Metal News for March 7, 2006
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I have been a diehard metalhead since first seeing Iron Maiden's "Number Of The Beast" tour here in Los Angeles at just twelve years old. Since this legendary performance, I have seen the baddest, meanest, most intense and furious music acts ranging from Slayer to SuperJoint Ritual. I have to admit that I would be the first one to trash My Ruin if they weren't as masterful in the art of true heavy music as they are. Tairrie B on vocals has always possessed a Mae West "Fuck me? Fuck you!" swagger since her early days with Manhole and Tura Satana and has gone head up with anyone that dared to disrespect her or My Ruin's music. Let's face it, she has over the years slowly become one of the most important female vocalists in Rock 'n' Roll history and My Ruin has grown to be a band that's darkly passionate, highly outspoken and thoroughly unrelenting in their live stage performance. Their latest album "The Brutal Language" is a major thrill-ride in distorted doom riffs and howling death cries. I consider it an absolute honor to have nailed this interview down with My Ruin's lead singer, Tairrie B, lead guitarist, Mick Murphy, bassist, Chris Lisee and drummer, Matt Lechevalier . More...
Unearth will enter Studio X in Seattle next Wednesday with producer Terry Date (Soundgarden, Pantera) to record their next full-length. Date will also mix the record. Here's a statement from Unearth frontman Trevor Phipps:
"If anyone were to tell me (when I was a kid) that my band was going to be doing a record with the guy that produced most of the Pantera, Deftones and Soundgarden records one day; I would have told them they were crazy. Working with Terry Date is another of the amazing accomplishments for us on a growing list of accomplishments. We have toured with Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and Slayer and with Vinnie and Dime. We have toured much of the world and we have shared the stage with all of the current heavy music leaders on all of the big modern day tours; and now, we are working with the leader of heavy music's producer and engineer, Terry Date. Unearth will forever sound like Unearth and we know Terry has an knack for bringing out the best qualities and sounds in the bands he works with and we could not be more stoked to work with him. There is no question that this next record will be our best to date."
Look for the new album to hit stores on August 8th through Metal Blade Records.
Ironclad Recordings latest addition, Apiary, has recently finished recording their debut effort "Lost in Focus" which is set to hit the streets May 2nd. The disc was recorded in Emeryville, CA at Castle Ultimate Studios with Zack Orhen. The track "Descent" from the disc can be heard here.
Here is the complete track listing:
1. Pain Is The Reason
6. Bliss In Vain
7. Forced To Breathe
9. Peril's Divinity
10. Solidified Foundation
11. Fading Imprint
12. These Walls Are Permanent
13. Finding A Way Back
Apiary is also booking a West Coast/Midwest tour for this March and April with House of Atreus (Undecided Records). The first half of the tour is booked, but the bands need help with the tail end. If any promoters are interested then please contact email@example.com. Here are the current dates and routing: More...
Dates have been solidified for the upcoming From A Second Story Window, Ed Gein, Dead To Fall, and Ligeia tour. Here are teh latest tour dates:
4/8 Terre Haute, IN @ The Phoenix
4/9 Carmel, IN @ CPAC
4/10 Madison, WI @ The Loft
4/11 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
4/12 Louisville, KY @ TBA
4/13 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
4/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/15 Memphis, TN @ The Skatepark
4/16 Birmingham, AL or Baton Rouge, LA
4/17 Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
4/18 Tampa, FL @ TBA
4/19 Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
4/20 Orlando, FL @ Island Oasis
4/21 Panama City Beach, FL @ The Showcase
4/22 Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
4/23 Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
4/24 Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
4/25 Fredericksburg, VA @ KC's
Omaha's Analog recently announced the addition of guitarist Bryce Hotz (also of Gyromacer) and vocalist Dan Lemmons to their line-up. States the band: "We feel that each of these members is going to compliment our style greatly." Hotz and Lemmons replace Josh Simms and Brad Stoneking, who left the band in January and now play in Killing Virginia.
The band's first show with the new members will be on March 14th at Sokol Underground in Omaha, NE.
Amora Savant have added drummer Chris Hatem to their line-up. Hatem will be moving to Milwaukee in May to begin writing material with the band. In the interim, the group will continue to tour with Jeff Lohrber of Harlots filling in.
