Metal News for March 5, 2007
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Improving upon the foundation of technical, neck-snapping death metal they helped build beginning in the late 1980s, IMMOLATION unleashes the seventh chapter in their legendary career, Shadows in the Light. The stunning new effort was recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios with producer Paul Orofino and is set for a May 8th release. A new track, “World Agony,” is now available on their official MySpace page.
Returning with the same lineup as their previous release, Harnessing Ruin, dubbed “the most skull-crushing of their entire necro-rompin’ career” by Revolver Magazine, the group finds itself uncharacteristically stable, allowing for chemistry not present in their formative years. Founding members Dolan and Robert Vigna (guitar) join Bill Taylor (guitar) and Steve Shalaty (drums) to form the group’s most consistently punishing lineup yet.
Robert Vigna (guitars) further describes the new album: "It's aggressive, emotional and haunting. The disc delivers all of IMMOLATION's attributes, as it's catchy as hell, very direct and to the point. The album devastates on all levels, from blasting madness and militant charges to sorrow-filled doom and depression. It is a very complete record with soulful solos, thunderous raging drums and vocals that lash right out at you!"
Before they were even officially added to the tour, it appears Lamb of God have kicked off this years Family Values Tour. A Virgin Records e-card was posted last month revealing the line-up for this years tour, however Lamb of God announced they had not committed to the tour.
According to Harddrive Radio, the band apparently made some negative comments on the leak which got back to Korn leading them being kicked off a tour.
Manowar's "GODS OF WAR" has debuted at chart position No. #2 in Germany. The album also charted in Greece at #2, in Finland at #12, Sweden at #17, Austria at #9 and in Norway at #36. it even tops the Rock-Charts at I-Tunes and Amazon at #1.
Manowar will soon be embarking on their "Demons, Dragons And Warriors World Tour 2007" with special guests Rhapsody Of Fire and HolyHell. The tour dates confirmed so far are:
14.03.2007 Czech Republic Zlin - Novesta
15.03.2007 Czech Republic Pardubice - CEZ Arena
16.03.2007 Czech Republic Plzen - Hala Lokomotiva
22.03.2007 Germany Berlin – Max Schmeling Halle
23.03.2007 Germany Munich - Olympiahalle
24.03.2007 Germany Frankfurt - Festhalle
27.03.2007 Germany Dortmund - Westfalenhalle
28.03.2007 Germany Hamburg - Color Line Arena
30.03.2007 Germany Nuremberg- Arena Nürnberger Versicherung
31.03.2007 Germany Stuttgart-Schleyerhalle
04.04.2007 Greece Athens – Olympic Fencing Center
07.04.2007 Russia Moscow – DS Luzhniki
Glendale, AZ extreme metal unit Job For A Cowboy has completed work on their highly anticipated full-length debut, entitled Genesis, slated for release on May 15 via Metal Blade Records.
Job For A Cowboy, who toured the world in 2006 in support of their wildly-popular, self-financed "Doom" EP, recorded Genesis at Blue Light Audio Media in Phoenix, AZ with producer Cory Spotts. The album was mixed by the Grammy winning Andy Sneap (Opeth, Entombed).
On the topic of the new album, Job For A Cowboy guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju comments, "Genesis is a record that we as a band needed to fulfill. We wrote an album that we wanted to play live well into the distant future. If there is one word to describe our new record, it is 'aggressive.' We want this album to have a certain effect on the listener. I am happy with what we have achieved, and I hope our fans appreciate it too."
Vocalist Jonny Davy states, "We wrote the material that became the 'Doom' EP at a very young age and the sound of this upcoming record is a much different one than anything we've done before. We're anxious for its release and we hope everyone who hears it will enjoy."
The final track listing for "Genesis" is:
01. Bearing The Serpent's Lamb
02. Reduced to Mere Filth
03. Altered From Catechization
06. Strings of Hypocrisy
07. Martyrdom Unsealed
09. The Divine Falsehood
10. Coalescing Prophecy
The brand new JFAC song "Embedded," as well as a sneak peak at the Genesis cover artwork can be found on the band's Myspace page.
Widely hyped U.K. metalcore band Fightstar will release their U.S. debut, Grand Unification, in April. The record was produced by Colin Richardson (Bullet for My Valentine, Cannibal Corpse), and while it holds together as a concept album, that wasn't the band's original intention. "When I hear something is a concept album, I always think, 'I hope this isn't a load of pretentious bullsh--,' " singer/guitarist Charlie Simpson said in a statement. "But gradually, as we wrote more lyrics, everything seemed to link together." Bassist Dan Haigh added: "The songs are supposed to be key moments in people's existences during that last day of the world. A lot of the music is born of a desire to capture something epic." Fightstar will make their Stateside performance debut with two March 15 shows at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. A full U.S. tour will follow.
