Metal News for March 29, 2008
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Paint It Black has announced a slew of spring tour dates. Here are the latest dates:
4/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Sailor Jerry (in-store)
4/11 Toronto, Ontario @ Kathedral w/ Cold World
4/12 Montreal, Quebec @ Black Dot w/ Cold World
4/13 Ottawa, Ontario @ Mavericks w/ Cold World
4/25 Doylestown, PA @ Siren Records w/ Cloak/Dagger
4/26 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place w/ Cloak/Dagger
4/27 Wilkinsburg, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project w/ Cloak/Dagger
5/9 Providence, RI @ Club Hell w/ Blacklisted, Soul Control
5/10 Manville, NJ @ Manville Elks Lodge w/ Blacklisted, The Mongoloids
5/11 Lemoyne, PA @ The Champion Ship w/ Blacklisted
5/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory w/ Leatherface
5/20 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Leatherface
dates w/ Ceremony, Life Long Tragedy, Sabertooth Zombie
5/21 Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project
5/22 San Francisco, CA @ Blazo Gallery
5/23 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
5/24 Tacoma, WA @ Rain Fest
dates w/ Blacklisted, New Mexican Disaster Squad
5/30 Jacksonville, FL @ Fuel
5/30 Gainesville, FL @ Atlantic
5/31 Lake Worth, FL @ Klein Dance Studio
6/1 Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
Forgotten Empire Records has announced the signing of Boston progressive metal band Voyager. The label will be releasing their upcoming EP in the near future. In the meantime, you can check out a track or two from Voyager's upcoming EP on their MySpace page.
Poland's Metal Mind Productions will re-release MALEVOLENT CREATION's "Eternal" (1996), "In Cold Blood" (1997), "The Fine Art of Murder" (1998) and "Manifestation" (a compilation from 2000) albums on April 21 in Europe only. Each limited-edition digipack title (limited to 2,000 copies) will be made available on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology. "Eternal" will also contain two bonus tracks: 'Remnants of Withered Decay' and 'Impaled Existence'.
MALEVOLENT CREATION's latest album, "Doomsday X", was released in the U.S. in July 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records and in Europe in August 2007 via Massacre Records. The CD was recorded and engineered at Mercury Recording Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida by longtime friend and producer (and sometimes session member) Gus Rios, and is said to be the most diverse MALEVOLENT CREATION album recorded to date and "without a doubt their fastest!!" Mick Thomson, guitarist for SLIPKNOT, contributed a "ripping" guitar solo to the song 'Deliver My Enemy'.
He Is Legend will hit the road this spring for a tour with Inhale Exhale, Secret Lives Of The Freemasons, and Envy On The Coast. The following tour dates have been confirmed so far:
5/24 Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
5/29 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
5/31 Metairie, LA @ High Ground
6/1 Austin, TX @ Emo's
6/2 Shreveport, LA @ Harlequin Alley
6/3 Oklahoma City, OK @ Bricktown Ballroom
6/4 Joplin, MO @ The Foundry
6/5 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's Cantina Ballroom
6/6 Fairdale, KY @ Bulldog Cafe
6/7 Nashville, TN @ The Anchor
Manchester, UK-based metal band I-DEF-I has posted a new track, "Her Circean Kiss", on the group's MySpace page. The song is taken from current writing/demoing sessions for I-DEF-I's second full-length CD. Also available is a live version of the song "Prosthetiquette", recorded at the band's recent debut European concert in Sannois, France.
The band will play a short run of UK club shows in April before heading back into the studio while negotiating a return to the European mainland.
I-DEF-I's full-length debut, "In the Light of a New Day", was released in April 2007 via Copro Records. The follow-up to 2006's critically acclaimed mini-album "Bloodlust Casualty" marked the recording debut with the band of new drummer Carl Sharrocks and featured a guest appearance from DJ Woody.
Upcoming I-DEF-I shows:
April 17 - From Hell @ The Haygate, Telford
April 18 - The Rigger, Stoke
April 19 - Club Academy, Manchester
ReturnToThePit.com has posted 155 photos of VITAL REMAINS' new Dave Suzuki-less touring lineup — featuring Scott Wily (ZIRCON, ex-GODLESS RISING) on lead vocals — performing live at The Middle East in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday, March 27. Check them out at this location.
