Metal News for March 30, 2008
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The complete lineup for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, set for weekend of April 25-27 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussetts has been confirmed.
The largest and most successful metal festival in the United States will be presented this year by ESP, Randall, EMG, exclusive magazine presenter Metal Maniacs Magazine, and "Summer Slaughter Tour" second stage sponsor Sumerian Records.
"When we first started, we never could have much this festival would have grown," said festival co-founder Scott Lee. "It started out of our love for metal and it’s been amazing to be able to share that with fans who love it as much as we do. It’s also gratifying to be able to give exposure to up-and-coming bands and watch them develop into international stars."
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will present Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy and High on Fire on Friday night. Doors will open Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday will kick off the full two-stage set up at 11:30 a.m. with for the Fallen Dreams, Veil of Maya, Trap Them, COCKPUNCH!, Xtryrantx, Winds of Plague, From A Second Story Window, Soilent Green, Arsis, Sleeping Giant, Stick to Your Guns, First Blood, Disfear, Municipal Waste, The Ghost Inside, Embrace the End, The End, Keep Of Kalessin, Monstrosity, Skeletonwitch, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, Heaven Shall Burn, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, The Acacia Strain, Overkill, Behemoth, Shadows Fall, and Dimmu Borgir.
Sunday’s lineup includes Classic Struggle, Stray from the Path, Waking the Cadaver, Unholy, Cold World, Recon, Elysia, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, On Broken Wings, Dead to Fall, Full Blown Chaos, Ligeia, Since the Flood, Shai Hulud, Hemlock, After the Burial, Unexpect, Thy Will Be Done, Born of Osiris, Impending Doom, Kid Deposit Triumph, Vanna, Emmure, A Life Once Lost, Despised Icon, God Forbid, Eluveitie, Tyr, Turisas, Ensiferum, Nevermore, Meshuggah, and Ministry. The show will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The full schedule of set times will be announced soon.
The festival will also host the popular vendor area, where fans can pick up an assortment of rare CDs, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. Artists performing at the show will be on hand for meet and greets throughout the three days.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Metal Edge Magazine, Monster Energy, All In Merchandise, 518 Prints, MTV’s Headbanger’s Blog, The Syndicate, Mazur PR, Heavy Hitter, Scott Lee Clothing, and many more to be announced.
Tickets are $47.50 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $129 for a three-day pass.
Tickets are available at all Strawberries and FYE Stores, online at tickets.com and enterthevault.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849.
The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, MA.
Hot Topic has just released a behind-the-scenes video of Black Tide exclusively on their website. From photo shoots, to Rock Band, to the significance of their album title, to horsing around the Hot Topic headquarters the boys of Black Tide let loose and show all.
Black Tide’s latest video for “Shockwave” will be added to MTV2’s rotation on March 31st. The Travis Kopach (Thursday, Buckcherry) directed thrash house party can be seen on YouTube or below. More...
Dutch thrash/death metal band MagnaCult will be supporting Ill Nino and DevilDriver on tour on the following dates:
Supporting Ill Nino:
31-03 - Koln (D), Underground
02-04 - Haarlem (NL), Patronaat
03-04 - Eindhoven (NL), De Effenaar
28-04 - Koln (D), Die Werkstatt
29-04 - Paris (FR), Le Trabendo
30-04 - Luxembourg (LUX), Rockhal Club
Argentine metal band JESUSMARTYR has signed with Rusty Cage Records.
A musical career of more than 10 years, 3 albums, 3 European tours, 3 Brazilian tours and 2 live TV performances broadcasted to the entire Latin American continent by Much Music TV Network have given Jesusmartyr their well deserved good reputation.
Their latest album "The Black Waters" will be released in Europe in the beginning of this summer.
You can check out the JesusMartyr section (of the RCR site) or listen to two tracks with their MP3 payer at the homepage of the Rusty Cage Records site.
Kingdom will be heading through Europe spreading their brand of vegan straight edge hardcore. Check out their tour dates below.