Jordanian Doom/Death band Bilocate has released the music video of "Days of Joy," the sixth track of their full-length album "Dysphoria."
Jordanian director George Durzi -with an independent production- has directed the music video. The shooting of the clip took place at Desert of Zarqa'a in Jordan. Scenes of the clip has been acted by the Jordanian actress Sana.
Bilocate has been considered as the first Jordanian metal band to release a music video. This is their second clip after “2nd War in Heaven,” from their full-length album "Dysphoria" that has been released in November 2005.
Newly-founded record-label Maddening Media has announced their first signing: LE GRAND GUIGNOL (former VINDSVAL)
LE GRAND GUIGNOL’s forthcoming album “The Great Maddening” has been recorded at TidalWave-Studios by Patrick Damiani (Falkenbach, Secrets Of The Moon …) and mastered by none other than double Grammy-Award-winner Darcy Proper at Galaxy-Studios (Manowar, Rammstein …) to assure an outstanding high-class sound-quality.
The album of the luxemburgish visionaires clocks about 55 minutes and comprises 11 tracks of eclectic metal art.
2 full-length tracks (“Mens Insana In Corpore Insano” and “The Healing Process”) are available for download both on the homepage of MADDENING MEDIA and on the one of LE GRAND GUIGNOL.
A high-definition video-clip to the song “Madness And Her Thousand Young”, taken from the same album, is currently in post-production and will be revealed soon.
“The Great Maddening” will be officially released in spring 2007, the exact release-date will be proclaimed soon.
Furthermore, MADDENING MEDIA has announced the future cooperation with the dutch post black metal band ORDO DRACONIS as well as with the dutch symphonic black metal band CARACH ANGREN.
Karnivool have posted a new track entitled "Cote" from their upcoming debut album "Themata". The title track and first single "Themata" is currently impacting rock radio across the nation. Both tracks can be heard on the band's MySpace page and will appear on the band's debut album "Themata" set to hit stores April 10th through Bieler Bros. Records.
Launch Radio Networks reports: A new signature instrument from Gibson and LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page will be released this week. The guitar is based on the double neck SG that Page can be seen using in the ZEPPELIN movie "The Song Remains The Same". Page let Gibson analyze his original guitar, and there are two versions of the Jimmy Page Reissue Double Neck — one called the "Vintage Original Spec," which is limited to 250 instruments, and the "Aged" edition, which is an exact replica of Page's guitar. For the "Aged" version, Page kept serial number 001, but he played and signed numbers 002 to 026.
The Jimmy Page Reissue Double Neck "Vintage Original Spec" guitars will be available starting Wednesday (March 7) at Guitar Center locations. Pricing will be announced today (Monday, March 5), but they'll probably cost around $20,000, if not more. The "Aged" versions will be available on March 18, at Guitar Center "Platinum Nights" events. For more information, go to guitarcenter.com.
Drowing Pool are set to release their new album 'Full Circle' on July 24th via Eleven Seven Music.
As previously reported, the band will kick off a 14-date co-headlining European run with Ill Nino in April. Drowning Pool's tour dates are as follows: More...
LiveDaily.com reports: After weeks of speculation, it appears that Van Halen members Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar will be on hand for their band's March 12 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to Premiere Radio Networks.
It remains unknown if any of the band members plan to appear on stage to accept the honor; at last count, Hagar and Anthony are on the outs with the Van Halen brothers, and Roth's status is up in the air following recent news that a planned 2007 summer reunion tour featuring Roth, the Van Halen brothers and Eddie's 15-year-old son, Wolfgang Van Halen, on bass, has been indefinitely postponed.
As previously reported, Velvet Revolver is expected to perform during the ceremony in lieu of Van Halen; the move harkens to last year's ceremony, during which Metallica performed a tribute to 2006 inductees Black Sabbath.
Pepsi Smash's Cover Art features Flyleaf covering Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. You can watch the video at Yahoo! Music.
Flyleaf head out on a headlining tour with Skillet and Fair to Midland, beginning March 25th. Resident Hero and labelmates, Dropping Daylight will also play some dates.
KRZR's Koyote talked with Matt Heafy from Trivium about their take on music today, the origins of the band, and their Fresno show with Lamb Of God and Machinehead. You can download and listen to the interview, aired February 20th, at KRZR.com.
