson. They became one of Australian's main street outlaw bands and found a loyal following in the United Kingdom, Germany and France. Wells' original concept for the band was for all the members to sport bright orange hair, tattoos, shaved eyebrows and black T-shirts and jeans.
Rose Tattoo's influence later became apparent on U.S. rock combos like Guns N' Roses, who covered its track "Nice Boys (Don't Play Rock'n'Roll)," Motley Crue and L.A. Guns.
Australian acts such as the Beasts of Bourbon, Paul Kelly and Tim Rogers staged benefit concerts for Wells in Sydney and Melbourne last September. A memorial service will be held Friday (March 31) in Sydney.
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
Following on the heels of their debut EP release entitled "LIAR," San Diego based metal band KICKING K8 has been added on select dates of the 2006 Spring JAGERMEISTER MUSIC TOUR featuring CHIMAIRA, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, and HATE ETERNAL on April 6th at the San Diego House of Blues, and with STAIND and THREE DAYS GRACE on May 12th at the Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California. For more information, visit jagermusic.com for tickets and a full list of concert dates.
Silenoz , Shagrath and Galder of Norwegian symphonic black metal masters DIMMU BORGIR have announced an exclusive signing session on Saturday, April 1st at the Musikmesse Frankfurt/Main (Germany). The Session will take place at the booth of their Norwegian guitar endorser ESP.
New York hardcore legends AGNOSTIC FRONT have announced more tourdates for the summer. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Italian gothic black metal band GRAVEWORM will take part in the fund-raising event “METAL FOR FAIRNESS” Festival set to take place Saturday, May 5th at the PLanet Music in Vienna (Austria). The earned profit will be donated to the ‘Amna Grenda Girl school in the region of Kosti / Sudan (Africa) and should help the children to renovate, improve the sanitary equipment and to finance serious teaching aids. GRAVEWORM will be co-headlining the event next to German BRAINSTORM. Be there and support this fantastic idea!
Doors will open at 18:30h
More information on this event can be found here.
To coincide with The Eternal’s support slot on the Opeth Australian tour, The Eternal’s second album for Finnish label Firebox Records entitled 'Sleep of Reason' will see an Australian release through Modern Invasion in late April.
Released in Europe and North America in October 2005, 'Sleep of Reason' has won extensive acclaim from critics and fans the world over. The Eternal will do their own Australian tour mid-winter in support of the release.
The Eternal’s next headline gig will be at the Arthouse in Melbourne on Saturday, 29 April 2006 at the conclusion of the Opeth Australian tour.
Metalism UK is proud to announce the following additions to it's inaugural RAGNAROK UK METALFEST 2006 lineup.
Astral Doors from Sweden, Circus Maximus from Norway and Kalmah from Finland have been confirmed.
The full lineup for the festival thus far is as follows:
There are still two slots to fill, both of which are the special guest slots directly under Gamma Ray so expect some big announcements in the very near future.
The Ragnarok UK Metalfest is set to take place on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at Perth Concert Hall in Central Scotland, UK.
It will feature a metal market, band signing sessions and much more including the preshow and aftershow parties.
The preshow is set for Friday, November 3, 2006 at The Doghouse in Dundee and will feature Skyclad, Pitiful Reign, Attica Reign, Neverwinter.
Tickets are priced at £35 for the main festival or £43 for the main festival + preshow ticket bundle.
The first Soil/Sevendust tour dates have been released and are as follows. The band Hourcast will open for all shows.
May 4 - La Crosse, WI @ La Crosse Center
May 5 - Superior, WI @ Wessman Arena
May 6 - Peoria, IL @ Expo Gardens
May 9 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 17 - Memphis, TN @ The New Daisy
Norwegian prog masters GREEN CARNATION have cancelled their April 1st live appearance at The Marquee in Toronto, ON. The final date on the band's tour will be tomorrow night's show at Jaxx in Springfield, VA. A statement from the band is as follows:
“We are very sorry both for the fans in and around Toronto, for ourselves and for Noel and Inertia Entertainment. This is a situation we hadn't planned, but because of several different reasons it's impossible for us to do it. Green Carnation hope to come back and play in Toronto next time. That's where our North American adventure started, and that means a lot to us all.”
