Metal News for April 10, 2007
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17 news articles posted on this day.
Swedish metallers EVENTIDE have issued the following update:
"Our record label, Cartel Media seems to have dissapeared. We will continue on our own from now on and press the album plus some t-shirts ourselves. Hopefully they'll be available for purchase within a months time. Tons of new live photos uploaded in our refreshed session section."
Singer Christopher Schmid has left the German gothic rockers LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE due to personal reasons.
"I don't feel that I can combine the permanent stress (brought about by touring, concerts and general uncertainties of the music business) with my 'normal' life and my future," Schmid said in a statement.
Although the rest of the band is sad about Christopher's decision to leave the group, they are happy about the fact that Christopher has offered to carry on with LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE as a lyricist and songwriter. The "LACRIMAS sound" will not change, because the brothers Oliver and Christopher will continue to collaborate as before, and Christopher will even add some of his vocal lines to the next album.
Sweden's one-man black metal act ARCKANUM has issued the following update:
"Arckanum wants to re-issue the LPs and Picture LPs for Fran Marder (1995), Kostogher (1997) and Kampen (1998), any companies who are interested contact Shamaatae at: firstname.lastname@example.org ."
Arckanum recently split with Carnal Records and are looking for a new record label to release the new Arckanum album, Antikosmos. Labels, can contact email@example.com.
THE AMENTA's 2004 album entitled "Occasus" has been conceptualized beyond the conventional re-release most others generate. This time the offering includes multiple full-lengths; “Occasus”, “Soundtrack to a Hidden Earth” and “Mictlan” MCD with all new artwork and image galleries. In addition you'll have the opportunity to devour "The Virus" DVD, also included and containing the “Erebus” film clip.
In the fall, THE AMENTA bestow the first official release of their upcoming album, "non,” tentatively due in September.
The "non" tracklisting is as follows:
The anticipation surrounding the new DESPISED ICON album, "The Ills of Modern Man", continues to build as its May 22 release date approaches. The disc's cover art and track listing has now been posted on the band's MySpace page. The new offering was recorded with acclaimed producer/former guitarist Yannick St-Amand (BENEATH THE MASSACRE, ION DISSONANCE, NEURAXIS) and mixed by the renowned Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH).
DESPISED ICON is currently on their first European tour with UNEARTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY and DAATH. They will spend the summer touring North America with THE RED CHORD, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, ALL SHALL PERISH and SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY. With an unrelenting lineup from top to bottom, this fan-friendly, affordably-priced tour is sure to be the perfect alternative to the oversaturated festival events.
San Francisco metallers SKINLAB have issued the following update:
"What's up feaks, just thought we should drop some more news.
Things are moving along - our agent is doing a fine job at filling all dates, as of now it's looking like the tour will start in Sacramento May 5th at the Kennel Club - June 2nd Seattle Studio 7!!!
More dates are filling in don't be surprised if we end up in your town.
Lot's of cool things going on , lil to early to make any announcements... Let's just say negotiations are in progress to bring you guys the Official Skinlab DVD before the year's end."
Skinlab's new lineup is as follows: Paul Hopkins - drums, Glen Telford - guitars, Steev Esquivel - bass/vocals, Snake - guitars.
New Jersey based progressive-thrash metallers DARK EMPIRE, which features in it's ranks vocalist Jens Carlsson (PERSUADER, SAVAGE CIRCUS) and bassist Noah Martin (ARSIS), have revealed the artwork for their forthcoming second album, Humanity Dethroned. Check it out at this location.
Expected out this spring/summer, Humanity Dethroned will include the following tracks (not in the definitive order): 'Eyes Of Defiance', 'No Sign Of Life', 'Humanity Dethroned', 'The Forgotten Sin', 'Faded Dreams', 'Salvation Denied', The Apparition Sequence: 'I Prelude' (instrumental), 'II Haunted', 'III Possessed (We Are One)', 'IV Closure', 'The Knife' (GENESIS cover).
Guitarist Matt Moliti previously commented on the upcoming release, stating, ""Overall, the sound is much heavier than Distant Tides, with less PowerMetal elements and more thrash, prog, and even some melodic death creeping into the mix. There is also more interplay between clean and death vocals, and that appears in almost every song on the album. I really feel like I've come a long way with my songwriting since I wrote Distant Tides, and I can safely say that Humanity Dethroned is going to completely smoke it."
Stay tuned for further updates.
West Virginia's HYDROGYN has uploaded its promotional video for the song "Breaking Me Down" at this location. The track comes off the band's debut album, "Bombshell", which was released through Chavis Records.
Destroy All Records Entertainment will release HYDROGYN's "Live Explosion", a digital-download-only concert recording captured during the West Virginia-based band's summer 2006 shows in Charleston; Huntington, West Virginia and Dayton, Ohio.
According to a press release, "Live Explosion" finds the band "delivering over-the-top versions of songs from their highly acclaimed 'Bombshell' CD to enthusiastic crowds in the Eastern United States. The release includes never-before-heard arrangements of 'Bombshell' songs which make the live HYDROGYN experience highly stimulating to the ears. A brand new [previously unreleased] song is included in the release."
Look for "Live Explosion" to hit the digital world in May. More...
Dutch metallic hardcore heroes BORN FROM PAIN have enlisted Paul from Limburg "death squad" SUPERIOR to take care of the vocal duties on the band's previously announced dates in April/May. Carl Schwartz from FIRST BLOOD, who has been recruited as BORN FROM PAIN's new singer following the departure of Che Snelting in March, is going back to the U.S. for a while during April/May and will return to front the band during the summer.
