Metal News for March 31, 2008
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With the April 1st release of Ministry and Co-Conspirators' "Cover Up" on the horizon, Al Jourgensen and company are giving fans a chance to preview the album before release date. A lengthy track featuring 30 second samples of every song on Cover Up is currently available at the official Ministry Myspace page. Loaded with contributions from Revolting Cocks' Sin Quirin and Josh Bradford, Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, Prong's Thomas Victor, and the late, great Paul Raven, "Cover Up" is a star-studded collection of vintage rock covers. Everyone from Deep Purple, to ZZ Top, to the Stones get a classic Ministry send-up.
Ministry's final world tour, the C U LaTouR, kicked off in Spokene, WA at the Big Easy. The 38-date trek features Special Guests Meshuggah and opening act Hemlock, and winds down in mid-May with multiple-nights in Ministry front man Al Jourgensen's home town of Chicago.
Here is the complete "Cover Up" Tracklist:
1. Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones Cover)
2. Bang A Gong (T Rex Cover)
3. Radar Love (Golden Earing Cover)
4. Space Truckin' (Deep Purple Cover)
5. Black Betty (Ram Jam Cover)
6. Mississippi Queen (Mountain Cover)
7. Just Got Paid (ZZ Top Cover)
8. Roadhouse Blues (The Doors Cover)
9. Supernaut (Black Sabbath Cover)
10. Lay Lady Lay (Bob Dylan Cover)
11. What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong Cover)
12. What A Wonderful World (Short Slow Version)
13. What A Wonderful World (Short Fast Version)
14. Willie Stigmata
Here are the latest tour dates on the C U LaTour: More...
Of The First Born Son has announced upcoming tour dates with Fredericton, NB based We The Undersigned. Of The First Born Son recently parted ways with guitarist Mike Rideout and bassist Curt Long. The group is currently auditioning replacements and will make an announcement shortly.
"We were disappointed that Curt and Mike decided to leave the band, but in the end it will benefit us as far as song writing for our next release goes. We just consider this a small bump in the road," says frontman Jamie Schoch. "It's always unfortunate to see people leave our family but we understand that not everyone is cut out for this business. We are dedicated, ready to continue with the tour and already have Hutton W. (ex-A Satellite Connecticut) and Paul Taylor (ex-Skylight Drama) filling in for us. Nothing will stop this band."
Of The First Born Son released their debut album on Year of the Sun Records and have been making a name for themselves in the hardcore and metal scenes utilizing a lethal combination of blistering breakdowns and metallic fretwork. The band's non-stop tour schedule has earned them high profile spots opening for the likes of Emmure, Arise and Ruin, Legeia, Endwell, Farewell to Freeway and A Perfect Murder.
We, the Undersigned have made a name for themselves as one of the most promising bands to emerge out of the Canadian East Coast metal scene. The band has opened high profile shows with Cancer Bats, The End, Ten Second Epic and was handpicked by Protest The Hero to open dates on their headlining tour.
Here are the latest OF THE FIRST BORN SON tour dates:
Apr 01 2008 Peterborough, Ont @ The Underdog
Apr 02 2008 Guelph, Ont @ The Shadow w/Of The First Born Son
Apr 03 2008 London, Ont @ The Wick w/Of The First Born Son
Apr 04 2008 Kitchener, Ont @ The Gig w/Of The First Born Son
Apr 05 2008 Brantford, Ont @ Bottoms Up
Apr 06 2008 Windsor, Ont @ Coach and Horses
Don The Reader has parted ways with guitarist Taylor Hoff. Obviously unhappy with the group's depiction of his departure, Hoff has issued the following:
"Despite rumors of being kicked out, I have willingly and un-regrettably left Don the Reader. They did not kick me out, and they in no way had any choice or authority over my leaving. The blatant lies to all fans via reply to comments stating they kicked me out are false and should be looked upon as a definition of their character."
Norma Jean will enter the studio this week to begin recording their next full-length, "The Anti Mother." Tracking will take place in Venice Beach, CA for nearly two months (presumably with producer Ross Robinson, who recorded the group's last album). Look for the effort to hit stores late this summer via Solid State Records.
Sex Positions has issued a brief update regarding their progress with new material:
"We are excited to let you know that the songs we have been working on are almost ready to be recorded and we can't wait to let you hear them. So stay tuned and pass the word on to anyone you know who'd be interested in hearing new songs by us.
"We can't wait to share them, plus once it's recorded and [online] and out there we will be playing shows soon after. Anyone who is or knows of a booking agent please get in contact with us. There's a lot to talk about West Coast and Europe ideas."
