Metal News for March 29, 2007
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Toronto-based stoners GEORGIAN SKULL have confirmed initial dates on their upcoming summer tour. "There is a blood that drives through us that makes us keep going," the band remarked recently. "If bands like us don't step up and take the torch and run with it, this type of metal is going to be overshadowed by radio bands and cookie cutter crap. I just want to let the fans know that the future of this genre is in good hands."
Major highlights of the Canadian leg of the tour includes two dates in Hamilton, ON. April 16th with CRYPTOPSY and May 24th with GRIMSKUNK both at Underground. Currently, the band is looking to fill dates around the US and a current itinerary can be viewed here.
Launch Radio Networks reports: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello told Billboard.com on Tuesday (March 27) that the reactivated rap-rock pioneers have no plans at the moment to mount a full-fledged tour beyond the handful of shows already announced. Morello said, "Right now there are four shows booked. There's Coachella and then there's the three Rock The Bells shows (in July and August) with WU TANG CLAN, IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, CYPRESS HILL and some other hip-hop artists, and right now that's all that's on the docket."
But Morello has not definitively ruled out a full-on campaign. The guitarist explained, "These times, I think, demand a voice like RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE to return. RAGE was certainly the most outspoken radical voice in music in the Nineties, and the seven years that RAGE was away the country went to hell. So I think it's overdue that we're back."
Morello said the reunion came about when it became clear last fall that AUDIOSLAVE, his previous band with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE bassist Tim Commerford, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk and SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell, would not be touring anytime soon. He added that Commerford had "re-established a friendship" with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE frontman Zach de la Rocha, despite a rather acrimonious split in 2000.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has begun rehearsing for its upcoming shows and Morello said that the band sounds "awesome."
Morello will release his debut album as political folk alter ego THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, titled "One Man Revolution", on April 24. He plans to tour in support of the record.
Confirmed RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE shows are as follows:
April 29 - Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field (Coachella Festival)
July 28 - New York, NY - Randall's Island
Aug. 11 - San Bernardino, CA - National Orange Show Events Center
Aug. 18 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
Following a successful European tour with ELITE, Norse black metallers KAMPFAR have locked the doors to their rehearsal room to work on songs for the follow-up to Kvass (2006). According to a press release, "while no tracks from the album have leaked out, one thing is sure, genuine Norse pagan folk black metal can be expected!"
Opening for the likes of Ratt, Poison, Queensryche, Krokus, Stryper and Lita Ford, working with some of rock's most respected producers and scoring several "Headbangers Ball" approved video clips, Lillian Axe certainly carved a niche for themselves with metalheads worldwide during the '80s and '90s. And now, after an extended hiatus, the group - now comprised of Derrick LeFevre (lead vocals), Steve Blaze (lead guitars/vocals), Sam Poitevent (guitars/vocals), Eric Morris (bass), and Ken Koudelka (drums) - has unleashed their first new studio album in nearly fifteen years (and first for the Metro City Records label), titled "Waters Rising."
"We have spent the last 3 years getting this record done, in 4 different locations, and we have gone through a complete metamorphosis mentally and physically," explains Blaze. "It's a different environment in the music industry these days yet the spirit and soul in creating music has stayed the same in the Lillian Axe camp. My engineer, Rob Hovey, and I spent many hours experimenting with different approaches to this record, but it always came back to the same formula: do what we do, period."
Blaze also offered some insight regarding several favorite individual tracks from "Waters Rising." "The song 'Quarantine' deals with germaphobia - I suffer from this condition. I deal sometimes with the 'dirtiness' of the world by living in a very clean, pristine, and organized environment. 'The 2nd of May' speaks of child disappearance and the theories behind the inability to find so many missing people. 'Field of Yesterday' would be Lillian Axe's 'Stairway to Heaven' or 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' The one song that encompasses the pieces sonically and emotionally that are the quintessential elements of that group. It is about eight minutes long and has a mid-section which capsulates the history of man's existence in an ethereal interlude which soars and then slams back to reality. '5' is an instrumental in which I used about 80 guitar tracks. I attempted to touch on many different aspects of the instrument from arpeggios to clean picking to orchestration to heavy blues riffs to speed riffing to manipulation feedback. It took a while, as I wrote it as we recorded it, but the fanatic end result was just what I intended." More...