DOWN kicked off its European tour on March 18 at the B1 Maximum club in Moscow, Russia. Fan-filmed video footage from the concert can be viewed below.
The group's setlist was as follows:
01. Underneath Everything
02. The Path
03. Lysergik Funeral Procession
04. Pillars Of Eternity
05. Three Suns And One Star
07. Swan Song
09. Ghost Along The Mississippi
10. Learn From This Mistake
12. Beneath The Tides
13. On March The Saints
14. Losing All
15. Eyes Of The South
17. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
18. Stone The Crow
20. Bury Me In Smoke More...
"Rise", the new video from THE ORDHER — the Brazilian band featuring former members of NEPHASTH and REBAELLION — can be viewed below.
THE ORDHER released its debut album, entitled "Weaponize" last October via Unique Leader Records. 10 songs were recorded for the effort, including the three tracks that were previously made available in demo form the group's web site ("Rise", "The Poison" and "Father"). The entire process of recording, mixing and mastering took place in THE ORDHER's hometown of Porto Alegre, in Brazil.
A full-length MP3 of the song "Rise" is available for download at this location.
Years Spent Cold have entered the studio at the Machine Shop (Lamb of God) and have begun tracking for the Eulogy debut full length, due out in late June.
Here are the latest Years Spent Cold tour dates:
Mar 28 Club Crannel Poughkeepsie, New York
Mar 29 Vestal Firehouse Vestal, New York
Apr 11 Cedar Grove VFW Cedar Grove, New Jersey
Apr 18 Italian Citizens club Pittston, Pennsylvania
Apr 20 Auburn Public Theater Auburn, New York
May 17 Penn Monster Factory East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
ASCEND is a new collaborative musical project between Gentry Densley (Iceburn, Eagle Twin) and Greg Anderson (sunn 0))), Goatsnake, Engine Kid). Both have been making music that has crossed paths several times in the last 19 years, the most notable being during the 90s when Anderson's band Engine Kid toured with and shared a split album with Densely’s band Iceburn. During that time both were heavily experimenting with the fusion of jazz (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, John Coltrane) and the dark behemoth tones of influences such as The Melvins, Gore, Slint, and Caspar Brotzman.
Hitting stores on May 27th, ASCEND re-visits some of the tones and moods of their past works as well as traveling into uncharted territory all done with the utmost focus on heaviness and power, with the album "Ample Fire Within." Of particular note is the vocal performance by Gentry Densley. His voice is deep and ominous with a subtle Tom Waits influence within the growls and gruffness that is emoted. Anderson gushes enthusiastically: "we were extremely fortunate to have a lot of help from our friends with this recording. Andy Patterson pounded the hell out of the drums, and Steve Moore (aka Stebmo, also in Earth and often times sunn 0))) ) added some trombone (“Obelisk of Kolob”, and “Dark Matter”), organ (“Her Horse Is Thunder”, “Dark Matter”) and some amazing wurlitzer (“Amplifier Within”, “Divine”). His playing brings a dark, sophisticated jazz atmosphere to the album. On the track "V O G" we were blessed to have Bubba Dupree (Void) AND none other than Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) put down some incredible lead work!"
The entire album was mixed by Randall Dunn (Earth, sunn 0))), Kinski,) and mastered by Mell Dettmer who is turning into the "house-mastering wizardress" for the Southern Lord label.
Below are a few samples from the album:
Finnish "Wacken Metal Battle 2007" winners CRYSTAL BLAZE have announced the addition of longtime friend, Juhana "Juffi" Karlsson from AMORAL, as their new drummer. According to a press release, "Juffi performed with the band in Qstock (Oulu, Finland) 2007 and Wacken Open Air 2007, as well as recorded drums for the band's latest release, 'Beneath the Sands'. Apart from having a perfectly fitting personality for the CRYSTAL BLAZE crew, Juffi's versatile drum playing has improved the band's groove and technical expertise and expanded the band's sonic landscape to a new level."
In other news, CRYSTAL BLAZE has made four new tracks available for download from the band's official web site. "The new four-song release called 'Beneath the Sands' with its four rockin', ass-kickin' 'n' earth-shakin' tracks introduces a much heavier, groovier and more progressive side of CRYSTAL BLAZE as a deviation from the band's earlier power metal approach," according to a press release.