Mar 30 Valentines w/ Battle!, The Mongoloids, Ghost Hunt, Casting Curses Albany, New York
Apr 4 MACROCK Harrisonburg, Virginia
Apr 26 FOR REAL FEST @ The Union (vegan potluck... bring food!) Athens, Ohio
May 21 Bastard Club w/ Anchor Osnabruck, Germany
May 22 The Frontline w/ Anchor Ghent, Belgium
May 23 Maloe Melo w/ Anchor Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 24 Ungdommenshus w/ Anchor Fredericia, Denmark
May 25 Metropolis w/ Anchor Stavanger, Norway
May 26 w/ Anchor Norway
May 27 w/ Anchor Sweden
May 28 w/ Anchor Sweden
May 29 Rote Flora w/ Anchor Hamburg, Germany
May 30 Juz Roh w/ Anchor Blankenburg, Germany
May 31 Buntes Haus w/ Anchor Forst, Germany
Jun 1 w/ Anchor Warszawa, Poland
Jun 2 w/ Anchor Kolbuszowa, Poland
Jun 3 w/ Anchor Wroclaw, Poland
Jun 4 Jet Club w/ Anchor Praha, Czech Republic
Jun 5 Klub 15 Minut w/ Anchor Olomouc, Czech Republic
Jun 6 Rocktogon w/ Anchor Budapest, Hungary
Jun 7 Feel Their Pain Fest w/ Anchor La Spezia, Italy
Jun 8 w/ Anchor Rome, Italy
Jun 9 Sga w/ Anchor Milano, Italy
Jun 10 Le Caravan Serial w/ Anchor Touluse, France
Jun 11 TBC w/ Anchor Paris, France
Jun 12 Alte Hackerei w/ Anchor Karlsruhe, Germany
Jun 13 k19 w/ Anchor Kassel, Germany
Jun 14 JZ Riot w/ Anchor, Signs of Hope Lichteinstein, Germany
Jun 15 Juz Ost w/ Anchor Wolfsberg, Germany
Die Young are currently storming through Europe in support of their “Graven Images” full length. The band has recently recorded four new tracks that will appear on a 7” through A389 Records and the digital available through Hand of Hope Records due out early summer.
Here are Die Young's latest tour dates:
Mar 30 8th Ball Sofia, Bulgaria
Mar 31 Street Attack Thessaloniki, Greece
Apr 2 MKC Koper, Slovenia
Apr 3 CS Rivolta Venezia, Italy
Apr 4 Aighese Pub San Remo, Italy
Apr 5 SGA Milano-Arese, Italy
Apr 6 uha Rosswein, Germany
Apr 7 Kuckucksnet Berchtesgaden, Germany
Apr 9 Klein Dance Studio (late show) Lake Worth, Florida
Apr 10 Uncle Lou’s Orlando, Florida
Apr 11 COTW Lake City, Florida
Apr 12 Swell Skateshop Jackson, Mississippi
Apr 26 Red 7 (The Way It Is Fest) Austin, Texas
May 10 Fitzgerald’s Houston, Texas
The cover artwork for "Watershed", the forthcoming album from Swedish metallers OPETH, can be viewed at this location. The cover was (as usual) designed by Travis Smith in co-operation with frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt
"Watershed" is scheduled for release on June 3 via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally). The CD, recorded in the band's native Sweden and produced by frontman/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and Jens Bogren, is a masterwork that follows the time-honored OPETH tradition; its modern yet timeless, progressive yet paying homage to the sounds of classic rock.
"Watershed" track listing:
02. Heir Apparent
03. The Lotus Eater
05. Porcelain Heart
06. Hessian Peel
07. Hex Omega More...
Dutch metallers LEGION OF THE DAMNED have issued the following update:
"As we have mentioned the Leuven Festival in Belgium got cancelled. We have searched for an alternative and we succeeded. The festival will take place July 27th, one of the band's playing is EXODUS. Once we got more detailed information and everything is 100% confirmed, we will let you know. Beside that we want to congratulate our Manager Andy S. to his 40th birthday, and everybody knows life starts at 40, so hell he must be happy."
German progressive/atmospheric metallers RE-VISION have inked a deal with Sleaszy Rider Records. The group's fourth album, "Chapter IV: All for the Sake of Love", will be released during the coming months. The CD was recorded at the DeadSoul Temple studios in Austria with producer Devon Graves (DEADSOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) and was mixed and mastered at the Gernhart Studio by Martin Buchwalter (PERZONAL WAR, SQUEALER).
"Chapter IV: All for the Sake of Love" track listing:
01. Deconstructed *
05. Chew 'em Through
06. Don't Wake Me Up
07. Awake My Soul +
08. Tomorrow May Come
10. Lights on Me
11. Deep Fovea
12. For the Sake of Love
13. Strange World *
14. While We Sleep
* additional lead vocals by Devon Graves
+ additional backing voices by Devon Graves
Check out audio samples at www.myspace.com/revisionmetal.