Having just returned home from dates in Japan, Cave In are now in a "temporary retirement from performing live." According to the band, "The Perfect Pitch Black batteries are well exhausted and it is now time to replace them with a fresh set." The group plans to regroup this summer to record a new album, the details of which have yet to disclosed. For now, Cave In has issued the following:
"There have been plenty of questions like 'What will [the album] sound like?' or 'Is it going to be fast?' and numerous declarations like 'I heard you guys are going hardcore again' and 'I wish you'd make something as good as (insert your favorite Cave In album here).' Our responses to those questions and others like them have been different each time we've been pressed to answer them. However, the entertainment value of those declarations and many more in similar nature will never decrease. Simply put, we find it grand to know that you're interested in what we're doing and in short, we can only abide by the guts of our limbs and our throats when the time comes for us to do so."
Sepultura's Kisser: "It's Not The Right Time" For Reunion With Max Cavalera
Finland's HardcoreSounds recently conducted an interview with SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
HardcoreSounds: [Members of the music] media have been asking the question [if] will SEPULTURA reunite with Max Cavalera for this year's Ozzfest? Is this just a rumor or have you discussed with the idea with Max?
Andreas: "It's a rumor, like many others. Since he left the band we have been hearing different rumors and stuff. It's not gonna happen at all. I mean, we have a new album and we are promoting it. I know Max has [taking in] interviews [that he is open] to [the possibility of a reunion]. But it's not the right time for us. But in the near future it would be great just to play with each other again. Who knows?! Next year or 2008, I don't know. I think it would be cool for us and for people who have expectations. Especially for people who haven't seen SEPULTURA with Max, it would be cool but it really is something we don't think about now. Maybe in the future."
HardcoreSounds: What´s the situation with Igor Cavalera? When will he rejoin the band?
Andreas: "I don't know. It will take some time for him to rebuild his personal life. He just separated from his wife and he has a new wife, a new kid, so his life is a little crazy at the moment. We don't wanna force him into any situations because he needs time to take care of himself. But at the same time we can't stop. We have the album and we have to promote it. We are very lucky to have Roy [Mayorga] with us which is a drummer that knows SEPULTURA really well. He played with Max before and we have known him for many years. So far he has been great!"
HardcoreSounds: What are your future plans after finishing the tour with IN FLAMES? Have you booked any summer festivals?
Andreas: "We are working on it now. We don't have any specific dates yet but the plan is to play some festivals. To see some games in the [soccer] World Cup in Germany. Try to do the same as we did in 1994 when we were touring with PANTERA and we saw some games of the World Cup. Brazilians were winning. That's the plan and hopefully in August/September we will be touring through U.S. And try to play in as many places as we can with this album."
Read the full article at Hardcoresounds.net.
Morley Seaver of antiMUSIC recently conducted an interview with STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
antiMUSIC: You've secured [producer] Nick Raskulinecz for the [new] record. What made you choose him?
Josh Rand: "For me, it was just when I talked to him. I just felt comfortable with him. And for myself who's new to have somebody come in and actually like become a member of the family… I spent a lot of time demoing. I do a lot of writing. And to have somebody come in and say, 'Can you change this or that?' is really interesting. But for some reason with him, when we were making a decision, I just felt super-comfortable with him. And what he's done…his previous work. The stuff with VELVET REVOLVER and of course with the FOO FIGHTERS speaks volumes, you know. So it was a no-brainer for us."
antiMUSIC: What is the songwriting process like in STONE SOUR? Considering Corey [Taylor, vocals] is usually involved with other things, I would imagine you guys write on your own and bring back finished songs minus lyrics whenever you reconvene. Is that right? Or do you write together?