Future plans for CRYSTAL BLAZE include gigging and composing material for a full-length CD.
Massachusetts metallers SHADOWS FALL have just completed an exhausting run of shows on the far side of the globe in Australia, Korea, Japan and the Philippines. Each day this week vocalist Brian Fair will be recapping stories from the road in a guest-blog for MetalSucks. The latest entry focuses on the band's historic visit to The Philippines. An excerpt from the blog entry follows:
"We had never been to the Philippines before and honestly had no idea what to expect. There was no way we could have been prepared for the reception we were about to receive. The second we got off the plane, we knew this was going to be something special. We were greeted at the gate by an army of photographers from all the local newspapers and magazines. We were then whisked through immigration and customs and taken to a special VIP lounge where we discovered that we were on the front page of the local paper!! Unreal. After battling through the insane traffic of Manila, we headed to a local radio station to help promote the show. This was going to be the first metal show in the Philippines in years so the anticipation was incredibly high. We headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest and recovery and also to prepare for our trip to the beach the next day. Since we had two days off before the show, Vernon, the promoter, had set it up so we could head to the island paradise of Boracay to enjoy two days on the white sand beaches." More...
"Emptiness", the new video from the Swedish female-fronted alternative rock/metal band POWERTRIP, can be viewed here.
Commented POWERTRIP bassist Peter Uvén: "I am really satisfied with the final result; the video is kick-ass! The song is all about feeling anger and frustration from being mentally abused and in the process you start feeling numb and empty inside. I think we really managed to deliver that vibe in the video."
POWERTRIP last year released its debut album, "Cold Black Lie", via Greece's Sleaszy Rider Records. The CD was recorded, mixed and mastered in 2006, and it contains "an onslaught of 10 uncompromising hard-hitting songs," according to a press release. "With dark and passionate lyrics it's a voyage to the dark corners of the mind, intense, raw and deeply touching. Every note, tone and word delivers a real-life experience, sometimes disturbing but always with pride and honesty." More...
EDGUY singer Tobias Sammet's solo project AVANTASIA has scheduled the following dates:
June 06 - Rocksound Festival - Huttwil, Switzerland
June 07 - Sweden Rock - Sölvesborg, Sweden
June 10 - Moscow, Russia - DK Gorbunova
June 13 - Tokyo, Japan - Shinagawa Prince Stellar Ball
June 15 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
June 18 - Obras - Buenos Aires, Argentina
June 20 - Caupolican - Santiago, Chile
June 22 - Credicard Hall - Sao Paulo, Brazil
July 04 - Castle Festival - Smederevo Fortress, Serbia
July 10 - Masters of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
July 26 - Rockin Field Festival - Italy
Aug. 01 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany More...
Italian power metallers KALEDON have unveiled the cover artwork for their fifth album, "Legend Of The Forgotten Reign Chapter 5: A New Era Begins", tentatively due in Europe in May/June via Hellion Records. The CD artwork was designed by Fabrizio Galliccia.
"Legend Of The Forgotten Reign Chapter 5: A New Era Begins" track listing:
01. A New Man
02. A Wounded Friend
04. Undeads Again
05. The End Of The Green Power
06. A Flash In The Sky
07. Great Mighty Light (instrumental)
08. The Greatest Heart
09. The God Beyond The Man
10. Return To Kaledon
The Japanese version of the CD will include "top-secret" bonus material, according to a posting on the band's web site.
HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY have added more shows to the North American leg of their "Hellish Rock Tour 2008". Here are the confirmed dates:
Sept. 18 - Quebec City, QC - Salle Albert Rousseau
Sept. 19 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley
Sept. 20 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept. 21 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sept. 23 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live
Sept. 25 - Atlanta, GA - Pre-ProgPower USA
Sept. 27 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
Sept. 28 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct. 1 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
Oct. 3 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Oct. 5 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Oct. 6 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues (Sunset Strip)
Oct. 8 - Santa Fe, NM - Camel Rock Casino
Greek thrashers SUICIDAL ANGELS have issued the following update:
"Unfortunately, due to some management problems that occured, the Horns Up tour had to be postponed for a few weeks. We’d really like to apologize to all our friends / fans that intended to come to the concerts, especially those that their country won’t be included in the new tour schedule. We promise to do our best to visit your country in the near future! The tour booking is now handled by the Romanian agency Metal Masters, and hopefully the rescheduled dates will be announced very soon."