Jasmin St. Claire of Metal's Darkside TV conducted an interview with NILE guitarist/vocalist Dallas Toler-Wade and drummer George Kollias during the band's recent tour. Watch the interview at this location (Quicktime required).
NILE's latest album, "Ithyphallic", sold 4,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in July 2007 to debut at position No. 162 on The Billboard 200 chart.
In an interview with Metal Maniacs magazine, NILE mainman Karl Sanders explained the choice behind the title for the group's fifth studio album: "'Ithyphallic' refers to the ancient practice of portraying statues of gods with huge, mythically-proportioned erections. It's a sign of strength and fertility. When we were just a demo band, everyone had to have their own little thing that made your band different from the others. So we said, 'Let's call this brutal, ithyphallic metal,' and it just stuck." More...
Swedish melodic metallers CLOUDSCAPE have issued the following update:
"It has several times been promised that release info and dates should be announced 'very soon' for [the third CLOUDSCAPE album] 'Global Drama'. 'Global Drama' will be released during 2008, but there are a few details that the band can't go public with just yet which is the reason for the delay. Everything's OK, the album is, as many of you know already, finished and all members are doing really well and rehearsing in for the coming live shows. It is the business side of things (among others) that is the reason for the delay and their labels and management are planning to do a big promotion/marketing in for the release. Everything that concerns this delay will be explained along with the announcement as soon as possible, but please be patient...the album will be released sometime between June and September, for sure. The band is very sorry for promising an early summer release, but that was their intention from the beginning. Nonetheless, this delay is based on a good cause and CLOUDSCAPE is positive that everyone will understand once you know the reason for the delay!!" More...
DYSENTERY and Austria’s DISTORTED IMPALEMENT will team up for the “Suffering Through The Northeast” Summer tour this August. The tentative routing is as follows:
August 9 - Providence, RI @ New England Deathfest
August 10 - Providence, RI @ New England Deathfest
August 11 - New York City
August 12 - New Jersey / Philiadelphia, PA
August 13 - Maryland / Virginia
August 14 - West Virginia
August 15 - Columbus, Ohio
August 16 - Pittsburg, PA
August 17 - New York state
Vocalist Martin Schönherr of Swedish death metallers DERANGED has issued the following update:
"Sad news… A couple of weeks ago Rikard Wermén [drums] decided to leave the band. He’s been handling all of the band's correspondence (as well as any other matters concerning the band) the last 15 years and told us that he basically was fed up and didn't want to do that any longer and therefore decided to leave the band. He's been doing a really great work and has always managed to squeeze in time to handle the band's business. He also said numerous times that he will stay and do whatever shows that was booked but wouldn't handle any correspondence and the likes, and even said if we managed to get a tour later this year, he would stay for that as well in case we hadn't managed to get a new drummer. Fair enough, and we thank him eternally for that… Now, Johan Axelsson [guitar] said that he didn't want to do the booked shows and wanted to split the band up ('coz of reasons unknown) which leaves me and Tomas Ahlgren [bass] no other choice then hereby say that we can't play the [previously announced European festivals plus the Maryland Deathfest in the U.S.]. Therefore DERANGED are from now on split up." More...
Singapore metal band Truth Be Known's debut album "Just Another Lamb" has enter the final stages of its production. Mixing and Mastering are done, and the cover artwork is also completed. Keep a look out for the official release date. You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.
Konni, vocalist of Germany’s brutal death metal act Despondency, reports that they will be entering Soundlodge Studios (God Dethroned, Dew Scented, Defeated Sanity, etc.) on April 8, 2008 to record their fourth album. Look for Despondency’s new release to be available mid-2008.
Italian avant gardists Ephel Duath will perform a series of shows between April and May across nine European countries. They will also make it to Spain and Portugal for the very first time.
During the tour, the band will take the opportunity to introduce some exclusive songs from the upcoming album "Through My Dog's Eyes".
So far drum recordings have been completed for the album, by acclaimed drummer Marco Minnemann (H-Blockx, Necrophagist).
Ephel Duath's tour dates run as follows: More...