BORN FROM PAIN has been confirmed for this year's Hell On Earth European tour alongside WALLS OF JERICHO and FEAR MY THOUGHTS. More bands will be announced soon. Trips to South America, Japan and North America are also I nteh works.
Xtreem Music has announced the signing of one of the oldest and most legendary extreme metal bands, Florida's death/thrashers HELLWITCH.
HELLWITCH formed back in 1984 and released several demos and 7" EPs during the second half of the '80s before issuing a highly acclaimed debut album, "Syzygyal Miscreancy", in 1990 and a mini-CD, "Terraasymmetry", in 1992. They recorded a few more demos through the '90s until they finally completed their 2005 recording, "The Epitome of Disgrace", which led to an agreement with Xtreem Music.
HELLWITCH's sophomore album will be recorded this summer for a late summer release. A couple of recent demo tracks are available for listening on the band's MySpace page.
The organizers of the ProgPower USA festival have announced a surprise headline set for this year's sold-out edition of the internationally renowned festival. Saturday night (October 6) will now finish with an all-star cover set featuring vocalists from both the showcase and the festival. Each vocalist will be given the opportunity to perform 1-2 cover songs of their choice with the music being provided by the members of PAGAN'S MIND. Additional guests will join them throughout the set.
"The fans have made this festival a success and it's time to give something back to them," said ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston. "I wanted to announce this after the sell-out as a reward instead of in advance as an incentive. It's going to be one hell of a party on stage."
As a result of the additional performance, there has been a major change in the schedule and door times. "I had to shake things up quite a bit to make this work," Harveston explained. "However, the fans can relax knowing that not one band will have a single minute cut from their previously announced set lengths."
A 31-second audio sample of the new MARILYN MANSON single, "Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides The Hand)", has been posted on the web site of the French public-service radio station Le Mouv'. Listen to it at this location (Real Media).
"Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides The Hand)" is the first single from MANSON's new album, "Eat Me, Drink Me", due on June 5. The track is expected to arrive at radio stations by the middle of this month and will be accompanied by a video shot in 3D. The clip is said to be an excerpt from a larger project that Manson is filming with "Titanic" director James Cameron, although that collaboration has yet to be officially confirmed.
The album will reportedly be available in both a standard and collector's edition. More...
LACUNA COIL has teamed up with MySpace to exclusively debut its new video for the track "Within Me". Watch the video online at this location. The stunning new clip was shot in the band's hometown of Italy and the track is the fourth single from their critically acclaimed "Karmacode" album.
HAMMERFALL founding member & guitarist Oscar Dronjak sends in this update about the band's new bassist:
"The waiting and speculation is over. Magnus [Rosén] has been replaced. The new guy should be no stranger to any HAMMERFALL fan: re-enter Fredrik Larsson, original member of the band and fugutive for the past decade. Fredrik brings structure to the rhythm section and I think you will definitely hear and feel the difference when we play live."
"He plays with a pick, for one, and has a great groove and timing, all of which will make HAMMERFALL sound better than we ever have before," drummer Anders Johansson remarked, and guitarist Stefan Elgrem chimed in: "We are all very psyched about this and can't wait to get on the road again." Lead singer Joacim Cans adds, "Fredrik recorded Glory To The Brave with us, so he's definitely a part of the family. It's great to have him back!"
States Larsson about re-joining the band:
"I am very happy and excited to be back! I have known the guys for more than ten years and we have kept in touch all the time, so it is not as if I come in a complete stranger. We played a few songs together last weekend, and it felt like 1997 was just a couple of weeks ago."
Textures is confirmed to play The Great Escape (one of Europe's leading showcases) on the 17th of May in Brighton together with Architects and Ghost of A Thousand. The showcase will take place at the at Engine Room.
Taking its inspiration from internationally established events such as SXSW and CMJ, The Great Escape Festival & Convention in Brighton (UK) is attended by over 1,000 music industry professionals from the UK and abroad, with promoters from SXSW (US), Glastonbury (UK), Carling Weekend (UK), T In The Park (Scotland), By:Larm (Norway), Roskilde (Denmark), Eurosonic (Netherlands) and Haldern Pop (Germany). The event is also attended by key international media such as MTV, NME, Kerrang!, Billboard, the BBC plus other media such as XFM, The Fly, My Space and Mojo many of whom host stages.
TEXTURES are also scheduled to tour the UK in June. The band is currently on tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and MISERY SIGNALS in Europe.
Karnivool have posted a new track from their debut album "Themata". Entitled "COTE", the song serves as the opener of the bands album and has been picking up a buzz as of late on the internet. You can check out the song on Karnivool's MySpace page. The first single from the album "Themata" can also be heard on the band's e-card.
"Themata" Hits Stores today, Tuesday April 10th.
There is a new live performance video of SOIL playing their track “Forever Dead” available for viewing on the Underground Video Television Website. The footage was taken at The Crock Rock in Allentown PA last year during the band’s tour with MUSHROOMHEAD. There are also a couple live tracks available at UVTV that were recorded during the same show including their video single “Give It Up.”
SOIL, SEEMLESS and LIGION are teaming up for "True Rock Tour" in May.
SOIL's latest CD, "True Self", was released in May 2006 on DRT Entertainment. The follow-up to 2004's "Redefine" was recorded and mixed at Bomb Shelter studios in Los Angeles, California with producer Ulrich Wild (STATIC-X, TAPROOT). The CD is the group's first to feature singer A.J. Cavalier, who previously fronted the California-based DIESEL MACHINE (also featuring ex-DAMAGEPLAN frontman Patrick Lachman on guitar). The band's original vocalist, Ryan McCombs, has since joined the Texas act DROWNING POOL.