The official ONSLAUGHT announcement about that issue:
"Unfortunately due to poor management and organization from the persons involved in the booking of the ’Horns Up’ tour, we have decided to postpone the majority of the dates for a few weeks. The entire logistic plan was a total mess, this included no flights being booked only two days before the tour was due to start , Onslaught also did not receive any guarantees that some of the shows would happen and unfortunately had no confidence that this tour, as it stood, would have seen it through to the end. The new rescheduled dates will be booked by Metal Masters Romania, and the new tour announced very shortly with hopefully no delay longer than three to four weeks of the original shows."
Dutch gothic metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION have issued the following update:
"We are happy to announce that we were asked to give an extra show in Mexico City on April 6th. This will be a special acoustic concert. We are really looking forward to it and hope to see you all there!"
Within Temptation's Mexican schedule is as follows:
3 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
4 - Monterrey, Mexico - Cafe Iguana
5 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Teatro Cavaret
6 - Mexico City, Mexico - tba (acoustic)
BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS have revealed the following upcoming tour dates:
April 24 - New Haven, CT @ Cherry Street Station w/ Dead Child
April 25 - New York, NY @ T.B.A.
April 26 - New Paltz, NY @ The Rug Room w/ Dead Child
April 27 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott w/ Dead Child, Irepress
April 28 - Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13 w/ Dead Child, Irepress
April 30 - Burlington, VT @ 242 Main
May 6 - Sherbrook, QC @ Bar Le Magog w/ Yakuza
May 8 - Montreal, QC @ Katacomb w/ Yakuza
May 9 - Toronto, ON @ Savage Garden w/ Yakuza
May 10 - Sudbury, ON @ The Jubilee Centre w/ Yakuza
May 12 - Peterborough, ON @ The Underdog w/ Yakuza
May 13 - London, ON @ Call The Office w/ Yakuza
May 15 - St. Catherines, ON @ L3 w/ Yakuza
May 16 - Hamilton, ON @ Absinthe w/ Yakuza
May 17 - Windsor, ON @ Coach And Horses w/ Yakuza
May 24 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest VI)
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on Friday, April 18 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show". Listen to the program live via the Internet between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. U.K. time at BBC.co.uk.
TESTAMENT is strongly rumored to have been added to the upcoming summer tour featuring HEAVEN AND HELL, JUDAS PRIEST and MOTÖRHEAD. It should be noted, however, that this information has not yet been corrobated by an official source and should be considered a rumor only at this point.
Orange County, California's BLEEDING THROUGH has set "Declaration" as the title of its fifth studio album, tentatively due in August via Trustkill Records. The follow-up to 2006's "The Truth" will be recorded beginning late March with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, LAMB OF GOD, SOILWORK, DARKEST HOUR) and is said to be a "concept album" about the rigors of being away from home.
"Every song will be named after a different city or state," BLEEDING THROUGH frontman Brandan Schieppati tells Revolver in the magazine's May 2008 issue. "There are definitely places when we're traveling where every time we go there, we're like, 'Fuck, why do we have to be here?' Like, we'll be in France and all of a sudden we'll feel totally insignificant. You get the feeling that people's eyes are just burining a hole through you."
According to Schieppati, "Declaration" will be heavier than its predecessor. "I think it bridges the gap between 'The Truth' and [2003's] 'This Is Love, This Is Murderous'," he tells Revolver. "The melodies are darker, the riffs are heavier. We just wrote a really aggressive record that encompasses everything we've ever tried to do as a band and then raised the bar a notch or two."
XM's Boneyard/VH1 Classic host Eddie Trunk revealed a rumor on his "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM earlier tonight (Friday, March 28) that Australian hard rock legends AC/DC will embark on a "farewell" tour later in the year once the recording sessions for their new album have been completed.
AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams told Spinner.com last month that AC/DC would enter the studio March 1 to begin recording its first new album in eight years. The web site caught up with Williams at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles, where he said, "God I'm ready."