Spain’s GRUESOME STUFF RELISH have lined up the following upcoming U.S. shows for May:
May 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Tritone w/ Ex Dementia, Bitchslicer
May 20 - Amityville, NY @ Village Pub South w/ Fuck…I’m Dead, The Day Everything Became Nothing, Bitchslicer
May 21 - North Arlington, NJ @ Hartley’s w/ Fuck…I’m Dead, The Day Everything Became Nothing
May 22 - Wilmington, DE @ T.B.A.
May 25 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest VI)
Austria's Mulatschag.TV has posted a three-minute interview with BACKYARD BABIES members Dregen (real name: Andreas Tyrone Svensson; lead guitar, backing vocals) and Nicke Borg (vocals, guitar). Watch the footage here.
BACKYARD BABIES is currently recording its sixth album with producer Jacob Hellner, who has previously worked with RAMMSTEIN, among other bands. According to Dregen, "We have written the strongest songs BACKYARD BABIES ever have written. And we will bang it on tape like it's the last recording ever. This album WILL have it all. You will laugh. You will cry. You will dance. You'll get high. I can't wait until you can hear it!"
BACKYARD BABIES released its fifth studio full-length album, "People Like People Like People Like Us", in April 2006 via Century Media Records. A video for the song "Dysfunctional Professional" can be viewed below.
BACKYARD BABIES' 1994 full-length debut, "Diesel and Power", was reissued in 2006 with a bonus track, "Lies", and the video for "Electric Suzy". More...
Welsh metallers ANTERIOR have issued the following update:
"Ross [Andrews, drums] has decided to pursue a new career and wishes to leave the band as soon as we have a replacement. So we need a new drummer as soon as possible. We are preferably looking at someone between 18-25 based in the South Wales area and must be 1,000,000% commited with their own gear and transport. However, if you are interested and think you can do the job but live elsewhere, then get in touch. Anyone interested please send your details and previous experience to: email@example.com."
ANTERIOR's debut album, "This Age of Silence", was released last year via Metal Blade Records.
To check out some of ANTERIOR's material go here.
Swedish black metallers SHINING have issued the following update:
"Due to [drummer] Jarle Byberg's current situation, we have decided that we cannot go ahead with merely him in our ranks. This has nothing to do with him leaving URGEHAL last week or anything like that, but he simply hasn't got time enough to tour as much as we do, nor spending month after month in the studio. Therefore, we have now decided to let Rickard, who accompanied us on the 'Thank God For Niklas Kvarforth' tour last year, become a permanent member of SHINING."
SHINING recently tapped GORGOROTH's King Ov Hell (real name: Tom Cato Visnes) to play bass on the band's upcoming sixth studio album, entitled "Tillbaka På Ruta Ett" (Back to Square One). The CD will be recorded at The Slaughterhouse studios with producer Rickard Bengtsson beginning on April 28. More...
CANNABIS CORPSE, the Richmond, Virginia-based old-school death metal band featuring Philip "Landphil" Hall (guitar, bass) from MUNICIPAL WASTE, his brother Josh "HallHammer" Hall (drums) and Andy "Fossergrim" Horn (vocals), has posted the first public sampling of its new and true death metal album, "Tube of the Resinated". The new track "Mummified in Bongwater" has been posted on the group's MySpace page.
This bong-blastin' bludgeoner is the second of nine songs that comprise "Tube of the Resinated", appropriately due out April 20 on Forcefield Records (CD) and Robotic Empire (vinyl). The label says in a press release: "Do not listen if you anticipate any drug-testing in the next month, as this stoney tune will give you a contact high of sizzling brutality."
Roadrunner Records reports:
"Finnish sensations NIGHTWISH can’t and won’t be stopped."
"The female-fronted, Euro-metal band returns to the US for their second headlining tour in support of the phenomenally epic new album, Dark Passion Play, which has scanned over 60,000 copies since its September 2007 release."
"This tour, which crisscrosses the US and Canada, comes hot on the heels of the band’s sold out fall tour, where they debuted new singer Anette Olzon to their legion of adoring and curious fans. These same fans continue to clamor for another dose of Nightwish’s soaring, symphonic metal and they’re about to get it!" More...
Los Angeles, CA’s ABYSMAL DAWN has posted a “Making Of" 'Programmed To Consume' video, highlighting the band’s time in the studio working on their forthcoming Relapse debut, at this location.
Programmed To Consume was recorded last November with producer John Haddad (INTRONAUT, PHOBIA, EYES OF FIRE) and is set for a May 13th North American release date, May 17th internationally with pre-orders being accepted now at this location.
