Metal News for March 8, 2005
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19 news articles posted on this day.
MASTODON are on the verge of securing the support slot on IRON MAIDEN's summer tour in Europe, according to Blabbermouth.net. MASTODON also in talks to play the Roskilde festival, set to take place June 30-July 3 in Roskilde, Denmark. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are BLACK SABBATH, AUDIOSLAVE and GREEN DAY, among others.
MASTODON recently completed work on the second music video from their award-winning album, "Leviathan".
The video, for the song "Blood and Thunder", was shot on location at the Star Bar in the band's hometown of Atlanta, GA. Produced and directed by Jonathan Rej (MAN OR ASTROMAN, FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER, STRETCH ARMSTRONG) for Authority Films, the new MASTODON video is expected to be conceptual in nature, with a "top-secret" treatment and storyline that, "is far-and-away different than most any modern day music video". MASTODON's "Blood and Thunder" is expected to make its world network premiere(s) imminently.
Currently in the midst of a headlining tour of Europe, MASTODON will launch their first U.S. headlining tour of 2005 on March 23 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA.
The tentative track listing has been revealed for Living Sacrifice's forthcoming retrospective release In Memoriam, here's how it looks:
01 - "In Christ"
02 - "The Power Of God"
03 - "Killers"
04 - "Symbiotic"
05 - "Send Your Regrets"
06 - "Bloodwork"
07 - "Local Vengeance Killing"
08 - "Reborn Empowered"
09 - "Reject"
10 - "Enthroned '98"
11 - "Breathing Murder"
12 - "In The Shadow"
13 - "Distorted"
14 - "Haven Of Blasphemy"
15 - "Obstruction"
16 - "Anorexia Spiritual"
The first three tracks of the release are all-new and were recently recorded by members of the now-defunct band specifically for this release. In Memoriam will arrive in stores on March 29th via Solid State.
Virginia hardcore band Down To Nothing recently finished recording their sophomore full-length, which is tentatively titled Splitting Headache. The album, which is the follow-up to their 2003 effort, Save It For The Birds, is expected to be released through Thorp Records in July.
I was able to attend the Subliminal Verses show featuring Slipknot, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall and Gizmachi show on March 5th in Philadelphia, PA at The Wachovia Spectrum. I had the chance to photograph Slipknot as well for this feature on Metal Underground, and the pictures are now up in the gallery section.
I also am working on the show review, that will be posted tomorrow afternoon.
A cadre of hard rock acts led by Opeth, Unearth, Poison The Well and Clutch are uniting for the inaugural Sounds of the Underground summer festival tour. The bill will hit the road in North America in late June and run through late July.
With organizers promising the addition of a notable headlining act, others already confirmed for the full tour are From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, DevilDriver, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost and veteran horrorcore group Gwar, which will present a "halftime show."
Madball has been drafted for the eastern half of the tour, with Terror picking up on Western dates. Regional additions include the Red Chord (East Coast), Fear Before The March Of Flames (Midwest, Southeast) and Himsa (West).
"This tour will show the masses that real music is alive and well," Unearth's Trevor Phipps says. "The Sounds of the Underground will prove that you don't need 'pop-culture' to embrace your sound and way of life."
The tour is being produced by Face the Music Touring agent Tim Borror, Ferret label executive/artist manager Paul Conroy, Ferret label owner Carl Severson and artist manager Larry Mazer. The group has pledged to keep ticket prices below $30.
Dates for the trek have not yet been announced. The Sounds of the Underground Tour website will launch soon with full details.
Currently on the first-ever Taste Of Chaos tour, Killswitch Engage has just confirmed another stop along the way - an in-store signing in Sacramento. Details as follows:
2433 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
Tuesday March 29th, 3-5 pm
Stop on by and meet the band, and see them later that night at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.
Slipknot's latest album, "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses," has been certified platinum (one million copies sold). Also, their self-titled debut has now gone 2x platinum, and the "Disasterpieces" DVD 3x platinum.
"The last six years have taken ten years off of all of our lives, but receiving these awards and feeling the response all over the world has made all of it, every sacrifice, worthwhile," told vocalist Corey Taylor during his spirited plaque-acceptance speech backstage at the band's Continental Airlines Arena show on March 6th. He concluded with a smile, "This is the ultimate middle-finger to every one of my high school teachers," as he went on his way to take the stage.
Napalm Death are releasing their new masterpiece “The Code Is Red...Long Live The Code” on April 25th. You can now check out the album’s crushing opening track “Silence Is Deafening” here.
To collect as much donation money as possible for the victims of the Tsunami catastrophe, Napalm Death, The Haunted and Heaven Shall Burn decided to do an unconventional CD-Single release. The first 10 copies of the strictly limited to a 1,000 edition of the Tsunami charity compilation single being auctioned via eBay over the next 10 weeks, one after another each week, starting now. The very special first copy is at auction now and can be found here. These hand numbered collector items are originally signed by all appearing bands (Napalm Death, The Haunted and Heaven Shall Burn). The single features Napalm Death’s brand-new track “The Great And The Good” (feat. Jello Biafra on guest-vocals) from their upcoming album “The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code.” The Haunted picked the song “Smut King” from the digipak-pressing of their acclaimed current album “rEVOLVEr” and Heaven Shall Burn added “Strassenkampf” (originally by Die Skeptiker and feat. guitarist Patrick Schleitzer on vocals), the exclusive bonus-track of the Korean pressing of “Antigone.” All bands and Jello Biafra wrote liner-notes for the single’s booklet.
