Metal News for March 30, 2004
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Facedown Records has officially added Alove For Enemies (Long Island, NY) and Bloody Sunday (Virginia Beach, VA) to their roster. Both bands have previously released material with Facedown imprint, Strike First Records.
Canadian quintet STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have officially re-signed with Century Media Records worldwide and are already hard at work on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed "SYL" album. The group also just completed their first DVD, which is set for a late summer release. The DVD features a full set from the band’s sold-out hometown show at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver recorded earlier this year, plus some hilarious backstage antics and video clips. Expect a new STRAPPING YOUNG LAD studio album to surface early next year. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Love", "Imperial", "Jux", "Black Infinite" and "Zen Of Metal".
Commented SYL mastermind Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars): The SYL DVD is really quite INSANE looking. Marcus Rogers, who shot the 'Relentless' video, put together the entire thing. It features interviews, a really sick show, crushing audio and cool graphics. This will hopefully be the product that shows more people how fucking bad-ass we actually are as a live force. I wanted to call it 'for those aboot to rock'...but was promptly outvoted.
"Byron Stroud (bass) is rocking the globe with FEAR FACTORY right now, this is killer for many reasons. He gets to keep doing what he loves with good friends behind a smokin' new record, while affording Sir Gene Hoglan and myself the opportunity to fuck each other up with new SYL material as we prepare the new record.
"You heard it right folks, the mighty SYL have re-signed a deal with longtime partners in crime Century Media Records to make not only the DVD, but also two more full-length discs!!! FUCK YEAH! METAL!!! I personally have had some mighty brainstorms on the STRAPPING creative front... Black Infinity, Space Metal, Zen, Physics, Spirit, Death, Void, Birth, you name it. The last record, 'SYL', as cool as it was, can be expanded on now in so many ways. The commitment is there, and where SYL was to be the bludgeoning, classic heavy metal live anthem record, the new material is just FUCKED. More chaos, more loops, more echos, more chaos more chaos more chaos, and it is BEAUTIFUL this time around as well.
"I've been talking to my old buddy Daniel Bergstrand, who was responsible for the sonics on 'City', and there’s a real good possibility that we will come together for the new material."
BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, the new band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns, vocalist London LeGrand, and drummer Scot Coogan (ex-PAUL GILBERT, ONI LOGAN/ROWAN ROBERTSON, SINÉAD O'CONNOR), have announced more dates as part of their "Honeymoon From Hell" U.S. tour. The trek is currently shaping up as follows: More...
OZZY OSBOURNE has parted ways with bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and has re-joined forces with his BLACK SABBATH bandmate Geezer Butler, according to BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
Butler's return to OSBOURNE's band has further opened the door for a possible BLACK SABBATH reunion at this year's Ozzfest. OZZY is currently scheduled to headline the annual festival, with JUDAS PRIEST being billed as a co-headliner.
MUDVAYNE recently had their name dropped on hit show The Sopranos, much to the surprise, but delight of the band:
"New York, NY - For recording artists Mudvayne, being name-dropped on episode of The Sopranos was an unexpected plot twist in the band's evolution.
The episode — which premiered Sunday, March 28—featured A.J. Soprano, played by actor Robert Iler, going to a Mudvayne concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. Singer, Chad Gray; guitarist, Greg Tribbett; bassist, Ryan Martinie and drummer Matt McDonough were surprised when they found out that Mudvayne was mentioned on HBO's popular mafia-drama.
"We heard that Robert likes Mudvayne and is the one responsible for bringing us into the show. It was really cool of him to do that," says Tribbett, who is a fan of The Sopranos. "I was watching the episode and couldn't believe it when I saw Robert walking out of the Hammerstein Ballroom past a bunch of Mudvayne posters. It was like a pop culture stamp of approval on the band."