LiveDaily.com reports: Heaven and Hell--featuring two founding members of Black Sabbath along with interim Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio and former Sabbath drummer Vinnie Appice--have announced dates for an inaugural US tour this spring.
Original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, who was originally announced as being part of the reunion, has been replaced by Appice, who joined the group for a brief stretch in the early '80s and appeared on two of the group's albums.
The US dates follow the band's earlier announcement of a March trek through Canada, ending with a March 30 one-off at New York's Radio City Music Hall, a date which sold out in a "matter of minutes," according to the group's publicist.
The new dates kick off April 22 in Phoenix and will see the group canvas 20 cities across the country, starting off on the West Coast and slowly moving eastward. Tickets go on sale to the public March 9, except for the May 2 Houston date, which will go on sale March 17. A special fan presale for all dates will take place Wednesday (3/7) beginning at noon EST. More information on the presale can be obtained at a special website set up by the group.
Opening support for the trek will include fellow metal icons Megadeth, who will preview material from their forthcoming new album, "United Abominations," due in stores May 8. Additional support will come from Machine Head, backing its new album, "The Blackening," which is set for a March 27 release.
Here are the confirmed Heaven and Hell North American tour dates: More...
Vanmakt is now done with the mixing of "Vredskapta Mörkersagor." "Everythings sounds totally amazing and we will be sending the final mix to Peter In De Betou that will be doing the mastering on this well awaited debut album," comments the band.
In other news Vanmakt are rehearsing and searching for gigs. Interested venues can contact Vanmakt at: Info(at)Vanmakt(dot)com. Vanmakt is also searching for dedicated booking agencys, both in Europe, Asia, and USA for forthcoming tours.
You can check out some of their material and get more info at the band's MySpace page.
Peter Atkinson of KNAC.COM recently conducted an interview with TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
KNAC.COM: What's been your impression of Nick [Barker, new TESTAMENT drummer] so far?
Skolnick: So far it's been great. I wasn't that familiar with him before, but a lot of drummers I know are familiar with him. He sounds great. He's a really good guy to work with. He seems like this big, intimidating, hardcore metal drummer, but he's actually a sweetheart to work with and honored and blown away that he's working with TESTAMENT.
KNAC.COM: When I spoke with Chuck [Billy, vocals] earlier, he mentioned that you had worked on some new material with them during the rehearsals.
Skolnick: It was mostly the old stuff, because he [Nick] was about to do his first gig with us, ever. But we did look at some new ideas. And I brought in an idea of mine that is a little more complicated than things we did in the past as far as timing and stuff, but he did a great job on it and I'm really excited to see where it goes. But what's cool is he can keep a solid groove, which that was a concern of mine because I'd heard the DIMMU BORGIR stuff and I thought it was amazing, but I wasn't sure that he could keep a solid groove. There's some musicians, not just drummers but guitar players too, that can play all over the place but have trouble playing simple and he can play simple. He's great, he's one of these guys who can do both, and that's important. There's gonna be parts where you want him to go off and use all his resources, but there's other parts where you just want it to be solid and establish a groove, and because he can do that I think that's going to be a big plus for the band.
KNAC.COM: How will you approach the writing of the remainder of the album, will you work it all out as a group or just bring all your various parts together and try to make them fit?
Skolnick: I think we're going to get together and put the parts together. I've always come up with parts on my own, and I also like add to other people's parts. But it's hard for me to be in a room full of people and be creative on the spot. That's a step in the process the makes more sense once there are ideas to work with. We're still at the point where we're creating a lot of ideas in our separate camps. We have put some of them together and it's starting to sound good. But the camps will come together as the project gets closer. And in the meantime we'll be spending a lot of time together on the road, so we'll be able to look at some new material there as well.
KNAC.COM: Given how much metal has changed since you were with the band, and how the band's sound evolved after you left, and Eric's [Peterson] black metal dabblings with DRAGONLORD and whatnot, are you excited about the prospect of bringing all the pieces together, or could it be a recipe for disaster?
Skolnick: (Laughs) It's going to be a very different record because of all that. But I'm more excited about it than nervous. I know we can't try to re-create the past, I don't want to. We need to make an album that sounds like today. And I don't think it should be that hard to do because we are living today. It's not 1989, and I'm much more excited about what we can come up with now. I think the best thing to do is have fun with it and see where it goes.
KNAC.COM: Since much of what you've been doing is so radically different from TESTAMENT, has it been difficult to get back in TESTAMENT writing mode, or is that something that never left your system?