Swedish death/black metal band UNDIVINE, which features in its ranks IN AETERNUM guitarist Erik Kumpulainen and ISOLE drummer Jonas Lindström, has revealed the track listing for its debut album, due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined record label. It is as follows:
01. My Silence
02. Chaos Prayer
03. In Lust And Disgust
04. A Vision Undivine
05. Cold Dead Heart
06. ...And The Word Was War
07. The Cleansing
UNDIVINE's lineup is completed by Tommy Holmer (RIMTHURS, ex-NECROCIDE) on vocals, Robert Fälström (MACHINE, ex-IN AETERNUM) on bass and Kristofer Nilsson on guitar and backing vocals.
Commented the band: "We are now waiting for contract propositions, and will tell you when we have found the right deal for our full-length. Offers have arrived, time is soon to make decisions. A bunch of new songs have already been created, seven pieces as for now. So we have surely not been uncreative. Jonas has been giving us some new shit to work with. And it is awesome stuff, great riffs and arrangements! These rough diamonds will be nicely polished for our next record!"
Shai Hulud continues to write material for their next album and Metal Blade Records debut. Though no specific studio or release schedule has been set, the effort will be titled "Misanthropy Pure" and will feature ten new songs.
Meanwhile, the band's upcoming DVD release is nearing completion. According to the band, "it's more complete than you think you know... All our energy the past few months, in-between naps, has been focused on the new album. Let us finish that up and the DVD will come out soon enough."
Sweden's AEON have posted the following message at their official website:
"We are now gearing up to hit the studio this weekend to start recording the followup to ’05 Unique Leader release Bleeding The False. 12 new songs of pure hatred are about to be put on tape and it feels fucking great.
We will be pushing that red button in Empire Studio for about one month and when that’s done, the tracks will be sent down to the legendary Unisound Studio for some insane mixing and mastering by Dan Swanö. Needless to say we’re very excited make this album! The album will be released by Metal Blade Records. So let the madness begin…"
San Diego wrecking crew AS I LAY DYING has been confirmed for the Vans Warped Tour beginning in early August. The tour dates are as follows:
Aug. 04 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
Aug. 05 - Englishtown, NJ @ Raceway Park
Aug. 07 - Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 08 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
Aug. 09 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
Aug. 10 - Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lakes Field
Aug. 11 - Barrie, ON @ Park Place
Aug. 12 - Montreal @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
Aug. 14 - St. Louis, MO @ UMB Bank Pavilion
Aug. 15 - Kansas City, KS @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 17 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center
Aug. 18 - Seattle, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
Aug. 19 - Portland, OR @ Columbia Meadows
Aug. 22 - Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
Aug. 23 - Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
Aug. 24 - San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
Aug. 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Home Depot Center
FINNTROLL will release their new album, Ur Jordens Djup, through Century Media in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux on March 30th. A track from the album, 'Korpens Saga', is currently available online at the following locations: Century Media artist page and Century Media Germany’s Myspace.
Recorded in September 2006 at Helsinki’s Sonic Pump Studios, Ur Jordens Djup marks the first Finntroll studio recording with new vocalist Mathias "Vreth" Lillmåns.
The tracklist is as follows: 'Gryning', 'Sång', 'Korpens Saga', 'Nedgång', 'Ur Djupet', 'Slagbröder', 'En Mäktig Här', 'Ormhäxan', 'Maktens Spira', 'Under Två Runor', 'Kvällning'.
ANGELCORPSE has tapped J.R. Daniels (ex-CATTLE DECAPITATION) to play drums on the band's upcoming U.S. tour. The dates are as follows:
May 09 - Station 4 - Minneapolis, MN (w/ TERATISM, KOMMANDANT)
May 10 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL (w/ CIANIDE, KOMMANDANT)
May 11 - Peabodies - Cleveland, OH (w/ CELTIC FROST, DECREPIT)
May 12 - Northstar - Philadelphia, PA (w/ MARCH INTO THE SEA)
May 13 - Middle East - Cambridge (w/ WITCH TOMB, COLD NORTHERN VENGEANCE)
May 14 - B.B. King Blue Club & Grill - New York, NY, BB Kings (w/ DIMENTIANON)
May 16 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA (w/ NEGATIVE PLANE, GRAVEWURM)
May 17 - Ziggy's - Winston-Salem, NC (w/ NEGATIVE PLANE, GRAVEWURM)
May 18 - Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA (w/ NEGATIVE PLANE, GRAVEWURM)
May 19 - Brass Mug - Tampa, FL (w/ NEGATIVE PLANE, GRAVEWURM)
May 20 - The Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (w/ NEGATIVE PLANE, GRAVEWURM)
Taiwan's CHTHONIC, the black metal band that has already broken down musical barriers in its homeland, will spend this summer on Ozzfest 2007 as a part of the second stage's rotating lineup alongside such acclaimed artists as HATEBREED, NILE, THE SHOWDOWN and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, among others.