"What is especially gratifying for Mudvayne," McDonough says, "is that the band was not looking for recognition. We've been asked to be on television shows before but we've always said no because we don't want to debase our music by making a spectacle of the band," he explains. "It's much more satisfying to creep into public consciousness this way – on our own terms. "
"But don't expect Mudvayne to go Hollywood any time soon," Gray assures. "The glitz and glamour is the exact opposite of what we're about," he says. "We went to the premiere of 'Ghost Ship' a couple of years ago because our song 'Not Falling' was in the movie. It was a surreal, out-of-body experience standing on the red carpet talking to people like Paula Abdul and Entertainment Tonight." "
In addition to a recent tribute album to the band, MUDVAYNE's music was also the subject of 'In the Chamber with MUDVAYNE'. The album features a string quartet interpreting the band's catalog including 'Dig' and 'Death Blooms' from L.D. 50 (2000); 'Some Assembly Required' from The Beginning of All Things to End (2001) as well as 'Silenced,' 'Not Falling' and 'Trapped in the Wake of a Dream' from The End Of All Things To Come (2002).
MUDVAYNE recently rented a ranch in Northern California where the band is writing and rehearsing songs for the band's third, as-yet-untitled, Epic Records release due out this Fall.
A brand-new CHAOSBREED track, titled Moralized, has been posted online in Real Media format at this location.
Moralized comes off the group's debut album, "Brutal", due in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records. A U.S. release date will follow a short time later.
"Brutal" (view cover here) was recorded at CCPC studio with producers Santeri Kallio and Niclas Etelävuori, and features guest appearances by ENTOMBED guitarist Uffe Cederlund and bassist Jörgen Sandström.
CHAOSBREED is the new Finnish death metal supergroup consisting of drummer Nalle Österman (ex-GANDALF), bassist Oppu Laine (ex-AMORPHIS, MANNHAI), guitarist Marko Tarvonen (MOONSORROW), guitarist Esa Holopainen (AMORPHIS), and vocalist Taneli Jarva (ex-SENTENCED, THE BLACK LEAGUE).
BLACK SABBATH are rumored to be reuniting for this year's Ozzfest, and according to guitarist Tony Iommi, a SABBATH set at this year's festival is not out of the question.
"I've heard that rumor as well, and there is negotiations at the moment. As yet, we've not reached a settlement, but there is talk about it. I think it's great, and I would've liked to have done it last year and the year before, you know, but we didn't."
It is not presently clear whether BLACK SABBATH would be a new addition to the tour, or whether they'd take the place of OZZY OSBOURNE's solo set.
A BLACK SABBATH box set, called "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)" comes out April 27. It comes with remastered versions of the first eight SABBATH albums, as well as a DVD with some live performances.
A brand new SLIPKNOT track, entitled "Pulse of the Maggots", has been made available for download.
"Pulse of the Maggots" comes off the group's much-anticipated third album, "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", due on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. Other songs on the 13-cut Rick Rubin-produced CD include "Vermillion", "Circle", "The Blister Exists" and first single, "Duality", for which the group shot a video last Saturday (March 27) in West Des Moines. A B-side from the recording sessions, "Don't Get Close", plus some instrumental pieces, recently appeared in the Activision video game "MTX: Mototrax".
SLIPKNOT kick off the fourth installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour today (March 30) in Orlando, Florida. FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA are also onboard for the six-week trek, which wraps up May 14 in Sacramento.
The Esoteric have recently finished recording four new songs and are currently in negotiations with several labels for the release of their next full-length. The four tracks will appear on a special-edition EP, entitled "1336," which will hit stores on May 11th via Black Noise Records (the label run by Brad Logan of F-Minus). Meanwhile, look for The Esoteric live at the following shows: More...
FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have uploaded two brand-new demo tracks at their official web site. The songs "Thief" and "Needlepoint Hemorrhage" were recently completed under the production guidance of Hector Camarena. Check them out:
Reunited New York death metallers SUFFOCATION will embark on a European tour in early June. Tentative dates so far are as follows: More...
As part of the new ownership deal between Now Or Never Records and the Century Family (parent company of Century Media Records), All Else Failed has been added to the roster of Century imprint Abacus Recordings. The group's new full-length, entitled "This Never Happened," will hit stores this summer.
Rag Men are set to hit the road with The Judas Cradle, mostly on the West Coast. Here you go:
3/30 Birmingham AL @ Cave 9
3/31 Little Rock AK @ Vino's
4/1 Austin TX @ The Backroom
4/3 Glendale AZ @ The Attic
dates w/ Crematorium: More...