Skolnick: I don't think it really left my system. I was actually sort of surprised. A lot of ideas come about and it's a very similar process to the way I did it the first time around. But at the same time, I find I do have to separate myself from some of the other music I do because it is such different frames mind, not just musically, but physically. The way I touch the instrument is different if I'm playing TESTAMENT music than if I'm playing with my trio. With my trio I have more of a modern jazz approach, it's a lighter touch, it's much more sensitive, it's a quieter volume and it's a very different tone, it's much more acoustically toned. With TESTAMENT, there's a sense of dynamics, but the dynamics come more from a volume that's already cranked and it has to do more with how you strike the chords, the balance between open rhythms and closed rhythms and different types of grooves using a metal tone. But it's fun to compare the differences and similarities.
Read the full article at KNAC.com.
Velvet Revoler are planning a club and theatre tour before they head to South American and Europe this summer. The band will begin a full-scale U.S. tour this fall.
Their new album 'Libertad' is due out on May 15th.
Trivium guitarist Corey Beaulieu has remarked on his guest appearance on ‘Metal’ the new Annihilator album:
"Being invited to participate with Jeff as a guest guitarist on ANNIHILATOR's upcoming release 'Metal' was truly a great thing. Not only was it my first 'guest appearance,' which was cool, but to be asked by Jeff Waters and a band that I respect so much and love like ANNIHILATOR makes for some great fucking memories. Jeff is a FANTASTIC guitarist, and to be able to play and create alongside him for the amount of time I did was great. I feel honored to be a part of it; it is such a great CD with lots of amazing people and great players on it. Anyone who is a true fan of 'Metal' really should check it out — if not, then you can burn in HELL with Alice, haha."
Annihilator will be Trivium's special guests on their major European tour in June.
Soilwork has announced the addition of a second guitarist with Daniel Antonsson formerly of the band Dimension Zero. Soilwork is currently in the studio working on a new album.
According to a posting on the TANK "This Means War" web site, TANK bassist/vocalist Algy Ward is scheduled to lay down vocals on three new songs - "March", "Stalingrad" and "No More War" - sometime this month for the group's long-awaited new album, "Sturmpanzer". The follow-up to 2002's "Still At War" (Zoom Club Records) is tentatively expected later in the year.
TANK in 2005 released a vinyl version of the "War of Attrition" live album in a limited edition of 500 copies via Maniacal Records. The release was a double gatefold LP - 250 copies on white vinyl and 250 on 180-gram vinyl - featuring many old photos. There was also an expanded-edition CD with five bonus tracks. The vinyl contains two tracks that are not available on the CD, and the CD has one song that is not available on the vinyl version. The bonus tracks are "radio sessions" from 1982 and also a live recording from Lochen Pop in Holland in 1983. There are also demo versions of two other songs - "The Man Who Never Was" and "Too Tired to Wait for Love" - and the "Filth Hounds of Hades" three-song demo.
TANK's current lineup:
Algy Ward - Bass, Vocals
Cliff Evans - Guitar
Mick Tucker - Guitar
Bruce Bisland - Drums
'A Tout Le Monde' has been given a 2007 upgrade and will be the lead single from 'United Abominations'
The track, originally released on the 'Youthanasia' album from 1994, has been re-recorded and features a guest appearance by Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia. The track will differ from the original in that it is said to be more up tempo and include an extended solo.
But no one can tell the tale like Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, "[The original] video was banned, the single was shelved, and without [the fans'] loving support of a truly beautiful song it would have died. MTV banned it because they said it was a 'song about suicide,' as did many people, but why would the line 'I'd love to stay with you all' be in there? It would need to say something like 'I want to die,' right? And I had a manager at the time that was told, along with me, by MTV not to use director Wayne Isham because we had used him too much odd request, but I heard them loud and clear. Of course, management didn't listen and tried to slip it into MTV under a pseudonym and MTV flipped. They are/were pissed at me for something I didn't do and I would be OK if it was something I did, but I told the manager, and David Ellefson can attest to this, NOT to use Wayne. Their solution was to ban the $300,000-plus video, and radio in America was following MTV very closely at the time ? still do to an extent ? and did not play the single. The song was left at the altar. I got sent a bill. Then after the [college] shooting in Montreal [in 2006], where someone tried tying this song into that horrific act, I knew it was time to follow something that had been haunting me from the start of that song: I could not allow myself to accept the failure of my music because of someone else. I will take the heat, I am well forged by now, so there is yesterday's news.