Amora Savant is actually touring with Harlots on the following dates:
4/7 Terre Haute IN @ The Pheonix Venue
4/8 Clarksville IN @ Clarksville Community Center
4/9 Bloomington IL @ Dale Township Center
4/14 Traverse City MI @ American Legion Hall
4/15 Lake Villa IL @ Venetian Hall
4/16 Milwaukee WI @ 8th Note
Mike Casavant (guitar) has issued an update on Burn in Silence's studio progress and his side project:
“The Burn In Silence album entitled "ANGEL MAKER" is just about wrapped up. We received the final Mix today from Mr. Tue Madsen (Himsa, The Haunted) and my god, it sounds beast-like!! So he will be mastering the album this coming week, and the release date that was once April 25th is no longer. As of right now we are waiting to hear from the label to see when the album is coming out, but y'all better make damn sure you buy that!! Ha ha, I’m a broke-ass mofo and I need to pay my billz!!
Also for those of you who don’t know I’m currently recording an album with another band called In The Arms Of Strangers. Its' very different from Burn In Silence, but regardless its killer and you must check it out and add us as a friend!”
The band is also getting ready to hit the road for a 52-date tour alongside Black My Heart, Too Pure To Die, and Cassius. Those tour dates are as follows: More...
ReviewJournal.com reports: A pistol-packing Ted Nugent startled a VH1 film crew member.
Gun enthusiast Ted Nugent won a showdown with a VH1 film crew assistant director the other day.
Nugent, in town for the filming of VH1's "Supergroup" reality show, walked onto the set early this week exercising his right to bear arms.
The startled assistant director asked the rocker to remove the holstered firearm from the active set, citing safety concerns.
Nugent, 57, stuck to his guns (gun), and the AD has not been seen on the set since, I'm told.
Reached at VH1 in New York on Friday, spokeswoman Michelle Clark said Nugent "has a license to be a firearm carrier no matter where he might be. I'm sure he wasn't waving it around."
Nugent and four other veteran rockers wrap up their 12-day taping, most of it at the Parisian Palace, with a concert Sunday at the Empire Ballroom, 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
Joining Nugent on the reality show is Sebastian Bach of Skid Row; drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham; Scott Ian of Anthrax; and Evan Seinfeld of Biohazard.
Massachusetts' All That Remains has entered Zing Studios to begin tracking music that will become the follow-up to 2004's 'This Darkened Heart.' Scheduled to stay in the studio into the early part of April, the band will be laying down 12 songs, including "This Calling," a song the band debuted on its recent tour alongside Arch Enemy, and an updated take on "Follow," a track from the band's debut record, 'Behind Silence and Solitude.'
"We’re now at the point where we're the band I always wanted to us to be," Vocalist Phil Labonte says. "Musically, we’re capable of doing what I originally wanted to do. As musicians, we can all live up to that, so this will be like a fresh look at that older material. It’s a cool chance to make right some stuff after it didn't get the treatment it should have originally."
The forthcoming album will also mark the recording debut of two new All That Remains members, Shannon Lucas on drums, and Jeanne Sagan playing bass. "People aren’t even ready for what the next record is gonna have," Labonte continues. "People have a certain idea of what this band is and when they hear the new stuff with Shannon and Jeanne, it will completely and totally be a new approach to our same style. The riffs and sound are similar, but you take the song dynamics, and these layers we're doing, and it's now a completely different animal. It’s almost like a new way to look at an old friend."
Production for the yet-untitled album is being handled by Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage), who was responsible for the sound of the critically-lauded 'This Darkened Heart.' Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) will be in the studio with Dutkiewicz and the band to handle guitars production. Travis Smith (Iced Earth, Opeth) will handle the album's artwork. Meanwhile, Labonte has started a photo blog to keep fans updated through the recording process here.
Opeth have made a few upgrades to their MySpace page, so if you haven't yet joined as a friend, what are you waiting for?
The band has been overwhelming audiences across American with their inimitable and intricate progressive death metal - be sure to visit the tour Ecard for information about a concert near you.
The Absence recently hooked up with Brian Taylor and Dave Ayling of Ignition Films LLC. in Toledo, OH for the filming of a video for “From Your Grave”. Why Toledo? In Brian’s search for a great backdrop for the video he discovered Collingwood Arts Center one of the oldest historical buildings in Ohio. Coincidently, Collingwood is also one of the state’s most well known haunted landmarks.
Taken from the History archives of the Collingwood’s: “Contrary to the opinions of various paranormal enthusiasts, very few incidents of paranormal activity have been witnessed by the residents. Although "orbs" (said to be a deceased person's energy or life force) can be captured in photographs quite routinely… If such paranormal activity exists, it merely adds to the unique flavor and ambience of one of the largest and oldest structures in Toledo's historic Old West End.”
Don’t believe it? Check out this unaltered footage shot by Brian Taylor during the video shoot.