All proceeds of the single will be collected and donated to the Red Cross.
According to an article on ChartAttack.com, former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch was baptized on Saturday (March 5) at the Jordan River in Israel. A few excerpts from the article:
Welch attended the baptism with about 20 other pilgrims (all dressed in white robes) from his church in Bakersfield, California, under pastor Ron Vietti. Vietti has credited the rocker’s conversion with inspiring young people to go follow him into the arms of J.C.
Of course the hug-happy Welch hasn’t completely changed his identity —like a true Christian bad-ass, he’s commemorated his new beliefs by having "Jesus" tattooed across his knuckles and "Matthew 11:28" inked right across his neck. And while we don’t like to throw around terms like "messiah complex" in the face of this guy’s newfound happiness, he’s also announced plans to release some pretty interesting solo music in the future.
Read the full article at ChartAttack.com.
NILE have announced that "due to last-minute rehearsals with 19-year-old bass player Joe Payne, Karl and Dallas have decided that he will in fact be the bass player on the upcoming European dates starting next week," according to a posting on the group's official web site. "NILE and World Management would like to publicly thank Steve Tucker [ex-MORBID ANGEL] who, on the drop of a hat, had offered to fill in if needed. He is indeed a friend and member of our extended family."
As previously reported, bassist Jon Vesano left NILE last month for "personal and business" reasons.
NILE are scheduled to release their new album, "Annihilation of the Wicked", in March/April, to coincide with their support slot on the U.S. KING DIAMOND tour.
LINEA 77 mainman Chinaski has issued and update on the recording of the brand new album:
“04.03.05 watching motocross [chinaski]
Hi all, we finally managed to arrive in LA on the late afternoon of Sunday. We met Dave Dominguez and Ian and started the production of the album on Monday 28th at Ameraycan Studios. While there Tokio recorded all the drum parts in three days and today we all moved to Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Dade started the bass lines and as for now everything's amazing, the material recorded is very good and the vibe is totally up, we're all very glad to have the chance to make the album like this, it's something we always aimed for and now it’s a reality. We'll hopefully meet you at one of European shows that we're currently planning for the future.
All for now, it has been an exhausting day and we're going to pass out on the sofas watching motocross... c-u soon.”
Brainstorm have issued a quick update between tour rehearsals and interview sessions. Their single, 'All Those Words,' is out and entered the single charts in Hungary at #5.
They have released new tour dates as well including a new festival date in the beginning of June in Italy and the re-sceduled UK dates in October supporting Saxon.
"Inside The Monster - World Tour 2005 / 2006"
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Although there's no release date or title as of yet, the new Staind album is now finished. Produced by Dave Bottrill, it is expected to be out during the late Spring/early Summer.
After a very brief liaison, Ginger has left the Brides Of Destruction. No reason has yet been given for this decision, but the band will now start recording their second album, '13 Acres,' as a four-piece.
US doomsters Place Of Skulls have changed their mind about splitting up - and will now carry on with a new line-up. Joining guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin and bassist Dennis Cornelius will almost certainly be a drummer whose a major name from the metal underground. Plans are already in hand for a studio album. More info soon.
Dark Tranquillity has posted the following message on their official website:
we've just finished the last gig of the Kreator / Ektomorf / Hatesphere tour and would like to send a warm "thank you!" to everyone involved; our new friends in the bands, the crew and of course everyone that attended the shows. This was one of the most successful tours we've ever had the pleasure of doing, and rest assured that we'll be back on the European stages in the near future.
For some live pics from various gigs of the tour, feel free to check out www.dark-tranquillity.nl or www.photopit.com.
For those of you that couldn't come to the shows, here's some firsthand information on what you missed out on. Since all kinds of info has been floating around on the internet regarding playing time, setlists etc, it's best to set the record straight. We played for 45 minutes, with the exception of the gigs in Sweden that were extended to 55 minutes. The following songs were played at some point during the tour (alternating every night):More...
Soilwork vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid has posted the following update on the band's official website:
I'm first of all very happy that the new site is up! We will try to make it as interesting as possible with frequently posted information about what's going on in the Soilwork-camp. Right now we?re preparing to kick some serious ass on the upcoming US- tour and make the setlist as varied as possible with some songs that we haven't played live before. We are so fucking excited to make our first headlinertour in the states ever and for the first time be able to give you guys a set on approx 1 h and 20 mins...
Right now i can also tell you guys that we have three chart entries here in Sweden with the new album, number 14 on the hit charts (all artists, all genres, all nationalities), number 1 on the hardrock charts and number 10 on the swedish artist charts, fantastic!!
I'll be down in Germany from tomorrow and record an album with he drummer from Blind Guardian. The project is called Coldseed and is sounding something like a mixture between Rammstein and Alice in Chains if you ask me.. i'm really looking forward to record this and i'll get back to you later with further information..
Stay tune for more news...
The Canadian deathcore six-piece Despised Icon will embark on massive Canadian tour alongside Ion Dissonance and Premonitions of War late this month. The band will also make their first appearance in the U.S. at the Maryland Deathfest late May. Look for additional U.S. dates this summer.
Despised Icon's highly anticipated sophomore release, "The Healing Process," was produced by guitarist Yannick St-Amand (Ion Dissonance, Neuraxis), mixed by J-F Dagenais (Misery Index, Kataklysm) and mastered by Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Dillinger Escape Plan). This album, set for an April 5th release, is a relentless slab of sheer aggression matched with impeccable time changes that quickly raises the bar for their peers.
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