Abysmal Dawn has also recently announced a May tour in support of Programmed To Consume’s release. This US tour alongside MONSTROSITY and GRAVE will begin on May 8th in Atlanta, GA and follows Abysmal Dawn’s April performances in Arizona and as part of the annual Los Angeles Murderfest. A listing of confirmed Abysmal Dawn tour dates follows with more to be announced soon. More...
Linkoping, Sweden-based metallers MORIFADE have commenced work on their fourth full-length album at White Light Studio in Linköping, Sweden.
The band have updated their studio diary with details and photos from the recordings of the rhythm guitars. Check it out here.
New Jeresy’s metal titans GOD FORBID are currently in the studio with Eric Rachel (ATREYU, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) recording the follow up to the group’s most successful offering yet, IV: The Constitution Of Treason. The depth and diversity on this disc is easily going to position the band as of one the most innovative bands within the genre. This is an entirely new God Forbid that have matured beyond their years and are now more focused than ever before.
Doc Coyle (guitars, vocals) has also setup an in-depth studio blog and he further states: “Hey guys, our friends at Revolution Music in Denmark have given us an opportunity to keep all of our fans up to date on the recording process of the new album. Click here to hear about the progress. Enjoy!”
God Forbid kicks off their 2008 worldwide touring schedule with a massive co-headlining North American tour, dubbed In Thrash We Trust, with DEATH ANGEL this spring. The trek, which kicks off on May 1st, also features SOILENT GREEN and LIGHT THIS CITY in the support slots. Fans can expect to hear some new God Forbid tracks. More...
Canadian thrash legends SACRIFICE - Rob Urbinati (guitar/vocals), Joe Rico (guitar), Gus Pynn (drums) and Scott Watts (bass) - headlined the second night of the Manitoba Metalfest 2008 on Saturday, March 28th at the Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The band check in with the following update from Rob Urbinati:
"Finally back home from the Manitoba Metalfest, thanks to everyone who attended and helped us out during our stay. I don’t think we have seen stage diving on that scale since about 1989! We had a little bit of equipment malfunctions, but adrenaline carried us through that... we came to thrash, and obviously Winnipeg did too."
"With the amount of broken glass on the floor afterwards, it was amazing that no one ended up in emergency!" More...
Metalfan.ro report that ANATHEMA's Vincent Cavanagh (vocals, guitar, vocodor) and Danny Cavanagh (guitar, vocals, keyboards) will play an acoustic show on May 24th in Bucharest, Romania.
Anticulture Records reports:
"Ultra brutal sludge machine SLIT are back for a new European tour. See the band live in April including festivals and headline gigs."
Tour dates are as follows:
April 18 - Remedy - Peaceville, Malta
April 25 - La Crypta - Ourense, Spain
April 26 - SWR Barroselas Metalfest XI - Portugal
April 27 - Barracudas Club - Madrid, Spain
April 30 - Hotel de la Musique 4 - Marseille, France
May 1 - Venue TBA - Torino, Italy
May 2 - Tomasini Club - Lenzburg, Switzerland
May 3 - Fuck The Commerce Festival - Altes Lager, Germany
May 4 - De Baroeg - Rotterdam, Holland
Pyramaze issue the following update:
"Pyramaze is proud to announce the signing with Locomotive Records for the worldwide release of "Immortal." We had quite a few good offers, but Locomotive convinced us with their enthusiasm and their willingness to walk that extra mile for the band. 'Immortal 'will be out May 30th in Europe, release dates for other territories will be announced soon."
According to Punktastic.com, Metallica will headline the sunday at Reading and friday at Leeds festivals which also include Slipknot and Tenacious D on said days. It has also been said via other sources that Rage Against The Machine will be one of the other three headliners which also features The Killers. Other bands set to appear include Bloc Party, Feeder, Editors and more.
BEHEMOTH have lined up some summer festival shows. These are going to be the final shows wrapping up The Apostasy touring cycle.
Commented Nergal: "We are stoked beyond belief! We've just confirmed a number of best summer festivals across Europe and I can't think of a better way to end the promotional campaign for our latest record.".