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Atrocity has confirmed additional tour dates this spring. The complete listing as of now follows (note european dates dd.mm):
01.04 - LT Vilnius PHC
05.04 - ARG Buenos Aires Nd Ateneo w/ Leaves' Eyes
07.04 - CHI Santiago de Chile Teatro Providencia w/ Leaves' Eyes
08.04 - CHI Santiago de Chile Teatro Providencia w/ Leaves' Eyes
14.04 - BRA Curitiba Master Hall w/ Leaves' Eyes
15.04 - BRA Belo Horizonte TBC w/ Leaves' Eyes
16.04 - BRA Rio Circo Volador w/ Leaves' Eyes
20.04 - BRA Porto Alegre Opinao w/ Leaves' Eyes, Destruction
21.04 - BRA Sao Paulo Via Funchal w/ Leaves' Eyes, Destruction
22.04 - BRA Recife Abril Pro Rock Festival w/ Leaves' Eyes
27.04 - CH Zurich Dynamo w/ Leaves' Eyes, Elis
30.04 - D Ottweiler/Saarland HEXENTANZ-Festival w/ Leaves' Eyes, Elis
04.05 - UK Glasgow Soundhaus w/ Leaves' Eyes, Elis
05.05 - UK Portsmouth The Frog on the Front w/ Leaves' Eyes, Elis
06.05 - UK Bradford Rio w/ Leaves' Eyes, Elis
07.07 - D Osterode/Harz Rock Harz Festival w/ Leaves' Eyes
22.07 - D Saara Rock im Zelt Featival w/ Leaves' Eyes
Several new photos of ALICE IN CHAINS members Jerry Cantrell (guitar) Mike Inez (bass) and Sean Kinney (drums) rehearsing for their upcoming appearance at the taping of an episode of VH1 Classic's "Decades Rock Live!" have been posted online at Cantrell's official web site.
As previously reported, COMES WITH THE FALL vocalist/guitarist and member of Jerry Cantrell's touring band William DuVall has been tapped to sing lead vocals with ALICE IN CHAINS at "Decades Rock Live!", a tribute to HEART that will take place March 10 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. It is not presently clear if DuVall will be joining the group on any of the other dates that are currently being scheduled.
In a recent interview with MTV.com, Cantrell confirmed that "there will be some ALICE IN CHAINS shows this year — that's a fact." At this point, the guitarist said, all he can really say is that the band is active, and that the remaining members of ALICE will be taking the stage this summer to perform songs from the band's catalog.
"We're making it up as we go along," Cantrell explained to MTV.com. "It's what we always did in the past. We're writing the book as we live it. We feel confident that we will have a good time and that it's something that will live up to the same level. It's an exploratory thing, and we're just having fun with it. We'd like to go out and play for the people that supported us and love the music as much as we have all these years. We want to celebrate what we did and the memory of our friend." [Referring to late ALICE frontman Layne Staley, who died in April 2002 from a mixture of heroin and cocaine.]
Upcoming ALICE IN CHAINS shows:
Jun. 02 - Nürburgring, GER @ Rock am Ring
Jun. 03 - Nürnberg, GER @ Rock im Park
Jun. 04 - Milan, ITA @ Gods of Metal
Jun. 10 - Donington, UK @ Download
Jun. 11 – Dublin, IRE @ Download
Jun. 15 - Burgenland, AUT @ Nova Rock
OVERCAST, the long-defunct influential Massachusetts band which featured in its ranks KILLSWITCH ENGAGE bassist Mike D'Antonio and SHADOWS FALL singer Brian Fair, has reunited and will be will be playing this year's New England Metal And Hardcore Festival on Saturday, April 29. In addition, the band will be re-recording 10-14 classic tracks and laying down two previously unreleased songs for a full length album entitled "Reborn to Kill Again", in May 2006. Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) has signed on as producer of this endeavor for which a label deal has yet to be announced.
Regarding their decision to re-record classic material, OVERCAST said in a statement, "Simply put, we are having the time of our lives hanging together and playing these old songs again. We feel as if we are breathing new life into this dead material. Suddenly the ambition to 'one up' ourselves has returned, more thirsty than ever. But most importantly, our main reason is due to the overwhelming excitement of the old skool fans, even to this day. For the kids who have shown us MUCH love over the years by coming up to us at shows and telling us how much they appreciated OVERCAST. These people have provided us with the greatly needed encouragement and enthusiasm we have been lacking. They have given us a vision to try this band one more time. For them we dedicate our new found time and energy towards this recording. We consider it an honor that some of you still care."
