Metal News for March 7, 2007
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19 news articles posted on this day.
Hammerfall have commented on the recent departure of Bassist Magnus Rosén. The band released this statement:
"Bass player Magnus Rosén has elected to step down from HAMMERFALL to be able to focus on his own projects. While it is surprising, it's not a total shock to us since he has seemed to be unhappy with the situation in the band and on tour for quite a while. We wish him all the best with his future endeavors and turn our attention to the future, immediate and distant."
"This will change nothing for us as far as booked gigs and other planned activities are concerned. Rest assured, HAMMERFALL will continue blazing its trail just like before. The process of selecting the right replacement both musically and personally is already set in motion, and we will announce it as soon as a decision is made."
And a word from Magnus Rosén:
"Thanks to all the fans around the world who supported the band for 10 years. You all gave me very nice memories after all the concerts we did. It was a pleasure to get a big public [following] like you people! Without you, we would not [have been] able to [record] all the CDs and tour [like] we did [these past] 10 years! So thank you all."
"It´s important for me to tell you that I loved every second I had on the stage when we played our concerts! To hear your happiness really made my day!!!! It was also very nice for me to use my fame to do the solo bass charity [work] for poor people, the clinics in the schools for the kids, and the music against violence. I believe it´s a nice way to give and take."
"So it´s time for me to be more creative in my music life! So I will, from now [on], give myself a chance to write songs and be creative in [other] bands. This is possible. The year [is] passing by fast and for a musician, it´s important to grow in the situation you are in!"
"I hope HAMMERFALL find a nice and good bass player for you all, and I hope our fans will respect my choice. Anyway, be sure that I will still [be] doing Heavy Metal, so have your eyes open!!!"
KYLESA are set to embark on a six-week tour with like-minded Genghis Tron later this week, including appearances at Los Angeles Murderfest 3.0, South By Southwest Music Festival and a late April appearance at the ninth annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. A tour poster is available online here.
Currently supporting the acclaimed release 'Time Will Fuse Its Worth,' KYLESA returns to the road after supporting The Hidden Hand last month.
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Omen founder/guitarist, Kenny Powell, has issued the following statement to Omen fans regarding the Full Metal Festival:
"Omen would like to apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused to the fans trying to attend the Full Metal Fest in Mexico City, Mexico on Saturday, March 3rd.
We arrived at the airport in Dallas, Friday March 2nd, only to be informed that our tickets were reserved but no yet paid for. We spent the majority of the day waiting at the airport because we were told that our reserved tickets would in fact be paid for and that we would catch a later flight. We made every attempt possible to make the show and by early evening we were told that the entire festival was cancelled.
Omen never wishes to let our fans down and do everything in our power to ensure that every concert is 100% legitimate. We had no reason to believe otherwise, regarding the Full Metal Fest in Mexico. We were sincerely
looking forward to playing Mexico for the first time and we're looking for another promoter in hopes of having a concert there in the near future. Sincerely, Kenny Powell.”
Even though Mark's in Bedford, NH is very close to my house, this time I decided to venture the vastly unknown territory of Hartford, CT. My main motive was the size of the venue allowing for better photo opportunities. I know from past, bitter experience that the NH/ MA area isn't a cultivable environment for BM so I was harbouring high hopes as to the number of attendees at the Webster. Which were boosted by the fact that the previous night's show in Poughkeepsie had been cancelled, so I thought hordes of fans would relocate to Hartford tonight. More...
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD has issued a brief in-studio update online at here, featuring photos from the first few days of recording the forthcoming album, 'Malice.' Recording with producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel) at Mana Studios in Florida, 'Malice' is currently slated for a summer release through Prosthetic Records and will again feature artwork from Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) who also supplied the eery visuals for 2005's 'Bloodlust.' Scheduled to complete recording in mid-March, Alan Douches (Unearth, Shadows Fall) will master the album while THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD gears up for the band's inaugural European tour later this spring.
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD European tour with Dead To Fall, Ion Dissonance: More...
GOJIRA have posted multiple video clips of the band's live performances on the road with Lamb of God, Trivium and Machine Head while on the band's second-ever North American tour. Select video clips and photos from the road can be found here, including a clip with a cameo from Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, while clips from each night's performance can be found on YouTube.
Currently supporting the North American release of 'From Mars To Sirius' through Prosthetic Records, GOJIRA will stay out on the road with the tour through April 5. Released in North America in August 2006, the record has met with critical acclaim and will be followed by re-releases of GOJIRA's 'The Link' album and 'The Link Alive' DVD through Listenable Records later this spring, previously only available in Europe.
Here are the remaining GOJIRA tour dates: More...
TOOL have issued the following update:
"Here are SOME rescheduled shows - shows that had already gone on-sale prior to (drummer) Danny (Carey)'s injury. People can exchange their original ticket(s) for the new show. I'll add these to the tour section after Kat's birthday party (which is currently on-going), but you can read them here in the meantime."
Rescheduled dates include:
30 - Reno at Reno Event Center
2 - San Diego at Cox Arena
5 - Las Cruces at Pan American Center
6 - Tucson at Convention Center Arena
8 - Albuquerque at Tingley Coliseum
15 - Southaven at DeSoto Center
19 - Oklahoma City at Ford Center
21 - San Antonio at AT&T Center
22 - Corpus Christi at American Bank Center
24 - Baton Rouge at River Center
Classic Swedish death metal band GROTESQUE — featuring ex-AT THE GATES/THE CROWN frontman Tomas Lindberg — will perform at Storan in Gothenburg, Sweden on April 20. It will be the group's first public gig since 1991. Other bands on the bill include WITCHERY and GRAND MAGUS. The night of Swedish metal is presented by London-based Totalrock Radio. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticnet.se.