The dates are as follows:
31 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Neurotic Deathfest
21 - Casablanca, Morocco - Casa Gateways Festival
25 - Hove, Norway - Hove Festivalen
27 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Festival
28 - Helsinki, Finland - Tuska Open Air
5 - Arvika, Sweden - Arvika Festivalen
6 - Tolmin, Slovenia Metalcamp
9 - Bad Berka, Germany, Party.San Open Air
14 - Dinkelsbühl, Germany - Summer Breeze Open Air
15 - Jaromer, Czech Republic - Brutal Assault
29 - Bergen, Norway - Hole In The Sky Festival
27 - Essen, Germany - Asgard Festival
Classic Rock magazine's Jerry ewing recently spoke to Velvet Revolver/ former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Here are some excerpts:
Slash: I was talking with Robert Plant the other night and he was casually naming certain ZEPPELIN songs and then in the same breath who it was ripped off from.
Classic Rock: Did GUNS N' ROSES ever get taken to court for allegedly ripping anyone off?
Slash: No. One of the things about myself and the other members of GUNS N' ROSES, with the exception of maybe Izzy [Stradlin], 'cause he was maybe a bit more freeform, was that we were huge sticklers for anything that sounded like anything else. Straight off the bat if you played a few chords and it really reminded you of something else we scrapped it. It's very different with VELVET REVOLVER. Even though myself and Duff [McKagan] are the same way, and Matt [Sorum], Scott [Weiland] will rip something. We'll be like, "No, we can't do that," and he'll be like, "Oh, go on, let's do it," and we'll do it.
Classic Rock: Going back to VELVET REVOLVER, there's been a lot said on the Internet between Scott and Matt. What's the current state of play?
Slash: We've got six shows, ha-ha.
Classic Rock: How do you deal with that stuff flying around?
Slash: I have no comment. Obviously I'm very aware of everything that's going on. The only thing I can add to that is, in contrast to what Scott says, there will be a VELVET REVOLVER after this tour.
Classic Rock: With Scott singing?
Slash: I have no comment on that [chuckles].
Due to be released in June, Guitar Hero fans everywhere will be able to rock once more with Activisions latest announcement of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. The latest Guitar Hero instalment gives gamers the chance to play in the shoes of Whitford (guitar), Perry (guitar) and Hamilton (bass) beside drummer Kramer and frontman Tyler.
“Having a game built around Aerosmith has been a huge honour and really a great experience for us,” says Joe Perry. “We’ve put a lot of ideas into the game so that fans can have fun interacting with our music, getting inside our body of work and learning about the band’s history.”
Players will experience the legendary career of Aerosmith, from their first gig to them becoming rock royalty, whether it’s jamming at venues from historical moments in the bands career, to rocking to Aerosmith’s greatest hits like “Sweet Emotion” or - what was recently announced by Activision – playing songs from bands that had either performed with or inspired Aerosmith.
Mott the Hoople's “All the Young Dudes”, The Kinks' “All Day and All Night,” Joan Jett's “Hate Myself for Loving You” and Cheap Trick's "Dream Police." are the recent songs that have been announced for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, to be played alongside Aerosmith’s other greatest hits within the game.
“We are extremely excited that Aerosmith chose to team up with Guitar Hero, bringing one of the world’s all-time best-selling artists together with one of the biggest video game brands, to deliver a new and unique interactive way for our customers to connect with artists and their music,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing for Activision/RedOctane.
Many Guitar Hero 3 fans will also be pleased to hear that Guitar Hero: Aerosmith spans across a wide range of console platforms once again: Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, allowing fans that haven’t yet upgraded to a next generation console not to be left behind.
To celebrate Guitar Hero’s collaboration with Aerosmith, Guitar Hero 3: Rock Legend fans are now able to download Aerosmith’s “Dream on” for free – which is available at the Xbox Live Marketplace for Xbox 360 and The Playstation Store for the PS3.
Former SLAYER/TESTAMENT drummer Jon Dette (PUSHED) has issued the following update:
"Starting next month (April) until July, I will be available for drum lessons to students of all ages and levels.
I am looking at a couple locations in the North San Diego County coastal area to teach and should have that locked down by next week. In some cases, I will make myself available for lessons at a students home or rehearsal studio.
If enough people are interested in the Orange County area, I'll look into setting up a day to travel up there for lessons as well.
If you're interested, please contact me here on MySpace or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Lesson days will be:
Monday - Friday: 1 - 8 PM
Saturday: 2 - 6 PM
The second annual Rock Against Diabetes charity benefit will move from a live Vancouver venue to the sound stages of online music experience innovator Deep Rock Drive. The event will be held in Las Vegas, at the Deep Rock Drive venue on August 23rd, 2008, featuring Y&T, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, Cliff Morrison and The Lizard Sun Band and Bang Tango. Rock against Diabetes was created in early 2007 by music writer/charity organizer and newly diagnosed diabetes sufferer/new diabetic amputee Darrin Buchanan, with the initial live event taking place on June 23rd, 2007 in Vancouver BC, starring Eric Martin of Mr. Big.