As for touring, however, Williams was less sure about the group's intentions. He explained, "If we go out again or when we go out again, you just never know. We've been around a long time, so we're going to get together and get in the studio and I fully expect we will (tour). I don't mean to be so negative about that."
The band itself is now international, with members scattered across the globe. Malcolm and Angus Young divide their time between Britain and Australia (with Angus also spending time in the Netherlands because he has a Dutch wife). Singer Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams are based in the U.S., while drummer Phil Rudd lives in New Zealand.
Reports surfaced in January that AC/DC was nearly finished recording its next album, but a spokesperson for the band's Australian label, Albert Records, denied the story.
AC/DC's last all-new set, "Stiff Upper Lip", came out in 2000.
The following press release has been announced:
THE SWORD has made its brand new album, "Gods Of The Earth", available for streaming in its entirety on their MySpace page.
THE SWORD's "Gods Of The Earth" will drop on April 1 via Kemado Records. The follow up to the band's debut "Age Of Winters", "Gods Of The Earth" was recorded at Folkvang Studios in Austin, TX, and is said to be "more ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger."
The final track listing for "Gods Of The Earth" is:
01. The Sundering
02. The Frost Giant's Daughter
03. How Heavy This Axe
05. Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians
06. To Take The Black
07. Maiden, Mother & Crone
08. Under The Boughs
09. The Black River
10. The White Sea
MSNBC has issued the following report:
POISON drummer Rikki Rockett was arrested on a rape warrant and his case was turned over to the district attorney’s office for possible grand jury consideration, officials said Friday.
Rockett, 46, was arrested Monday at or near Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles police said. He was booked and released, and was awaiting an extradition decision by Mississippi prosecutors.
A woman in Mississippi filed a complaint that she was raped on Sept. 23, 2007, at the Silver Star Casino, Neshoba County sheriff’s investigator Ralph Sciple said.
“The subject, Rikki Rockett, forcibly had sex with an adult in one of the hotel rooms,” according to a complaint.
Sciple said the woman contacted authorities several days after the alleged attack. He did not discuss details of the case, but said his office believed the woman’s complaint warranted review by the district attorney.
The casino-hotel complex in Philadelphia, about an hour northeast of Jackson, is owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Rockett, whose real name is Richard Ream, did not have a listed number in the Los Angeles area and could not be reached Friday for comment.
Rockett was booked into the Los Angeles County jail under his stage name and released early Tuesday, according to jail inmate information on the county sheriff’s Web site. Sciple said there was no immediate attempt to bring Rockett back to Mississippi and a decision on extradition would await action by the district attorney.
Sweden’s MESHUGGAH have issued the following update:
"Ahhh, not so awesome beginning of the CU LaTour! We just wanna say we're sorry for you guys who came out to the Calgary show especially! The routing/distances for this tour was insane for the first couple shows and us being stuck at the U.S/Canada border for a few hours meant we didn't make it in time for the Calgary show!
For the first Vancouver show at the Croatian Culture Center - same thing! Too far a drive to actually make it in time, so everything was way delayed which in turn meant that we had to cut the set real short! Three songs!! How's that for a Meshuggah set!!? Kinda embarrassing, but things were out of our hands!! We were there in time but the semi with all the stage gear was very late and with a 11 p.m curfew....
Basically, the start of this tour was just routed insanely and as for the rest of the tour, we shouldn't run into these issues.
So again, we apologize to those of you who came out to the shows to see us, only to find we didn't play or as for the Vancouver show - only played for 15 minutes!"
Former SKID ROW singer SEBASTIAN BACH has issued the following update:
"We are stoked beyond belief to embark upon the Angel Down Under 2008 Headline Tour of Australia!! We had the time of our lives in 2007 opening for GUNS N' ROSES in Australia, now we are back to kick your ass one more time in 2008 ! See Ya Soon Australia!!"
Here are the confirmed tour dates:
17 - Newcastle, Australia - Panthers
20 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
22 - Melbourne, Australia - Palace Theatre
23 - Gold Coast, Australia - Seagulls
24 - Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
27 - Perth, Australia - Burswood Theatre
29 - Adelaide, Australia - The Barton Theatre
30 - Canberra, Australia - Anu
4 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
5 - Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock
6 - Tallinn Harjumaa, Estonia - The Old Monastery Yard
7 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air Festival
8 - Oulu, Finland - Teatria