Metal News for March 8, 2004
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12 news articles posted on this day.
TWISTED SISTER have entered the studio to begin re-recording their classic 1984 effort "Stay Hungry" for a late 2004 release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "We have the capability to make the world's first re-recorded record the way it should have been," the group's manager, Daniel Stanton of Coallier Entertainment Ltd., stated. " 'Stay Hungry' will be that record. Better than it was before. Better… stronger… faster. As they guys finish laying down all the drums and bass for the entire 'Stay Hungry' record and more songs to boot, guitar tracks are being set for this weekend, then vocals... The rebuilding of this record will make history!"
In other news, TWISTED SISTER have announced plans to hit a number of European countries later in the year, including Spain, Italy, U.K., Hungary, Holland and Germany. In addition, they will be traveling to Brazil and Canada, with more U.S. dates soon to be announced.
SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala has taken over the lead vocal duties in his side-project POISONBLACK following the departure of CHARON singer Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto.
Laihiala's decision to handle the vocals himself comes less than a month after reports surfaced that the group's new singer would be a Canadian vocalist whose name had never been officially revealed. Until now, that is.
In a statement posted on his official web site, Toronto, Ontario-based solo artist Christopher (COME CLOSER) has addressed the rumors that he has been chosen to become the new frontman for POISONBLACK. His statement reads as follows:
"I've been getting a sizeable amount of e-mails from various strangers, friends, and colleagues regarding the rumour that I am the new singer of POISONBLACK. Today I can address this rumour once and for all.
"I WAS to be the new singer of POISONBLACK. I had my passport ready, vodka in hand, and ready to fly to Finland to lay the vocal tracks down on the next POISONBLACK album and possibly trade anti-depressants with Timo Tolkki. Ville Laihiala and I have been communicating for 3 or so months trying to get me over to Finland to record and hash out the logistics of this possible long-distance relationship.More...
Albany rock/hardcore band Endicott has officially signed with Equal Vision Records. The group will release their debut full-length, which is currently untitled, with EVR in July. For the time being, you can download or listen to a few demo tracks from the upcoming album here.
Atlanta's "artistic melodic dark metal" band LILITU have inked a deal with The End Records. The group will shortly be entering Ledbelly Sound Studio to re-record the rhythm guitars and began the final mixing process for their third CD, "The Delores Lesion". Mastering will be done at Glenn Schick Mastering and artwork will be provided by acclaimed artist Daniel Long. A June release is expected.
Metal Reviews has 13 new reviews this week:
- Axel Rudi Pell - Kings And Queens
- Beyond the Flesh - What the Mind Perceives
- Brides Of Destruction - Here Come The Brides
- Byzantine - The Fundamental Component
- Dark Avenger - X Dark Years
- Denata - Art Of The Insane
- Machine Head - Through The Ashes Of Empires
- Monster Magnet - Monolithic Baby!
- Nightfall - I Am Jesus
- Section A - The Seventh Sign
- Six Feet Under - Bringer Of Blood
- Various Artists - Monsters of Metal DVD
- Waylander - The Light, The Dark and The Endless Knot
In cooperation with organizers for the 2nd Annual BW&BK Six-Pack Weekend, Candlelight Records confirms Dismember as one of this year's performers. The festival, set to be held June 4-5 at the Odeon in Cleveland, Ohio, will mark the first US performance for the Swedish band since 2000.
Drummer Fred Estby says of the confirmation, "getting back on the American crimescene after 4 years is gonna be awesome. We just can't wait to get on stage in front of the American metalheads once more." Mark Gromen, talent booker for the festival, adds "BW&BK is exited to be able to re-introduce North America to the crushing sound that is Dismember."
Formed in 1988, Dismember's roots are firmly planted in the original death metal archives. The band are revered worldwide for their no-holds-barred, pure Scandinavian death march - a sound that has long become the staple of quality for the genre. The band's collective worldwide sales surpass 500,000 units and their touring endeavors have placed them in front of audiences around the globe. They have to date shared the stage with Napalm Death, Obituary, Meshuggah, Hypocrisy, Amorphis, Morbid Angel, Death, Cannibal Corpse, as well as placing high at numerous festivals for over ten years. Their last trip to the US, headlining in support of their 2000 release, was a huge success and helped overall US sales for their last and final album for Nuclear Blast, Hate Campaign .