Josh Rand: "We don't write together. The first record, I pretty much did all the music. Corey did all the vocals. On this record, however, everybody was involved in one way or another. Basically I wrote all the heavier stuff. Corey wrote all the vocals. Jim [Root, guitar] wrote several songs. Shawn [Economaki, bass] wrote a song and actually one song was written off Shawn's drum beat. So everybody has contributed to this record. Everybody writes by themselves. For myself, I write all the music and what I think the arrangement should be. Then I'll turn it over to Corey. He might make some changes and then I'll bring it to the group, if I think it's good. Then it'll grow from there because everybody will add their own little thing to it."
antiMUSIC: The last record went gold. Were the other guys concerned that the public was getting the wrong impression of what the band was all about from the success of "Bother", or that it was just the Corey Taylor project?
Josh Rand: "Yeah, I totally agree with that. I think that we're still misunderstood. We're a band. We're not Corey's side project. We're a functioning band. We were around before SLIPKNOT. For Corey to step away from SLIPKNOT…for him, it's to show a different side of him. But there's more to us. We're not, you know, just a couple of buddies getting together to jam with some other guys and tour for a month. We're a serious band. We take it very seriously. So does our record company. We're looking to do way bigger business with this record. I honestly believe this material is way better. It's more mature. We were rushed the first time around. It was basically me and Corey just jamming. We did almost all those songs basically by ourselves. It started off being just two friends together and then all of a sudden it became this other thing. The next thing you know we're signing this record contract, recording the first record and things happened really quickly."
Read the full article at Rocknworld.
After locking themselves in Florida's Audiohammer Studios with producer Jason Suecof (God Forbid, Trivium), Bury Your Dead are nearing completion of their new album, tentatively titled "Beauty and the Breakdown." With the recording completed and mixing about to begin, anticipation for this follow up to 2004's Cover Your Tracks and 2005's Alive CD/DVD release has begun. Suecof wasted no words in describing the new album, announcing that "I would just like to say that this is the heaviest fucking album I've ever gotten to work on."
Guitarist Slim B spoke for all of Bury Your Dead when he said recently, "As a band, we feel this record is the equivalent to Dr. Dre's The Chronic. We are excited as hell about this record – Jason challenged us to try new things and pushed us to do some things that may surprise people, while retaining and building on our sound. We can't wait to get back on the road and start playing live again, but recording has been the best experience possible."
A lot has happened to Bury Your Dead since the release of Cover Your Tracks in October of 2004, from incredible tours to magazine coverage in Revolver, Alternative Press and Outburn. Bury Your Dead were called "Destructive hardcore with blunt, pronounced lyrics and delicious breakdowns..." by Kerrang! Magazine, and spent the summer of 2005 on the most successful metal tour of all time, Ozzfest.
A line-up change occurred recently and Bury Your Dead are pleased to announce their new bassist, Aaron Patrick. As a band that made their name as an explosive live act (documented on last years' Alive CD/DVD, recorded and filmed at Chain Reaction in Orange County), touring is second nature. In May the "Burning Daylight Tour", Devildriver will headline with Bury Your Dead in direct support, raging across the U.S. with Remembering Never, If Hope Dies and Artimus Pyledriver. All dates will be announced soon.
Long-running Swedish "dark metal" band GRAVE FLOWERS have parted ways with Finland's Firebox Records. "There have been some changes inside the company and GRAVE FLOWERS did not fit into their new plans," the band write on their web site. "We would anyway like to thank Firebox for the time we cooperated."
GRAVE FLOWERS' upcoming third album will likely be released through the band's own Khaoz Star Records label.
GRAVE FLOWERS's sophomore CD, "Incarcerated Sorrows", was released in March 2005 via Firebox Records. Included on the 11-song CD was a cover version of COUNT RAVEN's "Leaving the Warzone", recorded as a tribute to the Swedish doom legends. Cover art was handled by Tuomo Lethonen, who had previously worked with SWALLOW THE SUN on their "The Morning Never Came" album.
U.K. black metallers THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL will release a mini-CD, entitled "In the name of God, Welcome to Planet Genocide", in July 2006 on Firestorm Records. Songtitles set to appear on the effort include "My Beautiful Genocide", "Baptized in the Warm Piss of Slaughtered Children", "The Man Who Killed for God", and two as-yet-undisclosed DISCHARGE covers. The release will once again feature Alan Davey (HAWKWIND) on bass and Mirai (SIGH) on keyboards.