Metal News for March 3, 2005
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16 news articles posted on this day.
New Jersey-based black metallers KRIEG have commenced work on their "final" full-length album, "Blue Miasma". The initial recordings were completed at Winterblut Studio in Germany, while vocals and bass will be added this weekend by Marcus Kolar (SARCOPHAGUS, FOREST OF IMPALED) at Studio One in Racine, Wisconsin, followed by final mixing and editing later this month. Azentrius (NACHTMYSTIUM) will also add some additonal vocals and guitar work. The album will be released on CD through No Colours, with the vinyl version set to surface through Darkland. "Blue Miasma" is the longest KRIEG work — with a running time of about one hour — and continues to explore different moods and atmopsheres that were begun with 2004's "The Black House". In other news, "Sono il Scherno", KRIEG's unreleased second full-length album recorded in 1998 will see release in its intended form and structure through Battle Kommand Records early summer. Adversary Prod., the new label of Laurent (formerly of Warspirit Rex), will release a cassette compilation of KRIEG vinyl recordings. Demoniac Evangelism Records will release an Icelandic cassette version of "The Black House" and "Patrick Bateman", with the instrumental bonus track "The Forest Beneath the Sea", taken from "Blue Miasma"
On March 2, Gorgoroth was examinated in Bergen Tingrett (Norwegian court) in regard to last year's controversial show in Krakow. It's now up to the Polish authorities to clarify this matter and eventually return the mastertapes so that the "Black Mass in Krakow" DVD can be released.
The band assure that all future concerts will go on as scheduled with Gaahl on vocals, as there is a long waiting time in Norway for going to jail in matters like these.
German gothic metal band THE VISION BLEAK, formed by members of the late and almighty EMPYRIUM, have entered the studio to record their sophomore album. If interested, go to studioe.de to download two movies of the drumrecording sessions. Here's what they say:
THE VISION BLEAK just entered Klangschmiede Studio E to record the successor of their highly acclaimed debut album "The Deathship Has A New Captain"! According to the captains their new material is darker, heavier, more raw and riff-oriented, still capturing the atmosphere of death, doom and horror supremely! There will be more sinister orchestral and classical choir passages in their songs, which will be performed by "The Shadow Philharmonics" exclusively. Lyrically expect a concept album exploring wicked myths and legends from different cultures that are melt into one dramatic poem.
Check www.studioe.de from time to time to download short making of clips and get your news how the recording developes.
German gothic metal outfit LEAVES' EYES, featuring members of Theatre Of Tragedy and Atrocity, have posted the following update:
May 30th will be the date to release Leaves’ Eyes fans from waiting: The new album “Vinland Saga“ will be in stores. The sextet will enchant their audience with another fantastic and mystic concept album which will take you through its music and lyrics on a wonderful journey into long-forgotten times. With the use of various classical instruments “Vinland Saga” will be a unique pleasure for your ears. With the evolution of the typical Leaves’ Eyes elements the album will have a diverse sound.
Prior to this a mini-CD for the price of a single will be released. It will contain 5 unreleased tracks including the excellent title track of the single and a demo version of another song as an appetizer for “Vinland Saga”. Within the next weeks the shooting for the second video clip of Leaves’ Eyes will take place.
Irish doomsters MOURNING BELOVETH's new album "A Murderous Circus" is to be released by Gnau on March 29th. To listen to some samples, go to the band's official website. Meanwhile, here's the update from the website:
Grau will release the new album on March 29th. Pre orders are being taken for the limited edition double digipack which contains the two extra songs Disintegrate and a re-recording of Part 1. The digipack also contains a live recording from our set in Vera on the DSR tour 2004. Promos have just been sent around to the various magazines and some very positive feedback so far. The album sounds very heavy and dark and is probably the most diverse Mourning Beloveth album to date, as we are sure you have heard from the samples posted recently, however the samples had to be taken down due to the huge increase in traffic to the site. We should have samples of all the albums up very soon including footage from our DSR show in April 2004. Reaction to the new album so far has been very positive form the press. The artwork is complete and looks amazing and we should have some samples up soon. It is very apt for our first release on Grau as grey is the colour that dominates throughout the album and artwork.More...
