Metal News for March 4, 2007
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Florida's blackened death metallers INFERNAEON have confirmed a handful of dates in Miami in support of the band's forthcoming debut, 'A Symphony of Suffering.' Featuring ex-members of Monstrosity, INFERNAEON's debut features guest vocals from Ben Falgoust (Goatwhore, Soilent Green) and Keith DeVito (Catastrophic), while the band with play dates in Miami as direct support to Deicide and Atheist before heading up to Milwaukee Metalfest later this year.
'A Symphony of Suffering' will see a March 6 release through Prosthetic Records.
Here are the INFERNAEON tour dates:
3/09 Miami, FL – Churchill’s (CD Release Show)
4/07 Miami, FL – Club Flavour (with Deicide)
4/28 Miami, FL – Club Flavour (with Atheist)
5/13 Waukesha, WI – Waukesha County Expo Center (Milwaukee Metalfest)
North Carolina metalcore band Between the Buried and Me have entered writing mode and are hard at work on the follow-up to 2006's The Anatomy Of, claiming in an online post that "things are coming along very well." The band plans to begin recording in May with producer Jamie King (Human Abstract, Far-Less). In the meantime, you can catch the band in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, March 30; Harrisonburg, Virginia, March 31; and Greensboro, North Carolina, April 1.
Swedish doom-metal legends Candlemass will celebrate their 20th year anniversary with a March 31 concert in Stockholm. They'll be joined onstage for the first time ever by their original singer, Johan Lanquist, who left after the recording of their legendary 1986 debut, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. The show will also mark the debut of the band's new singer, Robert Lowe (also of Solitude Aeturnus), who replaces Messiah Marcolin. Grand Magus will open the evening and Cathedral frontman Lee Dorrian and Witchcraft singer Magnus Pelander will DJ.
On Thursday, March 29th Nonpoint will be taking a break from writing the follow up to their highly acclaimed "To The Pain" album. The band will be part of the WWE's pre-Wrestlemania festivities with a closing performance at THQ's "Superstar Challenge" at the Gem Theatre in Detroit, MI. Below is an excerpt from the official press release.
"See 16 of your favorite WWE Superstars, Extremists and Divas battle it out in the virtual arena as they compete in a single-elimination tournament playing WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 on Xbox 360. There will be opportunities for autographs, prizes, and much more! You'll never see this many Superstars up close in the same room at the same time. The event will be capped with a live performance by Nonpoint. Get your tickets now!"
Fans can get tickets to this event here.
Long-defunct late '80s thrash band from the Philadelphia area FAITH OR FEAR is planning a one-off reunion gig in April/May. More information will be made available soon.
FAITH OR FEAR was an acclaimed up-and-coming talent in the late '80s, having released its debut album, "Punishment Area", in 1989 through Combat Records. After the LP's release, FAITH OR FEAR toured the U.S with SEPULTURA (at that time the first North American tour ever for the Brazilian metallers).
Former FAITH OR FEAR guitarist Chris Bombeke has teamed up with guitarist/vocalist Shane Gellert of ONE IN THE CHAMBER to form a new project called TRAGEDY IN PROGRESS. Bombeke will play bass in the group, which also features Gellert's CHAMBER bandmates Joey Mionie and Ted Vandermark. The Atlantic City, New Jersey-based act is currently writing music and will start playing regionally and shopping the material during the summer of 2007.
Dutch "atmospheric doomsters" OFFICIUM TRISTE have issued the following update:
"We have been contacted by Solitude Productions from Russia to participate in a THERGOTHON tribute. Of course we said yes. We will record the track 'Crying Blood and Crimson Snow' off the 'Stream from the Heavens' album. At this moment we know that EVOKEN will also include a song. The plan is to release a double disc, with on disc 1 bands from the doom metal spectrum doing covers and the second disc with other (metal) bands."
OFFICIUM TRISTE recently spent time at Excess studio in Rotterdam, Holland recording their new album, "Giving Yoursefl Away", tentatively due this spring. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Your Eyes", "My Charcoal Heart", "Signals", "On the Crossroad of Souls", "Inside the Mind" and "Master of your own Demise".
OFFICIUM TRISTE's third full-length album, "Reason", was released in 2004 via Displeased Records. The CD was recorded at the band's own El Pato studio.
SLAYER guitarist Kerry King recently told Sean Piccoli of Sun-Sentinel.com that the group's song "Eyes of the Insane" - for which it recently won a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category - is "one of the poorest representations of us on the record," meaning SLAYER's 11th studio album, "Christ Illusion". He would have picked "Jihad" - like "Eyes", a track written by singer-bassist Tom Araya and guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
King also has doubts about how well members of the Grammys' parent organization, the Recording Academy, know his band's music.
"Realistically, I think people on the academy who vote pick the household name," he said. "And that's what we are."
With "Reign in Blood" songs such as "Necrophobic" - "Severing flesh/gouging eyes/tearing limb from limb" - SLAYER assured itself of a home in the dungeon of popular culture. "Christ Illusion" continues SLAYER's career-long attack on mainstream sensibilities and on one institution in particular: Christianity. "Skeleton Christ", written by King, declares, "I've seen the ways of God/I'll take the devil any day," and the King-penned "Cult" screams, "The bible's where it all began/Its propaganda sells despair/And spreads the virus everywhere."
For the record, "I consider myself an atheist," King said. But standing up for Satan as a way of questioning religious observance makes sense to him. The ruling class also comes in for heavy criticism. King calls the "Christ Illusion" track "Consfearacy" "a government-hating song" that he hopes anyone, regardless of country, displeased with the leadership will enjoy.
He says he doesn't vote or follow politics, and has no love for either U.S. political party. "And even if I was one or the other, probably I wouldn't come out and say it because I would alienate half the world," he said. "And I'm in the business of building fans."
THE ACACIA STRAIN is featured on the latest installment of Metal Injection TV. Check it out online here for exclusive performances and an interview with the guys from their recently completed headlining tour with Job For A Cowboy, Psyopus, See You Next Tuesday, and Daath.
Currently at home in Massachusetts, THE ACACIA STRAIN is gearing up for a handful of shows with Shadows Fall and regional shows headlining in the northeast before joining up with Hatebreed for a tour throughout the United Kingdom.
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Alabama Thunderpussy's new video for 'Words of a Dying Man' is online on LiveLeak.com as well as YouTube.com. This track is off of the band's upcoming Relapse Records album, OPEN FIRE, which release this coming Tuesday, March 6. More...
Virginia Epic doom/death metallers Withersoul post the following updates on their myspace page:
"Dan Thompson has stepped down as the lead guitar player of Withersoul. There are many reasons why this has come to fruition...concentrating on his other project Ends In Fire full time was one. We wish "New York" Dan the best in all his endeavors. We also expect to drink beer w/ him in the future."
"Withersoul is now looking to hold auditions with interested lead guitar players. At this time we are looking for qualified applicants that are able to rehearse on weekends...have time available for local shows and out of town dates. If you are interested in playing guitar for Withersoul...please contact us through the Withersoul page and we will reply ASAP."