Darrin saw two very important things after his diagnosis and subsequent below-knee amputation: The need to get the word out to people, so they knew the dangers of the disease, and the need to do so in a way that was entertaining and above all cost effective for all. The goals of this annual event are to help the BC Children's Hospital Endocrinology department, to ease the pain and care of children with diabetes, and help the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in the ground-breaking diabetes research they have done in the past few years. Darrin's own initiative, self funded to this point, is to deliver an online resource to all pre-, new, and long-time diabetics that will take the mystery and confusion of eating the right foods. 88% of diabetic complications can be avoided with a proper safe diet. Further funding is needed to actually launch this program, and get the consultation from nutritionists and Endocrinologists to keep the program accurate and safe. The further vision is to start in his home city of Abbotsford, a food servoce facility to prepare these foods for diabetics in the community that are unable to cook them, or afford the proper foods.
Darrin met Danny Socolof of Deep Rock Drive in late 2007, and after a short time both saw the potential that an online worldwide broadcast could have on this very special event. Some amazing continued sponsorship from companies such as Minarik Guitars, Atari Canada and The CW TV Network and My LVTV made perfect sense to deliver this event to many people as possible, free for many to watch. An agreement was made and Deep Rock Drive offered their many services to Rock Against Diabetes for the 2008 show. People are urged to visit www.deeprockdrive.com to get a full understanding of what is to be offered from this one-of-a-kind experience.
To kick this event off in 2008, the Rock and Entertainment auctions will kick off in mid-April, with many items yet to be added, and the release of the only 100 tickets available to the live show - to see all of the bands and share in some in-house only action - will slowly become available in special auctions from the bands performing and Rock Against Diabetes. Be sure to check the Myspace page, as well as Rock Against Diabetes page for more information and add Rock Against Diabetes as a friend on Myspace, and show your support.
Creator-Destructor Records has announced the signing of California’s Goblin-obsessed metal masterminds, Nekrogoblikon. Hailing from both Northern and Southern California, Nekrogoblikon offers up a blend of melodic death metal, folk metal, and symphonic black metal qualities all tied together with a theme of Goblin metal madness.
The band is currently planning several California dates in preparation for a two week West Coast run in the summer months. Until then, Nekrogoblikon is hard at work at writing their follow up to 2006’s "Goblin Island".
The band has offered a pre-production version of a new track entitled "No One Survives" available for streaming on their Myspace page.
The German death metal hope SEPTEMBER MURDER has inked a deal with Maintain Records. The quartet's EP, "After Every Setting Sun," which was released in November of 2007, has drawn the attention of the press from all over Europe – and gained overwhelming positive critics. The band is tipped as one of hell's hottest flames, hot enough to throw a barbecue among the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Entombed or Suffocation.
Maintain Records has signed the four-piece to release their full length album. The band currently is in writing-mode and is supposed to hit the studio this fall.
In the meantime, you can check out some of September Murder's material on their MySpace page.
According to a posting on the SLAYER fan site SlayerSaves.com, the California thrash metal veterans have scheduled the following dates:
June 24 - Tasmajdan Stadium - Belgrade, Serbia
June 25 - Club B1 Maximum - Moscow, Russia
June 27 - Topfest - Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Slovakia
June 28 - Gods of Metal - Bologna, Italy
June 29 - Tuska Festival - Helsinki, Finland
July 01 – [to be announced] - Tallinn, Estonia
July 03 - Arvikafestivalen - Arvika, Sweden
July 04 - Roskilde Festival - Roskilde, Denmark
July 05 - Wâldrock - Bergum, Netherlands
July 07 - Kaliakra Rock Fests - Kvarna Bulgaria
July 09 - Lisboa, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock
July 11 - Via De La Plata Festival - Mérida, Spain
July 12 - Monsters of Rock - Zaragoza, Spain
Guitarist Aaron Guerra of the Los Angeles-basd Christian neo-classical progressive thrash metal band TOURNIQUET has issued the following statement:
"I am passing along the news to everyone that I have stepped down as the guitarist of TOURNIQUET. I am unable to continue in my role as TOURNIQUET's guitarist and still focus on my family the way I need to."
"I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Luke [Easter, vocals], Ted [Kirkpatrick, drums], Steve [Andino, bass] and all of the great fans and friends that I have shared many wonderful moments with. Thanks again for everything and God bless you all." More...