French black metal act ANOREXIA NERVOSA have been confirmed for the VADER's Blitzkrieg 3 tour through Poland, which also features ROTTING CHRIST. The dates are as follows: More...
Hardcore band Trial are apparently planning a reunion show. The Seattle group released an album with Equal Vision Records in 1999, breaking up shortly thereafter. The performance, which has yet to be scheduled, will feature Timm McIntosh (guitar), Greg Bennick (vocals), Nick Platter (drums), and Brian Redman (bass). Guitarist Josh Freer has yet to confirm his involvement. Here's what guitarist McIntosh has to say about the development:
"I know that everyone, including us, thought that it would never happen. Sometimes, things get blown out of proportion and the rumors grow into something bigger than they actually are. Greg and I never hated each other, we had difficult times like any band does, but it could never kill the friendship that we've had since I met him at the Inside Out show in 1993. We were friends before Trial, and we'll be friends long after this reunion... Because all of our schedules are hectic at the moment, it will have to be in between all of our projects. I don't know when it will happen, but more than likely, the soonest would probably be fall. This summer is filled with reunions, and that almost makes us think that waiting until next year might be a better idea. Either way, there will be one more Trial show in the future. I hope this clears the rumors, there's nothing more or less to this. So speculation is unnecessary."
Florida- based black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have posted the song 'An Eternity With Satan' at their official website. The track is pulled from the band's third full length, The World, The Flesh & The Devil, due out through Arctic Music in conjunction with Crash Music, Inc. in mid-May.
The album will feature the following tracklisting: More...
Chris Harris of MTV News is reporting that two years and change after a fatal inferno at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, took the lives of 100 GREAT WHITE fans as well as the band's guitarist Ty Longley, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a dozen building and fire-safety code recommendations as a result of the agency's investigation into the blaze.
The NIST, which has also been examining the 2001 collapse of the World Trade Center towers, called on organizations nationwide that develop fire-safety regulations and building codes to embrace these recommendations, released on Thursday (March 3). Among the recommendations are placing tighter restrictions on the use of flammable materials in nightclubs (such as wall coverings), improving access to building exits, augmenting the number of on-site fire extinguishers required in nightclubs, and mandating that both new and pre-existing venues install up-to-date sprinkler systems to better suppress fires. More...
ENSLAVED has been honoured with a Grammy Award for their latest album, ISA. The Norwegian Grammy ceremony was held in Oslo, Norway at the Spectrum for the 33rd time on Saturday the 26th of February, and was broadcasted live on national TV. This is was the band´s third Grammy nomination. The other nominees in the metal genre ware MAYHEM and BLACK DEBBATH. Enslaved was not able to attend the actual ceremony as they are currently touring Europe, but guitarist Ivar Bjørnson had the following comment:
"This Grammy Award means very much to the band and reflects the recognition of our efforts not only for this record alone, but for years of hard work. After two nominations, it felt extremely good to get the recognition from the mainstream music circus and to finally finish first for a change."
Ivar Bjørnson's father took the stage, and received the Award on the band's behalf with the following statement: "there is more to the picture than meets the eye... Rock'n'Roll will never die!"
Enslaved has also received the independent Alarm Award for best metal album in 2004 for ISA. The other nominees were SUSPERIA, KHOLD, RED HARVEST and MAYHEM.
Enslaved is the first Norwegian band to be confirmed for this years Roskilde Festival (June 30th - July 3rd) in Denmark. Enslaved will also play the Fury Fest in France (June 24th - 26th in Le Mans) and Graspop in Belgium (June 24th - 26th in Dessel) this summer. Upcoming Enslaved dates with openers VREID are as follows: More...