The Ozzfest billing is now shaping up as follows:
LAMB OF GOD
[to be announced]
Second Stage – Non-Rotating:
Second Stage – Rotating:
3 INCHES OF BLOOD
IN THIS MOMENT
Singaporean metallers RUDRA have issued the following update:
"Kannan [guitar] has decided to part ways with RUDRA. He will be relocating to Australia and the band wishes him the best of luck in the future and a big thanks for his monumental contribution to RUDRA. However, the band hopes that his departure is temporary. The band is presently auditioning guitarists and will announce the replacement real soon."
RUDRA last year severed ties with Demonzend Records (a.k.a. Demonzend Enterprise), the label that issued the group's last album, "Brahmavidya: Primordial I", and re-released their debut CD.
RUDRA is currently seeking a new label home.
Polish extreme metal titans BEHEMOTH have been added to the Ozzfest 2007 lineup. The band has landed the direct-support, non-rotating slot right before second-stage headliners HATEBREED. This is the first time a Polish act has ever participated in Ozzfest.
The Ozzfest 2007 billing is now shaping up as follows:
LAMB OF GOD
[to be announced]
Second Stage – Non-Rotating:
Second Stage – Rotating:
3 INCHES OF BLOOD
IN THIS MOMENT
[to be announced]
Nergal (vocals, guitars) states, "I couldn't be more proud about the fact that BEHEMOTH will be joining this year's Ozzfest! I'm speechless and beyond excited. No doubt it's going to be the brightest point of our career thus far, and I hope that this will help to spread dangerous and extreme music among the masses. It's an honor to team up with our longtime brothers in NILE and to share the stage with LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED, not to mention the legend himself! With such a bill, you can expect nothing but pure metal carnage! What makes me even more excited is the little fact that we will be releasing our new album during the tour. So expect songs from 'The Apostasy', as well as some older shit. We'll definitely make sure the set is going to be brutal as fuck. You've been warned!" More...
Dead Truth Recordings has announced the signing of two bands. Joining the label roster is Floridian hardcore band Jump The Shark and hardcore/metal outfit American Me, of Portland, Oregon. Jump The Shark will enter the studio this summer, while American Me will release a three-song EP in July. You can check out both bands online here and here, respectively.
Acclaimed heavy metal drummer Richard Christy (ex-ICED EARTH, DEATH, LEASH LAW, CONTROL DENIED), who currently works for "The Howard Stern Show", was recently cast in the upcoming comedy "Harold & Kumar 2" (IMDb). "I filmed my parts in February and had a blast!" says Richard. "The movie is going to be hilarious so please check it out when it comes to a theater near you!"
According to the film's official plot outline, "Harold & Kumar 2" "follows the cross-country adventures of the pot-smoking duo as they try to outrun authorities who suspect them of being terrorists when they try to sneak a bong on board their flight to Amsterdam."
Christy has played in many bands, including ICED EARTH, BURNING INSIDE, DEATH and CONTROL DENIED. Christy joined DEATH after meeting their leader Chuck Schuldiner in a bookstore while the band was looking for a new drummer after the departure of Gene Hoglan. Christy recorded three albums with DEATH (the critically-acclaimed "The Sound of Perseverance", released in 1998; "Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)", 2001; and "Live in Eindhoven", also 2001) and one album with CONTROL DENIED, "The Fragile Art of Existence", which came out in 1999.