Dismember's performance at BW&BK Six-Pack Weekend will be in support of their new album, Where Ironcrosses Grow. Set for release April 20, the album was r ecorded at Sami Studios in Stockholm and was produced by Estby (whom has additional producing/engineering credits for Konkhra, early At the Gates, Grand Magnus, Gehennah, Katatonia, Entombed).
Walls Of Jericho will be touring for several weeks in April with support from Martyr AD, 36 Crazyfists, and Bury Your Dead. Dates scheduled thus far include: More...
Last week in New York City, Lickgoldensky finished mastering their Level Plane Records debut. The full-length was recorded by Josh Jakubowski (of Hot Cross) and Andrew Visalia and will hit stores on May 24th. Lambgoat has posted an MP3 from the new album here, so check it out. In related news, the group will soon be looking for a new bassist to replace departed member Herb Jowett, though Josh from Hot Cross will be filling in during their upcoming tour.
Hot on the heels of the SOLD OUT March 22nd show supporting SOiL at Chicago's legendary venue The Metro, Los Angeles rockers MY RUIN will play a "one off" all ages show Tuesday March 23rd at The Bottom Lounge 3206 N Wilton (off of Clark and Belmont) with Smoke and Ditchwater. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 6:00 PM. Get there early: My Ruin will be meeting their fans, taking photos and signing autographs, and the first 100 people in the door will get a free copy of the Magazine MK ULTRA with Tairrie B on the cover and an in-depth band interview. At 10PM Tairrie B and guitarist Mick Murphy will DJ a 21 and over MK after-party where attendees can meet the band, and help celebrate the bands drummer Yael's birthday.
Powerman 5000 are tentatively scheduled to release a collection of rarities later in the year. "With all of this recent down time I have been going through the PM5K archives and have discovered a multitude of rare and many unreleased tracks," Powerman 5000 frontman Spider One wrote in a recent online posting. "More than enough material for a complete disc. So, plans are now in the works to produce and release a rarities CD spanning the entire history of Powerman 5000, from the very first recordings to stuff tracked only last year!!! Details are currently being worked out, but as of now I believe it will be released on Megatronic possibly as an online only purchase [like we did with 'Anyone For Doomsday?']. Exact song selections are being determined now and a release date is still up in the air, but I would love to get this available to you all soon!! So spread the word about this disc, it's gonna rock!!!.... more info on this and other projects coming soon."
A brand-new SLIPKNOT song, titled "Pulse of the Maggots", will be made available for download at the group's official web site beginning on March 30. This date will also mark the release of an interactive section on the web site, made whole by nine individual parts that are going to be unveiled one by one during the next few months, five before the official album release and the remaining four after May 25. The fans will be granted access to new and original stuff by SLIPKNOT, starting with skins, images of the studio recording of the album, and pictures from the shows on the Jägermeister Music Tour tour with FEAR FACTORY and CHIMAIRA. Later on, two new songs will be added to the web site: the final version of "Don't Get Close" and "Duality". By the time the record hits the shops, the web site will contain material that can only be accessed though the original CD. Fans who purchase the new CD will be able to enter exclusive areas and will be able to listen to a song NOT included on the album. They will also be given the opportunity to win various prizes, including nine signed jumpsuits used by SLIPKNOT at their live shows. In addition, owners of the new CD will be able to access nine chat rooms (one for each member of the band) where the group will communicate with the fans.
As previously reported, SLIPKNOT will release the track "Duality" as the first single from their as-yet-untitled new CD, due out on May 25 through Roadrunner Records. The song will impact radio stations on May 4.
The M´era Luna Festival 2004, which is to be held in Hildesheim, Germany on August 7th/8th at Flugplatz Drispenstedt has confirmed THERION, WITHIN TEMPTATION, IN EXTREMO and TRISTANIA.
The complete list of bands include: ASP, ANNE CLARK, CHAMBER, CLAN OF XYMOX, COLD, COVENANT, DECODED FEEDBACK, DE/VISION, DULCE LIQUIDO, FAITH & THE MUSE, THE FAIR SEX, FIDDLERS GREEN, FUNKER VOGT, GOTHMINISTER, ICON OF COIL, IN EXTREMO, LACRIMOSA, L'AME IMMORTELLE, ROTER SAND, SALTATIO MORTIS, SAMSAS TRAUM, SCHANDMAUL, SOMAN, SUICIDE COMMANDO, THERION, TRISTANIA, WELLE ERDBALL, WITHIN TEMPTATION, WOLFSHEIM.
Saturday individual day tickets are 39,- € ( no camping included). Two-day passes are 64,- € ( camping included).