Three of the bands that competed in the "Battle for Ozzfest" contest - A DOZEN FURIES, CYN (formely CYNDER) and MANNTIS - will be teaming up for the "Battle for Ozzfest" tour beginning in late March. So far, only one date has been confirmed: March 26 at the The Avalon Theater in Hollywood, CA. More information will be made available soon.
Motorhead has announced more tour dates to their 30th Anniversary tour with Corrosion of Conformity & Zeke. The complete list of tour dates is as follows:
Mar. 09 Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Mar. 11 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Mar. 12 New York, NY B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill
Mar. 13 Binghampton, NY Magic City Music Hall
Mar. 15 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
Mar. 16 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
Mar. 18 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
Mar. 19 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Mar. 20 Milwaukee, WI Rave Ballroom
Mar. 21 CHicago, IL House of Blues
Mar. 23 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Mar. 25 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
Mar. 26 Kearney, NE Expo Centre
Mar. 27 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Mar. 29 Albuquerque, NM Showcase Theatre
Apr. 01 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
Apr. 02 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Apr. 03 Los Angeles, CA Wrestlemania
Apr. 05 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Apr. 06 Bakersfield, CA The Dome
Apr. 08 San Francisco, CA Warfield
Apr. 09 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
Apr. 10 Seattle, WA The Showbox
Apr. 12 Spokane, WA Big Easy
Apr. 14 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr. 15 Prince George, BC Prince George Multiplex
Apr. 17 Calgary, AB The Whiskey
Apr. 18 Edmonton, AB Red's
Apr. 19 Banff, AB Wild Bills
Apr. 21 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Apr. 22 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre
Apr. 23 Thunder Bay, ON Warp 9
Apr. 25 Toronto, ON The Docks
Apr. 26 Kingston, ON Stages
Apr. 28 Ottawa, ON Capitol Music Hall
Apr. 29/05 Quebec City, PQ Capitol Theatre
Apr. 30 Montreal, PQ Metropolis
May 02 Halifax, NS Halifax Civic Centre
May 03 St. John, NB Lord Beaverbrook Rink
May 28 Mexico Monterrey Metal Fest
Daniel McDougall, vocalist for a Melbourne band named BLOCK, and screen printer by trade sent this over:
A touching feature of the Melbourne leg of the Big Day Out was the startling number of shirts that eulogised the death of American heavy metal guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbot. Abbot was shot on stage on December 12 while performing with Damageplan and, even though eight weeks has passed, the number of t-shirts on display served as a haunting reminder of the atrocity.
The shirts, identical in design, are the creations of Melbourne screenprinter and Pantera fan, Daniel McDougall, who is also vocalist with local metal group Block. "Basically, the shirt is a gesture from the Australian heavy metal community,” said McDougall, who works at A&D Printing and Design. “I want to sell as many of these as possible and to gather photos on a website of people wearing them.”
McDougall epitomises the connection that fans have historically shared with their stars in life and in death. “I just want Vinnie Paul (Dimebag’s brother and Damageplan drummer) and the band to know how much we appreciated and loved Dimebag. Once the message gets sent, that’s it. That’s all I want: For them to know how much he meant to us all.”
The shirt, predictably black in colour, carries an image of the guitarist on the front, and the following message on the back: “R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell. You will live in our memories forever. The metal heads of Australia.” McDougall developed the design after viewing Abbot’s face on the cover of a music magazine and has sold around 400 t-shirts so far out of a backpack that he carries to various festivals.
McDougall is selling “The Dime Shirts” for just $5 each. He stands to make nothing for the time and effort he has thus far contributed but believes the low price will encourage as many people as possible to buy one for themselves and one for each of their friends; draw attention to the real cost of producing a t-shirt in the aim that people will reject similar commemorative items that will be inevitably overpriced.
“It’s very important to me that people realize that we’re not profiteering here,” says McDougall, who has thus far enlisted a team of 10 volunteers to help spread the word. “We’re doing this to create a feeling of unity and togetherness in the music community and it’s working. I can’t print them fast enough because everyone wants to buy more than one.”
Those interested in The Dime Shirt can contact email@example.com or view an online order form at www.blocknation.com.