From August 1991 to November 1998, five people had an obsession with music entitled OVERCAST. Motivated by having fun and playing songs that went against the grain, the band stayed true to themselves by writing music they wanted to play ... fashionable or not. Money was never an issue back then mainly because there wasn't any to be had. Sometimes the group would play for gas money, most times for far far less. Only through sacrifice and perseverance did they make it work. First-hand experience and trial and error provided their path. They had no one to rely on but themselves. Years and years of weekend warrior tours took them places they normally would never have gone or seen. It was indeed a time they still reflect on and a time they will never forget.
But all things come to an end. After years of being turned down by labels, skimped out on by promoters, and a general sense of the band being too much of an albatross to continue ... in 1998 OVERCAST disbanded. Heartbroken and emotionally taxed, they went their separate ways. Brian joined SHADOWS FALL (a band who had opened for OVERCAST on many occasions), Mike started working on a project called KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Guitarist Pete Cortese continued writing and ended up in a band called SEEMLESS. Guitarist Scott McCooe began playing bass in TRANSIENT. Drummer Jay Fitzgerald formed and played in many bands, finally settling down in the band TUNNEL DRILL.
Now eight years have passed since OVERCAST was an active band. All of a sudden the stars have aligned, the planets have shifted, and old friends find themselves back home with substantial amounts for free time. OVERCAST is reborn.
Lambgoat Records, a new record label formed by the people behind metal/hardcore webzine Lambgoat.com, has officially been launched. The label doesn't intend to stray from the genres typically covered by Lambgoat.com, but will attempt to avoid duplicating avenues previously traveled. As such, Lambgoat Records has officially signed St. Louis act, Lye By Mistake.
Combining elements of metal, fusion, and jazz, fans of such diverse artists as Dillinger Escape Plan, Mr. Bungle, and John McLaughlin should find something to enjoy. Some previous acts have attempted similar endeavors, but few have possessed the musicianship to back it up. According to Lambgoat Records owner Alex Arnold, "Everyone in the band is truly gifted, but Lye By Mistake guitarist Josh Bauman is one of the most original and talented guitarists I've ever had the pleasure of hearing while running Lambgoat.com, and I've heard more guitarists than most." A sample of Bauman's playing (from the band's new album) can be heard here.
Having just secured an exclusive distribution deal with Lumberjack Mordam, Lambgoat Records will release Lye By Mistake's new album, Arrangements For Fulminating Vective, on May 9th. The album was recorded by Jim Callahan (Story Of The Year), mixed by Eric Rachel (Every Time I Die, God Forbid), and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge). For now, you can check out a full track from the new album on their MySpace page.
Lye By Mistake will be on the road all spring and summer in support of the new release, including a July tour with The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza.
Continuing the successful journey of their critically acclaimed "Vinland Saga" CD, German/Norwegian act LEAVES' EYES have completed recording of a new mini-album, presenting five brand-new exclusive tracks, entitled "Legend Land".
The EP will be released for the price of a single at the end of April/beginning of May 2006 in connection with the band's upcoming tours, which includes dates througout Europe, USA, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
The tracks included on the EP are: "Legend Land", "Skraelings", "Viking's Word", "The Crossing" and "Lyset". Vocalist Alex Krull explains: "At first we'd planned to release a single from the 'Vinland Saga' album. However, we decided to record a complete EP with brand new and exclusive songs. This is our way of saying thank you to our fans and their great support. The past tours were amazing! As we will tour a lot this year it will take a while until we have finished our next full-length album. These five powerful and atmospheric tracks developed out of a couple of new brilliant ideas."
Vocalist Liv Kristine adds: "The new songs sound fantastic. They are very strong. We had a wonderful time continuing our work with the Viking concept and making further discoveries."
Just a litlle update so you know we haven't frozen to death or something heh. We have started making music for the 3rd blast mangler,which will mostlikely be recorded in September? The working title is from now on "We deserve much worse", we've got music(?) for about 15 songs. Got also some gigs coming up, sadly no Tour for now. Hopefully we will get the chance to kill some of your braincells at the upcoming festivals, but untill then. -Keep on grinding-
Deathbound is NOT on the KRISIUN AssassiNation European Tour 2006! Seems that there is some false info circulating? It got cancelled in the last minute for us ( also something that we couldn't do anything about) which is probably the main reason, despite this you should go check them out! -Mosh-
Dryline has unveiled the new eard for the forthcoming Zero-Sum Recordings debut Reach for the Surface. The card can be accessed from their official website at www.dryline.com or can be pulled up directly at this location.