Swallow The Ocean's recently released EP on Forgotten Empire Records had some printing errors and the band will be printing another pressing of the EP with the corrected track listing, as follows:
1. Siren’s Mourning
3. Dancing Upon a Sunken Vessel
5. Sink or Swim
7. Hands Folded, Eyes to the Sky
8. It’s Safe to Sleep Now
Massachusetts' The Neon Hookers have called it quits after one album together. Singer Ian Ran has issued the following:
"A few days ago I was surfing the World Wide Web looking for reviews of our debut full length on Double Or Nothing. I found one, and only one, even though the cd has been out now since July. The review starts off with this; 'Fundamentally, the Neon Hookers' debut is a metalcore album, and those with a musical allergy to the genre should just stop reading now: there is nothing on One Night in Destiny that will convert a committed metalcore hater.'
"Now, right there, in the first sentence thats where we could never break away; metalcore. At our first practice we didnt say, 'Lets be a metalcore band', we said, 'Lets be a band'. In a world of copy cats all we wanted to do was play fast, sloppy, anti everything music. We didnt have an agenda. Thats why we loved doing it. We started off with 3 drunks and 2 straight edge kids, and thats how we ended. We played shows in the sticks of Oklahoma in front of 35 16 yr old kids for 20 bucks. Most people dont realize, but our asking price on tour was 50 bucks. And not to toot our horn, but that tour with Kingdom and In Remembrance, when they were going to kill each other over money, we took money out of our own pokets so that Kingdom and In Remembrance would shut there mouths and hoped they wouldnt kill each other on tour. And that sort of stuffs add up. Borrowing money. Getting in debt. Working it off just to borrow more money so you can dig a bigger debt hole.
"The review goes on some more talking about my voice and compared it to Chris Doherty of Gang Green, and mentioned the 80's style guitar sound and yadda yadda yadda. Over all, the whole review is pretty good in my opinion. But the way it ends defines the whole reason and the whole existence of the Neon Hookers. 'In a style perpetually in danger of disappearing up its own backside thanks to a disinclination to accept new ideas or influences outside of the chosen few, One Night in Destiny sounds downright daring.' This brings me back to the start where i talked about a world of copy cats. When did punk rock and hardcore change so much where bands who sound different arent accepted? Sure we played and had a blast, and we toured and we met people and have friends that will be there years down the road, but when the scene itself has changed so much and have lost its roots of being different and unique, you really have to question the integrity of the scene. Nothing about this music scene is pure and different and exciting anymore. In a sub culture that people look to for help and to hide from there regular life, Ive seen people actually get beat up because they ARE different and because they have different political and social views as the people there. Thats not punk rock, and thats not hardcore; thats just pure ignorance.
"From here everyone in the band has moved there different ways. Dave is now in about 13247216 bands. He posts about all of them every day. Bill is working full time and making a living doing what he does best; sell food. Brian is going back to school to teach ignorance. Randall was never a member, he just helped write the cd (his own words). And for me, im to focused on my military carreer to worry about anything else. A quick thanks to Mike C and his art work and being a true friend. Cabal Booking and Cabal Records is the most punk rock, hardcore, diy thing going. Support it. And listen to All In, In Remembrance, Kingdom, Tigerstyle, Colin Of Arabia, Death Before Dishonor, Shoot To Kill and She Rides because they are the best group of people weve ever worked with and are great people. And thanks to Joey Coggs for filling in when Randall bailed."
Dutch/Slovenian brutal death metal band SUPREME PAIN will release its debut album, "Cadaver Pleasures," on April 15 via the U.S. label Comatose Music.
The drums for the CD were recorded at the Negligence Sound Studio in Slovenia, guitars and vocals at the Garden Shed Of Horror in The Netherlands. Mixing took place at Excess Studio in The Netherlands by Chris van der Valk and the album was mastered by Bob Moore at the Sound Lab Studios in the U.S.
According to the group, "the result is sick, crushing and blasting death metal." More...
HYDROGYN's as-yet-untitled new album is complete. According to the band "many big announcements will be made in the days and weeks to come concerning the new CD."
In addition, the band has confirmed the following live dates, with more due to be announced soon.