The following dates have been released for DYING FETUS‘ U.S. tour with PSYOPUS, COVENANCE, and, depending on the venue’s site, either DAATH or ABIGAIL WILLIAMS:
June 25 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
June 26 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
June 27 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
June 28 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
June 29 - Topeka, KS @ The Static Bar w/ Unmerciful
June 30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station Four
July 1 - Chicago, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
July 2 - Detroit, MI @ The Hayloft
Kentucky’s COLISEUM have announced the following upcoming tour dates:
May 15 - Boston, MA @ PA’s Lounge w/ Young Widows, Prideswallower
May 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ 538 Johnson w/ Young Widows, Prideswallower
May 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Dis-Graceland w/ Young Widows, Prideswallower
May 19 - Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel w/ Young Widows, Prideswallower
May 20 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel w/ Young Widows, Prideswallower
July 12 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Engineer, Sweet Cobra
July 13 - London, ON @ Call The Office w/ Buried Inside, Rammer, Engineer
July 14 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s w/ Buried Inside, Rammer, Engineer
July 15 - Kingston, ON @ Time To Laugh Comedy Club w/ Buried Inside, Rammer, Engineer
July 16 - Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s w/ Buried Inside, Rammer, Engineer
July 17 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa w/ Buried Inside, Rammer, Engineer
July 19 - Cambridge, MA @ Cambridge Elks w/ Engineer
July 22 - New Brunswick, NJ @ 228 Hamilton w/ Engineer
July 23 - Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Community Center w/ Engineer
July 27 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Harrison Center (Dudefest)
Austrian metallers EDENBRIDGE and drummer Roland Navratil have decided to go on their separate ways "due to personal, musical and financial differences." More news to follow soon.
The band are set to release a rarities/best of compilation named The Chronicles Of Eden as double-CD and limited double-digipack on May 25th.
CD1 contains three new, previously unreleased songs, all Japanese and European bonus tracks and tracks of the released out of print singles. CD2 contains a best of selection out of the 5 released studio albums.
CEPHALIC CARNAGE has completed work on their brand new full-length, titled Xenosapien.
Xenosapien was recorded by the band and long-time producer / engineer Dave Otero in their studio in Denver, CO. Advance song titles include: “Endless Cycle of Violence”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Vaporized”, “G.lobal O.verhaul D.vice”, and “Ov Vicissitude”. Xenosapien is scheduled for a May 29 North American release date (May 28 internationally).
Additionally, CEPHALIC CARNAGE has announced the first European leg of the ‘Xenosapien World Tour.’ This tour will kick-off on May 4 in Utrecht, Netherlands and includes the band’s first headlining U.K. tour in over two years. Support on the U.K. portion of this tour will be provided by AKERCOCKE. A listing of CEPHALIC CARNAGE tour dates can be found in the tour section with many more to be announced soon.
AJ, the bassist and vocalist for New Jersey based melodic metal act Mutiny checked to talk about his lesson with Melissa Cross, and upcoming live dates:
We are now in the finals of The Break Contest. It will take place on Saturday, April 14th at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The winner will move on to play The Bamboozle at Giants Stadium.
We have prepared a new song entitled "Frozen", and will debut it at the finals.
My vocal lesson with Melissa Cross exceeded my expectations. She is now a Mutiny fan and assures to lend a helping hand whenever possible. I will have a follow-up lesson with her soon and should be ready to record vocals within weeks. When our demo is done, we will release it on our myspace page.
Online demo will include the songs: "Before The Day", "Twisted Within Lies", and "Breaking Bach".
However, we want to wait until the demo with our new material is finished before sending our press kits to labels and contacts around the world. This 3 song demo will include: "My Eyes In The Fire", "Frozen", and our newest project which remains untitled. All recordings will be done at 66Samus Studios.
Mutiny's upcoming live dates are as follows:
Saturday, April 14th - The Break Contest Finals - The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
Sunday, April 22nd - Sunday SlaughterFest - Dingbatz , Clifton, NJ*
Sunday, May 13th - Sunday Metal Fiasco - Hamilton St. Stage/Cafe, Bound Brook, NJ*
* Denotes headlining show
Details have been finalized for Earth Crisis' upcoming West Coast reunion show. The event will take place on May 5th at the Ventura Majestic Theatre in Ventura, CA. Tickets can be obtained via Ticketmaster and the line-up is as follows:
Too Pure To Die
Scars Of Tomorrow (farewell show)
Force Of Change
Tears Of Gaia
special guests TBA
Solid State Recording band Haste The Day announces selling nearly 10,000 copies of their brand new album PRESSURE THE HINGES since its release just one week ago according to the Nielsen SoundScan Report. The album also debuted at #89 on Billboard Magazine’s TOP 100 and #5 on the Hard Music chart this week.