Reach for the Surface is set for release on Tuesday, March 7 in stores nationwide as well as online thorough outlets such as Itunes. The CD was produced by D Braxton Henry (Jacknife, A Dozen Furies).
Dryline has several upcoming tourdates planned and more being booked:
Mar 10 2006 8:00P - CD RELEASE @ Curtain Club w/ My Son My Executioner, The Aftermath, Hope Dies Last, From the Battery in Dallas, TX
Mar 12 2006 8:00P - Blacklion w/ a bullet for the brave in San Antonio, TX
Mar 18 2006 7:00P - the Harbour w/bands in Baytown, TX
Mar 22 2006 8:00P - the Brickhouse w/the Jon Benet, Ten Cent Pistol in Wichita Falls, TX
Mar 23 2006 8:00P - tba-looking for show in Lubbock or Amarillo , TX
Mar 24 2006 8:00P - tba in Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 25 2006 8:00P - tba in Denver, CO
Mar 26 2006 8:00P - Brutalink Emporium w/Apiary in La Junta, CO
Mar 27 2006 8:00P - tba - looking for OKC show w/Apiary in OKC, OK
Mar 28 2006 8:00P - the Aardvark w/Apiary in Fort Worth, TX
Apr 8 2006 8:00P - Cantons - My Plastic Friends Cd Release in Longview, TX
Apr 15 2006 8:00P - State Theater w/ the Absence, the Theorians in Gainesville, TX
May 5 2006 8:00P - White Rabbit in San Antonio, TX
May 6 2006 8:00P - The Ridglea Metal and Hardcore Festival in Fort Worth, TX
Swedish melodic metal/prog/death band Wolverine have officially signed with Candlelight Records. Originally formed in 1995, the band has previously released material with Elitist/Earache Records. Here's a statement from the band:
"We can at last announce that Wolverine has signed with Candlelight Records. We've been in touch with various labels and as it turned out Candlelight came up with the best offer by far. The past 6 months have been really hard for the band and with the split from Earache topping it all off it's extremely nice to have found a new 'home.' There is no release date set for [our new album] 'Still' yet but we'll announce it really soon. It's about time the album sees the light of day because we all promise you that some of our best songs are on that album. We definitely want to share them with our fans as soon as humanly possible."
Roughly five weeks after their break-up became public, Champion frontman Jim Hesketh has released a statement regarding the move:
"After 7 years, one full length, two 7" eps, one split ep with friends, Betrayed, countless tours spanning Asia, Europe, Australia, Caribbean, and North America, Champion, the straightedge band based out of Seattle Washington has decided to call it quits. While in the process of writing for the 2nd full length we realized that the band might be better put to rest. The amount of touring we had done on the 1st full-length was so extreme that in a way we wore ourselves out. Champion was started as something we did for fun. We wanted to create hardcore music the way we liked. Trying to gear up for the new record and crazy touring schedule left us all feeling like it was more of a job to us than our passion. There is nothing I loved more than touring, being on the road, seeing new faces every night, seeing familiar faces from the time before. It was my favorite aspects of Champion. But there came a point when things became to feel like a business to us. We have always had problems keeping people in the band who can keep up with our hectic touring schedule so there were always people in and out of the band. With all the pressure to do another record and to tour, it wasn't what we 'wanted' to do anymore; it was what we 'had' to do. So before making any commitments that we would be bound to, we decided to end it now, while everyone in the band was still friends and still loved everything we did together as a band. No one sold out. Todd and Aram will continue with their band Betrayed, myself and Chris will go into hiding and show our faces time and time again at shows in the pit like we always have. We will be doing our final show May 27th in Seattle at El Corazon. The Answer, Sinking Ships, Allegiance, and Outbreak will be playing. Champion was my everything for 7 years of my life, now it is time to move on and it's hard for me to do. I hope everyone can come out for our last show. Thank you for the memories."
A Javelin Reign are currently writing new material and recently posted a demo track online. In addition to the following dates, the band expects to tour consistently this summer and spring.
3/14 Calgary AB @ The Underground w/ The Gorgeous
3/15 Kelowna BC @ The Habitat w/ The Gorgeous
3/17 Vancouver BC @ The Astoria w/ Goatsblood, The Gorgeous
3/18 Tacoma WA @ Hells Kitchen w/ 3 Inches Of Blood
3/19 Vernon BC @ Legion Hall w/ The Gorgeous, Kincaide
California hardcore band More To Pride recently announced their impending break-up. Formed in mid-2003, the group released an album with Rivalry Records nearly one year ago. More To Pride's final show will take place on March 12th at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA with Think I Care, Lew Acts, and others.