24 - The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, New York
25 - BB King's - New York, New York
1 - QSL - Canton, Ohio
7 - South Ridge Center - South Charleston, West Virginia
On April 9th, one day before the band's concert in Lyon, France, NIGHTWISH will be doing a signing session at the Virgin Megastore. The signing session will begin at 6pm. Details are as follows:
Virgin Lyon Presqu'ile Centre
41 Rue Edouard Herriot
69291 Lyon Cedex 02
Finnish melodic metallers HELION have issued the following update:
"We added a recording diary regarding the upcoming demo EP. It can be found at the english section of our Forum. Pay a visit and read for yourself how it’s done this time."
"Also, we can announce that for a LONG time, we finally have a gig coming up. Rocktown Hämeenlinna will hear us on stage the 2nd of May. Make sure you don’t miss it, see you there!"
Psyopus issue the following update on their MySpace page:
"Psyopus is back from their tour dates with Today is the Day, Mouth of the Architect, Complete Failure and The Network. We all had a blast and we would like to thank all of the fans that came out and showed their support. For the month of April, Psyopus will be at home writing for their next album. Studio time is scheduled for July and August."
"In the meantime, Psyopus has put up their instrumental track Imogen’s Puzzle pt 2 up on myspace for your listening pleasure. Check it out and whore it on your profile. It’ll get you laid, trust us." More...
Quebec City’s dark metallers MOONLYGHT long-awaited sophomore album is now available via Mankind’s Demise Records (with Galy distribution). The ten-track release called Shining is the epitaph of MOONLYGHT, as the band is set to call it quits following the departure of guitarist/vocalist Sebastien Robitaille. Drawing influences from melodic death metal, progressive music and a twist of doom metal, the pressing will be limited to 1,000 copies.
Shining was mastered by Peter in de Betou at Tailor Maid (DIMMU BORGIR, MESHUGGAH, DARK TRANQUILLITY) in Sweden.
According to ALICE COOPER fan-site Sickthingsuk.co.uk, Ticketmaster is listing two more Canadian shows. They are: September 27th in Edmonton, AB at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and Ottawa, ON, Ottawa Civic Centre, on October 11th. Tickets are on sale April 1st at 10AM.
In other news, Alice and American Idol Jordin Sparks are featured on an all-new episode of Building Phoenix, the award-winning television program showcasing development in the city of Phoenix. The episode premieres at 8:00PM Wednesday, April 2, on PHX 11, the city's news and information station available to Cox and Qwest Cable subscribers. A description: "On this episode of Building Phoenix, Alice and Jordan get personal about plans for Cooper's The Rock teen center."
As reported yesterday, Dutch gothic metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION have announced an extra show in Mexico City on April 6th. According to a band update: "This will NOT be an acoustic show as mentioned earlier, but we will be playing different songs than we will at the first show."
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
Following on from the first streaming of three tracks from their forthcoming album "Lava", Swiss doom metallers SLUDGE will this weekend make available another three tracks on their MySpace page. "Idi Na Hui", "Below (Litanies Of Satan)" and "Machine" are the tracks that will replace the currently featured "60 MM", "Carnivore" and "Lava" on Sunday, March 30.
SAMAEL guitarist Makro, who formed SLUDGE ten years ago with drummer Pud, commented: "We decided to stream six of the nine tracks from the new album so that fans would get a chance to hear something before the album is released. It's something more and more bands are doing these days. When you think about it, it's not very realistic, and not very fair, for a lesser known band to expect people to go out and buy an album without knowing what they're getting, and we are confident that the new material will appeal to those who like their music with dirty, heavy and uncompromising doom-laden riffs. In fact, the feedback we received after making the first three titles available has more than justified our decision to stream the tracks." More...
MONSTER MAGNET has scheduled the following dates:
June 20 - Scheessel, GER - Hurricane Festival
June 21 - Neuhausen Ob Eck, GER - Southside Festival
June 24 - London, UK - Astoria
June 25 - Brussels, BEL - AB
June 27 - Gothenburg, SWE - Metal Town
June 28 - Oslo, NOR - Sentrum Scene More...
Israel’s dark oriental metal band ORPHANED LAND have lined up the following tOur dates:
April 12- Moskau, Russia @ Tochka
April 13 - St. Petersburg, Russia @ Roks
August 14 - Dinkesbuhl, Germany @ Summer Breeze Open Air
September 9 - Normandy, France @ Cidre & Dragon Fest
New York-based death metallers SKINLESS have lined up the following shows for next month:
April 25 - Gloversville, NY @ The Upperdeck (Sick Shit Fest)
April 26 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights (Super Jam 2008)