3 Inches of Blood had this to say as they wrap up their North American tour and head to Europe:
"The Six week U.S. tour is now complete! Cradle of Filth and The 69 Eyes were excellent to tour with. All the shows were either sold out or very near to it. For us it was a great opportunity play in front of larger crowds and make a lot of new fans. We are most grateful for the experience.
"In the next few days we will begin a three week excursion overseas. We will be heavily assaulting England over that time, but will also make sorties to Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. This will serve as a warm up for the impending release of Fire Up The Blades which will now hit unsuspecting victims on June 26."
Botswana's finest WRUST (pronounced rust) have complete worked on their label debut album. "Soulless Machine" is scheduled for release on the 2nd April 2007 and promises to be everything WRUST fans have been waiting for.
On Friday the 9th of March the first single from the album along with the artwork will be made available online. The album was recorded and edited at Bizac Studios in JHB and mixed by Witchdoctor Studios in DBN.
You can now hear two new tracks from the March 20th release of "II" from Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster on their newly released e-card. You'll hear the tracks "Darkest Of Kin" and "Tale Of The Runaways" on it.
The band will be hitting the road with Haste The Day and From Autumn To Ashes over the next two months.
Hayder Kadhim, a student who was shot three times by gunman Kimveer Gill at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada last September, is outraged that MEGADETH is set to release a new version of a song that inspired the gunman.
Frontman Dave Mustaine spoke to Cassandra Szklarski of the Canadian Press and commented about the track long misinterpreted as pro-suicide when in fact it was written about the sudden death of his mother.
"The song doesn't belong to the killer. The song belongs to the people of Montreal, if anything it belongs to me and it was my gift to them. It was never meant to be misinterpreted like that."
The gunman, Kimveer Gill singled out "A Tout le Monde" as one of his favourites in hate-filled online posts that immediately preceded his rampage Sept. 13, when he shot dead student Anastasia De Sousa and injured 20 others. He killed himself after being wounded in a shootout with police.
"For the simple fact that Kimveer Gill was listening to (the song) and he injured students like me and also killed Anastasia, who was a friend of mine, this artist should put this song on the side out of respect to the victims," Kadhim said. "That song triggered Kimveer Gill's actions."
Kadhim, a hip-hop artist, still has fragments of a bullet in his head and another bullet remains lodged in his neck.
If MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine is thinking of capitalizing on the shootings, "I think that's disrespectful to us. I believe respect comes before money," Kadhim said.
Rose Slanic, general manager of Roadrunner Records Canada, which is releasing the MEGADETH album, said the song was recorded prior to the Dawson shooting and is not disrespectful toward the victims.
"From our standpoint," she said "we don't affiliate ourselves with negative things. There's no negative message in the song."
You can now download an MP3 of the track "Nailed To The Ground" from Pain's new album. "Nailed To The Ground" comes from Pain's 5th studio album "Psalms of Extinction." Pain is of course the band of producer and Hypocrisy mainman Peter Tagtgren.
Candlelight Records‘ DAYLIGHT DIES have announced a special one off show for April 25th at Jaxx in Springfield, VA where they’ll be supporting NOVEMBERS DOOM and SATURNUS. The band is currently writing their new album.
Midwest metal quartet JUNGLE ROT, who have been plying their trade for over ten years with labels such as Olympic/Century Media, have parted ways with Crash Music Inc. and are now looking for a new home. You can listen to the band here.
The first date has been announced for MAYHEM’s return to the U.S. this Summer:
July 24 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Initial dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring MASTODON, AGAINST ME!, and CURSIVE:
May 1 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern LG
May 2 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
May 4 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
May 5 - Seattle, WA @ The Fenix
May 6 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy
May 8 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
May 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Myth
May 12 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
May 13 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
May 14 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 15 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
May 17 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
May 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
May 19 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
May 21 - Columbus, OH @ Lifestyles Pavilion
May 22 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
May 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
May 25 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
May 26 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Creepsylvanian splatterthrashers GHOUL have lined up the following upcoming shows and festival appearances:
March 30 - San Francisco, CA @ Annie’s Social Club w/ Abscess
May 27 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest V)
June 23 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre (Goregon Massacre Fest 2)
In rhythm with their 35-date North American No Fear Music Tour, Killswitch Engage is amped to announce in-store signings as well as "top secret/not for the masses" information for the rapidly approaching Las Vegas, Phoenix and Anaheim tour dates.
Beginning on March 1, 2007 tickets for the March 20 Killswitch Engage No Fear Music Tour stop at the Las Vegas House of Blues will be available at the three Las Vegas area No Fear Stores: Fashion Show Mall, Meadows Mall and The Galleria at Sunset.
To promote their No Fear Music Tour stop at the Mesa Amphitheatre on Friday, March 16, Killswitch Engage will host an in-store appearance from 2:00-to3:00 P.M. at the No Fear Store in Chandler, Arizona.
On Monday, March 19th, Killswitch Engage will appear at an in-store signing at the Anaheim No Fear Store from 3:30-4:30pm to hype-up their sold-out Anaheim Show at the House of Blues later that evening. 100 "previously unavailable to the public" day of tickets will also be available for purchase at the Anaheim No Fear Store.
So get out there and get your tickets. Tickets for the No Fear Music Tour featuring Killswitch Engage can be purchased at www.hob.com and www.LiveNation.com. Fans of Killswitch Engage and the No Fear Music Tour can glean "Top Secret" and privileged information on the band and tour at www.nofearbands.com.
Visit No Fear's website for more details on No Fear store locations.
Here are the remaining tour dates on the No Fear Music Tour featuring Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce, Chimaira and He Is Legend: More...