"But there was something else: I'd wanted to hear that song as a duet, since it truly was a song of love. But the person had to be perfect had to be angelic. I decided, and I have sang 'A Tout Le Monde' again with Cristina Scabbia because she is that person. I had Lisa Marie Presley confirmed, as well as two other attempts, but Cristina was the obvious choice for our metal community. The song was sped up a little, like it was supposed to be on 'Youthanasia' before all the tempos were turned down. It has a 50% longer solo of original Glen Drover lead guitar blending into the original [Marty] Friedman solo, and launching off of that at the end of the solo taking it up a little bit more.
"So, now that leaves us with what to do with this song. Well, its intention was only to soothe my wounds, and it was meant to be a 'B-side' for Japan, but that didn't happen, as you will no doubt read. The song was finished and turned in to the record company and the radio department and everyone, including people that have heard the song before, are saying, 'This is the single for America!' There was excitement and a buzz, and they ALL agreed on this, which is a feat in itself when you have some many creative people in one place at any given time.
"Imagine my surprise, and my sense of being vindicated, and then the shock and concern about you [the fans] not understanding (which apparently you don't), let alone the indifferent public, which is now the primary target, since you have already heard it and it was supposed to be a simple 'B-side,' and the haters who will undoubtedly hate. On one hand it worked, and on the other, I have to explain myself, which I don't like.
But it gets stranger.
"Now 'A Tout Le Monde' has a new life and people are reacting, but there is concern about, as I was told, 'the guy in Arkansas that calls the song 'A Toot Lay Monday.' I said, 'I say the pronounciation in the song,' but it was suggested to me, to help the public to discover this classic you all know and most love (and some don't want tampered with) to add a subtitle.
"I said, 'huh?' The moments after that were inconsequential, and I just found myself agreeing because there were worse things I had to fix at the time, and I had to pick which thing I was going to give my attention to at 'crunch time.'
"So, in an effort to make things easier for the DJs, and remember this is just for radio, there has been a subtitle added to 'ATLM' ala 'A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)' for the album and the single has been called 'Set Me Free (A Tout Le Monde)' for radio by Roadrunner.
"You have gotten 'Sleepwalker', we posted 'Gears of War', and everyone seems to have heard 'Washington Is Next!', and I think we are doing pretty good.
"All I can say is, just trust me on this one. Again, it was meant to be a 'B-side' and with all of the professionals over at Roadrunner, I think they really may be right and they may have a real surprise for you.
"We shoot the video for this song on the 8th of this month [March] before I leave for Vancouver, and Cristina shoots her part on the 9th.
"Thank you to the guys in LACUNA COIL for supporting Cristina in doing this, and to you Ms. Scabbia, you were fantastic!"
The tracklisting for 'United Abominations' looks like this:
02. Washington Is Next!
03. Never Walk Alone
04. United Abominations
05. Gears Of War
06. Blessed Are The Dead
07. Play For Blood
08. A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) (feat. Cristina Scabbia)
10. You're Dead
"United Abominations" is scheduled for a May release.
Seminal avant-garde metal pioneers CELTIC FROST have revealed that they will play a "limited-duration special guest set of 45 minutes" on their upcoming North American tour with TYPE O NEGATIVE. "In spite of the limited playing time, the band believes that this presents an important opportunity to play for the U.S. audiences again and expand upon the foundation built in the course of last fall's successful 46-date tour of North America," CELTIC FROST writes in a press release.
Due to the preceding co-headliner tour with KREATOR in Europe which will conclude on April 5, 2007, in Hamburg, CELTIC FROST will not be able to play all dates with TYPE O NEGATIVE. Immediately after the final show of the European tour, however, the group will fly to the United States to join TYPE O NEGATIVE for the first time on April 9, 2007, in Chicago and remain with the tour until its conclusion on May 8, 2007, in Baltimore, MD.
UPDATE: Here are the latest tour dates: More...
BYZANTINE have released a trailer for their forthcoming DVD 'Salvation' at the band's MySpace page or directly on YouTube. The DVD is also available for pre-order here. Scheduled for an April 17 release through Prosthetic Records, 'Salvation' will feature live performances, bootleg performances, interviews, tutorials and an extended version of the "Jeremiad" music video among other offerings.
Re-entering the studio, after completing a leg of dates alongside God Forbid, Arsis, Goatwhore and Mnemic, BYZANTINE is currently continuing to record 'Oblivion Beckons,' the forthcoming new full-length with producer Charles A. Fisher in Sissonville, WV. Mixing will take place at Highview Studios by Drew Mazurek and the album will be mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.
Here are a few BYZANTINE tour dates:
4/07 Teays Valley, WV – Sneekers
4/21 Huntington, WV – Hyamp
4/22 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St