In another highly publicized case of attributing heavy metal as a cause or anti-social behavior, serial killer Richard Paul White (photo), one of Colorado's most notorious killers, recently spoke from jail about his crimes. He has confessed to six murders in the Denver area. A lifetime of untreated mental illness, heavy metal music and violent movies drove him to kill, he said, in an exclusive interview with CBS4 Denver News reporter Rick Sallinger.
Music was a big influence in his life, White said. His spree of killing was accompanied by a soundtrack of heavy metal.
"METALLICA probably the most," he said.
A set of lyrics stand out: "Guilty as charged, but damn it, it ain't right, there's someone else controlling me." (from METALLICA's "Ride the Lightning" off the album of the same name.)
Music by LINKIN PARK would also play in the background.
"I would listen, actually, to LINKIN PARK before I would kill," White said. "And, while I was killing usually that music LINKIN PARK was on."
A childhood of abuse, coupled with untreated mental illness, set the stage. A society filled with violence did little to hold back White.
"Today's culture, here in America, everything is based on violence," he said.
White talked about movies he would watch that influenced him to kill. There was one in particular, "The Boondock Saints", about two Irish youth who set about to rid Boston of gangsters.
"There's just a lot of killing," White said. "And it makes it seem right and makes it almost OK to go out and kill."
Add to the mix violent video games, such as Doom, that White played.
"I think they influenced me towards killing," he said. "It desensitized me to the killing, because when I pulled the trigger on the TV screen, something would just go away."
Watch the complete 48-minute interview with White, conducted by CBS4 Denver News reporter Rick Sallinger, at this location.
My advice is to take it with a grain of salt. What is the real value of these statements by someone self-admittedly with "a lifetime of untreated mental illness"? The only reason the statements are more attention-grabbing than if he was directed by voices in his head is that they provide a real-world scapegoat for his actions.
Contrary to rumors, Love Is Red have not broken up. However, the group has parted ways with bassist Jeff Yancey and vocalist Hunter Weeks. Consequently, the band has dropped off their April tour with Agnostic Front et al. Here's a statement from the band:
"Hello everyone, Roger here to update the news for the first time ever. We will not be touring in April with Agnostic Front. We are very sorry to anyone who was excited to see us but we've seriously had a very stressful beginning for 2005. A lot of opportunities have come up for us and a lot of tragedies. Love is Red has withstood the tests and trials that we have been given since our beginning, and we are definitely prepared to endure anything that comes our way now. The latest news is, as already known, that Jeff Yancey will be parting ways with us. Jeff has a lot of responsibilities that he has to take care of and we understand that, and support him in whatever he has to do down the road. We will also be parting ways with long time vocalist Hunter Weeks. This also comes as a shock to many, but Hunter has decided that it's best for him to move on in life. At times peoples interests and beliefs change, I know my own views in life have changed and made me a stronger person morally/politically as anyone who has come in contact with me or known me for years can tell you, but it's true that peoples' beliefs and interests do change and it's best to say our goodbyes before things affect everyone that is involved. This leaves us in a very stressful but exciting predicament. Kyle and I have been working on new songs and are really anxious about getting them recorded, we love the way that they are sounding, and we have a very good outlook for Love Is Red's future. Love is Red is going to be taking a little time off from the road and taking time to regroup, write music, and record. We have no plans of calling it quits any time soon and are looking forward to getting back in gear and on the road in the future. We will be posting new news about new members, what we are looking for musically, and things of that nature so keep your eyes open for new developments as they come along. Thanks to everyone who has supported us and been there for us, this is why we decide to keep going, because we love what we do and we love the people that have given us the opportunity to share our music with; Our friends, family, and anyone who supports us by coming to shows or listening to us...you are the reason we continue doing what we do.
Sweden's Falconer are to release their fourth album through Metal Blade on May 2. It's called 'Grime Vs. Grandeur', and features guest appearances from Dream Evil's Snowy Shaw on drums and Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) on vocals.